4 The Patriot, April 11, 2012
Oxford School Committee tweaks 2012-13 calendar
On the campaign trail Dudley Republican Town
Committee holds elections by Patriot staff DUDLEY - The Dudley Republican Town Committee
Superintendent Allen Himmelberger and School Committe member Marc Peterson
Text and photo by Steev Riccardo OXFORD – Following a lengthy discussion, the Oxford
School Committee voted Monday evening at their bi- monthly meeting to make August 31 and November 21 active school days and make June 10 the last day of the 2012-13 school year. Stephanie Higgins, who is part of the school calendar subcommittee, gave the school committee a proposal that would start classes on August 27 instead of August 20, and would eliminate February vacation. The committee was in favor of the changes but felt that it would be better to make these changes for the 2013-14 calendar year in order to give families more time to plan their vacations and schedules. The committee did, however, agree to make August 31
and November 21 school days and shorten the school year by two days, which make June 10 the last day of school instead of June 12. Oxford Superintendent Allen Himmel- berger “respectfully” opposed the vote, citing a historical decline in attendance on the day before Thanksgiving, which falls on November 21 this year. The committee plans to revisit the proposal to start
classes a week later and eliminate the February vacation. Committee member Marc Peterson would like to “keep the dialogue going and vote sooner than later” on the changes. School Committee chairperson Brenda Ennis said, “I like
the idea but we need to be fair to families and give them advance notice about the changes.” The school committee will next meet on Monday April 23 at Oxford High School.
Rep. Kuros Addresses Committee
BOSTON- Representative Kevin J. Kuros (R-Uxbridge) addressed the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities on April 3 on H.03902 – An Act Relative to Mandated Reporters. The act would require that all state employees be required to report any wit- nessed acts of sexual assault against children. Under current MGL Chapter 119, Section 21, the list of mandated reporters in the Commonwealth of Massachu- setts is limited. The bill would require changes to be made to Chapter 119 Section 21 which would add all state em- ployees to the list of mandated reporters. A graduate of Penn State University, Representative
Kuros sponsored the bill to help ensure that the “Sandusky Scandal” that took place on the Penn State campus does not take place in Massachusetts, because our current man- dated reporter laws are similar to Pennsylvania’s. “The Jerry Sandusky scandal which dominated the news
last November was very upsetting in that a number of eye witnesses to sexual assaults against children failed to report the assaults to the appropriate authorities,” said Kuros. “As it turns out, they were not mandated reporters in PA and nor would they be in MA. My bill expands the list of mandated reporters so that employees of the Com- monwealth have a legal obligation, in addition to their moral obligation, to report crimes they witness against children.” The Representative testified to members of the commit-
tee in hope that they will make a favorable recommenda- tion to move the bill forward. “While I’d rather we lived in a world where we didn’t
need laws to have people report crimes against children, the clergy scandal of yesteryear and the Sandusky Scandal that unfolded last fall prove otherwise.” Kuros added, “I hope that the committee sees fit to move this bill forward for the safety of our children.”
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(DRTC) elected Jamie C. Bowlin to be its next chairman at its organizational meeting on Thursday evening, April 5. Mr. Bowlin, previously the vice-chairman, takes over from Doug- las M. Bushman, who had been the group’s chairman since it was reconstituted in 2009. In his acceptance
remarks, Mr. Bowlin talked about the im- pact the DRTC has had in Dudley politics. He described how in the 2008 elections the Republican candidate for state representa- tive, Kevin Kuros, had a deficit of 500 votes, and two years later in 2010, he won the town by 500 votes. The committee’s efforts were instru- mental in that 1000 vote shift, he said. Mr. Bowlin also reiterated some of the goals of the group:
to promote the election of Republican candidates, to pro- mote the principles of the Republican Party, and to engage the citizens and government of the town of Dudley in order to improve its overall quality of life and economy. In stepping down, Mr. Bushman said, “I’ve had an enjoy-
able time for the last two years. We started off with just six people in the room, but have kept growing. We’re now the most powerful town committee south of Worcester, not just in numbers, but in dedication and enthusiasm too.” The group has 24 members as of the March 6 primary election. Robert C. Kubiak was elected to be the committee’s
next vice-chairman. He had been the treasurer. Jason M. Johnson was chosen as the next treasurer, and Scott E. Zajkowski will be the next secretary, replacing Michael N. Mayotte.
Senator Moore joins bipartisan group of lawmakers backing
EBT card reforms BOSTON - Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, has joined
with a bipartisan group of lawmakers sponsoring legisla- tion that would look at restricting welfare recipients from drawing cash with their electronic benefit cards and ban the spending of public benefits outside of New England. The concerned legislators are disappointed with rec- ommendations issued last week by a special commission charged with looking into the system and developing plans to ensure funds are responsibly spent by public assistance beneficiaries. “We don’t believe that the special commis- sion’s recommendations went far enough to ensure that the $415 million spent annually on welfare benefits are being used appropriately by qualified recipients,” said Moore. According to the EBT Commission’s report, 85 percent of public benefits were accessed as cash through ATM with- drawals, while only 1 percent of public funds were spent outside Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The bill proposed by the bipartisan group would study whether the technology exists to restrict welfare recipi- ents from withdrawing cash on their EBT cards, charge a fee for the estimated 20,000 replacement cards issued each month, although it is not currently a major problem, restrict beneficiaries from spending their benefits outside of Massachusetts and the five states along its border, and require signage in establishments prohibited from accept- ing EBT cards. “Cash access must be restricted. These are not ATM cards
to obtain cash at the taxpayer’s expense. They are supple- mental benefit cards to be used for true necessities only. By stopping cash advances we’ll be ensuring that the funds are used properly while protecting the use, and spirit, of taxpayer dollars,” Sen. Moore explained. The bill would also add to the list of establishments
banned from accepting EBT cards as payments. The EBT commission last week recommended adding casinos, strip clubs, nail salons, tattoo parlors, firearm dealers, bars, smoke shops and spas to the list of banned establishments. The Legislature previously voted to prohibit welfare recipi- ents from using their benefits to purchase alcohol, tobacco or Lottery tickets.
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Webster Candidates Night April 12
WEBSTER - The Bartlett High School Student Council
is sponsoring “Meet the Candidates Night” on Thursday, April 12, 2012. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at the Jacqueline D. Puliafico Auditorium at Bartlett High School. The main focus for the evening will be the of- fices of Selectman and School Committee. The evening will begin with the candidates running for a three-year term for the Office of Selectman. The candidates running for School Committee will follow. Each candidate will be allowed a two-minute opening statement. Then each candidate will have an opportunity to share what his or her vision is for the Town of Webster. Candidates will be allowed an additional two minutes to share this vision. The Bartlett High School Student Council members will
ask each candidate questions. Each candidate will have two minutes to respond to the students’ questions. Finally, each candidate will have an opportunity to make a two- minute closing statement. Any candidate running for any other town office will
be given two minutes at the conclusion of the evening to introduce themselves and state which office they are run- ning for. This informational evening is open to the general public, and the public will be given an opportunity to ask questions as well. If you have any questions about the event, contact Miss
Kelly O’Brien at Bartlett High School. kobrien@webster- schools.org
Dudley Candidates Night DUDLEY - The Board of Selectmen and Dudley Wom-
en’s Club will sponsor a Candidates night on Thursday, April 26, 2012 @7:00pm at the Dudley Municipal Complex, 71 West Main StreetmDudley.
Question and Answer Forum
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itter/townofdudley in advance to ask questions to the candidates. Questions will be screened by a member of the Dudley Women’s Club. Refreshments will be served
Dudley Democrats Organize
DUDLEY - The Dudley Democratic Party will hold an Organizational Meeting on Tuesday, April 17th, at 7 PM at the Dudley Town Hall, Selectmen’s Room, 3rd Floor. Contact: Jerry Jeffrey 508-943-1834, jerryjeffrey@charter. net or Al Reich 508-949-0597
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS
71 Myrtle Ave., Webster, buyer - FNMA, seller - Healy, Adelina N. & One West Bank FSB, date 03/13/2012, price $202,338.
15 Eddy St., Webster, buyer - Dolphin Bay RT & Tesell, John H., seller - FNMA, date 03/16/2012, price $72,500.
9 Mark Ave., Webster, buyer - Huse, Sean & Huse, Alison, seller - Joan C Ferrier 9 Mark T & Lang, Susan F, date 03/16/2012, price $450,000.
38 Laurelwood Dr., Webster, buyer - Breault, Robert L. & Breault, Susan J., seller - Dorothy T Gelineau FT & Laabs, Theresa A, date 03/15/2012, price $405,000.
16 Hickory Dr., Dudley, buyer - Hutchinson, Judith A. & Hutchinson, Leonard A., seller - Niemiec, Richard J. & Niemiec, Judith L, date 03/14/2012, price $222,000. 64 Center Rd., Dudley, buyer - Marzeotti, Maribeth & Marzeotti, Mark, seller - Lawton, Taylor E., date 03/13/2012, price $88,000.
14 Themeli Ct #14, Oxford, buyer - Niemiec, Richard J. & Niemiec, Judith L., seller - Kompel, Elizabeth M & Lefebvre, Linda M., date 03/14/2012, price $157,500.
30 Bailey Rd., Oxford, buyer - Racicot, Robert & Dyer- Racicot, Diane E., seller - Obrien, William F. & Obrien, Barbara B., date 03/14/2012, price $204,000.
126 Charlton St #C, Oxford, buyer - Latour, Anthony & Latour, Wade D, seller - Wells Fargo Bank NA, date 03/13/2012, price $42,500.
14 Howe Ave., Oxford, buyer - Metras, Scott S. & Rondeau, Gina P., seller - Sharkey, Mark E. & Sharkey, Blanche M., date 03/15/2012, price $185,000.
8 Warsaw Ave #2, Dudley, buyer - Webster First FCU, sell- er - Fournier, Paul R, date 03/12/2012, price $124,558.
8 Warsaw Ave #3, Dudley, buyer - Dieppa, Felicia E., seller - FHLM, date 03/13/2012, price $56,000.
3 Lyndale Ave #A., Webster, buyer - Surowaniec, Anna M., seller - New York Community Bank, date 03/12/2012, price $115,320.
3 Concord Ct #A , Webster, buyer - EJ&LV Para IRT & Para, Dale E., seller - Flat Rock Dev Co Inc., date 03/13/2012, price $224,900.
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