Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Where to vote, and who is on the ballot in the 2013 Town Elections for Needham.
Today, Needham goes to the polls to cast their vote for Town officials and Town Meeting members. Who is on the ballot? Where do I go to vote? These questions and more are in the Election Guide. • Sample Ballot: Specimen ballots can be viewed as PDFs in the image gallery above. • Poll Hours: Polls will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in all 10 precincts. • Polling Locations: To find out where you should vote, visit wheredoivotema.org and enter your street name and number. Below is a look at the polling locations for each precinct in Needham: One Moderator for One Year One Selectman for Three Years One Town Clerk for Three Years One Assessor for Three Years Three Members of School Committee for Three Years One Trustee of…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Selectmen John Bulian and Dan Matthews, as well as the former Zoning Board of Appeals chair William Tedoldi write in support of Planning Board candidate Artie Crocker.
Monday, April 8
As we approach this year’s town election, I am writing to ask the voters’ consideration for Planning Board candidate Artie Crocker. Artie grew up in Needham, has raised a family here, and runs his own small graphic arts business in town. As a volunteer in civic activities and town government, he has demonstrated extraordinary energy and commitment to our community. Over the years, he has shown himself to be a person of strong principle who is willing to speak and listen respectfully to people of all opinions, even when he doesn’t agree with them. Artie will make a positive contribution to the Planning Board. Artie will bring creativity and hard work to the task, and a passion to make the town a better place, now and in the future. On …
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Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) dropped a bombshell on Thursday night when he told reporters following a speech in Nashua, N.H., that he wouldn't rule out a run for Senate in New Hampshire. "I'm not going to rule out anything right now," he said. Brown, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate from 2009 to 2012, owns a vacation home in Rye, N.H., so it's not that far-fetched. His announcement drew an immediate response from Democrats, who flooded the Twitterverse with comments and jokes about the former Massachusetts Senator's prospects should he choose to take on incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. What do you think? Should Scott Brown run for Senate in New Hampshire in 2014? Or should he stay in Massachusetts? Tell us in the …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Two of Needham's Selectmen write in their support of Elizabeth Grimes, Planning Board candidate.
Sunday, April 7
Dear Editor: We are writing in support of Elizabeth Grimes for Planning Board with whom we serve on the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA). Liz is a productive and thoughtful member of the CEA and has been instrumental in some of our most important initiatives including the rezoning and rebranding of Needham Crossing that has already provided a positive impact to Needham. Liz is smart, thoughtful, and takes an analytical approach to developing desired economic growth strategies to benefit Needham and help relieve our residential tax burden. Much of the work of the CEA involves the Town’s approval and regulatory processes and Liz's experience in these areas will be instrumental on the Planning Board. Liz will bring this same pragmatic …
A look back at what happened over the past week in the U.S. Senate race.
It was a very busy week in the race for U.S. Senate. Things started to get heated as the candidates continue to race toward the April 30 primaries. We saw candidates lashing out at party backing, another facing an ethics complaint, new poll numbers, and more. Let’s start with the Democrats this week. Democratic candidates Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Edward Markey (D-Malden) will face off in a second debate Monday night in Lowell. If the news of the past week is any indication, it should make for an interesting back and forth between the candidates. Lynch took aim at his party leaders last week for supporting Markey. Lynch told the Boston Herald that the Democratic leaders haven’t been fair and told them that he thinks they’ve done …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Boston Herald reported that Lynch said party leaders are discouraging people from donating to his campaign.
U.S. Rep. and Senate candidate Stephen Lynch (D-Boston) took aim at his party leaders for getting behind U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Malden) in the primary fight, reported the Boston Herald. “They haven’t been fair,” Lynch told the Herald about the Democratic leaders. “No they haven’t been fair. I think they’ve done their best to discourage people from sending me contributions from Washington. They’ve basically said Markey’s our guy, don’t give to Lynch.” Lynch faces an uphill battle as the party bosses have backed the Malden Democrat. A recent WBUR poll found that Markey has a 11-point lead over Lynch (35 percent to 24 percent). The two men square off on April 30 in the Democratic primary to replace former Sen. John Kerry. Read the full …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
State party believes congressman is using taxpayer-funded resources for his campaign among other complaints, the Boston Herald reports.
Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) will face an ethics complaint from the Bay State Republican Party that alleges coordination between the U.S. Senate candidate’s campaign and congressional office and improper use of footage from Congress in TV ads, according to a report in the Boston Herald Tuesday. MassGOP Executive Director Nate Little told the Herald they believe Markey has been using taxpayer-funded resources from his congressional office for campaign purposes. The state GOP plans on filing a letter with the House Committee on Ethics Tuesday, according to the Herald. Little also said two Markey campaign ads feature video footage from the House floor, as well as committee sessions, which Little told the Herald is forbidden under …
Needham resident Alison Borelli writes her support for Planning Board candidate Elizabeth Grimes.
Tuesday, April 2
Dear Editor, I am writing to support Elizabeth Grimes for Planning Board. I know Liz as a fellow Hillside parent and I am impressed by her qualifications and involvement in the Town, as both a fellow Town Meeting Member, and her work with the Needham Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. It is exciting to see someone with Liz's strong professional background and experience become further involved in Needham and I greatly support her candidacy. I know that Liz has therelevant background in real estate law and zoning to make a positive impact for our community. Please join me in voting for Elizabeth Grimes for Planning Board. Sincerely, Alison Borrelli 1175 Great Plain Avenue [Editor's Note: Selectmen Dan Matthews and John Bulian have written in …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
A look back at what happened over the past week in the U.S. Senate race.
It was a big week in the race for U.S. Senate, with both Republican and Democratic candidates facing off for the first time in a debate Wednesday night. Candidates running in the April primary faced each other in two 30-minute debates in an event sponsored by the Boston Media Consortium and held at the WCVB-TV, Channel 5 studios in Needham. Congressmen Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Edward Markey (D-Malden) went several rounds on the topic of health care reform in the first debate between the two Democrats. The two also sparred over bank bailouts. Write-in Democratic candidate Brett Rhyne was not at the debate. Republicans also faced each other for the first time in their own debate immediately following Lynch and Markey. Candidates…
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
He's been omnipresent for 20 years from Roslindale to East Boston. His endorsement is coveted by city council hopefuls and U.S. senators alike. He occasionally mutilates the English language, mangles the names of sports stars, and commands loyalty unlike any public figure in Boston. He was mayor-for-life. Now he'll be mayor for only another nine months. This week, as House Speaker Robert DeLeo continued to wait for the rescue helicopter to take him away from Gov. Deval Patrick's "fantasy land" of higher taxes and trains, the Governor's Council was up to its old tricks and the race for U.S. Senate kicked into a higher gear. But little could compete with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and "The Decision" that held foes and allies alike breathless…