Ah well, Mr. Silvia’s “change” seems to have a vindictive streak to it. So much for the independence, and the thoughful deliberation so many of us had hoped from him. Instead, his first move is a wish list for Dan Freitas, who is such a grownup that he hasn’t answered my calls and emails for years because he thinks I was mean to him. Should be an interesting couple of years, as it sets up Mr. Freitas to get two years in a row as chair (see page 4 for story)
I do recall Dan saying many a time that he was a traditionalist. Guess that only applies for sexist stuff (remember: I am a SelectMAN…). Guess it doesn’t apply in a power grab that goes to him.
Gotta just chuckle sometimes.
Oh, and the same thing happened on the Board of Health (see page 19). Only there, the slighted board member actually resigned. Really.
Can’t make this stuff up.
As for Mr. Espindola, he is the epitome of professionalism and just all around being a grown-up. He kept his cool, made his case, and continued to advocate for his positions with a cool head and in his usual even-handed way. It’s unfortunate that we won’t see him with the gavel this year.
But, he at least, is still on the board. His voice will be heard and his vote will be counted.
I think it might be time for Fairhaven to consider a five-person Selectboard. This three-person thing has many limitations. The committee work could be spread out better and it wouldn’t be a potential violation of the open meeting laws every time they run into each other at a bar.
Oh, yeah, keep an eye on those two…they are NOT supposed to talk about town business outside of the meetings. Think that’ll work?
I have a bridge in Florida I can sell you,
Now, onto other news.
The beaches are open, but the BPW decided to restrict use of the own beach to residents and their renters. See page 22 for details, and prices for passes.
On another note: What’s all this obsession with the “social media”? They actually made a MOTION to promote something on social media and on the website. GEESH. Out of sight, out of mind? I know certain politicians are delighted that newspapers have such a difficult financial situation. They’d love to see us go out of business. But we’re still here. Not everyone is on social media. And those who are may not see your posts. It all depends on the algorithms on that particular day that Facebook, Twitter and other platforms use. When you pick up the paper, or decide to read it online, you are seeing what all my other readers see.
No algorithms here. We do occasionally publish more content on the website, but we always tell you in our printed story.
And thank you, Mr. Rees, for mentioning “traditional media.” At least someone appreciates my readers.
And last, but not least, what IS with the fireworks this year? I LOVE fireworks. I think it’s stupid that they are illegal in Mass. Lots of other states allow them, we could, too. And yes, it’s usually a pain that individuals shoot them off and make all kinds of noise around the Fourth of July, but it’s also lots of fun, especially ON the Fourth.
But this year is different. This isn’t fireworks we all get to see and enjoy. These are just big, loud bangs that always seem to start after midnight. Readers from all parts of town have been complaining about it.
Now, reallly, do we want someone to get into police trouble for fireworks? Of course not (well, at least not me), but it’s going to happen if you keep ruining the neighborhood all night.
Shoot ’em off, but keep it early enough for people to enjoy them. You may not be working, but others are. And the dogs…the poor dogs. They get so scared. So keep it short, too, okay?
That’s it for now. No Father’s Day race this year…sniff, sniff. But we’ll be back
Until next week then…
See ya (from a distance)
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