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Frank Pignone April 13, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Ms. Walsh: A few things I am preparing are all the figures for the last ten years whichRead Moreinclude: 1 .- The Amounts of Water Sent to our town each year. 2- The Amounts of 'Bills' ( which will compute the cost per 'Million Gallons each yea) 3.- The Amount of the Sewer Bills each year 4.- The amount of 'sewerage and wastewater' the Sewer bill is based on. 5.- To allow the citizens to 'realize' our bills are 'based on' the 'PREVIOUS YEARS ' usage. 6.- A note on how 'KRAFT FOODS' 'USAGE'.......CAN HAVE a Great Effect on our Bills as the 25 Year Contract somehow.. has NO GUARANTEED 'usage ' which I believe was a Terrible Legal 'Blunder' and has, at least a few times.. Burned us badly when they had a high usage one year..and then used much less the following leaving us with A DEFICIT ! ... 7.- All of the 'End of Year' Reports on Town Usage for each set of meters as 'Residential, Business, Governmental, 'Unmetered and 'Unaccounted' for water..... 8. - Clarification of 'IF' the Government is paying the full 'RETAIL' Rate as 'we are' ?.... ( I think not.. ) 9.- A 'full list' of 'ALL' the 'Town Employees' and amounts which have been 'Extracted' off of the Property Taxes and placed onto the Water and Sewer Bills... 10- Hopefully Dealing with the question *** 'When these Town Employees went on the Water Bill- were 'these amounts' then replaced with 'new ' Expenses ? and if so..........Were we the people 'victims' of an 'illegal' Override ?........WE 'need that 'Question answered........!
Frank Pignone April 13, 2014 at 05:28 PM
In 2004, the Town 'raided' the Water and Sewer 'Surplus' account to pay its bills ! They then 'fell Read Moreshort' in funding the MWRA because of 'KRAFT' Foods using Wells on their property. HERE.. below DATED .......2003 on how easily KRAFT can 'hurt us' with NO Guaranteed Usage... Remember. this is 10 years ago. and we are probably behind again due to this company's '25 year 'Ridiculous' Contract'......They pay only 25% above the MWRA 'raw rate'.....without the 'loads' of the Town Employees and Benefits.. Please read this brief 'point'...of the 'Raid'.......... "Money from ratepayers goes to pay for the contracted amount of water from the MWRA and to operate and maintain the water and sewer system. But two things happened to alter this scenario. First, Kraft Foods began drawing more water from a well they installed in Woburn and using less MWRA water."
Frank Pignone April 14, 2014 at 02:30 PM
I have Ten full years reports of 'every drop' of 'usage' in Stoneham coming to me. I am 'very'Read Moreconce rned of the year 2009 when the 'gallonage' somehow went up to the heavens..!... We'll see.....I've spoken with people at the DEP, MWRA..and and others about the 'computations ' of the Water and Sewer' , outside metering, and adding 'Town White collars workers as part of the water and sewer bills and then 'replacing those portions'.. with 'new hires' or other expenses as......a '"blindsided Override'..........and hope the State can get to study the 'legality' of that exercise.. I just wish the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Question had 'never been' on the Ballot !..... We'd have about 5 million dollars more than we have now each year and it would be cheaper than all these damn fees, and 'manipulative' systems which haunt our brains....and have us at each others throats. Using your flexibility of your 12 part Auto Policy... by 'Seasonal coverage'.. the Excise tax 'increase' could have been 'Free'.... .........That is... DO you need 'Collision ' and 'High Bodily Injury and 'rental' when you leave a car or more in the driveway...? I think not...'Reduce them, with your agent during that time..!! And you'll save enough money to pay for the 'added' Excise tax......and you'd pay NO Trash Fees !!...and maybe NO SPORTS FEES.......... $ 5 MILLION.. we 'lost' during the vote for PROPOSITION 2 1/2.......We 'old men'...'Remember'...and want you all to have the same benefits we had as young parents.. We sympathize with what you all have to pay...and we are going to fight for you..and your children.......' Frank'.......
Frank Pignone April 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Senator Lewis: In this 'public forum' ; Would you care to 'agree' that with the 'Comparative'Read Morewealth categories of Winchester vs. Stoneham ; Stoneham should be receiving 'more Ch. 70 funds' than Winchester ?... Yes or No please sir?...Thank you and I wish you good luck in your new position and we look forward to your creativity, strength and 'individuality' as well as 'Independence' which shall be fairly 'Crystalline ' in nature. I also look forward to learning about that phone you use to recommend our Town Candidates you favor ( Pretty much 'party lines?)..and also share with our Elected Members , and Kate Clark.. ( also among party lines ? )....781 438 4426... registered to Stoneham Citizen but we cannot call it back...Can the 'Do not Call' list for Robo calls be 'respected'..?.. Thank you and once again. Congratulations and Godspeed sir. Frank Pignone
Paul John Maisano April 16, 2014 at 07:11 AM
Mr. Senator, Would you please stop talking in political generalities spinning the issue in circlesRead More. You were just elected to represent 7 cities/towns. How many of those $$$$ can we, the people of this district, expect, or lose, in this currently proposed fiscal year budge cycle?? Please specify the relative revenue program with the projected amount so each of us can understand the bottom line!!! Regards from Paul Maisano
Frank Pignone April 16, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Good Job Paul : And we are two Democrats. We just don't want the same old 'hacksmanship'...takingRead Morepe ople for 'granted' because we can't perhaps 'analyze' the 'tangle' in the line and aren't to untie the 'knots' of the 'twisted speeches. Those days are..........'over' for 'Hacksmanship' and young men and women who believe 'Free Enterprise' is a 'Battleship' moored in Fall River. I'd enjoy him take a look at our 'miseries' as the Water and Sewer Bills which is 'the 'Main Purpose' of ' Cleaning Boston Harbor...NOT Water! and 'Spread' this Cost ( at least the Sewer Portion)...across the state !!'Boston Harbor' is a part of Boston and a heavy percentage of 'Boston Amenities and Recreation, are funded 'State Wide'...The Cleaning of Boston Harbor should be also. 'EVERY' Employee who works in this town and lives elsewhere 'should be' paying a 'surtax' to give to our Town as their 'contents of body' IS GOING INTO OUR SEWER !!....... 45% OF THE ' Sewer ' Tax is based on 'Population of only 22,300 'Residents'.. but the 'product in the pipe' is also from 'thousands more'.. who work 'here'...IT IS TIME.. TO GET 'all of this Water and Sewer Facts and Figures ( Hopefully in May...and not April ! I need time to get these papers I have to the Selectmen...........A Billion Gallans a year come here.... WE only meter 88 per cent of it.. 12 per cent we don't know where the hell it went... 50 per cent 'only' is RESIDENCES....KRAFT Foods, Industry, Commercial and Retail, and Government are the rest. HOMES number 5775 Meters...So to 'cancel an 'outside meter' so viciously.. LEARN THE DAMN SYSTEM first and then you'll see that it is wrong..
Frank Pignone April 11, 2014 at 04:22 PM
'Lexington has implemented a policy that allows installation of a second meter for outdoorRead Morewatering. Water consumed through this meter is only charged a water rate. There have been approximately 3,316 irrigation meters installed to date.' ( Smart, 'very smart'.. 'Fair and Right' to the Ratepayers.......)
Frank Pignone April 11, 2014 at 04:28 PM
The SEWER Pipes which carry Stoneham's 'Waste' to the MWRA Treatment Plant have 'Sensors' inRead Morethem... which 'calculate' 'how much' to bill next year based on these 'amounts' from the 'sensors'............NO WATER on your Tomatoes... ever saw a 'Sensor'........or anything else in your yard either ! ....So, If our Water hits no sensors in the Sewer.........STOP BILLING US ...and 'rid us' of this 'Curse'. We as taxpayers and voters, through Elections and Appointments can get...........RID... of what ails us 'also'... Just sayin'........Kapeesh ?..
Paul John Maisano April 10, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Frank, you seem do your best writing in the early morning. Yes, occasionally, the pendulum mayRead Moreswing towards the moderate side of the political spectrum. However, it is unlikely that it will reach center here in Massachusetts. Remember, over forty years ago, Massachusetts was the only state in the Union to vote for George McGovern (D), for president, in 1972. A couple years later Richard Nixon (R) would resign under the Watergate scandal. Bumper stickers surfaced on Massachusetts cars boasting, 'Don't blame Massachusetts, we voted for Mondale !!! This is a deep blue state. Even though we have the vast majority of registered voters listed as, Independents, they tend to vote for Democrats!! Keep up the good work on the issues. Still trying to be a moderate Democrat...... Paul Maisano
Paul John Maisano April 10, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Paul John Maisano Frank, you seem do your best writing in the early morning. Yes, occasionally,Read Morethe pendulum may swing towards the moderate side of the political spectrum. However, it is unlikely that it will reach center here in Massachusetts. Remember, over forty years ago, Massachusetts was the only state in the Union to vote for George McGovern (D), for president, in 1972. A couple years later Richard Nixon (R) would resign under the Watergate scandal. Bumper stickers surfaced on Massachusetts cars boasting, 'Don't blame Massachusetts, we voted for McGovern !!! This is a deep blue state. Even though we have the vast majority of registered voters listed as, Independents, they tend to vote for Democrats!! Keep up the good work on the issues. Still trying to be a moderate Democrat...... Paul Maisano Recommend
Cristine Warren Linn April 11, 2014 at 06:10 PM
What are the arguments against SEE CLICK FIX? I thinkn it is a great idea.
kelly floyd April 13, 2014 at 08:03 AM
I'm the mother whose child was assaulted by both ms Reilly and steven orloff, director of specialRead Morene eds in stoneham public schools & federal prisoner (Google it please) I also lead the charge, designed and built the butterfly garden at Robin Hood with other volunteers. Every year I organized fall and spring clean ups on school grounds with a few other families. No staff or admin ever appeared to be a part if this community. In fact I met dr Olson at one of these clean ups and he didnot thank us or join in at all. Concerned families only! It's sad that a service oriented family was treated in such a despicable way and our children were hurt by attending a school where children w disabilities are quickly transferred out to tank only one local schools MCAS scores. We continue to find it appalling that people are concerned about prisoners cleaning and not about the criminals sitting in the administrative offices of our school district and teachers humiliating children. FYI the only one sitting in the principals office is the principal doing nothing all daylong. Sad but true. Please go walk around the building. Maybe a pedophile wouldn't have harmed my kid if you actually did your job!
Liz Erk April 13, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Kelly, what is a good way to reach you? I've been following your comments since the recent Stoneham Read MoreSelectman election campaign, and I'd like to get in touch off of The Patch. Thanks so much.
Paul John Maisano April 05, 2014 at 07:17 AM
David, Your points are well taken. We have recognize the benefit to public safety by installingRead Moreregu lations for sprinklers in all buildings of more than four units nearly 20 years ago. The building you cited as the site of the recent Boston tragedy was eight units of attached older housing. Lets start there instead of all new construction, the older buildings are predisposed to the dangers of quick fire spread since they were built prior to the current building code standards. Thank you for lobbing for your industry. Your mission is obviously to create work in the new construction sector, as we keep people safe. I believe the older buildings represent the lions share of dangers. Over time, each of our older buildings, of over four units, shall be equipped with sprinkler equipment under the current regulations. A public thanks to all fire fighters who risk their safety each time they respond to an alarm. In memory honoring the two Boston fire fighters, Lt. Ed Walsh and fire fighter Mike Kennedy who both gave their lives in the line of duty on April 26, 2014, submitted by Paul Maisano, of Stoneham, MA.
Tom Boussy April 04, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Attorney John Witten has conflict with that date, I'll keep you posted as soon as I find out theRead Morew hen the meeting has been rescheduled to
Paula B Sarno April 05, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Tori I heartily agree with you about the number of apartment complexes planned or alreadyRead Moreconstructe d in Stoneham. The Ravine road project that you are referring to at the hospital had voluminous responses to and court litigations for several years by the Friends of the Fells. The Fallon rd project was also vetted by many. The major problem once again is that Stoneham never protected itself with the remedies offered under Chapter 40r to offset the developers use of Chapter 40B or use smart zoning in the past. The current Selectmen are trying to remedy this by proposing an economic/town planner to remedy some of the problems. Keep posted by checking out the web sites from Stoneham Government and Friends of Stoneham and Friends of the Middlesex Fells.
Tom Boussy April 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Just an update on the next Standing Committee meeting regarding The Commons at Weiss Farm. TheRead Moremeet ing is scheduled for Thursday May 1st in the Hearing room at Town Hall at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be televised by Stoneham TV and Attorney Jon Witten will also be in attendance
Margaret-Rose Principato April 03, 2014 at 01:08 AM
Absolutely Mr. Pignone "Frank". It would be MY pleasure! Have a Lovely night....
Cristine Warren Linn April 03, 2014 at 02:28 AM
I agree, both candidates are great people. Neither candidate can control what their supportersRead Moresay.   Im all electioned out. Time to move forward.
Frank Pignone April 03, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Big 'Stoneham Strong' Hug...xo
Russ March 31, 2014 at 10:51 PM
btw ... John Dough is likely a composite of several people - those with the information and othersRead Morew ith the literary skills. ???
Paul John Maisano April 01, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Melisa, Today, is election day. Tomorrow, we shall start anew. Regardless of the outcome of thisRead Morera ce the open discussion remains. Just a footnote to your first posting. You quoted my words incorrectly. For the record, I wrote the following; "TAKE OFF YOUR WHITE HOOD OF ANONYMITY......I beg you", you quoted me saying; "white hood of humanity". One word changes the entire meaning of the statement. My intent was to portray the author as one hiding in secret. Furthermore, I never mentioned the words, or wrote an acronym, that remotely led the reader to summarize the content as racial. I insisted that all review the context of the entire thread paying special attention to what I wrote, not what others wrote carefully created within their text. In fact, you, and most of the contributors, unilaterally gave birth to this negative thought process. Since you obviously do not know me, let me share some of my public work most recently on Voters rights, & Black History month on this youtube link.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NyUDLsMofs. If you invest three minutes to view/listen to the content, you will recognize your commentary may have been severely misplaced. Another point in case to each of you is my recent published article called; 'WE ARE THE WORLD'. After you review these links you might choose to reassess your opinions, not for my benefit, but for your own. Today, please enjoy our democratic process by your participation, and a special thanks to those candidates who place themselves within it for the 'public good'. I remain ...Paul Maisano
Melisa Passanisi Thorne April 01, 2014 at 10:19 AM
A White hood is a white hood and if you ask anyone, it really has not other connotation. BeRead Moremindful of that, the next time you go on a pointless rant. And for the record, I am not in support of anonymous posts, if you can put your name to it, then don't say it. I also have a problem with the behavior of many that feel it's ok to trash talk the other candidate and think it will actually help the candidate they support.
Russ March 26, 2014 at 12:34 PM
I believe the answer is a clear yes. Yet again funding will be funneled to the large cities leaving Read Moreworking class towns such as Stoneham with continuing inadequate chapter 70 funding.
Rich Lerman March 25, 2014 at 03:24 PM
One more thing... I wrote "our town" in my last post. Even though I no longer live inRead MoreSton eham - I will always consider Stoneham as my home. I have family and many friends who reside in Stoneham, and I want nothing but the best for this wonderful town.
Russ March 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Change has already happened and the rate of change will accelerate over the next few years.
Mary Pecoraro March 28, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Joe and I will vote for Ann Marie O'Neill. What you see is what you get. She's proven that sheRead Morehas the ideas and the passion to serve Stoneham as she promised. We need her to continue the work that she's started. Joe and Mary Pecoraro
C March 25, 2014 at 07:15 AM
Ditto ... And just sick of her signs in general . I do hope that everyone watched the debate - itRead Morewa s quite clear to see who the best candidate for the position is . Everyone please vote for Annmarie ! And if you disagree find a re-run of the debate on Stoneham tv and watch it. Go AO!
Mary Lou Bracciotti March 20, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Mr. Sweeney and Mr. Ragucci: When we first heard of the possible project for the Weiss Farm site,Read Moreit was proposed that the town conduct a comprehensive study of current rental units existing in Stoneham. Has that study been completed? What are the results? Will we truly need the hundreds of units projected at the old hospital site, the Fallon Road site, and the Weiss Farm site?
Cindy Hemenway March 21, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Whether you are supporting Ann Marie O'Neill for re-election or Challenger, Raymie Parker duringRead Morethi s most important upcoming town election on Tuesday, April 1st, it is of utmost importance that you make as an informed decision as possible before you cast your ballot. Wouldn't it be great if there was time for candidates to appear in a live forum in front of any interested town residents who could directly ask questions of the candidates on issues that are of particular concern to the resident/voter. They could ask a direct question and get a direct answer from each candidate. This would help voters to make an informed decision to hear what the candidate had to say about a particular issue. While that type of forum isn't offered to the town as of now, the next best opportunity to hear the candidates weigh in on town issues is to watch the forum offered via local cable TV by our own Stoneham TV! The forum was held on Wed., March 19. There are ample opportunities for town residents to watch re-runs before Tuesday, April 1st, on Stoneham TV's Government Access Channels, Comcast, Channel 22, RCN, Channel 15, and Verizon, Channel 36. Also, you may watch this re-run on-Demand at: www.stonehamtv.org/ondemand and find the programs in the "Town Election" playlist. By watching this forum, you, the voter will be able to see how the candidates responded to questions on various current town issues, where they stand on issues, how informed each candidate is, and what they purpose to do for the town over their next 3 year term of office. I encourage and challenge every eligible voter in Stoneham to cast their vote on Tuesday, April 1st. It is coming up on one year of the unimaginable horror and tragedy that happened at the Boston Marathon, where 7 of our residents lost limbs! From that, we as a town came together in support of those affected. "Stoneham Strong" and "We are Stoneham" was seen on T shirts, sweat shirts and banners. These phrases were repeated many times by residents at town gatherings and events. Let us continue to illustrate our collective town pride on Tuesday, April 1st, by turning out to vote in numbers not seen in local elections in decades! Instead of the predicted 10% or less of eligible voters casting their ballots, let's see how close to 100% we can get! Stoneham, we can do it! Get out there and vote! But, cast your vote in an intelligent and informed manner! "Your mission should you choose to accept"...Eligible Stoneham Voters, Will you accept this challenge?!"
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