Thursday, November 19, 2009


Archie Mazmanian Reports:

After his obituary was mistakenly published, Mark Twain sent this cable from London to America:

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

Perhaps the same could be now said of my October 8, 2009, report at this Blog titled: “Urban Ring: Phase 2 Is Dead! Long Live Phase 3!” [Ed:]

The newly established MA Department of Transportation (DOT) will host a meeting of the Urban Ring’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on December 1, 2009. While no details were provided in the DOT’s notice, a visit to the Urban Ring website at reveals the reasons based upon several documents recently posted:

06-Nov-2009 Letter to MassDOT from Secretary Bowles, EOEEA [Ed: ]

29-Oct-2009 Letter to EOEEA from Secretary Aloisi [Ed:]

15-Oct-2009 Letter to EOEEA from Secretary Aloisi [Ed:].

To access these letters, click on Reference Materials, then click on Current Materials, where they are listed at the top under the heading “Notice of Project Changes – June 30, 2009” and available for downloading by linking.

I plan to attend the CAC meeting on December 1st and will report on it the next day or so. Rather than discussing the contents of these letters now, I suggest carefully reading them as there is much to digest, with quite a bit appearing between the lines. Just as a tease, however, I read Secretary Bowles’ letter as a verbal spanking of then Executive Office of Transportation Secretary Aloisi. An initial response from DOT to EOEEA is required by December 15th, which may determine the extent to which Phase 2’s death may have been exaggerated.

Please read the entire report, available at, as it relates to the fate of the Charles River White Geese under the new DOT that should be pressured to stop the annihilation of the White Geese; and this is no EXAGGERATION!