Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Legislation filed in aftermath of John Burbine's arrest aims to fix weaknesses in the state's sex offender registry system.
Local lawmakers and Wakefield’s chief of police were among those calling for changes to the state’s sex offender laws during a Tuesday, May 7 hearing at the State House. The legislation aims to address weaknesses in the sex offender registry system that were brought to light by the John Burbine child sex abuse case. At least one his alleged child sex abuse victims is from Waltham. “This legislation will strengthen our laws, provide more information to parents and caregivers, and require information sharing among law enforcement and the agencies we depend on to keep our kids safe,” said Clark. Wakefield Police Chief Rick Smith testified about how last summer a parent came to the station asking for information Level 1 sex offenders – and was…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Former councillor says she wants to continue improving Waltham.
Former City Councillor Sally Collura says she is seeking to return to the city council she left in 2011. Collura told Waltham Patch she has taken out nominated papers for an at-large seat and has already held a fundraiser. “I have been overwhelmed with the kind comments of people, and I believe that the people out there … are sincere about that,” she told Waltham Patch. Collura, who lost her 2011 reelection bid to Councillor Joe Vizard in 2011, said she wants to continue to work to improve Waltham and work on incoming business development. The deadline to submit nomination papers with signatures is June 27 and the primary election is set for Sept. 17. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 5.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The teacher plans to challenge an incumbent city councillor.
A Waltham High School teacher has announced he will run for the Ward 8 City Council seat. Francis X. Stanton, a U.S. History teacher, said in a statement he has pulled nomination papers to get on the ballot for the September primary election. Ward 8 Councillor Stephen Rourke told Waltham Patch he intends to seek reelection but has not yet taken out nomination papers. Stanton, who previously lost a bid to become a state representative for Waltham, cited several reasons for running including attracting development to the downtown area. "I would like to see the Southside flourish as a neighborhood. Accordingly, with input from the neighborhood, a possible further extension of Moody Street’s business district should be explored. Any such plan…
There is a lot of campaigning to do before the Democrat and Republican face off on June 25 in the U.S. Senate special election.
After months of campaigning we now know who is going head-to-head in the June 25 special U.S. Senate election. Democratic Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) took the Democratic vote in the Tuesday election over fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston). Political newcomer and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset came out on top of a field of Republican candidates - including more seasoned opponents former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. With a month-and-a-half of campaigning still to come, we wanted to stop and ask: if the special election was held today - who would you vote for right now? Markey or Gomez? Tell us in our comments section below.
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
In case voters weren't paying attention, and turnout suggested many weren't, his name is Gabriel Gomez. And now only Ed Markey stands between him and the United States Senate. "My name is Gabriel Gomez, and I'm a proud Republican," Gomez said, reciting his full name for the second time during a five-minute chat with reporters outside the new go-to, post-election Broadway T stop in South Boston Wednesday morning. The reporters already knew who he was, but part of Gomez's strategy now is to make sure everybody else does too. The newly minted face of the Republican Party captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday by defeating two better known names in Massachusetts Republican politics. Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The former Navy SEAL and the longtime Congressman will face off June 30 to fill John Kerry's former U.S. Senate seat.
The former Navy SEAL and the longtime Congressman will face off June 25 to fill John Kerry's former U.S. Senate seat.
A political newcomer will face a long-time Massachusetts politician in the race to be the Bay State's next U.S. senator. The Associated Press has declared Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset and Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey of Malden the winners of their U.S. Senate special primary elections, according to tweets from Fox 25. The call for Gomez came approximately one hour after the polls closed in the statewide primary while a call for Markey came moments later. Gomez defeats his more seasoned opponents, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan of Abington and state Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. Markey beat fellow U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch of South Boston. Brett Rhyne of Needham ran an …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
See how Waltham voted in the Special Primary Election for the open U.S. Senate seat.
The votes in Waltham are in! Here is how Waltham residents voted in the special senate primary election for the seat John kerry vacated when became the Secretary of State. Democrats Stephen Lynch - 1499 Ed Markey - 2,918 (winner) Brett Rhyne - not reported Republicans Michael Sullivan - 470 Dan Winslow - 137 Gabriel Gomez - 641 (winner) Voter Turnout -- 16.86 percent with 5,673 out of 33,652 registered voters casting ballots.
We gathered questions from editors across Patch’s coverage area in Massachusetts.
It's Election Day in Waltham for the special U.S. Senate Election.
Today, April 30, is Election Day in Waltham for the special U.S. Senate Primary. The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Stay tuned to Waltham Patch for updates and look at the the election guide below. CANDIDATES Democrat Republican POLLING LOCATIONS/HOURS All polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Ward 1/Precinct 1: Thomas R. Plympton Elementary School, 20 Farnsworth St. Ward 1/Precinct 2: Waltham High School, 617 Lexington St. Ward 2/Precincts 1 and 2: John F. Kennedy Middle School, 655 Lexington St. Ward 3/Precinct 1: Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, 494 Lincoln St. Ward 3/Precinct 2: Northeast Elementary School, 70 Putney Ln. Ward 4/Precincts 1 and 2: Fitzgerald Elementary School, 140 Beal Rd. Ward 5/Precincts 1 …