Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Skool Komity


Well the kids got together last night.

It’s clear that they just can’t play well together.

The former team captain just won’t accept that he can’t call the shots anymore.

It doesn’t help that he takes every opportunity to embarrass the new captain who is still learning to call the plays. Calling her coach a ventriloquist is just so third grade. It’s unbecoming of a group of sixth graders. 

What was really embarrassing was when the former captain tried to fire the faculty adviser. The team’s eccentric field goal kicker (all kickers are eccentric) went off accusing the adviser of lying to the team about how many snack breaks they could have.

The new captain’s coach tried to calm the team by saying that they should give the JV squad as much support as possible and set an example for them to follow.

But the former captain persisted in criticizing the faculty advisor for benching his JV protégé and promoting the new kid to JV captain.

One of the new team members joined the coach in asking for calm. The team took a vote and the team decided to keep the current faculty advisor.

Then the other new team member said that they really needed to have some rules about how the faculty advisor could choose the JV squad in the future.

Finally the other new team member said the former captain should apologize to everybody for things he said about the team during recess. The old team captain said, “I’m rubber and you’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.”

There was a little more squabbling before they all went to the showers.

Sometimes it’s really hard to watch the children scrap like that. We can only hope that it’s just a phase they’re going through before the season starts.


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22 comments:

  1. "Skool Komity"??? Really, Ken? That's yore Harvard ejucashion for you. How can you expect to have ANY cretibilaty if you can't even spell rite? Everydobby nose there are two m's in "kommity".

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    1. Just following in the footsteps of that other Harvard grad John Adams. He got Tom Jefferson to change "inalienable" to "unalienable".

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  2. OMG...what a show! Time for Mr. Lazo to take his ball and go home. He fabricates so many stories and can't substatiate anything he says. Why is he so afraid to let Mrs. Quinney speak? Because he knows what she says is truth. Time for some recalls...sick of these games these people play.

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  3. Been here long enoughAugust 15, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Scott, Bill is done, Steve is done, you are next. Give it up, we've had enough

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  4. Last nights meeting was a complete show of disrespect to the Superintendent, Ms. Perreault, the other School Committee members and the public. Enough is enough a recall petition should be done on the three or they should just resign their seats...

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  5. To all you Southbridge parents who just dont get it, If it wasnt for the former superintendent Dale Hanley, Scott Lazo chair of the building committee, Steve Lazo Chair of the council who in fact solidified a unanimous vote of the council to fund the new school, your precious children would still be going to wells right on the street with all the traffic and southbridge high that is falling apart and in need of repair. Im not always in favor of how Scott and Steve have voted on issues but they both have supported the youth and education in this town, for that i thank them. So stop the hate and bashing you look bad .My grandmother always said you get more with honey then you do with vinegar!

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    1. Ask anyone in Pennsylvania if buying cleats and coaching youth sports should be the benchmarks of good character.

      The new school was a necessity and was coming regardless of the players. Scott did not build the school with his own hands. This was a community project which would not have been possible without the support of MANY, including the former Superintendent, the current Superintendent, the school building committee, school personnel,the current Town Manager, current and past members of the SC and TC.

      Want a real example of who someone is: The bronze dedication plaque at the new school intentionally excludes Mr. Ely (the district's Superintendent throughout the two-year school building project). Also intentionally excluded:
      Amy Allen. Ms. Allen is Southbridge born and raised, educated in our schools. She was a teacher, district ELA coordinator and middle school Principal. She was a long-time member of the school building committee and is our current Director of Curriculum. Ms. Allen was also middle school principal for two years (from groundbreaking to completion, same length of time Mr. Ely has been superintendent). Could it be Ms. Allen's name does not appear on the plaque because that would have meant Mr. Ely's name needed to appear too??? Now THAT reeks of politics. Talk about a poor example to set for the youth of this town.

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    2. Seriously,

      Please do a little research into the matter. I was told that the names on the plaque are those that were on the various committees when the project was approved and not when it was built. That is why some of the town council members and other past building committee members are not listed. I believe that Jason Defalco is listed as he was the middle school principal when it was approved. Let' seek facts before grumbling about whose name is on a plaque or not...does it really matter in the long run!!

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    3. Oh my friend, but I do know of which I speak. If what you were told was accurate Ms. Allen's name should have been on the plaque. Ms. Allen was on the school building committee from the VERY beginning, when the project was initially approved. It appears one person was hurt to prove a point to another. I offered this information not because I care about the plaque itself but because it is a classic example of how politics is played in Southbridge by some of its long running players.

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  6. I've never believed either Lazo did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for them. And when things don't go their way, they act like children. Maybe that's why they get along with them. I agree with Amazed, time for a recall.

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    1. While I may disagree with them on political issues on occasion, I have known the Lazos for years and consider them friends.
      I can say from personal knowledge that both Scott and Steve have gone out of their ways on numerous occasions to help others with no expectations of personal gain.

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    2. Ken, I agree that they have done many good things over the years...However, they are business men and like any local small town business, doing "good things" does give them personal gain. If we look back and dig deep enough, they reaped more than they gave. That is a fact in any small town; certain families get involved in town activities to obtain personal gain. Fortunately people are catching on that it's just "smoke and mirrors" as Scotty would say.

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    3. Gilbert:
      I respectfully disagree.
      I know of many cases that have received no publicity where they have helped others.
      While they may have their flaws, and it is important to distinguish them individually because they are very different people, a lack of personal generosity is not one of them.

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  7. Mr. O’Brien. I have been reading you blog for a while now. I don’t agree with you a lot of the time. But I think you usually have a reasonable and intelligent approach for what you say. I am especially impressed by your ability to mix serious reporting and analysis with some really funny stuff. In all honesty I cannot believe that you are doing this for free. Somebody with half a brain should be paying you for your writing.
    I want to thank you for giving us an intelligent and frequently humorous perspective on so many current matters. I hope you keep it up for a long time.

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    1. Are you kidding me? Obrien is just another ivy league socialist hack. The sooner he’s gone the better.

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    2. To keep with the childlike behavior theme; Ken, your response should be, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but, words will never hurt me".

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    3. Really anonymnous at 327 p.m.? 'Socialist hack?' 'The sooner he's gone the better?'

      Look, if he wasn't here you wouldn't have any place to spew, so stop being such a hater!!

      The last sentence especially, 'the sooner he's gone the better..' it just smacks of some type of Stalin cleansing program.

      Like the other guy said, Ken is doing it for free, so stop being a Debby Downer, you ingrate.

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    4. Of course it's free - that's how all those leftie marxists peddle their poison. The only thing I'll be grateful for is when his type is shut up permanently.

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    5. To the issue of anonymity: on the web, you are never anonymous. In fact, through your IP, it's a simple case of turning it over to the police, and letting them know that you've been threatened. Therefore, to whoever this knucklehead is that, in my opinion, seems to be borderline threatening you, Ken, I would seriously consider turning in their IP, and let them answer whether or not they threatened you to the police. In the court of public anonymity, boobs like this talk big. In the justice system, let's see how well they fair?

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  8. For those who keep talking about a recall petition, take it from me (and Ken, and three others), that you have a better chance of winning the Powerball tonight.

    On the Charter Review Committee, I pushed hard to change the rules. Why? Because you need to get 15% of registered voters to sign your petition, and then, 25...yes, 25 percent of the voters to turn out. To put that into context, you need even more voters than voted in the most recent election. In other words, it isn't going to happen.

    To the issue of the School Committee and all things school related: there is a sickness in this town that prevents a group or groups of people from ever moving forward and accepting things for what they are. I don't know Tammy, but I wish her good luck! I also wish the vice-principals and Mr. Ely success.

    To those who helped to put this together, and there were many, thank you all as well. The plaque should have simple and said: thanks to the hard work of many, and the citizens of Southbridge who funded this new institution. Names on a plaque for this new school are just plain dumb.

    Finally, to those who seek to disrupt either the School Committee or Town Council: if you don't want to work together, for the betterment of the people, regardless of who's "side" you're on, please do us the favor of tendering your resignation. No shame, no potshots, in fact, kudos for doing the right thing for the best interests of the town.

    This constant embarrassment is tiresome. We can't celebrate anything, it seems, without winners and losers, good guys and bad guys, and people who have to look at their interests ahead of those of the people they represent.

    I ran twice for Town Council, and I will not, ever, run again. When people in town are more interested in voting for friends and family over new ideas and vision, I can read the writing on the wall, and so should you. This town would be best served by people that can see and hear all sides, and make an informed decision. With the school committee, we finally have that hope.

    A town is only as strong as those running it, yet time and time again we've proven that we are a wall pockmarked with holes and cracks.

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    1. Well put Dennis, I would rather resign from my seat then have a recall vote. I think that people in general are just really getting fed up with all the chest thumping and bs...
      Maybe insisted of costing the tax payers and town the expense of a recall vote, maybe some could just start a petition calling for them to resign? I have a feeling no matter what Lazo will not go down with a fight!!! Better yet everyone who is fed up with this circus should show up at the SC meeting and call for their resignation during public input?

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  9. Ken thanks for the kind words,I usually dont answer blogs but im getting alittle tired of small minded people like gilbert and others bashing my family and myself anonymously on this blog. Why dont you sign your true names so we know who you are? Look Gilbert you can dig to china to find out anything you want on why we donate to our town, It started 70 years ago with my grandfather and it hasnt stopped and you and others cant and wont stop us from donating to this town . Our family has been in local politics since the early sixties in one way or another, We do it for our town and nothing else so you can spin it anyway you want you cant stop us because we love our town. While your at it why dont you dig and find out why united lens donates hydes and russell harrington and many others you just dont get it because they are vested in southbridge like us. what have you donated lately im betting you werent even born here like most who are anonymous, if you dont like it move out of town because were not going anywhere soon.If you have a project that you are inovled in feel free to call us we would be happy to donate our time and equipment , but you might have to give your name dont worry we wont hold it against you.

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