Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Williams College Prez Morton O. Schapiro compensation for the 2006-07 academic year was $514,744!

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"Williams president earns top 10 salary"
The Berkshire Eagle Online, Staff and Wire Reports, Tuesday, November 18, 2008

College presidents' earnings continue to rise, and a new survey puts Williams College's Morton O. Schapiro ninth on the list of top-paid leaders at private schools that primarily award bachelor's degrees.

Schapiro's compensation for the 2006-07 academic year was $514,744, including $62,729 in deferred compensation benefits, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual survey, released yesterday.

Schapiro's compensation total for the previous year was $474,518. There are 202 bachelor's-degree private schools listed in the report.

Schapiro was unavailable for comment yesterday.

The top-paid private-school president was Suffolk University's David J. Sargent, who earned $2.8 million in 2006-07.

Overall, pay for presidents at 184 public universities rose more than 7 percent. The figure for private schools was about 6 percent.

Among public institutions, E. Gordon Lee of Ohio State University was the top earner at $1.3 million.

"In these hard economic times, apparently belt-tightening is for families and students, not university presidents," Charles Grassley, chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement.

The College Board recently reported that tuition and fees for public universities jumped 6.4 percent this fall, while the cost of attending a four-year private institution is 5.9 percent more than last year.

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"Williams president stepping down; will head Northwestern"
Berkshire Eagle staff report, Tuesday, December 16, 2008

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williams College President Morton Owen Schapiro said today that he will be leaving the institution to become president of Northwestern University beginning Sept. 1, 2009.

"Twenty of my thirty years in academe have been spent at Williams and I've loved virtually every minute," Schapiro said in a letter e- mailed today to Williams students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents.

"The past nine as president have been the greatest honor and privilege of my professional life. But with the completion of our comprehensive campaign this month and my strong feeling that institutions need new leadership every decade or so, I think the timing is right."

During his presidency, which began in 2000, Williams has substantially reduced average class size, tripled the number of courses offered in its signature tutorial program, and completed several major building projects, including a center for theatre and dance, a student center, and faculty office and classroom buildings.

To support this, in addition to a number of other initiatives to improve access to and affordability of the college, Williams launched a comprehensive fundraising campaign, which will close at the end of this month, well past its $400 million goal.

"While we will be very sad to see them depart the Purple Valley, we are deeply excited for Morty, Mimi, and their family as they anticipate and prepare for their next adventure," Greg Avis, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Williams Board of Trustees said in an accompanying letter.

Avis said he would begin immediately to assemble a Presidential Search Committee composed of trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

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"Williams College seeks public input in presidential search"
The Berkshire Eagle, City, Tuesday, February 24, 2009

WILLIAMSTOWN — Local residents are invited to meet with members of the Williams College Presidential Search Committee on Wednesday, March 4, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty House on the corner of Main and Park streets.

"The Search Committee hopes to learn from members of the community what short- and long-term issues they think Williams will face and what qualities the committee should stress in evaluating candidates," said Charles Dew, Search Committee Secretary and Ephraim Williams Professor of American History.

"We hope that the college's neighbors will come and share with us their observations."

This input, along with that gathered from other Williams constituencies will guide the committee's writing of the position prospectus that will describe the college at this point in its history and spell out the attributes most desired in the new president.

The search committee was formed when President Morton Owen Schapiro announced in December that he would be moving this summer to take presidency of Northwestern University.

For more information, visit www.williams.edu

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"Williams' search for a new president ramps up"
By Scott Stafford, Berkshire Eagle Staff, Wednesday, March 04, 2009

WILLIAMSTOWN — The search for the next Williams College president is about to become more intense since the initial steps of the search process are nearly complete.

A search committee has been meeting with various sectors of the college community to "examine where the college is in its mission, where it is with its various constituencies, and we wanted to make sure we did reach out to all constituencies," said Greg Avis, chairman of the executive committee of the Williams College board of trustees and chairman of the 2009 Presidential Search Committee. "The object is to then take that data and develop a document called a prospectus and use that document to detail the attributes and actions we are looking for in the next president of the college."

The search committee is made up of seven members of the college's executive board, who are also alumni, two non-board alumni, four faculty members, one staff member and two students.

The only open forum for residents of Williamstown will meet today at 5 p.m. in the Faculty House Lounge.

By month's end, 25 meetings with a wide variety of faculty and staff will have been completed. There were also three forums for student input.

"You try to get input from as broad a base of the college community as possible, including even the local community," said James Kolesar, assistant to the president for public affairs at Williams College. "You need to have a sense of the college and longer term issues it will be facing, and a sense from the college community of what qualities they think will be most necessary in the next president of Williams."

Once all the input has been gathered, the writing of the prospectus on the status of the college at this point in its history and the attributes to be sought in hiring a new president will begin, Avis said.

Then the process of contacting possible candidates begins in earnest.

Avis noted that while the position will be advertised in collegiate trade periodicals, this kind of position is typically filled via personal contact.

Toward the end of the process, the search committee will conclude its work by providing the college board of trustees with a short list of who they consider to be the most qualified candidates, Avis said.

"In the very final stages, the search committee will vet the candidates, do the due diligence and spend a lot of time with them — a very important part of the process so we can deliver with confidence a short list of candidates to the trustees who will make the final decision," Avis said.

He expects dozens, or even hundreds, of candidates will be referred to the search committee.

The timing of a final selection will depend entirely on the committee's ability to find the one individual with the unique characteristics and qualifications to fit well into the position.

Said Avis, "Our number one goal is to get the very best person, however long it takes."

President Morton O. Schapiro announced in December that he will step down in August to become president of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

During his nine-year tenure at Williams, Schapiro is credited with raising $490 million in a capital campaign, increasing the college's commitment to financial aid, and encouraging a higher level of diversity in the student body.
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"Schapiro to be honored"
North Adams Transcript, March 7, 2009

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Just two months after Williams College president Morton O. Schapiro announced his intention to leave the college at the end of August, an alumni group has raised the funds to name one of the school's buildings in honor of him.

The South Academic building on campus will soon be renamed Schapiro Hall after the man who served the college as a professor from 1980 to 1991 and as president since 2000.

In a letter to the campus community, Greg Avis, chief of the executive committee of the board of trustees, said the college was thrilled to be able to name the building after Schapiro.

"It is wonderful that succeeding generations of students, faculty, and staff will now have a permanent reminder of the many ways their lives have been touched by Morty," he wrote. "As he would be the first to point out, the accomplishments of the past nine years have resulted from the collective work of all who have been part of the college community. So in a significant way the building honors you all."

In his nine-year tenure as president, Schapiro raised $490 million as part of a five-year capital campaign, increased the school's commitment to financial aid and increased the level of diversity in the student body. He also implemented initiatives aimed at reducing the average class size, tripling the number of courses offered in the college's signature tutorial program and creating a new residential life program. Schapiro also oversaw a number of major building projects including a center for theater and dance, a student center and a new faculty building. And he managed to find the time to teach at least two classes every year.

Schapiro announced he was leaving the school in December with the news that he was taking a position at Northwestern University in the suburbs of Chicago starting in September.

James Kolesar, assistant to the president for public affairs, said the alumni group that raised the funds to name the building after Schapiro are keeping their identity quiet for the time being, along with how much money was necessary to name the building after him. Kolesar said there will be a dedication ceremony during the April Board Meeting that will be fairly low-key, but added that there will be an opportunity in the spring for members of the community to thank Schapiro for his contributions.

"That's the kind of guy he is," Kolesar said. "He doesn't want a lot of fuss about it. He's certainly honored and pleased that it's happening, but he doesn't like a lot of attention."

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"Williams College looks to cut $10M from budget"
By Meghan Foley, North Adams Transcript, March 6, 2009

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williams College is looking to cut approximately $10 million from its budget over fiscal 2010, according to the private institution's provost and treasurer.

"What we're budgeting for FY10 is approximately $10 million lower than what we budgeted for this fiscal year," Provost and Treasurer William Lenhart said Thursday.

He said the college originally had budgeted $216 million for operating expenses for FY09, but by the end of the fiscal year (June 30), the college expects the actually amount spent to be $213 million or maybe less.

The $10 million decrease for FY10 would result in a budget of $215 million.

Lenhart said cuts will be made across a number of areas. Of the four essential operating budget areas: Salaries, wages and benefits; financial aid; managers budgets -- which include individual operating budgets for departments excluding salaries and the renewal budget -- which includes spending for ongoing maintenance and modernization projects to the campus and its buildings, financial aid will increase because of the college's ongoing commitment to make sure students can afford to attend the college, he said.

He said college departments have been asked to submit two budgets, one with a 12 percent cut and the other with a 15 percent cut. The idea behind submitting two budgets was if some areas couldn't reach the 15 percent cut, it could be made up with other areas that could take a the cut.

In addition to cutting department budgets, the college will spend "markedly less on renewal spending next year," the hiring freeze instituted for FY09 will continue and salaries will be frozen at current levels for the coming year, Lenhart said.

He said there have already been some changes in the college's programs with the reductions made to the FY09 budget, and the reduction in what is available as part of programs in FY10 "will be noticed."

He said the college is not planning to cut any programs, including its community outreach programs, at this time.

"We haven't identified yet any larger, dramatic program elimination," he said.

He said the college contribution to the local community will remain largely intact for FY10.

A Feb. 26 letter from Williams College President Morton Schapiro to the college community stated the college had formed an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Budget Priorities made up of faculty, staff and students to meet weekly and advise the college's senior staff on programs that should be protected most if the college is forced to cut its budget further than anticipated.

Lenhart said college officials are in the process of determining how the budget targets for FY10 will be reached, and they hope to have a final budget ready to present to the college's Board of Trustees in April.
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"Williams names interim president"
By Meghan Foley, North Adams Transcript, 4/29/2009

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Board of Trustees has unanimously decided on an interim president -- effective July 1 -- as the presidential search committee continues to look for a permanent replacement.

William "Bill" Wagner, dean of the faculty, will be taking the reins after President Morton O. Schapiro leaves at the end of June.

"I am deeply honored to have been asked by the Board of Trustees to be interim president from July 1 until Morty Schapiro’s successor assumes his or her responsibilities. I feel privileged to be able to serve the college in this capacity and look forward to continuing to collaborate with the other members of senior staff, our regular standing committees and the Board of Trustees to manage college affairs, and in particular, to meet our current financial challenges effectively and in ways that preserve our core values," Wagner wrote in a letter to the college community on Monday.

Wagner will serve as interim president of Williams College "for as long as needed," according to a letter from Greg Avis, chairman of the 2009 Presidential Search Committee and 1980 Williams graduate, to the college community.

Schapiro announced in December 2008 he had accepted a position as president of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Since then, a search committee has been actively looking for the next person to lead Williams College.

The committee has so far gathered input from the Williams and Williamstown communities as to what they would like to see in the next president of the college, and a presidential position prospectus has been published.

Avis’ letter, which was sent Monday, stated, "The committee has been operating on the possibility of having the new president in place by the time Morty Schapiro leaves at the end of June. The chance of that has become remote enough to enact an alternative plan. In anticipation of this possibility, the Board had charged its Executive Committee with developing such a plan. The Executive Committee, after deliberations and consultation with Morty, presented its recommendation to the trustees."

The appointment of Wagner as interim president is a "natural progression" derived from the college’s laws, which state that between presidencies the dean of the faculty assumes the responsibilities of president, according to the letter.

Wagner said he will continue to carry out his responsibilities as dean of the faculty over the summer.

Avis said if Wagner has to continue as interim president beyond Sept. 1, Computer Science Professor Andrea Danyluk will serve as acting dean of the faculty.

Danyluk is also a Division III representative on the Committee on Appointments and Promotions.

Wagner said in the event Danyluk would become the acting dean of the faculty, she would have to resign her position on the committee, and the election of a new representative would take place at the faculty meeting in September.

Besides serving as dean of the faculty during his 29-year career at Williams, Wagner has been director of the Williams-Exeter Programme and chairman of the history department, the Committee on Educational Policy, the Committee on Undergraduate Life, the Committee on Priorities and Resources and the Faculty Compensation Committee.

James G. Kolesar, assistant to the president for Public Affairs, said Tuesday the presidential search committee has received "tons and tons" of names and has begun reviewing them and meeting with some people, even as more names come in.

As interim president, one thing Wagner will be dealing with is the college’s budget situation. Williams has cut $11 million from its fiscal 2010 budget.

Kolesar said Wagner will also represent the president’s office at some alumni events during the summer.

"At a college like this, there are a number of things that go on at any given time and need the direction of the president," he said.
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"Williams College: Endowment lost $400M last year"
By Meghan Foley, New England Newspaper: The Berkshire Eagle & The North Adams Transcript, Friday, September 11, 2009

WILLIAMSTOWN -- $400 million.

That his how much Williams College's endowment decreased between June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009.

Interim President William "Bill" Wagner announced in a letter to the college community on Thursday that the value of the institution's endowment as of June 30 was $1.4 billion.

The endowment's value on June 30, 2008 was $1.8 billion.

"If you asked a year ago today, nobody would have imagined [the endowment] would be that much lower. If you asked in February, a few people might have imagined that it would be that high," said James G. Kolesar, assistant to the president for Public Affairs. "To have $400 million less in the endowment is a very big difference."

He said while the $1.4 billion is an estimate -- the auditing process is still going on -- it won't change much.

Williams College is planning to spend $12 million less in fiscal 2010 than it did in fiscal 09, with a spending on operations budget of $204 million, he said.

"The college has budgeted to spend from the endowment this year $78.3 million," he said.

In his letter, Wagner said that represents 5.6 percent of the endowment's value on June 30.

"However, even in the medium run we cannot maintain that figure without financially endangering future students, faculty and staff. We have to get it back to a sustainable level in as few years as possible, as previous generations have done for our benefit," he said.

While the college planned to spend $94 million from its endowment in 2009, the amount was lowered to at least $91.5 million in response to the economic recession.

Historically the college has spent about 5 percent or less of the endowment's value per fiscal year.

In April, Williams College announced it had taken steps to reduce spending in 2010 by freezing faculty and staff salaries, reducing the number of faculty and staff positions through attrition, and continuing to put capital projects on hold.

In its initial response to the economic recession in the fall of 2008, the college announced that it would delay projects by a year to remodel Weston Field and renovate Stetson Hall into the college's library.

Other cost savings measures the college is taking for 2010 include reducing the building renewal portion of the college's spending on operations budget by $6 million, and cutting managers budgets -- which include individual operating budgets for departments excluding salaries -- by an average of 15 percent.

In addition, Wagner said Williams College has made some changes to some college operations to control costs.

Those changes include closing down college facilities as much as possible from Dec. 23, 2009, to Jan. 2, 2010, having the course catalog and directory only available electronically, and having students pay for printing documents beyond a designated limit per semester.

Kolesar said the college will continue to monitor its finances and the financial market during the year and hope for the best.

"We don't know what will happen in the market. Nobody is sure," he said. "I don't think we have been in this place economically in the world before."
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Adam Falk, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, has been named the 17th president of Williams College. (Photo by Justin Knight)
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"Falk is named Williams College president"
Berkshire Eagle Staff, Tuesday, September 29, 2009

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Adam Falk, the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, has been named the next president of Williams College.

Falk, 44, will begin his duties April 1, according to Greg Avis, the chairman of the college's board of trustees who headed the presidential search committee. He will be Williams' 17th president since its founding in 1793.

Falk succeeds Morton Schapiro, who left last year to head Northwestern University. He arrived in the Berkshires last night for his introduction at 4 p.m. today at Chapin Hall on the Williams campus.

The trustees were "captivated by Adam's intelligence, passion, warmth and outstanding record of leadership," Avis said in a statement released late Monday to the Williams community.

"[His] values align remarkably with those of Williams," the statement said. "He is deeply and broadly curious and instinctively collegial. He sets the highest standards, yet is very down to earth."

During a phone interview with The Eagle, Falk said he's "very gratified and pleased" to be taking the reins of one of the pre-eminent liberal arts colleges in the county.

He's also confident that his skills will make him a good college president.

"I'm a very honest and committed listener," added Falk. "You shouldn't be in this line of work if people aren't important to you."

Falk will lead a campus of roughly 2,000 undergraduates, 50 graduate students, 312 faculty and 800 staff members and guide its $1.8 billion endowment, which has dropped during the national financial crisis. Its fiscal 2010 budget runs about $206 million.

Williams consistently ranks as one of the nation's top private liberal arts colleges and is one of the most competitive institutions to gain admittance.

Falk, a North Carolina native, began his academic career doing physics research and eventually becoming a physics professor before moving into college administration.

After completing undergraduate studies at University North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1987) and receiving his doctorate in physics from Harvard University (1991), Falk conducted research at the Stanford (Calif.) Linear Accelerator Center and then at the University of California, San Diego. He switched to a teaching career at Johns Hopkins in 1994, eventually becoming a full professor before ascending to the dean's position in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Search committee members said Falk will be a good fit at Williams College.

"It is obvious from his own accomplishments that Adam is committed to academic excellence," said board of trustees member Clayton Spencer, "[but] equally focused on values and culture and how one builds community."

Falk also impressed faculty and students in his visits during the search process.

"As students, we felt an instant connection to Adam Falk," said senior and committee member Elizabeth Brickley. "His energy and intellectual curiosity are simply contagious."

Falk's colleagues at Johns Hopkins aren't surprised Falk is moving on.

"It was bound to happen," said Paula Berger, vice provost at Johns Hopkins.

"When I read the statement of qualifications and experience developed by the Presidential Search Committee," she said. "I said, ‘That's Adam.'"

Falk and his wife, Karen, have three children: Briauna, 14, David, 8 and Alex, 7.
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"Williams College names new president"
By The Associated Press, 9/29/2009

WILLIAMSTOWN, Massachusetts (AP) - Williams College has announced that a theoretical physicist will be the school's 17th president.

The appointment of Adam Falk was announced in a Web letter Monday from Gregory Avis, chair of the Williams Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee.

The 44-years-old Falk, dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, will succeed interim president William Wagner on April 1, 2010.

As dean at Johns Hopkins, Falk oversaw steady increases in admissions selectivity and the establishment of a new office of multicultural affairs.

Falk was named after the college formed a 16-member Presidential Search Committee of trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
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"College bosses joining ranks of millionaires"
By Justin Pope, Associated Press, November 2, 2009

The fast-growing group of millionaire private college and university presidents hit a record in recent years, and it's likely more college leaders will make sevenfigure salaries once the slumping economy rebounds.

A record 23 presidents received more than $1 million in total compensation in fiscal 2008, according to an analysis of the most recently available data published Monday by the Chronicle of Higher Education. A record one in four in the study of 419 colleges' mandatory IRS filings made at least $500,000.

Topping the list is Shirley Ann Jackson at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., whose total compensation the Chronicle pegged at nearly $1.6 million. She was followed by David Sargent at Suffolk University in Boston, who made $1.5 million. However, onethird of his compensation had been reported as deferred compensation last year and counted as salary this year - an example of the difficulty of making straightforward compensation comparisons.

Overall, median compensation for the group rose 6.5 percent to $ 359,000, and 15.5 percent at major private research universities, to $ 628,000. The figures essentially cover the 2007- 2008 academic year.

Those averages have almost certainly flattened or perhaps fallen since then, with numerous presidents - including Jackson - taking voluntary pay cuts this year amid widespread budget-cutting at their institutions.

But experts say the upward trend will almost certainly resume eventually. It may frustrate parents who are paying higher tuition, but experts insist the salaries reflect supply and demand.

"The baby boomers are retiring," said Ray Cotton, a Washington D. C.- based lawyer and expert on presidential contracts and compensation. "Boards are in a scramble competing against each other for the remaining available talent."

But the 24-7 nature of the job and the stresses stemming from the recession have made it unappealing to prospective candidates. "Some people just don't want anything to do with the job because it keeps them up at night," said Chronicle editor Jeffrey Selingo. "In order to attract and retain good talent they're going to have to pay for it."

Still, colleges will have to absorb the public relations hit that comes with offering seven- figure compensation to an academic leader. The average price of tuition plus room and board at four-year private colleges surpassed $ 39,000 last year, according to the latest figures from the College Board.

The Chronicle noted that 58 institutions charged more than $50,000 this year, up from just five last year. A number of those schools pay their presidents more than $1 million, including New York University, Columbia and Vanderbilt.
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Adam F. Falk took the helm as the 17th president of Williams College on Thursday. (Gillian Jones/North Adams Transcript)
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"Williams College’s new president, Adam Falk, embraces his new position, location"
By Meghan Foley, North Adams Transcript, April 3, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN -- One of the first things Williams College’s 17th president did upon taking the reins of the institution on Thursday was become a registered town voter.

He also got a Massachusetts driver’s license.

"It’s very important when you come to a new place to embrace it," Adam F. Falk, 44, said Friday. "As of yesterday, I am a resident of Williamstown, and it feels really good."

One of the aspects of Williamstown Falk is looking forward to embracing is the town meeting on May 18.

"All of democracy is not a spectator sport, but a participatory sport," he said. "The fact there is a meeting that grants people the power to make decisions, and not just complain, I find fascinating."

With the college in spring break, Falk has spent the first two days of his presidency mostly getting to know the area, and responding to several messages he has received welcoming him to Williams.

"It’s a beautiful area, and the people are incredibly friendly. It’s a very different life from Baltimore," he said.

While Falk plans to spend his first year listening to the Williams community, one of his primary focuses is maintaining the quality of the liberal arts education offered by college.

"I wanted to come here because this is a terrific college for the education it offers. If I had a single highest priority, it would be to make sure it stays that way," Falk said.

Prior to becoming president of Williams College, Falk was dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. While he enjoyed that position, he is excited to be in a leadership role that will allow him to advocate for the liberal arts education on a national level.

Being born and raised in Chapel Hill, N.C., which is home to the University of North Carolina, Falk knows very well the importance of the relationship between a college and a community.

Williams College is the one main industry for Williamstown, as is the case with the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, he said. As a result, a college town and its college depend on each other, he said.

"Williams College can’t be successful without Williamstown being successful, and Williamstown can’t be successful without Williams College being successful," he said.

He said he has already met with Williamstown Town Manager Peter L. Fohlin, and is looking forward to continuing to foster a partnership between the college and town.

Falk, a theoretical physicist, takes over the presidency of Williams College at a time when its endowment has plunged due to the volatile and unpredictable financial market, and the institution is under a hiring and wage freeze.

He credits his predecessors and Williams’ leadership team with keeping the college on a steady course financially, and plans to spend the upcoming fiscal years "right-sizing" the college’s budget.

"Williams College is very wealthy by all comparisons except with the Williams of three years ago. We’re still very fortunate to have the financial resources we have, but when the endowment drops in the way it has dropped, there is less money to be spent, and we need to make decision what not to do," he said.

He said the amount of faculty and staff grew greatly during the late 1990s and early 2000s when the economy was good, and now that it has turned, it’s becoming unsustainable for the college to support those personnel numbers.

With an early retirement incentive program being offered this year, Falk said that depending on who takes advantage of it, there could be some reorganizing of departments and offices.

He doesn’t anticipate reorganization and some cutting back on spending having a negative effect on the quality of education provided at Williams.

In addition, Falk said he is committed to maintaining Williams’ reputation of having one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country intact.

The mutlimillion dollar capital projects to remodel Weston Field and renovate Stetson Hall into a new library will continue to be on hold until spring 2011, Falk said. At that time, the possibility of starting construction will be re-evaluated again, he said.

The time in between will give the college the opportunity to re-examine the projects especially the Sawyer/Stetson Library, he said.

The two things that need to be looked at with the library project is its sustainability and flexibility, he said.

"The way we use a library will change over the next 20 or 30 years, and we need to make sure the library is built to allow that flexibility," he said.

Falk’s wife, Karen, and their three children, Briauna, 14, David, 9, and Alex, 7, will join him as residents of Williamstown following the completion of the school year in June.

Falk said they’re excited about moving to the Berkshires and into such a caring and trusting community.

"During one of our visits here, my wife and I went to visit the elementary school. When we came in the back door, I noticed all the bicycles kids had piled up outside were unlocked. When a kid rides a bicycle to school and doesn’t need to lock it up, I think that speaks to a lot of what is appealing about this community, and the level of trust people have in each other," he said.
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Marty Meehan will make $769,500 during his first year as UMass president. Joanne Rathe/Boston Globe Staff/File.

"UMass to pay incoming president $769,500 in salary, perks"
By Laura Krantz, Boston Globe Staff, May 21, 2015

Incoming UMass president Martin T. Meehan will make $769,500 during his first year on the job, including salary and benefits, according to terms of his five-year contract released Thursday.

The deal to oversee the five-campus university system will pay him less than his predecessor Robert Caret, but includes a penalty if he leaves before the end of the agreement.

Meehan’s overall compensation package will rise to $869,000 in 2019. Those figures include annual performance bonuses, retirement and life insurance contributions, and housing and car allowances.

The increases amount to about a 3.5 percent raise each year for Meehan in base salary, which starts at $525,000 when he begins in July and will rise to $602,000 five years from now. Caret’s annual raise was about 4.5 percent.

Meehan, who made $459,000 this year as chancellor of UMass Lowell, said Thursday he is pleased to have the contract negotiations behind him. In the past, he has said he has no intention of leaving early.

“This is my dream job and I am excited to get started,” he said in a statement.

For the first time, trustees stipulated in the agreement that if Meehan breaks his contract, as Caret did, the president will owe UMass a penalty that begins at $150,000 next year and shrinks to $50,000 by 2019.

Caret announced in December that he would leave UMass to head Maryland’s university system, two months after trustees had negotiated a new contract for him that would have paid him $952,000 in overall compensation by 2018, the final year of his contract. Caret would have earned a $600,000 base salary that year.

Unlike Caret’s contract, Meehan’s includes no deferred compensation payments, which would have awarded Caret an extra $200,000 over the life of his contract.

Meehan will get annual performance bonuses of 11 percent his base salary and retirement contributions of 18 percent his salary. Caret received 15 percent bonuses and 20 percent retirement contributions.

Contact Laura Krantz at laura.krantz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laurakrantz.

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The UMass Integrated Science Complex, which opened in January, was the first new academic building on the Boston campus in almost 40 years. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Opinion | Robert L. Caret - "UMass students will face a rise in fees" - The Boston Globe - June 8, 2015

Over the past two years, Massachusetts has been a national leader in providing support for its public research university — boosting funding for the five-campus UMass system by an eye-catching $100 million.

And the state’s financial investment translated into something truly remarkable: The average net cost of attending UMass declined for the first time in recent memory, decreasing by more than $200 per student for the academic year just completed. Our leaders on Beacon Hill should take a bow – and I know that students and their families breathed sighs of relief.

Looking ahead, the state budget for 2015-2016 has not been finalized, so we don’t know how much money UMass will receive, but it will be between the House’s $519 million and the Senate’s $537 million. Either would represent an increase over the current $511 million, but neither would appear to be enough to spare UMass its first fee increase in three years, so an increase of some magnitude seems inevitable.

Although Massachusetts has been at the head of the funding class over the past two years, we had a lot of catching up to do, since funding for UMass had been flat for more than a decade leading up to this period.

My ardent hope is that the Commonwealth, dealing with budget problems of its own, regards this as a one-year retreat from a long-term major fiscal commitment to UMass and will not slip back into an era of relative inattention. Over the years, UMass has demonstrated that it is very good at doing more with less, but “more with less” is not a good long-term strategy for a state that builds its economy on a foundation of brainpower.

I leave my post as president of UMass at the end of this month to become chancellor of the University System of Maryland. I will oversee a public university system where the flagship campus at College Park this past year received a state subsidy of $15,860 per student. Looking further south, the subsidy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill was $16,595 per student.

But here in Massachusetts, even after our $100 million increase, state funding per student for our flagship campus in Amherst during the past year was $9,025 – dramatically less than the level we see in North Carolina and Maryland, two states that compete head to head with Massachusetts in the global innovation economy. This is not a good position for Massachusetts, which will be going into battle against states that are spending dramatically more to arm their flagships.

Having seen the University of Massachusetts take major steps forward over the past four years, I fervently hope that UMass will receive the support it deserves and needs in the years ahead — as an investment in UMass truly is an investment in the Commonwealth and its future.

Robert L. Caret is president of the UMass system.

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Columbus Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Pittsfield Politics: Capitanio, Mazzeo agree on budget cuts, public safety

Pittsfield Politics: Capitanio, Mazzeo agree on budget cuts, public safety
Paul Capitanio, left, speaks during Monday night's Ward 3 City Council debate with fellow candidate Melissa Mazzeo at Pittsfield Community Television's studio. The special election (3/31/2009) will be held a week from today (3/24/2009). The local issues ranged from economic development and cleaning up blighted areas in Ward 3 to public education and the continued remediation of PCB's.

Red Sox v Yankees

Red Sox v Yankees
Go Red Sox!

Outrage swells in Congress!

Outrage swells in Congress!
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., left, and the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., listen during a hearing on modernizing insurance regulations, Tuesday, March 17, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). - http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090318/pl_politico/30833

Beacon Hill's $pecial Interest Tax Raisers & $PENDERS!

Beacon Hill's $pecial Interest Tax Raisers & $PENDERS!
Photo Gallery: www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/03/15/St_Patricks_Day_Boston/

The path away from Wall Street ...

The path away from Wall Street ...
...Employers in the finance sector - traditionally a prime landing spot for college seniors, particularly in the Northeast - expect to have 71 percent fewer jobs to offer this year's (2009) graduates.

Economic collapse puts graduates on unforeseen paths: Enrollment in public service jobs rising...

Economic collapse puts graduates on unforeseen paths: Enrollment in public service jobs rising...
www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/03/14/economic_collapse_puts_graduates_on_unforeseen_paths/

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis
Should he be fired? As Bank of America's Stock Plummets, CEO Resists Some Calls That He Step Down.

Hookers for Jesus

Hookers for Jesus
Annie Lobert is the founder of "Hookers for Jesus" - www.hookersforjesus.net/home.cfm - Saving Sin City: Las Vegas, Nevada?

Forever personalized stamped envelope

Forever personalized stamped envelope
The Forever stamp will continue to cover the price of a first-class letter. The USPS will also introduce Forever personalized, stamped envelopes. The envelopes will be preprinted with a Forever stamp, the sender's name and return address, and an optional personal message.

Purple Heart

Purple Heart
First issued in 2003, the Purple heart stamp will continue to honor the men and women wounded while serving in the US military. The Purple Heart stamp covers the cost of 44 cents for first-class, one-ounce mail.

Dolphin

Dolphin
The bottlenose is just one of the new animals set to appear on the price-change stamps. It will serve as a 64-cent stamp for odd shaped envelopes.

2009 price-change stamps

2009 price-change stamps
www.boston.com/business/gallery/2009pircechangestamps/ -&- www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/02/27/new_stamps_set_for_rate_increase_in_may/

Red Sox v Yankees

Red Sox v Yankees
Go Red Sox!

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
AP photo v Shepard Fairey

Rush Limbaugh lackeys

Rush Limbaugh lackeys
Posted by Dan Wasserman of the Boston Globe on March 3, 2009.

Honest Abe

Honest Abe
A 2007 US Penny

Dog race

Dog race
Sledding for dogs

The Capital of the Constitution State

The Capital of the Constitution State
Hartford, once the wealthiest city in the United States but now the poorest in Connecticut, is facing an uphill battle.

Brady, Bundchen married

Brady, Bundchen married
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen wed Feb. 26, 2009 in a Catholic ceremony in Los Angeles. www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/gallery/tom_gisele/

Mayor Jimmy Ruberto

Mayor Jimmy Ruberto
Tanked Pittsfield's local economy while helping his fellow insider political hacks and business campaign contributors!

Journalist Andrew Manuse

Journalist Andrew Manuse
www.manuse.com

New Hampshire Supreme Court Building

New Hampshire Supreme Court Building
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_Supreme_Court

Economic State of the Union

Economic State of the Union
A look at some of the economic conditions the Obama administration faces and what resources have already been pledged to help. 2/24/2009

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
The president addresses the nation's governors during a dinner in the State Dinning Room, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari).

The Oscars - 2/22/2009.

The Oscars - 2/22/2009.
Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé Knowles teamed up for a musical medley during the show.

The 81st Academy Awards - Oscars - 2009

The 81st Academy Awards - Oscars - 2009
Hugh Jackman pulled actress Anne Hathaway on stage to accompany him during his opening musical number.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow
A Progressive News Commentator

$500,000 per year

$500,000 per year
That is chump change for the corporate elite!

THE CORPORATE ELITE...

THE CORPORATE ELITE...
Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive of General Electric

The Presidents' Club

The Presidents' Club
Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton & Carter.

5 Presidents: Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton, & Carter!

5 Presidents: Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton, & Carter!
White House Event: January 7, 2009.

Bank Bailout!

Bank Bailout!
v taxpayer

Actress Elizabeth Banks

Actress Elizabeth Banks
She will present an award to her hometown (Pittsfield) at the Massachusetts State House next month (1/2009). She recently starred in "W" and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," and just signed a $1 million annual contract to be a spokesmodel for Paris.

Joanna Lipper

Joanna Lipper
Her award-winning 1999 documentary, "Growing Up Fast," about teenaged mothers in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Happy Holidays...

Happy Holidays...
...from "Star Wars"

Massachusetts "poor" economy

Massachusetts "poor" economy
Massachusetts is one of the wealthiest states, but it is also very inequitable. For example, it boasts the nation's most lucrative lottery, which is just a system of regressive taxation so that the corporate elite get to pay less in taxes!

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon
Hollywood Actress

Peter G. Arlos.

Peter G. Arlos.
Arlos is shown in his Pittsfield office in early 2000.

Turnpike OK's hefty toll hikes

Turnpike OK's hefty toll hikes
Big Dig - East-west commuters take hit; Fees at tunnels would double. 11/15/2008.

The Pink Panther 2

The Pink Panther 2
Starring Steve Martin

Police ABUSE

Police ABUSE
I was a victim of Manchester Police Officer John Cunningham's ILLEGAL USES of FORCE! John Cunningham was reprimanded by the Chief of Police for disrespecting me. John Cunningham yelled at a witness: "I don't care if he (Jonathan Melle) is disabled!"

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
The 44th US President!

Vote

Vote
Elections

The Bailout & the economic stimulus check

The Bailout & the economic stimulus check
A political cartoon by Dan Wasserman

A rainbow over Boston

A rainbow over Boston
"Rainbows galore" 10/2/2008

Our nation's leaders!

Our nation's leaders!
President Bush with both John McCain & Barack Obama - 9/25/2008.

Massachusetts & Big Dig: Big hike in tolls for Pike looming (9/26/2008).

Massachusetts & Big Dig: Big hike in tolls for Pike looming (9/26/2008).
$5 rise at tunnels is one possibility $1 jump posed for elsewhere.

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
My FAVORITE Journalist EVER!

9/11/2008 - A Show of Unity!

9/11/2008 - A Show of Unity!
John McCain and Barack Obama appeared together at ground zero in New York City - September 11, 2008.

John McCain...

John McCain...
...has all but abandoned the positions on taxes, torture and immigration. (A cartoon by Dan Wasserman. September 2008).

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman
The deregulated chickens come home to roost... in all our pocketbooks. September 2008.

Sarah Palin's phobia

Sarah Palin's phobia
A scripted candidate! (A cartoon by Dan Wasserman).

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman
Family FInances - September, 2008.

Mark E. Roy

Mark E. Roy
Ward 1 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Theodore “Ted” L. Gatsas

Theodore “Ted” L. Gatsas
Ward 2 Alderman (& NH State Senator) for Manchester, NH (2008).

Peter M. Sullivan

Peter M. Sullivan
Ward 3 (downtown) Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Jim Roy

Jim Roy
Ward 4 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Ed Osborne

Ed Osborne
Ward 5 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Real R. Pinard

Real R. Pinard
Ward 6 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

William P. Shea

William P. Shea
Ward 7 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Betsi DeVries

Betsi DeVries
Ward 8 Alder-woman (& NH State Senator) for Manchester, NH (2008).

Michael Garrity

Michael Garrity
Ward 9 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

George Smith

George Smith
Ward 10 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Russ Ouellette

Russ Ouellette
Ward 11 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Kelleigh (Domaingue) Murphy

Kelleigh (Domaingue) Murphy
Ward 12 Alder-woman for Manchester, NH (2008).

“Mike” Lopez

“Mike” Lopez
At-Large Alderman for Manchester, NH. (2008).

Daniel P. O’Neil

Daniel P. O’Neil
At-Large Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Sarah Palin for Vice President.

Sarah Palin for Vice President.
Republican John McCain made the surprise pick of Alaska's governor Sarah Palin as his running mate today, August 29, 2008.

U.S. Representative John Olver, D-Amherst, Massachusetts.

U.S. Representative John Olver, D-Amherst, Massachusetts.
Congressman Olver said the country has spent well over a half-trillion dollars on the war in Iraq while the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate. 8/25/08.

Ed O'Reilly for US Senate in Massachusetts!

Ed O'Reilly for US Senate in Massachusetts!
John Kerry's 9/2008 challenger in the Democratic Primary.

Shays' Rebellion

Shays' Rebellion
In a tax revolt, Massachusetts farmers fought back during Shays' Rebellion in the mid-1780s after The American Revolutionary War.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore
Actress. "The Big Lebowski" is one of my favorite movies. I also like "The Fugitive", too.

Rinaldo Del Gallo III & "Superman"

Rinaldo Del Gallo III & "Superman"
Go to: http://www.berkshirefatherhood.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=699&cntnt01returnid=69

"Income chasm widening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts"

"Income chasm widening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts"
The gap between rich and poor has widened substantially in Massachusetts over the past two decades. (8/15/2008).

Dan "Bureaucrat" Bosley

Dan "Bureaucrat" Bosley
"The Bosley Amendment": To create tax loopholes for the wealthiest corporate interests in Massachusetts!

John Edwards and...

John Edwards and...
...Rielle Hunter. WHO CARES?!

Rep. Edward J. Markey

Rep. Edward J. Markey
He wants online-privacy legislation. Some Web Firms Say They Track Behavior Without Explicit Consent.

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan
She gained fame with her antiwar vigil outside the Bush ranch.

Olympics kick off in Beijing

Olympics kick off in Beijing
Go USA!

Exxon Mobil 2Q profit sets US record, shares fall

Exxon Mobil 2Q profit sets US record, shares fall
In this May 1, 2008, file photo, a customer pumps gas at an Exxon station in Middleton, Mass. Exxon Mobil Corp. reported second-quarter earnings of $11.68 billion Thursday, July 31, the biggest quarterly profit ever by any U.S. corporation, but the results were well short of Wall Street expectations and its shares fell as markets opened. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File) 7/31/2008.

Onota Lake 'Sea Serpent'

Onota Lake 'Sea Serpent'
Some kind of monster on Onota Lake. Five-year-old Tyler Smith rides a 'sea serpent' on Onota Lake in Pittsfield, Mass. The 'monster,' fashioned by Smith's grandfather, first appeared over July 4 weekend. (Photo courtesy of Ron Smith). 7/30/2008.

Al Gore, Jr.

Al Gore, Jr.
Al Gore issues challenge on energy

The Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

"Big Dig"

"Big Dig"
Boston's financially wasteful pork barrel project!

"Big Dig"

"Big Dig"
Boston's pork barrel public works project cost 50 times more than the original price!

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
My favorite journalist EVER!

U.S. Rep. John Olver, state Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Selectwomen Stephanie O'Keeffe and Alisa Brewer

U.S. Rep. John Olver, state Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Selectwomen Stephanie O'Keeffe and Alisa Brewer
Note: Photo from Mary E Carey's Blog.

Tanglewood

Tanglewood
Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine.

Google

Google
Chagall

Jimmy Ruberto

Jimmy Ruberto
Faces multiple persecutions under the Massachusetts "Ethics" conflict of interest laws.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
Obama vows $500m in faith-based aid.

John McCain

John McCain
He is with his wife, Cindy, who were both met by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe (right) upon arriving in Cartagena.

Daniel Duquette

Daniel Duquette
Sold Mayor James M. Ruberto of Pittsfield two tickets to the 2004 World Series at face value.

Hillary & Barack in Unity, NH - 6/27/2008

Hillary & Barack in Unity, NH - 6/27/2008
Clinton tells Obama, crowd in Unity, N.H.: 'We are one party'

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Wanna-be Prez?

WALL-E

WALL-E
"out of this World"

Crisis in the Congo - Ben Affleck

Crisis in the Congo - Ben Affleck
http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/popup?id=5057139&contentIndex=1&page=1&start=false - http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=5234555&page=1

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
NH's Democratic returning candidate for U.S. Senate

"Wall-E"

"Wall-E"
a cool robot

Ed O'Reilly

Ed O'Reilly
www.edoreilly.com

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
World Champions - 2008

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
J.D. Drew gets the same welcome whenever he visits the City of Brotherly Love: "Booooooo!"; Drew has been vilified in Philadelphia since refusing to sign with the Phillies after they drafted him in 1997...

Joe Kelly Levasseur & Joe Briggs

Joe Kelly Levasseur & Joe Briggs
www.2joes.org

NH Union Leader

NH Union Leader
Editorial Cartoon

Celtics - World Champions!

Celtics - World Champions!
www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_18_08_front_pages/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_17_08_finals_game_6/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_17_08_celebration/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_15_08_celtics_championships/

"The Nation"

"The Nation"
A "Liberal" weekly political news magazine. Katrina vanden Heuvel.

TV - PBS: NOW

TV - PBS: NOW
http://www.pbs.org/now

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone
List of Twilight Zone episodes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Twilight_Zone_episodes

Equality for ALL Marriages

Equality for ALL Marriages
I, Jonathan Melle, am a supporter of same sex marriages.

Kobe Bryant leads his time to a Game 5 victory.

Kobe Bryant leads his time to a Game 5 victory.
L.A. Lakers holds on for the win to force Game 6 at Boston

Mohawk Trail

Mohawk Trail
The 'Hail to the Sunrise' statue in Charlemont is a well-known and easily recognized landmark on the Mohawk Trail. The trail once boasted several souvenir shops, some with motels and restaurants. Now only four remain. (Caroline Bonnivier / Berkshire Eagle Staff).

NASA - June 14, 2008

NASA - June 14, 2008
Space Shuttle Discovery returns to Earth.

Go Celtics! Game # 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals.

Go Celtics! Game # 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals.
Boston took a 20-second timeout, and the Celtics ran off four more points (including this incredible Erving-esque layup from Ray Allen) to build the lead to five points with just 2:10 remaining. Reeling, the Lakers took a full timeout to try to regain their momentum.

Sal DiMasi

Sal DiMasi
Speaker of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives

Kelly Ayotte - Attorney General of New Hampshire

Kelly Ayotte - Attorney General of New Hampshire
http://doj.nh.gov/

John Kerry

John Kerry
He does not like grassroots democracy & being challenged in the 2008 Massachusetts Democratic Party Primary for re-election.

Tim Murray

Tim Murray
Corrupt Lt. Gov. of Massachusetts, 2007 - 2013.

North Adams, Massachusetts

North Adams, Massachusetts
downtown

Howie Carr

Howie Carr
Political Satirist on Massachusetts Corruption/Politics

Polar Bear

Polar Bear
Global Warming

Elizabeth Warren - Web-Site Links

Elizabeth Warren - Web-Site Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Warren & http://www.creditslips.org/creditslips/WarrenAuthor.html

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren
Consumer Crusader

Leon Powe

Leon Powe
Celtics forward Leon Powe finished a fast break with a dunk.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett reacted during the game.

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo finished a first half fast break with a dunk.

Teamwork

Teamwork
Los Angeles Lakers teammates help Pau Gasol (16) from the floor in the second quarter.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant took a shot in the first half of Game 2.

Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins (right) backed down Lamar Odom (left) during first half action.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
The Boston Symphony Orchestra performed the national anthem prior to Game 2.

K.G.!

K.G.!
Garnett reacted to a hard dunk in the first quarter.

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce reacted after hitting a three upon his return to the game since leaving with an injury.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Kobe Bryant (left) and Paul Pierce (right) squared off in the second half of the game.

James Taylor

James Taylor
Sings National Anthem at Celtics Game.

John Forbes Kerry & Deval Patrick

John Forbes Kerry & Deval Patrick
Attended Celtics Game.

Greats of the NBA: Dr. J, Bill Russell, & Kareem!

Greats of the NBA: Dr. J, Bill Russell, & Kareem!
Attend Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis
The actor (left) and his date were in the crowd before the Celtics game.

John Kerry

John Kerry
Golddigger attends Celtics game

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton
Ends her 2008 bid for Democratic Party nomination

Nonnie Burnes

Nonnie Burnes
Massachusetts Insurance Commish & former Judge

Jones Library

Jones Library
Amherst, Massachusetts

Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton
2008 Democratic Primary

"US vs Exxon and Halliburton"

"US vs Exxon and Halliburton"
U.S. Senator John Sununu took more than $220,000 from big oil.

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
4- U.S. Senate - 2008

William Pignatelli

William Pignatelli
Hack Rep. "Smitty" with Lynne Blake

Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke
Federal Reserve Chairman

Gazettenet.com

Gazettenet.com
www.gazettenet.com/beta/

Boys' & Girls' Club

Boys' & Girls' Club
Melville Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Denis Guyer

Denis Guyer
Dalton State Representative

The Berkshire Eagle

The Berkshire Eagle
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Carmen Massimiano

Carmen Massimiano
Williams College - May 2008

Larry Bird & Magic Johnson

Larry Bird & Magic Johnson
www.boston.com/lifestyle/gallery/when_the_celtics_were_cool/

Regressive Taxation! via State Lotteries

Regressive Taxation! via State Lotteries
New Massachusetts state lottery game hits $600 million in sales!

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
"Luciforo"

John Barrett III

John Barrett III
Long-time Mayor of North Adams Massachusetts

Shine On

Shine On

Elmo

Elmo
cool!

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce kissed the Eastern Conference trophy. 5/30/2008. AP Photo.

Kevin Garnett & Richard Hamilton

Kevin Garnett & Richard Hamilton
Kevin Garnett (left) talked to Pistons guard Richard Hamilton (right) after the Celtics' victory in Game 6. 5/30/2008. Reuters Photo.

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce showed his team colors as the Celtics closed out the Pistons in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. 5/30/2008. Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis.

Joseph Kelly Levasseur

Joseph Kelly Levasseur
One of my favorite politicians!

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
In the Big Apple: NYC! She is the coolest!

Guyer & Kerry

Guyer & Kerry
My 2nd least favorite picture EVER!

Mary Carey

Mary Carey
My favorite journalist EVER!

Nuciforo & Ruberto

Nuciforo & Ruberto
My least favorite picture EVER!

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senate - 2008

NH Fisher Cats

NH Fisher Cats
AA Baseball - Toronto Blue Jays affiliate

Manchester, NH

Manchester, NH
Police Patch

Michael Briggs

Michael Briggs
#83 - We will never forget

Michael "Stix" Addison

Michael "Stix" Addison
http://unionleader.com/channel.aspx/News?channel=2af17ff4-f73b-4c44-9f51-092e828e1131

Charlie Gibson

Charlie Gibson
ABC News anchor

Scott McClellan

Scott McClellan
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/scott_mcclellan/index.html?inline=nyt-per

Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho
Downtown Boise Idaho

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Legislative Hearing in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, BCC, on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
My favorite classical U.S. President!

NH Governor John Lynch

NH Governor John Lynch
Higher Taxes, Higher Tolls

Paul Hodes

Paul Hodes
My favorite Congressman!

Portland Sea Dogs

Portland Sea Dogs
AA Red Sox

New York

New York
Magnet

Massachusetts

Massachusetts
Magnet

New Hampshire

New Hampshire
Magnet

New Hampshire

New Hampshire
Button

Carmen Massimiano

Carmen Massimiano
"Luciforo" tried to send me to Carmen's Jail during the Spring & Summer of 1998.

Kay Khan - Massachusetts State Representative

Kay Khan - Massachusetts State Representative
www.openmass.org/members/show/174

Luciforo

Luciforo
Andrea F Nuciforo II

B-Eagle

B-Eagle
Pittsfield's monopoly/only daily newspaper

Jon Lester - Go Red Sox!

Jon Lester - Go Red Sox!
A Red Sox No Hitter on 5/19/2008!

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Dustin Pedroia & Manny Ramirez

U.S. Flag

U.S. Flag
God Bless America!

Jonathan Melle's Blog

Jonathan Melle's Blog
Hello, Everyone!

Molly Bish

Molly Bish
We will never forget!

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo listens to some advice from Celtics head coach Doc Rivers in the first half.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace embrace at the end of the game.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon calls for the ball as he charges toward first base. Papelbon made the out en route to picking up his 14th save of the season.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka throws to Royals David DeJesus during the first inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka delivers a pitch to Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek during the second inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew is welcomed to home plate by teammates Mike Lowell (left), Kevin Youkilis (2nd left) and Manny Ramirez after he hit a grand slam in the second inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell crosses the plate after hitting a grand slam during the sixth inning. Teammates Manny Ramirez and Jacoby Ellsbury scored on the play. The Red Sox went on to win 11-8 to complete a four-game sweep and perfect homestand.

JD Drew - Go Red Sox

JD Drew - Go Red Sox
www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/05_22_08_sox_royals/

Thank you for serving; God Bless America!

Thank you for serving; God Bless America!
Master Sgt. Kara B. Stackpole, of Westfield, holds her daughter, Samantha, upon her return today to Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. She is one of the 38 members of the 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron who returned after a 4-month deployment in Iraq. Photo by Dave Roback / The Republican.

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

Kathi-Anne Reinstein
www.openmass.org/members/show/175

Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy
Tragic diagnosis: Get well Senator!

Google doodle - Jonathan Melle Internet search

Google doodle - Jonathan Melle Internet search
http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&q=jonathan+melle+blogurl:http://jonathanmelleonpolitics.blogspot.com/&ie=UTF-8

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Billionaire U.S. Senator gives address to MCLA graduates in North Adams, Massachusetts in mid-May 2008

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
"Luciforo"

A Red Sox Fan in Paris, France

A Red Sox Fan in Paris, France
Go Red Sox!

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Interviewed on local TV

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
Luciforo!

John Adams

John Adams
#2 U.S. President

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I stood under a tree on the afternoon of May 9, 2008, on the foregrounds of the NH State House - www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/nhinsider/vpost?id=2967773

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Inside the front lobby of the NH State House

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Bill Clinton campaign memorabilia

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Liberty Bell & NH State House

Jon Keller

Jon Keller
Boston based political analyst

Jon Keller

Jon Keller
Boston based political analyst

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Franklin Pierce Statue #14 U.S. President

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
NH State House

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Stop the War NOW!

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
"Mr. Melle, tear down this Blog!"

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I stood next to a JFK photo

Jonathan Levine, Publisher

Jonathan Levine, Publisher
The Pittsfield Gazette Online

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I made rabbit ears with John & George

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I made antenna ears with John & George

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I impersonated Howard Dean

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
mock-voting

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
pretty ladies -/- Go to: http://www.wgir.com/cc-common/cc_photopop20.html?eventID=28541&pagecontent=&pagenum=4 - Go to: http://current.com/items/88807921_veterans_should_come_first_not_last# - http://www.mcam23.com/cgi-bin/cutter.cgi?c_function=STREAM?c_feature=EDIT?dir_catagory=10MorningRadio?dir_folder=2JoesClips?dir_file=JonathanMelle-090308? -

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Go Red Sox! Me at Fenway Park

Mary E. Carey

Mary E. Carey
My favorite journalist! Her voice sings for the Voiceless. -/- Go to: http://aboutamherst.blogspot.com/search?q=melle -/- Go to: http://ongeicocaveman.blogspot.com/search?q=melle

Velvet Jesus

Velvet Jesus
Mary Carey blogs about my political writings. This is a picture of Jesus from her childhood home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. -//- "How Can I Keep From Singing" : My life goes on in endless song / Above Earth's lamentations, / I hear the real, though far-off hymn / That hails a new creation. / / Through all the tumult and the strife / I hear its music ringing, / It sounds an echo in my soul. / How can I keep from singing? / / Whey tyrants tremble in their fear / And hear their death knell ringing, / When friends rejoice both far and near / How can I keep from singing? / / In prison cell and dungeon vile / Our thoughts to them are winging / When friends by shame are undefiled / How can I keep from singing?

www.truthdig.com

www.truthdig.com
www.truthdig.com

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Concord NH

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post
http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=loc&newest=1&addr=&zip=01201&search=Search

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
smiles & beer

Jonathan Lothrop

Jonathan Lothrop
A Pittsfield City Councilor

Michael L. Ward

Michael L. Ward
A Pittsfield City Councilor

Peter Marchetti - Pittsfield's City Councilor at Large

Peter Marchetti - Pittsfield's City Councilor at Large
Pete always sides with the wealthy's political interests.

Gerald Lee - Pittsfield's City Council Prez

Gerald Lee - Pittsfield's City Council Prez
Gerald Lee told me that I am a Social Problem; Lee executes a top-down system of governance.

Matt Kerwood - Pittsfield's Councilor at Large

Matt Kerwood - Pittsfield's Councilor at Large
Kerwood poured coffee drinks for Jane Swift

Louis Costi

Louis Costi
Pittsfield City Councilor

Lewis Markham

Lewis Markham
Pittsfield City Councilor

Kevin Sherman - Pittsfield City Councilor

Kevin Sherman - Pittsfield City Councilor
Sherman ran for Southern Berkshire State Rep against Smitty Pignatelli; Sherman is a good guy.

Anthony Maffuccio

Anthony Maffuccio
Pittsfield City Councilor

Linda Tyer

Linda Tyer
Pittsfield City Councilor

Daniel Bianchi

Daniel Bianchi
A Pittsfield City Councilor

The Democratic Donkey

The Democratic Donkey
Democratic Party Symbol

Paramount

Paramount
What is Paramount to you?

NH's Congresswoman

NH's Congresswoman
Carol Shea-Porter, Democrat

Sam Adams Beer

Sam Adams Beer
Boston Lager

Ratatouille

Ratatouille
Disney Animation

Ruberto Details Plans for Success - January 07, 2008

Ruberto Details Plans for Success - January 07, 2008
"Luciforo" swears in Mayor Ruberto. Pittsfield Politics at its very worst: 2 INSIDER POWERBROKERS! Where is Carmen Massimiano? He must be off to the side.

Abe

Abe
Lincoln

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime
Leader of the Autobots

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime
1984 Autobot Transformer Leader

Cleanup Agreements - GE & Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

Cleanup Agreements - GE & Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/cleanupagreement.html

GE/Housatonic River Site: Introduction

GE/Housatonic River Site: Introduction
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/

GE/Housatonic River Site - Reports

GE/Housatonic River Site - Reports
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/thesite/opca-reports.html

US EPA - Contact - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

US EPA - Contact -  Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/contactinfo.html

GE Corporate Logo - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

GE Corporate Logo - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/index.html

Commonwealth Connector

Commonwealth Connector
Commonwealth Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Healthcare Reform

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Healthcare Reform

Network Health Forward - A Commonwealth Care Plan

Network Health Forward - A Commonwealth Care Plan
Massachusetts Health Reform

Network Health Together: A MassHealth Plan - Commonwealth Care

Network Health Together: A MassHealth Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

www.network-health.org

www.network-health.org
Massachusetts Health Reform

Neighborhood Health Plan - Commonwealth Care

Neighborhood Health Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

Fallon Community Health Plan - Commonwealth Care

Fallon Community Health Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

BMC HealthNet Plan

BMC HealthNet Plan
Massachusetts Health Reform

Massachusetts Health Reform

Massachusetts Health Reform
Eligibility Chart: 2007

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Massachusetts Health Reform

Business Peaks

Business Peaks
Voodoo Economics

Laffer Curve - Corporate Elite

Laffer Curve - Corporate Elite
Reagonomics: Supply Side

Corporate Elite Propaganda

Corporate Elite Propaganda
Mock Liberal Democratic Socialism Thinking

Real Estate Blues

Real Estate Blues
www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/2008/0316/

PEACE

PEACE
End ALL Wars!

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech
Norman Rockwell's World War II artwork depicting America's values

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
A young Abe Lincoln

RACHEL KAPRIELIAN

RACHEL KAPRIELIAN
www.openmass.org/members/show/218 - www.rachelkaprielian.com

Jennifer M. Callahan - Massachusetts State Representative

Jennifer M. Callahan - Massachusetts State Representative
www.openmass.org/members/show/164 - www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/05/04/legislator_describes_threat_as_unnerving/

Human Rights for ALL Peoples!

Human Rights for ALL Peoples!
My #1 Political Belief!

Anne Frank

Anne Frank
Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

A young woman Hillary supporter

A young woman Hillary supporter
This excellent picture captures a youth's excitement

Hillary Clinton with Natalie Portman

Hillary Clinton with Natalie Portman
My favorite Actress!

Alan Chartock

Alan Chartock
WAMC public radio in Albany, NY; Political columnist who writes about Berkshire County area politics; Strong supporter for Human Rights for ALL Peoples

OpenCongress.Org

OpenCongress.Org
This web-site uses some of my Blog postings

OpenMass.org

OpenMass.org
This web-site uses some of my blog postings!

Shannon O'Brien

Shannon O'Brien
One of my favorite politicians! She stands for the People first!

The Massachusetts State House

The Massachusetts State House
"The Almighty Golden Dome" - www.masslegislature.tv -

Sara Hathaway

Sara Hathaway
Former Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
A corrupt Pol who tried to put me in Jail

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
Another view of Pittsfield's inbred, multigenerational political prince. Luciforo!

Luciforo

Luciforo
Nuciforo's nickname

"Andy" Nuciforo

"Andy" Nuciforo
Luciforo!

Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr., Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer)

Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr., Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer)
Nuciforo's henchman! Nuciforo tried to send me to Carmen's Jail

Andrea Nuciforo Jr

Andrea Nuciforo Jr
Shhh! Luciforo's other job is working as a private attorney defending wealthy Boston-area corporate insurance companies

Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer) Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr.

Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer) Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr.
Nuciforo tried to send me to Carmen's Jail! Carmen sits with the Congressman, John Olver

Congressman John Olver

Congressman John Olver
Nuciforo's envy

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol
Our Beacon of American Democracy

Nuciforo's architect

Nuciforo's architect
Mary O'Brien in red with scarf

Sara Hathaway (www.brynmawr.edu)

Sara Hathaway (www.brynmawr.edu)
Former-Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Nuciforo intimidated her, along with another woman, from running in a democratic state election in the Spring of 2006!

Andrea F. Nuciforo II

Andrea F. Nuciforo II
Pittsfield Politics

Berkshire County Republican Association

Berkshire County Republican Association
Go to: www.fcgop.blogspot.com

Denis Guyer

Denis Guyer
Dalton State Representative

John Forbes Kerry & Denis Guyer

John Forbes Kerry & Denis Guyer
U.S. Senator & State Representative

John Kerry

John Kerry
Endorses Barack Obama for Prez then visits Berkshire County

Dan Bosley

Dan Bosley
A Bureaucrat impostering as a Legislator!

Ben Downing

Ben Downing
Berkshire State Senator

Christopher N Speranzo

Christopher N Speranzo
Pittsfield's ANOINTED State Representative

Peter J. Larkin

Peter J. Larkin
Corrupt Lobbyist

GE - Peter Larkin's best friend!

GE - Peter Larkin's best friend!
GE's FRAUDULENT Consent Decree with Pittsfield, Massachusetts, will end up KILLING many innocent school children & other local residents!

GE's CEO Jack Welch

GE's CEO Jack Welch
The Corporate System's Corporate Elite's King

Economics: Where Supply meets Demand

Economics: Where Supply meets Demand
Equilibrium

GE & Pittsfield, Massachusetts

GE & Pittsfield, Massachusetts
In 2007, GE sold its Plastics Division to a Saudi company. Now all that is left over by GE are its toxic PCB pollutants that cause cancer in many Pittsfield residents.

Mayor James M Ruberto

Mayor James M Ruberto
A small-time pol chooses to serve the corporate elite & other elites over the people.

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick
Deval shakes hands with Mayors in Berkshire County

Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick
Governor of Massachusetts

Pittsfield High School

Pittsfield High School
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Sara Hathaway

Sara Hathaway
Pittsfield's former Mayor

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Pittsfield Attorney focusing on Father's Rights Probate Court Legal Issues, & Local Politician and Political Observer

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Very Intelligent Political Activists in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Rinaldo Del Gallo, III, Esq. is the spokesperson of the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition. He has been practicing family law and has been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1996.

Mayor Ed Reilly

Mayor Ed Reilly
He supports Mayor Ruberto & works as a municipal Attorney. As Mayor, he backed Bill Weld for Governor in 1994, despite being a Democrat. He was joined by Carmen Massimiano & John Barrett III, the long-standing Mayor of North Adams.

Manchester, NH Mayor Frank Guinta

Manchester, NH Mayor Frank Guinta
Cuts Dental Care for Public School Children-in-Need

Manchester, NH City Hall

Manchester, NH City Hall
My new hometown - view from Hanover St. intersection with Elm St.

Manchester NH City Democrats

Manchester NH City Democrats
Go Dems!

2008 Democratic Candidates for U.S. Prez

2008 Democratic Candidates for U.S. Prez
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, John Edwards

NH State House Dome

NH State House Dome
Concord, NH

Donna Walto

Donna Walto
Pittsfield Politician -- She strongly opposes Mayor Jim Ruberto's elitist tenure.

Elmo

Elmo
Who doesn't LOVE Elmo?

Hillary Clinton for U.S. President!

Hillary Clinton for U.S. President!
Hillary is for Children. She is my choice in 2008.

The White House in 1800

The White House in 1800
Home of our Presidents of the United States

John Adams

John Adams
2nd President of the USA

Hillary Clinton stands with John Edwards and Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton stands with John Edwards and Joe Biden
Hillary is my choice for U.S. President!

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Radisson in Manchester NH 11/16/2007

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
U.S. Senator & Candidate for President

Pittsfield's 3 Women City Councillors - 2004

Pittsfield's 3 Women City Councillors - 2004
Linda Tyer, Pam Malumphy, Tricia Farley-Bouvier

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
My friend Brian Merzbach reviews baseball parks around the nation.

The Corporate Elite: Rational Incentives for only the wealthy

The Corporate Elite: Rational Incentives for only the wealthy
The Elites double their $ every 6 to 8 years, while the "have-nots" double their $ every generation (or 24 years). Good bye Middle Class!

George Will

George Will
The human satellite voice for the Corporate Elite

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren
The Anti-George Will; Harvard Law School Professor; The Corporate Elite's Worst Nightmare

The Flag of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The Flag of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
I was born and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

State Senator Stan Rosenberg

State Senator Stan Rosenberg
Democratic State Senator from Amherst, Massachusetts -/- Anti-Stan Rosenberg Blog: rosenbergwatch.blogspot.com

Ellen Story

Ellen Story
Amherst Massachusetts' State Representative

Teen Pregnancy in Pittsfield, Mass.

Teen Pregnancy in Pittsfield, Mass.
Books are being written on Pittsfield's high teen pregancy rates! What some intellectuals do NOT understand about the issue is that TEEN PREGNANCIES in Pittsfield double the statewide average by design - Perverse Incentives!

NH Governor John Lynch

NH Governor John Lynch
Supports $30 Scratch Tickets and other forms of regressive taxation. Another Pol that only serves his Corporate Elite Masters instead of the People!

U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter

U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter
The first woman whom the People of New Hampshire have voted in to serve in U.S. Congress

U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes

U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes
A good man who wants to bring progressive changes to Capitol Hill!

Paul Hodes for U.S. Congress

Paul Hodes for U.S. Congress
New Hampshire's finest!

Darth Vader

Darth Vader
Star Wars

Dick Cheney & George W. Bush

Dick Cheney & George W. Bush
The Gruesome Two-some! Stop the Neo-Cons' fascism! End the Iraq War NOW!

WAROPOLY

WAROPOLY
The Inequity of Globalism

Bushopoly!

Bushopoly!
The Corporate Elite have redesigned "The System" to enrich themselves at the expense of the people, masses, have-nots, poor & middle-class families

George W. Bush with Karl Rove

George W. Bush with Karl Rove
Rove was a political strategist with extraordinary influence within the Bush II White House

2008's Republican Prez-field

2008's Republican Prez-field
John McCain, Alan Keyes, Rudy Guiliani, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, WILLARD Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Ron Paul

Fall in New England

Fall in New England
Autumn is my favorite season

Picturing America

Picturing America
picturingamerica.neh.gov

Winter Weather Map

Winter Weather Map
3:45PM EST 3-Dec-07

Norman Rockwell Painting

Norman Rockwell Painting
Thanksgiving

Norman Rockwell Painting

Norman Rockwell Painting
Depiction of American Values in mid-20th Century America

Larry Bird #33

Larry Bird #33
My favorite basketball player of my childhood

Boston Celtics Basketball - 2007-2008

Boston Celtics Basketball - 2007-2008
Kevin Garnett hugs James Posey

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
All heart! Awesome basketball star for The Boston Celtics.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady
Go Patriots!

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch
Owner of Fox News - CORPORATE ELITE!

George Stephanopolous

George Stephanopolous
A Corporate Elite Political News Analyst

Robert Redford

Robert Redford
Starred in the movie "Lions for Lambs"

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep
Plays a jaded journalist with integrity in the movie "Lions for Lambs"

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise plays the Neo-Con D.C. Pol purely indoctrinated by the Corporate Elite's political agenda in the Middle East

CHARLIZE THERON

CHARLIZE THERON
"I want to say I've never been surrounded by so many fake breasts, but I went to the Academy Awards."

Amherst Town Library

Amherst Town Library
Amherst, NH - www.amherstlibrary.org

Manchester NH Library

Manchester NH Library
I use the library's automated timed 1-hour-per-day Internet computers to post on my Blog - www.manchester.lib.nh.us

Manchester NH's Palace Theater

Manchester NH's Palace Theater
Manchester NH decided to restore its Palace Theater

Pittsfield's Palace Theater

Pittsfield's Palace Theater
Pittsfield tore down this landmark on North Street in favor of a parking lot

Pleasant Street Theater

Pleasant Street Theater
Amherst, Massachusetts

William "Shitty" Pignatelli

William "Shitty" Pignatelli
A top down & banal State House Pol from Lenox Massachusetts -- A GOOD MAN!

The CIA & Mind Control

The CIA & Mind Control
Did the CIA murder people by proxy assassins?

Skull & Bones

Skull & Bones
Yale's Elite

ImpeachBush.org

ImpeachBush.org
I believe President Bush should be IMPEACHED because he is waging an illegal and immoral war against Iraq!

Bob Feuer drumming for U.S. Congress v John Olver in 2008

Bob Feuer drumming for U.S. Congress v John Olver in 2008
www.blog.bobfeuer.us

Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln
The 16th President of the USA

Power

Power
Peace

Global Warming Mock Giant Thermometer

Global Warming Mock Giant Thermometer
A member of Green Peace activist sets up a giant thermometer as a symbol of global warming during their campaign in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. World leaders launch marathon negotiations Monday on how to fight global warming, which left unchecked could cause devastating sea level rises, send millions further into poverty and lead to the mass extinction of plants and animals.

combat global warming...

combat global warming...
...or risk economic and environmental disaster caused by rising temperatures

www.climatecrisiscoalition.org

www.climatecrisiscoalition.org
P.O. Box 125, South Lee, MA 01260, (413) 243-5665, tstokes@kyotoandbeyond.org, www.kyotoandbeyond.org

3 Democratic presidentional candidates

3 Democratic presidentional candidates
Democratic presidential candidates former senator John Edwards (from right) and Senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd before the National Public Radio debate yesterday (12/4/2007).

The UN Seal

The UN Seal
An archaic & bureaucratic post WW2 top-down, non-democratic institution that also stands for some good governance values

Superman

Superman
One of my favorite childhood heroes and movies

Web-Site on toxic toys

Web-Site on toxic toys
www.healthytoys.org

Batman

Batman
One of my favorite super-heroes

Deval Patrick & Denis Guyer

Deval Patrick & Denis Guyer
Massachusetts' Governor stands with Dalton's State Rep. Denis E. Guyer.

Bill Cosby & Denis Guyer

Bill Cosby & Denis Guyer
TV Star Bill Cosby stands with Denis E. Guyer

Denis Guyer with his supporters

Denis Guyer with his supporters
Dalton State Representative

Denis Guyer goes to college

Denis Guyer goes to college
Dalton State Representative

Peter Marchetti

Peter Marchetti
He is my second cousin. Pete Marchetti favors MONEY, not fairness!

Matt Barron & Denis Guyer with couple

Matt Barron & Denis Guyer with couple
Matt Barron plays DIRTY politics against his opponents!

Nat Karns

Nat Karns
Top-Down Executive Director of the ELITIST Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Human Rights for All Peoples & people

Human Rights for All Peoples & people
Stop Anti-Semitism

Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill

Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill
State House, Room 227, Boston, MA 02133, 617-367-6900, www.mass.gov/treasury/

Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley

Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley
1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103, 413-784-1240 / McCormick Building, One Asburton Place, Boston, MA 02108, 617-727-4765 / marthacoakley.com / www.ago.state.ma.us

Bush v. Gore: December 12, 2007, was the seventh anniversary, the 5-4 Supreme Court decision...

Bush v. Gore: December 12, 2007, was the seventh anniversary, the 5-4 Supreme Court decision...
www.takebackthecourt.org - A political billboard near my downtown apartment in Manchester, NH

Marc Murgo

Marc Murgo
An old friend of mine from Pittsfield

Downtown Manchester, NH

Downtown Manchester, NH
www.newhampshire.com/nh-towns/manchester.aspx

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei
Movie Actress

Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC)

Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC)
www.masschc.org/issue.php

Mike Firestone & Anna Weisfeiler

Mike Firestone & Anna Weisfeiler
Mike Firestone works in Manchester NH for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign

James Pindell

James Pindell
Covers NH Primary Politcs for The Boston Globe

U.S. History - Declaration

U.S. History - Declaration
A 19th century engraving shows Benjamin Franklin, left, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman at work on the Declaration of Independence.

Boston Globe Photos of the Week - www.boston.com/bostonglobe/gallery/

Boston Globe Photos of the Week - www.boston.com/bostonglobe/gallery/
Sybregje Palenstijn (left), who plays Sarah Godbertson at Plimouth Plantation, taught visitors how to roast a turkey on a spit. The plantation often sees a large influx of visitors during the holiday season.

Chris Hodgkins

Chris Hodgkins
Another special interest Berkshire Pol who could not hold his "WATER" on Beacon Hill's State House!

The Big Dig - 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto Milena Del Valle's car.

The Big Dig - 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto Milena Del Valle's car.
Most of Boston's Big Dig highway remains closed, after a woman was crushed when 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto her car. (ABC News)

Jane Swift

Jane Swift
Former Acting Governor of Massachusetts & Berkshire State Senator

Paul Cellucci

Paul Cellucci
Former Massachusetts Governor

William Floyd Weld

William Floyd Weld
$80 Million Trust Fund Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mike Dukakis

Mike Dukakis
Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mary E. Carey

Mary E. Carey
Amherst, Massachusetts, Journalist and Blogger

Caveman

Caveman
www.ongeicocaveman.blogspot.com

Peter G. Arlos

Peter G. Arlos
"The biggest challenge Pittsfield faces is putting its fiscal house in order. The problem is that doing so requires structural changes in local government, many of which I have advocated for years, but which officials do not have the will to implement. Fiscal responsibility requires more than shifting funds from one department to another. Raising taxes and fees and cutting services are not the answer. Structural changes in the way services are delivered and greater productivity are the answer, and without these changes the city's fiscal crisis will not be solved."

James M. Ruberto

James M. Ruberto
"Pittsfield's biggest challenge is to find common ground for a better future. The city is at a crossroads. On one hand, our quality of life is challenged. On the other hand, some important building blocks are in place that could be a strong foundation for our community. Pittsfield needs to unite for the good of its future. The city needs an experienced businessman and a consensus builder who will invite the people to hold him accountable."

Matt Kerwood

Matt Kerwood
Pittsfield's Councilor-At-Large. Go to: extras.berkshireeagle.com/NeBe/profiles/12.htm

Gerald M. Lee

Gerald M. Lee
Pittsfield's City Council Prez. Top-down governance of the first order!

Mary Carey

Mary Carey
Mary with student

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox
Jonathan Papelbon celebrates with Jason Varitek

Free Bernard Baran!

Free Bernard Baran!
www.freebaran.org

Political Intelligence

Political Intelligence
Capitol Hill

Sherwood Guernsey II

Sherwood Guernsey II
Wealthy Williamstown Political Activist & Pittsfield Attorney

Mary Carey 2

Mary Carey 2
California Pol & porn star

Pittsfield's Good Old Boy Network - Political Machine!

Pittsfield's Good Old Boy Network - Political Machine!
Andy "Luciforo" swears in Jimmy Ruberto for the returning Mayor's 3rd term

Berkshire Grown

Berkshire Grown
www.berkshiregrown.org

Rambo

Rambo

The Mount was built in 1902 & was home to Edith Wharton (1862-1937) from 1903 to 1908.

The Mount was built in 1902 & was home to Edith Wharton (1862-1937) from 1903 to 1908.
The Mount, the historic home in Lenox of famed American novelist Edith Wharton, is facing foreclosure.