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  Mark Silva: A Rich Goodby

The church was packed. There was even a long line to enter St. Peter's. There were people sitting along the side pews. All the pews were filled.

We were there to attest to your legacy, to what you gave to this town and to all of us. You brought the energy for the Portuguese Festival and revived it. You brought the energy for the Regatta and revived this wonderful celebration. You gave of yourself, of your time and of your vision.

The town was there to bid you farewell and to thank you for everything that you have done for us. And you did it with humor, joy and a sense of much celebration. You knew how to throw a party and taught the town to do it too!

You were unique and you will be missed. But you would not leave without our thanks and without a party at the Red Inn. We were there with tears and we were there with much laughter and gratefulness for you.

Adieu, Mark! May the angels carry you on holy wings into eternal peace and celebration!

 

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Re: Scammer Broker

 

"You're absolutely right.  I should have automatically assumed, knowing what I do, that they were the same rotten, money-grubbing liars as the out-of-town charmers they sell to -- like you.  I won't make the same mistake again."

PT Barnum said it.  And those "rotten, money-grubbing liars as the out-of-town charmers they sell to" probably looked at you and said 'here is a perfect mark.  A fool that thinks that the world owes him something."  It is their job to get the best for them.  It is your job to get the best for you.  Not the other way around. 

Stop whining and do your job . 

11:51 am est 

Potential Stop & Shop Strike!

 

Sorry stop and Shop employees but if you go on strike I will continue to shop in that store. There is no other grocery store in this area and it is not feasible to buy food at much higher prices in specialty stores in town.

Please do not make this into a good guy bad guy thing for those of us that need to shop in that store.

11:49 am est 

Re: Gordon Siegel, Selectman Candidate

 

Is Gordon the same guy that quit fin com after 2 weeks?

Quitters have no place running for selectman.  Gordon, will you quit if elected to the BOS?  The voters have a right to know.

11:34 am est 

Re: Gordon, Selectman Candidate

 

Oh goodie, and Gordon (also running for selectman) is all about conspiracy theories:

"I found it interesting that when the Town Planner job was added the BOS and the TM had a starting salary of $58,000.  At the 2/12/13 FINCOM meeting, MC said the starting salary needed to be increased by $10000, to $68,000.  When the joint meeting was held with the BOS, although originally not on board with the increase, they decided to increase it by $7,000. based solely on MC.  Now, I have to wonder, since MC and EY had an employer/employee relationship if EY and the future Mrs. Yingling were already an item, if there wasn't a bit of prejudice in MC's thinking?"  October 11 2014 on the Provincetown /Truro/Wellfleet beacon

I'm voting for Louise!  We don't need another sexist in town government

11:32 am est 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Comment to Mark Hatch

 

This guys Google is a mess

"Mark, You are on the finance committee and don't understand depreciation?  The trucks value decreases value when it is smoked in. Maybe you should resign! It's Illegal and breaking the law is not an option for them."  Vincent Breglia March 2015 on Provincetown/Truro/Wellfleet beacon

This guy sounds like the Wayne train!

7:17 pm est 

Selectman Candidate

 

"It's Another Messed up day in this small town. We seriously need to elect selectman that don't have a personal agenda. Children on the town board should not be allowed. Let's get rid of the Richter Family and start having some fair politics."

Is Vincent running just to settle a score?

7:13 pm est 

Selectman Candidate

 

Ugh another person running for selectmen with a vendetta?

"It's Another Messed up day in this small town. We seriously need to elect selectman that don't have a personal agenda. Children on the town board should not be allowed. Let's get rid of the Richter Family and start having some fair politics". Vincent Breglia on November 8 on Provincetown/Truro/Wellfleet beacon

Vincent, is this what we can expect from you if you're elected?

7:11 pm est 

Re: Scammer Broker

 

"Who chose them?  Were you forced?  Coerced in some way?  Or, perhaps did you fail to do "due diligence" in hring someone to do a job for you?  Why did it take 6 weeks for you to discover your error?  Of course they were wrong if they behaved as described, but you were the gullible ones that failed to protect yourselves by checking references etc."

You're absolutely right.  I should have automatically assumed, knowing what I do, that they were the same rotten, money-grubbing liars as the out-of-town charmers they sell to -- like you.  I won't make the same mistake again.

11:21 am est 

Re: Riley's Parking Lot

 

"Think about it.  Who is 'the town'?" 

A simple answer is 'we are the town'.  We electroplating to do certain things, the appoint people into certain jobs.  You can't just cast a vote for someone and assume that's your only responsibility.

Before you bitch about 'the town', get on a board or committee if you want to see things happen.  If that isn't for you then go to a BOS meeting or a committee meeting and speak up.

We ALL are the town, we have only ourselves to blame if things don't go the way we think they should.  I think the current BOS is as weak as I've ever seen, but I didn't run because I didn't want to commit the time.

What's the saying, we generally get the government we deserve?

11:16 am est 

80 People Converted to Condos Out of Fear

Yes indeed. We turned our three family home into condos when the selectmen put that article in town meeting to ban condo conversions.

We had to get our property surveyed, we had to go to a lawyer and get it all registered--and now we have total peace of mind.

WE have joined the line of people doing this. It was never our plan--but we were forced to do this because if we ever want to sell, we didn't want our property rejected by buyers because they wouldn't be allowed to eventually go condo.
11:15 am est 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Re: Riley's Parking Lot

 

"Think about it.  Who is 'the town'?"

 

Like this post, There isn't really one entity 'the town'. Just like all the people crying about no housing... 'why don't 'they' do something about it? who is they? " so sick of reading these accusatory uneducated post...

12:16 pm est 

Re: Affordable Housing

 

"Get out of town we don't want you".

What a stupid post. The housing specialist and the other BOS clowns have the housing crusade not the Town Planner. I agree recall, Yingling, too bad just being a selfish idiot is not reason for recall.

12:14 pm est 

Riley's Has Every Right to change Use

And three neighbors complaining does not a plan site review  make, nor a review with health and then a continued series of meetings with zoning. it all depends on who you are and which architects you select. It is about those controlling zoning and attempting to make Planning the most powerful board. and guess who's baby that is? Seems like she's back and some are surely the worse for that. the Planning board is reduced to ahah, oh, yes, and m-m-m.

they have lost their voice and are controlled like puppets.

How sad.
12:13 pm est 

Re: Scammer Broker

 

"They were chosen to be seller brokers, to represent OUR property and get US the best price. To "move it" for US, on OUR time.  To do otherwise is corrupt.  You'd be the first to scream if someone wasted six weeks of your time, treated you like 'hired help" before every showing, lied to your face, and then had the nerve to insist that you seriously consider an offer that was less than the assessed value of your little "palace".  Go pick an argument with someone who actually gives a damn what you think."

Who chose them?  Were you forced?  Coerced in some way?  Or, perhaps did you fail to do "due diligence" in hring someone to do a job for you?  Why did it take 6 weeks for you to discover your error?  Of course they were wrong if they behaved as described, but you were the gullible ones that failed to protect yourselves by checking references etc.

12:11 pm est 

Riley's / Duarte's

Not sure why all the conspiracy posts: If one decides to change the USE or increase the USE and OCCUPANCY there are regulations that must be followed:

Part of a T-shirt retail building "changing use" to a commercial theatre space and adding a BAR triggers the following:
Zoning Relief
Planning Board Site Plan review
Board of Health review
Sewer capacity review thus if sewer hookup is requested they need to go to Water & Sewer Board
Any increase in water use , I believe they are increasing occupancy LOAD 5 times the existing should trigger and Economic Development review and approval from BOS
If they are "changing windows" they need Historic approval
Will they be installing AC for the new space, where are the compressors going? ON the roof on the grounds?
Lots of details and reviews are needed just like the rest of us who plan to expand and or operate a business in town.
Everyone should be treated the same in an open and transparent public hearing process.
If the neighbors want they can always appeal any ZONING or Planning rulings to the Courts.
10:17 am est 

Winslow - VFW Swap?

 

Pursuant the Winslow property, what was the exact language on the pertinent articles we voted down?

I thought that the vote at Town Meeting was for the allocation/expenditure of town funds to purchase the property.  Since we voted no, no funds were allocated/expended accordingly.

But if there were to be no costs incurred by the town in acquiring this property, because of it being gifted to the town, or as the result of a swap, how is this in violation of our vote at Town Meeting? 

10:12 am est 

Riley's Parking Lot

 

"It is true that the town is messing with Riley's Parking lot now. They are requiring new plans before granting a permit to operate. .  ."

Think about it.  Who is 'the town'?  Is it the BOS?  The town manager?  Town staff?  There isn't one entity 'the town'.  A board is requiring plans for Riley's in response to neighbor's who don't want this big production in their neighborhood.

There isn't really one entity 'the town'

9:58 am est 

Gret Idea! 365 Buy Multifamily Homes


This is a great idea. All they have to do is raise enough money from their group to come up with a down payment. Then they can buy these multi-family units and rent them out for a song. Of course, the rents won't pay the mortgage, but then PROVINCETOWN 365 can dig into their own pockets and make up the difference.

Remember, ONLY the people who hooked up to the waste water treatment plant paid a betterment fee etc. Not every taxpayer.

Thus, let the PROVINCETOWN 365 and the HOUSING SPECIALIST with her $117,000.00 Salary and the other folks pitch in and buy these homes and then rent out the apartments.

This is a great idea. Plus, they raised Thousands of dollars in four hours to put the photos on the walls at the wharf. Let them be the ones to buy and rent out the properties that they demand the owners provide.

As you know, any property that uses federal money must allow any one is the Continental united states, Hawaii and Alaska and its territories the opportunity to get a job here and thus apply for affordable housing.

With 365 buying and owning the property--they can rent it to  their friends only.
9:54 am est 

Affordable Housing

 

Get rid of the Town Planner and recall Eric Yingling, they continue to piss-off most business owners and second hme owners with their affordable housing crusade. Get out of town we don't want you.

9:53 am est 

Re: Scammer Broker


"A real estate broker who ties to move a property has nothing to do with "corruption".  It has to do with business, ethical or stupid or just normal.  Hw did he pressure you?  with a gun?  with court law suits?  Grow up and get real"


You obviously have little to no knowledge of the Standards of Professional Practice in real estate -- or you choose to ignore them. When I see or am subjected to unethical or sleazy behavior, I call it out.  They were chosen to be seller brokers, to represent OUR property and get US the best price. To "move it" for US, on OUR time.  To do otherwise is corrupt.  You'd be the first to scream if someone wasted six weeks of your time, treated you like 'hired help" before every showing, lied to your face, and then had the nerve to insist that you seriously consider an offer that was less than the assessed value of your little "palace".  Go pick an argument with someone who actually gives a damn what you think.

9:51 am est 

To: Wayne Martin

 

"he absolutely said at one point the town advised him that they were considering if he didn't sell to them they would try to take it by going the route of eminent domain, Fact!"

The only possible "fact" here is that the town said it would "consider" an action. It did not take the action and since when has it been evil for a town or anyone to "consider" doing something.  To me it makes good common sense to at least think and "consider' all possible points of view and possible actions.  To do less would be foolish.

9:46 am est 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Re: Provincetown 365

 

PROVINCETOWN 365 + HOUSING SPECIALIST BUY NOW

Look at the multi family homes for sale. Why doesn't Provincetown 365 take up a collection, get the downpayment and buy them up and then rent them out to pay the mortgage?

Look at all of the personal property owned by the memebers of PROVINCETOWN 365 Let them take out a loan on their property and buy up these places.

Why ask the citizens homeowners of Provincetown to take a hit while you all sit back and tell property owners what to do with their property via town meeting rules to abolish condo Conversions etc.

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS. TAKE ACTION, GO AND GET THE MONEY AND STOP ASKING EVERYONE ELSE TO PAY YOUR WAY.

10:53 am est 

Re: Scammer Real Estate Broker

 

"You shouldn't be surprised by now at the corruption in this town.  We just had to fire some scammer R.E. broker who tried to pressure us into selling our place at a price that was $70K below list price and $13K below the actual assessed value of the place!!  Sleaze, and nickel-and-diming the average Joe, in this town is par for the course!!"

A real estate broker who ties to move a property has nothing to do with "corruption".  It has to do with business, ethical or stupid or just normal.  Hw did he pressure you?  with a gun?  with court law suits?  Grow up and get real.  You did not sell and can't be forced to accept a bad deal. If you don't like the deal, walk and get anew broker.  Simple.  No corruption(official implication) 

10:47 am est 

Re: Wayne Martin

 

Ok, Ok, Ok

Wayne, you do at times give good information but enough is enough. and this is not the Wayne blog.

10:46 am est 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Riley's Parking Lot

 

It is true that the town is messing with Riley's Parking lot now. They are requiring new plans before granting a permit to operate. So what will happen? Well not enough parking for the tourists that come to town daily during the summer. So all those people that spend money will not have a place to park and lots of people will get screwed- business owners, waiters, bartenders. Good move BOS. You are off to a great start. What is the whether forecast, who gives a rat's ass. Just run the town properly and stop with this nonsense especially at Riley's. Time for a new BOS, they all need to go!

10:12 pm est 

To: Wayne Martin:

You shouldn't be surprised by now at the corruption in this town.  We just had to fire some scammer R.E. broker who tried to pressure us into selling our place at a price that was $70K below list price and $13K below the actual assessed value of the place!!  Sleaze, and nickel-and-diming the average Joe, in this town is par for the course!!
4:48 pm est 

To: Wayne Martin

"Joe Duarte"


I thought your dad passed away long before anyone mentioned Duartes was for sale. And your dad spoke to him regarding the matter??
4:19 pm est 

From: Wayne Martin

I talked to Joe dozens of times on the matter the town was never gonna get the land for what they offered him at the time I talked to him! Why would the family sell to a out of towner the for same price that the town offered and was already set to purchase?  That alone speaks volumes about what the Duartes thought of the town. It doesn't make any sense what your saying at all unless he didn't care to business with the town to begin with after costing him several hundred thousand in attorney fees like I stated before. P.S. I always make sue of my facts before I open my mouth, my dad taught me well😉
4:17 pm est 

From: Wayne Martin

Something that should disturb all of us, We as voters several times now have voted not to build a new police station. Last year we voted to purchase a piece of property on Winslow St. because the selectmen needed it to build a police station along with "affordable housing " which was voted down, this was put on the agenda even though several times we voted not to build s new police station! Now this town is involved I submit in my opinion a very shady deal to exchange that same piece of Property on Winslow for the community center property so they can build a Police station! It's my understanding that this can be done with out our permission or coming to a vote. Who ever even gave the selectmen permission to make such an offer that's what I like to know? To some up we voted NO on a police station several times, voted NO on the Winslow property and because the Selectmen and police didn't get their way they are going to circumvent the Democratic process in this town and manip!
ulating property values say believe us it's too good of a deal to pass up!!! You wanna talk about BS now that is the definition of it!!! Enough with the Executive session meetings let us all see what your really up to!
3:58 pm est 

To: Wayne Martin

 

"The property could have been bought any time after the 21E was cleared, but the current owner was the only one to engauge seriously purchasing the property."


You don't have the facts on this one.  The town offered Duarte a price to purchase the lot.  Then Mr, Duarte passed away.  The new owner stepped in at that time and bought it from the estate for the exact price being offered by the town.  It's common knowledge around town hall and the finance director was leading the negotiations which started when Sharon was here. 

11:06 am est 

From: Wayne Martin

Joe Duarte was a good friend of mine and my dads who we talked to on several occasions about the legal problems he had with the town for years, he absolutely said at one point the town advised him that they were considering if he didn't sell to them they would try to take it by going the route of eminent domain, Fact! Also he stated the town at that time had cost him in legal fees upwards of half Million dollars and now there trying to lowball me, they'll get this over my dead body, Fact!!! This was said to several people I'm sure not just us. The proof is the town never did get it and they were trying for years before the current owner came along, seems to be he had little to no problems acquiring it. It's my understanding now that the town has delayed giving him the permits that have been requested to improve the property too, are they going to try and force him into selling the property like the owners of the property they need for a police station on Winslow St.? Let's a!
ll keep a close eye on that please.
11:03 am est 

From: Wayne Martin


   We all have made I complaints public some of us have been doing it for several years, and your right about coming out with names of people who plan to sue these two towns on this blog and other forms of social media it's not my place to do so. Also there are a few that have a real concern that this will put a target on their backs and they will further be harassed and retaliated against which has been the case for some of us. As for going to Truro's meeting selectmen Worthington made it clear publicly that they are not interested at all in hearing complaints against Truro police,  while pounding her fist on the table she stated at one meeting when several complaints were made, that she sick and tired of hearing complaints and has been a friend-coworker with several of them for years and would put the Truro's police professionalism and credibility against any other law enforcement agencies in the country and would not hear anymore complaints about them. Pretty much calling the 13 of us that showed up to make complaints some being senior citizens all liars. Interesting note that some of us made complaints and were there to make complaints against the now disgraced X chief of police "best man suited for the job" John Lundborn. Again I ask that people come to the next selectmen's meeting and show there support for us like we did for you when you wanted to get rid of Jarran who was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to the problems in the Provincetowns police Senior staff. Remember a leopard seldom if ever changes its spots especially when in the company of other leopards.
10:58 am est 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

To: Wayne Martin

 

Wayne- I see and understand where you are coming from. I agree with your plight. However, if you publicly "out" and name those involved in ANY suits against the town- I am sure that will only backfire on you. Have these people not trusted you to  ensure their anomynity?

10:55 pm est 

Local Comprehensive Plan

 

Finally the Local Comprehensive Plan is gaining the attention

it needs. Finally a work session tied to getting this massive and necessary plan in place.

10:53 pm est 

Super Tuesday is Soon Here

 

And it seems that Trump will win again. I hope Hillary wins as well. Bernie is Bernie but he could not ever win against Trump.

10:52 pm est 

We Voted No on Winslow !

And it seems that does not matter. Now we have a "deal" and it is BOS and Panagore. We did vote against this property and a switch is not what we voted for. It's time you respect our votes.
10:51 pm est 

Duarte's Property

 

The statement that Joe Duarte Spent tons of money to fend the town off from eminent domain taking is false. The idea was thrown around, but there is a certain criteria to be met for that to happen (the first being labeled a "Blight" on the neighborhood). It (the town) never proceeded with the action. The town simply did not want to pay what he wanted, and this was straight from him. The property could have been bought any time after the 21E was cleared, but the current owner was the only one to engauge seriously purchasing the property.

10:49 pm est 

From: Wayne Martin

I will be speaking at the next selectmen's meeting bringing up these disturbing issues and many more I would hope to see other taxpayers along with me showing their concerns about these disturbing situations.

I hope you do. I'll be watching on PTV from afar.

Do you plan to go to Truro's selectmen's meeting also? Those are aired too.
10:47 pm est 

Town Manager

 

Good to see the town manager is driving his own car again.  Did he also stop filling it at the town pumps?   Being called out on it on this blog seems to have made a difference.

10:45 pm est 

Wayne, Wayne, Wayne

Enough already. Please, a little silence, a little more breath. Good. Now that is better.
7:11 pm est 

From: Wayne Martin
 
 
Let's see last night selectmen's meeting. The community center property they claim is almost devalued in half from 1,000,000 to 600,000 the property on Winslow Street that the Selectmen tried to jam down the taxpayers throat last year for the police station, has nearly doubled in price from 1,100,000 to 2,100,000 all this in less than a year. There has been no changes or improvements done on the property on Winslow Street mostly because this town has continued to stall on the permits so the developers can finish the project, this comes right out of one of the partners own mouths! Now how is it possible these two property values in the same town can change so drastically or should I say conveniently for the Selectman and the police department. I would like to know who is the one who is determining these property values? People do not be fooled all this is is another End run around democracy in this town, the people have spoke time and time again we don't want or need a new 7,6,5 or even million dollar police station. All they are doing meaning the Selectman are dangling a proverbial carrot in front of the taxpayers and saying what a good deal this is we can't pass this up and want us to bite at it! The town did this to Joe Duarte for years because they wanted his property and were willing to take by any means possible which cost him A Ton of money in legal fees that is why the town does not have that property now the family refused to sell to the town because that. Is this the way we want our elected officials to do business, you either sell to us or we will put you through or it will cost you. I have always said and I will continue to say the VFW property was purchased for the police department and the police department only the Selectman lied to the people about the purchase and its intended use. We certainly don't need the property on Winslow Street to have affordable housing on VFW property so why all the finagling. Maybe it's the same reason that the DPW garage is not receiving any money for improvements because once the police station wasn't going to be there It fell to the wayside. The Selectmen have also failed to inform the towns of the multiple complaints against this chief of police that never should've been hired in the first place, who is already named in two lawsuits for covering up crimes and who has just been accused of insurance fraud by a prominent senior citizen in this town which the Selectmen and Town manager are all too aware of. This came about after the police department put in a apparently fraudulent claim of damage done to one of the cruisers approximately 6 months after a extremely minor incident. After receiving the notice in the mail the senior citizen tried to speak to the chief of police who refused to speak to this person on the matter, the senior citizen also reached out to the Truro police because of their involvement who also refused to speak to him at all. So he was left with no choice but to go to his insurance company who has refused to pay the claim after doing an investigation. This very well could result in criminal charges for the chief of police and any officers who were involved and or another potential Lawsuit. I will be speaking at the next selectmen's meeting bringing up these disturbing issues and many more I would hope to see other taxpayers along with me showing their concerns about these disturbing situations.
7:10 pm est 

From: Wayne Martin

 

I and other individuals have contacted the AG's office going back years now in all the letters we received back the state that they have limited resources and suggest that we hire attorneys. We were all going to go to Boston as a group with our evidence but our lawyers told us in would be futile and waste of time, because their office seldom if ever gets involved in these kind of cases especially against the police. However like I stated before the inspector general does handle cases of fraud and Municipal corruption and how they are handling the complaints or in what stage of the investigation they are in call up for yourselves and find out.

3:10 pm est 

From: Wayne Martin

I agree a lot of people don't care what is happening in their community or to their fellow man and to that I say sad just plain sad. As to me posting on this site it is my understanding that is exactly what it is for, to advise and notify ongoings in our community that effect us all. Bull s--t you say try the 100% absolute truth you should really try it sometime maybe even crawl out from that rock you've been hiding under and try doing some good for your community instead of making cowardly anonymous remarks to a real caring  and civic minded person. One more thing before I go this latest settlement that the town of Provincetown paid out because of the misconduct of its officers and Chief Golden comes out of all the people who pay taxes in our town, you know whose pocket it doesn't come out of? You guest it the officers that were named in this suit and that includes Golden! It does not effect them whatsoever, how is that right! That's why I maintain that they should be made !
to carry their own liability insurance so they pay for their own screwups not us!!! Now that's BULLS--T my boy.
2:23 pm est 

Apartment Rentals

 

More & More People, it seems are going to rent their small apartments weekly instead of seasonally or year around! The sad unknown fact here,is that those same greedy people are charging weekly rental prices all year ( some as much as $1,000.00 per week ) to people with no other options! it was mentioned here recently to establish Rental Ceiling Coalition to prohibit this gouging of citizens or not license places that are not in compliance with more reasonably fair weekly prices in Winter weeks!

2:08 pm est 

To: Wayne Martin


I remember years ago Barry S. was suing the police for issues and had no problem posting the facts in here. If the AGs office has the complaint and can be verified as you claim Mr. Martin, why no info posted here? I'm sure the AGs office isn't going to divulge any info so what gives?
2:05 pm est 

The Rising Tide

 

Our entire pier sold for $3,500,000. A 130' slip in a marina on Nantucket sold for $4,200,000. Gentrification here has hardly begun. We have the most undervalued desirable coastal property east of New York despite what we think about it. Real big money will get here one day, not the middle management money that has some arguing chump change tax issues. Let's hope all boats rise on the tide of prosperity.

2:03 pm est 

Attn: Wayne Martin

You need to really stop. A lot of us don't care. And This site needs to stop posting your bull    .
10:47 am est 

From: Wayne Martin

 

This is an update from Wayne Martin

  There are now 10 plaintiffs not 11 that I have either brought suit or are planning to file against the towns of Truro and Provincetown and their police departments. The reason for this is that one just recently has been settled out of court involving chief Golden and other officers of the Provincetown Police Department. Even though the plaintiff in this case was made to sign a confidentiality agreement on the amount paid out I will be asking from the town hall what it cost the taxpayers for the settlement and attorney fees in this case, I don't expect I will be getting any information on this matter even though as a tax payer of Provincetown I am entitled to it because it comes out of all of our pockets. There are now two cases of corruption sitting on the Inspector General's desk against the town of Truro this can be verified by simply calling them up.
  
   To the coward or cowards that anonymously keep remarking on my posts in what world would i be responsible for information not getting out to the community? I would love nothing more than to give the names of the plaintiffs but I feel they would also be redacted from my posts just like the names of the Provincetown and Truro police chiefs were in my last posts. Also I like peace in my life not drama but seeing how is has been forced upon me I will never I repeat never back down from a fight or stop trying to help people that need it, I didn't draw first blood!

    For the administrators of shout Out I would appreciate if in the future that none of the information that I post is redacted I believe by putting my name to all of my posts relieves you of any legal responsibility and I would challenge anybody to prove that any of the information that I have posted is a lie or is incorrect in anyway.

10:45 am est 

Re: Possible Conflict of Interest

Haven't been reading for some time so please enlighten us as to the three possible conflicts of interest. Where?
10:42 am est 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

To: Wayne Martin

 

"Wanye Martin: Why do you think the taxpayers don't know what's going on its people like you that stop the information from getting to them."

Well Wanye, (and I don't claim to be a friend of yours) you are the biggest obstacle to getting info out to the people. Claiming there are thorny, world altering court cases that you and 10 others are involved in, then coyly pulling back and saying you can't discuss them.

It's the old bait and switch. You do love drama Wayne. I'll give you that.

8:03 pm est 

Compliance Officer

 

And what will the compliance Officer Do?

Exactly what is the mandate? What will they be checking and how will they do this? Unclear what the process will be. does someone know?

1:21 pm est 

Affordable Housing

 

Everyday I get posts to my facebook requarding people
Who are searching for affordable ptown rentals this summer,
What's going on with ptown???  You're losing. You're community
Faster than you know. !!!!!! There are no rentals that are affordable

1:20 pm est 

Affordable Housing

 

I continue to find it amusing when someone posts on fb their outrage over a property owner when he or she decides to rent their condo weekly instead of yearly. Many of these people expressing outrage moved to Provincetown 5-10 years ago and expect to get a cheap place to rent because they feel entitled. Like many business/property owners in this town, I moved here and rented. I worked my ass off and saved, bought property and continue to pay a very large mortgage. Please stop complaining because most of us have reached a breaking point and do not want to fund another "affordable" development.

1:18 pm est 

Re: Property Exemption

This is posted on Town website.  Can anyone explain the math formula used to reach these estimates? I thought we were getting 30 % off our assessment so all residents got the same reduction in taxes.

Sample of Annual Tax Impact if 873 residents qualified:
Property Tax Impact Tax Impact
Value On Residents       On Non-Residents
$200,000 -$710            +$68
$350,000 -$659            +$119
$500,000 -$608            +$170
$650,000 -$557            +$221
$800,000 -$506            +$272
$950,000 -$455            +$323
$1,100,000 -$404          +$374
$1,300,000 -$336          +$442
$1,500,000 -$268          +$510
$2,000,000 -$98           +$680
$2,289,000 -$0            +$778
1:17 pm est 

Sad That It Has Turned to This

But it does look and feel like a circus act. It is an odd group, this BOS, and they seem like scripted clowns--as someone suggested. It is like a circus act and they are there for their own entertainment. It is buffoonery at the highest. and our town manager is roped in and is tied to this tragic entertainment. He is only listening to them and will fall with them. It is inevitable.

It's time for the peanut gallery to rebel. They are out of control.
1:11 pm est 

Re: Housing Specialist

 

"HOUSING SPECIALIST WITH HER $50,000.00 A YEAR JOB ?"

 

Get the facts, Community Preservation just voted on $117, 000 salary.  I think the third highest paid town employee....wow.

1:09 pm est 

Re: Board of Selectmen Made Me Do it!

Voters cause the tax increases in Provincetown. Uninformed voters that is, voters that don't challenge the unbrideled spending propositions the Selectmen constantly put forward.  If you attend town meeting you will see that normally all requests for spending are approved without much debate or understanding of the proposition.
1:06 pm est 

From: Wayne Martin

We feel that the last post addressing me and the others involved in the lawsuits is a direct threat to our well being for exercising our first amendment rights. This person that claims to be a friend mine I submit is absolutely not they are just saying that to veil his or hers direct threat to us. This being said if this person is named in our lawsuit or is an agent of one of the defendants he or she has just committed a felony " intimidation of a witness " therefore we we are requesting from the custodians of Shout out the persons name that stated that they know I will regret posting comments about the Provincetown and Truro police depts and there will be no one standing at the end besides me! Do they plan on eliminating the other 10 plaintiffs.
Please contact me with the information at 508-237-3486.
   I also have concernes that who is ever censoring my posts about the well  documented incidents involving Truro & Provincetowns Chiefs  of police is doing our communities a great dis-service. Why do you think the taxpayers don't know what's going on its people like you that stop the information from getting to them.
1:04 pm est 

From: Wayne Martin

This is to the person that is to cowardly to put his name to his blogs. Once again either you don't understand the English language or your not very intelligent. I am far from alone in this matter as I have stated time and time again! As for my suit it will not be filed alone as its stands right now there are 5 other individuals suits along with mine that will be filed at the same time. As for my blogging I am making the public aware of what's going on in every means possible because our elected official certainly won't be making anybody aware of it!!! As far as you knowing me, you might know me by name and sight but never on a personal level, I know this because I don't associate myself with cowards who only look out for them selfs!!! Please please elaborate on the remark that  I have made my own bed. I can't believe you can tell the future on these matters but I will give you my predictions, millions of dollars will be paid out in settlements officers from both towns will!
  be brought up on criminal charges and there will finally be positive changes made in the Truro and Provincetown police departments. I am charged with nothing so this is not sour grapes like most people would like to believe. I will also state I have had almost all my property stolen that it took my whole life to acquire by personal friends of                                                 and this crime was covered up with the help of the The                     dept and                      . There has been numerous other crimes covered up and thefts committed by individuals of these two departments that have gone unpunished hence the lawsuits. Also while I was living in Truro at 25 Quail Ridge Rd where I resided for 13 years, one morning we awoke to find that all four of our vehicles had been broken into vandalized, and either property or money had been stolen out of them and the one parked directly underneath where we slept had been set on fire after the perpetrator broke into the garage. Come to find out that another vehicle had been set on f!ire and two dozen vehicles had been either vandalized or stolen from. Thanks to me and the Barnstable police tracking dog the criminal was caught. Not one charge was ever filed by the Truro police against him and although several people asked for his name they refused to give it out!!! " I have the paper work to prove it "  He was the          old          of guess who, that's right               !  Again the Truro selectmen and town manager refused to act and kept the incident quiet!!! As for standing alone at the end I don't think so!!!
1:00 pm est 

Monday, February 22, 2016

 

If You Love Having Clowns as Leaders

Then of course Trump is for you! Not to mention the clowns that are now in position here. Bozo and Clarabelle are running the circus and our Master of Ceremonies sadly is being followed like an elephant around the ring.

6:15 pm est 

Re: Donald Trump!

"Go Trump, love him!"

Right...if Trump looses the nomination maybe we can get him on the Provincetown BOS.  Would fit right in with current board.
6:08 pm est 

New Compliance Officer

 

There will be a new compliance officer in town. LOL

awesome something else for Provincetown to selectively enforce.

6:01 pm est 

Re: BOS Residential Exemption

 

If I figured it out correctly the residential exemption is a difference of about $900.  Get real folks, that's not going to make a difference to anyone.

To the property owner who says it has forced him/her to rent out seasonal.y now, no one believes your whining.  If your finances are so precarious that $900 is going to make you drastically change your operations it would appear you don't have a very good grasp on finances.

To the BOS who thinks $900 is going to keep someone in their home you obviously don't know anything about money, but we already knew that.  $900 is not a big enough difference between being able to live in Provincetown or having to move.

It's like throwing you know what against the wall and seeing if it will stick.  The Selectmen, with no idea what they are doing and no plan, just keep throwing crap at the issue and have yet to make a difference.

5:59 pm est 

Both Silly and Stupid

 

"Board of selectmen forced us to stop giving to charity. It also means we will be forced to cut the pay of our H2bs and put 3 more Bulgarians in each bed.  Our friends started doing it a few years ago. The $150 tax hike means we can only afford to eat at the the red inn 3 times a week. Perhaps most tragically We had to lease a Bmw (shudder) and leave the Aston Martin in the south end. Provincetown used to be a place absurdly rich people could come and make even more money...and then take all our money back to the south end...on our way back to Florida just in time to qualify for our residential exemption there.

We shall ovveeerrrr coome!

-Sarcastic townie"


Maybe it would be better signed "Silly Townie" or even "Stupid townie".

Anyone who lumps an entire diverse group into a single entity is both silly and stupid.

5:57 pm est 

Make Me Shudder

Why any landlord or landlady would rent to the people are raising pitchforks against them is beyond me, and yet on the facebook pages people rant and rave and are demanding the take over of people's homes.

Who in their right mind would even rent to such people. No wonder they can't find a place to live. I have a mental list of name of people I would never, ever rent to because of what they said on social media.

Some seem to have the housing court on fast dial and know the rules and regulations regarding housing like a kid knows his ABCs. They must have folders regarding housing lawyers and the health dept codes..again, why would anyone rent to them?

Their remarks make me shudder--Thank goodness I'm looking for tenants for my properties.
5:55 pm est 

Re: Can't Continue Tto Make it Here

I understand why YOU are selling and moving out. YOU just can't keep up and at your age, you don't/can't work day and night anymore.

The renters at town meeting forget that there are other working people here who own property--not all property owners have high figure out-of-town jobs. Not all people who live here have rich relatives who own lots of property and so they can give you a nice place to live for a pittance. 

You will sell and let someone else have their Provincetown dream. Unfortunately, it will take away more rentals.

YOU don't want to be worried over every bill or have an unexpected expense be a financial set back. Time to move on and out.

We know it too in our hearts: All of the king's horses and all of the King's men won't bring Provincetown back to what it was--and neither can the selectmen or the town manager or the HOUSING SPECIALIST WITH HER $50,000.00 A YEAR JOB etc etc..so we will be following you in a few years and move from here too.
5:53 pm est 

Re: Are Tax Dollars Subsidizing the Dog Run/Play Area at Province Landing?

Why not ask the housing 'specialist' I think she is back from vacation...and ask her what really happened over at the landing. Ask her how many people have moved out of that dump. Ask her how the town got duped and how it continues to be an ineffective answer to the housing 'crisis'.
5:49 pm est 

Re: Board of Selectmen Forced Us to Rent Out Seasonally

 
The VOTERS did it?? Seriously? You haven't been paying attention much have you. The SELECTMEN did it by setting the new tax rate which they do every year. The VOTERS have nothing to do with it other than silently cheer for their $300-$400 smaller tax bill while the non resident non voters pay the difference. And it's not $150.

5:46 pm est 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

We Shall Ovveeerrrr Coome!

 

Board of selectmen forced us to stop giving to charity. It also means we will be forced to cut the pay of our H2bs and put 3 more Bulgarians in each bed.  Our friends started doing it a few years ago. The $150 tax hike means we can only afford to eat at the the red inn 3 times a week. Perhaps most tragically We had to lease a Bmw (shudder) and leave the Aston Martin in the south end. Provincetown used to be a place absurdly rich people could come and make even more money...and then take all our money back to the south end...on our way back to Florida just in time to qualify for our residential exemption there. 

We shall ovveeerrrr coome!

-Sarcastic townie

10:45 pm est 

Donald Trump!

 

Go Trump, love him!

10:40 pm est 

Re: Board of Selectmen Forced Us to Rent Out Seasonally

Well, we all hope your new seasonal rental complies with all regulatory rules, is permitted properly, and that you're reporting the income on your Federal Taxes properly as well. We also hope you have proper insurance. There will be a new compliance officer in town to make sure you're all set with this conversion, and that you're also reporting the income for the short-term rentals. The fines will be increasing for non-compliance as well, so it's very important you make sure you're not out of compliance. Btw, the Board of Selectmen didn't DO anything. The TOWN VOTERS told them to. So get it right. And if the State allows us to go up to a 35% exemption, they'll tell the Board of Selectmen to do it again. This is what THE VOTERS wanted.
10:39 pm est 

Re: Bangs St???

Oh here we go again. Don't let facts get in the way here either. First of all, the entire section of road AND the land in front of it has a giant question mark on the plot layout (go look at the GIS info at the assessor's office). Secondly, the neighbors had that tied up in land court because...wait for it...no one knows who owns the land, but the town isn't listed there anywhere, only the abutters. (Did anyone realize there is an existing structure back there? And that existing structure has the right of way from where Bangs actually stops?) Only ONE abutter chose to pursue the case into land court, and that abutter and Malone signed an agreement after plans were approved by both parties. The town never was a part of it. Ever. The town doesn't own anything there and it's still unclear who does. But if no one contests it who's involved, then Malone can proceed. Since the only involved party made an agreement with him, the Bangs St controversy only exists in someone's mind.
10:26 am est 

To: Wayne Martin

I have known you for a long time and all I can say is, you made your bed so now you must sleep in it. All this blogging on here that you are doing is not typical for anyone with a court case and at the end my good friend, you will regret it all. Wish I could say how and why but for the same reason I can't post my name, you will find yourself alone at the end.
10:24 am est 

Board of Selectmen Forced Us to Rent Out Seasonally


Due to the changes from the board of selectmen, our year round apartment is no longer year round--but will be rented out in the summers (and then a winter rental).

Provincetown has a lost a two bedroom apartment that has housed a family in the past and a couple in recent years.

We had to do it. My neighbors did this years ago. We have one more apartment to go. Once our last remaining tenant moves out--that apartment will be summer only as well.

I hope that you folks who rent thank the selectmen for bringing this on you.

10:23 am est 

From: Wayne Martin

I thought I made it perfectly clear I am not going this alone at all, there are 11 individuals involved for now with 6 attorneys and a insurance investigator. we have brought our issues to the Chiefs of police who refused to even return a phone call, also the town managers and selectmen who have chosen to do absolutely nothing and refuse to inform the taxpayers of the allegations. If the public wants to know what's going on try ordering the selectmen to inform the taxpayers " their bosses " about on going litigations and alligations against town employees while on duty. It should also be know that settlements have been paid with gag stipulations put on them requested by town councils so that is another reason the taxpayers are not fully aware of the huge problems that exists in the Provincetown and Truro police departments since these two Chiefs have been put into power!!! Like I said before its my understanding even Selectmen Anthony either has or had recently litigation against the Truro police. Once again who in their right mind and having even an ounce of intelligence would have ever hired either one of these two Chiefs considering the complaints made against them, litigations they were named in, ongoing problems in their departments which they were aware of and failed to report and their previous track records?

      I apologize if some people are having a problem understanding my posts because of my mis-use or lack of punctuation. I think the reason for this is because I mostly utilize the talk to text function. In any case instead of criticizing the way I have composed my posts try focusing on the serious issues that have been brought before you seeing how the money for all these litigations has been and will be coming directly out of your pockets!!!

  Sincerely Yours, Wayne Martin
10:20 am est 

Grace Gouveia Building Lottery

 

We had a few lucky folks to get into the Grace Gouveia building in a lottery, kept some locals here. That's the positive. But what are they thinking with the parking spaces? Seriously 29,000 a space, have you tried to park in there? The spaces will be nothing but problems, they are to close together and planning board is allowing it? Also where are the bins for recyclables and trash located? I assume for the prices of the condos they expect folks to keep garbage in their homes.

10:16 am est 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Really? Breaking News on Other Blogs

 

it is so old, so yesterday, so tired. Get to work. Post some interesting stuff. Nothing's breaking kids!

11:00 pm est 

Jeb Bush et al

 

If Jeb's People are Sending out Resumes

some in town hall should follow suit. Start now. good luck.

10:58 pm est 

Bangs St???

 

What are you talking about. Now is not the time to be cryptic, do tell.

10:57 pm est 

Re: Wayne Martin

 

Anyone else have problems reading the Wayneisms?  What the heck is he saying?  Wayne, let punctuations be your friend.

10:56 pm est 

To: Wayne Martin

 

"Re: From: Wayne Martin"

As much as I'd like to support your issues to find the right outcome, regardless of which direction it goes, it's too bad you can't give the public more info as to what you're talking about. Often, if the facts are publicized, others may have had the same issue but didn't want to go it alone when given the option to sue or complain. It's tough to support your cause with so little to go on, not that I don't want to.

10:55 pm est 

Re: Cabral Wharf Development

 

Please look at today's Boston Globe story on Newburyport. It is the same development team that will hopefully revive Provincetown.

10:53 pm est 

From: Wayne Martin

Nothing I repeat nothing that occurs involving any town employee while at work or on duty is a private matter or should be not condoned such as misconduct or criminal activity. At all times if this does occur the taxpayers should be nay have the right to be made aware by the way of public meeting of such conduct and should absolutely with out a doubt be made aware of any and all allegations, lawsuits and their named defendants! What happened to all the transparency that our current BoS clamored about? Always remember you were put in office to serve the community not to cover up problems in our individual departments or Provincetown employees.
11:53 am est 

From: Wayne Martin

Spoken like a true corrupt cop or a person " anonymous coward " who is part of the problem!  Well I'm batting 1000% in my own cases and several others that I have gave assistance to and NO 0 Zilch criminal record !!! Thanks to juries that are interested in the truth and don't have their own agendas. Side note in each and every case that even went to the jury ( I say this because in a few cases the judge entered a directed verdict of NOT GUILTY and dismissed the jury ) a verdict of NOT GUILTY was found in less than ten minutes. The problems that we are having is the local courts refusing to file criminal charges against police officers because of the good old boys club but this problem will soon be resolved by filing in federal court like the 7 of us either have or in the process of doing. My only regret is that the money " which in secondary " that not maybe will be awarded to us is going to come out of taxpayer pockets and you can thank the selectmen and town managers for !
that! Once again we have spoke at meeting time after time and were totally ignored, in Truro's case the selectmen's answer to complaints was to scold the people who made them or not allow people to speak at the meeting at all, these are facts that there are video records of. It seems like Mr. Anthony a former Police officer himself is the only one to be aware of the problem it is my understanging that he has a ongoing lawsuit against the Truro police or had one recently in regards to the illegal entry of a storage unit.
11:51 am est 

As For Today's Funeral

It is not simply goodbye, it good riddance. Good riddance to his hatred of the common man, to his dislike of gays, to his deep disgust with African Americans and his total dismissal of women. Democracy is better without his oligarchic tongue and his distorted intelligence that served the rich and served up the poor and middle class.
11:49 am est 

Friday, February 19, 2016

To: Wayne Martian

 

"You will not be notified and the subject need not reveal anything of the case to the public or higher ups. It's private and it does nothing to resolve what you think is a conflict."

So Wayne, while you hope to be a hero star eyewitness in regard to the complaints you have filed against various police departments, don't hold your breath.

8:21 pm est 

Well to Your Point

 

"Could someone explain why our Finance Director is on Scruff/Grindr during working hours?"


The Town Planner uses town hall as her dating site. So what is the difference? Finance Director looking for dates while working or her approach? Look at how she was hired and who she was dating!

8:15 pm est 

Re: Provincetown Beacon Report - Peter Brown Fired

 

Ptown Banner editor gone crazy?!

What the hell is going on at the Banner?! Ann Wood only back in town for a couple months and the drama is flying! I'm not sure the new editor is up to the task. The paper has never looked worse, good people have been fired and the best reporter they had is gone?! Didn't take long!! what a shame....

8:11 pm est 

Re: Conflicts of Interest

 

"Conflict of Interest cases do matter"

"And we have some people who were town employees who left because of the investigation of conflict of interest."

Two names come to mind, Brian Carlson and Doug Taylor. Also, David Guertin was find a stiff penalty. 

4:47 pm est 

Re: Conflicts of Interest

 

"Let me spoil the plot for you."

Conflict of Interest cases do matter

And we have some people who were town employees who left because of the investigation of conflict of interest. And they are taken very seriously by the Attorney General's Office. I don't know what these discussed cases would be, but if filed, actions will be taken.

1:28 pm est 

Re: A Good Story

 

"Don't let a few facts ruin a good story"

Whoever wrote this...well done!

1:26 pm est 

To: Selectmen Andrews

"If she can't get anything done why would we want to re-elect her?"


Great question!  Andrews is all talk and no action.  we need people on the BOS that know how to get things done, not just talk in circles.  Andrews initially told us this was only a two year gig for her.  She needs to be told her time is up.  Andrews has done enough damage.  Let's thank her for her services and allow her to stroll quietly in to the sunset.
12:28 pm est 

Re: Provincetown Finance Director

 

"Could someone explain why our Finance Director is on Scruff/Grindr during working hours?"

Can you imagine if the Town Planner came within 2 miles of a dating site during working hours? She'd be burned at the stake.

10:13 am est 

Re: A Good Story

 

Don't let a few facts ruin a good story

Fact one: The Town Manager's contract includes a $300 a month car allowance (the same as past contracts). The current town manager has chosen not to take that allowance and, instead, have the town pay any travel expenses for classes, symposiums, etc. So before you complain, read, not that I'm sure the posters know how.

Fact two: The Town Manager is the Chief Public Safety Officer and, by law, is entitled to a cruiser in an event (like a blizzard, flooding, severe rain, nuclear war) should he request one. So borrowing a four wheel drive during recent snow is actually fulfilling this role. Sorry if it bothers you but you're just chasing rabbits for your personal vendetta.

Fact three: The Town Planner has applied for, and accepted FLMA for very personal reasons. Again, you can not like her, or like it, but it's available. Instead of posting on an anonymous blog, show your face at town hall and talk to her boss, the Town Manager if you're that upset about what she does or doesn't do...not that you know what she does or doesn't do.

Fact four: if someone is on a site during the day looking for some action, I hope they get it and then go back to their jobs happy. You're probably just mad because you can't get anything. It's probably because you post your venom on anonymous blogs which is a window to your personality.

10:12 am est 

Re: Waiting For Godot

                                           

"If those of you keep attacking the Town Planner and the Town Manager continues to bully her to get rid of her, than yes your comparison to Jaran is correct because we'll be writing another big fat check. You're right, we just never learn do we??"

 

Big check for town planner?


Why is that?  Did that position come with a multiyear contract like Jaran's or is it employee at will?  If there is a contract how many years does it cover and what period of time does it cover?  If the primary contractual responsibility was to come up with a comprehensive plan and no plan has been made after two years, are there performance reviews that would come into play in the event of a change in personel? 

Just trying to cut through the bull and get the facts.  And no I'm not calling town hall to find out.  I have no dog in the fight for or against the town planner and dont want to be seen as picking a side. 

10:07 am est 

Re: Old Bang Street Rumors

 

Bangs street. ??? If the post is about the development of the property at the end of the street. Let  it go. Its a done deal. and all people involved have moved forward. Oops correction. One refuses to leave it be.

10:04 am est 

To: Selectmen Andrews

 

So tell us Selectmen Andrews, exactly what have you done since the last town meeting on the condo conversion ban?


I'm sure Andrews will blame it on everyone else.  The town manager or assistant town manager hasn't brought it up, Donegan didn't put it on the agenda, etc.   she's up for re-election and most likely waiting until the last day to pull papers.   If she can't get anything done why would we want to re-elect her?

10:03 am est 

Re: Conflicts of Interest

Let me spoil the plot for you.

After taking the time to file with the state ethics, they may or may not take the matter up for investigation.
If they do, they will not tell you they did and they will only contact the subject of the investigation, not you or anyone else.
If they find enough evidence to do something ( which 99.9% of the time they don't) they will send a letter to that subject stating they have been investigated and should be aware of their conduct related to the issues complained upon. THATS IT.
You will not be notified and the subject need not reveal anything of the case to the public or higher ups. It's private and it does nothing to resolve what you think is a conflict.
I've been on both ends and it's not worth your while to file.
10:02 am est 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Conflicts of Interest

There are three Conflict of Interest cases being brought before the Attorney General's Office, which will rock Provincetown.

11:43 pm est 

Old Bang Street Rumors
 
There are a rumors circulating about Bang Street, which will gravely impact Town Hall.
Some people would do  well to  take a low profile. You can run but you can't hide!  
 
11:36 pm est 

Re: Waiting For Godot

 

"If those of you keep attacking the Town Planner and the Town Manager continues to bully her to get rid of her, than yes your comparison to Jaran is correct because we'll be writing another big fat check. You're right, we just never learn do we??"

Is this a threat and where is it coming from......guess who? things are heating up!

Where is the plan

11:27 pm est 

Provincetown Beacon Report - Peter Brown Fired

 

February 18 at 5:23pm

 

BREAKING BREAKING Peter Brown has been fired

What Happened to Peter Brown?

Is this linked to town politics and what he was or was trying to report? Or is it tied to Banner politics and the cutting of staff to cut monies.

Maybe both? does anyone know. He surely was the only one reporting on town issues and covering board meetings in person.

11:16 pm est 

Are Tax Dollars Subsidizing the Dog Run/Play Area at Province Landing?

 

Who paid for the fencing?  Why can't they just walk their dogs a block to the CandyLand dog park?

11:13 pm est 

Provincetown Finance Director

 

Could someone explain why our Finance Director is on Scruff/Grindr during working hours?  It reminds me of a particular Sargent driving around in a police vehicle while on these websites. Is this a job requirement now?

11:10 pm est 

Re: Provincetown Board of Selectmen

 

"I really don't know. The selectmen seem disparate, neither here nor there, going this way, then that way. they seem confused and going in many different but rather wacky directions--wacky because it is not thoughtful, not clear, not inspired" 

 

The current BOS have had no clear objective other than affordable housing affordable housing affordable housing.  This BOS clearly do not understand busininess and more importantly Economics 101.  Without jobs YES jobs- their plan is doomed to fail. It is plain. It is simple. Instead , we need a Board Of Selectmen who will think outside the box. A BOS who will possibly put a plan together for an adjunct college. What better college town than Provincetown- Arts- Culinary?This is what this town needs. Not more affordable housing so anyone from the state of MA can come here and park their --- in an affordable unit and live off the town. I would be all for affordable housing if it were truly the people who really need and deserve it were the ones to get it  .If we could guarantee that those from Provincetown who truly were in need of housing got it-then ok.

Unfortunately the way is works is it is Statewide. We have no control . It is a bunch of B.S.  I for one am sick of it and I believe it will be the demise of this BOS. Try thinking outside the box BOS instead of taking from those you deem "rich". You have no idea what one has sacrificed and how hard has one worked to be able to afford a place to call home in this special town. Stop setting the tone and promulgating 'Us against Them".This will be a sure way to only split this town and send you on your way come election day.

10:56 pm est 

Re: Gordon For Selectman!

 
"i'm tired of my taxes paying for lazy townies to live in free housing.
finally some candidates supporting developers and non residents."

I hope you choke to death on that wish fulfillment...it's poisonous VIRUSES like you that have ruined this town for DECENT people.

8:46 pm est 

Re: Waiting For Godot

 

"Where's the Plan?" 

If You Are Hired to Write and Update a Comprehensive Long term Plan

and you fail to do this, then why are you still here? Not to be a secretary to certain boards. that is a poor use of resources. so what has happened to that plan? In a cabinet somewhere? Get it out and start working on it. someone should be demanding this.

8:35 pm est 

Provincetown Beacon Report

 

February 18 at 5:23pm

 

BREAKING BREAKING Peter Brown has been fired !

(Provincetown Banner reporter) 

5:35 pm est 

Re: Waiting For Godot

 

Every comprehensive plan I worked under ended up in a virtual circular file.

Twice a year, I was supposed to indicate the progress on certain objectives in those plans.  It was all BS!

4:45 pm est 

Re: Waiting For Godot

 

If those of you keep attacking the Town Planner and the Town Manager continues to bully her to get rid of her, than yes your comparison to Jaran is correct because we'll be writing another big fat check. You're right, we just never learn do we??

4:42 pm est 

And Look What We Got !

 

Some got what they wanted, pushed out the old (Knight, Anderson, MCChesney, Bedard) and look what ended up with.  BOS 5 to 6 times a month because Donegan doesn't have a clue how to run a meeting.  And your vice chair is Yingling?  Who doesn't have a clue?  And Andrews who has accomplished absolutely nothing!

Really, are you better off with this incompetence?

I'm reminded of the quote in the paper last fall when the condo confession article went down.  Andrews was quoted in the paper saying 'I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work'.  Two weeks til the warrant closes nd sex weeks to town meeting.  So tell us Selectmen Andrews, exactly what have you done since the last town meeting on the condo conversion ban?

4:41 pm est 

Re: From Wayne Martin

 
"They both the Banner and Cape Cod Times are aware of this they simply choose not to print it."

I understand the papers not wanting to get too involved and the agendas being closed to the issue if the town is being sued but what about public comment of either town? Those are open periods for people to voice their issues with the town and although the selectmen don't have to respond or in some cases can't, it doesn't mean they can ban you from speaking out. Why keep these issues secret? I'm not a cop hater but I don't have blind faith in them either or for that matter any organization or person. If there are issues, lets hear it.

4:35 pm est 

Gordon For Selectman!


He and his partner are running for selectman.  I hope they get elected so they can take on the yingling donegan clan and lower taxes for the 2nd homeowners.

i'm tired of my taxes paying for lazy townies to live in free housing.

finally some candidates supporting developers and non residents.

                                                          

                                                          

                                     

4:21 pm est 

Town Manager David Panagore on Cape and Island Radio

Town Manager, David Panagore did a great job in defending the BOS Residential Exemption law.
 
He was clear and concise as to the nature, cause and reason for the Residential Exemption.
 
He broke a leg !! 
 
Good job! 
11:30 am est 

Question

 

Where is my bad hire 'bully with the bowtie' comment?

11:03 am est 

Re: Provincetown Board of Selectmen

 

" It's the same thing over and over again the selectmen make excuses or simply do nothing about the problems unless it somehow effects them, they forget they were put in office by the tax payers and they are the ones they should be first and foremost protecting!!!"

Sounds to me like people got the government they deserve, and sounds like the BOS perfectly represents a LOT of the complainers on this blog!

10:25 am est 

Re: Waiting For Godot

 

Thanks for Posting the Banner announcement of the Town Planner and the Local comprehensive Plan

From David Gardner's statement, McPherson was hired for one major reason: to update and write the Local Comprehensive Plan. that sounds like a good decision but...why hasn't she done this? Why has she abdicated this work and we are still where we were in October 2013--no comprehensive Local Plan. This is a problem because without it, there is no "comprehensive" strategy, no "comprehensive" vision, no "comprehensive" management plan. In other words, without out, there is  no agreed-upon direction for Provincetown, no united over-view that directs Zoning Bylaw changes, that directs Planning changes, that directs BOS proposals. without it, there is no unifying plan by which all boards, all departments, and all personnel stand behind and implement.

As a consequence, we have changes proposed and by laws changed without a unified direction, leaving this town scattered in its goals.

10:22 am est 

From Wayne Martin

The both the Banner and Cape Cod Times are aware of this they simply choose not to prient it. They have been asked in many cases to print retractions on what the have printed or posted on line because of the in accuracy and or just plain being incorrect. The reason for this is because they only interview the police in these legal matters who are lying to them instead of going to the court house or interviewing the victims of these atrocities committed by these two police departments. We have tried several times to be put on the agenda but were refused every time and speaking at public comment does no good because the selectmen exercise their right not to engage in a dialect with you. It's the same thing over and over again the selectmen make excuses or simply do nothing about the problems unless it somehow effects them, they forget they were put in office by the tax payers and they are the ones they should be first and foremost protecting!!! Both the BoS from Provincetown an!
d Truro should learn from Wellfleets BoS they listen to the public an act promptly and decisively, this does two things protects the taxpayer and stops unnecessary lawsuits which ends up coming out of all taxpayers pockets! Which brings me to my next idea, isn't time that police are made to carry their own liability insurance so if or most Likly when then get sued it doesn't come out our pockets not theirs? Surely the powers that be can write this into their contracts and maybe this will stop some of the these lawsuits in the first place or at the very least stop us for paying for their screw ups!!! I would think any honest person devoted to protecting&serving the public should not in no way have a problem with this.
8:34 am est 

Where Are They?

 

What ever happepned to tweedle dee and tweedle dum? Sharon Lynn and David Guertin?

8:31 am est 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Re: Where is Wayne Martin?

Another hopeful down in flames.

None of this has made the papers has it? And none of it has been brought up at public comments.

Somethings up ......
11:38 pm est 

Provincetown Board of Selectmen

 

Do they Have a vision?

I really don't know. The selectmen seem disparate, neither here nor there, going this way, then that way. they seem confused and going in many different but rather wacky directions--wacky because it is not thoughtful, not clear, not inspired.

We have had quite different boards but this one confounds. What are they about? Where are they headed? Where are they taking us--or are we part of the future they see.

They sit and they surely talk a lot. some about the past. some about their husbands. some of their discontents. But what does this all have to do with the future direction of Provincetown? They leave me rather confused or is it that they, themselves, are confused?

7:42 pm est 

Re: Waiting For Godot

 

Well, so where is the Local Comprehensive Plan

If Gloria Mcperson was hired to write it, then what has she been doing for these several years? I see her on this board and then this other, but that has nothing to do with putting together this plan. so why is she like helter skelter and no plan still exists?

7:36 pm est 

Re: Waiting For Godot

 

New Town Planner from New Hampshire

Wasn't Jeff Jaran from New Hampshire as well....Do we need to connect the dots....yet again???  This town never ceases to amaze.  We keep making the same mistakes over and over.

7:34 pm est 

Re: Where is Wayne Martin?

 

Here I am!

   Let me me keep it a simple as I can why I am not running for selectmen. First off I only took out papers for Selectman once not twice and the reason I am not doing so again it's because several other individuals and myself  are in the process of suing the Provincetown and Truro police departments and federal court ( for violation of our Civil and Constitutional rights also for Conspiracy to commit Crimes) seeing how the local courts has refused not only to prosecute these officers-criminals for their crimes but refuse even to allow a hearing on any of the matters. Also The last time I ran for Selectman that now current Provincetown chief of police and the Truro chief of police and his officers did nothing but slandered me to the community. They even went as far to take out criminal charges against me which of course i was found not guilty of. I reported all this to the town managers of both towns and selectmen who saw fit to do absolutely nothing!!! I feel its my duty see!
ing how the selectmen have failed to do so to advise the Provincetown tax payers of the chief of police and at least one of his officers are now being investigated for insurance fraud against one of our prominent senior citizens the town manager is well aware of what the allegations are in this matter. It should be noted that the Truro Police Department also had a role to play in the covering up of this insurance fraud. This could've all been avoided if Provincetown chief of police had simply talk to the man when he was asked instead one of our senior citizens was ignored and was given the runaround and sad set of excuses from one of the senior staff so he had no other choice but to go forward with his complaint. This same senior citizens made calls to the Truro Police Department because their involvement in this and got the same treatment from that department too he was totally ignored. Just recently I have been made aware that members of the Provincetown police department!
  have been making claims and advising people that I have been !
abusing
the people that I live with that I'm a danger to the community and that I have firearms in this house with which I might bring harm to their loved ones, all of which are slanderous lies. I will state again for the record that Provincetown's current chief of police before he was hired was and is named in two lawsuits one being in federal court for his part as the investigating officer in covering up crimes and yet still the selectmen besides Mr. Anthony thought it was a good idea to hire him. I'll ask you in what world in what universe would this ever have been a good idea to hire this man as chief of police? It Is the opinion of myself and countless other people that both him and the chief of police in Truro that has been named as a defendant as well as the town of Truro in a federal lawsuit want to rule not to serve the community as they were hired to do. I feel it is also necessary to give credit where credit is due besides the chief of police and a few of his senior staff!
  the rest of the officers in Provincetown do a good job. I'm sorry I could not give any more details but my attorneys have advised me not to, so for these and several other reasons are why you have not heard from me and why I will not be running for selectmen.

   Sincerely yours Wayne Martin

12:57 pm est 

Waiting For Godot
  • Cape Cod Times

  • Provincetown hires new town planner

  • Town officials have hired a new planner from the city of Concord, N.H.
  • Posted Oct. 4, 2013 at 2:00 AM
    Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 6:40 AM
     


    PROVINCETOWN — Town officials have hired a new planner from the city of Concord, N.H.
    Gloria McPherson will begin work as Provincetown's town planner Oct. 15. Officials hired a planner, a new position, to make sure the updating of the Local Comprehensive Plan goes smoothly, Provincetown Assistant Town Manager David Gardner said. The plan is meant to serve as a guideline for setting policies and objectives for the town.
    McPherson, who has been Concord's city planner for two years, will earn around $65,000 in Provincetown, Gardner said.
    K.C. MYERS
  • 2 1/2 years later and still No Plan













12:03 am est 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Mutual Admiration Society-BOS,TM,FinCom

There is something drastically wrong with the notion that after only 5 months and 16 days into his
contract, the Town Manager is alloted a car, car insurance and  credit card for fuel. Especially when the old FinCom expressed concern for the original contract being too high.
 
No previous Town Manager ever received these benefits and in the case of the new town Manager he has not even completed his 6 month probation.
 
On top of this the Selectmen are budgeting a stipends of $9,000/yr and health insurance per each Select person. Add this allowance to the original contract and you see how our costs balloon. 
 
How did this get pass FinCom? What gives?
 
Not one dime was cut in the budget by FinCom and not one word of discomfort from any of the FinCom members. My, how things change. What a group! 
 
We are in a hole and we keep on digging! 
11:15 pm est 

Re: You Are Hired As Town Manager - Keep It Simple

 

People Have the Right to Ask and also to Complain

If someone is upset about the town Manager getting fuel and perhaps having a car allowance too, then they have every right to ask. this doesn't mean they are against him. It means, my friends, that they are asking questions.

Provide some answers. It's rather simple and without irritation.

10:46 pm est 

Re: You're Still Wrong on BOS Budget

Without needing to reveal who I am, I guarantee I have spent more time on boards and committees and have spent endless hours working as a member on those boards. To say the selectmen do more work than others on other boards, you are very wrong.

Town meeting can amend the budget but only down. Town meeting cannot raise the numbers in the budget. I suggest the selectmen drop the number back to where it currently is and have a member of the public come forward and propose a hike in their pay by way of a citizens petition article to be put into the warrant. Otherwise, a raise for themselves is a acting in their own self interest and that's just not right.

I know you guys read this so why not wake up and do the right thing. Come on Raf and Eric. I'm sure grandma would do it for you guys.
10:45 pm est 

Re: You Are Hired As Town Manager - Keep It Simple

 

I agree with the post about attacking the new Town Manager, this guy is a keeper. Find someone else to pick on, my favorite is the Town Planner. Never understood the need given we have an Assistant Town Manager doing Lord knows what and can't figure out what she has done over the past couple of years except piss off people.

8:24 pm est 

You Are Hired As Town Manager - Keep It Simple

 

Does anybody have copies of the TM & Police Chief contracts? If so, please post them here so we can all see what were all paying for! Thank you in advance.

5:48 pm est 

Re: You Are Hired As Town Manager - Keep It Simple

 

Another proof of what a ghetto this town has become...I knew it would be NO time at all before all you miserable     s would be attacking the new Town Manager...you       s aren't happy unless you're tearing others down...

5:46 pm est 

Re: You Are Hired As Town Manager - Keep It Simple

 

Oh, I get it. David gets a car perk and the BOS gets a stipend increase and health insurance. A cabal is born!

5:44 pm est 

Re: You're Still Wrong on BOS Budget

I'm sorry you can't read or understand budgets but the amount is stil $2000 for each selectmen and $2500 for the chair. This is what they proposed and voted on in a public meeting.  Again town meeting can amend any budget.

The selectman work hundreds of hours a year. They have many more meetings then the other boards.  Put up or shut up.  Do you volunteer for anything or just hide behind a keyboard spewing vitriol? 
5:43 pm est 

Re: Update of Nomination Papers Requested/Returned As of 1/29/16

Where Is Wayne Martin? He's run twice before(I think) and now a no show? He had votes, he had some supporters and now nothing? It's not like the "issues" in this town have gone away. Where is he? 
5:41 pm est 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Re: You Are Hired As Town Manager - Keep It Simple

 

To those complaining about the town managers car, did you ever think he might need it for his weather report? We all know that fishermen looked at the sunset, clouds and bay to know what weather was coming down the pike. My family did.

Leave David P alone and go watch a sunset yourself already. Geeze...

10:10 pm est 

Re: You Are Hired As Town Manager - Keep It Simple

 

This is very simple:


1.  What does the TM's contract entitle him to, regarding transportation
(car, gas, mileage)?

2.  What is the TM currently getting, again, regarding transportation (car, gas, mileage?

The answers to #1 and #2 should be the same, and that should be the no of it, at least with regard to the TM.

Any problems with the contractual perks given to Bergman, Lynn, Panagore and any other past and future TMs, is something you'd have to take with the BOS.  I don't recall, however, any BOS in the past bang questioned about the contractual perks given to any TM.

10:03 pm est 

So They Are Playing a Game

The Town Manager's budget set sup a $5,000 stipend and a $9,999 for insurance for each selectman. Then the selectman--so generous and open --cut this request to half. As if they did not ask for this. As if it just dropped down on their heads from heaven.

This is fabricated. It is a ruse and too many people are in this sad and tragic "joke."
8:21 pm est 

A Comment

 

It is sad when a local art galley owner shames a restaurant on fb. Seriously lady stop being such a child. No one has control over the weather. I hope business owners take note of this person and bar  her entry to their restaurants.

8:19 pm est 

Re: You Are Hired As Town Manager - Keep It Simple

 

"If you are kept up at night worried the town mgr is getting something he shouldn't, take a stroll down to town hall and look at his contract"


Better yet, why doesn't the blog master get both the town manager and police chief contracts and post them here?  Let's make sure we didn't give away the farm like we did with the last two contracts.  I'd rather know now.

8:17 pm est 

Thank You, Clarance

 

Thank you, Clarance, for the corrections made to my post about Doug Taylor and his position. I did in fact know but I failed to remember as I typed. Again, much appreciated.

8:15 pm est 

Re: You Are Hired As Town Manager - Keep It Simple

 

Sharon did not have a town car, she drove her own car.  She did get a monthly car allowance of $200 or $300 a month if I recall.  That was in her contract, is a town owned car in new town manager's contract?  If it isn't then the previous poster is correct, he's taking somethings he is not entitled to take.

8:13 pm est 

Re: You Are Hired As Town Manager - Keep It Simple

 

Town manager using a town car, town gas card at DPW facility? Sounds shady to me. My employer does not provide me a car or pay for my gas to get to my job.

Bet my paycheck, that is it. Maybe the reason all of his past jobs are very short in duration.

8:11 pm est 

You Are Hired As Town Manager - Keep It Simple

 

I also heard from several town hall employees that the treasurer resigned after the town manager requested a town car (so he does not have to pay car insurance), the ability to gas up for free at DPW, and a town credit card.  When the treasurer questioned the town manager, she was berated by the town manager.  He could be heard yelling at her, because she questioned him on it. btw, former town mgr Lynn had her own car, credit card.
The new town manager is a bully behind that bow tie. He is an angry task master who has town hall walking on egg shells. Many can't stand working for him.

8:08 pm est 

Re: Look at the Town Manager's Budget

"If town meeting doesn't want people that work for a living on the BOS they can amend the budget at town meeting."

Are you serious? $1000 per year hike makes the difference of having working people on the board as opposed to nonworking? Again, I make the comment regarding the intelligence on the board. Are they saying they need to offset their losses and need to make a "living" off the selectman's position? Believe me, they don't "do" the work, chairman or not. The volunteers on other boards like ZBA, BOH and PB do a hell of a lot more work and investigation than anyone on the BOS. Do any of THEM get paid? Do they too now qualify for insurance? Introducing more money for a position only will attract more crazies to run for the board. Keep the stipend low if non existent to keep those that want to volunteer to do good for their community to come forward.
8:06 pm est 

Re: Town Manager - Turning a Blind Eye

 

"If you are kept up at night worried the town mgr is getting something he shouldn't, take a stroll down to town hall and look at his contract. it's a public document!"


I'm not concerned about his contract, I'm concerned when he's taking stuff he does not have a right to take.  At worst it is stealing, at a minimum it is unethical behavior.  Any other employee would be fired for such an offense.  Driving to work is not a business expense, why are we paying for his gas?

The Selectmen are turning a blind eye because their reputations are tied to him.  The signs are there, how long will they be ignored?  The woman who left as treasurer was forced out by him because she questioned him.  The signs are there.

12:02 am est 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Re: Town Manager

 

You Are Hired As Town Manager

We do not see a town car and an employee gas card as part of the deal.

Do a good job and then get salary increases. but this is bull. Drive your own car and pay for your gas.

This is not, and I repeat, not part of any contract. It is  not as if any town manager is driving around town inspecting, observing, and giving stop work orders.

Just keep it clean and simple. Here is your salary--period!

11:59 pm est 

Re: Town Manager

"I seriously doubt there isn't one town admin/mgr on the cape who don't get both of these things!"

You're seriously wrong then. Neither Truro or Wellfleets TA gets a town car or gas card. It's part of going to work, pay for your own gas.
11:56 pm est 

Re: Look at the Town Manager's Budget

 

"It specifies the request for a stipend of $5,000 for each selectman. then it additionally specifies standard health insurance at a cost of $9,000 for each selectman....." 

Sorry incorrect. They approved a budget for $2000 for each selectmen and $2500 for the chairman as well as insurance. If town meeting doesn't want people that work for a living on the BOS they can amend the budget at town meeting.

11:53 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

I, for one, really like the idea of a Cabaret type show at the Duarte property! It seems however, that some of the neighbors, do not. So, here's a thought: perhaps the Riley's should scrap the idea of a Cabaret, and go for a nightclub! A noisy, raucus, thudding dancing and drinking til 1am nightclub! Perhaps then they will be thankful for a Cabaret! Just a thought!

11:50 pm est 

Look at the Town Manager's Budget

It specifies the request for a stipend of $5,000 for each selectman. then it additionally specifies standard health insurance at a cost of $9,000 for each selectman. that's what I see when scrutinizing the Town Manager's budget. Are we now treating the BOs as paid employees? And I would imagine that if they get this for 2017, they will ask for even more in 2018. Perhaps $10,000 a year for each selectman and even more monies for "expenses."
4:12 pm est 

An Observation

 

Interesting, the artist  shack at 29 Alden, which former acting Building Inspector  (Commissioner)David (Doug) Taylor owned til 2010 for which historic denied him changes to, has now been torn down and a new foundation has been poured

4:10 pm est 

Re: Town Manager

 

"i heard the town manager is now driving a town owned car and got a gas card for himself so he could fill up at the DPW gas pump, but it wasn't in his contract.  Is it true?"

He should be provided both of these tools, just as sharon and keith were. i seriously doubt there isn't one town admin/mgr on the cape who don't get both of these things!

News alert: he wears bow ties and likes the microphone, too. isnt't that why we hired him?

If you are kept up at night worried the town mgr is getting something he shouldn't, take a stroll down to town hall and look at his contract. it's a public document!

4:02 pm est 

Re: BOS Budget

They proposed 2k for each selectmen and 2500 for the chairman who typically does twice as work. 

THEY proposed the increase to their OWN stipends? Really? They don't see the conflict of interest in that? Not one of them had the brains to have an outsider propose their idea to the warrant, maybe someone somehow claiming they deserve it? What a gang. Show me how they deserve it and previous past members didn't.

And I hope I'm not the only one that sees the problem with their math. They want 2000 each and 2500 for the chair because he does twice the work. Shouldn't that number be 4000? Maybe now we see the problem with the budgets, they can't do math.
4:00 pm est 

Weather Report

 

Have been looking for the  and parking ban info here from out new town meteorologist / town manager on here. What gives? Just read his resume in the Banner article and it seems 3-5 years is the maximum time he has held a job. What's up with that?

3:58 pm est 

Re: BOS Budget

They proposed 2k for each selectmen and 2500 for the chairman who typically does twice as work. 
12:11 pm est 

Re: FMLA

 

"Missing Town Planner" 

Yes Of course the town should Honor the Family Leave for town Employees

It is fair and it should be available to all when needed. When people face a crisis, they do need to be there for their family. However, it should be implemented as it is written as law and the person applying for such a leave must be on leave, unpaid for twelve weeks. Handle family issues but remain unpaid. Otherwise, what a mess any town could face: two or three employees taking family leave and still being paid but not fulfilling their work obligations.


Also, bring in a temp to handle the undone duties while on family leave. the town would have the monies during the twelve weeks of unpaid salary.

10:51 am est 

Re: FMLA

 

"Missing Town Planner"


FMLA allows an employee up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.  Don't know if she is on FMLA, but if she is it could be for up to 12 weeks

Again, no expert on family medical leave act, nor do I know if planner is on it.  But if you get 12 weeks unpaid, or 60 days, maybe an employee can take, say three days  week and get paid for working two days.  There are many questions I'd like answered.  If officials and staff want me and others to trust what you are doing, you need to quit hiding things.

*Donegan said he wasn't running for election so he could ask for health insurance, but now he's running?
*i heard the town manager is now driving a town owned car and got a gas card for himself so he could fill up at the DPW gas pump, but it wasn't in his contract.  Is it true?
*i didn't see it, but was told we are going to have a $200,000 hole year after next because neither the BOS or FINCOM have made a single cut to the budget, how did that happen?
*did I hear we spent $50,000 on NYE and fireworks?  Where did that money come from, we have that much extra hidden in our budgets?
10:49 am est 

Oh Happy Days!

Some good news arrives unexpectedly.
2:37 am est 

Re: Town Planner - Here's the Problem or at Least the Confusion

If someone like our town planner is on family leave and it cost last twelve weeks, that is fine if--and I do mean if--it is unpaid leave. However, Gloria McPherson is working on Thursday and some other funny days when no one is around. I highly doubt that she is on unpaid leave. so maybe it's time for her to be on either--unpaid family leave or--yes or regular no time off leave. You can't have it both ways yet---seems some can have it both ways.

So what's up Doc? and maybe I do mean Doc!
2:35 am est 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Re: Missing Town Planner

FMLA allows an employee up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.  Don't know if she is on FMLA, but if she is it could be for up to 12 weeks.
10:26 pm est 

Re: Town Talk

The TM is moderating the blog, not censoring people on it. If you think he's censoring you, it's because you probably don't have a filter, can't see beyond your ego, and don't understand the parameters of what a civil discourse online it. If only someone would moderate this slug of a page. His actions as moderator ensures a proactive, positive conversation. Which is appropriate on a town blog.
10:24 pm est 

Re: Town Planner

 

"Missing Town Planner" 

No need for Town Planner or Housing Specialist

This town is overburdened with unnecessary employees.  We need to realize that we are a small town and not a big city.  Nothing has changed since we added the positions of Town Planner and Housing Specialist except irritating many of the taxpayers as well as costing us lots of money which could be put to better use.  Also, a small town does not need to spend huge sums of taxpayer money on "consultants" for things that anyone with common sense is able to figure out.  One example of this is sidewalks for Shank Painter Road.  Our tax money should not be spent frivolously, nor is it for the purpose of funding unnecessary positions. 

10:20 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

Correction to a previous post. The owners aren't looking for a zoning change. That's a long drawn out process that the ZBA isn't even involved in.

What they are looking for is a special permit. The reasoning behind it is confusing to me. Are we now having the neighbors awakened to the fact that they are on the other side of the boundary that separates this venue from their residential zone? Where have they been all along? Why now? The zoning has been in place forever and the change of use is legal. The town planner says they have to care for the needs of the neighbors with an impact statement? What if they wanted to show movies in the building? What if it was a place for quiet entertainment? The neighbor seem more upset over the actual show as opposed to the business idea.

And to the idea that the business plan may flop due to poor planning, trust me when I say, Mr. Duarte made quite a nice living on just having the parking lot and the money from a couple of rentals. I'm sure the new owner didn't seek out the new idea for the property. This idea comes from the promoter of the show. This seems like a great fit for Provincetown but alas, don't allow anyone to be successful or make any money running a business in this town!! God forbid anyone get ahead.
10:19 pm est 

Re: Town Planner

 

"Missing Town Planner" 

 

So How Long Does One Go On Family Leave or Medical Leave and Is one Paid during such a Leave?

is there a tradition of doing this in the past? Can anyone give any information on previous town employees who were "granted" or "given" a family leave or a medical leave or just a leave?

I can't remember anyone but someone may remember.

3:52 pm est 

Re: Maybe It's Time

 

"Can a Town Meeting vote also eliminate these positions?"  

 

Both Positions--Town Planner and Housing specialist--can be eliminated at town Meeting

during the discussion and prior to voting on the town employees budget, amendments can come forward to eliminate the salary item of a certain position. The town voters do have this power and prerogative.

3:48 pm est 

Town Manager Censors Town Talk?

 

Whats up with this guy?

This guy is a complete control freak.  He micromanages everything that happens and if one if them tries to point out something to him against what he wants he goes to intimidation.  He wants to be surrounded by yes men/women.  

There's a reason he's never stayed in a job too long, he gets chased out.  It's just a matter of time.

3:47 pm est 

Growing Unease

    If the town manager is feeling uneasy about the blog, he might want to take a close look at how his  staff (and committee heads) treat citizens at open meetings. A case in point, recently Pat Bruno ( whose home abutts the Rilely property) was speaking at a Zonlng Board meeting, and was shut down by Committee Chair (realtor) David Nicolau. She is a person, worried about her home an was not allowed to speak. I suspect that she was embarrassed by the way the Chair treated her.
   If I were she, I would go to the blog and become a "nasty blogger"
   If l may, I would suggest to the TM that, rather than close down communications, encourage open communications, or he wil create a small group of lackeys who will only advise with what he wants to hear thereby creating a small dictatorship. Mr. TM, you keep moving from job to job---so far, I agree with most of your ideas and hope that you don't push yourself out of here.
2:13 pm est 

Re;The Mark of True Leadership...............Indeed!

Any change to their salaries/stipend would have to be approved at town meeting. They'll go for $5K, hear people complain and reduce it on TM floor to a lesser amount but still more than $1K. Just watch. Poor judgment.

As for the health insurance, they can vote themselves that bump at any selectmen's meeting, regardless of whether or not the public likes it. I don't think the town pays though, it just allows them the ability to pay for it themselves but at a lower rate due to being part of the towns group rate. Again, where's the fairness to those that are part time employees?
1:50 pm est 

Maybe it is Time

 

The positions of Town Planner and Housing Specialist had to be approved at Town Meeting. Can a Town Meeting vote also eliminate these positions? If so, maybe it is time.

1:49 pm est 

Re: Town Planner

Exactly! Thank you for being a voice of reason and explaining reality as it is, not as a paranoid schizophrenic would see it. Honestly, reading this site is like reading the live-journal of a hermit in a cabin somewhere. The town planner is both missing in action AND forging backroom alliances to screw local businesses! She's helped oversee the formation of a citizen group hoping to bring about changes in town AND she's working every day to screw over new development through the zoning board! The town manager is a a dangerous micro-manager AND he needs to get more involved to overrule the ZBA in a specific case in which the board is just doing its job!

It's like every problem in town that isn't being fixed completely, absolutely at this second, and in every way possible needs to be dropped at the foot of someone. Scapegoat here, scapegoat there.

Maybe making changes and making things right is complicated and difficult. Maybe it's a longterm project. Maybe we're headed in the right direction, and all we need are tweaks here and there. Not "further scrutiny" that always ends up being unrealistic, short-sighted, knee jerk, and, oftentimes, just silly.
1:47 pm est 

Banner Article - Norman Mailer

 

I too Remember Norman Mailer

It was great that he was here and such a part of our community from eating at Fanizzi's, Michael Shay's to playing poker at Casino Night at the Crown & Anchor. He loved this town and his absence is noted in this week's Banner. We once did have a group of intellectuals among us.

12:11 pm est 

Is This Small Town Really This Difficult to Manage?

Seems running this town is posing a constant problem. Seems there is no long-term plan, no realistic strategic plan and no vision. Any one of these and surely all three would help put this town in the right direction and with the right energy.

Who is really running Provincetown? It's rather confusing when closely scrutinized. Can someone provide some answer?
11:43 am est 

Town Planner

Can we please give this woman a break! Any large scale project/petition has to obtain the proper reviews it is very simple. If you change windows in historic district it needs review from that Board. If you are increasing the use of water by 5 fold by increasing seating and installing an area of service that sells alcohol you need zoning "relief" and reviews by the water and sewer board and the Board of Health. If you increase the use and or occupancy you need the proper permits for septic use and thus will need to possibly upgrade ones septic system and It can not be a "raised" system. If you are creating a new use even if allowed you must mitigate any deleterious effects such as hazard, degradation etc. I wish everyone would read the actual criteria for zoning relief under a special permit review, its all in black and white. If you are changing septic or water capacity by increasing the # of people you need an Economic Development permit if you wish to hook up to the sewer!
. Folks that don't know the rules are quick to judge Town Hall. Everyone should be held to the same standards. If you need curb cuts you need to go to the Board of Selectmen etc.
11:41 am est 

Banner Article

 

Nice fluff piece on the town manager.  What you see in public and what he portrays himself to be is very different than what the staff see.  I heard him referred to as a snake oil salesman.  The Selectmen, who are as blind as can be, should keep their eyes open.  The treasurer woman leaving was their first clue, do any of them know why she really left?

11:38 am est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

The Duarte's property has been run as a parking lot for many years.  The new owners purchased it as a parking lot knowing they would have to apply to the ZBA if they wanted to change the use.  If their plans are delayed for a few months and they cannot open this summer then perhaps they will open their theater next summer.  I would hope if they spent several million dollars to acquire the property then they had contingency plans to  allow for enough time to get approval and do construction needed to change the use.  If they did not plan for possible delays and the money that the property generates as a parking lot is not enough for them then that is their problem.  If they were smart business people they would realize getting a change of use takes time and money and they would have planned accordingly.  Stop blaming the ZBA for doing their job.  Getting a zoning change anywhere on the Cape is a time consuming and difficult process.  The new owners should have done their due diligence before buying what is probably the largest property of its kind in the center of town.  What were they thinking?  They were just going to come to town with tons of money and get all town boards to just give them what they want?  Probably not, they probably know they can run the parking lot as a cash business this summer and they will be fine if they are delayed.  Let the ZBA do their job.

11:36 am est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

                                           

"Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards"

Seriously, it's time for the Town Manager to intervene on the Riley Property request for an entertainment venue. Front page of the Cape Cod times and the Banner, big problem. Fireworks and Skating rinks, yahoo but if the business community continues to have problems with the Town Planner and the ZBA, fireworks won't matter.

11:33 am est 

Observations

 

In regard to yet another 'original' drag show opening in Provincetown: this may come as a surprise, but parodying a female while miming a song is not art. 

Assuming that visitors flock to venues to see this tedious and overdone form of entertainment only proves how far some impresarios have thei heads up their...

11:28 am est 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

                                         

Re: "Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards"

 

Here's the Banner's Reporting on the Development Impact Statement for Duarte's
    

      "Town Planner Gloria McPherson said Friday that the theater...requires a special permit from    the zoning board of appeals because it would establish an entertainment venue in the are."
      "The issue is that this property is right on the edge of the district and it buts a residential district, McPherson said. "You have to take some care to mitigate the impact..in an entirely different zoning district."
      "The board did ask the applicants to also look into the potential impact of sound and vibration that would be specific to a theater venue in the existing concrete block structure,"

McPherson said by e-mail Friday.

     "They are looking for information on traffic impacts of the change of use to a theater with the number of seats proposed."


Seems that Ms. McPherson did totally immerse herself in this decision to delay the decision for the Duarte's property and make a summer business dead. She seemed fully involved--and strangely so-- for a town employee who is on family leave or medical leave. And she also seems to be acting as a member of the zoning board.

Did someone appoint Ms. McPherson as a virtual member of zoning?

9:03 pm est 

The Mark of True Leadership...............Indeed!

 

From what I am hearing our town leaders are really, truly leading.... I hope I'm wrong, but I'm hearing the BOS want to increase their personal stipend from $1,000 to $5,000 per year and have the town supply them with health insurance costing $9,000 per year per selectman. If this is true it shows great leadership at last!

7:19 pm est 

Town Talk Blog

 

Town manager censors what gets posted/asked on Town Talk? whats up with this guy?

7:13 pm est 

Re: Provincetown Pier Corporation

 

Having just sat through the amazing meeting via PTV between the Pier Corp. and the Selectmen that happened last month (I know this is old news, but I just had to chime in), I can only say to Mr. Anthony: your Dr. called, you need to decrease your meds! What has Selectmen Anthony been doing for the past few months, sleeping?? Even I can recall their earlier meeting when the whole rent issue was discussed! Anthony and Donegan both did a good job of playing dumb during this current meeting and Anthony even went so far as to go off on the Pier Corp., yelling at them! How unprofessional! It was as if this subject had never come up! They were even surprised that a few fishermen were at the meeting! I heard Donegan say something about how the fishermen had been "spun up? Does that mean that he was threatened by their appearance there? Mr. Gribben was the only fisherman that spoke and he did a good job of explaining their position. He spoke of an earlier agreement that the!
  Selectmen signed agreeing to reduce their dockage rates. So why does that reduction fall on the Pier Corp?

I thought that the Pier Corp. chairman made his points during the meeting quite eloquently and very concisely. It seems that Selectmen Andrews and Richter were the only ones paying attention all along since they were willing to vote to allow the Pier Corp. to stop paying rent. Only Donegan and Anthony had concerns which resulted in their Board delaying a vote in favor of yet another meeting with the Pier board! How many meetings will this subject take? It makes me wonder if any other Town owned properties have to pay rent. Perhaps the DPW and Library should receive rent bills for their buildings! Amazing! If the Pier Corp. is charged with maintaining the Pier, why does the Town require them to pay rent? A Pier Corp. member even asked that very question to the Selectmen during their meeting! I don't think he received an answer! Another Pier Corp. member accused Selectman Anthony of "hating" the Pier Corp. to which Anthony replied that he "strongly disliked" the Pier Corp.! Hu!
h?

The Pier looks great! It's a hub of activity in the summer and thousands and thousands of people cross that pier daily during the season.  The Harbormasters handle the traffic and pedestrian volumes quite well. The staff there is friendly and knowledgeable. Harbormaster Rex McKinsey is well-liked and certainly shows that he cares about the tenants there. The Pier Corp. worked to acquire millions of dollars from FEMA to make repairs to the pier that resulted from the severe storms they suffered in the last few years. Does anyone remember that story in the local paper? I see a volunteer board that works very hard and seems to be passionate about the pier and the tenants. They seem to get little support from some of the Selectmen who expect them do the job and then hamstring them with a rent requirement! That just doesn't make any sense to me!

I'm well into my 70's now and I can still remember the previous pier that was in such a state of disrepair that it had to be replaced! At that time, it was run by the town. Should we go back in that direction? Perhaps you Selectmen could do a better job? Many of my close friends are fishermen and we often speak. They seem quite pleased with the way things are going at the pier. If the Pier Corp. is forced to pay rent and maintain the pier, somethings going to have to give. It sounds to this voter that this means higher rates to the fishermen.  Let the Pier Corp. do its job and stop charging them rent to do it! Rent was a silly idea from the beginning and dates back to Keith Bergman! It's the Town's pier; the Town should be responsible for the costs it incurred to build it, not the Pier Corp.

In closing, I'm thrilled that Cabral's Pier is under private ownership. I see only good things ahead

1:49 pm est 

Gardner and Town Planner - The Problem

 

As acting town manager Gardner let the Town planner get out of control and did nothing to stop her.  While 365 has its merits Gardner should not have let the town planner go off and start her own little group effectively bypassing all other governing bodies in town.

11:20 am est 

Clear Problem

 

So most of us agree we haven't elected leaders to lead.  When there is a lack of elected leaders who steps up?  In most towns that is going to be the town manager.  Having an out of town stranger who most of us know little about lead us is problematic.

11:18 am est 

Re: Duarte's Entertainment Venue - Good Job Town Manager

 

The Town of Provincetown needs to reevaluate how it handles local business. The Riley's want to better their property. They have added  about a 100 parking spaces and now look to use an empty building to add an entertainment venue bringing in more jobs, tax revenue. The ZBA delays the entertainment venue from probably opening on time and the town is also probably going to screw with much needed parking when all is said and done. Good job Town Manager, way to get your first summer off with a bang.

11:15 am est 

Do We or Do We Not Have a Town Planner?

 

Does anyone know whether she is here or not here? On an extended no-show without calling it such. This is          --or am I too close to the bone!

1:15 am est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

                                         

"Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards"  

So where is the town planner?

One day she shows up only on Thursday and then she is gone. Seems something is up and she is not doing the job she was hired to do. so what do you do with an employee who is not performing as she should? The answer is not complicated.

1:11 am est 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

  

"Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards" 

Is there evidence of this statement, "She seems to be adversely affecting so many business plans in this town, more and more as time goes by." The majority of post here, evidence someone with vendetta not facts. Thanks for the input but doesn't answer the questions.

11:29 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

"Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards"

New Theater Studies

Gloria the town planner needs to hold all new businesses at the same level, if she demanded new sidewalks, traffic studies and drainage studies at the New Businesses on Shank Painter Road then it should be the same throughout town. Those reports cost the new businesses thousands of dollars...for nothing    Whats good for Goose is good for the Gander!

11:27 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

Regardless of whether or not the bylaws allow the operation, the only question before the ZBA (remember, they're asking for relief from zoning) is whether or not the project will be a detriment to the neighborhood.
11:25 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

                                         

"Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards" 

I'm sure if the zoning board had NOT scrutinized the theatre there would have been an equal amount of voices blaming Gloria for not doing her job. Give the woman a break!

11:23 pm est 

Re: 365 Group - Local Comprensive Plan Committee

 

"Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards"

"Just a question, no need to trash the planner further" 

 

Of course the Town Planner needs to be addressed. She seems to be adversely affecting so many business plans in this town, more and more as time goes by. She was hired to help Provincetown plan for it's future, where is this plan. When will the Town Manager take this person aside and let her know that concerns continue to arise about her performance.

7:22 pm est 

Re: 365 Group - Local Comprensive Plan Committee

 

"Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards"

Just a question, no need to trash the planner further, but how many people in the 365 group rent?  How many have lived in Provincetown for more than ten years? How many don't own a business? Same questions could be directed to the local comprensive plan committee.

7:00 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

"Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards" 

Forcing Riley's to do a Development Impact Plan

and who else has been asked to do this? It's just a theater and what is the problem? It has 300 parking spaces and there has been major commotion for years with cars coming and going. Now the neighbors are shocked, shocked. they are afraid of noise!!

I smell a rat and I think I know who is behind the difficulties being hurled at the owner. Let's hope our town manager has the guts to do something constructive on a staff gone awry.

5:05 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

"Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards" 

 

If Gloria McPherson is Involved in the Delay on Duarte's then she should b e reprimanded. She has tried to undermine certain businesses and her advice is delay, delay, delay. she has even brought cases before Zoning that should have only been in front of Licensing. and that caused undue delay and legal bills and business problems.

We should be supportive of businesses and not place hindrances in front of them.

Seems this town planner should go.

5:02 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue
 
"Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards"
 
Didn't she give Sal's restaurant a hard time when they went before Zoning.
It seemed that she and Peter Paige were really  quite obviously against the
opening of  the restaurant by new ownership.
 
What gives with her? 
1:30 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

Town Planner Giving Bad Advice to Boards

I think this Town Planner is giving really bad advice to boards. She screwed with Michael Shay's, angered so many people on Shank Painter and now turns her malice towards Duarte's. Time to step in Town Manager, not everything is a sound bite on the radio.

1:26 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

The Delay of Duarte's By Zoning Does Impact the business

People need to work towards the new venture they are envisioning. It is not a matter of neighbors who don't want noise--but whether the by laws allow this. And they do. Zoning is acting quite questionable and this is not the only case they are delaying and delaying. No, stupid they are not. Bought perhaps. Sad to say, but some of their recent behavior needs legal scrutiny--not to mention back room deals to delay.

12:49 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

They want an impact study, give them one! When the study comes back as a pure positive for the property, the area and the town, the board has to believe it because THEY aren't having a negative impact study done by anyone professional are they? How can they question the income it will bring and the upgrading of the property and area? Give them what they want.

Be careful of what you ask for!  :)Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue


12:48 pm est 

Provincetown Public Library Moby-Dick Marathon Reading

 

Provincetown will join New Bedford MA, Mystic CT, and New York City in celebrating its rich whaling heritage by hosting the first annual Provincetown Public Library Moby-Dick Marathon Reading in April 2016.  The Marathon will be the latest entry in a series of new annual events created by the Board of Library Trustees focused on expanding Provincetown’s involvement in national literary, art, and academic communities.  The three-day marathon-style reading of this nineteenth century masterpiece will be held in the Provincetown Library Marc Jacobs Reading Room, and officially begins at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 22.

12:00 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

Round and round in circles we go! Provincetown 365 is trying to promote more business in town, the owners of Duarte's Garage are trying to open a new business, the ZBA delays the application. Round and round we go. Really glaring in as much as one of the most prominent members of 365 sits on ZBA.

10:51 am est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

"The ZBA could have approved the application for Duarte's entertainment request contingent upon submission of an impact statement."


The ZBA COULD have approved the application but it didn't WANT to without the submission of an impact statement. It's the boards right. It's one of its given powers. That doesn't mean the board members are corrupt or stupid as previous posters have suggested. It means they wanted to do their jobs in a careful way -- especially after the community around the complex had voiced such negative concerns. (Your characterization as the opposition as "one crazy person presenting a petition" shows you are disingenuous in your critique and ok with representing your argument in an inaccurate and unfair way. Or you didn't watch the hearings. In any event, that's lazy and cynical and beneath the open and honest dialogue this town deserves.)

My original point was that the ZBA asking for the impact statement DELAYED nothing. The applications would have to have an impact statement completed for the planning board before getting their permits anyway. So absolutely nothing is delayed. If the owners were worried about the timing of things, they should have came prepared with an impact statement. That's not the ZBA's fault.

10:42 am est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

The ZBA could have approved the application for Duarte's entertainment request contingent upon submission of an impact statement. One crazy person presenting a petition with 200 signatures from individuals that do not live next to the building is a pathetic explanation for not making a decision on the spot. 

8:57 am est 

Re: BOS Leadership?

 

Current Selectmen

Donegan-not a leader and probably in over his head.    Under his chairmanship they seem directionless.
Yingling - he is not an overly bright guy and has no drive.  Many times the first time he reads the agenda is during the meeting
Richter - a smart guy, but many decisions are based on what's best for his business
Andrews - way too high an opinion of herself and stuck in the past..  She isn't for anything.  There's a reason she's known as Dr. No among staff.
Anthony - really don't know where he stands on anything.  Does he have his own opinion?

8:56 am est 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOS Leadership?

 

Is there Any Leadership with this present BOS?

They seem rudderless. they seem bereft of ideas. they seem rather lost. do they see a future for us?

Can they carve it out?

Somehow, sadly,the question remains.

10:52 pm est 

Re: Louise Venden

 

Maybe she's Just a Little Crazy

So why would we vote for her for selectmen?

9:17 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

ZBA

If you all think so strongly that the change of use at Duarte's should happen, why didn't you show up and voice your opinion at the ZBA meetings? It would have been pretty difficult for the ZBA to approve the application with such a shoddy, incomplete presentation on behalf of the lot owners plus the vocal, loud and large opposition against the plan. I believe only 2 or three people spoke in favor, as compared to a 200 person petition, a filled hearing room, and dozens of letters against.

If you think the change of use is a good idea, get off your asses and stop pretending the ZBA isn't doing its job. The fate of the town is in your hands, too. Anonymous Internet trolling doesn't help anything.

Plus, the "delay" you're talking about isn't even a delay at all. The ZBA has requested the applicants provide an impact statement before it makes its decision. The applicants would have to get an impact statement completed to get through the planning board anyway. So the report the ZBA is asking for would have "delayed" the process in any event. (Which means it's not a delay in the first place; it's part of the process.) If the owners were smart and prepared, they would have come to the table with the impact statement already completed.

Don't start wagging fingers about a process you obviously don't even understand or want to understand. (I forgot: blaming, acting upset, calling other people incompetent/corrupt is so much easier than actually learning, considering all points of view, and understanding how a process works. I also forgot: the regular readers and writers of this blog know everything. Excuse me.)

9:13 pm est 

Re: BOS Candidates

 

So Venden is running for Selectman?  I'd consider voting for her just to watch her go at it with the town manager.  Two people who both think they know it all.

If I ask myself what Donegan has accomplished I look back and can't find anything significant.  If he's spending 80 hrs a week being a Selectman he really needs to think about what goes doing.

Right now I'm thinking of voting for Vincent and Gordon.  I think they might be a balance to the self promoting agendas of Yingling and Richter.

5:48 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

So too for the Zoning Board and I do believe they fully know what they are doing. Let the space be a theater; let entertainment begin. Delaying this application is an attempt to knowingly undermine the new owners.

it's time to scrutinize Zoning Board. too many of their recent actions raise too many questions. do your job--instead of acting as if some of you are bought.

5:36 pm est 

Re: Louise Venden

 

Venden

I will make sure I come out to vote on voting day----just to make sure Louise doesn't get my vote. What a moron.

3:27 pm est 

Re: Louise Venden

 

Hey Louise!

I'm gay and all for gay marriage. In a town that's about 80% gay (give or take). Don't you think you should watch what you say? If I was seeking public office, I would consider everyone's opinion. All for giving someone the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you just didn't realize the seriousness of what you said.

3:25 pm est 

Re: Louse Venden

 

Where did this Louise person come from?

Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame in this town. We lose 4 and another crawls out from under their rock. We need to get a firmer handle on who represents us. It never ceases to amaze the stupidity that comes out of their mouths. Are these people even qualified??

1:49 pm est 

Re: Louise Venden

 

If she continues these Rattling Ons

she may be called not Louise Vendon but Louise Venom!

10:58 am est 

Zoning Board Too Political

They should not delay decisions. some they delay. Others they rush through. they are uneven and inconsistent and too often questionable. this delay is problematic and they do not need time. they hear opposition; they hear those in favor. then they make a decision. but this board has become highly politicized--or highly bought!
10:57 am est 

Re: There's Something Rotten in Denmark

 

"What part of unanimous vote don't you understand.  The vote on the tax exemption was 6-0.  For you to single out "these three selectmen" means  you have other agendas"

Only in Provincetown (and maybe Chicago) can five selectmen vote "6-0" on an issue!

10:38 am est 

Re: There's Something Rotten in Denmark

 

"What part of unanimous vote don't you understand.  The vote on the tax exemption was 6-0.  For you to single out "these three selectmen" means  you have other agendas."

No other agendas-just know what their agendas are.

8:57 am est 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Re: BOS Candidates - Thank You Louise

 

"80 hours a week huh? and this is all he can come up with- a split tax that has no basis and has split our community apart. A push for more and more affordable housing with no end in sight- No real plan for business development etc."

I bet I know what you secretly would like--another Town Hall renovation.

9:04 pm est 

There's Something Rotten in Denmark

 

"I am so sick of the games these 3 selectmen play- they play to the year rounder group whom they count on to put them back in office"

What part of unanimous vote don't you understand.  The vote on the tax exemption was 6-0.  For you to single out "these three selectmen" means  you gave other agendas.

9:03 pm est 

Re: Cabral's Wharf & Duartes Theater & Cabaret

 

The Zoning Board Screwed-up Big Time

The people that complained about the change of use at the Duarte's Parking garage were ridiculous. A DJ that works at the largest entertainment venue in town, a bartender at another establishment, both clearly a conflict of interest and tenants at that large red house that has so many lights on it it should be deemed a fire hazard. The Zoning Board screwed-up big time. I can't wait to see how they f    -up the requests made by the new pier owners.

7:56 pm est 

Re: BOS Candidates

 

Old guard is getting old

"I am so sick of the games these 3 selectmen play- they play to the year rounder group whom they count on to put them back in office"


What a weird idea. A BOS that's responsive to the will of the year round population.

Sounds to me like the old guard longs for the good ol days of pre-scripted meetings, harassment of anyone that challenged them, and some good natured violations of the Hatch Act to ensure that elections aren't free or fair.

Or what about candy land using no place for hate to target political opponents on behalf of the former chief? 


Can I get me some more of that?!  Show of hands?

Donegan is pompous but at least he's not corrupt. I'll vote for pompous and competent over sneaky and corrupt any day of the week.

6:55 pm est 

Re: Cabral's Wharf & Duartes Theater & Cabaret

 

"I for one am very excited over the sale of the pier! Bring it on! I am also looking forward to the theater/Cabaret at Duartes. I live very close by and I am excited that the place will get some new life and great use of the space. You want to complain about the noise?? Why don't you move somewhere quiet then! We are a tourist destination and if your looking for a quiet night go find it somewhere else. I am more upset over the horrible display                                                and I would like to see that stopped. Also I know you guys will have your panties in a bunch when the 7/11 gets put in. I wish I could see you pace back and forth in your homes trying to figure out how to make it stop!"


This is an excellent example of the diminishing level of discourse on social media occurring these days.  Couldn't you somehow find a way of stating your point of dissension without the use of nastiness?

6:26 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

Good luck to anyone trying to sue the Zoning Board when they postpone a decision.  Just because someone pays millions for a property it does not mean they get to rush a Zoning Board decision.  Buyers of properties who wish to change use know there is always the risk that their request for change of use may be delayed or denied by the Zoning Board.  There are apparently many neighbors who are opposed to the use change and the Zoning Board did the right thing to postpone their decision so they have enough time to weigh the requested change in use.

6:23 pm est 

Re: BOS Candidates

 

"The answer to that rumor is to ask how many hours a week that Tom Donegan has given to our Town over the past ten years, and continues to contribute, daily as Chairman of the BOS. During the time when the town had no Manager, Mr. Donegan worked 80 hours a week to assure the town ran as smoothly as he could help to make it. Mr. Donegan has been the most conscientious and considerate member of the BOS in many cycles, and has bought the town back from some very poor administrative hirings and decisions. Those of us who have lived here over the time period are fully aware of Tom's hard work and dedication to Provincetown. Please, keep Tom Donegan in office, we need him at the lead to keep moving forward."


80 hours a week huh? and this is all he can come up with- a split tax that has no basis and has split our community apart. A push for more and more affordable housing with no end in sight- No real plan for business development etc. Either do what you need to do and come up with innovative plans to draw business to this town or just accept what it is. It has evolved to a tourist economy. I am so sick of the games these 3 selectmen play- they play to the year rounder group whom they count on to put them back in office with no real understainding and lack of insight as to the detrimental , harmful effects of their mandate.

6:20 pm est 

Re: Andrews & Donegan

 

Second home owners account for most of my business revenue. This continued onslaught against them, with taxation, greed etc  has to stop. Therefore I am voting for anyone but Tom Donegan and Cheryl Andrews. BTW Cheryl assured us all that she would only be on the BOS for the 2 years remaining on the term. Guess she loves to her her self talk.


I SECOND THAT. Tom has lost touch with reality. He has been a major dissapoinment and had better think long and hard as to the repricustions of the year rounder tax abatement. This was not thought out and has served to only divide this community. Without the second home owners this town would be nothing. They patronize along with their friends and quests and renters our restaurants, retail shops,galleries , attend venues etc. Tom does not see the big picture. He panders to his group of constituents. He does so for his bid for re election. I as so many I know(year rounders) are sick and tired of the promulagation of the "haves' and 'have nots'. THIS town is a tourist economy. Tom should be thinking outside the box with creative ways of bringing in jobs-Not just pushing more and more affordable housing down our throats with No NEW jobs to support those households. It is basic economics 101. I for one am NOT voting for him. Again, he merely panders to his base.

6:18 pm est 

Re: Louise Venden

 

Venden's homophobic rants

If a straight person used gay marriage as in insult they would have been forced to resign from Fincom.
That a lesbian in Provincetown displayed that level of homophobia is pitiful

12:52 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

If the Zoning Board is sued by an establishment for damaging their business, who pays, taxpayers or members of the board. If it is the board, go for it Riley family; making you wait until April to even present the request again must be a lawsuit. Make sure you let the                                                                 know how much he screwed with your future,                                                                 the favor.

11:32 am est 

Re: BOS Candidates


"Did I hear that Mr. Donagan was considering moving to New York? Before I cast my vote I want to make sure the candidates heart is in the right place...Provincetown."

The answer to that rumor is to ask how many hours a week that Tom Donegan has given to our Town over the past ten years, and continues to contribute, daily as Chairman of the BOS. During the time when the town had no Manager, Mr. Donegan worked 80 hours a week to assure the town ran as smoothly as he could help to make it. Mr. Donegan has been the most conscientious and considerate member of the BOS in many cycles, and has bought the town back from some very poor administrative hirings and decisions. Those of us who have lived here over the time period are fully aware of Tom's hard work and dedication to Provincetown. Please, keep Tom Donegan in office, we need him at the lead to keep moving forward.
11:29 am est 

Re: BOS Residential Exemption - Attack on Charter

 

"The charter language should not be changed to allow non registered voters to be able to have a say in our Town Govt,!!"

Arriving at Farland to get my breakfast sandwich one morning, I get approached INSIDE this business establishment, to solicit my signature on a petition about the Australian circus issue. The very NEXT morning, again INSIDE Farland, I get approached for the second time, this time to sign a petition for revising the charter.

Whatever happened to soliciting signatures OUTSIDE a business establishment, like it has always been done at Stop & Shop.

I like Farland, but I don't feel it's right that I'm getting solicited whenever I go to patronize this establishment. I may have to consider getting my breakfast somewhere else.

8:48 am est 

Louise Venden There's Something Not Right With Her

 

Read Louise Venden's post from Facebook.  There is something not right with her.  Hoort and Gardener are partners?  I'm sure they laughed about that.  My understanding is that Venden has never worked in the government, but she's talking about her experience in government?

We've had experience with Selectmen running off at the mouth and it cost us a half million dollars to make the Jaran thing go away.  Venden with her poorly thought out personal attacks will put us right back there.

8:45 am est 

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOS Candidates

Did I hear that Mr. Donagan was considering moving to New York? Before I cast my vote I want to make sure the candidates heart is in the right place...Provincetown.
11:58 pm est 

Robot Control

 

Seems Like Marco Rubio Has Taken Robot control of another blog

the same thing over and over. robots have taken over the world or at least the town! Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

11:57 pm est 

Re: We Don't Need the Louise Vendon Show Here!

 

I Agree: I Will Never Put a Vendon Sign in Front of My House

and I too don't want to hear her campaign speeches on this blog. Let her post on the others that seem to like her. Take her please!

11:55 pm est 

Second Home Owners

 

The charter language should not be changed to allow non registered voters to be able to have a say in our Town Govt,!! They have an option to register to vote here or not!If you choose"not"then you've forfeited your rights! You can't have it both ways & shouldn't expect to!! Stop trying to find loopholes to have your own way! People have had second homes here for years & Never made an issue of trying to manipulate the rules of charter here until now!  Hopefully voters will never allow that!

11:52 pm est 

Re: Soup Kitchen Closed

 

"Soup Kitchen in Provincetown will also be closed Monday

Wow that is a bummer.  Many of us are able to walk, so why close it down for the day?"


how perfectly selfish,   All you care about is your free meal, not about those volunteers who provide it.

11:50 pm est 

We Don't Need the Louise Vendon Show Here!

 

Please, I Don't Believe We Need the Louise Vendon Show Here

Can't she just post on her own "vote for ME" website. Blog master, please spare us these ramblings. Please spare us!

7:52 pm est 

Re: Who to Vote For?


?????  With the double negative are you voting for them or against them????
5:49 pm est 

From: Louise Venden

One Provincetown

Time to Act

Louise Venden for Provincetown Selectman

 

Community Engagement

 

Many community members have helped enrich, preserve and improve our Town through committees, boards and events. Provincetown Selectmen, staff and leaders on Boards and Committees have put forward proposals to rebuild our year round community, maintain and enhance our phenomenal harbor and other natural wonders, and make our Town safe and more welcoming to all. Tom Donegan and others led efforts to get Provincetown designated under the State Green Communities program enabling us to obtain grants for energy saving improvements at VMCC and the Tourism office. Dennis and Deborah Minsky, Stormy Mayo and others have ardently campaigned for Town policies to encourage use of materials and practices that reduce harm to our natural environment. Rik Ahlberg, Brandon Quesnell and others have actively pushed for safer and increased bicycle pathways on streets and parking in downtown.  Jennifer Cabral led the fund raising and installation of the “They Also Faced the Sea” replacement of the iconic women’s portraits on the face of Cabral Pier with support from the Provincetown 365 group. Mary Jo Avellar has not only advocated for us on the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission, but she has been outspoken about enforcement of water conservation measures here. Tony Brackett, Cass Benson, Liz Lovarti and Ngina Lythcott on the School Committee remind us that children keep our Town alive and have made Provincetown elementary school the only International Baccalaureate school in MA. Mike Trovato and the Fire Department Volunteers are essential to protecting our densely settled Town. Chris McCarthy, Jim Bakker, Adam and Ben Berry, Jay Critchley, Alix Ritchie, Joy McNulty, Marty Davis, Kate Clinton, Urvashi Vaid, Ann Maguire, Steve Katsurinis, Rob Anderson, Ryan Campbell and so many others offer their talents, time and treasure supporting the arts, economic equality and justice here and nationally. Yes, we have a remarkably passionate and engaged activist community.

 

But, we do not share a vision of goals or means to sustain and enrich our Town. The Local Comprehensive Plan is now being revised and is essential to setting out the scope, goals and values that will inform a future that is inclusive of and embraced by the widest possible Provincetown community.

 

Town Meeting is poorly attended and too often dominated by people self-interested in a particular project or proposal. Town Boards struggle to enlist new members, and many people have difficulty learning about programs, Town regulations or requirements to guide their activities. Our new Town Manager is offering hope, enthusiasm and tangible ideas to clarify and make regulations, policies and proposals more accessible and easier to understand.

 

 

 

 

Community Building Actions:

 

We need to redesign the Town website in order for people to more easily access complete and clear information about Town Departments, regulations, meetings, Town Warrants, projects and opportunities for public involvement.  Pertinent information like proposals, staff memos, reports prepared for meetings should be posted on the website with meeting agendas to give the public information on matters before the meetings. BOS packets are an example, but information should be presented in executive summary form with click through to entire documents. I need to go through 5 web pages to find the agenda for FinCom meetings.

 

We must help Provincetown Public TV obtain release of funds Comcast currently controls to enable them to serve the Town’s needs for better and more robust video communication of public affairs.

 

It is essential that the Town produce public affairs communications that more completely inform and engage people in understanding the background and implications of proposals, challenges and opportunities under consideration including those before Boards, committees and Town Meetings. The Town Manager and Finance Director have produced videos describing the Town budget and WOMR features Town Talk, hosted by Mr. Panagore to discuss broader issues with professionals and experts. Similar video, radio and public meetings should be created to explain Town Warrants with Town staff, warrant sponsors, and Town boards or public organizations who can better inform residents about the need and impact of warrant proposals. Community members could host informational gatherings in their homes where the videos can be discussed in an informal environment.

 

Participation in Town Meeting has dwindled as issues have become more complex resulting in turnout limited to those directly affected by a proposal-i.e. Winslow Farms development, condominium conversion moratorium. Community building requires motivating a large and diverse group of residents who evaluate proposals based on longer term impacts on Town’s people overall. Warrants are vetted and written by attorneys in language that confounds and confuses. Town staff are attempting to find ways to prepare materials that more clearly explain implications of them. Initiating shuttle service, car pooling promotions or cheap taxi service for Town Meeting dates could also encourage more to attend.

 

We should create more ways to recognize the many volunteers, community activists and people who make unique community contributions. Provincetown is home to accomplished artists, authors, a world class marine study and preservation organization. All our remarkable local nonprofits, innovative outreach, health care relies on scores of people like those cited above who make sure that we continue to protect and enrich our community.

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

4:36 pm est 

Who to Vote For?

Someone asked who Vincent G. Breglia, and Gordon J. Siegel are because they are running for BOS.They are a couple who are Real Estate Brokers/Developers. No way will I and other friends will not vote for them!
4:33 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

Why on earth did the Zoning Board vote to continue their hearing on the Duarte's space and the Cabaret they have been trying to get passed? Now they have been placed on "hold" until April! That's a death knell for this year! How ridiculous! This seems to be the direction of the Zoning Board; continue, continue, continue until the proponents give up! Very sad! A few neighbors come to their meeting and whine about noise; that's all it takes? It's so hard for new businesses to take root in this Town because we have Boards that don't have a clue! I appreciate their volunteerism, but this kind of direction that stalls anyone from moving forward is just plain disastrous! The proponents of this project will spend more money to hire a lawyer and the Zoning Board will just continue the discussion until the proponents give up.

The Duarte property owners will likely sell their business to a massive corporation that can well afford to challenge the Town. Then, they will walk away and count their millions as the neighbors look on and cry foul! Perhaps an enormous night club will be considered there. Then what will they do? THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, every night until 1am! Is that preferred over a Cabaret that stops at 10pm?? You be the judge! I'll take "Questionable Decisions" for $2,000 Alex! Jeopardy theme music plays quietly while the Zoning Board members consider their next move to delay...

2:34 pm est 

Onslaught has to Stop

 

Second home owners account for most of my business revenue. This continued onslaught against them, with taxation, greed etc  has to stop. Therefore I am voting for anyone but Tom Donegan and Cheryl Andrews. BTW Cheryl assured us all that she would only be on the BOS for the 2 years remaining on the term. Guess she loves to her her self talk.

2:31 pm est 

BOS Vote


"Please consider voting for Tom Donegan and Cheryl Andrews"

That is correct... a vote for them is our way of showing our "appreciation" for how they divided our community with the implementation of the tax exemption.  The MOST decisive action the BOS has ever taken.  this board's action will leave a black mark on this community for many years to come and Tom Donegan and Cheryl Andrews do not care.  I will support any other candidates except for those that are currently on the BOS.  Maybe Tom Donegan and Cheryl Andrews should consider dropping out and doing the town a favor.  No great loss!
2:28 pm est 

Soup Kitchen Closed

 

Soup Kitchen in Provincetown will also be closed Monday

Wow that is a bummer.  Many of us are able to walk, so why close it down for the day?

2:26 pm est 

Ann Woods - Provincetown Banner

 

CHEER KIDS: The Provincetown Schools, Truro Central School, schools in the Nauset district, Sturgis Charter Public School and Cape Cod Community College are closed on Monday, Feb. 8.
Cars should be off Provincetown's streets by 2 a.m. on Monday. Soup Kitchen in Provincetown will also be closed Monday

9:41 am est 

Seamen's Bank, Closed This Morning? !

 

Seriously Seamen's Bank, closed this morning, this is New England. Less than a quarter inch of snow on the ground, you suck.

9:29 am est 

Re: Cabral's Wharf & Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

"I for one am very excited over the sale of the pier! Bring it on! I am also looking forward to the theater/Cabaret at Duartes. I live very close by and I am excited that the place will get some new life and great use of the space. You want to complain about the noise?? Why don't you move somewhere quiet then! We are a tourist destination and if your looking for a quiet night go find it somewhere else. I am more upset over the horrible display                                                and I would like to see that stopped. Also I know you guys will have your panties in a bunch when the 7/11 gets put in. I wish I could see you pace back and forth in your homes trying to figure out how to make it stop!"

This is an excellent example of the diminishing level of discourse on social media occurring these days.  Couldn't you somehow find a way of stating your point of dissension without the use of nastiness?

9:26 am est 

Louise Venden - Beware!

 

So I see some want to post old Facebook posts from Gordon who is running for BOS.  Let's not forget Louise Vendon's rant against a staff member who put himself out there for town manager.

April 2015 on Provincetown Voice:

Louise A Venden SAhe has a job up Cape where she is respected as a professional, in a community that treasures a professionally run library. That is clearly not the case here, where a committee of professionals was disregarded and dismissed by the people who hold power here. This latest outrage will make the TM candidate pool even smaller and enable them to choose Dan Hoort, a man who has prepared the most inadequately prepared budget I have seen in 24 years in business and 6 years in government and non profit positions. Professional is not a four letter word, folks; but apparently we do not deserve professionals in Town employment. We need order takers.

Louise A Venden Poor Dan Hoort feels that my post does not deserve a response. Of course, he and his husband, David Gardner and the others who run Provincetown government are outraged that anyone would question them. If the public-residents and non residents whom I respect and embrace as valuable members of this community- question my view of the poorly supported and prepared budget, just look at it and view the public hearings, A $25.3 m expense budget and Mr. Hoort' finance department making up $9.8m of that including $6.5.m in retirement/insurance. Of that $3.3 m, yes 13% of the total budget is devoted to health insurance for both retirees and current employees. Already having spent 3 hours discussing the various budget proposals, I was shocked that our committee spent about 5 minutes on this major item, so I asked how many retireesrs vs. current employees were in this pool and questioned this large cost. This issue was given about 3 minutes during our hearing but Dan exp!
lained that their are only two plans available to Town employees- single and family-the former priced much lower that the latter. Most retirees have 2 person households, but there is no 2 person option under the current insurance provider plan.Why not, why no attempt to find another way to address 13% of the budget? This is but one example of many deficiencies in the budget presentations in my first year on FinCom, but then I am just a woman....what right to I have to question Dan and others who aquiece to this sloppy and poorly supported budget. Dan explained finance for health insurance(budget total is ~ $25m was given 5 minutes in our FinCom hearing as Dan Hoort explained that we pay 80% of health insurance costs for those retired and currently employees. The

Louise A Venden Sorry, hit return not remembering that this ends my ability to edit. So in addition I have been demeaned by Mr. Hoort's husband--so sad. Are we in junior high school? I volunteer my time, experience and dedication to this Town and I get attacked by people who do not have the facts underlying their actions and my comments because that's the way they want it.

9:24 am est 

Beware These Three

 

Any voter who is familiar with the community of Provincetown knows that voting for either Louise Venden, Vincent G. Breglia, and Gordon J. Siegel are voting to give the town to developers and second homeowners! BEWARE. There allegiance is with the second homeowners and the "money-class" and not with the people. Please consider voting for Tom Donegan and Cheryl Andrews to continue the direction we have chosen as a community. This will be an important election.

9:12 am est 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BOS Candidates - Breglia & Siegel ?

 

Someone asked who Vincent G. Breglia, and Gordon J. Siegel are because they are running for BOS.They are a couple who are Real Estate Brokers/Developers.

10:40 am est 

Community Center on Bradford Street

 

So much for town meeting mandates. The community center on Bradford Street continues to remain empty, roting in place. The vote at town meeting was to sell the property BOS, do your job and let it go. No more affordable housing for a year round population of 1000 people, we have enough.

10:22 am est 

Weather Report

 

I look forward to seeing David P's weather posts on this blog. Maybe he's working towards controlling the weather too? Hope so. It would be so good for this town!

10:21 am est 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Re: Cabral's Wharf & Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

I for one am very excited over the sale of the pier! Bring it on! I am also looking forward to the theater/Cabaret at Duartes. I live very close by and I am excited that the place will get some new life and great use of the space. You want to complain about the noise?? Why don't you move somewhere quiet then! We are a tourist destination and if your looking for a quiet night go find it somewhere else. I am more upset over the horrible display                                                and I would like to see that stopped. Also I know you guys will have your panties in a bunch when the 7/11 gets put in. I wish I could see you pace back and forth in your homes trying to figure out how to make it stop! 

2:28 pm est 

Re: Zika Virus vs Costa Rica Trip!

 

ZIKA VIRUS DETECTED IN SALIVA AND URINE

MORE BAD NEWS ABOUT THE ZIKA VIRUS

CNN)Active Zika virus has been detected in saliva and urine, a Brazilian public health institute said Friday, posing new questions for researchers trying to understand how the virus could spread.

9:57 am est 

Re: Provincetown Fire Department....Bravo!

 

Fire Department

Who in their right mind wants to have a full time fire department. You could say we have a full time department with basically volunteer pay because look at the turnout whenever called upon. Ever have to call them out to your house for a fire, probably not, and let's hope you never do, but we did and the show of hands was exceptional. This is one department within the town you don't want to monkey around with. Do you have any idea what it would cost us if we had to pay for full time employees there.

9:55 am est 

Re: Provincetown Fire Department....Bravo!

 

"I Believe We Do Have a First Class Fire Department."

For the amount we bought our homes, we could do better in his area.

9:51 am est 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Etymological Nature of Pregnant Pause

 

(a) pregnant silence  a pregnant ˈpause/ˈsilence idiom an occasion when nobody speaks, although people are aware that there are feelings or thoughts to express

11:06 pm est 

Re: Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

Why is the Duarte Space being delayed until April?

If someone wants to start a new business in spring, they need a board who can vote now and make decisions now. April? If it's a quorum you need, then appoint new members. this is so anti-business that zoning should be embarrassed.

11:01 pm est 

Portuguese Festival vs Visitor Services Board

 

Is the Portuguese Festival trying to strong-arm the Visitor Services Board?  I watched part of the VSB meeting and got the feeling they were saying you got to give us the money, but we are not going to acknowledge it?

How many Portuguese festival visitors stay in rooms that contribute room tax.  Close to zero I'd say.  They don't need the money ( I've seen their books), why are we giving it to them?

10:59 pm est 

Re: Provincetown Fire Department....Bravo!

 

I agree.  We have the best Fire Department around thanks to Mr. Travato and his entire staff of volunteer Firefighters.  Thank you all for all of your efforts.

10:57 pm est 

Provincetown Fire Department....Bravo!

 

I Believe We Do Have a First Class Fire Department

they are great and committed and We should be thankful for all of these wonderful people who form part of our fire department. and special kudos to Mike Travato. He is most amazing.

6:36 pm est 

A Slap in the Face

 

H2-B workers

If they never return fine with me. I have a friend who went to a local establishment to,apply for a job. They took this persons name and phone number and said they would call this person if the H2-B workers would not be allowed to come back. This person is a mature, responsible and dedicated worker and lives in town year-round. How's that for a slap in the face.

6:34 pm est 

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

 

Money, money, let's bring the rich!  You idiots.  Money can't buy class, and it doesn't make you "select".  I can't wait for the day when the super-rich come, buy property and jack up property values AND YOUR property tax bills, and when they spend their money and treat you wanna-be wonders like s... the way you treat the year-rounders and locals.  Karma has a way of paying you back in spades.

6:32 pm est 

Zoning Board Delay vs Duarte's Entertainment Venue

 

Ahhhhh, the good and Bad of volunteer boards in Provincetown. The Zoning Board delayed making a decision until APRIL on the application for an entertainment venue at the Duarte's Parking Garage. A business owner is left in limbo until the month before Memorial Day. How can a business owner survive in this town. Let's block every request by every business owner on boards for months, just to be fair. This includes any transactions associated with real estate Mister Chairman.

6:30 pm est 

Re: BOS Residential Exemption

 

"This was a village Town that embraced all,where everybody loved their fellow men & women & helped one another under all circumstances! WE CARED!! Then mercenaries suffering greed arrived to rape & pillage our village for their own self serving ways of importance!"

Rape and pillage - oh really ???  Last time I checked, ONLY second homeowners just got whacked with a tax increase - who's doing the raping and pillaging ?

Everybody loving their fellow men and women ?  The BOS tax increase has divided this town.

I think you need a new pair of glasses on this one my friend.

6:24 pm est 

Zika Virus vs Costa Rica Trip!

 

Zikie virus and student trip to Costa Rica

I would think that it is time to cancel the trip to Costa Rica. How many students will return with the zikie virus or dengue fever or chickngana fever?

It isn't worth the risk.

6:21 pm est 

Cirque de Standish Street

 

CIRQUE DE STANDISH STREET

What is the outcome of the vote for cirque de standish street?

6:20 pm est 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

 

"want Provincetown to become a playground for the RICH, RICH, RICH."

I agree with this post.


And one more thing.  Let's get first class EMT and Fire Departments., even if we have to pay a little more.

11:15 pm est 

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

MOVE TO WARE



DEAD ON!! You are so right. The ones complaining in here aren't the ones that are supporting local businesses, they are the ones that want to relive the past, maybe back to a time when the were working and couldn't enjoy "old Provincetown". Well too bad. Life moves on. This town needs to keep up with the times. Lets not relive the times when Joe McNeil came to town and wanted to upgrade McMillan wharf with a marina and restaurant, plans that were shot own and spit upon as if the guy was coming in to rape and plunder the village! Imagine where we'd be now if the marina went in or maybe if Cabral was able to have put his marina in when he planned it all out in the late 80's! All of these plans were shot down and stalled at the local board levels and eventually, the red tape killed the projects. Lets work together to bring this new marina and whatever else Lagasse has to life and allow the town to regain it's place as one of the best ports on the eastern seaboard. Look around, !
look where we are! WAY out at sea, right on the fishing grounds, open waters to sail immediately as you get past the breakwater and one of the most picturesque places in the country. A mega magnet for tourists and travelers with no marina and very little access for day boats. Wake up people, let Legasse build it and we'll all profit from his spending!
8:10 pm est 

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

 

"the village that cared..."

"mercenaries suffering greed arrived to rape & pillage our village", "your penchants for avidity", " feeding your evil souls"


Such colorful language.  Someone has quite a flair for the dramatic.  However, you missed the root cause, the inception, the nascency of our towns demise. 

Nobody arrived to rape and pillage anything.  The old-timey property owners you speak so fondly of during the "herring strikes" period of town's history invited the barbarians in and sold them their properties.  That's where it all began and where the blame lies, not at the feet of someone who bought here because they loved the town and worked hard to get here part time or full!

7:22 pm est 

3-Day Forecast
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Partly cloudy throughout the day.
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5:24 pm est 

From Louise Venden

One Provincetown

Time to Act

Louise Venden for Provincetown Selectman

 

Sorry for the wonkiness and length of this piece, but there truly are no simple or easy ways to achieve Community Housing Goals. First, I want to thank the many people who have made important contributions here before proposing actions I believe will create the housing and robust year round community we seek.

 

Housing

Provincetown Selectmen, staff and leaders on Boards and Committees have made many efforts over the past four years to assist in providing a range of housing for struggling working people and families. Community, workforce and especially Affordable housing have been key elements of most housing proposals considered by the BOS including the sale of the Grace Gouveia building, development of the VFW site and adjacent Winslow property, and consideration of alternative development for the 350 Bradford site. Resident, David Garten and nonresident, Paul Kelly, developed possible housing and police station site plans for the Winslow property to support the BOS proposal which they presented at Town Meeting. Their presentation and statements by BOS members failed to persuade voters to support this plan.

 

Town staff have done a great job of developing Affordable Housing and obtaining grants with strong support from Town Meeting. We are approaching the state goal of 10% of total housing units available as affordable units defined as 80% or less of Area Median Income. Limited affordable home ownership units are available, and both the Grace Gouveia and Stable Path rental apartments are taking rental applications now, so hats off to volunteers on Boards and Town staff who made these projects a reality. But we must do more to accommodate both moderate income year round residents and seasonal workers.

 

Despite the contributions of many community members to enrich, preserve and improve our Community Housing and essential Public Safety facilities, these efforts have fallen short. These efforts failed in part because Towns people have not been motivated to understand the challenges, limitations and opportunities for housing development in our small Town and show up at Town Meeting to vote. If we are to do something other than nod our heads about the “Housing Crisis” we must not let a few voices derail opportunities to grow housing in the limited places still available here.  Despite Town support for purchase of the VFW building and site, endless work by the Building  Committee to develop plans to replace the Police Station, attempts to purchasing the Duarte property, and developing more Community/Workforce housing at the Grace Gouveia building; we have not moved forward.  The VFW site lies vacant over two years after purchase; debate continues about the size, cost, and location of the Police Station; and we have no concrete plan about how to use our limited publicly owned sites and buildings to meet the needs for workforce housing. 

 

Housing Actions

 

Town Meeting approved an amendment to Zoning Bylaws allowing accessory units either attached or freestanding in the Res 1 and Res 2 zones. This important change allows homeowners to create year round rental housing in spaces they may not be using or develop small rentals on their land. Many households in Provincetown have 2 or less habitants, so this option gives them a chance to earn extra income while contributing to a scarce community resource. I hope the Town will actively promote accessory units to home owners, residents and nonresidents, who may want to both offer a home for year round residents unable to find rentals and ensure safety and wellbeing of their homes in the off season. The Town website should provide clear instructions on line and post promotions for accessory units on all local media, and organizations including the PPTRTA.

 

Town Meeting has also passed a Finance Committee sponsored Home Rule Petition requesting approval from the State Legislature to establish a Year Round Rental Housing Trust, and even approved funding of $1million from free cash and the sale of land account to be set aside until the legislation is passed and signed by the Governor. Yes, we must be willing to put money up to buy or develop the housing we believe we urgently need, and the Trust would enable us to grow our impact by investing with private/public partnerships, REITS, and other development partners.

 

We need to identify and publicize existing year round rental housing opportunities both affordable and market rate, home sharing and apartments on a separate Town Housing website linked to the Town website providing centralized information for people seeking housing.

 

We need an inventory of all Town land and building assets and evaluation of their highest and best uses. Within our limited resources, we must assess how to manage them to generate funds for developing the most suitable sites as part of an overall Land Use Plan that will be incorporated into our Zoning, Planning and Historic Preservation regulations.

 

Provincetown has limited buildable land and few buildings that could be purchased or developed for housing funded solely by our own Housing Trust. We must seriously evaluate opportunities to form Private/public partnerships, REITs and pursue support through USDA, Mass Development or other grant and loan programs.

 

Town officials must fund in depth surveys of both year round and seasonal employees and employers to specifically identify where employees and business owners live, their housing needs (one, two, three bedrooms), and their ability to pay rent or mortgages.

 

Provincetown has been unsuccessful in getting Home Rule petitions enabling us to raise funds to support Community or Workforce housing. We must help organize other resort Towns in order to hire a lobbying firm to push for passage of laws allowing us to impose a room occupancy tax on short term rentals, impose a real estate transfer tax, and we must separately engage a firm to push for passage of our Housing Trust petition.

5:08 pm est 

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

 

This was a village Town that embraced all,where everybody loved their fellow men & women & helped one another under all circumstances! WE CARED!! Then mercenaries suffering greed arrived to rape & pillage our village for their own self serving ways of importance! It was a place where year round businesses allowed people in need to charge everything knowing they'd be paid back when the "herring Strikes" or from other sources of income! Everyone was in the same economical boat That was the very charm of this place that lured you here that your penchants for avidity is bent on changing! You should be feeding your evil souls to prepare your next life! You're only passing through like on loan,your wealth isn't going with you,just your greed for which only you are to atone!!!!

12:25 pm est 

Town Talk

Listen to WOMR Host David Panagore on

                                      "Town Talk"

 

                  February 5th at 9 AM
 

Please tune in to WOMR, and WOMR.org tomorrow morning at 9 AM for another round of Town Talk. The big news this week is the purchase of Cabral’s Pier by Chuck Lagasse. We will be talking about that , about the push for what is being called the Blue Economy (that’s the sea based economy) , seasonal worker challenges and more with Wendy Norcross of the Cape Cod Chamber and the Candy Collins-Boden from the Provincetown Chamber.  
 

Listen in, call in and join in, everyone’s invited on air and on-line WOMR.

11:26 am est 

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

 

"want Provincetown to become a playground for the RICH, RICH, RICH."

I agree with this post.


And one more thing.  Let's get first class EMT and Fire Departments., even if we have to pay a little more.

11:03 am est 

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

 

MOVE TO WARE

You want to live in a run down town with depressing architecture and sad, worn out housing and beaten down people--move to some western cities like Athol or ware etc.

Merchants there are so heart broken over the poor people who spend their pay checks on lottery tickets that they some have removed the machines from their establishments.

Move to Reacing Pennsylvania, the poorest city in Pennsylvania if that is what you are looking for and are against Cabral's wharf.

This wharf sale is a page turner in Provincetown. It isn't merely a shot in the arm, it isn't a "renovation" of a house or a property--it is going to be a game changer of our water front.

You may be so against this upgrade; but if you are a waiter in town, do you want to wait on four people who share two shrimp cocktails, have one glass of wine and order extra bread and share two meals? Or do you want people who have double appetizers, cocktails, two bottles of wine and order expensive entrees and deserts and after dinner drinks?

Do you want the people to go to your store and buy coasters for their coffee table or the one's who go and order the coffee table, the crystal wine glasses and decanter? The one who buys a thin silver chain or the ones who want to look at diamond bracelets and ruby coctail rings?

If I was a merchant, I would want to sell my high end items that bring in the big bucks--the diamond bracelet not the slender silver chain.

The nay sayers are not dining out weekly at beach front restaurants or doing their christmas shopping at Commercial Street stores with high quality goods--they are fretting over every trip to the grocery store or filling up their gas tanks.

This is why there is a dearth of year round businesses here. Two years ago I know that some businesses couldn't make payroll. People bemoan that there are loads of businesses that are staying open--but it takes capital and CUSTOMERS. CUSTOMERS CUSTOMERS.

Believe me, if there were lines at the restaurants--they would remain open! Open your eyes, people. Some of you are so short sighted and negative. It is such a pity this is how you have determined to live your lives--it is so, so, sad.

11:02 am est 

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

 

ENHANCING PROVINCETOWN'S BEAUTY

I remember when the house at the top of the hill or Bradford street and Prince street was nearly a condemned mess--and then it was bought and rebuilt to be a beauty.

I remember when Crown Pointe was just a regular guest house--and then it was bought and transformed into what it is now.

We bought our own house when it had a yard that was just sand and gravel and we transformed it into a beautiful garden. I remember other places in town that were shabby and downtrodden along Bradford Street that have been transformed.

Wealth adds distinction when it is applied to rundown, dilapidated properties.

Now we have Cabral's wharf that has already undergone beautiful renovations in the past. Now it will be transformed into something even grander! It will become a gleaming diadem that is the jewel of our waterfront.

I'm tired of the nay sayers who want everything to include affordable housing. This is primo property that should have everything of the highest caliber that caters to the yachting crowd.

The purpose of this town government isn't to supply housing for people at the expense of the entire community, but to incorporate it as it has done so with millions from taxpayers.

All over the country people who work at resorts are experiencing the same thing because the best resorts are exclusive and Provincetown has become exclusive.

It is no longer a quaint fishing resort because the change in water temperature has caused the fish to move on out as well as other factors. This town once had 7 schools! It had multi-family homes to house the town that was teaming with work and workers. NOW IT IS An EXPENSIVE RESORT TOWN.

Anyone who moves here now to work part time and collect unemployment and who also wants a middle class life needs a wake up call to tell them to move someplace else because that ship has sailed big time. Please face reality folks--because even affordable housing has to pay insurance increases etc. and your rents will go up as the years go by.

It is affordable housing--not free housing. And the taxpayers don't owe you a place to live just because you want to come here and live and work part time.

10:58 am est 

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

 

"For years it was predicted that Provincetown would become exclusive like the islands. FINALLY It has TRULY happened and this another concrete example of Provincetown become more exclusive. YAHOO!!!

With all of my heart, I welcome this increase in wealth, this increase in making property more valuable. Provincetown was run down when I moved here so many, many years ago. It was expensive then--but anyone who worked hard elsewhere and came here-or someone who was a bartender or portrait artist who SAVED their money--could have bought here.

Please, please, please, don't mention affordable housing again we have given enough--let this wharf be a place that has style and grace and amenities that offer comfort to the rich so that they will embrace this town when they sail here so that more of their friends will come.

I want Provincetown to become a playground for the RICH, RICH, RICH.

When I came here straight guys thought that if they were well groomed that it meant that they were gay. Some didn't even want any hey didn't want any friends who were gay.

Out with the old, tired, closed minded folks and in with people with education, money, intellect and a desire to make this the best place possible to live."

Great sincere authentic post.. Winning argument.. great job/

1:12 am est 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

 

"Now that you've come out from under your rock Rumple Stiltskin, ....

You think the sale of a private wharf in the town is what turned it into an expensive playground? I see Mr./Mrs. Laggasse plan on speaking with te town in general to discuss future plans for the wharf. To me, that's the worst thing they could do considering the town is full of people like you, never let anyone be successful, don't let people make any money, don't upgrade anything, don't invite others to the town, don't change anything and thus we all suffer and pay the HUGE bill when things fail.

Do us a favor, go back to sleep."


Do us a favor and go back and read the post about which you are so ignorantly disdainful.  It is nothing like you think it is.  Try a course in reading comprehension.  

4:05 pm est 

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

 

THE NEW PIER-I MEAN PROVINCETOWN

For years it was predicted that Provincetown would become exclusive like the islands. FINALLY It has TRULY happened and this another concrete example of Provincetown become more exclusive. YAHOO!!!

With all of my heart, I welcome this increase in wealth, this increase in making property more valuable. Provincetown was run down when I moved here so many, many years ago. It was expensive then--but anyone who worked hard elsewhere and came here-or someone who was a bartender or portrait artist who SAVED their money--could have bought here.

Please, please, please, don't mention affordable housing again we have given enough--let this wharf be a place that has style and grace and amenities that offer comfort to the rich so that they will embrace this town when they sail here so that more of their friends will come.

I want Provincetown to become a playground for the RICH, RICH, RICH.

When I came here straight guys thought that if they were well groomed that it meant that they were gay. Some didn't even want any hey didn't want any friends who were gay.

Out with the old, tired, closed minded folks and in with people with education, money, intellect and a desire to make this the best place possible to live.

4:02 pm est 

Re: Provincetown Public School System

 

"School has just women?"

Wow I guess you aren't anywhere near the place. Let's see math, art, steam, custodians, tech.  They look like men to me.

3:59 pm est 

Re: Provincetown Public School System

 

"Look what happened at the school when it was announced it was closing in 2010. Everyone with any empathy toward kids was showed the door. Now the school is a virtual house of women. No men, or male role models to be found. Sad really."  

If you want the children in the school to have male role models, why don't you volunteer in the schools and help to mentor then?  Of course, it means you might have to get your head out of your ass and stop the woman-hating. It means you'll have to work collaboratively, and work as part of a team with women rather than always tearing them down...because the truth is, in this town, teaching and school administration is one of the few full-time work options in this town, and few of the so-called men would make the sacrifices it takes to do the work (lower salaries,long hours, limited resources for class supplies, etc).  In the final analysis, if you want male role models in the school, put "your money where your mouth is" and get off your ass and do something about it.  Personally, I don't think you really give a damn about the kids, you just want to complain about one of the few female-dominant employment fields.

3:55 pm est 

Re: Sale of Cabral's Wharf

 

I moved here in 1981, Provincetown was not a quint, little fishing village. The purchase of Cabral's Pier is very exciting. I hope that with the development of the pier the town will finally find a way to change the municipal parking lot. What an eyesore, serving as a driveway for out-of-town business owners and workers. Let them walk down the hill to work and make that parking lot a waterfront jewel.

11:05 am est 

Zika Virus Expanded

OH NO!!!!!!

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) voiced concern on Wednesday over a report the Zika virus had been sexually transmitted in the United States and called for further investigation into the mosquito-borne virus.

The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite.
9:55 am est 

Re: Behold the Exclusive Resort of Wealth

Now that you've come out from under your rock Rumple Stiltskin, ....

You think the sale of a private wharf in the town is what turned it into an expensive playground? I see Mr./Mrs. Laggasse plan on speaking with te town in general to discuss future plans for the wharf. To me, that's the worst thing they could do considering the town is full of people like you, never let anyone be successful, don't let people make any money, don't upgrade anything, don't invite others to the town, don't change anything and thus we all suffer and pay the HUGE bill when things fail.

Do us a favor, go back to sleep.
9:52 am est 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Re: Town Planner Missing?

 

So, Is Gloria McPherson Finally Back to Work?

Or has this so-called "family crisis" which seems to entail work with pay even if you do not show up situation--has this finally finished? Or is McPherson on a perpetual "only on Thursdays do I work"? What's up doc?

8:18 pm est 

Re: BOS Residential Tax Exemption

Quick thought;

Why should a group of people that come here, spend seemingly endless amounts of money as tourists and vacationers, pay more money to the year round community when they use less services, place less burden on town services and have, without question, spruced up the town by upgrading life in general in the town? Year round people use services year round and have more needs, spend less into the local economy and generally pay less overall in taxes already?
8:04 pm est 

Re: Town Treasurer Resigns - Correction!

 

Laura Grandel did not resign, it was another co-worker in the office who did.

8:02 pm est 

Behold the Exclusive Resort of Wealth

 

THE NEW PIER-I MEAN PROVINCETOWN

For years it was predicted that Provincetown would become exclusive like the islands. It has happened and this another concrete example of Provincetown become more exclusive.

I welcome this increase in wealth, this increase in making property more valuable. Provincetown was run down when I moved here so many, many years ago. It was expensive then--but anyone who worked hard elsewhere and came here-or someone who was a bartender or portrait artist who SAVED their money--could have bought here.

Now the town is more and more and more exclusive. I've watched the predictions come true--IN SPADES.

No one can get ahead working seasonally and taking the winter off--even with affordable housing (unless they do work under the table like lots of folks and stash the money away instead of ingesting what it buys).

There is a season, turn, turn, turn, and it has turned now to exclusivity, wealth, and to a new dawn of wealthy landowners and renters--that is the present and the future.

The quaint little fishing village is no more. Behold the exclusive resort of wealth come summer and the years-the decades-ahead.

8:01 pm est 

Town Treasurer Resigns - Correction!

 

Laura Grandel is the assistant collector and still works for the town.  Connie Boulos is the treasurer who resigned.

7:57 pm est 

Re: Zila Virus

Brazilian doctors have reported 4,000 suspected cases of microcephaly (Babies born with smaller than normal heads) versus 147 in 2014. Next year Four Million People (4,000,000) are expected to be infected.

Many of the babies are now born with Beverly small heads. Abortion is against the law in Many South American Countries.

Officials in Brazil and other countries hit by the Zika virus say that the cases of microcephaly theyre seeing are on the  more-severe end of the spectrum.

These are cases of infants who are likely to live with profound intellectual disabilities, serious speech and motor problems, and other health complications that require constant care.

In Brazil, there have been at least a dozen confirmed deaths of babies born with the condition.

Remember, the summer Olympics take place in Brazil this summer. The virus entered South American when a country there had a canoe race and infected people from Polynesian islands went there to participate.

Where will this disease show up after all of these travelers return to their native homes after going to the Summer Olympics? Food for thought.
4:03 pm est 

Re: Toxic Boss

Look what happened at the school when it was announced it was closing in 2010. Everyone with any empathy toward kids was showed the door. Now the school is a virtual house of women. No men, or male role models to be found. Sad really.
4:00 pm est 

Re: BOS Residential Tax Exemption

 

It seems to be ludicrous to think that the BOS would expect that folks who own property in town but don't live in that property would simply absorb the tax increase.  Why? I know a woman who lives in town and owns two rental properties.  She lives in neither but has a condo in our complex.  She laughed at me when I asked her about charging more rent to offset the tax increase.  Of course She will unless the BOS wants to send her some money to pay it.  She said that she has no obligation or intention of providing affordable housing.  SHe operates her properties as businesses not charities. 

BOS:  You are fools and I hope that people will join me in voting you out ASAP.  Then Donegan can move back to the big apple into his multi million dollar place.  And, the Richter-ding-a-ling family can leave us alone while they build their bank accounts and egos somewhere else.

3:57 pm est 

Re: Toxic Worker

 

Maybe We Have to Ask: Was There a Toxic Worker Behind the Leaving of Laura Grandel

Did Panagore see Laura Grandel and her work through the eyes and perspetives of someone else at Town Hall? Did he see Grandel's performance through someone else's eyes so that she could not live up to his expectations, tainted by a toxic worker. Look at the quick leaving of Building Commissioner Geoffrey Larsen who did not get along at all--they did not even talk to each other--with that known toxic worker. She has and continues to cause much damage at Town Hall. Until she leaves, there is  more damage to come!

12:31 pm est 

Re: BOS Residential Tax Exemption

 

"Since the residential exemption was originally intended to cause higher taxes on commercial and industrial, a legal challenge might prevail."

No, residential exemption doesn't effect commercial or industrial rate ($7.31 per thousand).  it splits resident and non-resident into two tax categories. 

10:18 am est 

Re: BOS Residential Tax Exemption

 

"That is not fair!  That tax was meant for the second home owners.  Locals should not pay any additional money!  We contribute all year long and that tax is meant to take the burden off of us.  Why can't the second home owner just accept defeat and pay a few hundred dollars more.  It is not like they can not afford it!"


Maybe the BOS should have thought who actually will end up paying this tax before they enacted it.

I am that dreaded second homeowner and I have yearly, in addition to weekly rentals.

I am raising the rent on my year round rentals and also my weekly

Locals who rent will pay the tax increase, as will my weekly rentals who will have less money in their pockets to spend in town (restuarants, shops etc) for the week they come here.

Great job BOS !

9:31 am est 

Re: Toxic Worker

 

Let us not forget the toxic boss who casts a pall on the workplace as soon as he/she comes through the door.

9:26 am est 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Town Manager

 

The new Town Manager is a loose cannon. Just watch and see. In Trump's world, Pangore is a whack job.

9:42 pm est 

Re: Town Treasurer Resigned?

 

Laura Grandel is the name of the former (Resigned) Town Treasurer.

9:31 pm est 

Re: Town Treasurer Resigned?

Town Treasurer resigned after town manager went on an explosive tirade against her.  he must have anger issues.
9:26 pm est 

Re: H2-B Workers Scam

 

"What boss wouldn't want such a person who runs all of their errands and empties their car etc etc etc"

Me. And who would want a boss who falls for that BS and how would that business succeed with such an AH boss?

9:24 pm est 

9:22 pm est 

Re: BOS Residential Tax Exemption

 

"Sounds like this comment was conjured up by a trickster second homeowner so's he could post some snappy comebacks about fairness. Laughable."

You know,  I agree with this.  Also, i feel that the extra tax on our neighbors is wrong. It was pretty transparent but definitely no laughable.  No joke here.

9:21 pm est 

Re: BOS Residential Tax Exemption

 

So, for years I've rented my two condos at very, very affordable rates to year round residents.  Both are two bedrooms, 1.5 bath, washer and dryer, 950 sq. ft and 1000 sq ft. I've rented to the tenants at a cost of 950.00 per month. Looks like I'm going to get him with a tax of 300.00 -400.00. Guess who will be paying a big increase on their affordable rental??? Yup, you guessed right. The year round tenant who has been renting from me for 5 years without an increase. Nice job BOS, way to help the year rounders!

9:19 pm est 

Re: Town Treasurer Resigned??

 

"That is not fair!  That tax was meant for the second home owners.  Locals should not pay any additional money!  We contribute all year long and that tax is meant to take the burden off of us.  Why can't the second home owner just accept defeat and pay a few hundred dollars more.  It is not like they can not afford it!"

Sounds like this comment was conjured up by a trickster second homeowner so's he could post some snappy comebacks about fairness. Laughable.

5:17 pm est 

H2-B Workers Scam

Where I work, a (slacker) worker from an island couldn't return. They hired a LOCAL GUY. The next summer the H2-B slacker worker returned...guess what happened to the local guy?

The sweet-talking-sweet acting-kiss-the-boss-feet H2-B worker's sweet (fake) act worked its magic again. What boss wouldn't want such a person who runs all of their errands and empties their car etc etc etc

I've seen it with my own eyes. Sure there are college students who would these jobs. Many of THESE STUDENTS LIVE IN DORMS when they are at their University! My friends did!!!

There will be a day of reckoning. Busineses hire a "House" boy to clean rooms--but then you see them scraping and painting, emptying out basements and attics and doing repairs and building wooden fences. It is called EXPLOITATION.

At least the Powers that be involved in this program are seeing what is being done and may call a halt to this program in Provincetown.

Lets see what happens with the grown up workers who are here from other countries who aren't going back because there is no assurance that they may return--and the students who are brought here.

Of course they will work for lower wages--they work so many hours once the season hits and have 3 jobs filling all of their days and evenings. There is so much abuse on so many levels--on them-on their displacement of local born workers and other Americans. We shall see what we shall see.

Remember, these students grow up, get serious jobs and one day I expect there will be a book from one egregiously abused student or guest worker about their experiences here--and it won't be pretty.
5:16 pm est 

Re: Town Treasurer Resigned??

 

Who was the treasurer?

I have no idea.

5:12 pm est 

Re: Town Treasurer Resigned??

 

"Maybe We Need to Ask: who Was our Treasurer?"

I have no idea. After long-term employees left, it was for me a vacuum. Not that this person wasn't good but who was she or he>

5:10 pm est 

Re: BOS Residential Tax Exemption

 

"On the contrary,  town meeting voted for a residential exemption so they (the BOS) are actually on pretty firm ground."

Morally, legally or politically?

My opinion, not the first and only for a very short time for the others.  Since the residential exemption was originally intended to cause higher taxes on commercial and industrial, a legal challenge might prevail.  Politically, the BOS will be losers when people realize how very wrong it has turned out.   

5:08 pm est 

Re: BOS Residential Tax Exemption

On the contrary,  town meeting voted for a residential exemption so they (the BOS) are actually on pretty firm ground.
2:50 pm est 

Re: Property Owner Breathing Sigh of Relief

 

"That is not fair!  That tax was meant for the second home owners.  Locals should not pay any additional money!  We contribute all year long and that tax is meant to take the burden off of us.  Why can't the second home owner just accept defeat and pay a few hundred dollars more.  It is not like they can not afford it!"

Oh, I get it.  Life should be fair.  I guess we all believe that as long as we get to define "fair".  Now, how were the parttimers "defeated"?  Was there some sort of contest that pitted one side against the other?  Were there votes cast and counted?  Defeated?  At what?  And while your answering all those questions, take a shot at this one.  How do those of us who vote here "contribute" all year long.  Is living and breathing contributing?  Is having lunch at SKIP contributing.  I'm sure that you had something in mind when you typed that comment.  We would love to have you share it. 

2:48 pm est 

Re: BOS Residential Tax Exemption

"We contribute all year long its not fair. Why doesnt the second homeowner just pay it.  Its not like he can't afford it."


First,  what do you contribute to all year?

Second, this exemption is not fair.

Third, how do you know my financial situation!

Ignorance.
2:46 pm est 

Selectmen Candidates

 

Thanks for the information on who has taken out papers for selectman

I know two of the four but who is Gordon Seigel and Vincent Breglia? I have no idea who they are or then what they stand for.

2:44 pm est 

Town Treasurer Resigned??

 

I just heard town Treasurer resigned, anyone know why?

2:42 pm est 

Re: Missing Town Planner?
 
"Seems We Should Read the Harvard Study on Toxic Workers" 
 
The toxic Worker Term is a Perfect Phrase

It pinpoints problems that some departments face and some town's face, as well as corporate departments. the person is bright enough, hard working, but stuck in rule following and details that more than irritate others and this type of worker insist on his or her way or the highway. they are arrogant, believe they are the brightest in any room and drive their agenda as the top priority.

Toxic worker undermine good functioning departments and undermine solid past practices. Everything begins with when they assumed the position and they are really know-it-alls that are driven to have any policy or procedure be done their way.

2:36 pm est 

Re: Bernie Sanders

 

"No, it's not naive, but go and delude yourself.  His campaign has garnered nearly 3 million individual donations from people who (like me) who are sick to death of being nickeled and dimed by all the corporations, billionaires and money grubbing wanna-bes like you!  Average Americans are ANGRY.  You better pray Bernie wins, because the only other alternative for a lot of people will be real revolution, with blood in the streets."

Ok so you are not naive.  but, how about unable to think ?  Why do you say that the poster is a money grubber?  What is a money-grubber?  is it a person who likes to use the talents with which he/she was born in order to make a decent living? Do you really believe in the tenets of Marx?  I agree that income inequality is a MAJOR problem to be solved, however, calling people names(when you don't know them)  and talking foolishly about bloody revolution is so far from productive that I can't imagine that a rational person would believe it. 

2:33 pm est 

Re: Property Owner Breathing Sigh of Relief

 

That's not fair?? 

 

What's not fair is a two tiered tax system. Since you elected the BOS that put it in place, it is ONLY fair that you pay it.

2:28 pm est 

Re: BOS Residential Tax Exemption

 

I've been a resident of Ptown for 23 years . In my opinion , this is the most uniformed, self serving, divisive BOS we have had in my history with he town. They are out of touch with the overall town population and change.  They need to embrace change, the tourists, and the second home owners who create jobs and bring income to our town.   Instead they continually represent the interests of a select few.    That even have audacity to vote themselves a tax decrease !   There are those in this town who r quite wealthy and should not be entitled to tax relief.   Tom Donegan, head if the BOS, recently purchased a home  upper east side Manhattan .  Doesn't sound like he is in need of tax relief in Provincetown.  Other Board members including Cheryl  Andrews , dentist in our town gainfully employed, retired Police Chief Anthony, receiving a nice pension from our town .  These BOS members voted for and will receive a tax decrease .  What happened to putting something like this on Town Meeting agenda?
I am totall discusted  with the current BOS members, they do not represent me or a sustantial segment of our community . What's next ?  Maybe they should just put a sign on route 6.    ENTERING PROVINCETOWN , YOU ARE NOT WELCOME.

2:25 pm est 

Re: Property Owner Breathing Sigh of Relief



"In fact, I'm going to raise the rent on my year round tenants."

"Maybe they will think twice about voting for any more tax increases.  I'm not paying it - they are!"

That is not fair!  That tax was meant for the second home owners.  Locals should not pay any additional money!  We contribute all year long and that tax is meant to take the burden off of us.  Why can't the second home owner just accept defeat and pay a few hundred dollars more.  It is not like they can not afford it!

10:14 am est 

Re: Bernie Sanders

"Of course Bernie Sanders Got $20 Million in One month
And who do you think sent in their checks? Oh, really? the poor and the lower class and those who put their pennies together? So Naïve."


No, it's not naive, but go and delude yourself.  His campaign has garnered nearly 3 million individual donations from people who (like me) who are sick to death of being nickeled and dimed by all the corporations, billionaires and money grubbing wanna-bes like you!  Average Americans are ANGRY.  You better pray Bernie wins, because the only other alternative for a lot of people will be real revolution, with blood in the streets.
10:12 am est 

Re: BOS Residential Tax Exemption

 

"Second home owners changing their status to primary. 

See you at the meetings !!!"


My bet is that we won't. Unless you want to slip into your SUV after a 9 hour day and buzz down from Boston for a 7pm meeting on a Wednesday night

10:07 am est 

Re: Who's Running the Show Downstairs ?

 

"Why is there this pregnant silence regarding the status of the Town Planner?"

Pregnant silence, WTF does that even mean?

12:21 am est 

Re: Town Hall Gag Order

The Banner can't get answers to any questions from town hall.  I'd rather see/hear informations flow freely.  Otherwise it seems like they are hiding something.  Do we really want to go back to the days of Keith?  Seems that's where we are heading.  When in doubt, err on the side of more transparency.
12:20 am est 


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