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Monday, September 30, 2013

Austin Knight - BOS Chair

Austin Knight should firsr be given the opportunity to resign before
filing the recall paperwork.
1:45 pm edt 

Stop the Steamroll

I would like to suggest that someone in town who cares about
Provincetown hire a good private detective agency that can do an independent
investigation of the whole "Cabal" thing and show how the money and power have
corrupted Provincetown, and is driving the lesser financially endowed out of
there homes. This is a criminal enterprise (it's called white coller crime) and
is happening all over the country! Let's show Provincetown is different and
won't be steamrolled over!
1:42 pm edt 

Regressive and Prohibitive Flood Rates

In Provincetown, regressive and prohibitive flood rates are scheduled
to take effect soon in areas deemed to be flood zones. This is a national
problem affecting properties along rivers, lakes and seashores. Owners with
mortgages are mandated to buy this expensive coverage. Renters will experience a
noticeable increase in their rent when insurance costs are passed along. This
new rate will severely inhibit the ability of selling your house to a new owner
who has to take out a mortgage. Cash only, please. Bi-partisan efforts have
begun in Congress to work out reasonable adjustments for this dilemma.
Regardless of possible adjustments the flood insurance prices is will eventually
have to be met.
1:39 pm edt 

Number of Boards One Person Can Be On

After reading and verifying on the town website
the BOS should limit the number of boards one person
Can sit on.

A Maguire sits on over 3 BOARDS

BOS members we know you read this site, please change the rules
To up to 2 boards that a citizen can sit on.


I know we will hear, not enough people volunteer, but that is going to change.


A concerned citizen
1:34 pm edt 

Scope of Independent Investigation Altered??

I have heard that what Sharon Lynn originally publicly stated in reference to the
widened scope of the Independent Investigation has secretly been narrowed????? 
What is going on in this women's head. Does she really think we are that stupid??
She is protecting her own again. She needs to be held accountable. I for one will
not put up with her manipulation and maneuvering any longer. Let us ALL show up
at the BOS meeting Tomorrow night in town hall. She needs to answer to us!!! Once
and for all this woman needs to be put in her place!!!  I am sickened by her actions.
1:32 pm edt 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ann Woods: Thanks

You have shown that you are not owned by anyone as Mary Ann Bragg was owned by
Sharon Lynn. Mary Ann Bragg failed to carry out objective reporting and gave
great slants to her friends--including her letter of recommendation for Sharon Lynn--and
wrote against those who Sharon opposed.

Glad that Mary Ann Bragg is covering some other beat--maybe Farmer's market's
across the Cape. That would hone in on her skills and we hope she can be fair in
judging vegetables she does not like!
9:33 pm edt 

The Disaster at the Library is Sharon Lynn's Disaster

she has failed us in so many ways. She is not intellectual, not smart and her
choices are almost always political or friendship based. This is no way to run a
town nor any way to run a library.

There was the library "director" at the forum carrying a fat book to prove she
reads! I doubt it! she is not intellectual herself and another failed candidate
that Sharon put in place. This woman may kiss Sharon's hand or whatever, but she
is not showing too many of us that she has the power, skills, or intellect to
handle this job.

Another failed candidate propped up by another propped up official. Sharon
herself cannot do the job she is paid to do without an entourage of ten others.
It is sad, tragic for all of us, and she is plain and simple, a much failed
official.

Time to leave. Time to say goodbye whether any other town wants you or not.

We need you to leave. No tears. No sadness here. We are left with the failed
state you have left us with.
9:29 pm edt 

Re: David Ditacchio

David-- with That Photo all the Tea Party Republicans Would Cave in
an Instant

Uh, Oh! that is a scary thought and photo. this should help all of us keep the
government open--but it won't. It will close and the stubbornness, if not utter
stupidity, of the Tea Party groups will make this nightmare a reality.

But David Stay in touch. They just might need you! You just might be the sanest
option available!
7:56 pm edt 

Re: Maghi Geary - Former Provincetown Public Library Trustee

Who is a gem--I would love to see you run for one of
the two seats on the BOS!

Just a comment about Ann's great background check that  she conducted before she
dumped her  (Napsha) into our beautiful, happy, functioning library . My comment involves
Napsha who like Ann is heartless. When that gentle soul Jim Parker passed away
Napsha on her first library staff meeting after Jim's passing, did not
acknowledge or mention the passing of a beloved staff member. The staff was
stunned.

A few days passed and the staff placed some flowers and cards on a
table, in memory of Jim. Napsha walked by, picked up the flowers and notes and
threw them ion a waste basket.

Wow!
7:14 pm edt 

Finance Committee - Where are Their Minutes?

*Nothing fron town meeting October 2012
*Nothing from April 2013 town meeting
*Nothing since March 2013

Has  the Chair has lost sight of his responsibilities?  Madame Moderator, would
you please address your committee?
7:04 pm edt 

Re: Connect the Dots
 
Years ago we started to talk about "Dot to Dot". If you wait it will
happen.
7:02 pm edt 

David Ditacchio

If the Govt. shuts down on Monday, this will be the consequences.
6:59 pm edt 

Austin Knight - Recall Affadavit

Does anyone have the contact info for the folks collecting voter
signatures for the official affadavit to recall Selectman Austin Knight?  I want
to sign it...
2:38 pm edt 

Maghi Geary - Provincetown Public Library

So, Napsha (Library Director)is just another of the town managers 
         who doesn't have a clue as to how to do her job? such a shame. Why
didn't Maggie go to the selectmen???
2:36 pm edt 

Ann Maguire

She certainly doesn't have the clout down in Florida that she used to have here.
2:34 pm edt 

BOS Monday September 30, 2013 Meeting Agenda 12:37 pm edt 

Library

WHERE IS THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN?
12:35 pm edt 

I Have to Say This:

Of all of the people here being mentioned with cabal proclivities, the
only one I have to exempt is Irene. I like her. and respect her.
12:28 pm edt 

Ann Maguire

Ptown people who make the town special,hosted by A Maguire.

Has anyone seen this show? Who has she interviewed? What are her topics? Is this
her cabal show? Are the topics cabal issues like how can we turn Ptown into a
Chatham , how to raise taxes so bthe "good people" and the "important people"
can get the rest of the 30% homes, what to direct Sarah in her state orbit that
will benefit her, how to direct her sole mouthpiece left on the pier committee
to bring Chovanec back to the pier and most important, how can this blog be
destroyed because it outed Ann Maguire's cabal and her minionsSarah
PeakeSharonAustin,Anderson and that third mindless vote, oh yes McChesney, to
the citizens of Ptown. By the way, when the mindless Mchesney is given a note to
read at a BOS meeting, please print it and write it phonetically so he doesn't
stumble over words. Lastly, Ann titled herself " community activist". Doesn't
she know that a community activist benefits a total community not 70% of a
community . She might title herself more appropriately pol!
itical activist I think that the majority of them have an insatiable need for
greed(and what it brings) and power.
12:26 pm edt 

Re: Maghi Geary

Maghi became a trustee in the early 90's. she took over as chair within a year,
and chaired the BOLT for several 7/8 years. She was instrumental n getting the
library moved from its old location on Freeman St to it's new location. The
Library was operating in less than 10% of the state mandated space for our town
at that time. On the resignation of the Sainted director, Debbie DeJonker Berry,
the town hired a woman who had been a pure research librarian from Hahvahd.Jan
something, who did not last very long. Imagine no people skills in a town like
ours. That's what she had NONE. So she quit, and the TM brought in a friend,
Cheryl Napsha. One after the other, employees and patrons began to complain to
Maghi, because they knew her as someone who had done her bit for the
institution, and hoped that she could help. The Librarian was unfriendly, and
downright rude to employees, and patrons. The Library which had been well
cleaned lost its janitor, Brian Cowing, because the Libra!
rian didn't like him. Then the Assistant Librarian, Mary Nicholini left. Then
Diana Maher,
another professional librarian. The worst was Dear old Mary Smith, a retired Nun
who had given her heart and soul to that library. She was revered by several
former directors as the person who knew every system and job there, She crossed
every T and dotted EVERY I She held on for a very long time, but finally quit.
She did not want to go but like Mary, Diana and now Martha Hyams, and Jim
Parker, had to leave rather than put up with Cheryls lack of professionalism,
and just plain library knowlege. She has no idea how to order books ie use the
system that is in place,  and has multiples of the same book over and over,
culls the stacks, gets rid of books that are new, and then rebuys them. takes
dates out, leaves boxes of books piled up, doesn't allow staff to open them, and
the library is a pigsty. Restrooms especially! All the while, she is gone   more
than any other dept. head,  without notifying staff. When she is there she is in
her office playing video games. Notice that !
her windows are blocked?? That was NOT the intent of the trustees who set the
library up, and it would not be the MO of any former librarian either. so when
15 people had complained to Maghi, she talked to the TM, who said, "That's just
Bull----! ,and too bad, Cheryl is here to stay! Its Bull----that people are
complaining. " So Maghi went to the trustees, and left that meeting in tears.
The Trustees, The Chair being one of SL"s Friends, refused to pay attention, and
Maghi gave up, and walked away from  her  much loved library. SL told Maghi to
send the people complaining to see her, and proceeded to ignore those who were
brave enough to cite problems with Cheryl Last week when Martha Hyams, who had
hung in longer than anyone else quit the library, citing a badly run and unhappy
workplace, it was no surprise. Toxic is not a word that should be used in
relation to a library. The Former Trustees worked so very hard to get that place
up and running, and finished. As it stands,!
  the cost to our Library may be insurmountable. Didn't have to be that
way, did it, but then it was all BS wasn't it?
12:22 pm edt 

Police Stress?

"At the risk of sounding pollyannaish, can we lay off the police for
while? I ask this because when people are subjected to the rantings of an
unstable boss as our police have been over the past few years, they(police)
begin losing their perspective and begin functioning erratically --- sometimes
they don't know..."



Hope the BOS is reading this.  We have, to quote you, a ranting "unstable boss"
meandering somewhere while being paid by the taxpayers.  We are paying for an
investigation about which we need to find out what the report, ad verbatim says. 
We need to find out if the BOS, the Chief, the TM or anyone else, for that
matter, has made the investigator finesse or alter in any way the findings.
Should this be the case, I propose we have a recall of 3 Selectmen.

Finally, Jaran's errand boy, Chovanec. is returning back to his previous
posting, since his Marine job is going to be terminated.

Yes, I can see why the police is stressed out.
12:18 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Police Chief Suspension

Have you followed through with your promised second suspension  of the chief as
you publicly promised 15 days ago? YEs OR NO?
12:15 pm edt 

The Number Grows

Seriously, this is turning into a tale of two cities.  The list of people on
whom revenge must be taken keeps getting longer and longer;  Ann, Sharon,
Michelle, Jay, Irene, Jeff, Candace, David, David, Elaine  Austin, Mary
Ann.....etc.

Who is Provincetown's Madame Defarge? Will this all end with the guillotine? 
Will the revenge seekers eventually turn on each other?  It didn't end well for
the leaders of the french revolution.  Who is going to be Provincetown's new
Napoleon?
12:12 pm edt 

Posted in The Real Provincetown Community and Politics Sept. 29, 2013

HELLO MY FRIENDS PLEASE GO TO MONDAY'S BOS MEETING 6:00pm - Public statements are allowed, each speaker 5 minutes prior to the meeting. Please use this time to let your voice be heard that the investigation the TM promised go forward without scope change, to fully investigate the current issues surrounding the recent police questions resulting in the suspension of Jeff Jaran.
11:53 am edt 

Scott Caldwell - Posted in the Blow Hold
 
Do we manage the number of street performers in town wisely? Are there too many? Should they be allowed to amplify their music?
9:41 am edt 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Alleged Open Meeting Law Violations

"I just love these guys who keep going to the attorney general's
office and alleging breaching of the open meeting law by the BOS."


Has the AG's given these people the courtesy of an acknowledgement of having
received the complaints?
10:56 pm edt 

Police Station Site Redesign

Okay...so you're having some financial troubles, right in the middle
of renovating your home.  You tell the architect that the plans need to be cut
back significantly.  The architect comes back, saying:"Mission accomplished." 
You ask him how much smaller is the scale of the revised project and he says a
little over 4% smaller now.  What would you say?

Does the BOS think we're THAT stupid?!!!!
10:48 pm edt 

Vincent Currier - Provincetown Voice Sept. 28, 2013

I'm pretty simple, and I like simple explanations. I hate sitting in meetings and hashing over the same things, over and over again! I've spent most of my professional life, it seems, in meetings trying to figure out how to have fewer meetings! So I was trying to simplify, for the Fincom, the BOS, the Manager and any other committee or employee who is having trouble understanding the voters wishes....you know, the surveys and votes and letters and social media chats, etc., etc. I think there has to be a way we can express ourselves so that they understand. Because so far, it's obvious to me that they either can't hear us, or they simply do not comprehend!!!!

Try this analogy.....
What if you had neglected your home for years, and there were some major and minor things you could do, but it is going to cost almost as much as the house is worth to make it comfortable. A realtor shows you new properties, but the cost of anything you like is beyond your range. The decision becomes easier, because if you can't afford a new house....why not fix up the old one and live in it until it has outlived it's usefullness? Wouldn't that be what your parents would advise you to do? Your husband or wife? You can't afford a NEW house, so you settle for what you can afford!
That is what we, the common citizens of Provincetown have to do, and those decisions aren't unusual. Why, then, do our community leaders think we have to buy the New House, when the old house can be fixed up? And we simply cannot afford a new house, and if we could, maybe we should renovate and help the kids find affordable housing so they won't all have to leave the area! We need to share the resourses, and not close the door on the common middle and lower classes!
Please, if anyone else would also try to make this easier for our leaders to understand how we feel....please help me to explain!
10:45 pm edt 

Views From the Outside

I was a former owner at Bayshore Condominiums where Ann & Harriet are
rental and property managers.

I am not surprised that the people of Provincetown find themselves in this
situation now.

I watched for years, after Sharon and Patsi bought two 1-bedroom condominiums
from Ann & Harriet at Bayshore, and then sold them so that they could buy Ann &
Harriet's one million dollar waterfront condo from them. During this time
period, I watched the relationship between them develop to a job search for
Sharon in Provincetown. It appeared to many people that it was an equal exchange
for the purchase of their condo. And then while Sharon & Patsi were renovating
their new unit, they stayed at Ann & Harriet's new condo in the west end while
they were in Florida for the winter. Who knows whether that was part of the
purchase package. It seemed to me like one hand was greasing the other hand from
a distance, A lot of us at Bayshore thought this but never said anything for
fear of not getting bookings and rentals for our units because they are
vindictive.

First, Sharon didn't get the police chief job and then she finally got the town
manager which now seems to have been a well-orchestrated process Ann& Harriet
leading the charge as the front people.

It always looked like a conflict of interest to me but I assumed that's the way
business got done in Provincetown.

I watched as Ann & Harriet discovered to their amazement about 8-10 years that
an                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                               

Ann & Harriet did not press              against the                 because they feared
the public finding about the                       could be a bad reflection on them and
maybe even cost them their jobs at Bayshore.

Once I saw the lax financial controls they had in place at Bayshore, I said to
myself that they are not as smart as people make them out be.

If they could not manage their own business properly, how could they blindly
support the qualifications for your current town manager?

I am not surprised that this day of recogning has come, unfortunately it seems
at great stress and expense to the people of Provincetown. I always wondered how
this situation would turn out I am no longer visiting Provincetown.

My personal experience with People Ponzi schemes is that they eventually
collapse.

Their lifespan is dependent on the political strength and smarts of the people
at the top of the Ponzi Scheme.

I hope for Provincetown's sake that this situation will end quickly for you.
10:35 pm edt 

Mike Cannizales Letter to Sharon Lynn

Hi Sharon,

 


1. I hope your trip was pleasant. I am writing to again request that you or your direct reports provide the following to me by 5 PM on Monday, 9/30/13. If you do not I will be calling a special meeting of the Finance Committee to ask them to endorse my complaint to the Charter Enforcement Commission against you for willfully refusing to provide me and our committee with information.

 

1. I I2. I am awaiting your confirmation on the definition of the term “gross revenue.” On Monday I will have the State DOR definition in writing and need to be certain that you agree before the Finance Committee can discuss our submission on our debt service limit breach memo to the Selectmen. By any analysis it appears we’ve breached our policy limit by 1-25%. This is an urgent and timely issue that cannot be ignored or unreported.

2. I  3. I am awaiting your response to my request for the Contract & Scope of works for Marcum and associates before and after the various meetings and forums on the police chief. It is alleged that you have secretly changed the scope with the selectmen and the Town must know if this is so to preserve the integrity of the process and justify the use of public funds.
 

3. I I4. I am awaiting confirmation on the Executive Session Agenda that was not posted with Town Clerk but which apparently occurred immediately before the Police Forum. It is my understanding that limiting the Marcum investigation was on the agenda.

4. I I5. I would like to see the Written legal justification from Town Counsel to the Chairman of the Board of   Selectmen which supported the decision to have an executive session limiting the investigation scope 7 days after you confirmed said scope to 200+ Town voters in a public meeting and that you confirmed to the press subsequent to that meeting.

 

Sharon, these matters are urgent. I can no longer accommodate the delays. We have a Special Town Meeting approaching in less than 24 days and I do not appreciate being forced into this position.

 

Ms. Trudel, I will be respectfully requesting an urgent hearing before your board during the week of 10/14 if the above requests are not acted upon by Town Staff. Perhaps you could schedule a tentative hearing in the meantime.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Mike Canizales

10:16 pm edt 

Let Us Not Forget Michelle Couture

In a previous posting, a writer mentioned Irene Rabinowitz.

She, too, was on the search committee for Sharon Lynn and is a silent defender
of Sharon.

Her former partner, Michelle Couture, who takes Irene shopping every Saturday
morning to the Stop & Shop, is Irene's mouth piece and sandblaster because Irene
cannot compromise her position and very comfortable salary and future pension as
Executive Director at HOW by taking sides on any major issue because HOW is 80%
dependent on donations from the community for its financial existence. Irene
does her work behind the scenes and loves everyone to death until she goes
behind closed doors.

Irene has always been the brains behind Michelle, particularly during Michelle's
tenure on the Board of Selectmen, but unfortunately Michelle did not have the
finesse or intellect of Irene to make less enemies.

Whatever Michelle says, you may as well as interpret it as coming from Irene's
mouth. It's another form a dog and pony show--much like Ann and Sharon.

When Michelle was at the second Board of Selectmen meeting in the auditorium
concerning the police chief, as soon as the announcement of the Chief's
suspension was made, Michelle immediately texted Irene who chose not to attend
the meeting and place herself in the middle of this mess, taking a page from
Sarah Peake's Book of Good Ethical & Political & Duplicitous Conduct. They both
went to the same training school.

Lastly, if you ever want to take a look at the % of administrative expense at
HOW in relation to the total budget, it's an eye-opener if you're considering
future donations.

Don't forget the alliance with the Provincetown Community Compact (Irene's best
friend, Jzy Critchley) and HOW to which it provides a hefty annual donation from
the Swim for Life each year. It too has amazingly high administrative expenses,
travel expenses and at one point did not submit tax returns to the IRS for five
years!

The Executive Directors of both organizations hanodpick their board members
which is an extension of the over-reaching cabal to the not-for- profit
organizations of Provincetown (or  lucrative business for some in the name of
public service).



10:00 pm edt 

Textgate Internal Affairs Report

Please post the link to the Textgate Internal Affairs report. 

Thanks.
9:56 pm edt 

Local Police:

At the risk of sounding pollyannaish, can we lay off the police for while? I ask
this because when people are subjected to the rantings of an unstable boss as
our police have been over the past few years, they(police) begin losing their
perspective and begin functioning erratically --- sometimes they don't know
whether they are coming or going. The erratic behavior coming from above causes
this effect . let's give our police some stressless time
to relax and find their real selves and begin acting normally . If, after a few
months any who still show evidence of erratic behavior can be appropriately
dealt with.
9:54 pm edt 

Cracks in the Cabal's Foundation

It is noteworthy to mention that Steve Roderick, who was good friends with Ann
Maguire who appointed him Treasurer of Sarah Peake's campaign for State Rep,
made scathing remarks about the Police Chief and the complete lack of leadership
by Sharon Lynn in the sexual harassment investigation of Andrea Poulin, a
Provincetown classmate of his, at the first Board of Selectmen meeting when 150
people showed up in protest of the chief.

Also noteworthy is that Irene Rabinowitz, formerly a good friend of Ann
Maguire's, supported Erik Yingling and then Raphael Richter for Selectmen rather
than Ann's candidate, David Bedard, in the last election.

Why?

Because the friendship became unraveled when Rabinowitz supported the expansion
of Sal's liquor license 2 years ago over the objection of Maguire, an immediate
abutter.

Interesting situation since Maguire sits on the Board of Directors of HOW where
Rabinowitz is Executive Director and will be retiring at the end of this year.
Obviously, Rabinowitz has the votes on the HOW Board of Directors to control
Maguire!

When the very foundation of the cabal is cracking, you know they are in trouble.
9:52 pm edt 

Sarah Please Answer the Question

Sarah Peake  the 30% in Provincetown are saying that you betrayed them
andare part of the cabal . Make a statement and tell us on this blog where you
stand on us having a high costing police station when we can't afford it right
now. I want to hear right now in simple words and don't tell us that you can't
talk in town politics. Yes or no.
9:49 pm edt 

Re: Police Station Size

14600to13915--does this include a soundproof cabal meeting room? Sarah Peake,Ann
Maguire,Sharon, Austin,Anderson and that automatic third vote, oh yes, McChesney
, PLEASE GIVE US A BREAK.
7:46 pm edt 

Re: The Deafening Silance of Sarah Peake

"Sarah Peake chose Ann Maguire to be her campaign manager when she
first sought election for the state rep job."



Sarah was recruited by her when Sarah used to stay at. Bayshore. It was she who
encouraged Sarah to run for Selectman.


Her MO is simplistically formulaic. First, you join volunteer organizations and
town committees.  Nothing anonymous, it's important that people in town see your
name printed as connected with this groups. Then she runs your campaign, and
finally...she owns you.  This was done with Sarah, the two Davids , etc.  No,
you don't end in the back of a car trunk. You're just ostracized by her for not
fulfilling her every political whim. And if her sheep don't ostracize that
errant person as well, they are also relegated to Siberia by her.  You're only
valued as a friend as long as you follow EVERY one of her edicts.  One strike;
you're out!

She's already singled out a few new innocent lambs, as we speak in preparation
for next May's election.  I say innocent lambs, but they're seduced by their
ambition for power themselves, and potential favors that she thinks she can
still do for them, as long as they continue to play her game.

The difference is that many in this town are on to her, and watching amusingly
her machinations to try to regain the power and control over our town that she
already lost.
1:32 pm edt 

Another Breach of Open Law Meeting Alleged Against the BOS

I just love these guys who keep going to the attorney general's office and
alleging breaching of the open meeting law by the BOS. They are relentless and
what is interesting, they are more often than not, right. The BOS continually
breaks the open meeting law by not fully posting issues that are discussed at
public meetings and the votes that are then taken. More needs to be stated on
the BOS agenda but time after time--just like the song--they keep breaching the
law.

Thanks guys--Brahm et al.- for trying to keep them "honest."
1:07 pm edt 

Well, Well, Well: Elizabeth Verde as Sharon's Executive Assistant

Isn't that interesting? She does not stop does she? Now Jaran best buddy's wife
is her executive assistant. Surprise she didn't appoint Mary Ann Bragg as well,
as her executive assistant's Assistant. But then maybe that is what Mary Ann
Bragg has been for quite awhile.

Just like when Pru Sowers was "reporting" for the Banner and her relationship
with Candyland and the cabal.

Next Sharon would be appointing Kim, Jeff's girlfriend, to this group of
"assistants." You just can't have enough assistants!

and the beat goes on!
12:39 pm edt 

The Deafening Silance of Sarah Peake

Sarah Peake chose Ann Maguire to be her campaign manager when she
first sought election for the state rep job. Since that time, they have
developed a very close relationship with regard to Provincetown politics since
Sarah was previously a selectman and appointed the ill-fated sham search
committee which brought in Sharon Lynn.

Every summer Ann Maguire & Harriet Gordon sponsor at their house (previously 77
Commercial Street which they recently sold for $1.6M and now reside at 9 Dyer
Street since this summer) Sarah's annual Provincetown Labor Day weekend fund
raiser in Provincetown.

This is a very tight under the radar screen relationship to provide an
appearance that Peake is a stateswoman totally removed from Provincetown
politics until she has the audacity to write a favorable letter for Sharon Lynn
to Bal Harbour, FL.Idon't think that she ever thought that her ill-conceived
letter would ever come back to bite her in the ass and would remain a
confidential document.

Shouldn't we ask Peake to define the basis for her glowing letter to Bal
Harbour, given the mess Sharon has created in Provincetown, along with her lack
of identification of any weaknesses on the part of Sharon when asked that
question by the executive recruiter. The only other person who did not identify
any deficiencies Sharon might have, among the litany of glowing reference 
ubmitted by Sharon's cronies, was Ann Maguire! Will Peake defend herself by
saying that this overthrow of town government by a disenchanted few like
Anderson, McChesney, Knight and Sharon Lynn have led us to believe?

I rest my case in terms of the incestuous relationship between Sarah Peake & Ann
Maguire.

I hope that Provincetown citizens pose some hard questions to Sarah when she
starts campaigning for State Senator so that Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard and
Hyannis and Chatham and Brewster know how Sarah plays the game in Provincetown
when its citizens are looking to her for be a calming influence in our current
crisis of confidence of town leadership. Shouldn't a stateswoman andatorney, as
she likesto position herself, above the fray, come out of the woodwork and
provide some perspective as a resident of Provincetown? Shame on her for her
self serving interest in getting elected to higher cushy state job by abandoning
her own town at this point other than singing the praises of Sharon.

Whydidn't she appear at the community police forum to lend her perspective? 
Because she's a double agent feathering her own self serving purposes.

In her effort to get elected to the state senate job, what additional 
unethical, unsavory things will Peake & Maguire do in other towns?  BEWARE.

With regard to Ann Maguire, by my count, she is on the Charter Enforcement
Committee, the Ad Hoc Charter Revision
Committee, Personnel Committee, Community PreservationCommunity, Community
Housing Council and how many others?
That's a lot of controlling interest for one person aligned to our town manager
and three-person majority Board of Selectmen, including Maguire's friend David
McChesney whom she got elected to the Board of Selectmen from total obscurity
with her telephone tree campaigning.

Not to mention other plants who Ann has placed on other committes to form a
controlling block.

This Boston learned behavior from Menino days has to end for the sake of the
future good of Provincetown. No one person in this town should have the ability
to pull so many stings and have such power behind the scenes.

When will the Banner or Cape Cod Times or Boston Globe do a story on how these
people got us into this mess. Maybe the police investigation results will
provide the impetus to get this story out.

Let us get this mess over as quickly as possible and move forward to a new day
in Provincetown and take back the town from the control of a few so that
Provincetown may return to the place it was.



12:34 pm edt 

Let Them Eat Cake

The Empress and her henchwomen has to end sometime. This investigation is the
beginning. Right always wins out. I am confident all of the dirty deals and back
room business will come to a grinding halt... Once she leaves or is ousted.

Btw, is the chief back on the job after his paid vacation? She and he think this
will blow over. I think not. His reign of terror & her's will continue unless we
put a stop to it, once and for all.
12:24 pm edt 

Re: Police Chief Jeff Jaran Suspension

Does anyone know if/when the suspension WITH PAY of Provincetown's
Chief of Poice has been/will be renewed?

I haven't read the Cape Cod Times yet today.
12:23 pm edt 

Share With a Lager Audience

Question: There is a tremendous amount of new information being
posted. Is there any way that this information can be shared with Facebook so
more of the citizens in Provincetown can share in this information?
12:21 pm edt 

Police Station Size

So the latest spin is that the police building plans have been
"trimmed" from 14,600 to 13,915 square feet.  This isn't even a 5%
downsizing!!!!  That's what they call "trimming"????
12:18 pm edt 

Barry Scott v Mary Ann Bragg

"It puts in question all her other stories about this town done in the last year
or two. From what real point of view was Mary Ann Bragg really and actually
reporting? The question remains."



I called and wrote to get her removed as her reporting on our case, and many
others that have occurred in the town under the reign of King Sharon Lynn have
come to light. Mary Ann Bragg did not give all the facts in our case.
She was influenced by her pal, Sharon Lynn. The fact that the Cape Cod Times
still stands up for her is appalling; but glad she was finally removed from
'reporting' on the Provincetown beat. -Barry Scott


12:16 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn - Bal Harbor Reccommendations

"Sharon Lynn's recommendations should have reflected what she really did and
what she failed to do. Her leadership is an oxymoron."


You got that partly right: Sharon Lynn is a      , correct. No oxy
needed!

11:56 am edt 

Howard Burchman Posted in Provincetown Voice Sept. 28, 2013

I don't know whether everyone has seen and digested this but this is the Internal Affairs report on the 'text-gate' investigation. A few things jump out at me:

1. the level of discourse on these texts is somewhat below high school. I am somewhat appalled that officers in our police department express themselves in this way.

2. I thought it was a basic understanding that it is not possible for a subordinate officer to investigate a superior. Here we have Lt. Golden doing contortions as he tries to interview the Chief and Kim Hurd. Obviously, he is not able to fully investigate the chief.

3. Sharon Lynn reveals her style in these 'investigations' in her memo that's part of this file. It is obvious that she immediately reverts to police prosecutor. No wonder that people are reluctant to participate in her investigations.

4. Thanks to Lt. Golden: in itemizing the charges against the Sergeant, he lists all of the political involvement charges soon to be brought against the Chief. Want to know what laws the Chief broke with Selectman Knight's campaign posters? Read the charges against the Sergeant, they are all there.

Text-gate internal affairs report.pdf
11:44 am edt 

Important Things to Consider

1.  The BOS is a caretaker board at best with only 28% trusting them to be
fair and impartial (source Goodrich Survey).

2.  The BOS is allegedly holding illegal, non-posted executive sessions
regarding the Marcum investigation and attempting to narrow the scope that
the Town Manager reported to the Town body.  They have refused request by
Fincom Chair for the Marcum contract and scope of works.  The Chair of the
BOS is compromised as is the Town Manager and should recuse themselves from
this investigation.

3.  The BOS cannot be trusted to buy another piece of property at this time.

4.  The Town has spoken loudly and clearly at the ballot box and in the
Goodrich Survey about their desire to leave station where it is.

5.  The architect and building committee have become an impediment to proper
due diligence on that site occurring and should be fired and decommissioned
respectively.

6.  The five year plan needs to have proper consideration by BOS and Town
including a major revision to the CIP plans so that we agree on  a
reasonable growth rate; fund at least our minimum annual payments to the
Retiree Health & Pension plans; and properly prioritize CIP spending.  A
$7-9M police station would almost certainly eat up too large a share of our
resources.

7.  Town has already spent $200k or so on design and study of the same
station at two locations and should not spend another $450k for a building
that will never pass at the ballot box.  If we do it will fail, and we will
end up doing renovation at current site and the architects will bill us
another $300k or so and laugh all the way to the bank.

8.  We are over our debt service limit by up to 25% and should not be
approving further debt until/unless the Town via the BOS decides that our
limits should increase.
11:28 am edt 

Scott Caldwell Posted in The Blow Hole Sept. 27, 2013

Priming the Economic Engine

Now that we will have a Mac's Seafood Restaurant in Provincetown, I wonder if Mac would be interested in sponsoring an oysterfest here as well. It would be a great way to bring in more people in October and also promote local aquaculture.
11:19 am edt 

Who Was Behind the Illegal Activity?

"and a complaint made by the Provincetown Police Labor Federation that Jaran distributed selectman chair Austin Knight’s campaign signs from the police station."

Ann Wood's Banner. if this is true, and we're not speaking of large campaign organizations, who organized this illegal activity, delivered the campaign signs to the police station?
11:16 am edt 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Sarah Peake

"Sarah, is this the kind of politics you want to be a part of?
Cause many of us here in Ptown are tired of this behind the scenes manouvering
for the profit of a small group.
Not only are we tired, but we are suffering from all the greed."



Imagine...that no issue our town forwarded to the State was seriously pursued by
the pertinent state authority without the cabal putting its two cents in.

If the cabal thinks the issue is beneficial (for the cabal), then it goes
forward with force.  If the cabal thinks the issue doesn't benefit it, then
almost nothing is done to lobby for it.
11:27 pm edt 

Ann Wood - Provincetown as Mayberry

Ann Wood's article stating that Provincetown residents want a
friendlier, more "Mayberry" like police force is absolutely ridiculous. We are
not Mayberry, nor is this the early 60s, nor is it a sit-com. This is 2013 and
we have 2013 problems. I'm not happy about it either, but we have a huge
population swell that happens during a big part of the year which brings with it
many problems including drunk drivers, shoplifters, drug use, etc. There have
been murders here. There have been suicides. House robberies. Rapes. This is a
real town.

Yes, much of the time it is idyllic, that's why most of us moved here. But we
NEED a police force that is professional and strong. It's just a fact of life.
Someday you may be glad they're here. Someday YOU may need them. Pretending we
are in a happy little sit-com, while a fun idea, isn't very practical. Wishful
thinking is more like it. Pretending crime doesn't exist isn't going to make it
go away.

This is not television and unlike "The Andy Griffith Show," it's not black and
white.
11:24 pm edt 

The Empress' New Clothes

Will the investigation prove she isn't wearing any clothes....or will the
selectmen "doctor" the findings to make us poor townies believe nothing is
rotten in P-town?

Status quo will reign.......again.
11:20 pm edt 

Austin Knight - Things to Come

Austin Knight better watch himself, I smell a RECALL coming.  How long
can this guy get away with unethical behavior and ignoring the voters?

Did you know Austin Knight was complacent in allowing his campaign signs to be
distributed by the police chief during the last election?

Did you know that Austin Knight used the phone log of the town hall phone system
to call potential voters before the election?

Did you know that Austin Knight came to Provincetown as a disgraced businessman
from Connecticut?

Did you know that Austin Knight has done and may continue to do illegal
contracting work in Provincetown?

Did you know that Austin Knight is a                  , as documented by several 
                  claims against him, including one by a town employee?

IS AUSTIN KNIGHT WHO YOU REALLY WANT IN CHARGE OR YOUR GOVERNMENT?
GET READY TO SIGN THOSE RECALL PAPERS, BECAUSE THEY ARE COMING.
11:18 pm edt 

So, the Cape Cod Times ...

Actually okayed Mary Ann Bragg's job reference for Sharon Lynn! And now editor
Paul Pronovost writes (in the letter re-posted below) that although Bragg did
nothing wrong, she won't be covering Sharon Lynn to avoid the "appearance" of a
conflict of interest. Cute!

Won't this newspaper ever report the story it enabled its reporter to become
part of? I mean, Sharon Lynn's effort to hotfoot it during the biggest political
storm of her administration?

On Sept. 16, the Miami Herald published a story about the new chief executive of
Bal Harbour, Fla., a job for which Lynn was a semifinalist. Here's a link to the
Herald's story:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/16/3630754/ex-miami-beach-city-manager-hired.html

Lynn is mentioned only briefly, which is perfectly appropriate for the Miami
Herald. She was the only non-Florida semifinalist. But for The CCTimes, Lynn is
a much bigger story, especially as their editor says there may have been an
"appearance" of a conflict of interest on its own part.

Meanwhile, I see nothing in the Provincetown Banner about this affair. Small
wonder: the CCTimes is being sold to the Banner's owner, and Mary Ann Bragg was
hired by the CCTimes from the Banner long ago. Maybe I'm being conspiratorial.
It's all about appearances, you see...

When Shout Out! began, I posted a lot. Too much. I stopped because I, like many,
felt it was getting sleazy, and that I was part of the problem. So, I shut up
and came back just to read from time to time, shaking my head when people went
bonkers about Sharon Lynn's "cabal." The remarks usually felt glib and sexist.

But lately, this blog seems like a vital last resort for local political news.
We're not getting much from the two newspapers. The Banner is publishing reams
of he said/she said about the police meetings, and that's better than nothing I
suppose. Meanwhile, the CCTimes has more to cover than P'town. But it's one
thing to decide not to cover, another to sit on a story your own reporter has
become part of.

-Just, Wow

(P.S. to Paul Pronovost: what would Jim Romenesko, the journalism critic, write
if he knew of this? Lots I bet, if we were in a bigger journalism market.
Perhaps we're too tiny and backwoods to matter).
11:08 pm edt 

Re: Paul P Provovost, Editor, Cape Cod Times

PLEASE---Don't use the word ethical with CCTV newspaper. Just read your
reporting on Obama's great work by providing jobs for this country for the last
two or three months ---ethical newspaper--oxymoron---- ha-ha hahaaaaa
10:36 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Pier - Vote

"...the Provincetown Public Pier Corporation meeting and they voted to
eliminate the Marine Patrol Program  by a vote of 3-1."


Let me guess who casted the dissenting vote - Jaran's drinking buddy and hubby
of Sharon's secretary, right?
10:32 pm edt 

Re: Transfer Cabal Power Back to the Citizens of Provincetown

I would love some thoughts on how to break the PUPPETMISTRESS' stranglehold on
our beautiful town.
     I'll start:
         1. Capture the two BOS selectpersons' seats next May.
         2. Remember, the PUPPETMISTRESS' cabal has very few innermost members.
             We all know who they are. Remove them from power positions and will heal our
             town.
         3. To make sure that we do not let the present three BOS foist another 
             chief like the last one on us. I suggest we direct them to hire a local--born
             and bred chief. Rank should not be a factor in the selection nor should any
             other groups of chiefs or consultants be allowed into our selection process.

Consultants would be a waste of money. We have enough in town to choose from.

These are my thoughts please give us your thoughts. Maybe when the selection
committee meets we can put these thoughts together for the committee as
beginning point for their  discussions.
10:29 pm edt 

What a Little or Not so Little Cabal!

Austin Knight, Gradma Anderson, Candace Boden, Dan Hoort and Mary Ann Bragg
writing glowing letters in support of Sharon Lynn's magnificent job here in
Provincetown. Oh, Really!

Sharon Lynn's recommendations should have reflected what she really did and what
she failed to do. Her leadership is an oxymoron and saying she is great or
fabulous, just an exaggeration, if not an outright lie.

These letters and knowledge obviously go back to July when Lynn applied for the
position, if not June. Yet the silence continued and denials of Lynn looking
elsewhere continued as well. all this is fabrication and over-the-top actions
that need serious explaining from all.

10:24 pm edt 

Glad Paul Pronovost Sent Mary Ann Bragg Packing to Cover Another Town

This has more than the appearance of a conflict of interest. You can't be a
cheerleader for a town manager--and obviously be closer than an objective
reporter would admit--and then do an objective piece about this town manager or
those who find fault with her. the piece itself would be biased and the point of
view would be wrong. it would fail any test of objective reporting and since she
is paid to be objective, Pronovost did the right thing in sending off somewhere
else to report.

It puts in question all her other stories about this town done in the last year
or two. From what real point of view was Mary Ann Bragg really and actually
reporting?

The question remains.
10:21 pm edt 

Re: Deb Paine Connections-A Well Greased Machine!

A BIT OUT OF DATE BUT THIS IS HOW IT TOOK PLACE.BY THE WAY, IF YOU GO
ON DEBORAH'S WEBSITE ONE OF OUR SELECTMEN IS USED AS A REFERRAL FOR HER.
SHE IS VERY WELL CONNECTED.

Many have asked what connection Deb Paine has to the power structure
in Provincetown. Well, it all starts with Ann Maguire and Harriet Gordon of
Bayshore (formerly Hargood House).

They befriended Deb Paine and retained her for all renovation work at Bayshore
before they condo'd the property and made millions of dollars which greased many
palms. Deb Paine still does work there. Then, Ann & Harriet became developers:
Chandler House, 484 Commercial Street, Cook Street, 5 Cottage Street, selling
off parking spots as easements where the parking for Sal's restaurant used to
be, and then selling their waterfront unit to Sharon Lynn for over $1,100,000
before she became Town Manager. Ann & Harriet then move to 77 Commercial Street
where they now reside and develop that project for megabucks.Deb Paine does all
the work on the projects surprise).

So, the kitchen cabinet which brought in Sharon Lynn were Irene Rabinowitz,
chairman of the seach committe, Michelle Couture, Sara Peake, Ann & Harriet and
alot of related parties who sang the praise of Sharon Lynn. She was predestined
to get the job, we did not need a search committee, it was a sham search. She
was essentially guaranteed the town manager job because she was offered the
police chief's over Ted Meyer but then several selectmen objected to Sharon's
appointment and the job offfe rescinded and Ted Meyer got the job. Luckily, she
didn't sue the town and waited out her time for Keith's job.

This is how the system works: Sharon gets appointed to the job. Michelle becomes
Chair of BOS and single handedly steers the agenda of the town through the town
manager and the BOS with Irene Rabinowitz as mentor and advisor with Ann &
Harriet & Sarah in the background. Anything Deb Paine wants she gets.

Ann Maguire gets appointed to the Finance Committee by Michelle with her best
friend who lives a couple of doors away from her (David) to steer the financial
agenda for the town at FinCom. Harriet Gordon gets appointed to the Zoning Board
with her best friend (Tom, David's partner), along with Annie Howard, an
employee of Deb Paine to control ZBA. Then David Nicolau, a real estate agent at
Atlantic Bay, gets appointed to the ZBA because he sold his gym building to
David Bedard who is the future Chairman of the BOS. So, now you have Nicolau,
Annie, Harriet Gordon & Tom effectively having one voice on the ZBA. Why have a
ZBA?

In terms of the home next to the Red Inn, the house is sold by Atlantic Bay to
the new owner, who is friends with Ann & Harriet, and oops, she uses Deb Paine
for all her work and gets her approval from the ZBA and also the Historic
Commission where another realtor's partner from Atlantic Bay sits on that board.

And Sharon Lynn does not know what is going on! It's a tight little circle.

This is a well greased machine folks.
10:15 pm edt 

Re: Living Under a Rock

Re the poster that thinks I've been living under a rock,no but you
have! You don't know anything about the local police dept here before this mess
that cop haters started. I'm talking about a dept that existed here before this
Jaran guy even got here1 NO, I'm not a cop! I was taught to respect people with
authority which meant police,teachers,elderly etc. People don't have respect for
themselves anymore,let alone for others! Let people get housing the way the rest
of us did! Work your ass off and what you can't afford you do without. What
about the small home owner here without rental income that's on the same tax
rate as business & rental property? That means we are subsidizing business. Is
that equitable or fair? The dumb questions that ask the public how many police
officers we want is stupid! We've had as many as 21 or more when other
chiefswere here,thay just weren't so visible.Its what police business requires
not what we want. If some of you had your way we !
wouldn't have any!!!
5:16 pm edt 

Sarah Peake

Our state rep may be seeking a higher office.  Will she use the same campaign
team, the one she owes favors to, like hiring Sharon Lynn? I like the previous
comment about there being a puppetmistress.  This puppetmistress does have her
hands in everything.  She likes to portray herself as benevolent.  If you play
by her rules you'll maybe get a piece of the pie.  If you don't you can go
hungry.

Sarah, is this the kind of politics you want to be a part of?
Cause many of us here in Ptown are tired of this behind the scenes manouvering
for the profit of a small group.
Not only are we tired, but we are suffering from all the greed.  Are you
listening to us or to the puppetmistress.

We're watching.







5:12 pm edt 

Chief Jeff Jaran Suspension Over Today

If my calculations are correct, today is day 15 of Jaran's suspension.
The suspension was for 15 days, so what happens now? Does the TM renew it? Do we
have findings from the investigation?
5:05 pm edt 

Re:Investigation Proceedings

Be very wary of the final version of what comes out. The SELECTMEN have asked
for an investigation so therefore it's THEIR report and THEIR investigator doing
the work. The TM and the chief should have ZERO influence nor insight to the
final version. For that matter, the selectmen shouldn't have any say on the
final version either. It should come out raw and honest from the investigator,
regardless of which way it goes. I know from experience that if any outside
entity has the ability to "review" the final version before it's made public,
that version is changed and made a bit more appetizing and less hard hitting.
This can't happen here. The investigators report should be a first time look
when he presents it in public to the world. Anything other than that and it's a
setup. And don't bother asking the investigator if he's had outside
intervention. He's being paid by the selectmen so if they have intervened, would
he say so prior to getting paid? And would he say so if he w!
ants future jobs in this town or in similar matters elsewhere? Be very wary.
3:14 pm edt 

Mike Canizales FinCom Chairman - OPEB Liability

We're not trying to do a fully funded opeb. The consultants define a pay as go ARC payment as paying the current year health premiums (as we do ) plus paying a small amount to stop the OPEB from growing. Think of it like a minimum payment on a credit card that is at it's limit. You won't pay it down but you'll pay the interest (the future amount you know you will owe for Mr X when he retires at 50) and the current period charges you made for a new blouse but you won't pay anything toward last year's wardrobe. You know eventually you'll have to pay that but right now you'll just pay the minimum. Other towns adopt a pay in advance model. they pay off last year's wardrobe and put aside for next years makeover.....that's cheaper in the long run because their nest egg grows due to interest. What we've been doing is paying only PART of our minimum payment and thereby going further an further into hock. they haven't cancelled our account yet but we're not being minimally prudent. Our liability has grown by $6m in years. Ignore Dan's comment about it going lower..that only happened because they changed the measurement system. we paid $6m less than the minimum amount the consultants told us to pay on the least conservative payment method known as pay as you go.
1:24 pm edt 

Scott Caldwell Posted in the Blow Hole Sept.26, 2013

Just left the Provincetown Public Pier Corporation meeting and they voted to eliminate the Marine Patrol Program  by a vote of 3-1.
1:19 pm edt 

Mike Canizales - FinCon Chairman

Rationale for keeping Parking Department in Police Station:

• Sometimes customers get irate and it’s good to have the other officers around.
• The money counting is safer than in other buildings.
• They report to the Police Chief.
• They interact with other officers and records department.
 
Reasons for moving it to Tax Collection office:

• Right now we pay our excise tax in Town Hall.
• We must pay this before we pay for parking.
• Many of us pay late so must physically go to Town Hall pay, and get receipt before going to station.
• The two groups are in constant contact to track excise tax compliance.
• Huge efficiencies would be created.
• We count money at Town Hall already.
• It’s closer to our biggest parking lot.
• Leaving it with police station is an example of a “NICE TO HAVE” that we don’t need.
Five Year Planning:

• Provincetown will be healthier if we keep our 5 year growth to 2.5% per annum.
• We have not been paying the minimum recommended amounts for our retirees and are in the hole $30,000,000 on PAST promises. We need to start prioritizing this first.
• We need to relook at our five year operating AND our five year Capital plan or our growth will be DOUBLE more like 5% every year.
• This would require overrides or debt exclusions most years unless other revenue sources are found.
• The time to start funding our promises to people is now.
• Rebuilding or renovating a smaller station at Shank Painter road will drastically reduce our five year Capital commitments.
1:07 pm edt 

Mike Canizales - FinCom Chairman

Rationale for including a Training Room/Emergency Operations Center in new police station:

• Right now during storms we have to congregate in Town Hall.
• Several days a year (mainly in off season) our officers have to take a couple extra hours to drive to faraway places like Falmouth for training.
• Outside groups from Provincetown might use the room.
• With a big room we might attract regional speakers of note in the law enforcement group. One such event happened in Harwich after they built their joint emergency op room/training room.
 
Reasons for not building this room:
• It’s a good thing to have our officers in the middle of Town during a crisis.
• Town Hall since is connected to Open Cape and other critical communications infrastructure.
• We have plenty of excess hours given that we like to keep a healthy mix of full timers on staff vs. just going to skeleton crew in the winter.
• We have plenty of cars for them to drive.
• It’s good for our officers to meet other officers during training.
• This is an example of a NICE TO HAVE that we don’t need.
Five Year Planning
• Provincetown will be healthier if we keep our 5 year growth to 2.5% per annum.
• We have not been paying the minimum recommended amounts for our retirees and are in the hole $30,000,000 on PAST promises. We need to start prioritizing this first.
• We need to relook at our five year operating AND our five year Capital plan or our growth will be DOUBLE more like 5% every year.
• This would require overrides or debt exclusions most years unless other revenue sources are found.
• The time to start funding our promises to people is now.
1:02 pm edt 

Myra Gold Posted in Provinetown Voice

Resident files court complaint against police & town

PROVINCETOWN — Joseph Amato, of Provincetown, has filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Boston following an arrest for domestic assault in which he accuses the town of Provincetown, police officer Michael Barone and police Sgt. Thomas Steele of violating his Constitutional rights by not allowing him to put his pants on before arriving at the Provincetown Police Station.

Amato’s complaint, penned by Boston attorneys Lauren Craig Redmond and Jessica Hedges, claims that Barone and Steele arrested him early on Dec. 25, 2012, and “paraded him naked, except for a sweatshirt, through the street for almost an eighth of a mile in the frigid Christmas morning weather, and then took him in a police vehicle without pants or underwear in view of neighbors and strangers, in violations of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act … It’s further alleged that defendant police officers intentionally subjected [Amato] to this humiliation — one officer picked up [his] pants, after Amato repeatedly asked to be able to put on his pants, carried them to the police vehicle, put them into the trunk, and then carried them into the police station. This was a knowing, willful act calculated to humiliate and demean [Amato]. Finally, as the booking process began, Amato was allowed to put on his pants, to cover his exposed genital and buttocks.”

However, there is no word about pants in the Provincetown police report, which was penned by Barone. In a nutshell, according to the report, the Provincetown police responded to a “past occurred domestic disturbance” reported by a neighbor, Brenda Leblanc. When police arrived, they found Christian Peters, Amato’s partner, on Leblanc’s couch, “crying and holding his hand to a small laceration on his head,” the police report says. Both men had been at a party, drinking alcohol, that evening.

“Peters said that they had wrestled and that Amato had punched him which is how he received the laceration to his head,” the police report reads. Upon investigation, police found Amato locked in a small room in the couple’s nearby apartment. After Amato was placed under arrest, Peters became “agitated and unruly,” Barone wrote.

“An application for complaint for domestic assault and battery is being issued against Amato [because] Amato was the primary aggressor in the altercation,” the police report states. The complaint was also for resisting arrest because Amato “made a clear effort to conceal himself from being discovered” and “changed his story as to whether or not he was aware of our first attempt to locate him as well as the reason he was hiding in the first place.”

The police report says nothing about Amato being arrested without pants, and acting police chief Jim Golden told the Banner Tuesday that any time litigation is threatened, police are precluded from specifically commenting on the matter.

According to Amato’s court complaint, he has experienced “severe emotional distress” as a result of the incident, including a bout of persistent anxiety and trouble sleeping. “He continues to feel fear and anxiety when in the presence of police officers. He even felt uncomfortable when in the presence of the town manager, who works closely with the police department,” the complaint states.

The violations cited by Amato’s attorneys include the deprivation of Amato’s right to be free from unreasonable seizures. It further states that officers violated Amato’s rights through threats, intimidation and coercion, and that the police substantially and seriously violated Amato’s right to privacy.

The town of Provincetown violated Amato’s rights, Redmond and Hedges state in the complaint, by “tolerating a custom and practice of questionable arrest procedures used by its police officers.”

The town of Provincetown received a copy of the complaint on Sept. 9, according to Sharon Lynn, the town manager.
12:53 pm edt 

Provincetown Banner - Sept. 26, 2013

FROM THE ANNER:
Lynn explores options on job horizon

Ann Wood

 PROVINCETOWN — Sharon Lynn, the town manager, wasn’t on vacation when she went down to Florida on Aug 22. She was interviewing for a new job.

“I’m not done with Provincetown. I’m keeping my options out there and I am exploring,” she said Monday.

She was one of six candidates who applied to be Bal Harbour’s next village manager but, according to the Sept. 16 edition of the Miami Herald, the job was offered to Jorge Gonzalez, Miami Beach’s former city manager. Bal Harbour, home to about 2,500 people in 2010, is described on the town’s website as “a carefully designed haven for the very best in residential living and upscale tourism” that was founded in 1929 by Robert C. Graham. The village has had problems recently, including the “release” of its police chief after a U.S. Justice Dept. alleged misspending of money seized from drug dealers and money launderers, according to the Miami Herald. The newspaper also reported that the village manager, Alfred Treppenda, “abruptly” resigned in April.

In her application for the job, which can be found on the Florida town’s website, Lynn wrote that the challenges faced by the village “mesh perfectly with my strengths as an individual and professional, and they intrigue me. The most pressing need is to hire a qualified police chief and restore the communi-ty’s trust in that department.”

Several local residents backed her up with recommendations, including Ann Maguire, state Rep. Sarah Peake and Cape Cod Times reporter Mary Ann Bragg.

Lynn hasn’t applied for any other jobs, she told the Banner Monday, but said that she might.

Banner
12:47 pm edt 

Ann Wood - Provincetown Banner - Sept 26, 2013 12:38 pm edt 

Marine Police Patrol Program

Well, the Pier Corps did the right thing and voted to get rid of the Costly
Marine Patrol Program. Congratulations to Kerry Adams andhis committee for
understanding that this program was a failure from the begining and not getting
any better. No more gun toting, unsmiling Gestopo like troops greeting visitors
to the pier.
1:52 am edt 

Provincetown Police Department Bad Reputation

How in the world could anyone with half a brain think the Provincetown Police
Department could have anything BUT a bad reputation.  Our chief and his
shenanigans have been all over the internet, and chief Juran represents our
town. Maybe after the chief is replaced with a respectable replacement, and time
passes the Provincetown police might gain some degree of respecribility.  They
say time heals all wounds, so time will tell.
1:50 am edt 

Provincetown Banner Reporter Ann Wood

"Seems a bit suspicious to me that, with all the recent posts
criticizing MaryAnn Bragg, we haven't heard a peep about Ann Wood and her
obvious political leanings and biased reporting."



It's only biased reporting when the cabal can't browbeat the reporter and her
editor into submission.
1:44 am edt 

Today on PC&P

The page moderator has been very busy making new rules and imposing arbitrarily
imposed  guidelines on certain folks and any type of dissent.  She did make one
startling revelation today.   Considers the union letter and hence the
allegations to be taken "with a grain of salt."   Wow.  Did not think she would
publicly bash all but two of our police officers that way.   Still no apology,
admission, or clarification of what happened RE:  ADL lies.  All ignored or
punted to Sgt Lopes.

The town finance director keeps his posts  condescending to anyone who might
question or disagree with him. Must be tired.   Did post a "yawn" at some point. 
He calls out folks who would destroy anyone over their beliefs.  I do wonder if
he includes those who made calls to owners/bosses of folks to get them fired
from their jobs. If so, doesn't that make him too close for comfort in that
room?

Fortunately, a member casts a large shadow of reason and engagement on the page
- and in general  - and well able to hold his own.

On other town blog site news,  the town finance chairman continues to raise
interesting points.  Such a pity his often overbearing and negative style all
too often greatly over shadows those points.   And yes, in politics and
governing style does matter.  He could do so much more good if he weren't his
own worst enemy.


1:41 am edt 

Re: L.Y.Vonderheide

I agree with your posting. I take a slightly different view concerning the wealthy
second home owners. We are a viable vacation area and think that they have as
much right to a second home here as I, a person who does not have a second home
anywhere. Most of the second homeowners that I know are outstanding people. It
looks to me that they are requesting some free services(equity ) that are given
to local homeowners. This should be negotiatable for some time in the near
future .

My problem is, how do we fund the costs,. A major  problem is that a very small
group headed by a person that I refer to as THE PUPPETMISTRESS and a few puppets
have a stranglehold on our Board of Selectmen with their votes and no matter what the
citizens(30%) say, they blithely disregard and follow their marching order from
her (THE PUPPETMISTRESS). 

Case in point. The 30% are TAX FATIGUED and are asking for a short breathing space before adding any more building projects. Do you think that the PUPPETMISTRESS listened? No! She(thinking that the 30% are not intelligent ) try's to fool them by taking an issue of concern, affordable housing, AGAIN proposing the building of a Police Palace, only, this time tying it
to affordable housing . Fooling no one.

I do (not)believe that second home owners have any issues with the 30% and I do not  believe that they are I (in) any way shape or manner under the control of the PUPPETMISTRESS.
If we could break the stranglehold of this cabal, we could begin the healing and become the
100% again

The question is how to regain democracy? We have many outstanding (citizens) who take a good look at themselves and other outstanding citizens, bring this group together, pick two great candidates and capture the two Board of Selectmen seats opening in next May, which will
break the PUPPETMISTRESS'  stranglehold and bring back sanity to the BOS.
1:32 am edt 

Police Union Vote

"When a police union votes in favor of a no confidence vote for their
chief that means he is doing something right."



That's what Jaran may think.
1:15 am edt 

Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

Is he still working for Deborah Paine?
1:14 am edt 

Provincetown Television vs Sharon Lynn

PTV

Why is Sharon Lynn Town Manager on the Board of Dirctors of PTV? When was the
election? Then she makes her friend in charge of it?  Does she own the whole town?
How do YOU spell corruption??

Excrement runs downhill.

Get rid of this cancer once and for all. Good riddance!
1:11 am edt 

Investigation Proceedings

Will we as citizens be apprised of the findings? Or will we wake up one morning
and find nothing has changed? I think as residents we should have input. We
can't be fooled again.
1:08 am edt 

What Next???
 
Mary Ann Bragg overstepped. It's called conflict of interest. Same with AK. This latest
idiocy in itself should be investigated. They have positions of objectivity. How
can we look at AK now as a select person, knowing what we know? It stinks to
high heaven. He's in you know who's pocket!

Wake up people....there's a fox in the chicken coop.
1:06 am edt 

Mary Ann Bragg - Cape Cod Times Reporter

FYI, Cape Cod News Editor @ Mary Ann Bragg's support of Sharon Lynn
and her removal as Provincetown "reporter." I love the line about the
'perception of a conflict.' lol

Dear Mr. Scott,

Thank you for writing. We appreciate the concern you raised and want you to know
that at this time Mary Ann Bragg is not covering Provincetown.

Let me be clear, Mary Ann is an excellent reporter and has done nothing wrong
here. When asked to provide a professional reference for someone with whom she
has worked for more than a decade, she did all the right things: She sought the
advice of an editor, who advised her that if she were to provide such a
reference, she should speak only about their professional working relationship
and not give a personal opinion or share the detail of a personal relationship,
if any existed. As you can clearly read from the reference, Mary Ann did exactly
that  simply offered commentary about her professional dealings with Sharon
Lynn.

Unfortunately, this professional reference can give the perception of a
conflict, and in the business of journalism, where we must maintain the highest
standards of ethics, even a perception can have a negative effect on a reporters
credibility. So Mary Ann and I have agreed it best for her to cover another beat
so she is not reporting on matters related to Sharon Lynn.

Again, this response is the result of a perception  not a reality  of conflict.
Mary Ann has done a fine job covering Provincetown and we fully support her
reporting. I hope this addresses your concerns.

Sincerely,

Paul Pronovost, Editor
319 Main Street, Hyannis MA 02601
Phone: 508 862-1166  Fax: 508 771-3272
ppronovost@capecodonline.com
1:03 am edt 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Re: Provincetown Police Department Has a Bad Reputation

"Quite the contrary to the poster who said PPD has a bad reputation in the state!
What state is that? Not in Massachussets! This dept. has been forever revered
because of what they have to tolerate publicly that no other dept.
would! We have community policing at its best! Only people that have trouble
with the law and then blame police for their transgressions make such
statements!"




My God! What rock have you been living under?? You have to be a
policeman in town...




--
12:59 am edt 

Cape Cod Times Reporter - Mary Ann Bragg

The Issue with Mary Ann Bragg is her writing and supporting the Town
Manager in her seeking a new position. this is not anything Ann Wood should do.

Ann Wood has reported what is happening and it is not good for Jeff and Sharon be cause
they both have failed in their leadership positions leaving us with a mess.

It is the agreeing to write a letter in support of Sharon Lynn while covering
Sharon Lynn that is the problem and is unethical.

Mary Ann Bragg should be embarrassed and should be sent far away to cover far
away towns--not ours!
12:56 am edt 

When the Police Union Vote No confidence For a Chief It is Serious

It means he has lost confidence, trust, and leadership. It means he is
finished here.
12:50 am edt 

Affordable Housing is a Developer's Dream and Profit-Making Venture

Those who need affordable housing are not those who live there. It is a scam and
should be seen as such. Only when  town takes control of affordable housing do
those who live in that town benefit. Otherwise, it is anyone who is looking for
affordable housing throughout the state. It would be for Hyannis and any city
when affordable housing is done by a developer getting state and federal monies.

Haven't we learnt that yet? How many pieces of property have we given up and how
much CPA monies have we given to find that it is not those who have lived here for
years and really need affordable housing who never, ever get it.

It is a scam and only the rare exception of those who should get affordable  housing
who qualify and are from Provincetown.
12:48 am edt 

A Bit Suspicious

Seems a bit suspicious to me that, with all the recent posts
criticizing MaryAnn Bragg, we haven't heard a peep about Ann Wood and her
obvious political leanings and biased reporting. My guess is the blog-master is
up to his old tricks, being heavy handed with the "censor" button.

So much for being a blog for the people. A select group of people, apparently.
11:33 am edt 

Re: Bad Reputation

"Perhaps it's because our police department has a bad reputation in
the state and has for quite a while."



Whatever bad reputation it had, it's at it's worst right now.
11:31 am edt 

PPD Has a Bad Reputation

Quite the contrary to the poster who said PPD has a bad reputation in
the state! What state is that? Not in Massachussets! This dept. has been forever
revered because of what they have to tolerate publicly that no other dept.
would! We have community policing at its best! Only people that have trouble
with the law and then blame police for their transgressions make such
statements!
11:29 am edt 

Marine Patrol on The Pier

The time to end this extension of chief Jarans power is now!! The detective
assigned to the pier is/was Jarans "Right Hand Man". He and the failed,
expensive Marine Patrol Pilot Program should both be eliminated from the budget.

This program was nothing more than a further attempt by the chief of police to
make Provincetown truly a "Police State". Both the chief and the town manager
have intimidated the Harbor Masters Office to the point they will not speak out
negatively about the program for fear of losing their jobs.  Once again,
intimidation at its finest, and we, as taxpayers keep on paying for it.



11:27 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

BURY THE TAXPAYERS IN TAXES IN THE NAME OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

All of these renters want the taxpayers to foot the bills and buy up all of the
available property in town and give it to developers so that renter can live
here cheaply because we don't have year round jobs.

Working class homeowners can't afford to buy all of this land for these renters.
These affordable housing renters want to break the backs of the taxpayers while
being subsidized to live here.
11:23 am edt 

Sharon Lynn - Town Manger

The TM

After reading the TM written section of her application for the
Position in Florida, I am so disappointed in what she said I can no
longer support her.

Sad to think you only care about the wealthy only.

TM you are suppose to represent ALL RESIDENTS!
11:20 am edt 

Affordable Housing

I rather see affordable housing developed on the VFW site.

Just rental units only. If we don't this town will be more than 70% second home
owners and the few that can still afford to stay and less of those who can just
hang onto their homes.

Is this what we want for Provincetown?

A Native (born here and still live here)
11:18 am edt 

Police Union Vote

When a police union votes in favor of a no confidence vote for their
chief that means he is doing something right.
11:16 am edt 

90 Shank Painter

SO THE 30% DON'T SHARON?

The way she is not handling the, 90 Shank Painter fiasco speaks volumes.
11:15 am edt 

Building Cmmissioner Russel Braun

Maybe they will get rid of, Braun, when they find out 90 shank painter
is not meeting the building code, what a            .
11:14 am edt 

Vincent CurrierThis Bears Repeating....
 
Mike Canizales Posted in The Blow Hole Sept. 25, 2013

Sheila McGuinness (Building Committee member), respectfully I think you all have
missed the forest for the trees. Town spoke reasonably clearly when they
rejected the 14k station at Race Point. It was so clear that the BOS never even
put it on the warrant in spite of all the time and money spent to that point.

Let's not forget that debate really sparked all these greater dramas we are
dealing with. And that debate was exacerbated as are the current dramas because
leaders were not listening to the constituents, they were telling people what to
think. I f...ear now instead of five BOS folks re-educating us, we now have 10
folks inclusive of five BC members. I fear you are repeating history again.

Town then voted for article 30 which was 6700 square feet on Shank Painter. This
was again a validated option for the majority of recent survey participants.
Yet, 10 of you on the BOS and Building Committee steadfastly refuse that as a
solution.

What I think you are missing is the voters want the best station they can get of
similar size to what we have now...that would cost us at least 1/2 what the ones
you keep bringing back would cost. I hear no cry from the town to keep parking
where it is...only from a very small group in a very small bubble.

I hear no one willing to invest 2 x the amount that would be required at Shank
Painter so animal control can be with dispatch. Please let's decide what folks
feel we can afford and where they want it and then design the best we can give
them. You're designing a dream home that many feel we cannot afford in a
neighborhood that has not been vetted.

I fear you'll end up having town reject the VFW site full stop as a result and
that's a shame because it does seem we could have broad consensus on that f
11:08 am edt 

I Have to Post This!!

I worked as a police officer for this dept!! I left because I also was discriminated
against from the crazy sgt, chief and Lt ...when I went to the town mgr ....she said
you don't like how we run our dept then you know where to go out the door!!  This
went on and on even with citizens writing to the town mgr about the good work that
I did and was always happy and fair!!

As far as the chief he responded you don't belong on our dept anyway you
never went to Westfield  State like I did... And now go back and see how many of
his New officers are from Westfield!! all but one!!!

And this is a town that doesn't allow Hate!! Well the police dept and town
manager encourage HATE!!
11:05 am edt 

Re: Selectmen Tom donegan & Erik Yingling

"Wrong. Representing the interests of a small group is exactly what
they're doing, it's just a different group."



Haven't you learned by now that the cabal's "the same 5 people" fantasy, while
giving it succor, is only a figment of it's imagination?
11:02 am edt 

Re: Why Did so Many Leave?

"Perhaps it's because our police department has a bad reputation in
the state and has for quite a while. Civil rights abuses, lawsuits, corruption."


It can't be any worse than under Jaran:
Civil rights abuses, lawsuits, corruption...
10:57 am edt 

Re: Selectmen Tom Donegan & Erik Yingling

Re (Re: "Both Erik and Tom kept their promise to represent the
community at large, not only the interests of a small group."


"Wrong. Representing the interests of a small group is exactly what they're
doing, it's just a different group.)"



Thing is --- the small group that are engaged now are TOWN VOTERS, not the rich
summer visitors and part time property owners.....
10:45 am edt 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Re: Taking a Stand

A poster wants Town Hall employees to take a stand against management
like the Police did. They'd like to but thay saw what happened to Ms. Flores
when she tried to tell the Town Mgr. what unsavory things were being allowed by
the Bldg. Commissioner,Russ Braun & they fired her instead & triesd blocking her
unemployment compensation. Other employees were intimidated by that and are
afraid to say anything for fear of losing their jobs too!
9:44 pm edt 

Lesley Yogeshwari Vonderheide

I believe, as someone who holds degrees in economics and political science ..that
affordable housing should be brought to the top of the list of priorities for Provincetown.
The lack of planning to accommodate workers, to me, has resulted in a dearth of
affordable housing to the workers, artists, and others who have made this town
what it is, a place of beauty, art, and freedom.

Much of the clashes on this page has to do with economics; and a lot of voices
are not being heard with regards to issues because of fear of retribution,
economically, and being shut out, because of economics; that they cannot afford
to live here.

Believe ...me, the Provincetown Community at large needs these voices to help
them plan for the future, otherwise this town will be crushed under the weight of
2nd homes, with no one to service them but the handful of longstanding families
here who have held on to their property, with tenacity and heart.

I would love to hear comments and suggestions on this subject. I offer this in the
sprint that 2nd homeowners will feel that they can be a part of the community, helping
the place they chose for their 2nd home to thrive and prosper, for everyone who wants
to be a part of it.

I also applaud those, who, like myself, want to live in Provincetown again and care
enough about the community to engage in discussion about its future.
9:41 pm edt 

Re: Why Did So Many Leave?

"Why did Jaran oversee such a high turnover in our police force? Sixteen people
leaving in such a small community is dramatic. Why all these newcomers? I'm not
saying it's their fault they're here. With a few exceptions, most came legitimately,
after seeing a posting, applying, and getting the job. But why all the openings to
begin with?"



Perhaps it's because our police department has a bad reputation in the
state and has for quite a while. Civil rights abuses, lawsuits, corruption.
Jaran just continued the trend.

9:35 pm edt 

Marine Patrol on the Pier

"Andrews suggested instead creating a non-binding resolution, which
would leave the issue to the board of selectmen to deal with in the spring."



Cheryl (Andrews), under no circumstances should Town Meeting allow this travesty.  You'll
see us fishermen, part of the Town Manager's and Selectmen's 30% vote the
program out.
9:32 pm edt 

Maghi Geary - Library Trustee

"Maggy was pushed out in favor of Sharon's people."


Oddly, Maggy was able to work well with at least 4 Library Directors , until.
Cheryl came. That's tragic!
9:28 pm edt 

Mike Canizales Posted in The Blow Hole Sept. 25, 2013

"I fear you'll end up having town reject the VFW site full stop.."


Mike, your fears are well founded!  I'm opposed to this.
9:23 pm edt 

I Will Vote a Resounding No!

If an article comes to us, Town Meeting, for approving the purchase of
the VFW, I WILL VOTE A RESOUNDING NO.

Not until I know that the the Police Chief who's going to "choose the window
treatments" for the renovated or new police station is in place.  Let's all
focus on what's going to happen with the person who will be commanding in that
building.

Had Sharon taking action when all of the charges had been brought forth, I would
have felt differently, but that's not what she chose to do.  Let's stop
diverting our attention from what's the most important thing right now.

To Sharon, I realize it would be a feather in your cap to apply for another job,
and say in your application that, because of your great leadership, a new police
facility is being built.  I'll be happy to give such feather, but first things
first.

Should you fast track placing a new person at the helm of the department that
will be housed in this building, I'll be more than happy to vote yes. For me,
it's not a matter of yes or no, it's all a matter of when.
9:21 pm edt 

Mary Ann Bragg Should Be Prohibited From Covering Provincetown News

She is biased and too much in favor of Sharon Lynn. It was wrong of her to write
the letter of recommendation given her role as a reporter for the Cape Cod Times
and given what we would demand as objectivity.

Seems she lost much of her objectivity months back. Seems she was doing Sharon's
bidding and K.C. Myers is as guilty too. She covers stories without being
present but only interviews Candyland to get the "truth." these are women who
like being part of the small inner group and that is not from where one does
legitimate reporting.

The Cape Cod times needs revamping. It is publishing stories with too much bias
and almost no objectivity. Can Mary Ann Bragg really do an objectivity story on
Sharon Lynn or Jeff Jaran? Not when she is the source of glowing
recommendations. Not at all.
9:16 pm edt 

Re: Selectmen Tom Donegan & Erik Yingling

Re: "Both Erik and Tom kept their promise to represent the community at
large, not only the interests of a small group."



Wrong. Representing the interests of a small group is exactly what they're
doing, it's just a different group.
9:09 pm edt 

Mike Canizales Posted in The Blow Hole Sept. 25, 2013

Sheila McGuinness (Building Committee member), respectfully I think you all have missed the forest for the trees. Town spoke reasonably clearly when they rejected the 14k station at Race Point. It was so clear that the BOS never even put it on the warrant in spite of all the ti
me and money spent to that point.

Let's not forget that debate really sparked all these greater dramas we are dealing with. And that debate was exacerbated as are the current dramas because leaders were not listening to the constituents, they were telling people what to think. I fear now instead of five BOS folks re-educating us, we now have 10 folks inclusive of five BC members. I fear you are repeating history again.


Town then voted for article 30 which was 6700 square feet on Shank Painter. This was again a validated option for the majority of recent survey participants. Yet, 10 of you on the BOS and Building Committee steadfastly refuse that as a solution.


What I think you are missing is the voters want the best station they can get of similar size to what we have now...that would cost us at least 1/2 what the ones you keep bringing back would cost. I hear no cry from the town to keep parking where it is...only from a very small group in a very small bubble.


I hear no one willing to invest 2 x the amount that would be required at Shank Painter so animal control can be with dispatch. Please let's decide what folks feel we can afford and where they want it and then design the best we can give them. You're designing a dream home that many feel we cannot afford in a neighborhood that has not been vetted.


I fear you'll end up having town reject the VFW site full stop as a result and that's a shame because it does seem we could have broad consensus on that for housing of some type.
4:07 pm edt 

We Have to Let Them Know

Not informing prospective Lynn's and Jaran's potential employers about
their history with us is dishonest.  Much like the Catholic Church did with
their priests.
3:57 pm edt 

Karma

As they all fall down   LOVE IT

ex town employee,

p.s

its called KARMA Ms Lynn ,Mr.Jaran, Mr. Guertin
3:54 pm edt 

Sharon, Jeff et al

Sharon - Jeff and all your cabral and friends  it's time to leave
you have rapped us enough  please leave !!  and let us start to heal from all
your pillaging .  party's over.  just remember " karma "   and your records will
follow you all where-ever you go  you have brought shame to all of us here in
provincetown.  shame  -  shame  -  shame
3:51 pm edt 

Why Did so Many Leave?

Many of us seem to be in agreement that we don't know most of the
police officers who have been driving around in their cruisers. It's been
recommended that they get out of their cruisers, walk around town, and introduce
themselves.

But isn't there something we've been missing here?  Why do they need to even
introduce themselves? Until Jaran's Reign of Terror, we knew all of those in the
Police Force.

Why did Jaran oversee such a high turnover in our police force? Sixteen people
leaving in such a small community is dramatic. Why all these newcomers?  I'm not
saying it's their fault they're here. With a few exceptions, most came
legitimately, after seeing a posting, applying, and getting the job. But why all
the openings to begin with?

Someone needs to look at that. Not Sharon, though, not trustworthy.
3:47 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Control of the Media

I think I recall seeing Beth O'Rourke's (the director of PTV) salary
as a line item in the Annual Town Report. Is she employed by the town?  If I
recall correctly, she makes over $60K per year. This isn't chump change. It
seems that someone making that kind of money who has had the job for years could
produce videos that can be watched. Interesting that the most important meetings
are the ones that are scrambled, interrupted, and unintelligible.

It is indeed a conflict to have the town manager on the PTV board.
3:44 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

To answer the question aboutMaggy Geary, she was chair of
the library board of trustees for years. 

What happened? Sharon Lynn arrived. As with our wonderful staff, 
she was much too smart for Sharon.

Maggy was pushed out in favor of sharon's people.
Maybe, we will see the library we deserve once we get rid of the head
Of the snake...Sharon Lynn.
3:41 pm edt 

Rose Color Glasses

I'm sure everyone that wrote a letter of recommendation was promised something.
Unfortunately, she gave away the store, with promises and favors. It must
pleasure her to see everyone drooling and fawning. She reminds me of Albert
Nobbs. She coached the chief right into an investigation.  Maybe that was the
intent.  She always wanted to be the Chief of Police..... She now has the
chance!
3:38 pm edt 

Suspended Chief Jeff Jaran

Is it possible the TM could negotiate with Jaran to resign in exchange
for the findings of the investigation never to come out? I think its curious
that someone who a couple of weeks ago was professing his innocence put his
condo up for sale within days of an investigation being initiated.  I want the
truth and I want him to face the music and pay for his actions if the results of
the investigation do not come out in his favor.
2:24 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Jeff Jaran et al in Bal Horbor

I do Believe Sharon Would Have Hired Jeff for Police Chief of Bal
harbor

and I would hope she would drag Dan Hoort with her and maybe ask Austin if he'd
like to run away and run for something there. Surely Ann MaQuire would follow
and Sarah Peake would visit soon and often.

I must say that I wish she had gotten the job. Many of our problems would have
been solved by shipping them to Bal Harbour.

I wish her better luck in the next job application. May she be successful and
therefore leave soon. I'll help throw the goodbye party.
12:12 pm edt 

Sharon and Romney Hold Close Notions

Let the 47% go begging. This is about the top 2% and that is surely who is
living in Bel Harbour. Someone is so right in posting that this has been
Sharon's vision: upscale, rich, renovated, fabricated, remodeled and up-scaled.

Let Provincetown be Bel Harbour for her. Mke this small town a place for the
rich and the upper class.

Let all the others be damned! and as for those who were born here, tough luck!
find a cheaper place in Truro after you sell your home to the rich.

Her vision seems more a nightmare to me. But I do believe that is what she
stands for and defends and will continue to use up our monies and over-rides to
fluff up her resume and turn this fishing and artistic town into a selective
place for the rich.
12:09 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Control of the Media


I will keep asking this until people understand its importance.
"Why is Sharon Lynn on the Board of Directors at PTV?"
It is a non profit which is funded through the town's collection of money from
Comcast. 

The town has a contract with PTV.  There is so little media that folks
have access to that is really of the people. The community channel should be
full of public affairs programming by now. Instead so many people are applauding
the government channel.  It is great that we have town meetings covered.  But
this is the easy part. 

The hard part is the community organizing that is part of any public access tv
director's job. Sharon is one of the PTV director's bosses.  This is really outrageous.
Months ago I spoke at a PTV board of director's meeting, giving them the history
and purpose of community tv.  I stated that I thought it was a conflict of interest for
Sharon to be on the board.

The ptown blogs are on fire with community interest.  Where is this on the
community channel?

I have worked in community tv since it began in the early 70s. I was chair of
the cable commission when we started PTV. I know what I'm talking about.

Catherine Russo

12:05 pm edt 

If I Were Mary Ann Bragg's Editor...

My head would be exploding!

Sure, her job reference for Sharon Lynn is a conflict of interest. Until the
reporter is replaced, CCTimes coverage of P'town government and politics is
dubious.

Meanwhile, strictly from the newspaper's point of view, the reporter sat on a
story that she made even bigger by vouching for Lynn. At least, Bragg said in
response to a query by Bal Harbour's headhunter that she felt it wasn't her
place to say whether she would personally hire Lynn. What a relief! The comic
kind.

I do hope Bragg keeps a reporting job at the CC Times. Just move her off the
P'town beat and print the NEWS! The Town Manager's application to Bal Harbour is
a good place to start.

Not only is it full of gems, as a previous poster wrote. It is a diamond. The
Hope(less) Diamond. For weeks, a crisis of public confidence in Sharon Lynn's
leadership has loomed. Sadly, we now know about her own crisis of confidence. I
can't say I'm surprised, given all that has happened. I just hope we don't
repeat the last days of Keith Bergman, her predecessor, when the town's welfare
was held hostage to his job hunt.

-- Just, Wow

11:43 am edt 

Please Come Forward

I would like to suggest to some brave and secure employee in town hall
or a town department to do what the police union has done. The amount of
undesirable activity is not only astounding, but illegal and disgusting. Just as
it took guts for the police union to censure the chief, it will take guts to
censure the senior staff at town hall. The Manager and any of her staff that
blindly followed her incompetance need to be censured for their incompetance!
10:28 am edt 

Mike Canizales Chair of the Finance Committee

Posted in The Real Provincetown Community and Politics

Doug Cliggott made this presentation to the Finance Committee. He'll also be creating a letter to the editor version of this. Towns can pay for retiree health care by creating a fund that they then draw down on each year as expenses occur OR they can pay their retiree health premiums each year when they pay the insurance for active employees + pay another portion for expected additional costs which are expected. We've been only paying the insurance premium and not the other amount so we're playing a very dangerous game. Dan is wrong our unfunded liability is now close to $30M and it has grown $6M in just four years so the time to stop this is NOW. Or so say your finance committee members.

Provincetown Finance Committee 5 Year Plan Targets 12 Sep 2013.pdf
10:24 am edt 

What Was the Real Plan?

About Bal Harbour, its Police Chief had left over accounting concerns
about drug money that had bee seized. The Town Manager resigned subsequently.

Had Lynn gotten the job, I 'm sure she'd taken Jaran. They make such a great
team,
10:03 am edt 

Mary Ann Bragg - Cape Cod Times Reporter

If I were Mary Ann Bragg's editor, I'd make sure that she covers Truro
or Yarmouth...something like that...until a Town Manager other than Lynn is
in place [Provincetown].

Not a cool thing you did, Mary Ann!
10:02 am edt 

There a Serious Disconnect With Selectmen Elaine, David and Austin

Whenever Erik, and then Erik and Tom brought up issues that were bothering many
of the residents, the only thing those 3 didn't do was cover their ears while
saying: "La, la, la, la, la, la , la...I can't hear you, I can 't hear you..."
9:59 am edt 

Irony of Ironies

A Selectman being accused about a moorings' issue,
while the Chair sat running meetings with the knowledge that he had done some
sketchy things.  Hmmm....
9:57 am edt 

Selectmen Tom Donegan and Erik Yingling

"THANK YOU, TOM AND ERIK, for bringing these possible solutions to the
town's policy-making "table"."

Both Erik and Tom kept their promise to represent the community at large, not
only the interests of a small group.

9:56 am edt 

Power of the People

The mistake the cabal made was to underestimate the will of a
community. Now, THAT'S power!
9:54 am edt 

BOS Misstep

I resent the fact that Jaran and Lynn were given more than a one year
contract when so many of the problems had arisen by that time. The Selectmen
could have given a one year contract, with approval of 2 more years , subject to
successful resolution of the issues that had  come up.

And the public statements made by Anderson and others when Lynn's contract was
renewed...just plain theatrics, for the consumption of the 30%.
9:53 am edt 

"Things Fall Apart the Center Cannot Hold"

The bottom line with people like Napsha, Lynn and Jaran is that, to
properly supervise, train, and evaluate people like them takes time, hard work,
a commitment to excellence, and skill.

It's much easier to just let things go their merry way and function in blissful
feigned ignorance...until the time when so much accumulates, and things finally
explode.
9:51 am edt 

Provincetown Public Library

How long was Maggie Gheary a volunteer with the library? Why is she no
longer associated with it?
9:49 am edt 

Sharon Lynn

Wouldn't it be great if SL resigned, got a job elsewhere, and to 
"benefit the new place, she would take along with her a treasurer, a librarian,
and a police chief. Along with these individuals, a few community "activists"
wouldn't hurt either.  And AK also, as long as he's licensed to work where he's
going.
9:47 am edt 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sharon Lynn - Help Her by Letting Her Go!

The more I read about the Town Managers continued pattern of
cover-ups, the more I hope that that area of the investigation itself does not
become part of that cover-up.

Who makes the final decision as to what will be
looked into? AK? the TM? This area should be as transparent as the TM's open
door policy. OOPs, she doesn't really have one, does she, despite what she wrote
in her FL job aplication.

So how can we find out the truth? She needs to be
fired so the town can grow again. She wants another job so lets help her get
one. Fire her big       !
11:35 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn's Bal Harbor Reference Packet Comments

Sharon Lynn's description of our town, as stated in her Bal Harbour
application:

"Additionally, almost 70% of residents are wealthy second homeowners who occupy
their houses and condominiums seasonally and expect an outstanding quality of
life and customer service."

I finally understood why Sharon have been acting the way she did.  As our Town
Manger, her vision of Provincetown is one for the "selected few", or what she
called the 70%.  And the majority of her initiatives and priorities have focused
on that 70%.

Let's renovate Town Hall, and cut the trees, even if, in season, few can sit at
the benches in front of the building anymore during the daytime because there's
no shade.  In fact, if it weren't for Barbara Rushmore, the trees we still have
in front of Town Hall would have been completed eliminated.  Pretty, pretty,
pretty, pretty......

Let's seize boats, and crush them.  Someone in this blog stated, probably one of
the 70%, that this was necessary because Provincetown was starting to look 
like Appalachia.  So what, if fishermen's boats are illegally seized and
crushed.   Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty......

Sharon Lynn's actions are in direct opposition with renowned architect Louis
Sullivan's thinking.  He said: "It is the pervading law of all things organic
and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and
all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of
the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever
follows function.

However, In order to pay homage to her cabal, Sharon Lynn has instituted a
policy of function ever following form.

Taking her marching orders from her 70%, Ms. Lynn has sought to turn our little
town into a soulless place.  But oh, so pretty!!!
11:31 pm edt 

The Passing of Retired Firefighter Jon W. Watson

Today the town of Provincetown laid to rest brother Jon W. Watson. Jon was a
dedicated member of the Provincetown Fire Department, a retired member of the
Department of Public Works and a lifelong resident of the the town of
Provincetown. Jon will be sorely missed by all who knew him. May he rest in
peace.

Craig P. Martin
Lieutenant of Engine Co. 193
11:25 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

NOBODY WANTS HER!
11:22 pm edt 

Statements are Nice But Action is Required

"When I proposed this article On September 2nd it was unclear they
would even add it to the warrant much less let Town Meeting vote on it. Now I
understand all 4 of my collegues may support it. What a difference 3 weeks
makes!"......Tom Donegan


THANK YOU, TOM AND ERIK, for bringing these possible solutions to the town's
policy-making "table".  It's wonderful for letters to the editor, posts on
social media, and statements to the BOS to be made. But these things need to
translate into policy, if any good is going to come out of those community
actions.
11:21 pm edt 

Marine Petrol Officer Chovanec

We have been receiving many complaints from various species of fish whose
habitat is around the marina . They are asking(with great respect) that you not
continue practicing dead fish stare on fish as it scares them to death and many
have left for the Grand Bank up north. They feel that the exodus is proof that
you can stop practicing and proceed to Commercial street, get your pizza, chomp
on it and use your perfected dead fish stare and continue to terrorize the 30%
who are not onTosners "good people"
list or Candyland's " important people" list and go have your usual cabal fun
discussions--you remember--bashing unlucky fishermen's boats--scaring little
fishes--hanging out in alleyways of bar owners who speak out at BOS public
meetings--Eric
11:16 pm edt 

Tom Donegan Posted in Provincetown Voice Sept. 24, 2013

When I proposed this article On September 2nd it was unclear they would even add it to the warrant much less let Town Meeting vote on it. Now I understand all 4 of my collegues may support it. What a difference 3 weeks makes!

>>>>
To see if the Town will vote to support the following Resolution:
Be it resolved:

First, that the citizens of the Town of Provincetown reaffirm their commitment to the principles and practices of Community Oriented Policing and urge adoption of these proven police practices.

Second, That the Board of Selectmen bring forward an article to create a Community- Police Complaint Review Board to Annual Town Meeting in April 2014.

And further, The Board Of Selectmen work collaboratively and expeditiously to bring these improvements to Provincetown.
4:13 pm edt 

Austin Knight/Sharon Lynn Bal Harbor Reference

"The Town had been in dire straits. However, under her management, the
overall situation has vastly improved, and the community is now stable",
wrote
Austin Knight of Sharon Lynn.

Earth to Austin.  Come in Austin.  Austin are you there??
4:10 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

From the minutes of the most recently posted library trustees meeting
(8/20/13):

"Ms. Packard raised a personnel issue. Ms. Kratz said that the Trustees would
have to go into Executive Session to discuss any personnel issue. She will
consult with David Gardner about the issue. She said that the Trustees should be
doing some long range planning as well as evaluating the Director on a yearly
basis."

The trustees are not allowed to be involved with problems of library staff with
the exception of the director.  The director, Cheryl Napsha, did not attend this
meeting, so it seems that the issue brought up by Trustee Ann Packard is about
Cheryl Napsha. Also clear is that the trustees have not been doing annual job
reviews of Ms Napsha, as they are supposed to be. One would think that with an
employee as volatile as Napsha, they would make sure that her reviews were done
promptly in the hope that she would improve.  Sounds like Napsha's personal
relationship with Sharon Lynn has allowed the library director to skate under
the radar with respect to accountability.  In addition, Ann Packard is the only
one of the trustees who would have the chutzpah to speak up against Sharon's
friend. The chair of the trustees, Lynn KRATZ is a total Sharon Lynn puppet
without a mind of her own.

Also interesting is the long entry about the trustees meeting with Steve B from
the Art Commission.  Between the lines is another Napsha problem.  Steve B is
one of the several townspeople who Cheryl Napsha despises. She takes great
pleasure in undermining those she hates, and Steve is no exception. No
coincidence that both of these things came up at a trustees meeting that Cheryl
Napsha did not attend.

Go ahead, tell me that I'm just one of four or five disgruntled library patrons
who keeps posting the same thing over and over again. Don't make that mistake
again, folks.  Just wait til Sharon, Kratz, and the other Napsha protectors are
gone.  You won't believe the mess. Can the finance committee audit the library?
4:07 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn Comment in Bal Harbor Reference Packet

"I have learned how important it is to take one step at a time in a
Town that is not used to change, to communicate all steps clearly with the
residents, and to involve more people in the process",
wrote Sharon Lynn.


Really?????  Is that how you see us??
2:24 pm edt 

Sarah Peake and Sharon Lynn

It is very interesting that throughout all of the recent tumultuous happenings
in town, we haven't heard a beep from Sarah Peake.  Now we see that she gives
Sharon a glowing recommendation.  Is this what we should and can expect from our
resident state representative.  Didn't  Ms. Peake have a great voice in the
hiring of  Sharon?  Is  seems that Sarah is just another member of the power
hungry cabal, who is only interested in herself and her friends.  This whole
thing stinks to high heaven.
2:12 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Job Hunting While Running Town

I think it is dangerous to allow Sharon Lynn to begin or follow
through on any town projects. At this point, she is job-hunting and is very
angry. I doubt she will make the best decisions for Provincetown. I think she'd
rather punish us. That's why, in business, when people are fired or layed-off
they are escorted out of the building immediately and all access to computers,
etc. is shut off.  Selectmen, don't be foolish-- don't give her a chance to
create a mess we can't recover from.
2:01 pm edt 

Second Home Owners

Thank God for the second home owners, some of whom are wealthy.
Without them we would not have jobs in the shops, restaurants, house cleaning, 
landscaping nor would our oil and gas companies have enough clients to continue
to operate year round.
1:33 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn Bal Harbor Reference Packet

That Sharon Lynn packet is full of gems. The reference from Cheryl
Napsha, the library director, is jaw-droppping.  All the stories she tells about
"an employee" that Sharon did such nice things for?  That employee is CHERYL
herself!! S Lynn has been bailing her out since she got here, and that reference
proves it!  I hope Sharon is planning to take Cheryl with her, because Cheryl
just cooked her own goose.      
11:12 am edt 

Re: "Affordable Housing a Dud..."

Really? You are working on bad information my friend.

We need to bring to light those who need housing.
They are not the lazy, welfare queens, who vacation in Florida in the winter.
There are always some of these types who get in. Many of the homeless or near
homeless are families, working class families who send their kids to the Ptown
school.

When the fishing industry collapsed, a whole way of life and a way of
making money went with it. Families are still reeling from this. There are also
single moms who work hard.  There are long time locals who eek out a living
working in shops, there are artists working long hours and trying to make art.
We are a community. 

When one of us thrives, all of us benefit.  It should not
be "I got mine, not interested in you" The writer who stated this was lucky
enough to make enough money to buy a house. This is almost impossible for the
hard working class person in this town.  I believe the housing summit will give
us an opportunity to look at who is on the lists for housing needed.

Catherine Russo
10:17 am edt 

Catherine Russo Posted in Provincetown View

" I have learned how important it is to take one step at a time in a Town that is not used to change, to communicate all steps clearly with the residents, and to involve more people in the process." Sharon Lynn


Are you kidding, this town has been in constant change for 100 years
10:10 am edt 

Mary Ann Bragg

Maryann Bragg is a joke. She really doesn't belong being a
reporter,she takes the facts and makes them into something its not.  Maryann
find another job.  PLEASE!!
9:57 am edt 

This Message is for You

I feel very bad that you have chosen not to place my item on your blog. The
reason I feel bad is that you have inadvertently (I hope not by design)
sheltered a political boss who is driven by her lust for money and her need for
power. I feel very bad that she calls herself a community advocate--Obama was a
community advocate ! She is a political boss who is damaging our little town
that I love. So be it.


Webmaster Comment: Please repost your comment.
9:54 am edt 

Time to Clean House

Starts with Ms. Sharon Lynn, Jaran, 3 BOS cronies( that will be taken care of
at the next election in May or who knows in the case of Knight, may be sooner.
Then Hoort and we cannot forget our non consistent , ever elusive building inspector
Russ Braun. Then Cheryl from the library. That would be a good start for our
beautiful town to regain the integrity it so deeply deserves.
9:50 am edt 

Mary Ann Bragg/Sharon Lynn Reference

MARY ANN BRAGG HAS JUST LOST COMPLETE CREDIBILITY WHEN REPORTING ON 
ANYTHING RELATING TO SHARON LYNN. END OF STORY.
9:48 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

Very good recent posts about the inappropriateness and uselessness of
affordable housing. This doesn't improve the town or anyone's personal
situation.
9:41 am edt 

Rob Tosner/Chief Jaran

Wow. The police chiefs biggest fan gets to make some money off the
sale of his unit. Did everyone else see this coming ?
9:39 am edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn's Bal Harbor ReferenceI - Almost Lost My Breakfast

When I read that letter of recommendation! Is she living in the same town? It
should be in the fiction section of the library.  Or better yet, in a Hallmark
card. My gosh, how sickingly sweet can you get? No wonder she didn't get the
job.  Does a person like that actually exist? Yuck!!!
9:38 am edt 

Chovanec

Chovanec is chief jurans  "Fair Haired Boy" there is no way he would act against
the chief.  Chovanec came in with the chief he should go out with the chief. 
Get him "Detecting" some place else.  He has lobbied against the licencing of
one of the towns oldest establishments , and been "Detecting" in the alleys
attempting/hopeing to "Bust" locals for something illegal.  The guy is truly an
extension of the chief.
9:36 am edt 

Sharon Lynn/Mary Ann Bragg

Control the media, control ther people. Wasn't that the idea in all the past
facist/communist/socialist/dictatorship governments?
9:35 am edt 

Sharon Lynn - Bal Harbor Reference

From SL Intro for the job she applied for in Florida


Additionally, almost 70% of residents are wealthy second homeowners who occupy
their houses and condominiums seasonally and expect an outstanding quality of
life and customer service.

SO THE 30% DON'T SHARON?


REFERENCE MS MAGUIRE SECTION:
Ms. Lynn keeps both the Town and the Board of Selectmen well informed as to what
is happening in their town. She calls or emails her coworkers, and takes part in
a public broadcast for residents.

I LIKE THE PART: SHE CALLS OR EMAILS HER COWORKERS.  I DIDN'T GET MINE.  I GUESS
MS M IS GETTING MY EMAILS AND CALLS!  LOL

I WONDER HOW EVERYONE IS FEELING IN TOWN HALL RIGHT NOW

9:29 am edt 

Leave Now

The police chief needs to be Fired ...Lynn needs to be fired!! This
town is like no others police state!! Time to get all the West Field students he
hired out of there just because that's where he went to school!! We need to
bring back good officers who left this town due to       , chief,       !! the
assaults that happen in this town make me sick I know first hand and the chief
and his friend Lynne love to cover it up!! Leave now!!!
9:27 am edt 

Re: Total Lack of Integrity

"Total Lack of Integrity

While it is certainly within her right to seek other employment,It speaks
volumes that the Town manager is actively  searching for a new job at this time.
It demonstrates that not only is she not invested in the community, but she is
not likely to take responsibility for any mismanagement she has performed, and
is willing to dump any problems square on the head of the assistant manager (and
no less the town). A sad commentary indeed for a supposed 100K-plus
professional. To my mind she has destroyed any credibility she had for doing the
job with the best interest of the town first and foremost."


Really?! THAT'S what bothers you about Sharon Lynn? After all the
criminal actions she allowed to occur in this town and in fact tried to cover up
improprieties...you are mad she tried to find a new job before we fired her?
Really?
9:20 am edt 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sorry Sharon - Keep Looking......Please!


Ex-Miami Beach city manager hired to run Bal Harbour

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/16/3630754/ex-miami-beach-city-manager-hired.html#storylink=cpy

11:22 pm edt 

Mary Ann Braggs - Bal Harbor Endosement of Sharon Lynn
 

When a reporter provides a letter of recommendation for a Town Official for a position of employment and they are concurrently engaged on a daily basis of reporting on that official for a news publication, the relationship of apparent non partiality is broken and they have abrogated all rules of professional journalism.

The Cape Cod Times should publicly censure Mary Ann Braggs and remove her from reporting on Provincetown affairs.

9:35 pm edt 

I Can Only Wish Her Luck

I hope some town does want Sharon Lynn. I would be most pleased to see her try her hand
somewhere else. Because this has been a disaster and I'd wish her well elsewhere.
Really anywhere but here.

Hope some town wants her. And soon.
9:13 pm edt 

Re: She's Out of Here - Jumping Before the Ship Sinks"

The ship is already sunk.
9:10 pm edt 

Vincent Currier - It's Only a Matter of Time

I found the following link in my mailbox when I got
home this evening. After some deliberation, I have decided to post the link for
the information of the Voice readers who believe in truth and justice. The link
is public knowledge and no secrets are being revealed, I look forward to a good
public discussion on the contents.

section 7, page 336....
http://www.balharbourgov.com/static/sitefiles/events/Candidate%20Packet.pdf....
9:08 pm edt 

Affordable Housing a Dud

I've lived here almost my entire life. Housing summit was started when a group
of people who lived the unemployment-collecting-winters-all of their lives lost
their cheap housing.

Suddenly it was a crisis--they suckled on the nipple of government subsidies all
of their lives and now demanded it from the taxpayers CPA funds.

We built the affordable housing giving multiple lots of lands costing millions
to developers. Any more is going to leave a bad taste in the mouth of taxpayers
who have it tough too.

There is going to be a backlash the more these self entitled young folks and
aged former hippies demand that we pay their way..A backlash will be a coming.

Start looking for housing other places because you are going to get priced out
of here over the years as landlords raise taxes to meet the demands of paying
the benefits of town workers in coming years..millions upon millions upon
millions..
9:05 pm edt 

Koumanelis and Chovanec - Police Union's Letter

I'll take Koumanelis and Chovanec for a thousand n             Who are
the only two Police Officers that did not sign the police union's letter of no
confidence.
9:02 pm edt 

Affordable Housing Truths

Folks I know have lovely two bedroom apartments. They rent out one room in the
summer for $900.00 a month. Some get SSI income and don't work. Some have one
job.

I'm sitting on my deck having my coffee enjoy the view and thinking of the
decades that I've lived here. Meanwhile, year after year certain individuals
spend their lives gnashing their teeth over the rental situation because they
didn't buy anything when things were cheap here.

What a sad life they live. Year after year complaining ever since this MYPACC
came into existence. They are consumed with wanting affordable housing and they
won't get it.

I know two people who moved here in August and met the right people and found
housing.

You can't build enough affordable housing for all of the people who want to live
here: people gripping who now live in Wellfleet and Truro..and I know a whole
influx of folks from New York and other places who came here to work for the
summer and apply for the lottery last year.

You will see your friends leave as I have due to wanting a better quality of
life and not be 45 years old working 3 jobs just to exist here--what fun is a
life like that?

9:01 pm edt 

It's All About Me

Yes, we all want to live in a town we love.but what has happened
To ptown.  Rentals are sky high for dumps and you have. To do
The jumping from place to place,as the seasons change.
The cost of food is outrageous ,        deep dive,a $27.00
Dollar lobster roll.! Tiny little houses. Being sold for over $800k,
And then renovated at high cost,chopped in little condos.
Ptown has become its all about me,or they sue.
8:58 pm edt 

Re: Roger Green

". . . I don't think anyone is willing to put the watch dogs to sleep
just yet.

Thank you

Roger Green"



If Roger Green is the voice of reason in this town we are all in deep doo doo.


8:53 pm edt 

Abuse of Power?

I am writing you today in reference to an article written in your
latest issue of the Provincetown Banner dated Thursday, September 19, 2013. This
article, written by Ann Wood on Page 5, "Resident files court complaint against
police & town."

It is reported that a Provincetown resident has filed a complaint with the U.S.
District Court in Boston against two Provincetown police officers. The two
officers, Michael Barone and Sgt. Thomas Steele.
It should be realized, researched and reported that these same two officers,
Barone and Steele, are the same two officers from a prior lawsuit against
Provincetown.
The 2007 arrest of Boston DJ Barry Scott Turkowitz by Barone and Steele brought
a lawsuit against Provincetown. Provincetown has once before been sued because
of these same two officers.
It seems there is a definite "pattern of abuse of power."
When situations like this involving police officers happen once, perhaps a
mistake. More than once, it is abuse of power.
8:51 pm edt 

Under Town Manager Sharon Lynn Nothing Runs Correctly

It's not just the police. The board of health doesn't do their jobs either. There is
plenty of unsanitary kitchen acts going on by restaurants. Also there is unfit housing.
Has anyone noticed the house on the corner of          and         . Falling
apart! Why is it not condemned? Guess Brian Carlson is more concerned with the
theatre! Or maybe Sharon isn't keeping track of when her employees should be at
work and not at the theatre!
8:49 pm edt 

Bal Harbour City Council Candidate Search Packet (PUBLIC DOCUMENT)


http://www.balharbourgov.com/static/sitefiles/events/Candidate%20Packet.pdf

SECTION 7 is Ms Lynn Profiles starts on page 326 of the PDF

8:47 pm edt 

Mary Ann Bragg - Too Close For Confort!

FROM SHARON LYNN's CANDIDATE PACKET AVAILABLE ON BAL HARBOUR WEBSITE.

Reference from Mary Ann Bragg - Reporter, Cape Cod Times Newspaper, Cape Cod, MA
Ms. Bragg has known Ms. Lynn since 2008. Ms. Bragg is a newspaper reporter for
the regional paper. She was aware of Ms. Lynn when she applied for a position in
the police department
Ms. Lynn has been a good Town Manager. She always returns phone calls or emails
promptly. She is honest and reliable in all her actions. She is consistently
professional and friendly.
Ms. Lynn hired personnel who work well together at creating a calm and organized
working environment. Due to the knowledge and efficiency of her staff the Town
Hall was renovated under budget, the library was finished before the prospective
time originally set, and the utility infrastructure was updated, with
preventative measures put in place. These projects were financed primarily with
grants rather than through taxing the residents.
Ms. Lynns leadership skills helped in the process of moving these projects
forward quickly. The library renovations were planned in steps over many years.
She reviewed the project notes and discovered a way to complete it earlier.
The neighboring town of Truro owned the area water rights. Negotiations were
stalled for a decade. She pushed negotiations forward, and both town managers
agreed on a long term lease. A backup well is already in place, and the
municipalities are working on the water lines.
Ms. Lynn is patient and calm. She does not become upset when other people
disagree with her or start getting angry during meetings. She answers questions
seriously and thoughtfully.
Ms. Bragg felt it was not her position to state whether or not she would hire
Ms. Lynn.
Words or phrases used to describe Sharon Lynn:
Trustworthy,
Serious,
Respect of the Town,
Decent sense of humor,
Friendly, and
Professional.


Strengths: Always returns messages, honest, and reliable with what she commits
to.
Weaknesses: She prefers to use email rather than making calls or engaging in
face to face communications. This can be a hindrance for the media.
8:45 pm edt 

Total Lack of Integrity

While it is certainly within her right to seek other employment,It
speaks volumes that the Town manager is actively searching for a new job at this
time. It demonstrates that not only is she not invested in the community, but
she is not likely to take responsibility for any mismanagement she has
performed, and is willing to dump any problems square on the head of the
assistant manager (and no less the town). A sad commentary indeed for a supposed
100K-plus professional. To my mind she has destroyed any credibility she had for
doing the job with the best interest of the town first and foremost.
8:42 pm edt 

Interesting - Time to Consider Reconstruction

One is looking for jobs.  The other selling the house.

Sounds like they know the outcome already.

I say the town ought to have 100% input to the decision making process in both
cases. Can't leave it to the BOS, that's obvious....each have an agenda.  It
would be wise to let the people decide.

It's going to take years to get the town back to the way it was.
8:40 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn's References for Bel Harbor Job

Austin Knight, Elaine Anderson, Mary Ann Bragg, Sarah Peake, Candace
Boden, Ann Maguire, Cheryl Napsha - all individuals chosen by Ms. Lynn as
references.  Lovely recommendations by the way.

Surprised by Mary Ann Bragg's inclusion.
8:37 pm edt 

"Must Have Been Written by One of the Sacred 6"

You must have meant the Scared 6.
8:31 pm edt 

Sexual Harassment Probe:

'No further action'
April 10, 2008 - 2:00 AM

PROVINCETOWN - An investigation into a town employee's sexual harassment
complaint against Selectman Austin Knight has concluded with "no further action"
to be taken at this time, according to Town Manager Sharon Lynn.
8:28 pm edt 

Knight/Lynn

In 2007, Lynn was hired to work for us.

In 2008, Knight is accused of sexually harassing a Town Hall employee.

What was the outcome of this case? Did Lynn investigate it?

9:46 am edt 

Voter Intimidation Texts Investigation

Not sure if it was fair for only one individual to take the blame gor
the voter intimidation texts.
9:44 am edt 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Re: She's Out of Here - Jumping Before the Ship Sinks

In the absence of a grounded philosophy founded on truth and intellect
the coward and unworthy always employ force,lies, stelth and flight.

Why now should we believe anything she says or does supposedly on our behalf.

The sooner the better! And if found guilty of breaking the law.....not one dime!
11:51 pm edt 

Re: She's Out of Here - Jumping Before the Ship Sinks

Applying for Jobs

I wonder where else Sharon has applied.
11:41 pm edt 

Re: She's Out of Here - Jumping Before the Ship Sinks

"Six candidates were considered. The other five included: Homestead
assistant city manager David Hebert; Robert Kellogg, who served as town manager in Sewalls
Point, Fla.; Sharon Lynn, town manager of Provincetown, Mass.; Micah Maxwell,
town manager at Belleair, Fla.; and Roslyn Weisblum, a former deputy city
manager and interim city manager in North Miami Beach."


Ha, ha, ha, sorry Officer Lynn. No Bal Harbour job for you!!! They must have
googled your name! LOL

I hear there is a Police Chief opening in Provincetown.
11:25 pm edt 

Re: Texting Internal Affairs Report.:

This report was a sham. Was done by Lt. Golden who was at the time the
subordinate to Chief Jaran who was involved.

If this is pursued and lands up in court and Jaran's phone texts are subpoenaed
the outcome will be quite different i assure you. And yes, I am a close friend
of the civilian involved and hope this goes to trial.
11:09 pm edt 

My Political Opinion on Recalls

"I personally think that it is wise to not try and recall anyone, be it Austin
or Sharon Lynn. We all have recently experienced a sad situation that should of
never been allowed to reach the point it did with the Police Chief but it did
and it's not over with yet."


I respectfully disagree. This is systemic.   The Chief is not the only one
who committed egregious acts. It DOES NOT START NOR END WITH HIM. Your personal
experience was with him. However, OTHER have had intimidation experiences with
the Town Manager herself. Austin Knights election is now suspect due to acts
that took place. Let us see who was aware of these actions.

Again, This is Systemic and starts at the top. It is time once and for all to cleanse
this town of the Cronies and their favors for one another. If we do not, this will
continue even if the Chief leaves. This is reality. I am on NO witch hunt. I too
find it sad that our town"s name has been tarnished to the point it has.

But it is time, people ONCE AND FOR ALL FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE  TO PREVAIL!. Even
if it  means that our Town Manager has to leave and or Austin Knights election is
recalled. This is called due process and belief in the truth. I promise you ,
The truth will come out.  It always does eventually!

I do not believe in prosecuting one or a few and giving others a free pass.
This is not the way true Democracy is defined. Just my opinion.
11:07 pm edt 

Re: The Hatred Lies Within You

Yeah, keep your mouths shut and let things stay as they are.

Must have been written be one of the Sacred 6.

Enjoy it while you can. The house of cards will be falling soon. When everything
comes to the surface, names will be named, charges will be brought.

Finally, this town will be back to normal again.
11:03 pm edt 

She's Out of Here - Jumping Before the Ship Sinks

Please read the paragraph in the 9/16/13 Miami Herald article posted
below that starts with: "Six candidates..."


Ex-Miami Beach city manager hired to run Bal Harbour

BY RODOLFO ROMAN
SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD

A former manager who worked for nearly 12 years in Miami Beach and resigned
under pressure has been hired as the new Bal Harbour village manager.

Last week, the Village Council voted 4-1 to enter in negotiations with former
Miami Beach city manager Jorge Gonzalez at a special meeting. Assistant Mayor D.
Joni Blachar was the lone opposed vote.

The village will negotiate a contract with a cap of $180,000. He would take a
pay cut as he was getting paid over $200,000 in his previous job.

Councilman Jaime Sanz said he was confident with his vote for Gonzalez.

I spent nights reading everything, Sanz said. I did my homework. What my
decision is, it is. I stand by it.

The search for a manager process was interactive. Aside from council members
interviewing the candidates, residents attended meet and greet events where they
were able to ask questions. Plus, all of candidates information were available
on the village website.

Bal Harbour had been through a period of issues. The village released its police
chief Thomas Hunker in March after a U.S. Justice Department investigation
alleged misspending of money seized from drug dealers and money launderers.

Then, former Village Manager Alfred Treppeda abruptly retired in April.
Currently, Jay Smith had been serving as interim village manager. He also had
been serving as director of community outreach for the village.

The village hired Colin Baenziger & Associates to search for a new village
manager nationally. Originally, the village hired Merrett Stierheim, whose firm
had been paid $20,000 to conduct an initial search.

Six candidates were considered. The other five included: Homestead assistant
city manager David Hebert; Robert Kellogg, who served as town manager in Sewalls Point, Fla.; Sharon Lynn, town manager of Provincetown, Mass.; Micah Maxwell, town manager at Belleair, Fla.; and Roslyn Weisblum, a former deputy city
manager and interim city manager in North Miami Beach.

In April, the village agreed to negotiate with former Cutler Bay town manager
Steven Alexander, but plans fell through, and Alexander became South Miami city
manager.

Gonzalez was born to Cuban parents and graduated from the University of Miami.
He was hired by Miami Beach as manager in August of 2000 at age 33.

Some of his accomplishments during his tenure in Miami Beach were construction
related. One of his first moves was to establish the citys Capital Improvements
Project Department. He also established a Neighborhood Services Department to
aid residents, and created the Leadership Academy to increase resident input and
activism.

The city also enjoyed financial stability during Gonzalezs tenure.

However, he later faced turmoil. In 2008, several employees were arrested and
charged in a bribery scandal. Gonzalez was never personally implicated in any
criminal activity.

In July of 2012 he resigned. City Commissioners forced him to submit his
resignation following controversy including the arrests of seven city code and
fire inspectors accused of shaking down a South Beach nightclub.

Before last weeks vote, Blachar presented several articles to the council in
regards to Gonzalez and the other candidates. She said that about 30 minutes
prior to arriving to the meeting, she encountered the articles highlighting
situations the candidates had been involved with.

We are trying to portray this image of how wonderful Bal Harbour is, and to have
that put in the New York Times before we decide is troubling to me, she said. If
thats there and we hire that person I hate to see what the next article on Bal
Harbour will be.

Blachars first choice was Hebert. She referred to a New York Times article
highlighting the recent arrests on public officials made in South Florida.

However, councilman Martin Packer said it wasnt fair to point out past
accusations.

There is background noise from all of the candidates no matter where they came
from. Every one of them has comments made by people who dont like them, he said.
When we are in public life and everyone on the council knows it, there can be a
comment made which will follow you for the rest of your life. Whether or not is
true is another story.

Resident Neil Alter voiced his support for Gonzalez.

I was impressed. I spoke to them individually, he said. He is the one who
impressed me the most. I examined his credentials on the computer. It was
overwhelming, his testimonials. He is a gentleman who has been active for a
number of years, particularly under stressful circumstances.
11:02 pm edt 

Texting Internal Affairs Report.

Has that ever been publicly posted?

Know you can request copy at Town Hall, but would be interested if available
elsewhere.

Thank you.
5:58 pm edt 

Re: Recall!

Sounds like this town would like to recall the world. Isn't this
getting a lot ridiculous?
5:56 pm edt 

My Political Opinion on Recalls

I personally think that it is wise to not try and recall anyone, be it Austin or
Sharon Lynn. We all have recently experienced a sad situation that should of
never been allowed to reach the point it did with the Police Chief but it did
and it's not over with yet.

With lawsuits pending and who knows what the outcome will be with the Chief
Jaran situation, let's get thru that maze first or atleast attempt to. We also
have the Police Station situation still hot on our plates, the Town Pier
patrolled by Police Officers along with some conversations brewing over low
income housing.

I seriously feel after many voicing their concerns, their opinions and how
disgrunted many were with the Selectmen/Selectwomen recently as well as with the
Town Manager, they were given a major wake up call. I am in no way looking to do
the political tango with anyone over the rights & wrongs, just asking to put our
thoughts & energy towards the issues I mentioned above.

If some time down the road as we progress with those matters, other issues arise
and we feel the Selectmen/Selectwomen did not get the message and/or the Town
Manager, then by all means let's re-group and tackle them accordingly. I don't
think anyone is willing to put the watch dogs to sleep just yet.

Thank you
Roger Green




5:54 pm edt 

Re: The Hatred Lies Within You

That's why we have a democratic form of government.  It's called difference of
opinion. That's why our forefather's fought. People like you are slowly taking
our freedoms away from us. People like you think that by keeping quiet the
problem goes away. It doesn't. It just gets bigger and more mighty to fight.

Get used to it.  The people fought and won. Right will always win!!!

Together we are one!!!
2:38 pm edt 

Re: Austin Knight Recall!

BOS Chairman Austin Knight most certainly does need to be recalled!
Now!
2:36 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing - You Didn't get It

Dorchester-Back Bay...You didn't get it. Of course they are part of
the same big city but they are worlds apart. Can't you understand I was saying I
could not afford to live where I worked and wanted to live because I could not
afford it. Is this clear enough now? And most people who work in the service
industry in Boston Live way outside the city because they can not afford it.
2:33 pm edt 

The Hatred Lies Within You

And you should be ashamed to be posting here when you were declared wrong
by the ADL. go back to Candyland and post your diatribes there. We don't need
your hateful comments.

Incompetence and poor leadership should not be rewarded.

Again, back to your site that proved illegal, misleading and, for all your talk
of hate, hateful itself.

The Webmaster shouldn't even let you post here!
11:18 am edt 

Mike Canizales Post in Provincetown Voice

Independent Investigation:

This diatribe is so long I'm attaching as PDF for easier reading. Apologies in advance for lack of ability to be succinct!

TEXT VERSION BELOW:

I am a strong supporter of a full and complete investigation. I realize it will cost money but I think it is money well spent, but I’d like Erik if he can to provide us a copy of the Engagement Agreement / Scope of Works for Marcum before and after the scope was changed last week.
I think these documents would be very helpful so that everyone knows exactly what we are getting and how much we are paying. Once a contract is signed / awarded it’s a public document.
A bit of background:
9/12 Town Manager with Town Counsel & BOS present (on PTV if you are interested).

“We are expanding the scope of investigation to include all allegations just read (in the Union letter) and any other allegations known.”

NOTE: This included the Sexual Harassment accusations (which allegedly implicate the Town Manager and this included “elections” issues not just yard signs from the May 7 election.) This potentially involves Chairman Knight.

9/12 What Town Manager said to Ann Wood and the Banner:

“Frank Rudewicz, of Marcum LLP, who was hired by the board of selectmen last week to conduct an independent investigation into one incident involving Police Chief Jeff Jaran, will now look into all accusations involving him,” Sharon Lynn, the town manager, said on Thursday, Sept. 12.

“Allegations made by the Provincetown Police Labor Federation and others will also be included in the investigation, Lynn said last week.”

9/16 What Town Manager said Monday:

“Lynn told the Banner by e-mail Monday that she will talk to the investigator, along with the board of selectmen, to discuss what needs to be covered in the investigation. But, she said, nothing definitive has been set yet.” From Ann Woods, Wicked Local Story 9/21

9/21 Maybe Mary Ann Bragg can confirm exact date but she reported yesterday that The Town Manager said

“The independent investigation into a May 7 incident involving Police Chief Jeff Jaran has expanded to include an allegation that Jaran distributed campaign signs from the police station,” Town Manager Sharon Lynn said Friday.
“If true, the question of whose campaigns signs were at the station would be answered in the independent investigation,” Lynn said. “Investigator Frank Rudewicz will begin his work within the next few days,” she said.
?????s
1. Since Tom has recused himself (how Ironic is that) from the investigation, I’ve asked Erik to clarify whether the Town Manager has informed Selectmen that she is walking back the promise she made to us by attempting to now limit the investigation to just yard signs and just Jaran’s involvement with them. I have not heard back yet. Erik, can you inform this group?
2. I’d also like to know if the meeting that the Town Manager mentions between the investigator and / or town manager has happened. If so was it posted and public? I see nothing about a meeting last week on the Town’s website.
3. I really hope Erik can promise us that this investigation will include what we were told at the large Thursday meeting: all allegations including the full Sexual Harassment complaint and all Election related complaints. Of course this would include any others involved in wrong doing not just Jaran. If it does not, I submit it’s already compromised. It seems the investment we are making is undermined if we do not get this completely vetted.
4. I guess it goes without saying that this POTENTIAL (and I’m happy to be corrected) walk back/change is exactly the type of thing that we rightly fear with the Town Manager (who is implicated in the Sexual Harassment complaint) and the Chair of the BOS who may/may not be implicated in the broader charge of “elections” interference made by the Union letter. They did not limit their complaint to yard signs in the May election NOR that election itself.
5. We need to know what the Union meant. We’ll only know this if the independent investigator covers all angles. I think if we are paying for it and that we deserve to get what was promised.
11:16 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

"Well, when I waited  tables in Back Bay I was living in Dorchester
because I couldn't afford Back Bay rents."

Didn't know Dorchester had its own mayor due it being a different city from
Boston.

If it isn't a different city, then as waiter, YOU WERE ABLE to live where you
worked - Boston.
11:06 am edt 

Officer Lopes Should be Ashamed of Her Behavior

They are the same group. You pay/donate to the ADL to get the
designation, it does not come for free. Lopes should be ashamed of her behavior,
yet again.


--Has anyone seen the joint statement from the No Place for Hate page and the
ADL?
11:04 am edt 

Anonymous Blog

Witch hunt, mob rule...thank goodness this blog is anonymous or I'd
have people with pitch forks outside my new beautiful house chanting to take me
to the tower!
11:02 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

I worked hard, scrimped and scraped when I was young and started my Winter job
as my friends waved good by and went to collect their unemployment and dip their
toes in warm foreign seas.

Jump ahead: Now I'm the one sitting pretty with my toes here in the summer and
at my other house in the winter. The whiners on here who want me to suppy them
with a home--move where you can afford it.

Interesting some the people who are crying for affordable housing--peolpe set
for life in their comodious little estates here in town looking out, I guess,
for the less well off--Add some additions to your house and rent it cheaply to
your friends..You know who you all are..

11:00 am edt 

Re: Austin Knight

Play time is over folks! It is now time to clean up town
hall...starting with the RECALL of Selectman Austin Knight. Get the petitions
ready, Mr. Johnstone!!!
10:27 am edt 

Re: VFW Site/Town Planner

Of course the VFW site is the best place for the police station. This is a no
brainer. Easy access to both Shankpainter and all major access' to the town by
way of the highway yet secluded enough that it's not in the middle of things.
The site is big enough to handle any structure (not that we need a big
building), could handle future expansion if needed and most of all, it has the
golden commodity PARKING! How many times has anyone gone to the police station
to find nowhere to park? Even the employees have to park off site at times. The
septic system is huge and relatively new and unused, no fears of groundwater
issues in the basement, the lot is cleared already and flat and the asking price
is exactly right for the town. Don't buy it and a developer (Malone et al) will
buy it at that price and make millions. Do we need affordable housing? Yes and
no. Do we need a police station more? YES, YES, YES.
And if the latest development in the town is in part due to the planners input
and insight, he's NOT doing a good job at looking at the whole picture and makes
me wonder if he's needed as a planner. Good job otherwise but planner, no.
10:22 am edt 

Re:VFW Site/Town Planner

I do feel sympathy for the ashes that may or may not be on the grounds of the
VFW but to think this was to be forever a VFW was wrong to begin with. I'm sure
something could be done to consider any ashes of the departed before anything is
done with the property. However, I don't recall this being an issue when the
septic system was being put in a number of years ago and the site was excavated
extensively.
10:17 am edt 

OK I Think It's Official

You people are now a witch hunt.
why would anyone want to work for us in this town!
Now you are going after the director of the library, the first selectman, the
town manager.
This is sick and petty, I understand there are you few unhappy, disgruntled
people but please stop ruining our town and its reputation!!
I pray this site is removed!!  This is true bullying and  hate at its worst!!
angry, hateful, mean!!!
I for one have vowed never to read this filth again.
I know I am in the majority as I ask all over town and people keep saying "who
are those people that write all that hate!"
10:15 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

Well, when I waited  tables in Back Bay I was living in Dorchester
because I couldn't afford Back Bay rents.
10:13 am edt 

VFW Property 3 Jerome Smith Road

The recent post that their are veterans ashes buried on  property is false.
Their are 4 veterans memorial grave markers on
the back lot that were placed there at request of family members. They are soon
to be moved to town cemetery.

Paul C Mendes
Post 3152 Provincetown
1966-present
10:11 am edt 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Re: Rob Tosner

Rob barks, but in the end, he's harmless.
11:44 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran/Rob Tosner
 
"...laughed more at how only about 6 people clapped for him that
night."



Now, now...you're sounding like the cabal, when they were saying bat it was only
the same 5 people posting here, complaining about the police chief, etc.  They
said it so many times they believed it.
So don't you go to stooping as low!
11:43 pm edt 

VFW Site

Is anyone out there aware that the VFW grounds are like a mini
cemetery? There are local veterans ashes buried in the back and near the flag
pole! What disrespect would that be if the building is sold for Police Station
or other use?
11:39 pm edt 

Re: vincent Currier

I don't know who Vincent Currier is but I take serious exception with
him re VFW Building to be used to make affordable housing for a select few. It
must be a Police Station. The Police station is for the common good of the Town.
The old station can't be rehabbed to be adequate by the laws and rules to
satisfy new flood zone rules that the bldg. is in. Totally inadequate! You're
right about one thing though! We don't need a Town Planner now. There's no land
left to plan anything that hasn't already been built on. Town Meeting voted the
position,so an article for Town Meeting must be voted to rescind the Town
Planner position.
11:37 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

"In fact the certification process required by the State library
commission REQUIRES the Provincetown library to spend X number of $$ on New
books each year. As far as what criteria constitutes New books...the CLAMS
system defines New books as reciently published...within t
he current year.
Now that begs the question...Where the hell is all the money going?
Is our library even certified any longer? That is the important question."

This is exactly why a group of us are going to file a complaint with the State
Library Commission.  We're not getting our fair share of newly published books;
the other towns are.

I continue to say that it's dishonest for Ms. Napsha to label newly acquired
books that are as old as 2009, as "NEW". This practice is something she has
implemented.   No other librarian on the Cape does this, nor did our previous
Library Director do this.  Go visit any library on the Cape, and you'll see
what I'm talking about.

She should be able to furnish documentation, per each fiscal year she's been the
Director, about those current year books she's purchased, and are on our
shelves.  The question has to be framed exactly as such, because she has already
bamboozled the Selectmen, when they asked her about this, a year or two ago.

So yes...where is the $ that we're required to spend, as CLAMS defines, on
current year books?  The State Library Commission will be asked to look into
this.  It's the only choice for us, since the Trustees, the TM, or the BOS are
unwilling or unable to address this.
11:36 pm edt 

Re: Austin Kinght

"He need to step down until the investigation is finished.
Being a First Selectman doesn't give him, or anyone else for that matter,
the right to mishandle resources."

"Will Canizales step down while the complaint against him is being investigated?"



If Knight is found guilty, it means he has committed an illegal act.  Get it????
11:29 pm edt 

The Sense of Entitlement

It's interesting that some complain about the sense of entitlement
some show, because they want an affordable place to live here.

But in the end, don't we all have a sense of entitlement, one way or another?

Congressional members feel they are entitled to all of the perks, and there are
many, we the taxpayers give them.

The Town Hall employees, but only those at the highest levels, of course, feel
they're entitled to free parking spaces, right next to where their offices are,
even if it's at a loss of revenue for the the taxpayers.

The people that go to pick up their mail at the Post Office, and get in front of
a whole line that's waiting to get served.

Yes, all of the above are a bunch of whiners, always getting free handouts
(perks).

Can anyone provide other examples?
11:27 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

"And I agree with a prior post....if you can't afford to live here or
on Beacon Hill, you can't live in those places. Next people will want free
laundry, free gym, free everything! YIKES! Get over your very unspecial selves."



We should do like in the developing countries, where the workers, including the
waiters, realtors, barkeepers etc., are bused into the area where they work. 
That way the rest of us who don't need to work, won't have to deal with them
once they finish serving us.  It works in these developing countries very well. 
It certainly can work here as well.
11:24 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran @ Town Meeting

One time, at Town Meeting, I kept hearing Jaran, who was sitting near
me, roll his eyes, and draw out big sighs whenever people made statements
related to police budget issues.  I thought that his behavior was very
unprofessional, and hoped that Sharon gave him a little talk about how to
comport him self at public meetings.

Also, Zi had never seen a police Chief, in uniform, speak at the microphone as a
public citizen??? about police matters.

Maybe that's how things are done in Sandwich and Bow, but never here.
8:13 pm edt 

ADL/No Place for Hate
Has anyone seen the joint statement from the No Place for Hate page
and the ADL?
8:10 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran Condo

The chief did not pay $899k. That is his asking price. People can't
address the issue about how he acts as a police officer without now meddling in
his condo affairs. None of our business. This is a lousy way for our town to
act. It shows me how petty and self-centered many living here are. And I agree
with a prior post....if you can't afford to live here or on Beacon Hill, you
can't live in those places. Next people will want free laundry, free gym, free
everything! YIKES! Get over your very unspecial selves.
8:08 pm edt 

Re: Austin Knight

".  .  .  He need to step down until the investigation is finished. 
Being a First Selectman doesn't give him, or anyone else for that matter,
the right to mishandle resources."



Will Canizales step down while the complaint against him is being investigated?
8:06 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

"Good grief, I couldn't afford provincetown either so I moved to
Truro.  I never expect that someone owes me something, I work to live within
my means and ifthat means not living in Provincetown then that's what it is.  I
don't get thesense of entitlement."


I don't understand your nastiness- oh wait- this is anonymous. Everyone deserves
affordable housing. If I have a 'sense of entitlement' of wanting to not feel
economically as well as socially unwelcome in the town I grew up in, then I have
a right to find a way to stay where I want to stay. Just because you didn't have
the will doesn't make you a better person than me. Grow up,       .

Or even better- go back to wherever you came from.
8:03 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Perhaps we are asking too much of the Library Director to expect her to stay on
top of things when she is not there much of the time during the week and works
every week-end elsewhere on the Cape. That's why we, the taxpayers are footing
the bill for her to have two assistants, each making good salaries for part-time
hours and possibly benefits?
8:00 pm edt 

Rob Tosner and Chief Jaran

At the forum where the TM announced Jaran was suspended and Rob Tosner got up
and made a fool of himself, it was obvious he had a connection to the Chief. I
laughed more at how only about 6 people clapped for him that night.Before that
night, I never knew who Rob was, but he can rest assure I'll never use his Real
Estate to do business and or recommend anyone to. RIP Rob.
7:58 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran Condo

The asking price for a property that has recently come to market is $899k. 
The assessed value is much lower and it was purchased for 430k in 2009.
7:55 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

There is no reason that citizens/taxpayers should buy new books
for. our library. The library has a very healthy line item for
new books. In fact the certification process required by the
State library commission REQUIRES the Provincetown library
to spend X number of $$ on New books each year.
As far as what criteria constitutes New books...the CLAMS
system defines New books as reciently published...within
The current year.

Now that begs the question...Where the hell is all the money going?
Is our library even certified any longer?
That is the important question.
7:53 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

I want affordable housing in Provincetown and it must be waterfront. 
All of these rich people live on the waterfront and there should be some
affordable housing there too.  Of course, this is just a cynical extension of
the entitled mentality that some think they are entitled to affordable housing
in a particular location.
7:51 pm edt 

Sharan Lynn

If I ever am to get into trouble, I want Ms. Lynn to personally
investigate me. Only her.  Her investigative style suits me very well.
1:39 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran

I could care less what Jaran paid for his condo. Maybe he's a trustee
baby. Or was well paid as a Drug Enforcement Agent. Or as someone said earlier,
is looking for a bigger place.

What I do care about is all of the allegations against him, of deeds never
before attributed to a Provincetown Police Chief.

If these allegations are true, then he has brought shame to our Town, and to the
entire police profession,

Let's see what the outcome of the investigation is.
1:37 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran/Rob Tosner - Condo Listing

Notice the new listing at the ICE HOUSE- yes our Chief's place is up
for sale. Oh and even better- just quess who the listing agent is- YES u quessed
it-  Rob Tosner
11:28 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

"Whaaaa, whaaaa, whaaaa,
I want an affordable place to live and I can't afford provincetown."


Good grief, I couldn't afford provincetown either so I moved to Truro.  I never
expect that someone owes me something, I work to live within my means and if
that means not living in Provincetown then that's what it is.  I don't get the
sense of entitlement.
11:25 am edt 

Police Chief Condo

What [How ]does a Chief of Police earning $130k afford a condo valued at
$899k? I know its not his GFs money.
11:23 am edt 

Marine Patrol Officer - Chuvanec

That Marine Officer has always acted like Jaran's mini me.
11:20 am edt 

Jeff Jaran - Political Signs

How come Jaran didn't get Grassy's political signs?
11:18 am edt 

Rob Tosner's Passion for the Chief Explained

A business deal. A personal relationship that makes Rob Tosner money.

Objectivity would have been better than attacking those who spoke from their own
passion and would gain nothing from their comments.

Unlike Mr. Tosner who will make money from standing up for the chief.
11:17 am edt 

No Place to Hate Group Comes Under Question

What is Carrie Lopes' role in Falsely Stating that MYPACC was a hate
blog?

How did the police get involve in falsely and illegally misstating that the ADL
identified shout out as a hate blog when this was fabrication? Did this group,
including the police, work behind the scene to create false statements and
knowingly make false claims?

I find this situation confusing and the mix of people involve in this group
questionable. What were they trying to accomplish? It seems they were adding to
the hate they supposedly were battling.

Again, it's weird as it is upsetting.
11:15 am edt 

Marine Patrol Officer - Chovanec

Chovanec is the laughing stock of the Wharf. He means no harm; poor
thing's trying to do the best he can.
10:58 am edt 

Banner - September 2, 2013

Bike Ticketing Initative Extended through September . . . .

PROVINCETOWN — The ticketing initiative aimed at enforcing common traffic violations committed by bicyclists on Provincetown’s roadways will continue through the month of September, police said.

The campaign, funded by a state grant allowing for 60 hours of dedicated bike law enforcement, was initially expected to be carried out during the month of August when the town’s roads are more congested with bikers, pedestrians and vehicles.

The 60-hour commitment was not completed in August, however, due to “severe weather and scheduling constraints,” said Provincetown police Sgt. Carrie Lopes, who is overseeing the grant initiative.

Without revealing exact statistics, Lopes said that “there were not a lot of stops” for the month of August but that “September looks better.”

The program received flak from community members last month after it was revealed that the stipulations of the grant require officers covering the beat to make at least three stops per hour and issue a citation or a written warning.

In announcing the program to the bike committee last month, Lopes said that warnings would be “frowned upon.”

The “quota” for hourly stops and the emphasis on citations were among the central aspects that residents discussing the campaign in online forums opposed.

Chris Johnson, a summer resident of Provincetown, attended a bicycle committee meeting last week to challenge the integrity of the effort.

“If we choose to make a deal with the devil where we have quotas, then the bicycle committee should make a public statement to the public that this is what’s going to happen, which I cannot find anywhere,” Johnson said.

Members of the bike committee, however, defended the campaign.

“What else can we do? What else is there? What more can we do to promote bike safety?” said bicycle committee member Michael Peregon. “It’s very real out there that bicyclists need to get their act together to provide a safe environment to be able to enjoy their bikes out there.”

Committee chair Roger Chauvette further insisted that a comprehensive bike safety program that includes ticketing has become increasingly necessary, citing the “many complaints” the committee has received over traffic violations being committed by bicyclists.

“[Bike laws] have been ignored a long time and very, very, very selectively enforced, and what’s happening now is there’s beginning to be more enforcement,” said Bill Meadows, a bicycle committee member and owner of Ptown Bikes. “Unfortunately, one of the things that is going to help this build is a few people getting stung.”

The program also drew ire from bicyclists over the police’s apparent willingness to ticket for common practices like riding the wrong way on quiet one-way side streets.

Although police maintained that an emphasis would be placed on key safety issues, such as pedestrian crosswalk violations on Bradford Street and weaving in and out of traffic on Commercial Street, Lopes reserved the right to ticket for any violation, including traveling the wrong way on one-way side streets.

“If we see them doing it, yes, we will ticket them. They’re not supposed to be going the wrong way,” Lopes said last month.

The bicycle committee said the cause for concern was overblown.

“The focus is not that,” Peregon said.

In light of the complaints, however, the committee agreed to begin planning a public meeting to discuss potential compromises, including the possibility of amending the town bylaws to include two-way biking on oneway side streets or having the selectmen request that police do not enforce that element of the law.

“Education is one part. Enforcement is the second part. And I think common sense needs to be the third part,” Chauvette said.

Banner
10:45 am edt 

Cape Cod Times


PROVINCETOWN — The independent investigation into a May 7 incident involving Police Chief Jeff Jaran has expanded to include an allegation that Jaran distributed campaign signs from the police station, Town Manager Sharon Lynn said Friday.

Two police unions made the electioneering claim as part of a "vote of no confidence" against Jaran in a Sept. 12 letter to the Board of Selectmen. The letter said "recent elections" rather than a specific election date.

The selectmen's race for the annual town election on May 7 was held amid town hall discussion about the size and location of a potential new or renovated police station, and as complaints about too many police in the off-season and their harsh treatment of locals were starting to emerge. Candidates for the two open seats were incumbents Austin Knight and Francis John Santos and newcomers Thomas Donegan and Raphael Richter.

Knight and Donegan won the race.

An internal affairs investigation in June substantiated a complaint against police Sgt. Thomas Koumanelis for intimidating a citizen in April about a selectman candidate in the May 7 election. Through Facebook posts and cellphone texts, Koumanelis was found to have created and then compounded the perception that police would take extra action and enforcement against the complainant for supporting Richter and Donegan.

If true, the question of whose campaigns signs were at the station would be answered in the independent investigation, Lynn said. Investigator Frank Rudewicz will begin his work within the next few days, she said.

Lynn suspended Jaran with pay Sept. 12, and Lt. James Golden is currently the executive in charge of the police department.

Jaran, who was hired in 2008, is alleged on May 7 to have over-reacted to an anti-police rap song at The Squealing Pig pub as he sat at the bar with his girlfriend, according to an account of one of two bartenders, as told to Selectman Erik Yingling and the Provincetown Banner newspaper. The two unions, in their letter to Lynn, said that Jaran had also ordered police into the pub afterwards to collect names of employees and patrons who were present when Jaran expressed his objections.

Lynn said Friday that she plans to bring a proposal to the selectmen Sept. 30 for a renewed effort of community-oriented policing.

The police department has 13 full-time patrol officers and four supervisors, in addition to Jaran.

10:40 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran/Rob Tosner

"Rob Tosner just listed Jaran's condo for $899,000."

Well...this must mean Jaran is thinking about raising a family and is looking
for a bigger place.
10:22 am edt 

Jeff Jaran/Rob Tosner

"Suprise suprise, Rob Tosner just listed Jaran's condo for $899,000."


Anything for a buck, huh, Rob, even if it means throwing your fellow town
citizens under the bus.
10:20 am edt 

Re: Police/Marine Officer

At the end of the meeting about the boats, The marine officer not only was not
sorry for the mix-up, he Emphatically stated he did not believe that any of the
boats were on private property (in effect calling the fisherman liars and that
the said property was NOT privately owned). That the boats were junk, and he
stood by that he did. He is also issuing parking tickets to some of the people
that have permission to park on the same stretch of private property beach. It
does not appear that he will stop until instructed by a superior. In this case,
you are guilty and will not be proven innocent as he flat-out will not believe
the people.
10:18 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library
 
New Books Shmooo Books:

Please direct me to where I can find the official library definition of "New
Books."  I say if the book is new to the library it qualifies as a new book. 
Having the "New Books" identified as such saves frequent patrons the trouble of
stumbling through the stacks hoping to come across a recent acquisition by
chance.

Maybe there should be (maybe there is) a separate category for recently
published books to make clear the distinction.  If you are really concerned and
have a few extra bucks, maybe you could buy some "New Books" as you define them
and donate them to the library after you have read them.  In other words light a
candle instead of cursing the darkness.


By the way, If I buy a car that is a few years old it's still a new car to me!
10:16 am edt 

Austin Knight

"Austin needs to step down, both as the Chair AND Selectman, until the
proper investigative authority clears him of any wrongdoing... "


Was Mr. Knight THAT scared about not winning, that he broke laws to do so?

Agree!  He need to step down until the investigation is finished.  Being a First
Selectman doesn't give him, or anyone else for that matter, the right to
mishandle resources.
10:14 am edt 

Jeff Jaran/Rob Tosner

Suprise suprise, Rob Tosner just listed Jaran's condo for $899,000.
10:06 am edt 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Re: Police

"...like chief Jaran did, allowing the hire of characters like
Chovanic that make over $80,ooo to direct traffic on the pier."


Ironically, for probably a bit less money, we could have had someone who does
have knowledge and experience about our marine history and culture.  Don't think
those boats would have been illegally seized and crushed.

The marine officer trespassed a privately owned area, took private property on
that privately owned area, and destroyed.  Haven't heard he already has
apologized to the fishermen.  Maybe he did.  But it took these fishermen at
least 3 meetings, plus extra time to find evidence in the archives that their
boats had been on privately owned property. And all because of the marine
officer's incompetence.

I hope that these fishermen are fully satisfied with the manner in which the
town has rectified the situation.  If not, they should continue pursuing their
case, until Town Hall has done good by them, probably even billing the town for
their time.  unlike the marine officer, they don't get a guaranteed paycheck.
10:53 pm edt 

Re: Police

"...like chief Juran did, allowing the hire of characters like
Chovanic that make over $80,ooo to direct traffic on the pier."



Ironically, for probably a bit less money, we could have had someone who does
have knowledge and experience about our marine history and culture.  Don't think
those boats would have been illegally seized and crushed.  The marine officer
trespassed a privately owned area, took private property on that privately owned
area, and destroyed.  Haven't heard he already has apologized to the fishermen. 
Maybe he did.  But it took these fishermen at least 3 meetings, plus extra time
to find evidence in the archives that their boats had been on privately owned
property. And all because of the marine officer's incompetence. I hope that
they're fully satisfied.  If not, they should continue pursuing this, until Town
Hall has done good by them.
10:47 pm edt 

Re: Library
 
"I have ordered several books from the library.  I have never been
refused.  I think you just have to ask for what you want."



No problem with your post.  What I have a problem with is Ms. Napsha's intent to
deceive the Provincetown residents, and the public at large, ever since she was
hired by us. Basically telling her staff to stick new book stickers on books
that are 2, 3 and even 4 years old, and put these books in the new books shelves
of the library on the first floor, so there's the appearance that our library,
like all other libraries, has newly published books.

And if you go to our library often, you must know what I'm talking about.  It
hasn't taking long to figure this out.
10:42 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

Currier and others:

I don't  make $100 k . I make about $30k and I have about $2.5 k in the bank . Can
I get in affordibal housing? I would like a one bedroom. I don't care who gay or
strait. Just if you are nice . Hey tell me that some lAdy is running ptown .
Well go ahead and run it. Just give us little people some housing so we can live
to . Don't go spending the money for police building. I am a vet and if I have to
lose our building then change it for a place that I got to spend. Thank you.7
9:43 pm edt 

Police

It is time to go back to getting police officers off the State approved list of
candidates so the new chief does not "stack the deck" like chief Juran did,
allowing the hire of characters like Chovanek that make over $80,ooo to direct
traffic on the pier.
9:37 pm edt 

Re: Library

I have ordered several books from the library.  I have never been refused.  I
think you just have to ask for what you want.
9:35 pm edt 

Re: "I See Another Two Police Officers Are Being Sued"

"You see?? You see where?? I call BS on your comment. Without proof of "seeing"
it somewhere it's rumor and inuendo."


Duh, ever read the Banner?  Officers Steele and Barone being sued.  See Amato
lawsuit.  Steele is a police union president - now that's priceless.
9:32 pm edt 

Affordable Housing

TRURO RESIDENTS PUSHING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

I've read residents of Truro talking over and over how they want affordable
housing built in Provincetown. Truro has a vast wealth of undeveloped land.
Truro, it is time that you created affordable housing neighborhoods by the
square mile rather than have people living in Truro lobbying non-stop for
affordable housing built in our overbuilt town.
5:19 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Library - Director

An earlier post about the library director came to mind when reading
the latest press and posts about the Mass Memories project.  Earlier this
summer, library director Cheryl Napsha stood before the BOS to inform them of
the upcoming Mass Memories project.  At that time, she told them that she was
"Project Manager" of the event.  Since then, there has been no mention of her
name in any of the press or materials regarding Mass Memories.  Who is
mentioned? Who seems to be doing all the work?  Rebecca Levin, one of the young
people that was mentioned in the former post who is claimed to be doing Cheryl's
job for her.  http://www.wickedlocal.com/provincetown/topstories/x914322736/Mass-Memories-to-paint-Provincetown-through-its-residents?zc_p=1
5:17 pm edt 

Town Meeting

"PLAN B Warrant Closes and BOS chooses to include $50k feasibility
study of the Shank Painter road site..."


That's the beauty of Town Meeting.  Each and every one of us who lives here year
round has the right to vote, and each of these votes has the same weight.
5:15 pm edt 

Police Station

We continue to find in our small, quirky little village of a town, that many of
us want things to stay the way they are; yet many of us want to move in a more
forward direction. While this dichotomy is not uncommon in large cities, it
represents a huge predicament in Provincetown. It underscores the core of our
problem: perspective and focus.

Whose point of view are we looking at here? Is there a need for building a new
police station vs. renovating the current station?

For far too many months, we've heard the cries from the police chief and others
that the current station should be condemned. These pleas echo the chant we
heard about town hall, which was condemned. Yet the police station continues to
operate as it is, which makes you wonder who is really telling the truth here.

Then there was the mistake of putting out a design for a new police station that
had an exercise room for the staff. Some folks have never gotten over that. It
was a huge blunder, but with the help of time and a new, more scaled back
design, we have moved on.

Next there was the attempt to bring the community together through coffee
meetings with the chief. What did that accomplish?

Nonetheless, the building committee continued their diligent efforts to find a
solution to the problem. They are tireless warriors, yet the fight is far from
the finish line, and the battle continues.

Then came the concept of purchasing the land where the VFW sits, and to sweeten
the pie and help entice folks to embrace this alternative, the concept of adding
affordable housing to the parcel was suggested. This is where we find ourselves
when we can't decide what is right. We confuse the issues. That is where our
focus begins to diminish; where we cant tell up from down.

As if the police station wasn't enough to deal with --- whether or not to build
a new station, and where it should be located --- we've now been presented a
design proposal for a new police station on a site that will also accommodate
affordable housing (in theory), yet there is no design for this second piece of
the puzzle.

Through smoke and mirrors, that is like asking someone to construct a jigsaw
puzzle with only half of the pieces.

To add to the confusion, the commander-in-chief of the police department has
been suspended and is being investigated at a cost that has not been funded,
leading the residents to ask one simple question: where is the credibility?

Harry Truman coined the phrase "The buck stops here." I think the residents of
Provincetown must adopt this phrase and coin it at Special Town Meeting.
5:12 pm edt 

A Case Study In Representative Government


EVENT ACTION REFERENCE

APRIL 2013

TOWN MEETING Design Funds re-allocated to

look at "any town site" $40,000

Chairman Knight Proposes

amendment to Article 30 which

would spend $50k to look at

feasibility of Shank Painter Road

Station.

Ruled out of order. Likely would

have passed.


May 2013

Election Article 30 Passes.

Specifies existing footprint (7k

feet) and existing location.

Price not to exceed $3.5M

Yes 635 (49.7%)

No 536 (41.9%)

Blank 106

Totals 1277


Summer 2013

BOS directs Building Committee

to spend all design fees on

schematic for VFW site.

No consideration of Shank

Painter occurs


September 2013

Chief Suspended. Various

infractions being investigated.


September 17

BOS gives green light to scope

and location of 14k station at

VFW


September 19

Survey Results unveiled by

Goodrich organization

85% of participants have an

opinion on whether Selectmen

will resolve Police issues-only

33% believe they will.


September 19

77% of participants state a

preference for existing or new

location. Of those 62% prefer

existing location.


September 20

PLAN A Warrant Closes and includes

Purchase of VFW and $450,000

design fees for a 14,400 square

foot station


September 20

PLAN B Warrant Closes and BOS chooses

to include $50k feasibility study

of the Shank Painter road site,

regionalized jail cells & animal

control, size of police study

results and relocated parking

department to Tax Collection

Office.

12:17 pm edt 

Community Forum

"After watching the Community meeting last evening, and hearing the
same things I have been hearing for months, I was struck by how serious this
whole Police/Manager thing has become. It has hit me very hard to realize at
least two of the Town Officials that I had trust in have literally made such a
mess of our Town Democracy..."


"Call Me Sharon" has been Mr. Jaran's direct supervisor.

If she didn't know what was going on, then she failed as a supervisor  for not
overseeing her subordinate.  IT'S ON HER!

If she knew what was going on, and it most cases she had a strong indication,
because residents had alerted her about it, and she did nothing, IT'S ON HER!

If the Board of Selectmen, particularly those who spoke at a BOS meeting
recently, and stated they supported Ms. Lynn one hundred percent, IT'S ON THEM!

Lynn's, Anderson's, McChesney's, and Knight's heads exploding over "It's all
Erik's and Tom's fault!"
in 3.....2.....1......


12:04 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

AFFORDABLE HOUSING bye bye in 5 years
Your affordable housing will come to an end soon. Why? They are affordable for
15 years or less and then they go to market value rents.

That is why we keep getting below 10%. However, soon there will be no more land
on which to build enough units to make them profitable.

BINGO! The taxpayers are then no longer subsidizing people in a town that
doesn't have any real year round jobs. The units that are "affordable" (Are any
really affordable?) go to market rents, the developers make out and there are no
more units built to replace the ones whose affordable lease is gone.

Tired of the tyranny of the affordable housing proponents and their developers
over developing provincetown.
11:34 am edt 

Re: Town Planner

Common Sense

Now that is a refreshing idea.   We do not need a planner.  We need to listen to
the 600 responses from town people.  Isn't that a larger number then has ever
shown up for Town Meeting?
11:26 am edt 

Affordable Housing

Mr Currier and others,

I agree about affordable housing,but I think you are
Forgetting about the diminishing middle class in ptown.
I earn over 100k and I can not afford to live in your "
Quaint little village,as some people call ptown.
The old are dying off and the new residents only stay a few
Years.

The fishing fleet is gone,the art scene is repetitive,
I walk down commercial street in January and each year it's get more desolate.
The quaint little village is now occupied by rich gays and straights
Alike,whom want for all the finer things and in the process have
Ruined the town. The middle class has no prospect of owning a
House in town and contributing to the town in various ways.
Gone are our ms.ellie,popeyes etc,and in their place is a new BMW,
Wake up Provincetown,you're in serious trouble.
11:24 am edt 

Re: Town Planner

"The VFW site should be all housing units....We don't need a town
planner.  What we need is common sense!"


 We also need more oversight with affordable housing projects. Province Landing
is being grossly mismanaged.
11:19 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Police

"I see another two police officers are being sued."


You see?? You see where?? I call BS on your comment. Without proof of "seeing"
it somewhere it's rumor and inuendo.
11:17 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Police

"I see another two police officers are being sued.  How hypocritical"


Not hypocritical at all if those officers being sued are among those considered
Jaran's pets, or voted no when the votof "no confidence" taken
11:13 am edt 

Austin Knight

Austin needs to step down, both as the Chair AND Selectman, until the
proper investigative authority clears him of any wrongdoing regarding his use of
town resources, OUR resources, during the last election.

Methinks he committed an illegal act, maybe more.  This can't be ignored...it's
a bad precedent.

His actions help substantiate the case for those who complained
about being intimidated as voters by our Police Department.

Again, something like this had never happened before in Provincetown. Things
need to change, and quickly.
11:09 am edt 

Re: FinCom Credibility

"This FinCom has no credibility.  They are little lambs being led by
Canizales.  The entire direction of the committee is set by him and no one
stands up to him.  Until he is removed no credibility will exist.

And it's a shame because a good FinCom is important to the town."


The only way to answer this post, or half-baked opinion, is to say....go to a
fincom meeting and listen to the men and woman behind those desks. If anything
they say makes sense to you....then we are all in trouble, because obviously you
don't know what you are talking about. These men and woman are some of our
finest minds, and help this town and it's voters to untangle the web that exists
in municipal finance. You should thank god that we have them, and they are
watching over our town finances!
11:06 am edt 

Wassup With That?

Suspension  with pay  " WASSUP WITH THAT' = paid vacation ??   why not
keep this going the right way and fire him !!!!!   and while on the subject lt.
Golden             acting chief ?? get                                 ??  as everyone knows
, Town Manager is head of all this and also should be gone and her political
group also.  there"s bad seed in our government, from top down to select-persons
that are on her side.   wake up p-town, and clean house.  you all no who u are
and are trying to pull a fast one like our last town manager. wake up please.
paying someone to come in to investigate is only costing us more money  . I see
a bankrupt town of provincetown on horizon ,  stop spending on everything and
re-group before its to late.
11:04 am edt 

Vincent Currier Posted in Provincetown Voice Sept. 20, 2013

After watching the Community meeting last evening, and hearing the same things I have been hearing for months, I was struck by how serious this whole Police/Manager thing has become. It has hit me very hard to realize at least two of the Town Officials that I had trust in have literally made such a mess of our Town Democracy that it will take years to fix!! Years!
However, as costly as it has been, both in terms of treasure and emotion, we have gained! I see people who don't usually get involved, get involved! I see people who had given up, giving their opinions, and even being heard! And I have more hope for Helltown than I have since I realized my dream of becoming a year-round resident.

This is our time, my friends. This is the opportunity to have a voice, an equal say in how our town is governed! It isn't going to be governed only by a greedy group of people who only have the quick buck in mind, and a government that only serves the wealthiest and most influential, but the people who clean the streets, patrol and provide security for us, and make the town have a personality and a pulse.

I want to thank everybody who has an opinion, and implore all of you to stay tuned and stay involved, even if it consists of disagreements, we will get to the truth through the strength of our association. I love the way this page responds to the action!!
10:52 am edt 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Re: Vincent Currier

Vinny,

Please contact the state and ask them if we can give a 20% preference to local
contractors under the state's procurement laws.

Let us know what you find out.
10:52 pm edt 

Re: Vincent Currier Posted in the Provincetown Voice Sept. 18, 2013

Vincent Currier, whoever you are, I LOVE, YOU for your 3:37PM
September 18, 2013!!!!!!!!!!

10:50 pm edt 

Town Planner

We don't need a town planner.  What we need is common sense !


Your favorite people, Yingling, Donegan and Canizales are the ones who pushed
for the town planner.
10:47 pm edt 

Provincetown Police

I see another two police officers are being sued.  How hypocritical
that the union votes to say no confidence in the chief when almost half their
members are being sued or are under investigation.

Get rid of every one of them !
10:46 pm edt 

FinCom

This FinCom has no credibility.  They are little lambs being led by
Canizales.  The entire direction of the committee is set by him and no one
stands up to him.  Until he is removed no credibility will exist.

And it's a shame because a good FinCom is important to the town.
10:44 pm edt 

Dear Blog Master

You should have people take a sobriety test before posting here. That is the
only excuse I can find for many of the recent posts on here.  If. People can
operate a computer they should be able to read and write.
10:42 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

I wish to add my voice to the complaints about the book selection at
present at the Provincetown Public Library. A good library director solicits the
input of staff members re book selelction.  I miss Andrew and Jim Parker and
many others who knew about literature.The book budget is limited and should be
used carefully. I believe our present director clicks one button a month and
orders all of a certain list. Best Sellers are not necessarily good books. True,
we need a lot of Popular Fiction. We also need a lot of what is called Literary
Fiction. British Booker Prize winners, etc. American authors who are well
reviewed and respected. The new book section is an emabarassing mess.  Our
director was hired, partly I was told, because she claimed to know about Young
Adult books, because she was listed as a co-author of a biography of Cher, many
years ago. Our book budget is being thrown away on junk.
10:38 pm edt 

Re: Vincent Currier

"We do not, in my humble opinion, need new
land and a new building. Renovate with local craftsmen, give any local bidder a
20% bid preference! . . ."



I don't usually respond to Currier, but just a quick point to point out his idea
is illegal.  State law will not allow a town to give preference to local
bidders.

Let's keep it legal Vinny !
10:31 pm edt 

Jobs First!!

Jobs first! Then housing. Housing without jobs is bad for people.
10:29 pm edt 

Vincent Currier Posted in Provincetown Voice Sept. 19, 2013

I feel so passionate about this subject that I need to try to put it into words.

There is a whole class of people that live here that have been shoved down to the bottom of the town's priorities. We have families and lives that we all try to make whole and comfortable and fun. Many of us come from a generation that believed that hard work would afford us the necessities of life! I am a "workaholic" who has worked 50 or 60 hour weeks all my life! I know many of the friends I have made in P'town work 2 or even 3 jobs to survive. We work hard, we participate in community affairs, we try to take care of our own, and WE are the ones who make it possible for the town to enjoy it's reputation for being one of the most desirable vacation resorts in the country!

And....we have not been as organized as we are right now. The power of social media, and the fact that we have discovered that power, and what we can accomplish as a group, organized and with purpose.....is overwhelming to me at times. If we can harness this, and we are, we can make a difference!

Let's continue to have the discussions we are having. We are including more and more middle class, deserving people, that together and with a unified voice, can finally make a difference in what we achieve for OUR benefit. We as a group of voters have been generous with money spent on community projects such as town hall, the library, and many other major renovations and infrastructure improvements. We have supported major projects to preserve the history and appeal of our town.

It is time now, for some improvements in our personal lives. I want to have housing for some of the amazing people who do so much for the town, however cannot afford to live here. Those people who come from upcape to support our causes, because they cannot find or afford to live in town. Those people who work here and live in inadequate basement apartments that most of us wouldn't even consider if it weren't for our love of P'town.

We are smart, we are becoming an organized force to be reckoned with, and our time has come! Please, stay with us on this....we need to let our BOS and manager, and any other town official that needs to hear us....that we are putting them on notice. We do not need or want a "new" police station, we want the current station renovated. Stop telling us it can't be done....it can be done!!!! I have heard these same excuses for years, and many times it works. Not this time! We want the VFW property, if we can afford the purchase, to be Maushope style housing that the hard working people of the local area can afford and live in. Preference for local bidders will be at least 20% of bid. he general thought is here.

I realize that I am missing details....and lots of them! However, I think the general theme should be....it's our time for the priority to be a project that benefits the "little guy", and the only ones to do anything about it is us! We are the difference we are looking for! Let's stick together on this!
3:37 pm edt 

Re: Fincom Support

I super our current FinnCom.  IPM meetings are hard to attend, but I
DO super them.
If you support FinnCom, Dd a support statement to your posting here.
8:22 am edt 

Police Station

The new station should be on the current site and next to the fire station..


The VFW site should be all housing units....

We don't need a town planner.  What we need is common sense !
8:21 am edt 

Re: A Show of Support

I wish the Fin Comm mtg colud be held at 6pm so the working
population  can attend.

I cannot afford to take off and go during the day.

Can we change meeting hours?
8:19 am edt 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Vincent Currier - Posted in Provincetown Voice Sept. 18, 2013

We should not have to compromise affordable housing to build a brand new police station. The voters need to stand up at the polls, and make the BOS listen I will not vote for anything to do with a police station until we get an affordable housing project on the vfw site. NOT with a police station that we do not need....but fully an affordable housing project that will put local craftsmen to work, and give the citizens of this town something to live for! When WE get housing, we will discuss your police station, we have a right to negotiate priorities....we have a new library, a new town hall, new roads, new water connections, and obviously this didn't benefit anyone who can't afford or simply cannot find fair housing. This is a basic American right, and we are being pushed out....but lets spend the money on a big new beautiful police station! WTF!
12:53 am edt 

Special Town Meeting Warrant Aticles, Fall 2013

1. To see if the Town will endorse the following five recommendations passed by the Finance Committee and recommended to Town Staff and the Board of Selectmen. These recommendations were passed by a vote of 5-1 with Mr. Steele recusing:

A. The number one priority of the Town should be to fund our pension and retiree health care premiums and/or OPEB Trust Funds (retiree health care).
B. The Town’s annual OPEB Trust payment + Retiree Health Premium payment should not be less than the total minimum required annual contribution (ARC) necessary to stabilize the Town’s unfunded liability as presented by Segal Consulting in their report to the Town dated 8/27/2013. The minimum payment for 2013 is approximately $2,200,000. This would require the Town to add an additional $600,000 to the OPEB Trust Fund in 2013.
C. The Finance Committee recommends an operating budget increase in fiscal 2015 inclusive of the above AND all debt service of 2.5%.
D. The Finance Committee recommends a revised Capital Improvements Plan be produced which supports a 2.5% per annum and 13% five-year growth rate of 13%.
E. The Finance Committee recommends the first $800,000 of 2014 certified free cash be moved to the OPEB Trust Fund.

The Finance Committee Recommends these be endorsed by Town meeting via and STM Warrant Article by a Vote of 6-0 with Mr. Steele recusing himself.

2. To see if the Town will endorse the following recommendation regarding the Marine Patrol Pilot Program:

• The Finance Committee recommends to Town Staff and Board of Selectmen that for fiscal 2015 they transfer or eliminate any monies from the police department budget which were used in the MPP Pilot for the purpose of eliminating the Marine Patrol Program.

The Finance Committee Recommends this STM Warrant Article by a Vote of 6-1.
12:49 am edt 

Vincent Currier Posted in Provincetown Voice Sept. 18, 2013

Today I attended a Finance Committee meeting at Town Hall. If anyone hasn't attended a meeting with this team that is currently serving, you haven't seen Government in action! These are the most interesting of all the meetings, because every major AND minor expense incurred by the Town, in the name of the citizens, is hashed over and anaylized, and reasonable feedback from the audience is encouraged throughout the meeting. Anyone who has a comment can introduce themselves and give their statement. The committee represents us the citizens, and recognizes and takes our opinions into immediate consideration. And the men and women that serve on the committee are from all walks of life, and the common denominator is they are all smart! And considerate of the view of the people of Provincetown. Do yourself a favor....if you attend any meeting in town, and you are interested in what is really happening, attend their meetings. I'm hooked!
12:44 am edt 

Vincent Currier - Posted in Provincetown Voice Sept. 18, 2013

I have heard manty times that if one doesn't agree with a procedure of BOS decision, offer another solution....and as I just finished watching the last BOS discussion on Warrant Articles to be placed on the Warrant for the STM in October, I thought I would offer an opinion on the purchase of the VFW property and the Architect study for the new Police Station.

I do not believe we are justified in building a new police station. I simply believe, with thoughtful planning and making necessary changes in operations, the current station on Shank Painter Road can be renovated and updated by local contractors and tradesmen, and we will accomplish both a more comfortable and utilitarian facility for a pricetag we can afford and that is a fairer request. We do not, in my humble opinion, need new land and a new building. Renovate with local craftsmen, give any local bidder a 20% bid preference!

If there is any consideration for buying the VFW land, then the condition for purchase is that it will be used exclusively for Affordable housing for the citizens of Provincetown. We do not need a NEW police station....however we desperately need housing for residents who cannot afford the high price of real estate and the lack of availibility of year round rentals. I feel as though the affordable housing aspect of this current article is an afterthought to get voter approval, and will not be the focus, the police station will be. And I just cannot imagine a new police station AND an affordable housing project on that parcel....unless the empty cells are used to house workers in the summer months! It just isn't practical, which leads me to believe the affordable housing is being used as "bait" to get voter approval! We do not need new land to build a new police station, in my humble opinion!

I would urge the BOS to start considering what we, the voters, have been trying to tll you for months, if not years. We are in desparate need of housing for the people who serve you your meals, and people who have been driven out of the housing market. Otherwise, we will never vote for more toys and trinkets to make our wealthy second home owners and members of the social elite comfortable while they are away from their playground.

These proposed Warrant Articles appropriating untold sums, are a waste of time, in my opinion, and only serve to reinforce the belief that certain members of our town government still "don't get it!".
12:12 am edt 

Re: David Guetin Taking Retirement.

Let me tell all the citizens of Provincetown .. no matter what you say or think
of DPW David Guertin - over the years he, alone, has brought millions of dollars
to our town and has save all of us thousands of dollars that would be added to
our tax dollar. Let me tell you, and I know this for a fact,  it will be a sorry
day when he leaves.  So count your blessings - you would be doing yourself a
favor to thank him, many times over, for all he as done for us. Yes, he can be a
pain in the butt .. but more importantly he has always done everything for the
citizens of our town.  Could go on for hours .. but nuf said. Find yourself a 99
cent thank you card an send it to him before he leaves. Trust me, that's the
least any of us can do.
12:02 am edt 

Re: Re: And So It Goes

Hit the nail on the head with that post. All the problems rise to the top. The
chief screwed up and he's overseen by the TM. She screwed up and is overseen by
the selectmen and they have been screwing up and they have nobody overseing them
other than the public whom they serve. The selectmen need to seperate themselves
from their friendship with both of these troublesome entities and deal with them
on a business type relationship. If the town were a business and the BOS were
the bosses, the town would be in bankrupcy right now for lack of leadership.
11:59 pm edt 

DPW - David Gurtin
 
AGAIN...the webmaster won't post anything about the DPW
Director..whats up with that?  Our people have the right to know what that mans
about and what he's done.  He's running now, gave notice and out of here Nov
1st.  whats that tell you. run dg run!!!
11:58 pm edt 

Re: A Show of Support

RE: A Show of Support

-"I would like to show the FINCOM (Finance Committee) and Mike Canizales that the
citizens of town support their agenda. It is our agenda, and if we expect our
government watchdogs to support us....we need to do the same.
-If you're not already engaged, please attend this meeting!"
Fincom Meeting
Judge Welsh Room
Town Hall
Provincetown
1:00 P.M.
Weds, Sept.18, 2013


Just as an FYI.  People did show up in support of the FinCom.  All three of
them.  That in itself is pretty telling.  Oh wait, at one point there were four. 
But one of them ripped the Chair a new one so he probably doesn't count as being
there in support.
11:56 pm edt 

Buddies

Rodney Collins and our Chief are big buddies from New Hampshire. You
will remember Collings worked details for us during the summer....... Get it?
11:53 pm edt 

Public Library - We Deserve Better, Demand it!

The Real Ghosts in the Library are the former
Real Librarians who Sharon Lynn got rid of!
Debby,  Renie, Karen and Mary N. All professional
Librarians who worked so hard to create a wonderful
library that really met the needs of our intelligent
and educated neighbors.

Sharon Lynn ruined that. She systematically eliminated
their jobs. With the help of trustee Evelyn Katz the
Blood letting began with Karen, then Debby and Renie,
Mary lasted another few months only to get the boot.
Trust me that each made such great contrabution that
their Spirits are alive and all over that building.

Maybe that's what keeps the current director locked away!
As far as the lack of new books...Reading journals,  knowing
your patrons needs, and ordering new books is a lot of
Work. We were so lucky that Debby and Renie loved doing
It and Jim Parker was the best AV buyer. Too bad this
Town killed him.

Oh yea,  fyi those "lucky day " books are like the fruit of the month,
They just arrive and WE pay for them.
We deserve better...demand it!
11:51 pm edt 

Library - 5 Year Plan

Where is the library's 5-year plan? This is something required and yet it is not
on their website?

The last time I recall the library did such a plan was 2008.

11:44 pm edt 

Re: You Have to be Crazy

"If I was a police officer or a town manager or assistant town manager
or a finance director or a library director you couldn't pay me enough to work here."



How ungortunatr for the town at large, that the Town Manager and Library
Director don't agree with you, and continue to stay here.  Where could they go
anyway?  Who would want them? Guess we're stuck with them!!!!
11:48 am edt 

Re: Re: Ghost Alert
 
Please work on your writing style.  I had to read that thing three times in an
attempt to make sense of it.  My time is valuable.

Surely you knew what you wanted to say.  Getting the words from the labyrinthian
recesses of your mind onto the written page is another story.   Although I get
the gist (attack the TM's library appointee) the devil is in the details.  I
can't say your tale makes much sense to those who may be visiting this page
without as much inside knowledge as you.

To sum it up, I'd say your too cute by half.
11:46 am edt 

Re: You Have to be Crazy

"If I was a police officer or a town manager or assistant town manager
or a finance director or a library director you couldn't pay me enough to work here."



How ungortunatr for the town at large, that the Town Manager and Library
Director don't agree with you, and continue to stay here.  Where could they go
anyway?  Who would want them? Guess we're stuck with them!!!!
11:43 am edt 

She Must Be Shaking In Her Boots

He's going to sing like a canary. When he does, the truth will come out, and
she'll go down with him.  Good riddance to 'em both.
11:41 am edt 

Blue Wall of Silence is Alive and Well

By DIETER GROLL
Cape Cod Times
September 18, 2013 - 2:00 AM

"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." So wrote the
U.S. Department of Justice in a 132-page guide published in 2009 titled
"Building Trust Between the Police and the Citizens They Serve."

I read the Sept. 5 My View written by Mashpee Police Chief Rodney Collins on
behalf of the Cape and Islands Police Chiefs Association, of which he is
president, and I was saddened to learn that not a single police chief across the
entire region has the requisite integrity to recognize and respond to the
alleged civil rights abuses of their peers. They would do well to read the
above-mentioned document, for their decision to stand behind Provincetown's
Chief Jeff Jaran was a misguided, bias-laden showing of solidarity that serves
only to reinforce that the stereotypical "blue wall of silence" is indeed alive
and well, and living on Cape Cod.

Completely devoid of legitimate legal argument, Collins' statement instead
relies on irrelevant emotional smokescreens, like the song's "hateful" language
and whether it was "played intentionally." Pulling out all the stops, they even
try to play both the race card and the gay card, when neither had any
involvement in this matter until now. Has Mr. Collins no shame?

Police officers across the country understand that the law requires them to
endure angry, derogatory, even hateful speech as part of their job, but the Cape
Cod Canal has somehow insulated our chiefs, preventing that stark reality from
seeping into the idyllic Cape.

As Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell observed, "a properly trained officer may
reasonably be expected to 'exercise a higher degree of restraint' than the
average citizen, and thus be less likely to respond belligerently to 'fighting
words'" (Lewis v. New Orleans, 1974). If only that were true.

As alleged, the instant Jaran identified himself as police chief, detained staff
and patrons, demanded their identification, threatened them to step off the
curb, and summoned backup to the scene (with no record of dispatch), he was
acting "under color of law" (18 U.S.C. §242).

According to the FBI, "Off-duty conduct may be (implicated) if the perpetrator
asserted his or her official status in some way." The conduct just described
more than qualifies, and was way over the top  even if, as claimed three months
later, his concern was a violation of the town's "unenforceable" noise bylaw. It
seems obvious that he willfully abused his authority by using threats and
intimidation to deprive citizens of their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

Calling the disputed facts "speculation, innuendo and reckless rumor" clearly
indicates bias. Jaran hasn't even denied these details explicitly; his official
statement merely glosses over them, by way of omission.

That the bartender "could not apologize enough to the chief" demonstrates his
fear for his own safety, facing the threat of arrest and, later, the loss of his
job. To twist these facts and dismissively declare that "the only person wronged
was the chief" is an inexcusable use of disingenuous "blame-the-victim"
rhetoric.

The chiefs lose all remaining credibility by declaring, "the town manager ...
would take the appropriate action." Again, if only that were true! It was indeed
her job to fairly and impartially investigate the matter  a responsibility she
abdicated by corrupting her role of "impartial fact-finder" into that of "police
interrogator." By so accusing the victim that he walked out of his inquisition,
she thus suppressed the complaint, and refused to reopen her "investigation" in
light of new evidence; finally, an independent investigator was selected.

As the Justice Department tells us, "The complaint process should not
discourage, dishearten, or intimidate complainants, or give them cause for fear"
("Internal Affairs Guidelines," 2008). Further intimidating the victim of police
intimidation is the act of a bully, and an abuse of authority that deprived him
of his First Amendment right to petition government for redress of grievances.

The town manager should also be investigated, because this toxic culture of
deliberate indifference will prove to be most costly to the town.

Turning now to Jaran's official statement, we encounter his closing words,
punctuated by this remarkable passage:

"... My character and my name have been sullied repeatedly. I will assess my
legal options as they relate to these personal and professional attacks but, for
now, I appreciate the opportunity to address the Board. ..." Oh, no, he didn't!

Seriously? Amid allegations of abuse of authority through threats and
intimidation, he was compelled to issue yet another threat, hoping to silence
his growing opposition. Being a public official, his only legal option is to
leave the spotlight  foiled again by that pesky First Amendment. Yet still, this
threat speaks volumes about that character.

Message received, Mr. Jaran, loud and clear.

Dieter Groll of Provincetown served from 2003 to 2007 as co-chairman of the
Provincetown Conservation Commission.
11:35 am edt 

Public Library - New Books

Our present  library's collection of recently published or new books is a huge
embarrassment to our town; a town with such a strong connection to writers such
as O'Neill, Kunitz, Cunningham, Mailer, Kushner, Sullivan, and Dos Passos,  in
our midst.

A group of us in town have been discussing, and are planning to submit a written
complaint to the State about this.  We will be asking for a review of our
library to be conducted to ascertain its compliance with the state requirements
set forth by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Prior to Ms. Napsha's hiring, our New Books' collection was always as robust as
any other around the Cape.  The books that were being ordered were magnificent,
numerous, and varied in subject.  This collection used to rival any other
library collection on the Cape.

I'm defining "new books", as they do in other libraries - published recently, as
in 2013, even 2012.

How did it happen that other libraries on the Cape have several shelves filled
with 2013-published books, and we don't any more?  Why this inequity?  Don't we
deserve to have a hood smattering of recently published in our collection also?

Under Ms. Napsha's direction, our library has seen a major reduction in the
quantity of new books.  In fact, the number of new books has been the lowest
it's ever been within the last 4 Library Directors' tenures.

But Ms. Napsha's most egregious act has been her dishonest practice of putting a
"NEW BOOK" label to books with dates as old as 2009, and placing them in the
"NEW BOOKS" shelves.  Imagine going to a clothing store, and going through a
rack of items labeled "New Styles", only to find items that you know had already
been out for 4 years.  You would label the store as a "False Advertiser", and in
violation of consumer laws, and you'd be accurate.

This is sheer dishonesty, and she has been allowed to do this right from the get
go.  She obviously thinks that she can dupe the patrons.  Well, this issue has
been the talk and concern of the patrons for years.  Some of them stopped giving
any donations to the Library because of this.

I'd like to suggest that our Selectmen find out why she's doing this
mislabeling?  No other library, at least on the Cape, does this.  I suggest they
go to the library, check the shelves assigned to new books, pick up several of
these books at random, and check the publishing dates of these books. It'll take
less than 1 minute.

Furthermore, I'd like to suggest the Selectmen to ask why there's such a dearth
of new books in our Library. You have already asked this of her, and she gave
you the run around.  Therefore, to determine if she's ordering sufficient books:

Compare the number of books that Ms. Napsha has ordered and placed in our
library's collection for each fiscal year she has been the Library Director. 
Ask her for the back up documentation for how she arrived to those figures.
Then compare these annual figures with those of, let's say, the last 3 previous
fiscal years before Ms. Napsha came.  It will be quite enlightening for you.
11:28 am edt 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tom Donegan Posted in Provincetown Voice

The article I submitted for inclusion in the warrant made the 1st cut, with a final vote on Friday. Later the Selectmen will take individual positions in preparation for Town Meeting.

I am hoping for a majority of Selectmen will recommend it Town Meeting
>>>>>
To see if the Town will vote to support the following Resolution:
Be it resolved:

First, that the citizens of the Town of Provincetown reaffirm their commitment to the principles and practices of Community Oriented Policing and urge adoption of these proven police practices.

Second, That the Board of Selectmen bring forward an article to create a Community- Police Complaint Review Board to Annual Town Meeting in April 2014.

And further, The Board Of Selectmen work collaboratively and expeditiously to bring these improvements to Provincetown.
12:03 am edt 

If You Thought

Bergman left a mess.  Wait until you see what this one leaves.  Lawsuits, legal
fees, and bills, oh my!  More Proposition 2 .5 overrides.

Get rid of the problem before the fees drain the town!!
11:59 pm edt 

A Show of Support

I would like to show the FINCOM (Finance Committee) and Mike

Canizales that the citizens of town support their agenda. It is our agenda, and
if we expect our government watchdogs to support us....we need to do the same.
If you're not already engaged, please attend this meeting!

Fincom Meeting
Judge Welsh Room
Town Hall
Provincetown
1:00 P.M.
Weds, Sept.18, 2013

11:58 pm edt 

Board of Selectmen

We need Selectmen who listen to and represent our our community. Right
now, 3 of the Selectmen see taking care of themselves and their cabal.  They are
disgraceful!!!!
11:54 pm edt 

Re: Library Ghost

The library ghost leads people to believe she is often at another
library. It's her default excuse.  It's absolutely NOT TRUE. I caught her in
that     more than once.

There is a lot more to the library director story.  Outrageous things that are
supported by and covered up by Sharon Lynn.  Sharon allowed her to hire two
young individuals to do her job. These people replaced Mary, the asst library
director who was forced out in a very sneaky and cruel way by Cheryl Napsha and
Sharon Lynn. Mary was just a few years from retirement and she has an excellent
age discrimination suit. I hope she files one.

She has virtually no real work to do, all her work is done by the two young
people and other employees, but she takes credit.  She is very clever,
articulate, and witty when speaking with her superiors, but reverts to outwardly
mean, nasty, and sarcastic; she becomes like another person. It's really kind of
creepy. She has a highly developed false self. The false self is the one that
got hired.

Will someone with cajones, chutzpah, and/or balls please run for library trustee
next year??? She has them all duped, mostly because they're either not in town
most of the year or they are too lazy to want to make things better.
11:52 pm edt 

Re: Ghost Alert

PUPPETMASTER, Since you placed the ghost in the library, could you do us
commeners a favor? Go to the library (be sure to bring your puppet Sharon ) and
go into the ghost's office , talk nicely to her(just talk cabalist talk--you
know smashing boats, Eric taking pictures of us "MOBIES" trying to be heard
---that kind of stuff) then )when she is nice and relaxed, ask her to walk you
and the S puppet( would you mind numbering your puppets---it would be nice and
quick for me when referring to one or more them)to her closed office door and
when she opens the door, have S push her out from her office, You quickly shut
the door and tell S to block the exits---wait---excuse my lack of logistical
planning---you will need more help---have your three puppet selectpersons,
Andy,Austy and Macky(have Macky bring a camera so we have proof that she was
actually out of her office) cover the other exits. Uses Mackys pictures for
proof that she is out and about if anyone questions how she use!
s her time. One more thing, make sure that Macky DOES NOT take a picture of her
playing games on her computer.

Thanking you in advance------------
11:48 pm edt 

Right Move Wrong Time

Like deciding on a new police building, community policing is the
right thing at the wrong time. Let's wait until action is completed pursuant the
investigation results. Then we can move on to these two things.
11:45 pm edt 

You Have to be Crazy

Not sure why anyone in their right mind would work for this town.

If I was a police officer or a town manager or assistant town manager or a
finance director or a library director you couldn't pay me enough to work here. 
I guess the only way you can work in this town is if you really don't give a
    .
11:43 pm edt 

Re: Cabal

"The same poster keeps using the word "cabal." Please
stop. Nobody but you uses that word!"

Wrong AGAAAAAIN!!!!!!
11:29 pm edt 

Count Me In

Count me in for supporting our getting involved in this, but when we
get a new Chief.  Some have said that all it was was a way for local governments
to get more money. I don't agree that that's all it is.  II would never work
with Jaran. His style is paramilitary.
11:27 pm edt 

Re: And So It Goes

"Isn't there a government organization that should have investigated both of
these issues?  Does the County oversee the Town?  The State oversee the County?

I'd just like to know how it goes."


AND THATS THE CRUX OF THE PROBLEM. THE SELECTMEN ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE THE
POWER TO INVESTIGATE EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON IN THE TOWN. IF THEY DON'T DO IT,
NOBODY WILL AND NOBODY HAS AND THATS WHY WE'RE WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW!!
11:25 pm edt 

Re: David Guertin - DPW Director

So David Gurtin put his notice in. Good move you wouldn't have been
able to take the heat once they come knocking on your door. Good ridence to
another         
11:21 pm edt 

Library Ghost
 
I s it true that there is a ghost in the library? That's scary. If you want to
join ghost busters, carry your camera and try to get a picture of the ghost. You
have to play fair. You cannot hang around the bathrooms when the ghost arrives
she leaves ) work. You must catch the ghost out of her office during her workday
or when (as rumored) she is working in another library.
10:25 am edt 

Just a Thought

"Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and
the rich need no protection - they have many friends and few enemies."
Wendell Phillips, American abolitionist. (1811-1884)
10:23 am edt 

And So It Goes

The police chief should have been investigated and removed by the town manager,
allegedly.  We pay the town manager a lot of money.

We are now paying an outside investigative team  To do the job of the town
manager.  We are paying them a lot of money.  If they find the police chief
guilty does that show negligence on the part of the town manager?

Then do we pay the investigative team for another investigation of the town
manager?  Another, lot of money.

Isn't there a government organization that should have investigated both of
these issues?  Does the County oversee the Town?  The State oversee the County?

I'd just like to know how it goes.

9:39 am edt 

First Things First

No embarking on community policing until I know for sure that we have
a new police chief with whom I will commune with.
9:37 am edt 

Support Our Local Officers!!!
 
First of all to the Lt. Golden bashers...he is second in charge, so when we got
rid of the "BAD APPLE" he is the acting chief.  It is not voted on.(Kinda like
President, Vice President) He also is not in the Union because he is an officer
so is not allowed a vote.  Once we get rid of this "BAD APPLE"  there will be a
new hiring process for Chief.  Until then we have a GREAT core of officers and I
for one tell them that every time I see them.
9:36 am edt 

Re: Sarah Peake

"Don't forget.....Sarah Peake is friends with the TM, A&H, and a few
others.  If you tell her what's going on. It will be reported. Watch out."



Agree. Peake is another Puppets. She must do the cabal's bidding.
9:34 am edt 

Re: Here's a Thought

"Perhaps someone, maybe the BOS or the TM, should contact all the
officers and employees who have left since Jaran got here and ask them why they
left. That could be enlightening!"



I think that someone said that, if they had had good performance evaluations all
along for years...They were the casualty of his unprofessional behavior, and
Reign of Terror.  I bet you none of them, if they had gotten the marine  patrol
officer's job, would have crushed the fishermen's boats.  They would have known
enough.
9:32 am edt 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Community Policing

This is my first ever MYPACC post. I think it's time for finding
common ground because it's time to move forward.  Please support this post if
you are in favor of COMMUNITY POLICING (caps for attention, not yelling).  If
not, then please take a second to explain why not.  I want to start with what I
believe to be the point of greatest agreement among all....
12:14 am edt 

Re: Darlene Flores

Sharon and Russ NEVER thought Darlene would be able to fight back.
They thought they could do whatever they wanted with her 

SURPRISE !!!!
12:13 am edt 

Re: About Martha Coakley

"Coakley never got involved. She never answered. She never does."


Heard that about her up Cape.
12:11 am edt 

Here's a Thought

Perhaps someone, maybe the BOS or the TM, should contact all the officers and
employees who have left since Jaran got here and ask them why they left. That
could be enlightening!
12:10 am edt 

Re: McChesney to Yingling

So the great McChesny or whatever his name is actually had the
nerve to instruct Eric on his behaviour.  How weird is that.
They must be out of their minds to stoop so low.
Eric keep up the great work...don't change a thing!
Remember,, we are waiting to you to make the motion to
Suspend Sharon Lynn. Many of us won't feel really safe
until she is gone. Talk about a scarry woman!
12:07 am edt 

Re: Stories Yet to be Told

"Sharon Lynn swept ALOT of things under the rug,that no one knows
about!!!  She needs to be next for an investigation,maybe then the people she
refused to help will come out and tell their stories!!!"



I agree!!  Just wait!!
12:05 am edt 

You Have to Know When to Hold Them

People, You were successful. Jaran has been suspended, you were
finally heard by the BOS - now is the time to allow the investigation to move
forward and the facts to come out, and they will. Your infighting and continued
whining and complaining diminishes what you have accomplished.
12:03 am edt 

Why not Sharon??

Now that the police cheif is being investigated, I would hope the TM is being
investigated as well, maybe at the same time as the chief for any involvemnt she
may have but also as a seperate deriliction of duty. Keep in mind, the chief is
under her watch, he is her employee, not the selectmen. (For that matter, do the
selectmen have the authority to investigate the chief? I would assume so.) What
should be looked at though is her level of incompetence as far as directing the
chief and overseeing staff. He is staff after all. He failed under her watch.
12:01 am edt 

Cabal

It is so obvious. The same poster keeps using the word "cabal." Please
stop. Nobody but you uses that word!
11:59 pm edt 

Investigation

An investigation that is so watch will cross every T and dot every "i".

It will have to examine every segment of the accuser of sexual harassment. What
is their history together. What about e-mails etc. It all needs to be examined.
It is her word against his..and what she has really done etc. IS she getting
back at him after a spat? Did he spurn her advances? We need to find out the
truth..

The Squealing Pig music playing incident will have to be reenacted. It will have
to examine all of the past transgressions and what exactly happened when and who
was present and what was said. It all will need to be put under a microscope.
The town people will demand.
11:58 pm edt 

Stories Yet to be Told

'Sharon Lynn swept ALOT of things under the rug,that no one knows about!!!  She
needs to be next for an investigation, maybe then the people she
refused to help will come out and tell their stories!!! '
11:56 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn


 'Sharon Lynn swept ALOT of things under the rug, that no one knows about!!!  She
needs to be next for an investigation, maybe then the people she
refused to help will come out and tell their stories!!! '


Bryan and I would welcome the opportunity to tell you of how much of
an inhumane             Sharon Lynn truly is and what she has allowed to happen to
your town. She is the problem and needs to be wiped like            she is. How's
that for truth? -Barry Scott


11:31 pm edt 

Just Saying....

The BOS thought they were so smart and wanted a Chief from the outside. This
includes Mary Jo and Austin, well, they got what they wanted and look where we
are now.  Just saying is all....
11:24 pm edt 

Sarah Peake

Don't forget.....Sarah Peake is friends with the TM, A&H, and a few others.  If
you tell her what's going on. It will be reported. Watch out.
11:23 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran Police Chief

Paid leave = punishment?  Wrong.  Paid leave = reward. 
Some call it "vacation".  Enough said. 

Think about it.
11:21 pm edt 

Let's Play
 
Blame the victims.

Regardless, of any flirting.. You don't grab women PERIOD. It's wrong.

Who cares if he plays the song for his wife & family. You don't go into a public
place.....especially one called the Squealing Pig and start making song
requests.  If he did that in my bar....he'd be refused service.
11:19 pm edt 

Austin/Elaine

Re: Yingling and Donegan

Let's see...Was it Yingling or Donegan who used a nonprofit organization's
letterhead to send a mass political canvassing e-mail, asking people to vote for
Austin and Grassy?  That wasn't fair to do to such a lovely organization like
the U.U. is, Elaine. Actions like yours could have jeopardized the U.U.'s
nonprofit status.

Or...was it Yingling or Donegan who provided political campaign signs to the
Police Chief, so they could be placed by his staff around town. In spite of how
fun it is to be considered "their candidate, Austin, what you did was a blatant
violation of federal campaign laws.

Hmmm... both actions look, besides ilegal, kind of desperate to me...
11:15 pm edt 

Re: Martha Coakley - Attorney General

Coakley never got involved. She never answered. She never does. The
woman is a fraud. Just ask Barry Scott. Boy, did he ever need her civil rights
office in 2007. They turned their backs on him. Of course, they later 'trained'
our officers on Civil Rights--a course they should have given to Ms. Lynn who is
devoid of knowledge about them and has caused virtally all of the cop enabling
since she was turned out to be our Chief.


Martha Coakley - Attorney General
5:32 pm edt 

A Few Questions


(Got no answers so I'll repost once)

  1. Now that the chief is suspended with pay, how long will the "with pay" aspect go
    on?
  2. Does he still get to use the town owned vehicle at his leisure?
  3. Is he allowed into the police station at all during his suspension?
  4. Has he been ordered to stay away from officers that are/were under his control
    during the investigation?
  5. Did Golden vote when the union voted no confidence in the chief? If so, how did
    he vote?
  6. Do we know who didn't vote in favor of no confidence?

5:29 pm edt 

Jaran and Lynn the Worst

"This is AWESOME reflection of what this has all been about,,, getting
whom a select few want in (the radical 2 BOS pointed out) and THEIR cronies.  It
Ain't going to happen.
That is what led to us hiring Jaran and Lynn."



Jaran and Lynn the two worst leaders the town has ever had.  And by the way,
it's up go the people of Provincetown to decide who they want and need as Police
Chief; not up to you or your little cabal.  THOSE DAYS ARE OVER!!!!
5:24 pm edt 

Re: Austin Knight/Jeff Jaran Alleged Campaign Abuse

 Well, according to the cabal's "brilliant" thought processes, the
Board Chair giving his campaign signs to Jaran, and Jaran abusing his position
to allocate our town resources for the swaying of an election is not corruption.
That kind of thought process works perfectly in CandyLand. But I loooove that
they post here because they provide me with a source of hilarity.
5:20 pm edt 

It's About Due Process

"TOTALLY RIDICULOUS what's happening,,, the he said, she said and the
witch hunt to make this into something horrific and huge."


Let the investigators and lawyers determine what actions taken by the Police
Chief were illegal, unethical, or in violation of his contract. That's their
job.  Only then must the appropriate action be taken accordingly.
5:13 pm edt 

Re: Police Chief Jaran

"That is what led to us hiring Jaran and Lynn.  Corruption, nepotism,
deceit and other things..."



What a nice, succinct description of Jaran's tenure.  He managed to gain the
distinction of establishing the most unprofessional and corrupt Police
Department practices that this town has ever seen.  Now come the consequences
for his doings.
5:05 pm edt 

Vincent Currier Posted in Provincetown Voice Sept. 16, 2013

As per the Town Clerk, Selectman Chair Austin Knight has not filed his campaign finance forms, in violation of MGL c55.

If and when he does file, he can face up to $5000.00 fine per late form.

Will that include using our Police Officer(s) AND Police Station to distribute Mr. Knights campaign signs?? (as alledged by the Police Union and others)?

Mr. Knight shoud recuse himself from any furthur investigations or commentary on these subjects!
5:01 pm edt 

Police Chief Jaran

Is Jaran still driving our cruiser?  This could be a problem because
                                                                                        .
4:47 pm edt 

Re: I Want Answers

You want answers?  Not really, but I will give them to you anyway.

I was wondering how long it would take some troll to suggest that the victim in
the harassment complaint deserved it.  I only hope that you have the courage to
say it out loud some time so we all know who the real bottom dwellers among us
are.  They had no relationship is your answer.

The bartender has had no prior problems with the police.  What he does or
doesn't play at home for his family is irrelevant.

You're a truly disgusting and grotesque individual.
4:25 pm edt 

Opinions With Attitude

Several people in town have mentioned to me that they posted views in
CandyLand that were dissenting from those of the moderator, and were banned
right away.  No wonder they're so clueless as what's going on!

Furthermore, I saw Mr. Tosner the other day, turn his face away from a passerby
who said hello to him.  Ditto for Mr. Beddard.  The last time I saw that
happened, was during my kindergarten's class recess out in  the school patio. 
Let's hope that they were never cheerleaders in high school!  lol
2:50 pm edt 

Re: Dieter Groll Posted in Provincetown View Sept. 16, 2013

"Mark my words, this toxic culture of "deliberate indifference"
(that's a critically-important legal term) which SHE has created will prove to
be FAR more costly to this town than ANYTHING Mr. Jaran has done."



Don't even know what you look like, but I couldn't have said it better myself.
2:46 pm edt 

I Want Answers

The charge is that a police man suddenly decided to grab a police woman's
breast. What was their relationship since they started working together? Was
there any flirting, playfulness or any history of anything like this happening
before? Has this happened to her in the past?

Regarding the bartender. Does he play that "F*** the police" song to his wife
and family at home on a regular basis that he has it on on the ready? Does he
play it family events? Is he allowed to chose to play any music he wishes where
he works?

IS there a manager there to set limits? How often does he play the song at work?
Deomonstrate how it happened and how he couldn't turn off the music. How many
other songs like that does he have? What other encounters does he have with the
police? His wife? his family?

Lets find out the nature of the intimidation. reenact the drive by stares and
the stares at the stop and shop.
2:44 pm edt 

Martha Coakley - Attorney General

I see Coakley's running for Governor.  Anyone know if she ever replied
to ANY of the letters, calls, etc. that were submitted to her office?
2:41 pm edt 

Re: Darlene Flores

So she was fired for being a whistleblower on Russ
Braun(whom i have encountered and is one arrogant man) then they (unsuccessfully) try to stop her from getting unemployment??

What is that all about?
2:38 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn

Sharon Lynn swept ALOT of things under the rug,that no one knows
about!!!  She needs to be next for an investigation,maybe then the people she
refused to help will come out and tell their stories!!!
2:33 pm edt 

To: Dieter Groll

Mr. Groll,

By the other sites allowing only their "chosen few" to talk to each other,
thy've rendered themselves irrelevant.

The end result is that, if they ever had the pulse of the community, they no
longer have it.

If you follow their way of thinking, then it's easy to understand why they're so
surprised, when a large group of people show up at a meeting to speak out, or
express disbelief when so many express their concerns about some (just a few,
luckily) of the municipal employees' lack of competent managerial skills, and
utter disregard, and even contempt, of basic federal and state laws.

Thank you for your thoughtful post.
2:24 pm edt 

Complaints

If most or all complaints are swept under the carpet. Leadership ceases to
exist. This is what is called TYRANNY. But then, Ms Lynn doesn't run this town.
Ann and Harriet do. Ms. Lynn is merely their instrument. They put her where she
sits. They have an agenda, she carries it out. She can never be fired, recalled
or replaced.
2:22 pm edt 

Selectman McChesney's Response to Erik Yingling's Post

Selectmen McChesney responds by basicall telling me to 'shut up':

Erik, I am wondering what your fee will be for your investigating and researching the police inquiry? Or have you been hired by the investigator to assist them? We hired the firm last week and I had hoped that the BOS and all board and committee members would refrain from any attempt to be part of this investigation unless asked to participate. The community is striving for an independent unbiased investigation and does not need any direction from elected or appointed Provincetown personnel. I find your email offensive and inflammatory, everything that we hoped to avoid by hiring the investigator. You and everyone should back off end let them do their work without trying to influence them. We have plenty of other work that needs to be done and it is time to address them. We will return to police matters when the investigation is complete and deal with them at that time, not before or during. I also ask you to cease emailing, texting. Facebooking and photographing during our meetings. I have been called and stopped by voters appalled that you are posting during meetings. Our agenda needs our full attention. The voters elected us to attend to the agenda, ask questions and hopefully make some good decisions. If all five of us decided to text and take pictures during meetings, I do not think the voters would be happy nor do I think we would be doing our work. Please stop. I am sure your followers can wait a few hours for your words of wisdom. All boards and committees should have a policy of not using social media during any meetings. To do it is rude and very disrespectful of the town body.
2:18 pm edt 

Erik Yingling Posted in Provincetown View Sept. 16, 2013

Relevant information I sent to my colleagues re: today's executive session:

David (gardner), Could you print out copies of the attached as well as this email? Thanks.

The Hatch Act:

"It is impermissible to:

-Engage in campaigning during working hours.

-Solicit, accept, or receive uncompensated individual volunteer services from a subordinate for any political purpose."

"When an officer violates the Hatch Act, an employer may use the Act as a basis for terminating the officer."

Town of Provincetown Personnel Handbook:

"Article 2. Politics

5-2-1 An employee shall not engage in political activity during his/her working hours.

5-2-2 An employee shall not engage in political activity principally directed toward other employees, on town owned property which is then being used as a work area.

6-1-8 Behaviors That May Result in Disciplinary Action - Employees are prohibited from engaging in any of the conduct listed below and may receive discipline up to and including dismissal for doing so. This list has been established to serve as examples of behavior that could warrant a range of disciplinary sanctions. It is not exhaustive. Appropriate levels of discipline may be based on the severity of employeebehavior.-• Violating any of the provisions of Town Charter, By-Laws, or rules andregulations;

• Displaying disrespectful or inappropriate behaviors toward any individual with whom the employee comes into contact as part of his or her job, including but not limited to residents, fellow employees or supervisors;

-Conducting oneself in any manner that is offensive, abusive or contrary to common decency or morality; carrying out any form of harassment including sexual harassment, and disgraceful personal conduct or language toward the public, fellow employees or supervisors;

• Appropriating Town equipment, time or resources for personal use or gain;

• Any other act or failure to act, which in the judgment of the appointing authority is sufficient to show that the individual is an unsuitable and unfit public employee.
2:09 pm edt 

Dieter Groll Posted in Provincetown View Sept. 16, 2013

I posted the following next door moments ago:

Dave Bedard, I respectfully disagree about the "double standard". I have seen a number of posts on this page slamming that evil page next door for being a "closed group". Having NEVER posted to mypacc, this page, or that page until a couple of months ago, I'm a relative newbie to the P'town political blog scene. So, last night I asked the administrator of that page how many people's requests to join have been denied; I was pleasantly surprised by his response: "None." ANYONE who asks can join, and to date, NOBODY has been banned.

Apparently, that page originated as a result of the large number of people who were denied their voice on this page (hence their name). Now, I may very well get banned for saying this, but I can't help but see the hypocrisy of first chastising mypacc members for their anonymity, and THEN denying their ability to post on this "community page", simply because they spoke their "minority" viewpoint which may have been "inflammatory" or "provocative". The "closed" nature of that page is a DIRECT response to THIS page being closed to them. This same reasoning gave rise to that page's rule banning those who copy and paste from there to here. So I ask you, WHICH page is REALLY the closed page?

Second, Tom Donegan has stated that he stopped participating on this page because of the sheer number of its active participants who had individually blocked him; he said it was too frustrating only being able to see half of a conversation. It sounds to me like a coordinated tactic intended to drive dissenting opinion away from this page. Under the adage, "keep your friends close and your enemies closer", it's an unwise move. Putting blinders on and pretending they aren't there is how one gets BLINDSIDED -- a term I've heard repeatedly since last Monday's Selectmen's meeting. So whose fault was that?

Personally, I'd welcome the disagreement, because at least we'd be talking. Dan Hoort, you've said it will be a long time before we ever heal the town -- how can we do that if one side refuses to speak to the other? As Paul DeRuyter has wisely said, "I like to learn and to do that I need to listen to views different from my own. I also want my views challenged so I can either confirm my thinking or be moved through debate to new thinking."

Third (apologies for the length of this post, but I don't want to get banned for making multiple posts), Michael Rogovsky, we've known each other for 23 years. But with all due respect, just as you admonish Mark Hatch for failing to walk in Dan's shoes, the same can be said about many others. I recall a recent post of yours in which you said that you'd never experienced the intimidation or civil rights violations at the hand of Mr. Jaran or the Town Manager -- but that doesn't mean it didn't happen to others.

I personally witnessed a blatant civil rights violation at the hands of a PPD officer a couple years ago, yet I said nothing out of fear. It wasn't until I read story after story that I realized that I hadn't witnessed an anomaly, but a pattern; I started getting angry, and yet, I was still afraid to speak. I finally realized that sites like mypacc serve an important function wherever there is a tyrannical or oppressive regime, by giving a voice to those who would otherwise have none. Censorship can be a tool of oppression; one need only look at the Google's experience in China to see that.

My anger didn't override my fear until the Town Manager refused to fairly and impartially investigate the matter, and corrupted her role of "impartial fact-finder" into that of "police interrogator." By so accusing the victim that he walked out of his inquisition, she suppressed the complaint, and refused to reopen her "investigation" in light of new evidence.

The U.S. Department of Justice tells us, "The complaint process should not discourage, dishearten, or intimidate complainants, or give them cause for fear" ("Internal Affairs Guidelines", 2008). Further intimidating a victim of police intimidation is the act of a bully, and is an abuse of authority that deprived him of his First Amendment right to petition government for redress of grievances. Michael, you speak of "chilling"... yet the T.Mgr.'s actions sent a message of intimidation to the ENTIRE TOWN! She effectively said, "I'll allow the police chief to get away with anything; your complaints will go nowhere." Talk about chilling! For that, she MUST be called to task. Mark my words, this toxic culture of "deliberate indifference" (that's a critically-important legal term) which SHE has created will prove to be FAR more costly to this town than ANYTHING Mr. Jaran has done.
9:55 am edt 

Police Chief Jaran

"...Jaran, In a public meeting,made a statement that when he got here
this department was "in a shambles". It was like a social club,not law
enforcement.They had been conditioned to look the other way for things that
needed enforcement. When it shifted to what it should be,people screamed "police
state!""


A little problem:  None of the filed complaints to be binvestigated have
anything to do with your statement above.
9:33 am edt 

Re: Selective Enforcement Has no Place in Police Business!

The issue is that discretion has been replaced with procedure which turns
officers into functionaries. I prefer intelligent situational interpretation to
Jaran's formulaic neo fascist model. Police department not police force.
9:31 am edt 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Austin Knight - Political Signs

"In the text sent by the sergeant stating " he's for us " he was
referring to Austin Knight. the texts messages are clear and irrefutable ."



I think that even more damming is the distribution, from the Police Station, of
Austin Knight political signs.  Specially when you have to figure out that it
was Austin's campaign which provided Jaran with the signs.  And he's not only a
Selectman; he's the Chair of the Board of Selectmen.  Bizarre!!!!
9:44 pm edt 

Austin Knight

Didn't the Town Hall employee that accused Austin of sexual
harassment, like Andrea, also ended up leaving his job. I think that "Call me
Sharon" swept this one under the rug too.  Nice track record, Sharon!
9:41 pm edt 

Tosner Alert

Can you do me one last favor? I know I'm asking a lot from you, but would you
ask the PUPPETMASTER to add the fishermen to the "good people" list and that, if
they act "accordingly " she will refrain from destroying their boats. She
probably thinks (from her lofty position) that they were pleasure boats.

Please impress on her that they were WORK BOATS. You may have to speak slowly
and enunciate clearly when you explain the difference because lofty people sometimes
lose sight of what us commeners(please excuse the spelling) have to do to feed
ourselves.

By the way, I have a boat but it is hidden. Keep that to yourself .
9:39 pm edt 

No Revolt or Coup

" All should encourage all facts, both sides and final outcome before
encouraging a coup and revolt."



No one is encouraging a revolt or a coup. In fact, we're quite calm and
self-assured, for the facts are on our side.  I only have heard one drama queen,
throughout all of this, and that's RT.
9:33 pm edt 

Canizales

Seems ironic that he is screaming the most about harrassment and protecting
people for coming forward, yet he is attempting to squelch the Finance Directors
assertion of harrassment against Canizales.   Talk about "do as I say, and not
as I do".  Look in the mirror Mr. C.
9:32 pm edt 

Acting Police Chief... Think Outside the Box

So Lt. Golden is now the Acting Chief. This should only be for the duration of
the investigation of the allegations against the Chief.
Should the investigation result in the Chief's termination then we will need an
Acting Chief for a longer period of time. If that's the case then I think that
we should think outside of the box, i.e. outside of the department, for that
longer period of time while a search is conducted for a permanent Chief.
9:30 pm edt 

Yingling - Donegan

Yingling/Donegan should recuse themselves seeing they have already
tried and judged the case.
9:28 pm edt 

Re: "Yingling and Donegan - Divisive "

You are obviously upset because you are content with the corruption in this town
and or part of it.   Yingling and Donegan are men who believe in the truth, and
believe in justice. 

Plain and Simple.
9:27 pm edt 

Texting Intimidation

Lt Golden did the investigation. Exonerated everyone except Sergeant Koumenalis.
The CHIEF was clearly involved. Infact texts that were sent to Koumenalis from the
CHIEF'S phone were forwarded to the victim.

How could the CHIEF not be implicated. He is the one besides Koumenalis
who should have been found guilty of intimidation.  This is very serious and I
for one am happy there will finally be a real investigation. NOT one done by the
subordinate(Lt Golden) of one who was implicated( Jaran) in the incident.  It is
time for ALL the truth to come out. Get the CHIEF"S phone records and retrieve
the texts from his phone that night. That will reveal what really took place!!
9:24 pm edt 

Police Union Letter

The Police Union was legally encouraged to submit such a letter under
the circumstances in order to protect their jobs until it all "plays out". Chief
Jaran, In a public meeting,made a statement that when he got here this
department was "in a shambles". It was like a social club,not law
enforcement.They had been conditioned to look the other way for things that
needed enforcement. When it shifted to what it should be,people screamed "police
state!" Selective enforcement has no place in police business!
9:21 pm edt 

Things to Come

The towns people are finally opening their eyes and seeing whats going
on in Town hall and the Police dept.  There is so much more you need to know
though.

yours truly,

An ex employee of Town of Provincetown
9:19 pm edt 

Police Union Letter

Can anyone post a copy of the letter sent to the BOS.  They have been posted on
the Facebook sites but are not legible.
Thank you.
9:17 pm edt 

Re: Darlene Flores Dismissal

Whoever posted the inquiry re Darlene Flores dismissal as  a whistle
blower against Bldg. Comm.,Russell Braun because she knew too much about his
shenanigans was right! Sharon Lynn supported the dismissal & blocked
unemployment. It's costly to taxpayers for all the hearings that are still going
on. The options then become a settlement or return to the job. Most people
wouldn't return to the job because the same power structure will immediately
start to make a paper trail to repeat more of the same. If you're "cleaning
house",Braun is next!
9:12 pm edt 

Yingling and Donegan - Divisive

YES!  They are devisive. Instead of encouraging calm while ALL the facts come out
they encourage hate and unrest. WHO IN AMERICA would this happen to without
allowing the current investigation to be completed?  Without a trial? How did OJ
get off or any other murderer?  This is NOT a murder and we haven't had both
sides to impartial and fair judgement.  This is Salem all over again.  This type
of leadership has no right to be on BOS.  All should encourage all facts, both
sides and final outcome before encouraging a coup and revolt.
10:55 am edt 

Re: Who Is Implicated?

Oh, Important Point About Austin Knight Not chairing a Sexual
Harassment Case Meeting

that is quite important. Austin Knight needs to recuse himself on this one since
it is unclear exactly how Knight was "cleared" of his case where he was
implicated in an alleged sexual harassment situation with a town employee.

Also, since the signs that were in the police station to be put up on police
residences were only and singly for Austin Knight and he was "the" candidate
that the chief insisted would be supported by the police, Again, Austin Knight
should and must recuse himself from the police chief investigation meetings and
votes. It would be more than inappropriate for Knight to chair such meetings.
10:51 am edt 

Oh Brother!

Lt Golden is an upstanding and excellent officer.  Just because Steele didn't
get elected does not mean it was unfair or that he's not great.  This is AWESOME
reflection of what this has all been about,,, getting whom a select few want in
(the radical 2 BOS pointed out) and THEIR cronies.  It Ain't going to happen. 
That is what led to us hiring Jaran and Lynn.  Corruption, nepotism, deceit and
other things that put this town into the failed & broken state it was before it
was brought back up by Jaran and Lynn.  YES! Admit it. The town was in disarray
with streets,sewers, buildings and more - ALL corrected and improved but NO...
let's not admit anything important less focus on the "bs" so we can attempt to
overthrow the system for personal gain WHICH will bring us all back down again. 
Take all the funny voices and cuteness and create a play but don't mess with the
success the town has found in last four years.  The inspection needs to be of
the infracstructure within the BO!
S lack of leadership and police union which have failed us as a town.
10:50 am edt 

The Cardiologist Resigned Immediately

He didn't resign after an investigation took place. He resigned immediately
and that is a lesson that should have been learnt here. He didn't wait until an
investigation had taken place. He resigned as chief of cardiology at the Cape
Cod Hospital immediately.
10:43 am edt 

Interesting

I found it interesting that when talk of the police chief was brought up. It was
said that it couldn't be mentioned. I wasn't there, I watched it on PTV. It was
said in rather a hostile tone. I couldn't tell if it was Ms. Lynn or Ms.
Anderson. The video was a bit blurred. If this is such an important issue, why
couldn't it be allowed? It was like the elephant in the room.
10:39 am edt 

Objective Observation ?!

Hitler did some nice deeds along the way!? OMG! Are you nuts to even make that
statement or analogy?!  Go to a holocost museum online.  Once you cross the line
of taking lives that erases any good ever done.  We're not talking one or a
dozen or a hundred or a hundred thousand lives taken and the torture and horror. 

That said, the anaology does bring light to the town situation in that it's
TOTALLY RIDICULOUS what's happening,,, the he said, she said and the witch hunt
to make this into something horrific and huge!! 

Do compare this and let the chief resume his position and GREAT work.  Falling down
does NOT equate to hurting ANYONE let alone killing one person.  This is all allegations
that have not gone through the process of investigation that is ongoing and WHY? 
Because the "bad element" in town was scared when the truth comes out they won't
win and so this witch hunt circumvented the correct process. 

WHAT ASHAME!
10:37 am edt 

Acting Chief

What king of misguided reasoning went into making the Lt. An acting police
chief?  This guy is/was Jurans complicit partner.  Whoever made the decision to
make this guy chief must be involved in some of the wrong doings also.  Pretty
foolish and  obvious
10:15 am edt 

Keep the Pressure On "No Place to Hate"

I have been reading this blog for a while but never felt comfortable
posting. It was clear to me that as things heated up for the Chief and people
were blaming this blog,  there were efforts made to try to identify people who
were contributing.

It was clear to me the Chief wanted to know who his enemies were and he wanted
them stopped. Now it is discovered that the post re:ADL on No Place for Hate was
a lie, so do we think this was just a simple mistake or part of an effort to shut this
blog down, months ago.

The fact that the person who chairs the NPH is a police officer leads me to wonder
if this was a very intentional act and at the urging of????  We need to keep the
pressure on and find out.
10:13 am edt 

Bad Combo

Alcohol, anger, guns.  Why are we even entertaining an investigation.... With
pay, no less? Bad business for the town, more bad press for the PD. this is a
disgrace. Why did we need to go outside the town to recruit? We had 2 great
candidates on the force that would have been good choices. More taxpayer money
to waste.

I don't even think an investigation should be entertained. In any other job, the
em would have been terminated..... Hands down, no questions. An investigation
for what?  So the person can come back?   With a nice big raise on the town's
dime?  The reign of terror and the madness can continue.  Status quo.

We're not keeping quiet anymore. Are you listening???
9:48 am edt 

Objective Observation

Over the last few weeks, I've been hearing people talk about the
Police Chief and the various cases against him. It's all everyone's talking
about around town, so it's hard not to hear about it. Anyway, after hearing his
detractors and defenders talk about him, I was reminded of the fact that humans
are complex beings. There's no such thing as been all good, or all bad. In real
life, there are bad people who do some very nice deeds. The opposite is also
true.

There are good people who do some very bad deeds. We think of Hitler as a
monster, for example, but every so often, someone who knew him is quoted
describing his acts of kindness.

On the other hand, there's the recent case that appeared in the Cape Cod Times
about a well-regarded Cape Cod cardiologist who directed a major outburst of
anger towards a police officer at Logan Airport. His outburst had bern triggered 
by the police officer insisting that he move his car away from the area where he
had parked to wait for the arrival of a passenger he was picking up.

Many letters to the newspaper's editor appeared describing how wonderful this man
had been as their doctor, and how instrumental he had been in establishing a new
cardiology unit at the Cape hospital. Therefore, I can understand the claims by
those who say that our Police Chief has done some good things for our town.

However, in the end, just like it is for you, me, and everyone else, what
matters is determining if the Police Chief broke any laws, or violated his
contract, code of ethics, or court-upheld oaths of conduct. If the investigation
of one or more of the allegations against him concludes that the Police Chief
violated any part of his contract, laws, or court-upheld oaths, then no matter
how many lollipops he's given away, or dogs he's rescued in the past - none of
these good deeds will protect him from the inevitable.

Oh, and about that cardiologist...his supervisors were quoted by the press as
saying that they'd undertake an investigation about what had happened. A week or
two later, an article appeared in the paper, reporting that the doctor had
resigned.
9:45 am edt 

Re: Who is Implicated?

IN the text sent by the sergeant stating " he's for us " he was
referring to Austin Knight. the texts messages are clear and irrefutable .
9:41 am edt 

Michele Couture

When Michele Couture spoke Thursday night, she, as most of those that
had already planned to speak, had statements which had been prepared prior to
the Police Union's charges and no-confidence vote having been known.  So their
remarks sounded  a bit out of whack, considering "the bomb" that had been
dropped.

I would love to know if Michele, after calmly reading the Police Union's
notification, still feels the Police Chief should be fully exonerated.
Michele...think...and think hard...I know full well you're capable of doing
this...
9:40 am edt 

Oceanside Job Lot

  • "He has tirade at a bar?
    It's okay; no need to apologize if you don't want to.
  • His Sergeant threatens
    via text a town resident for supporting certain candidates for Selectman?  That
    town resident is making a mountain out of an anthill.
  • A staff member is sexually accosted by another staff member inside the Police
    Station?  SHE should grow up."

Yikes!!! Reading this has me made me aware even more that all we got for a Chief
of Police is damaged goods.  Where did we get this deucy - Oceanside Job Lot?

9:38 am edt 

Potential Grave Injustice

Since Mr. Jaran came, I believe that, at least, 16 staff members were
either terminated, or were told that if they didn't resign, he would terminate
them.  Now, I don't know all of the details, but I do know this - most of these
16 individuals were individuals who were in the Department longer than Jaran. 
If any of these 16 individuals had nothing but positive evaluations until he
came, then these forced resignations and firings should be looked at.  In light
of everything that has been revealed about Mr. Jaran, his supervisory abilities
must be questioned.  A grave injustice was done to all or most of this "Gang of
16".
9:35 am edt 

Jeff Jaran - Financial Compensation

The charges contained in the Police Union's letter is a formidable
weapon that must be yielded against any potential attempts for financial
compensation by Mr. Jaran.  The guy, to put it bluntly, is done.  Obviously, he
didn't make the Police Department more professional, unless he thinks that
changing the uniforms is what makes a Department more professional.
9:32 am edt 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Doing it Correctly!

Austin must recuse himself from anything having to go with the sexual
harrassment complaint.  Furthermore, whoever the Selectman is whose signs Jaran
distributed from the Police Station must recuse himself from the voter
intimidation complaint.  Otherwise, in both cases, not doing so will be grounds
for appeal.  In other words, more $$$ spent from our town coffers.  So let's get
it right from the get go, in order to get to the point where we reflect on how
we messed up, and learn from our mistakes, so that it never happens again. 
EVER!!!
12:35 am edt 

Thank You!

I too want to thank those 19 officers who voted with their hearts.

Thank You .
12:31 am edt 

Re: The Rot Started at the Top

The voter intimidation texts were bad enough, but coupled with using
police resources to distribut signs for a Selectman...that citizen must be
thinking: "Told you so."
12:26 am edt 

Jeff Jaran - Provincetown Suspended Police Chief

"Did anyone tell The Fool that such tactics are bullying tactics."


Nobody can be THAT STUPID!  So then, the only answer is that he knew that no
matter what he did, he did with the full approval of his direct supervisor, Town
Manager Sharon Lynn, and the Board of Selectmen, SPECIALLY the Selectman whose
campaign he canvassed for from the Police Station.  He has tirade at a bar? 
It's okay; no need to apologize if you don't want to.  His Sergeant threatens
via text a town resident for supporting certain candidates for Selectman?  That
town resident is making a mountain out of an anthill.  A staff member is
sexually accosted by another staff member inside the Police Station?  SHE should
grow up.
12:21 am edt 

Re: BOS Selectmen Erik Yingling and Tom Donegan

Eric & Tom did not divided this town. They are the only 2 selectman
who listened to the community."
   

AMEN.
12:16 am edt 

Provincetown

What a beautiful town.  what a beautiful place. Somehow i feel 
liberated and a big weight has been taken off my shoulders.  We should all be
very proud of what has taken place. :}:}
12:10 am edt 

Who is Implicated?

"He's our man", the Sergeant texted.  I have 3 questions on this:

1)  Who exactly was the Sergeant talking about when he said "our man" -
Erik, Tom, Grassy, or Austin?

2)  How did these signs get from the candidate to the Police Headquarters at
Shank Painter?

3)  Aren't there Federal or State Campaign Ethics Laws in place which consider
this situation illegal, not only for the Police Department, but ALSO FOR THE
CANDIDATE FOR SELECTMAN in last May's Town Election?
12:08 am edt 

Thank You

Thank you to our Selectmen, Tom and Eric, who have the fresh perspective they
do. They are in tune with the community at large. They see the big picture, and
most importantly, they represent the majority.

Thank you gentlemen for your bravery, your integrity, and for being our
representatives.

12:06 am edt 

Re: In the Real World


.. there WOULD be criminal charges brought against one Jeffrey D. Jaran. That
day will come!
12:04 am edt 

Tosner vs Lynch Mob

In all fairness, Tosner was able to speak his rhetoric without interference,
thus proving freedom of speech remains alive and well in Provincetown. He wasn't
told to shut up. He wasn't threatened with harm. There were no lights flashing
on him. The only intimidation Tosner faces now, after the fact, is that of his
peers... those who read him like a book. His cover was revealed long ago... now
we know the real story.

That having been said, this trial by "malcontents" is far from over. In fact, it
has only just begun.

Tosner and his tribe would be wise to brace for impact!


12:02 am edt 

A Necessary Step

I kinda wonder how the "good cops" who were union members who voted in
favor of no confidence feel, when the Lieutenant who backed his Chief up and had
a part in every cover-up, and is not a member of their union....gets promoted to
acting Chief??????

This was not well-thought out by the BOS! And now we have Austin Knight who was
accused of sexual harrassment in 2008, and cleared by the Manager and others. He
will chair the meetings dealing with Andrea Poulin's sexual harassment case. Be
involved in making decisions about others in similar situation to his own!

This is called "letting the fox into the henhouse", and wondering how all the
hens got killed! We have to demand that Austin Knight recuse himself from these
proceedings, and elect Tom Donegan or Erik Yingling temporary chair. Someone has
to chair meetings around these investigations and it cannot be Austin
Knight....he owes favors to many of the criminals.

Please start posting opinions on here and the voice and P'town community and
politics. Please don't let this proceed with Knight as Chairman of the Board of
Selectmen!

11:57 pm edt 

The Fool on the Hill

Parked on Freeman St with headlights shining into The Pig??

Really??

Did anyone tell The Fool that such tactics are bullying tactics.  Maybe the
school shrink needs to give The Fool a sesh.

Someone didn't tell The Fool what Provincetown is all about.  No Place For Hate.

Was The Fool sent to sensitivity training before getting the job?
11:53 pm edt 

Actions Determined Out Come

Things festered, because the TM, and the BOS allowed it to happen.  So
it seems that the courts are the ones that are going to "unfestered" them.  Sad,
but she and the BOS gave the complainants no other avenue.
11:52 pm edt 

BOS Selectmen Erik Yingling and Tom Donegan

Things got to the point they did because they were the only ones who
would, at least, listen without trying to figure out how to blame the conveyer
of the issues.
11:48 pm edt 

BOS Selectmen Erik Yingling and Tom Donegan

"Eric & Tom did not divided this town. They are the only 2 selectman
who listened to the community."



I agree about this.
11:47 pm edt 

I Don't Agree

Suspension with pay!!!???  Are you kidding me??? This gives the guy wiggle room
to come back.

He's too high strung for this kind of work.  His unprofessionalism is
embarrassing....in fact, I'm embarrassed for him. A chief of police doesn't get
flustered at stupidity. He made a fool of himself and of the community.

We need a chief that is our equal.  Not a supreme being who looks down on his
community. We are all criminals to him. Why did Bow, NH get rid of him? What is
he hiding? Anyone who comes on that strong, is insecure about what they're
doing.  This person is NOT squared away in the head.
11:44 pm edt 

No Place to Hate Committee

"We regret and apologize that we passed along incorrect information
from the ADL on our Facebook page..."


WHO gave the incorrect information?  If I were them, I'd hesitate twice about
trusting that source.  Oddly, Tim used to be reporter.
11:41 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran

Guns, anger management issues, alcohol...not  a good combo.
11:39 pm edt 

Erik & Tom

"Eric & Tom did not divided this town."

AMEN!!!!!
11:38 pm edt 

The President
 
Will fix everything before he leaves.  He will bring to justice those in
Benghazi.... Don't worry.  We will then get Mrs Clinton who will repair the
country further.  C'mon, things are changing for the better.  Rome wasn't built
in a day. The Prez is sweating blood trying to fix everything Bush did.
11:36 pm edt 

Where Does it Begin

"All of you people fighting for small town political issues ( or
non-issues)..."



I usually tend to disregard sentences that include "you people", but I feel
compelled to remind you of U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill's saying:  "All
politics is local."
11:35 pm edt 

The Rot Started at the Top

I can't believe you started this sentence off with "if." Not only did
she know, she's a cop and will always side with them, hide with them and lie for
them. It's what they, sadly, do...to a once very honorable profession. Still is,
but not in our town.


<If Sharon Lynn knew or should have known what the true  facts are, then she
must be held accountable.  If she was complicit in covering up  any criminal
behavior by the chief, then she must answer for her own criminal coverup.  This
all stinks from higher up and this town government needs a thorough cleansing.
11:32 pm edt 

No Place to Hate

How did it happen for the No Hate Facebook page to falsely post
information about the ADL?
11:29 pm edt 

Tosner Alert

Can you do me a favor? Please ask the PUPPETMASTER  if she would give you
a copy of her list of "good" people that you referred to when you were whining
the other night? Also, try to get me the list of the "important"  people that
the other puppet had on her petition that she brought to the BOS a few meetings
ago. Tell your PUPPETMASTER that us commen folk would like to tug our forelock
and curtsy when we are allowed to approach them. By the way are you on the
lists? Is there any way that I could get on one or both lists?
11:27 pm edt 

Who Was it?

Who's election signs were being distributed at the police station ?
11:25 pm edt 

Thinking About Mr Tosner

I too, am in awe of Rob having the gumption to speak up with a dissenting voice
Thursday night. I wouldn't have had the nerve.

And i agree with the sentiments expressed on this blog recently: that there is
no need, or value, in now turning the spotlight on him. Leave him alone. He is
not the issue. He is not a public official or a weapon-carrying employee.


But in all fairness, i was quite appalled by what he said because it seemed to
me that he was attacking absolutely everyone , well, everyone but himself. I
seem to remember him calling everyone involved in the meeting thursday night
"malcontents". The implication was that we were all there because it was our
"nature" to be unhappy; that it was something wrong with "us" that brought us
there. I don't mind him disagreeing with someone or even me, but he did malign
hundreds of, frankly, upstanding citizens who were exercising their fundamental
rights.   What made him so angry? Who knows.

Lets keep the focus on our Town Employees. They are the one's who's job
performance bears critique.



Slippery Clam
11:23 pm edt 

Rob Tosner

 About "How sad that some people want to punish Rob Tosner for his
difference of opinion"



It's just that he stood out from all the rest, because he went a little
berserk...Lucky for us, he isn't responsible for doing things like pressing the
"red button".   Because of HOW he said it, I've changed my opinion of him. 
Until Thursday night, I used to think the world of him.
11:18 pm edt 

Something Worth While

All of you people fighting for small town political issues ( or
non-issues) should take your energy to Washington & tell the President we want
transparency for the death of 4 people that  were killed on his watch and not
addressed,that we need to stop funding countries that hate Americans,that we
need to mind our own business by staying out of Syria,& by using our own fuel
resources we have here in the U.S.A. You'd be accomplishing something worth
while for the common good! There should be no exceptions or disagreements with
this!
1:56 pm edt 

"Mob Rule"!!

How sad that some people want to punish Rob Tosner for his difference
of opinion! What happened to free speech? Where is the acceptance of all
opinions even if they are opposed to yours? Where is your humility & tolerance?
That's the definition of "mob rule"!!
1:54 pm edt 

Same Old, Same Old

All this backlash directed toward Rob Tosner is exactly what so many
did not like about the police. Repercussions for expressing what you think. I
think people should be ashamed of themselves. Rob had the courage to speak in a
room full of opposing views. Good for Rob! But now many want to punish him...
Very hypocritical and petty...same old, same old...seems like nothing will ever
change in this town.
1:52 pm edt 

Investigation and Sharon Lynn

The investigation into Jaran's  wrongdoing and/or criminal acts must also
include the acts of others.  Jaran must not be made into a scapegoat for the
protection of others.  If is found that his action were unethical or criminal,
then we must know who else was involved in helping him or covering up for him. 
If  Sharon Lynn  knew or should have known what the true  facts are, then she
must be held accountable.  If she was complicit in covering up  any criminal
behavior by the chief, then she must answer for her own criminal coverup.  This
all stinks from higher up and this town government needs a thorough cleansing.
1:51 pm edt 

Don't You See-

Rob Tosner and Sharon Lynn have something very much in
common. They still think they can make ,opportune word , MAKE , things go back
to the way they were.  They really do believe this. That is SCARY.
1:50 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn-

Sharon is a very dangerous women. We are all talking
about accountability . She is the very one who has consistently been
unaccountable. In fact she has covered up all these issues concerning us. SHE IS
INTERESTED IN ONE THING. WELL ACTUALLY TWO. FIRST , HERSELF THEN HER CABAL.
Sharon, you must be tired. You can hang it up now. Its over, i promise you, no
matter what ann, harriet, tom or candace are telling you.  Dear, it is over.
1:48 pm edt 

Rob Tosner

I am not ashamed of him. I PITY him.
1:47 pm edt 

In the Real World

One of the more disturbing things of this is the fact that Truro Town
employee Harbormaster Joe Francis was immediately suspended,then fired for
placing his hand on an off-duty state policeman's shoulder(technically
battery)to try and defuse a situation. Here, Mrs Poulin is "sexually" battered
(technical meaning for "assault" is threatening, battery is the actual act)by a
on-duty police officer IN the station, and not only is he not immediately
suspended/per review and or fired after a review (he resigned at a later
date)but is given a positive review for another law enforcement job by the
chief.

This is not meant to be a comparison between towns in as much as demonstrating
the disparity between the two acts of assault involving town employees, and the
end result. I really don't get how any rational person could look at this, and
not have doubts about the chief actions. Handling things "Legally" seems to be
the first line of defense of the TM, but it would appear that the well-being of
the female town employee was well down on the list of both of them.

Stupid texting is one thing. Alleged drunken rants in a bar room yet another
(yes, bad). But if the sexual battery pans out to be true as being told, then
the loss of a job is a small punishment indeed. In the real world, there would
be criminal charges.......

1:46 pm edt 

Wrong Again

Eric & Tom did not divided this town. They are the only 2 selectman
who listened to the community. The other 3 and the town manager failed us. Wrong
again Rob Tosner
1:44 pm edt 

I Don't Like to See ANYONE Lose Their Job

But, I think the chief really pushed the envelope.  I remember everyone
complaining when Chief Meyer was in charge.  He was nothing in comparison. Jaran
used a militaristic approach.  That approach proved to be his downfall.  You
don't intimidate people, make them feel guilty....if they haven't done anything.
I've thought about leaving, but FINALLY, we've come to our senses. The Squealing
Pig incident was unnecessary, and the Chief did not use good judgment.  Very
immature.  He should have been the bigger person. The example, if you will. He
had the perfect opportunity to just walk away.  His girlfriend, fanned the flame
and he reacted. He had something to prove with her present....VERY DANGEROUS.

This abuse of power has been a constant. There have been other instances...that
have not been made public. I don't see that as a strong leader. I met the man, I
found him to be friendly and personable.  But, he had another side. When he was
hired, was he given a psychological exam?  I think for a job of this caliber, an
complete evaluation should be necessary.

I'm sure with Lt. Golden in charge, things will get back to normalcy. He
understands this town and will get things back to the way it was. Gone will be
the terrorism tactics, the intimidation, and the guilty until proven innocent
atmosphere.

Nothing worse than driving along and having flashing lights behind you. It's
been scary and unnecessary. We as townspeople shouldn't have to deal with that. 
Especially, going a few miles beyond the speed limit.

I'm a fair person and agree with police practice. But the recent terrorism has
been extreme and ridiculous in a town like this.
1:43 pm edt 

Thank You Elaine, Thank You Officers

Thank you for putting your fears aside Elaine and voting to suspend the chief.
Reality is, you're no different than the rest of us. You didn't want to stick
your neck out there but when the facts are as bad as they are, you, as we did,
found the courage and now it looks like the problem will be going away. For many
of the same reasons, thank you officers and patrolmen alike that decided they
weren't going to take it anymore. It may seem simple and silly but as of Friday
morning, I've been able to randomly wave and give a thumbs up to all of the
officers as they drive by or stand on the streets. Knowing they're one of us is
a big comfort.
1:40 pm edt 

Thank You

Next time you see a police officer thank them for their vote.

PEACE AND LOVE TO THIS VERY SPECIAL PLACE WE CALL HOME
1:38 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran

Did Jaren have to turn in his
Badge and Gun?  Does he hav
Personal Weapons?
Just asking...
1:37 pm edt 

From: Lesley Yogeshwari Vonderheike - Posted in Provincetown Voice
  
I cannot trust any statement there to be true until the author apologizes. It was a clear statement of a fact using words like "designated" and "confirm" -it is a government site. I believe this was a personal thing, and had no place on the no place for hate committee. It defamed someone's character -who-by the way-I do not know and the blog in question I do not participate in. So this is not personal to me. I am speaking to the seriousness of a person attempting to defame another by invoking the anti defamation league on a govt FB page. Why is it taking so long to respond? A simple step up, apologize, and we can move on.
10:07 am edt 

From: Tim McCarthy -Provincetown's No Place For Hate Committee

We regret and apologize that we passed along incorrect information from the ADL on our Facebook page. We will issue a joint statement with the ADL in the coming week.

It is our goal to promote tolerance and acceptance of everyone.

Sincerely,

Sgt Carrie Lopes
Cathy Reno
Tim McCarthy
Candace Nagel
10:02 am edt 

Friday, September 13, 2013

"We Are One of You"

I love that sentence that was in the Police Union's letter.  Their courageous
action renewed my love got Provincetown.  Thank you.
11:19 pm edt 

I Hope You Are Right About the Chief

If not, chances are at minimum, it's gonna cost  a million.
10:50 pm edt 

Lets Keep This Going

Let's keep this going and get rid of jaran fer good and find a careing
person to lead our police force.  also lets get rid of town manager   rotten to
the core and has hidden so much and is getting paid tooooo  much and doing
nothing fer our town she has so many board members and people on and in her team
to hide and make her look good  wake up  people  shes pulling da wool over our
eyes. also get rid of bad cops on jarans team  wake up p-town before it's to
late
10:47 pm edt 

Rob Tosner

Did you check in with your PUPPETMASTER before making your Inflamatory remarks?
I can't  believe that even she would approve of your senseless whining. I'll 
bet she spanked you after the meeting. If she did approve of your statements,
then  she is slipping ! In fact, if all she could could muster was you and that
silly Candy  to throw into the breech then it's time for her to retreat and
reorganize her cabal.
10:44 pm edt 

You Are Hypocrites and Fakes

You folks could not be bigger fakes talking out of both sides of your
mouth.


You support the police now?

Lt. Golden was completely involved in the Andrea Poulin sexual harassment claim. 
Jaran is guilty and Golden innocent?  Want to buy a bridge in Brooklyn?

You are so intimidated and scared of the Provinetown police.  They stared at you
and don't smile at you.  Jaran is suspended and now you love the police?

You are hypocrites and fakes.
10:43 pm edt 

What Hate Blog??? Not According to the ADL


"Provincetown's No Place For Hate Committee

We regret and apologize that we passed along incorrect information from the ADL
on our Facebook page. We will issue a joint statement with the ADL in the coming
week.

It is our goal to promote tolerance and acceptance of everyone.

Sincerely,

Sgt Carrie Lopes
Cathy Reno
Tim McCarthy
Candace Nagel"
10:41 pm edt 

Oatsey Hussein Rogers

Provincetown's No Place For Hate Committee

We regret and apologize that we passed along incorrect information from the ADL
on our Facebook page. We will issue a joint statement with the ADL in the coming
week.

It is our goal to promote tolerance and acceptance of everyone.

Sincerely,

Sgt Carrie Lopes...
Cathy Reno
Tim McCarthy
Candace Nagel
10:39 pm edt 

Dan Hoort - Finance Director

What is Dan Hort's problem? First he goes after the Chair of the
Personnel Board and now he's after the Chair of the Finance Board.  With all
that's been going on in Town Hall and with the Police Chief this is laughable.
He is being harassed? Andrea wasn't? Give us a break and resign!
10:36 pm edt 

Proud to be a Resident of Our Special Town Today

I am very proud and happy that our residents and the police men and
women have finally raised their voices to help rid Provincetown of Jaran and his
heavy handed "professional police force". We do not need or want our police to
look like a swat team greeting us on the street or on the pier. It is ridiculous
that this has been allowed to happen under the current town management.
Hoping the suspension with pay becomes terminated with cause. The lack of
support from his own officers is a very telling picture of his management style.

The next move needs to be the termination of the Town Manager Sharon Lynn who
fosters his kind of behavior and has turned Provincetown into what is widely
viewed by residents and tourists as a  "police state"

We need to take our pier and streets back and regionalize the police department.
No crime, nor data to support the man power or the size of the police palace
they dreamed up.

Proud to be a resident of our special town today. Many thanks to all of you who
came out at town hall to do the right thing and let your voices be heard.
10:35 pm edt 

Rob Tosner

As a member of the PBG I found it offensive that Rob T. spoke in such
a manner at last night's meeting. His boyfriend's salary is paid in part by my
dues. I will not be renewing my membership.
10:32 pm edt 

Candyland

With Candy as a friend, who need enemies?
10:30 pm edt 

Provincetown's True Blue

I am extremely proud of the men and ladies in blue. Thank you for
standing up for what's right.

As for Rob Tosner. What's up with that????
10:29 pm edt 

Rob Tosner

So he feels the police should stand by their X Chief even if he committed
criminal acts? Seriously Rob?? Won't be using you for my agent again..
10:27 pm edt 

Dear Rob T., Candace N., and Ann M.

It amazes me that before the meeting you are posting "don't want to be here". 
You didn't attend Monday's meeting.  But you use the word lynch mob.  I suggest
you return to the history class and read what a lynch mob is.

I was at Monday's meeting and your characterization of the meeting is completely
wrong.  In fact, many spoke highly of Chief Jaran as a person.  There was not
one personal attack, in fact it was passionate, respectful and what democracy is
about.  The public comment section of the meeting is just that, public comments.

Candace your approaching Sgt. Tom and reading his email, even with his
permission shows your dirty handed ways.  You had no business doing such a
thing.

Rob you came across as a little brat who didn't get his way.  If you are so
concerned with the Chief why do you not attend every selectman meeting when this
comes up?  We all know the real reason, we know your proclivities, and you two
do.  We all see right through your phoniness and selfishness.  And your comment
that it was sad his officers didn't stand by him.  Gee I seem to recall a leader
named Adolph Hitler whose officers stood by him.  They were brave officers to do
what they did.  I am sure it was a difficult decision.  What you are failing to
realize and see is that there is a pattern and that is an issue.

Ann just trying to rid the town of the element you don't like.  All of us who
live here love this town.  And remember the more you push out the old,
especially businesses, guest houses, and lower income workers, your taxes will
go up.  Oh remember Ann, your issue of renting your "condo's" by the night and
not paying occupancy tax is still out there.  Funny how that doesn't seem to
bother you.

What happened in this town needed to happen, for the town and for the Chief.  No
matter what I feel he is innocent until proven guilty.  The suspension was right
and just until the investigation is complete.  Let's let that happen and see the
outcome.  And let's all stop attacking the next person to clean house.  Let the
process work and see what flushes out.

I do agree with Howard that the chief can not return, he would be a lame duck.
10:26 pm edt 

Rob Tosner

You have stooped to a new low!

10:21 pm edt 

Dear Mr. Walker:

Why do you keep showing in your message board Erik Yingling's photo if the
"Lynch Mob"?  Tosner is right. It does look like a "lynch mob run amok".
10:20 pm edt 

Rob Tosner, Russ Braun Et Al

Rob Tosner is toxic. His rampage last night was not about  civility  ,
was not about recognizing there have been victims, was not about  one shred of 
compassion .

His only agenda was to defend the chief  even if the very department the chief is
in charge of casts a overwhelmingly no confidence vote. 

Then to attack the selectman that the people of this town voted on was an
outrage.  I truly believe there was a constructed means by the chief and town
manager to COVER UP serious and potentially damaging incidents for their own
self interests and they should both be removed from there positions effective
immediately NOT SUSPENDED  BUT FIRED !!!! 

There needs a clean sweep of this town to remove the corrupt ways of doing
business as usual and this also extends to the building department and our
building commissioner. He to is no better then they are and needs to be fired
and replaced.

He has set certain rules and standards for some in the town but not consistent
for everyone . This is NOT what Provincetown deserves. He will be the next after
Jaran and lynn to be found guilty of violations beyond belief .
10:19 pm edt 

Austin Knight

And from Austin Knight when Jaran was interviewed for the job here:

"Jaran then asked the selectmen what they were looking for in their new police
chief. Selectman Austin Knight cited community policing as one of his
priorities."
10:14 pm edt 

Michele Couture

Couture's quote when Jaran interviewed for the job here:

"Selectman Michele Couture brought up the diversity of the different people and
communities in town.  We need a chief to interface with all the groups and treat
them with respect, she said"
10:12 pm edt 

Truth Will Not be Denied

I'm sure that Candace ended up believing that she was fighting the
good fight. However, using the guise of community activism to execute personal
vendettas ALWAYS backfires. You got blinded, Candace, by your own obsession.

Also, I am bemused by Rob Tosner, et al., calling the town majority a "lynch
mob" and scolding all for acting out instead of handling things the proper way. 
WE HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR YEARS to be heard: letters to the Banner, public
statements at BOS meetings and at Town Meeting, asking for meetings with Sharon
Lynn. We have been dismissed, time and again by the selectmen and especially by
the town manager.

Sharon's "open-door policy" has always been worse than a sham.  There have been
several town employees who have found ourselves in a tough situation with our
bosses, who report to Sharon. Given that she had told us that her "door was
always open," some of us made appointments to talk to her to find resolution. It
was called trust--she told us we could trust her.

But you know what she did?  Right before the meetings were to take place, she
contacted our bosses and told them. In every case that I know of, this had the
effect of destroying the employees' relationship with the supervisor, ultimately
forcing the person to resign.

Sharon Lynn also has a tactic that she uses with employees and board members
whereby she calls them in to her office under the guise of support and
encouragement. These meetings are LONG, and at first are filled with praise,
gestures of friendship, and deep interest in our work. Then the cop-stuff
starts. It turns out that she is really looking for information--usually wanting
someone to name names of people who have said or done things that Sharon does
not like.  She uses the typical "ask three times" method. If she doesn't get an
answer, she'll sit with you for as long as it takes, again being warmer and more
supportive than ever. Then out of the blue, she'll ask the same question again. 
After three tries, if she doesn't get her answer, she will end the meeting but
she will NEVER SPEAK TO YOU AGAIN and if you need support of any kind she will
leave you hanging in the breeze even after she promised support around a
particular thing.

Rob Tosner was right about one thing. Sharon is the next target. And I hope she
keeps taking advice from her friend Ann Maguire, because Ann is guiding her
right into unemployment.

Sharon Lynn is THE problem. She brought Jaran here, she approved of his tactics
(and in fact uses them herself). I feel bad for some of the people who defend
her -- just because it hasn't happened to them, doesn't mean it hasn't happened. 
She is a cunning, vindictive, manipulative human being who has done much damage
to the personal lives of the townspeople she is supposed to represent.

Let's face it, in general the people of Provincetown are laid back, not
organized, usually engaging in the "issue du jour" before getting bored.
Controversial issues have never before lasted through the summer -- everyone's
busy working, entertaining, fishing, beaching, having fun, enjoying our short
summer. It's hard to stay angry during a Ptown summer.  But this summer the
issues surrounding Sharon Lynn have only gained steam.  This is because so many
many people have been hurt: lost jobs, friends, homes, money, felt betrayed and
made fools of.

Sharon, people don't forget that kind of deception. We just had to wait until
enough of us got hurt by you until most of the laid-back townsfolk took note.

You're time is long up, my dear ex-friend.  You underestimated all of us.
10:07 pm edt 

Re: Banner Article

This is what Pru Sowers reported in the Banner when Jaran applied for
the Provincetown Police Chief:

"Jaran said he was particularly proud of how he stabilized the Bow Police Dept.
When he was hired as chief, every officer on the force had their resume out
looking for jobs elsewhere, he said.
In a short period of time, I was able to change a lot of things. Everyone who
had their resume out is still with the force today, he said."

SAY WHAAAAAAAAAT??????

9:58 pm edt 

Jeffery Jaran - Suspended Provincetown Police Chief

Integrity proves who you are.

You have proven to be an embarrassment to our town.

Please do the right thing and resign.
9:54 pm edt 

Obstruction of Justice
 
Isn't obstructing justice a crime as well?  Shouldn't the Town Manager be
brought up on charges for trying to hide the chief's antics?  Not only her, but
all of her cronies that in my opinion are just as bad.  She should be judged by
the company she keeps. The favoritism and nepotism in this town is disgusting. 
Ok, we've gotten the chief out...who's next???  The carpetbaggers need to go.
9:52 pm edt 

A Couple of Questions

Now that the chief is suspended with pay, how long will the "with pay" aspect go
on?

Does he still get to use the town owned vehicle at his leisure?

Is he allowed into the police station at all during his suspension?

Has he been ordered to stay away from officers that are/were under his control
during the investigation?

Did Golden vote when the union voted no confidence in the chief? If so, how did
he vote?

Do we know who didn't vote in favor of no confidence?
9:51 pm edt 

Rob Tosner and Other Realtors and Developers

Mr Tosner and his realtor gang have sucked the community out
Of Ptown. They encourage the breaking up of single family homes
Into tiny condos,the raping of wooded areas,and all for the mighty
Buck. These condo owners don't stay around for more than a few
Years,then more on. How is ptown to build a strong community when
The population is so transient? But of course this is great for the
Realtors, isn't it mr tosner.

9:48 pm edt 

Re: Mr Hoort

Making Facebook posts criticizing the police union.

Others are mentioning a weird conspiracy amongst the union and weird back room
dealings.  As usual, they cannot be specific.
And these people call others police haters?

9:46 pm edt 

Vincent Currier - Retraction

Provincetown's No Place For Hate Committee
We regret and apologize that we passed along incorrect information from the ADL on our Facebook page. We will issue a joint statement with the ADL in the coming week.

It is our goal to promote tolerance and acceptance of everyone.

Sincerely,

Sgt Carrie Lopes
Cathy Reno
Tim McCarthy
Candace Nagel
9:34 pm edt 

Vincent Currier Our PPD

I walked my usual route down to commercial Street this a.m. I may be prejudice, but townies seem to be smiling more, and the spirit seems higher. I saw police officers walking the beat, with friendly smiles on their face. I stopped one of the officers as I was walking past him and offered my hand in gratitude. He obviously knew what I was referring to, and said "we did what we HAD to do", and we both continued on our way, smiling. The officer was stopping and engaging both townies and tourists. The traffic cops were also smiling more widely. Not that I am saying they don't take their jobs seriously....they just seemed at peace with their herioc decision to speak up. What a great town I live in!

The feeling is an amazing one, don't forget to stop our officers, and tell them how proud we are of them for "doing what they had to do".
9:22 pm edt 

Provincetown Police Department Vote of No Confidence
 

PROVINCETOWN POLICE LABOR FEDERATION  NEW ENGLAND POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION Post Office Box 1204 Provincetown, MA 02657

I.U.P.A. AFL-CIO/LOCALS NOS. 67 AND 68


Provincetown Board of Selectman: Austin Knight, Chair et.al

Town of Provincetown 260 Commercial Street Provincetown, MA 02657

Dated: September 12, 2013


By: In Hand Service

Request To Be Read Publicly and Into the Record


Dear Selectman and Members of the Provincetown Community: Like you, some of us were born and raised here.


Like you, some of us came to Provincetown seeking an oasis from the homophobia, sexism. racism and intolerance found in less "evolved" places.


Like you, we all embrace the unabashed "quirkiness," acceptance and freedom that comes from living and working in our community.


We are one of you.


What sets us apart from you is the oath we swore when we raised our right hands and became Provincetown Police Officers. We took an oath to protect and to serve this community and the Constitution of the United States and of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As such; we accept and acknowledge that it is our duty to put both the community and the Constitution before our very lives if necessary.


This is an oath we take very seriously.

This is something we do each and every day.

This is why we can no longer stand by and have our silence be mistaken for the tacit acceptance of the behavior of the Chief of Police.


We cannot condone behaviors, including but not limited to:

The ordering of police officers into the Squealing Pig to collect names of employees and patrons who were present when the Chief objected to an employee's exercise of their first amendment right to play music of their choosing;


Ethical violations regarding the undue influence on employee votes in recent elections, including the distribution of campaign signs from the police station;


The disparity of discipline administered to Union Members by the Chief of Police and a pattern of continued and sustained contract violations;


The unconscionable treatment by the Chief of Police of a Union Member who was sexually assaulted in the police station by a uniformed, on duty police officer, including the failure to fully investigate and to document the crime, and the subsequent protection of the offending officer which included positive job recommendations to other police departments.


We watched and we heard you on Monday night.

We saw how many of your hands shook, your voices quavered and how many expressed fear of retribution. We were also heartened by your words of support.


The Union held an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss the Chief of Police, and the concerns expressed by many members was disquietingly similar to yours. Many Union Members voiced concern, fear of retaliation and believed their jobs could be in jeopardy as a result of their vote.


Chief Jaran hired many of us and did much good for this department. For many, the vote that they cast was a Hobbesian choice.


However, we have been sworn to protect the Constitution and the rights of each and every member of this community.


THEREFOR: On September 11, 2013 the Provincetown Police Department, Union voted by an overwhelming majority, to adopt a "Vote of No Confidence" in Police Chief Jeff Jaran.



Signed:

 


Meredith Kurkjian Lobur President, NEBPA Local 67

Dated: September 12, 2013   

 

Thomas F. Steele

President. NEBPA Local 68

8:33 pm edt 

Re: Rob Tosner

Rob Tosner was shrill last night.  What's up with THAT?

A "lynch mob run amok"???  Since he wan't at the Monday night, what video
did he watch???  Django???
2:49 pm edt 

Re: Dan Hoort

Lynn will respond very quickly to Mr. Hoort's complaint.  Unlike us,
Me. Hoort isn't just a simple citizen/taxpayer!
2:48 pm edt 

Re: Dan Hoort

Mr. Hoort, based on Lynn's track record on how she responds (NOT!) to
complaints submitted to her, you don't have much of a shot.
2:47 pm edt 

Dan Hoort

Let's see if Hoort gets the same response from the Town Manager and
the Selectmen that Andrea got, Butch, the guys who posted lawn signs, etc.
2:45 pm edt 

Now is the Time to Act!

I for one am glad that Jaran is suspended. However, suspending him
with pay is like giving him a vacation. What needs to be done is to NOT renew
his contract. I didnt like him when he got here, and even after giving him a
chance, he wasnt what PTOWN needed.

Now is the time to act. I am proud of PPD for standing up. This is not an easy
thing to do. If the Selectmen dont rid us of Jaran now, the officers of PPD will
be subject of torture by the returning Jaran.
2:44 pm edt 

Re: Candyland

From facebook as of Fri morning - clarification? cant wait to see
it...

Provincetown's No Place For Hate Committee
16 hours ago
The Provincetown No Place for Hate Committee will be posting a clarification
regarding our post of April 26 about mypacc.com.
2:43 pm edt 

Previous Comment About Rob Tosner:

"Your a disgrace to this town and i have never seen anyone so obsessed with what
he can gain..."



Rob reminds me of the song: "Money makes the world go 'round, the world go
'round...
2:41 pm edt 

Howard Burchman

Howard Burchman told it like it was on Monday night!
2:40 pm edt 

Re: They Need a Lesson in Civics

My greatgrandfather was hung by a lynch mob in Georgia, while my great
greatgrandmother and my mom and 2 uncles were forced to watch.

Please stop using that term; use any other term, just not that one, please.
2:32 pm edt 

They Need a Lesson in Civics

A few Aho spoke last night had their pre-assigned talking points - all
using the term "lynch mob".  I watched the video from Monday's Selectmen's
meeting, found no "lynch mob".  What I saw was a room full of people pouring
their hearts, some with fear of retribution, some with sadness. By a "lynch
mob"????


They need a lesson in civics.
2:31 pm edt 

Dear Rob,

Our friend Neil wouldn't have been proud of you last night. I'm very sad...
2:28 pm edt 

Re: The Incompetence of Sharon Lynn

We sooooooooo agree with this statement!!!  She should be next. Lets put her on
the             ! Get rid of her please
1:01 pm edt 

Let's Stay the Course

Last nights events are a step in the right direction.  As a former
supporter of the Chief and Town Manger, until I found myself on the wrong end of
police brutality.  Those who can't see the damaged caused to the town by the
Chief and Town Manger are choising to turn a blind eye!  Lets not let the Ann
Mcguires and Candace Nagles run things.  Lets take back our town!  First the
Chief then the Town Manager.  We need a fresh start!  Thankfully Tom Donegan is
a selectman.  David McChesney is a pon on Ann.
12:58 pm edt 

Provincetown Banner

Banner Article About Jaran When He Was Looking for a Job in
Provincetown

Selectmen interview police chief candidates this week

By Pru Sowers
Banner Staff

PROVINCETOWN  Town Manager Sharon Lynn is hopeful that shell have her
recommendation for who the new chief of police should be by the end of this
week.

Two of the four final candidates for chief were interviewed by the board of
selectmen Tuesday. The remaining two candidates were scheduled to be interviewed
on Wednesday.

Id like to make my recommendation to the board of selectmen by the end of the
week, pending a background check and everything else we need to do, with the new
chief taking over before the summer season begins, she said.

First up on Tuesday was Jeff Jaran, currently the police chief in Bow, N.H., a
town of approximately 10,000. Jaran has been chief in Bow for four years. Prior
to that, he was chief of the Sandwich, N.H., police department for three years
and worked for the previous 10 years for the New Hampshire attorney generals
drug task force. He has been in law enforcement, including as a patrolman in
Laconia, N.H., for 20 years.

Jaran said he thought the biggest challenges he would face in Provincetown
included dealing with competing priorities from the disparate groups that live
and visit here, including business owners, year-round residents, vacationers and
second home owners. Those groups may have different ideas about the type of
policing they want to see, Jaran said.

He also said his experience dealing with drug problems, first on the attorney
generals task force and then with the spill-over problems in Bow caused by a
large drug problem in nearby towns, would aid him here.

I understand there is a drug problem, he said about Provincetown. Thats
something that should and needs to be addressed.

Jaran said he was particularly proud of how he stabilized the Bow Police Dept.
When he was hired as chief, every officer on the force had their resume out
looking for jobs elsewhere, he said.

In a short period of time, I was able to change a lot of things. Everyone who
had their resume out is still with the force today, he said.

Jaran then asked the selectmen what they were looking for in their new police
chief. Selectman Austin Knight cited community policing as one of his
priorities. Selectman Michele Couture brought up the diversity of the different
people and communities in town.

We need a chief to interface with all the groups and treat them with respect,
she said.

Next up was Walter Warot, a captain on the Woonsocket, R.I. police force who has
spent his entire career with that police department. He is currently commanding
officer of the detective division and previously was commanding officer of the
operations and uniform patrol divisions. He also spent seven years in the
Woonsocket narcotics unit.

The biggest law enforcement problems in Woonsocket, a working class town of
approximately 45,000, include narcotics, juvenile drinking and disorderly
students. Warot said he thought the biggest challenge he would face in
Provincetown would be getting his arms around the diverse communities that live
and visit here. He said he would meet with the various groups to learn their
concerns.

Everyones voice should be heard, he told selectmen. We are ultimately here to
serve the community.

Selectman Lynne Davies diverged from the list of prepared questions to ask Warot
how he would handle the needs of the large gay population that lives or comes to
Provincetown. Warot responded that he has personally felt the sting of
discrimination because he is a first-generation Polish immigrant to the U.S.

I am sensitive to those issues, he said, explaining that he has vacationed on
Cape Cod for 20 years and is aware of the diversity of the community. People can
express themselves openly and honestly. Thats what I was taught and thats what
Ive instilled in my children.

The public was invited to attend the interviews but was not allowed to ask
questions.

The four candidates, two men and two women, including local police Sgt. Carrie
Lopes, are also slated to meet with representatives from the local police union.
Officer Michael Carr, president of the local chapter of the New England Police
Benevolent Association, said the union is having a more informal dialogue with
all the candidates, including asking them to outline a five-year plan and how
they would deal with illegal drug usage in Provincetown.

The last two candidates to be interviewed include Sgt. Lopes, currently a
Provincetown police officer, and Ann Marie Connell, a department supervisor in
the New York City Police Dept. who is currently in charge of a 200-person
detective squad

Its a terrific pool of candidates. Im very pleased, said Steve Unsworth, a
principal with BadgeQuest, a public safety consulting group assisting Lynn with
the chief selection process.

Eighty-five candidates initially applied for the chief position. Lynn and
Unsworth culled that to 33, who were asked to submit a more detailed
application.
12:54 pm edt 

Open the Floodgates!!

Now that the union has taken a no confidence vote on their chief, I see no way
of him surviving an investigation and even if he does, how can he come back to
command the department that doesn't respect him and lead a department in the
town that doesn't respect him or his ways? This is when all the secrets come out
and they should. All of those that witnessed the mistreatment of Ms. Poulin and
the dismissal of other veteran officers should speak out no without fear of
retribution. Don't delay. You'll regret it for years to come when you could do
so much to cure the problem. It's a new day for Provincetown and the horizon
looks bright!
12:49 pm edt 

Police

Wow, a three year employee gets $80,000 and a 20+ employee gets $67,000.

What's wrong with that picture?
12:47 pm edt 

Gee Thanks Candace

CANDYGIRL, you did no service to Sgt Koumanelis by telling us all he
was given ONLY 5 DAYS SUSPENSION WITHOUT PAY????   ARE YOU KIDDING ME ??? THE
COMPLAINT AGAINST HIM WAS  SUBSTANTIATED IN THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS REPORT.  HE
BROKE THE MA. LAWS HE IS SWORN TO PROTECT,,HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED
IMMEDIATLEY!!!!!!!!! YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF JUST THROWING HIM UNDER A
BUS,,,,, SEEMS YOUR GETTING GOOD AT THAT .
1:22 am edt 

To: Rob Tosner

How do you live with yourself after the statements you made
at the meeting tonight ?  Your lack of compassion toward the victims of all the
incidents was not even a thought or mention , you were simply there to serve
ypur self interests of the  " click " that is going to be gone in the very near
future. your comments were so mean spirited and all you could find was praise
for the police chief even after the department had a vote of no confidence. That
is the epitome of your self serving interests. I would hope in the  days to come
everyone knows your lack of compassion and what really motivates you. Your a
disgrace to this town and i have never seen anyone so obsessed with what he can
gain  personally , rather then having values and morals  and compassion for the
victims . you never even acknowledged them . I wonder what your tone would have
been if you had been wronged or if your partner was sexually harassed ? i wonder
if you would have the courage or !
strength  to stand for what is right , your nothing but a weak man with no
conscious



1:19 am edt 

Vincent Currier

I have to try to express the wonder of what has just happened! Because I have seen it before....but never like this!! A group of people, driven by social media and a just cause, intelligent people from all walks of life, Gay, Straight, Black, White, Men, Women, (and Amber Mathews Lord's handsome baby boy) have accomplished something that many thought couldn't be done! I'm not gloating about the results....however justice doesn't always feel good after the fact....but it is a necessary part of living in society. Don't let anyone make you feel like we can't celebrate this accomplishment! I have never been prouder of any group I have served with....you all came out and showed the world that we have a community that really cares and shows it! Thank every one of you who have contributed to making Provincetown just a little more safe and a little more enjoyable as a COMMUNITY. ( and I have made so many cool new friends)!
1:13 am edt 

Friday, September 13, 2013

To: Rob Tosner

You think this is about unhappy residents?

Where were you during the winter, mister? Not in Provincetown....

And where were you on Monday night? Not at Town Hall...

Maybe this is not about the obvious... but more about your attempt to get a
listing for an apartment for sale at the Ice House?
12:35 am edt 

September 9th & September 12 - Historical Moments

What happened Monday -- and Thursday -- night at the meeting of the
Selectmen demonstrates why we live in a free world. The voice of the
constituents was heard  loud and clear.

The reason the Pilgrims set out to America was to live their lives without
interference. During the past five years, the public safety of our community has
been severely compromised. What has become evident to many is the structure,
from the top down, is crumbling. When something is broken, we make an effort to
fix it.

It is comforting to see and hear that the Selectmen turned on their "listening
ears" and began to comprehend what has become a concern of many for far too
long.

Let's hope the message that was conveyed brings forth an attempt to learn from
the mistakes of our past. When something doesn't feel right, let's stop and
review who, what, where, when and why. Those questions often times bring answers
that are far more intuitive and insightful.
12:34 am edt 

Darlene Flores

Wonder what the town counsel has billed for the justification of the
termination of Darlene Flores? Does anybody know? All because she knew too much.
So if she is vindicated , Sharon and Russ should reimburse us for their self
motivated,calculated termination. She was an asset to the building dept. She
stood up to Russ and Sharon. We should be proud of this courageous young lady.
12:31 am edt 

How Come?

Is it true that Sergeant Thomas Koumanelis is still in the
Provincetown Police Department's Honor Guard?  How come?
12:29 am edt 

The Incompetence of Sharon Lynn

How could someone with so many years of law enforcement experience, and after
doing a thorough investigation, have no clue of what Jaran had done at the
Squealing Pig, or with the intimidation during the election, or, the sexual
assault at the police station.  The possible conclusions anyone can reasonably
have is that  she is totally incompetent, or she participated in a criminal
coverup.  This woman is not fit to lead this town.  She has lost our trust and
must go.
12:27 am edt 

The Times They Are a Changing

Provincetown Voice was a busy place on Thursday night with varying
opinions expressed with mostly respect and civil discourse. Meanwhile it's
crickets, sadness and denial at the Ptown Politics page. That and a question
about the developing ADL scandal and the posting of a second homeowner
meeting...
12:23 am edt 

Sharon Lynn - Word on the Street

When I read in the paper that Jaran and Lynn had received new
contracts, I had a sense then that these contracts had been rushed through way,
way, fast, considering with what had been going on.

I was right.  We're all going to pay for it.

Anyway, the word on the street from many is that Lynn has been papering the
state with her resume.
12:13 am edt 

Puppet Master

And right in the background...pulling the strings, THE PUPPET
MASTER!!!!!

LMAO
12:08 am edt 

Mrs. Fixit

Hey, _______.  Your stripper pole is in.

That's the guy that Couture, Nightingale, Tosner, Sanborn, et al, are defending.

Laughable!!!

As to Lynn, it would have been a little cheaper for us if she had done her job a
leader, instead of still acting like a cop.  We're now in this costly pickle
because of her.  Didn't even answer the letter of the town employee that
complaint about the sexual harassment.  Not even the courtesy to acknowledge her
communication.  SHE, AND ONLY, HAS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HER INCOMPETENCE. 
She's good at fix in buildings, let her get a public works job!  WE NEED A TOWN
MANAGER.
12:05 am edt 

Always the Same Players

Seeing the Cabal at it, as always.
12:02 am edt 

Leader of the Cabal

Watching Ann Maguire orchestrating the puppets she summoned to the
meeting.  How transparent!
12:01 am edt 

Re: The Deadeye Look

I believe we, the taxpayers, pay Chovanec about $80,000 a year.

Now, don't you think that that amount warrants more than glaring at us?
11:59 pm edt 

BOS Meeting at Town Hall

On my way to the meeting tonight - it's almost 7:30!!!
11:57 pm edt 

Candyland

Funny, anything I hear about Candy's postings are through this board. 
I find her communications' style, both written and oral, a bit too unhinged for
my taste.
11:56 pm edt 

Town Counsel v Town Charter

If the Board of Selectmen approved contracts for Lynn and Jaran which
contradict with Town Charter language, then why should the taxpayers pay for
lawsuits from any of these two individuals?  Let the Selectmen cough up the
dough, not us!  Likewise, if Town Counsel reviewed these contracts, and didn't
find them problematic, it's time to fire them and sue them!  Again, why should
we pay for their incompetent counsel to the town?
11:55 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

I was also thinking about the library director. Without Sharon Lynn, 
she may be as good as fired. She has hurt so many good people of Provincetown.
Jim Parker, RIP, probably got the worst of it.  I would love to go back to the
library. Many of us go to Truro now.  Wouldn't  it be great if Cheryl N was gone
and the people she hurt could come back? I post this for Jim P, Mary N, Nancy S,
Andrew A, Rita R, Maggi G, Diana M, and three other victims of Sharon Lynn and
Cheryl Napsha.
11:51 pm edt 

Question of Defaming

Lawyers have been in town asking questions regarding Candace Nagle and Carrie Lopes
participation in the No Place for Hate blog.

Smells like a case is being built for a law suit. Couldn't happen to a nicer group.
5:59 pm edt 

More Good News

A birdie just flew into my window and told me that this afternoon "a
no-confidence vote" was taken by the Police Union against the Police Chief.
5:53 pm edt 

Has Dan Hoort Lost His Mind?

Has the Town Manager lost control of our
employees?

Or did she ever have control?!

What a mess!
5:51 pm edt 

Defaming the Anti Defamation League

"Richard Goldberg, you are better than that!  Disinformation is intentionally
false or inaccurate information that is spread deliberately.  It is an act of
deception and false statements to convince someone of untruth.  Disinformation
should not be confused with  misinformation, information that is unintentionally
false.
Unlike traditional propaganda techniques designed to engage emotional support,
disinformation is designed to manipulate the audience at the rational level by
either discrediting conflicting information or supporting false conclusions."

The above was sent by Ms Nagle to Mr Richard Goldberg earlier this summer
(Facebook post).

I would ask her which (mis or dis information) her constant assertions were
regarding the ADL and this message board (it is not a blog), but I am sure she
would not respond.  I guess that sound we heard finally late this morning was Ms
Nagle throwing Sgt Lopes under the bus.  In doing so, I think she just really
threw a wrench in Lopes becoming acting or interim chief.

I find it really strange that a group whose criticism of a board is that it is
anonymous is hiding behind an anonymous Facebook Administrator.  From what I
read when trying to determine the admin of the page, they must make a concerted
effort to NOT disclose who is administering the page.

Had called the ADL earlier this summer.  I was curious how this board was a hate
board and why those blogs that post comments about politicians and about Real
Housewives, etc., were not and the rationale used.  They of course had no idea
what I was talking about and I should apologize now for not following up better.
5:48 pm edt 

Warning!

Can someone find out if the town manager sent the chief's contract to town
counsel before sending it to the BOS? If she didn't then she sandbagged the BOS
! It was her responsibility to ensure that the contract would not be in conflict
with language in the the town charter. To point out a conflict after the fact is
not only arrogant but insulting to the citizen of Provincetown .WE ARE NOT
STUPID. You are not as slick as you think you are!
5:44 pm edt 

Candyland Hopeless

Reality is usually suspended in CandyLand, don't you all know that by
now?
5:42 pm edt 

Slow Down and Reflect

"There seem to be a number of reasons why any schematic design
expenditure should be postponed until a later date..."



The Board of Selectmen need to press the Pause button on any plans for a for a
new or renovated Police Station.

Should we have a new Police Chief, he should provide input on the kind of
building he envisions for his Department. Had matters been dealt with
accordingly when they were brought forth months ago, we would be at the right
juncture to entertain designs, etc., but it is what it is, so let's keep our
focus on what we need to do right now. bTHEN we can concentrate on the building.

Furthermore, as long as Jeff Jaran is our Police Chief, even a lemonade stand
for the Police Department will be voted down.
5:40 pm edt 

Suspend Jaran?

Fire his ass, along with Sharon Lynn!
5:37 pm edt 

Sharon's Wing

No one is talking about the other person Sharon has been protecting despite
outrageous behavior.  The director of the library has done more damage to local
people, make the place unfriendly with her closed door policy and is just not
nice.  Yet, she continues with Sharon and Library BOT protecting her.  Why has
this been allowed to continue.

Simply unacceptable, hope that is the next issue the people will address.
5:33 pm edt 

The Cabal is Alive and Well

Interesting that as soon as it became obvious that the selectmen
majority were going to vote to suspend Chief Jaran, David McChesney asked Sharon
Lynn to weigh in.  Sharon Lynn immediately responded with her assertion that the
town charter and Jaran's employment contract were at odds.  I contend that Ann
Maguire, a new member of the charter committee, has spent the last few months
stockpiling roadblocks that will prevent or slow down the suspension or firing
of her friends, Jeff Jaran and Sharon Lynn.  Oh yeah, and who else is dear
friends with Ann Maguire and Sharon Lynn?  David McChesney.

Make no mistake, there is a huge secret effort underway to undermine the wishes
of the majority of townspeople.  I suspect we will hear some whoppers tonight.

Also makes me wonder if Sharon Lynn's contract is in conflict with the town
charter.  She's probably already planning her lawsuit against the town, and her
buddy Ann is calling the shots.
5:31 pm edt 

More of the Same

Shocking story in the Banner today about how an injured veteran was
treated by the first officer on the scene.  a pattern is emerging with this
officer and there is no place to go with a complaint in this atmosphere.
5:29 pm edt 

Letter to Banner Editor Sept.12, 2013

Police station redesign is premature

To the editor: The Sept. 5 Banner (“Site Design Revamp”) states that the architect Kaestle Boos Associates is busy at work revamping the previous 14,600 sq. ft. (no change from last design) building plan. This $37,000 expenditure for another schematic design was approved by the selectmen on Aug. 26.

There seem to be a number of reasons why any schematic design expenditure should be postponed until a later date: One, the town sponsored MOPC draft recommendations and the report is due on Oct. 11 with the final report due on Oct. 31. It is possible that the MOPC report will identify an excess in the police population for this town, and that would impact the size of the new building.

Two, at one point recently the Banner reported that a group of officials from Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet were looking into sharing police facilities such as the number of cells required for each town. The five cells and related facilities in the Provincetown police building program add substantially to the size of the building. Doesn’t it make sense to review this attempt at cost savings before going ahead with the five-cell program again?

Three, Provincetown voters spoke up in a non-binding vote last election, approving a $3 million expenditure for the new police facility at the present site. I acknowledge that this is not a realistic budget for new construction (the proposed cost estimate is in the $9 million range) but the vote showed public sentiment regarding the size and cost of the regional sized facility. Certainly, the program and budget for this building should receive public approval prior to another schematic design exercise.

Paul Kelly Provincetown
10:58 am edt 

What is Going on With Your Chief ?

I cant believe he is not accepting any responsibility at the Squealing Pig. He's wrong!
It's actually a violation of law for a government official acting under the color of law
(or giving the appearance of acting under the color of law) to interfere with free
speech and that's what you got at the Squealing Pig. He cannot order the music to be
stopped. It may be provocative, contain expletives and be disrespectful to the
police profession but it's still free speech. This case closely resembles Cohen
v California 403 U.S. 15 (1971). Cohen 19 donned a jacket that had it written on
it F--- the Draft " ! Stop the War " and wore it in a public courthouse. The
Court reasoned it was "free speech because it not directed at anyone and there
was no evidence that people in substantial numbers would be provoked into some
physical activity y the words on the jacket. " Justice Harlan's famous quote
emerged from this case " One man's vulgarity is!
  another man's lyric " and " vulgarity is a side effect of the feee exchange of
ideas. " Harlan's three major points 1) "the States CANNOT censor their citizens
in order to make a civil society" 2) knowing where to draw the line between
harmless heightened emotion and vulgarity can be difficult and 3) people bring
passion to politics and vulgarity is simply a side effect of a free exchange of
ideas-no matter how radical they may be. "

Hope This Helps ! And don't buy that crap of whether he was on-duty or off-duty
or acting under the color of authority or not. I heard that argument from the
Chief's association letter in support of Chief Jaran. I can't believe that
letter they wrote they don't know enough about free speech criminal law yeah
free speech not their purview. Anyone as far as acting under the color of law he
does not have to be in uniform to be acting under the color of law. It can be
implied by "appearance" or by other factors. The "appearance" component would be
fulfilled by him ordering the music to be stopped and telling them they should
be ashamed of themselves. He's going to be hardpressed to get anyone to believe
he was not acting under the color of law in a town with a population of 3000 at
an election night party on Commercial St where by his own words he's there to
congratulate the victor. And didn't he say he was also there investigating a
possible anti-noise bylaw violation ?
I thought that was sleazy offering that defense and then basically saying "Well
then if you don't believe he was off-duty then he was a victim of hate...it
appears that he was the only one aware that it was playing.

Finally here is his problem with the off-duty defense. He is still in fact, the
Chief of Police in P-town. As the Chief in P-Town he has a responsibility to
protect his citizens from government officials from interfering with citizen's
right to free speech. In other words Chief Jaran had an obligation to stop
private citizen Jeff Jaran either way he's screwed with that defense. To his
credit I don't even think he tried to use that defense it was offered by the
other 14 chiefs, brilliant !

Good luck let us know if we can be of any assistance we find the facts very
interesting and support your cause !

Paul
Cape Social Justice (CSJ)
capesocialjustice@yahoo.com
10:50 am edt 

Erik Yingling's BOS Photo - Bravo!

Nice photo by Eric Yingling of Mondays meeting.  Too bad he could not
capture the looks of surprise when Ms Anderson voted yes to suspending the
chief.  guess she finally has seen the handwriting on the wall, and is stepping
away from blind allegiance nice to Sharon Lynn.  ABOUT TIME!!
10:41 am edt 

Don't Forget Saturday

It would be good if the same people or more showed up on Saturday at
the school for the special meeting about the Marine Police Patrol.  This is
another attempt by chief Juran to increase his power base in our town. 
Hopefully the Gestapo like actions by Detectice Chevonec  acting as one of
Jaran's Storm Troopers  will be eliminated as the chief is eliminated.
10:39 am edt 

Keep Yor Eye on the Prize

In the event of the inevitable, that is the firing of Jaran, please be
prepared to speak up on a temporary replacement while this Chief is being
adjudicated.

Lieutenant Golden, Sgt. Koumenelis, Landry, Alves, Lopes and any other officers
who have been involved and complicent in any part of this investigation should be
disqualified!! They are part of the problem!!

Please make sure you weigh in on this at tonight's meeting.
10:37 am edt 

Wow Important!


Trestan, Robert <RTrestan@adl.org>
10:34 PM (46 minutes ago)

All - I can confirm that ADL has never characterized this blog as a "hate blog".
We were as surprised as you when we read it this morning. I did speak with the
reporter who was very understanding of the situation. It is possible that some
postings on Facebook may have stated this and then were subsequently removed.

I believe that today's story was subsequently updated to reflect the error and a
retraction will be printed in tomorrow's paper. I have reached out to the P-town
no place for hate group hoping that they will make this clear on their Facebook
page.

Robert

Robert

Robert O. Trestan| New England Regional Director | ADL

40 Court Street | Boston, MA 02108
Office: 617- 406 6360 | Fax: 617 406 6310
Mobile: 617-515-4023
www.adl.org
10:34 am edt 

Five People +

7:30 PM Tonight!  Let's show them that we're not "just 5 people
posting over and over" about the Police Chief's problems.
10:33 am edt 

Which is the Hate Blog?

It's time for the two most vocal proponents of the "hate blog" lie to apologize.
The ADL never designated MYPACC a hate blog, and Candace Nagle and Michael
Rogovsky have ceaselessly perpetuated that lie. In reality, if any blog in town
has targeted a PARTICULAR group with hatefulness, it would be the one Candace
runs. She forces dissent from her page.  Hateful things may occasionally be
expressed on MYPACC, but it's equal opportunity, and ordinary free speech.
10:32 am edt 

Re: No Place For Hate

I find it pretty disturbing how No Place for Hate has been used by some to
attack rather than protect against hate. When i first read that the "No place
for Hate" committee was spearheaded by Tim McCarthy and Candace Nagle I just
sort of wondered at how two bullies could head such an effort.

Now it appears to be even more cynical than I thought. It now looks like it was
set up to target this free speech anonymous forum and claim that it is defined as
a hate blog by the ADL - an outright lie.

What is even more disturbing to me is that this kind of bullshit politics has found its
way to our little town. It smells. It does not belong here in Provincetown where I think
the gentle people of town can tell what is BS and what is true. I wish the people who
are using intimidation and lies would stop. It's not the way we roll here in town and
should be exposed for the personal agenda that it is.

Stop it and we will forgive you for your weakness, after all, this is Provincetown...we get it.
10:28 am edt 

Bravo!

It's wonderful that Clarence-the blogmaster has been cleared of an
anti-hate blog. People keep professing civil rights and free speech,this blog
represents  just that!Some bloggers are anti-police and make it obvious,no
matter what they say but he prints that in fairness.Bravo!
10:24 am edt 

Poolice Chief's Contract

I wonder about the timing of Jaran's contract renewal.  Had any of the
the stuff already happened?
10:23 am edt 

Re: Beaux's Art Ball

"People blamed Mr. Duffy, but what they didn't know is that Mrs. Lynn
was in possession of 100 tickets, which she reserved to sell to her cronies,"


So...counting herself, David Gardner, and their respective secretaries, David
Guertin, Doug Johnstone, the Finance Director, our delegation at the Legislature
and in Congress, the 5 Selectmen, theTown Hall architect, and the chairs of the
Historical and Finance committees, plus the partners/spouses of all of these
people, it doesn't make 50 tickets.

Who got the rest if the tickets?  Anyone want to guess?

10:21 am edt 

PPD Sergeant



What is going to  happen to the police officer who is always on grindr
and scruff which are gay                     hookup sites?  He is the one accused of texting
threats such as "You are dead to the chief" and he does not seem to be punished
for it. He is always with a young guy who has recently done                      
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                           

10:12 am edt 

Anti Defamation League Denies Candace Nagle/Sergant Lopes Claim/

Can the folks listed above tell us how this happened?

10:05 am edt 

An Alternative Sounding Board

I'm very grateful for this blog.  When you hear time and time again
that investigations are closed because there's no evidence of wrongdoing, you
know that the official channels have failed our community, and thus, we must
seek out alternative sources as sounding boards.
10:04 am edt 

The Deadeye Stare - In Practice

If the Marine Patrol officer destroyed items that were an eye sore,how
come HE is still stolid himself?  Watching him glare at town residents driving
by him at the Wharf is most definitely an eyesore.

I think that Jeff and Scott practice in the mirror the "stare".  They actually
have yhe opposite effect; it's hilarious.
10:03 am edt 

Truth be Told!

Peter Petas Here's Tom response to me, which Robert has confirmed. If
you want to read my request to Tom, you can get it via a public information
request. :)

Thomas Donegan
8:14 PM (3 hours ago)

Hi Peter,
Thank you for your note. Today I spoke with Robert Trestan, Executive Director
of the Northeast Region of the ADL. He confirmed what I had long suspected. The
ADL has not made any categorization- hate blog or otherwise- of the ShoutOut
&/or MyPACC blogs. The "it's a hate blog per the ADL" is a fiction.

So despite, numerous claims from NO PLACE FOR HATE and various political actors,
MY PACC is not a Hate Blog. Mr Trestan is copied here for the record.

Best regards,

Tom Donegan
Selectman28 minutes ago · Like
10:00 am edt 

Re: A Word of Caustion

People like Golden and Lopes are just following orders.
9:57 am edt 

Cape Cod Times Questionable Reporting

It WILL be interesting to see how the Anti Defamation League responds
to this and also the Cape Cod Times, who quoted that "fact" in a recent article.

Well, it's an inexpensive lesson for the Cape Cod Times reporter as to what
sources to use for her stories - who's credible, and who isn't.
9:56 am edt 

ADL Rejects Accusation

Peter PetasProvincetown VoiceOptions for this storyIMPORTANT:

Trestan, Robert <RTrestan@adl.org>
10:34 PM (46 minutes ago)

..All - I can confirm that ADL has never characterized this blog as a "hate
blog". We were as surprised as you when we read it this morning. I did speak
with the reporter who was very understanding of the situation. It is possible
that some postings on Facebook may have stated this and then were subsequently
removed.

I believe that today's story was subsequently updated to reflect the error and a
retraction will be printed in tomorrow's paper. I have reached out to the P-town
no place for hate group hoping that they will make this clear on their Facebook
page.

Robert

Robert

Robert O. Trestan| New England Regional Director | ADL

40 Court Street | Boston, MA 02108
Office: 617- 406 6360 | Fax: 617 406 6310
Mobile: 617-515-4023

9:54 am edt 

Diminishing Returns

In the spirit of diminishing opposing views, Candyland becomes less
and less inclusive.  What's next, Candy, limiting access to only those with dogs
AND of               , AND with a last name ending in the vowel "e"?
9:36 am edt 

Two Birds of a Feather

"Yeah, I remember people talking about this, and feeling Mr. Duffy deserved
better.  She never owned up to it, though."


No wonder Ms. Lynn has so blindly defended Mr. Jaran.  They are kindred spirits.
9:31 am edt 

Who Should be Held Responsible - Contracts

"...contracts for the Town Manager and the Police Chief to determine
whether there were violations of the Town Charter."


A more basic question: Who is the person responsible for issuing contracts that
are in violation if Town Charter?  Who?  Because this "little mistake" could
cost us a bit of change.
9:29 am edt 

Banner Better With Alix Ritchie?

Banner better with Alix Ritchie?

The Advocate was a million times less vapid than the Banner. Alix Ritchie was a
waste of space.
9:27 am edt 

Feedback on Employee Handbooks- Predicted Blowback From Unsettled Flores Case

"Id like some feedback from the group. Most decent employee handbooks,
sexual harassment policies and the like contain strong protections for whistle blowers
as well as requirements that those witnessing certain serious breaches of policy
MUST report the behavior within
a certain period of time even if it means
bypassing chain of command."


I believe our policies should include this requirement for all personnel for
Sexual Harassment (including hostile environment claims), Civil Rights
Violations and Abuse of Power Violations. These three areas should be sacrosanct
in my view in our Town. Secondly, while I applaud and strongly support the
policy Provincetown has of indemnifying Town employees for legal defense and
damages awards which they might incur related to performing their jobs."

MY call is this is why Darlene Flores was terminated. She blew the whistle on
Russ Braun. She was then terminated. I predict this will come back to haunt Ms.
Lynn as well as Russ Braun. Just my humble opinion.
9:25 am edt 

Voter Intimidation

I agree with the previous post about not forgetting our Voter Intimidation case. 
Never, as long as I can remember, has a Provincetown official sought to threaten
the residents for their votes or positions on municipal matters.  We already
have on record 2 documented complaints:
1)  A voter being threatened and intimidated for choosing to display signs for
two particular candidates, on his home lawn.
2)  Mr. Walker, during his remarks on September 9, 2013, indicating that the
Police Chief was dead staring at him during a BOS meeting because he expressed
his disapproval of the high cost for the proposed police building project.  Mr.
Walker also stated that, coincidentally, he had been followed by a cruiser
subsequent to his expressing his opposing views about the project.

I'm sure that there are others that have experienced similar treatment from the
Police Chief, but haven't come forward yet.  They must!

I want everybody who reads this to process this:
Voters at Town Meeting have often felt uncomfortable about voting out in the
open, and not by written ballot,  because in cases were they take a stand
against one issue or another, it  impacts their relationships with those
individuals who have a vested interest in the issues being voted on.

NEVER, until Jaran came to Provincetown, did any public official intimidate
citizens personally, or via the use of municipal staff.  NEVER did any public
official direct his/her staff or used town's resources for the specific purpose
of following, persecuting or threatening citizens.  who expressed views that
were contrary to those if that public official.  The worst that would happen is
a bit of a huffy attitude, and this seldom lasted long. Our town hires managers,
not thugs.

******  In this day and age, communities must assume a zero tolerance posture
with regard to the intimidation of citizens by public officials.  The
terrorizing of Provincetown residents by any municipal employee must stop, and
be subject to immediate disciplinary action.  ******
9:20 am edt 

Banner Letter to the Editor Sept 12, 2013

Town and police chief must part ways

To the editor:

[The following is a copy of a letter addressed to the board of selectmen requesting that they hold a hearing on Sept. 9 to consider firing Police Chief Jeff Jaran. The letter, forwarded to the Banner, is being printed here in abridged form.] I am writing to you requesting that the board immediately schedule its own hearing to terminate [Chief] Jeff Jaran’s employment with the Provincetown Police Dept.

[State law] allows the board to act immediately to address the consequences of Jaran’s behavior without the delay of an investigation. Let me set out why I believe that this is the wise and proper course of action to take.

First and foremost, the only matter that the board needs to address is to decide if Jaran continues on with his job. Neither criminal nor civil liability is to be decided by the board; those are matters for the courts. The only thing the board needs to decide is if good cause exists to terminate Jaran’s employment.

Let me lay out my own view of good cause justifying why the town and Jaran have to part ways.

First, I am stunned by [Town Manager Sharon] Lynn’s flagrant insensitivity to the officers serving under Jaran. Her complete silence, to date, and failure to suspend him pending an investigation signals to every member of the department that ensuring a suitable workplace for everyone is the last and least of her priorities where it conflicts with Jaran’s personal “style.” How demoralizing that must be to the police department staff who have to stay silent now.

Further, a host of his wrong-headed policies which harm our town demon-strates good cause. Those policies are plainly demonstrated by his acts and direction:

1) Townies and tourists alike are prey rather than the lifeblood of our town. The police department this year has engaged in a flat-out campaign of intimidation against tourists who visit our town, as well as our own townies. Three-thousand, five-hundred and twenty-three traffic stops and 2,331 “observations” were made last year. … The chief endorsed obtaining funds for overtime so that tourists and townies alike could now not only be stopped in their cars but also on their bicycles. … I personally saw officers “patrol” in the midst of the A House, the Paramount and the Wave [clubs] without any reason at all in the middle of high season on crowded nights … drug searches on ferries … the lack of community policing. 2) The town’s finances are his for the taking — 19 year round officers without any basis to justify such a large force when other U.S. towns our size have about six officers. … Supporting a new $14 million police station that would cost each and every property tax lot at least $3,125 dollars.

3) He is the master of all he surveys: Citizens’ political and civil rights are to be infringed and subordinated to establish his personal view of a “greater good.” Two words here — Squealing Pig.

4) He sees himself as above both the law and common civility. There are too many stories of intimidating behavior by him, like causing a patrol car to shine its lights into the Pig. … The lack of an apology at all from him simply demonstrates his lack of common civility and his inability to ever admit his own errors.

5) Finally I wish to close upon the sexual harassment complaint. He has failed to maintain a safe working environment for our officers and keep good order within the department which has now exposed the town to paying monetary damages. This harassment complaint is why I am publicly speaking. His conduct, both on and off duty, simply can’t be tolerated any longer.

A hearing … will allow Jaran to fully present his case for remaining with the police department in the manner he would like to, with the benefit of counsel and the ability to subpoena. Let’s hear his side of the story. He should absolutely be provided this opportunity. You, in turn, must squarely and expeditiously face and decide his continuing employment with Provincetown now.

Brian M. DeLaurentis Provincetown
9:15 am edt 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Anti Defamation League Denies Candace Nagle/Sergant Lopes Claim

Clarence Walker, my friend, I am so pleased that you are about to
finally be vindicated! All this time that The No Place for Hate people have been
calling this a "hate" site, and saying that in the name of the Anti-Defamation
League, the League has denied knowing anything about this claim by Candace
Nagle, and Sgt Lopes
. Who is the Hate blog now? It WILL be interesting to see
how the Anti Defamation League responds to this and also the Cape Cod Times, who
quoted that "fact" in a recent article.

Please notice that many very "legitimate" blogs, like the Voice and P'town
Community and politics also cut and paste from here and to here, because it is
read by so many community members, and comments from all walks of life!
Sensible, intelligent, feeling, and some even helpful. It is a successful
venture, and has been a constant voice for the community

I hope that Ms. Nagle, Sgt Lopes, and other members of the no place for hate
community page will apologize to you and the participants of this page. This has
been going on for a long time, and you have bravely stood your ground and never
flinched from your belief that this was a valuable way to hear the relatively
unedited opinions of real town people. I don't expect they will even acknowledge
they were willfully misrepresenting a national organization's position on this
issue, and they must resign from any committees that need a working knowledge of
what hate means.

Thank You, Clarence Walker for standing up for the voters here, from your fincom
committee, or at many other town affairs you volunteer or participate in, thank
you from all of us. You know who we are!
11:05 pm edt 

Re: Clean House

"Lets clean up this mess. Jaran first, Lynn next!!!!!"


Amen. Sharon the cop enabler must go.
10:56 pm edt 

A Word of Caustion

BEWARE lieutenant Golden is just as bad as the chief he has just been
able to hide behind up until now.
10:53 pm edt 

Pending Litigation

"It feels a bit unfair to me to be paying defense costs for folks who
witness sexual harassment or abuse of power and who do nothing about it?"


I agree wholeheartedly!
10:49 pm edt 

Re: Action to be Taken Re Police Chief Jeff Jaran

NOTE NEW TIME: 7:30 PM

The Provincetown Board of Selectmen will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Judge Welsh Hearing Room, Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657


1. Public Statements

2. Discussion of potential action to be taken with respect to Police Chief Jeff Jaran under Provincetown Town Charter Section 10-4-2.

3. Other - Other matters that may legally come before the board not known at the time of posting. Votes may be taken.
10:28 pm edt 

Cape Cod Times sept. 11, 2013

P'town hires outside investigator to look into case of The Squealing Pig


 

PROVINCETOWN – The Board of Selectmen unanimously chose an investigator Wednesday with deep experience in police inquiries to look into a May 7 incident involving Police Chief Jeff Jaran at The Squealing Pig pub.

Frank Rudewicz, a Connecticut lawyer and a licensed private investigator in Massachusetts, was hired from among three candidates for the job
Rudewicz works for Marcum LLP in Boston and is in charge of forensic, investigative and advisory services. His proposal to the selectmen, which would top out at $8,000, was the most expensive of the three, but he will be able to tap into a pool of associates to help if needed. The selectmen seemed to agree Wednesday that townspeople were looking for a choice that was without question.

“This is exactly the kind of experience we're looking for,” Selectman Erik Yingling said. Yingling made the motion to hire Rudewicz.

“I think we have to bring an investigator that will bring a level of comfort to the public,” board Chairman Austin Knight added.

The selectmen are seeking an outside investigator to look into allegations that Jaran acted inappropriately in responding to an anti-police rap song playing on the sound system as he sat with his girlfriend at the bar.

Rudewicz's experience includes 26 investigations similar to what the selectmen want, such as abuse of power by police, off-duty conduct of a police officer and allegations of a cover-up by police, according to a resume Rudewicz submitted to the town. He was a police officer for Hartford, Conn., from 1979 to 1993, according to his resume.

The “independent fact-finding” investigation would involve interviewing witnesses and gathering information in other ways, possibly through anonymous emails; reviewing the materials; and weighing that information based on credibility, motivations and other factors, Rudewicz said. What he learns may require follow-up, he told the selectmen. The biggest variable in costs would be scheduling interviews and then having those be canceled. From eight to 10 interviews may be conducted, according to paperwork Rudewicz submitted.

“Scheduling is what busts the budgets,” Rudewicz said.

The selectmen did not choose John Ford, a retired Bourne police chief and licensed private detective, in part because of his close association with local police, according to comments made by at least one selectman. Don Pickard, of Bourne, who has conducted thousands of private investigations for insurance, legal and corporate clients, was seen as equal to Rudewicz in skill and less expensive; the selectmen, however, said they felt more comfortable with a broader, team approach.

Three other investigators expressed interest in the job but then withdrew their paperwork.
Apart from hiring Rudewicz, the selectmen will consider at 7:30 tonight a suspension of Jaran; it follows a crowded meeting Monday where many people complained of police intimidation.

The rap song that upset Jaran on May 7 is from a 1988 album “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A about gang violence in Los Angeles, and the lyrics describe police brutality. Jaran told the Times in June that he became uncomfortable with the volume and the lyrics of the song and told the bartenders to turn the song off and that they should be ashamed of themselves. Jaran and his girlfriend left the bar.

One of the bartenders sent an apologetic email the next morning to Jaran, according to town records. The two bartenders and the pub owner met with Jaran on May 9 and apologies were made on both sides, according to a statement Jaran made in public Aug. 12. The other bartender, though, told Yingling and the Provincetown Banner that Jaran had overreacted.

In June, Town Manager Sharon Lynn determined in her investigation that there was no corroborating evidence to warrant further action. But Yingling and Selectman Thomas Donegan have since pushed for an independent investigation.

10:19 pm edt 

From: Mike Canizales

I'd like some feedback from the group. Most decent employee handbooks, sexual
harassment policies and the like contain strong protections for whistle blowers
as well as requirements that those witnessing certain serious breaches of policy
MUST report the behavior within a certain period of time even if it means
bypassing chain of command.

I believe our policies should include this requirement for all personnel for
Sexual Harassment (including hostile environment claims), Civil Rights
Violations and Abuse of Power Violations. These three areas should be sacrosanct
in my view in our Town. Secondly, while I applaud and strongly support the
policy Provincetown has of indemnifying Town employees for legal defense and
damages awards which they might incur related to performing their jobs.

I wonder if we should not allow the BOS or other body to revoke that indemnity
if they fail to report actions related to the above OR if a supervisor does not
properly manage an investigation into any of these activities. It feels a bit
unfair to me to be paying defense costs for folks who witness sexual harassment
or abuse of power and who do nothing about it? Does anyone have feedback on
this?
10:04 pm edt 

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow - Bet Your Bottom Dollar

Ding Dong the Warlock is dead, which old warlock ......tomorrow is a
VERY VERY BIG day indeed......fear not my fellow munchkins, all that is good is
about to be unveiled.......
10:02 pm edt 

Police Chief Not a Good Fit

Perhaps part of the problem is our current police chief seems to forget (or
perhaps he has never fully realized) that he works for the Town. The Town is
comprised of citizens. We, the people, are mad as hell and we are not going to
take it any more. Enough is enough!

10:00 pm edt 

Mike Canizales

http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/10907

If you care about grandma please tune in to our five year plan discussion
tomorrow after 6pm on PTV or visit in person at 1pm tomorrow. We need your
feedback on these important issues. Remember we're your shareholder activists. 

Thanks in advance.

http://youtu.be/OGnE83A1Z4U
9:58 pm edt 

Jaran's Arrogance Shines Brighter Every Day

In a prepared statement released to the Cape Cod Times, Jaran says "I am fully
aware of the Board of Selectmen's ongoing discussions regarding the incident at
The Squealing Pig restaurant. I strongly object to any administrative action
contemplated against me. I would further presume if there was a compelling
reason to take such action, the appropriate authority would have done so long
before what is now over 129 days old and counting  dating back to May 7th," he
wrote.

Presumed innocent? He should realize the sands of time move ever so slowly when
it comes to justice. As a law enforcement official, he is derelict to presume
otherwise. Even his own department has been unable to resolve a mysterious case
which looms on nearly four decades later.

Who's counting now?
9:56 pm edt 

From: Jennifer Cabral - Join Us One More Time!

Bravo to all of you who showed up Monday night to
defend our fellow citizens and demand accountability from our leaders!! Like so
many of you, I was moved by the sincerity of the speakers and awed by the
courage each of us showed just by being present.

Despite being called "raucous" by one reporter, our deportment was impeccable
and I was never more proud of being from Provincetown than I was that night.
Thank you for inspiring me and reminding us all what community looks like.

I'm afraid our job, however, is not done. Though each member of the Board of
Selectmen verbally agreed to support the suspension of Chief of Police
Jeffrey Jaran, the motion was postponed until this THURSDAY Sept. 12 at 7:30 pm,
ostensibly to determine the legal ramifications of doing so.

Many who oppose such a measure have suggested the large presence at Monday's
meeting was an anomoly, a fit of temper that is not real or sustainable. Those of
you who attended the meeting or watched it on PTV know how truly remarkable those
moments were, a shining example of democracy and civi discourse in action.

I want to believe the Selectmen will follow through with their UNANIMOUS verbal
vote to suspend our Chief of Police WITH PAY. I want to believe they will act in
good faith. But I am afraid.

I am afraid some board members may cave to pressure from those who would
belittle our very real concerns. So I ask- no PRAY- that you stand once again
with your fellow citizens and see our noble efforts to completion.

Please attend YET ANOTHER Board of Selectmen meeting Thursday September 12
at 7:30 pm in the Judge Welsh Meeting Room of Town Hall. The front doors of Town
Hall are likely to be locked again, so please do not be deterred!! Enter through the
Ryder Street entrance, you will see us all there.

Join us ONE MORE TIME to help propel our community through these shameful
circumstances so that we may all hold our heads high in our beloved Provincetown.
We will make history by having a police department that is the envy of every other.
Only we can make this a reality.

Thank you again.

Your friend, Jennifer.
9:54 pm edt 

Right to Know

Is it possible for FinCom  to obtain copies of the recently executed
contracts for the Town Manager and the Police Chief to determine whether there
were violations of the Town Charter.

Shouldn't this document be available to the public?
9:48 pm edt 

Clean House

Lets clean up this mess. Jaran first, Lynn next!!!!!
9:46 pm edt 

Re: Beached Boats

Duped again!  The controlling harbor regulation states in part "....may be
ticketed and or removed...  Any dinghy or vessel removed and stored, which is
not claimed within 15 days is subject to disposal by the Harbormaster". It would
appear there are two conditions precedent to destruction:
        1. The subject of destruction must be a  dinghy or vessel.

        2.  The subject of destruction must have been removed and stored
             and not have been claimed with 15 days os such storage.

The Marine Patrol Officer stated the destroyed boats that were not seaworthy
we're destroyed immediately, not stored for 15 days.  Query, if these boats had
had a  beached boat permit would they have been destroyed? No!  So,
seaworthiness has nothing to do with their  destruction.  Any boat destroyed
immediately was destroyed in error.  It's as simple as that.  Listening to the
marine patrol officer and Harbormaster was a verbal shell game. Come on
selectmen you are smarter than that!

9:45 pm edt 

Break the Circle!

There is a rumor about that the Chief was pushed out of his last job
in New Hampshire. If this is true and he was rescued by another former
Police Chief, our current Town Manager, then she was aware of his former
misbehaviors  and it is no wonder that she protects him in his drinking and
uncontrollable anger actions. It would be dishonest of our BOS to pass him on to
another unsuspecting town. It would also wrong to pass the TM along to another
unsuspecting town . Let us break tis ugly circle.
9:43 pm edt 

Cape Cod Times

I see our town made it on the front page of the paper...again!!!!!!
9:40 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran Implicates Town Manager

In Jaran's statement to the press, which I read in today's Cape Cod
Times., Jaran cleverly implicates the Town Manager, along with him. 
Sort of like a "if I go down, I'm taking her down with me" tactic.
9:37 pm edt 

Lest We Forget

I believe that after we accomplish the suspension and investigation of
Chief Jaran, we also need to reopen the case against Sgt Koumenelis and Officers
Landry and Alves. Lieutenant Golden did the internal investigation and was
extremely biased in his officers favor. Koumenelis had his hand slapped, and the
other two officers were absolved of wrongdoing by the Lieutenant.

These are serious human rights violations, and these three officers, the Chief,
and the Chiefs "girlfriend" participated....laughing it off as a joke between
friends. The friend who was threatened doesn't agree that this was funny, and
has filed a lawsuit against the Town!

Please don't forget this incident and let it be buried! The men and women
responsible think they have been forgotten, because the Chief and Manager have
grabbd the spotlight with a Sexual Harrassment suit. All of these serious crimes
have to be adjudicated, and this one must include ALL of the perps....Kim Hurd,
Chief Jaran, Manager Lynn, Lieutenant Golden, Sgt, Koumenelis, Patrolmen Alves
and Landry. These people should not be glossed over by a more serious event.
Let's not forget.....
9:36 pm edt 

From: Jennifer Cabral - Letter to BOS in Support of Police Chief Suspension

Those of you who cannot attend, PLEASE WRITE IN. Your letter
will be entered into the minutes (at some point) and be on record at least. It
can be short, such as "Dear Selectmen, I believe you should vote yes on the
motion as presented September, 9, 2013 to suspend with pay Chief jarran until
such time as the allegations against him have been cleared to the satisfaction
of the town body. You have all agreed verbally to do so. Do not look for loop
holes and scare tactics to excuse you from performing your jobs as our
representatives. Please do not fail us again." and sign your name. Use this one
if you want! Just print it, sign it and send it!!!
9:30 pm edt 

Cape Cod Times Sept. 11, 2013

PROVINCETOWN  After a raucous meeting Monday night where a chorus of
citizens complained of police intimidation under the current chief, the Board of
Selectmen called for a meeting to be held Thursday night to discuss the
suspension of Police Chief Jeff Jaran.

Selectman Erik Yingling said the "interface" between the public and the police
had broken down.

Plenty of people said the same thing at the Monday selectmen's meeting. Several
also chided the selectmen and Town Manager Sharon Lynn, saying they had buried
such complaints or not taken them seriously.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Judge Welsh Hearing Room at Town
Hall, 260 Commercial St.

Jaran, who was hired in 2008, has recently come under fire for an angry outburst
about a song with anti-police lyrics by the rap group N.W.A, which was played at
The Squealing Pig pub May 7. He was in the bar and off-duty at the time.

Jaran has said he was offended by the lyrics and he told a restaurant employee
to shut off the song and that the person should be ashamed. Jaran contacted the
Squealing Pig owner the next day and the police chief considered the issue
resolved.

Lynn conducted a follow-up investigation and on June 24 told the selectmen she
found no corroborating testimony about the incident to lead her to take action.

The Board of Selectmen has since decided to hire an independent investigator to
look into the incident.

Many at the selectmen's meeting Monday also brought up Andrea Poulin, a former
Police Department employee, who has filed a sex discrimination complaint with
the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. She alleges that former
Provincetown Patrol Officer Nathaniel McConatha grabbed her breast in 2012.

She further alleges that Jaran failed to take seriously and remedy the
situation. McConatha no longer works for the department.

Lynn denied Poulin's charges at Monday's meeting. She said the town fully met
its legal obligations and responsibilities to its employees. She would not
reveal what action, if any, was taken regarding the follow-up to the complaint,
citing personnel privacy rules.

Jaran, who did not attend the meeting, issued a prepared statement to the Times.

"I am fully aware of the Board of Selectmen's ongoing discussions regarding the
incident at The Squealing Pig restaurant. I strongly object to any
administrative action contemplated against me. I would further presume if there
was a compelling reason to take such action, the appropriate authority would
have done so long before what is now over 129 days old and counting  dating back
to May 7th," he wrote.

"Furthermore, with regards to any complaints made against me and the town
manager with respect to the MCAD complaint, we stand by the statement that we
took immediate action to remedy the situation and believe that we can clearly
show we made every attempt for a thorough, fair and effective resolution. I
concur with the town manager in adamantly denying that Ms. Poulin was treated
unfairly after the allegations with her co-worker were eventually brought to
light. And I personally reject that Ms. Poulin was 'driven out of her job' due
to a 'hostile environment' that existed in the Police Department, as alleged in
the MCAD complaint."

Those at the meeting had other opinions.

Steven Roderick, a Provincetown native, said he has known Poulin her entire
life.

He said she is a "bright, funny, loving woman whose sense of worth was taken
away by the incident and the follow-up."

Among others to hurl charges at Jaran was Finance Committee member Clarence
Walker  a founder of the blog "Shout Out," hosted by a group called the
Provincetown Association of Concerned Citizens.

Walker said he was "trailed" by a police car shortly before he recommended
greatly reducing the cost of the proposed $14.6 million police headquarters
building project.

When he discussed his recommendation at a meeting, Jaran "gave me the death
stare" from the audience, which was intimidating, Walker said.

Walker's blog, which posts anonymous comments about Provincetown politics, has
been labeled a hate blog by the Anti-Defamation League, according to the
Provincetown No Place for Hate Committee's Facebook page.

Other comments at the meeting came from resident Jennifer Cabral, who urged the
selectmen to take the public's complaints about the police chief seriously.

"I'm not anti-police. I'm anti-abuse of power," she said.

She said the chief has made mistakes and that the town manager has "an enormous
blind spot" to his faults.

Eric Roberts, the Squealing Pig bartender on duty the night the N.W.A song
played, said: "I have lost all faith in Police Chief Jeff Jaran. I see a very
unsettling pattern."
9:24 pm edt 

Re: Animal Farm Redux

Whaaaaaat????  You mean that in Sharon's eyes Ann Maquire is better
than you or me?  No way!
9:22 pm edt 

Re: Animal Farm Redux

People blamed Mr. Duffy, but what they didn't know is that Mrs. Lynn
was in possession of 100 tickets, which she reserved to sell to her cronies, the
cabal,

Yeah, I remember people talking about this, and feeling Mr. Duffy deserved
better.  She never owned up to it, though.
9:20 pm edt 

Re: Animal Farm Redux

The way she announced it, the whole town would have the chance to
attend, and it would be an annual event.

Well, even though she was quoted in the media as saying so, she never followed
through on her commitment.
9:17 pm edt 

Town Manager's Definition of Professional Police Department

A.  A department headed by a chief who publicly behaves in a manner that if any
other citizen did what he is alleged to have done ( Squealing Pig)' that citizen
would be immediately arrested.  The chief is above the law.

B.  A department where the chief and another officer intimidates and threatens
voters who support a particular candidate for selectmen instead of the candidate
favored by the chief and town manager.  Civil rights violations, nothing to be
concerned about.

C.  A department where allegations of sexual violations are dismissed and just
put in a cabinet with no public action taken against the perpetrator and the
chief exacerbates the violation with his own words.  Law suits, oh, just bring
them on.

    This is abuse of power.  This is corruption.  This is delusional behavior.
Ms.  Lynn, this is not a professional police department.  Your incompetence does
not allow you to know what the true meaning of professional is.
9:16 pm edt 

Mike Canizales Posted in Provincetown Voice Sept. 11, 2013

This was requested by me from the Town Manager who graciously provided it. All contracts are public documents. I only requested the section on discipline so I could understand the previously reported issue about conflict with Charter. I understand that has been resolved (i.e. there is no conflict) I do find it unfavorable to the Town that the Chief can appeal a ruling but the Town cannot. I'd strongly suggest to the Town Manager and BOS that this is not smart wording for future contracts. I'm surprised our Town Counsel would ever have allowed this. My two cents (speaking for Me only here folks). (EXCERPTED FROM MOST RECENT CONTRACT 4. Discipline or Discharge.
A. It is agreed that the Chief of Police can be disciplined or discharged only for just cause, upon proper notice and only after a hearing at which the Chief of Police shall have the right to be represented by counsel. The Chief of Police shall have the option of choosing whether or not any such hearing shall be closed to the public or be held as an open or public hearing. The principle of progressive discipline will apply and the Town of Provincetown recognizes its obligation to provide the Chief with periodic performance evaluations.
8. The Chief of Police may appeal any discipline or discharge to a committee of arbitrators consisting of three (3) persons. The three persons shall be chosen as follows: one by the Town of Provincetown, one by the Chief of Police, and one by the two so chosen. A majority of the three (3) member committee shall be sufficient to uphold a discharge or to reverse the discharge decision.
C. The Chief of Police may appeal any discipline or discharge upheld by the committee of arbitrators to the municipal court of the City of
Boston, to the district court wherein the Chief of Police resides or to the superior court, each of which shall have jurisdiction to review whether any discipline was proper and may order the reinstatement of the Chief of Police if he or she alleges he or she has been improperly suspended or discharged.
D. In the event of the suspension or discharge of the Chief of Police, if the

committee of arbitrators or a court shall reverse or modify a
suspension or discharge the Chief of Police shall be entitled to back pay, benefits and counsel fees.
9:08 pm edt 

Erik Yingling posted in Provincetown Voice sept. 11, 2013

The board of selectmen just chose Marcum LLP to conduct the squealing pig investigation by a vote of 5-0. They were the most qualified and had specific experience investigating alleged wrong doing in other police departments as well as experience in investigating chief's of police for alleged wrong doing.
8:50 pm edt 

Animal Farm Redux

Many of you recall the last Halloween bash, which Mrs. Lynn called
a celebration for our community, for the completion of Town Hall.
The way she announced it, the whole town would have the chance to attend, and it
would be an annual event.

Well, the only way that the whole town, all of us, could attend, would have
been if the event had been planned as an open house-type event, with possibly
two or three shifts, so as not to exceed maximum capacity in the building.

When the time came to buy tickets for this "community celebration", there
was much confusion regarding where and how to get tickets, and many of the
residents who wanted to go were left with no way to get tickets, and didn't
attend.

People blamed Mr. Duffy, but what they didn't know is that Mrs. Lynn was in
possession of 100 tickets, which she reserved to sell to her cronies, the cabal,
et al.

And even though Mr. Duffy was the target of people's anger, Mrs. Lynn never
fessed up to what she had done with the 100 tickets, and left the guy "holding
the bag", by stating mum about it.

In the scheme of things, this story isn't important.  But what it does do is
point to Mrs. Lynn's content of character.  And that, as some people have been
saying on this blog, in Provincetown, in Mrs. Lynn's eyes we're all equal, but
some are more equal than others.
1:36 am edt 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Re: The Case Against Sharon Lynn

"Webmaster Comment: I think you are conflating the Town Manager with
the Police Chief."



Dear Mr. Webmaster:  Since she has found no fault whatsoever on the part of her
Police Chief, then it must be because, in her previous experience as a Police
Chief herself, she found these behaviors acceptable and not even significant
enough to adversely impact contracts, salaries, and performance evaluations. 
Who better than another police chief to determine whether Jaran's behavior is
the typical behavior of other police chiefs? It's the only way that I can
process how she has given him a free pass, not one, but all the time.
12:17 am edt 

Jeff Jaran - Police Chief BOS Presentation

Re:  How interesting that our police chief showed up for his
presentation to the BOS long after the public statements. What's the matter,
can't stand the heat?

That's a classic characteristic of abusers - they're thin-skinned, when the heat
is on them.
12:14 am edt 

New Police Station - See You and Raise You

As far as I'm concerned, they can forget about my voting for a new
police building.

I think that, rihht now, there are more important police-related matters than a
new building.  We have our hands full with the current police chief's and the
town manager's shenanigans.

Plus, the new Police Chief should have input on a construction project which he
or she is going to have to see through completion.

So... It's up to the Selectmen, because as long as Jaran is in, the new building
is out.
12:10 am edt 

It's About Accountability

I think that we need to start holding town employees accountable for
their actions, when such actions require the taxpayers to cover their blunders. 
Enough is enough!

This includes Scott and Rex paying out of their own pockets for the prams,
Sharon paying out if her iwn pocket any legal costs for hastily and processing
flawed contracts of individuals being suspended or terminated, Jeff paying for
"filing sexual harrassment complaints in lockers, the lawyers for giving
incompetent advice...

If they must remain in their jobs, and we're already paying them nice salaries,
then the least they must do is pay up to cover their own blunders.  Why should
WE ALSO PAY FOR THEIR MISTAKES?
12:08 am edt 

Selectman McChesnay - Head in the Clouds

It was a humorous moment when Mr. McChesney commented on a very valid
point - the dangers of drinking and driving, with the Police Chief present at
that point.  No need to expand on this; you all get the drift here.  I don't
think that Mr. McChesney knows, though.
12:06 am edt 

The Case Against Sharon Lynn

Well, based on how Ms. Lynn has treated the various incidents in the
Provincetown Police Department, when she was a Police Chief in wherever she was
Police Chief, she found it not only acceptable, but probably worthy of increases
in salaries, commendations, etc.:

1.  the grabbing of female police breasts by other members within her police
force

2.   the intimidation of any citizen that voiced any divergence of opinions with
her, including directing more than one of her police to follow with their
cruisers such citizens

3.  her inviting citizens to fight

Webmaster Comment: I think you are conflating the Town Manager with the Police Chief.
12:04 am edt 

Re: Candyland: Michael Rogovsky

Perhaps you should have been brave and spoken up, but the applause frightened
you? Really?

Ask yourself how professional is the police department now that there has been a
charge of sexual harassment filed by one of their own?
11:59 pm edt 

Chief Pleads for His Life

How interesting that our police chief showed up for his presentation to the BOS
long after the public statements. What's the matter, can't stand the heat?

11:56 pm edt 

Candyland at Her Worse

What's a little breast grab amongst friends? Poor Candace.......Your
smoke and mirrors will not work here!

The People have spoken!

See ya Thursday!
8:45 pm edt 

DPW Director Retires

It was told to me today that David Gurtin DPW Director has given a formal notice
of retirement.

Seems things are falling apart around Sharon Lynn's ears. He was not happy
working for her.

Who's next?
8:43 pm edt 

Vincent Currier - Posted in Provincetown Voice Sept. 10, 2013

I hope that everyone who made the meeting on Monday night will bring just one more person, and watch how democracy in our wonderful town works. Please don't stop the momentum....we need everyone who believes that Chief Jaran should not be on the street, commanding our Police Force, while he is under investigation on muliple fronts. We need to encourage a unanamous vote on suspending the Chief while these investigations are in progress. The allegations against him would have any of you or yours in a jail cell awaiting trial! The pattern of disrespect and entitlement are staggering. Watch the BOS video of the 9/9/13 meeting, and you will hear many of the stories. It is time for the citizens of P'town to be seen and heard again, very important that you all spread the word to others.

Thanks! Again.
8:39 pm edt 

Re: Sergeant Koumanelis

Is the Sergeant involved in the Voter Intimidation Case still in the
Provincetown Police Department's Honor Guard?

Did he also represent us at the Red Sox game in Boston recently?
8:34 pm edt 

A Greater Problem

I hope you all prevail, but once again, Sharon Lynn IS the problem.
She enables the police to do what they have done for years: civil rights
injustices, injuries, wrongful arrests, suicides...all prior to the squealing
piglet incident when most of you took notice. Change the Chief and as a former
cop, Sharon will continue her pattern. Cops blindly protect their own. The
problems in your police department are much deeper than Jaran. We personally
witnessed lies from so many including the biggest offenders: Officers        
      ("                    ?" Too funny!),      and       . So glad you are
asking for change, but please be aware it is only the start.
http://www.lost45.com/provincetown.html Be knowledgeable on Thursday. Know the
facts.

We want your town to be a better place too. -Barry Scott
8:32 pm edt 

Chief Jaran's Contract

I believe that the quickie multi-year contract was for 5 years. Can
someone verify this?

Also, what is the date of this last contract been approved by the Selectmen?
7:40 pm edt 

Candyland: Michael Rogovsky

At the selectman's meeting; some of the public and many of the folks answering a call to arms from MYPACC showed up at the selectmen's meeting. They all spoke about this intense intimidation and fear and shaking in their boots over the police presence from being stared at in the stop and shop to the police driving by and giving them the evil eye. I have never seen this. I've lived here almost 40 years..and I have see none of this. I should have gotten up to speak-but the applause after every negative statement regarding the police unnerved me. How sad, Chief Jeff Jaran comes here, creates a professional police force and now there is a call to suspend him. truly a sad situation.
7:30 pm edt 

Oatsey Hussein Rogers Posted in Provincetown Voice

"Candace Nagle: After attending last night's meeting, I agree with Norman Barry. It is time to establish a Citizens Review Board."
6:55 pm edt 

Vincent Currier Posted in Provicnetown Voice September 10, 2013

I have heard a rumor that both Sharon Lynn and Austin Knight are looking for ways out of the committment to suspend Chief Jaran from duty. I have no proof to offer, because again someone is intimidated. If this rumor is true....I would urge....no, BEG the people who were at the Monday night meeting, and heard the statements, to grab a friend and make sure that we were not "shagged". If I am wrong and I sincerely hope that I'm not....then I would be pleased to initiate a standing ovation for our Selectmen for doing what they promised to do. And acting on the wishes of their constitutents! Thank you for responding to another meeting!
6:44 pm edt 

Erin Barrepski's BOS Speech

Here is my speech from last night's meeting. I encourage you all to
attend Thursdays meeting at 7:30pm.

Hello my name is Erin Barrepski

For those of that dont me I have been a year round resident in Provincetown for
18 years. I am a homeowner, a voter, and I am raising my family here. For full
disclosure I would like to add that my husband is employed at the Squealing Pig. 
Although I do not believe any of these facts grant me any special status they do
paint a picture of my motivation to be here tonight.

I come here tonight before the BOS and Town Manager to express my disappointment
and frustration with your refusal and neglect to address some very significant
issues that many Provincetown residents have.

You, the BOS as elected representatives, are expected to represent ALL of the
residents of Provincetown including the fisherman, the artists, the service
workers, the children, the retirees, the business owners, town employees, police
officers and EVERYONE else that lives here, NOT just a hand selected few that
suit your agendas.

I ask you to please spare me another speech of praise tonight about building
renovations, street paving, or waste water treatment installments. I can agree
as much as the next person how these town improvements benefit us all and are
appreciated - but that is not the issue. The issue is your treatment of the
people that elected you to listen to them and respond to their concerns and
needs.

I hold you, the majority of the BOS and town manager solely responsible for the
highly contentious atmosphere in our community. I dont blame the administrators
of facebook pages or public forums, nor do I blame any other person in this
community. I have to believe that nearly everyone is seeking the truth or a
resolution to our current problems in some way, whether it seems an appropriate
platform to others or not.

It is your responsibility as the BOS and TM to follow these due processes that
you speak of that will lead Provincetown to a peaceful community again. These
due processes are exactly what the majority of you have been avoiding. Some of
you on the BOS claim that only a few disgruntled citizens and the selectmen that
are willing to communicate with them, are the only people responsible for
unnecessarily dragging out what you deem unimportant incidents. I am here
tonight to tell you that you are wrong.

Quite frankly Im appalled that you would imply that any one person is less
important than another in this community. You were elected and hired by this
community to represent everyone equally. Those few people have every right to be
treated with respect and given the same attention to their concerns, whether or
not they fall into your selection of important or significant people.

I live here in Provincetown because it is a community that prides itself on
equality NOT division. I feel a deep sadness for Provincetown as I watch the
great divide widen in this community.

While you sit up in front of your microphones tonight please consider that this
is not a political game for the people on this side of your bench. This is about
peoples jobs, families, personal property, reputations, friendships, and this
small communitys ability to function together. Your neglect to swiftly address
the problems at hand has disrupted everyones lives no matter what side of the
divide people have fallen on.

You have done a great disservice to ALL of the parties involved including
yourselves! This is not a facebook popularity contest, or a political game.
These are peoples lives. You, the majority of the selectmen and town manager
should be the ones ashamed of yourselves.

I want to end by thanking the members of the BOS that have listened and tried to
address some of these issues for us.

Thank you.
6:34 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson Unbelievable

Everyone should watch PTV's tapes of last nights meeting and make sure
you watch till the end . During Selectmen's statements early one, Elaine
Anderson seemed to appreciate the comments from the folks that spoke during
public statements but said she'd wait till the end of the night to finish her
thoughts. i made a point of watching the end.

What did she ask during her turn? she wanted to know if the selectmen would
"have access" to tickets for this fall's Beaux Art Ball. It sure looked like she
expected a freebie. does she even realize how crass that looks after a.
listening for over an hour to people talk about whats important in town with the
mess with this Police Chief and b. that taking a ticket worth over $50 is
freaking against the law? What really gives with this person? what planet is she
on? People.... please.

Watch this tape. This is your current Board of Selectmen. It must change.  
watch this at 1:57:14 you won't believe your ears.  guess she likes hers
perks....talk about out of touch with the working folks of town......does she
think this is all just a joke??Everyone should watch PTV's tapes of last nights meeting and make sure
you watch till the end . During Selectmen's statements early one, Elaine
Anderson seemed to appreciate the comments from the folks that spoke during
public statements but said she'd wait till the end of the night to finish her
thoughts. i made a point of watching the end.

What did she ask during her turn? she wanted to know if the selectmen would
"have access" to tickets for this fall's Beaux Art Ball. It sure looked like she
expected a freebie. does she even realize how crass that looks after a.
listening for over an hour to people talk about whats important in town with the
mess with this Police Chief and b. that taking a ticket worth over $50 is
freaking against the law? What really gives with this person? what planet is she
on? People.... please.

Watch this tape. This is your current Board of Selectmen. It must change.  
watch this at 1:57:14 you won't believe your ears.  guess she likes hers
perks....talk about out of touch with the working folks of town......does she
think this is all just a joke??
Everyone should watch PTV's tapes of last nights meeting and make sure
you watch till the end . During Selectmen's statements early one, Elaine
Anderson seemed to appreciate the comments from the folks that spoke during
public statements but said she'd wait till the end of the night to finish her
thoughts. i made a point of watching the end.

What did she ask during her turn? she wanted to know if the selectmen would
"have access" to tickets for this fall's Beaux Art Ball. It sure looked like she
expected a freebie. does she even realize how crass that looks after a.
listening for over an hour to people talk about whats important in town with the
mess with this Police Chief and b. that taking a ticket worth over $50 is
freaking against the law? What really gives with this person? what planet is she
on? People.... please.

Watch this tape. This is your current Board of Selectmen. It must change.  
watch this at 1:57:14 you won't believe your ears.  guess she likes hers
perks....talk about out of touch with the working folks of town......does she
think this is all just a joke??
6:31 pm edt 

I Remember Someone Said "Gone by the End of September

I was talking with a friend who is a former police officer from
off-Cape. He still receives a police magazine to keep updated on upcoming
trends, news of other police forces, etc. With no knowledge of P'towns police
problems, he asked me why the chief was leaving. I asked what he was talking
about and he told me that he had seen an ad in his magazine, that P'town was
looking to hire a new chief! How about that!
6:27 pm edt 

BOS Meeting Thursday - Discuss Action re Jeff Jaran

PLEASE ATTEND THURSDAYS MEETING!
IT HAS NOT BEEN OFFICIALLY DECIDED YET.

NOTE NEW TIME: 7:30 PM

The Provincetown Board of Selectmen will hold a public meeting on Thursday,
September 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Judge Welsh Hearing Room, Town Hall, 260
Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657

1. Public Statements

2. Discussion of potential action to be taken with respect to Police Chief Jeff
Jaran under Provincetown Town Charter Section 10-4-2.

3. Other - Other matters that may legally come before the board not known at the
time of posting. Votes may be taken.
6:23 pm edt 

Conspiracy Gang?

Wonder how it went during roll call today at the police station? Seems
to me that some people are still defending the Chief and TM and Selectmen and
calling those who made statements a conspiracy gang. Still clueless.....so out
of touch. It makes me wonder if any of them spend time downtown with their ear
to the ground or if they are at cocktail parties all summer in the west
end....cant wait til election time!
6:20 pm edt 

Town Manger Reprimand

Sharon TM should be given a written reprimand for approving the
chief's contract ignoring the town charter. We pay again. Why didn't town
council alert her? Was she too busy rushing his contract through?    Is. Anyone
checking her contract for conflicts? What does it take for Selectmen to stop her
incompetent recommendations?
6:17 pm edt 

Re: Jen Cabral

As the OP, I was just commenting on the fact that her name hadn't appeared
anywhere until recently and I was wondering if this         of a chief or his
minions had done something to her that hadn't made the news or this site. I also
wondered if there was something from long ago that wasn't settled. I like Jen
(although she has no idea who I am)and was wondering why she recently became
very involved in this issue.

That's as clear and as honest as I can make it.

BTW, congratulations on last nights meeting. from what I'm reading here and in
the CCTimes, things may be brighter on the horizon. Good job by all that
attended.
6:12 pm edt 

Too Clever by Far

Sharon Lynn thought she was being clever rushing through Jeff Jaran's
new contract at the time that she did.  Now guess who are the ones that we'll
have to pay for her cleverness?
6:09 pm edt 

Selectmen.

Nice to see they actually do listen on occasion!
6:06 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

WOW!, After the large tun out at yesterday's  Selectmen  meeting and all the
similar complaints about the police and their chief were made public I guess it
has not been "THE SAME  FEW ANGRY PEOPLE" blogging  as some  (Candice) would
like us to believe.
6:05 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran Three Year Contract

The timing of Jaran having been given a 3-year contract  is odd. 
After all, there were sufficient complaints to warrant giving him a one-year contract
only, pending on the resolution of these complaints.
6:03 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran/Roger Green

"Dear Police Chief Jaran                              How does it feel

Karma is comming
"RUN"

Yours truly,
Roger Green"


Roger, I realize you are a bitter man, but the truth is you had a job all these
years that required you to work perhaps three hours a day.  You may want to
blame the chief that your gravy train ended, but every one of us who worked with
you knew you were skating by.
6:01 pm edt 

Lt. Golden - PPD

Last night, Lt. Golden looked like he was going to the slaughterhouse when he
was addressing the Selectmen. He looked really scared.
5:59 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran

So what's cheaper for the town -  pay for him to leave, or keep him
and pay for more and more legal settlements, because the guy simply can't
control himself. That's obvious.
11:41 am edt 

Skipping Out

So Jaran and Hurd took it upon themselves to leave the Pig without
paying for his drinking bill at the Pig.

Hmmm...I'm sureI wouldn't have had to pay either the same way had any had I left
without paying also.
11:39 am edt 

Constant Denial!

Kudos to all who spoke, and to all who supported our speakers at the BOS meeting
last night. Finally, it was recognized by the powers that be, that a serious
problem exists with our ( soon to be former) Chief of police.

As to Sharon Lynn our ( soon to be former) Town manager, Shame on you! What
an absolute disgrace to yourself and to the Town that you continue to defend the
inactions of the Chief and your own inactions regarding the sexual harassment
complaint of Andrea Poulin.

You said you and the Chief handled this by the letter of the law. Please
show me Ms. Lynn where in your guidelines of sexual harassment does it say " Do
not document the crime." I will agree, this was not sexual harassment, this was
a sexual assault!

Where in your precious letter of the law does it say that the Chief can make derogatory
comments like "Hey Andrea, your stripper pole came in!" I, as a native of Provincetown,
am absolutely disgusted by your continued denial of this incident!

You Ms. Lynn should hang your head in shame and beg forgiveness to Andrea and every
resident of this Town. I for one, look forward to your ousting or resignation.

Pack your bags Ms. Lynn, you and your alcoholic, angry, I am above the law Chief
of police can share a taxi out of OUR town!
11:19 am edt 

Jeff Jaran

Why pay him? Because of him our streets are a mess.everyone thinks
they have  the right away ---bikers,walker sandbars--! Send him out into this
mess and make him correct it. Let him earn his pay while he is on suspension.
11:14 am edt 

Support the Local Police

I listened to last nights public statements at the Selectmens Meeting and it
appears that almost everyone is 'not" anti-police. However, they did have allot
of things to say about the Police as well as allot of concerns.

Being a Police Officer is a thankless job. Police Officers are only liked,
wanted and a hero when they are called and the end resolution satisfy's the
caller. Otherwise he/she is staring at me, is abusive and mean. I am sure things
do happen but in all the years I worked at the PPD, I never heard an Officer
target anyone and I worked there for 37 years. Can an Officer be aggressive, I
am sure, can they also exist in every Dept, I am sure and that one Officer can
make the rest look bad.

What I hope allot of people take into consideration when they hear stories, not
all Police Officer are aggressive.  I have personally seen allot of citizens
respond and talk to an Officer in a very disrespectful way but it seems in
today's society that's okay. We had a good Police Dept until Chief Jaran came
along. He has changed the dynamics of the Dept so much that our local Police
Dept is losing public support fast. Until he is gone, things as far as I am
concerned will get allot worse before they get better.

Yours truly,
Roger Green
11:12 am edt 

BOS Monday Meeting

What happened at the meeting last night?
11:10 am edt 

Re: Jen Cabral

"Jen Cabral Is a private citizen and not a public person who should be
discussed in any way, shape or form on this blog."


In the 21st Century, with social media, there's no such thing as drawing a
distinction between public and private persons. So you can be a restaurant
owner, a hotel housekeeper, or a legislator. You're treated equally in these
social network outlets.  It's the nature of the beast, and it's global.
11:08 am edt 

Re: Contract in Conflict With Town Charter?

Who the heck negotiated Jaran's contract without checking the Town
Charter?
11:05 am edt 

Skipping Out

So Jaran and Hurd took it upon themselves to leave the Pig without
paying for his drinking bill at the Pig.
11:04 am edt 

Secret Ballot

How do we change the way we vote at Town Meeting, from the counting of 
hands to a ballot?
11:02 am edt 

Contract in Conflict With Town Charter?

At the BOS meeting on September 9, the Town Manager stated that the
Chief of Police's contract isn't consistent with our Charter.

1) Who wrote that contract up?

2) Does the law firm we hire review personnel (contracts) prior to being submitted to the
employees?
10:59 am edt 

Selectman Yingling

I want to thank selectman Yingling for his courage in doing the right thing by
making the motion to suspend the chief.  The people were heard during this BOS
meeting. It is a shame that three members of the BOS have taken so long to hear
what the people they represent are saying and what they are fearing. 

The chief has to go because too many people have lost trust in our police department. 
However, the one who is really responsible for this catastrophe in our town in
the Town Manager. 

She has shown that she cannot rid herself of her police
mentality. She is not capable of representing the people's interests. After all
the emotional testimony she heard from the people she is still trying to protect
the chief.  She must go, we cannot allow her to select a new chief.  Nothing
will change if she is allowed to stay.  She has not worked for the people she is
paid to serve.
10:56 am edt 

Dear Police Chief Jaran

How does it feel                                                 

Karma is comming 
                        
"RUN"

Yours truly,

Roger Green
10:53 am edt 

Re: Paper Lanterns Irresponsible

I hope the webmaster prints this. Although off the subject of politics, it might
take people's  minds off the problems this town faces for a moment.  Then we can
get back at it!

Lighten up a little!   Paper Lanterns have been around for thousands of years. 
They are made of paper, wax and a bamboo frame, all completely (and rapidly)
biodegradable.  I enjoy sending them aloft with prayers and or wishes.

As far as fire danger, I know of a town in a heavily wooded area of Maine that
has an annual lantern festival.  At the festival hundreds of sky lanterns are
set aloft after a picnic and march down to a lake on which hundreds of water
lanterns have been floated.  You are allowed to help set lanterns aloft if you
wanted.   One year I made it up there to attend the festival.  A man in full
Scottish regalia played the bagpipes as the lanterns were set aloft.  It was
really a beautiful sight to behold.

In closing here's a little history:

The history of Chinese lanterns dates back about two thousand years ago.
However, these colorful lanterns were not first used for decorative purposes.
Instead, it was created for military aid purposes. A popular military strategist
Zhuge Liang created the first flying lantern in China. According to accounts,
the shape of the first paper lantern was patterned after the hat that Liang was
wearing. It was made from oiled rice paper fitted on a bamboo frame. Inside, a
small candle produces the hot air, which then allows the balloon to rise up.

This type of lantern was intended as a communication medium on the battlefield.
Lanterns were first utilized at the advent of the third century as it is used as
a signal as well as a spy blimp during war. Lanterns was first referred to as
sky candles.

By the dawn of the Yuan Dynasty, these paper lanterns were alternately used as
symbols of hope and good wishes. Sky lanterns were used in many rituals, as it
is believed that it can carry messages to the gods. People would inscribe words
such as heavenly lanterns or divine lanterns as they hung them outside their
houses.

Similarly, these paper lanterns were also used in many ceremonial practices such
as weddings. White gauze paper lanterns were often utilized during these
ceremonies along with four red paper letters attached to it. The characters
adorned on the lanterns would include expressions regarding respect as well as
wishes for a hundred children and a thousand grandchildren.

Paper lanterns were also used to represent the return of spring. Lantern
festivals are usually held during this time. Chinese people believe that Lantern
Festivals symbolizes the relation of people, nature, and higher beings which
made it possible for the light of the spring to return every year.
10:15 am edt 

Re: Jen Cabral

We will be at the BOS meeting tonight.  We refuse to be intimidated any longer
by those that are suppose to protect us.  We need a new chief and town manager. 
Doing what is right empowers us.
10:12 am edt 

Definitions

As with most words, terrorism has more than one sole definition.

And here's one that applies to how many in our community feel about way their
police:  "the state of fear so produced". From free dictionary.com

Many, many posts have referred to the fear of speaking out, showing up, etc. ,
to deal about the police.
10:10 am edt 

Open Meeting Survey

"I understand the MPOC was pulled down sometime this afternoon."


Mr. Walker,
Why was this website "pulled down"?
10:08 am edt 

Secret Ballot

Re: Has Provincetown ever had voting at Town Meeting done by written
ballot, instead of the usual showing of hands? Thinking that this may be the way
to go on all Police And public safety matters.

Why is it we are just NOW figuring this out? It's the obvious solution to a
problem that has plagued this town for years. People are afraid to voice their
opinions and raise their hands in town meetings because they then face
retaliation from neighbors whose opinions differ. Voting for any town matter
should be private. Nobody should fear voicing their opinion. Our system is very
flawed and it's time for a change!
1:05 am edt 

Jen Cabral

"I've been following the issues regarding the police and suddenly
appears Jen Cabral's name. I know she's been around forever but could someone
clue me in to why she has now come to the suface to lead the meeting? Nothing
too precise..."


As Hillary Clinton said to Congress at a hearing last year: "What difference
does it make?"
1:03 am edt 

Meetings

What difference does it make who's name is now appearing?  Everyone has a right
to their opinion..  Perhaps a lot of people have been hesitant to speak due to
the fear of retaliation...

Let all appear at the meeting be heard.....  No one should feel fear.......
1:01 am edt 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jen Cabral

Is a private citizen and not a public person who should be discussed in any way,
shape or form on this blog.
12:59 am edt 

12:55 am edt 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Tom Donegan Posted in Provincetown View

Thanks for reaching out to me, I understand the MPOC was pulled down sometime this afternoon. I gather the statement "This Survey will be available online through Sunday September 8" meant all calendar day to some - and business day to others. I'll post an update tomorrow.
12:13 am edt 

Jen Cabral

I've been following the issues regarding the police and suddenly appears Jen
Cabrals name. I know she's been around forever but could someone clue me in to
why she has now come to the suface to lead the meeting? Nothing too precise, I
don't want to start anything. I've seen Vincent, MJA, Yingling and Donegans
names in here but not till recently did I see Jens name. All I can find on
google is that she was opposed to the size and citing of the police building.

Thanks
8:16 pm edt 

What's Up! - Terrorism

Terrorism is a serious concept .You should'nt  say this about  our
servants.
7:26 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson

E. Anderson  you are a festering        on the a--h--e of progress
7:23 pm edt 

Re: Paper Lanterns

Sending up paper lanterns in Provincetown is an extremely
irresponsible thing to do.  Why would you light something on fire and send it up
in the air when it could land on a building and set off of a fire?  Also, where
do you think the trash ends up?
7:18 pm edt 

Paper Lanterns

Sending up paper lanterns in Provincetown is an extremely
irresponsible thing to do.  Why would you light something on fire and send it up
in the air when it could land on a building and set off of a fire?  Also, where
do you think the trash ends up?
7:14 pm edt 

Regarding Recalls

They almost never work and they usually backfire on the people who initiate
them.  Much better off waiting for the polls next May.

Although I was sort of hoping Candace was going to mount a recall campaign
against Mary-Jo or Tom.  The other selectman would be subject to recall
petitions so fast it would make their heads spin.  Then it would get really
ugly.
7:12 pm edt 

Re: Animal Farm

A few days ago, someone made a reference to George Orwell.  I'll be
going to the next Selectmen's meeting this Monday.  As I watch the agenda
unfold, I'll be thinking about that...all persons in Provincetown are equal, but
some are more equal than others.
7:10 pm edt 

BOS Secrect Ballot

Has Provincetown ever had voting at Town Meeting done by written
ballot, instead of the usual showing of hands? Thinking that this may be the way
to go on all Police And public safety matters.
7:07 pm edt 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Re: Elaine Anderson


Re bright orange ball

It was a paper lantern.  Ive launched a few myself.
11:00 pm edt 

Re: Jennifer Cabral - BOS Meeting

I didn't want to go to another BOS meeting. But I will go and support
you.

By your going, you fight for the kind of community you want to love in.
10:57 pm edt 

Board of Selectmen Meeting September 9, 2013 @6:00pm

Meeting Agenda

The Provincetown Board of Selectmen
will hold a public meeting on
Monday,September 9, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Judge Welsh Room
Town Hall
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657.

1. Public Hearings - None.
2. Public Statements  Five minutes maximum, Selectmen do not respond to Public
Statements.
3. Selectmens Statements  Initial comments from the Selectmen. Discussion
dependent  Votes may be taken.
4. Joint meeting / Presentations: Squealing Pig Incident Independent
Investigation Interviews: John Ford, Licensed
Private Investigator. No votes will be taken at this time.
5. Appointments  None.
6. Requests
A. North Union Field Well Project closeout and approval of change orders. Votes
may be taken.
B. Provincetown Police Department: 1) Monthly Police Report; 2) Approval of
locations for the static speed advisory
signs; 3) Declaration of Surplus Vehicle, 2006 Ford 500 (former police cruiser)
- Votes may be taken.
C. Beach Boat Removal Policy. Harbormaster Rex McKinsey and Marine Patrol
Officer Scott Chovanec. Votes may
be taken.
D. Order of Taking for 26 Alden Street and a portion of Collyer Street. Votes
may be taken.
E. Wounded Warriors Project Day  September 19, 2013. Kim Hurd. Votes may be
taken
F. Sexual Harassment Policy. Town Manager Sharon Lynn. Discussion only.
7. Town Manager / Assistant Town Manager
A. October 21, 2013 Special Town Meeting  Set Dates for Opening and Closing of
Warrants. Votes may be taken
B. Town Manager follow-up
C. Other - Other matters that may legally come before the board not known at the
time of posting. Votes may be
taken.
8. Minutes  Approve minutes of previous meetings. Vote may be taken.
9. Closing Statements - Closing comments from the Selectmen. Discussion
dependent, motions may be made, votes
may be taken.
Posted: www.provincetown-ma.gov 9/5/13 11:15 am dj
Board of Selectmen

http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/10890

Please come to the meeting and show your support.Thank you!
Erin Barrepski
10:55 pm edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran - Dam!

"The towm residents are missing all the points all the local cops are gone you
never see .chief in town u did see chief meads a few times  year he doesn't care
about people how paid all their lifes and deal with this BS nor does he care
about this town an for down the wharf it was ever needed and now we are all
paying for this unneeded bull how many arrested have been made since chiefs big
idea. people wake up tell your selectmen stop."



To the  person who wrote the post above, in principle, I'm on your side, but
your posting reads like the lyrics of a Nicki Minaj song.
10:51 pm edt 

Re: Ms. Anderson Posted on Candyland....

What the Heck is She Talking About?

What orange ball? what message? Elaine, what are you talking or posting about?
And why on Candyland posting?

shame on you for this nonsense.
5:04 pm edt 

To: Vincent Currier

Vincent- You are a good man with morals and values. Your post has
prompted me to go. You are inspiring. I was on the fence about attending. You
can count me in...!!!
2:03 pm edt 

OK Jennifer, I"ll be There

I didn't want to go to another BOS meeting. But I will go and support you.
1:58 pm edt 

Jennifer Cabral

Nice letter.  Certainly hope a lot of people take your advise and atend the
meeting!  If more people took the time to atrend meeings and become informed
they would not allow the town to get in the position it is currently in.
1:08 pm edt 

Elaine...

The word is "'festered"'you have done nothing about
What's happening in ptown,you are one of the causes!
1:07 pm edt 

Ms. Anderson Posted on Candyland....

Elaine Anderson: "At 9:45pm last night I saw a bright orange ball in the sky
over the east end off Bradford near Hancock Street. I heard a buzzing
intermittent sound with it. What was it???? Anyone know?"

Ms. Anderson, the bright orange ball was a "fester" that was sent up to be seen
and heeded, a sign that you, McChesney and Knight should pay attention too.

In ancient times, it is said that humans would send a orange ball hurtling into
the atmosphere indicating there displeasure with the BOS....it's called the
"tonedeaf" ball, and if you see one, you should always heed it's messasge, and
listen to the people who elected you to the office you currently occupy.

The only way the orange ball goes away is when you have listened and acted on
the problem, or you stop drinking whatever you were drinking....or smoking!

10:40 am edt 

To Jenniffer Cabral:

I kept going back and forth about going to the Forum. But your posting made me
think that if they see a small group of us at the Forum, it will only embolden
them.  We can't allow that to happen.

So this is our chance.

I'll be there.
10:37 am edt 

Re: To: Vincent Currier

"Vincent, we don't think you are Donegan's 'hatchet man', we think you
are his puppet."


"Sorry, but you'll have to be a little bit more creative, and home up with a
different word than "puppet".



OK, how about this - most of us believe Vincent is merely a mouthpiece for the   
           Tom Donegan.
10:29 am edt 

Re: Jeff Jaran

The towm residents are missing all the points all the local cops are gone you never
see .chief in town u did see chief meads a few times  year he doesn't care about people
how paid all their lifes and deal with this BS nor does he care about this town and
for down the wharf it was ever needed and now we are all paying for this unneeded bull
how many arrested have been made since chiefs big idea. people wake up tell your
selectmen stop.
10:27 am edt 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Patricia Doyle Posted in Provincetown View August 6, 2013

VFW property. Why would we mix residential and commercial buildings on the same piece of property. I would not like to live next to a 24/7 business with cars and people coming and going all the time. Not to mention the lights and other noises a business produce. Why would we ask low income housing people to live with that? I think that the VFW property should be residential because the current surroundings are quiet residential. The current police station is already in a mostly commercial grouping and could be renovated. Especially when we don't need the original super sized design.
10:45 pm edt 

A Laudable Goal

The letter that recently appeared on the Banner advocating for
Community Policing was a nice letter, and under different circumstances, I'd
say, let's pursue this avenue. But it's too late. This isn't about feeling
discriminated against.  This is about the Town Manager and the Chief of Police
lying to us, on various occasions recently. We no longer have any confidence in
them, nor do we respect them or trust them.  Relations between us are
irreparable. No Community Policing workshops, or anything of that sort, can
address this. Time to sever our ties, move on, and find a Town Manager and Chief
of Police that we can trust and respect.  Only then can we begin to work on
Community Policing.  It's a laudable goal.
10:36 pm edt 

Jennifer Cabral - Call to Service

Hello everybody, I know that some of you pride yourselves on not
really needs your involvement. You are already aware of the recent
allegations against our police department and specifically, against
the Provincetown Chief of Police, Jeffrey Jaran.

I am referring specifically to Jaran's alleged misconduct at the Squealing
Pig many moons ago, as well as to the threatening texts sent during last
election season by a member of the police department to a private citizen,
and finally, to the most recent allegations of sexual harrassment. These are
only three incidents that have been brought to the public's attention.

Whether more allegations of misconduct surface, these incidents alone have
exposed our town and our police department to shame and possible litigation.
The chief of police has failed to uphold the standards of his profession; he has
fostered a culture of intolerance and intimidation in our police department and
in so doing, has sullied the reputations of honorable officers who have dedicated
themselves to public service.

In this intimidating climate, people have expressed fear of speaking out. Three
of our fellow citizens, however, have been brave enough to do so and are now in
desperate need of our support. Will you match their courage by letting them know
they do not stand alone?

There is a Board of Selectmen meeting at Town Hall (in the Judge Welsh room)
Monday, September 9, 2013. BOS meetings are open to the public after 6 pm, with
public comments allowed thereafter.

I write to ask for your committment to appear at this meeting. You need not speak
if you are shy or afraid- there will surely be a line at the microphone! Some may
call for the suspension of the chief until all of these allegations have been cleared
by local and/or state authorities.

Those opposed to such an action make claims of following "due process," maintaining
there are official channels to be followed. Others believe it is precisely "due process"
that has been circumvented all these months. Citizens with slighter offenses have been
held to higher degrees of accountability than have our own peace officers.

This pattern must not hold. Please, please... I urge you to appear MONDAY, SEPTEMBER
9, 2013 at 7 pm at the Judge Welsh Room of Town Hall. There is safety in numbers.
You will not be alone. Please don't rely on the same 5 people to fight this battle and just
hope they prevail.

This is our beautiful town, the embodiment of so many social liberties. Please, spend
some tedious, restless hours in Town Hall. Your presence WILL make a difference.
Posting on Facebook just isn't enough anymore.

I also ask that those of you who take the time to show up do not bring any signs
or protest paraphernalia. I am hoping to make the presence of the citizenry
speak for itself and not turn any of these events into a spectacle. These are
solemn issues.

If any of you know a friend or acquaintance who might share these concerns and
who would commit to attending the BOS meeting, PLEASE invite them to do so.
Your support is greatly appreciated- and needed more than you may realize.
10:32 pm edt 

Billable Time Consultancy

I suggest that Jeff and Sharon form a consultancy group for law firms
wanting to increase their revenues. Both of them have been very successful in
doing rhis, and all at our expense.
10:15 pm edt 

Leadership

We need leadership at Town Hall. Can't say "new "leadership evaluate
this implies the existence of previous leadership.  When Ms. Lynn chose to
support, without any equivocation, her subordinate, Mr. Jaran, I knew it was
time for her to leave Town Hall.  All his public antics, anger explosions,
vulgarities, threats, and intimidations have gone on unchecked. by her.

She's going down with him.  Sadly, she, and only she, had the power at one time
to prevent things from getting to the point tthey are now.  And the question is
"Why"?  Why did she choose to support a man who is so contemptuous of women, his
own staff, and our community?  Is it that she's afraid of him?  Did he threaten
her, as he has threaten others in town?  Had her followed?  Invited ther to
fight?  Anyway, I guess that answering these questions isn't relevant anymore. 
The only remedy for our town's health is for Ms. Lynn and Mr. Jaran to exit this
town, and do so expeditiously.
10:12 pm edt 

Re: To: Vincent Currier

"Vincent, we don't think you are Donegan's 'hatchet man', we think you
are his puppet."



Sorry, but you'll have to be a little bit more creative, and home up with a
different word than "puppet".  The word "puppet" is for the exclusive use to
describe our 3 Selectmen puppets - Knight, Anderson, and McChesney, the Town
Manager, Lynn, and the Dog Girl, Nagle.
10:07 pm edt 

To: Vincent Currier

"Although I expect to be called Tom Donegan's "hatchet man" by ignorant
people. . ."



Vincent, we don't think you are Donegan's 'hatchet man', we think you are his
puppet.
5:17 pm edt 

Police Chief and New Police station

Doesn't everyone think our "Professional" police chief and his cronies deserve a
new palice hidden off the beaten path so they can "Investigate" and figure out
ways to skirt good behavior.  Note I said "Palace" because that is what they
want, not an "Ordinary" police station.  Good Luck Chief!!  Have another drink.
5:13 pm edt 

Vincent Currier - Posted in Provincetown View August 6, 2013

Although I expect to be called Tom Donegan's "hatchet man" by ignorant people who do not understand that whenever I speak to Tom Donegan, it is to express my concerns for what has been happening within our Police Department and Town Managers purview.....I don't expect to hear it from the Chiefs Of Police of Cape Cod.

I find it insuting that in the name of every Chief of Police on the Cape, Chief Collins calls out one of two Selectmen who have responded publicly and privately to the "festering" situation happening between the citizens of Provincetown, and it's Police Chief. Chief Collins....we elect our Selectmen and we Un-elect our selectmen, based on how they listen and act. I can assure you that Mr. Donegan and Mr. Yingling are simply responding for cries for help from the citizens of OUR TOWN, and the Chiefs of Police should really get the story straight. This is a very one-sided opinion and could have been stated that these two lone selectmen have been heroic in their response, rather than interferring in a situation that concerns their constituents.

The politics in Provincetown aren't for sissies! The voters and citizens are of above average intelligence, and for the most part, we take care of our own problems....by participating in the affairs of our town. You are doing us absolutely no favor by stepping into a Human Rights/Civil Rights confrontation that you have only heard one side of, and obviously trying to influence the vote against the citizens and voters of Provincetown. This is not your battle, and you should not be editorializing about something you know so little about! Your editorial was sadly misconstruing the situation, and actually will place you on the wrong side of this town challenge. You did the bad guys in this situation no favors, and I hope you will kindly work for the people who pay YOUR salary, and let the citizens of the lower Cape deal with their own!

Tom Donegan, and Erik Yingling, and any other Town Empolyee who has been vigilent and willing to support the men and women of our town....Thank you all for responding when it wasn't always "popular" to do so. That is what I expect from all of our elected officials. If you don't try to fix the problem, you become part of the problem.
4:12 pm edt 

If We Can't Recall Sharon Lynn, Then We Can Recall Anderson or Mchesney

Just one more vote and everything changes. We cannot continue like this. This is
a great town that is now depressed and in crisis. And why? because of inept town
manager and an arrogant, if not lawless, chief of police.

Recall Mchesney. Who knows him anyways? then we can make the changes that save
this precious and wonderful town

Recall Mchesney and then we can have real leadership.
4:05 pm edt 

Have They Gone Yet?

After reading this blog, then the Banner, yesterday,
I feel so depressed...Somehow in my innocence I
assumed Jeff would be gone by now.  But then again
I thought Sharon would only last a year or two. She
was the least qualifed for the Chief's job which she
first tried to get. Who knew a few night school classes
Would be enough to get her the town
managers job? I would say that every town hall
Employee has a better education then her. My
Name to her is Beauty School Dropout. Someone said Golden
Only had a high school degree and so wouldn't be a
candidate for chief...Well that's all she has, why is she still
Here?
Remember what she did to George Bryant?
Jim Parker was a friend of mine. The way she and jeff
Insulted him was shameful and after his death they continue
their shameful behaviour by insulting his memory
by insulting his lawyer.
Why do I feel like we live under a police state?
Seeing that article about the VFW location for a new
station,  same size, same chief really brought it
home for me. We will remain under their thumb
until we do something ourselves.  I believe we can
terminate sharon's contract for cause. That would
Be a tax increase I would be willing to pay!
Get rid of the Beauty school drop out and her
uniformed boy toy...only then can we even think
about a new station!!!!
2:59 pm edt 

Re: Site Design Revamp

The time to contemplate anew police station is NOT NOW.  If the BOSand
the TM wants the voters to deliberate on this, there are some things that are
priority right now, like the lack of professionalism exhibited by the person who
right now is inside the building leading our police force.
2:54 pm edt 

Re: Site Design Revamp

Really??  Has anyone noticed the "Redesign" is ths same square footage as the
Taj Mahal that was previously presented and no one wanted but the chief and town
manager?  Same Stuff a Different Day.
10:05 am edt 

Re: Cape Cod Times Editorial

I read the Editorial by Mr.Randy Collins supporting Chief Jaran and it amazes me
how either Mr.Collins did not know, was lied to or intentionally left out the
allegations of how Chief Jaran threatened the bartender and threatened people
outside of the Pig.

So I ask all the people in the Town of Provincetown, to stop all donations to
the Police Association if they have given in the past and to not support or vote
for a new Police Station until Chief Jaran is no longer the Chief of Police in
Provincetown.

If the Town Manager and Selectmen do not want to remove him, then we don't have
to support our local Police Dept is at least how I feel. I ask everyone to
please join me.
10:01 am edt 

Re: Cape Cod Times Editorial

"...Cape Cod Times from Mr.Collins who was once a Police Chief, not
sure if he still is with the Mashpee Police Dept,saying MPA supports Chief
Jaran..."


I posted here Mr. Collins' letter today, August 5, at 8:44 AM,
9:59 am edt 

How Camp

We have one Candy that attracts visitors and one that repels
the locals!!!
9:58 am edt 

Pig Incident

It's getting old!  The chief got drunk, acted innapropriately, got caught,
refused to apologize, and continues drive from bar to bar driving a police
cruiser.  Talk of the Town, but no action. Apparently we, as voters have to
accept this behaviour as "Professionalism".

9:57 am edt 

Re: Cape Cod Times Editorial

The editorial written by Rodney Collins neglects to mention that there
was a witness sitting outside the Squealing Pig who reported his version of the
incident.  Pretty important piece of the puzzle to leave out.
9:54 am edt 

Re: Non Resident Taxpayers

When reading the  Banner article last week about non-resident
taxpayers something just didn;t sit right with me and I could not put my finger
on.  I reread the article today and there it was---individuals who ARE NOT
residents are registering to vote here in town (and then trying to get on
charter writing commission).  How can you vote where not  resident?  Sounds like
some folks are  skirting taxes by "residing" down south (check those license
plates) and then having their way @ the ballot box here----hmmm wonder if the
snowbirds are going to target the schools or seniors to maintain their cushy
lifestyle.
9:50 am edt 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cape Cod Times Editorial

I have not read it yet but have been told there is an Editorial in today's Cape
Cod Times from Mr.Collins who was once a Police Chief, not sure if he still is
with the Mashpee Police Dept,saying MPA supports Chief Jaran and the incident at
the Pig.

More importantly I wanted all of you to be aware that that Chief Collins is a good
friend of Chief Jaran's.They had a connection here on the Cape and up in New Hampshire.

Need I say anymore.
4:39 pm edt 

Chamber Success

Candy does such a fabulous job at the Chamber and last night's event at the
Truro Vineyards with the Eastham Chamber was just terrific. Such a fabulous
setting and a fabulous evening.

So much fun, with good food and wonderful associates.

Bravo Candy. Another successful event.
3:53 pm edt 

Re: Crusing in the Mobile Command

"The department has launched an internal investigation into cops who
post photos of themselves in uniform on dating sites  and violators could face
termination..."



We could tell New York City that its Police Department's internal investigation
will lead to promoting all these cops, and selecting them for the Honor Guard.
3:51 pm edt 

Fester

First Tom Donegan said it and now Chief Rodney Collins has used the word. 
Elaine where are you to reprimand Chief Collins?
3:48 pm edt 

Re: Crusing in the Mobile Command

Out of Control

what are the police thinking? Restraints are in order. You just don't solicit
sexual partners while working a beat.

Sharon, do something. this is more than out of control.

Get some gumption and some serious thinking and stop this abomination. This
brings us all down.
3:45 pm edt 

Re: Posted by the Cape Cod Times on August 5, 2013

Aaaah...that Blue Wall is at it again, without been told ALL of the
facts.  Why should we be surprised!!!
3:42 pm edt 

Vincent Currier Posted in Provincetown View

I would like to remind anyone who cannot attend the September 9th BOS meeting, at 6:00 o'clock at the Historic Town Hall of this fact.

You can send in your concerns in a letter or statement of concern, whatever direction those concerns are. You can also send a letter to the BOS Chair to be read at the public comment section of the meeting, whether you are in attendance, or not. So if you do not want to speak at the microphone, write down your concerns and get them to the Chairman and the Bos to be read into the minutes of this meeting. There will be many comments rendered on both sides of these subjects

Thanks for being involved in your Town Government Please support our brothers and sisters who have been affected by this situation!
 11:49am Sep 5
3:17 pm edt 

Perfect Timing:

In case Webmaster can't/wont' post the link  Here is a cut and paste of the story
from today's New York Post:

The NYPD is cop-blocking the boys in blue!

The department has launched an internal investigation into cops who post photos
of themselves in uniform on dating sites  and violators could face termination,
The Post has learned.

Dozens of officers are trying to collar a law-and-order-loving sweetheart on
sites like ­OKCupid.com, match.com, pof.com, and meetsinglepoliceofficers.com.
But the crackdown has many cops pulling down their online profiles.

That includes a 29-year-old officer from Brooklyn who until yesterday had posted
a photo of himself on OKCupid.com wearing a uniform and posing next to an NYPD
motorcycle, while announcing, I like girls who have some ­respect for
themselves.

Also deactivated yesterday: The looking-for-love profile of a 31-year-old
­officer from The Bronx, which included a photo of the Romeo in blue alongside
the assurance, I promise, Im not a bad guy.

The NYPD social-media policy  which has been taught at the Police Academy for
three years  is designed to prevent officers from embarrassing the department
while wearing its uniform, sources said.

The cops will be judged on a case-by-case basis, and some could be fired if
theyre caught courting ­underage partners or abusing their authority, said a
law-enforcement source.
Some officers said the NYPD should be more worried about the crackdown on
stop-and-frisk and the layers of oversight imposed by a federal judge and the
City Council.

Critics said its also a waste of investigative power that should be used finding
real ­cyber outlaws, including pedophiles, scammers and identity thieves.
The NYPD is obsessed with discipline and is ­inflexible in its views on the use
of social media by police officers, PBA President Patrick Lynch told The Post.
Social media is here to stay. Its a way of life and its time for the NYPD to
adjust to that cultural change. The department and city would be much better
served putting its inves­tigatory resources into solving crime rather than
looking into social-media pages of the men and women who risk their lives to
protect this city.

The NYPD said in a statement, This directive is in compliance with the New York
City Social Media Policy and is in part intended to protect officers from
divulging identifying information on social- ­media sites that may ­endanger
officer safety.
Not everyone thinks the NYPD policy is a bad one.

Personally, I think theyre a bunch of lowlifes using the uniform to get laid,
said one cop, who asked his name not be ­revealed.  But I dont think the NYPD
should waste resources on this. The NYPD has bigger problems.

An officer who posts uniformed selfies could be using what the uniform
represents for unscrupulous ends, said a member of the department.  Look at the
Cannibal Cop,&#8201; he noted, referring to Gilberto Valle, who met his wife via
OKCupid and was convicted for plotting to kidnap, torture and eat women.
9:41 am edt 

Cape Cod Times August 5, 2013

P’town police hit with discrimination complaint
By MARY ANN BRAGG
mbragg@capecodonline.com
PROVINCETOWN – A former police department employee is alleging sex discrimination on the part of the department and Police Chief Jeff Jaran in a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimina­tion.
Andrea Poulin, 33, who resigned April 22 after 10 years with the department, says in the complaint, filed Aug. 5, that Jaran failed to take seriously and remedy a sexual assault in 2012 involving former Patrol Officer Nathaniel McConatha. The com­plaint also alleges Jaran shielded McConatha rather than protect Poulin, that he refused to docu­ment the incident and condoned the alleged sexual harassment in words and deeds.
The commission is the state’s chief civil rights agency. If an investigation of a com­plaint determines that probable cause exists, mediation or a formal hearing follow. A suc­cessful complainant could be awarded damages, back pay or attorney fees.
Poulin alleges that in July 2012 McConatha grabbed her right breast while they were alone in a patrol room and commented that “her bra size must be a DD,” an incident that she said was shock­ing and humiliating. Poulin also alleges that in late August of that year she reported the incident to Lt. James Golden, Jaran and Town Manager Sharon Lynn. Poulin says she sought medical treatment for stress symptoms as a result of the alleged incident and was excused from work for two days.
In late September 2012, Poulin’s request to Jaran and Lynn to document the complaint went unheeded, and in late October Golden wrote a report that was filed in a sealed envelope in a Police Department cabinet, the complaint says. Sometime after the alleged incident, McConatha resigned from the department, according to the complaint, but Poulin says she was made to feel as though she was the problem and McConatha was the victim.
Poulin alleges that Jaran tried to hide the incident from the town of Chatham, where McConatha was applying for a police job. She alleges that Jaran recommended McConatha unconditionally for the job in Chatham. Poulin also says Jaran told her that McCo­natha was a “good guy” and deserved a“second chance”in his law enforcement career, and that Poulin should “move on and get over this.”
“Ms. Poulin has suffered eco­nomic losses, has suffered emo­tional distress and has incurred attorney fees,” according to the complaint.
Poulin, who lives in Truro, declined to comment Wednesday. She began working for the town in 2003 and was secretary to the police chief and then records clerk, the job she held when she resigned. She was paid $50,000 in fiscal 2012, town records show.
McConatha, who is 31 and lives in Eastham, according to an online records search, did not respond to a request for com­ment. In fiscal 2012, McConatha made $70,000 as a Provincetown patrol officer, town records show.
“Upon first learning, last year, of the incident with a co-worker that is described in Ms. Poulin’s MCAD com­plaint, the chief, in con­sultation with me, took immediate action to remedy the situation as it was presented to us,” Lynn said in an email Wednesday. The town met its legal obliga­tions and its responsi­bilities to town employ­ees to deal with such situations promptly, fairly and effectively, Lynn said.
“The town adamantly denies that Ms. Poulin was treated unfavorably or in a discrimina­tory fashion after the allegations regarding the incident with her co-worker were brought to light, or that Ms. Poulin was ‘driven out of her job’ due to a ‘hostile envi­ronment’ that existed in the police department, as alleged,” Lynn said.
In the complaint, Poulin says she gave her notice to Golden in late February and that up until her departure Jaran did not dis­cuss the issue or say goodbye. On one of her last days, Poulin says in the complaint, new equipment for the dispatcher room arrived in a large box and Jaran yelled up the stairs to her, saying,“Hey, Andrea, your stripper pole is here.”
McConatha applied for a job with the Chatham Police Depart­ment in 2012 but was not a final­ist, Chatham Police Chief Mark Pawlina said Wednesday. McCon­atha mentioned that there was an issue in Provincetown involving a female employee, Pawlina said.
On Oct. 9, the Times made a public records request to Prov­incetown regarding allegations of sexual assault against McCo­natha, which was denied Oct. 18. The Times appealed that denial Oct. 19 to the secretary of state’s public records division, which upheld the denial Feb. 19 because town counsel stated that no inter­nal affairs investigation of the incident was conducted.
9:22 am edt 

Letter to Banner Editor August 5, 2013

Trying to rid town of characters?

To the editor: An open letter to the gentry who are trying to take over our town. What are you doing? Trying to get rid of us town characters who have been in Provincetown decades before you people descended on us like locusts? You with your fairy-tale homes and slick automobiles. First you try to get rid of us and tear down our rustic and comfortable dwellings, and then you make unbelievable, all look-alike condos in the vacant spaces you left behind. You have already gotten rid of the majority of artists, fishermen, musicians, small businesspeople, townies and town characters. The other day a real fisherman told me, “The reason the people used to come to Provincetown is to see the quaint fishing village. They used to come down (to the wharf) and get their free fish and take pictures. Now that fishing village is gone.”

And now you attack the longest residing folk of Provincetown. The independent fishermen. The men who work on the pier. The men who own dories and prams and eke out a living from the sea. You smash their boats. You try to clean up our beaches and the people who inhabit them.

Their spirit is descended from hundreds of years past. From the mighty Viking to the pirates and smugglers who founded Helltown. The Provincetown of old. They don’t follow the rules that the Establishment dictates. The few surviving lone fishermen were rascals in the 1960s and ’70s. Now their ages are in the 60s and 70s. They are upstanding members of their own society. Don’t try to tame them. Leave them alone. You’re trying to turn our town into Anytown, U.S.A.

Towanda de Nagy
Provincetown.
9:10 am edt 

Banner August 5, 2013

Site design revamp

Architects to tweak police station design for VFW property

By Ann Wood BANNER STAFF

PROVINCETOWN — Plans for the proposed police station are being squashed, literally. Architect Kaestle Boos Associates is busy at work revamping the schematic design for the twoand- a-half-story hillside building that it created for 24 Race Point Road to fit it instead on the flat three-acre site of Veterans of Foreign Wars Louis A. Young Post 3152 at 1 Jerome Smith Road.

The schematic design of the building still will be 14,600 square feet, at least until the board of selectmen meets with the building committee and the architect on Tuesday, Sept. 17, to possibly pare it down.

“We had the basics already, so they are bringing it to the [new] site,” Austin Knight, chair of the board of selectmen, told the Banner last week.

This follows an Aug. 26 meeting, at which the selectmen OK’d the expenditure of $27,750 for the new schematic design, as well as a $10,000 contingency fee. The funds come from a 2013 Special Town Meeting acquisition of $41,250 with which to design a police station.

“It would be an outline, a schematic, a plot plan [of what] could be placed on that site,” Sharon Lynn, the town manager, said of Kaestle Boos’ new design. “They’ll give you various options.”

Selectmen, however, did not approve the expenditure of $8,630 for a survey of the property. They instead followed Lynn’s advice and are looking for one with a lower price tag.

The point of moving forward, Lynn said, is to ask voters at Special Town Meeting on Oct. 21 if they wish to buy the VFW property. The purchase would allow the town to build a new police station on it. With the new design, Kaestle Boos says it is aware that the town is reserving the rear portion of the property for the “possible development” of affordable housing.

Even when the new schematic design is complete, the pieces of the police station still need to be puzzled together. It wasn’t simply the across-the-highway location that had some residents upset about the proposed station, but what was included within it. As presented, the 14,600square-foot building has five to seven jail cells, an animal control wing, a regional training room and three interview rooms. Some have complained that it is too large for a town that claims about 3,000 year-round residents and that it is too expensive, at a proposed construction cost of just under $7 million.

“If we’re not going to change the size … then what are we doing?” Selectman Tom Donegan asked at the board meeting.

At the joint meeting the building can be scaled down, Lynn said, with the help of the architect.

“[They’ll] come up with something that’s palpable for you all to vote on,” she said, and added that besides the schematic design of the building, the architect plans to present a detailed cost estimate at the meeting.

The $7 million Race Point Road construction cost included site work and, therefore, the cost of the project could be reduced when located on Jerome Smith Way, because, as Kaestle Boos wrote in its new proposal, “there is no geotechnical work contemplated under the current scope.”

Tom Coen, chair of the building committee, hesitantly agreed on Tuesday.

“I think there’s certainly the opportunity to save money on that site,” he said.

The Race Point Road location, which is hilly, was predicted to cost about $911,000 to make it useable for the police station, plus another $163,000 would be added to the price to create additional parking.

Conversely, it is estimated that the demolition of the VFW building would cost about $22,000 and clearing it another $10,000, with earth works coming in around $53,000, Coen said. The biggest land works expenditure on the Jerome Smith site would be parking, sidewalks and landscaping, which is estimated to cost $406,000.

“My suggestion is that public parking be across the street,” Coen said, referring to an existing town-owned parking lot on Jerome Smith Road, which would save on construction costs.
9:04 am edt 

Crusing in the Mobile Command

Why are people surprised at such actios.  The guy has demonstrated a lack of
moral integrity, and with so many police around with nothing else to do, he
searches for      or whatever.
8:46 am edt 

Posted by the Cape Cod Times on August 5, 2013

Mashpee Police Chief Rodney Collins is president of the Cape and Islands Police
Chiefs Association. He wrote this on behalf of the association, which adopted
the statement by unanimous vote on Sept. 3.

Chiefs weigh in on Provincetown incident

By RODNEY COLLINS
September 05, 2013 - 2:00 AM
Recently there have been about a dozen articles and two editorials in the Cape
Cod Times regarding an incident on May 7 at the Squealing Pig establishment in
Provincetown. Additionally, there have been administrative inquiries, board
decisions to terminate further action, planned public forums and now a "new
probe" into the circumstances of the event. Hopefully, the results of a
competent fact-finding will put any speculation, innuendo and reckless rumors to
rest once and for all.

What appears to be undisputed is that Provincetown Police Chief Jeff Jaran was
at the Squealing Pig with a friend on May 7. A song started playing with lyrics
that were extremely disrespectful to the police profession. Subsequently, Chief
Jaran requested the music to be shut off.

Although it has not been generally reported, Chief Jaran was concerned about the
volume of the music due to a potential bylaw violation. What has been reported
at length is whether Chief Jaran infringed upon the constitutional rights of the
establishment by interrupting freedom of speech. As police professionals, we are
sworn to uphold the constitutional rights of those we protect and serve.

However, certain aspects to this situation deserve greater scrutiny. Was this a
simple request as a result of a vile song or was this an official request under
the color of authority? Does this establishment generally play this type of
music or was it specifically intended to offend Chief Jaran? Based upon the
apology issued by the owner and a bartender of the establishment it is
reasonable to presume the playing of this particular song was inappropriate.

Are police held to a higher standard? Yes we are and we should be. As trained
professionals it is inherent in our jobs to preserve professional poise
regardless of offensive language. Yet as individuals, police shouldn't be
expected to sacrifice the freedom of speech principle that is being adamantly
referenced. Should an off-duty law enforcement officer be able to raise an
objection to what he regards as "hateful" language that shocks the conscience?

It would further appear that the lyrics were racially offensive as well as
hateful towards police. Would the same critics be as outspoken if Chief Jaran
had taken the same action in response to anti-gay lyrics? Hate is hate
regardless of the clothing it has on. And to us the injuring or killing of
police officers is as hateful as it gets because it is an attack on the
civilized society that officers are obligated to protect.

We are not attempting to judge whether Chief Jaran's comments left a particular
staff member at the establishment uncomfortable. Yet it is interesting to note
that a bartender working on the night of the incident could not apologize enough
to the chief and an independent witness felt the only person wronged was the
chief.

Regardless, we are confident that the town manager, as a professional, is
capable of gathering the facts in the matter and would take the appropriate
action as necessary. Moreover, we are concerned that Chief Jaran's statement
(which has been posted online at the Cape Cod Times) and at least two other
accounts of what happened have not been given sufficient weight or
consideration.

We are also concerned that a Provincetown selectman has not voiced any
objections about the mean-spirited and racially motivated lyrics directed at
police while being overly concerned about lawful police activities such as
traffic stops.

If there are legitimate concerns regarding any police action or inaction, there
is a process to follow in which such issues are examined for effective and
efficient town government. When elected officials call for resignations via
Facebook, they exercise their own speech but muddy the process by appearing to
have an "ax to grind in a witch hunt." Gathering facts prior to reaching
conclusions prevents the perception that a selectman is tainted from being
impartial and objective. On the other hand, fairness is not reassuring when a
selectman engages in pointed outspokenness prior to a professional and
comprehensive investigation.

Since this event in question occurred on May 7, it would seem reasonable that
the matter would be resolved by now, regardless of the outcome. Yet it continues
to fester and produce news articles that seem to further blow out of proportion
an incident that appeared resolved in May after the police chief and the owner
of the establishment shared their perspectives.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Provincetown Oysters

Aquacultured clams, oysters thrive in Provincetown