April 14th, 2012
Results of today’s Tewksbury Town elections: (* winner)
Number Voting: 4433 Percentage voting: 21.4%
*Gay (I): 2600 * Wilson (I): 2195
Marcin: 1155 Miano: 1572
*Reed (I): 2548 Sullivan: 1455
Board of Health:
Fernald (I): 1993 * Sheehan (I): 2243 *Brother: 2368
Shawsheen School Committee:
Downing (I): 1536 * Kelley: 2345
Question 1: DEFEATED
Yes: 1465 * No: 2914
Notes from a Tewksbury Voter: Mike Kelley’s win over longtime incumbent J.Peter Downing is bound to shake-up the powers that be at Shawsheen Tech. Locals remember that Kelley was out-spoken as a Tewksbury School Committee member and Chair about the what he perceived as a lack of communication from the Shawsheen committee to the Town. Reed’s victory though predicted will be seen as a win over developer interests. Longtime Board of Health member Sheehan’s re-election isn’t surprising – he is a well-known, respected member of the community. The defeat of question one will cause consternation among many and I don’t expect the defeat to be the end of the story or the attempts to build the athletic complex as proposed by the group led by School Committeeman Dick. Will the question still be considered at the Town Meeting? Will the proposal get a tinker or two? Will it go the way of the Senior Center plan and win after a doggard push for passage. And then there’s the looming question of approving the overhaul of the Town Charter. Stay tuned.
April 14th, 2012
The towns of Tewksbury and Billerica held their municipal elections today. Here are some of the results from Tewksbury Patch:
In Tewksbury, incumbent selectmen David Gay (2600 votes) and Scott Wilson (2195) were reelected, defeating challengers Ken Miano (1572) and Robert Marcin (1155). On the Board of Health, incumbent Edward Sheehan (2243) and challenger Kathleen Brothers (2368) won while incumbent Mary Ellen Fernald (1993) was defeated. On the planning board, incumbent Nancy Reed (2548) defeated challenger Ed Sullivan (1455). On the school committee, incumbent Dennis Francis and challenger James Cutelis won – two candidates for two seats. For Shawsheen Tech School Committee, former Tewksbury School Committee member Michael Kelley (2345) defeated longtime incumbent Peter Downing (1536). Perhaps the biggest issue in Tewksbury today was a referendum on whether to build a new athletic field/complex. It was defeated by a sizable margin with 2914 No votes to 1465 Yes votes. Turnout was 21%.
In Billerica, in the race for a single seat on the Board of Selectmen. First-term incumbent Andrew Deslaurier won reelection. For town moderator, incumbent Gil Moreira was reelected over challenger Michael Moore.
April 14th, 2012
Abraham Lincoln Memorial
On this day April 14 in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shot the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln while he was attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.
Lincoln occupied a booth above the stage with his wife; Henry Rathbone, a young army officer; and his fiancée, Clara Harris, daughter of New York Senator Ira Harris. The Lincolns arrived late for the comedy, but the president was in a fine mood and laughed heartily during the production. At 10:15, Booth slipped into the box and fired his .44-caliber single-shot derringer into the back of Lincoln’s head. Rathbone rushed Booth, who stabbed the soldier in the shoulder. Booth then leapt from the president’s box to the stage below, breaking his leg as he landed. He shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis!” (“Thus ever to tyrants!”–the Virginia state motto) and ran from the stage. There was a pause, as the crowd initially thought the unfolding drama was part of the production, but a scream from Mrs. Lincoln told them otherwise. The stricken president was carried from the box to a house across the street, where he died the following morning.
Read the full entry here at History.com.
Learn more about President Abraham Lincoln here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/abrahamlincoln