Friday, April 26, 2013
A reader wanted to know what to do if her town-issued trash barrel just isn't big enough.
Question: Do you happen to know what to do if you have too much trash to fit in your town-provided trash barrel, if you can take it somewhere or purchase extra bags? I've always wondered what to do if I can't get my lid to close all the way! Answer: Let's face it, some families are bigger than others and produce more trash than others. In other cases, you might have an excessive amount of trash because of a party, the holidays etc. So for an answer we reached out to the staff in the office of the Board of Selectmen and we were provided with the following answer. A family can rent an extra blue trash barrel at a cost of $145 per year. This can be done through the office of the Board of Selectmen. A second option is putting out extra regular…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Tewksbury's Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting are scheduled for the second week in May.
Attatched you will find PDF files of the warrants for the upcoming Tewksbury Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting. The annual Town Meeting is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 6, at 8 p.m. in the Christine McGrath Auditorium at Tewksbury High School. The Special Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 also at Tewksbury High. The Finance Committee's public hearing on the ATM and STM warrant items is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
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 state 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 …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Unanimous vote in board re-organization meeting.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Unanimous vote in board re-organization meeting.
Scott Wilson has been elected as the new chairman of the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen. Wilson was nominated by Selectman Doug Sears and voted in unanimously at the board's organizational meeting on Tuesday. Sears was elected as vice chairman for the second straight year and newly elected Selectman Jim Wentworth was elected clerk. Wilson is beginning his fifth year as a selectman, having been elected to a second term in 2012. "We had talked about (interest in chairmanship). I said I think I'm ready. I'm at a point in my life when I have the time," said Wilson. "I feel I'm ready to lead this team on the issues we're facing moving forward." One of those issues is the ongoing contract dispute with the Firefighters Union and the desire of some …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Another Municipal Election is in the history books. What did we learn Saturday?
What would happen if you held an election and virtually no one showed up? Decisions that will impact the futures of Tewksbury taxpayers and their children would be made by the few that did. Such was the case Saturday, as just 13.1 percent of registered voters turned out to cast their ballots. There will be new faces on municipal boards, as Jim Wentworth won a seat on the Board of Selectmen, Lisa Puccia captured a seat on the School Committee and Ray Barry earned a seat on the Board of Health. But it was also a big day for the incumbents, as every candidate who sought re-election won another term, including Selectman Todd Johnson and School Committee Chair Krissy Polimeno. There were a couple of very close races. Puccia grabbed the second …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
2013 Tewksbury Municipal Election Board of Selectmen Results
A six-person race that looked to have developed into a four-man battle through the last few weeks of the campaign, turned into a two-man runaway on Election Night 2013. Incumbent Todd Johnson and challenger Jim Wentworth easily topped the field on Saturday to claim the two available seats on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen. Johnson easily won a third tern on the board with 1,624 votes. Wentworth was second with 1,449. Rick Menard, who had campaigned heavily on public safety issues, especially keeping the South Fire Station open, was a distant third with 597. He was followed by Ken Miano (449), Mary Ellen Fernald (384) and Bob Marcin (236). Johnson said he was grateful for the chance to continue serving on the board. "I'm honored that the …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Everything you need to know about today's election and all the information you need to make an informed choice.
Friday, April 5, 2013
This is the third and final part of our Q&A series with candidates for the Board of Selectmen -- incumbent Todd Johnson and challengers, Mary Ellen Fernald, Rick Menard Bob Marcin, Jim Wentworth and Ken Miano.
(Editor's note: This is the third and final part of our Q&A series with candidates for the Board of Selectmen -- incumbent Todd Johnson and challengers, Mary Ellen Fernald, Rick Menard Bob Marcin, Jim Wentworth and Ken Miano.) Question 3: Is the town being aggressive enough in pursuing companies to locate in Tewksbury and what steps would you take to bolster economic development? Our greatest opportunity to continue to grow and prosper as a town is to focus on Economic Development and increase our Commercial and Industrial tax base. We have made progress by being designated as an Economic Target Area, Green Community and being able to provide tax incentives to new business. I would like to be more aggressive in our marketing to large …
Interested residents are invited to apply for positions on the new committee.
Through the course of the campaign seasons, several candidates have mentioned the desire to see more community-based events and greater resident involvement. The Board of Selectmen may have killed two birds with one stone at their meeting this week, with the formation of the Town Public Events and Celebrations Committee. According to the description crafted by Town Manager Richard Montuori, the committee will be "charged with planning and carrying out the proper observation of patriotic and civic holidays and special town events as the board may designate from time to time." Among the events the group will oversee will be the Lighting of the Common in December, the Memorial Day Ceremonies and the July 4th Celebration. While the committee …