Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Outgoing lieutenant governor said recent controversies had nothing to do with decision to resign.
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said none of the controversies that have dogged him during his tenure on Beacon Hill contributed to his decision to announce his resignation. In a press conference at the State House Wednesday, Murray said his final day on the job will be June 2. The next day he will take over as president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce where his salary will reportedly be around $200,000. In January, Murray said he had no intention of running for governor when Gov. Deval Patrick's term expires in January 2015. "This has been a very difficult but empowering decision," Murray said. "It has been an honor to serve as lieutenant governor." Patrick called Murray an "outstanding partner" during his time in …
CBS Boston reports Murray has a new job lined up already.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: The Massachusetts Republican Party was quick to jump on the reports about Murray's resignation, saying Murray is trying "to outrun the scandal that dogs him" in a statement on their website. MassGOP attempted to liken Murray's exit to that of former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2007. “History doesn’t always repeat itself, but in this case it looks like Tim Murray is following the same path as a previous, disgraced Democratic official,” said Nate Little MassGOP Executive Director in the scathing statement. “Only time will tell if Murray follows the Finneran playbook to the end, complete with indictment and guilty plea.” UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: Boston.com has updated their …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A $250,000 cut to the School District budget remains proposed for the next year.
The City Council opted to not pass a $132,922,877 budget Monday night that would cut $741,000 from the budget proposed by Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant. "I think we should let it sit for two weeks," said City Councilor Matt Elder who along with Councilor Joseph Delano voiced the need to let residents review the budget. The original budget received proposed cuts from recommendations made by the Finance Committee. The newly proposed budget represents a 4.3 percent increase over the 2013 budget, said Councilor Michael Ossing. Among the cuts were $250,000 from the $55.3 million proposed school budget. The Finance Committee voted for the cut citing an 8.7 percent increase over the previous year. School officials will wait until surplus …
One Marlborough resident called for deeper cuts to the 2014 School District budget during a public hearing Monday.
1. Former Ward 2 Councilor Paul Ferro was the only person to speak during a public hearing on the 2014 budget Monday night. He called for more than the proposed $250,000 in cuts that have bee proposed to the School District budget. 2. The Finance Committee will be discussing end of the year transfers among the departments of over $400,000. 3. It was a busy weekend for police, with an operating under the influence arrest and the arrest of a man accused of taking his anger out on an ex-girlfriend's TV. 4. A 100-year-old doctor passed away recently in the area. His, and other obituaries are listed here. 5. A local student has taken on a mission to save the coral reef.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Like pieces of a puzzle that don't quite fit together yet, the Big Three may have been separated at birth, but with each incremental step their destinies seem to grow more intertwined. No, we're not talking about those Big Three - Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo - though they play major character roles in this thickening plot. Instead, three bills have come to define the early months of the 2013 legislative agenda and resolutions on tax hikes, local road funding and the annual state budget continue to be elusive and dependent on one another. Patrick spent the early part of his week welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to Boston for a few quick meetings and a visit to the Copley …
Friday, May 17, 2013
A scenario with an active shooter was part of a preparedness drill conducted at the Marlborough Hospital this week.
Preparation comes in many different forms for police and other emergency personnel and on Wednesday that meant running through an active shooter scenario at the Marlborough Hospital. "In the event we ever had to resp to a school shooter being able to get in there and train in there is very helpful," said Police Chief Mark Leonard of doing preparedness drills in area schools, hospitals and office buildings. “Departments have really been focusing on these (trainings) since the most well known incident which is the columbine incident." Marlborough police, a S.W.A.T. unit with the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, emergency medical services, the fire department, hospital staff and other emergency personnel participated. The …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
A joint committee on housing advances a $1.4 billion housing bond bill.
A housing bond bill that was approved Tuesday would funnel $1.4 billion to provide essential housing production and programs for low-income and moderate-income residents in the Bay State. "I am pleased to help advance this bill in the legislature to ensure that we continue to invest in a pipeline of housing initiatives and programs that address the most pressing housing needs of the Commonwealth,” said Senator Eldridge, D-Acton. An Act Financing the Production and Preservation of Housing for Low and Moderate Income Residents would authorize a $1.4 billion five year capital plan. $500 million will be directed to public housing modernization that would bring public housing units online. The bill would extend the low income housing tax …
The former Marlborough superintendent is in the running for the same position in Wareham.
Former Marlborough Supterintendent Anthony Pope is in the running for another superintendent position in Massachusetts. Pope is one of three finalists in the Wareham School District's search for a superintendent. The other two finalists are Kimberly Shaver-Hood, who serves as the superintendent of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District in Blackstone and Elise Frangos, who currently is the assistant superintendent of curriculum for the Old Rochester Regional School District, in Mattapoisett. Former Superintendent Anthony Pope resigned in July. His resignation followed months of controversy and cost the district $99,000. Pope's decision to first suspend and later fire Marlborough High School Assistant Principal Adam Bakr angered …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Worcester Roman Catholic Bishop Robert J. McManus has lost his license and will need to pay fines and volunteer following an arrest on charges of drunk driving.
Bishop Robert J. McManus will not serve any jail time on charges of drunk driving after he admitted in court on Tuesday that he refused to submit to a chemical test, according to the Telegram and Gazette. McManus will lose his license for six months, pay roughly $900 in court fines, complete 10 hours of community service and attend alcohol education programs, according to the Telegram. These punishments correspond with admitting to refusing to submit to the test. The Narragansett Police Department will be dropping the drunken driving charge, according to the article. McManus had been charged following a hit-and-run earlier this month in Naragansett, RI.
Former State Rep. Steven Levy is not talking to the press about his arrest by Framingham police over the weekend.