Sunday, December 31, 2017
This Must Stop!
11:48 pm est
This Must Stop! George's Pizza is being Treated with Total Disrespect
Enough is enough. I
am so thankful that George is open year-round and delivers. He does such a service for many who can't go out and still need
food. He is always open, always pleasant staff and good food. When nothing else is open, when no one is even walking on commercial
Street, George is always open.
Why is he being harassed? why is his staff constantly being given tickets and some
arrested? Others are praised for being open during the holidays and yet he is always open, when there is little business for
Time to recognize how important this pizza place to our winter community and time for us to support George
and come to his defense.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Hi Clarence -
9:36 am est
I come to this blog everyday checking for updates which are always most enjoyable to view - thank you.
Any reason why the blog is not updated daily like it used to be ? The blog was more vibrant and participated
in when it was more "real time" - seems like it's waning away which is unfortunate as it is such a wonderful resource.
Thank you for what you do.
What a Way to End the Year!
9:34 am est
You are so right, the seasonal workers are the most "real" people left in town, stead of these
guys putting on airs and trying to impress.............so sad, thought we were done with all that nonsense, but that mentality
Again, any shread of morality was destroyed by the current town manager, ala Harvey Weinstein!
What a way to end the year!
9:33 am est
Wow!! How much negativity can we have?
9:32 am est
What is the major problem of the Blue Chair? people have lost their sense of fun & reasoning!! That
chair has provided much fun & many memories being made! What's terrible about that except it wasn't the idea of
chronic complainers! get over yourselves & lighten up for light hearted fun! better than some crap & nasty comments
posted on computer!
9:31 am est
Without Julian P around this year, no one can even keep the Lobster Pot tree lit every night. It's been
dark for entire nights this holiday season. How do you expect the town/the PBG to keep an entire holiday fair up and running?
It takes water, electricity, coordinating hundreds of people (vendors, workers, volunteers, food suppliers), months of planning
and then someone running the day to day of the market. Who is going to do that? And where is that money going to come from?
Why don't you focus on getting the Lobster Pot tree lit first?
Call it a Day!
9:29 am est
"Bring in the Cruise Ships and Call it a Day"
Merry Christmas to you, sunshine. Perhaps you should cruise on outta here if you are so unhappy in Provincetown.
Re: Holiday Market
9:28 am est
"It's not their "brainchild," far from it. There have been Holiday markets,
fairs and bazaars all over Europe and in other parts of the U.S. for years. It's not a new idea, and isn't copyrighted".
WOW. Did you actually think I meant they invented the Holiday Market idea? C'mon, stop playing games. The original
poster seemed perturbed that Canteen was benefitting from the fair being held on their property. My comment was in reaction
to that belief. Of course, there can and probably should be a larger one somewhere in town, but, to date, no-one has stepped
up to the plate. That was my point if you really didn't get it.
Thanks for Nothing
9:26 am est
"This is the new Provincetown, where all that matters is
tourist dollars. To hell with locals and year rounders!"
Given that locals hardly support Commercial
Street stores, we merchants have little choice. Thanks for nothing.
Seamen's Bank and Canteen
9:25 am est
Seamen's Bank has kept its parking lot open during the off season for the past 30 years, long before
the Canteen existed. The idea is to help the town have more parking in the center of town when the bank lot is mostly empty
anyway. A kind gesture to the town.
This is a perfect example of people on this site drumming up a controversy
where none exists. This type of unchecked, false commentary hurts our community.
And even worse , it's an example
of someone posting on this site taking two entities, the bank and the Canteen, that work very hard to do the right thing for
the people of the town, and turning two well meaning gestures into a weapon against them -- burning them for trying to do
Let 2018 be the Year of Kindness
9:24 am est
That's Right: "This is the new Provincetown, where all that matters is tourist dollars.
To hell with locals and year rounders!"
It is about time those lazy, complaining, Bastards get
treated the way they deserve to be. Is there anything done in this town that does not result in the same old grouchy, entitled
jerk spouting off on how put upon you are? Find something positive to make note of. Let 2018 be the year of kindness and making
a difference in this town in a positive way. Before you take the time to find fault, put the same effort in to doing something
productive. Most us are sick of listening to your complaining.
Monday, December 25, 2017
Bring in the Cruise Ships and Call it a Day
1:47 pm est
Good grief. ENOUGH with the junky lights shining on Town Hall. Between that and the stupid
plastic blue monstrosity we've given up any shred of pretense to being an art colony we had left. I guess since there
hasn't been an original art work worth buying in town in 40 years maybe that ship already sailed anyway. It's become
a gay theme park for tacky old queens. Just bring in the cruise ships and call it a day.
Band of Stooges
1:45 pm est
Wonder if the Town Manager has kept a list of the people who have quit because of him. Maybe a
xmas ornament for each one..........gonna be quite a full tree.
Then we can thank the Chair of the BOS and her
band of stooges for enabling him to do it. No consequences.......Thanks again you guys!
1:44 pm est
Anybody know the scoop on the DPW employee that was suspended for 5 days with out pay ????
Kudos to the Monument
1:43 pm est
ANOTHER UNSIGHTLY PROJECT BROUGHT TO YOU ALL BY THE RIP OFF DEVELOPERS WHO BROUGHT YOU, 350 BRADFORD, WHALER'S WHARF
AND AQUARIUM MALL AND THE REST OF THE BAD DEVELOPMENT IN TOWN.
Ann Wood Editor of the Banner
1:41 pm est
Provincetown is losing an important asset with the resignation of Ann Wood as editor of the Banner.
Ann has provided years of unbiased and factual reporting as well as informative, insightful, and interesting editorials during
her tenure with the Banner. Hopefully we will all be entertained by an Ann Wood best seller in the future. Best of luck Ann!
Seamen's Bank and Canteen
1:40 pm est
Insider trading between Seamen's Bank and Canteen with Seamen's allowing its parking lot open to anyone who
visits Holiday Market Trust Fund Owner of Canteen was recently appointed to Board of Incorporators at Seamen's Bank. Good
Neighbors make Good Insider Trader Business. Has anyone ever looked at Seamen's Bank Board of Directors for ethical and financial
conflicts of interest with insurance, bookkeeping and accounting, choice of contractors and electricians, preferred extended
relationships with non profits and the list goes on ........ The last bastion of a closed insider trading shop whose board
does not represent today's community
1:37 pm est
Did the Canteen apply for permits for the Crafts Fair?
they are a restaurant,
not a crafts fair. I wonder. And did they apply to zoning for the all the signage in the front, the fake grass and chairs
stuck here and there along the front? Others have difficulty gaining one sign.
what's up here? Too connected, perhaps?
And 71 seats granted for this property?
1:34 pm est
"I would assume there could be another location in addition to the one at Canteen,
but since this is THEIR brainchild, it makes no sense to move it. The guys at Canteen came up with the idea and brought
it to life; of course they will benefit since it's their project."
Actually, they didn't come
up with the idea. It's not their "brainchild," far from it. There have been Holiday markets, fairs and bazaars all
over Europe and in other parts of the U.S. for years. It's not a new idea, and isn't copyrighted. There's no reason whatsoever
that the town couldn't have it's own holiday market so that other local businesses could benefit and participate. It's actually
a pretty smart idea, one the PBG should look into. Everyone is always trying to figure out ways to increase off season tourism.
Well, here you go: Have a holiday fair, invite all local businesses to participate, spend a few dollars on advertising, people
come and spend money. Everybody wins, including the Canteen.
1:32 pm est
"Joes Coffee...bad vibe. Whats going on there all of a sudden?
Seems like a morgue"
New owners, not very nice people. No understanding whatsoever
of the community. Firing longtime, well loved employees, installing security cameras inside the shop. This is the new Provincetown,
where all that matters is tourist dollars. To hell with locals and year rounders!
Monday, December 18, 2017
The Me Too Movement
9:47 pm est
I'm a guy and where I worked, the owner leered at the female workers and even had them come on their
day off. He leered at the girls in the school yard and was banned from going near the school.
If he was still
alive, what a law suit there would be from decades of past female workers. So many abuses allowed in Provincetown. Each place
owned by individuals and these individuals were kings and queens who could treat their employees with dignity and respect
or derision and ridicule and sexual slimy comments and nothing could be done about it if someone wanted to keep their
Perhaps things will change--but I doubt it. The student workers are over worked and under paid and
crammed into housing. One day there will be a reckoning. One day there will be a crack down on illegal workers aNd illegal
Happy New year once this all comes to pass.
Re: Holiday Market
9:45 pm est
I would assume there could be another location in addition to the one at Canteen, but since this is
THEIR brainchild, it makes no sense to move it. The guys at Canteen came up with the idea and brought it to life; of
course they will benefit since it's their project.
9:42 pm est
Joes Coffee...bad vibe. Whats going on there all of a sudden? Seems like a morgue!
9:39 pm est
What a great thing Seamens did, to leave their parking lot open so that people can go to The Canteen!
Sunday, December 17, 2017
11:30 am est
In the interest of promoting the town as an off season destination, is there some reason why the holiday
market couldn't be moved to a more central location so that it may also benefit other businesses besides the Canteen? Like
Lopes Square, Town Hall or the bas relief? Or perhaps there could be another holiday market? It just seems like a great marketing
opportunity for that all local businesses and restaurants might benefit from if it were hosted elsewhere.
11:28 am est
I thought this site was to discuss town issues? Seems like the webmaster isn't interested any longer.
It's too bad because it was pretty accurate with info on the towns ongoings, especially for the non yearrounders.
11:27 am est
If Alabama can do it so can we. Fire Panagore
Have You Been to SKIP Lately?
11:26 am est
I am vegetarian and celiac and I have never been so happy by all my options. I know she has a great
job but someone needs to financially back her for her to get her own place. Shes going to leave us eventually if shes always
working for someone else.
11:23 am est
"I'm looking forward to seeing Gordon's housing proposal
for the VFW site."
He's not on the BOS. What are the real leaders doing about this?
ANTHONY: Sold illegal gambling tickets at the building when it was the VFW. HIs actions accelerated the
closing of the VFW.
DONEGAN: Wanted Voters to spend $80000 to TEAR IT DOWN.
She Loves the big parking lot, perfect for her boat!
And Yingling's home packing for Harbor Hill.
11:22 am est
So Ann Wood Did Quit Being Editor of the Banner
She says to take time to write. Well, we
will see. either one writes or one doesn't it. sometimes, it is not about having time but taking time and just writing and
writing and writing.
That is what writers do!
Town Talk, Who's in Charge?
11:21 am est
Town Talk needs town talk
It is so slow and hardly timely. who's in charge?
Both Hatches Were Involved in the Community Center Deal
11:19 am est
One is the chair of CPC and awarded the grant of initially $160,000 and the other is chair of
Finance and has a financial interest in the Creative Commons. No money should have been granted since the non-profit was not
even formed and no monies should go to a non-entity.
But kissin' cousins can always bend the rules. and
thus she did. And thus his entity received funds.
Another deal done in dark corners with others in town helping
to rush through this most questionable deal.
Worforce housing would have served the town so much better.
11:17 am est
How how many of these posts do you think are from the same couple vindictive people with a personal
ax to grind? I see the same 2-3 fingerprints on the majority of posts here.
11:15 am est
So Has Ann wood resigned? Was this just bar talk
or the real thing? Can someone let us know.
Re: Paying More in Taxes Versus the Real Price We Pay
11:12 am est
Here he is lauded as a hero. as is the housing specialist- heroism and hefty pay check for?
11:11 am est
Bankrupting the moral fiber of our community. LOL
Such a Sad State of Affairs
11:10 am est
OMG. I am a member of town; talk and I just can't believe how stupid our town is.
Jay guy and Hatch are actually arguing that the VSB doesn't cost the town any money. News flash, imbeciles, if it is
money that is available to the town (it is) that has been allocated to something (it has) IT IS COSTING THE TOWN MONEY.
Christ, you'd think the chair of fincom who claims to be a businessperson would know the basics of how finance works.
No no, it's MAGIC money that rains down from heaven and funds the VSB. Not money that the town could use for
something else. Do they even read what they write?
I'm not sure why deRuyter bothers arguing with them unless
maybe there's a buck in it.
Such a sad state of affairs.
11:08 am est
Re: Seems the Banner editor announced that she quit on Friday. The announcement was made at the
OC . . .
Thats so surprising considering they just won that prestigious award. :)
11:07 am est
Love the pysch terms being thrown around here and the abusive phonies calling other who don't agree
or tell them to do their job abusive.. funny.. very
Saturday, December 9, 2017
11:49 am est
Webmaster not mark hatch the cousin you know the one with the housing agendas.
11:48 am est
Probably the highest grossing week of the summer, chill, nice guys and the townspeople seem to love
Gross? I don't think so!
Harvey Weinstein - David Panagore
11:47 am est
Just Like Harvey Weinstein
The Town Manager relies on a network of enablers, they are called
the Board of Selectmen!
Re: Mark Hatch
11:45 am est
Hatch talking about housing is like Trump talking about planning a quincenerra. What a hypocrite
'Swift Hand of Justice'
11:39 am est
"I can tell you one thing, if the person running this house was an American, all hell
would break loose about the wealthy Americans taking advantage of the hard working foreign students. The swift hand of justice
would come down fairly quickly and people of ptown would be in the streets rioting. Somebody clue me in
OK I'll clue you in.. There is 'swift hand of justice' in Provincetown,
especially with housing, and you are mistaken that anyone would care if it were Americans instead of foreign students..
Paying More in Taxes Versus the Real Price We Pay
11:37 am est
I wait and wait for someone in Town Hall to have the guts to stand up to Panagore. Demeaning other
people at every turn and bankrupting the moral fiber of our community.
Anywhere else Panagore's actions would be
enough to terminate him. Here he is lauded as a hero. Bullying his subordinates, they'd rather quit than
deal with it. Panagore is here to inflate his tiny ego. He is not here to help our Town.
questions he does not like, refusing to acknowledge any personal error, he turns comments off, doesn't return emails, and
he has lied to the Town numerous times.
The BOS gives him rave reviews, but compared to their awful performances
I can understand.. IF THE BOS HAD THEIR WAY THE VFW WOULD REOPEN SO ANTHONY COULD SELL ILLEGAL GAMBLING TICKETS THERE. AGAIN...sigh...
Just look at the past few years.
Town Hall exodus.
Town buildings GIVEN
Others sit empty.
Budget up up up.
Not a done deal. The lawyers made over 100K so far. And if it goes through, congratulations on buying units that
all need to be retrofitted to work, with no clear plan other than allowing summer rentals. YRRHT for summer workers.
100's of people, our friends, have left Town in the past few years. They all had jobs.
None could find housing. Get it? Housing, not jobs. If you want to work in Ptown, there's always work.
These newbies are drinking the TM served Kool Aid. We don't need to spend money on more jobs, we need housing.
Speaking of year round jobs, WHO BELIEVES A NON-PROFIT IS GOING TO GENERATE YEAR ROUND JOBS? Paid for by the
taxpayers! One has to wonder if the Chair of FINCOM thinks this is so financially good for the Town, if he can't add
well, or thinks we're so stupid we didn't notice?
And speaking of corrupt, How come Panagore continues
to drive Town owned vehicles for his personal use when it's no where in his CONTRACT?
How come we spent millions
on a Town Hall historically correct renovation only to have the TM ghetto it up with a PLASTIC chair?
come we used to be a hand up community and now we are a hand out one?
Anyone who can't see the corruption, ask
Dr. Regatta. (the dentist) She knows how to do it. All that hand washing.
Sad in our Country, sadder
in our Town.
11:32 am est
For all you town sleuths- Jack ross is a fake profile and is in insider with a beef against tubby..
maybe a ex-employee? hmmmm...
Community Center - Chris Wise
11:31 am est
Anyone who thinks the worker dorm proposal for the community center was a good idea should go and read
it. It was a slapdash last-minute effort and really poorly written. Compare it to the creative space proposal and you can
see why the selection committee didn't go with the housing project.
And then Chris Wise flat-out lied at town meeting
saying he wasn't involved in the dorm project, even though he's right there in that proposal on page 15 as a "development
team member" and again on page 36 as the lead for permitting the project: http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8394
I'm looking forward to seeing Gordon's housing proposal for the VFW site.
Town Talk is So Boring
11:28 am est
It is nothing more than pretty pictures and nice words. Nothing substantial seems to be posted. Why
have this blog, then? Why, indeed!
11:27 am est
Re: Mark Hatch
11:26 am est
Now Hatch is housing authority ex director? Unbelievable.
White Male Entitlement
11:24 am est
White male entitlement is deeper than sewer s... in Ptown...my god, the level of whining is ridiculous...GROW
Re: Banner Banner Editor Quits?
11:23 am est
No shock that it came from the OC. Love that place, (not as much as she does) but that's her speed.
Classy to the end? No, not her. Those two words have never appeared in the same sentence describing her what with her Hunter
S. Thompson wannabe but will never be attitude.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Banner Banner Editor Quits?
3:21 pm est
Seems the Banner editor announced that she quit on Friday. The announcement was made at the OC and was
immediately followed by a lengthy discussion of male genitalia. Classy to the end.
Please--We Had a Great Project on Workers' Housing
3:19 pm est
A place for many summer workers at the Community Center but backstage deals brought in creative--so-called--space
for certain individuals. this is not what we needed but secret deals with the chair of finance and his cousin, chair of CPC
funds, brought us this "hatched" deal.
So, please, no constant crying about needing workers'
housing. We had our chance and blew it.
Seasonal Tourist Economy
1:15 am est
I agree with the poster who suggested that we accept the reality that it is a seasonal tourist economy.
It does suggest a few questions:
1. What can the town do to extend the season as far as possible? Holly
Folly at least to my eye is looking pretty successful. Love or hate the Canteen, but the market out back is very cool.
2. Should we even bother marketing the summer months at all? There were a few slow weeks this season,
but seems to me that putting everyone's creative efforts into figuring out how to put asses in seats in off months would be
way more helpful. Maybe a Provincetown Bear sex party week in January?!?!? Kidding. Sort of.
If it's really a tourism strategy, then we need to re-think housing. We'd be much better off focusing on affordable
year-round rentals and summer workforce housing.
1:13 am est
SO the assistance tourism director is off to work for Dan Horn.....
Good luck with that!
1:11 am est
I think the BOS should have to clean up the STATE land where they put the homeless? They magically
ALL have housing now that summer is over.
They've charged their cel phones and their off.
Leave it to us to clean
up the mess they've made of wetlands and the seashore.
Of course, Cheryl, Tom, and the gang don't care.
sure she gets her REGATTA MONEY.
Bears Week is Gross
1:09 am est
"Bear week had 15 parties last year that were underwear,
jocks, or less. This year there will be more. You belong Here! Provincetown Sex Party for Bears."
Yeah. And some think that Gloria was over the top. Bears week is gross.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Re: Two Things
1:50 pm est
I have seen what is referred to as the overcrowded house with my own eyes. One of the kids that
worked for me lived there. Although it is far from ideal, it is better for them to live there than in Truro. Anything
we can do to keep these kids from riding bikes on Rt 6A at night is the right choice.
Re: Gloria McPHerson Did Our Town Damage
12:35 pm est
I, Too, am Glad that Gloria McPHerson, is Gone
She surely did much damage. she allowed developers
to destroy many a site. She was always a developer's dream, as when she had worked for Kohl construction. Her attention was
driven to do what key developers wanted--and she left the rest of the town diminished. What deals she did behind closed doors
is still to be revealed but we are better for her leaving. That I do know.
10:44 am est
Bear week had 15 parties last year that were underwear, jocks, or less. This year there will be
more. You belong Here! Provincetown Sex Party for Bears.
10:42 am est
When will Panagore's accusers come forward so we can end this hell of him as Town Manager? Of
course he fu**ed most of us over already.
Hatch and Donegan and him in their three way trust to screw the voters.
Disgusting people in a beautiful Town.
Re: Gloria McPHerson Did Our Town Damage
10:40 am est
"...even though she was an actress that portrayed knowledge"
Huh? how do you portray knowledge?
Planner was knowledgeable, just not open to other's knowledge. A phoney
yes, actress no.
10:39 am est
Leave Mr Adams alone you sad sack, the other, 200 dollars a week for these summer workers is a great
deal. shut up before there is no housing available at all.
10:38 am est
Your post was accurate and concise and YES true!!
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Long Over-due Rant Here
10:08 am est
Does anybody else hear the horror stories from our Bulgarian workers about housing every
summer? On two separate occasions I had Bulgarian students tell me some very wild things. They come in looking for work so
in the course of small talk I always ask how they like it here, how they like their jobs, how their housing is etc..
I know of one confirmed house, I am told there are more but I can only vouch for at least this one. This single
family house is run by a Bulgarian man, who uses it to rent to 15 Bulgarian students. 15 students sharing a single family
home. The 2 students I spoke to said they SHARE a BED with a complete stranger while another 1 or 2 may be stuffed in the
room as well, just on a different bed or couch. Showers are often impossible because of the line, cooking? Forget about it.
The worst of all, is the students pay a whopping 200 dollars each, per week, to stay in this house.
I did the math over the summer and that equates to a ~$45,000 dollar haul for this ONE house for the J-1 season (4 months)
My question to you all is this... I can't be the only one who has heard these stories, and these living
conditions and slumlord-style business practices are obviously illegal. Why is there no consequences for this, why does nobody
put a stop to it? Is this one of those things where, since housing is so limited and we need our workers, we turn our heads
and look the other way? I mean this as a legitimate question.
I can tell you one thing, if the person
running this house was an American, all hell would break loose about the wealthy Americans taking advantage of the hard working
foreign students. The swift hand of justice would come down fairly quickly and people of ptown would be in the streets rioting.
Somebody clue me in here.
Re: Peter Manso Banner Letter 11/30/17
10:05 am est
With reference to The letter by Peter Manso (Banner 11/30/17) he seems upset that ABC didn't adhere
to Manso consult re the recent T.V. Viewing of the Worthingtom Murder, He went in to say most everyone thought MacGowan wasn't
guilty at all! I remember that People thought he was guilty but had an accomplice assisting him that didn't get caught! Now
as I post this the Steinle murder victim just announced on TV re the illegal immigrant deported 5 times was rendered
not guilty! That verdict is a worse travesty! Covert persons must not be allowed to stay let alone be acquitted of murder!
No matter what !
10:03 am est
Maybe you should clean up the homeless camp being you authorized their stay, im sure house of pizza
wont miss you and neither will the town gas pumps
10:02 am est
So, make sure I have this correct. The board of Selectmen, none of whom are involved in the tourism
industry, decided to override the VSB on their budget because Andrews wants more money for her regatta?
Matt Lauer closer to Home
10:00 am est
When will the BOS listen to the chorus of voices about our town manager, the word is out and the world
is reacting to this behaviour with speed.
Ptown is living in the Stone Age, wait til the lawsuit is filed!
Mr. Kerry Adams - Just the Facts
9:59 am est
Please post just the facts regarding Mr. Kerry Adams. There can't be any harm in that-no gossip--just
state the facts. This continued Media black out gives rise to a great deal of speculation. I am a person who has been here
for decades and when I was a young man in my 20's he was a young man in his 20s.
9:57 am est
Will Peter Manso ever go away?
Let's Hope Community Development Thrives
9:56 am est
Now that the so-called town planner is gone. Let's hope that this department works as it should. I,
like others posting, believe McPherson was poisonous for Provincetown. Developers made money--and maybe she did too, but we
suffered for the secret deals she did.
Maybe, now, there is some hope for real change.
Gloria McPHerson Did Our Town Damage
9:55 am est
I too am grateful that this woman--who never really know Provincetown--has left. she was incompetent,
even though she was an actress that portrayed knowledge. but it was not there.
Now, the ugly barriers remain; Tedeshci's
is gone; the old Michael shay's is a conglomerate of a developer's dream, maximizing profits but providing a terrible entrance
to the town. Whatever Gloria McPherson touched, it turned into a disaster for us. she may have money in her orange pocketbook,
but we are diminished for it.
9:53 am est
If you paid outrages prices for thanksgiving dinner in town you are a fool. SKIP was free and by far
the best meal around. Those Brussels sprouts and homemade cranberry sauce <3
In a Bubble
9:52 am est
How foolish to think one person is posting happy posts that the planner is gone... I hope I don't know
you or the bubble you live in either -
Re: Beware New Bedford of Gloria McPherson
9:51 am est
The 'get over it'
is back fueling the discontents with vague obtuse statements..
9:47 am est
". . .Provincetown is a seasonal tourist community
and that's all it's ever going to be. Expecting otherwise is the definition of insanity."
Your entire post was spot on and hit the nail on the head. Rare for this blog.