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  Mark Silva: A Rich Goodby

The church was packed. There was even a long line to enter St. Peter's. There were people sitting along the side pews. All the pews were filled.

We were there to attest to your legacy, to what you gave to this town and to all of us. You brought the energy for the Portuguese Festival and revived it. You brought the energy for the Regatta and revived this wonderful celebration. You gave of yourself, of your time and of your vision.

The town was there to bid you farewell and to thank you for everything that you have done for us. And you did it with humor, joy and a sense of much celebration. You knew how to throw a party and taught the town to do it too!

You were unique and you will be missed. But you would not leave without our thanks and without a party at the Red Inn. We were there with tears and we were there with much laughter and gratefulness for you.

Adieu, Mark! May the angels carry you on holy wings into eternal peace and celebration!

 

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Failed PMPM Board

We know that when people on this blog ask for something to happen, it usually
happens just the oposite of what is requested.  That is 95% of the time.   Let's
really try to make the monument and museum a reality of not sending out visitors
too.  I do not think Silva will ever leave, but we can all make his life a bit
more difficult to deal with the membership.

11:38 am edt 

Why Post?

Why do I even bother to post anything here since you choose to not
post them.  They meet all the standards that this blog set.  It isn't even fun
to read any more because you only let certain people post.
10:28 am edt 

Failed PMPM Board

All-boycott the Museum until Silva, Snow and Dougal resign.

-don't patronage the museum
-don't donate to the museum
-don't refer hotel guests to the museum or customers in your stores looking for
something to do during their visit
-don't recommend going to the museum period.
-don't attend any fundraising events the monument is involved in

I am always asked 'how do you get up to it' when I'm on Commercial Street around
Town Hall. I am going to tell these folks not to go this visit and tell them
why.

Let's put as much financial stress on the Museum as we can.  PBG and the Chamber
should cancel the Museum's memberships.
10:26 am edt 

170 Bradford Street

We look forward to its continued delay
and for both boards to follow the laws of the town. NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE !

Thanks for the update and could not agree with you more.  Let the developer
build something that follows the laws of the town and maintains the original
look of the property.

The developer bought it knowing what it was footprint wise - NOT for how big
they could potentially make it. They should be allowed to create something
beautiful within the scope of what the property footprint and rules allow.
NOTHING MORE !

Thanks to Historic an Zoning for being on top of this.
9:13 am edt 

170 Bradford Street

Why do the two boards pertaining to 170 Bradford street
Need to meet again about 3 units instead of the allowed
Two units??? Is this another case of wit tiling done the
Commisions in order for the developer to get what he wants.
The demo permit was issued for the same footprint of the
Building and the same stlye of arch.
There should be no further discussion!

9:11 am edt 

Re: 170 Bradford Street, Thank You

Couldn't agree with you more. Now I will try again and see if it's posted.
Clarence, at least black out things you don't like and not the whole post! The
Zoning Meeting for 170 Bradford Street was continued until October due to the
board members not being able to "embrace" the expansion of this property. Our
demo bylaw only allows for an exact rebuild within the footprint. The developer
wants to expand to three units (from two) with two "bowling alleys" behind the
house. Historic continued also but eliminated the front porch addition and
didn't feel the house was copied enough. We look forward to its continued delay
and for both boards to follow the laws of the town. NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE !
8:17 am edt 

Re: Aquarium Mall/Food Court

Don't the Aquarium tenants have leases?
8:08 am edt 

Monument

I agree, regardless what back room stuff is going on, from last June's meeting
right till Jims departure, I for one have stopped sending people to the
monument.   (I have 2 large retail store, and the monument use to be our number
one destination.   Now it will be the trolly, the breakwater, the dune tours.  
I probably sent 2500 people in 4 months.  That is only $17,500 loss plus
whatever the "cash cow" from items at the book store were sold to them.   I do
hope Chuck is reading this.  Shame on you.

Oh yes, forgot to mention how the monument screwed over our guest houses also on
parking.   We had stopped sending people looking for parking up the hill also. 
I would hope the town and the private lots did much better.

What goes around chuch, is coming back at you now from all these ugly actions
that you think you are better than all of us.
8:07 am edt 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Aquarium Mall/Food Court

Is anyone else upset that the owners of the Aquarium Mall/food court
has ordered his tenants to close effective this Sunday? There are tenants who
would remain open through October. Nice job undermining his own tenants and
local merchants who need to eat. I think this is a disgrace.
7:59 pm edt 

Makes One Wonder

I find it curious that a building or type of building or type of
building industry can be criticized and it is deemed by a certain blogger as a
borderline violation threatening again the right of free speech on the blog ...
but it's okay to name names over and over and completely trash and insult a
person and no one has a problem with that.  Makes one wonder.
5:28 pm edt 

Monument

Regardless of who voted for what and who said what and who did or didn't
resign...

..the bottom line is that this decision was a bad one for the Monument.  The
Board is faced with replacing a very popular Executive Director on the eve of a
major capital campaign.  And they are faced with these already daunting
challenges having alienated much of the town with their actions that are widely
perceived as ham-fisted.  NOBODY has yet articulated a good reason to replace
Bakker.  In fact, it appeared that he offered to do the fiscally responsible
thing and work fewer hours if the Board saw fit to bring someone in with more of
a business background.

What about this says "smart" management?  Anyone?
3:37 pm edt 

Re: Michelle Haynes

Wow! Enough with the personal attacks on M. Haynes. She is a gift to
our community. Are these personal attacks by those behind Jim's firing?
3:33 pm edt 

Re: 170 Bradford Street

Any news on 170 Bradford will be censored by Clarence, so don't bother
posting... the main players are on the webmasters protection list, so...
9:11 am edt 

Failed PMPM Board

Interesting article and letter to editor in today's Banner.  The letter from the
PMPM Board states that Bakker submitted his resignation in February, but Bakker
denies this in the Banner's front page article.  If the resignation letter were
really submitted, can the trustee's produce it, or is this letter simply a
fabrication of the Monument's PR machine?   I'm assuming next week's letter to
the editor from the PR team will state they have the letter, but can't produce
it for confidentiality reasons.  They're all       that sold their souls.  Maybe
Silva or Dougal or Snow can produce the phantom letter?  Have any of them even
seen it?  I also find it interesting that the trustees 'express their sincere
appreciation' for Jim's service.  Let's see how many of the            
demonstrate their appreciation by showing up at Jim's appreciation party at the
Lobster Pot next Tuesday at 4.  Does anyone really believe any of the trustees
will rearrange their schedules to be there and !
truly show their appreciation.  NOT!
9:08 am edt 

Re: Michelle

Oh please...  really what does she have to do with anything?  She just is.  A    
      in anyone's hand.  Not sure she has a unique nor realistic thought.  She
just goes with the flow at the moment
9:03 am edt 

Re: Bangs Street

Perhaps the Bang Street condos not selling is less about the way they
are built and more about the realtor,               not being liked by anyone. 
b          !
9:00 am edt 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

PMPM Failed Board

What the PMPM board did to Jim Bakker is despicable! I for one thing
Michelle Haynes should step down and she should step down from the Tourism Board
as well. They should all be ashamed of themselves.


5:08 pm edt 

170 Bradford Street

Any news on 170 Bradford development and the Zoning hearing that took
place ?

5:06 pm edt 

Re: Re: Re: Bangs Street

The blog is hardly the place to hunt for truths.  If all blogs were
based solely in reality and truth, there wouldn't be any.  We get it. You feel
modular/manufactured (is there a difference?) housing is good and good for
Provincetown.  You can and have stated why.  Without being insulted.  But some
people don't share your opinion and don't think it's so peachy for Provincetown. 
Really, a reason to personally insult? The only insulting blog was yours.  Come
on.  I'm no expert but when a house, any house, is on the back of a truck in
pieces, it tends to look "modular".  Never heard of "stick built" housing.  When
you say "stick built" do you mean 4 houses can be connected by sticks to really
make 2?
5:05 pm edt 

Re: Re: Re: Bangs Street

"However, I happen to knowledge of plenty of modular housing across the
country."


Is this English?
5:03 pm edt 

PMPM Failed Board

"Here are some questions.  a. how many trustees are there?
b. who are they?"


Per the Banner: the executive board consists of [Chuck] Silva, vice president
Bill Dougal, treasurer John Lundborn, board secretary Lori Meads and local
attorney Chris Snow. There are a total of 14 members on the full board. The
remaining members are Bob Patrick, Dave Roberts, Fred Long, Burt Wolfman,
Michelle Haynes, Joseph Collins, Fred Ambrose, Al Silva and, until recently,
[Napi] Van Dereck.

And on the question of who voted to fire Jim Bakker, the Banner said this:

Hes a fine gentleman, board member Fred Long said of Bakker. Long said he was
not part of any of the recent developments, that they were between the executive
committee and Bakker. All the back-and-forth was between that committee and Jim,
he noted. Long confirmed that the full board voted on the possibility of Bakker
taking on a different role within the organization, but not on the decision to
let him go.
8:47 am edt 

Re: Re: Re: Bangs Street

Fascinating conspiracy theory based on NOTHING. No, I'm not paid by anyone, nor
am I affiliated in any way with any builder or any Realtor in this town.
However, I happen to knowledge of plenty of modular housing across the country.
It is safe and accepted building across MA and the US. Again, you can scream
your lies - it doesn't make it fact or true. Google would help those who cannot
or do not travel.

And to assume that I'm from "the Boston gay cocktail circuit" and that I "come
into our town, rape the environment, haul off the money" is preposterous. You
base this on what? Nothing I wrote. It is your own bigotry, bias, and
assumption, and it is borderline libelous if it weren't such a pitiful
condemnation of your intellect.

I'm questioning, now, whether those homes are truly modular. Since you obviously
have issues with making assumptions and screaming lies, I have to go back to
step 1 - these might not even be modular. Perhaps they're manufactured - or even
stick built.

I, for one, see clearly that the "modular" posts on this site clearly come from
one horribly misinformed bigoted individual.
8:45 am edt 

Failed PMPM Board

I don't understand any of this.  So Jim is not perfect?  Big deal.  He's damn
near close.  The part I don't understand is the lack of community spirit and
lack of personal relationship that apparently swayed this Board's decision. 
Whatever minor shortcomings that Jim (or any of us for that matter) may possess,
was it really enough to fire him in a small community like Provincetown, where
relationships and friendships are so important?  Is the troika of Silva, Snow
and Dougal so heartless and calculated and ego-driven to outweigh and overlook
minor human imperfections?  That is what I don't understand.  This decision
wreaks of public lynchimgs from days gone by, and poor Jim now must wear the
scarlet letter.  This has been a wake-up call for me.  While I will not let the
monument suffer, I will never trust the heartless Silva, Snow, Dougals of the
world again, which is a sad commentary on our little community.  I do respect
Michelle, but I also don't understand why she is al!
igning with the three stooges rather than supporting and standing up for Jim. 
I had thought Michelle would have argued passionately and persuavily in favor of
Jim, rather than assuming the role of spokesman for S, S and D.  This decision
is divisive and not good for the community, whatever the rationale.  If any of
theses folks gave a damn about the community, they should respectfully step
down.  They got their wish.  Now, for the good of the community, please pass the
torch on to someone that cares.
8:38 am edt 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Failed PMPM Board

I usually respected Michelle Haynes

what the hell happened this time Michellle?

This makes no sense. None at all.
10:44 pm edt 

Shame on All of You ......PMPM Board

All of the members should resign. How disgusting. Your behaviors are
reprehensible. You embarass all of us.
10:42 pm edt 

Management Nightmare

When people like Chuck Silva and Chris Snow manage their own properties the way
they do, (Silva owns the laundromat and all of the buildings around it and Snow
owns the vacant property on Commercial on the water side across from Montello)
how does anyone expect them to manage the reconstruction of the Monument? It was
once a joke but apparently it IS possible to mismanage a self serve laundromat!!
And if anyone out there is old enough and was around in the 80's, you'll
remember Fred Ambrose and the nightmares he was involved in building wise. He's
going to also be included in the oversight??? I won't go up the Monument again,
not after these three blind mice were at the controls.
10:41 pm edt 

PMPM Board Members Should be Ashamed


What a disaster. What conniving actions. What a disgusting action by this board.

Resign. All of you. I am appalled at your actions.
10:38 pm edt 

A Great Goodby Rocco

Wishes for the best. Good luck in south Beach. Thanks for the memories!
10:35 pm edt 

Town Manager:
 
What would be nice to know is if she actually deducts the amount of time she
takes off.  She is off more that at work for someone who has not been there for
many years  !

Does she fill out a time sheet like everyone else ?
10:34 pm edt 

Failed PMPM Board

I heard that Monument Board Member Lori Meads and the treasurer of the
monument has resigned? not sure if true. does anyone know if it is? herard it
was because Jim was fired.
10:31 pm edt 

PMPM Questions of the Day

I don't know Jim Bakker. And am not clear about what the heck is happening up
there, on the hill. But it sure does seem like something is terribly wrong.

Here are some questions.

a. how many trustees are there?
b. who are they?



Does anyone know?


Time for some facts.


10:29 pm edt 

Re: Failed PMPM Board

Michelle Haynes was appointed to the PMPM board more or less in
recognition of Cape Air's contributions to the community. It seems Dan Wolf
might want to re-think having her as spokesperson on the obviously wrong and
unpopular side of this controversy.
12:04 pm edt 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Re: Failed PMPM Board

To the person who posted that the vote was 8-0 regarding Jim Bakkers
dismissal, perhaps you should get your facts straight.  The initial discussion
was with the executive board.  That board consists of the evil empire - Chuck
Silva, Bill Dougal, Chris Snow.

People should keep their memberships - I bet most people in the community pay
more for their memberships then any member of the evil empire.  At the annual
meeting they should vote these three out.

If people want to boycott anything they should boycott                         
                  .
10:21 pm edt 

Conflict of Interest and Graft

http://www.wickedlocal.com/capecod/news/business/x1859641758/Provincetown-development-s-size-takes-neighbors-by-surprise#axzz1Z6Zga0rR


Copy and paste for all those unfamiliar.  Connections are questioned?  What are
the English words for conflict of interest and graft?  Oh yeah, conflict of
interest and graft.
10:16 pm edt 

Non Profit Governance

If you know a non profit or it's directors who are engaged in specific violation
of non profit guidelines and or tax regulations, including self dealing, please
report those violations as follows

1)
Contact the Internal Revenue Service with your suspicions. Go to the IRS website
at www.irs.gov and fill out their Form 3949-A. Print it out and mail it to
Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, California 93888. Supplying specific examples
and documentation to back up your claim, such as copies of files, financial
reports and transcripts that show inconsistencies, will bolster your
credibility. If the IRS feels that you have provided adequate evidence of fraud,
it will investigate.

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f3949a.pdf

2)
Report fraud suspicions to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. If a nonprofit
organization has been sending out letters requesting contributions that have not
been used as promised, this constitutes mail fraud. You can fill out a complaint
form at postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MailFraudComplaint.aspx.

10:08 pm edt 

Charges of Corruption

I am struck by the number of charges of corruption. While it is clear the Town
Manager is in over her head on management issues, her successful track record on
financial matters suggest Lynn isn't going anywhere anytime soon. If  you
believe she or anyone has turned a blind eye or is in fact participating in
corrupt practices please provide as detailed information as you can to the
authorities.

People of have been talking about specific corruption in various departments, if
you have concrete (even partial) details please contact

Attorney General Of Massachusetts
Regional Office
105 William Street, First Floor
New Bedford, MA 02740 -6257
Telephone: (508) 990-9700
Fax: (508) 990-8686

Boston AG Office
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108 -1518
Phone: (617) 727-2200
TTY: (617) 727-4765
10:07 pm edt 

8-0 Vote

Are you suggesting that Napi abstained rather than vote against the decision to
remove Bakker, and then resigned?  That makes zero sense.  And that guy Ambrose
was quoted in the article as saying he wasn't involved in the Bakker decision. 
As in a direct quote contradicting this 8-0 theory.

I also don't understand the need for a more business-oriented ED.  I'd always
been told that Board Members didn't contribute a lot of money to the Monument
themselves because they gave their expertise instead.  Aren't they supposed to
be the business guys? Isn't that what they are contributing?

Anyway, I guess the Board is going to have to reach into their own pockets to
fund the restoration because buildings just don't repair themselves.  Bakker may
have the last laugh yet!
10:02 pm edt 

Re: "Snift"

"eitha" This is English?

9:59 pm edt 

Building Department

"...but from what I see the town manager and building commissioner have
a close connection..."


Bingo !!!  Don't know what or why it is, but Sharon will not do anything against
the building commissioner.  I had someone jokingly ask me if they were related
cause they were trying to figure out why he gets away with all he does.
2:54 pm edt 

PMPM Board Vote

"3 men did not decide the outcome it was deliberated before the entire
board."

Pure bull!  This decision was pushed by 1 man, with his cronies backing him up. 
Same as he pushed for the changed bylaws so he could stay in power.

If the full Board voted that way, shame on them all.  But that does not make it
their idea.


2:42 pm edt 

PMPM Board Vote

You say it was an 8-0 vote

And yet the articles were not so conclusive.  In fact, one new Board member was
quoted as saying he wasn't involved.

Regardless, I used to give.  Now I won't.  Simple as that.  Let the Board pay
for the restoration.
2:40 pm edt 

"Building Department"

Agree about the builder commissioner- but from
what I see the town manager and building commissioner have a close connection.
Russ will be here as long as sharon is hear- end of story- abuses etc will be
tolerated. I would like to point out though that the building dept has some very
hard working employees who take their jobs very seriously. They are assets to
this town.(Russell -NOT being one of them in my humble opinion).
2:37 pm edt 

Goodbye Edwige at Night

Thanks Rocco for all the great meals served in a comfortable atmosphere by a
great, and handsome, staff. I will forever savor the taste of a duck confit
spring roll. Your place was an amazing part of the Provincetown restaurant scene
which visitors always demanded be on the dining schedule. You ended it super
graciously with a generous party. Best wishes in your future endeavors.

- a long time happy customer
2:31 pm edt 

Send an E-Mail

Michelle Haynes from Cape Air is PMPM's official spokesperson. Please
share with her your disgust with the monument's unjust firing of Jim Bakker. Her
email is mhaynes@flycapeair.com

I'm not sending them anymore membership money until they right this wrong.
2:29 pm edt 

Pilgrim Monument

The monument and museum is a
privately owned non profit corporation.
Two or three years ago they recieved
CPA funds to restore the cottage.
The Board has always been rather
Conservative and secretive and preferred
to stay high on the hill.
Jim Bakker made the Big Mistake
including the community of Provincetown.
Let them rest on their laurels as elitists
and cater to the tourists. Jim wanted
to bring the association into the
21st century, unfortunately the board
is still in the 19th century.
Mr Silva, Snow and Dougal keep the
gate locked. I will no longer be a
contributor nor a member.
Shame, Shame, Shame
2:26 pm edt 

Pilgrim Monument

Ladies and germs the vote was 8-0 regarding Mr. Baker with his 2 close friends
on Board abstaining as opposed to casting a vote, shows you their spine. It was
not decided by Mr Silva, Dougal and Snow. So get your facts straight first
before you post on a blog. But that wouuld be the sensible thoughtfull thing to
do, check your facts before you open your mouth or put finger to keyboard. 3 men
did not decide the outcome it was deliberated before the entire board.
2:21 pm edt 

Re: Failed PMPM Board

Time for the monument board to resign before the financial damage done
to the monument becomes damage to the monument because of lack of funding to
repair and maintain it.  No matter what Jim did right or wrong in their eyes, he
got donors.  I have heard from so many people in town that they will NOT be
donating.  Napi is not giving his collection to the monument anymore, valued at
2 million dollars and resigned the board because of Silva and Snow.Contributors
are stopping donations. In any business they would be FIRED for this bad choice. 
You cannot fire volunteers and that is the problem.  They are in a position that
leaves them invincible.  There is no way to get rid of them. Who exactly "owns"
the monument?
People can protest by removing their support but Silva will dig in his heels.
People are afraid of him. I have seen his properties in their state of
disrepair.  Whoever said that he is not environmentally responsible s very
correct. Unfortunately putting pressure on them with lack of funding is probably
the only way to go.
2:19 pm edt 

Re: Motorcycle Cop

Did you hear the context of the question? or just where to park? Do you know if
the town lot may have been full?

And besides, what difference does it make where he tells them to park?  As far
as paying his salary... that gets old..
2:17 pm edt 

Re: Re: Bangs Street

Obviously one of the developers paid flunkies. Yes FLUNKY. That is as much
English as snifted. Maybe not the Kings English only spoken in the Boston gay
cocktail circuit, but as much embedded in Provincetown colloquial speech as
crook, swindler, and developer. What nerve to come into our town, rape the
environment, haul off the money, and then infer that residents are ignorant.

Modular homes are death traps. Why did the developer hide the fact until they
were delivered? Fact, TRUTH, check the statistics concerning the incidents of
fire in modular dwellings. What can be SNIFTED is either dead fish or a rat. How
much money is a life worth? Rats sell cheap.
2:15 pm edt 

PMPM


PMPM is a member driven organization.  Don't cancel your membership. show up at
the next meeting and demand that the executive board resign.  They have bullied
themselves into positions of unequaled power and only the membership can remove
them.  Politically they have shot themselves by removing someone as well-liked
as Jim Bakker.  Each one of the executive board should be held responsible, not
just the three men who are bantered about on here.

Again, DON'T cancel your membership.  Show up and demand accountability.

No one in this town has a bad word to say about Jim Bakker, yet everyone of the
executive board has closets bursting with town skeletons.

And if you're not a member of PMPM, then use your wallet to let them know how
you feel.  Years ago I stopped stepping foot in the       and           
                    and        .  And if I were looking for a lawyer, I sure as
hell wouldn't choose a wind bag.  Seriously, just how much damage can these
people do to this community before you stand up to them.

2:12 pm edt 

Re: "Snift"

Derives from both English and an obviously Provincetownian root word:

Snift \Snift\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Snifted; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Snifting.] [From Sniff.]

   1. To snort. [Obs.] "Resentment expressed by snifting."
      --Johnson.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. To sniff; to snuff; to smell.
      [1913 Webster

Really who cares anyway but as long as you are posting "truths" -
Taken from a recent article published on the internet

"While many lenders and banks provide a range of financing plans for
manufactured homes, including fixed- and variable-rate loans, another hefty
portion stays away from the market altogether.

In a recent Bankrate.com spot-check of 20 large lenders, seven offered no loans
for manufactured housing. Several others restricted their offerings to those
home buyers who also owned the land...

If you cannot get a regular mortgage on a manufactured house, the best
bargaining chip is a good credit rating, Harp says. She also recommends that
consumers check with their local government for incentive programs.
Pay attention to details"

Well, our local government is surely willing to help those building the modular
homes.  Not so sure about them helping those buying, however.  Anyway, if
financing is as easy as you say and all this modular housing stuff is b.s. as
you say, why are the 4 trucked into town still sitting empty after over a year
with seller-financing being offered to boot?  Not seeing "modular" in the ad,
eitha.  Just curioss.

2:05 pm edt 

Favoritism and Prejudice

Yes Clarence, I know you just deleted my last post... I dared mention
a questionable practice by a member of the BOH regarding a recent controversial
RE sale in town... look out Clarence, your favortism and predjudice is
showing!!! OOOPSY!
12:45 pm edt 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Re: Failed PMPM Board

Jim Bakker did a great job - what were Bill Dougal, Chuck Silva and
Chris Snow thinking?  They wield the power on the board and they seem to get
their way.

The monument and the entire town are the real losers in this situation as the
leadership now will only run it into the ground.
9:45 am edt 

Re: Bangs Street

"Snifted"? This is English?

Banks finance modular homes. Fact. TRUTH. Banks turn down mortgages for
***many*** OTHER reasons.

The lies about modular that get thrown around here daily are complete b.s. This
is as bad as a Republican presidential debate. Lie long enough and loud enough
and pretend what is a lie is truth. WRONG.


9:43 am edt 

Re: Failed PMPM Board

Chuck Silva and his cronies have done a disservice to the Monument
Museum and to Provincetown. Shame on the rest of the Board for letting it
happen. I applaude Napi for taking the position he has. Will nothing be done to
rectify this outrage?  Signed- Shocked in Truro!
9:41 am edt 

Provincetown Pier Corporation Director in Conflict?

As a former Charter fisherman and Captain for many, many years, I
wonder if anyone can tell me how a Pier Corp. Director is allowed to serve on
that board while operating a Charter business from MacMillan Wharf? How does
this man serve as a Director when the business of the Wharf involves boats and
piers and docks, etc. Isnt any vote made by this man a direct conflict of
interest? How can he serve this board if he has to stand mute on the majority of
his boards decisions? His boat was tied up almost at the end of the float/dock
this spring requiring him to walk all the way to the end of the dock to get on
his vessel. In a very short time, I have noticed that same boat has moved to the
middle of the dock and now its nearly at the front of the line! Guess it pays to
be on the board!

Whose bright idea was it to place a man with a direct conflict of interest on
Pier Corp. board? Candace Nagle applied to be on this very board and was denied
because she had the same conflict of interest! Strange isnt it?


Fishy smells at the pier

9:39 am edt 

Motorcycle Cop

I overheard a motorcycle cop parked behind Town Hall telling a tourist in a car
looking for parking to go to Duarte's. Shouldn't he be telling people to park at
the town lot where the money goes to the town that pays his salary? Just saying.
9:36 am edt 

Jim Bakker Has Been Good For All of Us

Who the heck are these "board" members? Aren't thye the ones who never gave to
the town and never gave to the Monument? The Executive Board should be fired. We
are members and we should demand that all the Executive Members be fired.
9:32 am edt 

A Blog is a Blog

and that means anonymity. that is today's reality. We post. We discuss. We do
not need to say who we are. that is today's internet reality. Let's just
understand that.
9:31 am edt 

Pilgrim Monument

Does the PMM receive any taxpayer funds? And if so, how can it be stopped. Town
Meeting. Tourism Board?

I'd hate to have my money used to support this circus. Bad apples.
9:29 am edt 

Town Manager

I couldn't agree with you more... Yes...  we need a new town mamanger... She too
is more off than on..  How much time does she get off and who does she answer
to?

Please don't tell me the Selectmen..  What a joke that is...

If she's not at Town Hall then check Seashore Point..
9:28 am edt 

Re: Failed PMPM Board

A lot of people will no longer be donating to the monument...Some are
very big donors.  We'll see if Silva will now ante up the difference, as the
monument financial system dries up.  BIG MISTAKE WAS MADE                      
                                                                                               Don't
worry , Clarence. You can print it because it's true.                                       
                                                                                                              
                                                                                                              
                                                                                                              
                                                                                                              
     This is the man who has shown little concern about the environment and his
neighborhood and now will over see repairs.  Time for the rest of the monument
board to wise up and take his lawyer Snow with him. Kudos to Napi for doing the
right thing. And perhaps the town could make him environmentally responsible.

But he'll bring a lawyer...Mr. Snow.
9:26 am edt 

Re: Failed PMPM Board

Jim Bakker is a great community person and he did more for the
monument then any trustee.  Chris Snow, Chuck Silva and of course Bill Dougal
should be ashamed of themselves and they should willing resign.  Everyone has
mentioned Chuck and Chris but don't forget the man pulling the strings Bill
Dougal.  He did not like Jim and he made that point known.
9:12 am edt 

Re: Joe's Coffee

A detailed search of Barnstable registry of deeds shows NO adverse bank or other
filings for this property. So all the slanderous junk posted about that property
on here is just that, junk.
9:04 am edt 

Re: Failed PMPM Board

"...Snow said. It's natural for most organizations, nonprofits, after
five years, to look for new leadership..."


Mr. Snow, be sure to inform any potential candidates for the position that you
will be firing them after five years.  Good luck with attracting qualified
candidates.

I also will no longer donate funds to the Monument until the current board is
gone.

9:03 am edt 

Building Department

Town employees like the building inspector don't need to worry about
vacation days.

He gets enough                                      that vacation days paid are
not a worry.

Sharon Lynn should be scrutinizing this department. A department where it's
clear that who you are and who's       you        depends upon what you can get
done in this town.


9:00 am edt 

Failed PMPM Board

She's as good of spokesperson for PMPM as she has been for Cape Air
when they have a crash! The board should not have fire Jim. I for one am not
renewing my membership support for this vicious organization. I urge everyone to
not renew their membership until the board is refreshed with qualified, decent
and monument oriented individuals.
8:56 am edt 

Re: Why do Town Employeesw Work Here?

Re: "First, you need to call what most do work.  That is the biggest
joke there is.   The building commissioner is hardly ever at work.  For over
74,000 grand, plus health insurance for his family, I would say it is easy to
put up with the bloggers here.   How about Sharon as a town manager.  She makes
over $110,000 and I see David, the assistant town manager doing more ..."



I think what you've done is prove you can't  make a generalization of all town
employees.  This town has some incredibly hard working employees.  But, yes it
has some slackers too.  Not many would disagree with your thoughts on the
building comm.  I don't know what they think about the town manager, but by your
very own statement you state the assistant town manager works hard.  So when you
trash all town employees you are trashing some very hard working people.
8:49 am edt 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What a Joke

Monument Trustee President, Chuck Silva, had his term extended
to oversee the pending construction improvements. This is
a man whom owns alot of real estate, most of it is in disrepair.
He can't even maintain sanitary conditions at his laundrymat.

The Board of Trustees should have appointed a new president
and kept Jim.

Kudos to Napi for resigning and what a loss it will be without
his bequest of his massive art collection. I for one will not
continue donations to this entity.

7:31 am edt 

Why do Town Employees Work Here?

First, you need to call what most do work.  That is the biggest joke there is.  
The building commissioner is hardly ever at work.  For over 74,000 grand, plus
health insurance for his family, I would say it is easy to put up with the
bloggers here.   How about Sharon as a town manager.  She makes over $110,000
and I see David, the assistant town manager doing more for just over half her
salary.   Why would she not stay around?  Heck, her pension will be more what
the average worker makes here in 2 years.

I am not shocked at why they all stick around.  I am shocked that you keep
writing about them all.
1:01 am edt 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bangs Street

The one buyer that has snifted the bait apparently declined the owner financing
and attempted to negotiate with a bank. The loan was declined because the units
were vastly overpriced and they were modular. Who does this developer think
they're hoodwinking. Yeah, they beat the neighbors with the help of town
government but now over a year since they went on the market they still are
extremely undesirable. Will they eventually go into disrepair that will surpass
the existing poor condition of our neighborhood. Uninhabited housing units are
typically ripe for disrepair. Big money moves in and brings down the value of
our adjoining property. Thanks.
12:59 am edt 

Executive Director of PMPM Fired!

Another case of misuse of power, Jim was doing a sensational job and the reasons
he was fired were personal and spiteful.  The executive committee just wanted to
keep the old boy network in place and continue to keep things "business as
usual" with no vision, no growth, no new blood and don't make it part of the
community, nooooooooooo that would be too radical.  Plus they are all in each
other's pockets business wise and needed to protect that too!  Small town
politics at it's worst.

They owe Jim an apology and we need to remind them this is a town where
democracy and not autocracy rules!  Sounds like the laudromat man got his way
again!
12:57 am edt 

Jim Bakker's Firing
 

Pilgrim museum chief fired

PROVINCETOWN – The nonprofit group that owns the Pilgrim Monument fired its executive director because it wants a more business-minded leader to guide the landmark through a substantial renovation, according to one trustee.
“We're now at the brick-and-mortar, less glamorous, less romantic side of our focus,” Christopher Snow, a member of the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association's executive committee said Friday. “We probably need a numbers, business-oriented approach in terms of new leadership.”
But supporters of former Executive Director James Bakker say he saved the 100-year-old institution from a moribund future and that he's been let go for little more than a personality conflict.
“There's a very small group that's been trying to get rid of Jim for a long time,” said former trustee Irma Ruckstuhl on Tuesday. “He's a very likable guy that has done tremendous things for the monument in broadening its reach. Likable is really an understatement. He's an extremely capable and knowledgeable guy, and he has tremendous connections in town. Everyone likes him. Through the connections and his general demeanor, he's made lots of friends for the monument.”
The monument is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States and was built 100 years ago to national fanfare to celebrate the Pilgrim's landing in Provincetown in 1620. The memorial association, formed in 1892, owns and runs it as well as the Provincetown Museum. Both sit above the center of town at 1 High Pole Hill Road.
Engineering reviews point to serious decay in the monument's stairwell, along its stairway and on the inside of the granite blocks, Snow said. Trustees are reviewing bid documents for the work, he said.
The cost will be “substantial,” although not multiple millions, trustee and construction committee chairman Fred Ambrose said Tuesday. He expects a real estimate within weeks.
The monument is 252 feet tall, and it takes about 10 minutes to walk up the interior steps and ramps.
Snow characterized talks with Bakker and the nonprofit's move to new leadership as “positive, highly professional and image-driven.”
“It's a transition from five years of service, which have been exemplary, getting us through incredible successes, with the centennial and the (Edward) Hopper stamp event, both of which garnered national and international attention,” Snow said. “It's natural for most organizations, nonprofits, after five years, to look for new leadership.
Bakker spent his last day at work Friday after he and the board of trustee's executive committee failed to agree on his departure terms, Bakker said Tuesday. Prior to taking the job of executive director, Bakker served as trustee president and vice president for a total of 15 years with the organization.
He also is vice president of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum board of trustees and a professional art dealer, curator, antiques dealer and appraiser.
In 2010, the memorial association had an annual income of $1 million, annual expenses of $877,000 and net assets of $1.7 million, according to federal tax records. It has about 400 members.
Trustee and Provincetown native Napi Van Dereck said the construction project is no excuse for new leadership. He said that Bakker revived the memorial association when its programs had grown stale for everyone except tourists.
Van Dereck added that he hopes to donate his $3 million collection of early Provincetown art to the monument and is working on a way to change the leadership on the trustee board.
A vote at the memorial association's annual meeting in June allowed longtime trustee president Charles Silva to remain one year beyond his 12-year term limit in order to oversee the renovation, Snow said.
But Silva dislikes Bakker, Van Dereck said, and that was the reason for the leadership change.
Silva did not return two calls for comment on Tuesday.
“Jim wasn't fired because he did anything bad or wrong,” Van Dereck said.

12:54 am edt 

What a Shame!

According to the Cape Times this morning,
Jim Bakker has been fired as the director
of the Pilgrim Monument and Museum.
The Trustees feel that they need someone with
more business and construction knowledge.

They can always hire a construction
consultant but to replace a creative
mind like Jim' s  shall be difficult.
Jim, your energy on top of Pole Hill will
be missed.

Chuck Silva and Chris Snow,bad business move.

 Shame, Shame, Shame
12:52 am edt 

Bakker Termination Reprehensible!

Chuck Silva should be the one to go, not Jim Bakker.   Frankly all the Trustees
of the Monument should be ashamed for this ego-driven fiasco that only has a
down side.   Chuck has done nothing but raped this town and now this maneuver
that will cost the Monument in lost support.   Why are the Trustees letting
Chuck stay and not Jim?   There enlies the issue!  It's because the Trustees all
work for Chuck and are dependent on his wealth, including his lawyer, his
realtor, his banker.   Shame!!!

Article below in today's Cape Cod Times:

Pilgrim museum chief fired

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By Mary Ann Bragg

September 21, 2011PROVINCETOWN  The nonprofit group that owns the Pilgrim
Monument fired its executive director because it wants a more business-minded
leader to guide the landmark through a substantial renovation, according to one
trustee.

We're now at the brick-and-mortar, less glamorous, less romantic side of our
focus, Christopher Snow, a member of the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association's
executive committee said Friday. We probably need a numbers, business-oriented
approach in terms of new leadership.

But supporters of former Executive Director James Bakker say he saved the
100-year-old institution from a moribund future and that he's been let go for
little more than a personality conflict.

There's a very small group that's been trying to get rid of Jim for a long time,
said former trustee Irma Ruckstuhl on Tuesday. He's a very likable guy that has
done tremendous things for the monument in broadening its reach. Likable is
really an understatement. He's an extremely capable and knowledgeable guy, and
he has tremendous connections in town. Everyone likes him. Through the
connections and his general demeanor, he's made lots of friends for the
monument.

The monument is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States and was
built 100 years ago to national fanfare to celebrate the Pilgrim's landing in
Provincetown in 1620. The memorial association, formed in 1892, owns and runs it
as well as the Provincetown Museum. Both sit above the center of town at 1 High
Pole Hill Road.
Engineering reviews point to serious decay in the monument's stairwell, along
its stairway and on the inside of the granite blocks, Snow said. Trustees are
reviewing bid documents for the work, he said.

The cost will be substantial, although not multiple millions, trustee and
construction committee chairman Fred Ambrose said Tuesday. He expects a real
estimate within weeks.
The monument is 252 feet tall, and it takes about 10 minutes to walk up the
interior steps and ramps.

Snow characterized talks with Bakker and the nonprofit's move to new leadership
as positive, highly professional and image-driven.

It's a transition from five years of service, which have been exemplary, getting
us through incredible successes, with the centennial and the (Edward) Hopper
stamp event, both of which garnered national and international attention, Snow
said. It's natural for most organizations, nonprofits, after five years, to look
for new leadership.

Bakker spent his last day at work Friday after he and the board of trustee's
executive committee failed to agree on his departure terms, Bakker said Tuesday.
Prior to taking the job of executive director, Bakker served as trustee
president and vice president for a total of 15 years with the organization.

He also is vice president of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum board
of trustees and a professional art dealer, curator, antiques dealer and
appraiser.

In 2010, the memorial association had an annual income of $1 million, annual
expenses of $877,000 and net assets of $1.7 million, according to federal tax
records. It has about 400 members.

Trustee and Provincetown native Napi Van Dereck said the construction project is
no excuse for new leadership. He said that Bakker revived the memorial
association when its programs had grown stale for everyone except tourists.

Van Dereck added that he hopes to donate his $3 million collection of early
Provincetown art to the monument and is working on a way to change the
leadership on the trustee board.
A vote at the memorial association's annual meeting in June allowed longtime
trustee president Charles Silva to remain one year beyond his 12-year term limit
in order to oversee the renovation, Snow said.

But Silva dislikes Bakker, Van Dereck said, and that was the reason for the
leadership change.

Silva did not return two calls for comment on Tuesday.

Jim wasn't fired because he did anything bad or wrong, Van Dereck said.



12:49 am edt 

Re: Lack of Cohesion

Is it any wonder there is a lack of community cohesion? You have
people in town management and their mentors (or puppetmasters) bucking heads
with yearround residents who really do want to preserve what used to be this
natural town due to an honest love of Ptown.  People who really care vs. people
who really care about abusing the natural town to make money ad nauseum over and
over. 

People who really care and speak out and get silenced with the wave of a
psuedo-legal hand.  Yeah, sorry, people that care about what USED to be this
town against those who put on a good show to profess their false love. 

As bad as the good old days were at least you could swim in the harbor, walk the
beaches in the west end without tripping over used condoms or dog crap, speak
your mind at town meeting without getting insulted personally later and have a
voice that mattered. 

Now all that matters is that certain town officials get their vig, in whatever form,
along with all those others that have creeped into this town to collect in the name
of love for rovincetown. 

Love all right, love of money.
12:45 am edt 

Tent on BeachTown !

Who got permission to put up a 40'+ tent on the town beach by Julie
Heller Gallery?
12:41 am edt 

Re: Lack of Cohesion

I could  not agree enough with this poster. Nothing is ever gained by put downs.
A town divided can not stand. Love one another, help one another.
12:38 am edt 

Abuse of Power

Called town hall today. Russell Braun was yet on another vacation the end of
last week and Monday.  How many days of vacation do town employees get?  And we
are paying him to do what?
12:36 am edt 

Hey Clarence!

Maybe you should require that people identify themselves when they post here.
That would put a stop to all the misinformation, slander, and outright lies that
you allow on this site.
12:34 am edt 

Provincetown Harbormaster

Provincetown Police continue to have to clean up the messes on the
pier. It's time the chain of command changes.
Right now the harbormaster's boss is a real estate broker who owns a
recreational boat. It's time for the harbormaster to report to the chief of
police. That will improve so many aspects of dysfunction on the pier.
12:33 am edt 

170 Bradford Street

What's the latest ?  Anybody know ?
12:31 am edt 

Re: Community Cohesion

While I agree with much of what you say I have to say that I am impressed that
town government continues to chug along in the face of the few bitter naysayers
who lurk here but are otherwise ineffective in their bitterness. We have a
beautiful town hall, an expanding sewer system financed in large part by the
Feds, incredibly improved water system, a harbor plan, a rationalized school
system, improved revenue and many other improvements. It is a testament to the
dedication of the volunteer boards and the town staff (and wisdom of town
meeting voters) that all this has gotten done in the midst of a horrific
economy. This town is on sounder financial footing than it has been in fifty
years.

- not a town employee, etc
12:29 am edt 

Seamy Side of Blogs

Seems mypacc like blogs are springing up around the country with same
results, viscous unfounded rumor mongering and character assassination:


From The New York Times:

In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious

As more people share gossip over the Internet rather than over coffee and eggs,
anonymous, and startlingly negative, posts have provoked fights, divorce and
worse.
12:27 am edt 

Problems Begin With Leadership

Simple answer We need a NEW Town Manager !!!!! Things will never
change until we have a new town mgr.. Honestly the ETHICS commision should look
into this and all the kick backs as well.
12:24 am edt 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lack of Community Cohesion

Every time I read this blog I am reminded of the coyotes lurking in
the dunes and ridgelines waiting to pounce and attack whenever the rabbit
pauses, makes a wrong move or lets its guard down.

I am shocked at how personal these attacked can be.  I often ask myself why town
employees, like the harbormaster who has been personally attacked for years
because of private agendas and personal grudges, continues to do what he does
for $50,000 a year and health insurance.  Maybe because he is now raising a
family or like many of us, has a mortgage, bills and doctor bills that just make
him suck it up and do his time.  He is a smart guy, always knowledgeable and
well spoken, so why is it that according to this blog, he cant do anything
right.  What makes someone like that want to get up the morning and say, lets
see what I can get accomplished today, lets see how I can make a difference.

Wouldnt it be so much easier to be a native business owner - you know the ones
that can do no wrong, think the rules dont apply to them, milk this town for
everything it worth and then sell out and move to Truro to get away from the
gays and washashores.

I am constantly taken by the fact that it seems so difficult for town government
to get anything done.  Is it because all government employees are lazy,
ambivalent, careless and incompetent or maybe because we lack the type of
community cohesiveness that would foster anything different?

I am constantly taken by how dysfunctional this community can be, and how
quickly we can tear down those around us so that we feel better about ourselves.

As long as it will always be easier to attack, criticize and breakdown rather
than contribute, collaborate and compromise, then we will always get the
government we deserve.  How can we possibly expect anything more from our
leaders and town employees when we cant even seem to get along with our
neighbors?
9:19 am edt 

Re: Town Employees

RE:"If Town Employees Seem Abused Here, Maybe It's Because So Many Seem
Incompetent...."


I would beg to differ I deal with Town employees on a daily basis and I find
most are over qualified for their jobs. It also helps if you treat them as you
would expect to be treated.

Not a Town Employee, nor ever have been and no one in my family works there.
9:15 am edt 

Town Rules:

How discouraging when you hear a story that some people have to play by the
rules and follow procedures while others just slide through without any issues
!!!!


Provincetown is not the beautiful, quaint town I grew up in 48 years ago.....It
is sad to watch it fall apart.....

All I can is for those who live here it is give, give, give and for those who
transient here it is get, get, get..

Those are the ones who benefit..  Not the ones who have paid their dues and 
have helped the community!
9:11 am edt 

Harbormaster Game:

Dido... You hit the nail right on the head.  We will not name the ONE person who
runs the whole show...  Why are there Proccesses that have to be complet if the
only ONE chooses?

What a shame !  This town is falling apart slowly !
9:09 am edt 

Re: Building Commissioner

In this town, "building commissioner" means commissions galore for the
building inspector, or convenient lack thereof.  What a cushy position.  Time
for a change.  Get someone who will actually do the job and not just ride
around, vacation, and collect the spoils of his blind eye.
9:08 am edt 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Re: Building Commissioner

Where has Russell Braun been?  So much construction going on around
town without permits.


Face the facts.  Braun has always been a supporter of the construction/development
industry.  He finds the town regulations to be a hindrance to the industry and
won't enforce them unless he is forced to do so.  Ask anyone on the HDC or
Zoning and you will get the same answer.  Options are to watch him ignore the
regulations or put pressure on him to enforce them.  It's not going to change
unless he is removed or pressured to enforce the town's bylaws.
2:14 pm edt 

Building Commissioner

Better at collecting clams than the shellfish warden?
2:12 pm edt 

Harbormaster Boss

It doesn't matter who the "Boss" is on paper.  We all know who runs
Provincetown, from the harbormaster to the building inspector to the parking
kiosks to the affordable housing game.  That is why numerous violations are
allowed by some and encouraged and the magnifying glass unfair treatment given
to others.
2:06 pm edt 

I Was at the Pilgrim Monument Friday and It Was Open and Welcoming

There was no problem on Friday. Tourists and visitors were there and the book
store was open and people were walking outside and inside. Seemed fine then and
it was lovely to be there.
2:05 pm edt 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Harbormaster

Who is the boss of the Harbor Master?
11:19 am edt 

Pilgrim Monument Hurricane Damage

What is the damage situation at the Pilrgim Monument? Some folks wanted to go up
and were told that it is closed due to damage from Irene. Why wasn't that in the
banner?
11:17 am edt 

If Town Employees Seem Abused Here, Maybe It's Because So Many Seem Incompetent....

...Yet they remain. They are not fired. Boats sink, piers are mismanaged, and they
remain. Construction is not inspected and new decks spread out across the bay,
and no one inspects the results. Beaches are closed, the water is polluted, and
few know until months later, an article is written. The library is doing
landscaping and it entails three buldozers and the churning over of tons of
dirt. Yet the architects go on and on and the library is still in a mess. There
is need for accountability but the head huncho fails to demand this. Some see
the many problems that stem from town hall without solid solutions. Some are
upset for good reason.
4:57 am edt 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Building Commissioner

Where has Russell Braun been?  So much construction going on around town without
permits.   While he was in the trailers, he missed so many violations and his
excuse was he was outside of town.  Now what is his excuse?  Oh, maybe he is in
a 7 million dollar basement, that he just happened to get paid an extra thirty
five thousand to supervise.

10:31 pm edt 

Re: Joe Coffee

Joe Coffee will close. Mark my words. Someone in the real estate
office spilled the beans. Bank is taking the property. Unless they plan to rent
a place on commercial st.
8:27 am edt 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Re: Harbormaster

David said: "How many more screw ups does the harbormaster have to
make before someone in power wakes up and gets rid of him.  He removes the Vast
Explorer from the base of the pier and moors it out by Long Point, knowing that
it will sink just before the storm, causing oil pollution in our inner harbor. 
He answers to no
one.  Not even the Chief of police.

Wake up Chief, he is your problem.  Just ask Chief Anthony who the harbormaster
answers to.  He can confirm what I have told you in several conversations that
we have had in the past in which you claim no responsibility for this person.

David J. Ditacchio, Provincetown Marine Superintendent, Ret."


David- Do you remember the Coast Guard and EPA folks were here and actually
removed ALL of the fuel from the Vast Explorer earlier this summer? It didn't
have a drop aboard after they left! Also, the Harbormaster moved the boat out to
the cove in an effort to get it off the pier and away from a potentially
dangerous situation with the then pending HURRICANE. Also, the boat didn't sink
during the storm; it sank a day AFTER the storm! Since there was no fuel aboard
it, it will make a great reef for fishing!

So David, what would YOU have done???

Inquiring mind

9:27 pm edt 

Provincetown's Big Dig

I have to laugh at the idea that people in Ptown would even consider
the proposal of underground utility wires.  Start depositing into your
construction accounts now and bigtime.  This is one of the most ridiculous ideas
ever presented by the "regime".  It may just happen based on that.  Wow. LOL
8:45 pm edt 

Joe's Coffee

Relax folks, Joe Coffee is not going out of business.  They expect to
be closed for Jan & Feb and re-open in March.
8:43 pm edt 

Underground Wires

The property owners of Provincetown had better pay attention to this one!!! I've
personally had a conversation with one of the higher ups in NSTAR about this
very topic. I'm told that NSTAR wants no part of it and we shouldn't either. If
new underground service is provided to all the houses on Commercial Street, and
anywhere else for that matter, they will all have to be brought up to code. Do
you have any idea how this will affect all of the old homes? The employee says
they'd all have to be completely re-wired and would run into the tens of
thousands for each home. Do you have that kind of free cash just to have the
wires underground instead of above?? You better think twice about this one.
4:57 pm edt 

Housing

Oh, let's not forget....  Say you have no job too and you live alone with your
child... And then move your boyfriend in later!  I get it, that's how it works!

But, forget the honest and go with the deciteful...
4:31 pm edt 

Housing

Can anyone explain how the ALLEDGED LOTTERY for housing works?  Again, a family
who has applied several times, still doesn't get lottery but a single Mom and a
child slides right into it..  It appears to me that'snot a lottery that is a
pick and choose !  There is no such thing as a lottery housing in Ptown.. You
know it and we all know it....  Why shoyuld one take the time to follow the
entire paperwork process ( which is very time consuming) if that doesn't even
matter.  The one who fills out only the time sheet WINS !  How can that be FAIR?


What is going on here?  Can't you people read between the lines?  So the key to
housing success is be a single mom, have a child and say you have no place to
live?  That is how it works... FACT!
4:30 pm edt 

Halloween Ball at Town Hall

What a lovely idea and I'd love to attend, but I went to a concert at town hall
this summer and it was so hot up in the auditorium that my shirt was drenched
and sweat was pouring off of me in buckets.

I couldn't possibly attend in a costume and be in a room with hundreds of people
pressed together--I'd probably faint.

Even with open windows, the crowd by the windows would block the air from
flowing through the room.

It was due to this experience that I'm so hesitant to attend I do hope that I'm
wrong!!! I may still buy a ticket and stick my head in and enjoy the view and
see how it goes because it is such a wonderful, positive town event.
4:27 pm edt 

Re Joe:

Wow. 99% of the users of this site need to get out from behind their computer
screens and step back into reality. "Concerned Citizens"??? "Whiny         "
would be more apropos. Rumors are just that and those who need to perpetuate
them are the lowest form of life. Sounds to me like y'all should switch to
decaf. If you have issues why not confront directly the person/business you have
a problem with? I have no respect for anyone who chooses to whine anonymously
online.
4:25 pm edt 

Harbormaster's Badges

Well, let's see... the last time I went to Seamen's Bank, I noticed that the
uniformed fellow that watches the lot has a badge. I see the fire dept.
personnel all have badges, the licensing agent has a badge, the Building
Inspector and Health Agent have badges, even the guy that watches the lot at
Stop & Shop has a GOLD badge!

So, let me try to understand this: the Harbormaster's drive boats with blue
lights and sirens, enforce all the harbor regulations including boating rules
and regulations... but they are NOT able to carry a badge?

Something smells folks, and it ain't because the tide is low!

"Badges, we don't need no stinkin' badges"!!!!
4:23 pm edt 

My God!

You people can sure RANT!! Everyone on this blog seems to know
everyone elses business!! Now it's the Harbormaster's again!!! Sheesh! I know of
few departments in this town where the employees are so abused by the public! I
have personally witnessed the temper tantrums and outright fits that these
employees have been forced to deal with firsthand! Some of our local
fisherpersons feel so entitled and think that the pier is their very own and
that there are no rules there!

The owner of the Jersey Princess is a great example. He threatens, accuses,
spits, jumps up and down and behaves like a spoiled 3 year old child. Yet, the
harbormaster's are forced to endure his endless tirades. I personally don't
understand why that man hasn't been asked to leave the pier. His behavior is so
rude and obnoxious that it is criminal.

Another fisherman has "given away" two boats to homeless persons that he
obviously couldn't get rid of by any other legal means without first spending
some money. We all felt the results of his first freebie which everyone saw tied
to the pier for several months. That boat was abandoned by its beneficiary who
just decided to up and leave it on its mooring (but not until he broke all the
glass and caused untold damage to the boat first). Then the Harbormaster had to
take possession of it to prevent it from sinking on its mooring!!

Now, this same generous fisherman has given away a second vessel! An old
sailboat with no propulsion was "given" to a ANOTHER homeless man! What a
thoughtful benefactor! Now this same fisherman gripes and complains over
citations that he was presented for giving away an undocumented vessel, and
abandoning (ahem - "donating") that same vessel on Commonwealth tidelands.

The plot thickens! Of course all of these happenings are the fault of Rex
McKinsey and his staff!! Pulleeeze!!!!

Could someone PLEASE take responsibility for their OWN actions?? Why is it
always someone elses fault?

Oh, and David Dittachio, you did not retire as Harbormaster, you were forced out
of your position! Do you ever wonder why? Your behavior made Provincetowns
harbor one of the MOST unfriendly ports on the Eastern Seaboard! I cant believe
that you are siding with the fellow that gave away those boats! If that happened
on your watch youd have been screaming!

Let the Harbormaster do his job! Let the Pier Corp. manage the pier and for Gods
sake, keep the Town out of it! They have managed to make a mess out of just
about every other department in town!

Signed,

SO SICK of the entitled few

4:18 pm edt 

What Happened?

April 2007 Town Meeting:

Article 24. Resolution: Should We Bury Wires Underground.
To see if the Town will vote to approve the resolution on burying underground
wires, as follows: Whereas: Putting the electric, phone and cable wires under
Commercial Street would improve the appearance of Town and allow the removal of
telephone poles making the street wider and safer; Whereas: The costs are not
known but will be less if done before Commercial Street is repaved; Therefore: I
move to see if the Town will vote to urge the Board of Selectmen to appoint a
committee of five to report to them within two months what the expense to the
taxpayers would be so that at the next Special Town Meeting such an article
could be put before the voters; or to take any other action relative thereto.
[Requested by Barbara Rushmore and others]
Barbara Rushmore move that the Town vote to approve Article 24 as printed in the
warrant. Motion Passed.

We're getting ready to pave Commercial St.  Did this committee ever get
appointed and what was the result of their work?
4:10 pm edt 

Dogs Dying

There have been four dogs recently that became acutely ill. Three dogs
did die. We have not been able to confirm any dogs dying from being on Herring
Cove Beach which is a rumor going around Town. Nor have we been able to find a
common link between the four identified dogs. Please know we are agressively
looking into this and are in contact with the Mass. Dept. of Health, the local
health agent,  the dog owners we have been able to identify, animal clinics and
hospitals on the Cape.

Please contact our Animal Contol Officer if, you have information that might
help at 508-487-1212.

Thank you,

Candace Nagle
Chair, Provincetown Animal Welfare Committee
President, Provincetown Dog Park Association, Inc.


4:04 pm edt 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

170 Bradford

Wasn't the Zoning hearing last night ?  Anybody know what happened ?
8:54 am edt 

West Vine Development

Who is the developer developing those 16 units ?
8:53 am edt 

Re: Developers

So what my dear would YOU call a "small developer" .
You say 25 units is not small-well one has nothing to do with the other- go
ahead and group together- do your addition- well you have made your point. And
Bangs st.??? 4 units?? oh they too are BIG developers. PLEASE. Dear , The ONLY
BIG DEVELOPER is big daddy on Shankpainter who so many town officials Hide
behind the whole "affordable housing hoax"  and  "BIG DADDY" is the only one
making the $$$$$$. Well -oh maybe a few others- but that is not in black in
white .
8:52 am edt 

Kleptocracy

PRONUNCIATION:
(klep-TOK-ruh-see)

MEANING:

Noun: A government by the corrupt in which rulers use their official positions
for personal gain.

That's Provincetown!
Anyone who doesn't believe it should take a good look around.
Begin with the Cop posing as TM...she sure didn't get the job based on
experience. Those that put her in place gave her the power to begin the
takeover. Bit by board, bit by department, anyone and everyone has been replaced
by pre-selected,imported from Penn,"friends" who may or may not be qualified.
We can complain about development, or the Pier, or the moon, but nothing will
ever change until our shadow gov.makes the "Herstory" books.
Until then, I remain,
The ONLY Pebble on the beach
8:50 am edt 

Dogs Dying

If the dogs are NOt dying, then It's good to know that.

I don't [like] people SPREADING rumors here but sharing information on what they have
heard or know. If then someone can offer facts or knowledge that some news is
not true, then that is good. That is what I like about this site. I don't have
to wait until the Banner comes out to know some things that are happening. We
are small town with people who care.
8:47 am edt 

I Remember Michael When He and Bobby Owned the Red Inn

Bobby was so generous and a great host. Michael was a presence then at the Red
Inn. I forgot he owned the Black Pearl but I would see him in front of the
Elephant Walk. He worked that garden and he loved old cars.

Had he been sick? My sympathies to his friends and family. Was Michael here when
he passed this morning?
8:44 am edt 

Joe's Coffee

See ya.  Overpriced and weak.  Last time I bought a
coffee there I walked across the street and tossed it in a trash container
located near another lovely quality food concession.  Too bad other coffee shops
in Ptown that also reside on the reknowned Newbury St. can't take poor Joe's
under their wing.  You know, to share the profits for overpriced bad coffee and
made to look homemade pastries.  Boy, just goes to show, people visiting can be
fools.  Makes DD and SB look good actually.  Sorry people, quality has left the
building! See ya!!
8:42 am edt 

Joes

it is hard for me to believe that Joes is going out of business.   They have
already told BRAVO (Lou) that they will renew his lease for next year.  I would
think BRAVO would know if he was not coming back, and he doesn't.   Just another
rumor
8:39 am edt 

Re: Joe Coffee

Pricing ourselves? Yes indeed we have! You can thank the owner of Joe Coffee for
that. Not just for the $5 cup of mediocre coffee or the $11 sandwich but for the
unrealistic prices of homes here.  See he also owns Atlantic Bay realtors and
has been responsible for our pricing conundrum in this town. The realtors in
Provincetown have priced things to such a degree that they've done everyone in
this town a great disservice. I heard at Seaman's today two of the real estate
agents are buying the real estate office from him to help him get him out of hot
water with the bank. The realtors in Provincetown are         in my opinion but
they're suffering now like everyone else after getting us into this mess.I sold
my last home on craigslist without the help of a realtor here. I just don't have
confidence in them.
8:38 am edt 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Developers

Bangs St. was clear cut on almost 1/4 acre so 4 complete modular 2
story houses could sit feet from one another.  You may call it small but it's
the biggest project this street has ever been victim to.
8:00 pm edt 

Harbor Masters

If I remember correctly the Harbor Master is appointed by the Town manager,
unless of course Town By Laws or the charter says differently then I assume the
appointment is made by the Board of Selectmen.

The Assistant Harbor Master is appointed by the same process but for a period of
three years. Any appointment or re-appointment of Assistant Harbor masters shall
be on the recommendation of the Harbor Master. I don't think the asst harbor
master has ever come up for review after his three year term.

The above two positions should have police powers and are supposed to attend a
perscribed course of study approved by the harbormasters training council. They
must also attend once a year in service training approved by the council. These
are the only two positions that may have the authority to carry a harbormasters
badge depending if they have been properly trained which I doubt they have.

The Harbormaster is supposed to report to the chief of police. I doubt he does
this also.

The appointing authority can remove these two employees for failure to
satisfactorly participate or complete the prescribed couse of study within two
years of their appointment. I would challenge any ticket they gave me.

The current Harbormaster and Assistant Harbor Master may be excempt from
attending the complete basic training depending on their appointment dates (if
appointed prior to December 2008 when a new law came into play for
harbormasters) but they are not excempt from further study once a year for in
service training.

The Seasonal employees have NO POLICE POWERS, and technically
Seasonal/Intermittent Habormaster's Assistants with no police powers should not
be writing non-criminal disposition citations for by-law or town ordinance
violations or waterway violations becasue they are not trained and certified.

Regardless of the town meeting vote (April 2011) to give seasonal employees the
right to issue these citations per the harbormaster, I will be willing to bet
that if challenged in court the Town and pier Cooperation would loose, simply
becuase they are no trained.

Your supposed to know how to operate a boat, swim or know various regulations as
they pertain to ordinaces or waterways, do they really get trained or certified
by the U.S Coast Guard in Boater safety I doubt it. Can some of them swim, I
doubt it.

The Harbor Master/Marine Superintendent also holds the position of pier manager
which I also will bet is a conflict of interest and also should be looked into.

I also wonder if the parking tickets that are issued by the seasonal workers and
full time staff are legal also as they must be appointed by the parking
administrator as traffic control personnel to enforece parking laws. If I got a
ticket I would challenge the legality.

How about all you hard working tax payers, isn't it time to see what is
happening to the Town and the misuse of powers by people who don't seem to know
what is going on.

Be prepared to open up your piggy banks when suits begin to fly because of the
mis managed pier...........

Siding with David

3:33 pm edt 

Coffee Joe's

I am sure Coffee Joe's will either buy the property from foreclosure,
or just move to another location.  They are making too much money to just close
for good.

3:25 pm edt 

Re: Developers

You may call them small developments, but I do not call the proposed
16 unit development on West Vine a small development.  They have already clear
cut a half an acre to get 6 units and they will clear cut the other half acre to
put up the remaining 10 units.  This is the same developer who put up the 9
units across the street.  So, 16 + 9 = 25 units.  Small developers?  I think
not.

3:23 pm edt 

Re: Developers

Yes, all developers are in the same boat here.  Anyone building more
than one unit or house is exploiting the natural environment in the sole name of
the almighty buck.  Sickening they get away with the damage they do while others
jump through hoops for permission to do no damage.  The east end and west end
projects are small builders just capitalizing on capitolism?  Are you kidding? 
Do your homework?  Small, virgin developers wouldn't have a chance here.  Think
a small builder could afford over a year of no sales while their brand new empty
units sit growing mold waiting for someone to take the bait.  Prices up and
prices down and prices up.  Please.  Dizzying.  You have to know the strings to
pull and that, my dear, comes from experience and connections.  Big fish in a
small pond eat all the little fishes eventually and then when there are no more
little fishes left, they start eating each other.
11:41 am edt 

Joe's Coffee

Sad joes coffee is going out..Just a matter of time more are as well!!
We are over pricing ourselves!!:(
11:39 am edt 

Harbor Master:

Im a retired HM from NJ we were not under the police.
Could you see them now being run by the police!! The upper mgt at the police
station can not even run the force they have!! When was the last time you saw
the cheif?? Why would he have his officers directing traffic in a
hurricane?!!When we had almost nobody here!!Why has he not said somthing to the
guy directing traffic this week about putting his vest.on.or off!!?? But you
want to give him more ppl to control, lets start with getting what he has in
order first!! Someone is going to get HURT!!!
11:38 am edt 

Re: Harbor Master

"You go to any other place in America the harbor
master and his ast have badges....its a power trip"


If you go to any other place in America, the harbormaster and his assistants are
under the supervision of the police department.  But not here.  Why is that? 
Changes need to be made on our pier.
11:13 am edt 

Micheal Clifford's Passing

Micheal Clifford, owner of the Elephant Walk Guest House passed away
this morning. He owned several Provincetown businesses through the years
including The Black Pearl Guest House, The Red Inn and The Heritage House. Rest
in peace Micheal.
10:56 am edt 

Shankpainter

I reviewed the con com agenda and minutes and I could not find that
the town applied for a NoI to do work on Shankpainter within 100 ft of a
wetland. The work is actuallu about 2 ft fron the wet land. A pass for the town?
The national seashore had to do this for the work on Moors Road.
10:54 am edt 

Where is He?

Dan Hort has been the worst thing for Provincetown's finances. Who on
earth imagined he was qualified for this position?

Have you tried to call that office to speak to someone? No one ever answers the
phone. You have to leave a message and most of the time you don't get a return
call.

What was Sharon thinking?
10:53 am edt 

Dogs on Beach Dying

This is a nasty rumor and "it's not true". so whomever started this, you need to
stop.
10:52 am edt 

Joe's Coffee CLOSING? What?

Someone just shared that Joe's Coffee is closing their doors at the end of the
season because the bank is foreclosing on the building they own. What will
happen to the real estate office next door they own?Anyone know if that place is
getting taken as well?Scary times with long established businesses are closing.
10:50 am edt 

I Love the Quietness, The Beginning of a New Season

I hear it. Sounds strange but it is the sound of silence. I love the quietness
and the clarity that is fall.

How wonderful to be here and experience this new season.
10:49 am edt 

Re: Enough Is Enough

How can ANY half way intelligent person group"All"
developers in one category?????  SHANKPAINTER is a completely different
situation than Bangs or West Vine. SHANKPAINTER is nothing but a political tool
for our few town officials and selectmen(one in particular) to use as an agenda
for their -as well as the Developer's benefit.  Agreed-this housing adds nothing
to provincetown-this is a lose lose situation-and yes-wait 10 years and see what
it looks like and more importantly-the -repercussions it will have on our
police,fire,etc-      Bangs and west vine are small builders who are doing
nothing but what any builder can do in ANY town. You may not like or care for
the architecture or quality of building or the fact that the town set guidelines
were worked and loopholed into more than 1 unit etc. But this is capitalism.
SHANKPAINTER however, is robbery of our town !!!! Plain and simple.
10:48 am edt 

Harbor Master....

You go to any other place in America the harbor
master and his ast have badges....its a power trip  Our.cheif hates ppl with any
authority..That is unless, u came from the same college he did WestField!!!!
10:45 am edt 

Dog Deaths & Herring Cove:

There is a positive side to this situation.  Dog owners will keep their dogs on
leashes and watch them more closely.  This may be a concerted effort to make
some of the dog owners more responsible.  It is about time action is taken
against these irresponsible individuals.
10:44 am edt 

170 Bradford

The Zoning hearing is tomorrow right ?  Any idea when a final decision on what
can be built will be made ?
10:42 am edt 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Scary if Dogs are Dying on Herring Cove Beach

I'd like more information too. Is this true and if it is---something is
radically wrong. Is someone or some agency trying to poison some species? It
would not be the first time. Sometimes "annoynaces" like certain species of
birds are targeted secretly and then poisoned. Hope this is not what is
happening. I too wait for more information.
7:12 am edt 

Thanks David for Your Posting

You were great as Harbormaster. You knew what you were doing. You enforced the
rules and that many "conected" did not like. You are right to pinpoint the
problems of those who run the pier. Power does not mean knowledge. We should
expect competency from our harbormaster--not ineptitude.
7:11 am edt 

Sewer Connection Costs

Sewer connection costs can vary widely depending on...

1. The distance from your existing waste line to the street and obstacles in the
path;
2. The elevation of your waste pipe compared to the hook-up point or elevation
of the municipal sewer on your road;
3. Access for heavy equipment- hand digging in tight areas will drive up costs;

The $1,500., number in an earlier post is about as good as it gets. Town website
has approved contractors to do sewer hookups. Get 3 bids and then decide. And do
not forget about restoration of gardens, walkways, and etc.
7:09 am edt 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Speaking of the Public Pier....

I'm curious who gets the entitlement to have their little sailboat at the end of
the pier 'FOR SALE' ?
9:24 pm edt 

This is So Stupid.

The PO is a federal agency.  Good luck making a
profit from anything having to do with them.  Do you honestly think they have
embedded themselves like ticks in a prime waterfront spot decades ago so they
could loose money?  Even in a recession?  Sure.  Secondly, harbormaster badges,
are you kidding?  I could print one off the computer and march around and have
as much knowledge about the harbor and marine rules backing me up as the morons
parading around the wharf acting like they have an unspoken right of unlimited
parking.  Authority means nothing in a town where common sense can be found
under the furthest heap in the dump, if at all.  Live here, shut up and swallow
or move out.  Families aren't wanted, kids aren't wanted, brains aren't wanted
(if they question those making big bucks).   That is this town's mantra.  Worthy
of a good      , off the pier and on part of the "harbormaster's" truck.
9:23 pm edt 

Re: So Clarence

Sorry

Sewer rat
9:17 pm edt 

Dog Deaths & Herring Cove

The rumor I heard is that in the last few days 4 dogs have gotten ill,
and 3 have died after eating something off the beach at Herring Cove. Anymore
info out there?

A Rat In The Basement
7:05 pm edt 

So Clarence

A guy asks what a sewer connection might cost, and i answear with an estimate
for him, but you dont post it. What gives?

Sewer Rat, not a contractor
7:02 pm edt 

Re: Sewer Connection

Ballpark estimate for a straight forward, no interuptions, no extras
sewer connection. $1,500. Add $500 for every extra item.

Sewer Rat
7:01 pm edt 

Post Office:

I am not sure about Provincetown, but most Post Offices in New England are in
buildings that they lease.
6:28 pm edt 

Harbormaster Badges

I bet the chief took the badges away from the assistant harbormasters
because they have no enforcement powers and they were decieving the public into
thinking they do. Whoever allowed these workers to carry badges should be fired!
6:23 pm edt 

Harbormaster Badges

Why did he police chief take the badges away from the asst. harbormasters?  What
is going on down there now?  Why is one person being fined for not having his
boat registered, when others with the same offense get a pass from the
harbormaster?  Why hasn't the harbormaster ordered the abandoned house boat
removed from the harbor. Lets try selective  enforcement.  This is just the tip
of the iceberg.  Wake up town manger, police chief, pier corp., before this
harbormaster causes this town great harm.


2:24 pm edt 

Re: Enough is Enough!

Couldn't agree more.  Enough is enough.  STOP THE UNNECESSARY
OVERDEVELOPMENT OF PROVINCETOWN!!  Look at Shankpainter, look at Bangs, look at
West Vine.  This poor town is continually being stretched to the limit for
nothing but money and by nothing but greed.  Send the message that this
development cartel should go pick on some other town that doesn't care. 

The reason they fester here is because we let them and encourage them.  No other
town on the Cape puts up with such nonsense so a few can get rich over and over. 
Or is it already too late?  Cheap dilapidated condo units will be quite the
legacy we leave.
2:22 pm edt 

Called a Lawyer

I'm hoping that I hear from him soon. I need this scary person out of my house.
12:11 pm edt 

911 Anniversary

CUDOS to the Provincetown Police Honor Guard and the Provincetown Fire
Department for a JOB WELL DONE!

You guys and gals have a thankless job for all you do!

BE SAFE !


12:10 pm edt 

Sewer Connection

Hi, does anyone have an estimate of what the cost
will be to have a private contractor hook up a private home
to the new sewer in the East End?

Thanks

PJDP
12:09 pm edt 

Enough Already

The post office could probably sell their land and building for 3-4
million. Then some greedy ass developer can put in 15,000 condos and sell them
for 1 million apiece. Stop the developing of Provincetown. Get out! We dont need
any more housing or any more building. Enough is enough!
12:07 pm edt 

Harbormaster Has to Go!

How many more screw ups does the harbormaster have to make before someone in
power wakes up and gets rid of him.  He removes the Vast Explorer from the base
of the pier and moors it out by Long Point, knowing that it will sink just
before the storm, causing oil pollution in our inner harbor.  He answers to no
one.  Not even the Chief of police. 

Wake up Chief, he is your problem.  Just ask Chief Anthony who the harbormaster
answers to.  He can confirm what I have told you in several conversations that we
have had in the past in which you claim no responsibility for this person.

David J. Ditacchio, Provincetown Marine Superintendent, Ret.




12:05 pm edt 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Need a Lawyer!

Need legal help to get rid of a no paying, dishonrable, thieving housemate.
11:06 am edt 

Seashore Point

What's going on over there? Rumor has it that the Director of Nursing was
escorted out of the building by the police for not following the orders (yes,
orders) of the administrator.

Other rumor....the Masons are going to buy the property for a retreat??
What's going to happen to the patients?
9:45 am edt 

Dying Dogs

So whats this I hear about dogs dying on New Beach?
8:29 am edt 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

US Post Office

I've been reading articles about the financial problems of the US Post
Office.

They should evaluate their real estate and tighten their belts. The building on
Commercial is beautiful, but really... why is there a Post Office on the most
expensive land in town - waterfront, huge building, huge parking? Sell it and
move to Shankpainter and pocket a few mil. Re-evaluate postal real estate across
the US. Move to energy efficient buildings on far more affordable real estate -
and have a chance to be financially solvent.
11:31 pm edt 

Overreaction Can be Costly

Does anyone recognize that the Police Chief does not have the authority to close
businesses just because he says so? All of the businesses that he had closed
that night have lost income and therefore can sue him/the Town for their losses.
The taxpayers can expect to open their wallets once again because of the Town's
ineptness.
11:28 pm edt 

Re: Pending Danger

If you think condo-izing the old HS will cause money to flow like wine
into the town's tax bucket, think again.   Masking to fit tax loopholes,
conniving and weaseling are all approved practices here and are what these
condos will be birthed and nursed on.  That and greed.  The tax breaks will be
considerable. The only ones making money will be the developer and builder.  It
will cost the town substantial funds in the long run.  Guaranteed.  Don't say
you weren't warned. It's not as far away as you might think.  This building
won't sit idle for long, not with developers frothing at the mouth over it.
3:43 pm edt 

Re: Over Reaction

The main issues in the alleged over-reaction is abuse of power and
selective enforcement. Consider the possibility that the newbie chief and his
boss the newbie town manager are here to enact an agenda that removes the soul
and sanitizes the historic spirit of this place. Nit pick all you want about
newbie definitions, it's about real estate and gentrification money when you
come right down to it. Harbor Lounge vs Old Colony Tap that night is an example.
11:47 am edt 

Re: Over Reaction

He too is a newbie cop.
10:07 am edt 

Re: Pending Danger: The Morphing of Affordable Housing into Elderly Housing

"So now we proceed under the guise of "elderly" housing.  Come on.  You
were warned.  The High School is next.  Prime location, top of the town,
expansive views."



I love this idea.  Huge amount of $ added to the tax roll, no local school
system wasting millions each year, etc.  If the school folks don't get their
XXXX together the school will be closed and what better use than condos.  The IB
program?  What a joke, who is going to send their kids to the end of the cape
for this.  Are they really serious or are they just trying to protect their
jobs?
10:04 am edt 

Congratulations to HDC!


I watched the entire hearing on 170 Bradford Street.  Thank you, thank you,
thank you.  I still have low expectations for the final project, but at least it
has a chance thanks to the HDC.

My only quibble - You wouldn't need that extra egress door on the main structure
if it were a two family house.  Don't get why his need for 3 units trumps HDC's
mandate that the main house not be altered.  Just saying....
10:01 am edt 

Pending Danger: The Morphing of Affordable Housing into Elderly Housing

You expected anything less? 

The jig is up with affordable housing. 
So now we proceed under the guise of "elderly" housing.  Come on.  You were
warned.  The High School is next.  Prime location, top of the town, expansive
views.  Just think how many single units can be crammed into this beauty and
parking already in place.  Just a matter of time before the royal court hands
the keys over to one of a few developers who continue to pillage this town under
various guises to get their free ride.  While they laugh all the way to the bank
at the expense of the town.  THIS TOWN HAD BETTER WAKE UP AND STOP THIS NOW.
8:48 am edt 

Pending Danger

BE ADVISED

I HAVE HEARD THE WILLIAMS BUILDING COMPANY, THAT IS CREATING THE HOUSING ON
SHANKPAINTER ROAD HAS APPROACHED THE TOWN WITH A OFFER TO BUILD ELDERLY HOUSING
AT THE RECREATION BUILDING AND COUNCIL ON AGING BUILDING. HOWEVER CONDITION IS
THAT THE TOWN GIVES THEM THE PROPERTY. THIS WRITER SAYS A BIG NO WAY.  PROMISES
WERE MADE BY TOWN GOVERNMENT THAT  THESE TWO PROPERTIES WILL BE SOLD.
   MONIES WERE ASKED FOR TO IMPROVE THE VETERANS MEMORIAL SCHOOL TO HOUSE THE
RECREATION AND COUNCIL ON AGING. THESE  TOWN MEETING ARTICLES WERE APPROVED BY
TOWN MEETING VOTE WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT  THE TWO FORMER PROPERTIES WILL BE
SOLD.
   I CANT BELIEVE THAT TOWN OFFICIALS WOULD EVEN CONSIDER THIS REQUEST. IF THEY
ARE CONSIDERING THIS REQUEST THEN THEN THIS DECISION BY THEM WOULD BE OF THE
SAME ACTION THAT CAUSED S.C.R.A.M.  SERIOUS CITIZENS REVOLTING AGAINT
MIS-MANAGEMENT TO BE FORMED AND THUS REMOVED FROM OFFICE  THOSE PAST OFFICIALS
THAT BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SOME ONE WRITE IT AINT SO!
7:46 am edt 

Re: Over Reaction

Let's not balme the newbie cops so too speak.  The order came from the police
chief..  The newbies were only doing as directed!  Get the facts before you
spout out!
7:43 am edt 

HDC

I look forward to seeing that meeting on PTV!

I actually have great respect for HDC.  It is a no-win job and they do it well. 
If anything, I think they should be given more power.
7:41 am edt 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Re: 170 Bradford Street

You are correct about the Historic Meeting vote earlier this year. And we can be
thankful that this past Wednesday night the Historic Board voted to not allow
for the "god-awful" design that was presented. They were quite angry with their
response to Victor and we are all very grateful to them.

Please have a look at Victor's design. Its dreadful. Little boxes with no
outdoor space or deck. Tiny, tiny rooms and a massive front porch that has
nothing to do with its federalist design. And a lot coverage that only allows
for three parking spaces. Thanks for rejecting this.

Please help to stop this project, don't let it become another Bangs Street
development.

Zoning Meeting scheduled for September 15 at 7PM.
12:26 pm edt 

170 Bradford

11 neighbors may have written in support of demo but they never supported a
doubling of the size of the building. Demos should only be allowed when they are
an "exact" duplicate of the building and occupy the same footprint. Otherwise
the building should be restored. We neighbors have looked at the decay of this
building for 30 years while we have all been subject to all the enforcement of
our bylaws during this time. But not this building. The sellers should have been
fined severely. They got an approval for demolition before they sold the house
which drove up the price. We should NEVER allow for any demo approval or even a
discussion of demo before a house has been sold.
12:20 pm edt 

Shankpainter Development

Why is it that anyone building in town must build with the current
topography of the land but this huge project on Shank Painter has added at least
20 - 40 ft. in height to the landscape despite what the selectmen called in the
minutes of a meeting concerning this project "WETLANDISH ISSUES"(a quote from
eihter Anderson or Davies)? Are we all free to do this or is this another pass
for the elite?
10:35 am edt 

Concerning 170 Bradford.

As reported in the HDC minutes of the Mar.16,2011 meeting, 11 neighbors pleaded
in letters to allow the demolition. It was granted by the HDC as long as HDC recieved
stamped plans for rebuilding with the provisions that it be reconstructed with  the same
fereralist facade with all details, corbels, mullions doors, windows, chimneys etc. salvaged
for exact reproduction in the reproduced new structure. Nothing was mentioned about the
footprint being changed so I know nothing of that. But again the facade cannot
look any different than the original. This was passed by a vote of 4-0-0. Lets
see if HDC upholds this agreement.Please look this up on the town website. There
are no minutes published since Mar 16 that changes this agreement.
10:18 am edt 

Over Reaction!

When is the last time the police closed business in town due to a
power outage? Ever? This was an inconvenience that was made into a crisis by the
authorities. Power outages are a routine event here and there was no threat to
the public safety. Hysterical over-response by our newbie cops seems more the
case. Geez, the winds didn't even take the carnival beads off the trees on
Commercial Street. How about a little more serve and a little less protect
please.
9:57 am edt 

170 Bradford Steet

I hope not to have to read for months on end about 170 Bradford like we all had
to endure reading about the Bangs Street development for a year or more.
(OMG..please...no more pictures!!!)
In the end and just like nationally, there are a certain group of people in
business and government that will get what they want in the end regardless of
what's right or lawful.
Meanwhile, on the bright side, property owners in this town can be, at least,
grateful that property taxes are almost nothing compared to other communities
because of so many condos, over development, and the phasing out of the public
schools.
Anna Lee Cage
9:48 am edt 

Exclusive vs Inclusive

"...but yet you want the support of the town to allow the awful acts
and behaviors that go on during such time..."


Your statement speaks volumes.  Your homophobia is coming through loud and
clear.


9:46 am edt 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Re: For the Record

Harbor Lounge stayed open well after the others were ordered to close.
It wasn't pretty but it was well lubed.
11:23 pm edt 

For the Record

Harbor light was also closed during the storm..  Let's get the facts straight... 
Anyone w/o a generator or lighted exit signs were the only places closed
down.......  This was a public safety issue.....
11:22 pm edt 

Exclusive vs Inclusive

How ignorant.... you don't want this poster to be a family event but yet you
want the support of the town to allow the awful acts and behaviors that go on
during such time..

Perhaps you should have carnival in your own back yard!  SHAME ON YOU.....  This
town is not just for GLBT it is for all to enjoy....

THIS IS DISGRACEFUL !!!
11:20 pm edt 

To: "170 Bradford"

While I understand your frustration, and believe me, it is warranted, there is
not a thing you can do about it.  Bylaws and rules will be skirted, abutters
will be properly notified???, legal counsel will defame all abutters who raise
concern, town legal counsel will nod their head and cash their check and at the
end of the day, the property will be developed and the natural Provincetown will
be the loser, while the developer will win.  Hands down.  Don't waste your
breathe.  Those who really care are but thorns in the side of those who make
their wealth raping this town, with the assistance of their puppets in town
hall. Look at Bangs St. for Christmas sake.  Four monoliths to greed and not one
has sold in over a year.  The proof is in the pudding.
11:19 pm edt 

Re: What's Going On?

I understand that all bars that did not have generators or emergency
lighting were told to close for safety sake. That included the Harbor Lounge(had
friend working there) because it was done all around the same time after an
extended power outage and before darkness. saw both fire and police chief outand
explained to me what was up.
5:20 pm edt 

170 Bradford Street

What a shame...

This house should not have been given the go ahead for
A tear down.the family that owns the property should have
Been fined for the condition of the house,especially that it
Was occupied in the past. Where were the building and health
Agents in the past.?????
This is a historic house and I hold the town responsible for not
Taking action sooner to save the house!!!!! .the historic committee
Has no backbone , no historic structural knowledge and no money
To back these decisions,nor does the building commissioner have
Any historic structural back ground,as I have been told by the members
Of the historic committee. How can a demolition permit be issued when
There is no back up to support it.
I know the house is in terrible shape,but leaks and rotted floors etc
Do not support a tear down.the town should have insisted that a
Certified historic structural engineer review the house before any
Decision was made,paid by the family that owns the house.this is
The procedure in other towns,concord,Newport ,that have strong
Historic boards.
I realize that we should all be grateful to our volunteer boards, but I feel
They should present facts and knowledge when such drastic decisions
Are made.I personally have been asked to join the historic board,but
I do not feel qualified to make historic decisions. We are not talking
Fences or front doors here!
I heard about the sale yesterday and my heart sunk, I do hope the
Developer has sensitivity ,but I have not seen this in his other projects,
No green space,large paved areas,to many units and no integration
Into the province town feel,just large masses of buildings.
5:17 pm edt 

Speaking of Developments or Projects

How can 95 bradford stree, along with  7 masonic place keep doing additions and
projects with a permit?  Is Austin Knight still working for Peter who owns the
property?  How short we all forget.
2:27 pm edt 

What's Going On?

Would somebody explain why the police closed the Old Colony Tap and
others for not having a generator during the hurricane blackout yet allowed
blatant over crowding and over serving at the Harbor Lounge. Is it who you know?
Is it discrimination? It certainly isn't old school Provincetown.
2:25 pm edt 

Payments by the Many for Profits for the Few

The developers make more money by building multi-unit projects not
integrated into town.  That's why the town has to do it.  Just think how nice
they will be in a couple years when someone is going to have to foot the bill
for upkeep and no one will want to pay for that, not the developer, not the
town, no grants in sight for new paint or rot replacement or dead landscaping. 
Ptown, no, Little Brockton.  Disgusting and all so a few can, again, make a
killing.
8:33 am edt 

Housing Projects

Integrate low income housing into existing neighborhoods; don't stick the
projects in an industrial park out by the highway.

Soon we will be giving directions saying,"take Rt 6 to the blinking yellow
light, turn left, and the stop and shop and the bank are just past the projects
on Shank painter Rd
8:15 am edt 

Affordable Housing in the Neighbor

Why did the town have to give millions to developers to stigmatize one area of
town with low income housing projects when other developers are able to build
multiple units around town which incorporates low income housing into a
neighborhood?

Residents would have been better served if the low income housing was integrated
in existing neighborhoods.
8:14 am edt 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

CORRUPT!!!

170 Bradford- Its obvious and easy to explain- one of a handful of
developers /builders who continually get what they want in ptown. Some have to
abide by all the bylaws and are put through the "ringer". A few others - well
they slide right through. It smells so bad. Cannot believe in this day and age
this occurs here. CORRUPT!!!
11:51 pm edt 

What Happened to Lot Coverage Requirements?

Green Space requirements?  Setback?  Oh, I forgot, it's Ptown
and money talks while by-laws walk, along with Board members on.
                   
8:07 pm edt 

She's Gone!?

Wonder who will replace the Health Agent at town hall?
7:57 pm edt 

170 Bradford

"170 Bradford somehow had its bedroom count changed
prior to its sale to 6 bedrooms to allow for this expansion."


This is no surprise as the developer has pulled this sort of thing on his other
developments.  On two of his prior developments he built larger than the plans
stated and was slapped with a fine by the town.  But paying a fine of $15,000 to
$25,000 is a pittance compared to the the amount of profits that he raked in on
selling the units.
6:16 pm edt 

Speaking of Developments

How can the townhouses on Bangs St. be
listed at one price over a year ago in August of 2010 and then offered with a
much lower price 3 weeks before summer ends August 2011 and then changed back to
a higher price once summer is over August/Sept. 2011.  Talk about room to move. 
Its right there in black and white in the ads in the Banner.  Quite the price
graph.  Like a V as in Ridiculous.
6:14 pm edt 

Attention Fellow MY PACC-ers

Knowing how we all don't like surprises, I wanted to bring to your attention the
following meetings about a new development in Provincetown. Please go and
express your support, express your lack of support but please don't Shout Out
that you never heard of this.

170 Bradford Street at Brewster Development
Old Notaro House to be developed by Victor DePaolo

Meeeting Today at Historic at 4PM (Sept 7)
Plans presented to Historic - Historic gave an unprecedented approval to the
seller last winter for complete demolition subject to approval of new a design
by the new owner when the property is sold.

Meeting Thursday September 15 at 7PM Zoning
Developer is seeking approval for the demolition and new design. The design
takes a small two family house and converts it into three condos covering a
majority of the lot size. 170 Bradford somehow had its bedroom count changed
prior to its sale to 6 bedrooms to allow for this expansion.
2:43 pm edt 

Provincetown is Next

LANSING, Mich. (AP)  Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law a stricter,
four-year lifetime limit on cash welfare benefits, prompting advocates for the
poor to warn that tens of thousands of residents will find themselves without
cash assistance on Oct. 1.

People who are going into affordable housing in two years--better take note. It
isn't a life time guarantee.
2:11 pm edt 

Exclusive vs Inclusive

"I just read the PBG is doing a contest for a poster for the 2012 Carnival. 
Great!  But, why does it have to be suitable for all ages?  Carnival is not a
family event.  It is an event for the GLBT community and our
supporters.  It is in essence Provincetown's Pride parade"


1.  It has to be suitable for all ages because all ages are invited to attend or
attend by being in town when it happens by default or attend because they live
here and are residents.  Or else ban all children under the legal age of 18 and
declare it what it is - R rated at the least.

2.  The GLBT community includes couples with children or are those not
considered "families".

3.  This was discussed ad nauseum on the blog.  If paraders need to wear skimpy
bordering on porno outfits and display bordering on porno antics, then to avoid
legal trouble, declare it an ADULT only parade and keep children away.  Oh but
that would mean their parents couldn't spend any money in town either.  Can't
have it both ways. Sorry.  Families, according to you, have no place in Ptown's
pride.  Guess that's why the school is closing as people with children move
away.  Soon GLBT people with children will move away also.  To places more
welcoming of kids.
2:05 pm edt 

Don't Forget Your Roots

Why does the carnival parade have to be suitable for all ages? Are you
serious? "Carnival is not a family event. It is an event for the GLBT community
and our supporters."


Are you serious? Having been raised in Provincetown in the
'70's and 80's I witnessed first hand how hard the gay community fought for
acceptance, inclusion, tolerance and equality for all. Now that they have roots
planted firmly in Provincetown they seem to have forgotten how they got here.
It's funny how you've all abandoned the fight and Provincetown has become
exclusive again. Every one of your theme weeks is exclusive to the gay
population. I guess it's ok to be exclusive as long as it's exclusive for gays.
Provincetown is a one trick pony now, GAY! The hipocricy is sickening.

2:01 pm edt 

Respect For All

"I just read the PBG is doing a contest for a poster for the 2012
Carnival.  Great!  But, why does it have to be suitable for all ages?  Carnival
is not a family event.  It is an event for the GLBT community and our
supporters.  It is in essence Provincetown's Pride parade."


What planet is this guy from???

Why does the poster have to be suitable for all ages? Because it's a public
advertisement for a public event!! I hate to rain on your all-gay-all-the-time
parade ("in essence"), but the carnival parade is on our main street and is open
to the public - all ages. Despite your skewed view of the what this town is
about, children are welcome here and we should respect them. Lewd or suggestive
ads aren't appropriate (besides, they're tacky.)

And trust me, I'm as gay as the next guy, but some people seem to have lost all
perspective. We aren't living on "Planet Gay." There is a diverse community of
people living here and if we want to stage a public event we have to respect
them all.

1:57 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Thanks for Posting the Photo of Fanizzi's

You see the surge, the power, the ravaging of the seas. Glad that Fanizzi's is
doing well. But not without having to resists the force of the hurricaine, the
raging winds of Irene.

so glad all is well, Paul.
11:24 pm edt 

Please!

If you are looking for employment on the blog, that sums it
up.  Why are there numerous, as in multiple, ads for winter employment yet
people just can't find work.  Because it's easier to criticize the blog for all
evils, it's easier to make a call, cash a check and down a drink which you pay
for with cash in a warmer winter spot.  Get real.  Benefit of the doubt there
are offenders.  Are you serious?  Unemployment is the best thing that happened
to this town.  Work here is summer then file your forms and viola, cash in
winter while you work under the table somewhere else hotter.  Reality, not
opinion.  Take off your blinders and go apply for a job.
10:41 pm edt 

10:40 pm edt 

PBG

I just read the PBG is doing a contest for a poster for the 2012
Carnival.  Great!  But, why does it have to be suitable for all ages?  Carnival
is not a family event.  It is an event for the GLBT community and our
supporters.  It is in essence Provincetown's Pride parade.

This year there wasn't a single schedule of events ANYWHERE in town.  Nick and
the board should be ASHAMED!  I checked the Banner - Nothing.  I checked Ptown
Magazine - Nothing.  I looked for posters - None.  I looked for schedules -
None.  The only schedule was a piece of paper posted on the wall outside the
Firehouse.  Seriously?
10:37 pm edt 

Farewell

Very sad to see one of our Summer officers leave. Officer Wallace not
only did a wonderful job, he did it always with a smile. It is sad the dept. 
doesn't keep the good guys around. He did a lot of community policing and helped
this town in the short time he was here. Again Good Luck and be safe and Thank
you from the citizens, store and biz owners and from the community at large.

Farewell
10:35 pm edt 

Traffic Cop

Now look at lopes sq. What the hell the officer there today just
standing  there with his sun glasses on.....takes his traffic vest off puts it
in his pocket....Where is the supervisors...Vest should be on and you should be
doing traffic!!!!
10:30 pm edt 

Re: Summer Work

I collect, yet I'm not among the Florida/Palm Springs types that you and many
other posters obsess over.

Do abusers exist? I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, although I don't know
any. After all, I'm a year-rounder.

Again: won't anyone hire me off-season at a mere $3 an hour above my UI benefit
-- $11, just enough to make it worth not working? Landscaping, perhaps? I can do
other things, too. I hope my posts suggest as much.

I'll gladly take a lower-paying job than I hold in the summertime, not just for
my own good but to shut down the bitters who decry P'town waiter/welfare queens
who supposedly make big coin up here and, come Halloween, double down in Wilton
Manors in Fort Lauderdale or take it easy over Margaritas in Puerto Vallarta.

I should be so lucky. If you hire me, great. If not, at least get real.

--An Able-Bodied and Able-Minded Year-Rounder
9:20 am edt 

New PBG Director

"Sorry, to burst your bubble, but Rob Tosner left the VSB as of June 30, 2011.
No conflict of interest exists.  I know Erin, he's quite capable and got the job
on his own merits, not because of his partner."


I beg to differ:

The new director got the job because no one else wanted it. The position is
nothing but exhausting dealing with a bunch of negative queens that are never
happy with anything. Meetings are a waste of time. I know him personally and
while I wouldn't hire this individual to represent my respectful business, I
wouldn't wish that position on anyone. He'll be burnt out in a matter of months
and we'll be looking for another ED.
9:16 am edt 

Hard Workers and the Cheaters

As a hardworking taxpayer, it galls me when people work the mininum on the books
while raking in the money off the books and then getting food stamps, affordable
housing etc etc.

I'm riled up because my tax dollars are supporting this cheating life style.

There is no year round economy and yet all of this 40B housing is being built
for the homeless in other parts of the county and people who collect social
security becuase of their drug addicition etc.

Tired of the cheating thats goin on.
9:12 am edt 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Labor Day To Us All!

It's here. Labor Day arrives and we soon know that summer has passed. The hype,
the commotion, the tourists so soon gone. Then the silence and the sea.

Happy Labor Day!
10:21 pm edt 

Re: Are You People Serious?

Absolutely! If the businesses and state didn't support the workers in
Provincetown in the off season we would not have many of the long time year
round residents that we have.

There are very few people in town who are fortunate enough to have a year round
job with benefits. They work at a different pace than the summer tourism workers
who work twice as hard in the summer. I like to see one of the people who decry
unemployment on this site to try to do their jobs!

Happy Labor Day all!
10:17 pm edt 

Summer Work

Oh, I don't care that they collect unemployment; it's the law although they are
technically supposed to be looking for work.  Since I know many who decamp to
Mexico, Palm Springs and other warm places, it's hard to imagine that they are
looking for work in Massachusetts.  But that's besides the point since the state
obviously doesn't care.

As for sour grapes, when I retire, I have a healthy 401K and all kinds of
retirement benefits because I work here year-round.  But I made a different
lifestyle choice.  If they choose to fritter away their hard earned $s off
season instead of looking for work either here or in another locale, that is
their choice.  It is eventually going to catch up to them though.
3:38 pm edt 

Out of the Business, We're Still in the Business
 
We gave and gave to Seashore point. She gave land. We gave money. We gave and
gave. And if they go under, just wait and see!

It was a bad idead gone wrong. Like too many other mega projects in
Provincetown.
3:36 pm edt 

In Praise of Global Warming

If the Earth flips our tourist/beach season will occur during the
months we now call winter and we will be on unemployment during the months we
now call summer.  Global warming is our only hope for a year round economy.
1:34 pm edt 

Are You People Serious?

Those who grew up on the Cape know for a fact that if you work in the tourist
industry you will be out of work come winter and on unemployment.  It has been
this way for decades and nothing will change that unless the earth flips and the
Cape becomes a year round summer resort.  It's nothing to be ashamed of.  Those
who collect paid into this system and only get out what is deemed appropriate
based upon work history by the state.  Sounds like someone has some sour grapes.
9:25 am edt 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hurricane Irene Hitting Fanizzi's From a Distance..... 12:15 am edt 

Re: Ethics, Again

I'm the poster who just asked for winter job help. I'm serious and I work hard,
but one catch -- the job MUST pay more than  get on UI. Even $3 an hour more.
That's right, 11 bucks. Otherwise what's the point, really? Oh, yes, "ethics."
When I could be doing my art instead.

11 bucks, folks. On time and sober. Hard physical exertion preferred -- after
all, I have a summer body to keep up.
11:57 pm edt 

Re: A Case of Ethics

"Apparently the state doesn't care enough to investigate and see if people are
actually looking for work like they did in the old days."



You just don't get it. My story proves that the state of Massachusetts, whose
collective wisdom perhaps falls short of yours, grasps the economics that you
don't. I don't feel I lack ethics -- my first three seasons here I tried hard to
get winter work, and couldn't EXCEPT for Stop & Shop, which starts at $9 an
hour. That's actually below unemployment, and I'm far below the $600-a-week
waiter/welfare queens that some posters fantasize about.

I am VERY able-bodied man, mentally suited for more yet ideal for landscaping
work in all seasons. I'm sober and frankly, I like the idea of the job because
it's like getting a workout for free. Yet the work just isn't there in the
winter. Anyone looking -- let me know on this blog and we can discuss who I am
and what your needs are in person. Perhaps this way we can also satisfy the
colicky baby who blathers about work ethics of people who dare to collect UI in
a town of 2,850 people, probably fewer in the off-season.
11:55 pm edt 

Re: Bangs Street

Dah, unhealed wound, are you kidding?  Take a looksee for yourself if
you have the stomach.  Not rocket science.  View the crest of what used to be a
dune and the exposed root systems of the poor trees lining the top that struggle
to stay alive. All approved by the ConsCom bulldozers.  Sweet.  They don't make
a bandaid big enough to fit this or Neosporin strong enough.  Wake up. 
Loopholes aren't the problem.  The Bldg. Inspector, Conscom puppets, certain
legal counsel and connections,  certain Planning board members and the beloved
Assistant T.M. are the problems that face this town.  The queen sits oblivious
to shenanigans in her queendom. Maybe?
11:52 pm edt 

Shankpainter Houseing Project

Another weird idea gone wrong. And we can thank the Frog for that.

A Rat In The Basement
11:47 pm edt 

How Soon We Forget

""SeaShore Point makes a mockery of the old Manor. Wish we had never
made this switch. We are left with leftovers thinking and poor care for the
elders in this town."


How soon we forget.  The town should never be in the business of providing a
nursing home.  Consider us lucky to be out of the business and the heavy
financial drain it had on the town.
11:46 pm edt 

Lazy Journalism

Totally agree with recent comments about the Banner's lack of coverage
of new galleries and artists. Thankfully, Provincetown Magazine seems to have
picked up the slack and has run numerous articles about new galleries and up and
coming artists.

If you don't already have an established name in town or good connections, don't
expect the Banner to notice. Such a shame because there's a lot of talent out
there. To just continue heaping praise on those who have already made a name for
themselves (and in some cases, those who's day has come and gone) and just
ignore newcomers is pretty lazy journalism.
11:43 pm edt 

Re: Why Should Taxis be Exempt?!

Seriously.  If that had been me instead of Sea Shore Point, there
would have been a lot of taxis with four flat tires the next morning.
11:43 am edt 

HOWEVER !

That does not mean that the taxi company/drivers
should take advantage of that "loophole" and trespass on their NEIGHBOR'S
property.


You are right, I didn't mean to imply it was OK.  This cab company and it's
drivers define rude.
11:40 am edt 

Give Me Back the Old Manor

Give me back a place where people cared and worked with those who were
there.Now, we have a pretense of care.

SeaShore Point makes a mockery of the old Manor. Wish we had never made this
switch. We are left with leftovers thinking and poor care for the elders in this
town.
11:37 am edt 

Why Should Taxi Drivers be Exempt?

Every other person with a wallet or pocketbook takes advantage of "loopholes". 
Even though there aren't really loopholes.  Just people too stupid to know how
to interpret the laws.  Right.
11:35 am edt 

Thank You For Hyannis Rentals

That is what we will find on Shankpainter road. It's Federal. It's out of our
control. Yes, we paid for this but the people who will live here--look to
Hyannis and the problems they have. We will have the Hyannis leftovers.

Just what we needed. Just what we paid for. Another weird idea gone wrong.
10:34 am edt 

Re: Essence of Provincetown

Duh, what is the unhealed wound on what's
left of Bangs St. Ext.?
10:32 am edt 

Like Old Times

Has anyone noticed how many new galleries have sprung up like daisies
all over town, and how Friday evening openings have become fun to wander in and
out of on the way to and from dinner.  Lots of us have, and join the procession,
perhaps hoping art may be a way to breathe some new life into tourism and our
lives. 

Noticeably unaware, and disinterested, as usual, is  The Banner.  Yes,
there is an Art Section, with many, many words about one or two artists and
great support for FAWC and PAAM (both great institutions), but how about a word
or two or three about a gallery opening, or an artist showing in Provincetown
for the first time, who might show again, if a word, or their name were
mentioned in the only paper in town. 

Join us folks at Friday night openings, it's fun.
10:31 am edt 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Illegal Parking

RE: Re: "I was then told that the problem only moved directly INTO
their parking lot in the beginning of the summer and the "Point" had
to post signageforbidding the practice in order to get ANY support from
the Parking Dept
"


You do realize that's the law right?  A tow truck driver can't tow a vehicle
unless there is a sign that states No Parking.

Thanks for the info--HOWEVER that does not mean that the taxi company/drivers
should take advantage of that "loophole" and trespass on their NEIGHBOR'S
property.
5:55 pm edt 

Re: Delusional

Fine example of the challenged, I rest my case.
9:48 am edt 

Commercial Street the heartbeat of Provincetown

It isn't the fishing fleet anymore that once created a year round economy; it
isn't town hall, the taxpayer fueled biggest employer in town; it is commercial
street that is the heart beat of this town.

We need jobs--not affordable housing projects that make developers even richer;
these projects are a blight upon the town that jam people into inadequate living
spaces.
7:55 am edt 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Essence of Provincetown

Link to full page: http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/2011/september-october/restoring-provincetowns.html

What a bunch of crap.  Everyone knows the heartbeat of Ptown is felt in 2 places
in our lovely present day:

The Boatslip at Teadance and the polar opposite, the unhealed wound on what's
left of Bangs St. Ext.
10:51 pm edt 

Good Grief!

Face the facts.  Affordable housing is the mask
developers use in this weakly run town to make their money.  They, worse than
the abusers who live in the pathetic units, obtain fed and state grants, get
donations, get TOWN FUNDS, build one bedroom cheap units, sell same units, rent
same units, pocket the cash. For Christmas sake.  It's got nothing to do with
unemployment or drugs or affordable housing recipients.  When are those people
in this town who purport to care going to do something about this.  WAKE UP
PTOWN if you can.  THOSE WHO BUILD THE UNITS MAKE AND RAKE IN THE CASH.  At the
cost of the natural environment and the suckers who weather the winters.  Is
there no one in this town with a working brain?????????????????????????/
10:46 pm edt 

Fall is Here

How did this happen? How did summer and the season just pass? A new season is
here, temperature wise and people wise. But that is not bad. Happy Fall.
10:00 pm edt 

We Are Lucky

Irene left us pretty well intact. We loss electricity for only for a few hours.
The trees bent and shifted but few broke in these winds. I am grateful for a
hurricaine that was milder than expected and left us with few bruises. I know
the tourists left but if that is the worse we did ok.
9:58 pm edt 

Salt From Irene

Does anyone know what to expect from the salt damage to our trees? I am told
that pines that look healthy now will begin to show damage in a few weeks time,
while the leafy trees that look so bad now will come back in the spring and of
course some will die, many will be just fine. So just the reverse of what we see
now...

Is this true?
9:57 pm edt 

Re; Irene Batters Outer Cape

Who is the PR person that puts this stuff out?  The Banner reported: "The animal
side of the shelter provided a safe haven for pet owners and their animals due
mainly to the supervision and organization from Candace Nagle, Officer Ruth Ann
Cowing and Carol MacDonald who gave tirelessly of themselves throughout the
emergency event along with their many volunteers.  The article had previously
stated:" Two pets, both dogs, had been brought to the shelter, although neither
stayed the night."  It must have been exhausting for all involved!
9:42 pm edt 

Taxis Parking at Seashore Point

Re: "I was then told that the problem only moved directly INTO their
parking lot in the beginning of the summer and the "Point" had to post signage
forbidding the practice in order to get ANY support from the Parking Dept"


You do realize that's the law right?  A tow truck driver can't tow a vehicle
unless there is a sign that states No Parking.
2:04 pm edt 

Unemployment

The issue that many people have is that they have to be sober and drug free to
work. However, folks can be drunk and using drugs and call once a week and press
some numbers on a phone and get a check up to $600 a week. This is what my
friends make who are waiters.

Some stay here and travel a month here and a month there and others spend the
winters in south America or Hawaii or Puerto Rico. Just saying that I know
someone who enjoys affordable housing and sometimes takes two cruises a year!
2:00 pm edt 

The Short Fall

"Many people are mis-informed about unemployment benefits.  It seems
many believe that their tax dollars are used to pay unemployment benefits but
this is not true."


Usually, the above statement is correct, but since the 1st stimulus bill of
2006, the Federal government has underwritten extension of benefits and now pays
well over +/- 70% of weekly claims. The shorter (non recession) benefit periods
are covered by employer contributions.


Here is the lesson, employer paid premiums are based on propensity for layoffs,
and seasonal businesses are off the charts and don't pay in proportion to risk.
Yes you get a free ride. Do the math. Your premiums paid, your employees
collected benefit amounts. Who do you think is making up the difference?
1:58 pm edt 

Re: Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment Benefits Costs are Truly Shared by Federal and State
Government

Operating as a federal-state partnership, Unemployment Compensation is based on
federal law, but administered by the states. The UC program is unique among U.S.
social insurance programs in that it is funded almost totally by either federal
or state taxes paid by employers.

Currently, employers pay federal unemployment taxes of 6.2 percent on the first
$7,000 earned by each of their employees during a calendar year. These federal
taxes are used to cover the costs of administering the UC programs in all
states. In addition, the federal UC taxes pay one-half of the cost of extended
unemployment benefits (during periods of high unemployment) and provide for a
fund from which states may borrow, if necessary, to pay benefits.

State UC tax rates vary from state-to-state. State UC taxes may be used only to
pay benefits to unemployed workers. The state UC tax rate paid by employers is
based on the state's current unemployment rate. As their unemployment rates go
up, the states are required by federal law to raise the UC tax rate paid by
employers.
11:06 am edt 

So Go Someplace Else and Work!

If you can go to Palm Springs, Mexico or Florida for the winter, you can get a
job.  Or do you really believe that the amount that you work in the 3 or 4
months of summer is the same as a full year-round job?  Of course you do.

Why should you work?  Well, chances are you aren't saving much and eventually it
is going to catch up to you.
11:04 am edt 

Year Round Work

I work at Seashore Point and can tell you that there are plenty of year-round,
good paying jobs WITH FULL BENEFITS available there all the time.
10:53 am edt 

Delusional

Yeah right, there is plenty of work here year round.  Believe it if
you like but the fact is there is very little work available here in the winter
months.  Delusional maybe, but work, not.

10:06 am edt 

Where's The Beach Rake?

As I write this, I have hired 2 men to remove
the seagrass that surrounds my bussiness.
The seaweed festers in the heat and attracks
flies not to mention the dog poops that are
neglected to be properly disposed of.
We have the rake but theDPW has not
taken training yet. What gives? Summer
is about over.

Another Provincetown Blunder
10:05 am edt 

Jobs Here

Unless you are mentally or physically challenged or lazy there is plenty of work
here year round. Landscpers and contractors are always lookking for laborers and
helpers.
8:54 am edt 

The Truth About Unemployment Benefits

Many people are mis-informed about unemployment benefits.  It seems
many believe that their tax dollars are used to pay unemployment benefits but
this is not true.  It is the businesses who pay the unemployment insurance
premiums that create the pool of funds that are used to pay unemployment monies
to unemployed workers.  Businesses pay in based on the amount of unemployment
benefits that are drawn by their workers.  So a seasonal business in
Provincetown will pay much more into the unemployment pool than a year-round
business would as workers are layed off at the end of each season.

Without the unemployment system the economic situation would be far worse for
workers and businesses in our seasonal environment.  Without unemployment it
would be a real hardship for workers to get through the winter months and it
would make it difficult for businesses to retain employees from season to
season.  This is exactly what some posters here seem to want: to make it more
difficult for workers and businesses to survive.  These negative Nancys seem to
think that workers are getting rich on unemployment.  They also are the first
ones to question why businesses close in the off-season.

Here is another lesson: business close because they cannot make money in the
off-season.  Like it or not, the unemployment system is here to stay and the
reason is because it works.  There may be a few people working under the table
but by and large the recipients are hard-working people who are not working the
system as you seem to think.  Also, most people work 2 and 3 jobs and many hours
each week when they can during the summer months.  They do not sit around as
slackers as you think.
8:00 am edt 

Low Income Housing District

All of the locals who live by the low income housing project better watch out.
With the disturbing news regarding the type of people who will only be allowed
there from Housing organizations..homeless, people with serious health problems,
the elderly and women with children--lots to be concerned about.

Just go to Hyannis and ask the locals there what it is like. Hyannis's problems
will be ours who are living in the projects.
7:57 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing Requirement and Collecting Unemployment

If you have been following the news about the drug testing of state
aid applicants in Florida you would know that it was a complete waste of
taxpayers money because the percentages were so low of people showing positive
for drug use that the program ended up costing the state millions more on
implementing the program than the state used to pay out before . In fact, most
drug addicts are very well off! And the ones who you see in the streets and are
homeless usually keep to themselves and refuse help.
7:52 am edt 

A Case of Ethics

To the person who challenged anyone to refute his or her experience
during an unemployed winter where he/she claims the unemployment office
basically granted their approval of the entire town collecting all winter:

Here is my first experience unemployed for a winter in Provincetown: I collected
one winter and didn't like the hassle of having to call each week to receive a
meager check. I also got bored (I don't party and can't afford tropical
vacations, so there wasn't much for me to do all winter. Since then I have
worked every winter (I've lived here for over 15 years) at various jobs (none of
these jobs have been town hall or the grocery store, FYI)

Apparently the state doesn't care enough to investigate and see if people are
actually looking for work like they did in the old days. I suppose I could
continue to collect every winter like you. I'm sure I could get away with it. I
guess we have different work ethics.


7:50 am edt 


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