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Saturday, May 31, 2014

No, Never Long for Russell to Return

Goodbye and good luck. but we will do well without you. If we had a building
Inspector who had passed her tests, we would be fine. So, we wait. so maybe a
week or two and not permits, so what? the wait is well worth it.
10:38 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Police

Re: "Another police officer has resigned.  First Chovanec, and now this
one.  They can't get out of here fast enough.  This town is a sinking ship."



Who is the other officer?
10:05 pm edt 

Building Commissioner

It will be ironic if we start longing for Russ as Building
Commissioner.  First of all no permits for anything will be issued until we have
an interim.   Then we'll be lucky if we get any applicants.  We aren't an
attractive job and we may have to take whatever we can get.
10:01 pm edt 

Palacino v Town of Provincetown

I find it with great dissapointment to have to post here on Shout Out. 
Not dissapointment in Shout Out but dissapointment in or fellow BOS. Within
hours on another blog James Palacino's answer to Plaintiff's Complaint and Jury
Claim were posted after exectutive session on such matter.

What I find most repugnant and offensive is the fact that the very BOS individuals
who were the first to alert Sharon Lynn as well as the support of then candidate
Raphael Richter were the very ones to vote on this in executive session.  I find it
revolting and so political.

I for one hope that James palacino decides to NEVER setttle and take this to full
jury. I for one believe the odds are stacked against the town. I for one know him
and know him to be a man of character and a man in belief in truth and justice.

If there ever was someone who would ultimately take this corrupt town to task it
would be he. I hope he goes to trial. James- call them on their bluff. Take them
all the way. My call is you will prevail. I am not an attorney just an honest "Joe" who
believes in truth and justice. Hang in there.

My bet is on YOU.
4:42 pm edt 

Provincetown Police

Another police officer has resigned.  First Chovanec, and now this
one.  They can't get out of here fast enough.  This town is a sinking ship.
4:37 pm edt 

Re: Building Commissioner

Yes, the building commissioner is gone


Thank Heavens.
4:36 pm edt 

Re: Navigation

Sounds like someone read something on this blog and thinks i wrote it. Well,
sorry to disappoint you but it was not  me. I haven't posted on here for a long
time, and when i have , i signed it. So, if you don't like me, that's  fine. But
I know i live in a small town. been here almost 30 years. and luffing once in
awhile is a useful tactic. you should know.

Cheryl Andrews
1:17 pm edt 

Re: Building Commissioner


Yes, the building commissioner is gone

As of yesterday. Now we wait for an interim building commissioner. No problem.
we wait and maybe in the silence, the craziness of permits and site plan reviews
will stop for just a little while. Maybe those remaining can start to know the
town and know the rules that should e guiding their work. that would be a good
thing.
1:16 pm edt 

Re: Increasing Town Revenue - Building Permits

I agree that building permits are not being monitored. One project in
the west end has had a dumpster on the street for over a month or two and no
permit has been drawn.
1:13 pm edt 

Re: Need Feedback -Town Sewer

"Yes, the sewer IS being extended to the intersection of Blueberry and
Bayberry to provide service to the campground. BUT, it runs down Blueberry and
NOT Bayberry. Please check YOUR "facts" BEFORE posting."



BUT: the sewer will service the houses in the intersection of Blueberry and
Bayberry.  Numbers 62,78 and 79 BAYBERRY have already received proposals from
the town

Please check YOUR "facts" BEFORE posting."
1:10 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Credit Rating

I should point out also that it is possible that Town Hall received a
head's up that a downgrade was coming.  That is relatively common for the rating
agencies to do.  It would be wildly inappropriate (and possibly illegal) for the
Town to announce a downgrade ahead of S&P.

It would also be very unusual for the town to be downgraded so shortly after an
upgrade and with a stable outlook.  Usually that requires some catalyst and
there has been none.  And nothing alarming from a credit quality perspective
came out of Spring Town Meeting.  I guess we'll see, but a downgrade now would
be very surprising.
10:56 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Credit Rating

I just logged into my Bloomberg terminal and checked.  Provincetown's
credit ratings does not appear to have been downgraded.

The only rating agency that rates Provincetown is Standard & Poor's.  They
upgraded our rating from AA- to AA on December 6, 2013.  The outlook is listed
as "stable."  I see no subsequent ratings actions from them.
10:54 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Credit Rating

"I heard today that the town's financial rating was lowered one level
and they are not telling anyone.  More lies from town hall?"


This site is truly the home of the local conspiracy nuts.  Call The manager's
office, or the treasurer.  They will tell you the truth.
10:52 am edt 

Increasing Town Revenue

I think building permits are being poorly enforced.  There are three projects in
my neighborhood being done without permits; I checked on line and none are
listed. It would pay the town to have someone drive around every few weeks and
just look for dumpsters.  A senior volunteer looking far a tax deduction could
do the job well. Just saying!
10:11 am edt 

Building Commissioner

I heard  today was the building  commissioners last day on the job. Does anyone
know if they have hired a replacement yet! Who will be doing our inspections.
Does anyone know
10:09 am edt 

Re: Need Feedback -Town Sewer

Yes, the sewer IS being extended to the intersection of Blueberry and
Bayberry to provide service to the campground. BUT, it runs down Blueberry and
NOT Bayberry. Please check YOUR "facts" BEFORE posting.
10:06 am edt 


Yes, the sewer IS being extended to the intersection of Blueberry and
Bayberry to provide service to the campground. BUT, it runs down Blueberry and
NOT Bayberry. Please check YOUR "facts" BEFORE posting.
10:05 am edt 

The Library Post

I did post the note about the BofS/BOLT JOINT meeting last Tuesday night and
signed it Cheryl. Sorry, I should've signed my full name.


Cheryl Andrews
10:04 am edt 

Provincetown Credit Rating

I heard today that the town's financial rating was lowered one level
and they are not telling anyone.  More lies from town hall?
10:03 am edt 

Navigating Close to the Wind

It's a small town. What you say gets around. When you are well known and a very
talkative public figure, what you write here sounds just like you speak.

The chitter chatter,  the gossip and posting here are not helping your efforts.

You are being neither smart nor clever; your experience isn't as valuable as you
claim. And your involvement in the Bergman firing and Lynn search committee are
warning signs.

you promised to navigate a new course. you are pointing a little too close to
the wind. fall off or find yourself in irons drifting with the tide
10:02 am edt 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Selectman Andrews

If I misinterpreted your press release I apologize.  If you do choose to run at
the end of your partial term, you have my support.  Thanks for stepping up when
needed and keep up the good work for the town.
2:38 pm edt 

Re: Need Feedback -Town Sewer

The sewer IS being extended the intersection of Bayberry and Blueberry primarily
to service the campground and protect Shankpainter Pond.  People really should
do a fact check before doing random postings!
11:44 am edt 

Provincetown Public Library

I've only posted here once before, a few years ago. I read this blog
regularly to catch the bits about the library. I loved the library-the new one
and the old one-with all my heart. But its been a tough few years.

I don't know who that person is who is responding to library posts as "Cheryl." 
I know that it is not Cheryl-you-know-who.  She is a lot of things, but stupid
ain't one of them.

And why are so many people still shivering in their pants about the library
leadership?  Except for Evelyn (or EveLyn as she now calls herself in mailings)
Kratz, it is over. Whole new team.

And I bet/hope that those two young whippersnappers, Rebecca Levin and Matt
Clark, have been wise enough all along to know who their boss was (and to do the
jobs she hired them to do), but that now is a very new day. Matt cannot be the
permanent library director--I hope both he and the acting town manager know
enough about public libraries to know this--but he can be a valuable staff
member. This town needs more young blood---and Rebecca and Matt are just that. I
don't know them personally, but the fact that they have hung in for this long
and have actually been PRODUCTIVE is a credit to them and not to the previous
library director.

Rebecca and Matt, we can't wait to see what you can do NOW.
11:41 am edt 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Re: Need Feedback -Town Sewer

Re: Bayberry Ave Sewer. The previous poster is correct; there is no
sewer being installed there. The bill was probably meant for "Bayview" Ave. Call
Sherry Prada at the DPW; she will correct the error.
10:37 pm edt 

Re: Need Feedback -Town Sewer
 
Even if there was a sewer line on Bayberry (and there isn't), you don't need to
hook into the system unless YOU want to. The only ones that were required to
hook up years ago were the properties labeled as red dot properties. Today, it's
all optional. The sewer department will tell you you MUST or miss out but it's
all a bluff to get your money. Keep your septic system and use it till it wears
out. Some day it will saturate and be done and thats when you can hook into the
system. Don't believe the hype about now or never. Not true. In a few years,
after you've decided to not hook into the system, try to design a new septic
system for your property. I'm SURE they will allow you to hook up, no problems.
It's all about the money. Cheaper to stay on your septic system.
10:36 pm edt 

Re: Need Feedback -Town Sewer

That sewer betterment bill is clearly a mistake. There is no sewer on
Bayberry. Ignore it or call the sewer department and ask them to recind it.

A Rat In The Basement
8:05 pm edt 

Sewer System

If we have a town sewer system them why is it garbage disposals are banned. I
was told I ccould not insttall one in my home because they were not allowed.I
own property in another state and am on town sewer and have a garbage disposal
in my home. Just think of the savings it would be in trash pickup.
7:53 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

". . .Now that the Librarian has gone, and with three new trustees, we
hope the same conditions that were allow to grow and fester won't continue . ."



At least one of the new trustees is just as 'out there' as the chair.
7:51 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Board of Library Trustees did meet with Board of Selectmen in JOINT
session on Tuesday, May 27. Four members of the BOLT met with Five members of
the BofS, and jointly appointed Mr. Stephen Desroches to fill the vacancy on the
Library Board for a term to expire at the election , May 2015.

Hope that's the info you are looking for.


Cheryl
7:47 pm edt 

Re: Need Feedback

"Is my friend being forced to hook up to town sewer on Bayberry
street? He received a bill for $24,000 for a betterment."



Why ask here?  Do you really expect to get complete and accurate responses on an
anonymous blog site?  Call the sewer dept.
7:45 pm edt 

Re: Need Feedback -Town Sewer

I have a septic system that is under 10 years old and in great working
conditions. I originally inquired about hooking up to the septic systtem when
they first started the town sewer system.  I was told it would never be in my
area of town and it was mainly for the businesses so i installed a new septic
systtem.  A couple of years ago they informed me they would be bringing the town
sewer to my area.  Too late! I spent a pretty good amuont of money to install a
new Title V. If your friend has a good working septic system and does not
generate that much water usage then he should not have to hook up to the sewer
system.
7:44 pm edt 

What I said. Since You Asked

Someone posted this morning

"Dr. A ran for the partial term vacated by Austin.  She
said she would not run for a full term after that. She stepped to fill Austins
seat when no one else did.".

Whoever posted this possibly misread what i said in my press release last
January. I wrote that I would run for the 2 year seat, and that i would NOT run
for either of the 3 year seats. My statement was intended to convey that i
supported the resignation of Mr Knight, and had no interest in running for the
seats then held by Elaine and David, if he stayed. What i will or might do in
2016 is anyone's guess. I have not said what i would do in 2016, because i don't
know.

Thank you all for paying attention to your Town Government.
Your participation is important and helpful. Please know that the Board of
Selectmen will conduct our Annual Goal Setting differently this year. We will
have a Public Hearing BEFORE we draft our Goals, so you can come see us & tell
us  your thoughts before our final hearing. Join us on June 9, Monday night. And
tell us what you think our goals should be for the next Fiscal year, which is
July 1, 2014-July 1, 2015.

thanks. Cheryl Andrews
7:37 pm edt 

Need Feedback

Is my friend being forced to hook up to town sewer on Bayberry
street? He received a bill for $24,000 for a betterment. He is an ederly
gentleman living alone in his large "saltbox" home. His septic system is
overbuilt and is in fine working order. His annual water usage is under 10,000
gallons. (if we all could be so lucky). I just don't like seeing the ederly or
anyone being taken advanage of their life savings.
Let me know your thoughts....Thanks
2:42 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

There was an agenda posted for the library trustess' joint meeting
with the BOS scheduled for May 28, but it seems not to have happened. The PTV
BOS video for that day mentions nothing about the library.

Does anyone know if it happened? Does anyone know if they filled the vacancies
on the Trustees?

Given all that has gone on at the library in recent years, it surprises me that
the library trustees meetings are never filmed or broadcast by PTV.
2:37 pm edt 

Leadership

If You don't Know How to Be a Leader

Then ask for advice. Be humble. Know that you are there to serve--yes to serve,
not to put a crown on your head.

Leadership can be a time to learn--for some. For others, destruction and
tragedy.
1:26 pm edt 

Seems to Me: Gain Power, Gain Dissent

When you find yourself with power and can make significant decisions, there will
be those who like you and those who don't. and if they don't feel as if you're
being fair and objective--but have any conflict of interest--they will find
fault with you. that is the game and life of politics.

Take the reign; take the pain.
11:22 am edt 

Re: Is There a Doctor in the House

RE:   "Dr. A, same old pontifications and condescentions (sic), the dog
food commercial
comparision (sic)..........oh brother.  Honestly, is so apparent she is chomping
at the bit to run the show again and again and again."



You need to get a life.  Dr. A ran for the partial term vacated by Austin.  She
said she would not run for a full term after that. She stepped to fill Austins
seat when no one else did.  She ran unopposed.  We owe her our thanks.  So give
it a rest with the hate.

If she was chomping at the bit to run the show, she would have gone for one of
the full term positions.  Leadership abhors a vacuum.  In the absence of
experienced leadership on our BOS, she naturally rises to fill that vacuum.  If
she looks more in control and professional in comparison to our newest board
members it is simply because she has the experience.  Given time the newest
members will gather experience and maybe then in comparison to Dr. A.  they wont
look so bad.  They will gain that experience unless the jackals who vent their
spleen on anonymous message boards turn on them too.  Its beginning to look like
that is beginning to happen what with the town planner debacle and the conflict
of interest issues therein.
10:31 am edt 

Is There a Doctor in the House

Dr. A, same old pontifications and condescentions, the dog food commercial
comparision..........oh brother.  Honestly, is so apparent she is chomping at
the bit to run the show again and again and again.

Sorry doc, your decisions got us into some of these current messes.
9:04 am edt 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Things to Come

Yes, please get a town manager or someone to reign in the rengegades,
the new town planner and the BOS secretary, the attitudes.........phew.

Now that the Librarian has gone, and with three new trustees, we hope the same
conditions that were allow to grow and fester won't continue.........just too
awful for words.  You can laud the recently departed all you want, bad news is
bad news!

9:22 pm edt 

Memorial Luncheon

Once again the Provincetown Police Departments Honor Guard participated in
presenting the colors for the Council On Aging Luncheon today.....

What an honor to have you present..  You all looked awesome and we all loved
it...

Thanks for participating and the seniors thoroughly enjoyed your presence...

Great Job to those who dedicated their time...
9:20 pm edt 

Beer Garden at HDC

I Did See that Historic District Meeting

and yes the Beer Garden was there and they obviously needed to be there to gain
approval for the changes they made on their roof structure. rules are rules and
I am glad that they finally found themselves at that meeting.

where is Maxine? she seems surely missed when I look at the disorganization that
has happened. she should be brought back.
5:39 pm edt 

Re: Anonymous Blog

"Thank you lord for an anonymous blog because I need to vent. Yes we
live in a town dependent on a tourist economy but seriously today I want to
scream because these people are driving me crazy at work. No that's not free,no
you can't do that here, no I won't discount that crap,damn,arggggggggggggggggg."



And medical people hate people who smoke and eat too much and drink til they
drop.  Cops hate people who give stupid reasons for running over pedestrians. 
And teachers hate kids who give them crap.  As a famous person said,  If you
can't stand the heat don't work in a foundry ( I think it went like that)
5:25 pm edt 

Re: Beer Garden

Yes, the Beer Garden Did Need Historic District Approval

And they did come before the commission and they did present their case, as they
needed to. It is up to the HDC to determine what is and what is not a temporary
structure and what can be done to it or on it. And the HDC did vote an approval
of the changes that the Beer Garden installed. they just needed to do
administrative approval for the changes.
3:23 pm edt 

New Board of Selectmen

Being In a new role with Power Takes some Learning

I am glad that we have the BOS we have. But I will give them time to learn. they
just need to understand conflict of interest laws and when they need to recuse
themselves. that would help. but I'm glad they are who they are.
3:09 pm edt 

Dear Provincetown:

It must be evident that the 'new' BOS is not going to save the town by a master
stroke of genius. They possess ego, idiocy, inappropriate behavior just like many
before them...only they appear less self-aware. Donegan and Yingling especially,
acting like smug greenhorns.

Sure, it's early yet, they may get a clue. But they sure ain't off to a great start.

Rather frightening.
1:16 pm edt 

Anonymous Blog

Thank you lord for an anonymous blog because I need to vent. Yes we
live in a town dependent on a tourist economy but seriously today I want to scream
because these         people are driving me crazy at work. No that's not free,
no you can't do that here, no I won't discount that crap, damn,
arggggggggggggggggg.
1:13 pm edt 

Joint Meeting Between BOS and Planning Board - May 22, 2014

At the suggestion of a previous post, I reviewed the May 22, 2014 BOS - Planning Joint
Meeting.

I was very confused by Tom Donegan's actions at that meeting. In one breath he
stepped down from chairing the meeting because of his relationship with the Chair of
Planning, relinquishing his position to the newly elected member of the BOS, Raphael
Richter rather than to the Vice Chair Erik Yingling.

If Donegan felt the need to setpdown because of his personal relationship, why did he
continue to participate in the meeting? It is my understanding that he should have left
the room. Maybe I am missing something; but that is my understanding of the conflict
of interest law.

As  for Erik Yingling, if nothing was amiss, why didn't he assume the acting chair position?
Yingling, only at the end of the meeting casually announced his relationship with the Town
Planner, claiming that he had made a prior public  pronouncement, with the implied inference
that that was sufficient.

If nothing was amiss, why did he not assume the chair position for the meeting?

As was announced by the Chair of Planning (Part 1 Time 12:54), that the Town  Planner
worked with members of the BOS on her Power  Point presentation, it should have been
made clear as to who on the BOS worked with the Planner.

If either Donegan or Yingling participated that should have been made explicitly clear. giving 
even greater need for pause in their participation in the meeting.

It is regrettable, that personal social relationships have come into play. However, under
current circumstances, they are realities and cannot be ignored. 
 
10:41 am edt 

Town Planner

Why should it be tthe Board of Selectmen to reign in the Planner and not the
Acting Town Manager. The selectmen didn't hire her, the town manager did the
hiring so it shold be the town manager that should speak to her about her
aggressiveness and attitude. If we don't like the performance of an employee than
we can vote that position out at the town meeting when the article on employee
classification  is discussed.
9:30 am edt 

BoS & Town Planner

The Bd. oF Selectmen can ear mark the money from the sales of two town
owned Bldgs. for affordable housing as much as they want but the voters will
decide if it's to be used for a new police dept. Perhaps they don't know
that!poor things!

Meanwhile they need to advise the town planner that she's not
the town manager as she seems to think! Either she needs to step back to do the
job she's supposed to do or the selectmen,except for the one that's her
mate,need to call her on her aggressive attitude! She's way out of line and must
be stopped or replaced! What's wrong with the Planning Bd. for allowing the
planner to make them all look stupid?
12:28 am edt 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Building Commissioner

Anyone know who the new building commissioner will be yet.
11:56 pm edt 

Re: Eric Yingling et al

Please don't forget  the voters put the Selectmen in office and we, the voters
can remove them from office. Best they not get too cocky and let the position go
to their heads. They are in office to work for the best interest of the town and
not for any particular group or individuals.
11:55 pm edt 

Thank You New BOS!

Tonight our BOS reversed the decision and now the
money made from the sale of the two town buildings will NOT be going to a new
fancy police station. This new BOS had the backbone to earmark the money for
affordable housing instead!!

Thank you!
11:52 pm edt 

BoS - Planning Board Joint Meeting Very Revealing

Take a look at the PTV May 22, Part I BoS - Planning Board Joint Meeting, it is very revealing.

The Planning Board is way out of  whack. The Planning members were represented by the
Planning Chairman as having prepared a Power Point presentation for the BoS. 
However, when pressed by his own board members, he was ultimately compelled to
admitted that the presentation was prepared solely by the Town Planner, without the
knowledge of most of the other Planning members.

He further stated that input was provided by BoS members. Which members Donegan,
Yingling? It was not apparent that Richter, Andrews or Anthony played any role in the
presentation preparation.

Now go to Part 2 of the PTV recording (34:09 minutes), there  you will see and  hear  the true nature of the operations of this board. They are flying by the  seat of  their pants and  the chair,
like an immature child, blames everyone but himself for the earlier fiasco.

To be fair there were members that spoke to the heart of the problem i.e. Chair/Planner
colluding without other board member participation, but the Chair Mark Weinress was too
much into denial and hubris to make a meaningful management apology to the other
members.
 
He even went so  far as to imply that the Fire Chief, who spoke earlier as a private citizen was out
of line because of his public role.

I  have no confidence in this Chair nor in his capacity to lead. 

Sometime being a volunteer is not enough. Capability and maturity are also required.
11:46 pm edt 

Town Planner....Why?

Seems We Need a Building Commissioner--and Not a Town Planner

Seems we can live quite well without a town planner but we can't without a
Building Commissioner. Let's shift the emphasis to where it should be and hire a
top notch Building Commissioner with much money. then we can ask: do we really
need a town planner? why?
10:41 pm edt 

Re: Erik Yingling et al

Make Decisions for the town and Not for Yourself

and whatever board you are on, we will all benefit. But turn your position into
a self-serving job, and we are doomed.
10:38 pm edt 

Re: Erik Yingling

Re: "Give em hell Erik Yingling, it's your BOS seat, you won it. Tell
them all to go         themselves."


Um, hold on cowboy. Eric works for his constituents, meaning the townspeople.
And I'm sure for all your bravado, if Eric does something you don't like down
the road, you'll be twisting in your saddle and pulling out your six shooter. Go
away.
10:35 pm edt 

Changes in Business in the Horuzon

The government will soon be able to track who is an illegal worker and who
isn't. This process will be available in a couple of years.

No more under the table working. No more off of the books "income advantages"
where on paper you make $23,000 a year but in reality $38,000.00

The social security card tango among workers and the infamous two time
cards--one with one job title and one with another and thus a person works 60 or
so hours with no overtime..all will be history.

And the abuse of workers will come to an end.
8:46 pm edt 

Two Years for Selectmen Yingling and Donegan

Only thing that's happened is tearing down the town infrastructure.  
Got one year to go to do something guys.
7:50 pm edt 

Erik Yingling

Give em hell Erik Yingling, it's your BOS seat, you won it. Tell them
all to go      themselves.
7:11 pm edt 

Re: Donegan & Yingling

So let me get this straight.

Two or three meetings of the new BOS and you geniuses have determined that Tom
Donegan and Erik Yingling have "sold out."  All because it seems they supported
the sale of the Gouveia Building which is going to result in 3 out of nine units
being affordable.

Let's see, how many affordable units are going in on Bradford Street Extension
right now? Zero.

How many went in across the street on West Vine?  Zero

How many went into Bay Shore, Chandler House, the Ice House, etc.?  Oh yeah,
zero.

Congrats, geniuses.  You're really onto something.
9:30 am edt 

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Wonderful Memorial Day Celebration

It was poignant, personal and well executed. It was ritual at its best. It was
moving and so many town people were there. It is good to look back and s ay
thank you to those who gave their lives for us.

And the Outer Cape Band is always so great. It wouldn't be the same without them
and it wouldn't be the same without all in town who were there participating in
this somber and reflective ritual.
5:17 pm edt 

Donegan & Yingling

"Many of the Donegan/Yingling supporters are wondering why they are
falling apart. Yingling has had a question mark hanging over his head for quite
some time, Donegan only since his rise in power, is forgetting what got him
there. Catering to the wealthy and second homeowners exclusively, at the risk of
losing the voters, is foolhearty! Yingling is thinking with his       and not
his brain! It's as simple as that. Donegan is forgetting how he got where he is.
Andrews, Anthony and Richter would be wise to see what is happening and form an
alliance that serves the voters and constituents of the community and not just
the money issues affecting their upper-class one percenters. We are in trouble
again!"


Oh please - don't go down that road. You are comparing Donegan and Yingling to
Elaine and David and that clown Austin.  Give them a chance. Your analogy is so
far from factual basis.
4:57 pm edt 

Re: Memorial Ceremony

Good to See New Fresh Faces at the Provincetown Memorial Ceremony

It was refreshing to see the new BOS as they represented us at this ceremony. It
was well done and well attended. and the Knights of Columbus are so gracious to
hold the little brunch for everyone who attends.

And to all who gave their lives is so many wars, appreciation and gratitude and
remembrances.
1:22 pm edt 

Memorial Day

Thank You to all who were present.  It was beautiful remembering those from the
past and present. A special thank you to our guest speaker from the Coast Guard
and to the Provincetown Police Honor Guard.    Once again, you all did a great
job......

Thanks to all for a job well done !!!!
1:20 pm edt 

Donegan & Yingling

Many of the Donegan/Yingling supporters are wondering why they are
falling apart. Yingling has had a question mark hanging over his head for quite
some time, Donegan only since his rise in power, is forgetting what got him
there. Catering to the wealthy and second homeowners exclusively, at the risk of
losing the voters, is foolhearty! Yingling is thinking with his       and not
his brain! It's as simple as that. Donegan is forgetting how he got where he is.
Andrews, Anthony and Richter would be wise to see what is happening and form an
alliance that serves the voters and constituents of the community and not just
the money issues affecting their upper-class one percenters. We are in trouble
again!
10:47 am edt 

Happy Memorial Day

Let us all honor those who having their lives for our freedom and put themselves
at risk and in danger and fought for rights and freedoms we now have.
10:44 am edt 

Planning Board

There are six members on the board. Where in the rules does it say that the town
planner and the planning board chair have the authority to make decisions
without first discussing it with the rest of the board members in a duly posted
meeting. Is this a control tactic?
9:37 am edt 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Re: BoS / Planning Meeting

Yeah, right.  And the other half the town can't stand Cheryl Andrews,
pretentious windbag that she is.  Sorry, she's not going to be Chair for at
least another year.  And thank god for that.  Get over it.
10:59 pm edt 

Condos

CONDO CONVERSION REQUIRED

Any muntil family property owner needs to turn their property into condos. They
need to protect their property. It is the wisest thing to do and then you keep
control of your property.
2:46 pm edt 

Planning Board

John Golden and Mark Weinress did not vote on the planter for the bike
so what did you watch?


PLANNING BOARD
Meeting Minutes
Monday, January 6, 2014


Members Present: Dorothy Palanza, Marianne Clements Grace Ryder-OMalley and
Brandon Quesnell.
Members Absent: Mark Weinress (excused) and John Golden (excused).
Staff: Gloria McPherson, Town Planner.

Dorothy Palanza called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.
Meeting Agenda:

Public Comments:
None.

Case #FY14-08 Site Plan Review:
Application by Elizabeth Athineos under the Zoning By-Laws Article 4, Section
4015, Site Plan
Review with Special Permit. The applicant seeks approval to operate a bicycle
rental at the
property located at 63 Shank Painter Road, Provincetown, MA (GC Zone).

http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/11628
2:44 pm edt 

Re: BoS / Planning Meeting

Re: "...as he and Yingling continue to sharp-shoot her and give each
other those "looks" every time she speaks."



Donnegan and Yingling are walking on thin ice, arrogant, ignorant and swaggering
around like big shots.

It really turns my crank to see such fools dissing Cheryl Andrews, who has more
intelligence, experience and know how then these two clowns put together. Of
course, they are completely blind to their collective idiocy, but I sure as hell
SEE IT, along with half the town.


2:43 pm edt 

Re: Vehicular Registration

"What is the  requirement for a person who is living and working in
Massachusetts full time to change their license and plates over to Mass..?"



Per Mass. RMV webpage, quote:

If you are new to the state, you must convert your out-of-state registration to
a MA registration with the Massachusetts RMV within 30 days.
2:39 pm edt 

BoS / Planning Board Joint Meeting

Why were the Crowne Pointe guys given an extension until Labor Day to
comply with the new requirements for trees, etc. while the Senior Citizen trying
to start her first business was not extended the same courtesy? Another case of
'who you know'? Strikes me as being VERY unfair.
2:38 pm edt 

Avoidance of a Conflict

When MaryJo Avellar Was on the BOS She Always recused Herself for
Anything Linked to the Pier Corps

and she left the room. Then her husband was working part-time at the pier and
she never, ever voted on any issue--even those that would not have affected her
husband--that was in any ways tied to the Pier corp. If there was a discussion
about Rex McKinsey, she recused herself and walked out of the room. If it was a
discussion about finger piers, she recused herself and left until after the vote
was taken by the other members.

That is what anyone--selectmen or board member--must do if there is even the
appearance of a conflict.

Do this and there will be no problem with whomever you are married to or living
with. But if you don't do this, then you are caught in the middle of one
conflict of interest after another and that is not good for anyone nor for the
town.
2:36 pm edt 

Planning Board
 
I went back and watched the videos of the PB regarding the bike shop and kennel.

It seems the Mark and Gloria met and did site  visits to review where the
planting beds should be.

Yes the board did approve  bike shop but didn't  for the kennel.  The kennel  is
going to be reviewed in the fall.

I spoke to the other board members and they are very upset with Mark and Gloria
pushing the planting beds without discussing it with the rest of the board and
not being invited when Gloria and Mark have thier on site visits.
9:32 am edt 

Vehicle Registration

What is the  requirement for a person who is living and working in Massachusetts
full time to change their license and plates over to Mass providing the car is
registered to that person? What is the timeframe?
9:30 am edt 

Tom Donagan Supporter

To elaborate on a previous post, one person in particular you don't want to lock
horns with and thats the fire chief. Trust me, i know him well! I speak from
experience.
9:29 am edt 

BoS and Planning Board Joint Meeting

I'm willing to bet if you checked with state ethics you will find there were
violations all over the place the night this joint meeting took place. Donagan
stepped down as chair but still participatgaed in discussion and voted. Yingling
participated and voted and then disclosed after the fact. not very smart on his
part. there are many of us taxpayers that ere paying attention. When Tom Donagan
and Eric Yingling are up for re-election they will not get my vote if they
continue to operate in the manner they did at this meeting. they should have
recused themselves. Are they really that arrogant?
9:23 am edt 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Re: Follow the Law

REALLY?  Two people on seperate elected boards can't have a relationship,
romantic or otherwise? What about appointed boards? Seems MJA appointed her
husband to the FINCOM and she also appointed the webmaster of this very
controversial site to the same board. And his wife is on the historic committee.
You make it out to be somethig new. Open your eyes.
9:55 pm edt 

Tom Donegan

Big Tom Donegan supporter when he ran for selectmen. Big supporter
when he was dealing with the previous Police Chief. Do not mess with local
businesses Tom Donegan. Get this mess on Shank Painter road taken care of now
before you piss-off the entire town.
9:23 pm edt 

Eric Yingling & Town Planner

I could be wrong but I seem to recall Eric Yingling pushing for a Town
Planner position during his first year in office. Does anyone else recall this?
9:20 pm edt 


"Did the Crowne Pointe fellows really buy KC Kennels without reading
the zoning requirements?"



The Crowne Pointe fellows read and fully understood the zoning requirements. The
ever-changing suggestions/requirements of the Town Planner and the Planning
Board are what have proven to be harder for Shank Painter Road business owners
to comply with. Until the Town Planner, the Planning Board, the Board of
Selectmen, the DPW, Public Safety Officials, and others can come to an agreement
on what requirements fall under which boards purview and are sensible, legal and
safe, none of the property owners on Shank Painter Road have a chance of
complying with what is being proposed at this time by the Town Planner and the
Planning Board for the Shank Painter Road Corridor.
8:53 pm edt 

Re: Vehicular Registration

".  .  . Anyone know why the police department is not making them
change their registration to mass plates?.  .  ."


I've seen her car parked illegally a couple of time with a ticket on her
windshield each time.   Provided they aren't getting them fixed the money she is
paying in tickets probably is more than the cost of a local permit and plates.
3:38 pm edt 

Shankpainter Rd

Planning Board needs to do some serious kicking back. Their bullying methods are
gonna cause nothing but additional problems. Here's what I have seen since this
whole mess started:

(1) Trucks use some of the areas that the proposed curb cuts and tress are
planned for plantation so they may get odd of Shankpainter Rd.

(2) The other day, a Verizon truck had to park on Shankpainter Rd because the
Planning board made the Bike Store do what they did.

(3) Then I watched a Coca-Cola truck do the same thing.

(4) Add the above to every time the RTA Bus parks on Shankpainter by the
entrance way to Stop & Shop and this is all a reciept for disaster.

(5) Now here comes the Stop & Shop trucks who normally use both lanes so they
may make the swing into S&S and this all will add to the mix.

(6) If these trucks (and others), have no place to pull off the road and have no
place to park but on the roadway, all I can say is frustration leads to road
rage.

(7) Of course let's not forget the emergency vehicles whom use Shankpainter
frequently.

(8) Once these ridiculous changes by the Planning Board are done, how do you
un-do them if the traffic mess I see coming as a result start happening during
this town's peek time.

(9) We all are I'm sure in agreement for some beutification on Shankpainter but
where did this one get pulled from.

(10) And to threaten the Bike Shop owner like they did was wrong and has angered
people.

Stop before it's too late.
2:24 pm edt 

Follow the Law

"This whole mess on Shank Painter is just stupid Mark W.! Boards do
not set policy they follow town bylaws."



Are you sure mean that? Do you know what you are saying?

Will somebody post the by laws here? And what by laws were (mistakenly) waived
by planning?

Did the Crowne Pointe fellows really buy KC Kennels without reading the zoning
requirements?

I agree follow the by-laws!!!
1:18 pm edt 

Vehicular Registration

There are a few people in town with out of state license plates but work in town
full time. The Town Planner being one of them.  Anyone know why the police
department is not making them change their registration to mass plates?
1:16 pm edt 

Whenever There is An Apparent Conflict of Interest

The official or board members must abstain and then leave the room. they cannot
stay at their seat because their behavior, innuendos, smirking or scowling,
could still influence the other members. And notifying the Clerk in writing that
two people are living together does not make any conflict of interest go away.

If I am abutter to a property and I am on a board, putting in writing that I am
an abutter does little. I still have to abstain from the case, not vote, and
leave the room until after the deliberations and the vote has been taken.

If this is what happens on boards, then surely this at least what must happen on
the BOS. Anytime there is a possible or probable or apparent conflict of
interest, that is what is demanded by the state regarding ethics.
1:15 pm edt 

Lord Help Us!

I am beginning to think we went from the frying pan into the fire with
our new BOS and Town Planner, etc. Now we have a BOS Chairman who is married to
the Planning Board Chairman, A Town Planner who is sleeping with a member of the
BOS, two BOS members from the same family, and people who just do not get what
this town is about. The Shank Painter Road debacle points out the complete
ignorance of everyone involved. What the hell are these people doing? The
Chairman of the BOS is at odds with the only female member of the Board....as he
and Yingling continue to sharp-shoot her and give each other those "looks" every
time she speaks. I sure hope they don't succeed in silencing her....I doubt they
are capable of that. Yingling, who is not the sharpest knife in the drawer tries
to convince the citizens and voters that they MUST listen to the crap he spews
in support of his bed-mate, the Town Planner. She is totally smarter than he is,
she would be better off speaking fo!
r herself....Yingling makes her look like a dunce! What a circus....and this is
supposed to be an improvement???? I yearn for the days when someone could run a
proper meeting and  if Cheryl Andrews is silenced, as Yingling and Donegan are
hoping, we will be in real trouble! What the hell has happened? This new BOS is
entertaining, poorly informed, out of touch with the year-round voters and
population they are destroying by selling out every remaining resource we have
(ie the Grace Gouvier building, and generally having fun destroying what is our
town. Shame on these public officials. You are worse than the people you
replaced, and I never thought that could be possible. Lord help us!
1:13 pm edt 

Town Planner & Planning Board Chair

Yes, It Seems Gloria McPherson and Mark Weinress  Have Had Their
Comeuppance

What are they thinking/Do they--who do not even know this town--think that they
will lead this town in planning and curb cuts and landscaping? they know so
little of this town and surely do not know town people. but here they
are--arrogant-- and so full of themselves--and what are they demanding? They
hardly know the consequences of their demands. Sick and even sicker.

They must be stopped.
9:11 am edt 

Follow the Law

Really bad idea for any BOS member to be married to the chair of any
board, especially the planning board. Really, really bad idea for any member of
the BOS to be dating the town planner. This whole mess on Shank Painter is just
stupid Mark W.! Boards do not set policy they follow town bylaws.
9:09 am edt 

Letters to the Editor in This Weeks Banner


I laughed til I cried, when I saw the damage control and snow job the library is
trying to put over on us.

CN also, destroyed the archive copies of the Banner, lost forever cause she
"didn't have space".  Aliented donors and essentially too salary for sitting
there playing solitaire.

To say nothing of being complicit in the theft of the murals by her silence.

Thanks, Sharon taught you well.  Hope our state rep. doesn't have another
candidate in mind for us.  Enough already.
9:07 am edt 

Re: Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

All I I Can Say is: Thank Goodness That Braun is Leaving

Let Truro have him. so glad he is gone from here. and if we have to hold
everything up for two weeks, it is worth it. It also means that we should have
had a building Inspector who is qualified to sign permits. sad that this is not
true otherwise, there would be no problem with Braun gone. I am so happy and
content that finally another Sharon Lynn poor appointee is leaving. Ah, Oh, what
a relief!
9:03 am edt 

Re: Get Off the Rant
 
Again from the Charter:

Section 1: Residency Requirements 8-1-1 The director of the department of public
works, the police chief, and the fire chief shall be residents of Provincetown,
or shall become residents within three months of assuming office.21

Does anyone actually read the Charter before they post completely unfounded
statements on here? There's the mention of the DPW director under Public Safety,
where it should be. Some moron who keeps posting here keeps saying the Charter
doesn't mention certain things, but it does. Just not at the top, or at the
level you're talking about. The Charter concerns itself with Town Government,
NOT custodians. So I guess you can't be bothered to actually read the whole
thing, just like you can't read the docs on what Fincom does.

But you know what's no where in the Charter? The Director of Finance job. Nope.
Nowhere. But every other upper management job in the town is. So, again, why do
we have one? Some of you are bitching about how much we pay people and I have an
idea: eliminate that position, give the duties back to the Treasurer, pay the
others more, and we'll still have money left over. Hey BOS, want to take that
idea and run with it?
8:59 am edt 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Joint BoS - Planning Board Meeting

TO PTOWN TAXPAYERS ALREADY PROBLEMS ON THE BOS

These are perfect reasons that you should have voted for MARTIN. No foreseeable
conflicts,no skeletons in any town closets, he is not dating the town
planner,owns no business in town, he is not beholding to anyone,and he wont be
bought or bullied. He simply wanted to help the people and our town. Well to
late for this year but keep him in mind for next years election.
1:24 pm edt 

Joint Bos/Planning Meeting- What a Surprise!


Last nights joint meeting did not go as the Planning board planed.

Ironically, it was a big bust for Planning due to "poor planning". the Town Planner
and the Planning Board Chair showed themselves unsympathetic to the plight of
Shankpainter Road business owners.
 
The Town Planner and Planning Board appear to be flying-by-the-seat-of-their-pants, without an overarching town-wide strategy. Their actions are the source of many problems and are an 
indication that we are relying too heavily  on people that  lack either common sense and/or professional capability. 

We had better pay close attention to their actions as they proceed. They have to understand that their actions have consequences.

1:06 pm edt 

Re: Joint BoS-Planning Meeting- Donegan-Yingling Conflict ?

http://www.mass.gov/ethics/laws-and-regulations-/conflict-of-interest-information/info-nepotism/info-sections-6-13-19/advisory-05-02-abutting-property.html


Municipal Employees


As noted above, an appointed municipal employee may choose to abstain from a
matter in which she has a prohibited financial interest and, if she does so,
need not make a disclosure. In order to participate in a matter involving
abutting property, a municipal employee must disclose, in writing, to her
appointing official the nature and circumstances of the matter and the financial
interest. The appointing official, who receives the disclosure described above,
may assume responsibility for the matter, assign responsibility for the matter
to another employee or provide the municipal employee with a written
determination allowing her to participate in the matter. Both the disclosure and
the appointing official's determination are maintained as a public record by the
appointing official and are not filed with the State Ethics Commission.


This exemption is not available to any elected municipal employee.


Example: The appointed department of public works director may make a disclosure
and receive a written determination from his appointing official that will allow
him to negotiate a contract that will build a new road in front of his property
or he may abstain and his appointing authority may assume responsibility for
negotiating the contract or assign it to another. The exemption is not available
to the elected Board of Health member approving septic systems in a subdivision
abutting her property; rather, she must abstain.


An additional exemption is available to municipal employees. It allows a
municipal employee to act provided that the particular matter is one of general
policy and provided further that the issue affecting the private financial
interests of the municipal official and his immediate family members also
affects a "substantial segment" of the municipality's population. The Ethics
Commission has advised that at least 10% of a municipality's population is a
"substantial segment" for the purposes of the conflict of interest law;
therefore, a municipal employee may act on matters affecting his own financial
interests, or the interests of immediate family members, if the financial
interest also affects at least 10% of his municipality's residents (as
determined by the most recent federal census).
12:16 pm edt 

Joint BoS-Planning Meeting- Donegan-Yingling Conflict?

http://www.mass.gov/ethics/laws-and-regulations-/conflict-of-interest-information/info-nepotism/info-sections-6-13-19/advisory-05-02-abutting-property.html


V. TOWN EMPLOYEES ABSTAINING WHEN A CONFLICT OF INTEREST OCCURS


Not only must a public employee abstain from voting when he has a conflict of
interest, he may not participate in any official discussion of the matter.
Ordinarily, the best course of action is simply to leave the room during the
deliberation and vote of the board.


Example: A selectman who discusses the environmental and traffic impacts of a
license application for a business located next to his property but abstains
from the final vote will nevertheless have participated through his discussing
the license application.


While a municipal employee and members of boards and commissions at both the
state and municipal level are not required to disclose the reason for their
abstention, an appointed state or county employee who would normally be required
to participate in a particular matter as part of his job must disclose, in
writing, to his state appointing official and the State Ethics Commission even
if he wishes to abstain. The appointing official then determines if such an
abstention should occur by following the exemption process discussed below. This
disclosure is required even if the appointed state or county employee abstains.
12:14 pm edt 

Joint Meeting With Selectmen and Planning

When will the Town Planner and the Planning Board realize that THEY WILL NOT RUN
THIS TOWN THEIR WAY! They work for us - the taxpayers and we should have been
better informed on what their plans were for the properties on Shank Paianater
Road.
12:09 pm edt 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Town Positions

From a few previous posts, it sounds like some people are not happy with certain
positions. Any position can be eliminated through town meeting proess. I believe
one position that cannot be eliminated is the building commissioner position.
You must have a building commissioner at least parttime. I think this is a state
requirement but check into it.
11:23 pm edt 

Joint Meeting - BoS & Planning

What Were they thinking?

What havoc they created on shank Painter road. glad that tonight, the Planning
board and the town Planner and community Development were pulled back and told
to wait, think, then re-think. Thank goodness. Now Mike Trevato may remain our
fire Chief. He was surely angry with Planning and Gloria.
11:22 pm edt 

Re: Copied Directly From the Town Charter

"The town manager shall hire the following town employees with the approval of
the board of selectmen:"


Mea Culpa>  Applogies.  However, It does not mention a plumbing inspector or a
DPW director or secretaries etc.  It says what we should have but no caveat that
that is ALL we can have.  So except for my foolish error, the fact still stands,
you hate him because ...
11:20 pm edt 

Well, Finally the Banner Was Timely and On Target

The editorial on the Planning board and the town Planner was right on. the main
aspect: re-think what you are doing, get the larger picture, and get community
involvement. the way they have been handling Shank Painter road is misguided,
costly and poorly done.

so, here's one for the Banner.
11:18 pm edt 

Re: Get Off the Rant

"From information posted here, it appears that the charter does not
recognize a town planner. That is an unnecessary position that is already
creating problems."


Does the charter "recognize a police chief (or officers)? Does it recognize
secretaries?  How about DPW workers?

please state your point because what you posted makes no sense at all.
11:15 pm edt 

Re: Get Off the Rant

We must eliminate all custodians, they are not mentioned in the
charter.  We should probably eliminate the the parking lot attendants too, I
can't find them in the charter either.
11:11 pm edt 

Re: DPW West End Road Work

"When people post this sort of thing, they care more for putting down
the town government than getting information."


Actually, you are correct. My whole reason for making that post was to vent my
frustration about how this constant roadwork is being handled and the
inconvenience it's causing to those who routinely use Commercial St.

I'm not interested in talking to the powers that be so they can come up with
some story about why there are no police re-routing traffic during road
construction, or why there is no sign telling people the road is closed at the
rotary so they can take an alternate route, or why this has happened numerous
times over the last couple of weeks. I'm sure they would come up with some
excuse for this lack of traffic supervision, but I'm honestly not interested in
hearing it. I'd like them to just do their jobs. Then I and others won't have to
criticize them on this blog.
11:08 pm edt 

Timothy Guy Olive

Yesterday at 12:38pm

Just out of curiosity, how many people would be interested in living in a new,
decently equipped 450 square foot apartment here in town for $1000 a month?

A total of three people responded. Remember, using Ted Malone's template means
that anyone of the 300+Million Americans who qualify can come here and get a job
and slip into affordable housing as folks have been doing.

Go back ten years and see how many "locals" live here..these are all transplants
who got in on a good deal.

Come to Provincetown, work 6 months and have 6 months off..living the good
life..La dolce Vida...like the billionaires and corporate raders and the bankers
who stole the future of American citizens/,
11:06 pm edt 

Re: Building Commissioner

No one is in line for building commissioner.  In fact when Braun leaves if the
town doesn't have a temp building commissioner lined up all building permits
will stop.  Once again we are not an attractive destination for a building
commissioner.  Looking on-line at the budget we pay $76,995 next year, one of
the lower rates on the cape.  And because of our zoning there is much more put
on the building commissioner here than other towns on the cape.  For a much
easier job I think Truro is paying $80k.

I thought I heard Braun was leaving last week in May or first week in June.  Two
weeks to find a licensed building commissioner that meets the qualifications set
by the state.  It's not going to be pretty.

you get what you pay for- I would be willing to pay well over 100,000 for a
fair, honest, informative,productive building commissioner. Braun was anything
but the previous.
5:35 pm edt 

Town Planner

From information posted here, it appears that the charter does not
recognize a town planner. That is an unnecessary position that is already
creating problems.
5:33 pm edt 

Town Government on the Fast Track

Ted Malone will be turing the community center into 11 or so affordable housing
apartments. Then there is the affordable housing project over the parking lot by
the school.

The town is on a housing development roll. Folks are leaving Town Hall so new
positions are opening there..it really is a new revolution with this new power
based all focused on housing.
3:43 pm edt 

Re: Get Off the Rant

"....And a poor observation at that. The Charter does not mention a Police Chief or
DPW director or most other positions. SO, it means nothing at all that the
Finance Director is not mentioned in the charter."


Copied Directly From the Town Charter:
 

The town manager shall hire the following town employees with the approval of the

board of selectmen:

  • (a) accountant;
  • (b) assessor;
  • (c) assistant town manager;
  • (d) clerk;
  • (e) licensing agent;
  • (f) police chief;
  • (g) tax collector;
  • (h) town counsel; and
  • (i) treasurer.
3:40 pm edt 

Re: Building Commissioner

"I think $ 80 k is enough for any town official..  Mr Braun
Was horrible to deal with. You can't tell me someone would
Want the job. Oh yea,but it's so expensive to live in ptown right? What about
us,the citizens? Highest permit fees on the cape for the citizens to over pay
our Officials. Look at the past, the Bo's really knows how to pick them!"



                                                               Try to hire a Town Manager
or Police Chief for $80,000.  It is expensive to live here because of two
things: 1) Property values are sky high 2) To keep it attractive to our only
industry, we have to keep up our infrastructure and that costs lots of dough.

The BOS does not hire the building commissioner.
rather than just say that our permit fees are the highest, how about some
documentation.  Permit fees don't pay for "town officials", generally speaking,
our taxes and state aid do.
3:21 pm edt 

Re: Get Off the Rant

"Relative to "Finance Director", there is no such position defined in
the Town Charter. This is a fact. It is a position created by Sharon Lynn to
provide a rational for circumventing the Town Treasurer.

One of Hoort's task on the Charter Enforcement Committee should be the
elimination of this position.

Just an observation"


And a poor observation at that.  The Charter does not mention a Police Chief or
DPW director or most other positions.  SO, it means nothing at all that the
Finance Director is not mentioned in the charter.

Another point, since you want to be an expert on town government.  The charter
enforcement committee enforces the provisions of the charter as it exists.  It
doe NOT create or even recommend new provisions.  So, since the charter says
nothing about the position and the enforcement committee has no say in the
matter,  maybe you will rethink your comments, and tell us the truth.  YOU JUST
DON"T LIKE HIM BECAUSE HE CRITICIZES THE FINCOM.
3:16 pm edt 

Re: Building Commissioner

I think $ 80 k is enough for any town official

Unfortunately no one cares what you or I think.  Applicants are going to want to
be paid the market rate for a job.  $80k for a town manager?  Good luck with
that.  $80k for a police chief?  good luck with that.  $80k for a building
commissioner?  Maybe, just maybe, if the stars align we may be able to find
someone for that amount.  Brewster paid $84,851 for their building commissioner
three years ago - the cost is going up.
3:12 pm edt 

Exploited Students

It is too bad some of these students are so exploited. First they rent an
apartment where there is no heat, which they have to empty of junk and not be
paid for their work. They pay the electric bill too. So they have to use
electric heaters.

Then their job: they work all day and then their boss asks them to go and clean
his place for a paltry amount of money. They haven't eaten all day--but they
can't say no to the owner.

Lets hope that they do make money this summer.
3:10 pm edt 

Re: Building Commissioner

I think $ 80 k is enough for any town official..  Mr Braun
Was horrible to deal with. You can't tell me someone would
Want the job. Oh yea,but it's so expensive to live in ptown right?
What about us,the citizens?
Highest permit fees on the cape for the citizens to over pay our
Officials. Look at the past, the Bo's really knows how to pick them!
10:03 am edt 

Re: Building Commissioner

No one is in line for building commissioner.  In fact when Braun leaves if the
town doesn't have a temp building commissioner lined up all building permits
will stop.  Once again we are not an attractive destination for a building
commissioner.  Looking on-line at the budget we pay $76,995 next year, one of
the lower rates on the cape.  And because of our zoning there is much more put
on the building commissioner here than other towns on the cape.  For a much
easier job I think Truro is paying $80k.

I thought I heard Braun was leaving last week in May or first week in June.  Two
weeks to find a licensed building commissioner that meets the qualifications set
by the state.  It's not going to be pretty.
9:24 am edt 

Re: Get Off the Rant

Relative to "Finance Director", there is no such position defined in the Town Charter.
This is a fact. It is a position created by Sharon Lynn to provide a rational for
circumventing the Town Treasurer.

One of Hoort's task on the Charter Enforcement Committee should be the elimination
of this position.

Just an observation
9:22 am edt 

Re: DPW West End Road Work

"What is going on with the road work in the west end, specifically
around the rotary??"


When people post this sort of thing, they care more for putting down the town
government than getting information.  Why not ask the people who know?  Why not
complain to those who can correct the problem?

We all know that things could be more organized and more efficient.  If you
truly want to make it better, then talk with the people in charge, not us here.

                                                                                                           
9:10 am edt 

Re: Town Hall

"Does anyone know who the building inspector will be now that Mr.
Braun is moving."


No one on this board is part of the hiring process. Why not ask the acting Town
manager.
9:06 am edt 

Re: Get Off the Rant

"...it's a made-up job we're all paying for when we HAVE a Treasurer
and the town really doesn't need anything he does since, again, we  HAVE a
Treasurer that IS in the Charter). . ."




You really should try to learn what a town employee does before you try to
eliminate their position.  From your post you it's obvious you have no idea what
a finance director does.

But, thank you to FinCom member Walker for posting this mis-information.  It's
really helpful to the town.
8:50 am edt 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Help This Woman--Throw Her a Life Line

When a whale is desperate and is entangled in lines, they need to do desperate
things. This is no different than                 present situation. She needs
to be rescued like a sick whale. Call coastal Studies and let's see if they
could help this sick one.
11:34 pm edt 

Oh, Boy! She Goes Bonkers Again

Now she is Jack Tracken and also George Hutton. It is               at her
worst. She is a sick cookie and creates all the personnages to vent her vile.
This woman needs all the help that any mentally ill person should get. someone
should put her on a prayer list.

How sad that she is even destroying the Lighthouse and Oastey is no more than
her soul mate. Sad that even this one has bit the dust.

Whatever she touches turns to dust, dirt and worse.
11:26 pm edt 

Kid, You Are the Kettle

Of course it is here. she has been a major problem and a sick woman. We know who
she is--and so do you!
11:22 pm edt 

Re: The Woman Needs Serious Help

"Her this, her that, her likes and dislikes....that sounds like every other
facebook page I've ever read.  As far as vitriol, have you been reading this
board?  Pot meet kettle."



Well she's mentally unbalanced as everyone knows. But this time, her minions are
gone (maybe a couple left but the current administration knows who they are),
she sold her property so she can't vote in town any more, and the rest of the
town is on to her games. Soon the biggest problem in Town Hall, Hoort, will go
as well (everyone forgets that he was hired by Sharon because she didn't like
the Treasurer and the job isn't anywhere in the town Charter or other
docs...it's a made-up job we're all paying for when we HAVE a Treasurer and the
town really doesn't need anything he does since, again, we HAVE a Treasurer that
IS in the Charter). After that, she doesn't have anyone left who'll ever listen
to her. Maybe she can buy a nice place in Rehoboth Beach! And maybe Hoort will
be her neighbor since he liked to feed her so much information behind everyone's
backs at Town Hall. And maybe they need a police chief there as well.
11:21 pm edt 

Town Hall

Does anyone know who the building inspector will be now that Mr. Braun is moving.
11:18 pm edt 

DPW West End Road Work

What is going on with the road work in the west end, specifically
around the rotary?? I understand the work needs to be done, but it seems like
they're taking FOREVER and there have been several mornings recently where I
drove up Commercial all the way to the rotary only to be told that the road is
closed and forced to drive back up Commercial the wrong way along with dozens of
other cars. Why can't they put up a sign telling people the road is closed or
have a traffic cop directing people? Seems like common sense. I know a lot of
people including myself have been thoroughly annoyed with this. Get it together,
DPW!!
11:14 pm edt 

Re: The Woman Needs Serious Help

Re: "Yes, she's back and she is just plain trouble. It is always and
forever all about her--her dogs, her dog park, her bicycles, her likes and
dislikes. ... why doesn't she move to a town that would welcome such vitriol."


Her this, her that, her likes and dislikes....that sounds like every other
facebook page I've ever read.  As far as vitriol, have you been reading this
board?  Pot meet kettle.
1:22 pm edt 

The Woman Needs Serious Help

Yes, she's back and she is just plain trouble. It is always and forever all about
her--her dogs, her dog park, her bicycles, her likes and dislikes. since Sharon
loved to get her e-mails and send e-mails to her, why doesn't she move to a town
that would welcome such vitriol.
1:07 pm edt 

Seems Interesting to Me!

The postings continue to raise interesting issues and let us know, so often,
what is really happening in town and especially town hall. Keep it up!
1:05 pm edt 

From: Wayne Martin

I wonder who the            is that thinks my families problems have anything
to do with the selectmen's election. Somebody posted on here that it did, again
a real mental midget! my family situation has been going on for a long time now
and has absolutely nothing to do with some election. If you are listening to my
brother you should go get a checkup from the neck up. So get your facts straight
or go pound salt!!!
9:50 am edt 

DPW - Bradford Street Extension

Who made the decision to patch pave Bradford Street Extension? Enough
of digging-up streets and not repaving them completely. It would have made more
sense to pave curb to curb. Come on DPW, think things through because our
streets are a potholed mess.
9:19 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Voice

The Voice isnt there to entertain you, you poor bored spul. The
triangle is great (though hard to adhere to) and should stay, but who cares, no
one on the Voice reads this rag, or the           , for that matter... and thats
a good thing.

But If you really want meaningless drama and dumbass rightious posturing youre
in luck! Candy is back on CandyLand in the flesh, bitching with all the other
whiners over there about the Farmers Market, &cetera. Waaaaaa!!!  Waaaaaa! Go
back to counting your money and your "friends" and leave Provincetown alone      
     .
9:13 am edt 

Re: Get Off the Rant

"  .  . the demise of the old Sharon Lynn hirees. One gone, then

another and another. One more to go. time for Hoort to leave or get booted out."


A few responses to that.
Hoort will leave when he decides he wants to leave.  No town manager with half a
brain is going to terminate someone who is doing a great job.

Be careful what you wish for, Provincetown salaries are below the Cape averages. 
The building comm. left and we will have to pay at least $10k more to get a new
one.  And that's if we can even find one.

My guess is that a new town mgr will cost at least $150k.  Anyone who is worth
hiring is going to do a google search and know everything about Provincetown
before they interview.  And we aren't an attractive position right now.
9:05 am edt 

Wayne Martin to Webmaster

Why are personal attacks on me being allowed on this site? someone posted
something about me not becoming selectman has something to do with it. I have
not been posting anything on your site and the rest of my families problems have
been going on for years and now are in the hands of the court and the police.
what I post on face book has nothing to do with Ptown or the selectman's race,
neither of them were mentioned. I post my problems to have a release to my
friends just like a lot of other people do. It has absolutely nothing to do with
me not becoming selectman, there is always next year. I am asking you to please
not allow your forum to be used for personal attacks on me. thank you
9:03 am edt 

Wayne Martin - Facebook

I have posted this many many times so let's hope this get posted, 
wayne martin is posting all over face book stupid things about his family , you
lost the race move on stop trying to ruin everyone else life, I know you
personally wayne and I think it's time you just stop and get in with your own
life. .
12:12 am edt 

Get Off the Rant

Affordable Housing for parents. Please, enough of this. Let's deal with new
issues that we really want to talk about. Like the new BOS and the demise of the
old Sharon Lynn hirees. One gone, then another and another. One more to go. time
for Hoort to leave or get booted out.
12:11 am edt 

Re: The Beer Garden Needs HDC Approval

Yeah, good luck with that and with your grievance against the beer
garden.

If the Building Commissioner gave them the ok, which he clearly did, HDC can
whine all they want, nothing is going to happen.  But we'll know in a month or
two and then I will come back here and remind all of you cowards hiding behind
an anonymous blog that nothing happened.

Laughing at you, not with you.
12:09 am edt 

Re: Affordable Housing vs Provincetown Public School

"Did you ever think that most people in town would rather see the
school closed and not have to deal with this anymore. Stop the nonsense with
this bullcaccalaureate program, we don't really give a XXXX."


Did you mean some rather than "most"?  Unless of course you took a survey. Which
we know never happened.  If you truly  think "most" than start a petition to get
it on the ballot to see if it really is most.
12:06 am edt 

Re: The Beer Garden Needs HDC Approval

Let's hope the Beer Garden does resolve this.  It's not a good start
for the new BOS.
12:03 am edt 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Re: FinCom Member Designate

"I get your comment on finances but "personnel" has me confused.  Where in the
charter does it say that that is the duty of the FinCom?"

Your reading comprehension skills are pretty poor. The post refers to her being
Chair of the Town Manager Select Committee, which is where the personnel comment
came from NOT Fincom. I know how some of you love to just bash Fincom even
though at town meetings the votes always seem to side with the committee. But
keep playing the bashing game. I'm sure someday, someone will listen to you
besides the foul crew over at The Lighthouse where you obviously also post. Or
maybe one of the people over there are off their meds again and you got tossed
so you're posting here? I hear a lot of that's been going on lately.
8:01 pm edt 

Shout Out!

What's happening to the blog. Doesn't seem to be very many interesting postings
lately. Has the beer garden canopy died or are they going to proper authorities
for approval.
7:58 pm edt 

Re: The Beer Garden Needs HDC Approval

"As the commission may reasonable specify"

Seems someone forgot to continue reading the last part of  the HDC
guidelines--and for the commission to specify, it must be in front of the
commission.
7:57 pm edt 

Re: Oh Brother!

I agree, They are not the Brightest and they are linked to old issues

I think they should find another blog. Not this one. Yikes.
find another home that will think that your issues as bright and intelligent.
Obviously, You are not my choice but some might just like you guys.  I little
intellect would help.
7:55 pm edt 

Oh Brother!

Oh, please. now it is affordable housing. Please go elsewhere/ Try the
lighthouse end let them know what you think you know. Please, go elsewhere.
7:53 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing vs Provincetown Public School

I have never lived in a town filled with such hate for some.  Some
here would love nothing better than to run people and their kids out of town. 
It is a consistent theme.   Hopefully the new selectmen will step up to the
plate and support our year round community.
7:50 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

PPL - 420

SMELLED LIKE IT TODAY, I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE TRUSTEES WERE SMOKING SOMETHING TO
THINK THE FORMER DIRECTOR WAS DOING A GREAT JOB.
7:49 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing vs Provincetown Public School

Another rant by some entitled parent who thinks that the town should
shell out millions of dollars to provide an education for a few students. Did
you ever think that most people in town would rather see the school closed and
not have to deal with this anymore. Stop the nonsense with this
bullcaccalaureate program, we don't really give a XXXX.
7:47 pm edt 

Re: The Beer Garden Needs HDC Approval

Well, Well, Well

If it is as the commission "may specify" then it needs the commission to view
and review and then decide what it specifies. exactly. the rules are the rules
and the poor Beer Garden needs help now. do what you should do and don't burden
yourself with issues of illegality and favoritism. you just don't need this.
7:45 pm edt 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Re: Affordable Housing vs Provincetown Public School

Affordable housing just for people with kids in our school system,
sounds great. We would only have to build about 6 units and be done with it.
2:54 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing vs Provincetown Public School

"How many affordable housing units could we build if we fired most of
the administrative staff at the school? Seems like we have about 500 thousand
dollars in waste that could help out a lot of Provincetown residents instead of
a principal, superintendent and a whole mess of secretaries that all live in
other towns."


Another stupid post.  I'm sure that there is waste in the school system; there
is in every organization.  But, to say that there is "about $500,000" without a
shred of evidence other than ignorant comments about employees.  How dumb is it
to say we have " a whole mess of secretaries"  without knowing what they do for
the system?  How dumb is it to think that we can save money by requiring
employees to live in town?

The FinCom goes over the school budget every year before town meeting as does
the BOS.  Town meeting votes on it.  Did you attend any FinCom meetings when
they discussed the school budget?  Did you get up at town meeting and ask
questions about waste and " a whole mess of secretaries" and out-of-town
employees?  If you did, I sure didn't hear you.

Stop the BS and get knowledgeable.   If you truly care learn the facts instead
of showing your ignorance where it has no meaning whatsoever.
2:52 pm edt 

Re: Affordable Housing vs Provincetown Public School

Let's make sure the future affordable housing goes to people with kids
in our schools. Win win
2:26 pm edt 

Affordable Housing vs Provincetown Public School

How many affordable housing units could we build if we fired most of
the administrative staff at the school? Seems like we have about 500 thousand
dollars in waste that could help out a lot of Provincetown residents instead of
a principal, superintendent and a whole mess of secretaries that all live in
other towns.
2:17 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown/Truro Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Has Lost Its Beacon

Too bad. but it is a lighthouse swirling in deep fog. It has lost its light and
its guidance. too bad. You did well for a time. but now--fogged in and muffled.
2:14 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Voice

Let the Voice Regain its Voice

Make it happen. Start the discussion. Let it be about what is happening. And I
agree, get that dam triangle off the first heading. We need something new and
exciting. You can make this happen!
2:10 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Voice

Please, Let the Voce Take off the Triangle that Has been Up front for
days and days.

Remove it or lower it. Please, get with new issues. come on. get into the ring
and let your ideas flow. right now, it is so dull. And that triangle is now
boring. Please, let us here the great voices that were there. No. not you
Jennifer but the others.
2:09 pm edt 

Re: The Beer Garden Needs HDC Approval


"My neighbor did it. I hit the roof and was told that it was "temporary" and
there was nothing the town could do."



Your Neighbor Did What Was Illegal

The fact that someone next to you did what they did, doesn't make it right,
Harry.

It is not correct and needs a board's approval. that is just ho9w it is here.

So follow the rules beer Garden or else--there will be conflict of interest
issue when you don't need any of this messy stuff. But if you continue to follow
incorrect advice, then you will eventually find yourself in a pickle.
2:05 pm edt 

Bicycles

Watch your bikes, the thefts are starting already.
2:04 pm edt 

Re: The Beer Garden Needs HDC Approval

Get over it! So what if they claim the roof is "temporary" it is up, they are
open, it not only looks ok, but it was a need necessity, and it is a nice place.
Find something real to complain about, like maybe Sharon Lynn is still calling
the shots at Town Hall via her appointed assistant (now acting Town Manager") .
2:01 pm edt 

Re: The Beer Garden Needs HDC Approval

From the HDC bylaws.  Please note 15-9-1-8.  And stop arguing with me. 
You look dumber every post.

15-9. Exclusions.
15-9-1 Categorical Exclusions: The Commission shall exclude from its purview the
following:
15-9-1-1 Maintenance and repairs that do not alter or replace material, as
defined in
Section 9.2.
15-9-1-2 The color of paint.
15-9-1-3 Exterior lighting.
15-9-1-4 Gutters and downspouts.
15-9-1-5 Signage.
15-9-1-6 Storm windows and window air conditioners.
15-9-1-7 Satellite antennae, or similar equipment, provided they are located to
minimize
visibility from a Public Way.
15-9-1-8 Temporary Buildings or Structures subject, however, to conditions
pertaining to
the duration of existence and use, as the Commission may reasonably specify.
15-9-1-9 Terraces, walks, sidewalks and similar structures, provided that any
such
Structure is substantially at grade level.
15-9-1-10 Flagpoles, sculpture, mailboxes (freestanding or attached), window
boxes, house
numbers, and garden furniture.
15-9-1-11 Buildings that are less than 50 years old are exempt from review, with
the
following conditions: Alterations which affect more than 25% of a façade must
comply with the Guidelines. Additions which increase such Building by more than
25% must conform with Guideline 15 New Construction and Additions.
15-9-1-12 Piers/Wharves: Additions and alterations to piers and wharves,
including all
mechanical and maritime-related Structures and equipment, are exempt from
review.
15-9-1-13 Cemeteries: All cemetery Structures are exempt except Buildings and
fences.
Plant material and trees.
1:56 pm edt 

Re: The Beer Garden Needs HDC Approval

Wrong, wrong, wrong

The Beer Garden needs HDC approval for anything it is putting up that replaces
what the HDC approved when they first opened. they cannot put up a roof without
violating HDC  rules. and again, they are not the one's to determine a
"temporary" structure nor does the Permit Coordinate. Only the HDC can
determine if something being constructed is temporary or not and even then, it
needs their approval.
11:07 am edt 

Re: The Beer Garden Needs HDC Approval

Sigh.  Yes, you can put up a temporary structure without HDC approval. 
My neighbor did it.  I hit the roof and was told that it was "temporary" and
there was nothing the town could do.  And before you start, Russ Braun doesn't
like my neighbor so it wasn't favoritism from anyone.  Really, nobody likes my
neighbor.

It is still there 10 years later btw so maybe the new gung-ho Planning Board can
take a look at that.
9:32 am edt 

Avon Walk to Fight Breast Cancer

CONGRATULATIONS !!!


ON A POSITIVE NOTE, A VERY BIG THANK YOU GOES OUT TO THE THREE GIRLS FROM
PROVINCETOWN WHO SPENT TWO DAYS WALKING 39.3 MILES IN BOSTON IN THE AVONWALK TO
FIGHT BREAST CANCER...

YOU DID AN OUSTANDING JOB......THIS IS THEIR SECOND YEAR AND THEY RAISED OVER
$7,000....

YOU GO GIRLS....
8:24 am edt 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Beer Garden Needs HDC Approval

They cannot put up a roof without coming to HDC. You can't remove a window and
replace the same type of window without coming before HDC. the Beer Garden is in
violation if the roof is already up. they could have a work stoppage or they
could be stopped from opening.
10:29 pm edt 

Re: The Hawthorne Barn is a Barn

Why  are people so concerned about the Hawthorn barn and the number of
people  attending events? For years no one has ever cared about restaurant
capacities when opening parties take place. Some are so crowded you can hardly
breathe.  The question of having a license to host these events at the barn is
one everyone, especially neighbors, should be concerned about. I do not think
Miller Hill is zoned for these venues.
11:22 am edt 

Re: Beer Garden

Sad way to start anew with Beer Garden Gate.  If this is the new
transparency I better put on my Burca
11:20 am edt 

Provincetown Public School

One more idea for the community center-move the elementary school
there and make the school into affordable housing. Stop recruiting students to
fill the damn school we have, stop paying for daycare- wee care, ridiculous.
Let's reduce the staff, get rid of the school committee, pain in the butt
blowhards, and realize that the  school is a tiny thing that does not need a
fifth of the town's tax dollars to survive.
11:18 am edt 

Re: Dieter Groll About Charter Enforcement & Dan Hoort

RE: "Dieter ... also posted that if elected the town clerk would
refuse to swear in Hoort."


I said NOTHING of the sort.  You are correct that the Town Clerk has NO
DISCRETION to prevent Hoort from being sworn in, and I defy anyone to cite a
quotation that I ever said otherwise.

On Saturday April 13 at 12:24 AM (maybe after a few pops at the club) someone
posted the following:

"You can try to spin this in any way you want but the town clerk will NOT swear
him in with this finding. If Mr Hoort wants to contest this reading in court he
can."

The post wasn't signed but it certainly sounds like Dieter. Although, it is
quite a bit shorter than his usually ponderous tomes.  In any case I don't
recall seeing anyone other than Dieter post about the Hoort issue here.  If that
wasn't a Dieter post then I stand corrected.
11:15 am edt 

Re: FinCom Member Designate

Why would Louise Venden quit being Chair of the Town Manager Search
Committee to join FinCom now?  In the middle of the dull season for FinCom?

Doesn't make any sense.
11:10 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

"The Trustee chair at the library has real issues with transparency,
control and now a public relations nightmare on her hands.  All the while
denying that they knew the Director was out of control."



It's about time this came out. The library board chair was wildly in favor and
supportive of the library director and had a good bit to do with hiring her and
then with defending her awful behavior.  She also stood by her as many
employees, trustees, volunteers, and patrons were crucified.

She was beholden only to Sharon. But then Sharon was gone and she was stuck with
the library director, who she was NO match for.  Had no choice but to become her
enemy.  I could never decide if she just plays bad politics or if the challenge
is intellectual.  I suspect the latter.
11:09 am edt 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Hawthorne Barn is a Barn

It has only one bedroom and even that was "allowed" when it should not have
been. it was a studio. but to have a hundred people or seventy five attend
public get together in a resident zone, needs permission. something is not quite
right here. who gave permission and who sent out abutters' notices? I am sure
abutters on this street would want to be informed.

The hawthorne barn was never categorized as a living dwelling. When Josh Prageer
purchased it Jane Evans viewed the loft as a bedroom . This was wrong-she felt
bad for him because he is disabled.  so now they want it both ways- residence
and place of venue- Quess what dear Josh- You cannot have it both ways.-1400 sf.
- I will be there for each venue and ask the police detail to take a count of
number of attendees. Josh promised so much to this town in reference to that
barn and delivered nothing. What makes anyone think he will change now. Josh is
about Josh. He also is charasmatic and puts on a show for all those he feels he
needs who can help him. - time will tell.
4:05 pm edt 

Re: Dieter Groll About Charter Enforcement & Dan Hoort

From the almighty Dieter: "See above for the REAL facts."

Dieter baby, you know how to put together long winded sentences, but try to get
a wee bit more smarts into them.  Facts are real.  There are no unreal facts. 
There are no untrue facts.  Maybe you meant to say something like" real
information" or real myths or whatever, but certainly not real facts.
2:44 pm edt 

Re: FinCom Member Designate

"The new FinCom member is one of the departing library trustees. She's
also the chair of the town manager search committee.  I really hope she does a
better job at finances and personnel than she did with the library. A LOT
better."


I get your comment on finances but "personnel" has me confused.  Where in the
charter does it say that that is the duty of the FinCom?
2:42 pm edt 

FinCom Member Designate

The new FinCom member is one of the departing library trustees. She's
also the chair of the town manager search committee.  I really hope she does a
better job at finances and personnel than she did with the library. A LOT
better.
12:15 pm edt 

Re: Beer Garden

"Temporary" is most definitely NOT at the discretion of HDC.  You'd
think some of you well-meaning (ha) people would actually read the by-laws or
just go to Town Hall and ask.  Instead you make stuff up because you don't like
the Town Planner, the Planning Board, etc.

It's pretty transparent.  There is absolutely no interest in truth or community
on this page.  It is all about smears, lies and innuendo.

As far as the so-called "mission statement" goes, this blog is a giant FAIL. 
It's fun to laugh at though.
11:40 am edt 

The Hawthorne Barn is a Barn

It has only one bedroom and even that was "allowed" when it should not have
been. it was a studio. but to have a hundred people or seventy five attend
public get together in a resident zone, needs permission. something is not quite
right here. who gave permission and who sent out abutters' notices? I am sure
abutters on this street would want to be informed.
11:13 am edt 

Re: Beer Garden

The Beer Garden Does Need HDC approval

Even a so-named "temporary" structure and this new roof does need HDC approval.
As some may remember, they needed to appear before HDC for the wooden structure
and HDC did not allow them to put on a roof. If they needed to go before a
regulatory board then, then they need to go before the board now. "temporary" is
at the discretion of the HDC--not the client. who is making this decision? the
Permit Coordinator who is the brother of the owner? this is just not good. Play
by the rules and all with be fine. But, please, don't try to create new rules
for the Beer Garden.
11:11 am edt 

Town Planning Board

What a funny group of malcontents. This town passes bylaws at town
meeting and when they are enforced on Shank Painter Road you attack the planning
board and town planner. Be careful what you vote for you       .
11:01 am edt 

Responses from Dieter Groll About Charter Enforcement & Dan Hoort


I noticed a few incorrect statements on Mypacc, and felt that they warranted a
response.

-----
Regarding the Charter Enforcement ruling:

"Watch how Dieter spins this one.  He will say he expected this ruling and knew
they would rule there was no violation."

Well, you're not exactly clairvoyant, because I discussed my predictions on
Facebook, WELL IN ADVANCE of the hearing.  DURING the hearing, I even said
something to the effect that, "This complaint really is not about the Acting
Town Manager.  If I could have filed this complaint against Town Counsel, or
against the Finance Director directly, I would have."  So there was no surprise
at all with respect to David Gardner.

You are WRONG, however, when you say that the Commission "rule[d] there was no
violation".  Most importantly, the Commission AGREED with my interpretation of
"in any way related", as it appears in the Charter, and they REJECTED Town
Counsel's interpretation.  This was my central argument from day one.  They ALSO
ruled that Mr. Hoort would be in violation once he was sworn in, as he now has
been.  To wit:

"Given the scope and responsibilities of the Finance Director's position, and
given the broad impact of financial issues on all actions of the Town, the
Charter Enforcement Commission finds that the responsibility of the Commission
... IS CLEARLY RELATED to the scope of the Finance Director's responsibility as
a paid Town employee, and vice versa. ... Therefore, his ability to serve as a
member of the Charter Enforcement Commission would be severely compromised, and
WOULD BE IN VIOLATION of Sections 3-4-2, 3-4-3 and 3-4-6" (emphasis added).

Read that decision here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xts4gzfc0auii7c/2014-05-05_CEC_Decision.pdf

-----

"My understanding is that the Charter Enforcement committee ruled against Dieter
Groll's complaint on all counts."
and "Dieter's complaint was tossed completely. And that's a fact."


See above for the REAL facts.

-----

Regarding Julia Perry's letter to the editor:

"All I can say is OUCH!  The charter enforcement commission has spoken and in no
uncertain terms... First, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and finally!  Mr.
Hoort has been sworn in.  Mr. Hatch and Mr. Groll have been rebuked.  Checkmate! 
I only wish Mr. Groll could be less verbose and as concise as the Julia Perry. 
Next move Dieter."



I understand why you said "ouch", because it must be painful for you to fail to
understand what you just read in the newspaper.  Yes, Mr. Hoort has been sworn
in, as I ALSO predicted.  HOWEVER, if you think that's "checkmate", then you
(and Mr. Hoort) clearly don't understand what is in play, or how it will play
out.  This is FAR from over, for we've only just seen the opening round. 

Further, Ms. Perry's letter didn't "rebuke" me at all.  It merely clarified some
of the finer legal points that were reported inaccurately.  But NOTHING in her
letter changes the Commission's decision, as discussed above.

To allow Mr. Hoort to flagrantly violate the Charter (and thus State Law) is
unconscionable.  It is ridiculous that he has chosen to take it this far, for he
has chosen an indefensible position.  He has chosen to spend the taxpayer's
money to satisfy his own ego, and the ONLY winner will be Town Counsel.  That's
unfortunate, but this ENTIRE fiasco is the result of Hoort's gross error in
judgement, not mine.

-----

"Dieter ... also posted that if elected the town clerk would refuse to swear in
Hoort. ... My question is does the town clerk have such discretion.  Does he
decide who gets sworn in and who doesn't or do the voters?  My guess is he has
no discretion in this area.  He is obligated to honor the vote.  His discretion
was limited to validating Hoort as a candidate which he did."


I said NOTHING of the sort.  You are correct that the Town Clerk has NO
DISCRETION to prevent Hoort from being sworn in, and I defy anyone to cite a
quotation that I ever said otherwise.

Hoort and others, of course, think that because he took the oath of office, it's
a done deal -- but that couldn't be further from the truth.

------------

Regarding the election:

"Over 500 people have spoken... they voted Hoort - a decisive victory."


Don't forget that Klytta and Hoort ran UNOPPOSED on the ballot.  Here's the
obvious thing about that "decisive victory": COMBINED, they garnered a mere 49%
of the votes -- and 47% of the votes were BLANK!  Talk about a vote of "no
confidence".  When running unopposed on the ballot, less than 70% of the vote is
a WEAK performance; less than 50% is a downright DISMAL.  Just sayin'.

-- Dieter Groll
10:50 am edt 

Re: Hawthorne Barn


According to the town assessors The Hawthorne barn is owned by a peron by the
name of Daniel Kaizer. How did someone mistake this property as Brian Carlson.
The assessors database has Mr. Carlson at 4 Uppeer MILLER HILL Road. Get your
facts and addresses straight befor you post.
10:43 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

The Trustee chair at the library has real issues with transparency,
control and now a public relations nightmare on her hands.  All the while
denying that they knew the Director was out of control..........we looked up
Trustee in the dictionary; asleep at the wheel is more like it.  I think the new
Trustee's are less likely to follow her lead.

Especially if she starts up with the late night phone calls again.
10:41 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

We've got bigger issues, my friends.  No one at th library has a MLS degree.

We are in trouble for grants, funding, and developing a strategic plan, which is
already in arrears.

10:37 am edt 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Building Commissioner

If you are not happy with the performance of the Building Commissioner then
contact the state. That's what we did.. They want to hear what difficulties other
ontractors are having.
9:52 pm edt 

What's Happening?

Must say: some Blogs are getting quite dull

Seems like they have nothing much to say. How dull! Not much happening on two
other blogs. silence reigns better than chit chat.
9:50 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

"The trustee chair is one of the major reasons the library director
left.  They were not on good terms and the trustee continues to abuse staff.  If
you want to address the problem you need to start with the trustee chair."


Ain't that the truth. It's impossible to say who was the bigger problem, the
director of the trustee chair.  At least the director had some brains.
9:48 pm edt 

Re: What's This All About?

"20 summers-josh parager - funny 75-150 people in less than 1400 sf.
How did this pass licensing? Major liablility for town/fire etc.   WOW  who know
who here.Re- 25 Miller Hill Rd"


No way this can take place- believe me- involved with fire dept from numberous
areas. If provincetown licensing lets this take place they are putting EVERY tax
payer at risk for major liablility . There is NO way this should be permitted.
Violates numerous statutes.  Good luck Licening-a 1400 sf structure is the
average size of a small 2 bedroom ranch. Pull the town card on this. Some things
never cease to amaze me.
9:46 pm edt 


"20 summers-josh parager - funny 75-150 people in less than 1400 sf.
How did this pass licensing? Major liablility for town/fire etc.   WOW  who know
who here.Re- 25 Miller Hill Rd"



No way this can take place- believe me- involved with fire dept from numberous
areas. If provincetown licensing lets this take place they are putting EVERY tax
payer at risk for major liablility . There is NO way this should be permitted.
Violates numerous statutes.  Good luck Licening-a 1400 sf structure is the
average size of a small 2 bedroom ranch. Pull the town card on this. Some things
never cease to amaze me.
9:45 pm edt 

Re: Beer Garden Gate

Notes temporary in permit. Does it look temporary?
9:42 pm edt 

Re: Beer Garden

"Did they go before the HDC? I've never seen such. so, again, given
Gloria's knowledge and Leif, when did they go before the HDC for this roof
alteration?"


So, why do you keep asking this blog for official information.  Go to town hall
(know where it is?)and ask for agendas and minutes that are pertinent.  Ask the
correct people instead of this constant barrage of veiled charges of collusion,
corruption and conspiracy.
9:39 pm edt 

Re: Beer Garden

The Beer Garden canopy is a "temporary" structure per the permit
posted below.  It doesn't require HDC approval.

Of course, that won't stop you from trying to impugn people without any facts to
back you up.  It's just what gets done her on this blog.
9:38 pm edt 

Planning Board - Shankpainter Road

"what is wrong with them. Now they are part of the beautification
committee? since when are businesses being told, no, demanded, to add planters,
to change curb cuts and all from the what--the Planning board? Here is what many
voted on: you empowered the Planning board, you made so many small project now
become site reviews and what do we have? thousands and thousands of dollars for
planters, curb cuts, add this, take this away, from a group that should only be
engaged in this for large commercial projects. Now you can't even move buckets
of dirt and find that you will have a site review. Wake up Provincetown."


PT is not unique with this, thank god.  If people were allowed to do only what
they choose with regard only for the $$, then we would all exist in a terrible
place.  Every town has boards that enforce the zoning laws.  These laws were
passed by town meeting.  Of course, some planning boards go overboard, but on
balance they do a lot more good than harm. I people were allowed to have curb
cuts where they wanted. the curb would be cut every few feet and there would be
no sense to it all.  Large project or small project, the effect on neighbors and
others must be considered.
9:36 pm edt 

Re: What is This All About?

Regarding the previous post:

20 summers-josh parager - funny 75-150 people in less than 1400 sf.
How did this pass licensing? Major liablility for town/fire etc.   WOW  who know
who here.Re- 25 Miller Hill Rd

This is from the Twenty Summers website:

"Please join us in the Hawthorne Barn this spring as Twenty Summers launches its
inaugural season. Doors open with a concert on Friday, May 16. Below is a list
of our many diverse events. Mark your calendars and buy tickets. (Seating is
limited to 60 or fewer, due to the intimate space of the Barn.) We look forward
to seeing you there!" All events will take place in the barn, at 29 Miller Hill
Road."

So much for the claim that 75-150 would be allowed in the barn. When I read this
I figured the original poster mistook the address of the barn as #25 instead of
#29 but then I realized that #25 is the home of Brian Carlson and that they were
trying to suggest that he was involved in allowing the organizers to exceed
allowable occupancy. That's not only low-handed, it's pathetic.
9:32 pm edt 

Lipstick on a Pig!

Re: Site Plan Review Nutiness

Before the town imposes marshall law on the property owners along the road, THE
TOWN SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO PAVE THE GOD DAMNED THING!!!! As busy as that road is
and as important to the town as an access for police and fire let alone other
commercial traffic, it is in HORRIBLE SHAPE. Patch work pavement, unlevel catch
basins and covers and poor drainage need to be not just addressed but FIXED
permanently before any beautification happens along the road.

Talk about lipstick on a pig!
9:27 pm edt 

Re: Beer Garden

Beer Garden Gate

It's obvious that they have created a permanent structure with a fixed roof out
of something that was lattice before.  There was no permit taken out.  Is this
the way we are going to move forward?  Let's not start the new regimen on a bad
note.  There needs to be a full explanation and probably removal of the
structure.
9:25 pm edt 

Re: Beer Garden

Did they have to go before Historic?  If not why? I did!  Do they even own
the property?  According to the assessors its owned by a Mr. Winard. Did he
give the permission? How is this Leif related?
9:24 pm edt 

Re: What is this all about!

Don't you know?  It's all about the ARTS that means anything goes even if it
means over occupancy. We have to follow the laws but they don't. Id like to try
crammming that many people into my store and see what happens.
9:21 pm edt 

Re: Beer Garden

Beer-Garden-Gate. Just the beginning......
9:18 pm edt 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Re: Beer Garden

The Beer Garden is in the Historic district

This Gloria knows and so does Vida's brother who is the permit coordinator. Any
such changes in the roof structure would need approval by the Historic district.

Did they go before the HDC? I've never seen such. so, again, given Gloria's
knowledge and Leif, when did they go before the HDC for this roof alteration?
10:35 pm edt 

Re: First BoS Meeting

The big surprise at the Board of Selectman meeting was Cheryl Andrews voted
against taking $150,000 grant money. Just like she opposed seeking a grant for 
government grant for a sewer hook up to expand Mashope
10:33 pm edt 

Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

" He is taking back permits that were handed out and you
just cannot do this if you are professional and legitimate."



Any specifics, or is this more mud being thrown against the wall.  If they were
legal permits, he cannot take them back, without showing that they were indeed,
illegal.  So any permit that he gave can be used to go ahead with a project,
unless ther is a written reason to not allow it.
10:31 pm edt 

Russell Braun - Building Commissioner
"
 He is taking back permits that were handed out and you
just cannot do this if you are professional and legitimate."



Any specifics, or is this more mud being thrown against the wall.  If they were
legal permits, he cannot take them back, without showing that they were indeed,
illegal.  So any permit that he gave can be used to go ahead with a project,
unless ther is a written reason to not allow it.
10:25 pm edt 

Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

Russell Braun: He has been and is a cancer. Yes the only difference is
he no longer has his back protector Sharon. That is why he is leaving. He has
been partial to 2 or 3 contractors in town for years. Leads one to only one
conclusion. others have been harrassed and torn apart. He is a lethal,
vindictive man. good luck truro.
10:23 pm edt 

Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

Take a look at what Cape Associates, Augustus
Construction and Victor have gotten away with- take their files out look at what
takes place in this town- it is        .
10:18 pm edt 

Site Plan Review Nutiness

Here wer go. site Plan Review for all project on shankpainter road. where is
this coming from? Then Site Plan Review if you move 750 cubic yards of dirt.
Now, site Plan Review, then site Plan Review, and then again, Site Plan Review.
all this is to add more and more power to a board that was rather weak and
ineffectual. that is the Planning board. but now--watch out! Here we come. And
do this, then do that, then re-do this. We do not need an out-0of-control
Planning board that is full of itself and cares little about the financial
stress being placed on residents and businesses. We did not vote for site
Reviews by this body on all projects. It is time consuming and financially
excessive.
10:14 pm edt 

What is This All About?

20 summers-josh parager - funny 75-150 people in less than 1400 sf.
How did this pass licensing? Major liablility for town/fire etc.   WOW  who know
who here.Re- 25 Miller Hill Rd
10:14 pm edt 

Planning Board Going Wild!

Now Planning board is Involved with Planters, FLowers and Reduced Curb
cuts

what is wrong with them. Now they are part of the beautification committee?
since when are businesses being told, no, demanded, to add planters, to change
curb cuts and all from the what--the Planning board? Here is what many voted on:
you empowered the Planning board, you made so many small project now become site
reviews and what do we have? thousands and thousands of dollars for planters,
curb cuts, add this, take this away, from a group that should only be engaged in
this for large commercial projects. Now you can't even move buckets of dirt and
find that you will have a site review. Wake up Provincetown.

this is on Planning board out of control--and they have just started on this
"site Review" power trip.
10:07 pm edt 

Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

Russell is doing His Damage Before He Leaves and He should Be called
On It

He is being awful and causing pain and suffering and acting irresponsibly with
too many town people. He is taking back permits that were handed out and you
just cannot do this if you are professional and legitimate. Plus, you put the
town in a legal dilemma where contractors can sue even after he is gone.
6:38 pm edt 

Re: First BoS Meeting

One Meeting Does Not a Grade Deserve

It's their first meeting. Grades only come at the end of a semester, not after
the first day!
6:36 pm edt 

Re: More Trees on Shank Painter

Sorry score keeper but you lack an understanding of the law.  The town planner
and selectman Yingling have filed a disclosure with the town months ago. By
filling the disclosure this keeps it all above board and allows selectman
Yingling to participate. An ACTUAL conflict of interest pertains to the
financial interest of spouses, immediate family, or some sort of business
relationship.

I'm really happy that the planning board is taking steps to make shank painter
more beautiful with more trees and it speaks to Yinglings character that he is
not swayed by whoever is being the most loud or angry.


6:35 pm edt 

Re: FinCom Meeting & Dan Hoort

Why is Dan Hoort telling members of the voice that he wishes he could
go to the fincom meeting?
6:33 pm edt 

Re: New Beer Garden Roof


Beer Garden Building Permit

Application Number:  Date Issued:  Permit Number:  Fees:  Payments:  Check#: 
Date Paid:
14-01150        $100.00 $100.00 001664  05/07/2014


APPLICATION TO CONSTRUCT, REPAIR, RENOVATE, CHANGE THE USE OR OCCUPANCY OF, OR
DEMOLISH ANY BUILDING OTHER THAN A ONE OR TWO FAMILY DWELLING


SECTION 1 - LOCATION (Please indicate Block # and Lot # for locations for which
street address is not available)
206 COMMERCIAL ST - Provincetown MA 02657
No. and Street  City / Town  Zip Code  Name of Building (if applicable)
Assessors Map / Block / Lot: 11-1-15-0



SECTION 2 - PROPOSED WORK

"Beer Garden building permit"


New Construction, check here  or check all that apply in the rows below.
Existing Building  Repair(s)  Alteration(s)  Addition  Demolition (Please
fill out and submit Appendix 1)
Change of Use  Change of Occupancy  Other: Covering over patio
Are building plans and/or construction documents being supplied as part of this
permit application? Yes No
Is an Independent Structural Engineer Peer Review required? Yes No
Brief Description of Proposed Work2:
Construct temporary covering with 2x4 rough pine designed to hold a lightweight
sail material (Sunbrella marine grade awninbg material (PTFE). To be taken down
at end of season. Purpose: cut down on sun, keep out rain, and increase sanitary
environment.
6:29 pm edt 

Re: First BoS Meeting

BOS GRADES

Who in their right mind would give Anthony a (B) the only thing that is a B
about him is his middle initial. The only person I could guess is             that
would grade him that high on his performance. He only agreed with the other more
intelligent selectmen and kept on repeating his campaign slogan move forward,
move forward, transparency, transparency, give me a break! Try forming a
complete sentence and contributing something meaningful to the process. At best
he might get a D+ and thats because it was his first meeting. He should study
Cheryl Andrewa now thats a Role Model. Maybe in ten or twelve years he will be
up to her level.

IF YOUR GONNA GRADE BE HONEST!!!
6:27 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

"He will be in Truro soon so why are we even bothering to post anything about his
capabilities.  If you are not satisfied with how he handled your plans or
inspections why did you wait until now to mention it? You shold have addressed
it when it happened or did it just happen.  If it ddid and your are disappointed
then do something about it unless you want to let it go."

1:48 pm edt



He had Sharons's protection no matter who was right. No longer does- has now
resigned. You figure it out .  Does not take a rocket scientist. Again- HE
resigined. Resigned because there is no one to protect him now from his partial
,misinterpereted decisions. But these people who were improperly targeted can
now have their day in court. Poor russy boy without his mamma Sharon.
6:25 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

"He will be in Truro soon so why are we even bothering to post anything about his
capabilities.  If you are not satisfied with how he handled your plans or
inspections why did you wait until now to mention it?"


Because Sharon dismissed EVERY complaint. That is why- You obviously do not get
it. Sharon had his back. No matter what!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6:22 pm edt 

Re: First BoS Meeting
 
FIRST MEETING GRADES FOR NEW BOS WITHOUT BIASED

DONEGAN B- C+,  IT WAS ONLY HIS FIRST DAY IN CHAIR DID NOT EXPECT MIRACLES.

YINGLING C+,  HE HAS TO DROP THE ARROGANT ATTITUDE AND LEARN TO LISTEN TO THE
OTHER MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE SELECTMEN, AGAIN FIRST DAY AS VICE.

ANDREWS A-, FOR THE FIRST MEETING IMPRESSIVE AS HELL, CHAIR MATERIAL NO
DISRESPECT TO TOM, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

RICHTER B-,  DID NOT CONTRIBUTE AS MUCH AS HE COULD HAVE, PERHAPS DO TO FIRST
MEETING JITTERS.

ANTHONY D,  REALLY DID NOT EXPECT TO MUCH OUT OF HIM, CONTRIBUTED VERY LITTLE,
ALL HE COULD MANAGE TO DO IS AGREE WITH OTHERS WHO ARE BETTER SUITED TO BE
SELECTMEN, NO REAL INSIGHT THERE EVEN FOR THE FIRST MEETING.

THERE YOU HAVE IT 71 TAXPAYERS WERE CONSULTED AND AGREED  WITH THESE GRADES AND
COMMENTS
6:17 pm edt 

Re: First BoS Meeting

RE BOS REPORT CARD ON FIRST MEETING.

Donegan B- C  IT WAS ONLY HIS FIRST TIME AS CHAIR

Yingling C HAS TO LEARN TO LISTEN TO PEOPLE THAT ARE MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE THAN
HIMSELF AND DROP THE ARROGANT ATTITUDE

Andrews A-  SHE WAS GREAT NO SURPRISE THERE KEPT EVERYBODY ON THEIR TOES,
CHAIRPERSON MATERIAL BUT THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT THOUGH.

Richter C
6:15 pm edt 

Re: Erik Yingling - BoS Selectman

What was/is Selectman Yingling's conflict of interest re: town planner
and Shank Painter Road discussion?
2:57 pm edt 

Re: Shankpainter Road Problems

"Can someone explain what is going on on shankpainter road?

Seems some people are upset, angry and are being told what to do with their land
by town hall. since when are businesses forced to change the look of a street.
Whose involved with all the mess that is linked to businesses on shankpainter
road? Maybe this is shankpaintergate!"



You are probably the same conspiracy nut that asked about the beer garden and
gets all in a lather about some crappy murals that no one wants.

Same advice to you, except a slight variation.  After you get off the couch,
don't go to town hall, go to the DPW.  And, when you get there, politely
introduce yourself as the conspiracy nut from SHOUT OUT.  Then explain your
consternation at not being personally called to inform you of all the nefarious
activities in town, especially Shankpainter.  I'm sure that no matter what they
tell you, you won't believe them because everyone is in collusion with the
corrupt, conspiracy of the candyland cabal.

WHile you are there ask about the latest on Roswell and the Bermuda Triangle.
2:54 pm edt 

Re: First BoS Meeting

Its my understanding that Mr. Martin is Still willing to help out any
way he can and still intends to run next year.
CHERYL WE ARE HERE FOR YOU BABY YOUR GREAT!!!


And that's directly from Wayne's        mouth.  Wayne, who will you be running
against and why do you think you should replace him/her?  Do you know?
2:51 pm edt 

Re: First BoS Meeting

"he (Anthony) will most likely not last his three years, hell he will
be lucky if he lasts 6 months. Lets just hope Cheryl and the other three
selectmen can limit the damage he can do while he is there."



What do you know that we don't?  What will keep him from serving his term?  By
the way, he has just one vote out of 5.  At least 3 are needed to carry any
vote. So, unless he has two others to agree with him, he can't really do much at
all.  No hoping or praying required.  Simply arithmetic: if the BOS has 5
members then a majority is 3.  get it?  I'm sure that you will sleep better
tonight knowing that Bobby can't ruin you and PT.
2:49 pm edt 

Re: New Beer Garden Roof

"Was there a permit pulled for the huge roof addition at Beer Garden.
You have to pull a permit for a tent?  Just want a little honestly here"



Ok, here is your honesty.  You seem to be asking questions to the air here,
rather than getting off the couch and going to town hall and asking the right
people.  What in gods name do you expect?  Who in authority should be monitoring
this blog to be sure to answer your questions.  I sure hope that we are not
paying someone to keep you informed of your imagined targets of conspiracy and
corruption.
2:46 pm edt 

It is Just so Lovely In Provincetown

It is finally Spring and so beautiful. The cherry trees are in bloom and the
shad continue to sway in the warmer breezes as their delicate white blossoms
move gently in the air. and then the swam maples in green turns and twists as
the Japanese maples shoot out sprays of red filaments. and the Hosta shoot
upwards amid the reds and yellows of upturned tuplips. Provincetown is in her
glory!
2:02 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

"Shame shame shame on the trustee chair Lynn Kratz. She participated
with the ex library director in making a shambles of our expensive beautiful
library and now she continues on. . ."


As usual you don't know what you are talking about.  The trustee chair is one of
the major reasons the library director left.  They were not on good terms and
the trustee continues to abuse staff.  If you want to address the problem you
need to start with the trustee chair.
2:00 pm edt 

Re: First BoS Meeting

I don't believe anybody said Mr. Donegan did a poor job as chair. Anyone with
eyes and ears that saw the first meeting had to see that Cheryl is the most
qualified to be chair. Yes she was there when Lynn was brought in as TM but it
is hardly her fault the way things worked out unless you thing she is a fortune
teller. She wants what is best for the people of this town first the
municipality, and other entities second, the way it should be! When the
remaining two selectman of the old regime signed to sell the GG building when
and how they did against the wishes of the tax payers. They lost a lot of
support and respect from the people. Anthony is just a      a        for       
and the PPD he will most likely not last his three years, hell he will be lucky
if he lasts 6 months. Lets just hope Cheryl and the other three selectmen can
limit the damage he can do while he is there. I hope the people that have
problems still feel that they can go to the meeting and speak out. Its m!
y understanding that Mr. Martin is Still willing to help out any way he can and
still intends to run next year.

CHERYL WE ARE HERE FOR YOU BABY YOUR GREAT!!!
1:57 pm edt 

New Beer Garden Roof

Was there a permit pulled for the huge roof addition at Beer Garden.
You have to pull a permit for a tent?  Just want a little honestly here
1:53 pm edt 

Shankpainter Road Problems

Can someone explain what is going on on shankpainter road?

Seems some people are upset, angry and are being told what to do with their land
by town hall. since when are businesses forced to change the look of a street.
Whose involved with all the mess that is linked to businesses on shankpainter
road? Maybe this is shankpaintergate!
1:50 pm edt 

Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

He will be in Truro soon so why are we even bothering to post anything about his
capabilities.  If you are not satisfied with how he handled your plans or
inspections why did you wait until now to mention it? You shold have addressed
it when it happened or did it just happen.  If it ddid and your are disappointed
then do something about it unless you want to let it go.
1:48 pm edt 

Re: First BoS Meeting

After watching the first Bd. of S. Mtg since the new members convened
it was pitiful! Dr. Andrews with her past history as a seasoned Selectman made
the rest of the Board look like "Country Bumpkins!" She should have been
Chairman since she knows the ropes and they don't! This show is going to be very
entertaining!yh
1:46 pm edt 

First BoS Meeting

SCORE CARD BOS 5/12/14

Donagan- B+.  Has earned the Chair but lacks some experience. Is smart and
earnest and a better than good board member.  Demerits for eye rolling then
being wrong.  Credit for taking in all other membership views.  Can be partial
at times.

Yingling B-  erik is the longest serving member on the BOS at this point and
also has worked for the Vice Chair position. Demerit for conflict of interest 
in forceful defense in  favor of the Town Planner re: shank painter and perhaps
a quarter point for being a gentlemen.  Not the depth of analysis of some
members but an asset to the board.

Richter B+. Richter seems thoughtful and clear intelligent with vision and not
afraid to put stuff out there in a diplomatic way. He lacks experience and needs
to avoid conflicts and be his own person.

Andrews - B. great to have experience on the Board. Andrews is substance over
style. Being the only woman on the Board can be tough but she is up to it. Where
the past board used to play fast and loose with procedure and constantly made
missteps which cost the town the new board will benefit from her knowledge of
process, keen interest and dedication to the town and energy to move things
forward.  Demerit for style - credit for being right and encouraging the board
to follow proceedure and look critically at issues.

Anthony B. the dark horse did surprisingly well at the first meeting and added a
lot to the police discussion. He said the right things and brings a closer
understanding of the operations of the police dept. credit for exceeding
expectations. Demerit for knowledge of complex issues. Credit for long time
knowledge of the town and thoughtful willingness to serve.

Hopefully this new BOLS will not get bogged down in advisarial eye rolling. We
need to all work together to get things done with as much transparency as
possible.
1:45 pm edt 

Re: Poor Traffic Planning

"Just wait until an ambulance/police car or fire truck is delayed
getting to your house due to congestion during the summer!"



Are you talking about Commercial, Bradford, Conwell or Shankpainter?  The
melodrama here is better than old soap operas.  Police cars are not dispatched
from a garage on Shankpainter.  There are several fire houses around town.  So
exactly what kind of fear are you spreading?
1:41 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

The key individual on "Muralgate" is Mr.Rudd.  He has stated that
there some murals in our library, and subsequently, they weren't there anymore. 
We wouldn't have known of these murals, had he not indicated that they weren't
any longer in the library.  Can he shed some light about these murals?

As to whether these murals should be considered art or not, art is in the eye of
the beholder, as well as those who make their living buying, marketing, and
selling it.  Nothing wrong with that, but I don't need anyone defining FOR ME
"good art".
1:39 pm edt 

Re: Provicnetown Public Library

"MORALITY IS THE ISSUE, AND INTEGRITY"

I was told that a member of the friends group called the artist and said "come
and get it!" with no permission and they arranged the door to be open."

So now we know.  The artist said to someone, "how can I get my murals back.  I
own them but they are locked in a library shed"  The person, being moral and a
person of great integrity said," Oh, I know where they are.  When would you like
to get your property? Just tell me and the shed will be open".  So the owner of
the property went and collected the property.  Wonderful explanation of a
solution to an issue of morality and integrity.

So, now we know "the rest of the story."  Thanks.
1:37 pm edt 

1:34 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

"Our recently resigned library director is now publicly calling herself
the "Executive Director at Provincetown Public Press."



Wow, do you need to get a life.
1:24 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I Believe Tom Donegan Did A Good Job

I don't think he needed Cheryl to lead the troops. He has the votes and he is
the new chair. wishing him the best and looking forward to a good first year
ahead.

What a relief to see all those who have left or been thrown out. I  can breath a
lot easier.
6:28 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

Russell Braun= arbitrary, partial, calculating ,and perfect defenition
of a narcissist .
6:24 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

The JOGGING kid is the acting library director?  Every one of those
trustees should be thrown out of office. It seems like they work at perpetuating
disasters.  He's in his early 20s for Pete's sake and knows nothing about
running a library. He's never even worked full time before! This is an insult to
the hardworking library employees of ptown. Shame shame shame on the trustee
chair Lynn Kratz. She participated with the ex library director in making a
shambles of our expensive beautiful library and now she continues on.   As long
as she is in office, the former torn manager is calling the shots.
6:20 pm edt 

Russel Braun Should Just Quietly Leave....

....and leave with the rest of his slight reputation. He is now attacking too many
people before he leaves. He will get us all into legal pickles that will cost us
so much in payments after payments to town counsel.

Take your sick days and leave. Or take your vacation days, and leave but leave
us before you burden Provincetown with heavy legal bills.
6:18 pm edt 

Re: BoS Meeting

"...she is on a "power"trip and wanted that CHAIR and will scratch and
claw her way to the middle of that table come hell or high water."



I'm not going to bother reasoning with this twisted  misogyny. You're a fool.
Simply put, shut up.
6:16 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

"EX LIBRARY DIRECTOR,

THIS IS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG GUYS, THE TRUSTESS PROTECED HER AND TURNED THE
OTHER WAY, SHE WAS A FRIEND OF THE EX TOWN MANAGER AND THEY KNEW SHE WAS HANDS
OFF, WHILE SHE USED PUBLIC FUNDS AND TIME THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TO
PROVINCETOWN TO FEATHER HER FUTURE CAREER.................OH MY, THE SELECTMEN
NOW REALLY HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL.

CALL TOWN COUNSEL!"


Don't bother with Town Counsel.  Call a shrink that specializes in conspiracy
theory nuts.

Can't you at least stop with the cliches.  "tip of the iceberg".  "Feather her
future career"  Yikes what pulp fiction trash.  And, shouting the bad news in
ALL CAPS.

Some people love a parade.  Some love a good conspiracy.
6:14 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

"Then going to join [the ex Library Director] to represent the
Provincetown Press........on our dime?"



More foolishness.  She does not represent the PT press.  Get a life and think
about it.  There is not a single dime of yours being paid to her or anyone else. 
Call town hall and ask for her employment data for this "Press" job.  They will
laugh as much as I and most others have, who have the ability to think.
6:11 pm edt 

Re: BoS Meeting

"Dr. Andrews is "back" remember she was on the board for 9 years or
more and was responsible for getting us in the mess we are trying to get out of!
Tom G and Eric better watch their backs she will the a "thorn" in their rose
bush! If they think they can work with her they have another thing coming, she is
on a "power" trip and wanted that CHAIR and will scratch and claw her way to the
middle of that table come hell or high water. You can't make this stuff up, more fun
andlaughter."


Of course you can make this stuff up.  You just did!!!

She is one vote.  She had only one vote on every issue that ever came before the
BOS.  You act as if a single person can force the others to cat votes in a
certain way.  Rubbish.  How melodramatic about watching backs.  Too much day
time TV.  Scratching and clawing won't get five votes. Who on the present BOS
would elect her chair?  If you can see 3 votes, then she will be elected.  If
you don't she won't easy as that.  Scratching and clawing aside, she still needs
a majority.

Go back to your TV and soaps.
6:08 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

"This BI [Building Inspector] announced after we had built according to his stamp of
approval that we had to do other things, which he had never told us about, or we
wouldn't get a final C.O. Is it fair that we should pay an additional $15,000
because he screwed up?"


So, he told you that your plans met code and stamped them.  Then, when you did
the project according to the plan without exception, he informed you that you
failed to do something.  Did you ask to see proof of the code violation?  Did
you speak with his superior?  If he was incorrect and capricious then I can
think of a bunch of lawyers that would line up to take your case for a lot less
than $15,000.

Of course, the assumption is that your story is complete and accurate, without
exaggeration or omission and that you did have professional help with the
project and you do have the original plan stamped with the town seal and his
written comments that indicated that the project required an additional $15,000
worth of work above and beyond his stamped approval.  Why do I have this nagging
feeling about this story?  I can't imagine a reasonable person giving up $15,000
in this way without a real fight.
6:04 pm edt 

Re: BoS Meeting

I agree, Cheryl is going to be a huge thorn in the sides of Eric and
Tom.  She made TD look very foolish for not knowing Exec Session law on MOnday
night.  This is going to be VERY entertaining, I hope it doesn't cost too much
in legal fees when they screw up.
6:00 pm edt 

Re: Dr. Andrews is "Back"

Here we go again.  Next victim on deck.

Dr. Andrews ran for the remainder of Austin's term only.  I believe she even
stated (it was posted on here) that she would not seek re-election after the end
of the partial term.  So much for your wanna be conspiracies and power mad
potentates.

Now that you have been proven wrong, perhaps you could put aside your hate and
do something positive, you'd find your life much better and the town's too.  I
think we owe Dr. Andrews a big thank you for stepping up when no one else wanted
to.  If I'm not mistaken, she did run unopposed. Didn't she?  Too bad you didn't
step up and run instead of just casting stones from the shadows.
5:59 pm edt 

Congratulations to Tom Donegan as the New Chair

Yes, what a difference a year makes. and congratulations to Eric Yingling on
being vice chair. It is refreshing to see these new faces and to see all five
sitting there voting on issues for us.

What enthusiasm I have for this town now that these five are in power. what a
great difference.

I wish you all the best and feel that spring has really arrived here in
Provincetown!
5:55 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Press

"Our recently resigned library director is now publicly calling
herself the "Executive Director at Provincetown Public Press."  Is this true? 
Is she still being paid by the Town?  How can she be the executive director of a
Provincetown entity while living in Greensburg PA?"


Just kidding, right?  What "Provincetoen entity" are you talking about?  Unreal
the way some folks look at things.
5:52 pm edt 

Re: BoS Meeting

"By the end of the meeting, he had completely lost control
allowing Miss Andrews to dictate what needed to be done when voting to go into
executive session."


So, where is the problem, Andrews or Donegan?  Did she :"dictate" or merely
inform.  Relax. This is a new team and it always takes a few meetings to learn
to function smoothly.
5:50 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

Just my take on the murals  They were probably thrown away   No police
engagement would fit this perfectly
5:44 pm edt 

Town Planner vs Shankpainter Businesses

The Shank Painter Road planter issue will be a nightmare for the town
if the BOS don't step in and figure this mess out.  Just wait until an
ambulance/police car or fire truck is delayed getting to your house due to
congestion during the summer!
5:42 pm edt 

The New BoS

I watched the whole first meeting and Cheryl was great! She was intelligent,
insightful, and contributed a great deal to the meeting basically running the
show. No disrespect to Mr. Donegan but without a question she should be
Chairperson of the new BoS. Mr. Donegan already had to step down as chairman and
Yingling was not sure what to do. While Anthony looked like he did not want to
be there at all and contributed nothing. I wonder why he did not bring up all
the concerns or problems that he or other people had up at the meeting? He just
squirmed around in his chair all night. I must say he was both comical and sad
to watch.

  ONCE AGAIN GREAT JOB CHERYL!
5:39 pm edt 

Going Into Executive Session is always Tricky

I can't fault Donegan for not knowing all in the in's and out's. Usually there
is guidance from the town Manager of a key staff member who has the exact rules
and the exact phrases that must be said. Perhaps David Gardner could have been
more helpful, I don't know but it is tricky. It helps if you have a crib sheet
to read exactly what must be said to make it legal.
12:07 pm edt 

Re: Building Inspectors (BI) Are Not Consultants

You are correct but that is not the issue. The BI is the one who reviews plans
and ultimately grants approval to build according to those plans. This BI
announced after we had built according to his stamp of approval that we had to
do other things, which he had never told us about, or we wouldn't get a final
C.O. Is it fair that we should pay an additional $15,000 because he screwed up?
NO! But he did that with many people who were not his favorites. Good Luck,
Truro. You have just bought a pig in a poke!
11:51 am edt 

11:50 am edt 

Re: Board of Selectmen

Dr. Andrews is "back" remember she was on the board for 9 years or more and was
responsible for getting us in the mess we are trying to get out of! Tom G and
Eric better watch their backs she will the a "thorn" in their rose bush! If they
think they can work with her they have another thing coming, she is on a "power"
trip and wanted that CHAIR and will scratch and claw her way to the middle of
that table come hell or high water. You can't make this stuff up, more fun and
laughter. Some much for the revolution Vince and Myra!
10:47 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

SO the boy wonder has gone from 1/2 time to full time and nites and weekends
too.............pack on the pay.

There are 2 evening librarians and he is hanging out watchting the 3 patrons on
computers...........what is that for?

Stop the hemorrhaging of money please, someone?

Then going to join [the ex Library Director] to represent the Provincetown Press........on our
dime?

God help us now.
10:45 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

EX LIBRARY DIRECTOR,

THIS IS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG GUYS, THE TRUSTESS PROTECED HER AND TURNED THE
OTHER WAY, SHE WAS A FRIEND OF THE EX TOWN MANAGER AND THEY KNEW SHE WAS HANDS
OFF, WHILE SHE USED PUBLIC FUNDS AND TIME THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TO
PROVINCETOWN TO FEATHER HER FUTURE CAREER.................OH MY, THE SELECTMEN
NOW REALLY HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL.

CALL TOWN COUNSEL!
10:41 am edt 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Congratulations to the New Chair and Vice Chair

It is a new day with these new selectmen. Bravo to them and to us. change feels
so good and I know that the town is now in good hands.
9:16 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

Does anyone know the tie to Augustus construction and Russell Braun??
                                                                                                   
8:50 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

Artwork cover up

What's going on? Why aren't we hearing from the BOS? BOS, do your duty! Give us
an answer. If the BOS doesn't think anything is wrong,then we are in trouble.
BOS, just issue a public statement. Yes you think that the missing artworks was:
         A. Stolen
         B. Not stolen

Are you looking into the matter or not. Damn it, we just voted you in, are you
going to ignore us as did the last BOS?
8:48 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Our recently resigned library director is now publicly calling herself
the "Executive Director at Provincetown Public Press."  Is this true?  Is she
still being paid by the Town?  How can she be the executive director of a
Provincetown entity while living in Greensburg PA?  See this:
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/cheryl-napsha/7/40/57
8:47 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

I WILL NEVER LET THE TOWN FORGET THE MURALS, LIKE THEY NEGLECTED THE
TRAP BOAT CHARLOTTE AND LET IT ROT DOWN TO NOTHING, THE BACKBOARD PRESEREVED
"??????????" AT THE pILGRIM MONUMENT MUSEUM.........SHAME, SHAME, SHAME.
8:44 pm edt 

Shankpainter Debacle

I spoke with the fire chief and I just learned the new town planner
was responsible for the recent Shankpainter debacle forcing business owners to
plant trees and landscape on town owned land!!!! Can't wait for these law
suits!!!!! Nice work
8:42 pm edt 

New BoS Meeting

I watched the recent Selectmen Meeting and saw Donegan as Chair for
the first time. By the end of the meeting, he had completely lost control
allowing Miss Andrews to dictate what needed to be done when voting to go into
executive session. He had no clue and it was an absolute embarrassing moment.
What is clear is Andrews will be the villain as I couldn't help notice Donegan
and Yingling snickering and laughing under their breath, rolling of the eyes.
This will be interesting to watch in the future as Andrews schools these two in
how to be a Selectmen.
8:41 pm edt 

Missing Murals
 
While working with Flyer Santos for several years hepling build the Schooner
Rose Dorothea, hundres of people who visited the then museum not only enjoyed
seeing the ship being built but also the murals which added so much to the
project.  I have to disagree with Steve, when he states the they weren't very
good. For me, I enjoyed looking at them every day while working on the project.

David Ditacchio
8:39 pm edt 

East End Property

The Commish cannot stop someone from building on a property that is buildable.
If you've been following along it's been thr abuttrs at hearings with the
planning board that have been slowing down the process.
8:37 pm edt 

A Bridge for Sale

So, Mr           pulls off another scam. He admits to illegally
renting out the garage on his mother's property and convinces the board of
health that this made the use historic! Based on that, he gets to convert the
garage into an "Artist Studio" (wink, wink), changes the allowed 1/2 bath,
illegally, into a full bath and, ABRACADABRA!!! an illegal cottage becomes a
legal one! Does the fact that           is on the water/sewer board have
anything to do with his getting the required gallons? Who knows. But it
interesting how appropriate Mr       name is. He takes a property he inherited
from his mother, convinces/blackmails the town into paying a quarter of a
million dollars for a garden (or watch him pave it over and convert it into a
parking lot), and then changes an old garage into a very rentable cottage!
Sheer, Snake Oil Genius!!!
8:36 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

"Please don't stop questioning  the missing murals. Don't let the
issue die. As you can see from the attacking responder, he, she or they are
desperate to bury the issue. Don't let that happen!"



I have no desire to bury (nice conspiracy word)the issue of the missing murals. 
Some, including me, would love to see a shred of evidence that the town ever
owned them and a valid opinion that they had any redeeming value.
8:32 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

"IT HAS DISAPPEARED. IT IS GONE. WHO TOOK IT? search ON BECAUSE
SOMEONE KNOWS WHO  HAS IT. IT IS PART OF THE TOWN'S COLLECTION AND SHOULD BE
INVESTIGATED. TREAT THIS LIGHTLY AND YOU WILL LOSE EVEN MORE ART WORK THAT THE
TOWN POSSESSES."



Now we have shouting via all caps.  But, even shouting won't produce any
evidence that the so-referenced artwork, was ever owned by the town.  Is all the
town's art stored in unheated unsecured sheds?  Is that why everything will be
stolen.  Please leave the melodramatics to bad soaps on daytime TV.
8:30 pm edt 

Re: Charter Enforcement Committee

".  .  .So for those people who ran and thought otherwise, the final
laugh is on you. You have nothing to do with changes to the charter. You'd know
that if you actually read the Charter.  .  ."


Actually the final laugh is on Groll, Hatch, Canizales.  They are making a huge
deal about the CEC election when it means very little.  I know that Hoort,
Klytta and Phillips all knew that the CEC is not the same as the Ad Hoc Review. 
Don't know about Juaire, doubt Vince knew it.  Groll, Hatch and Mikey are
getting hysterical over nothing so they obviously didn't know.
8:28 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwork
 
Can we at least argue facts.

The library murals were not and have never been in the Town Collection.  They
are not in the inventory of the Town Collection and they are not insured by the
Town.  Doug Johnstone has no record of them being given to the town.

It's possible that they were inherited by the library and therefore the property
of the library and the town along with anything else that came with the Heritage
Museum.

But they are NOT part of the Town Collection.  No matter how many times you say
it.

Oh, and word is they sort of sucked as art.
8:26 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

MORALITY IS THE ISSUE, AND INTEGRITY

I was told that a member of the friends group called the artist and said "come
and get it!" with no permission and they arranged the door to be open.

Everyone told me to say silent since it was "hearsay" and 2nd hand information,
since it was the outgoing director that told me!

Help, what do I do?  I am between a rock and a silent place.
8:24 pm edt 

Re: Charter Enforcement Committee

Well, you're mostly right.  Except that Julia Perry and Ann Maguire
sit as representatives on the ad Hoc Charter Commission, which is actually a
subcommittee of Charter Enforcement.

Julia is the one who can't seem to keep her story straight.  Certainly makes me
concerned that the process is more politicized than deliberate.  And if that's
the case, count me as a NO vote for any revisions.  You'd do well to study what
just happened in Dennis.
8:20 pm edt 

Re: Russel Braun- Building Commissioner & Zoning

Yeah!! Braun is gone.
Now,get rid of the leeches on zoning and
maybe we will stop seeing the greedy get
their way.
8:17 pm edt 

RE: Mark Phillips Attacks

When you say "we won",  who is this "we"? All I can say is haters gotta hate.
8:16 pm edt 

Re: Russel Braun- Building Commissioner

Now It's Seems Another Blog is a Believer!

Now they believe--that Russell Braun is gone. but for many days, doubts, only
rumors, just maybes. if you want breaking news, I say: read MYPACC!! then you'll
know.

so now doubting Tom's have put their finger in the hole, and now even they are
posting the job description for Provincetown's building commission.

Next time, just read Shout Out! and you won't have to put your little finger
deep inside the hole!
8:14 pm edt 

Re: Russel Braun- Building Commissioner

"[If] Russ told us in the very beginning about "our" issue we would
have saved over $15,000.  But no, he waited until it was time to get the final
permit to move in; then he tells us and I am not the only one he has done this
too."



Building inspectors are not consultants and, in fact, are prohibited, from
designing and consulting about projects that they will have to approve.  If you
had an architect or licensed designer in charge of your project the onus is o
them to be sure that they were complying with all applicable codes. The building
commissioner/inspector approves projects for code applicability.  Any "issue"
that you had was the fault of others, not Braun.  Depending on the nature of the
"issue" he might not even have been aware of it from the beginning.  To think
that he deliberately wanted to hurt you is bizarre.  If true, it is probably
criminal.  Did you have a professional in charge of your project? What was the
issue?
8:11 pm edt 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Re: I Too Played 28 28 28.......

Everyone does realize that the Charter Enforcement Commission has NOTHING to do
with the Charter re-write, right? That would be the Charter Ad-Hoc committee
which has already been appointed. So anyone who ran for this and expected to be
in on Charter changes was badly mistaken as to the purpose of the Commission.
It's job is ONLY to hear citizen complaints about the Charter and, as just
witnessed, it pretty much has no power to enforce anything. That's probably why
the recent decision was the first one in over 10 years. So for those people who
ran and thought otherwise, the final laugh is on you. You have nothing to do
with changes to the charter. You'd know that if you actually read the Charter.
4:34 pm edt 

MacMansion

I am sorry The Commish won't weigh in on the attempt to jam a large
inappropriate size house on a sliver of land in the East End, dwarfing it's
neighbors and creating an unwelcome eyesore in the neighborhood.

Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Think of the house on the land next to the Hopper house in Truro.

That man paid the price of being ostracized despite all his money.
4:32 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

That Art work Must Be Found

IT HAS DISAPPEARED. IT IS GONE. WHO TOOK IT? search ON BECAUSE SOMEONE KNOWS WHO
HAS IT. IT IS PART OF THE TOWN'S COLLECTION AND SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED. TREAT
THIS LIGHTLY AND YOU WILL LOSE EVEN MORE ART WORK THAT THE TOWN POSSESSES.
4:29 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

Does anyone know the tie to Augustus construction and Russell Braun??
Smells to me.
4:28 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artworks

"So what is it, other than trying to vainly pin more corruption and collusion on
the candyland cabal?"



Please don't stop questioning  the missing murals. Don't let the issue die. As
you can see from the attacking responder, he, she or they are desperate to bury 
the issue. Don't let that happen!
4:26 pm edt 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Re: I Too Played 28 28 28.......

Thanks for the Tip:

I too will try to play 28 28 28 and see if I win. mark Phillips tried to get on
to the charter Commission so he could partner with Dan Hoort and Kyelata his
partner so they could control the changes to the charter. Too bad Phillips. You
lost and we gained.
6:51 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

[If] Russ told us in the very beginning about "our" issue we would have saved over
$15,000.  But no, he waited until it was time to get the final permit to move in;
then he tells us and I am not the only one he has done this too.
12:03 pm edt 

Russel Braun- Building Commissioner

The only reason he is leaving is he no longer has sharon
and now no longer has a majority on the BOS to back him up when he decides to
target those he dislikes. Target= unfair , partial judgments that cost those
that are targeted much money and emotional grief. He is bad to the core.His
decisions are partial and have cost many thousands ( for some tens of
thousands). He is vindictive . I believe he would have been fired in the very
near future if he had not resigned. I also know he has left the town open to
great liability.  I for one am so relieved he is leaving. His power as building
commissioner was abused.Plain and simple. Another of Sharon's great
hirees.-thankfully- we can say goodbye.
10:31 am edt 

State Board of Ethics

Sorry to say but The state ethics commission does not release the name or names
of who files complaints.
10:29 am edt 

From: Mike Canizales... "Holy Contradiction Batman!"

Decision of the Charter Enforcement Commission, May 5, 2014

Attaching the file, for the record, of this *unanimous* decision. As expected,
the Commission found nothing wrong with the Acting Town Manager's actions, yet
they DID have a problem with Mr. Hoort's:

"Given the scope and responsibilities of the Finance Director's position, and
given the broad impact of financial issues on all actions of the Town, the
Charter Enforcement Commission finds that the responsibility of the Commission
... is clearly related to the scope of the Finance Director's responsibility as
a paid Town employee, and vice versa. ... Therefore, his ability to serve as a
member of the Charter Enforcement Commission would be severely compromised, and
would be in violation of Sections 3-4-2, 3-4-3 and 3-4-6."

When was the CEC hearing that voted to allow Julia to overturn
everything they found in the public hearing? Either we have a major OML problem
or we have a Chair that is speaking for the commission instead of for herself.
Bizarre.

This is on the BOS agenda on Monday can you imagine the confusion
created by Juila's contradictory letter? My golly. Given the voter fatigue with
controversy I was leery of the call to recall the misogynist guy from
CEC...maybe it's worth it to do him and the Chair. Thoughts?
10:27 am edt 

Cape Cod Times -Dennis Finance Committee

Dennis voters reject overhaul of finance board

By CHRISTINE LEGERE


clegere@capecodonline.com

May 07, 2014

SOUTH DENNIS  The town's Finance Committee will continue to be appointed by the
moderator, as it has for as far back as anyone in Dennis can remember.

The petition to make four out of seven Finance Committee seats elected, leaving
just three appointed, met with defeat at Tuesday's annual town meeting, but only
after an hour of debate.

Businessman Eric Oman, who submitted the proposal, called it a "key piece in the
puzzle of allowing public participation."

"Taking politics and special interests out of the Finance Committee is precisely
the motivation behind this," Oman said. "It's not about the old regime or the
new regime. It simply calls upon you to elect some of the members of the Finance
Committee."

Even state Rep. Cleon Turner, a Dennis resident, got into the debate, advocating
for sticking with the status quo. "The process, in my opinion, works," Turner
said. "The selectmen, who are elected, set policy. The Finance Committee, who
are appointed, then decides 'can we afford to implement that policy?'"

The final count on the petition article was 146 in favor and 372 opposed.

Annual town meeting approval of $16 million for next year's school budget will
force Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School Committee to consider whether to trim its
$54 million package for the coming year or continue along a path that could lead
to a joint town meeting to force the issue with its two member towns.

The $16 million contribution represents Dennis' requirement under the state's
Chapter 70 education law. The school budget is in the red because Yarmouth
underfunded its assessment by $278,311 at its annual town meeting last month.

The School Committee isn't scheduled to meet again until May 19. School
Superintendent Carol Woodbury said the panel may decide to move up that date in
light of Tuesday's vote.

The superintendent stressed there will be many opportunities, both for the
School Committee and the member towns, to change their votes so a joint town
meeting isn't necessary.

"Hopefully we won't get to that district meeting, but we have to follow the
process set up in the state law," Woodbury said.

Without any discussion, town meeting voted to postpone action indefinitely on a
petition article calling for a ballot question to withdraw from the Cape Cod
Commission. The article was defeated in Bourne, Sandwich and Mashpee, and
indefinitely postponed in Brewster earlier this week.

Other town meeting articles approved include: :

a $31 million budget;
$3 million in capital projects;
$1.5 million for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School budget;
5 percent tax on gross marijuana sales;
proposal to petition state for exemption from prevailing wage requirement for
small public projects;
$298,000 to cover snow and ice expenses from last winter;
$451,000 for erosion prevention measures at Corporation Beach;
$20 nine-hole fee at town's golf courses for those 65 and older;
establishment of a solar stabilization fund for revenue from landfill panels;
ratification of police superior officers' contract;
$91,702 for capital stabilization fund;
adoption of federal flood maps;
taking a $395,000 loan to buy land for town parking off Nobscussett Road.


Voters wrapped up the 50-article annual warrant in a single night.
10:23 am edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

"Look at the Library Director for example. a total
incompetent and nasty person. why would anyone have hired her? Ask again."



I don't know the Liberary Director, but I do know she's leaving, and that you and about
three others obsessively post about how damn happy it makes you. But you have
the nerve to call her behavior 'nasty' as you continue to needlessly twist the
knife.

And I have a feeling that once she is gone, you'll be on to someone else.
Hope its not me (or anyone I care about).
10:21 am edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

"Would you please ask your fellow select persons to start an
investigation into the missing?, stolen?, murals?"


What is this obsession with this subject?  You are like a kid that is just
starting puberty and cannot get your muddled mind off sex.  There were never
town property.  They were according to the maker really pretty bad.  No body
wanted them for years and years.  They were stored like old concrete blocks.  So
what is it, other than trying to vainly pin more corruption and collusion on the
candyland cabal?
10:17 am edt 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Accusations and Opinions

"some even corrupt officials"

OMG, more accusations without names or details or anything other than opinion. 
This whole business of the conspiracy and collusion by the corrupt candyland
cabal is very old and wearying.  As some very smart person once said, put up or
shut up.
11:57 pm edt 

Re: I Too Played 28 28 28.......

"and I lost just like Mark Phillips who tires to run the Board of
Health, is on the board of the Theater and now wants to be on the Charter
Committee. but guess what? I lost just as did lose and what an embarrassment. he
worked to be a write in and he received ONLY 28 votes."


What empty, hollow stupid hate.  What is your point, other than proving that you
are a jerk.
11:50 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

"Back to the murals.  They were "defacto" property of the town, like a
vehicle, like a computer, like furniture, like a book or artwork, once given. 
"property of the town of provincetown", value .01 one cent, or a million
dollars. Not the issue, we owned them and they are missing......no one with any
authority said they could be given away or destroyed."


Until someone produces some sort of ownership documentation, we can't say that
the murals were owned by the town.  Did the town have any written orders to have
them done?  Is there a shred of evidence that they were donated?  "defacto"?
What do you mean.  They were stored on town property, yes.  Legally?  Who said
they were to be kept there?  This is all so much rubbish concocted as proof of
continued malfeasance in town government.  No one stole town property.  They
never WERE town property.
11:48 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

Here's My Suggestions for All Those Who Think Russell Braun is a Gem

Throw him a goodbye party. A gem indeed! Now you can build in Truro and have [a] 
"friend." For many in Provincetown, he has been vindictive, partial, subjective
and for some tyrannical.
1:44 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

Sorry, Kids, but Russell Braun Is Gone

It is not rumor but truth. Truro has taken this man away! Like a long lost
lover, they have absconded with him.

thank goodness. Two weeks to go and he is out of his community Development
office. But he has already resigned as of Tuesday May 6. A perfect day to resign
with the new regime coming into power. Election Day and then this!
1:41 pm edt 

I Too Played 28 28 28.......

....and I lost just like Mark Phillips who tires to run the Board of Health, is on
the board of the Theater and now wants to be on the Charter Committee. but guess
what? I lost just as did lose and what an embarrassment. he worked to be a write
in and he received ONLY 28 votes.

Vince, he did superbly compared to this person who serves on boards, is "active"
in the town and yet received only 28 votes.
1:39 pm edt 

Since You Asked

The reason we keep making the same employee and hiring mistakes is that the town
manager is the one who hires key personnel. these duds are Sharon Lynn's legacy,
These incompetent and some even corrupt officials were hired by her. And what
was the criteria? sorry to say it seems that one issue was important for her and
it had nothing to do with credentials. Look at the Library Director for example. a total
incompetent and nasty person. why would anyone have hired her? Ask again.
1:37 pm edt 

Robert Anthony - Selectman

Bobby Anthony

Congratulations---I voted for you because you said you would bring transparency
for us. Would you please ask your fellow selectpersons to start an investigation
into the missing?, stolen?, murals?
12:18 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

"Back to the murals.  They were "defacto" property of the town, like a
vehicle, like a computer, like furniture, like a book or artwork, once given. 
"property of the town of provincetown", value .01 one cent, or a million
dollars. Not the issue, we owned them and they are missing......no one with any
authority said they could be given away or destroyed."



Until someone produces some sort of ownership documentation, we can't say that
the murals were owned by the town.  Did the town have any written orders to have
them done?  Is there a shred of evidence that they were donated?  "defacto"?
What do you mean.  They were stored on town property, yes.  Legally?  Who said
they were to be kept there?  This is all so much rubbish concocted as proof of
continued malfeasance in town government.  No one stole town property.  They
never WERE town property.
11:48 am edt 

Open Meeting Law

Attorney General's Office to Hold Open Meeting Law Educational Forum in Provincetown

Attorney General's Office to Hold Open Meeting Law Educational Forum in Provincetown

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office will hold four free educational forums on the Open Meeting Law throughout the state this spring, with a regional educational forum to be held in Provincetown on May 14, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm in Town Hall. The forums are part of a broad effort by the AG’s Office to assist public bodies in understanding and complying with the requirements of the Open Meeting Law. State, local, regional, and county public bodies are required to comply with the Open Meeting Law. The Open Meeting Law educational forums will be conducted by attorneys from the AG’s Division of Open Government and are open to the public. The educational forums are being offered free of charge. All members of public bodies, municipal employees, and members of the general public are encouraged to attend. Individuals interested in attending an educational forum are asked to register in advance by calling 617-963-2925 or by emailing OMLTraining@state.ma.us, and providing: 1) their first and last names; 2) town of residence; 3) the public body/organization they represent, if appropriate; and 4) the location of the educational forum they will attend. For more information on the Open Meeting Law, visit the Attorney General's website at www.mass.gov/ago/openmeeting.

10:21 am edt 

Dieter Groll - Hoort vs Charter Enforcement Committee

Decision of the Charter Enforcement Commission, May 5, 2014

Attaching the file, for the record, of this *unanimous* decision. As expected, the Commission found nothing wrong with the Acting Town Manager's actions, yet they DID have a problem with Mr. Hoort's:

"Given the scope and responsibilities of the Finance Director's position, and given the broad impact of financial issues on all actions of the Town, the Charter Enforcement Commission finds that the responsibility of the Commission ... is clearly related to the scope of the Finance Director's responsibility as a paid Town employee, and vice versa. ... Therefore, his ability to serve as a member of the Charter Enforcement Commission would be severely compromised, and would be in violation of Sections 3-4-2, 3-4-3 and 3-4-6."


2014-05-05_CEC_Decision.pdf
10:06 am edt 

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Best of the Lot

DOUG JOHNSTONE FOR TOWN MANAGER!!!!!!  HE IS THE BEST.
11:03 pm edt 

What a Joke the Banner Has Become

The editorial states they have a "longstanding position" of not backing anyone
that hasn't served on other lesser boards, refering perhaps to last week
(longstanding) when they didn't support Martin for BOS. Now they support a
nobody in Truro because the other guy hasn't been on any committees. He grew up
in Truro and his family has been there for generations. Seems to me they
supported Jay Coburn when he ran a couple years ago. What committees did he
serve on in Truro? Thats right, none. What a joke.
11:01 pm edt 

Provincetown Employment Practices

Why do we keep making the same personnel mistakes over and over again!
10:59 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

Back to the murals.  They were "defacto" property of the town, like a
vehicle, like a computer, like furniture, like a book or artwork, once given. 
"property of the town of provincetown", value .01 one cent, or a million
dollars. Not the issue, we owned them and they are missing......no one with any
authority said they could be given away or destroyed.  People resigning and
other's not talking.  The only course is a police investigation.  Selectmen,
weigh in, if this happened anywhere else there would be a loud cry.  FIND OUT,
OTHERWISE, IT SETS A PRECEDENT FOR MORE THEFT.

9:47 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Library, just wait!

Ms. Napsha will leave a legacy that will keep this blog buzzing for years! 
Thankfully some new blood on the board will move forward with a clear head.  I
wouldn't want to be the re-elected Board Chair now!
9:45 pm edt 

Re: Julia Perry - Charter Enforcement Committee

RE: Good luck getting your Charter revisions through Town Meeting Julia.

Sure. Maybe you can mount another 'power vote'. Fail!
9:32 pm edt 

Re: Julia Perry - Charter Enforcement Committee

"Julia Perry should be ashamed..."



Rather, Dieter, you and Mark Hatch should be ashamed. For purposely twisting the
CEC meeting determinations to fit your own egoistic campaign against Hoort. Over
500 people have spoken...they voted Hoort - a decisive victory.

Hell, I'm embarrassed for you, Myra, Vince, Mike C, etc. Regardless of how you
try to spin it, you have little true influence on the towns people.
9:29 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun Parting Gift to Provincetown

Word on the street  and in the basement .

And we all know how reliable that is.
9:28 pm edt 

Brian Carlson - Provincetown Health Agent

"I have yet to receive an answer. Has Brian Carlson been brought
before the State Ethics Board and what was the outcome?"



Did you bring some sort of complaint? I know of no wrongdoing that could
be/would be charged.  I'm sure that you would never expose yourself as a
character assassin by name, so you would never bring up phony accusations.  HE
DID NOTHING IMMORAL OR ILLEGAL OR UNETHICAL.  ALL THE RULES WERE FOLLOWED. if
you dont' agree, coward, then file a complaint so we can see who you are.
9:25 pm edt 

Julia Perry - Charter Enforcement Committee

Julia Perry should be ashamed of herself.

She SIGNED the order saying that Dan Hoort sitting on CEC would be a violation
of the Charter.

And now she's HAPPY to be serving with him on CEC.

Talk about your obvious political hacks.  Good luck getting your Charter
revisions through Town Meeting Julia.  All that hard work is going to get
flushed because of your little partisan charade.
4:22 pm edt 

Russell Braun Parting Gift to Provincetown

Word on the street and in the town hall basement is that the  Building Commissioner
is leaving several legal time bombs which will trigger costly law suits against the Town.

However, he can run  but he can't hide. Contractors/Developers are planning to come forward
to press their various cases against him.  
4:20 pm edt 

Brian Carlson - Provincetown Health Agent

I have yet to receive an answer. Has Brian Carlson been brought before the 
State Ethics Board and what was the outcome?

Does anyone know?
4:10 pm edt 

Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

To Answer a Behind-The-Time Blog: Yes, Russell Braun is Gone--

He Resigned on Tuesday and he may still be sitting in his former office and be
here for a few days or weeks--but he is gone. Truro now has him and thank
goodness for that.

Just as Rehobeth Beach took our "beloved" Sharon, now Truro can have our "not so
beloved" Russell Braun. He can sing in the chorus from his new office in Truro!
Tra-la-la-la!
4:06 pm edt 

Re: Vincent Currier & Myra Gold

Oh, How Wrong You Are, Kid!

Vince and Myra did get the results they wanted. Look at the BOS and look at
those they did support. It is a new regime. In with the new---and thank god, out
with the old and rather decrepit in their thinking.

The air is fresh and filled with the blooming of white shad, dogwood, as the
blue jays, cardinals and titmice sing their way through these lush branches.

Yes, spring has arrived!
4:04 pm edt 

Re: Charter Commission Response to Banner Article

All I can say is OUCH!  The charter enforcement commission has spoken and in no
uncertain terms...First, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and finally!  Mr.
Hoort has been sworn in.  Mr. Hatch and Mr. Groll have been rebuked.  Checkmate! 
I only wish Mr. Groll could be less verbose and as concise as the Julia Perry. 
Next move Dieter.

In the game of thrones. you win or you die!
4:02 pm edt 

Re: Russell Braun

s Russell Braun really gone or was it gossip ?
4:01 pm edt 

Re: The Clearing of Troubled Skies - Much Work to be Done

Pass Fail so right-on!
3:57 pm edt 


"And what happened regarding the library artwork?"


I presume that yu are referring to some old murals painted years ago by a
student.  Until it is proven that the murals were indeed the property of the
tow/library, they should be considered to be private property that were stored
in very poor environment for preservation.

I am quite curious as to what became of them, but am rather reluctant to call it
a crime at this point.  The disappearance certainly can not be blamed on a
single director since they apparently have been in the shed for many, many
years. This is more of a typical part of a character assassination smear
campaign than what some would like to have it be.  Not so much different than
the                                                                                        
3:54 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artwok

"The Art Commission did meet.
It was not a "joint" meeting with the trustees although several representatives
of the library attended."



Great. Who was there representing the library?  And what happened regarding the
library artwork?
12:26 pm edt 

How About Playing the Number 28 Tonight!! Yes 28!!

That is the number of write-ins that Mark Phillips who worked to be elected
received by the voters. 28 votes! Let's play that number today and see who wins.
He obviously didn't in his bid, once again, to carry out his questionable goals
on the Charter committee.

Vince, you did great compared to Mark Phillips embarrassing display.
12:25 pm edt 

Re: The Clearing of Troubled Skies - Much Work to be Done

No problem with pass list

So, tell us which of those you feel did not know or help the public.  After all,
they work for us, the taxpayers-we pay their salaries.  I did not have trouble
with any of those on the pass list that I had contact with.
12:09 pm edt 

Posted in the Provincetown/Truro Lighthouse
  

"May 8, 2014

Editor, Cape Cod Times

I am the Chair of the Provincetown Charter Enforcement Commission. I am writing in response to the article published in the Cape Cod Times on Thursday, May 8, 2014, titled “Elected P’town candidate told he can’t serve” regarding the Finding of the Charter Enforcement Commission issued on May 5, 2014. Your reporter includes in the article misstatements by former Commission member Mark Hatch that need to be corrected.

To start with, comments by individual – in this case, former - Commission members do not constitute a finding by the Commission. It is evident your reporter chose not to read the Finding issued by the Commission on May 5. The May 5 Finding is the only determination by the Commission. I am hereby attaching a copy for your future reference.

Second the Finding issued by the Charter Enforcement Commission does not include any determination that Mr. Hoort’s actions in seeking election to the Charter Enforcement Commission constitute a conflict of interest. In fact the Finding specifically rejected the Petitioner’s argument that the candidacy violated Section 3-4-8 of the Provincetown Charter, which prohibits a conflict of interest. “Conflict of interest” is a term referring to laws of the State, and should not be casually employed. The only issue the Commission considered was whether Mr. Hoort’s position as Finance Director was “in any way related” to a position on the Charter Enforcement Commission – a term appearing in the Town of Provincetown Charter.

Third, the Commission did not rule that recusal would not “be enough” to cover potential conflicts of interest that might arise in the future.

Fourth, the Town Counsel has not addressed the Commission Finding. The Town Counsel provided argument as part of the Public Hearing process only, which took place prior to the issuance of the Finding. The opinion by Michele Randazzo was to the Commission, not for the Commission.

Fifth, the Commission has no authority to “ask Mr. Hoort to step down” from the Commission. Mr. Hoort is now an elected official, and subject to the protections of State law and the Charter. He cannot be removed from the Charter Enforcement Commission by action of the Commission or Town management.

Sixth, Mr. Hatch’s statement that the Commission can “take its case to Superior Court” is incorrect. The right of the Commission to take a matter to Superior Court is contingent on finding a violation by one of the parties named in the Charter’s authority to review – the Town Manager, the Acting Town Manager, etc. Since the Charter Enforcement Commission specifically found no such violation, there is no right in the Commission to further pursue the matter that resulted in the Finding by the Commission on Monday.

Finally, your article title is extremely inaccurate. Mr. Hoort is an elected member of the Charter Enforcement Commission and has already been sworn in. He will be serving and I look forward to serving with him.

Julia L. Perry
Chair, Charter Enforcement Commission"
12:08 pm edt 

New Beginning

I guess the Townspeople spoke and rather loudly, how are you felling today
Vince, Myra et al. I guess you didn't get the outcome you had anticipated. Let's
see if you continue to poke, prod and instigate vs. being a positive force for
the Town. I suggest you take a little break, look in the mirror and chill for a
while, you lost "BIG TIME"
11:45 am edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

The Art Commission did meet.

It was not a "joint" meeting with the trustees although several representatives
of the library attended.

I guess you'll have to ask someone who is there what happened since obviously
none of you who have been screaming about the murals could be bothered to
attend.  More armchair government at work.
11:43 am edt 

Re: Provincetown

Yep, we've got the brightest here alright!  As an abutter to property I received
a public hearing notice that was dated onlly a few days before the hearing took
place. If you want to see our town employees at their best  I suggest you watch
the PTV video of the meeting. Oh, it was the HDC meeting on May 7th.
11:42 am edt 

Russell Braun - Building Commissioner

Another one of Ann Maguire's minions flees.  This man has been awful for this
town.  While we all discuss the need for housing for the working people, Braun
on his power trip has done everything to make it more expensive to build or
repair any structure.  What a tragedy this man and his ego has been for  this
town.
11:40 am edt 

Re: The Clearing of Troubled Skies - Much Work to be Done

   Our Legacy Good and Bad
__ ________________________________________________________

Wow, looking at your pass list you truly have no clue about town employees.  Not
a clue.
10:47 am edt 

Re: Missing Artwork

From the 2/19/2014 Library Board of Trustees minutes.  Public
information, not edited:

"Mr. Rudd mentioned the disappearance of the murals commissioned by Josephine
Del Deo as part of the Rose Dorothea exhibit in the Heritage Museum. They had
previously
been wrapped in plastic in the cinder block building next to the library. This
loss was discovered recently when Mr. Rudd needed a photo before his meeting to
get the murals officially accepted by the Town Art Commission and found they
were not there.

"The disappearance was traced back to the Friends of the Library, though no one
has admitted it. The story seems to be that the Friends of the Library started
spreading the word that the murals were unwanted and some young people came and
took them away in a truck. Mr. Rudd was very upset and clarified with Ms. Napsha
that no one seems to know where the murals went. He wanted to contact the
Friends of the Library directly. Mr. Rudd is especially concerned by this
disappearance, considering the murals were town property. He wants the Friends
of the Library to come in and make a report to the Board of Library Trustees on
the matter. Ms. Napsha stated that she had talked to the people responsible and
they would not admit it. Mr. Rudd reiterated that they needed to be reprimanded
for removing public property without permission, which is a crime. Ms. Venden
agreed that it needs to be on public record, therefore the Friends of the
Library need to come to a meeting to say what they!
  do and do not know. Ms. Kratz agreed with the other Board of Library Trustee
members that the issue should go on the next agenda. Mr. Rudd noted that the
murals disappeared last summer."
10:44 am edt 

Re: Missing Artwork
 
"Maybe, just maybe, there is nothing nefarious going on here."

OK.  So tell us the real story. Did the library-art commission meeting go
forward yesterday?  If not, why not?  Was it rescheduled? Has a statement been
made? If the meeting did happen, what was the result?  The taxpayers have a
right to know what is or is not being done about missing town property.

The trustee himself is the one who originally made an issue of it. He's the one
who claimed that art was missing.  He's the one who was angry.  He's the one who
called it a "crime." People were confronted and accused of this crime at his
behest.  It's right there in the library board minutes.

Another trustee resigned in anger at that meeting at which accusations were
made, and the library director resigned right on the heels of it.

Sorry, but it kinda has "nefarious" written all over it.
10:39 am edt 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Re: Provincetown

"Except that I wasn't speculating. If I had stated it as fact, it
would have been edited out."



So now you say it but it wasn't edited out.  Serious?  Do you really believe
that no one in town should be friends with anyone because it is a consiracy,
corruption, collusion confederacy of the candyland cabal?  How can any
organization function according to you delusion?
5:39 pm edt 

48 Votes

Poor Vince

He only got 48 votes, no mandate.   I guess that says it all.
5:37 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown

"I don't get why we attempt to destroy our town employees and run them
out of town.  Don't we want the best and brightest working for us?"



YES, we do!!  That's why the worst and the dumbest were driven out of town. 
There are plenty of excellent town employees that no one has ever disparaged:
Doug Johnstone, David Gardner, Richard Faust, Chris Hottle, Michelle
Jarusiewicz, Beau Jackett, Brandon Motta, Darlene Van Alstyne, etc.
3:06 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artworks
 
"But, of course, there is a chance that the chair of the art
commission is NOT "a close friend of the outgoing library trustee".



Except that I wasn't speculating. If I had stated it as fact, it would have been
edited out.
2:56 pm edt 

Provincetown

A sick little town that eats their young.  Or in this case that works
to destroy their town employees.  Why?  Because they are talented and as a
result have a job?

I don't get why we attempt to destroy our town employees and run them out of
town.  Don't we want the best and brightest working for us?
2:43 pm edt 

Re: Missing Artworks

"Maybe the chair of that commission is a close friend of the outgoing
library trustee who started the whole mess. All one needs is friends in this
town to get a free ride on the useless train."


So, in you world no one should ever have friends because people like you will
always accuse you of being influenced by those friends in everything that you
do.  Your assumption that nothing is ever done because it is a good idea but
rather because of corruption, collusion and having friends in the cabal of
candyland.

But, of course, there is a chance that the chair of the art commission is NOT "a
close friend of the outgoing library trustee".  Maybe, just maybe, there is
nothing nefarious going on here.  Do you think that there is anything other than
conspiracy?
2:41 pm edt 

The Clearing of Troubled Skies - Much Work to be Done

                                   
                                      "Times They are a Changing"
                         "Which Side Are You On Boys, Which Side Are You On"
                     (You can choose which tune to hum as you read the lists) 
                                      
                                          Our Legacy Good and Bad
__ ________________________________________________________________

      Fail                                                                                                   Pass

Sharon Lynn                                                                                       Maxine Notaro

Jeff Jaran                                                                                           Paul Gavin

Austin Knight                                                                                     David Guertin

Elaine Anderson                                                                                Vernon Porter

David McChesney                                                                             Darlene Flores

Russell Braun                                                                                    Lynda O’Brien

Cheryl Napsha                                                                                   Barry Stephen

                                                                                                          Ellen Baglitini

                                                                                                          Tina Trudel
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                          Pam Hudson

2:11 pm edt 

Missing Artworks

Looks like the Art Commission meeting with library trustees was not
held. Maybe the chair of that commission is a close friend of the outgoing
library trustee who started the whole mess. All one needs is friends in this
town to get a free ride on the useless train.
12:59 pm edt 

Observation: Provincetown/Truro Lighthouse

So is this Jack Tracken on the Lighthouse a Fake?

Is he really a she? And is this fake part of the Candyland debauchery that
haunted us before? Is it in fact the          in the dog park herself?

Time to spend more time in Rehobeth Beach with Sharon. At least she likes you.
12:56 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

She's Leaving!! the                is Gone Tomorrow!

another leaving and no tears here. this library director hurt so many people and
damaged our sense of our library and our town. [The Director] is gone by tomorrow
and there are many people who will rejoice. Alleluiah! Now a chance for a real
and authentic Library Director and one who truly loves books, the library and
this town.
12:52 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

"Suggestions for decent books?"

Books with a readability above third grade reading level; and without the pulp
fiction quality that ordered books by the [Library Director] have.
12:48 pm edt 

Goodbye to Russell Braun

Hope Truro and you mesh in a way you never did here. I hope you will not spend
all of your time inside and will find yourself out in the community, observing
and inspecting.

Without Sharon to protect your back, it was hard to be here. but what a change
downstairs! Will there be anyone we know? Will there be anyone with experience
and knowledge?

Yikes but still goodbye.
12:46 pm edt 

Changing Scene

The Building dept. has already taken on a new tone,not a bad one, but
sad to lose all that history...........
11:53 am edt 

Cheryl Napsha and Russell Braun Moving On

WE WISH THE OUTGOING LIBRARY DIRECTOR AND THE OUTGOING COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR THE BEST, THEY CERTAINLY LEFT A MARK ON THE TOWN, AND WE
WILL OF COURSE BE DEALING WITH THIS LEGACY FOR A DECADE.  BUT GIVES US A CHANCE
TO MOVE FORWARD AND SET A NEW DIRECTION!

WE NEED MORE NEW, GOOD IDEA'S AND MORE FOCUS ON THE RESIDENTS OF PROVINCETOWN.
11:50 am edt 

Catherine Macort Posted in the Provincetown/Truro Light

Tonight at Napi's Restaurant (Freeman Street, Provincetown) at 7 pm, award-winning author Philip Hoare will read from and sign copies of his latest book, The Sea Inside.

Free, all welcome!

See you there
!
11:42 am edt 

Provincetown Public Library

"Now let's start getting some decent books back into our library."



I guess all we have are indecent books.  Suggestions for decent books?
10:11 am edt 

Provincetown Public Library

PROVINCETOWN BANNER ARCHIVE

When it was entrusted to the Library for safekeeping, the only complete record
since it took over the Advocate..........well, it doesn't exist today.  Ooops,
we didn't have room for it and we threw it out.

Another STUNNING example of a total disregard for this community and it's
history.

Let's get someone who is grateful for the opportunity to live and work here and
get a hefty salary to boot!
10:07 am edt 

Power Voting

PowerVoting. NOT!

That was predictable. The "power" voting meant Robert Anthony got the most
votes, Wayne Martin was predictably trounced while Raph Ricther snubbed.

Not a very good night for the Voice.
10:05 am edt 

Condo Conversion

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES-CONDO CONVERSION

Someone posted, "The Voice mini revolutionaries, their causes,pleas, demands,
the hundreds of comments, blogs, etc. fell on deaf ears."

You wrong in one instance: they forced us to turn out multi-family home into
condos. And thank God we did so to protect our property. Now our property is
"Grandfathered" and the voice mini revolutionaries can't shackle us with
Draconian restrictions.

We have our Master Deed and by next week it shall be done and we shall join the
ranks of the other over three hundred properties that have become condos.

Thank goodness we talked to a person in the know who told us that we need to do
this to protect our property before it is too late.

Now we are at peace. Our property is protected. We can lease them year round,
weekly or monthly. We can sell individually or as a group..we can dissolve the
Condo Association with one sentence by registering our dissolved condos with the
registry of deeds.

We have options. The mini revolution with their spouting of fire and brimstone
against landlords and the threats to make us have an affordable unit or some
kind of deed restriction can't touch us now. We are protected and our property
is protected.

After forty years living here it never crossed our mind until Catherine Russo
and the mini revolution people and the threats against property owners stated in
Ann Wood's Banner article about it put the fear of God into us that we need to
protect our property.

Now we are at total peace and nothing has changed. We will rent year round to
the same tenants as we always have--except that our property is protected and if
or when we sell--our property will be unencumbered by any future restrictions
passed by our new board of selectmen the penalizes property owners.
10:04 am edt 

Provincetown Banner Letters to the Editor:

Well, folks, the vote this Monday night by the board of selectmen to sell the Grace Gouveia Building for condos, not for rental housing, was sad.

The sale was a legacy of the former town manager and chief of police with no restraint from the board of selectmen. The reasoning was to sell the Grace Gouveia and the community center and build the expensive police station across the highway with the proceeds.

The outgoing board, Austin Knight, Elaine Anderson, David McChesney, Erik Yingling and Tom Donegan, felt bound by that vote to sell at a Town Meeting a few years ago.

The new board won’t sell the community center and we’ll have to work on making it a rental apartment house for year-rounders.

I know it’s mean of me but I hope the buyer has trouble and can’t raise the
money to buy and renovate the Grace Gouveia and the deal falls through.

Everyone I spoke to felt that we had more than enough condos and need rentals. So let’s do it. It’s cheap to borrow money now. We own a big property. If we mortgage it or perhaps issue municipal bonds that pay 2 percent, we could raise the money right here in town. Rentals, even at the low end, would bring in $200,000 a year. That would pay off all interest and principal in 20 years. We would then own the building and the income could be used as the town wanted. It could always be sold. We will decide.

A new day is coming to Provincetown. A brand new board of selectmen, new chiefs at the DPW, water and police too. Let’s build year-round rentals to bring the middle class back to Provincetown;

they work here anyway.

Barbara Rushmore Provincetown
9:59 am edt 

Provincetown Banner
 
Napsha steps down as library director

PROVINCETOWN — Cheryl Napsha, who has been the town’s library director for nearly four years, has resigned. Her last day on the job is May 8. The reason she’s leaving, she said Tuesday, is personal.

“Last year in November the person who was the most important person in the world to me died,” she said.

Though Napsha was able to visit her in Pittsburg, Pa., in the spring, when she returned in August her friend was not well enough for a visit.

“While I was at her funeral, I was with all the people I cared about and [realized that] I should have been there last year,” she said. “I just want to be where the people I care about are, and that’s more important than to be in a beautiful town where there are whales.”

David Gardner, the acting town manager, said by e-mail Monday that he will meet with the library trustees next week to form a committee that will aid in hiring a new library director. —AW
9:55 am edt 

Russell Braun - Building Commissioner Leaving Provincetown

Russell Braun leaving to be Commish in Truro.  Any town hall employee who
can get out will be leaving.  No one wants to work in this abusive town.
9:46 am edt 

Art Commission Meeting

What happened at Art Commission meeting today regarding missing art
from library?
12:25 am edt 

And Now the Truth is Revealed

The Voice mini revolutionaries, their causes,pleas, demands, the hundreds
of comments, blogs, etc. fell on deaf ears.

So you see, you can trick yourselves into believing that your words are
powerful, that your petitions cause healing and are for the greater good. But
the majority of townsfolk disagree, and have turned their backs on you, firmly.
12:22 am edt 

Library

She has not left her position early.  Stop being so mean and get a life.
12:17 am edt 

Mark Juaire Newly Elected Charter Enforcement Committee Member

FYI... I have no plans to address anything about a Facebook thread
that was started on election morning, in an effort to derail my campaign, by an
out of town resident.  It obviously did not work, and I have decided to use FB
for positive reasons, and have blocked any participants I feel do not contribute
to that intention for me.

There are many town boards and commissions and committees with vacancies.  I
believe one substantial way that the current hostile environment within Town
government can be helped, is for citizens who have never served to join these
committees.  A mass of new and fresh perspective would be good for the town, for
other long-serving members, and for the negative environment that exists.

Best Wishes,

Mark Juaire, newly elected Charter Enforcement Commissioner

12:04 am edt 

Robert Anthony - Elected to BoS

I’d like to thank Provincetown voters for getting out the vote and for choosing me to represent you on the Provincetown BOS. It is an honor to be elected and I am humbled that you would place your faith and trust in me. This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly, and I will work to represent you with the utmost transparency and honesty. I would also like to thank my family and friends for their support and encouragement.
12:01 am edt 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Joel Gozier in the Posted in the Provincetown/Trurro Lighthouse

Since it's gone from both the Lighthouse and here at the same time I'm surmising the Mister Jurarez removed his thank-you thread rather than answer my polite and respectfully asked question about his statement To Josiah Mayo. To my eyes, I have no other option than to believe he actually stated the quote........
11:56 pm edt 

Cheryl Andrews

Cheryl Andrews took the oth today and is now a Selectman again.
11:55 pm edt 

Raphael Richter

Having taken the oth, Mr. Richter is now Selectman Richter
11:52 pm edt 

Cheryl Andrews

CHERYL

GOOD, NOW SHE CAN CONDESCEND TO A WHOLE NEW SET OF SELECTMEN AND PUT HER YEARS
OF EXPERIENCE AND BAD DECISION MAKING TO GOOD USE AGAIN.

    
11:50 pm edt 

Disappointment

The disappointing thing about "the reform movement" is this failure of
strategy re: CEC election. They didnt know the way the ballot was printed or
would look, and so they didnt have another candidate or practical plan to
compete for the uncontested slot or to beat Hoort and Klytta for their seats.

Its really disappointing that with all the focus and effort of the last two
years -- the Jaran firing, the exposing of the sinister machinations of Candy
and Candyland, the Knight recall, the Hoort conflict of interest stuff, and even
the misguided focus on the Martin vs Anthony race -- that we didnt even know
what the ballot would look like and that there was this wide open opportunity
for team Hoort/Klytta/Juarez. This is very disappointing and should be
considered an important lesson learned.

Now the question is: are Juarez and Hoort going to be able to serve? And if so,
what kind of damage can they do? Will they have a definitive complaint served up
to the commission so that they can flex their muscles? I hope someone knows the
answer to these questions and shares them with yhe rest of us.
11:48 pm edt 

Board of Selectmen

Who will be Chairman of the Board of Selectmen?
11:46 pm edt 

Looking Good!

Good job Provincetown  we got it right the best people were elected
it's going to be a good year
11:42 pm edt 

From: Cheryl Andrews

"Back in the Saddle Again, Aerosmith": "Provincetown is BACK !!"
11:38 pm edt 

Awkward Citing

I would have found it more awkward if they were seen driving very slowly by the
SQUEALING PIG and looking in as they drove by!
11:36 pm edt 

Dead Zone

In light of the election results and the dead zone effect of the
favored Voice candidates,I wonder what would happen should Mike C was running
for an elective post. Dead zone indeed.
11:35 pm edt 

Mark Juaire

Thank you Provincetown Voters for electing me a "Charter Enforcement Commissioner" during today's town election. It was a write-in campaign, since no one had pulled papers to be on the ballot. As my political friends know, write-in votes are really tough to get! I really tried, and I came in first with 114. Really HAPPY! The next candidate received 48, and another received 20. Thanks to all my peep's that wished me luck this morning!!!
11:32 pm edt 

Elected Candidates

Raphael and Bobby elected!
11:30 pm edt 

Raphael Richter - Cheryl Andrews - Robert Anthony - Wayne Martin

Raph's party is at the Pig, cheryl, i'm told might go to the crown for a celebration with rick murray and bobby anthony. wayne and the little woman are headed over to howard johnson's...
11:28 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

And the cabal will repeat what they said about Lynn and Jaran. 

"Napsha was the best thing that ever happened to Provincetown. The townspeople
just didn't appreciate her." 


Too much kool-aid must idle the brain!  Now let's
start getting some decent books back into our library.
11:25 pm edt 

Voting Results

Can't wait for the results.   Let's hope ptown did the right thing. No
wayne martin

11:22 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Re: Provincetown Public Library

It is now time for a real committed library director and real
committed library trustees.  NOW!
5:09 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Interim library director must be a librarian, i.e, must have an MLS. 
There are temp agencies for this.  Appointing someone without that degree could
impact the library's certification.
5:08 pm edt 

Austin Knight Resigned BoS Member

Goodbye Mr. Knight

                                                                                                  
                                                                 
4:57 pm edt 

Library Developments

Echoing the poster about the outgoing director,she was unkind to everyone,
wanted to create her own fiefdom and did so with the blessing of the Town
Manager who was deaf to all complaints............it was a free ride for her and
now it's over.  Time to drop this nonsense about being a PRESS, publishing crap
and get the carpets cleaned, the walls patched, books that people want on the
shelfs and let the townies get some value for their dollars.

                                                                                       knows exactly what
happened and her final F.U. is saying nothing and not showing up for work.  yes,
Trustees you have so much to be proud of for enabling that kind of insane
behavior for as long as you did.  But it's hard to get much done and think
clearly with a                                                                                            
                                                                                
4:54 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

It's Tuesday, guess the library director had another sick day, her car
is not in the usual place in the fire lane.

Heard she is trying to make the boy from outta town the new iterim
director...........thank god for two new trustees on that board.
4:50 pm edt 

Posted by Rick Murray in Provincetown Community Space


ELECTION NIGHT: To all Provincetown voters, Bill and I would like to invite you to the Central House tonight for a "toast" to our newly elected officials and for some complimentary small plates to taste and to wish our newly elected officials good luck in leading us forward. 8 or 8:30 is great and hopefully Doug, our Town Clerk will have the announced numbers by 9 PM.

4:46 pm edt 

Ann Wood Posted in the Provincetown/Truro Lighthouse

By Erik Borg


Posted May. 6, 2014 @ 12:28 pm
Updated at 12:33 PM


PROVINCETOWN
The town’s charter enforcement commission ruled Monday morning that Finance Director Dan Hoort’s bid to be elected to its ranks represents a potential charter violation, but one that for now it is powerless to stop.
The ruling comes the day before voters will consider Hoort’s candidacy at the ballot box. He is one of two candidates seeking two open seats on the charter enforcement commission at tomorrow’s annual town election. The other candidate is Hoort’s partner, Robert Klytta.
The commission declared on Monday that its charge of reviewing charter violation complaints against key town officials and certain boards is “clearly related to the scope of the work of Dan Hoort’s responsibilities” as the town’s finance director.
“The finding is pretty clear. Yes, there is conflict of interest there,” said commission member Mark Hatch.
Without an election outcome, however, the charter violations discussed remain merely hypothetical in nature and will not prevent Hoort’s name from remaining on the ballot.
“[A charter violation] hasn’t happened yet. There has been no election,” said commission chair Julia Perry. “It would appear that there’s not much anyone can do about it at this point.”
The commission also ruled on Monday that Acting Town Manager David Gardner was not at fault for failing to disallow Hoort from running, calling it a “loophole” in the charter.
“There is nothing in the charter we can point to that makes the acting town manager responsible for stopping the finance director from running, Perry said. “It’s like, it should be in there. I think it’s basically a loophole that he found.”
The decision comes in response to a petition filed with the commission on April 2 by Provincetown resident Dieter Groll alleging that if Hoort were to hold a seat on the commission it would violate two sections of the very town charter it aims to enforce.
Specifically, the complaint alleged that it would violate the charter stipulation that “a paid town employee shall not be a member of a town board which is any way related to his employment” or that “a paid town employee with supervisory duties shall not be a member of a town board which is any way related to his employment during his or her term of office or for at least one year after leaving office.”
The charter enforcement commission is charged with reviewing complaints alleging a charter violation by key town officials and members of certain influential boards, including the finance committee, which the finance director directly advises.
4:25 pm edt 

Re: Police Academy


Duh oh. Call 487-1212
3:31 pm edt 

Siting Was Made

K. Hurd just seen driving by current selectman and candidates.....AWKWARD!
especially considering today is the one year anniversary of the Pig incident
3:29 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

"As a departing Trustee, I was witness to a series of events and heard
statements by the Director, other Trustees, and Friends of the Library regarding
the disappearance of murals that had once been stored in a building adjacent to
the Library. . . "


What was the point of this whole post? It makes very little sense. It had to be
written by either Mick Rudd or Louise Venden, because they are the two
"departing trustees."  According to the newspaper, it was Mr. Rudd who initially
started the whole thing in that he was going to photograph the murals for
presentation to the Art Commission.  There must have been something that led him
to believe that the artwork was of value.

And, yes, facts ARE important, Ms Venden or Mr Rudd. Can either of you answer
questions about the REAL facts:

What caused Mr Rudd to go looking for these "forgotten" murals just before his
term was up?

What happened at the meeting between trustees, library director, and Friends of
Library that caused trustee Ann Packard to resign in anger?

Why was Mr Rudd a unexpected no-show and no-call at this meeting? He was
supposed to be there and didn't even answer his cell phone. What was he hiding
from?

What then caused Library Director Cheryl Napsha to accuse and try and file a
complaint AGAINST HER OWN TRUSTEES for an Open Meeting Violation?

Why is Lyn Kratz, the Chair of the Trustees, calling her friend for advice on
this mess?  (That friend is a former leader of this town who no longer lives or
works here.)
--------------------------

Also, with respect to comments made elsewhere by Donna Everst and Marion Roth:
just because you were not a victim of Cheryl Napsha's vitriol does not mean that
others were not. I'm glad Cheryl was nice to someone besides those at town hall.
3:26 pm edt 

Charter Enforcememt Committee

Were Dieter's charges tossed aside?  Is that the reason Vince Currier
is running as a last minute write in?
3:23 pm edt 

Oatsey H. Rogers Posted in Provincetown/Truro Lighthouse


TD playing it safe….holds Richter sign only.

2:50 pm edt 

Police Academy

Does anyone know if the police academy for citizens happened? If so is
there any feedback?
9:46 am edt 

Oatsey H. Rogers Posted in Provincetown/Truro Lighthouse

Gee, i did not know he was a champion of the LGBT community too? vincent currier on wayne martin: VOTE WAYNE MARTIN SELECTMAN * VOTE WAYNE MARTIN SELECTMAN * VOTE WAYNE MARTI
Townies....Second Home Owners....Year-rounders....Artists....Women....Men....LGBT....Etc.
PROVINCETOWN RESIDENTS/VOTERS
__________________________________________________________________________________
I would like to REITERATE the reasons I think the voters and citizens of Provincetown should elect Wayne Martin over Robert Anthony for this new BOS, and why I whole heartedly endorse his candidacy..
As we all know Mr. Anthony is a career police officer, served his whole career in Provincetown, and by most reports, he was a decent lawman. Anyone who lasts 10 years as Chief in Provincetown can't be all bad. However, that is also my biggest concern with him as well. We just went thru hell with a former police chief/turned town manager who couldn't cross that thin blue line and refused to make hard decisions about the chief serving at the time. They both left the town employment in disgrace, and the former chief is trying to take the town treasury with him. If we want to see more of that....elect Robert Anthony.
My second problem is that Mr. Anthony and his wife make their living now as realtors. Realtors have sold this town out for most of us, and as the stock runs low, realtors will influence more of the same, so we can expect Anthony to support his fellow realtors....inevitably.!
And the problems with the Tabs at the VFW, and other irregularities in the operation were squarely placed on Anthony's head, by his own admission. An apology is not enough, he should have known the laws after serving as a police officer and chief of police for 20 years.
Wayne Martin may not dress the way some of these fat cats dress, no Tommy Bahama for him. And his words are simple, his spelling bad. The worse thing I could find on him was he raised a coyote from a pup. Really? Many of his run-ins with the law were created from that incident, and were dropped by the courts.
Wayne Martin, will work for the people. There are back-room deals being done to make Wayne look incapable of doing this job
So, don't mock Wayne, or critisize the way he dresses, or even the way he talks. Consider what he DOESN'T bring to the job. He does not have political debt, he is not backed by the owner of the largest business in town, (not openly, incidentally) because they fear it will hurt more than help, after all,
He is sincere, passionate, and very willing to learn and listen.
Give me that any day rather than a "fixed" election with the richest and biggest business owners in town supporting Anthony's election. See anything wrong with that picture?
Please vote Wayne Martin on Tuesday, this choice is critical to a balanced BOS and to assure the people have at least one representative on their side, not elected by special interests.
Thank you for considering Wayne Martin for Selectman. I openly and wholehearted support him in this contest. Please don't try to go for different results with the same old approach, cronyism and good ole boy networks.
9:43 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

As a departing Trustee, I was witness to a series of events and heard statements
by the Director, other Trustees, and Friends of the Library regarding the
disappearance of murals that had once been stored in a building adjacent to the
Library. While expressiing ones opinion is important and valuable, opinions are
most valuable when they are informed by facts. Many facts remain missing from
the story of when these murals disappeared, who may have had access to them, and
whether their disposition should be driven by the artist who created them, the
Library Board, or some other Town official.There was no malice intended, but the
tone and form of the statements made and actions taken subsequent to the
disappearance of the murals was over reaching and also not based on a careful
examination of facts. The most important lesson we have all learned is that
property stored in Town buildings should be inventoried, access limited and
recorded, and facilities used to store Town property!
  or property kept by the Town should be safe and free of mold, water and other
damaging elements.
8:30 am edt 

Re: Dieter's Complaint

Dieter told us all here that the charter commission agreed with him and  hi
charges of conflict.  He also posted that if elected the town clerk would refuse
to swear in Hoort.

My question is does the town clerk have such discretion.  Does he decide who
gets sworn in and who doesn't or do the voters?  My guess is he has no
discretion in this area.  He is obligated to honor the vote.  His discretion was
limited to validating Hoort as a candidate which he did.
8:28 am edt 

Leo E. Gracie Posted in the Provincetown/Truro Lighthouse

"Hear ye, hear ye!" "the fine people of Provincetown vote early and often; a chance to create a new cabal for the downtrodden"
8:18 am edt 

Posted in Provincetown/Truro Lighthouse

Since no one has asked here are my predictions: andrews, anthony and richter
will be elected and wayne martin will receive under 200 votes so you know who
will owe me $.25
8:14 am edt 

From; Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate

Tuesday May 6, 2014

Good Morning Provincetown Voters,

Today I ask that you support me and Vote for me
for a seat on the Provincetown Board of Selectman.

Thank you,

Bobby Anthony
8:10 am edt 

Goodbye Austin
 
It's been quite the ride. You were recalled and you know it. that is the only
reason you have resigned and now it's a done deal. You are gone and off the BOS.
You are no longer Chair and no longer on the board itself. and with your leaving
you can count Sharon Lynn and the beloved Jeff Jaran. and now add Cheryl Napsha.

Time to say Goodnight!
1:30 am edt 

Charter Enforcement Committee

"My understanding is that the Charter Enforcment committee ruled
against Dieter Groll's complaint on all counts"

What meeting were you listening to, for God's sake get your information
straight!


Dieter's complaint was tossed completely. And that's a fact.
1:27 am edt 

Vincent Currier - Write-in Candidate for Charter Enforcement Committee

"I would appreciate your write-in vote for me tomorrow at the town election. I am running for the one-year term on the ballot for the Charter Enforcement Committee.
If elected I will do whatever it takes to do the job thoughtfully and intelligently. I have served in the past as the Chairman of the appointed Charter Revision Commission for my home town of Berlin, New Hampshire, and have been politically active no matter where I have served or traveled. I would consider your write-in an honor and promise to serve to the best of my ability. Thanks for considering me.

Write-in Vincent Currier for a one-year term on the CEC."
1:25 am edt 

Do the Math

They are all leaving  one by one. The chief of police, the town
manager, the head of the DPW, the library director, a member of the board of
selectmen  the list keeps on growing.

Just like the Pilgrims before them, who came, looked around, and felt a certain
chill in the air, they too realized a better life awaited them elsewhere.

Moving on.

A sign of the times for Provincetown? Do the math.

Its been nearly 400 years, yet little has changed.
1:22 am edt 

Who Has the Last Laugh?
 
"Austin Knights resignation has taken effect!"


If Martin is elected, the effects will be long lasting.
1:20 am edt 

Re: Charter Enforcement Committee

Did you read the report? How can you say the committee ruled against the
petition? Were you actually reading or just making it up for people here? Let me
break it down for you: The committee was satisfied that the Acting Town Manager
didn't violate the charter. The committee believes that being Director of
Finance and a member of the CEC IS a charter violation. Should that happen, the
committee throws it back to the Acting Town Manager and/or the BOS to deal with
and uphold the charter. In the event that nothing happens, someone can then
bring a complaint about a continued violation, in which case the clause about
Superior Court takes effect. But right now, this is not a reality because he has
not taken both positions. This may also be remedied by reassigning the duties of
the Director of Finance to remove the Charter Conflicts, at the discretion of
the Acting Town Manager or Board of Selectman. Will they all do the right thing
and uphold the Charter? Let's see.
1:18 am edt 

Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

Please remember to get out and vote !
1:16 am edt 

Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate
Vote Bobby Anthony
MOVING PROVINCETOWN
FORWARD

• More transparency in town government
• Greater fiscal responsibility
• Ideas to foster a stronger year-round economy
• Initiatives to expand year-round rental housing
• A community based philosophy of government

With your help, I will work to restore confidence in town
government and to move Provincetown forward!


...
1:11 am edt 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Funny, Isn't It?

I recall how Ann Maguire was campaigning heavily against Richter, and
for Knight.  Funny, isn't it?
8:30 pm edt 

Charter Enforcement Committee

"My understanding is that the Charter Enforcment committee ruled
against Dieter Groll's complaint on all counts"



What meeting were you listening to, for God's sake get your information
straight!
8:23 pm edt 

Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

VOTE WAYNE MARTIN SELECTMAN * VOTE WAYNE MARTIN SELECTMAN * VOTE WAYNE
MARTI

Townies....Second Home Owners....Year-rounders....Artists....Women....Men....LGBT....Etc.
              PROVINCETOWN RESIDENTS/VOTERS
__________________________________________________________________________________
I would like to REITERATE the reasons I think the voters and citizens of
Provincetown should elect Wayne Martin over Robert Anthony for this new BOS, and
why I whole heartedly endorse his candidacy..
As we all know Mr. Anthony is a career police officer, served his whole career
in Provincetown, and by most reports, he was a decent lawman. Anyone who lasts
10 years as Chief in Provincetown can't be all bad. However, that is also my
biggest concern with him as well. We just went thru hell with a former police
chief/turned town manager who couldn't cross that thin blue line and refused to
make hard decisions about the chief serving at the time. They both left the town
employment in disgrace, and the former chief is trying to take the town treasury
with him. If we want to see more of that....elect Robert Anthony.
My second problem is that Mr. Anthony and his wife make their living now as
realtors. Realtors have sold this town out for most of us, and as the stock runs
low, realtors will influence more of the same, so we can expect Anthony to
support his fellow realtors....inevitably.!
And the problems with the Tabs at the VFW, and other irregularities in the
operation were squarely placed on Anthony's head, by his own admission. An
apology is not enough, he should have known the laws after serving as a police
officer and chief of police for 20 years.
Wayne Martin may not dress the way some of these fat cats dress, no Tommy Bahama
for him. And his words are simple, his spelling bad. The worse thing I could
find on him was he raised a coyote from a pup. Really? Many of his run-ins with
the law were created from that incident, and were dropped by the courts.
Wayne Martin, will work for the people. There are back-room deals being done to
make Wayne look incapable of doing this job
So, don't mock Wayne, or critisize the way he dresses, or even the way he talks.
Consider what he DOESN'T bring to the job. He does not have political debt, he
is not backed by the owner of the largest business in town, (not openly,
incidentally) because they fear it will hurt more than help, after all,
He is sincere, passionate, and very willing to learn and listen.
Give me that any day rather than a "fixed" election with the richest and biggest
business owners in town supporting Anthony's election. See anything wrong with
that picture?
Please vote Wayne Martin on Tuesday, this choice is critical to a balanced BOS
and to assure the people have at least one representative on their side, not
elected by special interests.
Thank you for considering Wayne Martin for Selectman. I openly and wholehearted
support him in this contest. Please don't try to go for different results with
the same old approach, cronyism and good ole boy networks.
8:21 pm edt 

Posted in the Provincetown/Truro Lighthouse

Austin Knights resignation has taken effect !
7:40 pm edt 

Shankpainter Study is a Joke

Another Sharon Lynn request? A 2009 study by the Cape Cod Commission? Really?
and then another request in 2012? this is not the town voters requesting this
and now some in town are USING the Cape cod Commission to empower themselves and
demand changes. this is nuts!

We don't need changes like this along Shankpainter Road and did they consider
that this is all wetlands? ?
7:39 pm edt 

Provincetown Public Library

Maybe all the axes have been ground quite enough as far as the missing
murals are concerned.  Granted they maybe should not have been removed, however,
this is what appears to be the truth about this dubious collection of
"artworks".

They were never the property of the town or any town department.

They were done some twenty years ago and stored in a building without heat, AC
or humidity controls.

They were painted by a student who has always said that they were not very good.

No one has any idea when they were last seen for certain.

There are no photos.

There are no written records of when they were painted and when they were stored
and who authorized the storage.

In short, this is a case of smoke and no fire.  Just another chance to beat up
on someone you don't like.
7:35 pm edt 

Charter Enforcement Committee

Re: My understanding is that the Charter Enforcment committee ruled
against Dieter Groll's complaint on all counts.


Watch how Dieter spins this one.  He will say he expected this ruling and knew
they would rule there was no violation.
6:29 pm edt 

Provincetown Elections

Considering the parties running in this election for the various
offices, I'm just wondering if anyone knows how many people it takes to
officially constitute a "cabal"?
2:44 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Regarding the art commission meeting on Wednesday with the library
trustees.  I think it's a sham.  Two of the current trustees (Mick Rudd and
Louise Venden) terms are over as of Tues, which would mean that they don't have
to appear. The chair of trustees (Lynn Kratz) is only here in the summer and
will not attend, the newest trustee (Ann Packard) resigned in horror several
weeks ago. Who's left?  Donna Vaillancourt and 2 new trustees whose terms will
begin that day and who know nothing about the artwork.  That meeting should have
been scheduled for today--Monday. Mick Rudd is the relevant witness here, and
I'll eat my whiskers if he shows up.  He even pulled a no-show to the trustees
mtg where alleged responsible parties were to be confronted. This caused there
to be no quorum.  And that's just the beginning of the story.

Signed , not Maghi
2:41 pm edt 

Charter Enforcment Committee

My understanding is that the Charter Enforcment committee ruled
against Dieter Groll's complaint on all counts.
2:36 pm edt 

Re: Free Loaders

"I only wish volunteers would come up with more ideas of how they can serve the
back bone of our community."


Are you for real?  Individuals should donate their time to make YOUR life
better???  Take care of yourself!  You are a free loader and don't even know it. 
It doesn't matter that you left high paced / stressful job.  Don't come to
Provincetown and expect to be taken care of.  Go back in to the real world... we
will not be taking care of you forever here.
12:44 pm edt 

Condo Conversion Required

Anyone who is a landlord needs to convert their apartments into condos. Why? The
town is asking town counsel to investigate forbidding condo conversions.

The next step will be a law requiring that anyone with a two family home or
larger must make one unit a deed restricted affordable housing unit.

We all see that Bill Meadows can't get a mortgage for a property with a deed
restriction. Any one who doesn't convert their property into condos will
eventually lose control of how they can manage their property.

Convert now and get your property grandfathered. You can seel your property as a
group of condos or write a statement disolving the condo edit with one sentence
and registering it as such.

Nothing changes and you suddenly have totaly control of your property. Don't
wait--do it today to protect your biggest investment--your property--from being
controled by other people who feel entitled to tell you what to do with your
property.
12:41 pm edt 

Re: Brian Carlson - Provincetown Health Agent

"What was the outcome of the allegation of ethics misconduct against
Carlson. Was a charge ever brought to the State Ethics Board and if so what was
the outcome?

Additionally, what ever happened to the Brian Carlson charge against the Finance
Committee These issues seem to have gone stone cold."


This shouldn't be ignored or forgotten. The serious accusations made against
Carlson were made in definite terms on the Voice page and mypacc, and it was
also stated in definite terms that he deserved to be fired for it. But it was
almost entirely contrived, based on feeble suppositions and exaggerations. It
was a very wrong and evil thing to do, to pronounce someone guilty that way, and
that's exactly what was done. The people who resort to that kind of retribution
will do it again if anyone dares question or cross them. Any one of us could be
next.
12:37 pm edt 

Trying to keep Raphael Richter Off the BoS - Again

"Power" voting to elect Martin and Anthony! Now I have seen everything.  First
they said Anthony was a stooge and now they are trying to keep Raphaael  off the
BOS?
12:35 pm edt 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Re: Provincetown Public Library

It's official -- the library director's position is listed on the
town's website. Looks as though she has definitely resigned.
http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4000
10:11 pm edt 

Wayne Martin: Thank You for Your Service

Thank you for the six years that you served on the Rescue squad. that is not
easy and I thank you for the time and effort and commitment that you gave. I am
pleased that you have done so much for all of us.
8:37 pm edt 

Shankpainter Road

This is not serious about postings

These are insular postings about what they assumed was insular issues- -like
on Shankpainter road. Well, I wonder if those who wanted a town planner are
feeling good about this? No studies. No long term reports. but a decision based
on what? Wishes? Pet ideas? How ridiculous.
8:36 pm edt 

Re: Shank Painter

"Mike C. wants to get involved and tell the town once again what is
best for all of us. Balance the town's check book please finance committee and
stop trying to set policy."


Mike has NOTHING to do with setting the budget or balancing the checkbook.  He
thinks that he does, but the charter says otherwise.  He does have a rather
severe problem with his ego and what his position entails.  IT IS ADVISORY TO
TOWN MEETING ONLY AND ADMINISTRATING THE VERY SMALL RESERVE FUND.  Mike would
like to set fiscaL policy and maybe even run the town, but that is not allowed
by our law.  He needs to be reminded of this regularly.
8:33 pm edt 

Re: Free Loaders

"We work hard at least six months out of the year and this is our
time to relax and spend time with friends."


Is this a serious post?  I have no problem with people who would like to work 12
months a year but for whatever real reason, can't.  But, if you think that you
are truly entitled to 6 months off at the expense of others, because you work
hard for 6 months, then you are due the scorn that soem would heap upon you. 
Plenty of people bust their butts 12 months per year for over 40 hours per week.
8:31 pm edt 

Re: Brian Carlson - Provincetown Health Agent

"What was the outcome of the allegation of ethics misconduct against
Carlson. Was a charge ever brought to the State Ethics Board and if so what was
the outcome?

Additionally, what ever happened to the Brian Carlson charge against the Finance
Committee These issues seem to have gone stone cold."


Of course there was never any kind of charge against mr. carlson.  There was no
wrongdoing only wishful thinking by the folks that decided to protect the FinCom
by destroying the complainant. The State will decide on the open meeting issue
with the FinCom.  It was not a big deal, but seems to have been a minor
violation.
8:28 pm edt 

One Trick Pony

VFW, VFW, VFW, VFW, MY COYOTE WAS LEGAL, NOT A CRIMINAL

Got anything else Wayne? You can't revisit the purchase of the VFW, it's done,
it isn't coming back and your idea about a parking lot has never been discussed.
This is all you've been harping on since you got into the race and it's clear
you have only one idea. After your idea gets shot down first meeting, what will
you do for the town that's positive for the remaining 2 years, 364 days, 23
hours and 59 minutes?

ROBERT ANTHONY FOR SELECTMAN
CHERYL ANDREWS FOR SELECTMAN
RAFAEL RICHTER FOR SELECTMAN

Even their names line up nice and clean, just like the government they will
produce.
8:25 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

"The library director has resigned.  She is not leaving for another
job, but rather to get away from the living hell that is Provincetown."


She created her own hell from the first moment she walked into the library.  She
was initially welcomed with love, gratitude, invitations, excitement, and open
arms. And then those with open arms were quickly and expertly stabbed in the
heart. That is the absolute reality. This is the sad story of a mean and
desperate person with a highly developed false self.  Provincetown needs her to
be gone ASAP, but she is deserving of pity.

And if you think Maghi wrote this, you're not paying attention.
8:19 pm edt 

Re: Shank Painter 4:06 pm edt 

Re: Shank Painter Road

"That is bull--there has Not been Any long-term Study of Shank Painter"


Did you even look at the town website for the several reports?
4:00 pm edt 

Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

I would like to ask anyone that plans to vote for Wayne Martin for
Selectman to use the "power Vote" method....the ballot will say vote for two,
but if you only vote for Wayne and Cheryl you will double the impact for our
candidate. Here's hoping Provincetown voters see the points to supporting simple
over the wealthy and powerful making all our decisions. VOTE FOR WAYNE MARTIN ON
TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014.

Vince Currier
3:39 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

"If so, has she been terminated, asked to resign, or did she resign to
take another position? Can anyone say when the town will be accepting
applications for a new director?"




The library director has resigned.  She is not leaving for another job, but
rather to get away from the living hell that is Provincetown.

Don't work on housing for town staff, most would rather not live here.
3:37 pm edt 

Posted in Provincetown/Truro Lighthouse

There is a movement gaining momentum being reported on Mypacc to write-in Vincent or Myra for CEC on tuesday
3:35 pm edt 

Re: Shank Painter Road

That is bull--there has Not been Any long-term Study of Shank Painter

None. It has been a hodgepodge of a place and one that always involved a
compromise on the wetlands. It is a wetlands. but now we have new people who
want to bully their way into their own ideas. this is not San Diego. this is not
Washington. and yet that is the NEW MENTALITY and one that does not fit
Provincetown.

California works for California but not for Massachusetts. Only hubris keeps
this false identity real.
3:33 pm edt 

Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

I would like to talk about the reasons I think the voters and citizens of
Provincetown should elect Wayne Martin over Robert Anthony for this new BOS, and
why I whole heartedly endorse his candidacy.

As we all know Mr. Anthony is a career police officer, served his whole career
in Provincetown, and by most reports, he was a decent lawman. Anyone who lasts
10 years as Chief in Provincetown can't be all bad. However, that is also my
biggest concern with him as well. We just went thru hell with a former police
chief/turned town manager who couldn't cross that thin blue line and refused to
make hard decisions about the chief serving at the time. They both left the town
employment in disgrace, and the former chief is trying to take the town treasury
with him. If we want to see more of that....elect Robert Anthony.

My second problem is that Mr. Anthony and his wife make their living now as
realtors. Realtors have sold this town out for most of us, and as the stock runs
low, realtors will influence more of the same, so we can expect Anthony to
support his fellow realtors....inevitably.!

And the problems with the Tabs at the VFW, and other irregularities in the
operation were squarely placed on Anthony's head, by his own admission. An
apology is not enough, he should have known the laws after serving as a police
officer and chief of police for 20 years.

Wayne Martin may not dress the way some of these fat cats dress, no Tommy Bahama
for him. And his words are simple, his spelling bad. The worse thing I could
find on him was he raised a coyote from a pup. Really? Many of his run-ins with
the law were created from that incident, and were dropped by the courts.

Wayne Martin, will work for the people. There are back-room deals being done to
make Wayne look incapable of doing this job

So, don't mock Wayne, or critisize the way he dresses, or even the way he talks.
Consider what he DOESN'T bring to the job. He does not have political debt, he
is not backed by the owner of the largest business in town, (not openly,
incidentally) because they fear it will hurt more than help, after all,
He is sincere, passionate, and very willing to learn and listen.

Give me that any day rather than a "fixed" election with the richest and biggest
business owners in town supporting Anthony's election. See anything wrong with
that picture?
Please vote Wayne Martin on Tuesday, this choice is critical to a balanced BOS
and to assure the people have at least one representative on their side, not
elected by special interests.

Thank you for considering Wayne for Selectman. I openly and wholehearted
support him in this contest. Please don't try to go for different results with
the same old approach, cronyism and good ole boy networks.

Vincent Currier
Franklin St.
3:30 pm edt 

Buddist Proverb

When the STUDENT is  ready the MASTER will appear.

Wayne Martin you have no experience in town government, no history of
volintering, you continue to state non true vfw issues.You need to do your time
in the trenches, before Bobby Anthony or anyone else would consider debating
with you. YOU need to  ist learn   the DUTIES  and RESPONSIBILITies  of being  A
proper  PROVINCETOWN selectman. Wayne you are not ready.
1:35 pm edt 

Re: Charter Enforcement Commission

There is an uncontested seat on the CHARTER ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION.
Vince could be of service in that spot. Id like you to print this and take it
with you to the polls with you (you are allowed to take paper in) so you can
remember to WRITE IN VINCE CURRIER for the 2 year spot.

Similarly, Myra Gold is running write in for one of the two THREE YEAR spots.
Please consider WRITING IN MYRA GOLD as a write in for the 3 YEAR RACE.


Myra & Vince have worked tirelessly for the Town these past couple of years.
Lets return the favor by making them work more!

Thanks for your consideration.

Mike Canizales
1:23 pm edt 

Re: Brian Carlson - Provincetown Health Agent

What was the outcome of the allegation of ethics misconduct against Carlson.
Was a charge ever brought to the State Ethics Board and if so what was the outcome?

Additionally, what ever happened to the Brian Carlson charge against the Finance Committee
These issues seem to have gone stone cold.
1:21 pm edt 

BoS Candidates

I think its great that there is a choice for BOS, I would have liked someone to
run vs. Ms. Andrews so all seats would be contested but who can blame anyone not
getting up and volunteering, you would have VINCE CURRIER AND MYRA GOLD bashing
you and sending out private emails and face book posts! Where did this Currier
guy come from anyway, for someone who has only been in town for a few years he
has a lot to say and Myra well all the "real" townies know her past! Why don't
these 2 stalwarts of the community "for the people" put some skin in the game
and volunteer for a Board or run for elected office.
12:50 pm edt 

From: Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

Just wanted to say that I also was on Rescue and Fire for six years. As a First
responder in advanced first-aid and a Academy trained fire fighter, I am the
Highland Fish & Game Club delegate to the Barnstable County Sportsmen League,
and also volunteered a lot of my time to the VFW Post 3152 and helped out when
ever I was asked. For some reason the Cape Cod Times failed to print any of
this.
11:51 am edt 

From: Bobby Anthony BOS Candidate

Please vote on Tuesday. Let us restore civility and confidence
to the town of Provincetown.

If you give me your vote on May 6th, I will fight for:

More transparency in town government
Greater fiscal responsibility
Ideas to foster a stronger year-round economy
Initiatives to expand year-round rental housing
A community based philosophy of government

Bobby Anthony
11:27 am edt 

Re: Free Loaders

To enjoy the camaraderie of a great cross section of our community.

That is what the Soup Kitchen is all about.  An opportunity to get a meal
(granted it is free) and hang out with our friends. We work hard at least six
months out of the year and this is our time to relax and spend time with
friends.  Those of us that go there on a regular basis appreciate the service
and do not take it for granted.  Thank you to all who donate and we hope you
continue to do so.  It is benefits like this that make Provincetown such a
special place to live.  Many of us have left high paced / stressful jobs and it
is now our time to take it easy and enjoy everything that this town has to
offer.  I only wish volunteers would come up with more ideas of how they can
serve the back bone of our community.  We are what make Provincetown special and
we shouldnt be criticized for taking advantage of any / all the service made
available to us.
11:19 am edt 

Re: Shank Painter

This project has been under study for over three years with meetings with
abutters to the street.  Go to the Town website and type "Shank Painter
Corridor" in the search engine.
11:17 am edt 

Re: Free Loader

Why is this hard?

If you are not needy and you go to the Soup Kitchen and don't at least donate
the cost of your meal, you are free-loading.  It is great that you seek comrade
ride there, but not in the backs of donors trying to help the less fortunate
than you.
11:14 am edt 

For: Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate
 
I was just reading through these blogs and again I find lies told by Anthony
and his supporters. Wayne Martin has NEVER brought suit to our town or any
other, he has NEVER broken any gun laws, he was not arrested for good reasons in
any crimes that the TPD said that he did in the most recent Cape Cod Times 
(that was suspiciously convenient timing) and Robert Anthony and his accomplices
were absolutely responsible for the down fall of the VFW. Are we to believe that
5 bar tenders and multitudes of members are all lying about what they witnessed
and what they know to be the truth? We will be providing proof of this at the
polls for the tax payers to see before they vote.  If you noticed in the
preceding statement from Anthony he has the police station already being built
at the VFW site. Its not going to be what the people want, it will be what
Anthony and the people that control him dictate to us that will be the way it is
if he is elected into office.

One should wonder why he refuses to debate Wayne who has never once said or
written anything that was not the truth and has been open about everything he
has been asked. Wayne just wants to help out and stop the BS that has infected
our town. So on Tuesday the decision will be yours and we trust you will make
the right one. So vote for WAYNE MARTIN he is one of us regular folks.  Thank
you


11:12 am edt 

Re: Cape Cod Commission

I do and yes, I agree, they are boring. But the general public needs to
understand the overreaching abilities of the commission, constantly upgrading
their abilities to invade more and more local projects. Their reviews are overly
costly to the applicant and rulings are made by people that most likely will
never be part of the project as customers and neighbors. Decisions are made by
"representatives" from each town. I put the term in quotations because they
really are NOT representing the town. Our last one was Austin Knight. Need I say
more? Zoning is boring but it effects all of us and attention is needed to this
county based regulatory commission. It doesn't effect you until a project you're
in favor of is effected. If you wait to pay attention till then, you're too
late.
11:10 am edt 

Shank Painter Road

Shank Painter Road has needed to be revamped for years. Things are
finally starting to happen economically on Shank Painter Road. Mike C. wants to
get involved and tell the town once again what is best for all of us. Balance
the town's check book please finance committee and stop trying to set policy.
11:08 am edt 

Re: Free Loaders

"Is it at all possible to leave the SK alone? All of us have needs,
concerns, stress and the list goes on-"


I agree. We have to go back to allowing breathing space in this town. The
comments on this and other blogs are starting to cause claustophobia. I mean, I
know its a small town but Lord, every one and everything is open to a snarky
comment, opinion or sentiment. Let's chill out. And don't forget to vote.
11:06 am edt 

For: Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate

Our town is a critical time and I want someone with experience so I
will vote for  Bobby.

11:00 am edt 

From: Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate
 
I just simply want to state that I am running for Selectman to help my town no
hidden agendas, no fancy speeches, no big ideas, no BS, I just want to help
however I can. I have asked Mr. Anthony time after time to debate me but instead
of taking me up on my offer he and his supporters have saw fit to slander me at
every turn. Even sinking as low as to bring my ill mother into this mess. Come
Tuesday I would appreciate everyone that is sick and tired of being mistreated,
not being listened to, and paying out the nose to live in the town they love, to
vote for me. THANK YOU


DON'T FORGET YOU CAN REACH ME AT 508 237 3486
10:58 am edt 

Hello? What Planet Are You On?

Voting for Wayne Martin is exactly what Tom and Erik want. Remember Vince
Currier's call to arms? 'Wayne is one of us.'

And Myra Gold is posting on Wayne's FB profile for him. Hellooooo? There's a
vast difference when Wayne writes his own posts than his puppeteers. The very
fact Wayne has had so many run ins with the law is problematic, yet you wish to
minimalize it.

You have a problem with Anthony because he was a good police
officer? Really? And in your first paragraph you ask us readers do we want
another Police Chief to run away with the town's treasury like the former chief
is. Huh? Something we don't all know about or is this just another fabrication?
Hard to see what you're saying.
10:56 am edt 

Re: Some Critical Issuses Facing Cape Cod Today

"Excessive Taxation (by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via the
sales tax, gas tax and other mechanisms, the federal government, and local
property taxes)

Overregulation by local, regional, state and federal governmental entities

Education/Common Core (Common Core MUST be halted and reversed as it is
detrimental to our educational system, NOT an improvement. For more details,
please visit the Liberty Chalkboard website)

Growing Government Encroachment upon individual civil liberties at all levels
(Obamacare, Common Core, etc.)"




Don't you just love his firm belief in the innate goodness of mankind.  Get rid
of pollution controls because we will all be good because we all believe in the
common good. Remmeber acid rain?  remember sewerage into harbors and bays(
overregulation)

Any body know EXACTLY what is excessive taxation?  Same for overregulation? 
Does that apply to regulating marriage to opposite sexes only? Does it apply to
regulating contraception?

Exactly what is the alternative to the ACA? You have yours so screw everyone
else?
10:49 am edt 

Shank Painter Road

What are the issues people seem to be having over the cleaning up of the shank
paintr road area. There must have been direction from pubic officials and/or
assistant town manager
12:05 am edt 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Free Loaders

I have not eaten in the soup kitchen, but been wanting to go there to enjoy the
camaraderie of a great cross section of our community. Is it at all possible to
leave the SK alone? All of us have needs, concerns, stress and the list goes
on--------------. This is why we live in Provincetown. We are all here for a
reason, to nurture or be nurtured or just plain love the place. None of us knows
what drives the actions of anyone else because it is impossible to ascertain.
All we can do is guess why certain actions are taken. If you disagree with the
concept of welcoming everyone, for whatever reason they attend, to attend a
beautifully constructed activity, then look at yourself and decide whether or
not you can live with the concept as it's currently operating. If you cannot
live with the concept----remove yourself and allow others their rights to attend
without being negatively labeled.
11:55 pm edt 

What Foolish Drivel

"Realtors have sold this town out for most of us, and as the stock
runs low, realtors will influence more of the same, so we can expect Anthony to
support his fellow realtors....you know that will happen!"



What hogwash!!  unless the realtors owned the real estate that could not have
sold it. No one forced anyone to sell.  The owners sold fir any number of
reasons including money that went to them not the realtors.  I am not voting for
Bobby but not because of this kind of foolish drivel.
11:34 pm edt 

For: Bobby Anthony - BoS Candidate

I would like to talk about the reasons I think the voters and citizens of
Provincetown should elect Bobby Anthony over Wayne Martin for this new BOS.

As we all know Mr. Anthony was a career police officer, served his whole career
in Provincetown, and by most reports, he was a decent lawman. Anyone who lasts
10 years as Chief in Provincetown can't be all bad. We just went thru hell with
a former police officer turned town manager who couldn't cross that thin blue
line and refused to make hard decisions about the chief serving at the time.
They both left the town employment in disgrace, and the former chief is trying
to take the town treasury
with him. Want to see an end to all of that....elect Robert Anthony. He will
work now from the other side of the table as a selectman, knowing how to correct
bad situations and knowing when a police chief is out of line. He was also very
intrumental at a very critical time for Provincetown. He stepped up to the plate
and calmed the fears. Seems like thats what the town needs right now.

My second plus is that Mr. Anthony makes his living now as a realtor. Realtors
have sold this town out for most of us. Again, knowing the game, Mr. Anthony
will be able to work from our side of the tabel in defense of Provincetown. He
knows their secrets and ways and that can be very influential.

The problems with the Tabs at the VFW, and other irregularities in the operation
squarely placed on Anthony's head, by his own admission, have nothing to do with
this election. The problems with the VFW and it's demise happened long before
Mr. Anthony arrived at the VFW, something the prior manager started. That
property will be a bonus to the town as a police station and will help the town
into the future for generations to come

Mr. Anthony is not currently in the court system defending against lawsuits and
claims against him for larceny as another candidate is as reported in the CC
Times. He doesn't run afoul of gun laws. He hasn't and isn't sueing the town for
wrongful death and has served the town respectfully for many years.

I will say this about Bobby Anthony, he will work for the people. He will fit in
perfectly with the other candidates and the current members of the board. He
will bring institutional knowledge to the position and hold the position with
dignity.

Give me a candidate like Bobby Anthony any day rather than a person "willing to
learn" at a critical time in our towns existance. Many local leaders are behind
Anthony and I hope you are too.

Please vote Bobby Anthony on Tuesday. This choice is critical to an effective
BOS.

11:30 pm edt 

Re: Cape Cod Commission

Does anyone read those endless Cape Cod Commission posts?  

BO--RING
11:27 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Can someone confirm if it is true that the library director is leaving
her job? If so, has she been terminated, asked to resign, or did she resign to
take another position? Can anyone say when the town will be accepting
applications for a new director?
11:23 pm edt 

Re: Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate

Anthony HA HA

Martin has not ducked anything he has answered all the Question asked of him,
he went to candidates night, he did all the same interviews plus he has
challenged Anthony time and time again to a open question and answer. Anthony
has even started copying Martins ideas and phrases. The only ideas Anthony has
comes from ,                                                                                         . The
truth will come out and if by some miracle he is elected he will be questioned
on it, COUNT ON IT!!!


11:51 am edt 

Re: Cape Cod Commission

NOTICE

THE CAPE COD COMMISSION IS A MEMBER OF

ICLEI---INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL

INITIATIVES

ICLEI is a United Nations-sponsored group which designs and writes policy for
your area on land use, energy goals and measurement, and water usage. ICLEI is a
paid consultant and/or receives dues from your taxes.

ICLEI was formed after the United States (George Bush, Sr.) and 178 other
nations met at the United Nations Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and agreed to use
certain principles as their Guidelines. Those guidelines include major
reductions in energy and water usage, and huge increases in the number of living
units in city centers. This is called UN Agenda 21-Sustainable

Development.

In 1993 President Clinton formed the Presidents Council on Sustainable
Development and gave a multi-million dollar grant to the American Planning
Association to write Growing Smart: A Legislative Guidebook to bring UN Agenda
21 to the United States. Smart Growth was the result. Multi-story condos or
apartments over small retail with little parking, crammed in your town center.
The reason for this style of construction is that, as UN Secretary General
Maurice Strong said, the affluence of Americans is a threat to the planet.
Single family homes are a threat.

Across the nation, in large cities and small towns, like this one, identical
programs are being rolled out. Land use restrictions, ordinances reducing energy
usage, Smart Meters, school programs, & candidate trainings, are designed and
implemented without your vote. You may be invited to city visioning meetings,
but the outcome is decided before you enter the room.

Using ICLEI greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen loading goals, the Cape Cod
Commission is in the process of controlling where and how you live, what you
eat, what your children learn, and what laws you will live under. With the cover
of environmental concern your personal rights are being restricted. Soon, you
will lose the right to travel freely without being asked for your ID. Lose

the right to water your garden. Lose the right to refuse a Smart Meter. Lose the
right to live in a rural area. Lose the right to drive a private vehicle. Under
the guise of Sustainable Development your property and civil rights are being
systematically eliminated.

KICK ICLEI OUT. Find out how:

www.DemocratsAgainstUNAgenda21.com

HOW COME NOBODY ASKED ME IF I WANTED TO PAY DUES TO ICLEI?

Because they didnt have to. Thats right. When the Cape Cod Commission became a
member of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives-Sustainable
Development there was no need to ask for your permission.

Is the Cape Cod Commission a member? YES!

Find out at DEMOCRATS AGAINST UN AGENDA 21 DOT COM

But remembereven if you dont see your community on that list you are still being
influenced by standardized programs, grants, training and plans funded and
designed by ICLEI to influence and change government policies to bring them into
compliance with United Nations Agenda 21.

They call it the Agenda for the 21st Century. This is a plan for global
governance. That means that you and your community will be required to meet
arbitrary goals set by an unelected bodyone that you have never heard of, but
that your city pays dues to, and that claims to speak for you and over 590
million people worldwide.

Across the nation hundreds of cities and counties are dues-paying members of
ICLEI. Your property tax, income tax, and transportation tax dollars are paying
for trainings, seminars, and sample legislation/ordinances. These policies are
being enforced in your town.

This is a whole life plan involving your educational system, your energy system,
your government, your food production, your transportation, and your health. You
are considered a threat to the planet and your life choices must be restricted.
Do we support conservation? Yes. Do we support loss of civil rights to achieve
environmental goals? NO.

ICLEI is the implementation arm of UN Agenda 21

ICLEI fuels the fear

ICLEI pressures the community

ICLEI sets the goals for greenhouse gas reduction

ICLEI monitors the progress

ICLEI directs your land use planning

ICLEI controls your transportation dollars

ICLEI is an unelected private group that your government belongs to.

ICLEI operates secretly

ICLEI is changing your life NOW



KICK ICLEI OUT! Control the Cape Cod Commission!

Find out how at Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 dot com

www.PostSustainabilityInstitute.org
11:43 am edt 

For: Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

I would like to talk about the reasons I think the voters and citizens
of Provincetown should elect Wayne Martin over Robert Anthony for this new BOS.

As we all know Mr. Anthony is a career police officer, served his whole career
in Provincetown, and by most reports, he was a decent lawman. Anyone who lasts
10 years as Chief in Provincetown can't be all bad. However, that is also my
biggest problem with him as well. We just went thru hell with a former police
chief/turned town manager who couldn't cross that thin blue line and refused to
make hard decisions about the chief serving at the time. They both left the town
employment in disgrace, and the former chief is trying to take the town treasury
with him. Want to see more of that....elect Robert Anthony.

My second problem is that Mr. Anthony and his wife make their living now as
realtors. Realtors have sold this town out for most of us, and as the stock runs
low, realtors will influence more of the same, so we can expect Anthony to
support his fellow realtors....you know that will happen!

And the problems with the Tabs at the VFW, and other irregularities in the
operation were squarely placed on Anthony's head, by his own admission. An
apology is not enough, he should not be elected to this high office in our town.

Wayne Martin may not dress the way some of these fat cats dress, no Tommy Bahama
for him. And his words are simple, his spelling bad. The worse thing I could
find on him was he raised a coyote from a pup. Really? Many of his run-ins with
the law were created from that incident, and were dropped by the courts.

I will say this about Wayne Martin, he will work for the people. There are
back-room deals going on as we speak, but             desparately calling people
in to support "his candidate", to Erik and Tom planning how to get a majority
for their own power. It's time someone was elected that really has no other
motives but to do what voters want.

So, don't mock Wayne, or critisize the way he dresses, or even the way he talks.
He is sincere, passionate, and very willing to learn and listen.

Give me that any day rather than a "fixed" election with the richest and biggest
business owners in town supporting Anthony's election. See anything wrong with
that picture?

Please vote Wayne Martin on Tuesday, this choice is critical to a balanced BOS.

11:40 am edt 

Some Critical Issuses Facing Cape Cod Today

Though listed separately, many of the following political and civic issues
facing Cape Cod today are inextricably related:

The Cape Cod Commission (and whether to remove its regulatory authority, keep
it as is, or abolish it all together)

Wastewater and Water Quality Issues (this is currently the most vital issue,
BUT it is being addressedthough the Cape Cod Commission dropped the ball on it
for many years, to our detriment)

Lack of Economic Development (particularly "the winter economy" especially for
the lower-Cape towns like Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleetthey have been
inexcusably neglected by our elected leaders, we also desperately need to be
more business friendly)

Not Enough Decent, Good Paying and Career Focused Jobs (our next generation of
citizens are fleeing by the multitude for this reason and because they simply
cannot afford to live here)

Affordable Housing (the State and Towns are NOT taking enough action in this
area)

Illicit Drugs and Addiction (progress is being made, and must continue)

Improvement of Transportation and Infrastructure (including a possible third
Canal bridge, better utilization of trains, maritime transportation options, and
gradual upgrading of our roads and highways)

The Environment (is being more than adequately addressed at this time via the
combined efforts of non-profit agencies like the APCC, Barnstable Land Trust,
various conversations, municipal committees and departments, state agencies and
federal agencies including the Cape Cod National Seashore)

Regional Energy (this includes the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, the Cape Wind
Project, NSTAR and aging infrastructure)

Excessive Taxation (by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via the sales tax, gas
tax and other mechanisms, the federal government, and local property taxes)

Overregulation by local, regional, state and federal governmental entities

Education/Common Core (Common Core MUST be halted and reversed as it is
detrimental to our educational system, NOT an improvement. For more details,
please visit the Liberty Chalkboard website)

Growing Government Encroachment upon individual civil liberties at all levels
(Obamacare, Common Core, etc.)

It is my belief that limited government, fiscal responsibility, and protection
of individual liberties are of paramount importance when dealing with all of the
aforementioned significant Cape Cod and Islands related issues.

RON BEATY
Republican Candidate/State Senate, Cape & Islands District
11:32 am edt 

Harassment by Building Department

It appears that the building commissioner is on some kind of power trip.
His behavior amount to harassment , and it seems he takes pleasure in delaying
permits and generally making it extremely difficult for some while other
contractors who are well connected get a pass on anything they want. 

I know many who fear the commissioner and are afraid to speak up.  However,
some of the members of the BOS want to hear about  your encounters with the
commissioner, especially a couple of the candidates for the BOS.  Please contact
them, they will listen to you in confidence.

Everyone must be treated fairly and promptly by the building commissioner, and
he must realize that he is working for us.
11:29 am edt 

From: Mike Canizales - Finance Committee Chair

Shank Painter Road Changes

Rarely have I seen various neighbors and business owners so upset about an issue as the proposed changes to Shank Painter Road that seem to have been approved with most of us not noticing. I have been asked to request a joint public hearing of the various boards to investigate the economic impact of these plans and have posted the following meeting. I hope those of you affected will attend and I hope the new BOS and current planning board will accept are invitation to host this jointly.
10:58 am edt 

Just Vote No!

If you're dissatisfied with the quality of these candidates may I suggest that
you don't have to "hold your nose". Mr. Richter will easily be elected as well
he should. Voting only for him will be my choice as I'd like to see minimal
votes for the other two. That will make a stronger statement that a vote would
and not reward the adolescent behavior of knuckleheads.
10:53 am edt 

From Cape Cod on Line


The Provincetown election May 6 features only one contested race, with three people running for two seats on the Board of Selectmen.

Incumbent Selectmen Elaine Anderson and David McChesney are not running for re-election. A third incumbent, Selectman Austin Knight, will step down the day before the election with two years left in his term. Only one candidate, Cheryl Andrews, is running to fill that unexpired term.


Candidates for selectman

Raphael Richter

  • Age: 29
  • How long lived in town: Since 2000
  • Homeowner or renter: Renter
  • Occupation: Co-owner Cape Cab, Funk Bus, Mercedes Cab
  • Education: Some college
  • Political experience: Current member of Finance Committee (one year); alternate on Licensing Board
  • Other community service: Former executive director of Shakespeare on the Cape and a current board member of the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble.

Why are you running? What most motivates you?

"I'm running to inject energy into the discussion and move us forward. Government is slow and that's a frustrating part of service."

What are the two most pressing issues in your town and how would you address them?

Richter said the town needs to put its own money behind creating more housing. This could be done by splitting the resident and nonresident tax rate, he said.

He said 70 percent of town properties are owned by nonresidents. That extra income from a higher tax rate to the nonresidents could create a fund for more affordable housing, he said.

Economic development cannot be separated from housing, he said. Many commuters drive to Provincetown to work, he said; the question is how to capture those people to live in town.

What action taken by your local Board of Selectmen in the past year do you most disagree with and how would you have handled it?

Richter said the handling of former Police Chief Jeff Jaran was the current board's biggest mistake. For three months last year, it refused to take complaints about Jaran seriously, he said. Jaran eventually was fired for inappropriate behavior such as lobbying his subordinate officers on behalf of a selectman candidate while on duty.

Richter said he would have acted more quickly to investigate and discipline the chief.

How do you differ from other candidates? What sets you apart?

"I'm a business owner so I'm poised to represent the business community. I'm also a young person. I have more invested in seeing that we have a viable future."

Robert Anthony

  • Age: 68
  • How long lived in town: Lifelong except four years in the Navy and other locations 2003-2007
  • Homeowner or renter: Owner
  • Occupation: Realtor
  • Education: Bachelor of Science from University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Political experience: 10 years as Provincetown police chief
  • Other community service: Member of the Fire and Rescue Department, the Friends of the Council on Aging and Veterans of Foreign Wars

Why are you running? What most motivates you?

When he was police chief from 1992 to 2002, Anthony said, he instituted community policing. That involved citizens coming to speak directly to the town manager and police chief on a regular basis. He thinks this model of community policing would work for town government in general. Town department heads, including the police chief, could meet once a month with members of the public to discuss complaints and concerns before small issues become large ones.

What are the two most pressing issues in your town and how would you address them?

Housing and fiscal responsibility: Anthony said he would like to see what other towns have done in an effort to creatively solve the lack of affordable housing in Provincetown.

The town faces $16 million to $18 million in capital improvements in the next five years. He said some of these projects need to be placed further down the road. They need to be prioritized, he said.


What action taken by your local Board of Selectmen in the past year do you most disagree with and how would you have handled it?

Anthony said he wouldn't comment because being a selectman is time-consuming and sometimes difficult. "I thank them for their years of service," he said.

How do you differ from the other candidates? What sets you apart?

"My life experience."

Anthony has worked for the town since he was 14 years old, beginning as a junior firefighter, and was a police officer from 1974 until he retired in 2002. He said he was so determined to become police chief that he took a bus to UMass Boston for three years to earn his bachelor's degree while also working full time as a police officer.

"On May 29th I got the job as chief, and on May 30th I graduated college," he said.


Wayne Martin

  • Age: 45
  • Homeowner or renter: Renter
  • Education: Provincetown High School graduate
  • How long lived in town: three years
  • Occupation: Carpenter and commercial fisherman
  • Political experience: None
  • Other community service: None

 

Why are you running? What most motivates you?

"I've always been interested in politics," Martin said. "I have a big mouth. When things aren't going right, I speak up. I think I can help out."

He said he has felt ignored by town officials and he doesn't want to do the same to others.

What are the two most pressing issues in your town and how would you address them?

Housing: "People need a roof over their heads," Martin said. "A lot of people are struggling to find housing."

Limiting capital costs to keep the tax rate stable: "I want to slow down what they call capital projects," he said.

He said the town could raise revenue from increased parking fees, and officials must look for other sources as well.

What action taken by your local Board of Selectmen in the past year do you most disagree with and how would you have handled it?

Martin said the selectmen should not have accepted the bid from the buyers of the Grace Gouveia Building, which they will turn into a mix of luxury condominiums and affordable housing units. Martin said he would have held off on the sale, gone back to town meeting and asked voters to delay the sale until they got a better price.

How do you differ from other candidates? What sets you apart?

"I'm just down to earth. And I'm in the trenches. A lot of my friends don't care about politics, but they do care about their taxes going up. I bring to the table someone people can talk to."

10:52 am edt 

From: Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate
 
To clarify Amie Previe is not my girlfriend she wanted to post the truth after
she was reading all the lies put out there on the social media by Anthony and
his supporters. What experience do any of us have as selectman besides Miss.
Andrews.

Someone on the social media even created a phony Face Book account just
to tell lies about me. Anthony still is ducking my challenge for a wide open
debate. So say what you want about me I know who the better is and by Anthony's
refusal to except my challenge he must know too. He finally after all this time
has put his info out there for people to contact him, something I have been
doing for months.  Gee where did he get that idea from, he can copy me but he
will never be me. Mr. Anthony the stench or what you and your cohorts have done
over the years as well as the dis-services you have done to the tax payers of
our town will not be leaving you any time soon.

THE TRUTH WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL
10:40 am edt 

Re: Free Loader

" It (Soup Kitchen) was never meant to feed the needy."


The solicitation letters we get a couple of times per year from the Kitchen do
say it is to help the needy.  Good to know that's not the case so we can give to
other worthy causes instead of feeding you and your pals who can afford to buy
your own lunches, as you also say.
10:12 am edt 

Re: Free Loader

"If I want a good meal, Ill go to a restaurant and pay, but
the soup kitchen is a friendly environment to meet friends and neighbors.  It
was never meant to feed the needy."


This person that wrote the above post is a clear example of the mental illness
problem in our community. A soup kitchen never meant to feed the needy?? Really,
and saying the food is not good to boot! You are a   headcase.
                                                                                              .
10:10 am edt 

I'm Voting for Wayne

If I've learned anything in Provincetown in the 30 years I've lived here it's
that you can't judge a book by it's cover.  all you have to do is spend short
period of time talking to Wayne to realize this guy isn't stupid - he's smart
and follows his own drumbeat. he's an every man a man of the people warts and
all and I for one appreciate his honesty and his willingness to put it out
there.

Vote Wayne!
10:05 am edt 

To: Wayne Martin

Sorry Wayne Martin but after reading all your comments on the voice I
will not vote for you.  You have a lot of growing up to do. The town governemnt
is not the place for that. ...
10:02 am edt 

To: Aimee Previe

It is so nice you defend your former boyfriend but
please tell us. What makes him a great selectmen?   What qualifies does he
have??   Is seems to never ever answer questions he just over talks people ? 
I'm sorry Aimee but I don't see it he does not have my vote
10:01 am edt 

Re: Harassment

No one in a town job, any job, should have to deal with harassment, I
am sorry if this was the case.
9:56 am edt 

To: Myra Gold

You have so much to say why didnt you run ???????
9:53 am edt 

Re: Free Loaders

"It was never meant to feed the needy."


The purpose of the Soup Kitchen IS to feed the needy!  Let's not disparage this
worthwhile organization because some folks take advantage of the kindness of the
Methodist Church and the wonderful volunteers!  Even though a number of entitled
people take advantage of the Soup Kitchen by not paying or picking up after
themselves, let's remember that the real purpose is to feed the poor and
disadvantaged!  Come on, people!!!
9:52 am edt 

Re: Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

"you are not qualified to run for BoS you have no experience
go start out on ta committee"



More explanation needed here. It there something more in the law other than
being a registered voter in town?  I have never heard of a set of legal
"qualifications" for being a candidate other than being a registered voter. 
Here is the actual law from the Charter:

"2-4-3
Any registered voter of the town shall be eligible for election to any office,
but no person shall concurrently hold more than one elected office."

So, please enlighten us, or apologize.
9:50 am edt 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Re: Free Loaders

" They should be ashamed of their cheapness."


Don't pass judgment on us all.  We give back to the community and the Soup
kitchen is one of the few benefits that is there for us.  I choose to not eat in
a restaurant and like meeting my friends daily when the town is so desolate. 
Yes, we can afford to eat elsewhere, but why should we?  It isnt necessarily
about the food (it isnt even that good), it is a social environment that we can
all get together.  If I want a good meal, Ill go to a restaurant and pay, but
the soup kitchen is a friendly environment to meet friends and neighbors.  It
was never meant to feed the needy.
11:07 am edt 

Re: Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

Wayne--Keep Going and Keep Getting the Votes

I am so glad that you are running. You have my vote.
10:45 am edt 

To: Maghi

I've endured more than 3 years of your harassment without comment.  You are now
repeatedly posting vitriol that accuses me of theft.  Your demands for
inventorying all art, equipment and books are libelous.

I ask politely that you just move on to your next victim.  If you choose to
continue to defame me, I will begin to regale the readers here of stories of the
other women whom you've harassed.

Cheryl
10:22 am edt 

Re: Missing Murals

"Good afternoon. I would like to state for the record.That I am
appalled at the Provincetown Library Board of Trustees arrogance, in publicly
stating they are not involving the police in the investigation of the missing
murals. Not only should the police be investigating this issue. There should
also be an inventory of all the art and historic items that are held by the
library. Many items,papers etc are valuable and could be sold very easily on the
internet. So please take whatever measures necessary to insure that an
investigation is made. And make sure nothing else is missing. "


And, you are quite sure that the police are not now involved? And, how often
should an inventory be taken after everything is counted?  Where should these
treasures be kept, and who will guard them?

You are, of course, correct that many items could be stolen and sold, but
without a complete security plan to safeguard them there is essentially no value
to a knee-jerk inventory now.
10:19 am edt 

Re: Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

"whether he wins and the town loses he will always be known as the man
that would not go head to head with his opponent
."


How over-dramatic can you be.  That line would never be used in the worst of
plays.
10:17 am edt 

Re: Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

I'm [not] sure the web master will post this but Wayne you  are resorting to
having your girlfriend post for you to defend your character I don't care if you
kept coyotes or guns you are not qualified to run for BoSyou have no experience
go start out on ta committee and come back and run go back to school and learn
how to spell correctly and speak correctly then maybe people will take you
seriously .  right now you act like a 15 yeR -old kid in school who is mad at
his friends.  Grow up
10:15 am edt 

Re: Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate

Tuesday May 6, 2014
Election Day Countdown

I will be reaching out to the voters all weekend
If you would like to talk to me or email me, I can be reached at;
508.487.1562
bobby@cape.com
If you have an hour or two available on Election Day and would like to
Volunteer, please and let us know.
10:13 am edt 

Re: Free Loaders

" They should be ashamed of their cheapness."


Problem is the majority of those who can afford a meal but mooch off the soup
kitchen have a blind spot. They believe they are entitled. It's easy to point
fingers and stomp on those in affordable housing, but what about the comfortable
imagined poor using those services? No doubt the donation jar will stay empty
another day. Cheapskates!
10:10 am edt 

Amie Previe Posted is the Provincetown Voice


Hi. My name is Amie and I wanted to say something about Selectman candidate Wayne Martin to dispel any concerns about rumors that he is a violent person. We were a couple living together for 13 years and I never felt any fear that I was ever in any physical danger. We haven't been together for almost 7 years and he remains one of my closet friends to this day. He's one of the few people in my life that I can count on for anything. He's a very passionate person and I know he has the Town of Provincetown and it's peoples' best interest in mind and heart. Knowing him very closely for 20 years, I believe he would be an excellent Selectman for our small and close knit community. Thank you.

10:09 am edt 

Re: Wayne Martin

Why does Wayne keep ducking answering the
questions on what he would do as a selectman?

9:49 am edt 

Re: Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate

So Mr. Martin, do you also have an outline of any agenda for the future of the
town like Mr. Anthony does? Do you have anything that builds your candidacy as
opposed to tearing down someone else? Do you have anything other than the VFW
grudge? You keep asking for a debate but obviously have nothing to debate other
than to smear someone and poison a clean race this far. Do you wonder why people
in here and the local paper endorced all but you?
9:36 am edt 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

To: Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate

TO ANTHONY'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER OR WHO IT MAY CONCERN

Why does Anthony keep ducking Martin's challenge for a wide open question and
answer debate? what is he hiding? what does he not want the public to know?
whether he wins and the town loses he will always be known as the man that would
not go head to head with his opponent.

WHAT IS HE HIDING WE ALL WANT TO KNOW?
11:11 pm edt 

Re: Missing Murals - Posted in the Provincetown /Truro Lighthouse

Board Of Selectmen Provincetown,

Good afternoon. I would like to state for the record.That I am appalled at the Provincetown Library Board of Trustees arrogance, in publicly stating they are not involving the police in the investigation of the missing murals. Not only should the police be investigating this issue. There should also be an inventory of all the art and historic items that are held by the library. Many items,papers etc are valuable and could be sold very easily on the internet. So please take whatever measures necessary to insure that an investigation is made. And make sure nothing else is missing.

Thank you,

John Golden
10:53 pm edt 

Re: Missing Murals

I've been doing my research.

Those murals don't appear to be in the Town Collection or at least in the online
version of the collection.  In fact, Mick Rudd's comment was that he was taking
pictures so he could get the murals accepted.

This should be interesting.

http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/12054

10:50 pm edt 

Re: Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate

Anthony is not Jarran and he is not Lynn. Jarran ran the department, alone, as
chief having all the power. Lynn ran the town, alone, as the manager having all
the power. Anthony WAS a chief, and a good one at that at a critical time in the
towns history and now is a member of a 5 person board that debates and
compromises to come to a concensus on a final decision. He can't make decisions
alone and he can't rule alone like Jarran and Lynn did. Wake up.
10:46 pm edt 

Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate

Thank you for sharing your insight. It's refreshing to read that you have a plan
and can help see our way out of this mess.

Regrettably I will be on a cruise during election week, so I voted absentee.

Darla
10:42 pm edt 

Re: Missing Murals

"I believe that Cheryl is doing a little pettifogging, to cover her
culpability in the theft of the murals."


More slander from the jerks who love to drag personalities through thru the mud
rather than breathe.  There is not a single shred of real info that the murals
were stolen by anyone, but it presents a great opportunity to do your favorite
thing: hurt your enemies.  The murals are gone.  here? we don't know.  When?  we
don't know.  How? we don't know. But you will find someone to blame.
8:06 pm edt 

Re: First Editions

"The library owned a collection of first editions of L. Frank Baum
novels that are extremely valuable. Please make sure they are still there and
are being protected."



So, we hear from you again.  To whom is your request directed?  Not to me I
hope, cuz I am booked for quite a while and don't have an investigator's
license. These posts are far beyond weird as pertains to openly undirected
complaints and directives to investigate real and imagined wrongdoing. WHY IN
THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS GOOD DON'T YOU DO IT YOURSELF (IF INDEED YOU ARE
SINCERE)
8:02 pm edt 

Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate

I am Not Wayne Martin and I am Writing Against Bobby Anthony

I just do not want another ex police chief in power again. I wouldn't want Jeff
Jaran running for selectman and I just do not feel that Bobby Anthony is the
right man for the position--in spite of the Banner or maybe even because the
Bnner wants him. Wrong person for the job.
7:59 pm edt 

Soup Kitchen Staff

"Why don't we read of complaints by the people who do all the work at the
kitchen?"



I am also a volunteer and sometimes it is very disheartening to see so many
people come to hang out and get a free meal.  Some are my neighbors and friends
and I know they can well afford to go out, but choose to take advantage of this
service that is not meant for them.  the least they could do is make a donation
that matches the value of the meal... at least $5.00.  There is a percentage of
free loaders there every day.  They should be ashamed of their cheapness.
7:52 pm edt 

First Editions

The library owned a collection of first editions of L. Frank Baum
novels that are extremely valuable. Please make sure they are still there and
are being protected.  I'm unsure of the exact value, but 1st ed Baums are being
valued on ABE.COM at  upwards of $30,000 each. There was and still should be a
list of all the items of value owned by the library.   Please find these things
before the director blows out of town.
7:50 pm edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

The library owned a collection of first editions of L. Frank Baum
novels that are extremely valuable. Please make sure they are still there and
are being protected.  I'm unsure of the exact value, but 1st ed Baums are being
valued on ABE.COM at  upwards of $30,000 each. There was and still should be a
list of all the items of value owned by the library.   Please find these things
before          [the library director] blows out of town.
7:06 pm edt 

Provincetown Voice - Administration

Does the admin of the voice page even live in town I heard not  then
why does she care so much about it ??
7:03 pm edt 

Re: Town Counsel

"They truly are in protecting the cash cow called the Town Mangers
office."

Wrong.  They are only interested in CYA.  They will always give an opinion that
they think is wanted by those that asked for it.  If the BOS asks for an
opinion, they will be sure to give them an opinion that will make the majority
of the members pleased.  Town Counsels are hired guns that can be fired quite
readily, so CYA is the rule.
7:01 pm edt 

To: Maghi

I believe that Cheryl is doing a little pettifogging, to cover her
culpability in the theft of the murals.

Maghi, I was not a fan of Cheryl but many
times I heard you bad mouth her and others.

Don't deflect your rude behavior!
4:51 pm edt 

Re: Missing Murals

From the February 2014 Library Board Meeting minutes:

Mr. Rudd mentioned the disappearance of the murals commissioned by Josephine Del
Deo as part of the Rose Dorothea exhibit in the Heritage Museum. They had
previously
been wrapped in plastic in the cinder block building next to the library. This
loss was
discovered recently when Mr. Rudd needed a photo before his meeting to get the
murals officially accepted by the Town Art Commission and found they were not
there.

The disappearance was traced back to the Friends of the Library, though no one
has
admitted it. The story seems to be that the Friends of the Library started
spreading the
word that the murals were unwanted and some young people came and took them
away in a truck.
Mr. Rudd was very upset and clarified with Ms. Napsha that no one seems to know
where the murals went. He wanted to contact the Friends of the Library directly.
Mr.
Rudd is especially concerned by this disappearance, considering the murals were
town
property. He wants the Friends of the Library to come in and make a report to
the Board
of Library Trustees on the matter. Ms. Napsha stated that she had talked to the
people
responsible and they would not admit it. Mr. Rudd reiterated that they needed to
be
reprimanded for removing public property without permission, which is a crime.
Ms. Venden agreed that it needs to be on public record, therefore the Friends of
the
Library need to come to a meeting to say what they do and do not know. Ms. Kratz
agreed with the other Board of Library Trustee members that the issue should go
on the
next agenda. Mr. Rudd noted that the murals disappeared last summer.
4:47 pm edt 

Re: Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate

He served the Community?

Please, there are too many questions for this former police chief. I can only
ask: do we need another police chief in power? No, and no, again. We have been
there and it was not good.
4:31 pm edt 

Robert Anthony - BoS Candidate
Robert Anthony
Robert Anthony3:09pm May 1
Election Day Tuesday May 6th, 2014

To all the voters in Provincetown, I would like to share a brief call to action that I will pursue if elected as your representative on the Provincetown board of Selectmen

1. Our first priority is to discuss in detail a “plan” that has been presented by Peter Petas and other private citizens in the community to the FinCom and on other social media sites to address “Year Round Community Rental Housing” I strongly believe and will work hard to build consensus with the BOS, the Finance committee, all Department Heads and the Acting Town Manager to act ‘now’ and prepare any and all applicable Articles to be presented for a Town Meeting Vote for the Fall of 2014! The devil will be in the details but we need this to be open, transparent and a top priority. At the same time we should evaluate any and all restrictive zoning laws and amend if necessary to foster NEW ideas for rehabilitation of existing buildings, existing Town owned land and even evaluating options for existing land and home owners to “participate” in solving our housing needs by allowing smaller cottages and or dwelling units to be built for Year round Rental housing minus all the rigorous regulations that are in place now.
2. We have close to 16 million dollars in Capital Expenditures on the horizon, we need to again work with Fin Com, Town Administration and Town Department heads to discuss a 20% reduction or more and come up with a “realistic” plan to achieve these goals.
3. Review the Tax Policy for the Town of Provincetown, who should pay what and when and establish “a fair and balanced” approach. This sensitive topic should be an open and transparent debate with all the stakeholders in town. Those property owners who rent out their properties for weeks at a time need to realize that they have never had to pay a tax to the state or to the Town for many years and that discussion needs to be addressed now regardless of the votes at the State House.

I ask for your vote on Tuesday May 6th! Let’s move our Town Forward.
4:26 pm edt 

Timmer Naylor Posted in the Provincetown Voice


Breaking, heart-breaking news..Ann Wood is leaving her/our lovely village for a job as editor of the newspaper in her new town in Maine. Congratulations, mamacita! And much thanks for all you've done for Provincetown, and our little group here, too. xoxoxox and good luck to you, dahhhlin'

11:02 am edt 

Banner Endorses Anthony
Bobby Anthony was endorsed by the Provincetown Banner today for a seat on the BOS. Please get out the vote Tuesday May 6th.

Bobby Anthony was endorsed by the Provincetown Banner today for a seat on the BOS. Please get out the vote Tuesday May 6th.

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10:53 am edt 

Ignorance or Vanity

"Lastly, the question of 'cover up' arises. Is this a question? Should we just
give up this vestige of our heritage or will the BOARD OF SELECTMEN publicly
answer the QUESTIONS."


And, what makes you think that any government official has a duty to read this
blog?  Either you are ignorant of the way government works or you you think that
what you say here is so important that every one just jumps to read it.

Your questions may or may not be pertinent, but unless they are asked of the
right people in the right forum, you will NEVER get an official response.  Your
post is very much like the posts that scream for some one (else) to do something
about the corruption and collusion by the candyland cabal.  You seem to insist
think that this blog should take the place of written communication to the
proper people and boards.
10:46 am edt 

Holding My Nose

When appraising the two candidates (excluding the obvious plurality
winner, Mr. Richter) I thought I was looking for the lesser of two evils. It now
seems to me that Chief Anthony is the evil of two lessers. It appears the
attempted resurrection of the cabal what with the support of Couture, Coen, etc.
No thanks, we saw that movie. I will hold my nose and vote for Mr. Martin.
10:43 am edt 

Provincetown Banner Endorsements

Provincetown Banner endorses Raphael Richter & Anthony Martin
10:41 am edt 

Re: Charter Enforcement Meeting

After watching the Charter Enforcement televised meeting regarding the
complaint of acting town manager David Gardner, the ONE thing that was perfectly
clear is that Town Counsel needs to go. Thank you Mary Jo for picking up on the
obvious. A new BOS must replace this old regime that only costs us an enormous
amount of money. The attorneys interpretation was not only weak but goes to show
how entrenched they truly are in protecting the cash cow called the Town Mangers
office.
10:22 am edt 

Provincetown Banner: AG Offers Open Meeting Law Forum May 14

PROVINCETOWN — A free educational forum on the open meeting law will be held in Provincetown on Wednesday, May 14. It will be conducted by attorneys from the Attorney General’s Division of Open Government and is open to the public.

The forum is part of a broad effort by the Attorney General’s Office to assist public bodies in understanding and complying with the requirements of the open meeting law. State, local, regional and county public bodies all are required to comply with the law.

The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the Judge Welsh Meeting Room at Town Hall, 260 Commercial St.

Three other educational forums, offered free of charge, were also held this spring, in Pittsfield, Chelmsford and Brookline.

All members of public bodies, municipal employees and members of the public are encouraged to attend. Individuals interested in attending an educational forum are asked to register in advance by calling (617) 963-2925 or by emailing OMLTraining@state.ma.us, and providing: 1) their first and last names; 2) town of residence; 3) the public body or organization they represent, if appropriate; and 4) the location of the educational forum they will attend.

Since assuming responsibility for training and enforcement of the open meeting law at all levels of government in July 2010, the AG’s Office has responded to more than 8,700 telephone and email inquiries from members of public bodies, municipal counsel and the public, conducted more than 100 trainings on the law across the state, and issued 440 written determinations.

For more information on the open meeting law, visit the Attorney General’s website at www.mass.gov/ago/openmeeting .
10:18 am edt 

Voting on Tuesday

Sorry Wayne but after reading the Banners editorial
I am going to vote for Bobby A.  At least he has served
The community in the past.

Wayne go and volunteer on a board and then
RN again
10:14 am edt 

Anthony - Martin BoS Candidates

Happy May 1.   So close to Election Day.   I can't wait to see the
results between Martin and Anthony .   I will tell you I'm not impressed with
either but the lesser of two evils is Anthony .   If martin gets in. ( I hope
not).  I am buying him a congrats gift.  A DiCTIONARY !!!!!!!!
10:12 am edt 

To: Webmaster - Please Reduce the Preface Presentation

Clarence my scroll wheel is wearing out!
10:10 am edt 

Re: Catherine Russo

I am not seeing where the messenger, Catherine Russo, is being attacked. Her
messages are often baseless, carry hypocisoies and thus easy to argue, grown up
or not.


Truth be told, Right on the money, again.
10:02 am edt 

Library Murals: Questions
 
Did a theft occur? Is it possible to have someone in authority answer this
question? Since many days have passed since we were apprised of the situation
and, so far, no one in authority has come forth with a statement, let's at least
ask some questions which all persons in authority can answer!

Will the director of the library answer these questions ? Did a theft occur?
Yes?No, or I don't know.  Very simple. Did she provide an answer to this
question to the trustees of the library or to the acting town manager?
If she did not do this, WILL SHE TELL US WHY?

If she did, in fact provide the acting TM with an answer to the theft, did he
pass this on to the BOS ? Again, yes or no. That's an easy question he can
answer publicly. If the answer is no, then he must answer the question, WHY? If
the answer was yes, then what was his recommendation? Did   He  recommend a
police investigation?

When the Banner article came out, did the the acting police chief see a need to
discuss the issue with the acting TM !----or the BOS? Did the BOS discuss this
with the acting PC?

Did any of the above see a need to contact the acting PC ? Was a police
investigation discussed---if for no other reason but to protect the three
department heads.

Does the librarian director have a key to the building? Does she know the names
of any other person who has a key to that building? If she does, has she
revealed the name(s)to the acting TM?

If the three department heads, Library Director, Acting Town Manager and Police
Chief(whose aggregate salary ranges from$250,000 to $300,000) can but won't
answer these questions publicly, then why are we paying them these magnificent
salaries?

If our elected officials who are ultimately responsible for the actions of these
nicely paid department heads, don't take immediate action to bring closure to
this issue by initiating an investigation, then the question WHY? arises. We the
citizens of Provincetown should at the very least deserve a public answer. If
not, the question of transparency arises.

Lastly, the question of 'cover up' arises. Is this a question? Should we just
give up this vestige of our heritage or will the BOARD OF SELECTMEN publicly
answer the QUESTIONS.
9:59 am edt 

Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

Stop writing about Bobby Anthony and start
telling us want will do as a selectman.
9:56 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

Before anyone leaves town there should be a police investigation into the
missing art and a complete inventory of the art an equipment performed.
9:54 am edt 

Anthony - Martin BoS Candidates

I will only vote for Ralphael. Unfortunately Bobby and Wayne are the
worst choices we have had in years. There isn't even any hope that they can
handle the job. Wayne makes remarks like it isn't over until the fat lady sings.
At his age he has not realized that's wrong to say. And Bobby is just plain
lethargic. And once a cop, always a cop. I don't want that mentality.
9:52 am edt 

Provincetown BoS

Can someone tell the BOS secretary that certain attire is not suitable
for a business environment, and certain behavior too...................Vernon
can you come back?
9:50 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

We all deserved to be happy where we live, where we work, and who we
see each day.  Cheryl, we hope the same for you.  God bless, and may you find
the happiness elsewhere that Provincetown did not provide for you.
9:48 am edt 

Re: Provincetown Public Library

What does the post about the library mean.   What is going on.  ??
9:47 am edt 

To: Wayne Martin - BoS Candidate

Mr martin you say you have to laugh when people bring up your past but
I have to laugh that you think you are a good candidate.  You clearly only
answer what you want to answer, you over talk people when you don't like the way
the conversation is going. Your grammar and spelling is the worse and the most
important part is you have no experience.
9:42 am edt 


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