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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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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sanaiko's Garden

Saniko's worked the system at Town Meeting. What he did was legal. I
voted against the article. But as we all know, voting blocks are they way to get
controversial overides passed. I still don't know exactly where that stupid
garden is. Love to put a webcam up and see how many people enjoy it. I doubt
10:57 am edt 

"Jonathan Sinaiko CPC money"

To respond to the blogger to ask how to get CPC funds to restore your 160 year
old home, don't ask Jonathan Sinaiko.
Why don't you ask the fellow who got money to restore his historic home by
allowing people to use it only a few days out of the year.
Since your home is old and probably historic I'm sure you can conjure up some
type of use for the good of the public using taxpayers money.
Several people are aleardy talking about how his place will not be available for
public use during the summer months when the town is-a rockin' and-a rollin'. 
The owner will be using it during the summertime himself.
Talk about a snowjob!
6:23 am edt 

Sanaiko's Garden

$250,000.00 for a beautiful open park was a great deal for the town. I
bet if you were around when the park where the Boatslip is today was offered to
the town for $1.00 you probably voted no with the other idiots on that!
6:21 am edt 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Re: Jonathan Sinaiko

The open space committee would welcome any Provincetown land that you
might have for sale. However land bank funds only go so far. But if the price is
right, please contact any committee member or attend their next meeting, this
Wednesday 4:00PM at town hall.
10:22 pm edt 

Re: Jonathan Sinaiko

If you want CPA funds to remodel your historic home, and/or CPA funds
for your garden. All you have to do is fill out an application available from
town hall and bring it to the next CPC meeting and plead your case. Please be
aware that to receive these funds, a deed restriction and public access will be
required. The CPC will then vote on whether they will bring your application to
the spring town meeting. If a majority of town meeting voters approve it, you
will receive the funds when all of the legals are in place. If you need further
information on CPA funds please contact the Community Preservation Committee.
10:18 pm edt 

US Economy

The new picture of our economy is far weaker than most analysts had
expected suddenly made a second recession a more serious threat -- and the
threat will rise if Congress can't reach a deal to raise the government's debt

"The only question now is, how much weaker could things get?" says Nariman
Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight
9:03 pm edt 

Out of Control Police

Last night in front of Lewis Brothers Ice Cream the Provincetown Police wasted a
huge amount of time and money in an uncalled for arrest of a long time well know
and well regarded local for the heinous crime of failing to stop his bicycle by
the Provincetown officer directing traffic. He did not hear the instruction then
was stunned when the officer yelled at him. He was arrested for disorderly
conduct for failing to follow an officers instructions. He was handcuffed, taken
to jail, grilled to make sure wasn't suicidal and then eventually released and
has to appear in court Monday. The police cars were called in during the

While I respect the job our police have to do and pay a lot of taxes to make
sure it gets paid for if the police don't backtrack on this mistake ASAP they re
going to look ridculous.

Here are some facts
- the victim of this stupidity was not drunk or under other influences at the
time, he was on his way to meet a friend for ice cream after work
- he has worked at the same facility as the manager for over fifteen years.
- he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and most of you know him
- he is anincredibly hard working productive member of the community
- several people who witnessed the incident tried to intervene with the police
and questioned the ridiculousness of the charge and incident.
- this incident was witnessed by many long time locals all of whom are willing
to testify to the stupidity of the arrest.
- if the town pursues action against him his friends will make sure has the
legal resources to fight it.
- the officer claimed to be a long time local yet has never heard of a well
known wharf in the west end that is pertinent to this matter

- a stunned, irate and embarassed taxpayer
9:00 pm edt 

Weak Blogs

When can we get back to the main issue crushing this
town's future, the overdevelopment of Ptown in the rush of developers to build
multiple units that will do nothing but lay empty during what could be one of
the direst winters yet.  Lay empty even in summer.  Case proven, Bangs St. Ext.
now known as a driveway. 
8:57 pm edt 

Re: Jonathan Sinaiko

What will be Mr. Sinaiko's next rant?  Seems like the last one (Banner
letter) ended badly with egg all over his face.  But, at least he's got the
$250,000 in our tax dollars for his garden.

Speaking of that, does anyone know how I can get me some of the community
preservation or land bank money?  I have to do some remodeling on my 160 yr old
house and it seems like I should be able to get historic preservation $ to do
that.  And I'm tired of pulling weeds in my garden and would like to sell it to
the town so I can get the cash and then still have the garden.  Do I have to
name it after my mother first?
8:55 pm edt 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Guess What?

The U.S. economy stinks! That may not come as a surprise
but it's actually worse than the government first thought. While politicians in
Washington bungle this debt ceiling debate the economy is mired in slow growth.

The economy grew at a 1.3% annual rate in the second quarter, but what's worse
and more shocking is the Commerce Department revised first quarter growth to
just 0.4% from its previous estimate of 1.9%. The combined growth for the first
6 months is the weakest since the recession ended.

Provincetown might be doing just OK so far, and business is good for July and
August is one of the better months.   Lets all pray that the federal gov can fix
the mess they got us all into.   This should be a wake up call to our town

7:37 pm edt 

What Gives?

The pilgrim monument tower is closed to visitors.  After
repeated calls to the staff, they will not inform anyone on the reasons?  It has
been 3 days so far, and the only information they are given is that it will be
closed till Monday or Tuesday or later?  What gives?
7:35 pm edt 

Re: Jonathan Sinaiko

Last week I wrote: "Jonathan Sinaiko  I am not sure I agree with him on the fire
department, but you can always count
on him for thought leadership on a wide variety of issues. And he tends to
support his views with facts. And that's all too rare!"

Turns out I was wrong. He apparently intentionally misled us about the fire
department issues and did so without the courtesy of a phone call to those
people he recklessly criticized in public.
I mistook hot air for facts. My mistake.

7:33 pm edt 

Mayor of Provincetown

THEIR SELF INDULGENT EGOS,                                                                                         
7:31 pm edt 

Re: Dr. Silverman

Dr Silverman, I googled him and he
has a very good resume and is a bona
fide plastic surgeon who specializes in
men. I will stick to my surgeon for Botox
etc who specializes in women, but he is
certainly qualified to do these procedures
and licensed in the State.
Thanks for your concern of his qualifications
there are certainly enough quacks out there
but maybe next time do your research
first before posting.
7:26 pm edt 

Old Days

Back in the good ole days of Ptown, Dr. Perry and Dr. Heibert did the
majority of medical practicing, including giving shots, in the homes of
townspeople.  And no one had a problem with it then.  What goes on behind closed
doors between Dr. and patient is no one's business but their own.  If you are
dumb enough to get any type of injection, botox or otherwise, from someone you
don't know is certified or licensed, well, that's just a fools game and on that
person accepting and paying for the shot. 
7:23 pm edt 

Re: Dr. Silverman

Dr. Silverman has a greater Boston plastic surgery practice and is
affiliated with St. Elizabeth Hospital. The town, unlike you, isn't in
everyone's business.
5:32 am edt 

Take Back The Tap!

Can anyone tell me how a California based company comes to Provincetown and
sells public tap water in cheap plastic bottles and gets away with it under the
disguise of "recycling". I just watched a PTV interview with the owner of True
2o from California wanting to play in the Provincetown sandbox for a season. I
think this will be a one season show and they'll disappear into the sunset and
no one will hear from them again. Especially once people realize how ridiculous
paying for public tap water is. I say Take Back The Tap!

5:26 am edt 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Richard Silverman MD

Does anyone know if this Dr has a license to practice in Provincetown?  He is
doing Botox and cheek injections in people's homes and at Jonathans Williams
Salon.   He claims he is a DR out of Boston.   Can he really do this legally in
any home in Ptown?   Do our town officials have to license him?
11:19 pm edt 

Truth be Known

Maybe people don't vote or go to meetings because they realize it is a
waste of time in this town to try to change the machine.  Town rules and by-laws
are manipulated and abused so the chosen few get what they want anytime, all the
time.  These people, not Sharon or the Selectmen, control the town. They build
the modular monoliths and multiple unit developments that we don't need or want
only so their wallets can get fatter.  Votes, meetings, nothing but meaningless
facetime to shut up any outcries and make it look like it's all legal and by the
11:17 pm edt 

Not at PAAM!

Two great Provincetown art exhibits this weekend but neither at the
Bangs Street Wine Bar!

While PAAM shows off a colorists' simplistic attempt at graphics two great
exhibits on the art of Provincetown elsewhere.

New Britain Museum of American Art.
The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America's Oldest Continuous Art
July 15 - Oct. 16, 2011

Cape Cod Museum of Art
Perspectives on the Provincetown Art Colony
June 4 - August 7

11:12 pm edt 

Re: Blog Negativity

Re - "Many on this blog have no interest in changing negativity, they
thrive on negativity"

Why would this blog even exist if there were not different - informational
points of view ? 
9:29 am edt 

Which Half Are You

Half the town complains all the time about all their town hall, tourists and
townie troubles, while the other half complains about the 1st half all the time.
Both camps go at it with great vigor.

Those who complain on this blog about those who complain on this blog should get
a special Sarah Palin logic award?

That being said. It's the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager who don't complain
about anything. And that's because only around a hundred people attend town
meeting and on average just 800 vote and that makes selectmen very happy.

12:00 am edt 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

So Glad so Many Post Here

I really get to know what is happening from reading what people post here. I
don't see this in the Banner. Often it's too late or dated. But here, It's just
11:59 pm edt 

Thanks For the Bloggers

I appreciate the concern that so many people have for the town. They care and
thus they post.

They know Provincetown and they know what is not being done. How wonderful that
so many take the time to let us know what they see and what the problems are.

It's a good thing to see and to read. *t's a breath of resh air in a place that
to often clouds the real issues.
11:57 pm edt 

Re: Taking Responsibility

Great! Because irresponsible pet sitters/owners ruin it for the rest
of us who are are responsible picking up our dogs' poop and controlling thier
barking as not to disturb our neighbors.
11:56 pm edt 

Building Commissioner

Where is he?  Does he work a full week?  Every time I go to town hall, he is out
on a holiday or vacation.  I know most of us only work for 7 months, but this
guy seems like he is off more than he is there.   Any clue to his whereabouts?
11:54 pm edt 

Re: Taking Responsibility

Thank you for your comment on what I should have done about the local
woman with the pink hair, her dog and poop. I was on the phone when I saw
it but I know where her friend, if that's true, lives and I will let Ruth Ann know
the address. I appreciate your advice.
7:15 pm edt 

Re: Blog Negativity

I disagree.  Variety is the spice.  After all, isn't this a main
ingredient in this town's recipe?  If all the blog was glass-half-full pink
cupcakes and puppy kisses, how boring that would be.  Many issues posted deal
with the reality of this town.  Seasonals, and sorry to you, can't appreciate
this.  Only those who tough it out in winter when the wind howls are entitled. 
Those who prance from teadance are, sorry again, not taken seriously.  This blog
has had effects on issues, positive and negative.  Venting is a therapy that
doesn't charge megabucks for a prescription.  And you can drink booze with it. 
So go for a swim in a closed beach and leave the blog alone. I for one, give
thanks to the therapy of this vent.  Don't think for a moment that town
officials don't read this blog.  They check it before they move in the morning
(literally) and then again before they lay down at night (again, literally).   
6:18 pm edt 


Stop complaining about all the negativity on this blog! Don't you have
anything better to do than to complain about all the complaining???
6:08 pm edt 

Re: Harvey Dodd

Yes, that blog about Harvey was truly touching. It was nice to see
someone write so lovingly about a great artist like Harvey.
2:45 pm edt 

Re: Taking Responsibility

You should have taken a picture of the local woman with the pink hair,
her dog and poop. Then sent it to the police. They do ticket with evidence.
Recently, I took a picture of a guy walking his dogs off leash in a non off
leash area. He received two fines: one for each dog.

Video the barking dog. Sent it to the ACO. Don't give us this crap that the
owner is above being confronted by the ACO. It's stupid and incorrect.
2:44 pm edt 

Re: Taking Responsibility

So after you asked the pink stripe woman about the poop, what else did
you do? Telling people on here will not do anything! Did you report her to the
dog control officer???
2:42 pm edt 

Blog Negativity

"You may choose to focus on the pretty butterflies and
singing birds instead, but don't condemn those who want to change that
negativity rather than ignore it."

Many on this blog have no interest in changing negativity, they thrive on
negativity.  If they lived in Eden they would complain there were too many
purple flowers.  Some people will never be happy and this blog is their forum.
9:58 am edt 

It's Awful!!

There is a bright glow in the  sky and a gentle breeze. This is just
unacceptable. It's a beautiful day and I can't find anything to complain about I
think I'll have shout out withdrawal.  All the kids in Provincetown have to do
is play. No one robbed a liquor store  on the northern part of town. It must be
a conspiracy or something. Take a chill pill folks stop looking at the town as a
glass half empty.
9:56 am edt 

Aqua Bar vs. Department of Environmental Services

I called the Department of Environmental Services and they said that
Aqua Bar's owners have not responded to their inquiries. In fact the certified
mail was returned refused. I would think DES is going to take more of a severe
action now.
9:55 am edt 

Delusional People

The person writing here every day about their neighbor's barking dog represents
what is wrong with people's approach to problems. Rather than call the dog
officer or talk to their neighbor, they come to this blog and rant as though the
blog is magically going to correct problems.

Isn't it the same with people who blog here about the road or the sidewalks etc?
They could go to the selectmen's meeting and give a powerful, detailed account
of the roads and sidewalks pin point the worst areas but instead they rant on
here as though that is going to cause the selectmen to act.

People rant here as though the blog is going to create a solution when it takes
letters and public statements to do so.
That is why no one shows up at selectmen's meetings to express themselves.

9:52 am edt 

Call the Police? For the Barking dog?

Do you know who is running this town? Do you know who can get a dog to stop
barking and who can't? What would Sharon do? Sit down and have tea. The dogs
would bark at her feet. How naive! Call Who?
9:51 am edt 

Stop Blowing in the Wind

For those on this blog that bother to post complaints:

in the time it takes to post on this blog you could be submitting your complaint
directly to the town by cutting and pasting it into this mechanism for
complaints and concerns:

use it!
9:49 am edt 

Re: Harvey Dodd to DR

What a lovely tribute to Harvey Dodd....Thank you, beautifully put. May he rest
in peace...
9:47 am edt 

Re: Ridiculous

I agree with the blogger who commented on what he referred to as the "happy
talk" people.

If all you encounter in life is sunshine and happiness, flowers and walks on the
beach, well, good for you. But please, don't criticize people whose reality
isn't as perfect (or perhaps chemically altered) as yours. Some of us have
legitimate issues, be they local or global. There is plenty of negativity and
heartache in the world. You may choose to focus on the pretty butterflies and
singing birds instead, but don't condemn those who want to change that
negativity rather than ignore it.

Maybe you should stop visiting this blog if it doesn't fit in with your happy
9:46 am edt 

Taking Responsibility

While in the area where the army/navy store which is owned by the
Patricks, a young lady with a pink streak in her hair was walking a dog. The dog
pooped and she left it. I said are you going to leave that there and she replied
that it was her friend's dog and that is how they do it. I couldn't believe it
and I think she is a local because I have seen her before.

9:44 am edt 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Re: West End Neighbor

Ever think of calling the dog patrol officer? Someone that each of us that lives
here year round pays for?

No, of course not. It's easier to just complain....

If you want results, take action. If you want to just complain, you've
accomplished your mission and bored us all.

7:19 pm edt 

Re: West End Neighbor

What makes you think that we want to hear about your problem with a
barking dog?  Call the police and make a complaint! Blogging on here day after
day about the same issue does nothing!
5:59 pm edt 

If You Have a Dog, You Have a Responsibility

Little dogs or big dogs. When they become a nuisance, an annoyance for those who
live near them, something should be done. Dogs can behave. Or at least, have
their owners behave better!
5:15 pm edt 

Re: Ridiculous
Oh, boy, Another "Happy Talk" blogger

All some want are happy thoughts, happy smiles, happy images. But this is not
Provincetown. It is a wonderful place that has its problems and mismanagement.
Not everything is happiness here. This does not mean that living here is not
greeat--but that having a critical perspective helps. I'm glad for those who
help provide this viewpoint.
5:13 pm edt 

Re: Ridiculous
Thanks for making my day.  We need to be reminded that just a few angry people
come here daily to vent and express just how unhappy they are living their
lives.  Go out on the street and smile at the beauty, the joy and the merriment
that brings so many people here to vacation.  Yes the streets are crowded at
times and the traffic does not always move smoothly, but take note of all the
people you see enjoying them selves.  Give it a try.  It certainly more fun than
complaining about every small issue you can think of.  Enjoy this beautiful day!
4:39 pm edt 

NSTAR and the Boatslip

See that there is a power issue around the boatslip today and lots of
NSTAR trucks around.   Something about a power surge in that area?
Who is going to blame the bears for overloading the circuits?  Oh wait, there
are mommies & mommies and daddies and daddies around town.  Maybe with all the
electronics that the babies have, they caused it.   I will wait and see who on
here has other ideas as to whats up with NSTAR and the boatslip.
12:34 pm edt 

Re: West End Neighbor

Who is this mystery woman who purports to be
the "Mayor of Provincetown"????
12:32 pm edt 


For over 20 years Harvey would call my
Mother religiously on Kentucky Derby Day.
After she passed away he continued
to call me on Derby Day. It was tradition.
He truly is a Provincetown tradition who
will be missed. 
12:31 pm edt 

Skate Jam!!

Skate Jam--Wednesday--July 27--5 p.m.-8 p.m.--Provincetown Skate Park

Fun time gathering--all ages--all levels.
10:01 am edt 

Harvey Dodd = Remembrance of Things Past

This I know. Many years ago when a dear friend of mine, an artist, was
down on their luck and short on cash; Harvey Dodd gave this friend an 
American Express card (which he personally guranteed) to permit this friend
to travel to setup shop out of state.

Harvey never made mention of this act of kindness. This single act personified
Harvey's character.

So long Harvey travel  light.
8:16 am edt 

Harvey Dodd

One night about 8 years ago I sat near the intersection of Johnson
Street and Commercial and talked with a tall man. He had the ruggedness of a
fisherman, the style of Carey Grant and the sensitivity of an artist, which he

Harvey was, at the end of it all, bliss to me. He had, inherently, grace that
cannot be faked. His work was sublime, whimsical and full of raging sensitivity.
His conversation was equally as engulfing--one sank into his voice and passion.
His ragged, sandpaper pipes wooed a listener, did so with an echo that
resonated. Moreover, all of this was enriched by eyes that snatched you into his
world of outrageous beauty. 

Over the years I encountered Harvey regularly. We'd carry on, chuckle a bit and
say fine goodbyes until the next unscheduled meeting.

Clearly I, and others who knew Harvey Dodd in such a way, will have to wait.
Wait for what, one does not know. I do know this: I can still hear him clearly
and see his brim of kindness overflow when I'm viewing his art, even though he
has passed this day, this empty day--now. In the end, it is no small thing to
leave a body of such pressingly relevant work.

Harvey, even how you rode your Harley was art! I strive to be as dedicated to a
life of artistic affirmation as you. The great grit of you has passed over the
flats and left us a little less rich than we were yesterday.

8:00 am edt 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Harvey Dodd

Word has it that  Harvey Dodd passed away in Boston at Brigham and Womens Hospital.
Harvey was one of the last of the old-timers. 

There are not many left. Where and who are the new crop of artist?

I wonder. 

10:47 pm edt 

A Miracle Happened!

One summer cop was directing traffic at Ryder Street. It didn't last long but I
did see it. More of this please. Wave us on!
10:37 pm edt 


How ridiculous to think that anyone can get this inside information about the
police and the Bears? People, it is 5 (FIVE) MONTHS until ***CHRISTMAS** It is 3
months until we set back our clocks. It is 5 months until New Year's Eve.

Folks, can we please enjoy the summer now? Enjoy the beach, the long days, the
bar-b-ques, the outdoor cafes, the whale watches, the viking princess scenic
tour, the charter to the point from Cabral's pier, the bay lady sunset cruise,
the sunsets at Herring Cove, The art openings, The naked boys singing, Miss.
Greenfield's shenanigans and a stroll down commercial Street with the wild and
wacky folks that we encounter.

Some of *YOU* are such grouches (don't you have any love in your life or any
happiness?) you are the people that you railed against when you were younger.
Lighten up, loosen up, embrace life instead of being full of resentment and
anger and conflict.

I read the blog for the latest information but some of you are relentless in the
pursuit of the rancor and you wrap yourself in bile and lash out at life instead
of embracing life and living every day.

Some of you have been lashing out for years. You only have one life and this is
your legacy: to lash out and be vindictive and rail against a way of life that
has been going on here for decades: tea Dance has been going on for 30 years!

I just feel sorry for you. As a gay man who came here in wonderment with
bedazzled eyes when a mere slip of youth, I still embrace all that I embraced
upon moving here and hold it dear to my heart and cleave it to my being still;
and I'm thankful that my life is here among true and trusted friends and it is
my hope that I breath my last breath upon these shores and that the spirit of
love and happiness that has accompanied and surrounded me upon this journey as I
struck out here on my own as youth follows me for all the rest of my days.

May Peace and Happiness come to all as I've experienced it here. May love and
happiness be your destiny as it has been mine. With true and utter happiness;
I'm a man who calls Provincetown his home because home is where the heart is and
this is truly my home; and I'm blessed in the knowledge of this. cheers, a man
among you in Provincetown.
10:36 pm edt 

Re: Cops vs. Bears
As was inferred the cops are afraid of the Tea Dance crowd, especially the large
and grizzly looking ones. They generally might look and act gentle, but let them
get a gut full of tea then put them out on the street in a crowd and anyone
would be intimidated.
6:43 pm edt 

To: "Boat Slip Crowd"

I am with you.  This is a stupid situation easily remedied, however, the powers
that control this town are part of the problem, probably part of the unruly
teadance crowd.  And it doesn't matter how noble the police force is, they are
not performing their duties.  Sorry, either close the street or protect
everyone, including cars.

5:27 pm edt 

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Nice to see the state and nation are so flush with money that they
flew the marijuana cultivation detection helicopter over Truro and Wellfleet
today. Your tax dollars at work.
4:24 pm edt 

Re: West End Neighbor

When you call Yourself the Mayor of Provincetown, You Don't Listen to
Others' Complaint

So the dog will bark and bark. Courtesy is limited to friends. The crown is on
her head and there's little empathy for neighbors. The dog is what counts!

4:21 pm edt 

Boat Slip Crowd...

There should be a paid detail ,paid by the boatslip,when
Tea dance ends at night. The situation is insane,with drunk
People acting as if they are intitled ones.
I live in town and yes I have to drive on commercial street after
10am. This is a town street owned by the citizens and not the
Boat slip or joes coffee.
I recently had to drive past joes and the boatslip,the intitled ones
Would not get out of the street,with a delivery truck on one side,
Trying not to hit people,We hit a side view mirror of a parked car.
We could not pull over or back up. The in titled ones then proceeded
To yell that we hit the mirror and where calling the police,if they had
Any brains they would have seen that we could not pull over on commercial
We parked on con ant street and walked back to inspect the car,
No damaged to the vehicle.
We now have to replace our side mirror because of the joes crowd
And the boatslip.
I just don't get what's up with this traffic situation,lopes square etc
And it seems to be a easy fix!
4:09 pm edt 

Last Year -This Year

Last year, we had a long, sunny gorgeous Spring. People were here in droves
early. We did much better last year than we are doing this year and I base it on
the weather.

If we had a spring and summer like last summer you would see your bank account
higher than it is now.

I can't get excited about the lemonade girl or sidewalks or the roads. (I'm
dealing with my hours being cut at work; psychotic people and entitled people
living in the neighborhood; and wondering how I'm going to get out of debt at my
age since I'm over 55 years old and don't want to sell my house).

Years ago, when I was visiting Tucson, a neighborhood had speed bumps installed
to keep cars going slowly.
I wish that we had some speed bumps on Bradford Street in the center of town so
i could easily turn left onto Bradford street from Alden Street.
2:08 pm edt 

Cops vs. Bears

Provincetown Police claim that the bears are the hardest group they have to deal
with. This may be why they do not interfere with any of the Tea Dance crowd.
2:05 pm edt 

Jammed Streets 1970-1980

When I moved here, the streets were jammed with people. We baby boomers were
here in droves. There would be a waiting line outside of restaurants and
restaurants were serving 300 people a night, there were lines the doors of all
of the bars.

Our streets are a trickle of what used to be; the baby boomers have aged and
there are many gay-friendly places. I remember when gay clubs were raided and
same sex couples couldn't slow dance together.

The world changes and you are complaining about the tea dance crowd? Be thankful
that people are here spending money, going to tea dance and getting and then
getting ready to go out to dinner.

12:40 pm edt 

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11:58 am edt 

Re: West End Neighbor

I wasn't the person that posted this issue, but I have tried to talk to our
neighbor about the constant barking of her dog and she took great offence.  I
have seen no effort on her part to improve the situation.  Unfortunately, our
neighbor feels that she is above the law and does not care that her
inconsiderate behavior impacts others. 
11:52 am edt 


I am disgusted with what is on this blog, cops have the hardest job,
and its the easiest to lose. i moved away but love coming back home, seeing this
blog makes me wonder why tho, the only issues should be valid ones. stop the  
11:50 am edt 

As Good as it Gets

Land's End Inn will get those rates each night because of what they
offer to their guests. It's as good as it gets. People are willing to spend for
11:47 am edt 

Do Something For Goodness Sake!

The town should definitely put out notices or warnings regarding
Commercial St. and the hazard of overcrowding at the let out of Teadance. 
Imagine if an innocent, unknowing visitor in a wheel chair got caught in this
mayhem.  He/she wouldn't stand a chance.  Like drinking a case of wine and being
spun on a rope swing. Only worse because you would be giggled at and fluffed at
with no responsible help.  There should be at least 5 cops posted here and down
the street until the crowd disburses.  For christ's sake, when will this town
wake up.   Why doesn't the town do something to handle this mess?  Why is this
one business allowed to overcrowd and take no responsibility for the mess on the
streets afterward.  Complain about the lemonade girl.  Are you kidding? 
Teadance mayhem and inept cops and moldy basements serving food and beverage
should not be happening.  Who is managing this town?  Again, resis monkeys would
have more of a grip on reality.  Maybe a developer should be called to help. 
At least they can control what goes on in this town.
11:44 am edt 

Re: First Things First

Thats just ludacrist to say "we need a competant police force" because the
sidewalks are in bad shape...  What does directing traffic have anything to do
with the sidewalks? Get real !
11:40 am edt 

Barking Dog

Does the small white barking dog live at the corner of Soper and Commercial?
11:39 am edt 


How about eliminating parking along Commercial Street and widening the
sidewalks?  There could be a few designated loading zones, but I don't see why
we need parking.

Of course, then we'd have to add more to our lots, but I've always been in favor
of buying Duarte's property and adding a level.
11:37 am edt 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

First Things First!

You can clean the streets but don't bother with the sidewalks.  They
are in such dangerous condition nobody can use them anyway.  Is this town
supposed to be handicap friendly?  Cause it isn't at all.  How on earth could a
wheelchair navigate on a sidewalk safely here?  It couldn't.  It would have to
use the road with pedestrians, bicycles and cars.  This is highly unacceptable. 
This needs immediate addressing.  Friends who came to town, one of whom uses a
wheelchair due to disability, were extremely limited in their activities. 
Visiting downtown was out completely.  No shopping, eating or visiting any
galleries could be done safely.  This is one reason we need a competent police
force to direct traffic.  One of many reasons that are being ignored over and
2:39 pm edt 

Re: "Barking Dogs and Girl Selling Lemonade are the Issues This Week?"

It is just a fact that anyone else selling bottled water and lemonade on the
streets of Provincetown, would be fined.    Do I really care?  No.   I do thing
rules should be followed by everyone, young, old, gay, straight or what ever you
happen to be.
2:35 pm edt 

Taking Back the High Ground

Agreed. We dole out hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy Sanaiko's
garden but, do nothing about making Rte 6 safer? That should be a top priority.
Hopefully, Town officals aren't just giving us lipservice: 'Selectmen push for
bike trail progress.' We need to take back Town Meeting and get things done for
the overall good of the community not just the interests of a few.
2:32 pm edt 

Are There No Real Problems?

Dogs barking and a girl selling lemonade are the issues this week?
Provincetown has no problems if, one was to take this site seriously.
11:13 am edt 

Re: Jonathan Sinaiko

This man has a knack of getting money from this town. Hundreds of thousands of
dollars for his garden, now he wants us to pay him to work on it. Why don't we
sell it back to him for what we stupidly purchased it for, and then he can pay
himself to work on his garden.
11:09 am edt 

Re: Lemonade Girl

"The lemonadgirl is now pushing ice cold water alongside her lemonade
as she pushed down her dirty old red wagon."

And this is your big issue?
10:25 am edt 

Wake Up P'Town

Now it's official; Same sex Marriages in
New York. Time to reinvent ourselves!
It's time to market "Honey Moons" .
Clean the streets and sidewalks and
be "Tourist Friendly"!
10:23 am edt 

Re: Dear West End Neighbor

We live in a small community. dogs that bark and bark are a problem. Time for 
the West End big Time Mama to stifle her dog. People need peace and silence. Not
this constantly barking dog. You may think you are the Mayor of Provincetown but
your dog is not more than a nuisance.
10:22 am edt 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Lemonade Girl

The lemonade girl is now pushing ice cold water alongside her lemonade as she
pushed down her dirty old red wagon.  How can she get away selling bottled water
in her wagon without a license?  Geez, the town prosecuted the cup cake man
after giving him a valid license.   Can't the town put a stop to this girls
illegal behavior.  What about the stores that sells bottled water?  They have to
get a license to open shop.  You cannot sell anything on the streets of
Provincetown, but she does it day in and day out.   Why?
7:27 pm edt 

Put Donald Back on the Beat

I'd like to see a real police officer at Lopes Square doing one thing: directing
traffic. This is nuts not to have anyone there working and helping pedestrians
cross and directing cars. This is just common sense. Put someone in blue there
and at Ryder.
6:12 pm edt 

Re: West End Neighbor

To the poster, have you tried to talk to your neighbor. Unless someone complains
to herabout her barking dog, maybe she assumes that it isn't bothering anyone
because she hasn't heard any complaints?

Why do you have to assume that because "she is a woman of power" ( in your
words) that she wouldn't stop her dog from barking if she knew it was a problem.

Be a good neighbor and go and speak to her about the dog barking before you call
the police or get an attorney.

East End Neighbor
6:11 pm edt 


Just a small shoutout to visitors and citizens.  Be very careful where
you take your valuable jewelry, especially gold to be sized, cleaned, repaired
as heavy, good pieces are being exchanged, lost, cut down by dishonest folk in
this town.  Certainly, not all jewellers are doing this. It is just a warning to
be careful.  The person will be caught one of these days, but so far      seems to
only be taking advantage of people who do not have a loud voice in this town. 
Perhaps the police will take note.
6:08 pm edt 

Re: Dear West End Neighbor

Gee, I don't like music blasting until 1pm everyday during the summer.
It keeps me up at night. Why don't we ban music? I don't like children screaming
on the beach during the day in back of my house. Let's ban children on the beach
and while we are at it how about banning those double wide carriages that clog
the sidewalks? I live in the west end and I have no problem with that dog that
barks from time to time. Provincetown is a noisy and congested Town, get over
6:05 pm edt 

Five From Provincetown Graduate From County Fire Academy

Read more: Five from Provincetown graduate from county Fire Academy - - Wicked
Local Provincetown

Congrats to the five graduates of the Provincetown Fire Department!

10:17 am edt 

Re: Commercial Street and Tea Dance Crowd, Pedestrians, et al

Umm, since I assume most bloggers are locals how about a simple solution; don't
drive on commercial street near Boatslip around 7 pm, generally avoid driving on
Commercial St in the summer unless you absolutely have to. Better yet, walk to
where you are going and get some exercise. There, wasn't that simple?

10:15 am edt 

Dear West End Neighbor

I am writing in this forum in hopes you will read this and take action before I
have to call the animal control officer. I know you are powerful women in this
town and you control muchof what happens but I promise I will utilize my right
to quiet under the pertinent town by law and will pursue any all legal means to
do so.

Your little white dog barks incessantly from early in the morning until sunset
each and every day. This is totally unacceptable and is a direct violation of
town by law related to barking dogs. I am at a loss to understand why you allow
this but that is irrelevant. Your neighbors talk about the situation because
everyone likes you and is afraid of your local and state political clout.

However I have reached the end of my patience and beyond. As I write this your
dog is yapping non stop. You need to do something immediately. Either train the
dog, supervise it, get a shock collar or keep the dog indoors. Your total lack
of consideration for you neighbors is appalling. Many others in the neighborhood
with dogs who bark too much have taken action with their dogs. You need to as
well, immediately.

If you fail to do so in the next few days I will begin calling the animal
control officer or the police after hours each and every time your dog barks for
an extended period. If she fails to take action because of your financial and
political clout I will retain an attorney to force the town to act. I am sorry
to take this route but it is my understanding that people have spoken to you
about this and you have ignored their requests to do something.


Your neighbor
10:13 am edt 

Sinaiko = Suzanne's Garden

The greatest rip-off of Provincetown in history.  How can you take anyone
seriously who thinks it was OK to grab that money from the town?  And I hear he
now wants money for his work to keep up the property.
10:11 am edt 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Re: Jonathan Sinaiko

"I am not sure I agree with him on the fire department, but you can
always count on him for thought leadership on a wide variety of issues."

I'll disagree with you on that one.  Having heard him speak up at town meetings
it appears he's someone who has an over-inflated position of himself and likes
to hear himself talk.
2:28 pm edt 

RE; Jonathan Sinaiko

He seems to always be an extremist, always going for the ultimate end result
which in his mind always has dreadful results. But I will say on this one, he's
right. If the town wants to save literally millions of dollars in an already
strapped situation it's in, the town should pay for these people to be on the
fire department. Reimburse them after they pass the test. It keeps new recruits
interested in being a firefighter. But keep in mind, along the same lines as the
schools in Provincetown, that the people making up the volunteer department are
kids that live and work in town. No kids, no new recruits and thus no part time
firedepartment. It's not a what if scenario, it's a when exactly scenario as in
when will the fire department be full time? Not far away and the best way to
keep it at bay for as log as possible is to pay for the part timers for as long
as the town can. What's the police budget? That's probably right around where
the fire department will be once it goes !
full time. Get ready.
2:26 pm edt 

Re: Re: Route 6

Fine, so the town owns the land abbutting Rt. 6. Is it a safe place to park cars
along that area considering the traffic is highspeed, (55 MPH), is a drop off
and pull out for beachgoers and a major intersection for people pulling off of
and on to Rt. 6? If they want to park to go to the beach, park on Snail Road and
walk across the highway. Don't put everyone else in harms way just because you
want to go to the beach. Put yourself in harms way and see how it feels.
2:24 pm edt 

Get Your Facts Correct!

I just called Land's End Inn.  They are not booked through September .  I could
get a room for 4 nights next week, that is if I wanted to spend $500 a night.  
GET REAL, and $500 a night, I will sleep with even someone I don't like.
1:04 pm edt 


I wonder if the member of the BOS, or the town manager, or the police chief have
had much opportunity to walk on Conwell Street, or Shank Painter or parts of
Bradford Street.  If they have then they must realize the danger that
pedestrians are in in those locations and it is negligent and unconsionable that
nothing is done to correct this situation.  At the same time, I hear that the
"authorities" are intent on getting a new police station at the cost of millions
when people are suffering financially.  Now my question is--what is more
important for public safety, a new police station or making sure that no one is
killed by correcting this known danger. It seems that in this town the comfort
of the authorities seem to take priority.
1:03 pm edt 

Aqua Bar

Add this to the list of complaints about Aqua Bar: They blast music at
top volume making it impossible to enjoy the relaxing view or the cooling ocean
breeze. And more than once I've seen parents ushering their kids off the deck so
they wouldn't have to hear the explicit lyrics in the loud hip-hop and club
music. Very inappropriate. I'm sure someone will argue that this is an adult
town. Tell that to the food vendors in the Aquarium when families take their
dollars elsewhere.
12:58 pm edt 

Jonathan Sinaiko

I am not sure I agree with him on the fire department, but you can always count
on him for thought leadership on a wide variety of issues. And he tends to
support his views with facts. And that's all too rare!

Now if he would be kinder and gentler with those he disagrees with :)

I wish he, or others like him who give a damn, would run for Selectman.
12:57 pm edt 

Re: Directing Traffic

Don't forget, when you are quoting the Mass. Driver's Manuel, to
include the Mass Gen Laws too regarding the illegality in Massachusetts of
JAYWALKING and the local twist to this law allowing jaywalking only not DIAGONAL
jaywalking which happens all the time.  Just think, at $1.00 a violation, this
town could be raking it in.  It would, at the very least, pay for all the extra
summer police help needed to enforce this law and maybe then we could afford
12:55 pm edt 

Re: Directing Traffic

Crossing in a crosswalk?  Walking on a sidewalk?  What are those?
10:11 am edt 

Re: Directing Traffic

Copied and pasted from the online version  Massachuett's Driver's
Manual, Chapter 4,  available for download at http://www.mass dot gov/rmv/dmanual.

You must always yield to pedestrians who are in a roadway. Also note these rules
concerning pedestrians:
    If you are stopped at a traffic light that turns green, you must yield to
pedestrians already in the crosswalk.
    When turning, look for pedestrians. Pedestrians have the right-of-way if
using a sidewalk or crossing a driveway or an alley.
    Always yield to visually impaired (blind) people crossing a street. You must
remain stopped until the person has safely crossed. Do not honk or wave the
person on. Never pass another vehicle which is stopped. Blind pedestrians may
use a white cane or a guide dog. The White Cane Law states that a driver must
come to a complete stop when a blind pedestrian is crossing a street."
9:29 am edt 

Banner Article by Jonathan Sinaiko

Re: As Mr. Sinaiko puts it, God help us all if we end up with a
fulltime department and a major fire breaks out.

Mr. Sinaiko needs to get all the facts before he spouts off.  Call up the town
accountant and ask, it's what I did.  I asked him why he wouldn't pay the money
to the firefighters.  What he told me was that at town meeting each year the
voters approve a compensation plan that has the salary ranges for all staff
positions and includes annual stipends for reimbursement of expenses for the
fire department.  The money the fire department requested is not listed on this
plan so he can't pay it out.  According to him it's not his decision to make.  I
looked up this plan on the town website, it is article 9 and I didn't find it

He also mentioned something about A and B areas but I didn't write it down so I
can't explain it.

He said he couldn't apply different rules to different departments.  The value
in savings to the town from a volunteer department can't influence him in
deciding if he should or should not follow the rules set by the town voters. 
Only the voters at town meeting can authorize how compensation money is spent.
9:05 am edt 

Re: Directing Traffic

To:  "What an attitude: Since I'm now on the road I'm entitled to have
it all to myself,"Places everyone I'm now driving on the road." Sheesh, get over

you self important treasure of  your own ego."

It never ceases to amaze the lack of common sense exhibited by certain repeat
bloggers and the efforts at wit that fail.  The silliness of your reasoning is
in the blog.  If a car is on an open to vehicle traffic Commercial St., your
police force and your citizens had bestowed on this same car certain rights in
order for it to navigate safely.  Speed, direction, room, etc. included in these
rights.  If by "places everyone" you mean people should get out of it's way,
absolutely. To not get out of the way of a moving car coming up behind you or
coming towards you is just idiocy.  Everyone knows people are all over the road
going every direction.  Crossing in front of cars, passing cars on the right and
left.  The street is for cars and people use it because the sidewalks are in
such bad shape and clog.  Again, the street is for cars, the sidewalk is for
people. If people chose to walk in the street, they give right of way to the
car.  Sorry.  So move over and get out of the way next time you are walking
and texting oblivious to the car inching it's way behind you waiting for you to
wake up. 
9:03 am edt 

Walking on Sidewalks

If you think one can walk on our sidewalks you have lived here too long are
working off fond memories

Sidewalks are no longer passable. They are in poor repair and generally too

No one uses them for a reason. 

8:06 am edt 

Directing Traffic

You don't need a cop directing traffic; we have stop signs and pedestrians and
people turning to go the parking lot and sometimes they get backed up--what is
the cop going to do tell the traffic not to back up that wants to go into the
municipal parking lot?

I give myself plenty of time if I have errands to run and if I have to go our
brick buildings (the bank and the post office : )

It isn't February; it is the summer with hoards of people here to spend
money--so relax and put yourself in "summer mode".

When you can't change a situation you change your attitude--this isn't your
street or your sidewalk--it belongs to everyone.

What an attitude: Since I'm now on the road I'm entitled to have it all to
myself,"Places everyone I'm now driving on the road." Sheesh, get over yourself
you self important treasure of  your own ego.
7:52 am edt 

Re: Route 6

The Town owns and maintains Rte 6 effective Jan 2010. That was the
deal Bergman struck with the State for the Town wide septic.
7:50 am edt 

Banner Article by Jonathan Sinaiko

Nice article and very well addressed.  What else is going on that we taxpayers
don't know about.  Perhaps it is time for us to ask to see all expenditures
budget by budget and line item by line item to see where the money is being

A fulltime fire department could be very costly to us taxpayers and not as
effective as the volunteer department that we now have. As Mr. Sinaiko puts it,
God help us all if we end up with a fulltime department and a major fire breaks

Can anyone tell us how many calls they have responded to from January first to
present broken down for fire and rescue?

7:35 am edt 

To: The "Truth" Guest House Owner and His/Her Violin...

Perhaps you need to take a look at your guesthouse, particularly the product
you're offering. I know several guest houses that are booked solid and up this
year. Land's End Inn is booked through September even requiring minimum stays.
People are traveling, the economy is recovering, and people are spending money
they are just doing so more wisely.

Gone are the days that people are willing to spend top dollar for cheap linens,
old furniture and bed bugs. It's time to spiff up your place and cater to the
savvy traveler.

7:33 am edt 

Aqua Bar

You may love Aqua Bar but they do litter the beach. They serve later
than their license allows at night and do whatever they want. They also do not
adhere to Chapter 91 waterfront rules and they build whatever they want without
review or oversight from DES in a wetlands zone. All this right under the nose
of Provincetown's notorious building department. The Department of Environmental
Services is investigation them for a number of violations surrounding Chapter 91
compliance. Love the Aqua setting. Hate the owners and their disregard for
Ptown's and state laws.
7:29 am edt 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tea Dance Slaughter

This issue has become very confusing. The rumor mill has been running overtime.
Did the chauffeur of the limousene plow backwards into a croud of innocent bears
while Charlie Sheen was standing in the rear screaming obscenities at the crowd
or did a randy gang of tea drunk bears attack some terrified senior citizens
making their first run through town after tea dance. The police stood by and
made no effort to curb the situation? Please, what happened?
10:43 pm edt 

Front Page Story

To cure the problem of bicycle issues in the town, the selectmen turn to the
Nat. Seashore for their input on the bike path????? How about DEMAND the cops go
out and ticket every idiot that parks on the highway to get to the beach at
Snail Road thus removing what is probably the worst situation for another person
to get hit. The road signs clearly say NO PARKING ON STATE HIGHWAY but people
continue to do it and the cops turn their heads. I'm sure the police dept.
answer is that it's state property so state police are only able to give a
ticket but tell me why I'm getting tickets for speeding on the state highway by
Ptown police? That whole scene is a nightmare waiting to happen and the police
do nothing. Uphold the law and maybe nobody will get hurt in the future. Why
does it always take a tragedy to make people wake up to problems that everyone
sees yet nobody acts on??
10:41 pm edt 

The Streets are Chaotic

Where is the Dancing Cop? Please, please come back. You were worth ten summer
cops who stand together in groups of three and only talk to each other.

I would love to have just one Donald the Dancing Cop over these impostors of
traffic police. Sorry, but they are a joke. And it is not funny. It is tragic.
10:39 pm edt 

Would Want Police Directing Traffic

Is this so hard? Is this really an unreasonable request? We have 30,000 people
here and not one police officer directing traffic. This makes no sense. Why have
the police? It is not as if they are daily involved in crime?

Get on the street. Get your blue a---on Ryder and Commercial and direct traffic.

Take away those sippy cups from the summer cops and make them learn how to put
their hands in the air. Get serious and get to work. We need you on the street.
10:38 pm edt 

Copy of Email Sent to PTV
I think your techs need better training. During the Board of Selectmen's
meetings, one can usually hear the program. But during most other meetings,
audio is very poor. Now as I write 8:43PM 7/21/11, a rebroadcast of Historic
Distric Commission Meeting is being aired.- No Audio At All.
Why Bother?
10:36 pm edt 

Police Ineptness....Tea Dance

If they are thinking about repaving Commercial St. in the west end
anytime soon, they had better get approval from the Teadance crowd.  When the
bell rings at 7:00 pm., they own this street, backed by police clearly out of
their element and over their heads and fools on this blog.  Money would be
better spent at a cheap carnival than on the "retail" in this town. At least you
might bring home a hairy bear that you can hug on a cold night in winter.  In
Ptown, not Key West or San Miguel.
10:33 pm edt 


The Rolls Royce entered the parking lot at Eastwood of Provincetown. The groom
thought to himself,"cool, someone else is getting Married"--and then they saw
the guy from the front desk who is going to photograph them sitting in the front
seat. The bride started to cry and soon other people who came out to see the
commotion started to cry.

The happy couple left Eastwood and since they had time, they circled through the
center of town and then arrived at the pier and waiting for them by the boat was
the Harbor Master, Candy from the Chamber of Commerce, The Town Crier, The
photographer from the banner among others and the bridal couple were

The couple boarded the Viking Princess and set out to sea and were married past
the point. They then went to Pepe's and were royally treated and afterwards,
upon returning to Eastwood, they saw that their sliding glass doors were
decorated and once inside found a bottle of wine and a Wedding Cake which were
gifts from other guests.

It was their special day. The bride had her dress made with slits so she could
wear it and ride her bike to the wharf--never dreaming that instead she would
sit in the back seat of a 1988 Rolls Royce Convertible and be chauffeured to the
pier on her wedding day.

It is the people who make up a town and there are folks who live here and come
here who deserve a salute. It was a wedding only Provincetown could Provide
through its generous spirit of kindness extended towards a loving couple on
their wedding day. town and there are folks who live here and come here who
deserve a salute
10:30 pm edt 


Hi Clarance, the couple that you saw with me was the couple who had gotten married today. They were expecting to go by bike to the pier--but instead they were chauffeured in a Rolls Royce. I read the story and your comment after I returned home. If I knew that you knew about this story--I would have introduced you!!! Nice to see you, Michael
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Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 6:23 PM
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Halle and I and her mother decorated the Rolls at 9am..I left at 10am and they had to pack to be out by 11am. Halle came by in the Rolls and honked just as I was leaving the garden with flowers. Halle was wearing a chauffeur's cap : ). When we arrived at Eastwood the bethrothed couple were infront of the office just sitting down. Later the groom said that when he saw the Rolls he said,"cool, someone else is getting married--and then he saw me and realized that it was for them. The bride saw the car and me and started to cry!! Then other people were wiping away tears.
Since we had time, Halle drove us through town with people clapping and waving and taking photos etc. we circled back again and arrived at the pier--and the town crier, the Harbor Master, Candy from the Chamber of Commerce, and a photographer from the Provincetown Banner were there to greet us and the bride and groom were overwhelmed!
We boarded the Viking Princess and set out to sea. When we got past the point the Captain married the couple. We then sat and had champagne and the strawberries and cheese and crackers that I had brought! We had a lovely hour.
Upon our return people who were waiting to board the boat congratulated the couple while I went to get the car. I picked them up and our stuff and parked by my house and I called Pepe's restaurant to say that we were on our way. They had a table for us right by the water. We had a lovely lunch and more champagne.
When I took them back to Eastwood...they were caught unawares again as the sliding doors to their unit were decorated. Once inside, their neighbors, who had decorated their unit--had also put a bottle of wine in the room--and these folks too had never met.
Then I the bride went to sit down and I asked if she had any orange juice...she opened the fridge and there was their cake with their names on it and the tears started again. They too had never met Gina who had the cake made for them.
It was a lovely emotional day full of happiness and enchantment. They were expecting to ride their bikes to the pier and the bride's gown had slits so she could wear it and ride a bike. They came here expecting to elope and have a no frills wedding--and instead it was a day that they will never forget and that they said their relatives would and friends would never believe!!
paintings by Michael Rogovsky at his website

9:07 pm edt 


Have you ever tried walking on the sidewalks that are on Commercial Street. 
From the Bradford spilt all the way to the provincetown Inn they were destroyed
when the sewers were put in and never fixed properly they are all uneven and a
danger to walkers.  The town made no effort whatso ever to hold the contractor
responsible for the mess and made no attmept to properly repave the sreets and
side walk after the fact. At least with the new phase the contractor is
responsible for recapping the roadway when it is complete (thanks to grants) If
we don't start addressing this issue soon it is going to discourage tourists and
send them shopping in Wellfleeet Brewster Chatham ect... I heard that there is
an effort under way to repave Commercial from Johnson to West Vine, does this
include sidewalk repair and what about the rest of the street frome Howland to
Johnson? (Bradford to Howland is supposed to be repaired when the sewer work is
completed next spring/fall.
2:20 pm edt 

Provincetown Art Exhibit in CT

For anyone in Connecticut or driving through this summer, there is a worthwhile
art exhibit in New Britain showcasing over 100 artists entitled:

The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America's Oldest Continuous Art
Colony (1899-2011)

Through Oct. 16, New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New
Britain, (860) 229-0257,
2:16 pm edt 

Police Ineptness at Tea Dance

How ridiculous.  Youv'e no doubt seen this crowd.  God help a person
in need of serious assistance on the street during Teadance dismissal.  They
don't stand a chance.  This is a safety hazard.  The crowd exhibits a sense of
entitlement that is unfounded.  The road, if open, is for vehicles and
pedestrians.  This crowd, because their silly little party gets out, does not
own the street.  Get over yourself.  Either close the road to vehicles at a
point where they can exit safely or back off.  You know not what you speak of. 
The fact this car was able to back up at 1 mile an hour 2 car lengths in wall to
wall people without hitting anyone proves good driving.  Especially when the
trunk was being pounded on and scratched by drama queens squealing for
8:50 am edt 

Provincetown at It's Best....the Kindness of Strangers



You'll see the couple if you are on Commercial Street by 11:15 am. When the
young man and woman checked in at Eastwood at Provincetown on Saturday, it was
discovered that they were here to elope and we learned that they had chartered
the Viking Princess because the captain is a justice of the peace and is going
to marry them in the harbor.

It was just going to be the Captain and the betrothed couple and the camera on a
tripod! We said no. One of us volunteered to go on the boat and photograph and
film the wedding.

When other folks at Eastwood heard about this, one couple volunteered to
decorate the unit as a surprise when the married couple returned. Another
wonderful guest decided to order a little wedding cake to have in their unit
upon their return.

When we learned that the betrothed couple was going to hitch up their wedding
finery and hop on bikes to go to the pier, we again said no and announced that
we'd pick them up in a car. (actually a mini van : )

However, on the way to measuring a sign for the mini van yesterday, a woman was
parking her mother's Rolls Royce in Duarte's parking lot and she was approached,
told the story of the betrothed couple and was asked if she would chauffeur the
betrothed couple to the pier since the Rolls was so grand and the mini van was
so plain Jane. The young woman said, "of course" and called her mother, since it
is her car, and today the Rolls is being decorated and the couple will be at the
pier by 11:30am.

Plus there is more: When we went to speak to the captain about bringing snacks
etc on board during the charter, Candy from the Chamber of commerce was walking
by and said hello. We told her the story and she went and bought flowers made
from "Sea Shells in Bloom" at the pier and told us to give them to the bride for
her bouquet to keep as a memento of her wedding day. 

Lots of folks FROM VISITORS TO LOCALS opened their hearts and are lending a hand
to make this simple elopement something festive and unforgettable. I thought
that we could all enjoy this little story that is truly about the kindness of

I'll post an update after the wedding!

Webmaster Comment:  Congratulations Provincetown. Go meet the bride and groom at the pier to wish them well!
8:47 am edt 

Aqua Bar

Love the Aqua Bar in the mall but they need to clean up all the trash
every night that falls off the deck and onto the beach.
8:31 am edt 

Chapter 91

Has anyone heard any updates on the D.E.S./Chptr.91 investigation into
the Aqua Bar / Aquarium for their construction last year?
8:30 am edt 

This Web Site

It is very very one sides and rude and gross. 
8:27 am edt 

"Concerned Citizen"

The "concerned citizen" you speak of are the ones that scare me around
8:26 am edt 


There should be a warning on this website.....CAUSES ANNOYING
8:24 am edt 

Re: Police Bike Patrols

If you want to know where the police bike patrol are, you can call 508
487-1212 and find out, right from the police!
8:23 am edt 

Re: Beach Closings

Beach closings are posted at the town landing were the beach is.
8:22 am edt 

Police Ineptness

As if thousands of people could all, only walk on our tiny sidewalks
at the same time! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! People have to walk in the street, our
sidewalks were not made for the crowds of todays Provincetown. And even if a
police man tells you to back up, if YOU hit someone backing up, YOU are liable ,
NOT the police! Where did you learn to drive.
8:19 am edt 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What Insult?

Why are people writing in to defend the Bears? I didn't see anyone on
this blog insulting them. I saw comments criticizing galleries for choosing to
show art based on commercial viability rather than aesthetics.
10:08 pm edt 

Does the Board of Health Post on the Town Websites Beach Closings?

Does anyone know which beaches have been closed this week? do the tourists know?
And why are they closed? anything to do with the pouring of water into the bay
this winter/spring?

Does anyone know how many times beaches were closed alst summer?  thanks for the
9:55 pm edt 


Again I ask, where are the night bike patrols we had for the past 10 years.  It
cost the town no extra money to have them..  They were part of the shift..  That
is alot more practical than the motorcycle which can get nowhere fast and can
only be used during daylight hours...
9:52 pm edt 

Re: Negative Energy

Didn't know the blogmaster changed blogs.  The point of
"Negitive" energy was to highlight the misspelling of the word and thus the
intelligence behind the blog
9:50 pm edt 

Lack of Leadership

Please the School Committee never had any seminal ideas to keep the
high school going. Please they fought tooth and nail not to have it close? What
were they doing to prevent it? Outspoken proponents of keeping the school open
with no ideas is hardly leadership....
9:28 pm edt 

Police Ineptness

Under NO circumstances should any roads be blocked off for any reason.. 
Commercial Street is a public way and sidewalks are for people.  Perhaps they
should try using them..  Have you ever driven on Commercial st filled with
people and the sidewalks empty?  That is most days...  People belong on
sidewalks not in the street....

9:23 pm edt 

Re: "Negative Energy"
Says it all   50 drivers and 100 passengers, who cares, no one got hurt and the
official report is filed

Gone for a swim in a clozed beach lately?  Not for nothing but I did,
unknowingly, and the blister on my finger is now a twin.  Sweet.  Just waiting
for the triplet.  Disgusting. 
9:14 pm edt 

Negative Energy

This is the stupidest web site I have ever about a bunch
of negitive energy.....
8:52 pm edt 

Re: Police Ineptness @Tea Dance

Must have been a hillbilly Cadillac. Already there's been three bloggers who
claimed to be driving and nine passengers.
8:51 pm edt 

Bear Week

As a gay man, I am not sure I completely understand the Bear identity thing. But
who cares, if they are going to do a huge group huddle better in Ptown than
anyplace else.

And I'd take the Bears over the TweakWeek or BabyDykes anytime. If fact, the
bears are generally a nice bunch of guys.

So a big THANK YOU to gallery owners and other business who work to make them
feel welcome.
8:50 pm edt 

More on Police

Generally we have a good police department who balances law enforcement with
Provincetown's unique almost anything goes sensibility. A few too many speed
traps were they matter not, but pretty good overall.

However this year the summer traffic efforts have been a huge disappointment and
in many ways reflect poorly on the Chief and the BoS. It's time Provincetown
Officials step up and take immediate corrective action.

Honestly, I think the dancing cop thing was a big distraction and  the whole
seasonal officer training and hiring process ran off the rails. I know I will
get flamed for saying that but so be it. Yet it's true our Chief of Police can
only do so many things at once and firing a beloved public servant and
hiring-training competent replacements was one mark too far.
8:48 pm edt 

Kerry Adams

"What was he doing all those years when we saw a
diminishing enrollment each year? Nothing."

He was          .  Really, additional            is the only thing that could have
saved the high school.  No kids = no school.
8:46 pm edt 

Police Ineptness

"This was, by far, a joy ride.  As a witness, and passenger, the
vehicle was completely in the right, no ifs ands or buts about it."

Of course you were 100% in the right and everyone else was wrong.  Sorry, you
sound like a      and won't get much sympathy for your hysterics here.
8:43 pm edt 

Town Board Appointments

Boards should not be allowed to appoint their own members. This inevitably
results in groupthink where boards become composed of only like minded members.
Additonally applicants then become beholden to existing board members who
appointed them and better express similar opinions to existing board members.

My understanding is that selectmen are responsible for board appointments and if
they don't appoint the the board appoints. This should not be allowed, the
selectmen must do their elected duty and insure that a diversity of skills and
opinions are engaged on each board. Oh and it sure would be nice to make sure
that board members who don't meet town law requirements for attendance are
dropped or moved to alternate seats.
8:42 pm edt 

Re: True 2 0 water

I tried True 2 0 water.  Has anyone else?  I signd up for this program
on the street with this guy.  $20 to sign up for the program.  They never told
me that when I went to pick up bottles at Provincetown stores they would charge
me to get the bottle.  I paid $21.00 so far and got a plastic bottle full of
average Provincetown tap water that I could have gotten from any tap in my own
bottle.  What a joke!  I will just stick with my bottles of Poland Springs and
recycle them.
8:40 pm edt 

Kerry Adams

How interesting that a blogger here chooses to now blame Kerry Adams
for the high school closing! One school committee member is able to single
handedly close a school? Fascinating! Had you done your "homework" in order to
get your "factoids" straight, you might even realize that the high school's
closing is an inevitable fact of life. There just aren't enough kids in P-town
(or Truro, or Wellfleet for that matter) to populate a high school at the very
tip of Cape Cod. Travelling all the way to P-town just makes no sense when there
is a viable and exceptional High School right in the middle of the lower Cape!
Am I wrong here?

I personally remember that Mr. Adams was quite vocal about his wish to see the
school remain open and advocated for his position right down to the bitter end.
Inevitably though, all of the School Committee members were forced to acquiesce
when the writing on the wall became so abundantly clear. You have but to ask any
one of them and they will all tell you what a difficult decision it was. I for
one watched many of their deliberations on PTV and Adams was always a proponent
of trying to hold the line for as long as possible!

There is absolutely no way that this can be his fault, or for that matter, any
of the other School Committee members! Your statement makes no sense whatsoever!
Back to High School you go  and sorry, but its Nauset for you!

Apple polisher
8:38 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Provincetown Art & Bears

Bear themed art has been part of Bear Week for 11 years, originally included to
honor the art tradition of Provincetown.  This year galleries have shown work of
a number of local artists and frequent Ptown visitors.  Any student of Art
History will not be surprised that artists use their friends and lovers/partners
for models.  What you saw on display last week is more exemplary of the artists
representing their community than an effort at commercialism (though I hope they
had some commercial success).  Throughout the year the same galleries send out
e-mails promotions of shows featuring images of partially clad young men,
usually smooth and muscular.  Gallery owners learned that these images don't
sell very well while the bears are in town (our homes are filled with other
Ptown art, landscapes, abstracts, etc... we don't limit collecting to bear
imagery).  I was encouraged that so many galleries gave space last week to a
more diverse and natural depiction of the male body, !
which, after all, is what is at the heart of the bear community.  It was also
gratifying that many local artists were given gallery space last week.

As for the growth of this theme week, the warm welcome from the town is largely
responsible for people planning longer stays and bringing friends from across
the world. Our event was organized in 2001 to fill a particularly slow week in
the summer season (those of you who remember the late 1990s before Bear Week
began will remember the week after the 4th being particularly dead for
businesses in town).  We were encouraged to program events to keep people in
town for a long stay ('heads in beds,' which has the greatest economic impact
for the town). This year 68% of registrants took the full week package. We have
not been actively working to grow attendance, but our attendees keep returning
with more friends in tow. 

At some point in their lives, most bears have felt some isolation from popular
culture and from their gay brothers, for having a bulging figure or body hair,
and I sympathise with the original poster.  Ptown is wonderful for making all
types of people welcome an the bears have tried to follow suit.  Ptown Bears
works dillegently to embrace as much of Provincetown as possible with this event
and our parties are open to all, gay, straight male, female or trans. More small
Bear Week t-shirts sell each year than XXXL, and the number of women in town who
request bear shirts shows that we have had success embracing our local hosts
rather than simply isolating ourselves onto the deck of T-dance. Ptown Bears
tries to show off the best of Provencetown and its culture to attendees from as
far away as New Zealand, Finland, Kenya and Peru.  We appreciate everything that
Provincetown businesses, staff, and cultural organizations do to welcome our
group each summer, and at other bear gatherings in Ptown in spring and fall.
11:45 pm edt 

Police Ineptness

This was, by far, a joy ride.  As a witness, and passenger, the
vehicle was completely in the right, no ifs ands or buts about it.  Police
ineptness in it's truest form.  The police caused an unnecessary incident.  If
the streets are so bad then officially close them to vehicle traffic.  The fact
THAT YOU DON'T CLOSE THEM OFFICIALLY leaves your liability door wide open.   
8:54 pm edt 

Police Ineptness

There may not be any signs, but anyone driving down Commercial Street
on a busy summer day can see that it is narrow and it is crowded with lots of
people and bicycles.  This should be warning enough that there is a risk that
your car could get damaged.  If you want to joy ride down Commercial Street on a
busy day you take your chances.
8:30 pm edt 

Police Ineptness@Tea Dance

No one was hit in the incident but there is substantial damage to the
vehicle.  It has been reported.
8:28 pm edt 

Police Ineptness

The driver drove past the road closing, unaware the road was closed
(no sign, no indication the road was closed).  Then the policeman came to the
car and mouthed and motioned that the road was closed and the POLICEMAN
instructed the driver to back up.  The driver (against his will as he gladly
would have made it to the next sidestreet) was forced by the policeman to back
up into the crowd.  And then that same policeman and his buddy leaned against a
parked car's trunk and gawked at men and did nothing to assist the motorist or
the crowd and the rest is history.  You miss the point completely. 
8:27 pm edt 

Provincetown Pier Corporation

Are we really going to have the who is the least worst debate about the various
alliances on the pier? No one here has been able to sort that out around the
Town Manager or School personnel.

By the way. Silly question but who got all the money and what was consolation
for the group that missed out.
8:25 pm edt 

Re: Police Ineptness

The driver backing up into a crowd should know that he?she is in the
wrong. Pedestrians have the right of way. The police should have given YOU a
ticket for backing up and hitting people!
5:11 pm edt 

Re: Police Ineptness

"The police personnel deal with public safety... they do not serve as car jockeys
for people who come to town expecting entitlement."

Since when is a car driving on a road "entitlement".  How foolish.
5:09 pm edt 

Police Ineptness

Since when are you not allowed by law to back up on a public road? 
Pedestrians in a public road in the lane of traffic, not on a marked crosswalk. 
Now, that's illegal.  Yeah, maybe Ptown thinks it's cool but it doesn't give
anyone the right to maliciously damage someone else's personal property.  No
Sir/Madam, you are the stupid one.  For allowing an inept police presence in
your liable town.  There are no signs or public notices anywhere warning drivers
of the hazards of the "teaparty" crowd nor signs marking a "road closed".  How
rude to first time visitors.  Your argument is weak, almost as weak as the
police men who caused this scene. 
5:06 pm edt 

Kerry Adams

Come on Kerry is no mover and shaker in Town. It was on his watch that
we lost our beloved high school. What was he doing all those years when we saw a
diminishing enrollment each year? Nothing.
1:55 pm edt 

Provincetown Pier Corporation

Please tell the truth. The harbormaster kept complaining about Mr.
Adams oversight on the pier. I think Mr. Adams saw a lot of problems down there
first hand and that is why he had a presence. However, the harbormaster didn't
like someone looking over his shoulder. Don't blog things you don't know
anything about.
1:54 pm edt 

Re: Police Ineptness
You shouldnt drive down commercial st at any time of day if you cared that much
about your car....frankly i think your even stupider for trying to drive through
the teadance crowd on a saturday evening. you cant sue the town for your damages
cause you admitted that you were backing up into people. maybe next time be more
careful and watch where your going.
1:11 pm edt 

Kerry Adams

Mr. Adams has been a true assett to our community. I too wish to thank
him for his service to the Pier Committee as well as the town. He was the only
member of that board that I ever even saw at the pier. Everyone speaks very
highly of him, including the harbormasters and fishermen that work on the pier.
His leaving is their loss.

1:09 pm edt 

Police Ineptness

I disagree.  The police are paid employees of the town and represent
the town.  The are paid to enforce certain laws designed to maintain and ensure
the safety of the public when on a public road. 

They are paid to enforce crowd control laws and to do all in their power to control
and minimize the the incidence of personal property damage by those on a public road. 

The police clearly had the power to avoid and to stop this incident.  Their choice of
taking on the role of passive bystander rather than the role of law enforcement
when face to face with law violations cannot be defended.    

All people in the car were witness to the conscious decision of the 2 policemen to
not get involved in a public display of mayhem that resulted in personal damages. 

Agreed, the people that scratched should be held responsible.  However, those
town employees paid to enforce laws that consciously do not are also
responsible.  The fact is these policemen did not notify the driver of the road being
closed at the point of closing. 

The 2 police officers, by not doing this, caused the driver to be forced to back up on
this crowded street.  It's hard enough to go forward here, let alone backwards. 

Come on.  After stopping the car, these 2 cops went back to leaning on the trunk of
the parked car gabbing while offering absolutely no assistance to the vehicle forced
into a compromising position in the face of multiple pedestrian violations. 

Their initial action of failure to notify a vehicle of a road closure when safe exit
was possible caused the situation that resulted in the damages.  Had they done
their job of directing traffic and crowd control rather than passive onlookers,
this would not have happened.  

You can defend these meek, wet behind the ears policemen who chose to not get
involved til the cows come home.  5 people in the car were scared and frankly, have
had enough of this crap. 

By your logic, a family or any visitors from out of town who come here should
automatically know, despite never being told, that you just don't drive on
Commercial St. in a new car or you risk damages to your vehicle. 

Funny, not seeing that in the naked boys flyer.  I've driven thousands of times
and have never been scratched by a bike or anything else.  Many hands deliberately
pounding on the car and scratching it with "bling" rings, however, is not the
norm, is acceptable and when happening in front of 2 police officers who cause
the scene and then do nothing to control it, is criminal.
1:08 pm edt 

Police Ineptness/lawsuit

A lawsuit is NOT going to have any effect on the Town or the Police Department.
I think you misunderstand the factors at work here. There is no connection
between the citizens and the Police Department. The Department is being run with
total autonomy as though it's leader was still in New Hampshire. Things change
but not always for the better. Just ask the folks who work there.
1:02 pm edt 

Police Ineptness

"I am utterly disgusted with this show of policework.  I should sue the
town for the scratches on my car, and I
still might.  I did have witnesses in the car who are encouraging me to do so as
they agree it was completely ridiculous and highly wrong."

Take responsibility for your own actions.  You were driving down Commercial St
during the middle of summer.  You want to drive down the street to people watch,
to show off your car, you take the risks.
1:00 pm edt 

Police Ineptness

Do not report traffic problems and police non-involvement to the
police. Just an e-mail or telephone call to the town manager is what is needed.
The police answer to Sharon. This is not like subversively ratting out a
neighbor it is about how government should respond to the public that they
12:59 pm edt 

Re: Commercial Street

I'm sure the chief dosen't want his officers directing traffic so that he
can have his way on closing Comm. cars.
12:57 pm edt 

Provincetown Pier Corporation

The members of the pier corp will come and go, some good, some bad but the
problems at the pier will never change until the real problem is removed. The
PIER MANAMGER HAS TO GO and then you will see the positive changes that must be
made. And now with his new family to take care of he is there even less. Talk to
the employees off the record and you will find what I say is 100% true.
12:55 pm edt 

Re: Police Ineptness

Your concern is a third world problem.

The police personnel deal with public safety... they do not serve as car jockeys
for people who come to town expecting entitlement.
12:53 pm edt 

Library Project

Someone knew what was proposed.  Things don't just appear without someone
knowing and approving.  Are you going to tell us taxpayers that the mason just
showed up one late night on a weekend (usually when things happen) and built it
without anyone knowing.  Was this discussed at the traffic hearing, Selectmens
meeting or what?
12:02 am edt 

Re: Police Ineptness

I think a lawsuit is the only thing that will wake up this town and
it's police force.
12:01 am edt 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Re: Police Ineptness

You can try to sue the town for the scratches on your car but you will
not be successful.  You would have to sue the people who actually scratched your
car, not the town.

Driving your car down Commercial Street on a busy summer day, especially a
Saturday, is not a good idea.  It is to be avoided unless it is absolutely
necessary.  Even then I would never bring a new car or any car that I cared
about because chances are pretty good that a pedestrian or bicycle will scratch
it.  Take it as a lesson learned and avoid Comm'l St on busy summer days.
11:57 pm edt 

CCTV Cameras at Standish and Commercial

The Police Department can verify the poor performance of the officers
on duty at Lopes Square by using the CCTV cameras which are used to observe
activity at that location.

Perhaps if dates/times are noted citizens can ask for recorded visual confirmation
of their complaints.
4:23 pm edt 

Police Ineptness

Saturday we were in a car on Commercial St. near the TeaParty when it
got out at 7:00.  There were 2 policemen leaning against a car and the street
was absolutely filled with people, bicycles, etc.  After I passed the
sidestreet, one of the policemen motioned that Comm'l St. was closed and I had
to stop.  He stupidly let me pass the sidestreet that I could have turned on
before informing me of this showing a complete lack of any intelligence on his
part.  The road was not blocked off, I had no way of knowing the road was
closed.  Since he failed to notify me of this when I could still turn, I had to
back up a few car lengths in order to make a right and get out of this mess. 
While backing up, people were walking right behind me and not moving.  The 2
policemen watched, did not hold pedestrian traffic or help me in any way. 
People were screaming at me that I should watch out and people were banging on
the trunk of my car (a brand new cadillac cts).  The policemen !
stood watching all of this and did NOTHING.  I am utterly disgusted with this
show of policework.  I should sue the town for the scratches on my car, and I
still might.  I did have witnesses in the car who are encouraging me to do so as
they agree it was completely ridiculous and highly wrong. 
4:11 pm edt 

Provincetown Art

Been listening to merchants for the 2 weeks in July.   Pretty good so
far.   They have said June was down but not a disaster.   So far so good.   Let
the summer continue with dollars flowing into our beloved town.
and the gallery's that were selling bear art, high end male art did very well by
all accounts.  UPS and Fedx both had outgoing large insured art packages that
far exceeded any year before.   Let the artists paint what the consumer wants
4:08 pm edt 

Lopes Square Traffic Mess

This is a deplorable situation.  The town manager and the police department seem
to do nothing about it.  Really it has become a public safety issue.  Maybe
someone should do a You-Tube video of the situation with three summer cops just
being oblivious observers so that something is done about this.  What a
senseless waste of tax payers money. 
4:07 pm edt 

Police Improvements

If every one on here who are complaining about the police inactivity
at intersections, Lopes and Ryder,  would actually call the police department
and stress your concern as I have done perhaps there will be an improvement! 
But it does little good to complain here and not take it further...
4:04 pm edt 

Provincetown Pier Corporation

It's about time there was a changin' of the old Pier Corp guard!!
Thank God! They fought tooth and nail to be on the Town's Munis System to avoid
transparency! Old time board member, George Hitchcock, put his application in
but the Selectmen aren't going to appoint him. They want a competent board for a
change. Afterall, they lost a whopping $60,000 last year!

As far as Miss Nagle, she is on several Pier Corp.subcommittees and was asked to
serve on the board as a full time member by three Pier Corp. members. It was the
old guard that paled in her shadow. But she and the new board members have a
great working relationship!

Just the facts. 
4:03 pm edt 

Kerry Adams

Kerry Adams did not have the support of his board to be reappointed.
Therefore, he withdrew his application. We all can appreciate his service to the
Town, however.
4:01 pm edt 

Kerry Adams

Geez, no more Adams vs Nagle battles here? Too bad! Not for nothing
but thanks to them I was able to learn a lot more than I probably ever needed to
about our pier! However, as a voter and taxpayer I thank Mr. Adams for shining
some much needed light on what was a cloudy subject for many of us. He is
obviously a tireless member of that board and I hope he reconsiders and stays

Oh, before I forget, Lopes Sqaure is a disaster! It took me over 30 minutes to
get through there yesterday and only because I had no other choice! I thought
the Parking lot was going to start exiting their traffic on to Ryder St? What

Thanks for letting me vent and best wishes to you Mr. Adams but please stay! We
need experienced people on these town boards!
1:29 pm edt 

Kerry Adams

Is that true about Kerry? How sad! A couple of good friends of ours
have been fortunate enough to have gotten one of the artist trapsheds on
MacMillan Wharf. They told us that Kerry was a tireless advocate for them and
that entire trapshed program. The loss of a good local citizen from that board
is a real shame; especially a board that has been under as much scrutity as the
Pier Corp has.
1:08 pm edt 

Re: Developers Week

Where have you been? Bangs St. Ext. was appropriated by Gunther Reality under
eminent domain over a year ago. Look at the tax lists. OOPS, sorry, not there.
12:39 pm edt 

Provincetown Police

Lopes square traffic - a mess and free for all!
12:36 pm edt 

Kerry Adams

I just heard this weekend that Pier Corp. board member Kerry Adams
will not be seeking reappointment to that board at the end of his term this
summer. If this rumor is true, it's a damn shame! What a tireless and dedicated
man Kerry has been to not only the pier board but the School Committee as well!
There were some epic battles on this very Blog a year or two ago between Adams
and Candace Nagle! Obvious to most readers here was the fact that Mr. Adams must
have been doing something right on that board because he truly got to Nagle! He
had facts and she had rants! I sure will miss those days, their posts were great
fun to read and thankfully now Candace it seems, has much bigger fish to fry (or
is the Pier board really doing a good job after all??)! Hmmmm Candace??

Sadly, it seems that volunteerism in Provincetown is one of THE most thankless
jobs. Over the years we have lost so very MANY good and talented people.

In finishing, I'd like to add that my only hope is that Mr. Adams is not leaving
over the obvious BS we have read in the news. Anyone with even a quarter of a
functioning brain can read between the lines and see what a clear cut case of
retaliation looks like!

Thank you Mr. Adams for your service and dedication to Provincetown! Many of us
here appreciate the hard work you have done in our name! God Bless you sir!

A. Voter
12:25 pm edt 

Developers Week

Developer week is a great idea.  I went down to see the project
highlighted on this blog this weekend.  Where's the private dirt road that used
to be at the end (Bangs St. Extension)?  Looks like this private road has been
made into part of a landscaped driveway for 4 units. 

What?  How can this be when other neighbors have rights to this road?  
The neighborhood was very quiet, no one around.  The only sounds were the
buzzing of the many many mosquitos out in full force at dusk. Must be coming
from the wetland below.  Wow. 
11:57 am edt 

Re: Police

I'd like to add my "two cents" to the discussion about the summer
police officers on Commercial St. Say what you will about Donald "The Dancing
Cop" but one thing is true: He kept the traffic moving!

I've noticed that of the new men that were hired to replace him, only one
actually seems to move. The other fellow spends much of his day either leaning
against the Ice Cream store or inside it! Many days I have found myself in a
long line waiting to get to Commercial ST. In fact, as I made the corner
yesterday on to Comm'l, the officer was in the street directing cars and a man
walked right out in front of my car and shrieked at me for not stopping! When I
politely tried to inform him that I was told to proceed by the police officer,
his response was to flip me off and yell obscenities at me! During the entire
scene, the officer just stood and watched!

We all realize it's hot and uncomfortable on the street, but I think these guys
know what they were signing up for! Lastly, how come there are NO female summer
officers? I think that would be a positive for Provincetown! All the guys seem
to like to do is chat with each other and check out the girls that walk by!

Perplexed in P-town
11:54 am edt 

Library Bump-Old Ann Page Telephone Pole

At least the bump by the library isn't a telephone pole in the middle of the
street compliments of Community Housing and Mr. Teddy M.

Just wait until someone dies after hitting the pole sliding into it on an icy
road. Developers rule the town and this is just the most glaring example of
their arrogance: taking our taxpayer money and doing as they wish.
9:25 am edt 

Provincetown Art

Wow!! I can't believe all the people writing in SUPPORT of creating
art solely for commerce. I guess I expected more from the artists in my town.
Hey, we've all got to pay the bills, but there ARE ways to get by without
selling your soul.
9:23 am edt 

Provincetown Library
I never gave to the library, and always wondered if at some point, I would
support them.   NEVER after all the lies they have given this town.  Shame on
them.  And then to put those bricks down like they did.  You couldn't tell me
that someone at the library didn't know what was happening, AS IT WAS HAPPENING!   
What is sad about this issue, is when another project comes forth, I will now
tend to say NO NO NO.  We deserve better.

9:22 am edt 

Imagine a Library

That cares more about its collection than its buildings. That participates in
town meeting meeting rather than packing it. That is a good neighbor rather the
"cause-I-can-try-and-stop-me"  junior Ptown developer approach.

And to think we have one of the highest per capita library expenditures in the
country (and yes including other resort towns coast to coast) tho all we have to
show for it is this hot mess.
9:19 am edt 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Theme Weeks
The best idea I've heard yet has been Developer's Week. Who else has done more
for the economy of Provincetown than the developers? They are responsible for
building and maintaining this town. Without the developers we would just be
another boring little Cape Cod town. We should all fall down on our knees and
give thanks for these great people. Thank God for these merciful people who give
their all so we may reap the harvest of their labors.
And while we're at it please pray that Gunther Reality does not have to drop
their asking price for the Bangs St. condos any further. The Town of
Provincetown should reimburse Gunther for these magnificent dwellings.
5:43 pm edt 

Provincetown Art?

It's a sad day indeed when so called artists allow the PBG to dictate
what they create.

I agree w prior poster, you think the PBG dictates what artist create?  Isn't it
exactly what you said?
4:14 pm edt 

Food Court/Front Garden

If you think the library made a bad judgement about the Center St
brick patio, wait until you see the food court/front garden public space! We
could call it Lopes Sq. east. If you follow where the $200,00.00 donation for
this (landscaping, LOL) came from, you will understand.
4:12 pm edt 

Re: Theme Weeks

Theme weeks have been around for years. This is nothing new. Harry
Kemp used to have pilgrim week just to mention one. Most of today's theme weeks
had started just with certain people agreeing on coming to town at the same
time. So if the KKK wants to come, let them, you can't tell people when or not
to come. As long as they bring $$$ and behave lawfully I don't care if even
Republicans come.
4:10 pm edt 

Provincetown Art?

Creating art in Provincetown has ALWAYS been a money making pastime!
It may be more expensive to do so today, however everything is more expensive in
today's world. And whats the difference of painting days cottages or Capt. Jacks
wharf to painting bears??? The artist is painting what Provinctown buyers
want!!! Same as its ever been.
4:07 pm edt 

Provincetown Art?

"I mentioned them simply to illustrate the fact that greed and commerce
now dominate the Provincetown arts community..."

Of course that's your opinion only.  Many would disagree.  Is there an Art
Dictator in town?  Or are you that dictator, the one who decides between good
art and art dominated by greed and commerce?  Give me a break from your
self-righteous attitude.
4:02 pm edt 

Provincetown Art Sell Out

"An artist should create what they
feel passionate about, not what they know will sell"

Here here! Critical content in Provincetown art is sorely lacking.  So many
paintings of cottages and boats.  But don't knock 'em...those paintings sure do
sell.  They are so palatable and easy on the eye.  And they match the decor of
the collector's living room!  Where are the conceptual artists?  Any new media
artists out there?  At least some of the Bear Week themed exhibits touched on
themes of class and superficiality and the restrictions of gender.  Some works
by artists in those shows was about resisting the cultural hegemony of vanity
and conformity.  Maybe they should just stick to painting the Cape
least if they want to make money.   
3:59 pm edt 

Silly Question #2
So rude and yet to no purpose. Perhaps I have not been here long enough to pass
your (silly) test, yet you have apparently been here far too long.

I understand the frustration with town's government collaboration with
developers who game the system, but why the free floating anger and rudeness?

By the way, it's that rudeness that engenders the dismissive attitudes you each
rail against so impotently.

What do I know, I have no idea what the Meat Rack was?
3:57 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Library

Same here from the library. We gave them $800,000 after they said it
would be from donations. Its time to revolt! Let's take up arms and rally
against this  monetary nonsense!
3:55 pm edt 

Theme Weeks-R.I.P. Provincetown Arts

Re: "Again, too funny.  Who did you discern that the PBG dictated
artists should create 'Bear Art'?  Because Bear Week is a PBG themed week? 
Sorry to burst your whiny bubble, but Bear Week is not a PBG event."
Seriously? "Who did you discern?"

You and your poor grammar haven't burst anyone's bubble and you have obviously
failed to see my point. My post wasn't a dig at the PBG. The fact that they
didn't create bear week is a moot point. I mentioned them simply to illustrate
the fact that greed and commerce now dominate the Provincetown arts community.
It's no longer about art, it's about cash. An artist should create what they
feel passionate about, not what they know will sell. When you begin creating art
for theme weeks, you are nothing more than a flea market vendor. With this sort
of mentality, Provincetown will never again be taken seriously as an artists

R.I.P. Provincetown arts.

Long live Provincetown Art$!
10:02 am edt 

Provincetown Library

I can't believe I got a request for a donation from the library today
in the mail! I'm ready to scream! This has been a life sucking monetary scam
from day one. Next they will be asking for our blood!
9:57 am edt 

Our Sources of Income

Provincetown town government is the biggest employer in Provincetown!! Think
about this! We get our money from us, the taxpayers, from us paying our taxes
and we also get state and federal monies.

I'm too old for a restaurant job. I wish that there was a way to make money and
get benefits. Any suggestions?

9:54 am edt 

Re: Precious Darling


You remember me, writing about all of the praise you poured upon your precious
darling who rents from me and who exhibits *None* of the traits you raved about?

I had to leave for a few days and asked that my pet be fed and cared for. Yes,
indeed I was assured that my beloved pet would be cared for.

I came back today--a teaspoon of water wsa all that was left in the water bowl.
The food bowl was licked clean. My poor pet was crying for food.

How could you neglect an animal while you sat at the table and ate to your
hearts content? I knew you ate well because I washed all of the dirty dishes and
bowls that were in the sink. And it took me 7 minutes to wash them. You, oh
precious darling of the town, sat here and ate while my cat cried for food and

What a darling you are. I can't wait for you to ask for a reference from me--you
will absolutely faint after all of the *Unwarranted* praise your family pours
upon you.

Here is your letter of recommendation: So and So had the rent paid on time. If
you want to know more--ask to see the photographs I have of how my house was
9:52 am edt 

Clear Cutting

Clear cutting has done a lot more damage to the natural environment
here than weed killer.  Just look at 90 Shankpainter and 55 West Vine which have
been completely clear cut.  After 55 West Vine will be 53 West Vine so over 1
acre of natrually wooded land will be clear cut in order to put up 16 new
9:49 am edt 


I will admit that ALL summer long there has been no police officer engagement
nor interaction with the general public from the police on Commercial St.  All
they do is talk to each other.  What's the point in spending $100,000's in cop
salaries when one cop can stand on ONE CORNER as well as THREE doing the same
thing:  Nothing. ???  Anyone that watches for 15 mins, at any given time, can
attest to this.
9:48 am edt 

Art Colony And Pesticide - Reply

YES!  Themed weeks which drive tourism and SUPPORT OUR TOWN, not a fishing
village in 100 years that could even BEGIN to support our millions of town debt. 
So, get real, sister!  YES... themed weeks & themed art... whatever it takes to
pay the bills.  And on subject of RoundUp... thinning out the weeds and bugs is
not going to kill society; it may however slow down these God awful mosquitos &
"no-see-um's" that are eating everyone alive.  SPRAY ON, BABY, SPRAY!

12:47 am edt 

Re: 'Bear Art'

"It's a sad day indeed when so called artists allow the PBG to dictate what they

Again, too funny.  Who did you discern that the PBG dictated artists should
create 'Bear Art'?  Because Bear Week is a PBG themed week?  Sorry to burst your
whiny bubble, but Bear Week is not a PBG event.

And is it better if you dictate what an artist may create?
12:25 am edt 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Theme weeks

My point exactly.  The town needs to wake up and realize that it is very
possible to lose control of what happens here.  And all of you pimping for gay
theme weeks aren't going to be too happy when Evangelical Christian Week comes
to town.  Plus they are        tippers and don't drink when they're in groups. 
That said,           will be busy.
5:23 pm edt 

Re: Theme Weeks:

That is a very interesting question. Who would back KKK week. Probably the same
people who would promote Round Up week. Freedom of speech? Why not Developer's
Week, that would really bring out the crowds. The developers might even make a
few hard earned dollars that they could donate to the appropriate town boards.
"And the beat goes on."
1:24 pm edt 


Poison in our communities:

The issue of pesticides and herbicides in our
communities has become a rallying point for
many on the Outer Cape.  The NSTAR spraying was
a real wake-up call.
Take photos of the process of what Roundup does to the plants and surrounding
The issue is going to get bigger both state wide and
1:22 pm edt 

Truth be Told

The only way for the end of August to be packed with people, depends
solely on HOT & HUMID WEATHER.


1:21 pm edt 

Art Colony?

I found it rather pathetic that several local galleries decided to
exhibit "Bear Art" over the past week. Hawthorne, Hoffman and the rest of the
old Provincetown masters must be rolling in their graves! These people are
creating tourist product, pure and simple. It's a perfect example of why our
town is no longer taken seriously as an arts colony.

So, are they all going to do "baby art" for family week and "crossdressing art"
for Fantasia Fair? Yep, just keep that money rollin' in.

It's a sad day indeed when so called artists allow the PBG to dictate what they
12:31 pm edt 

Sewer Problems Are Baaaack!!!

Seems theres maybe a clog or even maybe an air leak again on Shankpainter road
in the new sewer line. Great!! Just in time for the condos at 90 Shankpainter.
And along with that there's a leak in the center of town nobody talks about. No,
that's not tide water coming up on Ryder Street.

How appropriate that it happens right next to town hall.
12:29 pm edt 

Ref: What's Going On?

Oh Thank God!   Random, anonymous babble about the police.  My day is complete,
off to the beach!
11:26 am edt 

REF: Where are the Traffic Police? Where or where Are They?
I think they must be sitting at the tables outside of the Coffee Pot just like
your "Dancing Cop" was doing for the past 2 summers.

Mr. Moderator if you insist on beating this dead horse from May could you at
least include my response.

Long ago he was indeed a town treasure; but that title, like the man himself,
simply faded over time.

11:25 am edt 

What's Going On?

Last night I witnessed three patrolmen standing at the car barrier at the intersection of Commercial and Ryder Streets talking to one another, paying no attention to the heavy traffic.
They conversed for at least 10-15 minutes. One was on a Segway and two were on foot.

I found it amazing that they had no interaction with the milling traffic. They were
standing in a semi-circle engaged with each other.

What kind of policing policy is this? Where is the leadership? Who was the duty officer?
Why is it necessary that two officers are always standing together at Standish or Ryder.

Maybe I'm missing something, but I have never seen this form of policing before
11:08 am edt 

Theme Weeks

I don't care for them, but I don't think there's much the town can do about it. 
Except for Carnival, they are all run by independent organizations (Bear Week,
Fourth of July, Family Week, Girl Splash) or they grew organically (Women's
Week, Baby Dyke weekend), etc.

I wish we had more events like the film festival, jazz festival, portuguese
festival, etc., but I think the theme weeks are unfortunately here to stay.

What will be really interesting is what will happen when a group that the town
finds objectionable wants to come to town.  KKK week anyone?
10:55 am edt 

How Many Beaches Are Now Closed?

How would we know. The results are never publicly posted. We should all know
what beaches and what waters hold contamination for our children. I'm concerned.
Too many Provincetown Beaches closed one day after another day.
The Board of Health should be more pro-active. Post for all of us. Let us know
somewhere what beaches we should not swim in. This would be safer.
10:54 am edt 

Where are the Traffic Police? Where or where Are They?

The town is packed. Not a police officer during the day at Ryder Street and
Commercial. Not a policie officer at Standish and Commercical. This makes no
sense. Where are they? I doubt they are on criminal patrol. Nestled on Shank
Painter road. Get out. Get on the street. Get going.

And you let go of the Dancing Cop? We could use that man now.

This makes no sense. There is no real police presence in this busy July tourist
10:53 am edt 

Re: Meet Rack Vs Meat Rack

If you don't know the difference between Meet Rack and
The Meat Rack, you haven't lived here long enough.
If you stay here long enough all will will become clear just don't expect anyone
to answer your silly question.
10:51 am edt 

Re:Re: Clearcutting no One Can Tell a Property Owner

What kind of an idiot can make a statement like this? Whirlygig maybe, I tried
to rebuild a small porch several years ago and received a citation. A developer
can pave their entire property, legally. The townie property owner must seek
total absolution from all the boards, guess what? You're not getting it. Any
moron that thinks he owns his own property better check with the Conservation
Commission. Developers rule, townies drool.
10:49 am edt 

Re: After Carnival

The only way for the end of August to be packed with people, depends
solely on HOT & HUMID WEATHER.
12:03 am edt 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Re: After Carnival

Business has always been slow from mid August till
labor day weekend. That's why the guild started carnival in mid August. Also
schools open earlier every year. Maybe we should expand carnival!
11:53 pm edt 

Lemonade Girl
Now if the Provincetown Police and the Health Department would only do their
jobs and bust our little lemonade wagon girl, who also has 'suspect' lemonade
and is growing      .

At what point is she no longer a little kid making a killing and just another
person skirting the law which EVERYONE else has to obey -- except her? Why is
she so special?! Why is Scott Cupcakes forced off the street and she gets a free
pass to troll her illegal lemonade with that gross and obnoxious voice? LEMONADE
FOR SALE 50 Cents!

3 girls busted for illegal lemonade stand
'We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade, of what
the lemonade was made with,' says police chief in Midway, Ga.Three girls trying
to raise money to go to a waterpark thought that a lemonade stand would do the
trick. But then they met the long arm of the law  their local police chief. The
girls had started up their stand in Midway, Ga., when Police Chief Kelly
Morningstar and a deputy drove by."They told us to shut it down," 10-year-old
Skylar Roberts was quoted as saying by The Coastal Source news website."Its kind
of crazy that we couldnt sell lemonade," added 14-year-old Casity Dixon. "It was
fun, but we had to listen to the cops and shut it down."Morningstar defended his
action and received the support of Midway's mayor. "We had told them, 'We
understand you guys are young, but still, youre breaking the law, and we cant
let you do it anymore,'" Morningstar said. "The law is the law, and we have to
be consistent with how we enforce the laws."T!
hat city law requires a business and food permits ($50 a day), even if the
stand was at the home of one of the girls.Health issues were also a concern,
Morningstar said. "We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the
lemonade, of what the lemonade was made with, so we acted accordingly by city
ordinance, he said.News of the bust caused an outpouring of local support for
the trio  and The Coastal Source said it had given the girls tickets to the
9:01 pm edt 

Re: Meet or Meat Rack?

Okay, I give up: What is it? And how does it
relate to police on foot v bike v segway? Or Sewage?

8:59 pm edt 

Banner Editorial Regarding Library

I wish the library were a better neighbor. Cared as much about it's book
collection as does its' building. Participated in rather than packed Town

Hopefully, the Board of Selectmen will do something about the encroachment on
Center Street.

Read the editorial in the Banner.

8:53 pm edt 

Re: Clear Cutting

No clear cutting allowed?  Are you kidding?  Conservation missed the
mark on one east end project easily recalled.  It turned a blind eye while that
got stripped to the bone even though it was partially in the 100 foot
"protected" buffer zone of a wetland.  Did they honestly think those haybales
were going to hold up the torn hill?  Besides, aren't haybales supposed to be
temporary and removed once the site work is stable.  Why, after a year, are the
haybales still in?  Oh, cause they've sunk into the sand and you figure out what
should follow next.  Buildings, oops I mean structures that can be "interpreted"
as buildings?  Maybe. 
8:51 pm edt 


The  businesses that have reasonable prices, friendly staff and good reputations
seem to be doing OK. duh oh!!
Cut prices, attitudes and drama and things will be fine. But if people read this
blog and it's alleged horror stories and glass half filled attittudes then they
will stay away for ever.  
2:37 pm edt 

Re: Have no Reservations After Carnival

"Like a lot of other places, we have many rentals available after carnival--it
just dies."

That can't be right.  According to certain posters theme weeks are very bad for
the town.  And between Carnival and Labor Day there are no theme weeks. 
Shouldn't that mean all those tourists who avoid Provincetown because of theme
weeks should be flocking to town?
2:17 pm edt 

Re: Clearcutting no One Can Tell a Property Owner
Absolutely not true.

Within the bounds of your own property you can do whatever you want provided it
doesn't trigger an issue with things like wetlands, erosion of neighbors
property, destruction of public property or something of that nature. If you
want to clearcut and strip your entire property and pave it, it's up to you. If
you want all trees taken out and then install a huge lawn, it's up to you. It
private property. To each his own.
2:12 pm edt 

Re: Truth


Like a lot of other places, we have many rentals available after carnival--it
just dies.
9:08 am edt 

Re: Comments About the Beaches

To:  "I'm sorry to dissapoint the naysayers."

#1:  If you are going to defend your town leaders, at least learn how to spell. 
Don't apologize, your defense is not strong enough to disappoint.

#2:  It's not the MEET rack, it's the MEAT rack.  Ask any townie.

#3:  Just the facts please:

Enterococcus stats:  A sampling of the last 3 years, directly from the "record". 
Limit for safety is 104 CFU.

The "NO" means no storm event at the time and this is consistent. 

#593 Comm'l St.

07/13/2009  Enterococci   4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/20/2009  Enterococci  < 4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/12/2010  Enterococci   4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/19/2010  Enterococci  < 4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/11/2011  Enterococci   128 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/12/2011  Enterococci   88 CFU/100 ml  NO

Kendall Lane

07/13/2009  Enterococci  < 4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/20/2009  Enterococci   4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/19/2010  Enterococci   8 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/26/2010  Enterococci   4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/05/2011  Enterococci   40 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/11/2011  Enterococci   60 CFU/100 ml  NO

Snail Road

07/06/2009  Enterococci  < 4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/13/2009  Enterococci   12 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/06/2010  Enterococci   12 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/12/2010  Enterococci  < 4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/06/2011  Enterococci   4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/11/2011  Enterococci   800 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/12/2011  Enterococci   272 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/13/2011  Enterococci   8 CFU/100 ml  NO

Not to forget the west end

Ptown Inn Rotary

07/06/2009  Enterococci   4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/13/2009  Enterococci  < 4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/06/2010  Enterococci  < 4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/12/2010  Enterococci  < 4 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/05/2011  Enterococci   56 CFU/100 ml  NO
07/11/2011  Enterococci   16 CFU/100 ml  NO

So what if a few 2011 numbers are up.  Groundwater has NO negative effects. 
Now, go for a swim.    
9:03 am edt 

Re: Truth

"As a business owner, I can tell you I am down double digits from last
year.  I own a guest house, so it is not the retail goods I am selling...and my
friends that have guest houses will say the same thing."

As a guest house owner I've had the opposite experience.
8:56 am edt 

Re: Clearcutting no one Can Tell a Property Owner

7:47 am edt 

Re: Herring Cove:

Unless you have a direct line to God or Mother Nature Herring cove is what it
is. Plant life growing there is a good thing, the beach erosion is just a
natural part of an ever fluid coastline. It has been evolving like that for
years. I know it would be the natural tendancy on this blog to try to blame the
town manger or the Seashore, but  I'm sorry to dissapoint the naysayers.
7:43 am edt 

Re: Roundup

I am a gardener at the B street gardens and I was
very concerned about the use of Roundup there.
I checked with Brian Carlson, who coordinates the
project for the Health Department.

He said every gardener is given a contract that
forbids the use of Roundup and other pesticides and
herbicides. He said he would look in to the matter.
In fact these chemicals are prohibited on all
conservation lands in the town.

You have wonder if the Health Dept would prohibit
the use of Roundup and other similar products
why some people would prefer to stay ignorant and
continue to contaminate the land and the people
who live and work here.
7:41 am edt 

Re: Fences

As the old saying goes. Fences make good neighbors!
7:39 am edt 

Re: Clear Cutting

Clear cutting is and has always been legal in Provincetown, no one can
tell a property owner what to do with their property.
7:38 am edt 

Re: National Seashore Beach - Herring Cove

I love when someone demands when will THEY clean the beaches at
herring cove!  The National Seashore does not and has NEVER cleaned a beach here
or anywhere in the country.
7:35 am edt 

National Seashore Beach - Herring Cove

If you feel the beach at herring cove is unclean, what are YOU going
to do to clean it? One person can make a difference.
7:31 am edt 

Round Up

I doubt round up has ever been used in the dunes. However it would be
good to use it on the poison ivy out on long point!
7:30 am edt 

Theme Week Bad Bears

The problem with theme weeks is that the participants have little
respect for the non-participants or the community at large. It is mob behavior
and that is a turn off to be around. Many of these people arrive into town with
a sense of entitlement and it goes downhill from there. I had five middle aged
men banging on my car the other day as I drove down Commercial Street in the
West End which I have to do to leave my house. I was going very slowly anyway
but came to a stop as a group of guys stood in the street and did not move.
After they barely budged I started to move along and the banging on the windows
started. They clearly felt empowered by being a amongst a group of like minded
people and cared little about anyone else needs. Bad bears!
7:29 am edt 

Historic District Commission on PTV

Again, whispering into the mic's. What is the point of televising?
7:28 am edt 

Re: Beach Closures

In regards to the posting of beach closures on the Town's web site:

Using your eyes, located on the front of that lump 3' above your        , the
Town's home page and click on Services A to Z then click on B for Beach Closures

7:26 am edt 

Re: Bike Patrols by Police
To the blogger that thought this was another frivolous and expensive idea.

I have seen bike cops downtown for nearly 20 years; if I need a cop I want one
to get there as quickly and as safely as possible.

I spoke to the kid who was riding on the Segway outside the MEET RACK today and
he told me that this equipment was purchased using a grant award from SEGWAY. It
cost the taxpayers of Provincetown nothing.

Get over yourself and stop spewing your fact-less hate!
7:24 am edt 

Re: Truth

As a business owner, I can tell you I am down double digits from last
year.  I own a guest house, so it is not the retail goods I am selling.   It is
the economy.   I have been doing this for almost 18 years.  I see all the
vacancies around town (well, not for theme weeks, like memorial day weekend,
July 4th week, bear week) and my friends that have guest houses will say the
same thing.   Not complaining, just specifics and facts. 
7:19 am edt 

Re: Comments About the Beaches

Plants grow naturally on the beach they are part of the environment.  They also
help support and stabilize the dunes from eroding faster than they already are. 
What do you expect, people out there weeding and pulling up habitat?   It's a
natural and beautiful resource,  Geeze...!

Instead of complaining here try using your time by calling the National Seashore
and let them know of any debris that is washing up onshore. Or pitch in yourself
and take out what you can as I do.   Also there were 2 clean up days in the
spring where people went out and did a clean up of the beach.  If you were there
you could of got information regarding people and contacts for your complaints.

As far as the beach raking goes, your answer can be found in this weeks banner
or try calling town hall and asking.  It's really that simple!
7:16 am edt 

Herring Cove beach

I think the crappy state of Herring Cove beach is the result of sand
being dumped there that was removed during the widening of the road during the
winter.  I THINK!!
7:13 am edt 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Round Up

This highly controversial weed killer is the best thing to happen to
Provincetown since clear cutting became legal. How many dunes has Round Up
6:37 pm edt 

Re: Beach Closings

5 beach closings and the summer's only begun.  Wonder how many beach
closings there are in other Cape towns right now.  Nice to know those entrusted
and paid to monitor and keep our biggest "natural resource" in tip top shape are
doing their job.   And to think the town doesn't disclose because "the water is
safe".  Right.  You go swim, I'll sit on the dirty beach and feed flys instead.  

6:36 pm edt 

National Seashore Beach - Herring Cove

I'm very disappointed in the condition of the beach this season. There are plants growing and lots of "crap" that has been washed up on the beaches. THIS IS WHY PEOPLE COME TO
PROVINCETOWN... THE BEACHES ARE OUR DRAW... why haven't they been cleaned up?
Also, has the beach rake been used in town on the harbor beaches at all?
10:58 am edt 


According to the HDC's fence policy, fences are only permitted to be a maximum
of 48" high (30" is encouraged), which shouldn't affect your vista particularly
unless you're a dwarf.

If someone builds a fence that is taller than 48", call Russ Braun.  I've seen a
couple of instances where fences have been required to be changed.

If links are permitted, here's a link to HDC's policy.

Otherwise you can find it on the town website.
10:57 am edt 

Re: Round Up

Anyone with cape cod knowledge knows that you can not kill a weed
simply by pulling it out! If you leave just a small piece of the root in the
ground it will be back twice as strong as before. The only way to totally kill a
weed is by drowning it in chemicals like round up.
10:52 am edt 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Beach Closings

It is my understanding that as of this writing, five beach sites were closed in

Has this information been publicized, and I don't mean just the posting of signs at 
the sites? Has any additional effort been made to advise the public to the
reasons for the closing?

Who is responsible for getting the information to the public?
10:35 pm edt 

Theme Weeks

Instead of bashing "theme weeks" let's just look at it this way that:
some groups are able to enjoy getting together with like minded individuals, and
feel a sense of community and camaraderie.  Some weeks will be better for some
businesses than others, it is what it is.  Business owners need to work (or not)
with all the varying populations that make up our tourist season. 

less negativity would do us all good
10:27 pm edt 

Fenced In

Has anyone noticed how many fences are going up in town. seems more money brings
in the desire for more privacy and the enclosing of land that cuts out views for
people in town. At this rate, you'll find the seaside a wall of wood and a more
Nantucket approach to the sea. Own the land and you own the view. Otherwise, so

Let's not privatize the seascape.
10:26 pm edt 

Does the Board of Health Post on the Town Websites Beach Closings?

Does anyone know which beaches have been closed this week? do the tourists know?
And why are they closed? anything to do with the pouring of water into the bay
this winter/spring?

Does anyone know how many times beaches were closed last summer?  Thanks for the
10:13 pm edt 

Re: Round Up
We don't need to use "Round Up" to get rid of the weeds.  There are plenty of
year round residents who are on unemployment looking for any opportunity to make
an honest day wage.  Give them a chance to be productive members of our
community.  Help them to earn some self respect and give them something to do
besides complain on this site how the working class isn't doing enough for them. 
Besides, for many, the 99 week unemployment extensions are running out and they
will have no choice but to get off the dole.
10:05 pm edt 

Re: Amen to False Start

Your Welcome!!
10:04 pm edt 

Smoking Ban

Anybody know what happened with this ?
10:03 pm edt 

Re: Garden Tour
Did any one else go on the PAAM gardens tour Sunday?  Some of the gardens were
truly amazing.  I started off at that condo complex on Harry Kemp (where that
black dog was running loose) and was not at all impressed, but there were some
truly hidden gems as the tour went on.  We were very impressed with not just how
beautiful most of the gardens were, but also how many of the home owners were
willing to share their gardening tips.  Thanks to PAAM and all the volunteers
for making it such a special afternoon!
10:02 pm edt 

Dear No Consideration

What are you sore about? Anything goes in
Provincetown. Haven't you heard? We couldn't care less about being civil to each
other. We only care about cuttin' loose and having fun. Accept it or get the 
9:59 pm edt 

Be Alert!

Unfortunately my experience with the crowd this week has not been
great.  Shoplifting and stealing from 50 something year olds.  In over a decade
in retail here I have never seen so much theft.  If you own a shop keep your
eyes wide open.
9:56 pm edt 

To: Truth?

In an earlier blog you stated "5 major restuarants were
down"  and yet in a latter post you have different
information. Get your story straight .
As I said  before, hire an  accountant out of Town.
9:55 pm edt 

Re: Round Up

It is very interesting that someone uses roundup at
the B Street Garden. I know a number of gardeners there
who would be appauled to know this.
And I will inform them and Brian Carlson.
If you think it is O.K., you should identify yourself
and let's see how your gardening neighbors feel about
your use of roundup.
You have contaminated what they thought was their
organic garden.
Roundup is far from safe.
Read about the hazards on the web.  There have been
many studies. You may not mind poisoning yourself, but
you do not have the right to poison others.
In two articles in Mother Earth News and in other studies
sited on the web, Roundup has a wide reaching drift
effect that contaminates neighborhoods where animals roam,
children play and people walk through the vapor unknowing.
I know of others in town who intend to bring this issue
to health board and to place a warrant at town meeting.
Sarah Peake is one of the sponsors of a bill that is
passing through the state house now.  It is called
the Safer Alternative Bill and addresses the wide spread
use of chemicals and toxins in communities and will attempt
to minimize their use.
You do not live in the middle of the woods in New Hampshire.
You live in a dense community and need to think about your
neighbors ingesting your poison.

catherinesofia at
9:52 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Branding

Some people do avoid Provincetown because of theme weeks. It becomes
too difficult to plan their vacations here if they do not want to be here for a
theme week. Visitors came here for years without needing conventions to draw
them in. A lot of people find non-affiliated weeks more pleasant. It's true.
9:49 pm edt 

Re: Round Up
Of course there will be issues if the spray is used in highly concentrated forms
and applied continuously! Hell, milk is bad too if you drink too much!! Roundup,
applied according to the lable, is not harmful to humans.

Some people will do almost anything to stop a person from buildng a home on
their own property. First it was a post against the builder, then against the
cutting down of the big dangerous tree and now this.      you, the guy owns the
house, leave him alone. Maybe if he looks out his windows long enough he'll see
you're no saint.
9:47 pm edt 

Re: No Consideration
Want to bet I know who one of the neanderthals was? Did one of them have a big
black and red tribal tattoo on his shoulder? He's probably just celebrating his
recent freedom.

That must be the one last bar that allows him in for a drink. Been thrown out of
every other place.

Total loser.
9:44 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Re: Round Up

I really don't care what you say! I love using round up to get rid of
my weeds. And I'm way past my breeding days.
6:46 pm edt 

Re: The Truth

"How can our tourist director state business is fine?  Does he speak to
book keepers, accountants or ..."

Everyone tells the story they want to tell.  Some tell the truth, some may
exaggerate up or down.  If I found my bookkeeper/accountant was talking to the
tourism director and telling him about my business I would can his/her     . 
My business is up significantly this year, but then again - am I exaggerating?
6:19 pm edt 

No Consideration

At the ptown inn yesterday.. four neanderthals were splashing around
getting everyone enjoying the pool soaking wet and whipping a football around at
each other....after I had been splashed for the umpteenth time and the football
hit me for the second time; I decided to say something..One of the "gentlemen"
told me it was a "Family Pool" and I should go to the Boatslip..(Im a gay
male)...He then told me his behavior was OK because he's been visiting here for
20 years..Wondering when "Open to the Public" came to mean "No Gays" and "Dont
be considerate"....I never mind when im sitting near the edge of the pool and
children are playing and splashing; but would be nice to see adults act like
adults and respect each other..

6:17 pm edt 

What Natural Resources?

"Provincetown citizens need to create more reasons to come here. How can we
build on our existing natural resources?"

In this 21st century of amazing technology and advances
in environmental studies, the harbor and in turn it's beaches are used as a
prime dumping ground and people actually support this.  What little open space
and woodland that is left is allowed to be raped and clear cut so developers and
their cronies at town hall can cash in.  This won't stop until every inch is
covered with modular condos and unneeded "affordable" housing.    Look at Bangs
St.  On the market for almost a year now and not one has sold.  What's left? 
The dunes.  You can market these til the cows come home and good luck.  You
could consider bars a natural resource and then you might have a chance. 
6:14 pm edt 


The accountant did not name the individual businesses.   I only know of one
restaurant he does, and know 3 non-profits he works for, but again, he didn't
tell which one of any group.  He was only making a general statement as to the
health of the economy in Provincetown as he sees it.   No ships will be sinking
on his knowledge and his lips. 
6:11 pm edt 

Provincetown Branding

Provincetown citizens need to create more reasons to come here. How
can we build on our existing natural resources? What tourist-profile can
benefit? That is the key for economic development for our tourist based economy.
Making Provincetown a destination for different types of tourists including but
not limited to our 'theme groups' of tourists like our Bears who eat, drink and
tip big!
2:18 pm edt 

Bike Patrols by Police

This is another frivolous and expensive idea.  As anyone who rides his/her bike
on crowded Commercial Street knows, all you can do is concentrate on where your
going and you do not dare observe what is really going on for fear of hitting
people with you bike and causing bodily injury.  You want to adequately patrol
Commercial St., then have the officers WALK up and down the street because that
is the only way that they can have a good idea of what is going on.  This is
especially true for the ridiculous Segway. Enough already with wanting more and
more frivolous toys at our expense.
2:16 pm edt 

To Truth

Who would hire an accountant that gives business information
out about their clients? That's why I have my accountant in
Boston. Loose Lips Sink Ships and I belive they must maintain
the same confidentially respect as do Doctors, Lawyers and
2:14 pm edt 

Enough Already!

So, according to the Banner,  everyone thinks business was good for
july 4 weekend except some of the cab drivers; perhaps that is because we keep
adding more cabs to a level crowd level.........and does one cab company (and
our town) really need so many cabs (too hurt the smaller companies) several
mini-buses, an ugly stretch limo------when is enough enough?
11:25 am edt 

Re: Where Are the Bike Patrols?
I remember seeing on PTV the Police Chief asking for new bikes in the budget, as
his were old and deemed unsafe, but it was cut by the finance committee.

Maybe next year.
11:23 am edt 

Amen to False Start

I was born and raised in Provincetown and went
through the Provincetown school system. Now I live up Cape and only go to
Provincetown if I absolutely have to. The same group of people who were trying
to be included, accepted and treated equally in the 70's are the same people
that are excluding others now with their theme weeks. The constant building and
rape of the landscape combined with the "anything goes" mentality of
Provincetown have driven me away. Thanks for ruining my town.
11:21 am edt 

Calm Down About Traffic and Entertainers

I've been walking around town and the times that I've come across the Naked Boys
standing in their towels they have been polite and not creating a traffic jam.

This is a tourist town now--not a town with a major fishing fleet. As a tourist
town--we need to make accommodations.

Our year round population dropped 15% in the last 10 years. Concentrate on
getting a business here that will pay a living wage and is open 12 months a year
and you will discover it just isn't feasible.

Let the tourists be entertained and just calm down and accept the reality of the
11:20 am edt 

Re: False Start

Where do you get your statistics that people are "Already being driven away" by
Bear Week and other groups. There are hundreds of thousands of people who come
here, some multiple times and others as first time visitors. I don't see that
stopping anytime soon. And by the way, last week I saw a family with a young
child, five-ish, allow the boy to poop on the town beach and they simply kicked
some sand over it. Should we now say that families with kids are ruining the
town. I think your drug use is clouding your judgement. No wonder you are
questioning "where you fit in". Get over yourself.
11:16 am edt 

Round Up!

The ignorance regarding the use of the toxic pesticide
roundup is astonishing.  Stop believing everything you hear from these giant
companies that poison our world.  Do your research and look at the recent
studies  on this toxic chemical that has now shown to cause birth defects.   All
you have to do is run a google search on the dangers of round-up and then read! 

11:14 am edt 

PTV Video

Re: Watching PTV video of most recent Planning Board Meeting

I think the tech in the both needs to be retrained. And maybe the board members
and staff to. Speak into the mic! The Planning Board does not even seem to have
mic's on the table. Good Grief.
11:13 am edt 

Re: False Start

I agree, these theme weeks are already beginning to repel some tourists. I have
a group of friends who used to visit annually, but now they have to plan their
vacation around annoying theme weeks. They don't want to come during bear week,
family week, baby dyke week, circuit week, women's week, leather week, etc.,
etc., etc.

Some folks just want to come here for good old fashioned summer fun. At least
they used to. Now they are accosted on the streets by people handing out flyers,
subjected to roving gangs of people wearing fetish costumes or, worst of all,
made to feel like they don't belong in the town that used to embrace them with
open arms. Do we really need all these separatist groups dominating our town
week to week all summer long?
11:11 am edt 

Re: False Start

"In the long run these groups will drive out as many people as they bring in. It
is already happening."

I disagree, based on the trend of my tips over the years (up about 5% so far
over last season).

That said, I empathize. I, too, have seen more obnoxiousness among key
theme-week crowds (bears, circuitboyz, babydees). We're talking 1 out of 20 at
worst, but the change is noticeable. I blame the economy and generally
disconcerting state of things, not poor parenting or pure evil. Meanwhile, let's
count our blessings. Family Week is nigh!

11:08 am edt 


people insist on not stating the truth?   Spoke to an
accountant that does non-profit organizations in town, and one that does over a
dozen businesses in town.  He claims 5 major restaurants (not fast food) are all
down on numbers from last year, and some are down double digits.  A major
non-profit that is a major tourist draw, is way off.  Hotels and bed and
breakfasts are doing well for the first 9 days of July, but were down for May
and June.  As a property owner of a hotel that has over 20 rooms, I can attest
that we are not breaking any statistics from any of the past 15 years, and
actually, we are down this season, not double digits, but very close.   How can
our tourist director state business is fine?  Does he speak to book keepers,
accountants or is he just listening to owners spout what they want everyone to
believe?   My point is, almost everything on this blog is either exaggerated,
inaccurate, or misleading.   
11:06 am edt 

Bear Week

Let the bears swim in the harbor where they belong.
11:04 am edt 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Where are the Police?

I was on Commercial Street yesterday. The boys in towels were standing
in the middle of the street in front of The Post Office cafe shamelessly trying
to promote their show. Traffic was backed up, there was a ridiculous amount of
pedestrian congestion because there simply wasn't room for anyone to walk by.
Why aren't the Provincetown Police doing something about this? They're blocking
the street.
9:17 am edt 

False Start

As far as I am concerned Bear Week is off to a nasty start. I have
never seen so many people piss on my neighbors properties and tie so many bikes
to their fences. A lot of what they see as their playground for the week is
still private property. I used to enjoy the crowd that this theme week drew but
this time it is already worse than the July 4th tweakers . As an average sized
guy with nominal drug use and a well balanced view of my gender I am beginning
to wonder where I fit in. With all due respect to the business groups you are
turning this town into a * * * * show of off beat conventioneers who feel
entitled by their sheer numbers. Inclusive is starting to be exclusive and it
doesn't feel healthy. Aside from filling rental condos, guest houses, bars and
restaurants for the short term is this type of business good for the town in the
long term? Are bears, go go boys and girls gone wild the human equivalent of the
empty calories produced by sugar and high fructose corn syrup? In the long
run these groups will drive out as many people as they bring in. It is already
9:16 am edt 

Re: Single Mindedness

I use round-up at the B Street gardens, it works very good.
9:12 am edt 

Re: Single Mindedness

Round up is a great weed killer! I use it on all my gardens in town.
I've been using it for some 30 years now. Its is and has been very safe.
Provincetown is well known for its fast growing weeds You should thank your
neighbor for getting rid of the weeds and poison ivy!
9:06 am edt 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Re: It Stinks!

I am sick of the attempts at sugar coating going on here to sway
opinion.  It is obvious, while perhaps not a conspiracy, an attempt to hide
truths is happening.  What, other than money, would anyone gain by knowingly
abusing the natural environment and then trying to justify or defend that same
abuse.  Criminal at the least and sickening to boot.
9:24 pm edt 

Where Are the Bike Patrols?

We don't see them out at night this summer?
9:19 pm edt 

Re: It Stinks

The opinion of an expert, doubtful.  The opinion of someone needing a basic
grammar lesson, definite. 

Stop the foolishness. If it's not safe to drink, salt or not, it shouldn't be
splashing in anyones eyes, let alone a cut or scratch.  Nice, but poor, try.  
9:17 pm edt 

Harbor Hotel!

Love the new Harbor Hotel... nice job.
7:59 pm edt 

Single Mindedness

My neighbor at 8 Fishburn Court just showed up with a
tank full of roundup poison on his back and a mask
covering his face.  He proceeded to cover the entire lot
with this poison. There are two houses in very close
proximity to where he sprayed.  He sprayed inches away
from my organic garden. He sprayed the poison on tall
bamboo as the wind was blowing it on to my vegetable and
flower garden. Then he left, as he does not live there yet.
It is really hard to embrace second home owners when they act so unconsciously. 
Is there anything I can do to stop
this from happening again?
Does anyone know of any laws that would protect my family?
I have read reports about this horrible pesticide, including much evidence of a
link to testicular cancer.

7:55 pm edt 

Living Well is the Best is Revenge

I now realize what this means. My imperial section 8 entitled tenant is moving.
Peace will reign supreme. What a conniving, manipulative, system-cheating person
who has housing hoodwinked.

The big shocker is that the new landlord never called me for a reference. If I
should get the call my reference is this:  "To whom it may concern: The rent was
always paid on time."


The most relieved, celebratory landlord on cape cod
7:52 pm edt 

Cape Cod Times, Sunday, July 10

Intresting article about the release of executive
meeting minutes. Is Provincetown in
I doubt it.
7:49 pm edt 

To: The Writer of "To Clarence"

It's obvious that the writer is a town employee giving the context of the
response.  So, please don't be afraid to sign your name - I'm sure the TM won't
mind you are responding to set the record straight for those issues discussed
here on the blog by the Provincetown Association of Concerned Citizens.

If you can't sign your name then you should not respond or at least change your
writing style.
7:47 pm edt 

Re: It Stinks

Can you swim in it?  Yes.  Then it's safe.  You can't drink it?  Why
you drinking water from the ocean anyway?
7:46 pm edt 

Town Water & Sewer Meeting

Very large turnout. Standing room only.  More attendees than handouts.  Only a
bit smaller than the Winter town meeting at VMES but likely half seasonal
homeowners and half year round residents (?)

A) They sort of have a plan, but our unique opt-in system makes it hard to plan
anything for sure. Virtually every sentence was in the conditional while asking
for a firm commitments from homeowners seemed to build some mistrust?

B) Empty lots (Shankpainter & Snail Rd) are getting priority over existing homes
and condo developments both for construction spending and allocation of
"gallons" of treatment capacity.

C) Confusing information on USDA funds vs water based user fees vs betterment
fees/loans and changes in all those fees/funds coming September 9.

D) Several hardship cases blamed on specific and unusual  Board of Selection
policies and state law but with no background on why.

E) More ground water pumping into the bay starting in September but from the
fuel oil parking lot in far east end and harbor hotel parking lot.

F) Department of Public Works leadership: Absent. Town Manager: Absent.
Selectmen: Abset. Water & Sewer Board: Absent

G) Transition to year round from seasonal utility & water service will not part
of this project. (Don't we need more year round housing? How did we miss that

Overall:  The guy presenting was refreshingly competent and knew his stuff and
presented a complex partially planned project as best he could.
7:44 pm edt 

No Such Thing as 100% Pure

For all the risk-averse organic PC types who are worried about swimming in the
harbor, or eating seafood, repeat these words: there is no such thing as 100%

Take a drop of water from anywhere in the world's seas and look under a
microscope. Creatures, including mammals like us, live there and all produce
waste, among many other sources of natural bacteria and microbes.  So unless you
plan to start a fund for whale diapers, just for starters, you can't get 100%

Take Clarence's estimate that about 2 million gallons per day came from those 2
pipes.  That's 1 million per tide cycle.  Sounds like a lot, but how much is it
compared to the harbor's size?  The harbor is about 2 square miles with typical
depth of 30 to 90 feet.  At say an average 40 feet, that's 2 trillion cubic
feet, or 15 trillion gallons. 1 million gallons = 0.007% or 7/1000 of 1%.  And
his stats show only a small amount of pollutants in that 0.007%.  And the tides
exchange more than 25% of the harbor water each cycle.

Yes, the harbor has to be tested for bacteria and closed in places where results
are high, as it is. But when it passes those conservative tests, it's a tiny
risk. There is a tiny risk in eating anything, or exercising, or driving, or
shaking hands, or just about anything.  Standing in 1 place still subjects you
to cosmic radiation that causes chromosome damage.  

So take reasonable precautions for big risks, and carry on.  I for one am now
going to go for a swim.  
7:43 pm edt 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Re: It Stinks

If the water is so "safe" why is a beach closed to the left of Ryder? 
That doesn't sound safe to me. Especially so early in the season.  That sounds
9:44 am edt 

Municipal Health Benefits

It Looks like there is a Silver Lining.  Given the current fiscal
crisis at most municipalities due to required accounting changes in regards to
benefits for future retirees I applaud our Governor for taking action on
municipal health benefits.
8:54 am edt 

Midnight and Beyond

To: "Why can't I have a restaurant open just so I can sit there till
midnight or beyond"
and hold up everyone from getting rest so I can do it the
next day and see how long it takes the staff from walking out as I savor my
midnight desert. Get over yourself. Eat earlier or don't eat at all. Restaurant
help needs rest too.A restaurant need to be cleaned fr the next day. The kitchen
needs to be set up. Don't complain about them. You are the one they ALL complain
8:48 am edt 

Re: It Stinks

Re: "Why didn't the town provide this information as requested?" 

Because the water is safe.
8:47 am edt 

To: Clarence

You sat on the testing results for THREE MONTHS and yet when the water first
started flowing you ran your editorial and posted pics within a matter of days. 
What gives?  And the town did do testing on a regular basis.  To get the
results, you just had to call.

As far as storm water runoff that some are complaining about on here, every year
the town gets grants and replaces at least one storm water pipe with catch
basins.  If I remember correctly, there are 15 or more storm drains in town. 
The soon to be done repaving of Commercial street is being done with more grants
directly related to storm water management.  The paving material is porous and
will virtually eliminate all of the storm water run off from the paved area.

As far as bathing in the harbor, Barnstable County tests the entire stretch of
town owned beaches (pretty much the whole waterfront) and if a specific area
fails the test, the beach is closed.  You can see the signs up and down the
whole beach telling us if the area is safe for swimming.  The only beach closed
as of this time is Ryder Street left.  It will be retested on Monday. 

Additionally, the town has also received a grant to do DNA testing from the
harbor to determine if the failed beaches failed due to natural decomposition or
from human/animal waste.  If it is determined that it is human waste, you can
bet that all red dot delays will have to hook up to the sewer immediately.

Webmaster Comment:

See editorial scheduled for posting later today.
8:24 am edt 

What About Food Poisoning?!

"In summary: It was concluded that the quality of the out-fall water at both
locations did not represent a health hazard to bathers."

That's good.  Retesting is recommended.  When and who is monitoring this?  Seems
like nothing is being done at State or local level other than tests in March by
the blogmaster.  If the water is good for bathing but not for drinking or
ingesting, is it okay to eat shellfish or fish that ingest it, i.e. local
seafood?  Simple questions, simple answers please.  This is important.  No one
likes food poisoning.  Not a good thing. 
1:38 am edt 

Xerox Flyers

There have been several recent posts about the unfortunate behavior of
several local art institutions. I have one to add: Has anyone else noticed the
crazy amount of xerox flyers one new local gallery has been plastering all over
town? I'm not talking about a poster here and there, or a small stack of
postcards, I mean literally hundreds of flyers everywhere.

I was at the Stop & Shop today and there are dozens of them all over the
bulletin board, many covering up other peoples' flyers and announcements. This
seems quite rude and unnecessary.

As many people pointed out during the whole green line mess, if you want people
to come to your gallery, the best way to get them there is to just show good
1:34 am edt 

Okay, Got it!

Can swim in it and boat on it but can't drink it.  So
swim with mouth closed at all times and hope a gulp doesn't get through.  Eyes
closed too.  Or are they okay in the billion to one bacteria frappe?  And what
about anyone with an immune deficiency, open cat scratch, mosquito bite, etc? 
Guess Ptown isn't as unique as it claims to be after all. Just like every other
town in the world abutting ocean, it sees and uses it's harbor as a dumping
ground.  Makes sense.  Spend millions on unneeded affordable housing and
overpriced elaborate renovation of town buildings so a few get rich but don't
invest a dime in the one resource that keeps this town alive and has throughout
its history.  Smart.  Real smart.    
1:32 am edt 

Friday, July 8, 2011

It Stinks

Why didn't the town provide this information as requested?  Why was it
left to private citizens to shoulder the responsibility to have water tested and
procure a testing facility and inform the public of deserved results?  Don't
town officials get paid to do this???  Seems like another prime example of
refusal to serve the public combined with ineptness.  This smells worse than the
6:57 pm edt 

Road Runoff

"Runoff containing everything from water to fuel dripped from car oil pans onto
the road.."

Well, now that the webmaster has published the lab findings he's apparently had
for 3 months, that say the 2 pumped water outflows were safe for recreational
uses, what about normal road runoff, as the poster highlighted above?

Road runoff goes into the ocean here as it does in practically every seaside
community in the world.  The street storm drains do not go into the sewer
system.  They go straight to the beach - you can see the pipe ends up and down
the harbor.

The alternative would be to build a sewer treatment system that could handle the
whole runoff from the largest rainstorms.  Much much larger than our existing
sewer system and beyond any reasonable ability to be funded. 

Some places, like much of Boston, have their sewer and storm drains go into the
same pipes and on to sewerage treatment facilities.  But when it rains, the
volume is too high, so all the "effluent" goes in the sea: rain water, road
runoff, and untreated sewerage. 

Facts of life.  Maybe we should stop swimming in the ocean.  Or lighten up and
realize that humans are built to handle microbial and chemical assault
especially when diluted by factors of many billions to one, as is the case with
our regular road runoff (car drippings, etc.) here.

6:12 pm edt 

East End Sewer Meeting

I just read in the banner that there is going to be another meeting about the
sewer and all of the East End is invited. Go and voice your concerns.
6:10 pm edt 

Webmaster Commemt

MYPACC March 13.2011 Editorial

What Are We Doing to Our Bay.....Our Future?

The March 10, 2011 Banner article "What's Going on here?" by reporter Mr. Kevin Mullaney did a good job reporting What, Why and Time Frame details concerning pumping of groundwater at two sites into the bay.

Given the stated amount of water being pumped (2,160,000 gallons per day), questions still remain concerning water quality effects on the shoreline ecosystem considering the high rate of effluent discharge.

(Each site discharges 750gal/min X 60 min X 24hrs = 1,080,000 gallons per day X 2 sites =2.16 Million Gallons Per Day)

In answer to questions raised by the public concerning the permitting of the subject project:

A Permit was granted on 10/12/2010: Permit Number MAR10DO33

An NOI (Notice of Intent) was submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) NOI Processing Center.

However, EPA although granting a permit does not attest to the validity of the information provided by the applicant. EPA further states that "Your eligibility for coverage under the Permit is based on the validity of certification you provided".

The permit further states "As you know, the Construction General Permit requires you to have developed and begun implementing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and outlines important inspection and record keeping requirements. You must also comply with any additional location-specific requirements applicable to your state or tribal area. A copy of the Construction General Permit must be kept with your SWPPP".

In light of the above, it is important to know what the initial Certification stated as fact, and what test were made to establish such assessments, as well as what on-going tests and inspections are scheduled.

We should be greatly concerned with the potential long term effects this operation will have on the usability of our beach for our citizens, visitors and wild life.

Accordingly, the State should be requested to test the effluent to provide assurance to all stakeholders.

It is therefore requested that the above documents be made public by the DPW and publicized in the Banner.

Clarence L. Walker, Jr.

As a follow up to the above mentioned editorial, on March 15, Dwayne Raymond and I took water samples at both the surfside and Thislemore water out-fall beach locations.
These samples were delivered to the Barnstable County Health Laboratory for testing.

Additionally, I contacted the Director of the Barnstable County Health Laboratory, Mr. Gongming Lei. He was very cooperative and expedited the testing of the samples. 

On March 25, I received the results of the tests. In both cases the water samples were found to be acceptable for leisure water activities but not for drinking.

I explicitly questioned Mr. Gongming as to the implications and was assured that the test findings were well within the parameters for safe beach activity.

Test Parameters:

 Thislemore Out-Fall
   Nitrate as Nitrogen       Non Detected
   Total Coliform               Present
The recommended maximum contamination level for drinking water  
exceeded due to Coliform Bacteria.
Retesting is recommended.

 Surfside Out-Fall
Nitrate as Nitrogen     0.24          0.1 (RL)*  10 (MCL)*
   Total Coliform            Present
The recommended maximum contamination level for drinking water
exceeded due to Coliform Bacteria.
Retesting is recommended.

*RL= Reporting Limit
*MCL= Maximum Contaminant Level

In summary: It was concluded that the quality of the out-fall water at both locations did not represent a health hazard to bathers.

Tomorrow a scanned copy of the full report will be published in the Editorial section of MYPACC

5:30 pm edt 

Re: The Smell

Sorry, maybe you like swimming in sewage but I don't.  And just
because illegal septic dumping has been going on for years doesn't make it
right.  Wake up and smell the new stink.   Septics on the water leaching into
the harbor at high tide.  Runoff containing everything from water to fuel
dripped from car oil pans onto the road and all kinds of good stuff.   Talk
about a crime.  Who is monitoring this stuff, how often and how??  Gross. 
4:28 pm edt 

The Smell

This winter they pumped ground water impacted by septic fields around
Surfside,Kendell,Allerton and Thistlemore at Bradford. These low lying septic
fields were at or below the water table during a (very) high tide or significant
rains, so getting the mucky water out was/is/will be a good thing.

As east-enders know all too well, they pumped that smelly ground water out to
the bay for much of the winter and yes it still smells.

I'm not sure what the RBO/DPW team is saying now other than 'not my fault'?

And no it's not just low tide , so if low tide smells like that you can bet the
neighbors have a failed septic. 

I wish DPW would post here and just explain themselves and tell us what's going
on. I know they read this blog so why not come clean so to speak.
4:20 pm edt 

Re: That's a Big Thing to Me

The best thing about the kid flipping the truck was that the PFA paid
for his lawyer ain't that a slap in the face
3:11 pm edt 

Eastend Stench

Can anyone remember when sewage drained directly out of pipes into the harbor.
The smell has been for years, and?
3:09 pm edt 

That's a Big Deal to Me

"The kid flips a truck, goes through the court system and is now off
making something of himself and the town has
recuperated fine yet you admonish the parents? You need help...
The town recuperated fine. . ."

What?  The town's residents had to cough up $350,000 - that's a big deal to me. 
And because someone thinks it's OK to get drunk and go drive a big fire truck to
impress a girl?
1:43 pm edt 

CPC Funds Usage

So on June 28 the Caro Hawthorne Property transferred to the Town,
purchased with CPC funds, with                                     acting as with a purchase price of $600,000 albeit a bargain price for
perpetual conservation much did our former                  pocket
in fees?  Will she put this on     resume when     runs again?????????  All in
the interest of transparency and full disclosure!

Thanks         for your commitment to the town.
1:40 pm edt 

Be Careful Where You Place Your Head in the Sand

Sorry, not the same smell of a marsh at low tide in Wellfleet or
rotting seaweed that we all know and love in the west end moors.  Go stand on a
sandbar for 20 minutes at dead low on a hot day and you will get a whiff.  Or
you can keep your head in that same sand and ignore it as usual.  Point taken,
no one cares.  It will fix itself no doubt with the right wind and tides.  After
all, it is totally impossible for our harbor to be ever be polluted by
wastewater runoff with who knows what in it or leaking sub-standard septics
along the waterfront.  Even a rogue bouse house in a beach parking lot could
never drain directly down the grate into the harbor after a good rain. 
Impossible.  No worries.  Doesn't fix the stink though.  Have the chowder but if
it's local, you might consider asking them to hold the clams, while you wait for
your free soda refill. 
1:35 pm edt 

Explanation Please

What are all these blogs about a kid being a bane on society?  What
happened?  A brief synopsis would help those of us not privy to the details. 
Seems someone rented somewhere to somebody and got burnt.  It is hard to
decipher all these blogs without knowing what happened.  A little explanation
11:51 am edt 

Re: Unclear on the Picture
These are the writings of a true psychopath. The kid flips a truck, goes through
the court system and is now off making something of himself and the town has
recuperated fine yet you admonish the parents? You need help. Just because you 
            as a kid doesn't mean we all have to read your wrath.
11:48 am edt 


I can see refills on coffee and Tea (hot or cold) but refills on
soda? Until you have your own restaurant and pay the bills
shut up. And BTW, salad and bread is not free. Those who
provide add the cost on the entree.
11:46 am edt 

Problem Renters

This is why one landlord I know will only rent to people who are over 40 years
old. The neighborhood boy rented an apt one summer from this landlord then got
roommates, charged them money, and kept the money, trashed the apartment and
just left.

It was a big scandal because the parents live right across the street and have
always had a blind eye regarding their trouble making child!

Soon no one will rent to Americans who are under 25 years old--unless they have
a $2,000 security deposit.
11:45 am edt 

Eastside/Westside Smell... get it at low tide, drive up rt 6 into Wellfleet and you get the same
smell at the marshy areas there... its been around for ages... get used to
it if you are planning on living on the cape
11:42 am edt 


A poster here wrote:

"The (school)administration is over paid but they do a
great job making sure the children have what they need. The children do deserve
at least that much in this town."

Perhaps a  consensus on mypacc. Supporter or skeptic of the schools, it appears
we all agree school dept personnel are overpaid.

And that's saying something!
11:39 am edt 

Re: Community Center and School Department

No supervision is what you're worried about? How about that huge tree looming
over the Community Center, the one with half of the tree removed over the years
and a weak root system considering it's completely surrounded by pavement. The
half that remains is leaning toward the Community Center and is probably the
towns biggest liability right now. I'd rather have the kids at the beach too as
opposed to inside that building if that tree ever went over!
11:37 am edt 

Where to Eat After 10PM?

There isn't a decent place to eat after 10PM in this resort town! 
That is a fact.  Now if your talking fast food, OK, but tourists want to eat
past 10PM are out of luck.  Sure, I can name 1 or 2 places, but have been there,
and always say the same thing, WHY BOTHER.  (And I don't care to name names
here, does it matter?  Only kids name names and this blog should start acting
like human adults)
11:36 am edt 

Foreign Students

Our foreign students are the cream of the crop. Sure, there is dead head here a
there, but in my experience what I've found are students who asked for a nice
chair in their room so they may read after work.

Contrast this to the American 22 year old who is rushing off to       for
"church" in the bar on Sunday and then           on Monday and such and such
on Tuesday.

Do a serious interview and try to get the truth out of the folks who give
recommendations: they have blinders on about their own kind and rose colored
glasses on regarding friends of their children. Enough said. Good day
11:33 am edt 

Unclear on the Picture

It seems that you have diagnosed the situation with the youth who destroyed a
fire truck. You have exposed the lackadaisical attitude of a landlord I know who
rented to a local youth who then rented the apartment to some foreign students
and who then pocketed the rent leaving you with a destroyed apartment and a set
of parents who made excuses for the child they bore who has a useless existence
and is a curse on society.

People like this exist everywhere--but when your neighbor knowingly inflicts
their dysfunctional child on a neighbor and when this child is the bane of all
that is good and holy in the world and you enable such a child and go the
teachers at the school and admonish them to pass your trouble making, problem
child and inflict him on the rest of us--then you, dear parents are

You are responsible and thank heaven this guy is now far away from us and can no
longer cause harm to this community and you need to face the reality that you
knowingly and willfully inflicted your son on this community and for that you *
rightfully* deserve our condemnation. 

11:30 am edt 

Trivia vs Substance

Soda refills, dog shade, what's a high end restaurant are back issues
to the "fact" that the harbor could potentially be in real trouble with all the
"wastewater" flow that it perhaps cannot clean as efficiently as presented.  The
sparse natural environment left is raped over and over to jam in more stupid
resource sucking and unwanted prefabs and condos?  Certain individuals are
cashing in and blatantly building without proper permits while other commoners
have to jump through hoops.  The faces of those few left who are honest are
slapped repeatedly and the use of trickery to play the game is sickening.  The
school is dead.  Anyone with a brain and kids will surely shy away from keeping
house here. (more death to the winter population but keep building affordable
units) Not alot left to faith.  And yes, there are those that say if you think
it's so bad, the worst in the world, leave.  Probably never spent a winter here
let alone 50 or more. Not so easy to ignore a!
  beautiful curse. 
11:28 am edt 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Westside Smell

I have friends who have a place in the west end near the Moors and
talk about a bad smell. Please. It is much worse than what I am smelling in the
East End where I live.
11:17 pm edt 

Re: Bayside Betsy's

Typical Provincetown. I was commenting on soda refills not bread and salads.
Stick to the topic at hand Miss Wah! Also, what's it your business how many
refills were had.    
3:43 pm edt 



3:41 pm edt 

Immature, Spoiled American Youth


Imagine two young American housemates: their rooms look like the inside of a
giant junk drawer. My dryer has ink blotches in it from pens left in aprons and
coins from pockets and sand from socks.

Then they are furious when I won't let them rent a year round apt. Actions have
consequences. One finally stopped piling unwashed dishes in the sink and leaving
a mess in the house when I said that I won't rent an apartment to you and when
you ask me for a recommendation--all I need to do is show Photographs of this
mess left in the various rooms from pot on the table and floor to coming back to
an empty house to discover flimsy tea candles left burning on a table on the
deck that the wind could have easily blown onto the floor.

This threat has worked--because there is no sign that you are even here---but
one look at your room and I can still see how you would treat your own

When I think of what I was like at your age and I see you, it makes me realize
how mature I was even as a teenager compared to you being your age yet seemingly
to be going on twelve.

Sadly, I see first hand the result of *some* of these broken, one family homes
compared to these two parent families. And I'm rock solid in my conviction that
gay parents make excellent parents because I've witnessed the results first

I see some local youth as they behave out in the world away from your parental
eye and the differences between these youth in attitude and responsibility and
maturity is incredible-some younger teenagers behave as young adults and have
self confidence and a sense of humor and are secure in themselves while some who
are older have a chip on their shoulder regarding the police and seem to have a
lack of self respect.

What a pity. It is my hope that you will mature as these years go by because you
think that being mature means being "hard" or "tough" when true maturity means
that you can just be yourself and being kind isn't being weak. There is great
truth in the saying,"the child is the father of the man" which means as you see
the youth--you see what the man will be like.

I know that I sound harsh, but you already lag so far behind in maturity
regarding how you live and the choices that you make and you reply,"Yes, but I'm
only such and such years old"; but the years pass and it gets harder and harder
to go back to school the longer you are away from it.

Wake up to the choices that you make; stop and look around you. Where will you
be in ten years? Sure it is totally appropriate that you hang out by the statue
in the corner of Town Hall set back from the street--and you would probably die
if I stopped by and said hello--so I'd never do that. You go there because you
are all too young for the bars--but being 15 is one thing but being on the cusp
of adult hood and hanging out says something too.

You are all polite and you all are lively and happy to be with each other--but
when you are old enough for the bars--is that going to be your next stop?

As the years pass where will you be at 22, 28, 30? What choices will you have?
As the years pass, what will you become? You know these older folks who hangs
out with teenagers? Are they really so cool or do they do it because they are
not mature themselves and don't see their sad future or the one that could be

You have what it takes to succeed--except gumption. You told me yourself that
you don't like to tackle anything that seems difficult and, eventually, even
making a bed or sorting a pile of clothes from a heap on the floor becomes an
unbearable chore--and this I've witnessed with my own eyes.

Right now you are drifting and so are some of your friends--someone needs to
tell you to wake up because some parents are only making excuses when what is
needed is a serious dose of reality because it is people like me who do the
hiring and provide the housing and, truthfully, I've not seen a manifestation of
the accolades that rained down on from the people I called for references and
who spoke to me in person. However, be prepared, because I will tell the truth
when asked.
3:15 pm edt 

East End Smells

The east end sandbars smell like sewer at lowtide.  Are you saying the
Bangs St. wetland also smells like sewer?  It makes sense that, even with up to
code septic systems, any houses upland would dictate to gravity and leach
directly to the lowest point which would be the wetland.  Not good.  Combined
with any rain, what a recipe for mega mosquito breeding.  I haven't noticed a
smell but there are much more mosquitos than usual.  I haven't been down into
the wetland though.  It might stink there, don't know. 
3:08 pm edt 

Community Center and School Department

As I sit and watch the children go to recreation I am shocked that as
parents drop their children off their is no one outside to watch them at 9:00.
If recreation starts at 9:00 then their should be supervision out there with
them. I also here that they  don't go to the beach very often. For the money the
parents pay they should be at the beach every day with swimming lessons. The
children are always stuck at that filthy community center.     
On another subject. To the person that is judgeing the school you don't know
what you are talking about. The administration is over paid but they do a great
job making sure the children have what they need. The children do deserve at
least that much in this town.
3:05 pm edt 

Smoking Ban

Anyone know what the latest status is with the Smoking Ban ?
3:03 pm edt 

Re: Aqua Bar

Interesting reading about Aqua Bar not filing permits for C91. I had
to go through the motions to get a deck put on the back of my building how do
they skip this process?
3:01 pm edt 

Re: Bayside Betsy's

Betsy's does not charge for salad or bread BASKET THAT WILL BE
REFILLED for dinner so maybe you know retaurants that do that?. wah I got
charged for a refill on soda (which I doubt) And $40 FOR lunch? Since most lunch
entrees are 10-15, how many did you have or did you get 10 soda refills.
2:58 pm edt 

School Salaries

Just another example of people that like to hear themselves spew on here after
the fact without actually engaging in the democratic process. Negativity without
action seems to make them happy. Remember when you point a finger at someone
else there are four pointing back at you! I know out school costs are higher
here, but that will change when the final two years of the high school are
comleted. A promise was made to the remaining students and that promise is being
kept. If you had bothered to attend or even watch the meetings on TV you would
have a clue.  
2:56 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Re: High End Restaurants

It is fair to say that there are relatively expensive restaurants in
town but I wouldn't consider any of them to be "high end".  That's ridiculous
unless you just mean in comparison to the others.
11:56 pm edt 

School Salaries

All the school salaries were discussed at School Committee, Fin Com, Board of
Selectmen, and Town Meeting. No one objected. Not a singe board vote in dissent.
With no public comment for or against and huge majority in town meeting.

Higher admin costs than other districts? Yes. Anyone care? No.
11:54 pm edt 


Yes, I agree, they do a great job of supporting and promoting emerging artists.
However, they aren't Provincetown artists. They come from other areas of the
country or the world, do their fellowships and, in most cases leave afterwards
to continue their artistic careers elsewhere.

FAWC does do a token "all town invitational" open show each spring for local
artists, but that's really where their support for us ends.
11:52 pm edt 

Now That is the Truth

Many post ridiculousness, support with fantasy
and then insult opposing blogs with personal insults.  Par for the course. 
10:31 pm edt 

Re: High End Restaurants

"The blogger is not wrong at all.  How on earth can you interpret this
the way you did?  Stop woody woodpeckering trying to instigate a dispute ..."

But that's the beauty of this blog.  You can be wrong, state facts that aren't
facts, you don't have to admit it and then come back and post about something
4:50 pm edt 

Re: Fireworks

"As beautiful as the fireworks were, does anyone know how much they
cost the town?  They were a huge success.  Everyone seemed to be well behaved
and respectful.  Kudos!"

The fireworks themselves are paid for by donations, mostly businesses.  I think
they cost somewhere around $25,000.  Extra costs to the town are paid by the
town, it was approved at the town meeting in april.
4:47 pm edt 

I Find a Good Balance Here: A Critical Perspective on the Town

Liking this town does not mean accepting corruption, mismanagement and poor
leadershhip. It means some people care about vision and about the beaches, the
streets, businesses, and the waterfront. I'm glad people care enough to
criticize the problems and bring light on what could be better alternatives.
When you care about the essence of Provincetown, you care enough to be critical
of wrong decisions and poor actions that hurt the town.
3:06 pm edt 

Are You Kidding???

Just looked at the Provincetown Annual Report for 2010.  Why is the Principal
making over $101,000 a year??  In a school system that totals 150 students (if
that), that salary is TOTALLY unwarranted.  This town keeps telling people we
need to "cut back." Maybe if the town reevaluated some of these outrageous
salaries, we'd have the money for other things and wouldn't have to go to the
taxpayers for tax overrides.  Let's face it, the school system here is finished. 
Why do we need a Principal, an Assistant Principal, and worst of all....a
Superintendent.  We also have 2 administrative assistants at her command, making
over $70,000.  Why does this person need 2 administrative assistants?? 
Shouldn't she be multi-tasking and doing her own work??  Not like she has a lot
to do.  This town is failing and we have a school system on the way out.  Yet,
we should be downsizing.  Who's fooling who??  Wake up Provincetown!!!!
2:36 pm edt 

Re: East End Smell

It is the same smell that comes from the Bangs St. wetlands.
2:25 pm edt 

Re: High End Restaurants

"and often (but not always) are located on the waterfront
with great views."

The blogger is not wrong at all.  How on earth can you interpret this the way
you did?  Stop woody woodpeckering trying to instigate a dispute where there is
none.  Do you think "often (but not always)" means "always"?  Someone needs to
go back to rudimentary english class if so. 
2:24 pm edt 


I make a motion that you change the name of this blog to;
"The sky is falling the sky is falling!!" I can't imagine why so many  people 
come here. If you read this blog one would  think this is  the worse place in
the world. I wonder why these people continue to live here with all the fault
they seem to find/invent.
2:22 pm edt 

Re: High End Restaurants

Read more carefully before you comment.  If you read what the blogger
said it was that often, but not always, the high end restaurants are located on
the waterfront
2:20 pm edt 

Bayside Betsys

We've been going to Betsys for years.  However, the last time we were there this
week, we were informed that they charged for refills of soda.  NO OTHER PLACE
charges for refills.  I could see if it were for alcohol drinks...but this was
soda.  I think if you're paying for a $40 lunch, you got a bottomless cup of
coffee and or soda.  What gives???
2:19 pm edt 


As beautiful as the fireworks were, does anyone know how much they cost the
town?  They were a huge success.  Everyone seemed to be well behaved and
respectful.  Kudos!
2:17 pm edt 

High End Restaurants

I find it curious that some "high" end restaurants order food from a SYSCO
trucks daily, one should do their homework on the products that are sold from
some vendors. High end restaurants can be referred to as expensive, maybe but
there are expensive restaurants that haven't changed their menus in 10 years,
that is not "high" end! There are lovely restaurants on the water, on the street
and elswhere, quality organic, farm raised meats and market fish selections I
would consider "high end" for my restaurant choice with eclectic interesting
wines not found at         or          for god's sake!!
2:16 pm edt 

There is an Arrogant Attitude on the Paam Board

I know what someone is suggesting. There was a time--surely not now--when the
art association cared deeply about local artists. Now, it is so tied to fund
raising it has forgotten its goals--or at least one of the goals many of us care

It is other-occupied; not town-creative-occupied.

It is gentrified artist-focused.
2:13 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Re: Provincetown's Best Restaurants

How WRONG is the blogger who sez Provincetowns best Restaurants are on
the water! Not true at all.
11:27 pm edt 

A Moment in Time

I spent the day of the 4th hanging out at Long Point on my little boat
chatting with a fisherman. Yep, I have become one of those people that anchors
and eats and drinks. He seemed to have been one for a while. That fisherman was
plenty good company too. This is the spirit of Provincetown that I love. It's
also the part that I see us turn our backs on as we give way to the merchant
class and their need to pummel us with circuit weeks and bear weeks and girls
gone wild weekends. These people can be so invasive and disrespectful of the
reasons that anyone else wants to be in this lovely place.  it makes me sad.
11:18 pm edt 

I LIke the Idea of an Alterantive Art Group

We need to encourage and support artists and not spend most of our time raising
large sums of monies. I like your suggestion.
11:16 pm edt 

Re: Vandalism on Town Property

Clarence perhaps you can forward information about the recent anti dog
rants on your website to the police. I am sure they would like to talk to the
poster about recent vandalism on Town property.
11:14 pm edt 

Re: Emerging Artists:

That's what FAWC is all about. And that's why
artists like Stanley Kunitz and Bob Motherwell founded it--precisely to give
emerging artists the time and space to do their work and to keep reinvigorating
the arts environment here on the Outer Cape.
11:12 pm edt 


I think the new PAAM wing is a great addition to town and Chris McCarty deserved
a lot of credit for getting it done.

I suspect Ms McCarthy treats her board of directors with respect, however, I am
surprised  that PAAM's  executive director seems to                                     
You don't have to guess, she takes us for         and says so
fairly openly and publicly even if often masked with humor.

Unfortunately, her interactions with townie and wash ashore alike is costing the
museum good will. Yet it appears the Board is in such a bubble they will be the
last to know how much harm is being done.
11:10 pm edt 

Re: East End Smell

I too am very familiar with the smell of seaweed in the east end for
all my lifetime.  As was my father and his father and his father.  Your reply so
wittingly insinuates that because you are a "townie" or "local" (here we go
again, all my lifetime) you are, by birthright, a marine biologist and
ecologist.   I am not, like you, a premier expert on seaweed stink but I also am
a townie and local and I do have a working nose.  Using that nose and common
sense alone, I can deduct simply that this odor is definitely NOT the smell of
seaweed.   At dead low tide, a taint is present on and around the sandbars that
is NOT normal.  You can paint your seashells with sugar all you'd like (who do
you work for?) but there is something going on here that shouldn't be.  
10:52 pm edt 

Re: PAAM's Lack of Commitment

To: For the record
That is just your one incident I watch from the
sidelines and know it to be a fact that nepotism has taken over PAMM, not only
in juried shows but in larger showings as well, tske for example showsthat were
given to Tracey Anderson, who is she? liz Carnet, who is she, Mike Right, all
connected to the "inner circle"  How much was donated to get them shows? Or
better still, what was their connection to PAMM? Look in the internal structure
of the mueseums workings and you will see that these prople were intertwined. 
PAMM has made change sine the arrival of Chris McCarthy, many of them for the
better.  But what is going on under her nose is not for the better.  She needs
to start really taking a look at what is happening  To the person who said it's
because my painting wasn't good enough or just plain ugly, sorry I am not an
artist , I am just a usetobe financal contributor to PAMM. Those are the FACTS.
Like them or not. Bring in outside jurists to t!
hese shows. Then you will see  change
10:50 pm edt 

Re: High End Restaurant

Without naming names, I think you can figure out what is meant by a
high end restaurant.  They have quality food, high prices, usually table clothes
and real cloth napkings and often (but not always) are located on the waterfront
with great views.
10:45 pm edt 

Re: Business is Off

Are you kidding??  There wasn't a room to be had this weekend.  All parking lots
were full, and I just spoke to a well known retailer, who is a block from Town
Hall, who told me they're up 30% this weekend and were also up 30% for the month
of June.  Not to mention you couldn't get down the aisles in Stop and Shop this
weekend due to heavy traffic and there were lines in the restaurants and the
liquor stores.   The Boatslip had to shut down t-dance for overcrowding and the
A-House line last night was backed up to Commercial Street. The streets were
full.  Thankfully business is back!  Not sure what you're selling, but maybe you
need to update your merchandise for the new generation that's coming to town.
7:07 am edt 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Re: Business is Off

At $3.00 PLUS  just for a bad piece of pizza, I'll rather go to S&S
for a whole frozen pie!
10:10 pm edt 

Re: Business is Off

I am just curious which are the "high" end restaurants?
10:06 pm edt 

Eastend Smell

The smell in the eastend is seaweed. And it has had that same smell
for all of my lifetime!
10:01 pm edt 

Re: Business is Off

I don't know what restaurants you go to, but just try to get a
reservation at any of the fancy restaurants in town and it is hard to get a
table.  I think maybe the average restaurants may be hurting, but the high end
restaurants seem to be doing quite well.
8:04 pm edt 

Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop has been very busy this week.
8:02 pm edt 

Rental Homes and Condos

I see a lot of overcrowding in the rental house/condos. Where are the
enforcers of the town? Do we have such people who inspect these violations
during a holiday? or do we wait until there is a fire? They inspect bars and
other businesses but not rentals! People are making big bucks renting a two
bedroom house to more than four people, while the town looks the other way and
raises our taxes. What is wrong with this picture!
8:01 pm edt 

Over Development

Right on Jack!

If everybody put their money were their mouth is, we
would not have the over building that is going on here. Support OPEN SPACE & the
conservation trust! Stop complaining and get to work on saving what land we have
left. The ONLY way to stop over building is to buy the land before they do.
7:59 pm edt 

Re: Business is Off

If its so bad in town, why did I have to wait in a line just to have
7:57 pm edt 

Business is Busy

I went out to eat yesterday and all of the GOOD places to eat at were
VERY busy! And I didn't see many smokers around me!
7:55 pm edt 

East End Smell

Sewage does have a distinctive odor.
7:53 pm edt 

Re: Business is Off
More people are partying and eating at their cottages/guest houses than they used to. 

Gee now let's just add a SMOKING BAN to really kill the business that is left
for the restaurants.
1:33 pm edt 

Two Comments For Two Recent Posts

1. Maybe your painting wasn't a good fit for the show... or perhaps it was just
simply UGLY

2. Since this blogs inception, posters have said "business is down" this year...
by this point shouldn't the entire town be shut down and empty? seems to me that
it is just biz as usual...

Thanks, now please get back to your conspiracy theories and keep trying to
promote the idea that Provincetown is dying... it shows such civic pride.
1:31 pm edt 

PAAM's Lack of Commitment to the Future

There was talk on this blog some months back about starting an
alternative local arts organization to truly support and encourage local artists
(an area in which PAAM has completely dropped the ball, choosing instead to
focus on money and nepotism.)Similarly, Provincetown Arts magazine chooses to
focus only on older, already established local artists year after year. It seems
like this town just doesn't care about emerging artists anymore. (Could it be
because their work doesn't command the high prices that established artists'
work does?)

Does anyone have any ideas? Does anything like this already exist and I just
don't know about it? It just seems like so many young, unestablished local
artists who aren't well connected are basically shut out. THESE are the people
who are the future of Provincetown's arts community. They deserve and would
really benefit from a forum in which to show their work and encouragement from a
supportive organization. That is what PAAM was in the early days. Can't we bring
that back to Provincetown somehow?
1:29 pm edt 

For the Record:

I got into a juried show at PAAM and I didn't/don't know the Jurist, nor have I
ever done anything (taken classes, volunteered, etc.) in any capacity at the

Sorry to ruin your rant against the museum and it's director... but thems the
1:24 pm edt 

Re: Business is Off

It's the economy silly!!! Gas is still higher than it was last year, no one is
getting raises (in the pravate sector), More people are partying and eating at
their cottages/guest houses than they used to. most of the schlock, bangles,
art, clothes  and food in town are grossly over priced. 
9:49 am edt 

Over Development

All the problems in Ptown are a direct cause from all of the over
building... we don't need all of the affordable housing and we don't need to
squeeze in housing on every available piece of land. Support the Provincetown
Conservation Trust... if you care about open space and limiting the building
that is going on. The PCT will buy up land and keep it as conservation land

Traffic congestion, water and sewer problems, undesirables moving into
affordable housing are all symptoms of OVER BUILDING... wake up Ptown before we
are the next Hyannis.

9:47 am edt 

Re: Business is Off

Business is off for you, could it be that we are in the middle of the
biggest recession since the great depression?
9:45 am edt 


Thank you for posting about PAMM. You have stated what I was feeling
for a while and I was thinking it ws only me.  They need to get outside juriors
for these shows and stop the good old boys from doing the judging. and you are
so correct about the shows. one of the recent ones had horrible art by a woman
who can't sell her work but was friends with the internal group running these
things. Chris McCarthy better wake up.  Looks like people are beginning to see
wht's going on. Thanks for posting
9:44 am edt 

To: Business is Off

You have your answer. The guest houses are full. 
Sooner or later their gouging was going to effect businesses. If it's any
solice, sooner or later their gouging is going to effect them. The truth is all
business are down.
9:15 am edt 

Business is Off

Is this week historically a busy week for business in Provincetown? 
As a business in town, I am not seeing the people in my store, or for that
matter, many stores?   Is it me, or the people that are here this week?  After
10 years, you would think we all know what to expect?  I know, maybe your saying
I don't have the correct merchandise, but talking to a men's clothing shop, a
jeweler, and some restaurants, they all are claiming business is off.   1
restaurant is off over 150 meals a day from last year.  I see hotels are all
full.   Some shows in town are offering buy 1 get 1 free  (mama and her boys) to
drum up business.   What is happening to the town I have been working in for 10
years and also coming to for over 25 years?
12:38 am edt 

Sunday, July 3, 2011


I have many artist friends in town and for years now the buzz has been
"if you don't know the juror of the show at PAAM, don't waste your time
entering." Unfortunately, it's the way this town works. It's all about who you
8:31 pm edt 


I knew PAAM was going down hill when they built that horrid modern
addition, even through towns people where against it. I think the former cinder
block building was a better fit for the area. The starving artists that built
the original museum would not like how the rich have taken control of artistic
8:29 pm edt 

Dog Park

Let's be truthful about the shade at the Ptown Dog Park... its at the
far end under some trees and that's about it. If your dog wants to run around,
he needs to run in the hot sun. What is needed is some good sied trees that will
provide shade. Or maybe a shelter in the middle with a roof on top with some
table and chairs for owners to sit at in chat. Better yet, how about opening up
a coffee bar, full service restaurat and a massage parlor so I can be very
8:27 pm edt 

Don't We Have More Important Issues to Confront

Enough about the dog park.  It is a done deal.  Let's the dogs enjoy
it.  They are not the ones complaining or defending.  Barking about the dog park
seems silly when there are so many more pertinent issues facing this town like
serious congestion and traffic problems, a failing and questionable
infrastructure (potholes and sewer smells)  police force seemingly still wet
behind the ears who like to "observe" an awful lot instead of jumping in and
helping, over development by the same crew again and again,  individuals and
their businesses blatantly violating by-laws and being allowed to get away with
it while town boards turn a blind eye.  and on and on.   Let the dog park go and
move on, please.   At low tide the smell in the East End was gross.  ??? what's
up with that?
8:25 pm edt 


Agree about PAAM. Now even the so called juried shows are screened
with "Do we know this person?"  I have seen shows there by friends of friends,
shows that would NEVER hang in a gallery in town. The director needs to take a
look in retrospect at what has been going on. I have ceased contributing money
to PAAM and hope others do also until these issues are resolved.
2:16 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park Comparison

What the nasty blogger failed to tell us was that the dog park he


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10:29 am edt 

Kudos For Pilgrim Bark Park

Pilgrim Bark Park has shade and lots of it on the west side. Thank

Also, thank you so much for making the park handicap accessible with hard
surfaces (concrete) into the park, to the water fountains, to the trash barrels,
to three of the benches and two poop bag stations. Thank you also for putting a
bench near the entrance and a hand rail along the main entrance. Also thank you
for having sand and gravel for the dogs. We don't have to worry about dogs
getting ticks and LYME disease as those ground covers don't host parasites like
grass and wood chips. I live in Truro and its a nightmare everytime I walk my
dog. She picks up several ticks everytime and I have treated for lyme tick
disease twice.

The dog park is extremely well thought out to be all inclusive, tick free and
hosts art which is reflective of our whaling, Portuguese, fishing,and canine
heritage and it also reflects the Pilgrims coming here in 1620. No wonder it
gets all these awards and media coverage.

Great job Pilgirm Bark Park directors! Great, great job! Thank you!

10:23 am edt 


Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who has noticed and is disgusted
by the change in the Art Association. It used to be a place for up and coming
Provincetown artists to show their work. Now they show work by established
artists from New York, etc. with perhaps some vague connection to Ptown. Or
friends of the curators. It's about money. Art by and for the rich. Cocktail
culture at it's finest.

And classes? The classes are all expensive and geared toward wealthy "weekend
artists," not people truly dedicated to their art.

What ever happened to shows by emerging artists? Are we to believe that there
are no more local artists worthy of showing at PAAM?


10:20 am edt 


Wow it' summer....  People have nothing to do but complain about the
police.......Try doing the job instead of criticizing..  
10:19 am edt 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Kudos For Dog Park

Wow backlash for getting great press for Provincetown in regards to
our dog park? In the praiseworthy article about the dog park was also a link to
Provincetown as an 'arts haven' with 555,000 results:

Please no more good press about the dog park.because one sad and spiteful
blogger gets upset! I'm sure that person would rather have the corner as an
asphalt parking lot! Now that would garner a lot of local, regional and national
2:56 pm edt 

Kudos For Dog Park

Really? You really think (after seeing ONE PHOTO) that Thompkins (not
Tomkins) Square Park Dog Run in NYC is better than ours? It is one tenth the
size, over crowded and the scene of many a dog fight due to it's small size... I
noticed that our park extended itself into the mature trees on the far side;
allowing for ample shade. Whoever thought of this should be congratulated... but
no, you just spew and spew your                      with no knowledge of what
you speak... I just love how you characterized one dog in the picture as "too
weak" to make it up off the hot gravel... do you really think an owner took
their dog to the dog park in order to kill it??? You are a sad sad sad little
lady, my friend.

To my eye, it seems like our dog park has generated much praise nationwide, and
if it is so horrible, you should tell that to the dozens of folks who use it
everyday (myself included) as we seem to not realize it.

And another thing, I am no big fan of Ms. Nagle... however, just giving credit
where it is due, and the dog park could be the best thing Candace has ever done.

12:04 pm edt 

Art Association

The Art Association, once a worldclass cultural institution by and for
Provincetown related artists is now little more than a reception hall. Artists
have given way to the wealthiest second homeowners sipping martinis.  The
galleries are  FABULOUS spaces for cocktails and networking Boston and New York
deals.  That's why they call it PAAM. No more art, just decoration. Fewer and
fewer locals involved everyday, Fewer and fewer artists involved everyday.

The token winter shows and programs for local artists will be finally phased out
in favor of 1) "shows " of  art in the style typical of a Pottery Barn store 2)
very very high priced tution based workshops 3) Auction and brokerage of
investment grade paintings.
11:59 am edt 

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