Matt Mooshin(Saturday, December 03 22 05:45 am EST)
Does Claremont support veterans? Not really the property tax credit they give is an absolute joke and the 4 councilors promoting this now “purple” heart city are only doing it as a political gesture due to the visibility of BLM and Charlene’s efforts to be a sanctuary city.
Why don’t they spend more time figuring out Claremont’s revenue issues instead of pretending they are patriotic when one couldn’t even cut it as cop and the others are clearly in it for some type of personal financial business.
I see 1 vet underneath the sign and bunch of politicians ready for a photo op so they can pretend they care.
Bob(Friday, December 02 22 05:53 pm EST)
Good point. What does it mean to be a Purple Heart city? At least one Purple Heart recipient lives here? What did Claremont do to deserve this besides pay a fee and put a sign up? Do we support veterans more than anywhere else?
Factchecker(Friday, December 02 22 03:05 pm EST)
Because making Claremont a Purple Heart city is about as meaningful as designating one a sanctuary city.
There are far more important things our councilors should be doing. Plus it’s a bunch of non vets seeking publicity using veterans.
Marla(Friday, December 02 22 02:45 pm EST)
Why wasn’t Contois and Matteau supporting the Purple Heart veterans sign?
Missy(Friday, December 02 22 11:18 am EST)
I love James Contois.
Bob(Friday, December 02 22 10:56 am EST)
I love having JC on the council and he will continue to run unopposed as Ward II cares more about the environment than a fat fuck needing a larger parking lot.
Missy(Friday, December 02 22 09:05 am EST)
Contois is the only honest and genuine person on the council.
Jc(Thursday, December 01 22 05:34 pm EST)
Oh he's something what a loser and that's what we have for representation that explains alot really
Bob(Thursday, December 01 22 03:41 pm EST)
Just watched last nights council meeting on facebook. Jim Contois should just resign, what an embarrassment to himself and the city.
HardHitter(Thursday, December 01 22 03:12 pm EST)
If you could be a street in Claremont what street would you be and why?
Phil(Wednesday, November 30 22 06:07 pm EST)
I found it interesting and surprising in reading the tax tables that Claremont still has well over 3000 acres of farmland under cultivation. I am sure it was probably many times that back 100 years ago. I find Mr Sullivan's articles interesting, eye opening, and frankly he should be on the council or in a position where he could do more good. He does his research and is always looking out for the public's interest and has good ideas for solutions, and seems quite well versed in how public finance and government works. He certainly has exposed the ineffectiveness of local politicians. This web page while easy enough to navigate, still seems limited in some ways. I would be interested to know his real numbers of readers. He maybe should consider posting his articles to a Twitter account. I wish there was a simple solution to the high taxes Claremont taxpayers pay, as it is very unfair, but then again, as long as the state relies on property taxes they are not going down any time soon anywhere in the state frankly. Sales or VAT taxes are probably the fairest solution as you can choose not to buy that product or service. But NH lives and dies by the no sales tax creed.
James(Wednesday, November 30 22 12:19 pm EST)
Easy, Stone. Successful and a good guy with powerful friends.
HardHitter(Wednesday, November 30 22 11:06 am EST)
If you could become one of our current sitting councilors, what councilor would you choose to become?
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, November 30 22 09:32 am EST)
I don’t come here often, but I think we can all agree that the public comment section is particularly terrible. Jim’s articles are interesting, though biased in an anti-government slant. Which is a fine bias for a journalist to have. For instance, why are Claremont’s property assessments so out of line with reality? We’re given the continued stain of “highest rate in the state” only by artificially low valuations. Meanwhile the only thing commenters want to discuss is their hatred of a city councilor who easily beat his competition in the last election. And that’s only because Jim has stopped posting fake comments praising himself after every article. Perhaps it’s time to reform the anonymous commenting. I think it would give this website a little more seriousness and allow Jim to play an important role in our city’s institutions without the gravity of such pathetic discourse holding him down.
tony baker(Wednesday, November 30 22 09:08 am EST)
Wow, I think we are down to 3 posters. the value of this site as a news source is small, and as a political influence, negligible.
Harley(Tuesday, November 29 22 12:09 pm EST)
Jim and Patrick should have a journalism contest.
BumbleInTheJungle(Tuesday, November 29 22 07:47 am EST)
Gomes and Contois should hold a bumbling contest. The best bumbler gets their way.
Tavin(Tuesday, November 29 22 05:29 am EST)
Any agricultural kills massive amounts of insects and creatures. Baby deer routinely get gobbled up by those machines that harvest your “vegan” food. That Ford dealership is a relief for those critters.
Where was JC when farmers
would mow the same field all the time so dairy cows could shit all over it, talk about a whole lotta carbon footprints !!!
Fred(Monday, November 28 22 07:48 pm EST)
Oh please Mike. And JC has killed more butterflies with his Prius barreling down the highway at 63 MPH than any excavator will ever think about harming. That little storm water puddle meant absolutely zero to the local ecology. Mow the fields down.
Mike(Monday, November 28 22 06:31 pm EST)
As annoying as Jim has been through this process, I must admit I’ve lost quite a bit of respect for Gomes.
Factchecker(Monday, November 28 22 10:30 am EST)
I noticed the excavators at the Ford garage seem to have butterfly flags and skull and crossbone flags on them as they do their work. I assume this is Christian Gomes attempt at shoving it in the face of whackadoo councilor Contois and his insistence that the butterflies, frogs, and birds spoke to him. #ItsAFact
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, November 27 22 06:30 pm EST)
I see that some people have been having fun speculating why I published articles later than usual today or making up phony but humorous article titles, so I guess 'tis the season for practical jokes, Fa la la la la, la la la la!
Anyway, I had some things I needed to do this weekend before I began writing and publishing the following three new articles posted on the News Flashes page of this website.
1) Claremont's MS 1 document full of surprises!
2) School Administrators continue to push Elementary School Restructuring Plan!
3) Arrowhead Update.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, November 27 22 03:58 pm EST)
Sorry for the late articles, my dictation software was on the fritz.
New articles this weekend!
1. Yoshi’s got a new pair of shoes
2. The Sullivan tower gets a new life thanks to an endangered owl species
3. Gomes announces run for Contois seat
4. Council requests safety study of city hall in about face blunder
jeff(Sunday, November 27 22 09:26 am EST)
i haven’t bean able to post here, censored because o don’t support Donk and he know i know the dirty secrets
Tim Mulligan(Sunday, November 27 22 09:25 am EST)
Would you support a Sullivan party for local elections? We would be asking for large donations and have some serious political influence. All in favor say aye.
Charlie(Sunday, November 27 22 08:05 am EST)
Leave Jim alone, he is still recovering from playing Santa .
Matt Green(Sunday, November 27 22 07:07 am EST)
What no articles today bro?
Betty(Saturday, November 26 22 01:21 pm EST)
Jim is too skinny to play Santa. Call me Jim.
John J. O’Connor(Saturday, November 26 22 08:28 am EST)
Great job playing Santa last night at the tree lighting.
Jimmy(Friday, November 25 22 05:37 pm EST)
Tim Mulligan(Friday, November 25 22 12:39 pm EST)
I had a nice thanksgiving with Jim Sullivan and family. I call him JS. We had a long chat about the future of this site and this town.
Alison Sullivan(Friday, November 25 22 10:55 am EST)
I’ve known Jim for a long time. Leave him alone.
Penny(Thursday, November 24 22 06:07 pm EST)
Big Jim S the government wannabe?
Fact-checked(Thursday, November 24 22 08:02 am EST)
That’s what happens when someone confuses censorship with being an actual verified user before posting.
John J O’Conner(Wednesday, November 23 22 10:21 pm EST)
What a dying forum. Three multiple personalities and a government wannabe.
Yanks Mechain(Wednesday, November 23 22 02:14 pm EST)
FactChecker(Wednesday, November 23 22 08:03 am EST)
"So crowded nobody goes there anymore" is a Yogi Berra quote, not an anonymous, sullivan report posters original. #FactChecked
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, November 22 22 07:01 pm EST)
“So crowded no one goes there anymore” is the craziest sentence I’ve read this week. This place is too entertaining 😂
Henry(Tuesday, November 22 22 06:50 pm EST)
Jeep/ Dodge will be moving to Charlestown Road.
Phil(Tuesday, November 22 22 05:48 pm EST)
I wonder who is buying all these cars and trucks and other equipment at Claremont Ford? Is business really that good they need to expand further? I thought there was a recession on hand.
Bob(Tuesday, November 22 22 03:39 pm EST)
Not even trying to earn a profit just cover the expenses.
Hopefully they approve refinishing the tennis courts next and really piss the 5 people on this forum off.
Bill(Tuesday, November 22 22 03:28 pm EST)
The problem with Arrowhead is it’s so crowded no one goes there anymore.
In the past I attempted to take my grandkids sledding at Arrowhead to only be disappointed because it was closed down due to an over abundance of people or not being able to find a parking spot .
Rent out the building and let people sled and ski the hill like it was and stop trying to turn a profit.
Donk(Tuesday, November 22 22 02:26 pm EST)
There is nothing about the current set up with arrowhead that is worth keeping. Besides the tubing and all that still available as long as enough people volunteer. Besides I don’t use the hill so I don’t care. Privatize the community center next
NIMBY(Tuesday, November 22 22 01:19 pm EST)
Can you believe those heathens are trying to rent the Arrowhead lodge to the bike shop? We already changed Pleasant St and not they want to expand the amenities and conditions of our beloved tubing hill? HOW DARE THEY!
Oh, just kidding. Rent it out, earn some actual income, and improve and expand those activities. Hopefully the "old guard" doesn't get their way and keeps it one season use and $50 wedding rentals.
Factchcker(Monday, November 21 22 10:20 am EST)
Columbo is wrong. That stuff never happened when the police showed up to handle Councilor Contois. It isn't completely out of the realm of possibility, but that didn't happen. Also, don't email that Allan dude, that's a scam. #factchecked
Columbo(Monday, November 21 22 09:46 am EST)
I’ve seen the video.
It shows JC crying like a baby, pleading with the Officer not to arrest him. JC tells the Officers he is wearing a “poo poo” bag on his hip and he has to go home and change it.
When he was told he wouldn’t be arrested he got weak in the knees and offered to preform a sexual act to show his happiness.
His offer was declined.
Matt Mooshin(Monday, November 21 22 08:51 am EST)
The body can footage is going to show Jim Contois arguing in favor of the natural land and show Gomes being a fat loser capitalist
Marty Mcfly(Monday, November 21 22 04:02 am EST)
Camcorder? Is this 1994?
Gloria(Sunday, November 20 22 07:45 pm EST)
I hope the committee receives the camcorder footage from the three officers who came to the scene at the Ford dealership to deal with Contois’s trespassing. I hope the committee broadcasts it so the people can see what really happened.
Johnny Mac(Sunday, November 20 22 05:12 pm EST)
We wanted to know about the city offices and the Gomes swamp! You can’t just censor everything!
Ron(Sunday, November 20 22 04:31 pm EST)
I watched the short meeting with the ad hoc committee looking into Contois’s wacko behavior. The councilors did a very good job and they are taking a measured and professional approach to gathering information. I noticed that Charlene Lovett and other Democrats were there to try to influence the meetings outcome and I am pleased that their efforts seem to have failed because I am sick and tired of outside political influence ruining our city government. Contois deserves expulsion.
Bob(Sunday, November 20 22 03:27 pm EST)
The county manager, commissioner and delegates are doing exactly what their voters are electing them to do. Put us into bankruptcy keeping the elderly alive. Why wouldn’t they listen to them, that is the only demographic that votes for the same candidates with any sort of consistency. Why do you nothing ever changes, old people are the most resistant to change.
Tom(Sunday, November 20 22 03:01 pm EST)
The County Manager, the commissioners and the delegates of Sullivan County are all real pieces of shit. Lying to us all the time and putting us deeper and deeper into financial debt. Look at all the risks they are taking with the County’s finances and the treacherous position they are putting all of us in if they $25 million has to be repaid. These idiots just do not know what they are doing and they should not be making financial decisions for anyone.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, November 20 22 01:09 pm EST)
What articles are you talking about Johnny Mac?
Donk(Sunday, November 20 22 01:08 pm EST)
It looks like I'll have to be proactive and raise the rents yet again over this Sullivan County home Boondoggle.I had already been considering it when the Democrats held onto the US Senate.This county home seals it.If you want Democrats it's going to cost you more money.
Johnny Mac(Sunday, November 20 22 12:53 pm EST)
Someone deleted the articles about Gomes and the city offices!!! Cover up?? Yes!
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, November 20 22 12:18 pm EST)
I see the Thanksgiving Turkeys are already out posting fake entries on the Public Forum attributed to me. Oh well, I guess it tis the season. Anyway, here is the actual posting for this week's three articles published on the News Flashes page of this website.
1) Council fact-finding ad hoc committee into Councilor Contois' conduct holds first meeting.
2) Sullivan County Delegation approves additional $9 million bond for the Sullivan County Nursing Home Renovation Project. Appearances are definitely deceiving!
3) Community Center Investment Grants are available.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, November 20 22 09:33 am EST)
2 New articles uploaded today.
1. Yoshi plans to move city offices to community center with no input from council!
2. Gomes literally drains the swamp!
Columbo(Sunday, November 20 22 08:56 am EST)
Jim is above reproach.
I challenge anyone to find anything negative about Jim.
Let’s have just the facts and not rumors or slander… just the truth.
I doubt you will find anything that will besmirch Jim character.
Mario(Sunday, November 20 22 05:37 am EST)
No one knows anything about the inner workings of the city. It is all assumptions. Look at the internet browser history and you’ll see the truth. Yoshi, do a study on lost productivity due to Jim and Francis FOIA requests, you’ll want to charge for the hours in no time flat.
Patrick(Sunday, November 20 22 05:12 am EST)
Bruce, it matters deeply. You shouldn’t set out to fix others until you have your own house in order. It’s called integrity.
Bruce(Saturday, November 19 22 11:05 pm EST)
Patrick, who cares what standard he holds lifestyle, and household to. I'm just glad he holds city government, county government, and the school board, to standard that would not exist if it weren't for him and the Sullivan Report. Patrick must be a corrupt city employee that is having trouble stealing from the Claremont taxpayers with Jim keeping an eye out for the taxpayers.
Patrick(Saturday, November 19 22 05:25 pm EST)
What do we actually know about Jim Sullivan. Does he run his lifestyle and household the to the standard that he holds everyone else to? Is Jim above reproach?
Patrick(Saturday, November 19 22 05:29 am EST)
I will be covering this story in depth.
Steven(Friday, November 18 22 10:45 pm EST)
I think James Contois was at Broad Street Park today with his BLM signs.
Haven't heard if the Council got rid of him or not.
Saw a cartoon depicting Contois on Mostly uncensored of him getting swept under the rug.
Is the Council trying to hide him instead of getting him off the City Council ? Funny.
JC(Friday, November 18 22 08:03 pm EST)
I like that people doing nothing more than destroying wildlife for a larger car dealership think they anything other than useless humans.
flying the butterfly(Friday, November 18 22 05:42 pm EST)
i love the butterfly flag flying on the bulldozer at claremont ford store he can fly that on his caterpillar doing work just as the scumbag can stand holding BLM flags trying to piss people off on broad street park Good luck Contois and your fucking looser friends
Rodney Jenkins(Friday, November 18 22 04:22 am EST)
Lots of beautiful equipment over at Claremont Ford. I’d replace a frog for a Caterpillar any day. Go big or go home baby!
Paul(Thursday, November 17 22 05:46 am EST)
No meeting. Nothing to see here.
Alex(Wednesday, November 16 22 06:36 pm EST)
Did they have the meeting? I turned it on, saw everyone sitting there but then I blinked and it was over.
At first I thought I must have passed out and missed it but I looked at the clock and realized I hadn’t.
Seems like a complete waste of time.
Judas(Wednesday, November 16 22 02:19 pm EST)
Just saw JC carrying a large wooden cross heading down towards city hall.
Donk(Wednesday, November 16 22 02:07 pm EST)
Leave JC alone! I have buildings in that Ward.
Matt Mooshin(Wednesday, November 16 22 11:37 am EST)
Hopefully nothing happens to JC tonight and if it does he has the full support of Ward II to and he continue to run unopposed.
Anybody that wants to cry foul or thinks he is out of line can grab a cleaned or go cry in a closet, he didn’t do anything less professional than our previous president, Jon Stone when he was a cop or Nick Kowlaski with whatever scam he has going on with his building.
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, November 16 22 05:29 am EST)
The CCTV Director sent me an email stating that after speaking with City Manager Manale, today's Claremont City Council Ad Hoc Committee meeting regarding Councilor James Contois' conduct that will be held at 4 PM at the Claremont City Council Chambers in City Hall will be televised live by CCTV. Director Nelson stated that he believes the technical difficulties have been fixed. If not the meeting in its entirety will be available on CCTV's website beginning on Thursday. This meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook.
Mario(Wednesday, November 16 22 04:04 am EST)
And how is adding retail a viability solution? The restaurant industry in Claremont can’t keep any worker and the current workers don’t do much. Any type of recommendation that involves labor won’t work no matter how good of a recommendation it is, if it needs some type of labor force.
Mario(Wednesday, November 16 22 04:01 am EST)
Wasn’t Nick part of the community center business feasibility since the beginning? Isn’t he a business owner in Claremont as well?
He should have more input and insight than just hiring a a consultant. All these lazy ass councilors just trying to privatize anything that the city can’t run efficiently because of them.
Maybe the Claremont Dems can put together team with Contois and Mooshine and run with a team plan.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, November 15 22 06:54 pm EST)
I’ve been sitting back shaking my head at all the wasted words and wasted time of my good friend Jim. As we all know, I’ve been chosen to be the new editor in chief of this report and I will be bringing sweeping changes that you will love. It’s unfortunate that Jim is stubborn, and is having a hard time giving me more control. I love Jim but sometimes we disagree. I also have a good relationship with Octavian so we will get some real inside stories.
Mario(Tuesday, November 15 22 03:25 pm EST)
Private school for all! Pay for your own darn kids.
Mario’s helper(Tuesday, November 15 22 02:57 pm EST)
The people in this town can’t afford that. That’s half the reason it’s inefficient. Privatizing isn’t the answer it was built for the community the financial problems are reflection of the city’s government. Where would half these kids go if you charged 1200 a year?
Fact: city needs another tax revenue source to take care of uneducated, unmotivated, low socioeconomic class that the rest of the state dumps on us so fucks like Donk can make a living. We can also just bicker until the inevitable bankruptcy. Which who cares things have turned around for Detroit since they declared it.
Mario(Tuesday, November 15 22 02:35 pm EST)
Jim does make us very inefficient. I would say we spend 33% of our time on right to know requests from Jim and Frances.
John J O’Connor(Tuesday, November 15 22 02:29 pm EST)
The obvious answer is to increase membership fees. The CCBA in Lebanon is a non profit association and a Family membership is over $1200, I believe the Community center considerably less. A day pass is $15.00 at the CCBA compared to $5.00 at the CSBCC
I could only imagine memberships decreasing if fees were increase but increasing fees or privatizing are the only choices we have in getting the burden off the tax payers back.
I also believe the SAU pays for the privilege of using City fields but I don’t think the answer is increasing SAU fees considering the money comes from the same source.
Bob(Tuesday, November 15 22 01:25 pm EST)
They probably would have done it right if they weren’t so distracted doing research for Jim.
You haven’t even given this new guy a chance to figure out how fucked up Claremont is. It doesn’t matter if you know how to run a parks and recs department efficiently or effectively when it’s nothing but inner city politics preventing anything from being run effectively.
Why doesn’t anybody point out how much they do for the schools athletic departments and has basically been a babysitter from 2-5pm everyday.
Maybe they should put out some gates and charge for parking at the high school games.
Maybe other positions of importance should be replaced as well.
John J O’Connor(Tuesday, November 15 22 09:54 am EST)
Mike… fantastic idea, let’s get rid of the Director because with a board like that the Director’s position would be nothing more than a figurehead.
The reason the Community Center isn’t more successful is because the city disregarded the opinion of paid Consultants in the year 2000 at a cost of 1 million dollars.
Their opinion was to build the community center at Barnes Park. It was strongly suggested that by purchasing the residential property it would give them the parking that would be needed without losing the ball field.It was their opinion that their would be considerable walk in traffic as well as ample parking.
The city decided to built in a area that was taken into consideration(Arrowhead) but it was decided the Community Center would not be successful because a majority of its customers would have to drive to the location and more importantly, the Key to the Barnes Park location was getting into a partnership with VRH, being contacted for its rehabbing.
The City did none of what these million dollar experts strongly suggested and now they wonder why it’s a failure.
Mike(Tuesday, November 15 22 08:58 am EST)
I don’t see why Claremont can’t have a community of citizens that help oversee the “community” center. We have talented people with business experience who want to volunteer their time and expertise. Does anyone know what a consultant is? It’s a talented person with business experience who gets paid for their time. I’m not opposed to a consultant but why limit citizens who want to help. As for the director, he oversees a large department with 8 different parks, even more facilities, summer and afterschool programs, adult sports leagues, and a brand new community center that’s hemorrhaging money. And wasn’t the idea for a citizens committee put forward by Mike Demars? It wasn’t the directors idea.
John J O’Connor(Tuesday, November 15 22 07:32 am EST)
I have an issue with the new Community Center Director, he requested a citizen’s committee to help give him suggestions on how to run the center.
Isn’t that his job, shouldn’t he already know what to do ?
He was hired off the books, he didn’t go through the intense vetting process that previous directors have gone through. He was recommended by a temporary City Manager and now the “boy wonder” is asking for help so he can do his job which he is being paid nicely to do.
His salary is twice what the average citizen makes… hopefully he will start earning it .
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, November 15 22 05:41 am EST)
New article published today on the News Flashes page of this website.
City Manager Manale answers questions regarding Odd Fellows Building roof drains.
Mario(Tuesday, November 15 22 04:22 am EST)
Jim and the forum rats would be good ghost hunters….they see a lot of things that just aren’t there.
I am a city employee and I will start leaving bread crumbs on this forum. I have to be secretive and at times cryptic but you will know it’s me by my signature.
Suspicious Sally(Tuesday, November 15 22 04:17 am EST)
Do you think Jim Sullivan or Yoshi Manale drives a Claremont Ford? Hmmm I wonder.
Matthew(Monday, November 14 22 09:28 pm EST)
Fact-checker is Nicky Boy
Fact-checker(Monday, November 14 22 09:01 pm EST)
Dan Silas is Bill Limoges
The Union Leader(Monday, November 14 22 08:09 am EST)
Why don’t you condense your breaking news into page. Then maybe this information will be taken more seriously. Every one of your articles has about 3 paragraphs of useful information and the rest of it pointless editorial diatribes ranting about the inefficiently of the government your generation took over.
You waste the understaffed city employees time constantly trying to get to the bottom of something you would know if you were on anything important or did something other than requests for information for you barely circulated e-paper
Nancy and company need to go(Monday, November 14 22 05:59 am EST)
Same guy wants free roof drains received pavement too look at GIS maps and david Putnam Andy Lafrenier building received entire parking lot free pave job the building the idiot council gave free taxes to for 10 years got paved right to there door too
Pavement free for some(Monday, November 14 22 05:51 am EST)
Yes pave up to the edge of the legion and to the parking lot of the old insurance building next to mascoma Bank some of the land paved wasn't owned by city yet fresh pavement everywhere for everyone except the roads lol
Donk(Monday, November 14 22 05:22 am EST)
Should I go to Nancy Merrill for my free roof drain application?
Are there other free things the city does that I don't know about?
Mike(Monday, November 14 22 12:37 am EST)
Rhonda, I can remember Jim Sullivan calling out McNutt.
He did quite often.
Charlie(Sunday, November 13 22 05:52 pm EST)
Tonight on Yellowstone, Christian Gomes defends his land and his honor.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, November 13 22 05:23 pm EST)
New article published today on the News Flashes page of this website. It is a very long article and it took me awhile to write today thus the reason for the delay. I see some people had fun on the forum today while I was working on the article incorrectly speculating why the article was published late. I guess in this day and age it is to be expected.
November 9, 2022 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
Rhonda(Sunday, November 13 22 05:07 pm EST)
I heard JC has convinced Jim to back off and therefore Jim has nothing further to write about.
Not the first time this place caved to pressure. Remember the McNutt days, no one said boo without his say so. Especially the writers on this forum.
Red(Sunday, November 13 22 05:00 pm EST)
I heard Jim Sullivan has retired from the site and will no longer be giving articles.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, November 13 22 04:12 pm EST)
Sports Section(Sunday, November 13 22 03:28 pm EST)
Tom Brady is still great.
Deborah(Sunday, November 13 22 12:51 pm EST)
I guess Jim slept in today.
Bob(Sunday, November 13 22 08:12 am EST)
Isn’t it ironic that the right wing anti-leftists that rant about socialism and communism are also the same group that had a communist regime use their figurehead as a useful idiot.
Joe Osgood(Sunday, November 13 22 06:50 am EST)
Rebecca or whatever sexist racist white man hiding behind a woman’s name, the current useful idiots in this country are the republicans.
“ The useful idiots, the leftists who are idealistically believing in the beauty of the Soviet
socialist or Communist or whatever system, when they get disillusioned, they become the worst enemies. That’s why my KGB instructors specifically made the point: never bother with leftists. Forget about these political prostitutes. Aim higher. They serve a purpose only at the stage of destabilization of a nation. For example, your leftists in the United States: all these professors and all these beautiful civil rights defenders. They are instrumental in the process of the subversion only to destabilize a nation. When their job is completed, they are not needed any more. They know too much. Some of them, when they get disillusioned, when they see that Marxist-Leninists come to power—obviously they get offended—they think that they will come to power. That will never happen, of course. They will be lined up against the wall and shot.”
― Yuri Bezmenov
Matt mooshine(Saturday, November 12 22 10:28 pm EST)
No different than the worthless capitalism mentality that keeps the fat cats fat from everybody else’s hard work. Not understanding BLM is just subtle way of showing ignorance, insignificance and is going by the wayside. Stone wasn’t elected, bolduc wasn’t elected and Sunnu is on his last term. the red wave is dying and turning blue. Trump was and is still full of shit and hates his own followers as much as the everybody else.
That’s why none of you fucks have a voice on Facebook where it actually matters and are stuck on Claremont’s version of the new Twitter to get your pointless voice heard.
Bob(Saturday, November 12 22 08:40 pm EST)
BLM can suck it, another worthless socialist do nothing group who rips people off.
Angry BLM vet(Saturday, November 12 22 08:31 pm EST)
The 4th of July party is just a colossal waste of money. That money could be much better used than a bunch of fireworks and suckering broke people into paying 8 dollars for fried dough. A bunch POG ass bitches organize the bullshit to celebrate themselves.
It’s his land and and that’s fine. But fuck a larger car dealership. Who cares about the free vehicles he gave the town. They need more cops and better pay not another car so some loser by the name of Christian gomes gets a tax write off while pretending he is caring member of the community.
Roger(Saturday, November 12 22 08:30 pm EST)
JC is the Beth Dutton of the city council.
Gary(Saturday, November 12 22 08:20 pm EST)
Contois should resign
John J O’Connor(Saturday, November 12 22 08:01 pm EST)
As long as Mr. Gomes is paying taxes on that land it belongs to him and he has the right to do whatever he likes (within rules) with his land.
Mr. Gomes has been a good friend and neighbor to Claremont. He has donated generously to multiple City agencies and endeavors.
Instead of criticizing him maybe we should be thanking him.
Its my understanding this years 4th of July fireworks show wasn’t going to happen until Claremont Ford stepped up to help finance the event.
Council Contois is an activist Councilor and sometimes his personal opinions contradict with his position on the council and for that he must be held accountable.
Mr. Gomes is an innocent bystander and a victim of collateral damage because of Jim Contois activism and he must be held accountable for that also.
The bullfrogs voice(Saturday, November 12 22 06:12 pm EST)
The land isn’t his, he might be responsible for the tax liabilities but when he is gone it isn’t his. The fact he views is legacy as leaving a paved car lot is no lamer than Contois risking his legacy for a frog/mosquito infested swamp. Personally I think Jim’s karmic legacy will be fine while Gomes will come back as child that would have been aborted had abortion been his mothers choice instead of some rich white mans choice.
Real Breaking News(Saturday, November 12 22 05:13 pm EST)
At least Contois still has his weekly gathering of all white privileged elders to hang out with at the park.
Harvey(Saturday, November 12 22 04:51 pm EST)
The land is his, not yours. The puddle is gone. Get over it.
Fact-checked(Saturday, November 12 22 04:39 pm EST)
Only Christian Gomes would think he is remotely similar to a Kevin Costner character.
Your greed will come back on you somehow. Personally i hope the mythological legacy of the frog torments your money first soul until until you figure it out.
The law(Saturday, November 12 22 01:17 pm EST)
Christian Gomes is like John Dutton, just protecting his land.
Oh and news flash, the wetlands are gone With a bulldozer parked in their spot. I’m glad though, I never much liked frogs.
Fact-checked(Saturday, November 12 22 11:32 am EST)
Christian Gomes was out out breath from moving from his chair to the microphone. Contois would fuck the obese fat man up. Why do you think he called the cops rather than take matters into his own hands.
Todd is Christian Gomes
Fact-checked(Saturday, November 12 22 11:29 am EST)
Somebody is ruining the credibility of this forum so the elected officials or candidates don’t have to take the site or forum seriously. Of course they read your “breaking news” it’s you doing their work for them.
Todd(Saturday, November 12 22 11:26 am EST)
That would be a short match as the Masked Moron would lose once the Ford Fury landed a blow.
Fact-checker1.1(Saturday, November 12 22 10:39 am EST)
Contois BLM scum is Christian Gomes or Jon Stone.
Only scum are the people that think black lives don’t matter, typically their argument just devolves into not think anybody's life matter more than rights to a free market controlled by right wing interests.
I think the city should sanction a cage fight between Christian Gomes and James Contois and whoever wins gets to decide what happens with the wetlands.
Contois BLM scum(Saturday, November 12 22 08:51 am EST)
The good thing he's a scumbag couldn't buy shit
Johnny O’(Saturday, November 12 22 07:38 am EST)
This is more hilarious than the Musk/Twitter thing. Maybe Cointios will purchase the site and impose free speech here.
Nicky Boy(Saturday, November 12 22 06:15 am EST)
I like how you think it’s breaking news reporting that’s causing your enemies to resort to childish impersonations. The forum is a reflection of the professionalism of your reporting. Not saying it’s not accurate or not useful, but the way call out people or their mistakes is childish and why you have forum that is the exact same. You are snowflake keyboard thumb warrior just like the rest of us.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, November 12 22 05:27 am EST)
Just got online this morning and I see that one of my evil doppelgängers has added begin posting under my name at 9:19 last night. I think it's pretty obvious that I did not write that but I thought I should publicly say so anyway. You know I am really getting to certain people with my reporting when they resort to this childish behavior. Everyone have a great weekend.
City Hall Insider(Saturday, November 12 22 04:31 am EST)
Wrong. Mayor Deborah frequents here, especially if you call her out. JC reads but doesn’t post according to his friends. The other Mayor doesn’t use the internet. Jon Stone doesn’t know who Jim Sullivan is. Nick has someone read it to him because he is too busy being successful. Bill takes the site too seriously and does post from time to time but prefers Facebook. OHearne is the only mystery, but I think he would appreciate some of the stories here.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, November 11 22 09:19 pm EST)
All of the councilors are too lazy to interact on this forum either as themselves or under fake names.
Gray(Friday, November 11 22 08:07 pm EST)
Donk is Jon Stone
Donk(Friday, November 11 22 06:18 pm EST)
Grace is J.C.
Grace(Friday, November 11 22 03:19 pm EST)
We’re all so grateful for the long islander who takes local money and pumps it out to multinational automobile corporations. Please destroy another wetland. Come to our council meetings and lecture us about integrity. Please Christian, we need you.
Matt Mooshine(Friday, November 11 22 09:26 am EST)
Contois isn’t going to get in trouble because he isn’t breaking the law just because him and that fat putz “buisness” man Christian Gomes don’t get along. Besides the blue wave in Claremont cares more about the environment and lands that a piece shit ford dealership expansion. How about he shows what his business brings to Claremont outside of his job and lame as contributions to the city.
Crying like he is being harmed because doesn’t like be lectured about his carbon footprint. Just another Big ole trump snowflake
Ray(Friday, November 11 22 08:25 am EST)
J.C. must be well connected at least 2 of his investigators are well known democrats.
I think we can all see where this is going. It will end up being a complete waste of time because the decision has already been made.
Elections have consequences.
Buster(Friday, November 11 22 04:31 am EST)
J.C. Has some important connections.
Andrew(Thursday, November 10 22 05:32 pm EST)
Why should we be careful? Are there consequences to posting here? Seems like half the posts are anonymous people shitting on other people. Are there some people who are too powerful to catch some criticism? Is Jim gonna censor me like he did the others?
Dim Culligan(Thursday, November 10 22 04:32 am EST)
Remember Sully is a life long dem. Maybe he made the call to obscure the Contois trial?? Either way we should be careful what questions we ask.
Andrew(Wednesday, November 09 22 09:18 pm EST)
A better question is are the Arrowhead Motors guys Jim Sullivan's landlord? Then at least it would make sense why he censored that post about them. Can't let his website bite the hand that feeds.
Dick(Wednesday, November 09 22 08:29 pm EST)
Why was CCTV blacked out just before the Contois impeachment hearing was about to start ?
What is the city hiding ?
Gronk(Wednesday, November 09 22 07:02 pm EST)
Is Donk Jim Sullivan’s landlord?
Matt Mooshine(Wednesday, November 09 22 01:50 pm EST)
Obviously, Some of these donks here are Nicky boy.
Donk(Wednesday, November 09 22 01:13 pm EST)
Good eye Jeff
jeffrey(Wednesday, November 09 22 12:38 pm EST)
That’s not Donk. Not intelligent enough and didn’t complain about oil prices. Also, Donk’s rent is way higher than 1400
Donk(Wednesday, November 09 22 09:33 am EST)
The threats of a wave are exaggerated from both sides. I just wish the Gov Sunnnu didn’t suck and redistributed the wealth a little more evenly. Every school district whose per cost child is lower than ours should be contributing to our system since we know the reason why our school cost that much and it’s because all of the nice communities redistribute their difficult, no hope families here.
That’s how I make my living ripping them off with 1400 a month rent payments.
adam(Wednesday, November 09 22 09:32 am EST)
Blue is the Color of Claremont. Actually, has been for a long time.
Greg(Wednesday, November 09 22 09:28 am EST)
As far as Claremont goes, there was a blue wave. Would have elected 5 Democrats to the house if not for gerrymandering us in with Croydon. Republicans have to wonder why they did so poorly. Maybe it’s because Claremont doesn’t want election deniers or assholes who get fired from the police force in our government?
Factchecker(Wednesday, November 09 22 08:58 am EST)
There was no red wave. #facts
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, November 09 22 06:01 am EST)
Yesterday's Official Claremont Election Results are published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, November 08 22 06:36 pm EST)
The public forum here is about as professional as my reporting. It may be accurate but it’s not even remotely professional which is why very little ever takes hold and nobody other than donk and the 6 trolls here really care about my breaking news.
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, November 08 22 04:28 pm EST)
Just got home from work and from voting and I see that someone has been posting under my name again. Childish!
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, November 08 22 03:39 pm EST)
Good Job Bill. Be sure to pick up your free all-day sucker.
Bill(Tuesday, November 08 22 01:28 pm EST)
I voted Republican
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, November 08 22 12:57 pm EST)
Remember if republicans win, yeah. If Dems, January 6 all over again.
adam(Tuesday, November 08 22 12:12 pm EST)
Blue Wave! Vote early and vote often!
Donk(Tuesday, November 08 22 12:11 pm EST)
I don't know how that would work out for the majority of Claremont's population,considering that 3/4 of them can't afford anything more than $1400/Mo.
Hard to be homeless in New Hampshire.Perhaps they could commit a crime and cozy up in the sober living house for $100/wk.
Howz the dance and music studio going? It looks like a haunted house looking through the grimy windows.
jeffrey(Tuesday, November 08 22 11:30 am EST)
i know ur shaks all too well dude
Wil Greco(Tuesday, November 08 22 09:01 am EST)
Hopefully with democrats in charge after today they can just impose whatever rules they want on Donks crap life model and run his loser ass out of town.
Donk(Tuesday, November 08 22 08:22 am EST)
Do you realize how much it takes to heat my drafty old shacks?
The greener we go the higher the rent.
Jeffrey(Tuesday, November 08 22 07:38 am EST)
cause you charge too much for rent
Donk(Tuesday, November 08 22 06:33 am EST)
My tenants can't afford Democrats
Tom(Tuesday, November 08 22 05:18 am EST)
Vote Republican today. The Democrats do not deserve your vote.
Nicky Boy(Monday, November 07 22 09:46 pm EST)
Both parties spend countless amounts on annoying mailers. It’s why I refuse to help the Claremont Democrats either financially or campaigning. I will be voting down the line for them as the republican and Trump have the worst morals and ethics even if they do pretend to pro-life. Hopefully Charlene and the new pro-tax officials will realize a sales tax is better than an income tax. That is assuming the republican mailers are right and Charlene wants a state income tax and that is her main priority.
William(Monday, November 07 22 07:55 pm EST)
Please, no more Lovetts
Marcy(Monday, November 07 22 07:17 pm EST)
Charlene and Rob Lovett have my vote!
Bob(Monday, November 07 22 06:28 pm EST)
Think of all the money wasted on the junk mail political ads we have been getting. The Democrats lost my vote, at my age I care about inflation and less taxes. Cost of food is a much more important issue to many us older folks.
Linda(Monday, November 07 22 06:21 pm EST)
I won’t be voting for anyone named Lovett tomorrow, I don’t care home many signs you put out!
Ryan(Monday, November 07 22 04:45 pm EST)
These sleazy state reps did the same thing with the Sullivan House. They lied to us about the place being self-sufficient with no taxpayer subsidy and only the trails graduates would be using the place. All that has gone out the window and the place just opened up. We never would have known any of this about the Sullivan House, the nursing home loan agreement and purchase offer and the over taxation policy if it had not been for Jim Sullivan’s fine reporting. The snakes are keeping things from us all the time as they mismanage our tax dollars. They all deserve to be ousted from their public offices.
Marcy(Monday, November 07 22 04:34 pm EST)
Joe Osgood has my vote!
Greg(Monday, November 07 22 04:32 pm EST)
Knowing about the stiff penalties for not making that tight 18 month construction deadline to finish the renovation project when the project will take over three years to complete and that the county nursing home could have been sold to a reputable company is a game changer for me. Our elected officials kept us all in the dark about this information because they wanted us on board with the renovation project that will now cost taxpayers at least $9 million more and they knew we would have doubts and may not have supported this project if we knew the whole truth. None of them deserves our vote tomorrow.
Paul(Monday, November 07 22 02:38 pm EST)
“Real facts” maybe right on this one, local Democrats hold the majority on the council. It is a case where Contois having the letter “D” after his name is enough to keep him safe from any consequences of his unethical and erratic behavior.
Real facts(Monday, November 07 22 02:03 pm EST)
This will go nowhere. There are forces at work that you know not of. Keep your nose out of it!
Factchecker(Monday, November 07 22 11:19 am EST)
Factchecker is now Nicky Boy
Factchecker(Monday, November 07 22 10:55 am EST)
Nick is Nicky Boy. The rest of you are all O'Connors, Sullivans, Maranvilles, and Gauthiers. #facts
Factchecker(Monday, November 07 22 10:33 am EST)
Gary and Mike is Nicky Boy
Mike(Monday, November 07 22 07:52 am EST)
If we are to believe our chief of police, Contois did not issue a command. Why would the mayor allow a dog-and-pony show trial if the only witness won’t testify to the councilor’s wrongdoing? I actually respect Dale on this one, don’t waste any more time on this crap. He’ll have to deal with it from the left when Stone’s dirt gets uncovered too. Just focus on the city Dale, leave politics at the door.
Brad(Monday, November 07 22 07:10 am EST)
Gary that is the very definition of a cover up by a corrupt city government.
Gary(Monday, November 07 22 05:04 am EST)
The councilman has done nothing wrong. Let’s just get that fact straight, right here and right now. Enough of all the conjecture. Case closed. It will never see the light of day at the council meeting. Never.
Jennifer(Monday, November 07 22 04:58 am EST)
I am very disappointed with Mayor Girard. I always thought he was a standup guy but I see him differently now. Councilmen Andrew O'Hearne and Jonathan Stone are trying to do the right thing with their request to hold a public hearing about Councilman James Contois and his outrageous actions that violated the city charter. None of the city councilors are above the law and they have to follow the rules and regulations and the city charter. By protecting someone who has broken those rules with his refusal to place the requested public hearing on the meeting agenda Mayor Girard has broken the trust the people in Claremont placed in him when he was elected. He has a few days to change his mind before the meeting on Wednesday and I hope you will think deeply about this and change his mind and do the right thing by placing the public hearing on the agenda.
Mayor(Sunday, November 06 22 07:23 pm EST)
Brian(Sunday, November 06 22 06:43 pm EST)
The nursing home project should be cancelled. The 25 million loan or grant or whatever it is is a sham and we will only have to pay back the money because it is an impossible short deadline to complete the project. Our county leaders need to wake the hell up and smell the coffee.
Steve(Sunday, November 06 22 03:51 pm EST)
Is Dale Girard now doing the Democrat Party's bidding? Councilman O'Hearne made a formal request to have a hearing for Councilman Contois's actions at the Claremont Ford dealership for the November 9th meeting and after three changes to the meeting agenda the public hearing is still not on there. Mayor Girard made comments to reporters downplaying what happened to make people think that the councilors could not do anything about it and that there was no precedent for the removal of a city councilor and all of it was rubbish. Why is he protecting the likes of Jim Contois? Is Mayor Girard a coward or is he a crony of the Democrat Party?
Dennis(Sunday, November 06 22 03:32 pm EST)
Sullivan County leaders just keep getting the taxpayers in deeper and deeper with everything they touch. First it was the Sullivan House and now it is the county nursing home. Another 9 million tacked on and still about 1.5 million short and the 25 million government funding is in doubt because County Manager signed the loan agreement promising to have the project done in 18 months after construction starts so the loan would be completely forgiven when the construction company representative says it will take at least three years. The loan agreement has a condition that if the project is not done in those 18 months then the county taxpayers have to pay all of the money back to the government. These county leaders hid the scary terms of the loan agreement, the offer to buy the nursing home, the shifting of Sullivan House expenses onto the taxpayers when that was never supposed to happen, now they want to ship in ex-convicts from wherever they can to fill the place something else they promised never to do and now they are asking us to reelect them because they are doing such a bang up job. If it was not for the Sullivan Report and Jim Sullivan all of us would be completely in the dark about everything. On Tuesday I am voting straight Republican but I am not voting for any Republican incumbents as they suck just as bad as the Democrats so it is hard to tell the difference between them.
John J O’Connor(Sunday, November 06 22 01:45 pm EST)
It’s never the incident but the cover up that causes the downfall of those in power.
In the immortal words of Claremont’s GOAT of City Manager, Guy Santagate, “this doesn’t pass the smell test “
Release the video, have the hearing Councilor O’Hearn requested so we can put this public embarrassment behind us.
The longer this drags on the worse the city looks.
You can’t have transparency if your not being transparent.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, November 06 22 10:50 am EST)
Five new articles published today on the News Flashes page of this website.
1) Don't drink the water!
2) Is the Sullivan County Nursing Home Renovation Project off of the rails already?
3) Arrowhead Leasing Deal; Mutually Beneficial Agreement or Hostile Takeover?
4) Supplemental State Aid Funding Plan approved by Claremont Voters.
5) Councilor Contois police camera video unavailable.
Factchecker(Saturday, November 05 22 12:57 pm EDT)
Matt Mooshin is Nicky Boy
Matt Mooshin(Saturday, November 05 22 10:51 am EDT)
We will see Wednesday but I am willing to guarantee that the CDP out campaigned the losers running as republicans.
Democrats may only care about abortion but that’s because the fucking dipshits on the right don’t deserve the right to dictate the freedom of abortion rules.
The fact that Jon Stone is the primary republican in this town says a lot about the respectability of that party.
He should just come clean, lay out all of the stuff he has been using the legal system to hide and then see how many votes he gets.
Scott(Saturday, November 05 22 08:27 am EDT)
I will be voting Republican all the way down this year. The Democrats are only concerned with abortion and taxing us more.
Don(Saturday, November 05 22 04:08 am EDT)
Real questions(Friday, November 04 22 11:18 am EDT)
Pam or pan…or pamn?
Pam(Friday, November 04 22 09:04 am EDT)
A councilor noted the curb already and got answers and let me know. It was to be a curb cut and was overlooked by the design firm that was overseeing the project. That firm is paying for the mistake and that is the new curb that is going in. That was easy. You can just ask councilors Jim. Might save you some time. I did.
Bert Bert Bert(Friday, November 04 22 06:29 am EDT)
I will never quit drinking!
Jim Sullivan(Friday, November 04 22 05:16 am EDT)
That is also not me, for the record. I am tired of people using my name, but much like Elon Musk I believe in unregulated free speech. You will not believe the articles that are going to come out this weekend. Scandal! Scandal! Scandal!
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 03 22 08:10 pm EDT)
Somebody is having fun posting under my name. For the record the last time I posted here was on Halloween when I posted the announcement about the Council meeting article. I always know when I am getting to some people when the pranks start in. Also for the record I will not be posting again tonight so if anyone does under my name just ignore it.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 03 22 06:38 pm EDT)
The last three posts are not me, for the record. I’ve been at work all day. Some loyal readers have asked why the city has recently but a new curb cut in at the library/cemetery area. I’m going to find out why it wasn’t done to begin with, who requested it and how much it cost the city.
Also, big revelation coming about the city hall fire inspections.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 03 22 02:26 pm EDT)
Realy, what is reality in the era of tRumph
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 03 22 01:14 pm EDT)
That is not the real Jim Sullivan and this is not a blog it is a serious journalistic endeavor.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, November 03 22 09:22 am EDT)
Wow it's a good thing this blog has only three followers. otherwise, someone might be breaking in looking for some kneecaps.
Factchecker(Thursday, November 03 22 09:01 am EDT)
I saw a lot of digging going on in front of the Ford garage the other day. Maybe the birds and butterflies should have attended the council meetings instead of using James Contois as their messenger. He proved to be ineffective.
Admin(Wednesday, November 02 22 03:38 pm EDT)
More mal information.
Factchecker(Wednesday, November 02 22 01:28 pm EDT)
There is no space in the word malinformation and you meant misinformation (also no space). Admin is no admin. #factchecked
Admin(Wednesday, November 02 22 11:50 am EDT)
Fact checker is spreading mal information and will be removed and sponged from this site.
Factchecker(Wednesday, November 02 22 08:51 am EDT)
Today's factcheck is brought to you by The Sullivan House:
Everything that has ever been posted on this website has been spun into oblivion and is full of misinterpretations and conjecture without any concrete evidence. It is entertaining at times though. COnsider the Sullivan Report to have been fully and completely #factchecked.
Roger(Tuesday, November 01 22 08:07 pm EDT)
Donk, you should have prepared your business for heating oil increases. No one cares about your complaining.
Bill from West VA(Tuesday, November 01 22 06:18 pm EDT)
Fact checker must be somebody with inside sources.
Factchecker(Tuesday, November 01 22 08:53 am EDT)
That is not the real Spencer Batchelder. Just wanted to throw that factcheck out there. It is the real John O'Connor though. Also, if the Claremont Dems get their way and are allowed to present any of their wild dreams on ballots for future elections carte blanche I am going to ask that we consider a large Pokemon tax to offset the property taxes that we pay in town.
Donk(Tuesday, November 01 22 08:45 am EDT)
Everybody ready for $10 heating oil?
Steven(Monday, October 31 22 04:38 pm EDT)
Yes, I saw the cartoons in Mostly uncensored, tbe one with Stone, carrying the anvil cracked me up my wife also showed me some Halloween cartoons that were funny.
Mostly uncensored used to ha e a lot of cartoons about topics in Claremont, but haven't seen many for awhile. Just a lot of national political posts lately.
Used to be a group I checked out everyday.
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 31 22 06:03 am EDT)
New article published today on the News Flashes page of this website.
October 26, 2022 Claremont city Council meeting synopsis.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, October 29 22 07:48 pm EDT)
Carl(Saturday, October 29 22 07:36 pm EDT)
Hey Jim! Any meaningful interactions with Yosh yet?
John J O’Connor(Saturday, October 29 22 09:21 am EDT)
I’m sure there is a something within the City Charter that would disqualify him from running again. I can’t imagine someone being removed for misconduct and be allowed to run in an open election.
Trust me, if he is removed others will apply for his position.
Spencer Batchelor(Saturday, October 29 22 09:08 am EDT)
Even if they get Contois off what prevents him from paying his $1 and being the only option from Ward 2. Or maybe you would see him re elected because the people of Ward 2 prefer an insect wildlife preserve over an expanding car lot.
John J O’Connor(Saturday, October 29 22 08:46 am EDT)
So what do we do about Jim Contois?
If I understand the situation correctly, Jim is adamantly against the new construction being proposed on Charlestown Rd. He filed an appeal to a wetlands decision as a citizen and not as a City Councilor and in the course of doing his due diligence he took pictures of the location and was told to get off the property.
The police were called, a summons for Tresspassing was issued and Jim’s defense (according to his statement) is he was not on the complainant’s property but on City controlled bern.
It seems this is an issue for the Court and not the Council,until a verdict has been rendered. We are all considered innocent until proven guilty. If he is found guilty then it becomes a Council issue.
Until a decision comes down from the court the Council’s hands are tied but I am concerned about Jim’s phone call to the Chief of Police. I remember Councilor Dietz making a phone call to DPW that cost him his position on the council.
If people are serious about getting Jim off the Council, in my opinion, they have a better shot claiming his abused his power by making the phone call instead of him exercising his constitutional right to protest.
Matt mooshin(Saturday, October 29 22 07:05 am EDT)
Contois was out representing the city and council on the corner with his BLM sign. At least one of the councilmen isn’t afraid to show how un-bigoted he really is.
It nice having 3 useless senior citizens on council, 3 opportunistic buisness men.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, October 28 22 04:45 pm EDT)
Sam is Nicky Boy
Sam(Friday, October 28 22 03:47 pm EDT)
Matt Mooshine is Nicky Boy
Matt Mooshine(Friday, October 28 22 01:26 pm EDT)
If Contois gets removed from the council for the remainder of this term, what is to stop him from filing and taking Ward II again? Nobody runs against him from Ward 2 and by all acounts the 300 people from Ward 2 that vote for him are perfectly fine with his actions since Christian Gomes and car dealerships in general aren’t the real types of business the Democrats want in this town.
Who would the clowns on those forum like to see take Ward 2 from him?
We are currently pushing hard to take Ward III from the former punk police officer.
Maybe that half retarded Jon stone knob gobbler Will Greco will try to take his seat.
Donk(Friday, October 28 22 10:59 am EDT)
Elite? I walk circles around the inspectors.
Building inspectors(Thursday, October 27 22 08:59 pm EDT)
The city can bust everyone's balls for there elite fuck head building inspectors and the crew at the visitors center but not work on there own junk
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, October 27 22 08:17 pm EDT)
I already requested a copy of the fire safety inspection report for City Hall and all I received is the inspection report for the Opera House. I filed another request for the report for the rest of the building. It may take another week or so before I receive that if I receive what I requested this time. As far as an analysis of moving city offices to the community center that would have to be done by city staff as it would be an extensive study and they have all the data, which I do not have. You should be asking your elected officials on the Council for that.
4670 Loyal Readers(Thursday, October 27 22 07:16 pm EDT)
We the readers officially request an in depth analysis of the city hall complex from Sullivan. We also formally request an analysis of the savings from moving all city offices from the city hall and visitor center to the community center.
Horace Greeley(Thursday, October 27 22 07:10 pm EDT)
The Sullivan report never gets down to the real story, ask any city employee. You often only know 20% or less of any story and then the Sullivan report moves on and all is forgotten. Why would anything change when nothing is ever followed through on? Will the Sullivan report publish the city hall maintenance reports and fire inspection reports? Nope. Should the city move the offices to the community center? Yep!
Drool(Thursday, October 27 22 04:35 pm EDT)
Cloutier is a drooler that's what the liberals like fact check that
Gronk is Cheese(Thursday, October 27 22 12:18 pm EDT)
Jim Sullivan is Nicky boi, Donk is Patty, Patty is Steve. Factchecker is factchecker. This page is so dumb.
Sam(Thursday, October 27 22 10:58 am EDT)
Patty is Nicky Boy
Patty(Thursday, October 27 22 09:10 am EDT)
Contois is out of control but it seems terrible unprofessional for the owner of Ford of Claremont to attend a meeting and threaten the council that if they do not do something about him that he will tell businesses not to locate to Claremont. This guy is supposed to be a community business person and if he doesn't get his way he will blackball the City? I think I will shop Lebanon Ford from now on. I do think Contois needs to go but to make a demand with those words read to me that he doesn't care about this city or the residents. Only about his concerns and wallet. As someone has has been in the community for 67 years I can't support any business that has that approach. Very unprofessional to threaten the community as a whole. Christian Gomes you should be ashamed of yourself. You come across like you think you are better than everyone and arrogant. I tried to call the dealership this morning but you wouldn't take the call. Jim Sullivan I know you care about the community and we are on the same page as to Contois actions. I do however hope you see how this business owner arrives here. Gifts a few cars to the City and now just makes demands. That did not get him far in Long Island.
Factchecker(Thursday, October 27 22 09:07 am EDT)
My goodness, Christian Gomes (owner, Ford of Claremont) was really mad last night at the council meeting about Councilor Contois' trespassing on his property. He told the council that he will tell any business that tries to come to Claremont not to if the council does not take immediate and swift action on Contois. As difficult as it is to believe, the conservatives on the council may just get rid of Contois before the Liberal side gets rid of Stone which is absolutely remarkable. This statement has been #factchecked by #Factcheckersofclaremontllc. COntact us today for all your #factchecking needs.
This #factchecker was also shocked that Norm Blouin did not speak but was in attendance.
John Cloutier(Wednesday, October 26 22 09:38 am EDT)
John Cloutier has been elected for 16 2 year terms, yet the state law regarding equal education funding has yet to go into effect shows the quality of state reps.
We all know that the reason Claremont is broke is because the nice areas dump their losers on the town for guys like Donk.
Focus your attention on the schools and the lame ass municipal problems will sort themselves out.
Or they won’t because claremont school district will continue to educate the future employees of claremont
Factchecker(Wednesday, October 26 22 08:59 am EDT)
A member of the NH House of Representatives is not a "valuable political position". There are 400 seats and little gets accomplished there. Also, a good number of representatives don't even show to most of those sessions. Claremont has had a history of some really absent, bad apple representatives over the years. That's a fact!
Matt mooshin(Wednesday, October 26 22 07:37 am EDT)
Tom the difference is Jon stone is vying for a more valuable political position. Jim Contois runs unopposed in Ward 2, his belligerence is a reflection of Claremont.
Jon Stones coverage is because is an actual bully with a sordid past of using a position of power to actually physically harm the public
Tom(Wednesday, October 26 22 04:55 am EDT)
Councilman Jonathan Stone's injunction against release of his twenty year old personnel records is denied by a judge with the possibility of an appeal makes it into the pages of the Eagle Times and the Valley News and the Union Leader. The Sullivan Report also published an article about this development.
Councilman James Contois commits a crime of criminal trespass at the Ford of Claremont causing a 911 emergency call and three law enforcement officers are rushed to the scene to rectify the situation and not a word is ever published in either of these three publications although it is equally newsworthy. Only the Sullivan Report reported this to their readers with a published copy of the police report.
The difference is Councilman Jonathan Stone is a Republican and Councilman James Contois is a Democrat and the three newspapers are liberal leaning strong supporters of the democrat party. These three newspapers are controlling what the populace are informed about and what they are not. What they practice is not true journalism as they are quashing any news that could be damaging to elected officials who are strong supporters of the democrat party agenda.
Information Technology(Tuesday, October 25 22 07:07 pm EDT)
This site is very influential. Request the website browsing history of all city employees and see that this site is among the highest traffic among them. Actually that might be an interesting exercise, to see which employees are actually productive and which ones sit on Facebook, which I have seen so many times. You wonder why things don’t get done, it’s because they are entertaining themselves and not working.
Matt Mooshin(Tuesday, October 25 22 05:18 pm EDT)
Richard or whatever your name is, hardly anybody runs and the majority of the voting population in this town is senior citizens. They are electing leaders that take care of their needs. The facts that Jim exposes just don’t matter to the voters that elect our officials because their needs are placed first. Richard or whatever your name is, why do you think Nick, Andy, Jon, Dale, Deb, matt and spencer pander to the senior citizens to get elected and keep themselves in office.
Just face the fact that the government is criminal in nature and also governs itself through the will of the voters. The will of the voters is clearly not the small minority of small town libertarian capitalists, which is why this sites breaking criminal news have amounted to nothing.
Richard(Tuesday, October 25 22 04:27 pm EDT)
Matt or whatever your real name is, as I see it there are two issues in regards to the constant secrecy of Sullivan County leaders not informing the public of their actions or critical information when they are spending millions and millions of our public funds. The first is an ethical issue and the second may be a legal issue revolving around the public hearings for some of these actions where the public was misled on purpose by lies of omission from our County leaders. It was done with the Sullivan House, the Sullivan County nursing home project and every County budget since 2019 because of this secret policy to overtax the County populace to the tune of $750,000-$1 million per year. All of the County leaders are culpable whether they knew about these things or not they should have and it speaks to their unfitness to be leaders of our County government. Matt or whatever your name is, there is no amount of political spin that will be able to obscure the facts that Jim Sullivan exposed as he has documented everything and published those documents for us to see. The taxpayers of Sullivan County have fallen for the constant lies emanating from the lips of their leaders for too long. Sullivan County voters need to elect as many new candidates to public office as they can.
Charlie(Tuesday, October 25 22 12:31 pm EDT)
Make this site about Donk’s apartments and bad business management again!
Matt Mooshin(Tuesday, October 25 22 06:52 am EDT)
Every level of government operates within some level of secrecy. Maybe Jim should find the actual laws they broke by not informing him or any media of what they were doing.
Clearly if anything had actually been “breaking” news or even important news something might have happened. Everybody on here even the martyr who publishes his own crap isn’t taken seriously at all anymore. If you aren’t going to do it on Facebook where you have to be yourself or can’t just be an insulting asshole like him, donk or any of the other privatizing morons here, none of this reporting will be taken seriously.
Jon stone sharing the stuff he likes doesn’t matter either because that punk criminal isn’t taken seriously either and once it comes to light what he did under the protection of the government and law he will likely be voted out. It will just take a ward targeted and intelligent campaign push that I’m Nelson and the Claremont democrats are up for.
Charles(Tuesday, October 25 22 05:40 am EDT)
James you are trying to divert the public's attention away from the facts that Jim Sullivan showed about the $25.2 million loan agreement with the language from the actual documents. About the short project completion timeframe and the stiff penalties if that unlikely timeframe is not met. Jim Sullivan also showed us the documentation proving the opportunity to sell the nursing home and the policy of county commissioners and county delegates and the county manager conspiring to increase property taxation by between $750K and $1 million every year to give them more tax dollars to spend. All of these actions were done in secret. The county leaders willfully hid all these actions from the citizenry. Nothing can sugarcoat those unforgivable acts.
Ryan(Tuesday, October 25 22 05:14 am EDT)
The Eagle Times needs a new reporter. Dylan Marsh is clueless. In today's edition he reports about the court case involving councilor Jon Stone's court drama to keep his employee records sealed. The Union Leader reported that a week ago and the Sullivan Report posted an article the day after the Union Leader story. The Eagle Times is a sad mess compared to what it used to be. I intend to cancel my subscription when it expires. It is just not worth the money when other more pressing concerns like food and heat and electricity and gas are more important than paying to buy a newspaper with hardly any local news or stale local news.
James(Monday, October 24 22 10:42 pm EDT)
Do you remember when Jim dig up a bunch of dirt on the county and how they were illegally taxing people and stealing millions of dollars. Joe told him he was wrong. Derek Ferland came on here and told him he was wrong. Donk and all the other yes-men on here raised their pitchforks, and now what? Shockingly, no one went to jail, not a single publication picked the story up, and a lot of good conservatives like our county commissioners who used to read the report now think it’s garbage. Sad…
Tom(Monday, October 24 22 08:01 pm EDT)
I agree, the idea that the county commissioners care about what a guy named Donk thinks is pretty laughable. Joe used to post here and realized this place was too crazy for him.
Butch(Monday, October 24 22 04:07 pm EDT)
If the County Home was sold, how would that affect the Department of Corrections?
Matt Mooshin(Monday, October 24 22 09:33 am EDT)
The way you make your living is as criminal as the way the county commissioners make their living. I think it’s rather apparent that the decision makers don’t care about your assessment on any matters.
Donk(Monday, October 24 22 05:56 am EDT)
Another thing people fail to realize is that while that $25 million grant is a large amount of money the county is still on the hook for $40 million more.
What makes these county commissioners so expert at senior health care? Had the people known about this private offer it would be a no brainer- SOLD!
I do believe we have an ethics violation on our hands.All of the facts about this nursing home should have been presented for public hearing.This was so deceptive I believe it borders on criminal.
Donk(Sunday, October 23 22 05:19 pm EDT)
Why the hell wouldn't you sell this nursing home and not worry about it?
Wouldn't it also generate tax revenue as a private facility?
Is it too late? Can the public have a say since the public hearing was a deceptive rouse?
I would say all things considered the omission of details to the public constitutes grounds for removal of those that are not acting in the best interest of taxpayers.
I for one want nothing to do with being on the hook for this thing.
Ryan(Sunday, October 23 22 03:44 pm EDT)
Tony I think you are onto something. We need a good housecleaning in all of our local governments, county, school and city. Better representation equals better government.
Bob(Sunday, October 23 22 01:56 pm EDT)
Don’t forget that when it came to keeping big secrets from and lying to the public the county commissioners were all willing co-conspirators with the over taxation, the Sullivan House and the County Home loan agreement with the Feds. They all deserve to be run out of public office.
Greg(Sunday, October 23 22 11:30 am EDT)
I liked the idea of getting $25.2 million free for the nursing home fix up but the strings are too much of a gamble for me. The property taxes are high enough. If the state representatives and the commissioners and the county manager want to gamble they should go to Atlantic City or Las Vegas and gamble with their own money and not mine, yours and everyone else’s.
Tony(Sunday, October 23 22 11:10 am EDT)
Jim Sullivan has been warning us about Councilman Contois for a while now and no one in the city government except for Councilman Jonathan Stone has been listening. Councilman Stone made a motion to remove Councilman Contois from the Historic District Commission after Councilman Contois lied to the city councilors and justified it in his warped mind by saying he did not have permission to speak about the Historic District Commission meeting from Commissioner David Messier, the chairman of the Historic District Commission. That is just plain nuts and the city councilors could not work up the nerve to remove Councilman Contois from that city board. I think the Claremont voters have to do more than just remove their state reps they need to remove city councilors at the next election that will not be until next year.
Joan(Sunday, October 23 22 10:33 am EDT)
These state reps keep secrets from us, they lie to us and they overtax us so they can keep spending foolishly. How is that good representation? Vote non-incumbents on election day.
Factchecker(Sunday, October 23 22 09:37 am EDT)
You fools think that you can vote people out of office when they neatly all run unopposed. That’s not how any of this works. If you want Trespassy Contois, or doxxing Stone, or Point of Order O’Hearne removed you’d better be prepared for more than your typical “write-in” campaign to make it happen. And that’s a fact!
Dennis(Sunday, October 23 22 08:17 am EDT)
Wow! It will cost county taxpayers $1,050,000 a month for two years if the unreasonably short deadline to finish the project is not met. What the heck were these idiots thinking agreeing to sign a $25.2 million loan with those terms? They sure as heck are not representing me and I doubt they are representing the average citizen in the county either. I say we vote all of the Sullivan County state reps out of office on election day.
Nathan(Sunday, October 23 22 07:47 am EDT)
Councilor James Contois is becoming more aggressive with his outrageous behaviors. He is like a petulant child acting out and that is a source of constant embarrassment for the city government and for the citizens of our community. Jim Sullivan has inform the public of the full situation and he offered practical options and solid advice to the city councilors. Ignoring this growing problem will not solve anything only firm action will. This is a true test of the leadership abilities of Andrew O’Hearne, Jonathan Stone, Spencer Batchelder, Debora Matteau, Dale Girard, Nicholas Koloski, William Limoges and Matthew Mooshian and we will all be watching very closely to see what they do.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, October 22 22 08:53 pm EDT)
Jelly, very good catch. That was an unfortunate typographical error. The word was supposed to be ethically and I have fixed it in the article. Thank you for pointing that out. Just so you know, I use voice recognition software so I do not actually type out the articles and sometimes the voice recognition software prints something other than what I had said. Usually I catch any errors when I proof an article before I publish it. Unfortunately, this error got past me. Thanks again for pointing this out so I could correct it to read exactly as I originally intended it to be.
Jelly(Saturday, October 22 22 08:17 pm EDT)
Why does Jim think that James is not “ethnically” competent? What does his ethnicity have to do with anything. Weird Jim, real weird.
John J O’Connor(Saturday, October 22 22 07:55 pm EDT)
Dumbass, there’s a 7 year statute of limitations on Civil Rights violations so why would the ACLU investigate allegations from almost 20 years ago?
The ACLU got involved over the “Right to know” issues along with the validity of the Non Disclosure agreement in which stated certain documents were to be destroyed per agreement by both parties.
The City failed to abide by a signed court agreement.
Calvin(Saturday, October 22 22 07:41 pm EDT)
Sure Buddy, Stone shouldn't brag about informing you on topics then when people are around. One of you is a liar.
Richard(Saturday, October 22 22 07:25 pm EDT)
How can Jim Contois be innocent when the police report says that the owner of the Ford dealership called 911asking for police assistance after Jim Contois was repeatedly asked to leave and he refused? Jim Sullivan showed us the criminal code that says that if the owner of a property requests that someone leaves and the person refuses then that person is guilty of criminal trespass. That makes Jim Contois guilty of criminal trespass. There is no other way to look at it.
F.Lee(Saturday, October 22 22 07:17 pm EDT)
Jim Contois has the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty and so does Jon Stone.
Linda(Saturday, October 22 22 07:13 pm EDT)
James Contois is out of control and an embarrassment to our fair city. the city councilors should remove him from public office.
Tom(Saturday, October 22 22 06:13 pm EDT)
Jim, people hate Jon Stone because he is a Republican and to them all Republicans are evil. These liberal hatemongers will blame Republicans for everything that goes wrong even when it is a Democrat that caused the problem. James Contois is the problem here he is harassing a local business owner and he has now broken the law. Thank you for informing the public of James Contois's inexcusable actions. The people have a right to know the truth about what our public officials are doing and the problem is government officials continue to hide the truth from its citizens.
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, October 22 22 06:08 pm EDT)
Calvin you are dead wrong. The longtime reader I was referring to is not Councilor Stone. This person isn't any elected or appointed official at all.
Calvin(Saturday, October 22 22 05:45 pm EDT)
You should just say Stone instead of long time reader or avid reader or confidential contacts etc. Did he need to divert the attention from himself?
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, October 22 22 05:00 pm EDT)
New article just published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Can Claremont City CouncilorJames Contois be removed from the Council per the Claremont City Charter?
Donk(Saturday, October 22 22 03:31 pm EDT)
Contois can claim racism,I knew he was no proper Irishman.
@Jelly- I once had to do a welfare check on one of my tenants.When police went in they found my tenant had dug out his own knee-cap and was using it as a cup to drink from.
Never saw him again after that.hSGWYP
Jim Sullivan(Saturday, October 22 22 01:57 pm EDT)
Three new important articles posted today on the News Flashes page of this website.
1) Police summoned to Ford of Claremont to remove Claremont City Councilor James Contois for Trespassing!
2) Sullivan County Officials hide shocking secret about $25.2 million funding!
3) A Comedy of Errors Part #2!
Jelly(Saturday, October 22 22 01:53 pm EDT)
Wow, that’s interesting. You should make a documentary. What’s the most memorable tenant you ever had?
John J. O’Connor(Saturday, October 22 22 11:21 am EDT)
John the ACLU is also seeking the reports. They are not reporters with a chip on the shoulder. They see a pattern of behavior likely to reveal violations of citizens rights. Sounds familiar doesn’t it.
Donk(Saturday, October 22 22 11:11 am EDT)
Well Jelly, let's see,first theres the old mother with such a smokers hack that I thought she was going to cough up a lung(still smoking) one foot in the grave,the other on a banana peel.
Next up are her 2 female offspring,I would describe them as Ghetopotomisis severely overweight and seem to wear pajamas both day and night.I think they think it's cute but it's pretty repulsive.
Next I believe is the boyfriend? of the older sibling.Obese as well and sports a homegrown buzz cut hair style.I couldn't get much more than guttural grunts out of this fellow (paint chips?) He doesn't seem to be any kind of world beater considering he's always around during working hours so I assume he doesn't work or is possibly enjoying early retirement at 30ish.He seems to really relish those big bottles of beer.
The other fella is the boyfriend of the younger girl.He's alittle guy about 5'4" and he loves his tattoos,even a couple on his face.I guess he's not in sales.
Also in the troop is a girl about 12 years old and well on her way to achieving the girth of the mother,whichever one that is,I don't know.
Then there's 2 large pit bull dogs they have as family pets.Tattoo guy mumbled something about training them to fight,but I don't think this guy his the skill to train his piss stream to hit the bowl.
Just as long as their money is green and comes in at a timely manner.Live and let live I guess,but it's hard to see God's purpose.
Jelly(Saturday, October 22 22 10:00 am EDT)
6 people? Are they all adults? Sounds like a recipe for drama and maybe mamas.
Donk(Saturday, October 22 22 09:44 am EDT)
Has Claremont considered borrowing some money for projects from the gigantic community center coffers?
This dance and music studio project that is counting on state matching grants could possibly tap into the huge community center account and make it happen.
I'm tired of people telling me to sink a bunch of money into improving my properties.
Shabby Sheik is pretty much the Claremont theme.I just rented a 2BDRM to quite the troop.There's 6 people living there with 2 giant pit bulls.They thought that I would have a problem with pets.No problem,I love dogs.
Factchecker(Saturday, October 22 22 09:23 am EDT)
Democrats are scared of Stone, they know they cannot bully him. He won’t cave like others on the council. I heard from a close source at the city he was a significant reason Charlene Lovett didn’t run again as mayor. Her dreams of making Claremont a sanctuary city at the expense of the taxpayers was quickly put to bed among other dreams she had.
John J O’Connor(Saturday, October 22 22 09:10 am EDT)
What’s your definition of dirty?
If Jon did anything of a criminal nature, after an extensive internal and external (Damien Fisher) investigation, why weren’t any criminal chargers brought against him?
It’s been my experience, dirty Cops after such an extensive investigation are charged with a crime, that never happened.
If Councilor Stone committed a crime the Claremont Police Department would have no choice, regardless of Union agreements but to charge him criminally in a court of law. Failure to do that would open up the CPD to liabilities, both civilly and criminally.
No charges were ever brought forward.
Whatever occurred is ancient, work related history being brought back to life by a very vindictive reporter with a personal grip. I’m not sure what Jon did to Damien but it must have been something very personal for him to go on this crusade of vindictiveness so many years later.
Why would a Manchester paper have any interest in what happened to an employee of Claremont 17 years ago if this wasn’t a personal favor to one of its reporters for probably doing some dirty work in the past.
So the definition of dirty is important because carrying on an almost 2 decade vendetta against now an elected official, is dirty politics in my book.
You can set you watch, every election season this nonsense pops up.
Freddy(Saturday, October 22 22 06:59 am EDT)
Jon is a pillar of the community and partners with two even larger pillars of the community. The three together are building and shaping this community, providing jobs and creating quality housing. Leave them alone.
John J. O'Connor(Friday, October 21 22 11:31 pm EDT)
John I can see why you would support Jon Stone. Dirty cops are pretty sticky.
J Dubs(Friday, October 21 22 01:46 pm EDT)
I have a construction company if uou need someone to work on your place I will fix you up.
Donk(Friday, October 21 22 09:56 am EDT)
I only charge what the market commands.Rental properties are investments.They are not charities.I believe that wages for working class people have been suppressed for far too long.I belive government wages and benefits have been inflated to unsustainable levels.It's gotten to the point that there is no money for general maintenance of the cities infrastructure.I believe $35 k per year health insurance for limited work our employees do is insane.Even worse with employees like Richmond,like Merrill,and this new parks and rec guy is wasted salary and benefits.The jobs they were hired to do are not being done,or even worse being done improperly.Perhaps we could tap into the millions the community center is now generating to pave a few more roads.
If I lowered my rental rates you have no idea what that would attract.I try to be very careful of the people I rent to.I have no intention of renting to drunks and drug addicts.I don't need drama with police having to show up nightly for domestic disturbances.The truth is I would never rent to anyone coming out of this sobriety house that just went in.The recidivism for this crowd is somewhere around 95%.Those are odds I don't walk away from,I run.
The rent I charge in Lebanon is quite a bit higher than that I charge in Claremont.The rent at my place in Portsmouth is even higher still.It is all dependant on local income.If the jobs don't pay well the rent comes down.I believe that the extremely high rate of tax in Claremont is destroying any potential economic growth.You probably won't hear that out of Merrill,she drinks the big government kool-Aid.
Factchecker(Friday, October 21 22 09:13 am EDT)
It is good that Stone is going to be #factchecked by the proper authorities. It is imperative that the voting public realize who their elected officials are and if the proof is as bad as the rumors then we need to move on from him. Some things are worth forgiving and some things are not. Lets see in which bucket his transgressions fall.
Factchecker(Friday, October 21 22 08:59 am EDT)
Donk did indeed cry. Actually it was tears into a bowl of Cheerios which worked out because he was out of milk. #Factchecked
Rhonda(Thursday, October 20 22 08:34 pm EDT)
Donk, get off your high horse. You aren’t helping anyone with your high rent. Slash to 1/2 price and you might be helping.
Peter(Thursday, October 20 22 08:17 pm EDT)
Kolosky hurt donkeys feelings. Donky sad. Donkey cry like bitch. Fact checker can you verify this please?
Donk(Thursday, October 20 22 04:54 pm EDT)
Rhonda,I'm at the age now that making as much money as I can is no longer my top priority.
Our perception of Claremont must be quite different.I deal with working poor and a lot of elderly people that are on fixed income and are literally drowning and nobody cares.Well,I care and I try to help people that are really trying the best I can.Druggies and Drunks will get no love from me.If that's the bed you choose then you lay in it.
I've lived from coast to coast.I've lived in San Francisco and New York City.I've seen every kind of person that this World has created.I chose to live in the Claremont area because it is one of the few places that has a hometown feel to it.The crime is relatively low and I feel safe here.We don't have much of a choice in our"clientele" here for the sole reason that the employment offered in this area is very limited.The tenants I have work very hard and in their opinion the employees that work for city government are rich by comparison.While our employees are alway crying poor mouth for more money these people can't even dream of earning $50-$60 thousand dollars per year with a fantastic pension at the end and Cadillac health insurance for them and their families for their entire lives.My people's jobs don't have health insurace.When they get an ache or a pain they suck it up and try to muddle through.More times than once I've had tenants that did this only to find out when catastrophe hits their in stage 4 cancer left without any nest egg or income to fall back on.
They have tough lives from beginning to end,no prize pension for them at the end.
The country is looking at the end of the line now.The debt throughout every facet of the economy is insurmountable and therefore unplayable.Many of the governoment employees that have been forever insulated from. job loss no matter how bad their job performance has been over their professional career.
The tide is turning.These womb to tomb well paying jobs with pensions and fantastic health insurance are now in question of sustainability.
The chances are that many of these government employees that took their pay and benefits for granted could soon find out how the other half live.
I don't wish ill on anyone.Should you be knocked off your pedestal Rhonda you just may learn to empathize with people not as blesses as yourself.It's life lesson and with these trying times everybody it appears is fair game.
Rhonda(Thursday, October 20 22 12:07 pm EDT)
Donk, stop complaining. A competent businessman would have differentiated himself from the market and invested heavily in his business creating better clientele whom are more capable of paying rent.
Sam(Thursday, October 20 22 10:49 am EDT)
I bet if Stone was a Democrat none of this would be an issue. The local Democrats have always hated him. As for city government he has done a very good job on the council. He will always have my vote.
Donk(Thursday, October 20 22 10:10 am EDT)
Does the $100/wk. at the sobriety House even so much as cover insurance costs?
I would imagine that the heating and utility costs will be very high and getting higher.
Health Insurance costs,pay raises,and double the heat and electricity rates of last year will cripple Claremont.Nobody is even talking about this.Do you think seniors on fixed income can afford to support druggie losers or money pit community centers?
Many of these people will not be able to pay the astronomical property taxes in Claremont.As it is people are having to choose Heat or Eat? Property taxes that can't be paid won't be paid.
Where is the discussion of this crisis we're looking at?
Non-profits not paying taxes are dragging people down even further.I really have my doubts that the building Kolosky's bar is in is even paying the dramatically lowered taxes.I don't see any work on the building to improve it's decaying state.Even grant money that's doled out first come first serve is impossible to get because of the foot dragging mental retardation our local government provides us.
Somebody please smarten up and be aggressive to take advantage of programs that will help Claremont instead of just being lazy sacks of shit.
Valley Snooze Crap(Thursday, October 20 22 09:26 am EDT)
John J. O’Connor Your comment about Jon Stone are spot on. My dealings with him are positive. Valley Snooze needs to start concentrating on what the country is going through. The Democrats are burning the country down and Valley Snooze says nothing!
Jesus(Thursday, October 20 22 09:14 am EDT)
“Thou without sin, cast the first stone “
Matt Mooshine(Thursday, October 20 22 09:01 am EDT)
Stone is no different than any of the other sleezy fucks running for office.
He doesn’t want it to come out that he was just another criminal with a badge, hiding behind unions and lawyers.
John J. O’Connor(Thursday, October 20 22 08:19 am EDT)
Why are you so interested in ancient history? What is alleged happened over 17 years ago, the statute of limitations are up.
Who among us is the same person we were 17 years ago ?
Don’t judge Councilor Stone by unsubstantiated ancient allegations, judge him by his excellent representation he has given his constituents on the City Council.
Being a former State Representative I know what it takes to be heard in Concord and Jon Stone has what it takes to represent the tax payers of Claremont.
I will be voting for Councilor Stone because now more than ever Claremont needs strong representation and having known Jon for almost 3 decades, I know he is the man for the job.
Grace(Thursday, October 20 22 06:41 am EDT)
Who has asked us to forgive? Has Jon Stone ever apologized for his actions? Has he ever admitted wrong or just fought to sweep it all under the rug? I’m happy to forgive if someone is truly sorry.
Robert(Thursday, October 20 22 04:47 am EDT)
Who cares, honestly!
America is in decline. No one can forgive and leave the past in the past. This website is just as woke as a university campus. You make one mistake and they want you hung in the town square or at the very least want your whole life ruined. The mob persists.
Greg(Wednesday, October 19 22 09:48 pm EDT)
Well we finally get to see why Jon Stone was fired.
Anonymous(Wednesday, October 19 22 07:49 am EDT)
Jim, we have to make sure you only get what you ask for and we have to make sure that you get everything that you ask for for fear of a lawsuit and because we value integrity. You would be shocked at how much time it takes to fulfill your requests. Just ask!
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, October 19 22 06:29 am EDT)
New article published on the News Flashes page of this website.
Judge orders Claremont to release documents!
Jim Sullivan(Wednesday, October 19 22 06:28 am EDT)
Anonymous, I burst out laughing reading your comments. What a load of B.S.! The truth of the matter is that while I do make requests for information I really do not submit all that many and they are either for documents that are quickly and easily photocopied or I ask questions that are easily answered. None of which should take any competent municipal employee much time to do. If any members of the municipal staff is so incapable of performing their work tasks because they have to occasionally process an inquiry then Yoshi has his hands full and needs to begin terminating these nonproductive staff members for the good of the City and the Citizens of Claremont, who pay very high property taxes to maintain the operations of Claremont's City Government.
Anonymous(Wednesday, October 19 22 05:15 am EDT)
I work for the city and everyone learns about this website on day one. We spend so much time responding to the requests it’s hard to get any real work done. The talk at the water cooler is how ridiculously spun all the stories are. Half to 3/4 of all the articles would never get off the ground if the journalist would just speak with the parties involved.
Factchecker(Tuesday, October 18 22 07:31 pm EDT)
Big Fred is right. Obvious, something that shouldn’t have to be said, but right.
You’ve been #factchecked.
Big Fred(Tuesday, October 18 22 06:40 pm EDT)
There will be cake and ice cream at city hall (private party) for the retirement of Jim. Also, the productivity of the departments will be going up 10 fold now that we aren’t spending countless hours researching for Sullivan articles, for free!
Factchecker(Tuesday, October 18 22 03:17 pm EDT)
Factchecker (TM) is a fake and fake news. You have been #factchecked
It’s a fact.
Factchecker (TM)(Tuesday, October 18 22 02:53 pm EDT)
How dare someone else claim to be the Factchecker?! There is only one and it is I!
Today's factcheck is brought to you by Norman Blouin of East Green Mountain Rd, the road that only got half paved because the useless bastards are too busy drinking coffee in the field to do the work.
Jim Sullivan is not retiring from the Sullivan report no matter how much everyone wants him to. It's been verified.
John J O’Connor(Tuesday, October 18 22 09:21 am EDT)
Congratulations on your retirement. I look forward to many more in-depth articles in the future.
Factchecker(Tuesday, October 18 22 07:40 am EDT)
Jim is retiring. You’ve been #factchecked
That’s a fact.
Robert(Tuesday, October 18 22 03:10 am EDT)
Jim already said here that he is not retiring. The haters will do anything to try to hurt the reputation of Jim and this website because he constantly exposes well buried facts that local officials want to keep buried. The funny thing is the haters are obsessed with this website because they have to know what deep dark secrets Jim exposed next because he is the only one doing real journalism about Claremont and he is watching out for all the citizens unlike many of the elected leaders.
Norm(Monday, October 17 22 10:05 pm EDT)
No to rite aid building
Grace(Monday, October 17 22 09:40 pm EDT)
My favorite part of the newsflash is reading about what Norm ranted on this week. Is he still mad about the old rite aid building?
Vicky(Monday, October 17 22 08:58 pm EDT)
Why doesn’t Jim go to meetings like Bert does?
Tim Mulligan(Monday, October 17 22 07:21 pm EDT)
I don’t know about you guys but factchecker is hilarious and the best thing that has come to the forum since me!
And when did I miss Jim’s retirement announcement? I keep seeing all this stuff about him retiring, but I’d like to keep on the legacy and take over the site if this is true.
Factchecker(Monday, October 17 22 07:06 pm EDT)
After in depth detective work I have confirmed that Gary is Nicky. #Factchecked
Gary(Monday, October 17 22 04:47 pm EDT)
Factchecker is Nicky Boy
Tim Mulligan is Nicky Boy
Donk is Nicky Boy
Orestes Truth(Monday, October 17 22 04:10 pm EDT)
Elementary schools in Claremont to be restructured! Tune into the school board meeting on 10/19:
CLAREMONT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 7:00 pm
Elementary Restructuring Presentation; Request for Parent and Community
Participation/ Advisory Committee
Jim Sullivan(Monday, October 17 22 04:08 pm EDT)
Mary, I am not retiring from the Sullivan Report. Just another false rumor started by someone. Probably the product of wishful thinking by someone supportive of the status quo that is not keen on my exposing truths that some public officials want to keep deeply buried from the public.
Also, as I stated in the article, the reason why I wrote the Where's Yoshi article is because several residents noticed as I did that the new city manager did not appear in the published photos of the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Airport. I contacted Mayor Girard and he told me that Yoshi had been there and he sent me a photo proving it, which I published because I did not want people to think that Yoshi had not shown up to the event. It was simply a matter of fairness as it was the right thing to do.
factchecker(Monday, October 17 22 02:39 pm EDT)
Gary, you are incorrect. Factchecker is not "Nickyboy". Sorry to do this to you, but you've been #factchecked.
Mary, Jim is not retiring from this. #factchecked
Franklin, you are right. Jim looked pretty silly spending energy on something that was nothing. #Fact
Final fact for this post is: Yoshi Manale is NOT the same Yoshi from Super Mario. #Verified
Donk(Monday, October 17 22 01:25 pm EDT)
How is Yoshi positioning Claremont for the incoming Great Depression?
Gary(Monday, October 17 22 01:24 pm EDT)
Factchecker is Nicky Boy
Franklin(Monday, October 17 22 11:17 am EDT)
With all of our problems with Claremont Jimmy Boy focuses on Yoshi not being somewhere he was. Maybe if Jimmy would actually leave his house and attend these events he would have saw him there. More hard hitting journalism!
Mary(Monday, October 17 22 08:30 am EDT)
Jim, are you really retiring from doing this?
Factchecker(Monday, October 17 22 07:42 am EDT)
Charles, if we removed the nuts from the council there would only be a couple councilors left. And that’s a fact!
Tim Mulligan(Sunday, October 16 22 08:04 pm EDT)
Slow week in the news. When I am editor in chief, we will have more and better content. I see this website growing and becoming insanely profitable. Jim knows my vision and hopefully I will get the freedom to implement it.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, October 16 22 04:13 pm EDT)
Unfortunately Charles according to the Claremont City Charter, the only way that would be possible is if Contois was declared incompetent by a court of law and that seems highly unlikely. It will be up to the voters to do so at the next election if Contois decides to run for reelection.
Charles(Sunday, October 16 22 02:03 pm EDT)
Contois is acting more nutty with each passing day. Jim, isn't there any way to remove him from the Council?
Lisa(Sunday, October 16 22 02:01 pm EDT)
The haters are out today. Jim did Yoshi a favor by informing the public of Yoshi's attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony because Yoshi was not in the photos. I noticed he wasn't there when I read the Eagle Times. I didn't like it because I thought Yoshi was not doing his job representing Claremont but I did not reach out to Jim or anyone else about it. At least the truth is out there now. This is not a big story but at least this will not be a strike against Yoshi Manale as he already has several strikes against him already in many people's eyes because of his bad history.
Dickbag(Sunday, October 16 22 01:17 pm EDT)
Wow Jim being so popular your avid readers themselves were so hot and bothered by yet again made up information on where is Yoshi. Of course if he had been front and center your spin would be he was taking credit for other peoples work. Get a life dude.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, October 16 22 12:40 pm EDT)
Two new articles published today on the News Flashes page of this website.
1) Where the heck was Yoshi?
2) October 12, 2022 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, October 16 22 10:15 am EDT)
Reading the last comment, it seems that I am rattling some cages among local government officials and their supporters. Good, it means that I am doing things right reporting news that the public needs to know about that the lazy local press will never report because it takes time and effort to investigate what is really going on in Claremont instead of just accepting information from local government officials at face value without question.
Today's articles will be up a little later this morning as I am in the process of finishing them.
Dink(Sunday, October 16 22 08:42 am EDT)
62 new articles today.
Article 1 Airport cut ribbon see Valley News.
Article 62 I bitch about something I couldn't do any better by actually attending any meeting.
Jim Sullivan(Friday, October 14 22 03:53 pm EDT)
Donk, thank you for the kind words I appreciate it. In regards to the State Education Tax, I am not aware of any new tax being added. There is a group of New Hampshire citizens who filed for a court ruling for an injunction to freeze the state education tax for now arguing that the funds collected are unfairly distributed with the ultimate goal to permanently terminate the tax.
Ronald(Friday, October 14 22 07:33 am EDT)
I’m glad Ford cut down those ugly overgrown weeds in the front of their establishment.
Donk(Thursday, October 13 22 09:13 pm EDT)
Atleast I am friends with Whipple, the man that really runs this town. I am second only to him and the M&G gang in rental property. Nothing happens without the Whipple blessing. The new manager was meeting him last week for orientation.
Factchecker(Thursday, October 13 22 08:48 pm EDT)
Donk was found bobbing for apples under the lead desk at the Sullivan Report. #factcheck
Jay Dubbs(Thursday, October 13 22 08:17 pm EDT)
Haha, fact checker is the best! I’m cracking up. Donk, get real. You watch too much news buddy. How much do you really make? I seen those dumps
Donk(Thursday, October 13 22 07:51 pm EDT)
If this web page went away then the director of the community center could then just fill in fictional numbers forever.Nobody would know how much this sobriety house of losers were being subsidized by people that are having a hard time supporting themselves without being a doper loser.
Nobody would know that the building that Koloski's bar is in doesn't have to pay taxes like everyone else.Nobody would know about an organization forfeiting valuable property in order to subsidize private people in a building we own that don't even pay enough rent for utilities,never mind maintenance.Nobody would know that Claremont bonded $10 million to make sure the the Common Man Restaurant and a Big empty building had up to date infrastructure.Nobody would know about millions bonded for a parking garage that's falling apart and doesn't even generate enough money to clear it's own snow.Nobody would know about a dilapidated old restaurant that wants to be a music and dance studio expects the lowest income in the state taxpayers of Claremont to foot the bill for 100's of thousands of dollars.I could go on and on with the millions that have been wasted and misallocated on Boondogles for the last 2 decades.Had this site not examined it Claremont would have pursued Richmond's retarded paving plan.
We wouldn't have been made aware just what a waste of skin and wasted salary that Nancy Merrill has illustrated.These people are terrible at their jobs yet they're still there.These people might as well just not show up for work at all,it would be cheaper for Claremont taxpayers.I just wish somebody would explain to her that economic development is not how many non-profits can I find?
I'm sure this guy Manale is just going to be another big government yes man.No matter what we just can't seem to shake the deadwood out.Why is laying off people that are incompetent such a goddamn taboo?
I wouldn't mind paying more for better people and thin this unsustainable herd of do nothings.
Who should we find out the local news from if not from Jim Sullivan? The Eagle Times only got a lease on life by playing nicey to local government.The Eagle Times we have now isn't worth much of anything to anybody.I'm surprised it even exists at all like this.
Things are finally going to change,and the status-quo cannot do anything about it.
Electricity rates gas prices and the cost of heating oil will reveal just how bad off this town is by this winter.Without reasonable energy prices Claremont dies plain and simple.You may poo poo me all you like.I'll see you in the spring when the desparation hits
Factchecker(Thursday, October 13 22 06:18 pm EDT)
Correct. Nobody would notice if 3/4 of the government went away. Also, nobody would care if this webpage went away either. You’ve been #Factchecked
Donk(Thursday, October 13 22 05:42 pm EDT)
Being a landlord is as old as humanity itself.
Big Government people that produce nothing are a new product over the last 30 years.
If 3/4 of the government went away nobody would notice
Matt Mooshine(Thursday, October 13 22 04:58 pm EDT)
You are a leach on the system no different than the leaches to the system you exploit for your own gain. Nothing about what you do is Capitalism. You are part of pathetic population of this country.
Donk(Thursday, October 13 22 04:44 pm EDT)
Capitalism has been good to America.
Big Government seems to be destroying it.
See ya after the elections
Factchecker(Thursday, October 13 22 04:17 pm EDT)
Rodney is right. Donk makes an absolute killing on renting slums to poors. This has been verified and #factchecked
Rodney(Thursday, October 13 22 12:50 pm EDT)
Donk, you have very high profit margins on the properties that your LLC’s control/own. Stop complaining. Your current rate is north of $1400/month for a 1 bedroom and up from there. Your costs to operate that one bedroom are between $100-$200/month.
Donk(Thursday, October 13 22 12:42 pm EDT)
Funny how you didn't come to the defense of landlords when the moratorium was killing them.
Why weren't those taxes suspended?
Mike(Thursday, October 13 22 12:15 pm EDT)
A smart landlord doesn’t set their prices based on what their costs are. They set it as high as the market can bear. They’ll make a decision on which property to buy in the future based on costs and ROI, but today’s rental prices are a reflection of demand, not taxes or costs. If we raised taxes on landlords, but demand dropped, the price of rent would go down. As long as demand is rising, so should taxes. Because right now the landlord that barely takes care of their property, rents to multiple families with children in the school system, and lives out of town is making an absolute killing while costing the city.
Donk(Thursday, October 13 22 10:11 am EDT)
Mike, you need to take a look at companies throughout the entire economy.While inflation has raged over the last year prices of goods has risen even more.Profit margins are at all-time highs.Why wouldn't profit margins for landlords be at all time highs as well?
With the mortgage rate now at 7% a lot of people are priced out of the housing market.This puts apartments in higher demand,and therefore more expensive.
Companies are using the Rahm Emanuel playbook."Don't let a good crisis go to waste."
After the moratoriums Landlords have to recoup that lost revenue.Despite the moratoriums property taxes were still collected.Tenants now have to make up for that revenue shortfall.
If taxes and/or fees rise for landlords those costs will be passed directly onto tenants,with a little bit extra for good measure.
Mike(Thursday, October 13 22 09:44 am EDT)
Donk, I’d be curious to know what you charge for rent and what the property taxes on your building are. Just a guess: A four unit property in Claremont should assess for around 200k, pay 8200 in taxes a year, and rent for an average of 1200 a unit, depending on how many bedrooms. That means 4800/month in revenue, or 58k a year. A big old house with poor insulation might cost 6-8k a year to heat, and then tenants pay all the other utilities. The truth is, taxes haven’t risen nearly as fast as rents have. Profits for landlords have never been higher. Taxes aren’t forcing rents up, demand is. I’m not saying thats a bad thing, but landlords are doing fine right now. And Jim, if you’re interested in how the increase in property values is going to change the balance of property taxes, watch the landlords.
Donk(Thursday, October 13 22 09:22 am EDT)
Jim,what is this new education tax that the state is adding to property taxes?
My tenants are having a hard time hanging on now.With the rent increases because of this tax it may be the straw that breaks the camels back.
Ginger(Wednesday, October 12 22 08:34 pm EDT)
We are fortunate to live where we do. I love Claremont. I once lived in a large white apartment building on Prospect st with a huge historic porch and it was just gorgeous and dripping with history. The sweetest old lady lived there and used to make the most amazing cookies that filled the hallways with delicious scents. I now own my own home and happily pay my taxes that contribute to the greatness of Claremont.
Jeremy(Wednesday, October 12 22 07:56 pm EDT)
New corner premier coffee shop coming to pleasant street with the best coffee in the world. New business coming in with a new street and new manager…coincidence, I think not.
Mike D(Wednesday, October 12 22 06:29 pm EDT)
Foreign troll bot
Rick(Wednesday, October 12 22 05:27 am EDT)
Mike, did you even look at the Nick Lawrence's chart? It is full of numbers. Are you saying that he added a zero to every single number on that chart? Even if he was that stupid the numbers would still be way too high. He put together a bullshit report and passed it out to the council and the public as a true statement. Now that Jim exposed his bullshit he and the new city manager will have to walk back this fantasy report and come up with some bullshit story to protect Lawrence so he can keep his job. I can't wait to hear what Manale and Lawrence come up with for an excuse. It ought to be good.
Johnny(Wednesday, October 12 22 05:16 am EDT)
How many years ago? Two decades?
Factchecker(Tuesday, October 11 22 08:01 pm EDT)
Johnny. James has, in fact been seen in public. As a former city councilor was where he was last seen. You’ve been #factchecked
Johnny(Tuesday, October 11 22 06:18 pm EDT)
I’m thinking foreign toll bot. Has anyone seen in real life
Jim Sullivan(Tuesday, October 11 22 04:17 pm EDT)
Thom, because I work a full-time job and only have the weekends to write and publish the articles that I research during the weekdays.
Factchecker(Tuesday, October 11 22 02:58 pm EDT)
Jim is not a Democratic Operative. I have operatives involved in both parties and they all claim that this individual is not one of them. Hillary, you have been #factchecked
Hillary(Tuesday, October 11 22 01:16 pm EDT)
Jim is not a Russian bot, he is a Democratic operative.
Factchecker(Tuesday, October 11 22 12:02 pm EDT)
10 articles were dropped at once because Russian bots are tough to manage. #Factchecked
Thom(Tuesday, October 11 22 11:06 am EDT)
Why did you drop 10 “articles” all at once? Why not one at a time throughout the week so we can read and discuss. Half the stuff you posted hasn’t even made it to forum conversation.
Factchecker(Tuesday, October 11 22 09:09 am EDT)
Foreign Bot troll is correct
CSBCC new director made an honest mistake.
Whitney Skillen was out of line but Jim (russian bot troll) is right that at least she asks the tough questions despite her lack of decorum.
James Contios - nuttier than squirrel turds.
Shooting at Walmart? plants from the Keene area sent here to try to stunt the growth that we are experiencing.
Mike(Tuesday, October 11 22 07:52 am EDT)
Jesus Christ everyone. Give the new guy a chance to right the wrong. It’s not like he padded the numbers a little to make them seem better. It’s more like he added a zero and didn’t notice the typo because he’s new. This is what Jim is good at, finding those mistakes. But put down your pitchforks for just a minute and ease off the keyboard rioting.
Pat(Tuesday, October 11 22 05:19 am EDT)
I think the new rec director is a nutjob. I know some of the city councilors are dumb but what make him think that he could get something so ferociously false by them? Nearly four million dollars in sales when memberships are rapidly declining. Seriously? I am not a cop but isn't what he did fraud?
James(Monday, October 10 22 07:54 pm EDT)
Are we even sure this website is run by a real person and not a foreign troll bot?
Joel(Monday, October 10 22 03:39 pm EDT)
Looking at all of his strange behavior I am not sure that James Contois can be held accountable for any of his outrageous actions. He should not be in a position to make decisions for anyone.
Rachel(Monday, October 10 22 02:54 pm EDT)
I think it is disgusting that a city councilor is trying to block economic development in Claremont. We have so little of it going on as it is. James Contois should be ashamed of himself.
Ryan(Monday, October 10 22 01:53 pm EDT)
I watched the last school board meeting and Whitney Skillen was way out of line as she acted like an entitled spoiled brat. Michael Petrin needs to get his shit together and start taking control of these meeting when one or more of the attendees gets out of line
Fact Check(Monday, October 10 22 01:14 pm EDT)
The colorful chairs/benches on Pleasant St (including the bike racks) are removable and will be taken away during the winter.
Second: Skillen is a school board member, not a city councilor.
I think that I am going to become the new "fact checker" on this forum to keep all you angry hillbillies in line.
Dan(Monday, October 10 22 01:05 pm EDT)
Jim is doing a tremendous job exposing the numerous unresolved problems in the city. What I am wondering is if Mr. Manale is such a fabulous choice of a city manager, will he step up and fix the problems or will he ignore everything and do nothing?
Brad(Monday, October 10 22 11:53 am EDT)
In the real world, employees that distributed fraudulent financial information are terminated. In Claremont government circles, they are praised for their good work. This is the very definition of a broken and corrupt government
Jennifer(Monday, October 10 22 11:51 am EDT)
Haters like Franklin are going to hate because they cannot debate the issues for the facts are not on their side. Whitney Skillen listened to several citizens who spoke at the school board meeting with genuine concerns about the actions that the school board was asked to take by the top level school administration employees. The Senate bill defines how the funding can be spent and how the school administration employees wish to spend the money is an inappropriate expenditure of those funds. This difference of opinion is why a legal opinion is necessary and Whitney is not the only one who wanted this legal opinion the entire school board voted in favor of seeking that legal opinion as they were in complete agreement with several citizens who raised those concerns. That is not a waste of money. What would be a waste of money is to cavalierly spend that money incorrectly and later have the government demand a full refund. Franklin I have no idea what you are alluding to about the rec center wasting money. Maybe I missed something in that article but Mr. Sullivan was writing about a document forwarded to the city councilors and to the city manager from the new rec center director claiming that the community center suddenly raised over $3.7 million in one month and sold considerably more membership packages then there are people living in Claremont. The entire finance report for the community center has all the appearance of a work of fiction and not a good one at that. Franklin stop trying to shoot the messenger and start listening to the important messages that Mr. Sullivan is conveying to all of us.
Franklin(Monday, October 10 22 10:58 am EDT)
Jimmy boy Sullivan applauding Skillen for wasting more tax money by drafting a irrelevant "legal" opinion, but then goes on to talk about the rec center wasting money is ironic. The one term councilor who knows everything but hasn't done anything for the city, DO BETTER
Linda(Monday, October 10 22 10:11 am EDT)
Mr. Contois’s actions are outrageous and the number of embarrassing incidents are growing. If Mr. Contois cares about our city, he would stop embarrassing Claremont by tendering his resignation from the city council and return to a private life.
Todd(Monday, October 10 22 09:44 am EDT)
How stupid do Nick Lawrence and Lisa Richmond think we really are? There is no way in hell the community center is raking in millions of dollars. Jim blew that apart with his facts and figures. Jim’s use of city census statistics to drive home the point of this being an impossibility was the final nail in the coffin.
Donk(Monday, October 10 22 09:36 am EDT)
This will explain what's going on at The Sullivan House.
Dennis(Monday, October 10 22 09:05 am EDT)
I read Mr. Adrian’s article in the Valley News and the more I read about how Mr. Manale was hired by the city council the more it looks like a you scratch my back and I will scratch yours deal between Mr. Manale and the Mayor. I cannot believe that the other councilors are so naive to not think there was a conflict of interest there. Maybe they were frantically desperate to hire anyone to fill that job.
Gail(Monday, October 10 22 08:58 am EDT)
Whitney Skillen did do a good job asking the tough questions and that is her job with her elected status. She is however an adult and she needs to begin to act like one during the meetings by not interrupting everyone when it is their turn to speak. If the chair was doing his job he would have stopped her the first time instead of letting it continue on with speaker after speaker.
Greg(Monday, October 10 22 08:40 am EDT)
I’m pleased to see Whitney Skillen actually doing a good job on the school board. Decorum would be nice, but we need someone who can stand go to the administration when it comes to the majority of our tax dollars, and she’s the only one that has in recent memory.
Tom(Monday, October 10 22 07:53 am EDT)
The Sullivan House is a disaster waiting to happen. You just wait, felons from everywhere will be sent in to fill the place and when that happens what will happen to the local crime rate and how will it affect Claremont’s struggling downtown economy?
Richard(Monday, October 10 22 06:41 am EDT)
Lisa Richmond made a hot mess of that road paving spreadsheet. The Mayor and Jim Sullivan both made a fool out of her with all the math errors and missing information that exceedingly understated the true cost of that rejected plan. I have a sneaky suspicion that her fingerprints will be all over the spurious spreadsheet asserting the falsehood that the community center is suddenly bringing in nearly four million dollars of revenue when in July the community center could not even crack the eight thousand dollar mark. I do not have any faith in the new recreation director either. No one who would do something like this can be trusted.
Don(Monday, October 10 22 04:45 am EDT)
My daughter’s best friend works in city hall and she said that the finance director has turned her department into a hostile work environment. The young lady left for a job in Lebanon and the treasurer took a demotion just to get away from the finance director as much as they could. I was told that the finance director does not know how to do her job and she pushed her work onto the other two ladies because the finance director could not do the work herself. Mr. Manale should find a new finance director.
Kevin(Monday, October 10 22 03:10 am EDT)
Wow Tim did Jim pea in your cornflakes? I thought he did a terrific job with all the local news he reported no matter what the source might be. Compare that with the amount of local news the Eagle Times reports and there is no comparison. Jim is doing a much better job. He is showing how untrustworthy our school, city and county government leaders are by using their own public records, words and actions against them. Jim I appreciate your efforts and there are many others in our city that do as well. We are not all like Tim.
Tim(Sunday, October 09 22 09:38 pm EDT)
I like how you consider posting Police Chief issues press release or Valley News wrote a story as "Articles". The rest are your own speculation. Example is another business owner that wants out of downtown. You can tell you have never owned or operated anything. Are you suppose to hold things for life or sell when there are improvements?
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, October 09 22 05:36 pm EDT)
10 new articles published today on the News Flashes page of this website.
1) Octavian Yoshi Manale is sworn in as Claremont's new City Manager.
2) Valley News publishes article regarding City Manager Manale's past!
3) Claremont Finance Office in turmoil!
4) A comedy of errors!
5) Are City Officials playing games with the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center's Financial Reports?
6) Sullivan House update!
7) NH DES Wetlands Bureau approves wetlands permit for Ford of Claremont!
8) Claremont Police Chief Brent Wilmot issues press release regarding the shooting at Claremont Walmart.
9) Citizens Bank Building is up for sale.
10) New Hampshire taxpayers seek court order to block Statewide Education Property Tax!
Tom(Sunday, October 09 22 08:26 am EDT)
Role call. How many of us are current and/or former city employees?
Marcus Aurelius’ Truth(Sunday, October 09 22 08:24 am EDT)
You all think like peasants not emperors. Do you remember when the site admin deleted posts here? Is anybody in here?
Orestes Truth(Sunday, October 09 22 06:41 am EDT)
Yoshi lied to the valley news reporter. The government structure created a lack of anonymity? Please!
I would also call on Mayor Girard to release the names of the five other experienced city managers that the council reached out to along with the person he did business with in Brattleboro.
Robert “Bobby” Gallagher(Saturday, October 08 22 07:27 pm EDT)
Slums are Claremont’s worst issue by a long shot. Second only to the school system.
Donk(Friday, October 07 22 01:18 pm EDT)
Slums and bad tenants.
John J O’Connor(Friday, October 07 22 11:43 am EDT)
Great idea, let the people in the Half-way house do the time consuming tasks that are normally performed by Parks and Rec or DPW.
One I can think of off the top of my head is having a few ready to shovel Pleasant St. after the a snow storm. The positioning of the “benches and tables” will make it impossible to use a snow blower so it must be removed by hand.
Speaking of Pleasant St., will the company that installed the “pavers” be on call ? I can foresee issues in regards to displacement during snow removal.
I’m sure they will be on speed dial .
My top priorities for the new City Manager :
3. Senior housing.
Donk(Friday, October 07 22 11:33 am EDT)
Guy, I would like to add possible privatization of the DPW.
Between salaries,health insurance,and pensions we are essentially paying guys that cut grass and shovel snow $120,000 per year.That seems excessive to me.
I wouldn't mind seeing the residents of the sober living facility possibly taking up a lot of these duties,while trying to adjust to living a normal life.I think it's a win win.
Guy(Friday, October 07 22 08:55 am EDT)
Again, I ask what should be the top priorities of the new City Manager?
So far I’ve seen :
3. Community Center
Anything else ?
Donk(Friday, October 07 22 08:27 am EDT)
Mike, you're comparing apples against oranges.You've stated the budget stats of Keene and Lebanon against that of Claremont and I agree with that.
Take your analysis one step further and include income per capita.
I'm sure Beverly Hills,Ca. or Greenwhich,Ct. have 10 times the budgets that Keene or Lebanon have.Why is that?
Finance Minister(Friday, October 07 22 05:59 am EDT)
Claremont has turned the corner and there is so much momentum right now because due the bold vision of Guy Santagate and Nancy Merrill. Merrill has never taken her eye off the vision and is in it for the long hall until the goal is achieved. There is no one here that has the boldness and will that even comes close to that of Merrill. She made a promise to Santagate that his vision would come to fruition and she will stop at nothing.
Matt Mooshine(Thursday, October 06 22 08:16 pm EDT)
Don’t waste your time trying to educate anybody on this forum as to where the actual problem is.
They want everything privatized and have been marginalized in any real discussion anywhere.
Mike(Thursday, October 06 22 06:50 pm EDT)
Claremont has already slashed its budget a hundred times over. For a city of its size, we have a pathetically small budget. Lebanon has 1000 more people and twice the budget. Keene has double the people and quadruple the budget. On a per household basis, we pay less in taxes compared to our neighbors. And the landlords and their renters pay much less. It’s the school district that hemorrhages money due to state mandates on special education. Slashing the municipal budget even further just cripples Claremont’s ability to attract talented employees, attract business and investment, and take care of our infrastructure.
Donk(Thursday, October 06 22 03:18 pm EDT)
The whole state is looking at Claremont and it's tax rate.We are by far higher than anyone else.The state will step in if people are hurting and unable to pay astronomical taxes.Just wait and see.
We're outa runway.You gotta cut spending(headcount) or go bust.The state will not swallow 1/2 of Claremont losing their house to taxes.Just cut the goddamn spending.Do you not see the world around you?
Tony(Thursday, October 06 22 02:59 pm EDT)
Donk do you not understand how property taxes work? The values are not relevant. The rate is adjusted to raise the required revenue to manage the City. Your property value has more to do with what you pay compared to other property owners. If all values rise or fall, the city will adjust the rates to raise the money needed.
Donk(Thursday, October 06 22 10:13 am EDT)
How to weather property tax revenue declining with a 30-50% reduction in real estate values as wages and health insurance as well as utilities are rising dramatically.
You better not issue any more bonds unless you want Claremont to default.
Sam(Wednesday, October 05 22 07:49 pm EDT)
The Claremont Savings Bank Community Center
Tony(Wednesday, October 05 22 03:29 pm EDT)
Guy(Wednesday, October 05 22 02:32 pm EDT)
What should be the new City Managers top priority ?
Greg(Wednesday, October 05 22 07:21 am EDT)
You mean unanimously by the council who you voted for?
Barbie(Wednesday, October 05 22 06:47 am EDT)
Oh, “the whole way”? What do you know anyways?
Ken(Wednesday, October 05 22 06:12 am EDT)
The whole way Mr. Manale was hired seem shady.
Ben(Tuesday, October 04 22 07:52 pm EDT)
My big takeaway, Yoshi will provide justice for the downtrodden renters in Claremont. He will bolster up the ranks to fight the scourge of landlords who have stricken this town. They have bought all the property for Pennie’s on the dollar and sucked every last dollar out while doing no, I mean zero maintenance. There is a new sheriff in town, Yoshi, the Wyatt Earp of the East.
Mike(Monday, October 03 22 10:17 pm EDT)
Jim brings up an interesting point. If our property assessments are half of the actual prices, the tax rate is effectively double what it should be. How many investors or potential home-buyers have been turned off by Claremont’s high tax rate that should be half of what it’s listed at?
Orestes Virtue(Monday, October 03 22 08:33 pm EDT)
Why didn’t Mayor Girard abstain from the Yoshi vote?
Sweetheart quid pro quo?
You be the judge!
Dave(Monday, October 03 22 08:03 pm EDT)
Senility is not a joking matter but Mr. Contois seems to have a severe case of dementia and should not be a government official in any capacity.
Bob Zeeman(Monday, October 03 22 07:59 pm EDT)
Watch the language! Also, you all are ridiculous, not wanting to take care of the elderly. In most cultures the elderly are revered, you all throw them away like yesterdays news!
Ray(Monday, October 03 22 04:53 pm EDT)
I think James Contois is bat shit crazy and he should not be in a position where he makes decisions for anyone.
tony baker(Monday, October 03 22 03:05 pm EDT)
SO if you sell the county home, who pays for the care of the patients currently in the home. Many are there as they do not have the money for a private care situation. you will price county residents out of the nursing home care they need. If the county has to kick in any money for the care, how much will that cost when the for profit company takes over the only option in town?
Carol(Monday, October 03 22 05:41 am EDT)
I would like to see the nursing home sold to a private company and take the tax burden from all of us. The problem is our elected leaders do not want to give up any of their control and they are willing to spend millions of our dollars so they can keep their control. I think it is time to vote out of office all incumbents and start fresh.
Bill(Sunday, October 02 22 09:31 pm EDT)
Mike, I don't know about the public giving him to much of a chance, but I'm sure of a few Facebook groups that may have many that won't give him much of a chance
Tom(Sunday, October 02 22 06:24 pm EDT)
Jim never said he was going to the meet and greet. Other people spread that rumor.
Mary(Sunday, October 02 22 06:14 pm EDT)
Jim Sullivan was supposed to attend the meet and greet and ask some tough questions. A reporter would. Eagle Times? Why do we read if you aren’t even willing to show up?
Dennis(Sunday, October 02 22 06:05 pm EDT)
The citizens of Sullivan County should have had a chance to speak our minds to our elected leaders on the delegation about this opportunity to sell the nursing home before the delegation agreed to spend millions of dollars to renovate the property. The arrogance of Mr. Ferland and these commissioners is astounding. They are not representing the best interests of the people.
Mike(Sunday, October 02 22 05:39 pm EDT)
So, Jim Sullivan won't be asking him any questions, and will wait, and give him a chance, but with all of the information known about him, will the public ?
Tony(Sunday, October 02 22 04:29 pm EDT)
I think the relationship between Yoshi Manale and Dale Girard is just a little too cozy for my tastes. I have a bad feeling about Mr. Manale assuming the mantle of city manager. I already do not think he is a good fit for Claremont.
Steve(Sunday, October 02 22 03:00 pm EDT)
Derek Ferland has the county commissioners under his thumb and it shows by their following his lead to keep the offer to buy the nursing home a secret and place it on a back burner and spend over $60 million to renovate an aging building. The taxpayers in Sullivan County could have divorced themselves from the entire operation of the nursing home saving money for the taxpayers and putting money in the county’s coffers to replenish all the money Ferland, the delegation, and the commissioners spent over the past few years since Ferland arrived on the scene. The County used to have a good cushion of savings before Ferland came and messed everything up.
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, October 02 22 01:21 pm EDT)
Six new articles published today on the News Flashes page of this website.
1) The Sullivan County Nursing Home could have been sold!
2) September 28, 2022 Claremont City Council meeting synopsis.
3) Brattleboro Ambulance Saga Update.
4) Could this be right?
5) Claremont Paraprofessionals now affiliated with the Teamsters Union.
6) Open letter to the public.
John J O’Connor(Sunday, October 02 22 08:16 am EDT)
Tim is a hell of a guy, if you don’t believe me, just ask him.
Tim Mulligan “the legend”(Saturday, October 01 22 08:38 am EDT)
Most people say I am the best most logical person that posts here. When I met John J O’Connor he was very impressed. Some have asked me to be a contributing writer for this website. As a professional, I have a per article fee of $25,759.35 which is reasonable for the quality I bring to the table. This fee is non-negotiable but ideas of mine such as moving the city hall to the community center are so valuable that any reasonable person would think the nominal fee is worth it.
Frank(Saturday, October 01 22 06:03 am EDT)
State of NH funding to install Jersey barriers to separate lanes on Washington street.
Francis(Friday, September 30 22 06:13 pm EDT)
New crosswalks coming to Washington Street.
Jim Sullivan to ask Yoshi some real questions on October 4th.
Jim Sullivan requests official documents on City Hall fire inspections.
Tom(Thursday, September 29 22 08:41 pm EDT)
It’s embarrassing that the city doesn’t follow its own rules. Maybe the state fire Marhal gave the city a pass? Jim I’m sure you will find all the answers.
Johnny(Thursday, September 29 22 07:00 pm EDT)
Thanks. And I am assuming you will be at the meet and greet to ask Yoshi some real questions? Please sir.
Jim Sullivan(Thursday, September 29 22 06:43 pm EDT)
Johnny, I will do a request for information and see what I can find out.
Johnny(Thursday, September 29 22 05:58 pm EDT)
Jim Sullivan, is that true that the city hall needs sprinklers but no one is talking about it???? Can you find out for us?
Ronald(Thursday, September 29 22 05:56 pm EDT)
That’s right Dale. Look at how much City Hall and the visitors center need in repairs. Use cubicles in the community center no need for any renovations. No one is talking about how dangerous the city hall is and how everyone else is required to bring their buildings up to fire department needs but the government gets a pass. Sprinklers cost big bucks.
Dale(Thursday, September 29 22 02:31 pm EDT)
I can’t come up with all the answers but, lease out the fitness area of the community center to a private company and let the City control the rest.
Divide the large conference room/party room into offices and close city hall and the visitors center.
John(Thursday, September 29 22 02:28 pm EDT)
The roof needs way more work. The whole city hall complex fails fire inspections every year. No sprinkler. There is no way we can pay for that. Why does the FD allow the building to be occupied? It’s dangerous and costs us so much money.
Mike(Thursday, September 29 22 01:51 pm EDT)
So spend untold amounts renovating the community center from a pool and gym to a office complex and then rent out the existing office complex to…who exactly? Not exactly a ton of office space needed at the moment with everyone working from home. Again, the idea is dead.
Dale(Thursday, September 29 22 09:26 am EDT)
The City can move its offices to the Community Center and rent out the space for in City Hall.
Mike(Thursday, September 29 22 07:34 am EDT)
We just spent a whole bunch reroofing the city hall complex. I’d say your community center idea is dead.
Tim Mulligan(Thursday, September 29 22 04:53 am EDT)
Privatize the schools. Move the city offices to the community center. Problems solved.
Tony(Wednesday, September 28 22 07:59 pm EDT)
Donk, do you understand what privatize means? It means for profit. So we h contract out the clerks off and get fewer hours and less availability. Pay the staff less and no benefits? They won’t be able to hire help and you have no access.
Donk(Wednesday, September 28 22 04:40 pm EDT)
Tony we could privatize all those services.
tony baker(Wednesday, September 28 22 04:30 pm EDT)
Guy, if you do that then the ranks will thin out pretty quickly. they are having a hard time hiring now. Low wages AND poor benefits would equal open positions and no services.
Donk(Wednesday, September 28 22 01:16 pm EDT)
There's no point in keeping such a head count if there is no money left for them to do anything.
Matt Mooshine(Wednesday, September 28 22 12:30 pm EDT)
I think we should get rid of the benefits package, then they will all qualify for federal benefits just like Walmart workers.
We need to do a better job of maximizing the federal benefits of our citizens.
Guy(Wednesday, September 28 22 08:19 am EDT)
If the city eliminated their “Cadillac “benefits package, how many employees would quit ?
adam(Tuesday, September 27 22 07:01 pm EDT)
i have move back to this town where i have greatest respect
Adam(Tuesday, September 27 22 06:42 pm EDT)
Tyler there is overwhelming evidence that arms were prepositioned and that will come out in the trial starting now. So the police officers we all saw attacked and injured were actors? It was a trump lead attempt to rob our right to vote. Period. And it was not the democrats.
Donk(Tuesday, September 27 22 06:03 pm EDT)
It's not their pay dipshit it's JUST their health insurance.Pay and pensions are on top of that.
Matt Mooshine(Tuesday, September 27 22 04:40 pm EDT)
You think 35k a year is good pay?No wonder the country has been on a downward spiral since 9/11. Delusional old idiots.
City Employee(Tuesday, September 27 22 03:33 pm EDT)
Drop the health insurance and cut me a $30k check, it will save you money.
Donk(Tuesday, September 27 22 02:09 pm EDT)
The city employee health insurance for each and every employee is pushing $35,000 alone!
The paychecks and insurance are eating the entire tax base!
I think it may be time to drop the health insurace or lower head count.There's no money for these people to actually do anything!
Matt Mooshine(Tuesday, September 27 22 11:42 am EDT)
You guys are clowns thinking anything other than a new revenue source will do anything. Based on what you all want just declare bankruptcy and become a croyden. The departments are all underpaid and understaffed yet you morons think it is some huge corruption scheme. If any of these findings had legs something would have changed in the last 10 years.
Oh Tyler, Tyler, Tyler(Tuesday, September 27 22 09:13 am EDT)
Tyler. That block was just sold in May of this year. Keep thinking that you have a clue about what is going on around town, buddy. There is also no yard or privacy in the Monadnock Mills, yet that is fully rented. As for "the majority" didn't want the Pleasant St changes, the meetings leading up to that decision were RESOUNDINGLY in favor. So put your head back in the sand, keep stomping your feet and crossing your arms in defiance. We're moving FORWARD with or without you.
Ron Mulligan(Tuesday, September 27 22 06:05 am EDT)
Steven, everyone reads Jim Sullivan because he emails a copy of the “article” to every council member every time.
Jim, you should get a list of all city employee emails so you can send out the information to everyone. You can’t change the way things are going unless you change the way each employee thinks.
Steven(Tuesday, September 27 22 05:18 am EDT)
If their is a single City Council member that doesn't follow the Sullivan Report, than they are not a City Councilors.
Instead they are garbage, that needs to be taken out at the next election.
How could you call yourself a city servant, a member of the City Council, and not follow one of the most informative Claremont resources, always reporting relevant information.
People like this Matt Moocrap haven't got a clue as to who follows Jim's site.
Just another Claremont City Hall crook, on this site trying to discredit Jim, to allow themself less exposure to their corruption.
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, September 27 22 05:03 am EDT)
You can’t expect to make Claremont better if you don’t have your own house in order.
Take a good hard look at yourself. It will be really damn hard. What do you need to fix in your life to make things around you better. Don’t know where to start? Make your bed.
Matt Mooshine(Monday, September 26 22 03:37 pm EDT)
What makes you think any of the councilors care about this forum other than the pandering William? I doubt Nick spends any time entertaining the negative bullshit from this group of clowns
Tyler(Monday, September 26 22 02:42 pm EDT)
Calm down, the J6 riot is much hyperbole by Democrats but nobody was armed and the only people killed were Trump supporters. Not much of an insurrection, but it makes a nice talking point. As for Claremont being a "Democrat" town, that might or might not be the case. The Democrats of old often gained votes because they fought for the blue-collar workers. Claremont at one point was a blue-collar town. However, the ironic thing is the the GOP actually supports workers better than the DNC in this day and age, and beyond that Claremont's manufacturing days are largely bygones. Claremont as a town suffers massively from voter apathy, and the Democrats are far more organized than the Republicans. They utilize the "Act Blue" democrat-only funding for local campaigns, and activists (such as new school board member Whitney Skillen) move to town for the express purpose of getting elected and "changing" the town. To add to the overall dissonance, Claremont's "leaders" such as former Mayor Charlene Lovett seem to think the only way Claremont can succeed is to emulate Lebanon and Hanover. Well, Claremont cannot afford to be Lebanon or Hanover, nor is the education and income levels (or career opportunities) the same as Lebanon and Hanover. Trying to "force" our town into that mold will not succeed. The Mountain Bike racing at Moody and Arrowhead is something unique we can offer. Although most liberals hate it, so too are the ATV trails such as the Cathole, which attracts many people to drive from Mass and Connecticut to check out our trails. It brings in revenue, and it goes on all summer.
Tyler(Monday, September 26 22 02:26 pm EDT)
You should probably think carefully about your statement. First off, the actual structures (buildings) located on Pleasant are not idea for businesses. They are typically small, have limited parking, and the upstairs floors are rented out as living space. Nobody in their right mind would actually *choose* to live in this part of Claremont, with no privacy, no yard, steady traffic. Even the Manor apartments are better than these. So pretending that there is a major rehab going on that will attract fully employed persons to willfully live above the downtown "businesses" is pretty asinine, especially at the prices the landlords will want. The landlord of the old Corner Book block and apartments is never going to remove the section 8 occupants, renovate, or sell. There's simply too much steady government-guaranteed income to motivate him to change. There are no "good businesses" that even will want to be downtown when the much better Washington St, or even Charlestown Road area, offers a much higher volume of traffic, opportunities for better parking and accessibility, and the option to build a nice appealing brand new building instead of a creaky old has-been. The days of successful downtowns are largely gone, certainly in this town. The new Pleasant St layout is now actually less appealing than before, the dog-leg in the road is stupid, the new traffic lights on Broad are annoying. Most people would have preferred to dig up Pleasant, replace the water and sewer lines, then repave the road and keep things as-is. Anyone that thinks making traffic one-way (less potential customers) and some new benches, bike tie-ups, and mis-matched street lights is going to bring is new, quality businesses is not thinking clearly.
Adam(Monday, September 26 22 02:01 pm EDT)
Tom the democrats will do anything? I don’t recall democrats attacking the capital to overturn an election. Just face it, Claremont is a Democrat majority town and the council will eventually reflect that. It’s called winning elections.
Claremont Democrats(Monday, September 26 22 01:13 pm EDT)
Matt Mooshine is Nicky Boy
Matt Mooshine(Monday, September 26 22 11:39 am EDT)
I am only voting the democrat. The only thing more fun than watching everything fall apart is enjoying everybody here losing their minds with fake names. Not one of you has the guts to get elected and take on the councilmen you disagree with in person like Matt Mooshine. He got elected to rightfully antagonize Jon Stone for being a POS and is doing a great job. One side is baby killers and the other side is self righteous gun lobbyists and military industrial complex enthusiasts.
Hopefully the new police chief just attends the council meetings instead of being called over to run conflict resolution .
Breaking News(Monday, September 26 22 07:51 am EDT)
I am 11.
Donk(Monday, September 26 22 07:50 am EDT)
This Corvette of a town will probably have the highest rate of tax deeded properties in the history of Claremont.
When you can't extract more revenue you must cut expenses.You are here.
Breaking News(Monday, September 26 22 06:32 am EDT)
Nicky boy is a complete fraud, been on the council forever and done absolutely nothing. A true narcissist who is only there for his own ego.
Tim Mulligan(Monday, September 26 22 12:08 am EDT)
Bruce, Tom, Dan and breaking you just don’t get it. Nick or the democrats aren’t the problem, you are.
The reason Breaking is childish like grade school is that they know I am right and have no better argument.
Bruce(Sunday, September 25 22 10:34 pm EDT)
I'm not voting Democrat at all this coming election
Tom(Sunday, September 25 22 08:37 pm EDT)
Now with the obvious Democrat Party influence things on the city council will worsen. That mailer article was something to read. Today’s Democrat leaders at the state and local levels will do anything to win an election no matter how unscrupulous those actions may be.
Breaking News(Sunday, September 25 22 07:36 pm EDT)
Tim Mulligan is Nicky Boy
Dan(Sunday, September 25 22 06:24 pm EDT)
Now that Koloski has seemingly joined the Democrat party voting block of city councilors could it be that he will screw over his old buddy Travis Decamp by reversing his vote on privatizing the transfer station and screw over the taxpayers at the same time.
Tim Mulligan(Sunday, September 25 22 05:26 pm EDT)
Ways to make Claremont better:
1. Fix yourself first. You can’t expect to change anything for the better if you don’t have your own house in order.
2. Think differently. Think hard. Challenge your own assumptions and try to see the other side of the argument.
3. Volunteer and give. Atleast 10% of all time and money should be given back to the community.
4. Be humble. You probably aren’t right, so act that way.
5. If you can’t afford to live here, move. If you don’t move and choose to live here (it is 100% a choice) then stop complaining.
6. Take 100% ownership of everything and stop blaming others.
Todd(Sunday, September 25 22 05:12 pm EDT)
Tim Mulligan I think you are Nick Koloski. Only an idiot that is responsible for not solving any of the community's many problems would claim that a poorly managed community center that is losing members and money is a positive turn of events. That high taxes is the price for having the best. What best you are rambling about is not clear. It is certainly not the roads or the city buildings that are all falling apart. It is not the music center project that is short project funds to the tune of almost $2 million. Claremont has so many problems it is not a Corvette heck it is not even a hugo.
Tim Mulligan(Sunday, September 25 22 04:47 pm EDT)
Consider these facts as presented:
1. You and Jim Sullivan have had the same complaints for 40 years.
2. The council, city manager and pool of directors has changed over time and time again
3. Not one single council or city manager has made a change or done a job that is worthy of your praise
A. Maybe the complaints aren’t valid
B. Maybe you are the problem
C. Maybe everyone is doing the very best and the city is actually doing well, and going in the direction of the will of the majority
D. The logical conclusion is that taxes are high because we have the best. Stop complaining and start owning it. You don’t get a Corvette with Corolla money.
Dennis(Sunday, September 25 22 03:18 pm EDT)
The problem with the city government is that no one is responsible for doing a good job. Many of the department directors are lazy and do nothing to improve things in their departments. Recent city managers including the interims do not set minimum job performance standards for their staff members and city councilors are oblivious to almost everything. Claremont has a dysfunctional municipal government and the voters are responsible for electing and reelecting poorly performing councilors like Nick Koloski who has been on the council for far too long as he has brought nothing to the table in all the years that he has lingered.
Neil(Sunday, September 25 22 02:42 pm EDT)
This city council cannot get their act together. Bohenko promised to get a negotiated contract back to the council about the transfer station takeover by the Decamp company. My niece works for the city and she said today that Bohenko will be leaving soon because Manale is starting on October 3 and the transfer station is not on the agenda for this Wednesday's meeting of the city council. The foot dragging and procrastination and indecision of our city government heads is hurting our community in many ways.
Ryan(Sunday, September 25 22 12:34 pm EDT)
The more I read about Mr. Manale the less I like. I ponder the possibility of the mayor playing a larger role in Mr. Manale’s hiring than anyone cares to reveal. I do not like the way politics is played on the city council right now. What happened to the needs of the public first?
Brian(Sunday, September 25 22 11:06 am EDT)
John you are right about the aquatics director not doing their job by filling in for lifeguard duties to keep the pool open and stop the slippage of memberships. What is wrong with other staff members in the community center taking the Red Cross course for lifeguards and filling in too. Mark Brislin was a sorry excuse for a director as he just let the place rundown into sheer ruin and past city managers and passive city councilors all allowed it to happen through years of neglect. I understand Mark Brislin sought work elsewhere and resigned because public scrutiny was getting to be too much because of Jim Sullivan’s articles that caught the attention of a growing number of city council members who are pushing for action as other members of this council lazily wish to do nothing. Jim Sullivan’s research about the new director is unsettling because Nick Lawrence accepted a job in Portsmouth about five months ago and would have needed to be continuously looking for another job once he started that position to have accepted the spot here in Claremont. I am thinking Nick Lawrence will be a short timer here in Claremont because of the incredible financial troubles of the community center and he may not have what it takes to deal with the local politics and the public passions that will arise as the community center and the growing taxpayer subsidy becomes front and center on everybody’s mind. I also have little faith in the city council’s latest pick for city manager as Jim Sullivan’s research on Mr. Manale’s past job postings are alarming.
John J O’Connor(Sunday, September 25 22 08:17 am EDT)
I’m not surprised by the decline in memberships at the Community Center. The past few months I’ve been approached by former members who stated they “reluctantly “ did not renew their membership for a number of reasons but there was one common complaint… the pool.
It seems the pool schedule can not be counted on to be accurate so planning aquatic workouts is impossible. These people only go to the Community Center to use the pool, so it’s understandable that without steady pool times it’s not financially feasible for these people to continue going .
I don’t remember there being pool issues in the past.
I was told by a supervisor at the Community Center that the problem is because they are unable to hire lifeguards.
My question, who is the Aquatic Director?
It’s my understanding that when there are no lifeguards available, the Aquatic Director fills in. It is also my understanding, that’s why that position is a salaried position, so that person can be the emergency fill in.
That doesn’t seem to be happening and that is partially why people are not renewing their memberships.
Queenie must be spinning…
Jim Sullivan(Sunday, September 25 22 05:45 am EDT)
Four new articles published today on the News Flashes page of this website.
1) Claremont Savings Bank Community Center finances could be far worse than anyone thinks!
2) Next chapter in the Brattleboro Ambulance Service saga.
3) Claremont Historic District Commission membership update.
4) New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella issues a Cease-And-Desist Order to New Hampshire Democratic Party for misleading absentee ballot application mailers!
Harold(Friday, September 23 22 04:04 pm EDT)
Donk, don’t you have any remorse?
Most people make enough to pay $1400 per month if not they should move to a cheaper area.
Donk(Friday, September 23 22 02:17 pm EDT)
The problem Claremont has is the taxes and heating oil is so high that you need to charge $1400/Mo. for a 1BDRM apt.
A lot of these people can't afford that.Landlords aren't going to rent at a loss.You're going to see a lot more RVs and home made shacks from here on out.
Harold(Friday, September 23 22 11:53 am EDT)
This is ridiculous! How can the city allow this crap to happen. People living on the streets in RVs? This can’t be real! Jim please look into this or the mayor or someone!
Tim Mulligan(Friday, September 23 22 09:02 am EDT)
I hear that is a huge business in downtown LA. Donk must have been doing some traveling lately learning the newest landlord opportunities.
alicia(Friday, September 23 22 05:39 am EDT)
u make me. deal?!
Donk(Thursday, September 22 22 05:59 pm EDT)
I will be buying several RVs to park around the city including the parking below the visitor center for weekly rentals. If you know anyone interested let me know.
Concerned Citizen(Thursday, September 22 22 08:17 am EDT)
Carl “Dooby” Finnigan(Wednesday, September 21 22 08:03 pm EDT)
Donk do you smoke cigarettes and drive a BMW? I thought I saw you today
Nicky Not Nick(Wednesday, September 21 22 11:17 am EDT)
Who wants to guess how many fake names Nicky Boy writes under on here?
Francis(Wednesday, September 21 22 08:32 am EDT)
Bruce, you are ignorant. Sincerely, Everyone.
John J O’Connor(Wednesday, September 21 22 07:53 am EDT)
I said Councilor Koloski did a “good” job not a great job. We have to remember any Councilor is only 1 vote, I’m not saying Nick doesn’t have his flaws(with vanity being a major one).
I’m just trying to point out with a current Council divided by partisanship sometimes Nick is that independent/swing vote and it wouldn’t be wise to constantly criticize him and push him to the dark side.
Speaking of the dark side, I’m extremely disappointed in Councilor O”Hearn. I have always considered and will continue to consider Andy a friend but recently it seems he is more concerned with attaining Democratic support than doing what’s right his constituents.
Andy, be your own man. Stop being a stooge for people that don’t respect you and talk shit behind your back.
You’re better than that.
Admin(Wednesday, September 21 22 06:52 am EDT)
Breaking news, this is a warning. There will be a zero tolerance policy for childish behavior on this site. If you continue I will expose who you really are, with all of your alias’.
Breaking News(Wednesday, September 21 22 05:38 am EDT)
Donk is Nicky Boy
Donk(Wednesday, September 21 22 05:08 am EDT)
I personally like what Nick stands for. Let’s keep him around.
Bruce(Tuesday, September 20 22 11:44 pm EDT)
John J O'Connor, I have to disagree with Nick doing a good job representing his constituents.
No money to fix but a few roads, if that, and a heavily funded by property tax payers Community Center, property taxes continuously on the rise, seems to always have more questions than answers at every city meeting, and one would think to help the Topstone Building's very generous tax burden relief controversy, that he would ask the question for his constituents, why is the building being allowed to further deteriorate, until it becomes the next Sullivan Tower pumphouse city problem ?
Taxpayers were led to believe that the actions taken at their expense would help improve many problems, not allow further neglect that may lead to safty concerns like the recent property on Main Street. I also would hardly call him a swing vote.
Any vote from Nick is usually a vote for Nick, and not often who he is supposed to be representing.
Time to elect Councillors the are voters driven, not private agenda driven, also time to vote Nick out!
Bruce(Tuesday, September 20 22 04:34 pm EDT)
To some it makes no sense, to vote out a popular, successful business man, that also helps the poor, and fights fires ?
Well there's the problem, it's not just Nicks poor City Council performance, but also voters that elect City Council members, based on how well liked they are, instead of how well they represent the city's needs.
Seems some voters are just as responsible as Nick for not keeping Claremont put of the ruts, and moving forward for the better.
John J O’Connor(Tuesday, September 20 22 02:16 pm EDT)
Tim Mulligan is the man.
*Breaking News*(Tuesday, September 20 22 01:33 pm EDT)
Tim Mulligan "Nicky Boy"
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, September 20 22 12:52 pm EDT)
Everything is political.
I have been called a lot of things over the years here, because I am often right and it bothers all of you. Soon the council and manager will me taking up my idea of moving city hall to the community center and I will get to say I told you
Breaking News(Tuesday, September 20 22 12:11 pm EDT)
Yolanda(Tuesday, September 20 22 11:50 am EDT)
If Nicky Boy is supposed to be insulting you really don't know him. His elders used to call him that and its not insulting coming from a french canadian family. Shows your low level of intellectually.
John J O’Connor(Tuesday, September 20 22 08:44 am EDT)
I’m not a huge fan of Councilor Koloski but he has done a good job representing his constituents. Now is not the time to alienate him when there is a Democratic voting block currently on the Council.
He will be the swing vote on most issues.
We have entered a new realm, we now have a City Council being run by a political party, not sure that was the intention of our forefathers.
News Flash(Tuesday, September 20 22 08:03 am EDT)
Tim Mulligan “Nicky Boy”
Tim Mulligan(Tuesday, September 20 22 05:03 am EDT)
Makes no sense! Vote out a popular and successful businessman that spends all his spare time helping the poor and fighting literal fires. We couldn’t have better representation on the council. Even Greg and Mark like him.
Bruce(Tuesday, September 20 22 01:49 am EDT)
Cindy, he's up in polls anyway, without even having to do a single good thing for the people of Claremont. He's just a Claremont career politician, and keeps getting elected by people that are to blind to see the rut he keeps driving Claremont into.
Claremont voters, do something good for Claremont and vote Nick out, vote in some Council members that actually care, and can see the rut Councilors like Nick are getting Claremont stuck in.
Cindy(Monday, September 19 22 10:20 pm EDT)
You guys are laugable. The more you talk smack the more points he went up in polls. He seems terribly bothered by it. Keep up the good work. Haters gonna hate. Dudes on vacation while you whine behind a keyboard. Fools.
Steven(Monday, September 19 22 09:52 pm EDT)
Lawrence, Nicky Boy did pretty good for himself during the Topstone Building fiasco, and also with his many questionable City Council decisions, I think he hardly needs your defense, but if you must, nice debating with you, but am not going to stop calling him out and join your pity Nick party. He ran for City Council, got elected, and now has to be a Nicky Boy, and deal with a few that feel the need to call him out.
If you leave, maybe Nicky Boy can actually defend himself.
Win, win ?
Jim Sullivan(Monday, September 19 22 08:13 pm EDT)
New article published today on the News Flashes page of this website.
Claremont Zoning Board of Adjustment reaffirms prior decision regarding Acuity Management Inc.
St. Nicky(Monday, September 19 22 07:00 pm EDT)
Is it Tim Mulligan or Nicky Boy? Where are those meddling kids when you need a mystery solved in Claremont?
Tim Mulligan(Monday, September 19 22 06:35 pm EDT)