Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The former Navy SEAL and the longtime Congressman will face off June 25 to fill John Kerry's former U.S. Senate seat.
A political newcomer will face a long-time Massachusetts politician in the race to be the Bay State's next U.S. senator. The Associated Press has declared Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset and Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey of Malden the winners of their U.S. Senate special primary elections, according to tweets from Fox 25. The call for Gomez came approximately one hour after the polls closed in the statewide primary while a call for Markey came moments later. Gomez defeats his more seasoned opponents, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan of Abington and state Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. Markey beat fellow U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch of South Boston. Brett Rhyne of Needham ran an …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The special primary for the US Senate seat is today.
Those who like to vote early and often have another opportunity to exercise that right today. Polls are open again today, and Wellesley residents can cast their votes in the special primary to fill Senator John Kerry's seat. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. This primary will choose who will go on to the special election, which takes place on June 25. See the Town Clerk's FAQ on the upcoming primary for more information. Patch interviewed all of the candidates for the primary, each one receiving more or less the same interview. Before you go out to vote, get to know each of the candidates. If you did not vote absentee yesterday, then you will need to show up in person to cast your vote. The polling locations are below. If you are…
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Emotionally drained by last week's marathon bombings, House lawmakers raced through budget week, shortening it to a three-day affair that averaged out to about a billion dollars in spending for every hour in session. The only thing left to do by Friday was figure out where that money was going. It was an impressive display of efficiency and trust or acquiescence, depending on your vantage point. House lawmakers sprinted through deliberations over how to best allocate $33.8 billion, agreeing to bump up the bottom line closer to $34 billion between Monday and Wednesday night. After 37 hours in session - many spent in idle chatter awaiting a thumb's up or down on legislators' preferred earmarks, policy goals and spending priorities from …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Having voted on the Town Meeting warrant, Town Meeting dissolves until the fall Special Town Meeting.
Town Meeting is over, at least until the fall Special Town Meeting later this year. On Tuesday night, the members of Wellesley Town Meeting cast their votes on the remaining 11 articles of the Town Meeting Warrant. The warrant was completed on the sixth night of Town Meeting. Articles 1, 9, 16, 21, and 36 through 44 on the warrant did not require action on their motions. See the full results on the Scorecard at the Town Meeting Moderator's page. The six nights of the meetings are now streaming On Demand on the Wellesley Channel website.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
We gathered questions from editors across Patch’s coverage area in Massachusetts.
Patch editors interviewed each of the candidates running for U.S. Senate in the April 30 special election. We gathered questions from editors across Patch’s coverage area in Massachusetts. The editors asked both broad questions about policy, as well as opinions on more local, regional issues. Click on the links below to read the questions and answers with each candidate… Stephen Lynch Edward Markey Brett Rhyne (write-in candidate) Gabriel Gomez Michael Sullivan Daniel Winslow
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Those who wish to vote absentee in the upcoming primary must apply for their ballots from the Wellesley Town Clerk's office.
If you want to vote absentee, time is running out to get your ballot for the 2013 primary. The Town Clerk's office sent a note yesterday reminding residents to fill out their absentee ballot applications. The deadline is noon on April 29, the day before the election. The application may be filed by mail or by e-mail, and must include the voter's name and an address where the ballot can be sent. There is an application form available on the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website. For more information, see the Town Clerk's FAQ on the upcoming primary. The primary will decide the candidates going forward of the Democratic Candidates Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey and Republican Candidates Gabriel Gomez, Michael Sullivan, or Daniel …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Community Preservation Act article, number 19, leads Town Meeting tonight, on the way through the remaining warrant articles.
The end of April Vacation means not only are students going back to classes, but Wellesley Town Meeting is returning to finish the warrant. The current tally stands at 19 articles out of the 45 posted on the warrant. Here is a recap of Town Meeting's progress on each of those matters: Town Meeting Moderator Margaret Ann Metzger also reported that several of the articles required no motions: Articles 1, 9, 16, 21, and 36 through 44. Night four of Wellesley Town Meeting brought another several articles to a close. The first and second nights of Town Meeting completed discussion of the first 14 warrant articles, and night three finished brought the total to 17. See the full results on the Scorecard at the Town Meeting Moderator's page. …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Mayor Tom Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick are asking people to honor the Boston Marathon bombing victims exactly one week after the tragic events.
The city of Boston and communities throughout Massachusetts are being asked to join in a moment of silence on Monday at 2:50 p.m.—the time the two bombs went off, within about 10 seconds of one another, near the finish line of the 117th annual Boston Marathon. The minute of silence at 2:50 p.m. will honor the victims and families of those injured and killed by the terrorist attacks. Following the moment of silence, bells throughout Boston and the state will ring, according to a statement from Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s office. “Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Governor Deval L. Patrick and One Fund Boston are calling upon Boston and all communities across the Commonwealth to join together in a Moment of Silence Monday afternoon, exactly one week …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Thousands pack Wilmington Town Common to pay tribute to a hometown hero.
More than 1,000 residents, friends and law enforcement personnel from throughout Eastern Massachusetts packed the Wilmington Town Common for a candlelight vigil Saturday night to bid farewell and say thank you to a hometown hero. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier, a 2004 graduate of Wilmington High School, was gunned down as he sat in his cruiser Thursday night on a Cambridge Street, allegedly by brothers Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the same men investigators believe are responsible for the fatal bombing attack at Monday's Boston Marathon. Before the start of Saturday's vigil, a hearse carrying Collier's body drove down Church Street, shut down to traffic during the ceremony. The road was lined with …
Monday, April 15, 2013
At Wellesley, students essentially get to pick their speaker.
Presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett will address Wellesley College's Class of 2013 at graduation exercises next month. Jarrett is Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Unlike many other colleges and universities, Wellesley's commencement speaker selection process is student-driven. According to students, Jarrett is an ideal choice to address graduates of a leading liberal arts institution known for its remarkable track record of introducing women's voices into traditionally male-dominated spheres of power. Senior Class Co-Presidents Vivian Hu '13 of Bellaire, Texas and Anoush Youssoufian '13 of Boston, Mass. said, "We are incredibly excited to host Valerie Jarrett as our …