Fitchburg police say city needs more cops in new billboard
The Fitchburg Police Union, frustrated with a dearth of new hires over the past six years, has erected a billboard on a Water Street building asking the public to support the Police Department with their votes in the election this fall.
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#1 Oct 16, 2013
85% of the additional calls have been traced to some nut living on Cedar St. complaining about a BLUE LIGHT.
#2 Oct 16, 2013
That's funny.'911 what's the emergency?'.
Looney..'That black pickup is parked nextdoor again, I think it may be a hitman!'.
911..'How many times do we have to tell you that is just your neighbors truck and nobody is after you.'.
Looney..'So you're in on the hit too you coward!'.
911..'Please just stop calling.'.
Loon...'While I have you on the phone maybe you can help me because I can't find my sunglasses.'.
#3 Oct 16, 2013
We should build a police sub station on Cedar Street. We can do it with all the new tax money Lynch is going create with his fantastic plan. He's an expert in economic development and also a good listener.
#4 Oct 16, 2013
I have been calling for additional police since the 2011 election in which Mayor Wong stated that we do not need more police.
We need more police on second and third shift and more detectives. There is a very serious gang situation within Fitchburg.
Our police force should be equipped with the tools that they need.
We need to use the Mayors position to demand that the DA appear at a city wide public safety meeting.
I say we need more police but less time off. This the union will not like but we need to renegotiate the contract as for the past six years the City council has rubber stamped all contracts without any demands for negotiation.
#5 Oct 16, 2013
I need a body guard,everyone hates me
#6 Oct 16, 2013
3 plead guilty in S. Boston beating death
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
May 18, 1993 | Doris Sue Wong, Globe Staff | Copyright
Three men accused in the clubbing and spearing death of Andrew S. McDonough last summer pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday to manslaughter.
Judge Robert Banks ordered Jason D. Clifford, 21, of Dorchester to serve 7 to 15 years, and Kevin Lynch, 23, of South Boston to serve 6 to 15 years in the state prison in Walpole; and Brian Lynch, 20, of South Boston to serve 20 years in the state prison in Concord.
Clifford will be eligible for parole in about five years, Kevin Lynch in about four, and Brian Lynch in about two years.
Assistant District Attorney Mary K. Ames said McDonough, 23, of South Boston left a family birthday party on June 13
People poured out of 113 L Street, including the defendant, Tara Costello, Patrick Walsh, Kevin Lynch, Jason D. Clifford and others.  On their way out, several people attending the party grabbed golf clubs from a golf bag that was being used to prop open the front door of the house.
Outside, fistfights broke out among several people. The victim became separated from all of his friends except Theresa White. Several members of the group from 113 L Street approached and surrounded the victim, attacking him in concert. The attackers struck the victim with golf clubs. The defendants struck the victim on the back of the head with a golf club, knocking him to the ground. The defendants then jabbed the victim repeatedly with the jagged end of a broken golf club, and used it as a spear, impaling the victim with it. Other individuals also struck and kicked the victim as he lay on the ground, pleading for them to stop. The attack lasted for several minutes, at which point the attackers ran back into 113 L Street, leaving the victim motionless on the ground. The victim died as a result of the injuries.
#7 Oct 17, 2013
You have been calling for additional police?
Who are You?
#8 Oct 17, 2013
I am a victim of the police they framed me for killing a man with my nine iron then they refused to bring me a pizza when I called 911.
I'm gonna be there boss when I wins the election I write business plans I am smart
I am a victim of the good old boy corruption yeah that's right I attacked a cop and he knock my block off
I am the smartest person in this here city
#9 Oct 17, 2013
Go tell the DA now ! He works as an EMT for Medstar Ambulance in Fitchburg once a week.
#10 Oct 17, 2013
Extra extra,Jtn has officially retired from posting. We will miss you gal.
#11 Oct 17, 2013
#12 Oct 18, 2013
I have solved your problem using some simple math:
1) The average workweek in the US is 40 hours. And, there are 52 weeks in a year. 40 hours muliplied by 52 weeks equals 2080 hours a year.(one headcount).
2) We all know that each and every cop on Fburg's police force averages 56 paid days off per year; not counting paid holidays (clearly, an insane amount of paid days off per year and clearly out of touch with reality).
3) If each and every cop on the force had their total paid days off (not counting piad holidays) reduced to a reasonable average of 25 days off per year; we would gain 31 days off per officer. And, 31 days multiplied by 8 hours per day equals 248 hours a year saved per officer.
4) You state that there are 72 uniformed officers currently on the force. So, 72 officers each losing 248 hours per year would equal a net gain of 17,856 hours per year.
5) If we divide the 17,856 hours gained by 2080 hours per year per officer; we can see that Fitchburg would gain 8.5 officers.
So, Garcia, the answer to your problems is very simple. Stop the insane practice of giving each of your lawmen 56 paid days per year (again, not counting paid holidays) and bring the department down to reality. I strongly feel that an average of 25 paid days off per year, per officer (again, not counting paid holidays) is still very generous in today's economy.
In closing, stop bilking us Taxpayers Garcia. And, stop your whining about being understaffed. Needless to say, if every business in the US suddenly gave each of their employees 56 paid days off per year, plus paid holidays, they would be understaffed as well. But, this does not happen in the business world because every business would be forced into bankruptcy if they but into place such an unrealistic program.
Garcia Baby, I would be happy to walk you though the numbers above if you are struggling with any of this.
#13 Oct 18, 2013
Your job must really suck if you're jealous of the cops.
#14 Oct 18, 2013
Fitchburg is a crappy place to live unless you are a prostitute or junkie. The Mayor could give a rats behind about business and they are all headed Leominsters way. Unless you own a building in this shitz hole you are looking for an exit strategy. The guy that sank millions in Riverside commons on River street is totally screwed. He will take it hard on that one. Other developers will learn from his mistake. Someone sold him a bill of goods that grant money would bring Fitchburg back. Not with this Mayor, she is looking to sink the ship so se can say what a great job she did putting money in the bank. That's like not putting a dime in home repairs and expecting it to be worth what the neighbors house is. Dump Wong.
#15 Oct 18, 2013
City councilors have down this to Fitchburg. Instead of renegotiating the contract they rubber stamped it. 56 days off a year. Now the majority of these days off are not used as the city then will buy them back as you see in the budget.
After consecutive years of this continued buyback of this time the days off should be cut back within the contract. This money could then be appropriately used for more officers.
#16 Oct 18, 2013
You have nailed it right on the head. Businesses are moving to Leominster at a high rate and after the recent backbone breaking tax increase they are going to speed up leaving Fitchburg.
Not just riverside commons as Simmonds is struggling as well. It is a mess.
I just proposed for the city of Fitchburg to cut its business tax rate down from its current $27 per thousand to $17 per thousand and they barred me from a facebook page. This sort of controlled speech is what Fitchburg has accomplished for decades with the same individuals at the helm.
We need to revamp Fitchburg in order to make it a safer and better place to live and do business.
The tax decrease that I proposed is at a good time as our business tax base is 18% of the tax revenue base which minimizes the potential revenue shortfall. The shortfall would be 2.1 Million out of the 105 million dollar city budget. We have over 5 million in a stabilization fund that could secure this tax decrease which I strongly feel will secure itself when we market the new rate along with other incentives for businesses.
Along with this tax decrease I proposed that the city allow its businesses to join their electric supplier rate plan which is NOT Unitil. And the city could also lower the water and sewer rates for businesses in the blink of an eye.
This is what a marketing /economic manager would suggest. Nothing will change if we do not compete with Leominster. There tax rate is $17.86 so we need to go in lower due to the fact they have better highway access.
Instead of working our city council rubber stamps budgets and tax increases. Enough already!
I also proposed a tax credit for our elder citizens and disabled as well as a water and sewer rollback of rates for them. We have strangled our elders and disabled disposable incomes.
At present we have over 1,200 vacant homes in Fitchburg that have the potential if filled to bring in 4 million in tax revenue for the city. CDBG funding is commonly used to assist such marketing efforts but under this Mayor this funding has been used for normal budget item expenses so she could save the 5 million in the bank.
The last $500,000 was thrown into this stabilization account just for milestone purposes! As the agency that evaluates our credit rating stated that our credit rating will not go up in at least two more years. In other words at a time when people question where the revenue is going to be made up if we give elder and handicap tax credits they are rubber stamping a $500,000 deposit that is for a "milestone " purpose!
At present and the state reimburses out of the 45 Million tax revenue the city gives back a total of $5,000 to our elders in tax credits!!! This is horrid and the elders should stand up in force to demand change!!!!
#17 Oct 18, 2013
Ummmmmm Lynch of course you want to pass more money for the disabled. In your demented world that will give you an instant raise.
#18 Oct 18, 2013
So now your name is "snitch boy?" What happened to "Peaches?" What happened to "Andrew?"
You are the demented one my friend! The FBI should be concerned with your identity.
We have droopy who most likely possess child porn on his computer which the FBI should look into!!
#19 Oct 18, 2013
JTN, are you from Shirley? Do you know what became of the City manager who was arrested for secretly videoing his female co-workers in their bathroom?
He was the friend of the Chief over there.
#20 Oct 18, 2013
16 is the legal age of consent. Sorry no pictures under the age of 18. That is a law.
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