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Bad News...It has come to this.

Here's another example of the Patch's failure as a local news source... Complete lack of coverage of the most important meeting of the year: Our Annual Town Meeting.

Sad that it has come to this...That we now get more local, and more immediate news, from the WEEKLY newspaper:

http://hamilton.wickedlocal.com/article/20140405/NEWS/140407339

It's called the "Hamilton-Wenham" Patch, but now the only local news seems to be provided by the citizens in their blogs, and postings and comments.

....Please, bring back former editor Bobby Gates. Or stop pretending to be a local news source.




Karyn Holappa April 07, 2014 at 08:23 AM
I personally found Marc's comments helpful in reducing the inflammatory rhetoric that has existed at town meetings. We are happy " he sang praises to all the fine citizen groups and communities" in town who are working hard to make our community a better place to live.
Thinking Out Loud April 07, 2014 at 07:59 PM
We are pleased as well with Marc's shout out. But this may be a good time to remind readers of the hard work performed by EiE and our membership in helping to make our community a better place to live as well. For instance… We successfully ended a decade-long string of annual Proposition 2 ½ overrides, the cumulative cost of which has exceeded $85 million and has resulted in Hamilton and Wenham’s tax rates being among the highest on the North Shore. We began and submitted a Citizen’s Petition that resulted in the overwhelming approval by the voters of both towns to an amendment to the Regional School District Agreement allowing for an operational audit of the school district. We continue to press for implementation of the cost saving recommendations from that report. We exposed the HWRSD maintenance spending inconsistencies. We researched, wrote, published and delivered The Hamilton-Wenham Free Press to every household in both towns in 2009 & 2010, and again in 2012. The Free Press had 12 pages of beneficial news, articles and updates for residents and taxpayers. We actively supported the Organic Waste Recycling Program in both towns. We debunked the NEASC loss of accreditation tactic that had been used by the schools to encourage unneeded school spending. We successfully petitioned the rescheduling of Hamilton Town Meetings from week nights to Saturday mornings, resulting in consistent quorum attendance since implementation. We supported Hamilton’s first in the Commonwealth Senior Tax Exemption initiative. We recommended that the DPW's in both towns take over all maintenance of HWRSD grounds and buildings. We strongly supported the hiring of a new audit firm for the school district which found hundreds of thousands of “lost” dollars in various revolving accounts and previously un-reconciled accounts. We successfully drew attention to the scope, size and costs of a proposed replacement of the Veteran’s Memorial Pool at Patton Park resulting in a no vote at a Special town Meeting and a “No Action” vote at the Annual Town Meeting due to the exhorbitant and unsurmountable contractor bids. We email the schedules and agendas of all the major public meetings being held each week to over 800 residents. Just as importantly: WE CONTINUE TO PAY STRICT ATTENTION ON YOUR BEHALF by personally attending dozens of town department and committee meetings and reporting the facts to you. On behalf of EiE's Steering Committee, we wish to thank all our members for their support and participation. You make a huge difference to our community and make our towns a better and more fiscally responsible place to live.
Karyn Holappa April 08, 2014 at 08:54 AM
In reading "Thinking Out Loud's" response, we are reminded that EIE has also worked hard over the years to make Hamilton a better place to live, so thank you for your efforts. However, sometimes your message falls on deaf ears, because of your approach. Just a little constructive criticism for EIE to think about.
Thinking Out Loud April 08, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Thank you, Karyn. We appreciate constructive criticism. Please know that sometimes our message falls on deaf ears because we have been painted with the "anti-children" or "anti-pool" or only "pro-senior" brush which could not be further from the truth. But we get it…that's politics and spin and we can handle it knowing that what we are doing is exactly in line with our goals, and objectives and purpose. We feel grateful and blessed to have such strong support in our community and to have achieved so many important successes. It's not always easy, but it has always been worth it. Thanks again for your kind words. (B/T/W...Are you on our e-mailing list?….Let us know if you'd like to be. You can email Jay Burnham direct at: jay@northshorerealestate.com if you would like to be)

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