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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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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Re: What Happened to Our Sweet and Beautiful Town

If you have a sour taste in your mouth it's time for you to leave. Rather than
paranoia, Sharon and Jeff just have a broader perspective and understand that
while we may be at the tip of the country we are still part of a country where
violence escalates daily. I never thought 6 year olds would be executed en masse
while 'safe' in school, or that more than100 people would be killed or injured
at a marathon. Sharon and Jeff are trying to make sure this town has the trained
staff and the tools they need in event of crisis, which can come down route 6 or
from anywhere in the world by water.
And Keith Bergman may have been the nicest guy in the world but he left the town
in a financial mess and our buildings in such disrepair that we will be paying
for years to fix.
11:00 pm edt 

Re: David Guertin

David Guertin isn't going anywhere, it's another MYPACC fabrication.
10:58 pm edt 

Re: What Has Happened to the Once Sweet and Beautiful Town?

Re: "What happened to our small, live & let live Town? Its become police cruisers
on every street, guns & vests, takeover of the pier and harbor, and a new way to
measure success!"

More anti police paranoia. By "live & let live" do you mean lawlessness? Do you
think if someone is drinking and driving they should be let off with just a
warning? Do you think people should not be stopped for speeding up and down our
quiet streets? Are you completely unconcerned with safety?

Enough already with the foolish exaggerations. There are not police cruisers on
every corner, officers are not walking around wielding guns and wearing their
vests and any police presence on the pier is barely noticeable. People on this
blog are sounding crazier and crazier every day. Let's hope the sane folks get
out and vote.
10:56 pm edt 

Provincetown Police

Its not the number of police that bothers me, its the attitude of some
of the newbies. Long time residents have always talked about "getting it"
regarding our rather unique way of life. It feels they don't approve of us or
even like us.
10:54 pm edt 

Town Pier-What's Going On?

McChesney was quoted in the paper today as saying that he's out at the
Pier "all the time" and "it's dangerous what is happening out there."

What exactly dangerous things are happening out there?

Lynn also was quoted in the media as saying that there were runes on the Pier?

What's going on?  Can someone share what they know about this?

Lynn is incapable of giving specifics, which shows that she doesn't care about
transparency or keeping the citizens informed.  This is a matter of public
safety, and WE ALL THE RIGHT TO KNOW, not just her silly group of syncopaths and
10:52 pm edt 

Re: Anyone Know What our 1999 Population Was?

Still no one has answered the question regarding what  the year round
population in Provincetown was in 1999.

I specifically want to know for 1999 because someone said that we have less
police officers now than in 1999.
10:43 pm edt 

Re: Anyone Know What our 1999 Population Was?

What metrics would you use then?  Serious question. 

If it's not year-round population, what is it?  Are you saying there weren't
second home owners who visited 10 years ago?

How about 9-1-1 calls?  They went down 14% from 2008 to 2011.  Is that relevant?

Please help me out.  What metrics would you use to justify the size of the
10:41 pm edt 

Re: Anyone Know What our 1999 Population Was?

Re: "According to the US census data, the year-round population in 2010
was 2,642.  That is down 18% from the 2000 census data.

If we had 20 year-round police officers in 2010, we should have 16 - 17 now. 
We'll get there."

Comparing apples to oranges - it doesn't work.  If we had a year round
population of 2,642 and that was it we would need a much smaller police force. 
But, we have second homeowners and tourist, lots of them.  You can't base
anything on a year-round population, it's not the reason for the size of the
police force.
4:22 pm edt 

Re: Anyone Know What our 1999 Population Was?

Does anyone know what our tourism rate was then, and how long the season lasted? 
Or how many second homeowners visited throughout the year?  Or how many boats
moored here? Or how many people moved drugs through this town? Or how many DUIs
there were? Or how many people used firearms?

You're comparing apples to oranges.  This is not the town it was in 1999.  We're
bigger in every way, even if the year-round population has dropped.
There is more crime, therefore we need an adequate police force.  And yes, they
need guns and bulletproof vests, at least until Congress passes real gun
legislation to prevent violence.
4:20 pm edt 

What Has Happened to the Once Sweet and Beautiful Town?

I don't know how it happened nor why it has happened. But there is a sour taste
in my mouth. something essential has changed. there is a corrosive sense of
management that is undermining this once wonderful town.

Bring back Keith Bergman. He always respected this town. More than I can say
about our present town manager.
4:18 pm edt 

Where Have You Been?

Sharon does micromanage and now she and Jeff have created a quite unfavorable
atmosphere here in town. they have brought their personal paranoia to center
stage and made it part and parcel of town management. Many of us have a live and
let live attitude. they do not. they are entrenched in police tactics and police
paranoia. Sadly, we now all suffer from this sick attitude.
4:16 pm edt 

Re: Anonymous, Facebook & Posting - Year-Round Population

Since you asked....

According to the US census data, the year-round population in 2010 was 2,642. 
That is down 18% from the 2000 census data.

If we had 20 year-round police officers in 2010, we should have 16 - 17 now. 
We'll get there.
3:04 pm edt 

The Police Force Has the Same Number of Officers Since 1999

They write tickets for people who break the law.  It's to our benefit that they write
speeding tickets in town, as so many people walk or use bicycles.  Remember what
happened to Blake Packard.  We must ensure that that does not happen again, and
if it takes fear of ticketing to make people pay attention to the road, then I'm
for ticketing.
1:42 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn

I think that the Selectmen should hire the president of Seamen's to
review the Town Manager's performance.
1:39 pm edt 

Re: Anonymous, Facebook & Posting

About "Police department has the same number of officers now as it had
in 1999."

Anyone know what our 1999 year round population was?
1:37 pm edt 

Re: Anonymous, Facebook & Posting-Citations

Please provide statistics for your statement:

"If the number of citations written is now the way to measure an employee's
performance how come so many of the  traffic stops result in only a verbal

For this last January, February and March:
How many traffic citations given?
How many warnings?

Thank you.
1:35 pm edt 

Re: David Guertin

To say that David Guertin is forced to retire because of his
friendship with Dottie Feld is ludicrous.  Contrary to your paranoia, this is
NOT a police state, the town manager does NOT micromanage, and there are no
puppets working for the town.  It's real people with real lives.  Get over it.
12:41 pm edt 

Re: Anonymous, Facebook & Posting

"Its become police cruisers on every street, guns & vests, takeover of
the pier and harbor, and a new way to measure success !  Yes, the number of
citations written is now the way to measure an employee's performance."

Police department has the same number of officers now as it had in 1999.  I
don't get it, would you prefer they sit in the station all day so no one sees

If the number of citations written is now the way to measure an employee's
performance how come so many of the  traffic stops result in only a verbal
12:16 pm edt 

This Isn't Good !

A consultant is hired to submit a report on our Harbormaster's operations.
But...the consultant in't a harbormaster, part-time, full-time, or retired. 
The consultant the Town Manager chose is a retired Police Chief.

This retired police guy recommends that the town hire a police guy as a
Harbormaster. I'm shocked!!!  I'm truly shocked!!!  :)

11:54 am edt 

Re: Anonymous, Facebook & Posting

Its all fine and dandy to attack this  forum/blog because folks  chose to post
without using their name. But the current state of affairs in town has  members
of the police department, reading the Facebook postings and then  asking "why is
so & so against the Police ?"

Yes, the department does read the material & take names.

I'd bet that makes you want to put your name on a post asking questions about
police department issues  right?

Something not too nice is brewing in our Town these days. Many of my
observations, each taken separately might not be too worrisome. But put them
altogether, and this election next week  becomes critical for the direction we

I for one, plan to vote for change.

What happened to our small, live & let live Town?

Its become police cruisers on every street, guns & vests, takeover of the pier
and harbor, and a new way to measure success !  Yes, the number of citations
written is now the way to measure an employee's performance.

That explains alot.

The cards have been shown.

Vote for Change.

11:53 am edt 

Re: David Guertin

Re: "I talked to someone who said David Guertin is retiring at the end
of June."

I heard same thing.  But, that he's being forced out because of his friendship
with Dottie.
11:47 am edt 

Anonymous, Facebook and Voting

I took a look at the Ptown Community Politics page on Facebook and was really
dismayed by the base level of discourse there. It's a lesson in several issues
addressed both on this blog and on the facebook page.

first off - On the facebook page I learned for sure that David Bedard is a petty
rumor monger, he should be ashamed, and he is not alone on that page - what are
we in jr high school?

Second, the idea that this blog is a hate blog is ludicrous...especially
compared with the outright intimidation perpetrated by Ms. Nagle and others on
the Politics facebook page in order to pursue their/her agenda. I've been
reading this blog for years now and would not say I have EVER seen what would
qualify as hate on here.

Now I'm not saying that this blog doesn't have moments of meanness, immaturity
and downright rudeness. But the idea the facebook page is somehow more valid, or
authentic because names are attached is just plain wrong.

When we vote in this country we go into a booth that protects our privacy in
voting. The secret ballot is a basic right of citizenship. I feel that the
ability to add to the discourse on this blog anonymously falls firmly into this
category. Anyone who says different is just pitching BS and all you have to do
look at the facebook page to find out who they are...

Go Vote
12:43 am edt 


The president lives in Worcester.  the executive director lives in town and he
is really the problem with the organization.  I do agree however that having the
president living out of town is odd.  It's all a bit too much of who's buddies
with who.
12:40 am edt 

Re: Mood Swinging

"Are you referring to CR's Facebook comment that 'the pope is a pig'?  If CR
wants to make that kind of comment she'd better be ready to be questioned about

12:39 am edt 


I too think the PBG is Less of a Presence Here

I don't see the same energy that once was part of this organization. It is
rather dull and I mean lacking in new ideas and having the organizational
strength to make new things happen. It seems too insular and self-satisfied. I
liked the old PBG and wish it could return to make its presence really felt in
this town.
12:37 am edt 

Does a Tourist Town Really Need a Police State?

Is that how we welcome tourists? Get off the boat, and there they are. guns in
hand, guns in their holsters, guns aboard boats. I am appalled at the spreading
of the police in all areas of our lives. the pier should be run by harbormasters
and assistant harbormasters who know the sea and have experience in
marine-related areas. Not police. this is the wrong approach. this remains a
small town and we don't need big city police.
12:36 am edt 


The last time I checked, the PBG was a business membership organization, whose
primary purpose is to promote tourism to benefit it's members.  All of its
members own businesses.  The President is a volunteer position that manages its
board.  Many of its members live in Provincetown part time and some other place
the rest of the time.  Just the facts please.
12:33 am edt 

Austin Knight

Knight is running his election just like he runs the Provincetown Police
Department. Slash and Burn

Send the blue lights back to K-Mart and send Knight home.
12:28 am edt 

Austin Knight

Re: "There is no way I can comfortably vote for Austin Knight..."

Ditto!  Nice to see a post that affirms how I feel.

Thought it'd be a hard decision for me, with 4 candidates for 2 seats, but CN
made it extremely easy.

12:20 am edt 

Mooring Fiasco!

Ruling by state on Santos moorings dispute is coming out today per
Army Corps of Engineers web site.
12:17 am edt 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Trash Build Up!

this weekend, the trash was so high in Lopes Square,
it looked like mount  Trash Moore, very appealing for the visitors, who got off
whale watch boats and the ones who drove in by cars, nice Provincetown nice way
to greet people who come too town to enjoy the beauty this town has to offer,
the town manager was out riding her bike didnt she see this problem wake up
town, get the barrels ready this is not nice, and u would think that the food
stands in Lopes Square would go pick up thier, little cardboard boxes, that
thier yummy food comes in, no just stare at the mess very nice owners they saw
what I saw and its their product nice looking trash, S o what is the town going
to do keep the barrels covered and nailed lucky we didnt have wind storm, it
would of been a horrible mess, why have barrels that have locked covers makes a
lot of sense, so the season is starting to start lets get our town in shape we
have enough dpw workers to un nail the covers and get those batterie operated
trash barrels started no need of this, very sad town.
7:32 am edt 

Re: Mood Swinging

"30 days ago CN crucified CR on CN's political page when CR publicly
expressed her opinion."

Are you referring to CR's Facebook comment that 'the pope is a pig'?  If CR
wants to make that kind of comment she'd better be ready to be questioned about
7:29 am edt 


Correction:  The President does live in town.

Hmmm, if I google Rich McNally I see Rich McNally, Security First Mortgage,
Worcester, MA.  But, you say he lives in Provincetown.  I guess I would question
why a tourism organization would elect as president someone who isn't even in
the tourism industry.
7:27 am edt 

Provincetown Website

The Town Website frontpage has the police station open house but not the US
Senate primary or Town Election information!!

Sharon Jaran and A Knight are hellbent on getting the new police palace on Race
Point Road.

7:26 am edt 

Character Assassination

I decided to vote for Tom Donegan some time ago. My second choice for
the bos was originally going to be Austin Knight because I was not sure Raphael
Richter had enough experience for the board. However, because of the constant
character assassination by a small group of people on the ptown community and
politics fb page on Mr. Donegan, and their gushing support for Austin Knight, I
am changing my choice. There is no way I can comfortably vote for Austin Knight
if these mean spirited attacks continue.
7:20 am edt 

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Correction:  The President does live in town.  Membership is up.  I am a member
and there are new and exciting events for the first time in years.  If you left,
you need to join again to help market and promote this town.
7:10 pm edt 

David Guertin

I talked to someone who said David Guertin is retiring at the end of
June.  He would be a big loss to the town.  Another long time staff person
7:09 pm edt 

Mood Swinging

30 days ago CN crucified CR on CN's political page when CR publicly expressed
her opinion.  Now CN is linking the Southern Poverty Law Center website.  Beware
CN, your Senator Joseph McCarthy fascist hate tactics might have worked on CR
but will fail on Provincetown voters.

funny, a wall street insider advocating the Southern POVERTY law center.
7:07 pm edt 


"It needs something, even if I don't know what it needs."

The current problem is that the President of the organization is a mortgage
broker who does not even live in town.  His qualifications?  He's best friends
with the executive director and his spouse.

I personally have nothing against the current president, but having a president
who doesn't even live in town is no benefit to the organization.
3:23 pm edt 

Re: Austin/Jaran

Re: "A vote for Austin is a vote  for the Police Chief."

And the chief's chief.
3:19 pm edt 

Re: PBG, What's Wrong?

PBG Was so Much Better When Steve Malamud Was There

He pushed and moved this organization. He had force. Now it seems unfocused and
unorganized. Yes, it exists but not with much panache. Why? Where is the needed
leadership? Is the membership up or down? I know I was a member then but it
seems rather unorganized. It needs something, even if I don't know what it
1:15 pm edt 

Where is Sage?

Is this the old Vixen? Are they a restaurant? Can someone answer this questions
for me. I see that there is a get together for Tom Donegan but where is it? and
what is it?
1:12 pm edt 

Re: Police Department

More misinformation coming from this blog. The Summer officer program
hasnt changed and is completely intact. Same numbers as last year. Call and find
out that you're wrong please. Oh wait, but that wouldn't help your antipolice
campaign. Blog on!! Lol. Lol. Lol.
1:08 pm edt 


A vote for Austin is a vote  for the Police Chief.
10:04 am edt 

Richter and Donegan

Re: "Make sure you vote on Election Day for what I sincerely hope is
the beginning of a change for the better."

Thanks for your advice. I agree with you. Voting for Richter and Donegan.
10:03 am edt 

What Crimes Are Going on at the Wharf?

Did Sharon report on this at the last BOS meeting?
10:02 am edt 

Re: Police Department

If true, not surprised.  We are now paying for a force big enough to
cover the summer, and then, when the tourists go, we justify the year round
salaries we pay for by keeping them busy by stopping us.  Priceless!
10:00 am edt 

Re: Police Department

We used to have one cop at Ryder - Don, the Dancing Cop.
Now we need at least 2.  Sometimes I've seen even 4.
9:59 am edt 

Re: Police Department

"Is it true the police department suspended their summer officer

The police summer program is being suspended this year so they can hire two
additional officers for the Pier.
9:57 am edt 

Status Quo v Donegan

By the status quo people almost single-focusing negatively on Tom
Donegan, it shows that they consider him too strong an opponent to be ignored.

After all, a Presidential candidate only attacks the opposing candidate who
presents a threat. Case in point, they never campaign against Ralph Nader.

Go ahead, status quo people, keep spewing your venom. Most of the voters have
figured you and your poisonous antics out!

9:56 am edt 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Police Department

Is it true the police department suspended their summer officer

If so I see this as a good thing. All we need is a cop in the square and one on
Ryder st. Not a                             .
6:23 pm edt 

A Visitor
It was recommended that I visit this.

WOW.. Theirs nothings like a Bathroom Wall where a person can post a question
and than post their own answer.  I suppose some people believe it.

Bathroom Wall writing has been around for a long time. It use to be called
graffiti, but the Internet has taken it to a new level.

Internet Interactive graffiti.  ....   IIG  You've got to love it  LOL
6:20 pm edt 

Bullies and Hope

Sometimes corporate bully types retire to Provincetown to bully the mostly
gentle population here, or some people with anger issues become cops.   They
just can't help themselves I guess...they are In charge of this town right now
and it's time to throw them out and teach them how to behave in a more accepting
gentle manner. We are equal here and no one is better than anyone else. Make
sure you vote on Election Day for what I sincerely hope is the beginning of a
change for the better!
6:18 pm edt 

Finally Spring!

What a great day! spring wishes to all. This town needs a warming sun and
pleasant faces smiling with joy. It's time to enjoy!
10:24 am edt 

Yumm, Another Piece of Candy

Apologies to Iggy Pop!

Candy Candy Candy I can't let you go
All my life you're haunting me I loved you so
Candy Candy Candy I can't let you go

Life is crazy Candy baby

How about some talk about what the candydates said instead of just platitudes
for those of us not able to attend in person.

Let's hear about the candydates and not about Candy.

CandYdates....sheesh, now you got me doing it!  Hell she's in my head and I
can't get her out!
10:18 am edt 

Tom Donegan

Tom Donegan wasn't charged for sexually harrasing a Town Hall employee
10:16 am edt 

Tom Donegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
Yesterday was a great day! I was talking to...
Tom Donegan9:35am Apr 27
Yesterday was a great day! I was talking to voters all day by making phone calls and celebrating the end of the season at SKIP. At the soup kitchen the buzz about the candidates night was very positive and my phone calls continue to be very encouraging.

Young and old, gay and straight, native and wash-a-shore are ready for change. At candidates night I demonstrated again that I am ready to join the Board of Selectmen. I will bring a fresh voice yet with a deep understanding of the budget and operations of the Town. Raphael Richter also made his case and is picking up even more supporters.

Today, I am meeting with a some undecided voters, later a town business owner and going back to the phones to listen to your concerns and answer any questions.

I look forward to talking to you soon.

9:52 am edt 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Her Own Worse Enemy

Candy doesn't need anyone ridiculing her. She can do that all by
herself, thank you very much!
10:57 pm edt 

Tom Donegan/Raphael Richter Board of Selectmen Candidates

I'm glad I went to the candidates' forum last night.  I went with an open mind.

Voting for Donegan and Richter.
10:55 pm edt 

New Low

CN'S latest gutter politics tactics are right out of REPUBLICAN Joe McCathy's
playbook.  Ah, and how did that all work out ?
10:52 pm edt 

Tom Donegan BOS Candidate

One thing that people should not forget while they are trying to pin
the anti-police label on Tom Donegan is he did not get caught by this town doing
construction without proper building permits-Austin Knight, and he is not
involved in some mooring mess-John Santos. Shut the XXXX up you nasty people.
10:48 pm edt 

Good Candidate Evening

Good candidates. Tom did a great job and Raphael was also strong and good. John
make much sense. Three good choices for two positions. I'd be pleased with any
one of these three being our selectmen.
10:46 pm edt 

It is Just Truthful

She is sick. She is unstable. she has emotional problems. Just read her sick
words and listen to her rants. She makes         seem the most intelligent in
town. Sad. but he does make more sense than she does.
10:45 pm edt 

Selectmen Candidates

The poster is right, it is a good range of choices for selectmen including two
with demonstrated positive track records, Santos and Knight. That's who is
getting my vote.
5:40 pm edt 

Yummm, Another Piece of Candy!

"She is unstable and should be on her meds.  She cracked up years ago...part of
her sickness...she is mentally unstable and should start...therapy."

Nope, nothing hateful or hurtful about that post.  It's just honest to goodness
political discourse.  This is after all a blog of peace and love and
reconciliation  between politically opposing parties.  Not like that other blog
where people stand behind what they say by being identified. Your post is just
like any other legitimate political statement.  Why I bet you'd even have the
courage to get up at a town meeting and say the same things into the record
wouldn't you?

PS sarcasm intended
4:02 pm edt 

So Impressed With the Candidates for Selectmen

It's just great to have a choice and not just be stuck with anyone who wants to
run. Here it requires a commitment and a deep desire to want this position. I'm
thrilled with the choices. How great this is!
2:16 pm edt 

She is a Sick Woman

She is unstable and she should be on her meds. She cracked up years ago and now
she is back in this sick tirade. Anything to get attention and that is part of
her sickness. I do believe she is mentally unstable and should start knitting
for therapy or joining a bowling league.
2:04 pm edt 

Re: Donegan/Richter Board of Selectmen Candidates

Right now, we have a voting block.  The difference is that most of the
voters in Provincetown feel that they have no voice. 
Right now, a tiny group of 4 people give their marching orders to the current
BO'S voting block.

I'm willing to take a chance with Tom and Raphael.  We stand a chance for our
voices to be heard.
11:49 am edt 

To: Shawn

Thank you for the transparent support you provided your comrade KH against the
charge she parades these Wounded Warriors around like it's a circus !  You don't
have to sign anymore...we all know who you are   lol
11:17 am edt 

Re: Facebook Posting

I went to the FB page in question and was appalled at the attack that
CN is making on Tom D.  She has stooped to the level of posting Holocaust poetry
in describing him and her positions about him.  HOW DARE SHE? This is one of the
most disgusting things that I have EVER read on any blog. What a self righteous
pompous arrogant INSENSITIVE person she is (here I could goon forever)
11:14 am edt 

Re: Facebook Posting

If the Facebook page is therapeutic, then let her be. Few take it or
her seriously.
11:13 am edt 

Re: Donegan/Richter Board of Selectmen Candidates

"Sorry, I am not willing to take that chance.  Everything indicates
these three are tight and would operate as a voting block.
Some are worried that Erik, Tom and Raphel would form a voting block."

Wake up folks, we already have one.

Time for a change!
11:08 am edt 

Who do You Like?

Every town official or prominent citizen gets
vilified. I'm pretty sure that if Jesus came to work for the town some people
would say that Moses did a better job. Can we get a break from the negativity?
11:04 am edt 

Re: Candy Causes Cavities

"In the event that clarence bullies me by censors or edits this post.
I ask that he at least forwards it as a reply to the original poster."

This is an anonymous blog.  All comments go to Clarence's web-hosting company
who forwards them to him without return IP addresses.  So he has no way to
"forward" your note to anyone.

Do you really think some of these hurtful untrue personal attack posts would
come if they could be easily traced!  We are talking real cowards here.
11:00 am edt 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Waxing Nostalgic

"Perhaps the know-it-all in Florida should up the     . Next she will
be taking issue with the colors orange and black. Candies is so clueless on

I got nostalgic when you called Ms. Nagle 'Candies'.  It reminded me when I was
in junior high school and the kids  would make up nicknames for each other.
4:38 pm edt 

Re: Candy Causes Cavities

REALLY!All that ranting build up just to make that punchline.You need some new
writers if that's the quality of drivel they are feeding you.

You go on and on about bullying and editing  and censoring all the while posting
your rant on an anonymous blog whose chief contribution to discourse is nothing
but all you complain about.  You should look up irony in the dictionary.  Don't
be surprised if you see your own picture there as a footnote.

At least on blog candy you know who is saying what.  They don't hide like
cowards behind a curtain of anonymity.  How's this for a punchline.  If reading
blog candy hurts your teeth so much, stop reading it!   Either that or brush
your teeth after every reading.  A little mouthwash wouldn't hurt either lol.

In the event that clarence bullies me by censors or edits this post. I ask that
he at least forwards it as a reply to the original poster.
3:36 pm edt 

Re: Barbara Rushmore

Re:  Why do People "Bad Mouth" Barbara Rushmore.?
She's done some very positive things for this town.

What exactly has she done for this town.  I used to give her credit for
spearheading beautification, but in the past several years she's impeded the
process.   She is responsible for driving good hard-working volunteers from
Beautification.  I have noticed her doing any plantings recently.  Instead she
focuses on raising taxes and being a nuisance to this town.
3:33 pm edt 

Re: Barbara Rushmore

"She's done some very positive things forthis town.(probably more than the

Barbara Rushmore is a obstructive force in this town.  She pushes her agenda
without a basis in facts and contributes very little to the well being of this

I have no respect for the woman.  After she stated on town meeting floor that
she did not think our police officers should have bullet proof vests she lost
any credibility she had.  No bullet proof vests so she can plant a tree?  She
has her priorities messed up in a big way.
3:32 pm edt 

No More New Toys!

Something got lost when my statement was posted. There have been over
15 property tax overides to pay for capital improvement projects in the last 5
years. The town has imposed a tax on guest house room rentals as well as a tax
on meals at restaurants. The cost of doing a construction projects or running a
business has increased dramatically because of increases in fees imposed by the
town. All this has occured under the current bos and tenure of our current town

Again the town manager is fine, better than the previous one, however spending
has gone way up, taxes have gone up. We need new members on the bos to tell the
manager and chief of police no more new toys.
3:30 pm edt 

Board of Selectmen Candidates

"Seems to me that the candidates for BOS that are campaigning list all
of the areas of concern; jobs, housing, building maintenance, funding our
financial obligations, maintaining town owned buildings, building community
spirit, responsive government, etc. Yeah all this we know but no one says what
they are going to do to accomplish these things."

Good point.  I hear candidates come up with ideas for a year-round economy,
affordable housing, etc.  But, not one word about how to pay for it.  If you
give a taxpayer a tax credit to rent their home to a year-round resident the
money is going to need to come from somewhere.  I don't recall which one, but
one candidate wants to create a public arts school and stated it wouldn't cost
anything and local students could attend for free.  I almost dropped my dentures
on that one.
3:28 pm edt 


Perhaps the know-it-all in Florida should up the     . Next she will be taking
issue with the colors orange and black. Candies is so clueless on heritage. She
kicked out one          for calling her out and the others left her facebook
page because of the bullying and other neurotic actions.
3:25 pm edt 

Re: Show of Support

"I applaud our         police chief for sending a member of the police
department to Cambridge to honor Sean Collier. This show of support truly
exemplifies how Provincetown is like nowhere else."

There were 15,000 police officers from all over the country at the funeral.
12:47 pm edt 

Re: Facebook Postings

Dear Poster, it's called Democracy. Everyone has a right to an opinion. That
page is completely transparent. No secret attacks. State specifics please and
lets cross reference it with the page. Just sounds like you don't like what
they're saying.
And shame on you for referring to KH as a bully. She's an amazing woman who
contributes so much of what's good about people.  She alone championed to bring 
20+ wounded warriors to town, so they could forget their amputations and
life-altering injuries for a day. But you resort to name-calling her a bully and
complain about it anonymously on this blog. Who's the shameful one again?
12:46 pm edt 

Town Manager

I agree with the poster of 'let's look at the town record.'  This
whole 'town manager must go' nonsense seems to come from one person.  Things
change, and the town must change with it or be left behind.  The town manager
has done a great deal to improve Provincetown, and should be respected for her
12:44 pm edt 

Facebook Postings

How is that different from this blog? This blogmaster censors what people write,
choosing what he will publish and ignoring things that might be negative about
his cronies.  He also allows his friends to shamelessly campaign on this blog,
while not allowing those he doesn't like to post.
12:42 pm edt 

Re: Dogs in Town Hall

You need to do a better job of lying, and a better job of writing.

There is an employee of the library who has sometimes brought his puppy in to
work, where he keeps it in his office.  The dog is not unattended.  No one in
their right mind would leave a puppy unattended in a place near a door that
leads to the street.

That employee leaves work at 2 pm, so is not there in 'late afternoon' after the
maintenance staff leaves. No dog has peed in the library. I know this because I
truly do use the library and know the staff, and asked somebody if this story is

I don't understand why you feel the need to lie about things that can be so
easily verified, or to just spread hatefulness.
12:40 pm edt 

Board of Selectmen Candidates

Seems to me that the candidates for BOS that are campaigning list all
of the areas of concern; jobs, housing, building maintenance, funding our
financial obligations, maintaining town owned buildings, building community
spirit, responsive government, etc. Yeah all this we know but no one says what
they are going to do to accomplish these things. So far I do not have any idea
which candidates have a clue how to do this. Stating what we already know are
issues does not mean they know how to solve the problems. On another note I
think it is a few vocal people who think Race road is not a good place for the
police. I think it is a wonderful location. Just cut back on the size and cost.
12:39 pm edt 

Please Explain

There have been over 15 property tax overrides to pay for all of the
capital tax on guest house revenue as well as a meals tax.

Could you translate that statement into English for us?
10:51 am edt 

Funny Thing

Not a single candidate for selectmen has said boo about a concrete solution to
the looming crisis of pension obligations we face. Not one has brought up the
totally wishful thinking that underlies the Barnstable retirement system
funding. Not one has discussed, as a candidate for selectman, how we are going
to pay the huge increases in taxes that will be necessary to not default on our
promises to our retired employees. Not one has proposed changes to hiring
contract terms.

How about it guys? Mr. Donegan claims to be a finance wiz with big time
corporate experience where's his solution. Richter has a bunch of expensive
ideas but nothing to say about this? Grassy, Austin? Anybody?

Is it because they don't care, are not equipped to answer the question or just
plain scared of the answers? How about a member of the press asking the

10:49 am edt 

Facebook Postings

My concern is a page on Facebook and the (its) moderator.  It is almost as
if we are living in a society where she edits and bashes anyone who disagrees
with her.  Having differences of opinions, candidates, ideas and views is
tantamount to our society.  It is ok to disagree.  The page she created is
disgusting.  It is a form of bullying by her, a girlfriend of a prominent member
of town employees, and someone who seems to just follow.  The girlfriend, though
is intelligent, caring, and gives an immense amount to our community.  Why does
she stand with the moderator bully?

Why as citizens are we not standing up to these 3 bullies and put them in their
place?  We have so much going for us here, and in some ways we are dysfunctional
family.  Dysfunction can be healthy at times.

Just because a candidate uses a word that she disagrees with she goes on a tirad
over "Heritage".  Our heritage would be better off without her hatefulness. 
After all, candy does cause cavities.
10:45 am edt 

Commercial Street Construction

More cops posing as traffic cones on Comm st.  What a waste of money.
10:39 am edt 

Meet the Candidates Night

For those of us that are very confused about the upcoming BOS
election, there is a "meet the candidates night" tonight, April 25, 2013 at Town
Hall 7:00.

Lets get out and ask some questions to help us make an educated decision.
10:38 am edt 

Why do People "Bad Mouth" Barbara Rushmore.?

She's done some very positive things forthis town.(probably more than the
complainers). Her grandkids are their own persons. I witnessed them vote
against grandma on a ouple of things at Town Meeting.

The Town Manager cut her former secretary position in half by
mutual agreement to save her benefits and then hired another fulltime sect'ry
with benefits. A Town Planner (years too late since most premium land has been
raped already),will be hired fulltime and will need a sect'ry  in 6 mos. The Bd.
of Selectmen say they don't need their fulltime sect'ry. Perhaps that person
could share sect'ry duties with the new Town Planner. Just a thought!
10:37 am edt 

You Can't Blame the TM

"Yes the towns books look better however this past years budget shows
revenue will not keep up with the hiring and pay increase both the manager and
the chief of police have initiated."

Keep in mind that the hiring of a planner was initiated and pushed by Yingling,
Donegan and Canizalles.  In fact after the town manager added it to the budget
they insisted the salary be increased.  The planner may be a good addition, I
don't know, but you can't blame the TM for this new hire.
10:33 am edt 

Re: "Get Rid of All of Them Hey Let's Take Our Town Back!"

I'm sure it was a typo on your part, but the correct phrase is 'let's take our
town backwards'.
10:31 am edt 

Capitol Tax on Guest House Revenue?

What is a Capitol tax on guest house revenue? Or are the people on here drunk
blogging again?
10:29 am edt 

Show of Support

I applaud our        police chief for sending a member of the police
department to Cambridge to honor Sean Collier. This show of support truly
exemplifies how Provincetown is like nowhere else.

10:25 am edt 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pets in Town Hall

I've seen dogs in TH that belong to employees for too long now.I
thought it was horrid that during the hurricane the citizens seeking shelter we
prevented from bringing their dogs into the ONLY shelter at TH.

Now it seems that once again a town building belongs to the employee's pets but
not to the taxpaying citizen.
As usual, I tied my beloved dog outside the library as I have done since the
library moved to the current location. Dog's have been banned from the library
and I accept the rules.

Imagine my surprise when a unleashed puppy was running around the carpeted
building. Puppies, being puppies, have accidents and this one did, right in
front of me!

When I informed the people at the front desk that a puppy had pee'd
in the reading room, I was told that the dogs owner was Matt the "marketing
director' of the library. He was in a meeting and could not be disturbed. Since
it was late afternoon there was no custodian either to clean it up.

I certainly think the hardworking/underpaid clerks shouldn't have to clean up after a so
called senior staff member. So as far as I know, the pee remains in the "Mark
Jacob" reading room and another building has gone to the dogs. On my next visit

I intend to bring in my own dog inside with me and as he is well trained he will
not be leaving a mess.
10:06 pm edt 

Let's Look at the Record

There have been over 15 property tax overrides to pay for all of the capital
tax on guest house revenue as well as a meals tax. The cost of pulling a
permit or getting a license in this town has increased ramatically. The sewer,
town hall and the street repaving were not initiated by the manager but projects
she did help to see through.

Yes the towns books look better however this past years budget shows revenue
will not keep up with the hiring and pay increase both the manager and the chief
of police have initiated.

I have no problem with the town manager. The bos is the problem because they do
not know how to say no to spending or this police chief. Say no and get a
9:26 pm edt 

Let's Take Our Town Back!

Town manager Chief of police and mr knight a three way for the new
millenium yeah I could live without that thought in my mind. Get rid of all  of
them hey let's take our town back!
9:22 pm edt 

Voters...Telegraph Candies a Message

No we ain't bein" bullied by YOU, 1 Adam 12 or the Town Manager ! We are taking
our town forward and without YOU !  Enough sour Candies already !!!
9:20 pm edt 

Re: Donegan/Richter

"I think not voting for them over a theoretical situation is a little

Sorry, I am not willing to take that chance.  Everything indicates these three
are tight and would operate as a block.  I couldn't take a chance of Yingling as
chair.  I'll vote for Austin and Raphael.  I couldn't vote for Donegan, he
hasn't been here long enough to know the town and he waffled on everything as
FinCom chair.
9:15 pm edt 

Change is Needed

I look forward to new faces and new thinking by the BOS. It should be refreshing
to hear new people. I am frankly quite disappointed in Austin Knight. He is too
much desirous of being liked--if not loved--by the town manager and others. that
is not what we need as Chair. We need a leader, someone with vision, and someone
who thinks for himself.

Austin disappoints and I don't want another three years of more missteps.
5:32 pm edt 

First Things First

Let the election happen and then an election for Chair. Let's see if Raphael and
Tom win. then what happens is up to them--not us. Our job is to elect them.
their job is to decide who is chair.

And it couldn't be worse than the present situation. Having Austin as chair is
like having Sharon as Chair. There is no difference and that is a big problem.

5:31 pm edt 

Let's Look at the Record

It's worth recapping the progress the Town has made since the Town Manager that
this blog loves to hate came on board:

- reliable, redundant water supply
- major improvements in town water distribution system with detection of major
leaks, illegal connections, etc: revolutionized the town water accounts for the
- beautiful refurbished town hall repairing years of neglect
- expanded and financially healthy sewer system that is the envy of other Cape
towns just starting this process and facing millions in costs. $9 million dollar
USDA grant
- repaved Commercial Street after 40 years of neglect
- successfully navigated town finances through the worst recession since the
great depression
- removed town from near seizure by state financial authorities
- uncovered and fixed many dark and dusty corners of town finances
- love em or hate em, several important affordable housing projects
- documented woeful state of current police station and massive liability
potential of this dump
- got rid of viscous and incompetent employees in several areas including Pier
- grants too numerous to name

Nearly every one of the above was opposed vehemently by the same gang that would
now like to take us backwards. Please remember this when casting your vote for
selectmen. I know I'm voting for Austin and for Santos (experience and common

- a taxpayer and not a town employee
5:28 pm edt 

They Call This a Hate Blog?

And yet they spew hate all over Facebook.  Their comments are the last gasps of
a group that knows its reign is coming to an end fast.  Whether it ends at the
ballot box or in litigation is the only question left.  I suspect both.
5:22 pm edt 

Recent BOS Meeting

LOL nothing more telling at the Board of Selectman's meeting with the
Building Committee than Rick Murray's T shirt that says MUSSEL-what a 
5:20 pm edt 

Re: Raphael Richter

"I did not want to give their Raphael and Eric's grandmother more of a
power base."

Being a nuisance is not a power base. Her fatuous blather has no credibility to
anyone likely including her grandchildren. I support Raphael on merit. He is a
bright young man and will be good for the town. One can't pick one's family.
5:11 pm edt 

Re: Enough Already

Kudos to this succinct and accurate post.
5:08 pm edt 

Re: Donegan/Richter

Re: "I don't think it's fair to assume that Yingling would become the
chair just by brining in Donagan/Richter.  There is nothing to back this up."

Process of elimination here.  Donegan/Richter are running as a team.  Yingling
is cousin of Richter and best friends with Donegan (remember who he was texting
about controlling his people on the building committee).  So chair would be one
of those three.  Donegan and Richter would both be new to the BOS, Donegan has
only lived in town for 4 yrs, Richter has zero experience in town government. 
By default they would make Yingling chair.
5:03 pm edt 

Re: Donegan/Richter

What trouble has Rushmore created?
5:00 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Re: "If the tag team of Raphael and Tom get elected does
that mean Yingling will be the Chair?"

Very scary unintended consequence!   I hadn't thought of that scenario.   While
I like Raphael, I voted for Austin and Tom, partly because I did not want to
give their Raphael and Eric's grandmother more of a power base.   She's already
a trouble maker and thinks she speaks for the entire town.   While I don't
always agree with Austin, I do believe he's devoted and a hard worker.   I also
think Tom brings some sorely needed higher level perspective.
9:23 pm edt 

Do We Want Everyone Laughing at Us?

Too late!
9:18 pm edt 

Richter and Donegan

If Richter and Donegan get elected and Yingling becomes chair, can we
make the Benny Hill Show theme music the official Provincetown song?
9:16 pm edt 

Everyone Laughing at Us

I know many people who live between Truro and Brewster and guess what we are
already the laughing stock of the cape.


1. Can't control speading
2. Too many overrides
3. High taxes
4. Lack of leadership
5. The pier fiasco
6. Everything is over priced

Sorry to say.......
9:15 pm edt 

Town Manger Must Go

Maybe as a town we should look into a elected Town Manger
instead of a selected group picking the town manger.

I am disappointed  and for one would look forward to a change in
the town.

Just my 2 cents
9:13 pm edt 


I don't think it's fair to assume that Yingling would become the chair
just by brining in Donagan/Richter.  There is nothing to back this up.  The only
thing might be because they all know each other.  But that doesn't mean that any
of them (including Yingling) would think it would be the best idea.  I think not
voting for them over a theoretical situation is a little extreme.
8:57 pm edt 

Enough Already

The Town Manager must GO!

She isn't going anywhere in spite of the bitter little group that wants to take
the town backwards.  And that bitter group is the group solely responsible for
the divide in this town.
8:55 pm edt 

Things to Come

Are we going to need an override next year for mops?
8:53 pm edt 

To: "Do We Want Everyone Laughing at Us?"

In light of recent happenings, events and situations in the news, I'd say they
already are.

8:50 pm edt 

Board of Selectmen

But it was the TM that brought the Police Chief.  She hired him, and
fully supports him.  Every single action he has taken has been endorsed by her. 
Look at the amount of taxpayers' money in raises she has given him.

And we have no recourse, because the Selectmen think she's doing an excellent

So.....if there's a mismatch between what most of the town feels about her, and
how the current Selectmen feel about her, then the only way we can change the TM
is by electing new Selectmen that aren't yes people.

Elections have consequences.

We must think carefully about who we're voting for at this coming elections.
8:47 pm edt 

Board of Selectmen

Re: "Remember to vote and make a change because this town needs one -
Vote Raphael and Tom!!!!!"

Just so I'm clear on this.  If the tag team of Raphael and Tom get elected does
that mean Yingling will be the Chair?  I'm all for change when it is warranted,
but if the unintended consequence is Yingling as chair I can't vote for the two
of them.  Maybe one or the other but certainly not both.

Do we want everyone laughing at us?
3:44 pm edt 

Re: Town Manager Must Go!

I understand why you feel that way but in all honesty when the Town Manager came
on board she was liked and many felt she was doing a good job. It was not until
Chief Jaran came on board did she change (and so did allot of other things). So
in reality, I think the Police Chief has caused allot of people to dislike this
Police Dept as well as him. I say keep the Town Manager and get rid of the
Police Chief.
3:39 pm edt 

Re: Who Said That There are Crimes at the Pier?

The Town Manager was quoted in the newspaper as saying: "Sometimes there is
criminal activity, and it needs to be investigate and investigated fast."

Shouldn't we, as the citizens, know if our lives are in danger because of, as
she declared, criminal activity in the pier?

Why haven't we heard of this before?

Someone said that that the Town manager should give a report to the Selectmen
about this matter.  That's a good idea, but I wouldn't stop there.  I would add
that that her report is owed to the town as a whole as well.
3:36 pm edt 

The Town is Divided and Split

But it is a small little place that involves all of us. Now it seems it is us
versus town manager and the police chief? Why? what is wrong with them? Seems
Sharon should have learned something from West Goshen but obviously she didn't.
When she was first here, she was smiling, pleasant and visiting members of so
many departments. What happened to her? And Jeff used to do actual community
policing and was walking the beat. what happened to him? what changed? I don't
believe the town people changed--they sadly changed.

It is time for a change. We cannot continue living like this. the town deserves
3:33 pm edt 

Town Manager Must Go

Enough already...The Town Manager must GO! This town is the most divided I have
seen it in the 40 years I have lived here. Its very sad actually. Town Managers
have come and gone in those years and it's time for this one- and all of her
cronies-to go!
9:26 am edt 

Parking Officers

Can someone tell me way the parking officers this year look so shabby
and unkept, with all the monies this town collect in parking fees and tickets u
would think the parking officers would look more desireable, their uniform 
could be better than they are wearing,  they could be iron and their pants could
be creased, and how come they never seem to be wearing rain coats I saw one
officer soaked to the bone one rainy day, then I saw the supervisor wearing her
rain coat Whats up with that a nice bright neon green coat is she the only
special one I think they should all be dressed alike come on the chiefs officers
are so polished in thier clothing, and they look great,  so MR Parking
Adminastor u need to get ur act together and dress these people in proper
uniforms they represent this town, or do u really care.
9:24 am edt 


Any changes to the structure of the pier must be proposed/adopted by the PIer
Corp., presented to the BOS, and then approved at Town Meeting.

1:49 am edt 

Re: Not Innuendo!

After reading all about the pier on this page, the banner and c nagel's page
It is time for a change.  We need selectman that will challage and ask
questions not just sit there.

Remember to vote and make a change because this town needs one

Vote Raphael and Tom!!!!!

1:13 am edt 

John Santos Selectmen

Before the election Mr Santos must inform the townspeople
in writing exactly how many moring permits he owns, and how many moorings he
actually rents to people.

Honesty is the least we can expect from someone who seeks our trust.
12:36 am edt 

Re: What a Poor Choice We Face

Notice on social media that the most vocal supporter from
pier corp  always seems to keep showing up at red sox games with him and his
girlfriend. Now there is also a member of the building committee in those
pictures. At the least it would seem inappropriate. The chief of police needs to
calm down or stepdown now.

Another anonymous posting on this blog where the facts are irrelevant.  I'm
shocked!  The photo referenced was mine.  This was the only game we have
attended together.  I was the other person in the photo and I am not a member of
the building committee.

Tom Johnson
12:34 am edt 

Re: Not Innuendo!

Who said that there are crimes at the Pier?
12:31 am edt 

Re: Pier Crimes

Crimes?  What crimes???
12:26 am edt 

How Sad to See This Small village Turned into a Police State

Guns on the pier. Guns on the street. guns along side walks and side roads. guns
stuck in holsters walking the John Wayne of Commercial Street.

Is this what we want to welcome visitors? Is this what we see in chatham? Is
this Wellfleet? What a distortion of life this is.
12:25 am edt 

Re: Harbormaster

Seems Odd that a Harbor Master Should be Knowledgeable About the

That seems reasonable. but here, amid a Portuguese tradition, we are now putting
armed men and women in charge. Why? these are not the skills we need. It is an
ocean and we need individuals who know water, waves, marine life, marine
environments. We absolutely do not need gun-toading people ready to shoot!
12:23 am edt 

Re: Harbormaster

I make a lot less than $25 an hour, and work my a-- off for it!

How come the cops aren't investigating this guy?

We have good rules on the books--why hasn't the Harbormaster enforced the rules?

I'd be behind bars already if I did something like this.

12:20 am edt 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Re: Harbormaster

There must be, should the need arise, a national search conducted for
the Harbormaster's position. We can do better than whose being proposed, for
Pete's sake!
2:15 pm edt 

Re: Not Innuendo!

I agree that there should be an accounting by the Town Manager about
the crime at our Pier.
Is she talking about beheadings,murders...
Do I need to stop going to the Pier for fear of my personal safety?

We need an accounting from her to us.  IT'S NOT RIGHT TO LEARN ABOUT CRIME AT
OUR PIER THROUGH THE MEDIA.  She must report on the crime at the Pier at her
next public meeting!
2:12 pm edt 

Mooring Issues

For those of you who are confused by the moorings issue:

Whether you EARN $15 an hour or $100 an hour, do the math: 100 illegal moorings
times $100 per day (rental fee) is $10,000 per day or $1250 an hour for an eight
hour day.

This is not about trivial red-tape; this is about big money.

To that end, is it unreasonable to investigate allegations that a town official
may have more than 200 illegal moorings, given that there is no evidence in the
records of the Harbormaster's Office or the Harbor Committee that his Corps of
Engineers Permit allows him to operate more than 55?

Simply because the town accepts fees from this company for 110 moorings does not
mean that this abuse is legal or legitimate. Particularly when this massive
ever-expanding mooring field prompted the Harbor Master last year to redefine
the Fairway into Provincetown harbor in defiance of local, state and Federal
guidelines....get it?

10:56 am edt 

Re: Harbormaster

The Harbormaster,(Rex,just replaced),gave up the job years ago by not
fulfilling requirements. A Harbormaster is about law enforcement in the harbor
and on the pier and they are required to be skilled in using a firearm. They
need to know enough about marine law to take negligent dock and mooring
violators or other kind of violators to court to get money owed to the town. He
(Rex),didn't want to do that so in essence he reduced himself to a pier
maintenance  worker,at a very decent salary.
9:53 am edt 

Re: Not Innuendo!

The Town Manager stated in a recent newspsper article that there is
crime in Provincetown Pier, and it must be dealt with right away.

She's so concerned about this crime, that she wants to put a cop in charge full
time.  If this is true, how come she has never given any specifics about it. I
walk on the pier with my grandson almost every day. If there's danger to me or
my grandson, I need to know.  Frankly, the whole town needs to know this.

The Selectmen must do their job and direct her to report at their next meeting
on this Provincetown crime she's talked about. This is what I want to know:
How many crimes in a calendar year, broken down by nature of these crimes and

We deserve transparency and full disclosure from her, not innuendo!
9:52 am edt 

Re: What a Poor Choice We Face

It's too easy to use the word conspiracy. However in the case of the
police chief maybe cooersion is a better word. In the few years since he
applied(he applied!) he has been hell bent on getting the police station he
wants. In the process the he has had the current police station condemmed,
managed to get police on the pier and now is beginning to take over the
harbormaster duties.

Notice on social media that the most vocal supporter from
pier corp  always seems to keep showing up at red sox games with him and his
girlfriend. Now there is also a member of the building committee in those
pictures. At the least it would seem inappropriate. The chief of police needs to
calm down or stepdown now.
9:42 am edt 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Re: Harbormaster

"The word is on the street that the harbor master has been fired. And
for good reason."

The only crazy person is you.

Terrorist threat?  You need a reality check.  And as for all of the crime on the
pier, there basically isn't any.

And yet tourists are greeted to our town by policemen in uniform carrying guns
and wearing bullet proof vests.  Nice.

If people want the moorings to be sorted out, let Rex hire some people to do it. 
If he's been fired I hope he sues the town.
10:49 pm edt 

Harbor Master

The word is on the street that the harbor master has been fired. And
for good reason.

Bringing the police in to help straighten out this mess makes a lot of sense as
a temporary solution, especially in consideration of the potential criminal
element to the hundreds of alleged illegal/stolen moorings being sold and rented
to unsuspecting citizens; and the ever escalating potential of terrorism on the
ferry boats and pier.

It boggles the mind that this situation has been allowed to go on for years on
end. More mind boggling is why hasn't anyone done anything about it until now.

The only thing that is more confusing to understand is why the town is allowing
the person who caused this mess, a mess that will cost the tax payers a bloody
fortune to straighten out, be promoted to Pier Manager. Haven't we learned our
lesson. Are we crazy ????!!!

8:05 pm edt 

Let Me Get This Straight

We, the taxpayers, paid $5,000 for a consultant to "audit" the Harbormaster's

Normally, a town manager would hire a consultant (expert) whose resume indicates
past knowledge and experience in Harbormaster duties and responsibilities.

And for our $5,000, what did we get:  A consultant who is a retired Police Chief
of a nearby city.

And for our $5,000, what did he give us: The recommendation for the town to
appoint a police man as a Harbormaster.
What a surprise!  That a retired Police Chief would recommend that!

The Town Manager immediately (almost as quickly as she established the town
shelter at the school) endorsed the Plymouth Police Chief's recommendation!
What a surprise!

The Town Manager also expressed her desire to hire as our Harbormaster,
$85,000-a-year Scott Chovanec, who has been with us a policeman for a long
tenure - 2 years!

Only in Provincetown!!!
8:01 pm edt 

What a Poor Choice We Face

This is the over-bearing police state. Who ever imagined when they hired Sharon
Lyn that they were hiring this police chief and this police inspired state. This
is not a global terrorists state. But you wouldn't know that it isn't.

This is a place that used to care for its citizens. This is a very small town
that used to care for all of us. That is long gone. Those who lived here and
were born here have abdicated their power. so now these outsiders--Sharon Lynn
and Jeff Jaran--have taken control of this village.

You gave it up. they have now taken the reigns. You should be embarrassed but I
think you hardly know what is really going on.

Wake up Provincetown!
7:59 pm edt 

Re: Harbormaster Goes to the Police

"I don't agree, Sharon is well informed, and is NOT over policing."

Oh, Please!

Sharon does the best she can. Please, this woman is a sad case for this town.
she has failed all of us. she fails to have the skills that we all need to be
the best that we were. Now, we are in this police state. Now we are beholden to
these individuals who do not define us. Sad for Provincetown. Sad for so many of
7:55 pm edt 

Re: Elect Raphael Richter

Maybe as opposed to real estate developers, agents and other blood
sucking leeches who drained the town dry of its soul.

Just a guess.
7:53 pm edt 

Re: Elect Raphael Richter

I'm just curious about this. Richter's slogan is "Community first".
Community as opposed to WHAT????
4:45 pm edt 

Cops on the Pier

I agree 100% with chief Jaren and our town manager, we need officers
on the pier and put an end to all that crime that that isn't.    Keep up
the good work, those resumes must look great by now
2:01 pm edt 

Raphael Richter Board of Selectment Candidate

Elect Raphael Richter

As you know by now, I want to see a future in Provincetown for everyone.
One of the truly beautiful things about our town is that people from all
walks of life are able to find meaning here.

By 2020, I would like to see Provincetown strengthen, retool, and reinvent
the opportunities we provide for people of all income levels and do more to
encourage small businesses, which in turn will create jobs. I truly believe
that if we come together as a town and aggressively find ways to improve our
rental housing market, while also doing more to create a year-round economy,
we can and will achieve a more vibrant community.

It is obvious that we must improve our seasonal workforce and year-round
housing opportunities to attain this goal, but we must also create more jobs.
As a town, we should explore ways to incentivize job creation and new year-round
business ventures. Our location requires us to do more to attract new businesses
than most places, but if we harness our strengths we can overcome our weaknesses.

We can do so much as a community, and the time is upon us to think big and be
proactive. Please vote for me on May 7th, and support a progressive approach to
securing a stronger future for Provincetown.
11:57 am edt 

Re: Harbormaster Goes to the Police

I don't agree, Sharon is well informed, and is NOT over policing. She does the
best she can, and in my opinion, she cares deeply about Provincetown, and
wants the best for this town!
11:24 am edt 

Beautiful Provincetown

In the midst of all the troubles in the world, we still have our piece
of beautiful earth right here in Provincetown.

It is so nice to see all of the business's dressing up for the season. People
are also sprucing up their homes with paint and or plantings. Everyone seems to
be friendly and smiling. Even Commercial Street is getting a makeover.

I am grateful that I can be part of this town, particularly now and at this time
of year.

Let's keep Provincetown this way. I hope and pray for peace everywhere and for
those victims of the horrors in Boston and the blasts in West, Texas.

Laura R
Provincetown, Ma.
11:21 am edt 

Re: Harbormaster Goes to Police

Pier Police

Keep in mind everyone, that with the Pier being run by the Police Chief as allot
of us saw this coming when the alledged pilot program got started, comes more
pay raises for the Police Chief. Trust me. We can' argue the fact that whoever
is down there as the Harbormaster needs some Law Enforcement training but when
you compare the Pier to years ago to when there was a much larger fishing
industry there compared to now, not convinced the Harbormaster needs to be a
full time Police Officer.
11:17 am edt 

Re: Richter & Donegan Board of Selectmen Candidates

So let me see MYPACC is promoting Richter and Donegan, no big surprise

Richter, never been involved in town government.  Doesn't know what will happen
if town builds a police station and doesn't follow federal & state mandates
because he thinks they are just 'guidelines'.  Are town voters ignorant enough
to elect him?

Donegan, has lived in town for four years is running with a campaign slogan of
'pride and heritage'.  He's lived here four years, what does he know about
heritage?  Donegan has a real issue with his integrity, it seems he will do or
say anything to get elected.

Santos doesn't seem interested anymore, probably time to move on.

Knight isn't perfect, but he has far more knowledge than Richter.  Think Richter
could go to Boston and talk to state legislators about expanding the room tax?
Don't see it.  I have no idea who Donegan is or what he stands for, he flip
flops too many times

I guess I'd vote for Austin and Raphael.  Raphael can learn, I don't think you
can teach integrity and honesty to Donegan.
11:16 am edt 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Re: Harbormaster Goes to Police

We Need Professionals Who Have Marine Skills and Know the Water

Putting the police as harbor master is frankly ridiculous. We don't need guns on
the pier and force. We need knowledge and marine-based experience. It is a pier.
It seems we hired a cop when we hired this town manager. She thinks with her
gun--not her intellect. This is one of the worse decisions.
Provincetown should not be a police state. but tragically that is what it has
become. Over-policed. Over-gunned. whatever happened to strategic thinking and
solid administrative skills.
11:44 pm edt 

To: Webmaster

So glad your back doing this clarence. A fungul CN.
5:15 pm edt 

April 22, 2013 Board of Selectmen Meeting

At 5:00 p.m. there will a discussion of Pier Working Group recommendations and follow up of
floating dock repairs.

At 6:00 p.m. there will be a joint meeting  between the BOS and the building Committee. They will
discuss Selectmen's vote to conduct a feasibility study for the police station on the current site.

These are important issues, these meetings should be attended by all interested citizens
3:14 pm edt 

Harbormaster Goes to Police

Dollars to donuts following the taking over of the Harbormaster responsibility
will come the need for the Provincetown Navy and all its attendant toys,
1:38 pm edt 

Re: Police Priorities

"In Boston the police deserve high praise for catching the Boston
bomber...meanwhile in Provincetown the police wait outside bars to arrest their
political opponents ......."

Oh, right. When the Provincetown police arrest a drunk driver it's for political
reasons, not because he's endangering himself and others. We should just let all
the drunk drivers be. This is Helltown, after all.
12:26 pm edt 

Raphael Richter Board of Selectmen Candidate
Elect Raphael Richter 

 Raphael Richter

11:39 am edt 

Tom Donegan
Cover Photo

Tom Donegan for Selectman
11:24 am edt 

To: Webmaster

You've had an up close view of the jail cells in the police station. 
Can you provide us with your thoughts on the conditions?
10:23 am edt 

Police Priorities

In Boston the police deserve high praise for catching the Boston
bomber...meanwhile in Provincetown the police wait outside bars to arrest their
political opponents .......
10:22 am edt 

So Glad We Have This Election

Time for a change and we need a big change. It's a sad little group that
believes in themselves and wants power not for us--but for them. that is not
what power should be for.

So glad that we now have choices. I love the choices and I look forward to this
coming election.
12:10 am edt 

Keep the Faith

Something tells me the fat lady has not yet sung.

Time will tell.

12:07 am edt 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Shout Out!

Clarence do not give into that hate monger CN. Start posting on
your blog. Do not let her win. I truely believe that she only likes to hear
herself talk and gives a rat's ass about provinctown.
11:33 pm edt 

Life's Short

Why doesnt everyone just grow up.... life is to short to bitch about
11:31 pm edt 

Harbormaster Office Audit

Did I just read that a former police chief was hired to do the audit
of the Harbormaster's office? What happened to Auditor Accountants,CPA's etc?
Don't know why this was different but it smacks of conspiracy to the public.
Taxpayers deserve an explanation
11:28 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Thanks Scott!
5:14 pm edt 

Re: Loser

I'm a loser because I find humor in your self importance? Now that's funny.
Pull up a chair and a bottle of wine and let me tell you some stories about
"landlords" that have come and gone in this town due to their unbalanced
life and their "self important" attitude.
4:05 pm edt 

Pier Corporation

I saw Pier Corp. mtg, whereby one pier corp. member was annoyed that a
Fin Com member (who was a former Asst. Harbormater) held up his old badge at
Town Meeting to make a point. Perfectly legitimate statement. Harbormasters wear
badges and enforce harbor rules according to MGL. Grant writing is not part of
it. That's the Pier Corp. job or the Town grants writer that gets a handsoe
salary for the job. Is it true the Town manager hired a Pier Corp. members wife
to work for her? Conflict?Which one will recuse themselves at meetings? Oh, the
games people play!
3:59 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Provincetown Pier Corporation

Just watching the Pier Corp. Mtg. of April 11,2013 with the Town
Manager and Harbormaster. Everytime I watch this stuff I want to throw up!! This
is the biggest charade I've ever witnessed! It's all a costly joke and everybody
knows it.It's totally mismanaged from all angles. The Harbormaster is
knowledgeable about some things but not enough about some other crucial things.
He has to serve too many masters,ie; 4 or 5 Pier Corp. members,Town Manager, and
Police Chief. Harbormasters job description is all wrong. Where did it come
from? I bet it doesn't match any like it anywhere! This meeting is on  going and
more YADA,YADA,YADA & rhetoric and you're all saying nothing but superficial
YADA Nothing resolved tonight except more continued meetings of YADA!!
9:07 pm edt 

Re:Re: Landlord

It's because of losers like you that nobody wants to be a landlord.  I looked
into selling my apartment building and the realtors said nobody wants to deal
with all the problems that come with being a landlord. I would have to condo it
out to sell.
2:47 pm edt 

From Tom Donegan
Status Update By Barack Obama
Tom Donegan 

Status Update
By Barack Obama
"On days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats—we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens." —President Obama
2:24 pm edt 

Re: Landlord

I am a landlord. This means I am so superior to people in town who
mealy rent from such gracious amazing people like myself. Being a landlord
allows me to interfer with the lives of others "I will call the shots thank you"
I am very importent being that I am a landlord and I am free to judge the people
who merely come to my town to work. You all must I'm sure be so impressed with
me, being as though I am a landlord
1:10 pm edt 

Re: Landlord

Tips are never off the books unless a stupid employer
doesn't do their due diligence. EVERYONE must declare at least 15 percent of
every sale made, regardless.

Hmm...sounds to me like an angry bartender who doesn't want anyone blowing the
whistle on his free ride. God forbid you lose your low rent housing.

What you state all sounds fine, but you know as well as I that here in Helltown
not everybody follows the rules. OF COURSE everyone knows you are SUPPOSED to
declare 15%. Does this always happen? No. It's just like when you call the
unemployment automated system each week and answer "Yes" that you have looked
for work this week. Just because you say it doesn't make it true.
1:00 pm edt 

Re: Landlord

Can't believe someone is trying to downplay the amount of money
bartenders make. Gimme a break! everyone knows they make a fortune IN CASH. Save
it for the judge...
12:58 pm edt 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Re: Landlord

"...these people qualify for affordable housing because most of their
money is tips which are off the books."

WRONG, WRONG WRONG.  Tips are never off the books unless a stupid employer
doesn't do their due diligence. EVERYONE must declare at least 15 percent of
every sale made, regardless. That means, if I have to spell it out to you LIKE
YOU'RE FOUR YEARS OLD, that if some bozo leaves 10 bucks on a 200 dollar tab,
the WAITER actually loses money.  Did you ever think of that, Einstein of
customer service?  I doubt it.  And the same thing for bartenders.  And oh, by
the way, do some more math...  There aren't that many bartenders in this town.
Waiters, yes. Bartenders, no. And only a handful of them make more than a couple
hundred bucks a night.
10:49 am edt 

Re: Seashore Point

How many (if any) of the new units @ Seashore Point will be
"affordable housing"?

9:58 am edt 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Seashore Point

How many (if any) of the new units @ Seashore Point will be
"affordable housing"?
10:11 pm edt 


Sounds like Bangs Street

Re: Priorities

A select board candidate should look at the whole picture before settings
7:53 pm edt 

Landlord Taxpayers

Rather than rolling out the red carpet for these affordable housing
developers--why not roll out the red carpet for Provincetown residential
landlords and let them rent to locals year round and get a steep drop in taxes?

Why should (they) be financially penalized for renting year round rather than
7:52 pm edt 

Sour Candies

You are obsessed.  There you go again trying to drive traffic to Candace's blog.  
I said before we don't need candy updates here.  We all know how to get there if
we so desire.   If the blogmaster here wants to make it easier for those who
don't know how, maybe he would be kind enough to include a link at the end of
every candy blog update posted here.
7:49 pm edt 

Re: Landlord

"I'm a landlord and I rent year round. My tenant paid his rent for
August with the money he made one entire day as a bartender on the fourth of
July. Another tenant made $500.00 a day as a waiter at lunch and as a bartender
at night. I saw his unemployment check 3 years ago and it was $560 or $660 a
WEEK...something like that."

Best part about this long running Provincetown scam, er...I mean tradition is:
these people qualify for affordable housing because most of their money is tips
which are off the books. Many bartenders are among the wealthiest local workers,
in many cases making more money than construction workers or plumbers. But they
get to live in low rent housing because they found a way to beat the system.
EVERYONE knows about this and nothing is ever going to be done about it because
nobody wants to rock the boat.

Anybody know how many bartenders got units in the Shankpainter affordable
7:46 pm edt 

Re: "Townie"

To the mean person that called me a "toonie", I lived in Back Bay for
decades and I know my environment. The only people that used the word Townie
were on the doles looking for more handouts. Never heard the term used at tea at
the Ritz! Don't be so mean and hostile, its going to age you poorly.
7:45 pm edt 

From: Erik Yingling
The word on the street is that Dave Bedard is...
Erik Yingling 
The word on the street is that Dave Bedard is running a Write-In campaign for Selectman. Although I will not be voting for him, I do applaud him for his willingness to once again serve Provincetown. Best of luck!
7:35 pm edt 

Tom Donegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
The Provincetown Housing Crisis: I have no...
Tom Donegan 
The Provincetown Housing Crisis:

I have no silver bullet or quick fixes, but our housing crisis is three fold and each has a path forward:

1) Housing stock is too often focused on 2nd home sized condos-
that's' fixable with zoning and by law changes as well as development incentives like water/sewer, allowances for additional bedrooms within units, and similar carrot based approaches.

2) Seasonal workers put pressure on the housing market. Work force housing (small dorm like apartments) will alleviate some of the pressure , and if done right, this effort will be a private-public partnership that doesn't cost the taxpayers.

3) Affordable housing is complex to fund and the economics are tough. And demand will always exceed supply in Provincetown. That doesn't mean we should give up. Let's continue to work together to find ways to meet the residential needs of Provincetown's year round residents.
10:26 am edt 

Re: "Townie"

It seems like every couple of months the silly argument about what
constitutes a real "townie" is resurrected on this blog.

Here's a question for you: What the hell difference does it make? As a townie do
you get some sort of special legal rights or a certificate or a medal or
something? No. It means absolutely nothing. So stop wasting your breath and
readers' time. Nobody cares.
10:18 am edt 

Rules and Regulations For Landlords

Giving up $2000.00 a year for ten years comes to $20,000.00
When renting out to affordable housing, an inspector comes every year to ok the

Every year we had to do some work ..the final straw was making us fill in the
spaces betwen the wooden floor planks on the house that was built in the 19th
century. What a bogus excuse for making us spend time and money filling in these
tiny spaces.

I came to realize that he did this just to justify his job! We had to do it to
get our rent. It is a renter's paradise in Mass...the landlord has no rights.

Why should a landlord have to take a financial loss renting year round? Why not
make it a big incentive with allowing market rental prices and a tax deduction?
The people put in motels had the state paying the motel owners $80 a night!
10:17 am edt 

Re: What's in a Name

So so wrong you are. Where abouts in boston did you live? Beacon hill. Townie is
very much used in Charlestown and Southie. You must have been a Toonie. Pay
attention to your surroundings. You
didn't learn that growing up in boston?
10:14 am edt 


I'm a landlord and I rent year round. My tenant paid his rent for August with
the money he made one entire day as a bartender on the fourth of July.

Another tenant made $500.00 a day as a waiter at lunch and as a bartender at
night. I saw his unemployment check 3 years ago and it was $560 or $660 a
WEEK...something like that.

Of course not everyone has a job paying this much--I CERTAINLY DON'T!!
10:12 am edt 

Catherine Russo

Sour Candies did a number on Catherine over on her Facebook hate blog.
10:10 am edt 

Hello Out There.

Does anyone else feel the harbormasters office audit
does not pass the sniff test.??? It states surprise of lack of law enforcement
on the  water. However fails to mention that the U.S. Coast Guard patrols and
inspects all small and large boats in harbor. This is done free of charge and at
no cost to Provincetown tax payers.
  The enviromentel police also will patrol and stop Commercial boats. There is
also the fact that they are the only ones authorized to stop a documented boat,
which are most of the boats tied up at the pier.
   To make Provincetown harbor a safe harbor for cruise ships, we do not need 
Provincetown police boats at taxpayers cost to do so.
10:06 am edt 

Narrow Minded

You hit the nail right on the head.  Narrow minded       who feel self entitled
do not make others feel welcome here.   Not a good thing for a tourist based
10:04 am edt 

Re: Raphael Richter's Idea

I would encourage a discussion to see if we can expand this program into
becoming not only an exemption but a credit for property owners renting
affordably year-round.

Again, I like anyone who thinks outside the box, but this idea would cost $ to
taxpayers and wouldn't work.  Most, if not all, condos are owned by people who
want to come stay in their condo four or five weeks a year.  They are not going
to rent their condo year-round because it would prohibit them from coming here. 
Most rent their condos to help pay their mortgage expenses, not as an
10:02 am edt 

Re: Catherine Russo

"I don't know her but Catherine Russo seems like an interesting
woman,whom I hope will consider a Selectwomans spot another time."

She has only one thought.  Take housing away from the rich 2nd homeowners.  Her
only goal is income redistribution.  Watch her during a FinCom meeting.  Unless
the discussion is about affordable housing she contributes nothing.
10:01 am edt 

Low Income Condo Rentals

In reply to candidate Richter's idea to double the property tax exemption for
condo owners who rent year-round to low income tenants (in effect paying the
cost of the doubling from tax revenues):

all of the condo owners I know who rent do so only for part of the season and
use it for themselves or for family/friends the rest of the season.  Some also
rent in the off-season, some don't. It isn't only about financial return, it's a
question of using the space themselves which is primarily why they bought a

Perhaps the candidate can tell us how many condo owners take advantage of the
existing exemption, but I expect it is a small number and that wouldn't change
much by doubling the exemption; it would only increase the cost of the program
to taxpayers without adding much new low income space.

New ideas are great and are certainly needed here, but this one is not thought
9:59 am edt 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Raphael Richter Board of Selectmen Candidate
Low-income and workforce housing is more of a crisis in Provincetown than at any time before. Community members are being forced out of town at alarming rates. As a selectman, I would focus on this problem as my top priority.
Folks often ask how I would tackle this issue. I am surprised how many people are unaware of the tax-exemption program for renting year-round offered by the town (see below). This is a great incentive, but I feel that that this concept would be even more effective if we had a discussion about furthering the scope of the existing program.
The reason for the shortage of year-round housing stock is simple to understand. As an example, if the owner of a 1 bedroom condo rents year-round at the affordable county rate ($945/month), they profit $11,340 for the year. If they rent the apartment in the summer for an average of $1200/wk for 15 weeks, they profit $18,000. The difference is over $6,000. If this condo owner pays $...2,000 in property tax and the entire amount is exempted, they have still sacrificed over $4,000, an amount many people consider too much to part with.
I would encourage a discussion to see if we can expand this program into becoming not only an exemption but a credit for property owners renting affordably year-round. If the example above is used, and we offered a credit equal to the amount of exemption, the property owner is now only sacrificing $2,000 in profit by renting year-round - an amount many people may consider low enough to change the way they rent their property from seasonal to year-round.
Since we as a town were willing to adopt the program outlined in the link below, I think this discussion would be very worthwhile. It could open up some year-round housing stock very quickly without any development.
See More
12:08 pm edt 

Peter Souza's Letter to the Provincetown Banner Editor
Provincetown Banner April 11, 2013, page 9

Case of
To the editor:
Another "not in my back yard" drama is unfolding at the East End of Provincetown. A
few abutting residents are wailing and moaning at the prospect that a new home will
onstructed next to their properties. As reported in a recent Banner, one of the abutters
ired a lawyer and placed an article for April's Town Meeting to change site re- quirements.
This abutter claims it will compromise a wooded dune
. This same abut
ter was on the water
and sewer board, where he was a staunch support
r that pushed very hard for the town's
nt plant to be built smack dab right in the center of town conservation land.

This Provincetown conservation land is home to the second largest quaking bog on a sand
er in the entire world. This quaking bog sup- ports many rare orchids and many other
e pl
ant and rare animal species, including many rare warblers and bird species, such as
a warblers. Many times the Provincetown Banner editors and staff have toured and writ-
ten wonderful articles and tak
en beautiful photographs about the Clapps Pond conservation

This abutter claimed that, if built correctly, [the treatment plant] would not harm the sur-
rounding fragile environment
. If that's the case, why couldn't the homeowner who is propos-
to build next to him,
have it built right?

So the whole town should change zoning and site requirements just to satisfy one homeowner's

Ninety-five percent of Provincetowners live with neighbors so close you can hear them sneeze,
so why should one person now suddenly change zoning laws to prevent one family from build-
ing on the
ir own property?

Back in the '90s, when the Town Meeting vote would not allow a transfer station to be built at
Clapps Pond, it was agreed that this beautiful land would always be conservation land
so much
for Town Meet
ing votes.

If the abutter really wants to conserve the land around him, maybe he should find a female eastern
box tur
le and some turtle eggs. Put them in a box, carry them around, easy to find in the spring, after
- that's all it took for one person to stop the Cape End Manor from going where it should've gone,
at the East End, inst
ead of next to a cemetery.

After all, it was no great coincidence that several East End residents placed themselves on the water
d sewer board a
t that time when there was talk of siting the sewage treatment plant east of Howland
Street. May
be Town Meeting would
like to declare all land east of Howland Street as sacred land
for the few and privileged,
and to heck with rare and endangered species in the Provincetown conservation

The cell tower propos
ed t
o be built at the sewage treatment plant will be another monument honoring
hyp- ocrites who claim they love nature; that is, nature in their own backyards. Peter Souza
Bennington, Vt.
[Editor's note: Peter Souza is a
rovincetown native, an environ-
mental activist, former Province
town selectman and member of the
town's conservation commission.]
11:54 am edt 

What's in a Name?

Why do we make such a big deal about creating labels for people. When
I lived in Boston no one used the word townie nor was there a big deal about
being born in Boston. These labels that are used here today are just as stupid
as the alienating titles of East ender and West ender of the past. Let's get
over it! It makes all of us look like narrow minder jerks.
11:07 am edt 

Cabaret Fest Fabulous!

What a great evening with Dane Vannettar and his wonderful Fred Boyle and Bart
Weisman and bassist. such a great evening and such enjoyment. Bravo!
11:05 am edt 

Board of Selectmen Candidate

Talk is now we have a write-in candidate for BOS.
11:04 am edt 

Quotable Quotes

This is NOT empire building
Michele Couture, 2013 Town Meeting

We dont want it to be a police state
Sharon Lynn, Cape Cod Times , April 2013

I am not a crook.
Richard Nixon
11:00 am edt 

Re: Tea Dance Kerfluffle

In light of hitting an obvious nerve and recent bantering on this blog
of who is a "townie" or not and how much one should pay for a pass to T Dance
and how much some got away with and never paid for a drink and whether or not
cash revenues are reported...

Maybe a number of those very elusive and highly valued "townie" (sold for $40
bucks cash) passes should be auctioned off in a simple yet tasteful program. 
MANY, MANY needing local charities could use a boost.  A dinner, some drinks and
an auction of bronze, silver and gold passes (with appropriate accompanying
perks (use your imagination))seems like a no brainer, and a great PR move for
the establishment.  How can a true "townie" complain about something that helps
any one of a number of true town needs, and is fun.

Sorry, just another stupid idea.
10:56 am edt 

Re: Townies

Here's some needed lessons in semantics ie:differences;Native Townies=
born here & stayed in town;Townie,(formerly wash-a-shore)=those that have been
here a long time,(sometimes longerthan a native townie) & stayed; "townie" is a
graduate title they earned;Residents live where ever they are at the
time;Transients also known as parttime owners or renters who come and go and are
one cut above tourists;All are welcome,of course,as long as your checkbook comes
with you at all times!! Who cares about titles? We all have a passion for this
place for whatever reasons. Live and let live. The same with Alden Street Dump
and George Bryants traumatic experience, MYOB (mind you own business). @TEOTD
(at the end of the day) can you live with yourselves for creating havoc in other
peoples lives? You're in the "outcast" category -probably just got here and need
sympathy because you don't know what Provincetown is all about!
10:54 am edt 

To: Raphael Richter Board of Selectmen Candidate

Raphael, your lack of knowledge and experience is showing.  While new
idea and thoughts are always welcome you would be wise to do a little homework

Currently, if it's needed, the state pays to re-pave Rte 6.  Change the use of
Rte. 6 in any way and the town becomes responsible for the cost of paving. 
There is no way, as a taxpayer, that I would consider taking on that
multi-million dollar responsibility.
10:53 am edt 

Jazz Cabaret

The Weather is Not Great But the singing Will Be fabulous

Glad that the Jazz Cabaret is back and we will hear Dane Vannetter and the Bart
Weisman group at the Crown & Anchor. It feels more like spring with their

Happy spring and let the music flow!
10:50 am edt 

What is a Townie?

I own a house in town, but I don't walk around like I own the town like some
people.  I think a Townie is a non-native who resides in town all or part of the
year.  Does not need to own property.

Then you have a Native, someone born, raised and living in town.

It makes me sick when Townies think they're Natives.  They want to come in and
take over. Mind your business and stop acting like you've been raised in ptown
your whole life!
10:49 am edt 

Sun Damaged

From the tone of messages being posted from Florida on the Facebook Ptown hate
page it appears as if she's off her rocker again.  She thanked Donegan for
finally posting his picture all the while her pic since founding the page is a
10:47 am edt 

Re: Catherine Russo

I don't know her but Catherine Russo seems like an interesting
woman,whom I hope will consider a Selectwomans spot another time. She's how
people used to think and to be self sufficient with less government to think for
us and tell us how to live. She's a Libertarian for sure!Democrats used to be
for the "poor people" but they've lost their way. Small business made this
country and can again if they're not throttled by so many government rules and
taxes. Her sexual persuasion and her religious beliefs are her business. I'd
vote for her  and would have now if she didn't withdraw from this race. She's
the catalyst we need. Maybe next time.
10:46 am edt 

Tea Dance Kerfluffle

I said I wasn't going. Don't you read! And I am
the life of the party.... people love me!
10:44 am edt 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Tea Dance Kerfluffle

Why don't you just keep your $40 and stay home then.  With your entitled 
attitude im sure you are not exactly the life of the party or  joy to be around
anyway.  I suppose you think you are so special that the boatslip should give
you free drinks on top of your well deserved free admittance its not like they
are trying to run a business or anything!
9:32 am edt 

Re: Boatslip Tea Dance

The people working the door at the Boatslip do not know who lives in
town. They are mostly just transients like so many that come for the summer. $40
cash for a townie pass is over the top gouging. When I used to go to tea I would
only be there on weekdays to avoid a crowd. I should have been paid to be there
just to add a body to the sparse turnout. And the drinks are small and way over
priced. Boatslip will not see me or my friends this season. If the 50 ft. rule
for amplified music were enforced tea would be shut down every day! They do not
appreciate that they have been given a free pass on noise forever in the past.
8:30 am edt 

Re: Raphael Richter's Road Plans

Rafael it took a lot of years to get 4 lanes on the highway & we're
not going backwards. Think of something more creative.If the Police station
should go on to DPW land,changing lanes at that juncture woild be a dangerous
deterrent.Maybe that's the objective here to throttle that potential project.Bad
idea since we don't know yet where it's going.
8:28 am edt 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

What is Wrong With the Banner?

Is no one thinking at this place of work? Another editorial that hardly fits our
Town Meeting. I was there for three nights. Were they there? I hardly think so.
and yet they want to preach to us, to lecture us that we should be civil. Had
you been there, you would have seen that it was a great town meeting and people
were civil.

Maybe the Banner fails to understand that people differ and addressing these
differences is not being uncivil. It is holding different points of view.

The Banner is out of touch. They should do their own reporting of themselves. Go
to the meeting.  Interview people. Instead, they seem to come to false positions
by talking to so few people. It's like they are talking to themselves and then
coming to this distorted positions. A newspaper needs to do better than this.
11:26 pm edt 

Please Post Peter Souza's Letter to the Editor

He is right on. His interpretation of Saneiko's self-interested attempt to
change zoning by-laws is so right. Souza nails this man's egotistical attempt to
change town laws for his on benefit. And when Saneiko had a chance to protect
Clapps Pond, he used his role on various boards to counter conservation land.
and now, he wants to PROTECT land, trees, dunes when he has undermined so many
in town. But the dunes, and trees, and land he wants protected are those in his
own backyard.

What a great letter. thanks. I would want the Webmaster to publish this letter.
The best writing in the Banner for sure.
11:23 pm edt 

Her Time Has Past

It is over. she is now a non-entity. she has little voice.

Her best move is to stay in Florida.
11:20 pm edt 

Provincetown Library

What's going on at the Library with personnel again? Is Mary Smith the
nice older retired Nun that worked there? Did she choose to retire or was she
fired? The Town Manager is notorious for firing as a form of her empowerment
when she's losing control! We all own the library collectively so let's get the
facts on this firing. Was Mary a volunteer or on the payroll? Is it age
discrimination? This needs to be investigated further to determine if this is
elderly abuse!
11:17 pm edt 

Re: Boatslip Tea Dance

$40 is a bargain.   Considering what you'd spend without it.  If you
were a real townie you wouldn't need a pass they'd let you in by sight.  When
you get the townie discount at retail establishments like I do, do you feel
taken advantage of because its only a discount and you dont get to walk out with
free goods?

Speaking of irs and dor, ive always wondered myself about a certsin late nite
hangout that only takes cash and doesnt use cash registers.  I wonder if the irs
and dor get their fair slice of that pie if you know what I mean.
10:47 pm edt 

Re: Boatslip Tea Dance

$40.00 for a "Townie Pass"; at that price I feel more like a taken advantage of
tourist than a member of our community. I remember when a "Townie Pass" was just
that - a free pass for Townies who patronized an establishment all summer long
as well as in the spring and fall. Now it's just about the money!

P.S.  I'd love to know how much of that "Townie Pass" cash will be reported to
the DOR and IRS.
7:02 pm edt 

Re: Alden Street

There is nothing "whimsical" about the junk yard on Alden Street. It's
what it is - junk strewn all over the place. Taking a picture - CLICK
6:58 pm edt 

Tom Donegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
New Consultant's Study Proposed by Selectmen:...
Tom Donegan2:58pm Apr 11
New Consultant's Study Proposed by Selectmen:
I hope that before the Selectmen begin spending money on yet another study, they instead hold a series of public hearings about what the Town wants in a police station site. Once we hear what Town wants, wouldn't it be better to compare a few sites, rather than a series of one-offs from expensive consultants?
We've spent too long lurching from proposal to proposal for the police station problem- none of which will ever garner the 2/3rds vote required at Town Meeting. It's time to start listening. As a Selectman, I will seek your advice before starting yet another police station proposal.
6:52 pm edt 

Re: Shankpainter

I agree the 4 lanes should cease at Shankpainter. But i  believe there should be
LARGE FEDERAL PAYMENT to the town for the use of our roads, water, fire
department, police and cell space for housing the nudists the Park Rangers
arrest.  i know shank painter is two words but i like to write it as one.

Also, regarding the junkyard on Alden....if people want to save a relic...THAT'S
THEIR BUSINESS.  just because it doesnt conform to your suburban values..dont
wreck the character of Provincetown by banning the whimsical.

I like the Town Manager, she's a nice person but a couple of other people in
senior management are like the           crowd, clueless             
2:11 pm edt 

Re: Boatslip Tea Dance

I'm a townie and I have always enjoyed going to tea dance. But maybe
not this year...$40.00 cash only for a townie pass is not what I call a townie
pass. I hope the Boatslip enjoyed my business in the past.
2:06 pm edt 

Tom Donegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
Tom Donegan2:01pm Apr 11
Meet the Candidates' Night
Town Hall Auditorium
April 25 5-7pm
Co-hosted by PTV & The Banner
2:04 pm edt 

Re: Subliminal

Let me explain. A "Townie" is a person that has grown up here, raised in this
town and grown up with acceptance of people that come to this town and become
friends. Yes there are people here that are gay and have lived here for a number
of years but were not born here and there are also some folks that were born here
and are gay and are "Townies" but living here year round for a few years and calling
yourself a Townie does not make sence to many.
12:25 pm edt 

Re: Subliminal

Looks like the subliminal homophobia of us vs them exposed itself again

There is nothing subliminal about it!
8:14 am edt 

Raphael Richter's Road Plans

Don't be foolish Raph. Route 6 turned into two lanes west of Conwell would be a
disaster. West of Shankpainter wouldn't be bad but not Conwell. Think big events
during the summer and emergency issues in the off season. July 4th traffic alone
convinces me that we need 4 lanes to Shankpainter not to mention the fact that
at least half the traffic coming into town goes through Shankpainter.
Considering the current police and fire are on Shankpainter, 4 lanes are also
needed yearround for easy access to and from other parts of town. Not a bad idea
but clean it up before candidates night.
6:53 am edt 


I am a townie and I go to tea dance, and after tea dance. Also for someone who
drives a cab our latest candidate has no clue about Route 6 in the summer. The
beach, grocery shopping and people living in the West end would strongly
disagree with your thinking here. We need a "bypass" type roadway for  this
town. We also need some kind of junk car or car parts by-law for this town. some
of the in the Alden Street area are disgusting. Also the parking rules are
totally ignored in the area of the town office building there.
6:52 am edt 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Raphael Richter Board of Selectmen Candidate
As your Selectman, I want to bring fresh ideas to the table. Today, I want to talk about Route 6.
As most of you are aware, the state has transferred ownership of Route 6 to the town and we are responsible for all costs related to its upkeep. I think this is an ideal time to come together, discuss our needs for the highway, and possibly rework our agreement with the state.
Obviously, Route 6 has great historical significance, and further solidifies Provincetown as the ultimate "finish line". However, I certainly question whether 4 lanes of high-speed traffic are necessary for a variety of reasons including underutilization of the pavement, encouragement to speed, and the option to make better use of our land.
I would propose that the town study turning Route 6 into a 2-lane highway west of Conwell St. In the future, we could look to do the entire highway, but this would be a great start. If successful, think of the great possibilities for this "found" space: bicycle lanes (connected to the entire Lower Cape soon), more open space and walking trails, and the potential to achieve a longtime goal in Provincetown of satellite parking.
We have a unique opportunity right now to improve the town, while also saving the town money in the long-term.
As your Selectman, I want to bring fresh ideas to the table.  Today, I want to talk about Route 6.  As most of you are aware, the state has transferred ownership of Route 6 to the town and we are responsible for all costs related to its upkeep.  I think this is an ideal time to come together, discuss our needs for the highway, and possibly rework our agreement with the state.  Obviously, Route 6 has great historical significance, and further solidifies Provincetown as the ultimate "finish line".  However, I certainly question whether 4 lanes of high-speed traffic are necessary for a variety of reasons including underutilization of the pavement, encouragement to speed, and the option to make better use of our land.  I would propose that the town study turning Route 6 into a 2-lane highway west of Conwell St.  In the future, we could look to do the entire highway, but this would be a great start.  If successful, think of the great possibilities for this "found" space: bicycle lanes (connected to the entire Lower Cape soon), more open space and walking trails, and the potential to achieve a longtime goal in Provincetown of satellite parking.    We have a unique opportunity right now to improve the town, while also saving the town money in the long-term.
10:09 pm edt 

Tom Donegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
Thank you to the...
Tom Donegan8:38pm Apr 10
Thank you to the Provincetown Business Guild for the warm welcome tonight and the delicious dinner Fanizzi's Restaurant - Provincetown, MA. I look forward to working to make sure Town Hall is helping every PBG member succeed !
9:57 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Library
Ask that "retired" librarian what the truth is. Shame on the library
director for forcing out a valuable talented senior citizen. She was a good
employee who needed to work.
9:53 pm edt 

Re: Tea Dance

"I don't know of any "Townies that go to tea's not our

Looks like the subliminal homophobia of us vs them exposed itself again
9:48 pm edt 

Provincetown Police

Provincetown taxpayers pay hundreds of thousands of dollars  to train
and maintain a professional police force.

We are not using much of the professional skills...  For instance, putting a
police officer on the street when a STREET CONE would be more than sufficient. 
Even better, putting a police officer on the WRONG END of a one way street. 
It's almost too stupid to describe.

(The street cone would be more attentive to the job, too.)
4:08 pm edt 

Re: Tea Dance

I'm confused, I dont know of any TOWNIES that go to Tea Dance, its not
really our thing!!
4:06 pm edt 

Great to See Restaurants Opened Now

Fabulous to see and be at the Lobster Pot! It feels like spring is definitely
here. and good that Victor's is open. the sun is warmer and the days along the
sea reveal the new season. May you enjoy every moment! It's a wonderful time of
the year here in Provincetown.
3:59 pm edt 

Library Conspiracy

Let me get this straight.  A person well into their 80's leaves their position
and you see it as part of a larger conspiracy.   Queue up the twilight zone
music.    You need to get out from behind your computer and get some fresh air. 
It has been a long snowy winter.  Now spring has sprung get out and enjoy the
natural beauty of our surroundings.

Remember one thing though.  Just because you are paranoid, that doesn't mean
people aren't out to get you!   Lol
3:57 pm edt 

If She Wasn't There at Town Meeting....

...than silence would be better for her. Either you're involved or else you rant.
She's a ranter for sure. Tragic person that she is. May the Florida sun help her
and heal her.                                                                   !
3:22 pm edt 

Re: Candace Nagle and Her Facebook

Well, now that CN was called out for her blocked people link and no
one was there after she reported in prior posts at least 4 people were on the
list, that disappeared too.  What a surprise!
Transparency?  Good government? or Propaganda?

Seems like she posted here too and insinuated that Clarence is behind these
posts.  It's called YOU HAVE BEEN CAUGHT and your  supposed credibility is
12:18 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Provincetown Library

I knew Ms. DeJonker Berry well and really cared for her, but she left nearly 5
years ago and isn't coming back. I saw her at the library dedication last year
and she seemed really happy. Evidently there IS life after Provincetown.
As far as the woman who just retired goes,she is well into her 80's.  I think
she has the right to retire and enjoy life.

I am an avid reader and use truro and Wellfleet libraries because it's
convenient for my job. They don't havebestsellers sitting on their shelves
either. They're bestsellers because everyone wants to read them, and I put my
holds in and get them from wherever through CLAMS.

When I use the library it looks busy. I don't go to many programs, but I
appreciate them, especially during the offseason.
As far as Ms. Greene goes, she was elected to fill an unexpired term of 2 years.
Her term is over and she chose not to run again. There are 3 people running for
the spot, so what's the problem?

Once again this is a case of people who don't have problems trying to stir the
pot. Why not just enjoy this town and all that it offers?
10:56 pm edt 

The Boatslip

The Boatslip has townie passes for Tea Dance that are on sale soon.  FYI,
they are accepting CASH ONLY payment.                           
10:54 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Library

Nice to see someone actually recognizes the huge losses of personal at
the Library. Sharon Lynn quietly dismantled a superior group of Librarians that
worked together to create what has now become an empty shell.

Under the Leadership of Debby DeJonker Berry we had the best library in the
state. That wasn't good enough for Sharon, she used her para military skills to
take over the building, budget, and staff.

No one ever mentions that Sharon is very intimidated by SMART STRAIGHT Women
but she is.  That is what happened to Debby and her staff. The director, assistant
director, and children's librarian were purged. A few of the part time people remained i
n what can only  be described as a hostile work environment.

What really sucks is there is no recourse. There is no HR to help. Credit should
be given to Mary B. Smith who hung in there so long. Sometimes when people
'retire' it is just another way of saying 'pushed out'

10:51 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Library

"Another person leaving the library?  Say it isn't so. Maybe they are
retiring, or the deli at Stop & Shop has an opening."

Yes, another person quit at the library. It wasn't a retirement; it was a
10:47 pm edt 

Readers Can View Which Ever Blog They Choose

Whoever it is that got their panties all up in a twist because of
"candies" fb page...let it go.   Clarence has his blog.   "Candies" has hers. 
Clarence only posts what he deems acceptable.  Candies only posts what she
thinks is acceptable.

Are you trying to draw attention and drive readers to "candies" blog by posting
your unhinged rants about what's happening there over here? Surely there's room
enough for two blogs in this town!  Readers can view which ever blog they choose
without your histrionics.

By the way WTF does priorily mean?
8:02 pm edt 

Candace Nagle and Her Facebook

Clarence, why do you publish post after post from people writing
negative and downright mean things about Candace Nagle and her Facebook page
which is constantly referred to here as a "hate blog?" These posts seem to make
up about half of your MYPAAC blog. When you devote a significant portion of your
page to negative posts about another person, isn't that a "hate blog?" And
please, don't blame the people (supposedly) sending in these posts, it's
ultimately your blog and you decide what does and what does not get published. I
would love for you to address this issue and I'm sure a lot of others would as
7:59 pm edt 

What a Beautiful Day

Despite it all we are lucky to be here, had a free Ice Cream, took a
walk, smiling faces on Commercial Street, Town Meeting is just a memory. 
Good day, but the library is like a dead zone.  Too bad, what happened to
Debbie De Jonker?
7:56 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Library

Person has met maximum age limit. Just another example of someone spewing
without facts.
7:37 pm edt 

Cry Me a River Crocodile

Now Candies and the sociopaths are melting down again over on the fb Ptown hate
page. Interesting when sociopath bullies cry the loudest about being
victimized...Always someone else's fault.  There's a lot of treatable illnesses
on the Ptown fb hate page...
7:22 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Library

Another person leaving the library?  Say it isn't so.

Maybe they are retiring, or the deli at Stop & Shop has an opening.
7:20 pm edt 

Provincetown Library

At last count, seven people have been forced out of the library since
the director started. So tragic. I was there yesterday. If you read the paper
and facebook, you think that the library is doing great. However, why don't they
have any new books? I looked for bestsellers, new books, popular books, etc. 
They can be ordered from other branches, but i want my tax money to pay for
books for OUR library. It's great to have events, but the library is not a movie
theater or a gym. It's supposed to have BOOKS and there is supposed to be quiet
space to sit and read those books. What a mess. I noticed the town manager's wife
who was so desperately needed that the town manager had her specially appointed,
has not even completed a full term and is not running again.

Thanks for nothing, Patsy.
7:19 pm edt 

Facebook Dilemma

Now CN is producing a link to all the blocked people on her page and
NOBODY is listed. I personally saw a post made by CN herself saying she
unblocked 3 of Erik's friends AND  her talk priorily about someone who she
thought was bogus and blocked. Now no one is one the list OHHHH PLEASEEEE

How many of the people on your page don't even know they are part of the page
because they were added by other group members.  Oh transparency. Enjoy it You
are now being caught in your own cover-ups.
7:14 pm edt 


Another person at the library who has been there forever is leaving?  Anyone
know why?
2:07 pm edt 

Tom and the School

How can Toms stance on the school be a positive one when the schools are costing
the town HUGE money every year and there are fewer and fewer kids attending?
When does the madness stop? Who is he patronizing, the few parents out there
that want their kids local? Or maybe the graduates that can't let go? I can't
see how his stance of approving every expenditure up there is a good thing for
the town as a whole.
2:05 pm edt 

Candies FB Page

Have to love the insider know-it-alls on her hate page... they know the price of
everything and the value of nothing....
11:41 am edt 

Tom Donegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
Tom Donegan
Tom wrote: "I can one up you. They are talking about me, yet they have blocked me so I cannot  read it it!!! Cowardice. And a sure sign of deceit ."
11:29 am edt 

From: Erik Yingling
"We can all elevate the discussion by not sinking to their level. let's take the high road and focus on solutions rather than slash and burn."
11:26 am edt 

Tom Donegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
The chairman's campaign just crossed the line....
Erik Yingling10:47am Apr 9
The (BOS) chairman's campaign just crossed the line. Rather than running on his record, his supporters are distorting Tom Donegan's.

"The big problem to be concerned about is one of the Finance Committee members is running for Selectmen. I am very, very concerned about the future our school if, Mr. Donegan is elected."

This sort of low brow politics just posted on ptown community and politics has no place in our community. It's intellectually dishonest and the kind of politics we don't need on the BOS.

Tom has been a consistent proponent of the schools in his 3 years on the finance committee.

The simple truth is that Tom Donegan has voted in favor of every budget and capital request brought forward by the school committee.
11:23 am edt 

CN Page Update

She removed the post where she said she blocked 3 of Erik.s friends 
Transparency? LMAO Guess she keeps her eyes on this blog
7:22 am edt 

Re: Tom Donegan

I may change my mind about voting for you because of your post regarding PHS
"saying yes to all requests." and"Year after year, I have been a consistent supporter of the
Provincetown Schools. I have voted YES to recommend every single school request to Town

I am sick of the school holding us hostage. Enough is enough. They
come to town meeting year after year and as soon as they get what they want most
of them leave. We do not need to be paying for all these teachers and staff.
They need to be let go!

7:19 am edt 

Austin Knight

I hope Richter Donegan or even Grassy take on "Knight" and remind voters all
about his very              and broken promises.
7:15 am edt 


So you implicitly acknowledge the alleged incident did not happen on work hours. 
I guess they'll have to find something else for this person to do if they can't
drive for a short period of time.   What would you do if this person couldn't
drive for a period of time due to  physical impairment, have them fired!

Despite what you may think, personnel matters are none of your business.  Why
don't you move along and find your next target of gossip!  Better yet why don't
you regail us all with the story of your sainted sinless life.

Better yet maybe you can find a way to tie    into the story.  Wouldn't that
beat all?
7:13 am edt 

Orange Is In the Air!

I am seeing many orange signs throughout this town. Raphael has many signs and
then I see quite a few of Donnegan's. Looks good to me! Glad there is such
support for these two people. Who do I contact to join the orange bandwagon and
get a sign on my land?

7:11 am edt 

Hand Writing Similarities

KH has 2 much free time on her hands.  Now she's a handwriting pathology expert
? ??? She's doing a great job at keeping the Nude Male Artist quiet because when
he writes Austin loses votes  HA
1:58 am edt 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Re: BOS Elections

Re: "Every time the incumbents supporters make a negative unfounded
attack on candidate richter and candidate donegan, I'm going to donate $20 to
their campaigns and tell my friends to not support any candidate that advocates
slash and burn politics."

From what I've read so far it won't cost you anything, every post on there has
minutes or facts that back it up.  No question that the posts there are slanted
in one direction, just as the posts here are slanted in one direction.  For
those who think the BOS chair is running that page I would say that is
laughable.  You may or not like Austin, but for anyone who knows anything about
him I would say running a Facebook page is not his forte.
7:04 pm edt 

Hearing Praises

I am Hearing Praises from many for Mary Jo avellar and Her work as

People are stopping me on the street and giving praise to MaryJo for how she
handled town meeting.  I agree! she did a great job and it was not easy to

6:44 pm edt 

It's Spring and I Like the Energy That is in the Air

It's wonderful. The sea is calm, the sky stretches out into blue, the sparrows
chirp, the bluejays swoop in, and the daffodils push through fresh soil. the
light continues into evening and we know that restaurant after restaurant will
soon be opening their doors to us. It's just "mud-lushes" as e.e.cummings would
6:42 pm edt 

It's About Writing Style

You folks are cracking me up, all ten of you.  If you want to pretend
there are multiple people saying they will vote for Donegan and Richter at least
change your writing style.
6:39 pm edt 

CN Page Update

She blocked 3 friends of Erik 's  Guess she didn't
want anyone's opinions that disagreed with her and Erik posts on this page LOL
5:07 pm edt 

Tom Donegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
As a member of the Finance Committee I have...
Tom Donegan4:47pm Apr 8
As a member of the Finance Committee I have done my homework. I've studied the numbers. I've asked the right - and sometimes tough- questions and voted YES for all school requests.

Year after year, I have been a consistent supporter of the Provincetown Schools. I have voted YES to recommend every single school request to Town Meeting. I have voted for every School Capital Project before FinCom. I even was the proponent of moving PHS roof repairs forward by a year.

My record on the Finance Committee is clear. My votes speak for themselves.
4:58 pm edt 

To: Re: "Variable Enforcement of the Building Code"

"Would be helpful if you cited real instances rather than repeating vague..."

Have you never looked at the sidelink of this blog entitled "27-31..."
12:26 pm edt 

BOS Elections

I knew right away that the ptown community and politics FB page was administered
by the the incumbent chairman of the Select board.  Have you noticed that every
single post makes a vague reference to "lack of transparency" followed by "we
need candidates with a moral compass"?  Donegan and richter are always mentioned
in this context yet no mention of the incumbents. it's very telling of who this
mob are campaigning for.

Every time the incumbents supporters make a negative unfounded attack on
candidate richter and candidate donegan, I'm going to donate $20 to their
campaigns and tell my friends to not support any candidate that advocates slash
and burn politics.

Provincetown deserves a fresh start.
12:22 pm edt 

Undecided Voter Close to Deciding

It's difficult to cut through the noise in this BOS election with all of the
facebook ads.  I can tell you this though, I am DEFINITELY NOT voting for the
current chairman after witnessing the behavior of his supporters on facebook.
Someone told me they are good friends of his.

His people are using Facebook to personally attack that cab guy and the fin com
chair.  Completely despicable.

Where can I find credible info about the other 3 candidates?
12:20 pm edt 

A Fresh Start

Can someone help me out? I was just reading some of the near libelous posts by
CN and her thugs; and I have made up my mind.

I'm voting for Donegan and Richter.  I am on board with the idea of donating to
their campaigns every time the incumbents supporters/campaigners engage in
character attacks.

How do I contact the Donegan and Richter campaigns? Check book in hand.
12:15 pm edt 

Got My Donegan and Richter Yard Signs Today

I was on the fence until I started reading bark lady's new facebook page.  all
the posts are completely single-minded and have 1 purpose: scare voters into
voting for the incumbents.

Anyone that stands with her or her brand of politics will never have my vote.

-Slippery Clam
12:12 pm edt 

Re: "Variable Enforcement of the Building Code"

Would be helpful if you cited real instances rather than repeating vague,
unsubstantiated claims of difference in treatment. Otherwise you are just
posting BS.
9:10 am edt 

Town Meeting

It appears by many admitted speakers at Town Meeting, that some are operating
his or her business without a license? How many exist that are illegal? Can all
the candidates give us law abiding business owners a plan to eliminate this
apparent lack of due diligence within the Building Department downstairs?

It seems like nothing really changes in this town. Those who play by the rules get
penalized or squeezed and the others just blatantly lie and cheat and there are
no consequences. I say clean the entire HOUSE, the TM, Mr Gardner and the
Building Commissioner! All one has to do is pull up lists of successive years as
to who was licensed and make sure they went before the proper boards, this isn't
brain surgery!!
9:08 am edt 


It is all of our business if a town employee gets OUI and cant drive a town
vehicle (his job!)for 180 days..and might possibly loose his CDL License...

9:06 am edt 

Re; In What World Does the Banner Live In?

This is a question you're asking yourself NOW?? They've been out of touch for
years. Gone are the hard political news items with BOTH sides of the story and
other items newsworthy that generate interest from a wide range of people as
opposed to the artist only crowd. The paper is a joke.  Two or three news issues
per paper and the rest is for wrapping fish.
9:04 am edt 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Estate Sale

That says it all.  It takes someone from the Assessors office
happening upon an estate sale to discover an illegal basement apartment.

You just cannot make this stuff up.
Many posts not posted, but this is laughable, posted or not.
8:47 pm edt 

BOS Election

This election for BOS is becoming a doozy.  The male nude artist and
his Boss are attacking Donegan and Richter.  Keep it up!  Look what happened to
your guy David B!  Voters are not Stupid CN.  An endorsement from you is a
kiss of death to the status quo!!  When Austin and Grassy are defeated make
sure you SHOW UP !
8:45 pm edt 

Provincetown School Superintendent

Our school Superintendent should apply for the job at Nauset because
then her drive from home to work will be 10 minutes.  now, that's a strategic
plan !
8:42 pm edt 

In What World Does the Banner Live In?

It's not here. what are they reporting on? Even the Schneider like cartoon
failed to reflect this particular town meeting. it was a good town meeting with
much discussion, give and take, different points of views but quite civil. I
never saw vitriol. Seems they are reading their own letters to the Editors by a
few odd people in town and believe that what they protest and complain about is
true. I found the Banner's editorial distorted and off-the-wall. Again, what
universe are they living in?
8:25 pm edt 

Variable Enforcement of the Building Code

Maybe it just depends on who you are. Some get a pass, while others must jump
through hoops. Interpretations of Zoning By-Laws and building codes may simply
be reduced to who you are and fill in the blanks.
8:23 pm edt 

Estate Sale

Went to "the" estate sale yesterday.  Sad to see an illegal apartment
in the basement.  Hope people from the assessor's department that went to the
sale will do something about it.
8:21 pm edt 

Tom Donegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
WOW! What a great weekend visiting with...
Tom Donegan 
WOW! What a great weekend visiting with voters, making phone calls, delivering yard signs, and even waiving to cars on Bradford.

I am truly grateful for your overwhelming support and enthusiasm.
Thank you! I look forward to representing you on the Board of Selectmen.
7:20 pm edt 

Re: Ctizen Complaint and Review Process Overdue

Re: "A citizen complaint and review process is overdue in Provincetown."

Since Jaran, in his uniform, has spoken as a citizen to complain about town
police matters at public meetings at Town Hall, it is only fair that his staff
also exercise its right to complain about the Police Department.  If he can do
it, so can they, right?
9:48 am edt 

Unnecessary Administrators Is what I Say

We do not need the staff we had when we had a high school. why do you need a
superintendent? You don't. You do not have a high school. therefore, it is
unnecessary to keep Beth Singer employed. Say goodbye.

she was hired to close the school and then leave. Seems she likes lingering and
justifying her importance. It is over. So goodbye.
9:45 am edt 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Extreme Selfishness

So glad the        didn't get what he wanted........a home built next
to his. He got us to buy his mother's garden by threatening to put a parking lot
there, when he should have donated the garden to the town. Happy his lies and
deception didn't work this time.
10:51 pm edt 

School Staff

The super lives in Wellfleet and the principal commutes from Centerville.  I
wouldn't want to look forward to that commute every morning.  They're both
qualified....from what I understand they couldn't find anyone local with their
credentials.  That might be.  They are both highly qualified and experienced. 
We're lucky that the kids have two professionals at the helm.
7:24 pm edt 


How is it character assassination, when no person was mentioned?

It was a report of an event. Facts are important and it does help
to have some sense of logic. 
4:46 pm edt 

A Good Town Meeting

Long but still productive. Three nights but still the tone was good, the
attitude open and the discussion free flowing. I think this was a good town
meeting and the moderator helped keep the tone good and open. Quite good. Quite
4:35 pm edt 

Bravo For Fairness in Zoning by-Laws

I hope this is the end of biased, narcissistic and villaneous zoning Law
changes. We should alter Zoning because there is an objective need. And not
because someone wants to undermine a neighbor and stop that person from building
a house.

This is not how Zoning changes should happen. And thankfully this is not what
happened at this town meeting. To all, good work!

4:34 pm edt 

FYI Rockport False Info

Its a dry town. It does not have the abundance of second home owners. Bearskin
Neck stores are about a quarter of our retail businesses, the cove does not
match our pier by any stretch of the truth. I could go on and on and on !
4:04 pm edt 


Was this town employee OUI'ing while on the job?  If so they should be
disciplined.  If the employee was on his or her own time WTF business its it of
4:02 pm edt 

Building Commissioner

It is astounding at what get's approved "behind
the scenes" yet others are held to the strictest interpretation of the Building
Code.Never have I witnessed such unfair and inconsistent treatment in a Building
4:01 pm edt 

Town Hall Meeting

You know by now and quite painfully in fact, you don't have to be
physically in Town Hall to have a voice on issues!

Pass the suntan lotion :)!
4:00 pm edt 

Out of Town

Someone said the School Super lives outta town.  Same goes for the high school
principal(of boy there's  a tough job).  and last but not least...THE PTOWN
this picture   LOL
3:56 pm edt 

Re: "End to Catnip"

Candidate Donegan asks for "end to catnip" and two posts later the
blog master allows a character assasination of a citizen to be posted.  Ironic.
3:55 pm edt 

Re: Town Meeting

The people not at town meeting weren't in Florida, they were just
avoiding the pack of jackals that dominate each year.
3:52 pm edt 

Tom Donegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
Police Complaint Line : A week ago , I...
Tom Donegan9:52am Apr 6
Police Complaint Line : A week ago , I proposed to Sharon Lynn she establish a Police complaint and review process. Too many citizens are unhappy with the Police Department and I hear too many reports of disappointing experiences with the Provincetown Police. A citizen complaint and review process is overdue in Provincetown.

I hope the Town Manager and Police Chief will consider some kind mechanism to listen to the community. As your Selectman, I will work to make sure our police department is community oriented
3:48 pm edt 

Friday, April 5, 2013

One Wonders

So, a town employee gets OUI, loses his license for 180
days..etc....will Sharon disepline him...  Hmmm one wonders
5:05 pm edt 

Good Town Meeting

It went well. It was long but still it was a good and productive town meeting.
But where were the other usual 250 people? Still lounging in Florida I think and
letting the rest of us be there. Hope next year, you take your butts off the
sand and stand in the old auditorium to give voice to town issues. Seduced by
the sun.
5:02 pm edt 

The Banner is OFF

The editorial in this week's Banner is totally off. It does not represent what
happened Monday, Tuesday and Wendsday night. The stress on the need to be civil
was totally off--since people were very respectful. So where were they coming

This was like Marco Rubio's Republican response to OBama's State of Union where
he did not know what Obama was going to say and thought he might know without
knowing. He did not. And Rubio hit false notes that were worse than his Poland
Spring's slurp.

This is the same for the Banner. They anticipated what was in their heads and
they were wrong and off. Seems this paper is doomed in more ways than only and
importantly financial distress. They are suffering from editorial distress too!
5:01 pm edt 

Re: Town Meeting - Winners and Losers

If anyone Was at Town Meeting, there Would Hardly See this As Winners
and Losers

that was not the tone nor the results. it was about decisions --some of which we
would agree and others disagree--but not about who won and who loss.

FinCom was clear on how the town could lessen the tax burden. If town residents
who were there--and so many were not--those there wanted to be big spenders and
so we spent. Long term this is the best outcome for the town, but that is what

so I find it odd that some want to place town meeting in this win or lose
category. It is a false dichotomy and hardly represents what really happened at
town meeting this year.
4:59 pm edt 

Re: Negativity v Positivism

Nagel  Stop the hate committee LOL founded by her AFTER she lost her
FB page for exactly that

The bicycle committee founded by guess who who doesn't ride a bike but has
caused discord and never meets

The dog park which she is the sole head honcho and has taken all the credit for 
(the only positive thing she has done) despite her ego trip

and what is the third you want to give her credit for?

How about an ELECTED or appointed town committee  NOT
4:56 pm edt 

Town Meeting

All those documents and videos helped me decide how to vote Madame
2:46 pm edt 

Re: Town Meeting - Winners and Losers

To ask if Fincom won or lost at Town Meeting, is to completely miss
the central role of Fincom.  Fincom's main goal as a committee is to illuminate
the public on the overall health of our town economy and how each piece of the
budget works in that economy. Many times we revisit a discussion or a vote
because we have new information. 

That we continue to discuss certain budgets should show the public that we are
willing to do the work to think out loud about the ramifications of spending each
dollar. I love working with the 

The Chair has allowed the free flow of opinions and ideas and I believe this
enriched the conversation at town meeting.

Catherine Russo
12:05 pm edt 

Tom Dunegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
NO MORE CATNIP. Personality politics is the...
Tom Donegan8:22am Apr 5
NO MORE CATNIP. Personality politics is the catnip of Provincetown Let's rise above personalities and stick to the principles that define our vision for Provincetown. I hope all eight candidates in competitive contests will join me in pledging for a campaign we each can be proud of. Please share this post
11:12 am edt 

Re: Negativity v Positivism

Just looked up your question: My question is why doesn't Nagle run for
office or become the town moderator or
serve on any of the committees?

She is on three Town committees and one local non-profit organization.
11:08 am edt 

Re: Town Meeting Results

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is
playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are
laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in blogsville
---Clarence Walker has struck out.
10:48 am edt 

Negativity v Positivism

You  like to jump all over the town moderator and conjecture why she
did this or that, take comments out of content and try to call foul.  She had a
difficult, mostly uniformed and slanted audience thanks to Candice Nagel who is
doing her best to lead public opinion with just those things, searching through
videoes to do negative instead of positive things.

My question is why doesn't Nagle run for office or become the town moderator or
serve on any of the committees?  Mary Jo, Mike, Clarence , and Eric are
volunteers and should not be taking any abuse from you or anyone else.  Before
you post, would you do what they do and take the comments and character
defamation that these people are getting?  What is really in it for them?  Power
in a fish pond?

Would you spend hours a day, attend long meetings and then get  not only no
appreciation but instead attacked for your hard work?

Now write your posts and give yourself a raise
10:44 am edt 

Re: Childish

I know grassy for 50 yrs and none of the important stuff
about him i got to say ever gets published that i write here. just because i
dont write to good doesn't mean i lie. i don't know what grassy does thats  bad.
i don't lie either. my father would have died laughing if he knew grassy was
10:41 am edt 

Re: Police Numbers

Re: "Rockport, MA and " has about twice as many full time police

The mendacious, unrelenting assault on our police department is getting
ridiculous. Now whomever is behind it is stooping to complete lies. You are a

Looking at the budget for the upcoming year Provincetown has 16 named officers
(excluding the chief) and two open positions for a total of 18 police officer

So we take 15 in Rockport and 18 in Provincetown and that means Provincetown has
about 20% more officers than Rockport. For a town whose population swells to
tens of thousands throughout half the year I see no problem with that. I ALSO

Now, diving further into numbers, Rockport has a total assessed valuation of
real estate of $1.927 billion, Provincetown $2.465 billion. After protection of
public safety and deterring illegal acts the police's next duty is to protect
property. If we divide the 2013 officer staff personnel budgets for both towns
into the assessed valuation totals we find that Rockport spends $.0004 per
dollar of assessed value annually on officers ($811,179/$1.927 b) and
Provincetown spends $.0004 per dollar of assessed valuation annually on officers

This taxpayer and property owner's conclusions:

a) we spend a reasonable amount commensurate with our remote location,
difficulty recruiting, housing and keeping officers, massive increase in summer
population, and total property values that need protection on police officers.
our force is roughly correctly sized and not out of line.

b) someone with a vicious personal agenda against police with stoop as low as
possible and throw out easily checked lies to continue their attack on the
police department.
10:34 am edt 

Town Meeting

The losers at Town Meeting?

-the Finance Committee who are blowing in the breeze and have zero credibility. 
I understand from another posting that they voted on the DPW trucks six
different times.  Where in the heck is any leadership on that committee?
-the proponents of article 29.  They used a hammer to try to convince residents
to support their article, maybe a softer approach might b more effective.
-the town moderator.  She came across as hysterical at times and seemed to have
lost control at times.
-Jonathan Sinaiko- nothing needs to be said.

the winners?
-I guess I'd say the Selectmen and town staff.  Every article they brought
forward was passed by voters.  Staff spoke very well when talking.  The
discussion of a possible employee retirement made me uncomfortable, but overall
I thought they did well.  The Selectmen had success with their articles and some
good, some bad discussions on the articles.
-the town.  I say that because I was glad to see fresh new faces at the meeting. 
Hopefully theses fresh faces will continue their involvement by joining a
10:30 am edt 

Re: Police Numbers

"Why does a town like Rockport, MA ( a tourist town in Cape Ann ) with
a population of about 5000 and a school system of about 1000, have only 15 full
time police officers and Provincetown with a population of about one half , has
about twice as many full time police officers?"

I know nothing about Rockport, MA, but I would wonder if it has the highest
number of liquor licenses per capita as does Provincetown.

You may want to refresh your math skills.  Provincetown with 19 police officers
does not have 'about twice as many full time police officers'. I'm just saying
if you want to make a point you may want to use real facts.
10:27 am edt 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Re: Article 30

To the person who wasn't able to attend....  And you still hasn't
watched on PTV...  Yet oddly feels entitled to an opinion.

The moderator was trying her hardest to keep article 30 alive including
improperly excluding an amendment.

I was there.  Article 30 had absolutely ZERO chance of passage last night.
10:43 pm edt 

Police Numbers

Why does a town like Rockport, MA ( a tourist town in Cape Ann ) with a
population of about 5000 and a school system of about 1000, have only 15 full
time police officers and Provincetown with a population of about one half , has
about twice as many full time police officers?   When you consider that for most
of the year our population is about one fourth or one fifth of the Rockport
population it becomes obvious that our administration is not working in the
interest of the taxpayers of this town.  We must stop this.
10:40 pm edt 

Childish Censorship

Clarence, your childish censorship of items that in no way violate any of your
rules but do criticize you and your band of cronies is truly sad. On top of
being losers at town meeting on every single count you can't even stand to see
yourselves criticized here. You bend the information shown so it looks like a
lot more people are supportive of your bitter little band and delete many posts
that contradict your party line. However you let through the most mendacious
vicious materials about your enemies. Truly a little tin-horn dictator in your
make believe world here at MYPACC.
10:30 pm edt 

Police Station

We need a new police station in Provincetown, i believe everyone or the vast
majority believes that to be the case! Can we STOP making this a referendum on
Jeff Jaran please? I realize many dislike the chief but we need to open our eyes
and also think of the 20 + employees who need a safe efficient facility to work
in, if you have not seen the building as it is now i encourage you to visit an
open house date and see for yourself. We need a new station for the community
not for Jeff Jaran or Sharon Lynn or any other politician this building will
outlast all of them, lets not keep repeating our mistakes year after year,
EXAMPLE no wave attenuator now we have to pay millions to repair, many
improvements to the original School building reconstructions over 10 years ago
were eliminated from the bids and now look we have to pay millions to fix that
problem instead of doing it right the first time. Can we move beyond the
personal attacks? , probably not because everything gets personalized in this
small "wonderful" community. Can we be honest for once in our lives and stop
the hypocrasy? Let's build it once to last at the most economical price we can
now and not delay the price will only increase!!
10:28 pm edt 

Lend a Hand

10:23 pm edt 

Did Not Go Her Way

Wonder how Candice is feeling today? She didnt get her way as hard as
she tried.
10:22 pm edt 

Mike Canazales

Finally Someone that cares about fiscal responsibility. Way to go Mr
Canzales. You did it!                                                                .

The town has spoken.
10:20 pm edt 

You All Have it Completely Wrong

It was a pox on both their houses.  Article 30 was a complete joke.  It's $3
million, or is it $4.5 million, or is it a $3 million floor, or is it....?

"Flawed" is an understatement.

But the only reason article 30 was even necessary is because the BOS are a
complete joke.  How many years later and back to square 1.

I am a voter.  I would characterize the mood as disgusted with all of you.
10:16 pm edt 

Article 29 and Its Two Proponents

What I find amazing, which someone already pointed out, is how and why these 2
galleries where able to operate without a license in 2012? Big question I think
don't you? One of them admitted to that at town meeting, and as support, take a
look for yourself at the licensing permits.
10:14 pm edt 

Empire Building

The game being played in Town is empire building. To build one you
need money. The Chief knows the town manager is on his side and she seems to
have the printing press with the assessor's office down the hall. So the Chief
builds, one little foothold after another. This year it's his marine unit. The
rest of you are semi- reluctant participants. Paying the piper at tax time
whether you own property or not. Between the 2 of them and the orchestration of
the town moderator and the BOS they will bring the town's finances to its knees,
maybe even bankrupty. The builder will move on to build again and the enabler
will take house profit and move somewhere it's warm year round. Bye bye.
10:11 pm edt 

Article 30

I was not able to attend the meeting last night nor have I yet to see
it on PTV, but I understand that Madame Moderator badly messed up and ruled a
legal amendment to be out of order on Article 30.  She stopped the debate with
no legal reason to do so.  Unfortunately for her that error in judgement caused
Article 30 to crash and burn, the last in a string of defeats for the FinCom she

And unfortunately her mistake (or was it a bias?) means the town will not get
the answer to the question of whether a station could be built at the current

Not her finest hour, maybe she was just tired.
10:09 pm edt 

Re: Finally a Finance Committee Concerned With Paying Less

Re: "It's the first time I've seen a Finance Committee try to cut
expenses and amend the budget to go down--not up. And yet the sheep vote to
increase the budget. They would be the same lambs that smile as they are led to
slaughter. Those leading must know what they are doing, as one after another,
the lambs are slaughtered and the bahs are heard."

You either choose to ignore facts or you are unable to read.  This FinCom made
more attempts to increase the budget than any other group.  Now they try to play
the other side of the fence to get the chair elected.

Fact:  The town planner was added because Yingling campaigned on it and Donegan
and Canizales pushed for it.  Town staff followed their direction and looked at
a starting salary of $58,000.  The FinCom insisted that the position be raised
to $65,000 starting in spite of the Town Mgr saying she did not need it.  The
rest of the committee meekly followed his lead.

Fact: FinCom increased their own budget.

Fact: FinCom increased the budget to reimburse the town moderator for her travel
to some conference.  No other town moderator had requested reimbursement.  The
same FinCom who is constantly manipulated by the moderator approved money paid
to her.

Fact:  FinCom attempted to increase the Buildings budget by $70,000.  Money that
was not requested by DPW staff, but FinCom thought they knew better.

FinCom was able to hide their actions because after the BOS sent the budget to
FinCom the town found out their health insurance costs would be much less than
estimated.  That made it look like their budget was less when in fact they had
nothing to do with the insurance reduction.
10:06 pm edt 

To: Clarence

Your unwillingness to post anything that challenges the ability or actions of
your personal friends makes this blog meaningless.  It's your little fiefdom, so
have at it, but know that the majority of people in town have no respect for
this biased 'information.'
10:02 pm edt 

Re: Town Meeting

Town Meeting was a disorganized disaster due to the personal agenda of
the Moderator.  She cut some people off in mid-thought while reminding them that
they only had one minute left, while on the other hand she let her favorites
(I'm talking to you, Clarence and Duane) ramble on and on unchecked.
Revisiting a previously voted down article on night two ensured that night three
was going to be horrifically long.  The audience spent an hour revisiting the
vote, repeating the same arguments, and with the same results.
I'm shocked by the poster who gave kudos to Mary Jo's performance.  I can only
assume it was one of her posse, because everyone I met spoke with contempt about
her performance.
9:59 pm edt 

Town Meeting

A victory for the police department?

All they got were their toys.

They still (don't have) a new play pen....

Just saying.
9:56 pm edt 

Re: FinCom Vice Chair

I didn't say that Dottie's opinion didn't matter. Her vote matters, your vote
matters, my vote matters. We all do. She was used. You're very naive if you
don't see it. Everyone else in the room did.

Mike should have manned up from the beginning and taken ownership of
Article 30. He did it the cowardly way. NOT Dottie,s fault, I assure you.
9:54 pm edt 

Re: Tax Fairness

I do not know of anyone else whose property is assessed at such a low
level.  Is this fair, for someone running the town?

Just got a tax bill this morning.  Assessed value has DOUBLED??? WHAT, HOW CAN
9:51 pm edt 

Re: Drugs on the Pier

I don't believe it's all about drug dealers. But
certainly there are drug users. Tons of it. There's undercover work being done
in town. It's called undercover for a reason. You're not suppose to see it.
Remember Jaran's expertise was undercover narcotics. He worked directly with the
attorney general. He's no chump.                                                                  
1:57 pm edt 

Re: Police Station

The spin on the previous posters comment that Article 30's failure is
somehow a defeat for chief Jaran is ludicrous. Last time I saw him, he was
celebrating. Article 30 failed. Remember? Mike Canizales, Tom Donegan and
Clarence Walker urged voters up at the microphone to support Article 30. They
failed to convince voters. To the previous poster, talk about trying to save
face. It was a good three nights for the police dept., not you.   that's for
1:54 pm edt 

Re: FinCom Vice Chair Canizales

I take offense at the comments regarding Dottie and her ability to
present article 30 at the meeting last night. Just because she might not be
comfortable addressing the auditorium doesn't mean her motion or her opinion
doesn't count. I signed Article 30 and appreciate Mike putting forth the motion.
1:52 pm edt 

Police Station

I personally think it is a victory for the people who live in Provincetown that
we are not as stupid as the Police Chief thinks we are. I was glad to see
Article 30 get postponed. Maybe Chief Jaran will now realize, you can only screw
so many people who work and worked for you to a certain point. Also, by you
making your dept an aggressive dept,that may have come back to bite you as well.
12:26 pm edt 

Reason Over Retaliation and Vengeance

I like the way the proposed Zoning by-Laws were defeated.

We should never create Zoning by-Laws out of the driven self-interest of one
resident and the attempt to undermine a new abutter. Reason reigned and that is

Moreover and perhaps more importantly, creating new zoning by-Laws should not be
done at town meeting. New rules require thought and the understanding of
unintended consequences.

12:23 pm edt 

Finally a Finance Committee Concerned with Paying Less
I appreciate the attempt of the Finance committee to cut expenses and try to
save money. It seems residents want more and more instead of less and less. but
the Finance committee understands the long term consequences of Buy, Buy, Buy.

I appreciate al the work and time involved. You should feel proud of the work
you did and how town meeting went.
12:22 pm edt 

Congratulations MaryJo!

You did wonderful work as town Moderator. It was three nights of so many
discussion and debates but you handled the town Meeting well.

Congratulations! A job well done!
12:20 pm edt 

FinCom Vice Chair Canizales

I have one question for FinCom Vice Chair Canizales - how did last
night work for you?  My guess is you have lost virtually all credibility in the
eyes of the majority in town. You're done. An uncomfortable quiet and shifting
in seats fell over town hall floor last night when Dottie couldn't even make the
motion on the article she petitioned.                                                         
12:17 pm edt 

Provincetown Police

I would not quite say our police department have a thankless job. We
gave them thanks with about 2-1/2 million dollars in salary this year. It's
remarkable how many are making close to and over $100,000 a year.
12:13 pm edt 

Failed Board of Selectmen Leadership

BOS have wasted $1,000,000. so far on the Police Station.  We need a
fresh start from reckless vision.  Thank you Austin for you years of service to
the town.  It's time for you to go bu-bye from the BOS.   This BOS cannot even
stop illegal construction  it's all wink & nod business as usual.  And while
we're at it the OVERPAID/COMPENSATED Town Manager needs to be replaced ASAP.

9:42 am edt 

Town Meeting

Clearly voters have sent a message they have no faith in the members
of the finance committee. Voters have resoundingly sent the message that all
this last minute maneuvering and change of vote by them has caused real
credibility issues. This will backfire on the candidates running for BO'S whose
platforms have revolved around spreading anti-police and anti-DPW sentiment.
It's not working. The majority in this town respect the thankless job our public
safety men and women do day in and day out. It's cost them votes at Town Meeting
and will cost them in the election too.
9:38 am edt 

Dope Dealers on the Pier

To those who use this excuse for police on the pier and growing the police
department, I ask, if you know this as truth and there are dope dealers, why are
they not arrested and why is the number of arrests for drugs in town so low?
This is all a farce to expand the  police department, bankrupt the town and
create a para military force.
9:36 am edt 

Article 29

To All Those in Favor of Voting For or Voting Against Article 29:
these are the facts that one should be aware of before casting your vote
tonight: 1) There are 15+ letters from the residents of Provincetown that have
voiced complaints about the noise, the light, and the congregation of crowds
after hours at 148 Commercial Street/AMP Gallery. 2) These letters exist : you
may call the Zoning Board and ask for copies of the letters. 3) An agreement was
signed with the Director of AMP and her neighbors that no amplified music would
be played at anytime. This agreement was breached several times by the Director.
One time in particular the gallery invited a band to perform at AMP. The name of
the band is Scream Along with Billy. If you would like to get an idea on what
kind of music Scream Along with Billy plays, you can look them up on you tube.
It is not acoustic music. It is amplified music. 4) Miss Nadolney has written me
privately and on facebook's community page t!
hat NOT ONE single time during the course of her operating AMP did anyone
complain about the noise albeit I read 15+ letters sent to the Zoning Board
complaining about the consistent noise inside and outside of the gallery. 5)
Miss Dorothy Palanza - Director and Owner of Art Current, an art gallery,
according to her website that says clearly she is the Owner of Art Current, did
not recuse herself from the Planning Board's vote on Article 29. To clarify,
Miss Palanza is a Board member on the Planning Board. Would anyone that might
respond to my post consider this a conflict of interest that Miss Palanza has
been advocating for the passage of Article 29 and at the same time she serves
and votes on the board that would be making a recommendation to Town Meeting? In
my own words; what the 99.9% majority of people on this community page who have
supported Article 29 don't seem to understand due to the lack on discussion with
ALL of Provincetown's residents, is that people like m!
yself who are against the passage of Article 29 do not in anyway, shap
e or form want to infringe upon one's right to freedom of expression. On the
contrary, I support the arts wholeheartedly. I am a member of the art community
here in Provincetown where it pertains to art and commerce. Most of my friends
are artists in Provincetown. The reason I am opposed to Article 29 is because my
neighbors mean more to me than an exhibit of performance art. My fellow
residents and neighbors of Provincetown right to peace and quiet in the confines
of their own homes mean more to me than a band wanting to express themselves
through their music. The taxpayers of Provincetown who deserve the right to
peace and quiet mean more to me than a gallery who opened less than a year ago
and does not contribute one single penny in properyt taxes to Provincetown. The
present owners of galleries and retail shops and restaurants who are at the
heart of driving Provincetown's economy mean more to me than a performance
artist from New York City who may come and go for week. !
This is not an article about defining art. This is an article that would
entitle anyone and everyone now and in perpetuity to have the ability to change
the landscape of our unique environment. I truly believe that AMP Gallery has
good intentions. But I also find it very upsetting that Miss Nadolney has
refused to admit that these complaints were made. If we want to have an honest,
forthright discussion about allowing more mediums of art to be available to the
tourists of Provincetown; then it should have been a discussion with all the
taxpayers and owners of businesses in Provincetown. Lastly, there have been
people on this community page that have used inappropriate diatribes and names
to describe me and other people who have opposed Article 29. I find it shameful
that those people would have to stoop so low because someone like myself does
not agree with their opinion.
9:35 am edt 

Tax Fairness

At Town Meeting on Tuesday the town manager while trying to argue her case for
an Article, stated that she is a taxpayer here in town.  My question is , is she
paying her fair share when her property is assessed at only 60 percent of what
she paid for it in 2003, and less than 60 percent of the amount she is presently
asking for her property.  I do not know of anyone else whose property is
assessed at such a low level.  Is this fair, for someone running the town?
9:31 am edt 

Tom Dunegan Board of Selectmen Candidate
Never has it been so clear we need new...
Tom Donegan8:00am Apr 4
Never has it been so clear we need new leadership from the Board of Selectmen. After Town Meeting we are back to the drawing board for the Police Station. Three years and $100,000 later we are no closer to community consensus on the Police Station. It's time for a new Board Of Selectmen to get to work and begin listening to us before moving forward.
9:01 am edt 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Town Meeting Perspective

I've been reading the comments on the Town Meeting (both nights which
I sat through 'til the bitter end) and am perplexed by a.)  the inability for
most to stay -or be kept - on top at Town Meeting, b.) the logic in voting and
lastly, the toxic attitude of the "struggling" residents of Provincetown towards
those who form the tax base of The Town but who have no vote in how their money
is spent.   I fully respect the format of Town Meeting, but the history
lessons/political opinions/unsubtle deep-seeded personal digs that seem to
permeate are what drags both Town Meeting and people's interest.  As for the
voting each person is surely allowed his/her opinion, but how we can debate the
need to REPLACE protective police equipment for 15+ minutes - with little
discussion on cost versus the minor debate on three FYI speed meters at
approximately the same cost is disingenuous.  Also, when the Fire Chief was
asked which of the two vehicles was his priority and he was able !
to answer, shouldn't we have taken 30 seconds to digest that maybe that money
could be saved for an additional year?   Lastly, and for purposes of full
disclose, I am one of the newer homeowner/citizens in Provincetown finds the
argument of "back when Provincetown was" or "I remember when" tedious at best
and offensive at worst.  I fully respect the history of the town and its unique
place, but reality is that the people in that room last night - or the whole
town if it was forced to attend - is paying the majority of real estate taxes. 
It would behoove each person to consider what is best for the town's real
tax-payers rather than their own self-interest.  I think as a town, we pay very
little in taxes vs. services, so the argument of taxes are too high is false to
the majority who actually have to pay the taxes.  I'm not suggesting that they
are happy to be paying taxes or to see an increase, but think you'd be hard
pressed to find a MAJORITY of actual property owners who would cite their taxes
as the reason for leaving the town.
4:21 pm edt 

Re: Erik Yingling

"If Erik does not stop making "smarmy" faces he is going to LOSE votes
forhis cousin  Rafe!!!

The smirking and sarcasm do NOT attract raises their worst fears of

Can someone tell me why Erik Yingling doing anything should effect Raphael
Richters campaign?  Yes, they are cousin, as are many many people in this town. 
As far as I've seen they don't agree on everything so why would Erik doing
something effect the candidate?  That's small town BS if you ask me.
4:16 pm edt 

Town Meeting Voters

Town meeting Voters were extremely profligate in their willingness
to expend resources, without any consideration of the warnings
of  the Finance Committee.

But, truth be told, they will eventually (very soon) have to pay the piper
for their gross lack of fiscal maturity. The trend line for the future is grim!
4:09 pm edt 


To Town Meeting voters for turning aside repeated motions by the committee
against virtually everything and properly funding the town for the coming year.
Hope they continue their sensible ways tonight as they have in past years.

Everyone is a taxpayer in a sense in that real estate tax increases transmit
almost directly into rents. Also, about two centuries ago we did away with a
system that required property ownership to vote.

- a taxpayer
3:57 pm edt 

Re: Facebook Whining

There was NO comment on any provincetown facebook page about Ms.
Rushmore.  I do agree that it's not necessary to speak every thought, however.
3:54 pm edt 

Re: Non Tax Paying Voters

Would we need affordable housing if the non-tax paying voters didn't
get everything they ask for at town meeting, afterall maybe their rents wouldn't
be so high.
3:53 pm edt 

What Happened Last Night Was Just Wrong

The moderator let people make attacks against town government (remember her
diatribe on 'keeping things on a higher level')?  She chastised the town manager
for using proper names when TM used titles, even though it would be appropriate
for her to use names of her staff.  She was so biased that I feel embarassed for
her, for the town, and for myself for watching it.
3:49 pm edt 

Re: Town Meeting Post

When you say "I think it's wrong that candidates are using this as a  forum for
promoting themselves."   Are you referring to the town meeting or this blog?  If
you are referring to this blog,I agree.  If you are referring to town meeting, I
couldn't more strongly disagree.  Town meeting is exactly where political speech
belongs.  Speech on this blog rarely rises above the gutter!
3:46 pm edt 

Belle Meade (Tenn.) Adds VW Passats to Patrol Fleet

In with the New Belle Meade (Tenn.) Adds VW Passats to Patrol Fleet

JP Molnar | From the April 2012 Issue Tuesday, May 15, 2012


When it comes to purchasing future patrol vehicles these days, there are many
choices out there. But theres only one question you should be asking: What will
really meet my departmental needs?

In a world where technology aboundsand there are more choices than everits best
to focus on the problem youre trying to solve, rather than the options
available. Bottom line: Buying something shiny, fast and cool is the easy part.
What takes discipline is taking a hard look at what your city needs and then
making a sound decision. Sometimes this leads to unconventional outcomes.

Belle Meade
Conjure up old Southern style and grace and you might have a picture of Belle
Meade, Tenn. Its a picture-perfect little town just west of Nashville, with
little crime and an upscale populace.

The department serves a population of approximately 3,000 people in a city of
3.1 square miles, with about 64 miles of paved roadway. There are 16 sworn
officers including five-year Police Chief Timothy Eads. Thirteen officers work
regular shift assignments, and theres a lieutenant who serves as
second-in-command and a detective. The Belle Meade PD (BMPD) operates its own
24/7 dispatch center, with four full-time communication officers supplemented by
two part-time communication officers. Due to its proximity, the department also
works with Metro-Nashville PD and, through mutual aid, often assists them with
calls for service on their borders.

The department has a fleet of Chargers, but it became apparent that a more
economical option needed to be pursued. The Volkswagen Passat was the solution.

The VW Passat
Although the nameplate has been around for decades, the Volkswagen (VW) Passat
model that Belle Meade purchased is all new for 2012. According to VW, the 2012
Passat in the turbo-diesel-injected (TDI) form is powered by a 2.0-liter engine
that produces 140 hp and a stout 236 ft.-lb of torque. The 060 numbers are in
the mid-eight-second range, which places it alongside the Dodge Charger V6 and
Ford Interceptor SUV. Compared to the V8 Charger or Caprice, these numbers seem
a little slow. But in the proper package, the VW Passat can work well in a FWD
and deliver fuel economy that the other vehicles cant come close to.

Plus, when all of your streets are heavily residential, narrow and winding, do
you really need a 150-mph patrol vehicle? Having personally driven a 2012 Passat
TDI around in Los Angeles recently, I can say diesel torque is hard to beat, and
the road manners are excellent.

But the most important point is Belle Meade didnt choose the Passat for what it
couldnt do, but what it could do to meet the specific needs of their patrol
environment. In order to find out more, I talked with BMPDs Police Chief Timothy
Eads about the departments reasoning and considerations in choosing the 2012
Passat TDI as their next patrol vehicle.

Reasons for the Decision
The unstable rise of fuel prices over the last few years have hit BMPDs budget
like everyone else, making it extremely difficult to plan long-term, says Eads.
BMPD decided to look at alternative vehicles that could deliver fuel savings,
performance and safety, and be a suitable platform for law enforcement use in a

Some of the performance parameters considered when choosing an alternative
vehicle were acceleration, handling and stopping distance, says Eads. The
department took several test drives in the Passat with different officers, one
of which was a certified EVOC instructor. They put the Passat through scenarios
tailored to patrol needs in Belle Meade.

BMPD found that the biggest advantages of the Passat are fuel economy,
environmentally friendly emissions, safety features, cost of the vehicle and
exceptional maneuverability.

The turning radius is unbelievable, says Eads, which will result in time saved
turning around the vehicle quickly. One of the Belle Meade officers told me: Id
gladly give up 100 hp to be able to turn around on a dime.

BMPD also looked at hybrids. The Toyota Camry was evaluated on paper, but both
the V-6 and V-6 Hybrid didnt have mpg ratings as high as the Passat. Nearby,
White Bluff (Tenn.) PD had two Toyota Prius hybrids in use, but the cost and
size determined it wasnt suitable for Belle Meades intended use. BMPD also had
concerns about maintenance with the batteries, and costs that may be connected
with the Hybrid drive system in the long run.

Ultimately, hybrids were ruled out due to concerns with long-term maintenance,
and the Passats high-fuel-mileage estimates were very attractive and competitive
compared to hybrids, Eads says. In fact, during testing on the nearby historic
Natchez Trace Parkway, Eads says they drove a slick-top version of the Passat on
a 248-mile trip, achieving an astounding 54.486 mpg. A follow-up test with
another Passat using a Whelen Justice 44-inch LED light bar yielded a
still-amazing 50 mpg. Clearly, the fuel economy advantages of using the diesel
platform are evident.

I can attest to the fuel mileage: The Passat TDI I recently drove registered in
the 40-plus mpg range. The estimated maintenance cost of the Passat is projected
to be comparable to BMPDs actual maintenance figures on the departments Chargers
(20072010) in the areas of tires, brakes and oil.

Although Chief Eads says their informal test wasnt to the level of the Michigan
State Police proving grounds, it was helpful at least for short-term evaluation.
It also helped BMPD test the Passats on the actual streets the vehicles would be
patrolling. In the end, the Passat TDI fit their criteria and the officers
valuable feedback convinced the department to conduct a live trial by purchasing
three Passat TDIs for evaluation.

Chief Eads says he doesnt have an exact figure of how much the first three
Passats will save on fuel costs for their department. Their original research
looked at an entire fleet of 15. Based on that figure, the department is
estimating that they would cut fuel costs in half without cutting back on patrol
miles. This means saving approximately $43,000.00 a year, which is pretty
substantial, especially for a small agency.

Inside the Passat
So far the light bar, police radio, siren, radar, weapons mount and most video
systems will all transfer over from the Chargers. The radios required a custom
bracket that the department designed and built in house. This custom bracket
also houses the siren controls and requires no drilling of the dash.

Eads opted to purchase new camera systems that are in a component configuration
to avoid any overhead mounting issues. The camera monitor is built into the
passengers sun visor. BMPD was also able to use a trunk lip mount for the
antenna, so that the only exterior hole that had to be drilled in the body was
the spotlight in the drivers-side windshield post.

Chief Eads says the standard MDC screen fits just fine, and that the prisoner
barrier was initially going to be a universal, plastic-coat wire type thats
fully adjustable with a Plexiglas cover.  However, BMPD went with a standard
Setina prisoner barrier with a combination of Crown Victoria and Chevrolet
Impala cage parts that kept fabrication to a minimum. Note: The Charger cage
will fit, but would need a transfer kit with Crown Vic and Impala parts.

The first Passats are being built in the slick-top configuration with the Whelen
44-inch light bar fitting best when combined with Dodge Charger gutter brackets.
Minimal mounting holes had to be drilled into the headliner area to mount the
interior light bars, but Eads found this to be more stable than the typical set
up of mounting to the sun-visor brackets. A horizontal shotgun mount at the top
of the prisoner barrier was pulled from their current fleet of both horizontal
and floor mounts.

The Passats will be single-officer driven, generally, but theyll be set up to
accommodate two officers, says Eads.

Since the department has a take-home program, the vehicles will be used for
regular patrol. Initially, the shift sergeants will drive the Passats, and
perform evaluation as to their suitability for patrol use in Belle Meade.

If all goes well, says Chief Eads, The entire fleet will switch over.

Concerns & Compromises
Even though there were some concerns about outfitting the Passat for police
duty, most standard equipment fit the Passat with some minor bracket
fabrication. Eads says none of the above changes or purchases are seen as a
setback because BMPD will recover some costs by selling a fully equipped patrol
car, minus police radio and radar.

A second concern, Eads says, was the horsepower deficit. But this could be more
perception than reality: torque is what really matters in a police vehicle. He
also says he likes having the larger brakes that come on the V-6 Passat. And
even though the VWs alternator isnt police-specific, the electrical draw from
todays police equipment is much less than it used to be.

The Bottom Line
The patrol vehicle market has many excellent choices that inspire enthusiasm and
desire to add to your fleet. But when it comes down to selecting the right
vehicle in these economic times, your choice should be based on your needs,
which requires either narrowing your list or seeking out new solutions. The
introduction of the diesel-powered VW Passats into Belle Meades patrol fleet
addresses a specific set of the departments needsand could very well set the
stage for more departments to follow.

Thanks to Chief Timothy Eads, Lt. Vince Higgins and Rose Smeltzer-Higgins for
their assistance on this story. For more information, contact Chief Timothy Eads
3:43 pm edt 

News Corp. Seeks Cape Cod Times Buyer

April 03, 2013 2:00 AM

News Corp. is exploring the sale of its Dow Jones Local Media Group, which
includes the Cape Cod Times, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company has hired Waller Capital, the New York-based investment bank, to
shop the group  formerly known as Ottaway Newspapers  in hopes of selling them
before the company spins off its publishing assets into a separate company this
summer, according to the people.

Ed Adler, a spokesman for Waller Capital, declined to comment.

Founded by James H. Ottaway Sr. in 1936, the community-papers group today
includes eight general-interest daily newspapers and their related websites in
California, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon and
Pennsylvania. In fiscal 2012, their average daily circulation was more than
188,000 and Sunday circulation was over 238,000, News Corp. has said in
government filings.

In addition to the Cape Cod Times, the Local Media Group's holdings include The
Standard-Times of New Bedford, The Inquirer & Mirror on Nantucket and The
Barnstable Patriot.

News Corp. acquired the papers when it bought Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The
Wall Street Journal, in 2007. It tried briefly to sell the papers at that time
but pulled the papers off the market in 2008.

3:37 pm edt 

Re: Steele, Avellar, Rushmore....

Why do the same names    keeping coming up over and over again?

Couldn't agree with you more ! They are costing us all too much money over the
years with their constant objections to everything reasonable.
3:34 pm edt 

City Planner ?

Seems frivolous to spend $70,000. for a planner when the BOS can't even get the
building inspector or to enforce illegal construction.

 For $140,000 per year this Town Manager is WAY OVER PAID. the town has a
population of 3,000 people 8 months out of the year...and for $140,000 per year
it is not unreasonable to EXPECT TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT.

3:31 pm edt 

Erik Yingling

If Erik does not stop making "smarmy" faces he is going to LOSE votes
forhis cousin  Rafe!!!

The smirking and sarcasm do NOT attract raises their worst fears of
3:29 pm edt 

Non-Tax Payer Voters

Maybe if the non-tax payer voters didn't ask for so (much) at town meeting 
their rents would be low enough that we wouldn't need affordable housing.
3:27 pm edt 

Provincetown's Future

Another sad town meeting night. On average 150 deciding important town

There were more people in the beginning and by the end there was barely a
quorum. Considering that at least a quarter of these voters were the selectmen
and town government staff, the status quo held the day. Every thing involving
funding passed.

The Finance Committee tried to reign in some spending but was outvoted in every
case. After being on the fincom for the past 6 months I am hyper aware that this
is courting disaster. Right now we are floating with our heads above water
because of stimulus funds. Until there is a democratic congress there will be no
more funds coming from the government, in fact there may well be cuts.

We are using all the reserves we have and in the next few years we will be purchasing
a new police station and a new pier. We don't know what other emergency awaits us.
Taxes will be the only way to pay for our future expenses and they will go up fast and

This will affect the more vulnerable people in town, those barely able to keep
up with the taxes now and renters. Those with money will survive just fine
paying a few hundred more each month.

The diversity of Provincetown will continue on the same trajectory it is on and we will end
up being a playground for the rich. If you care about your future here and the future
of your friends, come and be heard tonight at town meeting.

Catherine Russo
3:24 pm edt 

Tom Donegan is Not a Weak Leader of Fincom

He is an inspired leader who believes in debate and partcipation from all
others on the board.  He is not afraid to have a split vote as it offers more
info to the voters.  He is not one of the sheep that steps in lock step with the
BOS. He understands that the role of fincom is to illuminate the voters about
the whole financial picture.

The past few months have shown a very active fincom, questioning all about
how they spend your money.

Catherine Russo
3:15 pm edt 

Facebook Whining

Interesting wise crack on Facebook whining about the "tree lady" (Ms Barbara Rushmore) who
has a comment on everything at Town Meeting.  Well Rog, she just about matches you !
10:56 am edt 

Town Counsel

I would like to know how many wins Town Counsel has had when seeking
an appeal to a court decision they previously lost and how much has it cost the
10:52 am edt 

Finance Committee

The Provincetown FINCOM is a "train wreck" with the exception of Mr.
10:50 am edt 

Provincetown: Just a Quaint Artist/Fishing Colony

"And isn't this just what a tourist community needs? Police up and
down the pier when tourists arrive. So welcoming isn't it? Makes this place look like the
worse city of Mexico. Carry guns. Be aware. Be careful. Yeh, so  welcoming."

The LAST thing tourists pay attention to is a police presence, either on the
pier or in town.  They're WAY too busy crowding each other, disrupting traffic,
and generally acting totally self-absorbed.

And realistically speaking, given the number of people on the pier during the
season, the proximity to water, the dangers of people crowding and possibly
pushing someone off the pier, it makes sense to have a police presence.

And yes, Ms. Rushmore, there are 'dope dealers' on the pier and in town.
10:44 am edt 

It Would be Very Interesting to Know

How Many of the voters are taxpayers. How many of the 200 or so people, and then
the one hundred and some people at the end of the evening, feel the consequence
of higher and higher taxes to pay for the greater and greater pay raises,
expenses, and added purchasing of truck/toys.

"I want. I want. but I'm not paying. Ha Ha." some seem to say.
10:32 am edt 

Yes, Finance Committee Did US a Favor

they tried to lessen the tax burden. they tried to stop spending. I give them
credit for that. I wish town people did not have the disease of spenditis. but
they have it and have had it for years.

Good work to Finance Committee. thanks for trying to keep our finances in check.
10:23 am edt 

Town Meeting

I think it's wrong that candidates for office are using this as a
forum to promote themselves.  I am especially appalled by the behavior of the
FinCom chair who's weak leadership and vacillating posiitons have led to a town
meeting that's an embarassment.
10:22 am edt 

Police on Pier

"And isn't this just what a tourist community needs? Police up and
down the pier when tourists arrive. So welcoming isn't it? Makes this place look like the
worse city of Mexico. Carry guns. Be aware. Be careful. Yeh, so  welcoming."

The LAST thing tourists pay attention to is a police presence, either on the
pier or in town.  They're WAY too busy crowding each other, disrupting traffic,
and generally acting totally self-absorbed.

And realistically speaking, given the number of people on the pier during the
season, the proximity to water, the dangers of people crowding and possibly
pushing someone off the pier, it makes sense to have a police presence.

And yes, Ms. Rushmore, there are 'dope dealers' on the pier and in town.
10:19 am edt 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Re: Congratulations to FinCom?

Were you at the same meeting I was?  Where FinCom members were speaking against
articles which they had supported?  Where they were disruptive, making
ridiculous amendments, and generally undoing what they'd spent months working
1:45 pm edt 

Let's Look at the Record of These Folks

Millions of dollars in Pier damage brought to you by the same folks opposing
needed police station, proper maintenance of town facilities and who also in the
past transferred millions needed for town maintenance to reduce their taxes.
Nice, and now they will stop at nothing to get their way again.

DECEMBER 6, 1999

Barbara Rushmore  "Not in favor of wave attenuator."

Mary Jo Avellar: "...The issue tonight is the wave barrier and I am absolutely
opposed to a wave barrier of all types

floating or otherwise..."

Betty Steele-Jeffers: "I, along with my colleagues, Im opposed to the fixed wave

Steele, Avellar, Rushmore...why do the same names keeping coming up over and
over again?

- a taxpayer
1:36 pm edt 

DPW Misstep

I understand that the town is flushing out the fire hydrants, but last
week at midnight we woke up from the noise of 3 town trucks with their engines
on, flashing yellow lights on and 3 men talking loudly as they drain out the
water. Wrong on so many levels!
1:33 pm edt 

Congratulations FinComm!

I Congratulate the Finance committee For Trying to Lessen our Tax Burden

It's the first time I've seen a Finance Committee try to cut expenses and amend
the budget to go down--not up. And yet the sheep vote to increase the budget.
They would be the same lambs that smile as they are led to slaughter. Those
leading must know what they are doing, as one after another, the lambs are
slaughtered and the bahs are heard.
1:31 pm edt 

Attenuate the Attenators

so the Pier Corps gets the town to take care of their problem with a 2 1/2 debt
exclusion override. then they get four police officers on the pier to replace
the hiring of real marine-knowledge based people. Instead of four assistant
harbormasters, which the Pier Corps would have to pay for--we get to pay, as
taxpayer, for four police on the pier. And the police department grows and
grows. the more reason to buld a cathedral to its power.

And isn't this just what a tourist community needs? Police up and down the pier
when tourists arrive. So welcoming isn't it? Makes this place look like the
worse city of Mexico. Carry guns. Be aware. Be careful. Yeh, so  welcoming.
1:29 pm edt 

Traffic Stops

I am no fan of what feels like an increase in traffic enforcement, but
maybe there have been many complaints from citizens about speeding and a general
lack of adherence to the rules of the road.   Anyone can check the actual police
log published weekly in the police department's section of the town's website. 
Most traffic stops result in a verbal warning.  Go see for yourself!!
1:27 pm edt 

Re: Helltown

Police department salaries according to the 2012 Annual Town Report were
approximately $2,500,000.00
Total drug/alcohol/mental health calls : 24
Incapacitated person :  187
This includes the summer months. There is no breakdown published for off season.
Why do you think there is such a drug problem? Either the police can't find the
"problem" or it isn't any worse than anyplace else. The 2-1/2 million is just
salaries, it doesn't include benefits and retirement.
1:25 pm edt 

Donegan and Article 30

Donegan abstains from voting on Article 30 at FinCom mtg just recently
because he says there just hasn't been enough time to properly vet this article
(it's on video), and the morning of town mtg declares he's voting yes on article
30. That's gonna go over real well on town hall floor. Can't wait.
10:35 am edt 

Article 29 and "NIMBYs"

Just read a long Facebook discussion about article 29 which concerns
allowing performance in Provincetown's galleries. I was shocked and dismayed to
see so much uninformed opposition by an artist and a gallery owner. To call
yourself an artist or supporter of the arts and then do everything within your
power to stifle and censor the work of other artists is absolutely disgusting.
These people should be ashamed of what they're doing. They are the reason this
town will never again be the thriving arts community it once was. Provincetown
these days is more about real estate values and part time condo owners than it
is about expression and art.

Some people find the IDEA of being an artist quite romantic. They can attend
openings, sip wine, wear a colorful hat and pretend they are open minded and
bohemian. But all that bohemian lust goes out the window when they realize
someone else's art doesn't fall within the narrow parameters or what they
consider appropriate. When they begin to fear that they may not be able to rent
their condo out for huge sums of money in the summer if there is a "loud"
performance happening nearby.

One Facebook poster had it right when she referred to these fair-weather art
world types as "NIMBYs" Meaning "Oh, I support the arts, but NOT IN MY BACK
10:30 am edt 

Article 30

No on 30 it's just right. The fact is the numbers don't add up and
this comes to us from someone that  knows numbers I don't thinks so
10:19 am edt 


Just a quite fishing village:

Ya, right !
10:16 am edt 

Ashland Police Chief

I just saw on Channel 5 news that the Town Manager has put the Police Chief on
Administrative leave. Maybe Sharon Lynn should grow the same fortitude 
testicles that Town Manager has. Allot of the reasons that Police Chief was put
on leave apply to the one we have here.
10:11 am edt 

Key West v Provincetown

I just returned from a week in Key West. Police were never planted on
any corner as they are in Ptown. I guess there are more trouble makers on
Commercial St. then there are on Duval Street, in the winter. Imagine that?
10:10 am edt 


Sure, lets just fire all the police and allow all the upright citizens
of Helltown to police themselves. Goodness knows there are no drunk drivers
here, no drug dealers or users, nobody trying to break the laws or rules. Just a
bunch of peace loving Pollyanas. Crime doesn't exist here, just like certain
countries try to claim that homosexuality doesn't exist in their land.

Helltown Forever!!!
10:05 am edt 

Re: Mooring Fiasco

Was just reading about the mooring fiasco and was wondering if The
ptown police chief ever apologized publically to Grassy Santos for his character
assassination of Grassy.
10:03 am edt 

Tom Dunegan/Article 30

I predict Tom Donegan loses the election because he votes yes on
Article 30.
10:01 am edt 

Re: New Bumper Sticker


9:59 am edt 

Re: Article 29 (Art Gallery Definition)

It does appear that the gallery (AMP) that wrote the article did not have a
license to operate last year. How is it that they went before zoning in 2012
without a license in place. I could be overlooking something but there is no
record of a license in 2012.
9:57 am edt 

Word on the Street

Maybe there are only a few people posing here about the police but
there are plenty of people around town talking about it.  Any time town issues
or politics come up one of the 1st things I hear about is the police dept and
there aggressive nature.  Sometimes you can't even get coffee in the morning
without hearing people discussing it.  I wonder if its because on your way to
get that coffee you pass 3 cruisers in a matter of minutes?
9:55 am edt 

Board of Selectmen

It's time for the Board of Selectmen to get to work. Get rid of the
town manager and then you can rid yourself of the Gestapo like tactics of the
police department.
9:54 am edt 

Provincetown - Unreality

Military Industrial Complex here in the small land of Provincetown !!!!
9:52 am edt 

Police Station

Chief dont want his station in the community.  He want play bigshot 1
Adam 12 speeding down route 6 with lights flashing and sirens blasting driving
at 70 MPH.  difficult to be TV Cop in real time when the station is located in
the community.

He placed unit in front of Provincetown Inn to nail all the deadbeats with
expired car/truck tag/registration and maybe if lucky pull you over for having a
running light out.
9:50 am edt 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Tom Donegan - BOS Candidate
It is time for the Board of Selectmen to get...
Tom Donegan9:52am Apr 1
It is time for the Board of Selectmen to get to work. The Building Committee has done a good job programming what the police department needs. Now it is time for the Selectmen to understand what Town needs. And I want to be sure the residents needs are being met .The Selectmen need to stop talking and start listening.

I was stunned last December when a split vote of the Selectmen arbitrarily ended the Building Committee's review of locations for the Police Station and forced the Building Committee to focus on the Race Point Road location., On that night Town lost our opportunity to be heard when the Selectmen made up their mind before hearing from us.

At Town Meeting we must vote on Article 30 which does three things-
1) Sets the site of the police station on it's current location
2) Targets the budget at $3,000,000.00
3) puts town voters on record for wanting a "Plan B"

I'd prefer to see a more complete review of all potential sites for a new police station, and I want to better understand the requirements for a new police station. But it is obvious we need a "plan B" for the police station . So I am voting yes on Article 30 because it is a step in the right direction.
10:01 am edt 

Question About Town Meeting Participation

Just wondering how a person can participate in town meeting if they are unable
to attend in person? If a person is homebound or disabled, unable to be in
crowds or sit for 3 days on wooden chairs? How are the voters at seashore point
or in their homes and unable to leave represented at town meeting? are those
people disenfranchised from govt participation?
9:31 am edt 

Re: Bumper Sticker

"A quaint artist colony with a traffic and drug problem.."
8:35 am edt 

Get A Life Harry!

It's not one or two of us complaining about the police. Wouldn't you just like
to present this as it is. But it is not. Many of us are offended. I surely am.
Everywhere you look, there they are.

I want the police when there is trouble. I don't want them planted like planted
pots along Commercial and Bradford. This is just pure nonsense--if not

Now they are in the middle of the street at the end of Commercial. Realy?? Why
are they there in the middle of the street in front of the Provincetown Inn?
Time to bring this out of control police in control. The chief and others have
just lost it.  They are now the problem. This is not what it should be.
8:33 am edt 

Re: Article 29

If Article 29 passes, it will change the definition of "art gallery"
so that they'd be allowed to have "performance art" without an entertainment license.
Special events done by galleries would not need special permits. If they are
next door to you and make a lot of noise you'd be on your own unless you feel
like calling the police.

This is not a well-planned article and, guess what?  I heard it was proposed by
a gallery owner who applied for but was not granted an entertainment license.

8:31 am edt 

Re: "Inconvenient truth"

Two things - to the poster of an "Inconvenient truth" , you give me
hope. Second, CN's politics Facebook page is up and running, hasnt been shut
down and active. You must be blocked from it.. I wonder who you are??
8:30 am edt 

To: "Just Like Anywhere Else." Provincetown? Really?

Re:  "See, this is what my friends and I refer to as the "Helltown
Mentality." An attitude shared by a group of people who believe that
Provincetown is like the wild west and shouldn't have to obey the same laws as
the rest of the world."

Right. Then there's another mentality, what my friends and I refer as the "Try
to Bleed Squeeze Provincetown For As Much As We Can Mentality". An attitude
where you ensure your buddies vote in your favor, on issues that personally
benefit you, all for sheer personal greed and power.
8:24 am edt 

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