Wednesday, May 1, 2013
All candidates eligible for re-election won their respective races and will be joined by newcomer Julie Broussard, who earned a seat on the School Committee.
It was a tale of two different races. But in the end, the results on the School Committee and Board of Selectmen ballots were similar. In the race for three School Committee seats, a packed field was cordial throughout. With outspoken resident Kevin MacDonald taking on a pair of incumbent candidates in the Board of Selectmen race, things were a bit more contentious on the campaign trail. But the common trend in both races was that incumbents ruled the ticket as all four candidates up for re-election won their respective races. Mike Newhouse and Lou Cimaglia handily defeated MacDonald and Daniel Murphy. By an unofficial count, Cimaglia topped the ticket with 2,697 votes followed by Newhouse with 2,692, MacDonald with 574 and Murphy with 513…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Candidates were sworn in on Tuesday night at Town Hall after an average turnout throughout Election Day.
Wilmington residents have made their selection on Election Day and while there will be one new face in local government, there will also be plenty more of the same. Incumbents Lou Cimaglia and Mike Newhouse dominated the vote and will return to their seats on the Board of Selectmen. Peggy Kane was re-elected to the Wilmington School Committee, where fellow incumbent Kathleen Carroll will join her. Newcomer Julie Broussard will join the School Committee, taking over for Robert Hayes, who opted not to run for re-election. The race for School Committee was hotly contested, with Kane topping the ticket. The Board of Selectman race, meanwhile was much more lopsided. Outspoken resident Kevin MacDonald garnered an unofficial tally of 574 votes on…
Friday, April 26, 2013
Town, school, and state officials spoke of the importance of building the new school during a ceremony on Town Common Thursday afternoon.
It's been a trying time for the Wilmington community, with thousands of residents packing Town Common on Saturday to grieve the loss of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. While Collier's memory was still fresh in the minds of state and town officials on Thursday, there was a lighter feeling in the air during a different kind of gathering on Town Common. "From loss and from tragedy and from grief comes optimism and hope," said Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new high school. "And nothing gives us more hope than to know that to my left a new school will go up and we will celebrate every single day the values of the people of Wilmington." Though appeals have delayed construction …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Five of the six hopefuls for three School Committee seats attended the Tuesday event at WCTV.
The candidates for School Committee agreed on a main topic during Tuesday night's debate at Wilmington Community Television - the fact that they agree on many items on the forefront in Wilmington schools. Five of the six School Committee hopefuls sat in front of the WCTV cameras during the event, though incumbent Kathleen Carroll was unable to attend as her daughter underwent surgery. Discussion was cordial throughout the night, with candidates often agreeing with their opponents on questions throughout the evening. When given the opportunity to ask a question of any other candidate, each resident passed. One of the first questions of the night asked the residents to weigh in on what can be done about drug and alcohol abuse by the district…
Candidates Mike Newhouse, Lou Cimaglia and Kevin MacDonald made their pitches during a televised debate on Tuesday night.
As was expected, there was no love lost between Wilmington’s incumbent Board of Selectmen candidates and their challenger during a televised debate on Tuesday night. Current selectmen Lou Cimaglia and Mike Newhouse squared off against challenger Kevin MacDonald at the Wilmington Community Television studios in advance of Election Day, which is scheduled for April 30. MacDonald has been a regular attendee at town meetings, especially is the last year-plus, and has often criticized selectmen for their leadership. Tuesday was no different as he attacked the credibility of his opponents and was eventually asked to leave about one hour into the debate. Among the major topics throughout the night was free speech, something that MacDonald has …
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, March 12, 2013
Here's a look at some of the items the Town of Wilmington spent your tax dollars on last week.
Each week the town spends money approved in the annual budget for everyday expenses and, each week, Wilmington Patch will be running a new feature, highlighting a handful of these expenses for our readers' perusal. The following is a small sample of who the town paid, how much they paid them, and for what reason. Check back each week for more line items out of the town's budget. In total, the town cut 246 checks totalling $3,254,651.16. Here are a few of those payments.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Kevin MacDonald was escorted out of Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting again after he was not recognized in public comments.
Kevin MacDonald's battle with the Board of Selectmen continued again on Monday night. As selectmen held their regular meeting, MacDonald attempted to speak in the Public Comments section. He was not recognized, as Mike Newhouse decided would be the case a recent meeting, but continued to speak out. After an officer spoke with MacDonald, the outspoken resident returned to his seat. But after speaking out again a few minutes later, Newhouse asked the officer to remove him from the meeting. During his initial attempt to offer comments, MacDonald stated that as a candidate for the Board of Selectmen, he believed he had the right to discuss issues happening in town. MacDonald ran unsuccessfully for the board last year. What's your take? Is the…
Monday, February 11, 2013
This week the town spent $655,471.90 by writing 233 checks.
Each week the town spends money approved in the annual budget for everyday expenses and, each week, Wilmington Patch will be running a new feature, highlighting a handful of these expenses for our readers' perusal. The following is a small sample of who the town paid, how much they paid them, and for what reason. Check back each week for more line items out of the town's budget. In total, the town cut 233 checks totalling $655,471.90. Here are a few of those payments.
Monday, February 4, 2013
We provide a look at the meetings coming up in Wilmington in the upcoming days.
Town officials will discuss a variety of key topics in the upcoming days, including the development of Yentile Farm and the progress of the new high school. The week's meetings begin with the Yentile Farm Development Committee holding a Monday session slated for 7:30 p.m. inside Town Hall, Room 9. A long list of meetings take place on Tuesday, beginning with the School Committee Policy Subcommittee, which meets at 8 a.m. inside the Roman House. At 10 a.m. the Board of Assessors meets in the Town Hall's small conference room, at 7 p.m. the Finance Committee holds a session of its own inside Town Hall, Room 9, and at 7:30 p.m. the Planning Board is in action in the same location. Things slow down a bit on Wednesday, but one board is in …