Monday, March 11, 2013
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Some Waltham Patch readers have called for the city to hire additional municipal workers and equipment to clear now, but do you agree? The question has emerged in the wake of City Councillors recently criticizing Mayor Jeannette McCarthy for not having enough equipment and workers to handle the February blizzard. She plans to revamp the plowing system. Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson ahs said told McCarthy he does not has enough equipment and that additional equipment is slated for future purchase. However, future purchases have not yet been funded. What do you think? Should the city hire more workers and purchase more snow-clearing equipment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Some Waltham schools released students early today.
Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said she believes the Waltham Public Schools should have had a 2-hour delay on Friday, March 8 instead of opening the schools at their regular time. McCarthy spoke to Waltham Patch in the wake of Patch readers saying the district should not have held school. Classes began at their normal time, but most students were later released early. According to McCarthy, Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson requested the schools have a two-hour delay. Under that request, the building would open at 6 a.m. However, Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson decided to open the buildings at their normal time, McCarthy said. “The superintendent has to make the decision by 5 a.m.,” McCarthy said…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Mayor Jeannette McCarthy was first elected in 2003.
After three terms in office, Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said on Tuesday she would not seek re-election in the 2015 mayoral election. McCarthy, under criticism over her handling of the recent snowstorm that left many city streets covered with snow for days, said the decision had nothing to do with criticism over the storm. "I have to take care of my parents," said McCarthy, who is currently serving her third term. McCarthy told the Boston Globe her mother is ill. McCarthy told Waltham Patch she made her decision more than a year ago, in January 2012, “because I feel the city deserves a race.” McCarthy said she told City Councillors Thomas Stanley, Diane LeBlanc and Paul Brasco, whom she sees as the “top three vote-getters” in the…