Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas - Fall River is about to get itchy

What?! Government officials are getting bribed? .... Fall River wants in on that action.

A few months ago I read an article in the Providence Journal titled something like "City Councilors Arrested by FBI on Bribery Charges." I clicked on the article hoping it wasn't Fall River but with a suspicion that it was. It was not Fall River, it was North Providence so that was a bit of a relief.

The ProJo article told the tale of 3 North Providence city council members and a developer by the name of Richard Baccari. The councilors agreed to change zoning laws for Baccari's development in exchange for $25,000.

Having recently been implicated in a $25,000 bribery scheme, any sensible government officials would probably hesitate to deal with Baccari. But not our dear FROED/Ken Fiola/RDA/Mayor Flanagan. They have proposed to build the UMass biopark on land Baccari owns in Freetown.

Last year, it was brought to my attention that the offramps being built to the biopark originally had a different plan. For some reason unknown to me, the plans for the offramp were changed so that they would run directly through Baccari's land in Freetown. And, that Baccari could potentially make alot of money as a result of the new plan for the offramps. I thought nothing of it at the time because the biopark was coming along as planned. In retrospect, the offramp plan changes certainly seem suspicious.

How convenient for this private developer Baccari, recently implicated in a government bribery scheme, that he could potentially make a ton of money with FROED's (and Will Flanagan too) help.

"Flanagan acknowledged business talks with the company’s Richard Baccari, the company’s president and CEO." Fall River Herald News July 23, 2010

"Baccari's relationships have always drawn the attention of law enforcement" Channel 10 I-team investigates

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

In a short period of time Flanagan has turned into quite the politician and that's not a compliment. It seem he will take money from whomever and do business with whomever and isn't very particular about who he lets attend his political functions. I heard from someone that attended his last one this past Thursday he had one of his supporters go up to a city councilor and say do you know who I am before dropping several f bombs because they apparently didn't vote for something that this person wanted. Wish I knew more of the details but you may want to look into it Shamrock. Why go to one of these black tie functions if they turn out not to be the type of classy function that they pretend to be?

Anonymous said...

Maybe Flanagan is Bob's illegitimate son, sure seems like the old boss is same as the new boss.

Anonymous said...

This mayor is worse than the last one. His highness Bob at least didn't screw the city.

Flim-flam flanagan works overtime to make sure Fall River is changed forever and that his henchman, Teeny Torres, is given free reign to practice his brand of double-dealing law.

Hmmm. Flim-flam Flanagan. I like it.

Anonymous said...

Fleas?...better run this administration through a vat of SHEEP DIP! Is anyone really surprised by this? Little Willy Nilly has not kept one promise, has no track record of success in anything he's ever done aside from being the HEAD BAG_BOY for a defunct supermarket, stabs one development for the future (Bio-Park) with a prison shiv (?), and wants to cozy up to a industry that puts insta-grow on every type of soul killing and mind warping vice possible (casino gambling). That means he's ALREADY involved in some significant fashion with organized crime, because only a complete ignoramous doesn't know that the Mafia doesn't get a portion of every dollar spent on gambling and all it's known and associated vices. If he isn't actively i9nvolved, he's playing footsie under the table. Take one look at that the two creepy weasels he photo-ops with at every turn (Fiola and Torress) and it statrts to become more apparent.

Lap this loser up all you want, you Flanagan bum-kissers out there. Next thing you'll be saying is you miss the wife beating "Urinecane"... He3ll yeah I'm a "HATER"...a hater of stupidity for it's own sake which seems to be growing all over this city like a KUDZU epedemic!

Anonymous said...

The Umass consultant bringing jobs to Worcester:

Unum Signs Lease in CitySquare
June 29, 2010

Boston, Massachusetts — Unum Group, one of the leading providers of employee benefits products and services based in Chattanooga, Tenn., will relocate its Massachusetts’ operations to a new 201,000-square-foot building to be constructed in CitySquare, a 2.2-million-square-foot mixed-use development planned on over 20 acres in the center of Worcester, Mass. Unum has signed a seventeen-year lease with developer, CitySquare II Development Co. LLC, an entity financially backed by Hanover Insurance Group Inc. Unum will relocate approximately 700 employees from 18 Chestnut Street in Worcester to the new facility.

Colliers Meredith & Grew’s brokerage team of President Ron Perry, Senior Vice President John Carroll III and Vice President Pat Buckley collaborated with Executive Vice President Dan Quinn and Vice President Jessica Sawyer of Colliers’ Development & Advisory Service group to represent Unum in the transaction with CitySquare II Development Co. LLC. The transaction closed on May 27, 2010.

“We were very pleased to work with Unum on this exciting project,” said Perry. “We were able to call upon the multiple resources within our company to deliver a solution to Unum that addresses both their short- and long-term real estate needs.”

According to Chris Collins, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Unum, “securing this site and entering into a long-term lease was a strategically important decision for us and we are very pleased with the outcome. Ron [Perry] and the Colliers Meredith & Grew team demonstrated great tenacity throughout the process and our interests were well represented.”

About Unum
Unum (www.unum.com) is one of the leading providers of employee benefits products and services and the largest provider of group and individual disability insurance in the United States and the United Kingdom.


CD

Anonymous said...

How The Mass. House, Senate Voted On Casino BillThe Associated Press,
(AP) Here's how members of the Massachusetts House and Senate voted Saturday on a bill to allow the licensing of three casinos and two slot machine parlors at the state's existing racetracks. The House voted 115-36 in favor of the bill. The Senate approved the bill on a 25-15 vote.

A "yes" vote was in favor of the bill; a "no" vote was in opposition to the bill.

HOUSE:

Kevin Aguiar, D-Fall River - X

???????

Anonymous said...

The incident mentioned at Flanny's time was his buddy, fundraiser and donor Mr. Garcia who is also buddies with Joe Justice Camara who went after Ray Mitchell. Heard it wasn't just one profanity laced tirade either, sounded like he went after him multiple times. Black tie event my ass. Sounds more like schoolyard bush league shit. Hope nobody paid 100 bucks or more for those tix. Whatever I think of Ray Mitchell I feel for him having to deal with attacks from Camara and Flanny's cronies. Funny how Camara and Flanny have been fighting like cats and dogs yet they share some of the same cronies.

Anonymous said...

From a past Prov. Phoenix:

Winston Baccari

Your superior correspondents got a kick out of a June 13 front-page story in the Urinal, about the highly-desirable Capital Center site where former Providence Mayor Boy Joe Paolino is itching to put up a high-rise luxury Hyatt Hotel.

Boy Joe looking for a sweet property deal is hardly novel or wildly amusing. But the same article noted that that infamous local developer/world-class spaccone, Richard Baccari -- he of the unpaid Providence city taxes and strong-arm attempts to build condos at one of the state's most aesthetically pleasing natural sites, Black Point in Narragansett -- also has his eye on the Capital Center property for a new set of condos. (Because Richie is real condo kinda guy, a man who thinks gold chains are the height of good taste and high fashion.)

However, it appears that Baccari has yet to conquer his acute embarrassment over his Italian heritage. That obvious feeling led him to name his former development company -- now defunct -- the Downing Corporation, and to tag his developments with names that rang of posh English country locales.

So guess what his new firm is called? If you said Churchill & Banks, you could be a millionaire! Yes, our former auto body repair shop owner figures that all you have to do is slap a famed English name -- and an allusion to money -- on to your company and the next thing you know you are squiring the Queen Mum to dinner at Buckingham Palace and exchanging chit-chat about polo with Prince Chuck and Camilla Parker-Bowles. And we betcha youse could nevuh tell Richard Baccari wasn't no royalty! (From The House of Pizza?)

Anonymous said...

10/12/2005 Baccari, Richard P.
440 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI 02882CEO
Churchill and BanksMenard, Joan M.$300.00
9/14/2006 Baccari, Richard P.
440 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI 02882CEO
Churchill and BanksMenard, Joan M.$200.00
10/17/2007 Baccari, Richard P.
440 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI 02882CEO
Churchill and BanksMenard, Joan M.$400.00
10/1/2005 Baccari, II, Richard P.
785 Academy Ave. Providence, RI 02908Vice President
Churchill and BanksMenard, Joan M.$200.00




2/7/2003 Baccari, Richard
167 Point St., Suite 300 Providence, RI 02903letter sent
Correia, Robert$250.00
2/13/2004 Baccari, Richard
167 Point St., Suite 300 Providence, RI 02903information requested
Correia, Robert$250.00
11/17/2008 Baccari, Michael
440 Ocean Road Narraganett, RI 02882Information Requested
Information RequestedCorreia, Robert$500.00
1/2/2008 Baccari, Richard
440 Ocean Road Narraganett, RI 02882CEO
Churchill & BanksCorreia, Robert$500.00


4/9/2003 Baccari, Richard
167 Point Street Suite 300 Providence, RI 02903Owner
Church, Hill & BanksFiola, Carole$200.00


7/17/2007 BACCARI, RICHARD
785 ACADEMY AVE PROVIDENCE, RI 02908-1230VICE PRESIDENT
CHURCHILL & BANKSPatrick, Deval L.$500.00
7/17/2007 BACCARI, RICHARD
440 OCEAN RD NARRAGANSETT, RI 02882C E O
CHURCHILL & BANKSPatrick, Deval L.$500.00
9/30/2008 BACCARI, RICHARD
440 OCEAN RD NARRAGANSETT, RI 02882C E O
CHURCHILL & BANKSPatrick, Deval L.$500.00
10/2/2008 BACCARI, RICHARD
785 ACADEMY AVE PROVIDENCE, RI 02908-1230VICE PRESIDENT
CHURCHILL & BANKSPatrick, Deval L.$500.00
12/15/2009 BACCARI, RICHARD
785 ACADEMY AVE PROVIDENCE, RI 02908-1230VICE PRESIDENT
CHURCHILL & BANKSPatrick, Deval L.$500.00
12/15/2009 BACCARI, RICHARD
440 OCEAN RD NARRAGANSETT, RI 02882C E O
CHURCHILL & BANKSPatrick, Deval L.$500.00

Anonymous said...

That's old news, wait until you see who coincidentally donated last week to Deval Patrick....the same week of the "private fundraiser" Menard put on at the Venus @ $250 a ticket.

Anonymous said...

Deval Patrick

7/29/10

CHECK BACCARI, RICHARD 440 OCEAN RD NARRAGANSETT, RI 02882 C E O CHURCHILL & BANKS $500.00


CHECK BACCARI, II, RICHARD 785 ACADEMY AVE PROVIDENCE, RI 02908-1230 VICE PRESIDENT CHURCHILL & BANKS $500.00

Anonymous said...

7/29/2010 FIOLA, JR, KENNETH
1 GOVERNMENT CENTER FALL RIVER, MA 02722ATTORNEY
KENNETH FIOLA, JR.Patrick, Deval L.$400.00

Anonymous said...

7/29/2010 LONG, PERRY
991 AMERICAN LEGION HWY WESTPORT, MA 027901124 NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATOR
CITY OF FALL RIVER Patrick, Deval L. $500.00

Anonymous said...

The headline says it all:


Fall River School Department hires brother of Mayor Will Flanagan

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