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DEK: A letter from Provincetown


“L’Affaire Sal’s Place: Money and Meanness in the New Ptown."


By Peter Manso


The first thing you notice when you walk into the resurrected Sal’s Place, in the heart of Provincetown’s West End, is the hustle and bustle of a hot restaurant: the place is packed, the noise level is high, and the servers scoot nonstop to and from the close-set tables. There’s a museum-quality Hawthorne and other class art on the walls, but the place still has a fish shack feel, with exposed rafters and the rhythmic slop of the bay against the pilings on which the waterfront building partially sits. And the food—the Brodetto or Zuppa di Pesce that one Facebook blogger raves about as “so wonderful that Marcella [Hazen] herself would flip,”—well, let me tell you, the Zuppa is so sweet, so transporting in its plummy, tomato-y tannic richness as to have made Sal’s the vacation spot’s dining destination of choice near overnight.

All this was pretty much the word around town last summer when the fifty-four year old Sal’s Place reopened under new management. But the food wasn’t the only things people were talking about. There were also whispers that the owner—a single, self-described blue-collar woman who’d originally arrived in Boston from Tipperary at age 17—was at war with her neighbors—four wealthy men, all gay, who had recently bought the abutting properties for summer party pads, and wanted the place dead and shuttered. In fact, depending on who you knew, you might have heard about bouts of property destruction, interminable delays for the restaurant’s opening, and armies of lawyers getting rich on both sides.


As the not-so-secret knock-down-drag-out tumbled into public view, eating there became an almost political act. Now, after simmering all winter, locals in P-Town are waiting for the hostilities to start afresh.


One resident called the quarrel the “worst case of bullying” he’d come across in his 50 years in town. But you could just as well call the fight over Sal’s place a sort of battle for Provincetown’s soul in miniature—a David and Goliath story about whether the artists, fishermen, and non-mainstream types of all persuasions were still welcome in the new Ptown. Or is this haven at the end of the Cape destined to become an exclusive enclave for the rich gay elite?



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Tuesday, August 31, 2010


The Advocate was in depth reporting because the reporters liked what they did, regardless of how nasty it got. They reported the facts and the town knew what was going on. Since the new ownership and a change of attitude, one of ownership as opposed to a passion for reporting, the Banner has gone soft. I can read the entire paper in less than 5 minutes. Nothing to read, all fluff.
11:37 pm edt 

Aids Memorial

"How about the bark park?  Considering it is rarely used it is just the spot for quiet reflection."

Rarely used? Yeah right! It is a HUGE success!
11:36 pm edt 

Aids Memorial Nay Sayers

I would say that the voters here in town are all for an Aids memorial in front of town hall. The only nay sayers are again, only on this blog!
11:17 pm edt 

Aids Memorial

The only people who would not want the Aids memorial in front of town hall are the same type of person who tried to hide the fact back in the 1980s that Aids was indeed here in Provincetown, because they were scared that the straight tourist would not come to a town with Aids victims living in town.
11:11 pm edt 

Re: Town Manager

Sharon be well!
11:09 pm edt 

AIDS Memorial

There is no better place for the AIDS memorial than front and center in front of town hall where we will never forget the fight we still fight today.
11:06 pm edt 

Re: Mojo's

Hey paard, Rags & Roses, The diner on the wharf, The Gifford house restaurant, Howard Johnsons, The sandwich shop that was across Bradford St from what is now Victors. Thats five restaurants that used to stay open well past 1:00 AM  Just the Facts.
11:05 pm edt 

Pay Station:

I beg to differ...  The meters are much more beneficial...

Especially when the pay station is out of order which is at least 4-5 times a week.  At that point, people are told to park for free...  How is that better?
11:02 pm edt 

Stop Work Order

Can anyone tell me if there is a way to find out why a stop work order is issued for a property in town?

I work downtown and pass a house that a town employee has been working on for the past 6 months and for the 3rd time in 2 months, the building inspector has issued a stop work order. 

It is comforting to know, that even an official in town that works on homes, has no clout over the building commissioner.    
11:01 pm edt 

Aids Memorial

No offense, but Town Hall is not the place for a memorial honoring AIDS victims.  There must be a more appropriate location.  By appropriate, I mean, more comfortable (private) for those viewing and those remembering.  Come up with a nicer spot, that's all.
10:58 pm edt 

Town Manager

Sharon Lynn was and may still be in the hospital. She was not on vacation hiding from blogging naysayers. For goodness sake. 
10:56 pm edt 

Sorry, Don't Agree

"Provincetown was the first to .....  virus of humans."

Bold statement.  Many cities and entire nations worldwide have been fighting this disease for years and some started well before Ptown recognized the importance of providing a support system to the residents afflicted.  Ptown is a small town.  Town Hall is simply not an appropriate place for a memorial to victims of a disease, any disease.  What about cancer? Because more gay people live and have passed away from this disease here and other people have banded together in an effort to curb the disease, a memorial is deserved in front of TOWN HALL?  Town Hall is a HISTORICAL centerpiece and center stage should be reserved for pilgrims, veterans and if there has to be a third group, fishermen.  Not Aids victims.  Sorry, don't agree and it seems by this blog, you are in the minority on this one.      
10:55 pm edt 

Re: Mojo's

Mojos was actually not one of many.  If so, name 5.  I distinctly remember doing the night deposit with narry another place other than Spiritus open past 1:00.  Get your facts straight your ownself, paard. 
10:52 pm edt 

Aids Memorial

Why not put a memorial for all the people that died in the flu epedemic. Aids memorial does not belong on the Town Hall lawn. There are plenty of others places.
10:51 pm edt 

AIDS Memorial

I have the perfect location for the AIDS memorial.  How about the bark park?  Considering it is rarely used it is just the spot for quiet reflection.
10:48 pm edt 

I Think the Advocate Did a Great Job of Reporting News

You really had a sense of what was happening in this town. The Advocate covered a range of subjects and people. The Banner is often restricted to few topics with few reporters. And they do not do investigative reporting. They cover the surface of the story and that is the story.

I'd love the Advocate to return. They also did fabulous obits. They captured the person's life and often their contribution to this town. They were well written, well researched and honored those who had lived here and then passed.

The advocate also often gave breaking news. This can't be said about the Banner. We often read about what we already know. There was a difference and the difference has been lost.
10:47 pm edt 

But She Was NOT on Vacation: That Is The Point

OK She is back and let's hope she is feeling well. But she was not on vacation. That is why the questions were raised. And I don't see anything improper about those who asked where the town manager has beeen and why she was absent. These are decent questions and do not show negativity. You are misinterpreting those who question.
10:45 pm edt 

Re: Finish What You Started

I don't really care if it's a pier, a building, a park or a memorial, Provincetown needs to start taking care of what it has long before it needs anything new.
7:29 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Advocate

By reading the negative writings on this blog, you would think your reading the old editorials of the Provincetown advocate newspaper of the early 1980s.
7:27 am edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

The town manager deserves a vacation for putting up with the nay sayers on this blog! Thanks to the town manager for all the hard work getting this town back on the right track.
7:25 am edt 

Re: Aids Memorial

I look forward to having an Aids memorial right in front of town hall where it belongs!
7:24 am edt 

Re: Mojo's

Mojos was one of many food places open later than the bars in the 70s. Where do you get your facts?
4:40 am edt 

Re: Pay Stations

I know for a fact, that the pay stations have performed better than the meters they have replaced.
4:39 am edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

If you want to know where the town manager was for two weeks, why not call her office like I did to find out first hand?
4:38 am edt 

There Are Other Places For an AIDS Memorial
We could have some wonderful memorial on MacMillan Pier. We could have something at the Freeman Building. This would be good and appropriate. You just can't have memorial after memorial at Town Hall. The tradition has been to have veterans' memorials at town halls in the nation. I accept that as fitting.

the AIDS Memorial is a good idea. The proposed location at Town Hall is not.
4:37 am edt 

Re: Aids Memorial

Shame on the person who thinks the Aids memorial should not be on our town hall lawn. You are in the minority on this one. This memorial is long overdue and will be in a very public view for all the world to remember how Provincetown was the first to not turn a blind eye on this killer virus of humans.
4:34 am edt 

Time Off at Town Hall is Quite the Tradition
Who's counting? For some people, no one. For others, they try at least to count but those counting can only count to ten.

It was problematic enough with a regular five day work weeek. Now it is flagrant and many come in when they want and count those hours as hours worked. Really?

A mismanaged town is a mismanaged town. What we ask is honest work for honest pay. Not this travesty.
4:32 am edt 

Monday, August 30, 2010

I Agree with Other Bloggers: Sharon Lynn's Absence Requires a Response

Why? Because she is town manager. If she were simply a resident, then that's her business. But when she is away for two weeks, not at BOS meetings, not at other key meetings, then the town needs to be informed.

This has nothing to do with vacation or spending time away from here on vacation time. This is town hall time without town manager.

If Keith Bergman had been out two weeks, there would have been some accounting and reporting. Some note to the public. We still need a note from her to us.

10:19 pm edt 

Sharon's Time Off:

It's not the time..  It's who monitors her time and how much does she have?  Seems to be alot..  More than people who have had jobs for 20+ years....

Or its it taken and not recorded?
10:15 pm edt 

Re: Town Hall AIDS Memorial

Dear Mr. Rat:

I beg to differ. The AIDS pandemic ranks up there with WWI and WWII in terms of global mortality. Provincetown was especially hard struck by AIDS. We lost more Provincetown people to AIDS than we did to both wars combined.

Further, the community led by Alice Foley and many others responded to the crisis in a unique way by founding the PASG which is now the Cape Cod Aids Support Group, and has been replicated nationwide.

And it is not over yet. AIDS has become an equal opportunity disease, as straight people now have a far greater new infection rate than gay men.

A place of honor  
10:14 pm edt 

Re: Time Off

Who monitors the department heads time off?  I'd love to take a look at it...  

Boy, some have an awful lot of time for the short time they have been around !  
10:12 pm edt 

Re: Pay Station
Another bad investment for the town.  Why is the pay station always out of order?  Isn't there someone to repair it?  Resetting it is not the answer...

Lets get rid of it and not purchase anymore!

Provincetown is not the community for them....  They are broken more than working...
10:11 pm edt 

Re: Town Manager

Really, I have to agree.  If the Town Manager, Sharon Lynn needs to take time off for vacation, sick leave, etc. it is a personal matter.  The person blogging here suggested it should be a news story in the Banner!  What a joke.  They have other more important things to report on, like the cupcake man.
6:49 pm edt 

If It Were About Sharon's Vacation, There Would be No Inquiry
It was the unaccounted for absence. That was the issue and how much longer this would continue. If she is back in her office, then her presence closes the issue for the time being.
6:48 pm edt 

Re: Town Hall AIDS Memorial

The font of Town Hall is not the proper place for the AIDS memorial

if it goes there i want one there for clamidia

A Rat In The Basement
6:47 pm edt 

Re: Mojo's

Seems odd Mojos was the ONLY place open til 2:00 and made a boatload of money doing it but no one else wanted to make the money too.  Right.  I heard there was a special permit involved back in the 70's.
6:46 pm edt 

Re: Town Manager

Oh I get it.  Because you ask a question, you are trying to make trouble?  Get over yourself. No one really cares that much to bother making trouble about it but it seems a question is too much for you.  So defensive.  What are you hiding?
6:44 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn (and many other things)
I propose the owners of this web site move it to a new domain name: or perhaps, seems like it would be perfect for many of the views expressed here.
3:47 pm edt 

Re: Town Manager

Thinking that because the town manager has been on vacation is such an outrage for some on this blog, sounds like the same far right conservatives who think that president Obama should not have a vacation also. Get over it, they are just human. Unlike you who find something wrong with everything!
3:46 pm edt 

Re: Mojo's

Mojo's stayed open because they wanted to stay open till 2 AM. All restaurants that serve food can stay open if they want to. The hot dog stands choose not to be open. Stop trying to make trouble where there is none.
3:45 pm edt 

Re: Town Manager

I love the James Gang and the Thirds album! Thanks for reminding me of this great group with Joe Walsh.
3:44 pm edt 

Bachelorette Parties, the New Trend:

Has anyone else noticed all the rowdy group of girls infiltrating Commercial Street this summer?  Looks like Ptown has become the hot destination for bachelorette parties.  Im all for assimilation, but these drunken aggressive girls from the suburbs in sun dresses and stiletto heel shoes sure take the fun out of a testosterone filed gay night club.  Paramount had Colt dancers during Carnival that were monopolized by these girls and they were not even spending any money in that establishment.  Arent there straight bars these girls can go to instead of sucking all the energy out of the Wave, Paramount and the A House?  
3:42 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

"Sharon Lynn is not a private citizen she is a public official, responsible for the running of this town and in that capacity lost the rights of anonymity ascribed to private citizenship."

Well then, to put your mind at ease I was just at Town Hall and noticed Ms. Lynn was in her office.
3:41 pm edt 

Re: Town Manager:
I,m going out on a limb here, but I am certain that Ms Lynn has a contract that provides for vacation, sick and personal time. The town charter has provisions for the chain of command in her abscence. I wish people on here would do their homework before they spew on this  site. The naysayers and people that just like to hear themselves talk do more harm to this town than anything else. "We have to learn to live together, we have to love one another, RIGHT NOW!"  (James Gang "THirds" LP)  
10:31 am edt 

Re: Why do You Need to Know Someone's Personal Life?

What a patently absurd position. Sharon Lynn is not a private citizen she is
a public official, responsible for the running of this town and in that capacity
lost the rights of anonymity ascribed to private citizenship.

It is not prurient to ask the question as to her health as it relates to the management of
Provincetown. In any other town on the Cape this information would have been provided
by the Board of Selectmen.
At the very least the local paper would have been expected to make an inquiry. But, then
one has to ask, is the Banner a local paper performing the functions of same?
10:14 am edt 

Re: Mojo's

With all the hullabalu about staying open until 2:00 a.m., how is it that Mojo's has been able to close at 2 since the 70's and 80's?  Bar rush from 1-2 a.m. was notorious with all the hungry drunks heading straight there after last call.  I distinctly remember this establishment having a closing time of 2:00 a.m. while the other hot dog stands wrapped up much earlier?  Why is that?  
9:50 am edt 

Re: Aids Memorial

Are those opposed to the Aids Memorial in front of town hall silent on this site or censored by it? I made my comments here three times before the last, carefully self edited, purposely manically polite and brief, was posted.  Hmmmm....
9:49 am edt 

Why do You Need to Know Someone's Personal Life?

"Re: I agree. We need to know now whether Sharon Lynn will be working this week or not. If she is still away, we need a true explanation. We need to know who is really in charge."

Why?  Why do you need to know someone's personal life?  I feel they should be allowed to deal with health issues in private, it's none of my buisness.  In the absence of the town manager, the assistant town manager is in charge.  It's in our bylaws.
9:48 am edt 

Re: David Gardner

David Gardner is doing a remarkable job in the Town Manager's absence.
Thank you!
9:46 am edt 


The cupcake man should team up with the LEMONADE! girl as the zoning laws aren t enforced when it comes to her.

Cupcakes! Lemonade! Cupcakes! Lemonade!
9:45 am edt 

Distract Them

Do a story on the cupcakes and the cupcake man and don't even look at town hall. The really big story should have been Sharon Lynn's absence. But no, it was the cupcake man.

Excuse me, but are we that naive? Are we that stupid?

Obviously, we are.  And the Banner goes on and on.
12:14 am edt 

Do We Have a Functioning License Board?

Well, Ms.Michelle Couture, you wanted them to resign and guess what? Some did, not because of you--but they did. And now what?

You are a walking disaster. You now don't even have a functioning Licensing Board.

You should hang your head in shame, if only you had a scintilla of shame. You have damaged our town so badly.
12:13 am edt 

It's Time For An Answer on Sharon Lynn
time to say what is happening. Time to say what's up. Time to be honest on what we the residents can expect. Yes, perhaps serious. but we need to know something more than not a word.

Maybe Maryann Bragg will take up the challenge and report on what is happening. If not the Banner, then maybe the Cape Cod Times.

But this silence is no longer tenable!
12:12 am edt 

Get Out and Vote
We have a primary election just three weeks away. No comments here?

How about the candidate for Provincetown's seat on the Cape Cod Commission, Cheryl Andrews, being left off the ballot?  

What about the state senate seat? We have two locals running can you name them? Hint: Dan Wolf v. Sheila Lyons

Duh, you get what you deserve!
12:10 am edt 

Re:Cab Company Garage

Call the police!
12:09 am edt 

Up is Down, Down is up. Scutiny?

If Ptown had spelling police even close to the Bldg. Insp. or Health Dept. you would surely get a notice of violation. Please, there is nothing fair or consistent about regulations imposed at the whim of the royal court.  Junkyard in residential zone = okay, man selling harmless cupcakes = trouble, get rid of him.  Where is the Queen?  While I hope she is okay and it's nothing serious, the Town Manager in absencia is serious in itself and the people of the town deserve to get an inkling of what is going on.  Silence on this one is not golden and this should be front page news.  No need for personal details, just business.  No offense to David Gardner, but he is just a puppet.  
12:08 am edt 

When You Are in Public Office, Your Absence Needs a True Explanation
I agree. We need to know now whether Sharon Lynn will be working this week or not. If she is still away, we need a true explanation. We need to know who is really in charge.

So who is in charge? If it were the building commissioner, people would be asking to know why he is not handling his work. But this is the Town Manager and we need to know even more what will be happening. Will she or won't she be back at Town Hall this week?
12:06 am edt 

The Issue is Not That the Brown Effluent at the Crown Was Handled Improperly
It seems to have beenhandled well. It appears to be timely. The problem appears to be immediately addressed and then resolved. But the main issue is that we have a problematic sewer system. It is a problem and not simply the solution to the town's problem. It breaks down. It gets overloaded. It has back up issues. That is the main issue and one that we will continue to find ourselves facing and trying to resolve for years to come.

We have Title Vs working much better and more efficently and more cleanly than our sewer sytem. I thank the Red Dots for keeping our town cleaner and our water cleaner than, at times, our sewer system does.
12:04 am edt 

Oh, Lets Have a Wind Farm You Say?

Right. the wind farm will produce less than 5% of what cape cod already consumes. I think i read somewhere the number is actually less than 1-2% .  Anyone know?

If you are referring to the Cape Wind Farm, here's your answer:

Cape Wind will be rated to produce up to 468 megawatts of wind power as each wind turbine will produce up to 3.6 megawatts. Maximum expected production will be 454 megawatts. Average expected production will be 170 megawatts which is almost 75% of the 230 megawatt average electricity demand for Cape Cod and the Islands of Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket.
12:02 am edt 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

What About Simple Common Sense?

Growth Management?  What about simple common sense?  For Christ's sake, go down Bangs St. lately?  I did this weekend and couldn't turn around.  Why is it that if inadequate septic systems (including the towns) are a constant accident waiting to happen, we keep letting these out of town fools line their pockets at our expense.  This is the only place ass-covering is an actual profession.  

and a little P.S. (well, not so little, sorry)

Not being homophobic but come on.  The town hall front area is not an appropriate place for a monument to anyone but the men and boys born in this town who have lost their lives at sea earning their livelihood.  They are the reason Ptown is what it is.  It is their families, who in their despair, found room in their damaged hearts to welcome all persuasions into their lives.  This was their town, a small FISHING village, before artists or anyone else.  They opened the door.  Ptown as it is today has them to thank.  Veterans have their plaque.  Time for the fishermen. Victims of AIDS are very deserving of plaque recognition, but not in the center location in front of Town Hall.  Use your heads and remember the HERITAGE of this town when planking down plaques.  Don't just see the cerebral and political argument, really weigh the options.  An AIDS victim plaque would be great but not at Town Hall.  Give it the respect it deserves and think of what the people who it honors would!
 have wanted.  Fisherman, yes town hall.  Men and perhaps women who died of this devasting illness, something a little more private but none the less meaningful.  Perhaps at a lovely waterfront location.  I envision a small but tasteful string of little different gardens laid out to a simple classical music ensemble with a fountain in the middle and some benches for taking a break from the madness, close to town center, but waterfront for serenity and back just enough to make it mysterious, meaningful and inviting.  This town is full of artsy/craftsys.  Come up with something better than a plaque in front of town hall if you really care.  Fisherman would love a plaque.  That was their mentality.  The people I know who suffered with AIDS would love a little imagination and effort and rightfully so.  Where there's a will, there's a way.        
11:47 pm edt 

Cupcakes Laws

By Laws

8-9. Hours of retail business operation.
No retail business shall be carried on between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. without written permission from the Licensing Board. A non-criminal disposition penalty will be assessed on any establishment licensed by the Licensing Board or any establishment required to be licensed by the licensing Board, or any establishment required to be registered, operating between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100) for the first offense, two hundred dollars ($200) for the second offense and three hundred dollars ($300) for the third offense. Each violation of the hours of retail business operation shall be deemed to be a separate offense.1


6. No sale of food, drink, or other products to persons standing in the street, sidewalk, or parking areas at or about such
establishment. Other outdoor service allowed only on Special Permit from the Board of Appeals. 1982 ATM

Sorry- he knows it is illegal and is doing it anyway. If he can sell cupcakes on the street maybe I'll sell discount shoes in front of Hersheldons.....
11:41 pm edt 

Cab Company Auto Garage
When did this residential street acquire a full blown atuo garage? Cars backed up; taxis blocking the street--if I did this on my street I'd be shot out of the water in a second.

Ok folks--a cupcake maker gets the boot, but a full blown garage and illegal parking gets a pass all of these years? Time for some scutiny. A traffic jam just trying to get to seashore point--who woulda thunk?
3:45 pm edt 

Notice the Pregnant Silence

Why has the Provincetown Banner remained silent on the issue of
Sharon Lynn's absence. As a functioning "News Paper" one would think
it would be the first to make an inquiry and report same, but alas, silence
is their only output.

As a news publication they are a mere figment of the imagination and are not
a responsive, vibrant segment of Provincetown. 

What has happened to Pru Sower's voice?


Is anybody Out there?
3:43 pm edt 

So What is the Word on Sharon Lynn? Is Silence the Only Response?
How sick is she? Will she be able to return this week to work---or does she face more weeks away from town hall? This is business, not personal. If she is to be temporarily replaced by David Gardner, shouldn't we know? This cannot continue for two more weeks---or it should not.

If Sharon can be away for two weeks and not be noticed as absent, what does this say?

Time to be upfront. Time to let everyone know what is up--or what is down.

The present situation is not tolerable.
3:31 pm edt 

Excuse Me, But "Far Advance of Other Towns"? Our Sewer System? Are you on Heavy Drugs?
Let's be a bit realistic. This sewer system is the worse that we could have installed. It is more experimental than proven; it is more a risk than a proven fact. Provincetown is being used by AECOM--once known as the sad inefficient Metcalf and Eddy--and now is used to showcase this system even with the many problems we face. Oh, they are not talking problems and failures. They are only showing that Provincetown has this"innovative" system--substitute for experimental vacuum system--and we are paying the price. This is not what should have been installed here in Provincetown. We should have installed what all other towns except one other sad town installed. Bad choice. Poor system. Losing proposition.

We are stuck with this ssytem. But let's not call a pig a pearl.
3:30 pm edt 

Sewer Timeline
6:40 Police dispatcher reports problem to the waste water plant
6:50 AECOM onsite
6:55 David Guertin notified
7:10 David Gardner onsite.  Rodericks pumper truck onsite.  
7:25 David Guertin onsite
7:30 Buffer tank operational
7:40 Brian Carlson onsite and witnessed cleanup and disinfection
7:50 Finished and offsite

No matter how much you complain about the sewer, this was a well handled situation.
2:11 pm edt 

Re: Best Decision

It is likely the case that there is an ample number of people who are not in favor of an A.I.D.S. memorial at town hall.  given the sensitivity of the issue and a reasonable fear of being labeled homophobic, these people will remain silent.  that kind of silence is not helpful in making the best decision.  
2:09 pm edt 

Re: Meter Personnel

In response to the other comment on the meter personnel, there are only 3 meter persons, 1 per shift. Does not matter if they walk or drive they are doing their job. The 2 female meter maids have a friendly attitude toward the people. But the male seems to have a really bad attitude. We have seen him in action and be very nasty to the public. While the females are extremely helpful when tourists asked them questions or just need help. I was one of them. One day I needed directions and i asked one of the females (one that was in a car) and she was so very helpful and very pleasant. So when I came into town that night I needed to get directions to a certain restaurant so I asked the male meter person that was on duty and he was very nasty. All he said was it was down the street.He said it like we were bothering him and that directions were beneath him. So give a hand to the female meter person. Get rid of the male... Or give him an attitude adjustment.
2:07 pm edt 

Someone in Town Obviously Hates Septic Systems
It has to be someone who does not pay a sewer bill.
I ,for one, am glad we built the sewer. We had to . It was
the right thing to do. 15 years ago cesspools were overflowing downtown all the time. everyone knows it.
but that doesn't mean all septic systems should be illegal. That's about as dumb as saying all cars should be illegal . Because they pollute the air.
Nice thought. Stupid answer.

The answer to all the nitrogen on cape cod is Growth Management. Provincetown has a bylaw. The other cape towns don't. They built and built and built and built.

Now they want a third bridge over the canal. ooops. forget that, lets just fill in the cape cod canal.

Growth management is the answer.

I'll give up my septic system when you give up your car. Permanently. No car. No bus. No plane. Take a walk. Oh, and when you have no job because no one can get here, then let me know how you are going to pay for your sewer. Which by the way, takes electricity. Oh, lets have a wind farm you say? right. the wind farm will produce less than 5% of what cape cod already consumes. I think i read somewhere the number is actually less than 1-2% .  Anyone know?

2:05 pm edt 

Re: Numerous Negatives

For numerous negatives I look at the destruction of our environment from nitrogen leaching into our bay from waterfront septic systems. You can throw crap (pun intended) at our now well functioning sewer system and you can try to make a mountain out of a molehill of one private property equipment failure that was promptly addresses but the fact remains        and others like     are destroying our environment because they don't want to part with any of their profit. They use this blog to continually disparage a system that is far in advance of what other cape towns are now facing. Fortunately the conservation law foundation will force issue and eventually most septic systems will be illegal on cape cod as they should be.
9:27 am edt 

Lets See if I Got This Right

Michelle couture helps double your taxes , she negotiates a horrid deal with truro that will raise your water rates, she gives the police department a great contract, more money, she won't deal with employee benefits because ....we made promises, she forces people to hook up to the sewer after promising they would not have to,  and now she is tearing her hair because people can't afford to live here ......and we are "hemorraging" people. 

I don't even know how to spell that.

So we should build more housing she says so we will have people that need to be policed. thank god for term limits 

I am counting the days.

The Clam
9:24 am edt 

Cupcake Man:

Leave it alone...  If the town has a problem with his serving them, let the town issue the tickets and not use the Police Department as the agents....  The town has their own health and zoning agents who should be issuing the violations if necessary....
9:22 am edt 

So What is Sharon's Status Now?

It's been two weeks since she was at town hall. I do think it's now time for some update from someone about Sharon Lynn. Will she be out for another week? Will she request a short leave? Will she want or need a longer leave? Since there was nothing in the Banner again this week, it's time for some report.
9:21 am edt 

Wrong and Wrong Again
The Assistant Town Manager did not just get there at the Crown twenty minutes before the DPW director. The Assistant Town Manager was informed about the Crown problem by the DPW director and informed that he should be there to handle the problem. Initially, it was unclear what the problem was. There was no Slam Dunk here.
9:20 am edt 

Re: John Santos

I agree with Mr. Santos that an Aids Memorial does not belong on the front steps of Town Hall.  
9:18 am edt 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ah, Yah. Bad Smelling Brown Crap Flowing at the Crown

I heard it was awful. I know some people who tried to buy tickets when the brown effluent circled the ticket booth and many did not want to stand there to purchse a ticket.

I do believe you are focusing on the positive issues at the cost of the many numerous negative issues. Crap. Brown yucky slim circled the Cown and it came from the sewer system. And you didn't see this? Really?

But I guess cupcakes sell more newspapers than brown crap swirling around our large businesses.

Isn't it time that the Banner address the real issues in this town?
7:43 pm edt 

Re: Oh, Did You Miss the Break in the Sewer System at the Crown?

And don't you love it when Couture makes mention of the horrid smell from the waterfront when they open the street sewer outfall pipes on the beach? Oh the smell!! Where do you think that smell comes from? Maybe the sewage spill over from the Crown and other places and all the road runoff? Maybe THAT'S where the bacteria count is coming from on the beach? All the rain comes and washes the roads down into the drains. It doesn't go anywhere else and the drains don't overflow when it rains, right? But oh, the smell!! Smarten up, it's not septic systems, its just about everything else thats making the beaches rotten.
7:41 pm edt 

Affordable Housing
Even the powers that be in Boston realize that there is enough housing. Lets use the land for we taxpayers who are living and working here--not for people in the rest of the country who want to live here and work part time.

Lets use it for our police department--There are no jobs here for people. We don't need new housing for the homeless--look at what they are doing to Hyannis.
7:39 pm edt 

Sewer Correction

There was NO sewer problem at the Crown & Anchor over Carnival. The vacuum PIT located on Crown & Anchor property was filling with water and sewage due to a valve misfunction that was first reported by the Provincetown BOOK STORE to the POLICE STATION due to sewage backing up on his property NOT the Crown & Anchor. The Sewer team arrived promptly, assessed the situation and REID HOLT who is a "master" for fixing the problem within 20 minutes. Roderick Bros. came and pumped the pit, REID fixed the problem and no issues after the repairl!! The Asst. Town Manager was on site within 5 minutes and was monitoring the situation as well. The response time was fast, efficient and the malfunction of the pit was resolved. The DPW director came about 20 minutes later. Reid Holt is one of those "silent" municipal employees who should be thanked on a daily basis.
7:37 pm edt 

Put Your Mouth to Good Use

Based on many posts on this blog, there are several individuals who feel that the town is not being run correctly and that other individuals have their own interests at heart.  Many people have their opinions on what should be done (i.e. Bang St., Septic Issues, Licensing Dept, etc.).

So, with the term expiration of Michelle Couture and Elaine Anderson coming next year, there should be plenty of people from this blog eager to fill those positions and do what they feel would be a better job.

Oh, wait, it is much easier to complain about something than to do something about it.
7:35 pm edt 

Re: Meter Personnel

I think whom ever placed the comment about the meter maid driving and talking on the phone has a little bit of an issue? Where you on the other end of the conversation? No? then what is your problem. I think you are the problem. So before you stir up a lot of trouble that you  know nothing about you should get your facts straight. Small town, small minds. Let these people do their jobs and I suggest you do yours.
7:34 pm edt 

Pink Cupcakes

HEY  It's not about pink cupcakes.  It's about the town's lack of equal enforcement to all.  The little girl sells lemonade.  So what?  Scottie sells cup cakes.  So what?
He got his liscenses and if no one had complained, he still would be selling his cupcakes in peace. Just pull his liscense.  There's the answer.  And send out Russell our inefficient building inspector to do what he does best.  Bully people. While we're at it, let Subway have a sign, but give the guy who opens a hot dog place where subway was, let's yank his sign because we can.  Let's get all the king's horses and all the king's men involved.  Maybe with enough glue, Humpty will be put together again (Oh do I need a building permit to do that?)
7:31 pm edt 

Oh, Did you Miss the Break in the Sewer System at the Crown?

Did you miss the sewer system mess that landed much brown flow on that property. Please, let's not make the failed sewer system a great one. And as for nitrogen in the bay, look to the outfall pipe, the many boats that do dump illegally in the bay, the crap along our beaches and the deteriating, smelling seaweed.
11:41 am edt 

Re: Bangs Street an Important Issue

Bangs St. units are up for sale and are constant reminders of how our fragile town is being sold out by those in charge who couldn't care less about anything but themselves and their own agendas.  How much of this million+ net profit will come back to the town for anything? (what's been handed out behind closed doors doesn't count) None.    

What's more important, pink cupcakes?  
10:39 am edt 

Re: Sewer System
Hey just noticed sewer system handled record flow during Carnival with nary a burp (see Banner). The only problem during Carnival was caused by grease in a holding tank on private property not the sewer system and this was only a 10 gallon problem. Meanwhile red dot delay properties including many along Commercial St continue to pour nitrogen from their customer's poop and pee into our bay while raking in summer profits.

- not dg or any other town employee
10:37 am edt 

Re: Ultralights

I do have my facts straight.

FAA Part 103 governs operation of ultralight aircraft

"103.15 Operations over congested areas.
No person may operate an ultralight vehicle over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons."

In court cases and enforcement actions a beach with people on it and any town are with population have been ruled "congested areas." Operation of any ultralight over the Town of Provincetown or over beaches with any more than a few people is illegal.
10:36 am edt 

"OPEN" Flags?

I went by the 2 businesses on Standish street right in the center of town.   Looks like the town could care less.   They still have the OPEN flags out and flying.   Funny, the locals don't want the 5 day work week.  Why?  They can do as they like on the busy days of the week/weekend.   Town hall really does show no respect for others that follow the law.
10:34 am edt 

Cupcakes vs Lemonade

Just wondering what is the difference between selling cupcakes from a table and selling lemonade from a cart.
10:33 am edt 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Re: Bangs Street
Much ado about nothing.  Got to admit I don't care. More important things to worry about.
10:37 pm edt 

Missing You Already

I miss the sun, the waves, surf, sand, tanned bodies, ocean air, breezes... where did the summer go... I hated to leave and go back to work... I love you Ptown!
10:36 pm edt 

Cupcake Man
What's all the fuss?  No one should be allowed to sell food from the sidewalk.  The failure falls on our lame licensing agent who once again cannot do the background work necessary for her board to make a decision.  Same thing happened with the 2 AM bar closings.  Did she take the time to do the background work and check to see if all these license holders would have to go before zoning?  Nope?  All she has to do is walk ten feet from her desk and talk to Maxine.  Lets get a licensing agent in this town that's worth her pay instead of someone who looks nice and smiles.  What were her qualifications when she was hired anyway?  Oh yeah, she was hired by Doug Taylor.  Need I say more.

And I've had one of the cupcakes in dispute.  What's the big deal. If I want a good cupcake, I'll drop by Relish.  Now that's a cupcake.
10:35 pm edt 

Re Bangs Street

Under the "watchful" eyes of town leaders, this lovely piece of quiet land, home to native plants and animals, was raped by a bulldozer driven by greed in the pathetic name of over a million dollars.  This is a slap in the face of those who care about the future of this town.  What a shallow way to make a buck.  Unbelievable it was approved.  Shocking that the same town leaders who denied one home on this land allowed four instead.  Makes no sense.  When I see these FOUR SEPARATE BUILDINGS I want to throw up.  How anyone involved in any aspect of these four open wounds can sleep is a wonder.
Sign me a disgusted abutter and not a troublemaker.  
7:43 pm edt 

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7:41 pm edt 

Re: Cupcake Man
Maybe cupcake man needs the bangs street developer, the art house, the plumber  and taxi company to represent him---then he can do as he wants
7:39 pm edt 

Cupcake Man

The joke is that the Banner sees fit to devote a full front page article AND an editorial about the cupcake man.  I guess the Banner has nothing better to write about.

If the cupcake man wants to sell his cupcakes let him find a proper venue to do it from rather than doing it from the sidewalk.
7:37 pm edt 

Bangs Street

People out there without common sense are a dime a dozen.  Just hope any new "home" buyer who even considers sinking over a 1/2 million into one of these overpriced cookie cutter prefabs sitting in sand does their homework.  The term "toxic development" comes back to mind as mentioned before on this blog.  Will Russel Braun consider a sign negative if you put a smiley face and a rainbow on it under the words?    
1:38 pm edt 

Fine Arts Work Center Fund Raising Reading

I'd like to thank everyone who came to the Fine Arts Work Center last evening to hear myself, Norris Mailer and Michael Tonello read from our respective books. The event was in support of the Provincetown Library which, it appears, raised a good bit of money via donation by all you good folks who attended.

I know this blog is generally a venue on which to express opinion and/or air complaints, but I thought it worthy to write this all around thank you note here. I believe the notion of good feeling about the art and work this community possesses should be put equally on the slate for consideration. We're often self critical of this little place we all call home, but sometimes when we look in the mirror of who we are by coming together for a fine event like a reading by three writers we can see just how lucky we are.

Thank you all for supporting us as writers and for supporting the efforts of the library.

Dwayne Raymond
1:34 pm edt 

Bangs Street

As I think I remember the issue of two equaling one. Didn't the developer or their appointed representative, eventually including town boards and town attorney, vigorously argue the point of these being two condos? Is the Real Estate agent trying to dupe the buyers by selling them ½ a condo for the price of one? In any other business this would be considered fraudulent and subject to legal repercussion. Or maybe its a sale where if you buy one you get the other one free, oh yeah. Roger Clements is being indicted for lying to Congress, but then P-Town is not Congress and the citizens of P-Town are used to lies. This has to be one of the most blatant examples of misrepresentation ever perpetuated on and by the town. By the developer selling these condos separately as four units, they are openly admitting their deception and laughing in our faces at the ease this was carried out.
1:32 pm edt 

Bangs Street

So do the low end finishing in the new bangs street construction count for going green??  Meaning she's keeping the green in her pocket??  
1:28 pm edt 

Baba Bing, Bangs Street

"He told me that most of the neighbors were fine with this development except for a few trouble makers."

To confirm this statement I urge the abutting neighbors to place signs on their private properties displaying their opinions concerning this project.

Note: Be aware that any signs of a negative nature will be
contrary to town by-laws and will most definitely be posted in the "Banner" and dealt with accordingly.
1:27 pm edt 

Idle Hour and the Courtesy Float
For the past four days the lobster boat Idle Hour has been tied to the town's Courtesy Float which has a 15 minute tie up limit.  Assistant Harbormaster Rick Silva owns the Idle Hour.  Two weeks ago I tied up to the float to go to Mojo's to get lunch to bring back to my boat.  The Assistant Harbormaster on duty told me that if I wasn't back in 15 minutes that he was going to write me a fifty dollar ticket.  How many fifty dollar tickets has Rick Silva gotten for being there for four days?  I think we all know the answer to that question. It isn't who you know, but who you     .
1:24 pm edt 

Re: Zoning Matters
Whaaa whaaaa whaaaa. The business has been in that neighborhood in the building for over 25 years, probably longer than you've been alive and for sure longer than you've been in the neighborhood. To bad for you. Next time, do your homework before you buy in the neighborhood.

And to the so called FAA rules, you don't need a pilots license and you don't go by any FAA rules for ultralights. Get you facts first.
1:19 pm edt 

Sheila Lyons vs. Dan Wolf

Let's elevate the conversation to a topic we can do something about: Sheila Lyons v. Dan Wolf

I think Dan wolf is a smart guy and I'm inclined to vote for him. But lots of my dyed in the wool blue democratic neighbors have signs for Lyons.

Change My Mind
1:18 pm edt 

What is With the "OPEN" Flags?

I thought OPNE FLAGS were not allowed till after November in Provincetown?  There are 2 businesses on Standish Street (Between commercial and Bradford) that have OPEN FLAGS out.   Is it because it is a Thursday night going into the weekend, and the town hall is closed?
1:16 pm edt 

See no Evil

I just took a walk around town and went up Alden Street to see what the complaints about parking are talking one mentioned that behind the illegally parked taxis is a mess of a auto repair yard no posted liscense in a residential area---how is that are the toxic fuels being handled?........this is happening right across from a town building?...........very suspicious
1:15 pm edt 

What a joke!

Again, Provincetown proves to be a joke when it comes to the town and handling of local businesses.  The Banner this week had a large article regarding the Cup Cake Man that again shows that this town has no idea how to help businesses succeed and instead decides to kick them to the curb.

This guy had a license issued from the Licensing Department allowing his business.  He was on private property operating his business and Mr. Braun decided that he would use a bylaw that has no mention that food couldn't be sold from a folding table.  The bylaw is specific to vending machines, yet Mr. Braun decides how to interpret the bylaw.  You can't make up your own rules.  If it isn't specific in the bylaw, then it is legal until they decide to change it.

But is must have something to do with money.  Seeing as though the Art House put up an illegal shed on the sidewalk because it was approved by another town department, but then was told it wasn't legal but was ok to keep it up for the entire summer until after they raked in their money.  Why can't the Cup Cake Man continue to operate his business for the remainder of the season as well?  Not enough money?  Not enough status in this town?

Goes back to the sandwich board bylaws as well.  Mr. Braun continues to "interpret" the bylaws as he sees fit instead of following them as written.

What a joke!
1:12 pm edt 

Bangs Street is Not Affordable Anything

There is no affordable units here--all for profit at the highest level theyc an get. Never was an affordable anything. Wait till the water bubbles underneath and the dunes continue to fall and yes the mosquitos find a home on the arms and legs of the new owners. A case of Off would be more than helpful.
There is nothing green about this property. It destroyed anything that was green, that was native to the land, that was natural. Pre-fab landscapeing and pre-fab houses.
1:11 pm edt 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Re: Bangs Street

The Bangs St. units are on sale for $580,000.00 a piece, that's only $3,400.00 a month.  Which one is affordable housing again?  Broker didn't mention it.  He must have forgot.  

The Pat Shultz ad says "The complex has four town homes".

Funny, no mention of connectors here, you know a stick of wood connecting four to make 2.  

Units are listed as being very "green".  See, troublemakers, you were wrong.  This project really does care about the environment.  Yes, we know clearcutting the dune and bulldozing every living plant in sight is the complete opposite of being "green" but comeon, whose counting?  Energy efficient furnace with gas tank, no comparison?  The only "green" here is the money to be raked in and the envy of the neighbors, sorry, I mean troublemakers.  Funny, the ad doesn't mention mosquitoland is next door.  Are they giving out free cans of OFF with each unit?  Because, if not, that might be a clincher.      
9:23 am edt 

Re: Zoning Matters
The same business operator also flies a heinously noisy ultralight aircraft low over beaches and frequently over town in direct violation of FAA regulations regarding these aircraft over populated areas.
7:20 am edt 

Goodbye Septic Systems

Good news for those who care about the cape's future:

The Conservation Law Foundation and the Coalition for Buzzards Bay have filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency for not adequately protecting Cape waters.

The groups argue the federal agency is not upholding the Clean Water Act, which is resulting in nitrogen, primarily from septic systems, polluting coastal waters.

The two groups have also issued a 60-day intent to sue, naming the EPA, Cape Cod Commission and Barnstable County Commission (commissioners) over failure to implement and update an area-wide wastewater management plan, as required by law. "The destruction of Cape Cod's bays and estuaries must not be allowed to continue unchecked," said John Kassel, president of CLF." Decades of foot-dragging are now threatening the very lifeblood of the Cape. We know the culprit and we know the solution."

From wicked local website

- not a town employee, etc
7:18 am edt 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Neighbors Are Still Appalled at the Bangs Street Development

Do brokers tell the truth? Would he say the neighborhood is disgusted with how this development occurred and all the rules broken for Judy Menscher and now Pat Schutz to make money? Do you really believe the neighborhood is happy that Menscher took over the neighborhood dirt road to plant marigolds and rose bushes? And are the Silva's happy that their dune hill is caving in and falling down on these pre-built modular homes?

Please, let's get the reactions to these problematic houses correct. The disapproval and disgust has not gone away--even if a broker has to lie to sell these bloody things.
10:47 pm edt 

Re: Bangs Street

At the Bangs St. open house, would you expect anything other than downplaying neighborhood tension and sugar coating from the listing broker?  Funny, last time I spoke with one of the neighbors, he was disgusted, as were a few others.  Oh, it must have been one of the "troublemakers".  Come on. More overpriced, poor quality pre-fab jammed in  construction.  No thanks.   
10:45 pm edt 

A Zoning Matter

Is it legal to operate a light-industrial plumbing warehouse/plumbing operation in a residential neighborhood?  Trucks go plumbers go "flying" up and down  as well as big supply trucks up Franklin, Cottage, Nickerson and Creek Roads all year long trying to access this warehouse.  Is it legal to operate a light industrial warehouse in a residential neighborhood?   Because it sure doesn't seem safe.  
10:44 pm edt 

Part Time Selectman
How many meetings will Grassey miss this winter when he takes off for sailing in the Virgin Islands?  
7:20 pm edt 

Re: Grassy
Part of being a selectmen is to represent the town at official town functions.  It was disgraceful that he did not attend the monument celebrations.  He doesn't get it and he is not going to 'clean up' anything.
6:26 pm edt 

Re: Re: John Santos

I know Grassy pretty well and can tell you he does want to be on the BOS or he wouldn't have run. He's a no nonsense guy that isn't there for the pomp and circumstance of the board. He's there to work, unlike the others who can't wait to get themselves in front of the cameras. Listening to him makes you realize he's unlike the others, living in reality and making sense. As proof, the current situation of the town, (finances, infrastructure, board make-up) sits squarely with the other members of the board. Grassy just started to clean up the messes.
5:47 pm edt 

Bangs Street:

I went to a Real Estate Open house at 27-31 Bangs Street this weekend and thought the homes were great!  The broker from Pat Shultz, Joe DeMartino was very informative.  He told me that most of the neighbors were fine with this development except for a few trouble makers.  Once the landscaping is complete, the neighbors will probably be pleased.  At least they don't have cabs parked everywhere.
5:46 pm edt 

Re: Doctor on BOH

Psychiatrists are physcians. They get their MD before specializing
5:45 pm edt 

Re: Doctor on BOH

A psychiatrist is a physician- with extra years of study
5:43 pm edt 

Re: Doctor on BOH

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has completed 4 years of training after receiving a Doctor of Medicine degree(MD) The first of those 4 years is an internship where they rotate through medicine, surgery, pediatrics, ob-gyn etc.

I do not know who you are referring to but if they are a psychiatrist this is the training they received. Does that make them qualified to make scientific judgments about water pollution etc-it certainly qualifies them to read the facts and make some assumptions based on the years of science required to receive the basic MD.
5:42 pm edt 

Re: John Santos

We will add Santos to the pantheon of other elected officials who quit like nataro and parmakian because they didn t understand the requirements of the job we elected them to do.
5:41 pm edt 

Meter Personnel

Why do I  only ever see two of them walking?  The girl on the days is always riding in the car on the phone..

Who monitors them?
5:38 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Re: John Santos
FYI.  He didn't bother to put on a tie and attend the historic 100th anniversary of the monument either.  I don't think he's homophobic, I just don't think he cares.  And if you take the time to watch the BOS meetings, doesn't look like he wants to be there either.
11:38 pm edt 

Dr on the BOH
Dr Livingstone is a psychiatrist, he is not a physician.
11:37 pm edt 

Licensing Board Disaster: There is No Full Board

How many board members can resign and still have a board? That is the dilemma for Licensing. Another member resigns. Well, Couture did say she wanted them all to resign---and now what? What do you now have? I consider the now former members of the Licensing Board to be professional and to have made solid decisions. They were good members, they served well and now and they decided to leave for their own reasons.

But now what?
11:36 pm edt 

RE: 5 Conwell St.

Don't forget the garden shed that was  put on the property without a permit.
11:34 pm edt 

Right on Editorial

The Banner had quite the editorial last week. It seems to have been taken right from this blog!

The only thing missing was the entitled cab company that is creating a serious hazard on Alden Street.

We need to work together and not have our horses pulling in opposite directions.
10:46 am edt 

I Applaud the Physician on the BOH for Finally Addresing the Scientific Issues

This was dealing with the closing of beaches and then trying to force all septic systems to be inspected. But tonight at the Joint BOH/BOS meeting, you saw the basic concern about scientific evidence. I like how he asked about the scientific evidence behind the beach testing. Who is testing and what are they testing? what does it mean? How can they be testing at the same time same place when there are tides? These were basic but great questions. Of course, the BOH could not answer them but they were going to examine the issues further.

Yes, let's get to the science behind these issues. Not assumptions without facts.

Bravo for those who knew: truth lies in fact; truth lies in tests that fit the issues.
10:45 am edt 

Re: Alden Street Cabs

Call the police and report it to them, after all they are the ones who can do something about it.

10:40 am edt 

Re: Opening Night

PBG should be ashamed for that carnival. Opening night party was a huge bust and made the Boatslip look bad.
10:37 am edt 

Re: 5 Conwell Street

Yes the owner of 5 Conwell Street (east corner of Railroad Avenue) got away with putting in his own curb cut on the most dangerous road in town without a permit. He also erected a vinyl fence without a historic district permit. And added a studio apartment without a building permit. This all was done in the off season of this year. FYI he is a life long townie, with a powerful Portuguese family.
10:36 am edt 


Wow....what a great parade - well done Roger.
The rest of the so called line up, what a joke. Hope the PBG plan refunding us for the pitiful opening night.
10:35 am edt 

Someone Wrote:
"I see a pattern of patent homophobic behavior. "

As a gay member of this community for over 20 years who knows John Santos, what i see is a blogger with patent agenda-driven, slash & burn, gay hysteria.

Knock it off. Our town deserves better. Mr Santos was not my choice for selectman, but i would strongly suggest that if you don't like a vote he took, say so. And say why. Name calling is rather passe.

As for not being in the parade with the other members of the board of selectmen, i don't blame him a bit.

I wouldn't want to be seen with them either.

Clean your glasses.
10:32 am edt 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Alden Street Cab Entitlement

Why are these cabs able to block traffic cars coming from seashore point, from cemetary road and from the stop and shop have to stop and work around the illegally parked cabs and cabs sticking out of the yard at Alden Street. An accident waiting to happen with pedestrians, bikers, and cars all jammed up.
1:01 pm edt 

Re: Private Take-Over of Public Ways

As a follow-up to my post about private parking on public land, there is a big difference between just using the area for parking and building on public land. I think we would have a traffic problem if the bike shop could not use the land for parking.
1:00 pm edt 

Provincetown Jazz Festival


To see all Public Performances, Click PerformanceSchedule.html

Bart and Carol

Check out the photos from the Provincetown Jazz Festival Photos2010.htm

11:44 am edt 

Private Take-Overs of Public Ways

Another flagrant example of private take-overs of public ways is the bicycle shop by west vine. Just look at the castral maps to see they do not own what thy say is their private parking property.Its no different than the part of bradford opposite Victor's. It is town property and anyone can park there.
10:16 am edt 

Thank You

Just want to say thanks to the poster who responded re: jewish holy day services.
6:35 am edt 

Yes, Let's Get a List of All Dirt Roads

That should be the first thing we do. Then we can decide who wants what. I think it's first come, first serve. I love this idea. Find a dirt road and own land soon. It's marvelous. We take what others are taking and call it ours!
12:05 am edt 

To: The Major Road Hazard

What about the neighbor on the east side of Railroad Avenue who put in two parking spaces entering and existing the property directly on Conwell Street.  I had to apply for a curb cut to park directly on my property.  Did he?
12:04 am edt 

Re: John Santos

Selectman Santos voted against the aids memorial on the lawn of town hall. He didn t ride with the other selectmen in the carnival parade. I see a pattern of patent homophobic behavior.
12:03 am edt 

A Few Points:
1.  blog is fair, grow up

2.  carnivale parade was entertaining as usual and people who don't participate have NO right to criticize those who do, again grow up   Many a bunion was born thanks to high heels.

3.  BOS meetings are BS meetings and the voice of the people is not louder than that of special interests.

4.  Bangs St. Ext. proves town officials could NOT care less about our town, really.  These units spell cheap box eyesores. Private roads are up for grabs.  Squatters rights do still exist and the laws of the Ole West do apply.  Money talks. All respect for town hall was killed by those wielding arbitrary rulings from there on this.  Not sad, but in need of investigation, seriously.

5.  Beaches off Comm'l St. are still gross.

6.  Townies do have entitlement and deservedly so.  Go walk thru the cemetery and say some words for those who drowned on fishing boats and then      about a green line or something stupid.

Peace out.
12:02 am edt 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Re: Well If a Developer Can Take Over and Absorb a Public Road, Then so Can All of Us

Like the cab company did alden street?
7:58 pm edt 

Well If a Developer Can Take Over and Absorb a Public Road, Then so Can All of Us
Let's get a list of all small public roads in town. Let's plant flowers, do landscaping and connect electric cables and telephone lines. If it's good enough for Judy Mencher, then it's good enough for all of us. Buy a small piece of land near a commonly held road--try Atkins Road, try Daggart Lane, try any dirt road, and then take it over. Not a problem for Judy Mencher on the Bangs Street Exentions, then not a problem for anyone else in town to do the same. Neighbors can take over the dirt roads around the old Nelson riding stables--the Ted Malone Race Road development.

It's yours to take! It's ours to take! Stake out the new dirt roads. First one to stake it, gets it. Follow the "leader" and let's plant our flags!
5:41 pm edt 

The Difference Between a Public Hearing and a Public Meeting
They are extremely different. Some of the posts on this blog are misleading.  A public Hearing allows the audience a lot of participation. A public meeting allows the public to attend and listen. But they do not have the right to speak .
Most meetings of the BofS are public meetings and the only time the audience members can speak is during public statements. If the BofS wishes to hear public comment on an item, they schedule, post and advertise, a PUBLIC HEARING.

This meeting between the BofS and BofH is a public meeting. Plan on listening to an "Open Discussion" between the BofS and the BofH.   Unless an item on the agenda reads Public Statements, don't plan on having a voice. That's not how it works.

Slippery Clam
5:39 pm edt 

Re: Cup Cakes

He was chased away by people who had issue as to whether he was licensed, inspected by the health department, etc.  He has been out a couple of times within the past few weeks.  I've seen him up on the porch between the beer garden and the Rogue Gallery.  I think I heard him saying that was private property versus the corner of the street.

If you read down through this blog you'll find those who had an issue with him.  I know he had a license at one point because I saw it.  I found it to be great that he was out there.  Something fun about P'town that has been taken away by people that want to make issue of every little thing around here.  If things continue with the          by those who live here year round, there won't be much fun left in P'town.
5:33 pm edt 

Let's Just Admit It: Fourth of July Police and State Police and 10 Amublances are Over-Kill

We just don't need all this "police" protection. We don't need 10 ambulances just in case...of what? One person hits their head on the sidewalk as they did six years ago and the BOS, then, went ballistic. They overreacted then and they overreact now.

Pull down the fleet. De-scale. Do for the Fourth what you do for Carnival. It works in August and it will work in July.
5:31 pm edt 

Going Bananas

Would the webmaster allow these comments were they directed at the Governor of the Commonwealth or the President of the United States?

Think About It
5:30 pm edt 

Major Road Hazard!!

Rail Road Avenue and Johnson Street Estention has become a mojor hasard.  The onwers of 4 Conwell Street (Condos) have taken over the corner.  They have four units and have taken five spaces.  One space is on Johnson Street Extention.  They have also put a stell gerter and cynder blocks the cars and trucks hit.  I was turning and got a flat tire due to fact they have put a pipe sticking out so that when I turned onto Railroad Avenue I got a flat.  How can the the Town let this happen.  It is a big accident wating to happen.
Full time resident.
5:29 pm edt 

Re: Carnival Parade

Fun as ever and very well organized this year.

My only complaint - the mylar confetti.  I thought it was already not permitted, but it should be banned.  It never disappears and it's a hazzard to our beaches.  Plus it's really a pain in the butt to get out of gardens, etc.
5:26 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

Anyone know why Sharon L is in the hospital?  Hope it is not serious
5:25 pm edt 

Re: Carnaval Parade

"As a Straight taxpayer in the town of provincetown can anyone explain to me why the PBG could hold a parade without the same police coverage that the fourth of july and the monument parade had."

Perhaps you should rename yourself the ignorant           taxpayer. It is not a gay-straight thing, it is a public safety thing.

I am told all Provincetown Police Officers work on July 4th and all Provincetown Police Officers worked for the Carnival event.

Extra cops & paramedics were here on July 4th, Extra cops & paramedics were here for the Monument 100th and Extra cops and paramedics were here for Carnival.

It seems to me the extra Troopers and Ambulance crews especially on July 4th are necessary for the huge fireworks traffic and the "hoards of drunken young people" that this event always seem to attract.
4:34 pm edt 

Re: Cup Cakes

Anyone know about what happened to the cup cake guy  that use to be on the corner of Commercial and Carver Street?
4:32 pm edt 

For Me, the Webmaster is Fair
I hear many sides and positions on this blog. When issues come up, I don't see negative comments being absent. It's the issues that drive this blog and I see the issues being reported or commented on.
12:13 pm edt 

Kudos to the Crown & Anchor

I'm glad someone clarified exactly what the Corwn & anchor did for the parade and the monies it raised. They are always generous, involved and committed to this community. Myabe it's jelousy but Rick does much for this town. He is active, engaged and I'm glad he's both a business owner and a resident and a voice of reason. He is a good business man and we need more like him here.
12:12 pm edt 

Re: Think Bigger

"...the point was as to where were the local large gay and straight businesses at the parade ?"

Kudos to those who found the time and funds to create an entry in the parade.  I can only speak for myself, but August is so busy many times I don't know what day it is.  I wish I had the time to create an entry in the parade, but I just don't.

11:22 am edt 

A Banana a Day Keeps the Feds Away
Or a banana a day keeps the BOS away.
1:16 am edt 

Selective Censorship
If you post hate filled stuff about people Clarence and Marcene don't like, no matter how illiterate the item is posted. If you anything critical ofntheir ineptitude and buffoonery it gets censored out. Simple, effective way to slant the information feed, or misinformation feed seen on this blog.
1:15 am edt 

To the Ignorant Blogger

The Crown & Anchor had a float that was hand made by its employees over the busy month of August, It had 2 local year round entertainers on the float Billie Jean from SNIP and Thirsty Burlington a local performer, It had 4 year round employees form Provincetown on the float and 3 "guest" performers who delighted the crowds over a 3 day period at the Parade and in the nightclub for 2 nights with NO COVER charges. The Float won Most Fun Float at the Awards the next night and The Crown & Anchor raised over $ 8,000.00 to be donated to the Provincetown Business Guild at its Closing Party.
12:40 am edt 

Public hearings and public meetings both allow or at least should allow the public to speak in regards to the topic at hand. If not, why call it a PUBLIC meeting or hearing? Usually, it's the PUBLIC that will be effected by the discussion and eventual decisions so they should be allowed to speak freely.
12:35 am edt 

Re: Think Bigger

You're missing the posters point by a long shot...
the point was as to where were the local large gay and straight business,s at the parade ?
12:33 am edt 

BOH and BOS Open Discussion
It is an OPEN DISCUSSION between the BOH and the BOS, not the general public.  You will only be able to make comments during the BOS public statements.  This is NOT a public hearing where pros and cons from the public are allowed.  And if they are allowed then you'd be          that the BOS didn't post it as a public hearing which requires a two week advertised notice.

The BOH is required to hold a public hearing once they have made their decision on the regulations.  It will be advertised in the Banner for two weeks.  That is when you should speak up and loudly to before the regs are adopted.
12:30 am edt 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Now I Know Why so Many People are Buying Bananas

There are so many people always picking and choosing and buying bananas at the Stop & Shop and other stores in town.

Thanks for letting me know the real reason they are going fast!
11:37 am edt 

Board of Health Posting States Open Discussion
If you look at the Board of Health Agenda it states a joint meeting with the BOS and has as its agenda the following:


         To INCLUDE FUTURE Board of Health regulations.
11:36 am edt 

Re: Carnaval Parade

"Carnival parade was just seems most of the
floats, cars etc were advertising outside interests, not

Blogger: you sound xenophobic. Nationally based corporate sponsorship elevates the profile of Carnival parade and  its thematic week. It's great for the local economy. Your assessment is pedestrian at best.

Think Big and Bigger!
11:35 am edt 

Re: Carnaval Parade

Carnival parade was just seems most of the
floats, cars etc were advertising outside interests, not
i wonder each year where are the large gay and straight
money gobbling town business,s that are the first in line asking the town and its citizens for more ways to make a
i realise business,s offer other contributions to the town,
but each year i end up asking myself and others the same question, where was the crown and anchor,the a house, the
boat slip etc ???????
maybe they were busy counting there previous nights
reciepts ??????
9:19 am edt 

I Wish You Had Tossed the Banana at Her
I would have smiled. I would have thanked you.  Maybe next year, you'll have your chance. Oh, no. She'll be gone. Finally she can't run again. So next year, there will be no Michelle Couture on the BOS float. That is worth throwing bananas in the air!
9:02 am edt 

On This I Agree: Treat Fourth of July Parade the Same as Carnival

I still don't get why we need 10 ambulances, why we need state police on horses, then more state police and so many town police on overtime for the Fourth of July. But with Carnival, everything works well and you don't have mounted police, you don't see extra state police. Yet talk to any town official about the Fourth, and they will insist they need and we need and we must pay $20,000 just for state police. There are more people on the street and in the street and along the street for Carnival. It works well.

Do the same for the Fourth! there's some strange, if not whacy, assumption underlying the thinking here. Maybe someone can help explain it.
9:01 am edt 

Re Carnaval Parade

"RE:As a Straight taxpayer in the town of provincetown can anyone explain to me why the PBG could hold a parade without the same police coverage that the fourth of july and the monument parade had."

Because the queers can bring 50,000 people to town without a single arrest.
8:59 am edt 



Webmaster It is LARKIN not LARKING

Webmaster Comment: Thank you.
8:55 am edt 

Joint Meeting With the BOS and BOH
You can show up as prepared as you want, but this is not a public hearing.  You can make your points during public statements, but don't expect a reply.
8:52 am edt 

Re: If I Had a Banana
Webmaster, please explain why you choose to allow postings filled with such hatred? It is one thing to disagree with someone but there is absolutely no place for downright hatred.

If this anonymous blog did not exist, that poster would never have the nerve to espouse such hatred in public.  And yet you allow it on this blog.

Webmaster, please explain how blatant hatred creates better government.

Oh wait, I know why you allow it, you don't like her either.
8:51 am edt 

Re: Bangs Sreet Extension

8:49 am edt 

Re: Liz Carney

It's interesting to hear the name Liz Carney brought up here again. I haven't heard a peep from or about her since the whole green line controversy this past winter. Wasn't she the local artist who complained that she wasn't allowed to participate in the proposed plan to promote the East end gallery district? Didn't she essentially imply that, if given the chance, she could do a better job with the task?

Where is she now? Does she actually live here? I am pretty familiar with the local arts scene and I don't recall seeing her work in any gallery. Is she really even an artist or just someone who wanted to stir things up?

Yoo-hoo, Liz? We're still waiting...
8:45 am edt 

Re: Michelle Couture

Please don't insult special education students by lumping Michelle Couture in with them. Thank you.
8:43 am edt 

What a Great Parade!

 Thanks to Roger Chauvette!  Drag Bingo was great! Thankyou UU!  But opening night at the Boatslip was a horrible rip off of $15.  What happened to the great entertainers of previous years? And why no concert at the end of the week this year? Don't we have a real PBG director anymore? This Nick didn't do anything right!
8:42 am edt 

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hey, Re: Re: Wrong, wrong...

1.  Bangs St. Ext. was created in the 1800s for fisherman to carry their nets to a drying area in land beyond and was used thereafter for blueberry picking and travel to the ancient ways and cartways which criss-crossed behind (gone now and replaced by houses and roads)

2.   Elmer Silva doesn't own now or didn't in the past own this land.  His brother, Robert did and Mr. Arthur Avila (Robert is the one whose house will be caving in due to this lovely project you obviously endorse) Hmmn.  Who are you?

3.  In the event of an emergency, try to turn a fire truck around back there without this small private road as an access piece and good luck.  A bike couldn't turn this weekend.  

I may be wrong but I sure am right.
6:29 pm edt 

Nick, you did a great job. You did it all with enthusiasm and without hogging the show. We are finally getting over the past director's difficulties and arrogance and you made it seem easy. You brought everyone in and did it so well.

Thanks to you and your team of volunteers.

What a delight! What a fabulous party! And let's party on!!
4:09 pm edt 

Re: Request For Information

Gee, That Was A Rather Long Answer to a Simple Question

sometimes a fewer words would work. Glad you gave someone an answer but....
4:07 pm edt 

Walls Have Ears

I was playing tourist a week or so back when I went in to a store owned by a town official.  As I am not a huge fan of trinkets I hadnt been in there before but as I was taking a nice evening walk I thought it might be nice to see what she offered in her store. Now I read this blog, I grew up here, I am in my mid twenties, I have a family, and I dont feel some sort of entitlement because of any of that but I do object to her discussing town business on her cell phone as she works in the store.  Along with myself the store had roughly five other people walking about and hearing her discussion as she walked around the store talking about particular town business & mentioning several town officials. I do not find that to be professional, I was taken back a bit and left her store promptly.  It took me some time to decide if this was worthy of mentioning but I feel as though she & others who work or reside on committees should be reminded to behave in a respectful & professional manner.
3:53 pm edt 

Carival vs Family Weekl

Anyone want to compare tonight with Family Week?
3:48 pm edt 

If I Had Had a Banana, I Would Have flung it at Michelle Couture
that would have been my response to this wonderful Carnival It was great and an absolutely fantastic party. But when I saw this wench, all I wanted to do was throw a banana at her.

What a      . She is the opposite of what Carnival is all about. She would have stopped it if she could. She is an unmitigated uneducated dispicable person.

Sorry, but this woman turns my stomach. She has not brought any good to this town. She is, in fact, the problem and if she even graduated from eighth grade--and we have not proof of that--she would still be unable to hold a coherent thought. Couture is, plain and simple, a sad disaster that has burdened us and continues to burden us with her undeducated mind. She should be in in special ed class and even then---we would not survive well with her so-called leadership.
3:46 pm edt 

Re:To: Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Again, wrong wrong wrong

Look at the assessors maps as I did and you will see that there is no way a fire exit was established through that parcel of land. If so, the road would need to continue through Elmer Silvas property, which it does not. Bangs Street Ext. was created to create frontage therefore more lots. It's because of your stupidity that you never are able to get you points across at meetings.

Stay dumb. Its entertaining.
3:44 pm edt 

Carnival Parade:
As a Straight taxpayer in the town of provincetown can anyone explain to me why the PBG could hold a parade without the same police coverage that the fourth of july and the monument parade had. Where were the mounted patrol, the state police, the sheriffs office, and the 10 ambulances that were required by town officals. Chief Jaran requested that the DPW set up traffic cones in designated areas {they didn't  work last year} Just spoke to an individual where the chief was last employed he said good luck to you hopefully he won't bankrupt you like he did in NH. Hope there is enough personnel on duty tonight when the GHB starts to take effect. 

3:43 pm edt 

Sign Me Up

To whom and how much, do I have to pay to get on the "The rules only apply to a few and those few are NOT picked at random" list?  
3:38 pm edt 

Re: Request For Information

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12:37 pm edt 

To East End Lacks Action:

The woman's name was Liz Carney and to date she has done absolutely nothing to better the arts in Provincetown or to drive traffic to the East End.  What a suprise.  I am with you when you say they did nothing but compain about others who tried tp help.  From what I gather, the once very active committee packed their bags and said watch what happens now. Small town..small minds and now smaller wallets.  Maybe some of them will have to sell their Florida homes.
10:55 am edt 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

To: Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

FYI the town can do whatever it wants and state regulations don't matter at all.  Look at the blog right after yours, Bangs St. Ext. was taken over completely by a developer and incorporated into a project even though it doesn't belong to the project and is a TOWN Fire Dept. ordered emergency exit route.  Yet, the town does nothing, no violations, nothing.  Wake up.  The 100 foot buffer zone on this project was thrown out and a leaching field is within the buffer zone of a wetland.  There are no STATE REGULATION REQUIRED impact zone windows on this project.  Don't delude yourself.  The rules only apply to a few and those few are NOT picked at random.  
9:06 am edt 

Request For Information

This is the first season I will be staying in town until past Labor Day.  Does anyone know of any Rosh Hashonah/Yom Kippur observancess locally? I tried googling but closest I found were Orleans, Chamber of Commerce didn;t know either.  I realize this is off topic but figured some of the locals might know.

7:09 am edt 

Question: How Does a Developer Take Over a Common Private Street?

Bangs Street Extension no longer exists. It is covered over and landscaped. The entire street is now ringed off with yellow tape to keep others away. But how can a developer take over public land, take over a private road that is held in common and is not their's to take. And this road was part of the Fire Department ruling for emergency exit.

This is incredible and yet allowed by this town? Goodby to Bang Street Extension now that Judy Mencher has usurped land that never was hers to take and sell. This lawyer should be brought before the Board of Bar Overseers.
12:37 am edt 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Re; Jane Dust Off Your Skates

The state laws regarding septic issues, inspections included, are the minimum that each town and therefore the townspeople, need to comply with. Any town, by way of its BOH, can add to the laws but can't weaken them. For instance, if the law says all leach areas need to be 100' from the wetlands, the town can't make a regulation that reduces the distance but they can increase the distance to whatever they feel is right. Same with the inspections. Law states there are specific times when an inspection needs to be perfomed, transfer of ownership, every three years for condos, etc. The town can make inspections mandatory every year for everyone if they feel there is reason to do so. And cost is borne by the property owner. Eastham BOH has required everyone in town to pump their septic system every three years. State law doesn't require that but the town does. And they can. And as far as inspections go, no company with any integrity does inspections for free. If they do, remembe!
r, "you get what you paid for". An official form needs to be filed with the town and the inspection is more than looking in the tank for a few minutes. If that's what you think is involved, you are sadly mistaken. And Jane isn't the one doing the inspections. She can't by law. It's a conflict. Below is a link to the Title V regs. Section 15.300 is the inspection regs.
11:06 pm edt 

Re: Obfuscation Indeed

"Deceased" is merely a state of mind, meaningless to those whose presence is not defined by the often times absurd rules of society.  
11:04 pm edt 

Re:Obfuscation Indeed!!
Of course they didn't post the specifics of the discussion and of course the BOS didn't post the meeting yet. Why would they? They don't want you there to complain or join in on the discussion. The BOS must post 48 hours prior to the meeting or they can't be there as a board nor any more than two members, three is a quorum. And don't try the "by chance meeting" they would pull, saying they didn't know the others would be there. They know.
11:00 pm edt 

All Things End

The Iraq war is OVER!!!!!!
8:53 pm edt 

Obfuscation indeed!!

Secret squirrel meetings are par for the course.  Where will this town be in 30 years?  Who cares.  It's someone else's problem and it's Carnivale tomorrow so let the mayhem begin and stop being a wet diaper.  Also, congrats Norman Mailer.  You know, this fine man introduced me to my first Playboy issue in his East End home near the Green Monster at the ripe old age of 11.  I'd bet a Mojo mushroom chunk he doesn't remember it though.   Party on dude!  

Webmaster Comment: Mr. Mailer is deceased
8:52 pm edt 

Jane Dust Off Your Skates

The bottom line is:  Property owners cannot be forced, against their will, to foot the bill for Town ordered inspections.  Mass. Laws seem to supercede Town laws on this subject.  If the Health Dept. and the Town, due to poor planning, need money that sorely, inspections are to be performed AT THE TOWNS EXPENSE.  Keep in mind:  A septic inspection takes 5 minutes once the cover is exposed and most septic companies don't charge for one.  So, at that rate, Jane Evans on a bad day with summer traffic and bikes could do at least 100+.    
8:47 pm edt 

East End Lacks Action

Well, if the East End Galleries are complaining, I remeber there was a group of people who were trying to get traffic there but the East End galleries didn't participate and then stifled the groups efforts .  Too bad for them.  Maybe they can remember the  Liz woman who led a campaign against their the groups efforts and see what she has done to make things better.  What goes around comes arund.
8:46 pm edt 

Septic Backup

ere was an offensive odor downtown.  If  forced inspections and hookups are next, why is new construction galore being approved by the Health Dep. with Title Vs.  Why are these places being built by the multitude without requiring hookups to town sewer or at least a commitment from the Developer or Owner that when town sewer is available, hookup will take place within a certain time frame?  Will these new unit/buildings with shiny new Title Vs be forced, even though their tanks haven't even settled into the sand yet, to install town sewer hookups?  Look at Bangs St., septic built into the sand above a wetland?  Why no hookup requirement down the line here?  Stupid.   Developers wont' be happy about planking out their own doe for this so the taxpayers better get their checkbooks ready to foot the bill for them.  
8:44 pm edt 

Why Does the BOS Agenda Only Have "Other" Listed

The Board of Health posted their agenda on August 12th, but the BOS has only the meeting with Finn Comm. The BOS has known since August 12th that they were meeting jointly with the Board of Health. Why not pubhlicize it? Why this blank for an entire week? If they knew since August 12th of this Joint Board of Health/BOS meeting, it should have been posted for the last week. That is how real open meetings work. Give out all the information as soon as you have it.

This is game playing and OBFUSCATION!

Let's have openness instead of secrecy; fair government instead of this disproportionate treatment. I don't think we're asking too much! It's our right!
12:29 pm edt 

What Happend?
Seems that the Crown & Anchor had a
septic backup yesterday . So much for
the integrity of the sewer system.
My TitleV is working just  fine!!!

Red Dottie
12:27 pm edt 

Re: Lighten Up!

What a shame, there are throngs of people enjoying our town and spending their money to support us. Perhaps our malcontents should only be here for February and Family Week if they so enjoy poverty.
10:17 am edt 

Re: Lighten Up!

Thank you.....well said, couldn't agree more!
10:16 am edt 


This means that all homeowners and all businesses not already connected to the sewer will be inspected--if the Board of Health and Michelle Couture and other selectmen have their way. All of us will be forced to pay for an inspection of our septic systems and THEN---if it fails, we will be forced immediately to hook up.

This is very scary. Who will have the $8,000 or the $17,000 for some to hook up right away! This is ridiculous when our septic systems are now working but the town-led inspectors--beholden to the Board of Health--will find many failings. This is the real purpose of this new attempt and so you can imagine how many working systems will be found to FAIL.

This bothers me. Does it bother anyone else? Can some of your parents pay for the hook up? Can you?
10:13 am edt 

Taken Directly From the Mass DEP Website
"Potential conflict if the System Inspector also works for the Board of Health

When dealing with any single system, a System Inspector may not act as an agent of the Board of Health and also as the System Inspector hired by the system's owner."

Wouldn't the $400.00 or whatever fee paid by owners to the town to have their systems inspected constitute the owners essentially "hiring" the town and thus Ms. Evans to inspect?  No offense, but I wouldn't trust this Health Board rep. to objectively inspect my birdbath.  Septic companies inspect for far less than this fee and can offer refreshing objectively which is especially needed here in light of the targeting that goes on w/this Health Dep.    
9:40 am edt 

This really amazes me. When the gay community in P'town has their yearly parade "droves of straight people from this town all the way up the line" come to watch it. When P'town has it's yearly July 4th parade for some reason I don't recall ever seeing all the gay people coming to watch that parade. I'm sure there are some but I'm also positive there's allot more that don't.
9:38 am edt 

East End-Lacks Action

I heard the Art Galleries in the East End of town are complaining how empty the town feels to them?   But they still close down and go to FL, CA, Mexico in the winters and sit on you know what.   Guess it can't be all that bad for them.
9:37 am edt 

Large Numbers

Anyone feel the Town is reguirgitating this week with the throngs of people? It is  unpalatable everywhere!
9:35 am edt 

I am Concerned: Will the BOS Force Me to Hook up?
I have lived here for years. I have a septic system that has worked for years. But now will I be subjected to higher rules, to tougher standards so that I will have to hook up to the town's sewer system? This scares me. I don't think I can afford this. My old system works. But what will this new group say? I fear they will inspect my system and then find that it fails.

I can't afford this. I am afraid.
9:34 am edt 

Lighten Up!

Many comments on this blog are extremely divisive.  For some posters its the year-rounders vs. the second homers vs. the seasonal crowd vs. the tourists.  Or its the rich vs. the poor.  Or the workers vs. the business owners.  Or those who collect unemployment vs. those who dont.  Or those who own property vs. those who dont.  Or those who stay here 365 days a year vs. those who spend only 250 days here.  Or those who travel away and those who dont.

Who cares?  The bottom line is none of us would be here if we didnt love this place.  And we love it here because it is one of the most beautiful and special places in the world.  This blog could be a much nicer place to hang out if people would keep things more positive than the present negative rants, many of which get very personal and derogatory.  How about a little bit more decorum here?

We have a seasonal economy here.  Get used to it.  It is not going to change back to a year-round economy just because people wish it to be.  Fortunately it will be hard to change the natural beauty of the 90% of the town as it is located in the Cape Cod National Seashore.  It will also be hard to change the cold, long, dark winters here which prompts many people to travel away during those months (although if global warming keeps up).  And in the future people will still come to Provincetown to visit the beach and dunes, vacation by the sea and have a good time here.
9:33 am edt 

Calling All Red Dots! Calling All Blue Dots! Calling All Yellow Dots!!
You better attend this Monday's combined BOARD OF HEALTH AND BOARD OF SELECTMEN MEETING AT 6 P.M. AT LARKIN hALL.

If the RED DOTS don't show up, they will be forced to hook up after stringent inspections. If the BLUE DOTS don't show up---and that is all of you if you have a Title V--then the town will force and coerce you to be inspected and they will be looking for you to FAIL. Be you residents or be you business owners.

If you are a YELLOW DOT--anyone with any other spetic system not connected to the sewer--will find that your older systme will not make the mark. You will be the first to go!

If this coercive and dictatorial inspection goes through, start to take out thousands and thousands of dollars as you are FORCED to hook up. This is a PLOY. This is a NAZI attempt to compel everyone in town to hook up to this poorly designed sewer system.



They have their choice--but so do we: RECALL.
9:30 am edt 

Provincetown Winters

Whenever I get overwhelmed with the crowds in summer, I try to envision the landscape as it was when the Pilgrims and Indians resided here.  No houses, no cars, no neon colors, no telephone poles, no bicycles, nothing but natural beauty... then I step on an ant covered bun end from a foot long or even worse, a greasy "malasada" and snap back to reality quick.  With winter comes a renewed sense of space and time and I would gladly put on 3 pairs of socks to walk down an empty front St. tonight towards a warm welcoming O/C, snow and wind slapping my face between greedy grins at being the only one owning the street, my front street in my hometown.      
12:17 am edt 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Provincetown Not What It was
I remember when Nat Halper said that when *he first came to town* he heard someone say,"Provincetown isn't what it used to be". I met him when he was in his "mature" years. Every generation will say the same thing.

Meanwhile, I go to Herring Cove and the sea rushes to the shore just as it did 40 years ago when I first stepped foot in Cape Cod bay.

Life goes on and we who live here see the beauty of our landscape and our sea; we live out our lives on this little sliver of a sand spit between the waters and love it because it is our home..
4:57 pm edt 

Wharf Rat Colony?

Didn't Provincetown have animal control?
2:46 pm edt 

Re: Macara's Wharf

Is this the same macara that (as reported on this blog) owns the derelict boat on the pier?
2:45 pm edt 

Re: Family Week

Now that the spenders have arrived we see how we squandered a precious week. F word week must go.
12:32 pm edt 

Macara's Wharf and the Wharf Rat Colony

Entitled, unemployed drunks aren't a new thing.  They have always been in Ptown.  Does no one remember Macara's Wharf and the wharf rat colony that resided there for years as well as under the boats nearby?  These unemployed drunks were part of the fabric, all local kids, some whose fathers or brothers died at sea and they lost their minds, others who just couldn't make it.  One thing about these guys, any one of them would jump to help you in a heartbeat if you were in trouble and needed it and they asked for nothing in return.  No nose turning up here.  I saw a guy with his head bleeding on Comm'l St. over the weekend and people stared and ignored him.  At least one of the unemployed wharf rats would have offered him a drink for Christ's sake.  
10:00 am edt 

Year-Rounder Free Ride

If you think anyone who lives here year-round is getting a free ride, you Sir or Madam, are out of line.  95% of the people parading up and down Comm'l St. like it was a carnival midway don't have the gumption to spend one stark winter in this place.  Yearrounders are robbed of the essence of this town by those who use it only when the temp goes above 72.  The colossal pain in the ass factor alone of dealing with "seasonal" property owners is reason for compensation.  Have you ever smelled moth balls?  I'd say you probably have even though they are small.  Bigger though, than anything owned by someone who rips yearrounders for taking what they should absolutely be getting, if not more.  
8:59 am edt 

Year-Rounder Entitlement

"Re:  My view is that the year-rounder population has become very entitled.  Most of the year-rounder population (i.e. 70%) goes on unemployment in the winter and lives off the property owners that pay taxes.  In other words, they are the ones getting a free ride.   Granted, they work hard in the summer (at least in terms of hours), but in the winter they take it off and become wards of the state, and worse, have become entitled to the "free ride".    Sadly those days-of-yore days are gone forever, and we're stuck with the unemployed self-entitled drunks.   That's what's changed about Ptown.  At least the 70% of the tax payers that are second home owners and don't get a vote, are re-investing in thit town, as are the business owners.  They have a real commitment to the town's future "

Brilliantly said and so very very true !!

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8:53 am edt 

Things to Come

How can town representatives talk about the year-rounders and the elderly and think they can pay $400.00 a year(yes, I saw and heard the BOS meeting, BOH said YEARLY) for inspections and thousands for hook-ups. If this becomes a reality it will further change the complexion of town with more second and third home owners that can't vote and cannot serve on boards.I am having my septic inspected and it is costing me $450.00(I rejected a $5oo.oo bid). If it is mandatory do you think the costs will go up or down? Oh, once it goes up to $600.00 or more our peeps are just going to act dumb and say there is nothing they can do because its a free market! They better think this one through.
8:44 am edt 

Do Something!

Love the 'should a,' 'would a,' 'could a,' whiners on this blog. get off your all too familiar lazy boys and run for selectmen! really only one  unoppposed caniddate in the last election? when are you whiners going to stop whining????
8:43 am edt 

Provincetown Unemployment

How short a memory some on here have! Unemployment in the winter was even bigger in the past. I remember when 90% of all Provincetown workers used to have to drive to the unemployment office in Eastham every two weeks. There were so many people from Provincetown going there that they opened up an office right downtown in the building where twisted sister is. People would even fly in every two weeks from their second homes in Florida to collect unemployment benefits.
8:41 am edt 

Stop & Shop

I thought that it was only a rumor, but yesterday I did see the fat mouse that everyone has seen in the stop & shop. Where is the health board on this issue? Usually when there is one mouse, more are to be found.
8:40 am edt 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Health & BOS Together


11:38 pm edt 

Joint Board Meeting


               AUGUST 23, 2010

               6 P.M. LARKIN HALL




11:36 pm edt 

School Committee Opening
If you're interested in applying for the interim position, you have until September 2, 2010 to apply to the BOS. For those concerned and interested, apply now.
11:34 pm edt 

Re: Days of Yore....

I have a different take about the "days of yore". I also dream of days of yore, when everyone worked year round.  However now, rather than the wealthy business owners taking advantage of the town, I see it the other way.  My view is that the year-rounder population has become very entitled.  Most of the year-rounder population (i.e. 70%) goes on unemployment in the winter and lives off the property owners that pay taxes.  In other words, they are the ones getting a free ride.   Granted, they work hard in the summer (at least in terms of hours), but in the winter they take it off and become wards of the state, and worse, have become entitled to the "free ride".    Sadly those days-of-yore days are gone forever, and we're stuck with the unemployed self-entitled drunks.   That's what's changed about Ptown.  At least the 70% of the tax payers that are second home owners and don't get a vote, are re-investing in thit town, as are the business owners.  They have a real commitment to the town's future.  
11:08 pm edt 

This is no Longer the Land of Motherwell, Kunitz or Mailer
And it is not the land of Hawthorne nor O'Neill. People came here because they loved the land at the edge of sea and they adored the skies more like Nice. They came freely and with anticipation. They lived freely as well. But they did not come here to maximize wealth or use their wealth for status. And this spirit, this love of the land, this delight in sea has been lost as the main motivating force for those who now come. Plus, you have a so-called leadership that fails to love this land, that fails to grasp Provincetown's true potential. Theya re not artists. Theya re not envrironmentalits. They are not painters. theya re not bohemian in spirit. For them, Provincetown's essence is about sewer systems, paint on town hall, and taxes for projects. What is missed is Provincetown iself, its specialness and what is needed to protect it and savor its delights.

They are like the blind who cannot see the town's beauty. They have failed us and failed the town. And we are all sadder for their blindness. they identify with the new--and fail to understand this town's rich roots.
11:06 pm edt 

Grab-Bag For the Few

I too am deeply saddened.  A true natural treasure, our beloved town, has and is being mortally wounded by the powers that be for no purpose other than individual monetary gain, now, immediately, and in the future.  If only common sense could overcome those people who fight it tooth and nail.  This town is strong.  Year round residents need to make a list of priorities, make a plan, stick by it, get rid of the too many cooks in the kitchen.  Ptown is a rare place that deserves the best and is instead thrown the rotten table scraps of people who can't take advantage anywhere else so they prey here.  People who don't really give a crap about the wellbeing of the town or those who live here yearround, only lining their pockets so winters in southern climates are sweeter.    
8:52 pm edt 

Becareful What You Ask For1

What a sad litany for the poor downtrodden Provincetown natives, rich and poor. Well you got what you wanted, ha, ha, ha.
8:49 pm edt 

How Poignant! How Sadly True!
The bygone days of Provincetown, you write, are gone. You hit a nerve with your truth. The days of artists, writers, lovers of this place who lived modestly and loved the land and the sea are no more. There is pretense now, pretense that what was, still is. But as you so insightfully say: it is gone.

Too many who come now love the caricature, the glitz, the ambiance that leaves a sour taste upon our tongues.
This place was about freedom, be-as-you-are, and easy living. It was not about riches, mansions, and art that matches one's walls. Color coded pieces of art that do not clash with Architectural Digest guided walls.

I understand. You look and see deeper than most. I appreciate your insight though it saddens me.
7:41 pm edt 

Re: Days of Yore

It is fair to say the Provincetown of days gone by has truly gone by. The new and improved Ptown is nothing but a cash cow for the chosen few.  Nasty beaches, overpriced restaurants bordering nasty beaches, lame fruity bars, cheap shops and corrupt town government make a nice salad.  No thanks, I'd rather vacation and own property somewhere where a nice memory can be born, i.e., Newport, Chatham, the Vineyard, Mystic, just about anytown U.S.A.  Let's not forget, homosexuals are not the only draw anymore.  Society in general has become very accommodating when faced with the almighty buck.  Sorry if that offends, but it is the truth.  Bar Harbor, here we come and our credit cards have no limit!
7:08 pm edt 

Harbor Lounge

I am curious about the Harbor Lounge but won't go there. Past dealings with one of the owners left me perplexed in regards to their professional integrity and values. There isn't much of interest to say about that person, no matter how hard we try. For me, I simply choose not to support it as a business.
5:36 pm edt 

Single Moms and Homeless?

What you will get are a multitude of single units that in a few years won't be considered "affordable" and can then be listed, sold or rented at top dollar by the developers and their realtor buddies.  "Affordable housing" is a joke used by Developers to get the town to finance their projects.  Once the dust settles whose going to check?  No one. What a scam yet it continues actually aided by town officials.  Ridiculous.  Do a count and then wait and see.  All these lovely affordable prefab units won't be filled by the struggling year round families or homeless but seasonal workers crammed into them, 2nd and 3rd home owners or those just tripping the light fantastic for the summer.    
3:34 pm edt 

Our School Situation
Our high school is going to close in a few years and with all of the affodable housing being built as single units, the idea of families moving here in droves is dead. What you will get are women with dependent children and housing for the homeless in Hyannis.

The school committee will be deciding the fate of the elementary school in the future. Socio-economic factors are the driving force. There are no jobs. People living on assistance will be the ones who will be living here in the affordable housing that will be built.
2:41 pm edt 

Provincetown Jazz Festival


To see all Public Performances, Click PerformanceSchedule.html

Bart and Carol

Thank You for making this a great Jazz Festival...see you next year at Town Hall!

11:13 am edt 

Re: Despise Letter
They should rename Provincetown the City of Brotherly and Sisterly love.
10:31 am edt 

Bart Wiesman's Great Jazz Festival
Friday night was incredible. the energy, the creativity, the fabulous sound of Janice Freidman, Dane Vannetter, and Bart on drums. Then followed by Greg Abate and his richly inventive sounds. What a perfermance!

Thanks for having all this creativity here in Provincetown.
We are so fortunate!
10:30 am edt 

That's a Great Picture of the Chrysler Museum
Simple and elegant. And the landscaping is also simple and well done. Why spend $150,000 to design the landscape when you could replicate in large part the past design.

Let's hope it is completed soon and looks a bit like the old self.

Thanks for publishing this.
10:29 am edt 

What is the Board of Health Really Doing to Us and to The Town?

Health seems not to be the key issue. Attacking people and using positions to do someone else's bidding seems to be the new and upsetting agenda. To go after certain restaurants in a vindictive way. Also it seems this board is being taken over to make certain more and more people are forced to tie into the sewer systems. It seems driven by a poorly designed sewer system that now is in finacial problem. the solution: force town residents to be hooked up. Approach: create inspections for all septice systems. Something's very wrong here.
12:21 am edt 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Re: Mark Phillips Letter
At least he signed his name after he tore into the guy. That's more than I can say about most, myself included, regardless of whether he "owns" the site or not.
11:34 pm edt 

Re: The Creator of the Blog Then Uses the Blog to Publicly Attack Another Individual
Clarence and Marcene have done more to damage this town then anyone I know.   They have strayed so far from the blog's original purpose, and they continually use this blog to further their own purposes.  They pick and choose what they want to report on without publishing standards.  They have stooped to a new low to tarnish someone's reputation in their typical uppity fashion.  
11:32 pm edt 

Former/Present Harbor Lounge Proprietor vs. Neighborhood Restaurant

Did Ms. Anathan participate in discussion and voting and if so did she disclose she was involved with a property in the vicinity? Anyone checked with State Ethics to see if there was a conflict of interest there?
10:25 pm edt 

Re: Mark Phillips

"...Let us be clear, I always viewed you as a friend and as such I expected better of you. Your actions define our present relationship. Make no mistake,  I am no longer your friend and frankly dispise you..."

How embarassing for you.  A blog is created to supposedly further residents involvement in town government.  The creator of the blog then uses the blog to publicly attack another individual.  You have sunk to a new low and your public attack on another individual makes you no better than the individual you attacked.
10:23 pm edt 

Re: "Illegal" Water Connections

It's my understanding that a particular selectMAN in the west end has an illegal water hookup. Seems he doesn't get a bill for the water used.

9:17 pm edt 

Re: Illegal Water Connections

I agree that current owners should not be fined unless intentional meter tampering is evident.

Moreover, I will tell you that this problem is not just an East End issue. I live in West End and had over 100 feet of water line on my property, installed circa 1978, that repeatedly broke without any kind of disturbance from excavation, etc. After the 3rd time the Town and my private contractor recommended replacing the whole line.

Turns out the line installed in 1978 did not meet code at that time. The construction on the property in 1978 is fully documented with permits so this was not a middle of the night guy with a back hoe deal. Town officials knew or surely should have known.

We replaced the line at a good expense, but we were not fined for the misdeeds of past owners and Town officials.

Innocent in West End 
4:33 pm edt 

To: Mark Phillips

You are in my opinion, an utter disgrace. In the performance of your supposed duty
you neglected to use your position as Health Board member to legally advise your
friend that in your opinion the existence of a single window made smoking on the deck
of Pepe's illegal. When, as a friend all it took was your advice that she remove the window.

I know what a friend she was to you and your family. Even at the hearing you admitted that you had visited Pepe's for several years without making a comment and yet this summer in the presence of Gerry Anathan, Cass Benson and Meg Stewart you and Anathan as board members, claim to have witnessed a smoking violation.

I know, because I was there! Why did you not, as a friend advice your friend of your opinion and suggest the obvious resolution. I could respect your actions if they were forthright. I expect no better from Anathan, given her past association with the formation of the abutting Harbor Lounge.

Let us be clear, I always viewed you as a friend and as such I expected better of you. Your actions
define our present relationship. Make no mistake,  I am no longer your friend and frankly dispise 

Look to see me no more!

Clarence L. Walker, Jr. 

4:28 pm edt 

Carrie Notaro Resigns: What a Waste of Energy
Why did anyone vote for this woman? Why did anyone think she would be determined and strong enough to do what needed to be done with the school? Oh, yeah. She has a headache and now must resign.

This woman is a pitful andhat should have watched the school committe meetings on PTV instead of thinking that she, in her own right, could change this committee.

Please, take an asprin and just leave. A waste of our time and effort.
3:56 pm edt 

Re: Gerry Anathan

Gerry Anatham was a partner in 3 Old Dogs LLC that Sought Plannning and Zoning Approval for Harbor Lounge

Gerry Anatham spoke at the meetings. Anthan was part of the four part group of women who requested permission to have the restaurant not as a restuarnt but bar with food and beach umbrellas. Gerry Anatham was present and represtned by her lawyer and spoke at the Planning and Zoning board meetings. Gerry Anatham is still a partner with Cass Benson in their Benson Antham LLC business now working and selling condos next the Bradford Street Health Store. and I think that Gerry Antham and Cass Benson are still involved as business partners in the Bates Hotel development where the town "gave" them $750,000 of CPC monies with Ted Malone taking $200,000 for consulting fees and now he "manages" the property.

Gerry Anatham not an owner? There are other contingencies that Anathan cannot deny. And she is the woman who herself brought violations against another restaurant that abuts the Harbor Lounge.

Let us not say her hands are clean. Let us not say
Gerry Anathan has NO involvement in Harbor Lounge.

Open your eyes and connect the dots, my dear friend. When connected, the line leads us directly and finacially to Gerry Anathan. As they say in Monopology: Go to Jail or pay a Fine!

Time to say goodbye! All that yoga has not provided a peaceful and gentle soul. What a yoga tragedy you are!
3:52 pm edt 

Listening on the Radio
Yeah, my favorite news on WQRC today is about all the "illegal" water connections in Provincetown's east end and how our Board of Selectmen have announced all these people have 2 weeks to fix their connections , or face $1000 fines.

Has anyone noticed that all of these "illegal connections" were approved by our own town water department over the last 30 years?  That's right! No one tapped into the town's pipes but THE TOWN.

And now , out of the blue, they announce that they are all illegal.

Sounds like once again, our Board of Selectmen has no clue about the economic situation facing people in this town.

Sure. Order people to spend $1500 dollars to repipe hook-ups that the town approved years ago.

This board of selectmen thinks everyone in town is rich.

Good help us, this is the worst board we've had in 20 years.

"Illegal in the East"
3:31 pm edt 

Re: Gerry Anathan

Fyi. Gerry Anathan is not an owner of Harbor Lounge.
3:29 pm edt 

Re: Chrysler Museum

None of the cars in the picture in front of the former Walter P. Chrysler museum are Chrylser products.  It appears there is a Chevy Impala, Chevy Corvair, Morris Minor and the station wagon may be a Ford but it is too hard to see.
3:28 pm edt 

Uh, Oh, Eh, Ah!
The meanest cut. How appropros. How Shakespeare-inspired words fit the crime scene of today.

Then there's MacBeth and the blood stained hands. Offer him a bottle of bleach, yet the cardinal-red stains remain. They are permanent like a blood-soaked tatoo.
12:41 pm edt 

Doesn't Harbor Lounge Have Two Flags Flying From Their Decks?
Is this legal? Can a business have two open-like flags flying off a deck? Isn't this also regulated by Chapter 91 making this sign doubly illegal? Other signs are being attacked and issued as violations. Why not Harbor Lounge with two flags hanging at the end of the deck?

Does anyone know the rules here? Or are some people just looking the other way? Oh, yes, that's exactly what they are doing and, when they do, they see violations on the other side.

How strange it is.
12:40 pm edt 

Summer Trivia

I enjoyed the photo of the Chrysler Museum.  Just a trivia question (since I do not know one car from another); are ANY of the cars parked on the street in the photo actually Chryslers?  A meaningless but fun diversion for summer trivia.
12:39 pm edt 

Re: Truth Hurts

Just what do you call a "secret conversation"?  Is a conversation between two people where no one else is present a "secret conversation"?  I'm sure Couture had many "secret conversations" with Notaro, as did probably most of the selectmen and I would think all of the School Committee.

You give Couture way too much credit.  She's not pulling any strings and there is no law that says she can't contact another member of another committee and express her beliefs as can any other citizen of this town.  just because she's involved and has an interest/opinion does not give you the right to claim she's making back-room deals

But really, what fun is bashing Couture if you can't make things up.
11:36 am edt 

Seems Like the Truth Hurts!

I do know that Couture was behind Carrie Notaro's decision to run for the position on the school committee and that both of them had many secret conversations. Another Couture puppet and the string is long and convoluted!
10:50 am edt 

In its' Youth......What a Beauty!

Chrysler Art Museum of Provincetown

Chrysler Art Museum of Provincetown (Provincetown Library)

Contributed by Pat Doyle
10:09 am edt 

To: Let's Rethink This!
You mention the possibility of having a train to lessen the traffic.  That's a gone-by era of years ago.  The train was a means of transportation in past years and it ran between the middle of Route 6 and Route 6A.  Take a look at what's there now - development.  The railraod station over time gave up the land.  I believe it came all the way through Harry Kemp Way across Conwell Street to somewhere in the vicinity of where Duarte Motors is.  However, it would be great to have one running again.
9:47 am edt 

Re: Carrie Notaro

Why do you think that Carrie Notaro was Michelle Couture's puppet?? Where do you get your information from? I know for a fact that Carrie did not decide to run under anyone's influence or encouragement other than her own. I would personally love to know why you are so passionate about posting this information concluding acknowledgment of such so called "facts". You do not know Carrie Notaro. She and Michelle are not joined by a "string" and Carrie is not Michelle's puppet! Move on to someone or something else, you are becoming such a bore!
2:18 am edt 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Re: Privileged Parking

Can anyone tell me why he gets a green light to park where he does and the way he does?
Because he can. Money talks, BS walks, or parks where money tells them."

Maybe he thinks he works for the cab company and can get away with it they like do.
11:46 pm edt 

The Meanest Cut of All

Et Tu Mark!

Where-in hath she offended thee.

When you were in need she succoured you. As her friend she honored you.

Verily, she gave to you and yours willingly. 

Oh loyalty thou hath fled to brutish beast.

11:42 pm edt 

Re: Sailing Destination

Having a sail crane on the pier is brillant!!!! That would be an excellent way of getting the high end tourism market to Ptown!  We could expand the weekly races
6:32 pm edt 

Where is Licensing, Where is Zoning?

How is the Harbor Lounge able to serve drinks without serving food?
As I remember, they are required to serve food as well as drinks.
Who is enforcing the rules? Who is responsible?

Also, how are drinks allowed on their beach-side pier which is a Chapter 91
public access area (drinking alcohol not permitted)?

When you cut slack for some and throw the full weight of the law at others
you raise ethical and legal issues, which need redressing.

This town's government has been corrupted and primarily serves special interests at the expense of the citizens.
Why are Provincetown regulations more prohibitive then the state's?

Who benefits, surely not business or the citizens?

What's going on?
3:15 pm edt 

Re: I Stand by What I Said About Key West and Cruise Ships

I'm not sure where the tourism office, chamber, or PGB were questioned or attacked in any previous posting.  And I'm not certain what knowledge you possess that makes you any more educated on your opinion versus someone elses.  It's obvious these organizations are responsible for promoting Provincetown and supporting the businesses that function here.

The conversation is about what has been done to look at possibly promoting more to the cruise ship industry.  The tourism office has in past looked at getting this to happen more often, but the town and pier have not been supportive.  So maybe the question is what knowledge does anyone have in regards to what the town is doing.  Based on the majority of posts on the site, many have questions regarding that.  No further knowledge necessary.
2:56 pm edt 

I Hope the Banner Investigates the Board of Health for Improper Actions
This board seems so corrupt. It seems driven to damage successful businesses. Yet this is a board that creates its own violations and then sits there to judge how right they are! Odd that Gerry Anathan, involved in a new bar--there is no food--is one of the key Board of Health members who issues violations of an abutting restuarant. Using your position to hurt other businesses is unethical and corrupt. And because Michelle Couture lives across the street from another bar, lounge and restaurant and hates to hear the noise, she uses the chair of this board to issue a violation to him.

Shame on you Mark Phillips. Hang your head in shame for being such a token. No wonder your former chair Dwayne Gregory resigned. She refused to be Couture's and Anathan's marionettes. But you both accept being stooges.

I am disgusted by your behavior and your illegal use of boards to get either revenge or undermine thriving restuarants.

You are both destructive to the goals of the PBG and the Chamber. You are the business assasins and you both are shameless and dishonourable.
2:54 pm edt 

Provincetown Jazz Festival

The Jazz festival was great last night, and tonights program is just as great!

I will attend tonights session as well.

Thanks for a wonderful performance and thanks to all of the performers!
2:52 pm edt 

Provincetown Jazz Festival


You do not want to miss the Jazz Event of the Summer and Tickets are still available!


Bart and Carol

At the High School
2:29 pm edt 

Because Carrie Notaro Was Receiving Secret Phone Calls From Couture
Notaro was Couture's puppet. She put her there and encouraged Notaro to run. Somehow the string broke. I doubt Notaro cut it. Maybe that's how she got her headaches. She needed to be connected to the political placenta. When cut, she couldn't function well.
2:27 pm edt 

I Stand by What I Said About Key West and Cruise Ships

I know a lot of people who used to vacation there no longer do.  I also know that two business there have indicated that cruise ships have definitely have changed the complexion of the town, not for the better.  I have done my homework but also know this is just a hand full of people and I always take that with caution You didn't respond to your lack of knowledge about the function of the various organization in town that promote Provincetown because you know nothing.  Key West is not my problem.  I don't know what would happen here if cruise ships came on a regular basis.  I simply know what others have said about Key West.  I no longer vacation there for that reason.  But that's my choice based on what I saw. Your information comes from nowhere.  My concern is that we do not repeat mistakes made by others.  Everything needs to be examined. Your lack of information is what starts nonsense in this town.
2:17 pm edt 

Get Out of P'town
It's apparent that if you are a struggling business in Provincetown you need to shut up and leave.  The lack of support on this blog is apparent and the consensus is that you must be an idiot, not have a business plan and have no reason to be in business.

So close your doors now!                      on the way out.
1:48 pm edt 

Re: Think Before Postiing
It's obvious that you must have done your homework before putting up your post as you gave such compelling statistics indicating how badly Key West is suffering due to cruise ships docking there.....Oh wait, it was just your "understanding" of the impact.

Maybe you should take your own advice BEFORE you decide to post.
1:46 pm edt 

Think Before Posting

It is my understanding that cruise ships have not been a positive influence on Key West. Also, the Chamber and the Toursm office promote p-town across the board.  The PBG is selective to gay tourism in their promotions. Looks like all people are invited to me. You are not informed about any issues or functions of offices and organizations dealing with tourism in this town.  Do your homework BEFORE you post.
11:48 am edt 

Developing Ptown as a Sailing Destination is a no Brainer!

Unfortunately the pier corporation won t allow a sail crane on the pier nor do will they consider it as a new reveniue source for them or local businesses. maximizing the full potential of the harbor is glaringly apparent to diversify our tourism market. but the wrong people are in place to actualize it.
11:47 am edt 

Let's Rethink This.......

How about if Provincetown works with the the airport to bring a direct connect flight from NYC, Toronto and Quebec to Ptown. I see so many cars here with NY license plates. You could work with the guest houses and restaurants to put together a package deal. It would lessen the amount of cars in town and be great for business.

How about getting a train to run down to Ptown? I believe there was one years ago. I'm not sure what the infrastructure looks like ( if there are even tracks) but it's worth a look.

11:45 am edt 

Busting Your Bubble

Too many people think Business/strategic planning is something meant only for big businesses, but it is equally applicable to small businesses. Strategic planning is matching the strengths of your business to available opportunities. To do this effectively, you need to collect, screen, and analyze information about the business environment. You also need to have a clear understanding of your business - its strengths and weaknesses - and develop a clear mission, goals, and objectives.

If you are to survive and prosper, you should take the time to identify the niches in which you are most likely to succeed, and to identify the resource demands that must be met. (Location, product, ect)   I would have to say the retail shops that have complained here and to others have not done a good job at any of the above.    

Sometimes you spend money to make money.   I know an art gallery that moved from the East end of town to the center of  town and tripled her business the first season.   Another artist moved closer to the center of town, and in the first day sold 7 paintings, all priced over $2000, and some at $4500.   Her rent went up $2,500 a month.  She has already made the difference for from her old rent to her new for the next 12 months.   Smart lady and someone that is willing to take a risk, or knew what she was doing.   I prefer to think she knew what she was doing.  

Her bubble wasnt busted
11:43 am edt 

A Great Alternative

Just got back from a wonderful trip to Toronto.  What a great city.  Decided to try it instead of Ptown this summer and couldn't be happier.  Friendly with great weather and so much to do: great hotels, fabulous restaurants galore, exquisite nightlife, boutiques with unique shopping, museums, harbor activities, fantastic galleries and arts of all kinds, biking and wonderfully CLEAN clothing optional beaches.  Can't believe what we've been settling for all these years when hours away a gem was glistening. The G/L community couldn't have been more welcoming and fantastic.  Cross Ptown off the list.  You just don't put the effort in and your sense of entitlement is too much... and parking is a pain in the ass.    
11:40 am edt 

Can Someone Please Explain What the Board of Health is Doing to Town Restaurants?

I heard some strange things. I heard that this board is issuing violations to key restaurants in town even as one person on the board has a lounge business herself. Is this using your position to hurt other town businesses and thus increase your own business? Something is terribly wrong with this town board and something is wrong with its questionable and damaging decisions. Why attack the restaurants that are successful? Why damage on-going businesses that help the town be lively and offer what tourists and residents want?

Someone please explain what the Board of Health is doing and why this board is acting to damage town resturants.
11:38 am edt 

Re: Carrie Notaro

I would like to know why someone thinks that Carrie Notaro is/was getting "secret phone calls" from Michelle Couture? How does this person think they know this information? Where do they get this information from? What could Michelle possibly be "feeding" her? And why is it in your opinion, you think that Carrie Notaro is arrogant? Do you think you could do a better job than she? If so, why and how...please.

Inquiring minds want to know.
11:36 am edt 

Hello, This is Michelle Couture.........

To Find Out Who Will Be Appointed to the School Board, Figure Out Who Couture is now secretly Calling

As she secretly called and manipulated Carrie Notaro, I'd bet a frog or a tad pole, that Couture is calling other pigeons to see if they will serve.

Speaking of pigeons, maybe she will have the Chair of the Health Board do even more of her bidding. Maybe she'll appoint Beacon Lighthouse Mark Phillips to replace bright bulb Notaro.Then he smmilingly can do Couture's bidding at both the Board of Health and the School Committee.

A perfect solution from this conniving woman. One string tied to two positions held by the same pigeon.
11:35 am edt 

Re: Privileged Parking

Can anyone tell me why he gets a green light to park where he does and the way he does?
Because he can. Money talks, BS walks, or parks where money tells them.
11:32 am edt 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Re: Cruise Ship Destination
P'town cannot live on GLBT visitors alone.  There are so many more diverse destinations across the country and the globe, that Provincetown can no longer count on just catering to the GLBT community.  We need to "diversify" the types of tourist we attract (i.e. people with pets, cruise ships, etc.).

Key West is still a very hot travel destination by many, including GLBT based on the number of GLBT guesthouses that are still operating there.  I don't think that the types of retail business will change drastically if cruise ships start coming here.  As pointed out in a previous post, P'town already has its fair share of what you call "honky tonk" souvenir shops.
4:06 pm edt 

Chapter 41: Section 11. Appointment to Fill Vacancy in Town Office

Here's what happens when a school committee member resigns, under Massachusetts Law:

Section 11. As used in this section, the term vacancy includes a failure to elect. If a vacancy occurs in any town office, other than the office of selectman, town clerk, treasurer, collector of taxes or auditor, the selectmen shall in writing appoint a person to fill such vacancy. If there is a vacancy in a board consisting of two or more members, except a board whose members have been elected by proportional representation under chapter fifty-four A, the remaining members shall give written notice thereof, within one month of said vacancy, to the selectmen, who, with the remaining member or members of such board, shall, after one weeks notice, fill such vacancy by roll call vote. The selectmen shall fill such vacancy if such board fails to give said notice within the time herein specified. A majority of the votes of the officers entitled to vote shall be necessary to such election. The person so appointed or elected shall be a registered voter of the town and shall perform!
 the duties of the office until the next annual meeting or until another is qualified.
2:07 pm edt 

Re: Busted Bubble
You are correct.  I do have "extra" time, which is a shame because I certainly am not here in Provincetown on vacation, a long weekend or a day trip.  I'm here to run a business and make money, in a town that apparently does not care about the success of their retail businesses.

It is wonderful that there are thousands of visitors that make day trips to Provincetown, but I'm not sure that we can qualify that they come here with the intent to shop.  Their only necessity while being here is to eat at a restaurant.  Many come to just walk the street, "window shop" and goto the beach.

So, I'm confused on what bubble you were trying to burst, but it certainly wasn't mine.  That was already accomplished by the town.
11:48 am edt 

Re: Notaro

Are we going to have to pay for a special election like we did when parmakian quit? what is the protocol when an elected school committee member quits?
11:24 am edt 

Provincetown Jazz Festival


You do not want to miss the Jazz Event of the Summer and Tickets are still available!


Bart and Carol
11:20 am edt 

Re: Cabral's Wharf

I read that the broker for Cabral's warf called the asking price charitable.
If it is such a good deal where are all the buyers. I agree, I'm glad we aren't
buying another money pit.
11:13 am edt 

Welcome Back PBG Basher...

Been a long time.  Missed your ignorance.  
11:11 am edt 

Taking Responsibility for Oneself

I was waiting to see if anyone would post about the suit against the OC and the Town.

Call it heartless if you wish. But my uncle pulled this kind of thing 2 years ago. Got so drunk he passed out and fell right outside of the local watering hole, hit his head, and was found in the street. For quite awhile, the story was that perhaps he had been hit by a car. He almost died.

But over time the truth came out.

Guess what? there was NEVER talk of suing the bar. There was never talk of suing his town over the sidewalk curb he tripped on and the light pole he fell into.

When will people realize what a mess we have made of our society by constantly wishing to place the blame for unfortunate incidents on........others.

Something makes me think that Bobby would not be happy about any of this.

signed, an FOB

(friend of Bob's)
10:49 am edt 

Privileged Parking

I agree about the guy in his expensive cars parking where he pleases and the police turn their heads. The Inn at Cook Street puts red cones to protect public spaces near their Inn and they get away with it. Now how Christian is that girls? God Bless, right??
10:47 am edt 

Agreeing on This One: Carrie Notaro's Leaving is No Loss

You are right. Arrogance should not be the driving force of a school committee member. She came on with a bang and is leaving with a whimper--or whimpering! She really thought she knew it all by simply attending meetings. Sorry, but it takes intelligence to see, analyze and grasps educational problems. Being a mother is not enough. Having a child in the school system is not enough. And being a secret pal of Michelle Couture is surely not enough either. Wrong on so many counts. So good riddance. Now my headache has left!
10:45 am edt 

Cabral's Wharf

Finally, the Selectman have made a smart choice by not buying Cabral's Wharf. It's a falling down piece of junk that will cost millions to restore! A certain broker for Commercial Realty Advisors, is pissed off because he won't be getting his 5-6% of 4.99 million dollars! Just a quick note to the Selectman and Town Manager... please learn to read over legal documents more carefully before agreeing to any deals for the town. I am glad that you all came to your senses and didn't saddle the residents of Provincetown with another "money pit".

TJ Adams
10:43 am edt 

Re: Shorten the Fireworks?

Perhaps if people took the time to read my entire statement and understand it before commenting they would know my beef was with the entertainment. I never said I didn't like the fireworks. I was simply stating that perhap, just perhaps, they could have spent a little less money on the fireworks display and put more money into the Celebration they were suppose to be having up at the monument instead of it feeling like family day at the senior center.
10:42 am edt 

Re: PBG and Theme Week

I stand corrected after being told that the PBG is not responsible for theme weeks other than Carnival. They just started the mess. I still think they suck for other things they say and do.
What about that idiotic statement from a Cape Air spokesperson saying nobody comes to Provincetown to read a book? The other one last year complaining about family week? Or can I go back several years to the one that said we needed to keep the shirtless young male tourists coming in order to attract the old men that come here to look at them.  
9:27 am edt 

Honky Tonk

If you think Provincetown is at risk of becoming honky tonk you need to look around. This place is honky tonk. The overall appearance of downtown on a busy night is a      hole. There is beauty if you scratch beneath the surface but until you do.......
One of the concerns about cruise ships coming is that many times the patrons do not spend money off the ships. Everything on board is already paid for. They will probably just waddle back and forth like the majority of the people that come here already.  
9:25 am edt 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

What? Are You Serious? Shorten the Fireworks!

Please, please, please. This is the most ridiculous response to absolutely fabulous fireworks. You could walk away, kind sir. You could pick up your towel on the beach or leave your seat at some inn, if it was too long. This is pure nuts! When in heaven is there is problem with fireworks because they are----too long! Too great! Too much light, swirling displays of colors, to many inventive ways to light up the night?

Yikes. Has someone just lost their mind. OK. You are saying out loud what some say privately. But still, this is just pure nuts! Try crossroads puzzles. Try playing Clue. Try dominoes. Keep your eyes honed downd on earthly levels. Leave the sky to those who can appreciate drama, light, and spectacle.

You'd never put candles on anyone birthday cake. I like as many candles as possible. I like a fabulous party!
11:58 pm edt 

Re: Law Suit Against Town and Old Colony

Shame on whomever wrote such an unkind-hearted statement.  This individual was someones husband and someones father.  How could you be so cruel to make statements and comments such as you did.  Let's hope you never have to experience a loved one with a condition or disease. Would you be so cold and cruel to them as well?  Perhaps the family tried to help unless you know differently. I apologize to those who are grieving for your stupidity and ignorance.
11:57 pm edt 

Carrie Notaro Rsigns Over Headaches
Well maybe this woman found out that getting secret phone calls from Michelle Couture, informing her what to do and how to do it, was not enough to make school policy.

As for Notaro's really bad headches, why, she surely gave me a headache with her arrogance and big mouth. She stood up so arrogantly at town meetings attesting to her involvent and her deep knowledge of the issues by simply sitting her rather big butt on a seat. So maybe none of us should be surprised that Notaro gave herself intense headaches as well as us and now has to find the solution for her headaches.

Try being quiet and less arrogant. That would be a welcoming step.
11:55 pm edt 

Winthrop St. Vehicle Parking
You write it doesn't really affect your day yet you are complaining, which is it, are you jealous or do you really have a legitimate complaint?
11:53 pm edt 

Busted bubble

It NOT only is great that someone took the time to call 17 bed and breakfasts and get their statistics.  
It is even more wonderful that you took time to write such a long response!  Looks like the both of you have "extra" time.

Just saying

PS:  B&Bs and restaurants are in a different category when it comes to tourists spending?  How about the thousand of day trippers that come from ALL OVER CAPE COD to shop in Ptown.   They don't sleep in Provincetown.  Oh, sorry I busted you and your bubble
11:52 pm edt 

The Nuisance Has Moved!
I just came back from a trip downtown and couldn't understand why I saw what I saw. On Winthrop St. parked in the wrong lane in the wrong direction, next to the new Joe Coffee was the (I know I can't type his name)guy in the yellow "truck", obviously in having his coffee. this is the same guy that used to park his Viper of Lamborgini or GT outside the Coffee Pot down in Lopes Sq. illegally while he had his coffee there. Now he's found a new haunt. Can anyone tell me why he gets a green light to park where he does and the way he does? Anyone else gets a ticket but not his guy. It doesn't really effect my day but it's completely ignorant. Why don't the police do anything about this guy? If it's good for him, it should be good for anyone to do the same, right?
10:14 pm edt 

Cruise Ship Destination

I am not so sure that we want Provincetown to be a cruise ship destination.  That happened in Key West and once the cruise ships started arriving things started to change.  The mix of shops on the main street changed from a mix of nice retail, art galleries and restaurants to mostly honky-tonk souvenir and t-shirt shops.  Key West used to have a large number of gay tourists, but not long after the cruise ships started to arrive the gay tourists more or less stopped going to Key West.
10:05 pm edt 

Monuments 100 Year Anniversary

So I have been meaing to put this on the blog to see what others thought.  I went to the afternoon celebration of the Monuments 100 yr anniversary and thought that it was great. However when I returned for the evening celebrations I was embarassed to say that I went.  God what a horrible horrible celebration. They had 100 years to prepare for this event and that is the best they could do for entertainment. Yikes!!  On a positive note I thought that the fireworks were good, a little long but good.  Don't you think they could have shortened the firework display and splurged a little for entertainment?  I'm just sayin....
10:03 pm edt 

Re: Family Week

Why is it that after family week, year after year, we hear complaints on this site and from retailers up and down Commercial Street?  If these same people are complaining every year, I dont understand why they keep coming back every year?  These  same shops keep mentioning that they never make money, and again I would ask them, WHY DO YOU KEEP OPENING UP EVERY YEAR?

One of these shop owners just bought a new $50,000 (fifty thousand) dollar cars this past winter.
Something is wrong with this picture
4:27 pm edt 

Re: Theme Week

It's great that someone took the time to call 17 bed and breakfasts and get their statistics.  It's great that many of them are having a banner year.  But that doesn't mean that other retail business owners do not have a good business plan.  

B&Bs and restaurants are in a different category when it comes to tourists spending.  While the streets of Provincetown appear to be full of people, most are not carrying shopping bags and spending money because they've already had to pay extreme amounts to have a place to stay and eat.  Those are the necessities.  After that, they don't have discretionary money to spend on souvenirs, art, or other tourist items.  And so, many retail businesses have had to adjust their business plan by not hiring as many workers (including locals), closing earlier than they did in previous years, etc.

So when someone suggests that Theme Weeks be re-looked at and maybe positioned in different times of the year does not make that person a poor business owner.  In fact, it makes them smarter for looking outside the box and trying to find ways to adjust their business.

I believe that people won't realize the impact that retail has on Provincetown until we see several empty retail spaces.  Then what will the impression of Provincetown be to the visitors coming during Themed Weeks.  I don't think any theme will matter at that point.
12:23 pm edt 

P'town Missing the Boat
Whether themed weeks work or not, whether being known as the GLBT destination or not, being a sleepy little fishing town or not, are all getting old and tired.

If Provincetown wants to survive and generate more business, more tourist, more income, we need to find new avenues to attract people to want to come to Provincetown and come back.  That is why it is so unbelievable that the town government, tourism office, chamber of commerce have not moved more quickly to make Provincetown a destination stop for the many cruise ships that go up and down the eastern seaboard.

While it is true that cruise ship passengers may not benefit all businesses on that particular day that it stops, it will benefit some and potentially more as many cruise ship travelers go back to destinations that they liked and spend more time.  It is an easy way to give a shot in the arm to many businesses on a given day and that is greatly needed.

Provincetown can't survive by continuing to do things as usual, and no matter how many locals want to be a sleepy fishing town, that will never happen.  This town depends on tourism to survive.  How many locals work jobs during the summer that otherwise wouldn't be there if there weren't any tourists.

I've spoken to many businesses owners that remember about 5 years ago when the Rosie O'Donnell cruise ship made a stop in P'town and how amazing their business was that day.  Imagine if that happened several times throughout the season and even shoulder seasons.

Wake up Provincetown and don't miss the boat again!
12:21 pm edt 

"Monument Day"

Why not Monument Day? We have a week for everything else!

Let's all share in the beauty of the community....
8:53 am edt 

To: "Just the Facts"

Your logic is skewed.  How can so many businesses have poor business models as you put it.  If all I had to make was 6 -14 sales a week to not have negative financial impact, then that would be easy.  I say like other posters, let guest houses give up their income for one week in  August if they can't understand.  The only thing you have proven is that guest houses have their own no family week clause built in.
8:51 am edt 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Michele CootHer" (as Referenced by Lisa Hughes at the 100 year Celebration)

Yes, she should know tacky when she sees it. If CootHer views this town as tacky, please know she must know. There is no one more tacky than Michele CootHer herself. she is an expert on tackiness. I take her word on this one!
10:57 pm edt 

Re: Law Suit Against Town & Old Colony

I'm with you on your comments. How can they claim the guy died as a result of being at ANY bar in town. The guy was a reoccuring alcoholic as described by his wife and now it's someone elses fault? I've been to the OC many times and the bartenders shut people off all the time. No way this guy was in there to the point of getting so loaded and nobody knew. An old man, boozed up and in failing health falling into the water at any time of the day or night is a recipe for disaster. The family knew he was a drinker and did nothing to help him. Where was the wife and sons when he was out for the night drinking when they KNEW he was an alcoholic? Drag the case out as long as anyone can and bleed this case to the bitter end. They can't afford to pay any lawyers for this bogus lawsuit and the lawyer should know it's bogus.
10:56 pm edt 

Re: Theme Week

I just called 17 bed and breakfasts, all located in Provincetown.   15 told me they do not accept children.   Only 2 did.   They all had fewer than 14 rooms.   Even the 2 high end guest houses on Bradford , near carver street, do not allow children.    Point being, they are having a banner year, with family week thrown into the season.    I state again, it is your business model that is flawed, not the theme weeks.  

Stating Just the facts
10:53 pm edt 

Town to Blame, Not Themed Weeks

In an article that appeared in last week's Banner, there was discussion around the "sandwich boards" and whether they are legal, illegal, should be allowed or not allowed.  The way the town has approached this and some other points throughout the year has clearly shown that they have no care for businesses succeeding, unless that is, if you are a gallery, restaurant, bar or entertainment complex

Michelle Couture referred to Provincetown being known as "tacky town", but I don't see how a sandwich board assisting a retail store to increase business qualifies as tacky.  What about the numerous restaurants that no only are allowed to have a menu board, but also hire a "barker" to yell out their menu and harass people walking by.  What about the various drag queens standing outside the entertainment venue or riding scooters and bicycles up and down the street pimping their shows.  Even better, what about a bright green line painted down the middle of the street that advertises one certain end of town and those businesses (which primarily are galleries and restaurants).  And not to mention how the town licensing board was quick to want to extend alcohol service for bars & restaurants.

Provincetown cannot survive on galleries, bars and restaurants alone.  It takes the diversity of shops that we have to maintain the charm of this place.  Only until there are empty storefronts up and down Commercial Street will this town realize that.

And by the way, while I'm not opposed to Family Week, I am opposed to those families who come to town and feel entitled to let their children misbehave and act out of control.  I'm not here to babysit your child in my store while you socialize out on the street.  You are more than welcome to come when you know how to properly supervise your children.
7:05 pm edt 

Events on Town Web Site: Upcoming Holidays

Really! That is what we, the tax payers, view as the main upcoming events? When town employees will be having their Labor Day vacation? And when town employees will have their Columbus Day vacation?

This web site not only is unhelpful. It is sickening in its priorities. We want this site for us--the taxpayers, the applicants before boards, the people who reside here. This should not be a site for town employees letting all of know when they will not be there--again and again.

This is the saddest group of employees I have ever seen. They feign concern and hard work but few are ever there when we really need them.

A pocks on all their houses.

How tiring they are! Try being there five days a week and deal with our issues half of the time. We'd be better served in this situation than any of us are "served" now.
Please, don't even try to explain. You can't!
6:38 pm edt 

Law Suit Against Town & Old Colony

My condolences go out to the family of the man who apparently drowned back in 2008.  However, I can hardly believe that they are now suing the town and the owners of the Old Colony bar.  According to the last person who saw the man he was drunk and had fallen down.  If the town and bars are responsible for all people who get drunk then god help the town and the bar owners.
6:34 pm edt 

Gay Families
"The fight to be who I am is justified by the beauty of a gay family."

This is one beautiful sentence.  Bravo to the author.
6:32 pm edt 

Re: Caribbean Cafe
The Caribbean Cafe was a family run business. They were all nice and hard working people and I hope they can step back and rethink and reopen! Best of luck Suzanna and family.

6:31 pm edt 

Re: Police and Pan-Mass
Out of town police do volunteer their time for the event (much to their credit).  In fact, the town clerk has to "swear them in" for the day to make their presence "official.

Daily Reader
6:30 pm edt 

To: Whoever Wrote
"Stop the fabricated segregation by the PBG and let the town return to being a beautiful place to come for a day, a week, a year or a lifetime."

The only "theme week" put on by the PBG is Carnival. All of the other theme weeks are put on by different independent organizations. So stop blaming the PBG for something it hasn't done.
6:28 pm edt 

Re: Family Week

Here goes the guest house owner with the no kids under 21 again.  We all don't have the luxury of working 3 hard months and 3 easy months as you put it and have 6 months off. You do. I work 9 months a year.  6 of those months are 7 days a week.  Three months are spent in the shoulder season. Hour for hour business owners here work at least a 12 month "regular job" compressed. And the 3 months off?  Try inventory, ordering, and preparing to open and close. Like another poster said, give up a week of your August income and you will know how it feels.  The real paradox to your post is the no children under 21.  Seems like you already have your no family week clause built in.
6:27 pm edt 

Affordable Art Studio Wanted

I am an artist who recently relocated here and I've been having a really hard time finding studio space. Does anybody have any clues as to where an artist might find an affordable rental studio?

I have worked in both Providence and Boston and have never seen such rental prices. I don't require luxury or even a huge amount of space, just somewhere to work.

It seems like studio rentals here are geared toward the rich. I don't know how the art scene here works, but can artists really afford these rents??

Seriously, does anybody know of anything reasonable for rent?
12:13 pm edt 


If you expect every week to be PERFECT for EVERY business in town, your living in a bubble.   You should move to middle class America, maybe a mall, and work 12 months of the year.   At least in Ptown, you work, what 3 hard months, then 3 easy months, and then are off for 6 months?   That is how it is.  I love it that way.  Some weeks are better than others.   It is what it is.
And just FYI, 98% of my business is gays and lesbians.  No kids, and I did just fine family week.  And I own a bed and breakfast and do not accept any kids under 21.   That week had no effect on how we did.   I do expect when the kids grow up, they will remember Provincetown and 20% of them might be gay, and they will come back to this beatiful town.  
For those that still don't like the business model, JUST LEAVE NOW
12:12 pm edt 

Re: Theme Weeks Excellent

Thanks for excellent thinking and on-target points. It is true that every week here seems to have to have a name; every week a destination for some group. It gets tiring and almost silly. I understand some weeks with themes but not every week as presently orchestrated.

Time to breath easily with anyone who wants to come, as this blogger states. Time to welcome anyone and everyone instead of invited selected chess pieces one week, and others the next.
10:40 am edt 

Re: Family Week

Is Family Week the issue or is it the collective theme weeks? Haven't they all become a little too much of one thing? Isn't being in town during a theme week like being in a hotel during a huge convention that you are not a part of?

Don't all of the theme weeks by their very nature destroy the all inclusive, come one come all, atmosphere that so many people come to Provincetown for?

Overall I think they discourage as many visitors as they attract. I speak with more people that avoid coming on certain weeks than come for them. This one avoids that one and that one avoids this one.  

Isn't it time for the whole idea to take a back seat to visitors that just want to come to town and have a good time? Stop the fabricated segregation by the PBG and let the town return to being a beautiful place to come for a day, a week, a year or a lifetime.

The very concept is a vehicle for hatred. Yes I get the business related issues, although I don't make a cent on any if it. To see what animosity the theme weeks cause is quite disturbing.

My favorite weeks in town are the non-theme weeks. Remember that song "I love everyday people"? It's not such a bad idea and one we already pretend to believe in. Take it one step further and try it. You might be glad you did.
10:06 am edt 

Cabral's Wharf
Some people don't know that the town is not going to purchase it.
7:37 am edt 

The Business Season
One day we are jammed--the next slow. The weekend? We thought it would be busy. Slow, Tuesday comes--we are slammed! No predicting it.

We need kids here to vacation. What a child learns is etched in concrete--what an adult learns is etched in ice. The same with children's experiences. These kids will return again and again and we need them to become the future generation of Provincetown.
7:36 am edt 

Monument Day
How busy was it really? Police everywhere--were the crowds here too? or was it a more personal Provincetown day rather than a day that filled the town with people?
7:35 am edt 

Re: Family Week

Here you all go trying to turn Family Week into an I hate kids discussion,  Have family week BUT NOT IN AUGUST.  Yes, it is about money. Some people like to call this greed which it is not.  If they think having money is greedy, then they can give theirs away. It is called making a living and helping employees to make one too. Businesses have a short season. Owners work hard. Economic times are tough.  Putting Family Week in Prime Time only exacerbates and frustrates and produces ill will.  This feeling gets tagged on the families here because it has no where else to go.  This could be remedied by simply putting it in July. Get it?
7:34 am edt 

Re: Family Week

DITTO! Well said.
7:33 am edt 

Re: Trash Pick Up

Why does the trash have to be picked up by DPW at four thirty in the morning?
7:31 am edt 

Re: Family Week

I hope all the families in town last week had a great time and I hope they tell their friends and bring more families next year.

The only reason some people complain is that this town has so few kids vacationing here that when we do have some, they interfere with routine.  Get over yourselves.

BTW I do own a business here in town and last week was the slowest week of the summer so far.  Having said that, some of my business was directly related to families vacationing here.  If they weren't here, the week would have been even slower.  This week is on par with last week, who should I blame?

And on a personal note.  I'm at an age where the thought of having kids is no longer an option.  I'm proud of the fact that gay couples can now marry and have children and have a place to vacation where they are not judged.  My entire OUT gay life helped them get to this place and I'm damn proud to see gay families walking the streets of my home.  The fight to be who I am is justified by the beauty of a gay family.
12:17 am edt 

Camping in the Dark

At the end of Snail Road there are cars parked near Rt. 6. I understand that people hike up in the dunes across from rt. 6. What puzzles me is after dark there are still many cars parked there. A couple of questions: 1. Is there camping allowed in the dunes overnight? 2. Can you hike in the dunes after dark? Just wondering.

Thanks, TJ Stone
12:15 am edt 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Police and Pan-Mass

"--Were you aware that the police officers from outside of town donate their time for the benefit of the PanMass charity event?  We are not paying for their services. --"

I doubt that's true. Their unions would probably think otherwise. they might donate their earnings but the unions don't allow a member to do work for free.
10:59 pm edt 

Family Week:

Let's discourage healthy happy families from comming to town. This will just give the right more fuel to think P-Towners are different.  What is wrong with all of these whinning business owners. There is more to life than money. THose that are D.I.N.K's (double income no kids) get all hung up on the money and lose sight of the bigger picture. Provincetown used to be a place all people G.S.T. ect.. The Elitsts are driving people from all walks of life from town. "Let's Love one another".
10:57 pm edt 

Family Week......... the only organizatin that brings kids to Town. Every other organization brings middle aged gays. These kids hopefully will have such positive experiences that one day when they are adults, they will still come to Town (with their families). Who will come here in twenty years? Elderly gay people?
10:56 pm edt 

Sounds Like Someone Wants Family Week in January

Then it won't compete with the summer tourists and the streets will be free and open. Of course, nothing much will be open and the kids will get the flu and the parents will rush through windy streets to try to enjoy the town.

'Tis an idea--though not a great one! But perhaps having family week at a different week may make more sense. But this issue repeats each year and they return at the same time each year. Oh, well!
10:54 pm edt 

How Could the Caribbean Cafe Afford the Rent Even Last Year?

At something like $70,000 or even $80,000, why would they have taken this place? Should have stayed where they were. Small is often better. Tourists come for seafood, lobster, and New England food. Or they come for drinks and activity. They missed the mark on this one. If you're there on Commercial and in the midst of it all, you need to know your market. Usually, you will not change the market. This place could not make it. A miracle they lasted as long as they did.

Again, small is often the best solution for some businesses.
10:51 pm edt 

So if I said I didn't like gays, I'd be crucified. But all y'all can say you don't like families and it's okay? Isn't the point of this town to welcome EVERYONE who wants to be here?
10:48 pm edt 

Affordable Housing

Why does the state spend Thousands letting families live in motels--but they reduced the montly rent that they will pay to landlords who supply subsidized housing to people.

Why should a landlord rent to the folks from housing assistance or Yarmouth housing assistance and make less than renting seaonally when Motel owners ar racking in the big bucks wihout providing an neighbor or famil-living environment.
3:08 pm edt 

Bears vs Children

Why should bear week interfer with family week? Just keep the bears in cages where they belong and won't hurt the children.
2:35 pm edt 

Re: Family Week

Cruise ships do not stay in the harbor for a full week. There are still plenty of people to fill restaurants so I do not get where yu are getting your information.  No one is saying that families are not welcome.  It's the timing that is the ecomomic burden to retailers. This town has a short season and retaiers cannot survive economic turndown plus full weeks of nonspenders.  Good for the business that was up 20%.  My guess is that you are in the minority.  It really doesn't matter to the people that plan this week that their planning is ill timed.  I am sure that they will continue on their merry way. Unfortunately this brings a lot of ill will with it.
2:34 pm edt 

Caribbean Cafe

Caribbean Cafe closed for good at the end of the evening on July 31st. They could no longer afford the rent!
1:31 pm edt 

Re: Family Week

I take strong exception to the guest house owner who brags that they do not take children and then do just fine during family week and then tells those of us in retail that we don't work hard enough or have a good business plan. I am in retail. I work hard. I have a good business plan BUT cannot afford to lose a prime week in a short season to people who do not spend and support the businesses in town. If business close in this town, and the streets become emptier because peoiple go somewhere else, your guest house will be effected or do you have so few rooms that you are full all of the time.  Try this guests for one full week in August.  Eat that one.
1:29 pm edt 

Re: Alden Street

Well just home from my therapy at Seashore Point and once again I had to , with oncoming traffic, manuever around the illegally parked cabs and cars in front of the taxi depot on Alden Street.  Since the town is allowing this to go on are will the town also be liable when the unavoidable accident occurs?
1:28 pm edt 

Re: Family Week

I have been in business for over 25 years in Provincetown.  I was under the impression that all people are welcome here.  Last week we were up over 20%.  I don't know if it was the people from family week or just the climate of the town.  
When we had cruise ships in town we heard complaints from restaurants stating that they do not eat outside of the ship.  If we were to stop people from coming to town because they do not stay in our guest houses or buy from our stores then I think that we should put a sign up before coming to town stating please come only if you are going to stay in our guest houses or shop in all of our stores.
1:26 pm edt 

Family Week is Counter Productive

Families don't drink alcohol, families don't buy lavish art works, families don't eat expensive meals, families don't stay at high end rentals. What else can we hold against families? They are an abonimation unto God! Nobody straight will openly say it for fear of being branded a bigot but we all know what Provincetown is.
11:04 am edt 

Caribbean Cafe

What happened to the Caribbean Cafe? It seems to have disappeared overnight.
11:02 am edt 

Re: West Vine Street

If the project on West Vine Street proceeds as it is currently proposed no further applications to any board will be made. They had applied to Planning years ago for an Approval Not Required, and this was granted, which means Planning has no say about any of it. Conservation stole one of the lots from them for the frogs, and then gave there blessing. Everything at this point is allowed just as it is within the Zoning Bylaws, so no applications to them. No high density here. No over development. No backdoor deals. No super greed. No historic demolition. No monster houses. No taxpayer money. No wind turbines. No cell phone towers.No dunes being destroyed. No condom handouts. No drunk firemen. No stolen police guns. No polluted water. No green frogs.No green lines. No parking meters. No fireworks. No open flags. Just straight forward buildout of Provincetown.

A Rat In The Basement
11:00 am edt 

Who Are the "WE" Who Can Move Family Week?

The poster seems to think that this week is under the control of the town.  I have no idea who the planner is with this week but I am with the posters who have been hurt business wise during family week.  I drove down Commercial Street on more than one occassion and noted hundreds of people and counted less than 15 shopping bags EVERY time.The planners of this event will start to scream that Provincetown is not kid friendly.  Just to head off these types of comments, though I cannot take the liberty to speak for the town, I can assure these people I am not.  The problem is that in these tough economic times, my business cannot afford prime time being taken away by a group of people who DO NOT support the economy of this town for whatever reason.  
10:58 am edt 

Re: "Let's Rethink Family Week"

"Why not reschedule Family Week to the week after the Bears in mid July? It makes no sense to diminish one of the three best weeks of the year. My business and my  mortgage are endangered by the loss of revenue. Family Week is counter productive and may force me to leave after 20 years in business. It's that serious. This is panic not hyperbole."

If your business is jeopardy, due to one week's loss of revenue, you need to reevaluate your business model.  
10:52 am edt 

Re: Let's Rethink Family Week

If your business is as negatively impacted by Family Week as you describe, then I would advise you to go with your instinct and "leave after 20 years in business".  Your business model must be seriously flawed if the presence of one week of vacationers results in your ultimate failure.  Time for you to move on and rid this town of your mean spirited attitude. Conversely, my business was up 10% over Family Week and slightly down during Bear Week, but I think our town should be welcoming to all groups.  Thanks to everyone who choose to make Provincetown their vacation destination.  Most business owners welcome you all!
10:51 am edt 

Kudos to Catherine Russo on Her Development Series

This is the first time in quite awhile that someone has raised this important question: Who is developing in Provincetown? Who decides who gets what? She is tackling a complex question but bravo to her for raising it and doing interviews on this key issue.

It has been a few years since this town engaged in a dynamic discourse about our future. We seem to not even raise the question. The BOS do not help since they seem to do so much in Executive Sessions and to act more implusively than with thought and analysis.

Let's hope this series causes us all to ask more questions and analyze what is happening in Provincetown. Change occurs but there are degrees and types of change. Russo helps us clarify our relationship and understanding of change and of our future.
10:49 am edt 

Change the Schedule

We need to move bear week and family week and baby dyke weekend and every other "theme" week to off season.
10:48 am edt 

Re: Family Week

If after 20 years in business one bad week in August is enough to kill your business then you need to have a closer look at your business rather than blame it on Family Week.
10:46 am edt 

Family Week

Too ALL you people that complain about family week.   Why don't you just do a better job running your business?   I have a guest house that caters to Gay Women and Men.  NO KIDS are allowed and I do just fine.   To all of you that think family week is detrimental to the town or your business, I would say you are a poor business person and shouldnt be running a business in the first place.   You just want things HANDED TO YOU WITHOUT WORKING FOR IT?  You should be ashamed of yourself.   Spend time managing your business and not complaining, and you would be better off.   And if you are still complaining after reading this post, then I do hope you have a terrible August.   You deserve it.  

Making tons of money with all types of people.      
10:45 am edt 

Congratulations to the Pilgrim Monument and the Celebration Committee

What a wonderful day! You did it and did it professionally. Always great to see so many Masons present and to see the governor and other elected officials.

A beautiful day, great parade and fantastic fireworks!  

Thanks and thanks gain for a wonderful Birthday Party well worth celebrating!
10:43 am edt 

Re: Business Owner Against Family Week
Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out of town.  This town is for everyone, not just your special interest.
10:42 am edt 

How About :

Scheduling family week the week before the 4th of July?  That way we can get it out of the won't hurt business, and the families get their week too.
10:41 am edt 

Re: Police Action?

"6 police officers cellphoning, etc at the corner intersection of shaink painter and rt6 for the
cycling challenge - 10 minutes later - 6 police officers standing around a 2 car accident."


Were you aware that the police officers from outside of town donate their time for the benefit of the PanMass charity event?  We are not paying for their services.
10:40 am edt 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Let's Rethink Family Week

Why not reschedule Family Week to the week after the Bears in mid July? It makes no sense to diminish one of the three best weeks of the year. My business and my  mortgage are endangered by the loss of revenue. Family Week is counter productive and may force me to leave after 20 years in business. It's that serious. This is panic not hyperbole.
12:17 pm edt 

Re: West Vine Street
For those of you who are concerned about this development, please look at the files in Town Hall.  This is what I did.
In 2006 they went before the Planning Board to divde the lots under the ANR process.  The ANR process is not a public hearing process so abutter notification is not required.  I was informed no building plans have been filed as of yet.  The project did however go to the Conservation Commission for their review.

Anybody know if there needs to be any zoning approval or planning board approval on this development ?  Are there going to be any public hearings on this ?
12:16 pm edt 


"If you don't like something or someone vote it/them out. It doesn't take much-be one of the of the hundred plus who go to town meetings and vote and stop complaining."

You say this with such conviction - do you remember that over HALF this town CAN'T vote - because of second homeowner status.  Maybe it was a second home owner complaining - and with every reason.
12:14 pm edt 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

"Family" Theme Week

I recently heard several local business owners refer to family week as "famine week," adding that business was horrible.

Who exactly benefits from this particular theme week? Not upscale restaurants or retail stores, very few guesthouses and certainly not bars.

Why not just call it "T Shirts and Hot-Dogs Week?"
11:20 pm edt 

If you don't like something or someone vote it/them out. It doesn't take much-be one of the of the hundred plus who go to town meetings and vote and stop complaining.
11:18 pm edt 

Police Action?

6 police officers cellphoning, etc at the corner
intersection of shaink painter and rt6 for the
cycling challenge - 10 minutes later - 6 police
officers standing around a 2 car accident.
5:33 pm edt 

Astrid Berg with Governor Patrick

Astrid Berg With Governor Patrick at the 
Pilgrim Monument Centennial Celebration. 

And a good time was had by all!
8:18 am edt 
4:19 pm edt 

Please Post Again Astrid and the Governor

Didn't get to see this. But others did. Please post again.

thanks so much.

It was a splendid 100 year celebration. It was a beautiful day well done and well celebrated.

Thanks also for most fabulous fireworks. They were spectacular.
4:14 pm edt 

Re: Ethics Rules For Towns of 10,000 or Less Citizens

None of that really matters. Grassy declared himself in conflict. That was the right thing to do. Where he errred was in not leaving the table, much less the room. He just sat there like a donkey.
4:13 pm edt 

Re: Not Justified!
Not necsssarily so!  It depends on the amount of renovation required.  Sometimes it better to build new than to renovate the old unless you are going to do a complete rehab.  If not, other problems always pop up along the way.
4:12 pm edt 

Not Justified!

So, perhaps the present police station needs to be upgraded. But the cost to upgrade will be a fraction of what they will probably spend to construct a new station.  Building a new station does not seem needed or justified.
1:50 pm edt 

Re: West Vine Street

The land across from Victor's is going to be sub-divided into bulding lots.  After the sub-division is created it probably won't be long before those lots are sold and developed as well.
1:49 pm edt 

West Vine Street

For those of you who are concerned about this development, please look at the files in Town Hall.  This is what I did.
In 2006 they went before the Planning Board to divde the lots under the ANR process.  The ANR process is not a public hearing process so abutter notification is not required.  I was informed no building plans have been filed as of yet.  The project did however go to the Conservation Commission for their review.

A concerned neighborhood citizen
1:48 pm edt 

Ethics Rules For Towns of 10,000 or Less Citizens

Also from the State Ethics Commission, here are the exceptions that apply to a selectman in a town with a population of 10,000 or less.

C.  Acting on Behalf of Others and Private Employment (Sections 17 and 18)

3. Special Municipal Employees:  If you serve as a Selectman in a town which has a population of 10,000 or fewer, you are considered a special municipal employee for the purposes of the conflict law.  Selectmen who are special municipal employees may represent others only in the following circumstances:  they have never acted on the matter as a municipal official; the matter is not and has not been the subject of their official responsibility; and the matter is not currently pending before the Board of Selectmen.  

D. Multiple Contracts and Holding Additional Offices (Section 20)

Also, as discussed above, if you serve as a Selectman in a town which has a population of 10,000 or fewer, you are considered a special municipal employee for the purposes of the conflict law.  As a special municipal employee, you may have a financial interest in a town contract or a second paid position if you file a disclosure of your financial interest in the contract with the Town Clerk and either (a) the Board of Selectmen has no jurisdiction over the agency with which you have the contract or position or (b) if the Board has jurisdiction over the municipal agency with which you have the contract or position, the other members of the Board of Selectmen vote to exempt you from the provisions of section 20.
1:46 pm edt 

Re: Santos vs State Ethic Laws

Here is specific guidance for selectmen on conflict of interest from the State Ethics Commission's website:


As a Selectman, you are a municipal employee and are covered by the conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A. (1)  All municipal officials and employees, whether elected or appointed, full or part time, paid or unpaid, must comply with the restrictions of the conflict law.  The law also regulates the activities of former employees and business partners of current and former employees.(2)  The purpose of the law is to ensure that your private interests and relationships do not conflict with your responsibilities as a public official.


A. Self-Dealing (Section 19)

The law generally prohibits you from taking any official action on matters affecting your own financial interests, or the financial interests of: your immediate family members (i.e., your spouse and the parents, siblings and children of either you or your spouse); partners; your employer(s) other than your town; anyone with whom you are negotiating or have an arrangement concerning prospective employment; or organizations for which you serve as an officer, director, partner, employee or trustee.(3)  As a Selectman, you may not act in any way that affects these interests, positively or negatively, nor may you act on any matter that affects these interests within the foreseeable future.  If a matter affecting one of these interests comes up for consideration at a Selectmens meeting, the wisest course of action is to leave the room during discussion, deliberation and the vote on the matter, and make sure that the minutes of the meeting reflect your recusal.

The prohibition on acting in these matters is very broad.  You may not participate as a selectman in any way:  you may not vote on these matters; you may not participate in, moderate or chair discussions; you may not delegate these matters to a subordinate; you may not prepare official documents concerning these matters; and you may not take any other type of official action regarding these matters.

For example, if a budget line item includes the salary of an immediate family member, you may not discuss that line item with your colleagues, even during informal conversations.  If a warrant includes payments to a family member or a business organization as described above, you may not sign the warrant.  If you are an abutter to a public works project, you may not participate as a Selectman in any hearings or deliberations about that project.  If you are on the board of a charitable organization, you may not as a selectman direct the Town Administrator to act on that organizations application for a municipal grant.

Note that there are some special cases, including:

  1. Acting on Budgets:  You must abstain from any action on budget items which include the salary of an immediate family member (or would otherwise affect the financial interests of one of the entities listed above).  Although you are prohibited from acting on those particular line items, you may act and vote on the budget as a whole provided that those line items you abstained from have previously been voted on and approved separately.  For more information, see Advisory 05-03: Elected Officials Voting on Budgets and Signing Payroll Warrants that Include Salaries for Family Members.  

   2. Acting on Matters of General Policy:  You may act on municipal ordinances, bylaws and other matters of general policy as long as the financial interest of you or your immediate family members is shared by a substantial segment of your towns population.  The State Ethics Commission has advised that at least 10% of a towns total population is a substantial segment for the purposes of the conflict law; therefore, you may act on matters affecting your own financial interests, or others private interests as listed above, if the financial interest is shared by at least 10% of your towns residents, as determined by the most recent federal census.  For example, as a selectman, you may participate in setting the tax rate because that decision is a matter of general policy and affects more than 10% of the towns population.

You also may act on matters of general legislation and certain home rule petitions including drafting, promoting or opposing general legislation (bills that would amend the states General Laws), or legislation relating to your town governments organization, powers, duties, finances or property.  Note that matters involving special legislation, do not fall within this exception.    

  3. Acting on Matters Affecting Abutting or Nearby Property:  Property owners are presumed by the Commission to have a financial interest in matters affecting abutting and nearby property.  Therefore, you generally may not act in your official capacity on matters involving a business or property which abuts your own property, or which is close enough that the outcome of the matter will affect your own property values.  Also, you generally may not act in your official capacity on matters involving a business or property which abuts businesses or property owned by your immediate family members, business partners, private employers, prospective employers, or organizations for which you serve as an officer, director, partner or trustee.  For more information, see Advisory 05-02: Voting on Matters Affecting Abutting or Nearby Property.    

      4. Acting on Matters Affecting Competitors Financial Interests:  Businesses and individuals may have a financial interest in matters affecting their direct competitors when the effect on the competition also affects themselves or their own business.  For example, a liquor license holder is presumed to have a financial interest in the liquor license application of a nearby establishment; a job applicant is presumed to have a financial interest in the process of evaluating other candidates for the position.   Therefore, you generally may not act on matters affecting your own direct competitors, or direct competitors to an immediate family member, business partner, private employer, prospective employer, or organization for which you serve as an officer, director, partner or trustee.  For more information, see Advisory 05-04: Voting on Matters Involving Competitors.  
1:43 pm edt 

Finally the Right Pronouciation

The WBZ  anchor who MC'd at the monument, pronounced
Michele 's (1L) name propertly. Cooohtrer.

P.S. It would have been nice to give the Town Hall employees
the day off and have the trailors open on Friday.

One Ellie
1:35 pm edt 

Re: State Ethics Rules vs Selectman Santos

Look at definition (n) for the special municipal employee description. Thats what Grassy is talking about. One of the first things the ethics commission will ask is the size of your town when they make determinations regarding ethics issues. Ethics issues do apply to small towns but there are some exceptions. One main reason is that a small town has smaller amounts of people to choose from to fill positions on boards and committees. Try to find someone in Provincetown that has no connections to anything else in the town, thus making them conflict free. And if you do find someone that has no connections to others, is this someone that you want representing the town? Essentially, if that were the case, all boards and committees would be made up of newcomers to town with no knowledge of any issues. Most people on boards and committees will have a conflict on occasion but they simply need to file a declaration with the town cleark describing the matter and then at least make a public disclosure prior to including themselves in a matter before the board. If the person feels its a conflict, they recuse themselves. If they don't, they do so at their own peril and it would then be up to someone to file a complaint with the ethics board for what they felt was a violation. In the grand scheme of things, issues in Ptown aren't that big of a deal. Small town, small issues.
1:34 pm edt 

Police Station

If one goes & tours the station you'd know why but I'll tell you:

- Out of date electrical, communications & size
- Fire Hazard & town liability issues (major)! Not designed for this use; was mortuary.
- Inhumane holding & jail cells! Remember innocent until proven guilty. So rational that guilty person deserves what gets is horribly wrong. You wouldn't want a barn animal down there! Amazing town hasn't been sued yet!
- Chief Jaran, like Sharon, have made up for 30 years of neglect & poor decision making.    
10:35 am edt 

Love the Picture of Astrid and the Governor

Looks like the dowager queen mother is alive and well.
10:33 am edt 

Re: West Vine Street

"The 55 West Vine development will be across from the horse barn, not across from Victor's."

Thank you for the info
10:31 am edt 

State Ethics Rules vs Selectman Santos

Selectman Santos frequently mentions 'we are a town of less than 10,000 people' when discussing state ethics and insinuates that the same ethics rules don't apply to a town of less than 10,000.  Looking through the state web site on ethics I couldn't find a reference to special rules for smaller towns.  Anyone know if there are special ethics rules for towns less than 10,000 or is this just his personal view?
10:06 am edt 

Re: Cupcakes
8-2. Notification of intent to commence business.
No corporation, foreign or domestic, (and no person, partnership or association not required by law to obtain a license for the conduct of its business) shall within the Town of Provincetown conduct any retail or wholesale business involving the sale or rental of goods, without first having registered annually with the Licensing Agent.

9-1. Food for Sale.
No person shall offer food for sale to the public unless licensed as a common victualer or an innholder under the provisions of Chapter 140 of the General Laws or licensed for retail sales (either as a transient vendor or as defined in Provincetown General By-laws 8-2) along with the appropriate Board of Health food service permit(s).1


6. No sale of food, drink, or other products to persons standing in the street, sidewalk, or parking areas at or about such
establishment. Other outdoor service allowed only on Special Permit from the Board of Appeals. 1982 ATM
9:03 am edt 

West Vine Street

The 55 West Vine development will be across from the horse barn, not across from Victor's.
8:53 am edt 

Re: Conflict of Interest

That's what I was trying to say, but thanks you put it better:

The Reason You Leave the Room When You Have a Conflict of Interst Is...

....because you could still influence your board members by your non-verbal behavior. Eyebrows raised. Sulleness. Smirks. Smiles. Body stance. You leave the room and you surely do not stay at the table.

If you have any financial gain--any possible gain--then you leave the room.
9:52 pm edt
8:52 am edt 

Suddenly There's Business

I wonder what changed today. The economic suicide that we call Family Week is finally over. Give them an ultimatum, early July or nothing. Bye!
8:51 am edt 

Just a Side Thought, From Long Ago

With the imminent extinction of Provincetown High School another institute of education will also be lost. "The Royal Flush"
Maybe the BOS could find it in their hearts to keep this time honored practice. Lord knows they need it.
8:49 am edt 

So Webmaster, Question:
Why are you now advertising a Restaurant in HUGE red lettering?   Just because it has A/C, does that make it news worthy?   How about the other restaurants that have NEW menues or NEW STAFF or NEW SOMETHING?  
Your pushing your own agenda for some unknown reason, unless you can shed light on it please
8:46 am edt 

West Vine Street
Why didn't abutters receive any notice of this project ?
8:44 am edt 

West Vine Street

I've had a look at the proposed development over on West Vine street. Looks like 5 big building lots with one duplex on each lot. Not as high a density as they could build by right with the amount of land thats available. And it seems like this subdivision was first created back in 2006.

And this is not the only development that will be taken place in the immediate area. The rest of that wood which borders on Bradford Street was subdivide into 5 or 6 lots last year and I believe it is now for sale.

And of course the horse farm is for sale , but it may only have 1 or 2 build-able lots.

Looks like total buildout in a few  years.

If I signed my name I would be found out.
8:43 am edt 


Board of health meeting Thurs Aug 12th at 5PM....
8:42 am edt 

Con Com meeting Wed at 6:30 Aug 10th
8:41 am edt 

I Like Lisa Hughes Phrasing

Introducing Michele CootHer--A perfect name for this wannabe, pretende-to-be.

Michele Coother indeed!
8:40 am edt 

Excuse Me---But Who Determines It's a Done Deal!

If people have complaints and questions, please continue to question. Whatever is the problem at WEst Vine, let the questions flow.

Who are YOU to determine that it's a done deal? The developer? Perhaps.
8:39 am edt 

Re: Kind Harbormaster
Probably because the words do not seem to fit together properly, like Honest Politician, Poor Developer, Overworked Town Employee, etc.
8:37 am edt 

Re: John Santos

How does Grassy prefer his state ethics? With red or white wine?
8:36 am edt 

Patience was Correct!

The lady named "Patience" that wrote about her wonderful experience with the Harbormasters at the pier was correct. I'm out there three to four times a week or more and those guys have been nothing but friendly and respectful to me as well. Picking up and or dropping people off for the ferry can be a very trying experience because of all the traffic (both pedestrian and vehicular). The Harbormasters do a GREAT job at keeping everyone moving along and happy. It's nice to see that there is such an emphasis placed on the safety of the users of the pier. Great job gentlemen!
8:35 am edt 

Re: Family
You are thinking old school!  Families are not comprised of just kids & adults!! There could be adults that like to dress up in diapers like babies & others that like to be on a leash in leather (pets) & tickled with feathers (fetish)... So you see, family can be created to be so much more.  
8:33 am edt 

Interview with Clarence and Marcene!

Oooooh weeee! An upcoming interview with Clarence and Marcene! Now gee, I wonder what sort of slant the blog will put on that? It does PAY to be friends with the Webmaster and WebMistress! Look at the great BOLD RED FREE Ad that Edwige got here! I wonder how many free meals Clarence and Marcene enjoyed there? And I DARE you to print this!
8:32 am edt 

Thoughts For the Day
1. Mr Santos  should have  left the room.
Does the Conflict of Interest law state that  he "must" ? no.
The town handbook requires it of "appointed" board members. He is not appointed. He's elected.
Most adults know that just because there is no law against something , doesn't make it right.
Mr Santos should show respect for the town and do the "right" thing.

Mr Santos, watch it on TV next time.

2.The Cabral's wharf deal is off. Great news.

3. A number of License Board members have resigned. Great. Now, who is going to volunteer? Do it while you have the chance, instead of just complaining. Maybe a few Board of Health members should take the cue.

4. Last night was the best fireworks display i've seen in this town. The parade was great, the afternoon ceremony thoughtful, entertaining and ....short. The day was memorable in all the best ways a day can be. Watching the big blob of nasty weather pass to the south and miss our little town was a treat. Well done to all the folks at the Pilgrim Monument and town officials who executed this big day so well. I didn't even smell the horses . Wow

5. One last thought. Is Donald Thomas the only one that knows how to direct traffic? I saw 3-4 officers/ sheriffs in Lopes Square last night, talking to each other, just standing around while out-of-towners tried to figure out how to negotiate the corner without running over strollers.
It was not a pretty sight.  Later, after the fireworks , Donald was out there with his whistle showing that he knows how to make it happen safely. What are we going to do when he's gone?
Thanks Mr Police Officer.

Have a great weekend.

Slippery Clam at High Tide
8:30 am edt 

Re: Kind Harbormaster
I too have found the traffic directors on the town pier to be helpful and polite this year. Please keep up the good work.

Don't work there nor any of my kin
8:27 am edt 

Why do We Need a Police station

Maybe we need a new police chief?
8:26 am edt 

Thanks For a Great Celebration Provincetown!

Happy Birthday to the Monument and kudos to those who spent countless hours coordinating this event. The parade was wonderful and the fireworks spectacular! Here's to another 100!

PJ Del Prete
8:25 am edt 

Re: Grassy and State Ethics

"And then next time they send the same letter. You have to be REALLY in violation for them to fine you and the limit is $3,000."

One can also be held personally liable in a civil action. Mary Jo has no assets to cover. Grassy does.
8:24 am edt 

Re: Town Web Site
Really, enough already. Sit down, write a short email to Sharon Lynn or someone else in the administration state what you'd like to see on the website for functionality as cited on here and see if they respond. Any software/design effort needs user feedback and it isn't productive to just grouse about it here and accuse people of hiding info. You need to tell the people in charge what your expectations are as users and what works and doesn't work for you.

You will also find that often putting what you're looking for into Google and also putting in the town website address will instantly pop up what you're looking for.

Personally though it's a few more clicks to info I've found it very useful for finding almost any town document I need.

Seems to be a common refrain on here, complain complain complain, make assertions about nefarious purposes and then never actually sit down and tell someone who can make a change what you want nor attend meetings where change happens. I've found that detailed written input on a variety of subjects is welcomed particularly if you do a little research and provide data backing your statements and you show up to back up your wishes at the appropriate time.
8:22 am edt 

Give Us a Break PATIENCE!

Little old ladies posting on Give us a break PATIENCE! Your vested interest in the pier is easily transparent to even me who ain't the sharpest knife in the drawer...!
8:20 am edt 

Cell Tower Test
Does anyone know the outcome of the Cell Phone Tower test that was conducted on July 20th?
Please advise.
8:19 am edt 

Astrid Berg with Governor Patrick

Astrid Berg With Governor Patrick at the 
Pilgrim Monument Centennial Celebration. 

And a good time was had by all!
8:18 am edt 

Provincetown Monument

Happy 100th Birthday to the Provincetown Monument!

7:52 am edt 

Fishermen's Wharf

Thank you to the BOS for rethinking the P&S of Cabral's  Perhaps now Cabral could repair his wharf prior to a sale.
7:51 am edt 

Theme Week

Looking around town I see a lot of vacancy signs out.  I wonder why that could be......oh that's right it's another stupid theme week.
7:50 am edt 

The Town Web Site is Poorly Designed

I also find it problematic. It is quite confusing. Why did this one replace the other? Putting pretty pictures at the top does not a good web site make.
7:49 am edt 

Cup Cake Sales

I would like to know once and for all.  Is it legal for Scott Cakes to sell his cupcakes at the corner of Commercial and Carver streets?  There are periods of time when he is not there, and then shows up again like he has for the past several days.  It seems to me that there must be some law against cooking at home and selling food on the streets.  At a recent licensing board meeting, the board brought this up after getting complaints and Darlene was going to speak to Scott about it.  Does anyone know the law?
7:48 am edt 

West Vine Street
Are these condo's going to be directly across from Victor's ?  When is development slated to begin ? Were there any zoning or planning board hearings on this project ?

Thank you
7:46 am edt 

Friday, August 6, 2010

Re: West Vine Street

Everyone, cool your heels relative to West Vine. It's a done deal . Move on to something that you can do something about.
8:35 am edt 

Re: Family

"I always thought a family was made up of both adults and children"

Ha,ha,ha,ha. And there's 3000 families in Provincetown, PLEASE
8:32 am edt 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Reason You Leave the Room When You Have a Conflict of Interst Is...

.....because you could still influence your board members by your non-verbal behavior. Eyebrows raised. Sulleness. Smirks. Smiles. Body stance. You leave the room and you surely do not stay at the table.

If you have any financial gain--any possible gain--then you leave the room.
9:52 pm edt 

Re: Grassy and State Ethics

He was within his rights to do what he did except sitting at the table. He definately should have recused himself to the audience. Going to a ethics seminar is more confusing that if you don't go. Going doesn't make you any smarter. Bottom line is always, if it might be an ethics violation, it should be considered one. And don't worry Grassy, the penalties are not severe. 99% of the time, the ethics board sends a letter stating you may or may not have violated a certain part of the ethics law and please keep it in mind for next time. And then next time they send the same letter. You have to be REALLY in violation for them to fine you and the limit is $3,000. They didn't even fine MJA and she was clearly in violation and then even went so far as to tell them where to stick it!

And for the board members to have admonished him on camera and during a BOS meeting is way out of line. All the back room deals and dealing MC has made over the years and SHE has the nerve to call Grassy out??!!

People in glass houses ....
9:50 pm edt 

New Web Sites

The new web site is much easier to use than the last.  You still need to know how to read and not juct click where someone once showed you.  You might want to put that cocktail down, on the table that is.
9:47 pm edt 

Cabral Pier

$5 million to buy a falling down pier?

Cell phone tower revenue does not go to the Town?


Anyone who thinks this is a good deal should get their head examined.
9:44 pm edt 

Kind Harbormaster

I'm very lost as to why someone would say that I wasn't being truthful about my experience on the wharf. Is there some reason that a compliment being paid to a town employee should be taken for a lie? My experience at MacMillan Wharf  was genuine and I stand behind my earlier statement! Why must this blog be so filled with hate and anger?

There are some good things in our town that should be noticed. The Harbormasters that are employed here were wonderful to me! They were kind to everyone that I saw them encounter! End of story!

9:42 pm edt 

Hey Boston Whaler!

That boat was purchased by I believe Richard Macara. His intent is to convert it to a dive boat for his diving business. That's what I was told. Believe it or not, that boat is quite seaworthy! It's in much better shape than it looks!

Austere in August
9:40 pm edt 

Re: West Vine St.
So, caution is key when figuring your figures.  Class, did we really learn NOTHING from Bangs St.?
Lot Size per Plan:  15,565 sq. feet
10,000 sq. feet. (see below)  Presented as 2 buildings 4 units.  Isn't 10,000 sq. feet more than 40% of the total lot size on this one? By alot?  Shouldn't the buildings have covered no more than 40% which is 6,226 square feet and this project been limited to 2 units at best?  Don't these buildings cover almost 65% of this lot?  Yes, they do.  Got approved anyway.  Go to school on this and say goodbye to West Vine as you know it.  

Dwelling Units Number of Units Proposed Number of Square Feet/Unit Required
First 1-4 2,500  so 4 = 10,000 required

4140 Lot Coverage Buildings shall not cover more than 40% of the total lot area.
9:39 pm edt 

Quit the dDama Already
Just wondering what constitutes a "family" to justify the need for 14 new "multi" family dwellings.  Are these really for "families" or are they single units "connected" to fit a definition under the cloak of "affordable" housing to get approval only to be sold later as single units?  I always thought a family was made up of both adults and children but don't see the need for 14 "multi" family units when the school is closing because there aren't enough kids around to fill it.

P.S. Here we go again with fancy words used incorrectly by people trying to come off as intelligent.  The blog was not vitriolistic in any way.  Quit the drama already.    

vit·ri·ol (vtr-l, -l)
a. See sulfuric acid.
b. Any of various sulfates of metals, such as ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, or copper sulfate.
2. Bitterly abusive feeling or expression.
9:19 pm edt 

Re: Cabral's Pier

"In case you didn't hear they voted not to sign a P&S so you can stop your hyperventilating."

When did they do that? In the improperly posted emergency meeting on Monday morning?

I guess one would have to work in the trailers to have that information so soon. Was Grassy there for that meeting too?
9:14 pm edt 

Re: Grassy and State Ethics
Apparently you have never served on a Town board nor attended State Ethics training. It is not only a "practice in Provincetown" for a Board member in conflict to leave the room. It is the recommended policy by the State Ethic's Commission. The conflicted board members presence can inhibit free discussion and influence outcomes.  

One not only has to avoid a conflict of interest, but also the appearance of same. That is why Mary Jo scurried from the room whenever the pier came up. Grassy is a fool to have remained seated with the Board for the discussion. At the VERY least he should have left the head table and sat in the audience. But he really should have left the room. 

9:08 pm edt 

Maybe Our Hyperventilating Caused the BOS to Have Second Thoughts

I still hold that signing a P & S agreement and encumbering the town tax payers with a possible $5 million plus bill--in spite of all dreams of federal  dollars--is illegal. Even if the P & S was for 2 dollars , the BOS and Sharon Lynn are not empowered to encumber us without our agreeing to being so encumbered.

Plus, there were only the owners and Sharon Lynn and possibly Couture who were for this financial disaster. Maybe, just maybe, the selectmen heard more groans and moans and saw fingers being wagged against them than anyone had thought.

Perhaps, just perhaps!
2:43 pm edt 

No, Harriet, You are Missing the Point
The town web site should make gaining information and getting agendas easier than the old one. But it does not. You cannot easily get minutes nor aendas. It's not simply a couple of clicks. It's a web site that fails comparing the older one. Try finding a person who works for the town. Not as easy as it was before. So why have this new fangled dangled web site when it inhibits gaining information and is like being in an internet maze.

Talk of new and improved is not the reality of a site that does not work well.
2:40 pm edt 

I Got the Point About My Incorrect Corrections

The Vine st. proposal, I have seen the plans , is for 7-2 family dwellings or 14 units. Divide that into 20,000 sq. ft. and you get about 1,400 sq ft per unit. Now that is a reasonable size, more than most condo's in town and it makes the project very realistic. Sorry I didn't read your post more carefully and I do get the vitriol of your response.

Take it easy.
12:40 pm edt 

Extracts from Wicked Local Article on Septic Systems and Possible CLF Law Suit:

"The EPA, with the state and the towns, needs to figure out solutions to the growing problem of nitrogen entering the coastal waters. It's a problem that is very serious and threatens the peninsula's economy, he added.

"People really have to confront that," Kilian said. "Otherwise we might as well write off the Cape, might as well write off the bays on the Cape, which I don't think anyone is ready to do."

CLF has floated the specter of a lawsuit for more than a year. But "heightened chatter" among potential parties, including the EPA and the state Department of Environmental Protection, has convinced Gottlieb its coming.

"They are almost certain to sue the EPA for allowing continued violations of the Clean Water Act," he said.

Kilian said a lawsuit was not imminent, but it is true the CLF is focusing its energy on EPA and that the federal agency was the target when it sued to force the cleanup of Boston Harbor. The reason is that CLF believes the EPA is more likely to act to protect the Cape's waters. Massachusetts is one of only a few states in the nation where the primary authority for enforcing the Clean Water Act still lies with the federal government.

If the EPA doesn't budge, Gottlieb said the worst outcome the Cape could be faced with is if a lawsuit is filed and a judge rules that septic systems are point source pollution, and directs the EPA to enforce the premise. In that case, every business and home on the Cape that is served by septic systems  more than 80 percent  will have to fix the problem. That would result in tremendous expense to individuals and is something the collaborative is working to avoid.

Depending on the judge, said Gottlieb, it may not matter that a number of towns on the Cape are trying to address the problem of nitrogen pollution."
9:00 am edt 

Grassy and State Ethics:
According to last week's Banner, there is no law that requires Grassy (or anyone else) to leave the room when they recuse themselves from an issue.  While it apparently has been a practice in Provincetown to do so, there is no legal obligation to leave the room.  He did comply with the state ethics law by disclosing his conflict and by recusing himself from the discussion, and by not uttering a single word during the entire discussion.
8:39 am edt 

Who Owns it?

Is is true that the old, derelict boat sitting out in the Provincetown Bay closer to Truro is sitting there waiting to break apart? Is this the same boat that was illegally docked at the Ptown Pier? Inquiring minds want to know.

Boston Whaler
8:37 am edt 

Re: West Vine Street

The development on West Vine is the one your Conservation Commission gave their blessing to this spring.  Read the minutes for March and April and you will see it in one of those meetings.  
8:33 am edt 

Re: West Vine Street

1.12 acres has about 50,000 sq. feet.  If you comprehend what you read you will see the point was that 20,000 sq. feet is about 40% of 1.12 acres which is the allowance for building coverage.  Now go back and re-read so you get it before you submit incorrect corrections.  Like the blogger said, 7 multi-families on 20,000 sq. feet is tight.
8:32 am edt 

Re: West Vine Street

What is this development on West Vine Street and is there even an appeal period ?

8:30 am edt 

Cell Tower Test
Does anyone know the outcome of the Cell Phone Tower test that was conducted on July 20th?
Please advise.

We need this bad!
8:14 am edt 

Try Using Your Brain

Just look at the old web site or use your memory. Then look at this new one. It's not good. Plain and simple. It is harder to get information and I would think that is the purpose of this site. It is complicated and how many double and triple clicks to just read the upcoming agendas.

No, this is not good and it is not a few changes that will make it good. It is a bad choice and poorly designed for our use--yes, our, the tax payers and us the residents.

Not rocket science.

Make it work right for all of us. This web site is not what we need nor what we want.
8:13 am edt 

Zoning Bylaws

The Ad Hoc Committee on Zoning Bylaws has been doing yeoman's work on useful and much overdue improvements to the zoning bylaw. It is tedious and hard slogging going line by line through major sections and trying to make the bylaw clearer, more concise and just plain better. So far citizen attendance at these meetings has ranged from sparse to non-existent. The Ad Hoc Committee is very open however to public input so if you want to help on the hard work you should attend.

As a reminder this committee is essentially only an adjunct to the Planning Committee in that it makes recommendations to Planning who has to adopt the recommendations. There will be further chances for public input and eventually all this hard work will end up in a recommendation to the fall town meeting and perhaps future town meetings.

If you want to help shape the town's destiny over the next decade you should attend the Ad Hoc meetings and the Planning meetings. Now is the time to get your concerns heard and addressed. If you don't speak up now please don't later attack the hard work or sincerity of the people slaving away at this stuff. From my personal observations of the process (and while I disagree with some of the outcomes but understand them) all of these folks - both staff and volunteer members - deserve our thanks for their hard work.

- a private citizen
8:12 am edt 

Re: Cabral's Pier
In case you didn't hear they voted not to sign a P&S so you can stop your hyperventilating.

Regarding the town web site, if you can't handle a couple of more clicks then you are in a sorry state. I'm sure the town would welcome direct, useful feedback rather, or in addition to, blathering on here.
8:10 am edt 

Rules & Regulations Don't Count

Ptown now = a Ship of Fools with no rules or regs. abided by or understood

Disgraceful and warranting the search for out of town property toot sweet.

(doubt this gets posted)
8:09 am edt 

Sorry, Patience

Activity on the wharf on a normal day can best be described as "chaotic".  When the ferry comes in it is compounded.  The beach at the base is still disgusting and I see no evidence of a real network of town personnel in place to handle boating issues, parking issues, pedestrian and bike issues, crime issue, etc., etc..  Sorry, Patience.  A shark off of Chatham may take the bait, but it's hard to swallow.  
8:07 am edt 

Reply to: Have You Seen Them
It really is a damn shame when someone complains about signs that were paid for and were for a good cause. The signs were intended to be posted for a short time to show and let the people see who supported the cause. Now comes along someone who obviously does not care and did not support the cause either. All I can add to that is, may your concious be your guide.
8:06 am edt 

To: Patience
It is nice to see someone giving a compliment on this blog.  Most people just come here to rant and complain.  Especially about the staff on McMillan Wharf.  Thanks for keeping things positive.
8:05 am edt 

To: Webmaster

Interesting that you felt that Cafe Edwige was deserving of a huge RED Print blast about the addition of AC! Can we expect you to do the same for "other" deserving businesses as well? Seems a bit unfair to the other businesses in town that are air conditioned!Your big red advertisement smacks of favoritism.

Just an observation.
8:03 am edt 

Re: West Vine Street

West Vine has 1.12 acres which is about 50,000 square feet rather than 20,000.
8:02 am edt 

Re: West Vine Street

What development are you talking about on West Vine Street?  Please let us know.
8:01 am edt 

Multi-family Housing

Why are new multi-family units being approved by the score if there are no kids in town and the school is going to close?  Are these really single units being submitted for permit under a guise only to be sold individually once the dust has settled?  Maybe. Seems odd.
8:00 am edt 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

West Vine Will Be What Others Want It to Be
Don't just read the by-laws. Don't just read the town rules. If a person is known and has a good relation with the town boards and community development--that's quite the title isn't it--then it just will happen. Density. Scale. Don't worry. These will be non issues.

It just will happen and They wil make it happen. Such is life here in Provincetown.
11:54 pm edt 

July 26 Selectman's Meeting
John "Grassy" Santos was in clear violation of ethics rules. He recused himself from he discussion on Cabral's Wharf, but stayed seated at the table. He is supposed to leave the room. Even Mary Jo complied with this rule. Has anybody called the State Ethics Commission? Michele Couture noted it for the record and TV viewers.

He is out of his mind to sit there. The penalties are severe. It is one of the reasons we can't get qualified people to serve on Town Boards.-If you know something about the topic it is likely you are in the business or have been or will be again.

Baby Wharf Rat
11:52 pm edt 

Mobile Homes For the Homeless
Has anyone ever considered buying mobile homes or trailers instead of building low income housing?  It would be less expensive and if it didn't work out easier to remove from the town.  And maybe locate them on the other side of route 6 near the Ptown dump.
7:49 pm edt 

July 26th Selectmen's Meeting OMG!

I'm watching this on TV and I can't really believe it.

They accepted an architect's contract for the Library with no price.

Then Ms. Lynn presents a P+S for Cabral's wharf for Selectmen to sign. There is a provision in the contract regarding cell tower leases on the wharf. Cabral has signed leases with 2 cell companies but has assigned the rights to collect the rents to a 3rd party. So the Town will not get those rents if it were to buy the wharf. I got this just from hearing Ms. Lynn read the contract. But Sharon says:" I don't understand that provision." And the selectmen do not either!

Then they vote to have an emergency executive session, today. August 2nd.! - Which was not posted on the website!
This is C-R-A-Z-Y!!!

They should all resign in shame.
7:48 pm edt 

Re: Town Web Site
I think the redesign is much better looking. If you find it harder to navigate why don't you email the town manager and mis director with suggestions. If you think it was purposefully redesigned to hide information you should see a psychiatrist and be treated for paranoia.
7:47 pm edt 

So True: This Site is a Problem
It looks as if it's current and fabulous. But it is not. The site should give information quickly. It fails to do this. It should reveal agendas with one click. You have hit multiple clicks just to find out what is taking place.

I too like the link to PTV. It was perfect. Now you can't even find the BOS agenda easily. Whose not so bright idea was this site? A bomb that probably cost us plenty. Sometimes it's best to leave well enough alone--remeber the saying. It meant something.
7:46 pm edt 

Re; Board of Health Meeting

I understand the law that the HEARING needs to be advertised two weeks ahead of time in the papers but they can discuss the issues at any MEETING and that doesn't need to be definatively outlined in their agenda or in the papers. If they discuss the matter at a BOH meeting or a number of them, hammering out the issues and refining the matter prior to the public hearing, they would probably be inclined to pass the regulation regardless of what the public thinks consdiering the time THEY have put into it. It's not something that needs to go to town meeting. The BOH is able to pass regs like this regardless of what the people think. It would be honest and fair for the BOH to tell everyone that they plan to discuss the matter but that doesn't mean it's going to happen.
7:45 pm edt 

Re: Rude People at Grocery Store

Honey....I'm NOT a tourist. I own property in town. In order to be able to afford that property, I work Off Cape. Tourist or not...rude is rude.
7:44 pm edt 

Hey Gladys Dicksin!

That's quite a handle! Where'd you come up with it? As for proper sidewalks... GOOD LUCK! Any fool need only watch the poor slobs in wheel chairs bobbling their way down our Commercial St sidewalks or those poor kids in strollers! And we all wonder why they use the middle of the street? Anyone remember how much that fiasco cost this town? Bricks? Who needs bricks?

Donald aka The Dancing Cop said it best: " Pave Commercial from side to side and get rid of the sidewalks. Then paint a yellow line down each side for the cars to stay in the middle. Done!" And Donlad had been relegated to less hours this year! Honey, he's the only one of those blue boys that works! And what is he now 80? Our summer "lawn jokeys" never move off the curb! Don't get this girl started! OooooooH

"Queen" La-Quiffa
7:43 pm edt 

Congratulations to Alix Ritchie and Marty Davis For Being GLAD Honorees

It was a fabulous party and you were the stars. Thanks for all you've done for
GLAD and for Provincetown. It was a wonderful setting and a great, big party!
Kudoes to all.
7:39 pm edt 

Monday, August 2, 2010

Harbor Masters

I had the most fantastic experience on our wharf yesterday. Took some
old friends to get the ferry back to Bean town. There were two Harbormasters on
the wharf directing cars to their appropriate waiting area. The pier was just
jammed with cars and people! Everyone was either in a rush to get on a boat or
to get off it! I must say how polite and respectful those two gentlemen were!
They treated me with respect and dignity and showed me where and how I should
park my car. They were engaging and so friendly! This is something that has been
lost in our town!

Thank you MacMillan Pier Harbormaster's John and Art! You two guys were
wonderful to this old lady! I can't express my gratitude enough to you for
making a trying experience a pleasurable one that was free of embarrassment
because I am no longer the world's best driver!

10:20 pm edt 

I'm Confused by West Vine St.

How do you fit 7 multi-family units on
1.12 acres of land while ensuring that buildings do NOT cover more than 40% of
the total lot space?  That's 7 multi-family units on less than 20,000 square
feet.  These must be really tiny multi-family units, like really tiny.   
10:14 pm edt 

I Find the News Town Web Site Inhibites Knowing What is Happening

Before, you could easily get meeting agendas. Now it is more complicated. And
the Board of Selectmen should have a prominenet spot. Now, they are listed under
"S" for town boards.

Also, you could read the minutes of the BOS and hit PTV to see the video. Now
there is no such link.

Give me the old town web site. This one is not very informative. Perhaps, that
is not accidental.
11:47 am edt 

Have You Seen Them?

Is anyone else annoyed by the ugly signs placed in the traffic islands
thanking businesses for their support? Surely this must be a violation of sign
10:40 am edt 

Board of Health Meeting

They must post the public hearing for 2 weeks in Banner prior
to the meeting. The next meeting is 8/12 . So this issue
can't come up until 8/26 or later. I will keep everyone
posted. We must fight this insanity!

Red Dottie
10:11 am edt 

Septic Inspection Rules

When will the BOH be discussing the new regs regarding septic regulations? Will
it be at their next board meeting or will it be a special meeting dedicated to
only this issue?

Anyone know?
7:45 am edt 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Re: Pay Station

To the person who stated when the pay station fails it automatically goes to the
parking office is WRONG...  It does not..  Someone needs to report that it is
malfunctioning and then someone from parking responds.  Let's not make this
sound like it's a quick fix..  It is very frustrating for people and the parking
personnel as well.  This was a good idea to try but it just isn't working out

At one point, when the parking Am was out of town it stayed borken for almost a
day..  And the town lost all that revenue.  So again, IT DOES NOT GO DIRECT TO
10:25 pm edt 

Septic Inspection Corruption

Yesterday at the supermarket I heard two people talking about the insanity of
requiring yearly inspections of all septic systems, and that certain town
employees want this to go through so that they can quit their jobs and become 
septic inspectors, thereby making huge amounts of money (at $500 per ispection). 
Is there any truth to this? If this is so, it is nothing but total corruption
and we need to talk about this.  What on earth is this town doing to its
citizens. We really need to fight back against this lack of common sense and

Gladys Dicksin
8:22 pm edt 

Re: Rude People at Grocery Store

Honey, those rude folks were probably other tourists. We locals have to deal
with them all summer long. I must admit, it's kind of nice to know that you
sometimes annoy each other too.
8:12 pm edt 

Re: Snail Road Property

This address is in the Res. 1 Zoning District. You cant build anything new
except single family homes.

Going to the dimensional table in the Bylaws I find a minimum of 8000 square
feet of land is needed for each home.

Dividing 8000 square feet into 2.93 acres results in 15 building lots.

This of course would be a new subdivision and would need approval from the
Planning Board.

Or someone could go with affordable housing and get more density that way. I
haven't run those numbers yet. But I do know it wont be anywhere near 500 units.

A Rat In The Basement.

BTW My thinking is that the surveying that is going on in that area is for the
sale of the Cape Inn.
8:11 pm edt 

Re: How Dare the BoS Sign a P&S Without OUR Approval!

Get off your high horse, they have every right by law to sign a P&S agreement. 
And you have every right to vote against it when it comes up at town meeting. 
It's how it works.  And unless they can make a very good case how this would be
a wise financial move for our town, count me as one who will vote against it.
8:09 pm edt 

Re: "When Will the Madness Stop?"

When septic systems are gone and stop putting nitrogen into our bay and
8:07 pm edt 

"Just Say NO"

thanks Nacy Regan. I never thought I'd be quoting you, but this town needs to
"Just Say NO" to any new project. Stop. Put on the brakes. No more. Think first.
Analyze. But do nothing. No new huge override projects or purchases.

Time to put a bull frog in the lily pond.
8:06 pm edt 

It Has to Stop!

I listened to the BOS meeting from July 26. Miss Lynn said that the
Board of Health was proposing inspection of all septic systems town wide YEARLY!
I do not know how this can be done relative to man power,but my biggest concern
is the cost..minimumly $400.00 up to $550.00. This is another crazy idea which
reflects absolutly no common sense and will create an incredible hardship for so
many. When will the madness stop?
3:22 pm edt 

Just Spend the Money!

The Banner had a story about the expenditure of $7500.00 for a study of safety
problems on Shank Painter Road.  My question is--why on earth do we need to
spend this money when any fool can tell you all we need is a proper sidewalk and
nothing else to accomodate both pedestrians and traffic.
Who are these idiots who just insist on spending the taxpayer's money so
foolishly.  This must stop.
Gladys Dicksin
3:20 pm edt 

How Many Condos?

2.93 acres?  At least 500 condos, easy.  Quick too if they are modular
like the ones on Bangs St. The Developer doesn't even need special permits.  A
few private meetings with certain town officials is all.  People may complain
when they see what's going in, but no worry, the shock will wear off AND it's
all legal. Just wait until the appeal period is up to break ground and then you
can do whatever you want.  That's the ticket and the beauty of it.       

2:53 pm edt 

Fishermen's Wharf

I hope that the taxpayers will say
"enough  is enough". We don't need
another debt nor 2 1/2 prop. How dare
the BoS sign a p&s without OUR
approval. Something is rotten in                   

2:51 pm edt 

Status Quo

"We should expand the program.  Unless the negative poster is a parking
lot attendant,  then God forbid we take away their winter unemployment check

BINGO! You hit the nail on the head.  The logic of 'we should keep the meters
and the parking lots just as they are so people can keep their jobs' is a flawed
2:49 pm edt 

Re: Pay Station

And I want my free parking back Dame It!

A Rat In The Basement
2:46 pm edt 

Re: Pay Station

I dont believe the Ryder St. parking lot ever had parking meters to
compare anything to.

A Rat In The Basement
2:45 pm edt 


I was in town for a few days' vacation. People at the grocery
store were rude, mean, thoughtless, and acting like they were the only ones that
mattered. People...we come here for fun and relaxation. If I want to deal with
wretched, horrible people, I'll go to New Jersey!!!!
12:32 pm edt 

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