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Paul Rotondi April 20, 2014 at 06:58 AM
Frank: That is the point, the change gives more people the opportunity to vote on the finalRead Moremotion. In NH the number of people who participated in the vote on the final motion established by the Deliberative stage increased by an average of 40%. The point is to increase community participation and make it easier for them to vote. It takes the decision power away from a few and gives it to many. It allows for people who attend the meeting to vote on all motions, even if they had to leave the meeting earlier to get back to baby sitters. If gives both parents the opportunity to vote, if one has to stay home and watch the children. It gives seniors the opportunity to vote if they can't drive at night. This is about opportunity and making it easier to take part in your government.
Frank Pignone April 20, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Good Morning Paul and a Happy Easter to the whole Rotondi Family. I wish to thank you for yourRead Moreprom pt and thorough responses to my questions and concerns in these matters. I know you have put a lot of thought and care into your goal and I certainly shall be attentive to your presentation to see if you have anything new than we have discussed. Have a great day with your family and hopefully with a few of those cute Grandchildren in there with you...
Paul Rotondi April 20, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Good Morning Frank: Thank you for your kind wishes and I Betsy and my wishes to you and yourRead Morefamily for Happy Easter.
Paula B Sarno April 17, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Beware residents of Stoneham that on May 5th at town meeting there are several warrant articlesRead Morethat will depreciate your property if we have no enforcement regulations under our zoning laws. See the warrant article for consideration regarding Article 16 by the Board of Selectmen . Under the revised ruling of Ch 15 Sec. there will be no fine for unregistered vehicles on property. Abutting neighbors of the black hole on Franklin St be warned and show up at town meeting. For your review you can see all warrant articles on the Stoneham Gov. web site.
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 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..
dan April 16, 2014 at 06:23 PM
Mr. Senator, Salem news silence of theRead Moresheep-on-Beacon-Hill http://www.salemnews.com/opinion/x144504 6281/Our-view-The-silence-of-the-sheep-on-Beacon-Hill
Paul John Maisano April 17, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Mr. Senator, Nice to speak with you at our chance meeting at Stoneham Cable TV last evening. Thanks Read Morefor stating you are willing to publicly supply the specific information on the local aid numbers for each of the cities/towns within your district. No, I won't be calling your office, as you requested, to ask questions, or get answers. Mr. Senator, by making a number of public commitments during your campaign, specifically to our local aid issues, you must deliver the goods. The people who voted for you believed in your words. Only a few days later your vote was in direct opposition to your campaign propaganda. I CALL THAT A LIE !!! Let's stop the high school excuses.....please. As a so-called experienced legislator, you promised to 'deliver the bacon' to our district. Where's the beef? Please publicly disclose the real facts......we can handle the TRUTH. The bitter truth, is more palatable....... than the sweetest LIE! We, the voters of the district, await your public response. Regards Paul Maisano
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
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.
Tara April 22, 2014 at 09:18 PM
Is the 20 M.P.H. flashing lights working? If not I suggestRead Morehttp://www.stoneham-ma.gov/home/pages/re port-a-problem-seeclickfix You will be able to report the issue and check to see the progress.
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!