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Editorial cartoon: Speakeasy bash

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March 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm

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Acting Director of Engineering offers pavement management proposal

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At their meeting last Thursday evening, the Selectmen heard a proposal from the acting director of the Engineering Department regarding pavement improvements for the upcoming Fiscal Years 2013, 2014 and 2015 and reappointed three individuals to the Conservation Commission.

In one of the first matters the Selectmen addressed, three members of the seven person ConCom were among the four people considered for appointment. David Gorden, Frederick Civian and Jonathan Briggs, as well as Christine Langdon applied for a position on that board. After hearing brief presentations from Gorden and Langdon, the Selectmen voted without further discussion of the matter to reappoint Gorden, Civian and Briggs. Each Selectman voted for three candidates in a voice vote, with the three current ConCom members gaining votes from four Selectmen and one Selectman, Carmen DelloIacono, voting for Briggs, Civian and Langdon.

Soon thereafter, Acting Director of the Engineering Department Jason Mammone gave a PowerPoint presentation outlining plans to continue the existing pavement management program during the upcoming three fiscal years. He said the proposal was based on an assumption of continued funding from both Town Meeting and from available Chapter 90 monies.

Near the start of his presentation, Mammone said that when the town began its systematic road improvement program six years ago, its overall roadway pavement condition index (PCI) was 70. He added that as of the end of the last fiscal year, that rating stands at 79. “If everything goes according to plan with the approval of this next three-year road program, we have the potential to reach a PCI of 82,” he said.

Mammone described the work of the next three years according to several categories. “We’re looking at a combination of road reclamation, preventative maintenance, overlay, and a little bit of routine maintenance,” he said. He added, “We do have a $15.8 million backlog.”

Selectman Carmen DelloIacono asked Mammone why High Street in Dedham Square was scheduled to be worked on within the next three years, since its surface was re-paved “from the court house all the way down through the square” less than three years ago. Mammone replied, “There had been so much construction within that stretch of roadway, and the trenches that you see out there, it declined the roadway’s performance quite significantly, with all the utility work.”

Other commentary from the board included praise from Selectman Michael Butler that the program was “terrific” and that it was improving all neighborhoods in town. He suggested that Highland Street receive prompt consideration due to its bumpy surface and lack of sidewalks on the portion intersecting with Washington Street. He said other areas also in need of attention regarding the roadway or sidewalks included Cedar Street over the railroad tracks and East Street under the railroad bridge. Selectman Butler asked Mammone if a rubric of risk could be generated to monitor problematic areas comprehensively, and Mammone responded that that would be “a worthwhile investigation.”

In other business, Library Trustee Joe D’Amico formally introduced Dr. Mary Ann Tricarico, the new director of the town’s library system, to the selectmen. “I am smiling all the time,” she said of her first five weeks on the job in Dedham. She said she has initiated a strategic plan and has sought feedback from staff members. She acknowledged that when she was in the process of applying for her current position, “colleagues at neighboring libraries said, ‘Don’t go to Dedham.'” But she added that she is prepared to improve the libraries with the help of staff and citizens. “We can change it,” she said of any negative perceptions of the Dedham Public Library.

Further discussion included mention of a possible new site for the police station at the St. Mary’s Church parking lot on High Street. Selectman DelloIacono, who is also a member of the Building, Planning, Construction Committee (BPCC), said “We’re working on a 25-year plan” for municipal facilities. He announced a tentative date of Wednesday, April 25 for a public hearing on the matter.

The Selectmen’s next scheduled meeting is set for Thursday evening, April 5 at Town Hall. A review of Town Administrator Keegan’s job performance is on the agenda for that meeting, Chairman MacDonald said.

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March 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm

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Editorial cartoon: Striar property

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March 23, 2012 at 2:27 am

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Placement of rabbit artwork discussed

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At Oakdale Square Alliance’s monthly meeting at Church of the Good Shepherd on Tuesday evening, March 13, the group focused on several topics including a dance session sponsored by Dedham Library Innovation Team, placement of the bunny arriving soon as part of Dedham Public Art Project, the presence of coyotes, and updates on road work.

OSA co-founder Paul Reynolds opened the gathering by offering a toast to Tedeschi Food Shop franchise owner Ziad Greige for gaining approval from the Board of Selectmen to sell alcohol and otherwise expand his store’s offerings.

Then President Stephanie Radner announced that on Monday, March 26 the OSA would co-host an event with Dedham Library Innovation Team (D-LIT) at Endicott Estate at which dancing lessons featuring moves from the 1920s will be offered as part of the townwide reading initiative. The session begins at 7 p.m., and anyone interested in participating is asked to RSVP to the Oakdale Square Alliance page on Facebook or via email to dlit.team@gmail.com. Dedham High School juniors Hayley Driscoll and Olivia Shaw attended the early portion of the meeting, and were introduced as interns helping to organize the dancing event.

Reynolds then mentioned the placing of objects in the shape of large rabbits as part of Dedham Public Art Project, which will help raise funds for the proposed Mother Brook Arts and Community Center. “If we have two rabbits right here in the Oakdale Square area, that’s awesome, because the idea is that we’re trying to attract attention to Dedham and get people to understand the bunny story, the crouching rabbit story.” He said he recently met with the executive director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council to promote the effort.

After an attendee asked where in the Square such a rabbit ought to be put, Cara Crisafulli suggested the space next to the dental office. Reynolds cautioned, “There are rules about where you can and can’t put things.” He noted that Oakdale Elementary School may adopt a rabbit and place it on the school grounds. “The rabbits will be out through September, and then they get auctioned off,” he said, adding that their purchasers may choose where to situate the rabbits.

Other topics discussed included updates from Police Chief Mike d’Entremont about crime prevention and from Department of Public Works Director Joe Flanagan about road improvements. In addition, Radner noted that two coyotes were recently seen in the backyard of a home between Lincoln Street and Sanderson Avenue. “The woman came out and made some loud noises” and the animals left the yard, Radner said. She added that the OSA’s application for 501c3 status is essentially finished.

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March 23, 2012 at 2:22 am

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Editorial cartoon: St. Patrick’s Day 2012

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March 18, 2012 at 1:04 am

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Super Tuesday 2012 presidential voting in Dedham

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Image courtesy of Town Clerk’s office and Bob Stanley

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March 18, 2012 at 1:00 am

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Town Committee voting results from March 6

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Town Committee Voting Results

[Editor’s Note: The Town Clerk’s office released the following results of the results of voting on March 6 for the major parties’ town committees. The Democratic votes were the results of write-ins; the votes for Republican Frances E. Shaer also were write-ins.]

Democratic Precinct 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 TOTALS

Sarah MacDonald 5 8 2 4 12 5 8 44
Dennis Guilfoyle 5 6 4 0 7 2 10 34
Paul McMurtry 5 4 2 4 8 0 8 31
Mark A. Reilly 5 5 2 3 8 0 8 31
Cheryl A. Schoenfeld 5 6 1 2 7 1 8 30
Brendan Keogh 5 8 2 2 5 0 8 30
Richard J. Schoenfeld 5 5 1 2 7 1 8 29
Brian M.B. Keaney 5 4 1 1 7 3 8 29
Monika Wilkinson 5 4 2 2 8 0 8 29
Jennifer Barsamian 5 4 2 3 7 0 8 29
Daniel J. Driscoll 5 4 1 2 8 0 8 28
John Tocci 5 5 2 2 6 0 8 28
James A. MacDonald 5 7 1 0 6 0 8 27
Mayanne Briggs 5 6 1 0 7 0 8 27
Kevin Coughlin 5 5 1 0 7 0 8 26
Richard J. Browne 5 4 1 0 7 0 8 25
Wm. Shaw McDermott 5 4 1 1 6 0 8 25
Eric Merithew 5 4 1 1 5 0 8 24
Jennifer E. Greaney 5 4 1 0 6 0 8 24
Joanne Toomey 5 4 1 2 4 0 8 24
James O’Brien 5 5 1 0 5 0 8 24
Elizabeth P. Hetzler 5 4 1 0 5 0 8 23
Laura J. O’Brien 5 4 1 0 5 0 8 23
Deborah L. McBride 5 4 1 0 4 0 8 22
Melissa Pearrow 5 4 1 0 4 0 8 22
Lynn M. O’Brien 5 4 1 0 4 0 8 22
Cecelia Emery Butler 2 0 0 6 0 9 2 19

Republican Precinct 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 TOTALS
Robert P. Zahka, Jr. 149 143 109 104 122 134 157 918
Adrienne T. Albani 132 122 85 83 103 114 135 774
Tracey A. White 134 126 93 107 109 131 131 831
Derek J. Moulton 127 121 97 83 102 119 112 761
William D. McKinney 149 135 103 103 110 143 134 877
Michael E. Malamut 119 113 90 83 90 106 108 709
Thomas E. Gorman 153 130 93 96 107 121 133 833
Geoffrey Bride 164 116 83 77 92 105 112 749
Frances E. Shaer 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Other write-ins 12 2 7 9 5 9 40 84

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March 18, 2012 at 12:57 am

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