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November 27, 2009

Four Chariho members accused of collusion

Filed under: Chariho,contract negotiations — Editor @ 6:18 pm

From the Westerly Sun:

 

WOOD RIVER JCT. — A Chariho Regional School Committee member has accused four of his counterparts of violating the state’s Open Meetings Act and conspiring against the district’s solicitor.

The charges, aired publicly Tuesday, center on the school committee’s Aug. 18 executive session meeting, when two attempts were made to hire outside lawyers to represent the district in teacher contract negotiations, following the departure of attorney Sheryl Hanley. While the committee ratified a new, three-year work agreement with the local teachers’ union on Oct. 29, tensions between school board members have run high for months.

William Day, who represents the town of Richmond, charged four others on the committee – Deborah Carney of Charlestown, and George Abbott, Georgia Ure and Richard Vecchio of Hopkinton – of “blatantly” violating the state’s Open Meetings Act by supporting votes that were not on the agenda. The foursome trampled his rights as he sat outside the closed-door session with Committeeman Andrew Polouski of Charlestown, he said.

Both Day and Polouski, along with Committeewoman Terri Serra of Richmond, have spouses or relatives who are employed by the district, and recused themselves from taking part in the negotiation process.

“I had every right to be in there, [and] Mr. Polouski had every right to be in there,” said Day, a staunch Chariho supporter who, at times, has clashed with representatives from Hopkinton. “This district is being accused by certain individuals as being shady, but what the four of you people did was the most disrespectful thing to the citizens of Richmond and Hopkinton, and to me, Mr. Polouski and Terri Serra.”

“I don’t trust you anymore,” he added angrily. “You went behind my back, you went behind Andy’s back and turned around and made motions to hire another lawyer, which was not on the agenda, and which was going to cost the taxpayers of the Chariho district considerably a lot more money than we were paying out.”

Day alleged later that Carney, Abott, Ure and Vecchio hold a “grudge” against District Solicitor Jon Anderson, who penned a legal opinion last fall that led to the ouster of former Hopkinton Committeeman William Felkner – and eventually filled Hanley’s role in the negotiations. He also expressed concern that, with only six or seven committee members present at future closed-door sessions, the four could approve “something that is going to be derogatory to the best interest of this district and the taxpayers.”

“Please don’t do it again,” Day said. “I’m imploring you, don’t do it again. The four of you vote as a bloc. If I believed in conspiracies, my conspiracy theory would be that you sit around and have telephone calls and decide how you’re going to vote.”

Carney, a former Town Council president and a one-time proponent of Charlestown’s withdrawal from Chariho, fired back. (With Hanley’s departure, she said the committee no longer had legal representation in the contract negotiations; the votes were appropriate under an agenda item titled “Teacher Contract Negotiation Update,” she added following Tuesday’s meeting.)

“I take great insult to this innuendo about a voting bloc because the same could be said about others around the table, but I won’t even go there,” Carney said, clearly agitated. “I’m sick and tired of this approach. Enough is enough. You want to file a complaint? File a complaint. But I’m not going to sit here and be attacked and be insulted because, quite frankly, I’ve had it.”

Vecchio agreed, calling the Richmond representative’s charge a “frivolous claim” that would waste district resources.

“You weren’t part of the negotiations, neither was Ms. Serra [or] Mr. Polouski,” he told Day. “You had no say in the matter of bringing in an attorney to negotiate for us…You’re bellyaching about something you had nothing to do with, as far as I’m concerned.”

Chairwoman Holly Eaves of Charlestown said the closed-door session involved mixed conversation on teacher contract negotiations and legal representation, but acknowledged that the whole committee should have been involved in the votes that took place.

“I will admit it was a very difficult and a very gray area, and as chair I was in a very difficult position,” she said. “I would take responsibility as chair of that meeting if an Open Meetings Act violation has occurred.”

“What’s done is done, we are who we are,” Eaves added.

While he has spoken with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and a personal attorney about lodging a formal complaint, Day said he doesn’t want to file a grievance that could end up tarnishing the record of the school committee – and his own legacy. He has until Feb. 14, 2010, to file an Open Meetings Act complaint with the AG’s office against the 11-member board.

ckeegan@thewesterlysun.com

[editor’s note] Day thinks he has a legacy?

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69 Comments »

  1. Senile dementia is the mental deterioration (loss of intellectual ability) that is associated with old age.

    Comment by RS — November 27, 2009 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

  2. what goes around comes around. Day, Serra, Polouski, and the rest have been colluding for years. They pretty much break open meeting laws before breakfast.

    Comment by Concerned — November 28, 2009 @ 3:31 am | Reply

    • ….And they say their pledge of allegiance before coffee.

      “I abide by the rules….
      I do the right things….
      I take the high road….
      I seek the truth….
      I protecct those who cannot protect themselves….
      I am the guardian….

      ….or course only when it suits me and the agenda of the puppet masters(NEA/Ricci), because I do not possess the intellect to think freely.
      I bow down before false gods because I have a need to be led.”

      Comment by RS — November 28, 2009 @ 11:07 am | Reply

  3. Hi!
    I posted a response on The Westerly Sun web site http://www.thewesterlysun.com but you should see my posting when you check the web site and put in the word collusion or some other word from the story for the search. Bill Day like myself have been involved in politics for many years and we both should know people who think alike, usually vote alike, whether they speak to each other or not!
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — November 28, 2009 @ 1:06 pm | Reply

    • Only a mental midget would try to make a case of collusion out of a committee vote. If he has such a strong case then sue…..I’m going on record here I will donate $500 for for the defendants.

      Votes only entail 2 sides(excluding absentia), so I guess if your vote wasn’t the winner then cry collusion. Is amazing the biggest collusion story of the year(ousting BF from the SC) was discussed outside of a SC meeting by some members(not all) and not posted on the agenda(open meeting violation)and the committee chairman(a principal violator) is now the biggest whining crybaby I have witnessed outside a baby nursery. The child of a man, BD, has always portrayed a disgust for the rule of law unless it suits his agenda, and should look in the mirror if he wants to see collusion. The JOKE OF RICHMOND and CHARIHO.

      Comment by RS — November 28, 2009 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  4. Hi!
    Bill Day has been silent on the Ann Bettinger saga whom he serves with on the Chariho Building Committee. Her home is on the Internet and does not seemed lived in at 148 Woodville Alton Road, Hope Valley. Check out http://www.weichert.com/2807991/?src=GBhopkinton&GCID=c10566x224&Idphotos , if this don’t work do a search on http://www.weichert.com/ ,.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — November 28, 2009 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  5. Hi!
    This should work on the Bettinger home, sorry about that previous posting:
    http://www.weichert.com/280799/?src=GBhopkinton&GCID=C10566x224&Idphotos .
    If this does not work, I will let someone else try it? Does this seem like a residence currently occupied?
    Will Bill Day comment on the Bettinger situation or remain silent on that!
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — November 28, 2009 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  6. I happened to see the meeting including the above exchange on public access yesterday. Good theater. This followed an extremely long a testy exchange involving the consent agenda.

    There were allusions about how “contentious” the executive session meeting in question was, and in late August the committee was trying to hash out the contract prior to its expiration. I can only imagine what divisions there might have been within the committee between the reformers like Deb and the status quo-ers.

    After watching, I emailed Deb Carney, for whom I have enormous respect, thanking her for her efforts on the school committee.

    Comment by davidc — November 28, 2009 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  7. Hi!
    For those of you who do not get The Providence Journal http://www.projo.com , Bill Felkner made The Political Scene, and Charter Schools also made the news. I called Deb the other night and had a nice conversation. Clearly “bloc voting” or “collusion” only concerns Bill Day when it concerns those that don’t vote with him in contested votes. Clearly “collusion” did not happen, and people alike usually vote alike.
    FYI!
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — November 30, 2009 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  8. Hi!
    I aplogize as I am in need of typing improvement but this should work:
    November 2ND Meeting when “Dottie” Gardiner was “appointed” to Chariho Building Committee:
    http://www.hopkintonri.org/TownCouncilMtg111609.html and the November 16TH meeting when Ann Bettinger appeared check out http://www.hopkintonri.org/TownCouncilMtg11029.html ,.
    I will try to locate the Chariho School Committee meeting when Bill Day made his collusion statement. Also try one more last time to get Ann Bettinger’s empty house photos done correctly!
    Please bear with me as I try to get web addresses correct! Thanks!
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — November 30, 2009 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

  9. Hi again!
    The Chariho Ominbus Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21ST,. These are always usedly held at the Chariho Vo-Tech,. I do not know starting time at moment possibly 7:00 P.M.,?
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — November 30, 2009 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  10. SBH-

    DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING, ANYTHING, TO DO OTHER THAN POST STUPID THINGS ON THIS BLOG???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Comment by doyou — November 30, 2009 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  11. Hi!
    This is MY LAST TRY on getting Ann Bettinger’s listed home correct. The home does not seem occupied and is located at 148 Woodville Alton Road , not far from intersection of Woodville Road and woodville Alton Road in Hopkinton. While this has a Hope Valley address is is closer to Woodville.
    I am not a good typist. If this does not work try http://www.weichert.com and search Hopkinton and asking price for home is $224,900, if I got it correct. This should be correct to go directly to her home listing: http://www.weichert.com/28079911/?src=GBri&seg=GBhopkinton&GCID=C10566x224&Idview=Idphotos ,.
    “do you”, I guess this is another of my stupid posts what CONSTRUCTIVE THINGS do you have to offer?
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — November 30, 2009 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  12. On a positive note on a somewhat unrelated topic … Bill’s wife works in my son’s kindergarten class and my wife has met her while helping out and she’s TERRIFIC!

    Comment by Gene Daniell — December 2, 2009 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

  13. From The Westerly Sun, Wednesday, December 2, 2009

    I don’t trust you either

    On Nov. 24, the “Honorable” Mr. William Day of the Chariho Regional School Committee publicly stated that he was troubled by what occurred during the ex¬ecutive session meeting of Aug. 18. He subsequent¬ly stated that he does not trust me.

    What troubles me is the fact that Mr. Day’s wife and son are employees of the district. Mr. Day himself is employed by a company called Perspectives which re¬ceives funding from Chariho.

    This situation begs the question, where does Bill Day’s best interest and allegiance lie?

    Is Mr. Day acting with the best interest of the tax¬payers of Richmond in mind or only of how it will af¬fect him and his family when it comes to Chariho? In my opinion, it is clearly with himself.

    I don’t trust you, Bill, to do the right thing for the people that you represent.

    Finally, the good and honest citizens and taxpay¬ers of Richmond should not trust you as well.

    Richard A. Vecchio Hopkinton Richard A. Vecchio is a member of the Chariho Re¬gional School Committee.
    Good Job Mr. Vecchio, and a few comments of my own, after watching that meeting!
    Mr. Bill, Well, guess we can now say:

    Mr. Bill sat on the wall,
    Mr. Bill had a great fall
    All the questions about all of the facts
    Mr. Ricci can’t take back.
    Where will you go now that connections are published?
    Who can you blame for the inquiries you’ve started?
    Trying to keep our eyes from the facts,
    Like hiring, and money, and blurring of statements and facts?
    7 Million in ONE bank, and that IS a fact,
    Bills sent array, isn’t that the truth!
    Where will it end, your attempt to hide
    The truth and transparency we all should see?
    Go ahead Mr. Bill and accuse those who stand
    For truth and management and fiscal review
    Your face must be red
    Your head ready to explode
    You have exposed YOURSLF for a fool!

    Comment by Dorothy — December 2, 2009 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

  14. glad that rambling manifest came to an end…..

    Comment by glad — December 2, 2009 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

    • …..from another Chariho waste, fraud, and abuse supporter….the glad (wind)bag.

      Comment by RS — December 2, 2009 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  15. stop piling on billy day. hes donated alot of time over the years.

    Comment by stop — December 3, 2009 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

  16. Hi!
    Two things:
    1. Bill Day has been involved in a number of things in sports,youth related activities,politics,Richmond town politics as well as Chariho School Committee. He was a boss at EB when I worked there. However he still needs to be accountable for his actions in office. When he talks about bloc voting, it is absurd! He along with a few others have had ties or other family members have had ties to the district.
    2. The Ashaway Volunteer Fire Association http://www.ashawayfire.org/ is seeking contributions to defray the costs of fireworks on Saturday evening, December 12Th at Crandall Field. Our volunteer firefighters save local citizens much money as a paid department would cost much more. While I am on the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Ashaway Fire District, I am not a member of the association and we are two separate entities. FYI!
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — December 3, 2009 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  17. SBH-

    with the HUGE tax hike, they AVFD should pay for it out of its own coffers….give me a break. I pay 350 year in fire tax…the least i can get from that is a measly fireworks display. talk about a part of govt with NO oversight. Everything youve ever sat on has had HUGE tax increases

    Comment by are you kidding — December 3, 2009 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  18. Hi!
    I donated ten bucks, certainly not a lot. I was the ONLY fire commissioner not on the building committee. In addition I want the charter revision committee to continue which the Chair Ron Kennedy is opposed too! I think my fiscal watchdog status speaks for itself especially at Chariho! Have YOU “are you kidding” ever been to an annual meeting of the Ashaway Fire District? Very probably not! The crowd at times does not even make a quorum and people have to be contacted to show up!
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — December 4, 2009 @ 11:58 am | Reply

  19. safe to say thats our ten bucks that you got off the state……

    Comment by are you kidding — December 4, 2009 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  20. Fire Departments save money? You kidding? I remember the days it was all volunteer and run by charitable donations. No fancy new buildings and paid chief but they got the job done. I even fought a few fires myself. Now every year the fire tax bill goes up and up and up. Nothing goes unbought when the government pays! We may be cheaper than many other RI sucker towns but we’re not getting a great deal. Don’t know if it is true but I read where RI spends more on fire protections than any other state in the country. We could have crews trained to save lives and then let the buildings burn to the ground and it would cost less money than what we pay for fire depts.!

    Comment by Concerned — December 6, 2009 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

    • RI ranks 3rd. The question to be answered: Do demographically comparable towns have similar fire department budgets?

      http://www.projo.com/news/content/FIRE_DEPT_PAY_12-21-07_C689U63_v107.2b478b0.html

      Comment by RS — December 6, 2009 @ 10:59 pm | Reply

      • Only a valid comparison if they are also a volunteer fire department. My last fire district tax bill was $250.

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 7, 2009 @ 5:22 am

      • The numbers used are only for unionized fire departments. What would the per-capita amount be if the volunteer fire departments are added and all residents of the state are counted. Aren’t these numbers slightly skewed to a higher ranking that what it actually is? If the ProJo is going to publish articles like these, shouldn’t they get all of the facts and amonts first? Or is this just sensationalized reporting on their part again?

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 7, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

      • YES, they should include all cost including the ones left out…..the 14 of 15 municipalities not reporting were credited at the sum of ZERO. So add it all up and the number reported would be higher. So just maybe RI is number one. Also the figures only represent payroll, not fringe benefits…we know these perks are on the higher end of the scale in RI, so add these in and the costs rise even higher…..

        I think the Projo did an acceptable job with the data at hand. The question should also be why 15 of the 39 muncipalities did not provide requested information.

        Comment by RS — December 7, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

      • Also, the 14 of 15 municipalities did not have their population counted so they all counted for nothing in he totals. Take South Kingstown, they reported 1 person in their fire department, the fire inspector, that’s way off. South Kingstown, like Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton and other have a volunteer fire department. Why didn’t the municipalities report? That answer is rather easy, they don’t have the figures since the fire department is not under municiple control. Again, get the budget amounts from the fire dirstricts and the residents they serve and let us truly see where the ranking is. Someone has a grudge is blinded by the facts or lack of.

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 7, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

      • I do not see a problem with S.Kingstown data, the per resident costs is listed as $2 due to the employees listed as 1, so you’re right, “thats way off”. Get the real number and you will see costs much higher than stated in the article.

        You can always call the author out on his research, he is only an email away.

        pparker@projo.com

        Might even learn something if the mind is willing.

        Comment by RS — December 7, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

    • The title to the article is: R.I. ranks 3rd nationally in fire department payrolls. So we are looking at payrolls only. Given that fact, I don’t see how you could say the payroll costs are much higher given all of the volunteer fire departments that are in this state.

      Comment by CharihoParent — December 7, 2009 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

      • 86% of all fire departments in the US are volunteer, so little Rhody doesn’t have a lock on this one, in fact we are well below the 86% figure. I guess the projo article is just a screwed up mess of a statistical evaluation…..I haven’t figured out where yet, but I’m sure a tax and spender union type will point it out to us all.

        http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/statistics/departments/index.shtm

        Comment by RS — December 7, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

      • Ah yes, let’s throw out that that good ole “tax and spend union” accusation when everything else fails. Again I’ll state, I have no love for unions and feel they do more harm than good, i.e. Teacher Unions.

        Plain and simple, not all fire fighters are listed therefore the PAYROLL cost averaging fails. Count up the total number of fire fighters (union and volunteer) in the state and average the cost across the entire state. The average would definetly be much lower.

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 9, 2009 @ 7:47 am

  21. I forgot the obvious needs stating to some on this blog.

    Comment by RS — December 7, 2009 @ 11:04 am | Reply

    • Some will try to compare something that is dissimiliar in nature and make it look the same as long as the numbers come out the way they want.

      Comment by CharihoParent — December 7, 2009 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  22. Hi!
    The examination of any budget will show labor costs are significant part of any budget whether in our local region education, police and public works as well as other local costs. If we had a paid department costs would significantly increase. The fire chief in Ashaway does get a stipend but he is not paid in the sense it is his regular job. The question is what are we going to do to foster volunteerism in local firefighting? Also the general public generally speaking does not attend annual meetings, and the media does not closely follow fire matters except for fires themselves.
    In today’s Providence Journal http://www.projo.com there is an article on the Chopmist Hill Fire Dept., which is highly unusal. The town won’t let the fire dept. even operate.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — December 7, 2009 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  23. is getting volunteers to serve the fire depts job SBH??? maybe people feel too intimitaded to try and be a part of that country club called the ashaway fire dept. i dont get why the moment anyone questions a fire department budget, it immediately results in “they do so much for our community”. i appreciate them risking their lives but they chose to be fire people so that argument is wrong. when you sign up, you know the risks. me having to pay for a fire dept station that is 100x what it should be shouldnt depend on people volunteering. furthermore, how does a 3 million fire station make me safer???? answer that sbh. if you paid taxes, youd understand. until then, you just keep implemetning tax hikes. thats your record as you like to say.

    Comment by the question is — December 7, 2009 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

  24. Hi!
    In response to #23, I am NOT as popular as you may think with local firefighters in Ashaway but they are an ASSET to our community. If we had a paid dept., the cost would be way higher!
    I did not serve on the building committee and certainly corrections need to be made as we had violations that needed to be addressed. Whether we done more than needed or to what extent we went over that, others more involved and more qualified, than me on the building renovations aspect can address that.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — December 8, 2009 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  25. the same could be said for any state (that they use volunteers). Thus, RI rank still stays about the same.

    Comment by Editor — December 9, 2009 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  26. Ref #24.. Does it? Where’s the statistics to back that statement up?

    Comment by CharihoParent — December 9, 2009 @ 9:18 am | Reply

    • Already provided a link with a statistic of 86% of fire departments nationwide are volunteer. Since RI is less than 86% volunteer, how do you suppose the numbers would decrease as compared to the nation as a whole? Oh yes, the fact get in the way again. See #19 for link, or whine a little louder and I’ll repost it here for ya!

      Comment by RS — December 9, 2009 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

  27. RS, all that your link shows is that 86% of fire departmens are either mostly all or all volunteer. WHERE are the statistics showing “RI rank still stays abut the same” PAYROLL cost wise? Show that to me, prove it me. You’re about as bad as the Projo with throwing out conjecture on your part. Deal in hard and true facts instead of trying to throw out barbs. You have no “facts in the way”, conjecture and speculation only.

    Comment by CharihoParent — December 9, 2009 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

    • Its apparant you have never had a course in statistics, and I cannot possibly begin to educate you in a few sentences(any more I would lose you) on a blog.

      Comment by RS — December 9, 2009 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

      • Oh! I forgot, you have superior inteligence. We should agree with what you say despite any facts to show your arguement. Sorry, I don’t follow any public official without facts. And we know that you’re involved with politics, RS.

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 9, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

      • One day has passed and still no facts. But we should rely on supposed “statistics”. Are these the same kind of “statistics” that was used in Climategate?

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 11, 2009 @ 6:04 am

      • Two days have passed, still no hard and fast facts to backup RS’s and BF’s arguement.

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 12, 2009 @ 8:28 am

  28. BLINDER ALERT.

    Comment by RS — December 9, 2009 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  29. Yes, RS. You treat all samples equally until given reasons not to – thus begins weighting. Since we don’t have any reason to assume RI has more or less “volunteer” use than other states, you assume they are all equal. It’s like Caprio on Lively Experiment recently – he said if you take out our urban core, RI schools compare well with other states. Note he didn’t say “other states where the urban core has also been removed”

    Comment by Editor — December 9, 2009 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

    • Ah yes, the king and his stooge have spoken therefore it must be the truth even without any statisics to back them. All who don’t agree with these people are worthless. So what if the king is absent from his throne on TC meeting nights and when he was on the school committe. He has spoken, therefore it must be! HA! You call down those who follow the CSC blindly and do as they say but yet, expect others to follow you blindly without any proof of what you say. What kind of joke are you trying to play on the public?

      Comment by CharihoParent — December 9, 2009 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

      • Oh, I thought you didn’t care to comment on Hopkinton TC affairs(of course you don’t, its just the only barb you could think to throw at those you disagree with..childs play)….my,my when you get upset you change into your true colors, those of lollipops and rainbows in the land of your delusional thoughts fraught with periods of lunacy.

        Comment by RS — December 9, 2009 @ 6:16 pm

      • Continue throwing the barbs, RS. You’re throwing up a smoke screen when you can’t provide the facts beyond some sort of “statistics”. Where’s the facts? Hum?

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 9, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

      • Where is “YOUR” proof the article and its subsequent research is not valid……yeah, I can take the low road too. Sometimes to crawl with slugs you need to get down in the gutter.

        Comment by RS — December 12, 2009 @ 7:19 am

      • RS, the article is valid if you want to compare only paid fire departments. Are the figures for all the other states just paid fire departments? Never says one way or another. Let’s see, just have to look back at Climategate, let’s pull out the numbers that will make our arguement not so strong. Makes for great research, doesn’t it?

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 12, 2009 @ 8:27 am

      • Oh so you do agree the data is valid, since all states have both volunteer and paid departments, welcome to the “I understand club”. No pat yourself on the head and go get a treat for yourself.

        Comment by RS — December 12, 2009 @ 9:09 am

      • How can we know the data is valid? Is the comparison paid vs paid, the article doesn’t say if it is or isn’t. The data is valid only if the comparison is exactly the same. Funny how things can be skewed to try to prove a point and I have a certain untrust of this kind of data, i.e. Climategate and global warming.

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 12, 2009 @ 10:47 am

    • There really are people in the world that believe in unicorns and we have found one.

      Comment by RS — December 12, 2009 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

      • Barbs, barbs and more barbs, is that all that you have?

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 12, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

  30. thats what rs is ……whatever bf says, he is a puppet and agrees. be interesting to see if bev kenney missed as many htc meetings as bf, what Real Stooge would say…..

    Comment by minions — December 9, 2009 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

    • Strange, I didn’t know BF wielded so much power as to tell the ProJo what to print.Now agreeing with a projo article is somehow being a puppet of BF….you libs are on a real fantasy trip. Having the intellect to read and understand factual information has alluded many who pretend to be somebody, yet fail.

      Comment by RS — December 12, 2009 @ 7:26 am | Reply

      • Ah, RS’s other trick when backed into a corner and feels the pressure. He resorts to calling other Libs when he has no clue. Let’s see, if we don’t agree with RS we are either Union hacks or Libs. What else can RS come up with when his back is up against a wall?

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 12, 2009 @ 8:24 am

      • No back against any wall here, you have yet to substantiate any errors in the original data, only an uneducated, intellectually bankrupt analysis of your inability to understand and comprehend the information as presented.

        Comment by RS — December 12, 2009 @ 9:07 am

      • Here we go, more barbs when you can’t take the disagreement. Your mantra comes out to, “GD it, I’m right”. Go and stamp your feet like a little spoiled brat child. If you were my kid I’d be sending you room for this kind of behavior.

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 12, 2009 @ 10:44 am

      • Sounds like it is easy to prove the writer wrong(in your mind),so why don’t you email him and hold his feet to the fire with your vast knowlege on the subject, and then you can come here tell the world how the great one is the center of all knowledge.

        Or is the windbag too intellectually inept to actually question data you do not understand. I’ve asked why you don’t email him before and you sidestepped the question everytime.

        mailto:pparker@projo.com

        Comment by RS — December 12, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

      • In case the other link is too hard to figure out for ya!

        pparker@projo.com

        Comment by RS — December 12, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

      • RS, I have emailed him and guess what, no reply! I questioned his data and suggested my point of view. Nothing, absolutely nothing from him.

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 12, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

      • Everytime? You mentioned it once, I did it, nothing back. So much for good journalism. So much for your facts as well. I’ve questioned you many times about your facts, talk about sidestepping, you’ve out done me on it. You’ve avoided my suggestions as to how bogus statistics and facts can be and how that’s been proven very recently.

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 12, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

      • Great, keep us posted. No copy of your email to him….its quite possible its incoherent.

        Comment by RS — December 12, 2009 @ 4:47 pm

      • You’ll just have to believe that I did send the email… Tell you what, RS, send me an email and I’ll email a copy of it to you.

        Comment by CharihoParent — December 13, 2009 @ 4:29 am

  31. Hi!
    Tomorrow is a great day in Ashaway with a village stroll. A number of churches and organizations are involved as well as others with day long activities. There are house tours and Bill Felkner and his family are opening thie home along with a number of others.
    FYI!
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — December 11, 2009 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

  32. Hi!
    Jim VanDyke’s complaint against the Chariho Building Committee is in todays Westerly Sun http://www.thewesterlysun.com as well as Holly Eaves and Bob Petit’s criticism of Westerly School Committee member Louis Sposato about commenting on Chariho matters. I assume only the first could be accessed on line.
    It is apparent this complaint will be ruled in VanDyke’s favor. Gregory Kenney is building committee chairman. Greg was the school committee chairman when I won in Hirst v. Chariho School Committee in 1999,. He also filed two open meeting complaints against the current Hopkinton Town Council.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — December 12, 2009 @ 11:41 am | Reply


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