Wednesday, April 3, 2013
After six years, Anne Marie Stronach walks away from the Board of Selectmen but not from serving her community.
Anne Marie Stronach walked toward her car -- her arms filled with gifts -- after having just left Town Hall for the final time as a member of the Board of Selectmen. As she walked, she asked someone if he wanted to join her and some other town officials in an informal farewell get-together at Jon Ryan's Pubs. Stronach's vision for Tewksbury has always been one of inclusiveness and bridges. In her view, there is always room one more voice, one more viewpoint, one more idea. One more question. "I just hope that whoever (is elected on Saturday) knows that they are going to have a very hard time filling your shoes," said Selectmen Scott Wilson, as Stronach's colleagues feted her during her final meeting. "I've gotten to know you not only as a …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Stronach offers her endorsement of incumbent Selectman Todd Johnson.
Friday, March 15
To the Editor: My parting words to my kids as they leave the house each time are “love you, make good choices”. Life is all about making good choices which, as we all know, is not as easy as it sounds! I recently made a difficult choice not to seek another term on the Board of Selectmen in Tewksbury. However, I made an easy choice to support Todd Johnson’s re-election efforts. Todd will continue to represent our communities’ interests on the Board of Selectman. I believe that to be an effective board member it is a must to be prepared to make difficult decisions and choices, representing all of the residents of Tewksbury. I believe Todd Johnson possesses the proven ability to implement ALL of the above. His high level of commitment, …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Committee formation is the next step toward addressing deficiencies in town's four elementary school buildings.
The Board of Selectmen has taken the next step toward addressing problems with the town's four elementary schools by voting to form an Elementary School Building Committee. The board acted on a motion put forth by Selectwoman Anne Marie Stronach at its Tuesday night meeting. The vote was 4-0 with Selectman Todd Johnson absent. According to the motion, the new committee will be charged with "reviewing and addressing the findings of deficiency and safety concerns in the 2006 Tewksbury Long Range Facilities Master Plan." The committee will also be using the recommendations and reports put forth by the School Building Facilities Committee. In October, based upon the findings of the School Building Facilities Committee, the town submitted …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Stronach goes public with opposition to SACC proposal for a town council but says the decision must be made by the voters, not the selectmen.
The people will have their say. In a move surprising in its unanimity, the Board of Selectmen voted, 5-0, on Tuesday (Feb. 14) to present the charter changes proposed by the Special Act Charter Commission to Town Meeting voters later this year. If approved by voters, the new charter would replace Open Town Meeting with a nine-member Town Council. The precise date and time the article will be voted on is still to be determined, though it is expected that it will placed on a Special Town Meeting warrant around the same time as the Annual Town Meeting, tentatively scheduled for May 7 and May 9. Traditionally, a Special Town Meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, just prior to the second session of the Annual Town Meeting at 8 p.m…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Two hearings scheduled. Board remains divided over emotional issue.
(Editor's Note: At 2 p.m., we added new documents relating to the proposed charter changes, provided by SACC Chairman Scott Wilson. These include the most recent version of the proposed charter, an index and a sheet comparing the existing charter with the proposed new document.) By a 3-2 vote, the Board of Selectmen approved a motion to schedule a pair of public hearings to discuss the changes to the Town Charter being proposed by the Special Act Charter Committee (SACC). The hearings are scheduled for Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The hearings will be broadcast on public access television. Selectmen Doug Sears and David Gay, who have been steadfast in their opposition to abandoning the Open Town Meeting form of government in …