Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Readers chose Michael Caira, the recently retired Town Manager, and Cimaglia, the Veterans Agent, selectman and Local Heroes founder as the year's most newsworthy people.
Among the many headlines of 2012, there were two people who were among the regular contributors. Though there were many outstanding nominations to choose from, we’ve selected Veterans Agent Lou Cimaglia and recently retired Town Manager Michael Caira as Wilmington Patch’s People of the Year. Caira spent the last year winding down an impressive career that spanned more than two decades. He earned the praise of local officials and those from across the region for his work as Town Manager. Cimaglia, meanwhile, is an active volunteer for several groups in Wilmington in addition to his role on the Board of Selectmen and as the town’s Veterans Agent. He is the founder of Local Heroes, which won the Myra Kraft Community MVP grand prize of $25,000…
Friday, September 28, 2012
Residents and officials say goodbye to the retiring Wilmington Town Manager.
Longtime Town Manager Michael Caira officially retired on Friday, but first he was honored with a celebration with more than 430 people in attendance on Thursday night. During the celebration, a variety of Wilmington residents and officials offered their final goodbye message to Caira.
Town Manager Michael Caira was the guest of honor at a well-attended retirement celebration on Thursday.
Michael Caira has become famous in Wilmington for his long hours at Town Hall. But on Friday, his final day as Town Manager, he may call it a day a bit early by his standards. “I’d say it’s finally sunk in. The office is pretty much cleaned out, so when I go in Friday I’ll be leaving the keys,” said Caira. “I think I’ll try to get out of there before it gets too dark.” More than 430 residents, family and friends showed up to honor Caira’s retirement on Thursday night at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover. Speakers told stories about, and took playful jabs at, Caira during the evening and made the message clear about just how much he will be missed. Fire Chief Ed Bradbury’s relationship with Caira began in 1993, when the two sat on opposite sides…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Board members thanked the outgoing Town Manager for his decades of service as he enters his final days of service in Wilmington.
Michael Caira didn’t leave Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting empty handed. The outgoing Wilmington Town Manager received a host of gifts during his final Board of Selectmen meeting as board members heaped praise on Caira, who is in his final week before retirement. In addition to a citation from State Representative Jim Miceli and another from Rep. Charles Murphy, Caira received a long list of well wishes from his colleagues. “You have shaped the current and future face of Wilmington for many years to come,” said Judy O’Connell, who noted that she was a junior in high school when Caira started as Town Manager. “You have taken a wonderful town, and made it even better.” The selectmen who has worked with Caira the longest is Michael McCoy…
Participants at Monday's public hearing with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation regarding the intersection of Middlesex Ave., Glen Road, and Wildwood Street were surprised to hear it may not be finished until 2016.
Wilmington town officials are excited about the prospect of a new intersection at Middlesex Ave., Glen Road and Wildwood Street. What they aren't happy with, however, is the construction timeline laid out by the state. During Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation laid out the design plans. But officials were stunned to find out the intersection will likely not be completed until 2016. Selectmen approved a design for the project in 2008, and that design was approved by the state in 2009. According to Town Manager Michael Caira, the DOT has been reviewing the plans ever since, despite statistics that show the intersection is the source of twice the state average for motor vehicle accidents. “That…
Monday, September 24, 2012
Jeff Hull, who takes over for Michael Caira next week, will receive a starting salary of $133,200.
During Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting, members officially approved the contract of incoming Town Manager Jeff Hull, who currently serves as Assistant Town Manager. Hull's starting salary will be $133,200 with scheduled increases of 2.5 percent slated for the second and third years of the agreement. As a part of the agreement, Hull waived an early retirement incentive and agreed not to require longevity payments. "The board is pleased with getting what we believe to be a hometown discount on what we've come to expect and enjoy over the last 20-plus years," said Board of Selectmen chairman Michael Newhouse. For more details on Monday's meeting, check back with Wilmington Patch on Tuesday.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Assistant Town Manager Jeff Hull said he and selectmen have reached a tentative contract agreement and it could be voted on during a September 10 meeting.
The process of finding the replacement for retiring Town Manager Michael Caira was a smooth one. So it comes as little surprise that the ensuing contract negotiations have been met with a similar result. According to both sides of the negotiations, a contract for Jeff Hull is likely to be finalized in September, and could be announced during the next Board of Selectmen meeting, which is slated for Monday, September 10. “At this point, I can just indicate that I have met with the board, we had a productive meeting, and things are looking good,” said Hull. “I would characterize it that we have a tentative agreement, and we just need to actually review the final document and go from there.” Negotiations have been taking place throughout the …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
With his retirement celebration just over a month away, outgoing Town Manager Michael Caira said there is still work to be done.
Town Manager Michael Caira is getting ready for retirement, even if he hasn’t really had the chance to think about it. Caira’s official retirement date is just over a month away, and his colleagues are beginning to plan his farewell celebration. The retirement party is slated for September 27. “I haven’t really focused too much on retirement because it’s been so busy," said Caira. "I’m just trying to get everything in order for the transition, and at the same time there is an awful lot of work to be done. I haven’t had the time to reflect on things like I would like to.” Following more than two decades of service in Wilmington, Caira will pass on his duties to Jeff Hull, who currently the Assistant Town Manager. Caira said the last year …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The town recently announced a September 27 retirement party for Town Manager Michael Caira, who leaves the town after 22 years of service.
With a date announced for a retirement celebration honoring Michael Caira, the Town Manager’s tenure is rapidly coming to a close - whether town officials like it or not. The town recently polished off plans for a retirement party in Caira’s honor, which is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, at the Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel. “When Mike announced his retirement, we would say ‘well at least we have him for another year and a half,’” said selectman Lou Cimaglia, who has worked with Caira for almost a decade. “But it came up quick. I know that Jeff (Hull) is more than competent to do the job, but he’s got big shoes to fill with a guy that is so respected in town government across the state.” Caira’s retirement comes after 22 years …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Town Manager Michael Caira calls the appeals process 'illogical,' while appeal spokesman Kevin MacDonald said school issues need to be addressed.
Frustrated with what they believe to be stall tactics against the new Wilmington High School, town officials told Wilmington Patch that Massachusetts laws need a change. The spokesman for one of the latest appeals, however, believes things are fine just the way they are. Town Manager Michael Caira spoke out against the structure of the appeals process, saying it is far too easy for residents to slow down a project that was overwhelmingly supported by Wilmington voters. “The 10-resident appeal is being led by a man who was opposed to building a high school because he felt the one we have is sufficient. The state has allowed him to find a way to work to derail the project,” said Caira. “It’s illogical and poorly conceived by the state, and …