Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Tiverton Town Council determined its town clerk acted appropriately when dealing with recent charter violation complaints.
The Tiverton Town Council upheld the town clerk's actions in recent charter violation complaint during its meeting on Monday. In a hearing that lasted for nearly four hours, resident Justin Katz presented a case to the Charter Monitoring and Complaint Review Board - which is composed solely of Town Council members. Katz accused Town Clerk Nancy Mello of violating the town's charter in her handling of an October complaint that accused a School Department employee of displaying political paraphernalia on school property. In his complaint Katz claimed that Mello violated the town's charter because - in his opinion - she didn't have the authority to either dismiss or recommend a hearing to the Town Council for that original complaint. Mello …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Tiverton resident Justin Katz speaks out against the process used to vet a recent complaint about a Town Charter violation where a secretary displayed pins with political messages at school.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Tiverton School Committee hopeful Justin Katz offers words of thanks and congratulations after he was not awarded a seat on the committee on Tuesday.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Tiverton School Committee Candidate Evan Katz writes a letter to the editor.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tweets by Tiverton School Committee candidate Justin Katz about the use of prayer in a Bronx, NY public school classroom put his Twitter account back in the spotlight this week.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Justin Katz defends comments he made recently on his Twitter account.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
To the Editor: Deborah Scanlon Janick’s letter, attacking me (if you can believe it) for a conversation with a long-time acquaintance on Twitter, is an example of what divides Tiverton. Our elective offices may be non-partisan, but anybody hoping to serve their community apparently must expect big-time-politics personal attacks. Twitter is a Web site that allows users to post very short comments. The first sentence of this letter would be too long. People use it to share interesting articles and to have quick, light conversations. In this case, I was responding to the man who started the liberal RI Web site opposing my conservative one; he now works in the Providence mayor’s office. When he asked me about projects like Sandywoods, I …
Resident Deborah Scanlon Janick sounds off about comments posted by candidate Justin Katz.
To the Editor: Webster’s defines “oxymoron” as something that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements.The TCC could easily slip in as an example. They talk the talk in public, but they certainly do not walk thewalk in private. The most recent oxymoron occurred on a Twitter account. Just when he thought no one was looking,TCC founder and recommended School Committee candidate Justin Katz showed his true colors. Whenasked about his thoughts on Sandywoods Farm, his response was that it is a “good way to subsidizethe “right” kind of poor people.” When complimented on the beauty of Tiverton and how lucky he isto live here, he furthers his offensive comments stating that he lives “on the Fall River side of town.”When questioned …
Tiverton School Committee candidate and conservative political personality is on the defensive for a Sept. 27 tweet.
Find Deborah Scanon Janick letter here. Find Katz' letter here. An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Ms. Janick as a School Committee member. She is not. Patch regrets the error.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Tiverton resident Justin Katz writes a letter to the editor.
Audacity is the only word for Tiverton Schools Superintendent William Rearick's declaration, during a School Committee meeting Tuesday, that "over the past ten years… our budget has decreased from 65% of the total spending of the town to 60%." He went on to list positions and offerings that have been cut, presumably to deal with the lost revenue. The reality is that, from 2001/2002 to 2011/2012, the schools' budget grew from $17.7 million to $26.9 million. That's a 52% increase. The budget for which Rearick is advocating would bring the number up to $27.9 million next year, for a total increase of 58%. (None of this includes the so-called "restricted funds" received from the state and federal governments.) The only reason Rearick is not …
Monday, April 2, 2012
He launched the site about a month ago and will continue administrating Anchor Rising.
From the construction site to an online media office, Tiverton carpenter and blogger Justin Katz launched The Ocean State Current a little more than a month ago. It's the new journalism arm for the conservative think tank Rhode Island Center For Freedom and Prosperity. Katz, the managing editor, said in a recent interview that the Current's emphasis will be on economic policy and good government, with a focus, on education policy, but will cover a broad range of issues stopping short, for the most part he says, of social issues. Katz said Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the think tank, found there to be a need, in the local media landscape, for news covering local policy and politics collected and written with the eye of somebody who has a free-…