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Pelham - Windham News April 22, 2011 - 17


Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?


Comments expressed in this column are the sole views of those callers and do not reflect the views of the Pelham~Windham News or its advertisers. Town and school officials encourage readers to seek out assistance directly to resolve any problems or issues. The Pelham~Windham News editorial staff holds the right to refuse any comment deemed inappropriate.


“Thumbs down to assault clips. A magazine that


allows a gun to fire 32 shots in 16 seconds is good for only one thing: killing a lot of people fast; and that’s something we can live without. Assault clips: they make everyone a target.”


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“Thumbs down to all who have money right


now and think they are infallible: Wake up and smell the times because they are a changing. As a country, we are all in debt and owe 14 trillion dollars. Obviously you have been so obsessed with what you want for the small town of Pelham that you haven't noticed what is going on around you. WE are all in trouble and its people who like to spend others’ money, without regard for others, that has gotten us into this mess on all levels. We can't afford big bonds right now. If you are lucky enough to have money right now, you should be smart enough to hold onto it right now. At 14 trillion, it's going to be at least 35-40 years before we see the light, if ever.”


“Thumbs down to thinking a TV show would


fix Pelham High School. Have you watched the show? All they do is come in with a few screwdrivers and some paint. Of course those who promote the addition think that would get us off the warning status!”


“Thumbs up to Miss Debbie and the teen


volunteers at the Pelham Library for their Stuffed Animal Sleepover! What a great idea—so original and thoughtful. And the journals were great. Keep up the good work!”


“Thumbs down to the excessive amount of


traffic on Tallant Road. Between the numerous amount of earth-moving equipment being towed and the eighteen-wheeler trucks, it is getting ridiculous. The street is supposed to be a residential zone, but appears as though it is a miniature highway.”


“Thumbs down to the Transplant of 22 years and others like her for trying to belittle the elderly and life long residents of Pelham by calling us hillbillies. She knows she has done nothing to make sure Pelham's Fire Station and Schools are being well cared for. In fact she always complains


about them being ‘run down.’ This speaks volumes about how a socialist behaves. Don't take care of what others paid for and expect that the others are stupid enough to buy you a shiny new one so you can have even more building to complain about being run down in a few years. No darling it is you who are the fool.”


“Thumbs up. Way, way up to the republicans in Concord who are standing up for the tax payers by cutting spending and reigning in public employee benefits and collective bargaining. If you are truly representing us as claimed in last weeks ‘thumbs down’, then I will campaign for you next term. Thank You for your courage.”


“Thumbs down to Pelham's selectmen if it is true that they are seeking a special election about the fire station. Shame on you!”


“Thumbs down. I have a question for all of you


who want everything. Why did you move hear? With your entitled attitudes and deep pockets, you project a facade of intelligence, yet you moved to a small, middle class town, and get all bent out of shape that it doesn't meet your families needs. Didn't you do any research first? It's laughable that you would actually move hear and than act surprised that it doesn't meet your high standards. If you wanted Andover, that's were you should have gone. Go, you have my blessing, and when you pull out of town, that sound that you hear isn't the wind. It's me laughing at you.


“Thumbs down to Obama. Sorry Hillary I made a big mistake.”


“Thumbs down to the same clueless ‘thumbs’ posters twisting things. First of all, the state IS telling Pelham that the roundabouts are going in. Stop lying about that to make it look like there isn’t really an issue with the Fire Station. Sometimes you just have to admit that something needs to be replaced. As for the person trying to make it look like PSB was at fault for asking for too much on the school warrants … They proposed what was needed to do it right the first time. Doing things cheap now and then having to come back and fix it later is not the best way to do things.”


“Thumbs down, to a blue Ford F-150 driving


over the yellow and whites lines last Friday night. I don't think someone should be able to drive around town like that without being pulled over!”


“Thumbs up to the Pelham Parks and Rec department, Crossroads Church, the Library and all who helped make the annual town egg hunt


and celebration a success! Thank you for all you do.”


“Thumbs down to the people who want the ‘mega’ firehouse and a new location because of the roundabout. Does the fact that we do not have town water mean anything to you? The ‘wanters’ think that they are superior because of their spending ability, but obviously their bankroll doesn't equal their brains. So, I will spell it out for you. We - Don't - Have - Water. What this means is that we can build and move, but we will never have an adequate response time to a house fire because we have to rely on other towns for help. No structure, no matter how big and fancy, will ever change that fact.”


“Thumbs up!!! To Chief and Major AFJROTC for once again taking time out of their weekends to help us build smart, strong, responsible kids! Your patience and knowledge will be carried on for generations. We thank you!”


“Thumbs up to our neighbors! I love watching us come together as a community and clean up our homes and neighborhoods...Keep up the good work!”


and got after the punks who tormented that girl day-in-and-day-out she would not have found it necessary to commit suicide. You also say that “it would be more useful for police to take care of actual crimes rather than making a mountain out of a mole hill about bullying.” Newsflash: bullying is a crime now and those who are involved in it can be prosecuted.”


“Thumbs down to the thinking of the Pelham


school department along with the Pelham fire department. So long as both departments put multi-million dollar projects on the ballot at the same time the chances of passing is greatly diminished. Think about it. In the past two years a new high school, kindergarten and fire station failed to pass. It is not so much that the need is not there but, the ability to pay for it is not there. Every state, local and federal governments


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“Thumbs up to Mrs. Palmer, Principal at Salem High School. My children have been able to follow her as they have advanced from Soule, to the Woodbury and now to the High School. She has been a positive, strong leader. She takes time to listen and knows the students needs...and names! Thank you Mrs. Palmer!”


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“Thumbs up to the teachers and students at


Here We Grow. Their donation to the animal shelter was kind and thoughtful. Creating teachable moments will last a lifetime.”


“Thumbs up to old friends. Knowing we have not seen each other in a while and can fall back in place within minutes is priceless! Thank you!”


“Thumbs down to the Pelham fire department.


I too, was tailgated by a Ford Explorer and he was at the intersection of Route 38, and I had the red light along with him. Well, he goes around me speeding with the lights on and when I did get up to the fire station, guess what? He was also behind the fire station and I’m wondering what his rush was that day too. Are they out to kill people?”


“Thumbs down to the person who thinks bullying is being taken to the extreme these days. Maybe if teachers and administrators at South Hadley High School had done their jobs


Massachusetts Man Arrested in Drug Sting, Windham Police and Rockingham County Narcotics Task Force Work in Conjunction


by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Sheriff’s deputies and Windham police


detectives had been receiving numerous complaints about the possibility of drug transactions taking place in the area off of Route 93’s exit 3 in Windham, along Range Road. Investigators from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department had responded to Windham Police Department’s request for assistance with a suspected ongoing issue in the area of McDonald’s and Mobil on Range Road. Sergeant Jay Murphy of the Rockingham County Sheriff


Department has much experience in the area of narcotic investigations and was


Lauren Diaz


contacted by Windham


Police Captain Michael Caron regarding complaints of illegal drug activity in the area of 54 Range Road. The two agencies worked collaboratively in setting up an operation targeting the illegal drug activity occurring in the parking lot at that location. On Friday, April 15, around 9:15 a.m., Sergeant Murphy of the Rockingham


County Sheriff’s


Stephen Parr


Department conducted a briefing with all the officers to be involved in the sting. Each officer was


given specific instructions on how it was to be handled and surveillance in the area of 54 Range Road was set up as planned. Detectives, including Sergeant Jay Murphy, set up in the area at 54 Range Road surveying any suspicious activity. Around 10:15 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy’s attention was drawn to a car operated by a white female in the parking lot. The female


got out of her vehicle and went in and out of the store, but did appear to be looking for somebody. She continuously got in and out of her vehicle. The detectives kept their focus on her behavior and continued to monitor the area.


At about 10:45 a.m., a truck towing a boat pulled into the parking lot at 54 Range Road and parked directly behind one of the undercover detectives. Detectives noted that the passenger in the vehicle got out and approached the white female, who was sitting at this point in her light- colored, sedan-type vehicle. The male who exited the truck got into the female’s vehicle and the vehicle then began to drive to the rear of the building. One detective did follow the pair in his vehicle as they drove to the rear of the building. As the detective followed the vehicle, it came to a sudden stop and the male subject stepped out of the vehicle and put something into his pocket. Two of the deputies from the sheriff’s department made contact with the male subject and as the female drove away, her vehicle was stopped by a police officer. The male subject was identified as Dana Warwick, 35, of Wakefield, MA. While the deputies were speaking with him and patting him down for their safety, a knife was located on Warwick. He is a convicted felon with a long history of violence and drug charges, and has done some serious jail time in the state of Massachusetts. The deputies found methamphetamine and 63 Oxycodone pills on him in addition to the knife. He also had $1,605 in cash on him at the time of his arrest. Warwick was taken to the Windham Police Department and is charged with several felony charges, including two counts of possession of narcotics, sale of narcotic drugs, and a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon. His bail was set at $50,000 cash and he remains at the Rockingham County House of


Corrections. The female who was stopped by police in


Windham after being seen making contact with Dana Warwick admitted to police that she had been buying drugs from him for quite some time. She gave the officers three Oxycodone pills which she said she paid Warwick $90 for. She was identified as Lauren Diaz, 30, of Methuen, MA. She was arrested and charged with


possession of narcotics and was released on bail from the Windham Police


Tank you for your submissions. All comments, thumbs up or down, are anonymous and not written by the Pelham~Windham News staff. Tumbs comments can be sent via telephone, 880-1516 or emailed to us at thumbs@areanewsgroup.com. When submitting a Tumbs comment, please specify that you would like it printed in the Pelham~Windham News. No names are necessary. Please keep negative comments to the issue. Comments should be kept to 100 words or less.


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spend money beyond their means. With the poor economy being what it is, how can you expect the taxpayers to approve these huge warrant articles? People in hell would like ice water. You only want lemonade and don’t care how you squeeze the taxpayer to get it. Smarten up!”


“Thumbs up, a big ‘thumbs up’ to the Pelham Conservation Commission for acquiring a great access to the Kirby-Ivers Town Forest. And a double up to who or whomever designated and marked the trails. Great job! Nice parking area and informational kiosk on Windham Road. Now is a great time to get out and enjoy it. Signed Richard Moore.”


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Department a short time later. The driver of the vehicle that Warwick


arrived in was also arrested. He was identified as Stephen Parr, 53, of Medford, MA. Parr was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and was also released on bail a short time later. Police in Windham say that drug sales being conducted right off of the highway has become more frequent in the area and that proactive measures are being taken to put a stop to the sale of illegal narcotics through operations such as the one conducted on April 15 that resulted in Warwick’s arrest. “Unfortunately, it is becoming a very common problem in that area and we are working to try to put an end to it,” Captain Caron said.


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