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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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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Why the Outrage For Shank Painter?

The plans for this construction have gone through every public hearing process,
which was lengthy.  The site drawings were even shown in the Banner.

Did you really think 50 units of affordable rental housing would fit into the
hole that has been sitting there after the capping of the burn dump?  The
removal of all those trees and the clearing of the site has all been vetted in
7:43 pm edt 

Dancing Cop

I'm with the person that said that the community is with the dancing
cop.  The chief needs to acknowledge Yep I made s mistake on this one and put the
dancing cop back.  Great leaders are those that know which battles to fight.  He
will lose the support of many, many townspeople.
7:41 pm edt 

Shankpainter Road
How did the town and the developers allow the clear cutting
Of trees at the shank painter site????? Disgusting !!!!
7:38 pm edt 

Donald Thomas Issue(s)

To the blogger who thinks Donald has allot of support really is probably the
same one has signed the papers to have him reinstated.Fact #1.

As for all the blogs on here supporting him is also from the same ones who also
signed the papers.Fact#2.

It's amazing the publicity this has all received and none of it will get him his
job back. Why because "he's older than dirt". Fact#3.

You can sign all you want, post all you want but the bottom line is "he's
toast"...done deal. Fact#4.

From all the years I have known Donald, he never liked the attention he was
getting when directing traffic but yet he never stopped his dance routines.

Donald may also be a nice kind hearted person and would take his shirt off for
anyone, but if any of you have ever watched him, he's also "been rude" to many
of the pedestrians. Some I even saw and felt Donald was wrong. Just another
fact. Fact#6.
7:36 pm edt 

Re: Badmouthing Ann Maguire

If you look carefully you will see it's likely our same bitter poster railing
again Ann Maguire. He purposefully mispells things in places in the hope that
readers will think the posts are coming from different people. He's used the
same trick since this blog began. He can't stand women in power unless they are
his wife. He uses this anonymous forum to wage perpetual war against the women
he sees as turfing him out of a town job (Lynn, Coture, Maguire and anyone at
all associated with them). He fails to see that his own actions, like his
postings, were his downfall - on many occasions. Sad but don't let it worry you,
he has no power except in an imaginary world huddled against his keyboard, drink
in hand.

11:24 am edt 

Elaine Andersen

Where is your outrage for shankpainter project- seems
you have blinders for some projects and others you publicly tear developers
apart. Your blatant favoritism is appalling. Yes when Deb Paine or Ted Malone
are involved you are "all for" the project. Yes Elaine- we know your modus
operandi. You go so far as to use your political position to even fight your
good ole gal and guy's competition. You do not deserve a seat as selectmen nor
do you deserve any political position in this town. Your tactics are
11:20 am edt 

Austin Knight

Have seen Austin Knight at 95 Bradford Street.  Is he back managing
this property again?   I would wonder if any illegal work is going on like this
same time last year.   Has the owner done all the correct plumbing this time
around?  Austin is a contractor, but lets now forget how he had blinders on last
8:30 am edt 

Vote For Change.....Vote For Mike....Vote For Our Future

Before you vote on Tuesday, drive down Commercial Street and remember
who is on the BOS, go out to the end of Bang Street and remember who is in the
BOS and make sure you drive on Shankpainter road and look at the carnage done to
the land next to Cumberland farm and remember who is on the BOS.  Want more of
the same, vote for Elaine Anderson. The buck stops there. Want some HOPE FOR
CHANGE vote for MIke.
8:28 am edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

A previous blogger said that there's not enough support for the
Dancing Cop? What planet Is this blogger on?

Hasn't he/she seen all of the posts that favor him versus those that don't?

The majority of the community is behind him, NOT with the Police Chief!!!
8:25 am edt 

I Like Mike...NOT

I personally find it very offensive that someone can come into my home, my town,
my community and instantly think that he can tell me what's wrong with my town
and how to fix it.

I'd like to see him first show me how he respects my heritage before I elect him
to the board that creates and sets future policy decisions.

Does he understand ProFish and how it was integral to the grant funding for the
pier?  Can he name even one of the Dune Shacks or how they were transferred to
the CCNS?  Does he know that there used to be an entire community and school out
at Long Point?  Has he even climbed the Monument?

He may have been successful in corporate America, but Provincetown is not a
corporation.  It is a community and he should spend more time here before he
starts telling anyone how to run it.
8:23 am edt 

Friday, April 29, 2011

What's it All About?

What is that job listed in the Banner for Human Resources secretary
for the Superintendent?  Does that mean one of the million dollar secretaries is
leaving the Superintendent's office?
7:15 pm edt 

It's Mike and Dave!!!

Elaine Anderson is such a nice person, and has done tons of stuff she
can be very proud of. However, after driving across town today our roads are a
mess and she doesn't seem to know we have a problem nor does she care we are
concerned. Anderson is just not up to the job. If she doesn't get it now she
never will.

I hate to essentially vote against such a nice person, but in the end, we need a
Selectman who has some hope of getting the town roads and services back on

So Mike and Dave? In the case the risk of the unknown new guy is less worrisome
than the risk of more of the same.

Hopefully lots of women will run against who ever is up next.
7:13 pm edt 

Fresh Seafood in Truro!!

Finally you can buy some fresh seafood here on the Outer Cape...Drove
by Cape Tip Seafood market in Truro and stopped in.  I was shocked..The place
has been totally done over and looks like the best fish market I have ever been
into. The display of fresh fish was unbelievable.. The hot chowder to go was
hands down the best clam chowder I have ever had in my 59 years....
7:10 pm edt 

Re: Homemade

To the person who views PTown as a  Disreputable Carnival Attraction,
you must be one of those "Carnie" Landlords who  encourage "new business
suckers" so that they can be overcharged for their shops.  You don't care what
kind of business is in your Real Estate or whether or not it survives.  You got
your rent (or tax deduction if un-rented), and life goes on.

That said, if our Town is  just one big unethical Carnival Culture, are we all
really surprised how mis- managed the government is??  What is the purpose of
this Blog Site?

We should just accept it like that Blogger does?     NOT!!!

Cudos to the last 2 bloggers who "get it".

Let's have some ethics, integrity.

  With regard to Ice Cream, which is not the same as a crappy bowl of chowder,
proprietors all over will even go so far to make one or two flavors in house,
but the rest will be shipped in from else where. That's not true 'Homemade"

Start asking for truth in Ice Cream, and perhaps it will encourage others 
serving rip-off food  and self serving governmental interests to raise the bar. 
Never Know!!!
7:08 pm edt 

Shankpainter and Anderson

I am heartbroken and sickened that Town officials would allow yet
another vegetation holocaust! How dare they clear cut those magnificent 60 foot
trees along the perimter of 90 Shank Painter Road! Didn't they hear us loud and
clear about the gratitous clear cutting along Rte 6? Remember Anderson smiled
and said, 'oh, they will grow back in no time.' Yeah, right Anderson, it was you
and the status quo who made a half baked effort to correct that vegetation
holocaust and we have a bunch of dead or half dead sapling there.

The Selectmen have deceived us. I voted for 90 Shankpainter but I did not, nor
would I vote to clear cut the property.

They may have the power in Provincetown, but they don't have my respect nor
many, many members of our community!

Vote for Anderson and you will, I promise you, will see Provincetown continue to
be destroyed. Because if elected, she will continue her wanton destruction of
this community that we love and see being destroyed.

Digusted with all of our elected officals!

7:06 pm edt 

To: Carmen

Your heart is in the right place but you need to realize you are putting your
heart before reality. No one will argue that with you or anyone else. However,
it's time for Donald to hang up his spikes. He did a good job and why not leave
knowing he did. Instead some are trying to blame the Chief or the Town Manager.
Donald has no rights. He is not a year round Police Dept employee, he is a
seasonal Officer. The man has a big heart, he may very well be capable of doing
the job but the bottom line is his age. I know allot of people will miss him and
I know some of the regular Police Officers will too but that's not the beef. He
was also offered a couple of jobs, one of which I know would of had him employed
long before his summer (traffic) police job would of but he turned them down. He
could of gotten a easier job, a less stressful job and it was not up his alley I
guess. Wish you and Donald all the luck in the world but I think it's going to
all fall on deaf ears.
7:03 pm edt 

New Candidate

A few friends told me about this new person running for Selectman but I
seriously had doubts untill I saw him in action.  This is exactly who we need. I
don't want someone that's been on the town boards so we get much of the same.
He's certainly got my vote.
7:01 pm edt 

Donald Thomas AKA "The Dancing Cop"

Donna, you need to let this issue go.  The man is 83 years old and should not be
out in the sun directing traffic.  The town needs to be protected from legal
action.  Not sure what your motivations are, but if he needs the money then lets
get behind a fund raiser.  I'd be glad to support that endeavor.  Mr. Thomas
should retire and the town should hire someone who has the physical stamina to
withstand a grueling job. 
6:59 pm edt 

Stop Whining About the Trees

When they approved Bangs St. you were warned this was the beginning of the
end of what's left of nature in town.
Approving the clear cutting of dunes and bulldozing of all vegetation is par for
the course.  Get used to it cause it's not going to change until every square
inch of open land is covered by either a condo or an "affordable" housing unit. 
Sad truth and end of nature in town as we've known it. 
6:58 pm edt 

Speed Bumps?

Love the new bike path but my only concern is that drivers feel it's
OK to speed through. Can we please install some speed humps for everyone's
6:56 pm edt 

Misplaced Chatter

The chatter here about the Town Manager is misplaced. Sharon Lynn
works for the Board of Selectmen. If you don't like what the departments are
doing or how they are doing it, it is the Board of Selectmen's problem. You
should be emailing, calling, corning and even snoozing them. What's more the
personal attacks are over the top. The jury is out if Lynn is a competent Town
Manager yet no one here has any evidence her motives or integrity are suspect.

In this election it is Elaine Anderson who is accountable to us for the
performance of the town programs.  So Tuesday we vote on Anderson's record of
managing town personnel and priorities.
6:54 pm edt 

Clear Cutting

The trees at 90 Shank Painter Rd were not the only ones to go down. 
Check out the previously wooded lot at 57 West Vine that was completely clear
cut.  More trees lost to the real estate development cause.
6:52 pm edt 

Dear Webmaster

We all know you took water samples in the East End.  What were the results?
6:51 pm edt 

Donald the Dancing Cop

The Selectmen do not have the authority to hire employees except the Town
Manager and the Secretary to the board.  They would never discuss personnel
issues in a public meeting.

I think your attempt at trying to resurrect his job is sad.  You do't even have
enough community support for it.  You're taking a sad situation and turning it
into an embarrassment for Donald.
6:50 pm edt 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Donald Thomas AKA "The Dancing Cop"
Carmen Marie Thomas
Carmen Marie Thomas10:47pm Apr 28th
Subject: The Next Step


I need help in asking the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager to do the right thing and give Donald Thomas back his job. I also need to know his legal rights. If you have any experience with the Selectmen or matters like these, please contact me at your earliest convenience. The next Board of Selectmen's meeting is Monday, May 9th. The next one after that is Monday, May 23rd. Then, the next Monday is Memorial Day; and that is usually his fourth day out in the street for the season. I do not know what to do. Any help anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,
Carmen Marie Thomas
11:17 pm edt 

Isn't It Time You Stand Up For Something, For Some Principle?
Sharon, you are such a disappontment and a failure. You do nothing and you stand
for so little. Our town is being raped, destroyed but you are fine with this.
You have your $145,000 plus salary, your pension when you leave, your mother at
Seashore Point, but what do we have? A sick town made poorer through your
weakness, your mumbling, your ineffectual actions.

I hope you are ready to retire. It's time for you to leave.
10:42 pm edt 

Hawthorne Barn

So the whole motion to fund this private owner who claimed he couldn't afford
to renovate his real estate investment-was started by the" the good ole girls
club" and rumor has it quess who receives the $$$ for performing the renovations-
you quessed it- one of the queens of the "good ole girls club" DEB PAINE!!!!!  

Provincetown - you were duped again!!!!!!!!!
10:40 pm edt 

Hawthorne Barn

"Demolish an  addition" -  This has got to be one of the
biggest laughing stocks this town has been involved in. Lets give the private
owner $75,000 dollars as a gift to then demolish part of the "historic" structure
he so eloquently "used" to obtain his  funding.  Oh and quess what -rumor has
it- his partner in       is none other than - you quessed it - DEB PAINE- So in
essence the town really gifted DEB PAINE the $75,000.   GET to the town meeting
and voice your OUTRAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
10:37 pm edt 

Are You Serious? Now She's Roboing Us For Her Pet Candiate

Sick and sicker.         is a driven woman. Power is her raison d'etere. Power
and sadly for us, destruction of what we love here. She has no sense of the true
sense of Provincetown. She is a driven woman who sees money and power as her

Provicetown deserves better than her         interest. some of us really love
this place and we don't see each inch as an opportunity for greed. Take your
puppet, Lamg Chop Sharon, and go home. This is not your home.
10:34 pm edt 

I Like Mike........

............and I am voting only for him.

As I watched the candidates forum I was struck
by the importance he gives to making sure that
all of us survive here. He is the only one that
had any fresh ideas. I'm getting out and talking
him up with friends.

David McChesney is not only more of the same, he is
for the wealthy. He is the only one of the 4 who opposed the 1/2 percent real
estate tax.

In his end statement he said we need to think outside
the box but that he didn't have any ideas. What!!!
His big idea is to promote more vounteerism.  We've all
been doing it for years. He picks up papers on the street
and admonishes us to do the same.

We need a lot more than a little tidying up.
Let's take a chance on someone energetic and fresh
who is not tied to the old and tired here and is not arrogant but accessible.
10:26 pm edt 

Re: Thumbs Up!

Moors road opened this afternoon. What a great job ! The wetland is
respected, more room for bikes and pedestrians, and the bike fence is back and
better! Good job NSS!
10:22 pm edt 

Thumbs Up!

Drove Moors Road tonight.  Park Service did a great job!  Love the
fact they kept the split rail fence for the bikes. It would have been nice if
they could have done a pedestrian walkway but they certainly had little width to
put it all in. Coudos National Park Service.
7:58 pm edt 

I'm Voting For Mike Canizales With a Bullet

He will bring new energy and insight. The editorial in the banner today was lame
per usual. How long will Editor Sally Rose be around anyway? I'll wager that
she's not there come next election, or even by the end of 2011.  

The other two candidates she endorsed really fail to peak my interest and
obviously have established constituencies. But Mike has a breadth of experience
the others lack, even though it may not be local. Therefore I'm casting one vote
only in the Selectman's race.

I Like Mike (and he doesn't even know me)

7:32 pm edt 


My two dogs can't wait to go to your new doggie day care and overnight hotel!
They love Urban Hound Hotel in Boston.
They feel like they are on vacation with all the amenities there-- like the
canine mini bar filled with canine goodies like peanut butter kongs! I get to
log onto my computer and see them as they have webcams in all the dog suites
andn play areas!

Good luck with the permits you need!
5:45 pm edt 

Re: Meals Tax

I tried to post this once before... there is a pizza joint in town that does not
have a cash register.. how do they get away with this?  How can they possibly
pay the appropriate meals tax if they do not keep a record of their sales! 
Shouldn't someone at Town Hall call the state?
5:11 pm edt 

Shankpainter Road

It is disgusting that they cut down nearly every tree on that lot on
shankpaiter road... they should have tried to save some of them.
5:09 pm edt 

From: Mike Canizales

I've actually already been working with the Town Clerk and State Ethics Attorney
to understand and ensure compliance with all rules as the EDC process for Sniff
K9's moves forward.  We are awaiting final advice on the details of the process. 
Rest assured it will be handled with complete transparency and in compliance
with all ethics requirements.
5:07 pm edt 

What Were They Thinking?

Can't they even save one fabulous tall pine on Shankpainter? If they destroyed
the land to put in this affordable housing unit, at least they had fabulous tall
pines blocking the houses along the hill. Now--everything is destroyed. Thanks
Sharon. Is this your legacy? Can't you even think beyond the paper and the deal
you sign? This is an abomination. What a destruction of nature. How you have
uglified our land. I am disgusted by this act. And you're to blamce. You made
the deals and tragically we have to live with the destructive consequences. You
can build housing without totally destroying the land, the trees, the
eco-system. But what would you know of this? What would you care? I wish you had
never come here. I wish you had never been part of our community. Look at it
now. What were you thinking?
4:24 pm edt 

90 Shankpainter Road.... and was a toxic waste site.  There are
multiple heavy metals that are highly toxic that were pushed to the side of the
site by Provincetown DPW and then covered with a so-called cap.  This cap is
highly permeable; the environmental impact statement for the project indicated
that nothing that was edible for humans could be grown on the site and that
trees could not be planted on the 'capped sections' (the part of the site now
covered with the thick grass)ever as they would penetrate the cap and reduce its
effectiveness.  Why a capped toxic waste site is an appropriate site for family
housing was a question that was never effectively addressed. 
4:22 pm edt 

Shankpainter Road... Trees:

Let us guess who is up in arms about the removal of trees for this construction
project...  We should elect her as the town tree warden.  When I removed a dying
tree from my front yard, I had to answer to her.  Is it OK with her if we
replace the trees when we remove them?  She might need to stay on top of the
development to make sure their landscaping plan meets her approval.
4:19 pm edt 

Robo Calls

The calls have started from Ann telling us who we needed to vote for.
Reminds me of the robo calls. I think we are smart enough to find out who the
candidates are and make our own decision.
4:18 pm edt 

Re: Mike Canizales

Only one candidate took the time to attend the Provincetown Business
Guild's meeting last night, Mike Canizales. Thanks Mike for coming. We
appreciate it!
4:16 pm edt 

To: Person Retorting to "Homemade"
Why don't you read a blog before you jump to the keyboard to a witty retort. 
The person with the "clam" problem was obviously making a point about how stupid
it is to make an issue out of something petty like "homemade" or one clam in a
cup of chowder.  Sorry you had some family loss but you are not the only one and
that doesn't give you the right to personally insult a blogger for a blog.  Grow
up.  You miss the point which probably happens alot.  Your blog sounded much
more like shouting than the original.
4:12 pm edt 

Re: Homemade

There is something called "Truth in advertising"

This is the law, and violating it has criminal consequences.

Then there is the Moral and Ethical aspect, and your complete lack there of.

If you advertise Ice Cream as being "Homemade", it better be made here, and not
"For Here"  If your Ice Cream is "Good" and made some ware else, then advertise
that you have good Ice Cream, don't LIE

If you are falsely advertising "Homemade" all it will take is one call to the
Attorney General's Office, and the offender will get to see how much criminal
lawyers charge...(generally there is a $25,000 retainer, which will only be the

This world has enough LIES in it.
4:05 pm edt 

Dear Mike

Your inexperience in local government is very clear. 

I may be wrong, but you might want to check this out.  As a member of the BOS,
you can NEVER be a proponent of anything on the other side of the table.  Your
EDC permit will be dead in the water.

Maybe you should take the time to read the Rules and Procedures or maybe even
the Town Charter.  Either way, you should check this out with the Town Clerk.
3:58 pm edt 

Ann MaQuire Asks for Nothing In Return?

You are kidding aren't you? Selfless? Warm Heart? Follow the money, my dear.
Follow the political dots from Boston , the BRA, Boston Mayors old and new.

Nothing in return? Hardly.
3:57 pm edt 

Hawthorne Barn

Provincetown Historic District
Commission, Case#FY11-45
Application by Joshua Prager
The applicant seeks approval to
demolish an addition to the main
structure of the barn and request
a waiver from the 6 month
demolition delay at the property
located at 25 Miller Hill Road.

This is the Hawthorne Barn that you
the voters foolishly rushed in to
approve $75K from CPA Funds to a
private owner. Stupid

3:55 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

From: Mike Canizales

While I wish this blog was actually not anonymous, I think the dialogue has been
pretty fantastic. 

I make no apologies for my lack of town committee experience. It is, in fact one
of my key attributes.  At least four of the five Selectmen will have the
"classic" background and that is fantastic. I just do not think all five have to
have travelled that path. 

I have worked with local governments on the business side all around the world
including in many communities like Seoul, Versailles and Sydney with very
powerful town Councils.  I learned to respect the local governments, historical
commissions, and committees but also learned how to get things done within their
rules.  I think my perspective with local government is broad and deep.  I am
not experienced with Provincetown's boards but I am not not naive as to the way
things work.

In regards to my "business interest."  Whether I am voted in or out I will only
be the Proponent and not acting as a Selectman, when my economic development
application comes before BOS on 6/13.  I will have recused myself as a BOS
member (if elected) so my business interest will have no bearing on anything.

I love that the four candidates seem to have really stirred the pot here. Let's
get out a huge vote on Tuesday (or by Monday if absentee) and make those
opinions count.

10:37 pm edt 

Shankpainter Road

Who is responsible for the ripping and tearing down of the mature
beautiful trees next to the cumberland farms and proposed housing lot on
Shankpainter Rd. ?  What a shame.  Could these trees not have been saved? 
8:47 pm edt 


I am so sick of seeing people badmouthing Ann Maguire!Her name is
almost always misspelled, which leads me to believe these people do not know her
at all. She gives a lot of time and money to those less fortunate, and asks for
nothing in return. I know first hand what a great person she is, so please, if
you want to be hateful and continue to badmouth, at least have the decency to
add your name to your foolish statements!
7:31 pm edt 

David McChesney

Isn't David McChesny kinda like Sarah Palin? Doesn't finish his term
before seeking higher office? Wasn't he on the Finance Committee just a few
short months before seeking higher office? What does a PTV stint have to do with
qualifying to be a Selectman? Both of them are unknown variables to me.

7:27 pm edt 

Re: Dear Mike

Is the David McChesney camp posting libelous comments about his
opponent that need to be blackened out by the webmaster? Notice the postings in
favor of Mike never trashed Mr. McChensey but supported some of Mike's ideas and
or performance at candidates' night?

Shame on the McChensey people if. they are behind it! Play with your mud on the
beach why don't you?

7:25 pm edt 

Shank Painter Road

As your driving down Shank Painter Road, trying to avoid the potholes, take a
look at the construction site next to Cumby's. What few trees were left there
are being ripped out. Heaven help us if we should leave something growing!
7:23 pm edt 

Registers and Meals Tax

The collections of Meals Tax is under the direction of the state DOR and not the
town.  If you have a complaint, call them to investigate.
7:22 pm edt 

Progress Comes at a Price

If your damaging your car your driving too fast!!  Common sense would dictate
that all those orange signs and cones ect.. means the road is under construction
slow down and proceed with caution. Progress comes with a price be patient and
drive carefully.
1:21 pm edt 

Commercial Street Pot Holes

Commercial street in the east end is in ridiculous condition.
Sharon,please fill the pot holes!! Or at least throw some dirt into
The holes.
1:19 pm edt 


Yes - only in provincetown would a privately owned property
receive $75,000 for shingles- So lets all go out and buy properties we can't
afford under the "historic" jurisdiction and ask the town for money to renovate.
What about MR. and Mrs. Joe smith on a fixed income- is the town going to
reshingle their home- I don't think so. The owner of this property is not even a
resident- comes into town - buys a historic home- says he doesn't have the money
to renovate-threatens to sell and the town caves in and hands him 75,000
dollars- this is just down right extortion!!!!!!!!!!!!
1:17 pm edt 

Meals Tax

How can local food establishments whether it be a restaurant, coffee shop, mall
fast food or pizza joint pay their fair share of meals tax when they DO NOT have
a cash register thus no legal receipts, do they guess and send it into the
state? We are losing tax revenues to those business' who CHEAT and those who do
not have a register, come on folks it is 2011 if no register there should be NO
license given out it is not BRAIN SURGERY. Ask your FIN COM rep and or TOWN HALL
better yet ask a candidate for BOS. If you are legit in this town you get
1:15 pm edt 

Dear Mike

While you have some interesting ideas and I am considering voting for you but
would like to know some answers first:



3) why should we believe your run at office is anything but the standard PTOWN
way of advancing your own new business interest?

4) you have not served on any local committees why should we jump you right to


An undecided voter

1:12 pm edt 

A Vote for McChesney is a Vote for Ann MaQuire

Why would I do that? I don't need her added bad influence in this town. She has
made a wonderful place overdeveloped and rather coarse.She has no savoire faire
and I dislike her "let's Have Happy Talk" to cover up her mistaken deals. She is
the worm in our homemade pie. Good if your a robin. Bad if your love
1:07 pm edt 

Re: Homemade

It would be helpful if you told us what shops you are referring to and if there
are any that actually make the ice cream on premises...
1:04 pm edt 

Another Bike & Pothole Accident?

Lower Cape just took another bicycist to medical care. Today was Bradford and
Standish. That would be at least the 3rd since Sunday afternoon.

Does anyone have full fire/rescue department records to get facts on what the
real numbers are?
1:03 pm edt 

Mike...Mike Who is Mike?

How can you like someone you don't know?

I can't vote for a name, a picture, or a face.

Who is Mike anyway?

1:01 pm edt 

I Don't Like What I See and Hear

I like steam. I like a new entrant to the market. But someone who enters late in
the race with too much fanfare makes me wonder.

When you evaluate a candidate who will serve as your representative, think about
peeling an onion. The outer surface is tough -- something you can't penetrate

Then you slice into the middle. Mike is a talker. He talks without breathing,
according to the moderator of Candidate's Night. Red flag.

Then there is the mass mailing to voters. Slick is quick... but who does that
unless they have an agenda or a huge ego? Red flag.

Finally, there is the agenda. Mike wants gallons. Red flag agenda.

I don't people who have an agenda representing me. I am proud to say I DO NOT

Peel an onion and ask yourself this question: "Do I want someone with an agenda
representing me?"

The answer should be obvious....

12:59 pm edt 

Brewster Street Parking

I just read the posting about parking on Brewster Street or lack
thereof.  We often read about the abuses the cab companies make of parking
regulations--on Brewster, Standish, Alden, Bradford etc...........makes one
wonder who on the BOS is in their pocket---or is  just a connection to the
parking department that lets them park commercail vehicles whereever they want. 
Is it all the cab companies or just one?  Is it true that they even put
"RESIDENT STICKERS" on vehicles with LIVERY PLATES``````````? 
12:56 pm edt 

Re: Homemade

Shout much? And really, if someone stating something is homemade,  but you beg
to differ, and this is the biggest problem you have... my gosh but it made you
yelling mad... well... shouldn't you be on your knees thanking god for your good
fortune??? This winter I had to bury a parent and help two friends with serious
illnesses... but, gee my heart bleeds for you having to put up with erroneous
"homemade" claims. I hope tomorrow is a better day for you... but I doubt it
will be.
Take a breath and thank god for allowing you to be so       petty.
12:54 pm edt 

Re: Homemade

Leave the poor ice cream shop alone for advertising "homemade".  Next
time you order clam chowder count how many actual clams are in it compared to
the potatoes, onions and cream.  Last time I had a cup in town, and I wont'
mention the place, there was one piece of a clam.  (maybe a clam).  Get a ruler
and measure a foot long hot dog.  Maybe a foot when raw but after cooking,
closer to 11 inches.  Good grief, who cares.  If someone wants to open a
business good luck to them.  We need all the help we can get drawing people
willing to throw money at overpriced cheaply made retail and food.  This ain't
Rodeo Drive.  More like a carnival midway and you won't find any truth in
advertising at a carnival.   
12:50 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Re: "Possible Outcomes on Tuesday."

Disagree with "Possible Outcomes on Tuesday." It makes no sense. I am
voting for Mike and David because I want a change. Though Elaine may be a nice
person, I do not agree with her most of the time. I do not think she is
effective. We need a change and that is why I will vote for David and Mike.

1:19 pm edt 

Just Do It!

Oh if only I could drive my car from the fork at snail road on
commercial without hitting a pot hole, I might stand 1/2 a chance of accepting
the mis-management of my tax dollars, because I adore where I live. But no, I
suffer a few hundred dollars in accumulated damages per week if I add up the
impact to my tires, shocks, struts, etc. Not to mention how horribly ridiculous
the pavement looks. JUST PAVE IT AND BE DONE WITH IT!
12:04 pm edt 








11:58 am edt 


Last July the Town imposed a local meals tax. How much
revenue did this raise and where were the funds dispersed?
I do not recall any mention of this revenue at Town Meeting.

Another tax issue; take your fiscal 2011 tax bills ( Fall 2010
and Spring 2011) divide by 365 days. I did and it comes out
to $57.00 per day.  I asked myself "What do I get out of this?"
Roads in disrepair, a Library in perpetual renovations,
affordable houseing that really isn't that affordable and yet
still not available and funding a privately owned property
for $75K to reshingle. Just wait, Ted Malone will buy the
two town properties up for sale and develope under the auspices
of CPA.
There are four 2 1/2 propositions on the ballot. If all are
approved, get your seatbelt on, your tax bill  will increase
this Fall. How much debt can the Town get into?
Where are Your tax dollars going?

A Concered Citizen

8:31 am edt 

Possible Outcomes on Tuesday

Looking to next Tuesday night:

A) Status quo wins
Elaine reelected
Dave (with large margin over Mike)
Mike  sniffs bugs

B) Most Challenging to Status Quo
Mike is top vote getter 
Dave is elected
Elaine is turned out of office

C) Listen Up Message to the BoS & Town Manager
Elaine wins reelection
close contest for #2 vote getter, but Mike wins,

D) Most Likely Outcome & Rumblings of Discontent Message
Elaine wins reelection
close contest for 2nd seat with Dave pulling it out by a fraction.

How to increase the impact of your ballot:

A vote for Dave & Mike is likely neurtalized as Elaine is widely expected to win
so the real contest is for the second seat. If you want the most challenging
outcome vote for Mike and withhold your 2nd vote. If you want the status quo,
vote for Dave and Elaine. A listen up call to BoS/Town Manager then vote for
Elaine & Mike or just Mike. 
12:16 am edt 

Monday, April 25, 2011

What's Your Plan

At this point, anyone with an actual plan is welcomed. 

However, there is no mention of ending the rampant abuse of overdevelopment
steamrolling through this town.  Affordable housing?  Condos unlimited.  The
inability of the building dept. fueled by unwillingness is a problem.  Bylaws
are a joke and twisted to ends that satisfy developers.  Montrosities glide
through like hot knives through butter.  Town property is allowed to be used by
developers for free.  Private land is allowed to be "taken" with encouragment. 
The conservation committee needs a 5 hour energy shot to recognize conservation
commission bylaws are laughed at and then they act like a turtle stuck in mud. 
Health dept. bylaw violations, please.  Don't even go there.  This all occurs
while one hand is washing the other.  Overdevelopment is the virus infecting
this town and it is still welcomed with open arms and even worse, open palms. 
8:14 pm edt 

Mike Canizales' Policy Plan
Master Plan our Roads, Sewers, Wastewater Drainage & Water Pipes

I think it is self-evident that the Town is ready for a comprehensive discussion
of a plan for our roads and related infrastructure. I propose a committee of
PBG, Chamber of Commerce, Planning and DPS staff chartered to create a master
plan for repaving every road in town. Literally we should list from 1-N all
roads and prioritize which should be repaired first. 

Repair should include sewer, water main, and wastewater replacement and
updating. We should be smart and strategic when we dig up our roads.  We should
have the first 3-5 road projects totalling $3M or more designed at all times so
that when grants are available, we have shovel ready projects.  It may take us
10 -15 years to get enough grants to pave our roads but with a plan we can make
sure we do the most important streets first and maximize out of town funds via
successful grant applications.

Tourism Roadmap

I believe we can better frame the debate for our tourism re-investment from the
rooms tax revenues for the town.  There are generally accepted methods of
quantifying the multiplier effect that tourism dollars have on local economies. 
I'd like to work with the town administration, PBG, COC and Provincetown Tourism
Office to model what incremental increases in marketing dollars of $250,000 and
$500,000 would generate in tourism dollars and in total economic value for the
town.  Rather than "investing in a vacuum" I'd like the town to better
understand what returns we could/should expect.  My opening thesis is that an
additional $500,000 would create a several fold same year return on investment. 
I'd like to frame the discussion in this manner so stakeholders can evaluate
options logically.

I'd also like to see a new position (or part time equivalent) created either in
the PTO or in Marlo PR's team which is 100 percent dedicated to Social Media. 
There are new applications such as that would allow one person or a
small team to monitor reviews and to create content for every guest house,
restaurant and amenity in town.  Aggressive participation in this universe
creates sustained high search engine rankings.  We now know that the majority of
20-40 year olds form most of their opinions via social networks and online
media.  A clear majority of all consumers make service and hospitality related
buying decisions only after reading online reviews.  The town has an overall
vested interest in assisting our merchants to actively monitor, manage and
master this medium.  This no-fee advertising is invaluable in today's
marketplace.  To compete with markets such as Key West who spend $27,000,000 on
marketing, we MUST change the rules of combat. It's very diffi!
cult for each merchant to do this same leg work. We can get fantastic economies
of scale for local business by providing base line expert support. Those that
have the time can then build on this platform as much as they like. Meanwhile
the rising tide...

It was recently pointed out to me that while we have one of the most beautiful
harbors in the world, we do not exploit this natural wonder to any where near
its full potential.  I think a comprehensive plan on how to rectify this is
worthy of drafting.  It could include various annual events and activities,
development opportunities and initiatives, a renewed national focus on Pilgrims
landing, green / conservation issues, etc.  This has the potential to create
extensive additional Tourism activity and spend.

"Broken Windows"

We need to have a clear commitment to keeping basic infrastructure in good
repair.  Towns that allow roads, sidewalks, etc. to fall into disrepair can
easily enter a slow and painful slide. Visitors love our old world charm but
they also expect us to keep our house in order.  When we have major projects we
need a coordinated PR campaign which asks folks to "excuse our progress" so they
know we have a long-term infrastructure commitment. This lets them know that the
next time they come it will be even better.  This approach can dramatically
improve the guest experience even when our work is causing temporary discomfort. 
Everyone is happy to see beautiful things being built or renovated. Its
inspiring and hopeful.

Commerce Friendly

I love the diversity and vibrancy of both our residents and our visitors.  I
feel strongly that the rich mix of commercial offerings is the key draw for many
to visit and live in Provincetown.  I do not believe people come here to look at
high end condominiums. They come here to stay in our beautiful guest houses, to
visit our shops and restaurants, to attend gallery and theatre events and to
watch our street performers.  If we make it too difficult to survive, our
businesses will continue to convert to private homes and we will surely become
more suburban feeling.  I am not a believer that we need to mandate what folks
do with their private property or that we can force people to stay in a business
that does not make sense.  However,  I do believe we should ensure our policies
are business friendly so that we incentivize businesses and individuals to
continue to provide all the goods, services and events that keep extremely
interesting people coming to and living in this ve!
ry special place. I think my 13 years of worldwide hospitality experience in
many countries gives me a unique appreciation for Tourism and a unique
perspective on what drives this segment.

Honest and Transparent Capital Projects Budgeting

I feel it is important that we be very careful selecting in which capital
projects to invest town funds.  It's clear that local businesses and residents
carry a heavy tax burden.  That said, once we decide to commission a project I
think we should make sure we fully fund it. 

A fully funded budget should include a line item for contingencies.  It seems
that too often we present a project to the town on a "bare bones" basis in order
to ensure approval only to come back later with a list of critical additions or
cost overruns.  Of course we should work hard to bring projects in without using
the contingency as the Town Manager did with Town Hall recently.  However,
experience tells us to budget for a more typical outcome which includes
contingencies.  Also, we must truly specify the requirements and budget them up
front. If we choose to value engineer later due to cost increases, etc. that's

Recent examples of poor budgeting in my view include leaving air conditioning
out of the library budget and leaving the water main costs out of the Commercial
Street repaving project.  This seems intellectually dishonest.  If it's worth
doing then we should plan to do it right and be clear with the town on the
likely true costs.
6:02 pm edt 

Brewster Street Parking

Brewster street only has about 4 houses with year round residents and
yet it was made a residents only parking street.  Why could it not have been a
limited time parking street or a no commercial parking street? 
The reason for the request was that there were people living out of their cars. 
Why are the authorities not aware of these people? They are patrolling these
streets all the time, they could have stopped it.
Mercedes cab parks there cars on these streets all season long leaving those of
us who live on Brewster st, having to spend hours trying to find a spot.
Commercial vehicles should not be taking up valuable parking spaces in the
residentual areas. 
5:25 pm edt 

Re: I like Mike!

From Mike's website:

Strategic thinker. Pro-business. Not business as usual.

Note from Mike:  I realize that I do not have the traditional prerequisite
service on Provincetown boards and committees.   While some may see this as a
deficiency, I would simply point out that at least four of our Selectmen will
have this type of experience after the election.  If the fifth seat is filled by
someone with a unique, but still well-rounded background, might that diversity
provide for a fresh set of eyes and a unique approach to decision making?

  Visitor to Provincetown since 1989
  Second homeowner since 2005
  Full-time Resident since 2010
  Worked for Microsoft working with business units in 50 countries until 1998
  Owned hospitality businesses in 8 countries until 2010 
  Managed more than 30 construction projects from $1M to $30M
  Managed small to billion dollar budgets
  Local Provincetown business owner
  Deep Love for Provincetown Community
5:05 pm edt 

Re: I like Mike!

Well this is a first! A selectman candidate that has a website!

Learn more about Mike:
5:01 pm edt 

I Like Mike!

I Agree. I like Mike too! The nickname I have for the Board of
Selectmen is D.A.D.--Dumb as Dirt! McChensey seems a bit flat footed and an
introvert --not a mover and shaker. Don't like that he has all the rich people
in the west end--see his signs everywhere but not in middle class neighborhoods
like mine. Don't think he reached out to us at candidates night like Mike
did--saw them on PTV. Probably can't relate to people like me and other artists.

I guess I like Mike too. Thank God for candidates night!
2:53 pm edt 

Re: All Male BOS

Don't show your ignorance and blame 2 women for all the problems with
the bos...they did no more than you let them do. I am not voting for Elaine
Anderson.  I could care if she is a woman or not.  She is a non-thinker, has no
original ideas and has supported Ted Malone and Michele Courtier.  I like Mike. 
I even like the idea of Skype.  It's an original thought and that kind of
thinking is what is needed.  As far as Bedard goes, he's just plain sneaky and
will throw anyone in the ocean to save his sorry self.  He only got elected
because no one would run.
2:51 pm edt 

As I See it!

You Think Monies Are Not Being Moved and Monies are Not Being Paid
Under the Table?

Just look at your key department heads. Please. Sharon has not brought fiscal
responsibility here. She allows monies to be transfered and allows some of her
key personnel to play money-in-the-back-pocket games. She knows what is
happening but turns away.

Plus, Keith had a brain. He was smart. Give me the boys team anytime. Or give me
woman with balls. That we just don't have here.
2:48 pm edt 

Ten Tables

Ate their Sat and wonderfully surprised.  Great salad -  pate app and pasta
entree with mushrooms and cheese.  All great and Pasta out of this world.  Going
back tonight in fact
1:15 pm edt 

Are You Nuts?

Re: "Seems we did better before. I would bring Keith Bergman back. He was
much better than what we have now. Mush. Mumbling. Inarticulate remarks.We need
more than this.It's not gender but competence."

Yes, let's bring someone back who got us on the watch list with the State, who
constantly moved money around to suit his needs, irregardless of town voter
wishes, who let this town's buildings go down the toilet.

Are you NUTS?  You must be to even suggest that.  He was a con artist, maybe
that's what you like in town hall, but not me.
1:13 pm edt 

Re: Indifference

Judging by the clear examples of indifference exhibited by bloggers,
since when do ethic violations and by-law violations matter in the least? 
12:38 pm edt 

All Male BOS!

I agree it's time to send a message!  An all MALE BOS!  It's the women
who got us into the mess we're in now.
11:18 am edt 

Re: Mike C

There is a learning curve that has to be met when entering a new area.
David Bedard had no experience with any form of government before he got elected
2 years ago. Now he probably will be the next chair of the BOS. Mike C. is new
to town but I think he is a lot smarter than most and will meet the learning
curve and excel in fewer than 2 years. As for not knowing town rules, I get
wrong information from every current BOS member all the time.
11:01 am edt 

Re: Mike

They should check on his work ethics befor voting for him. He talks a good
talk, but thats all, not always the truth.
10:59 am edt 

Countdown to Koot-Her Day!

May 4th is Koot-Her Day! Put on your hats, kick up your heels! May 4th is a Day
to Celebrate!
10:58 am edt 

I Would Take an all Male BOS and A Male Town Manager

Seems we did better before. I would bring Keith Bergman back. He was much better
than what we have now. Mush. Mumbling. Inarticulate remarks.We need more than
this.It's not gender but competence.
10:56 am edt 

Re: Mike Canizales

Thanks for posting the PTV schedule for Candidates night. I watched the replay
this afternoon, and I LIKE MIKE.

I was at the Selectman's meeting on April 11th when Mike was before there
seeking Economic Development Gallons for his proposed business. I had no idea at
that time that he had tossed his hat into the ring to run, but I was impressed
by the way he handled himself.

That night the Board was handing out gallons like the Easter Bunny drops jelly
beans, until Mike came to the table. Then the mood changed and the Chair started
getting those crossed eyes that let you know she is threatened or displeased.
(My interpretation of her body language.)    

So the point is they gave Mike a hard time when they passed other less worthy
proposals with little discussion and friendly vibe.

I LIKE MIKE- and he does not even know who I am.
10:55 am edt 

Selectmen Candidates

"A couple of his responses concern me. For instance, at Candidate's
Night, Mike said one way around not having a quorum is for board membes
to participate by

Why don't you tell your girl, Anderson, to stop violating our general by laws?
Specifically, the Economic Development Plan!She has been on the board for how
many years? I no longer trust her as she'll curry favor for votes using her
position as selectman!

Perhaps you just want someone you can control?
10:53 am edt 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dear Webmaster

Interesting policy you have. You let your buddy       slam people all day long
on here particularly lesbian women in power positions. Yet if one posts a single
thing negative about him you edit it out. Nice even handed approach you have.

Webmaster Comment: Obviously you are prescient.
5:38 pm edt 

Re: Mike Canizales

I googled Mike Canizales. Now, I am really going to vote for him. He
has an amazing background!
5:23 pm edt 

Re: I Like Mike???........Skype?

While he is a good talker, does he know what it takes to run goverment?

A couple of his responses concern me. For instance, at Candidate's Night, Mike
said one way around not having a quorum is for board membes to participate by
Skype. Unless the Town charter is changed to allow this, board members must be
physically present.

Selectmen need to focus on decision making.

5:21 pm edt 

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all and hope people are enjoying the great weather!!! 

Spring has finally sprung and flowers are popping. 
Ptown politics and issues can take a well needed rest for today.

The Easter Chicken
3:58 pm edt 

Re: "Selectmen Choice!"

Regardless of the balance of gender on the board I know this taxpayer will rest
better knowing the Mary Jo Avellar is nowhere near the BOS and hopefully won't
ever be again. It would be tough to run with a                   background that
does                           people on here all day long.

3:56 pm edt 

I Like Mike!

I went to the Candidate's night and all Elaine Anderson said was "we should have
a conversation" about that issue or this issue at least 3 times. PLEASEEEEEEEE
We need educated, decisive actions, no more conversations and meetings and study
groups and holding hands and patting each other on the back. The BOS needs to
have leadership, ideas, and definitive plans of actions with a new set of eyes.
I am voting for MIKE and DAVE and I am a woman. We should NOT vote on gender but
on whom we feel will best serve the community.
3:53 pm edt 

I lIke Mike???

Before you give him credit on his verbal resume, you should do a Google search
to see just how well his businesses did and his past employment.  It's all right

And I did watch the candidates forum.  What he showed me is that he does not
understand how town government works, how we fund tourism or the history of our

The learning curve to be a selectman is too high to put someone in that office
with absolutely no background on Provincetown committees and boards.  He showed
at the forum that he doesn't even know how the budget is funded.

Personally, we all have a feeling when meeting someone new to town if they're
the type to stay here long term year-round.  I get the feeling from meeting him
that he won't last two, maybe three years.
3:52 pm edt 

Does Anyone Know?

Luchima, does anyone know if this store is relocated somewhere in
provincetown. i liked the doug marr art gallery.????????
9:33 am edt 

Meet the Candidates

Mike and David are my pick-  Elaine is just more of the same you know
what and "good ole girls club" you know what.
9:31 am edt 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

One Ring to Bind Them......... Sauron Lives!

To the poster who said that it will be obvious who to vote for once we
watch the candidates night on tv, what is obvious is that we need different
viewpoints.  We don't need the BOS all answering to one master.  My lord, we
already have Peake and Lynn answering to that one master!
10:50 pm edt 

May the Best Person Win

I am not voting for anyone just because she is a female candidate for
selectman. In this case, Anderson. I'm a female. But's about voting for the best
of the lot running not based on gender!
10:48 pm edt 

Carte Blanche Isn't Permanent

Develop, develop, develop has been the unchecked mantra of this town. 
Sadly the "hill" has and does full well know the town's worst foe,
overdevelpment and unrepairable damage to the natural resources we have been
priviledged to experience.  Now that they decide to put a dollar value for
themselves above the respect of Provincetown answers will be required.  Carte
blanche isn't permanent. 
10:46 pm edt 

I Like Mike!

I like what he has done in his past, and he seems to have
his act together! A man with his back ground would do great with any town
needing a shot of new blood & energy! He could live anywhere, yet he chose
Provincetown. Watch this guy shine here as he has in his past work. I have lived
here for over 30 years and have never seen a person with his knowledge run for
selectman! If he does not get elected, I hope he would get on the Planning
board! I also went to candidates night and did not know who to vote for until I
heard this catch! We should hire him as town planner!
10:44 pm edt 

Who Cares?

A few days ago, someone posted a blog pertinent to the problems
underlying the over-all health of Provincetown.  It seems issues important to
the town are more suited to a position under the carpet.  Perhaps these issues
are more deserving of a forum other than the "blog".  People of the town don't
seem to care they are being stepped on and used so a few can make millions. 
Enough is enough.  The battery of the clicking clock is tired. 
10:42 pm edt 

Meet the Candidates on PTV

Show Detail: Meet the Candidates

Event Date:


Schedule Information:
4/23/2011 at 7:00 PM
4/24/2011 at 1:00 PM
4/25/2011 at 6:00 PM
4/26/2011 at 12:02 PM
4/27/2011 at 9:00 AM
4/28/2011 at 10:00 PM
4/29/2011 at 10:02 PM
5/1/2011 at 6:02 PM

Please take the time to watch and vote responsibly!
6:39 pm edt 

Selectmen Choice!

After reading the blog, it appears that quite a few people will be voting for
Mike and David M.  Should they get in this would mean the BoS will be comprised
of an all male board.  I would think this would raise some concerns.  Where's
the diversity?  The only female at the selectmens table will be the Town Manager
who will be answering to an all male board.  Let's hope they are all open minded
and not chauvinist.
6:37 pm edt 

Mike Canizales

I am a full time resident and am on two boards-one government-the
other non-profit. I have dealt with Mike Canizales on a number of levels since
2007. He is responsible, bright, professional, creative, successful, and has
great energy and follow through. I think he'd be an outstanding Selectman.
6:35 pm edt 

Candidates Night

I encourage everyone to watch candidates night on PTV. It's only two
hours. It will be a no brainer who to vote for after watching it.
6:34 pm edt 

Parking Lot

The land at the corner of Bradford and West Vine is for sale so soon
enough it will probably be built on.  Then where will all Victor's restaurant
customers park?  The land next to it, down West Vine has a small house on it now
that will soon be taken down to make way for a new condo development.  Develop,
develop, develop... that is the name of the real estate game in Ptown.
6:32 pm edt 

Why Doesn't Maquire Run?

Why doesn't she stop hiding behind her hand picked puppets? As if Sharon Lynn
isn't enough and Sarah Peake, now we're going to have David MCChesney doing her
bidding? Enough self-serving acts. Too bad Boston isn't calling you back for
good. We'd all be better off. We really don't need bad Boston money leading to
developments here. But that is what we have with you, isn't it?
2:34 pm edt 

Re: Parking Lot

It's may well be private property, but it has NEVER been given any curb cuts. 
All those spaces are illegal.  But where else would Victor's customers park?  He
did get a parking variance for the development for reduced spaces so he could
cram in as many condo's as possible on what was once Silva's Seafood.  He told
the ZBA he would be open year round and they all caved to him on the parking
Where exactly did the ZBA think his customers were going to park in the middle
of a residential neighborhood?  He never intended to be open year round.

And BTW, the only reason he kept the restaurant at all was so that he could
maintain the mixed use status on the property, therefore excluding him from
having to do any affordable housing units in the development.
2:32 pm edt 

Re: Parking Lot

Re : "It's private property. Stop being a busy body and mind your own

Many people own private "land" with their houses - they don't park their cars on
their lawns. 
2:30 pm edt 

Re: Parking Lot?

"When did the land at the corner of West Vine and Bradford become a
Parking lot ??"

It's private property. Stop being a busy body and mind your own business. Get a
12:04 pm edt 

Parking Lot?

When did the land at the corner of West Vine and Bradford become a
Parking lot ??
11:29 am edt 

Re: Candidates Night

I went to candidates night because I was thinking about
not bothering to vote.  David McChesney is scary!!!

He's a corporate type who doesn't have a clue about
our history and the needs of folks who still work here
and are not retired with lots of money in the bank. He also had no ideas and
even ended the evening saying so.

The other David seems like a nice guy who is visiting
the planet. Elaine, I like, but I don't feel like she
has anything new to say and I'm not crazy about her
devotion to affordable housing through Ted Malone.
The surprise of the night for me was Mike.  He did
have some new and interesting ideas.  He also seems
to have had experience thinking outside of the box in
other towns and he is the only one that mentioned how
important it is to keep a diverse socioeconomic mix

He said he was shocked when he came here how hard
it is for artists to just survive.  I want to know more
about him. Anyone know him?
10:46 am edt 

Tax Bill:
"Just received my tax bill and I am very grateful to our town officials for
keeping the rate so low."

The only reason the rate is so low is because the majority of town tax payers
(over 80%) are second home owners.  These people only use their home and town
services a few months out of the year.  These owners subsidize the full time
residents.  The rate is not the norm and should not be compared to other town in
the state.  Our tax rate is very high for the number of people who use the
10:40 am edt 

Re: Candidates Night

Yes, let's require people to live here for a decade before they can
open up any business that requires gallons.

Good thinking my little rocket scientist!

Watch PTV and decide for yourself. One of the candidates hit a grand slam last
night with the audience!

I'm voting for Mike and David M.

10:38 am edt 

Re: Candidates Night

I went to candidates night too. In order of performance:

   1. Mike C
   2. David M
   3 Elaine A
   4. Clevland (weird)
10:36 am edt 

Re: "Thank You Town of Provincetown......."

"Thank you Town of Provincetown for your due diligence on our behalf."

Ya, right.  Highest per capita debt in the entire state, and growing every year. 
Not counting the huge unfunded pension liability.
10:34 am edt 

A Critical Perspective is Quite Different From Conspiracies

Even though, when you think and anlyze, you see the hidden conections and who
gets what from whom. it's not pretty and its rather self-serving. The kitch
cabinet is real; The inefficiencies true, and the strings that pull our puppet,
too real. They all conect to the BRA, to Boston, to McQuiredom. Votes are
irrelevant these days. It's who has recently come into town and who is connected
to get the most for them--not for us, not for this town that is beautiful but
is being destroyed by overdevelopment and greed.
10:32 am edt 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Re: Candidates Night

I attended the candidates nite. Michael and David sounded the most
viable as candidates. That said, nobody had any specific ideas for energizing
the shoulder season. I'm concerned about McChesney's connections to Ann McGuire(
she's very good for the town but I don't like a group working in possible
colusion) and Michael C bothers me with his own agenda for getting more gallons
from the water dept for his new business after being here for two years and
speaking poorly of townsmen in the same fashion as Ten Tables. Cleveland sounded
like he should stay in wholeistic medicine and if he has to move every three
months to get a place to stay doesn't sound like at his age he's been very
financially successful. Anderson, as always, wants more conversation about every
thing and wants to write thank you notes to the world...Her harping on
affordable housing to attract people where jobs are not available is
catastrophically problematic.
8:06 pm edt 

Tax Bill:

Just received my tax bill and I am very greatful to our town officials for
keeping the rate so low. It has to be among the lowest in the state. Many
commmunities in the Berkshires and North Shore area have tax rates of over
$20.00 a thousand and have fully volunteer fire dept's, minimal or part-time
police, no garbage pickup ect.. Thank you Town of Provincetown for your due
dilligence on our behalf. I think some people need to look beyond the penninsula
to realize how good we have it here.
3:07 pm edt 

Re: Tax Bill

I received my tax bill and was pleasantly surprised.  They did include a return
envelope!  I had called their office for several years and got no where.  Last
year I posted my dismay on this blog and got results!  Thank you for hearing me. 
I'm sure the town will receive payments sooner and this added convienance is
appreciated.  Thanks!!!
1:02 pm edt 

Re: Town Meeting

ALL of the meetings leading up to town meeting are OPEN to the public!! PLEASE
lay off the conspiracy theories and dillusions and actually ATTEND them if you
think there are problems. Spewing on here after the fact will only show your
ignorance of the process and lack of desire to actually get involved in the
solution of a problem.
1:00 pm edt 

Re: Fiscal Sanity? Fiscal Foolishness!

Obviously you are in the minority as this issue was voted on at Town Meeting and

This is not about Sharon. It's about what the voters want!

Stop complaining about the democratic process. It works...
12:59 pm edt 

Re: Candidates Night

Did Voters Turn Out for Candidates' Night Tonight? Anyone Go? How many
did attend?

Would someone give some feedback on tonight's Candidates' Night? Was it
interesting? Had did happen? Did you recognize any of the candidates? Elaine
yes, but for the others, few really know them.
12:57 pm edt 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fiscal Sanity? Fiscal Foolishness!

Town hall underestimates the economic difficulties this town faces. They act as
if these are the go-go years, instead of hard economic times.

Fix this building, move the Council on Againg and DPW to the school. Why? The
Grace Goveia is just fine. But bring in engineers to "assess" town buildings and
this becomes an excuse for these departments to have new office space like
others working at town hall. Give me, give me, give me. Sharon smiles and sirks
and gives to be liked.

Pure foolishness given these present economic times.
9:14 pm edt 

Re: "Stop Signs..."

If you actually read the paper you'd know that in the annual parking/traffic
hearing these were authorized. All above board, all by local government, all
with public input.
9:08 pm edt 

Ten Tables

10 Tables staff and owner might want to stop bragging about their
exploits in public, in earshot of customers, complaining, being drunk, and
gossiping about people they don't know......" was in last week at bar and

Might be fine wherever they came from but if they expect respect in
our little town. Or go work                     
9:07 pm edt 

People Not Attending Town Meeting Because They Are Content?

Where's the logic here? That conclusion is totally inane. People don't attend
because there is little input desired and decisions are done behind closed
doors. It is secretive and sadly this town is mismanaged. Sharon is weak and
presents few dynamic ideas.

Town Hall did get rehabbed---for $9 million anyone could have done that.
Overrides are not the solution for any town and surely not for this one. It is
the easy--let-them-pay response that ultimately fails a town.

WeEst Goshen, yes. Provincetown, No.

She is a case of the Peter's Principle.
9:03 pm edt 

The School Looking to Fill Positions

When you read the Banner Newspaper today, you will see the School is looking to
fill positions. The School has condensed itself, there will be a few more kids
leaving after this school year ends, they are laying off a custodian and yet
they are looking to fill some positions. The Supt and Principal just don't get
it. Until they are gone, this school will dwindle down to nothing. I just hope
anyone who apply's for any one of those positions truly realizes it won't be a
career job until those two are eqivalent to what I flush down the toilet every
8:59 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Re: Wishing We Had a Real Town Manager

Although I don't agree with all of her hiring choices (one of which was an
endorsement of the recommendation of a committee of towns people), I think you
are way off mark.

Under Sharon's watch the town has moved off the DOR watch list. That means
fiscal sanity.

Our badly neglected town hall (which was virtually ignored for many many years
under the previous town manager's watch) has been restored... on time and under

The sewer project, albeit hell for us to live with during the construction
phases, is progressing with funding secured from federal money. Not bad for
someone from West Goshen.

So much for your theory.

As for the lackluster attendance at town meeting, ever think people are not
motivated because they might be content?

Just because it's Easter doesn't mean we need to nail people to a cross.

You want envigorating? Watch roller derby.
10:55 pm edt 

Provincetown Streets

If it's a town road damaging the vehicles, first you write a letter to
the town complaining of the specific road condition and include the damage to
your vehicle in the letter.  You ask for a timely written reply.  Then when they
ignore you, you get five friends to send in short blurbs notifying the town of
the specific pothole and requesting it be fixed.  Then after a few weeks of
being ignored, you get copies of all the letters and a copy of the repair bill
and you sue the town in small claims for time lost from work and the cost of
repair.  The key is people complaining about the specific pothole so they can't
say they didn't know about it and that it was damaging vehicles.  If it's a
State road, you are out of luck.
10:52 pm edt 

Meet the Candidates

Thanks for scheduling candidates night at 5 pm. Give us workers just
one hour to take a breath! 6 would be so much better. So don't complain when
only a few of the unemployed attend
7:53 pm edt 

Wishing We Had a Real Town Manager

Sorry, but Sharon seems like she is imitating a town manager. She hardly has a
sense of leadership. She is so hum-hum. She has failed as town manager and I
only wish she had stayed in West Goshen. There she was a success. Here she is so
much less.

We never needed a weak, inept woman at the helm. I like seeing strong women
succeed, but she is not strong. And the town, ilke the ship she "commands" is
slowly sinking.

People are less involved. Residents care so much less than they did before
Sharon Lynn became town manager. She fails to envigorate the town. She fails to
engender energy and enthusiasm.

all is so much duller now.
7:51 pm edt 

Ten Tables

Re: "I hope that Ten Tables can continue it's excellent service and
food into the season..."

I hope everyone has success in Provincetown.  My partner and I ate there a week
ago.  We found we were looking at two different menus.  When we mentioned it to
the waiter he said their menu changes so often, apparently one of the menus we
had at our table hadn't been changed.  OK, small mistake, but then we overheard
him saying the same thing to the table next to us.  Here's a clue, pull out the
old menu and only use the correct one, that would be considered standard basic

We both enjoyed our dinner, but I wouldn't send people there without prefacing
it with 'they have a VERY limited menu'.  There's a good chance you may not find
anything you want to order.
5:11 pm edt 

Ten Tables Talk About Ten Tables Talki

The issue was never the cuisine. It was the owner's attitude to other
restaurants and her "sense" of Provincetown. Might she have gotten that attitude
from those who hardly eat out here but believe they know Provincetown cusine?
That includes those faces who were there that first night--Sharon Lynn, Ann
MaQuire, Harriet Gordon, and their friends.

Give me Victor's. Not that many women but the place rocks.
5:09 pm edt 

Re: Mary-Jo where are you?

We thought you'd run again...we have
competent people running but do they really know the town, the people and what
is for the good of all the people.

I've lived here for eight years and have never met Mary-Jo so I doubt she knows
who I am and what is good for me.  Oh wait, I understand what you mean, not the
newer residents in town, but what is good for the natives.
5:06 pm edt 

Right idea, Wrong Industry

It's not the real estate mafia that controls Provincetown. Come on! That's so
Today, it's the car repair businesses that have taken over the zombies in our
fair village. Be on the lookout for Mr Goodwrench in the clock tower of Town
Hall. Be aware. You heard it here first :)

Seriously, the Subaru mentioned earlier is the 3rd car with signifcant damage
I've heard about since the roads got so much worse.

And regarding calling Sharon Lynne. She will restate the problem, blame the
prior "adminstration", give a vague sense of coming improvements and then hold a
phone to her ear (or similar gimmick) saying she must go just before you are
able to ask a specific question.  Subaru owner: Let us know how it goes?

5:04 pm edt 

Candidate's Night

A candidates night will be held on Thursday, April 21, in Town Hall auditorium.
The event, which will begin at 5 p.m. and will be moderated by Ron Robin of
Dunes102 and The Mews restaurant, will be sponsored by the Provincetown Chamber
of Commerce, Provincetown Business Guild, Provincetown Television and the
Provincetown Banner.

Candidates will have an opportunity to give a brief opening statement and then
the moderator will ask a series of questions to each candidate. After that, the
audience will have an opportunity to also ask the candidates questions.

5:00 pm edt 

Affordable Housing Rules

We taxpayers have a say in the rules of this affordable housing since they used
our tax money.
1. Smoking is to be banned on the premisis of all affordable housing.

2. The tenants must live here year round--not 6 months here and 6 winter months
spent on warm coasts.

3. No under the table work allowed.

Don't rip up Shankpainter road which runs through an industrial park with
islands and stop signs trying to make it a lopes Square. It is like trying to
put lipstick on a pig--it is still a  pig.
7:30 am edt 

Ten Tables

After listening to some of the hoo ha over the opening of this
restaurant in  Provincetown ,I finally got a chance to see what Ten Tables is
all about. The restaurant itself is comfortable with nice lighting and very
little music in the background so we could actually hear each other talk.

The maitre'd could not have been more  friendly or polite and we were seated
immediately.The waiter was informative and efficient but not so much as to make
you feel rushed. It is rare in a restaurant these days that clearing the table
is done when all  are finished and not haphazardly. Ten Tables has service down

The food was excellent overall. We stared with some sourdough bread with butter
that had some chile and honey-unusual and very,very tasty. The spring onion soup
was absolutely delicious. The pasta was good but could have used a little more
flavor. The shrimp and grits , unusual her but familiar to Southerner's was also
quite good.

The chocolate terrine with basil ice cream was also excellent. The other
desserts were very good.

Provincetown has had some really exceptional restaurants in years gone by Howard
Gruber's (Front Street) and Franco's and many very,very good and reliable places

I hope that Ten Tables can continue it's excellent service and food into the
season when , in order to break even, the Ten Tables need to be turned 10 times.
7:27 am edt 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


It's Easter weekend this week.  Think it might be time to take down the
Christmas Lobster Pot?
11:23 pm edt 

Who's Running For Selectmen?

Mary-Jo where are you?  We thought you'd run again.  Grassy seems to be the only
one who really knows Provincetown inside and out.  Of course, we have competent
people running but do they really know the town, the people and what is for the
good of all the people.
11:11 pm edt 


I don't know what or who this is about but from what I have read in a recent
posting it sounds to me like a possible ethics violation or collusion somewhere
amongst the ranks.
11:09 pm edt 

Bangs St.

Dunes destroyed, conservation clear cutting, modular fireboxes, extension
appropriated, 2 = 4, abutters steamrolled, and so on. The public was led to
believe all this was done legally, and we did believe it. Now it is alleged that
a town official had a hand in the cookie jar. Sour grapes.
11:08 pm edt 

Gardner and the Dancing Cop

Don't get your hopes up in regard to David Gardner's RE purchase. If
there is one thing the current admin does, it is cover their tails. I very much
doubt if there is any loop hole undone. Remember, David does all the work,
Sharon is just a figurehead. I am sure that once again, it is a matter of
someone laughing all the way to the bank.

As far as the Dancing Cop being a liability, I say he is the only officer I have
ever seen directing traffic anywhere in this town. Not only should he be
"allowed" to work, he should be giving classes. Think how much easier life would
be if we had officers located at other bottlenecks like Bradford and Conwell,
Ryer, and Shankpainter. What a concept! Moving traffic. Didn't Sharon and the
Chief the basics in cop school?

Doesn't every other tourist town make use of police officers to help move
traffic? I wish I knew why our officers, even the summer cops seem unable/ not
required to do this basic job...
So much for community policing!    
11:06 pm edt 

Poor Street Conditions

Today my muffler actually fell off of my car. I drive a 2010 Subaru!
Driving these roads each day has taken a toll on my poor baby. These roads are
horrendous. I'll be giving Ms. Lynne a call tomorrow morning.
11:03 pm edt 

Re: The Dancing Cop

"...for  the town it is best that he retire or dance in the street for free.  We

need a traffic control officer who will concentrate on moving the traffic and
not putting on a show."

Well, you see, this is the interesting thing, that this 80-year old man is the
only traffic cop that is effective at what he does.  To this day, I have yet to
see the cops in the summer assigned to downtown intersections do even  a
mediocre job.  I don't know why, but it is what it is:

Am I the only one that thinks this way about how the other cops control traffic
in the summer?

So for the head of a mmunicipal department to get rid of THE ONLY ONE that is
competent in this function is baffling.  And this is no minor thing for us - the
smooth flow of traffic in the busy season is important to our town.
11:02 pm edt 

Dancing Cop

I side with the view that if Officer Donald wants to direct traffic at
age 80, good on him.  As long as he passes the same requirements (doctors
physical, etc) as other summer police employees, let him continue to work if he
so decides.  Everyone is so worried about getting sued, or even worse, the
ludicrous claim, that as taxpayers we are funding tourist entertainment by
paying the dancing cop.  Oh brother!
10:59 pm edt 

Stop Signs...

Why are thy putting up stop signs up,
Where for years there were none... And are still not needed..
Looks like the work of a out of town,town consultant.
10:54 pm edt 

Re: Real Estate Mafia

"mafia" might sound harsh, but not delusional at all.
1:26 pm edt 

The Dancing Cop Only Has to Dance

Which for Him is Directing Traffic.....

But for the town it is best that he retire or dance in the street for free.  We
need a traffic control officer who will concentrate on moving the traffic and
not putting on a show.  We don't need Mr. Thomas or a dancing boy in a Speedo. 
This is directing traffic, not putting on a show.  We have many outlets for
entertainment in town; we don't need to provide it for free at the tax payer's
expense.  There are many able body local citizens who would like that job, so
let Mr. Thomas enjoy his retirement.
10:20 am edt 

The Ghetto

I was reading the Banner when I came upon the article regarding the island
strips and trees and stop signs that the developers want to place on
Shankpainter Rd. I mentioned that I guess that this is going to go by the
developments by the gas station and she looked at me with a direct gaze and
said,"You mean the Ghetto"?

Of course--THE GHETTO! How appropriate! Concentrating all of this low income
housing in the industrial section of Provincetown (Next to a gas station and in
front of the Cape Cod Oil Company).

We have the oil Company and Gas company and storage facility and the laundry mat
etc etc--our own industrial park And low income housing projects.

Instead of entwining affordable housing into neighborhoods we have designated
"Ghettos". Watch out Provincetown.
9:06 am edt 

Green Line!!

Is someone going to repaint it!?  It needs to be painted a Lime Green so
everyone can see it.  What a great idea to get feet walking from the center of
town to the East End.  As long as it's straight (not crooked) then it's ok,
right?  We already have the paint and no expense since DPW is doing it.  Maybe
little flowers could be inserted into the line to reflect Spring is here :-)
6:37 am edt 

In Reply to, "Who is Mike?"

Pull your head out and you'd know.  Typical. Cry Baby rants and not willing to
get out and find out.  You had the opportunity to meet him and other canidates
at recent gathering in town.  It's no secret.... if you participate in the
town's events, board meetings & other happenings then you'll know without trying
to create hearsay! 

Mike is our next board of selectman... bye bye Elaine!
6:35 am edt 

Monday, April 18, 2011

David Gardner Did What?

What are you saying? What did he take and from whom? What is this "taking" from
our own Assistant Town Manager?

Please clarify. Please let us know what you are really and importantly saying.
This sounds problematic, if not worse.
11:11 pm edt 

The Dancing Cop Only Has to Dance

Which for Him is Directing Traffic.....

That alone makes me happy. He is the only one who directs traffic. And given the
tourists and second home owners and everyone who is here in late spring and
summer, that is all I ask of him.

He does what no one else does: direct traffic. Why can't we find other police
oficers also directing traffic? That is what we need here, not younger,,chunkier
officers sitting on their you-know-what and driving police cars. We need men and
women on the street. When Jeff Jaran first came here, he pounded the streets. He
showed that he was involved in the community and would do community policing.

What has happened? Did he take his cues from Sharon and simply disappeared? He
is not on the street and neither are his officers---except for Donald the
Dancing Cop.

Time to be accountable to real actions by real police officers. Donald is the
best and he makes all the others seem like imitations. Get on the street. Help
us cross the street. Help us drive along Commercial.
11:10 pm edt 

Re: Clarification?
Ask the high ranking town official to clarify why he bought real estate from a
developer with a project in the works.  (Okay, people do it, got a good price,
it happens, not a big deal).

Then ask him why he was present, according to public meeting minutes, when
approvals on this developer's development project were dealt out.  (Okay, that's
a problem).

Then ask him why he received $60,000.00 in the form of a private mortgage he
signed from this developer who was smack dab in the middle of project
development.  (Okay, this seems bad, really bad). 

Thirty or so innocent, shocked abutters went so far as to file a petition in
objection.  The glaring inconsistencies between bylaws and approvals couldn't be
understood or explained.  This is all a matter of public record and public
records speak volumes.  This may deserve more attention than this blog can
11:01 pm edt 

Re: Donald Thomas
Thanks to the blogger who stated facts instead of being sentimental.  At 80
years old it is time to retire and not be out in the sun dancing and directing
traffic.  Mr. Thomas should be collecting Social Security and letting some of us
able body local residents have a shot at that job.  All our good opportunities
are waisted on out siders.  Give us a chance and let Mr. Thomas relax.
10:59 pm edt 

Re: "Abandoned Cars":

"By abandoned I mean no license plates, flat tires, filled with trash. They are clearly not

That is in reply to the person who questioned what the original poster meant by
"abandoned." It seems it was clearly described already.
6:48 pm edt 

Elaine Andersen...... concerned about one thing and one thing only-
Well- maybe two herself and her cronies. End of Story
5:18 pm edt 

Re: Donald Thomas

I think everyone is doing a great job to show there support for Mr. Thomas, but
enough is enough. Many bloggers have been missing the point. Donald has not been
a police office for years. Each year he was appointed as a summer police
officer, probally cause they didn't want to hurt his feelings. In reality this
was probally illegal due to the changing laws and the Civil Service status of
the department even though the department is no longer in Civil Service. Yes
Donald moved the traffic and wrote an occasional parking ticket,took prisoners
to court, but did he really perform the other duties of a police office, probaly
not. Can he make arrests, no, should he drive in a police cruiser, no. Was he
good in traffic enforcement, you bet. Is he a liability to the town because of
his age and the grueling physical activity that comes with directing traffic and
being out there in the hot summer days, you bet. Are the Town Manager and the
Chief of Police doing what they should be doing to protect the town from liability for injuries that may result from someone who "should know it's time to retire" and call it a great 60 years, absolutely.
5:16 pm edt 

Re: Town Government Efficiency
This blog is somewhat confusing. Is the blogger saying that the Assistant Town
Manager bought a condo from the Bangs Street developer for $60,000 during the
time that the Bangs Street project was being approved? If so, this seems to be
more than a conflict of interest. Further clarification should be provided
2:22 pm edt 

Re: Abandoned Cars

If a vehicle is on private property how is it then "abandoned"?  Did
the poster mean "unregistered"? 
11:24 am edt 

Re: Junk Cars!

I believe the law is you can have one unregistered vehicle on your private
property and it might even be two.  The police would know this answer.
10:24 am edt 

Re: Junk Cars

Junked and abandoned cars are not only a eyesore they are an envinromental
hazard. As vehcles sit for long periods of time the  gaskets in the oil pans and
tranmissions dry out and leak.  Did you know that more oil reaches our ocean
every year from junk vehicles than from the Valdez accident?  Our community
leaders are supposed to be here to help and protect us. In most communities they
have junk car by-laws that are either enforced by the police, fire or building
inspectors. This would be a great project for our new officers to learn the
streets by going around looking for and citing for junk cars. This is a win win
for everyone. They would also generate revenue by writing fines for those that
do not remove the junk.
9:41 am edt 

Island in Shankpainter Road!

Put a stop to installing an island in ShankPainter Rd for the Boston Developers
and Ted Malone low income housing. Developers are taking over. You built the
housing there-don't penalize the rest of the citizens of the town by adding
obstacles and an island and stop signs.

9:33 am edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

What everybody here is missing is that this is NOT about Donald. It's about the
chief! It is readily apparent to those who know what's going on inside
the Police Department that the chief has been slowly but surely getting rid of
everyone who was here before him and replacing them with his cronies and yes
men/women. Veteran officers have been bypassed for promotion while officers who
are still on probation are being promoted. He is systematically wiping out the
old department and bringing in all new officers who now owe him. You may or may
not agree with his actions but be sure of this. You will no longer recognize the
officer at your car window or at your front door and they have no knowledge of
the history or workings of our town. This is what happens when you bring in
9:30 am edt 

Re: It's Unfair!

I am calling for an independent review of how the Selectmen have been
allocating gallons! There are back room deals, nods and winks, political
ambitions that have been too long part of process. I believe it should be taken
out of the Selectmen's purview because they have abused their power.
9:28 am edt 

Re: Real Estate Mafia

"And finally we said NO again to the real estate mafia! Now at least
we'll get a piece of the profits of the multi millions of dollars of real estate

Are you delusional? There is no "real estate mafia". People buy property, pay
mortgages, do upkeep, hire contractors, write endless checks and hopefully get
great enjoyment from it. If and when they do sell they may or may not make a
profit after deducting all of the costs put into it.  Most people use realtors
as agents because it is generally more efficient to hire someone to represent
the property, hold showings, advertise etc. Increasingly however property owners
sell their own holdings.

Where is the "mafia"?
It seems you voted for a hate tax more than anything else. Don't compare your
insides to other peoples outsides.
9:26 am edt 

Re: Abandoned Vehicles

Why don't you mind your own business and not be a    ?
9:21 am edt 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Abandoned Vehicles

Is there a town law about abandoned vehicles on private property? By abandoned I
mean no license plates, flat tires, filled with trash. They are clearly not
functioning. Is there a town law? And if they are not permitted, who do I call
to report it?

Thank you.
9:58 pm edt 

It's Unfair!

Could the Selectmen please adhere to the Economic Development Plan
they wrote? Or is that too much to ask as they continue to give out gallons to
new businesses who admit they will 'try' to be open eight months and shut down
new businesses that show a year round business plan and who were open this past
winter with great success!Watch the public hearings last week and one can only
throw up their hands in disbelief. They were an embarrassment!

Come on Michele! You wrote the plan. Follow it and stop playing politics! It's

9:57 pm edt 

I am a Year Round Resident

I have been here for 22 years.  it's
pretty disappointing that there are so many people here who think that I do not
have the right to allow my business to grow.  that only "year round" businesses
should be allowed any growth.  what about me and my income?  and my ability to
stay here year round a spend money in this town everyday all winter.  what about
the incomes of my employees or the additional employees that i will now hire
this season.  which by the way not only come from this country but are actually
locals who also spend their money here year round too.
and what about enforcing those many promises of other businesses to stay
open-apparently year round means only staying open on busy theme wknds-really!?
stop picking on the little guys

9:55 pm edt 

Who is Mike? And More Problematic, Who Really is David?

Seems like Ann MaQuire needs more puppets to control. You'd think she'd be happy
enough controlling her main puppet Sharon Lynn. She brought Lynn in and she is
her handler.

Here is David and who is controling him? sickening. We don't need Boston and
the BRA controling this town, bringing in money and development. It's bad enough
we have our own Ted Malone and his gig.

This town is used by so many and now this one is running for BOS. Glad to see
Couture leave--but this one, this David, raises more questions than tomorrow's
9:53 pm edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

"In January, Chief Jarran told him he had a job. 
Basically, the chief got his hopes up then trashed them.  Doesn't Donald deserve
some respect after 60 years of service?"

We have to have Sharon advocate for him the way she advocated for Jaran getting
his $120,000 salary.  Jaran did get his $120,000, thanks to Sharon. 

Come on, Sharon, it's Donald's time now, fight for him.  And trust me, it won't
be for $120,000 that we the taxpayers are coughing up.
9:50 pm edt 

Town Government Efficiency

Got it.  The town is being run more than efficiently than ever, voters
have spoken and developers are welcomed with open arms, 2nd property owners are
whiners for wanting a voice, the harbor isn't being polluted with groundwater
containing who knows what, no violations with by-laws are ocurring with
businesses despite what town minutes say and reality, the roads aren't really a
mess and the sun will come out tomorrow, tomorrow.  A big question remains?  If
properties are usually assessed at 2/3 their market rate, how much is the
Assistant Town Manager paying to the developer of the Bangs St. prefabs a month
for his mortgage payment on the condo he bought from her at well below the
assessed value?  During the time period she was seeking approvals and building?
Or was the $60K a gift?  Answers are needed.  and deserved.  Soon. Please.  
9:49 pm edt 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dancing Cop

Donald "The Dancing Cop" Thomas cannot retire because he needs a job. 
The town does not give him money unless he works.  He has no pension plan, no
retirement plan; the town has given him nothing after years of dedication and
hard work.  It's not that he wants to dance in the streets.  He wants to provide
a public service for pay.  In January, Chief Jarran told him he had a job. 
Basically, the chief got his hopes up then trashed them.  Doesn't Donald deserve
some respect after 60 years of service?
7:08 pm edt 

Re: House on Bayberry Street

The house on Bayberry always had a small pool set far back from any
dune. The current pool is being replaced (for whatever reason) with a new pool
that is still smaller than what is considered a regular size. The new pool is
still well within the fenced area that the small pool occupied. No "dune" or
hillside is being touched.
7:06 pm edt 

West End Boat Launch

I see the Parking clerks warning motorists to move their cars and trucks from
Commercial St due to no Parking zone, which is right on they are doing their
jobs, what about the dumpster and fencing and trucks parked all winter long and
now that April 15th is here and new pay stations are installed, are we going to
ticket MS PAINE and her crew for having a dumpster and their personal toilet to
be allowed to park on TOWN OWNED landing in the WEST END, wouldn't we all like
to park for free and also have our workers park on the town landing for FREE, i
am having my gutters installed in a few weeks and I am going to PARK the work
truck and my own in the TOWN landing wanna bet i get a ticket??

West End taxpayer not part of Rat Pack that runs this town.
7:04 pm edt 

Rules of the Game

Giving out gallons is not a level playing field. You need to have the
right last name to do business in this Town or grease the right palms!
12:08 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson

Remember...a vote for Elaine Anderson is a vote for Ted Malone
12:07 pm edt 

Truro Has New Chief!

Congratulations to John Lundborn for being appointed the new Chief of
Police in Truro. I hear it was a close race between him and Sgt Takakjian, but
they made the right choice.
12:03 pm edt 

House on Bayberry

Does anyone have more information on the house up on Bayberry that was
allowed to build a very  large pool into a dune.
It was approved by zoning and Concom.

This type of blog is the future of news.  We are all
citizen journalists changing how information is shared.
12:01 pm edt 

Democracy and Vigilance

A healthy democracy depends on people willing to pay enough attention
and to comment when they see that those running the show are getting
too incestuous.

Perhaps not all the info that comes in on this blog is
factual but it does allow for a free flow of info that people can correct or
give their perspective.  There is no where
else in town that offers this important service.

Thank you Clarence for continuing this blog.  It takes some

It seems to me that the bloggers who complain about all
us "whiners" should stop being so negative themselves and lead us by example.
11:59 am edt 

Re: "Conspiracy by a Small Cabal..."

Well that is the truth!
I thought we well established that FACT. I do object to the
use of small when describing the Cabal. It's actually rather large and all
encompassing. Picture Town Hall as a fat Octopus with many arms, some being town
buildings, town boards, all those departments with big budgets,Police,DPW,the
Schools. The rest of the arms belong to Developers/non-affordable housing, and
last but not least, all the RE agents  who sit on all the boards.
So you see our own Cabal is quite large, it actually connects all the way to
Beacon Hill.
And don't ever forget, we feed that hungry fat Octopus every single

The Only Pebble on the Beach   
11:56 am edt 


Let me see if I have this right, Economic development permits have been issued
to bars but were given flow for restaurant seats, no menu, no chef, no
restaurant, more gallons given to bar/fast food establishment only open 4-5
months a year, not a YEAR round business which goes against the criteria to
grant the permits???. No curb cuts on Bradford St. Ext but CARS continue to park
at all angles, for restaurant that got permits promising to be OPEN year round
but is NOT, Economic permits given to Blondies i.e. seats for fast food with no
table service but can't use stools/seats till all pump stations are done and
working. They were told late May everything should be on line, and low and
behold they OPEN with seats!!! You wonder why there is apathy amongst the
peoples, things never change in our sleepy fishing village, who is minding the
store Ms Lynn and Mr. Gardner? It sure as hell isn't the Health agent nor the
Building Commissioner nor our parking regulations i.e POLICE.
11:53 am edt 

Re: CPA Funds

The ONLY votes that matter, are the ones that are counted during town
meetings! Just blogging on here does nothing but state your own opinion. The
towns voters WANT the CPA funds.
11:48 am edt 

Retirees Health Insurance

It is said the town can save $200,000 if it cuts back on retiree health
insurance, on a house valued at 450000.00 (valued not appraised) that works out
to be about 30.65 annual in property tax.  If the retiree pays it they will have
to pay 88.00 per month.  As a person who lives here year round and pays taxes, I
am more than willing to pay the 30.65 annually (actually I will pay about 61.30
because we have more than one building on our property).  That is something I am
happy to pay if it means helping people who over the years helped me.  When many
of these retirees were working for the town, the salaries were a lot lower and
what kept people working was the commitment the town had to its retirees.

If you want to cut from the budget look at non essential services - like trash
pick up that would cut a lot more than 200,000 from the budget, how about
changing the health plan for current employees and reducing costs, maybe cut
some staff, maybe cut back on big capital purchases.
11:47 am edt 

Re: Voters WANT Ted Malone's Help

Well, if your friends did not vote for the CPA funds to go to more affordable
rentals, then they were the only handful who did. The rest of town meeting
voted FOR more affordable housing AGAIN!
You and your friends lost. End of debate.
11:45 am edt 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Re: Town Meeting

"...voters DON'T want second home non voters too make town decisions on boards
unless they register to vote here in town."

..and this is a good thing, because we want taxation without representation. 
Let's take their tax money and pay for EVERYTHING we want, but God forbid they
have a say.  Just because we rent, it doesn't mean that the decisions made in
this town should not be ALL about what we want.  It's not like we have to pay
for anything out of our pockets.  Just don't let our landlords try to raise our
rent because as soon as they do, there is a great affordable unit waiting for me
that will fit right in to my unemployment benefits' budget.  Isn't life grand?
2:53 pm edt 

Re: Ted Malone

"Voters WANT Ted Malones help in building
affordable housing..."

Wow.  Not the voters I know.  Maybe the voters that have a hand in the same
sweet pie.  There's nothing beneficial, in any way, when it comes to affordable
housing in this town, for the average taxpayer that is.  What a sweet gig this
is for developers.  It just never ends and never will until the last inch of
space has an ugly cheap unit on it that can be rented or sold at some point for
top dollar.  This "affordable housing" rap leaves more than a bad taste in any
hard working tax payers mouth and has for far too long.   
2:51 pm edt 

Re: Campground Killing

I'd say that about explains it for me. Thanks for your comment.
1:25 pm edt 

Keith Bergman

He did apply and was amongst the finalist but he "did not get the job" as Town
Manager in Yarmouth.
1:23 pm edt 

Re: Selectmen Andersen

Do not put your re-election before the good of the entire community!

Disgusted by your recent performance to garner votes.
10:20 am edt 

Bergman's Back?

Is it true Yarmouth hired our former town manager?
10:18 am edt 


Just want to thank the driver of the funkmobile for drenching me the
other day After the storms. It really looked like you aimed for the puddles on
10:17 am edt 

Re: $8.00 an Hour

I own a business here and I pay my help $10-$11 an hour.  I realize that one can
not live in this town on that wage, but I can not afford to pay more.  You can
not pay someone to wash dishes or do counter work more than that or you will
lose your business.  And before you think that I am laughing all the way to the
bank, my annual salary is less than $35,000.  I can barely afford to live here! 
I will never be able to buy property here at this rate...
I am not looking for sympathy, just giving a little more info...
10:15 am edt 

Re: Town Meeting

I think they should do away with town meeting, it's a big farce. They
just leave when they get what they want. This whole town is a joke, and no I am
not leaving. Things are getting worse, the economy is so bad, but yet, they just
spend and spend, what do we have running this town.
10:13 am edt 

Re: Local Restaurants

"Restaurants around here can be really expensive and not high quality."

Anyone who has spent any time in Provincetown knows that this statement is true. 
When my friends visit, they choose to eat in, rather than eat in the many
mediocre establishments our town has to offer.  There is no reason we shouldn't
welcome a new venture that is trying to bring it up a notch.
10:11 am edt 

Hawthorn Barn

Im so glad that we saved the Hawthorn barn at town meeting! It looked
like only a handful of voter's didn't like it. They must be the handful of
blogers who are always writing on here how bad things in this town are.
10:10 am edt 

RE Town Meeting

I've said it before, but here goes again.
Anytime the naysayers of this blog are against some article or issue, voters
have the good sense to vote for it! Voters WANT Ted Malones help in building
affordable housing, voters WANT CPA funding, voters DON'T want second home non
voters too make town decisions on boards unless they register to vote here in
town. And finally we said NO again to the real estate mafia! Now at least we'll
get a piece of the profits of the multi millions of dollars of real estate
sales! Face it we won, you lost. Maybe I like this blog more than I thought.
10:08 am edt 

Demise of Provincetown

The real common denomonator for any demise of P-Town is this blog. Half truths
fueled by conjecture and inuendo are the real crime here. Dedicated
professionals and volunteer board members  work day and night to manage and
improve this  town and and unnamed bloggers armed with little but speculation
and guesses keep tearing them down. The real place for action is at the board
meetings and town meetings. Please stop trying to create problems where none
exist. We should give thanks every day for the men and women that SERVE this
community and promote the positive. "Love your neighbor as yourself" "Judge not
lest ye be judged"  Go OUT into the world in peace to love and serve one
10:06 am edt 

Campground Killing

The killing occurred in Provincetown, but it is not of Provincetown or its
residents. No one who lives here and makes a home here was involved. These are
visitors who came here and they brought their dispute with them.

It is a tragedy--but it was not of "our" making or involvement in any way.
10:04 am edt 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Killing at the Campground

Not to be too morbid, but doesn't it seem strange that so little has been said
about the first killing in P'town in nearly a decade? Yes, I know assault
charges have been filed, but before the autopsy earlier this week I inferred
from news reports that the victim had been kicked to death (the charges had
cited a "shod foot" as a weapon).

Will the charges change now? If not, are we to believe that the victim somehow
played a part?

I hadn't yet moved here in 2003, when Tim McGuire was killed. So, can anyone put
this latest incident in context ... by that I mean, how the town sees these
11:44 am edt 

Re: Town Meeting
Nice way to spin your own failure to make any headway with your conspiratorial
"cabal" rhetoric. Face it, you are wrong on most issues. Fortunately the
sensible voters approve more of the sensible items proposed by our decent town
administration who is cleaning up a mess years in the making. Trying to go
"Glenn Beck" and purporting a conspiracy by a small cabal is complete    and you
know it. Why don't you just admit you are wrong?

11:41 am edt 

Dancing Cop

Just out of curiousity, has anyone actually asked Mr. Thomas if he'd
like to work this summer and how much?  Shouldn't he be the one who decides
whether or not he's in good enough shape to dance another summer?  Who cares if
he's 80 or 90 or 60?  Plenty of senior citizens are alot more active and in
better physical shape than the toads who sit on their logs and croak about their
issues for exercise.  I say, leave it up to him, full time, part-time, whatever. 
If he's willing, I'd offer him a weekend stint and during the Blessing of the
Fleet and 4th of July and Carnivale.  This would provide the most help to the
town on these busier days and be enough to satisfy his obvious love of people
and the spotlight.         
9:53 am edt 

About the Dancing Cop

Just yesterday, I was talking with a friend about summer traffic.  He said that
when he gets caught in Standish traffic jam, and sees that it's the Dancing Cop
who is at duty, he says to himself "okay, this is going to go fast".

Is this the guy that we are putting down because of his age?  And how do you
happen to know that he's 80?  And who cares, as long as he's able to perform his

With all that aerobic workout from the dancing, he most likely has a healthier
heart than most people on this blog that are commenting on restaurant eating!
7:41 am edt 

Re: Community Center Sale

I heard that the proceeds from the sale of the community center are
going to pay for an elevator to the top of the monument. and then they are going
to charge an extra $2 to ride it up. and that money is going to pay for a grand
staircase from the monument down to the base relief. and thats where youll be
able to enjoy our new year round outdoor ice skating rink, for a nominal fee of
course. and i heard that any profit from this will be used to help pay the cost
of paveing commercial street.
7:39 am edt 

Ten Tables

And how about a small token of appreciation for a seasonal restaurant that is
open 7 days a week starting April 1.  That is supporting local jobs for a longer
season and also benefits us year-rounders who have another weekday option.

None of the other seasonal places in town bother opening full time until late
May or June.  Who knows, maybe if she's successful she'll be open year-round!  I
know that as a year-rounder I would love another option in February. 
7:37 am edt 

Town Meeting

So few at Town Meeting; so Little Leadership
People need to have a sense of vision and the feeling that what they want for
the town can happen. They need to know that town meeting is open--but it is not.
The articles  and the votes are now all done deals. The moderator acts
objectively but she is in cahoots with her past lover Couture. The articles are
ranked by their order, knowing how many show up for which night. then the boards
have weighed in long before any residents ever sits down on any seat. Where a
few years ago there was a chance of changing voters' minds on some issues. Now,
it is all a done deal.

So why should voters show up? Town hall is a little clique and the votes are
counted before you ever show up. Town Hal now makes of Town Meeting a sad and
tragic joke. And the joke is on us!
12:01 am edt 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Have Had it! Eat Your Heart Out

The comments on Ten Tables come from people's reactions to the owner's
statements and to meals eaten at this restaurant. Enjoy but this restaurant is
but a blip here where many a wonderful chef delivered a wonderful meal. She is
not bringing great cuisine here. It has been here long before her arrival, as
shown in Franco Palumbo's great restaurant,Franco by the Sea and Franco's.
Howard Gruber who brought us Front Street, and David Gallerani's fabulous place.
Provincetown has had a great history of distinguished chefs--even if newbies
have no sense of history and no sense of this town's culinary past.
11:59 pm edt 

I Find Your Comments on the Dancing Cop Replacement Quite Offensive
Donald is a good police officer who knows how to direct traffict. That he does
so with pizzazz is good for all of us. If he feels he can do the job, he should
be hired. Age discrimination is not something we need to be involved with.

We do't need a Speedo boy dancing at town hall. You put down this man and I find
your thinking offensive.

the Dancing Cop is serious, competent and the only officer I have seen in many
years who knows how to direct traffice and who does so. so much for the rest of
them who sit on their desk seats or sit in their cars and fail to help the town
in directing traffice and helping with the traffic problems.
11:57 pm edt 

Retirees Benefits

I feel I must jump in here and tell you about my so called 'golden'
retirement from this town.
I get a Total of $900.00 a month, before I ever see that amount $297.00 is
deducted by Barnstable Co. to pay my share of group health insurance.
Anyway you look at it I pay fully 1/3 of my pension.
Seriously, how much more do you want me to pay? Maybe half?
Or, why not everything? After 18yrs working for this Town I
have no choice. I sure would like to save the almost $300 and go on mass health
or maybe get affordable housing but, silly me, I worked for a living, I wasn't
born here!
11:54 pm edt 

Community Center Sale

Is it true that the community center sale proceeds will benefit a
community pool and ice skating rink
11:52 pm edt 

Goodbye Ellie

Please take down the Miss Ellie highlight.  The news is out and so sad
and the nature of this blog is often hurtful and very critical.  This man was
unique and on a totally different level.  Ms. or Miss, who cares.  If you want
to remember him, do it in your dreams and actively support the many charities
desperately needing help in our world, outside or inside of Ptown.  Donate a
buck or two or yourself and realize that the brightest star shining on any given
night might be his.  Smile at yourself.  And when a song pops into your head,
any song, especially a Rat Pack song, think of Ellie a/k/a Pastor Castillo and
smile.  A big toothy smile. 

11:50 pm edt 

Re: Money to the Town

Hello! Are you serious about requiring the retirees to "start" paying for some
of their medical insurance? They already do! Having them switch to Medicare
means that they'll have to pay even more for their insurance. Come on! Have some
understanding for the elderly with dwindling buying power from their fixed
income. Someday you'll be in their shoes. And yes, I am a property
owner/taxpayer in Provincetown and I couldn't sleep at night by taking money out
of the old folks pockets so that I could eat out more often.
11:48 pm edt 

Re: 8:00 an Hour

Re:  "Why don't you business owners pay your help a decent salary?"

Um maybe because the season is so short and the rents are so high.
5:19 pm edt 

Re: Re: Ms Ellie
I was thinking of Miss Ellie, as long as you think, I'm sure it would have been

"I can't stop thinking of ms, ellie..........."

He would of appreciated it if you thought of him as Ellie, not ms, ellie

5:17 pm edt 

Ten Tables

The owner of Ten Tables comments were spot on and true!  My partner
and I spend huge amounts of money in the town as part-time residents and are
often disappointed with the meals we have. An earlier post said Michael Shea's
was one of the few affordable places.  I find it to be disgusting. I welcome Ten
Tables and can't wait to eat there!
5:15 pm edt 

Re: $8.00 an hour

Some jobs are only worth $8 per hour.  He or she can work 2 jobs like most
students do in the summer.  As far as decent housing, blame some of the property
owners who rent out substandard tiny living spaces for Manhattan prices. What
ever happened to $100 or $150 per week for a bed?
5:14 pm edt 

Money to the Town

Agreed.  Taxing property large or small is not the answer.  Fat
trimming is what is needed.  A good place to start is to require retirees
already enjoying a pension to start kicking in with their medical insurance
costs.  My 95 year old mother has Medicare and pays $205.00 of her own money a
month to AARP to supplement this.  She collects SS as her only income and it
isn't much.  And she does it so don't tell me it can't be done.  She has alot
less than the majority of these retirees enjoying golden pillows.  Medical
insurance costs have skyrocketed and yet these people enjoying retirement perks
are completely exempt from paying a dime?  The financial situation of the town
has no room for "promises" made years ago.  These people should be presented
with an option.  Either start kicking in a small portion or the town must
withdraw the benefit and you will lose it and be forced to pay it all.  Bet then
the $88 a month would be coughed up and quick.  It's time for a s!
erious reality check.  Then, once this is settled, move on to the school.  What
a giant waste this is.  There are plenty of places this town could save money,
however, it really seems those in charge don't want to.  Or they would be
actively trying to by now. 

As an aside, who advises this town?  Common sense dictates that town officials
acknowledging publicly the roads are awful with no plan seems not a smart move. 
Any tourist or resident getting injured or suffering car damage due to an unsafe
road condition may have had the liable door opened wide for them with this
admittance.  Just seems that way.  Open for discussion.  No need to insult just
voicing an opinion.       
5:09 pm edt 

Money to the Town

Are you insane?  Why does the town have a right to get any sort of dollars when
a house is sold?   You said a house was sold for 3 million recently?  Who cares
if a house sold for ten thousand or 30 million?   Taxes were paid year after
year to the town for that property.   Who cares if the owners made ten dollars
of profits or 10 million on profits?  

Let the town be run to live within a budget, instead of taxing those that you
think have made too much money.  Your probably just jealous that your house has
not sold, or you don't own a house?
12:25 pm edt 

Personal Encounters

Provincetown is a safe, secure, welcoming community. What is expressed here is
not something that you will encounter face to face with someone.

I've expressed my dissatisfaction with policies to the board of selectmen--but
it doesn't mean that I'm hateful towards them. Orin Hatch and Ted Kennedy were
friendly with each other.

My life is centered in two places and in the other city where I live I see the
impoverished, abusive neighborhoods and encounter and talk with folks who have
dropped out of school and regret their choices and it is heart break to see that
their lives are going to be a constant struggle.

Provincetown is a caring community and fun loving too. A gay bar throws a fund
raiser party with the proceeds going to the police department; there is a
container for money at the gas station on the corner of Bradford and Standish
Street and the money is going to a young teenage boy who lost 4 fingers in a
fishing boat accident. We have a soup kitchen.

We won't be assaulted on the street; there isn't an "unsafe" section of town.
I'd walk to lopes square for a slice of pizza at 1am without a thought that I
might encounter trouble. Meanwhile, the police are stationed at an all night
Dunkin Donut just a few miles from secure, safe neighborhood in a nearby city.

We gripe about a restaurant review and complain about a sewer system--but these
too shall pass; meanwhile, living in a milieu poverty and ignorance as I have
seen has lifetime consequences.

Things need to change in Provincetown regarding our benefit costs etc. but as
for our basic life here we take it for granted. We need to take a deep breath
sometimes and really look at the whole picture. This is what we all must
remember to do. 

11:18 am edt 

Re: Ms Ellie
"I can't stop thinking of ms, ellie..........."

He would of appreciated it if you thought of him as Ellie, not ms, ellie
11:15 am edt 

Retirees and Medicare

I agree with retirees enrolling in medicare IF they are eligible. This
has been vetted  in so many Mass towns and implemented successfully. I think the
selectmen are playing a political game and not stepping up to take on the
responsibility that they were elected to do. I'd even say they appear cowardly
and self serving.
11:13 am edt 

Re: Dancing Cop
"Anyone know the status on the Dancing Cop?"

Hopefully he will retire.  He is too old to be out in the heat directing traffic
and the town should not take on that kind of liability.  Can't you see the
headline in the Banner:  Dancing Cop Dies of Heart Attack In The Street  Now
that Ellie is gone maybe we can set up a platform in front of Town Hall and our
senior citizens can dance their hearts out for free. They will then not be able
to hold the town libel.  Here is an idea for replacing the Dancing Cop.  How
about a hot young guy in a Speedo gyrating to a disco beat as he directs
traffic?  That should be good for tourism!  As Obama said, it is "time for
11:11 am edt 

Money to the Town

A house sold recently for $3,000,000.00; the town should get a percentage of
that money and it should go towards lowering our tax bill.

Vast amounts of property is for sale. There are tens of thousands of
multi-millionaires around New York and they can afford anything in Provincetown.

Give some of the money from the sale of every property to the town.
11:09 am edt 

$8.00 an Hour

I just talked with a young man who was offered a job here and was thus inquiring
about being a housemate. He is only making $8.00 an hour and working 40 hours!

He can't rent a room with a salary like that! Why don't you business owners pay
your help a decent salary?

I'm fed up with retirees with rich town retirement plans getting more and more
breaks while we taxpayers shoulder your financial burden. I have a $2,000.00
deductible on my health insurance plan. I have to pay into my own IRA account. A
lifetime working in this town and I have zero benefits.

Wake up selectmen! Put a stop to this! These golden benefits can't stand--they
are too expensive. These folks make a hefty amount each month while we long time
workers support our families and these rich retirees.
11:06 am edt 

Selfish Tax Burden


By the time July 1, 2012, rolls around, state and local taxpayers may
be paying a whopping $621 million  nearly double what they are currently paying 
to keep the retirement promises made to state employees and public school
teachers, according to the states pension consultants.

In Provincetown, the taxpayers are paying $200,000.00 extra a year in taxes
because their retirees refuse to pay an extra $88.00 a month towards their own
gilded health benefits
11:02 am edt 

Theme Weeks....

Can the powers that be work together to reduce the number of theme weeks?  I
believe we are overdoing that marketing at the expense of people who "just want
to go to Ptown."  No group is better/worse; however, at the end of the day,
these are polarizing.  Twinks v. Bears v. Lesbians v. Families v. "" of color,
v. leatherman, v. who next?

I use "v" not pejoritavely, but to highlight that the town is advertising, "Come
here if/when."  I know it puts a burden on business owners, i.e., XYZ group is
cheap and they don't buy art/eat-out, etc.  It also puts a burden on home owners
who'd like friends to visit - now we need to plan around whom the "target" group
will be.  This is a far cry from when I first came here 15 years ago.  I want
Ptown to be "open", thus not target weeks.  (And no, I NEVER rent my home here;
only want good/genuine friends to visit, so not a personal $$$ issue for me.) 
10:58 am edt 

My Take on Events

I (un)fortunately read this site fairly regularly and continue to be
amazed at what is written. 

I did attend the first night of Town Meeting (only because I did not realize it
would be multiple nights - yes, my ignorance) and was dismayed on several
levels.  Specifically:

1.)  Library vote - regardless of how one felt, THE MOMENT that decision was
announced, 10% of the room (225 based on the announced results) left.  Whilst I
appreciate their passion for the library, they didn't care about sewers, room
taxes, etc.  I applaud the library people for accomplishing their goal, but sad
they left somewhat fat/happy.

2.)  Town building sale - was a good, lively discussion - but the Banner thought
the biggest point to publish was on the history of the name associated with the
senior center?  They completely skipped that many people felt passionately about
the bigger decision - again, not criticizing the vote, so don't use that as a

3.)  Non-resident owner weekly rental tax - whilst I think I support this tax -
even though I was in that category until changing residency this year - I think
it wholly unfair to bring that to a vote where such owners haven't a voice to
champion.  We can go on/on about haves/have nots, but our country was founded on
- amongst other principles - of taxation representation.  (Before I get
chastised, you are right,  you won't find that language in the Constitution).

4.)  Street repair - in all the discussion, Rob Tosner asked point-blank if
there was a comprehensive plan to address town streets?  (And to some people,
yes, they are poor, but my guess is your call will survive the current drive
down Commercial or Bradford.)  The answer from the Town Manager, "No."  She
finally answered the question and I think it important we focus on the answer
and not the tease that forced this. 

5.)  Non-resident property owners on town boards - unfortunate this again needs
to be recrafted where it is potentially acceptable. 

I HONESTLY have tried to write the above objectively; my subjective take is that
the non-resident property owners need to act.  As a town resident who owns my
home, I can say this without personal interest.  My belief is that anyone
looking at this situation objectively would say at least implement the
non-resident "interests" as done by Wellfleet and Truro.  It may not solve
everything, but it is a start.

Finally, I must say I was disappointed with the turn out; not by numbers, etc.,
but by "interested parties."  Kudos to those who turned out; if members of the
gay community or of non-resident owners wanted physical representation, it was
surely lacking.  As a gay man living here, I recognized five other men in the
same boat.  I make this comment NOT AS A GAY MALE agenda, but an observation. 
Anyone who should decide to spin it that way - do it, but wasn't the intent.

10:57 am edt 

Ms Ellie

I can't stop thinking of ms, ellie...........
10:54 am edt 

If You Love it, Take Care of it

Well i certainly pay much much more than 88.00 a month for my health
care and i would hope for provincetown that those people who were willing to
devote they're lives and careers to this town would be willing to kick in a
little extra.  we all have to.  we need to volunteer and get back out there. we
need to work harder  to save our natural resources.  especially the resource
that this town is.  it's amazing and beautiful and safe and diverse and kooky
and fantastic.. and this entity that was created by generations of people that
made a lifestyle so attractive to the fabulous that we have now been overrun. 
our beach eroded by the greed of people who can only buy cool, who kinda just
don't get it.  this used to be such a supportive and kind town.  it seems so
bitter and cut throat now, sexist and resentful.  it's really hard to have a
nice day sometimes
oh, and please spare me me the "if i don't like i can" leave thing-i'm not going
but i will be volunteering for the beautification cleanup at the grace hall lot
sunday at 10-what are you all going to do for the town you love so much this
10:52 am edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

Anyone know the status on the Dancing Cop?
12:00 am edt 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Over Development

Affordable housing is just a name for over development. I'll build 30 units and
cram them onto a lot and sell some below market rate and make up the rest in
market rate sales or rentals.

I can bypass zoning rules and jam them in. I refuse to try to park in the teeny
tiny Ann Page circle of affordable housing if I go there to see someone.

Developers promise all of this housing--but they cut back on the number because
it cut into their profits!!!

Wait a few years and see what we end up with--and who lives there. Time will
11:59 pm edt 

Retirees Health Benefits

It is true. The banner says that enrolling the retirees in Medicare will cost
them $1000 a year..that is $88+ a month! Going out to dinner is a minimum of
$100 per couple in this town!

Stop genuflecting to these affluent retirees and let them pay a little towards
their benefits and start saving the working taxpayer families and the non town
employees $200,000.00 in taxes each year.

11:57 pm edt 

Ten Tables Blog

It seems that it is the same person blogging about Ten T. Who really cares?
There are so many serious issues in this town such as the retirees costing us
$200,000.00 a year--$200,000.00 that they could give back to the town by each
paying another $88.00 a month for their own health care.

The town employees are rolling in retirement benefits and income. Let them not
each out *ONE* night a month and put that money towards their health care.

How many cars, trucks or boats or RV do they own--or properties??? Believe me,
these folks aren't poor.

The people who are poor are the long time home owners who never worked for the
town. No waiter or waitress has benefits from their job.

It sure must be nice that your only problem is which restaurant to go to for the
best cut of Beef or the chicest martini. Some of us have to decide  how long to
stay before we sell our homes. 
10:44 am edt 

Michele Couture

Remember...if you want to get rid of Couture you have to get rid of
9:48 am edt 

Counting Our Chickens

Enough about 10 Tables.  Is this a restaurant review blog?  A serious
concern of citizens?  So the owner's signature dish may be foot in mouth gumbo. 
If a place is good, it will succeed.  If it isn't, the doors will close soon
enough and that tells the tale.  Really, chicken dish reviews?  What about the
harbor, over-development, by-law abuse condoned by bldg. dept., new police
station, pitiful road conditions with summer fast approaching, parking problems,
etc.  Actually, come to think of it, the chicken just may belong at the top of
the list. 
8:39 am edt 

How Odd!

Ten Tables May KNow Local Food But They Don't KNow Local
People and the Locale

The chickens may be breed here on the Cape. The fish may come from our local
waters. But somehow the owner seems not to know us.

If you think your clients are the women who filled your seats on opening
weekend, you may miss the boat. Let's hope you envision a greater group than
8:23 am edt 

May 4th: A New Chair of BOS

What a relief it will be when Couture is finally gone. No matter who is chair,
it will 100% better than this problematic woman. She has brought so many poor
ideas as warrant articles. She has supported some of the worse town employees. I
count the days. Spring will have finally arrived when that center seat is filled
by anyone other than her. She has damaged our town in so many ways. Ten years is
ten too many. Au Voire Mademoiselle Couture!
8:21 am edt 

There Are Some Fine Chefs Here--Inspite of What Ten Tables Believes

Provincetown has had a history of wonderful chefs. Strange that in this place
where Franco once had his own restaurant, this woman could slough off so many
great chefs. We are a town that lvoes good food and provides great settings and
wonderful cuisine.

This was no way to arrive here--it is arrogant and contemptuous of who we are
and what we have.

I don't believe you really know Provincetown and really know us. You may have
some friends here but that means little to knowing this town, its restaurant
hishtory and its present wonderful restaurants.

Your Ten Tables stand on shaky legs here. 
8:17 am edt 

Ten Tables

My partner and i ate there. The food was quite disappointing.

It's nice when businesses do well in town. so I hope that this place improve at
least a bit with time.
8:14 am edt 

Ten Tables

Ate at ten tables twice, first time meal was really bad, service was poor, food
was mediocre and expensive for the small portion served.  The best part was
dessert,although the coffee was horrible. It took a long time to get the drinks,
appetizer was ok - nothing to write home about, and the chicken under a brick
was a poor attempt at what should be a good dinner.

Second time was a little better, of course there were only about 10 people in
the place.  Service was ok, food was ok, no one seems to pay any attention to
the customers.  They seem more concerned with friends coming in to visit.

With the owners comments on it makes you wonder who is really trying
to attract people to a tourist trap.  I think 10 tables is the perfect tourist
trap, looks nice, decent menu at a reasonable price, little do you know that
once you sit down you will wait forever and you will leave hungry but supposedly
you will not pay a lot.
8:08 am edt 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ten Tables
With all the talk in here about the place, I'm going there this weekend to have
a nice meal, pre-season. All this hype is getting me more and more interested.
Thanks for the publicity and the intrigue!!

Guess there really is no such thing as bad press.
8:48 pm edt 

The Proof is in the Pudding

Get over yourselves people.  "The owner from Boston", blah, blah,
blah.  Give me a break.  Lest you forget half the developers in this town aren't
registered voters because they are from out of town but they sure do make a
pretty penny off the town.   More than any restaurant could in 20 years.  Look
at the East End (although not sold yet, hmmn.)    Look at the West End.  Come
on.  Developers damaging the environment to make a buck who hail from Boston and
points beyond, especially in winter.  If the Front St. or Ciros or the Mews
can't give 10 Tables a run for the money, they should close.  Isn't there enough
of the restaurant pie to go around.  Seems so.  And sorry, if this place gives
even ONE local year-rounder a job, thanks to them.  It's not easy opening a new
business and you can go eat somewhere else if you don't like it but don't feed
was said before, the proof is in the pudding.!
   Anything else is personal and mute points.
7:27 pm edt 

Ten Tables

Considering the success rate of the prior resturants that have been in
that very same space I doubt Ten Tables will last more than a couple seasons.
7:24 pm edt 

No Tables Restaurant

With the approach of each summer season, new eating establishments open up In
Provincetown.  Competition is healthy in any business.  It's easy to become

Yet, none of those restaurants that trash their colleagues in the media, in
order to make themselves seem better.  They take the high road.  They work hard
to open, and work to establish a good following, refraining from sharing with
the media why they are so great, and the others are so lousy.  And THAT is the
issue, and nothing else!  The owner, hopefully, will learn from this experience,
and show better judgement, should she ever open up in another location. 

7:23 pm edt 

Re: To: Give Me a Break

I am the person who posted recently about the green line and I'd like
to address the strange and uninformed "rebuttal" that appeared today.

I am a full time Provincetown resident, I've never lived here part time. I don't
own a jewelry or fine art business and I don't own any underground property.

I have no idea who you think I am, but you are obviously mistaken, Nancy Drew.
6:04 pm edt 

Re: Renters Beware?

you really sound like a fascist if you ask me. (and, yes, of course i know you
didn't) everyone pays taxes. period. they (the taxes) come in all forms. just
because you pay property taxes you don't have the right to intrude on peoples'
lives. you're lucky to have a home. try being out there in the market to rent a
year round place. that would shut you up. maybe if the real estate industrial
complex hadn't driven up property values you wouldn't be paying so much. and i
believe there are tax breaks for seniors...but maybe you're also fortunate
enough to have retired at a young age. butt out of others' business. it's not
easy being a renter in town. and we all have a right to privacy.
6:01 pm edt 

Beautification Committee Cleanup

"It was nice to see the beautification committee cleaning up around the
Grace Hall Lot.  But once again, the Parking Administrator was there...  Let's
hope it was on his own time and not again work time?"

I'm not sure why you have a     up your      about the parking administrator. 
And to answer your question, he was out there on his own time with others
volunteering to clean up areas of the town.  Get a life.
5:35 pm edt 

Re: "The No Tables Restaurant"

Out of spite you will not refer your guests to this new restaurant? That is
typically small minded. Shouldn't your first priority be your guests experience
not your "revenge" on a newby restaurant for a quote in the paper? Please
publish your guest house name so we know who doesn't give a damn about their
cutstomers only their own spite.

As someone who frequents a lot of these restaurants I have to say she was spot
on for some of the higher end ones but of course shouldn't have said so.

5:31 pm edt 

To: Give me a Break

Go back to your underground jewelery fine arts
store and stop harping over and over about the line.  We know exactly who you
are. If you were in the least bit savvy about the town you lived in, well at
least partially lived in, you would know that the east end will be paved very
shortly.The "graffiti" that you leave under different posts on this board gives
you away. All you are trying to do is rally people to start unnecessary efforts. 
5:30 pm edt 

Ten Tables

I think the people who are complaining about what the new owner of Ten
Table said are going a little overboard. So those of you that have eaten out at
one of our many other local establishments have had a great meal? I think not.
While I am not condoning what she has said in the paper and feel that she may
have wanted to keep those thoughts to herself she didn't say anything untrue. 
There are a handful of places here that I don't think are worth the price they
charge. I work in a guesthouse and I let our guest make their own choice, I give
my opinion on the place and end of story. To not play nice and start acting like
children because she hurt your feelings is not what adults do. She made a
mistake, like we all have, so forget it and move on.
5:27 pm edt 

Re: She is Bringing Jobs to Provincetown
I wrote one of the hot-headed comments below. I admit that you have a good
point, so I wish her business well. But SEE, this is what happens when you whip
into a small town wearing big-city attitude on your sleeve. Some of us hoped to
escape it when we left New York, L.A., and points in between.
10:21 am edt 

Ten Tables

Nothing like a new kid on the block to raise the hairs and level of
competition.  Any new business, 10 Tables included, can only be a good thing.  A
new business providing new jobs where there were none before.  Stop taking it so
personally.  I see no restaurants named in the Globe articles specifically and
let's face it, by August, it's hit or miss anywhere you eat here.  Awesome out
of the gate in spring.  Wait staff attitudes, serving sizes and quality are
definite gambles as the summer wears on no matter where you eat.   Like there's
never been a bad foot long hot dog or a way too greasy to eat famous         
malasada thrown right in the trash.  Stop acting like Ptown has the best
restaurants in the world and the best values.  All restaurants are businesses. 
The more profit, the more success.  Nature of the beast.  Give it a chance.  The
proof is in the pudding.  Literally.  She should be commended for entering what
is obviously the Twilight Zone where change, while advertised as being embraced,
clearly isn't, as evidenced by recent blogs.   
10:00 am edt 

Ten Tables

Went to Ten Tables, loved the food and atmosphere.  While the owner
may have made some unfortunate comments, we should all move on wish her well.
9:57 am edt 

Renters Beware!

I'm tired of paying for everything that the renters want. They vote yes because
they don't have to pay.

I'm a taxpayer and our tax money is going towards affordable housing so we are
entitled to a list of who is living in them and what their income is. How can
our harbor master be living in an affordable housing unit? 

We must Ban smoking at every new and old affordable housing complex. Keep a
record of who works where and be diligent about scoping out under the table

Keep tabs of folks going away for the winter and reporting them. I'm
retired--I'm tired of paying for out of towners who move here and get a free for
9:55 am edt 


Georges, P-Town Pizza, and East End market and Michael Shays are the only places
in town that are affordable, pleasant and delicious. Everything else is
overhyped and way over priced. We may be getting more affordable housing, but
what we need is more affordable dining. But wait the snobs have managed to ban
fast food and chains so they have a lock on the market. Can't wait for the
beach shack at Herring Cove to open.
9:53 am edt 

Ten Tables

Regarding Ten Tables, Public Relations and Community Goodwill:

A few weeks ago I became "friends" with Ten Tables on Facebook.  I was disturbed
to see that the restaurant's General Manager (not a local Provincetown person)
posted the following remarks on on the Ten Tables Facebook page for opening

His words:  "Dear Ten Tables, Are you ready to crush it today? Yes, Yes, you

So, why does he need to be "crushing" anything?  This kind of language is so
juvenile and clearly hostile to other businesses in town.  It's offensive and
just plain wrong. Provincetown really doesn't need more of that sort of thing.

Now the owner of the restaurant, Krista Kranyak, has publicly trashed other
Provincetown restaurant owners and Provincetown chefs in the Boston Globe.
There's an obvious pattern here.  

What's the deal with these Ten Tables people?  This town is a community that is
struggling to survive and this ill will is not helping. The Globe article hurt
Provincetown as a whole even if it gave Kranyak's restaurant a plug. In her own
words she says Provincetown "felt more like a tourist-trap dining scene as
opposed to a foodie kind of destination town". Why would anyone who read the
article want to come to Provincetown for a long weekend? 

This seems like a very contentious and self serving start to the season on the
part of Ten Tables. 
9:51 am edt 

Ten Tables

Good press or bad press--it gets your name known.......Ten Tables
would have to pay  a LOT for all the buzz it is getting on this blog etc....I
think the person who gave the globe the interview was crazy like a fox.
9:46 am edt 

Ten Tables

Bringing jobs to Provincetown???

Let's see...... the chef is from Boston, the GM from NY....owner from Boston,  I
know that a few local people were hired to wait table and bartenders but opening
a business and bringing in staff from elsewhere does not create an abundance of
jobs in ptown.

Although I wish no ill upon ten tables it is unfortunate that her view of other
restaurants and chefs is so caustic.  Where I come from you put your head down
and do what you do with integrity and hard work and your success comes from
that-not badmouthing and insulting others.  That just seems unnecessary, unkind
and unprofessional.

Some of us here think that although there is always room for improvement we
don't really need the fancy foodie city people to come down and fix the little
town full of foolish bumpkins that just don't know they're eating such crap.

And on the subject of foodie.  that used to be a term to describe people that
were really into food-all food, various dining experiences, expensive or not.
It's unfortunate that it's turned into a secret club of elitist, pretentious and
arrogant bafoons that think they are better than and more refined and
knowledgeable than anyone else.   Food is for everyone - get over yourselves

9:45 am edt 

Ten Tables

Couldn't agree more about the snarky comments in the globe. with an
attitude like that she'll be lucky to last ten minutes. and if you check out the
web page and the "team", no locals. not exactly a big job creator. except for
some servers and maybe dishwashers? lost my interest.
9:42 am edt 

Clean up

It was nice to see the beautification committee cleaning up around the Grace
Hall Lot.  But once again, the Parking Administrator was there...  Let's hope it
was on his own time and not again work time?  Because I went into the parking
office on sunday for my permit and of course, it was closed on the weekend.. 
Perhaps one could work one day on the weekend so out of towners can get their

It's tough when you arrive in town Friday night and they are closed then and all
day Saturday and all day Sunday.  Can't the Parking adm issue them on weekends?
9:40 am edt 

Ten Tables

Ate at the new place on Bradford.  The service was nice.  The food was
another thing.  There were 4 in our party.  Only one of us 4 liked his meal.
Will give them another chance next year.  Maybe by then the place will have
worked out the kinks.
9:38 am edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

Hey, you mean if I get 100 town voters to sign a petition, I'll get a
town job? Cool, look for me and my friends tomorrow and sign for me to get on
the towns payroll!
9:37 am edt 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The No Tables Restaurant

My partner and I own a guest house.  As far as we're concerned, the new eatery
will be the No Tables Restaurant.  We plan to refrain from recommending the
place to our guests. Nor will we display it's menus.

This is a community; those restaurants that were belittled in the newspaper are
owned, managed and staffed by people who are my friends, acquaintances, and even
my own employees. The No Tables' owner better tell her Boston-area friends to
come and support her here; she's going to need them.
11:53 pm edt 

Re: Ten Tables

Ate there and loved it.  Good food, atmosphere and service.  Also loved the bar. 
I think thou protesteth too much.
11:51 pm edt 

Re: Ten Tables

What was wrong with what she said? The restaurants in town are all overpriced
and the food is just that, food. It's not anything fancy and thats what she's
stating. She then admits that what she will be serving is a modern take on
peasant food and at reasonable prices. Not a lot of flare for what some people
pay for food in Ptown. A dining experience should be just that, an experience,
not just another meal.
11:50 pm edt 

Ten Tables

I think her comments were unfortunate but I don't get wishing her ill or
refusing to support the restaurant.

How many years has that space been empty?  She is bringing JOBS to Provincetown. 
I ate there the other night and I saw almost all locals who I recognized tending
bar, waiting tables, etc.  I want Ten Tables to succeed so that our local
friends who work there will succeed.
11:48 pm edt 

Re: Ten Tables

Ate at Napi's, Lorraine's, Tips for Tops'n and East End Market this
weekend. All way great. I had heard of the new Ten Tables opening up and I think
I'll stick with my favorites in Ptown. Ten Tables didn't get great reveiw from
three different people I talked to who ate there. I'll stick with The Mews,
Front Steet, Ross's Grill, Bayside Betsy's, Bubabla's, Enzo, Devon's, The
Waterford, Edgewidge, Ciro and Sal's, Fanizzi's... I don't know what the chick
at Ten Tables was spouting off about in The Globe, but Ptown has some fabulous
restaurants with great food!
11:46 pm edt 


1)TOWNIE PARKING PERMIT:  You must pay car excise tax to Ptown AND have a
drivers license with a Ptown address to get the townie parking discount. The
requirement to have a local drivers license costs you tax revenues by
eliminating the incentive to register cars with the Ptown address.

Provincetown would get A LOT more excise tax money if 2nd homeowners registered
cars here even if they keep drivers license (voter registration) in

2) NON RESIDENT LOCAL BALLOT VOTERS: At least 10 states including AZ,CO,CT,
Delaware & IN, have some version of allowing non resident (residential) property
owners to vote a local ballot.
11:44 pm edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

"Fairly certain we have our 100 but please feel free to continue to
sign the online petition located in previous comments below. Thanks again
everyone who signed and supported this important cause."

So let met get this straight.  If we collect enough signatures it will determine
who is and is not hired by  the town?  I'd be more than a little concerned if
the leaders in this town started their hiring practices based on petitions.
11:42 pm edt 

Ten Tables

Ten Tables is courting one big PR disaster at this point. Best that
Krista Kranyak apologize or clarify her remarks. Otherwise I'll not forget them
-- and yes, I work at another restaurant. Still, I pride myself on recommending
competitors to patrons who insist on other needs. That's how business is
supposed to operate here. Karma. Ultimately, one hand washes the other -- or
soils, in the case of what was said in The Globe.
8:23 pm edt 

Re: Give Me A Break

1) I wish all new P'town ventures success, but let's get real: Ten Tables'
remarks to The Boston Globe were tacky at best. Not exactly how to win friends
in a small resort town where we all depend on each other.

2) The Green Line was even worse, I thought, as I biked down its faint remainder
on the east end of Commercial yesterday. Still, I can't complain about a
well-intentioned stinker that sank with relatively little fuss.

3) As for out-of-town property owners -- if you think you deserve an equal say
with residents, think again, as proven by the vote at town meeting. You so do
NOT deserve it, because as a non-resident you have an inherently unequal
conflict of interest. Anyway, since when did property ownership equal
enfranchisement at the polls? Not since Medieval England!
8:20 pm edt 

Town Meeting / Hawthorne Barn

As usual, I was disgusted at Town Meeting with voters who are not home
owners, who voted Yes... over and over again, for every article on the town
warrant. Thank you for increasing my taxes once again. But, don't come crying to
me to build affordable housing, when all you do is drive property taxes
sky-high. The real kicker was the Hawthorne Barn. Yup, we now are going to pay
(out of our taxes) to renovate a recently purchased, privately owned property.
If that were not bad enough, the new owner of this property is going to turn it
into another "non-profit", thus avoiding paying any taxes on the property. This
means the lost tax revenue will only mean increased taxes for all the other
property owners in Provincetown. Maybe when I decide to renovate... I should ask
the town to pay for my renovations too! What a joke.
8:17 pm edt 

Miss Ellie

I just read of the passing of Ellie. As a former Provincetown resident
and someone who always considered Ellie a friend I will miss her terribly. I was
hoping to come back soon and see her smiling face (and short skirt) in front of
the Town Hall.
I'll always try to save a parking space for you sweetie...
8:14 pm edt 

Re: Non Resident Parking Fees

I think the two tier parking permit prices for resident and non
resident both of whom have the same tax rate (if they are both property owners)
would be ruled illegal if challenged on court. Isn't there a second home lawyer
who can take up this unfair practice by Provincetown?
8:11 pm edt 

Re: Green Line

All hail the Green line.  I hope someone paints it back so it shines
through again.  What a great idea to lead people from the center of town to the
East side.  Get out the paint.
8:09 pm edt 

Donald the Dancing Cop
Edward Silvia
Edward Silvia1:50pm Apr 10th
Subject: Thanks!
Great day, great sun, and lots of signatures. Some people were not really responsive or positive, but it seems the majority supports Donald. All I need now is to get the signatures collected by Carmen, Max, and Sue's online petition, and join them with what Penny and I collected today. Special thanks go out to Linda at the "Coffee Pot" for gathering quite a few signatures. Fairly certain we have our 100 but please feel free to continue to sign the online petition located in previous comments below. Thanks again everyone who signed and supported this important cause.
8:07 pm edt 

Wintrop Street Cemetery....

I would like to thank the two guys who spent over 1 hour
Cleaning the garbage/litter out of the cemetery due to
The lack of concern from the town.
8:04 pm edt 

Miss Ellie

I happened upon Miss Ellie one dreary freezing cold winter day a few
winters ago as he was heading into Macy's at the Mall.  I held the door for him. 
White patent leather knee boots, mini skirt and faux fur.  Later that day, I saw
him again heading into the Old Country Buffet in Hyannis, alone.  I no longer
live in Ptown but have seen him many times on visits there.  I was frankly
surprised he wintered here as it seems many summerites head for warmer climates
once the first flake falls.  I didn't know alot about him but was strangely glad
he didn't stray from the nest in winter.  Today I planted an exotic orange
azalea in my garden and thought of him out of the blue and I threw in the last
handfuls of dirt.  It reminded me of him.  It's wild bright orange blooms will
be fascinatingly unordinary against the basic beauty and normal colors of it's
pink and red sisters in the garden.
8:03 pm edt 

Re: Non Resident Parking Fees

It is perfectly fair to charge more for a NON resident than for a resident.
To get a resident sticker your car must be registered in Provincetown. Every car
registered in Provincetown pays excise tax which becomes part of the Ptown
revenue stream. Non residents do NOT pay their excise tax to the Town of
Provincetown,therefore they pay more for a resident sticker and rightly so.
8:00 pm edt 

Ten Tables

I also ate at Ten Tables......average at best, and trust me, I'm
easily impressed with food that I don't have to cook myself.
7:57 pm edt 

Re: Give Me a Break

"Thank you for the green line."

Are you kidding me?!?! And then you go on to criticize others as "small minded?"
That garish, crooked line is STILL an eyesore in an otherwise quaint section of

That ugly bit of neon green graffiti was the misguided idea of three business
owners who succeeded in doing exactly two things: 1) defacing our main street
and 2) angering the entire town by not backing down even when it became obvious
that their self serving project was tasteless, pointless and overwhelmingly

If that is your definition of proactive, you must have a different dictionary
than I do.
7:56 pm edt 

Re: Give Me a Break!

1. A food establishment is always open to critique-its public and you pay?

2. "Green Line" yes we heard that word "proactive" used before by an advocate
      and sorry it was tried and dumb?

3. "Small minded" ?

4. You leave-Thank you?
7:54 pm edt 

10 Tables and a Green Line

Contrary to the belief of some --- it's simply not wise to open a new business
in town and put down all of the other restaurants as soon as you open your
doors. I had looked forward to trying 10 Tables since I had heard good reviews
from friends in the Boston area. Nonetheless, after reading the Globe article, I
don't care how wonderful their food is -- I will never eat there. I've also
heard from friends who did eat there, prior to the publication of the "Article"
in the Globe. They all said the same thing -- decent food, small portions, big
prices with arrogant service. Not my kind of restaurant.

Their menu will not be displayed in my guesthouse nor will I ever suggest eating
there to any of my guests. In fact, I will do everything possible to keep my
guests from eating there.

Regarding the Green Line: Do you really want to dredge up that absurd marketing
fiasco again? It was an lame idea to begin with. It's ugly and makes the town
look ridiculous. And, yes I am very involved with the town.

You obviously view the town through rose or maybe green tinted glasses.
7:52 pm edt 

Ten Tables

Ten Tables Owner Trash Talks Provincetown Restaurants in Boston

Agree with some of the recent posts here.  Did the owner of this new restaurant
om Provincetown think people in here do not have access to Boston news?

The issue is not whether she thinks the restaurants here are good or not.  The
issue is that it's in not professional and in bad taste to trash your peers

Not too swift this owner...
7:49 pm edt 

Re: "Taxation Without Representation"
As one write in quoted:  "We can't live here because the job base is not here to
support the incomes needed to pay the mortgages and taxes of these properties".

So, are these property owners renting their homes out to someone whose looking
for year-round housing or are they renting seasonally on a weekly basis and
bring in a good income from their second home and then offering it as a winter
rental only.

The majority of year-round residents work two and three jobs to pay their
mortgages and make ends meet to be proud to say Provincetown is their "home". 

Well now, aren't the year-round residents just selfish by not letting the
non-resident taxpayers participate in voting and decision making. This gives the
impression that they want the best of both worlds and want it all.

7:46 pm edt 

Ten Tables

We ate at Ten Tables tonight. The service was perfect, not the usual
all attitude flounce the shoulder Provincetown thing. The wine list is very well
thought out and reasonable The food was  quite good, maybe a little
under-seasoned. Not cutting edge foodie but more to comfy. The place was packed.

I'm sorry the mooches who attend freebie openings then never show up again have
their panties in a bunch. Don't forget Bubala's gratis closing night. Where did
the season go?
7:43 pm edt 

Re: Taxation Without Representation
On the other hand please don't get involved here. Just continue whining.
7:28 pm edt 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Give Me a Break!

Does everyone in Provincetown get their kicks by belittling others?

1) Ten Table is great.   We welcome you.   Thank you for coming to Provincetown,
despite the provincial attitude of others to prevent new business.   Thank you,
thank you, thank you, and ignore the provincial belittling small people that
live here.

2)  Thank you for the green line.  Ignore the belittling small people that only
critisize, instead of doing something proactive.

3) Thank you to second home owners that pay 75% of our revenue so the rest of us
can survive and live in this town.  Ignore the small minded that don't
appreciate the value provide.

4) For the small minded, entitled, that don't pay their fair share, please leave
now.  Thank you!
11:35 pm edt 

Re: Taxation without Representation
What about the price of resident parking stickers compared to non-resident
parking stickers?  ALL taxpaying homeowners in Provincetown should pay the same.
A senior "resident" sticker is FREE.  A senior "non-resident" pays is $100. How
is that fair?
11:05 pm edt 

"Formula" Business Restriction

Hmmmm..... Ten Tables..... imagine that if they had only opened a
couple of more restaurants in other towns they would not be allowed to open one
in Provincetown. Will Barbara Rushmore steer clear in protest? Will the rest of
the people that voted for the "formula" business restriction at last years TM?
Maybe they will only order apps as it is only almost a chain.
7:35 pm edt 

Ten Tables Did Not Open in a Welcoming Way

Yes, you have a Boston contingency and some rather        fans who know you from
their connections. But you should have opened your doors to everyone when you
opened. Too restrictive. Too JP in your thinking. This is Provincetown and if you 
view your restaurant as open to those who know instead of all of us, you will
find resistance here.

Please know we also have fine restaurants here. In case you didn't know or
thought only Boston holds the key to fine cuisine. Not so at all.

Change the direction of your sails. You're heading in the wrong direction with
your present attitude.
5:55 pm edt 

Nice Memorial for Ellie at Town Hall

Wonderful and touching to see Ellie's bench, flowers, and many artifacts in
memory of Ellie. Sad but a nice tribute to Ellie.
5:51 pm edt 

Ten Tables

I have to admit, I have not yet had the chance to eat at ten tables,
so I can't weigh in on weather the food and/or service are top notch or not.

I do agree, however, with the owner's thoughts about the quality (or lack
thereof) of many local restaurants. I think it's true that many choose to coast
or rest on their laurels. It's easy to for restaurants that have been around for
a while and already established themselves to fall into that "they'll eat
whatever we serve - where else are they gonna go?" mentality

I have lived here for quite a few years and seen many a restaurant come and go.
I've seen places open to stellar reviews from locals and tourists alike, only to
coast steadily downhill, sometimes before their first season is even over. Many
of these places were owned by well loved locals with great reputations. Some
casualties can be blamed on bad luck, some on unreliable staff and some on the
owners' penchant for partying.

As another person pointed out, word of mouth is important in a small town like
this. However, I have never seen a restaurant with good food, good service and
friendly staff fail solely due to the harsh words of a few embittered locals.

If you build it, they will come.

Let's give Ten Tables a chance before we begin trashing them. I look forward to
sampling their fare. Let them work out the kinks, get their staff trained, etc.

We may be pleasantly surprised and they may inspire a few local eateries to step
up their game.
4:14 pm edt 

Re: Donald "The Dancing Cop"
Edward Silvia
Edward Silvia3:45pm Apr 9th
Subject: Tomarrow 2!!!!
I was there at 10, a few came right then, i had to go to a job interview and some other obligations, but thank you, Carmen, for being a good sport and sitting down there all day. I picked up my backpack and will be there at 10 am again tomarrow, this time for the whole day, and Penny, too. It's too bad that the thing for Ellie kind of... eclipsed our cause but they are both local icons and we will get our chance tomarrow. Again thank you for everyone who showed support today, and sorry i wasn't able to be a presense. I promise to represent tomarrow when i have no other commitments.
4:04 pm edt 

Re: "Taxation Without Representation"

Registering to vote does not require living here full time.  The concepts are
not mutually exclusive. Please do register and get involved. You are right we
need new blood.
3:04 pm edt 

Ten Tables

I am not sure that saying many Provincetown restaurants are coasting
is such an egregious statement.  I have felt this way you years.  Provincetown
should be full of amazing restaurants, instead of mostly mediocre ones. 
Hopefuly the opening of Ten Tables will elevate everybodies game.
3:03 pm edt 

Re: "Taxation Without Representation"

Let me try and understand this.  You claim to care so much for this town that
you would be willing to commute here in the winter to assist us by serving on
our boards and committees.  You're also willing to come down for Town Meeting
and voting days.  But you're NOT willing to give up your voter registration
where you also own property.

You can register to vote ANYWHERE, but one thing you cannot do is VOTE TWICE. 
Either register to vote here or retain your voting rights elsewhere, but don't
tell us we're excluding you.  You're excluding yourself by not marching          
to the Clerk's Office and changing your registration.

3:01 pm edt 

Ten Tables

The owner of Ten Tables showed her naïveté and poor judgement by
trashing the existing restaurants in Provincetown.  Unfortunately, the poor
thing does't know yet that, to make it in Provincetown you need the support and
good will of everyone in the community INCLUDING her peers.  So now she has
already started unnecessarily so, with a significant group of people against
her. And to what end, to engrandize herself?  Let your food and service speak
for itself, honey, and the rest will follow. And  do yourself a favor and show
better judgement and graciousness the  next time you talk to the media. 
1:43 pm edt 

Ten Tables

I ate at Ten Tables. The squid appetizer was tasty but small not for
sharing which I did. My shrimp and grits with poached egg was delicious! But the
five shrimp were so small they could have been called crull. My companion had a
very tasty tuna. Prices were not cheap though not totally unreasonable. The
tables themselves were a little shaky and way too small to serve for the plates,
glasses and silver.You will be sharing conversations with others because of the
proximity of tables. By 8 the room was so dark a diner at a nearby table was
using a flashlight on his i-phone. Overall I liked it but certainly not for
1:40 pm edt 

Re: Green Line

I agree. Can we PLEASE get rid of this ridiculous eyesore once and for all?!?
11:15 am edt 

Ten Tables

Just went to Ten Tables. They have set a new cusine standard in
Provincetown! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Della Cucina last year and now Ten Tables this year has brought great dining
back to Provincetown!
11:14 am edt 

Ten Tables

Tables opens up in P-town


April 08, 2011|By Devra First, Globe Staff


Ten Tables in Provincetown has a similar menu and feel as its sister Boston-area… (steve haines for the boston globe)


133 Bradford St., Provincetown.


For a while there, it was hard to believe in summer. But as April progresses, trips to the Cape beckon — perhaps even more so with the opening of Ten Tables Restaurant & Bar. The Provincetown branch of the well-loved Jamaica Plain and Cambridge restaurants began serving customers April 1. It was a vote of confidence in the eventual return of beach weather, even as snow fell from the sky. Ha ha. Very funny, April.

Owner Krista Kranyak has been coming to P-town for 20 years, and thinking about opening a restaurant here for the last few. “It felt more like a tourist-trap dining scene as opposed to a foodie kind of destination town,’’ she says. “Restaurants around here can be really expensive and not high quality.’’ With so many visitors in town in the high season, it can be easy for a restaurant to coast.

At her JP and Cambridge restaurants, Kranyak uses produce grown by local farmers as much as possible. In Provincetown, she is building relationships with area growers and fishermen. “There are so many local farms up and down the Cape, and they’ve been so underutilized,’’ she says.

The Provincetown menu is similar to that in Jamaica Plain — a modern take on peasant food. The dinner menu includes dishes such as Wellfleet oyster stew, braised pork cheeks, shrimp and grits with a soft-poached egg, and hanger steak with salsa verde. On the bar menu you’ll find cheese, charcuterie, mini fish tacos, and a burger. Chef Alex Saenz was the chef de cuisine at Ten Tables in Cambridge, and has also worked at Straight Wharf in Nantucket; sous chef Matthew Ruzga comes from Mario Batali’s wonderful Lupa in New York. He also spent time at Del Posto, along with general manager and beverage director Matthew Lishansky, whom you may recognize from a previous stint at UpStairs on the Square.

The restaurant is open seasonally, from April 1 to Nov. 1. It’s Kranyak’s biggest project yet. The two-floor restaurant has a bar and lounge area, patio, and private dining room. The decor evokes a farmhouse, with rustic wood beams and two wood-burning fireplaces. There will be an outdoor raw bar in the summer. Despite the size, it keeps the same name as Kranyak’s other restaurants. And in the dining room, there are still just 10 tables.

11:10 am edt 

Re: Ten Tables

Everyone should read that snobby article in yesterdays Boston Globe. Not a very
nice thing to say. Well the "proof is in the pudding" so we shall see how they
11:04 am edt 

Ten Tables

Couldn't agree more re Ten Tables Resturant.  I  heard so many good
things about their other establishments in JP and Canbridge that I couldn't wait
to experience the magic.

It was magic alright.  I managed to take $100 bucks and make it disappear on one
of the most dissatisfying meals. 
First off the gent who moved from NYC, acting as host, told us he was invested
in the restuarants success, never  spoke to us again from that statement to
include our walking past him on our way out of the place.  No one inquired about
our satisfaction.

The gal who I was guessing was the owner (from previous pics) was more intent on
teaching the staff to set a proper table during dinner than welcoming guests and
seeing to their satisfactions.  Does this busy work really have to go on during
resturant hrs??

Our server who was a charming young woman and a familiar face in town was very
warm and doing her best even tho I suspect this was her first try at table
waiting .

To the meal.  A single cold multi grain roll was served with a dish of smashed
The Oyster stew had one oyster and a tad of thin butter and oil and creme laden
The Squid appetizer was three small pieces of meat with a quinea salad mix that
was very tastsy and well prepared.  Giving someone else a taste would have
required relinquishing your appetizer.
Entree of steak was tough ,floating in blood,and white cream sauce ,the steak
fries soggy and kale greasy.  Chicken under a brick was lackluster, missing any
hint of seasoning ,the potaotoes al gratin would make more sense served in a
take out deli and the kale greasy.

Desserts hit the mark.  The cheesecake was delicate and  creamy with graham
cracker dust and candied cumquats. The Thai basil ice cream was robust and clean
tasting, just the right palate cleanser .    The coffee was thin and
undistinquishable. There was only raw sugar as a sweetner; no substitutes for
the dietary restricted. The evening was a huge disappointment.  We here in
Provincetown are obviously so starved for something new that this passes for
haute cuisine.
Ten Tables not so much.
11:02 am edt 

FYI - Ten Tables

A hamburger at the jp location is $20.00.
10:56 am edt 

Re: "Taxation Without Representation"
"No it's not. You have the option to register to vote here if you care enough."

We do care enough !  We can't live here because the job base is not here to
support the incomes needed to pay the mortgages and taxes of these properties.
It is our industry and having to schlep back to a major city which supports and
props up real estate prices and thus tax revenue here.

Why does the town not appreciate our contribution and therefore allow us to sit
on boards and vote ?

10:50 am edt 

The Green Line!

It's back after the winter wore away its black protective coat. Someone make it
go away AGAIN!
10:48 am edt 

Wealthy Town Retirees

We must change the medical retirement benefits of our senior retirees. It isn't
fair that the town could save $200,000 if these retirees, with their rich
benefits and incomes, would pay another $86.00 a month towards their health

I'm working and paying my own benefits. I can't pay into my IRA. Stop making we
taxpayers carry the burden of our wealthy town retirees.
10:45 am edt 

Embarrassing for Donald

The man is 80 plus years old. He is going to have to be working in the hot
summer sun. It is time for him to retire.
The town can't risk this man's health.

Grow up and allow the police chief to act responsibly in his duties.
10:40 am edt 

Ten Tables

Ten Tables is a welcome addition to our town.
I was regretfully unable to attend the opening night. My friends who went had
rave reviews. This town is lucky to have another TOP restaurant, and I for one
will be dining there soon. Kranyak has been a restauraunture for many successful
years, and I applaud her local approach. We should all wish her great success in
her new location. One of the great things about this town is the highly talented
people who move here/and came from here who operate excellent businesses. The
only detractor this town really has is a small number of small minded, catty
individuals who are antagonistic and vicious against any competition.  If Ten
Tables is half as good as my foodie friends told me it is, the only problem 
will be trying to get a reservation for a table in the summer. 
10:34 am edt 

Ten Tables

I went to dinner at Ten Tables on their opening night, and's the best food I've had in Provincetown in my 18 years here. The
atmosphere was very relaxing, and the food was really inspired. Also, I'm really
finding the restaurants in town that have been here for years are starting to
get rather stale lately. Maybe we should be welcoming to new business owners,
because guess what? New businesses = economic growth = a nicer, refreshed
Provincetown! Hostility drives people away from Provincetown!!! Change can be a
GOOD thing, don't you all see that? 

10:32 am edt 

Dancing Cop Petition

Thanks.  I'll go by Town Hall to sign the petition.
12:42 am edt 

Ms. Ellie

Thanks for all the love and joy you have spread across town
for the last 10 years. Your presence will be missed. RIP - PJDP
12:05 am edt 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Re: Dancing Cop
Edward Silvia
Edward Silvia8:25pm Apr 8th
Subject: Tomarrow!
Tomarrow is the day, let's everyone bring our A-games and do our best for Donald. remember, for this petition to even be considered, we need 100 registered, P-town voters to sign. Others are welcome to sign, but the town will not consider it unless we have 100. And they will be checking. I will be there promptly at 10 and have clip-boards ready to go. People who were supposed to bring things, please do so and meet at town-hall steps. I am counting on everyone to do their part for Donald and make sure this stays about him and the service he provides for us. Everyone is expected to act professionally and not cause a disturbance to anyone else. Thanks to everyone who helps out and signs, in advance.
-Eddie Silvia
11:41 pm edt 

Ten Tables

Has anyone read the Boston Globe insert "piece" on the announcement of 10 tables
opening? You should read the quotes from the chef. I guess those in Pton who own
restaurants and or dine in them all year round don't pass her test as
sophisticated enough or priced correctly. She is in for a rude awakening. Many
of the items on her menu have been "done" already here in Provincetown and many
of Ptown's finest do use local products and have been for many years. Maybe she
and her snotty manager can take their attitude back to JP or Cambridge.
11:26 pm edt 

From: Ellie's Daughter Via Email

Dear Friends of Ellie,

Yesterday, our beloved Dad passed away at 5 PM,  56 days after his diagnosis
with pancreatic cancer.  He died peacefully, after a valiant fight, with a
slight smile on his face. He had family members with him every step of the way,
and we were all privileged to love and be there with him. Thank you for all of
your love and support and for your continuedlove and prayers. You are all
invited to a public Celebration of Life for Ellie at the Unitarian Universalist
Church in Provincetown on Saturday May 14th at 11 AM. We are throwing a big
tribute party- an Ellie Palooza- for everyone on Father's Day, June 19th at 1
PM, in front of Town Hall where Dad used to sing, followed by a reception and
silent auction at the Crown and Anchor, where Dad sometimes performed. RSPVs for
the Ellie Palooza can be made on Facebook when we get that set up, hopefully
soon. What an amazing journey this has been. Godspeed Ellie! Adios and aloha!

All is well...

Andree, Lisa, Peter, Tom and Jim, Ellie's five children, and the rest of the
Castillo family

Andree Clearwater

General Delivery
East Sandwich, MA 02537
11:23 pm edt 

America's Saddest States

While reading thea news on the computer I came across this.  Headlines "Americas
saddest states - the 10 most miserable states - the states with the worst
property taxes" and it goes on to say:

Well-being is an inexplicable state of mind. How well people feel is based on
their own internal compasses. Researchers have enough trouble defending the
methodology used in testing peoples IQs.

The difficulty of measuring happiness has not stopped Gallup from taking polls
on the subject. The survey company says that the aspects of well-being are six
subcategories: life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy
behavior, work environment, and basic access. Gallup supposes that people will
answer the same questions about subjective measures objectively.

The article say to Click Here For The Ten Most Miserable States so I'll mention
them by number. 1. New Jersey; 2. New Hampshire; 3. Vermont; 4. Connecticut;
5.New York; 6.Rhode Island; 7. Illinois; 8. Wisconsin; 9. Massachusetts and 10.

The survey company has taken its data and broken it down by state, metropolitan,
and congressional districts.  Members of Congress in unhappy districts may fear
for their jobs if they believe that voters chose their elected officials based
on how they feel about themselves.

24/7 Wall St. took the Gallup information and added additional data that shows
the emotional state of the states residents. Our analysis includes median
income. West Virginia is at the bottom of the rankings. It has the second lowest
median income among all 50 states.  24/7 Wall St. also added unemployment
statistics to its analysis. There is a close correlation between joblessness and
well-being. 24/7 used data regarding the percentage of adults who are obese,
however these numbers came from Gallup. West Virginia has the highest obesity
rate of any state33.5%.

This is the 24/7 Wall St. list of The Ten Most Miserable States. Data used
includes figures from Gallup, the Census Bureau, and the Bureau of Labor
Statistics.  Gallups description of its study: The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being
Index is the first-ever daily assessment of U.S. residents health and
well-being. The organizations interview at least 1,000 U.S. adults every day. 
The data used in this analysis comes from Gallups in-depth 2010 report on the

More people should pay attention to this section that references the well-being
six subcategories: life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, healthy
behavior, work environment, and basic access.

Wow!  What a better place we would all be living in if some people weren't so
intimidating and arrogant because of their own insecurities.
11:19 pm edt 

Goodbye Ellie?

Heard a rumor that this time Ms Ellie has left us for the big stage in
the sky. Can anyone confirm this?
11:14 pm edt 

Re: "Its Taxation Without Representation."

No it's not. You have the option to register to vote here if you care enough.
11:13 pm edt 

Enough With the Talk of Complaining Bloggers

Half the property owners in this town have no representation - there is a small
group of residents and renters (who don't even pay taxes) that are able to get
everything they want because they won't let non res PO's participate. 
Developers have their hearings in the dead of Winter when no one is around and
are able to get their plans approved.

Gee - I wonder why people would complain ? So hard to understand isn't it ?
11:11 pm edt 

Dancing Cop

What is the situation with the Dancing Cop?
11:09 pm edt 

20 People at Town Meeting!

Not so. I believe the requirement to establish a quorum is 100 registered voters
who live here on a year-round basis. There were probably well over two hundred
to two hundred and fifty people who attended. 

If I understand correctly there are non-resident taxpayers who want to have a
say and be able to participate in local town government. As for a topic such as
this I have mixed emotions as I'm sure others do as well.

Obviously second time homeowners do not declare Provincetown as their primary
place of residence and do not live here year-round, some of whom probably rent
their properties out on a weekly basis and make a decent monthly profit to pay
for these properties they own and want to participate in local government. Yet
there are the year-round residents who live here during the thick and thin of it
all making and living on only their regularly monthly incomes who are employed
by places like Cumberland Farms, Stop and Shop, the downtown shop keepers etc.
to be proud to call Provincetown their home.

So the question is, should second time homeowners be considering Provincetown
their legal place of residence by establishing residency and their other place
their second home in order to participate in local government or should we
change the bylaws to accommodate them?
11:08 pm edt 

Provincetown: Marshy Sand Pit

Provincetown is a marshy sand spit. Marshes were filled in and properties
built--that is why there is flooding in low areas.

The folks around Thistlemore Rd et Al need to realized that to put in a sewer
system the marsh-water needs to be removed.

This isn't Manhattan built on bedrock--are streets are paved marsh land. Our
sewer system is being laid in a sandspit.
11:06 pm edt 

"We Are Away, What Happened?"

To: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 posting of Town Meeting "We are away,
what happened"

If you go to the town's website under PTV you should be able to watch "town
meeting" or call Town Hall - perhaps the Town Clerks office can tell you what
articles passed, what articles were defeated and what articles were indefinitely
11:03 pm edt 

Re: 20 People at Town Meeting

To the second home owner that stated "we pay just as much tax as the residents". 
I beg to differ, second home owners actually pay significantly more than
residents.   75% of property in Provincetown is owned by second home owners,
which means you are paying 75% of the revenue this town receives each year in
property tax.  I completely support second home owners being on Town Boards and
even being represented at Town Meeting via a non-resident taxpayer association,
similar to Wellfleet and Truro.   I didn't understand the residents that spoke
against this at Town Meeting in the name of democracy.  How can they be so bold
as to rationalize this "exclusion" as democracy?   Their democracy makes second
home owners second class citizens. 
11:00 pm edt 

20 People at Town Meeting?

I think your realtor friend tried to help...
but he didn't do enough ground work to make it happen
You've gotta work hard to get noticed in this town...
Rob just wasn't able to pull it together...
Maybe he's lost his touch?
10:58 pm edt 

Parking Administrator

Can anyone tell me when the parking adm starting getting paid to sweep the
island in lopes square?  Is that part in his job description.  With all the work
going on with signs, stickers andf parking issues, you would think he would be
making himself available for his help ! INCREDIBLE......Maybe he should apply to
building and grounds.....
10:56 pm edt 

20 People

The "twenty people" refers to the "state of the town" meeting.  Over
200 attended Town Meeting both nights.
10:54 pm edt 

Groundwater Pumped Into the Bay

Extensive coverage of the water discharge situation, yes.  But where
are the true answers to the question of what exactly this groundwater contains? 
We are not draining into a ditch.  This is a harbor with a live ecosystem and
wildlife which supports livelihoods (not many admittedly, but nevertheless).  At
this point, I've seen nothing PROVING input is not detrimental.  Who really
knows?  All sorts of "experts" give their opinion but those opinions don't float
the boat.  And these experts, while experts here in the local arena, probably
couldn't compete in the global arena.  No offense, but it's proven Ptown
attracts those in their class characterized as promising underachievers.  Big
fish in a little pond.  Don't even go there.   But back to the point.  Who
really knows for sure, scientific fact?  In light of this, do you really want to
eat a mussel or quahog dish derived from your local harbor?  Of course you do. 
Typical.  I'll take mine with a side of strong a!
ntibiotic, some Maalox, a paper bag and an extra roll of TP if it's all the
same to you.  Where are these answers?  So elusive. 
10:53 pm edt 

Re: 20 People at Town Meeting?
"Why not open this meeting and all of town government
to non-resident property owners.  We pay just as much tax as full time
residents.  Its taxation without representation.

You may have read incorrectly, there were over 200 people at town meeting the
first night, slightly over 100 people the 2nd night.  Not a great showing, but."

As to opening up this meeting and all of town government to non-resident
property owners because you pay just as much tax as full time residents I just
don't see it happening.  You make a choice where you want to purchase property,
you make a choice where you register to vote.  You do not get to vote everywhere
you own property.

My suggestion to non-resident property owners would be to form a group or an
association, would not be that hard to do.  Request that your voice be heard at
town meeting.  I don't think most people would have an issue with hearing the
point of view of non-residents.

But, sorry if you don't register to vote here you are not going to be able to
vote on issues facing the town.

10:50 pm edt 

Re: Representation

If you want to join a town board and/or vote at town meeting, just go
to the town clerks office and register as a Provincetown voter! Then you'll have
your taxation with representation.
10:48 pm edt 

Re: Town Meeting

Where do people on here get the idea that Town meeting only had 20
voters? Town meeting can only be held with 100 or more town voters!
10:46 pm edt 


Surprised that one got through.  Much less offensive words
have suffered the sword of censorship.  But really, if you can use funky script
to spell out a word for dramatic effect, put as much time into learning basic
spelling and grammar.  Please.  The day is nice and coming off a hard winter,
many, many buildings could use a clean up, paint job, face lift.  That is par
for the course. Although it does seem the level of disrepair is striking.  Some
on Commercial St. boasting retail and food service look like they haven't seen
fresh paint in decades.  The streets are in pitiful shape, just pitiful.  Sewer
project or not, this needs to be remedied asap.  In less than 2 months, tourists
will be trying to navigate on bikes and in cars, wow.  This is a recipe for
liable.  Who advises this town anyway on this stuff.  If I sprain my ankle on
the way to work in a pothole that's been there for months, I would definitely
think twice about recourse.  Public use impl!
ies public safety. No?     
10:45 pm edt 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

20 People at Town Meeting?

Why not open this meeting and all of town government
to non-resident property owners.  We pay just as much tax as full time
residents.  Its taxation without representation.
2:00 pm edt 


To town meeting voters for once again voting to continue to move Provincetown's
finances and infrastructure in the right direction.

PS: there has been extensive coverage of the water discharge situation in the
local paper. you can find it a Wicked Local Provincetown.
1:58 pm edt 

Provincetown Roads

Yes, when is the town going to begin taking care of the roads? This is
getting insane. To drive on either Commercial or Bradford is unbearable, and I
won't even mention the side streets. Ok, most have complied and hooked up to the
sewer system--now isn't it time to repave? Frankly it's embarrassing to know
that in a little over a month thousands of people are going to come here and our
roads look like something out of the 19th century.
1:57 pm edt 

Good Lord...

The town "looks dirty"??? what a bunch of morons you
people are who post here (yeah yeah, I am posting now, but believe me, this is
my once-a-month visit to this sad site). Have you forgotten the winter we just
went through? why not let people get ready for spring cleaning before throwing
these rediculous statements out of your small minded mouths... it is as if on
some days you complainers just sit and think up things to complain about... how
does your garden look after a winter of snow and storms??? Boy oh boy, there is
not a hemmoroid on this site, just a bunch of perfect little a$$h@les...
1:54 pm edt 

Re: Naysayers

Not surprising at all that the blog tone leans more toward negativity
than positivity.  If all is peachy, what's to discuss?  Negative issues facing
the town are active topics needing exposure and solution.  Certain individuals
(maybe just one, as wss brought up, could be), continue to take blog discussion
personally for some reason.  This/these bloggers label any opposing views
"hurtful" and "hateful" and personally insult the opposing blogger's attitude or
say things like "what a joy you must be".  That's just unintelligent response. 
This happens every time a negative word is blogged about town leadership.  Hmmn.
Makes one wonder.  I see nothing on here that "hurts" the town or shows "hatred"
of the town.  I see people who care venting.  Are we supposed to smile and glaze
over the bad shape this town is obviously in.  Take a look around.  Other recent
blogs (who seem to be from two different people, sorry) unfortunately, hit the
nail on the head. Town looks like!
  a desperate outpost in decline.  Days of charming village are in the rearview

Not a hater, a lover of Provincetown.
1:52 pm edt 


We're alive,the sun shines, we can vote, it's over move on. Any town in New
England looks bleak this time of year. Give thanks, vote, accept and move on
please. Things are improving, but Rome wasn't built in a day. To achieve the
utopia some here desire would bankrupt us. We still live in paradise. You could
live in other parts of the state where the tax rate is triple. Just smil, smile
1:49 pm edt 

Re: To All

So what are you saying? That we should stop the sewer work
and repave the town so it looks clean for now, and then come fall tear
everything up again to continue the sewer work? That's not going to help
anything. Calm down the world will not end just because the town is in
transition from a badly taken care of town, to one that is fixing the many
wrongs of past selectmen & town managers that did not take care of the town. The
tourists love to see the town upgrading in their behalf.
1:47 pm edt 

To: All

It's true many of the posts here are overly pessimistic,  dramatic and sometimes
even a bit paranoid.
However, Provincetown is in very tough shape this Spring. Even in areas without
construction, the roads are a mess and something approaching the majority are
close to being below minimum standards. The state of affairs at our sewer
construction zones suggest critical knowledge/skill gaps at Town Hall.

What makes it worse is everything looks dirty, even on a bright sunny day like
today. Somehow the town has crossed a line from charming village to rundown
outpost. Maybe once the trees leaf out it will look better, but now the town is
kind of well, dowdy.

I know we can do better. I know our town government can rise to the occasion,
but if they don't it's time to recall the BoS and replace town officers.
12:44 am edt 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Re: Naysayers

Yes, looks like the handful of hateful blogers on here
try to make it seem like there are more people agreeing with them by posting
more than once with  their hateful views of whats wrong with the town, when in
reality most people like the way the town is run.
11:40 pm edt 

People Have Spoken?

20 at a town meeting and I don't think this vote
can even be taken seriously.  People don't really care anymore, honestly.  The
town is too far gone. It only exemplifies how pathetic government in-breeding
has become.  There is no aspect of town government not controlled.  It's like a
spider web and the spider directing the weave at the top is the top developer
milking the town.  Look at the East End sidelink on the blog and defend it. 
Going through town on Monday in the rain, the town looked dirty, physically
dirty.  Seriously overbuilt, jammed together cheap looking buildings, trash on
the sidewalks and in the streets, roads in awful shape, sewer construction
vehicles. Town looked sad and declining.  However, the silver lining, plenty of
money due to awesome financial management so no worries.  Right.    
11:38 pm edt 

Groundwater Pumped Into the Bay

 "Was testing ever done?  Are there results?  Hard to believe there are
no pollutants in this water."

Good questions after such a big splash (pun intended) on here!

But as one of those with a groundwater well, with smelly but tested safe water,
I won't be surprised if that water turns out OK.
11:34 pm edt 


Once again the naysayers of this blog were voted down at this years
town meeting. Thank you Provincetown voters! It goes to show you that there are
only a handful of hate filled people on this blog.
5:16 pm edt 

Re: Groundwater Pumped Into the Bay

What happened with the groundwater/harbor issue?  Was testing ever
done?  Are there results?  Hard to believe there are no pollutants in this
water.  Follow up information on what's happening with this would be
appreciated.  thanks
4:33 pm edt 

Re: Glenn Beck Quitting Fox News

Is it true he's going to work for MYPACC?

- inquiring mind
4:31 pm edt 

Taxpayers Pay

$4,000,000.00 EACH YEAR for a School for 35 students
Hundreds of thousands for Lavish health benefits for retirees
Meanwhile 560+ taxpayers pay for the entire sewer system.
Totally UNFAIR.
4:29 pm edt 

School Users Pay for the School

Let the people who are on the sewer be the only ones paying for the sewer? Let
the 35 families pay the $4,000,000.00 we taxpayers pay each year for the empty
4:25 pm edt 

Public School Secretaries

OMG I can tell you what goes on even without the camera because I have
been there...gossip gossip and more gossip and all personal business that should
be done during off hours at home.

4:22 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

All Taxpayer Supported Sewer System

\Property owners who are not on the sewer system should not be asked to
pay for the sewer system.  When the town decided to build the system the BOS
promised that only users would have to pay.  To ignore that promise is just
wrong.  Let sewer users pay for sewer use and leave properties with private
systems alone.
11:01 pm edt 

All Taxpayer Supported Sewer System

I'd say the odds of reimbursement for those paying the sewer
betterments are not good.  That's how it's done in Ptown.  A few pay for the
rest and even further, a few who have less money pay for the rest who have more
money.  Typical.  2 school secretaries for a dying school.  Someone should put
in a webcam in their office so we can see what they do all day.   
2:06 pm edt 

Town Meeting

We are away-what happened?
11:37 am edt 

All Taxpayers Supported Sewer System

Eventually every property will be mandated to connect to the sewer system. At
the point, we who have been paying the betterments all of these years should be

We are keeping the harbor clean and the rest of the town benefits. We all pay
the $4,000,000 for a school for 35 students.

Provincetown is evolving; a school for non-existant students is a $4,000,000.00
a year symbol to placate the local families who all moved to Truro.

Lets all pay for the sewer system.
11:35 am edt 

Re: All Provincetown Homeowners Are Next

What's your point?  Aren't we already installing a sewer system?  I
find it hard to believe a homeowner could be held responsible if not connected
to something non-existant.  The Town could be fined, yes, but not individual
10:29 am edt 

May 3rd: A New Board, A New BOS

That will be a day to celebrate. Good to see the old go and the new appear.
Spring will really arrive when May 3rd arrives. Time for the old to depart. Good
to see a change finally on this board.
10:26 am edt 

People Run For Their Own Self Interest

I see too few who run for Boards or BOS because they love this town. They run
for power and some run for profit. They can gain by being in the positions they
hold. Let's not be so naive to hold that people run because they care. That is
pure bull.
10:25 am edt 

Monday, April 4, 2011

All Provincetown Homeowners Are Next


Cesspool owners in this coastal town are caught in the middle of an
escalating battle between the town and the state.

In September, the state Department of Environmental Management slapped the town
with a violation notice for failing to address chronic discharge of sewage from
storm-water pipes in Island Park and Portsmouth Park. The agency fined the town
$186,019 and ordered it to build a sewer system.
11:33 pm edt 

Re: Tips For Tops'n
"My apologies, you are correct! Sorry..."

No problem, but thanks

Can't wait for Friday!!
2:58 pm edt 

Re: Tips For Tops'n

"My apologies, you are correct! Sorry..."

Wow, there is a first for this site.  Would be nice if it started a trend.
12:26 pm edt 

Cabaret Fest
Cabaret Fest
10:31 am edt 

55 West Vine

Anyone know who is developing it ?

Why have the abutters not been notified ?
10:27 am edt 

Re: Dancing Cop on Facebook
Edward Silvia
Edward SilviaApril 3, 2011 at 7:31pm
Subject: Confusion
Apparently people are getting confused about when this event will be held. it's 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, ALL DAY. there's just gonna be a few people collecting sigs. If people want to make signs and protest infront of town hall that's fine, but we really only need 6 people, 3 in the morning and 3 at night, to collect signatures from people on the street. 2 people walking arround and 1 sitting at a desk or something. Please message me if you would like to be one of those 6 people collecting signatures. I will not stop anyone who would like to "actually" protest. And we will combine those signatures with ones collected here on facebook.
10:16 am edt 

To: Food For Thought

Nothing has been voted on by the town. BE THERE TONIGHT or Shut up instead of
Shouting Out!!!
9:34 am edt 

Alden Street Parking

"Re: Alden street parking has been an asset for allowing our town to go
to the farmers market each saturday all summer...Let's get open parking on alden
again for our community's health."

Dr. Ryder, With all do respect isn't our community's health also served by
people getting exercise?  Exercise they might actually get by walking to and
from their car?

9:25 am edt 

To: Food For Thought

The chief's raise was not voted on by the town. If it were, I doubt it would
have passed.

As for your comparison to the health benefits of the town workers, the measure
has been postponed.

A monetary diet is a good idea, and the measure to build a new police station
might be a good place to start!
9:15 am edt 

Tips for Tops'n

"Perhaps if the sign had been posted before I wrote in I would have
seen that.
Besides a simple Apr. 8th would have been easier

Thanks for nuthin'"

My apologies, you are correct! Sorry...
9:11 am edt 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Re: Blue Skies

Crabby pants or rose colored glasses?  I'd rather wear the pants...
and Crabby pants or rose colored glasses?  I'd rather wear the pants...
and see reality rather than paint over it with fake smiles and head nods. 
thanks anyway.    see reality rather than paint over it with fake smiles and head nods. 
thanks anyway.  
10:07 pm edt 

Truro Police

So who's the new chief in Truro? I heard two of our own applied. Did either one
get the job?
9:33 pm edt 

Re: Alden Street Parking

Alden street parking has been an asset for allowing our town to go to
the farmers market each saturday all summer.

Our community needs to eat better.

Our community cannot carry heavy loads to parking that is really distant from
the market.

Let's get open parking on alden again for our community's health.

Wilsa J. Ryder, M.D
Physician in Provincetown since 1978
9:31 pm edt 

Re: Blue Skies

To the person who wrote their clarification of the "Blue Sky's" post..
Boy are you a crabby pants!  Seriously you have got to have one of the poorest
attitudes I have ever heard.. I am sure you are a joy to be around!
9:28 pm edt 

Re: Selectmen Candidates
This should be fun fodder for the next few weeks. Right off the bat, some are
complaining "who are these out of towners?" They are people that care more about
the town than those that complain in here. You don't need to be a rocket
scientist to be a selectman or on a regulatory board. You really don't. Just
look at the people in position now. Stop claiming the town is being overtaken by
outsiders. Fact, and I mean fact is, the yearrounders have become spoiled by the
fact that they were blessed to have been born here, to this beautiful town.
These "outsiders" see the town for what it is and want to make a change or
sometimes keep the status quo because they came here for what they see as a
beautiful town and a beautiful spot with huge potential. Stop the old
complaints. Run for a position in government, get up at town meeting and speak
out, go to a selectmans meeting and speak out or write your letters to the
papers, just stop whining in here. The anonymity gets you nowhere. !
It does no good. This site could be a valuable place for real issues and the
selectmen might not shy away from admitting they read it if it wasn't fueled by
anonymous crybabys.

Yes I know, I didn't sign my name but I don't need other anonymous posters
complaining about me and my opinion.
9:25 pm edt 

Blue Skies?
I'd rather live in a dump than a fire trap. 
7:09 pm edt 

Murder in P'town? Say it Ain't So!

Cape Cod Times
April 03, 2011
PROVINCETOWN -- Local and state police are investigating what Cape and Islands
District Attorney Michael O'Keefe is calling a suspicious death discovered early
Sunday morning in Provincetown.

The body was discovered early Sunday morning when a Provincetown patrol officer
stopped to investigate what appeared to be damage at the damage to the office at
the Coastal Acres Campground.

Provincetown Fire and Rescue took one person from the scene to Cape Cod Hospital
but no further information is available.

O'Keefe declined to identify anyone involved in the incident. He said the dead
person had been identified but he was not releasing the name to the public at
this time. O'Keefe said investigators were still on the scene Sunday afternoon.

The police are right in the middle of the investigation it just wouldn't be
appropriate to give further information, he said.

According to emergency broadcast reports Sunday morning, one person was
pronounced dead at the scene near a campsite at the campground .

Yellow crime scene tape cornered off a portion of the campground including a
trailer and parking lot. A police officer at the entrance of the campground
turned around visitors to the campground, which opened on April 1st

5:39 pm edt 

Food For Thought

So the police chief got his raise to be in line with other towns on
the cape, now it's time to make the town employee medical benefits be in line as

It's too bad town employees who are retired or getting close chose to stay in
town and work so close to home in exchange for lower pay. The way I see it the
rest of society deals with lay offs, no raises and cuts to their medical why
should town employees working or retired be any different.  People better
becareful what they wish for, we need to get the money from somewhere so if
nothing gets cut then taxes will go up. Some of those homes our retirees live in
are valued quite nicely so I think it would be more than a $1,000 they'll be

After all this move would put our taxes in line with the rest of the cape. Just
food for thought....
5:35 pm edt 

Re: Alden Street Parking

I for one think that loss of Aldren Stree parking for residence will
make it harder for residence who have to go to the dentist, town hall or just
run a simple erran to get in and out. If they wanted to make more money off the
spaces at least they could have left half of them residence only. It's bad
enough that we already lost the resident parking on Ryder st where the farmers
market is to the town hall employees. Why can't they park in the main lot and
walk to work since they are putting in a full days work. If the people at the
bank and post office can park in the Prince st lot all summer I think the town
hall people can park on the pier.
5:33 pm edt 

Re: Blue Skies Ahead

And now class, let's disect the following example of a biological

1. Commercial Street is about to get paved 
2. Town Hall has been completely redone
3. The Library is being done
            PERHAPS BEING DONE WITH fits better         

4. Freeman St building will be done if voters approve on Monday.            

5. We're selling off two surplus buildings if voters approve.       WE AS IN WHO

6. We finally realized it was time to close the high school and did so.
             MORE CONDOS?  SWEET

7. Firehouse #2 finally was done and added to the number of restrooms in town.

8. We are years ahead of other towns on the Cape in regards to installing a

9. All this and with one of the lower tax rates on the Cape.      LOW TAX RATES

if you think cheap prefab units trucked in and even cheaper built condos are
better than the old houses, you do have good taste.   
5:30 pm edt 

55 West Vine Street

"Every time a dump is torn down in this town, you whiners complain
about change.  Lets tear down all the dumpy homes including the ones you whiners
live in."

Holy moly, I cannot begin to describe all that is wrong with what you have
written and your attitude as well.

3:00 pm edt 

55 West Vine Street

"55 West Vine would not be what most would describe as a

The quaint cottage at 55 West Vine may not be what you consider a beauty.  Then
again, some people like the look of modest old cape cod style houses.

The large undeveloped land that the present house sits on is prettier than any
condo complex that will be built there is.
2:59 pm edt 

Alden Street Resident Parking

Let me get this straight.  You have a resident parking sticker which allows you
to park at ANY town lot or meter for as long you want and on top of that you
want (demand) special places just because you live here?  Let me guess, you also
get your sticker for free because you're a senior.  You're nothing but an
entitled townie.  Get over yourself!
2:57 pm edt 

Re: Alden Street Parking

1:18 pm edt 

Re; Condo Development 55 West Vine
"...make the developers richer and the beauty of
the town poorer."

55 West Vine would not be what most would describe as a
beauty.  Every time a dump is torn down in this town, you whiners complain about
change.  Lets tear down all the dumpy homes including the ones you whiners live
1:04 pm edt 

Re: Alden Street Parking

Read that the resident parking has been taken away---we often read about the
special parking privileges the taxi company on your street has---why not just
ask for the same privilege.
1:02 pm edt 

State of the Town

I for one did not go to the state of the town meeting because I feel
that things are going pretty good here. Not a friend or partner of a board
member or town employee etc.
10:54 am edt 

Year Rounders

You think they will fix up anything for you poor old year rounders -
does look like it - waiting for you to die off and then the town can just close
down six months a year.
10:53 am edt 

Alden Street Parking

As has been posted, we have had our "resident parking" taken away from us on
Alden Street.  Complaining about it in this forum will do us no good.  Please
send an e-mail to each of the members of the Board of Sellectmen; only a
significant outcry  by (we few remaining) full time residents will have any
effect on this poor decision.
10:51 am edt 

Blue Skies Ahead

Perhaps the majority of people in town are pleased with the direction
this town is heading as opposed to the vocal minority who post here.

1. Commercial Street is about to get paved
2. Town Hall has been completely redone
3. The Library is being done
4. Freeman St building will be done if voters approve on Monday.
5. We're selling off two surplus buildings if voters approve.
6. We finally realized it was time to close the high school and did so.
7. Firehouse #2 finally was done and added to the number of restrooms in town.
8. We are years ahead of other towns on the Cape in regards to installing a
9. All this and with one of the lower tax rates on the Cape.

You may look at everything in town and think the sky is falling, I look
at everything and think the sky has never been bluer.

10:50 am edt 

Condo Development?

There will be a meeting of the Historic commission to demolish the
house at 55 West Vine at 3:30PM on Wed April 6.  This is so they can put up a
dozen or more condo units on the property where the old house sat for years. 
More un-needed overdevelopment to make the developers richer and the beauty of
the town poorer.

10:45 am edt 

Hey Webmaster!

I've written three times in the recent past about the goings-on in the Police
Department but none of them were posted! What gives? Are you part of the
10:43 am edt 

28th Amendment

I like the idea of the Congressional Reform Act. No Goverment
politically based job should be a lifetime job.

Is there actually support for this amendment?

10:42 am edt 

Tips for Tops'n

"Perhaps if you walked by the place you would have your answer.  Everything you
question is posted on the window of the restaurant..."

7:55 pm edt

Perhaps if the sign had been posted before I wrote in I would have seen that.
Besides a simple Apr. 8th would have been easier

Thanks for nuthin'
10:40 am edt 

Job Loss

Some galleries have closed, some decades old businesses are severely cutting
back on help and amenities and putting their staff on a part time basis. They
are afraid of going under.  The future doesn't look good for these long time
employees and the taxes just keep going up.
10:38 am edt 


It is apathy that allowed the CPA funds to go to Developers instead of the town
hall and the library. Too bad, because without the taxpayers watching, the
powers that be can fulfill their own agenda at the expense of the taxpayers--we
just pay for it.

10:36 am edt 

Parking Machine

Who chose the parking machine on Bradford Street?  I have 3 college
degrees and think it's comfusing.  I was there yesterday evening and watched
people with money in hand trying to figure it out, running back to where they
parked to get a number, and then trying to figure out how long they would be
there. This is by far the stupidist way to pay I have ever seen. Someone is
accountable for this...who?
10:34 am edt 

Loss of Alden Street Resident Parking - Loss of the Democratic Process

There was a time that a Parking Committee would report to Town Meeting about its
recommendations pertaining to parking-related initiatives.  Thus, the
elimination of Alden Street parking designated for our residents would have been
debated first  in committee, and subsequently presented at Town Meeting as part
of a report.

Autocracy is now reigning.  The residents lost their spaces.  Over and out!  I
now understand the 20 at the State of the Union address.  Even the Town Hall
staff didn't see it as an important activity worthy of their time.
10:32 am edt 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

More People at the Dog Park Than at the State of the Town Address

Yikes. More people from boards than residents. Since they generally spend more
time talking to each other, that is what this year's State of the Town
accomplished. A poor showing reflecting much about how people feel these days
about Town Hall and what's happening there.

For those who want Happy Talk, take a look at PTV. Not much of a party there,
however. This is a party that just did not happen. The invitations went out, but
few came.
10:27 pm edt 


I don't know what is worse???  Sharon allowing four day work weeks or the
ridiculous broken down pay stations in the lots....  What a waste of $$$.. 
Can't you do any better that that?  Wait until the complaints start when the pay
stations malfunction !  You can be sure that people will be told to complain to
Town Hall !
10:25 pm edt 

Droning On & On: State of the Town Puts Me to Sleep

Sharon, please. Get someone else to read your words. You drone on and on. And
why? Maybe there were 20 people you were talking to, maybe only 18. That says it
all. There was a time when the room would have been filled. Not anymore. Not
now. What do YOU think it says? I know what I think it says.
10:23 pm edt 

More Parking Woes...
Today I went to Johnson Street parking lot and had to use the new parking
paystation.  OMG-It was difficult to use.  There were a lot of tourists trying
to figure it out, too, and they were getting pretty flustered.  You can't use a
credit card, either.  Who chose these machines and why?  Now I just read that
they got rid of resident parking on Alden Street.  What next?!  I'd like to see
change that actually improves things in Provincetown.
7:57 pm edt 

Tips for Tops'n

Does anyone know what's happening at Tips for Tops'n? I know it's for
sale but it was suppose to re-open today for breakfast and lunch.
8:56 am edt

Perhaps if you walked by the place you would have your answer.  Everything you
question is posted on the window of the restaurant...
7:55 pm edt 

Rock Bottom Government

Good grief.  When are the people proclaiming "get off your butt and do
something" going to admit that this town has hit rock bottom government wise. 
20 people. 

Read the signs.  It can't be clearer with X-ray glasses that citizens are disgusted. 
Obviously, the "boards" and officials of this town are mere puppets, strings, monkeys
controlled by developers who saw a good thing 20 years ago and clamped down on
it tighter than a pit bull. 

These developers (even though they are millionaires), overbuild using cheap
construction and OUT OF TOWN LABOR during a recession, seek loans backed
by taxpayers, grants, tax breaks, etc.

And why?  Out of the goodness of their hearts?  Out of their genuine "love" of
Ptown? They spend those cold unforgiving winter nights elsewhere but when they
do hit town, look out, the red carpet magically unfolds. 

This is proven over and over and over infinity.  It is sickening. SICKENING. 
(despite the documented surplus in funds) ARE A MESS, CAN'T WASH A CAR OR WATER

And no, sorry, the water supply IS NOT GUARANTEED BECAUSE WE BOUGHT PETER'S. 
GET REAL.  This town is seriously overbuilt and in trouble now not to mention the future. 
(How much will a condo in the High School cost?  Let's not forget, it's got a great harbor view).
Don't think it won't happen.  A smart developer could fit at least 75 one
bedroom affordable units in the High School, paid for by foolish taxpayers.  And
as history has proven, the smart developer hasn't met a town official or board
member that has proven a foe to date. 
7:53 pm edt 

Re: Parking Spaces

I had business downtown today. I went to the parking spaces on Alden
Street which abut the town parking lot on Bradford opposite the Ten Tables
restaurant. These spaces that are hard  for us residents to share have been
given up to the general public. There are no designated spaces at this time for
town business on Ryder Street. What in the world are we residents being
sacraficed for? If you have to visit town hall from May to mid September you are
now going to have to take a very long walk. We have an aging year round
community and the people in power are making our lives almost intolerable. Lets
let the powers know that this is unacceptable. I'm calling Monday..... Is town
hall open or is it another four day weekend?
7:17 pm edt 

Selectmen Candidates

But why am I not surprised. No one I know, and we are regular town
meeting members, knows who these newcomers to town who are running for

And why am I not surprised that no one you know (the town meeting regulars) are
willing to put themselves out there and run for selectman?  Get off your  butt
and do something other than complain.

6:04 pm edt 

Re: What and Where is the Peter's Property for $750,000.00?

Leaving Ptown and heading through Truro, as you go by the Truro Vinyards on your
right, to the left is a road, South Hollow Rd. The towns wellfield is on that
road and up the hill behind the wellfield is where the property is. It's as
described in the article, a purchase to protect the interests of the wellfield
from contamination by keeping the property from potentially being developed. And
if the wells that are currently there go down, we can drill new ones on the same
3:13 pm edt 

Re: Peters Property

The former Peters property is off RT 6 & south hollow RD. in Truro,
next to our town well field. Thanks to the open space CPA funds we will have
fresh & clean drinking water for years to come.
3:11 pm edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

The reality is that the Dancing Cop doesn't need to dance.  He has been praised
by ALL (and that should tell us something) because of his competence in
directing traffic. That he does it so well, and while simultaneously dancing, is
the frosting on the cake.  But I would be relieved to know that he is at his
post directing traffic sans the dancing.
3:09 pm edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

Shame on whomever decided to eliminate Donald Thomas's position as
Provincetown's dancing cop. He generates more good will than just about anyone I
know. But why am I not surprised. No one I know, and we are regular town meeting
members, knows who these newcomers to town who are running for selectmen.
2:11 pm edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

Who are you or anyone elso to say what's good for anyone including
Provincetown's dancing cop. You are just trying to justify his being fired to
advance your agenda!
2:09 pm edt 

What and Where is the Peter's Property for $750,000.00?

April 4, 2005 Special Town Meeting
Article 5. TOWN PROPERTYArticle 5. Acquire Peters Subdivision in Truro for
Wellhead Protection. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of
to acquire by purchase for water supply protection purposes, pursuant to the
Community Preservation Program, the fee simple interest in 4.23 acres, more or
less, of land, with improvements thereon, in the Town of Truro located off Route
6, consisting of the land shown as Parcel A, containing 2.66 acres and including
the land known as Clarks Road, and the land shown as Parcel B, containing 0.81
acres, on the plan entitled Subdivision Plan of Land in Truro Owned By Flora N.
Peters, dated May 1956, recorded with the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds in
Plan Book 129, Page 43 and being Parcel IV and Parcel V in the deed to Mark N.
Peters dated May 13, 1993, recorded with said Deeds in Book 8582, Page 294, and
also including the land with improvements shown as Parcel C, containing 0.76
acres, on said plan being described in the deed to Mark N. Peters and Jane H.
Peters recorded with said Deeds in Book 9055, Page 113, and further that the
deed of said land be accepted by the Tow!
n of Provincetown acting by and through its Water and Sewer Board under the
provisions of G.L. Chapter G.L. c.40, §39B, and that the Board of Selectmen and
the Water and Sewer Board are authorized to enter into all agreements and
execute any and
all instruments as may be necessary on behalf of the Town to effect said
purchase, and as funding therefor to borrow the sum of $1,110,500 pursuant to
General Laws Chapter 44B,
General Laws Chapter 44, Section 8(3), or any other general or special law for
said purchase, and to authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of
Selectmen to borrow said sum in anticipation that the debt service on $750,000
of said amount shall be paid from Community Preservation Fund revenues, and that
the debt service on $365,000 of said amount shall be paid from Water Enterprise
Fund Revenues, and further, that the Board of
Selectmen is authorized to convey a permanent conservation restriction meeting
the requirements of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 184, Sections 31-32, as
by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44B, Section 12, limiting the use of said
land to the purpose for which it is to be acquired; or take any other action
2:08 pm edt 

Re: Dancing Cop


Isn't it sad to see athletes stay "playing" beyond their ability? To hear
someone sing when their time is past?

At 82 years old, to have a man dancing in the street when he can have a heat
stroke (two people I know had heat stroke last summer--in thier late 30s')

The time in the sun has past for the dancing cop.
12:23 pm edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

Shouldn't Officer Thomas, and only Officer Thomas, be the one who
decides whether or not the "Dancing Cop" stays or goes or stays part-time?  He
knows his body and his legacy.  I think the man can make his own decisions.  Why
not just ask him? and then cough up the cash to cover the meager cost of his
12:21 pm edt 

Re: 28th Amendment

Really??? You cut and pasted a Tea party viral chain email and posted it here? I
guess you don't know where you live.
12:20 pm edt 

28th Amendment

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The people demanded it.  That was in 1971...before computers, before e-
mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the
land...all because of public pressure.

I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address
list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.  This is one idea
that really should be passed around.

 Congressional Reform Act of 2011

 1. Term Limits. 12 years only, one of the possible options below..

 A. Two Six-year Senate terms
 B. Six Two-year House terms
 C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2.  No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay
when they are out of office.

3.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately.  All
future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the lower
of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system
as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 10-1-11

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.  Congressmen made all these
contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen
legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

 If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most
people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message.  Maybe it is time..

 THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on.   If not, just delete
10:01 am edt 

Donald Thomas

I honestly think allot of us who know Donald, know he's a caring individual to
the point if he saw a bug on the street, he would move it out of harms way
before stepping on it. We also know what a good job he has done in the square,
no one can compete or argue against what he has conquered there. But I think we
all must take a deep breath and look beyond all that. He is 82 years old and
that type of dancing, etc, in the summer months he does in reality is not in his
best intrest at his age. Anyone who thinks differently, really is not
considering this man has a great potential for our worst nightmare. While he
still is in relatively good health, help him leave his legend behind and get him
into something more relaxing. This way we can all continue to enjoy Donald
friendship and stories about his days as the dancing cop. If not, then all of
you whom have done your best to get him re-hired, I just hope you are also there
when it's time to carrry him off of the street to his last destination.
9:56 am edt 

Re: Community Center

New Community Center. Old Community Center. Whatever the details it is
nice to see so many people concerned about the center and the children of the
community. People can be "wrong" without having the wrong intentions. It is too
common on this blog for folks to find the element that separates rather than the
one that binds. 
9:52 am edt 

$3,000,000.00 Home

The town should get a portion of this house sale. I'm a long time
homeowner-taxpayer. I have to scrimp and scrape to make it here-that is why we
are selling withing 10 years.

In the meantime we hope to keep costs low. Folks with the big bucks can demand
that we pave the streets etc. because they have the money to pay any tax town
hall may raise.

We other town workers must struggle in their shadow.
9:51 am edt 

Dancing Cop

I proudly served as a Provincetown Police Officer from 1970-98. These
were very hard times in the 70s and 80s. Officer Donald Thomas not only directed
traffic, but many times assisted me in the problems in the bars, and at traffic
accidents, disturbances and medical emergiecies
that happened in Lopes Square area.
    On many of his days off we would have two officers in Lopes Square doing
what he did alone.
Paul C Mendes
9:05 am edt 

Dancing Cop

Why on earth would Jaran want to keep the Dancing Cop? Anything attached with
the former reign is gone or is on the way out the door.

This may well explain why there has been such turnover amongst the rank and

Jaran has his own agenda. It's his way or the highway.

Don't forget to attend town meeting and vote for Article 22: Jaran's new police
station. If you can't attend, drop off a blank check at the police station.

9:04 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Schools

To whoever posted the following you obviously went to school here:

"The cost per child in PT schools is $21,131.25"

The actual cost for the Taxpayers of Provincetown is $53,000.00 per Provincetown
Please get your facts right, and use a calculator...
9:02 am edt 

Re: CPA Funding

Looks like we got a good thing going with the extra
dollars coming from our 3 % taxes. Remember if we did not have the CPA funds to
use, us tax payers would have to pay for all of those projects. And yes even the
funding for affordable housing!
8:58 am edt 

Tips for Tops'n

Does anyone know what's happening at Tips for Tops'n? I know it's for
sale but it was suppose to re-open today for breakfast and lunch.
8:56 am edt 

Borrowing Authorizations

What and where is the Peter's Property for $750,000.00?
8:55 am edt 

Friday, April 1, 2011

To: Too Bad it Isn't True

What are you doing on here then?  The blog gives more excitement to issues
than any of your leaders that's for sure. 

Only people with secrets to hide don't want issues discussed, even jokingly, for
fear of exposure.  Those in fear are the poo-pooers of this blog. 
1:37 pm edt 

Provincetown Schools

The cost per child in PT schools is $21,131.25

1:34 pm edt 

Re; MYPACC Eliminating Shout Out!

Last Publication Sunday April 3, 2011... APRIL FOOLS.  Too bad this isn't true. 
12:35 pm edt 

Dancng Cop

Instead of people claiming "elder abuse" has anyone actually asked
Officer Thomas if he would like to work again this summer and how much.  Then,
according to his answer, petition the town to get what he wants.  If the chief
can get a raise, this is a no brainer.  This man is the only officer I've seen
with a sense of how the traffic moves in this important intersection.  These
other seasonal goonies are clueless and stand around peoplewatching and
chatting, getting paid for same.  Find out if Donald wants the job and pay him. 
If the cost to fix the clock was an even $20,000.00 and nobody blinked at that,
for Christmas sake, give this guy his part-time stint.  He is well worth the
money.  Maybe a prominent developer or two who have made millions off the town
could sacrifice 1/2 of a summer day's unit rent money and donate it to cover the
cost for the season.  Or maybe a certain developer could starting paying a fee
for using a public parking lot for construction purposes and this money could go
to cover his salary.  What a nice gesture that would be. 

Never happen in this town.  So sad.   
12:34 pm edt 

CPA Fund Usage Information







FY 05

Local 3% Contribution



FY 06

Local 3% Contribution



FY 06

State Matching Funds



FY 06

Interest Income



FY 06

Falmouth Housing - Consulting



FY 07

Local 3% Contribution



FY 07

State Matching Funds



FY 07

Interest Income



FY 07

Debt Service on Borrowing



FY 07

Affordable Housing Summit



FY 08

Local 3% Contribution



FY 08

State Matching Funds



FY 08

Interest Income



FY 08

Debt Service on Borrowing



FY 08

Housing Office Support



FY 08

Archive storage in Library basement



FY 08

Town Hall clock restoration



FY 09

Local 3% Contribution



FY 09

State Matching Funds



FY 09

Interest Income



FY 09

Debt Service on Borrowing



FY 09

Housing Office Support



FY 09

Pilgrim Monument Grant



FY 10

Local 3% Contribution



FY 10

State Matching Funds



FY 10

Interest Income



FY 10

Library Façade Grant



FY 10

Suzanne's Garden Purchase



FY 10

Pilgrim Monument Grant



FY 10

Fine Arts Work Center Grant



FY 10

Administrative Expenses



FY 10

Housing Office Support



FY 10

Debt Service on Borrowing





Peter's Property Purchase




Town Hall Structural Repairs




Acqusition of 90 Shank Painter




Sandy Hill Lane




Seashore Point Affordable Housing Units




Seashore Point Affordable Housing Units


still open


Town Hall Restoration




Stable Path-Affordable Housing


If revised amt approved 04/11 ATM

83 Shank Painter Road-Affordable Housing


10:00 am edt 


No one whined about anything in Provincetown Today !!!...................

April Fools !!!!
9:57 am edt 

Dancing Cop Petition

Please sign the petition to reinstate Donald Thomas as a seasonal
traffic director at this address:

Please fell free to share this with anyone, anywhere.

Thank you.

9:56 am edt 

Re: Dancing Cop

You are going to make an elderly police officer dance in the soaring summer heat
in Provincetown? Ridiculous. He should be enjoying time with his grandchildren.

If he has a stroke dancing in the street as he directs traffic it will reflect
on the town, the police dept and town Government.

Everyone has their day in the sun; now it is time for our Beloved Dancing Cop to
enjoy the shade. Finally.
9:37 am edt 

Dancing Cop

Ms. Lynn,  Please reinstate the dancing cop. He's very good at what he
does.  He deserves the town's support.
9:19 am edt 

Dancing Cop

For those of you who are writing in about the elimination of this position,
think about it, this is the first step in the process of elimiation of getting
closer to the closing of Commercial Street to traffic.  The closing of
Commercial Street is not a dead issue, it has just been put on the back burner
for the present time. Why would we need the Dancing Cop if vehicular traffic
will eventually be prohibited on Commercial Street.  As a matter of fact, why
would we need any of the seasonal summer patrolmen at intersections at all. 
Crowd control is not an issue except for on certain occassions such as the
Portuguese Festival, Fourth of July and the Carnival Parade.  Look at the dollar
savings of those postions when they close Commercial Street.  Of Course, there
are those who will argue this logic by saying the Daning Cop causes more
congestion because people crowd around to watch him.  This is not so.  I have a
business downtown and use that intersection several times a day !
and have never seen a backup of pedestrian or vehicular traffic from people
focusing on the Dancing Cop. As a matter of fact, when he is not on duty I don't
really see much action from the summer patrolmen.
8:43 am edt 

Dancing Cop

Oh no. They want to eliminate the dancing cop's job?  He's the best of
them in traffic!

Put him back!
8:40 am edt 


Ooh, I see now how he's going to be in someone's pocket alright!  Thanks for the
heads up!!!
8:39 am edt 

Dancing Cop

What!!!  They terminated Donald the Dancing Cop???  Are you peole
sure?  He's the ONLY ONE that knows how to direct traffic, for God's sake!!!!
Put him back!  I'll be happy to represent him pro bono if they don't rehire him!
8:37 am edt 

Dancing Cop

Totally agree!  Jaran gets an increase to $120,000, but we can't keep
the dancing cop???

Reinstate him!!!!
8:35 am edt 

Dancing Cop

I wholeheartedly agree about the Dancing Cop.  He should've reinstated and ALSO
be asked to train those others that do traffic duty.  Maybe then we can get some
good traffic directing.
8:34 am edt 

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