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UPDATED: Petrillo Issues Brief Statement on March 31 Altercation with Boussy

Stoneham Board of Selectmen candidate Tom Boussy claims he was verbally and physically assaulted on Saturday by Stoneham resident Frank Petrillo, according to Stoneham police.

An attorney representing Stoneham resident Frank Petrillo, who is accused of assaulting Board of Selectmen candidate Tom Boussy on March 31, issued a brief press statement to Stoneham Patch related to the incident.

Mario Patalano, an attorney for Stoneham-based law firm Pinelli & Patalano, P. C., submitted the statement on behalf of his client.

"The unfortunate incident which took place on Saturday was not the result of Mr. Boussy’s candidacy for a position on the Stoneham Board of Selectman but rather his personal attacks against Mr. Petrillo regarding private business matters between the two and Mr. Petrillo’s pending project in Stoneham Square," reads the statement.

Second Report

Stoneham Police are requesting a hearing in Woburn District Court related to the alleged assault of a Board of Selectmen candidate on Saturday morning, according to Police Chief Richard Bongiorno.

Stoneham Board of Selectmen candidate Tom Boussy claims he was verbally and physically assaulted while campaigning at the corner of Elm and Main Streets by Stoneham resident Frank Petrillo.

A court clerk at the summons hearing will determine whether to issue criminal complaints against Petrillo for a past assault and battery and willful and malicious destruction of personal property (election signs), according to the police chief. If the clerk decides to issue the complaints, Petrillo would be arraigned in the District Court and stand trial, he added. However, the clerk could opt not to proceed with the issuance of complaints by continuing the case and Petrillo would not be arrested, Bongiorno explained.

"It was a verbal altercation with minor assault and battery and no injuries," according to Bongiorno. He added that police did not witness the alleged assault, but there were "several witnesses who confirmed what Boussy alleges."

It's unclear when the hearing will take place.

Meanwhile, Stoneham Patch was able to speak with Petrillo Monday night and he plans to issue a statement on Tuesday related to the March 31 incident. He has hired an attorney to represent him should the case go to court.

Original Report:

Stoneham Board of Selectmen candidate Tom Boussy was reportedly verbally and physically assaulted by a man who owns property in town on Saturday morning near , according to several witnesses.

At 9:30 a.m. outside Walgreens on the corner of Elm and Main Streets, Boussy and his supporters were holding signs to support his candidacy for Selectmen, when Stoneham resident and land owner, Frank Petrillo, drove up to Boussy, exited his truck and proceeded to physically and verbally assault the candidate, according to witnesses.

"Today was a sad day," witness Karen Spinali on Stoneham Patch. "As I bring my children down to hold signs for a candidate for a better Stoneham, and a man (allegedly) assaults him in front of us for a better Stonaham. Where do I live??? I (s)tand here totally invested in Tom Boussy for Selectman. Good God! (W)here do people come from. Tom Boussy is my guy for the right reasons especially after today(.) I'm proud to be a supporter."

Stoneham resident Rich Lerman, who was campaigning with Boussy at the time of the alleged assault, on Stoneham Patch, saying, "The (alleged) physical assault on a candidate was at the least unfortunate."

The reason for the alleged attack, according to Boussy, is because Petrillo is upset with Boussy's bid for Selectman because he wants Petrillo to do something with the empty parcel of land he owns in downtown Stoneham between and the . Boussy wants to put something into the empty space to push forward the revitalization of downtown Stoneham and attract more business to the area. Petrillo is against this stance, according to Boussy.

Boussy claims Petrillo “jumped out of his truck and started saying, 'You (expletive) this and you (expletive) that' and then started grabbing my signs off the ground and smashing them against the nearby fire hydrants.”

Boussy claims Petrillo continued throwing around Boussy's signs and other personal possessions and then started pushing Boussy before Petrillo “took a shot at him.” The crowd that had gathered, along with Boussy's supporters, got between Boussy and Petrillo and held Petrillo back as he continued to try and punch Boussy.

In an email to Stoneham Patch, Boussy's campaign administrator and Woburn resident Nancy Cecchini described what she saw after getting to the stumping location following the alleged assault.

"I arrived shortly after the incident while (approximately five officers) were there," wrote Cecchini. "I originally thought it was due to the strong turnout Tom had for sign holding. When I got closer I noticed about six signs broken off their sticks. I was then told by several people who were also volunteers what happened. 

"Tom spoke with police and was given some options on how he can handle the incident. He did go to the police station with the other volunteers that were directly involved with the altercation." 

Boussy said he could seek to press charges against Petrillo for assault and battery and destruction of property, which amounted to roughly $100 in damages. As of Saturday afternoon, no arrests had been made, according to police.

“I can try to get a restraining order...or go over and get one on Monday, but I'm not sure," Boussy said. "The police said he wouldn't bother me anymore, so I might let sleeping dogs lie.”

When asked how he will handle proceedings with Petrillo in the future, Boussy said, “I'll treat him like any other resident in Stoneham.”

Boussy seemed most upset that Petrillo ruined his campaign initiative for the day, saying, “I was really upset by it because we had a lot of children out there and that's not how we want this town run. There is a process we have to go through, we can't just intimidate people who think differently than us. It isn't what we want in Stoneham.”

Petrillo could not be reached for comment.

Gina Sgarzi April 03, 2012 at 01:16 AM
People are going to vote however they choose. But please don't be fooled the reimbursement rate is up to 57.50 % not guaranteed !
Thomas Boussy SR April 03, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Googs,I am one of those people holding signs for Tom Boussy that do not live in the town. I am his father. two of the other people that were holding signs were his brothers. His other brother would have been there also but he is in the Army protecting your right to comment on this blog. I hope you don't have a opinion opposite MR. Petrillo's or maybe he will discuss it with you the only way he knows how to. Mr Petrillo has some problems to stop his truck on Main ST and get out and physically assault a person. As far as the people holding the signs most of them including his wife and two children live in Stoneham. I hope Mr Petrillo can afford a good lawyer because he will probably need one for his actions, which are uncalled for. If he doesn't like my sons stance on things in Stoneham support another candidate with your time and money Tom Boussy SR.
Some Stoneham Women April 03, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Tom Boussy Sr. you should know that your son has been going around bad mouthing Mr. Petrillo and HIS Father and their property in Stoneham..He has been attacking Mr. Petrillo's image, personal life and his "HOLE" in Stoneham Square. You should be very proud of your son and how HE acts. Your son is going around flapping his mouth saying that he and I quote! "knows real contractors from Quincy!" I honestly dont think that it has to do with Mr. Petrillo just not liking your son's stance on things. It is obviously much more personal. I am also sure that Mr. Petrillo is sooo thrilled that his property is still not developed.
dava feltch April 03, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Since people are commenting on Central School here??? I will add a comment. Overcrowding is not the only concerns for parents of the other three elementary schools (estimate for classroom size if Central closes is 28-30). The School Committee is also talking about grade level schools. K and 1st grade at one school, 2nd and 3rd at another ... No neighborhood schools should concern everyone. THINK! VOTE NO FOR ALL OF OUR CHILDREN! THERE WILL BE ANOTHER PLAN IF WE VOTE NO FOR THIS ONE!
Spartan22 April 03, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Wow...Russ, you've got a lot to say. So...which facts are you looking for? The fact that Mr. Boussy mentioned the "hole in the square" and how he would strip the land owner of their permit during the Selectmen Debate. Or, the fact that the Middle School site has arsenic in the soil and that the Central School Elementary children (some as young as 5) will have to attend school in a construction zone.
Jeanne E. Craigie April 03, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Mrs. Feltch, That is simply not true.
Frank Pignone April 03, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I am going to suggest that every site plan ; before approval has the Financing to at least build a site that can be taxed or sold for more than the original almost 'immediately'. Back in history when I was a Selectman we have had at least a few projects that were 'weak' financially and were rushed.. just to have 'control' of 'approval'.. and stayed there for a long long time.. on behalf of 'contractor' and not the 'people' and the 'advantageous' time for Town Meeting or the Time of Year... advantageous time... or other. Also, the days have to 'end'.. soon. - when we have 'other' amendments to 'citizen attended' site plans which people come out by 'neighborhood'... and 'go along'.. only to see the amendments 'take on' 'Major' Changes which appear hardly anything as the 'choice' of the people and what they went along with... It almost appears.. subjectively as if these 'changes' were 'pre ordained'...All of the people at 'original site plan' should have to 'sign in'.. and be 're notified'... that 'what they had a hearing on..'.. is 'now' going to be 'different'...from what was going to be there..
Russ April 03, 2012 at 12:50 PM
These are, at this time, nothing more than baseless allegations. Please provide evidence of this behavior. Also, to which 'defamation' are you referring? As a general rule I would say that real men don't engage in assault in the presence of children. Please refrain from the internet / texting abbreviations as it is very sad to witness.
Russ April 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM
In all candor, neighborhood schools are a 'city' phenomenon. The viability of neighborhood schools for suburban towns is questionable at best due to the additional expense.
Russ April 03, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Spartan22 7:27 am on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Wow...Russ, you've got a lot to say. Yes. I pay well over 7k/year in taxes for this chaos. So...which facts are you looking for? The facts. The fact that Mr. Boussy mentioned the "hole in the square" and how he would strip the land owner of their permit during the Selectmen Debate. There is a hole in the square. It has been there too long. The city art is not appropriate to the town. I would like to see evidence of the permit issue. Or, the fact that the Middle School site has arsenic in the soil and that the Central School Elementary children (some as young as 5) will have to attend school in a construction zone. I have no knowledge of any arsenic one way or the other. I am very interested to learn more about this as I haven't been in the loop so to speak. The construction issue has been 'hand-waved' from what I can see. I would like to see a plan now, not when it's too late to implement. We are mixing up two issues here that are quite separate.
dava feltch April 03, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Mrs. Craigie, I attended a meeting where the option of graded schools was openly discussed as an option. Nothing in stone. We have to wait until the next phase. But the plan was discussed.
Thomas Boussy SR April 03, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Some Stoneham women? can you give me a reference to your quote, The patch, the Stoneham newspaper, the televised debate? Or is it a figment of your imagination. Tom Boussy SR
Don April 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Lets see, we have a disgusting hole in the middle of the square unnecessarily. We have a selectman candidate who will fill up that hole and make Stoneham a nicer looking town. The Town wins. The only one who loses is the Tough Guy who like to push people around to get his way. I say vote for Boussy, fill up the hole and lets watch the Tough Guy explode. What can be better than that?????
Old School Ways April 03, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Sometimes everyone needs a good spanking. The old ways worked the best. You should stop slandering and disrespecting people's reputation. The present times are crazy with children disrespecting teachers and eachother. When you could spank people were more disiplined. So MR. Petrillo. Thank you for defending your self.
For Your Infomation April 03, 2012 at 05:21 PM
This issue is not about Mr. Petrillo…..but he made it about himself when he as an adult chose to infringe on someone’s freedom of speech and causing personal harm, by making the choice of driving his car down there and jump out of his car like a “thug” in the middle of main street traffic. Is this what we should teach our young people today? We have some serious problems…in this town and the lack of acknowledgement of the police, further smells like biasness/dirty politics. The point is that he /nor anyone else, has any right to cause personal harm or inflict another person, regardless of the reason or cause. I do not know either person; It’s a fact, ask anyone driving through our downtown and ask them what they see—do the see a progressive, thriving downtown center or one that is run down with an abandoned project?? You don’t like the facts or the reality, then do something about it. Instead of fighting over reality, facts or one person’s opinion, which Mr. Bussey (or any other person is entitled to, perhaps he should have considered “partnering” or “collaborating” on a solution. His approach to this situation is an embarrassment to all who grew up/live in this town and to our children. He should be a man and simply apologized for acting hastily. It happens. People forgive. However mudding up the waters by hiring a lawyers further cements the embarrassment for all who read this story.
Old School Ways April 03, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Stoneham needs a lot more than just politics. I grew up there but moved out b/c it is drug infested. The parks have needles lying around and punks walking the streets. It looks more run down than a nice town. The politicians should focus on cleaning the streets, create drug programs for the addicts in Stoneham, have people cleaning the parks and side walks of dirty needles from addicts. protect our citizens from the punks who do drugs, break into homes etc. We ignore that this is a major problem in your perfect town. Let them fix that instead of concerning themselves with businesses in downtown. Clean your streets of drug addicts and then work on the progress of your town.
Al Lewis April 03, 2012 at 06:04 PM
And also kids these days need haircuts. Their hair is too long. And they play their music too loud. We need spankings, short hair, quieter music, and no more needles in the playground! Now clean up your room and tuck in your shirt.
Russ April 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Local business problems, drug addiction, behavioral issues et cetera all need to be addressed simultaneously. If anyone feels a need to act out, move closer to the city ... please!
Frank Pignone April 03, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Mr. Petrillo's 'Attorney' allegedly mentioned this 'act' was the 'RESULT'... formulated in a 'mind' of his client... believing (what I believe the 'charges' should be).. Assault, Assault and Battery ( no matter how 'much' or minor' damage'..)..Crossing over the 'Disturbing of the Peace' Constitutional Barrier; Causing an Affray; Destruction of Private Property " 'Stealing the intended use' of campaign materials; Upsetting the Election Process ( perhaps the Secretary of State should be involved here )..and who knows what it shall do to future 'shutting up' of future public officials by contractors or people 'invested'..in 'holes in the ground'.. : This is the RESULT...OF A 'CLIENT's MENTAL MAKEUP.. over 'words' he finds 'aggravating'....Nice to know. for 'Future' campaigns...This is the 'best' he could do ?.. We have 'laws'.. and yes.. even on 'Site Plans'... We the people are also 'angry' over holes in the ground in our public 'front door'.. Is this statement supposed to make me 'fear' a 'Result?'... Not likely for most Stoneham Men I know...
JoJo April 03, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Okay everyone can we all just get along?
Patch April 03, 2012 at 11:35 PM
i agree!!!!!!!!! not to mention every street in the town looks horrible... i moved here thinking it's a nice beautiful town, now it's run down to shhhhh and that hole has nothing to do with it, i think it looks nice and that the youngsters did a great job on it!
Karen Spinali April 04, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I couldn't agree more!
Russ April 04, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Patch, are you saying that you enjoy living in a town with inner city murals in the downtown area? Do you anticipate that businesses would like to relocate/start-up in this environment? Your answer will yield the likely demographics and socio-economic background involved. To be clear, I do not want this town changed to an inner city environment. (I was born and raised in the inner city and this is a vast improvement.)
Frank Pignone April 05, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Below is a note off the minutes of a past Selectmen's Minutes regarding Mr. Petrillos site plan dated in September of 2008. This coming September, in a few short months .. 3 years shall have gone by with no construction. Do the Selectmen have the 'actual' financial reasons why 'nothing' has been occurring other than demolition and fence construction and painting'...?..There has to be a 'definite' limit on these projects.. or pay a fine over and above 'Taxes'.. as I believe 'extensions are for hardship..on a 'one time' basis.. But then it involves...more than that to a community. Three years is a long time. Atty. Charles Houghton was present to represent 411 Main Street, LLC. Frank Petrillo, Manager in his petition to amend the site plan approval of 9/9/08 by constructing a four-story building, with parking under and with retail use on the first floor and office or residential use on the second, third and fourth floors, on the property located at 411 Main Street, Stoneham, MA, on land owned by 411 Main Street, LLC, Frank Petrillo, Manager, 31 Main Street, North Reading, MA 01864.
Paul John Maisano April 05, 2012 at 11:11 AM
First, let me publicly thank Paul Rotondi for the many decades of dedicated public service to the citizens of Stoneham. I applaud his efforts and am proud to call him friend. Second, let me thank and congratulate Tom Boussy who ran a clean successful campaign for public office. I offer this small bit of advice. Be a builder of bridges for even adversaries need an escape route. Lastly, let me thank Mr. Petrillo. His actions once again reminded me of why we should not spoil our children. They sometimes grow up that way......and much like spoiled fruit, nobody seems to like them !!!! Paul Maisano
Russ April 05, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I just wish everyone was aware that there is always an escape route.
Frank Pignone April 05, 2012 at 04:40 PM
As an addendum to my 'mathematical' faux pas on calculating 'how long' Mr . Petrillo's site plan without action on has taken , I wrongfully calculated 'Three years' this next September. I see it as actually FOUR YEARS....And I believe it is time to once again, to have the contractor in all due respect to our community come before us and explain exactly what is his problem...and perhaps wishes to sell the property to someone who can and is ready to use the property for a strong community purpose or maybe even donate it to the community for municipal usage.
Some Stoneham Women April 06, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Paul do know Mr. Petrillo personally?? Do you know Mr. Petrillo's parents?? I DONT THINK SO...so before you make such a comment about him being "spoiled?" and nobody seems to like him??? I beg to differ.I am sure lots of people dont like YOU. ..so Mr. Paul Maisano I would keep your comment to yourself unless you know him and his family personally. I HOPE Mr. Petrillo's 2 daughters grow up just LIKE HIM and dont allow anyone to tarnish their character and bad mouth them..and AGAIN LETS GET PAST THIS>>>>
Rich Lerman April 06, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Ditto - thank you Mr. Rotondi for your many years of your dedicated service to our town! Even though I did not always see eye to eye with some of your views, I have complete respect for the job that you did and full appreciation of the time and effort you put in on behalf of our town. Kudos!
Paul John Maisano April 14, 2012 at 03:24 AM
It is interesting how a conveniently anonymous commentator known as 'Some Stoneham Women' stated that I, Paul Maisano, don't know Mr. Petrillo...... yet I do....or guess I did !!! Part of my shock is his inexcusable public violent behavior..........The author concludes by stating "AGAIN LETS GET PAST THIS" . Agreed. I believe a public apology by Mr Petrillo would be a proper start...... Oh yes, the author may have an ounce of accuracy in their written commentary. Some people may not like me for my outspoken opinions,,,,that may be a valid statement. However, I have never violently intimidated another person to get it across !!!!!!!! NO EXCUSES.... LETS ACT LIKE ADULTS NOT LIKE SPOILED CHILDREN ....Sincerely the unlikable Paul Maisano

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