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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Re: Bullies

Re: "a town full of crazy, bullying people who want to impeach
every politician

Well, it's good to see others finally coming out and saying it. What we've
witnessed over the past year is a group of angry and misguided people who think
they are acting like heroes but are actually just clogging the town up with
negative energy, mountains of red tape and mounting costs to all Provincetown
taxpayers for all of their absurd follies. The CC Times article was pretty
spot-on, if you ask me."


You sound very passionate. Why do you not have the ----- to print your name. We
all know this DOES NOT  have to be an anonymous blog.
11:45 pm edt 

Erik Yingling-

You too were the first to enter the BOS with your great ideas ,values and morals.
You were the one who most probably had the most resistance and setbacks. I thank
you from my heart for hanging in there. Without you, most of this change would
never be.

Again , Thanks Erik.

Tom Tannariello
11:43 pm edt 

And Clarence-

Thank you for providing a forum where people can express
their feelings free from backlash, repercussions ,and fear. You have truly paved
the way to a wonderful, fearless, intelligent forum that has so etched the way
to the future that I believe even you have no idea of the effect and outcome you
have served this beautiful town we call home. Ptown.

Tom Tannariello.
11:40 pm edt 

Re: Bullies

Actually not ashamed but PROUD, PROUD , PROUD  to sign my name - again
, Tom Tannariello-  keep up the good work Tom. We love you.!!!
11:29 pm edt 

Re: Bullies

Re: "a town full of crazy, bullying people who want to impeach
every politician

Well, it's good to see others finally coming out and saying it. What we've
witnessed over the past year is a group of angry and misguided people who think
they are acting like heroes but are actually just clogging the town up with
negative energy, mountains of red tape and mounting costs to all Provincetown
taxpayers for all of their absurd follies. The CC Times article was pretty
spot-on, if you ask me."




"ABSURD FOLLIES" ?????????????????    MY dear, it is call accountability and
truth. What is it you do not comprehend?  Oh I get it - you are one the elite in
the cabal.  Newsflash. It is over. A new era has begun thanks to a Mr. Tom
Donegan who in my book is a saint. Well , a very intelligent saint. I and many
others love this man. You watch where he goes in this down. We have been blessed
to have had him enter our lives.  Yes. BLESSED. Not ashamed to sign my name
either.

Tom Tannariello
11:26 pm edt 

Re: Independent Investigator

Frank is talking to folks for a couple of more days.

E-mail him ASAP!
9:30 pm edt 

Thanks For the Information on the Stoli Party
 
Now two parties for the price of one! That should be such fun! The Beaux Arts
Ball and then the Sunday gathering at the Red Inn. I wouldn't have known about
this except through here.

Thanks!
1:07 pm edt 

Re: Independent Investigator

Is Frank Rudewicz Still Taking Information on the Three Cases of Jeff
Jaran?

Does anyone know? Has Rudewicz finished his investigation or is he still taking
information from town people?

Could you let me know.
12:48 pm edt 

Re: Highest Form of Government - Service to the People

Bullying:

Thanks for clarifying the Substitution of bullying for Hate blog

There was a group always saying this was a Hate blog. Now they are repeating
bullying and accusing many here of being bullies. but you are so right: they are
simply substituting bullying for hate--since they were found to be wrong. This
was never defined as a hate blog. So now they are on to another tact.
12:43 pm edt 

K.C.Meyers

A while back I posted a response to a comment (ethics) by a Cape Times
editor---I repeat ---"Please don't use ethic and newspaper in same
sentence"--oxymoron!
11:47 am edt 

Highest Form of Government - Service to the People

First they tried to create an atmosphere around the term "Hate",it failed.
Now they are using the term "Bullies/Bully. They don't get it. They have no
concept of the democractic process.

What was that old President Tuman expression.........something to do with heat
and kitchen.

Grow up!
11:38 am edt 

Sounds Like a Rogovsky Rant

Please go to the other blogs. they have the time to listen to your rants. I
surely don't!
11:29 am edt 

Re: Bullies

Re: a town full of crazy, bullying people who want to impeach
every politician

Well, it's good to see others finally coming out and saying it. What we've
witnessed over the past year is a group of angry and misguided people who think
they are acting like heroes but are actually just clogging the town up with
negative energy, mountains of red tape and mounting costs to all Provincetown
taxpayers for all of their absurd follies. The CC Times article was pretty
spot-on, if you ask me.
11:27 am edt 

Re: "Good Luck Finding a Replacement"

Agreed. One of the first things any experienced candidate for town manager will
consider is the ability to be an effective leader and the cooperation of the
township to accomplish goals.

Quality candidates will run like hell from Provincetown,regardless of how 'high'
the salary is perceived to be. The stress level ain't worth it.

11:23 am edt 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sharon Lynn - Town Manager

I don't blame Sharon Lynn for looking for a new job. Who would want
her position? Managing a town full of crazy, bullying people who want to impeach
every politician, fire every cop and protest every decision made by every board
and committee in town. It's a thankless job. Good luck finding a replacement
when she leaves.
11:44 pm edt 

Couples - Patsy Green

Patsy Green and one-half of a power couple?  HA!!  You obviously don't
know her. She doesn't know how to use the brains god gave her. I'm not trying to
be snarky---she is not an             woman.
11:41 pm edt 

Tina Trudel

Heard Tina Trudel was voted out as chair of Cultural Council.  Not all
that surprising I guess.
11:38 pm edt 

Cape Cod on Line


HARWICH — The search committee tasked with selecting the finalists for a new town administrator revealed their three candidates publicly for the first time Monday night at the selectmen's meeting.

"We were interested in strategic thinkers who also could get the job done," committee Chairman John Wheeler told the board.

Current Provincetown Town Manager Sharon Lynn has 30 years of town management and municipal policing experience including 6½ years at the helm in Provincetown, according to Wheeler. Prior to that post, Lynn served as assistant town manager and town manager for 11 years in West Goshen, Pa. She started her municipal career with 13 years of police work as an officer and a detective.

Wheeler said Christopher Clark has two decades working in municipalities including his current post as town manager of Southbridge where he's been for five years.

Prior to that he was the town administrator in Vernon, Conn., for two years and worked as the assistant executive director and acting executive director (equivalent to town administrator) in Wellesley for six years.

Allan Chiocca has been the Rockland town administrator for the past five years, Wheeler said.

He was in private business for 20 years before assuming that post. Chiocca has also served as a selectman in Bridgewater and as a state representative for two terms from 1981 to 1984.

"I hope we don't have to do this again," board of selectmen Chairman Angelo La Mantia said wryly to Wheeler.

"Amen," Wheeler responded.

Four months ago, selectmen thought they had their new town administrator on board. But Bonnie Therrien took a job in another town on the eve of signing a contract.

Therrien took a position as city administrator in O'Fallon, Mo., population 85,000. That position reportedly paid $123,000, while Harwich was offering between $130,000 and $150,000 a year.

Wheeler said the committee went the extra mile to gauge the commitment of their finalists this time.

"We wanted to make sure they were totally committed to this position. We didn't want them dropping out at the last minute," he said.

Selectmen are planning on bringing the three finalists to town Friday to meet department heads and begin interviews with the board.

6:55 pm edt 

They Are Tearing the Town Apart

Never have I heard of ANOTHER selectmen going to a selectmen's meeting and
telling a member to resign.

Never have I heard of a citizen going before a full FinCom meeting and telling
the chair of the FinCom to resign. And these people just shrug it off.

Now the Cape Cod Times has put them on the front page--well you can't shrug off
this front page article. You can't tell the Cape Cod Times that you may only
"speak to the agenda".

Look at yourselves and talk among yourselves but the entire cape knows what you
are about and so do the people in Provincetown.

Just wait until the report comes out in the middle of November--we will see a
lot more names added to this list.
6:37 pm edt 

Town Manager Still Trying to Exit
 
According to the Cape Cod Times Sharon Lynn is a finalist for TM in Harwich!
6:34 pm edt 

Some Here Would Chose Fascism Over Democracy

They want order, commands given and commands obeyed. they want no protest. No
comments. No criticism. they want all to march to their insipid sense of
reality.

And for those who disagree--no--they are not bullies, they are patriots who know
and understand the essence of democracy.

Time to take the word bully, stuff it in your pocket and sit on your petunia.
6:31 pm edt 

Affordable Housing

My guess is that the local non profit housing developer clears about
$800,000 per year. He does have expenses, no doubt, and has done good for the
town. He lives like a king, but is that such a bad thing?
5:55 pm edt 

Re: Bullies

You should Have Been at the BOs Meeting Monday for a Clarification of
Real bullying

People in town are incensed. Being against someone's position and being against
a public figure's actions is not bullying. bullying is threatening behavior with
a power differential in favor of the non bullying person and it comes with
threatening behavior.

You are conflating disagreement with bullying. You are taking a non-intellectual
stance that mirrors Dan Hoort's position where he, in his power, is attacking
others of creating a hostile situation. He is the person attacking and he is
creating the hostile situation and trying to blame personnel committee members
for this.

Disagreements are not bullying and few people in politics have been bullied.
they have been called out for being wrong or inept or leaderless but that is not
bullying.
3:13 pm edt 

Bullies

The bullies have been called out and named on the front page of the Cape cod
Times on Sunday. Now they are saying that bullies is a four letter word. What
hypocrites.

They don't like the term--yet all of these people who have been so critical of
our selectmen and town manager are now exposed for the entire town to see-for
all of the cape to see.

They denigrate the reporter to no avail. The people of this blog and that face
book page are the ones labeled and it will be ever thus.

Read the article and see them speaking out in mass at the selectmen's meetings
defending their words and their position.

1:25 pm edt 

Re: K.C.Myers' Cape Cod Times Article Misses the Point

I Couldn't Agree More

Yuck was my initial response. And the photo of town hall ripped apart was good
to sell papers but more Murdock-like than the New York times. and I want the
Cape Cod Times to have a higher standard. It failed.

What was K.C. Myers' purpose? What was her true point? What did we gain in
knowledge of Provincetown?

The picture presented is almost a false and fabricated one. I agree it does not
fit today's Provincetown situation. It is skewed and distorted. It reminds me of
Rogovsky getting up at every BOS meeting and repeating the same old mantra--all
about vileness and lack of civility, all issues floating around in his head but
not shared collectively.

It's as if K.C. Myers wrote this from inside Rogovsky's head--and that is a
scary and frightening picture!
1:00 pm edt 

Re: Couples

Don't forget the uber couple, Alix & Marty. They've been around forever and in
the background everywhere.
12:49 pm edt 

Freedom of Expression

I can't figure out the double standard used for "freedom of
expression!" People write in the blog that freedom of expression supercedes the
filthy anti-police song played at the Pig/Police Chief incidence. Why is
everyone everywhere upset if Indian names are used for sports teams? Why do
people get offended if the "N" word is used & yet people & songwriters can
"slam" Police with detestable,filthy language?Is it only if it offends you that
the anger can escalate? I think not! It's all freedom of speech,isn't it? The
diplomacy,decorum,and common sense as to what's right,where and when to say
things hurtful and insulting doesn't count anymore!! Just say it - it's all
freedom of speech! The motto - We're all here because we're not all there!! Nuts
is the word! Propriety,where did you go?
12:46 pm edt 

K.C.Myers' Cape Cod Times Article Misses the Point

Myers' cover story on Our Town Torn Apart and Cover Photo Problematic

Myers' story was poorly reported. It was more the result of an adolescent
journalist than an experienced professional. What Myers wrote only partly fits
this town and that was months back--before Jeff Jaran was suspended; before an
independent investigator was hired to investigate the chief; before the police
forum; before the No Confidence Vote by the police union against the chief.
Myers' article holds only some points that made sense in our recent past--but
fails to reflect out town now. It is too little analysis, too late.

And to rely on Michelle Couture and Elaine Anderson as spokesperson for this
town is problematic too. These two want silence of the lambs. These two want
heads nodded in agreement with their positions and they want to undermine 
discussion and debate. They would kill democracy if they could where people have
the right to speak out and the responsibility to address issues.

This town is much more together and united with many voices and this is
wonderful. There is now a new report from the Police forum and an investigation
of the police chief that will be published in November. Problems are being
addressed.

Myers should be embarrassed with this shoddy article that lacks in-depth
analysis of our town as we are now.

Too little understanding too late. More sensationalism but not accurate nor
timely.
12:43 pm edt 

Re: Couples

Who are Dan and Robert or Dorothy and Tina?
I don't think I've ever heard of them and I have been here for decades.
10:27 am edt 

Yesterday the System was Down

I noticed that I could not post on Shout Out.

Was it just me or was the system having problems
10:25 am edt 

Couples

The biggest power couple of all was Phyllis and Roz. Like many others,
they did great things for the town. They also respected Anne and Harriet for all
they did for the community.
10:07 am edt 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Couples

Are power couples overly represented in our town? Trying to think of all of
them...
MJ and Duane, Ann and Harriet, Tom and Mark, Sharon and Patsy, Dan and Robert,
Clarence and Marcene, Rick and Bill, dorthy and Tina come to mind.....who else?
1:25 pm edt 

Year in Year Out

For twenty years there has been a big push for year round jobs. How many years
has there been a push for a affordable housing? Fifteen years?

Affordable housing units are filled and some have outlived their affordable
housing leases and are now market rate.

The folks pushing for this affordable housing will be 50 years old before they
get it.

We waited and waited and waited for Province landing..and we are waiting and
waiting and waiting for Stable Path. It has been six years so far and they have
$800,000.00 in CPA money just sitting there getting interest for the developer.
11:48 am edt 

Look at Our Town

There are no year round jobs that sustain a comfortable, financially cushioned
life style.

There are no Year Round jobs that will support 100 families moving to town. Yet
more and more affordable housing is being built and the developers make out like
bandits.

50 units at Province Landing. That is almost $50,000.00 a month collected in
rents. Almost half a million a year~and in ten years they will make back what
they spent and then rolling in money.

How much in rents does the local community developer haul in each month?
Affordable housing, Really?...affordable to whom?
10:34 am edt 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sharon Lynn - Town Manager

When will SL be held accountable? Is there any investigation happening
that is aimed at uncovering her role in so many of the town's problems? She
hired a library director who has alienated both staff and patrons, rarely shows
up for work and who also works elsewhere. But, she sure wrote a nice reference
letter for her buddy SL who, like her, is looking to abandon a sinking ship. She
hired a chief of police who not only demoralized virtually his entire force but
whose drinking problem has been completely ignored. Rather than helping JJ get
some assistance, she allowed him to drink and drive his town-owned vehicle, get
intoxicated in local and out of town bars and restaurants while carrying his
gun, and engage in behavior so outrageous at the Pig that she was finally forced
to suspend him. All this in addition to helping him cover up his role in
Andrea's sexual assault. She has obviously begun distancing herself from him,
hoping that the public will forget about her and her completely unprofessional
behavior. Wrong, SL, ain't gonna happen. Somehow, an independant, unbiased
evaluation of her own misconduct must occur.
She cannot be allowed to continue. Get rid of her and JJ. They have and continue
to cost our town too much. We can no longer afford there complete lack of
leadership.
11:53 pm edt 

Newsflash

If a police officer looks at you or in your general
direction, THIS IS NOT INTIMIDATION. It is simply that, a police officer
looking. Sometimes they even make eye contact (gasp!) - try not to be
frightened!
11:41 pm edt 

Michele Couture

What are you complaining about now?  People not getting along?

After all, you got along so well with everyone while serving as a Selectmen:
Cheryl, Mary Jo, Austin, and let's not forget Sarah What a love fest. You were
simply a dimple in disguise with all of your diplomacy.

I just watched an old BOS meeting where you "shouted out" at your colleagues.
Civility?

Of course, let's not forget when you demanded the resignation of the entire
licensing board. That's a real act of civility!

Then there was the Chief. Ted  the one you made clear was not right for the
town. That was civility at it's best, wasn't it?

And  your little frog stand has flourished So why are you so discontent? What is
it you're not getting?

Bygones!
11:30 pm edt 

I see Various Opinions Published Here

I don't see just one position. However, there are few posters who seem to post
the same thing again and again and complaint and that would be too boring to
read. There are also some who are like "sock puppets" on named blogs--they
pretend to be different people when it is one person with the same complaint.

Like a frog trying to pretend to being a parrot!
11:23 pm edt 

Re: Intimidation Continues?

There was an incident with a patron of the OC just before the police showed up,
and I'm sure somebody called in the disturbance so I wouldn't read too much out
of the police sitting out front.
4:59 pm edt 

Blog vs Ideas

"... cherry pick which posts you will publish? You sir, are not someone
interested in promoting democracy, you are only interested in promoting your own
agenda."


Very good point!  Very frustrating to take the time to submit a response or an
idea and if it doesn't coincide with that of the moderators, then it does not
see the light of day.  This will probably not be posted as it could appear
critical of Clarence, but we do appreciate this forum, but don't just censor
those that you do not agree with.
1:37 pm edt 

Re: Intimidation Continues?

Oh PLEEZZZEE! Intimidation because they were watching a pumpkin
carving contest.  You have really gone over the logical side
1:34 pm edt 

Intimidation Continues?

Sunday night a police cruiser parked in front of the Old Colony Pub and the
officers staired into the bar while the pumpkin carving contest was taking
place.  WHY?  Nothing more than intimidation!!
12:45 pm edt 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Michele Couture

Mixed metaphors and a paltry reading list I'm willing to overlook however, your
"I'm better than you" attitude and attack on freedom of speech forces me to take
you to task.

[I dare you to go] back to school and re-educatue youself on government and
history. Then, perhaps, you can better "serve" our town.

Word of caution freedom of speech trumps civility. Even frogs [can] understand
that concept!


12:41 am edt 

RegardingThis Blog

I do not know Clarence. I  give him credit for all of his time work in
paid or get a big fat pension for doing all this work for the people in
Provincetown. This blog is a way for people to say what they feel and
not be afraid of any ramifications. Open communication is key..

Thank you Clarence for loving Provincetown and trying to give it back to the
people..

I have been reading this blog for about 5 months. Quite frankly I see plenty of
posts supporting this BIG FISH small pond mentality with corrupt gov't in
Provincetown, this is SAD.

Thank God that there are many more people in town that do not have rose colored
glasses on, and will no longer tolerate these criminals in our beautiful town.
10:18 pm edt 

Blog vs Ideas

Clarence, you said in the Cape Cod Times article that you started this
blog because people would be more comfortable expressing opinions in this forum,
that they wouldn't be afraid to ask questions.

Why should we bother asking questions or posting on your blog when you continue
to cherry pick which posts you will publish? You sir, are not someone interested
in promoting democracy, you are only interested in promoting your own agenda.
Very sad.

If you are an honest man and believe that truth will prevail Clarence, you
should have nothing to fear.
6:10 pm edt 

Michele Couture

For someone who, to quote you" I don't read--------", can describe the
blog as stupid,degrading the public discourse, frustrated,angry ,political
intrigue, mean spirited, venomous, bash, poison ,venom and ends by describing it
as unbelievable ------Michele, are you psychic?
6:08 pm edt 

Provincetown Has Been Tolerant to a Fault!

It is my feeling that Provincetown is one of the most beautiful places in the
world and so are most of the people in this town.

The people of this town have been tolerant to a fault of this corrupt local
gov't. It is about time that the people speak out loud and take back their town
from these corrupt officials.


Does Selectman Elaine Anderson  think that she is not part of the problem? How
dare she, chastise the people that pay her salary. If she does not  like the
volume, or the tone of the people then she should step down. Elaine would be
better suited to be a caller for BINGO, this way the only voice she will hear is
her own LOUD AND CLEAR.  I am sure Provincetown will be just fine with out her
sitting as a selectman recapping what has already been stated.  That she does
very well.
6:06 pm edt 

Re: Jaran as a Patron

Great patron. But would you have him back as a police chief?  Would you serve
him alcohol  while he was carrying a gun? I wonder if background checks are done
on police chiefs who are candidating for a chiefs position. In, fact I hope that
background checks will be done on the next recommended candidate for
Provincetown's next chief before offering the person a contract.
6:02 pm edt 

It Has Never Been This Bad----Said Anderson

Of course it had never been this bad---from where you were sitting, mindlessly
voting along with the other two stooges , who of course, were taking their
orders from the puppetmistress. Of course it has never as bad---now that you
have been forced to think for yourself and find that you are not capable of
thinking for yourself . Find out where the puppetmistress is moving to, move
there and quickly get attached to her puppet strings, and I assure you that
it will get better again----just like it was befor.
5:52 pm edt 

Chief as Bar Patron

Having served Jeff Jaran for nearly five years while working as a bartender at a
popular year-round restaurant in the east end, I can speak to his character as a
patron.

Whether he was with a group of friends, socializing with colleagues or dining
with his family, he was always a pleasure to serve.

Jeff impressed me with his politeness. He was consistently well-mannered and
displayed behavior that was unremarkable. I would welcome him back as a patron.

3:27 pm edt 

Re: Cape Cod Times October 27, 2013 Article

"I am certain Town Hall does not relish the spotlight on them
highlighting the corruption..."


The above statement is exactly what K.c Meyers article was referring to. Making
broad and dangerous accusations without the evidence. Corruption? Maybe petty,
but there are no issues of vast Town government misappropriation of funds.
Google the township of Bell California for a comparison.

K.c Meyers article offers a prospective that many bloggers in Provincetown may
not have: what it looks like to those watching from the sidelines. And it ain't
pretty.


3:23 pm edt 

Where is K.C. Myer's In-Depth Analysis?

It is not there. she presents "facts" and then quotes some in town who
themselves are part of our problem. that includes the former chair of the BOS
Couture who is herself negative and a defender of the police and town manager.
No matter what they do, she is there, kissing their elbows and wrists.

Poor article. Lacks real investigative reporting. Hardly dug deeper than the
surface reality of this complex town and how is its run.

Give me Ann Woods anytime.
3:21 pm edt 

Re: Cape Cod Times October 27, 2013 Article

Let us not forget that the police union called an emergency meeting
after hearing from the "malcontents" and the "agitators" at the BOS meeting that
evening. And the police union passed a vote of no confidence in police chief
Jaran that evening. So who is really splitting the town so "sadly?" TM, Chief
Jaran, the chair of the BOS, or the citizens who were brave and moral enough to
bring all of these matters to the public's attention?

I think it is extraordinary that a police department would pass a vote of no
confidence on their chief. Are they to be held accountable for the town's "ugly
state of affairs" as well?
1:33 pm edt 

Re: Cape Cod Times October 27, 2013 Article

Re: ". . . the voice folks . . . created this ugly state of affairs
[in the town]" . . .


I am certain Town Hall does not relish the spotlight on them highlighting the
corruption, the lack of leadership and the cover-ups that have brought a lot of
matters out into the open as of late.

And I am certain that the Town Hall group does not like the freedom of speech,
the democratic process, that makes that spotlight all the more brighter.

Blaming the ugly state of affairs on the critics is disingenuous, at best. If we
had some trust in Town Hall we would not be in this pickle. Instead we have had
cover-ups, shoddy leadership and investigations. To call the critics "agitators"
and "malcontents" is widely missing the point.

Don't blame the messenger(s).
1:26 pm edt 

Re: Cape Cod Times October 27, 2013 Article

I Have A Problem with K.C. Myers' "Title of a Town torn Apart"

It is a town that is in dialogue and discussing issues that have different
points of view. Was everything fine before when all the BOS smiled and voted
exactly as the town manager wanted them to? and was all well when the Finance
Committee sat there like the five monkeys agreeing to whatever the BOS wanted?

No that was a bad time and this is a better time. It is that town officials do
not like being criticized yet they deserve the criticism when you look at their
poor and leaderless actions.

And Michelle Couture should spend her time selling frogs and looking at herself
in the mirror. she attacks and then criticizes people for speaking their mind.
Mind your frogs and we'll be better for that distraction.

What did we learn from K.C. Myers' article? Nothing substantial. for all her
interviews, a poorly written article with little analysis of Provincetown.
1:15 pm edt 

Cape Cod Times Article

Vincent Currier "this story is obviously fluff and sensationalism....come on,
this Town has never been as together than it is right now....this IS a majority,
and that fact is being ignored to get a sensational headline and graphic!"

The article was very accurate and very sad about our Town.  It's interesting
that the Voice folks are all crying foul because they think the article paints a
negative picture and they fail to understand that they are the catalyst for our
ugly state of affairs.  Who is the Voice membership anyway?  Many of the most
vocal don't live here, but are antagonists, prompting the malcontents to get
angrier.  And for anyone to state that the Town has never been as together than
it is right now, does not understand the implications of his actions.
11:51 am edt 

Cape Cod Times


Provincetown: A town torn apart


PROVINCETOWN — At the tip of the Cape in 1620, newly arrived Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact that established rules for self-government in a new world.

Nearly 400 years later, Provincetown still pushes the boundaries of a "civil Body Politick" described in the compact.

Public meetings here have always been lively. But lately people are wondering if the discussions have become so nasty that it's hampering the town's day-to-day business.

In the past few months, the police chief was suspended, the town manager started looking for a new job, and the town's director of finance threatened to take legal action against the chairman of the Finance Committee.

Dozens have crowded into selectmen's meetings, where public statements have been laced with threats of lawsuits, gavel-pounding and salty language.

Fifteen public records requests have been made since Sept. 9, some asking for a year's worth of emails between town hall employees, Town Clerk Doug Johnstone said.

"It's not just the amount of requests; some of the requests are quite voluminous," he said.

In a way, this is nothing new in a town where 25 town managers came and went between 1954 and 1990.

But in the last two years, tension has reached new heights, Selectman Elaine Anderson said.

"It's never been this bad before," said Anderson, who is serving her sixth year on the board. "It's intense, and it aggravates me that the loudest voice gets this stuff going."


'NO-HOLDS BARRED'

While theories abound about why tensions have become so hot lately, nearly everyone mentions the role of social media. There are five Facebook pages or blogs devoted to Provincetown politics. These include the blog, Shout Out, and the Facebook pages: Provincetown Community and Politics, not to be confused with the Real Provincetown Community and Politics, the Provincetown Voice, and the Blow Hole.

"Provincetown has been using a great deal of social media, and that has fueled the fire, no question," said John Goodrich, a mediator with the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration.

This summer, his office offered mediation services to the town. One recommendation, which will be discussed at Monday's selectmen's meeting, is for townspeople to try a new online social media tool, which exists primarily in pilot form. It allows users to engage in online discussions at facilitated sites designed to keep the discussions more civil, Goodrich said.

Anderson said she's tired of being bullied in person and online.

The tensions began during the 2012 town election, and spiraled out of control with "social media attacks," she said.

"These are no-holds barred attacks, with no one really caring who was hurt or what was said. It escalated and escalated."

Michele Couture, a former Provincetown selectman, blamed the Shout Out blog for degrading the public discourse.

"I'm really frustrated and angry with the political intrigue that has led to people being so mean-spirited," she said at a recent selectmen's meeting. "I don't read that venomous blog that allows people to write anonymous postings that bash people.

"The poison and venom has started with that stupid blog, and it has continued to fester to the point where the intrigue is just unbelievable."


Being bullied

Elected and appointed officials across the state are dealing with similar situations.

In an article titled "(Un)civil Discourse" in the Municipal Advocate, a magazine about local government affairs, Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan discussed the poisonous atmosphere of online forums.

"Social media is a wonderful and important thing for government," Dolan said in a phone interview. "But it's also the only place where people aren't held accountable for their words."

"Words hurt," he continued. "I always tell my children that. But adults are becoming the bullies that we beg and plead our children not to be."

In his own city, anonymous blog posters have criticized "those kids" bused into the Melrose schools through the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity Program. Such racist overtones would never be said in a public meeting, he said.

But online, which he called "the wild west of a civilized society," people can say anything.

The result is local volunteers are reluctant to sign up to serve on town boards, serve on church committees or even volunteer to be Little League coaches, Dolan said.

Can social media affect local politics? Of course, Dolan said.

"Social media has closed businesses, ruined marriages and caused suicide; it has done all of these things," he said.

But administrators and users of online media argue this is the place for real democracy.

Clarence Walker, a Provincetown Finance Committee member, said he began operating his blog, Shout Out, in 2007. He said he allows anonymous comments because that is how people feel most comfortable commenting.

"Democracy is messy," he said.

The blog contributors learn about local politics and become comfortable participating.

"Now we have a populace not afraid to ask questions," Walker said.

People have a lot of distrust of appointed and elected officials, said Mark Hatch, who runs the Facebook page Provincetown Voice, which doesn't allow anonymous posts.

The issue is not that people are making critical comments or public records requests, he said.

"My view is, let's not miss the big picture," Hatch said. "If there was trust, this wouldn't be happening."


INVESTIGATION

CAME TOO LATE?

Provincetown is, in fact, dealing with some real some problems, mostly related to the Police Department.

These include the Sept. 12 suspension of Police Chief Jeff Jaran following months of complaints after his angry outburst about anti-police lyrics that were played in a song at the Squealing Pig pub on May 7, election night.

Two police unions also issued a no confidence vote in their chief last month. The union members accused Jaran of several misdeeds, including exerting "undue influence on employee votes in recent elections, including the distribution of campaign signs from the police station."

It is alleged that Jaran wanted his staff to campaign for incumbent Selectman Austin Knight, who was re-elected May 7.

Both Knight and Jaran have refused to comment because of an ongoing investigation.

Selectman Tom Donegan, who also won a seat to the board that same night, said rumors of this behavior had been circulating long before the unions' no-confidence vote.

When the selectmen and town manager appeared to dismiss such complaints, it fueled the mistrust among citizens, he said.

Town Manager Sharon Lynn said she didn't immediately recommend a further investigation of the Squealing Pig incident because the owner of the Squealing Pig, Diarmuid O'Neill, and Jaran, told her everything was resolved.

But then a bartender gave a different version of events. So, Lynn said, she suggested selectmen hire an independent investigator.

Perhaps, however, the selectmen's August decision to hire the independent investigator, Frank Rudewicz, of Marcum LLP, came too late.


'lynch mob run amok'

On Monday, Sept. 9, an angry crowd gathered at the Provincetown selectmen's meeting to complain about police behavior, and the selectmen and town manager's perceived complacency.


Donegan said these speakers were "passionate, heartfelt and spontaneous."

Rob Tosner, a local businessman, called it "a lynch mob run amok."

In any case, one after the other, people rose and made dramatic claims about the police abuse of power.

Walker, for example, said he was "trailed" by a police officer after taking a political stance against a proposal to build a new police station.

Walker said later he was arrested for drunken driving in Provincetown in April, in retaliation — he claims — for his political views. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

But the speakers weren't just the usual detractors like Walker.

A lot of people who don't often come to town hall showed up for the next few equally dramatic meetings.

Dr. Brian O'Malley said he doesn't usually get involved in town politics and doesn't read social media.

But he began attending meetings after reading newspaper reports about accusations of the police influencing an election, he said.

Police chiefs are targets for public antipathy. The average tenure of a chief in Massachusetts is less than five years, Wayne Sampson, executive director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, said.

"In this atmosphere, police chiefs have to be careful about weighing the needs of the community with the perception of how those needs are responded to," he said.

Donegan said the results of the investigation — expected in the next few weeks — should go far to resolve residents' anger or mistrust.

Unless, he added, it's too shallow.

"It must be viewed as whole and complete," he said.

Or else, he added, things will only get worse.


Turmoil in Provincetown

Sept. 12: Police Chief Jeff Jaran (hired in 2008) suspended with pay pending an independent investigation following his angry outburst on May 7 at the Squealing Pig pub in reaction to an N.W.A. song with anti-police lyrics: The song dates from a 1988 album "Straight Outta Compton" about gang violence in Los Angeles. Jaran grew uncomfortable with the lyrics and volume, and told the bartenders to turn the song off and that they should be ashamed of themselves, he told the Times in June. Jaran and his girlfriend then left the bar.

Town Manager Sharon Lynn conducted a follow-up investigation and on June 24 told the selectmen she found no corroborating testimony about the incident to lead her to take action. But Selectmen Erik Yingling and Thomas Donegan pushed for an independent review, saying Jaran overreacted, based in part on what one bartender recounted to Yingling and to the Province­town Banner newspaper.

 

Sept. 12: The town's two police unions issued a no-confidence vote in their chief, stating that the union members could not condone behavior by the chief of police that included "ordering police officers into The Squealing Pig to collect names of employees and patrons who were present when the chief objected to an employee's exercise of their First Amendment rights to play music of their choosing."

The letter also stated the union members did not condone other behavior by the police chief including "ethical violations regarding the undue influence on employee votes in recent elections, including the distribution of campaign signs from the police station."

Both incidents are being probed by an independent investigation by Marcum, LLP.

 

Aug. 5: A former police records clerk, Andrea Poulin, 33, files a sex discrimination complaint against the department and Police Chief Jeff Jaran with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Poulin states in her complaint that Jaran failed to take seriously and remedy a sexual assault in 2012 involving former Patrol Officer Nathaniel McConatha.

 

Sept. 12: Town Finance Director Dan Hoort filed a complaint with the selectmen and town manager, claiming the chairman of the Finance Committee is retaliating against him. Hoort complains that Michael Canizales, has attempted to retaliate against him on numerous occasions following Hoort's July 25 public announcement that he would file a formal complaint against the chairwoman of the town's Personnel Board. Though he threatened to take this complaint to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, he has not gone that far, he said recently. Hoort said he needs to protect himself from what he called in his complaint "retaliatory and abusive" behavior.

 

Last few months: Town Manager Sharon Lynn applied for, but didn't receive, a job as Bal Harbour, Florida village manager. Lynn, town manager since 2007, wouldn't confirm why she's looking for a new position except to say, "I'm exploring my options. I have to think of myself and my family."


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11:41 am edt 

Sharon & Jaran

AGAIN TOWNSPEOPLE,TIME FOR JARAN AND SHARON LYNN TO GO!
11:03 am edt 

To: Webmaster

You have printed comments insinuated if not actually stating that Ms. Nagle has
a town issued cell phone.  Please also print that there is no truth to that
fabricated statement.

Apparently it was made up to bring someone down.
10:57 am edt 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Re: Provincetown Voice

I concur with this concern!

"I am a big fan of the political positions that people on  the Provincetown Voice
Blog take and of their efforts to make Provincetown a better place for us all.

However, at times it appears to me me that some of the people along with the
administrator are part of a little clique (somewhat like a high school clique)
with their insider jokes, etc. This makes others who appreciate their
intelligence and  good hard work for the town, feel as outsiders and somewhat
intimidated to also voice their opinion."


I write this as a constructive critique in the hopes that this blog will survive
and grow and continue to be a great benefit to Provincetown.
12:38 am edt 

Some Have Asked Why the Bartender Waited so Long to Speak Out

If you have the sense that I do--that Provincetown redients were feeling
threatened by the Chief of Police and by some police officers, then you need to
let the investigator know this. there is some question that some are asking: So,
why, didn't the bartender speak out right away?

Some of us know that too many of us felt threatened by the number of cruisers on
commercial Street, watching and waiting. some of us know that we were targeted by
the police. some of us know that if we did speak up then, we would have been
followed and perhaps even arrested by the police. Jeff Jaran had his orders and
too many police did, in fact, follow them

But I believe that the investigator needs to know this. He needs to get an
answer to this question: Why did the bartender at the Squealing Pig wait to
speak out.

If you have any inkling of why, any hint of what was behind this hesitation, I
ask you to contact Frank Rudewicz to let him know. He is an outsider trying to
pieces these incidents and motives together. Help him in his work while he is
still looking to hear from people in town.

Any fact, any incident, any insight to motive of Jeff Jaran should be made known
to the investigator while his investigation is still open. Wait too long and
there will be no option for you to speak. Speak now!
3:45 pm edt 

Re: No Place For Hate Committee

Can anyone verify whether or not Candace has been kicked off the NPFHC? Is it
just wishful thinking?
3:42 pm edt 

Squealing Pig Bartender at the Special Town Meeting

Anyone that thinks he did something wrong by wearing the same T-shirt that he
wears to work (bearing the logo of the Squealing Pig) is eithet a police chief
sympathizer or totally out of touch with reality.  The guy was wearing the same
shirt the entire bar staff wear every day.  Give the guy a break!  He did what
every American has the right to do, and should do.  He stood up and told the
truth.
2:17 pm edt 

If You Have Any Thoughts, Facts and Opinion on Jeff Jaran's Actions

Please do contact the investigator. He will start to wrap up his investigation
soon, so now is the time to contact Rudewicz. Use the link on this blog. It will
lead you to Rudewicz's e-mail and he needs to hear from you.

If anyone felt threatened in the last year, if anyone felt this town was
becoming a police state, if anyone has a sense of why Jeff Jaran intimidated
people at the Pig or stored and handed out campaign signs for Austin Knight or
knew facts about the No Place for Hate Committee with Candace Nagle as a
member-----please contact Frank Rudewicz today.

Jeff Jaran's suspension and what happens to him depends on the results of this
investigation. The facts need to be disclosed to the investigator.

If any police stopped you from putting up political signs for Donegan or
Richter, if you were stopped for "registration" issues or ""headlight" issues,
then let Frank Rudewicz know this.
The time is now. E-mail Rudewicz!
11:29 am edt 

Re: Special Town Meeting

"Oh, give me a break! He's a celebrity now and he's clearly enjoying
thelimelight."

7:42 pm edt


A CELEBRITY?  You are so far off. No one in their right mind would want to be in
his position in a small town like this. Jeff Jaran intimidated him and he and
his family were fearful. However, he stood up for himself and he will make a
difference for this town. Very few were willing to stand up for themselves. Most
just took what was shoved their way for a number of years. I AM SO THANKFUL FOR
WHAT HE DID AND THE FEW OTHERS WHO HAVE STOOD UP FOR THEMSELVES. THEY ARE THE
TRUE HEROES. THEY ARE THE REASON THIS TOWN IS CHANGING . WE ALL SHOULD BE
THANKFUL TO THIS SMALL GROUP WHO WILL CHANGE THIS TOWN FOREVER. IT TAKES GUTS TO
DO THIS IN A TOWN WHERE INTIMIDATION RUNS RAMPANT.
10:03 am edt 

Friday, October 25, 2013

It's a Good Point...

Paying a salary to the Chief while suspended, until the investigation is completed. 
When Sharon suspended him, she said it would be with pay for 15 days, with the
possibility of 15 additional days, salary would be paid subject to her decision. 

I assume she decided it was okay  to continue to pay him his salary. But more than
30 days have passed. So what's the status? Is the town still being paying Jaran
a Police Chief's salary?
11:41 pm edt 

Re: I Like Pigs!

'The "I Like Pigs" tee shirt the bartender was wearing is the tees
they sell at the squealing pig, and is their work shirt. It has nothing to do with
the police, and it shouldn't be construed to be....'


"Oh, give me a break! He's a celebrity now and he's clearly enjoying the
limelight."


I personally know the man and that is the farthest thing from the truth about
him. Any bartender will tell you that to run afoul of the police is the least
thing they'd want.

There was no glory about going up against the police chief as this is easily a
career-ending situation for any bartender in a small town. It takes courage to
even state any untoward behavior by any law enforcement person that can end your
livelyhood very easily. it's so much easier to let things go than take a stand.
It is to be commended that he chose to do the right thing rather than take the
safe path.
11:36 pm edt 

I Like Pigs!

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us.But pigs regard us as
equals.

Winston Churchill
7:55 pm edt 

The Town Manager

Threw us a bone in the chief.  While we're preoccupied with him. She can
continue with her dasterdly deeds.
7:52 pm edt 

Provincetown Voice

I am a big fan of the political positions that people on  the Provincetown Voice
Blog take and of their efforts to make Provincetown a better place for us all. 

However, at times it appears to me me that some of the people along with the
administrator are part of a little clique (somewhat like a high school clique)
with their insider jokes, etc. This makes others who appreciate their
intelligence and  good hard work for the town, feel as outsiders and somewhat
intimidated to also voice their opinion. 

I write this as a constructive critique in the hopes that this blog will survive and
grow and continue to be a great benefit to Provincetown.
7:50 pm edt 

Provincetown Pier Police

Why does there continue to be a police detective sitting in the Harbor Masters
office day and night? It does not seem to be much going on on the pier these
days.  What could he possibly be detecting?  Possibly the status of his favorate
foot ball team.
7:47 pm edt 

Re: Board of Selectmen

Come on, They all worked very hard (and are continuing to do so) to earn their
titles "Three Stooges".  Let's not prematurely strip them of their rightfully
earned titles.  Wait until next year when only one remains (after the election
and only Austin Knight remains).  Of course that is unless he is named as part
of the police fiasco in the ongoing investigation.  Oh well, one can only hope.

7:45 pm edt 

Re: Special Town Meeting

'The "I Like Pigs" tee shirt the bartender was wearing is the tees they
sell at the squealing pig, and is their work shirt. It has nothing to do with
the police, and it shouldn't be construed to be....'



Oh, give me a break! He's a celebrity now and he's clearly enjoying the
limelight.
7:42 pm edt 

Suspended Police Chief Jeff Jaran

At what point should all of us cease paying Jaran during his
suspension, and taking back our cruiser, and weapons, if he still possesses
them?
2:55 pm edt 

Re: Candace Nagle

"Why is it that Candace Nagle is so poorly regarded?"


Karma
1:16 pm edt 

Re: Special Town Meeting

The "I Like Pigs" tee shirt the bartender was wearing is the tees they sell at
the squealing pig, and is their work shirt. It has nothing to do with the
police, and it shouldn't be construed to be....
1:13 pm edt 

Special Town Meeting

The most interesting thing about STM was the Pig Bartender wearing a T-Shirt on
Town Hall Floor stating 'I like Pigs'.  Talk about rubbing it in.  This guy does
like to be provocative
11:54 am edt 

Board of Selectmen

Enough with all the "Three Stooges" stuff.  Those poor soles have lost
their way and don't realize it.
9:48 am edt 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Re: Candace Nagle

Why is it that Candace Nagle is so poorly regarded?
12:19 am edt 

Re: Independent Investigator

"Has anyone else heard that the reason the guy conducting the
Chief/Pig investigation has been looking for feedback from the public is because the cops
and other people working for the PPD are under a gag order by the town manager
forbidding them from cooperating with him?"

If true, then she could be charged for insubordination.

I want to see a letter from her to all the municipal staff, directing them to
fully cooperate with the investigation.
12:15 am edt 

Town Meeting

Great results from Town Meeting, thoughtful, collaborative with a little piss
and vinegar from Barbara Rushmore, what more can we ask for, It was great seeing
consensus on many but not all Articles, let's hope for level heads and smart
budget planning for 2014. Thanks to all the volunteers on all committees who
"care" and get involved and to all the Town Meeting voters, it matters to show
up and VOTE.

Rick Murray
11:10 pm edt 

Re: No Place For Hate Committee - Candace Nagle

She can run but she can't hide.                                         
11:08 pm edt 

No Place For Hate Committee - Candace Nagle

"The word on the Blogs is that Candace Nagle has been removed from the
No Place For Hate committee."

Candace who?
11:06 pm edt 

Gag Order

Has anyone else heard that the reason the guy conducting the Chief/Pig
investigation has been looking for feedback from the public is because the cops
and other people working for the PPD are under a gag order by the town manager
forbidding them from cooperating with him? Anyone doubt that this could be
happening?
11:04 pm edt 

Re: Candace Nagle

Heard that Ms Mean is no longer a Registered Voter in Provincetown. She now
votes in Truro where she actually lives . Bye Bye Queen of Candyland.
11:03 pm edt 

No Place For Hate Committee - Candace Nagle

CN has to be concerned with the request for information that is presumably being
complied with. She knows what damaging information is in those e-mails
and the danger of the consequences she faces.

I predict she will end up in a very costly lawsuit, which will cost her dearly and that's
not including the obvious defamation squabble she has with the mypacc issue.
11:00 pm edt 

No Place For Hate Committee - Candace Nagle

The word on the Blogs is that Candace Nagle has been removed from the No Place For Hate
committee. For her many pass indiscretions.

It would seem that the house has finally fallen on the witch.
2:07 pm edt 

Town Meeting and 2nd Home Owners

Now that we have had the STM and the voting is complete, I was wondering how the
2nd home owners felt about the issues and the results.  We have 6 months until
the TM and some of these issues will come up again as well as the new items.  I
would like to know what the 2nd home owners are thinking and if they agree or
disagree with the way the town is heading.  They are having a meeting on Nov 2
in the Judge Walsh room.  I hope we could have some discussion in the next 6
months so we could find solutions and direction together to resolve town issues. 
What are your thoughts?
1:27 pm edt 

So Who's in Service to Whom ???

In service to the wealthy? Oh come on, If you feel like you are in
service to the wealthy that come here, what is the problem? Thank the wealthy
for supplying the demand for seasonal jobs. Without the well dressed second home
owner we have nothing. We can't get unemployment year round and forever as well.
10:51 am edt 

Re: Independent Investigator

"Why is Frank Rudewicz,independent investigator conducting inquiries
involving the Police Chief,(that's supposed to be confidential),via My
Pacc/Shout Out blog? Why is it being intercepted that way if it's only to be
viewed by Rudewicz or one of his investigators?."


To my knowledge, nothing has been "intercepted", to use your word.  All he's
done is post a request for people to contact him directly.  This is standard
operating procedure when investigators are seeking additional information on a
case. And all Shout Out! did was post his request.
10:47 am edt 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What.... No Wednesday Blog?

All must be well, and everyone content with the way our "Three Stooges"
and Town Manager are ruining, (Oops sorry, running) the town.
10:30 pm edt 

Independent Investigator

Why is Frank Rudewicz,independent investigator conducting inquiries
involving the Police Chief,(that's supposed to be confidential),via My
Pacc/Shout Out blog? Why is it being intercepted that way if it's only to be
viewed by Rudewicz or one of his investigators?.
10:27 pm edt 

So Who's in Service to Whom ???
 
Re "This gap is completely exposed in Provincetown. The well to do
pile into town during the best of the season in luxury cars, dressing,
eating and drinking well, and the residents are in service to them.
Any dignity one could retain as a resident artist has evaporated"


Oh please..... yes we do come to town in nice cars, eating well etc.  What we
don't do is get to stay here in this beautiful town 7 days a week, year round
like you do.

We have to leave when the weekend is over - schlep back to New York or Boston to
incredibly stressful jobs with incredibly long hours - so we can pay the taxes
and mortgages that sustain the Real estate market here for which we have NO VOTE
or say in what goes on down here.

You are the one that gets to go to meetings (mid week no less when we can't be
here) and decide what's going to happen in this town - the locals run this town
and we have no say, so who's in service to whom ???
9:43 pm edt 

Re: Some Rents on a one Bedroom are $900.00 a Month?

What is a "ceiling floor assembly"?????
9:40 pm edt 

Affordable Housing

AFFORDABLE HOUSING RUSE

What happend to Stable Path? They took $800,000.00 in CPA funds from the
taxpayers and nothing. Year after year after year, after year

You Folks who want affordable housing will be 10 years older at least before you
see anymore. You better stay in shape to work your two jobs--but you all collect
unemployment in the winter and travel and pay your rents now--so I don't get it.
9:38 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

YOU HAVE YOUR PRECIOUS AFFORDABLE HOUSING-LIVE WITH IT

When you lease is up, just move out and let someone else enjoy living there. Try
to find a year round market rate one bedroom apartment and see what they go for.
$975.00 a month. You have heat included. Water included. Don't cry about some
noise. You get what you pay for.
9:32 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Next Year .....a Breath of Fresh Air

Kudos and thanks to members of the Finance Committee for looking out
for our town's financial well being despite the up hill fight against the Three
Stooge members of the Board of Selectmen.  Looking forward to next years
Selectmens election campaign. Wonder who will be distributing campaign
literature (possibly Jeff Juran will hang around and help Ann Maguire out).
Would be appropriate wouldn't it?
10:10 pm edt 

FinCom at Special Town Meeting

Hey Dudes! UB 2 Sexy 2 ME at TM last night! Great night!
10:07 pm edt 

Re: Some Rents on a one Bedroom are $900.00 a Month?

Some rents on a one bedroom are $900.00 a month? Yes

I know two people who pay $901 for a one bedroom, and three who pay $774.00. 
Yes, they received Certificate of Occupancy, the building in question was built
to code, none of that means it's currently meeting code, specifically with a
ceiling floor assembly that was installed improperly.
10:04 pm edt 

BOS/FinCom Joint Meeting

From: Mike Canizales [mailto:mike@sniffk9s.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 7:43 PM
To:
Subject: RE: JOINT MEETING

Fincom, please note the date. Thanks to Sharon for coordinating.

Best,

Mike Canizales
Sniff K9s
O:  +1 877 997 6433
C:  +1 212 731 9337
E:  mike@sniffk9s.com
W: www.sniffk9s.com

From: Thomas Donegan [mailto:tdonegan@provincetown-ma.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 6:14 PM
To: Sharon Lynn; Austin Knight; mike@sniffk9s.com
Subject: Re: JOINT MEETING

Hi
Aren't we meant to go over the 5 year plan before budget season begins? That
also seems a likely agenda item

Tom

Sent from my Cell Phone.


Sharon Lynn <slynn@provincetown-ma.gov> wrote:

Mike,

I'm responding to your request for a joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen.

The police staffing study is underway and I'm anticipating a final report to be
ready for distribution/explanation mid-November. I suggested to Mark Morse today
that for efficiency purposes, the report be made to both the BOS and Fin Com at
a joint meeting. Austin agrees and I'm hoping you will, too.

If so, can we target a joint meeting for Tuesday, 19NOV, 5:00 p.m.? The police
staffing issue would be agenda item "a" and other issues agenda item "b".

Please advise. Thank you. sl

Sharon Lynn
Town Manager
Town of Provincetown
508-487-7002
slynn@provincetown-ma.gov


From: Mike Canizales <mike@sniffk9s.com>
Organization: Sniff K9s
Reply-To: "mike@sniffk9s.com" <mike@sniffk9s.com>
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:38 PM
To: Austin Knight <aknight@provincetown-ma.gov>, Sharon Lynn
<slynn@provincetown-ma.gov>
Cc: Thomas Donegan <tdonegan@provincetown-ma.gov>, Erik Yingling
<eyingling@provincetown-ma.gov>
Subject: JOINT MEETNG

Hi there,

Wed like to schedule a joint meeting in early November. We can do any day but
Mondays as Doug Cliggott teaches. If you would like a day meeting I can make
sure Erik is schedule off that day.

Let me know

Thanks,
Mike Canizales

9:12 pm edt 

Road to Transfer Station
 
Does anyone know why it is being repaved??
2:16 pm edt 

Our Steady Progressive March Forward

I would like to recognize the Finance Committee for all their work
hard and persistence in securing the passage of important articles pertaining to
funding the pension program, defunding the excessive police program on the Pier,
the 2.5% limitation on future spending and debt spending, not allowing the
$450,000 to be needlessly spent on a new police station design and recommending
the purchase of the VFW land.

The community has spoken loud and clear that the reign of terror is over.

I also want to commend Tom Donegan for his leadership in initiating a citizens
review board for the police department. Together with the initiation of a
meaningful community policing program, which should not be undertaken until a
new police chief is recruited, these two steps will be important steps in
re-establishing the integrity of our police department.

Barbara Rushmore should also be commended for her leadership in removing the
provision for a police station from Article 6.

Her persistence delivered a clear message to the town manager and the Board of
Selectmen.

Let us now proceed to the next step:  The Results of the Investigation of our
Police Department, Austin Knight and Town Manager.

One step at a time ensures success.
2:14 pm edt 

Facebook Photos

Nice photos posted on FB of the Town Meeting!
2:11 pm edt 

Police Chief Suspension

I don't know if it's me or what but the Police Chief gets suspended, right !!!
He gets suspended with pay, right !!!And he still gets to use the unmark cruiser
he was using before the suspension, right !!! Now that's what I call a
suspension. Actually it's more of a paid vacation with the same benefits. I know
a few Police Officers and I asked them about it. I was told, once he was
suspended he should of lost the previlige to use that cruiser and his Police
authority as well. But in Provincetown, they were not suprised to hear
different. Sharon Lynn pulls the shades over our eyes again.
2:10 pm edt 

Re: Facts are Facts

Whenever I hear/watch something I don't like on the radio/TV, I simply change
the station.

If I'm out in a restaurant or a bar, I go with the flow. It's not all about me.
If I were that offended by something, by all means I would've paid my bill and
left. Had I caused a scene, I would have been subject to arrest. Food for
thought ...

Just saying ...

2:08 pm edt 

What's Left?

There was a time, maybe a decade ago, that compassion existed for
those with less. Support was given, it was a charitable, compassionate
contribution to society. This was the legacy of affordable housing.

Now the middle class has been whittled down to nothing, and the gap between the
haves and have nots has become painfully clear.

This gap is completely exposed in Provincetown. The well to do pile into town
during the best of the season in luxury cars, dressing, eating and drinking
well, and the residents are in service to them. Any dignity one could retain as
a resident artist has evaporated.

Scores of residents saw this coming and they left town. What's left?




2:06 pm edt 

The Town should Have Kept Control of 90 Shannkpainter


Yes the town does go into housing if it has a Housing Authority, if it has CPA
funds and if it turns over land to developers. This is not what a town should
do. Keep the land. Develop with concerns of historic designs, small scale
developments and even get taxes from the property. Why not? Keep the rents and
keep control.

Otherwise, it will be like 90 Shankpainter where the town literally gave to a
developer a million dollar piece of land for $1 a year and now has financial and
legal responsibilities. Are you just nuts to go along with this failed deal?

Keep the land. find local people who can build attractive yet small scale
buildings and then have rentals including seasonal units.

and did all the magnificent pines need to be toppled? why not keep some of the
beauty that had been there? No, when handed over to a developer, all was about
profit and gain. and then we, as a town, lose. Or we have shabbily built, thin
walled units that irritate and should not be.

A town that is smart never loses its control over its own land and its
affordable housing.
2:04 pm edt 

Re; Law is on Our Side

90 Shank Painter Rd meets all housing requirements. It has a certificate of
occupancy. No one said that the units would be much better than a cheap motel
where you hear every toilet flush on both sides of you.


The whole idea of affordable housing is for people to get a place, live cheap
WHILE YOU SAVE AND DEVELOP YOURSELF INTO BECOMING SOMEONE THAT CAN EARN MORE and
then move to a better place, maybe even a place of your own. Nobody ever said
affordable housing was a lifetime lifestyle. Don't like the surroundings, pull
yourself up by your bootstraps and get yourself out.
2:01 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

The comment on the low income rentals and the people who live in them
is completely uncalled for.  It is stereotyping at the least.  If you can't be
civil, keep it to yourself
1:59 pm edt 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Law is on Our Side

90 Shank Painter Rd meets all housing requirements. It has a certificate of
occupancy. No one said that the units would be much better than a cheap motel
where you hear every toilet flush on both sides of you.

Get used to it, folks. We taxpayers bought the land and are subsidizing your
housing. Sorry you didn't a place as nice of where you used to live..but it is
your choice to live in a congested, gossipy, know-everyone-elses-business low
income enclave surrounded by the town of Provincetown.
10:18 am edt 

Changing to Summer Only Rentals and Off Season Rentals

What do you think your landlord is going to do when he has to spend a few more
thousand dollars on flood insurance?

One answer is to start to rent out YOUR year round apartment for the summer
only. More and more landlords are doing so. From May 15 to September 15 a
landlord makes a bundle. Just ask a realtor about Summer only rentals.

From September 15th to May 15th he rents it out at winter rent which is equal to
what you are paying now.

No one buys a rental property with the idea of losing money to subsidize
tenants.

PLUS: Tenants walked out on their landlords when won the lottery and received
their affordable housing and now some landlords are asking for a few thousand
dollars up front at the signing of each yearly lease.

Dry you tears, little one, there are plenty of affordable places to rent in
Hyannis.
10:16 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing - 90 Shank Painter

I know some resident has filed a law suit against the town for
problems with 90 Shankpainter. Why not just move out at the end of your year
lease? I assume the leases are for one year so filing a suit seems like looking
to get rich without working. We give people something and then they sue
us...Thanks!
10:05 am edt 

Re: Facts are Facts

"The bartenders could have held hands and chanted "F*ck the Pigs" and it would
still be irrelevant."



That group, NWA, and song are very relevant: They are nominated for
the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year for their influence on the world and I
guess, Provincetown, where a police chief was 'offended by it in a public place'
almost 30 years later! Jaran, and Sharon who abided by it, are an insult to this
town, which has seen its share of criminal behavior and lawsuits over her seven
year tenure.
10:00 am edt 

What Affordable Housing?

Some rents on a one bedroom are $900.00 a month? That isn't much below market
rate. I'm sure that you are wrong.

My TV, Cable, and telephone are on comcast and that bill is $189.00 a month.
Then there is the electric bill and car insurance.

I wonder how we can truly find out what the rents are. WE have a housing expert
who should be answering our questions.

Taxpayers paid for the land for Province Landing and Sandy Hill and gave
$800,000.00 out of CPA funds to Ted Malone for Stable Path.

Now the VFW property is in the cross hairs. At least the town will sell a
portion of that land to a developer so the taxpayers don't lose out.

5 more years for Stable path and over 10 years of the VFW land to be developed.
Just imagine how the town will change in the intervening years we will soon have
Island Prices here.
9:09 am edt 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sharon Lynn _ Town Manager

Ok Folks this is the harsh reality. Sharon Lynn and her inner circle
have made numerous mistakes in the last several months. I presume because they
thought they still had the makings of keeping their cabal intact. Well news
flash- IT IS OVER!!  I have also heard from a little birdie there are several
more lawsuits coming against our town- Yes Provincetown. ALL THANKS TO SHARON
AND HER INNER CIRCLE> LET US ALL BE ON VIGILANT  AND WATCH  SHE DOES NOT LEAVE
HERE OVERNIGHT. NOT SHE, NOT ANN MCGUIRE, NOT HARRIET , NOT DAN HOORT, NOT
CANDACE. I PROMISE YOU THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.  WE AS PROVINCETOWN
RESIDENTS HAVE NO IDEA HOW DEEP THIS CABALS WEB IS. BUT I CAN SAY THIS WITH
ABSOLUTE TRUTH. THE SPIDER IS DEAD. WE NEED NOW TO CLEAN THE COB WEBS AND BEGIN
AGAIN.JUST MY OPINION.  BTW  - We can hold SHARON LYNN ACCOUNTABLE - YES
ACCOUNTABLE THAT IS THE WORD WE PROVINCETOWN TOWNSFOLK HAVE BEEN SCREAMING THE
LAST YEAR. ACCOUNTABLE FOR HER ACTIONS, PERSONALLY. THERE ARE ATTORNEYS WHO CAN HOLD HER ACCOUNTABLE. PLEASE LETS GET TOGETHER AND FORM
A STRATEGY TO HOLD THIS NARCISSIST OF A TOWN MANAGER ACCOUNTABLE.  I also know
there are local folks who are willing to contribute to an attorney fund to
protect our town from SHARON LYNN. YES SHARON LYNN. THE BUCK STOPS WITH SHE.
10:57 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran - Suspended Police Chief

"The only real question is how much it's going to cost the
town.  He has no job prospects and I guess the police chief's association is
happy to pay for a lawyer for him."

JJ isn't going to get one cent from us, if just one of the alleged legal
violations is true, or if his conduct was in violation of his contract.  It will
cost us the investigation, and legal costs.  But the way things are going,
nothing to him from us.
4:54 pm edt 

Facts are Facts

It doesn't matter what song Mr. Roberts was playing that night at the Squealing
Pig. It is a free country and he can play whatever song he wants whenevere he
wants.

The chief behaved badly on all kinds of accounts. Police are looking at people
at the stop and shop and people feel intimidated. Signs were tampered with.

What song Mr. Roberts Plays is his business no matter how raw you might find the
language. The chief should not have over reacted. It is just words and music.
4:53 pm edt 

Conferences

Every few years there is a call for this conference and that conference and
everyone gets all worked up about these great things that are going to
happen..and it all just disolves because it it just talk and sharing ideas--but
you can't get a business to relocate here that will give folks good jobs.

Yes, the school Conference was the latest--all of the big wigs and all of the
support and all of the ideas--and we had to close the school because we had a
high school with a clique of seven girls graduating. We had to face the facts.

And the guys? Guys being guys they all rushed to other schools, towards
independence and new faces, new people, new challenges.--but the clique of girls
wanted the comfort of the school and each other. They were too shy to venture
out into the world and the anonymity of being another high school student. Face
it: This was a way to get lots of attention.
4:47 pm edt 

On Another Note - Activity on the Pier

What was the BIG ARREST on the pier on Saturday night
around 10pm? Environmental and Local police had someone or ones in
cuffs------finally they found the criminal!!
2:04 pm edt 

Re: Futility of Conferences

Right On!

Not much gets accomplished beyond the recognition of the problem and throwing
around of a few ideas. It's the town government that will ultimately be charged with
initiating any projects...and the the hive is stunning them to death.

Already, the folk hero's on the Voice page have groused about the incoming Town
Planner...published her salary ("it's public information/we have the right to
know!")and her choice of residency. You can't intimidate people into meeting
your unrealistic demands. Your 'power' is decidedly limited. Get used to it.
2:01 pm edt 

Re: Independent Investigation

How the song came to be played is actually pretty irrelevant.  The
bartenders could have held hands and chanted "F*ck the Pigs" and it would still
be irrelevant.  I think it's adorable though that you still try to make it about
the song and not the Chief's wildly inappropriate behavior egged on by his
wildly inappropriate girlfriend and fueled by lots of vodka.  I am sure you and
your friends are dying of curiosity.  : snore :

I get that you're still trying to throw the Chief a lifeline, but there is no
lifeline for him.  The only real question is how much it's going to cost the
town.  He has no job prospects and I guess the police chief's association is
happy to pay for a lawyer for him.

So we'll fire him and he'll take it to arbitration and we'll see what happens.
1:12 pm edt 

Land First - Developer Second

We need to secure the land first. One section should go to the New Police
station to replace the dilapidated one on Shank Painter Rd.

After Plans are determiend for the new police station, then take the rest of the
land and sell it to a developer so we recoup the money.

Sell a portion on open Market to a developer with no restrictions so we get some
money back..and then sell the rest to a developer of affordable housing.
1:01 pm edt 

Re: Independent Investigation

PTOWNPOLICEINQUIRY@GMAIL.COM-RESPONSE


My friends were wondering about the events that led to the song that was played
at the Squealing Pig on the night in question so we sent ptownpoliceinquiry@gmail.com
a detailed e-mail asking them pointed questions regarding how the music came to
be played that night.

What surprised me was that soon after we sent our e-mail, we received a personal
response e-mail from the investigator stating that this is what they are going
to investigate as they want to find the answers to these same questions as well.

IT was *NOT* a rote response--but a personal response. I have total confidence
in this investigation.
12:59 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

WHERE IS THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN FOR THE LIBRARY?
12:58 pm edt 

Face Reality - Housing Summit? Jobs Summit?

Wow, don't know who wrote that, but i feels like the most right on , thoughtful
post i've read on this blog. So, given the realities mentioned, if we agree that
we wish to keep at least some semblance of a working class and a middle class
still residing in out little town at the end of the world, what policies can the
town government implement, that would promote that?    As for summits, yes. my
eyes are glazing. only part i didn't get was the 3,000,000 . what 3M? i recall
1M for 90 shank painter.

Slippery Squirrel
12:57 pm edt 

Affordable Housing - 90 Shank Painter

Rent on a one bedroom apt is between $774.00 and $901.00, what are you
basing your misinformation on?
12:54 pm edt 

Re: Independent Investigation

THANK YOU FOR THE PROVINCETOWN POLICY E-MAIL ADDRESS

I've written to them expressing who I want investigated and posed questions for
them to consider. I want to know step by step how the incident unfolded. One
moment people are talking and enjoying their company and the next a song is
played. Just Saying..something started the whole ball rolling.
12:53 pm edt 

Affordable Housing - 90 Shank Painter

Rent on a one bedroom apt is $325.00 a month? For about three units,
the rest are 774.00 and over. Again wrong facts. Most pay between 60% and 80% of
income. Please stop posting misinformation about 90 Shank Painter.

The facts: 1. Four people have moved because of intolerable noise levels. #2.
The apartments were completely misrepresented, prior to moving in everyone was
told sound insulation exceeded code, now it is highly unlikely building is even
meeting code. Who would want to live there for the rest of their lives, fake
wood floors causing huge problems, now were supposed to be grateful for a
uninhabitable place to live.

Why should the first floor tenants be treated any different then the second
floor tenants. Why should low - to moderate income have to accept and be
grateful this nonsense.  What a joke and huge waste of resources, time and
money.

Ever hear of the 93A Consumer Protection Act?


12:52 pm edt 

Re: Oh That's the Rub

Keep posting. When you get tired of denigrating the workers, go back to telling
us how you must sell off your multiple properties.
12:49 pm edt 

Re: Truth be Told

Keep up the good work on this magnificent blog. It's like having an alternate to
our local newspaper(which I also enjoy). The cabal still seems to  push for
destroying freedom of speech .
12:48 pm edt 

Re: Facebook Crowd

HARSH REALITY ABOUT WORKING AND LIVING HERE

Whoa--someone is sure throwing a cold bucket of reality and dousing everyone
into taking off their rose colored glasses and looking at the reality of living
here.

Everyone who lived here until their 30s and then left to make money with the
hopes of retiring here--raise your hands!

What we didn't expect was that we could all be victims of the relentless scourge
of the facebook crowd. Every action and move broadcast to become fodder--to be
hounded--to be lamblasted non-stop.

I certainly don't want to be on a committee or volunteer here of do anything in
the public eye. BIG BROTHER AND BIG SISTER ARE HERE TO STAY--AND THEY ARE ALL ON
FACEBOOK.
12:47 pm edt 

Re: These are Your People Erik

The same fanatical "folk heroes" who are now draining the town budget with
numerous costly complaints in a misguided effort to overthrow the entire town
government and get their names in the news.

Not at all surprised this is happening. (I am surprised though, to see it
reported accurately in the Banner - wonders never cease!)I predicted months
ago(and posted to this blog) that this would happen. Once everyone jumps on the
mutiny bandwagon the town is inundated with expensive requests and complaints
that end up costing us all. Now we get to witness what happens when you let the
inmates run the asylum. And we get to pay for it.

But hey, far be it from me to deny any of you your free speech. Unfortunately
though, it's not really free, is it? It's costing me and every other
Provincetown taxpayer a bundle.
12:44 pm edt 

Affordable Housing - VFW?

All this talk about Affordable housing is nothing but a
RED HERRING! There is no plan,  no contractor,  no
money for the dream of housing at the VFW site.
Doesn't everyone realize that the building com.
just tacked it on to make the sale more attractive
to the renters who vote?
Don't be fooled, Please vote no to buying the VFW site.
12:23 pm edt 

Face Reality - Housing Summit? Jobs Summit?

How many conferences does it take for the reality to set in that we are at the
end of the world and all of the conferences won't bring back the high school,
created gainful employment and give you an income to live a comfortable
non-susidized life?

Remember the grandiose school conference? Remember the great housing conferences
that ended up when taxpayer bought all of the land for $3,000,000.00 and gave it
to the various developers--and look at what we have.

Remember the great jobs conferences? You have an aging population--this isn't
Boston with a force educated in the hot marker specialties that would drive
someone to open a firm here. This is a SERVICE COMMUNITY.

The truth is that people want to work in the summer and take the winter off to
enjoy the substance of their choice.

I have seen it: lounging around smoking pot and playing video games etc.

Where is the lightening hot work force ready to shine a laser spot light on the
educated, current, savy work force that will bring business here? They are aging
and waiting for affordabel housing.
12:18 pm edt 

Business Summit

And all of you who want this  business summit. How old do you think you will be
and still be bemoaning the fact there are no jobs here offering a living
wage..and then you will be stuck here with nothing except scrimping and scraping
and working many jobs in order to get by..what will affordable rents be in ten
years?

You will be ten years older and you will be bitter and dissatisfied and raising
your fist against the folks living and dining in comfort and style as many are
doing now.

People are so consumed with scraping and scrimping to get by when they can move
someone place, work a 40 hour week__OH THAT IS THE RUB. People want to work in
the summer and collect unemployment. They don't want to work year round from the
folks that I talk to : )  You can't have it all--even affordable housing will
cost a hell of a lot in ten years.
9:22 am edt 

Province Landing so Affordable

Yes, there is gossip and total scrutiny there..but aren't the rents so cheap
that people only pay 30% of their income. They make #300 a month..so their rent
is $100.00..if their income is $900.00 a month..they pay $300.00

Rent on a one bedroom apt is $325.00 a month. So it is like living inside a drum
box. Noise, vibrations, lack of privacy..but you get to live here the rest of
your life at an affordable price.

Some consider it a circle of hell and one couple left to go back to Florida. So
many people came here from NY and NJ and other places and got summer jobs to be
eligible for the lottery.

Wait until the next development--stable path--opens up..the town will be full of
summer workers from near and far putting in their names again..and then in ten
years when the VFW is developed..their names again..but so many of you will have
moved away or you will be in your late 40s.

9:20 am edt 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Truth be Told

"This blog is poison, Do yourselves a favor and start living an actual life."


This blog is a Freedom of Speech venue and I appreciate it , one doesn't have to
read too far into your purple monster and preaching to see your post is really a
filler of ignorance, not fact based. Non- fact based posts, both here and
Facebook are really to blame for the poison in Provincetown. Again, I appreciate
this blog and thank the moderators.
8:33 pm edt 

What?


I'm the biggest homo-american in the world, and i have never
found this blog to be anti-gay. and believe me, i'm very sensitive to that kinda
stuff.

Gene Fedorko
8:27 pm edt 

Provincetown Voice

Steven Roderick has a different take on the elections and the
appointments to the library board of trustees in a thread on the Provincetown
Voice. Can someone review his comments and state for the (informal) record where
the disparities are with comments made on this page?
8:25 pm edt 

Things to Come

Future [of] former power elite

You should realize that this tsunami of information about your shenanigans will
not abate at first a small amount of info started surfacing about how things worked in
town amongst the elite power players and their minions and flunkies.

Then as more info leaked out the wave of resentment grew leading to more people
investigating and exposing what they suspected it's now too late to stop the inevitable
tidal wave that will sweep you all from power.

Toodleloo
8:21 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing - 90 Shankpainter

"I know plenty of people that live there.  Good people. Some of
them love it and some others not so much. They all have one thing in common
though, they are paying a lot less than they were paying living somewhere else
in town."


How do you know who lives 90 shank Painter? You should get your facts straight
before posting for the general public 90 shank painter.  Many pay $900 for one
bedroom plus utilities? Not a lot less than anywhere else in town, only ones
getting the break over there are the developers.
8:15 pm edt 

So Soon!

I SEE THAT HARRIET IS NOW TRYING TO SELL HER HOUSE WHICH SHE BOUGHT IN
FEB. OF 2013 FOR $925,000. FOR $1,499000.!!!!! AND NO RENOVATIONS!!!!  Typical. 
Wonder if they are finally leaving their beloved town?????? If so, GOOD BYE AND
GOOD RIDDANCE!
8:12 pm edt 

Mismanagement Issues Result in Lawsuits

In terms of the requests for information from town hall that might
drain the town's budget, well, if there were no cover-ups, sexual harassment
cases being shelved, campaign signs photogrpahed in the police station, and
other major areas of mismanagement/corruption, these requests wouldn't even be
necessary! How about all the lawsuits and legal fees that are currently draining
the town budget because of same mismanagement issues?
8:09 pm edt 

Investigation

  Hi Frank I don't have any information but I do have, a question, if you will.
I,as I suspect, and many others have a deep distrust of the town manager, her
town counsel and three controlling votes on the BOS. I also know that your firm
was chosen by these very same five persons. My question to you is, when you you
submit your final report,will you send copies to townspeople to ensure that we
receive the same information that the"five" receive? Please remember,you are
being paid from our taxes and not from our "so called representatives".  We had
a very difficult time just to get them to go outside to hire investigators. If
we don't receive the same information, then we will be stabbed in the
back(again). Please use this blog to respond,or if you cannot, then respond
through our local newspaper. Thanks.
8:05 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

2011 Banner article regarding new trustee's resignation:

http://www.wickedlocal.com/provincetown/news/x780398150/New-Provincetown-library-trustee-resigns-in-frustration

My favorite lines:

"[Lyn] Kratz said she feels Napsha, who took over as director a year ago, has
been doing an incredible job."

"On Napshas leadership, [Mick Rudd] said, You dont bring in a first-rate
director and maintain the status quo. Theres a lot of change right now.

HA! An incredible job? A first-rate director? The emperors are stark naked
3:57 pm edt 

Glad That the Investigator of the Police Chief is Seeking Information

This is a good sign. He seems to be serious and dedicated to gaining the needed
information to make an accurate assessment. these cases are not simple and they
need outsiders and residents to help him connect the dots.
3:55 pm edt 

Is This Blog Anti-gay?

I have heard for , well since the founding of this blog, that it was a HATE
blog.  i have never heard it was anti-gay. I am gay and i have read it off and
on for years. so have my friends.

People on this blog have certainly attacked a few powerful people in town, and
indeed , with the exception of our current town moderator, yes most of the
powerful people  are gay. That doesn't make the blog anti-gay.

nonsense.


what this blog is, is a threat. to the power elite who can not control it. and
any time these days that someone questions authority , we are told its hate, or
mean or negative or , what else? oh oh. oh yes, its toxic. i remember that word
was popular.

Get over it.  Question authority. Pay attention .
Vote from in informed place. Look for honesty, openness. Selflessness.

And i couldn't care less about your sexual orientation.
your religion or your ethnicity. how boring.
3:43 pm edt 

Re: Someone Asked What Happened to Womens Week

It will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year but it is dying a slow death
due to many factors:  the same crowd coming back each year, more aged, with no
new demographic of women; too much programming for an over-extended period of
time for too few people resulting in a diminution of value by the Womens
Innkeeper; failure to create an exciting and dynamic new program which would
recruit a new demographic of women who have much higher expectations.

And lastly, if you check the Womens Innkeeper organization, like many other
"non'profit" Provincetown organizations, you will be surprised to learn who's
taking home the big bucks salary for the same tired event every year for not so
much effort.

It will clearly show how one small group dominates a lot of Provincetown
politics.
3:41 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

I love when people post about the affordable housing at 90 shank
painter. Everyone who has expressed negativity about it does not even live
there! Just "I have heard this and I have heard that" if I told someone there
was a purple spaghetti monster living in one of the units you would probably all
believe that too. I know plenty of people that live there.  Good people. Some of
them love it and some others not so much. They all have one thing in common
though, they are paying a lot less than they were paying living somewhere else
in town. And that's progress. Some of you talk about 90 shank painter like it's
the worst thing in the world. In a liberal left wing town that preaches equality
and rights this is a big surprise to me.  This blog is poison, Do yourselves a
favor and start living an actual life.
3:39 pm edt 

Re: Selling Property

As a landlord, I too have been left high and dry by entitled 'year
round' tenants who have found a better deal or decided to spilt town on a whim.
Not all of us have deep pockets nor can we afford to subsidize tenants when
taxes double due to projects that they voted for.

Now I rent seasonally and am better off for it. Soon all year round renters will
be found in affordable housing projects. The ghetto effect.
3:36 pm edt 

Re: Selling Property

No such thing as leaving a residential land lord high and dry when housing
demand exceeds supply.
3:34 pm edt 

Re: Library Trustee Appointment

<i>Since no successful challenges were made to that appointment, I
assume the rules were followed with regard to the vacancy appointment.<i/>

It is naive to make these kinds of assumptions. You should know that by now. The
rules regarding library trustee appointment were NOT followed.  The rules state
that such appointments are to be posted in the Banner, and the date of the
selectmen's appointment hearing be posted as well. None of this occurred. This
appointment happened quickly and quietly with no notice to anyone. If notice had
been given, several library supporters would have been there to speak their
minds.

It is unfortunate that few people cared enough about the library situation to
pay attention to what was happening or to believe Nancy and Wayne when they
tried to inform the public about it.  THIS was the beginning of Sharon Lynn
rolling over everyone who was not willing to ride in her squad car.

Lynn Kratz, the president of the trustees does NOT live in Provincetown. She is
a summer resident and spends the rest of the year in Pennsylvania. Much has been
lost in our library since she took the reins. She is merely a Sharon Lynn
puppet, who is only interested in being near the source of power. She knows very
little about Provincetown, knows very few people who live in Provincetown, and
has NO leadership ability at all.

The sad irony of all this will be seen in the fate of Cheryl Napsha. Yes, she is
mean. Yes, she is protected by Sharon and Lynn. But Sharon and Lynn will not
stand by her. They have money and property and will move on. But they will leave
Cheryl with nothing: no credibility, no money, no friends, and no job. Cheryl
made a very bad decision when she chose powerful friends over doing a good job
for our library. They have used her, and she will pay the price just like all
the others who lost their jobs and were forced out of the library. Very ironic
indeed.
3:31 pm edt 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Re: Vincent Currier - Request For Information

Vince- you are entitled to this info. Sharon Lynn is creating all this
red tape. She must have soooo much to hide. Settle for nothing less than  what
Dieter advices you on. He is a smart man. You DO NOT WANT paper copies of
emails.If you have the means, Hire a civil rights attorney. If you do not, see
if people will support you and hold a donation fund of some sort. You need to
not let up. Settle for nothing less than what you want.From a  Provincetown
concerned citizen. PS i would contribute to attorney fund.
11:33 pm edt 

Enough is Enough

I fail to understand why certain gays in this town--and some of them are close
friends--believe that this blog is filled with "hatred and vitriole."  Where?
When? I do believe they don't even read this blog but attack it
indiscriminatingly. Why and why again?

this blog has never been against gay individuals. and yet it seems that this
warped idea has persisted, even though false and unrealistic.

But I find from people I know a position that is intolerable: it is as if
someone has drunk the cool aid.

If many are against someone, it is because that person has prove to be
unprofesional. It has nothing to do with sexual preference. Yet some are
determined to paint this picture. Wrong and wrong again.

Listen to yourself. Read this blog. It isn't against any group but it does
present criticism for people who are doing in this town. You are conflating
issues that should be separate: professional actions and whatever sexual
preference. If you are not up to your job--that does not mean it is because of
your preference. Who really cares?

11:31 pm edt 

Vincent Currier

OK....if anyone of you is serious about the amazing things we have accomplished
as a team on our Voice, Blowhole, and Mypacc social media blogs, now is the time
to show who you are....

Monday evening is the Special Town Meeting, when we have the chance to VOTE on
the articles that all of us have worked so hard to get before the voters.

We have attended BOS and Fincom and Building Committee, and Pier Corp. and many
other town meetings in good numbers, in some cases shattering previous
attendance records for town meetings.

But, Monday Night's Special Town Meeting is the one where it all matters! This
is the meeting where we can show all the hard working committee members, the
BOS, the Finance Committee, and our Town Senior Staff how much we appreciate all
the hours they have put in, and how they have heard our comments and input, and
put them into a voteable format. This is the meeting that COUNTS!


I implore each and every person who reads this, please, show up in numbers.
Remind your relatives and friends. Drag out the people who never make it because
they think they are not heard. This movement of ours, this expression of
concern, has been important in making decisions that can affect us all for
years. And most importantly, it will show our Town Leaders that we have an
opinion, and we want to be counted! WE can make the decisions, and we will be
there to do just that.

I have met so many people who said they didn't think they were heard previous to
this community activism, and we cannot lose the momentum. Let's show Tom D., and
Erik Y., and Mike C. and Rick Murray and Bill Dougal and Peter Petas, and Mark
Hatch and Tom Coen, and Dan Hoort, and Candace Nagle and Sharon Lynn and the
Banner and the CC Times and each and every resident and concerned citizen what
we are made of. No matter how you feel, or how you vote, PARTICIPATE!

I'm counting on the fact that we on social media have done a lot of discussion,
put our heads together, and have helped to clarify what is on the Warrant
ballot. Now we have this opportunity to show up and be counted. I will be there,
and I hope to see a record attendance for this STM. Thanks in advance....we
still have work to be done!
11:28 pm edt 

Erik Yingling - BOS

Had to laugh at Erik Yingling in this week's Banner about anonymous
emails. These are YOUR PEOPLE Erik, the same fanatical "folk heroes" who are now
draining the town budget with numerous costly complaints in a misguided effort
to overthrow the entire town government and get their names in the news. You
wanted a revolution, well, now you have to deal with it.
11:25 pm edt 

Re: "What a Bore"

Sorry that I'm boring you. I'm surprised you didn't say , "let them eat cake"
Keep posting. The more you post the more you reveal your philosophy----I bet I
know your name---                    hm which would you be?
11:23 pm edt 

False Reasoning:

Those who have had enough of the negativity swirling
about town are NOT going to lower their property price so that the very people
attacking them can afford to buy their homes. Instead, the doors will open to
more wealthy second home owners.


You are correct.  People who have had it with the negativity are more likely
than not selling to someone buying a 2nd home.  Chase them all away until there
are fewer and fewer year round residents.  The housing situation isn't going to
improve nor will the local economy.  Just more empty houses most of the year.
11:21 pm edt 


Thanks for the information. Your post was very informative, supported by names
and a timeline of events. If the original poster took the time to put things as
you did there would be less confusion all around.

In my own defense, I never claimed someone was stretching the truth. I merely
pointed the contradictions in the original poster's claims. THEY claimed
someone was running and then talked out of it. Making it seem like a single
candidate ran for a single seat and was appointed. I didnt see the problem with
that. The exact quote from their post was:

"It is not true that no one else was running for that seat. A very well
qualified man with much library experience had long before taken papers out for
this seat -- he was given advice not to run against Patsy Green, and so he did
not."

I certainly have no inside information or dog in the library fight. I was
merely pointing out the contradiction in that persons post.

Thanks to your post, things are a little clearer. If I understand you
correctly, Patsy never ran as a candidate. She was appointed to fill a vacancy
after the death of a sitting board member. Since no successful challenges were
made to that appointment, I assume the rules were followed with regard to the
vacancy appointment. At the next election, one of two legitimate candidates
(neither of whom were Patsy) was elected to fill an open seat. Patsy chose not
to run when her term expired.

Sad but not surprising to hear the rest of the shenanigans that happened to
Nancy S. (according to your post). Also sorry to say that I cant afford to file
a freedom of information request. I dont have three grand to spare!
Edit Post
11:01 pm edt

Oh, Too Much Red Licorice

It just gives you a stomach ache and worse: it is sickening. Seems too much
Candyland does the same.
Edit Post
3:06 pm edt

Re: Selling Property

"and now you have SELL YOUR PROPERTIES-------I hope you
don't sell your properties before we are able to give back some housing to these
towns people."


False reasoning: Those who have had enough of the negativity swirling about town
are NOT going to lower their property price so that the very people attacking
them can afford to buy their homes. Instead, the doors will open to more wealthy
second home owners.

The magical thinking seen on the Voice page was at first amusing. But now, a
good portion of the 'hero's' are coming across as righteous (you've got to give
that to ME) and grandiose. With a great dose of mansplaining thrown in.

What an utter bore.
Edit Post
3:02 pm edt

Selling Property

When we decide to sell, do we tell the new owners that we have leases with the
existing tenants that need to be honored...or is it better to have the tenants
leave when their lease is up and then put the empty properties on the market and
hope that they sell?

By the way, *some* folks who got affordable housing just up and left their
landlords high and dry. We want to sell due to the angry nature of the people
who all want to live here and making life miserable for town government.
Edit Post
2:59 pm edt

Re: Library Trustee Appointment

To answer the person who seems to think
Someone is stretching the truth where the
history of the library trustees is concerned.
Here is the Real story...Two qualified Citizens
did everything required to run for the board.

Then tragedy struck the board with the sudden
death of long time Trustee Jim Cole. Most supporters
of the library expected one of the two qualified
candidate to be appointed to the empty seat.
Surprise! Sharon quickly appointed her Wife,
Patsy Green to the empty seat.

I note here that I doubt if Patsy ever stepped into
the building before. She certainly Never had a
Library card.

No one dropped out of the race. The two
qualified candidate's ran and campaigned together.
Nancy S. won the remaining seat. Well, that really
angered Sharon and Lynn Kratz and the war against
Nancy began.

She was subjected to threats andIntimidation...email
threats, police stops, unexpectedTax increases, just
the usual Sharon tactics.After about a year of this abuse
Nancy consultedlegal advice and sadly resigned. Just
buisness as usual in sharon's town.

Please don't tell me I don 't know what I am talking
about. I was there, I saw the emails, I saw the tactics,
And I was afraid, for Nancy, for the library staff,
And for the wonderful library we use to have.

It is all gone now, the building is still there but it
is nothing but a empty shell. Sharon Lynn destroyed
It in seven short years.Oh yes, Patsy left the board when
her term was up.

I guess she knew she hadn't a clue.
If you want anymore info file a freedom of information
act and set Sharon on another long job of reading all
those nasty emails she and Lynn K. sent.
11:11 pm edt 

Re: Library Trustee Appointment

Re: You claim "It's not true that no one else was running."  Then in
the very next sentence you state that someone took out papers but was talked out
of running. In other words, NO ONE ELSE WAS RUNNING!

Sorry for the misunderstanding. I checked with a few people to get the full
story. Wayne Ryerson had taken out papers for that two-year seat and returned
them before Patsy Green's name was ever mentioned. Nancy Sirvant had also taken
out and returned papers for one of the two three-year seats that was also
available. Nancy and Wayne had agreed to pool their resources and run together
(same signs, etc.) even though they were running for two different seats. That
left one three-year seat available. Wayne and Nancy assumed that Mick Rudd would
be pulling papers for that seat for re-election.

Mick Rudd called Wayne and Nancy personally and told them that the town
manager's wife was being appointed to the two-year seat. Wayne was surprised
because Patsy had never before been involved in the library and had very little
idea what it meant to be a trustee.

Wayne was very uncomfortable running against Sharon Lynn's wife.  Mick did not
say anything to Wayne about his own re-election, and the deadline was looming,
so Wayne assumed that Mick had decided not to run.

So just a few days before the deadline to pull papers, Wayne went to the Town
Clerk's office and withdrew his papers for the two year seat. He then pulled new
papers for the three year seat (remember there were two of these open), had them
signed, and returned them immediately. (Doug Johnstone can verify this.)  Nancy
and Wayne both assumed that the race would be uncontested: Patsy Green would win
the two-year seat, and Nancy and Wayne would each win a three-year seat.

It was at this time that Sharon Lynn told Nancy that it was her (Sharon's) idea
for Patsy to run. Nancy expressed to her that if the trustees really needed to
appoint an interim trustee, they should have appointed either her or Wayne
because they had both already returned papers and they both had extensive
library volunteer experience. Sharon responded by saying that she thought Patsy
and she (Nancy) would work well together and that Patsy could "learn a lot" from
Nancy. Nancy said she fell for what she now calls the "Sharon Lynn BS."

Then, on the last day of the deadline, Mick Rudd pulled papers for a three year
seat, making this a contested election for the first time ever. Suddenly Nancy,
Wayne, and Mick were running for two three-year seats, and Patsy Green was
unopposed. Because Nancy and Wayne had already had signs and flyers printed at
personal expense, they decided to continue their plan to run together.

Unfortunately, many townies assumed that these signs, etc. meant that Nancy and
Wayne were "ganging up" on Mick Rudd. This was not the intention. However, that
impression arguably caused Wayne to lose the race by a narrow margin. Nancy
garnered the most votes by a very decent margin, and Mick came in second, just
over Wayne. Patsy, of course, won her seat without having to place an ad, pay
for a sign, or participate in Candidate's Night.

Nancy lasted on the board for about five months. I spoke to her about this, and
she said it was hell.  The Patsy Green that was supposed to "work well" with
Nancy was rude and antagonistic from the word "hello." Nancy was left out of the
loop on information that other trustees were privy to. Cheryl Napsha, the
library director, blatantly recorded untrue statements in the minutes that were
designed to make Nancy look irresponsible. Lynn Kratz kowtowed to Patsy (she and
Sharon and Patsy were close friends), and Patsy was elected Vice Chair even
though she knew absolutely nothing about the library or the role of the
trustees. Once, in the middle of a trustee's meeting, she picked up her cell
phone and called Sharon for help with a decision. This was entirely
inappropriate and, needless to say, was not reflected in the minutes. It was
becoming clear to Nancy that Sharon was the real Board of Trustees, now
controlling the budget as well as the trustees' decisions.

At one point, Cheryl accidentally sent an email to Nancy that was meant for Lynn
Kratz. It was nasty and gossipy and hurtful and the subject matter was Nancy
herself. It seems that was pretty much the last straw for Nancy, and she
realized that the board was intentionally going to make it impossible for her to
serve the library in any capacity.  Nancy had been involved at the library for
many years as a volunteer, a part-time employee, and vice-chair of both the
capital campaign committee and the communications advisory board.

Nancy said that she now believes that she was being bullied because she was not
going to give Sharon control of that board and its finances. Nancy said that
there are some dirtier things that she will not say because she can't prove
them, but they would be enough to get Sharon ousted and Cheryl Napsha fired.
Nancy also said that she wanted to make it clear that Mick Rudd did try to make
things work after the election, but that Kratz, Green, and Napsha were a
blockade.

Nancy and her partner Holly left Provincetown shortly after that. I tracked her
down by email. She says she'd be happy to communicate with anyone who wants more
info, but she does not wish to again get "dragged into Sharon Lynn's muck."

Does this clarify anything for anybody?
11:06 pm edt 

Oh, Too Much Red Licorice

It just gives you a stomach ache and worse: it is sickening. Seems too much
Candyland does the same.
3:06 pm edt 

Re: Selling Property

"and now you have SELL YOUR PROPERTIES-------I hope you
don't sell your properties before we are able to give back some housing to these
towns people."


False reasoning: Those who have had enough of the negativity swirling about town
are NOT going to lower their property price so that the very people attacking
them can afford to buy their homes. Instead, the doors will open to more wealthy
second home owners.

The magical thinking seen on the Voice page was at first amusing. But now, a
good portion of the 'hero's' are coming across as righteous (you've got to give
that to ME) and grandiose. With a great dose of mansplaining thrown in.

What an utter bore.
3:02 pm edt 

Selling Property

When we decide to sell, do we tell the new owners that we have leases with the
existing tenants that need to be honored...or is it better to have the tenants
leave when their lease is up and then put the empty properties on the market and
hope that they sell?

By the way, *some* folks who got affordable housing just up and left their
landlords high and dry. We want to sell due to the angry nature of the people
who all want to live here and making life miserable for town government.
2:59 pm edt 

Library Trustee

Lynn Kratz doesn't "really" live here either, she only imagines she knows what
is best for the town and the library patrons.  Time to wake up Lynn!
2:50 pm edt 

Robert Duffy Sold His West End House?

Their goes the neighborhood.  The Art Association expected him to continue to be
a heavy hitter donor for their 100th anniversary fun-raiser.  Hope he will be,
but since his divorce and death of dear friend Suzy Fultz, such engagement seems
doubtful.
2:35 pm edt 

Re: Facebook Attacks Will Never End

Very interesting line the last paragraph-----it went something like this-----we
hope to sell OUR PROPERTIES before tears----

You sound exactly like the others like you, who have  pushed projects  that have
raised poor people's taxes beyond their ability to pay thereby losing their
homes to you, boo hoo, and now you have SELL YOURROPERTIES-------I hope you
don't sell your properties before we are able to give back some housing to these
towns people.
1:02 pm edt 

Re: What Happened to Women's Week?

Women's Week has become another victim of greed. The event was quite
successful in the past when it was on the weekend following Columbus Day. Lately
the dilution became obvious when groups arriving ON Columbus weekend saw some
but not many peers and became dissatisfied. It needs to return to the
concentrated Thursday-Sunday event that was so successful even if it costs the
innkeepers some bookings.
12:59 pm edt 

Re: Candyland - As Usual Wrong Again

Ditto here. Truthfully, how many people have been? Do we know what
kind of evil we are really dealing with at this point? I feel bad pawning off on
another town!! She needs to be stopped.
12:55 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

It's not one person in affordable housing hurting 'our community'.
Province Landing LP is hurting the community. Management is inept, lazy and
allowing dangerous conditions. You wanted projects you got it.
12:51 pm edt 

Watching the Selectmen Appoint Patsy Green

Thank you to whomever posted that video clip. In this video  mr rudd states that
the board of trustees  "had a quorum problem" because the  remaining members
didn't live in town. can someone explain that? Further, mr bennati has to
explain to ms couture what the law says regarding this action because she
doesn't seem to know. and isn't this the same michelle who got herself appointed
in the same manner to the housing authority a year later and didn't follow the
law and the appointment was nullified? Social Media indeed. These video tapes
will be their undoing. Thanks for the clip.
11:30 am edt 

I am Impressed With the Request From the Investigator

This is great news. He seems determined to find the facts, assess the situation
and analyze the reasons behind the alleged illegal acts.

Bravo! this is wonderful news and I am enthused and hopeful that this is
legitimate and we will come to some conclusion that is not predetermined nor
rigged.

Good news for all!
11:14 am edt 

Re: Library Trustee Appointment


You wrote:

"It is not true that no one else was running for that seat.  A very well
qualified man with much library experience had long before taken papers out for
this seat -- he was given advice not to run against Patsy Green, and so he did
not."


You claim "It's not true that no one else was running."  Then in the very next
sentence you state that someone took out papers but was talked out of running. 
In other words, NO ONE ELSE WAS RUNNING!

Please please please give us a break.  If you want us to take you seriously,
don't contradict yourself by making assertions and then disproving them in the
same post.  Taking out papers does not a candidate make.

Taking out papers, getting the requisite signatures then submitting the
afore-mentioned papers to the appropriate authoritiesnow that makes a candidate.

Now if you want to give us specific details on who took out papers and who
talked them out of running so that Patsy was the only candidate, that's a horse
of a different color.

Were there threats made or was intimidation used to persuade the non-candidate? 
Were there favors offered or promises made in return for not running?  Were
ominous texts sent to dissuade someone else from running?  These are the things
that would make a real issue/story.

Without such things you have a case where a position was open and only one
person stepped up to fill it.  One position plus one candidate equals position
filled without controversy.  No story there.
11:08 am edt 

Independent Investigator's Request for Information

From: Kati Allison

I work for Frank Rudewicz at Marcum, and I am posting the following on his behalf:

This is Frank Rudewicz, I am the independent investigator conducting the inquiry into activities involving the Police Chief. In an effort to obtain all relevant information from whatever source can provide it, I have setup a confidential email account as an alternate means of communication to allow anyone with relevant information to provide that information directly to me. The email address is: ptownpoliceinquiry@gmail.com

This email will only be viewed by me or one of my investigators. All communications will be acknowledged but please note that I will not comment on the status of the investigation or provide any findings that I may already have. When the investigation is completed, it will be submitted to the Town.
I am looking for all relevant information to include, but not limited to, information: Directly concerning the events; possible motives of people involved; information to assess credibility of involved parties.
11:00 am edt 

To: Webmaster - Be Cautious

Webmaster, did you confirm that the investigator's post is legitimate? 
I am not sending anything to that email unless you've confirmed it.  Seems weird
to me that it is a generic email address.  Thanks!


Webmaster Comment: Thank you for the note of caution. At your
suggestion, we removed the request for information.

Immediately after its removal, we received official confirmation
that the request was from the investigator's office and was legitimate.

Accordingly, the request will be reposted.

Thanks for keeping us on our toes!
10:43 am edt 

Candyland - As Usual Wrong Again

C Nagle over at Candyland complaining that most members of this sight
and the voice are not Ptown residents!  Go to her page and look at her members,
their are hundreds who are non residents of Ptown and the majority dosen't even
comment or post anything!  Who's calling the kettle!  What a Hypocrite...
10:16 am edt 

Citizen Raphael Richter Response to Sharon Lynn's Banner Interview

To Town Manager Lynn:


I write you today as a private citizen to express my shock and dismay at the quotes attributed to you in the recent Banner article regarding public records requests.

It seems as though you are trying to blame involved citizens for questioning the actions that occur under your watch in town hall. This is just plain wrong. Citizens should be encouraged to be involved in any way they can, and in my opinion, you should be grateful that citizens want to be involved at this level.

The timing of the article is also very odd. Just as many of our volunteer Boards and residents have seemingly started to bridge a gap that has divided the town for a couple years now, you have come out and tried to throw a wrench in that healing process. Is your goal to continue to divide the town?

Finally, it seems as though you did not communicate the whole truth about the costs or requests. Initially, I noticed that you made no mention that citizens are actually charged a good amount of money for the public records requests, so that when the average person reads that article they are left with the impression that somehow by asking questions and for information they are harming the towns finances. I would argue that this is a dangerous implication to put out there, and one that you should consider publicly apologizing for.


I also noticed that you blame FINCOM for the "majority" of the requests. Please be on notice that I will be making a formal request to determine if this statement is truth or deception. I find it very hard to believe that FINCOM represents the bulk of requests (more than the BOS?, zoning?) - and if you said this without proof, or the ability to back that statement up with hard facts, I would argue that you are trying to politically undermine the credibility of FINCOM.

Sharon, you have done a lot of good for our town. I respect the hard work you put in very much. But I cannot respect you attacking volunteer Boards, making villains out of citizens, and deliberately causing political skirmishes by providing misleading information.
Respectfully,

Raphael Richter
10:13 am edt 

Town Staffer - Comments on Social Media

It's really nice to see Dan Hoort posting on Candyland page
complaining about this one and the Voice and people who don't live here and
creating mistrust. Isn't it funny the Candy lives with girlfriend in Truro? Not
in her home in Provincetown. This town has created its own mistrust issues and
the people are tired of it. If you can't stand the heat Mr Hoort get out of the
office you hold, the same for the rest of the Provincetown officials.Or do your
job, find some solutions  for the issues,Spending,Afordable Housing that
benefits all low income and seasonal workers,and Viable yearround option,start
holding yourself and Selectman and the Town Manager,Police Chief RESPONSIBLE for
what they are paid to do, Not more money spent on studys that do nothing.
9:49 am edt 

Sharon Lynn - Town Manager

Sharon LYNN= CORRUPTION CORRUPTION CORRUPTION-ENOUGH!! ENOUGH!!
9:45 am edt 

Re: Vincent Currier - Request For Information

Vince- do not accept anything less than the electronic list. Do
not!!!! They are trying to appease you. The incriminating material will have
been deleted/ redacted. And WHY , again WHY IS TOWN COUNSEL GOING THROUGH THE
EMAILS. There is a freedom of information act. VINCE, TIME FOR A CIVIL RIGHTS
ATTORNEY TO STEP IN!!!!
9:26 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing

We need to screen out of town applicants for affordable housing quota
requirements better. Think                . I resent my taxes going to pay for
the likes of that type of person who is hurting our community.
9:25 am edt 

What Happened to Women's Week?

Is it only me or does the Town seem quieter than ever for Women's Week?  I
remember when this was a much bigger week.  It doesn't appear to me that anyone
is here this week.   What are others seeing?  Is there anything that can be done
to re-energize this week going forward?  I know that the Town gives the Women
Innkeepers a grant to promote the week, but I believe this is the worst Women's
Week I can remember in decades.
9:23 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

OMG. It's a dream come true for me that the library stuff is all
coming out now.  It was a terrible for all those under fire by Sharon Lynn, her
wife, and their dear friend Lynn Kratz. Nobody would pay attention at the time.
Nobody thought it was important. But people lost their jobs. The library lost
good devoted people. People were hurt. Thanks to all who posted.
9:19 am edt 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sharon and Austin

Instead of complaining, do your job.  Post agendas on a timely fashion, and file
BOS minutes that have minutes.

The BOS's minutes are an embarrassment.  At no time have they been so lacking in
specificity.  Lack of skills?  Or deliberate opacity?

Do what you're directed to do by law on these matters.
10:10 pm edt 

Re: FaceBook Attacks Will Never End

"This continued onslaught of bullying and ridicule and denigration upon out town
government, our Town Manager, our department heads, and private citizens will
never end."



If you feel the Town Manager should not be denigrated because of her
actions over the past 7 or so years, tell us why?!
10:04 pm edt 

Re: Town Lawyer

"Can someone remind him that we the people HIRED his law firm to WORK for the
townpersons, not to protect the town manager, Sharon. If she feels the need for
a lawyer, she can hire her own. If the present lawyer doesn't understand who he
is working for, then he should be replaced."



Your kidding us with this, right? The legal team that works for this
town is so secretive; settlements and work hours involved; that we have no clue
the millions of dollars we have spent since Sharon Lynn took office! Think of
how many cases have actually been REPORTED and then do the math...



>
10:03 pm edt 

What Do You really Know?

It's funny how the posters think they know, but don't really know on
this page.   And those of us who do know don't even bother to correct you
anymore.  It's just not worth our time.

You amuse us.
10:00 pm edt 

Re: Truro Resident Demands Run Up Our Bills

I don't understand why a non-resident, non-taxpayer is playing watch dog over
Provincetown and doing it in the name of justice.   Frankly, it's costing local
residents alot of resource time that could be spent elsewhere, given town
resources are precious few.   Not sure how others feel, but I don't want the
Truro watch dog looking out for me.
9:59 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Re: What happened to the $150,000 landscaping grant and
the walk ways and lighting that was part of the presentation?


The current landscaping was sloppily put together in a rush to avoid these
questions. The earlier post was correct. The pariah trustee had gone to a
selectman to say that she had serious concerns about the landscaping, which had
been once again delayed, and the funds allocated for it. Sharon Lynn and
her partner, Patsy Greene, along with the other trustees were covering their
tracks and trying to make the pariah trustee look untrustworthy.

There is so much, much more underhanded funny business in the library story
under Sharon Lynn that until now it was virtually unbelievable.
9:57 pm edt 

The Issue of Bullying

I am but one of many townspeople who have been bullied by Sharon Lynn
and Ann Maguire. If you think this blog is made of bullies, you should have
spent a half hour in private with those two. When I read this blog and others, I
feel so vindicated. I left town several years ago, tired and depressed.  Now I
can't wait to come back -- right after the real bullies have moved on.  THANK
YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
9:55 pm edt 

Re: Patsy Green's (Sharon Lynn's wife) Appointment to the Library Trustees

I have been hearing this story for some time, and decided to finally do some
research.  See BOS mtg March 14, 2011 at 2:51:58

<http://vimeo.com/21086067#t=10278>

Watch it for yourselves. Watch how nervous the president of trustees is. Watch
everyone-- esp selectmen-- pretend that they don't know that she is Sharon
Lynn's partner. Watch the selectmen have no questions at all and appoint her
without hesitation. It is not true that no one else was running for that seat. A
very well qualified man with much library experience had long before taken
papers out for this seat -- he was given advice not to run against Patsy Green,
and so he did not. Watch how positively unqualified she is for this appt. There
was no quorum problem. The building project had been languishing for YEARS-- and
suddenly the trustees could not wait five more weeks until the election. And,
coincidentally(??) this appointment happened quickly while the two candidates
for trustee were away on vacation.
9:53 pm edt 

Town Counsel

Send a letter to our town counsel's firm and ask them to clarify  our town
counsel's role. He should have reviewed every document  and advised us as to any
problems before the three mindless votes acted. We did not hire him to be
her(Sharon's ) confidential advisor!  What's going on?
9:48 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Wait, Wait, Wait

The landscaping of the library was part of the initial proposal for the
architects to redo again the building. This was about four years ago. part of
the entire design was $150,000 for landscaping that was part of some grant and
was being done by someone other than the architects. What I saw after the
project was finished never looked like what I saw as part of the designs
presented to the board and the committee.

Something went amiss--again. What happened to the $150,000 landscaping grant and
the walk ways and lighting that was part of the presentation?
3:53 pm edt 

Elaine Anderson - Vice Chair Board of Selectmen

Anderson is out of touch, condescending. 'Bullying'?  give us a break.
3:46 pm edt 

Re: Hatch

Mark Hatch just registered in October so that makes 2,501 eligible to
serve on committees.
3:44 pm edt 

Re: Library Landscaping
 
A great opportunity to enhance a community building. Problem with the landscape
is too much thought is being put to it and not enough reality. Enough with the
design and "beautification". The town, for short money, should engage the
services of a local landscaper to come in and fix the problem. I was involved
with the initial fix of the landscape prior to it being renovated and it looked
good with potential to get better if the grass was allowed to grow when
maintained. But the conscom got involved and then maintenance was left to the
DPW. What a disaster. It could be done for cheap money but the town MUST spend
many thousands for a "landscape architect" to design something that doesn't
work. Such a disgrace.
3:43 pm edt 

Town Lawyer

Can someone remind him that we the people HIRED his law firm to WORK for the
townpersons, not to protect the town manager, Sharon. If she feels the need for
a lawyer, she can hire her own. If the present lawyer doesn't understand who he
is working for, then he should be replaced.
3:41 pm edt 

FaceBook Attacks Will Never End

This continued onslaught of bullying and ridicule and denigration upon out town
government, our Town Manager, our department heads, and private citizens will
never end.

We are sick and tired of these attacks. The Negative Provincetown Facebook voice
is here to stay and no one is safe from their scathing rhetoric.

We have been talking about moving from here (in two years) -and now we
understand that people's homes etc are put on a town facbook page as well.

Lets just hope you get some affordable housing built before we do sell our
properties as there will be quite a few more tears in two years time.

3:40 pm edt 

Georgio is Not Sharon's Personal lawyer

This has become a ridiculous situation. He is not her
personal lawyer. If she feels threatened by the e-mails that she sent and that
she received from the Nagle woman, then let her pay her own lawyer for advice.
If she is involved in malfeasance, then let her pay for advice.

This has become out of hand.

time for a new law firm to take over. they are sneaky, almost unethical and
suspect. And I can assure you that their bills are not $200,000 but more in line
with $400,000 to $500,000 but paid from from secret fund or from some hidden
line item.
3:38 pm edt 

Truro Resident Demands Run Up Our Bills

Why don't we inundate Truro with demands for every e-mail they ever printed.
Their residents don't have a problem speaking out at our Selectmen's meetings
accusing our Town Management of an inadequate investigation etc.

3:36 pm edt 

Beehive of Desperation

Sad to say, but there is the Provincetown community and then there is the
Province Landing community: a beehive of desperation.

All of these economically challenged people, the jealousies of what this person
has or where that one is going. The relentless, peering eyes that nothing
escapes. Every action every visitor scrutinized. This is the truth.

And if you don't like someone, post everything that you heard about them on a
community face book page. No one is immune

Know what folks, this is just going to spread all through Provincetown in this
community in the winter. and with more and more housing developments and more
and more economically challenged residents--they are going to be gnawing on
everyone in town.

Folks are getting older and waiting and waiting and waiting and be-grudging
property owners of every ilk--is the destiny of the town. What a sad
commentary--what a sad Winter population festering on each other. It is not
coming--it is here--so sad, but so true.
3:34 pm edt 

Thank You Vincent For What You Are Doing

I am shocked. How many e-mails between Candyland and town hall? this is crazy
and whacky and insane. But thank you for requesting them. This is not what town
counsel should be reading!! they should be handed over. It is part of Freedom of
Information and Public documents that they should be made available to you.

Again, thanks you for going forward and persisting.
3:32 pm edt 

What is to follow?

What changes will be made upon the replacement of the eventual
outgoing BOS?  What is the plan?
3:29 pm edt 

Who Will the Town Manager Blame Next Week ?

First, it was Keith Bergman.
For the first 2-3 years, all we heard was that the Town
was a complete mess, a shambles, broke. Bad morale in town hall. No extra money
to spend. All Keith's fault. And presumably everyone who lived here before she
arrived.

Next, that blog. Yes, the hate blog.

Then mean people, negative people.
Oh, don't forget those dim witted selectmen.
Blame them.

Add in the Police Chief, "who's behavior has been a concern" & add that annoying
Finance Committee.

This week, its those pesky requests that the Town comply with the Open Meeting
Law and the Public Records Law.

How annoying. That darn social media. Just one more thorn in someone's side.

Who will she/they blame next week?

I'm sure they are looking for another target.
3:27 pm edt 

Town Lawyer

Can someone remind him that we the people HIRED his law firm to WORK for the
townpersons, not to protect the town manager, Sharon. If she feels the need for
a lawyer, she can hire her own. If the present lawyer doesn't understand who he
is working for, then he should be replaced.
11:55 am edt 

Re: Vincent Currier - Here We go Again, They Never Learn!

Vince- refuse the list if there are redactions, and who knows how many have been
deleted. Consult with an attorney before you accept that list. It could very
well be a waste of your hard earned money. You need to get the list
electronically.This way you will be able to see if there were deletions etc.
9:24 am edt 

Re: Vincent Currier - Here We go Again, They Never Learn!

"Do you understand that this person has between 6000 and 10000 PAGES of
e-mails
between her and Town Hall? Do you realize that the Town Manager has personally
held this request up for the past 24 days now? Are you aware that the Town
Manager insists on both the Town Counsel and herself reading each and every
e-mail before they will consider releasing them to the public? Were you aware
that I offered to pay whatever the charge for the expedient release, or at least
within the legally required time of 10 days? And, finally, if they redact enough
material, I have the right to legally challenge each redaction, further holding
up or discouraging my request? Does that make this seem like someone is trying
to hide something, or is the Town Manager just not busy enough and needs some
work to do?"



Wait a minute. Did I read this post correctly- Sharon Lynn  and Town Attorney's
are reading each email?? We as tax payers are paying for this?? For Town Counsel
to go through these? Sharon is using her time as well to sort through these . NO
NO NO NO>This is wrong. They should have just give you the electronic list. Go
to the state ethics and or attorney general. This is an OUTRAGE!!   How much do
they have to hide? I for one cannot take anymore of this.
9:21 am edt 

Re: Three Stoogies

WOW!!  It is truly amazing that Elaine Anderson still "Does not Get
It".  She still whines and believes both she and the other two "Stooges" are
being bullied.  She takes no responsibility at all for all the divisivness or
any of the negative activities that have happened throughout town government
during her tenure in office.  Just a totally mindless "Stooge".  Another one
whose time has past and should be gotten rid of.
9:17 am edt 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

We Were Just Getting to Know You

Ann and Harriet's home just went up for sale- 5 dyer. Are they leaving
town? What is hilarious is the fact that they just paid 925000. Put a bit of
paint and new carpet and now want 1,499,000. What a joke.
10:39 pm edt 

Re: Vincent Currier - Here We go Again, They Never Learn!

I would like to respond to the above person....

I do not have a "thing" for Candace. I have a "thing" for dirty dealings and
people who have no regard for MY rights as a voter and citizen of Provincetown.

Do you understand that this person has between 6000 and 10000 PAGES of e-mails
between her and Town Hall? Do you realize that the Town Manager has personally
held this request up for the past 24 days now? Are you aware that the Town
Manager insists on both the Town Counsel and herself reading each and every
e-mail before they will consider releasing them to the public? Were you aware
that I offered to pay whatever the charge for the expedient release, or at least
within the legally required time of 10 days? And, finally, if they redact enough
material, I have the right to legally challenge each redaction, further holding
up or discouraging my request? Does that make this seem like someone is trying
to hide something, or is the Town Manager just not busy enough and needs some
work to do?

We were, and continue to be, cogniscent of the fact that this would be large,
but who the hell would have guessed 10000 pages! There is something fishy here,
and it's not me! Again, for those who do not understand basic government and
democracy, this is public information, and there is good reason to believe that
there are hi-jinks involved.

This should not give the indication that I have a "thing" for Candace Nagel, I
do not know her personally, and I have no interest in knowing anything about her
other than what she has to say to our Town Hall aprox. 26 times a day, average!!
10:36 pm edt 

Re: Province Landing a Mad House

Re:" Province Landing a Mad House One person who resides there is
asking folks if they know of any apartments to rent. Evidently there is no
privacy, people are into every one else's business etc."



At this point I'm glad I didn't get chosen in the lottery. I've heard nothing
but horror stories about the tenants there. And, as expected, I've heard
numerous stories about people subletting. One guy even had the audacity to
advertise on Facebook for someone to sublet his unit for the winter while he
travels. Must be nice...
10:33 pm edt 

What's Happening?

What is the latest news on "THE INVESTIGATION"??  Has anything of
substance been reported to anyone yet?  Is this thing a reality or just more
"Lip Service" being doled out waiting for complacency to settle in?
10:31 pm edt 

Volunteer Board Members

For the boards in Provincetown, you most often have to be an official
resident of Provincetown. That limits to pool of available candidates to about
2,500 voting age adults. Since many of the 2,500 do not step up to the plate to
serve, those willing to do so are often called upon to serve more than one role.
Most who serve do so with no compensation. And most do their job extremely well.
Their public service should be commended. If you have a complaint about the way
any board operates, there is always an opportunity near the start of each
meeting for public statements. Speak to them directly. Or, if you are so
passionate about something, apply to be on a particular board. THANK YOU
volunteer board members.
10:25 pm edt 

Re: Vincent Currier - Request For Infomation

Vincent should be applauded, not attacked  He is taking on a
monumental job to get the real truth about what has been going on with CN and
the ADL , the ADL already under investigation.A series of checks and balances is
quite appropriate in the midst of all that is going on  I applaud him for his
efforts
10:23 pm edt 

This Is the Problem I Have With Affordable Housing

We give the land away to a developer as we did at 90 Shankpainter. We give it
all away and lose control of how it is built and the size and the people who
live there. We lose all control and it becomes a mess. Then we look for more
affordable housing and do the same idiocy again.

Control the land. Control the size and ambiance. Control who can rent there.
Keep the rentals for Provincetown but that means managing it. Don't give away
the responsibilities of ownership. Many other towns have done this and the CPA
funds should have been used this way.

Take smaller houses. Keep them historic. Allow town people to rent. Doesn't that
make sense?

10:18 pm edt 

We Are Not Alone

Hers's an interesting story from The Lowell Sun.

It seems town leaders in Billerica Massachusetts were trying to push through a
forteen million dollar project (sound familiar?) which woud have completely
changed the character of the town center.  One man began a crusade to inform the
public and shine a light on the situation.

"His message slowly spreads throughout town and the residents start to take
notice, leading to a showdown between town officials and the people.  On Nov.
19, voters killed the proposal, 9,084 to 1,467."

See you/we are not alone.  When the powers  that be (elected and appointed)
begin to think they know better than those they represent what the represented
themselves want, action by the represented can bring results.


Read the full story here.

http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_24320231/quixotic-quest-makes-billericas-simolaris-movie-star

Go see the documentery about it if you have the time.  You might be inspired. 
Better yet, maybe someone can contact the film maker and get us a special
screening at town hall or another venue like the Arthouse or Theater

10:16 pm edt 

We Are Not Alone

Hers's an interesting story from The Lowell Sun.

It seems town leaders in Billerica Massachusetts were trying to push through a
forteen million dollar project (sound familiar?) which woud have completely
changed the character of the town center.  One man began a crusade to inform the
public and shine a light on the situation.

"His message slowly spreads throughout town and the residents start to take
notice, leading to a showdown between town officials and the people.  On Nov.
19, voters killed the proposal, 9,084 to 1,467."

See you/we are not alone.  When the powers  that be (elected and appointed)
begin to think they know better than those they represent what the represented
themselves want, action by the represented can bring results.


Read the full story here.

http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_24320231/quixotic-quest-makes-billericas-simolaris-movie-star

Go see the documentery about it if you have the time.  You might be inspired. 
Better yet, maybe someone can contact the film maker and get us a special
screening at town hall or another venue like the Arthouse or Theater

10:16 pm edt 

We Are Not Alone

Hers's an interesting story from The Lowell Sun.

It seems town leaders in Billerica Massachusetts were trying to push through a
forteen million dollar project (sound familiar?) which woud have completely
changed the character of the town center.  One man began a crusade to inform the
public and shine a light on the situation.

"His message slowly spreads throughout town and the residents start to take
notice, leading to a showdown between town officials and the people.  On Nov.
19, voters killed the proposal, 9,084 to 1,467."

See you/we are not alone.  When the powers  that be (elected and appointed)
begin to think they know better than those they represent what the represented
themselves want, action by the represented can bring results.


Read the full story here.

http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_24320231/quixotic-quest-makes-billericas-simolaris-movie-star

Go see the documentery about it if you have the time.  You might be inspired. 
Better yet, maybe someone can contact the film maker and get us a special
screening at town hall or another venue like the Arthouse or Theater

10:16 pm edt 

We Are Not Alone

Hers's an interesting story from The Lowell Sun.

It seems town leaders in Billerica Massachusetts were trying to push through a
forteen million dollar project (sound familiar?) which woud have completely
changed the character of the town center.  One man began a crusade to inform the
public and shine a light on the situation.

"His message slowly spreads throughout town and the residents start to take
notice, leading to a showdown between town officials and the people.  On Nov.
19, voters killed the proposal, 9,084 to 1,467."

See you/we are not alone.  When the powers  that be (elected and appointed)
begin to think they know better than those they represent what the represented
themselves want, action by the represented can bring results.


Read the full story here.

http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_24320231/quixotic-quest-makes-billericas-simolaris-movie-star

Go see the documentery about it if you have the time.  You might be inspired. 
Better yet, maybe someone can contact the film maker and get us a special
screening at town hall or another venue like the Arthouse or Theater

10:15 pm edt 

Re: Library Landscaping

After years of being neglected and delayed, the library landscaping was slapped
together when a newly elected trustee was virtually forced out of office because
she didn't play Sharon's game. Sharon had tried to prevent that trustee's
election by forcing the other trustees to appoint her (Sharon's) partner, Patsy
Greene, to that board. Although she succeeded in forcing that appointment, the
new trustee was elected by a large margin.

After that, Sharon, along with her partner, Patsy Greene, her friend, trustee
Lynn Kratz, and her puppet, library director Cheryl Napsha, led a full-blown
effort to alienate and intimidate the newly elected trustee.  That effort
suceeded and the trustee resigned, but she went to the press.  That's when
Sharon Lynn quickly got the library landscaping slapped together; they were
afraid that the resigning trustee would blow the whistle on the mishandling of
the landscaping project after town meeting had voted to fund it.  Everyone
involved in that project knew that the landscaping would not hold up for very
long.  I know this because I was a friend of that trustee. I, unfortunately, did
not completely believe her at the time, but I now realize that I had also been
duped by the Sharon Lynn death squad.

Sharon's manipulations go through all levels of town gov't: from the library to
the police station. She left no stone uncrushed.
9:45 pm edt 

Re: Vincent Currier - Request For Infomation

"So you think it's a good idea to have staff spend all this time on
searching for e-mails because you have a thing for Candace?"



Your above question is irrelevant because Sharon agreed to give the info for
$3,500. Now ShRon has to produce...at least this time.
9:36 pm edt 

Re: "The Three Stooges"

"The post "The Three Stooges" is a new low on any blog. Total lack of
respect for Ann, Sharon and Knight as well as a lack of self respect by the
poster him or herself."


Respect must be granted when deserved.  Obviously, in this 3 cases, many feel
respect isn't warranted.
9:34 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn- Town Manager

Would some kind resident or interested party please explain what
irreparable damages Sharon Lynne and Anne have done to Provincetown?
9:31 pm edt 

Jeff Jaran - Suspended Police Chief

Is the Police Chief Still Suspended?

I only ask because I saw him driving his unmarked police car, a grey model Ford.

If still suspend should he be allowed to use that car?
9:29 pm edt 

Re: Three Stoogies

What is Sad is that Anderson and McChesney and Knight Refuse to Listen
to the People and Refuse to Learn

What is wrong with them? How many people have to stand and speak for them to
hear? they seem incapable and or unwilling to listen to anyone except their
small little group of friends. This is not how to run this town.

Then they attack the people who do go to the meetings and speak. Is it ignorance
or arrogance?
9:26 pm edt 

Three Stooges: Respect

OH,OH, I feel terrible that you respect me, not. I am not being offensive to
Anderson. She really earned her title,stooge. I wonder if her title is bringing
in the bucks like the three famous
9:23 pm edt 

Re: Vincent Currier - Request For Infomation

It seems like the Town policy has changed for retrieving Town
documents for public review. Town Depts. have 10 days to provide them upon
public request. They may be charged per page for hard copy,(I don't know about
electronic).It must be provided after 10 days or there are consequences for not
complying,unless there's a very legitimate reason why documents aren't
available! All confidential documents can't be made available upon
request,unless the issue has been resolved,in which case "confidential" then
becomes public information as well.
9:17 pm edt 

Province Landing a Mad House

One person who resides there is asking folks if they know of any apartments to
rent. Evidently there is no privacy, people are into every one else's business
etc.

Two different friends have visited people they know who live there and I've
heard this complaint from them. Every time one friend visits there, he gets the
same story.

Just giving all of you a head's up who are waiting with bated breath for your
affordable housing living space.
8:58 am edt 

Re: "Three Stooges"

Person who took offense at the word stooges

Did you attend the last BOS meeting? Did you hear Anderson speak? If you
attended, then you understand why  she is called a stooge.
8:50 am edt 

Re: Vincent Currier - Here We go Again, They Never Learn!

So you think it's a good idea to have staff spend all this time on
searching for e-mails because you have a thing for Candace?

You are wasting everyone's time, including your own.  You want to see her
e-mails for the past year and a half and Dieter is searching for the illusive
cell phone.  It's illusive because she doesn't have a town cell phone.
8:48 am edt 

Elaine Anderson-

I find it alarming that Elaine Anderson made those
sarcastic remarks about Citizen's requests for information from town hall. She
eluded to that fact that it could become a revenue stream for the town with such
sarcasm. These are provincetown citizens asking for info they have every right
to have. Again I find her sarcasm alarming and disconcerting . She most
certainly is not professional and is an embarrassment to the board.
8:46 am edt 

Re: "Three Stooges"

So you don't respect someone...Call them names really a good way to
go. You've got my respect,not!
8:44 am edt 

Re: Candace Nagle - Provincetown Cell Phone Use?

Why do we think C. NAGEL has a cell phone paid by the town?

I am on a Board and do not get a free cell phone.

All I get is a discounted parking sticker.

I think people have this one wrong.


Just Saying
8:42 am edt 

Affordable Housing

Now someone wants the town to spend the taxpayer's money only on affordable
housing. Fat Chance. Plus, you will be ten years older at least before any more
is built.
8:40 am edt 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Elaine Anderson Should be Ashamed of Herself
 
Here she is attacking others for attacking the staff. Oh, really Elaine. Do you
mean Dan Hoort who himself has been hostile and attacking. You want to defend
the indefensible.

I am tired of your tirade against the good people who stand up and speak. You
want silence and you want  most of us with bandages across our faces. Sorry--no
more. We will no longer tolerate this.

And it is time for you to wake up or leave. I am shocked at how you refuse to
listen and refuse to learn. I am appalled at your words at tonight's BOS
meeting.
9:49 pm edt 

Re: "Three Stooges"

"The post "The Three Stooges" is a new low on any blog. Total lack of respect
for..."



I don't think they DESERVE any respect, I mean c'mon now!

I believe the 3 above are the ones that owe the residents an apology.
9:46 pm edt 

Three Stooges

Whoever named them the above, well done! I also am a new blogger. I can't
believe what these few Stooges have done to your town and applaud you for your
intelligence, courage and humor. God bless you! Don't stop until your town is
back in your hands. You've  given me courage to try something in my town!
6:49 pm edt 

Re: "Three Stooges"

Why would you think the well earned moniker "Three Stooges" is mean spirited? If
you act knowingly as the famous Three Stooges acted you deserve and have earned
the label " Stooge".  The fact that three of our Selectmen are "Stooges" earns
them the label "The Three Stooges".  You may not like the fact they act
similarly to the original Three Stooges in their actions as Selectmen, but give
them all credit, they worked hard for the label Three Stooges.  PS They deserve
the name.
4:56 pm edt 

Re: "Three Stooges"

"The post "The Three Stooges" is a new low on any blog. Total lack of
respect for..."


I believe the 3 above are the ones that owe the residents an apology.
What they have done to us is unforgivable, and the damages they've caused to
people's lives and town services will be long-lasting.
It will take a while to reverse their shenanigans.
And I'm not the poster, of the above, by the way.
4:45 pm edt 

Re: Vincent Currier - Here We go Again, They Never Learn!
 
"This is an obstruction of process, and the Town Manager is sitting
on this! I have been reasonable, and now my patience is worn thin. What should I
do??"



Go to the state - Sharon is violating freedom of information laws.
4:39 pm edt 

Re: "The Three Stooges"

The post "The Three Stooges" is a new low on any blog. Total lack of
respect for Ann, Sharon and Cheryl as well as a lack of self respect by the
poster him or herself.
4:22 pm edt 

Vincent Currier - Request For Infomation

OK, I am officially convinced that the Town Manager and the Town Counsel are
intentionally stonewalling my request for information for E-mails concerning
Candace Nagle and the American Defamation League!

 I have been patient, I waited the required 10 days for a response, where I was
told that the request would cost me $3500.00!
After thinking that over for a few days, I came up with the money. After
waiting another day to find out how the Town and Counsel would proceed, I was
told that I would have to deposit $500.00 to get the process started. They could
not tell me if they would yield paper copies or electronic files. They still
cannot tell me!

 I saw Doug Johnstone, who has been very cooperative in this matter, but out of
the "loop", in this case, and he told me on Saturday of this week that he had
received the smaller of the requests, and that he would e-mail me on Tuesday
morning and tell me when I could pick up the American Defamation League portion
of the request, and what the media would be, apparently paper copies! (I had
requested electronic files so we could detect if anything had been deleted).

 I went into the Clerk's office today, because I still had not heard from Doug,
and he hadn't returned my e-mail inquiry. He told me the request, which he would
normally process, had been flagged by the Manager, and she still was sitting on
it. (another chance to redact more, or delete). He also reiterated that he still
had no idea how long it would take to get the Candace Nagle E-mails! Nor how
much it would cost! Or any pertinent information on the request.

 I am not a computer genius, but somehow I do not buy into the story that this
can be this difficult a request to fill. And, they have similar requests from
other parties, which I hope will cut the expense for all. I told DJ that at this
point no one is asking how much, we are willing to pay what it takes....we just
wanted the electronic files of the e-mails! Does anyone know why it should take
this long, or am I just being "stonewalled"?

 This is an obstruction of process, and the Town Manager is sitting on this! I
have been reasonable, and now my patience is worn thin. What should I do??
4:20 pm edt 

Re: The Three Stooges

" All I can do is warn you and hope you all will pass the word."


Hey, Rip Van Winkle;  thanks for the warning but you're a couple years too late. 
What did you just wake up from a coma?  If you've were paying attention to this
board, you would have heard that warning time and time again for at least two
years.

Go back to sleep and wake up when you dream up a new news flash!

PS

All those on the Jersey Shore should watch out because Rip Van Winkle says "a
hurricane could cause them some serious damage."
4:15 pm edt 

Time For the Librarian to Leave

So many people have so many complaints about her. Why was she hired? the
library needs leadership and vision. It seems she is a divisive person and
wonderful people have left. Of all the people we could hire, why here?

Does anyone know? She seems to be the wrong person for the job.
4:13 pm edt 

On-going Investigation

I want to clarify for myself some of the items in the boxes below
about the investigation. "Jaran's involvement with the signs"--does that mean
the investigation will only focus on whether Chief Jaran knew about the signs,
and Austin Knight will not even be a focus of this part of the investigation?
Also, does that mean that the investigation will not even attempt to find out
how the signs got there in the first place, and who distributed them--and
where--from the police station?

If that's the case, then this is a sham. Jaran's involvement with the signs can
probably easily be marginalized or negated, and that would be the end of that
part of the investigation.

4:11 pm edt 

I Agree: Just Not the Time to Revise the Entire Town Charter

This is not the time. There are too many other pressing issues and this is not
what we need. since the ad hoc committee was picked by the BOS, hummm! What is
this really all about?
4:09 pm edt 

Candace Nagle - Provincetown Cell Phone Use?

How is it that Candacy Nagle gets the town to pay for a cellphone she
carries around with her? Of what importance is she to the town that the
taxpayers are willing to front the cost of her phone? The No Place for Hate
Committee has been thoroughly debunked by now as a hate site in itself, and her
position on that committee is a joke as that committee is disintegrating before
our eyes. The bike committee is also in a shambles, as they cannot even convene
a quorum to assemble a meeting anywhere.

She's been throwing herself around town like she owns the place, but all the
recent discreditations of her and her committees, her nefarious overzealous
enablings of the transgressions of police chief jaran, and her continuous
attacks on members of the finance committee, the town moderator, critics of the
expenditures for the new police station, have substantially undercut her swath
of influence and prestige.

Why should we as taxpayers pay for her cellphone, on which she does a lot of her
destructive dealings?
4:08 pm edt 

Library Landscape

Can someone please tell me who was in charge of the Library
landscaping?? It is an embarrassment . What company did this and what were we
charged? It is hideous . Was there any credence to a much earlier post on this
blog that implies Sharon Lynn knew the principals of this company?? If so, This
should be looked into. Amount we paid with our tax dollars for an awful
job.hmmmmm
4:06 pm edt 

Re: "The Three Stooges"....

This is degrading and demeaning. They are
intelligent people and even though you might disagree with their outlook you
bring rational discussion to an abrupt end. Very disappointing Provincetown.
4:04 pm edt 

Re: Peter Petas

Peter Petas I vetted the above letter with 3 different people including my
friend who is an expert in these things. It is 100% factually correct. Not 50%.
The opinions are mine.

If we don't start dealing with the liability (it's not debt per se) and continue
pay as you go, eventually the amount will become unsustainable and taxes will go
up. Property values could take a hit as well. And other services get squeezed.

Right now, FinCom is talking about ~$800,000-1,000,000 per year. If we don't do
anything now, it'll be multiples of that in the future
4:03 pm edt 

Peter Petas

As sent to the BOS, sorry I can't be there tomorrow:

Dear Board of Selectmen,

The Segal Report contains a ton of information. In terms of our OPEB liability
as of July 1, 2012, it gives us two ways of thinking about it.

(1) On a Funded basis. On a funded basis, our current accumulated OPEB liability
is $19.9 million. What does this mean? If we put $19.9 million in the bank AND
it earned interest of 7.75% interest over the next 30 years AND we continued to
meet our annual OPEB obligations, our plan would be fully funded. Youll notice,
thats a lot of ANDs, but you can pretty much stop before the first one since we
are not going to put $20 million in the bank. By the way, 7.75% is a very high
assumed rate of return as well. Most large state pension funds are closer to 7%
now. Berkshire Hathaway (of Warren Buffet fame) is down in the 5-6% range.

(2) Pay as you go. This is our current mode of operating. It is basically
tossing in only the amount to meet the current years obligation (effectively
ignoring the accumulated liability which continues to grow every year). The
amount per Segal is $28.9 million. What does this mean? That means that if you
look at all of our accrued liabilities and our expected OPEB annual expenses
over the next 30 years and discount them at 4.5%, our unfunded liability is
$28.9 million if we pay as we go.

Number (1) is how our Finance Director is looking at it, while number (2) is
how FinCom views it.

So I asked a good friend who is widely regarded in the debt markets as an
expert on Pension and OPEB accounting to look at the Segal report. Harvard grad,
passed all parts of the CPA exam on the first try (nobody does that) and worked
as an auditor for a big 8 accounting firm for years. I asked him how he would
view it. He said Well, your Finance Director isnt wrong per se, but unless $20
million is magically going to appear, I would view your liability as $28.9
million.

And if you dont believe me or my friend, maybe youll believe Standard and Poors,
who rate Provincetowns debt. From a recent report included in the last FinCom
Booklet: As of July 1, 2011, Provincetown's other postemployment benefits'
unfunded actuarial accrued liability was $63.4 million with a 5% discount rate.
The town has set up a trust fund, but has put only $55,000 into it. It recently
made retiree health care changes that management estimates will lower the
unfunded liability by about 30%. Clearly S&P is using the unfunded obligation a
well, which subsequently went down (see below). They dont cite a funded level
because we dont fund it.

Why did our unfunded liability decrease from 2010 to 2012? Because
Massachusetts changed the law so that retirees over 65 are required to go onto
Medicare. That was a huge benefit but I believe one that is unlikely to be
repeated. There is legislation regarding OPEB in the House right now, but it is
unclear to me whether this will benefit Provincetown particularly.

Separately, you should remember that OPEB liabilities are actuarially
determined. Actuarial accounting is a nightmare. The accountants must estimate
(1) investment return, (2) mortality rates, (3) retirement rates, (4) turnover
rates in addition to cost trends in medical, dental and drug costs as well as an
overall inflation rate. Actuaries almost always get it wrong (how could they
not!) so assumptions will all need to be revisited over time. Some will work in
our favor, some wont.

What does FinCom want? FinCom would like the town to pay an amount that will
cover current costs and also add additional money that will pay down our
Accumulated OPEB liability over 30 years. This is called the Annual Required
Contribution, or ARC on the Segal report. This amount for Fiscal 2013 was about
$2.0 million compared to our actual contribution of $1.3 million. (I believe the
reason FinComs number is $800,000 is because they are estimating it for the
current fiscal year, not for last year.) Keep in mind that ARC is a number that
really should be a policy decision made by the Board of Selectmen with advice
from our accountants and also FinCom. A conversation probably better had in
November/December than tonight.

The deal on the table as I understand it seems to be for a down payment this
year (out of free cash) with a goal toward budgeting for the full ARC amount at
April Town Meeting. I support this 100%. We must move to thinking about our
post-retirement healthcare benefits like we think about pensions and other
long-term liabilities.

Thank you very much,
 
Peter Petas, 463 Commercial Street, Provincetown



14 hours ago

4:00 pm edt 

Handout Getting Smaller

The government has done an intensive study of food stamp expenditures and the
Republicans have concluded that they can save millions by reducing the use of
food stamps.

Section 8 holders are going to have pay more out of their own pocket starting in
the near future.

Affordable  housing is getting scrutinized more and more. These developers are
supposed to be giving money back to the community each year. How much is the
town getting? Lets ask the housing specialist.

How many affordable housing units do we even have in this town? Oh yeah, they
used to be affordable and then they became market rate-there is no scam
involved.
3:58 pm edt 

Re: Who Was Austin Knight's Campaign Manager, You Ask?

Why, it's Austin Night, of course!  All campaign contributions went directly to
HIS address:

The Committee to Elect Austin Knight
9 Miller Hill Rd.
Provincetown, MA 02657

Attending his celebration (huge seafood buffet at the Top o' the Pot):

Austin Knight
Sharon Lynn
Jeff Jaran
Kim Hurd
Tom Koumanelis (in uniform) (Officer textgate)
Candace Nagle
Pru Sowers
Elaine Anderson

(only Jeff/Kim went to the Pig to intimidate anyone they could)
3:56 pm edt 

Re: Mona Anderson

I woke up today with a void today .Something was missing. Rest in
peace dear Mona- Enjoy your journey. See you some day soon.
3:28 pm edt 

Charter Commission and New Police Station
 
Now is not the time to consider either one of these issues (both of which
deserve serious consideration). Now is the time to get the town back on track. 
If citizens decide overwhelming that getting rid of the town manager and police
chief is the correct thing to do (and it is) then, let's get through that
process.  The process of selecting both a new town manager and police chief will
be time consuming and require a lot of planning.  When the new  police chief is
appointed and the study on the appropriate police department size is completed,
then we should discuss police station issues.  First things first!  Lets get rid
of the town manager, get rid of the police chief.  GET THEM GONE!



3:23 pm edt 

Food Stamp Jamborie

Louisiana officials are trying to decide what to do about a massive shopping
spree by families on food stamps when a power outage lifted the caps on their
spending cards.

Police were called to Walmart locations in Mansfield, La., and Springhill, La.,
on Saturday as shoppers cleaned out store shelves.

Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said some customers were pushing more food
than any household could store in a refrigerator and freezer.

"I saw people drag out eight to ten grocery carts," he said.
2:59 pm edt 

Affordable Housing Developers

Just Look at article 14. If you are a regular builder, you have water
restrictions regarding how many units. If you are a builder of affordable
housing, you get to have as much density as you wish, you as much of our water
as you wish.

WE can't wash  our cars--but you can jam the units together and make the rest of
us suffer. And collect the rents each month.

The first of each month and the developers get all of that money from every
apartment at Province landing. And we get our resources reduced. And folks want
to build more and more and more on our precious town land.

My My My.
2:56 pm edt 

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Three Stooges

Anne McGuire, Sharon Lynn and the Librarian are all connected. It's wise if
everyone watch out for all three. If you all remember of the problems several
months ago at the Library where several people left because of her ? Well guess
who was in her back pocket ? Yes, that's right Sharon and Anne. Also, guess who
joined that team and yes, your right again "Jeff Jaran". All I can do is warn
you and hope you all will pass the word.
11:51 pm edt 

Exit Stage Right

Ann,Harriot,Sharon,Candace,Dan Hoort,Elaine,David- It is over. Your
reign is over.Let it go. You are making fools of yourselves. At least go out
with dignity. It is becoming embarrassing . Aren't you all tired. Please , for
your sake and the sake of this town, exit with dignity. If you do not , it will
not be pleasant.
11:37 pm edt 

Wake Up Provincetown Residents!

Annie MaGuire has been and continues to be a bad seed for our town  she was
bad when she lived in east end and was worst when she tried to take over in our
west end . Now on Dyer street shes trying to take over the center of town  shes
bad to the bone get rid of her and her group of people who think their running
the town

If it aint broke - don't fix it that's all we should know and do about Town Charter.
Sharon Lynn- Jeff Jaran - police man, Ann Maguire, Austin Knight and that poor excuse
of an appointed Chief of Police, really come on residents. Lets clean house
and start over!
8:39 pm edt 

Sad Situation For Affordable Housing Set

Many People come here to a resort town where the wage is $10. They scramble for
housing and it is fine when they are young. They are here to PARTY AND PARTY AND
PARTY.

Now many want us to provide them with housing. They have no savings, they have
no careers, they just are here and feel entitled.

There are idea oriented, career oriented people and there are people here who
feel entitled to be here because this is where they wish to be.

There are the folks who will eventually have to leave town because we can't
build hundreds upon hundred upon hundreds of housing developments and use up
every square inch of our precious town to house everyone who wants to live here.

My taxes are going up and up and I resent paying for land to give away to
developers yet again.
8:16 pm edt 

Re: Calm Amidst Consternation

Was this post a joke? If not I'd say you must have worked the compassion right
out of your life. Probably never a leg up or a benefit due to privilege...how
nice for you. I guess you got yours and too bad for anyone else.....
8:14 pm edt 

Provincetown TV

Who's the Director of Provincetown TV?  Is it Beth O'Rourke?
8:11 pm edt 

Re: Flood Plan

After reading how much insurance has gone up on harbor front and low
lands here in town, maybe we'll have to build more affordable housing.
8:08 pm edt 

Mary - Jo For Town Manager

The way to progress.
8:07 pm edt 

With so Much Sadness: Mona Anderson You Will be Missed

So sad to hear of your passing. How could this be? One day you are with us and
now you are gone. This is so sad. and so much sadness to Diane your wonderful
and good and fabulous friend. Many tears flow for her and again we will miss
you.

Sadness for your passing. Sadness at our loss. Mona Anderson has left us too
soon. We can only send you off with so much appreciation and many memories and
tears at our loss.
8:02 pm edt 

R.I.P. Mona Anderson

Say it isn't so- rest in peace dear Mona.
8:00 pm edt 

Orleans v Provincetown

"The community outreach activities of the Orleans and Provincetown
police departments over the past month provide a study in contrasts in terms of
how to engage the public."



In Provincetown the cops enrage rather than engage the public.
1:22 pm edt 

FinCom

Seems the Finance Committee is Concerned about heal th Care for Town
Employees

Good for them. This is not an issue I would even have identified as needed. But
this committee is committed to funding pensions and also long term health
benefits for those who work for this town. I'm impressed. They are doing some
remarkable things.
1:20 pm edt 

No Time to Revise the Entire Provincetown Charter

This is just irrational to do this now. Meet every week to alter every little
phrase, every little word and then jump on the real reason Ann MaGuire is
leading this charge: to limit the power of the Moderator--which was AOK when
Rabinowitz was Moderation but not when Mary Jo is--and then to make certain the
town manager's position takes a lot more to get rid off her.

And we have this big committee--dedicated to change--and driven by hidden
agendas.

No time to do this. We have enough turmoil.
1:18 pm edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn

Hasn't everyone realized by now that all the problems surfacing
throughout town are the responsibility of the Town Manager.  A large part of her
job is to oversee EVERYTHING going on in town and make appropriate corrective
suggestions to her department heads, and follow up on their actions.  Obviously
the town manager is not doing her job and has lost sight of what this town wants
and needs from a Town Manager.  TIME FOR SHARON LYNN AND HER FELLOW POLICE
OFFICER JEFF JURAN TO GO!!!
1:13 pm edt 

Calm Amidst Concernation

All this consternation: this groups against that group, People wanting to live
here but can't afford it, sob stories that result from the choices that people
make for themselves as though we are supposed to turn ourselves inside out due
to their poor choices and fund their solutions.

Our guests left and I'm trying to decide if I should keep my electric tooth
brush in the old bathroom where it is hidden on a shelf on in the shiny, new
bathroom in the new addition--where it is seemingly an "eye sore" on the sleek
new sink.

My spouse says to me, with everything that is going on, your main concern is
which bathroom in which to keep  your tooth brush--and I said yes. I'm pondering
the situation  and in thinking about it, the truth is that my day to day
personal life isn't impacted by these issues. All of this rancor and hatred--it
is time to let it go.


We get the tax bill, we pay it. We are planing our fall get-a-ways and the
holiday seasons travel. I'm concerned about getting the flowering shrubs off of
the deck and into a green house and having the well for watering the garden
turned off for the winter.

Living here has been a dream come true even though it was such a struggle at the
begining way back when. Now it is the golden years--and they are indeed
golden--illuminated by every dawn and sunset that graces our days.
1:11 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Charter Revision

"Please,please,please, don't let Ann revise our charter."




No one can revise the Charter except the people of Provincetown.
1:07 pm edt 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Re: Sharon Lynn

"What is wrong and how can we fix it?"


Sharon Lynn is wrong. Get her out of town and most of it will be
fixed. Have you been paying attention at all? EVERY time, she blesses the
wrongs, looks the other way, holds court over pretend investigations or pretends
that no investigation is needed. This woman is our main problem.

7:35 pm edt 

Provincetown Charter Revision

Please,please,please, don't let Ann revise our charter. If the three mindless
BOS members vote for it, let's make sure that we defeat it  when the town votes
on it. If the mindless votes win in the next election , then it won't matter.
So, I am appealing to the three mindless votes---please wait for the May
election. Postpone any recommendations from the charter committee. Don't leave
us in a bigger mess than the one that you have already made for us.
7:32 pm edt 

Re: Charter Commission

I wouldn't worry too much about the Charter Commission.  They won't
get anything controversial through Town Meeting.  Not a thing.
7:30 pm edt 

Dieter Groll Provincetown Voice

Candyland, give it up! Your intelligence coupled with AM's intelligence doesn't
come ANYWHERES close to dieter's intelligence.
7:27 pm edt 

Re: Sarah Peake

"Sarah Peake whatever the cabal tells........."


Hear, hear, Can't wait to Hear your take on the police chief.
7:25 pm edt 

Glad We Have Dieter Groll Here to Clarify and Instruct

Thanks Dieter. You have intelligence, persistence, integrity and determination.
thanks for continuing to post the truth about some others who lack all of the
above qualities.

Yes, they will try to hurt and undermine you. that is the sad part of what many
may not know about what happens when people in town speak up and criticize any
town position. they will find some way to hurt and damage you. that has been the
"policy" of this town and few know this until--they find themselves the target
of either the police or key town officials like Dan Hoort.
7:20 pm edt 

Re: Sarah Peak

Sarah Peake will regurgitate stock deflecting answers to any questions
posed to her about the chief. You will not get a definitive answer out of her.

As for Ann Maguire on the charter commission revisions, beware--it is all going
to be a piece of architecture that will strengthen the TM's position and protect
the rest of her power donkeys.

7:17 pm edt 

Re: Sarah Peake

"Will sarah be asked the tough questions that she should be asked and
what will she say? She just can't wash her hands in Pontious Pilot fashion."



Whatever the cabal's instructions are, that what will be said.  Nothing more,
nothing less.
11:16 am edt 

Re: Dieter Groll Provincetown Voice
 
"But first, get their names right: there is no 'Mr. Hoot' working at Town Hall,
and the Wiki definition of a 'Administratrix' is a 'person appointed by the
court to handle the estate of someone who died without a will (administrator of
an estate)', not someone running a blog.
I'd be embarrassed for you if you weren't such a narcissist."



*sigh* --  Candace or Dan (whichever you are doesn't matter, but the vitriol is
transparently distinctive), "Mr. Hoot" was perhaps a Freudian slip, which I must
admit is pretty funny  almost as laughable as his misuse of social media as a
public official.

But of course, his misuse is trivial when compared to the outrageously
inappropriate hate tactics employed by the administratrix -- a member and
"unofficial mouthpiece" of the No Place For Hate Committee, no less.  Oh, by the
way, you SHOULD be embarrassed, because you are wrong again -- you cited the
LEGAL definition of the term, and we're not yet in court.  The vernacular
definition follows:

"Administratrix (noun), A female administrator."
-- "Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary", https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/administratrix

I must admit it's been unusual these last few months having haters gnaw at every
word I write.  Yet just this morning I encountered this remark from Winston
Churchill: "You have enemies?  Good.  That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life."

It's clear that by pressing to uncover the truth, we've struck a major nerve
that precipitated the recent "night of long knives" on her blog.  So much energy
has gone into keeping her web tangled just so -- realizing that silk walls are
no match for arrows of truth must be awfully anxiety-provoking.  Although you
may not understand empathy, I feel sad for you.

-- Dieter Groll
11:13 am edt 

Government Shutdown

How do you feel about congress closing down all of those jobs while voting to
keep paying themselves? I suggest that we start a
writing campaign to let our congresspersons know how we will vote in accordance
to how they vote. Let's end the unfair shutdown of jobs for the workers.
11:10 am edt 

Provincetown in the Editorial Page of the Cape Cod Times

Engaging the public
October 12, 2013

"The community outreach activities of the Orleans and Provincetown police
departments over the past month provide a study in contrasts in terms of how to
engage the public."
11:08 am edt 

Jeff Jaran - Police Chief/Austin Knight - BOS Chair

This week's Banner picture is certainly worth a thousand words, isn't
it?
10:57 am edt 

Who Was Austin Knight's Campaign Manager, You Ask:

"Keep in mind that Jeff had been celebrating Austin Knight's "win"..."


Lynn was also at Knight's celebration of his "victory".  Did she also go to
Donegan's that night?
10:54 am edt 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Ah, What Revision of the Charter?

What is someone discussing. Who is revising the Charter. and why would they do
this at this moment. Seems odd, and questionable. Who is on the committee? what
are they trying to do?

Can someone clarify this? It's quite confusing.
6:24 pm edt 

Provincetown Charter Revision?

This is Not the Time to Revise the Entire Provincetown Charter

there is too much in flux. There is the issue of the police chief, the
investigations about him, the assessment of how many police we should have, the
marine police patrol, the police station and the question about whether Sharon
Stays or leaves.

why in god's name would you go through the entire Charter at this time?

this makes no sense now. it should be put on hold. Plain and Simple. Not Plain
and Fancy!!
4:30 pm edt 

Re: Sarah Peake

Will Anyone Ask Sarah Peake Where She Stands on Police Investigation
and Jeff Jaran?

Will sarah be asked the tough questions that she should be asked and what will
she say? She just can't wash her hands in Pontious Pilot fashion.
4:21 pm edt 

I Too Believe That the Banner is Threatened by Town Blogs

The are the old media. They are always one day late and two pounds short. They
regurgitate the news--they do not break the news!  Those days are over and so
they sulk, write erroneously and attacking editorials, and try to save any
grace. But they are not graceful. They themselves appear to be vindictive. I do
not see hate on town blogs. I do see criticism and there is a vast difference.
But somehow The Banner does not see this. They only see their own demise and
their own growing insignificance.
4:19 pm edt 

Who Was Austin Knight's Campaign Manager, You Ask:

Just Look at the front page of The Banner. Jeff Jaran surely was his hidden and
desperate campaign manager even if it took illegal acts, illegal pressure,
texting and threatening town voters, and a celebration that went tragically
wrong at the Pig.

Keep in mind that Jeff had been celebrating Austin Knight's "win":--either by
hook or by crook--and then afterwards went to the Pig--where Donegan was
celebrating but Raphael and his supporters were not. Jeff did not accidentally
show up at the Pig--it was in your face tactics that backfired horrendously on
him.
4:17 pm edt 

Provincetown Office Hours With Representative Sarah Peake

State Representative Sarah K. Peake has scheduled office hours in the Town of
Provincetown on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Town Hall.
Please stop by to meet with Rep Sarah Peake to discuss issues that are important
to you.
If these office hours are not convenient, Sarah is also always available to meet
with people anywhere in the District by appointment. Please call Dottie Smith at
617.722.2090 if you would like to schedule a specific time for an appointment.
The scheduled office hours are: 3:30 p.m.  4:30 p.m.
Provincetown Town Hall
Judge Welsh Room
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
10:02 am edt 

Re: Dieter Groll Provincetown Voice

Hey Deiter in reference to your earlier post, I'm wondering if you
meant "Dr. Who" instead of "Mr. Hoot". If so, now your makin' sense! Keep up the
good work!
9:58 am edt 

Re: Dieter Groll Provincetown Voice
 
Dieter Groll: "Actually, Mr. Hoot and/or Mme. Administratrix...should
I ever have the opportunity to examine YOUR computers..."


Your examination of others computers is highly unlikely, unless of course, you
use your razor sharp technical skills to hack them.

But first, get their names right: there is no "Mr. Hoot" working at Town Hall,
and the Wiki definition of a "Administratrix" is a "person appointed by the
court to handle the estate of someone who died without a will (administrator of
an estate)", not someone running a blog.

I'd be embarrassed for you if you weren't such a narcissist.
9:53 am edt 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Re: Dieter Groll Provincetown Voice

"Should I ever have the opportunity to examine YOUR computers and link
the above post to one of you, I'll have you in court for libel faster than you
can say "public official.
Unfetteringly and civilly yours,
Dieter Groll"



OMG Dieter, I bet they are SITB (shaking in their boots).
10:03 pm edt 

To the Revolutionary Guard

So you've shown you can be right. You can suspend the chief, get an
investigation, expose corruption. That has involved mostly a destructive element
of the breaking down of some bad things in the town. But hopefully the energy
can be constructive as well. What does that look like? What is the plan to make
positive changes in town? What is wrong and how can we fix it? Are we aiming for
utopia?
9:58 pm edt 

Re: Austin Knight - BOS Chairman

Who was Austin's campaign manager?
9:56 pm edt 

When Ann MaQuire Joins a Board--BEWARE!

she is now on the Charter Commission and more than that: she is integral to the
Charter Revision Ad Hoc Committee. Why?

Why indeed!

You know she wants to change many aspects of the Charter that could hurt her
darling Sharon Lynn. So it's interesting that the next meeting is focused on the
parts of the Charter that focus on: THE Moderator and then The Boards.

Oh, could we tell where you are going and bringing this "board" with you. Yes,
how "wonderful" that you spend so much time on town boards.

It's called control and power. Time to move south Ann.

The big game is over!
9:55 pm edt 

Re: Dieter Groll Provincetown Voice

"By the way, have I ever mentioned that computer forensics is my specialty?

Yes. Multiple times. And so have several others mentioned their beyond human
ultrabrain high tech skills. We will have to see how it all pans out. You may
have your wires crossed."


Actually, Mr. Hoot and/or Mme. Administratrix, the CORRECT answer to that
question was "no, never, except perhaps on a technical bio page, which might
explain why you got blindsided yet again."

Should I ever have the opportunity to examine YOUR computers and link the above
post to one of you, I'll have you in court for libel faster than you can say
"public official".

Unfetteringly and civilly yours,
Dieter Groll
9:53 pm edt 

Re: VFW Site

2014 AFFORDABLE HOUSING NEXT OPENS

It will 2015 before there is affordable housing on the VFW lot if we buy it and
devote a section to the new police station and a portion to affordable housing.

A developer has to arrive on the scene, but the land from the town and proceed
from there. With the government shut down etc..there is going to be years before
this can even start to happen.
3:08 pm edt 

Start the Healing

Austin Knight must resign! Chief Jaran should save us tax payers money
(same EVERY day of the week, all season)
and resign also. Sharon Lynn has lost all credibility and should resign. If this
is how Sharon conducts investigations, thank goodness we didn't hire her for the
position of Chief!

Please, all of you, do the right thing and resign so we can start healing our
town.
10:54 am edt 

Re: FinCom Hacking - Duane Steele

"He withdrew his motion so fincom could focus on Town Meeting. It will
be resubmitted at a later meeting along with the 20 or so Charter violations
that they are charging Sharon with. People's business first. Dealing with
criminal, charter violating behavior next."


I hope you are right, they need to find out who released these e-mails.  And
I've seen the supposed charter violations mentioned by FinCom, there isn't
anything there.
10:50 am edt 

Election - May 2013

What is interesting to note is that even with the "pressure" to support Mr.
Knight, he came in second, well behind Mr. Donegan. That implies that even with
the pressure applied, many people used their intellect to cast their votes.
10:47 am edt 

Sharon Lynn - Town Manager Investigation in Question?

Ms. Lynn investigated the alleged sexual harassment charge made
against Mr. Knight a few years ago by a Town Hall employee.

Don't know what the conclusion of the case was. This one seems to give no wiggle
room for her and Mr. Knight, though.
8:12 am edt 

Wow, Austin! - Banner Front Page Photo

Were you that unsure about your prospects of winnings?

And Elaine...
Getting the UU in hot water by asking UU members in a UU e-mail blast to vote
for Austin and Santos?

With that kind of thinking, it makes me wonder how these two sit at the Welsh
Room and set policy for our town,
8:10 am edt 

Police Chief Jeff Jaran - Banner Front Page Photo

The picture in the Banner says it all, doesn't it?  That was what
Provincetown had become under Jaran. And it was just starting.  Don't think he
was going to get better; they usually never do.
8:08 am edt 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Police Ready Room

Look closely at the picture in the Banner. There are a few more violations
waiting to be issued than [just] the storage of campaign signs.
12:25 am edt 

Austin Knight Was Elected Illegally

He is not legitimate. He is a person who would not have won have not the police
intimidated town voters to vote for this man who would then support the police.

this is like a fascist state. This is not what a democracy is about.

Austin Knight should be Ashamed, embarrassed and should not even hold this
position. He only was elected, so it seems, with the police forcing people to
vote for Knight.

this is horrendous.

Good Night, Knight@!
12:23 am edt 

Austin Knight - BOS Chairman

Austin Knight...yikes...what else is there to say?
12:22 am edt 

Banner Front Page

Front Page: Austin Knight signs at the Police Station

This is just wrong. Austin Knight signs there at the Police Station and this
fits what I heard: the Chief demanded that police officers place Austin Knight's
signs at their place of residence.

This is illegal. This is wrong. You can't use police enforcement to force others
to vote for this person. This is upsetting and illegal.

12:20 am edt 

Re: FinCom Hacking - Duane Steele

He withdrew his motion so fincom could focus on Town Meeting. It will be
resubmitted at a later meeting along with the 20 or so Charter violations that
they are charging Sharon with. People's business first. Dealing with criminal,
charter violating behavior next.
10:47 pm edt 

Re: FinCom Hacking

"Heard Duane withdraw his FinCom motion to have the alleged hacking of
e-mails to legal authorities.  Curious as to who put pressure on him to withdraw
the motion.  Almost makes you think he realizes or was told the e-mails weren't
hacked."


So was this entire thing a set-up?  I don't believe Duane or Clarence would do
that so it just leaves one person.
10:44 pm edt 

Re: Kristin Hatch

"Kristin must be a busy lady, nice to now
she relaxes by playing poker with
Anne McGuire."

I'm almost 100% sure that Kristen doesn't play poker...at all.  You obviously
weren't at the meeting or watched the video
10:41 pm edt 

Re: Second Homeowners

Anyone that ownes a home in Provincetown and is registered to vote here should
be afforded all the same rights and priviledges  that people who live here year
round.  Why should it matter what it says on their license plate.  They own a
home here and they vote here that makes them a resident.
10:27 pm edt 

Re: Second Homeowners Domicile

Don't think they can't have a voice. So long as they register here, nothing says
they have to own here. Think of the renters that don't own but do vote. If a
couple owns a property here, they can split their voting power by registering
one here and the other where they live off season. Once these people realize
where their more valuabele investment is, they will split register. And that's
where the influence begins. Don't anger the 70% of the town that lives away
offseason. They can be a major force to be reconned with.
5:25 pm edt 

Provincetown Moves On

Folk rent from a local person, the years go by, the rent barely goes up, and
then after 10 years the owner dies, the relatives take over and the rent is
suddenly three times what you were paying.

Prvoincetown moved on, but you had your own little sinecure not realizing the
economic changes in town. I've seen it over the years happen to people with whom
I'm acquainted.

Now  this person talks to that person and low and behold, some year round
landlords are getting older and are opting for "reverse mortgages". They also
want to stop renting year round and go for the summer only rentals. Continued
changes in provincetown.
5:23 pm edt 

FinCom Hacking

Heard Duane withdraw his FinCom motion to have the alleged hacking of
e-mails to legal authorities.  Curious as to who put pressure on him to withdraw
the motion.  Almost makes you think he realizes or was told the e-mails weren't
hacked.
5:20 pm edt 

Affordable Housing and Taxpayers

The great push is for the taxpayers to buy the land for affordable housing, yet
there are no real year round jobs that would support a family and allow for
savings and retirement.

Taxpayers taxes will go up as more and more land is brought up at town meeting
for the taxapayers to buy for developers. It won't end until all of the land is
built upon--for affordable housing while the summer work goes to foreign
students and guest workers from the islands.

11:04 am edt 

Re: Flood Insurance Sob Story

Thanks for sending me to that article in the CC Times.  I read the article and
it is says the poor man you want us to feel sorry for was well aware of the
flood zone and the potential impact of changes to the insurance regulations
before buying.  Here is a cut and paste from the article:

"An attorney who works in the commercial lending field, [name redacted] was well
aware of the substantial increases to flood insurance rates as part of the
Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

[name redacted]'s condo was located in a flood-risk zone on federal maps when he
bought it, and it will remain there on the new FEMA maps."

So how does that tie into your narrative that somehow Ann Maguire used secret
inside information unavialable to this guy?  He is an attorney.  His condo was
in the flood zone when he bought it.  He was aware of upcoming increases to
insurance rates.  That's what it says in the story.  So what particular piece of
information did Ann have that he didn't before buying his condo?

Sure it sucks to eat that big of an increase but please don't use this to smear
Ann with unfounded inuendo.  Your post is misleading at best and at worst
borderline libel.  I think the webmaster here probably agrees with my opinion on
this given the amount of text he redacted from your post.

We get it.  You hate Ann.  However, if you want your rumors to have a greater
effect in the future; Next time you post some innapropriate inuendo, don't tell
us where to find the facts which completely prove that you are telling an
untruth!
10:57 am edt 

Re: Flood Insurance

You may not have known about the raise in flood insurance rates until now but
anyone in a flood zone has already been paying the insurance and knew 2 years
ago that there was going to be a big jump.  Ann Maguire did not need special
information.  All she had to do is pay attention to everyday life.  These maps
were actually put out over 2 years ago and my mortgage company informed me that
it was being delayed a year because the roll out had some glitches.  Big
surprise.  This was not a secret and the discussion has been going on
since Katrina.  Not everything in this town is a conspiracy.
10:54 am edt 

Re: Flood Insurance

There has been talk of the flood zone maps changing and flood insurance rates
going up for 3 years.  No insider info here.  Anyone who didn't know this was
coming has not been paying attention.
Amazing, the accusations you come up with just because you have an axe to grind
with Ann.  Let it go....
10:51 am edt 

Affordable Housing

Every since I moved here 15 years ago, it seems that people wake up and go to
sleep and that their whole day revolves around affordable housing. What kind of
existence, what kind of life is that?

Why not more to an affordable place, find a comfortable living situation and be
happy with your life instead of 15 years of living in quiet desperation?
10:45 am edt 

VFW Purchase

I'll repeat myself

"But Finance Committee member Duane Steele said such a purchase would be
premature, given that the voters have not decided on a new police station."

I mentioned before that Duane likes to expose problems in the system but has no
plan to cure it. This is an example of such an attitude. At the very least, buy
the property so developers won't. It's one more option the town will have IF we
decide to go ahead with a new station and IF we decide to put it there. From the
complaining that happened when thinking of putting it across six, this seems to
cure the problem. Getting the land is a possible cure to the problem. The town
can always sell it at a later date if it's demed surplus to the towns needs.
Don't let this opportunity slide by.

10:43 am edt 

Re: Kristin Hatch

I'd like to thank Kristin Hatch for her
Blueprint on how the Cabal works.
A friend asks and so it began, another
Friend, another board...before she
knew it,  she was on 5 important boards.
Some would say with friends like that
Who needs enemy's?  Others might think
                   on a grand scale.

Kristin must be a busy lady, nice to now
she relaxes by playing poker with
Anne McGuire. She may profess to being
A "political junkie " but she sure looks
like just another Puppet to me.
10:40 am edt 

Re: Kristen Hatch

The tone that Kristen Hatch used to write her post shows why so
respect her.  The best part...she expects nothing, but to serve the town and
learn as a result of serving.  We need more selfless and egoless people like her
in this town!
10:37 am edt 

Re: Acting Chief Lt. Golden

THREE REASONS WHILE GOLDEN IS NOT GOOD

Don't live in P'town

Don't have a college degree

Don't have a certificate of health
10:33 am edt 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Re: Flood Insurance

Here is a link to the CC Times flood insurance story for anyone
interested:

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131009/NEWS/310090313/-1/NEWS

And I think the earlier poster raised an interesting point.
10:49 pm edt 

Flood Insurance

Ho,hum, another story about the rich robbing the poor! Why don't you get a life?
What happened to that poor man was that he simply doesn't understand how to do
business! Find something else to write about. Stop with the sob stories
9:44 pm edt 

Re: Kristen Hatch

Good for you Kristen. Keep up the good work!
7:49 pm edt 

Re: Kristen Hatch

You're well-loved and respected by many in this town.
7:48 pm edt 

Flood Insurance

If you get a chance, read the story on the front page of this morning's Cape Cod
Times about an unfortunate man whose flood insurance went from 600& to 5000$. A
short time ago, I posted that Ann Maguire probably sold her waterfront property
because she may have had        information(           )about the flood water
plan which would raise waterfront property insurance. I wonder if this
unfortunate person would have sold when Ann did if he had had the same
information. In fact, shouldn't everyone on the cape have had this information?
Am I wrong, in thinking that                     should have informed ALL of     
               ?
7:46 pm edt 

Kristin Hatch
 
If we had ten more of you,we would be able to bring order to our town. Please
don't get discouraged.
7:41 pm edt 

Re: Second Homeowners Domicile

Re:  "Therefore, you do not have a say in what we do in this town."


This is intended as sarcasm, right?  Second home owners pay the same property
taxes as primary home owners.  They pay more than residents who rent and only
subsidize their lanlords property taxes.  Why shouldn't they have a voice in how
"THEIR" property taxes are spent?

If it were up to me, i would let all property owners vote on any issue related
to the town only.  In other words they vote state and federal elections where
they are domiciled but would be given a special ballot for town only issues and
elections.  This would allow them to vote and have representation where they pay
(a lot of) property taxes.  Taxation with representation; wouldnt that be ideal
and fair to everyone?
9:35 am edt 

We Need to Clean House ...

The Chief, Town Manager and Lt Acting Police Chief needs to go. Golden also
covered this up and if you brought back all the officers who left this town they
would tell you the same thing!!!

Discrimination in this dept. has been covered up and going on for along time!!
The chief and Lt both need to go back and look at harassment and discrimination!!

This is a poor example for our town!!

9:33 am edt 

Re: Police Station

Votes casted in writing on the Police Station.
9:29 am edt 

Number of Boards You Can be on

The education of Kristin Hatch a Cautionary Tale

Please pardon the length of this post - I'm just a regular citizen...I started
out by volunteering (roped in by a friend!) on the Human Services Committee.
They administrate grant applications and recommend grant amounts for human
service organizations in town. I learned a lot about different organizations and
about the needs of people in town in regard to human service needs.  It is a
thoughtful and dedicted group of other volunteers and staff who care a lot about
the people who live here.

Then (same rope) I joined the licensing board at a fairly contentious time which
led somehow to me being Chair. There I learn about regulations and enforcement
and process of town and meet lots of cab drivers and shopkeepers and bar owners.
Sometimes people don't like regulatory boards and that kinda goes with the
territory...again, a great variety of terrific volunteers doing their bit for
town.

I'm interested in housing and when a spot opened up on the housing authority I
was encouraged (different rope) to run and I did in an unopposed race...which is
really the best kind! This is a different board because it interacts on the
state level so I'm learning about housing and getting to know the wonderful
folks who live and work at our Housing Authority properties. As a member of the
housing authority I am appointed to be the Housing Authority representative on
the Community Housing Council and the Community Preservation Comittee. I like
working on an important issue which effects people living here and it takes many
people to volunteer to work and make progress on all of these issues.

So that's five. I was going to give up one but I don't have the heart..it's a
good question is that too many? I'm kind of a govt junkie and its amazing how
much there is to know......it really isn't that many hours and it makes me feel
good and I try to give it my all with a little humor along the way like a joke
about playing poker...

So in summary thats what i've gained/learned by being on boards and I encourage
people to serve on boards - its educational and you feel connected to the town
as a whole.

Thanks - Kristin Hatch
9:27 am edt 

Second Homeowner Input Should be Welcome

I think the town could benefit from advice and input from second homeowners.
Second homeowners now make up 70 percent of the town and they pay taxes and
create jobs in the summer months. They are customers to our tourism industry.
They donate to causes and participate in the fabric of town  Clearly by choosing
to buy here most are just as much in love with Provincetown as year rounders
are. I don't think they should sit on Boards and they don't get to vote..but
they have a lot to give to the town and we should welcome their input.
9:23 am edt 

Re: Realtors and Boards

Yes!!!!!!
I agree totally. There should not be any realtors or developers
On any board.   Totally Agree- and I am a 'developer" but agree in an EVEN
playing field. Unfortunately, some developers get the "free pass"  in this town
while others are nailed to a cross. The "free Pass" developers run with the
"cabal". Although, i see and hope there is change in the future.
9:21 am edt 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Re: Second Homeowners Domicile

People who Live Here Have Every Right To speak Up at BOS Meetings and any
other Meeting

Their opinions and perspectives count and I am glad they have become involved.
We have benefited from their recent actions and I am grateful for each one who
gets involve and who takes the time to speak out.
8:57 pm edt 

Re: No Strings Attached - Second Home Owners

These attempts to silence people because they have a certain status
(i.e., non-voters, out-of-towners, non-taxpayers, non-property owners) are just
that--attempts to silence us. It is another form of coercion, censorship,
distraction, mild intimidation, basically a silencing, that reflects certain
people's irritation at hearing out a democratic process. Really.
8:53 pm edt 

Open Mic Night and Ice House Lockout

And there are people that think there are those lurking about with hidden
agendas.

OMG  talk about being one's own worst enemy!!
8:52 pm edt 

Re: Second Homeowners Domicile

"Unfortunately, if one owns more than one residence,
the IRS and local tax authorities mandate that you must declare your primary
residence where you derive your income from."



Therefore, you do not have a say in what we do in this town.  Your tax dollars
are for us to spend as we see fit.  There is nothing wrong with taxation without
representation when it comes down to us allocating your money to best suit ONLY
our need and interest. Some may think that we are self serving, but we live here
year round and utilize most of the service, so don't try to tell us how to run
our town.  Second home owners deserve no say and no rights.
8:50 pm edt 

Re: No Strings Attached

"It is democracy, freedom of speech, pure and simple."


Agree, but then why not let the second homeowners also provide input.  To quote: 
It is democracy, freedom of speech, pure and simple.
8:48 pm edt 

Realtors and Boards

Yes!!!!!!
I agree totally. There should not be any realtors or developers
On any board.

On another note,in the past dealing with the town depts.and
Boards,either they can't give you a clear answer or are
Extremely rude.
8:43 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Voice

"Many people who post in the Provincetown Voice are indeed
non-residents who love the town and have an affinity for it."



A few of the more vocal non-residents may have an 'affinity' for Provincetown,
but it's apparent that there is little understanding of it's inner workings or
history. Witness the reckless comments and destructive glee that shows up on the
Voice page daily.

And now Voice readers are being treated to a on-line flirtation along with the
usual back patting posts from two of its main protagonists.

If there is a Provincetown 'revolution' it appears that much of the same type of
(fictitious) cabal activities would simply continue under a different cover.
8:41 pm edt 

Re: List of Prospective Candidates

Add to the list of potential candidates:

Cheryl Andrews
12:52 pm edt 

No Strings Attached
Many people who post in the Provincetown Voice are indeed
non-residents who love the town and have an affinity for it. Many of us want no
power, no seats on boards, just democratic input, the right to be verbal on
internet sites. Many of us would not understand how that would somehow be
interpreted as radical or extraordinary, as a previous poster suggests. It is
democracy, freedom of speech, pure and simple. No strings attached.
12:51 pm edt 

David Gardner - Where Hath Thou Gone?

I think David Gardner is doing exactly what he needs to do.  If you
don't speak up in this town you don't get attacked.  Hoort has spoken up and is
continually under attack, you don't think other employees notice that?
12:49 pm edt 

David Gardner - Where Hath Thou Gone?

I think David Gardner is doing exactly what he needs to do.  If you
don't speak up in this town you don't get attacked.  Hoort has spoken up and is
continually under attack, you don't think other employees notice that?
12:49 pm edt 

Re: Ann MaGuire

What business is it of anybodys if Ann McGuire like to play poker or
scratch tickets? So don't many others here do the same!If peoples personal lives
doesn't reflect on their job performance or commitees performance it shouldn't
matter! I said it before in a different format but it wasn't posted so I'll try
it again. TX.
12:47 pm edt 

Re: The Voice

Why is it that the same vocal minority, mostly who do not live/vote/work/pay
taxes in town, continuously post on Facebook over and over and over again about
our Town's problems from their perspective?  Some have even come into Town to
speak at BOS meetings, even though they have no vested interest.   While I
appreciate their input, they do not need to make it their lifes' mission to tell
us how to live.   Can't they focus on their own disfunctions?
12:45 pm edt 

Scope of the Investigation?

How about the Ice House lockout or Open Mike Night?  Conduct unbecoming a police officer. 
We got lots of it!!
12:43 pm edt 

They're all Dead

This town is in chaos because there are realtors & developers
controlling all the regulatory boards! There never ever should have been before
nor should there be any now! They've all had an agenda and used it for their own
gain for years. It's almost too late now!! The answer was always "well no one
volunteers to serve!" Of course not - not if there isn't a personal gain for
them and their friends! A major rape of this town for sure!! Those who really
cared about the general overall welfare of the town are all dead!!
12:41 pm edt 

Issue: Housing, and Multiple Board Memberships

Spending money on Housing Summit, all while ignoring 90 Shank Painter, in
pursuit of the abstract concept of affordable housing that has become somewhat
of a cult religion in this town.

The second issue is how many boards are people allowed to sit on. Maquire and
Hatch sit on many.

12:38 pm edt 

Austin Knight

To the person, or persons,  who advocate for the recall of BOS
Chairman Austin Knight,: YES...absolutely correct!
12:34 pm edt 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Re: Make a List

Please note

Maghi Geary does not live in Provincetown
10:40 pm edt 

This is a Non-Issue.

"Kristin Hatch the Licensing chair, joking about a Poker game to the
Selectman...'

If you watch the video, you'll notice that she wasn't addressing the BOS when
she alluded to this.  She was addressing the Chair of the Committee, Ann
Maguire.  Kristen doesn't play poker, as far as I know; Ann does.
This is a non-issue.  Move along.
10:37 pm edt 

Re: Second Homeowners Domicile

Solution for Ptown

Perhaps those second homeowners, who are CEOs or own small businesses in other
domiciles could make Ptown their headquarters and hire local talent to generate
income for locals.  Is t that the best solution for allowing second homeowners
input, as well as for generating local income?
10:33 pm edt 

Re: Second Homeowners Domicile

There appears to be concern about giving second homeowners a voice in local
issues, and the easy answer is to tell second homeowners to register as a
primary resident I Ptown.  Unfortunately, if one owns more than one residence,
the IRS and local tax authorities mandate that you must declare your primary
residence where you derive your income from.
10:30 pm edt 

Provincetown Voice

Why is it so many members of the Facebook page Provincetown Voice are against
allowing non-resident taxpayers input into town issues, particularly given that
many of the most vocal are not residents themselves, yet want to provide input
to the town on a variety of issues?  Tal about talking out of both sides of your
month!  Seems to me that the Voice is about to implode and they are fearful that
others may disagree with their positions.  Many of them go into attack mode if
someone new offers an opinion that conflicts with their own.  Sheesh!
10:25 pm edt 

How Many Boards Are People Allowed to Serve on?

Kristin Hatch the Licensing chair, joking about a Poker game to the Selectman
while asking them to vote to spend more money on Housing Summit, all while 
ignoring the elephant at 90 Shank Painter. And Elaine Anderson's only concern? 
That they have snacks.
10:23 pm edt 

According to Michele Coutour

Stop picking on Michel . I enjoy listening to her rant and rave. She really
makes Sharon look, what?, uh, wait, I don't know, uh, wait, is Michele using
reverse psychology and really against Sharon? Ann, will you please investigate?
10:19 pm edt 

Austin Knight - BOS Chairman

Recall Selectman Austin Knight!!!
10:15 pm edt 

No You Have Totally Missed the Point

David Gardner has been silenced for quite a time. right after town hall
renovations when he "positioned" downstairs with Community Development. He no
longer had Sharon's ear as he had before. And then, he stopped responding to most
questions at BOs meetings and other meetings.

Something happened to him and I believe it is Dan Hoort that took over, with Ann
MaQuire's directives, to be the new voice of town hall--i.e., the voice of
Sharon Lynn.

Analysis needs more than what you did. Try thinking harder.
10:13 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Town Manager

KEEP HER!  We MUST keep her.  Get rid of the He Said, She Said and give credit.
If we broke down all of her accomplishments into one a year that will reflect
for 50 years she is golden:  Roads, sewers, bldg restoration, budget managment. 
Do any of you think that asserting allegations of what you THINK is happening
replaces FACTS? With every additional allegation or complaint or assertion re:
Sharon, FIRST WRITE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS... WE'LL HAVE VERY FEW POSTS!!
10:10 pm edt 

Re: "Where Art Thou Gone"

Here Here!!  No one wants town jobs because of THIS blog. It's horrible.  Look
at state of our town boards. We've got "what's left" on the boards because
knowledgable, hard working folks that could make our town shine have tried and
left. No one wants to put up with the small minded people that do NOT volunteer
but rather just complain and finger point.
10:07 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Town Manager

A bunch of allegations don't replace facts! Sharon is a winner with a proven
track record and we are losers for losing her.  What would happen if all of the
complainers on this blog took a leave of absence for a year.  HOW FRICKING
REFRESHING would that be for EVERYONE.  Jeez, just typing it was like a hit of
oxygen!!
10:05 pm edt 

Re: Brother Where Hath Thou Gone?

He Has Disappeared Hasn't He

I too find that you are right. He is not even mentioned anymore for anything. I
too believe Gardner has become a chess piece that is played where before he was
the king maker. Obviously the inner circle made some decision and it was not in
his favor.

Did people like Gardner too much? Perhaps.
10:01 pm edt 

Would someone Please Explain the New Investigation that Sharon Added

What is this No Place for Hate and the ADL? Why is it being added to the Jaran
investigation.

Please explain.
9:58 pm edt 

Municipal Lobbying

Follow the money is a great mantra for what is unfolding. My partner
and I and my neighbor put up a fight to stop the new landowners next door to us
from building a large home on a small lot. A small cottage from the 1800s sits
on the lot now. The new building could not be built if it was an empty lot,
because the lot size is too small under town regulations. Both the Historic
district Commission and the zoning board rolled over and another large house
will fill in the landscape of an historic neighborhood. Either one of these
boards could have stopped this development. The fact is that there is too much
collusion with developers on these boards. The chair of the zoning board at that
time worked for the developer of this property, Deborah Paine. She had to recuse
herself, but please, don't try to tell me that she didn't have influence. She
now works under the building commissioner, Russell Braun as the building
inspector. She may be a good person, but we have our own version of industry
to government lobbying. It's all the same tribe telling each other that what they
are doing is legal and property owners have the right
to do whatever. We really need to sweep house to make the changes necessary.
Many of you have similar stories in your neighborhoods. It is happening all over
town. An Important first step would to be to ensure that the new town planner is
aware of all that is happening and there is a large opposition to the status
quo. Another step might be to go to all these developments and stand there with
signs of protest, not aggressive but present opposition.
9:56 pm edt 

Acting Police Chief - Lt. Golden

Isn't Golden incriminated in the charges, along with Jaran and Lynn?
After all, he refused to investigate the sexual harassment and intimidation of a
resident for expressing political preferences?
9:49 pm edt 

Re: Potential Candidates
 
"Let's all keep in mind that we really only need one seat filled with someone who
sees the world and specifically our town in a way similar to Erik and Tom.

Cleaning a house can done one room at a time by a few very committed
individuals!!!!"
   

Great Post.
9:47 pm edt 

Re: Signed VFW Purchase and Sale Agreement

"Am I the only person surprised to find that a purchase and sale
agreement has been signed by someone representing the Town and the VFW?"


Don't sweat it!  This article isn't passing.
9:45 pm edt 

Re: Thank You!

I agree about Gail, Steve and Maria. They spoke out when many in town
were living in fear of the steps that the police department was taking during
that time period to intimidate.
9:42 pm edt 

We Have the Energy and the Passion: Let's Act Now

We just can't keep waiting. this is not about time taking its time. We need to
act and to act now. We can recall one member of the BOS and then have an
election soon. then all will change. One vote now and we don't need to suffer
through a long and inactive winter. We can give ourselves spring before spring
arrives.

Recall the weakest member of the BOS and we can all enjoy this winter. As the
snow falls, the town will not only look beautiful---it will be refreshed and
renewed.
9:41 pm edt 

Re: Let's Start a List

Everyone here has an interesting past. Please add any names that you think can
move us forward in a positive manner. When the time comes the voters can deal
with interesting pasts in the privacy of the voting booths. The people who have
hearts and souls and want the best for all of provencetowners will rate high in
my book. You all know some of them, put their names out there and possibly two 
candidates will be willing to give of their time for the rest of us. Just
thought of another name, Clarence Walker.
9:36 pm edt 

Now You Blame the Blog for David Gardner's Silence

Nuts, my friend. On one hand the blog has no influence and then on the other, it
has curtailed David Gardner.

Another case that you can't have it both ways--even though you want what you
can't have. Either the blog has no influence or it has.
9:31 pm edt 

Re: History
 
Let's start a list.i'll start:
     1. Maghi Geary
     2. Dieter Groll
     3. Lee Ash
     4. R. Richter

Add Jen Cabral. She's got a good head on her shoulders.
10:44 am edt 

Re: Brother Where Hath Thou Gone?

".  .  .I don't know the answer but I do have the question: what
happened to David Gardner?"




I can't speak for Mr Gardner, but taking a guess I'd say he's just sick of all
the crap you folks are throwing at the wall to see what sticks.  And I do know
this, most staff just go in, do their job and leave.  Gone are the days when
staff spend their time trying to improve the town.

So that's what you get, staff who come in do their job, go home.  They don't try
to do anything extra because they only get crapped on.  It's just a job.
10:40 am edt 

Re: Town Manager

"The town manager is slipping back into her police persona."



She was never anything but a cop; protecting her own time and time
again to the detriment of our town.


10:37 am edt 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Re: History Let's Start a List I'll Start

Ha ha! Better keep working on that list. Some of the characters you mention have
quite an interesting "history," one that may not be an asset to someone running
for public office.
6:15 pm edt 

Elaine and Austin at the 9.30.13 Meeting

To whomever posted about the gavel grab at 32:50
thanks. i totally missed that.  when was the last time
someone other than the chairman grabbed at a gavel?
I look forward to the day when neither one of them
are near it.

Slippery Rock
6:12 pm edt 

Potential Candidates

Let's all keep in mind that we really only need one seat filled with someone who
sees the world and specifically our town in a way similar to Erik and Tom.

Cleaning a house can done one room at a time by a few very committed
individuals!!!!
6:10 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Police Officer's Complaint

Sharon, are  you speaking as a police chief or the town manager who dumped that
other crony on us and an acting police chief who is beginning to show signs of
being like you? Please speak to your puppetmaster andsee if she still wants you
to continue to not listen to your towns people. She still probably still has
hopes getting S. Peake elected to another term.
6:05 pm edt 

Re: Start a Fund

let start a collection to pay the 3500 bucks the town manager is
trying to extort from the person who requested the records.  please someone step
forward to administer this fund.  all it will take is 70 people willing to cough
up 50 bucks each.  how much does a martini cost these days??  count me in for
50.  I'll abstain from my the next 5 martinis i would have consumed had i not
committed to the 50 dollar contribution.  my liver and the truth will thank me
someday!!
6:02 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Police person

The town manager is slipping back into her police persona as evidenced by her
comments at the last selectmens meeting concerning the  investigation.  She must
go!  Things must change, and Sharon Lynn is obviously not the leader necessary
to do the job.
5:59 pm edt 

Change of Investigation Scope

This is an outrage. How can Sharon get away with this? Is this definitely true??
Can this be substantiated? Can the Banner substantiate this this week?  If this
is true- we as a town have been lied to on a level that is unacceptable and this
manager needs to get tossed out of this town.   I still find this so difficult to believe.
5:57 pm edt 

Brother Where Have Thou Gone?

Has David Gardner disappeared as a voice in town? Does Dan Hoort Have
His Tongue?

David Gardner used to speak to so many issues and provide good explanations when
Sharon failed to even understand the question. He was intelligent, well-spoken
and clear. but he now seems to just sit and Dan Hoort seems to have taken over
the role of spokesperson. what happened to Gardner? Did someone silence him like
Ann MaGuire believing he was a threat to Sharon when he knew so much and she
didn't?

I don't know the answer but I do have the question: what happened to David
Gardner?
5:52 pm edt 

Michelle Couture

According to Michelle Couture, Sharon Lynne has "more integrity than
any other person she knows".


Clearly, Couture needs to meet other people.
5:49 pm edt 

Re: Thank You!

Maria Lopez , Stephen Mindich and Gail Strickland are the ones who
gave me the strength to stand up to this town. To finally say enough is enough.
Yes, they  are the people who started this movement. They are the ones who stood
up to this town. No one else had the "you know what" to do that. Sadly not even
me.I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I thank them for making me realize
I could stand up to this town. I FINALLY feel safe. Thank you- history will be
on YOUR side. I promise you.
10:30 am edt 

Re: "How Very Odd"

Another confusing statement by Rachel White!  Please say in one
sentence what you are trying to convey.
10:21 am edt 

Re: Hacking Incidence

Hacking Personal Computers and then Distributing E-Mails is a serious
Offense
And if the computer that is hacking comes from town hall, we have an even more
serious crime. And a crime it is. this is a total breach of first amendment
rights and the right to privacy. and isn't it interesting that it is the e-mails
from members of FinCom? Serious stuff here. Obviously some people feel
threatened by this committee and its knowledge and expertise and actions.
Yet it is illegal to hack into these members' computers. this is what I read into
Dieter Groll's posting. He has analyzed the e-mails that Candace posted on her
blog and his analysis raises questions about the who, what, where and when.

I think Dieter Groll's analysis should be re-posted so more people can
understand this new and serious development.
  
  
 
"There are a few things to keep in mind with respect to the "3000 records" which will generate "6,000-10,000 printed pages".
   
     
     
First off, that response was directed from Sharon, and as such is geared towards discouraging
Vincent from proceeding.

Second, there are very simple ways to get the cost down. Here are my thoughts:

# 1) it's important to recognize that an email cc'd to 5 people generates 5 records; a single "reply all" is 5 more records. It would be a simple matter to alter the search to request UNIQUE records.

# 2) The rate of $0.50 per page of computer printouts is the max. rate allowed by law. The town manager thought she was being clever on this one, by first citing the costs to print computer records, and THEN piling on the hourly rate to search, segregate and redact, which according to my reading, only applies to "non-computerized" records (I guess the emails, once printed, become non-computerized). Nice try, Sharon.

(a) We don't want PRINTOUTS (I'm sure as hell not going to flip through that many pages); we want electronic copy. The original request was silent on this point.

(b) That leaves us with 950 CMR 32.06(1)(e), "for a search of computerized records the actual cost incurred from the use of the computer time may be assessed;"

# 3) Under 950 CMR 32.06(5), "Waiver of Fees. Every custodian, unless otherwise required by law, is encouraged to waive fees where disclosure would benefit the public interest." The original request was silent on this point too."
1:07 am edt 

Sharon Lynn

If Sharon Lynn has the integrity Michele Cotute says she does,
then we should expect her immediate resignation.
I know,  just wishful thinking. sketball Wives Black Ink Crew

030 Colombiana Hancock Hancock

031 MLB Baseball MLB
1:03 am edt 

VFW Property

Am I the only person surprised to find that a purchase and sale agreement has
been signed by someone representing the Town and the VFW?  I thought there
seemed to be a relentless push to ignore the people and their wishes to see
something done with the existing police station.  Now to find the "town" has
already entered into an agreement to spend another million of town money.  We
don't have a million lying around in an account.  We have to borrow it.  This is
so presumptuous on the part of the BOS and the tm.  And to keep pushing this
"future" purchase on the basis of a new police station and possibly some housing
just doesn't pass the smell test to me.

1:01 am edt 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Candy Land Downward Sprial

Looks like membership numbers are going down over at candy land!
12:59 am edt 

Elaine and Austin at BOS Meeting

I guess my favorite part of the 9/30 BOS meeting came just after Clarence spoke
at 32:50. Elaine grabs the gavel and bangs it and Austin takes it away from her!
Did anyone else catch that exchange? Why is this guy still the chair Tom and
Eric?
12:57 am edt 

History
 
Let's start a list.i'll start:
     1. Maghi Geary
     2. Dieter Groll
     3. Lee Ash
     4. R. Richter

You out there, Please add to the list of potential candidates for persons who
are capable of giving us a positive political future.
12:55 am edt 

Dan Hoort

Let's ask Dan. Do we have line item for bonuses? Where are the slush funds
found? Do you keep track of expenditures from these hidden slush funds?
12:53 am edt 

Town Employee Benefits--Longevity

Sorry, I'm not the one asking about longevity . Answer my questions about
bonuses. I'm the one who said that bonuses, to me are the same as bribes! Are
they in a line item in the budget? The person boasted that he received one is in
management and not in the union. I'll really pay attention if you get answers
who gives?,criteria, why not all?, where does the money come from? And mainly,
why awarded? Because they did what they are hired to do? Good luck on getting
that information !
12:52 am edt 

Sharon Lynn - Police Officer's Complaint

"Another complaint included the disparity of discipline to union
members by the police chief. It is a police complaint common to every
department, Lynn said.

Every cop in the world is going to say that, she said. Police officers often
think that chiefs are playing favorites, she said, and such accusations can only
be investigated if an officer comes forward, and can only be investigated."


Guess what, Sharon, THE OFFICERS ARE coming forward.

12:49 am edt 

Sharon Lynn - Town Manager
T
hat green-highlighted chart says it all, doesn't it?
Lol. I didn't expect much from her, but this takes the cake.
12:47 am edt 

Dan Hoort - Finance Director

"Mr. Hoort has stated on PC&P that he would welcome an investigation
into the leaked or hacked emails."

Could someone explain here what the issue is?  Not everyone follows Facebook
pages often referred to here.  Thanks
12:45 am edt 

Jeff Jaran - Chief of Police Suspension

When does JJ begin his suspension WITHOUT pay?

Have to say...it's nice to see our force in the streets again, in lieu of mainly
driving around in those long cruisers.
12:43 am edt 

Re: "How Very Odd"

It's believed that comments posted or
deleted by the Blog Master and/or posting authors names is also within his/her
purview to post depending on comments made. It's also believed that the concept
of this blog is for anonymous comments to be made by persons who feel strongly
about issues but are skeptical for whatever reasons to endorse it with their
names. People are then able to state true thoughts rather than modified for
political or personal reasons! Peoples lifestyles,unless it directly reflects in
some way,on their job performance,need not be resurrected. No one is perfect!
It's that kind of venom and hatred that makes comment s volatile! Stick to the
issues & not loose sight of the goal by confounding it with minutiae. Try to
consider all opinions ,pro & con & find compromise. perpetuating the "us & them"
syndrome on both sides is fruitless! It's one thing to have differences of
opinions and respect each other differences,but some are laced with hatred.

Not good fellow citizens. Peace my friends!

Rachel White
12:41 am edt 

Re: Hacking Incidence

Hacking Personal Computers and then Distributing E-Mails is a serious
Offense
And if the computer that is hacking comes from town hall, we have an even more
serious crime. And a crime it is. this is a total breach of first amendment
rights and the right to privacy. and isn't it interesting that it is the e-mails
from members of FinCom? Serious stuff here. Obviously some people feel
threatened by this committee and its knowledge and expertise and actions. Yet it
is illegal to hack into these members' computers. this is what I read into
Dieter Groll's posting. He has analyzed the e-mails that Candace posted on her
blog and his analysis raises questions about the who, what, where and when.

I think Dieter Groll's analysis should be re-posted so more people can
understand this new and serious development.



Can someone elaborate a bit more on this? Does this mean that a town employee
COULD HAVE,MAY HAVE , hacked into the FinCom members emails to each other? am I
understanding this correctly?
12:36 am edt 

Hacking Schmacking

I got some bad news for you.  If the emails are among town committee members
concerning things under their purview and on town computers they are public
records and there is no need to hack anything.  All one needs to do is file a
FOIA request.

I suspect the parties received any documents or emails referred to by having
them forwarded by one of the recipients with their own agenda.

As far as any "forensic analysis" of emails i have yet to see anything remotely
resembling analysis on this blog with regard to emails.  A question or two about
dates and stamps does not an analysis make.
12:34 am edt 

Re: Thank You

While we are on thank yous- Thank you to Maria Lopez and her husband
and gail strickland for stepping up when all of us were too intimidated to do
so.You are wonderful people. You too gave us strength.You shined a light on this
town. Thank you.

Hear, hear!
12:32 am edt 

Re: Sharon Lynn - Scope of Investigation

I don't understand why Ms. Lynn makes a commitment in public to do one
thing, then sad she 'a going to do something different

And the worst part is that she and the BOS want us to believe that she has made
no changes to the investigation scope.

Then you have the nerve to complain we are complainers and whiners about it.

I may be the only one feeling this way, but I have lost all confidence in our
Town Manager and her enablers on the BOS.
4:35 pm edt 

Re: 'Try Humility'

"We all need to rid ourselves of large egos & try HUMILITY! The only
ones now who can insult everyone about anything and get paid handsomely for it..."


You are hilarious. Did you see or hear Rob Tosner at the special town meeting? I
would say the above defines him perfectly.  Thanks for your analogy -and if you
have any question as to how he is getting paid handsomely for it I can let you
know.:)
11:55 am edt 

Thank You!

While we are on thank yous- Thank you to Maria Lopez and her husband
and gail strickland for stepping up when all of us were too intimidated to do
so.You are wonderful people. You too gave us strength.You shined a light on this
town. Thankyou.
11:52 am edt 

Dan Hoort

I would wonder how much time Dan Hoort is spending while on
town payroll performing tasks that have nothing to do with the job he is paid to
do??
11:50 am edt 

Sharon Lynn - Scope of Investigation

What Sharon Lynn promised the people of Provincetown at the September
11, 2013 BOS meeting:

"Further, Lynn said that she has asked Marcum LLP, the independent firm
contracted to investigate Jaran, to widen its scope to include other incidents
such as inappropriate text messages that were sent by a police sergeant, a
sexual discrimination complaint filed with the Mass. Commission Against
Discrimination by a 10-year police dept. employee, and civil and voters rights
violations. The original investigation was to only going to look into Jaran's
questionable behavior at the Squealing Pig restaurant on the night of May 7."

Guess her word is worthless.
11:48 am edt 

Re: Hacking Incidence

Hacking Personal Computers and then Distributing E-Mails is a serious
Offense
And if the computer that is hacking comes from town hall, we have an even more
serious crime. And a crime it is. this is a total breach of first amendment
rights and the right to privacy. and isn't it interesting that it is the e-mails
from members of FinCom? Serious stuff here. Obviously some people feel
threatened by this committee and its knowledge and expertise and actions. Yet it
is illegal to hack into these members' computers. this is what I read into
Dieter Groll's posting. He has analyzed the e-mails that Candace posted on her
blog and his analysis raises questions about the who, what, where and when.

I think Dieter Groll's analysis should be re-posted so more people can
understand this new and serious development.
11:45 am edt 

Town Employee Bonuses - Longevity

Longevity is in the union contract and the personnel rules if I recall
correctly.  It is not paid at the discretion of the town manager, it's part of
their compensation and is included in each department's budget.

If you are just now noticing that the town has a longevity system that would be
your fault for not paying attention.
10:40 am edt 

Re: History Will Remember

Yes, history will remember, all the gains and all the failures too. I
congratulate all who have brought the town this far in exposing and cleaning up
the mess that is Provincetown politics. But the next step is even more crucial.

I've known Duane and Mary Jo for over 25 years and I know they are great at
complaining and looking for change but they don't usually have an answer on what
the next step is. Clarence has been great in this blog as well as Marcene but
whats next?

Once the problems are gone, what then? Who's the new chief to be?
Who might the new TM be? How about the next selectman. It makes no sense going
the route of "cleaning up" the mess only to find the next step is not prepared.

My opinion says Golden is not ready to be the new chief and I don't think anyone
in thr departm,ent currently could be effective. So who? I also don't think
Gardener is prepared to be a TM. Where has he been while all of this is going on? I just
see him mum all the time folloing lock step with the administration. Where's his insight?
And again, if not him, who?

And I agree, Knight needs to be gone next election as well as McChesney. (what
has he done to this point???) But who then after they're gone? Dropping the bomb
is one thing but cleanup and an exit strategy must be included in the plan.
10:38 am edt 

Style Matters

To the FinCom chair, you do not just have to win the argument, which you are,
you also have to win over the town folks.  That is a crucial piece.  Remember,
they are the ones voting and style (unfortunately) matters.

You got that advice on Facebook today and negated it.  Thank the gentleman who
offered it has served on FinCom.  Could have been an ally. The way you negated
and dismissed him it just further proved the point.
No need to be so confrontational, argumentative, striking a harsh tone.  Don't
let detractors pull you into the trap.  Rise above it.

Know that you and the committee have been put through the proverbial
wringer.  I would be angry, pissy, and growl like a bear.    But I am not trying
to affect town policy and win people over.    Be the better person.  Your cause
needs you to be.

Thanks for all the hard work.
10:34 am edt 

Mark My Words

Right now Sharon Lynn is putting all her focus on
self-preservation. At her age, that means money. She should be suspended from
controlling any town finances. I  suspect the finance director acts as her
check-and-balance, and he has been so emotionally vocal in his defense of her,
he should also be suspended from financial control.

Let's not be foolish, townsfolk. Regardless of what happens or what we discover
has happened, Sharon Lynn's tenure is over and she knows it. All she can do now
is put together a good legal case and/or severance package and collect her
salary and benefits for as long as possible. Every day she and the finance
director remain in control of town finances makes the town more vulnerable to
the high cost of Sharon Lynn.  I assume she is at least that smart.

She also needs to be suspended from being the only and final word on hirings and
firings. Don't let her do any more damage. The worst is yet to come. Please act
immediately.
10:31 am edt 

By Ann Wood on Wicked Local, October 4, 2013

Scope of Provincetown police investigation intact, says town manager

The scope of the independent investigation conducted by Marcum LLP into
incidents involving suspended police chief Jeff Jaran has not been narrowed,
Sharon Lynn, the town manager, told the Banner Tuesday.

This comes following a board of selectmens meeting in which several residents
came forward to complain about rumors that the investigation wont include all
incidents police.

What I said is that Im going to include the allegations in the union letter,
Lynn said. And I said any other pertinent information.

The letter, penned by the Provincetown Police Labor Federation and the New
England Police Benevolent Association, stated that they adopted a vote of no
confidence in Jaran for four specific reasons. Of the four, only two can be
investigated, Lynn said. They are the Squealing Pig incident and the
distribution of campaign signs from the police station.

Another complaint included the disparity of discipline to union members by the
police chief. It is a police complaint common to every department, Lynn said.

Every cop in the world is going to say that, she said. Police officers often
think that chiefs are playing favorites, she said, and such accusations can only
be investigated if an officer comes forward, and can only be investigated
internally.

The charge of the unconscionable treatment of former union member Andrea Poulin
is being investigated by the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination, Lynn said,
and that complaint implicates the town. The town doesnt need to spend money on
something that is already happening, she added.

If theres anything else that Im enlightened about its going to be included in
the investigation, Lynn said.

Further, calls made for Lynn to recuse herself dont make sense, she said,
because she is not involved in the investigation  it is being conducted
independently by Marcum.



10:27 am edt 

Friday, October 4, 2013

History Will Remember

All these issues will be sorted out. Time. Time is our friend. I say a
year from now these issues will be long gone. Many will have been sorted out and
concluded. One way or another. But I also say- our town will be a more cohesive
,caring, productive town than it is now. Unfortunately, some of Our town leaders
have led us down the wrong path. But those that have done right by us will
remain. Tom, Erik,Mary Jo,Clarence,Mike, Duane- thank you.Thank you for giving
us the strength to do what is right! You are amazing people. History will
remember your gift to our town.

Bless you.
11:07 pm edt 

Consequence of Affordable Housing?

The post doesn't make any sense. Can you expand? You seem to have two
conflicting opinions.  Who is biting the hands that are feeding whom? Tactics?
Strategy? The latest affordable housing project, 90 Province Landing is a mess
and heading in direction that is definitely not affordable to the community at
large. Absurd to ignore the facts while preparing for a housing 'summit'.
10:57 pm edt 

Defamation Lawsuit

Candace Nagle is not registered to vote in Provincetown, period. She
is a distraction that needs to go away. Clarence Walker please take her to task,
bring a defamation lawsuit against her. Now that the chief of police has been
sidelined, she has joined forces with Dan Hoort in hopes of silencing FINCOM.
Please Clarence, she is just plain ol' nasty.
Dan Hoort, stop being such a child and just do the job we pay you to do.
10:55 pm edt 

Re: A Few Stupid Texts

"Obviously you don't know law.  As I said previously, you can sue anyone for
anything.  I could care less if you retained a firm that has never lost a case.
Again, aside from losing a friendship, how were you harmed??"



Have you read the entire substantiated report??? I suggest you do. If you have
and still do not get it, either read up on  civil law, go have a drink, or if
you really want to know - go ask a civil law attorney. Do you really think you
are going to get an answer here ? Funny.
10:53 pm edt 

Re: 'Try Humility'

Humility will come when accountability comes. Plain and simple. yes,
get used to it. Or is it only ok for TM, certain selectmen and the cabal to be
egotistical and self righteous.  It is a new time for  Provincetown my dear.
Civility will return but not until  the corrupt are gone and our beautiful town
has accountability and ALL can feel safe here. Until then, We will continue with
our fight.
10:51 pm edt 

Say What?!

Here's the K&P advice. Please know two things. One our law firm needs to be
reviewed.  So according to Michelle it could be, may not be, but again could be
but again may not me, subject to interpretation yada yada yada. Oh please. Get
rid of these legal advisors. They are doing nothing but protecting themselves.
Not us. And how much are we paying them ?????
10:50 pm edt 

'Try Humility'

"We all need to rid ourselves of large egos & try HUMILITY! The only
ones now who can insult everyone about anything and get paid handsomely for it
are the "insult comics"!We buy tickets to go and hear them, laugh with them and
at ourselves. How ironic is that? Yet, we have to weigh every word we say
everywhere because some egomaniac threatens law suits or discrimination! STOP IT
ALREADY!!!"



:}:}:}  Tell that to the Tm, Jaran, Elaine, Austin,David, Candice and the cabal.  
How hilarious you are and how Ironic your statement is...
10:47 pm edt 

To All Townies.....

I agree... It's not your town anymore..... Look around........
They came,they tore down,built on dunes.
The people who loved the town had no voice thanks to
Greed.
10:45 pm edt 

Emails

Mr. Hoort has stated on PC&P that he would welcome an investigation into the
leaked or hacked emails. He indicates that if that is done, the town would be
very surprised as to who has made them public.  He of course does not reveal his
suspicion.    Who does he mean?  Too close for comfort to the FinCom? One of the
three?  Another member?  A BOS? Mary Jo?  See the speculation is nasty and
unproductive.

Enough of this BS.  If someone made these public who had access to them legally,
they should fess up and end the mess that is going on in town around this issue.
If someone by mistake forwarded them or released them, own up to it.  Put the
town before yourself.
If someone thought they were helping the town, realize that you are not,
apologize and be the bigger person.

Right now there is so much gotcha, speculation and innuendo.  On both sides.  So
bad for the town.  Just another way to tear people apart.  CN and DH are not
doing any good by being coy, not forthcoming, and spreading innuendo.

I for one would admire someone who put the good ahead of the town ahead of their
pride and admitted to what happened.

If this was done illegally, let the chips fall where they may.

What is sad that all this bs was over an open meetings violation that was not
even a violation to begin with.
10:43 pm edt 

Employee Terminations

We should get all the ex employees that were fired and ask them what
the TRUE story that was behind their terminations.
10:40 pm edt 

Thanks Dieter!!!

Let's see how Candy tries to unsuccessfully wiggle herself out of this one.
10:38 pm edt 

Whaaaat????

 Are you implying Candy won't fess up to employing tactics she accuses other of???
10:37 pm edt 

Try Humility

We all need to rid ourselves of large egos & try HUMILITY! The only
ones now who can insult everyone about anything and get paid handsomely for it
are the "insult comics"!We buy tickets to go and hear them, laugh with them and
at ourselves. How ironic is that? Yet, we have to weigh every word we say
everywhere because some egomaniac threatens law suits or discrimination! STOP IT
ALREADY".
           LOOK AT JUNE 10 SELECETMEN MEETING AND YOU WILL SEE HUGE EGOS AND
COMPLETE LACK OF HUMILITY BY ELAINE AND DAVID in  response to the  INTERNAL
INVESTIGATION THAT WAS substantiated by lt. Golden who then subsequently threw
his own hissy fit at the monday BOS.  This investigation was about civil rights. 
We will not stop so get used to it. This town needs to be cleansed of its
corruption by those in town govt and on the police force who are more concerned
about their own self interests instead of what is best for Provincetown.This
will never stop until these people are replaced and there is
accountability.AGAIN, get used to it.
10:35 pm edt 

Re: Palacino and Partner

"Obviously you don't know law.  As I said previously, you can sue
anyone for anything.  I could care less if you retained a firm that has never
lost a case.  Again, aside from losing a friendship, how were you harmed??

Here's the question:  Did one or more members of the Provincetown Police
Department, including its Chief, attempt, directly or indirectly to exert undue
influence on a town resident, whether year round, or part-time, for expressing
his/her freedom of speech with regard to support for specific candidates in the
most recent town elections?

It will be to the two parties and their legal teams to make the best case. Let
the chips fall where the may.

But...if as someone has argued, the texts were inconsequential, because the
resident doesn't vote in Provincetown, then why bother with so many texts and
attempts to involve others in the Police Department to contact the resident to
convince him to not support the candidates whose signs had been posted on his
lawn?
10:33 pm edt 

Palacino and Partner-

I blame it on the june 10th BOS rants by Elaine
and David- take some time a watch . They immediately dismiss it ( quite vocally)
and they say they drew "very different conclusions" These were violations of
civil rights. Yet Elaine and David chose to close their eyes to very serious
substantiated by Lt Golden allegations. They should apologize to Palacino and
partner. They also sent the WRONG message to TM Sharon Lynn.
10:31 pm edt 

Dieter Groll

Thank you Dieter!!!!!!! You are a true asset to this community and you
are a man of considerable knowledge. More importantly a man of integrity and
strong moral, ethical values!!!!  thankyou thankyou thank you
10:28 pm edt 

Re: Rachael White

"...our names. If the Huff Post can do, why can't we."


News Flash! You don't have to use your real name to post on the HuffPost. Unless
someone was named at birth by their parents a name like I read earlier today:
sweetdreams454.  It's still lovely, but I doubt it's the poster's real name.
10:25 pm edt 

Re: A Few Stupid Texts

Obviously you don't know law.  As I said previously, you can sue anyone for
anything.  I could care less if you retained a firm that has never lost a case.
Again, aside from losing a friendship, how were you harmed??


No I CORRECT you  - OBVIOUSLY you do not understand law .Compensatory damages
provide a plaintiff with the monetary amount necessary to replace what was lost,
and nothing more. They differ from Punitive Damages, which punish a defendant
for his or her conduct as a deterrent to the future commission of such acts. In
order to be awarded compensatory damages, the plaintiff must prove that he or
she has suffered a legally recognizable harm that is compensable by a certain
amount of money that can be objectively determined by a judge or jury.    
Again- you are ignorant and have no idea what you are talking about.    Watch
what happens from here.
10:23 pm edt 

Number of Affordable Housing Unit

We have a housing specialist receiving tens of thousands of dollars a year. HERE
ARE THE QUESTIONS:



1. How many affordable housing units have been built since its inception here in
Provincetown?

2. What is the average number of years that they are "affordable" before going
to Market rate?

3. If every affordable unit had to be affordable for 100 years--how many
affordable units would we have now?

4. I propose that town meeting demand that any land bought with taxpayer's money
that goes to affordable housing have a 99 year lease?

5. How much money has the town received from the affordable housing developers?
10:21 pm edt 

Re: Town Employee Bonuses

1...Yes ALL employee's get a bonus / longevity after 5 years.
Issued on anniversary of first day of work,  yearly.

2...Yes this includes management. I use to do payroll for my department and this
is a budgeted line item.

3...This has been going on forever...long before Bergman.
I bet there are dpw guys who have received this bonus / longevity
for 30 years.

Hope this answers your questions!
10:18 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn v BOS

I read an earlier post here pertaining to the june 10th
BoS meeting. This meeting is a very interesting and "telling" evening. First
off, Mr Stephen Mcgovern's physical language is startling. Watch him in the
background.

But most disturbing is Elaine Anderson and David Mchesney's reaction to the
internal report done by Lt Golden. Let us not all rush and condemn Sharon Lynn.
She sat there and watched what Her BOS members perceived as their analysis of
the report. I say at this meeting is is NOT Sharon who drew conclusions- and if
she did it was at the advice of her " bosses" Elaine
Anderson and David Mcchesney. Elaine Anderson and David McChesney's reaction and
"interpretation' were caught on camera. What they said was Apprehensible in
response to the internal affairs report that by the way SUPPORTED the complaint
by james palacino. I say Sharon merely followed the "lead" of these Ill informed
BOS who obviously do not understand Civil Rights implications and the dynamics
of Civil Rights Law that make for rulings and determinations in these cases in
federal court.  Elaine, David - you led your Tm down the wrong path. You both
should be held accountable for your actions. If you did not understand the
complexities of this situation you should have abstained from  making any
remarks pertaining to it. Instead our Tm perceived "your interpretation" as fact
instead of giving credence to Tom Donegan or Eric Yinglings synopsis of it. So
in all fairness, Let us Give Sharon some slack in this and hold accountable the
BOS that made Ill informed and "sophomoric" remarks at this meeting pertaining
to this texting incident.
9:57 pm edt 

Re: Palacino and Partner

Re: "They could have themselves their money, if an apology had been
given. Sharon made the decision to not do so. Her decision is going to cost you
and I some $$$$."


Thank you, for once again pointing out the childish vindictiveness that has led
us to the point we are at now. The town will spend a fortune because someone
feels they are owed an apology. So pathetic.
9:51 pm edt 

Re: Dieter Groll Provincetown Voice

"By the way, have I ever mentioned that computer forensics is my
specialty?"



Yes. Multiple times. And so have several others mentioned their beyond human
ultrabrain high tech skills. We will have to see how it all pans out. You may
have your wires crossed.
8:52 pm edt 

Dieter Groll: Bravo!
 
Thanks for your investigative and forensic skills. I am so impressed and so
pleased that you are using these skills for the town's benefits.

Bravo to you. And thanks.
12:43 pm edt 

Re: Rachael White

How Very Odd!

You attack the fact that it is an anonymous blog where people post what they
think and feel and then you attack the blog but are afraid to sign your name.
You just can't have it both ways. that is why it is an anonymous blog and it
allows people--not the webmaster--to post feelings, positions, and ideas and yes
criticism. some seem to equate--falsely--criticism with anger and
vindictiveness. they are not the same. a democracy needs and requires criticism
and a voice--and that is what I feel I read here.
12:41 pm edt 

Consequence of Affordable Housing

And so, many are requesting affordable housing, viciously biting the
very hands that feed them. Not a wise or effective tactic. Provincetown started
exploring affordable housing the the mid 90s. However, once the fore fathers
decided to go hog wild and singularly become a tourist attraction (as opposed to
developing some sort of light industry), you got what you asked for: it's not
your town anymore.
12:38 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

"Never mind the five year plan, where's the librarian?"


LOL.  How true!
11:13 am edt 

Re: Palacino and Partner

"Let them spend lots of money to sue."


They could have themselves their money, if an apology had been given.
Sharon made the decision to not do so.

Her decision is going to cost you and I some $$$$.
11:10 am edt 

Re: Town Employee Bonuses

"...all employee's are eligible after 5 years..."


Can you clarify, please?  Does this mean that SOME, BUT NOT ALL 5 years or more
employees get a bonus?  Or do ALL eligible 5 years or more employees get this
bonus?
11:08 am edt 

Re: Rachael White

Thank you so much. You expressed my sentiments exactly and those of my friends
and neighbors. And I appreciate SO MUCH you signing your post. I would love to
but I have already lost friends over my not agreeing with the current method of
changing the leadership of this town, and I don't want to lose any more.

This is the first time in many decades of living here that I have actually
entertained the idea of leaving town. I never, never thought I would ever think
of leaving but the tactics being used are tragic for this town.

While Clarence and this blog continue to say that "opinion is not hate" I
respectfully disagree. Opinion can be stated in a way as not being hateful. And
we should all have the courage and respect for one another to be able to sign
our names. If the Huff Post can do, why can't we.

A Very Sad Townie
11:06 am edt 

GateHouse Media - Seeking Bankruptcy Protection

GateHouse Media, which owns hundreds of small and mid-sized community and weekly
newspapers around the U.S., has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the
company announced last week.

The filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware includes a
prepackaged plan of reorganization that appears to have the support of a
majority of the companys creditors.

The bankruptcy filing should allow GateHouse to restructure $1.2 billion in debt
scheduled to come due in August 2014, most of which was assumed by the publisher
in 2007. According to GateHouse Director and CEO Michael Reed, the reorganized
company will retain all its assets and reduce its debt while canceling its
common stock and merging with Local Media Group, which owns eight daily
community newspapers and 13 weekly newspapers.

Creditors can opt to receive a cash distribution equal to 40% of their claims,
or stock in New Media Investment Group, the new company being formed by the
merger with Local Media Group.

Local Media Group was created by Newscastle Investment Corp.s recent acquisition
of the Dow Jones Local Media Group; Newcastle is an affiliate of GateHouse owner
Fortress Investment Group, meaning the two publishing companies are corporate
siblings.

GateHouse is just the latest in a series of publishers to declare bankruptcy.

Earlier this month, FriendFinder Networks, which owns nudie mag Penthouse, filed
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles to deal with liabilities
said to amount to $500 million to $1 billion. And Readers Digest Association
entered bankruptcy protection from February to July of this year -- its second
Chapter 11 filing, following an earlier one in August 2009.

11:04 am edt 

Re: Bonuses

To the guy who loves facts. Would you ask the town manager if she gives or has
given in her past years here bonuses/longevity ? And if she has, who gave her
authorization to do so. Could this be a contractual item? If so who authorized
it, the Bo's? Sounds like another cozy deal by the bos.
11:01 am edt 

Re: Town Employee Bonuses

I don't know if I'm for or against bonuses. What I would like to know is how the
people who get them are picked and what they have to do to get one.
11:00 am edt 

Request For Records

Vincent Currier uploaded a file.This is the response from the town
clerk regarding my records request for e-mails between Ms. Nagle, the American
Defamation League and the town offices. The town tells me they want $3500.00 for
the privilege of getting those e-mails. I would consider this BLACKMAIL, since
Tax dollars should pay for this service. What do we think??
V. Currier Records Request Letter 10-2-13.pdf
Portable Document Format
DownloadPreviewUpload Revision.3 hours ago
10:58 am edt 

Re: Mass. Municipal Association

To the poster who inquired about Mass. Municipal Assoc, dues and who
paid them,it was budgeted. I don't know about the line items budgeted now for
membership,mileage and cont'd ed for related programs.I was a member all the
while I was Exec. Asst. to T. Mgr. & Bd.f S.Charlie Cobb,T. Mgr. insisted I be
in MMA to represent him on occasion. MMA advised the town as to what gov't
programs were available,changes that were occurring, etc,also what salary
standards were in the commonwealth. P'Town incidentally, was always far below
standard scale anywhere then and for years after. There was a time when Union
wages far exceeded management due to financial woes that preceded us when we
came into the system. We were punished for the "sins of the fathers" until such
time as it was demonstrated that we were worthy of raises.It was SOP that MMA
was budgeted.

Rachel White
10:56 am edt 

Re: Federal Workers Furlough

They're not working. Just spoke to one of them yesterday and he said he's off
the clock until the budget is passed. They'll get back pay for days missed but
not working right now.

Get naked and run free!!
10:53 am edt 

Try Humility

We all need to rid ourselves of large egos & try HUMILITY! The only
ones now who can insult everyone about anything and get paid handsomely for it
are the "insult comics"!We buy tickets to go and hear them, laugh with them and
at ourselves. How ironic is that? Yet, we have to weigh every word we say
everywhere because some egomaniac threatens law suits or discrimination! STOP IT
ALREADY!!!
10:52 am edt 

Unbelievable!!!

http://www.wickedlocal.com/truro/newsnow/x1803837299/Former-Provincetown-police-officer-under-investigation

This guy doesn't stop!! He assaults, skates on the issue and then decides to
harrass again? I guess the town needs to expand it's investigation yet again!!
Time to clean house!!
10:50 am edt 

Re: A Few Stupid Texts

Obviously you don't know law.  As I said previously, you can sue anyone for
anything.  I could care less if you retained a firm that has never lost a case. 
Again, aside from losing a friendship, how were you harmed??
10:48 am edt 

Dieter Groll Provincetown Voice

Options for this Story Posted Seconds Ago 'Next Door':

Back to this mystery hacker... Mme. Administratrix, through you... Since Mr.
Hoort has blocked me despite what I thought was wonderful chemistry that we had
together, I'm wondering if you could converse with him to discuss the following
and report back an answer to the group, so that ALL may see the answer (as per
your rules):

1) Can either of you explain how it came to pass that BOTH the "DOC" AND "PDF"
files that you posted were created at exactly the same time (2013:09:30
12:27:27-04:00), even though you claimed that Dan sent you a PDF, which you then
converted to Word on October 1st?

2) Next, can... you explain how the "anonymous" letter received by the Town
Clerk was opened and scanned to PDF at (2013:09:30 14:09:50-04:00) -- nearly an
hour and a half AFTER both of your versions?

3) And finally, can either of you explain why both of your versions of the
document are LACKING the "Received - Town Clerk - Sep 30 2013" stamp, which the
Town Clerk typically affixes to documents immediately AFTER opening the mail,
and BEFORE scanning to PDF?

Is it at all possible that one or both of you had access to this document BEFORE
it was received by the Town Clerk?

By the way, have I ever mentioned that computer forensics is my specialty? I'll
have a detailed technical forensics report available soon, if you'd like me to
post it....?
10:45 am edt 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Say What?!

Here's the K&P advice. Please know two things. One our law firm needs to be reviewed.

Two: This whole mess stems from them giving advice to town staff that contradicts the law and AGs office. Now they come back with this obtuse analysis that adds very little clarity.

However, the key point, Fincom has not appointed a subcommittee and FC3 is never going to make any recommendations to fincom. So there can never be any claim of subcommittee.

They left out that you also can't deliberate or vote which clearly we did not. So, on to the real issues of the day please.

They could have just said "we gave Doug bad advice, Mary jo is right" but that would not have served to bill god knows how much producing this.


From: Michele Randazzo <MRandazzo@k-plaw.com>
Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 5:07 PM
To: Sharon Lynn <slynn@provincetown-ma.gov>
Cc: John Giorgio <JGiorgio@k-plaw.com>
Subject: application of open meeting law to subcommittees

Hi Sharon, you have asked for a response to the questions raised by one of the Finance Committee members to the Finance Director, concerning the application of the Open Meeting Law to subcommittees and/or meetings of less than a quorum of the full body. As you know, generally speaking, meetings, discussions or communications by less than a quorum of the full body do not necessarily violate the Open Meeting Law, unless the members were acting as a subcommittee of the full body. As the Attorney General has opined: “[a] sub-quorum of a body’s members may communicate on matters within its jurisdiction outside of a meeting, provided that the sub-quorum was not acting as a subcommittee.” OML 2013-106 (citations omitted).

The Open Meeting Law defines “public body” to include subcommittees: "Public body", a multiple-member board, commission, committee or subcommittee within the executive or legislative branch or within any county, district, city, region or town, however created, elected, appointed or otherwise constituted, established to serve a public purpose; provided, however, that the governing board of a local housing, redevelopment or other similar authority shall be deemed a local public body; provided, further, that the governing board or body of any other authority established by the general court to serve a public purpose in the commonwealth or any part thereof shall be deemed a state public body; provided, further, that "public body" shall not include the general court or the committees or recess commissions thereof, bodies of the judicial branch or bodies appointed by a constitutional officer solely for the purpose of advising a constitutional officer and shall not include the board of bank incorporation or the policyholders protective board; and provided further, that a subcommittee shall include any multiple-member body created to advise or make recommendations to a public body.

Thus, the law requires that “subcommittees” follow the same rules and requirements imposed under the Open Meeting Law as the main body to which it reports, including posting of meetings. Of course, a formally created subcommittee is easy to identify. Less easy to identify or define, however, are informal “working groups” or meetings of like-minded individuals working on a task or tasks in furtherance of the work of a public body. There could be an Open Meeting Law violation, for instance, where only one member of a public body meets with other citizens, in a manner and under circumstances where the group is considered to be a subcommittee of the public body. For example, if the full body discusses, in a properly posted meeting, that it would like volunteers from the public to help in information gathering, or coming up with alternatives for an issue before the board, and designates one member to act as a liaison to this citizen group, that could be considered a subcommittee. Another example where a subcommittee might be created is where citizens approach the full body, offer assistance on some issue or issues to be considered by the body, and then make a report to the full body. As these examples illustrate, how the law defines a “subcommittee” is subject to interpretation, and consideration of all attendant facts and circumstances. While it is true that, in general, less than a quorum of a full body can discuss matters within the jurisdiction of the full body outside of a properly posted meeting, this is not dispositive of the issue of whether or not meetings involving less than a quorum of the full body, whether including other individuals or not, constitute meetings of a subcommittee of the full body, which must adhere to the Open Meeting Law.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions in this regard.

Michele
9:06 pm edt 

Re: Palacino and Partner

'The "we have the resolve and means" sounds to me like "I'm exploring
my legal options" bit, doesn't it?'



"My experience is that you can sue anyone for anything, and many times it's the
result of emotions and egos.   Let them spend lots of money to sue.  Not sure a
few stupid texts that I equate to an isolated incidence will result in any
punitive damage."
                                                                                               


" a few stupid texts" is all you needed to say. It shows your ignorance of an
individuals rights, your ignorance of civil rights law and your basic lack of
knowledge pertaining to this incident. I can also tell you he has retained a law
firm that has NEVER lost a suit against the current law firm that represents
this town. They would NOT have taken his case if they were not SURE they would
win in a court of law. So much for your little synopsis of this situation. I say
you can throw it out the window. And Ironically, the straw that broke the
camel's back was Monday night with Lt. Golden's demeaning, insensitive remark.
Watch, wait and see. Yes I am proud to say I am a friend of Jim's and he is one
very intelligent man. He also does not waiver or look back once he makes a
decision. I say you will eat your words whomever you are. Just my opinion.
8:55 pm edt 

Re: Town Employee Bonuses

As far as I remember it, all employee's are eligible after 5 years.
Each year the bonus / longevity  increases.  This has been policy for years and
years and years. Yes it is a line item in each department.
I never encountered this before working for this town. The Dpw guys
consider it a birthday present!
8:52 pm edt 

No Place to Hate? Don't be a Drama Queen

Like many of us who witnessed the Sept. 30 Board of Selectmen meeting, we
continue to be horrified by the actions of some of our town leaders: current,
acting and past.

After observing Monday evening's meeting, it is clear that Provincetown is no
longer "No Place For Hate." Not when the "acting" chief of police admits to
telling a member of our community -- who has threatened litigation against our
town - to not be a drama queen."

Suspended Police Chief Jeffrey D. Jaran may be a hard to follow. Acting on his
behalf, Lt. James Golden has demonstrated a fine performance of defiance,
condemnation and insensitivity. Perhaps he is continuing down the same path?

Golden proved before all of us on Monday night that he is cold, calculating and
insensitive. Before people start to jump up and cry fowl, let me be clear: this
is not a mean spirited statement. It is the restating of what has been recorded
in history. If you weren't present on Monday evening, watch the tape and
formulate your own opinion.

If this were a professional theatrical production, Golden might stand a chance
of being nominated for best supporting actor. But in the arena of public
service, especially law  enforcement, he fails .... quite miserably.

Perhaps the lesson in civility here is as simple as this: silence is golden.
8:48 pm edt 

Re: Federal Workers Furlough

FYI, NPS Park Rangers are the primary law enforcement body for all national
parks.  Therefore they are not furloughed.  All full time NPS Rangers are active
at this time.
7:15 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

Never mind the five year plan, where's the librarian?
7:05 pm edt 

Re: Bereft of Comprehension

Amen!
7:04 pm edt 

Re: Palacino and Partner

'The "we have the resolve and means" sounds to me like "I'm exploring
my legal options" bit, doesn't it?'



My experience is that you can sue anyone for anything, and many times it's the
result of emotions and egos.   Let them spend lots of money to sue.  Not sure a
few stupid texts that I equate to an isolated incidence will result in any
punitive damage.   I'm still trying to understand how he was harmed.   I think
it's a stretch to blame anxiety on a single texting incident when the reality is
that he isn't even registered to vote here.  Sounds like a friendship that went
sour to me, but again many legal actions are result from egos and emotion.  Just
my two cents.  Not sure it's worth the return on investment, but he may not have
much else to do.
6:58 pm edt 

Re: Federal Workers Furlough

There are nine enforcement park rangers and two maintenance workers assigned to
the lower Cape still so I wouldn't encourage any unlawful activity....
6:56 pm edt 

Re: Town Employees Bonuses

Why don't  ALL EMPLOYEES get bonuses? Why did one boast that he received a
bonus? Does this money (bonus and/or longevity ) show in our budget as line
item? If not,WHY NOT? What is the criteria for giving to some and not others?
WHO determines who receives this money? Did the three BOS selectmen approve
these bonuses? If this money does not show as line item, where does it come
from? When monies are transferred from one line to another, who does this, the
town finance director? At the direction of Sharon? Does Sharon choose the lucky
employees? Are they possibly chosenby someone way up high? Again I request that
Mr. Carnizalis check this out.He is a person that I have come to trust. I can't
seem to get any answers from Sharon.
6:54 pm edt 

Provincetown Banner: October 30, 2013

Former Provincetown police officer under investigation

By Ann Wood BANNER STAFF
...
EASTHAM — Eastham police are investigating an incident involving former Provincetown police officer Nathan Mc-Conatha, who lives in Eastham, based on information gleaned from a harassment prevention order that Truro resident Andrea Poulin filed against Mc-Conatha in Orleans District Court on Sept. 16.

“We have initiated an investigation as a result of this,” Eastham Police Chief Edward Kulhawik said last week, adding that the harassment prevention order is “put out there to protect the victim.”

On Aug. 5, Poulin filed a charge of sex discrimination and failure to remedy sexual harassment complaint against the Provincetown Police Dept. and Police Chief Jeff Jaran with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination following an incident in which she alleges that McConatha sexually assaulted her in July of 2012, and that Jaran failed to take it seriously and refused to document it. McConatha resigned after the allegation.

Jaran was suspended with pay Sept. 12, following a vote of no confidence by the Provincetown Police Labor Union which stated that the vote came, in part, because of “the unconscionable treatment by the chief of police of a union member who was sexually assaulted by a uniformed, on duty police officer, including failure to fully investigate the crime, and the subsequent protection of the offending officer which included positive job recommendations to other police departments.”

Kulhawik said that, because the plaintiff lives in Truro, the harassment complaint was initially made to the Truro Police Dept. The complaint stated that one or more harassing phone calls were made by McConatha from Eastham, where he lives, which sparked an investigation by Eastham police.

The harassment prevention order was served by the Eastham police “without advance notice because the court determined that there is a substantial likelihood of immediate danger of harassment,” the court document reads. It orders that Mc-Conatha not physically abuse the plaintiff and not contact her. It further states that he must stay away from the plaintiff’s residence and workplace. The order ran through Sept. 26 and was extended until Oct. 3. Violation of the order is a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment, fine or both
12:28 pm edt 

Michelle Couture

Just wondering how long Michelle Couture is going to continue to blame
this blog for her ineptitude as a leader.
8:35 am edt 

Mary-Jo Avellar Town Moderator to Doug Johnstone Town Clerk

Doug,
The question was asked to Town Counsel if getting together, without an
assignment from the committee itself, was a violation of the Open Meeting Law
and she said it was not. Absent a specific assignment from a majority of the
committee, two or three members of a committee getting together was, to my mind,
totally acceptable.
Mary-Jo
8:23 am edt 

Re: Rachel White

Rachel White's statements ARE very hard to follow at the BOS meetings,
but she clarified very nicely on this blog.
8:15 am edt 

MMA??

If I am not mistaken, the MMA is a group of people that are a support group for
Mass. Municipal Managers and leaders. I will bet money on the fact that the
selectmen and town managers are card carrying members of this group. nd that our
tax money pays their dues for this organization every year.
8:13 am edt 

Re: Palicino and Partner

"Is the stress related to a few sophmoric texts..."


It's a tiny bit more complicated than that, but like you said, "bring it" on it
will be.  The "we have the resolve and means" sounds to me like "I'm exploring
my legal options" bit, doesn't it?
8:10 am edt 

Re: Rachel White

Thanks for posting your statement, Ms. White!
8:05 am edt 

Federal Workers Furlough

I found a silver lining to the
Federal workers furlough!!!!


Let your dogs off leash,
have a bonfire, gather moss,
get naked, have (Safe) sex in the dunes!

Rangers on furlough!!

8:03 am edt 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

BOS Meeting - Rachel White - Part 2

This is a continuation of a recent posting, which if I hadn't had
trouble with my keyboard,I would have included.A recent poster had said they
will be filling committees,etc. Lotsa luck! I'm glad to hear that! There's
always been a problem getting members because they're thankless,time consumimg
volunteer jobs that people heap abuse on you for!Been there and done that in my
past life! Can't be bitter,just thick skinned and argumentative sometimes,but
not vicious! People think they're going to change the system as they look in
from the ouside,but find soon enough that guidelines and rules have to be
adhered to that they didn't know had to apply which sometimes makes the intended
changes impossible with their one vote!Any one serving their community learns
this lesson 1st hand! The same with the Police Dept. when members joined a
community group and found what they thought should be done and what could &
couldn't be done was an eye opener for them.Their perspective t!
hen was a complete turnaround! Ya all oughta try it!  

Rachel White
11:41 pm edt 

BOS Meeting - Rachel White - Part 1

I'm sorry one blogger didn't comprehend what I said so I'll state it
in simple terms & I'll even sign it! Be advised that I am unfamiliar with
Jaran,Lynn,Hoort, & most of the current police officers,so I know not if all
allegations are true. My concern as a long time citizen & former employee who
witnessed many distasteful & financial issues here am appalled at the "mob"
approach & constant public display of venomous hatred. Although the present
style of management isn't acceptable your threatening tactics are not going to
impress the mediators. It's obvious your order is to fire them ipso pronto.
Maybe that is in order but what if your tirades to "clear the decks" isn't
embraced by the interviewers and they decide  only a change in the way  of doing
business is needed,or that they really didn't identify any serious illegal
issues. In all probability the "2 key players" won't stay which is your
objective,but not before the taxpayers haven't been hit with having to !
buy out their contracts and then be sued for defamation.The allegations against
them has to be foolproof to convince a judge that it's not just a game of
politics!

Rachel White
11:38 pm edt 

Palicino and Partner

Just watched monday night's BOS meeting.  Could someone spell out specifically
how they were harmed.   Is the stress related to a few sophmoric texts when
palicino isn't even a registered voter.  I don't get it, and I'm tired of
hearing "I have the resolve and the means....", which sounds to me like idle
threats.  I say bring it.
11:36 pm edt 

Re: Town Employee Bonuses

"Oh yea, they give Bonuses!  They just call it "longevity". Every town
employee gets it yearly."



Your rant changes as you go along.  At first it was a bonus, now it's longevity
for everyone.  Let the facts be your friend.  After a staff member has weathered
working for the crazies in this town for a number of years they get a longevity
check.  Not all employees get it.

Let the facts be your friend.
11:34 pm edt 

What?

No  comments for Wednesday?  Everything in Provincetown must be "Just
Marvelous".  Sharon Lynn, Jeff Juran, Austin Knight, Elain Anderson, etal must
have either left town or had sudden epiphanies.
11:32 pm edt 

Cape Cod Times


PROVINCETOWN — The Board of Selectmen hired the MMA Consulting Group Inc. on Monday to conduct a study of the staffing level of the police department.

The selectmen chose the Plymouth-based company over the International Association of Chiefs of Police, of Virginia, because of the cost difference and the local company's familiarity with Cape Cod.

The Virginia company would have charged $15,000 plus expenses, while the MMA Consulting Group's charge is about $9,500, expenses included.

The selectmen requested an outside review of the police staffing levels to find out if the town has the appropriate number of officers, Selectman Elaine Anderson said.

7:54 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

WHERE IS THE LIBRARY'S 5-YEAR PLAN?
7:37 pm edt 

Re: Town Employee Bonuses

"Come on please don't tell me that our small town gives bonuses."


If you keep saying it over and over and over maybe it will be true.  My guess is
that town employees would LOVE to receive a bonus.
7:35 pm edt 

BOS Meeting - Rachel White

Is it me, or are Rachel White's statements difficult to follow?
7:33 pm edt 

Lt. Golden - Acting Police Chief

So what Golden made evident at the September 30 Selectmen's meeting is
that he's not the leader we need for our Police Department.  That's too bad.
7:31 pm edt 

Resounding No!

I don't appreciate a warrant that seeks to emotionally blackmail me
into voting for a police station, when I do wish to support affordable housing.

The BOS have given me no choice but to throw out the baby with the bath water.  I'll
vote a resounding NO on that ill-conceived article!
7:29 pm edt 

Bereft of Comprehension

Ms. Couture's statements remind me of individuals who blame the
victims of a crime, instead of the perpetrators.

Ms. Couture, all of this frustration and anger that many feel is because the
Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager refused to acknowledge for more than two
years that there was something wrong going on.  In cases, when people were
heard, things were minimized or denied.  Even asking for Ms. Lynn to investigate
some allegations was a chore.  And you know how her investigations ended.

It was all the BOS and TM's doing.  And for that they must now accept the
consequences.
7:27 pm edt 

Who is Here so Base That Would be a Bondman?

I'm sorry if I sound disrespectful to some, but what steps has the BOS
taken to implement the article on the police station, that was passed by a Town
Meeting?

Again, my apologies if I have offended anyone with this question.
7:24 pm edt 

Re: Expanded Investigation

Investigate all of Provincetowns departments, then you will see the
REAL picture.
7:14 pm edt 

Re: BOS Meeting Venomous and Threatening

Are you kidding?  what is venomous and threatening is what comes from TM and
the cabal.  Monday night was simply demanding accountability.  Like it or not , this
is the way it is going to be.

We the people of provincetown Demand accountability. Something we should
not have to demand. It should have been a part of our TM governing tactics from
the beginning but never was. Plain and Simple.
7:12 pm edt 

Re: BOS Meeting - Michele Couture

Please take your own advice(when ranting at BOS meetings) and stop screaming at
person who speak at public meetings. Your vicious statements are meaningless and
are embarrassing you.don't forget, you brought(at Ann's orders). Sharon to our
town(which turned into a disaster ) she in turn brought the chief (no comment
needed)then she brought Napsha (who is slowly destroying our beautiful library ).
We should be screaming and ranting and raving at you, and you should be
apologizing to the citizens of Provincetown .
7:08 pm edt 

Austin Knight

Recall, recall, recall...RECALL SELECTMAN AUSTIN KNIGHT!!!
7:06 pm edt 

Re: Town Employee Bonuses

That's interesting, one town employee boasted that he received one. Now the
question is---what did he receive?
7:03 pm edt 

Re: Town Employee Bonuses

"No bonuses are paid to town employees."


I remember one year, when Sharon gave Jeff a huge raise."  And this when Town
Hall employees had to work four or four and a half days, because there wasn't
enough money for them .
7:01 pm edt 

Public Information is Public, Get it?

The problem is that our town government has been run for too long like a social club. 
Let me clarify.  Like a social club run solely with private funds. But since our town isn't
being run solely by a Bank of America, or an Apple, public information belongs to the
public.
6:57 pm edt 

Use of Terms

"Town politics should not be run by "lynch mob" tactics..."


You might want to consider using a term other than "lynch mob".  If you had had
a member of your family killed by a lynch mob, I'm sure you'd understand.  So
any other term, please, but not this one. Too racially charged.  Thanks.
6:56 pm edt 

What the Hell is Mary Ann Bragg Doing Here!

What is Mary Ann Bragg Doing Asking and receiving Information on Jeff
Jaron's Investigation


Either Mary Ann Bragg is covering Provincetown---or she is not. If Paul
Pronovost said she is not covering Provincetown, then what is Bragg doing asking
questions about the investigation of the police chief??

She must not cover any of our issues in the Cape Cod Times. Barry Scoot where
are you?

This is a breach of what Paul Pronovost said.

Get Mary Ann Bragg out of Provincetown and put here anywhere else. Let her
report but not here. We want and deserve reporting that is fair, objective and
without bias. Sorry, but Mary Ann Bragg, given her close ties to Charon Lynn,
can no longer offer this to this town.
6:48 pm edt 

Monday Night BOS Meeting - God Bless Provincetown

I must say, this meeting could very well have been the script for a successful
reality TV  show.  Unfortunately for us, this is our Town Gov't.  It is time people
to, make a clean sweep and get rid of the Cronies that govern this town. When
the proponents and supporters of the current Town Manager speak they- for lack
of a better word sound like they are stuttering and look like "Deer in Headlights".

I for one believe the end is so very near for the "elite" group that has governed
this town for the past several years.  What I do find so very inspiring in light of
this is the diversity of the current group who are demanding accountability from
TM and the BOS and the Police Dept. 

They are a cross section of every age group, every socio economic group and
every sexual preference group.  They say one has to hit " rock bottom"
to redeem himself"  I say our town has hit "rockbottom" and will rise far above
its current state. I say we will come together as one town,regardless of "class,
ethnicity or sexual preference. 

Watch, Listen and See!! I believe this town will be the town it is meant to be.
A town of EXTREME beauty, and most importantly a town of Liberty and Justice for
ALL.  GOD BLESS PROVINCETOWN.
6:45 pm edt 

BOS Meeting - Richard Keeling

I hope i got the name correct. He speaks with such
candor and his words so ring true. He spoke at the Monday night BOS meeting. He
HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD as they say. Congratulations Mr. Keeling. We are so
thankful for your beautiful words Monday evening. Thankyou.
6:39 pm edt 

Re: Expanded Investigation

I hear conveniently "text gate" is being left out. HMMMMMM
6:36 pm edt 

BOS Meeting - Rick Murray

Thank you Rick Murray
6:35 pm edt 

BOS Meeting - People Feel Threatened

Yes -there are many people who would LOVE the opportunity to stand
before before the BOS  and express their feelings but are too afraid to as Rick
Murray said. That is why we as a community must encompass everyone- no matter
what gender , race , socio economic status, religion, etc. and let them KNOW
THEY ARE WHAT MAKE THIS TOWN WHAT IT IS!!!!!  EVERYONE COUNTS!!!!!!!!!!
6:33 pm edt 

Re: Town Employee Bonuses

Oh yea, they give Bonuses!  They just call it "longevity". Every town
employee gets it yearly. Its based on what you make and how many years...so the
longer years you work the more you get.
So every year on the anniversary of the day you began you get your
"Longevity "check... I. considered it battle pay.
6:28 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Re: Expanded Investigation

Please be advised Mary Ann Bragg called me and asked about the
expanded scope of the Marcum investigation. I told her that the allegations
relating to the election signs being distributed from the PD is the one issue
added."

This isn't what the Town Manager promised.  She promised to add everything in
the Police Union's letter, PLUS Textgate and the Harrassment Gate.

If this isn't the scope if what's being investigated, then she lied to us again.

11:36 pm edt 

Re: Michele Couture

I can understand why Michele Couture is so emotionally invested in
Sharon Lynn's professional future.  She, along with a few others at the time, is
responsible for giving Sharon Lynn the job of Town Manager for Provincetown.

I wish she would show the same passion, and feel the same emotional involvement
for the people of Provincetown.
11:24 pm edt 

BOS Meeting Venomous and Threatening

I was in attendance at the BOS meeting last night and was never so
embarrassed at many of my fellow citizens of Provincetown who were threatening
members of the BOS, did not have their facts correct and were downright rude to
other attendees who did not have the same opinion they were seeking to promote. 
Town politics should not be run by "lynch mob" tactics such as were demonstrated
by many last night.  We should all take a deep breath and see what the
independent investigator's report will reveal and then make logical commentary
on those points.  I would never consider being on any town boards with the
hatred and disrespect that was shown toward the BOS last night. Who would want
to be subjected to such venomous and threatening actions by their fellow
townspeople?
11:17 pm edt 

Town Hall Information Sharing

Ms Nagle has on several occasions accused Mr Donegan of leaking public
information to a reporter.

Today she posted emails and a complaint which were received by the town.  They
are also public information.  But my question, how or who made her aware these
were received?  Was she there when it hey arrived   Did someone in town hall
give her a heads up?  Did the complaintant provide her a copy?

NOTE:  It seems a bit fishy that only three people were included in the email
exchanges and they were somehow shared with others.

While she certainly has a right to public information, one does wonder about her
on going double standard.

I will not try to contract Sgt Lopes about this.   Just an observation.

11:14 pm edt 

Over the Transom

It is my understanding that the independent investigation has now been expanded to include the no-place-for-hate committee, the ADL and alleged improper election procedures.
11:12 pm edt 

Re: Town Employee Bonuses

Come on please don't tell me that our small town gives bonuses. Since we can't
get answers from Sharon or her three votes can Mr Canizilas get us an answer?
Thanks.
11:05 pm edt 

Re: Town Employee Bonuses

asked (said) before.  No bonuses are paid to town employees.

The facts can be your friend.
11:03 pm edt 

What's Up With the Investigation

How come we haven't heard anymore about the investigation?  Or are the
results joking to be withheld by Sharon and the Selectmen until Jaran gets
another job?
10:55 pm edt 

Open Meeting Law - Subcommittees

From: Mary-Jo Avellar [mailto:dasmja@comcast.net]
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 5:58 PM
To: Doug Johnstone
Cc: mike@sniffk9s.com; reclaw39@aol.com; Mary-Jo Avellar
Subject: Re: subcommittee

Doug,
The question was asked to Town Counsel if getting together, without an
assignment from the committee itself, was a violation of the Open Meeting
Law and she said it was not. Absent a specific assignment from a majority of
the committee, two or three members of a committee getting together was, to
my mind, totally acceptable.
Mary-Jo


On Sep 30, 2013, at 4:33 PM, Doug Johnstone wrote:

> Hi Duane - With the new Open Meeting Law guidelines, any number of
committee members more than one but less than a quorum would be considered a
subcommittee for the purposes of conducting
research/investigation/discussion of issues related to committee business,
and would therefore need to adhere to the Open Meeting Law requirements.
>
> It is a topic that continues to come up for our town boards so I can
understand your confusion.  It was highlighted in the Open Meeting Law
workshop we had with Town Counsel last year, and needs to be discussed at
greater length at the next Open Meeting Law workshop.
>
> Thanks Duane.
> dj
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Duane Steele [mailto:dasmja@comcast.net]
> Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 4:27 PM
> To: Doug Johnstone
> Subject: subcommittee
>
> Doug:
>
> Clarence. Michael and I are three members of the Fincom, but, as I
understand it, not a duly formed subcommittee.  Not being a quorum we could
not have voted to make any decisions.  It is my understanding that members,
not a duly-formed subcommittee, are free to investigate issues as long as
they do not constitute a quorum.
>
> DAS
10:48 pm edt 

Sharon Lynn - Town Manager

Sharon wouldn't have lasted a month in Bal Harbour. Judging from the
way they make things available to the public, Bal Harbour believes in
transparency.

Sharon believes in secrecy and lies...except for her cabal, of course.
10:43 pm edt 

Investigation Results - When?

When are the results of the investigation on Jaran ready to be
reviewed?
10:42 pm edt 

Rob Tosner

"Was watching Rob Tosner address the Planning Board at its September
18th meeting.  Is he always strident?
Watching the poor guy made me think he needs a looong vacation."


Agree.  It's good to make a buck, Rob, but  the price of your mental and
physical health.  From a now former friend that used to respect you.
10:40 pm edt 

Cherry Picking Articles

Selectmen, tell us what you have done to implement our mandate to you
Article 30.

Why are you discussing the VFW to house the police.  We voted at Town editing
for Shank Painter, and gave you limits in terms if money and size.

WHY ARE YOU IGNORING TOWN MEETING'S PASSING OF ARTICLE 30??????

Or do you think you can cherry-pick which passed articles you like, and which
ones you don't.
10:38 pm edt 

Bonus

Is it true that our money is given away by bonus?  What do you have to do to get
one? Who gives them ? Who can get them? Can those three guys who vote together
vote themselves bonus? One of the guys said that all you have to do your job. Is
that right? Clarence thank god for you and your blog. Will you ask mr Canizales
if a place in the budget for us to see?
9:14 pm edt 

Not Mich of an Expansion!!

Subject: Community Oriented Policing (COP)
From: Sharon Lynn <
slynn@provincetown-ma.gov>
To: Austin Knight <
aknight@provincetown-ma.gov>,Elaine Anderson <eanderson@provincetown-ma.gov>,David McChesney <dmcchesney@provincetown-ma.gov>,Erik Yingling <eyingling@provincetown-ma.gov>,Thomas Donegan <tdonegan@provincetown-ma.gov>
CC: David Gardner <
dgardner@provincetown-ma.gov>


Please be advised Mary Ann Bragg called me and asked about the expanded scope of the Marcum investigation. I told her that the allegations relating to the election signs being distributed from the PD is the one issue added.

I also advised Mary Ann that I have assigned Ofc. DeAndrea to review information from the public forum and make his recommendations to initiate a COP program which will be presented to you at your meeting on 30SEP.

FYI. sl

9:11 pm edt 

Re: When Will You Learn?

"I keep telling you over and over, we have the WORST police department
in the State. From top to Bottom. When will you all listen? It's common
knowledge. One by one, you will have to learn this"


Someone posted the above. Was it Acting Police Chief Golden who said this? If
so, when, and to whom?
9:04 pm edt 

Austin Knight - BOS Chair

Can someone let all if us know how we can sign the recall petition for
Knight?

Was up Cape earlier today, and someone asked me about what was going on here
with the Jaran, etc.  it surprises me that people in other towns follow us,
cause I dot follow their stuff, that's for sure. Anyway, they mentioned Austin
and his political signs that were distributed from the Police Headquarters.  The
person asked me: How did someone like him got elected?  I couldn't answer him.
But then again, I'm reminded of Nixon. Did breaking into an office at the
watergate Building helped him win the election?
9:02 pm edt 

Police Chief Jeff Jaran's Suspension

Does anyone know if Jaran's suspension is over?  The police website
lists him as the chief, and there is a link to his email. Many have asked this
question, but no one is answering it. Anyone??
2:32 pm edt 

Parking Lot Boss

Mr Canizales, can you meet with the boss of the parking office, go over his
budget and see if  some funds can be transferred to the general fund. Also check
with the other department heads for other funds( i'm not talking about fund such
as salaries ). Also can we put an immediate stop to all bonuses ? Bonuses and
bribes to me are the same thing.
1:39 pm edt 

When Will You Learn?

I keep telling you over and over, we have the WORST police department
in the State. From top to Bottom. When will you all listen? It's common
knowledge. One by one, you will have to learn this fact.


--Lieutenant Golden's insensitive remark
12:25 pm edt 

Wrench in the Gears

So we're recalling Knight now too? Anybody else we'd like to recall?
Is there anybody left???

I swear, some people just live to be the wrench in the gears.
12:22 pm edt 

The Myopic Triumvirate at BOS Meeting

Candace Nagle's performance at the BOS mtg last night had all the
hallmarks of a person unhinged. she was mumbling, incoherent and shaking. Rogo's
attacks on what he termed a small group of vicious destructive
reputation-ruiners (I'm paraphrasing) also was weird in its stridence and his
continual inability to address some of the egregious situations that have led up
to this point of the town's investigation of the police chief. and Ms. Coutture
was a person, unhinged, as well.

Could it be that these people, who had been so invested in power and rule, are
starting to realize that they had their eye on the prize so long, they had so
much hubris, they didn't see that the prize could be taken away from them--ever?

The three of them formed a composite of some poor creature who was unable to
face the music and experiencing a sort of death rattle.
12:19 pm edt 

Board of Selectmen Meeting

 I would like to set the record straight,
 
I did not plan on speaking tonight but was so taken back by the insensitivity of
Lieutenant Golden's insensitive remark to my partner James Palacino that when I
addressed the BOS I was informed after the meeting that  I  mentioned that
Elaine and "Tom" could have done the right thing from the beginning in reference
to the June 10th BOS meeting.I meant to say Elaine and David.  Tom Donegan  is
an ethical, intelligent , honorable man. He is a true asset to this community.
Again, just want to set the record straight.
 
Tom Tannariello.
2:01 am edt 

Re: Stop the Steamroll/Number of Boards

Why hire an investigator. If you know about this "cabal" and realize they're
doing what you claim they are doing, what will the investigator prove? That it's
really going on? The reason it goes on is because not enough local people join
boards and committees. There is no limit on how many boards a person can sit on
and until more faces join the fray, the same names will arise to be nominated.
If you want to break apart the cabal mentality, join a board and take back what
you think is right. If you don't, you're part of the problem. Good people like
Yingling, Donegan and Canizales did it so why can't others?
1:58 am edt 

Police Chief's Suspension

Anyone know the status of Jaran's paid administrative leave?
Has he submitted his resignation yet?
1:55 am edt 

Let's Recall Austin Knight

He can't even post agenda items for the BOS. 
Take a look at the agenda for September 26, 2013.
1:53 am edt 

Austin Knight Recall

Can someone let all if us know how we can sign the recall petition for Knight?

Was up Cape earlier today, and someone asked me about what was going on here
with the Jaran, etc.  it surprises me that people in other towns follow us,
cause I dot follow their stuff, that's for sure. Anyway, they mentioned Austin
and his political signs that were distributed from the Police Headquarters.  The
person asked me: How did someone like him got elected?  I couldn't answer him.
But then again, I'm reminded of Nixon. Did breaking into an office at the
watergate Building helped him win the election?
1:51 am edt 

Rob Tosner

Was watching Rob Tosner address the Planning Board at its September
18th meeting.
Is he always strident?
Watching the poor guy made me think he needs a looong vacation.
1:49 am edt 

Provincetown Parking

Has anyone been paying attention to our parking situation in town?  
The people that work at the lots are doing nothing.  And the boss of the parking
says he needs to make sure he spends what he told the BOS he needed for his
budget.    Now we have attendants that just sit around and do nothing so the
parking admin can look good.   Give me a break.  Why doesn't he say, there will
be more money in the towns coffins and let some of the help go?   (actually,
speak to some of them.  They want to work less hours)
Just more town politics that no one is looking at
1:48 am edt 

Thank You

Whoever put together and posted the chart on how the Selectmen have
disobeyed Town Meeting, thank you!
1:45 am edt 

Selectmen
 
Town Meeting has directed you to implement Article 30.
1:42 am edt 

Sharon Lynn

Sharon Lynn is either the most dishonest Town Manager we have ever
had, or the most intellectually limited.
1:40 am edt 

Re: Number of Boards One Person Can Be On

"BOS members we know you read this site, please change the rules
To up to 2 boards that a citizen can sit on."



I fell off my chair laughing...Anderson, McChesney and Knight limiting Maguire's
role in town politics...yeah, right!
1:29 am edt 


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