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mrs. concerned

I understand a veteran Tewksbury Fire Lt. was arrested for assault battery. why no mention?
Donna Marie Robitaille January 25, 2014 at 01:50 PM
dear Mr. Concerned, do not be. Mrs. Concerned must be taking the position that if it did not happen at work..It is a private matter and prefers not to discuss it. You may be privy to learn of others problems but it is not your business or the town leaderships'. We already have sat back and allowed town manager and some Selectmen to do a Town Employee(S) wrong by forcing them to resign on bogus grounds. So in the case your looking to do just that Mr.Concerned..take the advice of the good woman Mrs.Concerned and MYOB>
Who Me? January 25, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Town Employees have been forced to resign due to bogus charges?? Say what?
Donna Marie Robitaille January 25, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Dear Who Me? I said forced to resign on bogus grounds. Yes it is true. And when I say we sat back,I refer to the town of Tewksbury. I did not know until someone told me. However I feel responsible for what happened as if I did it myself because town Manager represents each of us. Of course there are two sides to every story and I have heard both sides. Yes! Town manager and company did a Town Employee wrong and for him and others mistreated in order to be pushed out of the job..I wish they used a lawyer that would have sued the town enough to build condos at town hall Not a lawyer that holds hands with town manager.
Tewksbury2001 January 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM
@donna- if you are going to make an accusation you need to follow it through with the detail. This type of post leads me to doubt if you have the executive presence, poise and judgment to be a town official.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 26, 2014 at 04:28 PM
dear Tewksbury2001 First of all, This type of post is not part of my Campaign. And because I am in this election does not take away my ability to know right from wrong. So if you think I do not know how to act accordingly, you are seriously mistaken. I have the absolute ability to hold an executive position and would do so with the poise and GOOD judgement needed to be a town official. As for this post, get it straight I did not make an accusation. I stated a fact. I suggest if you want details, go to your Town manager as it happened on his watch not mine. Also, do not expect me to ignore what happened as if it didn't. This is FAR FROM any campaign topic talk or debate. I simply answered another patchers' Speakout with what I thought deserved saying. I had no idea to say so. Commenting..That is my call Not yours. So to say I am not qualified to serve because I said something I believe in to be wrong is silly. I did not look for something to say. While you and I were living our lives ..another life was being sabotaged. Perhaps a former Board of Select...could enlighten you. Go see the town manager ..he should be able to direct you on who to talk to ,since he jumped on board and participated in being underhanded in this matter.
Rob R January 26, 2014 at 05:42 PM
@Donna, You're making claims that the TM participated in something you think was underhanded so I too would like you to be specific with details. It does not matter if you think you're qualified for elected office if the voter doesn't. Please take this opportunity to explain what you're accusing of the TM and former BOS. Not many will vote for a canidate making statements as this on a public forum and not offer up answers to their questions. You are wrong when you state this has nothing to do with your campaign. Before I pass judgment I'd like to hear your response to this Tewksbury voter.
Tewksbury2001 January 26, 2014 at 06:06 PM
I don't plan to vote for anyone gossiping on this or any board. Either back it up or delete it.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 27, 2014 at 06:26 AM
Rob..I understand your concern and advice. Please know I accept what you have said about the campaign. I understand i own my own words. It is important to me that you know the difference between why I been Speaking about issues here on patch and that of commenting back to another patchers' Speakout on a matter that has nothing to do with issues of the Planning Board or my opinions and beliefs regarding those issues. I as a candidate must understand your distress for me responding as I did. The best I can do if you would like..is to arrange a meeting with this person and he will speak to you. Also if another mistreated employee will agree to be there, he too could explain how his job was messed around with by those in charge to achieve what they wanted. Now I think you should accept that I do not feel comfortable using names of the victim here. However I did assure you It happened and I stated you could go to TM for information on his actions and he could direct you to former BOS member. If you would like.. I will ask for a meeting with Tm to confront and clarify my claims. In that case , I would be happy to attend such a meeting with you and will openly talk to you in the presence of Town manager. Each of these suggestions are made with sincere hopes you will agree to attend. This is not to earn your vote. It would be the right thing to do because as a resident you should know the truth. Please You or Any person resident or town official that wishes to sort out what I say..E mail me at missdonnamarie3@gmail.com to respond to me or arrange a meeting. No matter what happens to me in this election, I care more about others than i do to win a seat. So I lose votes for being caring and honest so be it. At the same time, I do not want to lose your vote if possible to explain and prove my statements. I think underhanded is the way to describe what happened and it is for certain all of us that know agree. Also, let me be clear. I am not accusing any BOS now or former. I said a former BOS member ,TM and a lousy lawyer was responsible for something MOST ALL town officials former and present and residents would never do. Trust me, I got no problem face to face over this matter with TM , hopefully this will be forwarded to him and our TM can schedule a meeting inviting us to attend so your concern for my comments can be addressed. I may be passionate about politics but I am angry about what happened. Obviously I was not trying to gain votes as a candidate should not go there to a subject of such magnitude. I answered the patcher Speakout because someone like me cares when a good man is done wrong. What Tm and Selectman Stronach did was indeed underhanded..and afterall with Attorney Rick O'Neill written all over the mess why wouldn't it be.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 27, 2014 at 06:48 AM
dear Tewksbury2001..What I said is not gossip. To assure you.. I have named those officials responsible. As for the employee, their name should not posted on a public page by me. Please consider contacting me to meet at town hall if you would like to face the facts with me. I am a good person with with a good head on my shoulders. I have no ax to grind here. I speak in truths.
Audrey Kelly January 27, 2014 at 08:16 AM
Sounds to me like two sides to this story although knowing Tewksbury town management/selectmen as we do, I'd say it was probably underhanded and an elected officials relative needed a job. Unfortunately, this is what happens in small town politics, BIG fish in little pond. Resident apathy too.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 27, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Audrey You said that almost perfect. (except it is not all BOS past and present that would do so) I am sorry for the commotion but it seems to me if only person understood my comment..it was worth it. I might not have your vote but I was not trying to gain it from speaking out on this. But for the record, I am not afraid of Big Fish and I hope to be swimming with them soon. Having said that..I hope you will vote for me. I promise to treat People fairly.
Bee Free January 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM
If treating people fairly in your book means posting as a third party gossip then how can you be trusted to deal the towns busines if elected????????? Your judgement has to be questioned.
Rob R January 27, 2014 at 10:58 AM
@Donna, at your own doing you are comfortable to accuse our TM and a prior BOS of being underhanded on a public forum but at the same time think it’s inappropriate of you to explain and mention the ex-employee’s name or names on the same public forum. Then you claim to promise to treat people fairly if elected. Not buying it. You may love this town and think in your heart that you would be fair and have the qualification to understand how businesses think, but as an out of town business owner, Tewksbury resident, and voter, reading your comments you lost my vote. Love doesn’t attract business. I think it was very disrespectful to call out the TM on a public forum and then hide behind your so called moral character.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 27, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Bee Free and Rob R. It is not third part gossip. I named exactly the town officials who I know to be involved with this. It should be clear that I have the right to do so as they are town officials which makes it my business. It is Not my place to name an employee with or without a grievance with the town. My knowledge of it as a resident is in place where it should be. Therefore as a member of the community , it is unfair to say one should keep quiet with what they believe is wrong. As for trusting me to deal with town business if elected..You can. I will uphold the position with the same integrity and willingness to work with residents,local and state officials and developers, as I did while serving in my former capacity of a Tewksbury Conservation and Zoning Appeals Board member. You are being unfair to me here saying I have to respect a TM decision. Also, keep in mind. It should be the RESIDENTS AND THE EMPLOYEES which get the respect from town manager not the other way around. Of course I respect his position as manager but i do not have to accept his politics on the job as it is not part of his job. Clearly, we went to a manager form of government with Every intention to keep politics out of town hall. And yes love doesn't attract business but love will keep us together. And until this pro development attitude of incentives calms down..I think we may have to put the brakes on and examine where do we go from here. Why should residents suffer further impacts without relief. PS as for hiding behind my character, I am proud of who I am. If you do not care to know someone made of solid character..then do not vote for me. It is my hope you will not prejudice your judgement of me for having the heart and guts to say Yup it happened!
Rob R January 27, 2014 at 02:54 PM
@Donna, I never stated it was unfair for you to make this claim so please don’t try to put words in my mouth. If you can’t understand that I took issue with your unwillingness to back up your strong claims against elected officials on the same public forum as you chose, then don’t expect my vote just because you write that you will hold the position with integrity. I’ll give you much credit for running but that’s about all. If any town official did something wrong, I’d be one of the first who would want them to be held accountable since you’re correct that it’s our town. Not sure why you have a double standard of being acceptable to publicly post an allegation about our TM and ex BOS “without follow-up” but you think it’s ok for the public not to be informed if the allegation of the original blogger are true. I don’t know you other than reading your posts but I sincerely think you mean well but the position you seek in my opinion needs a candidate with less emotions and more knowledge of what it takes to drive Tewksbury’s economy. Your solution in asking for more would never convince me to relocate my business to Tewksbury. A business selects location based on what is financially beneficial to them. They grow in town by giving back to the community by choice, not force.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 27, 2014 at 04:35 PM
Rob R, I answered Unfair to Bee Free comment saying it is gossip and to you stating I should further explain. I do not have to follow up to prove my point. They are not allegations. It is the truth, they acted underhanded. There was a lot that should have been done differently here. The first thing is TM should have slammed his door the minute the sabotage began. Again, Tm works for You. Ask him to meet with you and explain why he gets involved in matters of an employee be asked to resign. BECAUSE above all..the name does not matter..It is Not the town managers' place to be involved. That is Not why we hired him. Also, I offered to you or anyone else the invitation to meet me for the facts which I know to be true or I could ask for a meeting with Tm to speakout face to face with any resident or town official present. Also, Rob you want less emotion. Do not worry about me. I am not a loose cannon. I know how to distinguish between my passion for opinions, anger over mistreatment of people by town officials and a job as a board member. Also, I have a strong record of integrity that is my foundation for saying so. It is not just a word being put out there to describe me. For my past works and decisions I used the word integrity. Again, You hopefully will recognize that being sincere is not a bad thing. Loving where you live and respecting those you know as well as those you do not know is not a bad thing. And speaking out to say the time should be up for bringing in more with further impacts without better gains to benefit residents, is not a bad thing . Fine if you do not agree to ask for more then at the least please say NO INCENTIVES. We need every benefit possible. Our dangerous intersections do not need more cars without police details or lights. We do not need out first responders strained to do more without giving them then funds to be secure in place. We do not need newcomers using our awesome water sewer plans without chipping in for the bill. I believe it is time to exclaim Taxes are not an even deal any longer. I think many of you fail to realize the enormous amounts of development this community has already done.
Rob R January 27, 2014 at 05:28 PM
@Donna, You have every right to run on what you believe but comments directed to minimize someone’s response with statements such as you hope someday I will recognize in your eye’s that being sincere is not a bad thing won’t win “yes” votes. You honestly want to act like I don’t know being sincere is a good thing? Really? Take a moment and correctly process what voters are writing in response to your views and accusations. I wouldn’t take anything away from your service on prior town boards but please remember those were appointed boards, not an elected board as the Planning Board is. Not a good way to go about gaining votes.
Bee Free January 27, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Confusion. Someone asked about an arrest of a Tewks Lt. and this person has launched into all of this detail with seeming inside knowledge, or second hand knowing? Not a lose canon? If this is a private matter as you said in first post then why still write about it three days later?????????????
Tewksbury2001 January 27, 2014 at 06:04 PM
is anyone else running for planning board?
Donna Marie Robitaille January 27, 2014 at 06:14 PM
First of all Bee Free I stated it is a private matter regarding the post about an arrest. I continue to write in response to other patchers like yourself.. three days later ABOUT a total different subject. We are speaking of my comments regarding good workers done wrong by certain town officials and the overstepping of TM role. Also, I am not THIS person with inside knowledge, I am a concerned resident with knowledge of people being FORCED out of their jobs. This is public information. ASK YOUR TOWN MANAGER ABOUT the sabotage of peoples lives through bogus actions at town hall. PS I am not the only person this bothers and I believe their is a silent majority of people that would agree that these things should not happen.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 27, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Dear Rob, I am not trying to minimize your response. I meant that hopefully I win so You will see that this is not a game to me and I am sincere in what i say.. I am sorry if you thought I was saying only I can be sincere. Obviously, each of us in our own way is sincere to our beliefs. Also, I disagree with you about my not being experienced for an elected position. An appointed position to the Conservation Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals is clearly the same on almost every level, except one is appointed and one is elected. The responsibilities are the same. Also, I served during a time of enormous development and with no administrator. I am asking to serve for I believe in doing a good job and promise to do my best.
Rob R January 27, 2014 at 07:04 PM
 @Donna, here's a copied and pasted response that you directed at me......"Again, You hopefully will recognize that being sincere is not a bad thing."....... No one would get the impression from this statement that you were implying only you can be sincere. So stop with the Dear Rob's and all the sencerities since you want to believe I'm too dumb to comprehend what you write.
Rob R January 27, 2014 at 07:09 PM
@Tewksbury2001, I sure hope so.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 27, 2014 at 08:23 PM
Rob..fyi i obviously was trying to explain back to you what I thought you said. Communicating this way is difficult. But I surely do not address you as Dear Rob..to treat you as dumb. I am polite. And I feel true enough to myself to respond in a passionate way and if you think that is an insult..You do not know me. As far as I can see you and 2001 are among those mad at me because of my campaign statements regarding future development. Go right ahead and call for another candidate. I am in this race with SINCERE HOPES TO SERVE and not to run against anything or anybody. It
Wayne Knight January 31, 2014 at 07:58 AM
Donna Marie Robitaille, To the best of my recollection, the only town employee that was fired under Montuori's watch was Roy Patterson. Is this the person who you say was forced to resign under bogus grounds?
Donna Marie Robitaille January 31, 2014 at 08:38 AM
No sir it is not him. Just so you are aware, I said forced out not fired. Names are not as important as It Happened. Also Let me be clear,as Former Selectman Ann Marie Stronach contacted me with caution of a perception of liable. I disagree with her as I said Underhanded and the defination of that word is Sneaky! To the best of my knowledge..I can call a town official Sneaky. It is a sad state of affairs when good longtime trusted employees are sabotaged. I had no intention of speakingout on patch during my campaign time however as I was responding to a comment and stated what I believe and know to be true. I feel too strongly about not saying so than I do to win an election. I found out recently. It is a matter of principle as well as my believe that Town Managers are to stay out of the politics. As for my negative statement about Att.Rick O"Neill it is the truth. HE has been underhanded for too long and this town I believed showed in the last election, We have had enough of him..Speaking for myself,I say that with matter of fact knowledge as a resident and former member of ConCom and ZBA. Above all for his years of wrongfully abusing the Special employee hat. He should have been up before the Ethics Commission a long time ago.
Tewksbury2001 January 31, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Isn't it possible this person deserved to be let go/forced out? Maybe you don't have the whole story.
Donna Marie Robitaille January 31, 2014 at 01:25 PM
There was a reason for administrative attention. In my view as well as many others..other actions could have and should have materialized for the benefit of the employee rather than mistreatment. Again, I state terrible sneaky politics because full circle it is a win win for those working against the employee and representing the employee..without regard for the their longtime employee. Ya right no one could help..just hurt. At this point, guess what, I have received an email from a former employee I do not know that states I am 1 of those employees and invited me to contact for details. I am stating this to you for no other than reason than to say when we talk..I do not plan to share their story. It just seems fitting to say since it screams yes these things have happened. Which i already know. PS it is important to me but can we talk of zoning or other views about Tewksbury.
TONY D January 31, 2014 at 01:46 PM
And she, DMR, goes on and on and on.
Tewksbury2001 January 31, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Donna- this constant posting about "the employee" is not helping anything since there are no details for anyone to make a judgment on. What are you trying to gain by continuing this?

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