Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The following is a Letter to the Editor submitted by former Stoneham Board of Selectman R. Paul Rotondi.
[Editor's note: The following is a Letter to the Editor submitted by former Stoneham Board of Selectman R. Paul Rotondi.] Grab tight hold of your wallet taxpayers of Stoneham. The shell game is being played by School Committee members Shelly MacNeill and David Maurer to do away with the Budget Agreement (Rev 6) accepted by a majority of the Selectmen, School Committee and Finance board in March of 2011. The reasons cited by them and some other elected and appointed officials, at the recent Tri-Board meeting, clearly indicates that they do not understand the Agreement or the Town’s fiscal restraints that drive it: 1. It was only a two-year Agreement. This is not true. The Agreement was voted on and approved as a four-year Agreement to be…
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The project was presented at the Stoneham Board of Selectmen's session Tuesday night.
A four-story assisted living complex may be constructed on Franklin Street in the future, according to an attorney representing a developer at Tuesday night's Stoneham Board of Selectmen's meeting. Eighty-eight units of proposed assisted living would be housed in one, four-story colonial-style building at 140 Franklin St., according to attorney Charles Houghton. Houghton represents Elm Development LLC. Houghton's presentation was an overview of the project, as the developer was not seeking approval for the site plan. The developer recently submitted a rezoning article to the town that would allow assisted living units to be developed in that section of Franklin Street. The building permit fee for the project would be more than $100,000, …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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With the Stoneham Board of Selectmen considering a few activities to bring to the Town Common this winter, we'd like to know: Should the town have a winter carnival and ice skating rink? Do you think these activities would be beneficial to the community? Or should the town skip them and focus on other winter initiatives or activities? Let us know by posting a comment in the comments section below.
The Selectmen will be discussing both wintery topics at a future meeting.
The Stoneham Board of Selectmen are considering bringing a skating rink and a winter carnival to the Town Common this winter. Selectman Tom Boussy discussed both activities at Tuesday night's meeting at Town Hall. "My idea is to invite local restaurants, booster clubs...get a DJ and raise a few bucks for (local organizations)," Boussy said of the Winter Carnival, adding that it would be a first step toward revitalizating the downtown area. Boussy suggested the event be held on a Saturday night, possibly in January sometime. Selectman John DePinto, who requested the item be added to a future meeting agenda, asked how the town would go about promoting businesses sponsoring the winter carnival. Town Administrator David Ragucci said the town …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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With the Stoneham Board of Selectmen recently approving a 10 percent trash fee reduction for all taxpaying property owners in town, we'd like to know: Is the trash fee reduction adequate? Should the Selectmen have reduced the trash fee by a larger percentage or is 10 percent enough? Or would you have left the trash fee where it was at? Let us know by taking our poll and post your thoughts in the comments section below.
Stoneham taxpaying homeowners will get some relief when it comes time to pay their trash fee after the Board of Selectmen recently voted in favor of a 10 percent reduction.
Stoneham taxpayers will get some relief when it comes time to paying their trash fee after the Board of Selectmen recently voted in favor of a 10 percent reduction. Selectmen Robert Sweeney spearheaded the effort to get the trash fee reduced for all taxpaying property owners in town. The Selectmen voted unanimously (5-0) for the trash fee reduction. "I believe that everyone in town paying taxes should get a fair break," Sweeney said. "I don’t see how we can give one segment a discount and not the other." The discount will be $24 for homeowners, $15 for condominium owners and $14 for seniors who qualify for an abatement through the assessor's office. With the reduction, taxpaying homeowners will pay $245 annually, while condominium owners …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Check out the latest Patch Facts column.
1. Public hearing: The Stoneham Board of Selectmen is having a public hearing to discuss the traffic pattern changes required during the construction of the new Stoneham Middle School at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Elementary School. Check out the meeting agenda. 2. Post your announcements: Want to ensure your press statement gets on the Stoneham Patch website immediately? Post it yourself to our announcements section. 3. Get voting: Don't forget to vote for your favorite businesses, as nominated by our readers, in our 25 Readers' Choice contests. Voting runs through Aug. 17. 4. Local events: Know of an activity or event happening in Stoneham? Why not post it directly to Stoneham Patch in our events calendar. 5. Celebrity birthdays: …
Friday, June 29, 2012
The Stoneham Board of Selectmen discussed possibly reducing the trash fee at their meeting on Tuesday night at Town Hall.
The Stoneham Board of Selectmen are looking into possibly reducing the town's trash fee. During Tuesday night's Selectmen's session at Town Hall, Town Administrator David Ragucci said that Stoneham has been "trending downward on the tonage" in terms of garbage disposal. Ragucci and Selectman Robert Sweeney explained that due to this fact, they were in favor of the initiative to reduce garage fees for a majority of residents. Ragucci and Sweeney explained they supported a $20 reduction effective July 1 as long as we current levels. Ragucci also pointed out that the reduction "may come back if the tonage increases." Ragucci and Sweeney discussed how the reduction will affect current full-rate residents and not those on a flat, unadjustable …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Sen. Katherine Clark visited the Stoneham Board of Selectmen Tuesday night to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will open Hall Memorial Swimming Pool this season. DCR initially didn't intend to open the pool i
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) have reversed their decision to close Hall Memorial Swimming Pool this summer, according to an announcement by State Sen. Katherine Clark. At Tuesday night's Stoneham Board of Selectmen session at Town Hall, Clark and Laura Richter, a representative with State Rep. Jason Lewis' office, informed the board of the pool's opening. “It will take two weeks minimum to get water and staffing up,” said Clark. The pool is expected to be open in mid-to-late July, according to the senator. State Officials Take Action Legislators learned of the closure following Stoneham Patch's June 22 article. DCR's decision to temporarily close the local pool this summer was due in part to low …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Check out the Patch Facts column for June 12.
1. Meeting time: The Stoneham Board of Selectmen meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall. 2. Moving on: Several dozen eighth graders graduated from Stoneham Middle School Monday night. Check out our photo gallery at 6 a.m. Tuesday. 3. Newsletters abound: Stoneham Patch offers four newsletters to our readers, including daily, weekly and breaking news ones as well as one for Patch Deals. 4. Stay informed: Need to know what's happening in the Stoneham community beyond what the Stoneham Patch website has to offer? Then you'll want to "like" our Facebook page and "follow" our Twitter account for other forms of content. 5. Top off the tank: Scope out current gas prices and traffic updates for the Stoneham area in our "Commute" section. For more …