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Friday, June 16, 2017

THE RIGHTS FIGHT

 Glad to see my good friend HONG NET, Councilor-At-Large last night sat Rick Ford's Campaign Kickoff for his bid for one of the At-Large Seats.

HONG has been a particularly strong champion for HUMAN RIGHTS since he joined the COUNCIL even successfully fighting for the establishment of the HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE for the city. It has been an honor to know him.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

SANDRA SEES NEEDS

Happy to meet fellow candidate for LYNN SCHOOL COMMITTEE, SANDRA LOPEZ tonight at RICK FORD'S, COUSELOR-AT-LARGE KICKOFF EVENT. Fresh ideas and new energy is needed now more than ever.

MAGEE IS THE MOST


Honored to meet candidate for MAYOR of LYNN THOMAS MAGEE. Senator MAGEE has such a steller resume of public service leaves me in awe.

DONNA ALWAYS DOES RIGHT



How great it was to get to spend a little time with long time when I was at RICK FORD, COUNCILOR-AT-LARGE CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF PARTY with LYNN SCHOOL COMMITTEE member DONNA COPPOLA. Not only did I work with her for years at the Department of Mental Retardation but also I have cherished her as a dear and trusted friend. Her tireless crusading for the students of Lynn has always been inspiring for me. I can only hope to be as half the advocate for parent and student's rights as she has been.

FOLLOWING GEORGE THROUGH THE JUNGLE

I was thrilled tonight to finally meet GEORGE MIMETEAS, CANDIDATE FOR WARD 3 who is a fellow TRUTH TO LIGHT warrior.It was refreshing to tal with someone who likes to see through the spin.

FULL DISCLOSURE = He gave Me and TRIPPY a ride home tonight from RICK FORD"S campaign kickoff.

THE BEST OF BILLY

Glad to have the opportunity to meet up with William Trahant, retiring (at least temporarily) WARD 2 COUNCILOR. Told im what a lasting memory he made for my daughter ASIAH when her photograph with him for the FIRST Lynn Youth Council made the front page of the Item.He laughed and said that he still thinks he has that picture in his office.

A NOD TO NATASHA

Though we have clearly had on the role CHARTER SCHOOLS play in public education, I have never doubted the sincerity of her wanting what she perceives as best for the students of LYNN. That;s why it is a great honor to be competing with NATASHA MEGIE-MADDREY for one of the six seats on the LYNN SCHOOL COMMITTEE.

THE PAYOFF OF PERSISTENCE

Loved meeting with BRIAN CASTELLANO, a fellow candidate for LYNN SCHOOL COMMITTEE tonight at RICK FORD, CANDIDATE FOR COUNCILOR-AT-LARGE'S campaign kickoff event. Brian has a great story of human persistence and I hope for the honor of working with him in the future.

READING THE AUDIENCE

Met with BRIAN FIELD. CANDIDATE FOR COUNSELOR-AT-LARGE at tonight's Campaign kickoff for RICK FORD'S bid for one of the COUNCILOR-AT-LARGE positions. The fact BRIAN played such a key role in the last voting in which the tax overide was defeated indicates he has his fingers on the pulse of the community. Always wanting to learn.

THE OTHER RICK




Great to meet tonight  at RICK FORD, CANDIDATE FOR COUNCILOR-AT-LARGE'S FUNDRAISER with RICK STARBARD, a candidate for WARD 2 Councilor and a former LYNN SCHOOL COMMITTEE member. Have always found Rick full of powerful insights and usually good for a ride home on most nights.

Monday, June 12, 2017

SLUSH GOES THE FUND

Everybody loves the new MARSHALL school now. It's a modern, state of the art educational facility. While seemingly to have  not done enough to solve our overcrowding problem imagine if you will if it had not been built. Yea maybe we should all agree now it was a good idea that we bonded $92 million for it. You know they say hindsight is 20/20.

Then again maybe we need to look back through some corrective lenses. What role does the servicing of that debt in the city's current financial crisis? Don't forget an extra $4 million or so was added onto that bond to pay for the demolition of that supposedly inhabitable school. Now I thought I heard yalk about the possibility of selling it to a potential private developer and if so what happens to the money supposedly set aside for its demolition?

Could the money we are paying to service this debt have allowed us to release some of the pressure on the tightening of our public service budgets? There are no easy answers but we got to ask probing questions to get the best answers.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

TIME FOR REBIRTH

I have offended my fair share of people with this blog and for that I am sorry, not sorry. My constant overwhelming mission was to enlighten, inform and generally get the attention of educators, elected officials, and parents everywhere to the important issues surrounding our schools. I figured the administrators and elected leaders were big enough to risk getting their feelings hurt in order to insure that proper attention and due diligence was being carried out. Well after much reflection and consultation with my kids and a few others, I have tried to turn over a new leaf and make a serious attempt this time at getting elected to the school committee.

I am still poor, disabled, and able to turn a phrase. What is different is I feel the need to share my unique perspective and insight into what looks to be an increasingly troublesome outlook for public education, all manners of education for that matter. Consequently I've decided to get serious in my delivery of my goals for a better education. I hope they are yours as well!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

STEPPING FORWARD BY STEPPING OUT

Glad to have a chance to talk with Drew Russo of the LYNN MUSEUM the other night. The LYNN MUSEUM has wsorks closely with the LYNN PUBLIC SCHOOLS providing the possibility of enhanced learning and promoting a sense of community ownership.

It is the leveraging of community resources that will provide SMART GROWTH for our cash strapped educational system. Thank you Drew for your leadership in this area.

RESULTS ORIENTED



As Taso Nilolalakopoulos, Candidate for Councilor-At-Large pointed out in his remarks the other night, the city of Lynn has an obligation to appropriately educate 100% of our students not just the minority that go on to college. A majority of the city budget goes to the schools and it is in our future's best interest to make sure that we provide a variety of pathways that our students can achieve success. Since he is a owner of the popular JOHN'S ROAST BEEF and a former president of LYNN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, I look forward to picking his brain over the course of the campaign to develop innovative approaches to solving our problems.

Friday, June 9, 2017

LET ME BE YOUR VOICE

I am just a poor parent with no money only words but a willingness to use them.


STAN WOTRING, CANDIDATE FOR LYNN SCHOOL COMMITTEE

THE TRUTH OF THE ART

GOOD LISTENING IS MORE THAN JUST HEARING WORDS BUT KNOWING WHAT THEY'RE SAYING.

LOOK FOR POWER IN TRUTH!

Okay maybe I wasn't the FIRST but I would bet I was in the first dozen. Anyway I believe I can safely say I was the MOST vocal on the need to investigate the NET SCHOOL SPENDING crisis which is at the center of the city of LYNN'S precarious financial position. I have always pushed the need for transparency for intelligent decision making. I strongly ask for one of your six votes in the upcoming election. Now I just got to get enough signatures to get on the ballot!

I'M NOT WORRIED, I HAVE TWO SECRET WEAPONS, MY NEWLY GRADUATED KIDS, TRIPPY AND ASIAH.

STAN WOTRING, CANDIDATE FOR LYNN SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

ANOTHER RUN? THIS COULD BE SERIOUS

You know I was really planning to ride off into the sunset. My kids graduate this year and I was kind of looking forward to writing poetry and reading philosophy. Both kids are going to college, they'll be involved with a new more grown up life and I would get to sit back and reflect maybe even finish my autobiography. Ha ha, I always tell people I've lived an eventful life.

Unfortunately a dark cloud of impending devastation looms over the school system and some people have pushed me to run for SCHOOL COMMITTEE and stressed that I may be the best person to point out these dangers so we can avoid them in order to avoid falling further behind. Of course there is the added reason Trippy threatened me if I didn't run he was going to pull papers and run himself. Ha ha, he needs to devote his attention to being a freshman at Salem State.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

PAC IS WHERE YOU PUSH

Tomorrow @ 6 pm in the Lynn Public Schools Administration building at 100 Bennett Street we are having the next to the last PAC meeting of the school year. A call goes out to the parents of all the SPED parents in LPS for a monthly reminder.

This will in fact be the last meeting I attend as a parent of an LPS student since Trippy graduates June 1 and has been accepted into Salem State College. I has been a long ride but if you stay involved the system works.

Friday, April 28, 2017

NO FACE, NO GUILT



A spotlight on the shadows
Only makes sure the anger grows.

The population sought to protect
Highlighted to object.

Maybe born good of good intentions
Providing questionable preventions.

HEY LOOK OVER HERE.. . .

City seeking student sanctuary
 City seeking student sanctuary

 I am sure the symbolism makes some people sleep a little easier. I'm all for that. In fact I even had a wife once, the first one, who thought sleeping should be an Olympic sport.

BUT. . .,

you know what is also a symbol? A flashing light to identify danger up ahead or the screaming sound of a smoke detector to alert you of a possible fire.

In LPS's case we have the MAYOR going around on national TV, newspapers, or anyone who will listen to blame all our problems on refugees (unaccompanied minors) and questioning their legal status. Anything to attract the attention of, I don't know,ICE agents.

IT JUST SEEMS KIND OF HYPOCRITICAL TO ME.

SATTERWHITE-NEW BLOOD FOR THE FIGHT

7 hrs ·
My name is Michael Anthony Satterwhite. I am a long time Lynn resident and I am running for Lynn School Committee.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DECODING


Police and fire chiefs ask for more resources

 It appears the MAYOR is again blaming the school
Clearly playing the citizens for fools.

 In growth are city is not alone
 Still answers others have shown.

No one has as large of a problem with school spending net
As our city always seems to get.

She advocates changing NSS how the do calculate
So teachers would become irate

And LPS's budget bear the burden of the brunt
See crying foul is no more than a publicity stunt

Either way the city will lose
It's just who to layoff you choose.






THE POLITICS OF THE APOLOGY



Mother to mayor: Your comment was hurtful

To reassure the public a statement was given
Only turns out it's not how we're livin'.

To explain the brazen attacks
Required the use of alternative facts.

In an attempt for political cover
Sacrificing the grief of a mother.

Sorrow may be expressed,
The sincerity to be guessed.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

THE LANGUAGE OF LEARNING-LITE

THE LANGUAGE OF LEARNING-LITE | IT'S HEALTHY FOR YOU TO EAT FOOD THAT GROWS I LIKE THAT WE'RE HELPING NATURE | image tagged in garden,learning,school,lite | made w/ Imgflip meme maker

REWRITING HISTORY LESSON

REWRITING HISTORY LESSON | "SALAD DAYS" AREN'T MUCH OF A SUBSTITUTE FOR AN EMPTY GARDEN | image tagged in garden,earth day,school | made w/ Imgflip meme maker

THE DAY THE EARTH WAS SCORCHED



The choking smell of exhaust
Has replaced the odor
Of award-winning vegetables
Growing on the asphalt.

The humming of the diesel engines
Drowned out the not
So silent protests destined
For ears unprepared to hear.

Days of salad off in the distance
As if history had not been remembered
And could be rewritten, resurrected
In order to stroke swollen egos.

WHAT IS THE EARTH WORTH?


 Salad days ahead for Ford School

This nice considering what they once had there (NOT)!

Friday, April 21, 2017

NO FORM FOR THE NEW NORM



When the mayor and others say that crime is like a stumbling block and say that this isn’t Lynn — as if we aren’t Lynn. This is where we live, this is our community. Those statements sounded like Lenny and his friend deserved what they got because they might have known these people.”
 
It's all in who you know
For respect some to show.

Says more about them than you
Cause respect for life no clue.

A position without shame
When the victim you choose to blame.

MAKE WAY FOR O'SHEA



Election fight looms in Lynn’s Ward 1


Now I usually don't like lawyers as a rule
But to ignore the obvious would make a fool.

Turns out there's a candidate in my ward
Against costs we cannot afford.

He asks questions that I have asked
On the costs we are tasked.

The answers may be at the state not the city
Still not to raise them would be a pity.

SCHOOLS WILL BE A KEY ISSUE IN THIS COUNCIL RACE

Election fight looms in Lynn’s Ward 1

Election fight looms in Lynn’s Ward 1

BULLDOGS LOOKING FOR SOME BOUNCE

Anderson chosen as new English basketball coach

Anderson chosen as new English basketball coach

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A POLITICAL PARTY

JUN7
Campaign Kickoff
Public
· Hosted by Jared Nicholson

NO TIME TO HIDE



 


Calling the violence RANDOM to make me feel better only makes it worse
When it comes time for re-election this will  be your curse.

For danger that comes without prepare
Leads to constant need to beware.

Trying to shift the blame
Always brings more shame.

As long as responsibility you abdicate
The violence will only escalate.


Monday, April 17, 2017

FARMING THE FUTURE?

HORIZON HAPPENINGS






Reach out to your Senators and Congresspersons to Protect the Multiple programs that Support Community Schools
President Trump's proposed budget for FY 2018 eliminates or severely cuts many programs that support youth and families and community schools. We must stand together against these cuts.Take action here 
Of particular concern to us is the proposed elimination of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which at $1.1 billion provides core funding for after-school programs and community schools. The Full-Service Community Schools program at $10 million is also at-risk, as is Promise Neighborhoods and Title IV Part A, the new program in ESSA authorized at $1.6 billion that can be used to implement community schools.
Several other programs inside and outside the Department of Education are proposed for elimination, including:
  • Title II-A ($2.1 billion) which provides professional development for educators
  • Corporation for National Service that funds Americorps programs, a majority of which are located in schools ($1 billion)
  • the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which supports housing, community facilities, economic development, and social service projects, mainly for low- and moderate-income residents ($3 billion); and
  • the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), which provides anti-poverty services through local non-profit and public agencies ($714 million).
 Taken together, these proposed cuts would be devastating for youth, families and communities who access these programs and supports and that are shown to be effective. We need to tell Congress that this budget is absolutely unacceptable. And we need to protect these programs for the remainder of FY 2017 with the vote Congress will take by April 28 on the final FY 2017 budget.
We are partnering with the Afterschool Alliance on their outreach platform. Take action here to call on Congress to maintain or increase funding for these programs to ensure our young people and their families and communities can continue to learn and thrive.
We encourage you to take a step further and take other actions to reinforce the message:
1)      Call your Senators and Congressperson and urge them not to cut these programs
2)      Join with other advocates for youth and families in your community and state and advocate to your members of Congress together
3)      Visit the district offices of your members of Congress to share this message in-person (or call them)
4)      To advocate more for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, follow the Afterschool Alliance and share their messages
 
Thank you in advance for taking a stand for the youth and families in your community and for community schools.
Sincerely,


 
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THE ROOT

Double shooting in Central Square

Shots fired
Yet no one heard.

When history has no ears
We repeat the absurd.

Curse the present, blame the fast
All  in an effort to get the last word.

CITY OF SIN WHERE TO BEGIN

 

 Treat the cause not the effect
Symptoms just manifestations of neglect.

The answers found at the root
Otherwise treatment is mute.

Fighting to find who to blame
When there's no shortage of shame

For history to share.

THE ART OF THE AUDIT



Cuts to public safety, easy to blame the Mayor
Finding the money, I know not where.

Everybody cries when their budget's cut
And blames others for waste and glut.

Truth is the problems been long term
Avoid the choices, avoid the squirm.

Sacrifice the cause to treat the effect
Remember that when time to elect.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

HITTING THE LOTTERY

THE FASHION OF PROTECTION

THE FASHION OF PROTECTION | SCHOOLWIDE UNIFORM POLICY ENACTED HAZMAT SUITS FOR EVERYONE | image tagged in school,hazmat,asbestoes,environmental protection agency | made w/ Imgflip meme maker

FIDUCIARY FANTASY

ALL OF THE CITY'S FINANCIAL PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED I HAVE THE MAPS FOR THE LOST PIRATE TREASURE AT DUNGEON ROCK | made w/ Imgflip meme maker

FASHION FORECAST


 Uniform program gets a green light

Every since I've been manning the WATCH I think every year LSC member MARIA CARRASCO puts forth such a proposal. With the addition of JARED NICHOLSON to the LSC iit appears that there is now the political will to enact the trial quasi-policy.

Since the trials are going to be at ABORN and CALLAHAN it will be interesting to see the probability of success. I wonder what went into the thinking of those two choices. I really have no idea since I haven't been hanging around the meetings.

I could make a good argument on both sides of this issue. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

TWO TICKETS TO FANTASY ISLAND

TWO TICKETS TO FANTASY ISLAND | I CAN GUA-RAN-TEE THE LAYOFF NOTICES WON'T BE PINK | image tagged in mayor,budget,defecit,layoffs,pink slip | made w/ Imgflip meme maker

PROOF THAT UNICORNS ARE REAL


 Mayor Kennedy: Layoffs aren’t guaranteed