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Camille July 19, 2014 at 06:07 PM
To quote your site, Paul, "Paul Maisano democrat for congress": Paul stood up to testifyRead Moref or affordable housing in Massachusetts communities. Paul believes affordable housing can be an integral part of any city or town, provided the communities are able to maintain control over their own destinies. So he presented a statewide Home Rule regulation to preserve a community's right to protect master planning and local zoning laws against the misuse of Comprehensive Permit provisions under Chapter 40B I think the operative words here are "provided the communities are able to maintain control over their own destinies" and "...a community's right to protect master planning and local zoning laws against the misuse of comprehensive permit provisions under 40B". Whether you agree or disagree with this development, it is the right of citizens to insist on representation when there is a matter of importance to the town. Increased traffic and safety concerns are paramount in determining whether Weiss Farms should be developed into 264 apartments. Ask the police. Ask the fire department. Ask people who are forced to commute daily on an already overtravelled street.
Devon Manchester July 19, 2014 at 10:28 PM
I am amused that mr. Maisano would attempt to scold someone for attempting to pressure a board .Read MoreWhi ch is something that he has done countless.
Russ July 20, 2014 at 07:17 AM
The reality is that three ZBA board members said publicly, after one of their meetings, that thereRead Morew as no use 'fighting' this. They had not studied the 40b issue, nor for that matter bothered to recuse themselves where appropriate for conflicts of interest. There is neither any sense of shame nor responsibility to the town residents. Kudos to Paula, Camille and Devon for putting the town residents first among many others.
Frank Pignone July 15, 2014 at 01:08 PM
I know we do 'Flushing' and the'Fire Dept... and a few Water Breaks.. but I've always 'felt' thereRead Morea re people who 'don't have meters.. or have the 'wrong size'.. I want to build a 'Meterage' committee with 'teeth' and who decisions are worthy of 'subpoena power'........Re read all I wrote.. We are even paying retirees pensions with 'water bills ?..'...Going to stop.. I'll be at the Finance Board Monday Evening.. This letter will b e in the Independent and Sun this week I hope.
Frank Pignone July 15, 2014 at 01:21 PM
The 'Budget' to pay the Water and Sewer Bills including Kraft Foods is a total of $ 11, 500,000.Read MoreThe MWRA bill is only $ 8 Million. When Kraft Foods leaves, our Budget for Water and Sewer will be a total of $ 10,500,00 . The MWRA bill will be $ 7 Million . We will still have the Town Costs mentioned above...and we have to pay $ 3.5 million to collect $ 10,500... ( I'll fight that.. and 'very hard.'..)...The 'History' of this whole 'Mish Mash' goes way back to the beginning when they took all of these town costs from the Property Taxes and shifted them to the Water/Sewer Bill.. And then.. Without the States' permission or Dept. of Reveue.. PLUGGED in the "Holes' with further expenses.. I call it an ILLEGAL OVERRIDE.... ( I Still do )......
Frank Pignone July 15, 2014 at 01:25 PM
As a note: There are two parts to your bill : One is 'The Bill' from the MWRA for water whichRead More'every city and town pays The Same.. $3,200,000 per million gallons. Then its up to the cities and towns to loud on top of that as you can see by my letter....Read my letter.. slowly. It shall all become clear..
Russ July 14, 2014 at 03:38 PM
This is the first in a series of critical meetings regarding the Weiss Farm Projects. We need toRead Moreinf orm this board that their decision could destroy the town of Stoneham. It is their decision that will start us on either the road to survival or the road to destruction.
Paula B Sarno July 15, 2014 at 09:58 AM
The following was sent to our neighbors in Melrose of the Melrose Patch speak out section: DearRead MoreMel rose Neighbors and City officials I am forwarding the notice sent to all members of the Friends of Stoneham to alert you timely to the start of the ZBA hearing on the comprehensive permit of the Corcoran Group for the Commons at Weiss Farm. As our neighbor we are not only concerned about the community of Stoneham but how this project which is TOO BIG FOR STONEHAM will create serious soil erosion, flooding and sewerage problems on Franklin Street and surrounding neighborhoods of Melrose. There will be significant traffic problems on Franklin Street which will cause acute transportation problems to both Melrose and Stoneham residents attempting to traverse this street and reach routes 128 and 93 not only during peak workday hours but also weekends when you attempt to worship at the churches on Franklin St and neighboring places of worship. We need to unite and voice our concerns to the ZBA and Mass Housing that the Corcoran Groups application should be soundly denied.. Remember it has only just begun to stop this travesty. > Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:37:33 -0700 > From: friendsofstoneham@yahoo.com > Subject: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Thursday, July 24, at 8PM in the Town Hall Auditorium > To: FriendsOfStoneham@yahoo.com > Friends and Neighbors, > On June 30, John M Corcoran & Company filed its Application for Comprehensive Permit on the Weiss Farm Apartment Project with Stoneham’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). > > In spite of efforts by the Town to meet and cooperate with the developer, no substantial changes have been made to the Project since it was originally filed with MassHousing on October 2, 2013. If the Application is approved by the ZBA in its present form, the developer will be able to impose this massive Project on our Town over riding many of our by-laws. > > Within 30 days of June 30, ZBA must open a public hearing on the Project which will last 180 days. After the public hearing is over, the ZBA must make a decision on the Application. Its decision will be to approve the project, approve it with conditions or deny it altogether. > > What can we do about it? Attend all ZBA public meetings!!! While it is not possible to know which meetings are more important than others, your attendance at any and all meetings will be observed and it will send a huge message that you are interested in the outcome. Please attend every meeting that you can. > > The first ZBA public meeting will be at 8 PM on Thursday, July 24, the Town Hall Auditorium (http://www.stoneham-ma.gov/sites/stonehamma/files/file/file/board_of_appeals_july_24.pdf). Put that meeting on your calendar and make a special effort to attend. > > See you there! > Friends of Stoneham
Mary Lou Bracciotti July 12, 2014 at 09:27 PM
The islands are a great improvement. Tom and Annmarie deserve credit for thisRead More“miracle.&rdquo ;
Cindy Hemenway July 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM
I Echo that statement! Great initiative by both Ann Marie and Tom! Thank you both for all your hard Read Morework on behalf of Stoneham!
Joan McDermott July 15, 2014 at 06:39 AM
The islands look fantastic. A huge improvement. Thank you Ann Marie and Tom!
mark patterson June 25, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Typical Stoneham politics. When they had the chance to promote Capt. Charlie Fitzgerald to FireRead MoreChie f years ago what did they do? They picked former Town Administrator Nuttings buddy's buddy, a Lieutenant from Norton with an "enhanced" resume to the position for MORE than Capt.Fitzgerald was asking for. The next thing you know we might see positions filled by people who are golf buddies with someone in a position to "steer" recommendations for hiring. Oh no! Say it ain't so! When the former Police Chief was looking for a new contract, what did they do? Right! Went on an out-of-town search. Maybe it's time to clean house and vote in some new blood! A change to a city form of government might work too!
Camille June 25, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Amen to cleaning house, but I think our form of government is the purest because people get toRead Morevote. If people choose not to attend, then they get to wear whatever is voted in. It's important that people attend. I know it's difficult sometimes, but if you believe in a pure form of government you must attend. I lived in Medford for years and they have a mayor. Been in Stoneham for 35 years. There is STILL a McGlynn in office!! It's who shows up to vote and that's the way it is. The people who attend these meetings have lives also. But, they take the time to go and listen to, sometimes very boring, discussions and they vote. The 60's mantra applies here. If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Liz Erk June 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Francis and Camille, I agree with you both somewhat. However, there are two Selectmen currently inRead Moret heir first terms, Ann Marie O'Neill and Tom Boussy, who were not any part of those hirings. In fact, it took THREE YEARS to finally get these good-of-the-Town Selectmen into place, and noticeable changes are slowly but surely happening. It's not as fast as I'd prefer, but it's kind of hard to undo all of the ways we've been wronged overnight. To Camille's point, we have to keep taking the time to participate. Tom and Ann Marie have been the sole reason I became active regarding Town efforts since March- I am raising a very young child here and the two of them have made some great strides. It's interesting and encouraging to watch how they objectively and independently work for the Town-at-large, not a select few. Tom especially has been "beaten up" in his time as Selectman for being a community advocate and "whistle blower." That takes courage and so while our Town's government structure or process isn't perfect, I'll firmly support those who are in place to work hard for us. So circling back to Francis' original point- yeah, there are some people in place who are, well... REALLY bad at their jobs. There's no other way to state it. They need to go.
Stephen Schemel June 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM
You mean to tell me that no one in this entire town, doesn't know what's going in next to DunkinRead Morewhe re Sal's used to be.......even if it has a building permit taped to the glass.
Tara July 02, 2014 at 10:35 AM
I thought I had heard a bbq place?
RE Comments July 03, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Stephen, AT&T is moving in to the formal Sal's Pizza space. I think a decent fit with Dunkin,Read Moreo ffsetting some of Dunkin's busy parking and trash.
Mary Pecoraro June 20, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Paula: I couldn't agree with you more! The citizens of Stoneham have once again done something Read Morethat enhances the entire town. I am reminded of our 4 beautiful elementary schools and I await with anticipation the opening of our new "state of the art" middle school. I'm reminded that the citizens "stepped up" for our police station and our Senior Center. And, as public space, we have the citizens to thank for our Town Common that is more beautiful and gets more use than the original planners could ever have imagined. Last night's meeting was yet another positive step forward for this town. The Bikeway/Greenway is on "track" [pun intended!] and we're just that much closer to the reality of a multi-use trail for all to use.
Joan McDermott June 20, 2014 at 03:38 PM
And let's not forget Ann Marie's island beautification project. I was so excited to see those oldRead Mored ead plants being dug out yesterday. Stoneham has finally turned a corner and is on the way to being the desirable town it should be.
Joan McDermott June 18, 2014 at 08:44 AM
If the businesses were given 5 weeks or even months to vacate I would understand asking for anRead Moreexten sion. However, they have known for 5 years that these leases expire June 30. Let's not risk or complicate the construction of this amazing opportunity for Stoneham!
Paula B Sarno June 18, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Why would anyone vote yes on these 2 articles or urge their friends to vote for them. Don't theyRead Morewan t to protect their green space , secure sound property and real estate values and draw more individuals to move into Stoneham as a thriving community.Give me one good reason to say yes that benefits all residents of the town and please do not say the good faith and good neighbor argument as done and has no standing after 5 years of opportunities not used by the businesses involved.
Paula B Sarno June 19, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Special Town Meeting tonight voted against the warrant articles to extend the leases on theRead MoreRailroad Right of Way. To be fair I must make a correction in my prior article that stated that the businesses had the opportunity in the past to purchase this land. It was brought to my attention at town meeting that they did not so I stand corrected. Now we need to find out exactly how much green space we actually have and what we need.
Frank Pignone June 11, 2014 at 01:00 PM
And we now even have local Attorneys asking voters to 'Step Outside' during open meetings.....AndRead Moreso meday perhaps that will be 'total agreement' upon all the dissension...I think we should all shoot for 'Term Limits'... I think 3 to 4 months every 5 years would do it...with the way some of these 'Hacks' are conducting themselves...NO input , no explanations, no logic, can help these 'Boys'....when it comes to their friends, or those who have aided in their elevation since they could not and cannot 'climb the stairs by themselves.'.......
Russ June 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM
N.B. The attorney in question left the meeting in haste immediately after speaking. Truly aRead Morepathetic approach to life generally. And so it goes with many of our politically connected residents. The outrage was simply that the town was involved with the decision.
Russ June 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM
With regard to the trash situation, it should have been a BOS decision since this is a significantRead Mores trategic issue. I have asked for, but not received, any responses as to the source of authority which dictates that the decision is up to the town administrator. Town residents need to be involved because of the extensive inter-relationships among those who receive some form of compensation from the town. This is yet another long term problem that is just beginning to be addressed. It's a shame that this poor performance in the areas of negotiating and contracting negatively affect the taxes of town residents.
Frank Pignone June 09, 2014 at 06:40 PM
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Cindy Hemenway June 08, 2014 at 08:40 AM
Thank you, Tom!
Carrie Benis June 08, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Thanks so much everyone! It looks like I'll be taking the apartment so more questions to come! ;)
A Wilson June 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM
Welcome to town!
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