Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Outgoing lieutenant governor said recent controversies had nothing to do with decision to resign.
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said none of the controversies that have dogged him during his tenure on Beacon Hill contributed to his decision to announce his resignation. In a press conference at the State House Wednesday, Murray said his final day on the job will be June 2. The next day he will take over as president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce where his salary will reportedly be around $200,000. In January, Murray said he had no intention of running for governor when Gov. Deval Patrick's term expires in January 2015. "This has been a very difficult but empowering decision," Murray said. "It has been an honor to serve as lieutenant governor." Patrick called Murray an "outstanding partner" during his time in …
CBS Boston reports Murray has a new job lined up already.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: The Massachusetts Republican Party was quick to jump on the reports about Murray's resignation, saying Murray is trying "to outrun the scandal that dogs him" in a statement on their website. MassGOP attempted to liken Murray's exit to that of former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2007. “History doesn’t always repeat itself, but in this case it looks like Tim Murray is following the same path as a previous, disgraced Democratic official,” said Nate Little MassGOP Executive Director in the scathing statement. “Only time will tell if Murray follows the Finneran playbook to the end, complete with indictment and guilty plea.” UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: Boston.com has updated their …
Only 300 votes separated first from fourth place in the annual town election.
More than 1,600 Grafton residents headed to the polls on election day yesterday, making for a close race for the two vacant Board of Selectmen seats. Craig Dauphinais took the highest number of votes with 843, while Dennis Flynn came in second with 731. The two men will take seats on the board after they are sworn in at the Town Clerk's office; the selectmen have a meeting scheduled for tonight. Dauphinais previously served on the Board of Selectmen, but has not been a member since his term ended three years ago. Flynn has never served as a selectman. Bruce W. Spinney III finished with 696 votes and Robert R. Nault finished with 525 votes.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Polls for the Annual Town Election open at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Correction: This article was updated at 7:45 a.m. with the correct time that polls open: 8 a.m. Grafton's Annual Town Election is today: Tuesday, May 21. The only contested race is for selectman. There are four candidates running for two seats: Craig Dauphinais, Dennis D. Flynn, Robert R. Nault and Bruce W. Spinney III. For coverage of a candidates' night the four attended in April, see this article by The Grafton News. Other races are uncontested; see the photo with this article for a sample ballot. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Precincts 1, 2, and 3 vote at Grafton Middle School, 22 Providence Rd. Precincts 4 and 5 vote at Millbury Street Elementary School, 105 Millbury St. If you don't know your precinct, click here and search …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Like pieces of a puzzle that don't quite fit together yet, the Big Three may have been separated at birth, but with each incremental step their destinies seem to grow more intertwined. No, we're not talking about those Big Three - Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo - though they play major character roles in this thickening plot. Instead, three bills have come to define the early months of the 2013 legislative agenda and resolutions on tax hikes, local road funding and the annual state budget continue to be elusive and dependent on one another. Patrick spent the early part of his week welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to Boston for a few quick meetings and a visit to the Copley …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Get a preview of who you'll get a chance to vote for next Tuesday.
Grafton's Annual Town Election is next Tuesday, May 21. The only contested race is for selectman. There are four candidates running for two seats: Craig Dauphinais, Dennis D. Flynn, Robert R. Nault and Bruce W. Spinney III. See the photo with this file for a sample ballot. Anytime before next week, tell us who will earn your vote by posting an endorsement. Please visit our Local Voices section and click "post on Patch" to submit your endorsement directly to the site. Email email@example.com when you're done, and we'll make sure your "letter" gets on the homepage. (If you add a photo: even better!) You are welcome to write an endorsement of any length.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Massachusetts' problem is now Virginia's. After a macabre, around-the-clock stakeout of a Worcester funeral home this week by frenzied reporters and furious protestors, the remains of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev were secreted out of central Massachusetts and buried in a small Muslim cemetery in rural Virginia. No cemetery in Massachusetts, or public official for that matter, wanted Tsarnaev's body. And Gov. Deval Patrick just seemed relieved the tense standoff was over. "No. I have enough to do," Patrick said, when asked if he wished he had gotten involved to end the theatrics sooner. The April 15 attacks on the finish line of the Boston Marathon threw Beacon Hill policymakers off stride, quieting the raging debate …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Don't forget to leave the food out.
Friday, May 10
Information courtesy of National Association of Letter Carriers The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) conducts its 21st annual food drive to combat hunger this Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes. It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Last year, letter carriers collected 70.7 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes, bringing the total to 1.2 billion pounds for the NALC’s food drive, which began in 1992. “We’re honored to be able to help …
Many local dog lovers look forward to the day each year.
With summer weather starting to descend upon us, Grafton residents are looking forward to spending some time in the town's parks. Most specifically, residents have been asking about the Silver Lake beach. One resident remembered the Doggy Dip Days that the recreation department has held at Silver Lake and asked Patch if the town was doing any this year. Well readers, the answer is: yes. In fact, the town is doing two this year. On June 22, the day before the beach opens for the summer, residents will be able to take a dip with their canine pals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The beach will also close for the year with a Doggy Dip Day on Aug. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Parking permits have been available to residents at the cost of $50 since …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
A rebroadcast of candidates night may be viewed five times a week leading up to the May 21 Annual Town Election.