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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Next They Will Claim They Developed the Internet!

The Pier Corporation should not be taking credit for the dog park people's event. That's repulsive. What a bunch of losers!  Next, we will hear they produced the event!
12:05 am edt 

It's About Transparency

UNLIKE THE PIER CORP. WHO REFUSES TO RELEASE THEIR FINANCIALS, 501 C 3'S ARE TRANSPARENT.
12:02 am edt 

The Pier Corp. Did Nothing.....

......to help with Saturday's event that took over a year to produce. They all just raised their hands to vote to allow it on the pier which is entirely paid for by taxpayers.  What you don't know is that they tried to shake down the dog park people for free tickets! What you don't know is there were NO repurcussions by for doing something illegal.
12:01 am edt 

Monday, August 31, 2009

Give Me a Break.....

....about the pier corp and its minor role saturday night. they had ptown inn, motta field and provincetown monument as possible venues. ride on someone elses coat tails!
11:59 pm edt 

Re: Tent on the Pier
 
My money says you don't have the stones to go and ask thequestion. Not to say that it is a VERY good question and the pier never shouild have been drilled into without selectmens permission but my money says you won't go and ask the question. Easier to B&M in here than really do something.

BTW, yes, the selectmen. It's a town owned property and it is under the direction of the selectmen, not pier corp. Pier corp may run the pier but they don't have the authority to alter it in any way without permission. Drilling holes into the structure is altering and yes, out there, the concrete will crack at the holes first.
11:58 pm edt 

I"m Glad the Lily Tomlin Evening Was a Success

And I'm glad to see the Pier Corp and Candace working together. She is a great organizer and they can equally benefit from each other's resources. When they do, it's mutually beneficial to all.
11:56 pm edt 

I Hope Business Was Good For:

The people that appreciated their customers.
The Business's that gave the Tourists some Value for their money.
The Owners and Staff that Helped make ones stay in Provincetown a positive vacation and they would gladly come back next year.
To all those with a smile on their face who spread good cheer about Provincetown.

And to the rest of the negative,lazy malcontents whose bad attitudes are as infectious as any disease,maybe you didn;t make any money and hate it here and won;t be back next year.

Happy Labor Day!!!!!!!!!
11:54 pm edt 

Lily Tomlin

If the Pier Corp waived the fees for this "non profit" concert, then the organizers should be responsible to repair the damage that they caused to the pier.  Not sure why this group was allowed to hold their event there, but the organizers need to be held accountable.  Was a security deposit collected from this group?  Will they account for their donations to the dog park or was this just another way for the organizers to rip off the town?
11:53 pm edt 

Just to Clarify...

The monies for the Lily Tomlin event are for the dog park.  Lily gave her time specifically for this event.  She usually gets 100K to get out of bed.  Kudoas to the organizers. And to the tent compainer, all the holes were already there.  This is not the first time this tent was erected.
11:52 pm edt 

Develop Open Space to Promote Tourism

I noticed an increase in the number of customer's in my restaurant right after the lily Tomlin show! We need more shows like that one here in town. I'm all for an open people space where the MPL is now. Getting parking off the waterfront and bringing quality shows to town will help tourism.
11:51 pm edt 

Stop Making Trouble!

All benefits have administrative costs when running such a fund raiser like the dog park show! Stop looking for trouble where there is none.
11:47 pm edt 

Hole in Pier For Tent

I doubt that the tent people drilled new holes into the pier for the benefit. Tents have been on this pier numerous times in recent years! I can't wait to see the taxpaying person make a fool of himself at the next selectmen's meeting.
11:26 pm edt 

There Are Many Reasons For Running a Business
 
I want to know 2 reasons to run a busines if you don't make any money and especially if you lose money.

To the person that said "To be in business does not equate with success and profits"........ I would have to say they are pretty stupid.  If you want to lose money for tax reasons, give me $500 or $1000 a week, record it as HELP or STAFF and take the loss on your income taxes.  Then you don't have to worry about pleasing tourists, making sure you have enough goods or supplies and you can just sit back and write checks.  
11:24 pm edt 

Thanks to the Pier Corp and Rex

It is the pier corp. that we should thank for having the fund raising tent on the pier! If it was not for the pier corp; where would that event have been held? Thanks to all those who helped with that event, INCLUDING the pier corp. and Rex!
2:21 pm edt 

Tent on the Pier

     It has been brought to the attention of the taxpayers that the tent erected on the pier for the Lily Tomlin fundraising event was actually anchored to the pier by drilling numerous holes through the concrete to stabilize the tent. Who will be responsible when the pier starts to crack this winter from water entering the holes,freezing and then expanding? The pier corp. manages the pier they don't own it so it will be up to us taxpayers to foot the bill for the repair work when the time comes. I want to know who authorized the tent company to drill the holes. I will also be attending the next selectmans meeting to get some answers. Once again rex could care less because it was a hefty chunck of change in the pier corp. account

     missing mortar
2:19 pm edt 

Lilly Tomlin Show

I attended the Lilly Tomlin show on the pier Saturday night and it was great.  Although the ticket prices were high, I understand it was for a good cause.  Now I am hearing that much of the proceeds will not be going to support the dog park.  Only a fraction of the revenue will be considered profit after the organizers account for administration charges.  Many of us bought these tickets with the belief that the park would benefit.   We have a right to demand full accountability.  Don't claim it is as a fund raiser if most of the profits line the pockets of the organizers.
2:17 pm edt 

Tented Pier Event Was a Great Success!

The Pier Corporation is now taking credit for Saturday's enormously successful event on the pier Saturday?

Get off the dog park's coat tails Kerry! You and your board deserve no credit. You people continue to oversee a resource that you are incapable or unwilling to develop. We all know it.

But Rex did a great job helping with the logistics on the T. Thanks Rex!
10:16 am edt 

Building Boom

Get Ready folks! Next month the low income housing development cartel is going to break ground in the basin of 90 Shank Painter Rd. Remember when we were told it was going to be housing for families? Now it is mostly single family apts.

Get on the phone and tell all of your friends to move here now.
8:24 am edt 

Just Ask the Vendors

Restaurants ordered half of what they ordered in past years. Restaurants stayed open on days that they were traditionally closed. Yet we did more rentals than we did last year.

I know one restaurant had a terrible EARLY season. One day they would do 300..and another day one could throw a baseball through the dining room.

I know one person whose hours were cut in half who asked about applying for food stamps. At a liquor store I over heard someone saying that it seemed that the season is over.

It is all about the weather on Cape Cod. 75 degrees out and sunny and dry--and they will come.
8:23 am edt 

To the Person Who Keeps Bashing the BOS

Your ignorance in your postings and your incessant bashing only makes you small.  Have you even attempted to call and speak to any of the five to get their opinions?  Did it ever occur to you to ask them to meet you at the pier for a coffee and chat?  You speak and blog with no knowledge or information except your biased hatred.

And by the way. BOS meetings are held every two weeks on Mondays unless that Monday is a holiday, then the following Tuesday.  A  meeting may be postponed one week due to a Town Meeting.  Just because the meetings are not yet posted on the town's website, does not mean a meeting is not scheduled.  The meetings are posted when the agenda is set which is usually in the middle of the prior week.  Public hearings are posted in advance because by law they must be posted for two weeks.
8:21 am edt 

Re: Harbor Staff

Why is is that the Harbormaster's office has anywhere from 3-6 people on during the day?  At night there are usually 2.

How can this be justified in this time of crisis?  The eve shift has 1 maybe 2 and the Midnight only
1.

Most storms happen at night......  Take a ride down there during the day.  WOW !
8:19 am edt 

Sunday, August 30, 2009

So, No BOS Meetings This week and No Meeting Next Week

I do not feel sanguine that this Group of Five is making decision for all of us. They are unorganized, without any solid leadership, and sadly lazy. If not lazy, they are so disparate, so uninformed, and so intellectually challenged that I am left speechless. No wonder we face the financial difficulties that we do. They are lost at sea and we pretend they are captains of this ship. Wrong, so wrong.
11:40 pm edt 

Seems Like the Fall Has Approached

Does anyone else feel the season is over? Maybe it was poigantly grasped when George Bryant was saying to me a few days ago: "So, how was your summer?" George, I told him, I think summer is still on-going.

But I do believe George Bryant was right. So, to everyone: how was your summer? Hope it was good. Hope you did many things you wanted to do. Hope you didn't lose too many old friends, as some of us did this summer. Hope yours was bountiful and fabulous. I wish that for you.
11:39 pm edt 

Businesses That Are Ongoing Also Declare Lossess
 
But you and I will never see the losses. The government will when they file their tax returns. And businesses gain deductions that are helpful even if you have losses. So people do not continue to run businesses because they are successful. There are many reasons for running a business. To be in business does not equate with success and profits.
9:12 pm edt 

The Truth?
 
If you didn't make money in Ptown during "the season", and worked 7 days a week for 3 solid months, then why would ALL these businesses keep returning, year after year?  THERE LIES THE TRUTH.  THEY COME BACK BECAUSE THEY MAKE MONEY.  Don't let any of them fool you.  

I have been coming back for 11 years.  I have no retirement plan from my past life, but in the last 8 years, I have put enough money away to retire on my own from my own hard work and my own business.  This year being no exception, except I made more money this year than any other year.
7:05 pm edt 

Every Season It's Hard to Find the Truth about the season
 
    I remember back over fiteen eyars ago. Then, as now, business owners never were upfront about their season really was. Nothing has changed. Many remarks, many statements but so hard to really know how good or bad this summer was.

    Still, I read with skepticism some who post how great the season has been. This economy affects us all and it is hard times. Some will still OK but few will do blockbuster business.
6:22 pm edt 

It Has Been a Tough Season For Restaurants

This has not been a great season. June and July were strenuous and not very profitable. August has been better.
Still, not like years past, not at all.
6:20 pm edt 

Others Had a Good Season

Just spoke to a guest house owner on Winslow street.  He made money.  And if he made money, then any moron can.  He has been in town almost 13 - 15 years.  He doesn't know the first thing about marketing.  Just goes to show you if you had a bad season, it must be ALL ABOUT YOU.
5:33 pm edt 

They Will come

It was great to see such a huge success out on the pier last night! I guess the pier corp. has finally done something right! It just goes to show you, if you build it they will come. Now lets get that open space where the parking lot is now and build a real public space for top entertainers like Lily tomlin.
5:32 pm edt 

Business Was Good

My business had a excellent year also, and this is the first time I have written in to this blog.
5:31 pm edt 

Official Summer Ending

The OFFICIAL last day of summer has been and always will be September 21!
5:29 pm edt 

Re: 1 Person?
 
I wrote once about my business and how we had a wonderful season.  I saw 2 other posts about great seasons.  So for sure, there are at least 2 of us here with great seasons, and I would bet A WHOLE LOT MORE.  
Why does someone think the same person keeps writting?  I would guess it is because you do that when your posting............  
Bottom line,  I know more B&B owners who had a great season.  I know more shop owers who said it wasn't great, but would be betting that 95% of the shops all come back next year.  Why?  Because they made MONEY.
If your complaining that you didn't make any money, I would not blame the town, or the economy, why don't you BLAME YOURSELF FOR NOT KNOWING HOW TO RUN A BUSINESS.
3:30 pm edt 

Re: How Many Holes?

Interesting question...ask C.N.it was the dog park's fundraiser. Interesting how it was an issue to raise hell about by her and her rabble rousers when someone else did it, but when it benefits something she is associated with all is ok.

Another example of Provincetown double standards. Good grief.
12:30 pm edt 

How Many Holes Does it Take?

Who let the tent company drill over sixty holes in the cement deck on the Town Pier for the Lilly Tomlin event?  

11:27 am edt 

We Lucked Out Again: Goodbye Danny

Two weekends in a row and both approaches of approaching hurricaines have spared us the wildest winds and dangerous seas. I do feel however that both hurricaines dramatically affected town businesses and brought the summer season to a faster close. Next weekend is Labor Day weekend and we know the summer closes officially at that point.
11:25 am edt 

Asking a Question For Some is Taken as an Insult

I respect those who ask questions here and look for information. When some ask if something is true, that is significant. Yet for some, you should either have the answer or go silent. I applaud those who continue to raise questions here. Getting the facts and gaining information adds to how we become informed.
11:24 am edt 

Re: Why Aren't There Any Harbor Staff Working At NIght?
 
The pier is staffed 24 hours a day in the summer. Where did you get your information? Next time, take a ride out to the pier and check your facts!
9:49 am edt 

A Part of Us Has Left With Ted Kennedy
 
The loss is monumental. He was the rare person who stood proudly as a liberal and believed the word was a belief, a hope, and a commitment to those who do not have. Today too few dare to speak truth to power and too few dare to promulgate principles that benefit the disadvantaged and the poor and truly all of us.

My tears fall for a great man who understood the priceless gift that time is and the urgent need to devote one's limited energies to the causes and to the people we believe in.

You lived a life that benefited so many Americans and taught us all what serving this country and being a politician really mean. Thank you for everything you stood for and for all the battles you took on for us all.
12:23 am edt 

Why Aren't There Any Harbor Staff Working At NIght?

Is that true? I know that Dwayne Steele worked at night before the town cut his position. Do they believe that storms and hurricaines and sinking boats only happen during daylight? If true, how odd. Maybe Sharon will soon put them on a four day work week. She'll think that's efficient. Right.
12:20 am edt 

Well, Looks Like 1 Person Has Had It All

This 1 person seems to have a successful business for the last ten years, while also running a B & B and while also being a new first year businss owner. Seems like the same person wanting to masks as three different people with one message: business was just great and fantastic this summer!!! Oh, really!!!
12:18 am edt 

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Senator Edward M Kennedy


Farewell Senator Kennedy

In passing you take a portion of each of us with you.

You indeed will be sorely missed.

11:38 am edt 

Re: How Did Provincetown do?

I own a B&B and had a great season.  It was more work, because of shorter stays and therefore more turnovers, but I'm not complaining.   We were up over last year.   We love Provincetown!
10:27 am edt 

Re: How Did Provincetown do?

OK, I have been in town over 10 years .  2009 through August has been my best year.  And profit wise, net profit is up over 25% from last year alone.  (Did not spend foolishly as who knew what the season was really going to do)  I have enough money in the bank from this year alone, to go away for the next 2 winters.  Thanks Provincetown for being so good to me.

I do hope everyone else had a good season.  The more of us that have great seasons, the more places that will be open, and the better it is for the town.
10:15 am edt 

How Did Provincetown do?

Well folks the summer is almost over. How did Provincetown do? Did local businesses make a go of it? Did anyone make a profit? Was it as good or better than last season? This weekend will be a blowout due to the weather, maybe only 4 good weekends left? So, was it as good for you as it was for me? I was able to pay my rent, taxes, employees and still manage to come out ahead. I figure I made a 6 figure profit of about not bad for one season. I think I'll keep my business and continue again next year. Hope everyone else did well.

First year entrepeneur
8:04 am edt 

Re: Storm
 
How many Harbormaster's will be on tonight for the storm?  One?    Probably... that's because they are all on during the day!

Concerned citizen/Boat owner
8:02 am edt 

Friday, August 28, 2009

Re: Seashore Point

If you're gunna slam Seashore Point get your facts straight. ALL the patients at Seashore Point are cared for by either Dr O'Malley or Outer Cape Health, and that is a FACT. The people living independently upstairs are free to choose the Dr of their choice. Outer Cape Health is tied to Beth Isreal Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Seashore Point is a Deaconess Non-Profit. Similar names though unaffiliated. So, get it right or SHUT UP.
10:41 am edt 

Re: 800 of Us Here in Winter

Maybe the Water Department could let us know which residences use water by month?  Is that information public?  If we knew which houses/condos use water we may be able to determine or approximate the population.  Any other thoughts on getting or supporting facts?  I know we can figure this out.
8:24 am edt 

Re: Public Pier-Town Selectmen

At least elected assembly delegate george byrant could have talked about more than the weather on the pier. why do the selectmen get it so wrong so often?
8:16 am edt 

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Two Issues on the Town Warrant

Here we go again. Anotehr town meeting costing us enough. and for what? To raise over $2 million since the government is going to give away more monies. And  how, dear town officials, are we to pay for this only $2 million plus? Must be more and mroe Overrides. This is the word of the year: Overrides. And they will try to convince us that this is good for us and good for them and good for everyone.

Drinking the Kool-Aid again. And those attending this September Town Meeting--is it our fourth in less then a year?--will probably be drinking glasses of this Kool-Aid.
11:29 pm edt 

Outer Cape Health and Michelle Couture

Why are you slamming only Couture?  She was only one of five selectmen.  Andrews was chair at the time.  Avellar was on the board.  Richard Olson?  Who else?  Face it, Bergman made the deal and the board at the time had no control over him.  They are all responsible for his dismal failures.

In his 17 years, every building in this town went into disrepair.  Contracts were negotiated which never could be fulfilled within future tax receipts.  The pier grants were awarded with fudged figures.  Seashore point was negotiated as a sweet deal to remove the Manor from the general budget without consideration for it's future.

And the Board at the time under Dr Andrews control allowed his maniacal control to persist.  Couture was only one of five.  They were all culpable and now we must pay.
11:27 pm edt 

True Leadership Revealed
 
Michele (without the double l of course--what was her family thinking when they named here and then mispelled her name?) has the solution for future sewer problems. There it is in the Banner. And not only in fine print but in regular 10 point. "We need more bells and whistles." there you go. When you don't think that Couture is thinking, you realize she really is. She has isolated the problem and she had identified the solution: "More bells and whistles."

Now I feel at peace. Now I know our town is brown-sludge free. She is amazing. Couture just does understand what it takes to be a leader. This woman has nailed it.
11:26 pm edt 

I'd Like to See Outer Cape Health Thrive
 
And I know that Seashore Point, when it first was coming to town, should have been linked to their service and all the monies and subsidies we gave should have been linked to making certain Outer Cape Health would gain from this venture. But it never did. Seashore Point brought in their own doctors, their own specialists, and their own people. And they left Outer Cape Health--that we all need--in dire straights. If you're going to subsidize the elderly, then make certain the medical center that handles all of our general needs, it taken care of and linked, profitably, to the new medical enterprise. But no, Keith did not do this. Couture did not do this. And now this medical disaster is part of the Couture legacy.

If you find yourself in need of medical help and you don't get it, look to Mademoiselle Frog--that is what she is centered on, selling these dam erascible porcelain leg hoppers--instead of being centered on our town and what is best for all of us--those who need medical help, those of us who face emergency cuts and broken legs, and those of us who need Outer Cape Health to be here for us.

Couture has damaged our medical health and she has aided and abetted Seashore Point at the disadvantage of Outer Cape Health and at the disadvantage of all of us who at any one time need medical attention.

If no one will see you; if no one can diagnose your illness, see the image of Michele Couture and know who has not been the friend of either Outer Cape Health or of you and me.
10:43 pm edt 

My Dear Cambridge Banner Letter Writer

You found that Carnival went smoothly. Yes, the police even state that there were much fewer people this year. But then you add that unlike the Fourth July, Carnival was trouble free. And what great incidences happened on July 4th? Here we go again. I see this as a slame against all those in this town who love and celibrate the Fourth and know full well there wer few incidences. Your logic is skewed and your eyesight is slanted. Sadly. Both events went well. That is the truth and the main point. Inspite of your slant!
10:40 pm edt 

800 of Us Here in Winter

I don't have an attitude. I am just speaking the truth as I see it which you seem to have a problem with and are the one coping an attitude. Do you want everyone in town who disagrees with you to leave town? It might get very lonely for you.
8:49 pm edt 

Re: New PBG Executive Director

"Why in the hell would you hire a straight man with retail experience to run a gay travel destination organization?"
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Is this comment for real?  I didn't know we had such bigots among us.  What a terrible thing to say or even think, change the variables around to race or anything for that matter and listen to what you are saying.  How ignorant.
1:55 pm edt 

800 of Us Here in Winter

Ah...
May is not January. I agree that there are about 1,700 in May but not in January and February. I even know people who say they are year-rounders and are totally gone from NOvember until May. That just ain't no year-rounder, Mama!
1:53 pm edt 

Re: Re: Get Real
 
No one wants to banish anyone from town, but considering your attitude in your postings, no one would miss you if you were to leave.

The US Census is being conducted very soon.  Why don't we just put this mundane issue to rest till we get the accurate figures.
11:45 am edt 

Beach Conditions

What about those abandoned cars, trash and storage trailers on the beach at                on Gosnold Street? If this was on Commercial Street, people would be yelling!
11:09 am edt 

800 of Us Here in Winter

A seasonal town is a town like the towns on fire Island where everything shuts down for the winter! A far cry of Provincetown's year round community!
10:23 am edt 

800 of Us Here in Winter

In May, we know that there are at least 1.200 voters who vote of 3,200 registered voters.  So 800 is a low number of year rounders.  I would estimate around 1,900 - considering some return in May and some voters have children, some people are not registered.   1,900 is still a low number suggesting this is a resort town.  
10:18 am edt 

Re: New PBG Executive Director

"Why in the hell would you hire a straight man with retail experience to run a gay travel destination organization?"
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Are you for real??   Why are you assuming a straight male was hired?
8:30 am edt 

Re: Get Real

Summer population: 30-40,000
Winter population: 800

If that doesn't mean seasonal town what does?
8:23 am edt 

Re: Get Real

So you want to banish me from town because you don't agree with me calling Provincetown a seasonal tourist town!
I wonder what you'd want to do to me if my favorite color was red and yours was blue?
8:21 am edt 

George Bryant For the Pier Corp?

Is mary jo losing it?  George Bryant for the Pier Corp?  you can't be serious.  that's just nuts !
8:20 am edt 

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Maybe Some Should Have a More Insightful Understanding of Gender

Before anyone is attacked. Living here should provide  knowledge that gender is more ambiguous than we often think and we should watch too easy judgments. They could be quite misplaced.
11:41 pm edt 

Equal Opportunity

"Why in the hell would you hire a straight man with retail experience to run a gay travel destination organization?"
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Huh?  Would you want them to discriminate against a 'straight man' and only hire a gay man or a lesbian woman?  ever heard of equal opportunity?
11:39 pm edt 

Oh, Didn't You Notice: We Too Have a Police Station

Even if there are only 800 in the winter, we do have a police station and it works well enough. Fix the plumbing and let everyone lower their own expectations of what life should be giving them. Paint the walls. Put up paintings and let the sun shine in.
11:38 pm edt 

Re: Septic System Issue

If you think there is raw sewerage running into our harbor, it is your civic responsibility to call the Health Department immediately to report the possible violation.  It may be completely benign, but for the safety of our harbor and beaches it must be reported.  Only the health agent can make this determination.

I do have to question why you would find it appropriate to report it on this blog of all places.
11:36 pm edt 

Re: Say it Ain't so Joe!!

"Okay folks- one of us is crazy!  It's either me or the PBG board.  Frankly, I hope its me . . . .but  . . . you know what?    . . .. . .I don't think so.

Why in the hell would you hire a straight man with retail experience to run a gay travel destination organization?"
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My smile of the day.  :)
11:35 pm edt 

Sorry, But I'ts Hard to Be a Year-Rounder
 
When you are not here year-round. Isn't that the point? If you are really and actually year-round, you don't leave in October and return in April of the next year. That means that you yourself are seasonal and now--a visitor--not a year-rounder. Let's call our actions what they are--not what we want to believe but isn't.
11:33 pm edt 

Re: 800 of Us Here in the Winter

If you left there would only be 799.  My guess is we wouldn't miss you.
11:19 pm edt 

First Class Restaurant

You know, Astrid Berg has been doing a great job in her watch at Pepe's. She has a first class chef and a first class crew.

The left rudder
11:18 pm edt 

Septic System Issue

I don't know how septic systems work, but perhaps someone here who does could answer a question.  

Under the building where 'Little Gorgeous Things' used to be is a pipe that drains on to the sand.  It kind of seems like it's a sink or toilet drain, the water comes gushing out on a somewhat regular basis.  Is that a septic system that the water is going in to?  I can actually see the water and I thought septic systems where undergroud.

anyone know?
11:17 pm edt 

Re: 800 of Us Here in the Winter

Numbers are only a small part of what makes this town a seasonal town. The major reason is the economic base of this town is based on tourism and that only happens in the summer-with some attempts at stretching the shoulder season. 95% of all businesses are closed by the end of October with another 4% closed after the holidays. That leaves 1% open all year. That is the definition of a seasonal town!
11:15 pm edt 

Say it Ain't so Joe!!

Okay folks- one of us is crazy!  It's either me or the PBG board.  Frankly, I hope its me . . . .but  . . . you know what?    . . .. . .I don't think so.

Why in the hell would you hire a straight man with retail experience to run a gay travel destination organization?

what planet are you people on?  what happened to common sense?  why did you rush it?  Only one week worth of advertizing?  This is insane!  What do you expect to get out of this guy?

Any idea what destination marketing is all about?   No, I didn't think so. God help us.  this is terrible.

Nothing against him as an individual. I've spoken to him and his partner several times in their shop.  They are nice people but this is ridiculous!  Come on, PBG how hard did you try to fill this position? Its critical to the future of the PBG.  Are you taking this seriously?  My jaw is still on the floor.
what are you thinking?  I really want to know! I'm flabbergated!
11:13 pm edt 

Re: 800 of Us Here in the Winter

I come from a town in New York state, and the population is less than 800! We never were called seasonal just because of a low year round population. And we also had a police station.
9:36 pm edt 

Re: 800 of Us Here in the Winter

Just because people go on vacation during the off seasons does not mean that they are no longer considered year rounders! I for one have always liked Provincetown when the streets are empty, after a fun,crazy,hectic summer I can't wait for the goodtimes we have!
8:26 pm edt 

What Are the Numbers

You are the one who said they wouldn't believe the answers on mypacc so get off your high horse,  If you want facts, go the the source or maybe you prefer to go with your fools folly and ask questions here and not believe the answers.
8:24 pm edt 

As A Member of PBG I Raise Issues Here and Also at Meetings

Asking questions is quite American. Asking questions and wondering about organizations and about future directions should take place wherever intelligent individuals gather. Why segment life? Why determine for any of us where we should be asking our questions? No, I'll continue to question wherever I am and wherever I see the opportunity for more analysis and more information. That's Mypacc and that's at PBG.
6:33 pm edt 

800 of Us Here in the Winter

Forget the 3,5000 that gets bantered around. Walk the streets in January--well try walking them right after Labor Day--and you will see few people here. It's laughable to believe that there is significant year-round business here. Who's here? Fewer and fewer. Where are thye? Fort Lauderdale. Vieques. San Juan. Palm Springs. Key West. Even those who have been here for years are now, in the late fall and winter, gone. gone for warmer places. Gone for more social life. Gone for pleasant vacations in the sun.

They are not here. And they surely are not buying condos at Seashore Point with vistas of the cemetery stones. As the weather cools, many  once year-round residents are gone.

800 and no more. That is Provincetown in the winter.
6:31 pm edt 

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy

A true champion for those without a voice. He worked tirelessly even in his last days. We will miss him. His beloved Cape Cod will miss him. Massachusetts and the rest of the nation will mourn his loss. May he rest in peace.

E. Michael Richards
6:29 pm edt 

Provincetown Business Guild News!
Provincetown Business Guild
Provincetown Business Guild
Special Announcement 
August 26, 2009
   
 
PBG Hires New ED

 A MESSAGE FROM THE PROVINCETOWN BUSINESS GUILD PRESIDENT
 
Prior to Carnival I was pleased to announce the selection of Manny Correia as the new Executive Director of the Provincetown Business Guild, replacing outgoing Executive Director, Don Knuuttila.  Manny begin his tenure working with Don during Carnival Week.  After a few days in the job, Manny had second thoughts and decided he was not a match for the position.  I respect the courage it took for Manny to come to this conclusion as it surely was not an easy decision.  In the meantime, Manny has graciously continued to help with Carnival and has staffed the PBG office this week.

Fortunately, we had another very strong candidate for the job and I am delighted to announce that at last night's Board Meeting, Nick Robertson was offered and accepted the Executive Director position. Nick has been an active member of the Provincetown business community for over ten years as a successful business co-owner of id and prior to that Trader's Village.  Nick's role in their business included all marketing, website development, promotions, finances and hiring and training staff.

Nick has also been an integral member of the team that brings the Provincetown International Film Festival to town including roles as a member of the Board of Directors, Merchandise Manager and for the past three years, as Operations Manager.
Nick has also spent nearly eight years as a member of the Provincetown Licensing Board including the last three years as Chairman.

Nick and his spouse Sian and dog Jack reside in Truro.
Nick begins on Thursday, AUG 26.  Please join me in enthusiastically welcoming Nick in his new role as Executive Director.

I would also like to thank all that made last week's Carnival the great success that it was.  We have received fantastic feedback and preliminary numbers look like it was one if not the most profitable Carnivals we have ever had.   What a parade!  We will have final numbers for the members at our Membership Meeting on SEP 16 which will also be a great time to meet Nick if you haven't already done so.
 
Steve Tait
6:25 pm edt 

Get Really Real...

Face it. A few weekend attempts at business in the shoulder seasons does not extend this town beyond seasonal status. and it gets worse every year as more folks are packing up to leave, some for good. by some accounts, the crowds have already begun to dwindle. this town is seasonal at best. really.
6:19 pm edt 

Congratulations to Nick Roberson as the New PBG Director

Welcome to Nick and I know he knows the town and knows the key issues facing the PBG. Sounds like a great selection and I think Nick can heal the "wounds" and bring many people together. I applaud the executive team's decision and look forward to Nick's presence leading the PBG.
6:17 pm edt 

Eve Berg One of a Kind

Its too bad we don't have restaurant owners in Provincetown anymore like Eve Berg! Or her first class knowledge of service & food at her business.
6:16 pm edt 

Re: What Are the numbers

Go to the PBG and ask your questions, not a mypacc board. You will get an answer and you won't have to wonder if it's true or not.
6:14 pm edt 

Re: Get Real

Provincetown is not now or has ever been a seasonal town! Seasonal towns do not have a year round population of over 3,000 locals. Its a small town but not a town that closes on labor day. You may not see a soul on the streets in February but we are here. Have you ever been here on weekends & holidays year round?
6:13 pm edt 

A Sad Loss With Ted Kennedy's Passing
 
Here was a senator who cared about Massachusetts and spent much time here. He never became simply a Washington-based Senator as many have. I celebrate his energy and dedication for so many causes that affected the poor, labor, education and health. He was involved and showed what being a caring politican can mean for a state and for a country.

Ted Kennedy also was old line in his approach and respect for people and for those he differed with. He showed us all how important being engaged, caring for people, and making a difference in life is.

I will miss his presence, his caring, and his dedication to the lives of those who did not have the advantages he had. He understood service and understood that being a politican is not only about raising money and attacking the opposition but is truly about helping a nation to be the best it can.
12:21 pm edt 

Re: In Memory of Eve Berg

In the late 1980's, I was just a little girl when my Mother rented a shop from Mrs. Berg & her Husband.  My Mother, struggling to raise me alone brought me to work most days. I would play for hours in their alleyway; their property set the stage for countless adventures those summers.  Even though their children had long since grown up and they were yet to have any grandchildren they didnt seem to mind my presence. As a 6-year-old little girl I can remember wonderful conversations with Mrs. Berg about Provincetown, life, and love.  She would tell me about a town that I didn't know yet, a town she adored.  As I grew up we would have breakfast together at the Edwidge a few times every summer and again she would delight me with her wisdom.  I am sorry to hear of her passing, she was truly a brilliant and giving woman; to whom I consider myself blessed to have known.  Provincetown was fortunate to have such a patron among us all these years and it is with a heavy heart that I say good-bye.

Arielle Tasha
12:19 pm edt 

Once Again a Ptown Institution is Recognized

Check out the article about Connnie's Bakery in today's Globe-----YUM made my mouth water!!
10:10 am edt 

Re: Tourism Director

Lets get something straight.  I have never set foot in his office.  I have been sitting at his guest house with his partner on more than 5 occasions when the TD has called or the partner has called the TD.  They have spoken 4 times in 45 minutes at one point.  
9:52 am edt 

RIP Senator Ted Kennedy -

A great man who did great things for all of us!
9:50 am edt 

To Get Real:
 
Ptown is far from a seasonal town....  The season has been extended with all the week and weekend events that go through New Years...  What is seasonal about that?  It use to be seasonal when the season ended Labor Day...  But, that is no longer the case....
9:50 am edt 

What Are the Real Numbers?

I would like to know who is defending the tourist director?
Also, any hard numbers for what carnival brought to both the PBG and the business community?

I am going to guess that someone on here will say carnival was our best ever.  Does the PBG publish the hard numbers for it's members?  or do we have to rely on posts that people are just guessing what happened?   Unless you sign your name, I don't think I would believe any post on here anyways.  
9:48 am edt 

Re: Provincetown is Not a Seasonal Town

How can you possibly say and believe that Provincetown is not a seasonal town. You can walk from the west end to the east end in January and not see a single soul!
9:40 am edt 

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Eve Berg

We send our best thoughts to Astrid and her family. Ms. Berg established an institution in this town that we hope lives on forever.
May she rest in peace.

E. Michael Richards
4:44 pm edt 

Re: Tourism Director

"If he wasn't so busy on the phone with his business partner at his own guest house, maybe he would get something done?" 
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Do you sit in the office on a regular basis and listen to his calls?  How else would you possibly know?   

"Let the blame lie where it belongs......... On the Tourism Director...  But of course they hired him, so they are not ready to blame him.  Blame the publications for not having enough interest in Ptown.  That is the easy way out" 
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OK, you are so out of touch with reality I'm beginning to realize your lights are on, but no one is home.  It's difficult to reason with someone so out of touch with reason and logic that I won't even attempt to do so any more.

You can continue your postings based which are not based on fact, just your anger.  I think the majority of people see them for what they are.
4:44 pm edt 

Re: Get Real!

YES! even a seasonal town (which Provincetown IS NOT) need a functional police station! As a matter of FACT, a seasonal town would need a much larger station than the one Provincetown now has!
4:38 pm edt 

Re: Power Failure and Business Closing

We SHOULD speak out on how a blogger who always comments on others about how they run their lives and businesses! This restaurant owner must think that only she can be right and no one else! Her public comments to the banner and during public statments make her fair game to blog about her for a change. Many restaurants with smaller space have generators and stay open for their patrons! Not all of us have the financial means to close for a day in August. It really must be nice!
4:37 pm edt 

To: Webmaster

Since most of the issues in the 2008 DOR review have been addressed and the town has achieved a better bond rating through better fiscal management, is the report still 'an eye opener'?
4:35 pm edt 

Re: Power Loss and Business Closing

In the final analysis a restaurant is a business and not a social organization. As a business,
capital expenditure decisions are made on a profit and loss basis.

Obviously, an owner of a business has to weight the pros and cons of capital equipment
purchases against the return on investment.

Consideration of the acquisition of a generator, versus the loss of business is a critical matter and not lightly passed over. It is easy for an outsider to clamor for the purchase of a generator without
any consideration of a cost-benefit analysis.

Good business practice dictates that life cycle costing would be applied in any purchase consideration.
 
Factors such as generator load factor requirements are determined by the size of the service power requirements and vary for each restaurant. The restaurant in question has a very large foot-print
with many loads.

If an owner chooses after close analysis, to suffer the loss of business during
infrequent region-wide power failures it is their decision and they have every right to do so.

Good business practice would dictate that they assess the number of actual hours lost due to power failure with the concomitant loss in revenue against the cost of purchasing, installing as well as maintaining a power generator system. Not to mention the trigger for town-Hall intervention in the form of permits and structural building modifications as well fire code regulations. 

What is the life-cycle cost of the purchase i.e. overall cost during the period of equipment useful life
versus the amount of revenue loss during blackouts over a similar period of time. Over what period of time would the expenditures (purchase as well as operational) equal the lost revenue
 i.e the break even point.

All these factors would come into play before making such a decision. My assumption is that the restaurateur has considered all of the above factors and made the resulting decision to forgo the purchase of a generator.

Only the owner of a business has the right to make such a decision and not the sideline kibitser  and in this particular case the restaurateur has displayed an uncanny ability to make sound business decisions. The success of the business speaks for itself.

Respectfully,

Yours
1:17 pm edt 

Re: PBG Executive Director

The nasty comments add nothing to the conversation. In many ways this job is a thankless one. It seems to me that some members expect the PBG and the E.D. to be their personal business consultant. The PBG's mission is to promote Provincetown and it's businesses, organizations and it's members to the LGBT community. Those who hinge all their success or failure to this one resource are over-reaching.
I have no idea why Manny C. ultimately turned the offer down but I would suspect the unrealistic expectations of some played some part.
The next E.D. should possess strong marketing and organizational skills along with big measure of diplomacy, something sorely missing from some of the personal comments I have read on here.

E. Michael Richards
12:10 pm edt 

Get Real!

Do we really need a new police station for Ptown? It's a seasonal town
12:08 pm edt 

Re: Tourism Director


Yes, it is the tourism director who is responsible to make sure promos are valid and that most get published.  How can 5 or 6 promos ALL NOT get published?  He is only an easy target because nothing has been done in his office to help promote the town that is EXTRA from where he started.  New blood should bring new ideas.  All his ideas have flopped.  So do not blame others.  If he wasn't so busy on the phone with his business partner at his own guest house, maybe he would get something done?  


Let the blame lie where it belongs......... On the Tourism Director.  And how does the VSB or Sharon grade him?  Do they have blinders on also?  But of course they hired him, so they are not ready to blame him.  Blame the publications for not having enough interest in Ptown.  That is the easy way out.
12:07 pm edt 

Access and Right-of-Way

I'm so glad that we here in Provincetown can now cut through legally, some of the beachfront properties that use to put no tresspassing signs on their property! Thank you chapter 91! And thanks to the historic district people, some of these properties are starting to look like they belong in Provincetown and not some mall in Florida!
12:06 pm edt 

Re: Power Loss and Restaurant Closing

I've never ever heard of anyone complain about a generator making too much noise during a power outage! Someone is grabbing at straws to make herself believe that she can't have one. Imagine, making money in Provincetown during our numerous outages! And commercial generators come in very compact models nowadays!
12:05 pm edt 

Re: Power Loss and Restaurant Closing

It is all about the money! I guess the restaurant owner who has trouble finding space on her large beachfront property for a generator can afford to close her restaurant in the middle of August! It must be nice.
12:04 pm edt 

Please Just Quit it About the Restaurant and Generator

She signs her name when she weighs in her, and she is dealing with bigger issues at the moment.

So just stop.  
12:02 pm edt 

Re: PBG

"Unless the majority of people don't think you have the ability to make a difference and don't vote for you."

BINGO!  You hit the nail right on the head
12:00 pm edt 

Re: The Blame Game

"Taking off by closing your business during a power outage is just plain ol BAD BUSINESS!"


But that's really the business owner's decision isn't it?  Who are we to tell a business owner how they should run their business?
11:59 am edt 

Monday, August 24, 2009

Power

If you loose power and do not have some sort of back up then you have no one else to blame but yourself.  Not everyone has the space for even the smallest generator, keeping in mind that there would prob be some issue with the noise(no matter how quiet)it would make and everyone in town would complain.  Honestly, in Provincetown you can never do right by everyone, it's just impossible!!
5:09 pm edt 

Re: The Blame Game

You just have to laugh when a business owner says it's not only for the money! Your right, but the customer always comes first! Spending money on a generator is for your customers comfort and safety. Taking off by closing your business during a power outage is just plain ol BAD BUSINESS!
5:08 pm edt 

Do We Blame the Publications?

Blame is not the correct word here.  Publications ask for ideas for articles they are writing.  If the writer/publication doesn't see enough reader interest in the ideas/promotions they are given they are not included in the article.  The Chamber, Tourism Director or PBG can not force a writer or publication to include promotions or ideas if the writer or publication does not feel their readers would be interested in the promotion/idea.  No one is to blame, it's up to the writer/publication to decide what to include.
5:07 pm edt 

Re: Tourism Director

Boy, you really are a novice. It is his reponsibility to make sure they are valid - being what the travel organizations are looking for. It is NOT his responsibility to make sure they are published. However, he is to do the best he can to see that the town is promoted. The ideas submitted - and remember that apparently the GREAT ones were yours - may not have been what the writers or editorial staff were eventually looking for, could work with or maybe they even postponed or dropped the story idea entirely. Not every effort is going to be met with success. Its the nature of the business. Secondly, he didn't make you any promotional promises because you submitted an idea. The only way you're guaranteed to get in a publication is to buy advertising - and even then your ad may get bumped for space limitations. However, if you're a good little boy, I promise to buy you an ice cream cone.
5:05 pm edt 

Re: The Blame Game

I guess the blame game prudent restaurant owner forgets that being open during a power outage would benefit her customers! Having a snow day in August for her and her staff shows you her mind sense! Let them eat cake. We work too hard to care if our customers have no place to eat! Typical Provincetown business owner who puts herself first. And by the way I did own a very successful restaurant! 
5:04 pm edt 

Re: PBG Executive Director

"I think I even read in the Banner that Candy had never even met him..."


I've been at a number of meetings in town where both Candy and Don participants so I doubt Candy never met him.

But, why can't you folks let it go and move forward?  Your constant dwelling on the negative prevents the positive from ever happening. 

Want change?  Get involved and make it happen.  It's really not that difficult to do.  PBG is begging for people to be on their boards, if each of you who have so much to offer ran for a position on the Board you could quickly make a difference.  Unless the majority of people don't think you have the ability to make a difference and don't vote for you.
5:02 pm edt 

Re: Tourism Director

The tourism director DID collect promotional ideas to be submitted to travel writers and travel publications.
It is and was his responsibility to make sure they were valid and were going to be published.  Lets just say for the benefit of discussion, he got 5 publications to do a promo with Ptown, which in his first few months would be considered great.  But NOTHING ever happend with ANY OF THEM.  Do we blame the publications?  I don't think so.  We blame the tourism director for not following up.  
The least he could have done was send out an email explaining that none of his promotional promises were going to happen.  Did that happen?  NO.
Is that a way to treat his customers?  
We are his customers.  Don't forget that, so stop blaming others here.
OH, I GET IT, YOU MUST BE THE TOURISM DIRECTOR WRITING HERE.  We are NOT that stupid.
1:16 pm edt 

Re: Keeping the Bar Low for Expectations is Good

But with this group of selectmen, "led" by Couture, the bar would have to be below sea level and six feet below ground to meet expectations. I have never, ever seen such a rag-a-muffin, scatter brain group of five. This group couldn't lick a stamp and stick it on the right corner. Should we laugh or cry when we see them in action? It's a baffler.
1:14 pm edt 

Re: PBG Executive Director

"I have submitted numerous promotions at his request AND NOT ONE HAS EVER BEEN PUBLISHED"

Please give us an example of one of your numerous promotions if they are so great.
1:13 pm edt 

Re: PBG Executive Director

You're right about Candy.  She chose not to meet with him.  He made invitations but she was too busy.  Don't assume that you know anything about what went on.
1:11 pm edt 

Re:" Who is More Stupid You or Him?"
 
The tourism director may have been collecting promotional ideas to be submitted to travel writers and travel publications. This does not mean your ideas were either good or bad. It only shows that you would rather sit back and whine anonymously than take constructive action and do any follow up about your allegedly infallible ideas. So, I think you've answered your own question.
11:34 am edt 

Re: The Blame Game

If you had any idea about running a restaurant,you would shut the      up,a generator for a home is not what is needed for a business.Besides a snow day in august did a world of good for our employees.It is not all about money....
11:17 am edt 

You Are Missing the Point

I don't read here that people have problems with PBG but with how it has been poorly run for a few years. Complaints have been posted here for at least a year with members complaining about the director. Don't confuse one for the other. And I do not believe that Don Knutilla did help bring in gay dollars to town. That is part of the problem. He failed to handle that goal. It's as if he didn't ever get to know the town and the people who had been involved with the PBG years back. I think I even read in the Banner that Candy had never even met him. Success requires knowing the town--the entire town--and not only knowing eight key people in PBG. Let's hope the new director sets this organization in the right direction for its success. That would be good.
11:15 am edt 

Dysfunctional Leadership

Keep the bar of expectations low, very low for our Board of Selectmen. Then you won't be as disappointed or frustrated!

They are so dysfunctional. They couldn't even sit in the same car together in the parade! They all looked so miserable bunched in that small car. That's what I thought of when they passed by. I was embarrassed for them.
9:09 am edt 

Re: PBG Executive Director

"I have submitted numerous promotions at his request AND NOT ONE HAS EVER BEEN PUBLISHED..."


"WHO IS MORE STUPID, YOU OR HIM?"

The tourist director sent out an email requesting certain promotions so he could put them in publications.   I responded.  But it never happened.  I had a boss once that did the same thing.  Management saw everything he was requesting from the field, but he never followed up on one item.  He only lasted 9 months.  But this is Ptown.  Our tourist director will probably last longer as this town doesn't know how to manage inept people.

So who ever said my ideas were not good, go take a swim in the ocean all the way back to Plymouth England.  And while your at it, start thinking before you speak.
9:07 am edt 

Vendors Tell the Story

It is the last week in August. Some restaurants didn't close one day a week in order to make up for lost revenue.

Ever talk to some vendors? Some of their orders from restaurants were cut in half this summer.

I've gone out to eat only once this summer..for a late night snack. My work schedule was shortened in April and was never increased.

Meanwhile, a suck up from             gets a 40 hr pay check without doing 40 hrs of work. And even has an illegal place to  live on the premises--Everyone but the immediate boss sees he works for show only--and this person is totally despised by the entire work crew--and has no idea.

The big boss is coming to town--and will get an ear full...let the chips fall where they may.
9:05 am edt 

Re: PBG

To # 28. Basically you are # 3.  The counting started at 25.  It could also stated at #1 where it belonged.  You seem to have a real big axe to grind.  Did someone poke a hole in yout rubber sheets?
9:01 am edt 

Re: The Blame Game

I bet the board of selectmen had something to do with the power outage last week, just so a certain prudent restaurant would have to close!
8:59 am edt 

Re: The Blame Game

Looks like the blame game blogger hit a certain prudent restaurant owner's nerve, by her not having a generator! Sometimes the truth hurts. I wonder how much did she lose by not having one?
8:55 am edt 

Re: PBG

I'd say if there are only 28 or even 50 business owners who have problems with how the PBG has been run. That's a very small percentage compared to a membership who realize the important job that the guild does in advertising and keeping the gay dollars coming into the town! I say let them sit at home typing away on whats bad with the PBG, so the rest of us can get on with more important things! Like enjoying Provincetown for the great place it is!
8:54 am edt 

Re: The Blame Game

LOL! What does flying feces have to do with not having a power generator? Also I have a home generator that powers my whole house and it only takes up a small space, the size of a closet.
8:53 am edt 

Re: The Blame Game

How true that Provincetown has the worst business owners! A generator today is compact and a small price to pay to keep your business running during power outages! Shame on the restaurant owner who can't find a place for something that if I had a business, would be one of the first investments that I made for myself and my customers. But go ahead and blame everyone else for why you don't have one as your competition reaps in the big buck$ during the next power outage!
8:51 am edt 

Sunday, August 23, 2009

PBG: Executive Director

I am #28
10:23 pm edt 

#28--Wrong Person, Wrong Place, Wrong Decision

The former executive director was the wrong choice. He should never have been selected and a year back, should have been asked to leave. He was ineffective and without the needed dedication this position required. Count me in on oppostion number 28!
10:22 pm edt 

Re:The Blame Game
 
"How dumb is a business owner in this day and age not to have some kind of back up generator to protect your self from power outages? And to read that a long time restaurant owner STILL does not have a generator, but blames the electric company as a monopoly as the problem! Only in Provincetown would you find such poor business owners!"
7:39 pm edt
_________________________________________________________

Ok smarty pants. where is she going to put the generator? On the deck that she had to cut back due to CH 91? On the roof that Historic would deny? I do not think it is unrealistic for a business owner to rely on the basic infrastructure being available. She was the prudent one who did not have feces flying in her establishment on July 6th.

Best regards,
9:06 pm edt 

PBG Executive Director

I personally feel the director of the p.b.g. was as dumb as a rock. I guess that would make me #27 and the next to be criticized for having an opinion that differs from someone else.
7:47 pm edt 

Re: Tourism Director
 
"I have submitted numerous promotions at his request AND NOT ONE HAS EVER BEEN PUBLISHED..."


That one is too easy, did you ever think your ideas weren't not any good?  Or would you just blame him instead?
7:39 pm edt 

The Blame Game

How dumb is a business owner in this day and age not to have some kind of back up generator to protect your self from power outages? And to read that a long time restaurant owner STILL does not have a generator, but blames the electric company as a monopoly as the problem! Only in Provincetown would you find such poor business owners!
7:39 pm edt 

Re: Tourism Director

"...I agree, if you get me started on our TOURISM DIRECTOR, that was a SAD DAY FOR TOURISM in P-Town..."


You folks are sad pathetic little people.  The most negative I've ever seen, how sad you are.
7:37 pm edt 

Three Separate Selectmen Meetings For Monday?

Three different posted meetings. And what will occur at the last of the three? Approval of the Town Warrant for our next, yet-again, town meeting. Irrationality is rampant here.
3:59 pm edt 

Re: Tourism Director

I agree, if you get me started on our TOURISM DIRECTOR, that was a SAD DAY FOR TOURISM in P-Town.   I have submitted numerous promotions at his request AND NOT ONE HAS EVER BEEN PUBLISHED.  Always an excuse.  Try to find him and you will see him riding his bike back to his own guest house when his help needs him for something.  Wish everyone had that luxury.  
Good point that he was on the committee to find a new PBG ED.   Lets see how long before he tries to apply for that position.  I give it 1 month.  
Can anyone tell me ONE GOOD THING the TOURISM DIRECTOR HAS DONE YET?
3:58 pm edt 

Re: PBG

"Try adding how many different criticisms are being posted here against our soon-to-leave director. Can you count up to twenty-five?"


Puhleeeze, you are wasting everyone's time.  Due to the anonymous nature of this blog, you can post multiple times to try to make everyone believe there are so many people posting negative attacks on the PBG.  I'm not buying it.

Time to move on, more important issues to discuss.
12:29 pm edt 

Re: PBG

Count me on thinking the PBG has become a failure in the past few years. #26
12:27 pm edt 

Helter Skelter Thinking
 
Why can't Provincetown establish its priorities? Why can't it realistically evaluate what it may need in the future, create a ranking of town-wide needs, then stick to these priorities? Is this so impossible with this flock of selectmen? They seem incapable of creating a future vision and then sticking to it.

Instead we have a new huge project every time another has been funded. Town Hall has taken millions of our dollars and instead of being grateful that this was funded with overrides and taxes, this BOS sets its sight on a new Transportation center and if that isn't enough the buying of Fisherman's Pier and if that isn't enough a new police station. They are the most unrealistic and fiscally irresponsible group of selectmen I have ever seen. They seem to believe they are in the go-go years of good times, high tax revenues, and economic excellence. What is wrong with them?
 
Does anyone know?
12:25 pm edt 

There are More Pressing Issues

Now we have the microcosm of this PBG dialog taking over shout-out...We have greater concerns: town meeting is coming up, we need to create a park where the parking lot now exists on the water front, we need to make sure the schools regionalize.

And we need to keep our tax rate reasonable--Carnival was a big success and brought hoards of people to town during what used to be a "dead" week. Lets move on
11:18 am edt 

One Basher? You Obviously Failed Math!

You can't count. You are mesmerized by your adoration for this one guy. Try adding how many different criticisms are being posted here against our soon-to-leave director.

Can you count up to twenty-five?
11:16 am edt 

There Are Many of Us Who See Don KNutilla's Weaknesses

You may wish there were only one person against Don and you may try to twist the truth but there are many of us. I read the postings and I too see his faults and his lack of work and his too-many-days away in New York and not here. Why did Irene really leave? Why is there not an assistant now? Why were there so few volunteers for Carnival? Why did the great parade seem to be over as people left and half the parade was ten minutes away trying to get re-organized? Why? Why?

Goodbye Knutilla. You did us not good. And why would the executive committee ever want to have a two week search and then hire while Don was still here in the morass of his own Carnival? I blame the Executive Committee for not thinking this one out and they should have brought in the new director AFTER carnival and AFTER Don's problems would materialize.

I say this believing that the PBG can regroup and can find its new direction. But it will take awhile to assess its own problems, its own lack of vision and then assess what solutions to put in place to right this at-present listing ship.
11:15 am edt 

To the Single PBG Basher

There are many more businesses that remained with the PBG than not.  These are people who know how important the organization is. Then there are people like you who just keep taking the benefits of others hard work. The PBG runs Carnival. Carnival is by far the largest money making event for businesses in this town  So don't join... hey, make sure you encourage others not to do so, then pretend when Carnival isn't there lining your pockets that it's the PBG's fault. Make sure you point out how you didn't join so all your friends can see how intelligent you are.  You have the most myopic vision I have ever seen. Fortunately there are people in the PBG who continue to work to make things better to offset you  who continue to work to make things worse.
9:52 am edt 

"As to the Single PBG Basher"
 
All you have to do is look at the large number of members who have quit the PBG in the last few years to know it is many more than a "single" person who recognizes poor performance when they see it.  You may wish it were one person....
8:57 am edt 

Re: PBG

The lone PBG basher sounds like a person who is obsessed with this Don K person! Who cares with what you say! Me thinks thou protests way too much! Your as bad as Mikey with Ted Malone!......Mikey? is that you?
8:56 am edt 

To the Basher

Your rational for not paying PBG dues and sitting on your butt and letting other members work for you and other businesses in town is amazing.  You're too cheap to join but hide behind a smoke screen of big bad Don. Let others do it is your motto.  Keep leading the charge.
To the basher who keeps repeating that the  "Steve's" select the director, try again.  There is a board and other VOLUNTEERS who make that decision.  But you wouldn't know anything about that because you probably aren't a member and you would have to look up the meaning of the word volunteer.
8:54 am edt 

Re: PBG

ATTN-PBG

Okay wait a second. You announced the ED vacancy and filled it within like 2 weeks.  Was there really a search at all or was Manny already pre selected?  Truth or not, that is how it looks and you guys are going to need to deal with the fall out.   Okay Michelle, what do you have to say since you were on the "search committee"  How lame can you be darling, everybody already knows you are just another blow hard and ah look . . . here's proof . . . . . .

and don't even get me started on the tourism director. he's been on the job for 4 months now.  what has he done other than run his own guest house?  Obviously he does not know how to select a candidate for an ED job either.  Unfortunately for the town and the PBG, you both get exactly what you deserve.
8:53 am edt 

Re: PBG

As to the single PBG Basher, don't you have anything better to do?
1:05 am edt 

Re: PBG

"...WHAT A MESS THE PBG IS IN.  They can not see straight anymore.   GET A NEW BOARD"


Go ahead and run for office.  Oh wait, that would require you to do something wouldn't it?
1:04 am edt 

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Carnival


So, why has no one pointed out the person that tried to get carnival put together was              .  He can't do anything right and we put him in charge of carnival and the volunteers?        ran his own store to the ground 5 or 6 years ago.  His landlords sued him for non payment of rent and to get him evicted.  Now we have this person put the parade together?   WHAT A MESS THE PBG IS IN.  They can not see straight anymore.   GET A NEW BOARD

10:18 pm edt 

Re: PBG

I've never even considered dropping my membership in the PBG.  They bring too much to my business.  But, then I also don't sit on my butt whining about how bad the PBG is, I volunteer when I can and get involved.

Face it, it's a member organization that will only be as strong as it its members.  And to you who bails as soon as something happens you don't like didn't contribute much in the first place.
10:11 pm edt 

Why is the Truth Seen as Don Bashing?

Don Knutilla should never have been selected as executive director. Too many behind the scenes decision lead to this disaster. In three years, Don destroyed PBG and undermined the structure that had been there with volunteers and businesses. He floated through this town and many times floated out of this town.

I hear many people complaining about Don and they are not bashing for bashing sake but telling the truth that the executive board should have noted, faced and taken action long ago. But they didn't and now what a mess.

Don should never have been the person directing the new executive Director. What a foolish decision by the board. He poisoned the waters, whether intentionally or not. But he did. Now there is no director. Is there still an organization? That is the fundamental question. Let the board face its deep-seated problems and come up with real solutions. If not, sad days ahead for this once vibrant organization.
9:53 pm edt 

Re: PBG

We dropped our membership a few years ago when they hired that dipstick it was all down hill from there. Then add the disorganization of the board itself it was just disasterville. I'd like to see some fresh faces, some solid plans put in place and better management then I will participate and invest my time. A new intelligent and non self puffing executive director would be a step in the best direction.
7:02 pm edt 

No Volunteers Because There Was No Structure to Carnival

In the past, we had intense business involvement and loads of volunteers. We had organization and commitment. But since Don Knutilla has taken the lead, our organization has fallen on its face. We have few people really involved and it showed this Carnival.

Let's go back to the past when we had organization and some leadership. Well, Don will finally leave--if he hasn't already left town--and then PBG can sort itself out. It's time the Executive Board faced its problems and its mismanaged organization. Liking to attend meetings is not the solution to PBG's future.

Sorry we lost someone who appeared to care and who could have brought many interests together. But that was yesterday--let's hope tomorrow is better.
6:53 pm edt 

Re: PBG

Anyone who says someone isn't right for a job because they can't put up with someone like Don for one week doesn't really know what an idiot he is. And Kudos to Steve for pointing out what a great job Don and the PBG did on Carnival. Great job. The PBG should do something for the 4th of July too. Fools!
6:51 pm edt 

Re: Executive Director PBG

..Now, who will lead the charge going forward??   Anyone want to step forward?


I've always thought that perhaps the PBG ED job should be two separate part-time positions.  One half of the position as marketing and membership, the other half is really an events planner position.  

If you had two separate part-time positions perhaps you might have more local folks who would apply for the position(s).  Local folks knowledgeable about Ptown who already live here and can afford to live here.  They can't step forward and be a full-time ED, but perhaps they could do it as a part-time job.
6:37 pm edt 

Tax Dollars
 
Two wrongs don't make one right. Paying for Suzanne's garden is foolish. And I don't own a horse.
6:35 pm edt 

To All the PBG Naysayers and Don Bashers...

Let's see you step up to the plate and run Carnival, especially with hardly any volunteers.  Most people sat on their butts and let everyone else do it.  Perhaps the new PBG director saw a job that was far too difficult to handle.. It takes a real hard working dedicated person to do a job of such magnatude. He just didn't have what it takes. He is a big boy and he packed up his marbles and ran home crying.  Don't blame anyone else but him.  He wanted the job, blew his horn, got the job and panicked.  Kudos to Don and the PBG for making this one of the best Carnivals ever.  Ching, ching to the cash registers in town.  When it comes time to join the PBG, many businesses will not join and let others pay their dues so they can make money off others hard work and dedication.
6:34 pm edt 

In the Words of Barney Frank ..." On What Planet do You Spend Your Time?"
 
"Don brought millions to this town"

I can't even stop laughing at that statement. Perhaps Don is also responsible for bringing thousands of baby dykes here on Memorial Day Weekend? Maybe Don is the reason everyone comes to Provincetown over Fourth of July? Don must be the reason that Provincetown became a gay mecca generations ago? Perhaps Don will come up with a cure for cancer as well if he's the martyr you try to make him out to be. Those of us who have seen what he's done to the organization over the past several years know otherwise. He was simply useless and incompetent.  

Having Don train the new director was like having the Titanic act as a life boat for other ships. A huge mistake but not a surprise for many of us.

Whoever quoted the $200 per year membership fee must be spending time on that other planet as well. Dues haven't been that low in years. To be part of the PBG you pay your base dues which are much higher then plus plus plus plus as you add on any benefits like the website or anything else. It's not a value anymore it's just an expense.

This is a turning point for the PBG. Things can turn around if everyone pays attention to what is going on. It's time to speak up to the board and the president who so clearly congratulates himself on this blog [he's does so many good things for this town]. It's time that the treasurer and president don't solely get to choose the new employee. This shouldn't be someone that hides things from the members or doesn't return telephone calls or e-mail message. We need someone who will step up to the job, will be professional and who won't fabricate everything like a dirty politician. We need to see what is on the books. We haven't had a clear fiscal picture in a few years because the treasurer is never prepared at our meetings. I can say that I wonder what we even have on the books and that concerns me.

I think Manny might have been the man for the job. It's too bad that the board allowed the outgoing Director to ruin our chances of having someone productive running the show.
But wait, he's done so much for August. Without him there would be no one here. The beaches would be empty. The water would dry up and the sun would have stopped shining. Thank goodness we had Don.

I'm sure like many on here because I disagree with your position I'll be accused of being drunk or whatever. The bottom line is the facts and track record speak for themselves.
6:30 pm edt 

Re: Executive Director PBG
 
"But no--Don continued to act as the real executive director making the new executive director his go-for person... What a mess and sadly we lost a good person. This is a real loss."


I couldn't disagree more with your thought.  If the new ED could not work with Don for ONE week during Carnival then he probably was not the right person for the job.  

I happen to appreciate Don for all he brought to the PBG in his time here.  But, let's just say he's the evil demon one or two of you make him out to be.  The new ED didn't have the foresight to realize he would only be working with evil Don for one week and then he would be completely in control as Executive Director and would report only to the PBG Board and the members?  If your logic was correct it would have been unfortunate he could not see that.

In reality he left because he realized his skill set wasn't a good match for the position.  Bravo to him for realizing that and admitting it.
6:22 pm edt 

Don and Carnival
 
I can't believe you're giving Don credit for Carnival.  Carnival is a success because it is now a much anticipated event brought on by years of Carnivals.  Don had nothing to do with it.

My impression over the last few years is that fewer ad fewer businesses have floats and more and more floats are sponsored by liquor companies.  

The start of the parade this year was so confusing for those involved I'm surprised it started at all.  And where are all the volunteer marshalls?  Huge gaps in the parade made people think the parade was over.

And nothing against Randy Price, but that's the biggest celebrity Provincetown's Famous Carnival Parade can attract?  How much effort was put into that?

The parade used to be a well oiled machine, under Don, not so much.

I look forward to renewed energy from a new director.
6:19 pm edt 

Re: PBG and Don K

Say what you want about Don, but he brought millions to this town this week with a very successful Carnival, and tens of millions over his four Carnivals.  The roughly $200 membership cost is a tiny investment to make to reap millions during the week of Carnival.   Any business owner that benefits should be throwing money at the PBG to join, on order to preserve this economic engine for the town.  I thought this Carnival was one of the best ever, and it didn't happen on it's own.  Now, who will lead the charge going forward??   Anyone want to step forward?
12:18 pm edt 

Will People Please Stop Picking on "Steve" and PBG

That man has done more for this town than most. He is smart - business saavy and has loads of pure "common sense" - which is what is lacking alot here.
11:36 am edt 

Friday Night Incident

We have cameras stationed all around commercial street watching folks..don't we have one watching the "teenage Kids" corner?
11:35 am edt 

Friday Night Incident

Teenagers were acting Friday night at the statue at the corner of Town hall by Commercial Street. They were calling these other kids the "N" word and some thought that there was going to be a fight.

Then later, the police even had to pat them down. DON'T WE HAVE CAMERAS WATCHING THAT CORNER TOO?
11:34 am edt 

Fix the Plumbing

Is this the only town that has plumbing problems and the solution is a new, expensive police station? Then they hire an organization that helps police get new police stations for a "report" on the "real" and "extensive" problems.

Pure madness. Fix the plumbing.
11:32 am edt 

Carnival Was Fun
 
It was a good time and people seemed more restrained. The streets were filled, the floats were interesting and it was a fun time.
11:31 am edt 

I Too View Don as Part of the Problem the New Director Left
 
The board should have been guiding the new director--not the outgoing failure who had little in place for Carnival. The new director should have reported to the executive board until Don was absolutely gone. But no--Don continued to act as the real executive director making the new executive director his go-for person. And all that Don did not do to set the structure of volunteers in place for Carnival and all that should have been prepared weeks ago, Don expected and demanded it done by the new so-named director. What a mess and sadly we lost a good person. This is a real loss.
11:30 am edt 

Re: Well at Least Don K. is Still Gone........ Right?

"My guess is the PBG will still run better without a Director then with him at the controls.

Am I right or am I right?"



With the 'Steves' at the controls?  How can that be?  In another posting you were blasting them.  Try posting only when you are sober, it might help you remember what you posted earlier so you don't contradict yourself.
9:08 am edt 

Well at Least Don K. is Still Gone........ Right?
 
My guess is the PBG will still run better without a Director then with him at the controls.

Am I right or am I right?
12:57 am edt 

Re: PBG Executive Director

"So the new PBG Director quit only a few days into the job. It appears Don K. poisoned him on the position, made him feel uncomfortable and awkward so he is out the door...."


Once again, you don't know what you are talking about. Don had nothing to do with the decision made by the new ED.  You are so filled with negativity and hate it's pathetic.  Don't know who you are (though several people have figured you out) and don't want to know who you are.  You blame all your problems and issues on others, maybe it's time to take a good look at yourself.
12:56 am edt 

Re: Critcism & Spelling
 
Check out the dead animal in the road in a plastic bag near the Moors Motel..  I suppose the COPS are responsible for that too?
12:54 am edt 

Friday, August 21, 2009

Re: PBG Executive Director

Our new Executive Director for the provincetown business guild quits only 2 days into the job and the board and president dont have the stones to tell us because they dont want to upset anyone during carnival.what else are they keeping from us?maybe we should take a close look at whats going on?
4:21 pm edt 

No News?

Wow, its been six days since the last post, I hope everything is ok with the webmaster? I miss the news.

PJ
4:19 pm edt 

The Thrill is Gone!

So the new PBG Director quit only a few days into the job. It appears Don K. poisoned him on the position, made him feel uncomfortable and awkward so he is out the door. What now "Steves"??? Got anyone else in your pocket?
4:18 pm edt 

What's Up!

Can anyone say anything good about this week?  Can the web master post anything this week?
4:16 pm edt 

Dog Attack

While walking at Herring cove at 6PM I passed a number of people. When I walked past the vicinity of two men and their black dog who all saw me, the dog charged me and I stood stock still.

The owners called the dog and the dog when to them, and then it turned and charged me again and the only thing that saved me was that the dog hurt his paw and started limping.

The owners ran to the dog and held him and said,"The dog is Crazy.

The next day I called the ranger station and reported the incident. A dark skinned man and a light skinned man and a med size slim black dog.

I love dogs, but this one was "a black bullet" ready to bite me. I'm taking my camera and taking photos from now on to take to the ranger station of unleashed dogs.
4:15 pm edt 

Re: Power Outage

How long was the power out? Does anyone know what happened? Wow, the infrastructure of Ptown really sucks,first the sewer now the power grid, whats next??? Instead of building some big            water front transportation center, lets take care of the infrastructure...

PJ
4:13 pm edt 

Re: Power Outage

According to the Cape Cod Times on line, ALL of Provincetown lost power today at 5pm. Funny, I had electricity all evening...nary a flicker.
4:11 pm edt 

Re: Tax Dollars

Get off your high horse about some tax dollars paying for Suzanne's garden. This town gave millions to rich developers to create affordable housing.

The government is throwing money at developers of affordable housing--they didnt need our tax dollars which could have paid to transform our municipal parking lot or  into a public garden and walk way.
4:10 pm edt 

Thank You PBG!

How soon we forget that before carnival, this was one of the slowest weeks of the summer season! That is why the PBG chose this week. To bring the tourists! THANK YOU PBG!
4:08 pm edt 

Re: PBG Director

"The P.B.G. Director is gone! Good riddens to bad rubbish!..."


Seriously, 'good riddens' ?  Not even close on the spelling.  You'll probably be embarrassed when you sober up.
4:07 pm edt 

Criticism and Spelling
 
It is always more effective if you spell your words correctly when leveling criticism.

FYI - CASSIS = a syrupy, usually alcoholic, cordial made in France from black currants, often mixed with white wine to make kir.

So if you are getting your info 'straight from CASSIS', I suspect you are a bit snookered and can be excused for having a twisted view of animal cruelty. Keep it up and the pink elephants will be there to escort you to bed.

The cop was wrong and a vet was the person to go to to make the determination.
4:06 pm edt 

Re: Renewable Energy

For clarification of earlier posts here, the recycling and renewable energy committee asked the board of health and the DPW to put greater emphasis on recycling in Provincetown by allowing residents to place an unlimited number of recycling bins out for pick-up each week. The current board of health regulation states that each residence can put TWO 32-gallon trash barrels and only ONE recycling bin out for curbside pick-up each week.  In allowing an unlimited number of recycling bins, we would not be generating an increase in the volume of waste, just how the existing volume is handled.  However, due to manpower requirements, the DPW asked that there be a limit of four bins and IF four bins are used, the bins should be sorted.  Sorting could mean, for example, that three bins contain only plastic and metal, and one bin contain only glass. Again, this is just an example of how four bins could be used.  Paper, as usual, would be placed beside the bins and either tied!
 with string or placed in PAPER bags.  This would make for a more streamlined curbside pick-up of the increased number of recycling bins.  No one ever suggested that a resident would be REQUIRED to use four bins.  Only IF a household uses up to the limit of four bins, they should be sorted by type to help with the pick-up process.

Michael Leger, Chair
Provincetown Recycling and Renewable Energy Committee      
4:05 pm edt 

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Adieu, Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow....Until Tomorrow, Adieu

Bye, bye Ptown, the last six weeks have been glorious, but for now I must return to work so that I can afford my "little summer getaway, be able to pay my taxes and continue to be able to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth!

SJ
10:44 am edt 

The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

The P.B.G. Director is gone! Good riddens to bad rubbish! I'm certain any replacement will be an improvement. Maybe this time the "Steves" didn't get to pick the candidate of their choice we'll get someone who is on the ball.

Bring on the new blood and the new ideas.
10:40 am edt 

Ryan Landry as Oscar Wilde is Fabulous
 
He is an excellent actor and plays Oscar Wilde with sensitivity, pizzazz, enthusiasm, and yet a questioning edge of his own actions and intentions. It's a wonderful performance and Gross Indecency leaves the audience with insight about art, issues of decency, beauty, and the power of words to transform the world. Landry is Oscar Wilde and it's a Bravo performance.
10:39 am edt 

To: Cat Killing


Don't be so ignorant....  The police know enough that when an animal is maggot infested with no eye and half a face, barely breathing and no where to take it, the right thing to do is put it out of its misery...  

When you here it straight from CASSIS that they do not have the facility to care for a cat in such condition, then you know not much could have been done....  So...  instead of putting down the police, get off your high horse and VOLUNTEER TO BE A CONTACT and the police can call you at night to care for animals in such despair.....


Oh no, it's always easier to be critical then HELP... The police in Provincetown do a great job!  Keep up the good work guys/girls !  You know who the bloggers are !!!!
10:37 am edt 

I Hear a Welcoming For the New PBG Director

And I sense a genuine and warm welcoming. That's what I read here on this blog and not what others see as pessimism and skepticism. Not at all. Glad you're here and best of luck.
10:35 am edt 

Friday, August 14, 2009

I Too Welcome the New PBG Director

Great to have a chance for new energy, new involvement, especially from some of us who were part of PBG and then stopped being members. I look forward to this new person and I wish him the best. Such good news. Time for change and change has arrived.
11:04 pm edt 

Re: New PBG Director

"Welcome to the new director. May the waters be calm and the people kind."


Waters will be calm until he doesn't do something you want him to do or doesn't give you the business you want.  Then you'll be screaming for his scalp and defaming his character as is your style.
10:46 pm edt 

To: The Moron

Who thinks that Carnival doesn't drive people to p-Town.  Check out your window before, during, and after Carnival.  See if there are more less or the same amount of people and report back.  DUH
10:44 pm edt 

Sad to Say...

but reading this blog is like watching all the right wing nut yahoos attacking health care reform at the town meetings. hot air, no facts, propaganda a-go-go. and not one know it all ready to take a leadership role. what a losing scenario for this town you profess to find so special. you can't blame anyone else for your own frustrations unless you're willing to affect change. really? no positive ideas? really? pretty pathetic. no matter how clever you think you are while attacking others, you're just part of the obituary of this town. or rather, the cause of death. it's not just sad, it's tragic.
10:49 am edt 

Slippery Fish: Slip, Slip, Slipping Away

And with your interests, so goes Don the Knutilla. He is gone. A new Executive Director has been chosen and Don the Knuttilla man is long gone. To New York. To wherever.

Welcome to the new director. May the waters be calm and the people kind. My fins are flippng, Slippery Fish even if yours are poised, tight and tough, for the Knuttilla's exit. Ah, but exit he must go!
10:47 am edt 

Congratulations to the New Exectuive Direct of PBG

How great that a new Executive Director has been chosen and he begins tomorrow. Congratulations. We all look forward to working with this new director and making Provincetown and PBG a great place to be.

Out with the old. In with the new.

Happy Carnival to all!
10:46 am edt 

New PBG Executive Director
 
Provincetown Business Guild
Provincetown Business Guild
Special Announcement 
August 13,  2009
   
 
PBG Hires New ED
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PBG PRESIDENT
 
 
I am delighted to announce the selection of Amandio "Manny" Correia as the new Executive Director of the Provincetown Business Guild.
 
Manny's impressive background and proven record of success includes a long 25-year career with Harvard Management Company in Boston where he was Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer.  Manny also has extensive non-profit experience including the position of Board Chair for Victory Programs, Inc, Board member of Conexion and Boston Alliance for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (BAGLY), Advisory Board Member of People Helper and Our Space, Founder of Financial Services Human Resources Group and Global Member of LGBT Professional Network, Federal Club Member of HRC, member of SpeakOut as well as the Greater Boston Business Council.
 
Manny has maintained a home in Provincetown and has been a part time resident for 13 years and will now become Provincetown's newest full time resident.   Manny has been partnered with Tom Harvey for six years and married for four and their family includes three teenage daughters. 
 
Manny will begin his new position Friday, August 14, and will work side by side with outgoing Executive Director Don Knnuttila through Carnival to ensure a smooth transition.
 
I encourage all members to introduce themselves to Manny who will be at all the Carnival events.  I am sure you will find Manny's enthusiasm and love of Provincetown infectious.  I would also like to thank PBG members Michelle Haynes and Bob Sanborn who participated side by side with the PBG Board on the Selection Committee.
 
Finally, I would like to thank Don for all he has done for the PBG during his three years as Executive Director.  Sunday begins the fourth Carnival that Don has organized and it promises to be one of the best ever.  Don has put together a fantastic schedule of events throughout the week and it will be a fitting tribute to him as he begins his new life in New York.
 
Please join me in welcoming Manny to the PBG and I hope everyone has an absolutely incredible Carnival.
 
Steve Tait
 
 
Don Knuuttila
Executive Director
Provincetown Business Guild
10:45 am edt 

Where do We Stand?

Is the pbg executive director leaving?
10:41 am edt 

More Fish Feces In The Water I See:

"Don has done an incredible job for the PBG." --- not credible information if you know his track recrd and the PBG's own decline since he took the controls.

"The Carnival this year will again prove what I have said." --- only Steve could say this. This could only come from a PBG board member like Steve. He and Don like to stroke themselves for what great jobs they are always doing. The only thing Carnival will prove is how disorganized and poor planned every PBG event always is. It's August you moron, it's going to be busy anyway with or without Carnival.

Fish has lost serious credibility with me.
10:40 am edt 

Re: Cat Killing

Now Provincetown Police are putting down sick and injured animals. They lack the basic training and intelligence to be effective police officers but now plan to practice veterinary medicine. Perhaps they will want to be doctors next and start shooting people who are sick in town. Now wouldn't that ease up the backlog at Outer Cape? Most of the summer police stand on the street corner with dumb looks on their faces too stupid to try to ease up the congestion by directing traffic or helping pedestrians cross. I'm shocked now the Provincetown Police take it upon themselves to kill animals when they don't have the training or knowledge about veterinary medicine.
10:38 am edt 

A Casino For Provincetown

OMG, Is this reall going to happen, and who has the authority to negotiate with the Indians about this insanity.
Talk about destroying the fabric of this town.  This is truly unbelievable.
 
                                 Mr. Philip McAvity
10:36 am edt 

Re: Slippery Fish

Oh My...Looks like BS is posting... So far nothing to say but fishy jokes.  Slippery is right on the mark.  Thou protest too much.
10:35 am edt 

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Perhaps You are All Tail and No Fish Brain
 
What has happened to you Slippery Fish! Seems the polutants in the waters you swim in have seriously damaged your fish brain. Age will do this but you are drinking some strange ingredients in your little pond. Perhaps you accidentlly fell into the frog pond! Beware the green gunk that floats upon these dead waters.
4:09 pm edt 

If Sharon Lynn is Spending Her time and Ours at Town Meeting after Town Meeting.....

The selectmen, in all their insight and wisdom, spend almost every scheduled BOS meeting in Executive Session. Does that tell you something? Talk about mishandling and mismanagement. Talk about high legal bills, paid in different funds so as not to show up as all legal bills.

What a frog-croaking dilema!
2:30 pm edt 

Oh, These Mercurial Waters
 
Sorry, Slippery Fish, but you are slipping. Sad to say. You always had fin-pointed comments. Now your fish lips have turned to mush.
2:28 pm edt 

Transportation Center:

It is truly crazy for this town to want a huge trasportation center.  And now I hear that a town official is talking to the Indians about getting a Casino built in Town.  What is this world comming to?
Ben Dover
2:26 pm edt 

From: Slippery Fish

Tell me what I have said that is an opinion and not a fact. BS put himself in the position that caused him to resign; Don and the PBG did not. Any intelligent person can figure that out but obviously you need it pointed out to you.  Again you point to DK's resume but do not give any concrete example for your opinion.
Don has done an incredible job for the PBG.  The Carnival this year will again prove what I have said.  Keep protecting BS who was nothing but someone who tried to perpetuate a fraud to his advantage.  Now he works for Candy.  It is my OPINION here that his being hired at the Chamber does not show good judgement by the director.
Slippery Fish (standing on my tail fin)
2:25 pm edt 

To: Slippery Fish
 
Your rantings are backed up with your opinions and others are expressing their opinions and impressions.
12:48 pm edt 

A Bit of Puffery

was Don Knutilla's resume, listing experiences and "successes" that were not his to call his own. Many people unfortunately create a resume for appearances and sadly he did too. Bill Schneider was not the only to fabricate but Bill paid a price that Don, with his own puffery, helped to level on Bill. Working behind the scenes, he helped push Bill out. But his own puffery costs Knutilla little even though those who know, knew and know now. But time to say Goodbye, Don.
12:42 pm edt 

Re: To: Slippery Fish

Skip my posts if you have had enough of my "rantings".  You will note that they are in response to bashing by an unknown who hasn't a fact to back up what they say. My credibility is always reported with substantiation.
 
Slippery Fish (working on Chapeter 2 for Oprah)
12:01 pm edt 

Re: Suzanne's Garden

"A quarter of a million dollars for open space in the east end of Provincetown? Thats a very good bargain!"
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That's the problem with this town.  In the worst economic climate since the Great Depression, some folks think that paying $250K for someone's yard is a bargain.  It's unconscionable, bad fiscal management, and it IS NOT in the best interest of this town to spend that kind of money.  If the sprawling beaches, the dunes, and the entire protected National Seashore isn't enough open space for you then you should move to Montana.  I'm tired of "voters" spending tax dollars foolishly - and this is the perfect example!  The only thing that these types of actions will do is bankrupt the town.  What a great future!
10:43 am edt 

Maybe We Should Call it Frog Tape

I like your reference to Couture's attempt to silence and marginalize residents. But maybe the duck tape, for her, is frog tape. Now selling at the I-Pay-No-Rent and I-Pay-No-Taxes amphibian store.
10:22 am edt 

Re: Suzanne's Garden

Little jonnie could have donated his yard to the town, rather than milk us for his own pocketbook... and this blog demonizes Malone for building housing... think we will see any of little jonnies $$ coming back to help the town???
10:05 am edt 

To: Slippery Fish

Slippery Fish you are losing all your credibility with your rantings in defense of the PBG/Don. You have made your position very clear. Enough already.
9:51 am edt 

Re: Business Performance

ITS GOOD TO SEE THAT PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING BACK AT THE NAYSAYERS ON THIS BLOG! they speak for no one but them selves! (AND MAYBE KARL ROVE & RUSH LIMBOUGH)
9:50 am edt 

Re: Business Performance

"...You aren doing the best business in ten years! No, you are not. most busineeses and i think yours too are doing so much worse..."
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You don't really know this for a fact do you?  2008 was the best year ever for my businessess, right now we are down less than 1% in 2009 as compared to 2008.  So the prior blogger who states it's his best business in ten years may actually be telling the truth.

Although you think you know everything including how the prior blogger's business is doing, face it - you don't know it all !
9:29 am edt 

To: PBG Did Undermine BS
 
BS by his own duplicity put himself in a position of having to resign.  The lie was big enough to show unstability on his part. BS put out exactly that.  But don't worry Candy hired him over at the Chamber.  Maybe he writes press releases...never mind, there are no press releases.
Interesting that you claim to have seen Don's resume. Again you just spout off at the key board with no examples to lend any credibility to what you profess as truth.
Please define and give examples of "radial gay tourism".
I find it difficult to respond to this statement since it is so inane.
Slippery Fish (working on my novel for Oprah's book club)
9:27 am edt 

Re: Business Performance

My business in town has also had the best sales in years! And as always the bad business person blames the weather, family week etc. etc. Face it! Its how you run your business that is BAD! I've never seen such a sad bunch of  business owners as in this town!
9:25 am edt 

Re: Suzanne's Garden

A quarter of a million dollars for open space in the east end of Provincetown? Thats a very good bargain! And a great investment for the future! Thank you voters!
9:24 am edt 

Re: Lifetime Opportunity

Of all the projects you refer to. I feel they HAVE been very good investments for the town! Are you one of those conservative angry shouters who are against anything the government does to help people? If you are, you live in the wrong town! Go live with FOX news and all of the naysayers! We Won, you LOST!
9:22 am edt 

Re: P-L-e-a-z-e

So I'm a liar for saying my business is doing it's best year in ten years?  Maybe I've just been positioning myself for positive growth through difficult times.  

Yeah, I'm lying all the way to the bank.  I may be a liar, but you are a loser.
9:21 am edt 

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dear Slippery Fish
 
I often like your postings. But when it comes to Don the PBG Fish, you can take him for a long dive off a steep pier. Maybe he can swim, maybe not. But, please, take him. He's all yours.
10:36 pm edt 

P-L-e-a-z-e

You aren doing the best business in ten years! No, you are not. most busineeses and i think yours too are doing so much worse. Why would you be exception, except that you can count? I wish everyone were doing fanatatic but that 's fantasy. These are tough economic time and businesses that are doing well are just about holding their own. with June and July and this terrible weather, business is still suffering.

I just don't buy your "success" pal. I think you more than fabricate. You are just lying.
10:35 pm edt 

PBG Did Undermine Bill Schneider

And Don the Knutilla--you spell his name, it drives me nuts--made certain that PBG put pressure on Schneider to resign after his lying about his book. But Don the Knuttila's own lying about his resume and the "contributions" he presented, never let Knuttila to feel the pressure to resign then. But he also fabricated. But still PBG made certain Shneider would resign and then they could focus on radical gay tourism and not worry that a few pennies would go to Chamber-sponsored events.
10:33 pm edt 

To: Michele Couture

ATTENTION MICHELE COUTURE: TOWN MEETING PARTICIPATION INCLUDING QUESTIONING OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS IN PROVINCETOWN. I AM SO DISMAYED BY YOUR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING ABOUT A PARTICIPATORY GOVERNMENT. YOU REALLY ARE A DISAPPOINTMENT EVEN THOUGH I TRY VERY HARD TO SUPPORT YOU WHEN I CAN.

MICHELE BANNER 8/15

''I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS YEAR BEING THE YEAR WHERE WE DONT GET A LOT OF QUESTIONS AT TOWN MEETING''


IF YOU COULD , IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU'D LIKE TO BRING DUCK TAPE FOR THE MOUTHS OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS!

YOUR LEGACY WILL INCLUDE HOW YOU TRYED TO MARGINALIZE AND STONEWALL PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY IN PROVINCETOWN.
10:31 pm edt 

PBG vs The Chamber

If you are going to put out that the PBG undermined Bill's efforts as the tourism director to work with the chamber, you need to put out examples. If you can't (which I am certain of) you need to keep your big keyboard shut.  Also I would like to see any examples of GLB tourism materials that have originated from the chamber.  And please tell me what Candy has produced (since she is so hard working) that can hold up to anything that the PBG has done...compare magazines, websites, activities, trade show attendance, and making PTown the #1 GLB Tourist destination.  What has hardworking Candy done to excel in any of these areas?
Let's see examples of what you claim.
 
Slippery Fish (getting another trash barrel for the beach)
3:43 pm edt 

Re: "WE WON - YOU LOST"

Very mature. Are you seven years old?
3:41 pm edt 

Random Comments to Other Postings:
 
First, to PJ--   half the things on your list that the town is investing in is the result of lack of maintenance.   The reason we are forced to deal with the overhaul of Town Hall, amongst other things, is because we ignored the maintenance for so long.   I agree with the notion that we should not be spending money if we don't have it, but it's negligence to not maintain the infrastructure we have.  Additionally, it would be ignorant to not plan for our future.   Ignorance and negligence are part of the old way of thinking during the Bergman administration.   Please be part of the new Provincetown and be part of a vision and a solution (see next item)

Transportation Center--   This is our future.   It would fix a lot that's wrong with this town.   First and foremost, it would significantly resolve a parking issue.  If we stick our head in the sand, the Town could lose half it's parking spots.   The Transportation Center ensures the Town will have parking in the future.   Secondly, it gives the town approximately $1 million a year in annual income that we don't currently get as a result of acquiring 350 parking spots for the Town.   Additionally, it would result in other amenities that would bring people to town (restrooms, parks, etc).

Chamber/PBG--   There's a need for both organizations.   They both promote tourism to different segments that are critically important to our economy.   The Chamber will never promote to the GLBT market segment, which brings millions of dollars a year to PTown.  Without the PBG, that money would be foregone.   Conversely, the PBG does not promote to day trippers and tour busses, nor greet the new visitors on the pier, as the Chamber does very effectively.  

Chamber room referral process--  I totally agree that the Chamber needs more transparency on its room referral process.  My understanding is that they pick and choose, who they refer rooms to.   Some inns say they get a lot of referrals from the Chamber and others get none.  It's a totally unfair process, but the Chamber refuses to make it fair, which is shameful to all its members.
3:40 pm edt 

Recycling?
 
Love this debate.  Says everything about human nature.  Everybody's pro-recycling until they actually have to participate.

"Sure, I'm all about recycling.  What?  I have to separate the bottles into different bins and bring them all the way out to the curb.  Oh, I can't do that."
3:36 pm edt 

Re: From 1 to 4 Bins Per Household
 
..And, if we go from 1 to 4 bins per household just imagine the mess on just about every street in town, especially from the weekenders who put trash out Sunday night for a Thursday pick-up. We are not a lazy bunch. Maybe the public works dept. just does not want to sort the stuff...

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Would we agree that going from one bin to four bins is a good idea that will help us recycle more trash?  

The issue then was the amount of additional time it would take DPW workers to sort the additional recycle bins.  Going from one to four bins possibly quadruples the amount of sorting they need to do.  However if DPW said they could only do this if we provided additional staff this blog would be complaining about the excessive staff at DPW.  The only other option was to have the residents sort their recycling so DPW would not have to increase their staff.
3:35 pm edt 

Re: Suzanne's Garden

Here's an idea, help your elderly neighbor with their recycling, and stop using them to back up your own rediculous complaints against everything this town does that is good!!

maybe we should get little jonnie sinaiko to help them, we sure did help him to the tune of A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS, now THAT'S what is the real idiotic idea this town voted for... little jonnie should hang his head in shame when he walks around this town
3:33 pm edt 

Business During Family Week is a Total Disaster:

Taking a week out of August in an already tough economy has hurt us tremendously.  The Family Week advocates obviously do well.
3:31 pm edt 

Re: We Are Not Lazy

First of all, nobody said you HAVE to have 4 recycle bins. You can have UP to 4. I would welcome more bins and gladly pay the $5 fee for them. Secondly, if there are "weekenders who put trash out sunday night for thursday pick up" they are breaking the law. It clearly states on the household trash and hazardous waste flyer that the DPW distributes ,that trash for pick up is to be put out the evening prior to your morning pick up. All of the "weekenders" I know are responsible with their trash and either take it the dump themselves, hire a trash removal service or make other arrangements. If I saw one who was leaving their trash out all week I would turn them in. We have a responsibility in this "forward thinking" town to do the most we possibly can to help keep this town clean and preserve our earths resources. Especially in a town that generates the amount of trash this one does in the summer months. We owe to ourselves,our visitors, our children,and their children and our !
planet!
3:30 pm edt 

Re: Since You Can't Count

Your MO, attack people who are doing well.  Bullies attack others because it makes them feel more important.  So did you feel better about yourself by debasing this other successful business owner?

So sad how people in this town seem to want the successful to fail.  Maybe some people are just good at what they do.  Maybe some just want to spread their misery and lack of business sense.
3:28 pm edt 

Oh, Please! Another Lifetime Opportunity

Is that what you are saying? How many so-called lifetime opportunites can one tonw have? Think Town.  Think the Sewer System and now think Phase III. Think the Library. Think SeaShore Point. Think of 90 Shankpainter Road. Think of $900,000 to Ted Malone for a onece in a lifetime affordable housing opportunity.Think Sandy Hill Road and the $ 1 million plus we gave to Gerry Antham and Cass Benson. Think the development of Commercial Street by our Cambridge-based group who thought Provincetown was a city. Think now the Transportation Center. Think now a new sparkling police station.

Again, how many lifetime opportunities can one town have?
3:26 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Since You Can't Count

you think your business is the best in ten years. No one's is. And since you can't count, you think the Transportaiton Center is a wonderful money-generating idea. Taking a basic math course could help you.
11:08 pm edt 

I Recycle Almost Everything But---

Four bins for recycling would be inane. If it's a ridiculous idea then perhaps it is being considered and worse: implemented. Could someone send us a truckload of brains? Give each committee a little and dump the rest on the BOS and on Sharon and maybe life will make more sense here. Then again, maybe not. Such nut-filled ideas.
11:07 pm edt 

I Belong to Both The Chamber and PBG
 
And I find both important organizations. I would only want them both to work together even more. A new director for PBG will have a chance to bring new life to our organization and to invigorate the meetings. They were getting rather dull in the alst year. Why go? Nothing much happened. But I look forward to a new person with new ideas and a commitment to be here.
10:51 pm edt 

Family Week

My business did more than average during family week and my business is not even family oriented.  Overall, the season for me has been the best in 10 years.  I keep thinking it's going to stop and it just keeps coming.  Whatever the town is doing, it works for me.

And as far as I'm concerned, the new Transportation Project will just make it better.  Bring it on.
10:50 pm edt 

Yes You Won..............................But

Yes, it is too bad that the people with brains lost.  I have to agree, paying a quarter of a million dollars for someone's yard is outrageous.  If this land is indeed worth $250K, this is additional property tax revenues the town will lose forever. This is great planning on the town's behalf - spend as much money as we can while finding ways to purposely decrease our tax revenue!  Brilliant - so glad you WON!
10:49 pm edt 

We Are Not Lazy!

I don't care if I make 4 trips to the curb for recycling. It is just stupid. I recycle everything possible and bring most to the dump myself. I am not lazy. But, I know elderly that it will be difficult for them to do. And, if we go from 1 to 4 bins per household just imagine the mess on just about every street in town, especially from the weekenders who put trash out Sunday night for a Thursday pick-up. We are not a lazy bunch. Maybe the public works dept. just does not want to sort the stuff.
10:47 pm edt 

God Help the Child That Has Its Own


I agree, Candy from the Chamber is not a fan of gay tourists.  I was a member LONG LONG time ago, and as a gay establishment, did not get any referrals from her organization.  I stopped being a member over 8 years ago, and my business has far exceeded my expectations.   I am a PBG member, and have not gone to many meetings since Don took over.  I can't say the PBG has done much either, but they have done 1000% more than the chamber.  The only reason my business has done so well, I DO MY OWN MARKETING.  So for all you bashers, do something for yourself, and stop complaining

8:11 pm edt 

Current and Prospective Infrastructure Projects

Let's stop and think about these potential expenditures for a moment:

1. New police station

2. Library renovation

3. Town hall renovation

4. New transportation center

5. Sewer system phase III

6. Purchase of Suzanne's Garden

7. Shank Painter Road Affordable Housing Project

8. Duartes Parking Lot

9. Fisherman's Wharf

What's wrong with this picture. Most of us are scraping to get by, trying to save. We are still in a recession, but not the selectman of Provincetown, they want to spend millions and millions of dollars. Let's just relax for awhile and see how things pan out. Stop spending $$$ we don't have and stop thinking that using Stimulus Funds is the answer to all of our problems. There will be major maintenance costs for all of these proposed large projects.

Don't believe "Build it and they will come."  Does the town have a strategic plan on where we want to be in 3,5,10, 15 years? I am increasingly concerned each day with each "big idea" for a new project. Let's finish town hall and the library and then see where we are from a financial perspective.

PJ
8:08 pm edt 

Re: Suzanne's Garden

That's really TOO BAD that you are a taxpayer and you did not vote for Suzanne's garden! I'm a taxpayer And I DID vote for this! We WON, You LOST.
8:03 pm edt 

Re: Family Week

Was family week the disaster for everyone else that it was for me? I wish someone would gather some hard numbers and then if truly warranted draft the organizers a letter.. Move it to June, Sept/Oct or to another town altogether. If I'm right, and I believe I am they are screwing us out of an otherwise profitable week of high season, and I for one am sick of it.
8:02 pm edt 

Wrong, Totally Wrong, About the Chamber
 
The Chamber promotes tourism, all tourism. The Chamber is committed to working with all tourists associations. Candy does a fabulous job and I admire her energy and desire to work with everyone. Unfortunately, it has been PBG that has had a too narrow, too radical gay-only perspective that in the last few years undermined any collaborative efforts with the Chamber. PBG was even upset with Bill Schneider when he was willing to work with the Chamber as Tourism Director. But they undermined his efforts.

In short, the Chamber is for promoting all tourism and they can work well with the PBG when its director is willing to work with all others. This last one was not and his leaving is a godsent. Time for a change and change is now.

As a member of PBG, I look to the future and a new director.
8:01 pm edt 

Re: Recycling Committee Proposal

"Now this is going to mean 3 or 4 trips to the curb to place trash out for pickup. This is not good for recycling, its stupid!'
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Oh my word, you mean you can't make three or four trips to the curb for recycling?  Willing to do your part to make Provincetown more green, but not if it requires an inch of additional effort on your part?  Your argument sounds kind of lazy.  

This is a great idea and a step forward to help Provincetown recycle more of their waste products.  It allows the residents of Provincetown to put out up to four containers of recycling and recycle more of our waste.  I welcome the step forward and thank the Recycling Committee for coming forward with it.
7:59 pm edt 

Recycling Committee Proposal

Has anyone read about the proposal by the recycling committee and the public works dept. to require townspeople to separate glass from metal and plastic as well as paper from cardboard thereby necessitating every household to have 4 recycle bins as well as regular unrecyclable trash? They say this is easy for us and it will encourage us to recycle. This is crazy! How many of us have the physical room to do this? And how do elderly get it out to the street.  Now this is going to mean 3 or 4 trips to the curb to place trash out for pickup. This is not good for recycling, its stupid!
11:32 am edt 

Get Something Straight About the Chamber

Candy does not want to promote gay and lesbian tourism.  That reason is why the  PBG was started over 30 years ago, by Arpena and Skip, a straight couple and guest house owners who foresaw the need for marketing to GLBT. Candy was director of the chamber then and is still the director of the chamber. There will be no meeting of the minds till she is gone.   The PBG director and the  Tourism director Bob Sanborn work together all the time.
And FYI, the PBG business meetings are not there to entertain you.  The focus is communication with the business community.  If you want to be entertained, go see Show Girls
10:10 am edt 

Re: Suzanne's Garden

"If you think that the town paid too much for Suzanne's garden, TOO BAD! We the town voters wanted that land to remain a garden for all to enjoy!"
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The town voters and the town taxpayers are apparently two different groups.  As a taxpayer, I did not vote to buy a part of someone's yard.  It's ridiculous and it's a perfect example of this town's ineptitude for fiscal responsibility.  In difficult economic times you do not fork over a quarter of a million dollars for someone's yard space.  IDIOTS!
9:33 am edt 

Transportation Center and Sewer Expansion

The transportation center proposal is a once and a lifetime oppurtunity. A concentrated transportation hub that could include an ampitheatre, large hall or the like may attract organizations to town for small conventions or gatherings without scattering them all over town in several differnt venues. The procedes from the increased parking revenue and rental fees will certainly help pay down any investment obligation the town may incure.
On the sewer expansion issue; I attended the sewer informational meeting in July at the Cape Inn. The majority of the attendees had more unanswered questions than not. Many property owners had reservations about supporting the project as they have just paid upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars building new title five systems. We were told another meeting would be scheduled to address the questions the town reps and engineer were unable to answer before the town meeting, that hasn't happened. Envoirnmentally the project has great merit, the concerns are at what true cost to property owners?

E. Michael Richards
9:31 am edt 

Re: PBG Executive Director

"What's interesting to many of us business owners is the fact that the PBG's executive director is only here part-time, yet everyone is expected to pay full-time dues..."
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You may recall that when Gabby was PBG ED she worked part-time for the PBG, much of that from home.  She was also the ED for the Film Festival.  But, surprisingly I do agree with you (a first).  The new ED does need to be in town full-time and establish contacts through their involvement with the business community.
9:30 am edt 

Re: Suzanne's Garden

Yes, I still have problems with the purchase of Suzanne's garden. The fact that a group gets together, acting as a block, at town meeting(I was there) to pay way over the value of the property and take away tax revenue from the town when Provincetown has incredible  numbers of beautifully landscaped yards everywhere is unconscienable and is evidence of the continued misuse of town meetings. And our beloved town has the absolute worst record of planning purchases and maintaining its properties is why I am leary of any new projects until all current ones are finished. I strongly believe private ownership, where individuals acting solely in their own financial interests are best for structuring projects like Fisherman's Wharf.
9:27 am edt 

To the PBG basher:

Back again?  Part time director? Since when is a 60 hour + week part time?  The director works hard, especially during high season, and in the winter is still working while you are off sunning your buns and leaving a closed store.
Savy business owners are paying to keep Gay and Lesbian tourists coming here while you are enjoying the benefits of their money and time.  
The PBG does not need members like you.  Please don't join. Your myopic vision  and negative energy is stifling and counterproductive to the many who work hard so you can reap the benefits.
The PBG is filled with participants. What have you done lately to help promote business in the is town.  You don't even qualify as a player. Again your attempt at wit is lacking.  
Slippery Fish (tired of cleaning the trash off the beach)
9:25 am edt 

Re: Cat Killing

Nine lives + five bullets = zero judgment
9:24 am edt 

I Too Welcome a New Director For the PBG
 
I went to many meetings but nothing much happened. Then fewer and fewer people attended and it become a bore. PBG needs the earlier enthusiasm it had and it needs a Director who cares, who is here, and who wants to bring the PBG together with the Chamber and with Tourism and with PAAM and with the Fine Arts Work Center. Link up. Collaborate, Create partnerships. Then we all win.
9:23 am edt 

New Police Station
 
While I support the police department and all that they do, I question the plan to build a new station. If the police are doing their job ---- on patrol ---- why do they need a station?  Who really benefits from a new station?  The prisoners, the chief and the dispatchers. Let's take these one at a time.

The prisoners can go to Truro. They have a new facility on Route 6.

The chief can hole up in either the town manager's office --- since they are attached at the hip --- or he can hole up in the fire house, where there is  plenty of space that the town has already paid for. They even have a microwave and sleeping quarters, so he should be all set.

The dispatchers deserve a new space. Put them in town hall once it's finished, with new carpeting, new A/C, heating, paint and god knows what else.

There. I've just saved the town a couple of million.

P.S. -- The police people might need a new vehicle or two. Especially since the cruisers are beat up and all the town bought was a new gas guzzler for the fat staff that can't fit into a cruiser.
9:22 am edt 

Monday, August 10, 2009

New PBG Director

First of all, I am thrilled DPN is leaving... or has he already left? It's hard to tell when the PBG's director is only here part of the time. When, and if, they hire someone who is committed to being here full time, I might consider rejoining.
Until then, their dues will continue to dwindle away....

What's interesting to many of us business owners is the fact that the PBG's executive director is only here part-time, yet everyone is expected to pay full-time dues. Who pays full price for half the service? Perhaps only in Provincetown, but not in my world.

The PBG needs to step up to the plate and become a participant, not just a player.
8:09 pm edt 

Sorry But the Town Will Fail--if it Takes Federal Money

It is already failing but has a patina that camouflages its corroding finances. It is a town fed like a fat calf, gorging itself on any new project. Now it wants to devour Duarte's Parking Lot, then Fisherman's Pier, as it still is stuffed with the money it grabbed from overrides for the Town hall. Have you forgotten how many millions have been used up for town hall? And there's more it needs. And the $400,000 for the Katrina Trailers it is also using up.

Is there no end to the greed, hunger, and cravings of this sick persona that is Provincetown as run by Sharon and her five potatoe heads? In any other town, they would be thrown out on their fat butts.
7:26 pm edt 

Why Would This Town be Granted Economic Stimulus Funds?

When it did not even treat the Governor of the state with respect, when four of five Selectmen--Chair Couture, Anderson, Bedard and Avellar--did not even show up for a meeting with Deval Patrick. Why would Provincetown be granted large sums of federal money when it does not even know how to act politically? There is a major disconnect here. You slap the Governor in the face and then stand there smiling thinking the government is going to frop money from the sky to fill your pockets. Really?
5:44 pm edt 

Fortunate We Have the National Seashore

Otherwise, this town would have sold off all parts of itself. It has no vision, no sense of its own future. Buy, buy, buy. Give Ted Malone $900,000. Give the 90 Shankpainter developers over a $1million in land. Give away the land to Seashore POint and look at that disaster. it did not turn out as planned. All the great ideas, all the many promises from town manager and BOS and the lovely Couture to see this sad, underused, un-finished project, now a B&B for those who want to pay $100 for a night's stay as tourist. Maybe it's time for an IQ test for any town official and sure as hell for anyone running for selectmen.
5:21 pm edt 

Waiting to Hear:
 
Has anyone heard how much Duartes is going to want for his parking lot and building? I am guessing in the neiborhood of 10 million or more. Want to make a friendly wager?
5:15 pm edt 

Re: Government Grant Funds

By using the government stimulus funds to buy Duarte's parking lot (he no longer wants this business and will sell it soon) The town will INCREASE its incoming parking revenues! This will more than pay for the extra man power to maintain the new restrooms, parking garage, tourist information booths and open space areas. The west end bathrooms will still be needed as planned! If you think that the town paid too much for Suzanne's garden, TOO BAD! We the town voters wanted that land to remain a garden for all to enjoy! Plus the price was a good deal for vacant land in Provincetown. The new much needed police station will be a welcome move to the center of town next to this new parking lot with restrooms connected to the station. I'm looking forward to having less car traffic around our waterfront and having more public open space for all to enjoy our beautiful harbor. Don't kick a gift horse in the mouth again! We need these funds now! Or else the tax payers will be !
hit with more increases!
3:17 pm edt 

Duarte's Parking

To those of you who think we should not apply for and take stimulus money to purchase this parking lot for the future of this town, you will eventually see this town fail.

If the town were not to acquire Duarte's Parking, Mr Duarte (who is approaching 70 and who's children want nothing to do with the parking business) will sell this property to a developer.  350 parking spaces will be removed from the town center.  Spaces that are needed for the Whale Watch boats, the shops in town, the restaurants, the nightlife, everything.  Losing 350 parking spaces to a development will cripple this town for generations to come.  Streets will be empty, people will be out of work, businesses will close.

Parking is ESSENTIAL to our tourism.  We have the opportunity to acquire this land now using Federal Money.  Would you prefer to get into a bidding war in two years with a developer and purchase it with a proposition over ride and pay for it with a property tax increase?
12:12 pm edt 

Only in Provincetown? Nope

To those who keep saying the police killing of a cat could only happen in Provincetown, here is a quote from the Cape Cod Times:

"A patrolman is allowed to use his gun to kill an injured animal for humanitarian reasons as long as it occurs in a place that protects anyone from getting shot, said Jaran. Police department managers in Wellfleet, Dennis and Mashpee confirmed that their departments have similar policies."
12:11 pm edt 

Missing Postings

I am glad all your postings are posted.  There are many missing about the chamber
11:03 am edt 

Transpotation Center Project Has Flaws

I too think the transpotation center project has flaws. What price would Duarte ask if it were even offered for sale. Remember the 50k town appraised Suzanne's garden that we are now paying 250k for? ( funny the new appraisal was exactly the same as what the owner previously said he would let it go for). And what other ferry service wants to come here? Has some ferry service been turned away that we haven't heard about? Should we build a new parking garage won't it contain bathrooms that will need attendants and maintanance? We have stalled for years on the fire station bathroom. Will we continue to pursue that project if we have lavs at the parking facility? And when will we ever finish the library... Oh ya , let's just start more projects that we may never finish or provide maintanance for. And I for one would love to see a private developer for Fisherman's Warf. It is only good business sense that a developer would put it to the best revenue generating use that !
would also bring in more taxes for the town. Maybe make up a little for the loss taxes at Suzanne's.
10:36 am edt 

All My Postings Are Posted

I don't have any problems. If I write something, it is posted here. And thanks for all the postings.
9:56 am edt 

What? Buy Duarte's?

Why would we want to do this. We have good parking with Duarte's and it serves our tourist needs. Fisherman's Pier also serves our tourists. Both work well and it does not take town money to hire town employees to run either one of these. Plus, it does not require town finances to fix the problems that occur on both properties. We do not have the money to maintain both and both now work well for all of us. Keep things as they are during this tough economic time.
9:56 am edt 

It Does Not Make Any Sense
 
to support financially this dream transportation center that will turn out, like so many "wonderful" large projects, to be anightmare. We do not need to spend money and money we will spend. Nothing is free and not even this mirage of stimula money that will cover all. We have another town meetings to come up with 25% of the "free money" for pHase Three. That is not free and this pie-in-the-sky transportation center is the same. It's another buy, buy, buy mentality project. I say: no. No more. It is not logical and it is not free. Money does not, my freidns, fall from the sky or from the federal government. Look at the continual cost to MacMillan Pier--another free project from the government.
9:38 am edt 

Re: Cat Killing

Sad-

How sad to see the crazy people coming out of the woodwork to defend the cat killing.  I know the nuts roll to the end of the Cape.

I hope you all get the same treatment when death comes for you.
8:08 am edt 

Re: Use of Government Grant Funds

1. Duartes parking lot will be paid for by a government grant.  We (the town) will not pay for it.
2. Yes we do need a new police station. It was never a good building or in a good location. It needs a lot more than just new plumbing.      
3.It would be totally fiscally irresponsible to turn down these multi million dollar stimulus monies in these hard economic times.    
4.This is not a fantasy, a dream or wishful thinking. This is the reality that the only major business that this town has left is tourism.

Either we embrace it or we lose it! Voting yes for this project is a no brainer! Help shape which ways we go forward with these plans. Now's the time to come together and shape this plan to our liking! Bring your solutions to the drawing board. Do not bring your negativity or political hate. This will be the best thing to happen to this town in many years and will improve so many bad things that the town sooner or later will have to face.
7:42 am edt 

To: Naysayers of the Proposed Transportation and New Police Station Project

No I am not on or have friends who are selectmen or real estate agents, or know any of the players in this project. I'm just a long time year round property owner who believes that what this town needs right now is some forward looking ways to make more income so the tax payers will NOT have to pay for a new police station AND to INCREASE the general funds with the additional funds the town will bring in by buying
Duartes Parking lot (a private business) and taking our public lot from the waterfront and combining the two parking lots and the police station onto the Duarte property! And making the waterfront lot, a people friendly open space. I only see the good in this project! The government gives us the funds and then we run the parking lot as we do now, and run the police station as we do now. As far as maintaining the open space on the waterfront, most likely we will have to hire mor!
e workers but with the increase in revenue from the added parking monies that is a small price to pay for the very large income and tourist related projects this change can bring to the town! And don't forget that we will also be selling the old police station property for even more added income in this win win project that the government's funds will help us achieve without any strings. If you have another plan, please share it with us. Just saying no all the time means things will never change. It takes money to make money and here's the towns chance to get back some of the tax monies we have given the state and federal government, and do it with very little from towns general fund.
7:37 am edt 

To: Cat Killer Critics:

First off let me start by....  You're right.. this would not have happened in Chatham, Barnstable or etc. because they would not have even responded to a call like this... Secondly, (not that you need explaining) the cop was full time..  So already your facts are WRONG!  Lastly, instead of assuming ,ridiculing and making assumptions...  I have an idea !  Take your negative energy, turn it into positive and become a VOLUNTEER... so the next time an incident happens... YOU CAN BE CALLED TO HANDLE IT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.....

Oh, now do you still want to complain?  Come on folks.... MOVE ON WITH THIS..  If you are not going to be a solution to the problem DO NOT BE A PART OF IT UNLESS YOU PLAN OF HELPING!
7:33 am edt 

Re: Cat Killing

Just wanted to let everyone know I stepped on an ant and killed it today. I hope I was humane enough! I stepped on it four times, cause I wasn't sure I killed it with the  first stomp. Get over the damn cat already! It was sick and needed quick relief.

Arachnid
7:31 am edt 

Time to Move ln
 
Two gay women get beaten up---barely a word on here. A woman gets rescued from an abuser who has a gun--hardly a word about the police who were in danger...but a cat with a rotting body being put out of its misery...sheesh..TIME TO MOVE ON.
7:30 am edt 

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Yojimbo Revisited

Anyone see that kid running around town with a kimono on and a samurai sword? Had to be one of the weirdest sights I saw all day.
10:36 pm edt 

You See Revenues But You Miss the Costs to Purchase Duarte's and Fisherman's Wharf

You must be one of the BOS. Seeing only the future revenues but missing the big ticket to purchase these parcels. And we don't need a new police station. fix the toilet and plumbing. Here we go again! Fiscaly irresponsible and acting like the Go-Go nineties. Wrong approach. Wrong time. Wrong thinking. But what's new? It's how this town seems to function--fantasy and dreams and wishes.
10:35 pm edt 

Re: Cat Killing

Beautiful cats are killed every day at shelters..this cat was living with a rotting body. Give it a rest.

Last week the police rescued a woman who was being abused--no one is saying anything positive about that.

Stop posting about the cat.
10:33 pm edt 

What if..?
 
The first four bullets did not kill the cat so he experenced the noise, shock and pain of four shots until the last bullet killed him.
This is "what's wrong with this picture"!
the cop was shooting into a box, not seeing the poor cat, so who knows what shot killed the cat?

Someone else worries about "who will cover the cost,taxpayers?" of going to the vet for an injection.
What a disgusting comment - whoever you are, shame on you! Better a cheap bullet than a humane injection? Stalin and Hitler would agree with you.

This is just another black eye for Provincetown and no, you can't spin it elsewise.
10:33 pm edt 

To: The Webmaster
 
Someone keeps asking you a question about their entries not being posted. Why no response???
10:31 pm edt 

Re: Cat Killing
Google:               

Guess pumping bullets into a cat is newsworthy to: the boston herald, bostonchannel, cape cod today, and wicked local.

Why because it is cruel and inhumane and obviously newsworthy. This was not just writing a traffic ticket.
10:30 pm edt 

Vested Interests
'The reason to buy Duarts parking lot and/or Fisherman's pier is so THE TOWN will get the revenue!''

Let's see could the above be one of the sellers or brokers? Clearly a vested interest in the sale!
10:28 pm edt 

What's Wrong With This Picture????

A cat gets killed and everyone goes ga ga for days.  With the recent mayhem and beatings....we didn't see as many posts and these were human beings.
5:59 pm edt 

Re: Government Grants

The reason to buy Duarts parking lot and/or Fisherman's pier is so THE TOWN will get the revenue! Also if the town gets more income from these now private uses they would pay for the upkeep and also lower our taxes! Its a win win for us the town to get these government funds! We need a new police station. Either we tax payers pay for it, or we get the government funds to pay for it. If we don't buy Duarts property, any developer could do whatever they want with the land and the town would LOOSE a major parking lot. Which means LESS tourists and dollars in town because we already have a parking problem that would become even worst. The same with the pier! Getting the parking lot off the waterfront would be a VERY GOOD THING! Its the biggest eyesore in this town and pollutes our harbor! Any change there would be a good change!
5:58 pm edt 

To: The Webmaster...

would you please explain why you are not posting entries about the chamber?  I posted one on Friday; you didn't print it, and I posted one yesterday and you didn't print it.  My entry before that pertaining to the same topic " fell through  the cracks" as did 2 entries from a friend of mine.  Posting this entry is NOT an answer.
5:56 pm edt 

Re: Cat Killing

policelink.com

"Patrolman Geoffrey Pavao, the officer-in-charge for the shift, assessed the cats status and decided that it needed to be put down right away"
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IF THIS IS STANDARD PROCEDURE WHY IS IT SO NEWSWORTHY? WHY BECAUSE IT'S NOT STANDARD PROCEDURE!

'PUT DOWN RIGHT AWAY' WAS IT ARMED AND DANGEROUS?

GIVE US A BREAK!
5:55 pm edt 

Short on Topics

Wow, a slow news week! Let's get over the cat. It was the right thing to do and no matter how many ways you try to spin it the police officer needed to shoot it. We don't need to know the officer's name. He made a decision and was correct in doing so. I am an animal lover having many cats and dogs and think that this discussion is now bordering on ridiculous. Isn't there any thing happening in Provincetown to talk about?

PJ
12:24 pm edt 

Re: Cat Killing

"....instead of re-thinking the summer officer program we need to re-think a way to give people a life instead of freaking out over a cat that was diseased and suffering and would of gladly pulled the trigger it self if it had the chance...."
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AND THAT'S WHY THE NEW SERVICES WERE ALL OVER THE CAT EXECUTION. BECAUSE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN IN OTHER CAPE COD COMMUNITIES NOR BEATINGS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE!

WOULDN'T SEE A CAT BEING PUMMELED WITH FIVE BULLETS IN OSTERVILLE, HYANNIS, CHATHAM ETC.
12:23 pm edt 

Re: Cat Killing
 
I had a dog many years ago that was hit by a car and was 'put down' by the responding police.  Yes, he was shot.  He had tags and they did try calling me first, but I couldn't be reached (this is before cell phones).  I thanked the officer for putting my beloved pet out of his misery and pain and not prolonging his suffering.

This cat was in obvious distress and the responding officer did the right thing.

If this had been a deer, a raccoon or a skunk on the side of the road, the police would have done the same thing and you wouldn't think badly of it.  You're making this emotional because it was a poor little kitty kat.  It was an animal that was suffering.
9:29 am edt 

Re: Cat Killing

What is the kitty cop killer's name? Let's do a background check on him. I am sure his grade school teachers remember him throwing rocks and bottles at kitties too during recess.
9:27 am edt 

Re: Cat Killing

Isn't there an animal control officer who could have taken this animal to ensure that it was put down humanely?  Although I agree that if the animal was indeed suffering and could not be saved, it was best to put it out of its misery.  But is a police officer the best person to make this determination?  I believe that vets go to school for 6 to 8 years to make these decisions.  Most vets work with local municipalities and animal control to deal with these issues.  Is this a case of a police officer acting like a cowboy and having some fun (it's been known to happen in this town), or was it really in the best interest if the animal?  Sadly we will never know, because a single officer made all decisions in a DPW garage.
9:25 am edt 

Re: Cat Killing

Maybe instead of re-thinking the summer officer program we need to re-think a way to give people a life instead of freaking out over a cat that was diseased and suffering and would of gladly pulled the trigger it self if it had the chance. Like the last post, do you know how many other departments dispatch animals with their guns everyday and you don't here squat about it? i guess you can chalk this up to a "only in provincetown". I think this issue is maggot infested and should be shot dead now.
9:24 am edt 

You Make Many Assumptions: But Nothing is Free
 
The government may--and that is the operative word--give some monies towards some transportation type ceneter but it will still costs this town big bucks. It will come with strings attached and with more monies from the taxpayers. Does it make sense to buy Duarte's parking lot since it now functions as a parking lot. We won't get more parking. Does it make sense to buy Fisherman's Wharf since it operates as a wharf and gives the toursits parking? Does it make sense to take the parking near MacMillan and stick a huge transportation center there? Better one good restaurant there, attracting tourists than ugly buses sticking their butts in our faces and blocking the view of the sea.

Unrealistic pipe dreams of free, free, free. Reality is overrides, ovrrides, overrides.
9:23 am edt 

My Issues With Sewer/Water Gov't Grant
 
1. It was stated earlier that 300+ new users would sign up for the sewer extension on the East End.  Mr. Guertin's estimates have been far inflated in the past, what makes anyone think these are accurate estimates?  Will he be held accountable when this estimate is way off as it has been in the past?

2. The current design of the system seems to be flawed.  One crack in a pipe can bring down the entire system?  Until I hear evidence that the new grant money will be partially used to correct the design flaws in the current system I can not justify putting more money into a flawed system.
9:21 am edt 

To: Webmaster

Webmaster... So far  5 postings about the chamber that I know of have not been posted.  Why?
7:56 am edt 

Cat Killing
 
First of all, for the individual who has absolutely nothing better to do but come on this site and try and convince everyone that 5 bullets were pumped into that cat is "once again wrong with the facts". The second thing everyone needs to understand, the cat was already suffering and if by chance there was a vet to take it to "guess who foots the bill if the owner is unknown". The third thing that someone needs to stop thriving on is about the officer discharging his firearm. He was authorized and protocol calls for a report when such is done under any circumstances. Both I'm sure were done. Finally if the person who called it in, along with his friend from Town Hall would realize this course of action has been part of the norm for many depts and if you can't accept that "then publish your phone numbers and all calls no matter where they generate from can call you" and then we as citizens of this town will see if you're           are as big as your mouth has been.
7:55 am edt 

Cat Killing
 
This was another summer cop.

Between beatings and animal killings, maybe we should rethink this whole program!
7:53 am edt 

I Look Forward to Energy, Dynamism and a New PBG Director
 
The PBG has much potential. Much of its past successes disappeared in the last few years. Few vlunterrs. Fewer members attending meetings. I know that I stopped going and before I really enjoyed the monthly meetings. Let's bring back the enthusiasm and pizzazz that once characterized the PBG. Let a new director infuse this organization with the energy, commitment and dynamism it once had and soon could have once again.
7:53 am edt 

Government Grants

Once upon a time a town was asked if the government could put in a sewer system, but the town voted no. Now that town has to pay for its own system! That town is Provincetown! The government is now asking us if we would like free funds to build a much needed transportation and welcome center which would also include a much needed police station! Hopefully the town this time will vote yes for these funds! The town also has a chance to get government funds to update our water and sewer system! If we don't accept these funds, the time will come when we the tax payers will have to pay for something the government wants to give us now. These are projects that will solve lots of the problems we now have and bring Provincetown closer to the great place we all know it can be. The time for change is NOW!
7:51 am edt 

Cat Killing

There are several veterinarians in town who, I'm sure, would have been able to put that cat to sleep quickly and humanely with an injection.  However well intended, the shooting of a cat to death, is beyond the pale, and the poorest possible choice by the officer.
7:50 am edt 

Saturday, August 8, 2009

How Many Special Town Meetings Can One Town Have, Sharon?

Is this your answer to our problems. Is this your poor response for our fiscal issues? Have another town meeting. Disguise the true amount for any project, like Town Hall, by cutting up the full amount in tranches. This is not the way to run this town. Is this what you did in West Goshen? Gosh or Goshen, what a strange way to run a town.
6:54 pm edt 

Re: Cat Killing

Why is the kitty killing by the cops newsworthy? The CC Times had an article about it yesterday. Because it was extreme violence toward an innocent and sick animal. You don't hear other communities pumping four-five bullets into a sick cat. What the hell is wrong with this town?
6:52 pm edt 

Cat Execution

"Perhaps you shold inquire with the officials who know the facts..."
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IT MIGHT HELP IF THEY RETURNED THE PHONE CALLS PLACED FOR INFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6:50 pm edt 

To: Webmaster

Webmaster... 2 of my postings about the chamber seem to have fallen thru your cracks...
6:49 pm edt 

Re: "The Wastewater Enterprise Fund Will See an Additional 300+ Users (not sure of the number)..."
 
How well have they been able to estimate the number of additional users in each phase in the past.  Not too well if I recall correctly.

And from the July 4th disaster it seems we have a flawed sewer system.  Are we throwing good money after bad?
6:48 pm edt 

Get Rid Of Michele Couture and Maybe "I'd Agree to Some New Project

But with her at the so-called helm--and this ship is listing badly--any project she says yes to is suspect. She is, I must say, a disaster. She is an imposter--a person pretending to be Chair when she has no idea what it means. If she hadn't been with Irene Rabinowitx, she'd be by the wayside and no one would give a second thought to this sad woman.

No more, Couture. You must go. The position of Chair is way beyond your brain.
6:46 pm edt 

What Do You Mean"? We Just Spent Much Money on Phase I and PhaseII
 
And this system is a dud. It was poorly planned and never should have been used here in Provincetown. But here we go again. Go forward. Spend more. Try Phase three and then maybe even Phase Four. Ted Malone surely needs our help and more of our money.

This is just nuts. No more tax money for "improvements" and "projects" that have long-term consequences that tax and tax our taxpayers.
6:44 pm edt 

That Darned Cat

you're right. i don't know. however, whatever the condition of the cat, shooting? really? no other humane end for the kitty? no accountability for discharged weapons? it may have been the right thing for the feline, but it's kinda feelin' like the wrong way to go about it.

but let's move on.
11:20 am edt 

Re: Taxation Without Representation
 
Massachusetts does not have one of the highest tax rates in the country - it rates 26 overall in tax rates, and 22 based on overall local tax burden.
11:19 am edt 

Re: Regarding the Sept. Special Town Meeting
 
You should really try to open your mind a little and try to understand this.

The USDA will grant the town 75 % of funding for the expansion/improvements of the sewer and upgrades to the water systems.  These are both enterprise funds and do not effect the tax rate.  The enterprise funds will be responsible for the debt service on the remaining 25%.  

The wastewater enterprise fund will see an additional 300+ users (not sure of the number).  The new users will pay the same betterment fees that the users in phase one and two paid.  By securing 75% from the USDA  there will be net increase to the fund which will mean lower user fees for all users.  The system needs to be expanded to the beach point area because those homes have nowhere to go when their systems fail except to have above ground systems installed.  It will also relieve pressure on the system that serves the central district which the DEP is very concerned about.  This is a win win for the town and the users.

System improvements need to be done to the water delivery system.  This is a chance to access USDA funds to make these much needed improvements.  When was the last time you heard of any serious improvements to our water system?  If we don't take this money now, these issues will have to be addressed in the future and there will be no  money available then and we will all pay in dramatic increases in our water bills.  We have serious water issues here on the outer cape and this is a chance to take some serious free cash to deal with some of the issues.  If we don't pass this and make these improvements we will all pay for it dearly in the near future with water shortages, boil orders and leaking water mains.
11:18 am edt 

Friday, August 7, 2009

Glad to See a Memorial For Jeanne Bultman at the Fines Arts Work Center Tomorrow

Jeanne Bultman was such a supporter of the Fine Arts Work Center and the Provincetown Art Association. She was part of the artistic backbone with her husband Fritz Bultmann. Jeanne was a wonderful, outgoing and warm person. Hope to see many of her friends there from 4 to 6 on Saturday.
10:29 pm edt 

Second Home Owners

Where we are registered to vote, in CT, non-resident property owners can vote on budget related items. There is a list of property owners and a special line with ballots only concerning tax payer issues.
10:28 pm edt 

Regarding the Sept. Special Town Meeting

Sounds wonderful that the gov't will GIVE us 10,000,000 plus dollars if we match it with 25% of our local tax dollars.

But, I will vote no on this article.  If the gov't offered me $10,000,000 to purchase a mega mansion if I put up 25% to match and I was not allowed to turn around and sell the property to get the money back I would have to tell them no.  I can't afford it.  Even though I'd be turning down millions of dollars in a grant, I can't afford to spend the required match.

Neither can our town.  While it sounds like a great deal, we still can't afford it.  No more spending until we can afford to pay for it.
10:27 pm edt 

Re: Thank You!!

Yes, a big Thank you to the parking attendants who have added, color, beauty and fragrance to the entrance of the parking lot. It is absolutely stunning! A little attention goes along way. Way to go, nice job.
10:25 pm edt 

Not on My Behalf, My Dear

The town is not greedy so I can live better. It is a greed and unrealistic "needs" from town officials who lack common sense and lack financial sense. They just want and they are unable and incpable of thinking of future consequences. Here they go again and it is not for me.

Look at what you have and manage well your present resources. Don't start looking for new mega projects because that keeps you busy and important. We should marshall ourr esources and assets and not keep looking for more and more.
8:03 pm edt 

Thank You!!

I would like to thank the parking attendants at the Lopes Square entrance that have giving thier time and prehaps money to make what was once a very unsightly mess into a beautiful flower garden. It is uplifting to see the explosion of colors while entering and exiting the parking lot as I do most every day. Thanks again.

Phil Tarvers
 
Lopes Square
Shop owner
7:46 pm edt 

Federal Grant Funds

This town loves every federal greant it can get no matter how much it will cost us in the end! how much is it going to cost us to maentaiin after its built? Its one thing to build something with the govs monehy,its quite another to maintian it!
7:45 pm edt 

Taxation Without Representation:
 
Nobody can vote in two different places simply because they own property in more than one location.   That has nothing to do with Provincetown, that's federal law.  Many that own a second home here could choose to vote here, but they generally want their primary residence to be in a jurisdiction with the lowest tax rate.  Given that Mass has one of the highest income tax rates, most second homeowners keep their legal (voting) address outside of MA.
7:43 pm edt 

Taxation Without Representation
 
Let's get this straight - someone sold off their front yard to the town at a cost of $250K.  100K will be paid out of CPC funds (which is paid for by the tax payers), in addition to the 150K balance paid for with tax revenues.  Although the town is applying for a state parkland acquisition grant that could pay for up to 52 percent of the cost to acquire the property, there is no guarantee they will get the grant and even if they do it is still an outrageous sum of money for something so unnecessary in these challenging economivc times.  How many first and second homeowners in Provincetown actually voted to pay for something so frivolous?

What is the square footage of this plot of land and who will pay to maintain it?  This is why the town does not deserve any additional tax revenues because they do not know how to spend it.  I don't think tour busses will be coming through our new transportation center to sit in "Suzanne's Front Yard," but kudos to Jonathan Sinaiko for finding a way to make a few bucks off of this town and it's taxpayers.
7:42 pm edt 

Second Home Owners

hmmm. you manage to be here plenty in the summer, entertaining friends and complaining that you don't get to vote everywhere you own property. yet, you can't manage a few days here and there in the off-season to actually show up and vote. while i understand your frustration it would appear you're not willing to be proactive about your dilemma. and frankly, most folks who are living here twelve months a year don't want summer interlopers dictating how the town is run. you've made your bed...enjoy it while you're here. or get out of it and participate. but enough already. one vote is the law of the land.
7:41 pm edt 

Alledged Cat Killing:
 
First off, let me tell you the facts....  The cat was maggot infested, his face was eaten off and he had only one eye along with slow shallow barely breathing....  

If you all who seem to know anything different, then perhaps you shold inquire with the officials who know the facts...

Let's stop assuming and starting unnecessary rumors! Try stepping up to the plate and do a ride along if you have any doubt about what the police do...  YOU WOULD SURE GET AN EYE OPENER......

If this was anywhere else... they would be telling the caller to let nature takes it course..  So instead of complaining, be thankful the police responded !
7:39 pm edt 

Re: The Town is Like a Fat, Overweight Hungry Person


The town is being greedy ON YOUR BEHALF.  There are hundreds of millions of federal dollars available for these projects and they are going after them.  If they sat back and did nothing, you'd be bitching about that.

Seventy five percent of the phase three sewer connection will be paid for by a USDA grant.  The expansion will relieve pressure on the central district and is being pushed by the DEP.  Since the system is paid for by the users, the grant money will allow for rate reduction for all users.

The transportation center and Duarte's will hopefully be paid for by federal stimulus funds.  They're also going after stimulus funds for Fisherman's Wharf.  No one has mentioned increases in taxes for any of these projects.  IF the funds are not available, chances are both projects are dead in the water because no one wants to go for multi million dollar over rides.

These are great projects for the town and everyone is working hard on your behalf to get the outside funding to pursue them.
11:55 am edt 

Policemen's Ball

Don't forget about the police man's ball at the Crown and Anchor...should be fun! What a great idea for a fund raiser...I know which officer I want to dance with : )
10:31 am edt 

Taxation Without Representation ??

A visiting friend asked me this weekend - "so you own property here and yet you have no vote because you are a second home owner ?  Isn't that taxation without reperesentation ? Why don't they let you vote? "

You know what - I could not answer the question. I can understand that one votes for elected officials where their primary residence is -

Why does this town not seriously listen to its second homeowners ? Why do these elected officials not reach out to us to get our views on the town ? Is it because we can't vote here and are of no use to them ?

Amazing - 50+% of this town and revenue comes from the second home owner and yet it's as if we don't exist.

Maybe it's time for us to have some sort of Representation for the taxes we pay.  Maybe not in the form of voting in elections but at least elected officials that count us as one half of the town and that our views are important in the running of this town.
10:30 am edt 

The Town is Like a Fat, Overweight Hungry Person
 
Devouring anything in its path. I want this! Now it's Duarte's parking lot. Now it's Fisherman's Wharf. Now it's a new transportation center. Now it's more money for Phase Three of this damaged sewer system. Now it's the inside design and renovation of Town hall.

The town officials are greedy and spoiled. They want everything at a time that most people realize it is hard economic times. But not here. Tax them. Create Overrides. We want more! They will pay for it. We want it all!
10:28 am edt 

Cat Killing

There is nothing sadder than seeing a suffering animal; ending the cat's pain was the humane thing to do. . .none of us know how many shots it would take to ensure the cat was dead - it would have only made matters worse if the cat was wounded by the shots, but NOT dead.
10:27 am edt 

Cat Killing

From what I have been told this cat was in extreme distress and none of us were there to see the cat.  Is it humane to let this poor cat suffer? I hardly believe that many shots were actually used and I doubt the cat was put in a bullet ridden box at the dpw.  Where I'm from the police wouldn't even respond to a sick cat call.  The police already have a difficult job and unfortunately in the real world can't spend an entire night on a sick cat call because there are "people" who may need the police's help.  I can't think of any 24hr vets in provincetown or close by.  Maybe what we need are people in town to volunteer to take care of sick animals so the police could drop the sick animals off at their house at 2 in the morning, rather than just complain about it. Since I have been down here the police have been nothing but professional and do the best they can with what they have available.  Having met and talked with officers here I'm sure if there was another option they wou!
ld of taken it.  
10:25 am edt 

Cat Killing

Look people we don't know the circumstances of this case. I know a few cops and they've told me
they only way they can use their sidearms is if they are faced with deadly force. So before we get all up in arms about this cat, let's assume for a second what could have happened. This cat could of had a knife. It could have a bat. Maybe it wanted to die. I know if I had maggots on my face missing an eyeball I'd be charging at the cops meowing. The point is maybe spending the 3 dollars it took to fire 4 bullets into a dieing cat so the cops could get back on the road and respond to real crimes that transpired that night is an even trade off for everyones safety. So unless they violated constitutional rights or shot him based on fur color alone... Lets stop calling for another beer summit
10:24 am edt 

Totally Disagree: Candy is a Fabulous Director of the Chamber
 
She has energy, dynamism and she is dedicated. She know how to bring people together and she works tirelessly for Provincetown. I love the Chamber and she is part of the reason.

That the PBG has had an inept executive director should not reflect on the chamber. Goodby Knuttilla and welcome to the new director. It would be great if the new director had as much energy and dedication as Candy. That would be a win win.
10:22 am edt 

High School Enrollment


Anyone hear the enrollment for the high school for this fall?  I heard a rumor it's not going to be good and our cost per student is going much higher.

10:21 am edt 

Re: I Don't Believe People Should Attack the \Character of Others on This Board
 
You have the right to express your opinion about Barry Scotts "heroic efforts to fight for truth..."  There are many of us who are aware of the true facts of this case and the character of the DJ.  You have used this board to present a false impression of the facts and malign every individual / group that didn't support your friend.  I have lived on the cape for quite some time and don't believe the law is stretched or abused here (and no I am not a cop!!).  Let Barry appeal his case and hopefully he can move on no matter what the verdict is.  Barry is the one that instigated this discussion on the board when he wrote:  I ask you to rethink your position on my case that occurred in your beloved town...  Stop spinning your tales and let this play out in the court system.  Your manipulation of the facts here will not win the case for him and certainly isnt helping to view Barry Scott in a sympathetic manner.
10:19 am edt 

Cat Killing

That's just great. we now have to deal with the cat equivalent of michael vickes? did you have fun firing five bullets into a sick and scared cat in the dark of night? why couldn't you keep it overnight in the container you put it? why couldn't a vet or casas in the morning or evaluate it and if necessary put it to sleep humanly?  wasn't that an option?


what's next, a stray dog?
10:18 am edt 

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cat Killing

What was the condition of this poor cat ? Had it been hit by a car ? Attacked by a coyote ? Why did the police officer think it was suffering ?
12:26 pm edt 

I Don't Believe People Should Attack the \Character of Others on This Board

I have yet to see or hear Barry Scott insult anyone (nor do I know him to do so), so reading this stuff said about him just makes the poster look small and Barry's heroic efforts to fight for the truth to come out look better.

Anyone who lives on the cape as long as I have knows that the law is stretched and abused here. A trial does not necesarily mean the truth has come out. By all accounts, taking on the police in any town is difficult and winning in court even harder. I applaud him for simply trying to do what he feels is the correct thing...and knowing the summer cops and the person who hosted that party he was working for that night, I believe his story completely! His were simple misdemeanor charges...he is no criminal, lol.
12:25 pm edt 

Some People Don't Look at the Facts

Do you really think that a transportation center is going to be built next to the water?

An entire design concept of the water front parking lot will have to be created with an emphasis on people and landscaping along the waterfront.

Any transportation center that would be built would be an extension of developed land (such as where the buses stop now). The parking lot would be at Duarte's.

No public hearings will be scheduled. Do your homework: Go and find critically acclaimed water fronts created for other seacoasts from Bermuda to Baltimore.

WE will need green buffer zones along residential areas, hidden garages, a new police station..it can all be done with planning. Open your mind to these possibilities and stop with your own self-delusional, negative interpretations of the worst case scenario. What a downer you must be!
12:23 pm edt 

Guest House Availability?

The chamber has a lame sight and a lame director who hasn't had an original idea in 30 years.  We use the pbg web for last minute availability and get people from that.  Other types of ads we use to get our name out there but filling up empty rooms works from the pbg.  Good luck.
10:54 am edt 

Tourism Is Key but a Transportation Center on McMillan Pier is a Terrible Idea

We went through this five years ago and we voted aagainst it at town meeting. But here we go again. Since town votes don't count here much and when voters say NO, it comes back again and again.

Tourism is important but putting a transportation center along the waterfront and blocking the view is ridiculous. Looking at the back end of buses is not what will encourage tourism.
10:52 am edt 

Cat Killing

Who made the determination that the cat was in need of putting "out of it's misery" the cop who shot it?
   I know that this story is true as I was involved from the first call about what to do with a stray cat hanging out at at someone's home. When the person called the police, he was told that the animal control officer was not on that day and that the police could come by to pick up the cat. When they later called to followup they were told that the cat had been taken to the DPW. He then called the DPW and was told that a box riddled with bullets was found on their door with a dead cat inside.
 Do the police have the authority to decide when an animal needs to be put to sleep? What training do they get in making that decision? This was not a suspected Rabies case, just a little cat, in need of care, and looking for a home.
9:36 am edt 

Cat Killing

Is there any truth to the blog about a police officer shooting a cat 5 times. How did anyone get that information ? Where they there to witness it with their own eyes ? Or is it just another  rumor ?
8:43 am edt 

Cat Killer

As most people that post a blog here, the facts stated in the previous blog about the cat being killed by a cop are not accurate. I hope whomever reads it to please understand the circumstances surrounding having to put the cat out of it's misery are not what posted here.Thank you
8:42 am edt 

Re: Cat Killer Cop

Names? Time? Witnesses? Reason? I call BS on this like the "hate crime" of last week.
8:41 am edt 

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Seems There are at Least Three Executive Directors That are Leaving...

PBG, Seashore Point - what one am I missing?

Maybe they just want to get away from us.  We are a little nuts after all.

:)
9:03 pm edt 

Have You Noticed That Many Executive Directors are Resigning!

Seems there at at least three Executive Directors that are leaving. Yes, time to spend with family. Time to spend in New York. Time to spend away from here. Strange, isn't it?
8:30 pm edt 

OK Enough on Barry Scott
 
Please move on. Enough space given to this subject. Next...
8:28 pm edt 

Re: Seashore Point Executive Director Resigns

"Do you really believe that the executive director of Seashore point resigned to spend more time with his family? What are the real reasons?"
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well uh, ya I do.  He found a job right near his home so instead of commuting to Ptown every day he gets to spend time with his family.  It's a no brainer that you are trying to make more of than it is.
8:27 pm edt 

Re: B.S.

Can you all please stop blogging about B.S., his initials say it all. Old news, get over it. The weather has more to do with tourism than his boo hooing. Move on!!
8:25 pm edt 

Tourism and Provincetown:
 
As I see it.Provincetown has only one Industry and that is Tourism.And one way or the other Tourists come here to be Entertained,whether it be the beaches or the shops or the restaurants, that's why they come.And to appeal to a tourist, the easier you make the journey, the more chances of getting them to come.I myself take the Ferry from Boston and part of my thinking is how much of a hassle is it to travel to Provincetown, and I thank the Managers of Macmillan Pier for doing such a great job providing the facilities,If I had to wait in traffic at the bridge backed up for 5 miles I would not come.So to all you naysayers and complainers of any project that would benefit Provincetown in the future to make it a better place for tourists to visit just remember that you aren;t the only game in town,The fishing Industry is almost gone,The Artists that used to dot the streets have packed up and left.And the Artisians who made Leather and Jewelery and other Provincetown crafts are j!
ust about nonexistant being replaced with tacky souveneer shops.So you'd better hang on to the one industry you have left,The Good Old Tourist by providing them with good facilities,a nice Marina someday would be nice,perhaps a Hotel with more than a one star rating.That Car Park and Bus Station sounds like a great idea.Build it and they will come.
8:24 pm edt 

Barry Scott
 
Why do we keep attacking this man's character? Are we feeling guilty about this ugly incicent? It seems the town has not recovered from this event and it is best to move on from our police mistakes of the past.

I know him as a good man and we may disagree, but he should not have been injured by our summer cops when they met him in a backyard that night. Period.

I don't like the direction our police have gone...they are more like gestapo...holding people overnight for no reason without charges? Claiming hate crimes don't exist? C'mon people, it makes us all look bad.
6:48 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing Development

Citizens of the commonwealth who are fed up with affordable housing developers who haven't giving towns the income owed to them and who can legally disregard zoning laws regarding density etc. are requesting that a ballot measure be put on the NOV. 10th ballot for all of the citizens to vote to end affordable housing development.

How much money has Provincetown received for over ten years from affordable housing developers?
Do you really believe that the executive director of Seashore point resigned to spend more time with his family? What are the real reasons?
6:47 pm edt 

Cat Killer Cop

To all Animal lovers.

A P-town cop was given a sick cat to care for. Since the animal officer could not be reached,he took the cat to the town garage and shot it 5 times!! He then left it in the dirt to rot. He didn't even have the decentcy to bury it. People who abuse animals will also abuse people. Is this what the police are for? Is this what their guns are for??
Is this what they receive their high wages for??? Residents of Provincetown be aware that if you call the police for a sick animal they could receive the same treatment. This is a true story.
6:45 pm edt 

Statement

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.  ~Psalms 34:14
6:43 pm edt 

Re: Barry Scott

The only reason Barry Scott is keeping this alive on this blog and facebook is the hope that people will still contribute to his legal defense fund.  He wasted a lot of money and is now trying to bail himself out.  This isn't about police corruption or doing what is right - its about someone who is stubborn going too far and losing - now he is just trying to recover from his debts.  
6:42 pm edt 

Boats on the Beach- or Cars?

What about those seemingly abandoned cars (and trash) on the beach at Gosnold Street? That looks a lot worse than a dozen kyacks at the West End!
6:40 pm edt 

Barry Scott and Professor Gates

Many similarities in the situations. Sharon, could you please invite Barry and the cops over for a beer?
6:39 pm edt 

Barry Scott:
 
He had witnesses that night?  Where were they on the court dates?  Oh..  OOPS..  They didn't show up cause they didn't want to lie for a friend...  They know the truth...

So does the court..  That's why they made the right decision...  DANGER appealing another judge's decision...  But, GOOD LUCK WITH THIS ONE!

It's your bad name that's getting you angry...  Come to grip with the decision made by Orleans......
6:38 pm edt 

Barry Scott

"Then Ed lied...."

Hmmm. No one posted that. So now we know who the anti-Barry Scott person is...Just as we suspected, a police officer who was rubbing Ed's back that day!

Thanks for revealing yourself.
6:36 pm edt 

Chamber
 
I was a member of the chamber for years  (I own a guest house) but like others, NEVER EVER got a referral from them.  I do much better doing my own advertising with the dollars I would have spent with them and have the numbers to back up my claim.
6:33 pm edt 

Truth Police (unlike ours):
 
I know Barry Scott as well and he sure isn't the Boy Scout you portray.  I have known him for twenty years and he has manipulated this situation like many others in his drama fest life.  Nice to hear Barry is doing everything he can to discourage tourism.  It doesn't surprise those of us who know him well.  Wasn't it his big mouth that got him in all this trouble in the first place?  The little Barry we know and love"true, decent and honorable."
10:06 am edt 

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Re: Provincetown Public Transportation Center

Who is going to pay for the maintenance of the new transportation center? Taxpayers? Who is going to oversee it, The Provincetown Public Transporation Center? Is that the faustian bargain the Town will cut for grant money? Another faux profit center like the pier? A pier we were told by town officials would not only pay for itself but make money? It hasn't as we pay all its debt and we have a $400,000 override around the corner to pay for the third set of floating docks due to bad management. When is unnecessary overhead in this town going to cease and desist which will relieve taxpayers?

The Town has a proven history of not properly overseeing their assets like town hall and the pier. Lack of proper oversight increases our taxes. Period. They have a chronic credibility problem.

Lastly, this blog is becoming a nice archive for local historians of tomorrow!
5:18 pm edt 

Re: Barry Scott

Oh Gorto....  Get a freaking life!

First the cops lied....

Then the Town Manager lied.

Then the Board of Selectmen were corrupt.

Then the District Attorney is corrupt....

Then the State Police lied.

Then Ed lied....

Then the EMT's lied....

Then the judge was corrupt....

Then the Juror system was corrupt.

Then Coakley was corrupt....

Now the gay press is to blame.... Are you sure its the advertising dollars that has turned them off?

Perhaps the reason why they are not spreading your pathetic blend of lies, paranoia and arrogance is that they have come to the same conclusion Your idiot friend thought he was above the law and then got caught! And a group of his peers found him guilty. End of story for everybody but the arrogant Barry!

By the way stop pretending you are a member of this community. And stop pretending that these are your cops.  You and your tiny group with the over official name should shut up! A look at your office shows that in reality for all your posturing you are nothing more than a pathetic one-man show, lonely hate-filled man anonymously blogging hate and emotion trying to stir up a reaction.

Have you ever wondered why your stupid rants are being edited by BLOGS with content monitors?

Only on MPACC can you still shout your rants. unmonitored and anonymously.

Youre the worst kind of coward!

I urge all MPACC viewers to turn their backs on them!

Mr. Webmaster.. How exactly is this mongers anonymous lies related to the MPACC mission statement?   Perhaps it is time to up the quality of the debate?
5:15 pm edt 

Re: Barry Scott

"Perhaps in Algonquin, tiny little Barry can do as he pleases?"

Where is 'Algononquin' exactly oh wise sage?
4:19 pm edt 

I'd Like a Mayor

Can't we have a mayor and get ride of the selectmen and also change from town manager to mayor?  I think it would bring accountability to one key person and we wouldn't need these nincompoops to sit and smile and do the town in. So many of their ideas just icnrease our tax bills. Too many of their ideas are pie in the sky. They are not realists and theya re not financial wizards, by any means. At this point, a new type of governing this town would be a breath of fresh and clean air. Right now: it stinks like the wastewater overflow seepage. Another one of their great ideas!
4:16 pm edt 

Today's BOS Meeting

The meeting at 10am is to go over the new overrides on the warrant, silly. It's not going to be held when more people can attend and object! That is not how government runs here. They want to stay under the radar as they begin discussion about the 2010 budget and how wide the gap will be. The overrides have less of a chance of passing in Sept. Information is always held back and parsed out on depending on the town's agenda.

Estimates always come in 'high' and then drop by town meeting so we think it's a deal and vote for it. Just look at the estimates for phases one and two for town hall. Town goverment is smoke and mirrors. Always has been, always will be.
4:15 pm edt 

Truth Police (unlike ours):
 
Barry has never filed a lawsuit before. Ever. So don't make up crap about my friend.

The truth didn't come out in court because the judge especially appointed for that day by the DA himself, was a former lawyer for the police union and didn't allow FACTS to come out. I watched it in horror, along with the press. That's why he's been on WRKO and WBZ and TV stations and many, many web sites telling the real truth.

Believe me, Barry is in total control of his life and I saw this when he DJ'd the cruise on the Boston harbor and the cruise company agreed not to put the name of the boat (Provincetown 2) on ANY of the radio ads or ask him to mention it on his radio show! Since that show reaches more people in one week than we ever get as a population in the summer....he still wins. And he will continue to do so, because unlike you, police poster, he is true, decent and honorable! Anyone who actually knows him, knows this! Why are you resorting to lies and continue posts to slam him unless you are still afraid of the truth?
4:13 pm edt 

Why a Selectmen Meeting This Morning at 10:00a.m.?

If the discussion is the boondoggle transportation center--aftr five years all bad ideas come back to this town with a vengence--and also fisherman's Pier, why not have this as a regular Monday meeting? Was our secretive Chair too afraid to post this on Monday, afraid residents would show up asking where she was and where the other four were when Deval Patric was here for a meeting with them?

Who leaves Tuesday at 10:00 am in August free just in case the Couture calls an unexpected meeting? Odd, aren't they? But more than this: secretive and underhanded when this is not needed here.
1:05 pm edt 

I'm Looking Forward to Attending PBG Meetings That are Exciting
 
And wel run. There's a great opportunity that has been missed for the alst few years. One door closes, another one
opens. Let's hope they make the right choice in who the Exectuive Committee selects--not like last time, please.
12:58 pm edt 

Re: Barry Scott

If Barry Scott is appealing the Orleans District court's decision, then what is taking him so long?  If your little friend had a case, his lawyers would have filed by now.  Is your point that you are making that especially a tiny guy like him should be above the law because of his diminutive size? Maybe you should be representing him in his appeal since you seem to have access to confidential information that didnt come out in the first trial.  Consider bringing some witnesses from the party that saw what really happened.  Not sure why they didnt come to his defense the first time around.  With Barrys backing of influential people this time around he should be found innocent.  This will set Barrys plan in motion to sue the town for a good settlement, which was his plan from the very beginning.  Are you aware of his previous law suit?  Encourage your friend Barry to keep playing the victim, eventually it might lead to his big pay day.  You "respect him immensely for sticking to his American ideals of right and wrong, but Barrys driving force is the almighty buck.  The only one he is fooling is you.  Keep defending him and maybe hell keep you in his inner circle...lucky you!
12:57 pm edt 

Re: Barry Scott

"Whats criminal is Barry Scott disregards police orders on two occasions.  Most people dont get a second chance. Barry got three."
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That's another lie...and now I am sure you are one of Provincetown's 'finest' lol. Barry only saw the police ONE time that night. It's a police lie that they saw him 3 times. The owner of the home, who Barry was WORKING FOR, saw them the first two times and wanted his own party to go on.

As for the the Boston cruises he hosts (which I went on and it was packed and fun), Barry's been doing those for 20 years--and unlike people in my own town--some people believe in friendships and business relationships, not just turning your back on people when they need you.
12:54 pm edt 

Re: To: Goodbye to Don...Hello to Anybody Else
 
Your statement that Don was hardly ever here sounds like the poster who is a big wind bag with nothing to back himself up.  You also know how Don feels about Provincetown...interesting.  You profess to know a lot.  I am impressed.
12:53 pm edt 

Value Delivered by Chamber of Commerce:

Why can't the Chamber automate their last minute availability booking process?    They are concerned about the value they deliver to their customers, but they could easily deliver significant value to their lodging customers by automating their last minute availability booking engine.   I have been a member of the Chamber, and to my knowledge have never received a single reservation from them.  Does anyone else ever receive booking referrals from the Chamber?
8:58 am edt 

Appeals

Anyone can appeal a decision. Ten years from now we will still be hearing about Barry Scott because he is now living the life of being a "Victim". How pathetic.

Sigh, I'm so tired of the self proclaimed "Victims" living among us--talk about a worthless lifestyle. Another year older and another year closer to death--and all one can do is see their life through a prism of victimhood. Makes you wonder why some people wish that they could live forever.

Life in a rut forever--makes one shudder.
8:57 am edt 

Re: Hate

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.  ~Psalms 34:13
8:56 am edt 

Month to Labor Day

It is a month until Labor day; five weeks until our special town meeting. Take a look at your tax bill--and take a look at your bank account after Labor day.

Do we really need to pay  a housing specialist $40,000 who can't confirm that we have reached the 10% limit of affordable housing?

No more spending until we have the remapping of Provinceotwn--you may need the money to pay for your house insurance. Look what happened to Dennis.
8:55 am edt 

To: Changing of the Guard
 
Your attempt at wittism is as lacking as your attempt to discredit the departing director of the PBG.

"Much of the copy in his marketing brochures was questionable or inaccurate."? 
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What exactly is questionable or inaccurate? Marketing materials are produced by the Marketing Committee which is comprised of intelligent business people who strive to produce materials that promote Provincetown to the national and international gay and lesbian tourist. Your ignorance about this topic is as feeble as the false generalizations you spew which you expect people to accept as fact.

While I am on false generalizations...

"Bring Gabby back. More than a few have suggested this move."
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How many is more than a few? You and a couple of friends? I am sure that if Gabby wanted the job, she would apply for it.

Now onto Don's delusional view of Provincetown leading to his downfall? Is this statement supposed to make any sense?
Placed in the content of your post, it is as absurd as the rest of your skewed thinking.

Stick to giving  group hugs to happy tourists.  Based on your posts, your lack of intelligence shows profoundly through your lack of logic and information.

Slippery Fish (splishing and a splashing)
8:54 am edt 

Re: Hate Crimes

The guys from Miami will be back for the court date. Lets hope they do the right thing and demand that this was indeed a hate crime and put the bashers away and have them apologize publicly that what they did was wrong! The same should be for the Barry Scott Appeal, and don't forget the two woman bashed during Memorial day weekend, bashed by a local lawyer/judge's young family member! Anti human rights should not be swept under the rug like it has been for years in this town. The local Judge, D A and Police chief should defend the victim anytime force, sends the victim to a hospital!  
8:50 am edt 

Re: Barry Scott
 
Using influence to fight a court decision should tell you what Barry's up to...  WRONG... WRONG... WRONG
8:48 am edt 

Good bye Don: Hello Almost Anyone Else

I look forward to new ideas and a new person running PBG. Don was not the right person for this job. He was hardly here but still, he never had a good sense of Provincetown. He narrowly made his way and narroly he failed. Let's bring in someone with vision and someone who loves the entire town.
8:48 am edt 

Selectmen Meeting Tuesday at 10:00a.m. Why Then?
 
Why not the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday? Why a meeting at ten in the morning when most are busy with business? Is this the frog-seller trying to circumvent true democracy? Too busy selling green frogs and yellow frogs to meet with the Governor and too busy selling other convulted frogs to have a six o'clock Monday meeting when residents and voters just might ask: Why weren't you Chair Couture and the other selectmen--David Bedard, Elaine Anderson, and Mary Jo Avellar-- at the officially posted meeting for Deval Patrick? Since you didn't have a quorum, maybe it should have been cancalled and the Governor told to come back some other time when you and the others would have free time.
8:45 am edt 

Re: Barry Scott

Barry should appeal his case all the way to the Supreme Court! The poor thing that he is, being hit by the police for a noise violation especially a tiny guy like him. in a private backyard... it is criminal!

Are you kidding me? Poor pathetic Barry is still spinning his oldies on summer cruises aboard Bay State Cruises. Doesnt he realize they are the gateway to P-Town? Oh my. poor little Barry is subsidizing the major ferry to his enemy. Maybe its all about the money?

No. It's all about Barry.

Whats criminal is a        like Barry Scott disregards police orders on two occasions.  Most people dont get a second chance. Barry got three. And the age-old adage threes a charm worked in this case. Grow up, Barry! Laws are laws....  no matter how big, or small you are.

Perhaps in Algonquin, tiny little Barry can do as he pleases? Something tells me he might be a slight bit more respectful of the law there. Of course, hes enjoying his solitude by the lake  something he never did in Provincetown. Barry may not be spinning records for any parties in Algonquin. because he's finally learned his lesson. Follow the rules!

History paints its own picture.

Barry Scott... The lost DJ and the big loser. Stay tuned for the latest court documents, which will continue to deny Barrys pathetic little claims against Provincetown.
8:44 am edt 

Re: Tourism Director

Bring Gabby back, More than a few have suggested this move.

Absolutely the worst move the PBG could make.  Gabby does a great job with the Film Festival, but isn't the right person for the PBG at this time.  

More than a few have suggested this?  Or is it just you saying it over and over?

The PBG needs to move forward, not backwards.  Gabby would be a step back.  And a part-time step back at that.
8:41 am edt 

Barry Scott

"You should in fact be proud of your friend Barry (for doing the right thing) as he had the good sense to move out of town. Best wishes to Barry Scott in his new life. He is not missed in Provincetown and Barrys conviction or departure will not have an impact on tourism here."
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You are insane. Do you really feel proud that he moved out of town, after 25 years here, because our cops beat him up?
You are what's wrong with this town. Although I don't doubt he's having a better life now, I join the chorus of people who miss his face in town.
8:39 am edt 

Monday, August 3, 2009

Changing of the Guard

Re: "Apparently four is an exhausting number"
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Slippery fish, your slip is showing...

Don may have done a lot for marketing (much of the copy in his marketing brochures was questionable or inaccurate), but his delusional view of Provincetown became his downfaill.

Bring Gabby back, More than a few have suggested this move. What's a matter fish?  Got a bone in your mouth?
8:16 pm edt 

Re: Hate Crime

"The victim was not attacked because he was gay therefore it was not a hate crime.  The victim's partner agreed with this decision."
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Those vistors went back to Miami and thought it best not to make this a big issue...but calling someone a faggot while beating them is the very definition of a hate crime, despite what the victim's scared partner might be saying right now.
8:14 pm edt 

Re: Hate Crime

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:1
8:12 pm edt 

Re: Barry Scott
 
I am afraid to tell you, but Barry Scott is appealing the Orleans District court's 'decision' that he was guilty--since the Judge was once a lawyer for the police union and found fault with everything Barry's lawyer did...and yes, the Banner did say that one of our citizens lied under oath and the 'judge' refused to allow cross examination, which is against the law. The jury didn't even get to hear anything about his brutality or that of his partner, because the judge refused to allow it. That's the truth!

He has the backing of influental people and will go to the state supreme court to do what is right. And yes, I respect him immensely for sticking to his American ideals of right and wrong. Police hitting citizens for a noise violation (especially a tiny guy like him) in a priate backyard is criminal.

Police who defend the actions here are misguided and you are the ones hurting our town, not Barry Scott.
8:08 pm edt 

Re: "Theme Weeks"

"We all know people who dont come to town because its this week or that week... "
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Have you ever visited Provincetown or know where it is?  You seem completely out of touch with reality.  Film Festival brings in people just because it's the week of Film Festival.  Bear Week brings people in just because it's Bear Week.  Carnival Week brings in people just because it's Carnival Week.  Women's Week brings in people just because it's Women's Week.  Gay Pilot's Weekend brings in people just because it's Gay Pilot's Weekend.  Yes, everyone should be welcome every day of the year, but theme weeks do bring in people because of that week's theme.

You don't seem to be aware of reality in Provincetown.
2:38 pm edt 

Re: Barry Scott

Some people are really delusional.  If Barry Scott was truly innocent, then he should appeal the guilty verdict.  This is not happening because the facts proved he was guilty of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. A new trial would result in the same conclusion.  There was nothing wrong with the way the judge preceded and the Banner did not say the proceedings were corrupt.  Interest in this case is not worldwide and it is time for you to move on, as it appears Barry Scott has.  You should in fact be proud of your friend Barry (for doing the right thing) as he had the good sense to move out of town.  Best wishes to Barry Scott in his new life.  He is not missed in Provincetown and Barrys conviction or departure will not have an impact on tourism here.
2:36 pm edt 

Re: Time to Get Rid of the PBG and "Theme Weeks"

Are you crazy??   Getting rid of theme weeks or the PBG is a deathwish to the economy of Provincetown.   The Film Festival and the Portuguese Festival brought thousands of people to town on two otherwise dead, rainy, June weekends.   The Bears brought thousands in.   Carnival brings thousands in, as does Women's Week.  Collectively, these themes and events add millions to the local economy.   Why would you want to end this.  You think a few people that don't show up during one of these weeks, will suddenly stampede to town if these things stop??    Also, the PBG is responsible for making this town the #1 gay destination in the US.   Without their marketing and sponsoring of successful events, the economoy would be far worse than it already is.
2:34 pm edt 

Re: BOS Meerting

No Selectmens meeting this week... ?
2:33 pm edt 

Re: Theme Weeks

How did the PBG get grouped in with theme weeks?  The only theme week that the PBG runs is Carnival, undeniable the largest money making "theme" with the biggest draw of people this town sees yearly. If you are so into greeting everyone, why don't you go to the airport, the bus stop, and the pier and give big group hugs to the disembarking tourists?  Slippery Fish (in the bowl of brotherly love)ps. don't forget the parking lots.
2:30 pm edt 

Re: Family Week

Gangs of families at the Bas Relief. The parents are all jabbering--but the kids are just sitting there bored...take them to the beach...to Beach Forest...on a whale watch--and talk to the parents there.
2:27 pm edt 

Re: Family Week

Ah Family week...and where I work, the same little adopted girl (adopted due to the race difference) is once again hauling up *All* of the luggage while mommies sit outside the door relaxing. Suitcase, after suitcase, after suitcase cooler, bags of food, etc. where is social services?

At least the little girl is a year older-and no, I won't carry all of their stuff up--and end up carry up everyone elses stuff--its not my job.
2:26 pm edt 

Re: Postings and Webmaster

You've got a lot of nerve getting sick and possibly life threatening when we the good and bad citizens of Provincetown need to spew our opinions and complaints out when WE want them out.Don;t let it happen again!..Feel Better and you're doing a great job.
2:24 pm edt 

Involvement in PBG Has Diminshed in the Last Few Years

It was a more vital organization before Knutilla. He seemed to kill the spirit of cooperation. Meetings became more boring, less focused and I think PBG needs an infusion of energy, excitement and new directions. I look forward to a new executive director and I think PBG will find its footing once again. Plus, PBG is more than Carnival. It's an organization with a year-long mandate that we members want maintained throughout the year.
2:24 pm edt 

A Good Point About Theme Weeks:

It seems there is not one week during high tourist season where we don't have one them followed by another. I've often wished we could have Attentinon Deficit Week where those attending forget it's AD week. I agree with your point. The town is here for everyone and let's have each week an open, fun-filled week. Enough is enough. In fact, it's too much.
2:23 pm edt 

Re: Hate Crimes

"Last I knew, calling someone 'faggot' while beating them is a hate crime in this state! Shame on our DA for not doing the right thing...again. It only hurts the town again!"
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Try reading the article in the Banner on page 5.  The victim was not attacked because he was gay therefore it was not a hate crime.  The victim's partner agreed with this decision.
9:24 am edt 

Time to Get Rid of the PBG and "Theme Weeks"

We all know people who dont come to town because its this week or that week; so no denying these weeks keep people away. In this economy we dont need a reason to keep anybody away. On top of keeping people away; lets face it, turn out amongst these special interest groups for their particular weeks has been way down. I think officially as a town we should be screaming; EVERYONE IS WELCOME EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Unofficially if special interest groups want to gather during a particular week in town; they should be able to do that; but officially we should be opening our arms to every last person and every last dollar. Nobody disputes the merits, for example of Family Week; an amazing week for Children with same-sex parents to be able to meet other kids like themselves and participate in fun-filled activities-- however thus far the family turnout seems way down this year..I've talked to friends who normally do well this week !
and its not happening; and of course because it is family week and the word has been out on that; everyone else chose not to visit this week as well..hence a completely dead week smack dab in the middle of August...Wonderful!!!    Please join the bandwagon for making the theme for ALL of Summer 2010; "Welcome to Provincetown; COME ONE; COME ALL, COME EVERY DAY. YOU ARE WELCOME".
9:22 am edt 

Re: Hate Crimes

I can't say whether or not it was a hate crime - the story in the Banner quoted the victim and his partner who said they didn't feel it was a hate crime.  Although I agree that anyone who is called a name - Faggot, Jew, Spic, Gook, Nigger, etc., while being beaten is the victim of some type of prejudice  and hate.  Would these three young men have behaved the same way if it were a straight man peeing on the side of their house while his wife or girlfriend waited?  Nobody can really say.  But what we can say is that one of the young men who is only 18 years old was arrested because of a violation of a restraining order.  So one of these men clearly has a history of violent behavior and with the law at a young age - this is the real problem.
9:19 am edt 

Re: Town Manager

This week's cartoon also is a stinging indictment on what the TM thinks about the selectmen. She wasn't musing where the selectmen were was she?
9:17 am edt 

To the Webmaster:

Postings do not  "fall through the cracks".  They are either neglected or selectively neglected.  Which one is it?
9:16 am edt 

BOS Meeting Tonight

I will be going to the selectmen's meeting tonight. I usually see another person there and he has told me that there is all of the blow-hard writing about going to the selectmen's meeting etc.--and yet no one does and speaks up except a certain individual.

How I'd love to see a line of people at public statements
9:15 am edt 

Changing of the Guard

Apparently four is an exhausting number
Obviously you have it out fot the departing PBG director, who is the first director to run Carnival hands on. Take his comment out of content and interpret it as it's exausting (which it is, try it)but the rest is that he wants to do something else.   You must lead a very pathetic life to know his drink of choice and his style of travel. Do you watch him carefully? Do you have a low jack strapped to his butt?
The director did  a lot for marketing... a great new website, the creation of Provincetown:Like Nowhere else marketing magazine, marketing distribution through town, far more than his predecessors have ever done.  
Why don't you join the chamber which historically refuses to market to the Gay and Lesbian community with their director Candy who has sat there for over 30 years and has done absolutely nothing but continue in her                tradition?  Left to the chamber, Provincetown would be the nowhere, not nowhere else.
Cute remark about the costume..Did you sit up all night thinking of that one or did it cleverly come to you as you were trying trying to be witty?
The PBG director will now be going to a higher place,  Don't walk under his window 'cause what you feel on your head won't be rain.
Slippery Fish (back to the keyboard)
9:14 am edt 

Re: Hate Crime

Something tells me that we have not heard the last of this newest hate crime! When somebody yells faggot at someone as he is bashing that person and the chief of police says thats not a hate crime! We surely will hear more about this.
9:10 am edt 

Who Cares?

To the blogger who keeps on harping about the board of selectmen not all meeting with the governor. I'm very sure that if you want to take over one of their seats, they would be very happy to let you! You keep saying we should recall them, yet other than your postings, I don't see any interest from the other voters. The town is always looking for volunteers to be a selectmen. Cmon step out of the shadows. Other wise your just a fool to think that we the voters care.
9:08 am edt 

To: Webmaster
 
Hope you're feeling better!!


Webmaster Comment:

Thank you very much. Doing much better.

Best regards
9:07 am edt 

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Hate Crimes

Last I knew, calling someone 'faggot' while beating them is a hate crime in this state! Shame on our DA for not doing the right thing...again. It only hurts the town again!
8:28 pm edt 

And Then You Die!

There is always a sound coming from my candy cane when someone in the house uses the bathroom or takes a shower...how do I know when it is a "problem" sound?

Sheesh-- we're paying $2,500 *A YEAR* in betterment fees, and then a water and sewage fee--a fortune to be connected--and now this.

What happens when we the town is re mapped and we are in the high risk zone? We are already paying close to $3,000 in home owner's insurance due to the possibility of high winds.

Our taxes are $7,000....what is the world is going on? I don't see spending my "golden years" here unless I want to work 3 jobs until I die.
8:27 pm edt 

To: Webmaster

What I wrote in my entry was true.  What is YOUR problem?
I am appalled that you left out other entries also.  There is little I can do but relate to others the truth about you blog...you publish only what YOU want.  The next time I see you, I will ask the question directly.  Please be sure you have an answer so you do not make a bigger fool out of yourself than I plan to make of you.
8:26 pm edt 

Webmaster Comment

Dear Posters:

Upon careful inspection you will notice that there have been few postings this week, which was due to the Webmaster having been confined to bed, for the better part of a week, because of an acute bacterial/viral infection, combined with an extremely high fever; requiring two doctor house calls.

In fact on both Wednesday and Thursday  there were no comments posted on Shout Out! as recalled? Posting probably fell through the crack during this period.

It is suggested that you resubmit your unpublihed comments for posting. 

Thank you
8:24 pm edt 

Re: Where is My Posting?

WHY IS MY POST BEING CENSORED?
8:00 pm edt 

Where is My Posting

Clarence...why aren't you posting my commentary? Slippery Fish
7:59 pm edt 

How Can Anyone Say the Governor's Meeting Was Last Minute
 
When the great wise Chair Couture posted the meeting and that needs 48 hours advance time. They all knew in advance of the meeting and they snubbed the Governor, they literally spit in his face. I am appalled at their behavior and feel they should be recalled for this. Or at least the Chair. She should have made certain at least three of the five would be there--at least. They all--all five of the selectmen should have been there--but to have only Austin Knight is despicable. There is no other word. It's time for them to go. And who will miss them?
7:58 pm edt 

To: Webmaster

Webmaster: Is there any reason my post is not up from yeasterday? Slippery Fish
7:56 pm edt 

Use Your Senses!

Another gorgeous beach day in the land of Provincetown! Get out and enjoy it while you are still alive. Stop sweating the small things and LIVE!
7:55 pm edt 

Re: Barry Scott:
 
YOU LOST... Move forward......
7:54 pm edt 

Hate Crime:

Please review the definition of a hate crime!
7:53 pm edt 

Apparently Four is an Exhausting Number
 
"How many more Carnival parades can I do?"
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This is the parting comment from the PBG's executive director, their supposed knight in shining armor who Steve Tait claims was the creator of a top-notch marketing program. Yawn....

The only thing top-notch about the PBG's executive director was his travel style and drink choice.

Boy, did the PBG get taken for an three-year ride! But unlike his little stint at Disneyworld, little Don didn't have to wear a costume this time around!
7:53 pm edt 

Maybe The Banner's Political Cartoon Should be on the Town's Web Site

Katheleen Fitzgerald's Political cartoon in this week's Banner hits a bull's eye. With Sarah Peak introducing Deval Patrick, she states: "Please join me in extending a warm Provincetown welcome to Gov. Patrick." There are five front seats. On the left sits Austin Knight. Next to him, the remaining four empty seats with signs BOS. And on the right, one row behind sits Sharon Lynn.

Thanks Katheleen for taking the BOS absence and turning it nto a poignant and pointed commentary. Yes, is this a Provincetown welcome? Welcoming, indeed.
7:51 pm edt 

Too Busy to Meet Deval Patrick?
 
Maybe all the selectmen are just too busy to be selectmen. Maybe they should all--except Autin Knight-- resign and take up the so important work of selling frogs, being a grandmother, running a gym and waiting on tables at Bubala's. Since their commitment is obviously to their own business interest, it seems they have the required time to serve our needs and those of the town. We are in an economic downturn and we need all the help we can get from the state. This insulting behavior on their part is inexcusable. Time for them to resign. Time for them to go. Their actions are only hurting this town and our ability to gain monies and respect from the state.

You did what to the Governor?
7:50 pm edt 

Re: Re: Barry Scott
 
"We are now paying for this severly". Give me a break. The attention span of society these days lasts about as long as an icecream cone on an 80 degree day. I travel and have not seen or heard ANYTHING about this episode. I wasn't there and don't claim to know the facts but, let's face it, it's OLD news. Take a look around, people are still coming here. If someone's business isn't making money, it's because they aren't offering what the public wants. The more Mr. Scott makes a stink, the more it sounds like sour grapes and peoples perspectives will turn against him.
7:47 pm edt 

Instead of Kissing the Backside of Frogs
 
I do think the Chair should have attended the meeting with the Governor. And more than this. Couture should have taken a leadership role and made certain all other selectmen would have been at the meeting. The meeting was posted and that means 48 hours notice. This was not casual and without notice. Couture abdicated her responsibility. She is an actor acting as chair but has no clue what being a chair really entails and what skills it demands. This is not Showgirls. This is real politics with individuals who are frankly incompetent and small-minded. It was rude and damaging to the town and to our ecnomic future. Forget all the seminars on increasing business and all the meetings on economic growth. This insulting slap-in-the-face to the governor made all these other business attempts fail.
7:46 pm edt 

Inferior Town Septic Update

Listen to your 'CandyCanes' closely. A neighbor heard a 'swooshing/gurgling' sound coming from his. He vaguely remembered something about calling the DPW when one hears that as it's a red flag or shall I say a crap's about to fly' flag.

Sure enough, a router or something failed and the crap was about to overflow.

Thanks to our town officials, residents hooked onto this crappy system should be very concerned about leaving their homes for any extended period of time like going on vacation etc. These damn CandyCanes now need to be monitored or else! They must have forgot to tell us, right?

No one should ever buy a home with a CandyCane!

Provincetown, a community chained to its CandyCanes!
1:08 pm edt 

BOS No-Show

"You think that because an elected official (non-paid position) is invited at the last minute by the governor's office, that they should just close up their business ... "
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Yes, I do.  I'm not sure what Ms. Anderson does, but of the other three non-attending BOS members they are not sole owners of a business with no staff or business
partner(s).  They could have made the time if they chose to do so - their business would still be open and running for time they were meeting with the governor.  If they aren't willing to make the time, they should not have run for BOS.
1:04 pm edt 

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Re: BOS Spin
 
"Let me get this straight.  You think that because an elected official (non-paid position) is invited at the last minute by the governor's office,"
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There they go again spinning. Hardly last minute when the BOS posted the meeting with the Gov. The meeting with the Gov was posted several days in advance.
12:47 pm edt 

Re: Barry Scott

I think Barry Scott has every right to be mad at this town and good for him for not hiding, but standing up for his rights! He was beaten for no reason (noise ordinance?!) and then our judicial system let him down with a judge appointed for the day who for years was a lawyer for the police union! Even The Banner wrote how corrupt it was.

I have seen posters about his case everywhere I have visited (even in Amsterdam!), so it isn't Barry that is doing this. People who care about what happened to him worldwide are all over this. It's too bad our officials didn't admit they made a mistake that night. We are now paying for this severely. Luckily, my job doesn't involve tourism, so I am proud of my friend for doing the right thing.
10:52 am edt 

New Director of PBG Brings Hope......

......that PBG can return to the dynamism and sense of a vibrant organization that it once was. Maybe now old members will return and more members will decide to attend, once again, the monthly meetings. It seems PBG needs someone who understands organizations and can bring life, involvement, and new directions. Too much of this was lost with Knuutilla. Maybe because he was hardly here. Maybe because he just was not the right person to lead PBG.

Let's also hope the new director sees the importance of collaboration with the Chamber and with the Tourism Director and other major organizations in town. Working together, especially during these hard economic times, is what is needed. Not a single-minded autocratic wrong thinking that isolated PBG and, in time, lessened its importance.
10:48 am edt 

What a Shame

People are so confrontational. Rather than be confrontational; we need to learn to start off low key when responding to a disagreeable situation.

If someone is where they shouldn't be on your property tell them you live here ask them if they are looking for someone and perhaps you can help.

I've been in my yard and heard a guy urinating against my fence--he didn't see me but I heard him--I just let him be. It happened once in ten years as far as I know.

Just think of all of the dogs that pee against your fence or a post infront of you house. Is it really that big a deal? Now look at these guys and the trouble they are in for attacking a man for peeing on their property.

Provincetown is mostly a middle and upper-class town. I've let people sit in the shade in my back yard when I've seen them waiting in the sun for someone.

People need to learn not to sweat the small stuff--and then you learn that it is all small stuff. Cancer, AIDS, Domestic Violence--that is the big stuff.
10:42 am edt 

$8 Million to Refurbish Fairhaven's Sewer System
 
Why doesn't Provincetown apply for grants for its waste water treatment system--or has it? Fairhaven just received $8 million to make its sewer system more energy efficient. We need the money to make sure that our's doesn't collapse! Ours is the more urgent system in need of funds.

On another topic, our house insurance is close to $3,000 a year because a two years ago we received an increase due to the possibilities of High Winds.

Now we may get another increase?

Keep the trust fund babies coming; we are making plans to sell our house when the time comes; a three bedroom house that is  a stone's throw from the beach in New Bedford is appraised at less that $200,000.

I won't be able to work three jobs when I'm 65.
10:40 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Police Speed Trailer
 
 How nice to drive down the road and be told what my speed is. so i can adjust if needed. We had one before, and it was called user friendly, by a then provincetown selectman. I agree.
  I once placed a sticky note on the old one, asking it be put in my neigborhood, and guess what? it was.
  Again another step forward by our new, and improving Police Dept
10:36 am edt 

Where Would We Be?

Without the PBG this town would be just a day trip for tourists who don't spend that much money.
10:34 am edt 

Re: Hate Crime

I agree that it was not a hate crime until the basher shouted faggot at the victim. Why the law does not see that as a hate crime is beyond me. As a person with diabetes I can tell you that I've had to urinate without warning and have used peoples yards to relieve myself. That should not give anyone the right to beat that person up and send him to the hospital!
10:33 am edt 

Re: Selectmen

I think we should recall all the selectmen and replace them with wealthy retirees.  That way we can be sure they can afford to live here and have all the free time needed to attend meetings and celebrity romps.
10:32 am edt 

Governor's Visit

Let me get this straight.  You think that because an elected official (non-paid position) is invited at the last minute by the governor's office, that they should just close up their business and kiss his backside on a busy summer day?

I'm pretty sure if the governor's office called and asked to meet with the selectmen, they would plan accordingly.  To expect them all to just close up shop at the last minute is absurd.  It's my understanding of the situation that the selectmen were a last minute thought by the governor's office.  It was on Tuesday that it finally occurred to someone to invite the Tourism Director and only then did they decide it might be nice to invite the selectmen.

You all got it backwards.  The governor's office snubbed the selectmen.  If they had been invited in the first round of invites over a week prior, I'm pretty sure they would have been able to make arrangements to show.

And the only reason Austin was there was because he's out of work on disability otherwise he too would have been working.
10:31 am edt 

Re: Barry Scott

This board is too funny. I just spoke to Barry and he didn't post on this site...someone simply stole words from another web site and posted it here! lol.

It shows you how important his case was and how good a man this guy is. By the way, if you were worried about him and his partner at all, they are fine and loving their life out of Provincetown and I don't blame them one bit! I do miss his (non police bloodied) face though.
10:30 am edt 

Re: Barry Scott:
 
Barry Scott has done more damage to this town than the housing market.   He is a publicty hound that with a sense of entitlement and a double standard.  Thankfully he sold his house here, and hopefully will not be back.  
10:28 am edt 

Re: PBG & Chamber of Commerce vs VSB Website

nope...don't drink...don't board... Sorry. ps...are you at the bayside bar looking for me?
10:27 am edt 


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