Friday, April 12, 2013
Residents will hit the polls on June 25 to fill the newly created positions on the Board.
The Town of Sudbury has officially begun preparing for Special Town Election, to be held on June 25, which will ask voters to fill two new seats on the Board of Selectmen. The current three-person Board unanimously supported holding a special election at its Tuesday meeting. For months Chairman Larry O'Brien and Selectman John Drobinski had balked at the idea. But after two overwhelming votes in support of the change at Special Town Meeting in September and Annual Town Election in March, the two long-standing Board members finally agreed to support the addition. Nomination papers are available at the Town Clerk’s office. Interested candidates must file their intentions and take out nomination papers on or before Friday, May 3, and return …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Sudbury resident who spearheaded the 3 to 5 selectmen increase creating a new group to provide open commentary.
The Lavendergate Facebook page was created last year by Sudbury resident Michael Troiano after a scandal involving the Board of Selectmen and other town representatives He wanted a forum where residents could speak freely without ridicule or censorship. Those opportunities were not always available at numerous board and committee meetings in town, making other residents fume. After two elections approving the increase of the selectmen by two seats, and the Board approving a special election on June 25 to fill those seats, Troiano has decided to shut down the popular Facebook page, which had more than 900 members. The closing will happen a week from today, April 17. The following is a letter written by Troiano explaining his thoughts: …
Nearly a year after the scandal, the town is one step closer to more representation, more transparency and peace.
May 8-9, 2012, will likely go into the history books as a major turning point in the history of Sudbury. For decades, the town was governed by a Board of Selectmen composed of three members who diligently represented the town and its best interests. Three volunteers who would sit behind microphones and take both ridicule and praise. But somewhere along the timeline, residents demanded change. They said they wanted a larger board. They wanted more representation. The town ultimately said 'no' on multiple occasions, because studies were needed to see how an increase would affect the town financially. No proof of a study was ever presented as the town continued with its charter. But things began to change that night in 2012. Lavendergate was …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Vote passes overwhelmingly for a second time, 1,936-625.
Opponents of Sudbury’s movement to increase the Board of Selectmen from three to five members were defeated a second time when voters Monday approved the addition of two seats during Annual Town Election. After voting to approve the measure in September last year during Special Town Meeting, opponents in town, which included current Board Chair Larry O’Brien, asked the State Legislature to overturn the ruling. It was overturned and the town was told to vote again via ballot. After Monday’s vote, the only thing left is to ask who wants to run for the two new seats? “I'm incredibly pleased the people of Sudbury chose to make this important change, that they again expressed their desire for more representation, and again called for more …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Next court date is June 26.
Elizabeth Rust's fate will be in the hands of a jury. Rust, a Sudbury Department of Planning and Development employee who was cited for her third OUI the morning of May 9, 2012, after leaving an after-hours party at Lavender Asian Cuisine & Bar, will next be in court on June 26 after her lawyer, Seamus L. O'Kelly, withdrew a motion to suppress evidence Monday morning. Rust, who was seen in court Monday, lost her right to drive at her arraignment on June 19, except for working purposes. She can drive Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. She cannot drive during the weekends. Rust pleaded not guilty to the charge and has been subjected to random alcohol tests. Judge Robert Harbour stated she must also attend two Alcoholics …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Resident Mike Troiano, who has spearheaded the movement to increase Sudbury's Board of Selectmen from three to five members, says issues threatening the town can be solved with two more seats.
It's not a fundamental change, nor is it a result of a "flash mob" looking to elect a "burgermeister or some other form of government." Resident Mike Troiano explained the effort to increase the town's Board of Selectmen from three to five members Wednesday night in front of dozens of residents at Goodnow Library in the simplest of terms: more representatives equals more representation. Despite an overwhelming vote at Special Town Meeting on Sept. 24 to pass the movement, State Legislature overturned the ruling and said residents had to take it to a ballot vote. That will happen on March 25 during Annual Town Election. Since that decision, Troiano and others have feverishly spread the positive word on why Sudbury would benefit from adding …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The Sudbury Department of Planning and Development employee will next be in court on March 11.
Framingham District Court Judge Robert Greco issued a continuance in the Elizabeth Rust OUI case after her attorney, Seamus L. O'Kelly, asked for a motion to suppress evidence Monday morning. Greco will hear the argument to suppress evidence on March 11. Greco was also told full discovery of evidence was not complete. Rust, a Sudbury Department of Planning and Development employee, was cited for her third OUI the morning of May 9, 2012, after leaving an after-hours party at Lavender Asian Cuisine & Bar. Rust lost her right to drive at her arraignment on June 19, except for working purposes. She can drive Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. She cannot drive during the weekends. Rust pleaded not guilty to the charge and has …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Resident Michael Troiano, who has spearheaded the move, says adding two seats to the board will provide more transparency and accountability.
Thursday, January 17
Bill H.4528, a bill to increase the town's Board of Selectmen from three to five members, was recently signed by Gov. Deval Patrick, allowing residents to vote for the measure during the upcoming Annual Town Election on March 25. Resident Michael Troiano offers his side on why addition of two seats to the Board is a plus for the town.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Next court date will be for a discovery and election hearing.
Elizabeth Rust, the Sudbury Department of Planning and Development employee who was cited for her third OUI the morning of May 9, will next be in court on Feb. 4 for a discovery and election hearing, according to the Framingham District Court clerk's office. Rust was last in court on Dec. 21 for a compliance and election hearing, but the case was continued. The clerk's office did not have any information on whether her driving restrictions were extended. Rust lost her right to drive at her arraignment on June 19, except for working purposes. She can drive Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. She cannot drive during the weekends. Rust pleaded not guilty to the charge and has been subjected to random alcohol tests. Judge Robert …
In the latest installment of You Ask, Patch Answers, we update the status of Bill H.4528.
UPDATED: 2:50 P.M.: According to http://malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H04528/History, the bill has been enacted by legilsature and is now on Gov. Deval Patrick's desk. ******** The Sudbury selectmen's bill, H.4528, was engrossed, or undertaken, by the State Senate on Monday. Sudbury residents voted at Special Town Meeting to increase the number of selectmen from three to five, but the legistlature said the town must put it to a vote at next Annual Town Election. "I was surprised by that," State Sen. Jamie Eldridge said. "But the Committee on election laws had the hearing (in November) where some residents came and expressed there should be another step to approve the increase from three to five, which is reflected in the bill. I don't …