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Here’s The Scoop …. The Next Chapter ….

TURNING THE PAGE …. AND EXPANDING MY SITES….. (pun intended)…

Dear Readers… One night months ago I walked into a Unite Our Town meeting as a guest of this organization which seemed to be growing by leaps and bounds…I found a warm and welcoming group of people who were at one time old political foes … fairly recent partners in working to get the town back from the Mc-Furth-Colon “Gang”….and new acquaintances …Hardly what I imagined after  winning with the new majority in January 2008 as the CIC Vice Chair!…

I stood in front of this “opposition” organization far at the other end of town from where I stood two years prior and spoke of what brought me to their meeting…I told them what Avid Readers already knew…I was hoodwinked and I was not privy to a secret agenda being orchestrated…… I helped to elect a new majority that was going to unify the town…be fiscally responsible and openly transparent…I had put my neck out and helped them in winning big in Sea Ranch Club…by offering my neighbors the laundry list I stated above and more…In short order time however …I was walking among my friends and neighbors with my head hung low…offering apologies for the reality that transpired…commissioner cell phones…commissioner insurance and a $2 million dollar crappy hotel purchased for a public safety building  all done without batting an eyelash!…

I had already begun my new site…and proceeded to get down to business…to make it my mission to get the facts out …to rectify what I helped to create…I finished up by telling them I had a plan…That plan was to get the new majority out of office and get the Town back on track…so I could go to Chicago and help my daughter with caring for her first child so that she could finish her PhD…The people in the room that night were excited…receptive and hopeful ….. They could not know what was behind those words thus far…

Never could I have imagined as I began to post on my site that each event…each discovery would connect to the next the way they all did…I could not have dared to believe that so many people would be in the right place at the right time to assist in offering up information…with someone else then coming into place like a well choreographed dance leading the way to take that information forward with knowledge…expertise…connections and answers… It happened over and over again…Contacts grew inside and outside of organizations with people who knew they were protected from being found out and were willing to take chances to right what was wrong in the town from the new majority on the commission…the Town Administration and their stranglehold over us all!… I could not have fathomed how the internet worked with Google alerts…and tags…and how they would supply those with expertize in so many areas…fire departments and their procedures… Town management…budgets…finance…procurements…and so much more to contact me…….I am deeply indebted to those who possessed the background materials for bringing to light the truth on the Town Manager’s contract…the audit contract… the pavilion… and so much more ….It made it possible to fight the improper assertions being made … It was awe inspiring….

Incredibly it accelerated last summer (terminating Chief Gooding) as we moved closer to the time of the 2010 municipal election with the blatant disregard shown by the perpetrators …But as they grew more brazen…new people who were ready, willing and able to step up to the plate seemed to keeping growing in numbers as well…These wonderful town residents showed strength and commitment that brought out even more long kept Town secrets to the people…and the people were paying attention…The majority on the commission…the administration and their ever shrinking CIC supporters ….remained in their “bubble” ….They made the decision to go  all out with full out Furth- led Fear-mongering….culminating in a last week of campaigning that will certainly go down as the worst I for one have ever seen in LBTS  politics…(prev. posts)…But again, thanks to my “team”… and with their assistance……this site was able to counter and counter we did…. with the facts… Counter we did with three fine upstanding candidates who ran a clean campaign that was just first rate!…They were always one step ahead in organization…They were way ahead on substance, character and ideals…And in the end…it all came together on Tuesday March 9, 2010 ….as the voters mailed in their absentee ballots…and voters came out and voted in Minnet/Sasser and Vincent!… The Sentinel called it a “A triumph”…and said Silverstone/Evans/ Couriel were “trounced”… Yes they were!….By a landslide!… It was a mandate!… It was more than this writer could ever have dreamed of as I began to take them on…as I stood in front of Unite Our Town…as I waited for the results at Athena By The Sea!….

Yesterday, after the celebration (prev. posts)…I was inundated with calls…texts…and e-mails from so many…and among the many were those who assisted all along the way!…The voters/taxpayers/residents/businesses of LBTS may never know some of you by name …but you all know as I do…what a team effort this has been and it could never have been accomplished without all of you “the dots”….connecting all the way ….to the victory of Tuesday night!…Kudos!….

The “next chapter” will officially begin in LBTS on March 15, 2010 in Jarvis Hall at 7 pm…(public is welcome)…with the swearing in of Mayor Roseann Minnet…Commissioner Scot Sasser and Commissioner Chris Vincent…

For this writer the “next chapter” will begin on March 19, 2010 with  an extended stay in Chicago …with a soon to arrive new granddaughter and with a new site (as you can see!) ……”Barbaracolewrites.com” ….”The Chief Blogger”……will remain “Barbaracolebythesea.com” …All three domain names coming together…(all links lead to the same site/ link to heresthescoop.com remains as well)…) with continuing coverage of LBTS and much, much more…with plenty of assistance from the “team” behind the scenes…Roving Reporters…Roving Photogs…and of course you, the  “Avid Readers”…now that LBTS in good hands with our newly elected commission!… My Mission has been accomplished!…

You know what come next….

more to come….

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