SeeClickCampaign: Show Me the Money

ShowMoneyOCI thought I was done posting about tomorrow’s election for the night, but then I received a rather unsettling email:

—— Original message——
From: Bob Sweeney
Date: Mon, Apr 6, 2015 7:56 PM
To: Charles F. Houghton;
Cc: A group of residents whose privacy I’m respecting
Subject:Re: Please vote tomorrow. Follow-up to last meeting request.

Bob Sweeney,,Erin Sinclair,let’s get stoneham back to where it belongs

On Apr 6, 2015 5:54 PM, “Charles F. Houghton” wrote:
Just a reminder: Tomorrow is Stoneham’s Town election. As always please remember that all politics is local. Please get to the polls and vote!

What, exactly, does “back to where it belongs” mean? Terrorism against residents and elected officials? Or continued defiance against the law?

I posted earlier about how our community deserves continued transparency and accountability. So that leads me to my next question:

Why is it that Bob Sweeney has not reported his campaign financials? And I don’t just mean this year. As it turns out, he either failed to report or provided woefully incomplete financial records for each time he ran for Selectman.

This not only is as wrong and insulting to us residents as not bothering to show up to the Candidates Live Forum, it’s also ILLEGAL. You can read the Massachusetts’ Office of Campaign & Political Finance explanation in full right here. Of particular interest to me is this portion:

Violation of any provision of this section shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or both.

Last I checked, Stoneham is a Town within the State of Massachusetts and no Selectman candidate is above the law. And yet Bob Sweeney seems to think he is with his non-reporting and his sloppily emailed one-liner of “Bob Sweeney,,Erin Sinclair,let’s get stoneham back to where it belongs.” I don’t like what he infers regarding he and his daughter Erin. (As a side note, I do like Erin a lot. I just don’t appreciate that Bob Sweeney sounds as though he plans to use his daughter to push his own agendas.)

I’m looking forward to receiving some answers from the Office of Campaign & Political Finance.

SeeClickConsider: Letter From Selectman Ann Marie O’Neill

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From Selectman Ann Marie O’Neill:

—–Original Message—–
From: Ann Marie O’Neill
Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 9:41 PM
To: Stoneham Community
Subject: The Selectman Election – April 7th

Next Tuesday, April 7th Stoneham residents will vote for two candidates to represent their interests on the Board of Selectmen. This is a big race because 40% of all decisions made over the next three years will be made by whoever holds these two seats. Recently the candidates participated in “The Candidates Forum,” more popularly known as “The Debate.” I have included the link below, the first 18 minutes is the Moderator’s debate.

Courtesy of Stoneham TV

I encourage you to watch, listen, and decide who will best represent you over the next three years. I respect all perspectives and regardless of who you vote for, the important thing is that you exercise this hard fought for privilege. If you have children, take them with you, it’s a great example. Personally Tom Boussy has my vote. Three years ago Tom stepped forward as a complete unknown. Tom questioned why we weren’t doing better as a community, why our services were decreasing and our fees increasing. In three short years Tom brought unprecedented reform, budget transparency, and innovation to Stoneham. I would like to see our community continue in this direction. For more details on Tom’s impressive list of accomplishments, and to see his future goals, please visit his web page –

Tom Boussy’s Accomplishments (aka- all the reasons to re-elect Selectman Boussy)

The Moderator is another important, contested position up for election. The Moderator presides over Town Meetings, is required to keep order, and have an intimate understanding of Robert’s Rules of Order – the practice Stoneham abides by during Town Meeting. In addition the Moderator appoints members to the Finance and Advisory Board and the Bike Committee. Current Town Moderator, Larry Means, was the only candidate to show up for this portion of the Candidate Forum. I have seen Larry keep order during meetings that were spirited. He is fair, respectful and understands the format to which our town subscribes. Larry has my vote!

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Thank you for your time. As always, please feel free to share, and please vote on Tuesday, April 7th!

Thanks,
Ann Marie

SeeClickRevitalize: In Progress

411Main 2012 copyBefore Tom Boussy, there were a number of eye sores around Stoneham. And when I say eye sores, I mean out-and-out, long-time holes in the ground (ie- EIGHT YEARS of the 411 Main Street “crater” in Stoneham Square). Tom was literally beaten up in his quest to better our Town.

Fast forward to a successful, winning campaign and more-than-fulfilled promises that we all are enjoying as residents today, I’m excited about the continued progress of the Stoneham Square Action Plan Advisory Committee! (Note: Tom Boussy is the only Selectman on this committee) The Stoneham Chamber of Commerce held its first Stoneham Square Merchants Group introductory event on March 26 at Doucet Remodeling & Design. All Stoneham Square businesses were invited to learn about new initiatives and share ideas for revitalization of the town’s center.

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Speakers from l-r: Rachel Meredith Warren – Chair of the Stoneham Square Action Plan Advisory Committee, Erin Wortman – Stoneham Town Planner, and Chamber VP Chris Senna of C&S Capital Properties.

It’s incredible to think that just a few short years ago, taking Stoneham in this direction wasn’t even possible. But now we not only have a cleaned up 411 Main Street

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…We also have made progress on what was a several decades-long fight for the Greenway/ Bikeway.

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“It was amazing to see 650 people fill town hall to vote on the Greenway. Thank you to all the residents, town officials and business who spent countless hours working to make this happen. Monday January 12 was a great day for the town and for the TriCommunity Greenway.”

So, as Election Day (April 7, 2015) gets steadily closer, let’s summarize why we need to re-elect Tom Boussy: He is for what’s in the best interest of Stoneham- and has the proven track record for making it happen:

Long Term Planning

*For too long Stoneham has operated without a well-defined plan in place that would put us in charge of our own destiny instead of being reactive and taken advantage of by outside developers. Tom’s future goals to combat this deficiency is:
*Develop a housing plan so that we are no longer at risk of undesirable 40B development projects like Weiss Farm. A housing plan will enable us to preserve and develop housing for the needs of all residents, from young singles looking to start their lives, to families, to retirees looking to age in place with dignity.
*Tom has already begun to create a Downtown Revitalization Program that will identify and define business goals and revitalization. A solid plan will help attract businesses that are a complement to our community goals and values and not be vulnerable to possibilities that will forever change our culture.
*Develop a well thought out Open Space Plan to ensure the future of our Parks and Recreational Space including a plan to bring back the Parks & Recreation Department. Tom has made it a priority to work with our Town Planner to update our plan and position Stoneham to become eligible for thousands of dollars in state grants. For the last several years our local parks have only received a minimum of attention. Parks tell a community how we value ourselves and our community. They are a resource to young and older alike. The importance of community social opportunities in well-maintained and invested upon resources attract active life within the community and repels opportunity for crime and other undesirable activity within a depreciating area.

Bikeway / Greenway

Tom needed no convincing to recognize the value a new linear park and bike path would bring to Stoneham from both a social perspective and as a business development tool. The passage of BW/GW provides Stoneham with an enviable amenity in the form of open space and recreation. Economically Stoneham businesses have an opportunity of visibility and of capturing the business of users. Most important Stoneham gained the lion’s share of $5.5 million in state funding. All of this at no cost to Stoneham.
*The Bikeway Greenway Committee actively sought the support of Tom when they faced opposition by town leadership. Tom got involved early to lend his support to the project. He rose awareness of what was at stake should Stoneham lose this opportunity. Tom’s strong communication and outreach skills brought the issues to the public’s attention so voters could make an informed decision.
*Tom worked hard to educate the public and encouraged residents to have a voice in their community. The result was one of the largest turn outs in recent town meeting history with 650 people in attendance to overwhelmingly support the greenway.

“Tom has always Supported the Bike Path / Greenway Project and not by just saying that he does but by attending meetings and arranging meetings with the abutters as well as knocking doors and calling people to support the project.” Anthony Wilson Chairman of the Bike Path / Greenway Committee”

Let’s keep all of the positive momentum going, Stoneham! On April 7, 2015 vote for continued, steady progress: re-elect Tom Boussy.

SeeClickCrickets: No Show = No Respect

Tonight were the Stoneham Town Moderator and Stoneham Board of Selectmen candidates’ live televised forums at Stoneham TV. I plan on writing about the contents in the coming days, but for starters I want to focus on one thing: No Shows.

Seriously. Nothing says “I don’t care about or have any respect for the Stoneham community” than not showing up to make your case for why we, the residents of Stoneham, should vote for you.

Let’s start with the Town Moderator forum:

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Larry Means already had my vote during last year’s Town Meeting workshop, co-hosted by Tom Boussy and Larry Means. Moderator Means and Selectman Boussy worked hard to ensure all residents had the opportunity to understand exactly how the Town Meeting process worked, thus providing us all with everything we needed to be able to effectively and properly participate.

Larry Means’ challenger, F. John Carino gave us this:

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Next we have the Board of Selectmen candidates:

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Quite frankly, given what I shared not long ago about Selectman Bob Sweeney’s lovely conduct, his no-show at tonight’s forum is consistent with his inability to actually show up to most Board of Selectmen meetings in general. The silence and absence of Robert Sweeney is almost deafening, next to actually yelling “I don’t care about Stoneham.” (But yelling actually requires effort.)

I thought I recognized Sweeney in a debate against Clint Eastwood a few years back…

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