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FENN AND FIRST: THE INSIDE STORY OF GREED, DIRTY BUSINESS, AND POLITICS … or … TIME NOT TO MAKE THE DONUTS

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 20, 2021) — In a recent roundup column, THE PLANET had the following item:

DONUTS AND IRONY

Speaking of Fenn and First, on the opposite corner rests in peace the vacant lot still owned by Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Cafua Management, the largest privately owned D&D franchise in the country. Cafua keeps the lot weedy and derelict save for some preliminary work done on blacktopping and foundation. It does this to serve a little sour cream in Pittsfield’s brew for turning down the company’s request for a drive-in window at the proposed new location.

It prompted further action from The Secret Squadron. Today we present the findings of Special Agent Z-12.

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When I saw this tidbit on THE PLANET regarding the Cafua property, I wanted to make sure you got the whole story:

Real quickly, there is no doubt that the corner of First and Fenn is a complete eyesore, and perhaps, an example of the current administration lacking the political will to press Cafua with tools at the city’s disposal. There is a lot a mayor can do to put pressure on property owners in these kinds of cases.

With that said, the demolition of the former Plunkett School was actually the result of political strong-arming by an arrogant corporate player (Cafua) mired in a feud with the former property owner of the First Street D&D (Joe Santos), all mixed together with a heaping dose of empty promises (to Cafua) from Pittsfield Buddy Boys Gone Bad.

You see, Cafua was pissed because Santos was changing the terms of their lease to be more beneficial to, well, Santos. In previous years to the First Street episode, when Santos looked to renegotiate with Cafua in some locations, Cafua told him to pound sand. Well, in return, Santos told Cafua to take a walk, and created … The Donut Man. You remember those locations? The Donut Man shops were complete D&D knockoffs, all created because Santos and Cafua wouldn’t agree to terms. Each one, Cafua and Santos, greedier than the other.

Cafua had enough of that shit. The Donut Wars had begun.

First Street was (certainly at that time) the crown jewel of the D&Ds in the Berkshires for Cafua. It was (and is) a huge profit-center. Cafua knew the next negotiation with Santos would go the same way as the others, and that they’d either need to cough up more to Santos on the lease or he’d turn First Street into the Donut Man of all Donut Mans.

So, Cafua went a different route: A purely cynical, political power play.

Cafua purchased the former Plunkett School, a few hundred feet from the D&D location on First Street. It was a very well-built, brick building, perfect for reuse. It’s the kind of building that David Carver or Allegrone would snap up in a nano-second and flip into market rate apartments with the help of some tax breaks. You know, the kind of housing that all the leaders in Pittsfield say we need more of?

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Anyhoo, Cafua purchased the former Plunkett School and ramped up a relentless behind-the-scenes lobbying effort. Since the Cafua brass from Eastern Mass didn’t know jackshit about Pittsfield politics, they were swayed somehow to follow literally the worst advice you can imagine. Literally, the worst.

First, they must have been told that Peter Larkin was still relevant in Pittsfield politics. Larkin was hired as a consultant for Cafua to sell out his hometown, which he happily did, and started making calls to city officials and city councilors. His sell was to convince councilors that this new D&D on the corner of Fenn and First was going to be so amazingly state-of-the-art, Wi-Fi-rific, full of “dynamic vibrancy,” it would make Pittsfield the envy of all small New England cities. How could you not support a drive-thru that would pour lines of left-turning vehicles into what was already one of the worst intersection in the county?

Suffice it to say, a number of councilors didn’t return Larkin’s calls, which may have made his report back to his bosses at Cafua a bit awkward. 

Second, Cafua hired Tom Hamel as the lead attorney for the special permit for the D&D drive-thru (rather than bringing in some fancy Boston attorney). Cafua certainly felt that this was a folksy move to ingratiate themselves to what they saw as a Country Bumpkin Council.

To make his retainer seem more worthwhile, Hamel’s self-proclaimed “pro-business” buddies were pushing on the narrative that somehow blocking a great new donut shop was anti-business. A vote against a drive-thru for a donut shop somehow became the litmus test on whether a councilor was “pro-business” or not. What a crock of shit.

As for the special permit, it all went backwards when the council pushed back and started asking real questions about traffic and the condition of Plunkett School.

Cafua trotted out engineer Jim Scalise to blow 100 percent grade A smoke up the council’s ass. Scalise peddled a tale on how Plunkett School was somehow a dilapidated hell-hole ready to fall down with the next stiff wind. This hogwash was completely debunked as the council demanded a second opinion from an objective third party expert, who said the building was in great condition and (again) perfect for a sensible reuse.

Cafua was losing the argument, and they lost all the votes (well, almost all the votes). Every councilor voted against it, with the exception of Barry Clairmont who said a no vote was “anti-business.” Clairmont said what he said, but then skedaddled out of the meeting before the final vote was cast. Final vote: 10-0.

But, Cafua wasn’t done. It was kind of like a last gasp hissy fit by a toddler who doesn’t understand the word “no.”

Cafua sued the city council over the special permit. Each councilor was served and sued individually.

The court proceedings were yet to come, but before the case was even heard, Cafua went ahead with what was one of the biggest dick moves in the history of urban development in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, or maybe in any city anywhere.

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Cafua figured if the council was so concerned about its little precious Plunkett School, they would simply use a wrecking ball to flex its overcompensating ego. Cafua, in spite of some previous attempts to protect the building through the historic commission, demolished Plunkett School. They owned it, so they could do it. 

Again, this remarkably vindictive move was made after the council denied the special permit.

Let that sink in. 

Let that sink in when you begin to assign responsibility for the current eyesore at the corner of First and Fenn Streets. 

Fast forward to the court case. The judge heard all the facts, and Cafua lost, again. 

So, the idea that it was the council’s fault that we have an empty lot at the corner of First and Fenn is wildly misleading. The fact of the matter is, when the council pushed back and denied the special permit (and then won in court), Cafua actually was then forced to negotiate with Santos. And, lo and behold, Cafua coughed up enough to make a deal. If Cafua had only done that in the beginning without having to clang their balls around, sue the council, and finish with a childish temper tantrum, demolishing a perfectly reusable building, we’d have something that provides value at that property. 

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And finally, while the demo of Plunkett School and the current empty lot was a loss (“sour cream” as THE PLANET describe it), it did pave the way for the success that saved St. Mary’s on Tyler Street. You see, Cafua had a deal ready to go with the diocese to buy the property, completely demolish St. Mary’s and build the Taj Mahal of D&Ds. Similar to First Street, the plan was being sold with the pro-business rhetoric. So much so that a councilor or two in the Morningside were parroting the talking points about how knocking down an old church and adjoining buildings to make way for donut shop is amazing economic development. Even when the Save St. Mary’s group of well-meaning, passionate citizens began to organize, they faced resistance – not just from Cafua, but from the very people who were supposed to represent them.

Members of the group often will offer anecdotes on how one or two councilors mansplained them about how trying to save St. Mary’s was not practical or cost-effective, it was not pro-business (as opposed to, you know, a donut shop). Happily, they didn’t listen to these councilors. Once Cafua saw the resistance, and some more independent-minded councilors publicly voicing their opposition, they scrapped the plan. Why? Because the council showed that it wouldn’t be pushed around by a bunch of corporate thugs. Cafua knew the council was not going to be run roughshod and, once again, would deny the special permit. Today, St. Mary’s is a home of high-quality housing, which has spurred more investment in the Tyler Street corridor. Cafua even recently upgraded the D&D on Dalton Avenue, which I’m sure is more profitable than ever. So, the moral of the story is – have a backbone and be willing to fight for your community, and good things happen. 

When it comes to the property at First and Fenn, the mayor needs to also show some backbone and demand accountability of Cafua. Cafua literally and figuratively owns this property and the state that it’s in. We can do better.

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THE PLANET thanks Z-9 for this inside look at money chasing, dirty business, and self-defeating egotism. We also back the call for the city to use everything it has to engage Cafua in dialog about the corner of First and Fenn. Its been no-man’s-land for too long. Time for something better. Note to the Tyer Administration: Put this on a priority list and get it done. THE PLANET also invites Cafua to comment. If they do, we shall publish their response.

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“When you’re born a dog, you can’t die a cat” — Pat Cooper.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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SallySays
SallySays
1 month ago

How’s about a Starbucks?

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
1 month ago

Dan, great piece by your Z agent. Joe Santos is a very hardworking man who deserves every ounce of success he has had.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
1 month ago

Let’s Go Linda

Carry Back
Carry Back
Reply to  JoeKapanski
1 month ago

New Police Station.

Catheed Isle
Catheed Isle
Reply to  JoeKapanski
1 month ago

Covid is baaaaaaaack.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Catheed Isle
1 month ago

Covid cult has been energized

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  12 Gauge
1 month ago

and it is coming for you this time

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  JoeKapanski
1 month ago

Love Pittsfield’s propaganda website and the Lovely Linda presents Pittsfield Massachusetts as the place for “Donut Wars”, vacant lots and blight, PEDA’s mostly vacant and polluted so-called business park, Pot growing dead skunk-like odors bothering neighborhoods abutting Dalton Avenue, state lottery scratch tickets and nip plastic bottles littering inner city Pittsfield’s streets, Level 5 inner city public schools, North Street sarcastically called “Social Services Alley” with “The Ring of Poverty” inner city neighborhoods that surround North Street, high rates of teen pregnancies and welfare caseloads, severe economic inequality with a large underclass (multigenerational poverty) due to over 3 decades of Pittsfield distressed economy and out-of-touch Pittsfield politicians, excessively high municipal taxes, fees, public debts and other liabilities while Mayor Linda Tyer sits on tens of millions of dollars in city cash that the public is (possibly illegally) shutout from knowing how the people/taxpayers’ money will be used despite the state’s Open Meeting Law and “Ethics” Laws, Pittsfield always being in the top 10 cities for violent crime in Massachusetts year in and year out, according to the FBI, a State Senator also known as Chrome Dome [Adam Hinds] who lives outside of his Berkshire-based legislative district in a $690,000 recently purchased home in Amherst (Massachusetts), a Congressman also known as PAC Man [Richie Neal] who only represents K Street lobbyist firms, especially Insurance Companies, a U.S. Senator who lives in Maryland [Ed Markey] who promised Massachusetts voters in 2020 that he will save the world from global warming with his Utopian Green New Deal HOT AIR, and last but not least, a Pittsfield State Representative [Tricia Farley Bouvier] also known as Trippy Country Buffet who got upset when the Old Country Buffet closed its doors in Pittsfield, but was a big promoter of the Berkshire Museum’s 2018 auctioning off of 2 Norman Rockwell donated paintings along with other valuable pieces of historic artwork for tens of millions of dollars that probably is partially unaccounted for over 3 years later. Don’t you just Love Pittsfield and the Lovely Linda? It must be nice for the Lovely Linda and her wealthy CPA husband Barry Clairmont to live in their mansion in their millionaires-only Gated Community within a few feet of the Hancock border. Linda Tyer is about as out-of-touch as Pittsfield’s former Mayor Jimmy Ruberto who lives in a Naples Florida with a Summer Condo in upscale Lenox. I wonder what will happen first in my lifetime: A woman U.S. President or Pittsfield politicians who will someday actually represent the people and taxpayers of Pittsfield Massachusetts? As Ben Downing says in his campaign ads for Governor of Massachusetts, “There are many Pittsfields out there”. The only question I have for all of the Pittsfields out there in post-industrial Massachusetts and beyond is WHY? Doesn’t anyone in business and government give a damn about all of the Pittsfields out there other than Ben Downing, who is raising his family in East Boston? In closing, Beacon Hill Lobbyist Peter Larkin, who represented Pittsfield many years ago in Boston, is the perfect example of why there are many Pittsfields out there. It is because Peter Larkin has made a lot of his greedy lobbyist dollars selling out Pittsfield for decades.
Jonathan A. Melle

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Ben Downing didn’t do anything while in office other than to seek special rights for transgenders.
Ditch the lousy Dems! Vote Geoff Diehl for Guv!

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

I wish your candidate, Geoff Diehl, for Governor of Massachusetts good luck in 2022.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Republicans are believers in the fascist Trump Coup.That will always be true until they grow a pair .Never vote the radical evangelical whire supremacist party.They never run on anything but fear.Try and name a republican that is not afraid of a city or a government program.Hell those idiots want to cut SS and MEDICARE…if you’re rich make your suburban country club vote and dine at the Red Lion but most people eat at McDonald’s…..

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Thanks to Biden’s inflation the dollar menu at McDonald’s is now the $2.00 menu.

Village Knight
Village Knight
Reply to  The school committee
21 days ago

Long Live Republican Party! Joe Biden for Nursing Home!

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  JoeKapanski
1 month ago

Did you hear Pocahontas has the China virus? She is claiming she got it from a blanket Donald Trump gave her

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
1 month ago

That’s a good one, right there!

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  JoeKapanski
1 month ago

and when we say “go” we mean GO…take a hike….get on a ski lift at Vail….and forget to come back

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  Fizzlehead
1 month ago

Linda doesn’t look like she can ski

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Wonder if free ski lessons were part of the deal she and others got after giving a local ski area a brand new water hookup at taxpayers expense?

Rule 27
Rule 27
1 month ago

The way I heard it was that Barry was offered free coffee and donuts for life in the 3 am hour if he could get the council to vote with him.

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Rule 27
1 month ago

Looks like Linda gets free donuts too

Annulgas
Annulgas
1 month ago

Speaking of Dick moves, denying taxpayers a forensic audit is the biggest Dick move this mayor has done in her way, way too long fiefdom. And the tiny dick city council president backed by his tiny dick puppet council are even worse as they let her get away with it.

And despite the eyesore on First street I applaud the coffee folk for standing up to Pittsfield and its power brokers. No one else dares to. Nobody gets a piece of the Pittsfield pie unless they share it with the cabal and that is probably the part of this story no one is talking about. Also, unlike many of the other business tied to this mayors apron string, I am sure Cafau is paying full taxes on that property. And as a senior citizen it feels good not to have to subsidize some millionaire enterprise for a change. A large portion of this mayors “new growth” tax load is being carried on the backs of powerless taxpayers who have absolutely NO SAY in the matter. And this is scheduled to last for many years.

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  Annulgas
1 month ago

While you have some good points sir, you seem to have a penis problem.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  SallySays
1 month ago

At my stage of life all it is good for is pointing.

Annulgas
Annulgas
1 month ago

And as far as the city council (which really does care about traffic snarls, ha ha) I would point out my experience just three days ago at the DD site on Dalton Ave. The lot had a line extending out onto and down the street for at least six cars going west. AND there was another line taking up another lane coming from the other direction. So somebody likes that coffee.

Also, COMING SOON to an intersection near you. TACO BELL will open its new traffic nightmare catalyst any day and for those of you who love traffic fuckery at its best you are in for a treat. You just know that local geniuses rubber stamped this but at the same time know nothing about it.

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  Annulgas
1 month ago

All the people willing to wait in line for a coffee are drug addicts plain and simple. Caffeine is perhaps the most widely used stimulant in America.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

I don’t know Dan I kind of like the look, it fits the neighborhood. From Brien up it is just a weed infested black topped piece of barren land. I look at it as the new sinking ship from Allendale. A nice piece of art work that exemplifies the condition of the Pitts! I remember the discussions differently, not so much as a council with backbone but greasy hands. Ahhh all perceptions and memories. As I look at the “new” council coming in I don’t have any hope for change or backbone. I guess time will tell.

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Maybe Linda can work her magic to turn the parcel into another marijuana shop. There was a time when the city was against drugs, and now Linda and her ilk are all for marijuana.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Maybe, a shooting gallery, with a vibrant drive-thru. Dunkin Needles.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
1 month ago

The Shooting Gallery aka Family $$$ is on ” vibrant and dynamic” North Street. However, a vibrant drive-thru Dunkin Needles is a brilliant economic innovative idea. and on First Street, Route 7. I’ m wondering if economic stimulus monies will be available. Just asking for a friend.

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
1 month ago

She’s the Mayuh of Dunkin Needles, ROFL!

Matt Jones
Matt Jones
Reply to  laughingstock
1 month ago

A free coffee for every new junkie

SallySays
SallySays
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
1 month ago

And 3 am hookers? Cups Joe to go with the blow?

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  SallySays
1 month ago

Where’s Kamala when you need one

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Dan, do you recall a cigarillo called Winchester back in the 70’s? 20 to a pack, looked like a cigarette but with brown paper, packed like cigarettes, tasted like, well, a cigar. .25 cents per pack. Dark red. Marlboro reds cost half a bucks at the time.

Annulgas
Annulgas
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Just about big enogh for a helicopter landing pad for the mayor so she does not have to sit in that damn limo for the five mile ride in every morning. Or the one or two days a month she actually shows up at the city hall to sign paperwork raising taxes again.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Sad but true.

How many alternative drug input methods can a city have? Clearly the Pitts isn’t thinking outside the box. We need better ways to get our citizens addicted and willing to prostitute in order that we get cash!! The same could be said for the Covid grant system. Or the Ma democrats pay to play schemes.

Annulgas
Annulgas
1 month ago

Somebody, hee hee, somebody, (no idea who) just did a survey which determined that the average age of tourist coming to Pittsfield is the exact same age as people who like to ski at Bouquets, use all sorts of bicycle facilities and bike around a city the size of Pittsfield.
What a freakin co inky dink huh? Cuz Pittsfield just happens to be doing this sort of stuff right now as we speak. Holeee coww man!

The Gorbit
The Gorbit
Reply to  Annulgas
1 month ago

The police station comment is interesting. And it’s near a donut shop. Just sayin…..

BlueLivesMatter
BlueLivesMatter
Reply to  The Gorbit
1 month ago

It’s a horrible location and the location is too small. The new station should go on PEDA property and be paid for with Covid cash before that money is totally wasted.

The Gorbit
The Gorbit
Reply to  BlueLivesMatter
1 month ago

Plenty of room 80000 square ft and parking in the back for one hundred cars. Plus they’ll get paid

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  BlueLivesMatter
1 month ago

What does Pittsfield need a police station for? They won’t hire new police and the ones working are out in the city policing. Paperwork can be done on the computers in the cars. I say use all the fire stations to park the cars and Chief (can we still use that term?) Wynn can function out of City Hall

JoeFriday
JoeFriday
Reply to  Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

You have left the reservation, ma’am. I am not even going to waste a paragraph or two trying to knock some sense into you. My God this is such an ignorant comment.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  JoeFriday
1 month ago

Glad you realize it would be a waste because a new police station is not needed. Heck our city government doesn’t even go to city hall to work. Keep the police out in the neighborhoods and doing their reports in their cars. They would be more visible and get to know the people in their neighborhood

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

Yes, it’s a waste, but there is a need for someplace to lose all those incriminating documents. E.g. police narratives, which actually incriminate the cops, disturbing videotaped booking room incidents, which actually incriminate the cops, 911 recordings, which actually incriminate the cops, and exculpatory evidence, illegally seized by the cops, and which actually incriminates the cops! So, as you can see, the need is great for a place to hide all the shit they get away with.

Last edited 1 month ago by The City I Hate
BlueLivesMatter
BlueLivesMatter
Reply to  The City I Hate
1 month ago

Sounds like you are a criminal that can’t accept responsibility for your own decisions. Post some facts or zip it pal.

BlueLivesMatter
BlueLivesMatter
Reply to  Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

Shirley, You are ill-informed. There are dozens of people who work in the police station, 24 yours a day, and the place is a shithole that the city has poured millions in over the years, and it ought to be condemned. And if you think it is safe, or reasonable to type complex police reports on a shitty laptop you are nuttier than a fruit cake. A cop was just executed in Baltimore from behind, sitting in her car, probably doing a report.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

Wynn does not deserve to be aggrandized with his own taxpayer funded militarized police HG where he can dress up in his official blue furry uniform and pose for photos with his new taxpayer funded golden blonde comfort pet he shares with officer Derby.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  BlueLivesMatter
1 month ago

I agree PEDA property. But you just know they are going to want to give some connected land owner 2 million dollars for his unused, unwanted chunk of real estate. Pretty much guarantee that. No money gets spent in Pittsfield without some good old boy getting piece of the pie.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Pittsfield politics municipal elected officials’ inauguration will be at Berkshire Community College – not far from the Lovely Linda’s mansion in her elitist Gated Community – on Monday, January 3rd, 2022. Mayor Linda Tyer will be giving her annual State of the City address then, too. She will highlight her administration’s 2021 “highlights” – yeah right – and her administration’s wish list for 2022. I hope she would let the people and taxpayers of Pittsfield Massachusetts know what she will be doing with her tens of millions of dollars in city cash, but it is all supposed to be a big secret per her Mayoral order. I hope she won’t say that she will continue to raise municipal taxes and fees to record high levels while she is hoarding an unprecedented amount of Kapanski Ka$h, but Pittsfield politics never changes no matter who is the mayor going back decades.

Pittsfield mayor talks key appointments, governmental shakeups, and COVID concerns heading into 2022 | WAMC

Mayor Linda Tyer’s 2021 LOW-lights: Over 80 Pittsfield residents dead from Covid-19 mostly from its Nursing Home debacle last winter of 2020/2021, Level 5 inner city public schools with over 650 students per academic year who choice out of city schools to neighboring public school district, mostly vacant and polluted PEDA’s ongoing failures and millions of dollars in growing public debts, homeless people shitting on North Street and living in city parks, chronic shootings and violent crime in “The Ring of Poverty” that surrounds North Street’s “Social Services Alley”, another record setting fiscal year 2022 municipal budget with its always predictable 5% increase in municipal spending, and Pittsfield’s distressed economy with severe economic inequality where around 80% of Pittsfield’s voters don’t bother to vote anymore because Pittsfield politics is always totally corrupt.

Jonathan A. Melle

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

So you retype your diatribe daily or cut and paste? Asking for a friend.

The Gorbit
The Gorbit
Reply to  Johnny99
1 month ago

Mele for Orbit.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  The Gorbit
1 month ago

Nominations are closed, but I nominated him weeks ago. Didn’t advance to the finals though.

Matt Jones
Matt Jones
Reply to  Johnny99
1 month ago

Merry and Bright Orbit. And only Merry and Bright.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Matt Jones
1 month ago

I am rooting for Chris Connell for Orbit. He fought for the people and taxpayers of Pittsfield for one decade as an elected Ward 4 City Councilor. He took on Linda Tyer and her mostly rubber stamp City Councilors. He showed the very best of political leadership in Pittsfield politics. I, Jon Melle, don’t deserve the Orbit. I live in Southern NH, but I still like to follow my native hometown’s Pittsfield politics from far away. I believe that the power and money went to Mayor Linda Tyer’s head, which shows poor leadership on her part. I support Merry & Bright’s blog posts, too. On municipal finance, I really think Mark and Lisa Tully have it right versus Matt Kerwood’s Creative Accounting shell games. I don’t understand why Lisa Tully’s one term as Ward 1 City Councilor receives so much criticism from Flogging Molly, who is an ardent supporter of Mayor Linda Tyer. When I followed Lisa Tully’s public record, she was very intelligent and fought for the people and taxpayers of Pittsfield Massachusetts.

Cuella
Cuella
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Merry an Bright is the pick.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

We’ll all colleges have a vaccine mandate so I guess you need proof of vacc to attend.

Victim of a Crime
Victim of a Crime
1 month ago

Sex Trafficking law is not the same as rape laws. This loophole doesn’t exist in a trafficking situation.

Any legal beagle care to reply, please do.

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/da-rollins-backs-tougher-penalties-in-abuse-of-power-cases/2584758/?amp#aoh=16400348268709&csi=1&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
1 month ago

Could we get an official viewpoint from the coffee folk? Sometimes there is a valid reason for being a dick. I can actually see some of the people who represent Pittsfield being a little too big for their britches and burning bridges.
Did they try to push HESS around as well? And I ask because the two properties have similar vistas.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Kind of ironical that the CC fought the Dunkin Donuts on First Street, but had absolutely no problem allowing the latest cluster F for the new Taco Bell on Dalton Avenue. Talk about having a traffic nightmare. There was a 3-vehicle accident in that intersection yesterday and traffic was at a stand still on Merrill Road, Cheshire Road and Dalton Avenue in both directions. This traffic mess is happening more and more in that intersection but evidently our elected officials are blind to this. Taco Bell is not even opened yet, imagine the mess once they finally open. Have also noticed that every time Pittsfield has a down pour of rain there is a huge mudslide from the large hill that was blasted out behind building. Future warning to patrons, don’t go through the drive-up window during a rainstorm you might wreck your vehicle. Scalise is also involved in this project. Wonder what kind of backroom deal was given by the Administration to approve this soon to be disaster?

Off topic a bit, but wonder how much city money was spent in the past three days salting the roads? Most streets are literally frosted with salt. Is Morales trying to rot out all of our vehicles? Since there is a shortage of new vehicles due to supply chain issues, maybe it his plan to rot our vehicles so we all have to purchase bikes, so he can build more bike lanes. Ha! Ha!

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

Anew police station needs to be built on the site of the old 2nd street jail as promised

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Well, maybe, if all the cops of the $100,000 and up club chip in for the cost. They can all give back to something that’s strictly for themselves. Just don’t let any of them oversee the funds. And I mean, NONE OF THEM!

Cuella
Cuella
Reply to  The City I Hate
1 month ago

Another home are the Strouts. Dalton Covid running rampit at the police station while her hubby takes down mega bucks right here and he’s a Dalton Selectman?

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

I think the mayor should take the Beacon Theater by eminent domain and put the police station there. They can come in the front or back of the building.The taxpayers already paid for the place three times over. Take Yukis bar too if ya need more room. She owes the taxpayers as well. Just do it Matt.

Yellow Sergio
Yellow Sergio
Reply to  Fizzlehead
1 month ago

Yeah,that’s what we want let kuffflinks make that decision,right. The transparent hour is coming back to pctv and he’s not pulling punches

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
1 month ago

Pittsfield has always needed a Serpico. And he isn’t PPD Glen F. Decker
2020 – $205,429.
2017 – $230,193
2016 – $212,065
2015 – $225,161

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  The City I Hate
1 month ago

I find that hard to believe Glen Decker made over a quarter of a million dollars in one year, as a Pittsfield cop.

Unless of course, PPD uses Nick Russo’s get paid for 60 hours of work in a (Kapanski) 40 hour work week? And I’m not kidding….

Any chance you have a source for those figures?

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

govsalaries.com
City of Pittsfield Salaries

They’re all there.
Curiously including a cop who collected $26,445 in 2015, $63,491 in 2016, $65,680 in 2017, and allegedly retired in 2018 with a retirement date of December 22, 2018 according to the 2018 PPD Annual Report dated Feb.1, 2019. I don’t doubt that he was on the payroll, I just doubt that he was actually strapping on a uniform and showing up for roll call all the years leading up to his official retirement date. If he was actually on duty, I don’t believe it.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
1 month ago

According to the Eagle almost the whole Hinsdale highway dept is unavailable for plowing due to covid. This is a scenario coming near you. Any business or necessary venue can be shut down in a heartbeat. We asked for it by being stupit and it is accommodating our blind lack of common sense. Duhhh, what’s happening ma??

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Fizzlehead
1 month ago

Wake up fizz….the data shows that vaccinated, boostered persons can still get and spread covid. Whatever happened to herd immunity? Those who have already contracted covid have natural immunity. Where is the allowance for those folks? The Boston & New York mayors are idiots for requiring vaccine passports!

https://thefederalist.com/2021/12/21/the-white-houses-vaccine-threats-arent-to-keep-you-safe-theyre-to-keep-you-in-line/

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Greylock Allendale branch closed due to Covid…

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Seems to be the opposite of inclusive.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
1 month ago

I could be wrong, unlikely, but I get the feeling I’m making you work overtime. Please feel free to edit this.

Yellow Sergio
Yellow Sergio
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

And what on earth is she on that show for,she done in politics.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Any chance she mentioned the case number of her arrest at the hands of Boston’s Finest? Oh, I left out, two YT policemen, right Helen? I don’t want to misquote you and offend your LQBTRXQ&*% self.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
1 month ago

City Hall has free in home covid tests. BUT, they want you to know they are in LIMITED supply. (not saying how many they got) So if you are lucky, after the mayors friends get their share you can jump through hoops and maybe get lucky.
But seriously, good luck, yer gonna need it…

Yellow Sergio
Yellow Sergio
Reply to  Fizzlehead
1 month ago

Covid? omicron is the new variant.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  Fizzlehead
1 month ago

You can have mine. Also like to donate my jab to one of the 100,000 illegal aliens. It’s the least I can do seeing I have already had the Wuhan Virus.

Wiloughby
Wiloughby
1 month ago

Heard there was sand for homeowners behind the W Pittsfield fire station and as my steps are all icy and my calcium chloride did not seem to work I went there to get a pail. I could not break it up to get any. Seemed to me it had no salt in it and had all the consistency of cheap dirt. Thanks mayor.

Yellow Sergio
Yellow Sergio
Reply to  Wiloughby
1 month ago

We use our street salted road for skiing. Makes a great powder.