Week in Review: 2012 Town Meeting Begins
A look at some of the top stories on Needham Patch last week.
Life gets busy, and Patch certainly understands that. So with that in mind, here are a few stories you might have missed on Needham Patch this week:
- Needham Town Meeting Begins: A guide to the warrant for Needham’s 2012 Annual Town Meeting, which began Monday, May 7 and will pick up again next week following the special Town Meeting on Monday, May 14.
- Photo Gallery: 2012 Town Meeting Opens: Now entering its fourth century of incorporation, the town of Needham opened its 2012 Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 7 in the James Hugh Powers Hall. Needham Patch was there to capture images of some of the activity that occurred in the meeting's first night.
- Town Meeting Approves $117M Budget in First Night: Needham Town Meeting members moved quickly through the warrant at the opening of the 2012 Annual Town Meeting on Monday night, dispatching more than half of the articles in the first three and a half hours, including the town’s fiscal year 2013 operating budget totaling $117.7 million.
- Needham Man To Be Charged in BB Gun Incident: A Needham man is being summonsed to court on charges of assault, destruction of property and others after he allegedly shot a BB gun into an occupied vehicle parked on Jenna Circle last week.
- Police: Middle Schooler Brought Bullets to School: A Pollard Middle School student is being charged with unlawful possession of ammunition after he allegedly brought .22 caliber bullets to school on Monday, May 7.
- Two Needham Natives Join Fire Department: Firefighter/paramedics Patrick Muir and Joseph Tierney III were introduced at the selectmen's meeting on Tuesday, May 8 as the newest members of the department. Both are licensed paramedics.
- Voters To Decide Alcohol Sales Issue: All Needham voters will have the chance to weigh in on the subject of allowing retail alcohol sales in Needham. On Wednesday, May 9, Town Meeting members voted 158 to 59 in favor of the article. Earlier in the week, selectmen voted 4-1 to recommend the article.
- Pesticides Article Rejected; Citizens United On Hold: Town Meeting will wait to take up a resolution on Citizens United as the first item when they reconvene next week following the special Town Meeting, which opens Monday, May 14. In addition, Town Meeting members voted down an article that would have changed the town’s integrated pest management plan into an organics-focused plan. Earlier in the week, selectmen revisited both articles but ultimately maintained their positions, to recommend Article 23 (3-2) but not to recommend Article 22.
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