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Sudbury Residents Fuming Over Lavender Violation, OUI of Town Employee (Video)

Selectmen John Drobinski and Bob Haarde exchange harsh words after Chairman Larry O'Brien recused himself and left the meeting.

As the Sudbury Board of Selectmen meeting extended past 11 p.m. on Tuesday, , with several other town officials, past the time the business was supposed to close according to the terms of its liquor license. He said he lost track of time and regrets the attention the case has drawn away from other important issues.

Rust, who was charged with OUI in two previous case, faces arraignment on the third charge on June 27. She was cited after allegedly striking two signs and a granite post in the early morning hours on May 9.

O'Brien said he has been advised by a lawyer to recuse himself from any discussion about Lavender and promptly exited from the meeting. Selectman John Drobinski declined to recuse himself, because he said he left Lavender earlier in the evening and was not present for any violation. Town Manager Maureen Valente also decline to recuse herself, pending further discussions with attorneys.

Vice Chairman Bob Haarde urged them both to reconsider, and sharply criticized Valente for not arranging to have Police Chief Richard Glavin present at the meeting to discuss his recent letter to Lavender about the case.

"You're personally acting to preserve your own interests, and you cannot do that in your official capacity," Haarde said during one of several clashes with Drobinski. He noted that the town could face liability for Rust's case if the Lavender gathering is determined to be an official town event.

"How many times do I have to state that I wasn't there (at the time of the violation)?" Drobinski asked, accusing Haarde of conducting "a witch hunt" on the issue.

"This is not going to go away," one resident told the Board as a nearby church rang 12 bells at midnight. "It's not going to go away in a week, it's not going to go away in a month."

SkimThreePercent June 13, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Small Town Barney Fife (Mayberry) or Big City corruption (Frank Serpico played by Al Pacino: Google it). Pick your poison. You may wish it was Barney. Folks in Mayberry were allowed to speak. Not happening here.
Michael Troiano June 13, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Well said. We can be civil, we all care about this town.
Michael Troiano June 13, 2012 at 07:59 PM
It's actually 430 now, and climbing rapidly. You are entitled to your opinion, Alexa, as are we all. All Bob asked for last night was a forum to get all the facts on the table, and a discussion to inform those opinions. But the 2 selectmen in questions refused that request. In doing so *they decided* that the only opinions that mattered were their own. They may very well be good men, but they have no right to place themselves above the judgement of the people they serve. And - I promise you - enough of us are mad enough about that to do something about it. If you want to help them, help them deal with that fact, and do the right thing by the community we all care about before it's too late.
anon June 13, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I wonder if perhaps Alexa is married to an implicated party... The queen doth protest too much, methinks.
Rob June 13, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Alexa is right. I mean MS rust didn't learn from her first or second OUI she will surly learn from the 3rd. Alexa i think everybody respects your right to an opinion. However you should know that while you are fuming on the other end we are laughing at you having a pint at lavenders. Cheers!
Rob June 13, 2012 at 08:11 PM
INB4 "you misspelled surely"... another pint bartender...shi shi
bobby June 13, 2012 at 08:12 PM
the lavendergate FB member list looks like a monster 1990 Kappa Kappa Gamma composite. with a handful of rich dudes thrown in. Town elders? Get on facebook, join the group, and weigh in!
Enuff June 13, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Now up to 496 people. I would say in less than one day that is a pretty good amount of people that are upset. This never would have happened if O'Brien, Drobinski and Valente were open and honest with the citizens of Sudbury. By the way there is less than 11,000 voters in town and a great voter turnout is 40% which means in one day there are already more than 10% of voters in town ready to take action.
rob lh June 13, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Can we all agree to ignore Alexa at this point. She offers nothing but insults. Let's not distract her from moving on and attending to her work on the big issues facing mankind..
David Jay June 13, 2012 at 08:22 PM
What was most obvious at last night’s meeting was how unprepared Bob Haarde is to be chair. He allowed Scott Nasa and Bob Stein to make a circus of the proceedings with their constant outbursts. On the flip side, when Kirsten Roopenian did the same he threatened her. As well, he would not allow John Drobinski, who appeared to be willing, to explain why he did not vote for Bob to be chair. It would have been nice to hear John’s thought process. Assuming that you just get a “turn” seems to be a bit childish. As well, I suspect that if either John or Larry had lost, Bob would have had no problem with one of them not getting their “turn”. Maybe it is time for Bob to thinking of himself as superior to the other two---and it would have been nice if he had the sense to resist adding to the town divisiveness by not feeling compelled to have his 2 minutes of fame on Fox News.
Enuff June 13, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Learned from what error? Our 2 Selectmen are saying there is nothing to look at here. This was minor according to Drobinski. This never happened according to O'Brien. No big deal. Move on, the show is over.
Sudburytoo June 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
David Jay, Thanks for your input. What did you have at Lavenders that night?
Seeking Transparency June 13, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Alexa- It appears sixth grade English could be your friend as well. Your sentence "The fact that their was an OUI is unfortunate, and I in no way condone the operation of a vehicle under the influence" should read: The fact that there was an OUI is unfortunate, and I in no way condone the operation of a vehicle under the influence. Those who live in glass houses...
ron darden June 13, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Alexa: "Rust surely learned from her error"... Is your illogic that the 3rd time is the charm?...surely Rust didnt learn from OUI #1 or OUI #2...Each time the odds go up that someone will be maimed. I humbly suggest "surely" is NOT the apporpriate adverb - 7th grade english Mr. Drobinski- "I was not at the restaurant when the violation occurred. I do not have to recuse myself" That's an irrelevent dodge that disrespects the informed citizen Mr Drobinski, you talked to the police (3 crusiers at your house) that night right before they left for Lavenders. What did you say? Why wont you come clean? Mr Drobinksi, the timeline places you as a direct link in the chain of events. Mr. Drobinski, you need to recuse yourself in future deliberations (although by no means can one classify the BOS LAV agenda item as deliberations)
Rob June 13, 2012 at 08:44 PM
"As I understand" why i think you just showed your hand me lady. Sounds like you have inside info from the people under the microscope. And ive been on the internets before you had your first AOL account my dear...
siobhan hullinger June 13, 2012 at 08:46 PM
What is really unfortunate is that Ms Rust likely engaged in this dangerous behavior many times before being "caught" for the third time. It is also disheartening to know that her "friends and colleagues" didn't care enough about her and her obvious problem to stop her. This woman needs help and not one attendee at the party was looking out for her, her family, the general population or the small business. What a shame
Rob June 13, 2012 at 08:51 PM
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Noyesmomma June 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Yes the lady doth protest too much and it's interesting as the only other comments she has made were last year...regarding John Drobinski's re-election: On the article Letter to the Editor: Re-elect John Drobinski Alexa 5:56 pm on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 There is absolutely no reason to use a public forum such as this to degrade another human being (namely Kirsten, although John is included in this--it's a political election we're having, no need for mature adults to resort to a smear campaign), especially when you haven't got the courage to display your own name in your posts.
Edward Stark June 13, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Alexa should NEVER post on here again. Did she just say that beth Rust has learned from this? HAHAHAHAHAHA! Best joke ALL DAY. THIS WAS HER THIRD OUI OFFENSE! The learning is over Alexa.
Lauura June 13, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Heightened tempers? Well we can all watch the meeting again. It's being re-aired on Channel 8 right now. Maybe I dozed off a bit while watching last night so I encourage everyone to watch the last hour of the meeting from last night and form your own opinion.
David Jay June 13, 2012 at 09:16 PM
How clever. You are a true intellectual.
Edward Stark June 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I am watching the meeting on Sudbury TV as we speak. Hats off to Bob Haarde. Not sure what the above poster is talking about. Bob was well prepared, well spoken and on point. I am also not sure what Scott Nassa and Bob Stein did wrong. It was Kirsten Dropenian who spoke out of turn in a "circus" like fashion. As far as I can see Stein and Nassa announced who they were, where they live and spoke at the microphone as it should be. When will we stop putting the blame in town on those who do nothing wrong and start demanding accountability from those whom we elected to lead?
SueChap June 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM
completely agree. Let her voice her opinion, but she (and her mom) need to respect the opinions of others.
james June 14, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Townies squabbling over nonsense. The guy with the Hawaiian shirt at the hearing, classic. Go ahead, scare away decent people who have devoted their lives to a non-paying job because ONE of them has a few OUIs. Utterly obnoxious. I can tell you that some of the people who got up to speak at the hearing have very likely been at Lavenders late night, and they sure haven't taken a cabs home. This is laughable, and will be even more so when the entirety of the BOS as it now stand is re-elected. How does it feel to be an obnoxious Sudbury townie?
Sudburytoo June 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM
James, 2 Prior DUIs is nonsense! Wake up. She will probably do two to three years in the tank. I will be in my backyard with the grill while she is doing time. Getting it yet????
Burno June 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Would it be small town drama if one of your family members were killed by a repeat OUI driver?
Burno June 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Ah Alexa,,, haha I love you're type of people. Resorting to Sixth grade English comments. At least Joe the Plumber's Sixth grade English was more likely a typo. Its people like you who don't know there English grammer. Which English grade is my friend? Nobody was killed but does that fact excuse the behaviour? Why have OUI laws if on the third offense the offender surely learns that is wrong to drive while under the influence.
Armando June 14, 2012 at 12:55 AM
How is driving under the influence a personal issue, and not a matter of public safety?
Kirsten Vandijk June 15, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Hi James, I had promised to remain quiet for now on with this chat but you need to be aware that Selectman O'Brien, up until only a few years ago, wore a Hawaiian shirt to the BOS meetings. This he seemed quite proud of and having attended a number of these meetings, I was flabbergasted at how often he would refer to the parties he had been to and the cocktails he had enjoyed. He made a mockery of the seriousness of the post by exhibiting such blatant disregard for propriety.
Mike Jones June 19, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I find it sad that grown adults use their political powers to deflect the real issue of one of their own. They are protecting their hangout and being secretive. Transparency is the key to success in government. Yet, they sit on their thrones passing judgment, being condescending and blaming others. There should be no witch hunt or blaming someone else because of hatred towards the other "click". Cops have a hard enough job to do as it is....even in a small town. The person was still charged and issued a citation in lieu of detention. The only difference is she didn’t get a mug shot photo and get released 8 hours later for everyone to make fun off. Statewide and even nationwide the police cite people for OUI instead of booking them. The cops did the right thing....now the politicians hiding and abusing their "position" is not appropriate and they should be removed. People are allowed to go out and have a rip roaring good time as long as they pre plan for the ride home. Stop blaming others, the diner and the police as the real issue is with the politicians and someone getting her 3RD OUI!!! The only people who did right in this whole “mountain out of a mole hill" situation was the Officer. I say elect her into office as she is the only one who has acted professional, transparent and unbiased despite the politics of the Town. Seriously, she should have learned from her third OUI. If this was California would she not be looking at some significant time in jail??

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