Wednesday, February 13, 2013
New system would be simpler to manage, mayor says.
Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy says she will implement a new, much simpler system to clear snow from the city’s roads. McCarthy, who announced on Feb. 12 that she would not seek another term, told Waltham Patch she plans to impose a new system under which four private contractors would plow the city’s streets, instead of the current system, which has many contractors covering different sections of the city. City-owned trucks and crews operate mostly on city-owned land. Also, McCarthy said she plans to switch to paying contractors on a per-inch basis instead of the current hourly rates. She said her new system would make supervision of contractors easier because the city would only oversee four instead of the 20-plus currently used. "…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Mayor Jeanette McCarthy was first elected in 2003.
Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said today she will not seek re-election in the 2015 mayoral race. McCarthy, whom Waltham Patch users have recently criticized for her handling of the snowstorm, said she told several city councilors in January 2012 that she would not seek a fourth term. McCarthy, in an interview with Waltham Patch, said the recent criticism did not play a factor in her decision because she made the choice long before the storm. "I have to take care of my parents," McCarthy said. McCarthy said she told Councillors Paul Brasco, Tom Stanley and Diane LeBlanc in January 2012, whom she sees as the “top three vote-getters” in a mayoral race, she would not run again. McCarthy, a longtime Waltham resident, was first elected mayor in …
Friday, November 16, 2012
City Councilor Robert Logan is pushing for the city to expand its use of social media.
Mayor Jeanette McCarthy said this week she is open to expanding the city's use of social media platforms to distribute information to its residents but cautioned against potential pitfalls. "We can't go into it blind. But, we have to look into it,” McCarthy said during a Tuesday, Nov. 13 meeting of the city's E-Committee at City Hall. McCarthy made the comments in response to City Councilor Robert Logan's resolution to beef up the city's use of social media to communicate with residents. The discussion come amidst continuing complaints by city officials and residents that the city has not adequately communicated crucial information to them. For example, the city failed to notify residents of whether trash pickup would be delayed on the day…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Some residents were annoyed about poor notification on whether trash would be picked up.
In the wake of some residents left wondering about trash pickup during Hurricane Sandy Monday, Oct. 29, Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy has pledged to improve when the city notifies residents of trash pickup plans. McCarthy, in an interview with Waltham Patch, said she planned to have residents notified whether the trash will be picked up or not during emergency situatuons. Prior to Hurricane Sandy, McCarthy said the city only notified residents if Capitol Waste, the city's trash hauler, made any changes to their pickup plans. "My first responsibility as mayor is to make sure alll my departments are ready for an emergency," she said. "The second thing is to get that message out." The mayor's comments came after a flurry of criticism on …
Friday, September 7, 2012
The mayors of Newton and Waltham are betting outings in the cities based on the outcome of the Sept. 8 Newton North High School vs. Waltham High School football game.
The Newton North Tigers and Waltham Hawks football teams are not the only people banking on winning their scheduled Sept. 8 rivalary game. Newton Mayor Setti Warren and Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy have wagered outings their towns. The wager -- a tour of Prospect Hill Park in Waltham and a lunch or dinner meal at a Waltham restaurant and a meal O'Hara's Food & Spirits in Newton and ice cream at Cabot's in Newton. McCarthy and Warren met briefly on Sept. 5 at Waltham City Hall to officially place their bets. At first, Warren wagered a meal at Rox Diner (as well as Cabot's ice cream), but switched it to an outing at Brewer's Coalition. He finally settled on a meal at O'Hara's, which McCarthy said is owned by a Waltham resident. Both …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Jeanette McCarthy is seeking reelection.
Monday, October 31, 2011
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are responses from Mayor Jeanette McCarthy, who is seeking reelection in the Tuesday, Nov. 8 general city election. Andrew Wirth, of Waltham is challenging her. The questions were posed by Waltham Patch and have only been edited for clarity and readability. See our other election coverage. _________________________________ 1. Professional Background Mayor 2004 to present Waltham City Councillor-at-Large 2002-2004 Waltham School Committee Member 1986-1991 City Solicitor, Assistant City Solicitor, Staff Attorney 1992-2000 Attorney, private practice Instructor, …
Friday, September 9, 2011
Mayors place wager on football game.
Mayor Jeanette McCarthy and Newton Mayor Setti Warren have something to lose — money spent on a bet. McCarthy and Warren have wagered a meal on the outcome of tonight's football game where Waltham High School will play Newton North High School for the first time in 20 years, according to a press release from Warren's office. The game starts at 7 p.m. at Waltham High School. McCarthy has bet a lunch or at The Chateau in Waltham, while Warren wagered the same at Johnny's Luncheonette in Newton Centre. “Earlier [yesterday] Mayor McCarthy and I had a spirited discussion, exchanged a few gifts and placed a friendly wager on the game. As a Newton North graduate, I am confident that the Tigers will pull out a win, and I look forward to my dinner …