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DEK: A letter from Provincetown


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


By Peter Manso


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

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


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


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



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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Beaux Arts Ball-Moving On

Can we now just stop complaining about the ball. People went, had fun,
the town benefitted, now get over it and move on. Your constant whining and
moaning are starting to get sickening. I'm a taxpayer who wasn't able to get a
ticket, but am happy for those who went. There are many more important problems
in the world to consider than your little tantrum cause you didn't go to the
ball! Get over yourself and stop being so damn selfish and self centered.
11:04 pm edt 

Robert Duffy?

I think I must be going crazy but I walked into the Mews Restaurant
last night around 9:30 and saw Robert Duffy, not in costume, sitting at a table
and overheard several patrons asking him why he was not at the ball.  I was told
that he donated his tickets to Provincetown residents who waited in line and
could not get ticktets at Town Hall. If anybody else saw him  at the restaurant
please confirm.  I would like to put behind me all the negative things i have
read about him on this site.
11:02 pm edt 

2011 Beaux Arts Ball - A New Point of Reference

Great article in Provincetown Magazine about Provincetown's history
hosting numerous balls.

No one but Marc Jacobs (via Robert Duffey) has stepped up to the plate to host
one in 2011. I got a last minute ticket, and I am so glad I went! What a
festive, wonderful night! The place was packed, Debbie Harry was wonderful, and
the house was mobbed in spite of the weather. It was a classy, festive event
with a red carpet feel to the arrival. I saw many, many friends who also live in
town having a wonderful time.

As a previous poster noted, it was a Marc Jacobs event at Town Hall just like
any sponsored event at any venue in this nation. And he paid 100K?! Bring it on!
Here's hoping we have many more who are interested in paying that kind of money
to have an event at Town Hall. It alleviates the tax burden to maintain the
gorgeous building.

To Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffey -- THANK YOU! I will support your events in
11:00 pm edt 

Beaux Arts Ball

I was one of the zombie dancers who performed last night at town
hall.. sorry we couldn't do it in the streets as in past years due to all the
wind and rain!

When we were milling about, i was looking at all the people who were in
attendance.  True there were many I did not know, however, there were many more
townspeople that I did know.  I understand the issues about it being a townie
event vs a corporate event.  But lets look at the facts, it was a benefit for
town hall, and Marc Jacobs underwrote it. It was an AMAZING party...

And remember no matter what happens next year only 900 people will get to
experience it...

10:56 pm edt 

Beaux Arts Ball

Thank you Robert! My girlfriend and I had so much fun last night! You
provided a wonderful life long memory for us!


 One of the hundreds of Provincetown taxpayers there last night
4:59 pm edt 

Beaux Arts Ball

Let's add rudeness to the list of complaints surrounding the ball at
town hall. What were they thinking when they dismantled everything at four am in
the morning. The racket they made disturbed a lot of folks. Heard the inn across
the street was deluged with guests complaining in the morning.
3:59 pm edt 

Beaux Arts Ball

Screw all you freaks that are complaining about the Ball. EVERYONE had two
opportunites to buy tickets and everyone there was from Provincetown. There was
no "secret conspiracy".  Thousands and Thousands come to town and it's a small
800 person venue so of course it sold out fast. Just like a concert, you have to
get in line EARLY and buy a ticket.  It was FLAWLESS. No matter whom hosted it
would have sold out FAST.  In this case Marc Jacobs & crew deserves ALL OUR
THANKS and we can only hope he returns to host annually.  So... anyone
complaining can just stay in their double-wide and was Springer.
F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S-!!!!!!!!!!  Happy Halloween!!!

3:57 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Just back from the Beaux Arts Ball. Free food (from Victors
's) and drink flowed all night. Glasses, not plastic cups, which was a real
treat. A first class event. I have to say I attended as a guest and had
trepidation. I can't overlook the legitimate complaints that have been made
about tax payers not getting first dibs on tickets. But to their credit, the
Jacobs people hosted a first class event in every respect.
And to my surprise, I was astounded at how many people I really knew. It was not
a Marc Jacobs employee party. Real, live Provincetown people, whom we all know,
were everywhere. It was a fabulous night.
2:14 am edt 

Re: Let's Not be Delusional; We Have Chains in Town Already

You left out all the Real Estate: Coldwell Banker, Southeby's, Century 21,
Kinlin Grover, Robert Paul and now we have William Ravies f/k/a Harborside.

Both our hardware stores: Ace and True Value

Also: Box Lunch

And How About: Kennedy Studios! Talk about formula art.

Chain, Chain, Chain...

..chain of fools.
2:12 am edt 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Marc Jacobs business sponsored the Halloween Ball. The Bruins play at
TD Bank North Garden. It is still a Bruins game despite the sponsorship. It is
still a revival of the old balls of Provincetown despite the sponsorship. Stop
playing us against them and you might learn a thing or two.  Trust me if Marc
Jacobs wanted to have a private party he is quite capable of having one
somewhere more hospitable.
8:11 pm edt 

Re: Faux-Arts Ball

Did I miss a memo or announcement in the Banner or Globe or NYT proclaiming Marc
J. as King of Provincetown? Wow, he presents a town event.  Not the town
presents a town event dedicated to a building taxpayers paid for.  He presents
cause he bought some plastic cups and some food and wrote a check.  Just how
much was this check that funded this hullabaloo anyway?  He renovated town hall
in another words.  All by himself.  When is he moving in?  And the ball is sold
out.  Well, the ball isn't the only thing sold out.  Put Provincetown in that
category too. Aided by his minions in town hall.
8:07 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

You're missing the point about the ball.

It's a Marc Jacobs event, not a town event.  That's all and that's how it should
be billed/portrayed.  There's nothing high minded or altruistic about it,
although I admire Mr. Duffy's philanthropy generally in town.

I gave away my two tickets earlier this week.  I don't know Mr. Jacobs or Mr.
Duffy and I felt funny crashing their party.  I am going to stay home tonight! 
Weather is kind of rotten.

I hope all who go have fun.  When there is a real townie event, I'd be
4:47 pm edt 

Re: Ellen Battaglini

One down three to go. Cash in the bank.
4:40 pm edt 

Re: Ellen Battaglini

Fair and honest?  Don't know about that.  Do know there's nothing fair
and honest about saying no to someone born and brought up here who wants to put
up a smaller project and then turning around and saying yes to someone else from
out of town who wants to put up a larger more obtrusive one.  How dare you is
right.  An explanation doesn't matter.  Why and how this complete change of
heart took place is pretty obvious.  And sickening.
1:18 pm edt 

Re: Faux-Arts Ball

If you are so upset about the Ball stay home and eat an apple with a 
      in it. Grow up. A blurb on page six is harmless. Tickets were $25. That
makes people that are going rich and powerful. Fashions elite at $25. a head.
Get real.
How about it just makes them people that want to go and have a little bit of

8:50 am edt 

Re: Ethics Committee Findings of Pier Commissions Handling of Assistant Harbormaster

May i be the first person to congratulate the Pier Commission and Rex on the
professional and fair approach to dealing with this matter. Mr. Ribas has been
exonerated and once again the Pier Board has been vindicated in it's governing
of the Pier. Now let's just clear             of his nightmare that this town
has put him through for the past 3 years and use these       accusations and
personal attacks on these two fine men as a lesson to everyone that Provincetown
can truly be a "Town without Pity"
8:45 am edt 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Re: Faux-Arts Ball

It is too bad that the town's Halloween Ball has become a Marc Jacobs
event. Looks like we've been duped. As another person posted, I'm sure the town
could have pulled off a Halloween Ball without corporate sponsorship. It has
become a very exclusive affair. But isn't that what the fashion industry is all
about? Exclusivity. The privilege of being able to say "Look what I can afford?"
It's about saying "I'm richer than you," or "I have better taste than you."

This party was clearly intended to be an exclusive event from the start. That's
why ticket buyers were congratulated on their purchase, because they should feel
oh so lucky that they'll be able to rub elbows with the rich and famous for a
night. That's why the Marc Jacobs store has been proudly displaying a "SOLD OUT"
sign next to the poster advertising the event. Well, it looks like our town has
sold out too. Provincetown used to be about community, now it is about
exclusiveness and privilege.
10:36 pm edt 

Re: Breathalizers

Really? How stupid are you? One guy gets in trouble and all the police are
criminals? Really? By your thinking then, ALL people should be mandated to have
one in their vehicle considering the fact that so many private citizens drink
and drive. Is that what you want? And as far as the state legislation, first
time offenders involved in a single car accident, no injury to others and no
damage to property other than the vehicle in the accident combined with no
breathalizer get continued without a finding for one year. Get used to it,
that's whats going to happen. Fairs fair, right? Thats what every lowlife drunk
gets so why doesn't the Truro chief get the same treatment? Fair is fair right?
Get some brains before you post next time.
10:33 pm edt 

Re: Breathalyzers in Cruisers

To the genius who thinks that the Police Associations should fund the
installations of intoxilyzers in cruisers, needs to do a reality check. Why
should that unfortunate incident in Truro be any different than anyone else who
gets behind a wheel allegally intoxicated. Does that mean the Police Association
should put one in everyones personal cars ? I know you are probably thinking I
am missing the point but the comparison of incidents like what happened in Truro
compared to how many citizens get into accidents while allegally driving
intoxicated far out weighs the Truro one. So now it happens locally and all hell
breaks out. Interesting
10:31 pm edt 

Re: Wrong Headedness

Let's not be delusional; we have chains in town already.  I have
defined as a chain a business that, in addition to Provincetown, has a presence 
in another city/town.

Does anyone know how these chains managed to set up shop in Provincetown,
because I certainly don't.  Here is a list: Ben & Jerry's, Seamen's Bank TD
Bank, Bank of America (and any other bank that has an ATM machine outlet in
town, Stop & Shop, Marc Jacobs, Cuffy's, Cumberland Farms, Brass Key,
Tedeschi's, Melt, Wired Puppy, and already gone: Small Pleasures, Spiritus,
Subway, and Soft as a Grape.

Did I miss any?

Is  there a legal/regulatory definition of a chain?  I'm looking for a way in
which all of the above chains made it  into Provincetown.
10:28 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Police Officers Association

Are you talking about the Provincetown Police Association?

Since this has become an issue of semantics, and you seem to be responding on
behalf of the Association, please answer two questions:

(1) Does the Association pay for an annual dinner for their member and their

(2) In years past, Provincetown Police Department personnel have provided
coverage during this event, although recently the Truro Police Department has
provided coverage, raising the cost of overtime. So who pays for the police
department coverage during this annual event?

It is important for people, like me, who contribute every year, to better
understand where our money is being spent.

10:25 pm edt 

Re: Faux-Arts Ball

The first line of the New York Post story tells it all. I got a ticket
but I feel I am an unwelcome guest at his annual party.
10:23 pm edt 

Re: Wrong Headedness

I see barely a difference between a CVS or Starbucks which may
actually provide some employment and the cheap condos being put up all over town
and crap stores selling cheap trinkets and tshirts and rolling papers and sex
toys.  I'd rather see a CVS than a Shop Therapy any day of the week.  In light
of what's already happening here with unbridled building, at the very least, job
creation is needed so all those people living yearround in the new affordable
housing units can work too.  Oh, how crazy that would be.  Oh, these will be
seasonal rentals anyway and people collecting will fill a major portion anyway.
10:21 pm edt 

Re : Provincetown Police Association

You may not be required to provide an itemized listing, but I'd suggest if you
want contributions you'd better make your financial activities more 

And don't get so defensive if someone asks questions.  No one was doing a smear
campaign, they were asking questions they  have every right to ask before they
give away their hard earned money.
10:18 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Police Association

Why would one donate to an association so they can donate the money to
worthwhile causes?  Why not donate directly to the cause?

I believe the Firemen's Association gave money for the defense of the fireman
who destroyed the town's ladder truck on a drunk joy ride.  Enough said.

Unless I could be assured 100% of any money given went to worthwhile causes I
wouldn't even consider donating.  There are some police associations (not saying
it's here) where the largest expense is the cost of hiring fundraisers.

And call the Police dept and ask?  Get real.  Do you really think anyone wants
to get on the wrong side of the police by questioning their finances?  Remember
when the town meeting vote came up regarding the police station and officers
stood around the edge of the auditorium?  Talk about an attempt to intimidate
10:16 pm edt 

Re: Ellen Battaglini

How dare you criticize this fair and honest woman? We live in a dynamic society.
What was not acceptable yesterday may be perfectly correct today, and as with
any other Provincetown political process, if the price is right you can buy
10:13 pm edt 


     , believe it or not some people are actually growing tired of your lonely
drunken cowardice rants against the police.

      is NEVER coming back, please get over it!

10:11 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Police Association

If you are so upset about donating, just say "NO".  But, I'm sure if you really
wanted to know who the Police Association donates to...all you'd have to do is
stop by and ask ! Again... assumptions without the facts....
10:07 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Police Officers Association

Are you talking about the Provincetown Police Association?

The Provincetown Police Association is a non-profit public service organization
formed in 1969. It is comprised of ALL members of the Provincetown Police
Department, and they do sponsor one fundraising event every year.

In turn, the funds they raise are used to support a wide variety of community
programs including in-partnership youth activities with the school (like the
annual pumpkin patch), and fully funded the DARE program. They support elderly
residents with a daily reassurance call-in program and provide emergency
lock-boxes for those elders still living in their homes with medical or mobility
issues. Every year they provide scholarships for graduating seniors and fund
equipment (for their officers and honor guard) and training opportunities not
available within the police budget. They have also made donations to charities
such as the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross and Special Olympics.

As a not for profit association they are not a public charity and as such, do
not have to make annual itemized postings. They do make all of their required
filings with the state.

Rather than smear this group of hard working people (whatever your real motive
is) I suggest maybe you could just call over and ask about their work.

Heres hoping that 2012 promotes new civility on MYPACC.

12:56 pm edt 


I think the Provincetown (and Truro) Officer's
Associations funds should be used to install ignition interlock breathalizers on
the police cruisers to prevent future incidents.  After all, should pending
legislation pass in the State House the poor Truro Chief will have to pay out of
his pocket to get one installed on his cruiser.
12:54 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Police Officers Association

Isn't that the premise of a donation, that it is voluntary?

12:52 pm edt 

Faux-Arts Ball

You know, I wasn't really paying much attention to this controversy, but then I
saw this link on Facebook.

I guess it really is Marc Jacob's Ball and not the Town's.  I think that's too
bad.  I get that Sharon Lynn happened to mention it to Robert Duffy but I bet if
she happened to mention it to the town as a whole the funding would have shown

If for some reason that link doesn't meet this blog's standards (I'm not sure
what the linking policy is), it is a link to the NY Post's Page 6.
12:50 pm edt 

Provincetown Police Officers Association

Does anyone know if this organization has published its financial records?

How much money is actually directed towards helping the town . . .

I just politely decline to donate and make my own donations to causes I decide
are worthwhile.  There's really no need to donate to an Officers Association.
10:18 am edt 

Wrong Headedness

"Through narrow mindedness you have shut the door on a part of the
future that could have been a splendid one"

Oh yeah, right, like all town residents are eager to get the chain stores like
McDonalds, CVS, Wal-Mart and Starbucks here.  Between the overdevelopment
and letting chain stores in I can see a very dim future indeed.  That way Provincetown
can be just like everywhere else.
10:16 am edt 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Provincetown Police Officers Association
Does anyone know if this organization has published its financial records?

How much money is actually directed towards helping the town (such as
scholarships and human services) and how much is spent for the annual POA

Before I contribute next year, I would like to know how my philanthropic
efforts... and those of my fellow community members... are being spent.

10:31 pm edt 

Wrong Headedness

The saddest part of the Halloween Ball relates to its sponsorship by
the Marc Jacobs company (whatever the official name is, etc.) Keep in mind this
would be considered a "formula business". A chain store if you will. The very
type of business that the majority of voters at last years Town Meeting banished
from opening in the future in the downtown business district.  MJ business has
done so much for this town. Voters should be ashamed that they have kept this
type of generosity from prospering in the future. It takes deeper pockets than a
small town Mom and Pop shop have to make such commitments to the community.
Through narrow mindedness you have shut the door on a part of the future that
could have been a splendid one. Big business doesn't always mean bad business
nor does small business always mean good.  I remain disappointed at Barbara
Rushmore for raising her voice and even more disappointed in my townspeople for
raising their hands.
3:20 pm edt 


Seems like the hiring of the new Monument director happened very
quickly.  Did they already have him lined up before they canned Jim?  I didn't
see an ad for the position, must be they didn't want any locals applying for the
3:17 pm edt 

Truro Police Chief

The word is out that at the time of the accident there was a certain lady in
the police cruiser. Both airbags functioned.The lady in question is sporting
some nice black and blue marks from striking windshield and passenger windows.If
she had been seriously injured there would have been  a nice liability issue for
3:15 pm edt 

Ellen Battaglini

Not to detract from the Faux Ball and all but speaking of Halloween
mysteries, in reviewing, for a different purpose, some town board notes, a very
disturbing incident is spotted.  Why is Ellen Battaglini, a former member of the
Planning Board, not called out on the carpet for denying the previous owner of
Bangs St. from building a much smaller structure due to her seemingly sincere
concern of detriment to the neighborhood and then, mysteriously, a few years
later,  when a new developer from Boston comes along, things change.  She has a
complete change of heart to approving a much, much larger more encroaching
project with no concern for the neighborhood.  Nothing in this hood has changed
except her lack of concern.  And why is that exactly??  This should not go
unnoticed or unexplained or ignored.  This is absolutely ridiculous and wrong
for a member of a town board.  Not acceptable and fodder for under the carpet
sweeping.  What's done is done, but an explanation!
  is deserved and should be required.  Not a good thing for this town. 
Decisions that depend on the wind, rather than truth.  Smells of stink.
3:12 pm edt 

Re: You Can't Hide

Really?  Thank you for the much needed splendid approval.  Just please
learn to spell before you start criticizing those who blog with misspellings.  A
basic courtesy, that's all.  It's Cinderella, dah.  And any decent Prince
Charming would know that.  When the grand ball is over and done with and the
dust and confetti settle, guaranteed there will be more balls in this town
desperate for more than a special ticket.  Many more balls will be needy for
certain.  But many more balls don't know any better.
3:09 pm edt 

Re: Cemetery

'The person who wrote on this blog that capitalizing the word "Police"
is for the entitled is probably in error.  My english courses taught me that
caps were always used for the names of persons,places.and things.'

A couple of things: english is English ---- no matter where and when you
attended school --- and your English courses failed to incorporate the
Stylebook, which proves you wrong. The AP Stylebook might be available from the
library. Yes, I said library. It is not capitalized, even though it is a place.

Hope this helps.

3:06 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Re: You Can't Hide

By all means, continue to post your very amusing, if somewhat skewed

I don't care who you are, but think you hit the nail on the head. There are many
people here that just want everything handed to them without putting forth any
effort.  It is easier complaining on this blog than it is to get off your fat
_____ and be productive.  You can't hide either.  You're the grouch that no one
wants anything to do with.  Cinderalla, Prince Charming isn't waiting for you at
the ball... oh yea... you couldn't get a ticket. Certainly not like anyone would
ask you to escort them.

11:45 am edt 

Hey Hunchback !

Since when do you need a cemetery to cheat on your spouses around here?  Any rat
hole or lump of beach grass will do.  Give Salem a run on Halloween?  Are you
kidding?  What's next, give Plymouth some competition on Thanksgiving?  May not
be a bad idea after all.  We do have quite an ample supply of turkeys running
this town on paper and behind the scenes.
9:54 am edt 

Re: A Question of Values

"It's sad that people are more concerned about tickets to the ball than cemetery
vandalism.  Sad but indicative of the Ptown of today and where priorities lie."


Are you kidding! Where else are we going to cheat on our spouses after the ball?

--Hunchback of Town Hall
12:13 am edt 

Re: Occupy Town Hall October 29

"I think that this is a great idea. We can all dress up in
suits and ties portraying " The Corporate Jungle".
I personally do not care that I don't have a ticket to
the Ball but I can understand why people are upset."


More recently, someone posted that this was a dreadful idea.

BOO! You're both right!

Isn't Halloween about scary-but-safe? What could be safer than burning Marc
Jacobs in effigy over paper-maiche flames?

Come one, come all. Let's get stoned and bleep-faced under the tents in costume
as we jeer the local bigwigs we love to hate! Surely a few rotten eggs upside
the gorgeous walls of Town Hall would render them zombie-green, if only for a
night! And to keep a lid on it all, let's see Chief Jaran and the rest of
P'town's finest out in force with Tas -- oops, I mean joy-buzzers. Don't worry.
They'll love the overtime!

If you really want big business in Helltown, OCCUPY BEAUX ARTS ON ALL HALLOWS
EVE! One shrewd call to a TV station (hint: Channel 7) might yield the
tongue-in-cheek PR that would clear the air around here and give Salem a run for
her money! OWS in NYC might even take a fey interest, given the vaguely resonant
class issues that have been raised in this froufrou.

-- The Hunchback of Town Hall
12:05 am edt 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Re: Sharon Lynne/ Beaux Arts Ball

The Town Manager was very hands on in managing the renovation project; she did
not delegate authority but took on direct supervision. It seems she did a good

The genesis of the ball was a simple musing by Ms. Lynne. While examining old
photographs of the auditorium in an effort to replicate the original chandelier,
they came across a picture of an old masquerade. And she simply said: "Wouldn't
it be nice to do that again."

Next everybody tried to chew her out. She got the job done. There is a private
donor under writing expense. Kudos Ms. Lynne and Mr. Jacobs. or Duffy. Whatever.
They should all have priority tickets. I'm interested in this event (not enough
to desire a ticket) and hope it goes well.
9:09 pm edt 

You Can't Hide

Who is the contributor who always comments on other people's posts
starting with "Let me get this straight..." before proceeding to completely
misrepresent the sentiments of the original poster (or perhaps completely
misunderstand them) followed by a slew of spelling errors?

By all means, continue to post your very amusing, if somewhat skewed
9:07 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball/Xtra Tickets

I just saw your posting for 2 extra tickets.  if they are still available, i'd
be interested in getting them from you.  a perfect birthday gift for my friend! 
not the whiner/poster.  just someone who'd like to do something special for

Thank you!
9:04 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

"I bet you'll see Sharon Lynn have a ticket?  I'm sure she was one of
the first....  It certainly was not well advertised ticket wise...."

Whine, whine, whine. . . It wasn't well advertised, everybody got a ticket, but
me, I'm a resident so I should have priority over everyone else. . .whine,

YAWN.  Your constant whining bores me.
2:25 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

I have two extra tickets to the Re: Beaux Arts Ball and a friend has three.  We
can't sell them so we will probably end up giving them away.  I think these post
about not getting a ticket are all from the same person and he just wants
something to complain about.  I wish I knew who he was and I would give him one
of mine to shut him up.
12:55 pm edt 

A Question of Values

It's sad that people are more concerned about tickets to the ball than
cemetery vandalism.  Sad but indicative of the Ptown of today and where
priorities lie.
12:46 pm edt 

Town Meeting

12:22 pm edt 

Re: Tickets to the Halloween Ball

I bet you'll see Sharon Lynn have a ticket?  I'm sure she was one of the

Let me get this straight.  You didn't get a ticket, so anyone who did get one
does not have a right to attend the ball.  You need to get over feeling
slighted.  I got up early and stood in line, like MANY others.  You chose to
sleep late.  Get over it.  There were a limited number of tickets and you are a
looser in more ways the one.
9:31 am edt 

Re: "Occupy Town Hall"

What's this "occupy town hall" on the 29th? is there going to be a
confrontation at the ball/ I HOPE NOT!
8:46 am edt 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Re: Cemetery

Kids being cemetery vandals is common sense.  Good luck with your
vigil in catching them.  Flapping jaws seems a common thread in both blogs, the
original and the rebuttal. 

Sorry, problems of the living are and must be
priority and drugs are a major problem that contribute to just about every type
of delinquency around. 

Ask your daughter.  She probably can attest and resources seriously lack here in
the lower cape to address the "crying" that is actually acting out. 

It's a shame you, and anyone else with a lost loved one are victims to such stupidity. 
Drugs and booze and boredom are the obvious cause of such actions. 

Not jaw flapping, just truth.  A loved one lost is tragic.  A person lost on drugs is
tragic as well. 

No need to insult an opinion
or point being made. 

8:52 pm edt 

Tickets to the Halloween Ball

I bet you'll see Sharon Lynn have a ticket?  I'm sure she was one of the
first....  It certainly was not well advertised ticket wise....

I can't say I blame people for being a bit upset....
7:30 pm edt 

Provincetowns Historic Myth.....

Commisions keep oking demolitions,
Winthrop cemetery is a mess...
Historic structures renovated beyond regoniztion....
Dormers popping out all over town.....

6:57 pm edt 

Re: Cemetery

The person who wrote on this blog that capitalizing the word "Police"
is for the entitled is probably in error.  My english courses taught me that
caps were always used for the names of persons,places.and things. 

I read the Blog on occasion but have never answered it until now and I have
no compunction about signing my name.  My Cemetery lot was also one of
those vandalized in St.Peter's in Provincetown, but I didn*t formerly notify
the Police Department. 

I did"nt have to.My daughter is a Police Officer in this Department and it was
her and her sister's mementoes to their recenty deceased Dad  that were stolen. 
A Halloween prank is one thing, a desecration and disrespect for dead and the
living of the dead smacks of someone without scruples and devoid of

If it was a kid then that's what they would get if they were mine --
a damn good smack!  Discipline today for kids is a serious problem that's one of
the reasons alot of kids have no respect for anything!  I don't expect Police
or any one else to stake out 24/7 in the cemetery.I'm competent enough to take
care of it myself and I will w/o outside assistance.

Someone thought that there are too many local problems with too many
people crying inside to be consumed with Cemetery thefts.  How
insensitive/selfish is that?  I'm also crying inside foor my recent loss of my
lifepartner in marriage of nearly 62 years. 

Many people now change partners like I change underwear! People who speak
hollow words should engage their brains before they flap their jaws,if they've
never experienced such evil doings themselves. 

Be happy my friends for everyday is a gift of life that you can experience in
this beautiful earthly place.  Kind thngs that are said and done are much more

Rachel White - Provincetown
6:55 pm edt 


Can anyone explain why the kiosk machines in the Johnson,
Ryder and West End Parking lots are still not working?

There is no way the revenue is up ....  These machines have not worked since
last week...  Where is the Parking Adm ?  And why is Sharon Lynn not on his back
to get these fixed?

It is nice to get paid that salary to do nothing..  Further.. why are town
employees allowed to smoke in the lot booths while working?

6:46 pm edt 

Systemic Boredom

Lived in this town all my life and i don't understand why a happy
place filled with people who are expecting of one another no matter who they are
or what they do could       so much about really nothing if it isn't one thing
its another. what ever happened to this town it makes me sick people need things
to do instead of          just because they are bored.
6:44 pm edt 

Re: Occupy Town Hall October 29

I think that this is a great idea. We can all dress up in
suits and ties portraying " The Corporate Jungle".
I personally do not care that I don't have a ticket to
the Ball but I can understand why people are upset.

First of all the sale of tickets were not advertised properly.
I for one had no clue as to When and Where one could
purchase a ticket.
All Taxpayers should have been given " first dibs" for
tickets. After all, We paid dearly for the restoration.
Apparently Town Employees were offered tickets and I'm
assuming that the Selectmen got them too. How about
the other elected officials ie. the School, Library and
Charter officials? I am an elected official and was not
invited.  What about all the Board Members who take the
time to go meetings throughout the year? How about the
Year Rounders who work two jobs during the summer and
all the Business Owners who keep the economic wheel

As usual, the Town Manager and Selectmen jumped into
a project without concern of the backlash. As a Taxpayer
I appreciate the many generous contributions Mr. Duffy
has bequest to the Town and yes his out of town guests
will stay at guest houses, go to restaurants and shops but
the oringinal concept of the Ball has gone way off track.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

6:41 pm edt 

Re: Cemetery

Seriously? Vandalism in the cemetery around Halloween is being
"investigated" by local police.  Wow, call CSI.  Bored kids with nothing to do
but drink and smoke weed is the answer.  Dah. 

And if you think pot and booze are the problems, wow, you need a
wake up call.  Cause there ain't a happier home than here in good ole
Ptown and the lower Cape for meth, H, prescription meds and all they can
become with a little love and heat and plastic. 

Wake up.  The police should concentrate more on drug trafficking and use
and how to help those entwined rather than why the chief in the next town
was drunk when he crashed his car... and who was with him.  Again, seriously?  

Par for the course.  When will people here wake up to that fact?  We know why it all
happened.  Life stinks at times and in an effort to take the sting off, people
do crazy? things.  Really it's nothing compared to the dire straits many people
are in right now, especially heading into winter in Ptown.  People desperately
needing help, real help, with addiction, housing, money, health, heat and food
and again, addiction. 

People who aren't "developers" with the option of sunning themselves in the
winter in San Miguel or Rio or the French Riv. or Miami.  People you look at every
day that are crying inside and you don't even know it or who they are.  And you
would be surprised. 

Ptown needs more resources for those sticking it out in winter.  Period.  Wake up.
6:37 pm edt 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Occupy Town Hall...!!!!!

October 29th 2011
11:58 pm edt 

Re: Cemetery

Who says "Police" other than a member of law enforcement?

Only the entitled capitalize the name of their department.

So, solve the crime and then you capitalize on the greatness you profess...

11:56 pm edt 

Re: Cemetery

Seriously? Vandalism in the cemetery around Halloween is being
"investigated" by local police.  Wow, call CSI.  Bored kids with nothing to do
but drink and smoke weed is the answer.  Dah.  And if you think pot and booze
are the problems, wow, you need a wake up call.  Cause there ain't a happier
home than here in good ole Ptown and the lower Cape for meth, H, prescription
meds and all they can become with a little love and heat and plastic.  Wake up. 
The police should concentrate more on drug trafficking and use and how to help
those entwined rather than why the chief in the next town was drunk when he
crashed his car... and who was with him.  Again, seriously?   Par for the
course.  When will people here wake up to that fact?  We know why it all
happened.  Life stinks at times and in an effort to take the sting off, people
do crazy? things.  Really it's noothing compared to the dire straits many people
are in right now, especially heading into winter in Ptown.  People desperately
needing help, real help, with addiction, housing, money, health, heat and food
and again, addiction.  People who aren't "developers" with the option of sunning
themselves in the winter in San Miguel or Rio or the French Riv. or Miami.  People
you look at every day that are crying inside and you don't even know it or who
they are.  And you would be surprised.  Ptown needs more resources for those sticking
it out in winter.  Period.  Wake up.
11:51 pm edt 

Re: Cemetery

It's sad that someone here rather assume things then find out the facts for
sure, typical problem on this blogging site. I know for a fact the cemetery
vandalism was and still is being investigated by the Police. For the person who
does not think so, then prove your facts or zip your lip.
12:27 pm edt 

Re: Help Wanted

I have a wonderful contact for a website designer.  He is local Cape Cod, is a
member of our business referral network and has a topnotch reputation.  I don't
like to post names on this site so if you are serious give me some contact info
and I can forward the info
10:13 am edt 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Re: Cemetary Destruction

Why sad? Police won't do anything? And if not, why not?
7:59 pm edt 

Cemetary Destruction

It was sad to hear that the subjects who's families graves were vandalized are
doing their own investigation !
6:20 pm edt 

Re: Your Neighbor

I'm not denying the facts in the case so long as they are facts. Piling on rumor
and inuendo coupled with misrepresentations isn't fair to anyone involed in any
situation, especially one that is still to be tried in the court of law. To
cherry pick meeting minutes and not divulge the entire story is simply wrong for
a reporter to do.

I'm not embarrassed over what happened. It's not for me to be embarrassed,
that's up to John. I stand by my final vote to put him in his position even
though originally I voted in favor of the now acting chief. Either were
excellent candidates for the position. All of these stories of a bad past should
have come out then when we were vetting John and the other candidates for the
chiefs position. That ship sailed and up until last Friday, John was doing an
excellent job. That can't be denied.

1:16 pm edt 

Truro Police Chief

Latest report is that the new police cruiser was
in front of the OC at 7:30PM on last Friday night. Capt. Lundborn was not the
driver but was in the passenger seat.Question- Who else was in the vehicle at
the time of the accident?
1:12 pm edt 

Remembrance of Ellie

Ellie Bench & Plaque Dedication Sunday 12:30 PM -Oct 23rd Ptown


Dear Friends of Ellie,

You are invited to the dedication of the bench and plaque honoring Ellie, in front of Town Hall on Commercial Street in Provincetown, this Sunday, October 23rd, from 12:30 to 1:00 PM. Thank you to all who contributed to the Ellie Palooza fundraiser that made this possible!

I will be attending the Fantasia Fair Awards Dinner honoring Ellie the night before. It is a fundraiser for the McCarthy Care Center Hospice that took such great care of my father. I hope to attend the UU church service at 11 AMjust before the bench ribbon-cutting and greet any of you that will be there.

9:38 am edt 

Help Wanted

Looking for someone local to design a Website, any suggestions?
8:23 am edt 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Revisionisim in Full Sway!

".. remember, the library could have been a done deal about six years
ago if so many in this town were not "offended" when David Davis wanted to
donate $$$ for the ENTIRE project.."

Wow, what kind of cool-aid are you drinking?
That never happened...never ever. David Davis never "offered" anything to
anyone...Just another big bucks dude who had everyone going for a while.
Actually if I remember correctly the D Davis dream was a theatre, but that never
happened either. The Provincetown Theater was born and built long after d davis
went back to the warm climate he came from.
He wasn't even a blip on the radar when the Library began their plans.
As for the BRANDING of the reading room, how Tickie Tacky can you get? Many many
people gave and supported the library move never expecting anything in return. I
have more respect to those people who don't have their name on the wall.
This is just the beginning, this is the ReBranding of Provincetown. Maybe I buy
my own spot on the bench in front of TH.
11:49 pm edt 

The Shape of Things to Come

Such a shame that a town that used to pride itself on individualism
and nonconformity has been bought out by corporate sponsorship. This town used
to be a place for rebels, artists, hippies and bohemians. We used to reject big
chain restaurants and stores. The now defunct City Video - itself a victim of
large corporate chains - used to sell a great t-shirt that simply said
"Independently Owned and Operated," a statement that accurately reflected the
independent, individualistic spirit and character of old Provincetown. Now it
seems we have sold out (or bought in.)

After the Marc Jacobs Ball I think I'll browse the magazines in the Marc Jacobs
reading room while wearing my Marc Jacobs jeans, shirt, shoes and underwear.
Then I'll skip on over to the Marc Jacobs espresso bar (conveniently located on
Marc Jacobs St.) and have a cappuccino. I will politely ignore those poorly
dressed protestors in front of Town Hall as I make my way over to the Marc by
Marc Jacobs store to do a bit of shopping.

What are they protesting, anyway? Everything is great here in Provincetown!
11:45 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Has anyone else heard that there's going to be an additional $20 door
charge at the Beaux Arts Ball? Is this true or just a rumor?
11:42 pm edt 

For Love of Money

Truro P.C., Ptown Fire fighter truck flip, all par for the course
here.  Get the broom and start sweeping.  Back to the real issues:  Smoking,
development under the mask of affordable housing, kickbacks to town officials
(and don't bother denying), the huge blind eye of the building inspector and
health inspector and conservation commission, severe overbuilding in the face of
deteriorating resources, despicable health conditions in the "kitchens" and
basements of certain establishments (again, don't bother to deny), mysterious
beach closings, not so mysterious school closings, bad roads, and blah blah blah
until the cows come home.  Home to the ridiculously cheap seasonal condos that
will be housed in the high school at the expense of the town and the profit of
developers.  In the not so distant future.  The town won't make a dime but you
know who will make millions.  Worse than a sinking ship, a sinking ship with an
SOS ignored for love of money.
11:40 pm edt 

Re: Truro Chief of Police

Clever as you might seem, the problem stems from a little more than alcohol,
even though alcohol problems are common amongst police officers.

While the police force in both Truro and P'town is well staffed, here's the
reality of their expertise.. they appear to be unable to capture an out of
control speeding motorcyclist.... sad, but true.

The new P'town officers have a college degree, something that is now required
for applicants. Most of the older hires -- including overweight Sergeants and
Lieutenants -- do not have a college degree and have not undergone psychological
assessment, something that is also now required. That leads to the big question:
who is running the police department?

Plain and simple is this. The rank and file is getting better with newly hired
officers, who can climb a fence and have passed a background investigation that
means something. They are also well educated. That is clearly not the case with
the "older" officers.

11:38 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Regarding all this complaining regarding the Beaux Arts Ball:
there are only 800-900 tickets for this event.. that means that most of us
wouldn't have gotten a ticket regardless of whether Marc Jacobs took any or not. 
I have 5 friends all of whom got tickets, none of them are particularly
important people or have connections, they went and stood in line and got
tickets.. why all this complaining?  So Marc Jacobs sponsored the party, and got
150 tickets to give away as they see fit. WHO CARES!  If Marc Jacobs had not got
those tickets only an additional 150 "townspeople" would get to go.. so most of
us still wouldn't be getting in to the ball.. so quit whining about it... it
really is that simple...
besides this is a fund raiser for the care-taking of town hall.. just be happy
about the events success, go make your own fun.. bunch of damn babies!
11:33 pm edt 

Re: "Offended" by the Marc Jacobs Reading Room

"When David Davis wanted to
donate $$$ for the ENTIRE project..."

That wasn't to build a library, it would have been a performing arts venue i

A rat in the basement
11:29 pm edt 

Re: Truro Chief of Police

So the Truro Chief of Police harassed a woman in town. She complained
and the resolution was for the Truro Chief to apologize to Warren Tobias?  Am I
missing something here? Unless Tobias was the Truro Chief's affectional partner,
why apologize to him, and not the victim - the woman?
And how could a female Town Manager allow that?
2:41 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

This could Have been such a great party
but it is not. It is nothing but a sham. don't even dare to name this a town
event. shame on Sharon for this one.l
2:39 pm edt 

As a Supporter of Marc Jabos, You are Rather Cavalier

If someone wants to rent town hall and have a private party, that is their
right. they have the right to have fun and a good time. But the Beauz Arts Ball
was never intended nor presented as a private New york designer ball. It was to
be a town-wide, town-centered event remeniscent of what once had been here in
Provicetown. this is not what is now happening. It has been corrupted and
distorted. I blame town officials for this Faux Arts Ball and all the upset
people in town.
2:35 pm edt 

Health Board Meeting Today at 4:00pm

Again today there is going to be a public hearing by the Board Of
Health to ban smoking in all outdoor areas of restaurants and bars. It will be
at 4 pm in the Judge Welsh Room at Town Hall.

The "public hearing" is a sham. Mark Phillips wants these regulations and is
determined to ram them through despite a huge influx of letters and statements
against them. The remainder of the Board are simply bowing to his outrageous
whim and need to make Provincetown even more of a nanny state wherein business
owners and patrons have no say in their own actions.

No matter what your opinion concerning the smoking issue there is a dire problem
here: One person is interjecting their sole opinion to shape public policy. It's
dangerous ground for anyone to have such power, no matter what the issue. Keep
this in mind the next time you vote for any board member. You might be electing
yet another tyrant.

This has no place in a true democracy, whether it be a health issue or anything
else. Provincetown has now sunk to a new low by allowing policy to be shaped by
one individual with autonomous power and a hell-bent objective.
11:31 am edt 

Re: "Offended" by the Marc Jacobs Reading Room

Wait, really??? You are "offended" by the Marc Jacobs Reading Room in
the Library? Really???
You are offended by someone DONATING $$$ to a town project? But... I thought you
were offended at the Library asking for more and more money from the town each
year... oh, wait, of course you are simply offended because someone has more
money than you...

Personally, I thank R. Duffy and M. Jacobs for actually giving back to the town
they fell in love with. Guess you prefer those millionaires who give nothing to
the town... remember, the library could have been a done deal about six years
ago if so many in this town were not "offended" when David Davis wanted to
donate $$$ for the ENTIRE project...
yup, just a bunch of silly whiners on here!
11:28 am edt 

Dear Mr. Duffy

Thank you for your generosity in sponsoring a restoration of the Beaux Arts Ball
in Provincetown. Thanks further for underwriting so many tickets to insure the
event is a success.

Sorry about all the online temper tantrums and screaming from the          boors
who were didn't bother to get up and get in line for a ticket. Several of them
have tried to use the sellout of tickets to once again attack the town
administration who they hate because they are productive and accomplishing
things these        and their spouses never dreamed of for this town. They also
hate them due to their sexual orientation and because several of these bitter
folks have been justly terminated from town jobs by this administration.

Though you might be tempted to conclude that no good deed goes unpunished in
this town please know that many of us, even amongst those of us not attending,
are very grateful for your amazing support for our town and we're glad to call
you a neighbor. Hope you have a great time at the party.


A town taxpayer, not a town employee, etc.

11:20 am edt 

To: Chris Lucy

I give you congratulations for signing your name. Always an inspirational move.

The press? sure they never get it right. but...your chief was so drunk he
couldn't stand up and was driving a police dept vehicle. Regardless of what you
have to say about the reporter.

You sound embarassed. of course you are. Just like i was when my young fireman
went flying down the highway , drunk, and flipped a fire truck. A few of our
"professionals" are hardly that. Not even close. And should not be working for
our towns.

Your selectmen never should've appointed JL as chief.
and that has nothing to do with the reporter.

Lets look at reality and clean this up.

your neighbor
11:14 am edt 

Re: Why Bother Coming to Town?

Needed 4 boxes of christmas cards, some dresses for family members, a
few other items.   Most stores I went to were

Find something else to say if you want to be a little more believable.  If you
truly came here to buy 'four boxes of christmas cards, some dresses...' then you
should probably have your head examined.
11:09 am edt 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On the Matter of Branding

I am so sick of the damn costume ball. It is what is it, a nice fat
corporate funded shindig for the friends of
Sharon. I do think the tent for the leftover is rather pathetic...hope it
remains empty.

What bothers me most is not this one night event. I am offended by the "MARK
JACOBS READING ROOM" in the Library.

The library is a public building and yet the trustees allowed this Branding.
Watch out, before you know it the party will be taking place in the Mark Jacobs
Town Hall..................................
10:31 pm edt 

To All Those MJ Ball Busters

The Town Hall-oween ball by Mr. Jacobs is for fun, maybe it got out of control
but forgetabout it if you didn't or couldnt' get a ticket.  Worse things have
Only hope this gets posted as it's totally meant for fun and the desire to get
people together to celebrate a very special eve, even if you have no cash and
can't afford the "golden ticket".

To those who can't attend the BIG BALL, HAVE YOUR OWN PARTY!!!  IT'S HALLOWEEN
TOWN IS ABOUT?  I would much rather spend my Halloween or any night during the
Hunter's Moon, on the hill, near the spirits of those born and bred here,
wearing the costume that expresses me, indulging in the libation of my choice
and doing what the night calls for, rather than prancing around like a pheasant
holding the GOLDEN TICKET.  Even a group of 2 celebrating would make it a huge
success.  Get your friends together, walk the night and find a clear spot
amongst those who have spirits who lived here, loved !
here and look down and celebrate.  Celebrate the life, not the!

Happy Halloween.  C U at 12 at the crest of the boneyard.  Can't wait.  Even if
no one shows up, it will be more awesome than any party with martinis and
plastic fringe paid for by someone wearing a "sugar daddy" costume holding a
puppet string plank.

10:27 pm edt 

Re: Truro Police Chief

Maybe if you know what you're talking about you would realize the story in the
Times is a farce, fiction at best. The "facts" Mary Ann Bragg reported are not
facts. She couldn't even transcribe what she read in the meeting minutes to
paper for the story. Lundborn never got a letter placed in his personel file.
Didn't happen. It was suggested but the motion to do so didn't pass. I know, I'm
the one that stopped it from happening. And if you knew what you were talking
about, you'd know why. As far as the incedents in Provincetown during the
Portuguese festival, as noted in the article, popcorn claimed a medical
condition and the claim of Lundborn "groping" someone was never filed with the
police, just an alleged call to the police. So tell me genius, where's the
arrogant, offensive and boorish behavior you've decided to appologize for?
Bragg's decided to leave out pretinent facts and when she can't get a call back
to corrobrate the story, she just makes it up. Great reporting!!
! Then people like some oysterman in Truro decides to eat it up like it's
gospel. Does she wonder ever why people don't call her back?

Chris Lucy
Fromer Truro selectman

10:21 pm edt 

Kiosk Machines

As one may or may not know, it is costly for the repairing of those machines
which is why they just get re-set as opposed to repaired...  However, re-setting
is a temporary fix and only allows for free parking.....

Which by the way... happens often!
10:10 pm edt 

Re: Why Bother Coming to Town?

Do you really expect us to believe that you drove all the way to Provincetown on
a rainy Wednesday in late October to do some shopping?  Gimme a break!

I live here and I drove all the way to Hyannis to go to Kmart.  I got all my
Halloween decorations and tons of Halloween candy on sale.  And I didn't have to
walk around in the rain.
10:08 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

I think taxpayers should be given tickets to the ball. It's only fair
since we paid for Town Hall. To be *really* fair, they should give it to those
paying the *most* in taxes and trickle down from there. And screw the second
homeowners even if they do pay $15,000 a year in taxes on some big house. Of
course, taxes paid must be up to date. No deadbeats allowed!

8:29 pm edt 

Why Bother Coming to Town?

Came down from mid cape to do some shopping.  Needed 4 boxes of christmas cards,
some dresses for family members, a few other items.   Most stores I went to were
closed.  October 19 and they are closed?  Hate to go back to the malls, but at
least stores can be counted on being open.
2:30 pm edt 

Re: "I Don't Think We're Whiners at All"

Well then stop complaining about a stupid party that you can not go to.  You
sound like a junior high girl that is desperate to get a date to her first boy /
girl dance.  You are not going to the ball Cinderella, get over it.  I hope that
everyone who got tickets have a great time and better luck next time to those
that didn't.  There are a few people here on this blog that are focusing way too
much on "being excluded."  Do you suggest that they cancel the event because
some "whiners" can't get a ticket?  Grow up!!!
2:27 pm edt 

Truro Police Chief

My apology to Provincetown for the arrogant, offensive behavior of our Police
Chiefs as outlined in todays-Oct20 Cape Cod Times article.Shame on the Truro
Selectmen for not taking more effective action against these boorish
officials.Talk about the arrogance of power!
Signed- Truro Oysterman

2:25 pm edt 

Beaux Arts Ball et al

Get over the dam Halloween ball!! Suck it up you couldnt go and even
if u did u would       about somthing anyway!! Second the town has been alot
slower in the shoulder season this year!!! This summer the numbers were off!!
People are broke!! Third as far as truros Chief he is and still is a good man
..yes he.messed up but also lets not.forget all he has done!!Last you guys/ gals
need to get off cape that just        about everything and see whats goin on in
the real world!!!!
2:19 pm edt 

Re: Notice the Change?

Lets not take comments out of contect.  Compare this October to last
October.  Less people this October in town.  That is what the poster ment.   We
all know it is the end of the season.
10:33 am edt 

Re: Parking

"Kiosks: figures don't lie, but...."

Revenues are up because both rates and hours were dramatically increased, not
because of the kiosks.

I think the kiosks are a good idea.  But it's stretching the truth to attribute
the revenue increase primarily to them.
9:05 am edt 

To: Truro Police Chief

I agree. Sounds like a Mustang convertible accident waiting to happen.

12:12 am edt 

To: Notice the Change?

Yes, it is your imagination... this time of year is also know as the end of

Contrary to your assertion, this year, both of the Boston ferry companies
operated later than ever... through the end of Women's Week. This was a first.

Several restaurants in P'town also participated in Cape Cod Restaurant Week
(which ended Sunday night)... and from what I heard, they were busy. Where were

Lovely that you have done so much research. There is an "at large" opening on
the "committee" (VSB). So why not apply?  Then you can provide your wonderful
ideas on how to expand the end of season.

12:11 am edt 

Usurpation by the 1%

For a town that claims to hate chain stores and big corporations, we
sure have given Marc Jacobs a free pass, haven't we? I guess when it comes right
down to it, money talks.

Maybe next year we can have a Halloween ball without corporate sponsorship? I,
for one, would be fine if the party weren't catered. Big name entertainment is
great, but what's wrong with a DJ? Or a local band?

If we want to strengthen our sense of community, we shouldn't split townsfolk up
into classes - the lucky ones who got tickets to the ball and the "tent people."
This party has become too exclusive, too New York. A Provincetown costume ball
shouldn't be set up like Studio 54 with only the privileged allowed inside. It
should be for everyone.

Let's just hope Burger King doesn't offer to sponsor next year's ball...
12:09 am edt 


The word is out that for the last 3 or so weeks vandals have damaged stones at
the cemetary and have stolen items?

What is the Provincetown Police doing about it???
12:03 am edt 

Re: Parking

"Now that the season is almost to an end, let's not get lax for next year and
remember to vote NO for any future KIOSK machines in the Town of
Provincetown...As for revenuemade, I'd like to see the figures...  I would bet
to guess...."

"It's down!  That's not because of the economy thats due to the machines never
working and free parking..."

You're trying to save your job again aren't you?  It's either you trying to save
your job or you have a thing against the Parking Administrator.  Here are some
actual revenue numbers -

Johnson Street Parking Lot through September
2010  $11,427
2011  $22,528.50
Increase from 2010 (no kiosk) to 2011 (with kiosk) up 97.15%

This is one example of a huge success in this town, but of course anyone who
doesn't agree with you must be lying
Your comment:
Don't kid yourselves folks and let them lead you to believe otherwise..... (end

You might try using facts to support your argument.  Try calling the town
accountant as I did and get the actual numbers.  This one is a success anyway
you slice it.  I say congratulations to the Parking Manager.  A job well
12:01 am edt 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Can't believe all the complaining about not getting tickets to this event.  Next
year they should charge $200 a ticket and Mr. Jacobs should not generously offer
to under write a dime of the cost.  See how many of these looser will be
complaining because the can't get a ticket then!  They'll have a whole new list
of complaints because the fact is there is no pleasing them.  They want
everything in this town handed to them and the rest of us have to listen to them
complain when they are not handed everything on a silver platter.  The Beaux
Arts Ball will be a much better event without you spreading your negative
energy.  You should stand out side the town hall doors and greet the people,
that some perceive, are better than you.  If you were not such losers, you would
be invited to other events or might go to the trouble of planning your own.
11:57 pm edt 

I Don't Think We're Whiners at All

We are caling this so-call ball for what it is. It is a marketing fiasco. Blame
it on Sharon Lynn or blame it on who at town hall was supposed to coordinate
this, but whoever it was, failed. the town is marked with justifiable
disappointment and yes resentments. This was not intended as a private party. If
that is what it turned out to be, then Sharon Lynn should announce the change
and explain why it became more private than public.

But I doubt she has the cahunas to do this!
3:01 pm edt 

Notice the Change?

Is it my imagination, or are there less people in town this October?  
Seems Tuesdays through Fridays are very slow.  What has happened?  And even the
stores are all closing earlier than in past years, or am I imagining that also?  
Whatever happened to the committee to promote the town in the off season?  The
VSB should really start looking at funding new ideas.   Maybe they should cut
other events that have been here for over 10 years in half, and double new ideas
for the next 2 or 3 years.   Start thinking out of the box.
2:58 pm edt 

170 Bradford Street

Skirt some Laws-  What does that mean??? Oh get away
with something most of us never would-now that's the way a building commissioner
should run a town!!!!This B.C. needs to go!!!!!!
2:56 pm edt 

Beaux Arts Ball

What are there, almost 3,000  year round residents? There is only room for
one-fifth of the residents-Only a fraction could go anyway and now ever fewer
can go.

This costume ball was on the front page of the Cape Cod Times; and the Banner!
Who wouldn't want to go to the catered ball that was espoused to be for the
residents of Provincetown?

A mere $25 for a celebratory evening of costumes and fun and camaraderie and
celebrity and taste treats--a ball where everyone knows everyone or where new
friends could be made.

You all have a right to be disgruntled.

2:54 pm edt 

Truro Police Chief

Lundborn has only scratched the surface. Thankfully, he only hit a tree.

Driving while drinking is quite common amongst many of the outer cape police
officers when not on duty. I know, because I have been there, alongside an
officer who drinks from a plastic cup while refusing to fasten his seatbelt.

Silence may be golden... but truth be told, alcoholism is a common theme in law
enforcement. Just look at the marriage and divorce record of our police
department, and one can do the math. It appears they are an unfaithful bunch who
pretend to be happy when some simply kick stones looking for the next chance to
get lucky.

The mistake of one chief opens the door to a whole other realm of reality.

Their reality may simply be just another accident waiting to happen....
2:51 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

A Marketing Disaster, I Agree

Dance on but without many town residents. Dance on, but without the communal
spirit that was promised when this event was to be a town-wide, community-driven

It has become something else, a private event, a marketing event for outsiders
rather than town people. This was far from what this event was earlier presented
to be. If you forget, Sharon, what you promised, some of us have not forgotten.
2:48 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

You! Just don't get it.

The ball at townhall WAS supposed to be for the towns people as a thank you get
together in the tax payers newly renovated building in the off season. Then the town
manager gave it to Provincetowns version of the one percent! The 99% of towns people
will just have to stay outside under a tent. SHAME on the town manager, it was meant to
be a thank you party for the town! Not a fund raiser and not a tourism gimmik to get
people into town on halloween weekend.!
2:46 pm edt 

Jerome Park-

Ariel Tasha -GREAT POST!!! ptown needs more with your
beautiful attitude!!!!

Hope it's contagious .
2:43 pm edt 


Now that the season is almost to an end, let's not get lax for next year and
remember to vote NO for any future KIOSK machines in the Town of Provincetown.

This year was the worst....  The machines were always broken down and the
parking meters were always broken...

The parking adm makes over $50,000 a year one would think all these machines
would be in tip top shape..  His idea of repairing them is reseting them.. 
That's not the answer !

As for revenuemade, I'd like to see the figures...  I would bet to guess....
It's down!  That's not because of the economy thats due to the machines never
working and free parking...

Don't kid yourselves folks and let them lead you to believe otherwise.....
2:40 pm edt 

170 Bradford Street

Victor- "skirt some laws". You miss the whole point.

Victor is not the problem. Russ Braun is the problem-with his blind eye for some
and his disdain for others.  Wonder what makes him look the other way for some
and pick apart others ?? HMMMM???
2:38 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Marc Jacobs comes in, sponsors the event for $100,000, sells 600 tickets for $25
each which will only bring in $15,000, not even close to covering the cost of
sponsorship and you whining good for noting losers complain that the guy BOUGHT
160 for himself to give away then he offset that with 137 more to satisfy the
complainers and you still cry about it? Really? Get a life. Boo hoo, I didn't
get to go to the ball mommy. Boo hoo daddy, can you stand in line for me to get
tickets. What? Nobody called me? But I'm somebody!! Daddy, I want to go to the
ball!! Boohoo, boohoo. Whats the girl from Willy Wonka? Verucka Soltz, the
spoiled littel brat? Seems like a town full of Veruckas.
2:36 pm edt 

Question For the Harbormaster

Where is all the money from the people who were late paying their mooring fees,
or did you go against the advise of your assistant harbormasters and and not
charge the late fee?

This was money that was going to the town, not the pier
2:34 pm edt 


Oh.. just sit back and wait until the changes Sharon Lynn has made for the
Police Department happen!

Noone can even imagine....  It looks like the chief answers to Sharon and  she
answers to the Chief!

The Selectman have NO SAY !
2:32 pm edt 

Monument Museum

The situation goes from bad to worse, the           is caught with     pants
down, what is next!  Bakker at least brought the place some grace and dignity,
not so the board!  Time to clean house................mark your calendar for the
Annual Meeting in June.  Sounds like a little housecleaning is in order!
2:30 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

No one rented town hall for a party! The town is reviving a tradition
and a private citizen is getting tickets because he volunteed to donate money to
support it.
2:27 pm edt 

Dog Park:

"Sorry But I think there is only One dog park blogger here"

You are so right!  Is this the only place one can pat themselves on the back for
their contribution to this town?  The dog park is old news and we are tired of
the self promotion of those involved.  Don't they realize the very mention of
this "oasis" makes most of us sick to our stomachs?  I don't care about the lame
art work, the lack of trees the stench from owners not picking up after their
pets.  The          should create     own blog so people of like minds can
commiserate about their dogs. Don't subject the rest of us, those that want to
discuss real town issues, to this very boring topic.  The town had this park
built over a leach field for very good reason; it was a way to placate a bunch
of fanatics without giving up valuable land.  Glad to hear it is supported by
donations, because not one cent of tax payers money should go to support the
"thousands" of pet owners who supposedly visit this park annually.

2:26 pm edt 

Re: Jarome Park

So no parking on the side of the road near the soccer fields...but
tons of cars park along the highway (near Snail Road) to access the path to the
ocean ticket free.  P-Town cops only enforce they laws they want to.
2:21 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

The Native American sculpture at the Bark Park is beautiful,
but......It really is like putting a sequin on a rat's    .
2:19 pm edt 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Dear Whiners,
You want to have a costume ball?  Rent town hall and have one.  Simple as that. 
Oh, but if someone else does it you feel it should happen just as you want it or
you are going to whine away.

Sponsor a costume ball.  That's what the organizers of this event did, why do
you feel you are entitled to be there?  It's a fund raiser for town hall and it
should be celebrated that it's a success.
2:07 pm edt 

Re: Soccer

Can they move the games to the Lion's Club's Motta Field on Winslow Street where
the high school used to play? There is plenty of parking both on the street and
at the former elementary school.
12:38 pm edt 

Jerome Park

I have been a volunteer youth coach for both Provinctown and Truro
Recreation Departments for the past four years. Having coached at the field on
Jerome Smith Road I understand the obstacle of parking; three years ago I was
nearly hit by a speeding car on the highway getting a soccer ball.

I am an adult and took precautions while on the highway but that wasnt enough. 
Only imagine what could happen to a child, but that should have been thought
about years ago before they made that field.  Its sad that people feel the need to pit the
children against the dogs, as if an individual cant love both.  Further more its
repulsive that a community cant find a resolution to a serious problem for the

We have sold out as a town but I dont need to remind anyone of that. 
The childrens safety needs to be our first priority, it shouldnt matter what the
dog park has or doesnt have thats water under the bridge.  And please stop
discriminating against either one; we have enough room in this small town for
everyone.  Find a resolution to the problem that doesnt involve discrimination,
Provincetown is better than that. 

For such a wonderful and diverse community its disappointing that we have condemned
the future as significantly as we have.  Stop being bullied into choosing, I know I love
my children and my dogs!

-Arielle Tasha

10:28 am edt 

Eminent Threat

We live in an amazingly beautiful place. One that is fragile and
dependent on all of us being good stewards of this magnificent environment.  It
was to my dismay as I walked on the beach at Herring Cove today and walked up to
the dunes that act as a barrier between the Atlantic and the great west end
marsh and our tiny town at the end of the world, that I witnessed the
degradation to the tops of these dunes from the countless foot steps and
campings of people who out of ignorance or unconsciousness tread all over them
all summer long.  With the rising seas and increased severity of storms it is
all the more critical that these dunes and the marsh beyond remain protected
from such abuses.  I urge all of us to do our part to inform and educate
visitors and the like to stay off grasses and other plants and especially the
tops of dunes.  There are marked passes over the dunes that should be used as a
way to the beach side.  Please use them only!  Also call the national seashore
and voice your concern of the need for more awareness, better education, improved
signage, dune restoration fencing and the planting of more grasses as a means to
stabilizing and protecting this transcendent place at the edge of the sea.
10:23 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Sharon, If You were not throwing this party

isn't it time you fessed up? If this was really a Mark jacobs marketing
scheme,why did you not tell us?
10:08 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

It is a Disaster

what could have been a wonderful town involved event has turned into a disaster.
it is not fun. it is not a great event. It is a sad private party that offers
few tickets to town people.
10:06 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Who is really spORing the Faux Arts BALL?

Is it Sharon Lynn and years back Michelle couture-or is it Marc JACOBS?
10:03 am edt 

Re: Dog Park

Sorry But I think there is only One dog park blogger here

gone wild. We are not into dogs and the dog park. Please, there is a one crazy
blogger going on and ong about the dog park. Please, enough is enough. this is
not a town wide  ut a single blogger issue.
10:01 am edt 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pier Corp. Restructuring?!!

Anyone hearing the rumor that the harbormaster's office is going to be
restructured? The rumor: the harbormaster will have to report to the chief of
police. The pier corp's lease with the Town is going to be voided.

The police are tired of cleaning up after their messes. You should watch their
latest meeting on PTV. What a mess. The chief, detective, town manager and
counsel were all in attendance to deal with their latest avoidable mess.

They are banning a certain former director from hanging out in the
harbormaster's office too! It's great local drama!
7:13 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

The Provincetown Dog Park directors have the full support of the Town
Manager and Board of Selectmen for all of their shade choices. In fact, the
Selectmen were gushing with delight about the indian shade in the little dog
And even more important, they have the support of the community. Pushing back
the fence in the west end of the park was brillant. It created a natural
cantilever with overhanging existing trees.

Thanks to all the dog park folks for providing a free and fun dog park. Don't
give the little person here a second thought because that person will stay
marginalized in the little blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7:10 pm edt 

Re: 170 Bradford Street

What a joke.  Beautiful, will be the best in the worst.  I'd rather
see a natural eyesore than a man-made one any day of the week.  But hey,
developers are people too and have to eat.  Will the units be modular and stuck
together because those seem to be really in demand?
6:02 pm edt 

Dog Park (yet again)

Thanks for posting all the background info.  But, unless I'm reading this wrong,
they did have a choice of providing a shade structure as reflected in the

And weren't they supposed to return to the selectmen with their plan?
"Acantilevered structure is a better solution with footings placed outside the "
effluent bed
area and asurface shade structure mounted as protruding into the park. Chair
recommends that Mr.Adams and Ms. Nagle continue to work together for viable
and bring back to the Selectmen prior to the spring."

And while reading this, when did they ever work with Brandon Motta form the Rec
"2) further to
have the Towns Recreation Director be designated as a contact person when the
appropriate funding is in

I've never heard of the Rec. Dept. being involved with anything out there.
5:44 pm edt 

Re: 170 Bradford
The neighbors of this address have been complaining for years about this
property (even on this blog) and how it is dangerous, an eyesore and i'm quite
sure, a detriment to their real estate values.  If I lived next door, I would be
applauding this project.  Victor, as has been shown time and again, knows how to
skirt some laws, but that project will be done quickly and will be impeccably

I don't even live down that way, but look forward to driving by a beautiful
parcel instead of that eyesore that the town has had to live with for 20+ years.

I guess what I'm saying is that you can't have it both ways.
5:40 pm edt 

Re: 170 Bradford Street

To the neighbor of Victors latest project at 170 Bradford Street, get
ready for negative impacts in your neighborhood.  You will have to live with
whatever Victor does just as the neighbors of his other projects have.  In
particular, the parking situation is a real mess at Bradford and West Vine ever
since the town planning board allowed the construction of 7 new condo units and
Victors restaurant.  The planning board allowed Victor to have far less parking
than was previously there when there was only a restaurant (and no condos) and
this has make parking a mess in the area.  And the parking situation will only
get worse as the planning board has approved a new 16 unit development across
the street on West Vine.
1:13 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

I do not like to be nasty or vindictive. But I must respond to what
was posted after I posted about the ball explanation. I do have tickets, 2, one
for me, one for my spouse so I am not bitter about not getting tickets. And,
people coming here from far away is good. I just feel badly for those that are
here already and were looking forward to attending before the money guy got in
on the act and practially made it his own. Your assumption that I am bitter for
not having a ticket is your stupid assumption.
1:11 pm edt 

170 Bradford Street

Don't watch the HDC to see what allowed 170 Bradford to happen, watch
the ZONING BOARD meeting to really understand. Sure wish i was Victor...
1:09 pm edt 

170 Bradford Street

My Last word on 170 Bradford, as no matter what I say or how many of
us feel, none of us are as connected as Victor, and unlike him, we must abide by
very expensive rules that he somehow skirts...

It is obvious that Zoning regs are decided on how much profit a developer
"needs" to make on any given project... (Now Clarence, you keep not printing
these posts, so before you censor this as "not germain" or "casting aspersions",
please review the transcript of the zoning meetings that decided this issue, so
that you can see and confirm that what I am repeating is VERBATIM from the
meeting and PART OF THE RECORD and I believe the readers of the blog deserve to
see this) ... when asked directly why this project "needed" to be three units as
opposed to the two that now exist, and why Victor "needed" to over build the
scale of the existing footprint, his lawyer stated with a little shrug of her
shoulders QUOTE: "well, this is an expensive project" UNQUOTE... this was all
that was said as a defense... please do not censor this post, Clarence!! After
Bangs Street, this blog kept asking "how could this happen?", well, I, as a
cocerned citizen of Provincetown, implore you to prin!
t this DIRECT QUOTE from the meeting to allow your readers to see just how
these big projects come to be a reality... If you redact this or choose not to
print it, explain why... it is very pertinent and germain, and this forum is the
only way for my voice to be heard on this issue, afterall, I am not a favored
developer in town, I am simply a private citizen neighbor of this project who
will need to live with what Victor has been allowed to do with my neighborhood,
long after he is no longer interested and has pocketed his big profit and moved
on... how many more times can Victor overbuild, defy town bylaws, and pay
miniscule fines and be rewarded with another free pass next time he buys and
destroys another corner of out town??

I promise, this is my last post on the subject, PLEASE DON'T CENSOR ME, BRO!!!
12:24 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Marc Jacobs bought addl tickets for his friends to come to the Beaux
Ball?  That's terrible.  Just imagine they will come in to our town, stay at
guesthouses and hotels, eat at restaurants, shop in stores, etc.  This is a bad

I suspect a good number of you whining about the Beaux Ball wouldn't go if you
could get a ticket.  You much prefer playing the role of victim and how you have
been wronged.  If the event didn't sell out you would be on here telling us all
what a bad idea it was.

12:20 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

12:18 pm edt 

Monument Lighting
Just got a solicitation letter from the Monument asking for a contribution to
the annual lighting.  We usually give, but not again until major changes are
made to their clueless board.
12:17 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park


Chairman Avellar read the Public Hearing. Written comments were received from
approximately 30 people
prior to this meeting and are on file with the Secretary to the Board of
Public Comments
Ann Maguire  Supports the dog park and feels it would be a wonderful addition.
Judy Mencher - owner of Skiff - Supportive of dog Park
Ruth Ann Cowing  Animal Control Officer  In favor of the Dog Park
Debbie - In favor of Dog Park and will donate $2500 towards it.
Rachel White  Supports the Dog Park
Andrea Nathanson  Best thing for the town.
Gerri Anderson  Greatly supports
Patrick Manning - Need to consider the dog leash law on the beach it is not
working - maybe this will help.
Jennifer Quirk - Landscape the whole area.
Denny Camino  support the dog park
Jen Cromwell  Important to have.
Maria Bizzotto - Dog Park is ideal for dogs that have to be on leashes.
Mary DeRocco  Representing neighborhood at Jerome Smith - Support Dog Park but
not in a residential
neighborhood, but does support the Cumberland Farms location.
Michael Fernandez - Concerns of the Disability Commission is that it is quite
risky and not a safe crossing.
Support the Dog Park and the location 100% - just hopes that the Board of
Selectmen will take into account
the modification of the crossing area.
Jacquie Kelly - Supports the dog park.
Jonathan Sinaiko - Great idea if you ban dogs from the beach.
Tom Niccollati - Do agree with previous speaker. Needs to be policed by people
Barbara Rushmore  Feels if people want a place for their pets they should pay
for it themselves and not the
Dr. Marilyn Glasser - People who are heading up the idea are doing an
outstanding job.
Sheila LaMontagne - Very rare that she sees a dog on a leash on the beach.
Several problems with dog
excrement and unleashed dogs and shes had to call the police on many occasions.
Only supports Dog Park
if the leash law is 100% supported.
Candice Nagle - Read statement into the record. See attachment #1
Board of Selectmens Comments
Pam Parmakian - Do you see these sites being open 24 hours a day? Answer  No.
Dawn to dusk policy.
You designated 20 parking spaces at the Cumberland Farms site  do you see an
income in this area. Yes
approximately $10K Ruth Ann Cowing - Town by-law - Dogs must be on leash at all
times. Fine is $100.
Michele Couture - Totally support Dog Park at the Cumberland Farms area 
something that has been too
long in coming. Healthy for dogs and humans. Cost is negligible for the water
hookup. Have our Recreation
Director as contact in case something happens.
Lynne Davies - In full support of the Dog Park. Suggest that the fence go at
lest 6 ft high. Concerns that
there is a safe entrance and exit as long as the appropriate staff signs off on
this, I have no problem with it.
What is approximate start up cost? Answer - $28K and we have around $20K in
donations already. Figure
for ongoing cost? Answer  between $5 and 10K a year.
The town is on a tight budget and we need to have some assurance that the cost
of the park is not going to
fall on the town at some point. I dont want to see us give up the beach in place
of this. And there will be
an agreement between the town and the dog park for the lease of the land? Answer
- Yes
Austin Knight - I want to see that there are funds to set this park up and that
a bank account is there to pay
for the cost of everything, and I hope it will be part of the motion and not end
up being a burden to the town.
MOTION: Move that the Board of Selectmen vote in favor of locating a Dog Park at
the leach field by
Cumberland Farms to become available at such a time as the staging area becomes
free; and 1) to instruct
the Town Manager to direct the DPW to install the appropriate water service to
the park; and 2) further to
have the Towns Recreation Director be designated as a contact person when the
appropriate funding is in
Motion by: Michele Couture Seconded by: Pam Parmakian Yea 5 Nay 0)

10:20 am edt 

Re: Dog Park



Robert Adams, AECOM, consulting engineer advised his concerns regarding roots
from trees proposed to be planted along south side will eventually follow the water line to
the effluent beds creating problems. A root barrier would help but concern is still great for
growth interference.

Acantilevered structure is a better solution with footings placed outside the effluent bed
area and asurface shade structure mounted as protruding into the park. Chair Couture
recommends that Mr.Adams and Ms. Nagle continue to work together for viable solutions
and bring back to the Selectmen prior to the spring.

Congrats to the dog park folks who did not only the above but incorporated Cape
Cod's Native American Indians!
10:16 am edt 

Re: 170 Bradford Street

I watched the Oct.5 meeting of the historic commission twice. The only
reference to 170 Bradford was by the acting chair who said the board received
info from the owner's attorney and that the board could move on to the next
case. What did I miss?
10:12 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Would like to hear Marc Jabos's Explanation of getting free tickets
for                                    .      did not have to stand in line.  
   got 2 tickets that he did not pay for.  Yes, they might have been paid for,
but by who?   Take a guess!    The Beaux Arts Ball is for people that can help
people in this town.  Those are the facts.  Don't cover it up by putting up a
tent on the lawn for "the rest of us little people."

9:52 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

I read the Marc Jacobs explation relative to buying so many tickets for
his friends and colleagues. Town said they were not sure the party would sell
out. Why then was everyone else limited to only 4 tickets?  This contradicts the
9:47 am edt 

Re: Dog Park

The soccer field was never considered for the dog park. Shame on the
self loathing poster who has made this false claim. He must hate children too1
9:45 am edt 

Oh Oh!

The pier miscreants are back!!!!!!!!!!!!
9:43 am edt 

Re: Dog Park

Yes, a pergola is a good idea. Footholds that will anchor it can go
down a whopping 8 inches before hitting the pipes. That should last!
9:41 am edt 


Talk to our former chair, Selectmen Couture who provided important political
suppport for the dog park, the owner of Ruby's who lives on Jerome who led a
successful neighborhood opposition effort againt the dog park on Jerome, talk to
the current Town Manager, the current Chair Selectman Anderson, Rob Adams of
AECOM who oversees the installation of the town wide septic.

You are just getting lies here on this blog with someone who has a personal
vendetta and a very sad sack.
9:40 am edt 

Strange I Know But.......

There are days I wish Keith Bergman was back as
town manager. I found him difficult but he did lead. I guess that is what I
miss. some sense of leadership, some belief that someone is doing some thing
dynamically, with gumption and guts.

those days seem so far away.
9:38 am edt 

The Beaux Arts Ball is a Fiasco

Call it for what it is. Call it for how it turned out. a disaster. It is not a
celebration of what once was but a pretense of being something it is not.

It is a private party  under the guise of being a town-wide celebration. Let
the music roll on but it is rolling over us all. It is truly a masquerade, a false
attempt, a fabrication.
9:33 am edt 

Bravo to Those Who Stood Up For All of Us

Bravo to Take Back Provicetown and those who rallied for our rights and for our
democracy. It is threatened and you are so good to be there for us. What a

What courage you showed!
9:28 am edt 

Great That You're Thannkful

but that doesn't mean that most of us should stop having a critical perspective
on critical issues. I value insight and analysis of what is happening in town
and if things are not going well, then I appreciate the understanding that many
here offer. We need people who think and who provide understanding of our
problems. We are not a town without issues and without problems.
9:24 am edt 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Re: To Jackie

The selectmen did offer other land.  The other choice was the treed area
directly between the Jerome Smith lot and the soccer field.  Plenty of parking
and plenty of shade.  The dog park folks didn't want it.  THEY chose the site
they're on now.

And there is no reason a pergola couldn't be placed on the site.  There is
already concrete pathways over the effluent beds.  A concrete pad could easily
be poured to support a pergola.  There could also be stretched canvas over
sections of the dog park.  The support posts could be placed on the perimeter of
the effluent beds.

There are other choices, but if the ideas don't come directly from the head
honcho over there, any idea is turned down.  It's a my way or the highway

8:15 pm edt 

To: Jackie

My dogs love Provincetown's dog park. Sounds like you don't know the history of
the land and why the Selectmen allowed it to be a dog park though. The land is
useless that 's why the selectmen let the dog park go there. There aredozens of
pipes underneath that go to the waste station on Rte 6.

They can't plant trees because no roots are allowed -they'll wrap around the
pipes underneath according to town selectmen. Nor have footholds for a shade
pergola in the dog park according to the Selectmen. I think personally if, the
Selectmen knew how popular it was going to be for Provincetown, they would have
given different land so there could be shade.  But alas our Selectmen are not
forward thinking--never the big picture.
7:27 pm edt 

Old Products

Heard a store owner that sells "cards" complain that his cards are not
selling!  well if you had the same cards for 15 years, what do you expect people
to do.  And count the internet for helping people make there own cards today.  
Maybe you should open up a different business and stop complaining
6:40 pm edt 

NO Parking at the Soccer Field

Of course there is NO parking at the soccer field because past town
managers and selectmen didn't think of it!!! Duh!!!! And that my friends is

Gotta love this town!
6:36 pm edt 

Dog Owners

So whats with these dog owners that will pick up the crap into a
plastic bag then throw the bag on the ground?     is up with that? Might I
suggest that you bury it instead of putting it in a plastic bag. At least than I
wont step in it or have to dispose of it myself for you.

A Rat In The Basement
6:14 pm edt 

To: Soccer Mom

Go to the next Selectman's meeting and state your issue.
Otherwise, walk.
6:09 pm edt 

Marc Jabos's Explanation Self-Serving

They thought the Beaux Arts Ball would not sell out so they took tickets to sell
to make it successful? Please--we are not that naive.
6:07 pm edt 

Re: You Should be Thankful

Oh and I am. And now I'm thankful that another person out there sees it that
way.  I'm even happy someone made this website so we can all express ourselves!!
6:02 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

The dog park is beautiful, but it does need shade. I have a white dog
and he actually burns in the sun. Isn't there  a way to get Conwell Lumber,
Lands End and Mid-Cape to donate materials for a large, pergola type of
structure in the middle. Wisteria could be planted or climbing roses and this
could really add to the beauty and provide shade. We could also put some
tables,chairs or picnic benches for owners to sit and converse. I'm sure there
are some carpenters in town who would help build it and donate some time. Let's
not put down the dog park but think of ways of making it even better.

5:58 pm edt 

170 Bradford

This is the same builder who was allowed to build 2
3/4 stories on the corner of bradford and franklin when it is zoned for 2 1/2    
. for those who do not understand it is simple- you see that dormer on the
building on the  top floor-quess what  - NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THERE!!!!!!! That
constitutes 2 3/4 stories- "someone" let it pass through when others would NEVER
get away with it- that added addition head room and i bet some nice views and i
bet 30,000-40,000 grand to the sale price of that unit-I AM SICK OF IT!!!!!!! 
R.B. is the most partial , preferential building inspector this town has ever
5:56 pm edt 

No More Parking on the Highway

"I received a notice today that we must walk to and fro on jerome smith rd with
our kids to certain practices."

Now that is really sad! How far is it? I guess it must be a whole 100yds. If you
and your child can't walk the short distance between the field and the parking
lot you have real problems. How can you expect the the poor child to actually
play the game? What kind of parent are you?
Lazy and entitled I'm sure!
5:53 pm edt 

Jerome Smith Road Soccer Field

As mentioned, I too was told not to drop kids off on the highway when they play
on the field or practice. They want us to drop them off on the very sharp corner
of Jerome Smith Road or in the parking lot where temporary town hall was. What
stupid ideas!!! It's not the walk but the sheer stupidity to build a ball field
and have no parking areas!! Then, to make it worse, the police think it's safer
to drop kids off to run across the street to the field on that sharp corner
where many many drunks travel to and from "you know where". There's more area
between the parking area and the field. Why not create a parking area in there
as opposed to having to park with the stragers ion the campers or amonst the
taxis??? And why not parking along the highway? There are dozens of cars that
park in a far more dangerous place (Snail Road) along the hioghway to get to the
beach and nobody says anything.
5:50 pm edt 

Kudos to 'Be Thankful'

I've lived in Ptown for twelve years and there are plenty of things to gripe
about and MANY wonderful things to boast about. Just as there are in ANY place.
But, when some people go on in this blog, it just gets BORING and redundant.
Kind of like the 'boy who cried wolf'.

Yup there are people who DON't pick up after their dogs and no need to get nasty
to people that may want or need to drive to the kids playground.
Keep in perspective the entire picture of what is around before you start
5:46 pm edt 

Re: Dogs and Children

There should be a safe place to play for children. But no fair to pit dogs
against children. The planners of the dog park included parking. Who planned the
soccer field and why did they not include parking? That is where the blame lies.
5:43 pm edt 

Re: "About Dogs"

"Well then who has been leaving turds rolled up in paper towels at the corner of
my property?"

It is probably tourists that would be so disrespectful.  Don't blame your
neighbors for the actions of outsiders.
5:41 pm edt 

Re: "About Dogs"

I had this problem for a while. Then I went online to Bass ProShops (other
places carry them) and bought a reasonably cheap wildlife camera that
automatically snaps pics when there is movement. Boy were the visiting folks
down the street embarassed when I walked up with a picture of them walking away
from their dog's poop on my lawn and said "in the future please pick up your
dog's poop."
5:38 pm edt 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Re: Dogs and Children

Oh BOO HOO! That you have to WALK to the playground!
11:10 am edt 

You Should be Thankful

I come to this blog and read how people are upset about the dog park things or
the pier while other people across the the cape and the country have lost their
jobs and their homes or who are paying mortgages on homes that have lost half of
their value etc.

The big banks got bailed out but they aren't helping to lend money or credit.
Their greed has caused suffering.

How nice that we who have security and live in comfort can complain about what
is truly insignificant in the great scheme of things. I'm not being snide, I'm
being serious.

I don't have to fret and wonder where my next meal is coming from or be fearful
that I can't pay my tax bill which just arrived.

This is my last year of paying my "betterment fee" and it has been almost ten
years since I've come home from work on a Saturday night to discover that my
cess pool needs to be pumped.

I'm truly thankful that my family and my friends and neighbors aren't in
death-grip financial struggle and fretting about every bill that arrives in the

So carry on and be thankful for what you have and may we all live long and
9:40 am edt 

About Dogs

"We always clean up after our dogs and yet writers
on this blog always portray us as irresponsible"

Well then who has been leaving turds rolled up in paper towels at the corner of
my property?  There is a public trash can twenty feet away!
Sorry I had to say it but can we move on to another subject now?

8:08 am edt 

My Remedy

If there was a separation in our world right now that was less
focussed on the difference between the democratic and republican views, we'd be
much better off.  Everyone should focus on us working together instead of how we
plan on campagning to beat one-another.  If I were to run, my first objection
would be to fix our democratic vs replucancan sharade we call "freedom''
8:06 am edt 

Dogs and Children

Although I love the dogpark... I find it disturbing that our kids have
to walk to the PERSON-SOCCER place. No more parking on the highway.  I received
a notice today that we must walk to and fro on jerome smith rd with our kids to
certain practices.   The moral of the story.  There should be a safe place for
our kids to play (ie: actual people) as much as there is a dog haven.
8:00 am edt 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Re: Dog Park

Shame on you people for trashing local artists who helped to build the
dog park.  I wouldn't be surprised if the volunteers never do another
Thing to make town  better for dogs or people.

Heard Truro officials have approached you know who to help with a project  they
need  spearheaded to benefit their town.
7:57 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

"The dog park directors idea was simply brillant!"

A little self promoting, wouldn't you say?

7:07 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

The dog park may have a lot of questionable art and tacky sculptures, but at
least it s a safe place that we can let our dogs run free.  I don't know why
this town has to have a leash law when our dogs are better behaved than many of
the town's human residents.  We always clean up after our dogs and yet writers
on this blog always portray us as irresponsible.  The town should have more
parks for us to take our pets where they will be safe and welcomed.  We have
multiple children parks that are never used, so why cant they be converted to a
dog friendly environment.  We all know who we should get to spear head this
project.  An initiative like this will require a take charge person that knows
how to get things done. If Provincetown was even more pet friendly, it would
even bring more tourist dollars here!

6:59 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

A dog park should just have a chain link fence? Maybe your park but
not ours thank GOD!

Isn't that why Provincetown won all these awards? Because our dog park reflects
our whaling, fishing, Portuguese, art and dog history? The dog park directors
idea was simply brillant!
4:30 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

Provincetown's dog park won 2nd best in the country last year. As a
result, Provincetown received hundreds of thousands of dollars of free (and
positive) publicity.

Did you also hear that the Wampanoag Tribal Nation sent the dog park directors a
letter of acknowlegement and gratitude for celebrating their ancestors way of

Creating shade for the dog park which celebrates the indians who lived on Outer
Cape Cod for thousands of years
is truly admirable and inspiring!

4:28 pm edt 

MacMillian Pier

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has noticed how MacMillian Pier has
become overrun with nick-knacks and ornamentation like a miniature golf course.
That tacky art gets in the way of the commercial fishermen! Who approved that
crap anyway?
4:26 pm edt 

Dog Park

Provincetown has one of the most beautiful dog parks in America and has been
praised by many dog lover publications.  The director has done more for this
town than most people who have lived here all of their lives.  Thank you for all
the time and effort she has put in to this perfect oasis.

3:13 pm edt 

Boston Globe Front Page Smoking Ban

Tuesday, October 12th, Boston is banning smoking at its public housing projects.
Provincetown needs to do the same.
3:10 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

The Dog Park is the best thing that has happened to this town in years!  It is a
beautiful and serene place for me to take my dog and spend real quality time. 
She is able to play with her "friends" and I am able to bond with other dog
owners.  The dog park is a magical place and many of us are thankful to the
director and all the volunteers who tirelessly give as such a warm and nurturing
environment to enjoy daily.  The artwork may not be what many of us would
choose, but it is not that offensive.  The park may be lacking in shady areas,
but I try to schedule my visits late in the day when the sun is not directly
over head.  That is also a good time of day because the more aggressive dogs
tend to be there early in the morning.

3:08 pm edt 

Re: Historic District Commission

The hdc and zoning need to act as one commision in determining
Requests from owners/developers for increases in the size of
Renovations or new projects..
Yes,I agree with the previous poster,send them back to school to
Get there act together!
2:48 pm edt 

Smoking Ban at Boston Public Housing

If Boston can ban smoking at its public housing then we taxpayer supporting
affordable housing may ban it as well.
Ban smoking at all affordable housing projects. My children don't need to be
exposed to second hand smoke.

No smoking allowed anywhere on the property. Standing outside your unit and
smoking just blows the smoke into your neighbors unit.

2:46 pm edt 

Enough About the Dog Park

Take your dog wherever you want - just
obey the leash laws and pick up the    
2:44 pm edt 

Women's Week

It must be Women's Week.
2:42 pm edt 

Dog Park

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has noticed how the dog park is fast
becoming overrun with nick-knacks and ornamentation like a miniature golf
course. It's really starting to look very...Hyannis.
2:39 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dog Park

"More effort should be put on creating areas with shade in the town
Dog Park than adding art work.  We can't even go there during
the day it is so
hot.  Maybe thedirector can spend some time addressing this problem"

Please don't go then.  Find another dog park. Better yet, why don't you create a
second dog park in Ptown with shade and a third section for undersocialized dogs
as all dogs need exercise? Many towns have more than one dog park!

Oh and tell us about your community service and how you have made Ptown a better
place? My dog and I love the dog park as do thousands of people and dogs who use
it often or on their annual Ptown vacations!

6:10 pm edt 

Beaux Arts Ball Tickets

Looking for two tickets to the Halloween Ball at town hall.
5:35 pm edt 

Historic District Commission

Note the mission of the HDC is vital to Provincetown. However, the lack of any
formal guidelines and the peculiar limitations to the street front of the house
only leave it open to charges of being arbitrary. And occasionally Historic
actually is arbitrary.

But more importantly, the board members don't really know what they are doing.
However well intended, they get caught up in what they like rather than what is
historically valid and an appropriate alteration for adaptive reuse. Better to
get them some training and written guidelines.

And finally, it's a small town, and the committee has friends and it is always
harder to say no to a friend.

Better to fix it than kill Historic.
5:33 pm edt 

Posting of October 5th

Re: "Aquarium Mall Closing
Aquarium Mall businesses must be closed by Sunday. Just ask the owners of Big
Daddys or Connie's."

Wrong again.  Just stopped by Big Daddy's and they are open.  Many other places
have closed, but Big Daddy's is open.

Do you realize that when you post wrong information you are hurting someone's
business?  People who might go for a burritto do not go there because they
assumed information on this blog is correct.

5:31 pm edt 

Re: Dog Park

More effort should be put on creating areas with shade in the town Dog Park than
adding art work.  We can't even go there during the day it is so hot.  Maybe the
director can spend some time addressing this problem.
5:28 pm edt 

Historic District

Yes! Lets get rid of the historic district and all of those bothersome
zoning laws. Then we can be the Coney Island amusement park, that we always
wanted to be!
5:26 pm edt 

Dog Park

If you want shade at the dog park, bring your umbrella!
5:23 pm edt 

Re: Harbor Hotel

I wish they would do away with the free movie night.  That event brings out a
lot of low lives.  They have no intention of spending any money, just looking
for free entertainment.  Just another example of the element in this town that
wants everything handed to them.  Pay the admission price to get in to see a
movie.  Why any establishment should be required to provide entertainment to a
bunch of free loaders.  The Harbor Hotel lounge is conducive to meet up with
friends, buy drinks and have great appetizers and dinner.  They should end the
movies and let the free loaders stay home.  They will NOT be missed.

5:21 pm edt 

Dog Park

I agree with the previous poster, the Bark Park is becoming a bit of an eyesore
with all of that so called "art".
5:19 pm edt 

Re: Historic District

Regarding your comment about being overbuilt. The Zoning Board controls growth
not Historic. Historic only enforces what we other homeowners (meaning not
developers)can not do to their homes. You want to replace something with a more
sustainable products, you can't do it in the Historic District. You live a few
houses down the street and you can do it. Historic actually lowers the value of
my home over others due to shorter lasting products.

Let bring back funky to Provincetown. This town has always been known for its
unique buildings and architecture and now its just all beginning to look the
same. We live in a new century, let see some new achitecture. Other things
happened in this town other than the 1800's. I don't want to live in a museum.
Stop telling me what to do Historic Board.
5:18 pm edt 

Re: Webmaster Comment

"Those postings which include aspersions, statements
and assertions against particular private individuals, which are manifestly
unsubstantiated nor germane to the topic, will not be posted."

Thank you Clarence for the true definition of your blog!
The only correction I would make is "against private individuals who I know and
5:14 pm edt 

Re: Hello P-town.......

Making light of other people's issues??  Sorry I'm making light of my own
issues.  I never pointed to other people.

I just happen to have a different view of what's going on in this town.  And I
have lived here over 20 years all year.

There are other ways to control or change tlhe way things are developed in this
town.  But just remember, it is creating its own economy.  These projects do
provide employment, money being spent in town and the maybe not so obvious
trickle down.  Leaving open space is wonderful and needs to be done, but leaving
decrepit falling apart rat infested buildings is not necessarlily in the town's
bes interest.  Unless of course you or some other "developer cares to invest in
the property, clean it up, make open space and rent it out at a loss.  Go ahead.

People need to look at every other functioning, thriving, small town or for that
matter large city.  Change is inevitable.  Nothing stays the same.  Progress or
development may need to happen.  Hopefully some balance of preservation will
5:11 pm edt 

Dog Park

You have got to be kidding me- this is a wonderful example
of what can go RIGHT with our town. Get your facts straight. I believe this is
the BEST addition to our town in years. Maybe Ted Malone or even more
importantly our Selectmen should meet with the founders of this park and learn a
thing or two!!!!!!!!!!
5:08 pm edt 

170 Bradford St.

Yes he will overbuild. But I do not blame him. I
blame the town and most accountable is the building inspector RussBraun- How can
anybody   not realize that the building inspector is overlooking the over
building the entire time the project is under construction- and then say
"ooopppsss" you overbuilt. Slap their hand and give them a fine that is NOTHING
in comparison to the proceeds received from the added square footage at closing.   
Please , this is one of Russ Braun's "pets" just like the infamous " teacher's
pet". He will and has gotten what he wants. He does not have to adhere to the
same town restrictions as others. He is one of the chosen 4 or 5 that receives
the "turn the cheek" from our so important and so well schooled Building
Inspector. Please folks - anybody want to fill in the blanks for the other 3 or
4 ????????   I was going to say this is nothing but a big joke- but actually -
it is VERY sad. The town Building Dept. has never b!
een so impregnated with such unfairness and intimidation as it is now. Just my
5:06 pm edt 

Regarding 170 Bradford and the HDC ...

Please tell me just how the HDC helps the town not to become overbuilt.
In this case, first they allowed a solid, if decrepit old home to be torn down
under the condition that the new structure match exactly in sq footage and
footprint... then, when the developer who has a history of over building his
past projects argued he couldn't make enough profits if he did that at a
subsequent meeting with the ZBA, they caved, as did HDC... again, just how did
either one of these boards work in anyone's favor besides Victors??
Face it, private home owners get put through the ringer,
Without concern for their finances, while developers get pity should they get
less than half a million in profits and are allowed to do as they wish... just
wait and see, this project will be a nightmare. After Bangs Street, everyone
asked how could that have happened... go watch ptv and see the meetings about
170 and the whole unfair mess will be clear. My favorite part ? When asked why
the project had to be so large, the answer was simply , quote, well, its an
expensive project, inquire. Made me throw up a little, and changed my opinion of
many who participated in this meeting.
5:03 pm edt 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Re: Dog Park

The new shade art structure in the dog park was privately funded
through ONE donor. Kudos to the dog park directors!
They should run the Town too and it would be in much better shape!
11:02 pm edt 

Re: Harbor Hotel

One does not go to a bar to see a movie in peace! Spend some money at
a real movie house if you want it to be quiet while watching a movie.
9:58 pm edt 

Dog Park

I have always been a big fan of the Dog Park.  I was led to believe that my
recent donations were going to go towards a shade structure and I gladly donated
because of the need for shade.  Then the Association spends $25,000 on a piece
of art that gives virtually NO SHADE.  I wasn't donating to make the dog park an
outdoor art display.

I think the art that was chosen was nice, but I was donating to a shade
structure.  That was my last donation to the dog park.
9:57 pm edt 

Too Bad

I love my wonderful little town,
I wish Provincetown was more like it,
But as we all know, Provincetown's purpose is to supply us money so that we may
be able to live in these other wonderful little towns.
Somebody has to pay for our enjoyment.
9:55 pm edt 

Why Continue the Farse?

I agree,end the hdc after 170 bradford street is allowed to be torn
down and then added onto. What a disappointment by our boards.
any knuckelhead would have know that you could not make any
Profit from 2 condos only.... And where's the green space as
mandated????? Under the parking spaces for 6 cars?????

I recently watched Ted Malone talking about his new project Before
Zoning,they questioned him about green space.he pointed to window
Boxes that are counted as green space.?????

8:29 pm edt 

Historic District

If you really want the town to be over built, by all means get rid of
the historic district.
8:25 pm edt 

Do Something.........Organize!

SO, if you want the over building in town to stop. What are YOU going
to do?  Blogging about it, is just that! People have been blogging about it for
years now, yet no one has done anything to stop it! If you feel so strongly
about something its up to you to do it!
8:23 pm edt 


Just spent an absolutely fabulous 3 days in Ptown. The bright
sunshine, time at the beach and walking in town was just what a girl needed!
Thanks Ptown again for raising my spirtits and keeping me sane.
8:21 pm edt 

What Changed?

A few years back we didn't have enough water for people to
build anymore. All that has changed now there's plenty of water. We live on a
sand pit, has anyone noticed that? Don't need a collage ed for that.
8:20 pm edt 

170 Bradford Street:

It is a fact that the developer was fined for building more than was permitted on
two of his previous projects: the condos at The Dunes and the condos at Victors
Restaurant.  Also, the same developer was cited for not having the right windows
at his project at the corner of Bradford and Franklin, which were eventually changed. 
At 170 Bradford Street it was predicted that the town boards would give him whatever
he wanted, and they did just that.  On this 170 Bradford Street project it is predicted
that he will build more than was permitted for, just as he did on his previous projects. 
In the past the fines he paid were a small price to pay for the additional monies
received for the extra area created for the condos that were built.  No reason
to believe he will continue to follow the rules when he has not in the past. 
These are truths, whether or not you decide to print them.  And they are germane
to the topic as it is the same developer who has broken the rules in the past and
paid the fines to the Town, as he will continue to do so as long as it is more
economically advantageous to pay the fines rather than follow the rules.
8:18 pm edt 

Harbor Hotel

I was also at the Harbor Hotel last Tuesday night and had a great time at the
bar with my friends.  We were not there to see the movie, but it didn't stop us
from having a great time.  The staff, including the bartender that served us
could not have been more attentive.  The people around us also seemed to be
having a great time and like us, spent a lot of money on drinks and appetizers. 
Sorry if we were a little loud, but we did spend a lot of money and were not
there looking for free popcorn.  I got the impression that they were running the
establishment as a business and we will definitely be back...and spend money. 
Maybe they should just do away with movie night all together so that the
particular element of clientele could find another place to hang out.  I'm sure
by them choosing to go else where will not have an impact on the Harbor Hotel's
bottom line.
8:13 pm edt 

Harbor Hotel

The Harbor Hotel seemed like such aa nice place with the outdoor
firepit and friendly atmosphere.
Friends of mine and I went to the free movie night and were so disappointed -
for years we would go once a week in the winter order our pizza and drinks and
enjoy the show.  This past Tuesday we could hardly watch the movie because the
overhead lights were on and there were noisy people at the bar including one of
the owners of the hotel.  The bartender rudely informed us that they were
patrons of the hotel and that free movie night was not the priority.  In the
meatime it looked like a fairly full room of customers who had come to see the
They have lost our business.
10:46 am edt 

Let's End The Historic District

Why have an Historic District since its treats homeowners differently? Why allow
for demolition and let the new owner contruct outside of the footprint? That is
how I have always understood it to be! Why the exception now! He could make
enough profit without the added condo. The rest of us (or half the town) have to
abide by these rules. Its is not right that only a portion of this town has to
go by the rules. Either eliminate the district or make the entire town an
Historic District. It's UnAmerican to single out just a portion of this town and
then on top of that not be consistent with its rulings. Makes me want to join
the Tea Party.
10:44 am edt 

The Hard Face of Reality in the Here and Now

Eliminate taxes, doubtful.  Weak but an attempt at humor nonetheless. 
Let's get the focus back on the real issues.  When are the people who pay honest
taxes in town going to stand up and say enough.  Enough favoritism.  Enough. 

Those people who live here in winter when streets are empty and the TeaDance
pool, what's left of the water in it at least, is frozen solid and the wind
slaps your face daily as a reminder of what you, unlike others who use the town
as a summer stop, have sacrificed to enjoy your beloved town's beauty, summer
and WINTER. 

Stop the control by pockets belonging to those who winter elsewhere
and function through puppets in winter.  Stop the ridiculous twisting of
building bylaws, get rid of the current bldg. inspector, etc. and put a stop to
the rape of the town by cheap building in the name of affordable housing and
greed. Enough is more than enough.  Unemployment and we need mega affordable

Come on.  Wake up Ptown.  Enough.  I get sick when I take a close look around. 
Natural beauty, yes.  In between greed and manipulation.
10:38 am edt 

Hey PollyAnna

Not "anyone" can buy a decrepit building and rehab it, darling... is that were
the case than at least three previous parties who wanted said building would
have bought it for a fair price and RESTORED it as a SINGLE FAMILY home....
nope, in this town only developers can buy pretty old houses for an inflated
price to turn them into multiple consistent for huge profits... how sad that you
think this situation is so sweet and quaint.
Of course you Will not read this as good old Clarence won'tprint it.
10:32 am edt 

Re: Hello P-Town

If you are having such a wonderful 'sunshine and lillipops' love
affair with Provincetown that you are actually compelled to log onto this blog
to write poetry about how much you love the town, why are you reading this blog
in the first place? Do you just want to make light of other peoples' issues?

Maybe someone should start a "Provincetown Pollyanna Paradise" blog for those
who think everything here is perfect and nobody should be complaining about
10:29 am edt 

Re: 170 Bradford Street

Thanks Clarence, yet another one of my posts regarding 170 Bradford
somehow didn't make the cut... it certainly fit your guidelines for the blog...
pls explain why some issues (the pier, other  private developments) are allowed
to be addressed on here ad nauseum, yet you seem to only print one out of every
twenty about this issue that matters greatly to many citizens here in town?? Are
you trying to make it seem less important?

Webmaster Comment: Those postings which include aspersions, statements and assertions against particular private individuals, which are manifestly unsubstantiated nor germane to the topic, will not be posted.

10:25 am edt 

Re: Hello P-Town

I love my town too, just not the way it is being abused nonstop by
overbuilding.  Like it matters who votes for what.  Developers are ruining this
town.  When will people wake up.  Look at the shells in town in the dead of
winter when the wind is blowing hard and those who strip the land and put up
cheap crap buildings are sipping bikini martinis elsewhere.  I am, unlike you,
not able to dismiss the future and live in the moment.  I have too much
invested.  This town is headed for a fall and soon.  Overbuilt, over sucked on
resources and a pathetic cash cow, nothing else.  Another town building
inspector laughed when I mentioned a certain project.  The natural beauty is
polluted by cheap building and trash, stuck together with sticks and gum.  Get
it together Ptown.  This is not our destiny.  Our town is seriously being
sidetracked and driven by the enormous greed of a few.  And yes, developers are
the evil curse afflicting and no, votes, won't stop it.  A total cl!
eansing of the court is the only answer.  Or public affront.
10:08 am edt 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Re: Stop Signs

If tickets were issued for every driver that didn't stop at those stop signs we
could eliminate property taxes from all the fines collected!!
7:24 pm edt 

Hello P-Town

I love my town
I love that we have stop signs and I do stop. It reminds me that I don't need to
speed in this little town
I love that we have a beautiful town hall. And that people CAN have parties
there. Most town don't.
I love that we have a Commercial St where anyone can celebrate and have join in
on the partying. Most towns don't.
I love that anyone can buy a decrepit falling apart building and get approval
for enhancing the town's appearance not to mention tax revenue.

I love my town, Provincetown, my home, surrounded by beauty and full of
opportunities.  A lot of towns don't have this either.

7:23 pm edt 

Re: Stop Signs

The stop signs are never going to be removed!! Deal with it go around
to avoid them or go through them and get a ticket!! I over heared a police
officer saying to another officer anyone who goes through it will get a ticket!!
Local or not!!
8:57 am edt 

Rename the Blog?

I hereby suggest this blog renamed to wwwdotmlcdotcom
That would stand for misery loves company

Anyone else in favor?

8:56 am edt 

Stop Signs

I was opposed when they were first proposed, but I think they work. What do you
think of the idea of making them seasonal, to run concurrent with the parking
regulations, April Fools Day to Halloween?.
8:52 am edt 

Zoning Articles

Are intricate and exhausting. I think it is a good idea to have them on the
(shorter) warrant for a fall special Town Meeting.  We can take time and focus.
I find my self weary after several night of the ATM.
8:51 am edt 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Re: Stop Signs

I'm curious about the post "Stop whinning the stop signs are goin no where!!"

What does this mean? And why bother to post it? Pure negative without a

More to the point: I thought some thoughtful posts on the stop sign? Yes it was
a decent try, but didn't work, and rather than the obsession with never
admitting an error, why not remove the sign and try something else.

6:50 pm edt 

Re: Zoning By-Law Meeting

1. There are more than just zoning issues on the warrant.

2. All of the meetings prior to were all posted and open to the public.

3. If you do not agree with the items show up and voice your concerns in public.

4. Majority rules, so if you have an issue with the changes gather like minded
folk and get them to attend the meeting with you.

5. Singling out groups or individuals on here without facts is not going to
accomplish anything.

6. Reaction is too late only action gets results.
5:42 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

There has not been this much controversy over a ball since Ms Richfield had a
wardrobe malfunction.  Lighten up people!!
5:38 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Get off Marc Jacob's back...for all intents and purposes, town hall
can be rented by anyone.  Marc has poured hundreds and thousands of dollars into
this little community. Once again his generosity and support for this town is
wonderful.  It's his party. How about we run the goose that laid the golden egg
thru town and see who has to kill it.  You didn't get a ticket?  Ever hear of
sold out?  If you don't like it, have your own party.Kudos to Marc ps.  I didn't
get a ticket. Poor me
5:35 pm edt 

Faux Arts Ball

If you are going to bother with a Faux Arts Ball, why not bring back a
real tradition, the SleezeBall of 30+ years ago.  You can have developers
organize and run it, town hall movers and shakers attend of course and a token
15 or 20 public attendees.  Really high ticket prices for the public, auction
off some skewed bylaws to the highest bidders along with building permits and
free passes on violations, some new blinders for those in charge of inspections
and viola.   That's how it works anyway.
5:20 pm edt 

Town Meeting Warrant.......Zoning Changes

"Isn't it time to have a town meeting without
zoning changes written
and advocated by developers and brokers?"

Are you kidding?  But then, praytell, how would they tear up every open square
inch left, mold bylaws to fit their projects as they see fit and fatten their
wallets sufficiently to satisfy their greed? Even if a public vote is cast
against something, it happens anyway.  Developers control this town and that
isn't going to change as long as the current puppets are in place.  Your time
would be better spent talking to some rocks on the beach cause the team on the
hill ain't gonna listen.  They are all in the same boat and it is anchored here
until the well runs dry and they've pocketed every last penny they can.  Bring
on the grants and public funds.  Halloween costume idea?  Dress up as common
sense.  Guaranteed you will be the only one at any party where town gov. shows
up in that costume.
5:17 pm edt 

Half Full.......Yea!

Good to see in the banner the numbers for rooms sales tax is way up. 
Good for all the establishments for getting people to stay in Ptown.   For all
you nay sayers that say business is off, maybe you should look at what you are
selling?  And for those that say hotels charge way too much, how about art that
you are trying to sell for 3 or 4 grand?
5:11 pm edt 

Town Gives Developer Over Half Million in Cash
Last night the Zoning Board gave permission to developer Victor DePaulo to
demolish, expand and add an additional condo to 170 Bradford Street. Demo
provides at least a $200,000 savings from not restoring the structure. An
additional condo provides at least $300,000 in added profits. Way to go town! We
less fortunate would never get permission to increase the value of our property
by over $500,000. We are just forced to add expensive materials and restricted
designs with energy INefficient materials and less sustainable products to our
old buildings. You might as well add another $100,000 for the efficiency of the
new building over its lifetime. Shame on all of you!
4:53 pm edt 

Now on to More Important Things .....

The Zoning Board last night approved the total demolition of 170 Bradford
Street. Even thought we have a by-law stating that a demoliation of an historic
structure must be replaced within the same footprint, they allowed for a
substancial increase to the footprint and increased the size from two units to
three. So much for rules and regulations. Lets petition an end to the Historic
District and makes all of our lives much easier and less expensive. You are all
writing about a party that is "destroying" the town when this is what is
destroying this town.
4:49 pm edt 

Re: Stop Signs

Stop whinning the stop signs are goin no where!!
4:42 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Go in the street screw the Ball its halloween have fun!! Who the hell
wants to hang out with the town screw up...oh I mean town mgr...kinda funny prob
be the most she will be in town hall all month is that night!!
9:07 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Re: "Oh brother!  Steve Jobs just died and this is your rant?  The sky
is falling chicken little.  Enjoy the day."

This is a blog about Provincetown and it's issues. The concern over the elitism
surrounding the upcoming Beaux Arts Ball is one of those issues (as evidenced by
the many, many recent posts.)

The death of Steve Jobs, while unfortunate, is somewhat irrelevant here. If you
have nothing relevant to contribute, why not spare the rest of us your snide
remarks and insults?
7:30 am edt 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Warrant is a Zoning By-Law Meeting

This Ad hoc by-law group of developers, brokers, and housing developers get
together and met. then we have a town meeting to vote on their changes, their
interests, and their desires for improved changes. this is the third such town
meeting to accomodate their wishes which benefit their interests.

Isn't it time to have a town meeting without zoning changes written and
advocated by developers and brokers?

How naive can we all be? Or, how uninformed can we all be? this is not to help
the town but to help those who live off developing the land and selling what is
built on it.

8:56 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Here's How I See this Disaster Ball

Marc Jacobs gets 300 tickets leaving another 300 for sale for others. then with
a four ticket purchase, 75 people, with inside connections get to purchase the
rest. so you have half with Marc Jacobs and robert Duffy and 75 other insiders
controlling the rest of the ball. Very inside. Very closed while pretending to
be open, public and town-wide.

Such pretense.
8:53 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

It's a Private Party  under the Guise of Being a Grand old Tradition

What a cluster      this has turned out to be. Yes, the town "officials" and
town employees will be there, along with designer-invited guests. but that is
what this closed party is all about. what a shame. We paid our taxes for this?
8:50 pm edt 

Beaux Art is Actually Faux Arts
That this was to return to an old art tradition makes a mockery of what once had been
a wonderful art tradition. But this Faux Arts Ball is a restricted Marc Jabobs
party. Bring in hundreds of your friends under the pretense that this is an old
Provincetown tradition makes a mocckery of what once had been.

Throw your own party but don't pretend this is a town involved and town enjoyed
event. What a joke on all of us!
8:47 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Again this blog is a place for whiners!  So the Beaux Arts Ball with
incredibly affordable tickets at $25 each sold out.. boo hoo! There are only 8--
tickets  that's it!  I know quiet a few locals who got tickets and are going. 
You didn't get a ticket so what?! Just go out in the streets with the rest of us
and dress up and have fun!  Why must some folks make everything about who's in
who's out, what's exclusive etc... blah blah blah....
8:09 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

After reading for several days the comments about the Beaux Arts Ball
I just had to jump in. I have never read so much nonsense in all my days.
Congratulations to Sharon and the town hall staff for reviving a tradition that
has gone to the wayside. And if Marc Jacobs bought 200 tickets for his closest
friends then good for us. That means 200 more people that may have never made it
to our beautiful town and 200 more people with money to spend in our shops,
galleries, restaurants and guest houses. The glass is full nitwits, not empty.
And if you did not get a ticket cry to some one who cares. As I was passing by
town hall on Monday morning prior to 7 am I saw several folks lined up for
tickets. They got off their asses and made the effort. This elitist attitude is
garbage. MYPACC contributors are bad for my blood pressure and make my head
8:07 pm edt 

Re: MCAS Testing

MCAS Testing is only a waste of time because Provincetown students perform so
poorly.  Our students deserve a better education than what they are currently
receiving and the best thing that a parent can do is bus their children out of
town for a chance at a real education.  Our schools are just a forum to provide
pay checks and pensions to teachers that couldn't get jobs any place else.  We
should celebrate when they close the door to that lame high school.

8:02 pm edt 

8:01 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Events

Quick link - "Monument lighting"

Not this year!  We've contributed to the lighting and attended every year for a
long time, but with the mess that Board has made, not this year.

Hope it gets fixed so we can continue our contributions and attendance in 2012.

Also, the link you posted is for their 2010 lighting.  Guess the Board has been
too occupied trying to put out the fires they themselves started to get their
act together and have a 2011 lighting webpage.

7:59 pm edt 

Provincetown Events

Provincetown Events for

October & November

Quick Links


Women's Week Oct. 7-16

Town-wide Fall Yard Sale, Oct. 8-10

Fantasia Fair, Oct. 16-23

Halloween Weekend, Oct. 28-30

Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree ~ Lopes Square, Nov. 12th, 5:30 ~ Rain Date Nov. 13th.

Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, Nov. 23rd 5-7pm

Casino Night ~ A Provincetown Business Guild (PBG) Fundraiser ~ Crown & Anchor, Nov. 25th, 8pm-12am
10:55 am edt 

Re: Stop Signs

The new stop signs on Bradford near town hall are needed for pedestrian safety. 
Is is so hard for you travel at safe speeds and be considerate of those who are
walking?  Its one of the few places where pedestrians actually use sidewalks and
10:50 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

This was restarting a tradition that took place in town. The fact that it is
sold out on the first day that the tickets went on sale attests to the fact that
there were a lot of "inside buyers".

Too bad there wasn't an article in the banner about the day that the tickets
would be on sale--a week before the sale. I was planning on having this be a
part of my birthday celebration with some family members and friends.

Now we have plans that don't include provincetown. A popular local person won't
be there to see old friends and possibly make new ones. Too bad the new owners
of the Vixen don't have a "party for the excluded".
10:47 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Re: "Get A Life"

Bravo, very well put.
10:44 am edt 

MCAS Testing

That is the biggest waste of time..  Testing scores such as those are not an
accurate or fair determination of a child...   DO AWAY WITH MCAS...
10:42 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Re:  "I was put off (not angry) by the condescending tone. Would they
have said "congratulations" if I had purchased a pair of pants?"

Oh brother!  Steve Jobs just died and this is your rant?  The sky is falling
chicken little.  Enjoy the day.
10:40 am edt 

Ryder Street Stop Sign

It was a good experiment, but it didn't work out for its intended purpose of
getting traffic off the wharf faster and clearing congestion at Lopes Sq.
Normally, one would expect the town to remove the sign and try out some
alternative solutions.

Yet, the Ryder St stop sign will never be removed, even for off-season, as it
make it much easier for the selectman, town manager and chief of police to
access (and leave) reserved parking spaces.

And we do have seasonal stop signs in Massachusetts. You will find them up Cape,
and in the beach towns on the South Shore. Often planted in a cement filled
buckets these come and go as trained traffic police determine they are needed.
10:35 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

From the Banner on Aug 26:

"Tickets will be $25 and all proceeds go to the Town Hall maintenance fund. Lynn
said that tickets will be given to various organizations in town for people who
cannot afford it.
We want this to be all inclusive, she said. Tickets wont go on sale until early
October. Anyone wishing to volunteer for the event is encouraged to contact
Lynns office at (508) 487-7000."

If the Marc Jacobs company really got 200 out of 300 tickets, the we all need to
call Sharon out on this, she's clearly a     .

10:33 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

The Ball:

Oh.. trust us all.. te Town Manager will do anything to make herself look like
she did a good thing for the town !  Yeh.. right..
8:04 am edt 

Get a Life People

Such hostility about a party. From what I gather about the event is that it
never was intended to be a "thank you" for those that worked on the Town Hall
restoration. I thought we did that over and over and over again earlier this
year. Some one is trying to bring back a tradition to Provincetown by
guaranteeing its success with buying 200 tickets. The money goes to the Town
Hall fund. If he wanted to have a private party he could certainly afford to buy
all of the tickets and rent the hall. No one can get a break from you people.
You are all so petty. You are the death of Provincetown. Or better yet once you
are gone, Provincetown will be better.

And about the Ryder Street stop sign. It can be a pain but it much safer.
Pedestrians/tourists can actually navigate to the Bas Relief. Courtesy and
politeness can actually happen in Provincetown. And we locals can't speed
through town anymore. Move on to something more important.

FYI: I am not one of those rich newcomers. I have lived here for a very long
time and I am broke.
8:01 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball....Truth be Told

Let's make it very clear, Duffy/Jacobs did not revive the ball. Town
hall people did. Then Duffy shows up and hears about it then he volunteers to
back it financially. Then somehow he gets 200 of the 600-800 tickets that every
other person has a 4 ticket limit. So he in effect bought the rights to bypass
the 4 ticket limit and get thanked for it!
7:57 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Re: "Let me get this straight, you're a local, who bought tickets to
the ball, and you're upset that the salesmen that sold you th tickets is young
and courteous to you?   Sounds like you may have an anger management issue  Don't
sweat the small stuff!  Enjoy our sweet little town."

Actually, you don't have it straight at all and it sounds like you didn't really
understand my post. I was put off (not angry) by the condescending tone. Would
they have said "congratulations" if I had purchased a pair of pants? The
implication is that I should feel lucky to have the tickets. If they were
available to all as we were led to believe, there would be no need for this air
of exclusivity.

Feel free to diagnose any other issues you think I may have based on this post,
Dr. "sweet little town."
7:55 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

All you whiners need to get over your inflated egos.  The auditorium only holds
so many people.  Not everyone who lives here was going to get a ticket.  And
this is going to be a catered event with Debbie Harry as the headliner.  They
could have easily got $100 per ticket, but to make it affordable they sold the
tickets for $25 to those lucky enough to get one.  And BTW, the tickets that
Marc Jacobs retained for himself, he paid for and most of those will be donated
to charities.

And no, I was not lucky enough to get a ticket, but I hope those that were have
a great time.
7:52 am edt 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

I did a lot of work on the committees to get town hall the funding and
backing to restore. You would think the town would make sure that people who
helped, would at the least be told that the tickets would be sold when and
where! And yes I will be asking why I was over looked. And I will be out on the
street to see just who gets in. This was to be a thank you to the tax payers who
had to put up with the construction and a party for ALL!
10:58 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

I never got any information in the mail about the ball!
10:55 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball... What Happened?

This ball was to be a thank you ball for the town giving the ok to
renovate the falling apart condition of town hall with CPA funds voted at town
meeting. And the town manager promised, that even town people that could not
afford to pay would be let in. What happened to that promise!
10:52 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Re:  "I am a middle aged woman.... I don't need to be congratulated...."

Let me get this straight, you're a local, who bought tickets to the ball, and
you're upset that the salesmen that sold you th tickets is young and couteous to
you?   Sounds like you may have an anger management issue  Don't sweat the small
stuff!  Enjoy our sweet little town.
10:48 pm edt 

Stop Signs

For those who want the stop signs removed, write a letter to the State and see
what is required to have a stop sign erected and if the Police Chief followed
those rules. If he did not, then present your findings to the selectmen and
request they be removed. Rumor at one time was he did nothing but order the DPW
to put them up.

P.S. To be honest with you, the one at Howland & Bradford Street was a good idea
because there have been numerous close calls. However, the one at Bradford &
Ryder Street needs to go
8:51 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball


The situation is that Marc Jacobs is sponsoring this event. My belief is that
The town manager didn't know that he was going to make this his private party.
He is not a resident here--he is a designer and he lives a different life in a
different place and he is using this venue to a party for his friends and the
public may buy the left over tickets.

This is not anyone's is just the way that it is. If I had 10 million
dollars, I'd have rebuilt the town hall and had a free celebratory party for the

Perhaps the pilgrim monument or the Harbor Hotel or The Provincetown Inn or the
Provincetown Theater or the crown and Anchor should have an alternative party.

I'm not even going to go to see the folks arrive in their costumes. I've been to
events at Embassies etc. I don't need to fret about not getting a ticket to a
private party.

Kudos to the rich and famous--let them enjoy their party. Next year we will do
it ourselves. Ta Ta to the beautiful people and next year it will be a party
which will celebrate the folks who live and toil here year round.
8:49 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

Looks like the Beaux Arts Ball is indeed shaping up to be another
event for the P'town elite. I can already smell the snobbery in the air.

I was able to get tickets at the Marc Jacobs store last Saturday and the
twentysomething working retail at the store said "congratulations!" as I picked
up my tickets, as though I had somehow been granted entrance into some
prestigious royal event!

I'm a middle aged woman. I don't need to be congratulated on a $25 purchase by
some kid wearing an outfit that probably cost more than my monthly rent.
8:45 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

"...did not know that the tickets (Beaux Arts Ball) were on sale so
early Monday morning---nor that they would be such a limited number..."

I got a post card in the mail regarding the ball.  I'm not going, but if I
wanted to attend I would have gone to the Marc Jacobs store and purchased a
ticket over the weekend or got my butt over to town hall early on Monday.  And
if I wanted to go, but the tickets were sold out by the time I got there I would
just plan to get there earlier next year.  What I wouldn't do is whine and
complain about the conspiracy.

There are a number of people who are grapes.  They love to whine and this blog
gives them the perfect outlet to do so.
8:43 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball
It is a wonderful thing that Robert Duffy/ Marc Jacob's are reviving a great
tradition which has not been done for the last 60 years.

It is interesting that for 60 years no one in town bothered to do the work to
have a Beaux Arts Costume Ball .

Town hall is available to any of us to throw a function.

We finally have someone willing to put in the time and effort to revive a part
of our history, and make 600 tickets available to anyone willing to show up, and
contribute to the town.

Any Towns person can rent the hall and throw a fundraiser for the town, so if
you don't like this fundraiser, throw your own.

It could have been a private party, but it is largely public, and why shouldn't
they be able to invite some of their friends to the party that they are

I hope the Beaux Arts Costume Ball is a great success...
So thank you Robert Duffy/ Marc Jacob's

8:38 pm edt 

Re: Aquarium Mall Closing

Aquarium Mall businesses must be closed by Sunday. Just ask the owners
of Big Daddys or Connie's.
9:23 am edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

I did not know that the tickets (Beaux Arts Ball) were on sale so
early Monday morning---nor that they would be such a limited number.

How was this publicized? Not on town website?
9:16 am edt 

The Beaux Arts Ball is no More

It is Robert Duffy/ Marc Jacob's party where a few of
us townies will mingle with the majority.. their own guests.
They bought the rights from our town manager.
8:51 am edt 

Re: Bleak Reality

The reason people don't spend money on things beside
lodging and food is that the town doesn't market Provincetown. It markets to a
convention mentality. Theme weeks are finally catching up with themselves and
revealing the destructiveness that they bring to town. Of course I am
generalizing by blaming theme weeks themselves but that generalization fits in
explaining the limited scope of interests of our current tourist crop. Within 
the globalization of the art marketplace we are not competing. We may have
galleries, a museum and educational programs but more people know about mates
leather weekend, the tall ships and carnival than they do about art. It is not
how much money people have leftover that is the problem it is the type of people
that we attract. Nothing wrong with them but not what they used to be.
8:49 am edt 

Beaux Arts Ball

Sad that many of the people involved with getting the town hall
renovated (ie town board members & town meeting voters) will not be able to
attend the ball. Shame on the town managers for not remembering them!
8:47 am edt 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Shout Out! is a Fake

This blog makes me so mad once again they choose to print only what
tne hell they want...this blog is just like the town mgr fake!!
11:36 pm edt 


RE: "Nothing in the law states the town needs to post it online nor does
it meet the open meeting law if it is. It needs to be posted at Town Hall and
that is the only place that meets the Open Meeting law requirements"

Where are meetings now posted at Town Hall? Since the remodel they removed the
bulletin board in the hallway
11:34 pm edt 


its so simple. go up there. buy a membership for $35
and next year, show up at the annual meeting and no matter how much chris and
chuck abuse you, no matter how many lies are told, vote NO on extending term
limits .

mr silva has been there long enough.

the number of people who have resigned from this board of trustees over the
years, due to his bully tactics is astounding. this is no way to run such an
important local institution.

i don't even know jim bakker. i just know that a few of these folks need to be
retired. see you at the next annual meeting.

Someone who was there in June
11:31 pm edt 

Beaux Arts Ball

The ticket process for the beaux arts ball is starting to reek of
elite patronage at the expense of town voters and tax payers.Lets see what will
be revealed.
11:26 pm edt 

Re: Frappos Closing

Frappos closed because the owners of the building haven't paid the
water bill to provincetown and it was being shut off.
11:24 pm edt 

Re: Stop Signs

I agree. Get rid of the stupid stop signs on Bradford and Ryder. Other
than the notion that they're merely built in cash registers for the town by way
of issuing tickets, there is no reason for them to be there. Point of note: if
one is stopped waiting for a passenger bus to make their turn right onto
Bradford from Ryder it is impossible for that bus to do so. Everyone involved
has to either back up or break the "rules" to get out of the way in such a case.
Just remove the signs. They're pointless.
11:22 pm edt 

Bleak Reality

Why do things close early on commercial street?  Hey dummies, if there
are no people, there is no business.  Did you see how empty the streets were on
Monday afternoon.  As I hear time and time again, the only people that make
money in this town are the hotels and bed and breakfasts.   They charge so much,
that people have no more money to spend on food or art.
11:20 pm edt 

Beaux Arts Costume Ball

According to the Provincetown Business Guild, the Beaux Arts Costume
Ball on October 29th sold out already.  I'm thrilled that it will be well
attended and that (800 x $25) $20,000 was raised for the maintenance fund of
town hall.  But, I'm hearing that 200 of the tickets were purchased by Marc
Jacobs for people from out of town to attend.  If this is the case, then I am
very dissappointed, and this is another example of how outside money is
destroying the character of Provincetown.  So sad that some of the locals who
may have attended this event in it's early days will not be able to go, while
people who do not even live here will get a free ticket from Marc.
11:16 pm edt 

Aquarium Mall Closing

I had a great burrito at Big Daddy's yesterday (monday).  But, how can
that be?  It was previously posted on this blog that the owner of the Aquarium
Mall was forcing everyone to close on October 2nd.  Could it be that not 
everything posted on this blog is true?

Keep that in mind when you read the posts on this blog.
11:14 pm edt 

Marc Jocobs Ball

Could their be Corruption at our Town Hall?

"The people in line all know each other, so we will also know who is at the party
and did not wait in line..."

You people are a freak show.  A complete freak show.  I guess it would be funny
if it wasn't so stupid.

11:12 pm edt 

Marc Jacobs Ball

I have questions:

how many tickets for sale were available to the general public?

how many people were on the 'reserve' list that was not publicized?

Town Hall started to sell the tickets at 7:30am and had sold out by 7:45am. If
that is true, how many tickets did go on sale at Town Hall?

Anyone know?
11:09 pm edt 

Marc Jacobs Tickets

No complaints: I differ with the comments here. I was in line this morning, and
it was handled efficiently, quickly and everyone was friendly. At the peak the
line went from the front doors, down the stairs across the lawns and down
Commercial just to Red Eye Coffee. Lots of people.

And perhaps to protect from charges like these, town staff filled out logs with
names taken for each and every ticket.

Overall, Town staff began promptly and moved the crowd quickly. Much more
efficiently I might add than was the case Saturday at the retail store.

Whichever department handled those tickets and the lines, ++++KUDOS+++++.

11:04 pm edt 

Monday, October 3, 2011


Does anyone know why Frappo closed so early this year?
11:07 pm edt 

Marc Jacobs Ball

Town Hall employees got those tickets
10:42 pm edt 

Look to the East End

Yes, indeed more indigenous, appropriate architecture.  No egos
running wild and sadly too many people don't want shelter they want a
statement.........look to the east end and the humble cottages owned by very
wealthy and established families, no need to show off or proclaim themselves,
just simple beach houses, humble as was most of Provincetown at one time.  Bring
back simplicty, humility and social secureness, when did a big house and art
become a barometer of your worth, or what you want people to think you are. 
Maybe the economics will reherald a new era in Provincetown
10:40 pm edt 

Aquarium Mall/Food Court

The owner of Aquarium Mall/Food Court did that last year too and he
really          a few of the small businesses there.His name is Benjamin DeRuyter
and he's the same           who owns Art House Cinema and The Whaler's Wharf.He
could care less about the success of people in Aquarium as long as he fills his
own pockets.He has complaint after complaint in the town building against him
for various building code issues.
10:37 pm edt 

170 Bradford Street Meeting Postings

Keep in mind, posting the agenda online is a courtesy provided by the town.
Nothing in the law states the town needs to post it online nor does it meet the
open meeting law if it is. It needs to be posted at Town Hall and that is the
only place that meets the Open Meeting law requirements. Inconvienient for some
but that's the law.
10:30 pm edt 

Marc Jacobs Ball

Less than 200 of the 300 tickets for the Marc Jacobs Ball available
were sold this morning to the people who were in line to purchase them. Where
are the other 100 plus tickets?

Could their be Corruption at our Town Hall?

The people in line all know each other, so we will also know who is at the party
and did not wait in line...
8:28 pm edt 

Re: Stop Sign

Ditto for Bradford and Howland too!!!
8:26 pm edt 

Ryder Street Stop Sign

Yes! Miss Lynn, tear down that stop sign!
8:24 pm edt 

Dinner Party
I went to the Stop & Shop for
my groceries and drove all the
way to Yardarm for the wine.
8:22 pm edt 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Please Take Down the Stop Sign

At Ryder and Bradford

It was only marginally effective in the summer and may have actually hurt on
highest traffic day, but now its a total waste of time and fuel.
10:49 pm edt 

Where's the Tylenol?

The best thing that could happen to this town is a moratorium on all
new construction.  The royal court need take a serious look at infrastructure,
if they care at all, about where this town will be in 50 years.  Construction,
new and renovated, is out of control.  Water and trash will be issues that can't
be passed like all the other bucks in this town.  The Bldg. Dep., other than
support staff, is a joke.  That was made quite apparent previously, well over a
year ago now, in a public forum, no defense.  To approve muiltiple new
affordable housing units in the face of an economic decline where there are no
jobs here in winter is no less than ridiculous.  Where is the common sense in
this town?  The school is closing, monument drama is being exposed, multiple
affordable housing units funded by you and me are about to break more ground to
the benefit of no one else but the developer and this town will never learn. 
Enough is enough.  Take back the streets, literally!
.  This town is doomed to loose more than it has than ever.  Why yes, cool,
Ptown is great and let it all hang out.  But not at the expense of the town for
Christmas sake.  Where is this poor old battered ship headed if no one looking
after her cares about anything else but money in their own pocket.  My father
would vomit in his grave if he took a good look around at the crap being built
and being added on to what's already built.  When will this town's Bldg.
Inspector be held liable for what's been allowed to happen?  Good gravy. Where's
the Tylenol?
10:47 pm edt 

Cape Cod Character

The new house replacing Mary Spagetti's on Bradford in the far west
end is cute and so beautifully Cape Cod. I wish more new construction was not
over te top huge and had that real Cape Cod character. Job well done!
10:42 pm edt 

Duffy Home

The Duffy house has been listed on MLS for at least 3.5 mos.
10:39 pm edt 

Where is the Proof

If there was an ounce of truth to the accusations made on here there would
people from the A.G.'s office and the Feds crawling all over this town.  I think
people on this blog like to hear themselves type. If they in fact did have proof
of these allegations and sit on their hands and do nothing about it they are
part of the problem. If they do not have proof and are only speculating they
should be ashamed of themselves.
10:37 pm edt 

170 Bradford Street

This would not be the first time a town board "forgot" to post an
agenda when there is something controversial on the docket... thanks to all who
helped clear up the zoning issue... hopefully many will show up to voice
displeasure with the latest                        run away train i.e. 170
10:35 pm edt 

Pity vs Brains

It's hard to have pity when the same mistakes are made over and over. 
All in the name of money. A town without a brain is more like it.
8:34 am edt 

Town Without Pity

I think Gene Pitney captured it best in his song "Town Without Pity"
especially the last line;"It isn't very pretty what a town without pity,,
caaaaaan doooooooo!!!!!"
8:20 am edt 

Re: News Worthy

Is it true that Robert D. put his house on the market? I did see a lot
less of him in town this summer. I assume he was keeping a low profile due to
the sexual harassment lawsuit.

By the way, it wasn't just covered in the Banner. It was in all the major New
York newspapers and all over the internet. News is news, and he's a public
figure. It doesn't matter how much money he's donated locally, if he runs afoul
of the law (or is accused in a lawsuit) it is newsworthy.
8:19 am edt 

Re: Failed PMPM Board

Is Fred Long with the 3 PM Stooges, or not?
It seems (now) that he agreed with them on the firing of Bakker.
8:16 am edt 

Re: 170 Bradford Street

There is a meeting on the 6th.  Here is the link.

Not sure why the agenda isn't posted, but there is a meeting.
8:14 am edt 

Re: 170 Bradford Street

They don't post an item if it is a continuing case that needed further
8:12 am edt 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

170 Bradford Street Zoning Board Meeting

Someone posted a zoning meeting on Oct. 6 rel. to 170 bradford. I went
to the town web site to check on the time. There is no meeting scheduled. The
only meeting noted is on Oct. 20 and 170 is not on the agenda. What am I
5:54 pm edt 

170 Bradford Street

It may not be too late to voice your opposition to the expansion of this
property.  The continuance of the zoning board hearing is scheduled for Oct. 6. 
Instead of hiding and complaining on this site, go to the meeting or send them
an email.  Ask them to reopen the public comments and voice your opinion.  Tell
them the developer's plans for expansion of the current footprint of the house
will be detrimental to the neighborhood.  So far there were only 2 letters in
opposition to this project both at Historic and at Zoning Board hearings and
many letters of approval from friends of the developer...
4:18 pm edt 

You are Missing the Point

I like Michelle Haynes but I don't like and I don't condone actions taken againt
Jim Bakker. He has been good for this town and if Michelle was in anyway
involved in his being  ddismissed than I have problems with Michelle.
4:15 pm edt 


One week it's Ann McGuire and her dog, then it's Sharon Lynn and attacks on her
and her administration. Add on Affordable Housing and Ted Malone, Bang's Street,
The Green Line, Candace Nagle and her detractors. It's a wonder anyone would
want to live or work in this town. Bitter, evil back stabbing small minded
people live and fester on this blog. Now it the Pilgrim Monument, has anyone
thought of the millions of dollars we spent on the Library and it is stll an
eyesore and not finished, Has anyone thought of questioning the $75,000 Town
school secretary who drives around town all day or what about the Chief of
police or Building Commissioner who is nowhere to be seen in our warm and fuzzy
little fishing village. Let's all go to the Ball at Town hall and celebrate
thanks to Marc Jacobs and his company who was skewered in the Banner with sexual
harrasment inuendos. I don't blame him for putting his house on the market and
leaving town. This is a bitter town with bitter jealous people.
4:13 pm edt 

What's Up?

Why every time I  post do you choose not to put them on the blog...Are
you sleeping with the town mgr also!!
4:05 pm edt 

Re: Don't the Aquarium Tenants Have Leases?

Leases only matter to people who can afford lawyers and want to fight their
landlords. This would preclude a return. Something of a conundrum and verging on
4:03 pm edt 

It's About Making Money!

Don't bother to voice your opinion about any aspect of 170 or you
might be threatened with libel by those "objective" experts who struggle with
spelling and grammar.  The powers that be forbid you of an adverse opinion and
expression of it backed by data.  It may stop someone from making more money. 
Town by-laws, pshaw.  What a shame this town will become so a few can make more
4:01 pm edt 


What is going on at the Police Station?
3:58 pm edt 

This Board

It used to be a place to post when you felt you needed to be heard.  I know some
posts of mine were mean and catty.  But now it's being censored. Posts are being
posted when they satisfy the blogmaster's views.

What a shame.  When you felt like ranting you could...or you could just say YAY
when someone wrote what you felt like writing.

Why has it changed?
3:57 pm edt 

170 Bradford Street

"The demo permit was issued for the same
footprint of the Building and the same stlye of arch.
There should be no further discussion!"

Brilliant !  There should be no further discussion.
3:56 pm edt 

Boycott The Monument?

Really.  You have a tourist from Germany asking what that big thing is and
you're going to tell them not to go there because of local politics?  Do you
really think they care?  No matter what is happening up on that hill, it is
still the tallest all-granite structure in North America and it is a monument to
American History.  It is also one of the most iconic images of the Cape if not
Massachusetts itself.

It's like telling someone not to go to the beach because you disagree with
Superintendent Price. Or telling people to drive around the Grand Canyon because
you disagree with the Parks Service.

Grow up.  Change can only happen through the PMPM membership.

If you want to effect the individuals involved, boycott                      .
2:57 pm edt 

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