Friday, September 30, 2011
Failed PMPM Board
11:38 am edt
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.
10:28 am edt
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.
Failed PMPM Board
10:26 am edt
All-boycott the Museum until Silva, Snow and Dougal resign.
-don't patronage the museum
to the museum
-don't refer hotel guests to the museum or customers in your stores looking for
something to do during
-don't recommend going to the museum period.
-don't attend any fundraising events the monument is involved
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
Let's put as much financial stress on the Museum
as we can. PBG and the Chamber
should cancel the Museum's memberships.
170 Bradford Street
9:13 am edt
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.
170 Bradford Street
9:11 am edt
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!
Re: 170 Bradford Street, Thank You
8:17 am edt
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
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
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 !
Re: Aquarium Mall/Food Court
8:08 am edt
Don't the Aquarium tenants have leases?
8:07 am edt
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
one destination. Now it will be the trolly, the breakwater, the dune tours.
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.
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
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Aquarium Mall/Food Court
7:59 pm edt
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
merchants who need to eat. I think this is a disgrace.
Makes One Wonder
5:28 pm edt
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.
3:37 pm edt
Regardless of who voted for what and who said what and who did or didn't
..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
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
and work fewer hours if the Board saw fit to bring someone in with more of
a business background.
this says "smart" management? Anyone?
Re: Michelle Haynes
3:33 pm edt
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?
Re: 170 Bradford Street
9:11 am edt
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...
Failed PMPM Board
9:08 am edt
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
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
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!
9:03 am edt
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
Re: Bangs Street
9:00 am edt
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.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
PMPM Failed Board
5:08 pm edt
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.
170 Bradford Street
5:06 pm edt
Any news on 170 Bradford development and the Zoning hearing that took
Re: Re: Re: Bangs Street
5:05 pm edt
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
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
Re: Re: Re: Bangs Street
5:03 pm edt
"However, I happen to knowledge of plenty of modular housing across the
Is this English?
PMPM Failed Board
8:47 am edt
"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
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.
Re: Re: Re: Bangs Street
8:45 am edt
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.
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
I, for one,
see clearly that the "modular" posts on this site clearly come from
one horribly misinformed bigoted individual.
Failed PMPM Board
8:38 am edt
I don't understand any of this. So Jim is not perfect? Big deal. He's damn
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,
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
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.
is divisive and not good for the community, whatever the rationale. If any of
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.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Failed PMPM Board
10:44 pm edt
I usually respected Michelle Haynes
what the hell happened this time Michellle?
This makes no
sense. None at all.
Shame on All of You ......PMPM Board
10:42 pm edt
All of the members should resign. How disgusting. Your behaviors are
reprehensible. You embarass all of us.
10:41 pm edt
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,
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.
PMPM Board Members Should be Ashamed
10:38 pm edt
What a disaster. What conniving actions. What a disgusting action by this board.
Resign. All of you.
I am appalled at your actions.
A Great Goodby Rocco
10:35 pm edt
Wishes for the best. Good luck in south Beach. Thanks for the memories!
10:34 pm edt
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 ?
Failed PMPM Board
10:31 pm edt
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.
PMPM Questions of the Day
10:29 pm edt
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.
Re: Failed PMPM Board
12:04 pm edt
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
side of this controversy.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Re: Failed PMPM Board
10:21 pm edt
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 -
Silva, Bill Dougal, Chris Snow.
People should keep their memberships - I bet most people in the community
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
Conflict of Interest and Graft
10:16 pm edt
Non Profit Governance
10:08 pm edt
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Report fraud suspicions to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. If a nonprofit
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Charges of Corruption
10:07 pm edt
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.
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
People of have been talking about specific
corruption in various departments, if
you have concrete (even partial) details please contact
105 William Street, First Floor
New Bedford, MA 02740 -6257
Fax: (508) 990-8686
Boston AG Office
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108 -1518
Phone: (617) 727-2200
TTY: (617) 727-4765
10:02 pm edt
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
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!
9:59 pm edt
"eitha" This is English?
2:54 pm edt
"...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
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.
PMPM Board Vote
2:42 pm edt
"3 men did not decide the outcome it was deliberated before the entire
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
PMPM Board Vote
2:40 pm edt
You say it was an 8-0 vote
And yet the articles were not so conclusive. In fact, one new Board member
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.
2:37 pm edt
Agree about the builder commissioner- but from
what I see the town manager and building commissioner have a close
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).
Goodbye Edwige at Night
2:31 pm edt
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
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
Send an E-Mail
2:29 pm edt
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm not sending them anymore membership money until they right this wrong.
2:26 pm edt
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.
rest on their laurels as elitists
and cater to the tourists. Jim wanted
to bring the association into the
century, unfortunately the board
is still in the 19th century.
Mr Silva, Snow and Dougal keep the
I will no longer be a
contributor nor a member.
Shame, Shame, Shame
2:21 pm edt
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
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
Re: Failed PMPM Board
2:19 pm edt
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"
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
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.
Re: Motorcycle Cop
2:17 pm edt
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..
Re: Re: Bangs Street
2:15 pm edt
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.
2:12 pm edt
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
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.
2:05 pm edt
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."
2. To sniff; to snuff; to smell.
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
home buyers who also owned the land...
If you cannot get a regular mortgage on a manufactured house,
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.
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.
Favoritism and Prejudice
12:45 pm edt
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
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Re: Failed PMPM Board
9:45 am edt
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
The monument and the entire town are the real losers in
this situation as the
leadership now will only run it into the ground.
Re: Bangs Street
9:43 am edt
"Snifted"? This is English?
Banks finance modular homes. Fact. TRUTH. Banks turn down
***many*** OTHER reasons.
The lies about modular that get thrown around here daily are complete
is as bad as a Republican presidential debate. Lie long enough and loud enough
and pretend what is a
lie is truth. WRONG.
Re: Failed PMPM Board
9:41 am edt
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
this outrage? Signed- Shocked in Truro!
Provincetown Pier Corporation Director in Conflict?
9:39 am edt
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
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
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!
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?
smells at the pier
9:36 am edt
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.
Jim Bakker Has Been Good For All of Us
9:32 am edt
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
A Blog is a Blog
9:31 am edt
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
9:29 am edt
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.
9:28 am edt
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
Please don't tell me the Selectmen.. What
a joke that is...
If she's not at Town Hall then check Seashore Point..
Re: Failed PMPM Board
9:26 am edt
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
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
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.
Re: Failed PMPM Board
9:12 am edt
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.
Re: Joe's Coffee
9:04 am edt
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.
Re: Failed PMPM Board
9:03 am edt
"...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
I also will no longer donate funds
to the Monument until the current board is
9:00 am edt
Town employees like the building inspector don't need to worry about
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.
Failed PMPM Board
8:56 am edt
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.
Re: Why do Town Employeesw Work Here?
8:49 am edt
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
Thursday, September 22, 2011
What a Joke
7:31 am edt
Monument Trustee President, Chuck Silva, had his term extended
to oversee the pending construction improvements.
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.
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.
Why do Town Employees Work Here?
1:01 am edt
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
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.
12:59 am edt
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
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
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.
Executive Director of PMPM Fired!
12:57 am edt
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
usual" with no vision, no growth, no new blood and don't make it part of the
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
Jim Bakker's Firing
12:54 am edt
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.
What a Shame!
12:52 am edt
According to the Cape Times this morning,
Jim Bakker has been fired as the director
of the Pilgrim Monument
The Trustees feel that they need someone with
more business and construction knowledge.
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
Chuck Silva and Chris Snow,bad business move.
Shame, Shame, Shame
Bakker Termination Reprehensible!
12:49 am edt
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
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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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
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
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
and his general demeanor, he's made lots of friends for the
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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,
But Silva dislikes Bakker, Van Dereck said, and that was the reason for the
Silva did not return two calls for comment on Tuesday.
Jim wasn't fired because he did anything bad or
wrong, Van Dereck said.
Re: Lack of Cohesion
12:45 am edt
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
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
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
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
Tent on BeachTown !
12:41 am edt
Who got permission to put up a 40'+ tent on the town beach by Julie
Re: Lack of Cohesion
12:38 am edt
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.
Abuse of Power
12:36 am edt
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?
12:34 am edt
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.
12:33 am edt
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.
170 Bradford Street
12:31 am edt
What's the latest ? Anybody know ?
Re: Community Cohesion
12:29 am edt
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
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
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
- not a town employee, etc
Seamy Side of Blogs
12:27 am edt
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,
and startlingly negative, posts have provoked fights, divorce and
Problems Begin With Leadership
12:24 am edt
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.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Lack of Community Cohesion
9:19 am edt
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
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
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.
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
I am constantly taken by the fact that it seems so difficult for town government
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
As long as it will always be easier to attack, criticize and breakdown rather
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
Re: Town Employees
9:15 am edt
RE:"If Town Employees Seem Abused Here, Maybe It's Because So Many Seem
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.
9:11 am edt
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!
9:09 am edt
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 !
Re: Building Commissioner
9:08 am edt
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.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Re: Building Commissioner
2:14 pm edt
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
put pressure on him to enforce them. It's not going to change
unless he is removed or pressured to enforce the
2:12 pm edt
Better at collecting clams than the shellfish warden?
2:06 pm edt
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
allowed by some and encouraged and the magnifying glass unfair treatment given
I Was at the Pilgrim Monument Friday and It Was Open and Welcoming
2:05 pm edt
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.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
11:19 am edt
Who is the boss of the Harbor Master?
Pilgrim Monument Hurricane Damage
11:17 am edt
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
If Town Employees Seem Abused Here, Maybe It's Because So Many Seem Incompetent....
4:57 am edt
...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
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
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.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
10:31 pm edt
Where has Russell Braun been? So much construction going on around town without
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.
Re: Joe Coffee
8:27 am edt
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.
Friday, September 16, 2011
9:27 pm edt
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,
it will sink just before the storm, causing oil pollution in our inner harbor.
He answers to
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
had in the past in which you claim no responsibility for this person.
David J. Ditacchio, Provincetown Marine Superintendent,
David- Do you remember the Coast Guard and EPA folks were here and actually
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
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???
Provincetown's Big Dig
8:45 pm edt
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
8:43 pm edt
Relax folks, Joe Coffee is not going out of business. They expect to
be closed for Jan & Feb and re-open
4:57 pm edt
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
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.
4:31 pm edt
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...
4:30 pm edt
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!
Halloween Ball at Town Hall
4:27 pm edt
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.
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.
4:25 pm edt
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
a problem with? I have no respect for anyone who chooses to whine anonymously
4:23 pm edt
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
and Health Agent have badges, even the guy that watches the lot at
Stop & Shop has a GOLD badge!
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"!!!!
4:18 pm edt
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
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,
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
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
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!!
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
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
always someone elses fault?
Oh, and David Dittachio, you did not retire as Harbormaster, you were forced
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
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
other department in town!
SO SICK of the entitled few
4:10 pm edt
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
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
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.
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
and what was the result of their work?
4:04 pm edt
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
hospitals on the Cape.
Please contact our Animal Contol Officer if, you have information that might
help at 508-487-1212.
Chair, Provincetown Animal Welfare Committee
President, Provincetown Dog Park Association, Inc.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
8:54 am edt
Wasn't the Zoning hearing last night ? Anybody know what happened ?
West Vine Development
8:53 am edt
Who is the developer developing those 16 units ?
8:52 am edt
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
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
8:50 am edt
Noun: A government by the corrupt in which rulers
use their official positions
for personal gain.
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
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.
complain about development, or the Pier, or the moon, but nothing will
ever change until our shadow gov.makes the "Herstory"
Until then, I remain,
The ONLY Pebble on the beach
8:47 am edt
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
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.
I Remember Michael When He and Bobby Owned the Red Inn
8:44 am edt
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.
he been sick? My sympathies to his friends and family. Was Michael here when
he passed this morning?
8:42 am edt
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
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
fools. Makes DD and SB look good actually. Sorry people, quality has left the
8:39 am edt
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
Re: Joe Coffee
8:38 am edt
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
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
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
last home on craigslist without the help of a realtor here. I just don't have
confidence in them.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
8:00 pm edt
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.
3:33 pm edt
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.
is supposed to report to the chief of police. I doubt he does
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
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,
becuase they are no trained.
Your supposed to know how to operate a boat, swim or know various regulations
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
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
ticket I would challenge the legality.
How about all you hard working tax payers, isn't it time to see
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
3:25 pm edt
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
3:23 pm edt
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
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
11:41 am edt
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
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
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.
11:39 am edt
Sad joes coffee is going out..Just a matter of time more are as well!!
We are over pricing ourselves!!:(
11:38 am edt
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
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!!!
Re: Harbor Master
11:13 am edt
"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.
Micheal Clifford's Passing
10:56 am edt
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
10:54 am edt
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?
seashore had to do this for the work on Moors Road.
Where is He?
10:53 am edt
Dan Hort has been the worst thing for Provincetown's finances. Who on
earth imagined he was qualified for this
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
What was Sharon thinking?
Dogs on Beach Dying
10:52 am edt
This is a nasty rumor and "it's not true". so whomever started this, you need to
Joe's Coffee CLOSING? What?
10:50 am edt
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.
I Love the Quietness, The Beginning of a New Season
10:49 am edt
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.
Re: Enough Is Enough
10:48 am edt
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
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
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.
10:45 am edt
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!!!!
Dog Deaths & Herring Cove:
10:44 am edt
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.
10:42 am edt
The Zoning hearing is tomorrow right ? Any idea when a final decision on what
can be built will be made
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Scary if Dogs are Dying on Herring Cove Beach
7:12 am edt
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
birds are targeted secretly and then poisoned. Hope this is not what is
happening. I too wait for more information.
Thanks David for Your Posting
7:11 am edt
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.
Sewer Connection Costs
7:09 am edt
Sewer connection costs can vary widely depending on...
1. The distance from your existing waste line to the
street and obstacles in the
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.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Speaking of the Public Pier....
9:24 pm edt
I'm curious who gets the entitlement to have their little sailboat at the end of
the pier 'FOR SALE' ?
This is So Stupid.
9:23 pm edt
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
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
parading around the wharf acting like they have an unspoken right of unlimited
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
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.
Re: So Clarence
9:17 pm edt
Dog Deaths & Herring Cove
7:05 pm edt
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
7:02 pm edt
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
Re: Sewer Connection
7:01 pm edt
Ballpark estimate for a straight forward, no interuptions, no extras
sewer connection. $1,500. Add $500 for every
6:28 pm edt
I am not sure about Provincetown, but most Post Offices in New England are in
buildings that they lease.
6:23 pm edt
I bet the chief took the badges away from the assistant
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!
2:24 pm edt
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
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.
Re: Enough is Enough!
2:22 pm edt
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
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.
is it already too late? Cheap dilapidated condo units will be quite the
legacy we leave.
Called a Lawyer
12:11 pm edt
I'm hoping that I hear from him soon. I need this scary person out of my house.
12:10 pm edt
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 !
12:09 pm edt
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?
12:07 pm edt
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!
Harbormaster Has to Go!
12:05 pm edt
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
Wake up Chief, he is your problem. Just ask Chief Anthony who the harbormaster
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.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Need a Lawyer!
11:06 am edt
Need legal help to get rid of a no paying, dishonrable, thieving housemate.
9:45 am edt
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?
8:29 am edt
So whats this I hear about dogs dying on New Beach?
Saturday, September 10, 2011
US Post Office
11:31 pm edt
I've been reading articles about the financial problems of the US Post
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.
Overreaction Can be Costly
11:28 pm edt
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
The taxpayers can expect to open their wallets once again because of the Town's
Re: Pending Danger
3:43 pm edt
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
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.
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.
Re: Over Reaction
11:47 am edt
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
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.
Re: Over Reaction
10:07 am edt
He too is a newbie cop.
Re: Pending Danger: The Morphing of Affordable Housing into Elderly Housing
10:04 am edt
"So now we proceed under the guise of "elderly" housing. Come on. You
The High School is next. Prime location, top of the town,
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
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
Congratulations to HDC!
10:01 am edt
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....
Pending Danger: The Morphing of Affordable Housing into Elderly Housing
8:48 am edt
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
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.
7:46 am edt
I HAVE HEARD THE WILLIAMS BUILDING COMPANY, THAT IS CREATING THE HOUSING ON
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
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
TOWN MEETING VOTE WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE TWO FORMER PROPERTIES WILL BE
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!
Re: Over Reaction
7:43 am edt
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
7:41 am edt
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.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Re: 170 Bradford Street
12:26 pm edt
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
Zoning Meeting scheduled for September 15 at 7PM.
12:20 pm edt
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.
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.
10:35 am edt
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?
Concerning 170 Bradford.
10:18 am edt
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.
9:57 am edt
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
170 Bradford Steet
9:48 am edt
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,
that property taxes are almost nothing compared to other communities
because of so many condos, over development, and
the phasing out of the public
Anna Lee Cage
Exclusive vs Inclusive
9:46 am edt
"...but yet you want the support of the town to allow the awful acts
and behaviors that go on during
Your statement speaks volumes. Your homophobia is coming through loud and
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Re: For the Record
11:23 pm edt
Harbor Lounge stayed open well after the others were ordered to close.
It wasn't pretty but it was well lubed.
For the Record
11:22 pm edt
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.....
Exclusive vs Inclusive
11:20 pm edt
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
To: "170 Bradford"
11:19 pm edt
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
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
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.
Re: What's Going On?
5:20 pm edt
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.
170 Bradford Street
5:17 pm edt
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
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
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
I realize that we should all be grateful to our volunteer boards, but I feel
should present facts and knowledge when such drastic decisions
Are made.I personally have been asked to join the historic
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.
Speaking of Developments or Projects
2:27 pm edt
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.
What's Going On?
2:25 pm edt
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.
Payments by the Many for Profits for the Few
8:33 am edt
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
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
8:15 am edt
Integrate low income housing into existing neighborhoods; don't stick the
projects in an industrial park out by
Soon we will be giving directions saying,"take Rt 6 to the blinking yellow
left, and the stop and shop and the bank are just past the projects
on Shank painter Rd
Affordable Housing in the Neighbor
8:14 am edt
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
Residents would have been better served if the low income housing was integrated
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
11:51 pm edt
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 -
they slide right through. It smells so bad. Cannot believe in this day and age
this occurs here. CORRUPT!!!
What Happened to Lot Coverage Requirements?
8:07 pm edt
Green Space requirements? Setback? Oh, I forgot, it's Ptown
and money talks while by-laws walk, along
with Board members on.
7:57 pm edt
Wonder who will replace the Health Agent at town hall?
6:16 pm edt
"170 Bradford somehow had its bedroom count changed
prior to its sale to 6 bedrooms to allow for this
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.
Speaking of Developments
6:14 pm edt
How can the townhouses on Bangs St. be
listed at one price over a year ago in August of 2010 and then offered
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.
Attention Fellow MY PACC-ers
2:43 pm edt
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
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
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.
Provincetown is Next
2:11 pm edt
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
cash assistance on Oct. 1.
People who are going into affordable housing in two years--better take
isn't a life time guarantee.
Exclusive vs Inclusive
2:05 pm edt
"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
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
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
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.
Don't Forget Your Roots
2:01 pm edt
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
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
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.
Respect For All
1:57 pm edt
"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
supporters. It is in essence Provincetown's Pride parade."
What planet is this
Why does the poster have to be suitable for all ages? Because it's a public
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
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
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Thanks for Posting the Photo of Fanizzi's
11:24 pm edt
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.
10:41 pm edt
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
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
10:40 pm edt
10:37 pm edt
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
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 -
The only schedule was a piece of paper posted on the wall outside the
10:35 pm edt
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.
10:30 pm edt
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
Re: Summer Work
9:20 am edt
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.
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
New PBG Director
9:16 am edt
"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,
wouldn't wish that position on anyone. He'll be burnt out in a matter of months
and we'll be looking for another
Hard Workers and the Cheaters
9:12 am edt
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
Tired of the cheating thats goin on.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Happy Labor Day To Us All!
10:21 pm edt
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!
Re: Are You People Serious?
10:17 pm edt
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!
3:38 pm edt
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
looking for work in Massachusetts. But that's besides the point since the state
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
It is eventually going to catch up to them though.
Out of the Business, We're Still in the Business
3:36 pm edt
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
In Praise of Global Warming
1:34 pm edt
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.
Are You People Serious?
9:25 am edt
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
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.
Hurricane Irene Hitting Fanizzi's From a Distance.....
12:15 am edt
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Re: Ethics, Again
11:57 pm edt
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,
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.
Re: A Case of Ethics
11:55 pm edt
"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,
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
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
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.
Re: Bangs Street
11:52 pm edt
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
to stay alive. All approved by the ConsCom bulldozers. Sweet. They don't make
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.
Shankpainter Houseing Project
11:47 pm edt
Another weird idea gone wrong. And we can thank the Frog for that.
A Rat In The Basement
How Soon We Forget
11:46 pm edt
""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.
11:43 pm edt
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
If you don't already have an established name in town or good connections, don't
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
newcomers is pretty lazy journalism.
Re: Why Should Taxis be Exempt?!
11:43 am edt
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.
11:40 am edt
That does not mean that the taxi company/drivers
should take advantage of that "loophole" and trespass
on their NEIGHBOR'S
You are right, I didn't mean to imply it was OK. This cab company
drivers define rude.
Give Me Back the Old Manor
11:37 am edt
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
Why Should Taxi Drivers be Exempt?
11:35 am edt
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.
Thank You For Hyannis Rentals
10:34 am edt
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.
Re: Essence of Provincetown
10:32 am edt
Duh, what is the unhealed wound on what's
left of Bangs St. Ext.?
Like Old Times
10:31 am edt
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
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
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,
Friday, September 2, 2011
5:55 pm edt
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
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
9:48 am edt
Fine example of the challenged, I rest my case.
Commercial Street the heartbeat of Provincetown
7:55 am edt
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
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Essence of Provincetown
10:51 pm edt
10:46 pm edt
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
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.
there no one in this town with a working brain?????????????????????????/
Fall is Here
10:00 pm edt
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.
We Are Lucky
9:58 pm edt
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.
the tourists left but if that is the worse we did ok.
Salt From Irene
9:57 pm edt
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
course some will die, many will be just fine. So just the reverse of what we see
Re; Irene Batters Outer Cape
9:42 pm edt
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!
Taxis Parking at Seashore Point
2:04 pm edt
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
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.
2:00 pm edt
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
friends make who are waiters.
Some stay here and travel a month here and a month there and others spend
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!
The Short Fall
1:58 pm edt
"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
well over +/- 70% of weekly claims. The shorter (non recession) benefit periods
are covered by employer
Here is the lesson, employer paid premiums are based on propensity for layoffs,
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?
Re: Unemployment Benefits
11:06 am edt
Unemployment Benefits Costs are Truly Shared by Federal and State
Operating as a federal-state
partnership, Unemployment Compensation is based on
federal law, but administered by the states. The UC program is unique
social insurance programs in that it is funded almost totally by either federal
or state taxes paid
Currently, employers pay federal unemployment taxes of 6.2 percent on the first
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
benefits (during periods of high unemployment) and provide for a
fund from which states may borrow, if necessary, to
State UC tax rates vary from state-to-state. State UC taxes may be used only to
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
So Go Someplace Else and Work!
11:04 am edt
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
Why should you work? Well, chances are you aren't saving much and eventually it
is going to catch
up to you.
Year Round Work
10:53 am edt
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.
10:06 am edt
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.
Where's The Beach Rake?
10:05 am edt
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.
have the rake but theDPW has not
taken training yet. What gives? Summer
is about over.
8:54 am edt
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
The Truth About Unemployment Benefits
8:00 am edt
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
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
Low Income Housing District
7:57 am edt
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.
Re: Affordable Housing Requirement and Collecting Unemployment
7:52 am edt
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
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
usually keep to themselves and refuse help.
A Case of Ethics
7:50 am edt
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:
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
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
continue to collect every winter like you. I'm sure I could get away with it. I
guess we have different