Chariho School Parents’ Forum

October 25, 2007

Your tax dollars at work – again

Filed under: bond — Editor @ 11:43 pm

Hopkinton Town Council member, Barbara Capalbo serves her community in one of many ways by helping with Meals on Wheels.  During one of her visits, she learned how some of your tax dollars are being used to promote the bond.

“Well, the 2010 flyer certainly endorses the bond which is patently illegal — so unfortunate. But now, today, I discover that Mr. Ricci is meeting with the senior citizens at the invitation of Mrs. Dolan of the Building Committee to discuss the bond at a lovely lunch at the Career and Tech Center. I am sure this will be a thoroughly neutral conversation.

We know the students who are in culinary are very good cooks and we know the lunch will be delicious. Since this is another marvelous opportunity to receive information about the bond at no cost (except for the school general budget funds) I firmly intend to request a similar reservation at the table. They were serving stuffed shrimp, steak or a chicken wrap (if the other two didn’t entice you). I absolutely want the stuffed shrimp and my husband opted for steak — I am planning to call the administration tomorrow to reserve a seating.

Now, I have spoken to several other people (approximately 24) so seating may be limited. I will let all the rest of you know after I have the new date. Is this not a wonderful opportunity!

Excellent food, a charming conversationalist, wonderful companions and information about the bond. We are indeed a lucky community to find such helpful school personnel. And at no cost! Stuffed shrimp at no cost!! I love it and may go twice.”

I think her suggestion is an excellent one – I would strongly suggest calling or emailing Superintendent Ricci and asking him if you can have one of those fine shrimp and steak dinners.  After all, its your money.  Phone: (401) 364-7575 or email

PS.  The school has produced signs promoting the bond and asked local libraries to display them.  The Ashaway library refused to post the sign as they determined it is an opinion piece and not simply educational.   The more they try to BS us – the more they show their true colors.



  1. Let’s not forget that the free dinners also exposes our children to the finer aspects of scamming the public. How lucky for them…they learn culinary and skullduggery all at the same time.

    Mr. Ricci sets a fine example for our youth. Senior citizens are usually the easiest victims for scam artists of all stripes. Another lesson learned.

    Comment by Curious Resident — October 26, 2007 @ 12:43 am | Reply

  2. Actually our seniors are pretty smart. They were voting no and getting a free lunch.

    Comment by Barbara Capalbo — October 26, 2007 @ 6:56 am | Reply

  3. As I was walking on a moonlit night,
    Guess what sprang up ahead…Oh what a sight!
    Twas a CART being dragged by the three
    Winken, Blinken, and Nod, seemed to me!
    But NO! I was wrong, you see……..
    Twas their namesakes, Ricci, Thornton, and Bill Day made three!
    Over the road, and under the trees, they pulled and they strained,
    And recited for me
    “What will you have?
    Senior citizens vote YES, and you’ll eat all you see. Stuffed Shrimp, Chicken, or Steak? What will it be?
    Oh yes, certainly, you can have all three!”
    It’s all fairgame and twisting for our students to learn,
    The fine art of feeding, and coaxing a vote. Who cares who pays as long as WE get the vote?
    After all, we put our oars in this sinking boat!
    “Vote YES on the Bond don’t worry about taxes or oil for we are pretty sure. We’ll be in the right place to dig and be secure. At least I think maybe, but I’ll tell you I’m sure.
    New buildings, additions, why what else do you want? Just tell us, we’ll build it. Worry not, said he.
    And Winken just winked as he stated to me,” I’d show you the plans, but they are in my office, pardon me!”
    And Thornton just sat and grinned at the boss, and Bill Day just stood there, nodding, of course.
    But what they don’t know, and I think you’ll agree
    All the shrimp, steak and chicken don’t add up for me! Those grey hairs are smarter than some of us here.
    Most hope that this bond won’t pass, and then they will cheer.
    But pass the steak, shrimp and the chicken here, ‘cause all of us paid for it too. It won’t change our votes, but thanks to all three of you.
    We won’t defend you when the voters rebel, and vote NO on the bond, and your actions as well.

    Comment by Georgies Mom — October 26, 2007 @ 11:26 am | Reply

  4. Too bad that this is all a lie.
    It is amazing to me what Mr. Felkner is willing to put up without confirming.

    Comment by RYSEISLEGAL — October 29, 2007 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

    Oh my note is NOT illegal. I think Winken, Blinken, and Nod are very apt descriptions!

    Comment by Georgies Mom — October 29, 2007 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

  6. Not talking about your quaint poem. Mr. Felkner’s post is untruem, but his hypocrisy should surprise no one.

    Comment by RYSEISLEGAL — October 29, 2007 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  7. No, RYSEISLEGAL, it is true – what you mean to say is that because the groups that were invited to the dinner didn’t go – the meeting was canceled. But your knowledge of that is telling.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — October 29, 2007 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  8. So no free meals?

    Comment by RYSEISLEGAL — October 29, 2007 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  9. Correct, “no free meals” (according to Holly Eaves) – but I’m sure you know that ‘intent’ is all that’s needed for a violation to occur.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — October 29, 2007 @ 8:10 pm | Reply

  10. Who were the groups? Assuming they didn’t go due to ethical concerns, it would be nice to know that there are some with ethics still left.

    Comment by Curious Resident — October 29, 2007 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

  11. By the way, where is Mr. Felkner’s “hypocrisy”? Did he offer free meals in exchange for voting against the bond?

    Comment by Curious Resident — October 29, 2007 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  12. Georgie’s Mom, great poem. very clever.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — October 29, 2007 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  13. […] Sound familiar? Filed under: bond — Bill Felkner @ 12:44 pm My fiend Paul Jacob is an advocate that travels the country promoting term limits, transparency, voter initiatives, and other good things.  He also writes a column called Common Sense.  This one just came to my inbox.  Does it ring any bells in regard to Chariho’s promotion of the bond? […]

    Pingback by Sound familiar? « Chariho School Parents’ Forum — January 6, 2009 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

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