1—PPRTA’s Annual Community Service Award Recipient
The winner of PPRTA’s 2022 Community Service Award is Debbie Grabler. PPRTA’s annual service award (our first one) is to honor an individual who has made a difference in the Provincetown Community through volunteer service.Ms. Grabler, as the President and co-founder of Pilgrim Park, is such an individual. Her tireless work and many years of service on behalf of Provincetown’s four legged residents (both year round and part-time four legged residents) is unparalleled.We thank Ms. Grabler for her tremendous contribution.$500 will be donated in Ms. Grabler’s name to her favorite non-profit group:Drum roll please… the Provincetown Dog Park Association, Inc.Are we surprised?
Please join us this Wednesday, 10:00am, at the Bark Park (naturally) to honor Ms. Grabler.
Big thanks to our PPRTA volunteers at the Swim4Life. Special shout out to our lone swimmer, Juliette Byrnes, who finished the swim in about 44 minutes. Pretty sure I could not have driven that fast — well in Brooklyn traffic, let’s say.
S4L Team PPRTA, swimmer Juliette Byrnes (left), paddler & PPRTA president Pat Miller.
Note the most excellent, standout PPRTA official shirt.
3- Update from Friends of Provincetown Parks and Gardens
As you know PPRTA is a founding sponsor of the newly established Friends of Provincetown Parks and Gardens. Friends is non-profit established to help Provincetown with much needed funding to maintain the many parks and gardens that the Town does not otherwise have finances to sustain.Bill Docker, a long-time Provincetown resident, is the brainchild behind Friends and has joined forces with PPRTA. See (in the box below) an update and message of thanks from Bill.
Call to Action
Enough with the do-good stuff, let’s get down to business. You have expressed sewer expansion as a priority for the Town infrastructure. As you may know the Warrant contains 7 articles which will be voted on at the upcoming Special Town Meeting on November 9, 6pm at Town Hall.
These warrants are all about funding a complete sewer expansion as opposed to the current checkerboard system. Our understanding is that all 7 articles must pass to move ahead with the plan.
If you are registered to vote great. If you reside in Massachusetts and can change your voting status to Provincetown, also great.If you do not vote in PTown, please speak to your neighbors about this very, very important issue that will impact the future of Provincetown. To be clear, PPRTA supports sewer expansion for many reasons including protecting Provincetown’s most valuable resource — it’s natural beauty. As this Association has said many times before, wherever you or a neighbor may land on a given topic, please be sure that that opinion is an informed one.Below are some talking points to consider that we have learned from the DPW presentations to PPRTA:
Click fact sheet to download.
And the last thing — in the category of “my bad”
I completely neglected to report in the last newsletter on the vote re: Residential Tax Exemption (RTE).As you know, the RTE has been the bane of many part-timers.You all know the arguments against this tax shift. Once again the Select Board addressed the RTE, as they do every year. And once again, while not abandoning this tax altogether, they did vote to keep the status quo at 25%.
Friends of Provincetown Parks and Gardens Fall 2022 PPRTA Update
With the help and support of founding sponsors, PPRTA and The Compact, “Friends” has gathered community recognition and is off to a great start. We look forward to the fall and winter planning for all next spring and summer activities. Thank you PPTRA members. We look forward to a deeper and more robust collaboration with you in the years ahead.
Highlights of the first season include: launch of our website, Facebook page and Instragam feed. We’ve brought onboard a seasoned online media coordinator and strategist to take Friends to the next level; our first Facebook fundraiser for the Ptown Recreation Commission brought in $13,000 in one week, and we learned a lot in the process – especially the power of online fundraising and community engagement; there are over 400 people following us now; the webpage has four powerful community testimonials (thank you, Pat Miller;) in October we’ll have a door-to-door Friends promotional campaign with the help of new volunteers; we’re recording relevant online video content to post through the winter months for supporter engagement.
The future is even more exciting! You’ll be hearing about our mid-May. 2023 “Plant & Shrub Swap” at the VMCC. (Be sure to set aside your perennials this fall in labeled pots and add them to the swap.) We’re hosting in early May our first “Nature & Garden” education series covering home soil testing and attracting pollinators (butterflies and bees) to your garden, and birds. We have two experts joining us from the Mass Horticultural Society and Birdhaven, a Cape Cod garden restoration company. The Provincetown Brewing is graciously hosting this event.
Friends of Ptown Parks and Gardens has been invited to participate in the 2023 PAAM “Secret Garden Tour” where we’ll be offering something to quench your thirst and nibbles. This winter we’re continuing our conversations with the Public Landscape Committee and Recreation Commission about their needs and how Friends can help.
Thank you, again, for the help of the PPRTA members. We’ll be reaching out to you offering events to attend, volunteer opportunities and ways to further collaborate as individuals and organizationally. Stay tuned! Please be sure to visit us online at Friends of Provincetown Parks and Gardens to add your email address so we can let you know all our latest news and updates.
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About the PPRTA:
The Provincetown Part-Time Resident Taxpayers Association works for the betterment of the whole community of the Town of Provincetown by providing a forum and a voice for the interests of Provincetown part-time resident taxpayers, most of whom must make their voting residence elsewhere.
Maintain and support the unique quality of life that exists in Provincetown.
Advocate for representation on budget-related issues for part-time residents of Provincetown.
Provide a forum for part-time resident taxpayers to communicate with local, regional and state governments.
Encouraging the participation of part-time residents in all aspects of the community.