NH Power Broker endorses School Board Candidate

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Mr. Rich Evans, The Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Pacemaker Steel and Piping Company and well known New Hartford Power Broker and NH Library Trustee, has endorsed, on behalf of the NH Board of Education, Mr. Drew Ward, esq, for re-election to the BOE.

Mr. Evans is well known as a mover and shaker in the Town of New Hartford. His standing is of such a high caliber that the NH Board of Education asked him to be their spokesman in order to pass on their endorsement of Mr. Ward, esq.

All of New Hartford have held their breath, awaiting anxiously to see to whom the great Mr. Evans would throw his support behind. Now that he has endorsed, Mr Ward, esq, the entire town can rest easy. Please New Hartford, don't forget to vote on May 21st, for Mr. Drew Ward, Esq, for Board of Education. Mr. Rich Evans has spoken.

For the endorsement letter please see here:
http://newhartfordnyonline.blogspot.com/

For the OD: Please put on a press release soonest!
what the heck

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May 14, 2013
 
Mr. Ward seems like a stand up guy. Why would he want an endorsement from a shady group like the Library Trustees? If I recall correctly, Rich Evans is the Vice President of the NH Library Board. What does the Library Trustees have to do with the School Board. Oh well only in New Hartford!
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May 14, 2013
 
Don't know who is going to win but I see a lot of Ed Flema for Board of education signs around town. perhaps Drew Ward is getting worried and now needs the help of the Library gang.
What a mess

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May 14, 2013
 
Ok. Let me see if I can untangle this whole mess.

Last year, Bob Nole NH School Superintent in conjunction with Board of Education President Drew Ward successfully conspired for the School to purchase real estate owned by PTA President and Library Trustee President Linda Romano.

In turn this year, Linda Romano's flunky and Vice President on the Library Board Rich Evans, sends out a letter endorsing Board of Education Drew Ward's re-election campaign. A little Quid-Pro-Quo right???

What a mess. How can a town of 20,000 like New Hartford have such a incestuousness web. You would think we are in Mayberry RFA or a third world country.
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May 15, 2013
 
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Just a NH resident

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So who owns the library anyway????
Rich qid pro quo

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Here's more: NH Power Broker Rich Evans works for the father of Library Trustee President and PTSA Linda Romano. Romano and Evans as Library Trustees are also part owners of the so called New Hartford Public Library.

As for Mr Flema being appointed to the Library Board of Trustees you can thank the NH Town Board for that. the appointed him by unanimous vote. New Hartford Power Broker Rich Evans was over heard at a Library Board meeting saying he would contact the NH Town supervisor to ensure Rich's hand picked candidate would be appointed to the library board. Unfortunately for Power Broker Rich, his hand picked candidate didn't even come up for vote.
Its up in the air

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I dont know who will win ,but Mr. Flemma seems like a great guy who really cares.I believe he is from New Hartford.Besides, as a woman I think he's hot. Reminds me of George Clooney or Sean Hannity.The other candidate ...not so much.
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Beth Soggs, the New Hartford School Board member is using her Facebook to slander a Board of Education candidate? I'm really shocked. I thought Beth was one of the good guys here in new Hartford. Why is she going into the muck?
stop the silliness

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In the OD today a Library Trustee resigned and blamed fellow trustee Ed Waitr. What this group needs is adult supervision. What silliness. What an embarrassment to the town.
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I have a picture of three school employees installing the camera device to the left of the entrance door. Pictures and people are worth a thousand word, especially when you just are leaving the Athleic COmmittee Meeting held in the Bradley library. This meeting finished around 7.30 p.m. And someone was videotaping. This person videotaped the three school workers installing the device.
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May 16, 2013
 
Low as you can go wrote:
<quoted text>Beth Soggs is a Board member. What is she doing sticking her nose in a campaign? It's unprofessional to say the least. Beth Soggs liabled Mr. Flemma on at least two occasions on her facebook page. I read it. I was at a PTA meeting and found nothing untrue about anything Mr. Flemma said. And, what do you know about Autism? Recovery is possible and if Mr. Flemma has dedicated his life to "fixing it" in his child then who are you to say a anything about it. You bring his family and child into a school board election that pays nothing? You people, like Beth Soggs, are the lowest form of slime. Get a life.
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I was at 2 PTA meetings at two different schools in NH and he said it at both. Ask him. How do I know about autism? Not only do I have an autistic nephew, I work in an autistic classroom. And I did not bring his family or child into a school board election. Mr. Flemma did.
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May 16, 2013
 
not slandering wrote:
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Mrs. Soggs was not slandering Mr. Flemma. She was correcting the wrong information that he presented at achool PTA meetings. Also at the PTA meetings, he stated that he was a graduate of NH which is true. He moved south and he and his wife have a little boy that is autistic. He stated that he moved back to NH to fix his son. You don't "fix" autism. The parents at the meeting had to pick their chins up off of the floor. Everything he stated at the meetings regarding building safety was false.
Why are members of the Board of Education(Beth Soggs)getting involved with the Library Board of Trustees and why are the Library Board Trustees (Rich Evans) getting involved with the Board of Education?? The list of addressees on Rich Evan's email endorsing Drew Ward on behalf of the Board of Education gives us a clue: its chock full of a "Who's who" of New Hartford politics including leading members of both the Republican and Democratic parties. The truth is there is just one political party in New Hartford: The Friends and Family party.

The party platform:
- Bring local notoriety to its members as upstanding members of the community
- Ensure that taxpayer dollars continue to flow at ever increasing quantities to ensure funding for member's pet projects
- Protect and close ranks with each other in order to ensure the first two objectives are met.
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May 16, 2013
 
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I was at 2 PTA meetings at two different schools in NH and he said it at both. Ask him. How do I know about autism? Not only do I have an autistic nephew, I work in an autistic classroom. And I did not bring his family or child into a school board election. Mr. Flemma did.
If you work in an "Autistic classroom" and don't believe that kids can get off the spectrum then you're in the wrong business. It can be done. So what if he said "to fix it" twice? And what does that have to do with an election? For you to keep on about it makes you look like you have an agenda of smear just like Beth Soggs. I expect we'll see more of your true colors soon. Lay off the kids sicko.
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May 16, 2013
 
Athletic Cmte Attendee wrote:
I have a picture of three school employees installing the camera device to the left of the entrance door. Pictures and people are worth a thousand word, especially when you just are leaving the Athleic COmmittee Meeting held in the Bradley library. This meeting finished around 7.30 p.m. And someone was videotaping. This person videotaped the three school workers installing the device.
And there you have it. The flyer we received recently from the school said that camera was installed "as of January 2013". In fact it was installed the same day we received the flyer. Who's lying now Beth? Not Mr. Flemma. What else did the flyer lie about? The flyer also says to call " Pete Alvanos, Safety Coordinator" with any questions. How about anybody can come in have free run of a school during meetings and events after hours. There's no monitors, no security at the door although the flyer does state that "custodians have been trained" to observe any suspicious items during their "sweep".The PTA meeting I went to allowed me to just walk in the front door and walk around wherever I wanted to just like Mr. Flemma pointed out at the meeting and no custodian was to be seen either. What a joke. My kids deserve better.
Where are your priorities

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May 16, 2013
 
Dear Not Slandering,

If you attended two PTA meetings and the only thing you got out of them was that Mr. Flemma referred to moving back to this area in order to "fix" his autistic son, then you totally missed the point. The only reason Mr. Flemma mentioned that his son was autistic was to praise the autistic programs and the help his family received at the Promise Program and NH Elementary School. His family thanks God everyday and the teachers who work at these programs for the help they have provided. And, yes his son has improved by leaps and bounds. Mr. Flemma knows first hand that autism can not be "fixed", but thankfully for some children when caught early enough improvement can be made. His son is a great little boy and does not have any idea that he is autistic.

If you work in an autistic lass room and do not believe that people with autism can improve, then you need to get another job.

Shame on you!

By the way you should check your facts before you start spewing off, it makes you sound ignorant.
not slandering

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May 16, 2013
 
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Dear Not Slandering,

If you attended two PTA meetings and the only thing you got out of them was that Mr. Flemma referred to moving back to this area in order to "fix" his autistic son, then you totally missed the point. The only reason Mr. Flemma mentioned that his son was autistic was to praise the autistic programs and the help his family received at the Promise Program and NH Elementary School. His family thanks God everyday and the teachers who work at these programs for the help they have provided. And, yes his son has improved by leaps and bounds. Mr. Flemma knows first hand that autism can not be "fixed", but thankfully for some children when caught early enough improvement can be made. His son is a great little boy and does not have any idea that he is autistic.

If you work in an autistic lass room and do not believe that people with autism can improve, then you need to get another job.

Shame on you!

By the way you should check your facts before you start spewing off, it makes you sound ignorant.
Excuse me, but I never said that autistic children can't improve. And I know Mr. Flemma's little boy and I agree with what you said. He is a sweetheart. I do not work in the NH program, but at a program elsewhere. If Mr. Flemma knows that autism can not be "fixed", then he should have not have used that term. That made HIM sound ignorant, and trust me, he lost a lot of votes that he may have had. I actually like Mr. Flemma, but after the false things he stated, obviously I won't vote for him. And yes, I realize that you don't care. Good luck to Mr. Flemma and if he is elected, then I hope he does a wonderful job on the BOE.
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Athletic Cmte Attendee wrote:
I have a picture of three school employees installing the camera device to the left of the entrance door. Pictures and people are worth a thousand word, especially when you just are leaving the Athleic COmmittee Meeting held in the Bradley library. This meeting finished around 7.30 p.m. And someone was videotaping. This person videotaped the three school workers installing the device.
When did you take this picture?
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Low as you can go wrote:
<quoted text>And there you have it. The flyer we received recently from the school said that camera was installed "as of January 2013". In fact it was installed the same day we received the flyer. Who's lying now Beth? Not Mr. Flemma. What else did the flyer lie about? The flyer also says to call " Pete Alvanos, Safety Coordinator" with any questions. How about anybody can come in have free run of a school during meetings and events after hours. There's no monitors, no security at the door although the flyer does state that "custodians have been trained" to observe any suspicious items during their "sweep".The PTA meeting I went to allowed me to just walk in the front door and walk around wherever I wanted to just like Mr. Flemma pointed out at the meeting and no custodian was to be seen either. What a joke. My kids deserve better.
Do you have any idea how much money it would cost to have security in every building at the doors that are open for meetings? Yes, I realize we pay taxes, however teachers or programs may h e to be cut to make up for this expense. And yes, you can't put a price on our children's lives. Trust me..I want my children safe too. The custodians do a complete sweep of each building, each morning.

It's sad and scary to say, but if someone with bad intentions wants to get in, they will get in, no matter how much security. Classrooms have so many windows. Someone could just shoot through a window and get in. It scares me too. Unfortunately that's what this world has come to.
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not slandering wrote:
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Excuse me, but I never said that autistic children can't improve. And I know Mr. Flemma's little boy and I agree with what you said. He is a sweetheart. I do not work in the NH program, but at a program elsewhere. If Mr. Flemma knows that autism can not be "fixed", then he should have not have used that term. That made HIM sound ignorant, and trust me, he lost a lot of votes that he may have had. I actually like Mr. Flemma, but after the false things he stated, obviously I won't vote for him. And yes, I realize that you don't care. Good luck to Mr. Flemma and if he is elected, then I hope he does a wonderful job on the BOE.
Mr Flema lost a lot votes?. I don't know about that. However the behaviour of Rich Evans and Beth Scoggs, the library board and the board of education has damaged their reputations with all of the foolishness. All because Mr Flema cares about our community and wants to get involved. The reaction by the NH establishment has been shameful.

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