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TONIGHT: Yarmouth Special Town Meeting

September 29, 2010

A very important meeting for our schools:

Wed Sept 29th 6:30pm at Mattacheese.

There will be a vote to appropriate money from the the town’s budget to the school budget.

$357,000

Should be a short meeting. Hope to see you there!

Here is the link to the warrant:

http://www.yarmouth.ma.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1478

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Save the Date: Sunday May 15th 2011: Faces of Our Future Road Race

July 5, 2010

Photo by John Basile

Save the Date:

  • Sunday May 15th 2011:
  • 2nd Annual Faces of Our Future Road Race

Congratulations and Kudos on a fantastic first year kid road race “Faces of Our Future!” There were over 160 children who participated in the race! And we raised enough money to give each of our 7 schools $700. The principal of each school will use the money where it is needed for things such as new technology, field trips, reading materials, and gym equipment.

Excellent job by all the organizers: Stephanie Flynn, Marie Terrio and Stacy Ferreira!

Thank you to our many sponsors:

  • Yarmouth Police Department
  • Yarmouth Fire Department
  • Home Depot
  • Dick McGarr
  • John Lowe
  • Ann Sullivan
  • Stonewood Products
  • SeaSide Pool
  • Planet Fitness
  • DugOut batting cages
  • CC Mechanical Systems Inc.
  • BJs
  • Lila Sophia
  • Bayside Resort
  • Sparty girlz
  • Mission Skin Care
  • Gold Label Whisky
  • Wine List
  • Bonkers
  • The 99 restaurant
  • Beyond Beauty
  • Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf
  • Zooquarium
  • Pilmouth Plantation
  • Lauren Wolk
  • Dream Studio dance studio
  • A Better Choice Pet Grooming
  • Nardone Photography
  • Island Cleaning
  • The Club at Yarmouthport (Kings Way)
  • Keltic Kitchen
  • CC Irish Village
  • O’Shea Old Inn
  • The Oyster Company Raw Bar and Grille
  • Lee Nails Pedi and Shawls
  • Bella Pools

Thank you to all the many, many volunteers who helped on race that day! We couldn’t have done it without you all.

Thank you to all the parents, children, and adult runners who participated in both the kid race and the 5K race. It was an amazing turnout! And it was so fun to see our community come together for a common cause!

Thank you to the Yarmouth Police Department for choosing DY Schools as one of the beneficiaries of the “YPD 5K Run for a Reason” Road Race this year! We are very grateful DY Schools were chosen and look forward to partnering with our friends at the YPD again next year.

And speaking of next year, we are already planning for next year!

Save the Date: Sunday May 15th 2011: Faces of Our Future Road Race!

We will not be a beneficiary of the YPD 5K race next year as they choose different beneficiaries each year. Our races will be coordinated together on the same day and location.  So, in the meantime, we need to line up sponsors for next year’s kid race. Please join our cause and earn some publicity for your business!

If you are interested in sponsoring our kid race next year, you can contact Stacy Ferreira or contact us.

Here are some articles about the road race this year:

Road Race United Community – Cape Cod Times

Kids Shine in Yarmouth Road Race – The Register

Thanks again to everyone!

Give Your Opinion to the School Committee

May 27, 2010

As you are aware, the school committee is considering cuts in the school budget and will make a decision at their next meeting on Wed June 2nd (7pm at SAE I believe).

I believe everyone of us would like to see zero cuts, however I also believe that compromise will increase our chances of winning an override on the second try. Even with the argument of a confusing ballot, which I think hurt us, by making some small cuts, we have a better chance to win over more voters. Hopefully the Town of Yarmouth will also be motivated to find additional funds and bring the override number even lower, which I believe at least one selectmen has discussed publicly.

OK, so here’s the important part: We should all let the school committee know our opinion. ..YOUR OPINION. What cuts do you think are unacceptable? What cuts, if any, do you think are acceptable? Their emails are at the end of this message.

Here are the handouts that outline proposed cuts and potential impact from the most recent May 24th school committee meeting.

Proposed Reductions

Class Sizes with Cuts

If you’re not sure of a particular reduction, I would recommend calling or emailing the Superintendents office.

Please let the school committee know your opinion on the cuts so that you won’t see a loss of something that you think is too important to lose.

Please pass this article to other parents and citizens who you know want to have their voice heard.

School Committee Emails:

jamesdykeman@realtor.com
bradfordegan@capecod.net
maryeangln@aol.com
steveledwards@comcast.net
tombroadrick@comcast.net
john4DY@capecod.net
stgermainandrea@gmail.com

Hopefully by sharing our opinions it will help guide the school committee to the best decision.

Feel free to share your thoughts with our community in the comments below. I ask that you keep them cordial and constructive. Thank you!

Road Race Countdown, Silent Auction Items!

May 13, 2010

3 Days to go until our Road Races!!

Our fundraiser road races are on Sunday May 16th, 2010. They both start and finish at The Skipper restaurant in South Yarmouth on South Shore Drive.

If you haven’t registered for next Sunday’s road races for you and your children, please do so today! The weather will be great. It will be a great family fun day and community building day. Below you will find a link with all the information on the road races:

“Faces of Our Future Kid Road Race” &” YPD 5K Road Race” Information.

If you just need the signup forms here they are. Please fill them in and bring them with you on race day. Registration starts at 9:30am!

Silent Auction Items: Come Ready to Bid!

The organizers of the kids race have amassed over $10,000 worth of silent auction items generously donated by local businesses. You’ll be able to get great deals on these items! Please take a look at what we have and come ready to bid on these great items. Proceeds benefit the DY Schools. We only raise money on items that are bid on, so we look forward to everyone bidding!

If you plan to bid, please bring cash or a check as we can’t take credit cards. Thank you.

Here are some of the auction items:

  • YPD Bday party
  • YFP Bday party
  • Gold Label Whisky
  • Art by Dick McGarr
  • Art by John Lowe
  • Art by Ann Sullivan
  • Fire Pit – Stonewood Products
  • SeaSide Pool Open or close
  • Planet Fitness Qty: 2- 1 month memberships
  • Planet Fitness Qty: 2- 1 month memberships
  • Planet Fitness Qty: 2- 1 month memberships
  • DugOut 1hr batting cage
  • CC Mechanical Systems Inc.
  • BJs Membership
  • Lila Sophia Necklace/earings
  • Lila Sophia Necklace
  • Bayside – Pool membership
  • Bayside Resort 2night stay
  • Sparty girlz – Birthday Party for Girls
  • Mission Skin Care
  • Wine List – wine dinner for two
  • Family Fun Package – bonkers and 99 restaurant
  • Beyond Beauty – express mini/pedi
  • Family Day Out – Pirate Cove/zooquarium
  • Family Day Out – Pilmouth Plantation/Pirate cove
  • Rise and Shine Bird House – Lauren Wolk
  • Dream Studio – 1 free month class of choice for kids
  • A Better Choice Pet Grooming 1 yr nail clippings
  • Nardone Photography $100 Gift cert
  • Island Cleaning (4 hours)
  • The Club at Yarmouthport (Kings Way)  2 Rounds of golf with cart
  • Irish Fare – Keltic Kitchen/CC Irish Village
  • Night of the Irish – CC Irish Village, O’Shea Old Inn
  • The Oyster Company Raw Bar and Grille
  • Girls Day Out – Lee Nails Pedi and Shawls
  • Pirates Cove Day of Mini Golf
  • Bella Pools / Yardscape choice of items

Here is some additional information on the YPD 5k road race.

  • Cash Prizes for Top Male & Female Runners Overall
  • Awards for Top 3 Finishers in Each Division
  • Special Awards for Fastest Male & Female Police Officers & Firefighters
  • Raffling many items including and Apple iPAD!
  • Professionally Timed, Scenic, Flat Route along
  • Nantucket Sound and Bass River
  • Free Pre-Race Stretching Clinic led by Satin Wellness
  • Free Hot Dogs and Chowder for runners after the race compliments of the Skipper Restaurant

Download Cheering Coloring Sheets

Here is a free coloring page download that your child can print out and color in. The cheering sheet can then be brought to the race for parents or older sibliging to hold while they cheer on the young kids in their road race.

Cheering Sheets Horizontal

Cheering Sheets Vertical

HUGE KUDOS go to Stephanie Flynn, Marie Terrio, and Stacy Ferreira for their amazing work getting this set up in such a short amouth of time. And of course we could not have done it without the generous partnership of the Yarmouth Police Department, allowing us to combine our road race with theirs. We are deeply grateful for their generosity and camaraderie!

So download those forms now, fill them out and mark the date in your calendar! 🙂

We’ll see you next Sunday for a lot of fun! Thanks!

Post-Election Thoughts

May 13, 2010

Election day was disappointing. The question #2 override for the school lost 2210-2701.

I think a lot of this was due to the fact that there were two ballot questions for the schools. Some people thought the schools were asking for both. I’m told that some people actually voted yes on question #3 with the good intention of giving more to the schools, not realizing that by voting no on #2 (the lesser amount), it actually hurt the schools.

So but all hope is not lost. The next stage is the school committee will review the budget again. Perhaps they will be able to reach a negotiation between themselves and both towns whereby each group comes up with a portion of the money needed. If that’s not possible, there could be another special election for another override question, where the amount might be the same or less.

If that doesn’t work, unfortunately, we will most likely be back at “the tent.”

The good news then is that there is hope to get the budget squared away so that there will not be a need to cut programs or teachers.

But, we must stay involved! And as such please add the next school committee meeting date to your calendars:

Monday May 17th at Station Ave Elementary School at 7:30pm. They will be discussing our participation in the school choice program along with other agenda items.

Thank you for everyone’s efforts this year so far trying to help the schools!

Vote YES on Question #2 and #4, Ignore Question #3

May 10, 2010

If you want to support education and DY Schools at the polls on Election Day May 11, 2010, here’s what to look for on the ballot.

Question #2 is the one to vote YES on. This approves an override for $952,810 for the DY School District to make up the shortfall in their budget funding.

You can ignore Question #3 or vote No on it. Question #3 is a moot question since the rooms and meals taxes were passed at Town Meeting last week. Because of this the DY School District does not need the $1.5 million asked for in this question.

We also support Voting YES on Question #4. This question will give $950,000 to Yarmouth Police, Fire, DPW (Publice Works), Natural Resources, and Recreation Department. Each of these departments will use the funds to increase public safety. Police will be able to increase current staffing levels from 5/4 officers, 1 Sargent, & 1 dispatcher per shift to 6 officers, 2 sargeants, & 2 dispachers. The fire department will be able to staff closer to the levels they should be at also along with saving on overtime money by having those higher levels of staffing. Recreation will be able to have better beach safety by hiring more life guards. The police and firemen of our town have made great concessions in their contracts. This override will allow them to serve and protect our town well.

Here is a PDF of the actual ballot that you will see when you vote on Tues, per Yarmouth Town Hall.

Yarmouth Election Day Ballot May 11, 2010 (Under “View” menu choose “Rotate Clockwise” to view correctly)

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment and I’ll research and post the answer. Or you can always call Yarmouth Town Hall, Clerk’s Department:

508-398-2231 x 1216

Here is more information on all four ballot questions as reported in the Cape Cod Times:

Yarmouth Voters Face Overrides

Let’s all vote YES for our WHOLE community

We are One Community! We rise and fall together.

Vote YES on Question #2 & #4.

Strong Schools + Strong Public Safety = Strong Community!

Don’t forget to vote! And remind your friends and neighbors.

Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm.

Support Education in the DY District: A Letter to the Editor

May 10, 2010

A group of “professional educators, some retired and some active, and residents of Yarmouth” has written into The Register supporting a vote for education. (Question #2 on the Yarmouth Election Ballot May 11, 2010).

It is an well written letter that may help people in deciding how to vote. Here is a quote:

“We must make certain that our young people have the skills and confidence to take advantage of opportunities they will encounter in higher education and careers and to be successful in those endeavors.We urge all residents of Yarmouth to be aware of the remarkable educational assets of this community and to be thoughtful stewards of our schools, our youth and the community. We must support the D-Y district as teachers, administrators and staff work hard to provide high quality education.”

Read the full letter here: (there are several letters including this one.)

SUPPORT EDUCATION IN THE D-Y DISTRICT

Please pass this on to your Yarmouth friends who need information on voting.