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A Year (or so) in Review- A Cautionary Tale

In September 2012, convicted felon Henry Centrella’s scheme was uncovered. In November 2012, he was put on leave. In January 2013, he was fired. In August 2013, he was arrested. In April 2014, after pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail. By September 2013, changed procedures and multiple safeguards were in place in Town Hall. All this was accomplished under the Democratic majority on the Boa ...

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Ousting Peacock was bad move

10-24-14 Ousting Peacock was bad move   Here we go again. The Republicans are not acting in the best interests of the town. At the selectmen meeting on Monday, Oct. 20, Republican Mike Peacock was renominated to a term on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Peacock was appointed in 2009 and became chairman in 2012. He initiated GPS mapping of the town and the creation of a grid system showing land uses ...

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Revolving door of town managers spins again

8-15-14 Revolving door of town managers spins again Marsha Sterling, the non-elected selectman, bullied the broker in the Lambert Kay deal.  Without authority, or board approval, Marsha tried to get more money from the buyer and used the Lambert Kay clean-up grant as a hammer by threatening the buyer that the grant would not be part of the deal unless they increased the purchase price.  Wow! This is an issu ...

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Millennials will change politics

Millennials will change politics Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:25am By Selena West According to a national survey conducted during the 2012 election by Richard Fox, a professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University, and Jennifer Lawless, professor of government at American University, only 11 percent of American college and high school students reported they might want to run for political office someda ...

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Eggplant: Take it to the grill

Fri, 08/01/2014 By Sage Hahn We have now entered August, which, not so coincidentally, is the prime month to buy, cook and eat eggplants.  These purple beauties are actually nightshades — a category of vegetable that also includes potatoes and tomatoes. And they are rich in nasunin, which is an antioxidant that works to protect your brain cell membranes. Me? I like to just say they’re brain food. Just remem ...

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Mayor Sterling and the infrastructure deceit

Mayor Sterling and the infrastructure deceit Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:28am Civic Beat Opinion/Viewpoint By Charlene LaVoie More trickery from appointed Mayor Marsha Sterling that piggybacks on citizen concerns about repairing the town. In 2013, the budget focused on infrastructure and passed because the director of Public Works, a professional engineer, did something that had never been done. He made a public p ...

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Something old, something new, something green

Something old, something new, something green Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:33am By Sage Hahn No vegetable is more versatile than leafy greens. At the start of summer, the leaves are young and tender, the vegetables are incredibly delicious, not to mention full of magnesium, potassium and calcium. This means by eating your daily greens you are increasing your natural energy supply, strengthening your bones, regulati ...

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