I wanted to write with an update after yesterday's email (click here if you missed it).
From what we can tell, more than 500 of you emailed the Governor over the last 24 hours. Beyond that, hundreds have called. We are grateful for your support and absolutely floored with such a large response. We are also tremendously proud of the dozens of emails we were cc'd on including stories of crashes avoided thanks to our program.
As of late afternoon today, we have yet to hear from the Governor or a member of his immediate staff. We have spoken to a few people at his switchboard and have been promised that someone would be getting back to us by now. Not having lead one of these "movements" before, we have no idea how many calls or emails it takes to make an impression.....sooooo please feel free to continue to encourage others to call or write per the instructions below. If you are a facebook user, you can click here and show your support there.
Meanwhile, we have received a few inquiries from Boston media and will start to reach out to them tonight. If you have a particular radio program, news channel or newspaper that you want to make aware of our situation, please feel free to forward our email to them. We've helped nearly all of them with some type of news feature in the past, so hopefully they will be interested in helping us too.
Please encourage them to follow up with me personally:
(617) 306-6264 mobile
We did receive one call last night concerned with our request to get the government involved in an issue between two private companies. As the president of a small business, this is definitely something I am sensitive about. I placed hundreds of calls or emails in October believing that a change in a Mass DOT contract would result in our ability to remain in S. Weymouth a few more months and that the developer of the former naval base was supportive of this effort.
When we moved that mountain and learned that our landlord was still not interested in extending our lease, we felt mislead. They did not break any laws and we had nothing in writing from them, but efforts were made based on emails and conversations held with the parties involved. In my response to their eviction notice I promised not to let up on my efforts and have not heard from them since. We do not believe that government can force our landlord to do anything, but we do feel that the Governor's Office has the ability to call a meeting and educate them on the importance of what we do; a meeting we requested weeks ago, when we were told via email that their hands were tied.
I will try not to abuse this distribution list, but tomorrow morning we start to dismantle our classroom. By Thursday it will be on a truck and by Friday it will be moved from the airbase. While it is possible for us to find a replacement classroom in the coming weeks, the expense may not be justified as our potential class days fall from the calendar.
To the dozens of you who have offered to write letters, make additional calls, etc. We thank you and will write back as soon as time permits. To the nearly 1,000 of you who have contacted the governor - "THANK YOU!!!"
Our commitment to everyone remains the same and we hope to be around a long time regardless of how this is resolved. If you additional suggestions, ideas for corporate sponsors or simply want to put on a holiday party for your employees next month...just let me know and we'll make it happen!