Saturday, April 6, 2013
We'll be updating this article throughout the afternoon and evening, with information regarding today's voting. We will have final results shortly after the polls close.
Good afternoon Tewksbury and welcome to our continuing coverage of the 2013 Tewksbury Municipal Election. We are 5 hours away from the polls closing. What do we know so far? Well, we're pretty sure that the sign holders are outnumbering the voters. Turnout has been extremely light -- disappointingly so, given that at least one new person will be added to the school committee and at least one new person will be added o the Board of Selectmen. There are also contested races for the Board of Health and Shawsheen Tech School Com. As of 1 p.m., the total of number voters, by ward, were as follows: 1 -- 198 1A -- 205 2 -- 174 2A -- 167 3 -- 178 3A -- 189 4 -- 163 4A -- 243 For the record, as of November 2012 there were 21,514 registered voters …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Make sure you know when and where you should be voting on Nov. 6.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The State Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Denise Graffeo, Town Clerk, would like to remind residents of the following voting locations: Precinct 1 Senior Center 175 Chandler St. Precinct 1A Senior Center 175 Chandler St. Precinct 2 Recreation Center 286 Livingston St. Precinct 2A Recreation Center 286 Livingston St. Precinct 3 Lowell Assembly of God 995 Andover St. Precinct 3A Lowell Assembly of God 995 Andover St. Precinct 4 Library 300 Chandler St. Precinct 4A Library 300 Chandler St. …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Former Parks and Recreation director is accused of padding the time cards of employees with phantom hours and using the extra cash to pay workers not employed by the department, including his son.
Two years after an investigation was launched which led to the shutdown of the Tewksbury Parks and Recreation Department, former director Roy Patterson was in court Thursday to answer allegations that he engaged in a pattern of fiscal mismanagement. Specifically, Patterson is charged with larceny under $250 and ethics violations under the State's Conflict of Interest laws. He pled not guilty to both charges and was released on personal recognizance by Lowell District Court Judge Thomas Brennan. He is scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 13 for pre-trial conferencing. Prosecutors allege Patterson padded the time cards of department employees with extra hours. Those employees were paid their normal wages but the department was allocated …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Readers want to know if Roy Patterson, fired from his position of Parks and Recreation director and facing a charge of larceny, is collecting his pension from the town.
Question: Two of our readers recently e-mailed in the same question. Both wanted to know if Roy Patterson is collecting his pension from the town. Patterson, the town's longtime Parks and Recreation director, was fired in early 2011 in the wake of an investigation by the Tewksbury Police Department and the Middlesex County District Attorney's office into financial mismanagement in the department. Patterson is scheduled to be arraigned in Lowell District Court on Sept. 20 on one count of larceny under $250 and one count of count of violation of the municipal employees' financial conflict of interest law. Patterson's assistant at Parks and Recreation, Lauren Bibo Morris, was fired in December 2010, around the same time the department was …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
The following information was supplied by the Tewksbury Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Arrests: Robert Green, 50, 44 Third St. #3, Lowell, was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 30 and charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, receiving stolen property less than $250 and operating a motor vehicle after his license had been revoked. Dominic Federico, 26, 17 Battle St., #1, Arlington, was arrested on Friday, Aug. 31 on two outstanding warrants. Incidents: A Charles Drive resident called Tewksbury Police at 12:56 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 and reported that there was a suspicious male going door-to-door on their street. The caller described the person as being a young male, wearing a white shirt and red shorts. An officer responded to the scene and located the young man. After an interview, the officer reported that the young man was…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Court records indicate evidence of drug addiction, no-show jobs.
Court records detailing the prosecution's case against two former Tewksbury municipal employees reveal allegations of drug addiction and illegal payroll practices. Former Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Lauren Bibo Morris is accused of embezzling more than $50,000 for department coffers between 2009 and 2010. Morris, who was fired around the time the investigation was announced in December, 2010, faces two counts of larceny over $250. Former Director Roy Patterson, placed on administrative leave in December 2010 and then fired three months later, is charged with one count of larceny under $250 and violating the state's conflict of interest laws. According to an article appearing in the Lowell Sun, Morris admitted to police that she…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Prosecutors allege Morris stole more than $51,000 over a two-year span.
After an investigation of more than 18 months, charges have been filed charges against two former Tewksbury Parks and Recreation Department employees in connection with an embezzlement scandal that shut down the department and forced the town to restructure how it offered recreation programs. Former Recreation Department Director Roy Patterson and administrative assistant Lauren Bibo Morris have been summonsed to appear in Lowell District Court to face charges on Sept. 12, according to article appearing in the Lowell Sun. According to a spokesperson in the office of District Attorney Gerry Leone, Tewksbury Police applied for criminal charges to be filed back in the spring and have been waiting for Clerk of the Courts to put the case on the…
Thursday, July 12, 2012
A reader wants to know if what happened in Wilmington and Stoughton could happen in Tewksbury.
Question: There have been stories in recent days about unexploded fireworks being found in fields several days after Fourth of July fireworks displays in Wilmington and Stoughton and other towns. Are we sure there aren't any unexploded fireworks down on Livingston Street? After all, kids play down there. Answer: The short answer to this question is no, there are not. But the longer answer is, the Tewksbury Fire Department has policies in place to make sure there are not -- ever. According to Fire Chief Mike Hazel, the day after every fireworks display, a representative from the fireworks company (in this case, Atlas Fireworks) does a walk through of the shooting site with a command officer from the Fire Department. "It's a condition of the…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
More than 200 young people are participating in the summer recreation program.
Tewksbury’s Adventure Program is a smash hit this summer! With over 215 participants total and more than double the enrollment of 7th-9th graders at the Rec Center, this is the program’s most successful year yet. These first few weeks have been jam-packed with activity. In-house, participants have done everything from building and flying their own rockets to competing in a giant pool tournament. Field trips have taken participants from Canobie Lake Park to Chunky’s, with an upcoming excursion to Laser Craze. And on Wednesdays, the Adventure Program invades Livingston Street Park for wet, wild, and wacky field days that can involve anything from a water balloon toss to an oversized slip n’ slide, and everything in between. Community …
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Running forwards, backwards or hopping in sacks, the kids had a blast.
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- Bill Gilman
Saturday, July 7, 2012
The weather may have been seltering hot but the children of Tewksbury kept their cool on the Fourth of July at the Saunders Recreation Complex. For the youngsters, the day began with a series of athletic races. In some, the kids ranforward. In others, they ran backward. And then, of course, there was the traditional sack races. Editor Bill Gilman was on hand and captured these images.