Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Contested primaries in Special U.S. Senate election appears to be drawing additional interest.
If the mid-day numbers are any indication, voter turnout for the 2013 Wilmington Municipal Election will be significantly higher than the 2012 election. Variables that could be factoring into the higher participation include the one-time shift from Saturday to Tuesday voting and the decision to hold the election on the same day as the primaries for the Special U.S. Senate Election. As of 2 p.m., at Town Hall, 284 people had cast ballots in Precinct 5 and 229 had voted in Precinct 6. As of 2:30 p.m., at the Wildwood School, 254 people had voted in Precinct 3 and 330 had voted in Precinct 4. As of 3 p.m., at the Boutwell School, 319 voters had cast ballots in Precinct 1 and 316 in Precinct 2. Those partial totals put participation at a …
Monday, April 29, 2013
This is the candidate statement of Kevin MacDonald, candidate for the Board of Selectmen.
Monday, April 29
Hello; My name is Kevin MacDonald. I am a life long resident of the Town of Wilmington. As a candidate for the Board of Selectmen, I have listened to the concerns of the people of the community and would like to incorporate their concerns in my plans for elected office and government service. A significant number of people are troubled by the failures of the Board of Selectmen and a serious conflict of interest issue that affronts our integrity values. The conflict occurs as a result of Selectman, Lou Cimaglia, also being an employee of the town. A selectman is a member of a board that is charged with oversight of the Town Manager's character, duties, and interactions. The Town Manager is the Supervisor of the Town's employees. Therefore, …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Bits of knowledge to help you be the smartest student back in class.
Here are 5 pieces of information designed to make your Monday feel a little bit less like Monday and to help make you the smartest person in the coffee shop. 1. Your 3-Day Local Weather Forecast: 2. It's Happening Today: At 2:50 p.m. today, there will be a moment of silence across Massachusetts to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing attack. 3. Quote of the Day: "You have those few (cops) who were born to be police officers and Sean was one of those few. Not only that but he was one of the few ... to display its finest qualities. In the 16 months he was with us, he left a legacy that no one will soon forget. He left us with an understanding of what it means to be an ideal police officer." MIT Campus Police Chief John DiFava…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Boy Scouts approved for upcoming fundraiser.
Town Manager Jeffrey Hull announced the promotion of two members of the Wilmington Police Department, at the April 8 Board of Selectmen's meeting. Detective Davd Sugrue has been promoted to the rank of Sargeant and Sgt. Daniel Murray has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Both promotions took effect April 8. According to Hall, Murray was one of four candidates seeking the lieutenant position. He was the high scorer in the exam and the high scorer in the interview phase. Sugrue, who has been with the department since 1985, was one of four candidates seeking the sargeant position. He tied for second top score on the exam and was the top scorer in the interview phase. "I am pleased to be promoting officers of the caliber of David Sugrue…
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Each week we take a look at some of the stories making headlines in neighboring Patch towns.
Revere Man Faces Up to 25 Years for Reading Fatal Shooting Case Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone announced that a Revere man pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of Reading resident Joseph Ronan, 22, in August of 2011. Revere resident John Burke, 26, is facing up to 25 years in prison. Starbucks Planning to Open This Summer Starbucks hopes to open a North Reading location on Main Street at some point this summer, according to Attorney James Senior, who is representing the landlord of Atlantic Plaza. The coffee shop will be located where the Sunrise Bagels is now. Town Employees Pack Selectmen's Meeting Just one day after town officials attempted to renegotiate municipal health insurance benefits …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Residents had sought to have Town Meeting voters approve the sale of town-owned parcels.
Cancel any plans you might have had for a big Wilmington land auction. Residents had placed five articles dealing with town-owned land on the May 4 Annual Town Meeting Warrant by citizens' petition. Each of them asked town meeting voters to give the town permission to sell these particular parcels. However, in order for that to happen, the town first needs to declare those parcels to be "surplus" properties. The responsibility for determining if a town-owned parcel is surplus belongs to Town Manager Jeffrey Hull. In the case of these five parcels, he determined that only one, the parcel mentioned in Article 33, to be surplus. As a result, Articles 29, 30, 31 and 37 are moot and will therefore likely be passed over at Town Meeting. Hull …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Board of Selectmen hopeful Kevin MacDonald was asked to leave the WCTV candidates' debate on Tuesday night after being warned several times about personal attacks.
Three Board of Selectmen hopefuls began the annual candidates' debate inside the Wilmington Community Television studio on Tuesday night. Only two, however, remained by night's end. Moderator Steve Bjork asked for police assistance to remove candidate Kevin MacDonald from the debate after MacDonald was warned throughout the evening to refrain from using personal attacks against individuals and departments during his answers. MacDonald's first warning came during his opening statement, with Bjork interjecting several times in the subsequent hour before MacDonald was removed. About one hour in to the debate, Bjork issued his final warning to MacDonald. "No more attacks that cannot be substantiated will be allowed," said Bjork. "My patience …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
On the eve of the WCTV Candidate's Forum, Chairman Michael Newhouse kicks Kevin MacDonald out of a Selectmen's meeting ... again.
(Editor's Note: An incorrect time for tonight's candidates' forum was originally published in this article. It has since been corrected. We apologize for the confuson.) If Monday night was a warm-up act, Wilmington residents will want to tune in tonight for the Main Event. Halfway through the Board of Selectmen's meeting at Town Hall, fireworks erupted again between Chairman Michael Newhouse and resident Kevin MacDonald, a candidate for one of the two seats up for grab on the board at the April 30 Municipal Election. The flare up resulted in Newhouse kicking MacDonald out of a selectmen's meeting for the third time in the past several weeks. Trouble began when MacDonald tried to ask questions of Joe Martiniello and a representative of the …
Monday, April 8, 2013
A look at tonight's Board of Selectmen's agenda.
Boot Camps and a block party are among the items to be addressed by the Board of Selectmen when they meet tonight at Town Hall. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Executive Discussion to discussion collective bargaining issues, with the open meeting scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Among the items on the agenda are a request by Rose Ryan and Heather Love, owners of Body Infusion, to use either the Town Common or Rotary Park to conduct "Boot Camp" classes on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m. The board will also be considering a request from Mark Nelson to host a neighborhood block party from 2 to 11 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. The agenda item did not indicate the proposed location for the party. Traffic safety will also be on the agenda…
Friday, March 29, 2013
Comcast announces fee decreases.
The newest Asian restaurant in town will also be the newest entertainment venue. The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a request by Victor Hui, owner of the new Pacific Grove restaurant at 217 Lowell St., for an entertainment license. Hui told selectmen the music he planned to book would not be loud and would not create problems for his Lowell Street neighbors. Hui said the genres of the musicians would likely be Country and Jazz. In other business: