Week of May 19

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Week of May 19

-- Anonymous, May 19, 2002


Freeman today: Wendy Stefano walks on grenades Keep checking back through the evening, the letters section may be lively today. Barbara Clare has been very busy fireing them off recently.

-- Anonymous, May 19, 2002

I'm so happy to say that I distributed the last of the Woodstock phone lists this afternoon at the soccer field: many good people are making calls to thousands.

So, I'm onto Vote Today, 2-9pm signs. Gonna put 2 big ones in town, and I can print an 18" x 24" sheet that fits on the sign stands. I thought that getting out a bunch on the main roads would be good. I've got 6 extra stands. Jim: got any more?

I'd like to know the protocol for poll watching: do we need a letter? Do we get to see the numbers on the machine? And write them down at the end, then race to the high school for the exciting climax........right?

Anybody need big signs? I have a bunch from the fundraiser that are mounted on cardboard, both varieties....you can phone me at 679 8668

-- Anonymous, May 19, 2002

I have about ten small signs and brochures. Call me if anyone needs any 688-5393.

Shandaken phoning going well...I only got 1 serious NO. The rest are with us or are pleasant maybe. I'm not letting my guard down, but I'm beginning to feel positive. Mr. Doan looks like an ass to a lot of people.

-- Anonymous, May 19, 2002

The endgame is afoot...Everyone has been fabulous ...keep it going for two more days... Our trio was great on Woodstock Access TV last night.

Ra ra ra! tobe

-- Anonymous, May 20, 2002

First: I would like to thank everyone for the support shown to Melissa and I. I agree with her analogy of all the people involved in this group and the support we feel from all. You have no idea how heart warming it is and how will embrased your are.

I apologize for my outrage during the last entry on the board. I experience a great sense of loss when my child's "program" is attacked. It's hard enough as it is.

Second: I've spent quite a bit of time on the phone this evening, and campaigning in the parking lot of "Mental Health" or what I have named the workplace of the "Mentally unhealthy" me included. I have received nothing but positive responses. I spent sometime "unofficially" talking to people in Boiceville Market, in particular the Umhey crew and they are not supporting Mr. Doan. Most are supporting our entire slate. I have taken a break from the calls. With a mouth like mine it's hard to imagine that I get embarassed on the phone (I'm much better in person). I, like Melissa, am encouraged by the response. Anyway...need to get back to the phones before it is too late. See you all tomorrow

It's going to be a great experience! You guys are great...Hope to be able to join a celebration. Talk to ya...Pat '

-- Anonymous, May 20, 2002

What a great crew.

Hope everyone can get a reasonable night's sleep. I know there are people doing great stuff for tomorrow as well. The polling places will be marked with cones denoting the sacred area where no electioneering is allowed.

We hear positive things all around, but take nothing for granted. There's still time to get out even more voters. Glad we have poll watching for the vote tally at each place.

We hear Joe Doan is going door to door in Pine Hill.

Chances are it'll be a havy turnout and resulkts will be in closer to 9:30-10:30 than 9PM ...Keep breathing. Love to all...and we'll be there together. Tobe

PS there have been scattered reports of no insert in the Freeman...anyone else know any stories like this? I'll call tomorrow to see if there were any problems that the Freeman can tell us about.

-- Anonymous, May 20, 2002

Confident but still nervous. The truth will prevail !!!!

-- Anonymous, May 20, 2002

I'm curious about Doan going to Pine Hill. He must be desparate. It impresses me he's not confident in other sectors, therefore, yank out the "tax payer" in Pine Hill. I did have one unhappy conversation with senior who ignored the fact that I pay taxes, I'm concerned about social security and (I throw them away cause I'm not ready) get AARP mailings. Overall, I'm getting a good feeling. See you all tonight!

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

Good luck! So I suppose I should take my signs down before I drive to the school. Don't want any trouble! See you tonight. Great work!

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

Great work from everyone and the message I keep getting is nothing short of positive. I've spoke to dozens of people working with us and friends, neighbors and new acquaintices (I know... SP). Everyone has been suortive.

Today we get out the vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Be gracious and kind and stay away from the polls!!!!! We don't want any contamination of the vote although everyone speculates that Doan will challange the results.

Be Cool!!!!! Se you all today and tonight. And THANKS!!!!!!!

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

Poll Watchers need to be at each school by 1:30pm (scheduled for 1:50pm) to be sure the inspector validates the machines tallied to zero. They all need a valid ID via lettyerhead explaining who they are and represent.

Type this yourself with an SOS letterhead. SOS PO Box 7, West Shokan, NY 12494 845-657-2099

We need people at the closing and talling of machines at 9pm at each school. This is our right to watch the tallying after the polls close.

Please be courteous in all situations.

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

I have letterheads avail for poll watchers. Try to reach me at home or at 914-388-4919. Thanks.

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

Curry and Alan are out putting in Vote Today signs in appropriate Woodstock and W Hurley spots.

Is it fun yet?

See you tonight. Tobe

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

Got my flyer in my Daily Freeman--no problem.

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

Vote today signs look great!!!

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

Alan and Rick and I watched the opening of the Bennett machines, and I'll go over there again this evening. They seemed a little startled to see us there, and no-one asked for our letterheads, though I saw Rick's on the table as I left. Should I try to chase you up for a signature for tonight, Jim? What do we actually look for at the end? When I left at 2:10 there were about 40 people waiting in line. I heard at least one person talk about how her neighbour was so disgusted that she didn't want to vote for anyone, and I can't help but feel that those who stay home out of disgust help us rather than Doan's Pills.

When I passed the Olivebridge post office at 2:30, there was a white minivan parked to the side with the driver talking on a cell-phone, so I assume that was Joe's bus still waiting for passengers.

A warning to candidates who haven't been there before for the end results: there is sometimes some kissy-face going on with opponents at the end. Remember that the press will be there with cameras, and to plaster a big grin on no matter what. ;) Meg's graciousness when being publicly kissy-pooed by the loathsome homunculus Fred Perry last year is a model all should strive for.

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

carol you're so great and all of you who have worked so impressively down to the moment.thankyou.mm

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

You are all SO FINE! (Kathy, I think we should make you queen of the prom while we're at it!) Congratulations on a positive, issue- oriented campaign. The community is behind you, and we trust you to do what needs to be done.

Rachel and the students, it was such a rush to see you there and so excited. Thank you for all your involvement in this.

Jim, thank you so much for your splendid work and devotion to the cause (and thanks to Sharon and Sarah and Suzi and all the other family members who took up the slack while the SOS members were working at this).

Take a few weeks' break, then we'll start working on running against Marty and Greg. ;)

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

Don't forget to pick up all the campaign signs promptly. Save them all, we can use the wire frames next year. I can keep them in my barn if needed.

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

My sincerest congratulations to Marino, Neil, Kathy and all SOS supporters. I am so grateful to everyone and proud to have been a part. Thank you for all your efforts in restoring our hope. Best of luck and God Bless!

With lots of love, Lau

-- Anonymous, May 21, 2002

Wow! What a team! We really sent a message to the entire community that Joe's tactics are not wanted, and for that I am grateful to you all. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I agreed to run, and I could not have succeeded without the help, and support I got from you all.

This win is soooooo important to so many people, and it is pure teamwork that got it done. Special thanks to Jim, Tobe and Curry for your never ending energy. You guys are true heros, and you amazed me daily. Melissa, Carol, Anne Marie (!), Morty, Laurel, Rick, Dorothy and Bruce, what can I say? You rock!

Dennis, Beth (aka "Flash"), Maureen, Alan, and especially the students who never gave up on us (Rachel Hernandez (my hero), Jessica Charist, Laura Kandell, Heather Holms, Heather Hanowitz, Nick and Codie Eisenberg, Margo Miranda, Ava Eisenson, Noah Telson, Eli Rinzler, etc., etc...and more I cant even think of...).

Thanks to Diana for the artwork, and Val for the Accountant work.

And Especially....thanks to Tom, Meg, Marino, and Kathy. I have the utmost respect for you all, and cant wait to get moving on Board business together!!!

-- Anonymous, May 22, 2002

Not much needs saying, except let us all be humble in our gratitude to the community for THEIR support. Awesome...Also, after July 1st, whent the new board majority (!) takes office, may we never have to say DOAN aloud again.

Fabulous... Went arouind this AM picking up signs...I think JD must have been at it all night removing his illegal signs, etc...still some remnants of his failed campaign out there. Pick up our signs wherever you see them.

This is an invitation to all SOSers to join us as we celebrate Tobe's 60th birthday on June 15, 5PM to ??? at our house in Glenford. 657-2914. Directions available to those who need them.

It'll be a blast! Please come join us... Tobe & Meg

-- Anonymous, May 22, 2002

Please let me repeat our invitation to all on this list for my 60th birthday party, to be held at our house in Glenford, on June 15, from 5PM on...Please come...bring a dish to share if you like, and let's have some fun. Tobe

-- Anonymous, May 23, 2002

Ted and I look forward to it. Will it be the sort of thing 5th and 8th graders would be at, or should we leave them home with a video and lots of icecream?

-- Anonymous, May 23, 2002

All I can say is thanks to everyone for all the great work and long overwhelming endurance. We have truly made a significant difference in our community and a positive direction for education in our schools.

I have heard from several thankful teachers who have mentioned that the effect of the election was apparent already. Teachers and administrators have been talking about new innovations and strategies that a few days ago were never discussed. There is a new intellectual freedom in the schools which we have helped to encourage.

Thanks for all the wonderful contributions that each and every one of you had donated in every way you could. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to get to know everyone so dearly.

-- Anonymous, May 24, 2002

Wow! Could you tell that I was excited? Could you?

And I obviously wasn't the only student going nuts. On behalf of all of us, I would like to extend our deepest, undying gratitude (and don't laugh, I am NOT exaggerating).

I've got another year at Onteora, and... I don't exactly know how to say this, but I feel like I'm in good hands for the first time in almost three years. This is a good feeling. This is an exciting feeling. I owe it to all of you, and I don't think I can extend my thanks enough.

Thanks so much to all of you, and especially to Neil, Kathy, and Marino. I can't wait to see you all in action next year.

-- Anonymous, May 24, 2002

We'll keep the board going, of course, though it will undoubtedly be slower than in the heat of campaigning. We'll keep posting links of interest, such as online articles in the Freeman.

Are Marty and Greg up for re-election next spring? Speaking of Greg, what was with that beatific grin he had in the hallway while waiting for the results?

-- Anonymous, May 24, 2002

A good healthy dose of...whatever?

-- Anonymous, May 25, 2002

Marty and Greg are up next year...Our guess (!) is that Marty may resign before being humiliated by being demoted from the presidency of the board.

Also...according to the Townsman, Doan has vowed to keep at the mischief he has caused...what does that mean? Who knows, but he's got two more meetings as a board members to mess things up, and I expect he'll do his worst.

Vigilance is still required... Then, I expect he'll think hard about sueing the district, Hal, etc.

Anyone have any inside info about the "fight" Doan and Wilkens supposedly had at campaign's end?

Enjoy the holiday weekend. Tobe

PS So happy that stuidents, staff and teachers feel a weight has been lifted.

-- Anonymous, May 25, 2002

A quick note: For Tobe's B'Day party, people are invited to pen a few lines about Tobe to the tune of "This Land is Your Land" and perform (!) them at the gathering on June 15th...just for fun...sarcasm and humor encouraged. Love to all. Meg

-- Anonymous, May 25, 2002

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