Friday, April 23, 2010

Rockmore Company and owner Peter Noyes

The early leader in the clubhouse for klassiest, assiest, dickhead of the year is Peter Noyes and the Rockmore Company. This super klassy individual decided that it would be a much better idea to fill Salem Harbor with HUMAN SHIT than to dispose of it properly by having it pumped out of his floating restaurant, The Rockmore, and his ferry boat, the Hannah Glover. Instead, he decided to pump the sewage from those vessels directly into the ocean, for 16 years, in violation of maritime law. Even klassier, Mr. Noyes, who lives in one of the most expensive houses on the North Shore, out at the end of Marblehead Neck, decided to intimidate the Salem News into removing the article that they wrote about an impending plea agreement, and admission of guilt. I emailed the publisher and editors the following:

To whom it may (or may not) concern:

I'm very disappointed in the Salem News today. The Rockmore Company admitting that they've polluted by dumping raw, untreated, human waste into Massachusetts coastal waters, and being accused of doing so right in Salem Harbor, is major news.

I can't believe that the story about these accusations and admission was removed from the Salem News website today. When a prominent Marbleheader is accused of wrongdoing, that is at least as newsworthy as when a miscreant like The Wind is accused of a crime, even if the Marbleheader has better lawyers. It's probably more so.

I'm very sad to learn that the Salem News is lacking in journalistic ethics and caves to threats.

What happened to "the public has a right to know?" You'd think it would apply when a company is pumping raw poop into the water within sight of my house.

The Salem News is run by pussies, and they are afraid of him, but I'm not.
Not surprisingly, the cowards didn't respond. Glad I no longer give them any money.

Well, this blog will not be intimidated. You can see the original text of the Salem News article here.

So, let's take a closer look at Peter Noyes and Rockmore. The Rockmore restaurant, which never opened this summer (hmmm ... maybe busy with lawyers) is accessed by boat only, and offers a free shuttle boat from Salem, opposite Finz.

The sign should read "No charge for the poop either!"

Rockmore/Noyes also owns the Hannah Glover, which can be booked for weddings, and is also used to transport children out to the YMCA's day camp at Children's Island. As a Y member I was disturbed to hear this, and had the following e-mail exchange with the YMCA:

Dear Mr. Mayer,
As a member of the YMCA of the North Shore I urge you to stop using the Hannah Glover for transporting children to camp. You have an excellent teaching opportunity here for the children who attend the camp. Please show them that our community doesn't support those, such as Peter Noyes and the Rockmore Company, who pollute the environment and disrespect the community.

I received the following response from the COO of the North Shore YMCA:

Thanks for your input. As you could imagine,we were shocked and frankly disgusted by the actions of the owner of the Hannah Glover. We were equally upset with the fact that after 30 years of a business relationship, Mr. Noyes did not tell us about this on-going investigation.

Currently we are in year 4 of a 5 year contract with The Rockmore Company and are investigating all of our options going forward. At this point we are not sure what we legally can do. But rest assured, a lesson will be taught and learned here.

Chris Lovasco


YMCA of the North Shore

So, at least the YMCA is keeping it classy, instead of klassy.

The Hannah Glover, where you could hold your wedding, just watch out for crap flooding the deck.

Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Peter Noyes. Anyone can make a mistake though, right? Well, this wasn't one mistake, and it wasn't Noyes' first run in with the law. Ask people in the boating community and they'll tell you that this has been ongoing, well-known behavior, that has lasted for years.

Apparently Peter Noyes truly does believe that he's above the law. Previously, he was found guilty of both age and anti-Russian discrimination in 2007, against a former accountant he employed. The details of the case are so blatant they almost can't be believed. For the details, click here and select Vladimir Glezer vs. Rockmore Company & Peter Noyes.

Below are 5 quotes from the hearing decision awarding Mr. Glezer with over $100,000 in damages payable by Noyes.

"Noyes had a discussion with him about replacing him as Rockmore’s bookkeeper. According to Complainant, in that discussion, Noyes referred to Complainant’s age, telling Complainant that his CPA had advised him that there were “a lot of young people around” who could replace Complainant."

"Noyes began the conversation by telling Complainant that Noyes’ wife had fears about Noyes meeting Complainant because Complainant is Russian and Russians could be violent. This insult made Complainant angry and upset and he told Noyce that it was a stupid comment. He stated that it was not the only time there had been a reference to Russians being violent or in gangs during the course of his employment."

"Noyes told Complainant that he was through hiring older people and that Noyes’ wife was physically afraid of Complainant. They discussed money again and Noyes asked Complainant to sign a release promising not to sue Noyes."

"Noyes’ lawyer, who according to Complainant, has since been disbarred from the practice of law, phoned Complainant and told Complainant their conversation was being taped and if he made a move, Noyes would “hit him with all his might.” He also told Complainant that Noyes was the boss and could do whatever he wanted. In that conversation he referred to Complainant as a “fucking Russian.”"

So you tell me. Either Noyes has no regard whatsoever for the law, or he's just plain stupid. Which is it?

So what should happen to Noyes? He paid a slap on the wrist, which based on the fact that his oceanfront home is assessed at 4.2 million dollars, won't really hurt him. I imagine that the property must be his pride and joy.

Peter Noyes home, 421 Ocean Ave, Marblehead, MA 01945

(Editor's note: This post has been sitting, unfinished, unpublished for a while, but Noyes is back in the news, reminding me to finish it, because apparently he never paid the fine. Again, he thinks he's above the law.)

Noyes feels perfectly justified in spreading his shit all around the North Shore, maybe people should return the favor. Have a dog? I know a great new place to walk it. I'm sure Peter Noyes won't have any problem with you not picking up after him if Sparky leaves his deposit on Noyes lawn. Happen to be on the Neck, and really have to poop? I know which household wouldn't have any justification complaining if you decided to drop trou and leave a deposit on the lawn. He made the harbor a public port-o-potty, why shouldn't his lawn be the same? is registered to Noyes at that address as well. If you look at the domain name ownership, Noyes address, email and phone are all listed. Why don't you call him up and let him know how you feel about his disgusting acts against us all? I must stress that I'm not suggesting that you harass him, or send him anything illegal. Do NOT poop in a box and mail it to him, that's probably against the law, and I can't, in good conscience, suggest that you do such a thing. His e-mail address is listed as well. Let him know what you think. Sign him up to receive porn email from here to eternity, but only if you determine that it's legal. I make no warranty, because I don't know.

phone number is present. You may want to call him up and let him know what you think. Make sure you don't harass him though. That might be illegal. His e-mail address is listed as well. Let him know what you think. Sign him up to receive porn email from hear to eternity, but only if you determine that it's legal. I make no warranty, because I don't know.

Way to go City Council! Klassy!

Apparently, six of the 11 Salem city councilors decided that we, the hard working residents of Salem, do not pay enough in taxes. Very klassy of them.

Last night they passed legislation instituting the local option meals tax, increasing the meal tax in Salem to 7%. So if you're a party of four, and decide to head out to the absolutely stunning Sixty2 on Wharf, make sure you bring about $15 to hand over in taxes for the privilege.

One of the things that Salem really has going for it, that makes us shine above the cities and towns around us, is a stellar dining scene. Our city council should be promoting it, not trying to cash in on it, while hurting it in the process. But no, they decided to take a positive, a differentiator, and try to turn it into another handout. I feel especially bad for the business people currently attempting to add even more to the downtown restaurant scene. Adriatic Restaurant and Bar is slated to open shortly in the old Edgewater location. Greenland Cafe is set to open soon. Coven is going to fill the remaining retail spot in the old Tompkins furniture building. These people, who are investing in our downtown are now facing an even steeper climb in an already tough industry. I wish you luck, even if our city government is fighting you.

At some point you'll hear, as we always do, that this is for the children. Bullshit. This is so that city union employees can keep $5 medical copays. This is for teachers, cops, firemen, DPW workers, etc to keep riding the gravy train. I'd invite every non-city worker to comment on this post and tell us what you pay to go to the doctor. We won't see $5 from many people.

A special shout out to Ward 1 councilor Bob McCarthy, by the way. This winner never even responds to emails from constituents. I've tried several times, even for simple things like the condition of a street, as well as this particular tax while it was being considered, and councilor Bob should really be known as silent Bob. Try yourself. His email address is

Another special shout out to councilor Joan Lovely. Her flip flop on this issue made this new tax possible. Previously she was a no, and because the proposal was going to fail, they held back the vote. Strangely, as soon as she changed her mind they voted it in. Joan is usually very level-headed and straightforward. I'm very disappointed in her. Some of the other yes votes aren't known for being the sharpest tools in the shed (ever watched Sargent speak?), and we only have ourselves to blame for electing them. Hell, Tom Furey will vote for any and every tax increase not involving hair pieces (that would hit his wallet, and head). As a teacher, he's extremely interested in bleeding taxpayers dry, as he personally benefits.