Absolutely Furious

I happened to walk downstairs to find the television left on this evening, playing the local news. As I walked past I heard something that caused me to pause and listen. After the entire story had aired I was nothing short of incensed. Stroudwater St., that long road between the church and my neighborhood that boasts the last farm in citified Westbrook, is to be developed into an abominable high-end shopping center that’s been¬†christened “Stroudwater Place.”
I actually yelled “no!” at the television. Mom and I were just saying THIS MORNING that we hoped they wouldn’t develope the farm…it’s been only a matter of time…I said I would lie in front of the bulldozers to stop them, and I meant it..and I still mean it! As soon as the broadcast ended I called WCSH6 and asked where I could find more information about how to protest, and made my opposition very clear. I think I nearly bellowed at the man on the phone that there were those of us who did indeed wish to ‘weigh in’ and felt very strongly on the matter!
After that I called the mayor, but he wasn’t in and I left a message.

I am furious. I will do everything in my power to get in the way of this development. The first thing I need is a T-shirt. Sonja, and I’m perfectly serious, if I mail you a t-shirt would you be willing to illustrate it for me? I’d tell you what to say.
I haven’t got any resources or connections or anything, but this won’t happen without a fight. I am going to call until I speak with the mayor himself, and I’m going to make sure as many people know about this as possible. One of our city¬† government officials lives three houses away from us. I think I’ll be talking to her soon.

I am beyond furious. THIS MEANS WAR.


  1. Sonja!! Said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

    Certainly, send a shirt and I shall besmirch it and have it back to you ASAP. I wish I was there; I’m pretty good at military strategy… *grin* Also, if you need backup, send me the addresses and phone numbers of town officials and I’ll badger them too. The more often people are badgered, the more they’ll take notice. I reckon we’re fighting a loosing battle, but hey, winning isn’t everything. And as Harry said in one of the only good lines in the fourth HP movie, what we’ve got that the enemy hasn’t is “something worth fighting for.” You could try hanging out with a petition for people to sign outside a major shopping center in Westbrook… I bet there are some anti-development types that will at least lend their signature in support of our cause.
    Dang! This makes ME really mad too, and I don’t even know what farm you’re talking about! Is it the one that we pass when we take the back roads to my house?

  2. Krissy Said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 10:49 pm

    Ah! I too do not know of the exact farm you are talking about, but if you need backup count me in, too! Just listening to you I’m getting mad about it. =P

  3. Ted Said,

    February 27, 2008 @ 1:01 am

    Go Hannah.

  4. Carol Quint Said,

    March 1, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

    Hannah: I’m with you, too. Actually “Stroudwater Place” already exists. I have lived on the street with that name (directly across from Woodlawn Cemetery and near the proposed development) since 1961. First, I want them to change the name of the project before it goes any further. If the shoppers at the Maine Mall couldn’t keep Owen Moore, Porteous, and Filenes in business, how can this place expect to keep Bloomingdales and Nordstrom.

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