Ward II Race

Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

October 20th, 2017, 9:33 pm #1

Rode by what used to be Middleton Playground today, where basketball was once played at the highest levels, where street hockey was played all winter, where kids met and played everyday after school, on weekends, and all summer long, where the Portuguese parish priest would come by in the summer, sit down with the kids at the picnic tables and play whist. There are no longer any kids playing any sports there. It is now nothing but a parking lot with a some swings and a climbing structure. The once active court, by city order, was bisected with a fence, and its hoops pulled down. John Giacalone was the city councilor at the time who championed the crusade to alleviate the annoying noise of basketballs bouncing and killed this once upon a time gem and superior quality, outdoor, summer basketball league with it. 
Now I see his son's campaign signs posted next to it's entrance. The last thing this neighborhood needs is to be reminded of Giacalone's deed, or another Gaicalone.
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Joined: January 25th, 2008, 12:11 am

October 21st, 2017, 7:18 am #2

Sacred Cod wrote: Rode by what used to be Middleton Playground today, where basketball was once played at the highest levels, where street hockey was played all winter, where kids met and played everyday after school, on weekends, and all summer long, where the Portuguese parish priest would come by in the summer, sit down with the kids at the picnic tables and play whist. There are no longer any kids playing any sports there. It is now nothing but a parking lot with a some swings and a climbing structure. The once active court, by city order, was dissected with a fence, and its hoops pulled down. John Giacalone was the city councilor at the time who championed the crusade to alleviate the annoying noise of basketballs bouncing and killed this once upon a time gem and superior quality, outdoor, summer basketball league with it. 
Now I see his son's campaign signs posted next to it's entrance. The last thing this neighborhood needs is to be reminded of Giacalone's deed, or another Gaicalone.
The same could be said of Bob Whynot!  Here is a guy while city clerk forgot to turn in the paperwork to mitigate the train horn that disturbs us all.  Wanted to give guns to Animal Control to shot coyotes in the middle of the city.
Was on the Council when our bond rating was almost junk status.
Whose major reason for running is to make up the salary he lost when fired from the Sheriff Dept.
We need forward thinkers on the Council not retreads.
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

October 21st, 2017, 7:39 am #3

Now we're talkin'....

We got a barn burner in Ward ll !!!
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Joined: November 13th, 2010, 12:37 pm

October 21st, 2017, 8:46 am #4

gloman wrote:
Sacred Cod wrote: Rode by what used to be Middleton Playground today, where basketball was once played at the highest levels, where street hockey was played all winter, where kids met and played everyday after school, on weekends, and all summer long, where the Portuguese parish priest would come by in the summer, sit down with the kids at the picnic tables and play whist. There are no longer any kids playing any sports there. It is now nothing but a parking lot with a some swings and a climbing structure. The once active court, by city order, was dissected with a fence, and its hoops pulled down. John Giacalone was the city councilor at the time who championed the crusade to alleviate the annoying noise of basketballs bouncing and killed this once upon a time gem and superior quality, outdoor, summer basketball league with it. 
Now I see his son's campaign signs posted next to it's entrance. The last thing this neighborhood needs is to be reminded of Giacalone's deed, or another Gaicalone.
The same could be said of Bob Whynot!  Here is a guy while city clerk forgot to turn in the paperwork to mitigate the train horn that disturbs us all.  Wanted to give guns to Animal Control to shot coyotes in the middle of the city.
Was on the Council when our bond rating was almost junk status.
Whose major reason for running is to make up the salary he lost when fired from the Sheriff Dept.
We need forward thinkers on the Council not retreads.
These two opinions are valid, and they are not mutually exclusive. 

I'd like to see the new (to local politics) guy. Ken Hecht, have a chance. Not a retread, and clearly a forward thinker. 
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Joined: January 5th, 2008, 12:22 am

October 21st, 2017, 12:22 pm #5

    I think that Middleton playground is part of ward 1  which would be Scott Memhard. You are correct about Giacolone. Maybe someone in that ward should start a petition to remove the fence and erect new basketball hoops, and limit the parking ( is the city responsible for any damage to vehicles on their property).
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October 21st, 2017, 12:25 pm #6

gloman wrote:
Sacred Cod wrote: Rode by what used to be Middleton Playground today, where basketball was once played at the highest levels, where street hockey was played all winter, where kids met and played everyday after school, on weekends, and all summer long, where the Portuguese parish priest would come by in the summer, sit down with the kids at the picnic tables and play whist. There are no longer any kids playing any sports there. It is now nothing but a parking lot with a some swings and a climbing structure. The once active court, by city order, was dissected with a fence, and its hoops pulled down. John Giacalone was the city councilor at the time who championed the crusade to alleviate the annoying noise of basketballs bouncing and killed this once upon a time gem and superior quality, outdoor, summer basketball league with it. 
Now I see his son's campaign signs posted next to it's entrance. The last thing this neighborhood needs is to be reminded of Giacalone's deed, or another Gaicalone.
The same could be said of Bob Whynot!  Here is a guy while city clerk forgot to turn in the paperwork to mitigate the train horn that disturbs us all.  Wanted to give guns to Animal Control to shot coyotes in the middle of the city.
Was on the Council when our bond rating was almost junk status.
Whose major reason for running is to make up the salary he lost when fired from the Sheriff Dept.
We need forward thinkers on the Council not retreads.


I believe Romeo and Ciolino were also on the council when the bond rating was junk.
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Joined: August 20th, 2007, 10:17 pm

October 21st, 2017, 1:34 pm #7

You need a healthy mix of old and new. Old for experience and continuity and new for energy and succession planning.
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

October 21st, 2017, 1:44 pm #8

It isn't my Ward and agree that a mix of ideas, old and new, is good.  That said...some of my friends in Ward 2 are concerned that Ken Hecht has not been in town for long and is a developer.  They are supporting Joe Giacalone who has lived in the Ward his whole life and is on the Downtown Development Committee. They feel he better represents the people in their Ward.  I don't know Ken and have only met Joe G one time.  He did well in his Ward in the at-large race 2 years ago so this is a race to watch for sure.
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

October 21st, 2017, 3:12 pm #9

Current Las Vegas odds have the Giacalone/Hecht race at close to dead even right now.
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

October 21st, 2017, 3:46 pm #10

What are they saying about the Ward 2 race in Dublin, DM?  Should I be getting my contacts there to place a bet for me in the hopes of early retirement?
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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

October 21st, 2017, 4:05 pm #11

My only brief conversation with Ken Hecht was worth zero.
It was only a week ago and his response to everything was that
he was focusing on listening and had no positions on issues at present.
I appreciate his willingness to listen but it is hard to believe that in the middle
of October he has formulated no firm positions on city issues such as
housing, jobs, education, use of the harbor and seaside and development.
So what is his platform? What is his plan? Why would anyone vote for him?
Either he has no position or opinion about anything or he did
not want to get me mad. I hope the latter.
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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October 21st, 2017, 5:36 pm #12

Damon wrote: My only brief conversation with Ken Hecht was worth zero.
It was only a week ago and his response to everything was that
he was focusing on listening and had no positions on issues at present.
I appreciate his willingness to listen but it is hard to believe that in the middle
of October he has formulated no firm positions on city issues such as
housing, jobs, education, use of the harbor and seaside and development.
So what is his platform? What is his plan? Why would anyone vote for him?
Either he has no position or opinion about anything or he did
not want to get me mad. I hope the latter.
That says it all!!!!!
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October 21st, 2017, 7:55 pm #13

Karly said: "What are they saying about the Ward 2 race in Dublin, DM?  Should I be getting my contacts there to place a bet for me in the hopes of early retirement?"

Nothing from Paddy Power about the Ward 2 race.

But a lot of buzz about Romeo-Theken vs Sclafani..... it's tightening up!
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Joined: June 20th, 2007, 11:54 pm

October 22nd, 2017, 4:34 am #14

Sacred Cod wrote: Rode by what used to be Middleton Playground today, where basketball was once played at the highest levels, where street hockey was played all winter, where kids met and played everyday after school, on weekends, and all summer long, where the Portuguese parish priest would come by in the summer, sit down with the kids at the picnic tables and play whist. There are no longer any kids playing any sports there. It is now nothing but a parking lot with a some swings and a climbing structure. The once active court, by city order, was bisected with a fence, and its hoops pulled down. John Giacalone was the city councilor at the time who championed the crusade to alleviate the annoying noise of basketballs bouncing and killed this once upon a time gem and superior quality, outdoor, summer basketball league with it. 
Now I see his son's campaign signs posted next to it's entrance. The last thing this neighborhood needs is to be reminded of Giacalone's deed, or another Gaicalone.
Some great talent played in the Summer BB league there. Boston Celtic rookies and area college players honed their skills on that court.
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Joined: October 8th, 2007, 8:25 pm

October 22nd, 2017, 12:23 pm #15

I don't vote in ward 2, but if I did, it would be for Ken Hecht.

He spoke at a public meeting about the Cameron's development.  Amid a sea of negativity, mis-information, misunderstandings, and just plain shittiness, he spoke eloquently in favor of it, as both a resident of the neighborhood and as a commercial property owner in the neighborhood.
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October 23rd, 2017, 3:21 pm #16

I asked Ken Hecht to come on the pod and he (very politely) refused <3
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Joined: August 13th, 2005, 5:30 am

October 23rd, 2017, 10:14 pm #17

I don't know either candidate personally and I'm not in that Ward, but follow Ward races because they really affect us all.

I lean towards Hecht - relatively new to town but is on the Planning Board and the Housing Production Plan Committee.  He seems to have a lot of energy and community motivation.  However, I was conflicted about the story in today's GDTimes about his latest business venture - he and a partner bought the building that houses Jalepeno's and plan to make the upper stories rental artists' spaces.  An aweseome idea and I wish them well - however (do I not ever have a "however" lol), I just didn't think that this story with a front page splash and an inside photo of Hecht with the Mayor was an appropriate presentation for a council candidate, weeks before the election.  Just my lowly opinion ...

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/loc ... cab47.html

Just one more "however" - I love the West End, but it is like three blocks out of, what?
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Joined: June 7th, 2008, 7:56 am

October 24th, 2017, 8:52 am #18

The property at 84 Main St. was purchased in April 2017.  Very interesting timing on the coverage by the GDT.  The more important question is not who is Ken Hecht, the public face of these investments, but who is his development partner Richard Kohn and what is his agenda?  
The proposed art space for rent without living space is not what the artist's groups have been asking for.  It is live/work space that is valuable to them.
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Joined: January 25th, 2008, 12:11 am

October 25th, 2017, 3:00 pm #19

harbordog wrote: The property at 84 Main St. was purchased in April 2017.  Very interesting timing on the coverage by the GDT.  The more important question is not who is Ken Hecht, the public face of these investments, but who is his development partner Richard Kohn and what is his agenda?  
The proposed art space for rent without living space is not what the artist's groups have been asking for.  It is live/work space that is valuable to them.
Right on the money 🤑
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Joined: April 15th, 2006, 1:02 am

October 26th, 2017, 8:28 am #20

and people wonder why no one runs for office.
You think you know it, but you haven't got a clue!!
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