He intended to stir up opposition to the sale, but just the opposite seems to have occured as all five City Council members say virtually all the calls they received supported the sale of a small parcel of land to Friendly's Restaurant to facilitate the construction of a new, larger restaurant on Arsenal Street.
Council voted 5-0 to approve the sale despite a passionate appeal by rival businessman Kevin Fear to block the sale and determine the owner by auction.
For Fear, an avid self-promoter with local businesses selling mattresses and cell phones, it was a publicity bonanza in recent days as the Friendly's deal became the talk of the town. On Sunday, Fear bought a full page ad in the Watertown Daily Times urging reader to call Council members.
In my case, of a dozen calls, all but one favored Friendly's.