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Friday, February 28, 2014

Provincetown Taxpayers Subsidize Renters

Funny that a business owner or owners wants the town to provide housing for
people.  is this same business owner or owners charging cheaper rents to his or
their  tenants to keep them in town.  Probably not!  Perhaps the business owners
should all get together and purchase properties to offer housing for their
employees and stop relying on the taxpayers to provide employee housing or
housing period.  There are most of us that worked three jobs to buy what we have
- no handouts were given to us.  We work for what we have.
10:23 pm est 

Re: Beth Singer for Town Manager

Oh, right. Beth Singer for Town Manager

And instead of the high school closing, we can add the town closing.

She should leave. We are now on the Attorney generals Watch List thank in part
to Beth singer. We do not need her in any new position. In fact, time for her to
leave. there is no need for a superintendent. the high school is gone. We only
need a principal. and that is not here. so goodbye and good luck.
10:14 pm est 

Re: Response to Wayne Martin

Re: From Selectman Candidate Wayne Martin

"Let be the first to answer the question about candidates  schooling. As I
stated before I am a graduated from PHS class of 1986 and hold degrees in life
experiences and common sense, I believe that is enough to start. I am sure that
there is a lot more to learn about holding this office so I will learn as I go
like most other people that were Selectman before me. I will also turn to my
fellow selectman, different board members and other town officials to guide me
and answer questions That I might have."

WOW!! Lets let this post stand on it's own. Issues with grammar, diction,
punctuation, sentence structure. Another fine graduate of the local school
system of years gone past. Degrees in life experience and common sense? Anyone
else this smart??

Oh, yes, thats right. He's going up against a doctor who used to be a selectman
in this town, a former police chief of this town and if rumor is correct, a
graduate of Smith College.
10:11 pm est 

PBG

Re: "Love the PBG comments. So true. They are all family looking out
for themselves. That's why I did not renew last year."


I'm one of the ones who always defended the PBG, but I now have to admit I was
wrong.  I can't defend the direction they are going.  It does seem they have
lost their way and are only looking to make money for the organization.
7:48 pm est 

PBG

Love the PBG comments. So true. They are all family looking out for
themselves. That's why I did not renew last year.
6:56 pm est 

Re: Ian Leahy's Post

To the person who thinks it's so clever to keep comparing me, in a
clumsily written thinly veiled way:

The only people who would find my comment "intimidating" are people who are
afraid to talk face to face with another person they may have issues with, or
those who are ashamed of what they have to say. If I spoke about other people
like you do about me, I'd be ashamed, too.

Ian Leahy
6:55 pm est 

Re: Ian Leahy's Post

Please quote the part where Mr. Leahy levels threats in any of his
posts. I've read 'em over a few times, and I can't find any.
6:53 pm est 

Previous Post: "Provincetown Doesn't Take Too Kindly to Threats."

My reply was: "Yes, you have that right. We'll run your tail out on a rail. Hmmm.
Was that a threat? Take a look in the mirror."


I want to clarify, particularly to Ian, that I was attempting to point out that
stating Provincetown 'doesn't take kindly to threats" is a threatening statement
in itself, therefore hypocritical.

Further, I have great respect for Jen and have said so on this blog. My
intention was not to add to your stress, but rather support you both.

The meanness exhibited in Provincetown, on Facebook and various blogs has always
existed under the surface.

It is making life here extremely unpleasant for many under the guise of 'freedom
of speech'. But such a 'freedom'is destroying the delicate fabric of the
town,and I doubt it will ever be the same.

I hope that you can find some peace in the midst of all the badgering and
posing. As for me: I'm moving, and will be all the better for it.



6:51 pm est 

Re: Nervous Yet?


            **GET ON THE TRAIN VOTE FOR WAYNE**

Nervous? Why would any sane voter be afraid or nervous about a candidate running
for any position? Nervous? No, concerned. Concerned that he's not all there and
is there just to start trouble. Concerned and bothered that he'll take the town
to all new lows and have zero regard for anyone. Concerned and bothered that
everything he has commented on in here is self serving, as if to be proud of his
legal issues that he feels we should set aside.

How about these new sloguns,
GET ON THE BUS, FORGET ABOUT US
NO WAYNE, NO PAIN
WAYNE WILL PUT THE FUN IN DISFUNCTION
FORGET THE 'YOTES, I NEED THE VOTES

By the way Wayne, ever been on a board, committee or commission of any sort in
any town anywhere? Ever been part of the "scene" in politics? It's ok, I already
know the answer. No to all of them. You're only running as someone elses puppet,
someone with a grudge bigger than yours who would NEVER be able to run for
office here. Keep it, we just got rid of a nightmare. We don't need another.
6:47 pm est 

From Selectman Candidate Wayne Martin

Let be the first to answer the question about candidates  schooling. As I
stated before I am a graduated from PHS class of 1986 and hold degrees in life
experiences and common sense, I believe that is enough to start. I am sure that
there is a lot more to learn about holding this office so I will learn as I go
like most other people that were Selectman before me. I will also turn to my
fellow selectman, different board members and other town officials to guide me
and answer questions That I might have.


Please all Provincetown voters contact me with any and all question or
concerns at 617-366-9295.
5:25 pm est 

Re: Ian Leahy's Post

Re: "Ian Leahy here. I read all your kind comments regarding my
postcalling all of you cowards, who would say nasty derogatory things about my
wife without signing your name to any of it. I also read my own post through
many times with regard to two things. I was accused of being a bully and further
accused of making threats."


And rather than apologize for making a threat, Mr. Leahy has chosen to reiterate
his intimidating "say it to my face" comment. Well, there you have it. Gee, why
does this scenario sound so familiar? Seems a similar incident happened
recently, maybe at a local pub? Someone made inappropriate threatening remarks,
was asked to apologize and refused...now who was that?

Well, it'll come to me.
5:18 pm est 

PBG

We were warned about the tight group that now controls PBG and it
seems to be proven correct.

President who doesn't live here and isn't involved in tourism industry is best
buds with Executive Director and his partner.   Executive Director hires his
brother to work in office.  Now they've launched a new web site and who has
purchased the prime tile ads for a guest house he owns?   Yep, the partner of
the Executive Director.

From what I hear a lot of the smaller and newly owned guesthouses have seen the
hits to their websites drop significantly to the point they won't renew in the
fall.  The PBG is pricing out smaller businesses and the goal has become to make
money for the PBG instead of promoting their members.
5:00 pm est 

Andrews and Anthony - Selectmen Candidates

Toss up between Andrews and Anthony but I'm leaning toward Anthony
first and then Andrews . . .


Andrews is currently running unopposed for the two year seat vacated by Knight.

Scary thought.
4:56 pm est 

Re: A Call to all Cowards

Ian Leahy here. I read all your kind comments regarding my post
calling all of you cowards, who would say nasty derogatory things about my wife
without signing your name to any of it. I also read my own post through many
times with regard to two things. I was accused of being a bully and further
accused of making threats.

Every definition of the word bully describes a person intimidating an
obviously weaker opponent. For my entire life, my interpretation has been that a
bully chooses his opponents BASED on the fact that they are weaker than him. I
can tell you, as can anyone who knows me, that I have always been the person who
comes to the aid of anyone who seems unable to defend themselves. I would never
pick a fight based on knowing I am facing an obviously weaker opponent. I
wouldn't pick a fight in the first place. The fight was brought to me.

No bullying occurred, except possibly by those who would make nasty untrue
statements about another person, knowing that person would have no way to defend
herself, because the statement was made by someone who chooses to hide while
they make it.

I also read my post over very carefully with regard to threats. I couldn't
find any, unless people are truly threatened by the idea of face to face, or
open debate, wherein both parties are known to each other, not hidden behind
anonymous posts where they can say anything they want without taking any
responsibility for their words.

The invitation is still open. It's not a threat of any kind. I meant what I said. I invite any
of you to say that stuff to my face, although I'm pretty positive at this point, having read
your enlightened responses, that none of you will take me up on that invitation.

To those of you who have decided to threaten me by telling me you'll run me
out of town on rails, I will tell you that any real threat to me or my family
will be taken very seriously.  I will not take your statement seriously,
however, as it remains anonymous in the most cowardly way.

I'd just like to clear up one more thing to you extremely well informed
folks. Neither myself or my wife are in government. Neither of us have run for,
been elected to, or appointed to any town office. My wife has been chosen to be
on a citizen committee that will, over the next few months, try to help the
Board of Selectmen by making recommendations regarding the choosing of our next
Town Manaqer. This is something you all seem to have strong opinions about, but
were unwilling to give your time and energy to.

Congratulations.
4:51 pm est 

What is This Talk About Mrs. Cabral

I called the town hall she does not even appear to be running or am i
mistaken?
4:45 pm est 

BoS Candidates

What schools and colleges did the BOS candidates attend and what
degrees do they hold?
4:38 pm est 

Housing Summit Must be Jammed

Tell us so we don't have to wait for the front page article in the banner about
the massively attended housing summit. We know that all of these folks want the
taxpayers to buy property so the town can then rent it to them cheaply...is that
was discussed?

Was it standing room only? How many articles will there be at town meeting
asking for taxpayer supported housing for the summer workforce? How many for the
folks to live here year round?
4:35 pm est 

Re: A Call to All Cowards

Re: "Yes, you have that right. We'll run your tail out on a rail. Hmmm.
Was that a threat? Take a look in the mirror."


Um, yeah, you're REALLY grasping at straws here in your defense of Leahy. There
was nothing threatening about the post you refer to, it was simply critical of
your friend Ian's inappropriate behavior. That's why you're so upset. Leahy
should just apologize for issuing a written open threat to the entire town.
4:31 pm est 

Nervous Yet?

You will find there will be a lot of negative remarks about Mr. Martin coming
from the police of both Ptown and Truro as well other town entities. The reason
for this is they know if he gets in he will be nobodies PUPPET he is the peoples
candidate that is not afraid to fight the hard fight and only believes in
confrontation when it is necessary. Also he wants to see this town come together
and prosper while putting a stop to all the B.S. He should be every ones first
choice for selectman to assure what has happened in this town over the past
several years is never repeated.

            GET ON THE TRAIN VOTE FOR WAYNE
4:29 pm est 

From Selectman Candidate Wayne Martin
 

It is True I am not on Facebook and I think that's a good thing! I believe it
is a cowardly act to slander and lie about anyone on a forum like this while
remaining anonymous. If elected the people will find out that I will speak my
mind and try to have any and all town business conducted out in the open not
behind closed doors. The voters should know that I believe they should run the
town and make the important decisions not the selectman nor the town manager we
are put there to serve the people not our own agendas of our friends.

Once again if any Provincetown voters have questions or concerns they should
call me at 617-366-9295
4:25 pm est 

Buy Housing for Business Employees

My boss didn't pay for me to have a place to live, but now a few of these rich
business owners in town want the taxpayers to buy buildings so that there
employees will have a cheap place to live.

These business people want to put this on the backs of the hardworking taxpayers
too.

Why don't they use some of their money to buy buildings to house their
employees--or take one of their buildings and build apartments on top of
them--or rent their apartments cheaply to summer their summer help?
4:12 pm est 

I am Confused

I am confused as to what post get on here and who decides.  I wrote
the other day it didn't get posted all this crazy trash talk is on there ,
please explain
4:07 pm est 

Dr. Beth Singer for Town Manager

I vote for Dr. Beth. She's a no nonsense kinda gal. She is very savvy and knows
this town. She doesn't take any rubbish from anyone and could keep this town in
line! She doesn't play favorites and doesn't believe in nepotism. She could be
very objective.
4:06 pm est 

Provincetown Tax Payers Subsidize Renters

MR. Paul De Ruyter wants to pass a law at town meeting where by The hard working
families, and the workers in town who own their own home and who are struggling
to make ends meet and who are paying thousands in taxes to now go to town
meeting to vote to spend taxpayer money to buy property so people can live here
and pay a cheap rent.

No one is helping the homeowners to pay their oil bills, their health
insurance--but you are going to pass a law at town meeting making these same
home owners carry these renters on their backs by subsidizing their housing.

Mr. Paul De Ruyter and the housing group want to take hard earned taxpayer money
to essentially buy property and rent it out cheaply so people can move here and
slide right into easily affordable housing.

It isn't fair to the taxpayers. I know several people who moved here and just
got up and left of their own accord to explore another place to live. People
moved into Province Landing and didn't like it and moved back to Florida.

Now the taxpayers are being asked to carry these renters in town on their backs
by buying property for them to live in. This is outrageous--if you can't afford
to live here, then move where there are jobs and a sustainable life style earned
by your own two hands. Now paid for by the community.
4:04 pm est 

Cape Cod Commission Tries to Micro-manage Life on the Cape

Among locals, it is fast becoming known as "The Commission," "The Organization"
and "The Barnstable County Mob." Like its more famous organized crime
counter-parts, the Cape Cod Commission is all about control, political power,
and oppressive authority.

As unquestionably exhibited by the self-explanatory dictatorial Cape Cod
Commission issued regulations provided below, it is clear that this excessively
expensive and unnecessary layer of county government bureaucracy is now
attempting to oppressively micromanage every aspect of residential and
commercial development on Cape Cod, and thereby the lives of every man, woman
and child residing here. It is even trying to unfairly coerce Cape Codders to
sign over their property rights to the Commission and other governmental
entities, in clear violation of the Massachusetts Constitution and the United
States Constitution. Furthermore, the Commission has even decreed overbearing
new taxes upon economic development on Cape Cod which they cleverly call "impact
fees" which in reality are overly burdensome taxes upon those who are trying to
provide good paying jobs, businesses and homes to Cape Cod residents.

Though it repeatedly denies it, the Cape Cod Commission has long coveted a
political agenda that is anti-business and no-growth. Its aim is to try and
force all fifteen Cape Cod municipalities to adopt the same un-American
political agenda that that they themselves have so enthusiastically embraced.

Cape Cod Commission Model Bylaws and Regulations Village-Style Development
Bylaw/Ordinance for Towns  in Barnstable County, Massachusetts -
http://www.capecodcommission.org/resources/bylaws/village.doc

Transfer of Development Rights -
http://www.capecodcommission.org/resources/bylaws/tdr.doc
4:00 pm est 

Jen and Ian

Not sure they are the future leaders of Provincetown.   While Jen is bright, she
ain't too smart.  To her credit, she does try to sift thru the various layers of
Provincetown to found common ground, but there's a pattern of rage that has
crept to the forefront over the years.   Again, she's bright, but watch out if
she crosses over.
As far as Ian goes, he's a loyal husband and defender, but he can also cross
over.

I agree with the poster that compared their bullying to the former Chief.   The
two are very similar.  They can't have their cake and eat it too.   There are
common tendencies.   I think it is similar to have someone bullying their views
to manipulate public opinion in a small town and to a chief that also uses his
position to manipulate public opinion.  In my view the pot is calling the kettle
black!
3:56 pm est 

Re: P'town Legacy

"Yup it has. We aren't on the DOR' watch list anymore, we have
rehabbed municipal buildings and the streets are paved."


No WORSE we are the Attorney Generals' watch list for procurement
irregularities- Thanks to Chief Procurement Officer Sharon Lynn our former Town
Manager.

No one could have screwed up the VMES renovation with greater conviction of
folly  than Lynn &  Singer
11:14 pm est 

Wayne Martin

LOVE Wayne Martin's running platform!!  Campaign headquarters 312
Commercial St?
11:12 pm est 

Paul de Ruyter Posted in Provincetown Lighthouse

Here's a post that is part of a longer thread on another page but generic enough to stand alone...I suppose.

Isn't it time for straightforward honesty on the subject of affordable rental housing? We understand it's an important issue. We also know that if we want to maintain and protect a sustainable year round community in Provincetown that we have to find an answer to the lack of affordable rental housing.

Here's one reality I think...we will never, never, never (have I said that enough) achieve our goal if we acquiesce to normal economic forces. The natural and unalterable gravitational force of economics is for capital to always move to "highest and best use"...or what will be the maximum return on investment (ROI) over time. Sometimes the natural outcome might initially hit our desired target, or appear to...most times it will not and even when it does, it will do so for only as long as maximum ROI is achieved. It's that simple, it can't be altered, it can't be wished away, it can't be "planned" or "zoned" away, it can't be legislated away...we simply need to understand and accept this reality.

Here's another reality...to achieve our goal we have to take control of the outcome. The only way to control the outcome is to control the investment.
11:10 pm est 

Where's His Facebook Page??!!

Where is Wayne Martins Facebook page? Seems like thats what everyone does when
they run for a position. Semms like he's using this place as his podium so I'll
ask here;

WHAT ARE YOU THINKING??
11:06 pm est 

Vincent Currier Posted in Provincetown Lighthouse

Ok, Dr. Cheryl Andrews, it's your turn. I have a question I would like for you to address.

I have heard frequently from voters who worry you are more of the same.

That you were part of the team of BOS members who put us on the watch list, and were responsible for the hire of Sharon Lynn as Town Manager.

Many voters are afraid you will bring us back to those bad years, when we have the hard-fought opportunity to move on, move ahead with some new blood.

Please tell me your feelings about these concerns.

I applaud you for your obvious dedication to the Town and the Cape as our Representative to the County Commission. Thanks for your years of service in local and regional politics.
11:04 pm est 

Re: P'town Legacy

"We aren't on the DOR' watch list anymore, we have rehabbed municipal buildings
and the streets are paved."


The streets aren't adequately paved, not according to my car mechanic at least.
As to my original point, the edumacated town leaders you esteem over Jen Cabral
(a Smith grad, btw) also landed us on DOR's watch list. Namely, been Keith
Bergman. And the professional who got us off that list, need I name her, plunged
the town by way of arrogance into a crisis-of-confidence scandal that continues
to this day. Enough imported lemons, let's give a chance to someone who
understands this town's values. Now, if only Jen would actually RUN!

-Not the Epitome of Provincetown's Citizens
11:00 pm est 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Re: A Call to All Cowards

"Provincetown doesn't take too kindly to threats."


Yes, you have that right. We'll run your tail out on a rail. Hmmm. Was that a
threat?

Take a look in the mirror.
9:19 pm est 

Upcoming Elections

From what I can see so far, it looks like Raf Richter will get in having run
before and lost to a cheater. He's smart, young, in touch with the times and the
needs of the community and has diretion. Toss up between Andrews and Anthony but
I'm leaning toward Anthony first and then Andrews. Both have history in town but
Andrews has shown her cards. Jen Cabral was on my list as second but not as of
late with her recent comments and Wayne Martin is just a joke. With such a
soiled sorrid past, how can he even put himself in the limelight? Saved coyotes?
Kept it as a pet? I have pets and they don't live in a cage and look emaciated
like that. And he speaks so proudly of his dropped gun charges and various other
legal issues. Who needs that for a leader? We just got rid of a joke so why
bring in a new one?
9:17 pm est 

Re: Open and Fair Elections

What are you talking about?? The police and every town employee like every
citizen have every right to speak out in regards to who may or may not be
running for election in the town where they work and/or live. Some of the police
and other employees vote in this town. The comments in here, from the police or
not, are part of the political arena whether you like it or not and they are
absolutley not like the comments made during the last election.

Funny part is, the police have all the real info on Martin and his antics over the
years and I for one will NEVER vote for that    . He's made his bed and now he
has to lie in it. Too bad. He's made it very clear over the years that he                  .
Now he's trying to shut them up?? WRONG.
8:58 pm est 

Re: A Call to All Cowards

"Oh, but not areally. Ian is a plain bloke threatening to defend the
honor of his wife with his bare..."



Oh, get real. This isn't medieval times. You don't go around clobbering people
you don't agree with, no matter what your reason. A bully is a bully and Ian's
threatening post is obnoxious and out of line.
8:50 pm est 

Re: A Call to All Cowards

Re: Ian Leahy's letter sure reminds me of the very same bully behavior
accused of the police chief at The Pig.

I was thinking exactly the same thing. Mr Leahy might want to lay off the macho
chest beating if he and his wife want to be public figures. Provincetown doesn't
take too kindly to threats.
8:44 pm est 

Re: Jim Palacino

Re: "For those who asked sarcastically how Jim Palacino's law suit was
coming along i guess u got your answer..."



Oh, did it go to court? Or are you speculating? At least you're not blabbering
on about how Jim should have been on the Town Manager selection committee. Guess
there still are some sane people in town...who saw what a debacle that would
have created from ten miles away.
8:38 pm est 

Re: Ian Leahy

Quote from the writings of Ian Leahy: "By the way, my name is Ian Leahy. Please
come and say any of that trash to my
face . . . any time. "

Wow. Just Wow. THIS is what we've got now for town government? Threats by
Jennifer Cabral's husband? This is the best the town has to offer? If I were
her, I'd be ashamed and hide. I can't even believe someone would post this here
or anywhere. Hey Ian here's a little hint for you: this is politics. If you
can't take it get out of it and that goes for your wife as well. She can dish it
out, but neither she nor you sure can take it huh? Good job making your wife
look bad, not that she's not doing a great job of that herself lately!
8:36 pm est 

Open and Fair Elections

Concerned Citizen

I have already been made aware of certain town employees that may or may not
be police personal have been making disparaging remarks against Mr. Martin in
his run for selectman. I hope before this goes any further the current selectman
will notify all town employees that this will not be tolerated. No remarks
against Mr. Martin or any other candidate to the public coming from police or
any town employees should be acceptable. Have they not the ability to learn by
there mistakes. Let who is without sin cast the first stone.


                LETS HAVE A FAIR ELECTION

8:34 pm est 

Housing Summit

With all of these folks running for office and the "mini revolution people" all
clamoring for affordable housing, this housing summit will be a mad house.

With over 700 members of that political force called Provincetown voice..it will
be standing room only there I bet.

Better get their early to get a seat, folks. You want your demands for
affordable housing met.

8:32 pm est 

Re: A Call to All Cowards

Not Quite the Same


"Ian Leahy's letter sure reminds me of the very same bully behavior accused of
the police chief at The Pig.
"You got something to say?! Just say it to my face!"



Oh, but not really. Ian is a plain bloke threatening to defend the honor of his
wife with his bare fists, whereas Chief Jaran was a chief of police in command
of bullets, guns and the overwhelming laws of enforcement. Try again?

-Not the Epitome of Provincetown's Citizens
8:26 pm est 

A Call to All Cowards

Really?

I get that some of you are impaired mentally, but you don't understand the
difference between a private citizen and the chief of police?

Sad.
8:20 pm est 

Re: Maghi Geary

MAGGIE WOULD BE A GREAT TRUSTEE, SHE GOT SWEPT OUT DURING THE LAST
HOUSECLEANING, WE NEED A COMMITTED, FULL TIME RESIDENT WHO KNOWS AND LOVES THE
LIBRARY AND THE COMMUNITY ON BOARD TO HELP GET BACK ON TRACK.............
7:52 pm est 

Ptown Legacy

Mmmkay...Because Provincetown's legacy of leaders with prestigious
resumes anddeep knowledge of municipal finance has left us in a SPLENDID
state of affairsin this year of our Lord, 2014. Right?

Yup it has. We aren't on the DOR' watch list anymore, we have rehabbed municipal
buildings and the streets are paved.

7:47 pm est 

Who is Louise Venden? I see She is on a Library Trustee

But who is she? Why was she selected for the search committee? Wasn't she Austin
Knight's choice? and why is she chair?
also who selected Rob Tosner as an outside appointee to the search committee?
Was this a David Gardner choice? It seems he was just put on the search
committee.

and isn't he the broker for Jeff Jaran's condominium?
11:31 am est 

Maggie for Library Trustee

with at least one opening with Mick Rudd having to leave, then it would be great
if Maggie Geahry would run for this elected position. she is strong, bright,
dedicated to the library and what a wonderful trustee she would make.

Maggie Geahry for Trustee!!

then we could expect changes and maybe even get a new library director.
11:29 am est 

Wayne Martin

Wayne, keep up the good responses. I'm glad to read the most recent post about
the coyotes because, others like myself I'm sure thought it was a nutty thng you
did. I'm relieved to read what a wonderful act that was to save animals.  I'm an
animal lover as you can see.
11:23 am est 

Scrutiny

ONCE YOU ENTER THE PUBLIC ARENA, IT'S ALL FAIR GAME.........ASK BILL CLINTON
11:21 am est 

Re: What is PMPM?

PMPM - IS ACRONYM FOR PILGRIM MONUMENT AND PROVINCETOWN MUSEUM, LIKE
PAAM IS PROVINCETOWN ART ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM.
9:55 am est 

A Call to All Cowards

Ian Leahy's letter sure reminds me of the very same bully behavior
accused of the police chief at The Pig.  "You got something to say?! Just say it
to my face!"
hmmmmm.......interesting.
9:53 am est 

They Have Chutzpah

I find it amazing that many candidates keep trying after proven failures. I
think after disgracing myself, I'd either leave town, or hide. Not them. Is it
ego? Or do they truly believe they have what it takes? They keep trying. Not
only that, they retain respect.

If I failed in my job, I'd be terminated and would have to re-establish myself
in another line. Politics is a funny business. I don't know if they should be
applauded for their perseverance or booed.

If I lost credibility, I wouldn't have the nerve to try again. What gives?
9:51 am est 

From Selectman Candidate Wayne Martin

Anyone who is interested in finding out about my former pet coyote who's
name was Vixen and how I saved a litter of 5 coyotes from being destroyed and
the manner in which she was treated or any other stray or wounded animal I've
taken in over the years can look on Youtube under Truro coyote or Truro Vixen or
call me to find out the truth. I will also add that the other four went on to
live full lives as part of a scientific study on coyotes in Mass. I take it that
I must be making certain people nervous by all the slanderous remarks, half
truths and yes out right lies about me that I have received in the two short
days that I've been running for position of selectman.

For any questions From Provincetown voters please feel free to
contact me at 617-366-9295.
9:41 am est 

Re: Jennifer Cabral

If Jen Cabral wants to be a public figure then she and her husband
better get used to public scrutiny and a little criticism. It comes with the
territory.

Oh, and this is NOT a sexist comment, by the way, so don't even go there. This
blog is really turning into a circus of fanatics lately.
9:39 am est 

Re: Palacino - Law Suit Now in Full Play

"For those who asked sarcastically how Jim Palacino's law suit was
coming along i guess u got your answer . ka ching ka ching for him , town
manager fled , chief fired and officer suspended,  I'm sure the town will pay
handsomely for this debacle."


I say good for him. He did the right thing.If this goes to trial a jury will
determine damages. The key is punitive damages. The town of provicetown is
charged on this one as well as Koumenalis- and possibly Jaran. A Jury in my
opinion will take this very seriously. So much for Sharon's lack of leadership
and turning a blind eye.This one could prove very interesting. However, I am
saddened our leadership could not have done a better job with damage control.
Instead, they were belligerent and contentious. Just look at Elaine Andersons
comments at the june 10th Bos meeting. People, these are the people that lead
our town. The BOS enabled this to fester. Subsequently the truth came out about
Jaran,Koumenalis,and the chief. I believe Austin knight knows way more than he
will EVER fess up to. Sharon made a big mistake back then not involving Jaran in
the investigation. An investigation done by Lt. Golden- a subordinate to Jaran.
Does not take a rocket scientist to figure this one!
  out. Should be very interesting.  Sharon- get ready to pack your bags for
court in Boston.
9:37 am est 

Banner Article
 
Peake to speak

TRURO — State Rep. Sarah Peake will be the featured speaker at the Chamber of Commerce gathering from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Montano’s Restaurant, Route 6, North Truro. All interested folk, whether business owners or not, from Truro and surrounding towns, are invited to come and visit with Peake, who will discuss, among other topics, responsibilities and responses of the state Dept. of Transportation, an argument to expand the local hotel-motel rooms tax to include properties which are run like a motel-hotel but do not collect and return to the community rooms tax revenue. Questions from the floor will be welcome.

Complimentary pizza will be provided by Montano’s, and a cash bar will be available. Folks are asked to RSVP to the Truro Chamber of Commerce, either via email at info@truro chamberofcommerce.com, or by calling the Chamber, (508) 487-1288 and leaving a message on the machine.
9:23 am est 

Wayne Martin

Please voters don't listen to the crap about Wayne [Martin]its just his        
of a brother Robert J Martin II and some of his brothers idiot friends. Just
call and talk to him you will find that its all B.S.
12:09 am est 

Really? Sharon is Doing What?

Sending letters welcoming new members to town. Then she should be sending
herself and Patti Green letters welcoming themselves. Great work and of course
she is also creating a new city hall complex so she can have a better office
than the poor old office she now has in Delaware.

Remember the past. Or otherwise you will repeat it.

I am so glad she is no longer here. so glad.
12:06 am est 

From Selectman Candidate Wayne Martin

I Have no restraining orders against me nor none has ever been issued
while I was present in any court proceedings. Also the matter of my pet was
dismissed over 2 years ago! Keep trying though rebutting these slanderous
remarks have been improving my typing skills.

Any questions or concerns by Provincetown voters I can be contacted
at 617-366-9295  24-7
12:05 am est 

From Wayne Martin
 
Please check your Facts it was Bobby Martin that was arrested for assault
against myself last June. it was 19 legal firearms not 15 which the charges were
dismissed 2 years ago. I have never blogged anything about Mr. Anthony and that
is pretty low speaking about my deceased dad. When I write something everyone
will know who it is because it will bear my name. Unlike many people I pride
myself on not being a coward!

Anyone that has concerns or questions about the accuracy my blogs or any
other authors who have attempted to slander me can contact me at 617-366-9295.
12:02 am est 

The Blog

Can people get back on track and start posting important issues in the coming
months ahead instead of posting idiotic stupid comments about individuals.  Why
not be asking these people important questions like what they will be looking
for in a new town manager. Save all your nonsense questions for candidates night
so the ccandidate can answer in person.
12:01 am est 

Martin vs. Town of Provincetown

Folks, do your homework.  That case is Ms. Martin not Wayne.  As for residency,
Mr. Martin does reside at 27 Mechanic Street - Mrs. Costa's daughter lives there
with her partaner - Mr. Martin.
12:00 am est 

This Is Selectman Candidate Wayne Martin

Anyone that is interested about my Criminal or Mental back ground checks
can contact the PPD where I received my FID a short while ago.

Any and all voters can contact me at 617-366-9295.
11:57 pm est 

Provincetown Public Library

MICK RUDD HAS TO LEAVE THE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES CAUSE OF TERM
LIMITS, GOD HELP US, POOR ANNE PACKARD THE VOICE OF SANITY WILL BE LEFT ALONE TO
FEND FOR HERSELF.
11:56 pm est 

From Wayne Martin

Just like most people I have never claimed to wear a Hallow at any point in my
life but if elected I will do my best to do right by everyone in town and never
turn a blind eye to anyone.

Provincetown voters can contact me at 617-366-9295.
11:54 pm est 

Wayne Martin

Who is Wayne Martin's campaign manager?  Based on someones' assault on
Bobby Anthony on social media, I have a good guess!

Fess up!
11:52 pm est 

Re: Call to All Cowards

Ian, you're damn right! No one would ever think to say anything
"semi-slanderous" to your wife. She's scary!!
11:49 pm est 

From Wayne Martin

Its my understanding the only reason my name as well as my brothers would appear
on any Litigation was to recognize my mother Margo Martin as Executrix of an
estate. I hope that clears things up!

All Provincetown voters feel free to call me with any questions or concerns
at 617-366-9295
11:48 pm est 

Palacino - Law Suit Now in Full Play

For those who asked sarcastically how Jim Palacino's law suit was
coming along i guess u got your answer . ka ching ka ching for him , town
manager fled , chief fired and officer suspended,  I'm sure the town will pay
handsomely for this debacle .
11:47 pm est 

Wayne Martin

This is Wayne Martin once again I will set the record straight it was
not me who blogged no new taxes I took no part in that statement that was done
by another individual just to get a rise out of my brother Bob Martin. again all
registered voters of Provincetown feel free to call me at 617-366-9295 thank
you.
11:44 pm est 

Bobby Martin

That's just bob martin that's bashing his brother Wayne he's a real
prize GOOGLE HIM a believe he was court ordered not to      back in June but
still can be found          at local     . any townie knows him or has had the
misfortune to see him when they have been trying to enjoy themselves out a local
bar or restaurant.
11:43 pm est 

Wayne Martin

This is Wayne Martin the litigation in Barnstable court was filed by
Margo Martin  about 3 ago and it was denied about a year ago. once again I will
state I have never been the plaintiff in any suit against Provincetown or any
other town. As far as my legal residence goes one can just simply go to the town
hall and check for themselves that I am telling the truth instead of listening
to ramblings of and obviously disturbed individual. if there are any legitimate
questions about my candidacy any and all registered voters of Provincetown
should feel free to call me at 617-366-9295.
11:39 pm est 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wayne Martin

Please remember this about Wayne Martin.  It speaks volumes.  He is
not Selectman material.

http://masscops.com/threads/cape-couple-arrested-after-coyote-found-in-home.85924/
10:40 pm est 

Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin isnt he the genius that was arrested for abusing a
coyote a couple of years ago? Oh brother!
10:36 pm est 

Candidate Martin

Don't let the B.S. change your mind. You are a great candidate who will benefit
the town.
10:34 pm est 

Martin's Campaign

Save the coyotes at Herring Cove (so I can shoot them)

Save the VFW (so me and my buddies can go drinking again)

Don't hire a new police chief (save money, I don't like cops)

No new police station (see above)

Selectmen should be refered to as superheros(call me Batman)

Carpool more(why not, sounds good)

Don't hire a new TM(save money, I don't like TM's)

Hire new town counsel(I have a cousin in the biz)

All lawsuits should be finalized immediately( I'M RICH!!)

No more regionalizing with Truro(they don't like me there)

Outlaw the term "bonehead"
10:32 pm est 

Repeat After Me: Menial Jobs Are Honest Jobs
 

"Sorry but I ain't voting for yet another selectman that has held only menial
jobs all here life and who knows nothing about municipal finance."


Mmmkay...Because Provincetown's legacy of leaders with prestigious resumes and
deep knowledge of municipal finance has left us in a SPLENDID state of affairs
in this year of our Lord, 2014. Right?

- Not the Epitome of Provincetown's Citizens
10:28 pm est 

Wayne Martin

After reading all of the posts, It is  my only right that I state the facts.
Wayne is a great candidate who will guide the town through difficult times as
well as guiding the town in the right direction. Don't let his brother bobby who
is a                                                 8:00 am change your mind. Wayne is a
great candidate who will benefit the town.

A Wayne supporter
10:25 pm est 

Martin Has no Chance

He can't. If he does, this town really has to rethink its strategy for fixing
problems and chosing leaders. This guy is the one posting junk about candidate
Anthony and the VFW but lets keep in mind who was the manager prior to Mr.
Anthony. Thats right, Waynes dad. Hmmm. And as far as criminal background
checks, wasn't Wayne arrested last year for assault and battery on his brother?
And then a restraining order was taken out against him by his mother? Pending
court issues with his coyote dilema and the gun charges he had for not securing
his weapons. Wasn't there 15 guns? And don't forget that he's the beneficiary of
his fathers estate as stated in the papers, currently handled by his mother who
is sueing the town.

No chance Wayne. Go back to Truro.
10:23 pm est 

Re: Oh Goody Goody

"Sharon is now proposing sending welcoming letters to new residents of
Rehobeth Beach and new businesses. that will fix any problems they have. and
they are now working on a new web site. Oh, really!"


Your fixation is borderline psychotic.
7:29 pm est 

Re: Wayne Martin

I googled Wayne Martin and it seems he has less than stellar
reputation. Goggle him and you will see!
7:21 pm est 

Re: Wayne Martin

Litigation against the Town: Barnstable Superior Court Case No. BACV2010-00572
listed in the 2012 Town Report) is a case entiled Martin v. Town of
Provincetown. Unless Wayne Martin files a motion to remove himself from this
lawsuit, he's a party to the lawsuit and there is a conflict.

Legal residence: 27 Mechanic Street is a single family home owned by Wayne and
Pauline Costa. Has Martin purchased this home as his legal residence, does he
lease the home or is he renting a room?

7:20 pm est 

Select Board

Are criminal background checks required for local public office?
7:18 pm est 

Wayne Martin

"A vote for Martin is a vote for change no new taxes and prosperity for
everyone."



How will he accomplish that?  No new taxes, what will he cut?  Or is he saying
nothing above the 2 1/2?  How will he achieve prosperity for everyone?

When someone promises something they can't deliver you have to leery of them.
7:16 pm est 

From Bobby Martin

I am BOBBY MARTIN and no way did I pay or sponsor wayne martin for any
office and as a usual politician this is a lie don't believe what comes out of
my brothers mouth
7:14 pm est 

Posted in the Provincetown Lighthouse
  
I just heard that MAP, the clothing store on the West End, is closed for good -- lost their lease because a developer bought the building and the lot next to it and is building a complex or something. Anyone have the facts?
7:11 pm est 

Flash Reporting From Provincetown Lighthouse

Karl Worthington:

Thanks to our special reporter in Boston Lois Layne for this Lighthouse exclusive BREAKING NEWS :

United States District Court District of Massachusetts
Complaint and Jury Demand
James Palacino Plaintiff  v  Town of Provincetown, Sergeant Koumanelis Defendants
7:03 pm est 

Oh Goody Goody

Sharon is now proposing sending welcoming letters to new residents of Rehobeth
Beach and new businesses. that will fix any problems they have. and they are now
working on a new web site. Oh, really!

Maybe you should be sending goodbye letters to the businesses that have closed
here and goodbye letters to home owners who have to leave for the increase of
taxes for the big time projects you orchestrated.

6:47 pm est 

I Like Your Standards

Looking for even higher standards for selectman. that is good but who else is
running? But then look at the town manager search committee. that is quite a
group and the standards are not too high. We will get another Sharon Lynn with
this group and with Rob Tosner he will probably suggest another police chief as
town manager and put forward the beloved Jeff Jaran.

Isn't Tosner still selling Jaran's condominium? I do think so.

6:45 pm est 

Re: Wayne Martin

Re: "A vote for Martin is a vote for change no new taxes and prosperity
for everyone.This message is approved but not written by
Wayne Martin"



Is he (and voters) really that naïve?  Sounds like he has no idea of the
workings of town government and thinks he can just wave a magic wand and make
everything OK.

Or it's just another campaign slogan.
6:43 pm est 

Posted by Myra Gold in the Provincetown Lighthouse

Civilian Review Boards

A municipal body composed of citizen representatives charged with the investigation of complaints by members of the public concerning misconduct by police officers. Such bodies may be independent agencies or part of a law enforcement agency.

Generally, the power of a civilian review board is restricted to reviewing an already completed internal police investigation, and commenting on it to the Chief of Police. Citizen review boards have not been very effective at causing reform, as they are often co-opted by the police department whose investigations they are supposed to review, and thus wind up agreeing with the police department in almost all instances.

Some of the newer civilian review board models, however, provide board members with investigatory as well as review authority. Some of these models contemplate that the board will conduct parallel investigations to supplement the internal affairs investigations. In a few localities, the review board has subpoena power and can force a police officer to testify. A few jurisdictions even grant sole investigatory power to their civilian review boards. But it is very rare for a civilian review board to have the final say as to the disposition of an investigation or discipline to be imposed on an officer. These ultimate decisions generally continue to be the province of the chief of police. Nonetheless, all civilian review boards with independent investigatory authority seem to have the power to make recommendations to the chief on disposition and discipline.
6:41 pm est 

Committee to Interview Possible Town Manager

Who else is on the committee regarding the town manager that meets this evening?

Mr. Rob Tosner is on the committee, is he not--or is this to be decided?

It will be interesting to see how much is posted tomorrow on the electronic
media in town--or probably tonight if some aren't too tired.


6:38 pm est 

Re: PMPM

What is PMPM?
6:36 pm est 

To: Webmaster

Whats up with the censoring of my post, Clarence? Also you can't be
contacted through your contact link.
6:33 pm est 

Write - In Candidate

I'm just going to write in Austin Knight's name. He was attacked and bullied and
resigned. Elaine and David were so attacked--I don't blame them for stepping
down.

Let the mini revolution take over. I hope that the new Town Manager reads the
Front Page article that Appeared in the Cape Cod times about the division in
town.

It will be interesting to get the New Town Managers take on things when some on
the Committee members who are doing the interviewing are the very people who
drove the selectmen away and are creating this divisiveness in town.
6:30 pm est 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Good God,       whatever-is-your-last-name, puh-lease give it a rest.
Enough already. We get it. You really need to get over it. At this point, It
really is you. Not the library director.
6:28 pm est 

To All the Cowards!

To any and all of the cowards who think it is a good idea to post semi
slanderous remarks about my wife, Jennifer Cabral, think again. I will assert
that not a single one of you would ever utter such nonsense to her face, nor
would you ever do so anywhere you were required to be accountable for your
words. You only engage in this pitiful childish behavior here because you can
remain anonymous and never have to take any responsibility for your idiotic
remarks. If you were required to sign your name to your trash talk, I fear this
blog would be quite empty. Jennifer is a very thoughtful caring person. She put
her name into consideration for the Town Manager search committee because she
cares deeply about the town, and she wants very much to make it a better place
for all of us. Even for those who would say things about her that they would
NEVER dare utter in her presence. Did any of you trash talkers put your names up
to be on the committee? I think not, because I was at the BOS meeting where the
members of the committee were chosen.
Twelve people asked to be on the committee and ten were chosen. I guess the rest
of you will have to be satisfied with anonymously complaining about those who had the
courage, the heart, and the love for their town to stand up and try to help with
our future. I would be ashamed to sign my name, too, if I was as big a coward.
By the way, my name is Ian Leahy. Please come and say any of that trash to my
face . . . any time.
6:26 pm est 

Pending Litigation:

If anyone is concerned about pending litigation just vote for Bob Anthony and
the problems will just begin. His real estate company folded, the VFW went
bankrupt under his command as bar manager, and today the IRS was in town looking
into the the false records of the former club, led by Mr. Anthony and Property
abutter Mr. Mendes. A vote for him is a vote for           .
6:22 pm est 

Selectmen's Race

For the record. Mr. Martin has a local address and has already acquired the
necessary signatures to be placed on the ballot. Thanks again for the false
information.

His campaign manager!!!
6:19 pm est 

So Far Yet so Near

"I cant help but see the rants sexist especially since I heard no such
out cry of the opinions of town men such as..."



Agreed. But don't think for a quick minute that any of the gleaming 'liberal'
males of Provincetown will admit to such a condition. Hella no. But the women
see it, a good number of intelligent, gifted women know when the subtle attacks
are added routinely into the mix...I certainly do. Sexism is such a fatal bore.
And Provincetown is far from above it.
6:18 pm est 

BoS Take Note!

In my decades here, I have seen many people from other places move
here, decide because they have had BIG jobs that they know best.  They often
don't and have made the town much worse than it was when they thought they could
"fix" it, it wasn't bad to begin with.  The current selectmen take note!
6:13 pm est 

Re: Jennifer Cabral

Re: "I dont know who it is who has a bone to pick with Jen but I can't
help but see the rants sexist"



Right. Women are always right, they never do anything wrong. And if you should
be so bold as to accuse them of being anything less than perfect, you are a
sexist, misogynist pig. Welcome to Provincetown.
6:07 pm est 

Being Born Here isn't Enough

Sorry but I ain't voting for yet another selectman that has held only
menial jobs all here life and who knows nothing about municipal finance. sorry
Ms. Cabral just being born here isn't good enough.
6:04 pm est 

Re: Connecting the Dots

What's happening at PMPM??
1:02 am est 

Selectman Standards

You folks have VERY low standards for a Selectman.

I currently won't vote for any of them.  They aren't qualified.
12:57 am est 

Selectman Candidate Martin

Good to hear that you will be seeking a term on the board of selectman. I can
confirm that you will have a great deal of support from many citizen's who
reside in town. I hope that people feel the same by electing you as a  candidate
as opposed to electing someone who has sold the former VFW down the river in
hopes that he would receive the sales commission. Today the IRS was in town
investigating the VFW matter and the results will be damaging.
12:47 am est 

Re: Wayne Martin

I have known MR. Martin for a long time and he speaks the truth. Wayne is a
concerned citizen who wants the best for the town and does not want the board to
be made up of candidates who have a vendetta against the town or have a personal
issue. I will campaign for him all the way.

A registered voter!
12:44 am est 

Forgive & Forget

Why as a town do we keep making the same mistakes? What next, making Jaran the
Town Manager? People that have been disasters are being considered as BOS. Why
do we like to see history repeated? Instead of running them out of town, we like
to consider them for BIG positions.

Why don't we just bring back Keith Bergman and get it over with.
11:04 pm est 

Re: Wayne Martin

A vote for Martin is a vote for change no new taxes and prosperity
for everyone.


          This message is approved but not written by

                    Wayne Martin

              Paid for by Bobby Martin


11:01 pm est 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Re: Provincetown Library

Oh, please.  One could not create gossip about the library that is
more ignorant than the truth.  Do you have any idea? This isn't just something
that people like to whine about.  This is a tragedy that Sharon Lynn created and
carefully maintained out of spite and ignorance.

I challenge the library trustees to clean out the dump that is Cheryl Napsha's
office without warning.  Then you'll see waste and negligence and some of the
reasons for it.

Absolutely SHOCKING that nothing has been done about this situation. Real damage
has been done and continues to be done.
10:58 pm est 

Re: Wayne Martin

If Mr. Martin is half the man his father was I don't see how this town
could go wrong. I believe his father  Bob Martin served on the finance board
some years ago in town and also sat on the board of selectman in Truro for about
12 years. its my understanding he is a lot like his dad GOOD LUCK Wayne
10:56 pm est 

Re: Wayne Martin

Martins a pit bull who don't intimidate easily and who actually cares
about this town good choice he has my vote.
10:05 pm est 

Re: Wayne Martian

I'm curious about what Mr.Martin has to say about these remarks
stating that he does not live in town or this so called litigation against the
town easy enough to find out call the town hall, sounds like lies to me. if he
did not live in town he could not get his nomination papers! nice try though.
10:03 pm est 

Re: Wayne Martin

Wayne would be a great selectman for any town this guy is not afraid
to right wrongs even if it detrimental to himself this person really cares about
his fellow man he's not all about himself. So vote for Wayne is this upcoming
election don't listen to the B.S.
5:39 pm est 

Re: Provincetown Library

Did you ask anyone in the Library about the books in the discard bins,
or are you simply assuming that they are all wasteful dolts?  It is not much fun
seeking the truth as it is to spread ignorant gossip, but maybe you should give
it a shot some day.
5:34 pm est 

Re: Wayne Martin

To set the record straight, Wayne Martin is a registered voter in the
Town of Provincetown who resides on 27 Mechanic Street and has for quite some
time. He is a graduate of PHS and was born and raised in town before he moved to
Truro. Mr. martin has roots in town also in Truro dating back to the 1660's. He
also neither now nor ever has had pending litigation against the Town of
Provincetown. All comments are appreciated and welcome provided they are based
in facts and not just slanderous remarks.  Any further questions you may have
about Mr. Martin and the campaign platform he is running under or any concerns
by registered voters in the Town of Provincetown they can contact him at phone
number 617-366-9295.
5:32 pm est 

Provincetowen Voice - Party Starts When You Get There

Provincetown Voice on Facebook, join today! Interested in having political and
community discussions where members are held socially responsible for how we
treat ourselves and others in the community, in part because we have our names
behind our comments? Curious about how most members practice a challenging and
productive level of discourse in spite of what can be very polarizing topics,
and often end up laughing in spite of the inevitable tension? Care to see for
yourself if members are encouraged and expected to produce opinions based on
facts, and to furnish those facts?
(in the FB search bar, type Provincetown Voice, as opposed to 'The Provincetown
Voice,  or 'Voice')
  Party starts when you get there!
5:30 pm est 

The Loss of Ptown Values

Re: David Ditacchio's Comment - "Loss Values"


I agree requarding the loss of ptown values . Provincetown
Will never be the same,sad to say. I can't say the blame is
Due to anyone factor,but money is my pick. Real estate agents, developers, all
saw the big green dollar over ptown and came like locusts.
They ripped down historic houses,sand dunes ,created condos to suck as much
money out of house or land as possible. Why didn't ptown see this coming? I did.
The newest mantra out of ptown,move if you don't like it. How sad.
How can you expect anyone to survive in town on a average wage of $10
A hour? But you're real estate prices keep going up,so alls good.
The town went crazy over jaran and Lynn ,but the big issue is coming,
People.
In closing,I will vote for affordadable housing,higher taxs on 2nd home
owners,weekly rental taxes etc...... It's time that full time citizens took
Control of ptowns future ,and try to fix what's happened to town.
5:22 pm est 

PMPM

Is someone connecting the dots at the ever opaque PMPM?
5:19 pm est 

Jennifer Cabral

Jen is entitled to her opinion.
5:17 pm est 

Re: "Who Put Jennifer Cabral on the Search Committee?"

I nominated Jenn for the Committee although all five Selectmen voted for her
appointment.

I have a great deal of confidence in the Search Committee and have every reason
to believe they will bring between 3 and 5 viable candidates to the Selectmen
who will make the hire. I am especially happy we will have Jennifer Cabral among
the 13 members.

It is in fact  the job of the search committee to reach out to the public and
listen to the public. I think the idea of soliciting questions to use in
screening applicants a very good idea. The process of developing the questions
should be not only between and among the committee members, but also from the
voters/taxpayers at large.

I am disappointed to read all the trash talk here. I know from my own personal
experiences, personality politics only helps me fortify my resolve to work
harder and harder still to make Provincetown a better place to live. I suspect
Jennifer will also respond with greater resolve despite the childish behavior of
a few familiar, semi-anonymous, posters.

Thanks Jennifer!

Tom Donegan
Selectman
Town of Provincetown

5:16 pm est 

Provincetown Public Library

Recycling new books. Must be part of the 5-year plan.

Wait a minute, where is the 5-year plan?
5:12 pm est 

Wayne Martin?

ANYONE who has pending litigation against the Town will not get my vote for
Selectmen. If elected, that would mean they begin with a conflict of interest.
Period.

4:15 pm est 

The Provincetown Voice

Those of you so critical of the Provincetown Voice on facebook -
thanks! People are joining the page daily to see what the fuss is all about. And
to see just how inaccurately you have described the discussions. Keep up the
good work! Healthy discourse for the town is already at our fingertips. If you
don't like what positions people hold, join the Voice now and argue your case.
All are welcome!!"
4:07 pm est 

Re: Start Telling the Truth

OK, let's tell the truth. There are 4 admins on the Voice page, two of which are
NOT town voters...not that it matters because it's hard to get a post in
edgewise over Cabral's ramblings and silliness. That and the same 8 people who
post all the time where are the other over 700? Bored to tears. And as far as
tying to move back into town, anyone is welcome but not on the back of the
current taxpayers. Subsidized housing is supposed to be temporary help, not a
lifestyle so you can park your butt in a place you can't really afford. That
page is just pushing the entitlement mindset. Can you believe I read a thread a
while back where someone was complaining because they didn't get their granite
counter tops at the Landing? I forget who pointed out that gem on there, but it
just got buried in more Cabral and Russo ramblings. Evidently the queen bee
picture is how she sees herself. Disgusting for someone who is on the Town
Manager committee.
4:05 pm est 

Re: Rick Murray as Selectman?

Hahahahahaha! you have GOT to be kidding. Maybe you should find out what
happened when he was on zoning and why he left...you people are really deluded!!
4:02 pm est 

Jen Cabral

I dont know who it is who has a bone to pick with Jen but I cant help but see
the rants sexist especially since I heard no such out cry of the opinions of out
of town men such as Mark Hatch, Peter Petas and Dieter Groll, and intown men
such as Rick Murray who have plenty to say on all subjects. I'd say if anyone
has a right to say how they feel about town it's members of the Cabral family.
3:54 pm est 

Grace Gouveia - Proposal


The Boston Ventures proposal for Grace Gouveia is included in this agenda packet...thank you,
11:06 am est 

Re: Jeff Jaran - Ex Chief of Police

When is Jeff Jaran's appeal?
10:45 am est 

Re: Wrong, Harry!

"If some are against Jen Cabral for her self-centered statements, that
is not related to the webmaster of the blog. He posts--I believe--what others are
posting.

If people are getting tired of Jen Cabral and her ego-driven positions, that is
not his issue. It is hers and those who find this just too much."


AGREE!!  Clarence-keep up the good work.
10:42 am est 

Community Center Work Force Housing

This will allow employers to have housing for their staff on the backs of the
taxpayers.

How many units will it be and how many summer workers will the space accommodate
and who are the two lucky employers who will be able to fill it with their
workers?

With some people owning several establishments--I can think of one employer who
could fill two community centers with its work force.

How many restaurants that are closed could fill it with their summer help?

Who will chose and who will start complaining? Another can of worms soon to be
opened in Provincetown.
10:38 am est 

BoS Candidates

When are people going to wake up! I feel like I'm watching or reading about a
popularity contest for who's running for selectmen.  This is not a popularity
contest this is about people who know government, the ins and outs of how
government operates, or should i say "should operate" for the goodd of the
people and not for select groups of individuals. If one partaicular candidate is
elected then we taxpayers mmight as well resign ourselves to the fact
provincetown will be no more than an affordable houisng haven.  Enough already!
We have enough afffordable houisng. They keep sayig the list of people needing
houisng is many but how many of those people are actually from provinetown. We
know its open to others but again, how many are areally from provvincetown. 
Take a good look, its time other communities start taking care of this supposed
houisng crisis and start bilding more. After all, they have more yearround
businesses to employ people..  Why do us taxpayer have to keep !
picking up the tab for everyone. Eough! Enough!Enough!

Time to have other people step up to the plate to  run for office.  I would not
be a good choice because I dodn't know enough about government and politics but
there must be someone out there than does. Please, if you are out there then
join in the race.
10:27 am est 

Wayne Martin?

All you need to do is google him to discover that he doesn't even live in
Provincetown, has                                         and is a                 .  Great.
10:21 am est 

Re: Jennifer Cabral

Lets just enjoy the buffoonery of a callow high school girl in a woman's body.
It is all a reflection upon her. If she wants to exhibit all of this infront of
the town--it is her prerogative.

Regarding Mac Seafood. What I see is that a legitimate business put out an ad,
someone saw it and started commenting on it in a forum that has no connection
what so ever with this business and turned it all into their own thread of
gossip.

It is totally inappropriate and I wouldn't hire anyone who engages in this kind
of folly. (Imagine complaining in front of over 700 people that as a local one
couldn't get a job in this town--it says volumes about you and not about any
employers in town.)
10:18 am est 

Provincetown Public Library

HAS ANYONE SEEN THE LIBRARY RECYCLING BINS FILLED WITH ALMOST NEW
BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY PURCHASED WITH PUBLIC FUNDS BEING DISCARDED............MORE
WASTE, REMIND US AT TOWN MEETING YOU NEED MORE MONEY!
10:16 am est 

Who Put Jennifer Cabral on the Search Committee?

Now she has an image of a bee next to all of her postings. We need people who
take this search of a new Town Manager seriously; people who can weigh
information and who are perceptive of a person's qualifications.

Since when is being spontaneous and talkative qualifications for being on this
special committee to consider candidates for Town Manager?

I guess because she can be rude and demeaning to selectmen at selectmen's
meetings and snide in her put downs that her mini revolution of followers keep
egging her on that she is now on this committee.

How sad for Provincetown.
10:15 am est 

Re: Selectmen's Race

Did someone post that Wayne Martin will be taking out papers to run for
selectman? In Provincetown or Truro? Depending on the month, he lives in one of
three places from what I remember, two of which are in Truro. Hopefully there is
a different Mr. Martin than the one I'm thinking of. I remember a person that
had a coyote in his home and the same person has had a number of law suits
against Provincetown. Same guy?
10:13 am est 

Start Telling the Truth

It seems there is someone here who has a real axe to grind with the
Voice and more targeted, Jennifer Cabral.  When I read the voice and then read
what you post, whoever you are, I see 2 entirely different places.  Jen is doing
a fine job on the voice moving discussions along and being extremely polite
(sometimes overly polite to people who have grudges and want to post with
hateful agendas).  None of what you are posting here is true, but obviously YOU
don't care.  I guess you figure if you keep posting the same lies over and over,
you will get people uninformed people to believe you. They probably will but if
they joined the Voice, they would see how much vitriol you are filled with and
probably would enjoy what they read and see the importance of being informed
about town issues.
As far as people being admins there that are not voters, I know of only one but
that one goes to many town meetings and has a love for Provincetown and who
wants to move BACK here as soon as they can find a place to live.
Start telling the truth.
10:11 am est 

Re: Moving On

Puleeze, not one other bad hire other than Russ
Braun??? How about Churl Napsha?? We have lost three excellent quality
professional library professionals, and a fair few other employees,whom she has
replaced with sycophants.Her                           , who she can control.         don't
know a bad manager or a person who can't do her job, because they              .
They think playing video games in your office all day, snarling at patrons and
other employees, and letting the library be filthy are normal. Boxes everywhere,
dirty bathrooms??Oh, that's right, the custodian,Brian Cowing who had done a
marvelous job was canned by Churl.As was a woman who knows that library better
than almost anyone, Mary Smith, and Mary Nicholini, a great professional
Librarian, ans Diana Maher, another professional, and Martha Hyams.The list goes
on, but when we questioned Sharon Lynn we were told that Churl was here to stay,
and to get over it. She has singlehandedly wreaked havoc!
  on and ripped the heart out of our beautiful library.Thanks Sharon for THAT
hire. Oh Did Debbie Berry leave because of Sharon Lynn?? we lost a gem
there.Where are the Trustees heads???
10:09 am est 

What Ever Hapened to Life in Provincetown?

I came here in the early 70's.  It was a town where we knew every one from the
Town Manger, to the person who ran the town dump,  We all got together at pot
lucks, smoked pot, and shared stories of familes and friends.  It was a time
when you could express yourself, and not be placed on someone's hit list.  I was
a subsitute teacher in the school system, a volunteer fire fighter, under water
resuce diver, Marine Superintendent, and summer police officer,  I worked with
Flyers Santos  building the Schooner Rose Dorothea.  My daugher's went to school
here. The Provincetown of today, I feel has lost the values of family,
friendship and caring for each other.

David Ditacchio
10:03 am est 

Re: BoS Meeting

Watching selectmen meeting and looked at the executive agenda from
earlier. The problem is that 3 Selectmen are in bed with town counsel and not
willing to consider a change that would be healthy for our village. I see that
the Finance Committee is the only one strong enough to question Dave
Gardner over making a change. Our board needs a reality check and wake up and
smell the coffee. Enough already with continuing on with this group and we will
all SAVE $$$$!!


WELL SAID!!
10:00 am est 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Re: Wrong, Harry!

The fault dear Harry is not in the stars but in Jennifer!
10:47 pm est 

Re: Jennifer Cabral

Just as Some Found Sharon Lynn Breaking Many Rules...

...and complaining about her behavior, some are now complaining about special
committee members' actions. and I am glad they are.

Sit on a board and think everyone will like what you say and do. Sorry that is
not life here or anywhere.

And if some find a problem with Jen Cabral, then so be it. Join or be specially
picked for a board and then let the public say what they want to say.
10:38 pm est 

Wrong, Harry!

If some are against Jen Cabral for her self-centered statements, that is not
related to the webmaster of the blog. He posts--I believe--what others are
posting.

If people are getting tired of Jen Cabral and her ego-driven positions, that is
not his issue. It is hers and those who find this just too much.
10:36 pm est 

Vincent Currier - Posted in The Provincetown Lighthouse

Questions:

What are the opinions on the proposal for the historic Grace Gouvier building?
Good deal for the community, or bad deal for the community....and why??
10:34 pm est 

Zoning Board of Appeals

Why not just ask the chair why he scolded the town planner instead of trying to
figure it out and end up thiking it something its not. Although I must say after
watching the meeting on ptv you would think they would be more organized.
10:31 pm est 

Selectman's Race

Glad to hear that Wayne Martin will be taking out papers to run for a term on
the board of selectman. We don't need a candidate who was breaking the state of
Massachusetts gambling laws at the former VFW. Best of luck to Wayne, Michelle,
Amy, and Rick Murray.
10:30 pm est 

Jaran Arbitration

How could he possibly win? The cards are stacked against him.

Meanwhile, he's penniless. And his unemployment barely covers his          .
10:28 pm est 

Reading the Posts

Yep, it's March...
10:26 pm est 

Re: Jennifer Cabral

I think the issue with both the Voice page and Jennifer in particular is that
she just loves to hear herself talk, and if topics don't follow her point of
view, she just either tries to push the posts off to the bottom or just bashes
the person. It has nothing to do with her sex...what a convenient excuse! Scream
sexism when someone is obnoxious! I guess I'd have more respect for her if she
wasn't so immature and constantly trying to paper things over instead of
offering real discussions while giving respect to opposite views. The page just
bashes, bashes, bashes while, I guess, the only thing I see there is people
screaming for tax money to be given to people so they can afford their lifestyle
on the backs of others in town. And if you disagree...woah, just look at the
silly Kiehl's thread or even the Mac one now. Is that what we need in town?
Really? Don't have the guts to run anything yourself, but just bash others who
are trying. It's become a waste of time recently to even read the page as people
there are just complainers but actually do nothing, with the exception of Vince
who put his time where his mouth was. And anyone notice how a couple of the
admins can't even vote in town? So what's the point of even paying attention
anymore. Time to move on...
10:23 pm est 

Jennifer Cabral

Why is Jennifer Cabral on a secret page talking about the town's
business? Geez woman!
10:20 pm est 

BoS Meeting

Watching selectmen meeting and looked at the executive agenda from
earlier. The problem is that 3 Selectmen are in bed with town counsel and not
willing to consider a change that would be healthy for our village. I see that
the Finance Committee is the only one strong enough to question Dave
Gardner over making a change. Our board needs a reality check and wake up and
smell the coffee. Enough already with continuing on with this group and we will
all SAVE $$$$!!
10:18 pm est 

Jennifer Cabral

Since the webmaster is prone to printing heavy criticism of Jen
Cabral...I would like to offer a counterpoint.

I find Jen intelligent, reasonable and fair. And a very very good writer. As you
may know, she had a well rounded education at Smith, and knows the lay of the
Provincelands. But then again, she's female. Immediate three strikes against
her. Why are so many in Provincetown bitter?
5:29 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board of Appeals

"She can't know all the zoning procedures. she is relatively new to Provincetown.
so why was the Chair upset with her?"


Because she was right and making a productive suggestion?
4:11 pm est 

Jeff Jaran - Ex Police Chief

Regarding Jarran's arbitration, Peter Petas wrote on the Voice or
Lighthouse that the town's insurance will cover Jarran's buy out (and all the
other suits listed in BOS agenda with Town Lawyers that P Petas was referring to
in his post.)  IF Jarran wins. And no one knows what will really be.
3:02 pm est 

New Town Counsel

When is the Town going out for bids on NEW Town Law Firm? They are
more responsible for all these messes than anyone else! I like the idea of
keeping or creating office space here and creating good jobs rather than
employees the town pays for sitting in Boston.
2:55 pm est 

The Provincetown Voice Supports Mac's

On the Voice there's one current thread that started off mentioning Mac's. But
there's almost no mention of the business directly in the 100 or so comments
that follow. Overall, the references to Mac's on the page have been positive.
The discussion is mostly about the nature of seasonal employees. It's dishonest
for anyone to suggest that Mac's is being attacked, based on just a couple
comments amongst a great majority that compliment the business, or are abstract
in nature.
2:53 pm est 

Zoning Board of Appeals

What Was the Problem that the chair of Zoning Had with the Town
Planner?

She can't know all the zoning procedures. she is relatively new to Provincetown.
so why was the Chair upset with her?
2:50 pm est 

Mac's Seafood

This restaurant will succeed for a few very important reasons:
1. Is the food good and do the patrons enjoy the service and cleanliness of the
business.
2. Can they staff the business in tune with their business model to succeed in
order to pay the bills! taxes! liability insurance, water bills, sewer bills!
payroll! unemployment contributions and the dozens of other expenses of starting
a new business venture.

Jack Berigan is a friend of mine who dines at my restaurant often with his
friends and it is greatly appreciated. We all need to frequent each other's
business' as often as we can and that is the only way to build a sustainable
year round economy and foster possible future growth. There is a reason why the 
Lobster Pot closes early and Bubala's closes early as do many other
establishments you LOSE money and have different business models. The market
will determine if Macs succeeds or not not posters on social media!
The most important question should be : why did the building commissioner issue
the permit in the first place with no determination and NOTICE to MACS that a
sprinkler system is required prior to opening his establishment. Everyone knows
that after the HUGE fire in RI years ago any place of assembly with over 100
patrons MUST adhere to all proper fire codes. I believe they have many more than
100 seats in this restaurant. The added expense to the owners is INDEFENSIBLE 
IMHO but our Building commissioner still has his job!!
2:47 pm est 

Jeff Jaran - Ex Police Chief

I'm just so pissed to find out that if Jaran wins his arbitration (and
folks, you're being very shortsighted if you don't think Jaran's contract will
win) WE taxpayers will be the one to foot his contract buy out. Over $250,000!
Town insurance does NOT cover it. Why I ask??
2:02 pm est 

Taxpayer Funded Housing

People wanted to sell town buildings and have the money go towards buying
property for low income housing.

They want to stop all condo conversions. They want the taxpayers to buy propery
and or land and have Provincetown be in charge of the rentals.

This is what is being talked about. Everything is being geared towards Taxpayer
funded affordable housing. We voted to buy the VFW property and now people want
it all to be developed into affordable housing.

Mac Seafood is being crucified on Provincetown Voice because they are looking
for housing for their employees and all kinds of issues are being thrown in
about jobs and not hiring locals and J1 students--how do you know what group of
workers they have? Are they students? Are they Jamaicans? Are they foreign
students--all jumping to conclusion and posting whatever kind of gossip you can
conjure up.
1:59 pm est 

Re: Jennifer Cabral - Search Committee

Having watched her grow up, Jen Cabral has long been a loose cannon.
She                                 , but has been given more opportunity than
most to do something.  She's someone who SERIOUSLY needs to travel for an
extended period OFF Cape. She lacks real vision and she's very immature. 
Besides the obvious fact, she's completely self-absorbed.  Thankfully she's
outnumbered on the Search Committee by those who are far more qualified to
serve.
10:01 am est 

The Provincetown Voice and Open Meeting Laws

How is it that a face book page that only members of a special group can join
and yet a memeber of the committee to select the town manager is asking for
advice. When does it stop?

How long before some confidential information is broadcast-oops, I didn't mean
to reveal private information and then LAW SUIT.

The group that talks about transparency now has a closed group that goes over
strategies and even states that this is good for certain candidates to learn how
to rebuff certain questions.

It is a closed group that want to take over the agenda of the town and push
their own for affordable housing that is taxpayer funded as their main issue.
How Sad for Provincetown. Look how things are run now!
9:42 am est 

Re: MAC's Seafood

Jennifer Cabral and her friends are NOT attacking Mac's Seafood with
"abandon".  Obviously you are having a problem with Jennifer.  First, learn to
read before you post such nonsense.  Didn't your mother teach you not to lie? 
As far as calling Jennifer a queen bee, she would probably like it and laugh.
9:40 am est 

Re: MAC's Seafood

I'll admit I was a little bothered by the way Macs came to town. I know of their
inside business issues with a prior partner and wasn't impressed by their
process. That's in the past and all involved have walked away to better places.
I liked Jen and her ways of speaking out in support of going in a positive
direction when it came to the police department but now the attention and a
little power have changed her and thus my opinion of her. She's now somehow
decided it's her place to lead the masses in her direction and it's to the
suffering of Macs. If that business is supported, they will be open year round
and they will have year round jobs. They are a strong company and have taken
that property to a new level, much cleaner and efficient. Why the negativity?

Sorry Jen, you've lost me as a supporter. You opinions and views are now no more
important than anyone elses, just part of the mix, a very tiny part.
9:38 am est 

Re: Zoning Board of Appeal Meeting

I just watched the most recent ZBA meeting. Particularly entertaining
was the segment discussing a simple, small sandwich board sign. You'd think the
board was deliberating the construction of an apartment building the way Amy
Germain obsessed over a precise location for the PORTABLE sign. If all boards
and committees were gummed up with that level of narcissism nothing would ever
get done. The chair may have lost his cool, but who could blame him.
9:32 am est 

Re: Affordable Housing

Inflammatory Anti Housing Comments

Repeated posts saying "the poor are picking your pocket" and that addressing
housing is a "bad thing"  don't seem to understand even rudimentary concepts of
community housing let alone what is actually happening around the housing issue.
Private builders have offered to build affordable units. How is that coming out
of your pocket? Do you really want to be in a town where nobody lives?
9:30 am est 

Cape Cod Commission Vote - Austin Knight

Shame on Harold Mitchell (Sandwich), Joy Brookshire (Eastham), John
Harris (minorities), Leonard Short (Orleans), Austin Knight (Provincetown) and
Roger Putnam (Wellfleet).

ALL VOTED for LOWES. Lets make the Lower Cape more like Hyannis, Framingham,
Revere, lets have lots of traffic to sit in on Rt6 and 6A, lets bring more low
wage part time jobs, and lets send profits to corporations off Cape. And lets
kill local business owned by locals.

Shame Shame Shame.

Thanks Truro and Kevin Gruwald for being the voice of what the Outer cape wants!
Kudos!


"The vote was tight, with eight commissioners in favor of supporting the
subcommittee's recent recommendation to deny the Lowe's proposal and six in
favor of allowing the Lowe's store to move forward. Denying the project were
members Andrew Putnam (representing Falmouth), Royden Richardson (Barnstable),
Jacqueline Ettsen (Harwich), Elizabeth Taylor (Brewster), Richard Roy (Dennis),
Kevin Grunwald (Truro), Mary Pat Flynn (county commissioner) and Jack McCormack
(Yarmouth); in favor were Harold Mitchell (Sandwich), Joy Brookshire (Eastham),
John Harris (minorities), Leonard Short (Orleans), Austin Knight (Provincetown)
and Roger Putnam (Wellfleet)."
9:28 am est 

The Provincetown Voice

Jennifer Cabral

Someone (I think it's only one or two people) is falsely
characterizing the dialogue from the Voice facebook page, and especially how the
moderators including Jennifer conduct themselves.  Jennifer has been exceedingly
fair, and bent over backwards to endure the drivel from those who disagree. This
person(s) being critical is taking advantage that some people can't see for
themselves that the claims regarding the Voice as a group are lies and
distortions. Of course there are occasional outlandish statements as there are
in any venue that encourages free speech, but they don't reflect consensus, they
are the exception.
9:25 am est 

Re: Cape Cod Commission

Cape Cod Commission and Ron Beaty

Enough already Ron. You                                                                            
                                                                                                                
                                                                                           it takes the leap
of a wingless gnat to opine you as a misogynist and hater of the big D party.
It's okay to have opinions, its not okay to be a                                        . You
need a life.
I am for anything you are against Ron. If you hate the Cape Cod Commission so
much, it must have some merit then!

I will buy my nails, and paints local. And keep my money in local businesses,
with quality goods, and local profits.

No Lowes. No Home depots. Let Hyannis have them. Let Plymouth. Wareham. Bourne.
Keep the Lower Cape free of big box stores.

9:20 am est 

Re: MAC's Seafood

"Oh yes, Ms. Cabral is on the committee to chose the new Town
Manager--and yet she posts things that should be confidential."



Please provide a specific item: As the search committee has not yet had an
executive session I doubt you are telling the truth but on your usual freak
show.

How is that Police Palace/DPW garage and bathroom coming along?  What a joker
9:11 am est 

Mac's Seafood

"What's the attack on Mac's Seafood. We've dined there several times. 
Its too bad
they had to close so soon for renovations. Someone  said they renovated and
opened and then were told they had to put a sprinkler system in and would not be
able to operate until they upgraded.  is this true?  Is this why they closed or
are they only a seasonal restaurant?"



Go ask Mr Russell Braun. He makes  or breaks businesses in this town.  Clarence-
i hope you post this since every other post i refeference Mr. Russell Braun you
do not post.
11:28 pm est 

To Webmaster

OK Clarence- so why not make public  my original post involving      
      and        . I do not get the protectionism on your part???
11:25 pm est 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mac's Seafood

What's the attack on Mac's Seafood. We've dined there several times.  Its too bad
they had to close so soon for renovations. Someone  said they renovated and
opened and then were told they had to put a sprinkler system in and would not be
able to operate until they upgraded.  is this true?  Is this why they closed or
are they only a seasonal restaurant.
10:59 pm est 

To Webmaster

Or Clarence- do you too have some sort of allegence to        ? This
will be ccd.
10:52 pm est 

To Webmaster

Clarence:

Why are you not posting my call on          restaurant and 
    m             involvement and my admiration for Ms. Germain???????  What i said
is not something that should be filtered. Why?
10:50 pm est 

First Danton Then Robespierre

Off With Their Heads!

It really is amazing how people in this town seem to not want to see
new businesses succeed. A new restaurant is set to open - attack! A Keihls store
which could provide jobs to locals is proposed - attack!

The climate in this once friendly town has turned really nasty. I blame social
media for this. People start these online "community" groups and become drunk
with what they perceive as power in numbers. Before long they are out to get
everyone.
9:43 pm est 

MAC Seafood

Jen Cabral and friends are attacking Mac Seafood with abandon. Invented
suppositions, wrongful information, ripping apart a business--who are these
people to do such a thing.

Oh yes, Ms. Cabral is on the committee to chose the new Town Manager--and yet
she posts things that should be confidential.

Who made her the queen bee of Provincetown? When was the coronation? How dare
she do what everyone condemned another Facebook page of doing.

The mini revolution has turned into the French Revolution it seems..and tragedy
prevails.
7:54 pm est 

Another Housing Summit

Ok folks, get there early so you can find a seat. It could be a mob scene as
everyone will try to find a way to get the taxpayers to provide us with
housing--which we are entitled to receive.

We want to live here--so we demand that Tom and Erick do all that they can to
provide us with housing...WE DEMAND THIS.

Ok Taxpayers, divey up and open your wallets. who cares about your family or
your needs..we want you to support us. We want housing overlooking the bay.

We expect nothing else--and if you don't give it to us--we will sick every
agency on your homeowners and make your cower in your beds until you subsidize
our housing.

Thank you all and good night--the hunger games have NOW come to Provincetown : )
7:53 pm est 

Yikes! Some People on Some Blogs do Need a Life.

They are perpetually posting. trivia. Little news. Private concerns.
Threads and threads until they strangle the real issues. it's as if:
Hi! I have an issue. Then Hi! I have another issue. Then, oh by the
way, I have another issue.

Let's just list a hundred and three issues and see who responds.

It's so narcissistic and limited. Like one person taking over the blog and then
she goes on and on and on. It's so self-serving and egotistical.

7:05 pm est 

Desperation and Poverty

Catherine Russo said on Provincetown Voice:

"My agenda here is also peace and harmony but I'm not going to sit by and watch
all the desperation and poverty go unseen."


If people are living in desperation and poverty, doesn't it behoove them to move
to a place where there are year round jobs that afford them a comfortable,
stable, financially secure life?

Why should the taxpayers be made to pay for people to live here if an article is
voted through at town meeting for Provincetown to somehow become a landlord in
providing housing for residents.

Why should this be put on the backs of the taxpayers? Why should our buildings
be sold to fund this type of housing?

Let the people post their reasons as to why Provincetown taxpayers should have
their taxes raised to subsidize people who want to live here.

7:02 pm est 

New Restaurant Question

What's the name of the new restaurant that people are attacking on
voice and where it is located? Does anyone know? If so, thank you for
responding! im looking for new places to try
6:59 pm est 

Re: No Assets - No Equity

40% 55-65 DO NOT OWN ASSETS

(sorry, I posted the wrong age group).
Thirty-four percent of workers have nothing set aside for retirement, according
to the U.S. Social Security Administration. A study by the National Institute on
Retirement Security found 40 percent of workers 55-65 years old do not own
assets in a retirement account.

And as a result of the recession, more and more workers over the age of 50 are
ill-prepared for retirement and are doing whatever they can to get by.  2.2
million Americans over the age of 60 are still saddled with $43 billion of
student loan debt.

I'm afraid that town Hall will be in new hands and that these folks will be
doing all in their power to make the taxpayers foot the bill to subsidize people
who want to live in Provincetown.
6:55 pm est 

What a Shame

This new restaurant opens in town and someone sees and ad of theirs and the
Provincetown voice attacks them relentlessly. It isn't anyone else's
business--but the gossip and inuendo and suppositions are beyond belief.

You folks say you want jobs--who would hire you since you all sound like such
malcontents. You go from slamming a restaurant to discussing committee meeting
information etc etc. Terrible. You all should be ashamed of yourselves.
12:25 pm est 

No Assets - No Equity

40% of people 45-55 years old have no financial assets. How many of you who are
asking for affordable housing have or will have any financial assets for the
time when you retire?

You want the taxpayers to Provide housing for you using their tax dollars or
town assets that can go towards relieving the taxpayers financial burden.

The town can't possiblly start down this road of subsidizing you. It was your
choice to live in this summer resort--it isn't our responsibility to provide
what you didn't provide for yourselves.

Stop and think about your future--even your desperate present situation. Wake up
from your delusions that you are owed a life here at taxpayers expense.
11:04 am est 

Facing Reality

As someone once said,if people put themselves in the public arena they
put themselves up for public scrutiny!  If they're not up to public comments
positive/negative then they should leave the battlefield! It was obvious that
the new Planner made several mistakes at a recent Zoning meeting that caused the
Chairman to comment on her behavior publicly but than at the end of the meeting
but still in earshot of the camera he then berated a board member,Ms.
Germain,for questioning some concerns she had of an applicant! Isn't that what
she's supposed to do? That's what upsets people that some can and some can't due
to who you know or are friends with,or if you contribute to campaigns ,or buy
art or other!?
10:48 am est 

Affordable Housing

Business people encourage affordable housing because they need workers
but don't want to provide for them themselves,as they should,so they keep
encouraging more affordable housing!Business licenses should request ha and if
the licensees will be able to provide workers housing and not put the burden on
taxpayers to subsidize their business! Another scam game being played here is
that people rent apts. or have affordable housing & the renters sublet to others
to make money or to cover their expenses without the owners knowing it! Don't
say we should report it! We all know it but harder to prove!
10:45 am est 

Town Committees

This Town doesn't need any more Committees,study committees,ad hoc
committees,citizen review committees to pass the buck for decision making! We
can't fill the vacancies we have now! We need people to serve for the good of
the entire town,not select groups with their own agendas! We need to remove from
the boards,those chairmen who meet independently from their committees to advise
applicant/friends how to find loopholes for specific projects!People try to
circumvent the rules that every one else has to abide by! People like Ms.Germain
are a breath of fresh air! She reviews questionable motives!Someone recently
posted that the review committee for a new T.Mgr.should question something about
each applicant other than style of management. Style of mgmt.should be 1st &
foremost! The styles are as different as people applying them & if it's not a
good fit for this town,we'll be allowing what we didn't want with police Chief
Jaran.His style wasn't wrong for any other pl!
ace U.S.A.but wasn't a fit for our town & it blew up!The same applies to styles
of T.Mgrs. Whateve the choice is,they must be given leverage to do the job in
their style. You can't continue to micromanage from the outside.Their mgmt.
style needs to be known before hiring them! If you think we had 7 yrs. of bad
mgmt. with S. Lynn,we had 17 yrs.of worse with K. Bergman! Why didn't the same
complainers now,see that then? Were their own agendas being aided and abetted so
they didn't care?
10:42 am est 

Provincetown

PROVINCETOWN HAS BECOME ATTACK TOWN

Some of these facebook pages are nothing but attack dogs. They go from committee
members to attacking businesses and now a business that is advertising for
housing for its summer employees.

What has happened to this town? Who would even want to be on a committee?
Everything is scrutinized and people jump to the wrong conclusions and so much
negative information is spread about town..and the restaurant isn't even open.

What a shame that this is now the tenor of the town.
10:38 am est 

Cape Cod Commission

Towns may remove themselves from the Cape Cod Commission

Oak Bluffs Removed Itself from the Martha's Vineyard Commission

In the year 2003, pursuant to a town meeting vote and in accordance with
follow-up election results, and as clearly illustrated by the statute provided
below, the Town of Oak Bluffs successfully removed itself from the Martha's
Vineyard Commission (their version of the Cape Cod Commission). With that
example in mind, any Cape Cod town which desires to do so may also remove itself
from the Cape Cod Commission since there already exists legal, electoral, and
legislative precedent to do so.

Chapter 10 of the Acts of 2003-AN ACT REMOVING THE TOWN OF OAK BLUFFS FROM
MEMBERSHIP IN THE MARTHA'S VINEYARD COMMISSION
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2003/Chapter10

However, please be further advised that the petitioned Annual Town Meeting
Warrant Article(s) pertaining to withdrawing from the Cape Cod Commission
currently pending before a number of Cape Cod municipalities may require "a
motion" to be introduced verbally from the floor by a town resident (and
registered voter) at the time that such matter is introduced at the annual town
meeting in order for the matter to move forward for further action by a
particular town if it chooses to do so.

A verbal motion to partially amend the language of a particular town meeting
warrant article related to withdrawal from the Cape Cod Commission should be
done via prior brief consultation with an attorney skilled in municipal law. I
am sure that there are local lawyers who will quietly provide such practical
advice as a community service and in the public interest. It will be up to the
respective citizens and/or elected officials (like the honorable Board of
Selectmen) of each town to follow through on this action if they deem it to be
the appropriate course of action to follow.

The motion to partially amend the language of a Cape Cod Commission withdrawal
town meeting warrant article may be either "to petition for special legislation
for permission to put a binding question on the ballot" or "to place a
non-binding question on the next annual town election ballot."

Interested citizens and officials involved in each respective Cape Cod town
meeting process need to decide for themselves exactly what they wish to do
relative to ongoing pursuit of removing their specific town from the authority
of the Cape Cod Commission. However, as already shown, it most certainly can be
done since it has already been done in the past by the Town of Oak Bluffs which
decided that it was the correct thing to do at that point in time.

It is a fundamental foundation of our American democratic system of government
that the voters should have the right to at least voice their wishes on a
particular public policy issue via the ballot box. If town residents and their
duly elected officials deem this issue worthy of such a process, then they
should do what is necessary to make it a reality.

Thank you, and good luck.
10:36 am est 

Proper Protocol

How is it that a member of the committee to chose a town manager is broadcasting
and commenting on a facebook page?

Where is the professionalism? What's next, is this woman going to be revealing
everything that should remain private?

If she runs for selectman--won't she be breaking open meeting laws? So now she
has someone else posting in her stead.

What a sham of a committee and she was jumping for joy and shouting from the
rooftops about it.

She sure was telling off the board of selectmen every chance she got--but
doesn't broach a word of criticism regarding her own behavior that just skirts
the line of being improper.

10:32 am est 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Re: Grace Gouveia Building

"Three 1-bedroom affordable units - lets hope no one had children
because they are only one bedrooms."



The Provincetown Schools are among the worst in Massachusetts. In some
subjects/grades Provincetown Schools are the worst. THE WORST. Horrible and sad
for Provincetown.

Until our schools do a better job of teaching we will never attract significant
numbers of families with kids.

(Source the Massachusetts State Department of Education)
10:36 pm est 

Re: Cape Cod Commission

The truth about the Cape Cod Commission

The Cape Cod Commission claims that it lives within its means. This is nothing
less than an outright fabrication because first it is based upon the false
premise that the Commission earns the funding that it brings in, and second that
it produces something of concrete value. It does not do either of these things.

The funds upon which it functions are taxpayer generated dollars and public
subsidies in the form of government grants and/or earmarks from fees and taxes
generated by real estate transactions or paid directly from the respective Cape
Cod towns.

The Commission is an expensive and unnecessary layer of county government
bureaucracy which hampers economic development, has created zero private sector
jobs, zero affordable housing units, and zero new business start-ups. They are
appointed by county and municipal officials, not directly elected by the voters,
and as a result are not accountable to anyone but themselves despite having
enormous power over Cape Cod residents.

Their various activities inefficiently duplicate the functions of existing
federal and state agencies, as well as local town departments, boards and
committees like the planning board, building department, zoning board of
appeals, licensing authority, water quality commission, and historic commission
among others.

Ron Beaty
5:15 pm est 

Myra Gold - Posted in The Blow Hole

If you had one question to ask a candidate for Town Manager, a question whose answer would reveal something about that person's temperament and personality, style qualities not readily apparent on a resume, what would it be ?
3:39 pm est 

Re: Amy Germain

"Don't put the blame on Ms. Germain if you don't know the story."


Oh, I do know the complete story, and the fact remains that Ms. Germain
violated the code of ethics by not recusing herself from the case even though
she is an abutter and had all to gain from her decision.

That's all.
3:36 pm est 

Re: Grace Gouveia Building
 
It's just great that a developer wants to purchase this building and make 9
market rate units and three 1-bedroom affordable units.  Three 1-bedroom
affordable units - lets hope no one had children bcause they are only one
bedrooms.  Why not make three two bedroom affordable units and the market rates
two bedrooms and one bedrooms?  Of course, you won't get as much for the one
befroom market rates as opposed to two bedroom market rate units.  Are the three
one bedroom affordable units just throwing the bone to  get the project through? 
How could we ever keep a school system going with everyone only making one
bedroom units!  Pleae!
3:31 pm est 

Zoning Board Meeting

I also watched the meeting and it was embarrassing for our town.  These people
represent us taxpayers and this is no way to show professionalism.Seems to me
the questions ms. Germain was asking seemed appropriate to me. The members are
there to hear cases based on the bylaws and she asks good questions. This is or
should not be a rubber stamp board. They should get back on track or get off
the board.
11:15 am est 

Win - Win / Grace Gouvia Building

WIN-WIN FOR PROVINCETOWN REGARDING GRACE GOUVIA BLDG.

Beachfront Realty has been working with New Boston Ventures (NBV) in developing
the proposal for the Grace Gouvia Building, and I will be assisting in the
presentation to the BOS on Monday. The history of this is that there have been
three Town Meeting votes to sell the property.

Recently, there have been people advocating for retaining the property for
affordable housing. If the town does not want to sell the property, we respect
that and we are not about to shove a project down anyones throat. If the town
does want to sell the property then I think we have a good proposal worthy of
your consideration.

The Town had an appraisal done prior to issuing the RFP and the appraised value
is $1,030,000. NBV is proposing a purchase price of $1,050,000. We agree with
the appraised value and we went in a little higher as we were expecting to be in
a competitive bid. As it turns out we are the only suitor.

We are proposing a residential condominium. The Zoning Bylaws will permit us to
create up to 10 units. The existing growth management flow will allow 7units,
consisting of 5 market rate 2BR units, 1 market rate 1BR unit and one affordable
2BR unit. My advice to the developers is that there is more demand for 1BR units
than for 2BR and so we would prefer to offer 2 one bedroom affordable units
instead of one 2BR. Then under growth management if we are able to obtain
another 67 gallons per day, we would prefer to offer 3 affordable 1BR units. So
this preferred option would be 9 units total, 3 affordable, 6 market rate.

Without additional affordable housing subsidies, besides NBVs, these would be
offered as affordable ownership units. As we are also aware of higher demand for
affordable rentals we are partnering with the Community Development Partnership,
(CDP), formerly known as the Lower Cape CDC. The CDP would purchase the units
from NBV and offer them as affordable rentals, with permanent deed restrictions
for affordability.

NBV has an outstanding track record at adaptive reuse of historic properties.
The project will adhere to Historic District Guidelines and be subject to review
by the HDC. We will also need to obtain special permits from BOTH the Planning
Board and ZBA, so there will be plenty of opportunity for public comment on the
project.
11:13 am est 

Zoning Board Meeting

Did anyone see or watch the latest ZBA meeting? What a splendid
example of leadership David Nicolow, the Chairman, showed towards the end of the
meeting. His behavior was a complete embarrassment to the Board, the Applicants,
and the Town. If Mr Nicolow cannot control his temper, he should resign. As a
real estate seller, he should be excusing himself from most votes. But he doesn't.
Again, he should resign today.
11:10 pm est 

Re: Nonsense News Network

Thanks Nonsense News Network a classic!
11:07 pm est 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Why Would Someone Want to be a Community Something Group

This is not the time for this. The focus should be on the transition we are in
and there should be no committees formed now. Not even the search committee for
the new town manager. We will have three new selectman in a few months and then
we should consider the next steps. We have an Acting town manager and he seems
to be handling this well.

This is not the time for new groups when we still have our old police chief and
his case remains unresolved.

Wrong time.
8:22 pm est 

Re: Moving On

"I can't think of one 'wrong hire' Lynn made except possibly Russ Braun and I
don't know if he was already here when she arrived. Amazing how people want to
rewrite history."



You can't think of one bad hire made by Sharon Lynn???  How about Jeff
Jaran?  How about the library director (Jan somebody) that she hired a few years
ago who only lasted a few months before running for her life?  How about Cheryl
Napsha, the current library director who was a disaster from the beginning but
who Sharon personally protected?  How about Russell Braun?  Get real.
7:45 pm est 

Just a Thought. After Reading Some Heated Threads....

Wouldn't it be interesting to have a Facebook party and meet the people behind
the FB monikers? Ok, maybe not. It's already hard enough to go to Stop & Shop
and avoid people you don't want to know anymore! But it might make us a bit kinder
and less combatant if we knew each other. Not targeting any particular postings, just
saying, in general...

No one sent a heart felt response. It is all smoke and mirrors. it is all
negativity. This Provincetown voice group is all about **ATTACK**.

How sad that this is the legacy of the town. This is how the town will proceed
from now on. Congratulations to the strident voices who are the representatives
of what is the worst in humanity.

What a sad legacy--what a requiem for what was once a thoughtful, caring, loving
and accepting town.
7:44 pm est 

Amy Germain

Amy Germain did not kill the buisness in her neighborhood.  There were abutters
in the immediatae area that were going to appeal the decision if it was
approved.  When the prospective buyer learned the abuttters were going to appeal
he chose to walk away from the project. This was the same prospective buyer who
had been assured changes to the building would be allowed when he had meeting
with a regulataory board member. Don't put the blame on Ms. Germain if you don't
know the story.
7:40 pm est 

Civic Involvement

Housing summit (65 people showed up) And now the POLICE REVIEW BOARD--the
deadline extended because one person signed up.

All of this sound and fury and the sweeping reforms--and what is the BIG
CONCERN??? People want to know what the status is of Chief Jaran's
appeal..Really Folks?

All of the trashing that you do and condemn people and this shows that you are
all talk. What a waste of energy.

300 comments about a cosmetic store opening--and no one jumps up to be on
committees from that Provincetown voice group. they sure were loud enough at the
selectmen's meetings.

Gee--and they were going to meet every week and fill up a different restaurant
every week and give the proprietor a tee shirt.
7:39 pm est 

Big Whoop

In order to ensure the formation of a Community Civic Engagement Committee (the
CEC) with broad community representation that reflects the varied range of
interests in the Provincetown community, MOPC is extending the application
deadline to March 21,.

Who in their right mind would join an organization or be on a committee in this
town with the Provincetown voice folks attacking anyone who doesn't agree with
them?

Provincetown voice has decreed that we are not to read MYPACC.

They lamblast whom they replaced only to be even more self centered. how sad for
Provincetown.
7:37 pm est 

Posted in the Blow Hole

Jennifer Cabral

For all of you who were clammering for a Citizen's Review Board, now is your chance to start one- and it starts HERE. Deadline for applicants has been extended to March 21, 2014, so you have no excuses. :)

"In order to ensure the formation of a Community Civic Engagement Committee (the CEC) with broad community representation that reflects the varied range of interests in the Provincetown community, MOPC is extending the application deadline to March 21, 2014. The level of responses received from the community has been minimal since the announcement was circulated the last week of January, 2014. To date, MOPC and the Town have sought applicants for committee membership by circulating announcements and materials to various locations in Provincetown, posting information on the Town website and asking numerous organizations and individuals to circulate materials and information. MOPC proposes to leave the self-nomination process open for another two months and continue to work with the Town and all previously contacted individuals and organizations to publicize the formation of the Community Civic Engagement Committee.

MOPC asks that Provincetown community leaders, business owners, and individuals support this effort by assisting in circulating materials and information to ensure that everyone is aware of this opportunity to serve on this very important community committee. The updated application can be found on the last two pages below as well as on the Town’s website.

MOPC believes that leaving the self-nomination application process open until March 21st will allow more interested individuals to learn about the formation of this Community Civic Engagement Committee and decide that they would like to apply for membership on the committee. MOPC will finalize the selection process within a month. It is anticipated that the initial organizational meetings will take place before the beginning of the peak season.

Unfortunately, the State did not fund the Town’s Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) Grant application that would have funded several of the community processes recommended by MOPC. The Town and MOPC are looking into other sources for funding and are also awaiting notification as to whether the Cape Cod Foundation will provide funding support for the proposed civic engagement facilitation training for the members of the Community Civic Engagement Committee.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please fill out the attached Application Questionnaire (link provided below) and return it to Mette Kreutzmann at Mette.Kreutzmann@umb.edu no later than March 21st, 2014. Hard copies of the Application can be obtained at the Veteran's Memorial Community Center, Provincetown Police Department, Provincetown Public Library, and the Town Clerk's Office.

If you have any questions about the Committee selection process or the application, please contact Mette at the email address shown above or by telephone at 617-287-4041. Should there be sufficient interest in MOPC providing a briefing in town on the proposed role of the Committee and the selection process, we can schedule such a briefing before the application deadline.

Additional information about the Committee’s role and the selection process can be found in the document linked below. There is also a link to MOPC’s October 2013 Report and Process Recommendations.

Community Civic Engagement Committee Application
MOPC Update to the Board of Selectmen Jan. 27th, 2014
MOPC October 2013 Report"
7:23 pm est 

Cheryl Andrews

" Why would we vote her in again?"


Because Cheryl Andrews is not a clown.
7:12 pm est 

Town Manager Search Team & Rob Tosner

Just a comment on the group formed to find us a town manager. What a
mistake to put Rob Tosner on it. The mistake gets bigger by making him chair.
This is tantrum Tosner who still stands with the  chief of police. He is the one
who screamed his support of him knowing the chief's wrongdoings and called his
fellow citizens "a mob." Tosner is only out for himself.  He is in charge of the
PBG and his         and his                        are                there. That's
why I won't join again or advertise with PBG.  And go to the PBG web site.
Advertised you will see Rob, the realtor and seperately the agency he works for
and then the guest house he co-owns. Do we really want this guy to be a part of
any decision making?
PBG equals Provincetown     Guild
6:23 pm est 

Re: Moving On

"Seven years of poor management continues to affect the town and many
departments. When you hire the wrong people, you get wrong decisions that remain
for years in their consequences."



I can't think of one 'wrong hire' Lynn made except possibly Russ Braun and I
don't know if he was already here when she arrived.  Amazing how people want to
rewrite history.
6:08 pm est 

No Jobs/No Housing

REALLY 130 BUSINESSES ARE OPEN NOW

Interesting when a couple from Boston Dashes to Provincetown for a weekend. I'm
sure that they will want to traverse the stores in town. Lets see--Fireside
insurance is open, the stop and shop and the hardware store. How exciting that
the cable company on shank painter Rd is open too.

I was walking down town and it was dark and quiet..during the day! oh  well,
Georges for an intimate cocktail and quiet conversation is always a hit.

This is a summer resort people. You can't convince taxpayers to subsidize your
housing. It will never stop.

We can build ten Province Landings and once they are filled other people will
come to town and demand housing too.

Please get off the backs of the taxpayers and face the reality that the
taxpayers aren't supposed to support you--you are supposed to support
yourselves.
6:05 pm est 

Questionable Leadership

There is no leadership in town. The blame goes beyond the three
veterans on the bos. Donegan and yinling do nothing to unite the town.
6:02 pm est 

Re: Cheryl Andrews

"Seven years of poor management continues to affect the town and many
departments. When you hire the wrong people, you get wrong decisions that remain
for years in their consequences."



And in the upcoming elections, Cheryl Andrews is running to go back on the
board? Wasn't she at the helm when a lot of the mess and chaos was happening
right under her nose by Bergman? Why would we vote her in again?
1:58 am est 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Parking Rule Changes

The Demands for the Traffic changes do not make sense
Everyone wants what they want and there seems to be little concern for a
wholistic and systematic understanding of what we, as a town, need. You just
can't have this unrelated demands for this change and that without grasping or
studying the impact. thirty nine proposals and there is no commission or board
studying this!

Not the way to do this. and aren't we losing twenty four parking spaces on
Commercial Street in the West End that is not even included in these random
requests.

there has to be better way to do this.
5:12 pm est 

Re: Moving On

You May Not Want to Read About our Problems

you may feel "happier" not knowing about the discontent, unhappiness and for
some, the toxic environment at town hall. You may want to be Shirley Temple and
dance your way through the streets of Provincetown.

Yes, you would smile more but like the ignorant and the thoughtless, you would
smile as others are treated as inconsequential people and as all replaceable.
such an environment breeds discontent.

so if must go...then go.
12:56 pm est 

Re: Moving On

Sorry but the Blogs are not Creating the Chaos and the Dissatisfaction

The lack of town leadership and poor decision and the condoization of the entire
town adds to the disfunction. Get solid leadership and this town will well.

but the blogs simply give voice to the issues and the problems that for so long
stayed quiet and unshared.

Seven years of poor management continues to affect the town and many
departments. When you hire the wrong people, you get wrong decisions that remain
for years in their consequences.
12:50 pm est 

Re: Truro Town Manager Rex Peterson

"So sorry to hear of the passing of Truro Town Manager Rex Peterson. 
Hopefully the people of Truro treated him better than we treated our past town
manager."



That's gross! Really? How tacky!
Are you equating the sudden death of anyone with Sharon Lynn's fleeing the
political consequences of the confrontations she repeatedly provoked?

Sharon was a political hack who fled the mess she created.

She did not die. She failed.

Will you stop an nothing? Yuk :(
12:47 pm est 

Posted in the Provincetown Lighthouse

Correcting a Stultifying Setup

Paul de Ruyter recently had some suggestions for changing the format of the BOS meetings, so that citizens can ask questions or introduce some issues, and then the selectmen would comment. have any steps been taken to codify these suggestions in any way? the protocol now seems anemic. citizens make statements and there is no discussion of them, no give-and-take or back-and-forth with the selectmen. this seems like a stultifying setup.
12:23 pm est 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Truro Town Manager Rex Peterson

So sorry to hear of the passing of Truro Town Manager Rex Peterson. 
Hopefully the people of Truro treated him better than we treated our past town
manager.
9:22 pm est 

Re: Amy Germaine

She has her own agenda.   She also has been known to breach the code of ethics
because she fails to recuse herself when there is a conflict of interest.  She
should have recused herself when the Martin House was sold because she lives
across the street and has a personal interest in what happens there.  
Unfortunately she killed another business and employer in Town because she did
not want to permit outdoor dining on their back patio, something that they had
previously.
9:19 pm est 

Re: Amy Germaine

She is not obfuscating, or anything of the sort. She's weighing the issues while
the rest of that board, led by a realtor, rubber-stamps the development that is
gradually destroying this town.
4:54 pm est 

Moving On

We bought our house here for less than $35,000.00 and now it is worth a million
dollars.

20 years ago we bought our second home on the water in a place that is no where
near as expensive as this place.

All of this social media and ill will that is dividing the town is making it
easy for us to decide to sell our property.

Enough is enough and now we will have our social security and a huge nest egg to
invest.

Our lives don't revolve around going out and about. You see these flyers with
all of the guy-hoopla going on and you go into the bar and you can throw a
baseball through the room and not hit anyone..so we don't go out anymore in
Provincetown--we dash about from our other house--which is so close to
metropolitan areas.

There is so much hang wringing and moaning and groaning on these social media
pages one would think that these people's lives are one of misery and denial
even though we have a food kitchen and all of these social services.

There are no jobs for all of the people who are on unemployment and yet they
want subsidized housing. Folks like this have always been here but now they are
taking over and taxpayers are outnumbered..it is time to leave.

This no longer the town for us.
4:51 pm est 

What About a List of Credible BOS Candidates?

Based on performance on boards or business; based on "integrity"; based on
dealing well with the public" and importantly based on caring for the public.

Then given the list, we can comment on real candidates. and evaluate real
candidates, not fantasies of late night tv watching.
4:49 pm est 

Re: Classic Sexism

Oh, gimme a break. You can't cry sexism every time someone criticizes a woman or
points out her negatives as a political candidate. This is a thread about
potential selectmen, don't try to hijack it and turn it into one about misogyny.
8:52 am est 

Provincetown Voice

PROVINETOWN VOICE BE ALL AND END ALL

When was the coronation that made Provincetown voice act as they are the supreme
commander of Provincetown?

Sheesh! Talk about grandiose self delusion. They command that a candidate do
this or that--or what will happen..will you command "off with their head"?

You folks with your pronoucements and demands that a candidate say this or
that--who are you to make demands? You think that you are kings and queens of
Provincetown?


Town Meeting makes the financial decisions here and what the town sees is a
group of totally self centered people who will do anything and stomp on anyone
who doesn't bow down to their demands.

I hope that town meeting denounces you. Yes, you will fill the place with people
who rent and who have never stepped foot in town meeting before.

Yes the phone calls will go out and the guys will all pile in to vote on a
special article..we all see that self serving all-for-me- attitude.

Lets just turn the old police station into affordable housing when we build a
new one in another location.
8:51 am est 

Provincetown, Happiest Place to Live?

Let's hope the people running that contest don't get wind of this blog. 
Our chances at number one would sink faster than the Titanic.  Not too many
happy campers posting platitudes here.
8:49 am est 

Re: BOS Candidate Pool

I find it agonizing to watch Zoning Board of Appeals meetings when Amy
Germaine is speaking. She rambles, belabors and holds things up to the obvious
consternation of her colleagues. I can't imagine her manner being constructive
on the BOS.
8:46 am est 

Re: Affordable Housing

 "I don't begrudge my tenant any of these things.."



Um, yes you do. You are keeping tabs on how much they spend on ciggies and
liquor, buying the new car, how much space your tenant enjoys. I see the season
of your discontent. Someone is going to be out on the street soon...or applying
to Province Landing. Scary.
11:59 pm est 

Re: BOS Candidate Pool

Classic Sexism

"If You Want Inconsistency, Emotional Ranting, see-saw thinking then Polly
Burnell is your candidate"

-Not the Epitome of Provincetown's Citizens

PS: Love your thinking, friend of            !
11:56 pm est 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Affordable Housing

We charge a very modest rent. I hear all of the complaining and moaning
still...and yet my tenant spends over $300.00 a month on cigarettes and has a
bar that rivals the best in town and bought a new car when it was need and
doesn't want for anything.

I don't begrudge my tenant any of these things..but hearing about the "high
rent" when this ONE person has a two bedroom apt and is paying  less that $1,200
a month with heat included and has a big kitchen and pantry...makes me feel
unappreciated.

I think a week in Province landing would give this person some perspective from
what I'm hearing about the place.
9:37 pm est 

Re: BOS Candidate Pool

Amy Germaine

I vote for Amy! She is not only a super person, but I know she'd be a super
candidate!  I worked with her and saw her passion, drive and resolve. There were
those that were jealous of her personable style. Amy is class personified! She
has my vote!
9:29 pm est 

BOS Candidates

Don't get the reference to Fox News, but if you mean I'm consistent, rather than
capricious and arbitrary, I'll take it as a compliment.
9:23 pm est 

Re: Austin Knight and the Cape Cod Commission

Why has Austin Knight not yet resigned as Provincetown's rep to the
Cape Cod Commission?
8:37 pm est 

Re: BOS Candidate Pool

If You Want Inconsistency, Emotional Ranting, see-saw thinking

then Polly Burnell is your candidate. If the unpredictable and the odd are your
choices, then she is your prime candidate. but for most, it's a no.
8:32 pm est 

Re: BOS Candidates

Unfortunately due to the current situation going on in town and the crap one has
to put up with, no good candidate will run, therefore we're left with the bottom
of the barrel.
8:02 pm est 

Re: BOS Candidate Pool

I do not watch Fox News. I am a registered Democrat.  But I would never vote for
Polly or Amy, after seeing firsthand their "work" on Town boards.
7:59 pm est 

Re: BOS Candidate Pool

Look to the Top for good Candidates--don't dredge the bottom

Just advice. make a wise decision based on the overall character, political
sense, insight and leadership.

then select a possible candidate.
11:35 am est 

Re: BOS Candidate Pool

Count me in on Polly Burnell. Ditto, Amy Germain. Perhaps Polly's naysayer
should return to Fox News.
11:27 am est 

Re: BOS Candidate Pool

I do not believe that Rick Murray is a viable candidate for Selectman.
Both he, and his partner Bill, have too many personal interests that would
require him to recuse himself from voting on a large number of issues.
11:23 am est 

Re: BOS Candidate Pool

I don't see how people feel that Cheryl Andrews is a viable candidate
for selectman again.  She served, she did not do a good job and now she wants
back in.

Under her time on the board, we were on the watch list at DOR, our buildings
were in disrepair and she would not listen to anyone.  Cheryl is always right,
Cheryl knows best and Cheryl is going to tell what you should know.

Bad Choice - let's not make the same mistake twice.
9:19 am est 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Re: BOS Candidates:

What does "...real world experience" mean?
"...inconsistent" with what exactly?"


The definition of "real world" is: practical or actual experience, as opposed to
the abstract, theoretical, or idealized sphere of the classroom, laboratory or
Provincetown Town Boards.  Aside from working in a box office, what has she
done?

Inconsistent--  Have you ever been to an Historical meeting.  If you watch her
for several meetings, you'll understand how arbitrary and capricious her
decision-making skills are.
10:03 pm est 

Re: BOS Candidate Pool

Is this Just a Nightmare? Or are you on Drugs?

This is just insane. Polly Burnell? You have lost your mind if you think she
could be a selectmen. what are you on?

this is beyond belief and is just nuts? Are you saying this after watching her
tirads on the Historic District commission?

You must be smoking some powerfull stuff to have posted this.
9:31 pm est 

Dangerous

Amazing how many locals don't take a moment to clear snow and ice from
the roof of their cars. Its illegal and dangerous to those driving behind your
lazy ass.
 
9:28 pm est 

BOS Candidate Pool

Raphael Richter a definite yes, a successful businessman who really cares about
all in the community.  He also has deep roots here and is young and energetic.

Cheryl Andrews, not a bad choice, has lots of experience and does not belong to
anyone.  She does have to account for some of where we are at now.

Rick Murray, a definite NO, a businessman who is always out for number one.     
                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                
9:20 pm est 

News Breaking News Breaking News

Nonsese News Network

ICE AGE SETTLES ON HELL TOWN: INTER BOARD WARFARE ERUPTS
FROZEN CLIMATE ELEVATES 2020 PILGRIMS TO MARTYRS

Provincetown citizens are grappling with the onset of the new ice age. After a
series of severe storms the Methodist Mall has been stripped of all hats, coats
and gloves.  The PTV hit series "Off Season" has announced it has changed its
name to "Outermost Snowzilla" for the second airing on PTV. Candyland One, the
overland Range Rover has adopt the License Plate: SLED in an effort to lead the
public relations effort to embrace climate change and down play Candy's role in
the Pier Wars of 2006-2008.

Municipal Finance Wizard Dan Hoort  has told Nonsense News Network he will
propose a Town Meeting Article  to hire a team of consultants to recommend ways
to pay for the increased costs in snow and ice removal. He has proposed to use
lost funds from a 1902 Town Meeting Article for uniforms and supplies for the
Provincetown Bucket Brigade (now the Provincetown Fire Department). Hoort hopes
the consultants  will have those recommendations ready for the 2016 Annual Town
Meeting  but only if  the "Town of Provincetown Municipal Finance Climate Change
Emergency Command Ad Hoc Committee on Snow Fall and the Economic Impact of Ice
Removal" can completely validate the increase in frozen precipitation and
confirm the findings of the Boston based consultant.

Fire Chief Mike Travato beamed that he has been saving money since 1902 but he
might need warmer uniforms  because of the ice age. Planning ahead, Travato
announced that in an effort to recruit wash-a-shore gays as fire fighters, the
Fire Department uniforms would be made by Sherry Prada assistant director of DPW
who has joined the Fire Department as a consultant. With wink in his eye,
Travato said "the gays like Prada stuff" so the Fire Department can count on
"another 25 years of volunteer fire service".

Meanwhile local attorney Chris Snow has filed a lawsuit against the Acting Town
Manager for saying "snow" with negative connotations and a bit of a sneer in his
voice during the Town Manger's frequent Code Red Alerts. Attorney Snow believes
the negative tone when using the word "snow" might have detrimental effects on
his law firm Snow & Snow.  Gardener replied it is not true and Chris should
"chill". Gardner later clarified  that he meant "chill" in a "calming way", not
chill in a "cold way". Kopelman Paige responded with a six figure invoice and a
helpful suggestion that our local law firm should change its name to Snow & Sun.

At the Award Winning Town Hall all three Candy Corp departing Selectmen were
found frozen stiff on the front lawn just west of the Dough Boy.Provincetown
Community Police Detectives said it appears all three Selectmen were spiriting
their name plates, complete with Sharon Lynn commemorative autograph,  from the
Judge Welch Room and dashing across the lawn when a burst of cold air froze them
in place.

Unsure what to do with three new statues, the Arts Commission, Cultural
Committee, The Beautification Committee AND the Council of Park Commissioners
called an emergency meeting. Nonsense news has collected a series of facebook
posts announcing the various committees want nothing to do with the three
selectmen statues.

As chaos broke out in the Award Winning Town Hall, The Provincetown Community
Police Department was called  to the scene of the multi-committee kerfuffle. The
community police officers cheerfully arrived with several thermoses of hot
chocolate and casually ordered every committee member to sit in a circle and
share their feelings about the frozen selectmen and how they too could help
manage the new lawn ornaments at the Award Winning Town Hall.  Most of the
committee members agreed to the Provincetown Community Police Department
suggestions and began sharing earnestly. However, Chairman Barbara Rushmore
declined the circle share and rushed to the library to re-read the Wizard of Oz
and find out what happened to the Tin Man when he was frozen by the Wicked Witch
of the West. Rushmore told Nonsense News she wants to be able to offer an
amendment  to the article on the snow consultants making sure it excludes any
town spending  related to the three frozen selectmen statues on t!
he lawn of the Award Winning Town Hall.

Meanwhile the Lower Cape Collective of Priests, High Priestesses and Spiritually
Centered Citizens has declared that due to the ice age, all pilgrims to any of
the 20 planned First Landing Carnival Parades will be declared "Martyrs of
Helltown" and be known forever more as a "Knight of Hell Town " However, once
the frozen former selectman Austin Knight is defrosted, he is expected to file a
copyright infringement lawsuit against the Visitor Services Board as he claims
exclusive rights to the title of "A Knight of Provincetown" and any titles
derivative thereof. Yet meteorologists say it took so long for Hell Town to
freeze over, it is not expected to thaw anytime soon. Town Hall denizens were
relieved by the weather reports that no lawsuit will be filed  before  the
left-over Selectmen can authorize  printing of commemorative Pilgrim Knights of
Helltown T-Shirts.


REPORTING FROM THE FIRST LANDING TRAFFIC ROTARY THIS IS NONSENSE NEWS NETWORK
9:16 pm est 

Re: Question - Where do We Stand

"When is the last time you heard from Candace Nagle?"

Who's Candace Nagle?
9:03 pm est 

Re: BOS Candidate Pool?

"Hatch-- No, no real world experience.
Burnell-- maybe, her voting record is a bit inconsistent."


What does "...real world experience" mean?
"...inconsistent" with what exactly?
9:00 pm est 

Living Year Round

A good number of people collect unemployment to help them through the winter
jobless time.  Sometimes as much as $10,000 in a season.  A number of people
believe this is their right.  It is not a right.  It is an insurance policy that
the employer pays for.  Not the worker.  In Provincetown, people are not even
requested to look for employment in the winter.  Recently on a trip to Orleans I
saw three help wanted signs.  People in cities (many own second homes here)
travel through distance and crowds to get to their workplace.  Much further and
more difficult to get to then Orleans or even Hyannis.  We are already living in
a two tier society.  We all have choices.  If you choose to live in
Provincetown, you must have a good plan about how you will pay your way.  Will
the affordable housing go to the partially employed?  Will it go to the people
that already get assistance from the state under section 8?  Would anyone work
at all if we gave housing and a stipend each month?  !
How much is enough for people that do not educate themselves and plan their
lives?
8:58 pm est 

Re: Question - Where do We Stand

The Question was....
"Question - Where do We Stand"


"As a follow-up-  what is status of Vincent currier's $3,000 investigation into
Candace Nagle's emails??"



And my answer would be.... When is the last time you heard from Candace Nagle,
what town committees is she on, and where are her "friends"? And the price was
negotiated down for much less than the number you quote!

Vince Currier
10:13 am est 

BOS Candidate Pool?

"There are a few people who have been active on boards, etc., are always aware of things,
and seem to have what it takes to do this job well.  I would like to ask
the following people to consider running for a BOS seat:

Rick Murray
Kristen Hatch
Polly Burnell
Amy Germaine

What do you say, ladies and gentleman?"


Murray--  yes, always has his finger on the pulse
Hatch-- No, no real world experience.
Burnell-- maybe, her voting record is a bit inconsistent
Germaine-- definitely not, too inflexible.
10:06 am est 

Re: Wed Must Invest

"Again if you are against this because of money then you are living in
the wrong town."



So now we have the latest poisonous sentiment to rear its ugly head in
Provincetown: if you don't agree with ME...then MOVE! how charitable.

And your wish is coming true! many people are moving out of town or considering
it. think all the people retiring from town hall are really ready to leave...or
are they just fleeing from being the next target?
11:28 pm est 

Question - Where do We Stand

As a follow-up-  what is status of Vincent currier's $3,000 investigation into
Candace Nagle's emails??
11:27 pm est 

BoS Candidate Pool

I agree that the current new slate of BOS candidates is less than
stellar.

Cheryl Andrews has had her turn and would be more of the same.

Bobby Anthony has been the police chief, sold real estate, and been behind some
shady gambling dealings at the VFW. He has been on NO boards or committees and
not been active in town at all.  Did he quick move back to Provincetown?--because
he hasn't been living here.

Raphael Richter, I don't really know, but two people from the same family on BOS
doesn't seem like a great idea.

There are a few people who have been active on boards, etc., are always aware of
things, and seem to have what it takes to do this job well.  I would like to ask
the following people to consider running for a BOS seat:

Rick Murray
Kristen Hatch
Polly Burnell
Amy Germaine

What do you say, ladies and gentleman?
11:17 pm est 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Question - Where do We Stand?

Does anyone know where we stand with Jaran's appeal? Is it over? What
about the sexual harassment lawsuit? What happens with all of that now that he
has been fired. Is he still a plaintiff or does it fall on the town and we have
to clean up the mess?
6:55 pm est 

What a Beautiful Day! Provincetown Looks so Fabulous!

Happy Winter! Love this place and how this town looks covered in snow. It is
lovely!

Hope everyone is enjoying this day.
6:54 pm est 

Re: Affordable Housing

"They are struggling and suffering here and they are demanding that the
taxpayer subsidize them. I say no--you are bringing this on yourself. MOVE to
another place where you can be gainfully employed.  .  ."


I won't say I agree with everything typed, but I do agree that if you aren't
happy with the fact you can't make a living here the obvious answer is to move
to a place where you can.  No one owes you a subsidy so you can live here.
6:53 pm est 

Gnashing of Teeth...

It great you worked hard and can afford two homes,but your forgetting
,as second homeowners always do,that you caused the rising rents
and real estate prices in Provincetown.

This was not the case in yearsGone by,citizens helped each other. Provincetown
it is now a gay utopia,you come,you drink and dine,but never connect because
you're too busy.

I lived in Provincetown for over 20 years and recently left because of
The new population in town,and yes I made over 80k a year. The gay
Population is self centered and uncaring and yes i am gay.
6:52 pm est 

We Must Invest

You folks who are opposed to a new police station need to wake up.  What we have
is crap. that is a fact. If we want a top notch police force, we cant disrspect
them and have them work in deplorable conditions.  It seems that most of you
cranky complainers dont want this for financial reasons!!  Again if you cant
afford to live  here please leave and live somewhere you can afford!!. Towns are
just like homes, you must constantly  invest in them for them to hold their
value. We must have a new police station,  I dont care where you build it,
although from everything i have read, the VFW site seems like a perfect
opportunity.  Again if you are against this because of money then you are living
in the wrong town.
6:49 pm est 

Is That All There is?

At this point I would not vote for any of the candidates who have
pulled papers.

Cheryl Andrews
During her previous tenure as a Selectmen we ended up on the state's watch list
and was part of the mis-management for which we are still paying.

Raphael Richter
He has little to no knowledge of government and I'm not enthused about another
Rushmore/Yingling family member.

Bobby Anthony
He was a police chief 20-30 years ago.  I've heard of no involvement in town
government since then.  He has no knowledge of town government.

I will vote for other offices on the ballot and any questions, but I will not
vote for any of the current candidates for Selectmen.

C'mon Provincetown, there has to be better options out there.
6:47 pm est 

Snow Storm

Plows almost gave me a heart attack last night, going so fast the
slush and snow almost broke my window. Scared me to death. Maybe they should
take a drivers test, or there just trying to be funny.
6:46 pm est 

Re: Gnashing of Teeth

VERY TRUE--PEOPLE ARE GNASHING THEIR TEETH

Isn't it true what is posted here about the adults here spending years demanding
affordable housing and complaining about their heating bills and their rents
etc?

What is posted is very true--just read about the housing summit.

Hot L just closed its doors. We are down to one school. This is a summer resort
and we can't get full time thriving jobs here in the winter.

Facing facts is hard..and the world is changing. Even the unemployment office is
telling people to go off cape to find work--that is what they told me.

What does the future really hold for people who don't have a good job here?
6:43 pm est 

Cape Cod Commission Absconds Local Control

Cape Cod Times, February 16, 2014
"A different interpretation of local control is"  By Linda Zuern

In her Feb. 8 letter, Felicia Penn says the Cape Cod Commission believes in
"local control."

She mentioned Chapter H, which is supposedly proof the commission is for local
control. Chapter H is another several-page regulation in the form of an
application allowing towns to apply for revision to "development of regional
impact" thresholds. An application "shall" include the following for a higher
threshold: a build-out analysis, descriptions of improvements to address
anticipated growth, proposed funding mechanisms, etc. The commission "shall"
vote at a public hearing whether to approve or deny such application. Is that
local control?

The commission "approved" a growth incentive zone in downtown Buzzards Bay, to
which Ms. Penn referred. Is that really local control?

Bourne has received technical assistance, but Ms. Penn neglected to say that
each town is charged a fee of more than $100,000 to the commission every year.

Finally, how is a future regional wastewater authority controlled by the
commission to manage capital, projects and rates considered local control when
every Cape household will be forced to pay a fee?

Unlike Felicia Penn, I fail to see how the commission is for real local control.

LINDA ZUERN is a democratically elected Selectmen from the TOWN OF BOURNE, and
that town's representative to the Barnstable County Water Protection
Collaborative -
6:41 pm est 

Re: Serenity and love

You're soaking in it, as anyone who reads your concern-troll classics can see.
People like you remind me why I'd rather fight than leave. No one asked for your
merciful advice, so stow it in one of your two beautiful homes.

-Not the Epitome of Provincetown's Citizens
6:39 pm est 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Re: Gnashing of Teeth

My life is one of serenity and love with two homes and money in the
bank--all earned by me and my hard work. The reason to have money is so you
don't have to think about it.

I'm comparing this to the people who have spent their lives here gnashing their
teeth wanting what other's have, demanding housing subsidies and jobs and for
many years now these folks are living this kind of live instead of moving
someplace where they can have a comfortable, more care free life.

They are struggling and suffering here and they are demanding that the taxpayer
subsidize them. I say no--you are bringing this on yourself. MOVE to another
place where you can be gainfully employed.

Look at you folks, some of your complaining your whole adult lives about your
struggle..and you will go to your grave bitter and resentful and blaming people
who didn't subsidize your desired life style.

what a pathetic life you all are leading here and all of your own free will.
10:39 pm est 

Such a Fool

Who would ever think how we judge candidates and how we see the town all derives
from the blog. This blog adds important information and often breaking news and
allows many to pose a variety of views--but this is not the source of all
thinking!!

Your intellectual capacity is rather sad.
7:29 pm est 

Re: Police Station

Provincetown has a police station! However, like so many of our other town owned
buildings it has fallen ito disrepair due to neglect. FIX THE CURRENT POLICE
STATION! When individuals own buildings that need repair, they fix/repair the
structure, not walk away and buy a new one. But then again, this is P town, and
our elected officials are best at buying and spending!

7:26 pm est 

Re: Gnashing of Teeth

"Seven to ten years of you gnashing your teeth...(but) Life goes
on..serene and light filled and joyous in my household."


Serene? You're kidding me.
7:24 pm est 

Re: Renting Issues

"If the town becomes a landlord, then it will have rental applications
to hand out. The one that I have allows me to ask for permission to check the
bank accounts of prospective tenants."



Why stop there Mussolini? You'd be great as the General in Charge of Home
Inspections. You could do a pop-in inspection of each tenant's underwear
drawer...just to...you know...make sure they are worthy of affordable housing.
And if there's too much Victoria Secret merchandise...throw them into the
streets (or dunes as it were.)
7:20 pm est 

BoS Candidates

So We have Cheryl Andrews, former police chief and Richter

Good to have all three running. they all seem quite qualified and would do a
great job for the town.
3:18 pm est 

Silly Silly & Silly

Seems Michelle, Austin, Ann and the others picked a fight they didn't have to? 
Will they ever learn?
3:16 pm est 

Re: Question

Paul Gavin is Retiring at the end of march

He is leaving. that is why his position is advertised. Sad to see him go. Too
many of the long-term town employees are leaving, leaving us with well, those
that are left.
3:13 pm est 

Re: Raphael Richter - BOS Candidate

Re: "Maybe that's Because Raphael Richter's doesn't Have Any"


Oh Puh-LEEZE! Yeah, if you get all your news from this blog, you WOULD believe
Richter is without flaws, because every time someone points one out, the
webmaster sees fit to toss that post into the circular file. Well, I live here,
I know people and I know Richter's character pretty well. I'll be more than
happy to spread the truth to anyone who wants to listen.
12:51 pm est 

Gnashing of Teeth

There must be such a gnashing of teeth for you folks to see that discussion of
funding the police dept; the salary of the Town Manger; the money spent on the
school--and no affordable housing on the horizon--only the distance ten years
away horizon.

Weep your bitter tears-gnash your teeth..Town Meeting is going to make all of
your wishes come true even if they pass your wish list--next years. It will be
seven to ten years before anything happens..

Seven to ten years of you gnashing your teeth and swearing about the police
station and crying that the taxpayers aren't handing over their property Right
NOW so you can live here cheaply while they carry on their back.

Life goes on..serene and light filled and joyous in my household.
12:49 pm est 

Re: Question

"Why is the assessor's job posted on the town's website?"


I heard after a number of years in his job he is retiring.  He will be hard to
replace, I've always had good dealings with him, he's very knowledgeable.
12:47 pm est 

Austin Knight - Cape Cod Commission

YOU SAID:  "To say his (LOWES) vote would have effected the local
economy is a baseless claim and false"


THE FACTS ARE: Lowes in its application materials provided to Knight and his
Cape Cod Commission buddies identified Provincetown as a 'secondary' market.
That means people won't drive to buy nails,  screws or hammers, but will drive
for the big ticket higher profit items.


WHY IT MATTERS: It would be the loss of those bigger dollar high profit items
loss that would have destroyed the yearround business of Conwell &  Lands End
Hardware and so many Provincetown jobs.


12:44 pm est 

Re: Affordble Housing

THE TOWN GIVES AND THE TOWN TAKES AWAY

Remember the Provincetown Manor? The town voters threw up their hands and got
rid of it.

All of that affordable housing that you want the town to own? Eventually the
taxpayers will wake up when families who own property have to leave town but the
subsidize renters get to stay--how long before we vote in people to sell of the
property and end the town's stint as a landlord.

Unintended consequences--nothing is forever--not even your affordable housing
cheap rents. They have gone up--and Province Landing Rents will go up again.

The owners aren't going to suck up all of the financial bills--they will be paid
for by you, the tenants.
12:42 pm est 

Re: Jobs and Housing

"Who makes a town? The community that lives and works there.. All this
talk about jobs OR housing. FACT IS: we don't have housing for people with year
round jobs.

Our teachers, cops, firefighters, town employees would be downtown if they lived
here. So let's be clear about this- people who have solid year round jobs cannot
buy housing here so reality check for those who harp on that we need jobs before
housing- many of our folks with year round jobs there do not live here. That is
a big part of what is killing this community."



WRONG WRONG WRONG. How many of our teachers,cops, firefighters, town employees
live in the numberous units of affordable housing on shankpainter???? Thats the
answer to your question. I see seasonal workers there. and some that "work" the
system. This isn't the land of Oz dear. We need JOBS JOBS JOBS. Your lack as
well as the BOS lack of understanding of economics is disturbing. More alarmaing
is these people are creating the future of provincetown. We will be a down
burdened with an emoumous bill for affordable housing just to accomodate the
people who want to live here but who cannot affort to live here. Simply- go to
another town. I scrimpted and saved, worked 3 jobs for several years, no
vacations,worked 60 hours a week YEAR ROUND to be able to buy a small piece of
this town. ENOUGH IS ENGOUGH
12:39 pm est 

Police Station

PROVINCETOWN NEEDS A NEW POLICE STATION

There is no doubt in my mind the town, not the police, needs a new building. The
old one suited the needs of the town when it was small and quaint. Today,
between the expansion of homes and business to every corner of the town and new
state and federal rules and regulations required to operate a police department,
it's obvious the current building will not work. Rehab there is a bad idea. Can
it be done? Sure. But thats like putting on a new suit over your old smelly
underwear. The problem will remain. The building is on a small lot, the water
table is right below grade (see the pond across the street?) and it's in the
middle of a residential zone. The VFW location makes sooooo much sense. Parking,
room for expansion, on the same road as the current station but located on the
outskirts of a residential zone, faster access to the highway and no issues with
groundwater. As far as size, go look at Truro's station. I've been there a
number of times. Yes it's big but thats becaus!
e they house the fire department there too on one half. But looking at what the
police side has  should fit here. Their entire first floor is generally all a
department needs. There is a gym upstairs and function/meeting rooms downstairs
but even if those are included ina future building for Provincetown, it still
wouldn't be monsterous and costly. Look to see what other towns have and compare
to what we need. We're not re-inventing the wheel here.
12:36 pm est 

Renting Issues

LANDLORDS RIGHTS TO TENANTS FINANCE INFORMATION

If the town becomes a landlord, then it will have rental applications to hand
out. The one that I have allows me to ask for permission to check the bank
accounts of prospective tenants.

As landlords we can put in leases that there are to be no dogs allowed. No
smoking. All will be checked to see if they were evicted. (if so, it is stated
on a person's record with the state). We can determine what can and can't be
stored on the property etc etc.

We can limit over night guests etc etc etc
12:33 pm est 

Re: Glad the Webmaster Doesn't Post Your Rants

Re: "Seems like this is part of the old Cn blogging group. Try another
blog. see if they post your rants.

I am more than suspicious of your 'concerns.'"


You don't know my concerns because the webmaster won't print them, but they're
valid and accurate. You just don't want to face the truth. Fine with me, keep
your head in the sand. Your ignorance will come back to bite you eventually.
12:31 pm est 

Question

Why is the assessor's job posted on the town's website?
11:49 pm est 

Austin Knight/Cape Cod Commission

As it says in the paper, the whole session where the vote was taken and the
entire process is on video if anyone wants to see it. I side with Austin on this
one (although I am not a fan of his at all and agree he must go). He can't talk
about the matter outside the meeting due to the appeal that has been filed by
Lowes. If he speaks out, he could compromise the vote taken whether you were in
favor of Lowes or not. It's no different than court. Speak out one way or the
other and it could be claimed he goes into the next round with a predetermined
disposition and he would be disqualified from voting. Personally, I would have
voted in favor of Lowes also for the convienience of large ticket items. Local
stores don't have the big ticket items and I really doubt any store in
Provincetown will be effected by a store of any size 40 miles away. Nobody is
going to Lowes for some paint and a handful of screws. And if they need a large
quantity, people usually go to Mid Cape or Shepley!
s. To say his vote would have effected the local economy is a baseless claim
and false. Not that I think Austin as any good but I think he was right on his
vote.

The big question here is who is next in line to represent the town on the CCC?
11:47 pm est 

Provinctown's Needs

PROVINCETOWN NEEDS A NEW POLICE STATION AND DPW BUILDING

The swirl in town is all about allocating every available penny of taxpayer
money and every possible asset we have in town for the creation of Affordable
housing for the housing cartel.

Forget about every other need in town--the needs of the people who want to rent
here and be subsidizes is of paramount importanance and dwarfs every other
municipal need.

Close the school--but keep raising that school money and put it towards
affordable housing. Keep a decript police station but raise taxes for affordable 
housing.

This is what you all sound like. It is all about your subsiized rent--nothing
about the the needs of the town.
11:45 pm est 

Scott Caldwell

I think Patricia Doyle is correct. Town meeting passed an amended version of the article which removed all wording that would restrict use what so ever, both for a police station and or affordable housing. I think. I will upload the file. Back to Vincent Currier's point. Last year the BOS stuck article 30 at the end of 3 nights of meetings so that no one wanted to deal with it, however it did more or less pass at the ballot box.
11:33 pm est 

Re: Raphael Richter - BOS Candidate

Maybe that's Because Raphael Richter's doesn't Have Any

He is a great guy. He is young, involved, and quite smart. what more do we want?

You can always ask Austin To stay on!
11:31 pm est 

Patricia Doyle - Posted in the Blow Hole

I thought that Barbara Rushmore made the motion to remove the police station from consideration in buying the VFW property. The people at the STM voted to approve Barbara's motion. Why would we give 2 acres for a police station and only about 1 for the people to have housing? I know these are not exact numbers, but we are talking about approx 3 acres of land with the VFW.
11:26 pm est 

Vincent Currier - Posted in the Blow Hole

I still do not believe the voters will build a NEW Police Station with the community housing crisis being felt by so many, so we can give this small police force that are already have quarters....that can be rehabbed with grants and an aprox. three million dollar appropriation from the voters. Why is that being ignored? What do the voters have to say to make our wishes clearer. I thought it was clear that we felt if we purchased the VFW property we preferred it be used for AFFORDABLE community housing. ????
  
11:21 pm est 

Re: Town Counsel

Town Attorney should be an attorney who currently HAS NO TIES to
anyone in this town. Should be from another town and or state in my opinion.
However, I find this idea a facinating one
11:13 pm est 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Glad the Webmaster Doesn't Post Your Rants

"You never post my posting! You are not fair! you have your own agenda!"


Seems like this is part of the old Cn blogging group. Try another blog. see if they
post your rants.

I am more than suspicious of your "concerns."
10:38 pm est 

Re: Town Counsel

"A real-estate attorney that is VERY difficult
to work with is not the route to go."


I agree a real estate attorney is not the answer. Further, having a town counsel
NOT INVOLVED in local politics is the most prudent course.

I disagree on your assessment of Karen DePalma. She and her staff are
professional, savvy and efficient.
10:33 pm est 

CPA Funds vs Affordable Housing

RE: Taxpayers need to be diligent so that town meeting doesn't add all
of these articles to the warrant that will force us to subsidize people who come
and rent a place and want us to pay for it.


There is already a warrant article coming forward that would change the use of
CPA Funds back to a larger share for affordable housing.  It was once 10%, 10%
and 80% to affordable housing, town meeting changed it to 10, 10 and 10 with 70%
uncommitted.

There is a push by a few to change it back.  My question to them would be why
does it need to be changed?  If town meeting wants to approve more CPA funds to
Housing it can use part of the 70%.
10:32 pm est 

Jobs and Housing

Who makes a town? The community that lives and works there.. All this talk about
jobs OR housing. FACT IS: we don't have housing for people with year round jobs.
Our teachers, cops, firefighters, town employees would be downtown if they lived
here. So let's be clear about this- people who have solid year round jobs cannot
buy housing here so reality check for those who harp on that we need jobs before
housing- many of our folks with year round jobs here do not live here. That is a
big part of what is killing this community.
10:29 pm est 

Re: Town Counsel

Why can't we go out for bid for our town counsel with the prerequisite
that they and their office space must be located in Ptown? It may even creat a
few jobs!
10:26 pm est 

Sounded Good on Paper...

It's useless pointing out Raphael Richter's obvious negative qualities
on this blog, the webmaster won't print them. I've made about three recent
responses to people's glowing praise of Richter in recent weeks and they all
magically disappeared. This is and has always been a tool to advance the
webmaster's own political agenda and promote his cronies. I'm sure this won't
get posted either but at least he'll see it. That whole business about
transparency - yeah, well, it sounded good on paper...
11:47 am est 

Austin Knight

Let's Face It: Austin Knight is a Disaster

and his vote for Lowe's was terrible. He is doing damage and will continue to
more until he is out of here.

another lie that he can't explain his vote. He is a coward and is doing
someone's dirty work. He should not be representing us on the commission.
11:45 am est 

Re: Affordable Housing

SUBSIDING RENTERS with no jobs Backwards thinking

Taxpayers need to be diligent so that town meeting doesn't add all of these
articles to the warrant that will force us to subsidize people who come and rent
a place and want us to pay for it.

The mind set here is that people feel entitled to live here and be subsidized
and everything else that is important to fund gets shunted aside.

One would think that families would get subsidies before people who want to come
here and rent a place without jobs to support them.

What backwards thinking--no sustainable year round jobs but we subsidize people
to live here.
11:44 am est 

Bitter and Angry

I peek at this page once a month or so and am always amazed how sad and mean it
sounds. So now you have gotten rid of another person you werent happy with and I
see you are now on to the next two folks. Wow, if you are so unhappy please
leave. You must question why anyone would step forward in this town try and
serve when sites like this exist to shoot them down.
Some of you folks need to understand that towns change and that there is only
one direction things move in, and that is forward. Provincetown was amazing in
many parts of its past, but we are not going back to any of them!!
If you cant afford to live here, dont!! Move to where you can live!!!  I am
blessed to be a second home owner in provincetown, however I live in a place 40
miles from where I work, because I cant afford to live there. I get in my car
and commute, I dont expect the people to lower the rents there!! I work, I save
and I feel fortunate to be in provincetown, and no you shouldnt tax me more than
anyone else who lives here, and yes I should have a say in town government,
perhaps if more us did then we could balance this small group of malcontents who
dont seem to have answers only complaints.
My posts usually dont get published as this site clearly has an agenda but we'll
see.
11:42 am est 

Re: Town Manager

"My Vote Goes to Karen DePalma. She's tough, she's talented..."


You think we have problems now?  A real-estate attorney that is VERY difficult
to work with is not the route to go.
11:39 am est 

Austin Knight

Austin Knight complains about questions aimed at transparency and the
Cape Cod Commission!

Aren't you just fed up with his antics. I am. He's like the house guest who just
won't leave.

You chose to stay...if you don't like the heat....

Time to say Good Night Austin.
11:37 am est 

Town Manager - Campaign Manager

I'm confused. Who was the town manager a campaign manager for?

Who was that?
12:25 am est 

Re: Raphael Richter

"He RARELY speaks during a FinCom meeting."
 

Maybe You should Watch More Fin Com Meetings

Raphael Richter is a solid member of that committee. he speaks well and makes
great points.
12:21 am est 

My Vote

Goes to Karen DePalma. She's tough, she's talented.... she could take ovuh!
11:21 pm est 

Re: "We Lost a Good Town Manager Over Politics"

" Never again should we have a Town Manager as Campaign Manager for a
Selectman's election"



Maybe that will be a question for the Town Manager search committee-  - "Do you
think it would be good judgement for the Town Manager to....."
11:19 pm est 

Austin Knight

Austin Knight complains about questions aimed at transparency and the
Cape Cod Commission!

The following matter was officially videotaped at the meeting in question. Near
the beginning of an official public hearing held this afternoon by the Cape Cod
Commission,           former BOS Chairperson and Provincetown Rep to the CCC,
Austin Knight, openly complained to his fellow secretive Commission colleagues
that members of the Provincetown Board of Selectmen had the audacity to recently
question him about his vote on the Lowes Project. He said he refused to answer
any of their questions in accordance with the official Cape Cod Commission code
of silence...and non-accountability.
11:14 pm est 

Re: Town Counsel

"I vote for Chris Snow. He would straighten this place out in a heart
beat."



Please tell me this was a joke!!!!
11:10 pm est 

Anne Howard:

I have been working as a builder in this town for
several years. I believe it is time to acknowlege the outstainding job Anne
Howard is doing in this town. I have found her to be as knowledgeable if not
more knowledgeable of building code when compared to our building commissioner.
She is a wealth of knowledge and works so very hard. I find her to be fair and
can take a complicated situation and make it simple. That is a TRUE attribute.
Just a special thanks Anne for a job well done. Just my opinion.
11:09 pm est 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In This Week's Banner

They want to charge more for taxpaying residents to park because THEY want to
spend MORE money. This is getting ridiculous!! They should start a committee to
cut the fat from the town hall, schools and police departments.  Enough is
enough. They are very quick to point out towns that have higher fees, but they
fail to mention the towns that don't charge for parking at all!!!
9:34 pm est 

Bring Debbie DeJonker Back

People just loved her. There was nothing but prises for her. That would be so
great if she came back as the new director of the library. That would be
wonderful.
9:32 pm est 

Re: Raphael Richter

Re:  "Raphael Richter should not resign and the question being raised
simply reveals the bias against him."



Raphael can resign or not, don't think it matters.  He RARELY speaks during a
FinCom meeting.
9:30 pm est 

Re: Town Counsel

I have an idea...there must be a local attorney in town or we can find one that
will live in town with possibility of hiring support staff, paying taxes in our town.
A local or town attorney would keep the money here, create jobs and understand
the needs and make up of our beautiful Ptown than any of those high priced
Kopleman and page city attorneys.

If you want to create jobs and put money back on the tax rolls??? It can't be
against MA general rules because I read other communities have done the same and
have stayed away from this big overpriced law firms. Certainly what we pay
currently could sustain our own local attorney.

great idea!!!!!
3:22 pm est 

Re: Raphael Richter

Good Point: If Donegan did not Resign as chair of FinCom when He Ran
for Selectman

Why or why should Raphael Richter resign? Exactly and right to the point.

Raphael Richter should not resign and the question being raised simply reveals
the bias against him.

go, go Richter. You will be a good selectman.
3:18 pm est 

Provincetown Library

Speaking of libraries, the former director of the Provincetown
library, Debbie DeJonker Berry, is now the director of the Eastham Library.  I
wonder if she would have come back to Provincetown now that Sharon Lynn is gone. 
The Eastham library patrons are very fortunate to have Debbie at the helm.  I
envy them.
3:16 pm est 

Re: Town Counsel

I vote for Chris Snow. He would straighten this place out in a heart beat.
3:14 pm est 

Re: Town Counsel

Regarding the post "I was told FInCom members were discussing replacing town
councsel witha lower priced law firm with a tighter annual budget...it's about
time!!!!"


SO unless the fincom as a whole applies for and gets the TM job, they can just
keep hoping, maybe praying and lobbying for a change.**

So by the above comments, the TM can hire anyone they want, regardless of cost?
I really doubt that and if that were the case, the FINCOM would review and not
recommend the TMs actions in ongoing budgets. What the FINCOM can do is
recommend a review of the current contract to see if the town is getting what
it's paying for, the best legal advise based on money spent. If it can be shown
that the same service can be had at a lower cost, it would behove the new TM to
look into that and be fiscally conscious. If the new TM isn't aware that better
can be had for less, what really is the TM doing???
3:13 pm est 

"We Lost a Good Town Manager Over Politics"

We lost a Town Manager because she was overtly political.

Never again should we have a Town Manager as Campaign Manager for a Selectman's
election. Especially for something like the nasty campaign Knight ran on
facebook and in the rumor mill.

All her wounds were self-inflicted.
3:08 pm est 

Re: A Question About Town Counsel (TC)

Regarding town council, I have an idea...there must be a local
attorney in town or we can find one that will live in town with possibility of
hiring support staff, paying taxes in our town. A local or town attorney would
keep the money here, create jobs and understand the needs and make up of our
beautiful Ptown than any of those high priced Kopleman and page city attorneys.
If you want to creat jobs and put money back on the tax rolls???It can't be
against MA general rules because I read other communities have done the same and
have stayed away from this big overpriced law firms. Certainly what we pay
currently could sustain our own local attorney.
10:46 am est 

Library Functions

Again I read that Wellfleet Library will have an interesting program of a
Country and Jazz singer on a winter Sunday afternoon.  It seems that Wellfleet
and Truro have very interesting programs throughout the winter.  Why does
Provincetown only have movies, once a week as a form of programming?
10:44 am est 

"We Lost a Good Town Manager Over Politics"

She was a political hire to forward an agenda. Why the surprise at the backlash?
10:15 am est 

A Question About Town Counsel (TC)

A significant number of legal actions against the town of Provincetown have been
filed and:or settled while under contract with the current law firm.  These
legal actions and settlements have adverse financial implications for our town.
---Did TC give proper device, geared towards preventing loss from our town
coffers, but the BOS/Town Manager chose not to heed its legal advice?  If so, TC
isn't at fault; the BOS and former TM are.  Therefore, TC should be retained.
---But if TC, in its attempt to curry favor with the BOS/TM, gave the type of
legal advice it thought the BOS/TM wanted to hear, and acted in accordance to
such advice, then we must cease using this TV, sue it for malpractice, and hire
a new TC ASAP.  We probably should consider suing the former TM as well.

We're not talking about pennies here with regard to recent lawsuits and
settlements against our town.  We can't afford to ignore this.
10:05 am est 

"We Lost a Good Town Manager Over Politics"

The statement above needs to be edited as follows:

The Town Manager left because she lacked the ability to train, supervise and
evaluate staff reporting directly to her.
10:01 am est 

Who Reports to the TM

The charter also states under section 3 the fire chief shall submit reports to
the town manager. Is that happending? Whose the admiral on board? Looks like
theres more captains and mates driving the boat and giving the orders.
We lost a good town manager over politics.
11:55 pm est 

ChangingTown Counsel

Regarding town counsel, I guess that just means the new town managers
marching orders will be to dump this overpriced and stale Kopalman and Page
group and bring in a less expensive alternative with a fresh set of ideas to
guide our town. This is the time to make a change....if not now, well have to
live with them and I for one am tired of this group aligned with former Sharon
Lynn. I was told Duane Steele was the only one with the guts enough to speak
about the overpriced inadequate town attorneys. I think we should just start a
petition and see how many of us would support this. I'm not sure how to go about
this but I surely would help get signatures to move on and the town!
11:53 pm est 

Congressman Bill Keating in Provincetown

Congressman Bill Keating will be hosting Coffee with Bill in Provincetown

To best serve the residents of Massachusetts 9th Congressional District, Bill
needs to hear from you!
Come tell Bill your concerns and opinions.
Staff will also be on hand to answer questions and offer our office services.

Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: 10:30am -11:30am
Place: Provincetown Town Hall
Judge Welsh Meeting Room
11:51 pm est 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Re: Town Counsel

Regarding the post "I was told FInCom members were discussing
replacing town councsel with
a lower priced law firm with a tighter annual budget...it's about time!!!!"

Fincom can talk all day about replacing town counsel however the Charter is
clear on who hires town counsel:
7-2-5 The town manager shall hire the following town employees with the approval
of the
board of selectmen:
(a) accountant;
(b) assessor;
(c) assistant town manager;
(d) clerk;
(e) licensing agent;
(f) police chief;
(g) tax collector;
(h) town counsel; and
(i) treasurer.

SO unless the fincom as a whole applies for and gets the TM job, they can just
keep hoping, maybe praying and lobbying for a change.
5:49 pm est 

Oh, Really? Richter Should Resign Now But What of Knight?

What of Knight's "commitment" to serve three years? He should likewise resign
immediately.

Get off Rachael's case. he made no pledge and does not need to resign. Tom
Donegan did not resign until he was elected. Should Tom Donegan have been
regailed because he forfeiter, in your mind, his commitment to Finn Com when he
ran for selectman?

Donegan did not resign. and Richter should not either.

He does not need FinCom to show his brilliance. he is a solid business person.
He runs a company and is the brains behind it. He also served on the Licensing
board and would have been a full member had Michelle Couture refused to put him
on the board as a regular member. When does that ever happen here? We scream
that we need board members and when an alternate shows interest in filling a
vacancy on the board he serves on, everyone is simply appointed.

Enough of this stab him in the back behavior. Richter is good and he is a great
member of FinCom and I hope he is elected selectman.

I say what was good enough for Tom Donegan is good enough for Raphael Richter.
2:20 pm est 

Re: Lack of Leadership and no Strategic Vision

"When will our leadership create a strategic vision for new revenues
and new development, rather than continually looking for new entitlement
programs?  Weneed our leaders to step forward to create a strategic plan for the future,
including assisting existing businesses to sustain and motivating/incenting new
businesses to open. Instead, the BOS seem focused on backstabbing and how
ousting their peers, and fincom seems focused on creating new entitlement
programs. Our leadership needs to start asking the right questions questions.
For example how can we bring new revenue to the town in the future? How can we
create more jobs year-round? How can we develop the harbor? How can we increase
tourism? How can we help existing small businesses to sustain? How can we bring
new businesses to town to create a year-round economy? How can we motivate
second homeowners to spend more time here?"


Well said- only hope our BOS pick up on this. They are headed down the WRONG
road but then again none have any REAL knowledge of economics with maybe
exception of Tom Donegan ,however he is following their lead at this point.
2:14 pm est 

Re: Town Counsel

"I was told FInCom members were discussing replacing town councsel with
a lower priced law firm with a tighter annual budget...it's about time!!!!"


You, and most members of FinCom, have no idea how the relationship with Town
Counsel and the town works.  Town Counsel is there to protect the town.  FinCom
doesn't like town counsel because they don't like to be told what to do.

But, let's go with a low budget law firm.  Shall we hire one of the ambulance
chasing firms advertising on TV?

2:12 pm est 

Cape Cod Commission- Expedited Evolvement

"The Cape Cod Commission urgently needs to transition to the next evolutionary
stage of its existence as a public body democratically elected by the
voters...or else the voters may ensure its extinction at the ballot box."
2:09 pm est 

New Town Manager/New Law Firm

I was told FInCom members were discussing replacing town council with
a lower priced law firm with a tighter annual budget...it's about time!!!!! Make
a change while you can. Use the momentum of the last year to affect real change
that will save us all money. Kopalman and Page has gotten this town into a real
mess with large legal bills that drives the budget. New Town manager = new
efficient town law firm.
10:10 am est 

Pretty Impressive Group

This is a FinCom like no other. Oh, wasn't that our former tag. But truly they
are a magnificent board. They know so much and they have the guts and courage to
raise questions and demands answers.

Well, they are impressive. And we gain from their knowledge. I think it is a win
win situation. I nod my head and think: yes, they are superior and they are
working for us. That's so good. We are fortunate to have them.
12:32 am est 

The Blow Hole et Cheryl Andrews

Is cherly Andrews behin
d the blowhole page,please let
Us know ASAP,if so,she lost my vote also due to the
"" invitation only" requirement.
12:30 am est 

Give a Man a Fish....

Condos have ruined communities ,take a look at your quaint
Little fishing village and what's its become,or better yet,take a look
Out your window at night,rows of house all dark.
12:28 am est 

Clarence:

I am extremely disappointed that you chose not to post my
statements and news story about Bobby Anthony. I realize that you support him;
however I thought that you would still allow everyone's comments to be posted
here. My statements were valid and legitimate concerns that deserved to be
answered by a candidate seeking election.

All I can say is that you have lost my support and trust.
12:27 am est 

Lack of Leadership and no Strategic Vision

When will our leadership create a strategic vision for new revenues and new
development, rather than continually looking for new entitlement programs?  We
need our leaders to step forward to create a strategic plan for the future,
including assisting existing businesses to sustain and motivating/incenting new
businesses to open. Instead, the BOS seem focused on backstabbing and how
ousting their peers, and fincom seems focused on creating new entitlement
programs. Our leadership needs to start asking the right questions questions.
For example how can we bring new revenue to the town in the future? How can we
create more jobs year-round? How can we develop the harbor? How can we increase
tourism? How can we help existing small businesses to sustain? How can we bring
new businesses to town to create a year-round economy? How can we motivate
second homeowners to spend more time here?
12:25 am est 

It Has Ever Been Thus
Year after year after year after year

You poor, misguided people. People can't help but have pity for your plight--and
know that it is of your own making.

Your whole existence is fretting about your life because you have chosen to live
in a place that you can't afford--and trying to find a way to get people to pay
your rent.

How sad--and look at the example you set for your children. Every time I come
and check out this site or a facebook page--it is the same story.

Your entire existence focused on no jobs and trying to pay your heat, your
electric bill; not being able to come home and feel like not cooking--but no
money to go out for a simple meal

Why, oh why are you doing this to yourselves? There are year round jobs other
places where you can get gainful employment and have some joy in your lives.

You can't eat beauty; you can't give your family financial security looking at
the beautiful sky and sea represented in the photos here.

Do you have any gray hairs? If you are 40 years old--you are middle aged. Look
back at your life-an existence of summer and winter rentals--working more hours.
Sure you have the winter off--but you are fretting every moment of it--and it
can be taken away just as food stamps have been taken away from people.

Rents will go up--even at province Landing. Section 8 people already have to pay
more because Section 8 isn't going to lower rents again for the landlords
portion of they will leave the program in DROVES.

It is so sad to read statements from mothers about their husbands working so
hard and can't make ends meet and then for them to read that they will have
their taxes go up so renters can have a break.

Who is giving the families a break? Who is giving the elderly home owner a
break--instead FinCom and the new revolution want to put restrictions on their
long held multi family homes.

I'll get back to my life and come back to the electronic media pages in a week
or so..and I'll be reading the same lament--it has ever been thus since the
inception of these pages.
12:21 am est 

Re: Legitimate Questions

Asking whether or not Richter should honor his FinCom commitment is a legitimate
question.  Especially since he is using his FinCom "experience" as a selling
point for his candidacy for selectman.  It's the same thing as Sarah Palin
running for V.P. claiming her experience as  governor gave her an advantage when
she never served a full term.

No malice exists except in your mind.  A person made a commitment to serve a
term of a certain duration and now they bail om that promise for the chance of a
higher office.   The people have a right to question candidates commitment to
the position they are seeking before getting their vote.  Another question would
be if elected, will you bail on the selectman job if a better offer comes along?

In any event, since Raphael  has made his intentions known, I feel he should
resign from the FinCom so that someone who will honor the full commitment of the
job can take his place.  Also, that way he can show his full commitment to
running for selectman.
12:17 am est 

Congratulations to Ann Wood

The Banner is fortunate to have her. How she writes so many articles and keeps
right on writing is quite amazing. she is a good reporter and she can be
expected to be objective, fair and descriptive.

Good work, my dear!
12:15 am est 

Happy Winter

this has been a beautiful winter and the snow adds to the enjoyment. I love the
silence, the quieter times here. it gives everyone a time to breath, relax and
enjoy the land and the ice-crusted sea.

Ah, winter! I'm glad I'm here!
12:13 am est 

High School Contract Fiasco

"It was mentioned by the Acting Town Manager at a FinCom meeting that the town
does not have anyone filling that position and that it is a weakness in town
operations.

Maybe we are missing something here. Does the acting town manager not assume the
responsibilities and duties in the absence of a town manager? Does he receive
town managher salary as acting town manager or is he at his original salary as
assistant town manager.  If he is receiving the salary of the town manager then
along with that comes the respionsibility of town manager.Along with the salary
comes the duties. Not Dr. Singers mess up.
Just saying.
12:12 am est 

School Contracts

Let's put the blame where it really belongs---all contracts should be
reviewed by Town council. The ones we have are useless because the BOS does not
understand the scope of their duties and town council is too lazy to advise the
BOS of them because it would create work for them.
12:10 am est 

What's the Plan For Jobs?

FORGET THE HOUSING SUMMIT- IT IS BASIC ECONOMICS. START WITH A JOBS
SUMMIT. YOU ARE PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE.  THIS IS NOT A PRUDENT NOR
SUSTAINABLE PLAN. ANY ENCONOMIST OR GOOD BUSINESSMAN WOULD SAY IT IS A DANGEROUS
PATH FOR PROVINCETOWN IF THIS KIND OF PLAN IS PUT INTO PLACE.  THIS IS WHAT WE
ARE PAYING A TOWN PLANNER $65000 TO COME UP WITH??? IF NOT TOWN PLANNER, WHO IS
PROPOSING THIS PLAN?
12:09 am est 

Parking

Eric Gingling was it true what you said about parking in the banner. .? If no
the you better make them tell the truth. If you said then why?
12:04 am est 

Same as it Ever Was

Folks are saying that they want to add 50 to 100 rental units in 2014.
How will this come about? An article at town meeting? How many years would it
take to create the jobs that people want to come here?

With Elaine and David stepping down it will be the folks of the mini revolution
who will be running things--after town meeting. I wrote a letter in the old
Advocate around 1980 about the gentrification of Provincetown.

There has always been the issue of jobs and year round employment--The selectmen
can't work miracles--otherwise it would have been accomplished. It just seems as
though people are acting as though this is a brand new issue that no one has
thought about until they did.
12:03 am est 

The Blow Hole

The blow hole is in fact an open Facebook group. Anyone can go and
read but if you want to post I think the mechanism for Facebook is you have to
join. I don't think anyone who has asked has been denied.
12:01 am est 

Town Meeting Obligations

Since when is it the obligation of taxpayers to provide housing and jobs for
people in town when this is a summer tourist town and the town goes to sleep in
the winter?

Wake up provincetown taxpayers. Town meeting is supposed to be residents voting
on what is best for the whole town--not to support people so that they can live
here.

There is a dire twist to the thinking in this town. What town meeting
giveth--town meeting can take away. Remember that.

Town meeting created the cape end manor--and it took it away.
If the town provides housing through the taxpayers, as families are in dire
straits and senior citizens homes are imperiled--they will take away supporting
all of these other people in a heart beat.
11:59 pm est 

Candidates For Selectmen

Remember a few years ago when we had eight candidates or more for Selectmen? Who
wants to be a target for the electronic media group--unless you are of that
group and have all cheerleaders.

Very scary for the taxpayers in town. Taypayers are going to have to foot the
bill to provide housing for renters. What they demand from town meeting will be
financed by the taxpayers. watch and see, watch and see.
11:57 pm est 

Provincetown is Closed in the Winter

A friend just had folks visitng from out of town. Nothing was open she said.
They saw two people on the street.

This is a summer resort--and people with dreams of castles in the sky want this
to be a winter destination--but merchants can't even make payroll as it is.

So, you want merchants to keep their doors open and hire people--where there is
no once to come and buy summer things?

where is your mind, people?

When I went on line to sign up for unemployment I was told that everyone had to
attend a seminar. The guy gave it to us--the jobs aren't here--go over the
bridge to find work if you have to.
11:55 pm est 

Beleaguered Taxpayers

The taxpayers are under fire. Everyone who rents wants the taxpayers to provide
them with housing and now jobs. IT is all supposed to come out of the taxpayers
pockets and no one who rents wants to be "inconvenienced" by having revenue come
for the MPL.

Give me, Give me, Give me, provincetown. Give me a place to live, Give me a jobs
in a town built out to the extreme and when another store wants to open
here--throw everything in its path so it can't do that.

How is the town going to bring a viable business here to employ people? Are you
going to work in a factory? Where is the space? Where is the workforce that
isn't starting to get gray hair?

Give me, Give me, Give me. It is all we are going to be hearing at town meeting
next year when the new folks are in charge.
11:52 pm est 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Re: Funny How Quickly Things Change

"Yes the Blow Hole is a "by invitation only" web page.  Who's wheeling and
dealing behind closed doors now?"



I thought Facebook pages were postings with real names and not anonymous?
Where's the fear in having an open page? Invitation only seems very "do as I say
not as I do". You can watch me govern but don't try to do it.

I thought Ms. Andrews was all about openness and clarity? My feeling is she will
become a link to the old boards, ones with her, MJA, Coture and Peake, the ones
that got us to where we are now. Do we need that again? I think not.

Richter has my vote as does Anthony so long as he keeps his decisions regarding
the police department merit based and not on his "blue blood". No way I'll vote
for Andrews.
12:12 pm est 

Affordable Housing vs Jobs

LANDLORDS GET A TAX ABATEMENT IF RENTING AT AFFORDABLE RATE

Yes, if a landlord rents at below market rate, they get a reduction in their
taxes. Unfortunately, with the tax abatement one loses money.

We have all heard about section 8--there would be more section 8 landlords if
the rent was adequate. There would be year round rentals in town if the town
voted to give the landlords a much bigger tax break.

Why should the landlords lose money? Look in the banner this week--seasonal
rentals for $20,000.00 Look at the house that sold for over $2,000,000.00

Look at the properties that sold since the summer for over a million dollars.

Why do the famines that bought multi families homes years ago now get grief for
not renting below Market rate and giving up their income so others can live here
cheaper?

Why is this mini revolution of Catherine Russo's taking the FinCom by storm so
that the town is going to take over properties, spend taxpayers money buying
properties that they will then rent out cheaply and making second homeowners and
families that are struggling support people where there are no jobs here that
they can work and make money to pay their rent? Why does my family have to
support people who want to live here?

No wonder the selectmen all bailed!
12:09 pm est 

Stop Playing Games

People Who Serve on Any board can Leave Whenever They Want or Whenever
they Seek A different Position

To ask Raphael Richter if he should honor his three year term on Fin Con and
thus not run for Selectman is inane. It is the attempt of some to undermine his
candidacy. They spread rumors about him and now want  him to
--objectively--answer their --objective--question.

Pure malice. No one is bound by any term and he did not seek out Fin Com, they
sought him out.

Inappropriate question that doesn't even deserve a respond from him.

You don't like him, then say so. Don't play games.
12:07 pm est 

Re: High School Contract Fiasco

So Who Now Has the contract for the High School

Since mark Almeida is not qualified to handle the contract, who is doing the
work? Is there another bidding process? Or has it already been "awarded"?

And who is overseeing the work? shouldn't it be Russell Braun? he is the
Building commissioner and he is the one who handles the permits and the
applications. Or are there any?

Many questions, my friends, but so few answers.
12:05 pm est 

Condos vs Affordable Housing

Re: Condo conversions and affordable housing aren't the issue, the
lack of year-round jobs is the issue.


Give a man a fish and he'll be able to eat today.  Teach a man to fish and he'll
be able to feed himself the rest of his life.

Throwing an affordable housing unit at someone solves nothing.  We need to
produce good year-round jobs so people can afford to rent (or buy) a housing
unit.

If we can't do that then affordable housing just becomes an unending government
handout.
1:29 am est 

Re: No Jobs vs Affordable Housing

"Condo conversions and affordable housing aren't the issue, the lack of
year-round jobs are the issue."



EXACTLY!!!
1:22 am est 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Re: High School Contract Fiasco

I'm Wrong

I wrote the blurb about Singer being at fault. I was wrong. IT IS the
responsibility of the Town Manager. Dr. Singer was left with this burden when
Sharon left. Dr. Beth is left holding the bag. Must be frustrating wondering
what's going to happen when the roof of the school leaks, or if there is ample
heat. It's all about the comfort of the kids.

I'm big enough to say I'm wrong. That's the beauty of this site.
3:04 pm est 

The Blow Hole.....


Things never change in ptown. Invitation only!
I bet you anything this page was started by another well
Connected person.
11:17 am est 

How Quickly Things Change

Who is the person they are referring to here.  Is it a former select person now
looking to run again?  Without names or more information sometimes posts are
hard to follow.
11:14 am est 

It's Great to See How Some See Democracy


We can speak but you can't and you shouldn't. Really? Is this what freedom of
speech implies?

Too many Tories among us!
11:12 am est 

High School Contract Fiasco

The school buildings are owned by the Town of Provincetown and as such they fall under
the jurisdiction of the Town Manager, who is the official Purchasing agent.

Dr. Beth Singer is not responsible for the improper letting of a "No-Bid" contract to the non-
qualified achitectual firm . It was the responsibility of the Town Manager. It is ridiculous
to have sent Dr. Singer to procurement classes. Under the circumstances it would seem the Towm Manager should have taken the classes.

It was mentioned by the Acting Town Manager at a FinCom meeting that the town does not
have anyone filling that position and that it is a weakness in town operations.
  
Once more, we are suffering the after-effects of Sharon Lynn. 
11:08 am est 

Re: Funny How Quickly Things Change

What you say is so true about her.  Don't read MYPACC--Look how they
treat people..yet she treats them worse.
10:29 am est 

Re: Funny How Quickly Things Change

Yes the Blow Hole is a "by invitation only" web page.  Who's wheeling and
dealing behind closed doors now?
10:19 am est 

No Jobs vs Affordable Housing

If we didn't have the condo conversions many would not have a place to
live right now.  How many could afford to rent a house for the year?  How any
could afford to buy a house?

Condo conversions and affordable housing aren't the issue, the lack of
year-round jobs are the issue.
10:15 am est 

I'm Still Bothered by the High School Contract....

...and the problems that followed. that we are now on the attorney General's Watch
List bothers me. What is involved in other contracts? Were there problems or
wrong contractors hired there as well?

People know the rules. someone just cast all the rules aside and went with
whoever they wanted.

who has replaced Mark Almeida Associates? and did he get more than $18,000? Was
that only some of what he should not have received since it did not go out for
bid?  does anyone know?
10:11 am est 

Thank Goodness for Anonymous Blogs

Say what you want to say. speak your mind. I find it refreshing and liberating.
I also like that there is not the nitpicking back and forth on small issues. It
leaves the personality out of the equation.

Three cheers! Give me anonymity or give me--wasn't that his patriotic line?

10:08 am est 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Funny How Quickly Things Change

Since we are now apparently re-posting everything posted in the Blow
Hole, it's worth noting that a local lifelong resident, one who is considering a
run for political office, has recently sent several posts to the Blow Holw
pleading with everyone in town to stop reading MYPACC. Interesting to read,
since she herself has posted here in the past, using this blog as a rather
effective tool to advance her own agenda. Funny how quickly things change around
here...
10:23 pm est 

Answer to Question

The Blow Hole is a Facebook page.
9:30 pm est 

Town Vacancies....

It really doesn't matter how many employees work for the town,
Until they can give you a correct answer to your question!
5:58 pm est 

Max:

We can't believe you have finally made the decision to retire..  We are sure
that all you have done for everyone will be missed but not forgotten !!..  But,
we have missed you more over the past several years not participating in family
functions because you would always have a meeting of some sort and your
dedication to your job always came first.

Now the time has come and we will get you to ourselves !  We look forward to you
spending time you have missed out on !

Happy Retirement !!

XO Josh, Violet & JJ
5:56 pm est 

Maxine Will Definitely Be Missed

She did so much and she was constantly there for everyone in Provincetown. she
had no favorites but everyone was special. She was at the window downstairs when
others literally sat on their bums. she got up. She served. She gave advice on
procedures--and never on what any board should do. she saw herself as supportive
of Zoning, Planning and Historic District Commission. She never injected herself
in any decision. But she was always there to advise on procedures and on what
the rules governing decision involved.

It will not be the same for some of us on boards and for contractors and 
especially for applicants looking to make any change on their property.

I fear there will be a black hole in the Community Development Group that few
working there will be able to overcome. So much history. So much experience. So
much patience. So much dedication.

One word: irreplaceable!
11:43 am est 

Cass Benson - Posted in The blow Hole

And I agree Maxine always went out of her way to help and will be very missed!
10:55 am est 

Peter Petas - Posted in The Blow Hole

If ever anyone deserved a special day of appreciation for all she's done, it is Maxine Notaro.
10:53 am est 

Steven Roderick - Posted in The Blow Hole

Maxine Notaro is an incredible resource for the town of Provincetown.
She should be recognized for all that she has done.

Thank you Max for everything!
10:51 am est 

Town Meeting

I'm reading postings about positions being vacated and yet no one seems to be
interested in the bigger picture here. There are several of us taxpayers that
live on fixed incomes and while we don't want to see people lose their jobs why
are we filling them when some leaves. 

Its time for us to look to combine roles and responsibilities among the present
employees. We can do this through the budget process at town meeting.Isnt it
true you can cut or reduce a position but you can't increase a position at town
meeting.

Nows the time for us taxpayers to be looking closely at our tax dollars and how
they are spent.companies are downsizing while we keep adding to the tax roles.

Enough is enough!We have secretaries who need secretaries who need secretaries. 
What are other towns doing and how many employees do they have?
10:47 am est 

Town Employees

So I heard David Gardner had a degree in Planning...  If that is the case, why
doesn't he assist the new Town Planner with her duties?  Is it necessary to have
a TM, Asst TM, Secretary, Town Planner, Permit Coordinator? And now looking for
a secretary for the Planner?  These seem like jobs that can be consolidated and
cut back....

That would certainly save the taxpayers of Provincetown a bundle.

Along with that, as the previous person said, we could probably save money on
the school.  A secretary as you enter the building, a secretary to the
Superintendant, a secretary at the Elementary school..  The school does not have
that many students to need all those secretaries.  Why can't the High School
secretaries consolidate as well?  There are at least 3-4 secretaries for 88
children.  That seems a bit excessive...
8:57 am est 

Please Answer

I keep seeing the phrase "blow Hold".
What is the blow hold?
8:56 am est 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Re: Town Planner

The FinCom and Selectmen Yingling & Donegan are the ones who pushed
for a town Planner.  If you have ? you need to ask th
10:20 pm est 

Town Planner
 
Why a new Town Planner, when David Gardner is one.

Why did we hire a planner when David could have done that job, and get rid of
the Asst Town mgr position.

I also heard the new planner is complaining about not having an assistant and
Rapheal's girlfriend is working as her temp.


Also heard on th street that         and the           are        and        
        .

Hum........
10:08 pm est 

Tom Coen Posted in The Blow Hold

Here's another chart on our OPEB (other post employment benefits) liability. It's gone way down. Still a big number. Partly due to Manor and School retirees.
8:35 pm est 

Tom Coen7:40pm Feb 8
Hi Clarence L Walker Jr, salary increases have actually been pretty modest over the last few years. And, finally, we've seen modest decreases in health insurance costs.
Comment History
Tom Coen
Tom Coen7:23pm Feb 8
Hi Rick Campbell et al, the DOR has employee FTE numbers on its site, but I don't think they are accurate at all, i.e. I don't trust them. I think it would be interesting to dis-aggregate our revenue and expense numbers and look at the individual trends, but it would be very time consuming to get accurate numbers the further in time we look back. As Tom Donegan suggested, "normalizing" the numbers would be interesting as long as we take into account municipal deflation factors. When I was on the FinCom, we did that with parking revenues and it was very revealing and reinforced the point that we had let them stagnate badly over the years.
Scott Caldwell
Scot Caldwell 4:48pm Feb 8
Meaning close the old library, the fire station on Johnson Street and bulldoze the VFW building.
Tom Donegan
Tom Donegan4:08pm Feb 8
On addition to Personnel costs,FTE normalized for current operations (less high school and The Manor) I would be interested to look at occupied real estate square footage?
Rick Campbell
Rick Cambell1:15pm Feb 8
I think the measure you need is the number of Full Time Equivalent employees or FTE's.
Clarence L Walker Jr
Clarence L Walker Jr1:13pm Feb 8
This would reduce the overall employment and salary base. It would also require controlling annual salary increaes. The two actions together would have the effect of improving productivity while lowering operational cost.
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Scott Caldwell
Scott Caldwell7:57pm Feb 7
So as another town employee retires, will we rehire for that position. The town hired a town planner recently, maybe this is the job she was meant to do, I hope so. Do we really need an assistant town manager, a superintendent and principal for a teeny-tiny school, an assistant dpw director, so many people to watch the tickets dispensed at parking lots...................no.



February 06, 2014

Re: Letter of Retirement

Dear Mr. Gardner:

I am writing to inform you I am retiring my position with the Town of Provincetown effective February 28, 2014.

I have been in the towns employ for the past 25+ years full time (June 1988 to present) and served as recording secretary to the many various boards and commissions from the middle 70's to the late 80's, such as, Planning, Zoning, Airport Commission, Wharf Committee (now the Harbor Committee), Finance Committee, Conservation Commission, as well as a few Town Meetings.

This decision has been a difficult one that I have struggled with over the past year for professional and personal reasons.

While I look forward to my retirement, at this time, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Town of Provincetown, its Citizens, the many Agencies, Legal Firms, Architects, Contractors, Developers, Realtors, Property Owners, the General Public, the Boards and Commissions I've staffed, and for all others to whom I have come in contact with arid was able to assist over the years. I will miss you all!

I would like to thank Kopelman & Paige, with a special thank you to Iliana Quirk and Jonathan Silverstein whom I worked closely with during my tenure with the town.

I would especially like to thank my colleagues within the different departments for their continued friendships and support over the years. To you I am gratefully appreciative and thankful.

In closing, I will not be a complete stranger. You will see me around, as I will always have a strong connection to and be a part of Provincetown.

Respectfully,

Maxine Notaro
7:48 pm est 

Re: Scott Caldwell - Posted in The Blow Hold

The legal services budget is used to pay for town counsel and related legal and litigation services. Town Counsel is the firm of Kopelman & Paige, P.C.. The legal costs have seen significant increases as of late, over $300,000. FINCOM went on and on about recommending a new legal firm last year, what's up with that..........please stay focused.
7:44 pm est 

Town Hall

The assistance town manager is a planner. We could hire a town manager and the
assistant town nmanager can assist the new town planner and not have to hire
another position. Its time to start looking to consolidate positions.

The private sector is doing it and so can we.  My taxes are going up and up and up
and it needs to stop. We have positions in the school sytem that need to go
since we only have a hand full of students and now its time to not fill
positions as people leave or retire. 

Consolidate! Consoilidate!Consolidate!
3:22 pm est 

Town Planner Position

One post wrote the town planner position salary is 65,000 and the permit
coordinator is 51,000. I watch the meetings on ptv.I was wondering what happened
to Mrs. Notaro. THis new person must be the town planner, as I know who Mrs.
Notaro is. If the town planners position is what the Mrs. Notaro was doing then
we should be able to have a savings of 51,000. Lets stop filling positions as
people leave. We are top heavy with management. If the former employee handled
the work without help then the new person should be able to do the same. We can
eliminate the positions at town meeting. Please, start looking at what us
taxpayers are saying before its too late.
2:21 pm est 

Town Hall:

I agree they are two separate positions..  Why can't the Asst Town Manager also
handle some of the duties of Planner isn't that their function too?  How many
created positions do we need along with all the secretaries?  I believe everyone
should have a job but lets be realistic...

It's time to reorganize and check the duties and functions of those
positions....  A Manager, an assistant, a secretary (now she wants).  We all
know some of these positions can be shared.....
2:17 pm est 

Residents and Voters of Provincetown


WE NEED TO REMEMBER THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE ALL JUST GONE THRU AND NOT GO BACK TO
THEM BUT FORWARD TO NEW BETTER TIMES  .  READ UP  PEOPLE  ANN MAGUIRE WANTS TO
GET BACK INTO THINGS   DONT LET HER BE ON ANY BOARDS OR ANYTHING THAT HAS TO DO
WITH OUR TOWN  .  BAD NEWS  SHE IS ONLY HERE FOR HER OWN AGENDAS .  LET HER
RECORD SPEAK FOR ITSELF

ALSO JUST READ THAT PAST CHIEF WANTS TO BE A SELECTPERSON
LET US NOT FORGET WHAT HE DID TO OUR VFW   HE NEEDS TO RETIRE -  PERIOD  
LET US KEEP CLOSE VIGILANCE  ON WHATS GOING ON AND NOT GO BACK BUT FORWARD TO
ANEW AND BETTER TOWN GOVERNMENT   STAY AWAKE AND KEEP AN EYE ON EVERYONE
1:26 pm est 

Re: Maxine Notaro's Retirement
 
The positions of Town Planner and Permit Coordinator are to distinctively different 
functions and are compensated accordingly. Firstly salary for Permit Coordinator is $51,000
and Town Planner is $65,000, which reflect their relative different job functions.

Town Planner's role is that of an overseer of overall town strategy for growth management
considering the various aspects of population demographics, infrastructure requirements, e.g.
utility requirements (water/wastewater, power), street planning, building construction etc.
The Town Planner is the keeper of the watch as to projecting the town's future.  

Permit Coordinator is involved with the detailed day to day operations of the various
regulatory governmental departments i.e. Planning, Zoning, Historic. The position
requires continued direct interface with committees, contractors and individual citizens on specific matters of regulations and compliance as well as advice on rules and procedures.

If indeed the Town Planner is performing the functions of Permit Coordinator, who then is
functioning as Town Planner and if not, why are we paying for a non-performing position?
12:34 pm est 

Maxine Notaro's Retirement:


Maxine, Thank You for your long time dedication and a phenominal job well done! 
You will be missed by all....  Let's see if the new planner can follow in your
foot steps and accomplish and give the dedication you have ?

Well wishes GIRL....
11:36 am est 

Maxine Notaro:

Well... where do we begin !  First and foremost I would like to say, the town
has lost a dedicated, professional, genuine and NON replaceable employee!

Secondly, Maxine has for the last 25 years served on many, many boards.  She has
worked closely with many Contractors, Real Estate Agents, Attorneys, Commissions,
Committees, and has always been nothing but a complete pleasure to do business with. 

Maxine has for as long as I have known her put her job first!  She worked countless
(unpaid) hours taking minutes for the various boards at night which was above and
beyond her 40hr work week. 

Maxine never complained she just did what was asked of her with dignity! 
Lastly in closing,I know this was not an easy decision for her to make.  But, it
has come time she needs to for professional and personal reasons take care of
herself and her family...

Maxine.... you will be SURELY missed by all who knew and dealt with you...  
Good luck as you begin your new phase in life  RETIREMENT.....
10:11 am est 

Permit Coordinator vs Town Planner

No one is indispensable,but some are irreplaceable! The retirement
of Mrs. Notaro is one of the irreplaceables as was quoted yesterday on this
blog.She did leave her mark of ability and servitude!

What precisely does a Town Planner do by job description? Perhaps as another
poster here suggested,she can be Permit Co-Ordinator. The newly retired Notaro
worked unassisted but word is out that the newly arrived Town Planner has already
acquired a secretary!

Why? How is  it funded? The objective is to cut back, not add staff! Who is paying
attention or authorizing this since we don't have a Town Manager,only someone
acting T.Mgr? Misuse of Line items in budgets? Fin Com is efficient enough to
review these issues, since no one seems to be 'minding the store!"
10:01 am est 

Affordable Housing vs No Jobs

NO JOBS--BUT STILL PEOPLE WANT SUBSIDIZED HOUSING

There are no places open in town--because it is a tourist town. A restaurant
just closed.

People are clamoring for the town to provide housing--but there are no jobs.

People want to retire this position and that position and not hire a
replacement--but they want to use taxpayer money to buy houses and give them to
people to rent at below cost.

Why not have the taxpayers give money to restaurants so they can lower their
prices and locals can have a gourmet meal for $5.00 and the taxpayers chip in
the other $100?

I'm all for the mini revolution if it will do that too.
9:57 am est 

Re: Town Council:

The highly paid Lawyer that Sharon kept on a very
short leash. I can't remember any former TM using town council
as much. Right there we could save as much as we hope to get
from banning residents from the mpl. Or for that matter do we
really need a full time/year round manager to push the button
To get the ticket? Seriously that guy makes at least 60 grand a year...
that would be a start!
9:48 am est 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Scott Caldwell - Posted in The Blow Hold

So as another town employee retires, will we rehire for that position. The town hired a town planner recently, maybe this is the job she was meant to do, I hope so. Do we really need an assistant town manager, a superintendent and principal for a teeny-tiny school, an assistant dpw director, so many people to watch the tickets dispensed at parking lots...................no.
8:33 pm est 

Re: "The Time to Eliminate Town Council,"


I guess that it never occurred to you that PT does NOT HAVE a town council.  We
have a BOS and a Town manager and Town Meeting.  We employee a town "counsel"
but that is only an adviser on legal stuff.

So what did you mean to say other than prove that you have no clue about the
government of our town?
8:28 pm est 

Re: Maxine Notaro - Retirement

MAXINE NOTARO

I wanted to first express my appreciation for Maxine's service to her community
and a job well done. I have had the pleasure of working with Maxine for over 25
years when my partner and I first purchased property here in Provincetown in the
mid 80's. I became Chair of the ZBA, Chair of the Planning Board and all I can
say is there will be a tremendous VOID to fill when Maxine leaves at the end of
the month. The many building projects and applications that I personally had to
submit via Maxine were handled with the utmost professionalism and attention to
detail. She went over and above with regards to her many hours of hard work. She
raised a beautiful family here in Provincetown. She and her family from her
mother Rachel down to her hard working son Eric exemplify the TRUE spirit of
Provincetown. Maxine Notaro , Bill and I wish you only the best nice girl!!!!

Rick Murray
5:21 pm est 

Time to Change Town Council

If there ever was The time to eliminate town council, it's NOW! All
the bad advice and costly budgets year after year!  We will have new faces on
the BOS and can start a new. I think it would only help potential candidates
campaigns to acknowledge the need for a fresh start and one that is chosen by
them!!! Set a reasonable budget and make the change now that Lynn is gone.
5:19 pm est 

Re: Maxine Notaro - Retirement

We sure will miss Maxine.  I hope that she is ok considering the very
short notice of retirement.
5:11 pm est 

Re: Maxine Notaro - Retirement

"Maxine Notaro, our outstanding Permit Coordinator, who has served
Provincetownso well for over twenty-five years, has tendered her resignation.
Maxine Notaro has closed the door to her work as Permit Coordinator and has
said goodbye to the work that has helped so many contractors, residents, and
other town employees for so many years.

Maxine Notaro could always be counted on to serve with dignity, enthusiasm, and
concern for the rules and regulations that were part of her work. She knew well
the Zoning by-Laws and the Historic District By-Laws and the Planning Board
rules. She had a unique perspective and maintained a high quality of community
involvement where residents and applicants were always first.

She always saw herself as a "servant" of the town and always put the town and
its work and those who showed up at the downstairs window first. She served the
town so well for so many years.

Maxine, you will be missed! You are not replaceable!"  


Could not agree more more!!  It will not be the same without her. :(
1:55 pm est 

Maxine Notaro - Pemit Coordinator - Retirement Letter
                                                                             
                                                                                               Maxine Notaro        
                                                                                                           P.O. Box 113   
                                                                                                  North Truro, MA 02652 
David Gardner, Town Manager, Acting
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657


February 06, 2014


Re: Letter of Retirement

Dear Mr. Gardner:


I am writing to inform you I am retiring my position with the Town of Provincetown effective February 28, 2014.

I have been in the towns employ for the past 25+ years full time (June 1988 to present) and served as recording secretary to the many various boards and commissions from the middle 70's to the late 80's, such as, Planning, Zoning, Airport Commission, Wharf Committee (now the Harbor Committee), Finance Committee, Conservation Commission, as well as a few Town Meetings.

This decision has been a difficult one that I have struggled with over the past year for professional and personal reasons.

While I look forward to my retirement, at this time, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Town of Provincetown, its Citizens, the many Agencies, Legal Firms, Architects, Contractors, Developers, Realtors, Property Owners, the General Public, the Boards and Commissions I've staffed, and for all others to whom I have come in contact with arid was able to assist over the years. I will miss you all!

I
would like to thank Kopelman & Paige, with a special thank you to Iliana Quirk and Jonathan Silverstein whom I worked closely with during my tenure with the town.

I
would especially like to thank my colleagues within the different departments for their continued friendships and support over the years. To you I am gratefully appreciative and thankful.

In closing, I will not be a complete stranger. You will see me around, as I will always have a strong connection to and be a part of Provincetown.

Respectfully,


Maxine Notaro                                        


Cc:       Provincetown Board of Selectmen
            Community Development
           
Marge McGloin, Payroll Department
            Finance Committee
           
Personnel Board
1:33 pm est 

Long Time Dedicated Town Employee Bids Us All Goodbye

Maxine Notaro, our outstanding Permit Coordinator, who has served Provincetown
so well for over twenty-five years, has tendered her resignation. Maxine Notaro
has closed the door to her work as Permit Coordinator and has said goodbye to
the work that has helped so many contractors, residents, and other town
employees for so many years.

Maxine Notaro could always be counted on to serve with dignity, enthusiasm, and
concern for the rules and regulations that were part of her work. She knew well
the Zoning by-Laws and the Historic District By-Laws and the Planning Board
rules. She had a unique perspective and maintained a high quality of community
involvement where residents and applicants were always first.

She always saw herself as a "servant" of the town and always put the town and
its work and those who showed up at the downstairs window first. She served the
town so well for so many years.

Maxine, you will be missed! You are not replaceable!
12:46 pm est 

Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate - Posted in The Provincetown Lighthouse

My decision to run for a seat on the Board of Selectman is based on my care and concern for our town. My goal is to restore confidence in our community. Our town has lost confidence and we must act to move Provincetown forward, together. As a priority, I will strive to work cooperatively in bringing together as a team the Board of Selectman towards broad common goals that are in the best interest of Provincetown and in carrying out and enforcing the wishes of the town voters. I feel that the Board of Selectman’s credibility with the community, other town officials and town employees will only be achieved by effective teamwork. This may take some time but I am confident that we can do this together. Together we will be able to work on affordable housing, economic growth, fiscal responsibility, community policing, and the welfare of our citizens. I make decisions based on information and common sense and I lead by example and not by rhetoric.
Thank you and I hope you will support me.
Bobby Anthony
Moving Provincetown Forward
12:14 pm est 

Re: Cape Cod Commission

Barbara Rushmore has stated that she is signing the Provincetown
Petition to Withdraw From the Cape Cod Commission, so that it will at least be
addressed at Town Meeting, and perhaps be put on as a ballot question later on
for the voters of Provincetown to have an opportunity to weigh in on the issue.

12:10 pm est 

Cape Cod Commission

It's simple as regional impact.

The naysayers usually have skin in the game-real estate, builders, those pimps
in bad rayon to the all mighty low wage low cost low quality goods at all costs
mantra. Not effect Provincetown you say? Maybe not Maybe so.  Impact local small
business in a positive way? nah. Provide decent wages and benefits? nah.


But don't stop there-lets repeal the National Seashore as well. Let's profit and
have traffic, and pave that beach. Yeah.


Would you trust a neighboring town, or your town, to not let a town legally
permitted Lowe's, Target, Or Home depot in? What about the old parcel of land in
Eastham where the golf range sits  fallow? Would a box store there impact your
commute to and fro in the Special World that is the Outer Cape? Crush small
business In a  radius of 25 miles?

We need a Cape Cod Commission to plan for projects of a regional impact. Whether
that be a Lowes, Target, or addressing nitrate pollution.

And on that topic oh nitrates the canary of septic system effluent in your
drinking water of some towns. Including even still Ptown. Lets not blame the CCC
that's RiDonkeyulous! Driven by the lies of the EPA whom crossed off septic
systems as points of source pollution 35 years ago and knew it was a grand
misnomer. The lawsuit by the Conservation Law Foundation was an easy win yes
septic systems Tittle 5 pollute-degrade oceanic waters, ponds, and estuaries
including Ptowns vis a vis algea blooms, then eelgrass dies from lack of sun,
water loses Oxygen when eelgrass rots, fish and shellfish then die, no eelgrass
means more storm wave energy... SO whom is going to help plan for that? An
individual town like Provincetown? Eastham?

Please.

Keep the Cape Cod Commission. Ditch the rayon of Austin Knight from the CCC.



12:08 pm est 

A Failed Government Process

Who is Overseeing our contracts? Who is overseeing the work that is
part of each and every Contract?

What a legacy. Here's what is happening when contracts are not put out for bid.
and yet you bring in the lawyers for each and every apparent breach of the Open
Meeting Law when behind the scenes, real damage is being done. Real game playing
that fails an open public process.

12:06 pm est 

Why Not Cut Down Expenses?

Why not focus on streamlining the town and stopping with any new projects. that
is what we need. Not throw town residents under the bus and forbid their parking
in the municipal lot--cut down expenses. How many assistants do we need? and
then assistants to assistants?

manage the town more efficiently and effectively. Then you don't have to punish
town residents nor discourage tourists and day trippers to coming here.

Look at Chatham. You can park all along Main Street for not a penny. Here it is
dollars and dollars for a fifteen minute stop. A disinsentive to tourists. It is
very unwelcoming.
12:04 pm est 

Stuff!!

1. Why do we have both a superintendent and a principal? Truro has more students
and only one person doing both jobs.

2. Why do they want to ban us from the pier lot and still have to pay for a
parking sticker and property taxes?

3. Why do we pay top dollar for some person to stand in front of a self serve
ticket machine handing out tickets?

4. Why is parking free in Wellfleet, Brewster, and other towns?

I think it is time to be off like a prom gown, thanks for letting me vent.
12:02 pm est 

Dr. Singer

Didn't she get her 15 minutes when she wanted to distribute                     
       ? Now she wants to renovate the school like town hall for a handful of
students. Fire her....she's an embarrassment.. She is making the same salary she
made when the high school kids were here. There are less students now, Doc. Time
to go!
12:01 pm est 

Dr Beth - Town Manager

Is it her job to worry about renovations? Isn't that the job of the town
manager.  Is Dr Beth acting town manager now?  If so, heaven help us!
11:59 am est 

School

Beth Singer only takes orders from Kim Pike anyway.  There are hardly any kids
there why does it take so many to accomplish what 2 can do?

There is a secretary for a secretary.. Does that make any sense?

You eliminated kitchen staff, why not do AWAY WITH SOME OF THE SECRETARIES?
11:58 am est 

Parking

Why does it take three people to do a one person job?
11:57 am est 

Beth Singer

With the assistance of Sharon Lynn, Beth is now the head of PTV. She is now
Provincetown royalty.  Where was the election for this appointment? I would have
liked a shot at this job. My credentials equal if not surpass Beth's.  Where's
my chance in the town I live in? Sharon told me I was overqualified.  I just
wasn't well connected.
11:56 am est 

ID For Legal Residents

FRONT PAGE BOSTON GLOBE-ID for Legal Residents

Starting in April, Mass. residents will be prevented from getting into some
federal building--unless the state adopts the "Real ID" verification Program.

Come 2016-Mass residents will be prevented from boarding a us aircraft. They
will need proof that they are in the united states LEGALLY.

This will be tough for a lot of people who work in Provincetown. That is why
some are here all winter--if they leave and go back to their country--they won't
be allowed back in.

Of course, that would open up jobs for residents who do live here legally.
11:54 am est 

Re: Town Hall Parking

Another reason to eliminate employees (and tourists) from parking around town
hall is in favor of those of us that have to go to town hall for business. Can
you imagine a business anywhere that has no parking for it's customers? Thas
what town hall is to appraisers, builders, conrtactors, lawyers, etc that have
to go to town ahll for various reasons. It's completely unaceptable to expect
someone to park three or four blocks away to file some paperwork for two
minutes.
11:52 am est 

Selfish Takers

Why isn't Raphael Richter and Kristin Hatch and Jen Cabral jumping up and down
at the prospect of this windfall from eliminating permit parking at the
Municipal parking lot?

Don't they realize that the town would have a million and a half dollars in two
years that can be put towards buying property or houses that can become
affordable housing.

Isn't this what they want the taxpayers to do--subsidize housing for year round
people?

Raphael Richter and Kristin Hatch and Jen Cabral and all of their co-horts are
all willing to soak the taxpayers and make them pay to subsidize their
housing--yet here is a chance to bring in money without adding to the tax burden
of the taxpayers.

Lets hear the excuses. Lets hear the condemnation of this proposal and how
selfish the taxpayer are for not jumping to subsidize the housing that the
housing summit is proposing.

I wonder if this will even get posted.
11:51 am est 

Re: Subsidized Housing

NO WORK-YET RENTERS DEMAND TAXPAYER SUBSIDIZED HOUSING.

How sad that the Hot l Restaurant had to close it doors and go out of business.

It is extremely hard to have a year round establishment in a summer resort.

Saying this, the folks who rent are pushing ever harder to make the taxpayers
subsidize their rent and are demanding more affordable housing--in a town that
has no year round employment.

The Career Center in Hyannis is telling people that they may have to go off cape
to where the jobs are.

People are demanding that the taxpayers provide them with housing, Barbara
Rushmore is demanding a reduction in taxes--yet many are up in arms that the
town can put almost a million dollars in its coffers by eliminating permit
parking at the Municipal Parking lot.

It is true that they want the taxpayers to make all of the financial sacrifices.
11:49 am est 

Dr. Beth Singer

"Yeah, Singer was supposed to see the class of 2013 graduate, and then
was suppose to be history.  But then she had a "brilliant" idea-----A
Baccalaureate Program for grade school students.  Another scheme by a bunch of
connivers to keep their jobs"



Ok.  Lynn is gone.  Jaran is gone. Ak is almost gone.  Time to get someone else
to insult and call names.  Now it is Singer's turn.  And, don't forget her
"underlings".  Not Staff.  Not employees.  Not coworkers.  Not fellow employees. 
Demean them with "underlings".  That's sure to make for a better PT.

This is what's wrong here lately.  Too many people use Rush Limbaugh as a model
for communication.  No civility.  No respect.  Bombast.  Insults.  Character
attacks.  Rumor starting.  Back stabbing.  Debate some ideas for a change.
11:47 am est 

Re: Vincent Currier - Posted in The Provincetown Lighthouse

"Who cares? Why do you approach everything like it is a battle? Can't
we all get along instead of assuming everybody in town has bad intentions?"


Currier's right to express his opinions about our government actions is a
bedrock of our democracy.  But I was puzzled about your reaction to his
expressed opinions.  Going to battle???  A bit overstated.
11:43 am est 

Singer vs Lynn

"Singer obviously forgot that part of her initial contract with Sharon
Lynn. She was hired to be here only until the high school..."



It 's more like Sharon Lynn forgot that part of Singer's initial contract, isn't
it?
11:41 am est 

Posting Request

Clarence, any way of posting this week's Banner editorial?
12:07 am est 

Dr. Beth Singer

Beth Singer Didn't Know About the Bidding Process for Contracts Over
$10,000 ??

Just like she didn't know--or forgot--that she was only hired to close the high
school and then move on. Singer obviously forgot that part of her initial
contract with Sharon Lynn. She was hired to be here only until the high school
was closed. Well it is closed. The high school sadly is no more. the High School
was not just a building. She is obviously clinging to the building when the
focus was the school system that once had been here. Then she should be no more
too!

She obviously forgets too many things about contracts she is involved with. what
are we really paying her to do? make up new projects and new building issues?
Something is more than wrong here.

What is she Superintendent of? A building?
12:06 am est 

Re: Vincent Currier - Posted in The Provincetown Lighthouse

"I did not agree with every selection for the committee members, nor did I
necessarily agree with how the members were chosen."



Who cares? Why do you approach everything like it is a battle? Can't we all get
along instead of assuming everybody in town has bad intentions?
12:03 am est 

Re: Increasing Revenue

You want to increase our coffers?  Instead of putting back the No Parking signs
on Commercial Street on April 1, and paying parking people to enforce this
parking ban, put them on May 1. We'll save $ on parking department personnel
costs.  There's still no one around from April 1 to right before Memorial Day. 

You are still using a business model that was applicable when we had far more
people in April and May.  This is no longer true.  The population in April and May
has dwindled considerably over the years.  The only ones parking on the street
during that time period are the construction workers' trucks, business owners
setting up their businesses for the coming season, and the few locals that are
in town.  Why bug them then?  And why pay people to do the bugging, when there
are so few to bug?
12:01 am est 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

What's That All About?

"If a Parking Administrator can stand next to the automatic ticket
machine day after day at the entrance of the MPL parking lot, and take the
ticket that comes automatically out of the machine to give it to the driver..."



I saw that also. What's that all about? Wasn't the purpose of having an
automated ticket booth at McMillan to produce the ticket for the person who
wants to park? Why are we then paying someone at the administrator level to
punch in the button of the machine so the ticket comes out?
9:59 pm est 

Vincent Currier - Posted in The Provincetown Lighthouse

I had to point out that the first and organizing meeting of the new Town Manager Search Committee is scheduled for Valentine's Day, 2014!
I hope that is prophetic.
I did not agree with every selection for the committee members, nor did I necessarily agree with how the members were chosen.
However, I do believe that each and every person on the committee is capable, and want the best for their Town, our Town. The team selected is diversified, and represent many of the community "factions", for lack of a better word. I have worked with and against each one of them, and I promise they are decent human beings all wanting the same thing, a better Provincetown.
Let's give them constructive comments, and participate in the process as it evolves....the Committee is a dedicated and energetic group that were chosen by the BOS members that we elected to office....and have shown our elected officials that we as voters and residents will continue to be activists in our town.
I personally hope many of you will join me in a positive approach as we move ahead in the best days that will be ahead of us. We really have accomplished a lot, and continue to accomplish lots more. I would hope that 2014 will be remembered as a renaissance year for Provincetown government. The involvement of so many of this towns residents has been and continues to be nothing short of incredible!!
9:57 pm est 

Farmers' Market

We couldn't have been too concerned about parking revenue, when
we allowed for years a businessman, the guy who runs the pseudo Farmers' Market
to park for free, taking all of the spaces at the Ryder Street parking lot,
every Saturday from mid May to late October.

- - - Now that he's setting up his business operation by the has Relief, is he
going to pay us for damage to the lawn, or must we also lose revenue by
replacing the lawn his business has damaged from all-day Saturdays from May to
October?
9:49 pm est 

Re: Lost Revenue

In season, why aren't we requiring people who park on the East End of
Commercial Street required to pay for parking, while we have many meters
throughout the West End of Commercial Street?

That's lost revenue!  Who in the world is looking in a comprehensive way at all
the ways we're currently using losing parking revenue?  'Cause the Selectmen
aren't; the Parking Department isn't; The Town Manager isn't.  It's always the
same myopic and selective way of looking at this issue!
9:45 pm est 

Increasing Revenue

I have a suggestion for increasing our revenue:
Hire administrators that know the legal obligations, and abide by them.  Cheaper
than us loosing revenue because they broke the law. (Read sexual harassment,
unfair labor practices, attempting voter suppression, etc., etc.
9:43 pm est 

Re: Town Hall Parking

So those with parking stickers have to give their spaces at MPL for
the tourists, while those with reserved parking spaces around Town Hall can
still park there?  Either all of us, or none of us, go schlepping down to the
school parking lot, or whatever the heck you suggest we park!
9:39 pm est 

Town Hall Parking

I believe that all, not some, should not park around Town Hall or
MacMillan.  By all, I'm including Town Hall staff, the TM, and the Police. 
Those are primo spots!  They're the first place tourists look for parking, the
perimeter of Town Hall, and they're taken by people who work at Town Hall.
8:34 pm est 

Re: Parking Administrator

If a Parking Administrator can stand next to the automatic ticket
machine day after day at the entrance of the MPL parking lot, and take the ticket
that comes automatically out of the machine to give it to the driver, well,
then, I believe he has waaaay too much time in his hands.  Now here's an obvious
way to increase parking revenue!
8:32 pm est 

Mission Statement

Today for the first time I happened to notice the mission statement
for this group (at least as said by the writer).  It says in part,"Our goal is
to educate, promote and encourage citizen participation in town government. Your
support is critical to this effort. Together we can all make a difference.
SPEAK OUT! Please let us know your thoughts on how you would cut the budget."

I find it fascinating on a couple of points. First that, in spite of stating
that the goal was to do several different things associated with citizen
participation, it then asks only to contribute on one idea "how to cut the
budget".  Second as if there no there were no other thoughts possibel to make a
difference'
Now certainly it is always a good idea to keep budgets in check and be sure that
they fit the needs and pocketbook of the organization, but there must be other
ways for citizens to express themselves about working for a better p'town. Is is
all about the money?  is it only the budget that is worth debating? I am not
part of the group and with this attitude I'm not sure that i would want to be. 
I can't afford to pay taxes on waste, but I also know that there is no perfect
system when you have a whole town involved with budgets and there are so many
various viewpoints.  Simple it is not.


8:22 pm est 

Bizarre Choice - 3 Lame Ducks Make Decisions For Future BoS

"This timeline makes no sense given that three of the five selectmen
so involved in this process will be gone--yes gone--by May. they should stop the
process now. Wait until AFTER the May election and then let those elected start
the process."



I agree!!! The majority of the Search Committee has been appointed by a BOS
whose majority will no longer be there when this committee starts reviewing
applications of applicants for the TM job.  Bizarre!  But then again - it's
Provincetown, right?
8:20 pm est 

Town Employee Parking

Paying so that Town Hall staff can park free right downtown, while losing
revenue from tourist parking fee at all of their reserved spots.


When I worked in the city, my employer (a fortune 10 company) did not paid for
my parking.  So someone tell me why do we do this and lose revenue?

Why are the MPL permit holders bearing the brunt for raIsing revenue when  town
employees get free parking.

Just Saying
8:16 pm est 

Elaine Anderson E-Mailed Her Decision not to Run for Re-Election

It is not a rumor. It is her decision. This is not simply gossip.

And McChesney is not running either. therefore, three seats will be open. three
new members of the BOS.

This is exciting news. Not wishful thinking but reality!
7:57 pm est 

The Timeline Must Be Stopped Now - Plain Wrong and Ridiculous

This timeline makes no sense given that three of the five selectmen so involved
in this process will be gone--yes gone--by May. they should stop the process
now. Wait until AFTER the May election and then let those elected start the
process.

This is no way to hire a new town manager. this is plain wrong and ridiculous.

Why can't we act reasonably? This is irrational and misguided.
7:55 pm est 

Undocumented Enuendo

Now we are forced to hear undocumented innuendo about he sewer
project.  Rather than go to the source and get the details of the bidding
process the same ugly rumor starters will start to assume that EVERYTHING that
happens is illegal and has the handprints of the yet to be identified "cabal". 
pathetic. Sad.  Evil.  All come to mind.  Get the truth from the official record
then make your information known.

You couldn't care less about PT.  You couldn't care less about the truth.  you
don't have any ideas except character assassination and conspiracies , all
unproven in the least.
7:52 pm est 

Contracts and Change Orders

Yes, there should be an Investigation of the Contracts and change
Orders for McGinley Kalslow & Associates, Inc.

Even if the first phase of Town hall Renovations was a public bid process, what
ever happened to the second phase and then the third phase? Were these contracts
ever out there for anyone to bid on? I hardly doubt it and yet it needed to be
competitive and not in-house selection.

I know that in the Library renovations, they were initially not the strongest.
But strange how McGinley Kalslow became the winner of that contract. but again,
what parts of the contract went out to bid in the various phases?

and now the superintendent doesn't know that bids over $10,000 need to be put
out for bid? You just hand over $18,000 to the guy who started a new company
because you know him? Because he was working for McGinley Kalslow and now is
not? and yet you say he has years of experience when he started his own company?

Don't even start to tell me that Sharon Lynn didn't know this. she was enamored
with McGinley Kalslow and she surely knew that Mark Almeida was not McGinley
Kalslow when she, as procurement officer, signed his contract and handed over
the first $18,000 and then the rest that included a million dollars for
re-pointing brick.

This should definitely be investigated. And were there change orders? Were
there undisclosed additional costs?  Who was overseeing this work? Where are the
records?

7:50 pm est 

Who's Minding The Store?

Everyone seems to be doing as they please regarding budgets, resignations and
school repairs. Where are the committees that approve these things? Does one
just take it upon themselves to give the thumbs up.

This is my money as well as yours. Shouldn't we be taking this up at the next
town meeting? What happened to the voting process? Will we have to get another
2.5 override for these things?

Beyond annoyed.
7:47 pm est 

A Big Mistake

So, Dr. Singer made a HUGE error not getting bids for the school renovation.
This mistake is going to cost tax payers more money. If I made a error like this
in my job, I'd be terminated. Anyone in favor of having the overflow taken out
of her salary? I think she needs to be accountable. She is a bit too foolhardy
with our money. Did she consult with anyone? Why aren't these questions being
asked of the great Dr. Beth?
7:45 pm est 

War Against the Locals--------

Here we go again! The three mindless BOS votes seem to want to do as much
damage as they can before leaving the BOS. Read theBanner's editorial in this
week's edition relating to taking away one of the nicest perks for living in our
beloved, quirky, beautiful town. The editorial sums up our feelings. It
appropriately uses the word sleazy to describe the actions  suggested by the
three mindless votes, who, by the way, were given the sleazy parking
recommendation to them at a public meeting by a parking supervisor that was
appointed by, guess who, the three mindless BOS votes. This same administrator
spent almost all last summer standing next to an automated parking ticket
dispenser(that he recommended---to replace a local person who was making very
little part time wages) pulling the parking ticket from the fully automated
machine and handing the ticket to the car owner who, by entering the parking lot
activated the parking ticket dispenser! Wow! What service! I'll bet!
  the tourists were impressed by the parking administrator who saved them the
effort of reaching out for the parking ticket!

BOS --mindless votes---please leave with a little dignity .
7:44 pm est 

Parking Proposals

Did anyone read the Banner article about proposals being circulated
for parking at MPL?

Yes, we certainly need to raise revenue to cover for:
1.  paying people like Sharon Lynn and Jeff Jaran their high salaries, vacation
days, health insurance, and other "special perk",
2.  paying so that Town Hall staff can park free right downtown, while losing
revenue from tourist parking fee at all of their reserved spots,
3.  paying for legal costs resulting from the illegal actions, not by the
residents holding MPL parking permits, but by those mentioned in #1 above and,
4.  paying for loss of parking revenue of every year during the Portuguese
Festival.

Why is it that THE ONLY ONES bearing the brunt for raIsing revenue are the MPL
parking permit holders?  Why?


7:39 pm est 

Search Timeline

Proposed Timeline of the Town Manager Search process

Jan 13, 2014 – Approve town manager Job description.

Jan 27, 2014- Appoint members to the Town Manager Search Committee.

Feb 10, 2014- Interview respondents to the Search Consultant RFP.

Feb 2014 –

March 2014 Search Committee reviews the charge of the committee – reviews the role of a town manager, discusses the profile of the type of manager the community would like to see.

Search Committee holds a public forum to encourage town officials, employees, committees and residents to offer views regarding issues facing the town government and the Provincetown community.

Search Committee meets jointly with the Board of Selectmen.

Town Manager Search Committee and Search Consultant work together to develop the process for review of potential candidates.

Search consultant drafts the job notice and markets the position.

April 2014 Search Committee develops evaluation criteria for the interview of potential candidates.

May 2014 Search Committee with the assistance of the Search Consultant, will in confidence, review applications and resumes submitted for the position; compare the experience and qualifications of candidates against the profile established by the Board of Selectmen for the position and screen applications.

June 2014 Search Committee and Search Consultant will conduct interviews of the screened applicants.

Search Committee meets jointly with the Board of Selectmen to

recommend approximately three to five of the most qualified candidates for the Board's further consideration.

July 2014 Board of Selectmen interviews the finalist and selects a town manager

Aug 2014 A new town manager starts

5:41 pm est 

Re: On the Attorney General's Watch List!

Lets wake up. If anyone came down here and did a review back to all of the major
contracts given out over the years and some that are currently going on, I'm
sure the watch list would have us on it a lot more often. Why is Robert Our the
only company that installs every aspect of the water system? Isn't it in phases?
Did the ENTIRE project get bid out originally or has it just morphed into a HUGE
income source for Our over the years? And how much does the town pay Singer? For
what? She didn't know procurment laws regarding projects at the school? The town
didn't have anyone on staff that knew if she had questions? What a load of crap.
They all knew the law but tried to skirt the law by hiring one of their own,
someone that "knows" the town. Look where that got us.
5:15 pm est 

We Live in Interesting Times

It sure has been an interesting time in this town. People have moved
on or will move on, whether right or wrong. Lots of new stuff coming our way.  I
do find it curious that there is so much talk about cliques of people with their
own set of agendas, but when you think of it, pushing Cabral or Richter is the
same thing. It's just another clique, right?  I am not saying that these fine
people won't have a positive impact, but it'd just a new set of people pushing
thir current agenda.  One thing though.....with the way things are going, these
new politicians, like the current BOS, will be the "flavor of the month" sooner,
rather than later.  Evolution? Wrong move? Anything can knock you off the
petestal as fast as you got on it.
5:12 pm est 

BoS Candidate Robert Anthony

Bobby Anthony just stopped into the office and the 3 of us who were
here signed his nomination papers.
4:27 pm est 

BoS Candidate Raphael Richter

Raphael Richter is a Succesful Businessman and a Member of the Finance
committee

He is experienced. He is knowledgeable. He is a great candidate for Selectman.
4:24 pm est 

The Tenure of Our School Staff

Yeah, Singer was supposed to see the class of 2013 graduate, and then was
suppose to be history.  But then she had a "brilliant" idea-----A Baccalaureate
Program for grade school students.  Another scheme by a bunch of connivers to
keep their jobs.

Send her packing along with her underlings. She's overstayed her welcome and our
tax dollars for a fledgling school with an overpaid staff.
3:02 pm est 

Perfect Shills

We were the PERFECT audience for the dog and pony show that Austin and Jaran
performed for us. In fact, it is still taking place. Performances can be viewed
until May 5th when he graciously decides to take his act on the road.

Are we fools? or what?
3:01 pm est 

On the Attorney General's Watch List!

Thank you Sharon Lynn. thank you for putting back Provincetown back on the Watch
List. You and Beth singer knew that Mark Almeida had started his own company and
that he was no longer with McGinley Kalslow & Associates. Mark Almeida was their
key representative here in Provincetown before most boards to get McGinley
Kalslow & Associates the lucrative contracts for the Town hall renovations--at
$13 million--and the Library renovations at multiple millions.

Then you gave him this high school contract. Simply gave it to him and he did
not have the experience to handle this. Plus, it was a contract that you both knew
should have been out for bid. But I guess this was Mark Almeida's "gift" from
you. But why? What other gifts were given?

This is unbelievable and alarming. There should be  a full investigation into
ALL the contracts given McGinley Kalslow & Associates. Over 15 mIllion in
contracts.????   HMMMM smells smells smells.
2:43 pm est 

The High School is Over. the High School is Memory

And yet we are spending millions to re-point, re-fix and re-do a building that
should have been closed. The students should have been in the veteran's school.
this is insane to keep spending and spending to fix a high school building with
no high school students.

and why is Beth Singer still here? We do not need a Superintendent when we do
not have a high school? Only a principal for the younger students.

Beth Singer was hired to be here only a year or two and then leave once the High
School was over. She surely found a way to stay here and get how much? $75,ooo
to be a non-needed Superintendent. Incredible!

1:04 pm est 

Here We go Again!

On the Attorney General's Watch List!

thank you Sharon Lynn. thank you for putting back Provincetown back on the Watch
List. You and Beth singer knew that Mark Almeida had started his own company and
that he was no longer with McGinley Kalslow & Associates. Mark Almeida was their
key representative here in Provincetown before most boards to get McGinley
Kalslow & Associates the lucrative contracts for the Town hall renovations--at
$13 million--and the Library renovations at multiple millions.

Then you gave him this high school contract. simply gave it to him and he did not
have the experience to handle this. Plus, it was a contract that you both knew
should have been out for bid. But I guess this was Mark Almeida's "gift" from
you. But why? What other gifts were given?

1:00 pm est 

Vincent Currier - Posted in Provincetown Lighthouse

Election packets for candidates are available from the Provincetown Town Clerk's Office. The last day for a
candidate to obtain nomination papers is 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Nomination papers must then be
filed with the Town Clerk before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. For additional information please contact
Town Clerk Doug Johnstone at 508.487.7013.
12:56 pm est 

BoS Candidates

John Santos (previously a Bos member) should be pressured to run again. John
(Grassy) is a life long resident of Provincetown and brought a good perspective
to decisions effecting the town.
11:58 am est 

Current State of Politics in P'town

"... Doesn't seem to matter to anyone if a candidate
has any experience (Raphael Richter? Jen Cabral? Really??) or a real commitment
to the town, just that they are popular and not part of what the paranoids like
to refer to as "the cabal." I fear we are going to be in for a rude awakening if
we start electing kids just because they were born in Provincetown. Being a
native doesn't automatically give you brains, wisdom, guts or leadership skills.
All it guarantees is that your zip code has always been 02657. Sorry, that's not
enough to garner my vote. Show me some skill and good ideas. Show me a track
record. Show me an adult."


Excuse me, just because you say something in print, doesn't mean it is true.  It
only shows that you are good at spreading statements based on bias, ignorance
and aren't really interested in the community.  Raphael Richter and Jennifer
Cabral are adults (Jennifer is in her 40's, highly intelligent, Smith College,
etc.) and care about Provincetown.  And just because someone grew up in
Provincetown doesn't mean that they are stupid, either.  They both happen to
have brains AND are from Provincetown.  So that makes them MORE than qualified
to speak up at town meetings, run for office, etc. How about introducing
yourself to these people and having a conversation?  Maybe then you can have a
better idea of what you're writing about.  This blog should be less like Fox
News and more like a caring community.
11:55 am est 

Affordable Housing

AFFORDABLE HOUSING + 3 MONTH VACATION IN HAWAII OR COSTA RICA

Hey Taxpayers--stuck in  a year round job?

Too bad you can't get affordable housing--cheap rent and you can leave, collect
unemployment and spend the winter in South America, or in a Tahitian bungalow or
just in Florida.

Social media myth hereby debunked: the state says that living in Provincetown
for 9 months of the year qualifies as year round living.

Of the 2 Shankpainter housing communities, there are 2 (tenants) that leave for
up to 3 months, and the housing authority keeps vigilant track of 'days away'
from their residence.

Soon Town Meeting will require the taxpayers  to build affordable housing in the
80 lots left in town.
11:50 am est 

Banner 02/06/14


School stumbles on construction bid

By Ann Wood
BANNER STAFF

PROVINCETOWN — The town of Provincetown violated state law when it did not put out to bid a feasibility study for the ongoing high school renovation project, and further ignored its own Request for Qualifications by hiring a firm that had nine months’ experience rather than the required five years, according to documents filed in Mass. Superior Court on Oct. 11.

“We did it wrong,” Beth Singer, superintendent of the Provincetown Schools, said Tuesday.

The problem was twofold, Deborah Anderson, assistant attorney general, wrote in the final judgment by consent. The feasibility study for the project, which cost nearly $18,000, was not put out to bid though it exceeds the $10,000 threshold for bidding designer services. The town further hired a firm with nine months’ experience, rather than five years, Anderson added.

“There was a mistake in the
posting in the registry,” Singer said, adding that her staff contacted the state’s Inspector General’s office for information about how they should do it. “We did what they told us and we did it wrong.”

On Tuesday, Singer pointed to a document sent to school staff by the Inspector General’s office, on which it states that a governmental body need not put to bid procurements for amounts less than $25,000.

“This is not the correct advice,” Singer said.

The attorney general’s office investigated the matter after it was contacted by a firm that the school department interviewed but did not hire, Singer said. That firm did not demonstrate that it had experience in repairing historic stonework, she said, and Mark Almeda Architects was consequently hired.

“He did Town Hall, he did the library, so he was clearly in existence for more than five years,” Singer said, adding that he left his previous firm and started his own nine months earlier.

But because the town did not follow state regulations, it agreed with the attorney general’s findings and its course of corrective action. When undertaking construction or renovation, the town must now seek the advice of town counsel or consult with the attorney general’s office regarding compliance with public construction bidding and designer construction laws. It must also file quarterly reports with the attorney general’s office and allow it to periodically audit its public bidding projects through June 30, 2015. Provincetown needs to designate its chief procurement officer to serve as its public bidding and procurement compliance officer. It also needs to annually submit a summary of all public bidding construction contracts to the attorney general’s office.

“Provincetown’s School Department also will ensure that its staff is properly trained regarding the requirements of public construction bidding and procurement. Within the next calendar year, all administrators of Provincetown’s School Department with responsibility for contracting will attend training from the inspector general,” court documents read.

Singer has already done that. She recently spent four days at procurement training in Boston where, she says, she learned a lot. That will come in handy soon, when the school asks for Annual Town Meeting approval for a second set of renovations that will help conserve heat and fix the portion of the roof that wasn’t included in the first. Last week, the schools made it through the first step of approval by the Mass. School Building Authority which, if it decides to help fund the new renovation project, will pay for 50 percent of the feasibility study and construction costs.

“We’re spending a fortune on oil,” Singer said, adding that the building is so large and the heating system so inadequate that it needs attention. “We also applied for state money for a roof on the gym that hopefully will be able to support solar panels as well.”

Meanwhile, Singer hopes the first round of repairs will be done at the end of March, though the weather hasn’t helped move the project along. It was supposed to be done last summer, but it stalled, she said, when the attorney general’s office received the public bidding law complaint.
11:38 am est 

Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate

I thought Bobby Anthony lived in Eastham or Orleans....did he move back
here so he could run???
11:25 am est 

I Am Looking Forward to May Election

This is great news. a change has happened and it is real and dramatic. We now
have three seats open for new candidates to run in May.

We will have a new board. this is fantastic and I am excited about new
possibilities and new faces sitting there as selectmen of this town.

Congratulations to us all! Change has arrived and it is good.
11:23 am est 

Comedy Blog Indeed

I judge a man by whom he associates with.  Do we forgive and forget his
association with Jeff Jaran??  What about the turmoil that this town was put
through?  The escapades of this kook's record are questionable.

You must be Austin...or a close "friend"

11:21 am est 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Re: Austin Knight Recall

Oh, and guess What? Province Landing is Still Half Finished

if you want to thank Austin Knight for completing this project, well it is still
incomplete and cheaply built. it is more than problematic. and wait until
residents start to complain of wheezing, headaches, body aches and they find
that they are suffering from various diseases including cancer. This site was a
burn dump and it is filled with so many carcinogens, they are hard to count.
Never, ever grow vegetables and eat them if they come from these little home
gardens!

This is why Cumberland Farm sold Provicetown this land for $1 million which we
then gave to the Boston developers. they are renting this land for a 99 year
lease at $1 a year or 4! for 99 years. And if anyone gets sick, they can sue the
town because the land belongs to the town. We face serious liabilities and the
town knew this but without enough analysis of the carcinogens, they went
forward. Now we have a toxic time bomb.

Yes, Austin thanks for the memories!
4:53 pm est 

Re: Dumb?? We Are Dumb!

"We must be.....to let a smooth talker and snakeskin salesman get the
better of us. I have seen the lies and deceit in this person's character and yet...it's
allowed to go on.

Are we trying to be politically correct and polite, because we don't want to
insult and embarrass this fine man's character? I understand that we don't want
to hurt the guy's feelings...but this is ridiculous. "


Is this now the PT comedy blog? "it's allowed to go on."  What exactly it "it's"?  "allowed to go on"?  Who is allowing "it's" to go on?

"We don't want to insult and embarrass this fine man's character?".  Oh, really. 
Deserving it or not most posters here having been ripping his heart out.

So are you kidding us?  or should we take you seriously?  Either way, second
rate at best.
4:46 pm est 

Current state of Politics in P'town

Unfortunately it seems that the current state of politics in P'town is
a bit of a popularity contest. Doesn't seem to matter to anyone if a candidate
has any experience (Raphael Richter? Jen Cabral? Really??) or a real commitment
to the town, just that they are popular and not part of what the paranoids like
to refer to as "the cabal." I fear we are going to be in for a rude awakening if
we start electing kids just because they were born in Provincetown. Being a
native doesn't automatically give you brains, wisdom, guts or leadership skills.
All it guarantees is that your zip code has always been 02657. Sorry, that's not
enough to garner my vote. Show me some skill and good ideas. Show me a track
record. Show me an adult.
4:42 pm est 

Re: BoS Selectmen Candidates

"Cheryl was part of the original problem. Don't want to
see her talking down to us at town meeting ever again. On her watch our
buildings fell apart and many bad decision were made."



Judging from your concept of building maintenance, I can guess that it might be
pretty hard to Talk UP to you.  Building do not "fall apart"  in just a few
years.  She was a single vote out of 5 and the budgets for maintenance were
passed at town meeting.  People here get so worked up over Austin's morals and
character and then they post such untrue and deceptive BS.  It is total
foolishness to say that anything bad happened under "her watch".  If you can
quote chapter and verse of EXACTLY how a single person on a 5 member board could
have enough influence to cause anyone to say "on her watch".  LET"S HERE FROM
YOU WITH FACTS NOT BABBLE.

Maybe there are/will be other good candidates but you won't be part of the
debate with such BS.
4:36 pm est 

So What Gives?

I heard the town received the decision regarding the
termination at the hands of Chief Jaren of police officer Larry Silvia.  Led by
Detective Meredith Lobur (shocker), the Union argued disparity in
discipline/termination of Silvia.  Who can forget her Union letter shredding
Jaren? So I heard there's a decision.  Is Silivia coming back to the police
department? Who won??
4:32 pm est 

Re: Finally an Adult in the Running

"...predicted (after a few short months) and with some people
advocating for Ms. Jen "lose Cannon" shoot-from-the-lip-without-thinking Cabral
being touted as a possible selectman..it is a breath of fresh air that an adult
like the former chief of Police, MR. Robert Anthony is running."



Lighten up, sweetie.  You sound quite desperate.  You're already crafting the
litany that you'll be using until May 5, to stop anyone, but the candidate(s)
you think you can control, from getting elected.

The reality is that, while you were spending your winters away from
Provincetown, Jeniffer Cabral and others in town, began to mobilize, and meet,
and speak publicly on the housing situation problems.  From that effort,
spearheaded by the Fine Arts Work Center, came the affordable housing units on
Bradford, and other affordable housing initiatives.

So before you start stopping people to bad mouth all the other candidates except
the one you imagine is the greatest (for YOUR personal agenda), think things
through.  Don't shoot from the hip, and blabber without facts.

And by the way, I was unsure as to whether I'd vote for Raphael, Jenniffer, or
Bobby.  But thanks to you, I made up my mind really nicely.  Thanks!
4:27 pm est 

Dumb?? We Are Dumb!

We must be.....to let a smooth talker and snakeskin salesman get the better of
us. I have seen the lies and deceit in this person's character and yet...it's
allowed to go on.

Are we trying to be politically correct and polite, because we don't want to
insult and embarrass this fine man's character? I understand that we don't want
to hurt the guy's feelings...but this is ridiculous.
1:30 pm est 

Re: The Master Fox

Let's not overstate Austin's political genius. There has been an explosion in
the local fox population over the past year in case you haven't noticed,
including the two-legged kind behind that petition. Oh, they had the votes
needed for the recall. Not because I say so, but because Austin Phillip Blevin
Knight said so: "I will not resign." Remember?

-Not the Epitome of Provincetown's Citizens
1:29 pm est 

Re: You Are so Wrong - The Recall was Great!

The signatures for the recall were being held back even after the first four
days gathered around 150 signatures and by the end of the first week, almost 290
signatures. I agree that they should have been brought immediately but they were
not. they were held back and Knight knew the numbers were there for the recall.
that is why he resigned. they could have gathered 400 signatures but they only
needed 290. that number was garnered within the first ten days.

I still meet people who want to sign the recall petition. the numbers would have
grown even more. The weight of those signatures--and I thank everyone who did
sign--caused Austin Knight to try to subvert the recall.

I was amazed how one person in this town gathered over one hundred signatures
for the recall all by himself. that says so much about how people were disgusted
with Austin Knight's performance and wanted him out.

the recall was successful and even now--look at the board of selectman. Everyone
there knows that another recall effort could happen whenever a selectman acts
against the best interest of the town and carries out illegal acts that benefit
them personally and hurt us politically and morally.

This was a great effort that proved successful.

The Recall was Great!


1:27 pm est 

Re: BoS Selectmen Candidates

Glad Austin is gone and Elaine is leaving. Will vote for Raphael.
Please someone else run. Cheryl was part of the original problem. Don't want to
see her talking down to us at town meeting ever again. On her watch our
buildings fell apart and many bad decision were made.
1:25 pm est 

Re: Austin Knight Recall

Austin committed what could be called political suicide. he decided to take
himself out before he had to answer to the publics distrust of him and answer to
the questions he brought on himself. He wasn't going to let anyone else tell him
what to do so he took himself out. He's a coward. If he was so sure of his
position and himself he would have stayed and fought the good fight but no, he
took himself out.

Real brave. I guess I should thank him for exposing himself as the the weak
leader we all knew he was.
1:23 pm est 

PTV 1:11 pm est 

Re: Austin Knight Recall

AUSTIN KNIGHT DETRACTORS--YOU DON'T KNOW THE FACTS

Do any of you know this fact: The creators of Province Landing stalled on the
project.

Do you know that it was our Selectman Mr. Austin Knight who personally went to
them and got them to resume the project?

No, you don't care about the facts. You slander and accuse and make fun of him.
Without Austin stepping in--Province Landing would still be half finished.

You don't look behind the scenes. You don't acknowledge the hard work that was
done in the past.

You have no idea of the money that the taxpayers have spent on affordable
housing in Provincetown making it a standout in the state.
1:09 pm est 

Finally an Adult in the Running

With Raphael Running for selectman and quitting the Finance Committee as was
predicted (after a few short months) and with some people advocating for Ms. Jen
"lose Cannon" shoot-from-the-lip-without-thinking Cabral
being touted as a possible selectman..it is a breath of fresh air that an adult
like the former chief of Police, MR. Robert Anthony is running.

Some of these other people know nothing of the long history of the hard work
being done by the selectmen for affordable housing.
1:05 pm est 

Re: Recall

Austin wasn't recalled.  Get over it!  You were out-foxed by the master fox. 
That is the reality of the situation.  Were there enough signatures to actually
force a recall?  We'll never know for sure because they were never submitted for
verification.

All I know is (from this board); 280 unverified signatures were gathered (not
enough) the first week.  The next week V.C. posted here begging for more signers
as he didn't have enough to be "comfortable."  The last few signatures are
always the hardest to paraphrase what he posted here.

If he had enough signatures he would have submitted them as soon as he had them
just to prove how important he was and how much support he had.  If he had
barely enough who knows how many would have been disqualified as some were in
the original affidavit drive.  We will never know because the signatures were
not submitted to the town clerk for verification.

As it stands Austin RESIGNED before any signatures were submitted and never
faced a recall election.  Those are the facts.  Don't let the facts stand in
your way though.  You can cry in your beer all you want while you back slap each
other over what a great thing you almost accomplished.  It won't change the
facts.
11:21 am est 

Elaine Anderson - Not Running

The 2nd best news I've heard this year. Austin gone and now Elaine
Anderson will not be running! WOW! - thank heavens for small miracle.  We now
can have a new slate of 'qualified' citizens to represent all our citizens and
maybe bring back pride and confidence to Provincetown. Congratulations to Cheryl
and Raffel for stepping up to the plate. Who is going to be next??
11:10 am est 

Raphael Richter Announces For Selectman

Thank the lord, the blessed mother, Jesus, and all of the saints in heaven that
we are turning our property into condos as fast as we can.

It will all be done before town meeting! What a relief for us.

Forget the song,"Don't cry for me, Argentina"...it is time to cry for
Provincetown. However, we are grandfathered and covered.

The housing summit crowd led by Jennifer Cabral and backed up by current and
would be selectmen won't be able to control **OUR** property. Wake up
neighbors--act now or kiss your control of your Hard earned property good-bye.

They will put so many restrictions on conversions that you won't know what hit
and no one will want to buy your property..and ours will already be condo and
they buy all of them or we might just sell them individually...but it is OUR
CHOICE.
11:08 am est 

Austin Knight - Recall Status

"How dumb is this and it represents so much of the lack of thinking
here.  HE HAS NOT BEEN RECALLED.  The recall petition gathering is part of the
recall process.
A RECALL ELECTION must be held to determine  if the person has been recalled.
There has been NO recall election.  Of course he can resign.  Where does it say
that he can't.  We have rules that govern us not the ignorant whims that are too
often expressed here."


What will it take to convince a few super zealots to understand this process?  A
few keep posting that AK has been recalled.  They are either too dumb to
understand the process or just like to play at trash talk on a blog.

The Charter is very clear on the process.  getting 10% voter signatures is part
of the process.  It is NOT the process.  After the signature are certified then
a recall election would be scheduled.  That has NOT happened.
11:05 am est 

Kristin Hatch - Posted in The Blow Hole 11:00 am est 

BoS Resignation and Others

What is going on in our quaint little town at the very tip of Cape Cod. I
purchased my home in Provincetown many years ago only after searching others
communities before I did so.  I settled here because I found it is (or should I
say was) an accepting community with many diversities of life. I'm beginning to
feel that's not so true any more. I felt very comfortable walking to the grocery
store, the bank, the library, the coffee shops, the health food store or any
where I wanted to go, as I prefer to walk more and use my vehicle less as I
don't get around as well these days.

In the past I served on a committee and did volunteer my time and gave to the
community that was accepting of me. Things seem different now.  As I said, I
don't get around as well these days so I am thankful for PTV as it allows me
to watch the meetings on television.I am also a subscriber to the banner.
I am appalled at what I now watch or read. How can we have a well run town when
there appears to be a division within our own select people. Its good for
individuals to have different ideas to bring to the table for discussion but it
appears there are deeper issues amongst our leaders than having us taxpayers and
citizens best interests at heart.

Please stop all the pettiness and start looking at the more important issues. 
Do we really need such top heavy positions in a town our size. Yes we grown
during the summers months but that's only for about three months our of 12. We
never had a town manger and assistant town manager years ago. That would be a
huge savings right there and I'm sure there are more in other departments.
Let's start working for the better of our community.

Thank you to the finance committee for now asking questions. Keep up the good work. Where's /Arthur Brown?
10:52 am est 

Austin Knight

"How dumb is this and it represents so much of the lack of thinking
here.  HE HAS NOT BEEN RECALLED."



Oh Gosh, A fan.  Must be one of his faithful.  He HAS been recalled. He is SO
slippery he used the law to resign in spite of a recall.  He's history. Get over
it.
10:44 am est 

Karl Worthington - Posted in Provincetown Lighthouse

BREAKING…BOMBSHELL !!! HOLD ON !!! THIS JUST IN: ELAINE         ANDERSON IS NOT SEEKING REELECTION TO THE BOS
10:26 am est 

Classifieds

I live and work in the Boston area and have just received my January 30 issue of
the Banner. I own property in the vicinity of 2 Willow Drive that is one of the
classified ads under the Planning Board. The notice specifies the date and time
of the hearing but does not say what the property owners are requesting.  Does
anyone know what the property owners are applying for? It appears all of the
other ads have written in what the property owners are requesingt but the
Planning Board does not.
10:18 am est 

BOS Chair Elaine Anderson Will Not Run!

Chair Elaine Anderson has announced to the Board of Selectmen that she will not stand for reelection in May.
12:22 am est 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

You Think Knight Has Not Been Recalled? Think Again!

He has and the signatures were there. He has been recalled and that is the
reason this former chair has resigned.

We recalled his butt and he dam well knows it. Use your mother. Use your family
concerns. Use your out of town duties.

You have been recalled. and I don't care how many funerals you attend--how many
framed honors you held--you have been recalled.

It is over kid! Just say goodbye!
10:57 pm est 

Austin Knight

AK will cease to be on the BOS on May 5, at 5 PM.  Until then, we're
stuck with the the "I know nothing" Selectman.
10:50 pm est 

Is this Really True? You Can't Be Serious?

Sharon Lynn is actually, at this moment, in charge of a Task Force for a city
hall complex? Will the cover of one of our town meetings be used in Rehoboth
Beach to convince them that this is good and they, too, should spend their tax
dollars for such a project?

This is simply unbelievable.
10:25 pm est 

Raphael Rickter - BOS Candidate

Today I took out nomination papers for a 3yr seat on the BOS.

I look forward to running my second Community First campaign with integrity and a focus on the issues that will move our town forward. We need strong, creative leadership that is in touch with a diverse segment of the community.

With that said, I am committed to giving my full attention to my role on the Finance Committee and the important duties we are tasked with. In order to do this, I will make sure that all of the annual budgetary issues and meetings are finished before I formally begin campaigning. In the meantime, I welcome the opportunity to personally speak with any interested party. Feel free to email me at RaphaelWRichter@gmail.com or send me a FB message.

I know many people will have questions, ideas, and concerns for me right away. Please email or message me your thoughts. Expect much more on my platform and goals in March here on the Blow Hole and elsewhere.

Thank you for the opportunity to share this with you, and I look forward to seeing you around town.
10:23 pm est 

Raphael Iving is in the Game!!

Today I took out nomination papers for a 3yr seat on the BOS.

I look forward to running my second Community First campaign with integrity and a focus on the issues that will move our town forward. We need strong, creative leadership that is in touch with a diverse segment of the community.

With that said, I am committed to giving my full attention to my role on the Finance Committee and the important duties we are tasked with. In order to do this, I will make sure that all of the annual budgetary issues and meetings are finished before I formally begin campaigning. In the meantime, I welcome the opportunity to personally speak with any interested party. Feel free to email me at RaphaelWRichter@gmail.com or send me a FB message.

I know many people will have questions, ideas, and concerns for me right away. Please email or message me your thoughts. Expect much more on my platform and goals in March here on the Lighthouse and elsewhere.

Thank you for the opportunity to share this with you, and I look forward to seeing you around town.
10:08 pm est 

Ann Maguire

Come on people  of provincetown  watch what is going on here !!!!!!!
ann maguire is still pulling the strings and has puppets in place still in
various  places  mainly the selectmen ???
also  don't let her be on commiteee   to search out and hire our new town
manager, get rid of her once and fer all.  she is bad news and  not a good
citizen of provincetown .  look at her past record , and what she has done . 
only here for  her own agendas. do the right thing and get her out of all town
boards and away from  provincetown town hall .  she is bad news  wake - up
everyone
10:00 pm est 

Austin Knight

Think of It. who Declared Sharon Lynn Day and who Organized the
celebration?

Ah, none other than--the drums are rolling--Austin Knight.

I too believe there might be a place for this twisted soul in Sharon Lynn's new
town. He would be a familiar face and he could handle construction work for the
town, even though he does not have a license to practice. But since when has
that been an issue for him? Hardly.

9:56 pm est 

Austin Knight

I don't really like AK, but "a Corrupting Influence at the BOS table"?
Who will he corrupt?  This melodrama is silly.  Cabals. Corrupting influences. 
Rehoboth Beach.  For Gosh sakes don't you know that if you keep looking in the
rear view mirror you'll crash into what's ahead?
9:54 pm est 

Oh, Child

He was recalled. what fantasy and what little dreams fill your mind? Austin
Knight was recalled and he knows it. Only a fool would think he wasn't!
9:50 pm est 

Cape Code Commission Does Not Equal : "Good Government"

Regarding the Feb. 2 Cape Cod Times editorial "Good Government," I would like to
point out a few of the Cape Commission issued misrepresentations and
inaccuracies which were relied upon to illustrate the Commission's worth and
value.

In the order provided, the following were the claims made by the Times and the
Commission, along with a rebuttal to those claims:

1. If the CCC is a good value and lives within its means, then why has it
continually increased its budget and staff size over the years?  Last month, it
requested a 2.5 % increase for the purpose of adding staff.

2. Since 2007, the Commission has has approved 96 percent of the 55 substantive
Development of Regional Impact projects. Why did this not include the projects
which took place between 1990 and 2007? This is data manipulation and
misrepresentation of the facts.

3. The Commission encourages Growth Incentive Zones, and several unproven
examples were given. It failed to state that such efforts are actually creation
of regulations which must be enacted in order to alleviate the Commission
inspired excessive over regulation which currently exists on Cape Cod. This
means creation of more Commission regulations to deal with the mindless
regulations which they themselves had originally enacted. When does it all end?

4. The Commission saves Cape towns money and points to the millions of dollars
in extortion funds it has collected from developers. What failed to enunciate is
the fact that in many instances the Commission continues to retain a
strangle-hold on those funds instead of turning them over to the towns. The
funds collected for the BJ's Project serves as a case in point. It has been
nearly ten years, and the Commission continues to hold on to substantial amounts
of those monies. These claims ring hollow!

5. The Commission saves the region money and regional trash contracts are
indicated as an example. However, this neglects to mention that the towns do
nearly the exact same thing on their own via inter-municipal agreements on many
other issues and matters. They do not require the Commission to do this. Again,
the CCC tries to pull the wool over people's eyes.

6. A vague reference and claim is made that the Commission attracts state and
federal money in the form of grants. What are the specific grants and the exact
amounts? Why does the Times and Commission bureaucrats hide behind deceptive
generalizations? This is only senseless Commission smoke and mirrors at work
again.

7. The Cape towns are the Commission?  Despite having enormous power over the
Cape Cod residents, CCC representatives are not accountable to the populace of
this peninsula. They are appointed, and not elected by the voters. Furthermore,
the 50 or so bureaucrats are appointed by county officials, not the towns. The
Commission behaves as if it is answerable only to itself, which is the case.

8.  The commission's regulatory program represents less than 10 percent of its
staff? However, the Commission neglects to say that it is still more than four
times as larger than the number of staff dedicated to economic development. It
has one person responsible for that portion of its legally mandated mission.
Again, the Commission provided misleading data and information.

Reviewing the Commissions 2013 Annual Report will illustrate the disturbing
dearth and noticeable lack of little if any concrete accomplishments of
redeeming value. The Times and Commission have built their defense on a house of
cards which lacks any true empirical evidence to back up the claims of
achievement.

Residents have nothing to lose by signing their towns Commission withdrawal
petition. It is nothing more than good democratic dialog at its best, which is
something the Commission seemingly wishes to avoid at all costs.

Local autonomy dictates that we take back local control that has been
undemocratically usurped by that non-transparent regional bureaucratic
2:10 pm est 

Missed Opportunity

All the Names who signed for the Recall Should Have Gone forward

the recall should have been official. Now you will hear that Austin Knight,
given his deep concern for his mother and for the town, resigned.  You will hear
that it was gracious of him.

This is pure bull. He knew the numbers of signatures were there for the recall
and he tried to re-empt it.

Wrong decision not to pass in all the many signatures that existed.
10:51 am est 

Maybe Some Town Employees Can Get Jobs in Rehoboth Beach

Those most involved her large renovation projects may find work possibilities in
Rehoboth beach. they will need someone to oversee the construction, handle the
new financials, and then handle the secretarial and personal and PR issues.

If they add a new police station, they may need a need police chief.

another tourist town welcoming Provincetown employees.

there may even be a place for Austin!
10:49 am est 

Austin Knight

"Goodbye Mr. Knight.  You've been recalled.  YOU CAN'T RESIGN!"


How dumb is this and it represents so much of the lack of thinking here.  HE HAS
NOT BEEN RECALLED.  The recall petition gathering is part of the recall process. 
A RECALL ELECTION must be held to determine  if the person has been recalled. 
There has been NO recall election.  Of course he can resign.  Where does it say
that he can't.  We have rules that govern us not the ignorant whims that are too
often expressed here.

Now all this BS about Lynn is positively bizarre.  Why do you care?  Ask
yourself what is the point?
10:48 am est 

More Disturbing is Ann Mcguire is Still...

Whatever you think she's still doing, all those back room political deals, will
be ending very, very soon.Most people in Provincetown got her number already.To
continue her MO, she's going to have to go someplace else, like Rehoboth.
10:46 am est 

The Reality of the Current BOS

"Yes he is calculating and yes he is a true sociopath.
More disturbing is Ann Mcguire is still calling the shots through Elaine, Austin
and David."



You'd think that these 3 Selectmen have the skills and ability to act on behalf
of the town by a manner other than remote control.
10:44 am est 

On the Mend

We've had a cancer corroding our town.  It's going to take a while,
but we're going to heal us.  Just a few little things need to be done, but these
are currently being addressed.
10:42 am est 

Re: Town Manager Search Committee

Many posters keep saying here that people should get involved, join a
committee, blah, blah, blah...

So Palacino volunteered to be in the Search Committee.  And the real question
is:  On what basis was he turned down?

And it can't be because the police sergeant threatened him for putting lawn
signs for BOS candidates the Police Chief didn't like.  If anything, we all in
this town should be grateful for his courage in bringing forth the illegal
actions of a police sergeant and his boss, specially under the climate of fear
and intimidation that Jaran and his underlings created, and the Town Manager
looked away from.
10:40 am est 

Sharon Lynn

"Forget about her. She's someone elses problem now."


Hard to forget about her when we're now dealing with the expensive results of
her incompetence.
10:39 am est 

Austin Knight

Knight Staying Till May Puts a Corrupting Influence at the BOS table

This is wrong. He needs to leave now. Not in May. Not in March. Now.

Enough of his wheeling dealing and illegal acts. He damages our town by staying
in this seat and making decisions that are problematic and so questionable.

It is not good enough that he, on his own term, wants to leave in May. Leave
now. We need a relief. We need an empty seat not this corrupting influence
making decisions until May.
10:33 am est 

She is Doing the Same Thing There

Oh my! It didn't take long for Sharon Lynn to create and spend even more tax
payer monies in Rehoboth Beach. Take a breather Sharon. Let the town adjust. but
no, spend the money and let's get expensive offices for her.

This is unbelievable. Just too much.
10:31 am est 

Dear Louise Vendon

I'm sorry you feel offended by the claims of an anonymous blogger. Just a
few questions.  You say that you work hard to act in
the best interests of the community. Why then, as a library trustee, have you
let the outrageous situation at the library go on? Why have you all continued to
defend and protect the library director? Why have you all sat back and allowed
perfectly good hardworking people get hurt, fired, and unfairly demeaned? Why is
our beautiful library in such a wreck?  When you stand by a committee such as
the library board, you are going to be subject to criticism based upon the
actions and NONACTIONS of that board. Your hands are not clean.
11:36 pm est 

Sharon Lynn

Re: "Sadly for Rehoboth beach. Guess what is now happening there with
Sharon Lynn?"


Why are you following Sharon Lynn's career now that she has left Provincetown?
And why are you posting this stuff here? She's gone, that's what we wanted.
Forget about her. She's someone elses problem now.
11:19 pm est 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Austin Knight-

Yes he is calculating and yes he is a true sociopath.
More disturbing is Ann Mcguire is still calling the shots through Elaine, Austin
and David- They still have the power and continue to work the loopholes and the
system. This is very disturbing.
10:53 pm est 

The Knight Conundrum

Austin Knight is a          and is lucky he is not behind bars. Instead of
recall he should have been         . He was involved in a criminal act with the
police chief.

What is this town's problem?
10:50 pm est 

Playing by the Rules

Lot's of posts about the "cabal"  could just one person post a
detailed description of this nefarious group and please name all the names..

Also, please read the charter carefully regarding AK's resignation.  He did not
resign because of the fact that he was presented with the recall signatures.  He
resigned BEFORE it got to that point. So, he is/was in charge of the timing. 
Not illegal.  Not going around the rules, but playing it according to his
wishes.  We don't have to like it but but we must play by the rules or else
change them.
10:48 pm est 

So, Sharon will Your Boston Architects Be Brought to Rehobeth Beach?

I bet you will convince the commissioners in Rehoboth Beach that you have the
right guys for the job. Once again, as with our town hall and our town library,
and now even with the re-pointing of the high School, who was involved?

Their architectural fingerprints are everywhere--as well as their fingers on our
dollars. Now, Lynn will bring her expertise to Rehoboth Beach and take these
Boston guys there. We only spent $13 renovating town hall. And how many millions
renovating the Library? and how many millions re-pointing the High School?

Mark my words. They will joyfully and so professionally re-appear in Rehoboth
Beach. And they will win the contract--as they did here--not always objectively
chose. that I know from the inside.
10:45 pm est 

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Jeff Jaran puts a whole town in turmoil getting EVERYONE to get his candidate
in.  Jaran gets ousted and comes out smelling like a rose??  Austin Knight.

As far as I'm concerned Knight is just as guilty. He's been recalled....No
resignation is legal when one is recalled. One supersedes the other.

Goodbye Mr. Knight.  You've been recalled.  YOU CAN'T RESIGN!

10:38 pm est 

This is Just Unbelievable! History Repeats and Repeats Itself

Sadly for Rehoboth beach. Guess what is now happening there with Sharon Lynn?
there is now a City Hall Complex Master Plan Task Force and they are meeting
February 10th. what is the Agenda? Presentation and discussion of
three-dimensional schematic designs and various exterior design variations for a
new City Hall Complex!

So here she goes again. Will they put in a new police station as part of this
New City Hall complex and can we expect millions and millions to be spent on
this new City hall complex?

Does this sound familiar? I did see the photos of town hall in Rehoboth and
wondered how Sharon Lynn could be satisfied with knotty-pine walls and small
space.

Here's the answer: she is not and now Reboboth can expect to spend millions on
her new digs!
1:15 pm est 

Re: Town Manager Search Committee

Real simple! Search Committee and Board of Selectman. DO NOT HIRE ANY
FORMER POLICE OFFICERS AS TOWN MANAGER. That is how we created the police state
we are hopefully getting away from.
I also agree with the other poster we do not need a town manager and an
assistant TM. The salary of $140k plus is ludicrous for a town of this size.
Write a new job description with a new title and adjust the salary if we are
gong to continue with two people.
1:12 pm est 

Doug Johnstone - Town Clerk E-Mail to Vincent Currier

Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:48:27 -0500
Subject: RE: Length of time from resig. to ouster

Hi Vince – Since Austin Knight resigned before the recall process was complete and a certified copy of the recall petitions was presented to the Selectmen I can understand the confusion.

As you know, had the recall effort produced the signatures of 10% of the registered voters on a recall petition for Austin Knight as per the Charter the Selectmen would have asked Austin to resign and if he had not done so within 5 days of their request, then they would call a Special Election for Recall – to occur within 75 – 85 days. Had Austin chose to resign within that 5 day period, then yes, his resignation would have been effective immediately and he would not have had the option to postpone his resignation to a future date.

By resigning before an official petition for recall, Austin maintains the ability to determine when his resignation will be effective.

Due to the timing of the recall petition effort, Austin’s resignation, and the date of our Annual Town Election on May 6th there would be no one to recall since Austin’s resignation will occur on May 5th.

Had there been a recall petition certified earlier, for example in August 20, 2013, and Austin had resigned just prior to an official recall petition during that time period with the resignation to be effective on May 5, 2014, in my opinion a special recall election could still be declared by the Selectmen at their meeting on 8/26/13 since that election would occur sometime between November 11 – 19, 2013 (75 – 85 days), thereby shortening the time the elected official remains in his elected seat. The timing of events now in February 2014, however, eliminates the ability to shorten the elected officials time on his term through recall. Again, had Austin Knight resigned in response to a formal notification of recall, his resignation would become effective immediately. By resigning before the recall process could be completed, he has the ability to remain until his effective resignation date of May 5, 2014 due to the time remaining between mid-February and our Annual Town Election on May 6th, since no other option exists, given the time restraints, for any other outcome.

Please let me know if you ned any further explanation.

Thank you.
Doug Johnstone
Town Clerk"
12:54 pm est 

Vincent Currier E-Mail to Doug Johnstone, Town Clerk

Good Morning, Doug,

The question has been posed that Austin Knight, when resigning, could only resign within the 5 day period, according to the Charter. In other words, he could not stretch the resignation out for 4 months, and although resigning, still have influence over important votes that affect the town.

My understanding is that if Austin had NOT resigned, and we gave you the 300 names, you would present the names to the BOS, and they, from the date they presented the petitions to Austin, he then had five days to either resign or face the recall election in May. Either way, he would have been there until the May election, unless he had resigned within the five days.

Can you see what I'm getting at? I think my colleagues are mistaking the choices. However, the question remains, why would someone have 4 months to resign, that really doesn't make sense.

Hope this makes sense as a question. Please let me know if not, and I will try to articulate.
12:41 pm est 

Karl Worthington - Posted in Provincetown Lighthouse

Re: Austin Knight Resignation

BREAKING…STAY TUNED. DID AUSTIN FIND A LOOP HOLE IN THE CHARTER OR CREATE ONE? HIS RESIGNATION IS QUITE POSSIBLY OUT OF ORDER. A RESIGNATION IS NOT NEGOTIATED AND MUST TAKE EFFECT WHEN THE CHARTER STATES, NOT 2 MONTHS LATER. consult the town clerk, file the petitions. recall go forward. is this his POLITICAL BANKRUPTCY with the voters holding the bags ????
12:37 pm est 

Austin Knight

Why is AK still sitting at that BOS table?  Because as the cabal's
little worker bee they need to continue using him to try to push through its
agenda.  Other than that, he's easily expendable to this cabal.
11:55 am est 

Austin Knight

Why is he still allowed to make/influence decisions  concerning our town
government? He should be gone, but instead he has dictated to all of us when he
wil leave. This is wrong!
10:15 am est 

Jim Palacino

"Just because he is allegedly a victim he is somehow more qualified to
pick a Town Manager
?"


Let me pose the question in a different way:
Just because he was threatened by a sergeant of the Police Department doesn't
mean that he should be disqualified to serve on ANY committee.  This whole thing
was not started by Mr. Palacino. To discriminate against him because a police
sergeant chose to threaten him is unfair.  Should              , who was owed back
taxes a few years ago as posted in the newspaper, be in any search committee? 
This was      action to do so.

10:07 am est 

JP vs ToP

Perhaps its time for Mr. Palacino to go forward with what ever law suit he has
againt the town.  The town has blinders on to those they try to prtotect and
give much aggravations to those theyt dont like. The Mr. Knight issue is just
the beginning of thecabal. There areothers that should be worried. This is just
the beginning of the parade.
10:03 am est 

Jim Palacino

Please enough about Jim Palacino- let it go- leave this guy alone.
Whomever is posting has no idea what it is like to suffer intimidation.  Just
stop. Enough is enough. This man did nothing but friend on facebook two
selectmen and had 2 signs on a driveway. Jeezzzz. Get a life.
9:45 am est 

Characteristics of a Sociopath

It amazes me how people who committ crimes try to make the victim seem
like the perpetrator. It is called being a Sociopath - Definition of  a 
Sociopath:

This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the
behavior of sociopaths.

Glibness and Superficial Charm

Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors
as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and
domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may
dominate and humiliate their victims.

Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

Pathological Lying
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to
be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex
belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able
to pass lie detector tests.

Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not
see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead
of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end
always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

Shallow Emotions
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more
feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by
insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a
normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.



Hmmm- sounds NUMBER 1 -LIKE MR. JEFF JARAN -ACTUALLY SCARY THE SIMILARITIES ARE.
NUMBER 2- MR. AUSIN KNIGHT -  BOTH of whom will no longer be a part of this
town's gov't.  Thank  heavens.
9:43 am est 

The Prime Culprit

Perceived injustice done by a not-too-bright cop texting him about a vote, go ahead.

I assume you read the texts. Not just from "a not so bright cop" but from Jarans
phone to the "not too bright cop -to as you call him, JP.  Jeff Jaran was
involved in this as well.Texts from Jaran's phone went to the not so bright cop
and then to as again, you call him JP. Jaran was involved and I for one hope he
is called out on this one.Same as he was involved in a sexual harassment
incident and an all out intimidation scenario on a number of people at the
squealing pig. I for one say lets call out the one who REALLY was behind all
this.  Our FIRED EX CHIEF -Mr. Jeff Jaran. Good Luck Jeffy boy.
9:08 am est 

So Let Me Get This Right

TEXTING SOMEONE AND THREATENING THEM BECAUSE OF  WHO THEY WANT TO SUPPORT
IN AN ELECTION  IS CONSIDERED NOT " HARMFUL" OR THERE IS NO " SEVERITY " IN DOING THAT ??? AND THIS IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD ASPIRE TO DO TO PEOPLE ???

I GUESS IF YOUR A SERGEANT TAKING YOUR COMMAND FROM A CHIEF WHO WAS FIRED
THEN ITS OK . LOL   IT'S ACTUALLY COMICAL THAT SOMEONE THINKS THIS IS NORMAL AND CORRECT BEHAVIOR
9:01 am est 

No One Said Jim Palacino Was a Hero

What these threads are saying is that he was a victim and who is to say he is
any less qualified to serve on a search committee ??  that is the point I'm getting
from the threads on him,  I don't know him personally but the people i do know
who know him have nothing but wonderful things to say about him and he didn't
ask to be victimized it was not of his doing. So i think rather then give this guy any
more grief then he already has gotten is unfair.and not warranted .

Why is everyone getting on his case when he didn't ask for anything except his
right to support and vote for the person of his choice?? Im not a lawyer but i
would go out on a limb and say he has a very substantial civil rights case
against the town and whether people on here deem it revenant or not thats is
pure conjecture and opinion , in the end the only opinion that matters on the
incident his his and i hope this guy garners support rather then get trashed for
something he didn't even initiate . i will repeat I'm not a lawyer but after the
weight the marcum report gave to the incident along with the internal affairs
report , seems like suing would be a no brainer. When the very people u are
sworn to uphold the law break the law that is not a joke and action should be
taken .
8:58 am est 

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Strikes a Sad Chord

Such brilliance. Such talent. Such ability to move us all, to touch our spirit.
and then now more. He is gone. He can no longer move us, he can no longer stand
present in front of cameras and lights and present a character that teaches us
the essence of life and the truth that lies so deep within all of us. he could
portray so well the dark secrets, the deep fears, the basic insecurities.

He is gone and we are diminished by his absence.
8:53 am est 

Oh, Wrong and Wrong Again.

It was clear since some wanted to wait and not burden the town with a special
election that even with the recall, the special election would have been part of
the regular election.

With the recall, Austin Knight had five days to resign. If he did not, then he
would have continued to serve--that is true--but in May he would have been on
the ballot and would have faced a recall election. He would have been on the
ballot and all town residents would have to decide who they wanted: Him or
someone else. that would have been fine. And if he had lost, then he would have
faced being thrown out. and it is rather clear that this sad man who sits there
with now black suit and tie would have been voted out of office.

As to facts: there would have been a recall election as part of our general
election. And if the voters had wanted this questionable person back in office,
then so be it. but I think he knew as many did that most residents, most voters
would have voted him out of here. How much damage can one town take?
8:51 am est 

Austin Knight Resignation

I believe as many  do that Austin Knight has been deceptive and has lost all trust
from a majority of Provincetown people. I look at past BOS meetings and the same
thing goes through my mind over and over. He is blatantly egotistical. He had a good
amount of power as the chair of the BOS and threw his weight around and tried to
intimidate a number of boards namely the FinCom. He is definitely out of touch with
reality and lives in his own little world. The part that disturbs me most is this is the man who
had the utmost of power in this town.  He was there long enough. It was nothing
but a charade. Austin- I ask you how can you still sit on that BOS with all that
has come out against you? Is your EGO that big or are you that deranged? I pity
you, but at the same time I feel you are putting our town in danger and you need
to get with reality and resign NOW. I hope that you respond to this post.I would
really like to hear who the heck you can rationalize not resiging from the BOS
Immediately. You are an embarresment.
8:47 am est 

Re: Town Manager Search Committee

"It took courage for him to go forward on the threatening actions that Koumanelis
took against him. and it involved more than one police officer. The misuse of
police force against a citizen is illegal and frightening. Sharon Lynn at first
did not even report the incident. She demanded that they come forward and they
never knew the dire consequences that would or could occur. It was the police
state atmosphere and Jeff Jaran using all his authority against a citizen who
simply put a sign for Tom Donegan and for Raphael Richter.  When a voter cannot
put up a sign for the candidate of their choice but live under the threat of
brute police force, there is something so wrong that is occurring. That is all
they did and the threats and intimidation that followed were terrible. You can
read what Koumanelis and others texted him."


Simply put- I fear people who are so focused on their own self serving base post
things that are unbelievable. To the poster who believes Jim P is just about
drama has no idea the illegal actions that took place against this man. Next we
are going to hear that Andrea Poulin was " asking for it". Jeeezzzzz . These are
dissapointing posts in a town that preaches tolerance of diversity and the
utmost protection of that freedom. Sad.
8:42 am est 

Re: Karl Wothington Posted in Provincetown Lighthouse

"Can we please slow down the selection process of the new Town Manager while the
election thief is still serving on the Provincetown BoS and wait for balanced
integrity and new blood before going forward?"


So now we are suppose to listen to this man/woman who doesn't live here and has
multiple Facebook identities?  Have we stooped that low?
8:38 am est 

Bobby Anthony For Selectman?

Are you nuts, Rick M? If you only look at how he managed the VFW, you'd
know that he is totally unqualified. Selling illegal lottery tickets, driving away
long-time, customers, etc.,etc.,. Wake up Rick. Or do think that he'll cut you
some sort of deal?
8:36 am est 

On a Serious Note, I Don't Really Get it

The group is going to be charged with bringing 3-5 candidates to the BOS who will
chose. That will happen after the elections. The BOS is I assume going to give the
group guidance and there is a consultant who is going to scout out candidates. I'm
probably hopelessly naive and already being manipulated and such, but I'd love to
know how even a "cabal" (can we stop using that word yet?) could subvert the process.

I get the people saying we should slow down and wait andy I'd be fine with that.
But concern over the committee composition seems very strange to me. And you'd
think some of the anonymous concerned citizens would have applied or showed up
at the meeting? Unless all of the anonymous postings are the two gentlemen who
weren't selected, which I doubt. (Both would have been great on the committee as
well.)

So, really don't get it. And I am not reading there again so if you could
cut/paste here how stupid I am I would appreciate it.
Peter Petas
8:34 am est 

Town Manager

As many have stated; the town is running very well with just one head
administrator. So why do we need to have two, TM and Asst.TM.? Listen to our
finance committee. We need to be fiscally conservative and especially aware of
our retirement obligations.
8:30 am est 

Re: Town Manager Search Committee

I don't comment on this blog much,,,but I can't see bringing a citizen
who's been somehow intimated by a cop as reason for being on the town manager
searching committee.

Seems like there are a few people around this guy, or the guy himself who thinks
it was such a big deal. It hasn't been decided by a court of law that there was
a miscarriage of justice yet, right?

And after reading the posts saying people are out of their minds for
disagreeing,,,well he doesn't seem fit to serve even though he seems upset about
it.

I find most of the people chosen to be smart and stable. Someone has to serve,
and these are good people. I put my faith behind them.

Thanks.
8:28 am est 

Re: Provincetown Public Pier Corporation

A Raw Bar at the end of the pier???  Are you kidding me? Why doesn't
the Pier Corp. consider renting space to food vendors with their own self
contained situation. Minimal liability for the pier corp and as trends shift so
don't the food vendors. Having a food pavilion under the west side structure of
the pier is just setting up a lot of people to fail. The liabilities and risk
associated with this idea far outweighs any possible financial gain over a 10
year period.  If you want to increase the bottom line of that facility over the
next ten years start by making some repairs and capital improvements to the
Pier...Wave attenuators are useless on the east side because 90 percent of the
powerful easterlies happen when 90 percent of the boats in the harbor are out of
the water. Hire competent people to assist the workers there now.You have a
talented staff that with some more bodies could save thousands by having a work
schedule and plan for the next 24 months and exe!
cute it..The Pier corporation has to look long range here and not let the funds
available to them burn a hole in their pocket...They need to spend the money
making that a more efficient SEASONAL facility!!! Be patient and don't run out
and blow that money foolishly because of a few inflated egos...Bottom line with
low risk over time equals success!!!!I implore you taxpayers not to allow this
to happen...
11:59 pm est 

Re: Jim Palacino Should Have Been Chosen

"Are you not understanding the severity of what was done to him?"



Let's put it into perspective. In a world where some people live under the
threat of a suicide bomber, or a family is forced out of their home due to
poverty, or even a resident of Provincetown silently going hungry, no, I do not
see the "severity of what has been done" to JP.

If you want to go off the rails about the perceived injustice done by a
not-too-bright cop texting him about a vote, go ahead.

But don't expect the rest of us to join in your hand wringing and insisting JP
is some kind of suffering hero...or qualified to be a the search committee.

Oh, yeah, how's the lawsuit coming along?
11:55 pm est 

Re: Unintended Consequences

"Where is the proof that rents will go up if we lower taxes for yearrounders? 
Do you have some documentation?  This is pure fear mongering to get people to
vote against their own interests."




People rent out their property to make money, pure and simple. The rent is based
on what it costs to run/own the property and then some profit. If taxes go up,
that's more money out of the owners pocket and they in turn will transfer the
costs to the renters.

Pretty simple and basic reality.
11:53 pm est 

Re: Affordable Housing

NO SCHOOL--BUT SPEND MONEY ON LOW INCOME HOUSING

We close the High school. We let our Town Hall and Community Center and High
School deteriorate--and now the folks on the Finance committee want the town to
buy property and become landlords--for people who don't have year round jobs.
What about my family--when will the town give families who own homes here some
subsidy?

Is this how it is going to be that year after year after year the taxpayers
build and repair and provide housing for people who want to live here--but who
can't afford to pay market rents because we don't have jobs.

Is it our responsibility to provide housing for the employees of the businesses
in town? Why should use our hard earned money to buy property that we then rent
out at cheap rents--it is a totally losing proposition for the taxpayers.

And if you object to the taxpayers paying for this housing for people who work
seasonally--you are called a scrooge, a selfish "one percenter" an anti
community self centered bitch or bastard.  Self induced poverty by folks who
work in the summer and collect in Florida or Hawaii in the winter. And then want
us to partially foot their rental
bill with our hard earned money..NO sir, I want to spend my  money providing for
my wife and for my kids.
11:50 pm est 

Housing Authority is Independent of Provincestown

Provincetown can never be in the landlord business. The housing authority is not
a town run organization. Now folks have come up with this idea:

With $1-2 million in annual revenues, the Town could purchase on average 3-5
properties per year. While the initial impact would be small, we're 10 years
away from our next affordable housing development at least. In that 10 years,
the town could own 30-50 housing units plus whatever housing we could purchase
with the sale of surplus assets.

I'll sell you my multi-family house for $1.2 million dollars, Provincetown--take
it or leave it. Buy it before it goes condo. Isn't this what you will hear from
folks if Provincetown town meeting votes to buy houses in town?

Look how run down the Town Hall became; look at the high school; town meeting
had to be dragged into setting aside money for upkeep. You are so desperate that
you will cling to anything to get taxpayers to pay for your affordable housing

Please, let the experts who created Province Landing and who must maintain it
build the housing and Ted Malone--It is their baby and their responsibility--not
the voters of Provincetown. Give the taxpayers a break!
11:18 pm est 

Re: Unintended Consequences

"Where is the proof that rents will go up if we lower taxes for
yearrounders?"



It is called logic and common sense. Lower resident owner taxes and all other
property taxes must go up to offset the lost revenue. This would include rental
property. Do you think landlords will all just eat those extra costs and not
pass them onto renters?  No free lunch, rents will go up. Bad plan for current
renters.
11:09 pm est 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Karl Wothington Posted in Provincetown Lighthouse

Can we please slow down the selection process of the new Town Manager while the election thief is still serving on the Provincetown BoS and wait for balanced integrity and new blood before going forward?
5:05 pm est 

Re: Louise Venden on Town Manager Selection Committee

I am disappointment that an anonymous blogger has decided that I am part of a
cabal aimed at ensuring the selection of a town manager who will be controlled
by some subset of Selectmen or town leaders.

I am acquainted with, respectful of and friendly to a wide range of people including
Ann McGuire, Mary-Jo Avellar, Tom Donegan, Elaine Anderson, Eric Yingling, Jennifer
Cabral, Clarence Walker and many others. I do not know any of them well, and I
owe no allegiance to any of them.

I was elected to the Library Board of Trustees two years ago, served with Patsy Greene,
Sharon Lynns wife,  and have donated my time to other town events and improvement
efforts.

It is unfortunate that someone not willing to state their name has debased my intentions
by assuming that I will be acting on behalf of anything other than what I view as the best
interests of a community I care deeply about and that has endured yet another year of
painful divisiveness.

Louise Venden
3:10 pm est 

Re: Town Manager Search Committee - Jim Palacino

Just because he is allegedly a victim he is somehow more qualified to
pick a Town Manager?

ok
3:05 pm est 

I Agree on the Recall Being Still More Than Relevant

There is still a candidate in office. It is not as if Austin Knight does not
exist or he is not still sitting empowered to be a Selectman. I agree that is
who is being recalled. His resignation does not and legally could not negate the
recall.

There is still a candidate to recall and he has not immediately resigned. isn't
this person still a Provincetown selectman? then that is who is being recalled.

3:02 pm est 

Jim Palacino Should Have Been Chosen

It took courage for him to go forward on the threatening actions that Koumanelis
took against him. and it involved more than one police officer. The misuse of
police force against a citizen is illegal and frightening. Sharon Lynn at first
did not even report the incident. She demanded that they come forward and they
never knew the dire consequences that would or could occur. It was the police
state atmosphere and Jeff Jaran using all his authority against a citizen who
simply put a sign for Tom Donegan and for Raphael Richter.  When a voter cannot
put up a sign for the candidate of their choice but live under the threat of
brute police force, there is something so wrong that is occurring. That is all
they did and the threats and intimidation that followed were terrible. You can
read what Koumanelis and others texted him.

Jim Palacino is a good citizen and involved in this town and he should have been
chosen.
3:00 pm est 

Recall vs Resign

We think you have your facts a bit skewed. If the recall effort had
continued,even successfully,  Austin would continue in his seat until the May
election unless he chose otherwise. if the  recall petitions are certified  
within 100 days of the next Town election, there is NO Special Election. It is
outlined in the charter. Our Town Clerk spoke correctly.
2:58 pm est 

Re: Unintended Consequences

Catherine Russo's assault on the 2nd homeowners or redistribution of
wealth, whatever you want to call it will have consequences as a prior poster
pointed out.  This would be a tax break for resident property owners, not
resident renters.  If fact, as was pointed out earlier renters would most likely
pay more as non-resident property owners pass on the extra taxes.

Renters need to speak out before they find out how this will affect them.
2:53 pm est 

Re: Lookiing Back 20 Years


It was a thoughtful posting from the person who lived here when they were young
and is so sad to read all of the acrimony being posted these days.

I've been told over and over not to read the face book pages or the blog--but it
is a way to see how some folks feel.

There is such desperation about housing because except for town Hall and a few
other businesses there are no jobs that pay a life enjoying working wage.

The folly is that people think that affordable housing will solve their
problem..but the rents will go up on them as well over the years.

You are going to be spending another decade ranting and raving against the
homeowners and becoming even more bitter--when you could move and make money.

We are going to have an aging population of people going from Province Landing
to Maushaupe housing and growing just more and more bitter along the way.

I do hope you truly examine your life because once you live one day--it is gone
and you can't pay bills with memories of a lovely sunset or give your family
financial security watching the tide roll in.

We all have choices and now there is a segment of people who will do all that
they can to get the taxpayers to put up the money for their affordable
housing..a sad way to be spending these years of your lives.
2:51 pm est 

Austin Knight or Whoever He Is

I guess we don't want to hurt Austin's feelings by asking him to leave. He's
manipulated us once again and we've accepted it. He can still decree and decide,
and we have to take it.

He should have been dethroned...end of story. Are we stupid or what??

I can't believe my eyes.  He can be accused of unscrupulous business
practices....we recall, and he stays, until HE decides when it's time to leave.

Austin, it's time to leave!!!!
2:48 pm est 

Re: Unintended Consequences

Where is the proof that rents will go up if we lower taxes for
yearrounders?  Do you have some documentation?  This is pure fear mongering to
get people to vote against their own interests
2:46 pm est 

Re: Town Manager Search Committee

Wow just read these threads about Jim Palacino , I sometimes wonder if
people really believe their own BS , the guy was texted the same words echoed by
the chief of police by a sergeant and in the investigation it states  "mass
general laws were broken" and someone has the audacity to say " he has a
penchant for drama"  are you serious ???

Are you not understanding the severity of what was done to him?  Is this the town
we want to live in or have people threatened for exercising their right for who they
want to support in an election ,??? 

This is 2014 isn't it ??? who the hell would even believe that this could POSSIBLY GO
ON ANYWHERE  LET ALONE HERE.  SO much for Provincetown the place were people can
be free to express themselves without fear of reprisal .  

WOW I'm still stunned at the ignorance , but some people will just never get
it and thats is just sad and regretful .  I hope he takes legal action and the
town gets what it deserves.
2:44 pm est 

Re: Town Manager Search Committee

"I for one find you repugnant ."


Wow. Three posts in a row, same language style, same message.  Like the original
poster said: the 'victim' of the texting has a penchant for drama, as well as an
over inflated sense of importance. I for one, find the idea of JP being on the
town manager selection committee laughable.
2:40 pm est 

Re: Unintended Consequences

To Ms Russo and her fellow Utopians I have but one word, Darwin.
2:25 pm est 

Austin Knight Resignation Made Recall Moot - Not So!!

The Recall Was Not Moot When Austin Knight Resigneso!d with a May 5
Resignation

It would have been a moot point had Austin Knight resign immediately. but he did
not. Thus there was still a candidate to recall--Austin Knight as he presently
sits and votes on the board. He is still there. He is still a selectman and thus
the recall would have forced Knight to resign within five days--not four months
later--and if he did not, then the election. But if Knight didn't want a recall
election--and that is what is seems with his resignation--he would have been
gone by now.

Instead, Knight is still in the selectman seat.

the recall was not moot with a four month delayed "resignation."
11:09 pm est 

Re: Town Manager Search Committee

"I'll give it a shot. Just because someone is a (perceived)  victim, doesn't
immediately bestow wisdom on one. Besides, isn't he suing the town for the
texting issue? And, there are many among us who feel he is misguided in the
'harm' caused him, and that he has a penchant for drama."
   


How out of touch with reality are you? This was a Texting incident. Text=words
in writing. get it?Have you seen what was said to him? And you question the "harm"
caused him?What more do you need? 

I for one find you repugnant .
11:05 pm est 

Re: Town Manager Search Committee

"Penchant for drama"- he was minding his own business. The Sergeant who
texted him is the drama queen as well as those like Rob Tosner who professed the
Chiefs great work until the very end. You want a "drama queen". There's one for
you.
11:01 pm est 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Re: Town Manager Search Committee

"Penchant for drama??"  Are you out of your mind. The guy was threatened
by a police sergeant in writing. What planet have you been on? Threatened for
choice of selectman in last election? Isnt this the place that prides itself on
freedom of choice, expression.? Sad post.
10:59 pm est 

Re: Town Manager Search Committee

"there are many among us who feel he is misguided in the
'harm' caused him, and that he has a penchant for drama."



Misguided harm???  How would you know how he felt? How would you know what he
went through? Who are you ?? Have you NOT read the MARCUM REPORT?? Take a long
look at it. They put HEAVY WEIGHT on this incident. They were hired by the town.
Go tell them they were wrong. People like you are plain ole scary!!
10:57 pm est 

Jim Palacino - Town Manager Search Committee

Palacino has as much a right to be in any town committee as Knight has
to be a Selectman, and set policy and choose members for a TM Search Committee.
10:55 pm est 

Blogs are Blogs

And if you want the twentieth century instead of the twenty-first, that's up to
you. but blogs tend to be anonymous. that is what makes them interesting
vehicles for discussion. There's greater truth, as seen in the many issues
raised here, as I read them, for the last six years or maybe even seven. and
many issues turned out to be true and damaging to the town, including the
Squealing Pig incident, the campaign signs, Sharon Lynn's questionable
"investigations" and the texting incidents where the police were found to be
guilty and one was suspended for five days.

there is where the community can give voice to their positions, ideas, and
opinions.

I've also been impressed with how often the breaking news first appeared here. I
don't how it keeps happening but it does. Praise for blogs.
10:54 pm est 

Unintended Consequences

So Catherine Russo's proposal to lower taxes on year-round primary home owners
will likely result in higher rents for current year-round renters, the very
group she is most concerned about.  Interesting.

And renters make up 44% of year-round residents, also interesting.
10:52 pm est 

Re: Town Manager Search Committee

"Can someone PLEASE logically explain how Jim Palacino was not chosen
to be part of the search committee???? This guy was the victim of terrible
things..."


I'll give it a shot. Just because someone is a (perceived)  victim, doesn't
immediately bestow wisdom on one. Besides, isn't he suing the town for the
texting issue? And, there are many among us who feel he is misguided in the
'harm' caused him, and that he has a penchant for drama.
7:12 pm est 

Re: "Let the Voices Speak."

I think you meant let the people voice their opinions. Which is all well and
good, until comments get vindictive and filled with speculation presented as
fact.

In the larger world, many internet publishers and blogs are limiting unbridled
comments, as many are filled with hatred, misogyny and a mean spiritedness that
accomplishes little and adds nothing of value to the conversation. If you think
full blast hatred, say whatever the heck you want is a forwarding element in
Provincetown, you are, IMHO, dead wrong.
7:10 pm est 

Affordable Housing

"This is from a resident who is allows this fraud to continue. This is
why taxpayers are against more affordable housing--WHEN THERE ARE NO JOBS--that
supply these people with enough income to afford this reasonable rent."



Agree- it is all about JOBS JOBS JOBS!   Then housing. Please- the current
picture for year round jobs is not a good one. This town is what it is. A
seasonal vacation destination that thrives on tourism. Please enough with the
affordable housing. There are  not nearly enough Jobs to keep those in town now
employed year round. Economics just like business markets always have a way of
justifying there value. What this town is does not warrant more AFFORDABLE
HOUSING. Accept what it is. I worked 16 hours a day for 7 years to save up
enough to buy a property in this town. I am tired of being told to subsidize
those who cannot afford to live here. I bit the bullet and sacrificed. The ONLY
justification for more affordable housing is call JOBS. Plain and simple. Until
that comes if you continue wth the affordable housing it will only create more
financial burden on a town that cannot afford anymore. ENOUGH WITH THIS.ANY
business person understands this. This is not disneyland or l!
and of the make believe.
7:08 pm est 

Re: Looking Back 20 Years From Now

I might be in one of those photographs.
After a few vacations there I moved permanently about 35 years ago.  My 20 years
in PTown had 2 or 3 long-term rentals; one for 7 years, 2 others for 3 years
each, and the remaining time moving seasonally.  Most of that time I had
roommates so I could affordIm sorryscrape by, always having faith that we would
find, someday, a decent, long-term, year-round rental from a fair and reasonable
owner.
During my 20s & 30s, I worked hard yet what little I was able to save was eaten
up the every time I had to move or simply because everything costs more there. 
I remember being in different establishments, now long gone, like the Galleria
Bar at the Townhouse, the Little Bar at the A-House or the Label Bar at The
Terrace, where some old fart would be recounting the old days and how you should
have seen PTown 25 years ago just as we do now, 30 years later.  And even though
I was scraping by, I was somehow making too much money to be eligible for any
low-income or affordable housing or lottery.
Eventually, with a little help, I moved up-Cape, not as a renter, but as an
owner with a mortgage that is less than what I was paying for rent in PTown.  At
first, I was angry that I could not afford to live in the town that had once
welcomed me 20 years prior with its promise of tolerance and sense of community. 
In the end, my community could not do anything to help me stay; it could only
help me to move out.
Now, as I follow this blog, I can only be relieved that I no longer live there. 
Im sure some jackass will follow with a post that reads something like good
riddance and most likely for reiterating what previous posters have said:  if
you cant afford to live someplace, move to someplace you can. But as I watch all
the different factions hurling insults at each other not to mention the blatant
nastiness expressed on this blog, I am ever thankful that I now have a quiet
home in a beautiful location with neighbors that are not at each others throats. 
(Many insist that this is not a hate blog, but while that may not have been its
intention, there are many who express their hate here and, unfortunately, it
becomes one at times).  And already, it is clear that a group of people that in
the beginning stood together to accomplish one goal, in the process have split
into cliques and posses that demand more and more, with some disagreeing with
this crowd and then alienating others I !
fear many of you have forgotten how to be kind to one another.  Some of the
posts here are evidence of that, with civility gone and most of you posting
judgments on topics or situations you know absolutely nothing about, your only
evidence  being an accusation posted that you grab, disembowel  and run up and
down a cyber-Commercial Street with.
I still work and spend time in PTown, frequenting restaurants and shops, beaches
and trails, whenever I can.  Would I ever move back?  Probably not.  Looking
back on 30 years of politics in Provincetown, there has always been healthy
debate in and around Town Hall.  Many who have lived there for 30 years or
longer could go on and on about Town government triumphs and catastrophes that
many of the posters here have no knowledge of.  There has also been the
occasional inappropriate comment that was later apologized for or a scandal that
mesmerized the populace over a dull winter.  And most certainly, there have been
differences of opinion, as in every governing body.  But healthy debate and
civility have been abandoned, and some of the caustic, hurtful and shameful
things said on this blog and others convince me that the Provincetown I fell in
love with no longer exists.  It has been taken over by those who feel they are
entitled to things they cannot afford, to make decisions!
7:06 pm est 

Yes, Austin Knight Should be Forced to Leave Now

This is a terrible situation. He is making key decisions for the town that will
affect all of us and yet he stays to make these decision. If he is not going to
resign NOW, then all the committee to search for a new town Manager and the
community group should be halted. Nothing done until after Knight is gone and
after new elections. His decision makes this decision the right one. He is the
last person who should be choosing anyone for any committee.
4:28 pm est 

Re: Town Manager Searchj Committee

Can someone PLEASE logically explain how Jim Palacino was not chosen
to be part of the search committee???? This guy was the victim of terrible
things and who better then he would have an idea on what a town manager should
have done to stop what happened to him ?? and i read in a post because he
threatened to sue the town ??? are you kidding me if i was him and hadn't sued
yet and was slapped like this in the face for trying to participate i sure as
hell would sue now , just my opinion .
4:22 pm est 

Re: Shut Up No--Shout Out Yes

If People Place themselves in a Public Position and on a Public
Committee

Then they can expect residents to have different positions on their positions. 
If they don't like ideas, they will say that. If you're not ready for the
battle, leave the battlefield.
12:13 pm est 

Shut Up No--Shout Out Yes

Let the voices speak. Let the various oipnions be stated. Let diversity of ideas
and positions be reflected here.
12:10 pm est 

Austin Knight

Austn should be required to vacate his position as Selectman immediately. He is
"Stepping Down" simply because he realized the implications of the recall
petition! He was to be recalled because of his unethical behavior and because if
it people lost respect and faith in his decision making ability. Why should he
be permitted to have a voice in our town activities? Especially the selection
process of a new town manager. Continuing to have him engaged in policy making
is rediculous!!
10:41 am est 

Posted in the Blow Hole - Scott Caldwell

Town Meeting is weeks away and I believe that it is time to deal with fixing our mess of a police station once and for all. Before we pave more of Commercial Street, build a new affordable housing complex or anything else let's deal with this station. I say that article 30, last year, was closer to a good idea than anything else presented. Should I present a modified version of article 30 to town meeting?
10:18 am est 

Unintended Consequences

If the town were to adopt a property tax exemption (i.e. tax cut) for full-time
residents' principal residence, that would raise the taxes on all other
property, including rented property.

So if you currently rent, as do 44% of year-round residents, then your landlord
will get a tax increase.  And what will he or she do when that happens - well,
raise your rent of course.

Things are often more complicated than they seem at first.  Be careful if the
time comes with your vote.
10:12 am est 

Listening to Eric - Landlords and Tax Abatement

We looked into the amount we would save on taxes if we lowered the rents to
affordable housing rents. We would lose money!

Sorry, that is just the way that it is. Either give us a greater tax break in
savings so we don't lose money or more landlords will go with market rate rents
or even the super amount that folks can get for just a seasonal rental--and do a
winter rent..or keep it for ourselves.

Please tell the restaurants to lower their food prices, the stores selling
things in town to lower their prices--no, you want the landlords to lower their
prices.

We aren't a charity--we need every penny that we make from our jobs and our
rentals in order to have a comfortable decent, secure life here. And it takes  A
LOT to do this. (And we have no boat, no granite counter tops. no tiled floor
bathroom--it is the same 1950s style kitchen because we can't afford a bathroom
or kitchen update.)
10:10 am est 

Reflections of Things Past and Things Yet to Come

I have read the last 50 or so posts. I also thought back to the Sharon
Lynn Jeff Jaran Days. I think we all need to look at how far we have come.Yes I
agree with many of the posts. However I agree with even more passion and
celebrate this new beginning.It is not going to be easy.

I personnally do not agree with Catherine Russo on her tax proposal- however I
remember when she was one of the few who at a BOS meeting stood up and spoke
her heart about what she thought  the sad state this town was in and specifically
"called" Sharon Lynn on it.

She had the _alls to do so when so many were too initimidated to do the same.This
is not about us against them. This is simply US. We can discuss everyone's thoughts .
We all will as they say "agree to disagree". Again yes , I agree with many of the posts
below.

Do I feel we should have waited to select a search committe for a new town manager -yes.
Do I agree a canidate who applied should have been one of the first chosen but was not
chosen at all-yes. Do I agree Austin Knight Should resign immediately and not have
been part of the process with the selection committee - yes. 

But i also agree that I get in my car and I see REAL progress. I get waves from just
about every police officer. They are always polite and cordial. Ironically- they almost
seem relieved. I go into town hall and am treated with respect. People are trying to
make a change.

I for one have a weight that has been lifted and am in awe of this beautiful place I
call home every morning and night.Yes there is much work to do. But let us all
remember where we came from. No need for name calling if we disagree with someone.
Every person is entitled to their opinion.

I am excited and I believe in my heart once the new BOS is elected this town will be
on a fast course to being better than it ever was! When the BOS selects the candidtates
in front of them they will choose the right one. 

Have a sunny happy day today,

Just my opinion
10:06 am est 

Taxpayers Against Fraud - We Demand Accountability

If you use tax dollars to create more affordable units, I think it's important
to insure that such housing opportunities are not abused.

I know of three people who rent out their affordable units during the season to
generate income -- which they use for long-stay vacations in the off-season,
etc. I hardly think that's fair...do you?

This is from a resident who is allows this fraud to continue. This is why
taxpayers are against more affordable housing--WHEN THERE ARE NO JOBS--that
supply these people with enough income to afford this reasonable rent.
9:53 am est 

Looking Back 20 Years From Now

I look at the photos on facebook pages of Provincetown from decades ago and see
the faces of people who once lived here--they were the renters.

Take many photos now, all you folks in your 20s and 30s because twenty years
from now people will be nostalgic looking back at these pictures from their
youth and the people who aren't here any more.

After living here decades and seeing my friends leave and witnessing this
tremendous bruhaha of desperation over housing--wake up folks.

You act as though this is all brand new. You are like a 15 year old who thinks
that their first crush is the first one in history.

You want Provincetown to provide housing for you and your friends--well, it
isn't going to happen. There are laws protecting homeowners from people who want
to take their property and tell them what they can and can't do with it.

As I said, take lots of photos and fill  the books and enjoy your moment here.
From the 70's people wanted to move here and live here--and now it is out of
reach.

Do as other's have done, move, get a good job and then buy a condo and have your
own piece of provincetown because you aren't entitled to live here just because
YOU want to do so.

9:50 am est 

Why Not Provincetown

Why didn't [Representative]Peake ask for money for the rehab of Conwell Street? It's a
State road from Harry Kemp to Rt 6 and very dangerous?


Cape Cod Times:
Cape might get big bundle of transportation dollars

By LAUREN DEZENSKI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
January 31, 2014

BOSTON  Millions of dollars could be headed to pay for Cape trains, highways and
bridges if a House transportation bill makes its way through the budget process
unscathed.

The CapeFlyer rail service, connecting Boston to Cape Cod, is one of three rail
projects set to share $175 million in the proposed $12.7 billion bond bill for
rail improvements and road upgrades.

More Times Breaking News
If the House plan passes, the CapeFlyer could go from a seasonal run to
year-round convenience, resuming regular service that hasnt been seen for 25
years.

In the CapeFlyers inaugural season last summer, Bostons South Station to Hyannis
run served 16,500 riders from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, according to the
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.

In the fall, Gov. Deval Patrick was one of many who called on the CapeFlyer to
run year-round. The Buzzards Bay Train Station, one of the stops along the
CapeFlyers route, also could see funding to make the station platform accessible
to disabled passengers.

The platform doesnt meet current ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
expectations, state Rep. David Vieira, R-Falmouth, said.

The money would go toward cost estimates on what it would take to make the
existing station compliant.

The Buzzards Bay station funding comes from an amendment Vieira proposed to the
original bill. It was one of nearly 300 amendments added onto the original $12.4
billion transportation bond bill in a House session Wednesday, pushing the bills
price tag to $12.7 billion.

State Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, added five amendments to the bill,
allocating $3.7 million for construction on Route 137 and drainage at Bettys
Curve in Brewster, reconstruction of Oceanview Drive in Eastham, and funds for
improving Lieutenant Island Road and Route 6 in Wellfleet.

With the help of state Rep. Cleon Turner, D-Dennis, the proposed bill also
features $125,000 for a traffic study in Dennis, as well as a study of nearly
150 safety improvements for the Route 6A corridor in Brewster.

Additionally, Marthas Vineyard could see a $1.5 million road and bike path
system connecting Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road to State Road and $2 million for
repairing and widening the bridge spanning Mill Brook on State Road in West
Tisbury.

The proposed bond bill outlines how $12.7 billion would be spent on the states
roads, highways, bridges and transit systems over the next five years. These
projects will be funded by the sale of bonds.

The final bill was unanimously approved by the House on Wednesday and moves on
to the Senate.

9:47 am est 

Re: Diss of Senhora Jennifer Cabral

Cale a Boca! (Portuguese = shut up!)
9:42 am est 

Austin Knight Resignation

Someone said that Austin should recuse himself.  Well, from what I
understand, he must do this.  He'll be missing most of the decision-making
because of his having to take care of his mother in Connecticut.
9:41 am est 

Town Manager Search Committee - Wait for New Elected BOS

I also think it's a good idea to wait until after the election for the
search process to begin.  The 3 selectmen should play a role in this process.

And Austin should recuse himself.
9:39 am est 


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