|Lake "I Kid You Not"|
Thursday, November 6, 2003
THURSDAY, NOV. 6 TELEGRAM & GAZETTE
So I've Heard Column
A Los Angeles Times clipping with a Webster Lake connection doesn't have a date line but the Judy Foreman piece, "Plunge into the joy of movement," was tagged "recent" before it got into print.
Ms. Foreman wrote, "There we stood in our color coded bathing caps, 1,336 women--nervous, excited and all lined up in 'waves' on a recent summer Sunday morning on the shores of (I kid you not) Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg
near Webster, Mass.
"For each of us--we ranged from 27 teenagers to five hardy souls in their early 60s--the goal was to at least finish this Danskin triathlon..."
The clipping took some time to this corner. In the first place, a friend found the lake story and gave it to Webster native Dianne (Pizzetti) Shackelford. Dianne and her husband, Allen Shackelford, of Buena Park, Ca., are University of Southern California graduates.
Ms. Shackelford forwarded the clip to her parents, Lorraine T. and Albert A. Pizzetti, and her brother, Albert T. Pizzetti, all of Elaine Street, Webster. Lorraine mentioned the clipping when we met last month at dedication of Herman Becker Highway.
Mrs. Pizzetti routed the clip through her sister, Virginia C. Mangan, Webster parking clerk, and I picked it up at her Town Hall office. The piece is really an "exercise" story keyed to the Danskin triathlon and it goes on another 13 paragraphs. "Don't think of exercise as one more 'should' in your life. Think of it as a treat, a break from the kids and the computer," Ms. Foreman concluded.
The report doesn't suggest triathlons at "Lake I kid you not."
The morning crew in the Webster Honey Dew donuts shop gets my nod for this year's best Halloween costumes. Their hospital theme had Rocio Frias and Magaly Torrez as old time nurses and Ireneo Frias as the patient.
Special interests wrote a new chapter in Webster town meeting history
The session was advanced as a "no money" gathering because free cash figures were unknown. Given this, most town meeting regulars stayed home.
Possibility that a small group might advance or reject one or some of the zoning proposals was ignored. But a special interest group was there, proving that a handful of citizens can prevail when most of the town auditorium seats are empty.
Deliberations were delayed 10 minutes because a quorum seemed in sight. The quorum maker walked in while the count was underway. The meeting was in business, and an attempt to put the warrant on hold followed.
People scattered to the east side of the hall, a sprinkling of others near the back center, and still a few near the west wall had other ideas.
Financial matters were tabled but a Planning Board article to tighten wetland regulations was rejected on a standing count. A businessman seeking an amendment to "allowed uses" in a Route 16 neighborhood was at the podium, outlining his objectives when two persons left.
There was nothing unusual in this. It happens at town meetings all the time. Residents with narrow objectives often go home once their article is taken up.
It was different this time because someone with an eye on the crowd realized that the opening quorum had not changed. The departures brought a question, requiring a count. The quorum, 61 voters, was shy by a couple of bodies, as the questioner suspected.
The businessman and most of those with him had supported the previous request, probably anticipating reciprocity. This seemed assured, but they were shot down with a bullet marked "point of order."
I've attended my share of town meetings since 1948
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