Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Bob Haarde said he and his family were about a block away when the first bomb went off.
Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting began with praise for the first responders who treated the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Chairman Larry O'Brien and Selectman John Drobinski both expressed sorrow for those affected, but Vice Chair Bob Haarde said he and his family almost got caught in the chaos. "A friend of mine was running, and my wife and I took all three kids," he said. "We were at the corner of Boylston and Clarendon, one block away." Haarde said they were walking toward the finish line to greet their friend when the first bomb went off. "We were facing the finish line when it exploded," he said. "It was pretty crazy. No one knew what had happened." Haarde said smoke from the first bomb rose four or five stories, but …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Bob Haarde, who is running unopposed, reflects on his first term and discusses how to solve issues in the next year.
When Bob Haarde was elected to Sudbury's Board of Selectmen three years ago, it was a tight race as he defeated incumbent William Keller, Jr., by a mere 37 votes (there were also 45 blanks). This year, Haarde doesn't have to worry about another close election since he's running unopposed. "I'm glad to serve Sudbury, and honored I’m running unopposed and will serve another three years," he recently said. "I enjoy serving the people." With no race for his seat this year in the March 25 Annual Town Election, Sudbury Patch caught up with the soon-to-be second-term selectman to ask his opinions on his first term and what he might expect in his second. SP: Were you surprised to learn you would run unopposed? I was a little surprised. I thought …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Lisa Gutch, the current vice chair of the Sudbury Public Schools Committee, is not running for re-election.
Deadline to pull papers for the March 25 Annual Town Election passed Tuesday (5 p.m.) and two things became clear: there won't be a change on the Board of Selectmen and there will be a change on the Sudbury Public Schools Committee. Current Selectman Vice Chair Bob Haarde will run unopposed for his second term. Haarde was a strong voice last year when the Lavender liquor license violation story broke, calling for an investigation into how it happened. Residents became so frustrated with the lack of clarity from Selectmen Chair Larry O'Brien and Selectman John Drobinski, a Special Town Meeting was held in September to increase the Board from three to five members. The vote passed, but an appeal to the State Legislature resulted in the town …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The attorney for Northwood Condominiums says the questions are irrelevant after trying to 'turn the tables' on the selectmen vice chair during an update on the project at last night's Board of Selectmen meeting.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Drobinski said during Tuesday's meeting he never argued against high-density housing development for the Melone property. Minutes from Jan. 30, 2007, Page 10, paragraph 3, show otherwise.
Vice Chair Bob Haarde challenges Jody Kablack, director of planning and community development, over possibly building 40B housing and fields, rather than the suggested garden style condos. Kablack storms out before the conversation ends.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Resident David Manjarrez says Selectmen John Drobinski and Larry O'Brien were unfair in not appointing Bob Haarde as chairman.
Monday, July 30, 2012
As voters, we require transparency, fairness, and equity from our elected officials. It is in a spirit of fairness that Sudbury registered voters should request that the Sudbury Board of Selectmen consistently adhere to the tradition of multiple decades wherein a Sudbury selectman in the third and last year of his or her term and having effectively, faithfully and honorably served the citizens of Sudbury become Chair of the Sudbury Board of Selectmen. Selectmen Drobinski and O’Brien have been the beneficiaries of this same chair-process and tradition spanning decades. Mr. Drobinski has been the chair five times since 1987 while Mr. O’Brien has been chair three times and most recently for the fourth time with Mr. Drobinski’s singular vote. …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tim Fong chooses his words carefully as he describes the events at his restaurant on May 9.
Tim Fong, owner of Lavender Asian Cuisine & Bar on Boston Post Road, appeared at Tuesday night's meeting of Sudbury's Board of Selectmen at Town Hall to discuss the controversy that's been raging through Sudbury for two months. Various town officials stand accused of staying at the restaurant past the hours specified on its liquor license following Town Meeting on May 9. Concerned residents have wondered whether officials abused their positions by demanding service from an establishment in violation of a liquor license that the officials themselves are in charge of approving. Chairman Larry O'Brien, who previously admitted to being at Lavender past the stated hours, recused himself from the meeting before any discussion of the Lavender …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Selectmen also receive updates on Route 20 Corridor Study.
Dozens of Sudbury residents upset about a power company's plan to remove trees and brush from South Sudbury against their wishes packed into Tuesday night's Board of Selectmen meeting at Town Hall. Residents complained that NSTAR left them notices on their doors announcing the intention to begin the work, without proper approvals from them or town officials. The notices did not indicate just how aggressive the work would be, they complained. Chris Lutz said NSTAR ripped up his kids' playground, their sandbox and a flower garden that included newly-planted roses that could not have possibly been interfering with power. He said NSTAR's work, which he said occured on June 4, shortly before the company agreed to a moratorium, significantly …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Resident Siobhan Hullinger says Selectman Bob Haarde should be the current chairman.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Selectman Haarde was passed over for Chair of the BOS at this past Town Meeting much to the astonishment of many. It is, without a doubt, an action that exemplifies the ethics of Selectmen O'Brien and Drobinski. In the May 11, 2011, edition of the Sudbury Town Crier online edition, the following quote was printed: “It’s tradition after each Town Meeting to elect the senior member of the board who is running for re-election,” said John Drobinski, the previous chairman. Chair O'Brien stipulates that Selectman Haarde did not make a compelling case. Where was the case made for O'Brien? Where was the case made for any senior member? Why is it that tradition was broken? Why is it that tradition seems to be broken only for Selectman Haarde? …