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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Re: Roger Green's Pay

Rogers pay has nothing to do with any of the police fiascos. Yes, he was
squeezed out and his salary may have been high but that's due to years and years
of dedication to the town and his raises came as part of his union contract,
something the SELECTMEN approve blindly. Don't blame him for getting paid what
he does. Blame the selectmen that continue to" negotiate" contracts without
really understanding the fine details. Tale a look arond at the other salaries
in the town. Does everyone earn their paychecks as high as their salaries are?
Look into the school salaries. Look at this chiefs and the TM, not just their
paychecks but their benifits and additions. At least at the end of the day Roger
had a clean building that was cleaned to the best of his ability given the fact
that the buiding is a dump anyway. Can you say job well done to the chief or TM?
How about the superintendant that hasn't planned out long term to save the
schools like mergeing with Truro or possible drawi!
ng in students. Did she earn her pay? Roger is the least of the towns problems.
9:18 pm edt 

Roger Green's Pay

Since you're airing your salary issue aloud, how about telling us how much you
were making when asked to take a $4,000 cut?  HHmmm?? Do tell!!
8:36 pm edt 

Re: Vincent Currior Proposal - Posted in Provincetown View

Oh Brother!  Are you from Alabama?  "Get Him... Rope Him Up..."  NO. We are NOT
doing that in any form or fashion.  So coming from a person that is                      ;
                                                                                                                   
GO  AWAY. This whole thing has been blown out of proportion from the beginning over
employees being disrespectful in a song that sang DERROGATORILY about police,
blacks and gays. I for one WANT a policeman that would ask to stop that kind of
public restaurant disrespect and do NOT forget the owner concurred.  SO... leave
Provincetown and go back to where that kind of thinking is "ok",,, it is NOT in
Provincetown.
8:34 pm edt 

You Should Post Again the Person Who Supported You

It was here today and now I have to scroll down. Please re-post the person who
was applauding your efforts as Webmaster and as finn com member.

It was well written and appropriate.
8:29 pm edt 

The Best of What We Have - BOS

Does anyone realize that the few that step up to the BOS positions run unapposed
as NO ONE in their right mind (re-read that last part) would want to take on
this kind of never ending complaining and scrutiny for $1,000/year?! Most
wouldn't take it for $40K/year as no one is treated like this in private sector
where you earn more, get bonused and have fun or enjoy your job.  DOES ANYONE
THINK THAT BOS GO HOME EACH NIGHT AND THINK, "Wow! This job's awesome and the
township are great!" - LOL.  That's how we wound up with these bozo's.  WHO'S
NEXT?  I cannot imagine.  >> What we need is to combine PTown & Truro so we have
a large enough population to vote to make this a town with mayor and city
counsel so it can be run efficiently. The old form of "fair government" does not
work when no one wants to volunteer (that is worthy).
8:28 pm edt 

The WholeTruth and Nothing But the Truth

"If they're under oath, then they'd have to tell the truth,"


Are you kidding? Maybe they will pass out cookies and milk at the public forum.
8:15 pm edt 

Thomas Koumanelis

According to this website, our Honor Guard is to "...promote honor,
professionalism and integrity through its conduct and image at all times holding
the departments core values to the highest degree."


This is JUST WRONG!  This is the guy that should be suspended and CERTAINLY NOT
given accolades!! CAN SOMEONE PLEASE make a point of brining this up at the town
inquiry with mediator as I won't be able to attend. THIS Honor Guard needs to be
rescinded and this guy run out on rails. Unbelievable!!
8:13 pm edt 

Chief:

She (peters) holds the key card to the facts about the Police department for
sure !  STAY STRONG GIRL !

Justice will pay off.....
4:42 pm edt 

Re: Rouge

I think he blushes a lot that's what was meant.
3:25 pm edt 

Chief

FACT-  I know for a fact that  Officer Peters has been a target by Chief Jaran
since he arrived (and continues to be), but, due to her integrity,dedication,
responsibility and 31 years (unblemished) record with the Provincetown Police
she has not spoken about this...  How much longer should she have to do this?

This has been completely unfair to her !
3:22 pm edt 

Chief

If the Chief's attempt to remedy PROBLEMS (and there are plenty) within the
Police Department is what he is trying to do, he is MISERABLY failing at it ! 
If anything, he is creating MANY, MANY more.......

2:07 pm edt 

BOS Meeting

Oh my god! They are still at it! Oh Elaine .... Preaching civility while
slapping around boards again! Publicly supporting the inappropriate behavior of
finance director! Decrying the poor treatment of town staff after giving a job
review of the Vernon in a disgraceful display a couple years ago.....wow...how
out of touch can you be??
2:04 pm edt 

Police Department Management

Micro-management

It's always been a known factor amongst all Police Depts that as soon as the
Police Chief starts micro-managing his Officers, that it means he is losing his
grip to properly run and manage his/her own Department. I was told this was one
of Chief Jaran's tactic's before and is once again at it again.

What's sad is who he targets. Chief Jaran targets or micro-manages veteran
members, atleast that has been his trade mark. In the process of doing so, he
creates additional problems, like relationships with other depts/agency's. Now
he is being micro-managed by the residents of this town and he does not like it.

In the process of the Chief micro-managing, he makes it very difficult for that
Officer to do his/her job effectively. Many of you might think or believe that
he is suppose to over see his Dept but this is not what he is doing. I am sure
there are professional ways of doing it but this Chief does it in a very nasty
way, almost like an alcoholic does in displaying his/her demeanor before getting
that next drink to calm down with. If he keeps targeting whom I have good
information to believe he is and the way he is, there will be another lawsuit
coming.
2:02 pm edt 

I Support Your Support of Clarence Walker

It takes much time and energy and commitment to post
everyone's postings. And he does this. and he does serve on Finn Com which
demands so much time, research and guts.

I, too, believe he is bringing energy, leadership and commitment to  this town
and serves without pay, without applause, without glory.

It takes much courage to battle in favor of taxpayers and to try to raise tough
questions that those in power do not want raised. But it is us, the taxpayers,
who win when Finn Com raises these financial questions and demands real and
actual and accurate answers.

They are fighting for us.
1:59 pm edt 

Taking Notice

You can't work 2 hours a day and sit around for 6 hours and not expect
anyone to notice.
1:57 pm edt 

High Holy Day Services - Question

I AM ARRIVING IN TOWN FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER---ARE THERE ANY HIGH
HOLY DAYS SERVICES IN OR NEAR PROVINCETOWN?
1:55 pm edt 

Proposed Fall Special Town Meeting Petition Article
 

Based on the August 29, 2013 Article in the Banner's Viewpoints section (See below).

I am proposing that the following resolution be a petitioned article at the fall STM.  It would require 100 verified signatures of town voters/residents. The signatures can be on more than one sheet as long as the wording is the same. It would require 100 verified signatures of town voters/residents.

To see if the Town will vote to support the following Resolution:

"Be it resolved that the citizens of the Town of Provincetown reaffirm their commitment to the principles and practices of Community Oriented Policing."


Provincetown Banner - VIewPoints Article - August 29, 2013

Are we doomed to repeat history?


By Robert Anthony, Gary Reinhardt & Alix Ritchie


Twenty years ago, a poisonous atmosphere descended on this town with respect to relations between the community and the po­lice department, A number of incidents occurred, which eroded trust between many of the town's residents and its police officers. This erosion of trust went both ways. Many townspeople felt uncomfort­able reporting a problem to the police department. for fear of an inadequate re­sponse or worse. Similarly, some members of the police department looked at people on the street as potential sus­pects, rather than as partners in the fight to keep our town safe,

This was a time of social unrest as well. Many long­time residents believed that the town and its government were being taken over by the gays. In order to appease this fear, there was a vocal move­ment to "Take Back theTown!" Both sides of this un­pleasant debate believed that the police department was, on the wrong side of the battle. Depending on which side you were on, the police were either too lenient toward the sexula1 shenanigans of the gay tourists or too eager to en­force trivial statutes where newcomers were concerned, while turning a blind eye to the questionable activities of their friends and family, who had lived in town for genera­tions,

This situation benefited no one. Many residents felt un­comfortable or even threat­ened by the police, rather than feeling protected by them. There was even talk of an "enemy list" inside the po­lice station. Of course, few felt comfortable speaking out about the problem, for fear of being branded "anti-police." Likewise, the town's police of­ficers did not feel supported by the townspeople. Whenev­er the police chief came to Town Meeting asking for a budget item for the police de­partment (a new cruiser, for example), the town's voters questioned these expenses, because they did not trust the department. Many officers felt the need to adopt a more aggressive, militaristic atti­tude to deal with the mood in town. There was truly an "us vs. them" situation in town.

The solution turned out to be Community Policing. It was not an easy process. Both community members and po­lice officers had to be cajoled into taking part - essentially sitting down with the enemy. But it turned out to be a worthwhile process.

For those unfamiliar with the process, it involved a se­ries of all-day (or almost all-day) meetings with members of the police department, members of the community, town board members and town staff. Attendance was a serious commitment and obligatory for many.

The first step in this process was for everyone in the meeting to suggest some common values we could all agree upon - values we could all concur were core to what Provincetown was and what it wanted to be. Some of the values on which we achieved consensus, for in­stance, had to do with pre­serving our environment and with embracing diversity (and acknowledging that this can be hard work) and with being proud that we are a commu­nity that cared about each other. Sounds easy perhaps - but there was a lot of discus­sion and give and take before we got to that point.

The fact that we could now work from a set of agreed-upon values as we began to tackle how to work things out made a remarkable differ­ence.

We agreed to be a commu­nity. All of us. No "we-they." just "us. The results were dramatic. Together, we created a healthy atmosphere where the community not only trust­ed the police, but became proud of our police depart­ment. Likewise, the police of­ficers not only began trusting members of the community, but seeing the townspeople as partners in fighting crime. By coming together to discuss our priorities as a community, we even began to soothe some of the underlying issues rocking the town, and the movement to take it back was neutralized.

It seems that now, perhaps even more than then, we need to make this commit­ment again. We need to en­gage in this process. We need to understand each other and to work through issues until we are on the same side.

This will not be an easy process. But after all, the peo­ple who wear blue uniforms when, they go to work derive their authority from the citi­zens who hire them to keep the town carrying on its af­fairs in an orderly fashion without harm to others; and in turn, the citizens who give them that authority need to make sure that the job can get done. Efficiently of course. Ef­fectively, it goes without saying. But also as neighbors, as mem­bers of the same community who have made it their main priority to share a commitment to that community. Without fail no excuses.

There is an old-fashioned im­age of the small-town shopkeep­er sweeping the sidewalk in front of his or her shop, stop­ping to chat with the beat cop walking by. In Provincetown this image need not be old-fash­ioned. This really is a town with small businesses where the shopkeepers do take pride in their shops and their neighbor

hoods. Shopkeepers do sweep the sidewalks out front and, while doing so, they see what goes on in their neighbor­hoods. Once we all feel like there is a partnership between the police and the community - that we all want the same thing, namely a safe community - we can work together to ac­complish that. The community is us: townspeople and police. There is no them.

We would respectfully but firmly like to suggest that the town move with alacrity to rein­stitute the Community Policing process and that it brook no de­lay in resolving to recommit to the principle - and practice - of Community Policing.

[Robert Anthony, now in real es­tate, served as police chief of

Provincetown from 1992 to 2002;


Gary Reinhardt, a former PBG president and chair of the zoning board of appeals, is now a private zoning consultant;


Alix Ritchie, founding owner and publisher of the Provincetown Banner, is a media consultant. All three were active par­ticipants in the Community Policing effort in the early '9

12:25 pm edt 

Re: Police Chief

"apparently have a rouge police chief to deal"


I know it's Provincetown and all, but could you have meant "rogue"?
11:05 am edt 

Vincent Currior Proposal - Posted in Provincetown View

I would like to call on the BOS and Town Manager to suspend Chief Jeffrey Jaran from his job while these investigations into his moral and civic leadership are in question and have credible evidence to indicate there is truth to the charges against him.

In any other similar set of circumstances, this type of serious crimes against citizens would be cause for arrest and jail, and we are allowing the criminal the special privilege of not even a sanction. He gets the opportunity to carry his weapon and continue to be the Chief law enforcement officer for our town.

We have, as citizens and stackeholders, expressed our grave concerns for letting Chief Jaran continue in his position while his crimes are being investigated. This is not fair to the voters, and needs to be remedied. It is not the "normal" process for crimes as serious as these allegations are.

I plead with the Board of Selectmen to call a special meeting, post haste, and to suspend Chief Jaran while his serious violations of the public trust are under investigation. If, in the meantime, his case turns out to be false accusations, we will issue a speedy apology and reinstate him as Chief. Until said time, we do not feel safe having Mr. Jaran leading our police force.
10:39 am edt 

Police Chief

The problem with the chief now is that no other town wants the guy.  Think about
it.  What  town would take on a police officer (let alone a chief) with the
reputation Chief Juran has?
10:34 am edt 

Re: Me Thinks He Doth Protest Too Much!

SHEESH!

Again with the Ceaser's wife...  "The chief's girlfriend should be like Ceaser's
wife...town employees should be like ceaser's wife.  Anyone else you think
should be like ceaser's wife, just let us know who and we'll set upon them like
the internet jackals that we are.

Perhaps if you were more like Ceaser's wife (i suspect you're not at all like
Ceaser's wife Mrs. Ceaser), there would be more productive chat going on.  We
have apparently have a rouge police chief to deal with at the moment.

Please try to come up with some original material or at least vary your
hackneyed cliches a bit.  It's getting boring.
10:33 am edt 

Police Chief

I know for a fact that not long after the Police Chief Jaran started, two or
three Police Officers representing the Police Union met with a few Selectmen to
air their complaints (which were several). The Police have never done this
before because the Selectmen as far as the Police are concerned never back them
up.

The complaints were legit and should of raised red flags with them. Instead of
the Selectmen either extending his probationary time or just extend the Chief
contract one year and then re-address the issues with the Police Union to see if
they have been resolved, instead they extended his contract three years. I'll be
surprised if the Police Union ever meets with the Selectmen again.

I never got that chance. I was told either I go into that other Union and clean
both the Police Station and the Old Veterans Memorial School with a $4,000 pay
cut or they were going to eliminate my position as the Police Depts
Janitor/Jailor.

Yours truly,

Roger Green
10:32 am edt 

A Note of Thanks

I would like to write a note to thank Clarance Walker for providing a
forum for those of us who may fear giving our opinions publicly for many
legitimate reasons.

I can't say it as eloquently - but Clarence is AWESOME !
10:29 am edt 

Real Trouble at the Top

Many of the comments here correctly,I believe, lay blame for the current
dissatified climate in town to the chief and the town manager.  Don't forget the
selectmen who backed up the TM and PD with enthusiasm through this whole thing:
Knight, Anderson and McChesney. They are a huge part of the problem and we
should vote this kind of mediocre leadership out!

I believe Provincetown should have smart, efficient, progressive leadership. We
don't have to accept the top down power structure and status quo. With so many
smart and talented people that live here we could become an example to other
towns of the values that Provincetown represents.
12:48 am edt 

Me Thinks He Doth Protest Too Much!

Something is wrong about this Hoort Person
It is confusing, but this man is acting oddly. If the town employes you, you
should be like Caesar's wife. But he is acting in such a questionable fashion.

Something is just not right here.
12:44 am edt 

Police Chief Jeff Jaran Misread

On this One, Jeff Misread and Misunderstood the consequences

this sexual harassment case will be the one to do him in. She was his secretary
and this is not a person who is uninvolved. Yet she is going forward.

Be careful Jeff. Time to leave before all the revelations come out.  You are now
in trouble waters.
12:41 am edt 

What Has Happened to Our Concept of Decency

As of Friday, August 30, 2013 evening, our town's governmental website
lists Sergeant Thomas Koumanelis as a member of our Police Department's Honor
Guard

According to this website, our Honor Guard is to "...promote honor,
professionalism and integrity through its conduct and image at all times holding
the departments core values to the highest degree."

Here's the link.  Read it with your own eyes.
http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=833
12:39 am edt 

A Note of Thanks

I would like to write a note to thank Clarance Walker for providing a
forum for those of us who may fear giving our opinions publicly for many
legitimate reasons. None of those reasons include cowardess. For the most part,
the people who contribute to this forum are local citizens who have lived here
for years and care about their town.

Mr. Walker also serves his town on the FINCOM, a financial overview committee
that reports to the voters. The committee takes all options and opinions from
any citizen and factors that into budgets and procedures for the departments
that work for the town. He has been studious and dedicated to saving money and
having a solid 5-year plan in place that we can plan from.

Both of these positions are voluntary, and do not involve any salary or
benefits, to speak of. That is to say, he doesn't do it for the money, he does
it because he has the background and he loves Provincetown. Both he and his wife
have solid records of volunteerism and participating in town affairs. Not for
money, but with the most valuable commodities of TIME.

Clarence is both honest and sincere. He doesn't shoot from the hip, he plans his
words carefully. And he treats everyone with respect, if not kid gloves. But he
sticks to his basic principals and moves forward. His volunteer efforts are more
than a full-time job, and he never whines about the criticism that many fling
his way.

Clarence Walker is the epitome of what I would consider every retired person
with the successful career behind them could give back to their community. I
would like to publicly thank Mr. Walker for not only providing and maintaining
this forum, but also for his years of service to Provincetown.

THANKS, CLARENCE!
12:37 am edt 

To The Victim of Sexual Harassment & Discrimination:

You are very brave to have come forward, and I am sorry that this happened to
you.  Your many years of exemplary service to this Town did not go unnoticed,
and you should hold your head high knowing you did the right thing by speaking
up.  You are the perfect example of what is right about our community.  I'm sure
I speak for most everyone who now knows what happened to you:  I/we support you
and are proud of you.  Hopefully you can move beyond this incident.  Good luck
and enjoy your beautiful life.

12:33 am edt 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Re: Sexual Harassment Complaint - Charge of Discrimination

"If they're under oath, then they'd have to tell the truth,"


So you think O.J. told the truth because he was under oath?
Do you live in the same reality I do?

I really don't think we will ever get the truth from Jaren, Lynn, or any other
cop.

A Rat In The Basement
10:13 pm edt 

Re: It's Not Jaran

"Jaran is really not the problem. Our TM is. She protects her clan. She
could care less about anyone else in this town."


I agree with your statement.  A friend and I were talking about all of the
police chief problems here,and I commented that it appeared that the
chief's supervisor, the Town Manager, applied double standards. His reply: "What
double standards?  She applies online one standard - the protection of self and
her cabal."
10:10 pm edt 

Reservations Are Now Being Accepted

What do the following people have in common:
(1) Whitey Bulger
(2) Aaron Hernandez
(3) Jeff Jaran

10:08 pm edt 

It's Not Jaran

Jaran is really not the problem. Our TM is. She protects her clan. She
could care less about anyone else in this town. Do Not let her soft voice and
fake gentle nature fool you.  She is             and           .
3:25 pm edt 

Police Chief - Jeff Jaran

I think J.J. is in real trouble.  To the point that he should go to 
liquor and grocery stores asking for some empty boxes.
1:59 pm edt 

Police Chief - Jeff Jaran

How did Jaran get here?
1:57 pm edt 

Re: Sexual Harassment Complaint - Charge of Discrimination

"I hope these officers and employees have the integrity to step up and
do the right thing..."


If they're under oath, then they'd have to tell the truth, whatever that may be.
Should Jaran or Lynn interfere, directly or through someone else, with their
testimony, or tKe prejudicial action against any of them, then, I guess, legal
complaints could be filed by them against us also. And they should, since it's
the only way that the Town Manager and the Board pay attention to.
1:53 pm edt 

Re: Perfect Description of J. J.

"OMG!!! This describes J. J. to a tee!!!!"


Funny, I thought Canizales was diagnosing himself.
1:39 pm edt 

How Many Legal Complaints Exist

Does anyone know how many legal complaints have been filed against us
because of Jaran/Lynn?
1:36 pm edt 

Re: Sexual Harassment Complaint - Charge of Discrimination

Yikes...don't think any Community Policing can resolve this complaint.
1:35 pm edt 

Re: Sexual Harassment Complaint - Charge of Discrimination

After reading the sexual harassment complaint, I feel like I need to
go take a shower, and take my dog for a long, long walk.  Don't know how lawyers
can deal with all this.
1:33 pm edt 

Re: Sexual Harassment Complaint - Sharon Lynn's Failure

If I was Ms. Lynn, I'd walk around with my head down in shame.

How could she have condoned Chief Jaran's behavior regarding the sexual
harassment incident? And she's a woman!!!!

Now all of the taxpayers, resident and non-reaident, will have pay for this case
also.  And as someone already said, all because she refused to act accordingly.
1:31 pm edt 

Re: Sexual Harassment Complaint - Charge of Discrimination

"17.   On one of Ms. X's last days on the job, new equipment the for
the dispatcher room arrived in a large box. Chief Jaran called up the stairs to
Ms. X, "HEY, _____, YOUR STRIPPER POLE IS HERE."



This alone is grounds for dismissal.  Now I see why so many in town are upset.. 
No breaking into small groups can fix him.  His statement is horrific!!!!
1:29 pm edt 

Re: Sexual Harassment Complaint - Charge of Discrimination

"18.That remark, made in the presence of Lt. Golden, Paige Perry, Alyssa
Metcalfe and Lisa Cook, humiliated Ms. X and confirmed her belief that, like
Officer Y, Chief Jaran viewed her first and foremost as a sex object and had
complete disregard for state and federal law prohibiting sexual harassment in
the workplace as a form of discrimination."


I hope these officers and employees have the integrity to step up and do the
right thing by their very good friend. By doing so, they can be the turning
point at getting rid of this unbelievably horrid person running/ruining the
department. He goes away and they are then safe. He stays, they will always bow
down to him.

This needs to end now.
1:26 pm edt 

Perfect Description of J. J.

Believing that you're better than others
Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
Exaggerating your achievements or talents
Expecting constant praise and admiration
Believing that you're special and acting accordingly
Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings
Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
Taking advantage of others
Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
Being jealous of others
Believing that others are jealous of you
Trouble keeping healthy relationships
Setting unrealistic goals
Being easily hurt and rejected
Having a fragile self-esteem
Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional.

OMG!!! This describes J. J. to a tee!!!!
11:30 am edt 

Tom Donegan - Posted in Provincetown View August 30, 2013

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage."
~~ Maya Angelou
11:25 am edt 

Releasing the Report Backfires

No idea that MDAC reports are confidential - the one posted on Facebook isn't
labeled as such - but I am surprised that the TM didn't redact it and surprised
that the Banner printed the victim's name.

But how unfair then, for just her name to be out there and not that of her
alleged assailant?  I am grateful to the people who posted the full report.  If
the TM & friends thought it would intimidate the victim, if anything, the
support for her will now be overwhelming.
11:12 am edt 

Re: Dan Hoort - Running Amok

I don't know Dan Hoort or his personality,so the incredulous insults
paid to him for his vocal performance may be warranted. What I do know from my
observation is he's on a par with Jonathan Richardson,one of our best former
Town Accountants ever.Municipal Accounting is much different than regular
accounting. He decides when and if accounts can be paid,advises the Town
Mgr.,who advises the Selectmen and the Finance Committee works with him!
Everybody is trying to be the "BOSS" of everything.Most people now don't seem to
know how their Town Government works just by some of the things they say!The new
task force for the Charter may think they're going to make everything the way
they themselves think they want it to be,like re-inventing the wheel! I promise
you,it's not going to happen! It's only another layer of bureaurocracy that's
not going anywhere! 've seen voters rip their long hours of volunteer time to
shreds!
11:08 am edt 

Police Chief

When is the town going to "smarten up", realize the chief and his arrogant
behaviour is tearing this town apart spiritually and financially??  The guy and
his "champion", the town manager must go!!
11:05 am edt 

Sexual Harassment Complaint - Charge of Discrimination

           ("Ms. X") brings this complaint

Against -the Provincetown Police Department (the "Department") and Police Chief
Jeff Jaran ("Chief Jaran" or "the Chief ') for the Chief s failure to take
seriously and effectively remediate a sexual assault committed upon her by a
police officer, for his protecting the police officer who sexually harassed her
rather than protecting her job, and for his refusal to document the harassment. 
The Chiefs words, actions and inaction created a hostile environment for Ms. X,
ultimately driving her out of a job where she had succeeded for 10 years.

2.         Ms. X joined the Department in 2003 and held the positions of secretary to the
police chief then Records Clerk.  She excelled at her job, conducted herself
respectfully and believed the men with whom she worked respected her
professionally.  That belief was shattered in July of 2012, when Officer Y
("Officer Y"), alone with Mr. X in the patrol room, grabbed her right breast and
commented that her bra size must be a DD.

3.         Ms. X was shocked and humiliated and was not able to discuss the

incident for several weeks.  After discussing it with a few confidants, on
August 24, 2012, Ms. X reported the incident to Lt. James Golden ("Lt. Golden"),
and on August 28, reported it to Chief Jaran and the Town Manager, Sharon Lynn.

4.         While Chief Jaran accepted the resignation tendered by Officer Y as a result
of his misconduct, he made it clear to Ms. X that he viewed Officer Y, the
harasser, to be the victim and considered Ms. X, the victim, to be the problem.

5.         In September, Chief Jaran tried to hide the harassment from the Town of
Chatham was seeking to employ Officer Y. The Chief also recommended him
unconditionally for the job.  Chief Jaran told Ms. X that Officer Y was a "good
guy" who deserved a "second chance" in his law enforcement career.  He told Ms.
X
to "move on and get over this."


6.          Chief Jaran disclosed the incident to Chatham only after Ms. X discussed her
concerns about the Chief s dishonesty with Lt. Golden and the Town Manager,
sought medical treatment for stress symptoms and was excused from work for two
days.

7.          On Friday, September 21, 2012, while out of work, Ms. X emailed a letter to
Chief Jaran expressing her distress about sexual harassment, the Chief s efforts
to protect Office Y's reputation and refusal at that point to document the
incident. Ms. X's letter ended, "I am respectfully requesting that you document
the sexual harassment.   I believe now doing that will bring me some closure."

8.          Ms. X sent a copy of her letters to Town Manager Lynn on September 23, 2012.

9.          Ms. X sent a copy of her letter to Town Manager Lynn on September
Neither Chief Jaran nor the Town Manager bothered to reply to Ms. X's letter or even to acknowledge it.

10.        When Ms. X returned to work on Monday, September 24, 2012, the Chief did
not speak to her all day.

11.        Thereafter, Ms. X continued to ask Lt. Golden whether the Chief had agreed
to document the sexual assault in Officer Y's file.

12.        On October 9, 2012, Lt. Golden informed Ms. X that he would do a

13.        In late October, Lt. Golden informed Ms. X that his report would be placed
in a sealed envelope in his filing cabinet.  He further stated that the Chief
had refused to put anything in writing.

14.       On October 31, 2012, Ms. X decided that she needed to leave the Department
because the Chief had blamed her, the victim, and had failed to take reasonable
steps to correct the effects of the harassment on her.

15.       In late February of 2013, Ms. X gave her notice to Lt. Golden that her last
day of work would be April 22, 2013.

16.       Although Ms. X had served the Provincetown Police Department for 10 years,
Chief Jaran never discussed Ms. X's departure with her nor did he say good­ bye.

17.      On one of Ms. X's last days on the job, new equipment the for the dispatcher
room arrived in a large box. Chief Jaran called up the stairs to Ms. X, "Hey,
      , your stripper pole is here."

18.      That remark, made in the presence of Lt. Golden, Paige Perry, Alyssa
Metcalfe and Lisa Cook, humiliated Ms. X and confirmed her belief that, like
Officer Y, Chief Jaran viewed her first and foremost as a sex object and had
complete disregard for state and federal law prohibiting sexual harassment in
the workplace as a form of discrimination.

19.      As the top ranking officer in the Department, the Chief s condoning conduct
about the assault and his own sexually humiliating comment as Ms. X prepared to
leave her job as a result, also violated and undermined the Department's
sexual harassment policy that requires all employees to "cooperate with the
Departments efforts to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment and to maintain a
working environment free from such unlawful discrimination."

20.      As a result of Chief Jaran failure to effectively correct the effects of
Officer Ys sexual assault on Ms. X, and by his effectively condoning unlawful
behavior, Ms. X has suffered economic losses, has suffered emotional distress
and has incurred attorney fees.
10:58 am edt 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Poor Dan Hoort!

He thinks he determines how much money should be paid for contracts. He thinks
he is in charge of what is paid and to whom.

Wrong, Dan. You pay what is determined by others--not you. You pay the bills and
you give financial analysis but you--do not determine what should be paid and
how much should be paid.

This you haven't yet computed. you simply respond to what others have determined
should be paid. Write the checks and shut up! You are much less than you think
you are.
11:54 pm edt 

Re: Dan Hoort - Running Amok

Clarence Walker May Host a blog but he is not employed, as you are, Dan Hoort,
by the town. You are an employee and our taxes pay your salary. You should act
as a proper town employee instead of a rabid individual who attacks others.

You are the one who is out of place. You, my sad man, need to restrain yourself.
11:51 pm edt 

Post Your Heart Away Hoort

You are so duplicitous. You are a fake. I am appalled at your behavior.

11:48 pm edt 

Re: Mary Agnes McNulty Who?

Yes, who is this person? a resident at SeaShore Point? someone so engaged in the
town politics that she wrote a letter to the editor?

really?

Is her name and her persona used by someone else? seems that is perhaps the sad
truth about this woman. seems someone has seized her name and maybe even her
spirit.


11:47 pm edt 

Re: Discrimination Suit Article in the Banner

That's right, MCAD is confidential and USUALLY towns don't divulge specific info
regarding lawsuits. This is just yet another disgusting example of the TM/police
chief releasing the name to the press so she can be judged in public. What a
horrible course of action. How low can you go Jeff? Where is your character
Sharon?

WHEN WILL THE SELECTMEN STEP UP AND INVESTIGATE WHAT'S GOING ON?????
11:45 pm edt 

Mike Canizales Posted in Provicnetown View

Hmmmm Symptoms

By Mayo Clinic staff
Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, which is in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders.

Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:
Believing that you're better than others
Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
Exaggerating your achievements or talents
Expecting constant praise and admiration
Believing that you're special and acting accordingly
Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings
Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
Taking advantage of others
Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
Being jealous of others
Believing that others are jealous of you
Trouble keeping healthy relationships
Setting unrealistic goals
Being easily hurt and rejected
Having a fragile self-esteem
Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional

Although some features of narcissistic personality disorder may seem like having confidence or strong self-esteem, it's not the same. Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence and self-esteem into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal. In contrast, people who have healthy confidence and self-esteem don't value themselves more than they value others.

When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may have a sense of entitlement. And when you don't receive the special treatment to which you feel entitled, you may become very impatient or angry. You may insist on having "the best" of everything — the best car, athletic club, medical care or social circles, for instance.

But underneath all this behavior often lies a fragile self-esteem. You have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have a sense of secret shame and humiliation. And in order to make yourself feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and efforts to belittle the other person to make yourself appear better.

When to see a doctor
When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may not want to think that anything could be wrong — doing so wouldn't fit with your self-image of power and perfection. But by definition, a narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of your life, such as relationships, work, school or your financial affairs. You may be generally unhappy and confused by a mix of seemingly contradictory emotions. Others may not enjoy being around you, and you may find your relationships unfulfilling.

If you notice any of these problems in your life, consider reaching out to a trusted doctor or mental health provider. Getting the right treatment can help make your life more rewarding and enjoyable.
11:26 pm edt 

Police Chief

For years there was a joke going around about how many            people it
takes to screw in a light bulb.Well now I wonder how many people it takes to
convince that after reading today's Banner Newspaper that this Police Chief is
bad news.

The list of what this Police Chief has done, what he gets away with and this
Town Manager just walks around with horse blinders on. I feel embarrassed living
here now because now we are gonna hold a forum so the people living here can
tell this Police Chief what he's doing is wrong.This has never happened to the
previous Chief's but here comes mighty mouse and all hell is breaking loose.

19 people have left, he screwed the janitor Roger Green out of his job, screwed
Lee White an Intermittent Officer out of his, has hearings going on because he
tried screwing LJ Silva out of his and now in today's Banner someone finally is
suing him. And that is only some of the stories. What does it take for the Town
Manager & our Selectmen to say enough is enough.
7:19 pm edt 

Lady Di - Vernon Porter

SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN.  WHAT PROMPTED HIS "RESIGNATION", SOUNDS
FISHY TO ME.  HE WAS NOT ON THE SAME PAGE WITH MANAGEMENT.
7:16 pm edt 

Open Forum Survey Forms

Survey forms are available in office of the Town Clerk as well as a
box to drop off the completed form.

Great!!!  What about the COA and the library?
7:14 pm edt 

Vincent Currier Posted in Provincetown View

Can anyone imagine what would happen if Tom Donegan or Erick Yingling or Clarence Walker were accused and involved in this type of violation of their office? They would not be serving while we figure out if the charges are true, they would be suspended while the investigation takes place. Who will step up to the plate, as the Chief or the Manager are where we would normally go....they are implicated and not reacting!!
2:16 pm edt 

re: Re: Discrimination Suit Article in the Banner

Perhaps you should contact Vince,          , Courier who chose to post the
entire case to Facebook. Doesn't seem the Banner should redact anything that is
public info.
12:55 pm edt 

Vincent Currier Posted in Provincetown View
At last evenings FINCOM meeting I sent in a letter with concerns I have as a citizen. I asked the Chairman if he would read my concerns into the Public Record.

I had a couple of heart attacks not long ago, and emergency triple heart bypass surgery. My heart attacks were partly due to the pressures I impose upon myself, and the ways I react to pressure, as well as diet and age. Therefore, I try not to put myself in stressful positions, and appearing before a public meeting is nerve-wracking to me. So I decided that this was the best way to have my concerns read into the public discussion and record.

Mr Sean Patrick Harrington, who has blocked me, for no apparent reason, from any of his facebook posts, seemed to doubt my status as a voter, as he questioned that, and also why I wasn't at the meeting to answer questions.

Mr. Harrington was willing, in the last election when he announced his wish to run for selectman, to accept my offer to sign his nomination papers, and even visited me in my home and had a very pleasant conversation about town and his thoughts and ideas. I would hope that, after a two hour visit, that he would be aware of my voter status, and also my health challenges, as we discussed both that day.

Mr. Harrington was also the only member of FINCOM who picked out my usage of the word "recall", as I listed it as one of the undesirable options in my statement, inconsequencial to the message I was sending. Mr Walker, in his statement, was 100% right when he tried to explain the intent of the letter, as were other Fincom members. Mr. Harrington was "profiling" and was being dishonest to discredit my statement.

Mr. Harrington must learn the rules of engagement, and listen to all sides of the debate, whether they come in person, or by correspondence. This is my right as a voter, and I resent his trying to make this anything than my right to comment any way I can in regards to governance of my town. I would appreciate more consideration from a FINCOM member who is supposed to be representing me, not trying to discredit my participation.

 
12:49 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum Survey Forms - Not Everyone is On-Line

Survey forms are available in office of the Town Clerk as well as a box to drop
off the completed form.
12:42 pm edt 

Re: Posters Don't Have a Clue

Thanks for the Clarification

Thanks Steve for clarifying the information on the VSB.
12:40 pm edt 

Dan Hoort's Actions in Posting Data from an Executive Session

is what makes his behavior suspect and worse: illegal. He cannot legally use his
position to be part of an Executive Sessions and then feel free to post
information on a blog. He should be responsible, constrained in his actions and
silent. Anyone attending Executive Sessions must keep secret the information
that is revealed. He is abusing his position and his entry to Executive
Sessions.

12:31 pm edt 

Re: Online Forum Survey

Re: "Not very one I'd like Mary Agnes McNulty... on Facebook and
everything..."


HUH???

Can somebody translate that for me?  Try as I might I can't figure out what they
are trying to say.

By the way I took the online survey.  It took about 15 minutes. I didn't add a
lot of additional text comments.

Advice to the one who complained about not being able to save the page to
complete it later(probably wanted to add a lot of text comments apart from the
radio buttons):

1) Cut and paste the whole page into a word processor or text reading
application.

2) Take your time and compose your text box answers in a test or word processing
program offline.  you can take as long as you want and save it for later
completion.

3) Go back online and check the buttons (takes about five minutes to read and
check your responses).  Then cut and paste your text responses from your word
possessor/ text editor into the appropriate boxes.


Real easy to do 10 minutes tops....unless you're really just looking for
something to complain about that is.
11:31 am edt 

VFW Affordable Housing Project and Police Station

Are the taxpayers going to buy the VFW and then divide the property and sell a
section to a developer? Or, are the taxpayers going to buy the VFW and then give
a section to a developer as a gift?

Why are the taxpayers paying for land and giving it away to the rich developers?
11:27 am edt 

Re: Forum Survey Worries

What's to stop a certain group from repeating the on line survey over
and over again? I think it would easy...all of a sudden everyone who answers is
happy and thinks we need a big new station!

The same holds true for those with opposing views.  This means that THE SURVEY
DATA WON'T BE NOT RELIABLE QUANTITATIVELY-SPEAKING.

Under no circumstances should policy or personnel decisions be made from this
because 5 respondents said this, or 50 respondents said that.  Therefore, one
single comment on an issue needs to have the same weight as 72 comments on
another issue.
11:25 am edt 

Forum Worries

Keep in mind also the TM hired the mediator for this, John Goodrich. He didn't
come out of the blue tp offer his services to mediate a problem he saw in the
community. If she hired him, don't you think he's going to be there to mediate
but in reality find ways to defend and deflect the barrage of comcerns hurled
toward the TM and Chief and PD?  Makes me somewhat discouraged in the process.

########

Actually, Mr Goodrich stated that the mediation group (or could have been him
personally) originally contacted the town first.  I do not recall which meeting
this was from, but I do recall that fact.  Remembered it, because at the time I
thought at it was very odd that the town manager indicated she had been thinking
about a possible forum for some time, but had not contacted the group who would
be the most likely facilitate.

I am not worried about the facilitator - even Mr Canizales spoke highly of him.  
This is a discussion, dialogue, and hopefully listening.

What I do worry about is the Catch 22 nature of this exercise.
To address concerns about policing and reprisals for speaking or asking
questions requires folks to speak up.

Please attend if you can and definitely fill out the survey.  This is a chance
to be heard.
11:23 am edt 

Re: Discrimination Suit Article in the Banner

Understanding 'some' of the complexities of what's going on here, it is
outrageous that Ms. Poulin's name is in the newspaper. As you know the process
with MCAD is confidential - for obvious reasons. Not until there is a finding of
probable cause and a public hearing is scheduled does anything become public.
Her name should have been redacted. There is a statute that protects the privacy
of a sexual assault victim. I believe it speaks volumes that the victim of a
sexual assault was named and the officer, Nathan McConatha, who committed the
sexual assault was not. It just adds to the intimidation by the "officials" of
the town. No problem with the document being released but her name should have
been redacted.
11:21 am edt 

Banner - August 29. 2013
 
More options sought for independent investigator

Selectmen plan to interview five firms

By Ann Wood BANNER STAFF

PROVINCETOWN — Though the board of selectmen was presented with three firms offering bids to conduct independent investigations into the incident involving Police Chief Jeff Jaran’s behavior after an NWA rap song began playing at The Squealing Pig, at least two selectmen are seeking more “independent” choices.

At the selectmen’s meeting on Monday, after a contentious debate in which Selectmen Tom Donegan and Erik Yingling were accused of dragging out an issue that the town is trying to put to rest, the board eventually decided to ask town counsel Kopelman & Paige to present them with two more investigative firms from which to choose, and the opportunity to interview all five.

Donegan was not happy with the three options, which include Marcum, an account advisor firm, John A. Ford Jr., a licensed private detective, and A.P.D. Management Inc., a law enforcement specialist firm, led by Alfred P. Donovan. All three have law enforcement backgrounds.

Donegan said Marcum is headed up by Frank E. Rudewicz, a forensic accountant primarily focused on conducting money-laundering investigations. Lynn, however, said that he is simply the principal of the firm and others in the group have conducted police probes. Austin Knight, selectmen chair, read off past similar investigations that include one of an off-duty police officer, an independent review of allegations of retaliation and favoritism by a chief of police, among others.

“I’d presume that we want some level of expertise on any individual who is doing an investigation,” Knight said. “Any one of these three names I feel can do a good job with the process of investigation.”

Donegan worried about Ford’s background as a former Bourne police chief, and had doubts about Donovan because, like Jaran, he is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy.

“I think part of the reason we want this to be independent … is so that it will be credible and done,” Donegan said.

Selectman Elaine Anderson, who favored the Marcum group, said that based on that reasoning, Marcum was the way to go. However, Yingling wasn’t so sure.

“I wonder if we could expand the list and have some more options

here,” said Yingling. “This is a good rough draft of where we want to go.”

There are at least two different versions of The Squealing Pig incident that need to be investigated. On Aug. 12, Jaran said that though he was offduty, the song “F**k Tha Police” played so loud that he was faced with a noise violation. The noise violation, coupled with Provincetown being a “No Place for Hate” community, forced him to speak up against the offensive

song, he said.

The barkeep on duty that evening, Eric Roberts, told a different version of the incident last month. He said that after they turned off the music, which came on inadvertently, Jaran continued “yelling” for eight to 10 minutes, and called the bartenders unpatriotic following the Boston Marathon bombings. Jaran further accused two bar patrons of conspiring to play the song, Roberts said. Jaran then asked the patrons for ID, sources say, and followed them out the door. Words were exchanged outside, Roberts said, and Jaran left. However, several police cars cruised slowly by The Squealing Pig after the incident, Roberts said.

On Monday, selectmen moved to hire Marcum, but the motion failed in a 2-2 vote, with Selectman David McChesney recusing himself because, he said, he doesn’t want the independent investigation to take place. Though Knight said he believed it was time to move forward, he said he wasn’t opposed to interviewing additional candidates.

In the end, with Anderson opposed and McChesney recusing himself, selectmen agreed 3-1 to ask town counsel for two more names and will plan to schedule interviews with all the candidates.
10:44 am edt 

Banner - August 29, 2013
 
Former police employee files discrimination complaint

By Ann Wood
BANNER STAFF

PROVINCETOWN — Andrea Poulin, a former secretary to the police chief and then records clerk who worked for the Provincetown Police Dept. for a decade, filed a complaint on Aug. 5 with the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination. In it, she accuses the police department and Police Chief Jeff Jaran with sex discrimination and failure to remedy a sexual harassment complaint that occurred in July of 2012.

In the six-page document, Poulin, a Truro resident, accuses the department of “failure to take seriously and effectively remediate a sexual assault committed on her by a police officer, for protecting the police officer who sexually harassed her rather than protecting her job, and for [Jaran’s] refusal to document the harassment.”

Poulin further wrote that she “needed to leave the department” on April 22, 2013, because of the failure “to take reasonable steps to correct the effects of harassment on her” and has endured “economic losses, has suffered emotional distress and has incurred attorney fees.”

The town received the discrimination complaint on Aug. 22, according to Town Manager Sharon Lynn.
10:40 am edt 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Open Forum Survey Forms - Not Everyone is On-Line

Not very one I'd like Mary Agnes McNulty... on Facebook and
everything...

So...get those surveys out in the library, COA, Town Hall, etc. the same places
you display materials for Town meeting.

In fact, Town Hall has a table at the entrance where I've seen various materials
on display. That's where they should be , and replenished, when they're
depleted.  Not everyone is online!
11:38 pm edt 

Question - Open Forum Survey

What's the deadline for completing the survey?
11:35 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum Survey

What's to stop a certain group from repeating the on line survey over
and over again?

I think it would easy...all of a sudden everyone who answers is happy
and thinks we need a big new station!
11:33 pm edt 

Re: Investigation of Police

I think it's important for the BOS and the TM to ensure that whoever
is finally chosen to conduct the investigation on the Pig incident is viewed by
all parties as impartial right from the get go. Hiring anyone connected to law
enforcement isn't the way to go, IMHHO.  The BOS and the TM have already done
this with the pier, hiring a former police chief, andante thought that shouldn't
have happened.

There must be qualified professionals who are well-versed in constitutional
rights and civil liberties, or have experience in determining the validity of
complaints of police misconduct.
11:32 pm edt 

Posted in Candyland to the Following Question

Why do we need a Marine Patrol? We didn't have a Marine Patrol  when the fishing
fleet was at its peak and boats were tied 3 abreast.

Answer:

I suggest that when you have questions, send an e-mail to the person in charge.
Questions about the Marine Patrol? send one to the chief of police and ask him
or the harbor master why we need a marine patrol and it doesn't mean that we
should not have had one years ago. On another note, When I was collection
signatures on a petition a few weeks ago, a couple of people were apoplectic
over having police cars on the streets and the police stopping people for
speeding and hiding in driveways etc. Meanwhile, at the selectman's meetings,
citizens go to the microphone and complain about the cars speeding down their
streets. Citizens from Arch Street, Conwell Street, Standish street, Alden
street, Shankpainter Rd etc. People want to be able to flout the law and expect
no repercussions because they live here-those days are gone.
11:29 pm edt 

Re: A Teachable Moment

"A Teachable Moment I hope that sometime in the near future, Sharon can look
back at all of this with the police, and identify what she could have done
differently to prevent what has happened on her "watch". May it be a teachable
moment for her."
Are you kidding us?


Sharon Lynn is incapable of learning anything from
her past experiences; which is why we are doomed to repeat our bad past as long
as she is our inept 'leader.'

11:26 pm edt 

Posters Don't Have a Clue!

I am so sick of posters on this site not having a clue about what they
are posting about.  If you are going to post and tear apart an individual
anonymously then you at least have an obligation to get your facts straight.  If
not, you are doing far more harm to this town than anyone you are vilifying.

A perfect example is the posting from Tuesday slandering Dan Hoort.  You may
disagree with Dan and/or his actions but then to go and state he is in conflict
of interest due to his partner being head of VSP and out of town during the
winter.  Well, first of all it is VSB not VSP and you have mixed up your Bobs. 
Bob Sanborn ran the VSB and is not the Bob who is Dan's partner and lives here
year round running their Guesthouse business.  One of the few year round
businesses by the way.

I wish the blog master would just erase any of the personal invective posted on
this site and just focus on issues.  It would make this a much more constructive
and valuable site.  As is there is so much misinformation that it just makes any
posting suspect.

Steve Tait
11:23 pm edt 

Re: Mary Agnes McNulty

Who is visiting Mary Agnes McNulty? who is writing her letters?

Oh, could the                     be a "friend"? something is not making sense of
this elderly woman writing attacks as letters to the editor at the Banner.

Nope. something is questionable here and deserves investigation.
11:20 pm edt 

Re: Mary Agnes McNulty

And this Elderly Woman is engaged in Politics and Writing Letters to
the Banner?

Really? she is engaged in the daily politics of this town and has an opinion on
who she supports and who she attacks?

Really? something here does not appear Kosher!
11:17 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum Survey

Forum worries

Keep in mind also the TM hired the mediator for this, John Goodrich. He didn't
come out of the blue tp offer his services to mediate a problem he saw in the
community. If she hired him, don't you think he's going to be there to mediate
but in reality find ways to defend and deflect the barrage of comcerns hurled
toward the TM and Chief and PD?  Makes me somewhat discouraged in the process.
11:16 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum Survey

Maybe its just me,  but everytime I read the questions on the survey I
get a sick feeling that it is not about the town and taxpayers.
all questions are about police staffing and the last question about the location
of the station really rings a lot of bells.
I believe any results can be twisted.
What just might happen is an overwhelming support for not only the current staff
but even more in the future.

Lets all be very careful!
11:13 pm edt 

PTV - What's Going On?

Hey PTV, where is the FINCOM meeting? I'm actually beginning to feel something creepy is going on that you have censored our meeting and posted the selectmen meeting before ours. Please explain.
10:57 pm edt 

Police Chief Investigation

I urge everyone to please keep in mind, that the committee that hired or atleast
recommended that Chief Jaran be hired, had a Police Chief on the committee that
he was friends with. Just like the Chief & the Town Manager claimed to have not
known each other when it was proven they attended some type of police academy
together. Any Chief that does this Investigation as far as I am concerned will
be tainted from the word get go. Good chance this Chief and that Chief will have
more in common than Police work.
2:42 pm edt 

Re; Mary Agnes McNulty

"Mary Agnes McNulty is an elderly lady who lives at Seashore Point.
Shevery much exists."



Nice she's on Facebook!
2:40 pm edt 

Choosing an Investigator

My concern is that the  current choices do not appear to have any knowledge or
experience in examining civil rights matters.

I do not want to form a firm conclusion until the report is issued, however, for
me, this is what the whole matter revolves around and what I would like
investigated.

It is so frustrating that the selectmen do not get this.   Even last night Mr
Knight started in on the offensive nature of the song.  Most would agree. 
However, we do still have a bill of rights.  He carried 100% of the flag during
the parade. Not just the part that he personally agreed with.   We can be no
place for hate without being no place for the 1st or 4th amendments.

Have also not heard any mention of investigating events after the incident
itself regarding the allegation of police drive bys, etc..  Would also like the
Town Manager interviewed as to why she was so dismissive.  Can understand early
on, but as this progressed, why did she dig in her heels and ignore this
situation which could have been put to rest several months ago?

Mr Jaran has indicated that he will cooperate fully with the investigation.  I
hope Ms Hurd will do likewise, especially with records of her texting and phone
calls that night.  She could really help clear the air.

Please show Mr McChesney voting "no" to investigating civil right violations in
Provincetown.  Scary.

PS.  Ms Anderson did not like the use of the word festering, but shabby is okay?
1:16 pm edt 

RE: Mary Agnes McNulty

Mary Agnes McNulty is an elderly lady who lives at Seashore Point. She
very much exists.
1:13 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum Survey

"Everyone should fill out the online questionaire."

I agree.  But is there any way to save the docent until it's completed? Can
someone ask the consultant to see if this is possible?
1:09 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum Survey

Please take the time to fill out the online survey.  It is anonymous
and you CAN make a difference!  (copy and paste link in your browser)

www.surveymonkey.com/s/provincetown


Read description below from Cape Cod Times Article:


P'town seeks input on police services

By Mary Ann Bragg
mbragg@capecodonline.com
August 27, 2013

PROVINCETOWN  A confidential online survey about the provision of police
services and the role of the police in Province­town is available through Sept.
8.

The survey is a way for citizens to share their views on issues related to the
police in Provincetown and how those issues are being addressed. It is part of a
conflict resolution and civic engagement process overseen by the Massachusetts
Office of Public Collaboration at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Anyone can fill out the survey, which asks at the start for the participant's
associations with Provincetown, such as year-round resident, seasonal resident,
visitor, town government employee, local business owner, local business employee
or other.

The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/provincetown.

A team from the Office of Public Collaboration was slated to be hired Monday
night by the board of selectmen for $10,000, Town Manager Sharon Lynn said. The
team will lead a public forum Sept. 19 and make recommendations to the
selectmen.

The results of the survey will help the team run the public forum. The team also
plans to conduct 12 to 15 confidential interviews of people representing a cross
section of interests and viewpoints in town in preparation for the forum,
according to paperwork from the public collaboration office.

The discussion at the public forum will not involve two other items before the
selectmen related to police, according to Lynn and paperwork from the public
collaboration office. Those two issues are the hiring of an independent
investigator to look into a personnel matter regarding Police Chief Jeff Jaran
and the selectmen's efforts to find a location and design for a new police
station.
12:34 pm edt 

Open Forum Survey

Everyone should fill out the online questionaire
10:26 am edt 

The Ballot Box Spoke

It is POSSIBLE that there are a small group of posters contributing
the majority of posts on this blog.

It is FACT that Article 30 passed at the ballot box.



10:24 am edt 

Re: Heavy Police Presence

Re: "I'm the poster from yesterday outlining my experience walking down
Commercial Street at 1:30am on Saturday morning. I have posted exactly two times
previously since this blog started. The webmaster can verify this by my IP tag.
He can also see how many times you've posted, officer."



I've also seen numerous posts like this over the past few months: Someone posts
something in support of the police department or criticizing the police haters,
and then someone responds by referring to the original poster as "officer." It
just seems like more evidence that this blog is mostly populated by a small
number of fanatics posting the same stuff over and over in an attempt to make
their numbers appear more significant.
9:33 am edt 

Re: Open Forum Survey

Completing the survey has been impossible for me. I've tried twice,
completed anout hslf of it, had to stop because of work, and I had no way of
saving my answers.  So all the time and effort was in vain. Discouraging!
9:31 am edt 

Re: Mary Agnes McNulty

"If this is not a real person..."


Everything is possible in Fantasy Candyland!  Even conjuring people out of thin
air.
9:28 am edt 

Vincent Currier

Was the FINCOM meeting on 8/26 recorded? I haven't seen it posted yet.
9:17 am edt 

Cape Cod Times -

Provincetown selectmen seek more options in police incident


PROVINCETOWN — After being presented with three options, the Board of Selectmen voted Monday to seek two more candidates for an independent investigator to look into a May 7 incident involving Police Chief Jeff Jaran, board Chairman Austin Knight said Tuesday.

The three candidates presented were Marcum LLP, a public accounting and advisory firm with an office in Boston; private detective and retired Bourne Police Chief John Ford; and private investigator and retired Tewskbury Police Chief Alfred Donovan. The cost estimates for the investigation are $8,000 or less, according to paperwork submitted by the three candidates to the town.

At the Monday meeting, Knight was unable to gain a majority vote to move ahead with Marcum LLP. A majority of the board then voted to seek out two other candidates and to have all the candidates meet with the selectmen in person before a choice is made. The date for that meeting has not been set, Knight said Tuesday.

"I thought it was a really good rough draft," Selectman Erik Yingling said Tuesday of the list of three. "I requested that we ask for some more names. In my mind, it's very important that the process is done right the first time. Also, I wanted to talk to them."

Selectman Thomas Donegan said Tuesday that two of the first three candidates may be perceived as too closely aligned with police departments in their past experience, which may present "a credibility problem" if the findings ultimately exonerate the chief. Donegan also had questions about the expertise offered by Marcum. "I felt we needed more information about that," he said.

On May 7, the night of the annual town election, Jaran and his girlfriend were sitting at the bar of The Squealing Pig pub when a rap song by N.W.A about police brutality was played on the restaurant sound system. Jaran became uncomfortable with the song's lyrics and volume and told the bartenders to turn the song off and that they should be ashamed of themselves, he told the Times in June. Jaran and his girlfriend then left the bar.

Town Manager Sharon Lynn conducted a follow-up investigation of the incident and on June 24 told the selectmen she found no corroborating testimony to lead her to take action. But Yingling and Donegan have since pushed for an independent review, saying Jaran overreacted, based in part on what one bartender told Yingling and the Provincetown Banner newspaper.

Jaran will fully participate in the investigation, his attorney, Andrew Gambaccini of Worcester, has said.

9:15 am edt 

Vincent Currier - Posted in Provincetown View August 27, 2013

If you have the time and interest to read the Town Finance directors statement at the BOS meeting last evening, you will see this small quote in the body of the statement....

"For the record and to the residents and taxpayers of Provincetown.

I occasionally post my thoughts on Facebook. As a private citizen as I am entitled to do so."

This is one of the parts of Mr. Hoort's statement that no one will argue with. However, will someone please attempt to explain to me how this doesn't pretty much delete the rest of his concerns? If Mr.Hoort declares HIS right to be a private citizen as well as the town Finance Director, why would it be any different for Mr. Walker or any other public official to do the same.

I have followed many of Mr' Hoort's posts, and he speaks for Town Hall, that is indisputable. His boss is the Town Manager, and Mr. Hoort does not do this type of "public discourse and opinion" without having the boss bless the general theme. I wasn't born yesterday....and neither were the voters of Provincetown.

I'm not at all sure what Mr. Hoort is trying to prove. Myself, and other concerned citizens and voters have expressed our concern for the Police Services and the lack of proper reaction to that particular situation. Unfortunately, that includes financial as well as management challenges, and the voters have legitimate concerns about both. And the FINCOM and some of the BOS are in tune with the voters! Is the BOS fearing the intrusions into their Cabal? That is after all why we have a FINCOM, no matter how others would define the task. They represent the voters, and should ask leading and provocative questions, and lead the concerns from the voters.

I would also like to thank David McChesney for "abstaining" from the vote to not vote on releasing funds and voting on a firm for the independent investigation. This needs more work, and his vote kept it alive! Thank you, David McChesney, you made my night! Miracles do happen.

I hope Dan Hoort will realize at some point that the voters are pleased with his job performance. He is not the issue, and he will not do himself or the voters of the town he seemingly loves by throwing his body over the fire. You are not the target, Dan. Stand down! Stop embarrassing yourself, and town hall.
8:48 am edt 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Re: Carnival Parade

"Sharon Should Have Been There! It is Carnival and she should have been part of
this joyous parade. It is agreat celebration and she should have been in the middle
of it. and so should all the selectmen--all of them."



If she had been there, it wouldn't have been a carnival. She brings
down any party. She brings down this town. Goodbye Sharon Lynn. Go ruin another
municipality, please.

10:57 pm edt 

Dan Hoort is Questionable

Who is he really? what is his agenda? why did Sharon so quickly hire him and
why?

I am appalled at his unethical actions and his words that attack so many in this
town. Dan Hoort would serve the town best with his fast departure. He is the
Dorian Gray of Provincetown. so we really need to wait to see his true contorted
face underneath the slow, oozing paint drippings of his life? I hope not.

Leave while the paint has not fully revealed your true face.
10:55 pm edt 

Dan Hoort Financial Director Should Resign

He is in a conflict of interest. He is posting attacks on blogs and disclosing
information that is coming from Executive Session. He is in an illegal situation
and I find his words and actions despicable.

Resign now. You also were in conflict of interest with your partner when he was
" running" VSP and was not even here during the winter. You posted and blogged
and should have kept your head to the numbers on the papers and computers that
you needed to do as financial director.

You are a disgusting and unethical individual.

I wait for your departure from this town.

10:53 pm edt 

Proposed Open Forum Meeting Process

I think that the role of the consultant should be as follows:

1. Insert copies of the survey in the Banner, and have blank copies available at
the library, Council on Aging, Community Center, and Town Hall.  And this
doesn't mean that the surveys are in a bottom drawer of a desk somewhere. They
should be as visible and readily available as the Town Meting list of articles.

2. Facilitate the forum. And all the forum should be is a listening, and listing
of the issues brought forth by the citizens who speak then. Clarifications
should be sought by the consultant, but no answers should be expected by the
public.

3. The consultant should aggregate the data from the survey and the forum, and
develop a report with the data results.

4.  The consultant should submit this report to the community, the Town Manager
AND the Board of Selectmen. This should be disseminated for all three parties at
the same time.  If the consultant feels that he must give it to the Selectmen or
the Town Manager first before the community sees it, then the community has lost
it's status as an equal partner in the process, and thus, his impartiality as a
neutral mediator is questionable.

5. The Board of Selectmen must present to the community a response to the issues
presented in the forum and surveys. This response must be clear, and with
specific actions, deadlines for successful completion, personnel to undertake
them, etc.

6. This action plan should be made available to the community for review,
further discussion, and approval. There should an understanding and consensus as
to what is to happen in response to the concerns presented by the community.

I would nix breaking into small groups. The forum, interviews and surveys should
yield more than enough data.

Sorry for the length of this!

10:50 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum Meeting

Based on an article today in the Cape Cod Times, the forum won't
address the building of a police station.

Then WHY include questions about it in the survey?  We're getting mixed messages
on this.
10:47 pm edt 

From Today's Cape Cod Times

A survey that everyone should participate in:


P'town seeks input on police services

By Mary Ann Bragg
mbragg@capecodonline.com
August 27, 2013

PROVINCETOWN  A confidential online survey about the provision of police
services and the role of the police in Province­town is available through Sept.
8.

The survey is a way for citizens to share their views on issues related to the
police in Provincetown and how those issues are being addressed. It is part of a
conflict resolution and civic engagement process overseen by the Massachusetts
Office of Public Collaboration at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Anyone can fill out the survey, which asks at the start for the participant's
associations with Provincetown, such as year-round resident, seasonal resident,
visitor, town government employee, local business owner, local business employee
or other.

The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/provincetown.

A team from the Office of Public Collaboration was slated to be hired Monday
night by the board of selectmen for $10,000, Town Manager Sharon Lynn said. The
team will lead a public forum Sept. 19 and make recommendations to the
selectmen.

The results of the survey will help the team run the public forum. The team also
plans to conduct 12 to 15 confidential interviews of people representing a cross
section of interests and viewpoints in town in preparation for the forum,
according to paperwork from the public collaboration office.

The discussion at the public forum will not involve two other items before the
selectmen related to police, according to Lynn and paperwork from the public
collaboration office. Those two issues are the hiring of an independent
investigator to look into a personnel matter regarding Police Chief Jeff Jaran
and the selectmen's efforts to find a location and design for a new police
station.
10:46 pm edt 

The Forum -vs- the Chief

This planned Forum is a comedy act. Can you imagine your the Chief of Police and
in comes 10-20-30 people and they are gonna tell you how to run your dept, yeah
right. Do you really think this Chief is going to let people tell him how to run
his Dept. If you do, you better buy yourself a new mirror. The Town Manager
already has stated that the Forum is not to discuss the Pig incident and if you
think I am kidding, then read todays Cape Cod Times page 3. So right there
what's that tell you !!!
10:42 pm edt 

Public Hearing

The Provincetown Finance Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Saturday
September 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM in the Provincetown High School Auditorium, 12
Winslow Street, Provincetown. The Committee seeks public input on the following
items:
1. The costs & benefits associated with the Marine Patrol Program.
2. A request that has been made of the Finance Committee that they submit a
warrant article to defund the Marine Patrol Program.
The committee may / may not consider submitting a warrant article based on input
from the public. The form/wording of any potential article has not been
considered yet.  The public is encouraged to submit any written comments by
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by 5 pm to the Finance Committee, 260 Commercial
Street, Provincetown, MA 02657, or in person at the hearing.

Michael Canizales
Finance Committee Chair

Posted: www.provincetown-ma.gov  8/27/13  2:50 pm dj
Published: Banner September 5 & 12, 2013
10:39 pm edt 

Mary Agnes McNulty

If this is not a real person, The Banner made a huge blunder in printing
something without confirmation.
10:37 pm edt 

MOPC Forum

I was disappointed to hear that fewer then 150 questionnaires have been
completed.  I really have thought that many more people are involved and upset
with town politics.

It is a great idea to make copies for the library and Council on Aging so that
people that may not be on line can complete the form.

I hope that people have been just slow to start and that many more will
participate in completing the questionnaire.  Even if you do not want to speak
at Town Hall or participate in the meeting, your voice can be heard through the
form.

Please remind your friends to complete the form.
10:36 pm edt 

Re: Police Chief

Who supervises him?  Lets not count Sharon she too needs a supervisor..  As I
spoke to a local employee, I learned exactly how much the Provincetown Police is
micro managed....  The chief has been doing that since the beginning.

It is way out of control now.  I was told about some instances that have
occurred at the Police Department and was horrified..  He (chief) should be
ASHAMED of himself....

I have been wanting to speak with a particular individual who is a long time
town employee because I know they know exactly what's going on but, that
individual has not wanted to discuss any issues at this time.
10:34 pm edt 

Re: Heavy Police Presence

I'm the poster from yesterday outlining my experience walking down Commercial
Street at 1:30am on Saturday morning. I have posted exactly two times previously
since this blog started. The webmaster can verify this by my IP tag. He can also
see how many times you've posted, officer.

Webmaster Comment: Shout Out! does not have access to the I.P. address of posters to the blog. The Host Server does not provide I.P. information. The only way to access such information is via a Court Ordered subpoena.
10:32 pm edt 

Re: Adding Fuel to the Chief's Fire

You don't think anybody can be that ignorant... and I don't think that his own
officers would lie. Do you?
10:24 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum Survey

Please repost the survey for the September meeting. Thanks
10:23 pm edt 

Mike Canizales - FinCom Chair Posted in Provincetown View August 27, 2013

Public Hearing

The Provincetown Finance Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Saturday September 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM in the Provincetown High School Auditorium, 12 Winslow Street, Provincetown. The Committee seeks public input on the following items:
1. The costs & benefits associated with the Marine Patrol Program.
2. A request that has been made of the Finance Committee that they submit a warrant article to defund the Marine Patrol Program.
The committee may / may not consider submitting a warrant article based on input from the public. The form/wording of any potential article has not been considered yet. The public is encouraged to submit any written comments by Thursday, September 12, 2013 by 5 pm to the Finance Committee, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657, or in person at the hearing.

Michael Canizales
Finance Committee Chair

Posted: www.provincetown-ma.gov 8/27/13 2:50 pm dj
Published: Banner September 5 & 12, 2013
10:10 pm edt 

Police Chief and Town manager

Forget about the "Pig Incident".  How about all the lies beint told by the two
of these individuals, that is what is so disturbing most people.  WHY??
10:06 pm edt 

Cape Cod Commission

Without it and the National Seashore you people would have long ago destroyed
the Cape with your tackyness and greed.
7:34 pm edt 

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Teachable Moment

I hope that sometime in the near future, Sharon can look back at all
of this with the police, and identify what she could have done differently to
prevent what has happened on her "watch".  May it be a teachable moment for her.
11:18 pm edt 

Heavy Police Presence

Every time I see a post on this blog complaining of noticing a "heavy
police presence" it it pretty obvious that it's the same person writing in
repeatedly. Same tone, same phrases, same complaints - I mean, give us a break!
Do you really think the readers of this blog are that stupid?
11:15 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum

"People want to raise the issues that bother them--not have a group
Freudian or Jungian therapy session."


I agree with this.  All that's needed is for people to be finally heard, and for
the Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager to come up with ways go resolve each
of our concerns.  Period.  If they can't do that, then it's time for them to
pack it in soon, so replacements can come in.

11:10 pm edt 

Vincent Currier Posted in Provincetown View August 26, 2013

Someone needs to remind Dan Hoort that what's good for the goose blah, blah. When he made the decision to put himself on the social network, he also put his neck on the line to play with the big boys and girls! That is the nature of the beast. And what is different from what he does as a senior public official than what Mike Carnivales does in his personal time as a private citizen? I hope we aren't condoning a double standard. And Clarance Walker has always impressed me as an astute public volunteer, who also participates in a forum. I heard no one charge his participation affects his work on Fincom. The Manager and certain members of the BOS certainly understand the need for secrecy? Stop whining and stay in town hall doing the excellent job you do for us as Finance Director. You really don't have a dog in the race....unless you really want to be in the race!
10:58 pm edt 

The Cape Cod Commission is a Bureaucratic Cancer Spreading Across the Cape!

There is a cancer, a bureaucratic cancer, spreading throughout the Cape Cod body
politic that, if not treated forthrightly and forthwith, will prove terminal to
the economic and financial vitality of this region as we know it!

If one has been vigilant, they will have noticed the long-term, progressively
creeping self-propagation of the Cape Cod Commission bureaucracy. It has been
infiltrating all forms of local and regional social, political, governmental,
economic, and environmental apparatus on the Cape. Nobody loves it, many despise
it, but it keeps growing. Such unrelenting expansion seems to imply that the
Cape Cod Commission is parasitic in nature, and its growth uncontrollable. It is
a bureaucratic cancer that until now has eluded all but the most careful
political observation and forthrightly necessary political activism.

Lead by its obsessively controlling county government masters,  the Commission
is an utterly inefficient and ineffective parasitic bureaucracy. It truly needs
to be utterly reformed. If it is not, then Cape Cod as we know it will be
destroyed by socio-economic sclerosis, resource misallocation, incorrigibly
wrong-minded decisions and the distortions of a bureaucratic reality as
portrayed by the self-proclaimed expert minions housed within 3225 Main Street
in Barnstable Village.

Many people have been intimidated by a county governmental institution which can
write the rules of the game, because they are afraid the penalties might even go
up from there. However, there is one thing that the bureaucratic officials of
the Cape Cod Commission themselves fear, and that is an educated, well-informed
and activist we the people.

Please be forewarned that the Cape Cod Commission is presently trying to
increase its governmental power, official authority, and political influence by
leaps and bounds via the mechanism of a Cape-wide District of Critical Planning
Concern (DCPC). Morever, they are also trying to rewrite the rules for projects
of Developments of Regional Impact (DRI). They are in the process of holding
low-key public hearings on these matters.

If they succeed with either endeavor, it will be tantamount to a power grab at
the expense of each one of the respective Cape Cod municipalities. In essence,
the Commission seeks to usurp jurisdictional authority which rightfully belongs
to each of our towns, and thereby the voters who reside within them. Dont let
them do it!

Not only does the Cape Cod Commission Act formally deny them such authority, but
newly sought after powers would in all likelihood eventually be struck down as
unconstitutional by the order of a Court of competent jurisdiction. We should
not let it happen from the get go!

The Cape Cod Commission bureaucratic mentality extols the so called virtues of
red tape, endless and mindless regulations. They, and what they financially
cause to the rest of us, are the real cancer which is sapping the freedom from
not only our local Cape economy, but also our very lives.

As many voters and taxpayers are beginning to find out, Cape Cod Commission red
tape and bureaucrats cripple or destroy potential business deals on the surface
every day of the week here.  But the more ominous impact is what lies
immediately below the surface, this same dynamic depresses and numbs the human
spirit of the would-be self-starting Cape Cod entrepreneur.

As mentioned, Cape Cod Commission bureaucrats are killing our economy, so why on
earth would we ever even think of giving them more power to wreak even more
economic, social and political havoc upon the populace of this peninsula? We
should not!

Please contact your towns representative to the Cape Cod Commission, but more
importantly, please contact your towns representative on the democratically
elected County Assembly of Delegates. If all else fails, they possess the legal
authority and the political will to prevent this problem from spreading any
further than necessary. They may be emailed at: aofd@barnstablecounty.org

Finally, as soon as this humble epistle is publicized, you can bet your bottom
dollar that the Cape Cod Commission propaganda machine will immediately expound
denial after denial along with spewing out claims of misinformation and
misunderstanding. Dont fall for it, since it simply just is not so!
10:48 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum

Why Not Have Mary-Jo Avellar, Our Moderator, be the Mediator

or even have her and Irene Rabinowitz, together mediate the meeting. all we need
are mikes, speakers, issues and someone to take the questions and then have
others respond.

People want to raise the issues that bother them--not have a group Freudian or
Jungian therapy session.
10:43 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum

"...the Town Manager and the Chief had no problem trying to make me
clean the Police Station..."

From the way things are going for these two, they soon may be doing the cleaning
themselves.
10:39 pm edt 

Friday Night Police Presence

I went out Friday evening with friends to celebrate the last day of Carnival,
and for the first time in three years ended up in front of Spiritus shortly
after 1am. Although I did see four different uniformed police officers walk
through the crowd in the street (two seemed to be walking ahead of a car,
helping to clear a path), I didn't think much of it.

I naively thought at the time it was just a coincidence. But around 1:30 on
my walk back home near the center of town I saw FIVE police cars on Commercial
Street, three with two officers and the other two with one each.

I have owned property here for 15 years and I've been coming for 30 and I've never
before seen this. What are tourists expected to think when there's such a heavy
handed police presence?

What has happened to allow this? There hasn't been an increase in crime or
violence that I'm aware of since I've been coming to town. I've ALWAYS felt
safe, and I don't believe the increase in the number of police staff since Chief
Jaran came to town is a good idea. I have to agree with a previous post
here that until that issue gets resolved, I'm voting no on any new police
facility.

I will be attending the public form in September, and I'd encourage everyone who
can to attend. No one should feel intimidated, even if the entire 30+ police
officers are in the room.

You only need to be armed with the knowledge of what YOUR constitutional rights
are: go to YouTube and search for "know your police rights" or "do you know your
constitution rights".

Just because you're asked for ID, you are not required to provide any identification
unless you're being investigated for a crime. It is legal to video police activity as long
as you aren't interfering with police in doing their jobs and you are on public
property. Know your rights. Attend the forum.
10:38 pm edt 

Pig Incident Investigation - The Beat Goes On

"The latest news that the proposal for an "independent" firm
to investigate the "Pig" violations comes from the Manager and the Town
Attorneys, who are basically employed by the Manager, cannot be tolerated!'
This cannot be tolerated. This is not a surprise to me though. Another big
mistake by Sharon. I say Sharon and the Chief will be history sooner than later.
Then in May, the 2 puppets will follow suit.  Nothing lasts forever.  I say this
interlinked cabal has seen its day. But I also say a few more departments will
be put on notice before the manager and chief are escorted out of there current
offices. This is not isolated to the police dept. The intimidation and
unfairness exists in a few other departments as well. The Ethics commission is
already on top of this.Hang in there people. Our day is right around the corner.

HMMM wonder if this is why we did not see sharon,elaine and david on the
selectmen float this year.
10:31 pm edt 

Police

How can it be that one officer is working countless hours and not getting
compensated?  Something's wrong.....
10:28 pm edt 

Police Budget

Who monitors the two detectives overtime?
10:27 pm edt 

Money We Could Save

The town could save a bundle of $$ if they took away the Chief and Lieutenants
town owned (privately used) vehicles.  Instead, they sold their own private
vehicles when they were assigned take home cars!  Who's idea was that?

10:25 pm edt 

Time Will Tell

Next May is Puppets #s 1 and 2. But let's not forget Puppet #3, whose
ambitions are to run for state office. He can't even get it right with a simple
thing like setting up proper BOS meetings' agendas. Plus,  he follows the edicts
of the cabal. This is widely acknowledged around town.
10:24 pm edt 

Dear Roger

I commend you for your courage in identifying yourself.  Wish I could do that, but
he's a vindictive, angry individual. I see I have lots of company in thinking
this way about him.
10:22 pm edt 

Police Chief

The entire mess with the Chief of Police-Squealing Pig affair could
have been avoided. Going forward, if there is much forward, the Chief should
lay-off the booze. It seems to me that he likes to drink too much in too many
local bars and restaurants. No more booze Chief, please!
10:21 pm edt 

Mary Agnes McNulty

Mary Agnes McNulty  who has a letter to the editor attribution in the Banner.

1) She was born in 1985 and has only two facebook friends-wedge-warriors 
Candace Nagle  and Tony Brackett. Her only group is Candyland. Not your typical
28 year old Provincetown facebooker?

2) The letter was a another version of the Sharon Lynn paean sung by Brackett
and others at the last Selectmen's meeting.

Seems weird! Or maybe not so weird in Candyland.
10:20 pm edt 

Re: Adding Fuel to the Chief's Fire

Ok, so the latest info coming from within the Police Department is
that the Chief actually had political signs posted in the building for his candidate!

Two things:
1.  Who was "his candidate"?
2.  I don't believe this story.  Nobody can be that ignorant.
10:17 pm edt 

On the Street

Word is a certain town's manager has submitted HER resume for various
job openings elsewhere.
10:15 pm edt 

Re: Not Invited

Oh, please, Mary Jo. When have you EVER waited to be invited to any event you
wanted to attend? I think that you didn't go because you were afraid of getting
Boo'd.
10:12 pm edt 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Re: Open Forum

Why I think the Open Forum is a Joke

Approx two years ago, I posted something on facebook that was a direct quote to
me by the the School Supt & Principal and I got a one day suspension. I
apologized to the Chief (since at the time I was unfortunately working for
him),I apologized to the Town Manager and I apolgized to the Principal and asked
her to relay the same to the Supt. I will admit I was reluctant because it was a
quote by them, it was accurate, etc...

Atleast I was man enough to own up to it and took my bat & ball and went home.
Can you imagine if what the Chief did down at the Pig according to witnesses, if
I had done that ? Holy Batman. That is why I will not attend the Forum and think
it's a joke if not embarassing.

I thought long and hard about posting this but the more I also thought how both
the Town Manager and the Chief had no problem trying to make me clean the Police
Station (that I had been cleaning by myself for 26 years) and, then wanted to
add the Old Veterans Memorial School to my schedule while cutting my salary
$4,000 I had no problem posting it.

Roger Green
6:22 pm edt 

Pig Incident Investigation - The Beat Goes On

"The latest news that the proposal for an "independent" firm
to investigate the "Pig" violations comes from the Manager and the Town
Attorneys, who are basically employed by the Manager, cannot be tolerated!'  
This cannot be tolerated. This is not a surprise to me though. Another big
mistake by Sharon. I say Sharon and the Chief will be history sooner than later.
Then in May, the 2 puppets will follow suit.  Nothing lasts forever.  I say this
interlinked cabal has seen its day. But I also say a few more departments will
be put on notice before the manager and chief are escorted out of there current
offices. This is not isolated to the police dept. The intimidation and
unfairness exists in a few other departments as well. The Ethics commission is
already on top of this.Hang in there people. Our day is right around the corner.
6:18 pm edt 

Adding Fuel to the Chief's Fire

Ok, so the latest info coming from within the Police Department is that the
Chief actually had political signs posted in the building for his candidate!
This MUST be some kind of ethics violation and at the very least it has to be
against the Town's own rules.
6:14 pm edt 

Re: Open Meeting Forum

There is no perfect day to hold the policing forum.  If part of the
reason the date chosen was to keep second homeowners out of the process, PLEASE
second homeowners do whatever you can to attend in person and be heard.  Don't
be silenced by scheduling.  Also, complete the online survey.  It counts too!!!!
6:11 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum

Everyone should fill out the on-line questionaire about town concerns.  Even if
you are intimidated into not attending the open forum you should let your
concerns known.
12:36 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum

How can someone who owns property in ptown be involved
in the special bos meeting requarding the police.
I live 4 hours away and want my opinion counted as well
as the taxpayers who can walk down the street to the meeting.
70% of your tax base is 2nd home owners,how are they going
to be included ????
11:30 am edt 

Question: Why Didn't the Threesomes Ride in a Car or a Float Together?

I don't get why Elaine Anderson and David Mcchesney and also Sharon Lynn didn't
get on a float together. they didn't have to be in the same car with Tom Donegan
and Erick Yingling if they didn't want to but they surely could have made an
appearance at the Carnival parade.

Did they just use their dislike for Donegan and Yingling as an excuse not to
show up? Or were they afraid they'd be booed? Or what? It doesn't make sense to
me. this is a huge and important event and parade.
11:29 am edt 

Sharon Should Have Been There!
 
It is Carnival and she should have been part of this joyous parade. It is a
great celebration and she should have been in the middle of it. and so should
all the selectmen--all of them.

For Provincetown, it is like the fourth of July parade.  After all, it is
Carnival!
11:27 am edt 

Squealing Pig Investigation

My understanding is that town counsel will provide the Board of Selectmen with a
list of firms that are suitable to do an independent investigation of the
Squealing Pig incident.  The Board of Selectmen will then choose the firm.

Let's all do our best to communicate to those that witnessed this incident that
they have a responsibility to the community they live in and do business in to
come forward and tell the truth about what happened that night during the
investigation.
11:25 am edt 

Re: McChesney and Anderson

Great Carnival parade again this year. And another fabulous clean up
by the town's DPW department. To the person who commented about me not being in
the parade, I wasn't asked.
Mary-Jo Avellar
11:22 am edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

You know not of what you speak! Donald was a showman
and entertained while doing a good traffic control job but he was in his 80's.
He apparently had a few "heat episodes". The former Chief considered it a Town
liability.Signing a waiver doesn't hold up in court if he collapsed on the job
and the family sued the Town. This Chief knew there'd be flack but did what was
in the best interest of the Town. You chronic complainers would be the 1st to
say, when the taxpayers were sued,why didn't the officials tell him the Town
couldn't take the responsibility for him succumbing to heat stroke. Everybody
loved Donald. It became too risky to let him continue.
9:34 am edt 

Mediators:

Again folks, the Town of Provincetown wants to chose the mediators for the
issues at hand.  Keep in mind, Kopelman and Paige is the organization they want
to have choose the firm.  But, as some  of you may not know, Kopelman & Paige
are the Town of Provincetowns Law Firm.

They should have NO involvement in chosing....  Pre programmed !
9:32 am edt 

Re: Missed Opportunity - They Cannot Learn

Didn't you see Austin walking at the front of the parade carrying the
American flag?  Seriously?
9:25 am edt 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Failure at the Top - Sharon Lynn

Sharon Lynn has brought dishonor to our community. The police chief's
doings have uncovered her lack of personnel management skills.

Several people have indicated on this blog that Sharon, by continuing to,
inexplicably, support Jeff, would go down with him. They were right, indeed. So
very right.
9:17 pm edt 

Trouble at the Top

"His letting go our Dancjng Cop was our proverbial "canary in a mine".
We just didn't realize then that this event was foretelling."


I believe the saying is "canary in a COAL mine". Having said, I concur with you.
That as the first chink. A previous police chief tried to get ric of the Dancing
Cop, but the uproar in the community was such, that he didn't pursue this. Come
Jaran, same uproar, and he completely disregarded The wishes of the community. I
see that now we have to pay for 2 cops to do what the Dancing Cop did in his
beat.  I realize that, as time went by, his role would have diminished. He could
have been brought in for training the summer cops who are to work in a 4-corner
setting, etc.  He was a tourist attraction.  Something quirky Provincetown had. 
And he was tough with those who neglected to follow his commands! Did he even
get a plaque from the town, a thank you for a job well done all those years
while in the force?

Well, you know what they say...be nice to people on your way up, because you
meet them on your way down.
8:50 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Town Manager

The Manager continues to thumb her nose at the voters! The latest news
that the proposal for an "independent" firm to investigate the "Pig" violations
comes from the Manager and the Town Attorneys, who are basically employed by the
Manager, cannot be tolerated!

I agree.  What the "Manager" doesn't want to understand is that she should
remove herself, or any subordinate of hers from getting involved in choosing
someone who's going to, basically, investigate a person that reports directly to
her; that she evaluates, trains and supervises.  She, sand only she, must be
held accountable for his behavior going all over the place.  Not only did she
allow him to behave in such manner, but even rewarded him, by giving him a 3
year contract.  The most he deserved was a 1 year contract, with renewals
contingent on his improved performance.  And when she gave him this multi year
contract, he was already in the middle of a bunch of this stuff!!!  Should the
town have to pay this guy off for some or all of his contract as settlement,
then the town must take steps to recover this money from the TM, for it was her
careless action that has placed us into this financial pickle. What reckless
attitude!

8:48 pm edt 

Re: Dan Wolf's Resignation

"Saddened about Dan Wolf's plans to resign next week."


I agree!  We're lucky to have him.  Nobody owns this guy'
7:59 pm edt 

The Canary in the Mine

His letting go our Dancjng Cop was our proverbial "canary in a mine". 
We just didn't realize then that this event was foretelling.
7:57 pm edt 

Re: Open Public Forum

The mediators have included questions in their survey that deal with
the police department building.

I'm writing that this issue shouldn't be part of the forum. The forum is to hear
our concerns about the conduct of the current police chief and some of his
staff.  Until the concerns of the community are addressed, no plans for a new
police station will be entertained by me!
7:55 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran - Police Chief - It Starts at the Top!!

The Chief of Police is ultimately responsible for the behavior and
actions of his police force. That is why he is paid a high salary, he is
supposed to be capable of running his department efficiently, within budget, and
with honor and respect for the people who employ him.

The Manager is the Chief's Boss. She is responsible for his job performance and
that he performs his job according to the laws he is employed to uphold.

Sgt. Koumenelis reports to the Lieutenant, who in turn reports to the Chief. All
of the Seargents report to the Lieutenant. (that is a big reason why the
Lieutenant couldn't do an objective report on textgate). Koumenelis is paid a
higher range of salary than the patrolmen, because they report to him, and he
should be setting the example for them and teaching them to be good cops. (It
seems in this case most of the patrolmen should be his boss!).

Koumenelis is a Seargent, paid a higher salary to be a supervisor and trained to
understand the civil rights of others. He and he alone messed this up. And he,
and his Supervisors, the Lieutenant and the Chief, are responsible to the voters
for "textgate" They, and all 3 of them, are responsible for this huge civil
rights violation.

This goes deeper than many people realize. And we have not seen the end of
Seargent Koumenelis's lack of responsibility for his dire actions. The AG has
received enough verified complaints to act. The Manager continues to thumb her
nose at the voters! The latest news that the proposal for an "independent" firm
to investigate the "Pig" violations comes from the Manager and the Town
Attorneys, who are basically employed by the Manager, cannot be tolerated!

Lieutenant Golden's investigation of Koumenelis was flawed. That's like me
appointing my wife to investigate me, and then submitting that report to my
boss....wtf!

Hang in there, People. Even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in a while. We may
win this whole thing yet!
7:51 pm edt 

McChesney and Anderson

Oh boo hoo. They didn't participate in the parade. Last year Yingling didn't
bother and no one batted an eye. The last two years for Avellar she didn't ride
with the selectmen either. This is a private parade they are invited to attend.
It's not like Memorial or Veterans Day services where they are expected to
attend. And did Yingling bother to attend those?
7:44 pm edt 

Drag Brunch at the Patio Fabulous!!

What a wonderful day! Ms Ritchfield is fantastic and a great professional. She
is the best! and Joachim did a wonderful job at the Patio for the Helping our
Women fundraiser.

They raised $15,000 and it was a fun-filled and entertaining event.

It is a must event!
7:42 pm edt 

Re: It Starts at the Top

Jaran told one of his staff members who had a doctor's excuse that
doctors can write anything. In other words, his staff member AND the doctor are
liars. What kind of leader is that? Did he have proof of the doctor and his
staff member lying?  I'm surprised the staff person's lawyer, or his union
didn't pursue this.

I know a business person in town who didn't believe one of his employees who
said that he couldn't do certain tasks on a particular day shift because of a
medical problem he was having then.  The business owner refused to modify his
employee's duties that day.  The employee did as he was ordered by his boss;
otherwise, he would have been fired right there and then. The employee had
serious physical injuries from the things he did that day that he wasn't
supposed to do.  After considerable litigation and time, the owner ended up
having to pay all of his employee's surgeries, etc.  This has been going on for
more than 8 years, and most of it before the state healthcare law was passed.
7:40 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran - Police Chief

One of the things I found rather unusual is the relationship that
Jaran has with some of his staff. The voter intimidation incident involved a
Sergeant, during non-working hours texting his boss and his girlfriend, using
hate language, sear words.  Do other Police Chiefs have these kinds of
interaction with his personnel?

7:38 pm edt 

Re: Open Public Forum

We're not going to the police forum because we don't want our names
and pictures taken by all the police who will be there.
7:36 pm edt 

What in the World?????

Someone earlier posted something about Jaran not getting a pony?  A
pony???  What in the world?????
7:34 pm edt 

McChesney Has Never Been a Real Selectman to Me

He just acts like one, pretends to be one, but is a non-involved person who sits
on his bum and thinks that is what being a selectman is. He is tied like a
puppet to Sharon and Ann's strings. They pull, his head moves in the desired
direction.

But this said, I am appalled that Elaine Anderson did not participate in the
Carnival parade. and it is even worse: that our town manager felt she could sit
this one out!

How disgusting.
11:52 am edt 

Re: It starts at the Top

Starting at the top is factual but we all know it doesn't at the PPD. This Chief
is plain nasty, vendictive and nasty temper. He has changed the dynamics of this
Police Dept so much that the moral and day to day operations are in disaray.
This Chief has done his best to get rid of people, approx 19 to be exact and
there may be more.

I recently spoke to the guy who use to be the Janitor at the PD, and his story
alone was obvious this Chief had it in for him. What I also learned over the
past year what else this Chief has done to others convinced me this Chief over
step his boundaries and used his position to target others. What sickens me is
how the Town Manager backed him up.
11:50 am edt 

Building Trust Between Police and Citizens

This is a very good post found on the community page.....

Vincent Currier "Building Trust Between the Police and the Citizens They Serve:
An Internal Affairs Promising Practices Guide for Local Law Enforcement" (2009).
U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Publications/e080917232-BuildingTrust.pdf

This fantastic guide should be mandatory reading for every Selectman, the Town
Manager, Chief, and senior officers. It's chock full of gems like these:

"'The complaint process should not discourage, dishearten, or intimidate
complainants, or give them cause for fear' (Internal Affairs Guidelines, 2008,
10)." -- p.20

"If citizen involvement is used only in response to misconduct or corruption,
citizens are likely to feel isolated and wary of law enforcement. If they feel
included through collaboration, though, they will gain a broader appreciation of
police work and gain insight into, and consequently trust of, law enforcement
(Delattre, 2006)." -- p.16

"Police chiefs who are transparent ... with their constituencies, acknowledge
misconduct, appropriately deal with misconduct when it occurs, and include the
public in the response to misconduct will not only obtain, but also sustain, the
respect and confidence of the citizens in their jurisdictions." -- p.17

"Because officers occupy a position of trust and confidence in their
communities, and are afforded awesome authority to carry out their duties, any
excessive use of that authority, abuse of power, or failure to fulfill their
duties can erode public trust and reduce or destroy their credibility within the
communities they serve." -- p.17

"Transparent internal affairs [(IA)] processes, although critically important to
any agency, are only one building block in maintaining community trust. ... If
command staff properly supervise officers, the necessity to use the IA function
should be rare. ... These values and principles must be understood and embraced
by all executives, supervisors, officers, and civilian employees within the
department (Police Integrity, 1997)." -- p.17

"When a complaint allegation involves the chief executive or a member of his or
her executive staff ... an agency can use an external investigator or
investigative agency to handle the complaint. The external investigator can be
another law enforcement agency, like the state police or the prosecutors office,
or a contract investigator. Some smaller agencies have formed regional IA
consortiums.... If a department chooses to use an outside investigator or agency
to conduct the investigation, that person or agency must be independent,
unbiased, and knowledgeable in the areas of law enforcement and employment law."
-- p.19
http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Publications/e080917232-BuildingTrust.pdf
cops.usdoj.gov
10:24 am edt 

Dan Wolf Resignation

Saddened about Dan Wolf's plans to resign next week.  Don't know of
anyone as capable and fair as him. He will be irreplaceable.
10:20 am edt 

Re: The Provincetown Police Aren't the Problem

Please stop picking on individual officers.  The problem lies at the top and the
tone that is set.  Frankly, I even blame the Koumenelis texts on the Chief.
Wouldn't have happened if the Chief hadn't made it clear that he viewed Donegan
as the anti-police candidate".

The force is professional and staffed with good people.  It just needs a new
head.  I totally agree and I believe most who are unhappy  with the "police" do
not mean that literally. Most of our police are professional, capable and even
courteous. Their job is far more involved and stressful than meets the eye. I am
proud of them overall. However, I am not proud of a few,and yes the problem lies
at the top!!!
10:17 am edt 

Re: Missed Opportunity - They Cannot Learn

Probaby better they didn't ride. That would have been the dead spot of the
parade, total silence as they drove by.
10:14 am edt 

Re:The Provincetown Police Aren't the Problem

I can't disagree with that post. Koumanelis was wrong but the OP (original
post)is right. It starts at the top and trickles down to the lower ranks. Those
that were trained under different chiefs of the past do a good job and refrain
from adhering to the new "standards" set by the chief. Why else would he
systematically be removing or forcing out the older officers? Koumanelis did
wrong and should be held responsible and punsihed but under a different chiefs
direction, I doubt any of this would have happened.
10:13 am edt 

Re: The Provincetown Police Aren't the Problem

As a resident of this town, I never felt unsafe. The only thing we
need protection from right now is the Police Chief. lol
10:12 am edt 

Perfect Proof of Peter's Principle

Rumor has it that McChesney, Anderson and Lynn refused to participate
in the Carnival parade with Yingling and Donovan.

Lynn is supposed to be neutral.  I recall noticing that she attended the
celebration party for Austin on the night of the election. But I didn't see her
at Tom's party. If this is correct, then, once again, she's showing a lack of
professional maturity as a Town Manager.  Perhaps still operating in her old
capacity of police chief.

Frankly, I'd never seen such behavior from the top municipal administrator. From
what I saw in the past in other communities (in the South and in the West) was,
in a nutshell, 3 different scenarios, all with the goal of wanting to be
perceived as apolitical - going to none of the parties, going to all for the
victors, and in the minority, going to all, including the gatherings for those
who had lost.

This isn't a big thing, but what it clearly shows is that she openly has taken
sides, and lacks in maturity, saviness, and even vision. The old Peter Principle
at hand.

10:10 am edt 

Re: The Provincetown Police Aren't the Problem

We all get the privilege ofliving here safe free because of those "scary looking
police uniforms".



We all had the privilege of living here safe free waaay before your "scary
looking uniforms."  Just one more daily cost to the town.  Luckily, the 4th
detective, the dogs, the pony, etc., were not approved.
10:07 am edt 

Re: News?

"Ann getting heated at a sit down with Sally."

Ann who?  Sally who?
10:05 am edt 

Re: The Provincetown Police Aren't the Problem

"You have !no idea what it takes to make Commercial Street peaceful
and safe enough..."



I DO have an idea, since it's ALWAYS been safe to walk down the streets here.
10:02 am edt 

E. Michael Richards - Posted in Provincetown View

Reminder:

PROVINCETOWN NON-RESIDENT TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
Meeting tomorrow, Saturday August 24 at 10:00am
SAGE INN AND LOUNGE 336 Commercial St. Ptown
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES WELCOME
9:56 am edt 

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Provincetown Police Aren't the Problem:

You all - whoever you all are - have to be specific about the targets of your
discontent. Most of the committed police officers who live in this town and pay
taxes - just like some of you (voiceful in anonymity) some of you who
(please no offense) are pretenders who luxuriate in the "penumbra" of PTown) -
and who protect YOU.

As all of us have a right to take for granted a crime free community - we luxuriate
in the illusion that our lives (in PTown) are the exception. No homicides. No
unexpected deaths. No drugs. No human trafficking. No suicides. No unintended
deaths. No horrific bloody body parts motor vehicle accidents. No domestic
violence and worse. Keep the blinders on.  Portend (actually autocorrect is
funny) pretend the rest of the world doesn't exist. We all get the privilege of
living here safe free because of those "scary looking police uniforms".
Seriously? Whoever you are clearly are the lucky ones. You have !
no idea what it takes to make Commercial Street peaceful and safe enough for
you to take a stroll whenever you like.
10:47 pm edt 

Wicked Local Provincetown - Provincetown Banner August 23, 2013


Three firms have submitted proposals to conduct an independent investigation of the incident involving Provincetown Police Chief Jeff Jaran at The Squealing Pig on May 7. The board of selectmen plans to discuss the bids at its Monday meeting, and may vote on them.

Austin Knight, chair of the selectmen, said Friday that town counsel Kopelman & Paige selected the firms. They are all professional, Knight said, and have done major investigations before.

Marcum Accountants Advisors, headed up by Frank E. Rudewicz, estimate that the cost for the investigation will not exceed $8,000; John A. Ford, a licensed private detective, estimates the cost at $80 an hour, which, he said, will likely not exceed $3,000; and Alfred P. Donovan of A.P.D. Management also reports that his company charges $80 per hour. All three investigators have backgrounds in law enforcement.

The board of selectmen’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. Monday in the Judge Welsh Room of Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St.


10:27 pm edt 

Re: Police Presence

You're way off base, no one had riot gear on !

Are you serious?  The police did an outstanding job!  You try filling the shoes
at an event like yesterday.  Of course, there are going to be some unhappy
people who are asked to stay to the side.  But, that would be in any town....

Great job!  Guys & Girls......
10:12 pm edt 

Sharing a Major Concern Even Though it Will Not be Posted

If you truly believe you have legitimate concerns then why hide in anonymity. Do you
need the secrecy to lob half truths, stories based on half truths driven clearly
by  motives deeper than what is best for the people who actually live here in
town. Stand up. Shout out. Be proud. Come out of the closet.
10:10 pm edt 

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Imagine a toWwn with an historical inclination for contraband and
indulgence hiring a narc to protect and serve. What could possibly go wrong?
10:07 pm edt 

Re: Missed Opportunity - They Cannot Learn

So pathetic that the town manager and selectmen couldn't even ride in
the parade together.
10:05 pm edt 

News?

Ann getting heated at a sit down with Sally.
10:04 pm edt 

The Provincetown Police Aren't the Problem

Please stop picking on individual officers.  The problem lies at the top and the
tone that is set.  Frankly, I even blame the Koumenelis texts on the Chief. 
Wouldn't have happened if the Chief hadn't made it clear that he viewed Donegan
as the anti-police candidate.

The force is professional and staffed with good people.  It just needs a new
head.
10:02 pm edt 

Re: Missed Opportunity - They Cannot Learn

Rumor has it that McChesney, Anderson and Lynn refused to participate
in the Carnival parade with Yingling and Donovan. What a joke.
10:00 pm edt 

Re: Missed Opportunity - They Cannot Learn

The 3 Puppet Selectmen, like Sharon and Jeff, are best not to parade
around town.  Too many are unhappy with them.
9:58 pm edt 

Re: Missed Opportunity - They Cannot Learn

Did you see A. Knight, Anderson, Mc Chesney and even Lynn boycotted
the Selectmen's float in the Carnival Parade as part of their continuing rant.

I wonder why the cabal boycotts the PBG.
9:56 pm edt 

Re: Not the Same as it Was

I had a very different feeling about the police at carnival. All in
the west end were having a ball with the people even the Chief was interacting
and just being gracious and friendly with everyone. I heard Chief Jaren  talking
to some of the crazily dressed boys tell them this was his favorite event and
time of the year. I saw no tenseness of aloofness, just police being there as a
presence and interacting in the best way with the entire crowd.
9:55 pm edt 

Re: Missed Opportunity - They Cannot Learn

It would have been nice to see all the Selectmen in one car but, why was a two
seater car chosen? How was the decision made not to all go together?  Inquiring
minds want to know.
9:53 pm edt 

Re: Not the Same as it Was

I did not see it that way.  The police are uniformed like all police have been
since 9/11.  One of the officers was even wearing carnival beads!  Now that's
really threatening!
9:52 pm edt 

Police Chief Removal Process

I hope that negotiations for removal of the police chief do not  give
him hundreds of thousands of dollars by buying out his contract. He should be
demoted to patrolman and as such, finish his contract. Further, he should be
personally sued for any judgements against the town that occurred due to his
actions in which he acted beyond the "charge of his office". We have precedence
for this in actions being taken presently in San Diego.
9:50 pm edt 

Open Forum

How "open" does everyone  expect the meeting to be when the room will be filled
with police officers taking notes and required to report back to the chief??  In
a "perfect world" all the lies the chief has been espousing will be brought to
light and the Board of Selectmen members that have thus far believed the chief
to be above reproach will have an epiphany.
9:48 pm edt 

Re: Not the Same as it Was

Re: "As I walked the Parade route yesterday, and enjoyed the Carnival
festivities, I was aware of a heavy police presence."


I would venture to say you are alone on this one. Everyone I know and everyone I
saw was laughing, smiling and having a great time. This includes parade
participants, revelers and police officers on duty. If the police make you so
nervous that you are unable to enjoy the carnival parade, perhaps you should see
a doctor.
9:43 pm edt 

Re: Not the Same as it Was

Re: As I walked the Parade route yesterday, and enjoyed the Carnival
festivities, I was aware of a heavy police presence.

I would venture to say you are alone on this one. Everyone I know and everyone I
saw was laughing, smiling and having a great time. This includes parade
participants, revelers and police officers on duty. If the police make you so
nervous that you are unable to enjoy the carnival parade, perhaps you should see
a doctor.
8:38 pm edt 

Re: Not the Same as it Was

We must have been at different parades. The Provincetown officers in my section
were smiling, laughing and keeping things moving. They courteously clear parade
crowd out when a post office truck had to get by.

10:17 am edt 

Not the Same as it Was

As I walked the Parade route yesterday, and enjoyed the Carnival
festivities, I was aware of a heavy police presence. That in and of itself is
understandable. But there was something about the WAY it is being done. First of
all, it gets harder and harder to even recognize the individuals on our new and
"professional" police force. I just can't even believe the change of faces since
last years carnival! And each and every one of those officers had a nervous or
scared look on their face....not a relaxed and friendly look. And with all the
riot gear and black uniforms....they certainly looked threatening. What happened
to cops that made most of us feel happy and secure...."to serve and protect"
without being the center of attention. I liked the old force of a mix of locals
and characters that fit our town, not this force that isn't a part of the
community.
9:56 am edt 

Missed Opportunity - They Cannot Learn

Did you see A. Knight, Anderson, Mc Chesney and even Lynn boycotted the
Selectmen's float in the Carnival Parade as part of their continuing rant.

Do you think this was a missed opportunity to get a long better for the BoS
factions or just a childish prank???
8:56 am edt 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Vincent Currier/Truro Harbormaster

The incident in Truro occured the way it did because the harbormaster wanted the
issue out in the public, knowing he did nothing wrong. He didn't want it
private, hidden away for everyone to guess at what was said and decided. He also
wanted it out in the open so the selectmen could see how the public respects Joe
for all of his hard work and decency to others. I doubt the texting cop or
Jarran would do the same, request their reprimand meetings (if they ever occur)
be held in open session. Tells you something about integrity.
10:04 pm edt 

Re: How Predictable!

What he said! Fully concur. Could we also have a forum on drunk driving?
10:03 pm edt 

Drug Busts

NO WAY!  Anyone who lives in Ptown can tell u where the
drugs are distributed from and who is doing what.  Perhaps spending a very few
hours at numerous restaurants would help those in power make a move to remove
this illegal activity.  Those in power choose to look the other way because the
restaurant owners have pull, power and protection.  Shall we name the
restaurants whose staff enable or assists in illegal drugs?  Lets call it and
save others and ourselves.

10:02 pm edt 

Forum Survey

I completed the survey this morning and I feel great.  I think the questions
truly covered the issues we have brought up here and on face book blogs.  It
gives plenty of space to be specific about your perspective and expected
resolution through this forum process.

This is your chance.  I for one am not a public speaker and finally feel I have
had an opportunity to list the problems as I see them.  I believe there are many
in the town that feel as I do.

Finally a place for an introvert to be heard.
10:00 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum

I wasn't going to the Public Forum! I now want an interview 1st with
the mediator and then I'll expound publicly on how most of you chronic
complainers don't have your facts straight. For that matter you don't even know
how your government operates! Anger resolves nothing,facts do! You operate on
assumption and heresay!!
9:58 pm edt 

Responding to Re - Jeff Jaran

I don't know who decieded it was time to attack the Officer who works up Cape
but you need to leave her alone and then work on your facts. That particular
Officer does not get over time and does not get travel time. You also don't know
that Officer works 60 plus hours a week. If your intent was to attack Jaran I
understand but you got your facts completely wrong and twisted.

Also, if you know anything about drug investigations, it takes time, it's not
always easy getting drug informants, the surveilance is time consuming, it takes
time to follow the individuals to and from and allot of resources. Most
importantly the Officers doing that are also risking their lives while you
sleep.
9:54 pm edt 

Re: Chapter 91

The only places where Chapter 91 comes into effect are where buildings,
structures or fill were done on what are state tidelands, in other words a
private individual has usurped  our land for their own use and excluded the
owners of the land, i.e. the rest of us. So your claims of chapter 91 being a
tool of a police state are hogwash.
9:52 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

For the record...  The female you are referring to, works countless hours a week
well over 40+ for 0 extra. Please get your facts first.  Thank You.... Well
documented...
9:49 pm edt 

Oatsey Hussein Rogers Posted in Provincetown View

Banner - August 22, 2013

EASTHAM — Shared police lockups, the desperate need for worker housing on the Cape, the possibility of regionalizing town assessor’s and IT departments were all subjects touched on by the Outer Cape Joint Finance Committee when it met on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Town Crier Motel in Eastham.

The motel is owned by Judy Cannon, a member of Eastham’s finance committee.

Dave Schropfer, Eastham’s town moderator, attended the meeting to brief the finance committees’ members on the work being done by the Inter-Municipal Cooperation Committee, a group comprised of the selectmen and town admin-istrators of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham, which has been meeting on a regular basis for five years to talk about ways the four smallest towns on the Cape can combine or share services to reduce costs.

Those attending included Roberta Lema of Truro’s Fin-Com; Michael Canizales, Clarence Walker, Duane Steele and Catherine Russo of Provincetown’s FinCom, with Maghi Geary, that committee’s on-call secretary; Judy Cannon and Brian Eastman of the Eastham FinCom; plus the town moderators from Eastham and Provincetown.

Schropfer, a former Eastham selectman, said he has served as chair of this committee for five years. It all started when Truro wanted to talk to Provincetown about an issue, then “Wellfleet got wind of it and asked to join it, and I heard about it when I was a selectman in Eastham and asked to join it too.”

The group has been “very successful,” he said, noting that on occasions finance committee members have also attended.

That was new to Canizales, who asked if Provincetown could send a liaison to attend the next meeting. Schropfer said he would e-mail the Provincetown Finance Committee minutes from all the meetings of the Inter-Municipal Cooperation Committee.

Schropfer mentioned some of this committee’s successes, but said one area where they are having no luck is in getting the fire departments from all four town to agree on a single design for ambulances in order to reduce the towns’ costs by ordering the same ambulances. Each town’s department has its own specific way it wants to organize equipment and supplies, like Band-Aids.

Canizales said he has worked in eight resort towns around the world, and the Cape is the only place that does not having housing for workers. “It’s insane,” he said. “It hurts the locals and it is really bad for the staff.”

He wondered if perhaps the old Air Force station in Truro, with its shut-down barracks, could be used for providing housing for workers.

Truro’s Lema told him, however, that the barracks are full of asbestos and, in their current state, unusable.

Canizales said a big problem with Provincetown’s proposed new police station is having code-compliant jail cells for women, men and youths, plus a padded cell and a holding cell. “I’m led to believe none of the Outer Cape towns now have code-compliant cells,” he said.

Geary suggested they look into placing men in one town’s jail cells, women in another town’s, and youth in a third town, as one way of dealing with this problem.

“Having shared facilities for jail cells would be a real gamesaver,” Canizales said. The group agreed to meet again to continue the discussions on shared issues.

Steele said, “One of my hopes is that if the individual finance committees took a vote to support, say, shared jail cells, it would be real nice to go to Town Meeting and say ‘We all agree on this,’” he said. “I’m hoping that is what this group could accomplish.”
9:43 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran:

For the record...  The female you are referring to, works countless hours a week
well over 40+ for 0 extra. Please get your facts first.  Thank You.... Well
documented...
2:29 pm edt 

Open Forum - MOPC Survey

Please fill out the Forum survey, especially if you don't plan to
speak at the Forum.  Doesn't take long and although some of the questions beat
around the bush, you have the opportunity to elaborate in your replies to hit
home:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PROVINCETOWN
2:25 pm edt 

DPW

Not sure why your not posting anything all of us are saying about the
DPW Director, he must be doing "something" for you .Interesting
2:23 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Officer:

Perhaps you should have checked with the officer before posting.  That statement
is completely inaccurate.  No Overtime/No travel......  Sorry
2:22 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

Get your facts straight.  The officer gets NO overtime....  Check the
records....
2:21 pm edt 

Re: Chapter 91

Nobody goes unscathed with some of the citizens so filled with hatred!
A sorry lot with green eyes! Some of their comments send the majority in town
into a tailspin!I've done the survey! For those who don't want trespassers on
their land - you bought the land in the wrong place. You didn't do your
homework. The Chapter 91 law has been in existence since the town began after
separating from Truro & used to be enforced. It must be resurrected again!You
have two (2) options.You are compelled to allow public use or sell out!!
2:20 pm edt 

Chief Jaran and Drugs

I don't know if it's just me or what but I have to laugh when I read how Jeff
has done 10 years of undercover drug investigations. This town has always had
one Detective and did drug raids every Sept/Oct. Jeff has three Detectives now
and no drug raids since he has been the Chief. A very confidential resource from
within has told me that Jeff wanted a fourth Detective but was denied by the
Union.

I am not going to say the Detectives don't do anything because I am sure they
do, it's a non-glorius position. However, Jeff is apparently not on top of it.
What does bug me is, how they get a 6% stipend on top of their salaries. Maybe
they deserve it but why "3" and to think he wanted a "4th" too !!! Not to many
know this Dept has three, and he was going to appt a second Lieutenant if the
specs for the new Police Station he wanted was approved.

Folks, think about it. Jeff is doing all this without having to ask the Town for
permission (and he may very well have that right but) you need to understand in
doing so, the money to pay their salaries and 6% stipend (for these positions)is
going to increase the very same budget you normally don't question at the Town
Meetings.

Back to my first paragraph...someone attacked an Officer (her on this site)
because Jeff sent her up Cape but that same person has failed to look here and
question what are three Detectives doing that one Detective has done for years
in this Town. I don't blame the Detectives, I blame Jaran. New Hampshire got rid
of him for a reason.

2:17 pm edt 

How Predictable!

Everyone on this site demands public forum.  You Get the Forum.  NOW, before
it's even held everyone is saying, It won't be fair.  This site is not about
justice or getting anything done it's about bitching and venting.  A doctor
would, at this point, put all of you on psychotropic drugs as there will never
be justice or fairness or righteousness amongst you,,, SO,,, take your medicine
and realize it's not you,,, it's just your bad genetics that are making you,,,
You. 

Stop bitching and start loving. Find the love and beauty of this town
whether thru shock therapy or pills if you can't find it on your own BUT STOP
BITCHING ALREADY.  The forum is happening and it's with a paid, PROFESSIONAL
capable of deciphering thru all the "he said, she said".  It never should have
come to this but it has and so the $7500 is small price to pay so that we won't
have to listen to the blogs authoritarians speak of how unfair or biased it was. 
The officiating outside party whom is licensed by state is coming so that no matter
who bitches on this site,,, it won't matter.  The "concerns" will be put to rest whether
YOU like the outcome or not.
2:14 pm edt 

Vincent Currier Posted in the Provincetown View Today

It occurred to me as I was reading the Truro Harbormaster story in the Banner today that at least Joe Francis's case wasn't hidden from the voters. There was much more transparency involved in this situation than was done in the "Textgate" and Election night Pig incident. Both of those P-town incidents were and continue to be "hushed up" by the Manager and BOS under the guise of being "personnel" matters and therefore not made public. And both of the Provincetown allegations are much more serious violations than the Truro Harbormasters indiscretions. The process in Truro seems to be much more transparent and involves the community from the start. The Manager and Chief of Police of Provincetown should follow their example....and the resolution seems to be a good compromise....thanks to the thinking of Paul Wisotsky and the Board Attorney.
11:31 am edt 

Vernon Porter

Just got wind of our dear friend Vernon Porter has resigned.  He
himself and others are bailing  Cheers to you all at Town Hall t hat are bailing 
get out before she sinks.
11:23 am edt 

Re: Public Forum

Re: "Does anyone really think the real issues are going to be addressed
at the forum? Of course not.. Not when the facilitator has been prompted
already.."


Ah, Provincetown police state paranoia at it's finest!
8:37 am edt 

Jeff Jaran - Police Chief

Where is Jeff Jaran? Has anyone seen him lately?
8:33 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran - Police Chief

The only thing Jaran has actually accomplished is that he has sent a
female officer to the Cape Cod Drug Task force where she works in other towns
and gets plenty of overtime and travel money but does no drug investigations
within the town. Another wasted salary.
8:30 am edt 

Re: Let's Make it a Secret Ballot

"I think the vote on all police matters will be 680 to 500 or so
against."


Can you clarify? When you say against, are you saying against the police?
8:26 am edt 

Re: Chapter 91

"We do not have to go by this rule. Live and
let live. I don't want the government to tell me I need a sign and strangers
walking over my land."


Well, by your violating state laws, you're prohibiting others, from living and
letting live.
8:24 am edt 

Re: Chapter 91

Re:  "...walking over my land."


That's the point, that some of it IS NOT your land.
8:23 am edt 

Re: Chapter 91

All this garbage about Ch.91 and signs on private property! We are
Provincetown not a police state . We do not have to go by this rule. Live and
let live. I don't want the government to tell me I need a sign and strangers
walking over my land.
8:02 am edt 

Police - Perspective

Has anyone thought to take a moment and check with the officers that have been
around awhile i.e. Palheiro, Enos, Lopes, Peters to see what their perspective
is?

I am sure it will be quite different then what is being perceived !

They for sure would know.....
8:00 am edt 

Re: Public Forum - Low Morale

Don't be fooled... Morale at the PD is at its all time worse....   Just ask any
officer....
7:58 am edt 

Public Forum

Does anyone really think the real issues are going to be addressed at the forum? 
Of course not.. Not when the facilitator has been prompted already..

The issues that need to be addressed are certainly not going to happen there for
sure.

Has anyone asked any of the officers what the real issues are?

No, because they are afraid of retaliation so the they are reluctant to tell.
7:55 am edt 

Re: Public Forum - Posted in Provincetown View by Erik Yingling

The Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration would like you to fill out this confidential survey in preparation for the September 19 public forum.
 
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PROVINCETOWN
7:38 am edt 

Police Forum

MANY WILL NOT GO- WHY- WASTE OF TIME-

ALL ORCHESTRATED BY DEAR SHARON LYNN AKA (PHONY) . SHE IS ONE OF THE MOST
DISINGENUOUS INDIVIDUALS I HAVE EVER, EVER COME ACROSS. AND SHE DOES IT WITH
SUCH FAKE CARING EMPATHETIC ACTIONS. I COULD SAY SHARON, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED
OF YOURSELF. HOWEVER , THAT WOULD MEAN NOTHING YES I SAID NOTHING AGAIN ,
NOTHING TO THIS DISINGENUOUS WOMEN/ HUMAN BEING.
12:00 am edt 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Let's Make it a Secret Ballot

No let's put all of this to the Ballot Box at a Town election so the
150 employees and family members who are at town meeting but do not remotely
represent the Town can have a say....let' make that automatic...I think the vote
on all police matters will be 680 to 500 or so against.
11:55 pm edt 

Open Forum Questions

Lets all cut and paste this post and add questions we may all find
need to be answered.

1. Where is the reprimand for the cop that texted?

2. Where is the reprimand for the chiefs vilolations of peoples First Amendment
rights?

3.Why was Roger let go from his job in the PD?

4. Why has there been so much turnover in the PD over the past 3 years?

5. Does the Chief's contract allow for bar-hopping in the toen's cruiser?

6. Does the texting cop still have the same rank as before he did his texting?

7. What is the rationale for Provincetown having to higher cruiser presence
around town in February than other larger towns?

8. Is the chief's intent to have drug-sniffing dogs on ferries and around town?

9. What medical and legal justification does the Chief use to not honor doctors'
written letters about police department staff members' medical conditions?

10. Since Jaran was hired, how many staff members have left the police
department, and the reasons?

11. How many legal cases have been filed due to police actions, since Jaran was
hired? And how do this figure compares with the same time frame for, let's say,
the last 2 police chiefs?

12. Did the Police chief ID patrons who were at the Pig on Election Night?

13. Did the Police Chief invite patrons to fight?

14. Has the police chief, at any given time, directed our town staff and
resources to intimidate or follow citizens who have vocalized positions he
disagrees with?

15. Does the BOS and the TM find it acceptable behavior for the police chief to
make comments during the public portion of meetings, while in his uniform?  This
is a practice never seen before from any previous police chief.

16. Is fraternizing, in the manner shown by his texts, done with all of his
subordinates, or does he show a preference with certain staff individuals?

***NEW ADDITIONS***

17. Why has there been a sudden increase in issuing tickets to bikes riding the
opposite direction of traffic flow?

18. Why are the police present in uniform at a public forum to discuss the
police department? (uniforms not allowed in court procedings due to
intimidation/influence over the jury)

19. Why was the officer involved in the sexual assault case allowed to leave the
force without reprimand?

19. Why was a visitor arrested and charged for allegedly committing the exact
same assault yet the officer wasn't arrested or charged?

11:49 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn:

So I understand that a town employee was let go because she was late for work? 
Well, I have on several occasions gone to the Town Clerks office at 810AM and
the Asst town clerk still not at work and told by other town employees that this
is ongoing frequently..  Has that person been reprimanded in the same manner? 
Or does Sharon just pick and chose who she is going to try and get rid of?

It's the good ole boys club !

I hope the individual involved sues and wins her case.....

What's good for one apparently is not good for all.....
11:45 pm edt 

Open Forum

This is not what was asked for

The request was for a town meeting where town people could air their issues,
concerns and fears. It was not a request for a facilitator and for someone else
to determine the issues that people are concerned with. Wrong. It was for the
town people to tell the BOS and Sharon and Jeff, what their concerns are. this
is a weird reverse of the request.

11:39 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran - Police Chief

More examples of Jeff Jaren's lies. Read his promises to keep cops and
fight drugs.Yup, at least 15 cops no longer here. And name 1 drug bust here from
the undercover king and his 3 detectives. I guess when the 15 cops left, they
took all the dealers with them! OK, read this:

CWN feature story: New Provincetown Police Chief Jeff Jaran on the record
PROVINCETOWN - Provincetown's new police chief Jeff Jaran took control of the
department this past Monday. On Thursday he graciously took a few minutes from
his hectic schedule to talk with CWN. Chief Jaran was on the job for some 20
years in New Hampshire, most recently as Chief in Bow and could have retired in
NH but he says his love of law enforcement sent him looking for new
opportunities. Growing up on the North Shore of Massachusetts he adds he
regularly visited the Cape and Provincetown and that experience along with a
nudge from an old friend from his Laconia, NH days, Chief Rodney Collins of the 
Mashpee Police, convinced him to apply for the position in Provincetown. Jaran
believes his experience in Laconia, also a popular vacation destination, will
help him in town as he jumps right into the fire as the Memorial Day Weekend
draws thousands of tourists into town.

The Chief says a high priority of his is employee retention in the department.
The Provincetown Police Department has seen a continuing turnover of employees.
He hopes to accomplish stability through training so officers can become
specialized in several areas possibly including a presence on the Cape Cod Drug
Task Force and the Cape's Special Operations Unit, a SWAT unit comprised of
officers from Cape towns. Jaran wants to address ongoing problems in the town
including preventing hate crimes after several incidents last summer and
combating drug traffic in town.

On the subject of drugs in town Chief Jaran says his top priority is to recreate
a detective position in the department which has been lacking for some time. He
was instrumental in creating such a position in Bow, NH while chief there.

Given the tight financial times in Provincetown, Chief Jaran realizes funding
some of his initiatives may prove problematic but he hopes to secure some grants
and if necessary seek private support to help achieve his goals. Story and photo
by Tim Caldwell.



11:34 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn

Sharon Lynne has never taken of her police hat.  She once said to me,
( a former town employee) during an 'investigation,  "Well putting on my other
hat...." Why is a manager putting on a police hat?  A biased      overseeing
investigations-what a power trip that woman is on.
11:25 pm edt 

Re: Community Development

"There should be more enforcement from the community Development
group"
?


They don't even enforce building codes.
11:19 pm edt 

Re: Police Forum

Re:  "If few people attend the open forum (as I'm predicting will be
the case ) it won't be out of the supposed fear of police retaliation people keep
talking about. It will be because a) the anti-police brigade are a very small
segment of the population, despite what they'd like everyone to believe."



I'm calling your bluff right now. At our next Town Meeting, let's approve that
all votes PERTINENT TO ALL POLICE MATTERS be done by WRITTEN SECRET BALLOT, that
night, like when we vote for our President, Congress, etc. If you're against
this, well, then, you've proved my point! But, if we do vote by ballot, what a
surprise you're going to have, my dear!!!
5:38 pm edt 

Police Forum

At this point, i'm not planning to go either. Why would i wish to waste my time?
sitting around a bunch of tables singing kum-buy-yah? nope. Sorry. I love this
little town and have done my share of forums, and hearings and meetings and you
name it. we are past the point of no return now.

The department will not change until the chief leaves. and i will not vote on a
new station until the chief leaves. sharon lynn has lead some great projects for
our town while she has been our town manager. I am sorry for her that her legacy
will be that she had no clue about the town's true personality and what the town
wants from its police chief. sharon aligned herself with the chief early on in
this mess and it is her undoing. she has left herself little wiggle room.

I do not need to go to a forum . I need two new members of the board of
selectmen next May.
2:28 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum - Not Going - "Rebels"

If few people attend the open forum (as I'm predicting will be the
case ) it won't be out of the supposed fear of police retaliation people keep
talking about. It will be because a) the anti-police brigade are a very small
segment of the population, despite what they'd like everyone to believe, and b)
most of them aren't really interested in town government or the welfare of this
town, they just want to be part of a crusade against something. They like to
have something to complain about and rally against. They're a small, angry mob
with nothing better to do than protest something. ANYTHING. A bunch of immature
"rebels" looking for a cause.
2:23 pm edt 

Re: Open Forum - Not Going

I'm not going to the forum. I know what Jaran is capable of.  He
continues to act like this because Sharon and the Selectmen think it's okay for
him to do his usual intimidation maneuvers, or else, he would have been ordered
to cease and desist a long time ago.
10:45 am edt 

Re: Open Forum

If few people attend the forum for fear of continuing retaliation by
the police chief, then that will be the best proof of the condition of our town.
We need a formal investigation of police chief's abuse of his position and
intimidation.
10:41 am edt 

Defining Moment

Is there any indication from the texts between the Chief/his
girlfriend and the Sergeant that would suggest the Chief/girlfriend were aware
of the nature of the Sergeant's texts to his "friend?"  If they were aware, and
did nothing, it doesn't say much about character.
10:39 am edt 

Re: Open Forum

The entire Department has been ORDERED to attend the public meeting.
So, what is Jaran's reason for this?

The mediators should see this as a great indicator of what's wacky doodle with
this chief.

Are we, the taxpayers, paying for these police department members to attend this
public forum?  If so, Sharon should direct her chief to ask his staff to do
their normal assigned job duties around town during the time of the forum, for
those are normally scheduled to work during that time period.   That's what we
pay them for. The rest of the staff should attend, but only if they wish to do
so, and in their civvies.
10:37 am edt 

Sharon Lynn - Less We Forget

This comment followed a Wicked Local article about the Town Manager a
couple months ago. We need to be reminded of these things and not forget them:
"It is absolutely evident that this article is nothing but a one-sided attempt
to make Ms. Lynn appear a warm, community service oriented person.
Unfortunately, I had an opportunity to meet Ms. Lynn along with the chief of
police in Provincetown, after I filed a formal complaint against two officers
unethical and unprofessional behavior. I was stopped by an officer and
questioned whether I was drinking. When I responded that I don't drink because I
am a nurse and a diabetic, the officer proceed to mock me and behave extremely
unprofessionally to the extend of insulting 'nursing' as my profession. I was
humiliated, and even threatened with an arrest because I was not 'fast enough'
to provide vehicle registration. I was given two tickets; for speeding '35
miles/hr' and for crossing over a yellow line while trying to avoid a parked van
on the side of the road.

Disappointed with the treatment of the police officer, I decided to drive to the
police station and seek some advice hoping that I will encounter a more
professional officer. I arrived at the station and rang a buzzer to no avail,
knocked on the door but no one answered. Since, it was after midnight, I assumed
that no one was there. Once at home, I called the station and spoke to a
dispatcher who was sympathetic to my situation until I mentioned that I was at
the station moments ago but no one answered. She said:' You were not here, if
you were here I would have seen you on the surveillance camera'. That is when
the snowball started rolling. Not only did they treat me with disrespect but now
they are blatantly dismissing anything I am saying. 30 minutes later, I was
called at home by a sergeant who yelled at me and called me a liar again. He
said:'you are calling here and lying that you came to the station when you
clearly were not here'. Then he hung up the phone and probably after they
reviewed surveillance and realized that I am not lying, called me
at home again at 3 AM and attempted to further intimidate me, and harass me,
which greatly upset me.

Next morning, I contacted one of the town's selectmen and told him my story. He
graciously offered to facilitate a meeting between the town manager; Ms. Lynn
and the police chief. I was relieved that someone will hear my concern and
looked forward to the meet with Ms. Lynn and the chief. Little did I know that
this meeting will turn into an 'iron fist' militant encounter.

When we arrived at the station, we asked if Ms. Lynn was there; a receptionist
told us that she is not there yet. The truth is, she was there an hour before
carefully rehearsing with the chief of police and the sergeant what will be said
and how will they proceed to intimidate me, twist things around, and make me
look like a villain.

In my adult life, this was one of the most intimidating and humiliating
experiences. As a nurse, I take care of police officers in the emergency room on
a regular basis and I go above and beyond to provide the best care to them,
treating them with respect and compassion.

In my wildest dreams, I would have not encountered such a nightmare. The chief
of police pulled a record within the last 10 years with tickets that are
dismissed by the Court, and proceeded to question me about those in a militant
and intimidating tone:'tell me, what happened here on this date'. Every time I tried
answering questions or tried to defend myself, I was shushed and
told that I am not allowed to speak 'yet'. Ms. Lynn was observing with a grin on her
face.

In the end, she hit her strong fist on the table, her men's watch was all I saw
in front of my eyes at the time, she leaned into my face and told me:'My
officers are the best trained in the world, I am concluding that you are the
AGGRESSOR'. The chief of police angrily pacing around the room tried to
intimidate me one last time. I left that room loosing complete faith in Ms.
Lynn's ability to be impartial or to serve as a true community leader."

Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/provincetown/news/x438184235/Provincetown-Town-Manager-Sharon-Lynn-grapples-with-police-state-perception#ixzz2cc5P3NX5
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10:34 am edt 

Re: How Ironic

To the person who blames the individual who placed two lawn signs, and
because of that was threatened by a police cop:

You blame this individual for the TM choosing to spend $7,500 for mediation
services!  Then you must be really, really angry at all the lawsuits that have
been filed for police actions which happened PRIOR to this threatening texts'
incident!
10:27 am edt 

Before the Forum is Held

I want a specific deadline for the TM's answer and action plan for how she intends
to lead the resolution to our concerns. 

Sending things to new or existing committed, or getting back to us with more studies
is NOT ACCEPTABLE any more.  She has placed our town in this situation, costing us
tons of $ in lawsuits, etc.
10:25 am edt 

Re: Open Forum

The state forum facilitators have recommended to hold the forum with
us around September 2.  Why did the TM choose September 19 instead?
10:22 am edt 

Open Forum Questions

Lets all cut and paste this post and add questions we may all find
need to be answered.


1. Where is the reprimand for the cop that texted?

2. Where is the reprimand for the chiefs vilolations of peoples First Amendment
rights?

3.Why was Roger let go from his job in the PD?

4. Why has there been so much turnover in the PD over the past 3 years?

5. Does the Chief's contract allow for bar-hopping in the toen's cruiser?

6. Does the texting cop still have the same rank as before he did his texting?

7. What is the rationale for Provincetown having to higher cruiser presence
around town in February than other larger towns?

8. Is the chief's intent to have drug-sniffing dogs on ferries and around town?

***MY ADDITIONS***

9. What medical and legal justification does the Chief use to not honor doctors'
written letters about police department staff members' medical conditions?

10. Since Jaran was hired, how many staff members have left the police
department, and the reasons?

11. How many legal cases have been filed due to police actions, since Jaran was
hired? And how do this figure compares with the same time frame for, let's say,
the last 2 police chiefs?

12. Did the Police chief ID patrons who were at the Pig on Election Night?

13. Did the Police Chief invite patrons to fight?

14. Has the police chief, at any given time, directed our town staff and
resources to intimidate or follow citizens who have vocalized positions he
disagrees with?

15. Does the BOS and the TM find it acceptable behavior for the police chief to
make comments during the public portion of meetings, while in his uniform?  This
is a practice never seen before from any previous police chief.

16. Is fraternizing, in the manner shown by his texts, done with all of his
subordinates, or does he show a preference with certain staff individuals?
10:18 am edt 

Re: Open Forum

People just don,t understand.  Nothing will be accomplished by the
upcoming "Public Forum".  People will complain openly beleving their voices will
have an effect on the towns problems with our disfunctional police chief. 

However, the chief will undoubtedly pack the meeting hall with uniformed
officers instructed to identify persons that speak out negatively about the
police so retaliatory measures can be formulated against those individuals. 

POLICE STATE ACTIVITIES!!!
10:14 am edt 

From Vincent Currier - Posted on Provincetown View August 21 9:43 am edt 

Parking Lot and Chapter 91

The parking lot on Commercial St. is private property.  It is not a public beach
access.  There is a Chapter 91 right of way directly east.  I believe it runs
between a house and Devon's restaurant.  It used to be marked.

Several years ago the Harbor Committee reviewed all the beach access areas. 
Johnson street is a right of way.  There is one next to Finizzi's that is
clearly marked.

Perhaps a member of the Harbor Committee could post the full list.
9:29 am edt 

Open Forum Questions

Lets all cut and paste this post and add questions we may all find
need to be answered
.

1. Where is the reprimand for the cop that texted?

2. Where is the reprimand for the chiefs vilolations of peoples First Amendment
rights?

3.Why was Roger let go from his job in the PD?

4. Why has there been so much turnover in the PD over the past 3 years?

- - - Additions to Previous List

5. Does the Chief's contract allow for bar-hopping in the toen's cruiser?

6. Does the texting cop still have the same rank as before he did his texting?

7. What is the rationale for Provincetown having to higher cruiser presence
around town in February than other larger towns?

8. Is the chief's intent to have drug-sniffing dogs on ferries and around town?
9:22 am edt 

Fact Check

Below is the public records guide for Massachusetts. Most personnel records are
public documents.



http://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prepdf/guide.pdf

Exemption (b)
Exemption (b) applies to records that are:
related solely to internal personnel rules and practices of the
government unit, provided however, that such records shall be
withheld only to the extent that proper performance of necessary
governmental functions requires such withholding40
There are no authoritative Massachusetts decisions interpreting Exemption
(b). The general purpose of the cognate federal exemption, however, is to
relieve agencies of the burden of assembling and maintaining for public
inspection matters in which the public cannot reasonably be expected to have
a legitimate interest.41
The language of the federal provision is duplicated in the first clause of
Exemption (b). The addition of the qualifying second clause of Exemption (b)
evidences a legislative intent to create an exemption that is narrower in scope
than the previously enacted, parallel federal exemption.42
For Exemption (b) to apply in Massachusetts, a records custodian must
demonstrate not only that the records relate solely to the internal personnel
practices of the government entity, but also that proper performance of
necessary government functions will be inhibited by disclosure.
9:19 am edt 

Officers Ordered to Attend Public Meeting

Yesterday I happened to be talking to a couple of members of the Police
Department that I've known for a long time. We were talking about the ruinous
state of the Department and they both told me that the entire Department has
been ORDERED to attend the public meeting. So, what is Jaran's reason for this?
Sounds to me like it's a continuation of his usual style... intimidation of the
Department members and the public.
9:17 am edt 

Regarding List of Questions

Neither the Town Manager or the Chief of Police will tell you the truth why
Roger was let go. See me before the Forum and I will tell you the truth. I got
screwed and they know it and so does allot of others. Thank you

Roger Green
9:14 am edt 

Re: Chapter 91

RE: "there should be more enforcement from the community Development
group
"


A chapter 91 license is a contract between the property owner and the state. THE
TOWN HAS NO RESPONSIBILITY - OR RIGHT - TO INTERFERE OR ENFORCE THIS CONTRACT.

12:16 am edt 

I Have a Question...

After all the important info about chapter 91,
does this mean that the          woman who
owns the parking lot at the foot of Law street
Has to let people walk across her lot?
She has been so rude and mean.

If someone comes off the beach and actually
makes it to Commercial st. She makes them go
back and walk the beach to Johnson st.
Can I now just say Chapter 91 and walk on?
How I would enjoy that!!!
12:14 am edt 

Personnel Records

Letters about violations ARE NOT subject to public information
requests.
12:11 am edt 

List of Questions

Lets all cut and paste this post and add questions we may all find need to be
answered.

1. Where is the reprimand for the cop that texted?

2. Where is the reprimand for the chiefs vilolations of peoples First Amendment
rights?

3.Why was Roger let go from his job in the PD?

4. Why has there been so much turnover in the PD over the past 3 years?


Lets not let the meeting be directed towad reasons why the police do what they
do. Lets ask the questions we want answered
12:10 am edt 

Chapter 91

So now people want police and government enforcement of Ch. 91. Can we
make up our minds . And remember, some people think in Provincetown rules and
laws like bike stuff do not need to apply. Make up your minds!
12:07 am edt 

Thanks For the Chapter 91 Information

It seems there is a sense that we need to take back our beach access. I couldn't
agree more.

we need enforcement of signs--that is what will make this right. someone said
the Building commissioner. He is part of this but hasn't wanted to enforce these
rules. If he is going to enforce neon signs and sandwich boards--then, please,
enforce the signs that tells the public they can walk here to the beach and come
through this alley to the beach and back on Commercial.
12:05 am edt 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I Think the Building Commissioner is Involved in Chapter 91 Issues

When you get a building permit or one for repairs, chapter 91 issues are
involved. there should be more enforcement from the community Development group
so that the public gains the rights we have to access to the beach. some act as
if this is Nantucket and they can put up fences, lock gates, and keep the public
away from the land it has the right to walk onto and through. some have taken
over land that is not theirs to own and they put up no trespassing when the
public has the legal right to walk through these pieces of land.

We need signs that provide the information for access. It is this some property
owners have taken down and instead put up "keep out" or "No Trespassing" when it
is not theirs to control. why? because it is not their land but the public's.
10:20 am edt 

One More Beach Access Question?

Thanks for the knowledgable posts on Chapter 91. Does anyone know if letters or
emails to DEP about violations are subject to public records laws?
10:15 am edt 

Dear Mr. Blogmaster

Can you please post last Sunday's Cape Cod Times' editorial.  We're in the news
again, someone said.
10:14 am edt 

Jeff Jaran - Police Chief

Looking for insight on the Chief's character problems?  You need only
look to the people of Bow, N.H.
10:12 am edt 

Re: Well Done Bloggers! NOT!

"All the bitching here is costing us $7500 & no magic light will
shine. Just a forum to vent... About nothing. Hope you are all happy.
Guess what? None of u will be. The in-fighting will continue and those
beating the dead horse will continue to thump injustice. Jesus himself
cld come down & we'd still have people screaming scandal. WHO'S COSTING
THE TOWN MONEY?? The bloggers on this site."
 


Really??? Watch what happens this May. Although I promise you it will be
to your dismay!!!
10:09 am edt 

Public Forum

Before I go to the forum, I need to know the rules/ parameters for
public comments published, so that I can determine if will be worth my time to
attend it and participate.
10:06 am edt 

Sharon Lynn's Resignation

The only resolution to the conflict Is the RESIGNATION of
Sharon Lynn and the Chief.

That is the only the only resolution we the taxpayer's deserve!
10:04 am edt 

Re: Mike Canizales - FinCom Chair


Conversations with the Proposed Open Forum Mediator John Goodrich:

Thanks for posting Canizales and Goodrich's communications pertinent
to the public forum.  Based on these, I now feel more confident about what him. 
However, there needs to be an understanding of the climate in which all of this
has surfaced. All many in this town want is to be heard on a number of concerns
about the police department, in a manner that is no threatening.  Until the
recent Personnel Committee meeting, the BOS and the TM felt that the concerns
were those of a small little group. They aren't. But based on past actions by
the police chief, there was fear of his targetting those who spoke out, by using
his staff for retaliation.
10:01 am edt 

Re: How Ironic

Re: "Webmaster Comment: You are conflating to separate incidences i.e.
Squealing Pig (Police Chief) and Text Message Internal Investigation (Sergeant
Koumanelis)."



Webmaster, if you go back and read the rest of this thread, I believe the debate
WAS about the Pig incident when it started.
9:57 am edt 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Re: Public Beach Access

Lou Gitto is retired.  The person who posted Andrea Langhauser's
information is correct.  She is the person to contact.  She reports to Ben Lynch
at DEP.  Andrea should be able to tell you if a sign at a particular property is
required.

There is no liability issue so you're wrong about that.  Pursuant to Mass
General Law if you fall and kill yourself walking on an easement to the beach
there is no liability for the homeowner.   So walk carefully.  I think people
have historically taken down the signs because they don't walk people walking
through their yards.  And DEP never enforced it.
10:05 pm edt 

They Will be Prepared. Will You?

Many believe that the upcoming facilitated meeting will result in
vindication,resolution and triumph. This includes, as stated on this blog, the
firing of the police chief,  running the town manager out on a rail, or at best,
breaking up the west end cabal.

But,look at how easily the townspeople are routinely put into place and made
ineffective...at Town Meetings, during public sessions. The professional
courtesy put forth and methods such as "we'll need to look into that (and have
an answer six months from now)" aptly dismantles the anger, the fire and often,
subverts true change.

They see you coming from a mile away, and they will be prepared.  Will you?
10:02 pm edt 

Re: Voter Intimidation - How Ironic

It seems that debating back and forth the matter about the
Provincetown citizen who was told by a police officer "to watch his back" for
placing two lawn signs for two candidates for Selectmen prior to our last town
elections, should be left to our legal system, not to us.  Regardless of the
outcome, voter intimididation, or even the appearance of voter intimidation
shouldn't go unchecked, not in Florida, not in Wisconsin, and certainly, not in
Massachusetts.
10:00 pm edt 

One Word....Recall!

The BOS and Sharon Lynn are thumbing their noses
at us....and it's time for we the voters to show we are not "puppets"!
9:58 pm edt 

Chapter 91 - Beach Access

Lou Gitto has not been with Chapter 91 since late summer or early fall
2010.
9:56 pm edt 

Clean House !

Including the Library Director, why pay good money to
people who don't want to be here and can't be civil to taxpayers, of which she
is not one.  Just a drain on the economy rude and arrogant to boot.  Certainly a
more suitable person could be found, people are very anxious to be here.
9:55 pm edt 

Oh, Wow!

Now the blog is costing the town $7,500 that's an illogical deduction. It was
the courage of Maria Lopez, Stephen Mindich and Strickland that asked for and
received a public forum. that is all they asked for. Not a negotiated peace
settlement!

Look into the mirror blogger. the blame is staring you in the face!
9:53 pm edt 

Re: How Ironic

Re: "THIS PERSON'S CIVIL RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!  AND
IT IS SERGEANT KOUMENALIS YOU SHOULD BE BLAMING FOR COSTING THE TOWN $$$."

The constant and and repeated attempts to paint this whole mess as a civil
rights issue are insulting to the intelligence of our townspeople. It's about
one selectman and his followers vs. the police force, "plain and simple," to
quote you. It's become a big, ridiculous power play and as you said yourself,
the bartender wanted and didn't get an apology (and he suddenly decided he was
owed an apology months after the fact) so he is now going to litigate at the
expense of taxpayers. We will ALL pay for this. Don't act like this man is
crusading for justice and civil rights, this whole business is and always was
about revenge.

Webmaster Comment: You are conflating to separate incidences i.e. Squealing Pig (Police Chief) and Text Message Internal Investigation (Sergeant Koumanelis).
9:51 pm edt 

Mike Canizales - FinCom Chair

Conversations with the Proposed Open Forum Mediator John Goodrich:

I mailed and then spoke to the proposed mediator. He asked me to post this and to send the comments to him so he can decide whether to alter his feedback strategy which includes:

1) the below mentioned interviews,
2) anonymous cards during session,
3) open mic feedback during small group part of session and finally
4) open mic during big session.

I told him maybe he should have open office hours so members of this or other blog groups could do pre-interviews in addition to Board Chairs and other political regulars...he's thinking about that.

He could decide to abdicate to another member of his team that has no history.

He did mention that he felt Erik Yingling and Mary Jo would vouch for him. I have not been able to reach them. He minimized his relationship with Sharon and said he was actually much closer with Keith due to work with sewer mediations.

******So, speak up my friends and I'll pass it on! Now is your chance to influence the process I'm told. *****

If someone can repost this on candyland and my pacc and compile their feedback we'll get it all to John.


From: John Goodrich [mailto:jgoodrich.mopc@comcast.net]
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2013 5:19 PM
To: mike@sniffk9s.com
Subject: Re: Confidential interview about policing services

Hello Mike,

thank you very much for getting back to me right away. I have not heard of any concerns so far, with the possible exception of the Town Manager herself who wanted to be sure that I felt that I could be neutral and objective on this process. You should be aware that I contacted the Town Manager to see if the MA Office of Public Collaboration could be of assistance to the community on this issue - she did not contact me.

I have not worked that much with the Town Manager over the years. My focus has been almost entirely on the Town's water and wastewater infrastructure development, working with the Dept. of Public Works, their engineers, and of course the Board of Selectmen when there have been policy decisions to be made. I did work much more closely with the former Town Manager, Keith Bergman, since he was directly involved with the earlier phases of the sewer project. And, my work with the Town on the sewer project has nearly ended. I now do most of my facilitation work through the MA Office of Public Collaboration, throughout the state.

Should there be an issue of my involvement, of course MOPC can provide other qualified people for this process. At this late date, this may mean that all of the interviews would be conducted by telephone - which we often do - since it may not be possible to schedule someone else to be in town next week.

I may be mistaken, but I believe that Erik Yingling is favorably disposed as to my involvement. Have you talked with him about it?

Please let me know further what you think and pass on this information if you would like to others who may have a concern! My interest is only in providing the best possible professional neutral facilitation services from MOPC to the community for this very important issue.

John

John Goodrich

Senior Affiliate Mediator and Facilitator
Mass. Office of Public Collaboration

On Aug 19, 2013, at 5:08 PM,

Mike Canizales <mike@sniffk9s.com> wrote:

Hi John,

I am a big fan of this process and was, in fact, I think the first official to recommend it. However, there are a large number of folks already challenging it’s credibility because of a perceived or alleged relationship with you and the Town Manager. Are you aware of this? Do you feel it’s better to pass this to someone with no Town History. I have never met you and have no direct knowledge but I wanted to give you a heads up in case nobody has. I look forward to hearing from you.

Mike Canizales


From: John Goodrich [mailto:jgoodrich.mopc@comcast.net]
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2013 3:59 PM
To: mike@sniffk9s.com
Subject: Confidential interview about policing services


Dear Michael Canizales,
As you are aware, the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration at the University of Massachusetts Boston (MOPC) will be providing assistance to the Town of Provincetown for a conflict resolution intervention and civic engagement process that will include a neutral Public Forum that will be held on September 19th to discuss the provision of police services and the role and functions of the Police Department in the community. Additional information about the assistance that MOPC will be providing is already on the Town’s website.
As the Lead Facilitator for MOPC, I will be undertaking an initial conflict assessment between now and the public forum so that MOPC can frame the forum discussions in an open and unbiased manner. The initial conflict assessment will include an online survey that anyone may respond to and a number of confidential interviews with people who represent a broad cross-section of viewpoints on the issues. I plan to interview about 15 people, including representatives from the Police Department, current and former town officials, and several interested business leaders and citizens.
I would like to have an opportunity to interview you confidentially in your capacity as the Chair of the Finance Committee to understand your views on the provision of policing services, including:
• How appropriate you feel the current role and level of policing and the community interaction with the Police Department are for the needs of the community.
• Whether you think the role and level of policing may have changed over the past five years and what you feel the proper role of the police in the community should be five years from now.
• What you value most about the current policing services and what suggestions you may have to improve the role and level of policing, and the interaction between the community and the Police Department and other Town departments.
• What effect you feel that recent incidents regarding the Police Department or police officers may have had on your view of policing, and
• Your view on the adequacy of the current police facilities and any opinion that you may have regarding the location of the Town’s police facilities.
I will be in Provincetown from mid-morning on next Monday August 26th through mid-afternoon on Wednesday August 28th and would like to schedule a time at your convenience to meet with you for about 45 minutes for this confidential interview. If this is not a convenient time for you to meet with me, we can schedule a telephone interview at your convenience sometime between Thursday August 29th and Sunday September 8th.
Please let me know either by email or by telephone when you may be available to speak with me. I value your input on this very important community issue and am looking forward to talking with you.

John



John Goodrich


Senior Affiliate Mediator and Facilitator
Mass. Office of Public Collaboration
9:32 pm edt 

Re: I'd Support a Public Posting of Beach Access Article

Beach access isn't decided by the town. It's decided by the state under the DEP.
All beachfront property owners are granted a license to use the land between the
1938 Scoffield Line (High Water Mark of 1938) and the bay. The DEP decides where
beach access needs to go to accommodate the publics' access to the bay. If there
is deemed to be a hardship for the public to access the water because there's a
long distance between access points, the DEP will not grant a license to a
property owner unless they agree to allow public access AND requires that the
access point have signage. It's a matter of public record which property owners
are supposed to allow public access. (Don't ask someone else to research whether
the Town Manager's house is required to allow access and provide signage to that
fact. Do it yourself by calling the DEP in Boston and then report back to us.)
The DEP isn't going to invalidate all the licenses granted that don't include
public access. For example, if you're walking on Commercial Street between Pearl
and Johnson and decide you want to walk to the beach, the state has determined
that that distance is sufficient for your convenience. I'd have to agree with
them this time: If you can't make it to Pearl or Johnson, you should be in a
hospital and not even thinking about the beach.
9:08 pm edt 

Chapter 91:

The town has NOTHING to do with Chapter 91 enforcement or
beach access. It is a state issue, if you see violations then document them and
contact the DEP. Again,the town, the police, etc have NOTHING to do with this. I
suspect also that the state would not look kindly on a local ordinance trying to
intervene on a state signage and access issue. The town does however administer
the harbor access fund. You might be able to force through an ordinance
requiring that some of that money be spent each year on a local person auditing
Chapter 91 access and reporting violations to state. Maybe then the state would
actually enforce its own laws.
9:06 pm edt 

Be Advised:

Chapter 91 postings from Howland St west were always in
existence until property started to "change hands" by sale. New owners tried to
hide it because they have to have adequate property insurance to cover liability
if some one off the street trespasses and gets hurt on their property.Newer
owners tried to hide the publics use! From Howland street East,it's considered
Private property up to Mean High water mark & needs no posting. Trespassers not
allowed. This is the law of the Commonwealth!
2:50 pm edt 

Liar

Somehow the fact our Police Chief is a habitual liar (among his other stellar
qualities)must come out.  Hopefully the "Public Forum" will be the venue for
this.  The guy has lied about the accident involving the police officer hitting
the pedestrian with the police cruiser, lied about the sexual harassment issue,
lied about his knowledge and involement with the proposed drug sniffing dogs on
the pier, and the lst goes on.  If you can't be trusted to tell the truth, then
you obviously can not be trusted to do the right thing as a public servant. 
Time to hang down your head, hang up your badge, and move on!
2:48 pm edt 

Beach Access

In MA the waterfront property owner owns all property down to the low tide line
EXCEPT for in Provincetown west of Howland Street due to the way Povincetown was
created way way back. In this western part of town the property owner owns to
the mean high tide line, you can find that line on a map on the town web site.

If the property at some point built or filled state lands on the water side of
that line they are subject to Chapter 91. This means when they make a major
change to the property that impacts state lands they have to negotiate a Chapter
91 license with the state DEP. in some cases the state asks for a contribution
to the harbor fund, in others a public amenity (boat landing, public restrooms
are examples) and beach access or some combiination of these. The properties
where you see beach access signs have a Chapter 91 license. Instances of this
include the Boatslip and many west end properties.

Chapter 91 in our area is enforced, rarely, by the state DEP and a fellow named
Lou Gitto in Boston. There are several properties who are flagrantly violating
the requirements of their Chapter 91 licenses. You can look up the exact terms
of a license on the Barnstable Deeds web site.

If you find violations of Chapter 91 licenses, for instance the flagrant and
multi year, multiple violations at    Commercial St report them in detail to:
Louis Gitto, Regional Planner, DEP Waterways Regulation Program, One Winter
Street - 5th lo or, Boston, MA 02108,

For areas east of Howland St the property between high and low tide lines is
privately owned but even there for something like "fishing, fowling" you are
allowed to cross over it. Provincetown's unique mix of shoreline status often
leads to confusion about apparently different treatments.
2:45 pm edt 

Well Done Bloggers! NOT!

All the bitching here is costing us $7500 & no magic light will shine. Just a
forum to vent... About nothing. Hope you are all happy. Guess what? None of u
will be. The in-fighting will continue and those beating the dead horse will
continue to thump injustice. Jesus himself cld come down & we'd still have
people screaming scandal. WHO'S COSTING THE TOWN MONEY?? The bloggers on this
site.
2:40 pm edt 

Do Not Continue to Ignore the Mandate

If there are any town officials reading this page, and I'm pretty sure
there are....please heed this warning from the voters and citizens of
Provincetown.

You can handle this situation with the Chief of Police any way you want, at this
point in time, the next move seems to be in the BOS and Managers purview.

However, remember, no matter who you hire, and how much more of our tax dollars
you spend on this, the voters have given you their feelings and you still refuse
to listen. This will not only cost you your offices, but it will also ruin the
reputations you have worked so hard to build over your careers.

Don't let this Chief continue to drag our community through the mud. There are
enough serious civil rights abuses and other verifiable facts to hang this
person in any court in the land. His whole demeanor is that of an abuser, and he
continues to snub his nose at us, the people who make it possible for all of you
to receive your 6-figure salaries.

This will, at some point, come to justice. I believe you are all intelligent 
enough to know where this is going.

Do the right thing, NOW. Do not continue to deny what you are hearing and
seeing, and do not continue to ignore the mandate. You have to do your jobs and
fire this Chief, or we will find a way to stifle your lack of courage.

2:38 pm edt 

Public Forum

If the TM and BOS decide to go with a facilitator
that we do not trust, we can boycott the proceedings
or have them elsewhere.
2:35 pm edt 

Re: How Ironic

I'm sorry, WHO'S the small, vindictive, immature person? The
victim or the chief/officer? Get you facts straight. A simple apology would saveed
the town thousands but the victim is immature?   

THIS PERSON'S CIVIL RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!  AND IT IS SERGEANT KOUMENALIS YOU SHOULD BE BLAMING FOR COSTING THE TOWN $$$.
2:33 pm edt 

Re: Chapter 91

The person to contact is Andrea Langhauser at DEP who is in charge of Chapter 91
for Provincetown.  Poor Richard's landing was not required to provide access so
whoever posted that was incorrect.

andrea.langhauser@state.ma.us

I think the parking lot across from the Waterford is disputed so they won't be
able to enforce that, but there are many properties that do not display the
correct signage.

2:31 pm edt 

The Cabal et al

Thank you  to those we pay big monies to but never see and are in it
for only their own good.

Thanks Town Manager, Chief Jaran and his posse board of select-persons with
agenders  for making a town a mess.

Karma will be waiting for all of you for all you have done to destroy our
beautiful town.   

SHAME ON YOU ALL
2:25 pm edt 

Re: The Request for a Public Meeting was Simply That

Here's my take on what was supposed to happen with the hearing:

The purpose of the hearing, as had been suggested on the night in which Maria,
Steve and Gail spoke, was for the TM and the BOS to schedule a hearing in which
the citizens of Provincetown would present their remarks regarding their
concerns about the Police.  The rationale for this was that the residents have
felt intimidated, and afraid for fear of retaliation fr the Police.

Other than somebody taking notes for the TM and the BOS, that's all that's
needed!  The next step would be for the TM and the BOS to submit to the
residents a course of action to quickly and effectively remedy those problems
presented by the public.  And this plan of action would be included as part of
the TM's annual evaluation goals.

No breaking in to small groups, no Kumbaya moments...we just want, at least
once, to be heard, and for her and the BOS to take corrective action.  Period!!!

The TM, and the BOS need to understand  that the rebuilding of the Police
Station will not be contemplated by the community at large until these
police-related issues are given a hearing, and are resolved.
2:17 pm edt 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Request for a Public Meeting was Simply That

Nothing more and not a coordinated "event" where there are prior questioning of
key people and then discussion at little tables and then a performance of sorts.
The request from Maria Lopez and Steve Mindich and Gail Strickland was for a
public forum. that is what we should have on September 19th and that alone.

There is no need to have a "facilitator" for the cost of $7,500. Just a plain
and simple public meeting.
10:43 am edt 

I'd Support a Public Posting of Beach Access Article

that would force all property owners to publicly declare the section or side of
their houses that are deemed public access to the beach. I do believe it is the
law now that they have too but it is not enforced. This is one law that would be
good for the town and for all of us.

Why do some owners have to post the sign and others are allowed to not have any
sign on public access? does anyone know that? It is privilege for some and not
for others?

I think the parking lot across from the Waterford is deemed a chapter 91 access,
even though you will be screamed at if you dare walk through. There should be a
sing posted and the area open to the public made public.
10:39 am edt 

Enough is Enough!

We have to stop the insanity.
We must do all in our power to shut down another Goodrow show.
It's just another delay tactic from Sharon.
Better to use the $$$ for a Recall.  The three blind mice must go!
Can the finance Comm. do something about Sharon's contract?
Maybe it is time to bring back SCRAM.
We must do all we can to stop the September show and put on our own show called
RECALL!
9:49 am edt 

Public Forum

What  a joke!  Just a forum  for everyone to vent for naught.  This is just  an
opportunity for people to speak, and feel as though they are being understood by
someone or some organization that can or will solve the problems or situations
they bring forward.  Another way for Town Management to sweep the shenanigans 
going on in  our town under the rug  without actually alerting outside 
authorities that could actually do something about what is going on. Nice
political strategy!
9:41 am edt 

Re: Re: How Ironic

I'm sorry, WHO'S the small, vindictive, immature person? The
victim or the chief/officer? Get you facts straight. A simple apology would save
the town thousands but the victim is immature?

If someone wronged me I would ask for and expect an apology. If the person who
wronged me refused to apologize, I would accept this fact and move on with my
life because I am an adult and don't believe in frivolous lawsuits, especially
when they are going to cost the taxpayers of my town thousands of dollars. So
yeah, I guess I'm the immature one.

And please, stop saying "get you facts straight." It only serves to underline
your ignorance.
9:40 am edt 

Public Access to the Beach

Let's take back our public water front!!!
9:39 am edt 

The Town and Not the Town Manager Should do the Hiring

The consultant should feel that the townspeople, not the TM or the
BO'S, have hired him. After all she has done to try to cover up things,
including hiring "consultants" that will give her the findings that she and her
cabal want to hear, I don't think she is capable of hiring someone who will tell
it like it is.

Let's save ourselves some money. Either a committee chooses the firm that does
this, or stop any plans for using Mr. Goodrich.

Also, we have to direct her and the BOS so that the Selection Committee isn't
formed with her cabal, as she has always done in the past.
9:37 am edt 

How Much Have We Paid in Legal Settlements

Since Sharon is so clear about how much having the mediation and the
hearing will cost, how about a press release on the figures that she and the BOS
have settled on for legal cases?  We don't need to know the cases, just the $
amount.
9:25 am edt 

We Can no Longer Trust Her

'This means: he knows Sharon Lynn and the BOS and that he has been
relying on thegoodwill of Sharon Lynn to make his living.
FIND US AN UNBIASED PARTY!!!!'



Here's the issue for me:  If we are to participate at a hearing or forum, to air
our grievances about her and her police chief, how can we be confident of
impartiality when she's the one to choose the mediator? Even the press release
wasn't entirely accurate?

Because she has lied to us so much, or been so opaque, we can no longer trust
anything she says or does.  But she and the BOS are the ones who put us in this
spot.
9:23 am edt 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

They are the Worse

I have never felt about a Town Manager and Police Chief the way I feel
now...and I know we've had some deuces.
4:27 pm edt 

John Goodrich, the Proposed Open Forum Mediator

It appears that Mr John Goodrich, the mediator selected for the public
forum in Sept, has a long history with Provincetown government. Just Google
"John Goodrich" + "provincetown" and you will see a whole list of meeting
minutes going back at least five years in which Mr Goodrich played the role of
facilitator for Wastewater Management issues.

This means: he knows Sharon Lynn and the BOS and that he has been relying on the
goodwill of Sharon Lynn to make his living.

FIND US AN UNBIASED PARTY!!!!
4:26 pm edt 

Forum and Police Chief

This is why I think the forum is going to be nothing but a joke. If there was
any chance the Police Chief was to be reprimanded for his action, it should of
been done shortly after the Pig incident, not several weeks later. So now comes
the forum to discuss what, the Pig incident. If it is discussed the Chief is
still not going to be disciplined. So why hold this forum ? So this vendictive
Chief can match the voices with the faces.

When I think about all the other things he has done, the Pig incident is not all
he has done. Please folks, keep that in mind. This Chief feels he can do what he
wants and if he didn't then he would not have driven 17-19 people out and forced
others out and would of also done his best to avoid negative publicity as well
as the lawsuits. Not this Chief and the Town Manager is doing nothing to stop
his behaviour. The Chief as far as I am concerned is a twin to Whitey Bulger and
the Town Manager is just like Bulgers right hand man, Flemmi the rifleman.
4:23 pm edt 

A Good Idea on Posting Access to the Beach Signs
 
It would be a great article to require that all property owners who are part of
chapter 91 post the access to the beach from Commercial Street and also from the
water side. What we have are too many waterfront property owners hiding behind
the non-posting of chapter 91 signs. Then the public doesn't know it can cross
the little side lanes near their house or in some cases, like Davy Locker's in
the West End, cross through the property. this is the intent of Massachusetts
law on chapter 91. Yet this town has let the non-posting of signs allowed. time
to require the posting and open up the beaches to the public.

It could mean that the chief does not even have the right to put up high, heavy
steel gates to prevent people from crossing through the property. this should be
checked out. It may be illegal for this property to be gated. But it is certain
that where Sharon lives, it is a chapter 91 property and we all have right to
cross through the land, both coming and going. It is, my dears, the law.
1:06 pm edt 

The Public Forum

MPOPC  is going to do nothing to alleviate the problems with the Police Chief. 
The only way this guy will straighten up is when he gets fired or The State
becomes aware of his inappropriate behavior, and we all know that the Town
Manager will not allow that to happen.
10:22 am edt 

Think Before You Accept

If this John Goodrich mediator person even KNOWS the town manager or
police chief, he should not be hired. Find an unbiased person, please.
10:20 am edt 

Public Access to the Water

The Art Association and Cumberland Farms have had to post that they
have public restrooms,.

At the next Town Meeting, we could vote on an article requiring that all
applicable waterfront property owners to post a sign indicating the public
access to the water.  Not doing so would be subject to a fine.  No, no, Sharon
doesn't need to send the police to crush the violating properties.
10:18 am edt 

Where's the Open to the Public Access Sign?

You Are right! Where is the Open to the Public Access Sign on Sharon
Lynn's Residence?


The public does have the right to go from Commercial Street to the beach. that
was the intent of Chapter 91. there should be a sign declaring access as you see
on the old Flagship that is now a private residence. The sign is there. But why
is there not a sign at the property abutting the Ice house? It too is legally a
land that must give public access. Why is there no sign there?

There should also be a sign at Richard's Landing. It too is legally open to the
public to go from Commercial Street to the beach. But they too need to let the
public know that the public has a right to be there and go through the land. It
is not private due to Chapter 91.

Time for all of us to gain the access we have the right to have. time to reclaim
our rights through Chapter 91.
12:05 am edt    Write the BOS
10:16 am edt 

Open Meeting Public Forum

"The fact that the person who's going to lead the public forum has
previous connections to Sarah Peake is a deterrent,
Too close to the cabal.  What's our chance of impartiality from him?"  SO SO
TYPICAL
10:14 am edt 

Re: How Ironic

I'm sorry, WHO'S the small, vindictive, immature person? The
victim or the chief/officer? Get you facts straight. A simple apology would save
the town thousands but the victim is immature?

It seems we like to be selective about who must follow the law, don't we?
We all have to have boats registered, or else they're crushed, etc., etc.  Got
it, but when the civil rights of a woman have been violated, she's told to "grow
up".  Or when a man's civil rights have been violated, he's vindictive and
childish.

Luckily, each of these individuals has recourse to remedy their situation - and
that's the courts, which, incidentally, Jaran has indicated he may use as well.
10:12 am edt 

Sharon Lynn

Thank you so much for choosing a weekday in september for
a public forum. So now all 2nd home owners need to take off from work or will be
unable to come. You are self serving and disingenuous.  You do not care about
doing the right thing for Provincetown. You care about doing the right thing for
your Cabal. You are despicable.
10:10 am edt 

Open Meeting Public Forum

"I hope she doesn't get to pick who leads the invest... Otherwise, it will be
someone she claims she doesn't know!"
  


If the BOS select the investigative body that will be in charge of the outside
invention into the pic then the 3 puppets will make sure it is someone who is
best suited for an outcome that they would prefer. The 3 puppets have the
majority and they will make sure this happens. again, not fair.
10:08 am edt 

re: Re: How Ironic

"you honestly don't get my point? Honestly? You don't see how one man
costing the town thousands of dollars because his feelings were hurt and he
feels as thoughhe is owed an apology is selfish, childish, vindictive and just
plain wrong?"


YOU ARE MISSING THE ENTIRE POINT. THESE THREATS WERE DIRECT VIOLATIONS OF CIVIL
RIGHTS.  PLAIN AND SIMPLE.  DID YOU READ THE REPORT BY THE POLICE DEPT
THEMSELVES? NOT EVEN AN OUTSIDE AGENCY?.THE VIOLATIONS ARE VERY SERIOUS,
VIOLATIONS THAT COULD RESULT IN VERY SERIOUS SENTENCING  BY A JUDGE/ JURY FOR
THE PERPETRATOR(S).  What he said was that all he asked for was an apology from
those involved and was told he would never get one. He was willing not to move
forward with litigation. 

IT IS QUITE CLEAR HE NOW WILL BE MOVING FORWARD WITH
LITIGATION.  AGAIN, THE POINT IS NONE OF THIS WOULD BE HAPPENING IF HE SIMPLY
RECEIVED AN APOLOGY. 

This man was threatened by members of the police force. The very institution that is
put  in place to protect the citizens it oversees. I believe you have missed the entire
premise here or you are involved with the police sergeant  in some manner or quite
honestly , you are very simple minded.
10:05 am edt 

Open Forum (Police Forum)

The Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC).
This is otherwise know as the committee that will calm people down with a huge
load of pro cop BS. This meeting will not address the texting incedent, it will
not address the Squealing Pig incedent, it will not address the sexual
harassment issue and it will not address all of the other matters people want to
talk about regarding the police chief. This is a joke. This will simply be a
meeting that will explain (TELL) everyone why the police do their job. They will
in essence say, too bad, this is the way it is everywhere, you just don't know
it. And there's nothing you can do about it. This is just another step to buffer
the town against any lawsuits or liability should someone sue the town for any
reason. This shows the town "tried" to calm the waters.

Just getting worse and worse every day.
10:02 am edt 

She is Shameless

I hope she doesn't get to pick who leads the invest... Otherwise, it
will be someone she claims she doesn't know!- of course it will be. Just like
she didn't do what everyone asked pertaining to the weekend date for the 
public forum.

She does whatever she wants. She is shameless. I cannot wait until she is gone
forever from this town.
10:00 am edt 

re: Re: How Ironic

''''''''''''''feelings hurt??

Wow you have simplified this to get your insulting shameless point across. how about threatened??? You are shameless. well, ignorant is more like it- big difference
between feelings hurt and violation of 1st amendment rights as well as being
threatend with violence. 

I hope he goes further and requests the sergeant be fired. Tom koumanelis is not
fit to be a police sergeant. My call- this goes to courts? the chief his gf and even the
Tm will be pulled into this.

This is a serious civil rights case. Any savvyy attorney would agree.This town deserves
to pay because people like you live here. An example will be set. I promise you.
9:57 am edt 

Re: Open Forum Meeting

You're correct... A committee should have been formed to chose the IMPARTIAL
person for the forum....  Not someone that anybody is affiliated with in anyway
or has an agenda !  Well, you know where that meeting will go ? Just saying !
9:54 am edt 

Public Beach Access vs Sharon Lynn

You Are right! Where is the Open to the Public Access Sign on Sharon
Lynn's Residence?


The public does have the right to go from Commercial Street to the beach. that
was the intent of Chapter 91. there should be a sign declaring access as you see
on the old Flagship that is now a private residence. The sign is there. But why
is there not a sign at the property abutting the Ice house? It too is legally a
land that must give public access. Why is there no sign there?

There should also be a sign at Richard's Landing. It too is legally open to the
public to go from Commercial Street to the beach. But they too need to let the
public know that the public has a right to be there and go through the land. It
is not private due to Chapter 91.

Time for all of us to gain the access we have the right to have. time to reclaim
our rights through Chapter 91.
12:05 am edt 

Sharon Lynn

I hope she doesn't get to pick who leads the invest... Otherwise, it will be
someone she claims she doesn't know!

She seems to pick people she knows, for invests, jobs and etc....Meanwhile
everyone else has to jump through hoops for jobs !
12:01 am edt 

Friday, August 16, 2013

What Ever Lola Wants--Lola Gets

First a police station proposal that sends voters into a tailspin,
then police on the pier and waterfront and now police are going after us on our
bicycles. It's as if the chief of police is saying a big FU to all of us, I can
do whatever the _ _ _ _ I want.
11:54 pm edt 

Re: Junk Boats

Hey Junk Boat "Appalachia" lady.    . With that level of sensitivity
and empathy you could be married to Mitt Romney.  JEEZ
11:51 pm edt 

Too Close!

The fact that the person who's going to lead the public forum has
previous connections to Sarah Peake is a deterrent,
Too close to the cabal.  What's our chance of impartiality from him?
11:49 pm edt 

Public Forum Mediator - Who?

The person chosen to lead the mediation / forum has a track record
with working in Provincetown and with Sarah Peake.

A committee should have chosen the entity and individual to go the mediation.
11:44 pm edt 

re: Re: How Ironic

Re: "I'm sorry, WHO'S the small, vindictive, immature person? The
victim or the chief/officer? Get you facts straight. A simple apology would save
the town thousands but the victim is immature? REALLY???"



You honestly don't get my point? Honestly? You don't see how one man costing the
town thousands of dollars because his feelings were hurt and he feels as though
he is owed an apology is selfish, childish, vindictive and just plain wrong?

Well, I don't know how much clearer it can be presented. I don't think it's a
matter of me needing to get my facts straight, more like my opinion differs from
yours and you are so completely closed minded that you refuse to see the facts,
even when they are presented plainly on the table in front of you.
11:42 pm edt 

About Time the town Investigates His Actions

About time the town investigated the 90 Shank Painter Units not meeting code.
Russ Braun gives a hell of a non answer! Stay tuned.
11:40 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

Cheryl Napsha, the library director, is untouchable because of her
relationship with Sharon Lynn, the town manager.  Cheryl is Sharon Lynn's back
pocket. She will do anything that Sharon wants, and she lets Sharon control the
library budget. This was never the case before. Be careful library donors - your
donations could be funding the police department.

The real reason that Debbie DeJonker left the library was Sharon Lynn. Sharon
did not care in the least that Debbie was a talented and visionary leader who,
practically single handedly built that new library.  I was spitting mad when I
heard Ann Maguire list the new library as one of Sharon Lynn's
"accomplishments."  Sharon Lynn does not give a rat's behind about the library
and did not do ANYTHING to make that library a reality.  Oh yeah, she did manage
to get her partner Patsy Green appointed to the Board of Trustees as a way to
insure that she would get firsthand information about library money and to be
able to exert influence to push people out that did not jump at her command.

This is all the complete truth, so I will be disregarding the Sharon Lynn clone
that posts about how I know nothing about the library. This is just one small
example of the many ways Sharon Lynn has seized control over Provincetown.  Dump
her and her useless library director before it's too late.
11:37 pm edt 

Police Chief - Endless

I can assure everyone, that the forum scheduled for September regarding the
Police Chief, etc, will be a waste of everyone's time. A lot of people are
aware of many other things that he has done besides the incident that happened
at the Pig but it seems the focus has been primarily on the Pig incident.

Red flags should have been raised by the fathers to running this town, when
17-19 people left the Dept on top of the ones he forced out. I am not sure
if many of you are losing focus of how he treated the ones who once worked for
him or how bad the dept and moral is now. As far as I am concerned, he
has been the worse choice for a Police Chief this town has ever seen and had.

Don't think or let anyone convince you that this forum will allow a lot of
things to be discussed in an open forum and all will be well. This Chief has and
still has the reputation for being vindictive and vicious as far as those who
worked for him and from those who still work for him. Remember folks, a Zebra
does not change it's stripes.
11:34 pm edt 

A Disaster That Has Already Happened

It's more pure hubris on the part of the police and the town manager.

The police think they can manage the harbor.  They've proved time and time again
that they can't.  They just don't have the skills.

Please join me in pledging to de-fund the Marine Patrol Officer program next
time it is up for renewal.  It is a disaster that has already happened.
9:55 pm edt 

Both Must Go!

"I hear the voters expressing the majority opinion that we will work
with this Town Manager, but not this Chief. He has got to be fired!"


This incorrect.  As time went by Sharon's support eroded.  Few respect her or
consider her a great manager.  that's why you saw the cabal in action at the last
BOS meeting.  She had two roads to choose from.  She chose the one with Jeff in
it, even accusing the victims. The only way she stops is with legal action. 
Sharon and Jeff are costing us quite a bit of money. People should personally
sue the two of them; not the town.
9:28 pm edt 

Is the State Involved?

"...he makes his comments during public comment, a time when nobody is
ready for what will come forward from the public so nobody in the room is
prepared to make a counterpoint."



The investigation is what matters now.  Could care less what he has to say.

But who is going to choose the person who will be doing the investigation?  Is
the State involved on this at all?
9:25 pm edt 

Chapter 91 - Beach Access

--Well then You Have the right to Walk on the Beach in Front
of the Chief's House and also Sharon Lynn's

But is this property marked as a chapter 91 open to the public access? it should
be. You can walk through Sharon Lynn's real estate because it encroaches on
chapter 91 right of Access to the Beach. but I do see gates, iron gates, that
provide a different message.

We should have ALL chapter 91 access by the public to the beach marked with
signs that clearly let all of us know where all these access points are.

Time to put up the signs, let the public have access, even if it Sharon Lynn's
house.
9:23 pm edt 

Provincetown Banner
By Staff reports
Provincetown Banner

Posted Aug 16, 2013 @ 11:20 AM



Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/provincetown/newsnow/x1383333236/Provincetown-public-forum-to-address-some-police-matters-says-town-manager#ixzz2cBV2PWdm
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The Banner received the following statement from Sharon Lynn, Provincetown town manager, on Friday regarding the upcoming police forum:

The Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC) will be providing assistance to the town of Provincetown for a conflict resolution intervention and civic engagement process that will include a neutral public forum for the discussion of the provision of police services and the role and functions of the police department in the community.

Since town officials are already separately addressing certain personnel matters involving the police department, including the hiring of an independent investigator to look into the Squealing Pig pub incident, as well as undertaking studies regarding a new police station, these matters will not be the focus of either the public forum or the other assistance that MOPC will be providing the town.

The public forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Provincetown Town Hall auditorium and will provide an opportunity for people to voice their views and disagreements concerning the provision of police services, including the proper role of the police in their community, the level of policing that they feel is appropriate for the health and safety of the community, and the civic engagement process with the police department that they would like to see occur in the future.

The forum will be an opportunity for dialogue and for listening to the various points of view both during an open-ended public comment period and in small group discussions to be facilitated by volunteers from Cape mediation. MOPC will also provide an opportunity for both forum participants and those viewing the forum live on PTV to submit their written comments to the facilitators.

MOPC will conduct an initial conflict assessment prior to the public forum that will include an online survey that anyone may respond to and a number of confidential interviews with persons who represent a broad cross-section of viewpoints on the issues so that MOPC can frame the forum discussions in an open and unbiased manner. The survey will be available online for two weeks from Saturday, August 24th, through Sunday, September 8th. A link to the survey will be provided on the town’s website no later than August 24th.

Following the September 19th public forum, the MOPC facilitators will prepare a report that will include their recommendations for the next steps for conflict resolution intervention and civic engagement, based on both the initial conflict assessment and the public input at the forum.

For over 25 years, MOPC has served as the state office that focuses exclusively on assisting state and local government as a neutral forum and state-level resource for dispute resolution, consensus-building and public engagement. MOPC is highly regarded throughout the commonwealth of Massachusetts for its experience designing and implementing such processes.

The lead facilitator for MOPC will be John Goodrich who, in addition to 15 years of experience working on a number of projects in Provincetown, has been a MOPC facilitator or mediator on numerous projects both on and off Cape since 1990, including several projects on the Outer Cape including the Lower/Outer Cape School Summit convened by Rep. Sarah Peake in 2009.


9:12 pm edt 

The Elephant in the Room

Can't wait til Sep. 19th...

Betch the chief requires all officers be there... in uniform!
1:19 pm edt 

Junk Boats

This town is starting to look like Appalachia with all the junk and unregistered
cars and boats. If you can't afford to properly register, store or moor your
boat or car do not leave it around collecting bugs and rodents thereby
infringing on the rights and views of people that follow the rules and care
enough to take care of what they own.
10:14 am edt 

Re: Re: The Overstepping of Bounds

You Got It Almost Right

Chapter 91 applies in tidelands, great ponds, and along certain rivers and
streams. Tidelands refer to all land presently or formerly beneath the waters of
the ocean, including lands that are always submerged as well as those in the
intertidal area, i.e., between the mean high and low water marks. These areas
are governed by a concept in property law known as the public trust doctrine,
which establishes that all rights in tidelands and the water are held by the
state "in trust" for the benefit of the public.
There are two types of tidelands: (1) Commonwealth tidelands which are, for most
of the Massachusetts coastline, all lands below the historic low water mark
extending out three miles to the limit of state jurisdiction. This area is owned
by the Commonwealth or held by private persons in accordance with the trust for
the benefit of the public. (2) Private tidelands are those areas between
historic high and historic low water, which are usually privately owned but on
which the Commonwealth reserves and protects public rights of fishing, fowling
and navigation (and the natural derivatives thereof). The historic high water
marks are the farthest landward tide lines which existed "prior to human
alteration" by filling, dredging, impoundment or other means (310 CMR 9.02) (see
Figure V-1). Thus, Chapter 91 applies to filled as well as flowed tidelands, so
that any filled areas, moving inland to the point of the historic high tide
line, are subject to jurisdiction.

In Provincetown, the distinction between private and Commonwealth tidelands is
somewhat different than in other communities. The area of Provincetown east of
Howland Street was formerly part of Truro. As in other coastal towns in
Massachusetts, the colonial government of Truro granted owners of upland
property ownership rights to the intertidal area adjacent to their property area
(the private tidelands), subject to easements guaranteeing the public rights of
fishing, fowling and navigation. The area to the west of Howland Street was
known as the Province Lands. The Provincetown charter of 1727 did not provide
the new town with authority to grant land to its settlers. St. 1893, s. 470
(presently found in M.G.L. c. 91, s.25) divided the Province Lands into two
parts. The "town" is the coast west of Howland Street and the "wild lands" is
the area to the northeast of Howland Street. On the "town" side of the former
Province Lands, private ownership of property is limited to the area landward of
the historic mean high water mark. So, west of Howland Street, land seaward of
the historic mean high water mark is Commonwealth tidelands.

For planning purposes, the location of the historic high water mark as of 1848
has been delineated on maps prepared under contract to the Department of
Environmental Protection1. The map was presented at a public information meeting
in Provincetown on September 4, 1996. DEP will use the mapped line as the
presumptive line of jurisdiction in its determinations of which structures and
uses along the shoreline of Provincetown Harbor require Chapter 91 licensing. A
transcription of the DEP Map is provided for reference purposes (see Figure 9.
Provincetown Historic Tidelands (3 pages)); the original map should be referred
to concerning questions or issues on specific properties. Based on the DEP map,
the Plan identifies the existing structures and uses that appear to be located
on filled Commonwealth tidelands and other tidelands subject to jurisdiction of
the waterways licensing program.
8:51 am edt 

re: Re: How Ironic

"You are nothing more than a vindictive, immature, small person who wants revenge
at the expense of Provincetown. Thanks a lot."


I'm sorry, WHO'S the small, vindictive, immature person? The victim or the
chief/officer? Get you facts straight. A simple apology would save the town
thousands but the victim is immature? REALLY???
8:44 am edt 

re: Re: Re: The Overstepping of Bounds

The public easement you speak of, under Chapter 91, has no set place for an
easement. Chapter 91 simply mandates that the public have the right and ability
to cross waterfront property as close to the water as possible for the historic
"fishing and fouling" clause in Mass. law. If a person has the ability to walk
around the boat on the beach, at the waters edge, it doesn't mean the boat is in
the easement. The easement is any path that allows a person to traverse the
waterfront property.
8:42 am edt 

Police

I think that the police dept thinks it's going to "tame" the residents of
Provincetown by choosing to enforce certain things that suit this purpose,
control music, boats, bicycles, voting, stickers parking etc. I for one live here
to be free. I dont want or need the police for social control. Go solve real
crimes or cut the size of the force if none exists.....
8:40 am edt 

Re: The Overstepping of Bounds

I think that the issue isn't if Eddie's and Sam had registration
stickers on their boats. The issue is if they were on private property.  If they
were, then the crushing of these 3 boats should be seen in the same way as if
the police went to your deck I back without permission, and took your patio
table, grill and umbrella and crushed them.
8:38 am edt 

Re: The Overstepping of Bounds

If the town, as represented by the Marine Patrol, crushed vessels that
were on private property, does this mean we have to pay the owners of these
vessels?
8:33 am edt 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Re: Re: The Overstepping of Bounds

All waterfront property owners own TO THE WATER, not particularly mean high
tide, unless their deeds show differently. Property owners in the east end
toward Johnson street own to low water for instance. These boats were crushed
illegally. If they were registered boats, similar to registered cars, they can't
be destroyed unless proper channels have been followed. Advertising in the paper
randomly is not acceptable for a random sudden "clean up".

You are right, if the shoreline is within the confirmed property rights OUTSIDE
of the PUBLIC EASMENT.  If the boats are within a defined public easement the
town does have the right to remove the boats if the are abandoned/derelict/not
properly registered with the state.

For the property rights to extend all the way to the water line there would most
likely be a defined public easement within the stipulations of the land deed.

I am not disagreeing with you.  If the boat owners feel like their property was
improperly seized and disposed of they should research their land rights.  This
includes researching if their land rights fell within a pre-defined area of
public easement.  If the boat was not within a public easement (therefore
private property) you MAY have a case for improper seizure and disposal if you
can prove the exact location of the boat. There are many shades of grey in this
area of the law especially dealing with potential public easements.
11:40 pm edt 

Police Chief

What is so different now that wasn't before that is prompting an outside
investigation?

Could it be publicity?

Well, stand by folks, there's way more to come !
11:37 pm edt 

The Elected BOS

It is shameful that the elected BOS and the Town Manager and the Chief
cannot sit down and solve this problem. Why do we go thru the trouble of
elections for town leaders and pay very substantial wages to the Manager, and
now we have to cough up an additional $7500.00 for consultants to come to town,
a State Agency, to tell us how we should act, or react. This would be laughable
if it weren't so serious.

I hear the voters expressing the majority opinion that we will work with this Town
Manager, but not this Chief. He has got to be fired! He will never regain the respect
of the p-town voters, and has no chance of re-gaining his perch over this department.

All the Manager and BOS have to do is follow the call from the voters and do their job
and face their responsibilities. Why is it so hard for some politicians to do the will of the people....we have spoken loud and clear....Sharon, Tom, Ms. Anderson, McChesney
and Yingling and Chief....get off your hands and do your job!!
11:35 pm edt 

Chair of the Personnel Board

Chair of the Personnel Board, another disaster, arrogant rude and the
reason the town is being sued.

Get rid of her arrogance and make her step down, she is a disgrace!
11:31 pm edt 

Another Sharon Example of Cronyism

Echoing the comments on the Librarian, why is she so inaccessible,
Debbie De Jonker was a real townie, loved the place, invested her life here.

Why does this            run the library like it was in some urban ghetto, she
is mean, unhappy, and I can't believe we can't find anyone who is nice who would
not LOVE to be here.

FIRE HER, another Sharon example of cronyism!

Board of Library Trustees, take heed, Citizens unite and get us someone who
cares and is happy to be here!
11:30 pm edt 

Re: Bickering Children

"You people are the least tolerant people and most unhappy group of
people I have ever encountered."


Choosing to use the phrase "you people" speaks volumes about the person who
wrote it, doesn't  it?
11:26 pm edt 

Koumanelis Texting Incident

Thank You for speaking Out About the Koumanelis texting Incident

Thank you for telling us some of what happened. thank you for speaking out at
the BOS meeting on Monday. I appreciate your daring and guts and am so glad that
you have come forward. thank you also for continuing to seek justice in a
situation where you were so poorly treated.

It takes courage and you have it. Thanks again.
11:24 pm edt 

Re: Police Chief - Bad Element

What an embarrassment. Why did he choose to tell his side during public comment
period? Why didn't he reserve a spot on the agenda to openly apologize for his
actions that night and then open the floor to questions?

Why??? Because it was all a well orchestrated scene. Think about it for one
moment and it becomes clear. I'm sure with direction from his boss(s), he makes
his comments during public comment, a time when nobody is ready for what will
come forward from the public so nobody in the room is prepared to make a
counterpoint. It's also a time when discussions regarding the comments aren't
allowed or even responded to unless the BOS alone wants to respond The most
embarrassing part of it all is the fact that he's not simply a member of the
public, made so aware to all by his uniform, and the fact that he's in the
middle of quite a town crisis. This whole issue just gets worse and worse and
worse as time goes on. Time to clear the air once and for all.
11:22 pm edt 

Re: How Ironic

Re: "AGAIN, I want to remind you all reading this, all I asked for was
an apology from all those involved  and was told there would be no apologies.
Respectively"


Right, and so rather than accept the fact that you aren't getting an apology
(like a grown man) you are going to drag the entire town through the mud and
possibly months of expensive litigation, not to mention many hours of time
WASTED that could be better spent on moving ahead with important issues.

Well, good for you sir. You can continue with all this mess under the guise of
being a crusader for first amendment rights, but the final sentence of your post
is quite telling. You are nothing more than a vindictive, immature, small person
who wants revenge at the expense of Provincetown. Thanks a lot.
11:19 pm edt 

Broader Selection Pool

From now on, we need to choose elected officials and town
administrators from a broader pool.  Obviously, having stayed at the Bay Shore
Condos while on vacation in Provincetown isn't enough of a criteria for
competence in the job.
12:52 pm edt 

The Only Answer is to Hire a New Town Manager

Bad news when one hires a former Police Chief, Lynn, to investigate
another police chief, Jaran. Why should we expect impartiality from her?
Why should we be surprised that she hired a retired Police Chief to look at the
moorings at the Pier, which by the way, he didn't.

It's obvious that she must leave.  Little will change in our town until we have
a new town manager, one who is competent enough to see the big picture , because
Lynn definitely can't or is unwilling to do so.
12:48 pm edt 

Finally

The Board of Selectmen will hire an independent investigator to look into a
May 7 incident at The Squealing Pig pub involving Police Chief Jeff Jaran and
his response to an anti-police rap song own the sound system, board Chairman
Austin Knight said at a Monday meeting. 

ABOUT TIME THE TOWN INVESTIGATES HIS ACTIONS
12:44 pm edt 

Same Talking Points

Listening to Anderson, McChesney and Maguire talk felt like they had
been given the same talking points.

What good is it to leave your door open and be able to see through the window
and sorts, if you don't listen to the people's concerns.
12:34 pm edt 

David McChesney - BOS Meeting

"I just do my job", said David McChesney.  Well, apparently he defines
doing his job as only agreeing with the TM, instead of trying to spend, oh, at
least 10 seconds, on thinking why people are irate and frustrated.

Note to David:  You're constituents are THE PEOPLE OF PROVINCETOWN.  ALL OF
THEM.  Not only YOUR LITTLE CLIQUE, not only THE TOWN MANAGER. THE PEOPLE OF
PROVINCETOWN.
12:32 pm edt 

Police Chief

The voter intimidation and the chief and pig incidents are what made
the glass tip over.  But there's more, much more about this Police Chief. And
it's all starting to come out as the result of these two violations being
published.
12:22 pm edt 

BOS Meeting

"Listening to the statements from David McChesney, Ann Maquire and
Elaine Andersen pointed out to me how out of touch these three individuals are
with how many in town feel.  They are clueless!  Really!"


The above comments are spot on!  Kind of sad to watch that night.
11:25 am edt 

Re: The Overstepping of Bounds

All waterfront property owners own TO THE WATER, not particularly mean high
tide, unless their deeds show differently. Property owners in the east end
toward Johnson street own to low water for instance. These boats were crushed
illegally. If they were registered boats, similar to registered cars, they can't
be destroyed unless proper channels have been followed. Advertising in the paper
randomly is not acceptable for a random sudden "clean up".
11:23 am edt 

Get Rid of Both of Them!

I hesitate to even waste my energy typing in the words here but Sharon
Lynn is the problem   .  Get rid of her get rid of this egotistical chief and we
are all good!
10:45 am edt 

People Want a Town Meeting

It seems People want a town Meeting--and not a town facilitator
they want to air their grievances. they want to present their views of the
problems in town.

I don't think they want pre-determined questions or pre-set issues.
They want to air their grievances, plain and simple.
10:42 am edt 

What a Disgusting Performance

McChesney is a disaster. More than this, he is despicable.
He lies and covers his lies in a fog of more untruths and pure virtue. He
presents himself as if he is a saint, as if he is St. McChesney.

It is disgusting. He should resign.
10:39 am edt 

Bickering Children

You people are the least tolerant people and most unhappy group of
people I have ever encountered.  What a town of nasty, evil, ridiculous minds
and lack of things to keep yourselves busy. The longer I live here the more
conservative I become watching you people bicker like children.
10:37 am edt 

Sharon Lynn

Fire her !!!!
10:34 am edt 

Ann Maguire

How dare Ann maquire sing the praises of Sharon Lynn.
Ms maquire has contributed to  ruining ptown by all the development
She has done. Condos and more condos. Cash and more cash for
Anne! How can normal people live in ptown. 30 percent full time
Residents and 70 percent second home owners.
I know of six long time residents moving out before summers end.
Yes Anne, there were residents long before you came in 1995 and you
Starting buying up all the houses and breaking them into condos!

10:31 am edt 

Elaine Anderson

Elaine Anderson is completely out of touch. She is simply a 
cheerleader for the group that controls this town. She will no change and will
continue her cheerleading efforts. Did she even hear the people of provincetown
last night? It was as if nobody got up to speak. It actually is a bit scary.
This women is in her own little world.
10:28 am edt 

Through a Glass Darkly

Ann Maguire mentioned that Bergman darkened the glass of his office
door, so no one could see into his office.

Ann, you should go to our  public library, and see what the director did to her
office door. Yep, just as you described it in your public comments about
Bergman, Ann. The library director's door has been all covered up by the
director. Prior to her doing this, library patrons and staff had been commenting
that they had seen her playing Scrabble online during working hours. I know,
Ann, I know. This  must also really upset you.
10:27 am edt 

What's Next?

"The chiefs Marine Patrol Guy removed and crushed several boats from
the beach without any attempt to notify the rightful owners!"

You say from the beach. Actually, the police trespassed private property (no
notice given, or permission asked) and took and destroyed privately-owned boats. 
What's next, barging into our homes, and taking away my lure and fishing poles
from my shed?  Unbelievable!
10:25 am edt 

Police Chief - Bad Element

However, the Chiefs poor attempt at explaining the events that night
of May 7th was pitiful. He is one self serving individual and his  real self
began to come out in the end of his prepared speech. The best was his threat of
litigation.

No matter what, we, the residents, always end up being intimidated by this bad
element that is the present police chief.
10:23 am edt 

How Ironic


The chief is upset by the vulgar language and contents of a song played in a
PUBLIC bar.  So I am compelled to ask again ,,, how am I suppose to feel? 
I was minding my own business in my own home when I received from the chief's
girlfriend a text saying " I was dead to him "  it was sent to Sergeant Koumanelis
and then forwarded to my phone along with other threats of police action and vulgar
language and why ???? all because of who I chose to support during a selectman
election. 

This was not a disagreement between friends as it has been reported this was
a blatant disregard for my first amendment rights.  My step father is a retired NYC
police officer , another relative is a retired FBI agent and after I showed them the
texts they told me unequivocally I should speak to the town manager.

So I proceeded to speak with the town manager and after several meetings and
the final internal affairs report which I remind everyone  WAS,  I repeat,  WAS
substantiated and copies are available from town hall.  

I asked for an apology from all participating parties and guess what I was told ???
unequivocally THERE WOULD BE NO APOLOGIES. so even though there was
misconduct and laws were broken no apology ???  Kudos to chief jaran he GOT an
apology yet I could not.

So now I will use all my resolve and necessary resources to make a terrible and
egregious injustice to myself  JUST. I will spare no expense and  will remind the
BOS that in civil right litigation I have the right to recover ALL my legal fees
incurred.

So it's great that the streets have been repaved , town hall renovated , the library
restored but a simple apology was not obtainable . This was documented texts that
clearly show what happened and yet denials and misinformation is the poor defense
offered. Im not a person who dislike's law enforcement as I previously mentioned I
come from a family of law enforcement.

However, with that public trust comes responsibility and we must hold everyone
accountable for their actions. the police are NOT above the law . After attending the
meeting last night I also am compelled to ask is it possible for Selectman to address
the public in a manner that is not read from prepared written, canned, responses. I
find this so orchestrated and so rehearsed  that at best I find it not to be credible.

I think the BOS have taken the right path in having an open investigation on the
incident at the pig but I believe it should not be exclusive to this, I think the
incident with myself should be included.

Provincetown is still a magical place and civility should always take precedence, but
that can only happen when we ALL work together. This was not a path I chose to take it
was a path I was forced to take because of my values and morals.

AGAIN, I want to remind you all reading this, all I asked for was an apology from all
those involved  and was told there would be no apologies. Respectively

10:18 am edt 

Those Three Are Clueless

Listening to the statements from David McChesney, Ann Maquire and Elaine
Andersen pointed out to me how out of touch these three individuals are with how
mamy in town feel.  They are clueless!  Really!  It reminded me when Papa Bush
declared that the recession was over.  By the way, when he, the incumbent
President, lost to Bill Clinton, the media cited that statement, as the prime
example of his losing because he was out of touch.
1:06 am edt 

The Overstepping of Bounds

"The law states that any vessel left on public waterways or shores
proper permit for more than 90 days.. "


Were these vessels on public waterways or shores?
1:04 am edt 

Police Chief

Shows absolutely no remorse. This was damage control.
He says the owner , bartender apologized and even sent flowers to Kim.  DUHHHH-
they where scared. They were intimidated. Of course they apologized and tried to
make it all good. They were fearful of retaliation . It was made clear there
would be retaliation by shining the cruiser lights into the bar. This is
despicable.  This guy is a walking time bomb. Sharon listened to nobody when she
was given a 'heads up" about him.
1:02 am edt 

The Overstepping of Bounds

"What Is Sad is that the boats That Were Destroyed by the Police
harbormaster was on Private Property."



That is what is wrong and so sad. they had no legal right to quash these boats.
1:01 am edt 

Re: Library Art Show

After listening to the unrepentant blatherings of the police chief, made during
public comment period no less, and his continued disgust with freedom of speech
issues and freedom of expression issues protected under the First Amendment, I
think it's time for Mike Rogovsky to show his art on the library lawn. Lets see
what he thinks of freedom of expression then!

When I listened to his comments, it's clear to me that he is absolutely not a
good fit for Provincetown. Regardless of his other infractions and derelictions,
he's obvious not right for the type of community Provincetown is. There is no
doubt in my mind he's looking elsewhere for a job. I don't know this for a fact
but with all of this pressure, don't be surprised when he says goodbye which, in
my mind, can't come fast enough.
12:59 am edt 

Board of Selectmen (or at least two of them)

I, too, applaud the fact that our elected officials FINALLY understand the
concerns that have surfaced throughout our community, and will not go away
simply because it's summer, or there has already been an internal investigation,
or any of the myriad other excuses that have surfaced.

Barbara Rushmore, whom I seldom agree with, hit the nail on the head with her
impassioned comments about our police chief. Thank you, Barbara, for your
bravery, and for saying what MANY PEOPLE ARE SAYING.

As for the two Selectmen who read from prepared statements after adjourning from
their executive session, you both missed the mark:

Elaine: This isn't about you. It's about your constituents. The people who
elected you to represent them. The primary reason there is an undercurrent, or
as you suggest, a lack of civility, is because people are upset. WE have spoken
and YOU are not listening. Stop pontificating about YOUR feelings. You were
elected to represent WE, THE PEOPLE. It isn't about YOU. It's about US.

David: You were wise to cut down your statement; however, you didn't cut enough.
Three more pages should've needed to go. Once again, we don't care about YOU. As
Judge Judge would say, PUT ON YOUR LISTENING EARS.
12:54 am edt 

Shut up Please!

The Chief of Police had a great opportunity at this weeks BOS meeting
to at least say he had a part in the Squealing Pig mess and he is sorry for it.
Instead he continues to stir the pot. Shut up please.
12:51 am edt 

Re: MPL Parking Lot - Gates

Why would you walk through a gate for cars? There are clearly laid out walkways
at that lot.
12:48 am edt 

Re: Open Forum Facilitator - Be Careful!

Don't let Sharon Lynn pick the facilitator for the meeting about the
Squealing Pig incident. She has a friend who she's hired before. IMPORTANT.

If there's anything we already know is that Sharon Lynn isn't trustworthy,
including when she selects an external vendor/consultant.  Remember the retired
Police Chief she hired to give recommendations about the Pier???

Since it's OUR MONEY, we must insist that a comittee select the mediator.  This
Selection Committe must consist of those who have felt they have been agrieved
by the police chief or recommended that an investigation
be conducted.

Let's make sure the cabal has no role on recommending their "plant".
12:46 am edt 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Open Forum Facilitator - Be Careful!

Don't let Sharon Lynn pick the facilitator for the meeting about the
Squealing Pig incident. She has a friend who she's hired before. IMPORTANT.
10:46 am edt 

Eulogy for Sharon

The serial praise of Sharon Lynn at Monday's selectmen meeting way over the top.
The same statement by 4 people. And all the factual errors.

I thought they were better than this. At least they know it is time to try and
save Lynn as sinks into the police muck
10:01 am edt 

Sharon Lynn's Not Worth It!

Sharon is costing us too much money. Because of her inability to take
action, or her bad way of dealing with certain things, we've been paying lots of
money, and it!s going to get worse.  Can you imagine almost 3 more years of this
syphoning our tax dollars into paying for lawsuits?
9:59 am edt 

David McChesney - Selectman

What poor David fails to get, again and again, is that the reason why
Eric and Tom were elected was because people in town got fed up with their silly
control games used by his cabal. So now the poor guy is threatened. All I heard
from him, Elaine and Ann is their being upset about their little cabal having
lost their power. They no longer call the shots, and their statements at the
last BOS displayed this very well.
9:57 am edt 

Elaine Anderson

What's funny about Anderson is that she speaks poorly if the previous
administration, but she kept giving him one contract after another. So all I can
conclude us that she's a terrible policy maker.
9:53 am edt 

Sharon Lynn - Cabal

Those that spoke on behalf of Lynn were the ones who brought her here, and
structured things so she would get the TM's job. They made it a fine deal. Now
their egos won't allow them to admit they made a mistake.

It's okay. We'll tackle it ourselves. They're too busy defending HER and atacking US.
9:52 am edt 

Sharon Lynn - Lack of Leadership

Things have been festering because of the incompetent leadership of
the ex cop that was hired as the town manager. A true leader would have seen the
signs, and quelled things in time. Too busy looking for ways to blame the
aggrieved, all in defense of her cop buddy.
9:48 am edt 

Open Forum Mediator

Go tell, who's going to choose the mediator? The same group that
reviewed the 14.7 million dollar project?
9:46 am edt 

BOS Meeting

I saw that the police guy continues to lie.
9:44 am edt 

David McChesney - Selectman

McChesney said that he just does his job. His job, based on how he has
voted, is to follow the edicts of his dinosaur puppeteer. Not much thinking
needed from him. Always protecting their little turf.
9:43 am edt 

Squealing Pig Incident - Outside Investigation

Ah, so there will Be an Outside Investigation of the Pig Incident

How interesting. Maybe, just maybe, this blog has been a key in this happening.

Maybe, just maybe.

9:40 am edt 

Isn't Lynn the Bigger Problem?

"What this Chief has done and gotten away with is nothing short of sad and I am
sorry the Town Manager did nothing to stop any of it. The stories are endless
and the only way it's going to stop is to get rid of this Chief."


But wait, you want to still keep the Town Manager that enables all of
this? Isn't Lynn the bigger problem?

9:33 am edt 

Re: Liar, Liar Pants on Fire - Lynn and Jaran

"If you are going to lie, don't write it down!"


I would say due to the preponderance of evidence in so many matters pertaining
to our Town Manager and this police chief (as well as the last one) that there
is no other conclusion to arrive at but that they are Chronic Liars.

9:29 am edt 

Police Chief at BOS Meeting - Inarticulate and Unrepentant

After listening to the Chief at the BOS meeting, a couple things
struck me. For a guy that's paid a lot of money to be a leader, he's not very
articulate. He has people working under him that are more skilled and better
communicators, and appear less arrogant. Also, he must have a very short fuse
(even after having a few cocktails as was reported). The song couldn't have
played for more than a very few minutes. He should have sucked it up, or left
very quickly (because the song would have been over anyway). He still doesn't
think he was out of line to assume  a law enforcement  role while he was sitting
at a bar drinking alcohol. Most cops, especially local ones, would have had the
good sense to handle themselves more appropriately.
9:26 am edt 

Re: Library Art Show

Why is everyone making such a ruckus about the person who had an art
show on the library lawn and calling the work "tacky," etc.? Have you SEEN some
of the work showing in local galleries? Much of it is amateur at best and
completely tasteless. Whoever curated the library lawn show has a better sense
of aesthetics than a few of the galleries here in town.
9:07 am edt 

MPL Parking Lot

At the Exit booth from the MPL, I don't know how many people have been struck by
the arm that swings up & down, but I know several people that have. From what I
have heard, the Parking Lot Manager knows. Nothing has been done about it. All
that is needed is a wooden horse to be placed on the opposite side of the
machine to detour people away from it. One of these days, someone who has had
head surgery will get hit and all hell will break loose. Seems this is how this
town operates.
9:06 am edt 

Re: Elaine Anderson Wrong Again

Keith Bergman didn't use Prop 2 1/2 because what he did for 17 years
was never transparent & nobody cared or new the difference! He was moving money
around like a seasoned Chess Player! Where were the Fin Com members and the
Financial wizards then? He buffaloed almost everybody for a long time. Is that
why now everybody has become an accountant? This was sent to this post before,it
wasn't printed and I bet it won't be again! this current Fin Com certainly
hasn't done worse than the last one!!
9:03 am edt 

Re: Police Chief Strikes Again at Local People

"The chiefs Marine Patrol Guy removed and crushed several boats from the beach
without any attempt to notify the rightful owners! Stuff like this happens and
people have the nerve to question why Provincetown
is constantly being referred to as a "Police State". Police protection at its
finast."


To the poster,

I by no means support the unlawful removal of vessels.  However, in this case
the vessels may have been lawfully removed.

PLEASE SEE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAW Ch.91 Sec.39.
The law states that any vessel left on public waterways or shores without a
proper permit for more than 90 days shall constitute prima facie evidence of
abandonment.

If the police department tracked the boats location for 90 days they can legally
remove the boat.  It then becomes property of the Commonwealth and can be
destroyed legally.  This is especially evident if the boat has no MA REG numbers
or is derelict.

THERE IS NO REQUIRMENT WITHIN THIS LAW TO CONTACT THE OWNER OF THE VESSEL.

As long as the police have their paperwork in line they did nothing wrong.  THEY
HAVE NO REQUIRMENT TO CONTACT THE OWNER.  If you have a problem with it you can
take it up with the Massachusetts legislature that creates these laws.

Before making accusations educate yourself in the law.  I do not support the
removal of boats without notification, but unfortunately the voted legislature
and the courts do.
8:55 am edt 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Elaine Anderson Wrong Again

Last night at the BOS meeting, Elaine Anderson had the temerity to say that
Keith Bergman was responsible for our Proposition 2 1/2 obligations,
when as a matter of fact Bergman never used Prop 2 1/2.

Proposition 2 1/2 was only iimplemented under the Sharon Lynn administration.
Which she continues to use with great enthusiasm!
3:43 pm edt 

Re: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Wow that info is incredible. Not sure how you obtained that info but if you can
get copies of it, I would, because this Chief will make sure no one sees it once
he knows the word is out.
2:47 pm edt 

Spend, Spend, Spend

When the Finance committee says no, there is a serious and concerted backlash.
This BOs is there to spend and spend. More renovations. Now the Council on Aging
in the Vet memorial school. Why not the children in the school building built
for them? How warped this town administration is. You have a renovation of an
elementary school that now houses the council on aging and the dpw. and then,
the high school, with NO high school students, houses the elementary students
and the Pee-wee pee groups/. It is nothing but day care that we are subsidizing.
these are not even our kids. They come from outside Provincetown and we clean
their bottoms and pay over one million to re-pint the high school building. So
the pee-week babies can get their bottoms cleaned. and be overseen by a
Superintendent of Schools who gets a high salary to oversee no high school. Beth
Singer should just leave. she is now running a day care center for babies.

Still, why should we, the Provincetown taxpayers, pay for this?

Can we be that stupid? Have we all drunk the Jim Jones Kool Aid?

There are days that I believe that has happened. Is it too late for sanity?
2:45 pm edt 

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Chief  has claimed in interviews he  knows or knew nothing about the use of drug
sniffing dogs on the pier, but the log books prove the existance of scheduled
meetings  with collaborating agencies scheduling the use of dogs. If you are
going to lie, don't write it down!
12:19 pm edt 

Vincent Currier to Mike Conizales FinCom Chair

I have a question of Fincom. does Fincom have any idea of the direct and indirect cost that can and will be attributed to the "challenges" this poice chief debacle has wrought? Including the cost of special consultants, legal advice, special meetings, lack of attention to other town challenges, bad press, etc., etc.? I would have a hard time believing any figure not approaching thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds that could be used on more deserving projects. All of this, in spite of the fact that the voters have sent a message to the BOS....we need to act on the real problem. Please, no more meetings, no more consultants, no more arbitration, no more "personnel" secrets, just transparency and the town leaders making a logical decision, based on the voters wishes!! That is what we elected "leaders" to do....do not ignore the wishes of the majority....it will bite you in the ass!
12:11 pm edt 

Police Chief Strikes Again at Local People

The chiefs Marine Patrol Guy removed and crushed several boats from the beach
without any attempt to notify the rightful owners!
Stuff like this happens and people have the nerve to question why Provincetown
is constantly being referred to as a "Police State". Police protection at its
finast.
12:08 pm edt 

BOS Meeting - Mick Rudd Vs the Finance Committee

I too found Mick Rudd's Presentation Rather Strange

First I wondered what he was talking about. Then I was surprised at his looking
into the finance committee's powers. Why? He said he read the Banner and
wondered where the Finance committee received its legitimacy? Really?

Yup, one day he looked into his bathroom mirror and asked: How does the finance
committee get power? Who are they really? Really?

This is one of the strangest public presentation I've seen. Circular in
thinking. Soft in research. Wrong on so many facts.

So who asked Mick Rudd to do this? Someone who feels threatened by the Finance
Committee and wants to cut them down to size. Sorry, but their size is as large
as all the taxpayers and residents in this town. They work and speak for only
one group: us the taxpayers. Us the residents of Provincetown. They do not speak
for the selectmen. They do not, as past boards did, speak for the town manager.
They do not speak for the police chief.

Is this what bothered Mick Rudd? Does he want the old Finance Committee that
said yes to whatever the town manager wanted and said yes to whatever the
selectmen desired?

The question hangs there like so many of the odd "facts" and statements he
presented.
12:06 pm edt 

Selectman Chairman Austin Knight needs to do the Right Thing!

          Board of Selectmen Chairman, Austin Knight, is also Provincetown's
representative to the Cape Cod Commission. With that fact in mind, Selectman
Knight is directly responsible for the adoption and implementation of necesary
reform recommendations officially issued more than six years ago to the Cape Cod
Commission by the formal review committee composed of respected members of the
public. The respective reform recommendations, including those contained with
"The Minority Report" are still sorely needed at this point in time!
          If the Cape Cod Commission and BOS Chairman Austin Knight...our
representative to the CCC, fail to immediately take serious and expedited steps
to adopt and implement ALL of the reform recommendations issued six years ago by
the 21st Century Task Force (including those contained within "The Minority
Report"), then it is humbly suggested that the citizens and selectmen seriously
consider taking concrete steps to include a Warrant Article at the next Town
Meeting with the following proposed language:
          "To see if the Town will vote to direct the Board of Selectmen to
place a question on the next election ballot "that the Town of Provincetown
shall petition the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts asking
that the Town of Provincetown be released from membership in and removed from
the authority of the Cape Cod Commission and the Cape Cod Commission Act."
          The Cape Cod Commission exists to serve the Towns...of Barnstable
County and Cape Cod...each and every one of them! This includes Provincetown!
This simple fact seems to have been lost over the years and apparently needs to
be resurrected and made clear by the Cape municipalities themselves, including
Provinetown.
          Does BOS Chairman Austin Knight listen to the will of the people and
respect the voters of Provincetown more than the non-elected officials of the
Cape Cod Commission? If so, then he should prove it by doing the right thing. If
he does not, then the Provincetown Town Charter has an appropriate remedy for
rogue politicians as well. Within the Provincetown Town Chartter, it is called
"Chapter 10 - Section 1: Termination of Service, Elected Officials" otherwise
know as the recall election provision. If it should prove necessary, perhaps
both a dual election may be held at the same time in order to save town
taxpayers money: a voter referendum on whether or not to withdraw from the Cape
Cod Commission; and a recall election of a Provincetown elected official who has
arrogantly and wrongfully ignored the citizens' rights of this municipality!
         
                    Thank you.
12:03 pm edt 

Nice Going, Library Trustees

Say NO to the AIDS Memorial on the front lawn, but say
YES to a tacky "art" salesman. Shame.
9:45 am edt 

Posting of Selectmen's Agenda

The agenda should  be posted, at a MINIMUM,  48 hrs prior to the meeting,  with
the town clerk.  The time and date that the clerk receives it is stamped onto it
and it is that stamp that determines whether or not the meeting was properly &
legally posted.

This particular Board of Selectmen is managed by a Chair that has little respect
for that process. In his view, if he didn't know on Friday that the topic would
come up, it can be brought up, discussed and voted on , even if its not an
emergency, and not on the agenda.

This is a new way of doing things in town and its just another bullying tactic.

Ignorance is bliss. Funny how many people come into the  meeting prepared to
talk about something thats not on the agenda. The chair didn't know about it,
but his friends do?

How exactly does that work?



9:42 am edt 

Provincetown Police - Stay Proud!

There is an old group of officers known as the "townies".  Those are the
leaders we gravitate towards.  Comfortable talking with them, familiar with the
town, know whats going on, kind, considerate and have seen many changes over the
years !

That small group does an awesome job!  Keep up the good work !  It will pay
off....  Stay proud of yourselves.....
9:30 am edt 

Police

Sharon, when are you going to realize... it's time to sever
your ties !

9:28 am edt 

Board of Selectmen Meeting

KUDOS TO a great showing of how we the people of Provincetown REALLY 
feel. Kudos to Barbara, Maria Lopez, Stephen Mindich,MaryJo,Clarence and the
gentlemen who spoke last who obviously was the texting victim . All were
passionate , spoke from their hearts and were voices for so many in
Provincetown.

However, the Chiefs poor attempt at explaining the events that night of May 7th
was pitiful. He is one self serving individual and his  real self began to come out
in the end of his prepared speech. The best was his threat of litigation. 

He is the bottom of the pond life if you know what i mean. Nothing like the bully
screaming victim.

Again, nothing more than pitiful.
9:27 am edt 

Elaine Anderson and McChesney are Pitiful

Were they there last night?
 
Did they maybe have earplugs in? AS if none of the public statements even took
place. They will never change and I for one can't wait till they are gone. They
offer nothing to the board or this town other than we love our TM ,she is great,
the nah sayers are just mean people etc.  They are in a bubble.  Oh and
McChesney's self serving description of the way he operates was despicable. He
is Friends with Ann and Harriet , and the Tm etc. He is so full of it when he
says he doesn't "socialize " with political people etc. It is an out and out            !
9:23 am edt 

Listen to Donegan and Manso on WOMR 12:30PM
Author Peter Manso and Selectman Tom Donegan discuss Provincetown politics

WOMR – Outermost Community Radio | WOMR 92.1 and WFMR 91.3
www.womr.org
8:53 am edt 

Re: BOS Agendas Are Not Posted in a Timely and Legal Fashion

Only needs to be offcially posted at town hall 48 hrs. prior to the
meeting/hearing. All other places, web included, aren't covered by that rule.
8:29 am edt 

Re: Library Art Show

It looks like someone at the library made a mistake..I see the "art"
show  was removed from front lawn...what is the story there?
8:26 am edt 

Mick Rudd: How Odd Your Presentation

Did anyone ask Mick Rudd to investigate the powers of the finance committee? did
he just wake up one day and wonder: who gave them power? who do they think they
are?

Seems someone goaded Rudd into this "investigation" and "research" of the powers
of the finance committee. seems a set up, a scenario rehearsed and well prepared
by someone other than him.

If he was trying out for a part in a play, he would have failed the screen test.
Not natural enough. Overly played.
2:09 am edt 

McChesney Speaks no Evil, Knows no Evil, Hears No Evil

Well he surely spent his time singing his own praises. He does not speak ill of
anyone. He does not communicate with any board members. He does not attack
anyone. and he believes that everyone else should follow his golden example.

Strange that he read his prepared statement just like Elaine Anderson read her
prepared statement. and then tony the school committee guy read his prepared
statement and so did Ann McQuire read her prepared statement.

It's amazing how those who don't ever, ever speak to each other or ever, ever
collude, all presented similar prepared statements and all praised the glories
of Sharon Lynn. Really!
2:07 am edt 

Spot on -

 "The sad part is how many incidents took place that were similar but not so
public? How many people were hurt emotionally and mentally and monetarily? There
is so much intimidation and injustice that has taken place in this town from the
TM."


 Sharon Lynne has lied before I can't wait for what goes around to come around.
1:29 am edt 

BOS Agendas Are Not Posted in a Timely and Legal Fashion

Agendas need to be posted 48 hours before a meeting. so how did today's
agenda--one of three--only get posted yesterday?

Afraid of the public and public statements? so it seems.
1:20 am edt 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Re: Provincetown Police

I like what you posted that was captioned like I did this one in response to
yours. The morale is horrible at the PD but because the PD is not popular like
the guys & gals over at the FD are, the majority didn't care. It was just
gossip. Now the Chief makes a major mistake and now all that has been told over
the last few years is starting to get some attention. Isn't that amazing how
that works.

None of us has ever seen a Chief take a cruiser to go bar hopping with but, this
Chief does it and it's like no big deal until his mistake at the Pig. 17-19
people leave the dept and it was not until today did I see someone finally post
something that this Chief had plans since the first week he arrived, that his
goal was to get rid of everyone that had been at the PD a long time. Wow, can't
believe someone believed that. If someone does not think it's true, then pay the
PD a visit and asks. The Chief deneies it but folks it's true.

What this Chief has done and gotten away with is nothing short of sad and I am
sorry the Town Manager did nothing to stop any of it. The stories are endless
and the only way it's going to stop is to get rid of this Chief.
3:47 pm edt 

What Personnel Issue are They Now Discussing at Executie Session

Let's hope it's not the Dan Hoort fiasco. This should be held or discussed at a
regular meeting. He is so out of line on this and to attack Tina Trudel because
three people showed up at a personnel committee meeting is ridiculous. He should
be ashamed of his over-reaction and poor performance.
1:36 pm edt 

Re: Library Art Show

Is the library renting out the front lawn to vendors?
12:07 pm edt 

Board of Selectmen Meeting - Today at 6:00pm


The BOS will meet today at Town Hall at 6:00pm. If you can, you should attend
this meeting,

During Public Comments  the urgent issue of policing and BOS representation 
of all citizens instead of only the special interest of a few.

8:58 am edt 

Re: Retired FBI Agent!

Re: "Okay...I'll give you a REAL pass...Pass right out of Provincetown,
and keep passing, until you're over the bridge"


Mmm, yes. That does always seem to be everyone's last defense on this blog when
they realize they are losing an argument.
8:46 am edt 

Re: Retired FBI Agent!

You certainly don't have to be an FBI person to realize what our Police Chief
did and has been doing is both wrong and illegal. 

WAKE UP RESIDENTS
8:45 am edt 

Provincetown Police

Well folks...let me just say, there is a lot more going on than anyone even
knows.....  The police department is at it's all time lowest morale EVER.  It is
so sad to see...  I for one know several of the local officers who have worked
there for years and it seems to be those that Jaran targets.... Let those few
fine men & women do the job they have always done proficiently and focus on the
issues that really need to be addressed !

It was said from the beginning Jaran was gonna try to get rid of the Oldies ! 
He really has made a good attempt..

Leave them alone and let them handle what they have always been accustom to and
do a FINE job at it !
8:43 am edt 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Re: Letter From a Retired FBI Agent

"Oh, you're going to GIVE ME a pass because I don't live here year
round? That's rich! I've been spending about six months a year here for over 25
years, have many year rounders as my closest friends..."




Okay...I'll give you a REAL pass...Pass right out of Provincetown, and keep
passing, until you're over the bridge.
10:27 pm edt 

The Squealing Pig & the Chief

To me the most disturbing aspect of the Pig incident is that from the
published reports, the Chief assumed police authority while under the influence. 
The bartender reported that the chief was too impaired to drive.  During the
incident it is widely reported that the Chief demanded identification of the
persons present.  This can only be viewed as an official police action.  No one
other than a police officer demands identification and his authority to do was
conditioned on his status as the Chief.

It must be against the Provincetown patrol guide to be under the influence while
on duty.  It must be against Massachusetts state law to engage in law
enforcement activities while impaired.

This is why an investigation is so needed.  There is every possibility that the
Chief violated Provincetown rules and Mass. Law.  I can't see how the town
benefits from that being unresolved.

Additionally, what kind of role model is it for a leader of a department to be
out in a bar, drinking, be the precipitating factor in a commotion, and take no
responsibility for his actions?  What kind of a signal is being sent to the hard
working law abiding members of the department?  Not one that is helpful to good
discipline.
10:18 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Library Art Exhibit?

Who gave permission to this out of town artist dealer to show  on the
library front lawn?  The  town has enough  of this kind of work and cheapens 
the library to allow this display .
6:24 pm edt 

Koumenalis and the Chief

"Any discipline handeddown by the town administration will by no means be made public. 
This is due to FEDERAL employment law that governs what information can be made public."



So I wonder if justice should be pursued legally rather than through treating it
as a personnel matter. I'm no lawyer, but it seems as though others have made it
clear there were violations of the law by Koumanelis, and perhaps by the town in
enabling him. Likewise, it would seem the Chief might have been aware of what
Koumanelis was doing and would have been obliged at that moment to take action,
or else be complicit in breaking the law.
12:32 pm edt 

Oh Good. The Retired FBI Agent Reads Here!

So, you said in your Banner letter that "maybe the Chief made mistakes."

What do you teach your 4 year-old to do when they make mistakes?  I won't even
coach you on that one.

What did the Chief do?  Throw a fit, call the owner, send a cruiser to
intimidate the staff and call it a day.  Oh, and then have his gf scream victim
all over Facebook.

I guess that is what passes as professionalism at the FBI?
9:52 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Library Art Exhibit?

Maybe the police chief should go down there and claim it's a disgrace and the
library should clean up the yard!! He also should ID the library staff that
allowed this to happen and then have the cruisers drive by hourly. Why not, as
mentioned, it's "questionable art", no?
8:59 am edt 

Koumenalis and the Chief - Nothing Lasts Forever

I for one am sure nothing would ever have been done period if the person who
received those threats from Koumenalis  were not in writing. Sharon Lynn HAD to
follow through because the words were in front of her.

The UNFORTUNATE part is how many people have been wronged and
intimidated in this town. How many are never reported incidents because:

Number 1 - they are fearful of Sharon Lynn our TM as well as the police chief .

Number 2 - Those that are reported without having visual clear cut proof are
dismissed as "hearsay". Look at the Pig incident. It was not as clear cut. Sharon
dismissed it and stated publicly the investigation was closed. This came just as the
additional witnesses came forward.

Let us see what happens when a "real" investigation takes place. The sad part is
how many incidents took place that were similar but not so public? How many
people were hurt emotionally and mentally and monetarily? There is so much
intimidation and injustice that has taken place in this town from the TM ,
Police Chief , building dept. and our very own BOS.

Look at Elaine Anderson's outburst and McChesney's outburst during the june
10th board of selectmen meeting. They clearly raised there voices as to yelling.
Why, because someone challenged their beloved TM. They also PUBLICLY said
'THEY DREW VERY DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS TO THE TEXTING INVESTIGATION.
Their outbursts in my interpretation were meant to thwart ANY additional conversation
on the topic in a public forum.

I for one believe they both owe an apology to the victim. Their actions were
shameless.Here are two people with proof in front of them in writing. If they
chose to draw "different interpretations" to blindly support the TM and police
dept , imagine how they would react if it was just someone's word. You see, This
is the problem and the danger.

Their blind support is self serving. The irony is they were elected to serve the
best interest of the Provincetown people. Not the TM. Not the Police dept.

My call is that they see the writing on the wall. The end to the ONCE well established
Clique that has governed this town is right around the corner.However, I promise
you, they will not go out without screaming and kicking. Why? Because they have gotten
their way for so long. But like all things. Nothing lasts forever.
8:56 am edt 

Re: Leave Koumanelis Alone

"So while Koumnaelis gets punished, the one who should be setting a better
examplegoes unpunished. I guess what's good for the Goose isn't always good for the
gander." 


I do agree with you to a point. However, I assure you, this is all FAR FROM OVER.

I GUARANTEE YOU THAT.
12:19 am edt 

Re: "Leave Koumanelis Alone"

What koumanelis  did was against the law.
He violated one and possibly two people's civil rights. My dear, this is VERY
serious. Probably much more serious than the "pig incident".  Read up on civil
rights violations. You do not have any idea what you are talking about. Yes the
Pig incident is serious as well. Again, civil rights implications.

However, Koumanelis sent threats that were definitely meant to intimidate and
meant to affect the choice of candidate the civilian had chosen to support.
The most flagrant example of voter intimidation is the commission of violence,
or the threat of violence end of story. Guess what ? That is exactly what took place
and is in writing.

You see, that was the big mistake the Sergeant made. Putting it in writing. Depending
how far this goes if the Chief's phone is subpoenaed and he is implicated as well, let
me tell you. This will make national news.


EXAMPLE OF VOTER INTIMIDATION IS THE COMMISSION OF VIOLENCE, OR THE THREAT
OF VIOLENCE. THIS IS A SLAM DUNK MY FRIEND.

In the future, do your homework before you place  your posts in this forum.
12:15 am edt 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Re: When Did Koumanelis Publicly Apologize?

Yes when and in what forum did he publicly apologize? I believe your statement
that he publicly apologized is erroneous
8:50 pm edt 

Re: Was Koumanelis Demoted?

Did He Lose Any dollars from his $95,000 salary?

Was Koumanelis, in bullying and threatening voters, ever really punished? did
Sharon slap his fat hand or tweak his nose and say: don't do this gain!
If there were negative actions taken, they should be public. Koumanelis is the
one who publicly attacked and threatened voters and residents. What is the
conclusion? this is a public matter.

The fact that it is a public matter makes no difference.  Any discipline handed
down by the town administration will by no means be made public.  This is due to
FEDERAL employment law that governs what information can be made public.  This
law in non-negotiable and cannot be breached.  Any breach of this set of laws
could lead to HUGE financial ramifications for the town.  You can disagree with
it all you want, but in the end the town cannot give you the information you
want.  Saying that is a public matter makes no difference.  The only way you can
obtain this information is to change the federal law that bars the town from
giving you the disciplinary information.

Do I agree with the federal law..not really, but that does not mean you can
disregard a very clear federal law.  If the town disregards federal employment
law it can be almost guaranteed that a gargantuan lawsuit will ensue that will
be financially more burdensome then any ever filed.
8:48 pm edt 

Re: Letter From a Retired FBI Agent

Re: "Unfortunately, there's more to this incident than what you
described.  Furthermore, the Pig and Chief incident is just one of several
incidents. Since you don't live here year round, I'll give you a pass."



Oh, you're going to GIVE ME a pass because I don't live here year round? That's
rich! I've been spending about six months a year here for over 25 years, have
many year rounders as my closest friends, subscribe to the Banner and Cape Cod
Times and keep up with town news through this blog and Facebook. I'd say I'm
pretty in touch with the pulse of what's going on. But since my opinion differs
from yours, you assume I don't understand.

Obviously your narrow viewpoint is a rather provincial one, so I'll give you a
pass too. Have a nice day.
8:44 pm edt 

Re: When Did Koumanelis Publicly Apologize?

"Where was this public admission of doing wrong? In what public forum
did Koumanelis apologize? I heard of none.

Please inform."


I do recall reading an apologetic quote by him (other than the statement he made
right after the incident). I can't find it in a search now though. It might have
been second-hand.
8:41 pm edt 

Provincetown Library Art Exhibit?

I just walked by our lovely library and was appalled at what I saw. 
Strewn over our beautifully landscaped library lawn were a great number of
paintings of questionable merit.  This tasteless display destroys everthing we
have tried to create in our library.  Please take a look and use your voice.
8:39 pm edt 

Leave Koumanelis Alone

I am not going to say what Koumanelis did was the swiftist thing he could of
done and he did get punished for it but the thing i believe everyone is missing
is,what the Chief did at the Pig was worse. The Chief caused a scene at the Pig
when all he had to do was leave and professionally call and have a chat with the
owner the next day.

Then he threatens people outside of the Pig and he got zip for his behaviour. So
while Koumnaelis gets punished, the one who should be setting a better example
goes unpunished. I guess what's good for the Goose isn't always good for the
gander.
8:37 pm edt 

Re: Letter From a Retired FBI Agent

"about a cop yelling at someone in a bar"


The "cop" was the CHIEF OF POLICE and the incident was so much more than the
chief hurling an expletive and leaving to demonstrate his disdain for the
soundtrack being played.
8:32 pm edt 

What We Really Need

We really need some De-Con, get out and enjoy this beautiful day. Remember
anytime you point a finger there are three pointing back at you.
"Accentuate the positive".  Sunshine, soft breeze, tourists spending money,
these are a few of my favorite things.
11:38 am edt 

When Did Koumanelis Publicly Apologize?

Where was this public admission of doing wrong? In what public forum did
Koumanelis apologize? I heard of none.

Please inform.
11:27 am edt 

Re: Looking Through a Glass Darkly

Finally, someone with a little sense! These people are so busy singing "We Shall
Overcome" and patting themselves on the back for their "activism" that they are
totally missing the big picture (and the fact that it's not really very big at
all, actually.)

You people really want to do something good for the world? Why don't you start
by looking outside of Provincetown once in a while. There are real problems out
there, real issues that could benefit from your contributions and activism.
Instead of worrying about a cop yelling at someone in a bar, or a green line
painted down main street, focus your energies where they might do some real
good.

11:24 am edt 

A Higher Standard

"It really seems like a few
people are making a mountain out of a mole hill
"


But don't you see, if the chief is allowed to get away with this "minor"
infraction without penalty, what will he do next time?

If police want to be held up to a higher standard then they must live up to a
higher standard.

A Rat In The Basement
11:19 am edt 

Blue Btotherhood

A former Police Chief finding nothing wrong with the conduct of her
Police Chief. Aaah...that Blue Btotherhood always at play.
11:08 am edt 

Re: Letter From a Retired FBI Agent

"...compared to some of the other cases profiled, it would appear that
the Pig incident is rather minor. I mean, step back a second and look at what
happened: The chief was off duty and had some harsh words for someone playing an
offensive song."



Unfortunately, there's more to this incident than what you described. 
Furthermore, the Pig and Chief incident is just one of several incidents. Since
you don't live here year round, I'll give you a pass. You may want to get
additional information so you can have a full perspective of what most of the
year rounders in Provincetown are upset about.
11:06 am edt 

Fact on Jaran

Interesting: The police Chief previously headed a department that
served a town at least twice the (full time) population of Provincetown, and did
it with fewer full time people. And that town was more than 15 times the land
area of Provincetown.
11:05 am edt 

Re: Letter From a Retired FBI Agent

"....it would appear that the Pig incident is rather minor. I mean,
step back a second and look at what happened: The chief was off duty and had
some harsh words for someone playing an offensive song. It's not like anyone was
unlawfully cavity searched or physically brutalized. It really seems like a few
people are making a mountain out of a mole hill when there are real, serious
problems out there. These folks really need to try and regain a little
perspective."


I'm really surprised how people are so willing to dismiss the Chief's abuse of
his authority to intimidate people in the town. Months later, I'm not aware of
any genuine expression of apology or contrition coming directly from him and
addressed to the people he serves. So now, the people offended, as well as those
who can put themselves in their shoes, are left feeling like it could happen
again, and that he can get away with it. And anyone could be his target.  He
behaved like a bully, and he hasn't given reason to believe he won't do it
again, especially if there aren't people around to witness what goes on.

At least Koumanelis had the sense to publicly apologize.
11:01 am edt 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Looking Through a Glass Darkly

I don't live in P'town but I'm a longtime summer resident and have
been following the Squealing Pig story in the Banner and on this and other
blogs. Interesting to see the Huffington Post story re: overzealous police
posted on this blog. I noticed earlier today there is also a cover story on New
York magazine this month. It seems to be a hot topic lately. I'm not surprised
Provincetown is jumping on the bandwagon, but compared to some of the other
cases profiled, it would appear that the Pig incident is rather minor. I mean,
step back a second and look at what happened: The chief was off duty and had
some harsh words for someone playing an offensive song. It's not like anyone was
unlawfully cavity searched or physically brutalized. It really seems like a few
people are making a mountain out of a mole hill when there are real, serious
problems out there. These folks really need to try and regain a little
perspective.
8:07 pm edt 

Was Koumanelis Demoted?

Did He Lose Any dollars from his $95,000 salary?

Was Koumanelis, in bullying and threatening voters, ever really punished? did
Sharon slap his fat hand or tweak his nose and say: don't do this gain!

If there were negative actions taken, they should be public. Koumanelis is the
one who publicly attacked and threatened voters and residents. What is the
conclusion? this is a public matter.
8:05 pm edt 

Question for Sharon Lynn

If I have an outburst at a local establishment ( like the police chief had at
the Squealing Pig) requiring two cruisers with flashing lights, etc. do you
think I should be arrested?   We all know the answer to this.  So why is Lynn
protecting the Chief?  What makes him get benefits that we who pay his salary do
not?  This town manager must go for the sake of respect for our honorable law
enforcement  officials.
5:15 pm edt 

Just a Few Posting on Here

I love it when I read how someone thinks that there is just a few people on here
that keep posting things. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but to that person
who thinks that, buy yourself a new mirror. The Chief has tucked it to several
and his reputation on what he has done here goes far beyond the bridge. So keep
thinking there's only a few, it sure does give me a good chuckle. Oh by the way,
we don't plan on stopping, we don't plan on selling our houses or simply packing
our bags. We want him gone.
4:51 pm edt 

Police Militarization 4:42 pm edt 

Re: Property Values vs Civil Rights?

It's not professionalizing the force it is militarizing the
force...two very different things and it's happening in far too many places
around the country since police departments were flooded with swat equipment and
other toys after 9/11.

However, my poorly informed friend, that does not make it right nor desirable.
It's also why the DOJ has more consent orders going into effect than at any time
in our history and why wrongful death cases, police brutality and civil rights
abuses are all rising at alarming rates.

So you sell YOUR house and move to Oakland or Miami or LA County and enjoy the
professional police approach...the rest of us will stay here, in our home town,
and make the town mgr put the PUBLIC back in Public Safety.
4:38 pm edt 

Re: Letter From a Retired FBI Agent

Though I support the police department, it should be made known that
the letter to the editor was written by a police officer who is the brother of a
member of the west end cabal. Again, I support the police but the letter becomes
a bit spurious when the connection is made known.
4:00 pm edt 

Property Values vs Civil Rights?

You folks are really obsessed with this police state issue!
There is NO police state here, go to any town in this or any other state and you
will see that the police have become more "professional", meaning serious
uniforms, serious cars, serious technology.  If anything, our little town is
still behind.  I live here, I don't see masses of police!!  I see cops on a busy
Saturday night looking the other way at behavior that they COULD intervene on,
and I think we all appreciate that. I feel safe and that is important to me.
You should care about the real estate values, that is important to all of us and
the town.

If you few are so unhappy, please leave. You are becoming a laughing stock, and
that, and this bad PR you are trying to whip up does NOT help Provincetown. I am
not sure if this is 2 or 3 people but put your house up for sale and go, enjoy
the profit you will make and go find this make believe place you think exists
without law enforcement!
3:57 pm edt 

3:55 pm edt 

Re: Letter From a Retired FBI Agent

Given what we know about the F.B.I (J. Edgar Hoover) and have learned
about the F.B.I. during the Bugler trial THE LAST PERSON ON EARTH I would want
an endorsement from is a retired F.B.I. agent.
3:54 pm edt 

Property Values vs Civil Rights?

I suppose a good reason for some people to not complain of losing
their civil rights and having or living in a "police state" would be the fear of
losing the value of their property investment, however some of us "townies"
would like the thought of having a police force that "protect and serve", not
drink and harrass! It's just plain wrong to tie the performance of the police to
the value of property resale....give me a break!
10:21 am edt 

Time to Go!

It is a shame, because Sharon Lynn has done an excellent job as Town Manager. 
However she has aligned herself too closely with  our misguided Police Chief. 
Chief Juran's arrogance and empire building at tax payers expense has reflected
badly on Sharon Lynn as a personnel administrator.  Her police mentality has
come to the forefront.  She and "The Chief" are two of a kind.  They both must
go!!

10:18 am edt 

Sharon Lynn

What a disappointment Sharon Lynn turned out to be.
8:36 am edt 

Letter From a Retired FBI Agent

A letter from an FBI employee sought to defend Jaran's recent actions,
and as well as his character. The problem is that the holes in his arguments are
so big that a Sysco truck could drive easily through one of these holes.  Let's
take one of his funniest attempts at defending his blue brother.  He asks, and
I'm paraphrasing, doesn't everyone make mistakes?  Well, I'm glad even he
acknowledges that Jaran made a mistake. Actually, everybody acknowledges he made
a mistake. Everybody but Jaran.
I'm sure this retired cop's sister and spouse are thrilled about their
Provincetown tax dollars being spent to rectify somebody's mistakes.
8:34 am edt 

Banner

Thursday August 8, 2013

FinCom makes police matters a main objective

By Ann Wood BANNER STAFF

PROVINCETOWN — There was a discussion about litigation trends over the last three years, talk of a “police intervention mediator budget,” a conversation about rumored drug searches on the ferry, and more. However, these subjects weren’t raised at a board of selectmen’s meeting — rather, they constituted part of the finance committee’s July 31 agenda.

Michael Canizales, chair of the FinCom, handed a pile of police department analysis documents to Sharon Lynn, the town manager, and Jeff Jaran, the police chief, last week.

“This is one guy’s attempt to try to pull together stuff that may be useful to the department,” Canizales told them.

He went on to say that the documents, which included everything from Federal Bureau of Investigation law enforcement crime statistics to Eastham, Orleans and Wellfleet police workload analysis, showed that smaller towns should have “a back-up plan.” Instead of two Provincetown police on patrol in the winter, Canizales suggested there could be one from Provincetown and one from Truro.

Lynn, who’s charged with overseeing all matters personnel, said she would read through the pile.

“I think we’ll certainly review this as I said … Lieutenant [Jim Golden] is putting together some useful information himself,” Lynn said.

Canizales said Friday that he put all of the documents together after hearing at a July 22 personnel board meeting that, after six years as town manager, Lynn doesn’t know why the 19 full-time year-round police officers constitute a full complement. She did, however, tell the FinCom on July 31 that Golden was looking into it.

“Part of what [Golden] can report is a synopsis of his findings and what’s been determined over the past several months,” she said, adding that his report is based on budget meetings, the size of the police department and staffing requirements. “That report has been started and we’ll be happy to share that with you.”

And yet no member of the Fin-Com asked for Golden to present his findings at that meeting. That’s because, Canizales said Friday, every year Golden presents a “justification” for the number of Provincetown police officers.

“So I’ve heard it before,” he added.

Canizales called the lieutenant a “good guy with good intentions” but said that Golden is not a workforce analyst. He further stated that the FinCom is “absolutely not” overstepping its purview by nosing into police matters.

“Asking questions is not attacking you,” he said. “Or harassing you, certainly. FinCom only exists to ask questions and to provide data, so we should absolutely do that. …We want to be a thinktank of sorts.” At least one selectman isn’t so keen on that. Austin Knight, chair of the board, showed up at the meeting to warn the FinCom about its agenda.

“Policies are driven by the board of selectmen, and when it comes to personnel that is driven by the town manager,” he told them.

Canizales, who acknowledged that the FinCom is merely an advisory committee, said on Friday that he found Knight’s statement offensive.

“Policy is a code word for shutting up,” he said.

The number of full-time police officers ought to be looked at, Canizales said, because 80 percent of the town’s budget is “headcount and salary and it all has to do with FinCom.” If the police department is found to be overstaffed, he said that staff positions can be cut as people retire or move away so that it won’t hurt anyone.

Meanwhile, Canizales means to keep gathering information and passing it off to Town Hall.

“If that’s not a public service I don’t know what is,” he said.
8:31 am edt 

Searching of Ferry Passengers

First of all, I wish to congratulate the Chamber and PBG for the great
leadership shown in sending out a joint letter that seeks to clarify the matter
of searching of ferry passengers for potential drug possession.

Nevertheless, I'm having difficulty reconciling portions of their letter, as
well as those statements made by the Chief of the Coast Guard Station, with
those statements made by our Police Chief at the July 31 Finance Committee
meeting.  At that Finance Committee meeting, he indicated that if plans are
being made to search passengers on ferries for drugs, he isn't going to go
public about such plans.  Nevertheless,the Chamber's/PBG's letter states that
there'll be no searches for drugs, and the Coast Guard Chief states that there
will be no opening up of passengers' bags while on the ferry, and that public
safety measures will consist only of stationing some "men on ferries as a
deterrent" or having one of the Coast Guard boats escort a ferry into the
harbor.
Hmmmm

8:28 am edt 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Re: Is it Worth it?

Completey and an emphatic YES!!

For the first time in a long time, the citizens of Provincetown are speaking out
against outrageous behavior in the police force. One incedent after another have
ignited the voters and visitors alike and we're finally done with the BS. When
one speaks out, the others follow and that's what's happening. Keep in mind, the
police and chief especially have done this to themselves.

To answer the letter in the Banner asking if the chief is allowed to get angry, yes
he is but like all other citizens, he's NOT allowed to threaten, intimidate and harrass
others in doing so. And if he does get angry and make a fool of himself, an apology is
the best answer to cure the problem. That hasn't happened yet and THAT is what
continues to fuel the fire.
10:41 pm edt 

The Victims Are at Fault

"Please be aware that you are doing the town a disservice by
publicizing these allegations throughout the Cape."



The perpetrators now blaming the victims. How desperate it sounds! LOL
10:24 pm edt 

A Telling Comment

"Since April there's been an obsession with the police department and
repeated use of the phrase 'police state.'  Please be aware that you are doing
the town a disservice by publicizing these allegations throughout the Cape. If
you want to sell your home, you're discouraging potential buyers and lowering
your own property values.  Is it worth it?"


This post says it all about what the priority is for some people.   We truly are
losing our sense of community, and that's something Provincetown always had in
spades.
10:22 pm edt 

Would You Have Us Lie?

"If you want to sell your home, you're discouraging potential buyers
and lowering your own property values."


It would be immoral to sell my home in Provincetown, and lie, or omit
information regarding the manner in which the Police Chief and some of his
acolytes have treated the residents.  But, wait...that's what you would do
right, omit or lie about it?
10:18 pm edt 

Why so Many Have Moved

If I was looking for property in Provincetown, I'd worry more about
whether the house I'm thinking about buying is in the Flood Zone.

That's what the cabal did - worry about this - and they sold their homes, once
they knew that these were in flood zones.
10:14 pm edt 

Employment Law

"Once again, personnel matters are confidential.  The public has the
right to know how much the town pays the attorneys, and if there are settlements
they have the right to know the amounts."


I agree.  I have no interest in who got what.  But, I'll say again, the
Selectmen and Town Manager have he fiduciary obligation to tell us:

1. The exact amount the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager paid in total to
   settle lawsuits to the town.

2.  The exact amount for external professional attorneys' fees.

3.  The exact amount in liability insurance premiums we pay to cover us, in
     whole or in part, for lawsuits.

Since Town Meeting approves a specific amount for each of the above 3
expenditures,  the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager have the obligation to
inform us, the voters in Provincetown, as to any changes from what has been
approved by Town Meeting.
9:33 pm edt 

Letter From a Retired FBI Agent

Did anyone see on the Provincetown Community web page where a retired FBI agent
praised the Police Chief ? Is that sickening that he directed that agent to post
that or what. I know for a fact that if you worked for the Chief and gave him a
letter from a doctor saying you needed two weeks off from work due to a medical
issue, the Chief would not honor it because he said anyone can get a doctor to
write a letter. So I will treat that butt kissing letter from that agent about
the Chief the same way.

It's obvious thar Agent has no clue what this Chief is like and what he has done
and how he has treated those who worked for him. The incident at the Pig was his
true colors and was not a rare and unfortunate incident. That is how he treats
those that work for him while he plays kissy-kissy to the public.
9:30 pm edt 

Re: Is it Worth it?

"Since April there's been an obsession with the police department and
repeated use of the phrase 'police state."


You may call it an obsession.  I call it a reality. When it's February, and in
less than a half a mile, I see at least 4 or 5 police cruisers, it's a reality.
Someone told me a few weeks ago that he had gone from Provincetown to Dennis,
and had run into 2 police cruisers...in July.  So unless Provincetown is crime
infested in February, I see no judtfication for seeing all these cruisers around
the town in the winter.
9:19 pm edt 

Re: Is it Worth it?

About "Since April there's been an obsession with the police
department and repeated use of the phrase 'police state.'  Please be aware that
you are doing the town a disservice by publicizing these allegations throughout
the Cape. If you want to sell your home, you're discouraging potential buyers
and lowering your own property values.
Is it worth it?"


Then it behooves the Selectmen and Town Manager to assure the property owners by
action, not words, that Provincetown isn't a "police state" feelings.  Don't try
to pass the buck to us.  It's the Selectmen's and the Town Manager's own
undoing!
9:17 pm edt 

Is it Worth it?


Is it really worth having such a highly paid police department??  Starting
police in New york City earn 25 to 30,000 per year.  Are we really in a more
dangerous surrounding here on cape cod?  Why pay a poice detective to ride
around in a boat (oops, I forgot we don't call him a detective any more.)
9:15 pm edt 

UGH!

Folks, it is not a personnel issue with the police chief.   Today's letters to
the Banner and comments are totally missing the point.

The issue is civil rights.   Not going through a retelling of all the incidents,
but there appears to be enough information that would warrant an impartial and
outside investigation into whether or not there were first and fourth amendment
rights violations at The Pig  and voter intimidation during the last town
election.

By not taking the simple step of pulling this all into the hands of competent
investigators, Ms Lynn has allowed these issues to fester, deeply fractured this
community, and called into question her judgement.

I think she has done some great things for this town.  Think the police are
doing a fine job and need a new station, like last year.   However, her blind
spot to these matters, and dismissive and antagonistic  attitude toward anyone
who dares even  raise a question about anything police related really makes it
appear she has "gotten her back up."  All for what?

BOS - this is not a personnel issue.  Your inaction is tantamount to
acquiescence that civil and voting right issues do not need to be properly
investigated in this town.   Glad we were not counting on any of you after
stonewall or in the south during the 60s.

To those who say get over it, no big deal, it will pass, etc., definitely glad
someone took even a small stance for me.   After all, what is so bad about just
shutting up and riding in the back of that bus?
9:03 pm edt 

Is it Worth it?

Since April there's been an obsession with the police department and
repeated use of the phrase 'police state.'  Please be aware that you are doing
the town a disservice by publicizing these allegations throughout the Cape.
If you want to sell your home, you're discouraging potential buyers and lowering
your own property values.
Is it worth it?
3:34 pm edt 

Employment Law

Once again, personnel matters are confidential.  The public has the
right to know how much the town pays the attorneys, and if there are settlements
they have the right to know the amounts.  They are not entitled to know to whom
the money was paid, or for what issue.  For example, if employee X sues the town
for a matter, only that employee has the right to either say what happened or
keep it confidential.  This is to protect the individual's privacy.  It is not a
town conspiracy, this is just employment law.
3:32 pm edt 

The Salaries Are More Than Inflated

This is ridiculous for a town this size. This is not Boston. this is not New
York. this is a bit more like West Goshen where Sharon ruled. and the salaries
should fit the town and its size. More than crazy. It's insane. and we are the
fools for letting this happen.
3:29 pm edt 

Komenelis at $95,0000 Plus

How disgusting. This bully, this threatening, law-breaking police sergeant makes
this much. It is disgusting and worse. How was he punished? Did he receive a
demotion? Was his pay docked? seems this bully has been let loose for more
trouble.

Who else is he texting? Who else is he intimidating? He is rogue and should be
fired.
3:24 pm edt 

Town Manager's Investigations

At the closing of the Town Manager's investigations of the documented
citizens' complaints about the Police Chief, she publicly stated she was closing
the investigations, with no repercussions for the Chief. I bet Whitey Bulger
would have loved to have had Ms. Lynn on his jury!
3:22 pm edt 

Two Peas in a Pod

Lets say bye bye to Sharon Lynn and Jeff Jaran
1:30 pm edt 

Re: Tale of the Tape
Yearly salaries (not counting benefits!):

Town Manager....  $140,924.96
Finance Director  $70,000.06
Chief of Police.  $132,802.34
Richard Alves...  $101,205.42
Scott Chovanec..  $80,372.55
Glenn Enos......  $137,935.96
James Golden....  $116,293.60
Meredith Lobur..  $93,586.78
DISPATCHER......
Sarah Bartholomew...$74,509.67(15,540. overtime!!)
Thomas Koumenelis....$$95, 619.08
Thomas Steele...  $98,976.39
Gregory Hennick.  $$96,033.35

How do these salaries and benefits compare with other Cape towns?
1:26 pm edt 

Why no Postings For Thursday?

Please tell me all is now well in Provincetown.
1:23 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

"Seems the pattern of screaming at the public, which has bern
exhibited by more than one administrator under Sharon Lynn, is condoned by her.
She must find itacceptable, or it wouldn't happen.  If I could get in trouble with my
boss fordoing something, I wouldn't do it, unless she okayed such behavior, or I didn't
care if I lose my job."


AGREE!!  However, Sharon Lynn has made some major mistakes. Patience my friend.
Truth shall prevail.   BTW  Watched the sunset on this glorious town today.
Breathtaking. :]
1:20 pm edt 

Re: Kopelman & Paige

"So are you saying we have no right to know what we are paying the firm Kopleman
and Paige?"



It appears that as citizens we have no right to know how much our
town's law firm is paid and how much they consistently pay out for allowing
Sharon Lynn to continue to bless the criminal behavior of our own police.


This is outrageous and absurd. We have every right to know what this accounting
firm is paid . How do we demand transparency ? I have seen the number for the
state police, ethics posted. This is the last straw. I am calling. I urge all
Provincetown residents sick of the status quo to call as well. So ironic, for
such a gorgeous , peaceful and simple old fishing village. We must protect the
very essence of this town and the reason all of us have chosen to call
Provincetown "home".
1:15 pm edt 

From Banner

Thursday August 8, 2013

Drug search proposal not initiated locally, say police

By Ann Wood BANNER STAFF

PROVINCETOWN — The police and the town manager say that proposed drug sweeps on ferry boats from Boston aren’t their idea. It’s an environmental police and U.S. Coast Guard issue, they say.

Two weeks ago the Banner reported on rumored searches in which a drug-sniffing dog might be used to search people coming into Provincetown Harbor on the Boston ferries in August. The issue was brought up during a selectmen’s meeting by the chair of the Provincetown Public Pier Corp.

On Wednesday, July 31, Police Chief Jeff Jaran sat in front of the finance committee and told its members that “there is no operational plan” in effect to conduct drug sweeps on the ferry boats in Provincetown Harbor. The talk about searching ferry passengers occurred during one 15-minute meeting with the Coast Guard and the environmental police, Jaran said, during which it was discussed how they deal with the large number of people aboard ferries in the wake of the Boston bombings.

If plans were in the works to search ferry passengers for drugs, “it’s not something I’m going to go public with,” Jaran said.

This topic was discussed under a FinCom agenda item called “Update from TM on Marine Patrol Activites.” Fin-Com chair Michael Canizales said that he was concerned that searching ferry passengers would negatively affect tourism and economics and didn’t like the idea of surprise searches.

When passengers were drug searched at Provincetown Municipal Airport back in 2004, Canizales said that “we got nailed on the front page of the Huffington Post.” People should be “educated” about a change in policy rather than subjected to a surprise, he added.

“Drugs are illegal and people know that drugs are illegal,” Jaran said, further stating that the police department doesn’t need to advertise the fact that people found with drugs will be arrested.

“It’s not just about the guy that gets busted doing something. It’s about the overall experience of 700 people [on board who see it happen],” Canizales said.

It is an environmental police and Coast Guard issue, Town Manager Sharon Lynn emphasized.

“I’m not sure what you’re really trying to discuss here,” she said.

Lynn said she and Jaran met with the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce and the Provincetown Business Guild to correct what they described as “misinformation.”

A joint chamber and PBG press release on Friday said that the business groups have “learned more of the facts” and that the “proposed searches are not being instituted by the town of Provincetown or the Provincetown Police Department. The searches are being spearheaded by the environmental agency, a sub-agency of the state police, and the United States Coast Guard.”

It further stated that “random searches have been happening for years without intrusion into individuals’ privacy and without notice. The only change is a proposal has been suggested to increase the number of searches. As of this time there is no proposed plan to implement this within the next couple of weeks, especially during Carnival Week.”

Sources have verified that the rumored drug search meeting did not occur at the Coast Guard Station in Provincetown.

Chief John Harker, officer in charge of the Coast Guard Station, said Tuesday that he meets quarterly with Provincetown police, environmental police, state police and other applicable entities to “strengthen partnerships.”

Harker said that he did not call a meeting to talk about searching ferry passengers. His most recent meeting was called to discuss the Provincetown station’s new use of an 800-MHz radio frequency, which is what police use to communicate, and how it has aided in more than 75 percent of its search-and-rescues in the last three months.

Drug search talk was so brief that Harker indicates it wasn’t an actual topic. However, he said, following the Memorial Day Boston bombings — in which two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring at least 144 — the Coast Guard raised its marine security (MARSEC) level to two. While it’s back down to one, the Coast Guard will still sometimes station some men on ferries as a deterrent. One of its vessels could also escort a ferry into the harbor. But, he said, that’s about it.

“Are we going to start opening up bags on ferries? No,” Harker said.

Candice Collins-Boden, executive director of the chamber, did not return the Banner’s e-mails or phone calls, nor did Jeff Jaran or Provincetown Police Lt. James Golden. Amy Mahler, media coordinator for the state Energy and Environmental Affairs Dept. and the environmental police, also did not respond to multiple requests for an interview.
9:07 am edt 

From Banner

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Trooper in harbormaster incident off the hook

Town administrator places full blame on Francis

By Kaimi Rose Lum BANNER STAFF

TRURO — Although he has accepted as “true and substantiated” a report that a young, offduty state police officer shouted at and shoved 65-year-old Harbormaster Joe Francis, ultimately knocking him to the ground, Town Administrator Rex Peterson insists that it was Francis who was the aggressor. And state police said this week that they will not pursue an internal inquiry into the officer’s conduct.

In an interview Thursday, Peterson said that when Francis placed his hand on the policeman’s shoulder during an altercation at Pamet Harbor, Francis was committing battery.

Peterson fired Francis on July 19 as a result of the incident. Francis is appealing the decision at a public hearing scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.

Piecing together the story from interviews, police reports and Peterson’s termination letter, on June 7 off-duty state trooper Terry Nugent, 41, also a charter captain, attracted the harbormaster’s attention twice as he returned from a fishing trip — first for gutting the day’s catch in the harbor, a violation of harbor rules, and second for taking up extra parking space with his boat and trailer. When Francis, who is 65, told Nugent he would have to pay twice the usual parking fee, Nugent became loud, confrontational and verbally abusive and challenged him to a fight. Francis called the Truro police, then left the harbormaster’s shack to tell Nugent about an alternative parking arrangement at Corn Hill and “let him know [Francis wasn’t] a bad guy,” according to Peterson.

Nugent continued to taunt Francis, calling him an “old man” and a “summer cop.” At that point Francis put his hand on Nugent’s shoulder and asked him rhetorically if he were the state policeman who had been caught using sick days to go fishing.

State police investigated and suspended Nugent a few years ago for calling in sick to run paid fishing charters.

Francis’s comment “enraged” Nugent, who flew out of control and pushed Francis twice, knocking him to the ground, Peterson said. A woman present at the scene told Truro police that Nugent’s demeanor was “very aggressive” and that after he knocked Francis over he stood over him and said, “If you lay your f——-g hands on me again it will be assault,” according to the police report.

She also observed that at one point during the encounter Francis pushed Nugent back. Four other witnesses interviewed by the Truro police, all of whom were Nugent’s fishing clients, said that they had seen Francis and Nugent “physically assaulting each other” and that “both men ended up wrestling on the ground.”

Peterson said that, as far as the town is concerned, Francis is the one who is guilty of “assaultive” behavior. By touching Nugent’s shoulder, Francis was engaging in unwanted or unprivileged contact with another, which is Mass. General Law’s definition of battery.

Francis’s bringing up Nugent’s history with the state police also served to inflame rather than “de-escalate” the situation, Peterson said.

Benjamin Zehnder, Francis’s attorney, said the town appears to be relying on an extremely technical interpretation of assault and battery. State law defines it not just as unprivileged contact but contact that puts the victim “in fear of bodily harm,” Zehnder said “In the worst-case scenario, [Francis] made an inconsiderate remark and put his hand on [Nugent’s] shoulder,” a gesture that lasted “a fraction of a second,” Zehnder said. “He wasn’t aggressive.”

Zehnder said that the town’s decision to fire Francis was extreme, given the circumstances. “If you ask me, this state police officer committed an assault and battery on Joe,” he said.

Despite evidence that Nugent behaved in an intimidating and violent manner, the town of Truro will not file a report with nor complain to the state police about his conduct, Peterson said. And state police said last week that they would not conduct a formal inquiry into the incident because an initial review of what happened indicated that Nugent had committed no violation of internal policies and procedures.

Officer David Procopio, a spokesperson for the state police, said that the state police relied on the report filed by the Truro police on June 7.

In that report, Nugent told Truro Police Sgt. David Silvia that the harbormaster had “struck [Nugent] in the shoulder area in a violent manner” and called him out on “screwing the state” through his abuse of sick time. Francis admitted to making the statement about “screwing the state” but told Silvia that he had merely “patted” Nugent on the shoulder.

The Truro police’s June 7 report also includes interviews with Nugent’s four fishing charter clients, who made statements about the two men wrestling on the ground. On June 18 Police Chief Kyle Takakjian interviewed a fifth witness, a woman who was standing on the dock when the fight occurred and who had no relationship to either of the men involved. It was she who described Nugent’s “aggressive” manner and inappropriate comments.

It is not clear whether the state police’s review occurred before or after the fifth witness interview was added to the report. But Procopio said that the state police had decided to release Nugent from further scrutiny “because he was not the aggressor in the physical altercation. The other party was the aggressor and [Nugent] took reasonable steps to defend himself.”

Zehnder said he found it hard to believe a determination that an off-duty trooper who had intimidated a public official had not violated any internal

policy.

Nugent, as a state police officer, “should have been held to a higher standard of care by his department,” Zehnder said.

Francis, he said, “was held to a lower standard of care,” the result of which was the loss of his job.

The harbormaster will appeal his dismissal before the selectmen on Monday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. Zehnder said the location of the public hearing has been tentatively set at Town Hall but that he has requested a larger venue, at the community center, to accommodate those who wish to speak.
9:01 am edt 

"The Same Few People Post Over and Over"

This may be true for some of the posts.  However, it would be a grave mistake to
assume from this that it's only a few who feel as they do about the police
situation and how it's been handled by the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen.
It's one of the top conversation topics around town, and even out of town, once
people learn where one is from.  I don't initiate the topic; it's upsetting,
tiring, and embarrasing.  I want very much for all of us  to "move on", as some
here have been recommending.  I think once things finally come to a resolution,
the town will be a able to "move on.  I do look forward to that!
12:08 am edt 

Ann Wood v Town Hall

"Stop bashing Ann Wood. She did try to fact check with Dan on her
story AFTER his email and he berated and screamed at her.  Betcha didn't know that.  A
reference to it is on her facebook page."

Seems the pattern of screaming at the public, which has bern exhibited by more
than one administrator under Sharon Lynn, is condoned by her. She must find it
acceptable, or it wouldn't happen.  If I could get in trouble with my boss for
doing something, I wouldn't do it, unless she okayed such behavior, or I didn't
care if I lose my job.
12:06 am edt 

The Publics right to Know

"Legal matters are CONFIDENTIAL.  The public does not have a right to
know about them because they are CONFIDENTIAL."


You use phrase "the public". I much prefer "the voters", or "the taxpayers". We
do have the right to know the exact purpose and dollar allocation for all costs
incurred in "running" our town, which are voted on by our Town Meeting.
--- We have the right to know , for every fiscal year, how much of what was
allocated by us for such a given year, per each line item, was actually spent,
and if these figures are the same, lower or higher.  And with regard to
personnel litigation matters, we specifically have the right to know the above
budget details for:

1.  the total amount of our settlement payouts for personnel litigation
lawsuits,

2.  the amount in liability insurance premiums spent to cover, whole or in part,
our personnel litigation settlement payouts and,

3.  the total amount spent to pay for our attorneys' time in litigation of
personnel matters.

--- We also have the right to request and pay for an external, professional
independent fiscal audit.  It's been done before; it could certainly be done
12:02 am edt 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

BOS Gives Sharon Lynn a Pass

Finally, Re the constant, incessant, ceaseless, never-ending diatribes
about the police:  LET IT GO!!!!!"

The recent conduct of our Chief of Police has been inexcusable.  The citizens
don't know what action was taken by his supervisor. All we know is that he's
still in the same position, probably with the  same salary, etc.  We get it;
it's a personnel matter.  BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW, is that his supervisor, the Town
Manager, got a glowing PUBLIC evaluation from the BOS, in spite of all that has
happened with an employee directly reporting to her.  AND THAT IS A TRASVESTY.
11:57 pm edt 

The Tale of the Tape

Let me give you all another good reason, besides the obvious, that the
Chief of Police, the Seargeant and the officers and Town Manager SHOULD be
working for the voters....

Yearly salaries (not counting benefits!):

Town Manager....  $140,924.96
Finance Director  $70,000.06
Chief of Police.  $132,802.34
Richard Alves...  $101,205.42
Scott Chovanec..  $80,372.55
Glenn Enos......  $137,935.96
James Golden....  $116,293.60
Meredith Lobur..  $93,586.78
DISPATCHER......
  Sarah Bartholomew...$74,509.67(15,540. overtime!!)
Thomas Koumenelis....
                  $$95, 619.08
Thomas Steele...  $98,976.39
Gregory Hennick.  $$96,033.35

And the list goes on, read the last Annual Town Reports. Our police and public
employees pay themselves very well. The benefits these people get are worth at
least another $5000.00 a year....think about this when you demand and expect
excellence from these public employees!
11:53 pm edt 

Aids Memorial Project

Recently someone posted the process to be followed for the Aids
Memorial Project. They forgot to mention after selecting particular projects
that be for the common good of the Town,they also are committed to award the
selected projects with funds,divided accordingly with each project from the
Funds that the Cultural Council receives from the State. It is true,they are not
at liberty to choose Town sites for projects.Art Commission rules on aesthetics.
Bd. of S. approve a site and the final vote is by Town Meeting vote.Fishermen's
Memorial did the same . Town Meeting approved it in the 1980's and vote was
never rescinded so it's not necessary for them to do it again. The Aids Memorial
Committee are compelled to follow the same procedure so sayeth Town Counsel
before!
11:50 pm edt 

Re: Kopelman & Paige

"So are you saying we have no right to know what we are paying the firm Kopleman
and Paige?"


It appears that as citizens we have no right to know how much our
town's law firm is paid and how much they consistently pay out for allowing
Sharon Lynn to continue to bless our the criminal behavior of our own police.


11:48 pm edt 

I Agree That Hoort Has Acted as a Gestapo

His actions surely cause some of us to view this man as threatening and a bully.
I too think he is gestapo in his threats and in his self-righteous actions.

Inside this man is a small mind that is sick and in need of help. I hope it's
another town that helps him regain his balance, not us. He has revealed his true
self and we don't need town employees like him.
11:45 pm edt 

Cut the Head Off the Proverbial Snake

Dan Hoort, Sharon Lynn, Jeff Juran,  it is all the same problem! Does
anyone really think loyal employees do other than stick up for their bosses? 
Come on-- Sharon Lynn is the boss of these guys.  They will do Sharon Lynns
bidding or be looking for employment elsewhere.  In this instance you have to
cut off the head of the proverbial snaketo get justice.
11:43 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn's Management Style:

Let the people complain, let time pass. They'll get tired of complaining, and move on.
Just realized this when a friend on the mid Cape mentioned all the news articles
about Provincetown. He said that, in any other town, Jaran would have been
fired.  Then he laughed, and said: "Only in Ptown!"
11:41 pm edt 

Hello Everyone-

This email from the Chamber and Business Guild.  It presents another side to the
picture.

We are writing you this email to clear the air about the article written in the
July 25th Banner by Ann Wood with regards to rumored searches on the ferries
that run back and forth to Boston.

We have met with the Town and the Police Department about this and have learned
more of the facts. These proposed searches ARE NOT being instituted by the Town
of Provincetown or the Provincetown Police Department. The searches are being
spearheaded by the Environmental Agency, a sub agency of the State Police and
the United States Coast Guard.

Since the marathon bombings Homeland Security has been increasing its spot
checks on large forms of organized transportation at peak times especially
routes to and from cities. Because the ferries that run from Boston to
Provincetown, and Woods Hole/Hyannis to the Vineyard/Nantucket carry large
numbers of people security is being stepped up.

These random searches have been happening for years without intrusion into
individuals' privacy and without notice. The only change is a proposal has been
suggested to increase the number of searches.

As of this time there is no proposed plan to implement this within the next
couple of weeks, especially during Carnival Week.

We hope that this information will put all of you at ease and that we have a
fun and successful remaining summer season.


Respectfully,


Erin Atwood                                           Candice Collins-Boden
Executive Director                                  Executive Director
Provincetown Business Guild                    Provincetown
                                                           Chamber of Commerce

3 Freeman St. Unit 2                              307 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657                         Provincetown, MA 02657
508-487-2313                                       508-487-3424


11:40 pm edt 

It May Be a Beautiful Day but...the Over-Policing Makes it Ugly

For too many in town. It is a beautiful town but we need police and town
officials who respect the people who live here and work for them--not for their
own small glory. Even of this self-centeredness and enough of this arrogance.
time to start caring for this town and caring for the people who live here.

We once had this. We now need this gain.
11:35 pm edt 

Town Hall seems Against Residents and Voters

Let anyone speak their mind and they are targeted and attacked as creating a
hostile environment. Get up to the mike, be present at a meeting, and someone at
town hall will find a way to attack, demean and undermine.

this must stop. and that includes the most recent atrocity: Dan Hoort in his
role as Official Enforcer. this is insane and we must stop this. I too agree as
someone has posted that he is the Gestapo. He is the problem and not the
solution to any of our issues.

Hoort is a dangerous man.
11:09 pm edt 

Gestapo

Wow, what a viscous word to use about a valuable town employee exercising his
rights and attaching his name to his opinions. If anyone is using tea partier,
Nazi brown shirt tactics it is the posters on this blog. You should be ashamed
of yourselves. You disgust me.

- not a town employee, etc.
11:07 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Stop Mudding the Facts

The same few people post over and over.  Sometimes they try to
disguise themselves but they give themselves away by their repeated uses of the
same phrase.
It's not coincidence that two separate phrases refer to Dan Hoort as 'Gestapo.' 
That's one person posting twice.
All the drama that's being created is the work of a few people trying to 'take
back THEIR town' from those who 'don't belong' here.
Who are you to say who belongs here and who doesn't?  Who are you to insult
people by calling them unintelligent when you've never met them?
There have been articles clarifying that it was not the Provincetown police who
board vessels but rather the Coast Guard.  This is not news, it's been happening
for years, and it has nothing to do with our police department.  Stop muddying
the facts.
To those of you who are blatantly trying to destroy a certain few people: may
you all get what you deserve.
3:03 pm edt 

Re: Let it Go!!!

iIf anyone thinks the voters are about to "let this go" is not living
in the real world that most of us live in....this is not going away until the
Chief of Police and the Town Manager have resigned or are fired, you can take
that to the bank!!
2:54 pm edt 

Police Chief

Webmaster..... Why would you black out the telling of another incident that
ocurred in NH involving Chief Jaran. It seems to me that as taxpayers and
residents that we have the right to know. Answer please?

2:52 pm edt 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Do Not Lose Faith

It has been posted on this blog "what about the state investigation
and what about the attorney general investigation?"
.

As if one is so sure they are not or have not taken place. WHAT IF,
they have and are as we speak? Do not lose faith. The right thing will
happen for this town.  Just my opinion.
11:16 pm edt 

Re: Let It Go!!!

Tell that to Sharon, Jeff and the entire clique.  No We will not let this go until
the right thing happens for this town once and for all. We are fed up with the
intimidation from Town Hall, The police dept. and the building dept.NO WE WILL
NOT LET IT GO!!!!!!!
11:12 pm edt 

Police Issues

Something has to be done to reign in the over enthustic police of our town.  We
don't need them crawling all over the streets, and we certainly don't need them
"protecting" us in the water out at long point, or any place else on the
waterfront.
10:36 pm edt 

Town Woes

Maybe when more of the non-resident tax payers are able to speak out at Town
Meeting, and have a say about what happens in our town something might happen to
bring the police into a more reasonable size approprriat to uou needs.  Maybe
that is what it will take.
10:35 pm edt 

Change of Topic

Thankful for a beautiful day here.  "Love one another".  Let's count our
blessings.
10:33 pm edt 

Re: Dan Hoort - Finance Director

"indiscriminately, without thought for confidentiality.  Since then he
has publicly stated, as has the Town Manager, that he is not filing a harassment
charge."


Please tell us when and where this public statement was made, so we can read it.

Thanks!
10:31 pm edt 

Re: Let It Go!!!

Re: "Stop bashing Ann Wood. She did try to fact check with Dan on her
story AFTER his email and he berated and screamed at her."


So what are you saying? That if a reporter tries to get the facts and is
unsuccessful they should just print something anyway, regardless of truth or
accuracy? Sorry, that's not the way responsible journalists work. Instead of
rushing to print a new 'shocking' story for each week's edition, she should be a
bit more thorough in her research.
10:29 pm edt 

Re: Let it Go!!!!

ONE WORD. NEVER!
10:26 pm edt 

Re: Koplelman & Paige

"Personnel issues are CONFIDENTIAL.  The 2-day arbitration is therefore
apersonnel issue, and as such CONFIDENTIAL.  No, you do not have a right to know
the details.

Legal matters are CONFIDENTIAL.  The public does not have a right to know about
them because they are CONFIDENTIAL."   


REALLY?? So are you saying we have no
right to know what we are paying the firm Kopleman and Paige?
10:24 pm edt 

Re: Let it Go!!!!!

Call Dan or Ann to verify.  She did post that but must have taken it
down. It doesn't change the fact that he tried to bully and abuse her.  I think
that spells (correctly) "IRONY"
10:21 pm edt 

re: Re: Kopelman and Paige

"Wrong, there is no public record of our legal bills

It should be public but it is not. Just try to find out and you will not get the
right information. and what is the accountant's office that someone posted here?

It is always the $200,000 at town meeting and we know that number is just false.
Every year the same amount. It is perhaps $400,000 if we had all the bills and
they did not play there financial games--and that includes the Hoort guy--to
cover up the actual amount."


My fault. Most towns call the position the town accountant but in Provincetowns
case, I would assume it's under the title of town clerk. Go to Doug and ask for
a total of what has been paid to who ever pertaining to what ever and he should
give you an accounting of whats been spent. As far as the $200K yearly, thats
the budgeted amount that the town estimates it will cost the town yearly to
defend against all legal issues. $400K? No way. Not for legal alone.
10:19 pm edt 

Dan Hoort - Finance Director

Who is this questionable person? He is nothing but a gestapo and Sharon has a
lot of explaining as to why she is having Hoort do her dirty work.

He is clearly and simply a Gestapo. I bet he wishes he was a forties person. He
would have been their first choice!

Hoort is      and should be fired immediately. He is a problem and                      
10:15 pm edt 

Re: Let it Go!!!!!

No, Reading You Is Like reading a Hissy fit whining kid

Get a life. Why don't you rant on and on the dog facebook. I think that is the
perfect place for your whining and your secretly undermining attacks. Go to the
dog. You will find this dog wagging its tail to you.                                         
                                             .
10:10 pm edt 

Has Hoort Lost His mind?

Something sad and tragic has happened to this man. He should have left town long
ago. he tried to protect his partner                                                                    
                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                   
6:32 pm edt 

Re: Let it Go!

"Finally, Re the constant, incessant, ceaseless, never-ending diatribes
about the police:  LET IT GO!!!!!"


When the sun comes up in the west. His behavior is too nasty to excuse.
6:29 pm edt 

Dan Hoort - Finance Director

sorry but that's what I see and hear. this man is sick and should either stick
to numbers or keep his political views to himself. He is dangerous and rather
unintelligent. He is the harasser and he is the sick cookie in this town scene.

Amazing that Gestapo Hoort doesn't see himself as he is. I wouldn't want to see
what he sees in his art deco bathroom mirror but stil...
6:27 pm edt 

Re: Let it Go!!!!!

"Stop bashing Ann Wood. She did try to fact check with Dan on her story
AFTER his email and he berated and screamed at her.  Betcha didn't know that.  A
reference to it is on her facebook page."


That's incorrect.  There is no reference to Dan on Ann's Facebook page.
6:24 pm edt 

Re: Let it Go!!!!!

There is nothing more humbling than criticizing others for poor
spelling in a post where one misspells a word. I apologize for my error in
misspelling harrassment and for my self-righteousness. I did nothing to promote
town unity by mocking others. However, I do appreciate the irony.
4:16 pm edt 

Re: Let it Go!!!!!

You know when you are blaming the media that you are losing the
argument.

Stop bashing Ann Wood. She did try to fact check with Dan on her story AFTER his
email and he berated and screamed at her.  Betcha didn't know that.  A reference
to it is on her facebook page.

It's clearly ok for all manner of Town staff to scream at media OR stupid
Squealing Pig town's folk but please do not even dream of whispering an honest
question to town employees.  Say it with me team ...that's "HARRASSMENT."
2:02 pm edt 

From: Mike Canizales - FinCom Chair 1:24 pm edt 

Let it Go!!!!!

Reading this blog is like watching small children desperately in need
of a nap who whine and complain about everything and nothing.
Here are some truths, sad though they may be to you:
Personnel issues are CONFIDENTIAL.  The 2-day arbitration is therefore a
personnel issue, and as such CONFIDENTIAL.  No, you do not have a right to know
the details.
Legal matters are CONFIDENTIAL.  The public does not have a right to know about
them because they are CONFIDENTIAL.
Any town has a certain amount of personnel issues, a certain amount of money
budgeted for legal counsel.

And, let's talk about spelling...
'Payed' instead of 'paid'?
'Council' instead of 'counsel'?

Finally, how about some talk about journalistic ethics?  Dan Hoort sent an email
during a moment of frustration.  He copied the press and the various Facebook
pages as an example of how all information in this town is disseminated
indiscriminately, without thought for confidentiality.  Since then he has
publicly stated, as has the Town Manager, that he is not filing a harassment
charge.  Ann Wood's article was clearly based only on the original email and she
did not follow up with Dan or anyone else to check the veracity of her work.

Oh, and this means there are no legal fees associated with that harassment
claim, since it never happened.  Also, I'm pretty sure that Dan Hoort, who was
primarily responsible for keeping this town out of receivership following the
fiscal improprieties of previous town government, is fully capable of thinking
for himself and is not a puppet for Sharon Lynn or anyone else.

Finally, re the constant, incessant, ceaseless, never-ending diatribes about the
police:  LET IT GO!!!!!
1:19 pm edt 

Police Chief

When will the Town learn. Jaran came from the New Hampshire Attorney
General's Office drug Task force where he worked for several years as an
undercover officer and in 2001 he became the Chief in Sandwich, NH. He resigned
in 2004 to become the Chief in Bow, New Hampshire. Then he resigned again a few
years later to become Chief in Provincetown.

He wants a bigger force yet he has an officer working out of town. Why is it that he
never stays long at one job? Why does he jump around. The Former Chief Ted Myers
had a checkered past now look at Jaran. When will the Town get it. When will they do a
better background check?

Jaran had an incident in New Hampshire                                                                
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                      
1:16 pm edt 

Police Chief

The Chief does pretty much as he pleases.  He has one of his detectives assigned
to drive the harbor masters boat.  However, the detective is not called a
detective, yet he is still paid a detectives salary.  Ya gotta admit it sounds
better not to have a high paying detective driving around in a boat!  Remember
it is all about appearances.
8:09 am edt 

We Have a Right to Know!

The Town Mgr.,staff,& Town Counsel were 2 days in closed door litigation. Why?
Don't we as taxpayers have a right to know? We are paying all the bills.
8:07 am edt 

State of the Town

Well, I look forward to hearing and reading Lynn's state of the union
discuss the lawsuits the town was involved in, and the resolution to them, and
cost to the town coffers.
8:05 am edt 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Re: Kopelman and Paige

Wrong, there is no public record of our legal bills

It should be public but it is not. Just try to find out and you will not get the
right information. and what is the accountant's office that someone posted here?

It is always the $200,000 at town meeting and we know that number is just false.
Every year the same amount. It is perhaps $400,000 if we had all the bills and
they did not play there financial games--and that includes the Hoort guy--to
cover up the actual amount.
7:44 pm edt 

Re: Segways What Happened?

The segways used by the police are broken.
I went to fantasia fashion/ talent last fall and it was to benefit the
Police to have them fixed,much to my surprise. They claimed
They were donated to the town? But who knows what the real
Truth is ? I,ve come to the point i don't believe anything this
Town says.
4:56 pm edt 

Police Chief

Correct me if I am wrong but I was having a conversation recently with someone
in the know and good connections and was told, that this Police Chief had worked
10 years undercover ? He appt's three Officers as Detectives, so the Dept has
three when the Dept always got by with one ? Each Detective is given a 6%
stipend added to their salaries ? The Chief tried to appt a 4th Detective but
was denied by the Union ? I do know I saw yearly drug raids when the Dept had
one Detective and now the Dept has three and I have seen none.(The 10 year
undercover work the Chief has done must of been a joke).

Add the other confirmed rumors that the Chief wanted to add a K-9 unit, a Police
Horse to go along with the Motorcycle unit and no wonder New Hampshire got rid
of him after 2 or 3 years. Rumor was he almost bankrupt them too and that's why.
Now I am convinced of the real reason he got rid of people like the Janitor at
the Police Station, how else was he going to be able to afford paying all his
Officers a 6% stipend. Dirty Politics Chief in my book.

4:53 pm edt 

Does Anybody Know?

Since people are researching Police equipment,ie. stegways,motorcycles,boats
etc., what happened to the "Bike Squad"? Did the bikes get sold as surplus?
The Patrolmen are "hoofing" it now for visibility!

The Town Mgr.,staff,& Town Counsel were 2 days in closed door litigation. Why?

Does anybody know?
4:47 pm edt 

Police Chief

Still a lot of negative comments about our "Professional" Chief of
police and all his ill doings but no action!, Call the State District Attorneys
office ang complain there.  Ask for help from a source that has the power to
help!
11:50 am edt 

FYI: Charter

The Commission started discussion on the Charter Review last
summer. June 4 and July  23, 2012. Check the minutes. This is nothing new. It is
however a long and involved procedure which is moving forward.
Perhaps you might want to apply to the Ad Hoc committee.
11:40 am edt 

Re: Kopelman and Paige

The accountants office has a record of it and it is freely accessable to the
public. If not, notify the selectmen at a public meeting. It's public knowledge.
11:11 am edt 

Re: Dan Hoort - Finance Director Harassment Claim

Sharon is far smarter and one step ahead of everyone. So Dan Hoort's council
if he proceeds is paid for by you got it- US . The taxpayers. So this ridiculous
harassment claim that supposedly he is suffering from as well as naming Sharon
Lynn and the police dept. ( as a result of 3 civilians speaking their beliefs concerning the
police dept )will have their entire bill paid for by again , US the taxpayers.

They are cunning but WITHOUT CONSCIENCE .
9:04 am edt 

Kopelman and Paige

How would one find out how much we have paid this firm ytd and a break
down as to what hours were billed for work done.
8:00 am edt 

Segways

You probably don't see the Segways because no one probably wants to ride them.
Just like the Motorcycle, no one wanted the Motorcycle but he was forcing them
to ride it. The Motorcycle everyone knew was not practical for this Town but
this Chief for a           had big ideas.
P.S. This very same Chief folks also wanted and tried to get a K-9 dog as well
as a Police Horse.
7:56 am edt 

Town Manager Contract

Let's take whatever steps are needed to terminate our relationdhip with
Lynn.  It's time another town takes its turn with her and her shenanigans. Her
little cabal can go with her also.  She will need their advice in her new job.
And we need to get a leader as our Town Manager.
7:53 am edt 

Early Election

Let's focus on what's needed right now:
An early election for the 2 BOS positions. We, literally, can't afford to wait
until May. With Elaine's and David's silly and unquestioning 100% approval of
the TM, it's impossible to stop the floodgates of lawsuits to the town.

So let's get that early election. This is THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. NOTHING ELSE! 
And let's show Sharon that we can hold an early election faster than her holding
the hearing on the police complaints.
7:44 am edt 

Re: Police Segways

"And is it my imagination or are most of the supporters of the police
chief the same people who socialize and drink with him?"


How in the world do you know who drinkis with the Police Chief?
7:40 am edt 

Dan Hoort - Finance Director

Dan should give the Selectmen and the Finance Committee a listing if
all of the lawsuits, pending or settled, along with dollar amounts, so we know
what we, the townspeople are paying for.

Also, what is the cost of our liability insurance? Has it gone up since Sharon
and Jeff have been with us?
7:39 am edt 

To: The Finance Committee

Please request and report at Town Meeting for the last 3 years, the salary
increases by amount as well as percentage for EACH of the municipal
employees. You will be surprised by these data, I assure you.
7:37 am edt 

Sharon Feeling Harassed???

Well, then my answer to her is the same one she gave to the woman in
the police department that sued us. Sharon said to her: "Grow up!"

Back to you, Sharon!
7:34 am edt 

Electronic Voting
 
About "...install or hand out voting handsets to all voters at TM (Town Meeting). We
can debate everything as we do now but all votes would be punched in and
displayed on the big screen so that folks can vote without feeling on display
with hand raising. If anyone feels a vote was wrong or manipulated, they can
still call for a revote or a secret ballot which would be done on paper as it is
now. I truly wonder if we'd see a more balanced set of outcomes which better
reflect what happens when things go to the electoral ballot."


I like this idea. Based on the voter harrassment incidents by our police force,
it's evident that this is the way to go. I have completely lost my trust in the
Town Manager and the Police Chief.
7:30 am edt 

Re: Kopelman & Paige Better Not Be Payed For Dan Hoort's Legal Bills

I believe we should know what each bill is for from this law firm. After all, we
are paying the bills. We have a right to know. The only reason there is not true
transparency is because the TM does not want it. This needs to be changed.
7:26 am edt 

Re: Dan Hoort - Finance Director Harassment Claim

 #1: There's a difference between a reporter and a journalist!!

#2: FYI; Dan Hoort as a financial agent of the Town is most certainly covered by
Town Counsel. You obviously don't know why employees are covered by Tow Counsel!

Before the voters changed the law to allow it, no one wanted to work in
administration,regulartory jobs or volunteer time on committees or commissions
if they were to be sued by opponents and had to pay their own lawyers.

It's very obvious people here now don't know how their Town Government works!There's a
serious protocol that doesn't allow people to change it to be what they want by
saying so. As a result you're all leaving too much exposure to create libel by
spewing unfounded statements w/o proof!

You're all so filled with hatred & determination to remove specific administrators, that
when they file lawsuits and we,as taxpayers, have to pay,you're surprised. You'd better
have substantial facts,not heresay!

#3:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                      
 I bet this won't be posted!
7:22 am edt 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Police Segways

How many tax dollars were spent on the police segways?  And where are
they? And is it my imagination or are most of the supporters of the police chief
the same people who socialize and drink with him?
11:52 pm edt 

Charter Commission & Dan Hoort

A few thoughts about the Charter commission.  First and foremost Anne
McGuire...she does nothing without getting something.  There is much more here
then we see. We must be very careful!

Or, it might just be a big diversion,  to try to take the focus off the two top
cops,  Sharon and jeff.

As far as Dan Hoot,  he's a numbers guy. He never thought this mess up himself.
He took the order from Sharon. Just another lap dog.
11:49 pm edt 

Keep the Blog True

Can you please loose the long scrolldown?  We get it.
Make it a sidelink like Bangs St.?
The blog is more like a social network site of late.
Again, we get it.
Those sites are parasites.  Keep the blog true.  Loose the links to parasites. 
Please.

Post what is typed and not every little quote of a tweet or facebook post. 
Please.
11:47 pm edt 

Mike Canizales

Electronic Voting Arlington MA Town Meeting
Check out the two "additional links" on this site.  Really interesting and for
$1300 a meeting or $29,000 to buy could be worth consideration
http://www.town.arlington.ma.us/public_documents/ArlingtonMA_BComm/electronicvoting/index

Mike Canizales
6:55 pm edt 

Mike Canizales

I'm not sure how much crossover there is between voice & here so sorry
for duplication to those of you who watch both. i'd love to get mypacc posters
views on the two ideas below thread from VOICE

Mike Canizales


IDEA NUMBER 2 & 3 (may or may not require Charter Change) to make sure the Town
is aligned with votes at Town Meeting.

Many people comment to me that they feel too many things get passed at Town
meeting because of peer pressure and/or a real or imagined intimidation. I have
annoyed the Town meeting with constant urges to restrain ourselves on spending,
particularly capital and debt spending but I'm generally in the minority. I'd
like to see two things explored and would love to know how others feel.

2) We install or hand out voting handsets to all voters at TM. We can debate
everything as we do now but all votes would be punched in and displayed on the
big screen so that folks can vote without feeling on display with hand raising.
If anyone feels a vote was wrong or manipulated, they can still call for a
revote or a secret ballot which would be done on paper as it is now. I truly
wonder if we'd see a more balanced set of outcomes which better reflect what
happens when things go to the electoral ballot.

3) I wonder if all capital spending should be subject to an electoral ballot as
we currently do for 2 1/2 overrides and debt exclusions. It makes no sense to me
that we cherry pick funding sources based on whether we want a lower bar for
controversial items. Why should a new DPW truck get less scrutiny than road
paving? If we voted on all the items at TM and then they all had to pass at
ballot box I think we'd have some restraint and I love the idea that a greater
number of citizens are deciding the big ticket / long-term items.
6:44 pm edt 

Mike Canizales

My first idea was dumb as it turns out as you need a minimum of 6000
voters to elect that form of TM.  Sorry for the head fake.

Mike
6:40 pm edt 

Mike Canizales

IDEA NUMBER 2 & 3 (may or may not require Charter Change) to make sure the Town is aligned with votes at Town Meeting.

Many people comment to me that they feel too many things get passed at Town meeting because of peer pressure and/or a real or imagined intimidation. I have annoyed the Town meeting with constant urges to restrain ourselves on spending, particularly capital and debt spending but I'm generally in the minority. I'd like to see two things explored and would love to know how others feel.

2) We install or hand out voting handsets to all voters at TM. We can debate everything as we do now but all votes would be punched in and displayed on the big screen so that folks can vote without feeling on display with hand raising. If anyone feels a vote was wrong or manipulated, they can still call for a revote or a secret ballot which would be done on paper as it is now. I truly wonder if we'd see a more balanced set of outcomes which better reflect what happens when things go to the electoral ballot.

3) I wonder if all capital spending should be subject to an electoral ballot as we currently do for 2 1/2 overrides and debt exclusions. It makes no sense to me that we cherry pick funding sources based on whether we want a lower bar for controversial items. Why should a new DPW truck get less scrutiny than road paving? If we voted on all the items at TM and then they all had to pass at ballot box I think we'd have some restraint and I love the idea that a greater number of citizens are deciding the big ticket / long-term items.
6:28 pm edt 

Mike Canizales

IDEA # 1 for Charter Commission (I'm torn on this but it's worth floating). This my first/more radical idea for ensuring Town Meeting better reflects the Town electorate. I've become increasingly concerned that the two bodies have different priorities. One way to remedy this might be to elect a Representative Form of Town Government where we elect reps from precincts. Everyone can attend the meeting but only the delegates vote. See the following section

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleVII/Chapter43A

There's a very easy referendum process that Town can use if the Delegates get out of line :) https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleVII/Chapter43A/Section10
6:25 pm edt 

They Have No Shame!

 "This would be incredible if this happens. Hoort files a false claim,
a frivolous claim about harassment and or ethics?? Then he better
pay his own bills.Especially when he is sued by those he is defaming.

To all those who say, get on boards; attend meetings; get involved. Now what do
you say when the financial director is suing those who are active, involve and
care about the town?

Hoort's actions are despicable. And tell me, how this town employee has been
damaged? He is causing the harassment; he is causing the problem when citizens
simply want to speak out. what is wrong with him?"
11:20 am edt


Doesn't surprise me. This is typical of Sharon.Despicable but doesn't surprise
me. Dan Hoort  is in the same camp as Sharon. Our Town Manager's self interest
comes first and foremost. They are intimidated by  Maria Lopez,Gail Strickland
and Stephen Mindich. So now they are threatening to use town council to protect
them and you got it- at our , The taxpayer's expense. So they came up with this
harassment issue. What irony. They have no shame.
6:13 pm edt 

Re: Dan Hoort - Finance Director Harassment Claim

Hoort has complained of a hostile work environment, citing a July 22
personnel board meeting at which three summer residents, actress Gail
Strickland, Judge Maria Lopez and her husband, newspaper publisher Stephen
Mindich, said during a public comment period that they were distressed about the
police department and the way it is being overseen by Town Manager Sharon Lynn.

"I had to watch three people who dont even live here trash the town manager and
the police, he said last week. I dont want anything other than the harassment to
stop."
        


So let me get this straight - Three people merely express their
opinions to the TM and Hoort is Claiming harassment. You have got to be kidding
me. Is our TM that sensitive? Somehow I find this quite ironic. Especially since
there was so much intimidation (the very reason the 3 people were voicing there
opinions) from the police dept which Sharon Lynn supervises .Sharon is one tough
women and I believe she can handle some criticism. BUT TO CLAIM HARASSMENT- THIS
IS UNBELIEVABLE.
6:10 pm edt 

Re: Kopelman & Paige Better Not Be Payed For Dan Hoort's Legal Bills

This would be incredible if this happens. Hoort files a false claim, a frivolous
claim about harassment and or ethics?? Then he better pay his own bills.
Especially when he is sued by those he is defaming.
If this town manager dares to push Hoort's attorney bill on the homeowners of
provincetown - I guarantee you there will be many enraged citizens that will
hold her accountable. In addition, there should be transparency and we should
know what we are paying this law firm. After all, we are the one's paying these
bills.
6:06 pm edt 

Town Charter?

I am confused about this brand new topic of a town charter review. It seems like
it has come out of left field.
it feels like a distraction. Alot of things need to change in town government
right now, particularly in the area of staff & elected officials.  my view is
that unless someone can explain clearly and rationally why we should be
reviewing the town charter at this moment in time, its a distraction and should
be boycotted  until minimally the next election has its results. We have plenty
enough to deal with right now.

If anyone wishes to argue otherwise, i am all ears.


Slippery Street
6:00 pm edt 

Dr. Tina Trudel

"Dr. Tina Trudel is going to bring the town down also."  Tina is an
asset to this town and is one very intelligent woman. My call is the Clique is
threatened by her because she has a brain. Tina 

Keep doing what you are doing. I did not know of you until the recent events.
I watched you on ptown tv and it is quite obvious you know what you are doing.
Don't give up.

Side topic- I would like to know if we taxpayers are funding Dan Hoort's grievance.
He is way over the top. Kopleman and Paige love this stuff. I promise you, This
will be a banner year for them. What a waste of OUR MONEY thanks to Sharon's Poor
decisions. Sharon Lynn must be held accountable.Then the Police dept, and finally
the puppets on the BOS.
5:58 pm edt 

Re: Dan Hoort - Finance Director

Wish our Finance Director would exhibit the passion he exhibited
recently, with issues like reducing our taxes.
5:55 pm edt 

Re: Rogovsky's Words Seems Libelous

Re: "You've Missed the Point The frontal nude male artist is simply a
descriptor of this odd guy. Like or dislike what he calls art, it's his speech
that is inflammatory and insidious."


Actually, YOU have missed the point. My post was meant to call attention to the
fact that your description of Michael was immature, completely irrelevant to the
topic at hand and sexist. Whether you understand it or not, your implication is
that only female nudity should acceptable in the art world and that "frontal
male" nudity is vulgar. Sounds a bit sexist and perhaps homophobic to me, not to
mention it has absolutely nothing to do with his letter in the Banner. Your
comment was an insult, plain and simple, and not a very intelligent one. If your
intent is to criticize what you consider Michael's "inflammatory and insidious"
speech, why do you choose to do so by spewing forth the same? Comments like
yours are the reason so few people see this blog as a legitimate venue to vent
and discuss serious political issues - when someone tries they are usually met
with hostile, personally insulting replies.

I must say, I'm not at all surprised that you missed my point.
5:49 pm edt 

Great Coverage of the Issues

I loved the Cape Cod Times editorial that lauded Yingling.  I also
loved the editorial from the Banner criticizing Town Hall.  I'll continue to
ascribe to BOTH. They do great coverage of the issues tha concern our community. 

When Pru was at the Banner, all she did was regurgitate what Town Hall gave her.
A poor writer; can't even call her a reporter.
Candy's Facebook is a waste of time. Don't even look at it. We all know how her
warped mind works.
5:46 pm edt 

Kopelman & Paige Better Not Be Payed For Dan Hoort's Legal Bills

This would be incredible if this happens. Hoort files a false claim, a frivolous
claim about harassment and or ethics?? Then he better pay his own bills.
Especially when he is sued by those he is defaming.

To all those who say, get on boards; attend meetings; get involved. Now what do
you say when the financial director is suing those who are active, involve and
care about the town?

Hoort's actions are despicable. And tell me, how this town employee has been
damaged? He is causing the harassment; he is causing the problem when citizens
simply want to speak out. what is wrong with him?
11:20 am edt 

This is a Blog, Not A Club!

I read this blog. Sometimes I post. But I'm not a member of the blog.

Again, it's a blog. Plain and simple. Membership not included. Membership a non
factor.
11:17 am edt 

Wicked Local - Aug 2, 2013 Posted in Provincetown View


Provincetown Finance Director to Take Complaint to State

Upon discovering that a grievance cannot be filed against the town’s personnel board and its chair, Tina Trudel, at the local level, Dan Hoort, the town’s director of municipal finance, said by email Thursday that he intends to file his “first complaint” with the state Ethics Commission.

“Unfortunately because the Provincetown Charter does not provide for [enforcement] by the charter enforcement commission in regard to any other town committee or board except those listed … I will file my complaint at the state level instead [of] the local level,” he wrote.

Hoort has complained of a “hostile work environment,” citing a July 22 personnel board meeting at which three summer residents, actress Gail Strickland, Judge Maria Lopez and her husband, newspaper publisher Stephen Mindich, said during a public comment period that they were distressed about the police department and the way it is being overseen by Town Manager Sharon Lynn.

“I had to watch three people who don’t even live here trash the town manager and the police,” he said last week. “I don’t want anything other than the harassment to stop.”

The Provincetown Charter states that the charter enforcement commission may only take action following a written petition, “filed by a voter or voters alleging a violation of this charter by reason of an act, or a failure to act of the town manager, the acting town manager, the moderator, the board of selectmen, the school committee, or the finance committee, or members of those committees,” Hoort quoted in his email.



Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/provincetown/newsnow/x1383326549/Provincetown-s-finance-director-to-take-complaint-to-state#ixzz2auiobnBM
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9:55 am edt 

Mike Canizales - Posted on Provincetown view

Members Sought for Charter Review

For those of you who missed the Banner this week, page 6 announces a year long charter review committee. We need 9 people for this once in two decade opportunity to structurally change the way our community operates. I urge some of the talent in this group to PLEASE consider lending your time. While Town Meeting will approve all changes, the cake could be nearly baked by the time the Ad hoc committee finishes its work. I'd also like to encourage all of us to float ideas about change that this group can vet, pick apart, etc. This forum could help produce some really excellent amendments to the committee in my opinion. I assume you apply with the Town Clerk.
9:40 am edt 

People of Interest

Thank God for Maria Lopez and Stephen Mindich, they are not afraid or
taking anything lying down, kudo's to Dan Hoort also.

Dr. Tina Trudel is going to bring the town down also.
9:37 am edt 

Has the Banner Become Provincetown's National Enquirer?

Recent stories in the Banner by Ann Wood that have presented incorrect
information and heated up topics seem to have put people on edge. The recent
incorrect one about Provincetown Police planning on using drug dogs on incoming
ferries have painted the town in a very bad color.  Printed letters to the
editor by our town malcontents have also served to put out negativity.

Two facebook pages dealing with town matters have also not done much in a
positive way.  One has become a sounding board for Barry Scott to continue to
spew hatred toward the town, and if allowed to continue, will serve to hurt the
economic engine that drives the Provincetown economy.  The other is run by a
woman who is a narcissist and has her own egocentric agenda. Frequently the PACC
page has people who just want to put uninformed posts about town matters and
continue to chip away at anything positive about this town

It is time for all of this to stop, leave the Banner on the news stand, think 
and proactively instead of reactively, and head on the road to solutions instead
of sitting and pointing fingers at everyone else to no meaningful end.

9:35 am edt 

Police Presence:

All I am saying is everyone complains about the amount of police presence in
town.  It's always too many until you need them !
9:31 am edt 

Police Trying to Find Out About MYPACC Members?

Funny how the exact question below was asked on the Provincetown Voice page,
phrased in the same way, by the Partner of a Detective on the PPD....

"Hi All -
Can anyone tell us how many concerned citizens are a member
of MYPACC or how many contribute to Shout Out?"
9:30 am edt 

Dan Hoort - Financial Director

If theres a personnel issue in town it needs to be held behind closed
doors, he said. I dont want anything other than the harassment to stop.
  So let me get this straight. Dan Hoort is now claiming to be a victim? This is
unbelievable. Why? because a few ptown property owners voiced their opinion.
What about the true victims? Do property owners not have a right to voice their
opinion ?Dan, you are certainly protecting Sharon but you actually make yourself
look quite foolish.

Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/provincetown/newsnow/x1676642624/Provincetowns-Finance-director-to-file-grievance-against-personnel-board#ixzz2arYqxgvs
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9:27 am edt 

Police Chief and Town Manager

Time to get rid of them both!  The question is how.  It is obvious nothing is
being done to get rid of either one of these problematic individuals.  The Town
is without power to remove either one.  An outside investigation into what is
going on in Provincetown is long overdue!!!  Why have the Board of Selectmen not
acted??
9:25 am edt 

MYPACC Membership

Since I've never found a way to "join" MYPACC, I would say I'm not a
"member". And I don't think anyone else is either. Correct me if I'm wrong. But
I do contribute.

A Rat In The Basement
9:24 am edt 

Provincetown Banner

Why does the Banner print his statements? To answer your question,
perhaps for the same reason they print Ann Woods sensationalistic half-truths,
rumors and un-researched stories that are clearly designed to stir the pot.

I think you meant Pru Sowers.
9:22 am edt 

Riddle Me This:

To endure a hostile work environment, must one first work?

How many finance employees do we have to manage our accounts versus other town's
of a similar size? Employment environment?
9:21 am edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn - Public Forum

Holding the hearing to hear citizens' concerns about the Provincetown
police in September is a good thing. That's when we'll be able to really focus
on this and give the time to be in attendance. I'm glad the TM is thinking about
when is best to hold this hearing so that there's a chance to have the most
comments and people.  Unfortunately, the timing won't be of benefit to her or
Jaran for a myriad of reasons.
9:19 am edt 

Sharon Lynn

AS Predictable as always Sharon Lynn has once again opted to push off
this meeting till September when she will have to place another burden on all
concerned summer residents to make a trip back.  But heres the surprise  WE ALL
WILL BE BACK AND STRONGER THEN EVER dousing your hopes that people wont bother.  
The end of this ride is coming fast and furious and the people  of this town
will prevail . SO let your gal pal candy get her signatures ,,,, continue to
protect the chief AND all the egregious wrong doings ,,,,,, and all its going to
do is get you the short end of the stick ,,,, when the music stops playing
SHARON ITS YOU WHO WILL NOT HAVE A SEAT !!!
9:14 am edt 

Dan Hoort - Financial Director

"Police Magazine", June 21, 2013

http://www.policemag.com/blog/careers/story/2013/06/telling-the-truth.aspx

"Intentional, malicious, or deceptive conduct will permanently destroy an
officer's credibility. Should an officer violate these standards, there is no
alternative in an employment context other than termination or permanent removal
from any possible activity where the officer could be called upon to be a
witness to any action. Yes, it can be that serious."  Dan Hoort. Maybe this will
clear things up for you. You seem to not grasp what has taken place in this
town. You're rush to Sharon Lynn and the police dept's defense has made your
future judgement calls questionable. Or should I say BLIND defense.
9:11 am edt 

It seems that Dan Hoort is Causing an Oppressive Work Environment

How can he realistically and legally blame Tina Trudel for causing a harassing
work environment? because three people--yes three not thirty or three
hundred--showed up at a Personnel board meeting, He, Dan Hoort, views this as
intimidating and harassing? then He is going to file a complaint? He is out of
line and out of order. He is the one causing harassment and it seems he is
causing sexual harassment based on gender. Does Hoort have problems with  strong
women? Is he personally attacking Tina Trudel? Apparently so.
9:09 am edt 

Re: Rogovsky's Words Seems Libelous

You've Missed the Point

The frontal nude male artist is simply a descriptor of this odd guy. Like or
dislike what he calls art, it's his speech that is inflammatory and insidious.
9:06 am edt 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Hi All -

Can anyone tell us how many concerned citizens are a member
of MYPACC or how many contribute to Shout Out? Not looking for names just
numbers. I think it would give greater weight to the concerns and counter the
argument that it is only a few if the actual number was made known. Similar to
the Facebook numbers. No?
10:22 am edt 

Re: Rogovsky's Words Seems Libelous

Re: "Why does the Banner print his personal attacks and his demeaning
statements against a town resident. It is one thing for this frontal male nude
artist to let it all stick out on his canvas but he should print truths and not
libel town residents."


Why does the Banner print his statements? To answer your question, perhaps for
the same reason they print Ann Woods sensationalistic half-truths, rumors and
un-researched stories that are clearly designed to stir the pot. The Banner's
commitment is not to integrity, but yellow journalism and selling newspapers
with little or no regard for fact.

Also, if you have such a problem with nudity in art, you may consider moving to
a more conservative, closed minded town. I believe Chatham has a couple of
galleries...
10:18 am edt 

Dan Hoort - Financial Director

"Hoort said he believes that a very small population of Provincetown
has an issue with the way Lynn handled the incident involving Police Chief Jeff
Jarans response to an NWA song at The Squealing Pig, and the threatening text
and Facebook messages sent by police Sgt. Thomas Koumanelis to a citizen who had
been a friend."


Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/provincetown/newsnow/x1676642624/Provincetowns-Finance-director-to-file-grievance-against-personnel-board#ixzz2aohUtGns
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Is this guy for real? So most of provincetown does not have an issue with the
two events above? A town that is exemplary for freedom of expression. A town
that prides itself on upholding individual rights. REALLY DAN??? DO YOU REALLY
BELIEVE THIS OR IS THIS JUST YOUR TYPICAL POLITICAL RHETORIC ? THESE PEOPLE WILL
STOP AT NOTHING TO PROTECT ONEANOTHER. PEOPLE , WE HAVE TO MAKE  OUR POINT
KNOWN.  THIS WHOLE PUBLIC FORUM IS ALL B.S. - OF COURSE SHARON IS HOLDING IT IN
SEPTEMBER. HER MOVES ARE SO CALCULATED.
9:38 am edt 

To: Concerned Taxpayer

In further response to our Concerned Taxpayer, I thought this link to
Doug Cliggott's background may give some comfort to the diversity of experience
we all benefit from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Cliggott

9:36 am edt 

Re: Rogovsky's Words Seems Libelous

"Why does the Banner print his personal attacks and his demeaning
statements against a town resident. It is one thing for this frontal male nude
artist to let it all stick out on his canvas..."



As long as his frontal male nude paintings aren't self-portraits, I find no
objection to them.
9:31 am edt 

Banner 08/02

Stable Path affordable housing on the horizon

By Ann Wood BANNER STAFF

PROVINCETOWN — It’s been a decade in the making, but the proposed Stable Path development project, which would create 18 affordable rental units and five medium-income restricted units off Race Point Road, has been invited to submit a final application for housing tax credit to the state Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

“This project has been around for an awful long time,” Ted Malone, the president of Community Housing Resource Inc., told the board of selectmen last week. “We were very encouraged when we got the positive response to the pre-application.”

The development would consist of 16 two-bedroom homes, two three-bedroom homes, three one-bedroom homes and two efficiency apartments. Not more than 70 percent of the rental homes can be reserved for locals, Malone said by e-mail Saturday, adding that the board of selectmen has defined “local preference” not only as residents of Provincetown, but as people who work in Provincetown or households that have a child in the Provincetown school.

The rental housing will primarily serve households with incomes below 60 percent of Barnstable County median income, using the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program as the subsidy source for the development.

“Low-income housing tax credits are a federal program [funded through the Internal Revenue Service] that has been around since the mid-’80s,” Malone said. “Each state gets an allocation of the credits based on population and the state DHCD awards an ‘allocation of credits’ on a highly competitive basis to sponsors of affordable housing developments.”

The sponsor then uses the tax credits to attract private funds, usually from banks or corporations, as equity investment, he said, and get their return on their investment though federal tax credits, which they use to reduce their tax liability on other corporate income.

“That equity investment represents close to 40 percent of the funds needed to make an affordable housing development possible, 25 percent can be a mortgage loan and 35 percent comes from other public subsidy from local and state funding sources,” Malone said.

Other subsidy sources will allow the development to serve households between 60 and 100 percent of the Barnstable County median income, and section eight will allow those below 30 percent of the median to reside there. The Barnstable County median income, according to federal Housing and Urban Development, is currently $74,900. Interestingly, that number, Malone said, is on the rise because of retires moving to the Cape.

The $7.5 million project, $540,000 of which will come from local funds and more than $2 million in state funding, was among 92 pre-applications submitted to the DHCD, Malone said. Fifty-three of those applications were deemed “ready to proceed” and were invited to send in a final application. Of those, Malone believes that 30 likely will be funded.

“Many of you know that it’s a very competitive project and we’re moving forward with the project,” he said. “If we’re not funded in this round it’s basically an eight-month cycle.”

The project has been in the works since 2003, when the property was purchased for the creation of an affordable housing development. The site received local zoning approval last August and September, Malone said.

If the final application passes muster, Malone said that funding will be received by the end of October or November. It will then take about seven months to close on a construction loan, he said. The earliest the project could break ground would be in June or July of 2014, and it will be about a year before construction is completed.

Stable Path will be the third LIHTC development built in Provincetown. Old Ann Page Way and Province Landing, built in 2002 and 2012, respectively, were the first two projects built in Provincetown using the tax credit program. If the Stable Path project is built as planned, the town then will need another 11 affordable units to reach its state recommended goal of 10 percent.

Selectmen unanimously agreed to send a letter of support to the DHCD, which Malone believes will help secure the application for low-income housing tax credits.

“Having the local support of the [Community Preservation Act] funds and the board of selectmen giving a letter of support goes a long way,” Malone said.
8:00 am edt 

Cape Cod Commission

I saw a post on here regarding the Cape Cod Commission. I think it was a letter
or email from Austin Knight. I am interested in reading it again but I can't
find it. Could someone post it again please?

Thank You,

Erin Barrepski
7:54 am edt 

Sharon Lynn

Your actions are so predictable. You are tainting this
beautiful town. Where will you stop? Where is your conscience. You are so busy
sticking up for the police dept. that continually commits such egregious acts.
You are your own worse enemy.
7:53 am edt 

Police

Its tough when I walk down the street and see all new faces.  Where are the "old
timers"?  Palheiro, Peters, Enos, Steele and Lopes... Those are the officers who
have been subject to a hostile work environment since the beginning.  But, guys
and girls... Stay strong... don't let one bad apple bring you down !

We appreciate all you do for the town.  Let them do their jobs that they have
always done and well !  It's time to worry about the real problems within.


Stand tall... Stand proud and hang in there !
7:48 am edt 

Fall Public Forum

"If the summer residents are interested enough theyll come back for
it, Lynn said."


So typical Sharon Lynn.
7:46 am edt 

Dan Hoort - Financial Director

"Hoort said he believes that a very small population of Provincetown
has an issue with the way Lynn handled the incident involving Police Chief Jeff
Jarans response to an NWA song at The Squealing Pig, and the threatening text
and Facebook messages sent by police Sgt. Thomas Koumanelis to a citizen who had
been a friend.
Hoort means to file the complaint, he said, to draw a line in the sand. To say
were not taking it anymore and Im not the only employee in town who feels this
way."


Small population has AN ISSUE with the way Lynn handled the
Squeling pig incident  and a Small population have an Issue with threatening
texts sent by a sergeant to a civilian who had been a friend.   NOTE: a very
small population. 

This guy is plan scary. As well is Sharon Lynn and Jaran. They have no shame.
This Town needs to get rid of these people.  I wonder how he would feel if he
was on the other end of Jarans rant and rage that night or if he received
threatening messages via a text from a police sergeant.  WOW. You cannot
make this stuff up people.
7:24 am edt 

Rogovsky's Words Seems Libelous

Why does the Banner print his personal attacks and his demeaning statements
against a town resident. It is one thing for this frontal male nude artist to
let it all stick out on his canvas but he should print truths and not libel town
residents.

The Banner should not print libel. But they are when they allow Rogovsky's
untruths to besmirch a town resident. This is wrong for the Banner.

also do we really need to read a Rogovsky's diatribe every week? His letters
should be ripped up and thrown out most of the time. Let him spew his venom on
the dog facebook. that's where it belongs.
7:14 am edt 

Re: Truro Police Accident.

The truro police were actively pursuing individuals that were travelling
slightly over the speed limit. I was travelling behind them shortly before
the accident and they were weaving in and out of traffic to make their presence
known, slow down, obey the rules like everyone and you will be fine. I will
be representing the person that they name at fault.
7:11 am edt 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Re: Pension Discussion

Hi Concerned,

A few comments.

1) I'm in my third year on fincom and rarely if ever have pensions been raised
by anyone, not the employees, not the administration, not the BOS and not us.

We're not alone, most places around the country have been misled by the
actuaries (whom we pay huge $ to each year) into believing we have smaller
issues than we have.  We've also been guilty of approving contracts which trade
current salaries for richer than reasonable (or honest) promises of pension and
retiree health care.

It's a national shame and it's not fair for you to demonize my team for not
being fluent in the details.  We'll get there before the other stake holders I
can assure you. It's heart breaking to watch what happens to employees when
towns don't get this right and we're going to champion this.

2)  Article 30 is the only article put to the voters so far. I wrote it as you
know.  It called for a renovation or rebuild of the current station. It passed
by a large margin.  Larger than the Chair of the Selectmen from memory or close
to it. So for you to belittle Duane Steele for advocating that approach is
simply showing you are out of touch with the majority of our electorate. I'll
remind you it was a large turnout election by historical standards.

Why don't you argue the merits instead? Tell us why you think 14,000 feet of
station makes sense. Tell us how you feel we can afford that and what you are
willing to trade off in terms of priorities.  We are all very open minded to any
and all PLAUSIBLE plans. Please engage with us so we can find a win-win here.

3)  Pensions and retiree health care are both underfunded by 10s of millions of
dollars and they are both potentially significantly worse problems than we knew
since they have the same flawed actuarial assumptions.  Also, if we can't fund
them they will really hurt the bottom line of our loyal employees.  So while 
Duane Steele may not have articulated the analogy, he's spot on in making the
connection.

My two cents.  Thanks for sharing, I love the input and debate and think it's
great for Town.  Thanks for taking time to write.  Mike Canizales
10:35 pm edt 

Dan Hoort to File Complaint 7:08 pm edt 

WSJ: Michigan County Postpones Bond Offering as Investors Balk

Michigans Genesee County postponed a $53 million municipal-bond offering as the
impact of neighboring Detroits bankruptcy filing continues to ripple through the
state.
Genesee County was scheduled to sell the bonds Thursday, but couldn't find
investors willing to buy the debt, said people familiar with the offering.

Investors wanted much higher yields than what the county wanted to pay, said the
people. Investors also expressed concerns about the countys finances, the small
size of the offering and its safety given the actions Detroit officials have
taken to potentially saddle some bondholders with steep losses.
6:50 pm edt 

Pension Discussion

First, thanks Mike, very good discussion in your meeting about pensions. Nice to
know some things like what type of pension system is used is out of our hands
and dictated by the state. Also good to see that you will be closely watching
this issue and have raised the idea of over-funding pension obligations based on
more conservative assumptions than those used in Barnstable pension pool. It
would be severe mistake to devolve our own pension pool and pull out of
Barnstable system. There is zero expertise in asset management in your group or
anywhere in the town. More interesting is the idea of going the other way and
moving from a county level pool to a state pool with access to far more
effective and cost effective management.

It's abundantly clear from watching that few if any of the members of your
committee have ever read the Barnstable pension system report that is issued
yearly. This is troubling for an issue you yourself point out is the most
important issue before the town. One of your members, Mr. Steele, seems to have
trouble even understanding the difference between health care and pension
obligations as he launched into a total unrelated speech on healthcare and
obamacare in the midst of a pension discussion. Mr. Walker too seems a little
clueless as he seems to have missed the most important issue to face retirees
and employees in the past few years and was unaware that employees now go on
Medicaid at 65 despite the extensive multi year debate and press coverage. Might
behoove the members of your committee to spend a little more time learning about
true financial issues rather than trying to be a shadow board of selectmen.

Finally, I find it truly appalling that Mr. Steele has no interest in any
additional data on the police station. He just thinks we should slap more paint
on the existing station and call it a day. He is obstinately closed to any new
data and the ongoing needs assessment.

- a concerned taxpayer
6:49 pm edt 

Letters to Editor

Nice to see the good people of Truro see fit to write to the paper about
Provincetown's internal matters. Thanks for the feedback from a town who really
had a police chief problem. Now, mind your own business.

- Provincetown Townie
6:42 pm edt 

Re; Chief Cruiser/Lt Cruiser

As mentioned before, it's in their contracts. Sharon "negotiates" their
contracts (translated "what do you want this year guys?") and runs it by the
selectmen for their approval claiming it's a good contract and both sides come
away with something in their favor.
BULL!

Nobody knows how to negotiate anymore. Living out here, if you have a job, you
should appreciate what you have and at the salaries the chief and Lt. are
getting, they won't get any better anywhere else and now that they've settled in
to the area, they aren't going anywhere. Why aren't they treated like the DPW is
treated when "negotiations" come up? Time for the selectmen to be held DIRECTLY
accountable and responsible for any and all contracts the town has.
6:40 pm edt 

Residents of Provincetown do the Right Thing

Clean house and let's get back on the right track

Town Manager - gone

Chief Jaran -  gone

Selectmen that are bad and we all know who you are  -  gone

Listen to your towns-people they know what's going on but their being  bullied by
above

Stand up and help fix these problems
6:37 pm edt 


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