Leave a Number, We’re Busy

30Jul10

Did you hear the phone ringing?

On Saturday 7/3 at 6pm personnel started arriving for town and fireworks coverage. It is estimated there were between 15-20 EMS personnel at the station at 6pm. The personnel included 5 Officers representing all supervisory levels. One of EMS’s four remaining ambulances had already gone on a call. Between 615 and 630pm, three 911 calls went unanswered by Stratford EMS, despite the fact that there were vehicles and personnel capable of responding. It wasn’t until the Stratford Fire Department arrived on scene, requested a paramedic and was told by dispatch that AMR only had a basic life support ambulance going that Stratford EMS sent a paramedic ambulance, causing at best a delay in care. In the meantime the other two 911 calls had to wait to be answered by our neighboring services. It is incomprehensible that command personnel at headquarters had more than enough personnel to staff EMS vehicles and allowed these calls for help to go unanswered by Stratford EMS. This is unacceptable especially from a department that is already under review by an outside consultant.

You may ask what has been done to remedy this situation or what action has been taken at all. The answer, of course, is none. It should be noted that this account has been confirmed by several sources and withheld to give anyone in authority the opportunity to act. If you are reading this now, well…..Time’s up.

When you contemplate this awful lack of responsibility with the the loss of $600,000 in revenue ( https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/leaving-money-on-the-table/) something is clearly amiss and , much worse, those who depend on EMS (like you and me) are threatened.

We invite anyone, anyone at all, to respond to these occurrences.

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97 Responses to “Leave a Number, We’re Busy”

  1. 1 sudds

    FIXED…

    “We invite anyone, anyone at all [except George Mulligan who is likely to chime in with some personal reference that is totally NOT applicable], to respond to these occurrences.”

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    LOL… Luv ya Georgie-Boy!!! (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

  2. 2 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    It occurs to me (by your account) Stratford EMS is more like a social club rather than a Professional EMS service.

    Are we building a social club or an EMS facility?

  3. 3 sudds

    It could always be worse*…

    http://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2010/07/woodbridge_ambulance_company_i.html

    * worse would only be aplicable if I were not invited!!!

  4. 4 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “It could always be worse*…”

    Actually if someone were to bleed out, have a fatal heart attack, stroke etc. while waiting for an AMR, Nelson, Bridgeport or Milford ambulance to show up that couldn’t be worse. Even if you weren’t invited.

  5. 5 1george1

    Social club or anti – social club?

    Calzone + Gavin seem to have a genuine dislike for Jon Best?
    some bloggers claim to be EMS and gripe about others, and
    Jeze seems unhappy with some people?

    Anti-social is OK, as long as it does not affect job performance.
    We do not have to love everyone, even coworkers.
    However EMS can be LIFE / DEATH.

    When people are concerned about politicals and social situations
    affecting EMS response time and EMS competence, regardless if
    it is volunteer, fire dept, or private sector … it is an issue.

    Lub ya 2 suddie, ole boy.

    I am aware that Jeze will agree with LIFE / DEATH and TRUST issues.
    Unfortunately. 😦

  6. 6 jezebel282

    George,

    “Jeze seems unhappy with some people?”

    Here is what I am unhappy with: Knowing what I know.

    Knowing about this created so much doubt in my mind about the ability of EMS that recently (Wednesday) when confronted with a critical life decision, I thought it best to not waste time calling EMS and make the trip to the Bridgeport Hospital E.R. myself. Knowing full well it would take me 6 minutes. 4 minutes if I blew a couple of lights.

  7. 7 sudds

    Good call… it would probably take them more than 6 minutes for them to settle-up their tab at Vazzy’s and arrive at your house!!!

  8. 8 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “it would probably take them more than 6 minutes”

    Let me clarify a point here. The problem is not with EMS volunteers. They save hundreds of lives every year for free. They give up family time, weekends, evenings and holidays for nothing more than the chance to help someone. They pay for their own training and sometimes their own equipment and uniforms.

    So, if the problem is not with the volunteers….

  9. 9 1george1

    Jeze + I have differences, but also similarities.

    Here is what I am unhappy with:
    Knowing what I know and experienced.

    Let me clarify a point here.
    The problem is not with most government or other people.
    Embedded in the groups and crowds …. are ghouls and cannibals.

    So, if the problem is not with the volunteers, or many of the FILE
    and RANK ….

  10. 10 gforrester

    It occurs to me (by your account) Stratford EMS is more like a social club rather than a Professional EMS service.

    Are we building a social club or an EMS facility?

    Good call… it would probably take them more than 6 minutes for them to settle-up their tab at Vazzy’s and arrive at your house!!!

    With all due respects “gentlemen” you can KISS MY ASS! I have volunteered, yea that’s right voluntered, over 12,000 hours to the citizens of Stratford via the Stratford EMS saving the taxpayers thousand of dollars over the years. We are not a social club any more that PD or FD and if you think that a Bridgeport commercial ambulance is any better try being on North Park Avenue near the Merritt Parkway and your nearest ambulance is on Stratford Avenue.

    Based upon the account that I read here the Administrator and several line officers were present for a special assignment the night of the Town fireworks and were probably assigned to special duty, and if anyone did not respond to a call, it’s the fault of the command structure present and not the rank and file paid or volunteer staff. Every volunteer takes pride in their service to their community and many answer the call above and beyond the call of duty.

    I’m really sorry Studs that unlike the Fire Department we don’t do our own cooking in the station, or should I say the basement of the PD because we have never had a station, so we do go out for a meal during our six or twelve hour shift.

    If either of you two gentlemen want to sign up to observe a shift I am on please feel free to let me know then maybe you will have an idea of what your speaking of. I work every Friday evening 6 – midnight and Sunday Morning 6 – noon (while you both are snug in your beds). Hope you guys don’t faint at the sight of blood or body parts, mind being spit at or punched, maybe even vomitted on, but no worries, we will be there to pick you up if you do.

  11. 11 ronmoreau

    Gavin,

    “…..and if anyone did not respond to a call, it’s the fault of the command structure present and not the rank and file paid or volunteer staff. Every volunteer takes pride in their service to their community and many answer the call above and beyond the call of duty.”

    I whole heartedly agree. Thank you all for your dedicated service. You guys provide a wonderful service, when you are allowed to respond to calls. You identify the problem as a command structure failure. Hopefully the ‘outside consultant’ will identify these failures and the Mayor will make necessary adjustments, so you can all do what you do so well. Save Lives.

    Again, thanks to all of you.

    We in Stratford have come a long way since the days of the green police station wagons transporting citizens to the hospital.

  12. 12 phineast

    Gavin-I applaud the dedication of each and every volunteer that gives so tirelessly of themselves to help those in dire medical need. Thank you and I am glad you are there. I have walked that walk and completely understand how committed the volunteer staff is. I believe that maybe Jez is questioning the dedication and acumen of the paid staff.
    Unfortunately Jez has a bit of a point-why weren’t the ambulances dispatched? It seems there is either a problem at the dispatch or a problem with the decision that was made by whom ever it was that made the decision not to dispatch. Historically there have been many times when the police , FD and EMS have had to pull out of a parade or event to respond-so what was different about the fireworks? An explanation would go a long way toward understanding.
    At the very least there should be some sort of corrective measure take so it doesn’t happen again. In this situation maybe being reactive is being proactive, a life could very well depend on it.
    Again THANK YOU to all the dedicate volunteers, you all are amazing.

  13. 13 ronmoreau

    Gavin,

    Perhaps my observation should have been worded differently.

    “It occurs to me (by your account) Stratford EMS is [RUN]more like a social club rather than a Professional EMS service.”

  14. 14 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “It seems there is either a problem at the dispatch”

    The problem is not dispatch. The problem is not the volunteers. The decision not to respond is only up to the supervisors on duty (and there seemed to have been plenty of them).

  15. 15 phineast

    Ron- those old green wagons were known as “throw and go” calls-throw them in the back and go like hell so the hospital staff could work on them–it was almost impossible for officers to do CPR in the back of those cars….Thank God for the EMS volunteers.

  16. 16 mikereynolds

    “With all due respects “gentlemen” you can KISS MY ASS!”

    Good for you Gavin.

  17. 17 phineast

    Jez- who were the supervisors that were on, we might as well put it all out there.

  18. 18 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “who were the supervisors that were on, we might as well put it all out there.”

    There are just not that many to choose from.

    Chief Donna Best
    Captain Ken Kellogg
    Captain Jonathan Best
    Captain Robert Calzone
    Lt. David Andrade
    Lt. James Duffy
    Lt. David Harden
    Lt. Jeff LaReau
    Lt. Marisa Love
    Lt. Kevin Giasullo

    However, I’ll bet you can guess who’s orders are never countermanded.

  19. 19 1george1

    My post Saturday morning was lost as I had to leave.

    I was amused at Gavin’s KISS MY ASS comment.

    I consistently praise GAVIN, CALZONE, BEST and others for EMS Service.

    Moved to: https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/the-dark-side/#comment-13074

  20. 20 1george1

    GAVIN – I do not expect an apology from you:
    On this Blog
    To my e-mail
    To me in person (even discreetly)

    I do not need an apology or explanationfrom you about even
    1 thing from the above.

    I would expect that you will think long and hard about things
    I have written, as you are highly intelligent and have done a
    lot of good things, even if I disagree with most of your politics.

    Realistically GAVIN, stepping back and assessing the DEMONcrats
    and RepubliCONNartists of stratford and the area …..
    have they benefitted the people and town of stratford …..
    or have they been a huge negative, as I have posted?

    Sooner or later …. the piper shall be paid …. Charon collects his coin

  21. 21 jezebel282

    Reminder:

    This topic is NOT about Gavin Forrester III.

    It IS about EMS and the lack of response to emergency calls from residents. Somehow it is lost by the EMS administration that this is a first responder system and it is their responsibility to aid residents in distress. Fobbing off calls to other services is not an acceptable solution.

    This incident (one of many) is not an unusual event. According to documented evidence (loc. cit.), approximately 1,300 calls went unanswered by Stratford EMS in 2009 alone.

    What makes matters even worse is that 30 days have elapsed since this glaring example and absolutely nothing, not a single thing, has be done to remedy this irresponsibility.

  22. 22 1george1

    (JEZE) This topic is NOT about
    It IS about EMS and the lack of response to emergency calls from residents. Somehow it is lost by the EMS administration

    (GEORGE) IF PEOPLE CHARGED BY TOWN CHARTER
    (stratfordcharter.wordpress)
    act contrary to the SAFETY and HEALTH of the General Population
    and/or individuals … and have been members of the Town Council
    and other Town Offices …. Is that or is that NOT relevant?

    If people now paying over $ 4,000 for Home Taxes and should be paying
    $ 2,000 for Home Taxes, couldn’t that over $ 2,000 differcial be used for
    Heating Oil / Gas, Electricity, Food, etc to protect HEALTH?

    I look at the bigger picture of peoples’ COST.
    What makes matters even worse is that 25 YEARS days have elapsed since
    this glaring example and absolutely nothing, not a single thing, has be done
    to remedy this irresponsibility.

    Jeze wrote about specific failures within EMS.
    Yet requests REMEDY.

    There are confluences of causal relationships,
    leading to potential REMEDY.

    DEMOCRAT + REPUBLICAN SCUM are GHOULS, CANNIBALS, and PARASITES.
    Solve POLITICAL LEADERSHIP ISSUES – and DO YOU or DO YOU NOT solve
    everything else?

    Otherwise decent people can make pernicous political decisions.
    Make no mistake …. these are political decisions and situations!!

  23. 23 jezebel282

    George,

    “Is that or is that NOT relevant?”

    No.

    Under this current ridiculous Charter, only the mayor may resolve personnel issues. The Council is powerless, Forrester is powerless, EMT’s are powerless, paramedics are powerless. In fact, residents and taxpayers are powerless.

    While we drive ourselves to the E.R. or hope some ambulance service shows up, we wait for the mayor to take notice and actually DO something for a change.

  24. 24 1george1

    Harkins was THE CHOICE of most of the BLOGGERS.

    Jeze, you are in DENIAL of the KEY ROLE Gavin played in the Town
    Charter REVISIONS … UNLESS YOU BELIEVE Gavin is stupid and a fool?

    I know it would have NEVER happen, however if I had been elected
    MAYOR …….

    THINK ABOUT IT ………

    THINK ABOUT IT ………

    THINK ABOUT IT ………

    THINK ABOUT IT ………

    Do you or ANY BLOGGER believe I would have made the SAME CHOICES?

    THINK ABOUT IT ………

    THINK ABOUT IT ………

    As MAYOR, I still would have been SCREWED by the TOWN COUNCIL’S
    VOTES and ACTIONS …..

    THINK ABOUT IT ………

    THINK ABOUT IT ………

    As MAYOR, I still would have been DISADVANTAGED by the DEEDS and ACTS of:
    The ARMY
    FAA
    EPA / DEP
    DOT
    Bridgeport ….
    Milford ….
    Hartford Legislature ….
    DC Congressional ….
    RTC Country Club
    DTC Tammany Hall
    BoE
    UNIONS

    Do you or ANY BLOGGER believe I would have made the SAME CHOICES
    and NOT worked for the GOOD of STRATFORD or STRATFORD’S people?

    Truthfully, I may have caused more problems for Stratford because I
    am willing to be contentious …..

    However, would I have SOLD OUT all of YOU …. like …. we have been
    SOLD OUT for the last 25 years?

  25. 25 jezebel282

    George,

    For CHRISSAKES!

    HERE is what I’m thinking about:

    EMS was called at 10:30 this morning for a call 3 blocks away. A-Fib after congestive heart failure. When an ambulance arrive 28 MINUTES later it was AMR.

    Pardon my language (I may be a bit upset) but does someone have to FREAKIN’ DIE before anyone does anything?????

  26. 26 1george1

    To: Jon + Gavin + Calzone

    Thru George, from Jeze:

    For CHRISSAKES! HERE is what I’m thinking about:

    EMS was called at 10:30 this morning for a call 3 blocks away.
    A-Fib after congestive heart failure.
    When an ambulance arrive 28 MINUTES later it was AMR.

    Pardon my language (I may be a bit upset) but does someone
    have to FREAKIN’ DIE before anyone does anything?????

    I agree with Jeze’s message!

  27. 27 jezebel282

    Update:

    We should all take away something that we can learn from life .

    Here is something positive we can learn from this topic;

    If you are having a heart attack or stroke, every second counts.

    1. Call 911 immediately
    2. When the Fire Department arrives within the next 5 minutes, let them in.
    3. Ask the Firefighters to help you lift the patient into your car.
    4. Race like hell to the E.R. (there will be more people to help you lift the patient out).
    5. Optional: Leave a note for EMS to let them know you have left. They may show up later.

  28. 28 gforrester

    Mark this day down in history, George and I are actually in agreement with regards to Jez’s statement “Pardon my language (I may be a bit upset) but does someone have to FREAKIN’ DIE before anyone does anything?????”

    The resounding answer is YES!

    The problem about coverage lapses is well known and documented. On this particular day there were two prior ambulance calls within less than 30 minutes and both on duty Stratford units were on those calls. When the 3rd call came in it had to be assigned to mutual aid which means that the primary moral responsibility of the Town to provide emergency medical transport to an area hospital to a resident of our Town could not be accomplished. The fact that it take longer for AMR to respond to stratford is simple logistics. The unit that responded could have been coming from North Bridgeport/ Fairfield/ or even New Haven depending on the volume of medical emergencies at that particular time in the region.

    How do you address the problem, same way that has been proposed time and time again, if you can’t fill a 3rd daytime unit with volunteers then hire part time EMT’s to staff an ambulance during your peek daytime periods. The burden here is not on the EMS Administration or the Fire Chief but, in my opinion, it rests with the Chief Elected Official of the Town of Stratford. Sorry but that’s just he way I see it because the “buck” has to stop somewhere and it’s not like this is a new problem.

  29. 29 jezebel282

    Mr. Forrester,

    “the “buck” has to stop somewhere”

    Speaking of “bucks”, don’t you think $600,000 in calls given away to AMR would cover a few paid EMT’s or even paramedics in fly cars?

    I gotta figure that between the oxygen, ekg, meds and transport that call yesterday will be billed at approximately $1,100.

    And that wasn’t the only one. There was another call yesterday where the ambulance arrival took 20 plus minutes.

    We pay $180 MILLION plus a year for a Town government and it can’t even provide basic ambulance service? You certainly don’t want to be a senior in THIS town.

    (Oh, and by the way…another EMT was fired yesterday. Again.)

  30. 30 mikereynolds

    The only way anyone at the top or the common taxpayer is going to notice that there is a problem with EMS is if the members of EMS either publicly call out EMS leadership via a no confidence vote or, and I hate to say this, have a prolonged sick out.

    Until then the problem with EMS is going to be under the radar.

  31. 31 gforrester

    Mike – that has been tried – 70 to 80% of the volunteers signed – petition organizers recieved a letter from Mrs. Best’s Attorney threatening to file a lawsuit seeking damages, Miron Administration did nothing to protect them so issue was dropped.

  32. 32 mikereynolds

    Gavin,

    So I’ve heard. I don’t know this first hand but I firmly believe this administration would not leave the volunteers hanging.

  33. 33 jezebel282

    Mike,

    Sadly, once again, no one will do anything. Volunteers will continue to be persecuted, favorites will get to do whatever they want instead of answering calls and this administration will avoid a lawsuit (until someone dies).

    The only thing a resident can do in an emergency is:

    If you are having a heart attack or stroke, every second counts.

    1. Call 911 immediately
    2. When the Fire Department arrives within the next 5 minutes, let them in.
    3. Ask the Firefighters to help you lift the patient into your car.
    4. Race like hell to the E.R. (there will be more people there to help you lift the patient out).
    5. Optional: Leave a note for EMS to let them know you have left. They may show up later. Or not.

  34. 34 sudds

    First of all… I made a comment in jest last week that apperantly was not taken as such… if I offended anyone… I APOLOGIZE!!! I realize that our EMT’s are volunteers… and their volunteer work IS greatly appreciated!!!

    Secondly… can’t the volunteers just go on “strike”???

  35. 35 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “Secondly… can’t the volunteers just go on “strike”???”

    Donna Best will threaten to dismiss them all and then the residents will be left with…Hey wait a minute!

  36. 36 1george1
  37. 37 ronmoreau

    Gavin,

    “How do you address the problem, same way that has been proposed time and time again, if you can’t fill a 3rd daytime unit with volunteers then hire part time EMT’s to staff an ambulance during your peek daytime periods. The burden here is not on the EMS Administration or the Fire Chief but, in my opinion, it rests with the Chief Elected Official of the Town of Stratford. Sorry but that’s just he way I see it because the “buck” has to stop somewhere and it’s not like this is a new problem.”

    It is not the responsibility of the Mayor to run the day to day operation of the Stratford EMS. That’s the EMS Administrators job. If that person can not do the job. The Mayor should hire someone who can. It’s as simple as that.

  38. 38 jezebel282

    Ron,

    EMS has dropped $600,000 worth of revenue in ONE year, ignored 911 calls and apparently thinks it’s ok to short-staff coverage in hopes that AMR or Nelson is not too busy handling their own primary areas and has an ambulance handy.

    At this point, I don’t give a damn about who’s fault it is or isn’t. Who cares? Someone is going to die of a heart attack or stroke because the response time in Stratford sucks.

    This is no time for politics. DO THE DAMNED JOB. Is that too much to ask?

  39. 39 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    “This is no time for politics. DO THE DAMNED JOB. Is that too much to ask?”

    My point exactly.

  40. 40 jezebel282

    Ron,

    “My point exactly.”

    Not exactly.

    John Harkins has no free pass here. He is ultimately the Chief Executive Officer of the Town. There is no way around that, whether he likes it or not. There, Mr. Forrester is absolutely correct.

    The next senior that dies because they had to wait 1/2 hour or more for emergency medical care when something could have been done about it sooner will be not be blamed on AMR. As the family member sits there and watches the minutes tick away, their thoughts will eventually turn to their family attorney and the wrongful death suit that will hit the Town.

  41. 41 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    “This is no time for politics. DO THE DAMNED JOB. Is that too much to ask?”

    This statement DOES apply to both the EMS administrator AND the Mayor.

  42. 42 1george1

    Jeze,
    Do you NEED to protect GAVIN?

    Do you lack confidence in him and honest debate about?
    The Town Charter
    Safety
    Health
    Morals
    Personnel

  43. 43 jezebel282

    George,

    “Jeze,
    Do you NEED to protect GAVIN?”

    I don’t recall Gavin asking for my help. But he is neither a councilman nor a mayor. When the school year starts and he deals with a grievance from every single union in the BOE, Gavin will have plenty to answer for. In the meantime, he is a volunteer EMT who is sorely needed in this Town.

    If you want a showdown at High Noon with Gavin, pick a relevant topic. If he doesn’t show up, start without him.

  44. 44 1george1

    I noticed there is a concern for some peoples LIVES,
    but NOT others mentioned by JEZE and GAVIN.

    I guess I and people I care about are considered 2nd
    class citizens or slaves, by some people?

    Are we are only worthy to pay taxes and tribute to the
    untitled ROYALS who have a strangle hold on government,
    and choose to eliminate CONSTITUTIONAL, CIVIL, CRIMINALS
    and TOWN RIGHTS for their benefit, but not for outsiders
    who are not chosen to be within the Town Committees or
    other EXCLUSIONARY GROUPS?

    Sorry sudds, I drank from the same pool of sarcasm you use… 😦

  45. 45 1george1

    Other than that, I agree with Jeze, Gavin, and Ron.

  46. 47 1george1

    Every one of the above is under the town council purview,
    right GAVIN + JEZE?

  47. 49 1george1

    Tuesday I read an article about airconditioning ambulances
    and the effect of hypothermia to combat heart attacks and
    strokes to assist savings lives.

    I assume all EMS vehicles are appropriately equipped.

    Props to J. Miron about the Defibulators installed in major buildings,
    while he was Mayor.
    I strongly suspect Gavin, Calzone, and Best had input affecting that
    implementation.
    Again, I give credit where due.
    Where I disagree on political issues … I post

    I APPRECIATE Ron challenging my position.
    There are many good and bad and in between among the D + R.
    Sometimes bad people do good things.
    Sometimes good people do bad things.
    The deFIB are a good thing.

    Some many money related issues, which come from TAXATION ….

  48. 50 robertfwalsh

    I had no idea that we were missing this many calls. Is this a matter of public record, Jeze?

  49. 51 jezebel282

    Robert,

    “Is this a matter of public record, Jeze?”

    Of course it is. That is why the EMS Foundation was authorized to spend $5,000+ on a consultant study to improve EMS management. That study was delivered in June. To date NOT A SINGLE recommendation has been implemented. Not one.

    “It’s complicated.” “It takes time”. “We are studying the situation”. In the meantime people wait for ambulances and AMR rakes in some nice change.

  50. 52 jezebel282

    Update:

    We recently reported on the firing of Paramedic Jasinski and the dismissal of EMT Simmons for delaying by minutes the transport of a non-emergency patient so that Ms. Simmons did not miss her paying job.

    We have heard NOTHING of any sort of disciplinary action taken as a result of the failure to respond to three (Count ’em. 3!) 911 calls on 3 July 2010 by the Administration personnel on hand that were clearly qualified and capable of responding.

    This is appalling and disgusting. There is nothing more basic in municipal government than the proper management of first responder services. Lives literally depend upon it. It is much more important than budget concerns, HR policies, contract negotiations, pensions or whatever else the mayor may consider worth his invaluable time. It is time to be mayor and start acting for the benefit of the sickest and neediest in Stratford.

  51. 53 1george1

    Public Safety should be a universal priority.

  52. 54 sudds

    “It is time to be mayor and start acting for the benefit of the sickest and neediest in Stratford.”

    Shouldn’t you address this to quasi-mayor Adam Bauer??? I don’t think that Harkins does anything other than show up when there is a good photo op!!!

  53. 55 1george1

    Who controls the joy stick?

  54. 56 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “Shouldn’t you address this to quasi-mayor Adam Bauer?”

    What’s the difference?

  55. 57 1george1

    Sudds,
    “Shouldn’t you address this to quasi-mayor Adam Bauer?”
    What’s the difference?

    Is this a new Trivia game?
    How about name all of the players in abbott n costello’s
    “WHO’S ON FIRST?”

  56. 58 1george1

    Last meeting I asked ADAM if he got any new RAISES?

    His smirk disappeared.
    He turned with an upturned nose, and floated away.

    I have to give Adam props, in that he could walk the catwalk
    modeling his nice suits.

    It might be why he needed the 25 % raise?

    I am not sure why, but somehow Adam reminds me of Heather,
    who was Jim Miron’s aid?

    Didn’t both AIDS get BIG RAISES from the MAYOR their BOSS?
    Sudds & Jeze … that’s your money and mine right?
    So that is political fair game, right?

    All of my shorts and sweat suits have ketchup or chocolate stains.
    I have not owned many suits, except from HOUSE of FRUMP or
    BARNUM and BAILEY. So I gotta give credit where due ….

  57. 59 mayor2013

    George,

    Adam Bauer will be the first administrator to hand in his letter of resignation in 2013. He needs to go play somewhere else.

  58. 60 jezebel282

    2013,

    “Adam Bauer will be the first administrator to hand in his letter of resignation”

    This only justifies Bauer’s actual position; to take any and all heat away from Harkins. He does his job admirably. Harkins is rarely available to ordinary citizens, never available by phone and his whereabouts are usually a closely guarded secret. Almost all communications are intercepted by Ricky Williams or Bauer.

    Avoidance of conflict is not typically written into a mayor’s job description but with this mayor it has taken over as the top priority.

  59. 61 1george1

    Perhaps Mr. Bauer will appear on “so you think you can dance.”

    There are many in stratford and across the USA who “dance with the
    Devil,” and it does not have to be “in the Pale Moon light.”

    In a picture of someone parodizing Obama, he has the Joker’s smile
    on an Obama mask.

    Batman’s Joker’s smile is a reference to those in power with phony smiles.

    Quick Quiz:
    Name the team that the HARLEM GLOBE TROTTERS always beat?

    It was originally owned by Abe Sapperstein.
    In the Bible, who was Abraham?
    What was a Sapper?

    I know, the right spelling is saperstein.
    In britain’s ruinic alphabet b + p are linked to a letter called thorn.
    They call the Hapsburg or Habsburg empires, in their History Books,
    because of translation issues.

    The letters d + t are often interchangeable between English + Gernman.

    Orwell call Oceania INGSOC, instead of ENGSOC (England Socialism)
    because of alphabetical referrence

    The Roman alphabet had 22 letters, not 26
    The was NO “J”
    ergo IESUS was JESUS
    IN stood for JESUS NAZAREEN.
    IN – NER party = NOT IN or NOT believers in CHRISTIANITY.
    NAZAREEN = NAZI party and reference to AskkeNAZIm, of Germany or
    DEUTSCHLAND, where people can be psychologically BONDED to the
    WRONG and HARMFULL people using WORDS as BAIT.

    To catch a WOLF…. STAKE out a LAMB

    To catch a GAZELLE …. STAKE out a LAMB

    To catch a BEAR …. STAKE out

    To catch an EAGLE or TURKEY …. STAKE out

    To catch a BULL DOG ….

    To catch a VULTURE (Capitalism) …. STAKE out a LAMB

    LIONS and TIGERS and BEARS … oh my …

    Is it Capitalism or CAP ITALY sm?

    AMERICA
    AMO, AMAS, AMAT – I love
    RICA – WOLF

    Romulus – anagram of SOUL RUM
    Remus – anagram of SUMER

    Murder – anagram of RED RUM

    LET LOOSE or CURB the DOGS of WAR!

  60. 62 jezebel282

    Update:

    According to EMS records, dismissed EMT Jen Simmons had donated 594 hours of service (for free) to Stratford since January 2010. She was second only to Greg Thornhill who had donated 627 hours.

    By contrast, Lt. David Harden, one of those present on 3 July 2010 when three 911 calls were declined had only managed 60 hours in 7 months.

    Finding someone to donate over 1,000 hours to the sickest and neediest in Stratford should be no problem for Ms. Best. After all, she shows so much support for volunteers.

  61. 63 sudds

    “Finding someone to donate over 1,000 hours to the sickest and neediest in Stratford should be no problem for Ms. Best. After all, she shows so much support for volunteers.”

    Ut oh… looks like we need EMS at Jez’s house, as I am pretty certain that she is having a stroke!!!

  62. 64 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “as I am pretty certain that she is having a stroke!!!”

    Then why would I call EMS?

  63. 65 jezebel282

    It gets even worse as you look deeper:

    David Andrade is the training officer. YTD 2010 he has committed 6 hours to the department. Not much chance of a volunteer EMT becoming more proficient with 6 hours for the total staff.

    James Duffy is the medical operations officer, he has volunteered 16 hours YTD.

    Captain Ken Kellogg’s 181 hours are a reflection of “Meetings” and teaching people how to use computers.

    We are literally better off calling a cab.

  64. 66 1george1

    I believe the name of Jon’s company is “DISASTER BY DESIGN.”

    There is much money to be made by certain people, likely to give
    finders fees or business to people who could coordinate the
    distrcution of the Vounteer EMS.

    Somebody wake GAVIN + CALZONE!

    Something they might agree with me, about?
    And something they care about and are positioned to affect,
    IF, IF, IF …. THEY ….

  65. 67 sudds

    “We are literally better off calling a cab.”

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha… oh wait… you’re right!!!

  66. 68 jezebel282

    George,

    “There is much money to be made by certain people”

    In this particular case, I really don’t care who’s making money or who wants their egos stroked.

    There are far too many people in this Town who depend upon rapid medical response. There are volunteers who are willing to donate their knowledge, skill and time to help. Neither are currently a concern for anyone. The only concern seems to be how much discipline can be administered.

    15, 20 30 minute delays in medical care are going to kill someone soon. It is unacceptable.

  67. 69 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Just a note: Your hero Gavin Forrester III has donated 343 hours of service this year. That’s in addition to being BOE Chairman and having a full time job and family.

  68. 70 sudds

    1) of course he has… HE’S THE MAN!!

    2) ummm… it’s sort of scary that you have access to this sort of information!!!

  69. 71 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “it’s sort of scary that you have access to this sort of information!!!”

    Mostly you just have to ask…and then listen. I listen a lot.

  70. 72 1george1

    Despite the grief I give Gavin ….
    I make sure to acknowledge his contributions.

    A Scot bagpiper, who played during D-DAY,
    despite English War Office rules,
    died today.

    Nice story with picture on Yahoo.

    I e-mailed it to Gavin who is Scot.

    I also reminded him my dad served in WW II in Pacific
    while his family served in WW II in Europe.

    —-

    Yes Jeze, if all your facts are correct and they often,
    not always, are correct. I agree.

    Incidently how much was raised for the girl with cancer,
    besides my $ 15?

  71. 73 jezebel282

    George,

    “Yes Jeze, if all your facts are correct and they often,”

    These are not my facts. These are data provided by Donna Best. Feel free to doubt them.

  72. 74 jezebel282

    Sooner or later, even the CT Post will get the story:

    Outsourcing of emergency calls raises concern in response time
    Brittany Lyte, Staff Writer

    STRATFORD — As Short Beach filled with residents staking claim for their beach chairs before the town’s July 3 fireworks show, the staff of Stratford Emergency Medical Services was in the midst of a shift change.
    Around 6 p.m., the mostly-volunteer station received an emergency call. Within minutes came another. And soon another.
    All three of those emergency calls were outsourced to private ambulance companies, according to a lieutenant working that day. That’s what every EMS station does when it’s too tied up to respond to an emergency.
    In Stratford, the first private ambulance company contacted for a mutual aid request is American Medical Response in Bridgeport.
    Bridgeport AMR, which covers Bridgeport and Fairfield, responded to the first emergency in the succession of calls.
    The second call was serviced by Nelson Ambulance, another Bridgeport-based private ambulance company. When both Stratford EMS and Bridgeport AMR are too tied up to respond to a call, Nelson is the next line of defense.
    The third call was initially dispatched to New Haven AMR, a fourth line of defense for Stratford’s paramedic emergencies. But, in the end, the third request for mutual aid was canceled and Stratford EMS took the call.

    A complaint is made
    All this was observed by a lieutenant who had just finished his six-hour shift. He says he watched the first call come in, and then go out to mutual aid, as the on-duty staff stood outside the station, gearing up to send ambulances to patrol the grounds of the fireworks.
    “I literally saw people just standing there,” said the lieutenant, who spoke under the condition of anonymity.
    Two days later, he filed a complaint with the office of Mayor John A. Harkins.
    “It was somebody’s mother,” he said. “It was somebody’s father. And we decided to do nothing. And this is the organization I work for. It wasn’t my parents, but I live in Stratford and so does my family. So it could have been my family. So, that’s what prompted me to file a complaint.”
    Twelve percent of emergency calls to Stratford EMS were passed off on mutual aid between January and July 2010.
    Gavin B. Forrester, a 22-year member of the station with nearly 11,500 volunteer hours under his belt, considers 12 percent a danger to public safety.
    That’s because it takes an ambulance anywhere from about eight minutes to more than 20 minutes to respond to a priority one emergency when it goes out for mutual aid, Forrester said. Stratford EMS can respond in about seven minutes due to its location at the center of town, he said.
    “These are situations where every minute can mean life or death,” Forrester said.
    “The running joke is that you’re better off getting a cab. Now, that’s not something I support. That’s not safe. But I understand that sentiment. It’s a game of dice. Who knows where my ambulance is coming from?”

    More calls, less staff

    The number of emergency calls outsourced to private ambulance companies by Stratford EMS is inordinately high when compared to other area EMS stations, according to a report released Monday. The report, conducted by consultant CBG Strategies, is based on financial data and interviews with EMS staff and town officials.
    The report identified staffing shortages at peak hours as the major cause of excessive outsourcing. And it concluded that these shortages are a manifestation of a “toxic” and “dysfunctional” atmosphere within the department.
    According to the report, the station is plagued by distrust among staff, and accusations of nepotism, incompetence and insubordination are numerous and exacerbated by a lack of management.
    The report also estimates that the station lost more than $500,000 to private ambulance companies in the last year due to the high use of mutual aid.
    Capt. Robert Calzone, a 24-year volunteer at the station, believes the root of the department’s woes is a long-term trend: an increase in volume of emergency calls paired with a decrease in staff.
    Twenty-four years ago, the station averaged 4,500 emergency calls per year and had a team of about 200 volunteers to service them, Calzone said. Today the station receives about 6,200 calls, he said, and has about 64 active volunteers.
    In addition, some volunteers put in few or no hours. Seven staff members have volunteered fewer than 10 hours this year, including an officer in charge of continuing education, according to a public safety report.

    Harkins’ plan

    Mayor John A. Harkins announced a five-step proposal Monday to improve inadequacies in the department, including making the EMS a stand-alone town department. Currently, EMS is under the umbrella of the fire department.
    The plan also includes adding an ambulance in service during peak hours, implementing mandatory ambulance hours for all volunteer EMTs and professional development courses for supervisory staff, and outsourcing medical billing and records services.
    Harkins said these changes will be implemented gradually through the end of the year.
    Forrester said he supports Harkins’ improvement plan.
    “I really hope it works,” he said. “We need to improve our response rate. We should be responding to at least 95 percent of our calls.
    “If not, we’re doing a disservice to our community. … And we’re putting a strain on the entire Bridgeport area because we are sucking resources out of that city every time we call on them.”
    He added, “Do you know how frustrating it is to be here for 22 years and see a call come in that we could be responding to, but we’re not because our management system is a mess? We do a lot of good things here. There are some really great volunteers here. But there’s a lot that’s dragging us down. We simply must do better.”

    Shift change? Really? FIVE officers available and it’s because of a shift change? Does anyone believe this at all? It couldn’t be that they all wanted to watch the fireworks and party could it? Nah…..

  73. 75 1george1

    Jeze,

    Shouldn’t this deserve it’s own blog string or be under 911?
    Last night I referenced this story under 911.
    Different set of rules? 😉

  74. 76 jezebel282

    George,

    Do you even read what anyone else writes?

  75. 77 1george1

    Strangely Jeze, I wondered the same about you? 🙂

    The reality is I was teasing you. You are easy to tease because
    of your intensity and lack of sense of humor or joy of life.
    At lease related to me and this blog, you are intense.

    The 911 is the newest post.
    It also has directly relevant posting to this new story.
    This blog string is also relevant to the new story.

    Where ever you put it, I could tease the issue about relevancy,
    whereas unlike what you wrote about not recalling deleting or
    editting posts …. Never mind….. I am moving on.

    Jeze I appreciate your dedication and just cause to monitor to keep
    certain types of posts from the website.

    But honestly, aren’t you a little anal about what goes where and do
    you not realize that what belongs where “in your mind” may not be
    the same for someone else.

    I still lub ya. 😉

  76. 78 jezebel282

    George,

    “But honestly, aren’t you a little anal”

    (Looking behind me) nope, it’s not little.

    The job of an editor is to make the writing easier for regular citizens (like me) to read and think about. Keeping posts where they belong in a topic makes it easier to follow and develop.

    Not everyone is an anarchist.

  77. 79 1george1

    Not everyone is an anarchist.

    Do you mean me? or do you mean?

    Mirons/Burturla/Bishop DTC?
    Norm/Lou-Bill/Kelly RTC?
    CT. power nexus of Greenwich-Stamford-Waterbury or Hartford/New Haven
    /Bridgeport+Casinos
    Crimes – Drugs political justice system empire of courts/jails/rehab/dcf
    Wars – Oil wealth transfers
    Bush Cheney T.A.R.P?
    Bam Stimulus?

    Could it be that I am ANTI-ANARCHY, since Iseek the system to work?

  78. 80 phineast

    “sooner or later even the post will get the story”
    Am I the only one who has noticed the extreme lack of real writing in the Post since the “take over”? We used to get information on a regular basis from the Post but now we have a reporter that “maybe” get a story in every 2 weeks or so as she is competing with the “picture” section for who? those who can’t read or think? I mean for real. Jez the should have hired you. At least then the information would be accessible to the public. Sheesh! Extreme disappointment these days-no reason to get home delivery anymore as it is a waste of money. There is nothing in it but the obituaries and the sports section. It is a cryin’ shame.

    I am very interested to see the evolution of who is put in charge of EMS out of the “current players” if any , I would be shocked if they didn’t go with one of them.
    I am very glad that the volunteers are going to get the respect and support that they deserve. They are for the most part a truly dedicated group and we are lucky to have them.
    I know several people that have gone through the EMS course that have met with resistance and complete lack of cooperation in making the schedule available to people for volunteer hours and change notification, because it was locked up in an office and non computerized. One individual had concerns that maybe so many calls were referred out deliberately $$$$ and that was why the schedule was inaccessible. I would hope that is not the case. Would it shock me??????? HMMMMMM….this IS Stratford after all, so there is not much that would shock me after enduring 4 years of Miron stupidity.

  79. 81 1george1

    Hi Phin – welcomed back

    After last Monday’s very brief PENSION BOARD Meeting where the only
    action was approving Linda Loschiavo pension of 62 % of Base Pay, the
    new CT. POST reporter came over to me and we talked.

    I mentioned
    1 – how few stories I had seen of hers.
    2 – how many stories are negative about Stratford
    3 – a couple people were complimentary about her writing style.

    Brittany is from Albany and went to BC.
    She appreciated the compliments.

    We discussed the Pension issues, EMS, and other items.
    I always place blame on the political parties, rather than unions/workers,
    and I blame the Natiaonals and Big Oil as the real problem causers.

    The CT POST in general is anti-union / Regional – National interest as
    evidenced in today’s attack on the state workers.

    A couple weeks ago, Hugh Bailey took an opposite track about how
    “blame the workers” is in vogue.

    In 1971, when I started in the USPS I was making about $ 2.35 an hour.
    By 1988, I was in low $ 40,000, including O.T.
    Government work was entry level into lower middle class.

    The Mirons/Burturlas/Butternuts and others only want what they can
    get and the unions are foolish for excepting TOO GOOD of DEALS that
    Tax Payers will naturally resent.

    Keep focus on the REAL ENEMIES – MONOPOLY Rockefellers/Bush and
    the Slave State leaderships allied with Russia/China/Petro Dictators
    and Narco Dictators.

  80. 82 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “I mean for real. Jez they should have hired you.”

    LOL! I’ve only earned one journalism award. Obviously, that disqualifies me at the Post.

    “who is put in charge of EMS out of the “current players””

    The recommendation for the position by CBG was for someone NOT from Stratford. However, there is one person eminently qualified who would serve us with distinction (no, not Gavin), but it is too obvious and logical.

  81. 83 jezebel282

    George,

    “In 1971, when I started in the USPS I was making about $ 2.35 an hour.”

    In 1968, I was paid $1.86/hour by the Tennessee DOT to mow medians on state highways from Knoxville to Bristol (my only government employment). Was that my entry to the lower middle class?

    Note: the “other” crew was under guard and considered “guests” of the State.

  82. 84 jezebel282

    Sour note:

    The lieutenant who filed the original complaint about FIVE officers declining 911 calls is now being called “Lieutenant Rat” by Administrator Donna Best and her little crew.

    Absolutely disgusting on so many levels. It is quite clear that there are some strange priorities in EMS Administration. Apparently the priority on the 3rd of July was the fireworks display, preferred parking at the event and being in full view of the VIP tent. 911 calls were an interference.

    But let me be clear here because this is, after all, Stratford. Things are never clear when they should be. If you have the good fortune of talking to one of our EMS volunteers there is something to remember.

    They are heroes. Whether they will admit it or not. They are unpaid yet highly skilled and dedicated. They don’t have to be there, but they are. They tend to the wounded, alleviate pain and suffering and actually save lives. What more can a community ask of a citizen?

    In this particular lieutenant’s case, not only does he do this every time he is on duty, but he stood up for us and not himself.

    The question for the EMS Administrator is; who is the real rat?

  83. 85 1george1

    JEZE: “In 1971, when I started in the USPS I was making about
    $ 2.35 an hour.”

    In 1968, I was paid $1.86/hour by the Tennessee DOT to mow
    medians on state highways from Knoxville to Bristol
    (my only government employment).
    Was that my entry to the lower middle class?

    GEORGE:
    Jeze ignored: By 1988 MY PAY was about $ 40,000 including O. T.
    The inflation of the LATE 1970s, caused many government jobs to have
    graduating pay increase to where our pay + benefit were into the
    Middle Class.

  84. 86 1george1

    I can not find the origin or context of the term
    “Swallow the Rat.”

    What I have found are references to SNAKES,
    who swallow the RAT …..

    When supporters of Arafat or Menachem Begin
    talked of them … they were Patriots / heroes.

    When opponents of Arafat or Menachem Begin
    talked of them … they were Terrorists

    This can apply to virtually any conflicts.
    Begin was originally described as a terrorist as was Arafat!

    Volunteer Merriam-Webster defined
    1 – a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a
    willingness to undertake a service
    1 b (1) : one who renders a service or takes part in a transaction
    while having no legal concern or interest
    1 b (2) : one who receives a conveyance or transfer of property
    without giving valuable consideration

    I think the last one has it backwards?
    But, then again … “This IS Stratford.”

  85. 87 jezebel282

    Update:

    Just to reiterate, thirteen 911 calls have been passed off in a two day period. At a minimum of $500 EACH that’s $6,500 in lost revenue in just two days. If a paramedic was required that could soar to $1,100 EACH.

    But there is hope. Someday Harkins plan may go into effect.

    In the meantime, in an emergency:

    1. Call 911
    2. Very Important: Call a cab
    3. When the Firefighters get there, have them help you get in the cab.

  86. 88 1george1

    I thought Jeze was a big supporter of fire fighters from posts about
    equipment, but the above suggests fire fighters are less professionally
    capable to save lives than EMS?

    Although, it was a well set up punchline. ouch! 😉

  87. 89 jezebel282

    George,

    “suggests fire fighters are less professionally
    capable to save lives than EMS?”

    Quite the opposite.

    SFD gets there in usually less than 5 minutes. But they simply don’t have the equipment to do much for a medical emergency.

    That’s why I say call 911 AND a cab. When SFD gets there they can help lift you into the cab and then you can get to the hospital.

  88. 90 1george1

    Jeze
    Thank you for clarifying your reasoning on Medical Help by FD vs EMS.

    Wouldn’t it be logical for the Fire Department to run next door in an
    on-call status, and use the EMS VEHICLES (which are properly equiped)
    to answer the call, when volunteers are unavailable?

    Oh … “This IS Stratford!”
    Logic?
    Public Interests?
    Responsible Safety and Health?
    Responible Budgeting?
    Responsible use of Public owned equipment?

    “SFD gets there in usually less than 5 minutes. But they simply don’t
    have the equipment to do much for a medical emergency.”

    Yeah the Publicly owned equipment is parked next door to the
    $ 7 million Fire House that was supposed to cost under $ 2 million.

    The 2 non customed $900,000 total cost equipped Fire Trucks should
    have cost $ 460,000 equipped (as BID @ $ 230,000 eqquipped non custom)

    That extra $ 440,000 no blogger writes about could have bought at least
    2 ambulances and split them between EMS + FIRE DEPT.

    JEZE has increased scope of criticism, yet there are some places, JEZE
    appears to choose NOT to go and some people not to criticize?
    Am I inaccurate or is it just an oversight? (or lack thereof?) 😉

  89. 91 jezebel282

    George,

    “Wouldn’t it be logical for the Fire Department to run next door”

    Since there is nothing but contractors and construction equipment next door, the answer is “no”.

    In addition, the whole point of EMS is to provide volunteer staffing so that emergency medical service can be provided to Stratford residents in a low cost and efficient manner.

    Of course we can always disband EMS and assign the duty to the FD (you think we might need more EMT/Paramedic firefighters then?) or just contract EMS service to AMR or Nelson. Either alternative will cost more.

    On the other hand, I think correcting the problems at EMS is the solution of choice.

    “JEZE
    appears to choose NOT to go and some people not to criticize?”

    LOL! Is there anyone left I haven’t criticized?

  90. 92 jezebel282

    George,

    “Wouldn’t it be logical for the Fire Department to run next door”

    I almost forgot. The other reason it wouldn’t be logical is that the person that is actually in charge of EMS is Fire Chief James Cavanaugh, who seems to be skating away from any responsibility whatsoever.

  91. 93 1george1

    Jeze,
    Thank you for the clarification of your position and answers.

  92. 94 mikereynolds

    Another mutual aid ambulance call dispatched at 21:26.

  93. 95 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “Another mutual aid ambulance call dispatched at 21:26.”

    Of course.

    For those readers not familiar with the process (George), a call comes into 911. It is determined which service is primary (Police, Fire, Ambulance). If it is medical, SEMS is dispatched along with the FD*. No SEMS crew/ambulance available? A call is placed to AMR for “mutual aid”. Then Nelson, then surrounding Towns.

    Sounds good except the primary responsibility belongs to SEMS. AMR and the others are secondary. “Secondary” means “if available”. AMR has no obligation to provide ambulance service to Stratford. They will IF one of their ambulances (and crew) are not busy caring for Bridgeport residents.

    In other words, AMR and the others are only supposed to be used as a last resort. Not 8 times a day….like on last Thursday.

    If you are starting to wonder what the hell is going on, the person to ask is Fire Chief James Cavanaugh. He is supposed to be in charge. For some reason, his name is rarely mentioned.

    *The FD responds as well because access to the patient is not a given and strong shoulders come in real handy.

    Note to readers: A fascinating site for SEMS is http://svemsassociation.com/

    There you can actually listen to the calls as they are given to AMR (you need to turn your speakers on).

    Glossary:
    BLS: Basic Life Support
    ALS: Advanced Life Support
    EVO: Emergency Vehicle Operator

  94. 96 jezebel282

    Tutorial:

    Stratford use the “80” designation ex: 804.

    AMR uses the “71” designation: ex: 7129

    Nelson uses the “73” designation ex: 737

    Trumbull uses the “90” designation ex: 902

    Shelton is 2-Victor-XX

    AMR New haven is “Two or Five-Charlie-XX”

    If you hear nothing…everybody is healthy!

  95. 97 1george1

    Mike and Jeze, thank you for the information.

    I will not be using the tutorial, but it was interesting.
    I suspect I was not the only one edumacated ….

    Perhaps there are readers, who could better help …..?

    A younger friend teaches at a school for children with mental challenges.
    It is a job I could not do.
    Nor could I be EMS, DOCTOR, NURSE, and many other things.
    I admire those capable of that type of service.
    Even more, I admire those who actively volunteer those services.

    That is another reason I won’t actively take one side or another on this
    clash of personalities and politics, besides not having intimate access!

    Mike if you are an EMS person, thank you for your service, the same way
    I appreciate services by Gavin, Calzone, and Jon/Donna Best.

    The MAYOR made a PUBLIC POLICY STATEMENT.
    According to these posts, POLICY appears being ignored, with more waste
    or lost revenues.

    That reflects on the people in a certain photo in last Thursday’s Star.

    It is easier NOT being elected Mayor.
    NOT that I ever had close to a chance!!!
    But at least I put up my time, my money, and my effort, with no Political
    Pinnocchio strings attached. < This ain't about me, but a challenge to any
    readers who are not political patronage pirates, to actual get involved and
    try to make a difference…..


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