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Sunday, June 30, 2013

I'd Say: Call Him David McGuire

It may be his face but it is her brain that directs his actions. He is hers
lock, stock, and barrel.
4:39 pm edt 

Re: Someone Lost a Pair

Sorry But I Can't see What Issues Elaine and David Hold Dear that
should Include Tom and Erik's support

what could they be? It should have been the issues Tom ran on--over-policing and
better management of this town. Hugs and giggles and smiles just don't do it for
me nor for the town. It's fantasy land thinking, that's all.
4:35 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn is the Problem

Her allowing all of this to occur, protecting her own (The police, since she is one),
is why the town has such a bad reputation world-wide. I am not kidding! In London,
they asked me why our police beat up gays! That's what happens when you have
incidents like the DJ who is on station's across the world and he is paid off from
injuries he and his partner received. It gets attention...and there, she said the police
had done no wrong.

Sorry 'lady,' they did do wrong. The charge was overturned on a state
appeal because it was a basic constitutional right. This is the same issue,
years later, with the same result. Sharon Lynn HURTS this town! The council
support of her is laughable.



>The bartender was threatened and apparently the owner is in fear too. What is
sad, is how the town manager is not going to take any action and uses an excuse
why not too. A lot of people know she is once again protecting him.
2:31 pm edt 

Postings

Keep posting the same thing over and over, got to keep the non-story
alive.
2:27 pm edt 

Is This All a Joke?

Are all these investigations simply pretense? Are all these reports from town
hall just a joke on all of us? What is happening here? We deserve truth, not
game playing from town hall.
2:26 pm edt 

Let the Sun Shine!

Let's hope there is some sunshine here in town. Let's hope summer finally
arrives. Let's hope businesses thrive sometime soon!

It's summer and let's hope it finally feels like that soon.
2:25 pm edt 

Provincetown

Had a really nice time in town today. It was nice to see people having
fun.
2:23 pm edt 

Illegals' Amnesty

The guys here are talking about the change that will take place once they are
legal. What a relief for them--they can go back home again to where they live.
They don't have to stay here year round anymore.

It was amazing to here these illegal workers talking so openly. Don't they
realize that they have taken jobs away from American citizens?

I wonder if anyone will tell the authorities about them? By the way, If this was
truly a police state--the police would have acted on this years ago.
2:22 pm edt 

This Was no Internal "Investigation"

Agree! These are basics rights  that are being infringed upon.  Sharon governs this
town in a manner that is very disturbing. I have lived in this town for numerous years
and have never felt so unnerved. Sharon intimidates..Jaran intimidates.

Intimidation is unacceptable in town government, especially in this town. Freedom of
expression has always been a cherished and revered aspect of Provincetown's culture.
The Squeling Pig incident is a clear example of the thwarting of this expression.

Our police chiefs actions on the eve of the Selectmen vote was a clear example of
this intimidation- Chief Jaran is clearly a man who has temper issues. Our town manager
Sharon Lynn  exonerates him continuously.

The texting incident is another so very alarming violation of a citizens rights. Again
an internal investigation took place orchestrated by our town manager and all were
exonerated except for the Sergeant. He will take the fall. What about the texts from
Jaran's phone and his partner's that night .

They (Jaran and his partner) were NEVER required to turn them ALL in- it has been
posted here before that the KEY to this incident lies with Jaran's and his partners texts
Sharon Lynne to head the investigation do? He chose to SKIP this
crucial piece of evidence.

This is astounding to me. I say what were they hiding? This is not a witch hunt here.
This is factual . This is unnerving. This is alarming . Our town manager and police chief
need to be held accountable for their actions. The sexual harassment suit mentioned on
this blog is another red flag. I do not know anything about this but am hopeful only in
that at least one individual has chosen to step up to the plate . One person Can make
a change. Two, three, four- even better odds.

I love Provincetown in all it's beauty and culture- I abhor the current overall intimidation
that is inherent in the manner in which Sharon Lynne governs this town and in the way
the police chief runs this police dept. Saddened but hopeful.
2:19 pm edt 

Businesses Have to Be Hurting

the weather is just awful and fewer people are here. I'm glad they have come for
the Portuguese Festival but there are still fewer people here.

This is a tough season and now it's soon to be July. Half way through august
they will leave. Let's hope the weather helps our businesses here. I do think we
need help!
2:11 pm edt 

Ann McGuire

Ann McGuire and her pals live in expensive homes and ride around in their
expensive cars. She has made a lot of money off this town in real estate
and management of real estate that she sells. As an old Boston politician she
knows she has to look out for the little people (she actually called us that in an
article in the Cape Cod Times). 

It is great politics to throw around local charity while you are            the life blood
of the town.  She did this in Boston too, while she was connected to the mayor and
the Boston Redevelopment Authority. If you look around this town you can see her 
           all over the overdevelopment for the rich  and the lack of basic living
conditions for the rest of us.

Wake up, we're being        while she throws around some dollars for the kids
and the sick.  If we could stop the        , we wouldn't need so much charity.
2:09 pm edt 

Re: Someone Lost a Pair

Re: More then a few balls were lost at the last selectmen meeting.

Oooohh, how quickly you turn on your golden boys Erik and Tom when they fail to
push your anti police agenda any further. God forbid the members of our town
government should actually get along! Why, if they do, things other than
backstabbing and infighting might get done around here, and goodness knows,
that's no fun!
2:02 pm edt 

Police State

PO-PO in da house!  << P-O-L-I-C-E >>  We don't need
more that 10 police officers in this town,,, EVER.
2:01 pm edt 

Drug Bust?

A frtend of mine told me that four drug dealers(crystal
meth) in Provincetown were busted last week, but I cant find anything in the
police blotter of the Banner, etc etc  Anybody know anything?
2:00 pm edt 

Erik Yingling

"Only because she was cow-toing to Flyer, so he could support Sara
Peak."


Unlike, Elaine and David, who didn't support Kerry Adams, Erik is willing to
look at each issue make determination, unlike the other two that just follow
orders from their puppeteer watching from afar.
1:59 pm edt 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Town Manager

Heaven forbid Sharon becomes an independent thinker and
decision-maker!  The Puppeteer will not allow such rebellious behavior - from
her, or anyone else for that matter. All is takes is one single deviation, and
she, and the rest if her minions, will drop you forever!
7:30 pm edt 

Re: Police State

You hit the nail right on the head. the bartender was threatened and apparently
the owner is in fear too. That feeling is just what he imposes upon his own
police dept employees and that is a fact. What is sad, is how the town manager
is not going to take any action and uses an excuse why not too. Allot of people
know she is once again protecting him, are we surprised no. I warn all of you,
that this Chief has a history of this and if he has not gotten around to
threatening you, a family member or friend yet, trust me he will, just give him
time.
7:28 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran

My call is things will go back to business as usual. Unless
someone comes forward in the squeling pig incident. The texting incident will
end with the Sergeant taking the fall. They will protect Jaran no matter what.
People must stand up for what is right. And I agree- in the texting incident the
chiefs gf's texts are the missing pieces to the puzzle.The text's from her phone
and from the chiefs phone to the sergeant that night. Who know's- I for one
doubt we will ever know the true story.
7:27 pm edt 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Re: Pensions

From today's New York Times: "Moodys Investors Service, dissatisfied with the
way states measure what they owe their retirees, released its own numbers on
Thursday, showing that the 50 states have, in aggregate, just 48 cents for every
dollar in pensions they have promised.

That is much less than the 74 cents on the dollar that the states now report,
suggesting the states are short by about $980 billion, with many local
governments, like school districts, being on the hook for additional billions
that they have not disclosed at all.

The disparity suggests that politically difficult steps taken recently by many
states to fix their pension problems  raising retirement ages, requiring bigger
contributions from workers, lowering benefits for new hires  will prove
insufficient, because they were based on underestimates of the problem."

So while we argue over evil conspiracy theories and denigrate any and all people
in and out of government here our pension crisis continues to build. Fortunately
if we continue to ignore it we won't have any town employees in a few years
because all our taxes will be going to make up pension shortfalls.
3:34 pm edt 

This Was no Internal "Investigation"

This was a cover up. There is no report--oh, yes, she only took notes! This is
Sharon Lynn covering up and making certain there is no blame.

But re-read the editorial in the Cape Cod Times and the Guest Editorial in the
Banner last week. this is an abridgment of First amendment rights and that is
where the issue lies. there is guilt and it is not with the owner of the Pig nor
the bartender. It is with the Chief and his reaction and use of threats.

This is a horrible incident and Sharon is simply and wrongly if not illegally
covering up the wrongs done.
12:53 pm edt 

Someone Lost a Pair

It didn't take long. Now we have harmony and a love fest at town hall. Everyone
agrees all is going so well and everyone is doing just a great job.

More then a few balls were lost at the last selectmen meeting. I doubt Catherine
Russo would not have caved in so fast and so deep. Backbones must be thinner and
weaker in this day and age than they used to be.
12:51 pm edt 

It 's Now Lah-Dee-Dah
 
Life is great and Sharon is doing a fabulous job and Jeff is a pure man who does
not have anger issues nor does he      . Life is great in Provincetown and we
have our selectmen attesting to this reality.

Ain't life grand!
12:49 pm edt 

To: Webmaster

Dear Clarence,

Thank you for answering my earlier post. I'm afraid I don't understand what you
mean about actual facts being different than opinion.  Most of what is published
here is entirely opinion-based.  I see few posts that contain quantifiable
facts.
I don't know if your last comment meant that you believe my posts are hate
speech, but I never attack individuals, I do not call them names (troll, frog
face, etc., as others have), I just state my opinion.
It is often contrary to the majority of opinions here, but isn't that the point
of this blog? That all opinions may be represented?
Can you give me advice on how to edit my posts so that they will appear? Thank
you.
12:42 pm edt 

Squealing Pig Incident

"Wow. It just amazes me how some people will try to perpetuate an issue that is
so obviously over and settled"
  


Oh I do not think so! Not over and Not settled.
12:40 pm edt 

Re: Anderson & McChesney

Agree! Time for new blood. Out with Anderson and McChesney!
12:38 pm edt 

Poor Elaine Anderson -

So eager to blindly back Town Manager 100%. We need, as sh
and David McChesney said at the June 10th BOS meeting, "new blood". 
Can't wait for the next election to oust these 2 "cabal puppets"!
12:36 pm edt 

Re: Police State

Re: "Definition of a police state" is just that- a business owner and
employee back off for fear of retaliation".



And how do you arrive at your conclusion that fear of retaliation is the
motivating factor? Did they tell you this? Did you speak with either of them? Or
did you just decide it for yourself because it supports your anti police agenda?

I think it's very mature and appropriate for the owner of the restaurant to
publicly acknowledge that he doesn't allow or approve of employees playing music
that uses the "F" word or the "N" word in his establishment. It's just good
business. Why would you allow your employees to play music that is going to
potentially be offensive to your customers or people passing by on the street?

And before you start with the "free speech" rhetoric, I'm sorry but people don't
have the right to play offensive music in the place they work. It's just common
sense. An employer has the right to make such rules. It's his business, he gets
to decide what is appropriate.

I'd actually be interested to hear what the owner and bartender have to say
about your theory. I think it's pretty low of you to try to shame them into
joining your little cause. They've made  it known where they stand, why not just
respect that? Your beef, no matter how crazy, is with the police, not the
Squealing Pig. Why not just leave the people who work there alone? They're
clearly not interested in your anti police crusade. Most people aren't, really.
12:34 pm edt 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Re: Police State

"Definition of a police state" is just that- a business owner and
employee back off for fear of retaliation .
11:27 pm edt 

"Crazy Police State People"

No just people who are standing up for their rights and tired of the cabal
and all the special favors they receive.

Also-tired of the intimidation from town hall/police dept. This town needs a
cleansing.
11:24 pm edt 

Re: Dear Shocked and Wondering

Sorry sweatheart, the allegations are not from 5 years ago. This is a new one,
one that you're not aware of. One where the cop involved left the department
with a glowing recommendation.

And BTW, from someone that has been in the spotlight and not humiliated but
attacked and challenged, I've never needed to over react as the chiefy did. It
simply goes to his insecurity. Booze doesn't help either pal, no matter how much
you drink (and drive).
10:34 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson

Elaine- you are nothing but a puppet for TM- end of story. Oh and by
the way- we are waiting for your public apology re-use of church email for
personal political gain-
10:31 pm edt 

Re: Elaine Anderson

"Elaine's and David's comments at the June 10 were CONTEMPTUOUS??? 
Did you hear the same things I did?  All I heard was that she read the report a certain way"
 
 

The point is they both stated "their interpretation was quite different from
Tom's and Eric's.  What was their interpretation - they never said- this report
involved a citizens being denied his BASIC RIGHTS. That my dear is why this is
so important and that is why Elaine and David's remarks were infuriating.
10:29 pm edt 

Squealing Pig Incident

Re: "If you won't speak up, if you won't say what happened that night,
then you are cowards.  I get it, you want to
keep your job and the owner has made it clear that you aren't allowed to talk
about it or you're out.  But I have absolutely no sympathy for you and writing
wordy, dumb letters to the Banner when you won't speak the basic truth to what
happened that night just makes you look all the more pathetic."



Wow. It just amazes me how some people will try to perpetuate an issue that is
so obviously over and settled. Everyone who was there that night, everyone who
was directly involved made peace over the issue a long time ago. The chief
admitted he got upset, the bar owner said he was sorry and didn't approve of
that kind of music being played in his establishment, the bartender made a
heartfelt apology and plea for an end to a situation that has spiraled WAY out
of control, the town manager has concluded that although the incident was
unfortunate for all involved, no laws were broken.

But you crazy "police state" people just refuse to let it be over. Life has
continued, summer and the tourists have arrived (and by the way, despite the
fact that soon you people will inevitably start posting to the contrary, I
haven't heard a single tourist complain about the police, say they are
frightened, that the town looks like a police state, etc.) Everyone has moved on
except you few anti police fanatics.

Please, do us all a favor, find a new cause to crow about.
10:24 pm edt 

Re: Dear Shocked and Wondering

On the contrary....a sexual harassment case is pending!!!   My facts are NOT
from this blog.  There has been quite a bit swept under the table with this
regime, hopefully it will come out and the people responsible will be held
accountable.  For the record I have never said I am an "angel" but I also am not
a citizen with any authority.
10:20 pm edt 

Re: "Definition of a Police State"

I agree- the owner of the pig is cannot act like a coward . He should step up
like the text victim. His fear of retaliation will only fester and things will only
get worse for him. Does he not see this?

The owner and the bartender need to be strong and what they do not
realize is  the majority in this town will be behind them. There is strength in
numbers. I only hope they do the right thing. The right thing for themselves and
the right thing for Provincetown.
6:08 pm edt 

Dog Officer

I agree with the previous poster. In a town this size,
Do we really need a full time animal officer?

The population in the winter in under 3k.  Look at other
Towns on the cape, most do not have this as a full time position



A homeowner of this beautiful town!
6:06 pm edt 

A Curse on All Their Houses

Out with the old(Sharon Lynn, Jeff Jaran,and Ann Mcquire) in with the
new(ANYONE ELSE BUT THEM)!!!!
6:04 pm edt 

Internal Investigation

"no evidence to support misconduct on chief of police jeff jaran" ???
REALLY??? 

Sharon the detective...your job description doesn't say anything
about being a detective Sharon.stick to being the great town manager that you
are,or think you are.
6:02 pm edt 

Sharon Support/Yingling

Eric,

Please explain to us how it is that Sharon is doing such a great job. You've
made mention of it and with all the negative issues going on in town, how do you
claim she has been doing a good job? Paving projects, sewer projects and other
contracted jobs in the town take care of themselves once started.

The police department is a shambles as we go into summer, when the police need
to be on their best A game and this is her department. Yes, the chief is in charge
of the department but he answers to her and she answers to the selectmen. Sexual
harrassment, rogue officers, rogue chief and the chief acting out within the
department are all signs of bad management from above.

If she's doing such a good job, tell us how? Without evidence, you make yourself
look like you've changed your mantra of good government. We don't want that.
We have that from the others.
6:00 pm edt 

Re: Dear Shocked and Wondering

To the original poster:

Your information is based on anecdotal stories perpetuated by a small group of
like-minded people who probably get their 'facts' from this blog.
Re the sexual harassment lawsuit: It's from an incident at least 5 years ago,
before the current chief arrived.  It's not 'news', it's just an example of how
slowly the justice system moves, and that is NOT the fault of local government.

And the chief losing his temper after hearing, in a 'family bar and restaurant',
an expletive-ridden song that denigrates the police, specifically directed at
him makes him human, not some kind of monster.
I challenge you to be publicly humiliated and not react.
5:57 pm edt 

To: Webmaster

Clarence,

I question how you edit the posts that are submitted.  I have submitted many
things that never appear on this blog.  They do not use profanity or derogatory
statements, they are well-written, have proper spelling and punctuation, and are
certainly as worthy as what I see in print.
Is the difference that you post based on your personal opinions on views?  If
so, it would be kind of you to mention this.

Thank you for reading this. I would very much appreciate an answer.


Webmaster Comment: Actual facts count. Difference of opinion is not hate.
5:55 pm edt 

Re: Elaine Anderson

Elaine's and David's comments at the June 10 were CONTEMPTUOUS???  Did you hear
the same things I did?  All I heard was that she read the report a certain way,
and felt that the BOS should move on to other business.
That's the purpose of the BOS.  To actually DO things, rather than rehash things
forever.  Everyone spoke their mind, and they MOVED ON.
Perhaps you should as well.
5:50 pm edt 

Re: Carnival Parade & E Windsor

Instead we have who?   and twilight zone music !

PROVINCETOWN, NO PLACE ON EARTH LIKE IT !!!!
5:49 pm edt 

Some are Just Saying Who is Behind Sharon and Who Pulls the Strings

We all or most of us know who that is. that she gives of her time on boards is
commendable. that she pulls Sharon's strings is not but it is reality. she
brought her here and reaps the gains of this decision. but not all of gain.
5:46 pm edt 

So What is the Count Now?

How many police, community liasons, dog police, pier police , street directing
police and summer cops do we have? since there was a new one added this
Monday---and more than a few fired recently--it's as hard to know how many
police we have as trying to get the real percentage of affordable housing. Those
number change by the month and after all the housing since Keith Bergman was
here--when we were close to 8%--so many years later and so many apartments
later, our percentage number is about the same.

But, still, how many police in the police department entourage?
5:44 pm edt 

PPD CHIEF

Every pic of the Chief on Kim's Facebook page he's holding a cocktail.  I'm
really concerned with his drinking and looking       in every picture on Kims
page.  Send him to detox please Sharon.
5:42 pm edt 

Police Dept Corruption

We know the results of the internal investigation. What is more important is
where it came from. Did this officer act on his own-OR was this a result of a
deeper systemic preaching from those above????? That is the most IMPORTANT
question.

Since the Chief's partner was sooo involved that night texting the Sergeant who
the investigation was centered on- I say the investigation SHOULD have centered
on her. Instead- she NEVER turned IN ALL her phone texts that night involving
Sergeant Koumanelis . That is very disturbing. I only hope one day we get to see
the entire picture.

Hurd will never turn this over unless she HAS to. The internal investigation never
required her to- Hmmmmm . wonder why.  Maybe because the chief is her partner.
Hmmm. This will complete the ENTIRE picture.
5:40 pm edt 

Municipal Bond Rates

From today's New York Times "The recent sell-off in bonds has hit hard in the
municipal market, forcing governments to pay higher interest rates for crucial
infrastructure projects"


So while we dither and spend our time on a witch hunt against our police chief,
town manager and other good folks we missed the chance to finance at the lowest
rates we will ever see. Not saying we should rush a questionable project but
neither should we sit around and wait while rates creep inexorably upward. This
is only the beginning of the end of artificially low rates. In addition, the
contractors I talk to are slammed so we also missed the chance to take advantage
of lower costs during a slack economic period.

Lets stop messing around and keep moving forward towards execution on whatever
the community finally agrees to for DPW and police facilities because they are
both getting more expensive by the month.
1:52 pm edt 

Definition of a Police State

So that's that I guess regarding the Pig unless the State gets
involved.  The incident is effectively whitewashed.

At this point, I blame the Pig owner and staff.  Please don't complain all over
town that the Chief is 'getting away with it.'  If you won't speak up, if you
won't say what happened that night, then you are cowards.  I get it, you want to
keep your job and the owner has made it clear that you aren't allowed to talk
about it or you're out.  But I have absolutely no sympathy for you and writing
wordy, dumb letters to the Banner when you won't speak the basic truth to what
happened that night just makes you look all the more pathetic.

This my friends is the very definition of a police state.
1:49 pm edt 

West End Race Club

I guess the incessant Ann Maguire hater on here also doesn't send their kids, or
grandkids to te West End Race Club which she has been instrumental in helping
continue to exist.
1:47 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn v Koumanelis Affair

How many other times have police officers ( koumanelis) been
disciplined for wrong doing that we dont know about ???? since this is NEVER
made public but remains in a shroud of internal secrecy . And if the offending
officers have been disciplined why cant we the citizens know about those actions
???

Aren't these public figures required to be law abiding as well??? An why
the double standard that if they are involved in misconduct they are immediately
protected by their union reps and counsel ???? And the likes of Sharon Lynn and
company wonder why the people of this town have concerns about its police dept. 

If there is nothing to hide then make the findings and actions public. Plain and
simple THIS WILL  remove any thoughts that you are trying to hide things from
the residents.
1:46 pm edt 

What Leadership Truely Looks Like
 
Sharon Lynn's Failure in Leadership
 

16 June 20, 2013 PROVINCETOWN BANNER

State Cop Clashes With Harbormaster


TRURO - "Harbormaster Joe Francis has been placed on administrative leave
while the town investigates an incident in­volving Francis and a state po­lice
officer that occurred on June 7 at Pamet Harbor........
Town Administrator Rex
Pe­terson said, however, that Town Hall was conducting an internal inquiry into the matter...............
.........."I've asked our labor counsel to conduct the
investigation," Peterson said. After the lawyer conducts interviews, Peterson said, he
will make recommenda­tions to the town.

Tony Jackett will serve as har­bormaster in the interim, Peter­son said. -KRL"


With Provincetown Town Manager Sharon Lynn's public exoneration of Police
Chief Jeff Jaran in the internal investigation of the Squealing Pig incident and 
her public announcement of her findings and conclusions, it is difficult if not
impossible to rationalize  her refusal to inform the public of her findings and
resolution of the Koumanelis affair. 

The internal investigation found that Koumanelis broke departmental rules
and regulations. He is currently being investigated by state police for potential
violations of state laws. Additionally, Koumanelis faces potential federal charges
under voter's rights protection law.
 
In the midst of all this activity, Lynn has chosen to take yet no action, and Koumanelis
is actively performing duties as an enforcer of the law, laws, which he is accused of
violating.

Hiding behind a "Personnel Privacy" argument has no legal, ethical or moral
standing in this instance, especially in light of her most recent public announcements
concerning Jaran.

I shuddered when she publicly reviewed the personnel performance of Vernon Porter at
both Open Town Meeting and at Board of Selectmen meeting. This selective abrogation
only illuminates her shortcomings as a leader.

The comparative difference in leadership between Truro Town Administrator
Rex Peterson and Provincetown Town Manager Sharon Lynn speaks legends about 
Lynn's lack of capacity as a leader (an unbearable lightness of being) and begs the
question, who and what does she stand for?

In light of all of the above she should remove Koumanelis from active duty until
such time as a resolution has been publicly announced out of respect for all citizens
concerned.

Whose side is she on?
1:22 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson

Don't you have any shame?? Make a public apology and admit your wrongdoing
or resign.

Selectmen are supposed to represent provincetown.Not their own self interest. you
have been doing this far too long Elaine. You are an embarrassment to this town!
Also for the record- so is Austin Knight.                 -                  . These 2 selectmen
do not have the integrity and honesty we need in selectmen. And also for the record-
Elaine and David's public statements on june 10th were contemptuous .
9:44 am edt 

Sharon Support

Good to see Eric Yingling is part of the cabal which he must be since he states
that Sharon Lynn is doing a good job.
9:19 am edt 

Re: Ann Maguire

All of you negative naysayers should think about leaving town instead
of those you've named to do the same until you can think more clearly!The
cobwebs have clouded your brains to distort everything.

Ann Maguire,like all of us,doesn't do everything right 100% of the time,but
she's done a lot more than most for this town that she embraced, all the
while she was                . She was still working for the good of the town.
You all have shallow,unfulfilled lives.

This blog is great to review other people's perspectives without naming
themselves for fear of retribution.Some of you in your hatred permeate this
wonderful blog with nonfactual information.
8:27 am edt 

Dog Officer - Traffic Controllers

Unfortunately,People that have been "bagged" by the Dog Officer,or the
Traffic Control people, or those that spent younger years in the police lock-up
for Oui"s or "hooch" are the most angry and determined to get even! Grow up!
Stop playing "cry baby". You're old now or at least older now!
8:20 am edt 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bravo to Catherine Russo

she does speak her mind and she addresses key issues. that is in contrast to the
BOs who seem to give us pablum. all is good, all is well. give me Catherine
Russo anytime. she would have made a great selectman and she wouldn't be timid
and she wouldn't hold back and become one of them.
10:39 pm edt 

Where He is Packing Off to?

Where is he now going? Which department in which state is interested in his
skills?
10:37 pm edt 

Re: Dear Shocked and Wondering

I'm the OP and my so called research was basically speaking at random with many
friends I'm becoming reaquainted with for the season and without leading them
on, almost all of them mentioned the police issues. I don't know what other
statistics and research is needed to understand that the public that has been
here longer than I are upset by what's happening. Or for that matter, what's not
happening, namely why no response from town hall or the chief on these matters.
I'm sure the police are trying to police better but all of their efforts are
overshadowed by incedents that go unanswered. Sexual harrassment lawsuits
against an officer? The chief loses his cool in a local bar? Texting from
officers looking like they are intimidating and possibly illegal? There are a
couple of other issues not mentioned in the papers and not in this blog that are
also surprising and disturbing. As I mentioned, all the best efforts will be
overshadowed by a single incedent which, without a sati!
sfactory conclusion, will tarnish what I remember as a good and helpful
department when i left at the end of last season. These incedents need to be
resolved now, before the busy season starts.
10:35 pm edt 

Re: Dear Shocked and Wondering

I agree that MOST of the police officers do more than is expected of them and
our town is SAFE.....But to say "bullying" and "sexual harassment" is not a
crisis!!!  is WRONG!!!  (By the way, Sharon Lynn is the sexual harassment
officer)
10:31 pm edt 

Re: Ann Maguire

Jesus, if you're going to hate on someone, could you at least spell
her name correctly????
It's ANN MAGUIRE.

And how do you intend to get rid of a private citizen???? Should we be
concerned?  Or do you just mean not letting that specific person volunteer her
time to serve on town boards?

Are you willing to step up and do the work she does, or would you prefer to just
spend your energy typing hate speech?
2:03 pm edt 

Re: Cheryl Andrews - BOS Meeting

Re: "Thats the most backwards post i've seen in awhile and i was at the
meeting. Cheryl brought an Article to Town Meeting 2 years ago to get land to
expand Maushope."



I call bullxxxx.  If Andrews and the committee have decided they want to expand
Maushope why was she so completely unwilling to say those simple words on Monday
night?  The question was asked numerous times in numerous ways, but her
oversized ego wouldn't allow her to have a simple conversation with the BOS. 
She tried to turn it into a negative against the Selectmen, it backfired and she
looked foolish.
2:01 pm edt 

Re: Sergeant Koumanelis, Was Found Guilty!

Agree: Where are the Results of Sharon's Internal Investigation

This is a public investigation of many police officers and the chief of Police
and his friend. It entailed many individuals. That Koumanelis was the one found
guilty in this group by Lt Golden, requires disclosure of the punishment.
Otherwise, we have police sergeants threatening voters and bullying people in
town and maybe all they did was say: "Oh, Please, Sergeant Koumanelis, please
don't do this gain!"

What did they write? What actions were decided upon? We, the voters who
Koumanelis intimidated, need to know.

This is not private and internal but public and affecting us all in
Provincetown. and the selectmen should act in our behalf and disclose the
consequences of this sergeant's illegal and threatening acts.
1:58 pm edt 

Not Their End of the Ship Sinking

Lets get rid of Sharon Lynn, Jeff Jaran AND Ann McQuire...this town is
slowly sinking........
12:32 pm edt 

Carnival Parade

Edie Windsor

Wish Ms Windsor was Carnival Parade Grand Marshall.
12:31 pm edt 

Sergeant Koumanelis, Was Found Guilty!

Where is the Results of the Internal Investigation of Sergeant
Koumanelis?

What are the results of his illegal actions? What actions were taken against him
by Sharon Lynn?

This information needs to be made public and is part of the Freedom of
Information and Public Records. Was Koumanelis slappped on the wrist? Was he put
on leave? was he demoted?

The internal investigation was made public and the conclusion need to be
addressed. the selectmen should provide us with this information. it has NOTHING
to do with personnel file but with the results of and consequence of finding
Koumanelis guilty of threatening and intimidating voters in this town.
12:29 pm edt 

RE: Reply to Shocked...

Please elaborate on WHAT accomplishments the police dept has accomplished??!!??
12:24 pm edt 

Hypocrisy

So Barbara Rushmore is so concerned about guns that she wants the
police to make sure all are registered, and that anyone with a history of mental
health issues is identified.
This would be the same Barbara Rushmore who stood up at town meeting ranting
that the police don't need Kevlar vests, because there's no gun problem.
Hypocrisy, your name is Barbara.
12:21 pm edt 

Dear Shocked and Wondering

You've been in town three days and determined that there is a crisis in the
police department.  Did you reach that conclusion by thoughtful research,
analyzing statistics, finances, manpower, and effectiveness?  Or did you listen
to a few of the naysayers and read this blog?
The only crisis in the police department is that it gets so bogged down in the
dirt that is thrown at its members that they have difficulty overcoming the
negativity.  Their accomplishments are largely ignored, while their missteps are
overstated, embellished, turned into downright lies, and used to defame and
destroy the individuals and institution.
Our town is safe, even though thousands of tourists come through here each week
and even though our town gives access to boats internationally.  Why? Because
the police do their job.
Perhaps you should be shocked at how low the people will go, and wonder if
they'll ever reach bottom.
10:40 am edt 

Catherine Russo v Elaine Anderson

Kuddos!! Your assessment on Elaine Anderson was right
on! She needs to make a public apology. What she did was Wrong and she needs to
be held accountable. Thanks again, Catherine.
9:56 am edt 

Shocked & Wondering

I've been reading from afar and recently came in for the summer. I was wondering
if the stories I've been reading about in here were true and within three days
walking and talking to friends around town, I can't believe what's been going on
with the police department and mostly the chief. Really sad in such a small
quiet community. One thing that disturbed me the most was the mess regarding the
pending sexual harrassment lawsuit I read about in here. One question I had was
when did the officer that allegedly was involved move on to his new job? Isn't
that misleading to his new department and wouldn't that be grounds for
dismissal? And if he did get a new job as a cop, where did his referral come
from? Our deprtment? Isn't that fraudulent too, knowing there is a situation and
not informing those that would want to know of this?
9:52 am edt 

Ann Maguire and Sharon Lynn et al

Ann has volunteered her time, expertise and money for town and non-profit boards.
She is intelligent, kind, and a true asset to the town. She does what so many of
you don't. She gets involved, rather than sitting hunched over a computer,
drinking and spreading your bitterness.
NO ONE owns Sharon Lynn. Again, she is intelligent, thoughtful, kind and strong.
The town is better because of her. She has gotten our infrastructure repaired
and restored, improved our financial stability and made Provincetown better.
Yes, she was a police officer in the past. She was also a town manager, and she
brought her experience here.
So the last town manager was better? Is that why town hall was condemned, the
school allowed to deteriorate to a point where scaffolding had tobe placed
around it to protect children from being hit by falling stonework, the town put
on the state's financial watch list?
You are a bitter bunch with ugly souls who just wish to defame others. I have no
respect for you who practice character assassination as a sport.
I do, however, respect Ann and Sharon, as they actually DO things rather than
just complain.
9:49 am edt 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Re: Ann Maguire

I totally agree, Ann is a wonderful person! I for one
am sick of hearing negative comments about her! She donates, volunteers, and
helps anyone she can. Give her a break already!
11:39 pm edt 

Police Budget II

First driving a police car to run your errands is just not right, and two I
always pick up after my dog.

I am sorry but this is about  working when you should be working and keeping the
towns expenses down.  Nothing personal just business.

10:25 pm edt 

What a Nice Little Five Some

Oh what joy and glee! Everyone is on board! The selectmen have moved into unity
and agreement. they are a group committed to?? Themselves.

How soon they forget about us. How soon they forget our issues and our concerns.

Who cares that they like each other now and want the "campaign" to be over. We
want what we wanted when we voted for them. Ah, but now, happiness and glee!
10:23 pm edt 

Maybe When Ann Leaves She Will Take Her Friend With Her

When McQuire leaves, will she take Sharon Lynn with her? will they both be
sunning themselves in Fort Lauderdale with their companions and with their
pensions? but even before Sharon leaves, he will be leaving. he is out of here.
He can run but he can't hide.

This will not be considered Provincetown's highest moments. It is a disaster. a
beautiful town without major problems that created major problems when she lead
this town and brought him in. This is mismanagement at its worse and it is sad
history.

It didn't need to end like this.
10:22 pm edt 

Kool Aid

Perhaps the BO'S has just realized that they have to work together for at least
a year. Unlike congress they want to accomplish things and move the town
forward. So they focus on what they agree on and try to make our town better.
How is that bad? Only this group of misguided souls can turn action into a
negative and lack of bloodletting into weakness.
Erik has matured during his year of service and Tom Donegan is anything but
unintelligent. My instinct is to trust the process and see what transpires. I
hope it makes you ALL proud.
10:20 pm edt 

Seems Like the New selectmen Are Now Drinking the Kool Aid

They now all sound like each other. It didn't take long, did it? they have
become interchangeable. Now all is well and the only key issues are housing. How
nice!

What has happened? It doesn't take long for them to get to you, does it?

How sad for those of us who fought for you. this is change without any change.
8:50 pm edt 

Seems There's Something Amiss in the Police Department

Seems like change is in the air. Seems like there is unrest, if not rebellion
brewing.

With time, comes the answer. But listen carefully and you will hear the sound of
cardboard boxes being filled with treasures as someone leaves town. Is he
leaving on his own or is he being pushed out?
8:48 pm edt 

Re: The Police Budget

I refuse to sit back and let the arrogance of someone attack the dog officer. I
had the pleasure of working with her, she does a good job and tries to please
everyone and be every where. You obviously don't have a clue or don't care to
realize that she has allot of phone calls to deal with along with a fair amount
of paper work. She also has allot of other responsibilities besides cruising the
beaches. She spends a fair amount of time checking the beaches but there will be
times "like on her days off" that she is entitled to, that things are going to
happen. And to attack her and give the impression she just rides around is
nothing but wrong. For you to question the need for a full time dog officer
leads me to believe you got caught and now she can't do anything right. May I
also add she has certain dept duties she has to fullfill as well like keeping
her other credentials up to snuff. She is the best trained dog officer this dept
has had in years and deals with allot more t!
han all the previous dog officers had to deal with. If my memory serves me
correctly, this town did cut the dog officers hours back several years ago and
it didn't work.                                                                                        
8:45 pm edt 

Officer Silva's Wrongful Discharge Suit

Officer Silva's wrongful discharge suit is presently in front of an
Administrative Judge. I have always found Officer Silva to be an outstanding
asset to this police department and would somehow like to support him. Does 
anyone know how this can be done?
7:20 pm edt 

Cheryl Andrews?

Thats the most backwards post i've seen in awhile and i was at the meeting.
Cheryl brought an Article to Town Meeting 2 years ago to get land to expand
Maushope. It was undermined by the board of selectmen. Clearly Austin and David
don't like her. MCChesney  actually yelled at her. A bully.
Town web site says that the current housing authority is Cheryl Andrews , Dianna
Fabbri, Kristen Hatch, Nancy Jacobsen and Stephen DelGizzo. Ask them what
happened.
7:17 pm edt 

Re Library Trustees...

You get suspicious when library minutes aren't posted as promptly as you would
like?  That's just sad.

What do you think the minutes contain? The secrets to the dewey decimal numbers?
Where the flamingos went?
In looking at the town site I notice that most boards aren't too prompt in
posting their minutes.  Perhaps you should go after them.  You never know what
kind of nefarious plots the Beautification Committee or Council on Aging are
planning.

FinCom hasn't posted for 3 months-- call the authorities!!! Surely there's a
scandal there!!!

I see this same kind of paranoid posting from the same individual repeatedly. 
There are so many important things in life-- get out, get involved, have some
fun.

Board minutes as a rule are boring, dry and just a big yawn, and I don't expect
that the library board is an exception.
3:10 pm edt 

Cheryl Andrews

Watching the Selectmen's meeting last night I was struck by the
arrogance of Cheryl Andrews of the Housing Authority.  She was so consumed by
herself and her obvious dislike for certain people that she couldn't even
acknowledge that the town might want to build more housing for senior citizens.

Ms. Andrews, put your ego aside and realize who you serve and why you are in
that position.  Some of us seniors need help and you aren't even able to
acknowledge it.  You looked foolish.
3:08 pm edt 

Re: Note to Library Trustees:

"...PLEASE post the latest minutes approved at last trustees meeting. When
this is delayed, we get suspicious.

Thank you."



Same for you FinCom.  Looks like you don't have minutes posted from almost a
year ago.  Also seems suspicious.
3:05 pm edt 

Provincetown

I love Prvincetown !
3:03 pm edt 

Re: Ann McGuire

Wow! Now I understand why people around town make fun of Ann.
3:01 pm edt 

Ann McGuire

Ann McGuire has done more good for Boston and Provincetown than anyone
can imagine. Yes, she does work behind the scenes but so do most who accomplish
a lot. Her goals have always been to benefit others. She is a concerned and
caring person. We are lucky to have her in Provincetown.
3:00 pm edt 

Ignorance and Arrogance

Much of what has gone wrong in this town points directly to her. She
has caused great damage.  This town will have to pay for a long time for her
ignorance about our town, and her arrogance.
2:56 pm edt 

The Police Budget

I am not a dog hater, but a full-time Animal Officer for  a town under 5 miles.
Please!  I know many town 10 times the size of this town who has a
Part-time position.

                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                
                                        

We have such a big issue with people not picking up on the beach, why
Is she not on the beach walking in the early morning.

Just yesterday I was down on the beach behind the Mews and a guy with
2 labs  didn't clean up after his dogs.

When I passed him and told him he needs to clean up after his dogs him gave me
the finger.

Ruth Anne  you are needed on the beach giving fines not driving around!
A tax payer who contributes to your salary
2:54 pm edt 

Re: Ann McGuire

Don't forget Ann McGuire also owns Sharon Lynn
lock, stock., and barrel
2:51 pm edt 

Thank You Katherine Russo For Daring to Speak Truth to Power

You state it as it is. You call on Elaine Anderson and let us all know that how
she used and misued the UU mailing list to try to get Austin Knight elected was
wrong and illegal. she politicized the UU and found that she could use this
private list to her political advantage. She acts like a nice grandmother but
she is dangerous and a secret agent of those who stand behind Sharon Lynn. she
is not so sweet and not so nice. Elaine Anderson is quite dangerous and you
called her on this.

Thank you for doing this tonight at the Bos meeting. Few have the courage that
you have.

2:49 pm edt 

Austin Knight is Not His Own Man

He is a front for "them." He is "their" person. He acts as if he is speaking for
himself but as the Koumanelis texts showed, Austin was "their" candidate. And he
is there at the BOS to do "their" bidding.

I find this repulsive. He is the wolf in sheep's clothing and be careful what
you believe when you hear him speak and see him there at the "head" of this BOS.

May as well have a Mafioso in place. Oh, maybe we do!
2:47 pm edt 

Re: Back For the Summer and What do I Hear?

"An attempt to bury a sexual assault in the police dept.; a lie to the newspaper
about a motor vehicle/pedestrian accident involving a police officer; Jaran
calling a respected member of the Cape legal community an ambulance chaser; a
law suite for a wrongful termination in the police department; botched rescues
by marine safety officers; a meltdown by the Chief in the Squeeling Pig;
threats made over the Internet by a police officer relating to an election and
other sordid acts by the Chief.

Whew!!! Provincetown has stayed true to its performing art roots. Real live
theater of the absurd. A reality show is sure to follow. How troubling."

It seems like Summer Deja Vu. This is not a one time occurrence. This
town's police department oversteps bounds, authority and the law year after
year...and our Town Manager is to blame for kissing their asses.



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2:46 pm edt 

Please!

It's 'clique' not 'click.' Here's the meaning:

"In the social sciences, a clique is a group of "persons who interact with each
other more regularly and intensely than others in the same setting."[1]
Interacting with cliques is part of normative social development regardless of
gender, ethnicity, or popularity. Although cliques are most commonly studied
during adolescence and middle childhood, they exist in all age groups."

2:43 pm edt 

What Nonsense!!

If a civilian commits a crime its public knowledge of the sentence
that is implemented but if a police officer commits a crime and is substantiated
as was the compliant against Koumanelis  we the public dont have a right to know
the reprimand?????? what is this nonsense , if the individual involved has read
any of this on shout out i would tell him to get a good lawyer and sue this
corrupt town u have been a victim and you deserve answers and it should not be
done in secrecy that not telling us the outcome only raises more suspicions
2:40 pm edt 

town Manager - Police Chief

I hope that the next Manager and Police Chief that this town hire are
men or women who have proven experience. Surely, for the money this town pays
and the benefits....we can do better then this! In all the years I have been
involved in this town I've never seen the likes of this....this isn't even
laughable!!! Does the BOS think this is "made-up" by a few disgruntled people,
or do they understand that the MAJORITY of the voting public think this is
disgraceful and embarrassing to we, the citizens of Provincetown. I can only say
the smart money is betting against the Chief of Police, and the Manager is
quickly eating up any support she has had because of her obvious preference for
the Chief and his "bad" cops.
2:34 pm edt 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Note to Library Trustees:

PLEASE post the latest minutes approved at last trustees meeting.
When this is delayed, we get suspicious.

Thank you.
5:05 pm edt 

Re: Click or Cabal??

The cabal is headed by Ann McGuire who owns many local politicians,
some good and some not so good.

She leads with a heavy hand and demands loyalty.She moves her
people in and out of boards and committees and does much of it
behind the scenes.

Transparency is not part of her vocabulary and many of the problems we are
witnessing in town gov. go back to her and her cabal. She is now on the Charter
Commission. 

We should watch her moves there.
5:00 pm edt 

Back For the Summer and What do I Hear?

An attempt to bury a sexual assault in the police dept.; a lie to the
newspaper about a motor vehicle/pedestrian accident involving a police
officer; Jaran calling a respected member of the Cape legal community
an ambulance chaser; a law suite for a wrongful termination in the police
department;  botched rescues by marine safety officers; a meltdown by the
Chief in the Squeeling Pig;  threats made over the Internet by a police officer
relating to an election and other sordid acts by the Chief.

Whew!!! Provincetown has stayed true to its performing art roots. Real live
theater of the absurd. A reality show is sure to follow. How troubling.
1:49 pm edt 

Click or Cabal??

Who is in the click or cabal frequently mentioned here?
1:31 pm edt 

Town Manager and Police Chief

Please get rid of Sharon Lynn and Chief Jeff Jaran!!!
1:29 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson and David McChesney

Time for a recall, recall, recall.
It is time and we must do it.
Too bad we can't recall the TM and police chief...
In the meantime please people, be careful,  be
Very Careful in our little town.
1:27 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson and David McChchesney

Not serving the Provincetown people- serving their "click" .
They are repulsive in their actions.
11:05 am edt 

Elaine Andersen - David McChesey

Elaine Anderson and David McChesney work, free of charge, on behalf of
the cabal.
9:44 am edt 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Wow!!

Did everyone notice how nice it was to see our own Harbormaster and an assistant
cruising around the harbor the oast few days?  It was nice returning from the
sea and seeing a smiling face with a wave welcoming us home.  Haven't see that
in a long time and it was refreshing!!

Either the Police were on vacation or being investigated (my guess is being
investigated) because the Harbormaster was allowed to use the patrol boat.  Nice
to see you back on the water Harbormaster!!
11:53 pm edt 

The Police Budget

21 police officers including chief.
  7 dispatch and clerical
  3 officers equivalent in overtime pay to the above 21 staff
_____________________
31 Staffers year round staff

16 additional officers for 20 weeks


http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2916
11:41 pm edt 

Word to the Wise

The police chief's girlfriend should stop posting here and on fb.
Please be quiet, you have caused enough damage.
7:47 pm edt 

Elaine Andersen - David McChesey

They seem so emotional in their support of the Police dept and town manager.
Yet they also say their interpretation of the report was quite different and say
nothing of the civilian. I quess their support of the tm and police dept. was more
important on a public level than a civilians basic rights.  This town management
needs a cleansing- real bad.
7:46 pm edt 

Elaine Andersen - David McChesney

Hope the state and others look at this selectmen
meeting. It is plain scary. - squealing pig incident- intimidation -sexual
harrassment suit-What will come of this? The corruption in this town has gone on
for several years.Will this too be swept under the rug? The intimidation has to
stop.
7:42 pm edt 

Police Department

When the police department is fully staffed the taxpayers need to pay
less overtime to the officers we do have.  That sounds like good business to me!
7:41 pm edt 

Elaine Andersen - David McChesney

I urge everyone to go to PtownTV and go to govt section. View the latest june
10th meeting. Listen to Erik Yingling and Tom Donegan speak about the
internal police investigation report.

Then listen to Elaine and David. Elaine and David made a public statement that
their interpretation was quite different from Tom and Erics- That means What??
They found in conclusion to the report a "QUITE DIFFERENT INTERPRETATION. 

They should be ashamed of themselves playing politics with such an egregious
and inexcusable act committed on a Provincetown Citizen.  These are our basic
rights! Elaine and David need to be held accountable . Again- please watch and
judge for yourself.

They were elected to work for us- the Provincetown people. Not pander to the Towm
Manager, or Police Dept. This is nothing other than despicable.
10:14 am edt 

Who is This Koumanelis Anyways?

Who is he? Why was he hired? what did he bring to this town but aggressive
actions, threats and texts?

Time for Koumanelis to find a new home, some town that likes bullies and wants
them on their force. We don't. time to leave.
10:12 am edt 

How Many New Police Officers do We Need?

As if we don't have enough, Jeff Jaran appoints a new police officer Monday
night at the Bos meeting. How many more? when is enough enough?

How many more officers, how many more police do we need here in this small town?
Isn't this both ridiculous and scary?
10:10 am edt 

Are They Playing a Game? do They Think We Are Stupid?

Is Sharon Lynn playing with us like a cat with a mouse? If Jeff Jaran viewing us
as stupid and naïve and ready to believe the propaganda that is coming out of
his office?

Time for truth. time for truth to power. time for action and revelation that
reveals truth. We are not here to read and get fabrications and cover-ups and
rationalizations. We want one thing: yes, the truth and nothing but the truth.
10:08 am edt 

So Where is Sergeant Koumanelis Now!

If he was reprimanded and if it was serious. what happened? why the silence? Why
the secrecy?

We all need to know this investigation was "resolved" and what actions were
taken. and we need to know this now!
10:07 am edt 

Opening at Edwige Delicious!
 
So glad to see the Edwige open and serving wonderful offerings. Delightful
dinners and wonderful choices.

Bravo! Have a good summer!
10:06 am edt 

Re: Facebook Postings

Please, these Facebooks Postings Are Like Reading shouted words from
Kids

How immature! How unconncected to reality. Please, we do not need these foolish
people posting here through there. Let them have it! It's their pretense of a
community, so let them have it. but please spare us their nonsense and
gibberish.

I don't come here to read them. they are not the most stable of our residents
and they belong to each other.
10:04 am edt 

Re: Total Number of Police Officers

Re: "Someone needs to get their facts straight about how many Police
Officers this town has."

Are you kidding? Since when has this town ever let a little thing like facts get
in the way of a good old fashioned Provincetown witch hunt? I have never see
such mob mentality as the locals here can demonstrate. As soon as someone is
accused of any kind of wrongdoing, folks just can't wait to jump on the
bandwagon with their pitchforks and flaming torches and execute said "villain"
without so much as a trial, much less facts. It's the most popular local pastime
- boycott this one, impeach that one. People ranting and raving and spewing hate
on this blog or on Facebook. For a town that loves to preach peace and love, I
sure see and awful lot of intolerance, anger and guilty-until-proven-innocent.

I swear, sometimes I'm ashamed to call this my hometown. If the tourists who
come here because of the supposed open-mindedness of Provincetown only knew what
some of the locals are REALLY like.
10:00 am edt 

So, Place Your Bets Folks

Some have said the Chief will be gone in 3 months and others have said 6 months. 
I think when the latest sexual harassment lawsuit becomes public, it will be
sooner rather than later.  I don't know which will make me happier, him leaving
or watching the meltdown on Candace's page.  Of course they'll say it was only a
handful of people who were negative and drove the Chief out.  Those handful of
people must have A LOT of power.  Or, maybe it's really more than a handful? 
Nah, can't be.

Of course the ground is already being laid for him to resign rather than get
canned, but he better line up a new job fast!  The State police and the State
Ethics Commission are talking to lots of folks already. Noose is tightening and
once he gets tagged by State or Ethics there is no new job.

Don't know what the Town Manager is thinking but I hope she is smart enough not
to go down with the ship.
9:58 am edt 

Re: Victim Had a Political Agenda?

Why or how someone could say the individual who was the victim of the
texting incident had a political agenda is so far outreaching and incorrect it
is almost humorous, all one had to do is READ THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS REPORT AND
they will see that the individual had no political agenda AT ALL,  these are the
facts and they are indisputable . The likes of our police department trying to
intimidate and force an opinion on whom they want supported in a local election
by means of threats and intimidation is egregious and has no place in this town
or any other . The town manager should think very hard and carefully about this
as her decision in this matter will ultimately be judged by the outside
investigating authorities
9:55 am edt 

Re: Majority View??

To the individual who posted the Facebook item: Good try, but it's
time to come to Planet Earth.lol
9:51 am edt 

Re: Total Number of Police Officers

I love how one anti police person posting to this blog added 5 extra
Provincetown police officers (he claimed there are 23 when there are actually
only 18) in his post in an attempt to skew the "facts" in his favor. Nice try.
Kinda makes me question everything you wrote.
9:49 am edt 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Total Number of Police Officers

Someone needs to get their facts straight about how many Police Officers this
town has. There is "NOT" 23 Police Officers. It's statement on here like that,
that is erroneous and makes it hard for most to believe what is posted here.
5:45 pm edt 

Banner -June 20, 2013 Letter to the Editor


Troubling events

To the editor:

PeterDemers

I must applaud the Banner editorial staff for their measured and rational commen­tary
about what is going on relative to the police department.

  Labeling people who criticize the ac­tions of the police as police haters is indeed

both incendiary and totally false. Everyone has the most respect for the difficult

job po­lice work is and the police I have had the opportunity to interact with

have shown themselves to be highly professional, nice individuals.

  Whatever happened at The [Squealing] Pig on election night between the chief and
a bartender is something in dispute, but something did happen, and that is what the
issue is. The chief is indeed human and subject to human emotions, but whenever the
chief law enforcement officer threatens an individual he has overstepped his bounds.
He is not just some "ordinary Joe," and his threats are far more than the threats of one
individual to another. He has a higher responsibility.

  As far as the voter intimidation, there is no question that that was a very serious
overstepping of bounds. Again, my texting another about who they politically
support is one thing. The same thing by members of the law enforcement community
is a far more serious matter. Read any history of to­talitarian regimes and you can see
where that path leads.

  Finally, most troubling to me is the posi­tion of the town manager as chief apologist
For both the chief and the threatening officers. This is very serious business and her
brushing them off as being somehow justi­fied or just one officer and one situation does
not speak well to her ability to handle these matters impartially. That's precisely why so
many people are concerned aboutour town turning into a "police state." For the town
manager to dismiss people's real concern about this should be of concern to everyone in
town, no matter where you stand on the issue. Perceptions are almost always based upon
some reality.

  There is no doubt that in the past few years, the police department has become a far more
ominous and visible presence in the town. It's hard to go around a corner without seeing a
patrol car. I have lived in this town almost 18 years and never have we seen anything like
what we see now.

  I think it's time for the board of select men to take a hard look at whether a town this size really needs all the police we have. Certainly, extra police in season is warrant­ed, but, really, 23 full-time police for a town whose year-round population is around 2,600 people? According to my calcula­tions, that's one policeman for every 114 people.

  Also, in a 2007 study, the U.S. Dept. of Justice study, the number of police suggest­ed for a population the size of Province-town is six. Maybe there are good reasons for us to be supporting four times the rec­ommended number, but certainly the board of selectmen should be asking those questions.

PeterDemers Provincetown




1:45 pm edt 

Re: Victim Had a Political Agenda?

"The officer made a mistake when joking with friends"- 

THIS WAS NO JOKE!! Your excuse is pitiful!
12:14 pm edt 

Banner June 20, 2013 Editorial

GUEST EDITORIAL


Censoring my iPod in Provincetown


By Ira Wood


I've waited awhile to write about the June 6 Banner article headlined "Witness says chief flew into rage at local restaurant" because it was troubling and I wanted to figure out exactly why I was troubled.

  
When we read a newspaper article we know we don't always get the facts as they hap­pened. Most of us are too sophisticated for that. We realize there are many sides to an is­sue, especially when witnesses are involved; we know that even the reporter is not absent a point of view. But it's impossible not to come away from any article without a perception. And absolutely true to the facts or not, the perception of reading about a police chief at a bar, in a rage or simply livid; the word used in a supportive letter to the editor the fol­lowing week over a song, is not good.
  
Nor is that troubling perception confined to Provincetown, in spite of the letters de­fending the chief and his own dictum "end of story." There's at least one town on the Cape that people refer to as a speed trap and another whose police are commonly thought of as rude. Will this keep people from visiting those towns? During a summer heat wave? I doubt it But how about a Sunday drive in autumn? Or a weekday splurge on lunch with drinks during cabin fever season? I know I have a choice where I spend my money, and I don't do it in a place where I feel uncomfortable. Would I, as a visitor, care one bit if a DPW worker or a town accountant was known to be short-tempered and fly off the handle? Of course not. But cops are a different story. Cops can ruin anyone's day, es­pecially a visitor's, and anyone reading the story of a police chief (I'm quoting here) "fly­ing into a drunken vulgarity-laced, tyrannical rage" and "threatening the bartender" has got to come away with a perception.
  
To be sure, there have been many letters defending the chief. But every person who reads the June 6 article will surely ask questions according to his or her own concerns. Some might wonder why the town administrator, who was finally sparked to conduct an inquiry, initially took offense with those who merely expressed concern, referring to them, again as quoted, as "certain members of the community who continue to attempt to degrade our professional police officers."
  
Others might wonder why a professional police officer, knowing that bars and alcohol are kindle for accusation and rumor, would even subject himself to potential trouble.
  
My own concerns were personal. I'm a writer, an artist, and I have to ask, Could my own, or anyone's work, instigate that much anger? From a chief of police? In a town with a reputation for art and freedom and intellectual tolerance?
  
Again, according to the article, the source of the police chief's "tantrum" was a protest song by a gangsta rap group, incidentally listed on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It's not a pretty song. It uses the language of the neighborhood. (And yes, many minorities use the insults of the majority amongst themselves to express an ironic cama­raderie.) There's a reason the rapper Chuck D called hip hop the Black CNN.
  
Like angry protest songs before it, classics such as "Masters of War" and "Strange Fruit," it's metaphorical and over the top, a bleak message with the intent to educate, in­spire and motivate change. It's a most unfortunate irony that a police officer hearing a song protesting the violence of police officers is alleged to have reacted violently.
  
According to the article the bartender wrote a letter apologizing for playing the song on his iPod, and this is the most troubling part — do I have to censor my iPod in Provincetown?
  
It has about 2,000 songs, and I immediately erased "I Shot the Sheriff' and, just to be safe, "Officer Krupke." You have to wonder what other works of art should be banned so as not to offend the police. Would the local theater company, for instance, have to think
 twice before putting on the drama "A Steady Rain?" It starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig on Broadway and at the time had the highest weekly gross in Broadway history, but the subject matter is two bad cops. What about movies? "The Departed." "L A Confidential." "Training Day." Same subject, same risk.
  
We're all used to over-the-top art works producing outrage. Sometimes the work really does seem outrageous, like the recent story of the NewYork City MFA candidate prevented from debut­ing a project consisting of 68 vials of his own semen. But political art is the most outrageous of all because it poses
the biggest threat: a challenge to those
who hold the power.
I admit these are hypersensitive times. With the federal government riffling through our e-mail and phone calls; with corporations pushing legislators to enact laws that punish whistleblowers who re­port corporate wrong-doing, many peo­ple are worried about losing the freedom to express ourselves. I just never thought it would happen in Provincetown. 

  
Ira Wood is the host of The Lowdown, a weekly talk
show on WOMR; he is also a for­mer chair and longtime member of the Wellfleet Board of Selectmen. This piece is adapted from a commentary on the WOMR Friday news
11:50 am edt 

Cape Cod Times Editorial : June 20, 2013
 
Police Chief oversteps his authority

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of
the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
Government for a redress of grievances."


Amendment I of the Bill of Rights


The First Amendment has served as one of the fundamental pillars of our country
for more than 200 years. The idea that citizens of the United States have the
right to free speech was so important to the founders that it was enshrined as
the first of 10 rights to be spelled out as part of the Bill of Rights in 1791.

The nation's originators no doubt had a sense that free speech would be a tricky
and, occasionally, ugly thing. They likely knew that people would take such a
doctrine and test its limits from time to time. But again, the fact that it was
the first of a limited number of fundamental rights suggests that they
understood the importance of protecting all speech, even when it espoused
unpopular opinions. One could even argue that the amendment was expressly
designed to protect speech for which there was little public support.

It is vital to understand this sentiment before examining an incident on May 7
involving Provincetown Police Chief Jeff Jaran. Jaran was visiting The Squealing
Pig, a local pub, and was enjoying a drink when he became aware of a song
playing in the background by the 1980s rap band N.W.A. Neither the band's full
name nor name of the song which Jaran heard will likely appear in a family
newspaper any time soon.

There is little question about the band's feelings toward law enforcement
officials. Its breakthrough album, "Straight Out of Compton," has been both
heralded as an honest look at the brutality of street life in Los Angeles and
reviled as a violent call to arms against all forms of authority, especially
police officers.

Jaran was offended by the song and its subject matter. That is, of course,
within his rights.

What happened next, however, was not.

Jaran said he instructed a restaurant employee to shut the song off and said
that the person should be ashamed. Jaran said he spoke with the owner of the
restaurant the next day, and that the matter was resolved.

Public officials, both elected and appointed, are citizens, just like anyone
else in the community in which they serve. But they also must understand the
limits of their authority. Although there is nothing suggesting that Jaran was
acting in his capacity as police chief, when you are working in a local business
and the chief of police demands that something happen, whether or not he is on
duty is not likely the first thing on your mind.

What Jaran should have done was exercise his First Amendment rights and express
his disapproval of the song. Then, if he so chose, he could have reinforced his
feelings by leaving the bar and even withholding future patronage.

Provincetown Town Manager Sharon Lynn is now investigating the incident. If she
finds sufficient facts, she should reprimand Jaran. For his part, Jaran could
also apologize for infringing on the free speech of others. 5:12 pm edt
10:48 am edt 

Cape Cod Times Editorial Request

Would You Please post the Editorial About Jeff Jaran in the Cape cod
Times on the 20th of June?

It is so very strong and speaks to first amendment rights and holds Jeff Jaran
accountable for bad behavior. It is a powerful editorial and if you haven't read
it, you will find it an important statement by our local newspaper. Not gossip,
not hearsay but the press speaking out against Jaran's behavior at the Pig.
10:43 am edt 

Where Is The Outrage?

The DPW is asking for $3.5M (let's make that    ) for a new "palace". Did you
know that they have 50 employees for a town of under 3,000. Obviously, they are
overstaffed and turning this town into a "DPW-State". Every day with their trash
talk. Time to run them out of town.                                                            
                                                                                                             
                                                                                                             

                                                                                                             
                                                                                                             
                                                                                                             
                                                                                                            
                                                                                                            
10:39 am edt 

Time For Mia Culpa

Out of all this I can not understand why the chief of police would
have gone to the Squealing Pig on the night of Raphael R. election party. I
believe that he and his girlfriend, who were very much against Tom D. and
Raphael R. elections, were being incredibly stupid that night. Now is the time
for the Town Manager and Chief of Police to make amends with the town and admit
that they       -up.
8:09 am edt 

Re: Continued Pattern of Abuse and Ignorance

".  .  .Just called them and they are concerned that these people are
still in power so many years later and still acting out of authority.  .  ."



Did they also remind you that Police Chief Jaran arrived after their alleged
incident?
8:05 am edt 

Majority View??

Posted on Facebook.  It reflects the view of the majority of town
resident's views?  Unlike the minority opinions repetitively posted by a few on
this page.


"After the last two election cycles I have come to the conclusion that there is a
small group of residents in town who thrive on dysfunction. It seems when things
are "working" they are not happy, so they strive to try and make it
dysfunctional or paint it as dysfunctional. I have seen a transformation for the
better in this town since I moved here in 2006. The schools now have a
leadership and teachers who are united in making the school the best with new
students enrolling all year. The police department and its force are visible in
our community and are becoming partners in making our town safe for all by
enforcing the laws. The town's improved infrastructure, town hall, the library,
a re-constructed Commercial St. are now seen as pillars of our communities
redevelopment and revitalization. So when I hear complaints about these areas or
comments from candidates for office and some who have been elected like, "we
need to take our town back" I want to ask, take our town back!
  to what?! Take us back to a crumbling Commercial St. a town hall that is on
the verge of collapse and a hazard for employees, a library that took forever to
renovate? A school system that was not taken seriously? I don't know about you
but as someone who lives here and works here I have no desire to go back to that
level of dysfunction and poor town management. To the town manager, police
chief, and school superintendent there are those of us who feel you are doing a
good job and we appreciate the work you have done and how you have motivated
some of us to work and make our town a great place to live and work. I say thank
you and keep up the good work!"
8:03 am edt 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Continued Pattern of Abuse and Ignorance

"Provincetown Police responded and acted appropriately, Lynn told The
Provincetown Banner. An independent investigation confirmed this and I do not
have any doubt the officers actions at the scene were conducted within the
proper guidelines."

If I am not mistaken that was from the Barry Scott (and his partner
Bryan) incident of 2007. We should have listened to them. Just called them and
they are concerned that these people are still in power so many years later and
still acting out of authority. Why didn't we listen to them? They had to leave
town because of our 'force!'


This is the quote from our illustrious Town Manager concerning the police action
five years ago by this same department. It would seem to me that the story is
still the same, she denies the police may have a problem. Sharon, you are going
down the wrong road, how about giving some consideration to the VICTIMS in these
cases.
8:07 pm edt 

What's Happening?

Question...Is anything being done about both the recent Voter
intimidation and the chief's tantrum at the Pig?
I mean outside investigated.  By the ag etc. If you expect sharon
to do something,  forget it.

Does anyone know if the attorney general even knows about the
problems???
8:02 pm edt 

If the Food Channel Can Fire Paula Deen as Fast as They Did

This town can fired Sergeant Koumanelis. Yes, words count. They are not a joke.
they are hurtful and threatening and mean spirited. We would do as well as the
Food channel and they had a lot to lose by firing their star. Koumanelis is not
star but he should be dropped from the force. His attempt to influence those
officers under him is wrong and deserves action. Now!
8:01 pm edt 

Re: "Sergeant" Koumanelis Should be Demoted

He should be punished. but I predict Sharon will try to hide whatever
"punishment" is handed down in the inside file of the Personnel Files. Town
Manager will assert that this is private and personal and we can't look in
"sergeant" Koumanelis's Personnel file.

I, for one, don't want to peek inside Koumanelis's file but I do want the public
record of what consequences were handed down from the internal investigation to
be made known. this is not simply internal police activity but a complaint from
a citizen against more than one person on the Provincetown police force. what
was the consequence? who was punished and how?

In other words, before the "punishment" was placed in Koumanelis's file,  what
actions were taken by Town Manager? This is a public investigation and deserves
a public reckoning--not secrecy and a hiding of the facts in this serious case.

7:59 pm edt 

Pig-Gate and Text-Gate

This is sadly the case here in Provincetown and both involved the police
department. this is not how this town should run nor policed. Both the Pig-Gate
and the Text-gate show threatening and offensive behavior by those enforcing the
law. But what are they doing? Using the law for their own vested interests and
for the existence of a mega police station. All this boils down to rage and
anger by the police because some have resisted their vision and design of a $14
million police station.

It is almost absurd. Almost unbelievable. but if you  were against ANY part of
the new proposed mega police station, you were put on the Police Haters List.
That some list like this should ever exist here is horrendous. But it did---and
don't fool yourself--it still does!
7:02 pm edt 

This Freaky Town is Making Too Much Noise About Nothing

While "big brother" and our head honcho was on a whirlwind campaign tour, 4
people died in the middle east as a result!Every gov't official involved has lied
right down the line.

No body cares and nothing will be done! They all ought to be thrown
out!! I'm more upset about that than this stuff in "Pikersville". No body died
here! There's a lot of bruised egos and power plays. I just bet this won't be
appearing on this blog in this too liberal town. That's the problem here. Rules
and laws are only made for other places but not here! Tough Cookies!

Bring 'em on!
7:00 pm edt 

Re: Pig-Gate

"Pig-gate will now go national. The Cape Cod Times editorial guarantees it."


This is something that the Sharon could have prevented, had she not subjugated
herself to the Blue Wall of Silence.
6:57 pm edt 

I am so Sad Over This Jaran / Lynn Situation.......

I wish the situation would end and let us full time citizens feel at ease.

Ms Lynn... It's not fair of you to make us feel as we do.
4:06 pm edt 

Continued Pattern of Abuse and Ignorance

"Provincetown Police responded and acted appropriately, Lynn  told The
Provincetown Banner. An independent investigation confirmed this and I do not
have any doubt the officers actions at the scene were conducted within the
proper guidelines."


This is the quote from our illustrious Town Manager concerning the police action
five years ago by this same department.It would seem to me that the story is
still the same, she denies the police may have a problem. Sharon, you are going
down the wrong road, how about giving some consideration to the VICTIMS in these
cases. And even though the insurance company paid off the victims, we all know
that WILL be reflected in the payments we make for liability insurance. You need
to stop defending this man who must have been trained at a reform school or a
Nazi concentration camp. He's dealing with fun-loving, intelligent people, not
criminals. The hiring practices of this Police Chief are doubful at best! I
agree with the writer who suggested a civilian police review board, maybe that
would level the playing field. If the town fathers won't sanction that board,
then we will start one on our own....not against any laws. Something needs to be
done to watch for this continued pattern of abuse and ignorance.
4:04 pm edt 

Victim Had a Political Agenda?

"Friend turn on him". Are you for real??  He threatened his friend
with his position as a Sergeant because he disagreed with his choice of
selectmen. Plain and simple.



The officer made a mistake when joking with friends.  If I had a police officer
that I'd been friends with for years and I received the e-mail I would tell them
the e-mail wasn't appropriate.  If I really felt threatened I would end the
call, not text back and forth for almost an hour.  The last thing I would do is
run to a Selectman candidate unless I wanted to help him use it for a political
agenda.
1:15 pm edt 

Police Should be Held to a Higher Standard

Agreed! Just Google my old pal DJ Barry Scott. At the very least, they
abused their power there as well. He and his partner did their best to warn us.
In the end, they moved out of a town they once loved. I miss them. They got
money from this town in the end. A lot!


"Police Should be Held to a Higher Standard" Sums it up perfectly.
11:52 am edt 

Blaming the Victim

I have read these editorials on this blog that are now turning in a
last ditch effort to blame the person who was threatened.  It is time this town
learned its lesson- Town meaning current little elite group that has run this
town for the last 6 years of
11:50 am edt 

Poor Choice of Friends

"The officer made a mistake in judgement, both by his text messages and
the friends he chose."


I would say the victim, not the perpetrator, was the poor chooser of friends.
Those texts, plus involving other Police force members doesn't look good.  Or
was I mistaken, and the cop told people at Stop & Shop, to also text the guy.  I
believe ALL those he asked were in the Police Department.  Who needs friends
like THAT?????
11:48 am edt 

Go-to Page to Express Real Opinions and Facts

It is very interesting to me how this page has become the go-to page
to express one's "real" opinion. I avoided this page because of the bad things
that were posted about the page and it's administrator.

My curiosity got the best of me a couple of weeks ago (I have to admit Oatsey's
posts about the page made me curious) and this page and it's administrator
became the page I go to when I want to gauge the "real" opinions. And the truth!

If this page has been declared a "hate" site, then I suppose I will live with the
name-calling by the elite class of people who fear the statements made here are
too close to the truth and are trying to get the site closed down by calling opinions
on this page "hate".

Don't let the minority of P'town residents or even non-residents,
play with your head. This situation with the Manager, The Chief, and the Chief's
"girlfriend" has got to be dealt with and we need to get back to the work of
making this town whole again!

The evidence in. Each and every incident has been studied and documented. It is
time to face the voters of Provincetown with solutions and time to move forward
(without the baggage these people have bought to our town).
11:45 am edt 

Malignant Festering Attitude

"How wrong you are.  Elaine, David and Austin believe in innocent
until proven guilty and that is why they have said the investigation needs to
be completedbefore any action is taken.  Unfortunately Tom and Erik have
already decided guilt and are trying the individual(s) in the press and social media."
           


Thanks to Ptown tv anyone can watch the June 10th Selectmen meeting. Elaine and
David BOTH said their interpretation of the report was "quite different". "These
are  personal issues"  The report was already out folks. They had clearly stated
in a public forum that they-Elaine and David- had drawn a VERY DIFFERENT
INTERPRETATION. IT CAN ONLY BE ASSUMED- DIFF. FROM TOM'S AND ERIC'S.

What about the victim?  Personal issues?? This is a Sergeant threatening a civilian
merely for his choice of Selectmen. A civilian.This meeting I hope is viewed by the
state investigators and AG. This is the systemic , festering attitude that needs
to be abolished.
11:39 am edt 

This is a Classic Blame the Victim

"A conversation between people who had been friends for years.  Should
the officer have not sent the text?  No doubt about it.  Did his friends turn on
him.  No doubt about it.  The officer made a mistake in judgement, both by his
text messages and the friends he chose. " 


THIS IS  A CLASSIC- BLAME THE VICTIM.
 
"Friend turn on him". Are you for real??  He threatened his friend with his
position as a Sergeant because he disagreed with his choice of selectmen. Plain
and simple.  This is very likely a crime that  has taken place. So you decide to
blame the victim?? I quess you would blame a rape victim as well.

How dare you!
11:34 am edt 

Re: You Too May be on Koumanelis' List

"He has broken the police code. Koumanelis has abrdiged the rights of
citizens. Koumanelis has ill used his authority as a police officer to bully and
scare a resident who was his friend."



A conversation between people who had been friends for years.  Should the
officer have not sent the text?  No doubt about it.  Did his friends turn on
him.  No doubt about it.  The officer made a mistake in judgement, both by his
text messages and the friends he chose.
8:10 am edt 

Re: You Too May be on Koumanelis' List

"Whatever happens to Koumanelis needs to be known by the BOs and
others. - That is all fine and well. But unfortunately Elaine, David and Austin
could care less."



How wrong you are.  Elaine, David and Austin believe in innocent until proven
guilty and that is why they have said the investigation needs to be completed
before any action is taken.  Unfortunately Tom and Erik have already decided
guilt and are trying the individual(s) in the press and social media.
8:06 am edt 

The Sum of the Town

Its amazing to me how people in this town the likes of candice and
company will not even entertain the FACTS and acknowledge that a horrible
injustice has been done here.  A private individual who had their civil rights
violated and i can't help but wonder if  Candice and company had been victims of
this,,  if they would be so steadfast in their denials.

The beauty of Provincetown is the freedom of expression but more SO it should
be a town that protects those very freedoms and when that does not happen, then
one must take pause and ask the question why are we not all rallying around the
individual who's civil rights were violated instead of making it a political agenda, or why
should the squealing pig incident be considered unimportant ??

These my friends are issues that directly affect the lives of everyone in provincetown
and justice should be served. NO one is above the law here , not the police , not
the town manager and not the puppet surrogates the likes of candy girl and others
that no matter what support and dont have the clear vision for whatever reason political
or otherwise to be true to themselves.

THIS IS THE SADDEST COMMENTARY AND TRULY SUMS UP THIS TOWN .
8:03 am edt 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Re: You Too May be on Koumanelis' List

Whatever happens to Koumanelis needs to be known by the BOs and others. - That
is all fine and well. But unfortunately Elaine, David and Austin could care
less. They only care about the nod of approval from the T.M.- the selectmen
meeting June 10th pretty well sums this up. Sad.
11:32 pm edt 

Re: "Police Should be Held to a Higher Standard"

Sums it up perfectly-
 
Although- nobody will ever know the true story unless both the Chiefs and His
partner's texts  from both their phones are obtained. This is the key to the
systemic issue.
10:51 pm edt 

You Too May be on Koumanelis' List

No, this threatening Incident With Sergeant Koumanelis is Not Simply a
personnel issue

Whatever happens to Koumanelis needs to be known by the BOs and others. His
threatening, intimidating texts and his implicating his junior officers in
helping him threaten a resident needs public presentation.

He has broken the police code. Koumanelis has abrdiged the rights of citizens.
Koumanelis has ill used his authority as a police officer to bully and scare a
resident who was his friend.

We all need to know what actions will be taken to rectify these illegal acts.
This is not private. this is not personal. this affects all of us in this town.

You too may be on Koumanelis's list. Then what?
10:49 pm edt 

Re: Selectman Yingling

Re: "It's a personnel issue which you have no right to know."

Yep, you're right!  I've no right to know, and actually, I don't want to know.
All I care about is that this individual isn't paid, in part, a salary from my
taxes.  As long as his name is missing from our town's Police Department's
roster, all is cool.
10:19 pm edt 

Dead Man Walking

Pig-gate will now go national. The Cape Cod Times editorial guarantees it.
Whenever Provincetown shows off its reactionary side it is a classic man bites
dog. Add given how fun Provincetown is now, media will find it irrestible. Jaran
has no hope of survival. His only choice is whether he pulls Sharon down with
him. My guess is that he does.

Also in passing Ptown police chiefs have an unfortunate tendency to attract
negative publicity in peak season. Remember Ted Meyers declaration of
hetero-phobia?  Guess we solved that before it became too virulent.

Man up chief. Stop hiding behind your GF and go.
10:01 pm edt 

Re: Selectman Yingling.

Government employees do not have an absolute right to free speech when it comes
to political activities, for example the Hatch Act.

Would be curious to know what the conversation entailed between TM and Yingling.  
If it was regarding all posts, etc shame on the selectman and he should
apologize certainly and get a refresher course on The constitution.  If it was
regarding posts made to influence town government decisions, what is the town's
policy?   Does anyone know if there are prohibitions?    I do not.

But if you can ask for a Yingling apology for a conservation you were not privy
to, then you must agree that through what the chief has stated publicly that an
apology is necessary.
9:58 pm edt 

Police Should be Held to a Higher Standard

I really think that both of those cops as well as the others involved
in the text matter need to be held responsible. It would only be fair play. What
would happen to me if I got in the Chief's face and yelled at him to stop
(whatever)? Or if I sent a text to any cop that said "you are dead to me"  or
"you better watch what you do"? How long before i was arrested? Roughed up?
Kept in the cell too long? Standing in front of a judge? Ill answer that.
IMMEDIATELY! Its high time that cops are held to their "higher standard" when they
do something wrong as well as when they do something right. Book em Danno.

A Rat In The Basement
5:59 pm edt 

Selectman Yingling Should Apologize!

Re: ". . .Provincetown Town Manager Sharon Lynn is now investigating
the incident. If she finds sufficient facts, she should reprimand Jaran. For his
part, Jaran could also apologize for infringing on the free speech of others."



I assume you also believe Selectman Yingling should apologize for his attempt to
infringe on the free speech of town staff?
5:50 pm edt 

David Bedard

I like former selectman Bedard, but he should learn to read.  The
story in the Banner had one named witness and two corroborating witnesses who
chose to remain anonymous.  Sorry, Dave, you are a smart guy, but you missed.
5:47 pm edt 

A Few Thoughts:

Much going back and forth on what happened at The Pig.  If you only take the
chief and his girlfriend's statements, they explain the bartender was "told to
turn off the song."   That is enough for me.   No matter how offensive, the
police department does not have the right to dictate what music is played, what 
type of art is displayed, or what type of dance I create. Feel  really bad for
the restaurant and the folks that work there.   They are much better than this. 
They apologized.  I wish the police chief and his girlfriend would do the same. 
(See comment posted on FB that it was greatly "upsetting" for several days for
Ms Hurd)

Look forward to the outside investigation of the texting matter. This should not
be white washed. Voting through clean elections is a paramount right, which
should not be infringed.  ANY action by the police that could in anyway coerce
or intimidate a voter is serious.  Civil Rights are not a joking matter.

These matters do not appear to be taken seriously by Ms Lynn or the perceived
"other" side.    One of the things that is historically upsetting about civil
rights movements and issues is the laxadasical nature of many if an issue does
not affect them directly.

That being said, Provincetown is not a police state.   Just check out what goes
on in an actual police states.  To compare makes light of those dire situations. 
Please do not get me wrong. We DO have a greatly increased PRESENCE of and
ACTIVITY by the police.  Some feel comfortable with this.  I do not, and
question  the need for such a large year round force.    Can we find another
term that describes the situation better?

The Facebook pages have been interesting reads.  Too bad they both all too often
get hijacked by a few posters.  Am sorry one page - which started out as a good
counter balance - has become Ms Nagle's rant and beef with folks page.  Hard to
find instances where she is consistent.  Calls a selectman a leaker, then posts
emails from attorneys to Ms. Lynn and each other regarding Selectman Donegan.
How did she get those?  The open ended questions posed after blurbs of articles
or video clips are merely meant to incite negativity towards others, in my
opinion.

All that being said, what has resonated with me are posts to all forums that are
clear in message with an absence of name calling and theatrics.   Just a
suggestion - if you could be more specific in your posts and provide context, it
would be greatly appreciated by those of us who are new to learning about town
government.   Know you are more versed in the subjects, players, and activities,
but the cryptic messages can lead one to scratching their head.  See:  "just
wait and see," " follow the xxx," "we all know..."  Etc.

Finally, I was leery of this forum. It had gotten so negative and the name
calling and cryptic messages seemed like negative energy. Think it has really
improved.   I would never post this on FB.  Never know who I would offend, and
am cursed with thin skin.  But it does tan easily without burning.

We are lucky to be here, and I am lucky to call each of you a neighbor.
5:19 pm edt 

Cape Cod Times Editorial : June 20, 2013

Police Chief oversteps his authority

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of
the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
Government for a redress of grievances."


Amendment I of the Bill of Rights


The First Amendment has served as one of the fundamental pillars of our country
for more than 200 years. The idea that citizens of the United States have the
right to free speech was so important to the founders that it was enshrined as
the first of 10 rights to be spelled out as part of the Bill of Rights in 1791.

The nation's originators no doubt had a sense that free speech would be a tricky
and, occasionally, ugly thing. They likely knew that people would take such a
doctrine and test its limits from time to time. But again, the fact that it was
the first of a limited number of fundamental rights suggests that they
understood the importance of protecting all speech, even when it espoused
unpopular opinions. One could even argue that the amendment was expressly
designed to protect speech for which there was little public support.

It is vital to understand this sentiment before examining an incident on May 7
involving Provincetown Police Chief Jeff Jaran. Jaran was visiting The Squealing
Pig, a local pub, and was enjoying a drink when he became aware of a song
playing in the background by the 1980s rap band N.W.A. Neither the band's full
name nor name of the song which Jaran heard will likely appear in a family
newspaper any time soon.

There is little question about the band's feelings toward law enforcement
officials. Its breakthrough album, "Straight Out of Compton," has been both
heralded as an honest look at the brutality of street life in Los Angeles and
reviled as a violent call to arms against all forms of authority, especially
police officers.

Jaran was offended by the song and its subject matter. That is, of course,
within his rights.

What happened next, however, was not.

Jaran said he instructed a restaurant employee to shut the song off and said
that the person should be ashamed. Jaran said he spoke with the owner of the
restaurant the next day, and that the matter was resolved.

Public officials, both elected and appointed, are citizens, just like anyone
else in the community in which they serve. But they also must understand the
limits of their authority. Although there is nothing suggesting that Jaran was
acting in his capacity as police chief, when you are working in a local business
and the chief of police demands that something happen, whether or not he is on
duty is not likely the first thing on your mind.

What Jaran should have done was exercise his First Amendment rights and express
his disapproval of the song. Then, if he so chose, he could have reinforced his
feelings by leaving the bar and even withholding future patronage.

Provincetown Town Manager Sharon Lynn is now investigating the incident. If she
finds sufficient facts, she should reprimand Jaran. For his part, Jaran could
also apologize for infringing on the free speech of others.
5:12 pm edt 

Banner Editorial

Excellent editorial in the Banner today.  Well said Ira Wood.
5:04 pm edt 

Second Homeowners Association?

The committee to start a second homeowners association is meeting at
the Crown and Anchor. In my opinion this is just another attempt to take away
the votes of year-rounders and to get the wealthy second homeowners more say in
how our town works. The wealthy people can finish the process of taking over and
"cleansing" the town of the riffraff that vote to keep the town accessible to
the middle class.
4:58 pm edt 

State of Denial

Same 12 people posting hate, eh? Wait until this whole matter comes to
some kind of vote and we shall see how many more citizens of this town want
justice to be done. I'm tired of some of the town officials who want to make
light of this. It's like they are trying to hard to cover this whole affair up.
The time for our justice is approaching, believe it! It's falling apart for the
Manager and the Chief, they can be in denial as long as they want!!
4:52 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson- David McChesney
I agree- lets get the process going- They need to go!! They are nothing
other than puppets for the TM. They are weaved into the cabal. Harriet,
Ann,then our TM Then Elaine, and David. Close"family". Not what this
town needs.

Too close for comfort.This is a Dangerous scenario that needs to be broken.
4:50 pm edt 

Re: The Town is up in Arms

Re: "The Town is Up In Arms! I have never seen it like this before. It
is constant and people are upset and afraid and unhappy. there are so many
residents who hate what is happening and want and need change."


"The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" I don't know what circles you travel
in, but the only people I see preoccupied with this matter are the same few who
write in to this blog and post on Candace's Facebook blog OVER AND OVER AND OVER
again. Most people are going about their lives and paying little or no mind to
the huge "scandal" you are trying to generate. Just because YOUR only hobby is
playing armchair local politics, don't try to make like everyone in town is as
obsessed as you are. Some of us have actual things to do.

And, seriously, do you really expect people to believe that Provincetown
citizens are "afraid??" You're being just a bit dramatic, don't you think?
8:46 am edt 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Re: Sergeant Koumanelis


"So What Will Happen to Sergeant Koumanelis for his threatening Texts
and Illegal Actions?"


It's a personnel issue which you have no right to know. If she said one word he
and the police union would sue. Contrary to the actions of two Selectmen
employees do have certain basic rights of privacy.

11:40 pm edt 

Re: Sergeant Koumanelis

So What Will Happen to Sergeant Koumanelis for his threatening Texts
and Illegal Actions?

Will Sharon take real action? Will Sharon put Koumanelis on Probation? Will she
take corrective and punitive action?

Or, will she simply slap his hand and gently say with much compassion: "Thomas,
please, please, don't do this again."
6:33 pm edt 

Please Tell Me How to Start the Recall Process

You will need to go to the courthouse in Orleans and see the clerk of the court. 
They will give you the papers and instructions for the process.
6:30 pm edt 

Quick Action is Required!

The town of Provincetown needs to get rid of Sharon Lynn and Jeff
Jaran A.S.A.P!!!!!!!!
6:29 pm edt 

A Virtual World

In Facebook's Candyland World, reality is suspended.  Great vehicle
for amusement!
6:27 pm edt 

A Craftsman on the Pier Made a Sign

"Provincetown, it's a way of life." 

Mr. Jaran, Ms. Lynn.....please leave!
6:25 pm edt 

Re: How do We Get a Recall Started?

Ask MJA the Town Moderator, she was instrumental in the last recall
election and appropriately named the effort S.C.R.A.M.

From McNulty obit:

When SCRAM - Serious Citizens Against Mismanagement - formed in the mid-1970s,
McNulty was part of the group that successfully forced the recall of several
Selectmen in the wake of a series of problems that were uncovered by SCRAM,
including the town's lack of bookkeeping, lack of being audited and failure to
have employees pay taxes or, in some instances, even show up for work. After
winning the right to a recall election in court, new Selectmen were put in
place, including current board chair Mary-Jo Avellar, and they hired a new Town
Manager who was soon replaced by Charles Cobb. Mr. McNulty was later hired in
1980 as Town Manager to replace Cobb. He served until December 1983 and was
rehired for the period of 1987 to '89.
6:22 pm edt 

Re: Austin Knight

YES, AUSTIN'S INVOLVEMENT IN RENOVATING DIXIES HOUSE WITH NO PERMITS
JUST GOT BRUSHED AWAY AND HE HUNG ANOTHER MASON OUT TO DRY
6:18 pm edt 

Is She up to the Task?

She May Have to Decide if She Too is Also Gone by September!

Either you cut the link, separate yourself and view his case as different from
yours. OR you stay with him, support him and then go down with the ship.

The ship is definitely sinking and it's your turn, my dear, to decide on what
you'll do.

You do not have much time and you need to do something creative and genuine.

Are you up for this?
6:16 pm edt 

Re: So What Eactly is the Problem, Candace?

"I thought your goal was transparency,"


Her goal is to fulfills                 every whim.
6:14 pm edt 

Police Sergeant Koumanelis Out of Control

I Find the Internal Investigation of the threatening Texts terrible

They are bullying and they show Koumanelis using his position and his officer
friends to threaten someone who was his friend. they are frightening and show a
police sergeant out of control.
6:11 pm edt 

The Town is Up In Arms!

I have never seen it like this before. It is constant and people are upset and
afraid and unhappy. there are so many residents who hate what is happening and
want and need change.

Either the town manager goes---or Jaran goes--or both go. This cannot continue
like this.

This is no way to run a town and we deserve better than this. We deserve real
leadership and someone who can fix the problems and get on with the business of
the town.
6:09 pm edt 

Re: How do We Get a Recall Started?

Rule #1 Go to the Clerks office to get the ball rolling
        and the official forms
Rule #2 Strike when the iron is hot. RIGHT NOW
Rule #3 Strike when the iron is hot. RIGHT NOW

If you wait to do this, people will become involved in their summer activities
and not care anymore. It also gives the Chief, his officer and the TM time to
smooth things over, forgive and forget. Don't think it won't happen! It has in
the past and will again unless you get the recall ball rolling.

An earlier poster had it right. The acronym SCRAM stood for Serious Citizens
Revolting Against Mismanagement. Strangely, the two elected at the time of the
revolt to bring in good management were MJA and George Bryant. What's THAT tell
ya?
6:08 pm edt 

Remove Tom & Erik!

Re: "How do We Get a Recall Started? I for one believe that Elaine and
David should be removed immediately for their statements at the last BOS
meeting. They were elected to serve the community of Provincetown, not to ensure
the job security of the town manager or chief of police."


Well, while we are recalling selectmen, I would like to have Tom and Erik
removed for using their positions as elected public officials to conduct
personal business and carry out personal vendettas. They too were elected to
serve the community, not to get revenge against those they feel have wronged
them.
6:05 pm edt 

Re: To the Squealing Pig's Credit

You nailed it! In every case that I have read of or heard about
concerning our 'fine police department' whether it's abusing someone during an
arrest or other incidents mentioned here, these cops are supposed to remain
cool. Hearing a 'bad song' played in a bar should not cause the top cop to lose
his cool. When this happened to my former neighbor and his boyfriend--injured
and paid off later for it-- I questioned the police over-reaction then. Now,
they just prove it over and over again. I should have listened to Barry and
Bryan's story more closely back then.


"There was nothing that happened that evening that could not or would not have
been addressed in a professional and peaceful way, if the Chief of Police had
not been drinking or he had just referred to the hundreds of hours of training
"peace officers" are given on how to not act when this type of incident occurs
on their watch. Good thing the bartenders and guests of the bar kept order,
otherwise this could have been a very different outcome."
6:01 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How do We Get a Recall Started?

I for one believe that Elaine and David should be removed immediately for their
statements at the last BOS meeting. They were elected to serve the community of
Provincetown, not to ensure the job security of the town manager or chief of police.

Please tell me how to start this process.
7:45 pm edt 

Re: The Hand Writing on the Wall

"The only way out at this point will be because the investigators are
prejudiced as well!"


Already making excuses for a report that doesn't support your paranoia huh? 
That says a lot.  Everyone is against me, it's probably because you happen to be
wrong.
7:41 pm edt 

Majority Support

". .A few people posting the same thing over and over does not make a
community up in arms about something.  It reflects a relatively
small group with an axe to grind.  .  ."



You still don't get it do you?  This blog does not prove anything about the
views of the community.   You and a few others can post over and over again and
it proves nothing.   I believe the majority of the town support our town
manager, our police department and our town staff.
7:18 pm edt 

Police State Redux

What punishment did the police officer that drove into the pedestrian in front of
the police station receive? The incident was "investigated" by a sister police
department and it was proven the bystander did indeed receive serious injury and
it was the fault of the police officer.  Probably nothing was done because
according to the Chief, the bystanders attorney was "nothing but an ambulance
chaser".

What actions were taken when the chief pushed a naked lady out of his condo at
the ice house last year?  Nothing about that was ever reported.

What actions were taken against the police officer that sexually harassed a
coworker last year?  Besides being given a good recommendation for a similar job
down cape?  Nothing more reported about that incident.

All these things are symptomatic of the goings on within our "Highly
Professional" police force.  Of course the same ole 6 people are making these
thing up.

Yeah, Right!
7:15 pm edt 

The Blue Wall of Silence

"So I hear there's a lawsuit going on in the police dept,sexual
harassment..........is this the same sexual harassment that happened ..lets
see....back in January??? what ever happened to that cop that did the sexual
harassment...oh yay...he left town QUICK......."


The Blue Wall of Silence. Aren't you glad we have a former cop as our top
leader?
7:00 pm edt 

Dump These Sixers

Let Them Complain on Their Own Facebook

Let the Nagles and Hurds and Rogovskys blab on and on, on their own facebooks
page. I'm tired of their posting of these "sixers" and wish their rants would be
deleted.

If your pissed, them speak to each other. We don't need your boring and endless
repetitions. I for one do not. Just delete these non-posters.
6:57 pm edt 

Re: Board of Selectman Recall

Yes there can be a recall election.  I remember well back in the 70's
it was successful.  Don't remember all the details but do remember
that they called S.C..R.A.M.
Just what Sharon /jarin should do.!!!!!
6:50 pm edt 

So What Exactly is the Problem?

Candace is getting very desperate if she's posting correspondence
between Donegan and Town Counsel from earlier this month.

Town counsel clearly states Donegan should recuse himself OR sign a waiver.  He
signed a waiver.

So what exactly is the problem, Candace?  I thought your goal was transparency,
not character assassination.
6:47 pm edt 

Just Look at the Headlines and the Illegal Actions

To see why people are posting here. and why so many in Provincetown are not
happy with either town hall or the police department. bullying! threatening!
covering up!

That is our sad reality. I talk to people every day who bring up the sense that
this is a police state and that they have to alter how they live. they tell me
of odd and weird stories of how the police handled friends and how awful it has
become.

People do not like living on eggshells. But with this arrogant power-driven
police force--many who were not even here five years ago--, life has changed.
6:41 pm edt 

Re: Stop WastingTime!

Re: "Due to the anonymous nature of this blog and the fact that perhaps
6 people on Facebook are posting negative comments on the Provincetown police
force I'm yet to be convinced that the majority of residents are unhappy with
the town manager and/or the police department.  In fact, I think it is the
opposite."



I agree with this statement.  A few people posting the same thing over and over
does not make a community up in arms about something.  It reflects a relatively
small group with an axe to grind.  Six people on facebook, maybe ten here
posting over and over.  The majority in town are satisfied with both the Town
Manager and the police department.  Your little group's repetitive posts do
nothing to disprove that.
4:25 pm edt 

Word on the Street!

Gone By September!!!
3:54 pm edt 

To the Squealing Pig's Credit

It really bothers me that many people are trying to place the blame
for the "Pig" incident with the bartenders or owners of the Pig. There was
nothing that happened that evening that could not or would not have been
addressed in a professional and peaceful way, if the Chief of Police had not
been drinking or he had just referred to the hundreds of hours of training
"peace officers" are given on how to not act when this type of incident occurs
on their watch. Good thing the bartenders and guests of the bar kept order,
otherwise this could have been a very different outcome.
3:52 pm edt 

The Hand Writing on the Wall

If you are naive enough to believe that the voters of Provincetown are
not very upset with the Manager and Chief, amongst others, who have created this
furor and won't own up to it, you definitely do not know what is going around
town.

And none of it has been to blame either Mr. Donegan or Mr. Yingling. Both
of these men and their supporters are doing what is long overdue. The recent
actions of our town government has taken a turn for the worse, and the manager
and Chief are attempting to make major and expensive changes without going thru
the voters.

Unfortunately [for them] it has backfired and the voters are demanding action, and
I promise whoever thinks this is a vocal minority, wait for the results of multiple
investigations and voter displeasure with these two employees. And the people who
defended the actions, both personal accountability and professional accountability.

The only way out at this point will be because the investigators are prejudiced as well!
3:50 pm edt 

Let's Face it: You Are Delusional

6 people posting here? You are either nuts or part of the cabal that holds, over
and over again, all is well and all are happy and everyone is loving the chief
and town manager.

You have lost your perspective and even worse: your mind!

Please webmaster stop posting these nutty rants from the
"inner bubble". We want truth and reality not this asinine nutiness.
3:46 pm edt 

MYPACC

I would like an accounting of each and every accusation or charge
filed against members of this Police Department over the last 5 years compared
to the 5 previous years. Since the Chief found a way to up the statistics to
make himself and the department look good, how about now telling us the "rest of
the story", as Paul Harvey says.

It seems that there are at least 3-4 incidents that are now being investigated. I hope
the citizens of this town understand that if any one of us had the same charges against
any one of us, we would not be on active duty, we would be put on leave or locked up!
This is a double standard and should not be tolerated.

And to those people who cannot or do not want to hear the truth, you should not blame
the messenger. This forum is the only place where you can leave your opinion and not
be harrassed or blocked. I am thankful this forum is available to the "regular" joe who
wants to give their opinion without being accused of being a hater or even hassled on
the job..

Thank you to whoever started this Mypacc site, the only website in town that tells it like
it is!!
3:44 pm edt 

Re: Be Careful What You Wish For

What reverse discrimination lawsuit?
3:41 pm edt 

You Are Right About McChesney's and His E-mails

No one who works for the town or who is on a board can delete e-mails. They must
saved. so McChensey cannot legally delete his e-mails. They are part of town
record when done or sent on his selectmen e-mails.

This is a clear procedure that this selectman should know. but in truth--not
only what does he know? Who is he? He is an unknown who never would have been
elected had Ann McQuire not "sponsored" him. He would hardly have been selected
to be on any major regulatory committee--unless even there, had he not been
"sponsored" by Ann McQuire.

He is like empty space; like fluff on a cupcake; like smoke emanating from a
Malboro. There's nothing really there!
3:39 pm edt 

Board of Selectman Recall

Can you really have a recall election for selectmen? Where is that
stated in the bylaws? If it is possible, maybe this would be a good first step
towards a fresh start.
3:34 pm edt 

Police Chief Pay Raise

Now you know why the Police Chief and Town Manager forced the Police Dept
Custodian into an early retirement. It was planned, get rid of the Custodian and
the Police Chief will get raises at a percentage rate no other Chief was ever
given and what no other Town Employee was ever given.Or you can look at it this
way, he drives a cruiser to the Vixen, The Pig and a bar in Wellfleet, has a few
and drives home. And it's all on town gas.
2:59 pm edt 

Stop WastingTime!

Due to the anonymous nature of this blog and the fact that perhaps 6
people on Facebook are posting negative comments on the Provincetown police
force I'm yet to be convinced that the majority of residents are unhappy with
the town manager and/or the police department.  In fact, I think it is the
opposite.

It appears the majority of this negativity is being driven by Selectman Donegan
and Selectman Yingling.  To Selectmen Donegan and Yingling I would say stop
wasting your time on this foolish agenda and start doing what you were elected
to do.
2:57 pm edt 

Re: It is Time to Put This to Bed

"I have noticed when "shadowing" the other political forums that both
Kim and Dan Hoort, who  is a frequent contributor to Candaces forum with the
town hall viewpoint, have not been posting today or . . ."


"Or perhaps, unlike you, they only write when they have something of value to
say."


I love that!    BURN!
2:54 pm edt 

Town Manager Contract Renewal

Usually, there's a biRg story on how the Selectmen rated he Town
Manager, and that the contract has been renewed.  In the past, even individual
Selectmen commented on why they had given a certain rating...
How come we know nothing of the contra t renewal?
2:52 pm edt 

It Begs the Question

When it's February, and I'm in Wellfleet, and I see only one police
cruiser in 4 hour time frame I can't help asking myself, does Provincetown have
more people in February than Wellfleet?  Is it that we're infested with more
criminals than Wellfleet?
12:40 pm edt 

Re: Long Days Journey Into Night

"Its just this blog that has changed everything."

Continue your delusional thinking. Yes, this is still a beautiful town.  But
when one of its residents is intimidated by members of his own town's police
force, this is something that can't be ignored.  To let it go unchecked, and
brushed aside as unfortunate ribbing is to give these voting bullies license to
continue these tactics, for they have been found inconsequential.

You and your tiny little group are desperately trying to deflect blame for their
wrongdoing.  It ain't gonna work, not this time.
12:38 pm edt 

Be Careful What You Wish For

Has the reverse discrimination suit been filed yet? If so, why don't
we know it? Meanwhile the Town can't afford to buy out the contracts of the Town
Manager and the Police Chief & they'll file suits against the Town in addition!
There's the recall avenue for the Board of Selectmen. You have to recall them
all and then vote back the ones you want to keep. Costly also! Be careful what
you wish for!!
11:30 am edt 

Re: Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

So I hear there's a lawsuit going on in the police dept,sexual
harassment..........is this the same sexual harassment that happened ..lets
see....back in January??? what ever happened to that cop that did the sexual
harassment...oh yay...he left town QUICK.......
11:06 am edt 

Board of Selectman David McChesney

QUESTION: Why does Selectman David McChesney delete email messages
from voters and constituents without even providing the courtesy of reading them
first to learn what their concerns are about? Additionally, since such messages
are also sent to his official Provincetown government email address, are they
not legally considered to be public record? They should not be deleted at all!
10:59 am edt 

Town Manager v Police Chief

I believe that this Chief is the highest paid municipal employee in
Provincetown, and just renewed his contract with the town (manager) for a base
salary of 121,750. This is a 10% increase in the first year of his contract. The
second year he will get an increase of 5%, which if my math is correct brings
the base salary to 127,838. (2012). This year the salary (2013) goes up 2.5% and
each year left in the contract is automatically raised 2.5%, or more if
recommended by the Manager or BOS.

That means the Chief is currently earning a base of $131,034. per year as recommended
by the town manager and approved by the BOS. I don't care who you are or what your
game is, but if we pay that much money for a Police Chief with the crime statistics of a
"burg", we should expect top notch service. And we could probably even find a police chief
that could deal with his personal anger issues and stay sober when in the public eye (that
is the public who pay you to protect them, not threaten them).

I'm not sure what bothers me more, the poor public persona this man displays or the
obvious move on the manager and himself to make this a police state and deny they
are doing it! And pay a high salary for this kind of performance.

I hope just as the manager increased the chiefs pay for his "great performance", she will
decrease his pay or ask for his resignation for this embarrassing display of "police work".
10:55 am edt 

Posted March 20, 2011 Wicked Local

PROVINCETOWN

Police Chief Jeff Jaran wont be a free agent for the foreseeable future.
Selectmen recently voted their approval for a new five-year contract for the
chief, at a salary level that is more comparable to other police chiefs on Cape
Cod, according to his boss, Town Manager Sharon Lynn.

The new contract, which takes effect in mid-May, gives Jaran a new base salary
of $121,750 for the first year, which represents a 10 percent increase over his
current salary. In year two he receives a five percent increase, and for the
last three years he will receive the same increase as the police union members
or 2 1/2 percent, whichever is greater.

The contract was negotiated by Lynn and approved by selectmen with a vote of
4-1; chair Michele Couture was the sole vote against.

I thought it was too much money, Couture said. Its just a lot of money in this
economy, especially when you look at other departments.

Explaining the hefty increase, Lynn said that Jaran was hired in 2008, at a
salary below what other chiefs on the Cape were earning, including 20 percent
below the starting salary of a newly hired chief from a comparably sized
department and almost 25 percent below what his predecessor had been earning
here in Provincetown (prior to Acting Chief [Warren] Tobias), Lynn wrote in an
e-mail.

Jaran said that he couldnt be happier at the long-term commitment the town has
made to him.

Im thrilled to be able to call Provincetown my home, he said. I love it here.

In order to be competitive with other towns throughout the commonwealth, the
chief has to have all of the qualities, and more, to deal with the many issues
that present themselves in a small town that turns into a large, densely
populated city for a major portion of the year, said Lynn. Chief Jaran's salary
increase for 2012 will still be below that of other chiefs on the Cape.
Throughout the term of his new contract he will earn a salary that is
commensurate with the salary of other chiefs.

(In Chatham, Police Chief Mark Pawlinas regular wages are listed at $144,595 in
the most recent town report, for 2009.)

[Jaran] is doing a great job and we need to keep the guy, said Lynn, calling
Jaran, who graduated from the FBI National Academy, a well-respected,
well-trained and well-educated officer.

Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/provincetown/news/x698061303/Provincetown-Chief-s-salary-hike-inked-in-with-selectmen-s-approval#ixzz2WZZsyO6C
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10:49 am edt 

Re: Long Days Journey Into Night

"I'm quite saddened by what has happened in Provincetown"


Don't be. Its still a wonderful town. Its just this blog that has changed
everything.
10:44 am edt 

Consider the Middle Class Year Rounders

Re: "My advice to business owners and absentee property owners is to
consider the wishes and needs of the middle class year rounders that make it
possible for you to make profits."

REALLY ???????
10:40 am edt 

Texting

The Chiefs partner Kim's texts to the sergeant are the key to
what took place that night. All of the texts that night that Kim placed whether
on her phone or on the Chiefs need to be seen to explain what took place in its
entirety. End of story.

Again, all of the texts.
10:39 am edt 

Re: "Squealing Pig"

Who was the officer who shone the headlights in the
bar. Supposedly on bartender. I would like to know as well. Is it public info
yet?
10:37 am edt 

Re: It is Time to Put This to Bed

"I have noticed when "shadowing" the other political forums that both
Kim and Dan Hoort, who is a frequent contributor to Candaces forum with the town
hall viewpoint, have not been posting today or . . ."



Or perhaps, unlike you, they only write when they have something of value to
say.
8:27 am edt 

Something Darkly This Way Comes

Pretty buildings, painted buildings, rotten innards...
8:13 am edt 

Reporting to AG Office

I hope folks are asking the AG office for a investigation of the police dept
back to 1) when the gentlemen got run over, 2)
Sexual harassment, 3) the naked ladies and 4) of course
The pig incident and the whole texting to intimadate voters
Including his girl friend texting  and Facebook postings on
Candy's page.
8:08 am edt 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Long Days Journey Into Night

I'm quite saddened by what has happened in Provincetown.
11:41 pm edt 

Town Manager's Contract

What do we know about the TM's contract renewal?  When did it happen?
What is the length of this contract?
11:38 pm edt 

DIfferent Rules For Different People

POLICE RULES:

It is amazing how the rules can change to fit a situation.
One naked woman gets locked out of chief jurans place at the ice house, a
complaint is called in and nothing is ever heard about the incident.  Another
woman goes for a naked swim at the beach in front of the chiefs condo at the ice
house and is arrested.  Go Figure!!  Quite a town!!
11:35 pm edt 

Competition is Good!

Someone posted "they will all have to account for their attitude down
the road,mark my words", Yes, you're right,mark my words: We will all have to
give an account of our actions and deeds with no one to assist us. We'll all
have to stand in judgement eventually,so think about it! Good luck to you. The
Town Manager and the Police Chief are destined to the same. To all you pseudo
journalists that don't like the Banner,why, since you're all intellects don't 
you start your own newspaper where you can report accurate facts to your liking.
Competition is good!
11:33 pm edt 

Austin and Company

"I could never understand how this town let Austin knight
Get away with his involvement  in the Bradford street renovation,
Next door and owned by a property he property managed....."


How can he be trusted,on any issue after denying he was unaware
Of the renovation? Come on,it was next door!


Where was Russell and why was he or staff watching what is going on in town.

Another direct report to Sharon that consistently gets passes from her

11:31 pm edt 

Re: Austin Knight

"Short memories"  agree.

And Austin is supposed to set an example- this kind of behavior has been
tolerated and should not have been tolerated. It is so time to hold the
Selectmen to the standards they should be setting. Again,

Austin,Elaine and David fall well short of those standards.
11:28 pm edt 

Re: Austin Knight

Re: "I could never understand how this town let Austin knight Get away
with his involvement  in the Bradford street renovation,.  .  ."


If the webmaster wants to promote bringing up past history I would ask what then
Selectman Avellar did to get her husband, Mr. Steele, a job as Asst.
Harbormaster when by all accounts he was not qualified for the position.
11:26 pm edt 

What a Disgrace to the Town of Provincetown

It's very unprofessional for chief Jaran to be involved in this type of behavior and
if he's found guilty for these actions, then he should be terminated.If it's true that
Sharon Lynn didn't follow proper procedure in handle this case,then the selectman
and the \citizens should ask her for resignation or be terminated..
11:20 pm edt 

Roundup the Usual Suspects

The Town Manager and the Police Chief tried to sweep it under the
carpet

WHAAAT!  OUR TOWN MANAGER???  OUR POLICE CHIEF???  SWEEPING THINGS UNDER THE
CARPET???  I'M SHOCKED!!!  I'M REALLY SHOCKED!!!
11:19 pm edt 

Re: I've Tossed My Free Copies in the Recycling Bin

I know what should be deposited into the recycling bin!  What a perfect place
for those two.  They truly belong there.  LMAO
11:16 pm edt 

Provincetown Banner - Pru Sowers

Re:  "As was suggested on Facebook I've tossed my free copies in the
recycling bin."


That's exactly what I used to do when Candy Nagle's girlfriend was the
"reporter" on town government matters. It'd take 2 minutes to read. I'd then
throw it in the garbage. I wholeheartedly agree with someone who addressed her
"writing". Let's put it this way, my referring to her as a "reporter" is very,
very, very generous on my part.
11:12 pm edt 

Re... "Squealing Pig Dead to You"

I think the real issue shouldn't be about the music, it's about the chief and
how he handled the situation and how the situation has been handled since then. 
Something is severely wrong with our town and its officials. Please be more
concerned about police intimidation, not fully investigating issues and trying
to cover the issues up.
11:09 pm edt 

It's Time to Put This to Bed!

I have noticed when "shadowing" the other political forums that both
Kim and Dan Hoort, who is a frequent contributor to Candaces forum with the town
hall viewpoint, have not been posting today or yesterday.

Either the manager has told them they shouldn't be responding to this baloney, or
they finally found their brains. No matter how well intended, anything that they post
now is and will be used against them at some point in this investigation and any future
charges forthcoming.

I am told there has been another charge filed against the Chief of Police (it pains me
to call this guy by that lofty salutation), for further sexual assault charges that failed
to be reported. This is going to be one of those cases where people will be motivated
to speak up about other things that have been heard and rumored of about town since
this man became the prince of police.

I hope that citizens don't stick their heads in a hole and live in denial that things like
this don't happen, they are happening now in our idylic little burg, and these problems
were not prevalent before this man was hired. It's time to put this to bed!
11:08 pm edt 

More Lawsuits?

Expect to see a number of lawsuits against the town.  Selectmen who
are discussing personnel issues in a public forum - not a wise move.  Employees
being discussed have rights and they have been violated by certain Selectmen who
have acted as judge and jury.  The fact that these employees have union
protection is going to make it even worse.

It's going to get ugly.
11:03 pm edt 

I Have Hope

There are people in town that would like us to believe that what is
happening with the Manager and Police Chief and other senior town officials is
simply them doing their jobs. No one wants to admit or insinuate that this isn't
class warfare. And if you think that             is going to fight for the
rights of the common citizen in town, think again.          motivation is
profit, just as all the "business people" who love to see us stay in our place,
and let them make the decisions for us.

The Manager and her cronies are loading up every town department with "their"
people. The Chief of Police is hiring people who should not be Police Officers in
this town, maybe they would do better in N.J., or Detroit. This isn't the way we
want our town to be run.

Crime has never been a major consideration until the police started making it a
consideration. THEY are creating a police state and trying to make it look like
this is being promoted by a few "haters".

The decision by the Manager to not investigate this out of the gate shows me
how prejudice she is toward her police department vs. her citizens concerns.
I would venture a guess that a majority of the people who vote here will see this
for what it is, just as we saw that Tom Donegan was a sincere and capable
Selectperson.

I for one am glad that Erik and Tom are on this Board. Our interests, that is the
interests of the people who work to make this town a healthy and bustling
tourist attraction for business to prosper and highly profitable! My advice to
business owners and absentee property owners is to consider the wishes and needs
of the middle class year rounders that make it possible for you to make profits.

And if the Manager and Police and Finance Director are not listening to the
majority and reacting accordingly....keep on posting and let these men and women
who WE the people are paying for know how we feel.

This is an opportunity to clean up and start fresh, at the very least with a new polic
chief who respects human rights and isn't more interested in being a playboy and
playing in his own backyard. At the expense of hard-working people who are trying
to live and contribute to what has always been a "special" kind of lifestyle. Let's fight
back with your comments and concerns posted on this forum.

I'm proud of my fellow citizens for the majority of us are in agreement. I have hope.
I hope the State Police investigation team see how bad this police thing has become
and drops a bomb on Jaran! Fire his nasty    !
10:53 pm edt 

Another Recently Filed Lawsuit??

I think what the Provincetown citizens need to be concerned about is
the recent civil lawsuit that is filed against the police chief and the Town of
Provincetown. I understand it pertains to a case of sexual assault that was not
investigated, the town manager and the police chief tried to sweep it under the
carpet but by the sound of things it backfired on them. Stay tuned for more
upcoming news!
2:35 pm edt 

What a Town!

Jaran needs to be suspended for his inappropriate action.  But then
again Sharon the "Detective" is siding with him.  What a town!!
2:33 pm edt 

Together

Jeff Jaran and Sharon Lynn need to vacate!!!!
2:31 pm edt 

Re: "Front Page Piece of Tabloid Trash "

Re: "You- are in need of some serious psychiatric treatment. If you
think you are helping the sergeant- you are not .You only increase the resolve
in people like me to get to the bottom of this."


Um, yeah. If you are done diagnosing me, you might want to go back and actually
read my post before you comment further. It's got nothing to do with the
sergeant, it's about the chief and what happened at the Squealing Pig - two
separate incidents. Of course, to you anti-police people, it's all the same. You
aren't so much concerned with facts as you are in attempting to bring down and
discredit the entire police force in any way you can.

So, any more psychiatric advice, doctor?
2:29 pm edt 

Short Memories....

I could never understand how this town let Austin knight
Get away with his involvement  in the Bradford street renovation,
Next door and owned by a property he property managed.....

How can he be trusted,on any issue after denying he was unaware
Of the renovation? Come on,it was next door!
2:27 pm edt 

Provincetown Banner

I am a local business in town, I do not advertise in the Banner, don't
see the value.  I do get free copies of the Banner.  As was suggested on
Facebook I've tossed my free copies in the recycling bin.  I'm told a number of
fellow business owners have done the same.

For those of you who may still advertise in the Banner you aren't getting much
value for your ads, no one is seeing them.
2:25 pm edt 

Squealing Pig

If the Squealing Pig is playing that kind of music as a family
restaurant the it dead to me. Figuratively not literally.
2:24 pm edt 

Re: May 10th Meeting

Meant June 10th meeting -- Meant David -

David impressed me so that I got his name wrong. His name could be anything
as far as I am concerned . He and Elaine say nothing but how much they stand by
the TM. It is a disgrace at their downplay of the report .They both state Their
interpretation was quite different. Again ,  Different from what and whom's
interpretation. The implication though is clear. They are NOT alarmed . They are
emotional. Not for the injustice that was done to the civilian. They are
emotional in their defense of the TM. 

They will have to account for their attitude down the road- mark my words.
9:51 am edt 

Provincetown Police Personnel

There are 12 police officers, 4 sergeants, a lieutenant, a chief.
9:48 am edt 

Consider the Difference Between Lynn and Jaran

Whoever wrote this blob had it right.  The only thing chief juran has brought to
town is distrst of police officers, increased tax money being spent on new
vehicles, equipment, taking over control of our harbor, and potentially a new
police facility costing multi millions of dollars to be located out of town away
from public scrutanity (which will require a substation in town eventually). 
Unfortunately Sharon Lynn created this police monster due to her "police
mentality". 

It will never end while they are here!!
9:46 am edt 

Bad, Woser and Worst

That intimidation of a town voter took place in is bad.That the
intimidation of a town voter was by one or more town employees is, to borrow
from William Makepeace, worser.That such intimidation of a town employee was by
one or more town employees from the Police Department, worst.
9:43 am edt 

Provincetown Banner

"...the ridiculous front page piece of tabloid trash that ran in the
Banner last week..."


The reason why this blog's popularity surged was because it dealt with issues
and points of views that the Banner never covered.  Frankly,  many in
Provincetown thought it was trash what Pru Sowers reported in the Banner for
years on municipal matters.  Her reporting read like mere press releases and
propaganda from Town Hall.
9:40 am edt 

Lynn is Utimately to Blame!

Find it laughable that some in this blog are dumping everything on
Jaran, and exclude Lynn from culpability.  Lynn supervises Jaran, evaluates him,
and  determines his salary, his bonuses, and his benefits.  Until now, Lynn has
not gone on record for actions to suspend or terminate anyone in the Police
Department for their role in the voter intimidation case this department was
accused of.  Until pressured, Lynn didn't pursue the matter of the Pig incident. 

Let's face it - Lynn has given nothing but blind backing of her Chief.  When the
whistleblower,      , accused an employee of mishandling DPW funds, such
employee was suspended, and later terminated.  The whistleblower was rewarded by
Lynn.  Did Lynn suspend the sergeant and the others mentioned in the complaint,
until she'd finished the investigation of their possible role in the breaking of
federal and state voter intimidation laws?  Did Lynn terminate any of them?  Or
is it that, to Lynn, protecting $250 is important, and protecting the rights of a
Provincetown citizen to support and vote for whom she or he chooses isn't?  Lynn,
and only Lynn, must be held accountable for those actions she herself has or has
not taken, as Town Manager of Provincetown.
9:38 am edt 

You Could Write a Book With This Material

I am reading these inquiries on the 2 investigations regarding the
police dept. this stuff is unbelievable. Who does this chief think he is? This
is crazy stuff.This town needs some serious "looking into". I also do not
believe this started with this sergeant. It goes much further. Much deeper. I do
not mean to make light of it- but you could write a book with this material.
9:32 am edt 

Squealing Pig Spot Light

SQUELING PIG- Yes i would like to know-which officer shone the light
on the bartender from outside. That is outrageous. Does anyone know ? I am sure
it was at        request but again I would like to know.
9:29 am edt 

Re: "Front Page Piece of Tabloid Trash "

Whoever you are - you are one scary person. Either that or YOU ARE or are FRIENDS
WITH OR FAMILY of the sergeant. What he did was wrong and only makes me fear
more what is going on in this town when one reads quotes from someone like yourself.

However, on the flip side- it only makes one hope the state investigation goes as deep
and they need to to get to the bottom of this corrupt police dept. we have in this town.
I believe statements like the one you made will encourage all those who may have
been wronged to come forward. 

You- are in need of some serious psychiatric treatment. If you think you are helping
the sergeant- you are not .You only increase the resolve in people like me to get to
the bottom of this.
9:26 am edt 

Why Now?

Why Is Sharon Lynn Doing an Internal Investigation of the Squealing
Pig now?

Here's my problem with this. If you read the internal investigation of the
problematic texts and facebook messages by Koumanelis and Landry and others in
the police force, Sharon refuses to do an internal investigation even when she
has the threatening texts. She tells Donegan that there is no investigation
because there is no formal complaint. And even when Donegan tells her that he
will file a formal complaint, Sharon tells him that he can't. She tells Donegan
that he is only a third party in this case and not the victim.

So where is the formal complaint in the Squealing Pig incident? And who is the
victim? If there is no formal complaint, then why is she carrying out an
internal investigation.

And is Sharon Lynn using the police force to investigate the police chief? Is
she going to have the police officer who was shining his cruiser lights into the
Pig and intimidating the bar tender, do the investigation?

Again, who filed a formal complaint to trigger this internal investigation? And
who is investigating the police?
9:23 am edt 

There is One Problem with Over Enforcement by the Police...

...but quite another when that over-enforcement is targeted against those who
supported Tom Donegan. This is purposeful over enforcement and police action
directed at citizens who supported one candidate. That Koumanelis and Alves and
Landry viewed such individuals as police haters--unfounded position--they
apparently used and thus misused their authority to punish and hurt those who
did not support Austin Knight. Austin Knight was "their" guy--Tom donegan was
not. This is not only sad and tragic. It is illegal and frightening. That police
power is used against certain individuals because of how they voted and also
because they did not support the location and size of the proposed new police
station is abominable.  Yet this is what these facebook messages and cell phone
texts by Koumanelis revealed in the internal report.

These are the facts. these are their texts. I am appalled and worried with such
officers on our police force. this is scary and it makes sense that Koumanelis's
friend became scared and frightened and afraid.

Who wouldn't be with such attitudes and actions by our police?
9:21 am edt 

It's Not as Simple as it Seems

Some people here now are trying to intimidate the entire police dept.
into "looking the other way" with their wrong doings & abominable behavior!" For
those who think Community Policing is about "looking the other way" instead of
doing their job according to the laws,it isn't!Community Policing is a cover up
term to get funding and grant money.The gist is to get to know people in their
precincts or community so they'll know why laws have to be applied and not
employ special priveleges. It was a way to hire summer police,known as
"rent-a-cops" for summer assistance because regular staff was always
shorthanded.They were not trained police officers. Some were still in school for
law enforcement,some to be lawyers,etc. and they got hands on experience for the
summer.A full dept.here consisted of 19 officers but for a long time the quota
was unfilled due to Civil Service requirements. That meant the fewer reg.
officers they had had to work double or longer shifts. They !
got overtime but the exhaustion was unsafe and unhealthy
9:17 am edt 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Koumanelis Should be Put on Leave of Absence

He should be sanctioned and demoted but until then, he should be put on leave of
absence. Until the State Police and the Attorney General are finished with their
investigation, Koumanelis should not be involved in any town investigation nor
allowed to arrest anyone. He is an angry man who needs not to be either on the
street or in a cruiser. Nor should he be in charge of other police officers
until the investigation is completed.
9:33 pm edt 

Let Me Ask Again: If Koumanelis Threatened His Friend

If Koumanelis Threatened His Friendwho wouldn't take down his Tom Donegan
sign, what would he do to those who are not his friends and supported Tom
Donegan?

If Koumanelis bullied and used police power against his good friend and was
frustrated that his good friend still supported Tom Donegan, what has he done
to those in town who were not his friend--but did support Tom Donegan?

If he viewed anyone who supported Tom Donegan as part of the police haters, what
else has this police sergeant done?

Who else has Sergeant Koumanelis bullied and over-policed?
9:31 pm edt 

Re: Mary Ann Bragg's Cape Cod Times Story

Just read Mary Ann Bragg's Cape Cod Times story about the Squealing
Pig incident. Not only is it a more fair and unbiased story than the ridiculous
front page piece of tabloid trash that ran in the Banner last week, it raised a
couple of interesting points.

Brag notes that Donegan "called attention to what he says are concerns from
citizens about a heavier-than-normal police presence in town." I believe the key
words here are 'what he says.' Just because a selectman claims townsfolk are
upset about the police department doesn't make it fact.

The other good point made (and I have not seen this statistic in any recent news
stories or on this or any other blog) is that the town currently has 13 police
officers, four supervisors and the chief, a total of 18 people. For a town with
a year round census that has been reported as anywhere form 800 to 3,000 people
and a summer population of 30,000 to 40,000 I hardly think 18 officers is
excessive.

Thank you to whoever posted the story on this blog.
8:59 pm edt 

Re: Consider Difference Between Lynn & Jaran

I do have to agree with this post.Lets face facts. There is a big difference
between the two.
8:57 pm edt 

Sgt. Thomas Koumanelis In Trouble

PROVINCETOWN – Late evening texts and Facebook messages have gotten a Provincetown police sergeant in trouble.

An internal affairs investigation has substantiated a complaint against Sgt. Thomas Koumanelis for intimidating a citizen about which selectman's candidate to vote for in the May town election, according to town records released.

Through Facebook posts and cell phone texts, Koumanelis was found to have created and then compounded the perception that police would take extra action and enforcement against the complainant for supporting Raphael Richter and Thomas Donegan in the board of selectmen race on May 7.

In their campaigns, both Richter and Donegan questioned what they considered a new, heavy police presence on the town pier. Both also supported more discussion on the size and location of a proposed new police station.
Donegan was elected; Richter was not.

Koumanelis was not on duty at the time of the incident and the exchange was on personal devices, according to the internal affairs report.

The complainant, whose name was redacted before the report was released to the Times, is a close friend of Koumanelis, the report said.

“Police officers must take care that their actions and statements, whether on duty or off duty, do not reflect negatively upon the police department,” the investigating officer Lt. James Golden said in his report to Town Manager Sharon Lynn on May 31. “More specific to this situation, (police officers) must not convey the image or impression that they will be influenced in the performance of their official duties by personal disagreements on political matters.”

No discipline was mentioned in the internal affairs reports. Koumanelis will be disciplined appropriately, Lynn said in an email Tuesday. “Action taken against an employee is confidential, personnel information,” she wrote.

Selectman Erik Yingling has called for the state police, the attorney general and the state ethics commission to investigate what he said was possibly criminal harassment.

“We're a small community,” Yingling said Tuesday. “It seems possible that some laws were broken.”

Lynn said Tuesday that the investigation was complete and that no outside agencies would be involved.

“This is a small, tight-knit community and it is difficult for an employee of the town, in whatever their capacity, to not overlap into their personal lives and relationships with people,” Lynn said. “This was an extremely unfortunate event where an employee, Sgt. Koumanelis, acted irresponsibly in dealing with a personal friend. He should have known better. All of the allegations presented were taken seriously and investigated professionally, thoroughly and impartially.”

The incident began on April 10 when Koumanelis noticed on Facebook that his friend was supporting Richter and Donegan in the election, according to the report.

While at a local restaurant with Officer Christopher Landry, who was also off duty, Koumanelis posted private messages on Facebook to the complainant.

Then, through a series of messages and texts, with Koumanelis sometimes borrowing Landry's cell phone, the incident escalated, involving Police Chief Jeff Jaran and Detective Richard Alves, as well.

In his investigation, Golden determined that the part of the complaint that included Jaran, Landry and Alves was not substantiated.

During the exchange, after the complainant texted he planned to support Richter and Donegan,, Koumanelis responded, “Don't ever talk to us again.”
Koumanelis also wrote, “Wow you are dead to the Chief even now u better follow the law to the T as long as ur in this town.”

The exchange lasted from 10:11 to 11:36 p.m. and flip-flopped between texts and Facebook.

The complainant told Lynn that while Koumanelis was a “best friend,” the officer had spoken out of character in the April 10 texts and messages and left the complainant feeling “intimidated and afraid.”

Koumanelis wrote in an April 25 report to Golden that it was all “good-natured ribbing.”

“There was no malicious intent behind any of these texts or online messages to each other and to this day I regret sending these messages,” Koumanelis said in the report.

8:52 pm edt 

Difference Between the Town Move & Police Chief

She has made the town look better, frankly any new Town Mgr would have done that
but a great leader would have the Chief be fiscally responsible.  But that is
not the case, she lets him buy anything he wants.

Sorry to say it time for both to go!

One of many who feel this way!
8:17 pm edt 

So Yes, You Probably Are That Stupid

Re:  "Look at the May 10th meeting on ptown tv .  Dan and Elaine are
nothing more than emotional . . .

Do Elaine and Dan really think that we are that stupid?"


I think you answered your own question.  There was no meeting on May 10th, you
probably mean June 10th.  And Dan wasn't at the meeting.

So yes, you probably are that stupid.  And Elaine and Dan probably do think you
are that stupid.
8:10 pm edt 

Ditto!

I just googled it. Jeez. This town's police need help.

A concerned and saddened visitor who just read the Cape Cod Times and
Provincetown Banner and then saw even more of this vile and damaging information
on line.
8:07 pm edt 

Anti-cop Song Played at Pub Sparks Probe


By Mary ann Brag
Cape Cod Times

PROVINCETOWN — Town Manager Sharon Lynn is conducting an inquiry into an incident involving Police Chief Jeff Jaran and a rap song about police brutality playing at a restaurant he was at on May 7.

Jaran stopped at The Squealing Pig pub that night for the post-election party of Selectman-elect Thomas Donegan. After speaking with Donegan, Jaran said Friday, he and a friend sat at the bar for a drink. A song by N.W.A. began to play. Jaran said he was not familiar with the song, but as he listened he became uncomfortable and offended. He said he told a restaurant employee to shut the song off and added that the person should be ashamed. Jaran said he and his friend regularly go to The Squealing Pig and he called the owner the next day and the issue was resolved.

The song comes from a 1988 album "Straight Outta Compton" that helped bring gangsta rap into the mainstream, with an insider's view of violence in gang-ridden South Central Los Angeles, according to rollingstone.com.

Donegan said Friday that Jaran came in for about the last 20 minutes of the post-election party and that they talked briefly about hockey. Donegan said he then left and he believed everyone involved with his campaign left before the incident with the song occurred. "It was only a coincidence that it happened there," Donegan said.

Some tension has swelled between the police department and Donegan, who raised questions during his campaign and as a member of the finance committee about the size and location of a proposed new police station. Donegan also called attention to what he says are concerns from citizens about a heavier-than-normal police presence in town.

In response to the concerns, in a May 29 public talk with citizens at a local eatery, Jaran said the police department is fully staffed for the first time in three decades as a result of a lifting of limitations of a state civil service program. He said officers are beginning to address areas of enforcement that have been neglected in the past, such as business licensing compliance.

The town has 13 police officers and four supervisors in addition to Jaran.

The matter came to Lynn's attention after she received a copy of an emailed letter of apology to Jaran from a representative of the restaurant, she said Friday.

Lynn said she expects to conclude her inquiry within a week or so and issue a statement then.

"I have been speaking to all parties involved to ascertain if there was any inappropriate behavior involving those present," Lynn said in an email to the Times on Friday.


8:04 pm edt 

They Have Broken Federal Law

The most significant federal law banning voter intimidation is the
federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which states in Section 11(b) that "No person 
shall intimidate, threaten, or coerce  any person for voting or attempting to
vote."

7:50 pm edt 

Board of Selectmen Anderson and McChesney

Board of Selectmen Anderson and McChesney WERE NOT elected by the
voters of Provincetown to support or back the Town Manager.  That's an agenda
that someone must have directed you to follow for her own special interests.

The people of Provincetown went to the voting booth and chose you to represent
them when developing, establishing and adhering to policies for the benefit of
the entire community; NOT FOR YOUR CHOSEN FEW.

Too bad that you don't display the strong objections you so passionately
displayed on June 10, on substantive issues affecting our entire community, such
as economic growth, and the access to decent housing for all, whether living in
our town for a working season, or year round.
7:47 pm edt 

Consider Difference Between Lynn & Jaran

Lynn has transformed the town; like her or not. In the course of accomplishing
this she's had to deal with every type of personality (many that are,, let's
face it,, NUTS). We've attained fabulous new streets, new town hall and new
sewer system. Lynn's solid.  Now, on Jaran's front.  We've got new police cars,
doubled the full-time police force (tons of extra money in benefits out of our
tax dollars which is 100% unnecessary vs overtime if needed) and had annual,
endless attempts to spend 14mm and other monies.  How much has Jaran cost the
town and what do we have to show for it?  Have we solved or prevented any mass
murders for all this money spent?  Nope!! Just arrested the same town drunks and
over-drinkers.  THAT is not reason for multi-millions in officers, benefits and
station.  Lets go back to 6 FullTime officers and keep the station.  It's Cape
Cod and not NYC. Jesus!!
7:43 pm edt 

Kim Hurd

I agree with each and every person who has said that Kim Hurd is full
of herself and shouldn't be posting with her comments about how our police
department should function. She passes herself off as sweetness and innocence
and then tries to sway the conversations always to the boyfriends point of view.
She will get her due. When Jaran is fired for his antics and he starts to blame
her for making things much worse because she didn't have the foresight to be
quiet and let the process happen. She has definitely made this whole police
department situation more tenuous by continueing to speak for the chief.
7:40 pm edt 

Tom Donegan

Yes - tom is undoubtedly  more intelligent than Elaine
and Dan- and much classier as well. Look at the May 10th meeting on ptown tv . 
Dan and Elaine are nothing more than emotional . They say nothing .What they say
amounts to nothing but with such emotional and passion. It is almost comical-
but sad at the same time. Erik and Tom say so much - but without emotion.

Do Elaine and Dan really think that we are that stupid?
7:38 pm edt 

"Squealing Pig Incident

Which officer was driving the cruiser that shone the light on the bartender? \

Does anyone know?
7:34 pm edt 

To the OMG Poster"

"Cops are stopping people here for head lights
out,expired inspection sticker,etc." Guess what? I got stopped in Wellfleet for
that same thing! They're doing their jobs. In case you didn't know,Wellfleet
cops are not on P'Town Dept. Wellfleet's not upset their cops are doing their
jobs! Why don't all you ultra liberals fire the entire P"town Police Dept,then
it can be a "free for all",which is obviously what you want! Police shouldn't
allow special preferences to some and not others even though some think they're
above the law. NONE of us are! If this whole case went to court you'd all be
laughed out! Are we a police state? Good, it's about time! What took so long? Do
what you want at home. In public places & on the streets be more
conservative,follow the laws and use common sense which is lacking here now. Not
a cop or connected to any,nor do I know any that here now. Just a citizen who's
mad as hell at what some SOB's want to get away with!Don'tc!
ompare Hitler to all this 'cuz you don'tknow about Hitler! You only think you
7:31 pm edt 

This Town Has Suffered Enough!

Someone who is a voting citizen of Provincetown needs to draft an
urgent letter or better yet a petition to the Board of Selectmen requesting they
ask for the immediate resignations of Sharon Lynn, Jeff Jaran, and the other
officers involved in this threatening and illegal behavior.

This town has suffered enough under their misguided and biased direction. We
need a town manager that is an experienced manager not a former cop with a
police agenda and we need a police chief that is a human being and embraces
community policing and having officers with smiling faces on the streets and not
hostile ones in cruisers.

This is simple but someone that lives there has to step forward and demand
change now.

A concerned and saddened visitor who just read the Cape Cod Times and
Provincetown Banner and then saw even more of this vile and damaging information
on line.
7:27 pm edt 

Officers Landry and Alves

Someone please tell me why Officers Landry and Alves were not
implicated in this affair when it was "investigated" by their Lieutenant? The
Lieutenant describes their participation in the threats and then determines the
charges are "unsubstantiated" even though he has just described them in the
Internal Affairs investigation the Manager has initiated. What a crock of
baloney. They are all trying to sweep this under the rug and they actually think
we the voters of this town are too stupid to understand what is going on. Landry
and Alves are just as guilty as Jaran, Hurd and Lynn in this situation and
should be judged just as their cohoorts are.
9:35 am edt 

Anti-Police Conspiracy Theorists

The numerous incidents involving abuse of power have been so well documented
that its hardly theory. There's a series of well documented incidents of some
police exceeding their authority, power and position. We're not anti police but
are certainly anti these police.

Time to throw these bums out!
9:19 am edt 

"Kim Hurd on Social Media" Exactly

Great point- only problem- she is so full of herself it won't happen.
No asset to Jaran.
9:15 am edt 

Thank You Tom Donegan

Your intelligence so far surpasses Elaine's and Dan's. Yet you always remain
so humble. I am so thankful you decided to run for Selectmen(never was a
doubt in my mind that you wouldn't win). You will make some wonderful changes
for Provincetown. You inspire me!
9:13 am edt 

Disappointed, Then Disgusted by Elaine Anderson's Remarks

She read the internal report. She read the intimidating texting by Sergent
Koumenelis. she read the Jeff Jaran texts as well. She read page after page of
the police intimidating a citizen of this town. And then Elaine Anderson could
say she was shocked. Yes, shocked at what Elaine? And it was any intimation that
Sharon Lynn would sit on the investigation. But the internal report shows that
Sharon Lynn refused to do anything for weeks stating that no formal complaint
had come in. She was given the intimidating texts and yet did nothing and said
she would do nothing because no formal complaint had been made. When Tom Donegan
told her, he would file a formal complaint. Lynn said: no, you can't. You are
ONLY  third party and not the victim. But Donegan was a victim as well.

All these facts and threats and intimidation and Elaine Anderson was upset that
anyone would imply that Sharon Lynn would sit on the investigation. but that is
what she did and the facts are what is shocking here. The illegal acts by police
officers --but Elaine had no problem with that. she was there to almost cry that
anyone could say something negative about a town manager she adores and
glorifies.

Is this why you were elected?
9:11 am edt 

Thanks For All These Postings

I am so glad that we have this blog. We can at least hear and read what citizens
are thinking and saying. It is so helpful in knowing what is happening in town
and how people feel. Without this blog, we would be in the dark.

Thanks for posting all the postings.
9:09 am edt 

Re: Great Act!

Elaine has been acting for years.hmmmm  - think 6 is the
number of years since she started acting.  Sad part is- her acting has hurt a
few people. Those that her cabal did not care for or had an issue with-She is
not as innocent as she seems.
9:08 am edt 

Chief Jaran & Kim Hurd

I think there's still time for us to send JayJay to Elba Island. Kim
can go with him.  But no Facebook there, though, or texting,
9:06 am edt 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sgt. Koumenelis

There should be NO WAY that Sgt.Koumenelis should remain on the police
force in Provincetown. His arrogance and lack of judgement are staggering Where
did this guy come from, Detroit? Send him back.

He really should be put on leave until this thing is resolved, but Sharon Lynn
thinks this is the fault of a few police haters. There have been too many
incidents that have credibility for all of this to be called the fault of a few
disgruntled citizens.

Thank God that Tom Donegan has handled this whole affair with some consideration
for the facts. This police force is literally falling apart from a lack of leadership and
poor hiring choices. Go back to the "old" hiring practices, they didn't create these
problems that these outside people are bringing to the table.

Hire people that understand and accept the culture here rather than think they can
come in and change what has always made us special. The community needs to
stick together on this, you know who you are!
9:09 pm edt 

Kim Hurd on Social Media

Kim Hurd would do the police chief a giant favor if she stayed off all
socail media. Every comment she makes is his comment in most peoples minds. Kim,
you seem to really care but should stop posting on social media if you really
want to help him.
8:33 pm edt 

PTV - FinCom Meeting

Clarence why did you grab Mr. Steele's arm at the last FinCom meeting
when he said that his wife had two fincom applications? Steele quickly buttoned
up his trap and then said 'I'm sorry' to you? What's that all about? I just
watched a clip on Ptown Community & News and so didn't 700 other people.

Webmaster Comment: Duane has  an annoying habit of drumming  his fingers
on the the desk, which is quite disturbing when your trying to listen to other speakers and accordingly I stopped him.

8:30 pm edt 

Hey, I Thought it Was DONE, OVER, FINISHED

But now Sharon is investigation the Pig incident according to the Cape Cod
times.  Gee, I wonder what she'll determine?

Sorry, Sharon, you're implicated up to your eyeballs thanks to the memo you
wrote defaming those young men.  Watch out when the civil suits start.  That's
when you'll be toast.
8:22 pm edt 

Read the Report and Realize:

The Sense of a Police State is Actually Here

This is what Koumanelis did: threaten, coerce and bully his friend and when his
friend would not take down his tom Donegan sign, he threaten him even more. then
he brought in police officer Landry, then police detective Alves and even police
chief Jaran. He brought the police force against this one individual and
threaten him that now he was on the "list." He now had to watch his back and
watch everything he did in this town. Because they--the police-- would be
against him since they now labeled him a "police hater" for putting up Tom
Donegan's sign at their house.

Sergeant Koumanelis wanted this "friend" to support Austin Knight--he is our
guy--Koumanelis stated and if you go against him, you go against us.

Such actions, threats, and abuse of police power is exactly what too many in
this town have been talking about. Too many police stopping too many residents
and the use of police power against those they see as an "enemy."

This is scary, problematic and the early stage of what the Nazis did. Use power
against the people and justify all acts by their position and their own
interpretations of the law.

No, this is wrong and must be stopped immediately. This is dangerous and we
should all--not only the Donegan sign poster--be upset and concerned.

Why? Because they will be coming after YOU next! It's inevitable!
8:20 pm edt 

Like Watching Fox TV

These posts are like Fox TV. First you make an outrageous statement (ie: Police
State). Then you follow it up with constant stories where you exaggerate the
details to support your original claim. Then there is no sense of reality in the
original statement or the follow up stories because they keep getting replaced
with new stories. Then you ask yourself "Wasn't this originally about a new
police station" No its about too many police, too large a station, they don't
deserve a new station, they are arresting everyone in town, the police are
sending text statements to voters, no, the chief is screaming at people. And now
lets delay the station decision because its too controversial. I guess in the
end they got their way. And the Station is still in shambles after 12 years of
trying to get something done to it. The way things get done in this town. Time
to switch the channel.
8:18 pm edt 

Re: Paranoia at It's Finest

"Any posting that discredits any of them is "full of lies" to people
who can't imagine facts."


I think this is the biggest problem with the anti-police conspiracy theorists in
a nutshell. They are IMAGINING what they believe are "facts" and subscribing to
the belief that if you repeat lies enough times people will start accepting them
as truth.
8:15 pm edt 

Town Manager & Police Chief

The sad truth is, that one lies and the other swears to it.  Nothing is going to
change until the two individuals leave office.  The Chief will continue to build
his police empire until he is stopped or the town is bankrupt by his unfethered
spending.  Everyone must remember that the Town Manager is of the police
mentality because she has always been a police officer (she applied for the job
of police chief here before she was hired as town manager).  Chief Juran and all
of his officers are arrogant, unfriendly individuals that don't respect the
friendly atmosphere that once pervaded our town. They do not understand
friendliness!  This lack of comprehension is evidenced by beligerant, unsmiling
way they conduct their business. Enough is enough, nothing is going to change
with these persons and ones that think like they do in office.  Nothing will
come out of any "Investigation" because the investigating will be done by fellow
police officers, and the results filtered before !
they are made public (just like the "Investigation" done of the mooring field
fiasco).  Not a friendly place to live anymore unfortunately, which is why it
there are more police officers and patrol cars on the street during the winter
months than us full time residents.
8:13 pm edt 

Police Chief Jaran

It's good Jaran is out of town, most likely hoping things will cool
off by the time he comes back.But he has a foot and mouth disease that appears
to be incurable.Every time he opens his mouth......
8:11 pm edt 

Squealing Pig Incident

The driver of the police cruiser that shone the spotlight on the
downtown bar needs to be interrogated as well. That was a very odd response -
shining a spotlight, but the Chief of Police's MO is still the same - juvenile
intimidation tactics.
8:08 pm edt 

Oh My God!

OMG, cops pulling people over for having a headlight out, expired
registration, expired inspection sticker, speeding, running through stop signs,
driving on the wrong side of the road because they're so drunk they have no idea
where they are.  What the hell has happened to our town?
8:06 pm edt 

Re: "You Cannot Fight City Hall"

This is just the tip of the iceberg. It
is time this town gov't / police dept. were investigated and judged.
Provincetown is one of the most beautiful towns I have had the pleasure of
setting my eyes on. However, it is one of the "dirtiest" towns i have ever
encountered. Ironic.I only hope it is saved and cleansed.
8:04 pm edt 

Tom Donegan

Tom has to be the smartest , honest, trustworthy
selectmen this town has seen in years.  He is one humble, intelligent man. I
supported his election and am so proud of him. Tom , follow your heart. It will
never lead you wrong.
8:01 pm edt 

If You're Gong to Leave Town...Take Koumanelis With You

Take him back to western Mass. Take him back there and please leave him there.
May he can find a home there because he has burned his bridges here and has
shown us what disgusting behavior can be! When any police officer acts as he
has, it's time to leave Dodge!

We have had it and you need to leave town now!
8:00 pm edt 

Komanelis Dishonored

Komanelis Should Have Recused Himself From Being Part of the Honor
Guard

There is little honor in his behavior, threats and actions. He has dishonored
this town and his has dishonored his position and himself. Koumanelis should
resign and spare himself the added dishonor of his vile actions.

We are not proud of you and you cannot be proud of yourself.

7:59 pm edt 

Re: Various Thoughts on Police 'Scandals'

Re:  "If his friend blew the whistle on him, then, with friends like
that, who needs enemies."


Based on the above statement, its author probably also believes that a rape
victim is to blame for the rape, in lieu of the rapist.
7:55 pm edt 

Great Act!

Elaine Anderson- Wow- That was a good performance on Monday-gotta give
her credit-

The women can act.
7:54 pm edt 

Re: Police Paranoia

"Ah, Provincetown anti-police paranoia at it's finest!"

With all the evidence of police abuse of power its hardly paranoia, officer.
7:53 pm edt 

Russo, Donegan & Yingling

"Thank You Catherine Russo-  Thank you Tom Donegan and Erik Yingling. 
You represent what this town is all about.
Morals, equality and peace.  Tom- you opted not to sue this town."


Are you kidding me??   Are you actually implying that Russo, Donegan and
Yingling are demonstrating leadership?  God help us all.   They each have
personal agendas that they believe are more important than the town.   If they
were demonstrating leadership, they would rise above their own personal agendas
for the good of the town.
7:51 pm edt 

Kim Hurd-Jeff Jaran

Re: "Hurd's Statements do Not Agree With the Internal Affairs Report"
The ONLY way the full story will come together is if Hurd's and the Police
Chief's cell phone records are Subpoenaed . That's what needs to be done and
that will answer EVERY unanswered question in this investigation.
7:49 pm edt 

Re: Various Thoughts on Police 'Scandals'

"If a person is talking to their friend, they say silly things"  

- Silly things?????  How can you make light of
such a serous situation.   These were threats. Get with it.

Your comment is an insult to the civilian.
12:21 am edt 

Re: Paranoia at It's Finest

"The posting that discredits the chief, town manager and library
director is filled with lies."



Any posting that discredits any of them is "full of lies" to people who can't
imagine facts.
12:16 am edt 

He Must Go!

HOW CAN THE CHIEF OF POLICE BE TERMINATED, NOW!
12:12 am edt 

You Cannot Fight City Hall

He said, she said.  Come on.  Has this town really dipped to this
level.  When the dust settles nothing will become of this, as usual.  Rules were
made to be broken and you CANNOT fight city hall.
12:10 am edt 

Re: Paranoia at It's Finest

"The posting that discredits the chief, town manager and library
director is filled with lies."


No, it is not.
12:05 am edt 

You're Kidding Right?

You think the Yankees thing really happened and wasn't made up as a convenient
excuse afterward?  The Yankees were playing the reds that night and Boston was
in Camden Yard.

Please, they tried to figure out a way to explain the "you're dead to me
comment" and I guess that was the best they could do.

Lame.

Looking forward to the State investigation.  Thankfully they take these things
seriously, unlike our town manager, Elaine Anderson and David McChesney.  Not
going to ever forget their little show on June 10.  I do so hope they run again
next year.
12:02 am edt 

How Interesting!


seems the truth about Mr. Parker is an insult to the police. seems the police
more than insulted this poor man who they ran down.

Odd, isn't it, that victims here are viewed by the police as the criminals.

Look in your own morning mirror gentlemen!
12:00 am edt 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Elaine Anderson

Please watch ms Andersen on any ptv govt. video .
She talks,but never states a view or option. She
Is very wishy washy and states the same things other
Bo's leaders expressed. I didn't vote for her last time and
Wont next time either.
11:58 pm edt 

Give Me Last Year's Traffic People

They were great and good at what they did. this group is sad, inexperienced and
hardly understand traffic.

Again, why would you let this happen? either train them or get rid of them but
don't saddle us with these incompetents.
11:55 pm edt 

Re: Various Thoughts on Police 'Scandals'

Re:  "If his friend blew the whistle on him ,then, with friends like
that, who needs enemies? Politics is politics! It becomes emotional,especially
if your job may be at stake. It's human response and you'd all do the same.In
the last State election I observed a local woman in a P'town bank being loudly
and verbally insulted by another local..."


Your analogy seems flawed,, in my opinion.. Let's take a look at some key
elements:

1. The citizen who complained about the sergeant's texts went on for a long
time, all in the same tone. This wasn't a casual: "You're dead to me." And then
followed by: "Hey, wanna get some pizza later on?"  The texts that derived from
the sergeant and other Police Department personnel wasn't fun-ribbing at all.
2. The confrontative lady in the bank story you shared earlier doesn't have the
wherewithal to stop a driver, interrogate, accuse, arrest, test...you get the
picture.  A cop does. And that's a significant point in this matter.  The exact
same texts from, let's say, the Grants administrator, would never have the same
import.
3.  The head of the Police Department cared so much about communicating his
"displeasure" to the citizen, that he allowed someone close to him personally
become involved in the texting.
4.  The texting, by others besides the sergeant, went on for a considerable
amount of time.  It wasn't a 5-10 minute exchange we're talking about. 
Obviously, it was something of significance importance to the sergeant, and the
others that texted the individual.

No citizen should be intimidated or threaten for his choice of lawn signage on
behalf of his/her chosen political candidate. A lawn sign that, by the way, was
on HIS property, no one else's.

That such intimidation was by members of our police department, the same people
we hire to safeguard our public safety...nuf said!
11:49 pm edt 

Paranoia at It's Finest:

Re: "Announced on Friday that she and "the Chief" would be
recuperating from all the pressure they have bought upon themselves by leaving
town for a couple of days. That means that we can safely enjoy the bars and
other P'town fun without fear of being watched! Have a great weekend, townies
!"


Ah, Provincetown anti-police paranoia at it's finest!
11:02 pm edt 

Re: Hurd's Statements do Not Agree With the Internal Affairs Report

"IF YOU ARE GOING TO QUOTE ONLY CERTAIN LINES OF TEXT, OF COURSE
ANYONE CAN MAKE IT SOUND BAD."


We don't know the full story because Hurd didn't show all of the texts sent and
received from the Police Chief's cellphone.
5:51 pm edt 

Various Thoughts on Police 'Scandals'

Is there anyone who hasn't said something stupid, or hasn't sent a hasty email
or text message without thinking it through?  If a person is talking to their
friend, they say silly things; even if they wear a police uniform, they're
people, and joking comments don't constitute threats, even if they have the word
'dead' in them.

Also, regarding the Squealing Pig incident...
In the Banner article Ann Wood states that no one in the Pig would say anything,
but some random man across the street heard the chief shouting, even over the
music and at that distance.  She didn't get a second source for her article, as
responsible journalists do.
The bartender who played that song may or may not have intended to insult the
chief.  However, he knew what songs were on his iPod, and he knew he was going
to be playing those songs in a restaurant that attracts a wide range of ages and
backgrounds.  In no situation whatsoever is it appropriate for him to play a
song with the F word in it.  (Strangely enough, I was in the Pig one day and
heard the Celo Green song, 'F you.'  I'd always only heard it as "Forget You"
and didn't realize the actual song had the F word in it.  I'm old and jaded but
I was actually shocked to hear that played at a loud sound level while I was
eating my lunch.
I've read that the Chief used to frequent the Pig, and he considered it a
friendly, safe place.  In his place I would have been really angry to have my
night disrupted by a disgusting rap song that advocates violence against police,
blatantly describes them as racist and 'fags', and says it will end in a
bloodbath.
I'm not condoning his outburst as much as I'm just saying I understand the level
of anger that that kind of song would provoke in a peace officer.
I don't like the 'us vs. them' mentality that appears so frequently on this
blog.  We're a small community and we need to take care of each other and have
trust in each other.
Having said all that, I think it's time to let the matter drop.  Once again,
we're making much ado about nothing.  Let's get out and watch the whales and
enjoy these good days.
5:48 pm edt 

Fear of Being Watched!

Announced on Friday that she and "the Chief" would be
recuperating from all the pressure they have bought upon themselves by leaving
town for a couple of days. That means that we can safely enjoy the bars and
other P'town fun without fear of being watched! Have a great weekend, townies!
5:45 pm edt 

Anderson and McChesney

These two are blind supporters of TM. They will never change- Plain and
simple-What looks to me like a possible crime committed by the police dept.
And they both said their interpretation was quite different. Again- different from who's interpretation ?  Then what is their interpretation? They basically brushed the whole
issue under the rug. 

And Elaine's emotional performance that basically said nothing other than she
supports the TM, no matter what, was hilarious.  Girl- don't get your pressure up-
The funniest part is she never made a point other than she stands by her TM and
made very Light of the report- Something that should not have been made light
of. 

Anderson and McChesney will be history shortly.
2:24 pm edt 

Re: Hurd's Statements do Not Agree With the Internal Affairs Report

 " Jeff just yelled out  hes dead to him "  listen again and draw your
own conclusion ,,,"  Jeff just yelled out he's dead to him"



IF YOU ARE GOING TO QUOTE ONLY CERTAIN LINES OF TEXT, OF COURSE ANYONE CAN MAKE
IT SOUND BAD. YOU DIDN'T INCLUDE THE THE PART ABOUT THE CHIEF JOKING OF HIM
BEING A YANKEES FAN AND WEARING A YANKEES JACKET THEN THE CHIEF SAID HE IS DEAD
TO ME. ( YES I AM YELLING )
2:18 pm edt 

Re: James Parker

The posting that discredits the chief, town manager and library director is
filled with lies.
2:16 pm edt 

Can I Get an Amen?

Re:  "Stop "blaming" all of this on the people and voters, blame the
people who we "trusted" to take care of the management and safety of our town.
I don't know of very many voters who can take credit for where you have taken this
town! I also don't know of very many voters that haven't put two and two together
and come up with the answer for all these problems hitting the town at once. The
buck stops in the managers office."



I say AMEN to the above posting!!!!!!!!
1:03 pm edt 

Looking Forward to a Nice Weekend After All This Rain

Can someone please post a copy of or link to the internal investigation report?  
I cannot get to Town Hall to obtain a copy.

Thanks.
1:01 pm edt 

Maybe You Should Get Two Ring Tones

One that rings "Do you know who I am?" and the other that says: "You are dead to
me!" Take your pick which you want to hear when the phone rings. And beware when
someone knocks at your door! Beware when you drive along Bradford Street! Be
careful when you walk into any establishment!

This is no way to live but it is what is happening now. People feel as
threatened as the Donegan sign poster and as afraid that police force will be
used against them for any minor issue. If your headlight is out----watch out!
they will and have been stopping residents. If your inspection sticker is dated,
they will and have been stopping residents.

This was never the spirit of this town nor its energy and spirit. We need to
return to what life was like before the police turned this into, yes, a police
state. It's not just a perception Sharon---it has sadly become our daily
reality.

And so many of us are not happy about this!
12:55 pm edt 

Police Staring at Citizen

There are many cops, some long-tenured, some newly arrived to this
town that are respected and well-liked. I know I'm not alone on this.
But there are some that are just plain odd - saw one the other day staring down
a guy near Town Hall.  From what I saw, the guy was going nothing against the
law. If there was a history there, then either arrest him or question him. But
this attempt to intimidate someone is juvenile. On top of that, the cop had tiny
eyes, so the glaring made them even tinier, and thus, comical- not the look I
think he wants to convey.
12:53 pm edt 

Koumanelis - Memorial Day Honor Guard?

How could this sergeant be in the Honor Guard?
12:45 pm edt 

Couture Loves Jaran

Couture has indicated her love of the current police chief because he
has trained his staff well. If so, please DO SOMETHING about this year's traffic
cops. They are clueless!

Two days ago, I'm trying to cross Commercial Street, from Town Hall to go towards
Cabral' Wharf. There was an assigned cop there. I waited for the cop's signal to go
ahead. As I was going to start crossing Commercial Street, a car coming from the
Cabral's area goes barreling through and turns into Commercial Street. Had I obeyed
her instruction, I would have hit the other driver. The cops reply was:  "I know; this
happens to me all the time."

This season's cops have to be trained properly. They can't tell people to go ahead,
without looking to see what's happening behind them. They have to stop
the others, before they tell one to go ahead. This has happened to me already 3
times in less than 2 weeks.

The reason why the Dancing Cop was effective was because his turns allowed him to
see what was going on. And he never told people to go ahead without making sure
that all motorists, bikers, walkers, etc. behind him, and on the sides had stopped. If
you didn't, he yelled at you.

This year's cops remind me of sitting in a restaurant, and you try get your waiter's
attention because you need something - a glass of water, your check, whatever. The
waiter is all over the room doing other things, but never looks around the room to see
if any of customers need him. I'm sure most rreading this have experienced this also.
So Couture, tell your boy to train these cops; there's a long summer ahead of us!
12:43 pm edt 

Positive Publicity

Whatever happened to the investigation into the robbery at Angel Foods
West? And what happened with the young woman from Truro who was assaulted at
Spiritus on Memorial Day weekend? Have both of these crimes been solved and
adjudicated or are they still active or what? I notice that when the crimes
occured the police were putting our "best" detective on it....and for a
department that really could use some positive publicity, maybe it would be good
if that included solving crime! If the police are too busy assigning officers to
guard our crime-ridden pier....maybe Jaran would be wise to assign the same
attention to real crime.
11:32 am edt 

Upon Close Inspection and Reflection

I have read on Candace Nagles page all of what she wants the town to
believe about crooked politicians and bad choices, etc. She has to be the worst
political commentator in the history of the world! She totally embarresses
herself and her monkeys every time she opens her mouth!!

I have tried to understand Scott Caldwells forum, but he is so cryptic that he
scares me! And I believe that Tom Donegan is the best man to have on the
BOS, along with Erik Yingling, because both of them have been elected by good
margins because of their diligence to address this situation.

However, I believe that he should hand the admin. of Caldwell"s page back to
Caldwell, and let Caldwell do whatever he wants with it. It has served its purpose.
Someone suggested I look at this page, and I find this to be the best page to
actually find the pulse of the voters. Don't believe everything you hear.

Both administrators of these forums and the Chief, and the Manager and Kim Hurd
all believe and advertise this page as a "hate blog". And the reason they do
that is it is too painful for them to know that we have figured them out.

I see so many intelligent and thoughtful posts here, and of course because of the
open rules on posts I've also seen "bad" posts. I've seen equally bad posts on the
other town forums. No one is better than the other....this one represents most of the
voters that are not "heard" or respected by the elite of town....the people who
do it for the MONEY, not the quality of life.

And in order to receive special consideration for their own agendas, they kiss up to
the people they vote into office with their money. Don't let P'Town be ruled by these
people who come from out-of-town and try to make this a place for the rich and famous,
those with the money, and drive out the people who made this place what is is.

Make sure that we use the power of the voting booth and this forum to send a message
to the town leaders that it is time to step up and do the job you were appointed to do.
Town Manager, grow a pair and deal with your subordinates....you are letting the majority
down. Show some leadership and put some people on leave until this is adjudicated.

Why would you let Sgt. K and his two co-horts continue to harass and play immature
games with our lives! If this were any other town or any other manager....these guys
would be put on leave while this situation is being investigated!

In addition to this most current issue with these rent-a-cops, deal with the Pier
situation and the moorings situation and the "police State" claims you have created...
.deal with the problems you have and are creating and try to gain the trust of your
constituents.

Stop "blaming" all of this on the people and voters, blame the people who we "trusted"
to take care of the management and safety of our town. I don't know of very many
voters who can take credit for where you have taken this town! I also don't know of very
many voters that haven't put two and two together and come up with the answer for all
these problems hitting the town at once. The buck stops in the managers office.

Get it together....or resign.
11:29 am edt 

What is the Big Deal With This Koumanelis Nonsense?

If his friend blew the whistle on him ,then, with friends like that, who needs enemies?
Politics is politics! It becomes emotional,especially if your job may be at stake. It's
human response and you'd all do the same.In the last State election I observed a
local woman in a P'town bank being loudly and verbally insulted by another local
"key" Town Board member/high powered politician for displaying political signs
in her yard that the abuser didn't support.I thought the scene was publicly
appalling,but the insulted woman handled herself with diplomacy and said "we
have a difference of political opinion but as a human being I will love you all
the same!" She didn't make a public expose' out of it. Some bank employees and
customers thanked her for not creating a vocal argument which could have
happened with someone of a different temperament. Some of you are behaving like
"naughty children!" You all need a whack on your "arses" and sent to your rooms.

Enough already with cops,pigs and politics!!


11:15 am edt 

A Matter of Loyalty

Kim is doing what anyone should do who's personally in a relationship, being
loyal to her friends and family.And with that subjective position she would be
doing herself and the town a service by staying out of this controversy. The
police Chief is a big boy and should be able to handle himself without making it
a family affair
11:11 am edt 

Who Made the Deal?

"It was a done deal long before the committee to hire the top
official was constituted. Those who might not have been for her were not allowed
on the committee. They wanted her and they got her. Now what? We are saddled
with many problems and many difficulties."



Who made the deal go get Sharon Lynn? They, he or she, should leave town as
punishment for doing all of us in!
11:09 am edt 

Oh Honey

If the State finds that the Chief or the TM did something unethical or illegal,
it's goodbye.  It could be a 100-year contract and it wouldn't matter.  She'll
be out and the Chief will be out and good riddance.

As for the police station, forget it.  As much as I respect the Building
Committee, if this Chief is still here at the fall town meeting there isn't a
chance in hell of getting a two-thirds vote for a new station.
11:07 am edt 

Back to Reality

And when is construction on the new police station going to begin?

11:06 am edt 

Kim Hurd

Hurd went out of town?  Let me guess, she's buying new cellphones for
her herself and her boyfriend.
11:03 am edt 

Re: Internal Investigation - Text Messages

I only hope the state gets ALL THE TEXTS that evening. Namely- Kim's.

What she turns in for texts can be checked against the texts the sergeant,
Alves, Landry, Jaran, and more importantly, the citizen. Should some or all
texts not be turned it, charges could' be brought upon them.

11:00 am edt 

Koumanelis's Actions Were Not Simply Personal

They are communal, illegal and coercive. They are the actions of someone who
shows he is unfit to be a sergeant. He has gone to the lowest denominator and is
trading on his power to go against a citizen's right to vote and to put
political signs on his property.

This is the arrogance of the police because some did not support their big dream
machine new police department building. Look at Koumanelis's texts and you will
see he mention this. Vote against the new police department building and you are
considered by the police as "police haters." And if that is where you stand in
their eyes, then, yes, watch out! Be careful! Beware. They will go after you and
stop you and maybe even arrest you.

10:57 am edt 

Re: A Bad Blast From the Past

I remember when Chief Meyer use to hang around Couture's store, when
it was across from Town Hall. They were BFFs!  How soon we forget!
10:54 am edt 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Re: Only the Tip of the Iceberg

Re:  "What Sergeant Koumanelis did was wrong and possibly criminal .
But does anyone really think it started with him?"


No, but buy some popcorn, sit back, and watch how he becomes the sacrificial
lamb.  At least, that's the way Jaran, Lynn, Anderson, McChesney and Knight want
it to be.
10:37 pm edt 

Re: Ringtones

Shucks, now I can't decide...which one is a better ringtone:
"Do you know who I am?" or "You're dead to me now!"
10:34 pm edt 

I Know it's Wrong

I know it's wrong, but I just find it quite funny that a chief of
police in a town becomes angry enough to threaten someone because of a lawn
sign.
10:31 pm edt 

Supervision and Evaluation

The town should be involved in proposing goals and objectives for the
TM.  And she should watch very, very carefully how McChesney and Anderson
supervise and evaluate her.  An election will be here soon, these two are up for
re-election, if they decide to run again.
10:26 pm edt 

Not Again!

We can't allow for another town election to come, and worry that the
police are threatening people for supporting  a certain candidate.  This has to
be resolved.  Our Town Manager has already indicated that it was just
unfortunate ribbing.  Let's have someone from the outside give us a legal
opinion.  And please, not the former Police Chief from Plymouth! Not again!
10:23 pm edt 

Provincetown Police Department Reputation?

The REPUTATION of the Provincetown Police Department? Are you kidding
me? They beat people, they pay people off repeatedly to make it go away. I
visited San Francisco and while there heard the story about the DJ and his
partner who got beaten. That was a few years back. Let's face it, everyone
laughs at our police department and always have.


>Do the right thing and step down, you have turned at least half this town
against you and hurt the reputation of the Police Dept
10:20 pm edt 

Partners

I think that Kim and Jeff are well-suited for each other.
10:18 pm edt 

"Connect All the Dots"

That is it in a nutshell. End of story!
10:16 pm edt 

Note to McChesney:

At the last BOS meeting, McChesney said that he fully supports the TM. 
Note to McChesney: You were elected to set policy on behalf of the people of
Provincetown; let her partner, Patsy, assume that role.
10:13 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson's View of the World

Anderson thought that the U.U. Meetinghouse was like a bridge club,
and thought nothing of co-opting the membership list, for her personal political
purposes.  Way to go, Anderson.

With that kind of logic, I can understand how you concluded that everything was
hunky dory with the police and its role in voter intimidation.
10:10 pm edt 

Only the Tip of the Iceberg

What Sergeant Koumanelis did was wrong and possibly criminal . But
does anyone really think it started with him?   This is far more sinister .
10:06 pm edt 

Re: Hurd's Statements do Not Agree With the Internal Affairs Report

How can Kim hurd say the facts of the article are erroneous when the
report clearly states she was in communication with Koumanelis and forwarded him
the text " Jeff just yelled out  hes dead to him "  listen again and draw your
own conclusion ,,,"  Jeff just yelled out he's dead to him" this is OUR police
chief having a conversation with his significant other and she in turn is
relaying this to officer Koumanelis who then turns and threatens the individual
with the very words from Jeff. 

" Wow your even dead to the chief " this is suppose to be good natured ribbing or
a snipet from will and grace ???? no this is language coming from the top law official
in this town our Police Chief ,  and being passed along to his officers. For Kim to say
there were no texts is a lie and if she had read the report before making this statement
it clearly states in the report that she showed Lt. Golden some of the texts but did not
allow him to make copies,  which further must be examined as to whether or not all the
texts had been shown or just the ones she chose to show ????

For this reason alone an independent outside agency must continue to investigate and
see that there is no further corruption involved. The report itself shows the complaint was substantiated by the individual and one has to wonder if the report itself is complete due
to the conflict of the police investigating its own dept ?????

Shouldn't an internal affairs report truly be investigated other then by the very police
dept in question????  this is such a small police dept its only logical that it should have
been given to an outside entity from the beginning to really get a sense that a fair and
unbiased report was being performed,  after all  as Im sure Lt. Golden did his
very best and was very fair the Chief is still his boss???
9:51 pm edt 

A Bad Blast From the Past

Michele Couture wrote a letter saying how, before Jaran, our Police
Department wasn't well run.  Well, sweetie, weren't you in a policy position
during many of those years?  Did you ever evaluate Bergman poorly because of
Meyer's and his predecessors' poor performance?  Since it's a matter of public
record, anyone of us could easily check how you rated the TM on how he oversaw
his police chiefs.
9:44 pm edt 

Such Behavior Cannot Go Unchecked

What was most telling about the intimidating texts by the police is
that the the Police Chief was so invested in it that he "allowed" his fiancée to
use his cellphone to send intimidating texts. What foes that say about the
Police Chief?  This has never happened in Provincetown, that a manager tries to
sway citizens to vote for or against a anyone.

If no action is taken, this little "ribbing" could escalate. We can't afford to
let this behavior go unchecked.
9:43 pm edt 

Smoking Gun is Kim Hurd!

Koumanelis acted inappropriately and may have broken laws. HOWEVER, I
say the smoking gun is Kim Hurd. I only hope the state gets ALL THE TEXTS that
evening. Namely- Kim's. That will connect ALL the dots.
9:39 pm edt 

"You're Dead to Me"

It's hard to understand the intent of the officer's messages to his friend when
only select passages are shared and when the friend's responses aren't shown.
I've engaged in facetious 'fights' with dear friends while texting or on
Facebook. I'm sure if you took a few random sentences from some of my posts it
could look bad. Also, how many times do we use phrases such as 'he's going to
kill you when he finds out' or 'you're on my hit list' or even 'you're dead to
me'?  Do we have lethal intentions? No. So let's not be so hasty to judge.

Also, asking Clarence to use his position on FinCom to divulge personnel
information that is confidential is asking him to violate the code of ethics
required by the state. That's unfair and puts him in an untenable situation.
9:37 pm edt 

Re: Hurd's Statements do Not Agree With the Internal Affairs Report

Kim Hurd in one breath says she never did any texting when the report
CLEARY is documented by her interview with Lt Golden as texting with  Koumanelis
then those texts were forwarded to the individual that is the victim saying ''
Jeff just yelled out he is dead to him"
  and this is in some way supposed to be
considered a joke ???  good natured ribbing???  Why would you do this to a
friend??

Im lost for any sensible answer other then what is the obvious,,, they
were trying to intimidate and threaten the individual and if you read the report
in its entirety the Lt. even says that Kim did not allow him to make copies of
the texts in her phone she merely showed him some. 

The question which now needs to be asked by the outside agencies is what was edited
and what was shown ???? since Kim Hurd is the significant other to the chief was this
being done at the Chiefs behest ??? and if not why was she even getting involved with
the back and forth texting and involving her self and the chief ???  

Seem to any reasonable person Koumanelis is being made the sacrificial lamb here
to protect those at the highest levels of the police hierarchy, and if the powers that
they have truly underestimated government outside of this town. 

Kim your credibility is serious diminished and your comments are not forthright and truthful, perhaps the best judgement u have made was leaving town in the midst of this criminal act
9:14 pm edt 

"Elaine Anderson at BOS meeting" Thank You Catherine Russo-

Elaine Anderson is about ONLY 1 THING. ELAINE ANDERSON. She is nothing but a
hypocrite. New blood will replace her. She will be history before long. And her "academy
award nominating performance" will be forever locked in ptown TV.

Thank you Tom Donegan and Erik Yingling.  You represent what this town is all about.
Morals, equality and peace.  Tom- you opted not to sue this town. Wonder if the other 3
had this opportunity if they would have been so honest and ethical.
 
HMMMMMMMMMMM. Nothing has been posted or reported on this. I voted for you
and I now realize why I had such passion for this election. You are a man of integrity
and honor. I am so happy and pleased you represent such a wonderful beautiful
town. Keep doing what you are doing Tom and Erik. You are doing nothing but the
right thing for Provincetown.

Bless you!
9:10 pm edt 

Renewed Town Manager Contract?

Did the BOS really renew the Town Manager's contract? Really bad
choice. They should have at least waited until all this crap with the police is
investigated? Nice Austin and Elaine..probably going to cost us a boatload of
money when we need to terminate her contract, very soon.
9:05 pm edt 

Re: Hurd's Statements do Not Agree With the Internal Affairs Report

"The Manager has seen better days, and should retire to a more sedate
assignment.   These two people, who work for the citzens of this town should not
have their contracts renewed!"


Must drive you nuts that Sharon's contract was just renewed for a three year
period.  She's not going anywhere and the great majority of town residents are
delighted to keep her in her position.
8:39 pm edt 

Hurd's Statements do Not Agree With the Internal Affairs Report

Kim Hurd's final words as she was leaving town for the weekend were
something to the effect that Ann Wood's reporting this week was erroneous on all
levels. She claimed to never have sent text messages on the Chief's phone from
home.

I read the Internal Affairs report of Lt. Golden and in her interview with
Golden both her and the Chief admit that she sent out text messages that
evening, from home. She accuses Ann Wood of lies, and lies in print. Her post is
still up on Ms. Nagles crapsheet. This Chief is done in this town. No one is
ever going to trust him again (nor have most of us since he began here).

The Manager has seen better days, and should retire to a more sedate assignment.
These two people, who work for the citzens of this town should not have their
contracts renewed! They do not have the best interests of the real citizens of
this town.
8:09 pm edt 

To: Webmaster - Publish the Internal Investigation Document

Webmaster, we know you have access to the Internal Investigation
document. Please publish the report so that we can read the details
and draw our own opinion.

Isn't this the purpose of Shout Out. Give the citizens the information
and let them decide. Don't sit on the side line.
7:59 pm edt 

Koumanelis Should Be Put on Probation and Demoted

He has broken with malintent the Mass General Laws. He has inappropriately and
illegally used his position and power against residents of our town. He has
threatened and bullied and brought other members of the police department to be
part of the coalition of force against key members of this town.

We cannot continue to allow this level of misuse of power by any police officer
and surely not by any other officer. this is a serious breach of trust and
breach of Mass laws.
6:52 pm edt 

Bad Week in the Banner

Bad week for the police.  Multiple State investigation of the signage incident
and maybe the Pig too.  FUN.

And now the guy with one summer under his belt thinks he is going to speed off
with someone who has been here since Memorial Day to rescue people off the
breakwater.  And gets stranded and hurt.  And has to be rescued by the Harbor
Master.  I bet Sharon Lynn was really happy about that in the middle of all the
other police issues.

Nice of Sharon to throw Koumenlis under the bus in the Banner.  Poor kid.  One
cop, one incident - right Sharon, that's what YOUR OWN internal affairs
investigation says.  Let's wait and see what the State Police have to say about
it.  They're going to see all of that redacted mess.  I know they're telling you
it's going to blow over kid, but it's not and they won't be able to protect you
no matter what they say.  Might want to think about that before you go into the
interview room.  All they care about is themselves.

I didn't vote for Donegan, but I now LOVE the guy.
6:50 pm edt 

Provincetown Populated by Crazies

Further evidence that this town is populated by crazies: There is now
a group of locals on Facebook who are seriously trying to start a petition to
have all of the streetlights in town removed because they don't like the new LED
lights. Not REPLACED, but REMOVED. These people feel that moonlight and the
light coming through the windows of peoples' houses should be enough to
illuminate the town at night and will be more in keeping with the "romantic"
nature of Provincetown.

I kid you not.
6:44 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Town Manager

Sharon Lynn is incompetent to deal with a community such as
Provincetown.
6:43 pm edt 

To Whom it May Concern:

Provincetown is as down cape as one can go.  EVERYTHING else is UP CAPE from
Provincetown.  So when you say you got a message even from down cape and your in
Provincetown when you say it, WHAT THE HECK R U SAYING ?  HOLY COW
6:41 pm edt 

Distrust of Town Management

So at this point I implore the BOS not to consider any discussions
pertaining to or about the contruction of a new or rebuilt police station. The
timing could not be any worse. Table the entire project until at least the fall.
Too many people do not trust the management of this town right now and it would
probably not end well.
6:39 pm edt 

Banner

Great editorial in the Banner.
6:34 pm edt 

Re: James Parker - The True Story

I'm always Appreciative of Those Who clarify Information

but I don't believe others are trying to lie when they have the wrong name or
believe someone was homeless and they were not. thanks for informing us but you
don't have to attack the person who posted. I don't believe people are trying to
misinform. It's that some know more about a situation or a person than others
and it's good to get the information.

So thanks but, please remember that you don't need to attack while providing
such good information for all of us.
6:32 pm edt 

Thank You to Elaine Anderson

Your comments on Monday night about divisiveness was passionate, profound and
demonstrates leadership, unlike the petty personal rants of Yingling and
Donegan.   They need to grow up.    Regarding the Officer's texting, I don't
think this is any different that Yingling's texts to Tom Coen.  How soon we
forget!
6:29 pm edt 

Koumanelis' Textings are Serious

And his position in this town should be reconsidered. He is someone who has
unlawfully used the law and his power as a police officer and his position as
sergeant to threaten, intimidate and attempt to coerce residents of this town.
We do not need this and we do not deserve this.

Why was he hired? Were others fired so he could be here?
6:28 pm edt 

Yes, Our Problems Began Years Ago
 
Make the wrong choice on your top administrators and all the hirings and firings
that follow stem from this problematic choice. The top administrator should have
been selected for her experience, leadership, vision and guts. but that was
never the criteria. It was a done deal long before the committee to hire the top
official was constituted. Those who might not have been for her were not allowed
on the committee. They wanted her and they got her. Now what? We are saddled
with many problems and many difficulties.

How will we get out of this mess? How will Provincetown not feel threatened and
afraid? How, indeed!
6:27 pm edt 

Speak Out against Injustice - Take Action!

Has anyone read the report released by the town clerk regarding the
individual who was threatened by our own police?????  After the incident the
officer admitting says he de friended him on facebook and in the same breath
tries to say this was" good natured ribbing". 

Again something is not adding up here if it was truly a joke and not meant to
intimidate or scare his former friend why would you de friend him????   why
would you not reach out and try to apologize??  why would you let the civilian
have to guess as to what was actually meant by "follow the law to the letter of
the t"   " and watch your back " ??? why wait several days to then say " ohhhhh
it was good natured ribbing???? only after the officer was informed a complaint
had been made.

I for one do not believe this was good natured ribbing after reading the report
and am confident state and other law enforcement officials would concur. This is a
systemic problem in our beautiful community and we the people have the power
to elect  officials and we the people have the right to require accountability when
the very elected officials we choose do not come to the aide of a victim in our
community ( Watch the board of selectman meeting where only two selectman
came to the aide and defense of this individual ).

I urge all of you to be as brave as this civilian and if you have been a victim
tell your stories without fear of repercussions and take a lesson from this
unfortunate occurrence . Are we destined to be a community of fear or do we
stand for what brought us to this beautiful place to begin with , it is my hope
that the investigation when concluded by outside agencies will concur that a
terrible injustice has been done to this person and there must and will be
consequences when this type of criminal behavior is used.
6:25 pm edt 

McChesney's & Anderson's Complete Dereliction of Duty

"Couldn't agree more with the statements made by McChesney and
Anderson." 

This is more troublesome and alarming than anything else I have read
regarding this matter- Elaine Anderson disgusted me  in her attempt to "down
play"  a very serious matter. This is as upsetting as the posts are by those who
feel it more important to come out  in support of the Sergeant and the  others 
involved-  rather than ANY concern for the gentlemen who was singled out and
threatened.Instead they dismiss it as 'JOKING AROUND and RIBBING with a friend.

The state I do not believe will come to that conclusion. The majority of people
out there believe and interpret is for what it is - A THREAT!! PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
Their attempt to protect the TOP at the police hierarchy is pitiful and
downright disgusting. I hope this gentlemen goes much further with this- and
takes a legal stand against this town to uncover the corrupt tactics that have
been taking place for years. The sergeant  committed misconduct if not much more
than that.

Elaine Anderson is a dangerous character and what she said at the latest Board of
Selectmen Meeting is alarming. She clearly has an agenda and will never sway from
her committed alignment with the few at the top. It is so apparent and this is why
she needs to go!!!

She stated that "her interpretation of the report was quite different"  Quite different-
different from whom's interpretation Elaine I ask you? You made this statement in a
public forum. You are a selectmen who was elected by the Provincetown People.

I want and answer to this question. Since you so vehemently made these statements
after Eric and Tom made their statements -with such emotion- we as Provincetown
people deserve an explanation and a public statement on your interpretation. I do
not think that is asking too much given your academy award nominating performance
on May 10th 2013 at the Selectmen Meeting.

Again - you disgust me and you are part of the very problem that exists in town
government today.

LASTELY- I URGE ALL PROVINCETOWN PEOPLE TO GO TO THE TOWN CLERK AND ASK
FOR A COPY OF THE REPORT- MAKE YOUR OWN DECISION!!  This has to stop. It is
not acceptable and an unfortunate time for Provincetown. MY ONLY HOPE IS THAT THE
STATE AND OTHER OUTSIDE AGENCIES WILL RIGHT A TERRIBLE WRONG AND REMOVE THE CORRUPTION IN THIS TOWN.
6:16 pm edt 

James Parker - The True Story

The Jim Parker incident was another evidence of Jaran's Lynn's
insensitivity and cluelessness.  After being run over by a police cruiser,
Parker requested to be allowed to go to Seashore Point for rehab. His health
insurance covered rehab, but only at a out-of-town facility.  Lynn said no. 

Even though the rehab was needed as the result of a town employee running him
over in a town car!  She later reversed her decision, after he retained a
lawyer.  And Jaran...well, he was quoted as saying he felt sorry about his cop,
the poor guy all shook up.  And he made no comment about Parker, except to say
that he had heard Parker had other health problems. 

As to the Library, the first day the Director held a staff meeting right after his death,
those at the meeting expected her to say a few words..One sentence acknowledging
the passing of a colleague would have sufficed. Nothing!  Some flowers had been
assembled, as a little memorial.  She went by, saw them, snatched them in a very
coarse manner, and threw them in the trash can.

And that was how James Parker, was treated by the town administration - Sharon,
Jeff, and Cheryl.

Let's hope that, should they ever need it, they receive the compassion and
respect that they refuse to grant James Parker, while alive, and after his
death.
6:04 pm edt 

Re: James Parker.......

The poster was referring to the police depts. statement,when
James was hit by the cruiser. They were not saying James
was homeless.
5:55 pm edt 

Re: Police State and Sarah Peake

Re: "Sarah Peake...Speak up against this police state or we will
remember what you have done to us at the next election."



Oh wait just a minute, is that a THREAT?!? Suddenly I'm feeling intimidated.
Better call for a state investigation.
5:52 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson at BOS Meeting

I just watched the latest BOS meeting and have a comment to make about Elaine
Anderson's response to Tom and Erik's request for an investigation of some
police behavior. She spoke as someone who has been on the BOS for 6 years and
has never seen the kind of divisions in this town that she is seeing now.

She gave Tom quite a dressing down implying that he has caused some of this. It is
time that people know the role that she played in making this past election a
very divisive one.

I spoke with the Reverend Kate today of the UU Meeting House about the fact that
members of her congregation and others were quite upset that Elaine used the UU
Meeting House email list for political purposes. She sent out a message asking those
on the list to vote for Austin Knight. She did not have the right to do this, morally or
legally. I talked to a member of the congregation who felt quite betrayed by Elaine
using the UU email for her own political agenda.

The UU Board took up the issue and is coming up with a document that in the future
will not allow the use of the UU list for political purposes. It was infuriating to watch
Elaine talk about how it is time for all to take the high road and not be playing these
kind of games.

She has yet to apoligize for her role in it, even though she has admitted to an
aggrieved UU member that what she did was wrong. 

Catherine Russo
5:51 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

James Parker Was Not a Homeless Person

Re: "police running over A homeless person, or should we call him by
his name, James Parker."



James Parker was not a homeless person. He retired and bought a condo here in
Provincetown after a long career working at the Library of Congress in
Washington, DC. Despite retirement, He continued to volunteer at the
Provincetown library and was a smart, charming man who always had a smile or
joke for anyone he met.

Very disrespectful and inaccurate of you to refer to him as a homeless person.
You should really get your facts straight before you start ranting and trying to
sway public opinion, or people might start thinking you work for the Banner.
11:14 pm edt 

Top Administrator Won't do Anything

The more I read about the Pig incident and the threatening texts, the
more I believe that the proper state authority must be approached to
investigate.  We have done this with other matters, like the moorings'  issue,
so let's do this as well. It will help clear the air.

I also feel that this is key, because our top administrator won't do anything
about it, other than maybe find the guy a job in another town. Someone said
that she just did this recently.

I was one of Lynn's strongest supporters. But I'm so diassapointed in
her. I don't wish her ill, but for her sake as well as ours, I hope the end of
her tenure with us comes very, very soon.
10:49 pm edt 

Re: Mountain Out of a Mole Hill

" text clearly sent in jest". 


Oh really- tell that to the civilian.  How dare you make light of such an
unfortunate , inexcusable  event. Who are you to determine that it was clearly
sent in jest. Jest?? The texts were threats.  Lets see where this goes.
Hopefully an outside agency will take over and make that determination.  I bet
that the conclusion will be far different than yours.
10:42 pm edt 

They Both Are in La-La Land - McChesney & Anderson

"...couldn't agree more with the statements made by McChesney and
Anderson."



Obviously, they both are in la-la land, not attuned to what the town has been
experiencing.  Can't the cabal find 2 of their own with a little bit more
awareness if what's going on, and more transparency?
10:38 pm edt 

The Choices We Make

We hire a Town Manager with a limited scope of experience, and we now
pay the price.
10:34 pm edt 

Police State and Sarah Peake

When we consider  the situation we find ourselves at the moment with a power
grabbing police chief and a town manager who is really a police officer to the
core, we need to ask ourselves who brought this unholy alliance to Provincetown. 
One person who was instrumental in bringing these people to power and causing
the atmosphere of this town to become toxic is our present state representative,
Sarah Peake.  Sarah we need to hear from you.  In your previous position on the
BOS, you were part of the group that brought this on us. Speak up against this
police state or we will remember what you have done to us at the next election.
10:29 pm edt 

Re: Koumanelis

When will the police department be drug tested
10:27 pm edt 

Donegan & Yingling

Donegan and Yingling have done the right thing here. Only wish the
other three selectmen would follow suit.  Yes I know- only a wish- never going
to happen-but they will be gone soon enough.
10:26 pm edt 

Re: "Will and Grace"

Your reference to this show is nothing but an insult to the individual who
was threatened. Are you really that desperate? Did you read the report in
its entirety ? The posts on this site that attempt to exonerate those involved
are nothing more than pitiful. :{
10:24 pm edt 

Total Lack of Leadership

Someone mentioned that the Police chief is immature. I agree.  At Town
Meeting, when a resident spoke at the mike, and the remarks were in opposition
to something he had proposed, I could see him rolling his eyes, sighing loudly. 
At the time, I thought that his behavior at the meeting was unbecoming.  Had he
reported to me, he would have been called into my office the next day for some
advice on how as his supervisor, I expected him to behave on a professional
manner at public meetings.  And to suppress the dramatic gestures.  But, his
behaviors unchecked, and complaints from townspeople have gone unheard by his
supervisor,
10:22 pm edt 

Re: So Those Who Believed We Have Over-Policing Seem Right

" I realize everyone here is on attack mode looking at how to bring
down Jeff and Sharon, but please take a step back and think what you are doing to this police
officer who was joking with a close friend.  Are you really so vindictive that
you want to damage this officer?"


Jeff,Sharon , Police Officer.  ARE YOU FOR REAL????????????  What about the
person who was Threatened ???? Do you think maybe he was harmed by this ?? Are
you so bent on protecting these three that you cannot even see what has been
done to the VICTIM???  These were threats -plain and simple. End of story. You
are so far reaching in your attempt to show the officer as a victim. How dare
you!  It is people like you that perpetuate actions like this. "you are dead to
the chief- you better follow the letter of the law to the T - Watch your
back-see you in hell bitch" are statements that make for a criminal act. How can
you even think about turning this around.? Wow- you are" REACHING". ALL THESE
THREATS BECAUSE THE GUY FRIENDED SELECTMEN AND PUT 2 SELECTMEN SIGNS UP- This is
scary folks. Even scarier- the quoted post above.  Time for a major
investigation. Let the state decide.  Again, I cannot believe this poster 
"JOKING WITH A CLOSE FRIEND".  THIS IS JOKING?? IT CERTAINLY IS !
NOT!!! HOW DARE YOU MAKE LIGHT OF SUCH AN EGREGIOUS ACT.
10:16 pm edt 

Town Selectmen

Our elected selectmen should wake up and listen to all the comments being made
about the police chief and town manager. Does anyone really believe all these
comments are baseless and being made by a deranged few?  The adage "whwew thee
is smoke there is fire"  fits well what is happening in Provincetown.  We are
quickly becoming a "Police State", and soon tourists will become aware of this
problem and cease to visit our once "quaint town.
10:12 pm edt 

A Joke????

Since when does anyone laugh when a police officer tell them they are "Dead"?? 
Provincetown police are not known for their sence of humor. Why should this
comment be considered funny?
10:10 pm edt 

Strange Twist of Fate!

What a strange twist of fate!  Provincetown has a Police Honor Guard. 
Both the sergeant and the detective are in it. Here's the description of it on
line: "...established to represent the members of the Police Department at
police funerals, parades and other ceremonial occasions. The Honor Guard will
promote honor, professionalism and integrity through its conduct and image at
all times holding the departments core values to the highest degree."
Honor, professionalism integrity...at all times... WOW!!!
10:09 pm edt 

Austin Knight

I am very deeply concerned about this most recent scandal involving
the nefarious escapades of a Provincetown police officer. One must now ask this
question of the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen: what exactly is your
involvment in this whole sordid affair, Austin Knight?

As a follow up, specifically why are you one of three members of the Board of
Directors of recently created, apparently false tax exempt charitable organization
which has no legally mandated documents on file with the Attorney General's Office
or the Internal Revenue Service: KING HIRAM'S LODGE CHARITY, INC. ???
10:07 pm edt 

Lets Clear All the Misconceptions

"You are dead to me"  was not used in the  context of a will and grace episode
it was used after the chief had heard of a mutual friend  supporting someone
he did not approve of and letting Sgt Koumanelis know through his girlfriend
how he felt about the whole situation and thats why the sgt then passed on the
comment  WOW YOUR EVEN DEAD TO THE CHIEF , YOU BETTER FOLLOW THE
LAW TO THE LETTER OF THE T. 

This is not rocket science folks this is plain and simple intimidation and threats
to dissuade this person from his right to who he wanted to support and its a violation
of civil rights and yes criminal
!
10:04 pm edt 

Dear Chief Jaran

Once everything you have done since the day you took over as the Chief of Police
in Provincetown, is known by everyone including your                    , I am
certain "everyone" will be convinced you make Whitey Bulger look good.
10:00 pm edt 

Cape Cod Times

In today's Cape Cod Times, there's reporting on a cop in Tisbury fired
for her actions against firefighters who had gone to put out a fire that had
broken at her home.  She was at her home and off-duty,by the way.
9:58 pm edt 

Paranoid Little Group

". . .trying desperately to insulate the Chief from this.  Oh, the
Chief just said "you're dead to me" just like the flamboyant guy on Will &
Grace.  Hahahaha.  .  ."


I'm not trying to insulate anyone despite your paranoia.  The Chief has no need
to be insulated from anyone unless it is the paranoid little group on here.

Really, you folks are just too cute.
9:57 pm edt 

Just Under 3,000 Residents in Provincetown

Number of individuals who have ever posted on this blog - probably less than
100.

You may scream loud, but you do not represent the views of the majority of the
residents in this town.
9:53 pm edt 

Internal Investigation Report

Where is a copy of the internal investigation report available?
Is it online?

Thank you.
9:52 pm edt 

Much Has Changed

Mr Bergman used his tricks to bring ptown ,money wise.
The Town Mgr and Police Chief have created a very bad
atmosphere in town now. This is the new ptown, police
Attitudes, town mgr always not fully telling us the truth, patrols
Hiding in bushes,armed police on boats etc.

Yes, things have changed,and not for the better Ms. Lynn
Ptown has seen in recent years the destruction of our community,
George Bryant's arrest and heart attack,police running over
A homeless person, or should we call him by his name, James Parker.
And now the pig incident and text messages from a officer.
Hopefully ptown will survive,but I am afraid to much has changed.

My heart aches for ptown.
9:50 pm edt 

Repeated, Redundant, Uninformed Messages

If anybody reads the Ptown Politics Facebook page, they know that
several threads have been virtually taken over by a certain individual who posts
repeated, redundant, uninformed messages until others give up debating. This man
doesn't even live in Provincetown, but is an occasional summer resident. I see a
lot of his same rants posted on this page frequently and redundantly, perhaps in
an attempt to "stuff the ballot box," so to speak, and make it appear as though
there are many more citizens who share his beliefs, when it actually appears to
be a very vocal, very pushy handfull led by two vindictive selectman. How this
man, who spends so little time in Provincetown could really understand the
goings on of this town is a mystery. Perhaps he read it in the stars...
9:47 pm edt 

Making a Mountain Out of a Mole Hill

Just watched some of the footage from the June 10th selectmen's
meeting and couldn't agree more with the statements made by McChesney and
Anderson. The bottom line is the allegations made against the chief and the
mountain they are attempting to make out of the molehill that is a text that was
clearly sent in jest are personal issues. Donegan and Yingling clearly have an
axe to grind with the police department and that certainly is their right, but
they should be doing it on their own PERSONAL TIME, not making it the focus of
selectmen's meetings when there are other important issues that matter to
Provincetown citizens, the people they are supposed to be representing.

They were not elected to waste time and taxpayer money on their own personal
vendettas. But I guess this is what we get when we elect young, inexperienced
people and/or people with anti police views.
9:44 pm edt 

Town Manager Recruits

Let's make sure we recruit candidates for the Town Manager's position
that have a broad set experiences. We got a lemon; a former police chief with
FBI training??? Seriously???? Who's the "genius" who brought Sharon into
Provincetown???
9:42 pm edt 

The Fault Resides Withn Us

What's the point of doing outside renovations of buildings, if the
innards are rotten? I would add the Police building to the library and town hall
buildings a previous poster mentioned.
2:33 pm edt 

Now That We Know-Where is the Leadership?

At last we can put to rest the lie that only a few people who post
over and over believe in the police state. The fact that the incident regarding
the bullying text message was undisclosed covered up by the town manager is vast
evidence that this might be the tip of the iceberg. How much more will it take
to convince three of the selectmen that we have a cancer in power in
Provincetown. So many of us have been victims of this and so many of us have
tried to be heard by Sharon Lynn and have been dismissed and lied to. Why, I ask
Ms Anderson, Mr Knight, and Mr McChesny, do you not believe us?? Do the right
thing. Listen to your constituents and beleive the
2:31 pm edt 

Norman Mailer's Provincetown House Up For Sale

Sad to see this brick building leave the Mailer family. Sad to really say
goodbye.

It would have been good had the Norman Mailer Institute been able to raise the
money and buy this home and keep Mailer's reputation and influence alive here in
Provincetown and in the states as well.

But, as too often happens, family members want their share of the estate and
they want it now. With Noris gone, there is no center to hold the Center
together.

Adieu!
2:27 pm edt 

So Those Who Believed We Have Over-Policing Seem Right

Those who felt there were too many police and too many arrests and too many
cruisers on the streets and pier now seem to show us that they were sadly right.
They were feeling intimidated and now we know: the police have been targeting
individuals and using their power against them.

This so-named "paranoia" seems to be "reality." I surely wish it weren't so
but... this internal report seems to affirm the fears and feelings: the police
have been targeting individuals who supported Tom Donegan--viewing them as
"police haters" and those who went against the new designs for an expanded
police station. they too were seen as "police haters."

These actions tarnish the town.
2:23 pm edt 

The Will & Grace thing

Actually, the motive in focusing on that one line is pretty clear.  They are
trying desperately to insulate the Chief from this.  Oh, the Chief just said
"you're dead to me" just like the flamboyant guy on Will & Grace.  Hahahaha. 
How bad can it be, right?  WRONG

Have to protect the Chief, right?  The SGT is just collateral damage.  The Chief
didn't say anything about watching yourself in this town.  The Chief didn't
stare down the complainer.  And they will promise to "take care" of the SGT
anyway.  Going to try to whitewash it as best they can.  Not going to work.  But
a great concerted effort.  I'lll give you all props for that.  Three Will &
Grace references in two different forums all to protect poor little Chief.  It
would almost be funny if it weren't so damn serious.
2:21 pm edt 

Sergeant Koumanelis' Actions Shocking

Yikes! What You Posted About Sergeant Koumanelis is Shocking

Is this true? Did Sergeant Koumanelis really send these texts? And was the only
reason he did this, this person's decision and act to place a sign supporting
Donegan for selectman? This is almost incredible that a police officer--and he
is more than an officer--would dare to threaten someone like this. this is more
than over-the-top. this seems almost criminal. and to scare someone like this
and frighten him for making a different decision on who he  wants to vote for is
terrible.

We all have the right to vote for whomever we want--or at least, I thought that
we all had this right. It was this right to vote that Koumanelis is taking away
from someone. This just can't happen here and should never happen here. This is
sinful.

It is unlawful and those who use the law must follow the law.
2:20 pm edt 

Overstayed Their Welcome

Let's give them a great recommendation so we can get them both out of
Provincetown. They have both overstayed their welcome.
2:17 pm edt 

Wall of Silence

Jaran is a cop; Lynn is a cop.  What is the end result? The Blue Wall
of Silence.
1:23 pm edt 

Pretty Town Hall, Pretty Library...

A Town Hall that's "managed" by covering up the filth the police chief
generates, a library with hardly any new books...But how pretty they both look!
1:21 pm edt 

Re: Police State

What you posted was one of the best postings I have read in awhile. Allot of
people have knowwn this Police Chief is like cancer to the Dept and to the Town.
There are many truthful stories going around and yes Sharon Lynn either ignored
them or she is too busy finding ways to defend him. The stories and problems are
incredible and are reaching nasty levels in this town.

The Chief made it clear that one of his goals was to get rid of everyone who has
been here a long time, he did but in doing so he covered up his social problem he
has. His social problem and what he has done to allot of people is well known up
and down the Cape. The squeeling Pig was showing his true colors and what many
have known.

Wake up Sharon, Karma is coming.
1:19 pm edt 

Re: Will & Grace

The sergeant texted: "Wow you are dead to the Chief even now u better
follow the law to the T as long as ur in this town."

Please provide evidence where the Will and Grace show used the second part of
the sergeant's message: "u better follow the law to the T as long as ur in this
town."  Can't recall this being used in the show.
1:15 pm edt 

Re: BOS Meeting

"Things posted to Facebook are time stamped and Yingling
posted his around 9pm.  Meeting lasted until almost 10pm.  It's not rocket
science, but glad I could explain it to you."



Love, love, love it when the detectives on this sight so cleverly figure
something out and then are proven wrong.

Paranoia runs rampant - who's behind that tree hiding trying to catch me driving
drunk?  Ooooh, my phone is tapped
1:09 pm edt 

Wow!!"Ur Better Follow the Law to a T if Ur in This Town"

The police texting to a resident who posted a sign for Tom Donegan and being
told that he is now "supporting the police haters" and being threatened to watch
what he does in this town is not funny. It is not a joke. Then being told that
others in the police department now "hate you" and "you are dead to the chief"
is not joking. This is serious and involves serious threats to this individual
because--yes just because--he placed a Tom Donegan sign on his property. Then
when told that he also supported Rafael Richter, he is told by Sgt. Koumanelis
"that is even worse OMG" and now others will know about this. This voting
citizen is also told that Austin Knight is the police choice and he should know
that and act according.

To be text threatening words and messages for over an hour by a police sergeant,
who then brings in other police officers to text this voter, is just plain
wrong. and whether Sgt. Koumanelis is on duty or off duty, it is still illegal
to try to use police force to change someone's vote or to force them to take
their Donegan sign down from their property. This is using the threat of police
enforcement against someone's right to vote as they want and the right to put a
political sign on their property.

It is not a joke that the day after this complainant went to Sharon Lynn and
told her about being intimidated and threatened by Sgt. Koumanelis, that
Koumenelis texted him again and told him he would "see him in hell Bitch!" 
Funny? A Joke? No, this is not ribbing and not joking. This is serious.

And when this complainant ran into Koumanelis a few days after telling Sharon
Lynn how scared he was, Koumanelis, as the report states, "stared him down."
Again, is this really to be interpreted as a joke?

This level of intimidation and fear is not funny. There is no humor here but
pure threats of using police power against this person for "daring" to place a
Tom Donegan sign on his personal property.

Funny? a Joke? Ribbing? This is unlawful whether a police officer is on duty or
off duty. It does not matter. Threatening to use the force of the police
department against someone is illegal, wrong, and despicable.
1:07 pm edt 

Re: Will & Grace

Re: "Candace posts about Will & Grace on her page and now the Will &
Grace defense shows up in two separate posts on here.  As if "you're dead to me"
is isolated to that show.  What a strange strange coincidence."


I don't know who posted the first time about Will & Grace, but I posted the
second one.  Sorry, it wasn't from  Candace.

Glad to see you acknowledge that 'you are dead to me' is a common phrase and is
considered a joke.  Good that you've made it part of the way.
1:03 pm edt 

Investigation

And who is Sharon going to hire to investigate ?  ANOTHER retired Police Chief? 
She needs to be reviewing her generous retirement package.

And Police State have the English major from Vermont...what novel is she writing
now ?
12:01 pm edt 

Re: Will & Grace

LOL

Candace posts about Will & Grace on her page and now the Will & Grace defense
shows up in two separate posts on here.  As if "you're dead to me" is isolated
to that show.  What a strange strange coincidence.

You all have to coordinate better.  Looks pretty stupid.

But at least we see where you're going.  Don't think the Will & Grace defense is
going to impress the State very much, but good luck with that.  Nice touch
picking a     show though.
10:42 am edt 

TM & Chief

SHARON LYNN AND JEFF JARAN GOT TO GO!!!!!!!!!!
10:24 am edt 

Lighten up folks - it's

A will and grace show line.  Jack would say 'you are dead to me' all
the time.  It meant he wasn't going to talk to whomever he said it
to and it would usually last about thirty seconds.
10:21 am edt 

Re: Police State

The latest act of the Sharon & Jeff show should pretty much convince people that
the claims of a "Police State" are not idle comments.  Provincetown has never
been so divided in its thinking, or distrustful of its elected officials and
police department as it has been (and getting worse) the past two years.  All of
this distrust and angst being reported in the newspapers and discussed on the
streets is due to our arogant police chief and his

It is time for both Chief Juran and our current town manager to go!  Provincetown
needs to get back to being the friendly town it has historicly been.  We do not
need to read dispariging comments about our town in the Boston papers. 

What are potential visitors to our town going to think??  Then when they arrive, they
will be greeted with unsmiling, armed police personnel that don't know enough about
the town to even recommend local attractions.
10:19 am edt 

Re: 'You Are Dead to Me'

Ever watch Will and Grace?  The line was used all the time.  It's a joke.

I realize everyone here is on attack mode looking at how to bring down Jeff and
Sharon, but please take a step back and think what you are doing to this police
officer who was joking with a close friend.  Are you really so vindictive that
you want to damage this officer?

In 2013 we communicate through e-mail and texting.  What is lost in that
communication is the eye contact and/or the inflection of voice.  Jokes,
sarcasm, you can't tell through non-personal communication.
10:16 am edt 

Who is Us ?????

Clearly if you read the report from Lt. Golden "us" is
referring to the police that were all named .  SO SO sad that a friend would use
this type of intimidation and threats to convey a political point, more
importantly so sad for this beautiful town
10:13 am edt 

Lame Investigation

"Koumanelis was not on duty at the time of the incident and the exchange was on
personal devices, according to the internal affairs report."

The report goes on further to examine the claim that the texts were then sent by
Landry's phone but were unsubstantiated.

COME ON!! Look at Landrys phone records or even the person that received the
texts!! This is BS. This is the "read between the lines" stuff we all have to
look for when dealing with a report done internally. What these claims show us
is that based on the fact that these texts were sent on off duty time and on
personal phones, it's not so bad. WHAT BS!!! Those "personal phones" are in use
all the time while on duty but when there's trouble they become a seprate
personal item? And then, to try to skirt the issue and try to cover his tracks,
he sent the texts on someone elses phone? So where is the integrety of the
others that participated on the fringes? In this case, Landry didn't rob the
bank but drove the getaway car. How an investigator in this day and age can't
determine if Landrys phone was used to send the texts is absurd. Now he's an
idiot too.

10:10 am edt 

Re: Its Time to Remove the Wool

". . .and if you really believe this DIDN'T come from the TOP of the
hierarchy in the police department -then maybe its time to remove the WOOL that
has been placed over your eyes so u can see the bridge you just bought."



Interesting how much Provincetown mirrors Washington, DC.  Only in Provincetown
it is neighbors attacking neighbors.  And that comment is directed at both
sides.

How sad.
10:03 am edt 

Re: BOS Meeting

Re: "Let me guess -- you were wearing a black shirt.  If your
allegations are  true, only someone sitting where you sat could have been able
to peek over his neighbor's shoulder to see what the neighbor was doing."



Sorry honey, I was sitting in the audience, actually standing in the audience
most of the time.  Yingling sat with his laptop on his lap typing away the first
part of the meeting.  Things posted to Facebook are time stamped and Yingling
posted his around 9pm.  Meeting lasted until almost 10pm.  It's not rocket
science, but glad I could explain it to you.
10:01 am edt 

Who Is Us?

So one friend (former friend?) says to the other:"You're dead to us". 
"...us..."  Who is "us"? The sergeant and Tenille, the sergeant and his pet, the
sergeant and his spouse..?Is that friendly "ribbing", who is "us"?
12:14 am edt 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sharon v Jaran

Obviously, the TM is unable to control the Police Chief.  He needs
day-to-day monitoring and close supervision.
11:53 pm edt 

The Sharon Solution

Koumanelis, like one of his colleagues, will be most likely be sent to
Chatham.  Was it Sharon who said to the sexual harassment victim -

"Grow up?"
11:52 pm edt 

"Do You Know Who I Am?"

Thinking of getting it as a ringtone for my phone.

Hilarious!
11:50 pm edt 

Re: Donegans Beef

The person that has been wronged here is a civilian. Why are you bringing up
Donegan? Stop trying to make light of this by bringing Donegan into this. The
civilian was wronged and Donegan stepped in. End of story. Donegan did nothing
but the right thing.
11:47 pm edt 

Re: Donegan's Beef

"Donegan had some sort of paranoid beef with the police..."

If this were the only problem the community has had with Jeff, it would be bad,
but the Pig incident, etc., etc.  He's seen as not mature, arrogant, and
oftentimes not professional.

So get off the Donegan stuff. You know well the magnitude of the issues.
11:44 pm edt 

Ever Jokingly Said "Your Dead to Me"

- You have got to be kidding me. This is not a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!  
Again dear- you have got to be kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I would suggest you seek therapy, if this is a commonplace response
for you.  I will save my energy here as I am sure the authorities will
see this through.

This post has to be one of the most disappointing, enraging
posts I have read on this blog in quite some time. Your attempt at making
"light" of a very serious situation falls well short of its intent.   Again, I
suggest you seek serious therapy if not for yourself for those you claim to
befriend .
11:42 pm edt 

Two Peas in a Pod

The town manager might be.a woman but she will always be a COP!
that is where the problem lies Sharon and Jaran gotta go...both of them!
11:39 pm edt 

Internal Police Investigation

" You are dead to me"  -

Oh something I say to my best friend. You have got to be kidding me. This is
comical. Now this is a common place saying we say to ones we love?  This is
actually nauseating me. Are the supporters of those named in this that desperate
as to make "light" of such a phrase. 

This now has made me realize this town is one  very sad state. Those who are
related to or close to town police and government will make light of this.. Mark
my word - this is not going to go away. This is far greater than the Sergeant
involved. It is much deeper and much more disturbing . It is time for a full
investigation of this town- starting with police dept. then town hall. This beautiful
town has been tainted.

Time to bring it back to its innocence ,beauty and peacefulness .
11:37 pm edt 

CAPE COD TIMES ARTICLE - JUNE 11

Facebook messages get Provincetown policeman in trouble

By Mary Ann Bragg
June 11, 2013 5:57 PM
PROVINCETOWN  Late evening texts and Facebook messages have gotten a
Provincetown police sergeant in trouble.

An internal affairs investigation has substantiated a complaint against Sgt.
Thomas Koumanelis for intimidating a citizen about which selectman's candidate
to vote for in the May town election, according to town records released.

Through Facebook posts and cell phone texts, Koumanelis was found to have
created and then compounded the perception that police would take extra action
and enforcement against the complainant for supporting Raphael Richter and
Thomas Donegan in the board of selectmen race on May 7.

In their campaigns, both Richter and Donegan questioned what they considered a
new, heavy police presence on the town pier. Both also supported more discussion
on the size and location of a proposed new police station.
Donegan was elected; Richter was not.

Koumanelis was not on duty at the time of the incident and the exchange was on
personal devices, according to the internal affairs report.

The complainant, whose name was redacted before the report was released to the
Times, is a close friend of Koumanelis, the report said.

Police officers must take care that their actions and statements, whether on
duty or off duty, do not reflect negatively upon the police department, the
investigating officer Lt. James Golden said in his report to Town Manager Sharon
Lynn on May 31. More specific to this situation, (police officers) must not
convey the image or impression that they will be influenced in the performance
of their official duties by personal disagreements on political matters.

No discipline was mentioned in the internal affairs reports. Koumanelis will be
disciplined appropriately, Lynn said in an email Tuesday. Action taken against
an employee is confidential, personnel information, she wrote.

Selectman Erik Yingling has called for the state police, the attorney general
and the state ethics commission to investigate what he said was possibly
criminal harassment.

We're a small community, Yingling said Tuesday. It seems possible that some laws
were broken.

Lynn said Tuesday that the investigation was complete and that no outside
agencies would be involved.

This is a small, tight-knit community and it is difficult for an employee of the
town, in whatever their capacity, to not overlap into their personal lives and
relationships with people, Lynn said. This was an extremely unfortunate event
where an employee, Sgt. Koumanelis, acted irresponsibly in dealing with a
personal friend. He should have known better. All of the allegations presented
were taken seriously and investigated professionally, thoroughly and
impartially.

The incident began on April 10 when Koumanelis noticed on Facebook that his
friend was supporting Richter and Donegan in the election, according to the
report.

While at a local restaurant with Officer Christopher Landry, who was also off
duty, Koumanelis posted private messages on Facebook to the complainant.

Then, through a series of messages and texts, with Koumanelis sometimes
borrowing Landry's cell phone, the incident escalated, involving Police Chief
Jeff Jaran and Detective Richard Alves, as well.

In his investigation, Golden determined that the part of the complaint that
included Jaran, Landry and Alves was not substantiated.

During the exchange, after the complainant texted he planned to support Richter
and Donegan,, Koumanelis responded, Don't ever talk to us again.
Koumanelis also wrote, Wow you are dead to the Chief even now u better follow
the law to the T as long as ur in this town.

The exchange lasted from 10:11 to 11:36 p.m. and flip-flopped between texts and
Facebook.

The complainant told Lynn that while Koumanelis was a best friend, the officer
had spoken out of character in the April 10 texts and messages and left the
complainant feeling intimidated and afraid.

Koumanelis wrote in an April 25 report to Golden that it was all good-natured
ribbing.

There was no malicious intent behind any of these texts or online messages to
each other and to this day I regret sending these messages, Koumanelis said in
the report.
11:32 pm edt 

Elaine and David the Disloyal Opposition

All Erik and Tom have to do to get things passed is indicate support
for what they don't want to pass, and Elaine and David will end up voting
ultimately in opposition, just as to try to block things. These two characters,
have received their marching orders, will oppose anything Tom and Erik support.
11:29 pm edt 

Re: BOS Meeting

"Yes, Erik wrote it up during the first hour of the BOS meeting (he
hadn't read his Selectman packet). Then he posted it to Facebook during the
Selectmen's meeting."


Let me guess -- you were wearing a black shirt.  If your allegations are  true,
only someone sitting where you sat could have been able to peek over his
neighbor's shoulder to see what the neighbor was doing.  Is it that you have
nose trouble, or are the BOS meetings too boring to you?
11:27 pm edt 

The Imperious Caesar

DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?
11:24 pm edt 

The Essence of the Problem

"You better follow the law to the T as long as you're in this town."


This is the part of the Sergeant's statement that is troubling - the above is a
threat, and it violates ethics and voting laws.  Don't think I've ever heard
anyone who is an employee in Provincetown threaten someone as a result of the
individual's support of a political candidate.
11:21 pm edt 

Internal Police Investigation

Cape Cod Times

By Mary Ann Bragg
June 11, 2013

PROVINCETOWN  Late evening texts and Facebook messages have gotten a
Provincetown police sergeant in trouble.

An internal affairs investigation has substantiated a complaint against Sgt.
Thomas Koumanelis for intimidating a citizen about which selectman's candidate
to vote for in the May town election, according to town records released.

Through Facebook posts and cell phone texts, Koumanelis was found to have
created and then compounded the perception that police would take extra action
and enforcement against the complainant for supporting Raphael Richter and
Thomas Donegan in the board of selectmen race on May 7.

In their campaigns, both Richter and Donegan questioned what they considered a
new, heavy police presence on the town pier. Both also supported more discussion
on the size and location of a proposed new police station.
Donegan was elected; Richter was not.

Koumanelis was not on duty at the time of the incident and the exchange was on
personal devices, according to the internal affairs report.

The complainant, whose name was redacted before the report was released to the
Times, is a close friend of Koumanelis, the report said.

Police officers must take care that their actions and statements, whether on
duty or off duty, do not reflect negatively upon the police department, the
investigating officer Lt. James Golden said in his report to Town Manager Sharon
Lynn on May 31. More specific to this situation, (police officers) must not
convey the image or impression that they will be influenced in the performance
of their official duties by personal disagreements on political matters.

No discipline was mentioned in the internal affairs reports. Koumanelis will be
disciplined appropriately, Lynn said in an email Tuesday. Action taken against
an employee is confidential, personnel information, she wrote.

Selectman Erik Yingling has called for the state police, the attorney general
and the state ethics commission to investigate what he said was possibly
criminal harassment.

We're a small community, Yingling said Tuesday. It seems possible that some laws
were broken.

Lynn said Tuesday that the investigation was complete and that no outside
agencies would be involved.

This is a small, tight-knit community and it is difficult for an employee of the
town, in whatever their capacity, to not overlap into their personal lives and
relationships with people, Lynn said. This was an extremely unfortunate event
where an employee, Sgt. Koumanelis, acted irresponsibly in dealing with a
personal friend. He should have known better. All of the allegations presented
were taken seriously and investigated professionally, thoroughly and
impartially.

The incident began on April 10 when Koumanelis noticed on Facebook that his
friend was supporting Richter and Donegan in the election, according to the
report.

While at a local restaurant with Officer Christopher Landry, who was also off
duty, Koumanelis posted private messages on Facebook to the complainant.

Then, through a series of messages and texts, with Koumanelis sometimes
borrowing Landry's cell phone, the incident escalated, involving Police Chief
Jeff Jaran and Detective Richard Alves, as well.

In his investigation, Golden determined that the part of the complaint that
included Jaran, Landry and Alves was not substantiated.

During the exchange, after the complainant texted he planned to support Richter
and Donegan,, Koumanelis responded, Don't ever talk to us again.
Koumanelis also wrote, Wow you are dead to the Chief even now u better follow
the law to the T as long as ur in this town.

The exchange lasted from 10:11 to 11:36 p.m. and flip-flopped between texts and
Facebook.

The complainant told Lynn that while Koumanelis was a best friend, the officer
had spoken out of character in the April 10 texts and messages and left the
complainant feeling intimidated and afraid.

Koumanelis wrote in an April 25 report to Golden that it was all good-natured
ribbing.

There was no malicious intent behind any of these texts or online messages to
each other and to this day I regret sending these messages, Koumanelis said in
the report.
11:19 pm edt 

Donegan's Beef

Donegan had some sort of paranoid beef with the police long before he
was elected. While campaigning he was telling people around town that the police
were harassing him, following him, targeting him, etc. It seems like he has
decided to make this "war" against the police department the focus of his job as
selectman and Yingling has happily jumped on board. I don't think this is why we
elected them. Pretty sad.
11:17 pm edt 

Constriction Process

So what do you collaborating sycophant Kool Aid drinking tools think
now?
11:10 pm edt 

Things to Come

Looks like the ship is leaving the sinking rats
11:03 pm edt 

Bottom Line
 
There is no way that this Police Chief can recover.  A police chief cannot be
involved in an incident in a bar.  He cannot control what music people play.


A town manager is seriously mistaken to believe that an instantaneous assessment
is sufficient in a case like this.

It is over.  It would be helpful if the powers that be recognized this.
11:02 pm edt 


First and foremost how one can misconstrue a text that says " your dead to me " 
and you better follow the law to the letter of the tee _" THATS NOT HOW FRIENDS
SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER IN THE WORLD MOST OF US COME FROM -Since when are
police above the very laws they are sworn to protect ??? Seems to me a a crime was
committed and now it's all hands on damage control to try and minimize the
seriousness of the offense and the consequences that should be implemented.

And if you truly believe this was a rogue officer making threats against a civilian who
simply expressed his opinion which for the record is a civil right and certainly should
have not been condemned by anyone especially a law enforcement official -only goes
to show what tactics have been employed here to try and intimidate and threaten via
texts , this is not how friends treat one another , and if you really believe this DIDN'T
come from the TOP of the hierarchy in the police department -then maybe its time to
remove the WOOL that has been placed over your eyes so u can see the bridge you
just bought.

There's an old saying -if it quacks like a duck looks like a duck and walks like a duck
its most likely a duck. I am soooooo tired of the defenses put up for something that
is entirely indefensible and Im sure the state and federal authorities will concur when
their investigation is complete .
11:00 pm edt 

Re: Internal Police Investigation

Re: "Step down from your self-righteous pulpit and think about this."


Something sensible posted on this blog, that is a first.
9:07 pm edt 

It's Quiet Today

I am sure they are scurrying around trying to figure out how they are going to
respond and whitewash the Internal Affairs memo.  Problem is you can't address
the memo without acknowledging that one of their own found one of the charges
substantiated.  LOL.  Tough problem.  Maybe the          Jaran and the TM too?

Doesn't really matter what their story is, it's going to the State.  So is the
Pig.

House of cards is crumbling.
5:41 pm edt 

Vote Suppression

If the Town Manager Receives A Serious complaint Yet Does Nothing for
two Weeks she is sitting on the complaint. If she even tries to get the
complainant to see the incident as "Playful" or "joking" then she is part
of the attempt to sit on a complaint and deny its full force. and when this
complaint means that the Provincetown police force--one, two or three--are
involved in suppressing the vote and intimidating citizens, something is definitely wrong.
5:39 pm edt 

Nice Legacy Mr Knight

I believe most of the tensions concerning the police  fall squarely on
Austin Knight's shoulders. He as chair of bos rushed through a police station
design and the blowback from the town was huge. He then continues to allow the
town manager  and the chief to spend way too much  on the police department. Why
the hell did he run for reelection, one that he apparently won through
intimidation and lies. Nice legacy Mr Knight.
4:40 pm edt 

Re: BOS Meeting

"Is this Statement From Selectman Yingling?
It appears that it is but it is not signed. Is this what Yingling said at last
night's meeting? Please clarify this."


Yes, Erik wrote it up during the first hour of the BOS meeting (he hadn't read
his Selectman packet).  Then he posted it to Facebook during the Selectmen's
meeting.
4:38 pm edt 

Here'sssssssssssssssssssssssssssss....Whitey

Some people operate as if Provincetown is the Boston of the Whitey
Bulger era.  LOL
3:35 pm edt 

Sexual Harassment

When people were talking around town about the Police Department's
sexual harassment case, I was relieved because I knew that we had a woman as
Town Manager who would be sensitive to this kind of problem, and give it its due
attention.
The matter was swept under the rug. Poor Chatham! So much for having a Town
Manager who's a woman! In the end, she covered up for those that mattered to her
the most.

3:33 pm edt 

A Wonderful Celebration For Patti Cozzi

It turned out to be sunny and beautiful and all was aglow in Patti Cozzi's
garden. There were family and friends and many who adored her smile and her
ability to bring joy to so many.

We will miss you Patti. We wanted you to stay longer but you heard Ciro calling
and you just couldn't resist following him.

We will miss your smile and laughter and sunshine.
12:40 pm edt 

This Time the Banner Did Get it Right!

The actions were out of hand, anger-driven, and intimidating. It was a huge
over-action from someone who should use his power only for legitimate work--not
retribution.

The front page story tells much of what happened and if now, they want to revise
and revisit and fabricate the incident, then let's see these "stories" for what
they are. Trying to protect bad behavior from leading to reprimands.

The Pig was fine. the police were not.
12:39 pm edt 

Re: BOS Meeting

Is this Statement From Selectman Yingling?

It appears that it is but it is not signed. Is this what Yingling said at last
night's meeting? Please clarify this.
12:35 pm edt 

Re: Police... More Fuel on the Fire

I heard about that huge lawsuit for sexual harassment too at the
Police Dept!!!... Great cover up.....this incident happened awhile back....time
for Sharon and jeff to go bye bye!!
12:31 pm edt 

DPW

Funny how when we want to discuss anything about the DPW employees or
employers it doesn't get posted.....hmmmm
12:29 pm edt 

Re: BOS Meeting

Re: "Very interesting tonight at the BOS meeting to hear from somebody
who was actually at The Pig that night.  Not much truth at all in the Banner
article.  About all Ann Wood got right was the song that was played.   Also fun
to see the Banner reporter hanging out with Mary Jo at George's tonight.  Go
figure!"



Wow, how did you get that published here?  Clarence usually censors a comment
like that.
12:27 pm edt 

Chief Jaran and Sharon Lynn

Chief Jaran and Sharon Lynn are tremendous assets to this town. they
are what is best and most needed for this town.
12:26 pm edt 

Blog Master

Funny how the blog master will publish any and all criticism, lies,
misinformation, rants, etc about the police in Provincetown yet won't allow a
single fact to be posted about he and his cabal's serious and dangerous breaking
of numerous laws.

12:25 pm edt 

Internal Police Investigation

Step down from your self-righteous pulpit and think about this.

The police officer should not have sent the text he did.  He should have been
aware that they could be misconstrued as they were.

But, it is obvious the officer and the gentlemen now making the complaint were
friends or once friends.  Why else would they be texting each other?

Have you ever jokingly said 'you're dead to me'?  I've said it to my best friend
and we're still friends - it's a joke.

If I had to hazard a guess I would guess that this is an incident being used by
two Selectmen to further their anti-police rhetoric.  The gentlemen showed the
correspondence to Candidate Donegan and in his paranoid state he decided to run
with it.
12:22 pm edt 

Police Chief

Do the right thing and step down, you have turned atleast half this town against
you and hurt the reputation of the Police Dept. Until you are gone, I strongly
feel things are going to get worse.
12:20 pm edt 

Time to Take it to the State AG

Isn't the Police Department always exonerated from wrongdoing when it
investigates itself?

Agree, time to take it to the State AG, like Jaran did with the Kerry Adams
case.
8:38 am edt 

Never Thought This Would Happen

I'm beyond angry.Time to terminate his contract. If the town
were to go to the polls on this, the vote would be overwhelming
to dismiss him.

8:36 am edt 

Who Are They Representing?


Un-American fascism that's who !
7:51 am edt 

BOS Meeting

Very interesting tonight at the BOS meeting to hear from somebody who
was actually at The Pig that night.  Not much truth at all in the Banner
article.  About all Ann Wood got right was the song that was played.   Also fun
to see the Banner reporter hanging out with Mary Jo at George's tonight.  Go
figure!
7:48 am edt 

June 10, 2013 For Immediate Release

During the most recent selectmen elections, I was approached by Selectman Donegan, then a candidate, regarding alleged police misconduct. The allegation brought before me was that a member of our police dept. threatened a private citizen for expressing his support for Tom Donegan's campaign for Selectman. My initial reaction was that this must be a misunderstanding and it could not be true.The private citizen that made the allegation requested a meeting with myself and Tom Donegan. At the meeting, he presented us a copy of a text conversation between himself and a sergeant in our police dept. I was not fully prepared for the content of this exchange. To this day, I still can't believe it. The Sargent said, "He, (referring to chairman knight), is on our team I can't wait to tell the dept. you support him (referring to Tom Donegan)." The conversation then started paraphrasing other members of the police dept., "The Chief says you're dead to him." it then continues, "Wow you are dead to the Chief even now, you better follow the law to the T as long as you're in this town." Listen to that statement again, "you better follow the law to the T as long as you're in this town." After pressure from myself and the aggrieved parties, the Town manager reluctantly agreed to launch an internal affairs investigation. I have read the report several times and I have reached a number of conclusions:

 

1) I believe the private citizen and Selectman Donegan are the victims of a violation of their civil rights. In a place that cherishes free and fair elections, no voter should be subjected to intimidation and coercion for their political beliefs. Ever.

 

2) I believe the content of the conversation between the Sergeant and the private citizen is so alarming that it borders on criminal harassment.

 

3) My fear is that this threatening behavior is symptomatic of a larger malaise.

With that being said, I don't think any of us, the board of selectmen, our police department, or the town manager should investigate this threatening behavior. It's too much for our community.

I am asking that my colleagues on the Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager join me in referring this matter to the State Police in their ongoing investigation, The attorney generals office and the ethics commission.

In closing, I am pleading with the public to exercise restraint, be thoughtful, and remember that the Police Dept., Our police department, is comprised of members of our community that generally do their best to preserve law & order and ensure public safety.

12:06 am edt 

Three BOS Selectmen Are Shocked...At the Wrong Thing

They are shocked that two other selectmen are shocked at police intimidation and
police bullying of citizens. the three are like the three monkeys of "see no
evil, hear no evil" They read what Donegan and Yingling read but they are not
shocked at the case against the police for intimidating voters in this town. the
internal investigation does find the police guilty of just such behavior and the
town manager did sit on these complaints.

But these three selectmen find no problem with the police intimidation and the
use of police power against a citizen's right to post signs for a political
candidate the police did not support.

I find a big problem with these three selectmen. Who are they representing?
12:04 am edt 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Police... More Fuel on the Fire

I hear that the Town just got served with a HUGE lawsuit over a sexual assault
at the Police Station and that the Chief and the Town Manager tried to cover it
up. For the life of me I can't understand why she continues to back this guy. So
now they've found another way to cost us money. Good going to both of them.
11:59 pm edt 

Angry Speaker at BOS Public Statements

She is broken. That is the only thing that can explain her nasty
attacks on any and everyone. The woman is just broken and needs help.
11:58 pm edt 

Re: Squealing Pig Incident

".  .  .The bartender should get a pay raise for putting up with all
the negative feelings about the evening in question.  .  ."



I own a business in the hospitality industry.  If the bartender in question
worked for me he would have been terminated.  He may have done nothing illegal,
but you never have a confrontation as he did.  You just don't.  The customer is
(almost) always right.  It's rule #1
11:51 pm edt 

Victor's

What is going on with the property across the street from Victors. I
see signage going up that it is Victors parking and there are bulldozers. Looks
like they are paving paradise to put up a parking lot, or more condos!
5:12 pm edt 

Re: Squealing Pig incident

The Feds will report on what specificly they have been asked to look at, to
whomever requested the investigation.  We may never know what they report.  The
Squealing Pig owner and employees did nothing wrong or illegal.  The bartender
should get a pay raise for putting up with all the negative feelings about the
evening in question.  At the very lest, the chief should apologize to the owner
of The Pig, and the bartender!  A professional should know how to act and
conduct himself in any given situation.  Especially one as inocuous as an old
song being played on the juke box.
3:30 pm edt 

Re: My Dears

It's the culture of continuating instances of corruption out of the Town Manager
and Police Chiefs office that concerns residents and taxpayers.  For Sharon,
Jeff, Dan and Kim...all is well and dandy and they see no problems.  DENIAL IS
NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT PEOPLE  !!!!

Will the BOS lead or bury it's face in the sand and permit the town to be
steamrolled again by these grandiose know-it-alls? Or Follow   's path of
insulting citizens and the American volunteer spirit?
2:50 pm edt 

My Dears...The Feds Have Been Brought In!

Yes, read all about it! Police abuse is the key issue and it involves more than
one officer. It involves a coalition of officers abusing, threatening citizens.
Clearly, the police are out of line and are using their power against citizens
here in town.

read all about it!
1:25 pm edt 

Re: The Word is Out!

Clarence,

If this is true, could something like this be posted here on MYPACC in it's own
section?? I don't have access to Town hall during the week and would like to
read the report.
12:25 pm edt 

US Department of Justice

USDOJ has a unit in the civil rights division that handles voter abuse, voter
intimidation and related issues...should we call in the Feds?
12:11 pm edt 

Re: Squealing Pig Did Nothing Wrong!

Oh, so now people are worried that the Squealing Pig might be in some
hot water? Blame the ones who took a month old incident (that had been amicably
settled by both parties) and decided to make a federal case out of it. Nobody
wanted this to happen except for a handful of angry, misguided citizens (and a
couple of mean, ruthless selectmen who don't care who gets caught in the
crossfire of their vindictive attacks against out police force.)
12:04 pm edt 

The Word is Out!

Internal Police Report is out and is now Public

Are they standing in line at town hall? Oh, just asking but it should be a good,
and perhaps a shocking, read.

Coercion, bullying, and police force against private citizens. Isn't this just
what people in town have been saying? People have felt threatened and afraid of
the police. Now here's proof they have been right and justified.

Yes, Sharon, the perception of a police state is verified in  this internal
investigation of the police.

Read all About it!
11:37 am edt 

Squealing Pig did Nothing Wrong!

Surely their license should not even be part of any discussion. They played a
song and whether someone liked it or--no matter who--it is not illegal nor
problematic.

That someone overreacted is that person's personal problem--not the Pig's.
11:35 am edt 

Re: Squealing Pig

It's obvious that people don't know the facts about Chiefey and the
pig story!It appears to be heresay and gesticulation inless all the negative
posters were there. A gentleman used to be defensive for their girlfriends if
they were subjected to insults and filthy language.If such a disgusting song was
played in a public place the onus is on the establishment that's why they
apologized. Their license is at stake if anything,whether or not it was a Police
Chief and his friend or Joe Schmoe and his girlfriend that was subjected to the
abuse. Add alcohol and everything escalates. the simple truth is common decency
and respect was lacking in the questionable establishment. It surprises me
because the Squealing Pig wagon has Republican Scott Browns stickers all over
it. Republicans are supposed to have more class than that aren't they? Or do
7:17 am edt 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

To: Town Manager & Police Chief

What I liked least about the Town Manager's comments in the banner
concerning the Chief of Police at the squealing pig, were her freaking comments.
The sqealing pig pays taxes and employs many people that pay taxes and
spend money in this town. Keep quiet Town Manager, your salary depends on us;
and Chief, I am so tired of your nonsense.
7:50 pm edt 

Sorry But the Paranoia Seems to be With the Police

No one is persecuting the police. but how strange that the police seem to be the
ones who bully, coerce, and threaten residents if they don't follow the police
line--on town politics and town projects.

How could the reality of a democracy escape the police? seems a few of them
hardly believe in democracy but believe they can use and abuse their power.

7:29 pm edt 

Breaches of Laws by the Police

The Selectmen Should Inquire into Breaches of Laws by the Police

It is right for them to raise questions and request an investigation. there are
laws and all of us--police and town officials and the rest of us--need to follow
these laws.

No one is above the law and that does include the police. Even if they don't
think so!
3:42 pm edt 

Sorry, Chief's Girl Friend

You Are Missing the Point Completely

There is no excuse.  Zero, zip, none for the way you and the Chief behaved at
the Pig.  But you know what, you're a private citizen, even though you play the
police mouthpiece on Facebook.  And in texts to officers.  In the future, the
courts may in fact see you as an agent of the police. But not for now.

But the Chief is a public official.  He's not allowed to threaten citizens. 
Full stop.  He's not allowed to send cruisers over to intimidate the bar.  Full
stop.  Of course the owners of the Pig apologized.  The Chief has proven what a
petty little vindictive man he is.  And you are no better, despite the countless
times you point out to us that you understand abuse.  Yeah, right.  You are both
bullies.  And your behavior that night was reprehensible

Sharon Lynn's Email, which of course was reported to her by the Chief, only
shows how delusional he is and she is.  Some FBI training.  A song comes on and
he can't contain himself. LOL.

Eventually we're going to get an independent investigation and you can pack up
your bags and take your show to another unsuspecting town.

An independent investigation is needed.  And we are going to get it.

3:40 pm edt 

BOS Persecuting Police Officers

It seems to me that if there's anyone who needs to be investigated it
would be the selectmen - elected officials - who chose to spend the majority of
their time persecuting police officers who they believe tried to undermine their
election. You were elected to represent the best interests of the entire town,
not carry out personal vendettas. Just do the job you were elected to do.
2:01 pm edt 

Provincetown Library

I also agree that our library is in a sad state of affairs.
Provincetown has a rich literary tradition, and the library used to reflect
that.  Now it seems that mad hatters and jogging have taken the place of that. 
Not only is the library not acquiring good new books, but many of the rare
jewels we used to have are no longer there. My yearly library donation will go
to Truro this year.
1:46 pm edt 

Internal Investigation - A Bridge Too Far

Point of Clarification regarding the forth coming internal investigation report,
The report covers several issues surrounding the Police Chief, Police
Department personnel and private citizens. The investigation was perfomed by
a subordinate of the Police Chief on behalf of the Town Manager at the insistance
of  private citizens.

The Pig incident is not the subject of this report. The internal investigation
has to do with police interference with the "campaigning process" of candidates 
running for public office, which augurs a much broader concern.

A read of the forthcoming report speaks volumes to "police
paranoia" on the part of a few of the members of the police
department and their "they against us" view of citizenry
and politicians. It provides a real-time snapshot of aggressive activities
and methods used to intimidate and coerce prospective supporters
of perceived opposition candidates.

Mr. Jeff Jaran, has every right as an individual citizen to participate in
the electoral process. However, Police Chief Jeff Jaran is duty bound
to respect the authority conferred upon him as the chief law officer
of the community by respecting the covernants restricting his action in such
public matters as elections.

When those subordinate to him abridge the law in his name, and his perceived
concurrence they have gone a bridge too far.

It is not a condemnation of the complete department. However. Although
exonerating the Chief Jaran, does beg a question as to his complicity in the 
matter.   

These actions are a result of the Town Manager's complete abrogation
of leadership over the Police Chief and those who surround him and call into
question her apparent diminishing capacity to manage this town.
1:31 pm edt 

I Don't See Any Selectmen Against the Police

To decide to scale back the police station project or to want marine harbor
assistants on the pier in no way means anyone is against the police. It is sadly
the police's own paranoia that is involved here.

Also when many were for the dancing cop, it was the police that went against him
and didn't like citizens weighing in. People can have opinions and positions
without being against an institution.
12:22 pm edt 

We Need Help!

Will the AG really investigate?  Doesn't it require a report...we know
Sharon won't...she sees the problem as the citizens not the police.
We need help.
12:20 pm edt 

Re: Negative Post/posters

Clarence, why do you censor posts stating that the "witness" from the
Pig incident works at             ? Are you afraid people might see the connection?
9:33 am edt 

Re: Town Manager - Police Chief

Re: "The Town Manager has indicated that there's anti-police sentiment.
Let's be clear on this - the negative sentiments are directed towards one, and
only individual"


Well, actually, if you want to be "clear" on the subject, all you have to do is
scroll back a few weeks on this blog to see post after post about how
Provincetown has become a "police state," the police are supposedly writing an
unreasonable amount of speeding tickets (some of which have actually been issued
to TOWNIES!), intimidating and frightening tourists, not directing traffic
properly, etc., etc., etc.

Doesn't sound to me like the anti police sentiment is being directed at one
individual. Sounds like a bunch of disturbed and paranoid liars and rumor
mongers who have nothing better to do than stir the pot and try to turn people
against our police department. And it's pretty obvious that several selectmen
are a part of this group.

Please though, do continue to use the word "sycophant" in all of your posts. It
makes you sound so intelligent.
9:29 am edt 

Re: Negative Post/posters

Are you serious? You're trying to downplay the witness based on competition with
another bar? He hasn't worked in years and I assure you, his comments had
absolutely nothing to do with loyalty to the other bar. Nice try.
7:46 am edt 

Police State Facebook Page

Our Dan has emerged as a chief determiner of rights and wrongs, do's and don'ts.
He sees nothing wrong with fascism...
7:01 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Library

I do agree with the comment on book selection for our library. While I
do like the various programs and activities in the library, sadly, the number
and quality of newly acquired books has diminished quite a bit. We used to have
great books - what happenned!  Maybe the Director can ask the person who used to
order those books for the sources from which these were ordered. I now get most
of my books in Wellfleet. I see others from Provincetown there also.. The
librarian checking me out mentioned that she also sees others from Provincetown
getting books there. But other than the poor selection of books, I like
everything else.  And the staff and volunteers at ours are also very nice.
6:59 am edt 

Town Manager - Police Chief

The Town Manager has indicated that there's anti-police sentiment.
Let's be clear on this - the negative sentiments are directed towards one, and
only individual. And it's all over town. A few delusional sycophants want to
convey the notion that it's 2 members of the BOS, or violators of the law,  or a
few disgruntled former employees, but it ain't true, my friends. It's all over,
and not limited to Provincetown.
6:56 am edt 

Re: The Blanket is Not Large Enough to Cover the Elephant

"Do you ding-a-lings really think that just because YOU have nothing
better to do with your time that nobody else does either?"


Include yourself as THE Chief Ding-a-Ling, posting like there's no tomorrow on
this very blog, sweetie.  Thanks for the laughs!
6:43 am edt 

The Pig

So the only question left is whether the TM puts some distance between herself
and the Chief or whether she goes with him.  Once upon a time I cared, but at
this point I would be fine with seeing her go.  That says a lot.

As for the Chief's gf who was so distraught that she cried for days, you looked
great out on the town the next day.  So happy you were able to work it out
through the tears.
6:41 am edt 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Re: The Blanket is Not Large Enough to Cover the Elephant

"State Police accusations will lead to Federal involvement and the beat
goes on......"



Yeah, and I'm sure after that it will go to the supreme court and the President
of the United States himself will get involved. Barbara Walters will do a two
hour special investigative report that will pre-empt the superbowl and
eventually the Queen of England will weigh in on the matter.

Do you ding-a-lings really think that just because YOU have nothing better to do
with your time that nobody else does either?
8:33 pm edt 

Squealing Pig

Who's the attorney representing the Squeeling Pig guy who got fired?
8:31 pm edt 

Provincetown Library

I know all town jobs are "jobs for pals,"but seriously.  Does anyone
pay attention to this library.  It is beyond appalling.  Whoever orders books
cannot possibly read.  The new book selection is obviously ordered from a
catalog of lists.i.e.choose, column A or B. Both choices for fiction and
non-fiction are awful.  When are enough James Pattersons enough?   Books are
badly filed.  No one seems to know what a mystery is.  So the building is big and
bold and cost a lot of money.  IRRELEVANT!!  A library has one purpose.  Books. 

Maybe a few programs occasionally, but all the good ones are gone.  Now it's the
good people that are or have been driven out.  If there is anyone who still
cares, BOYCOTT this excuse for a library and try Truro, Wellfleet.  Let Miss
Muffet go back to playing video games behind her curtains, she  will get paid
anyway.
8:29 pm edt 

Which is It?

I need to ask , is it The Screaming Pig or The Squealing Pig ?  Thanks !
8:24 pm edt 

Re: The Blanket is Not Large Enough to Cover the Elephant

Quite often, the TM sends to the State AG incidents that require impartial
review and deliberation. I imagine she must be filling out the paperwork for
this, almost as quickly as she sent that e-mail to the BOS about it, right?

Regardless, this requires AG review, just with  the case of the guy who got run
over one morning by one our police cruisers a few years ago.
7:58 pm edt 

Re: The Blanket is Not Large Enough to Cover the Elephant

"State Police accusations will lead to Federal involvement and the
beat goes on......"


And then the United Nations will get involved and the Amnesty International.  Oh
wait does Amesty International get involved before before the U.N. or  after?  I
forget.
7:54 pm edt 

Re: The Blanket is Not Large Enough to Cover the Elephant

State Police accusations will lead to Federal involvement and the
beat goes on......
1:46 pm edt 

Negative Post/posters

So interesting how many of the negative post/posters have a connection
to                or             .  Those of you who have dots are welcome to
connect them.  The wtness who amazingly heard everything at the Pig from across
the street?  Long time employee at         .
1:26 pm edt 

Internal Police Investigation Report


An internal Provincetown investigation by a subordinate exonerates
the Chief, while faulting another staff member.

But will the State draw the same conclusion?

The report should be on the news stands shortly.

1:20 pm edt 

The Blanket is Not Large Enough to Cover the Elephant

The ongoing investigation will turn police state allegations into
State Police accusations.
11:11 am edt 

Re: Memorial Park

I couldn't help wondering where the poster went to school that said
"the Town already has a Fishermen's Memorial. It's the Veteran's Memorial
School" HELLO! They are two separate things! Veterans Memorial School was named
for the Military Veterans of this Town that went to our schools and served their
country to protect the freedoms of others. One thing has no connection to the
other. Some may or may not have become fishermen if they came back alive & some
didn't!Your history lesson for the day!
11:08 am edt 

Re: Parking Management Cost

The statement above is very funny, because the staff that proposed
cutting the hourly parking people is the same one that had just been made
full-time with year round salary, health benefits and vacation.


Your lack of knowledge on the subject is funny.  You are referring to the
parking administrator who has had no change to his position in at least four
years.  I realize you may be jealous of him or don't like him for whatever
reason.  He works seasonal hours during the off-season and probably 80 hours
plus during high season.

We're lucky to have him on staff.  I do realize that it is open season on staff
so your comments are not unexpected.
11:06 am edt 

Who's Posting

I wonder how many selectmen routinely post on this blog. I know one
who obviously does...
9:32 am edt 

Re: Parking Management Cost

A couple of years ago staff presented a proposal to reduce staff in
town parking lots.  The proposal was shot down...

The statement above is very funny, because the staff that proposed cutting the
hourly parking people is the same one that had just been made full-time with
yearround salary, health benefits and vacation.  I will consider his proposal
seriously when it also includes returning his position from year round to
seasonal, as it always had been.
What a waste of money!!!
9:28 am edt 

Re: I'm Still Shocked at the Chief's Response at the Pig

"This was a huge over-reaction and later an over-reach. This is wrong
and deserves an apology from him."



Well, he reports to the TM - so that will never happen.  Apparently, she finds
his public drinking and anger bouts highly professional, and the BOS must be
quickly alerted that his anger and alcohol managenent issues must be protected. 
What will happen, though, is he'll make the Squealing Pig people grovel. You're
listening Nate?
9:24 am edt 

Memorial Park

The fishermen have a Fishermens Memorial--Veterans Memorial School..It
may be high time to name the park Provincetown Families and Youth Memorial Park
in memory of the families and youth that used to reside in the town for over 350
years!
9:22 am edt 

Police State Allegations

Several laws have been broken e.g. intimidation of voters, tampering with the election
process, use of telecommunication to illegally influence an election, targeted enforcement,
willful misrepresentation of facts on official reports, publicly threatening citizens for starters.

These grievances have local, state and federal implications. Ongoing investigations will
substantiate these allegations and implicate both management and staff.
The Town Manager may try to cover-up these issues but that will not prevent
state and federal authorities from drawing their own conclusions.

This is the predictable result of gross mismanagement and leadership incompetence.

Respectfully,

Another Paraniod Citizen
9:15 am edt 

Squealing Pig

You knew eventually he was going to cross a line he couldn't walk back from and
now he has.  There should be a full investigation - Austin Knight should insist
on it.  This is what happens when you have a very weak Board of Selectmen.  They
don't manage the Town Manager and she now thinks she can get away with anything. 
So far she's been right.  Somebody needs to stand up to this bullying.

I hope that when the investigation happens, someone asks how many comped meals
and drinks the Chief has been given since the incident.

How do you spell State of Massachusetts Ethics Violation?  (Nevermind, I just
spelled it for you.)
8:54 am edt 

Re: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

"Oh I can't wait for the next Wood/Donegan hack job."


Is it the Kool Aid that puts you in denial?
12:01 am edt 

Friday, June 7, 2013

I'm Still Shocked at the Chief's Response at the Pig

This is not what someone in his position does. If you are there, you don't use
your authority to threaten the staff. People play songs after songs and don't
spend time listening to each word of each song. this was a huge over-reaction
and later an over-reach. This is wrong and deserves an apology from him.
11:36 pm edt 

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

"Wait until you see next weeks Banner Front Page Headline!"


Oh I can't wait for the next Wood/Donegan hack job.
11:34 pm edt 

Re: Parking Management Cost

".  .  .   I am sure with the rates we charge for our visitors, the
town makes great money, but the point is, they can make so much more and keep
our taxes going down?   Lets get a handle of this BOS."



A couple of years ago staff presented a proposal to reduce staff in town parking
lots.  The proposal was shot down by the FinCom who wanted to protect those
jobs.  Two of those FinCom members are now on the BOS so you may want to ask
them.  I don't think staff would bring that proposal forward again after getting
beaten up for suggesting it the first time.
11:32 pm edt 

Parking Management Cost

Well, what about the head of the Parking guy?  This was always a
seasonal position until Sharon turned it into a full time position.  Yes,
because of all the hordes parking in town in November, December, January,
February, March...Because she made it full time, we now have to pay his salary,
health benefits, vacation time, etc.  Now there's a way to increase revenue...
11:30 pm edt 

Let's do What They Did in New Hampshire

The incident at the Squealing Pig provides one more reason that this
guy, Jaran, won't be capable of handling the police station he proposes.  It's
clear he's over his head, and seriously lacks the maturity and stability to even
handle his job.  Let's give him a wonderful recommendation so we can finally
unload him.  It''s someone else's  turn to pick up this guy
11:28 pm edt 

Re: Well Sharon: The Ball is in Your Court

Would like Sharon to  notify the BOS that the Chief of Police ued
municipal resources to harass an establishment.  He was in such
establishment as a private citizen.  He went into a rage, and tried
to intimidate the bartender: "Do you know who I am?"  Then, he
directed a cruiser to shine a spotlight on the place.  Yes, Sharon,
DO right that e-mail.  Who authorized this guy to use our town coffers
to support his anger issues?
11:25 pm edt 

Where is Austin Knight?

Stop, all of you just stop. Austin Knight, as chairperson of the BOS
conduct a review of the situation that occured at the squealing pig.
You wanted to be on the bos for another term, then show some
leadership, now!
11:22 pm edt 

Waste of Town Dollars and Resources

I took a ride through our town parking lots.   did notice like others that the
attendants just sit in entrance booths doing nothing.   Why are we paying them
$15 an hour?   How do I get that job?   And would like a town car to drive
around town in on top of that.  Where are our town officials that are allowing
the parking sup to have so much staff?   I am sure with the rates we charge for
our visitors, the town makes great money, but the point is, they can make so
much more and keep our taxes going down?   Lets get a handle of this BOS

9:24 pm edt 

A Matter of Law!

Using text messaging for unlawful purposes is a federal offense.

If the shoe fits ware it.
8:59 pm edt 

Restaurants and Bars Can Play the Songs They Want to Play

If a patron is offended, then go elsewhere.

But someone makes a good point: Why was Jaran at the Pig since that is where the
celebration for Tom Donegan was being held and also the celebration for
Richter's good showing. Why would he go there? He was against both of them so
why didn't he stay at the Lobster Pot for Austin Knight's celebration?

It's rather odd and the question bears being asked again and maybe again.
8:49 pm edt 

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

These latest events surrounding the Chief of Police
Jeff Jaran and his management of the police force is only
the tip of the iceberg.

Wait until you see next weeks Banner Front Page Headline!

Say it ain't so Joe!
8:46 pm edt 

Well Sharon: The Ball is in Your Court

It's time to do something or be done in by something. You have a mess in a key
department and you should face the problems, take action and save your position.
8:23 pm edt 

Another Front Page Story in the Banner

They are finally providing news. The Banner is finally telling some of us what
is happening in town. And instead of all "happy faces" and "happy news" we get a
serious look behind the scenes. It is not pretty that is for sure.
8:21 pm edt 

Call it Chaos!

When enough mismanagement occurs, chaos occurs. When problems pile up and no
corrective is issued, chaos results. That is what is happening.
8:19 pm edt 

Re: Screaming Pig Incident

Re: "And back to racist.I'm sure I've worked and lived with more black
people (sorry that i'm not PC and call them African American because NONE of
them are from Africa),and I've never had a problem calling most rap songs crappy
ghetto speak and the only thing I might hear back is "it's better than some of
that honky music..Lighten up...As my momma used to say'STUPID IS AS STUPID
DOES'"


Wow. I can only hope, as the tone and grammatical errors imply, that this was
written by a child.

Again, wow.
8:16 pm edt 

Re: Police Chief at the Screaming Pig

On second thought, why was Chief Jeff Jaran at the Pig?
Wasn't that the location for Tom Donegan's victory celebration
his perceived arch-rival?
 
Hadn't Jaran attended the victory celebration for his candidate of choice
Austin Knight, where he and his entourage had quite a celebratory "good-time"?

To have attended the opposition's party might on one hand be seen as
an act of magnanimity, an expression of good deplomacy. On the other hand
given the the resultant outcome, it could be seen as an act of premeditated
arrogance boardering on utter stupidity.

Time to put constraints on the man as he is not able to constrain himself. 
8:11 pm edt 

Re: Screaming Pig Incident

Re: Stupid comments calling the stupid comment stupid.

Racist to call a crappy rappy song like that GHETTO SPEAK is as stupid a comment
as any stupid person has said.


Last time I looked the police have no right to start an argument over the choice
of music being played in an establishment.You are living in the wrong town,
maybe the wrong country if you think otherwise.

And back to racist.I'm sure I've worked and lived with more black people (sorry
that i'm not PC and call them African American because NONE of them are from
Africa),and I've never had a problem calling most rap songs crappy ghetto speak
and the only thing I might hear back is "it's better than some of that honky
music..Lighten up...As my momma used to say "STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES"
7:43 pm edt 

Re: Screaming Pig Incident

Sreaming Pig

Provincetown is no place for hate.  The Chief should have arrested the bartender
for targeting him with a hate crime because of who he is.
7:39 pm edt 

Re: Police Chief

"Also, you can not tell me that no one in Town Hall such as the Town
Manager did not wonder why in approx two year period, why 17 to 19 Police Dept
members left the Dept."


This was a step in the right direction where the unqualified officers, or those
who weren't willing to be part of a professional force were replaced with a
professional staff.  A lot of what you hear now is part of that old force
complaining because they want to go back.
7:37 pm edt 

Re: The Pig Is Not to Blame!

Based on his actions at the squealing pig chief juran is not very
smart.  If you are going to act stupid, at least be smart enough to go out of
town where you won't be noticed, and don't try to intimidate someone by using
your position as chief of police.
7:34 pm edt 

Re: Screaming Pig Incident

Just as you can't place a big screen television in your store window
and broadcast pornography for all to see, you can't play profanity laced music
if you are going to have the windows and doors open and the volume so loud that
people across the street can hear it. Again, children walk around on Commercial
St. I know the readers of this blog would prefer to believe children don't exist
in "Helltown," but they do. And they don't need to be hearing "Fuck The Police."
7:31 pm edt 

Provincetown Leaders Are Getting a Lot of Free Publicity

First the town manager gets on the front page, then her Consigliore, Chief
Jaran rates the friont page.  Interesting how the negative story about the
Chief's inappropriate actions got turned around by the Town Manager and
became a repremand to the general public for bashing her guy.
7:29 pm edt 

The Pig Is Not to Blame!

But someone else surely is. Now the police are gong to determine what music can
and cannot be played when the police are or are not in a restaurant and bar?

No, that is not how a democracy works. You don't like the music, then leave as
the chief should have done.

Open the door and walk out.
5:33 pm edt 

Re: Screaming Pig Incident

Re: "Since when does everyone know the lyrics to some rap song by
whoever the frick sang it.You have to know ghetto speak to understand any of it
except maybe fuck the cops....This establishment does not have to hold itself to
the same standards as a law enforcement officer"


One of the most ignorant statements I've ever read on this blog (and that's
saying something!)

"Ghetto speak?" Pretty racist statement. And the idea that a restaurant doesn't
have to maintain public decency standards is just too stupid to even warrant a
response.
5:19 pm edt 

Police Chief

If the Town Manager and the Selectmen took heed to back when two Police Officers
went to them with a lists of complaints from several members of the Police Dept,
maybe some of this could of been avoided. Instead they extended the Police
Chief's contract three years.

Also, you can not tell me that no one in Town Hall such as the Town Manager did
not wonder why in approx two year period, why 17 to 19 Police Dept members left
the Dept.It just amazes me that the red flags then were also ignored by the Town
Manager.

The stories flying around this town have had to reach the Selectmen and Town
Managers ears by now and instead of calling the Police Chief in and discussing
these things with him, all I see him getting is a bigger salary.

Maybe somebody should ask his girlfriend too while she's going around making the
Chief out to look like a saint about the night they were in his cruiser having a
domestic, using the F-Bomb and being totally unaware of it being broadcasted
over the Police radio. That very same Officer who tried in vain to contact him
to make him aware of it, was eventually forced out.

The incident that was published in the recent edition of the Banner Newspaper
was just exactly what everyone in the Dept has been trying to tell the Town
Manager, the Selectmen and the Public on what he is really like and with the
exception of the Public, it was all taken as that's P'town for you...It's going
to get worse before it gets better, trust me folks.

4:48 pm edt 

Re: So Who Needs to Go?

There isn't a person on that list I'd terminate. There are a number of
my fellow residents I'd like to can.  Can't blame staff for raising taxes when
the town's residents voted to remodel a huge building as a library, voted to
give $250k for a neighbors garden, voted $1,000,000 to purchase a restriction on
a campground.  Yes, $1,000,000 for property we don't even own.

Don't want your taxes to go up?  Stop voting for all this stuff and stop blaming
staff cause you can't say no.
4:05 pm edt 

Screaming Pig Incident

Since when does everyone know the lyrics to some rap song by whoever
the frick sang it.You have to know ghetto speak to understand any of it except
maybe fuck the cops....This establishment does not have to hold itself to the
same standards as a law enforcement officer,especially the Chief of
Police.Perhaps in a case like this the town should defer to an outside agency to
investigate and any town officials should recuse themselves for either being
bias or intimidated.
3:31 pm edt 

Re: What a Twist!!

"I am sorry that the Pig had to bow down to this kind of harrassment."


Oh, so now the Squealing Pig is being harassed? LOL, that's rich!
3:17 pm edt 

I Like that Long List of Who Should Go

Not a bad start. Causes one to think through the real strengths and weaknesses
of these town officials and the real or apparent leadership qualities.

We know something's not right. we may not have all the answers to this problem,
but we know some people are poorly doing their jobs. Yet they are not being
being pad poorly. High salaries but low management skills. Our community needs a
solution and soon.
3:14 pm edt 

Caesar's Wife

What about all the information about the incident at the Pig that The
Banner chose to suppress such as Chief Jaran calling the station and having a
cruiser come and shine its blinding spotlight in the window.
Chief Jaran showed bad judgment in losing his temper. But the town manager and
the board of selectmen are to blame as well for not exacting some kind of
disciplinary action against the chief for his incredibly bad behavior.
The town has the right to expect exemplary behavior from its highly paid
officials. One needs only to remember Caesar's wife.
1:50 pm edt 

Re: So Who Needs to Go?

"Great point. Seems people have one answer for all the town's problems:
fire everyone. How about offering better and more reasonable solutions?"



Is the point to put all locals in those positions so we can go back to how it
use to be?
11:59 am edt 

Re: What a Twist!!

"We like to think of ourselves as supporting cutting edge art
(including music)"


Cutting edge? Are you kidding me?? Have you seen some of the art in this town?
Hundreds of paintings of beach cottages and sand dunes that all look alike. If
that (or a 20+ year old rap song) is  your idea of cutting edge, just keep
smoking that stuff. Don't let reality interfere with your little Provinctown
fantasy world.
10:41 am edt 

Re: So Who Needs to Go?

Great point. Seems people have one answer for all the town's problems: fire
everyone. How about offering better and more reasonable solutions?
10:21 am edt 

Re: What a Twist!!

Sharon Lynn is so out of touch that she calls a rap classic racist. 
She is the racist.  She and Jaran belong somewhere in some little conservative
community that wants lots of police presence.  Provincetown is not that place. 
We like to think of ourselves as supporting cutting edge art (including
music)and free speech. we don't want a heavy handed police department.  Isn't
that obvious by now. It is not a few grouchy people.  The police chief does not
have the support of a significant portion of the population and it is not
right that the town manager turns a deaf ear to us.

I am sorry that the Pig had to bow down to this kind of harrassment. 

Long live the Pig!
10:18 am edt 

Re: What a Twist!!

Re: "Where was the information to the selectmen that her chief was
allegedly drunk in a local establishement (poor
public example)as was his girlfriend, and as opposed to just up and leaving,
Jarran decided to verbally assault the bartender and there's even a witness, a
sober standup guy outside the establishment that saw the entire incedent??!!"



I think the key word here is ALLEGEDLY. People seem to want to paint the police
chief as an aggressive, drunken monster, but the only "witness" who has come
forward was not even in the room, but overheard the incident from across the
street. The Squealing Pig apologized for the disrespectful actions of their
bartender.

And actually, if the obscenity laced song was loud enough to be heard across the
street, I believe the bartender should be reprimanded. I don't care if this is
P'town or Peoria, kids on the street shouldn't be hearing that kind of stuff.
8:46 am edt 

Banner, You Ought to be Ashamed of Yourself!

The Banner article by Ann Wood about the chief's actions at the
Squealing Pig further illustrates how the Banner has hit rock bottom as far as
fair and unbiased journalism goes. Miss Wood, despite being well beyond the age
where she should know better, is essentially a rebellious little girl looking to
stir things up and in this case, she is most certainly a rebel with little or no
cause. She seems more intent on demonstrating her "coolness" and knowledge of
expired pop culture lingo("gangsta" rap indeed, Miss Wood) than accurately
reporting the news. Well, thanks for the music history lesson, at least you got
THOSE facts correct.

The entire article (a front page article no less!) is based on heresay, the
opinion of one witness who claims to have heard everything from a bench across
the street. This is just another attempt to tarnish the name of the local police
department and if that is Miss Wood's agenda, she should relinquish her position
as reporter and write letters to the editor or perhaps become a staff reporter
for this blog.

Banner, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.
8:34 am edt 

So Who Needs to Go?

Town Manager?
Asst Town Manager?
Police Chief?
DPW Director?
Finance Director?
Building Commissioner?
Library Director?
Recreation Director?
MIS Director?
Council on Aging Director?

Just curious, is the goal to get rid of everyone?
8:32 am edt 

Re: Front Page Story Today's Banner

Time for the Selectmen to exile Jaran Bonaparte to Elba


Oops!  I mean, Nantucket!
8:29 am edt 

What a Twist!!

Sharon sends an email to the selectmen and asst. TM to let them know of the
incedent but twists it to let them know the town continues to harrass police
officers in the town? WHAT WHAT WHAT??? Where was the information to the
selectmen that her chief was allegedly drunk in a local establishement (poor
public example)as was his girlfriend, and as opposed to just up and leaving,
Jarran decided to verbally assault the bartender and there's even a witness, a
sober standup guy outside the establishment that saw the entire incedent??!! I
thought much higher of Sharon Lynn but this is shocking. I can't defend her
anymore. Good luck Ptown, this chief just got stronger and will be bolder as a
result of this. You apparently can't touch him and therefore, you will NEVER
touch his department. Good luck.
8:25 am edt 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Banner Seems to Publish All His Drivel

Whatever this mad man writes, the Banner publishes. It is out of line for a
newspaper to publish such attacking and personal letters to the editor. It's
time the editor said "NO" to this              artist.
11:22 pm edt 

Banner

If you believe articles in the Banner are truthful, well researched and balanced
than i can sell you a bridge to nowhere!
11:17 pm edt 

Witness Says Chief Flew Into a Rage at Local Restaurant

By Ann Wood

BANNER CORRESPONDENT

PROVINCETOWN  Its 25 years later and the gangsta rap band N.W.A. is still
starting trouble with the police  this time, in Provincetown.

On May 7, following Selectman Tom Donegans election night party at The Squealing
Pig, Police Chief Jeff Jaran reportedly flew into a tyrannical rage when the
controversial N.W.A. song F**k tha Police randomly played on a bartenders iPod.
Longtime Outer Cape resident Butch Mullaney, who was sitting on a bench by the
former library directly in front of The Squealing Pig, said that he heard some
of the goings-on through the open door and windows and has come forward because
no one else would. Never has anybody polarized the town like this and people are
afraid to come forward because hes vindictive, he said. While Mullaney was the
only person to publicly come forward, at least two other people have similarly
recounted the incident. Mullaney said he saw Jaran and his girlfriend go into
the bar and, when the song started playing, Jaran flew into a drunken,
vulgarity-laced, tyrannical rage.  At first he threatened the bartender, telling
him, Dont you know who I am? and Youre lucky!
  this bar is between us. In addition to other things, which lasted for several
minutes, all due to a record. The song F**k tha Police was released on the
double-platinum album Straight Outta Compton in 1988 and is considered a rap
classic. Its about black kids on the street who are harassed, killed and jailed
by cops for being black kids on the street. The song set off such a firestorm
when it was released that, in 1989, Priority Records, the groups distributor,
received a warning letter from the FBI. Coincidentally, Jaran is among the elite
group of police officers who have trained at the FBI National Academy.
There was a meeting with all those involved, spearheaded by the owner of the
establishment, and the matters been resolved. Thats all Im going to say about
it, Jaran said Tuesday. End of story.
While Jaran doesnt have much to say about the incident, Sharon Lynn, the town
manager, thought it important enough that she sent an email dated May 8 to the
members of the board of selectmen, Assistant Town Manager David Gardner and
Jaran himself. Please be advised there was an incident which occurred last night
at The Squealing Pig where the bartenders decided to play music containing
obscene language targeted at police and people of color. The bartenders had
identified Chief Jaran as a patron and intentionally played this music while
continually turning up the volume. Obviously, the chief was upset and followed
through complaining to the owner of the establishment. Mullaney, however, said
that once the bartender realized what song was playing he tried to turn it off,
but fumbled so badly that he needed to unplug the iPod to end the song.
A bartender on duty that evening, Nate Mayo, sent an email apology to Jaran the
following day, which read, in part, I am sick over the experience you had last
night  it ruined your night and was crude and insulting to you in a way that was
entirely our fault. Last night was unintentional (if grossly negligent) but
doesnt reflect the character of the bar, my co-workers or myself. What is most
difficult for me, makes my heart hurt, frankly, is that you came in to a
familiar place looking to relax with your [girlfriend] and got fundamentally
disrespected and spat on, and you reasonably thought the music playing, while
offensive on its face and unacceptable anywhere, was directed at you. Police
officers and first responders in town are respected and welcomed as much as
anyone, perhaps no more than by us behind the bar because we know that if a
situation gets out of hand, we have friends we can call to our aid at any
moment.
Dermot ONeil, owner of The Squealing Pig, was not present the evening of the
incident, but called it a storm in a teacup.
Probably the intensity of its gotten more exaggerated with each telling, he said
Tuesday, adding that when he met with Jaran the following day the police chief
was gracious and understanding. It was a bit of a misunderstanding, stupid
stuff.
Lynn apparently didnt see it that way.
I wanted you to be aware of this as certain members of the community continue to
attempt to degrade our professional police officers who live and work here, she
wrote in the email.
11:15 pm edt 

What's Up?

Anyone know the story behind the large floating raft/dock kinda thing
that's on the beach behind the Lobster Pot?  It has an old stuffed chair on it
and I saw one of Provincetown's finest waddle out there and chat with the two
people on board.
11:11 pm edt 


So let me get this straight- now the police dept and the town manager want to
control the music that gets played in restaurants ?? Really , when will this
takeover end? Who will be left to say we have had enough??
7:54 pm edt 

Michael Rogovsky

Time to Wash Michael Rogovsky's Mouth with Soap
Something's wrong with this man. Seems he is not only kissing someone's butt,
but he wants                                             as his so-called art entails. These
                                                                                                            .
7:52 pm edt 

Re: Another Banner Headline: WOW!

Ah, But, My Dears, Something Has already happened to the Police chief

With this Banner article, and front page story, something has already happened.
His credibility is now questioned. His behavior is now questioned. His actions
are now questioned.

This article raises more questions then it answers. It also provides some
strange visuals!
5:38 pm edt 

Another Banner Headline: WOW!

Seems the Banner is now worth reading. Now we are getting news. Ann
Woods--congratulations!
5:02 pm edt 

Re: Harbor Police Fiasco?

Re: "now the "marine patrol officer" harasses a woman for swimming
naked near the ice house condos (home of the chief) and she winds up being
hauled off to the hospital.  The only thing the poor woman did wrong was to swim
naked."



Perfect example of someone breaking the law and people being outraged at the
police for enforcing it (this does not constitute harassment, by the way).
Sorry, public nudity is still against the law. Provincetown is not anything
remotely resembling a "police state," but it's not the lawless free-for-all you
wish it were either. Grow up.
5:00 pm edt 

Front Page Story Today's Banner

I am sure nothing is going to happen to the Police Chief as a result of his
conduct but I can tell many of you with no uncertanity that  if that was one of
his Officers or employee's that did what he did, they would be suspended
immediately and god knows what would happen after that.

Only if you folks knew what he has done to those who once worked for him and
they way he has spoken to them, threatened them and he continues to get away
with it. So for the ones who wanna continue puckering up to him, go ahead
because many of us already know and have seen his true colors.
4:57 pm edt 

Waste of Town Dollars and Resources

Saw the cars that have "parking enforcement" riding around town.   Actually not
riding around town, but going from the Municipal lot to the high school lot and
back to municipal lot.  The people in the cars are not handing out tickets nor
do they enforce parking rules.  For better use of the word, they are our "town
ambassadors" making sure people get a ticket going into the parking areas, and
the ones collecting the tickets and money on the way out.  Looking at the town
web site, they are paid roughly $13 - 15 an hour or higher.   Not bad for a
summer job in Provincetown, and much better than most retail jobs.  

I asked why they have use of the town cars that use town gas and town insurance
and town resources.   They answered, why should they use their own vehicles to go
1/8 a mile to relieve someone that needs a break?   Are we that generous with our
towns inventory of vehicles that we can give these clerks a vehicle that is
parked all day for a few 15 minute breaks?   

If they were driving around town enforcing our parking regulations, that is one
thing.   These people are not and yet they get town cars to drive between two
lots.    Does the BOS know this?  Does the town manager know that the parking
administrator is allowing this?   Just another town item that is being abused.
1:58 pm edt 

Re: Harbor Police Fiasco?

Boy!!  On sea or on land the local cops sure know how to alienate
people.  The chief at the pig, now the "marine patrol officer" harasses a woman
for swimming naked near the ice house condos (home of the chief) and she winds
up being hauled off to the hospital.  The only thing the poor woman did wrong
was to swim naked.  That is whart percipated the entire incident.  Not a
police state?? Guess again!!!
1:53 pm edt 

Re: Bike Safety - Practice What You Preach

People are Not "Spewing"

People are posting and expressing their opinions and/or positions. It is their
right. I resent the reference to "spewing" when someone is only giving
information on age requirements for helmets and bicycles.
10:37 am edt 

Re: Police State Paranoia

There's a great cartoon in a recent issue of the New Yorker showing
two angry looking redneck, hillbilly types sitting alone in their underground
bomb shelter with their guns. One is saying to the other "I wonder if we might
benefit from socializing more with those who don't harbor anti-government
views."

Sound familiar, Police State fanatics?
10:22 am edt 

Harbor Police Fiasco?

There are rumors of a safety fiasco involving the police in an
attempted rescue from the breakwater this past weekend.  Is
there any truth to these stories or is it more "Police Paranoia"
9:20 am edt 

Say It Aint So Joe - In the Banner

I admire this guy, Butch, who came forward.  I heard about the Pig
story the day after it happened and, well, I figured nobody would come forward.

Despite being told of the Chief's bad behavior over and over, Sharon still
stands by her man.  Sadly looks like she's going to have to go too.
8:51 am edt 

Re: Bike Safety - Practice What You Preach

Fact is in Massachusetts helmet usage is required for bicycle riders
who are age 16 and under (rather than 12).
7:09 am edt 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Re: Bike Safety - Practice What You Preach

Another spew,

Helmets are only required for those 12 and under. Please fact check before you
spew.
10:24 pm edt 

Bike Safety - Practice What You Preach

I find it interesting that as we embark on the busy summer season, with people
distracted and paying less attention to public safety, our police chief does not
wear a helmut when he rides a bike.

Apparently he remains above the law.

Just saying ...
9:40 pm edt 

Re: Police State Paranoia

Re: "Yes, the whole town but a few disgruntled people LOVE the police
chief.  Nice try."


Um, yeah, if you go back and read my post, I never said that or made any similar
claim. I said the whole town except for a few CRAZY people think the idea of a
POLICE STATE is completely laughable. And I meant it. And you know I'm right.

Nice try yourself.
9:06 pm edt 

Re: Police State Paranoia

"Want more proof?  More than half the voters in the election voted in
favor of Article 30 which means that it could very well be up for a vote this
fall."



Do not place much emphasis on the  ballot vote.  The majority of people thought
the vote was irrelevant because it didn't pass town meeting.
9:04 pm edt 

Re: Police State Paranoia

To the person who thinks it is police state paranoia and only a few
people are posting.

Were you at Town Meeting?  Article 30 had a lot of support.  Since all of the
chief's buddies and girlfriend made it clear on Facebook that if you were for
Article 30 you were against the police, that would worry me if I were you. 
Probably more than half the voters in that room would have supported Article 30. 
By the logic of your own little proxies on Facebook, that means 1/2 the town  is
anti police.

Want more proof?  More than half the voters in the election voted in favor of
Article 30 which means that it could very well be up for a vote this fall.  Over
half.  As in more than 50%.  That even seemed to surprise the Article 30
proponents.

Yes, the whole town but a few disgruntled people LOVE the police chief.  Nice
try.
3:58 pm edt 

Re: Police State Paranoia

Somebody needs to start a therapy group for the Police State paranoid
conspiracy theorists writing on this blog. It would be nice to see them overcome
their illness and learn to deal with reality. Sorry if life i Provincetown isn't
exciting enough for you people, but making up drama really isn't going to help.
If you need drama in your life, try moving to a big city where real problems
exist, instead of inventing problems and drama and trying to convince others to
join your cause. I'm not surprised you folks chose to do this anonymously - I
think down deep, you know how crazy and pathetic you sound.
10:45 am edt 

Re: Police State

The same people that would like us all to thik two or three people are
writing/saying all the negative comments about the police chief and totn manager
consist of two or three "stoges" for the police chief.  The person or persons
that advocated for increased attendance at committee and town meetins had it
right.  Get informed!! Learn first hand the Police State activities that are
taking place, and form your own opinions basd on facts as you know them to be,
not based on inuendo or un signed blogs.  Be smart and act smart.  But keep in
mind, it takes a commitment to understand, and you might not like what you learn
to be true.
10:10 am edt 

Re: Police State

Re: "Slowly the tm has secured the the borders with her
personal army. The person who advised us to be careful had it right. Be careful, 
very careful...we are under occupation!"



Oooh, now the town manager has an army and we are under OCCUPATION!
By ARMED police, I'm sure! I guess next they will be rounding us all up and
placing us in prison???

The stories just get crazier and crazier. Keep 'em coming though, this stuff is
hilarious! This "police state" saga is like "Hogan's Heroes!"

10:08 am edt 

Harbormasters Boat

What's the current status of buying a Harbormasters boat again? Hope
it won't end up like the one that was left to rot in Provincetown's water
pumping station in north Truro. Resurrecting history for those who don't know!
The Center for Coastal Studies offered one of their unused boats to the Harbor
Master since he didn't have one. Permission was secured from Board of
Selectmen,Town Manager (at the time), and Police Chief to accept the gift. The
Harbormaster received permission from same official parties to take the boat to
the Cape Tech School for students and teachers to refurbish said boat for little
cost for supplies to the Town. Officials also knew that the motor may need
work.It was determined by school boat mechanics that motor was frozen and better
to buy a new or used one. Public officials decided the Harbormaster didn't
really need a boat,suggested in emergency borrowing a boat from nearby float
owners (liability?)or call Coast Guard.The beautiful refurbi!
shed boat came back not to be sold at annual surplus auction but to rot until
demolished In No. Truro! Let's hear it for stupidity!!
10:05 am edt 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Town Manager Sharon Lynn

Lets get rid of the Chief and put the Town Manager on notice that she
has a responsibility to this town as well as a contract, and that her contract
can be revoked/terminated.  Special Town Meetings can be held!!!

Another reason why we should vote for a town manager!

10:23 pm edt 

Re: "Police State"

I guess I'm one of those few people who believe/knows that things are
rotten to town halls core.  Slowly the tm has secured the the borders with her
personal army.

The person who advised us to be careful had it right.
Be careful,  very careful...we are under occupation!
9:49 pm edt 

Re: "Police State"

Not a police state...... But far to many incidents involving our
Force. I don't like this change in our town!
9:46 pm edt 

Re: "Police State"

"3 or 4 people posting over and over and over does not make an issue in
town."


Is collaboration Kool-Aid made with vichy water?
5:29 pm edt 

Re: Shout Out Safe Haven

Re: No the private messages being sent by "friends of the police" is
not a bunch of crap. Be careful folks, seriously.


Oh. My. God. The paranoia levels are off the charts! You people actually think
you've uncovered another Watergate. Well, good luck with your investigation,
Sherlock Holmes, the rest of us have real lives to attend to.
5:27 pm edt 

Re: Shout Out Safe Haven

"What a complete bunch of unverifiable, made-up, horse crap"


No the private messages being sent by "friends of the police" is not a
bunch of crap. Be careful folks, seriously.
5:02 pm edt 

Provincetown Skate Park

It is tragic when any young person dies, and the friends of the young man who 
                                     wants to name the skate park after him.

I feel that this sends the wrong message to our young people. It is more fitting
to name a bench after him or something else that he shows what he has
accomplished--but the naming of a park is serious and another venue needs to be
considered.
5:00 pm edt 

Re: Police Chief & Squealing Pig

Squealing Pig has cameras? Wow, who knew. Well, this will certainly
help   Jarran get the real story straight.  And I hope Jarran and his GF sue the
perps spreading horrible rumors. Sounds like a defamation of character case to
me.  Good luck Chief!
3:29 pm edt 

Re: Police & Squealing Pig

Come out and prove your story about the squealing pig incident where
the Chief did something so wrong. Hope you do and then the chief and his gf can
sue you for defamation of character when he and the restaurant owner prove you
to be making false accusations. Priceless.
2:30 pm edt 

Re: "Police State"

Let this little group work themselves into a tizzy, it's actually
quite amusing.  3 or 4 people posting about the police state because the police
pulled them over or arrested them when they were doing something illegal.  3 or
4 people posting over and over and over does not make an issue in town.

Just sit back and watch, it's really quite amusing.

Reminds me of the petition B Rushmore had with hundreds of signatures.  She
never produced it or delivered it to anyone - did it ever exist?  Probably not,
only in her head.
2:28 pm edt 

Who's Texting Whom?

Is it the Police that is Texting?

What are they doing?
2:25 pm edt 

Chief Innocent

Easy enough to prove the Chief innocent of whatever story you're
trying to fabricate. Tapes exist of what happened the night of your made-up side
of what really happen and who was there.        as       will gladly share. I'm
with the Chief on this one.
2:23 pm edt 

Re: "Police State"

No matter how many times you people insist that "word on the street"
is that the town has become a "police state," the truth is very few people are
concerned with or talking about this. I am very active in all aspects of our
community and on the rare occasion the term "police state" comes up in
conversation it always elicits chuckles. The majority of the people in this town
think you "police state" people are a bit crazy and aren't concerned at all with
your imaginary cause. We are laughing at you. But by all means, keep posting.
It's actually very amusing.
2:19 pm edt 

Re: "Armed Police!" "Police State!"

What is the chief accused of doing at the Squealing Pig?  Why be
vague? This is an anonymous blog.
12:06 pm edt 

Re: "Armed Police!" "Police State!"

"This is a lot like crazies who scream fire in a crowded movie theater."

Looks like the Police Chief will have a lot of explaining
to do regarding his actions at the Squealing Pig and that's
only for starters. Much more to come!
11:48 am edt 

Re: "Armed Police!" "Police State!"

Sometimes the movie theater REALLY is on fire and I think I smell
smoke!!!!!
11:21 am edt 

Re: Shout Out Safe Haven

"People I know are getting private messages and calls from "friends"
of the police telling them to  rethink what they say or post."



What a complete bunch of unverifiable, made-up, horse crap.
10:58 am edt 

Re: "Armed Police!" "Police State!"

This is a lot like crazies who scream fire in a crowded movie theater. Nobody
understands why they do it except maybe they just enjoy trying to frighten
people for no real reason.
8:53 am edt 

Re: Skatepark Renaming

"As much as I feel badly for the boy that died, I think a bench may be
more appropriate for an individual instead of an entire park."



I think that would be a wonderful compromise.  I hope the Rec. Dept and BOS
agree on this appropriate solution.
8:29 am edt 

Meetings

Why don't more people attend the various committee and Selectmen meetings to be
informed about the "controlled chaos" going on in our town?? If people saw and
understood what was going on they would get rid of Sharon Lynn and her Police
Chief Jaran to restore sensibility to our government.  Also, the Board of
Selectmen must be taken to task for their inaction by allowing the Town Manger
and Police Chief to call out the outrageous actions everyone is blogging about. 
This crazyness is not made up.  Look around at all the police and parking
department (a subsidiary of the police department) growth and expenditures. 
Do you think the town itself is growing at the same rate these two departments
are growing??  Is all this "Control" needed especially during our off/winter
season??  We pay all these "extra" salaries plus associated medical expenses for
these personel 12 months a year, but need (most not all)of them during the
summer.  Lets get rid of the chief and put the town manager on notice that she
has a responsibility to this town as well as a contract, and that her contract can be revoked/terminated.  Special Town Meetings can be held!!!
8:27 am edt 

Re: Word on the Street

Obvious word on the street is that we are now living in a police controlled town
commonly called (for lack of a better name) a Police State.  If anyone thinks
differently then they have their head in the sand, and are kidding themselves. 
The ever growing police budget will eventually stifle this town to the point
none of us "townies" will be able to live in the homes we have been given by our
parents or other relatives.
8:20 am edt 

Why Not Deal With the Issues?

There are always a few who spend their time chasing commas and semi-colons. Try
to deal with the larger issues and perhaps your own little mind will expand.
then again, maybe not.
8:19 am edt 

Re: Armed Police on Pier

"Yup...Armed Police "Greeting" Visitors is "Great" for Tourism"


This is foolish and frankly nuts. We want greeters not armed police all along
the pier. How scary and how wrong-headed. this is not how a tourist town--which
we are--greets and welcomes its visitors.

what is wrong with their thinking? Or, could it be, that the police and town
hall officials are just NOT thinking?
8:14 am edt 

Police Budget For New Police Boat?

Sure hope the cost of the new Police Chiefs boat, if the Pier
Corporation did not sanction the expense, comes right out of the Police Budget.
8:13 am edt 

Harbor Police Boat

Why purchase a deep v boat instead of a flat bottom boat when it's
going to be used for rescues inside the harbor? What's the matter with the boats we
have already? Oh yeah they sunk, maybe if the Habormasters were doing their job or
had any common sence they would have pulled them out for storms or checked on
them.We need to wake up before we spent the money foolishly.
8:11 am edt 

Shout Out Safe Haven

This is the only place to safely say that the Town Manager and Chief
of Police need to rethink their approach in operations. People I know are
getting private messages and calls from "friends" of the police telling them to
rethink what they say or post. I have lived here quite some time and can say
that there is a groundswell of discontent forming with the police department and
it needs to stop soon or we as voting, taxpaying citizens will make sure it
stops.
8:06 am edt 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Re: Pier Corps on Its Back Foot

Re: "Seems the Pier Corps' role is to told after the fact that a purchase
is being made and where is it coming from?"



What?  The 3rd floor English teacher whose room was adjacent to the teachers
smoking lounge would have a spell reading this "sentence" which makes no sense
at all.  Please come forward and diagram for the class. Amd those of you, if any
are out there, who went through the local school system in days gone by, know
that of which I blog.  Don't mean to be picky but come on.  Learn some gramma. 
If only to allow others to be able to figure out what you are trying to say. 
Thanks.

- A Ptown elementary, middle and high school graduate, sorry.
7:18 pm edt 

Police Harbor Patrol

Re: "Quite a sad sight this past weekend: Armed police personnel riding
around the harbor in the Harbor Master boat,and the Harbor Master himself
working, driving the pump out boat. Nice!!!"



What exactly is sad about this? Sounds pretty normal. Maybe not what you are
used to, but I don't see how it's so offensive. Times change. And here's a news
flash for you: most police are "armed." That's part of their job. What world did
you grow up in? Welcome to 2013.
3:45 pm edt 

Pier Corps on Its Back Foot

Seems Like the Pier Corps is Not in Charge of Making Major Decisions

To buy the $30,000 police harbor boat or not! Seems the Pier Corps' role is to
told after the fact that a purchase is being made and where is it coming from?
The police department--not them. Makes sense why Lee Ash seems perturbed by this
act. They have lost control of the pier that was their mandate to control. But
not now. Look to Shankpainter road for the command of this pier.

Why, then, even have a Pier Corps board? Why pretend it is important or makes
major decisions? they don't even control the choice and selection of the
harbormaster. Move Rex McKinsey out, but keep him on salary, and then pay
$70,000 for a police patrol "manager." He is the real Harbormaster and this
board had little say in who is hired and what their qualifications are.
2:28 pm edt 

Police Harbor Patrol

Quite a sad sight this past weekend: Armed police personnel riding around the
harbor in the Harbor Master boat,and the Harbor Master himself working, driving
the pump out boat. Nice!!!
12:28 pm edt 

Re: Skatepark Renaming

"I can think of many wonderful people who have contributed greatly to
this town who may be deserving of the honor."



I also agree with this sentiment when it comes to the Veterans Memorial,
Fisherman's Memorial and even the AIDS Memorial.     Each of these memorials are
for a number of folks that have contributed to this town.   As much as I feel
badly for the boy that died, I think a bench may be more appropriate for an
individual instead of an entire park.
12:24 pm edt 

Re: Tony Brackett
 
"Who is he really? What is his agenda? whose interests does he represent?"


He is a parent with children in Provincetown Schools.  I've met him a couple of
times and would say his agenda is having our schools provide a good education
for our/his children.  I think he's going to be a great addition to the School
Committee.
8:13 am edt 

Re: It Makes a Difference Who You Know

To the blogger who posted "it makes a difference who you know for
recognition now": One child can get P'town property named in their memorial
honor and another cannot". A big splash was made about handicap beach mats for
the Handicap Committee. That's nice but where's the recognition for the woman
who singlehandedly got the elevator in the Town Hall for everybody's use before
there was a Gov't mandate or a handicap committee. She fought the local gov't
system of public officials who resisted the need for it. She superceded them all
by getting the assistance from the Massachusetts Attorney General until the
elevator went in. Someone in her family recently told me the story and that if
Ruth Hiebert had lived longer she had planned to ask the Town ,at her expense
,to place a plaque, in the woman's honor. This is the kind of project worthy of
community recognition. Everyone use the elevator ,young and old,disabled or
well,& just too tired to walk all the stairs to the auditorium and bathrooms.
8:12 am edt 

Provincetown Public Library

It's been almost a month since town election. Does anyone know who the
library board elected as officers? Once again, the library is delaying providing
public information to the public. Usually means they're hiding something.
8:09 am edt 

Re: The Word on the Street

Word on the street is state law. Anyone that fishes in fresh or salt water needs
to be licensed. It's not the town idea.
8:07 am edt 

Re: Skatepark Renaming

Re: "I can think of many wonderful people who have contributed greatly
to this town who may be deserving of the honor."


I think you are on to something.  The proposed Fisherman's Memorial is not named
after an individual, but a group of individuals who contributed greatly to the
history of this town.  The Veterans Memorial Community Center is named after a
group of veterans, not an individual.

Name the Skate Park after all the users of the Park such as the Skateboarder's
Park which honors all those who enjoy the park.
8:01 am edt 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Word on the Street

Word on the street is the town is planning on banning all fishing on
the pier and all town owned beaches without proper licenses.
4:08 pm edt 

And Who is Tony Bracket?

Who is he really? What is his agenda? whose interests does he represent?

Inquiring minds want to know.
4:06 pm edt 

This Blog Has Been Taken Over!

Well, obviously this blog has been taken over by a few paranoid, anti
police conspiracy theorists. Too bad, the are so many issues that are more
important than this nonsense. Well, I'm done here. Goodbye, Clarence. Goodbye,
propaganda.
4:04 pm edt 

Motor Vehicle Citations

Once more, if you want to know how many motor vehicle citations are
being issued you can find this information in the police log published weekly in
the police departments section of the town's website.  GO LOOK!!!  Most of the
time officers issue verbal warnings.
11:58 am edt 

Re: Skatepark Renaming

Why didn't selectmanYingling disclose the deceased child's father
                                                            ? Naming parks should
be be a town meeting vote!
11:56 am edt 

Re: Skatepark Renaming

Re: "Only in Provincetown would the 2nd child be the only one who is
ignored.  Something to think about."


I think we should have a protocol for naming a building or park after an
individual for that very reason.  What makes your child more deserving than
mine?  Etc, etc,

I can think of many wonderful people who have contributed greatly to this town
who may be deserving of the honor.  Do we make the decision based on who someone
knows, for whom someone worked or an emotional response to a grieving family?
9:37 am edt 

I Like the Bliss Point Posting

Too much of a good thing turns the good into evil. Too much sugar and the body
wants to reject it. Too much of too much and you know you have a problem.

Too much policing, too many police and what was once good, turns against us. Too
many in too many cruisers and the sense of safety is replaced with fear and
trepidation.

The bliss point has left us and we now have this rather uncomfortable feeling.
9:34 am edt 

Not a Bad Idea

Let's start all over. Maybe bring back the police we cared about and they cared
about us. Starting over could be refreshing. I'd go for that---over what we
have.

This group is just not making it. they are too taken with themselves and care
little about us. It's tragic and I'd start over.

Let's just do it! A fresh start!
9:31 am edt 

I Think They've Pulled Back a Little

To the person that thinks the pollice have "pulled back":  You should
have been at the intersection of Bradford St. and Commercial St. in the East end
today.  There were five cop cars "PATROLLING" the intersecton around noon today.  
Wonder how many speeding tickets got issuied??  Our tax dollars at work!!!
9:27 am edt 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Earth to Tony Brackett

I just watched the latest fincom meeting.
Earth to Tony Brackett.

It is offensive that Mr Brackett believes that town
meeting had a negative take on the fincom.
The people I sat with did not share this opinion.
The facts speak for themselves. 

The chair of fincomwas voted in by over 700 votes, the
highest vote getterfor the BOS race.  I'd say that is a pretty
big endorsementof the work of the fincom. Also, over 600
people voted to keep the police station where it is, three
times the number of people at the town meeting. 

Be careful Tony when you pretend to speak for the people,when
those people are your dozen friends sitting with you.  Also, be
careful not to become a tool for   , it is starting to look that way.
6:02 pm edt 

Police Station

Can someone talk about the police station. Are they now going to just remodel
current location?  Will there be strict oversite of monies granted /use of????
5:58 pm edt 

"Complaints about the Police" blog

Can we just rename this the "Complaints about the Police" blog?
Seriously, if it's not complaints about police on the pier, it's police writing
speeding tickets, if it's not that it's the police need traffic control
training, or it's that they aren't friendly enough, or there are just too many
of them and people think it's making the tourists "nervous."

I mean honestly, they're damned if they do and damned if they don't. If they
were as invisible as some people wish they were, then you'd complain that they
aren't doing their job.

Can they do ANYTHING right in these people's eyes? Should we fire the entire
police force and start over from scratch? Or maybe we should just have no police
at all and the entire town can be one big, lawless free-for-all. Would that
satisfy you people? God, what a town      of     !
5:57 pm edt 

Re: Police Force vs Police Dept

I like that... it's a small town; let's keep it simple.  Instead of $14MM in one
bldg. how about EVERY STREET get that money in repaving the entire town; now
that wld be something everyone wld say yes to.  Anyone know what the 3.5mm is
going to be used for (exactly) so as to avoid having to give more (guarantee
that will happen like sun coming up!).
5:09 pm edt 

Re: Skatepark Renaming

I personally don't care about naming the Skatepark, but doesn't it
seem the Selectmen have bigger issues to address?

9:19 am edt 

Re: Skatepark Renaming

Say a child is playing 'chicken' on Rte 6 and is struck and killed by
a car.  Should we name something after the child?

Say a child is walking their bike along Rte 6 and is struck and killed by a car. 
Should we name something after the child?

Say a child uses drugs, overdoses and dies.  Should we name something after the
child?

Only in Provincetown would the 2nd child be the only one who is ignored.

Something to think about.
9:17 am edt 

Police Chief

Possibly the police chief is a good person (rumor has it that is not the case
however),he is not the right guy for this job.  He is  building an empire that
will financially destroy this little town.  The increased cost of the Police
Patrol Marine Pilot Progam alone is costing the town well over an additional
$100,000 for this year.  Wait until the cost of a new boat,increassed electronic
gear for the boat, the harbor masters office, new police department building,
(two buildings because if  the police are sited out of town as the chief and
town manager want, a sub-station will be needed in the cener of town),
additional new patrol cars for bothe the police and parking department, etc. all
come due and the police chief and town mmanager have moved on to different
towns.  Provincetown will inherit a huge police department, and be broke.  Think
about it.  Why are so many police officers needed in our little town?  Is there
a huge crime rate here?  Do we need radar traps adjacet to the Stop and Shop
to teach our summer visitors a lesson? 

I personally think not..  .
8:36 am edt 

Get Used to It

Now that summer is quickly approaching, the discussions regarding the poice
chief and the police station are going underground. No new ground will be gained
on either front other than poorly attended meetings trying to move the project
along, only to be followed by anger in the fall when lazy people cry foul after
they didn't attend. As far as the chief being removed, no way. He's in solid and
he's not going anywhere. Contract is signed and anything he does is completely
ok'd by the TM. He'd really have to do something outrageous to be removed. How
many times have other cops and chiefs been in sticky situations and nothing
comes of it? How many EMTs and cops were on scene when the old Truro chief was
in town for his stunt, falling at the Portuguese Festival?? How about the
missing gun last summer? Alleged police brutality two years ago? I'm sure the
list goes on. The chief and his staff are here to stay. He's done nothing that
could get him removed.
8:33 am edt 

Catherine Russo

Catherine Russo is a Wonderful Person and a Good Addition to the
Finance Committee

I am so glad she was selected and appointed. I could not be happier. She is
bright, dedicated and has a great grasp of issues: town, state, national and
global. She is a rare woman and we are fortunate to have her on this committee.
8:26 am edt 

I Think They've Pulled Back a Little

I don't see as many police cruising the streets nor hiding in these strange
places. That is good. I'm glad about this. Maybe there's a balance happening,
Something that used to be and now is. I'm pleased about this.
8:24 am edt 

Please Train the Traffic Police

They need training. I wish we had that wonderful person who was directing
traffic last year at Lopes Square. He was fantastic. He was great, friendly and
just the best. but this crew needs help.
8:21 am edt 


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