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Former Front Page Stories and Some Still Current Issues in Tewksbury


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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT (WE ALL WON)!!!" :

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TEWKSBURY COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/PERSONAL PROPERTY OWNERS ARE NOT PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE !!!:

If you don't believe that Commercial/Industrial/Personal (CIP) Property owners have not paid their fair share of local property taxes lately, check out the following graph. Instead of a yearly tax levy increase of at least 2.5% (plus new growth, plus overrides), the levy for all Commercial/Industrial/Personal (CIP) Properties decreased by 3.5% in FY2004, and decreased by 3.1% in FY2005. Since this appears to be not enough of a decrease in their tax bill, at least 22 CIP Property owners have gotten their FY2005 abatement requests rubber stamped for fear of them suing. Residential and Open Space (RO) Property owners have paid their fair share (and more!) for long enough.

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Selectman John Ryan Once Again Castigating Volunteers Simply for Doing Their Jobs!:

Once again, Selectman John Ryan runs his mouth afoul to come down on members of the Selectman-sponsored Sidewalks Committee.

Ryan seems to have the need to verbally abuse volunteers on a regular basis simply because the chairman of the Sidewalk Committee thought out loud that 230,000 dollars was a small price to pay to save a life and of course Ryan was backed up with Simian-like aplomb by Joe Gill continuing the castigation.

This happened all before with the Land Use Committee when John Ryan went "nasty ape" on the Chairman of that committee, Mrs. Walsh, for proposing that some town-owned land be used for developing a small-scale affordable housing project. A plan that the Selectmen have been aware of for a while. There were many people in attendance from the abutting neighborhoods at that meeting therefore John Ryan had an audience (and voters) so decided to verbally abuse the Chairwoman of the Land Use committee and completely shutdown the proposed project and prevented the land from serving any future use beneficial to the town toward it's 40B affordable housing goals!

And the result of this last time was that most of the Land Use committee resigned!

The type of people that get elected to some of these boards is indicitive of the type of people that vote in this town. These are imbeciles that run this town and the voters that continue to vote for them are imbeciles too.

There are more incidences of course just like this. We think that John Ryan should pre-medicate before sitting at another Selectmen's meeting.

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From the "Thank God No One Listens to My Politically Motivated Predictions" and the "You Still Think Tewksbury State Hospital Should Close It's Clean Wells and Switch to Tewksbury Municipal Water" Departments:

Two Obvious Reasons why the State Hospital Should NOT Switch to Tewksbury Municipal Water:

Obvious Reason 1: Years ago at a rather contentious Selectmen's meeting focusing on the State Hospital's use of it's own well water for supplying its patients with water, Joe Gill and most of the Selectmen (yes, the usual ones) wondered strongly out loud why the State Hospital was still using it's own wells for water? The Selectmen in fact insisted over and over again that the well water was contaminated and unfit for human consumption. Joe "Nostradamus" Gill, in an incredible feat of precognitive prediction, stated the following:

"Let me make a prediction, that by next year the State Hospital will no longer be using its own wells and will be on Tewksbury's municipal water supply."

Need we say more:

(Photo of one of the State Hospital signs pointing out one of the two locations that the State Hospital has graciously made available to the public for water due to the recent discovery of perchlorate salts in the Tewksbury municipal water supply. We are very fortunate that the State Hospital did NOT shut down their wells as certain Tewksbury Selectmen insisted they wanted them to do. Why would they insist so last year? There are a few politically motivated reasons. Click on photo to discuss)

 

Another example of Joe Gill's lack of precognitive skills ?? or just more proof of the lack of vision that most of our leaders have??:

Obvious Reason 2: This is the Town Of Tewksbury's water inlet station where the entire town gets it's supply of water, from the Merrimack River, the normal river banks of which are just past the trees. The Water Department workers need this boat (outboard motor of boat visible in bottom right of this photo), to get to the Inlet Station due to the river overflowing it's banks after a rather lengthy storm in May of 2006. Tewksbury used to have the best water in Merrimack Valley when we ran our own Town Well system, opting later instead to retrieve our water now from the Merrimack River and all of the inherent problems an open water source has like perchlorate contamination, gasoline and other chemical spills from roadways, and  raw sewage dumping that happens during freak storms like this. During this latest storm, millions of gallons of raw sewage was dumped into the Merrimack River downstream from us, in Haverhill. Tewksbury was spared this time, but in the past, Lowell, which is upstream from us, has dumped raw sewage directly into the river.

Yet despite all this, some of our Selectmen have almost demanded, in the very recent past, that the Tewksbury State Hospital shutdown it's comparatively clean wells so that they join into Tewksbury's Town Water Supply. Fortunately they have not done this as last year, due to perchlorate contamination, the Tewksbury State Hospital graciously opened it's outside taps for use by gracious Tewksbury residents since the town's water supply was unsafe to drink for a few months. Remember that??

Do you think the State Hospital should shut it's wells down?  Why would some Selectmen want such a ridiculous thing? Maybe these Selectmen and the Town Manager want the State Hospital to shut it's wells down so that the town would then take over the million gallon water storage tanks on the State Land and also to lift the Ground Water protection area around the State Hospital (which would no longer be needed) all for the purposes of fostering more development for revenue (and their friends pockets), because as the Town Manager has said, his yearly budget expects five percent revenue growth per year. Of course, this is just our opinion.

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Want to Know Where Your Tax Dollars are Going? We Want to Know Why Town Employees Supposedly Can't Live in Tewksbury Due to High Housing Costs. Have you Seen these Salaries?? Employee Earnings -- Source -- FY2002 Annual Report Town of Tewksbury Massachusetts:

We Here is a list of the top 50 earners under town employment:

154,378.36

Police

124,439.01

School Department

117,501.80

Fire Department

112,689.29

Police

111,422.89

Town Manager

110,415.11

Fire Department

108,346.92

Police

105,914.81

Fire Department

103,146.72

Police

98,725.12

Fire Department

98,399.00

Police

97,378.70

Police

97,207.95

Fire Department

95,366.97

Fire Department

94,886.92

School Department

94,731.51

School Department

94,645.76

Police

93,031.07

School Department

92,737.89

DPW

92,482.64

Police

91,815.02

Fire Department

91,141.42

Police

90,886.47

Fire Department

89,640.28

Police

 

88,592.07

School Department

86,608.42

School Department

86,528.67

Police

86,508.10

Police

86,436.69

Police

86,170.11

Fire Department

85,988.78

School Department

85,259.10

School Department

84,288.84

Fire Department

83,975.00

Fire Department

83,646.64

School Department

83,049.14

Police

82,923.86

School Department

82,716.98

Police

82,686.24

Fire Department

82,525.19

DPW

82,423.55

School Department

82,283.35

School Department

80,763.95

Fire Department

80,717.06

School Department

80,318.08

Planning Board

80,302.09

Fire Department

80,065.75

Fire Department

79,877.00

Fire Department

79,646.49

School Department

 

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A BIG Welcome to Tewksbury State Hospital's own "East Street Farm Stand"!!!:

Products currently available: Local dairy Shaw's Farm fresh Ice Cream (sold out on the first day), Homemade Pies, Fresh fruits, vegetables. Bread products from Piantedosi's Bakery, Organic Dog Treats, Crafts, Candies, Fresh-Brewed Armeno's Coffees, and of course the Freshest Corn and Pumpkins (when in-season)!!!! Many more products will soon be added as the Farm Stand grows! (pun intended!) Help support the Tewksbury State Hospital, it's patients, and the protection of our community. Visit the Farm Stand often!

Many years ago, the state hospitals were pretty much self-sufficient entities that were communities in their own right. Able-bodied patients were put to work as part of a program to "keep their minds sharp" and to teach many new skills. In this same vane, Governor Romney had asked what the current day hospitals could do to help them be more self-sufficient and in that to help them protect more of their land from sell-offs. Tewksbury State Hospital has certainly stepped up to the plate with many new and superlative ideas. T.H.E Farm which is an equestrian-based patient training program which allows patients to develop or maintain their current motor skills, and help balance their emotional well being. For a small fee, local residents are also able to enjoy the wonderful world of horse riding. Now, to be followed by the launch of the latest project, the East Street Farm Stand. Already visited by hundreds in it's first week of operation, promises to be a big success not just for the Tewksbury State Hospital and it's patients, but also for the local community that has embraced it with open arms! Welcome!

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New and Perverse Twist on 40B:

(Have you seen the "For Sale for 40B" signs near the corner of North and Andover Streets?)  These neighbors are proposing that their single-family homes be torn down and replaced with very large four-story buildings! These greedy residents want to destroy  the existing neighborhood for their own monetary gain with no care given to the neighbors that will be left behind to live amongst it. Of course our own ambulance chaser Rick O'Neill is behind it along with big Andover builder Yvonne Cormier who owns one of the lots.

  • According to the public information that is on record at the Assessorís Office, the owners of the above-mentioned Lots are as follows:
  • From Map 53: Lot 2 is Stephen C Pirello, Lot 3 is Janet A Gilmore, Lot 4 is Kathleen J Silk, Lot 5 is Marc C and Gerald L Weitz, Lot 6 is Yvon Cormier Construction Corporation (a developer, no suprise).
  • From Map 39: Lots 46, 47, and 48 are Joseph Marques, Lot 49 is Peter J McNamara, Lot 50 is Frank and Marie Ciccolella, Lot 52 is Joseph E Morello, Lot 68 is Thomas P and Jane A Kelley, Lot 69 is James T Aronson.
  • And of course our favorite ambulance-chaser lawyer Rick O'Neill is behind all of this. Yes the same Rick O'Neill that Selectman John Ryan has been defending as a legal counsel for our own school system.

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Sullivan/Condemned house controversy... The photo shows the full septic system of 320? Old Main Street owned by John D. Sullivan. The house was deemed as unlivable due to septic backups into the house. John has had to put up the tenants at a local hotel. Tonight, the Sullivans attempt to wheedle out of paying for the damages and attempt to put the cost onto the tenants.

John and Kevin Sullivan attempted to blame an oven mitt for this full septic system problem. We can think of another use for that oven mitt. You were correct "watchdog" the "what did you say's and all the other ridiculous banter from Kevin Sullivan, it was a riot to watch! Didn't you hear people in the audience breaking out into quiet snickers...? Looks to us that they are simply trying to get out of replacing a septic system.... Why not just fix the problem, he's the landlord.


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