Well, the Fourth of July festivities are upon us, hon, and the Mystick Maidens of the Marsh were able to plan their annual “do” at the Sandy Pernt area. Setch a lovely place. And I guess the pipin’ plovers escaped jest before we got there – at least somewhat – and we didn’t git any problems from the DEEP-types who like to make people’s lives miserable. The gals will be in fine fettle and a good time will be had by all.
The traffic patterns for the July 3 fireworks seemed to be well thought out. Though this is written before the event, it seems that the populace has been fully informed, and signs are blasting the plan around the area. Effen a body don’t know what’s going on come that night – last night, when yew read this – he’s got only himself to blame .
As I told yew last week, the people in the area are happy with the new rules as things got a bit outta hand with gangs of youngster from out of town roaming the beach area. This new plan, which closed off access to some area, setch as Capt. Kangaroo Boulevard and Ocean Avenue will make it a bit harder fer the outsiders to come in and make trouble.
We were told the Constabulary was well prepared to give the perpetrators of mischief a free room for the evening in the local hooskow effen they failed to mind their manners. People jest don’t know how to be guests is someone else’s place, anymore. Where is Emily Post when you need her.
Like we said, it was still anybody’s guess effen the thing will work, but it was worth a try. After all there are usually upwards of 100,000 on that night – the new restrictions as to what can go on the beach and the closure of streets around the area will help. We hope so.
Cobina, meanwhile, is stickin’ to her plan to get her chores done early on the third, park the gassamobuggy in its proper location and stay home. The only problem will be the pet cat, who don’t like the noise.
‘Tis interesting the reaction – or lack of same we’re getting from the mayor’s announcement last week that she’s gonna try to reinstate the Savin Rock Festival next summer. I told yew the Wag, who gen’rally is not a person who sees things through rose-colored spectacles was seein’ this as an election-year ploy. Tennyrate, the interestin’ thing is that the matter ain’t eliciting the kind o’ reaction Cobina thought it would. For that matter, the Wag himself thought there would be more to the public reaction.
Yew jest never know what the public will react to, and what it won’t. When it comes to big things they kind o’ acquiesce and keep quiet. Then comes something one would think is rather small, and all Hades breaks loose.
Didja see that herronner came out swingin’ with the Municipal Accountability Review Bored? Jest before press time last week, the thoid floor came out with the statement concerning the addition of nearly half-a-mill to the tax rate, by way of MARB.
Herronner, who usually tries to sound like the adult in the room seems to have finally taken the tether off and let loose with how she really feels. Quite frankly, see kind o’ mirrored what we’ve been saying all along. The MARB people seem to forget that each decision they made affects people, not just numbers. The fack that all of them are bean-counters really tells the story.
Instead of takin’ into consideration new circumstances, they are bound and determined to git the tax rate up to where they want it, using a “damn the torpedoes” mentality. No matter what, the tax rate hasta go up, they seem to be saying.
Well, herroner was polite in her state, but no less pernted. They really should take new realities into consideration and make the five-year plan someone fluid. Nope, say they. The plan is the plan, and whatever needs to be done will be.
Meanwhile, you remember that in the May meetin’ of MARB, Chairman of the City Council Ron Quagliani let the board have it as well. He said that the people of the city should be represented on the panel, and that those representatives should have a vote. Currently, they have Quagliani, but he is ignored cuz he don’t have a vote.
We said many moons ago that the members of MARB are bureaucrats. They don’t like the political process, and are not comfortable with it. They are used to having people ask, “How high?” when they say “Jump.”
Does it mean that Quagliani or the mayor are gonna be taken seriously? Probably not. The panel will go its merry way, knowing that the politicos can blow off as much steam as they need to, and the MARB will do what it wants, when and where.
Yew remember Nelly Nuthatch took exception to our characterization that all is well on the GOP side of the primary that will happen in September. She made mention o’ the fack that those who were in the announcement made by Michele Gregorio thought that previously announced candidate Steve Mullins was not a happy camper. He wasn’t happy either, it seems, when it looked like she, rather than he, will be the endorsed candidate. Nelly seems to think the way the whole thing transpired means that when the petitioning begins, it’ll be Mullins, not Gregorio who will have to hit the streets.
While Mullins might not be too happy with the fight, we think he should petition and run for the nomination in the primary. As we said, this is a good opportunity for the party to show its people and its ideas. The GOP has been all but dead for far too long and a primary is jest whot the party needs to git some life into it, and some much-needed publicity. The party caucus is in a couple o’ weeks, so we’ll know better then.
As we pernted out last week, Ed O’Brien, we are now told is going for the Demmie nod as well as Deb Collins, which will pose a three-way primary come September. So much for us being prognosticators as we thought his idea of going independent was a good move. Oh well, who knows what lurks in the hearts of politicians. Even the Shadow would have problems.
The Demmie caucus is in a couple weeks as well, and with the heavy concentration of Rossi supporters on the 60-man town committee, one could probably bet the mortgage she will git the nod. That means both Collins and O’Brien will be out with petitions the next day after the caucus lookin’ to git on the ballot. While that might be fun for the rest of us, it’ll be interesting to see jest how the public takes to signing the petitions. And that goes double for O’Brien, who had the office for four years.
Getting back to his running in the primary, the only thing we can think is that he believes he only lost the 2017 primary by a handful of votes, and he can turn it around this time. The only problem with that thought is, it was a two-way race. This has one more way to split the pie.
Like we said, primaries usually bring about about 5,000-plus voters. With a three-way race, more than that will be needed for someone to come out the sure winner. Stay tuned.
We are told that as the Charter Revision Commish is heading into the final days of its tenure, and is ready to submit its final report, there are a few local yokels, particularly of the barrister variety who are looking to make trouble. Why are we not surprised? Effen the barristers were there when they were needed this criticism would not have been possible. Was that the way it was planned? Sorry, we’ve seen politicos and barristers acting for politicos try to sabotage things before. We fail to see where this is different.
With that bit o’ chatter, I’ll close this time till next, mitt luff und kizzez,