Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - February 13, 1964, Acton, Massachusetts
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» VOLUME ll, NUMBER 50The BEACON —Thursday, February 13* IOO I
Knee IO#Acton's Land Bid Heard By Beacon Hill Solons
King Top Vote-Getter...
Maynard Caucuses Draw
Meagre Voter Turn - Out
StpiWti Off*'Jfffji&r’ 1
The Democratic cratic caucus, John Howard Herbert to the School Committee (3 years)1
Parties nom-taDd of 74 Summer street received 12 land 53 votes to Thomas Fitzpatrick
write in votes for the post of Town for the other 3-year term. Frank Treasurer & CoHec or, but he refused White, running for the 2 year School i to accept the nomnatJcn when con- Committee slot, capturer 52 votes, tilted by Madel ne Lukashuk. Demo- Newcomers Raymoli McGilvray cratic Town Committee Chairlady. | (Welfare Board with 49 votes), In he Republican meeting, Elea- Charles McD oald (2-ycar Plann ng nor Hunter received 13 write-in votes. Board slot with 48 votes) and Robert i making her eligible for Trustee LaRue (5 year Planning Board term1
of the Public Library, a post she with 4(5 votes) all made a respect-1
wen two years ago :n the town eke- j able shewing. Ruth Regan garnered t on. She did not submit her name 51 voes as candidate for Trustee of this year as a candidate for re* (the Public Library while IrvYig Man-election, but she has now acceptedj n og co’lected 48 votes for the Board
MAYNARD -and Republican candidates for municipal office in their respective party caucuses held Thursday avid. Friday nights last week.
KING TOPS TICKET The top vote getter ol both caucuses was Howard F. King Democratic Candidate for Pubi c Wo ks, at the Democratic Caucus bekl Frida., . Runner-up as top vote-gctter was incumbent Selectman and Chairman of the Board, Albert Alexanian,
who received 59 votes as Democratic, .f1e (jqp nod and will run against of Health post.Tom Duggan got 55
Just 67 registered Democrats attended their caucus In which no candidate was opposed. The Republicans fared even worse in their caucus Friday in which just 42 COP stalwarts participated.
Top vote-getter for the Republicans was incumbent Town Moderator Phil-
Mrs. Ruth Regan.
OTHER VOTE RESULTS In addition to Howard L. King. Ian Alexander, Wilson and Hunter,
votes as Assessor.
OPEN SLOTS Slots in both party tickets were left open because of a lack of can-
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the Republicans nominated Raymond ] didates. The Republican ballot is es-
W orio (33 votes) as candidate for Se’ectman, John Taylor (34 votes) for 3-year term School Committee post. Gerald Clark (32 votes) for
lip Wilson with 39 Town Treasurer 2-vear term on School Committee, Collector Howard L Rug and Ian(John Tobin (34 votn) f0r Public
Alexander, running for one of the Works. and Daniel V. Coakley (34 three-year School Committee posts,* vq^)
as candidate for the 2-year both garnered 37 votes. Plronirg Board post.
pecially porous, having no candidates for the Board of Assessors, Board of Welfare. Board of Health, or five-year term on Planning Board.
They endorsed Independent, John Tobin, for the Board of Public Works I post,
The Democrats had no candidates for the Town Moderator and Town |
PREPARING HJR BATTLE — The members of tin* Acton Industrial Development Commission and State Representative .John M. Eat.*n, .Jr., are shown planning their strategy at the Acton Town Hall prior to visiting th,* State House and advocating the passage of. legislation which would give Acton a 32 acre tract of Concord Reformatory farm land for industrial development. Eaton, whose district will include Adon next year, and Acton's current Representative. Vein I Fletcher, assisted the members of the Acton Commission tit a State House hearing which was held on the measure this past .Monday. Pictured above are Eaton (seated, center), and Commission members (L-R); Paul Cesure, Allen ChristofTerson, Frederick Rubier, Stephen Lord. and Richard O’Neil.
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Correction Officials Oppose Acton’s Bill
\( ION " I ho i ."trikes and
you’re out" iii.in hoi*i for awm!
mere mort;.Is Ina lint lur the mein Iters ut the Acton IihIiis'i iii! Develop meat Commission whose efforts OIH ilig tile pas: week weie devoted to a attempt to secure Helot rn.hr i y farm 2 for Un tow.i til industrial property -initial' hills bm it ti lianes of Hie (a m r du ll of tile p Isl pair ii less Commis si«hi nu inliers traveled to Ik aeon Hill this pa t Monday for a hearing on their latest hill and flu previous Friday they indulged iii a "> ran gy am, intent" session flu their project with State Kepiosdtlntive John Hut OII I Ii I Of t om (HU who-!' (list! 'et
will indian Alton after January I. 1915.
BURIER IS SPOR At tile Stilt*' I louse till mission appealed helm mince on Public Well an In Rep Jost’i pleaded their
Unlit Ii annual some * Concord land off Route Seton to se,I lls Despite -i cam "MI dele.I ill the
al Court (imna
three vials, tin
Seton I OUI ■ the ('lilt Ile.nit ll tip
Brett ut Quincy and ansi* abb aided lo
Both caucuses had candidates who 44 votes ^ received writ*?-*! votes. In the Dcmi-
The Democrats gave Albert Rogers 1 Treasurer-Collector slots. Both posts
his bid for re-election I are normally unopposed.
I DMMcratsMMtto I PIM “Victory” Parly
MAYNARD - to. Maynard Demo-
February 14) night at 8 p.m. in the Town House to put in motion plans for its Democratic “Victo,,y Party" scheduled for February 29.
The party falls two days after candidates night and will .s^rve as a organisational catalyst in preparation for the town elections. The "Victor v F« rty” was originally scheduled hw February 22 but was shoved back when it was discovered it would conflict with the Washington Birthday celebrations.
deponing Hearing 1 finn** oowsihm win Acton’s Democrats
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MAYNARD - A pub#*
on petitions calling for the rezoning of two residential areas for business is scheduled before the Planning Board for February 25.
The rezoning of land by petition is unusual and would be another "first’’ fqr the town of Maynard. Planning Board Chairman Carlo Mis* trctta claims.
Mistretta has opposed the petitions because he felt that such a method of rezoning land would set a dangerous precedent. He also expressed fears that the rezoning could cost the taxpayers heavily since water lines and drainage would piobably he required.
Sponsors of one of the rezoning petitions claim that* far from adding to the costs, new business would provide new tax revenues.
They argue that if the land is not used for business, it will be broken up into residential lots which would require drainage and water anyway as well as bring in new residents with all the allied burdens of new school construction and increased municipal services.
H*M Hearing an Warrant
(MAYNARD — A public hearing on which will appear on the J town warrant -will be hem' Friday evening, February 28, at the Town House.
At this hearing the Finance Committee will go over the articles in I detail and make known its feelings on the various articles submitted.
I Fifty-eight articles in all will appear ! on this year’s warrant.
56Rew Voters listed in Acton
ACTON — The Town of Acton completed registration prior to the March election of town officials on Tuesday evening. Town Clerk, Charles MacRae, announced one hundred and fifty six newly registered voters were listed during the most reoent registration. Forty four persons registered at the South Acton Fire Station on February 4. Forty nine persons registered at the West Acton Fire Station on February 7 and sixty three persons registered en the final day. February ll, at the Acton Town Hall. Registration will be held in (March prior to the Presidential Primary on April 28.
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•MAYNARD — A check with the Civil Service Commission in Wash ington, D. C. reveals this week that the Civil Service Commissionei s have not yet finished 1 ating examina-tons for the Maynard Postmastership.
Final results fro*** ‘‘.a eight examinations takf on Maynard in October will be evaluated and'the names of the top three candidates will be forwarded to Congressman Philip Philbin.
Phi Ibid will then have the choice of appointing one of those applicants to the position left vacant by Frank Sheridan's retirement last August.
It is expected that these results will be forthcoming soon.
Lankitwicz Requests Polie* Listing Status
MAYNARD — The Board of Se iectmen put off making a final decision on former police officer Vert Lankiewicz’s request that he be
Town Committee to Be The Battlefield
ACTON — A heated battle for control of the Acicu Democratic Party is anticipated for the com tg Presi dential Primaries in April as a result ol the newly organized Demo cratic Club putting ail entire list of candidates on the ballot at its meeting last Thursday evening.
Father Haddad Moves To Quincy Parish
MAYNARD Rev. Janie." Mad did. popular curate at St. Bridget's Church. Maynard for the past two yea la, has been transferred to Sad en Meait Church, Quincy, el fee; ive victory for his wing of February IK.
Ile sees a I the Party in the April 2K primary and is especially pleased that tin ! numbet ol members on the Demo ; cratic Town Committee has lietii ex 'pended from IO to 21. This meets 1 that twenty one Democrats will In* working for the party come electir.ii rather than, just ten. he says.
I The decision of the Town Commit ' tee to increase its membership came las a pleasant suipiise to the spokes I matt for tile Democratic Club.
The reused the Democratic Club got .started was because a number jot active Democrats were unable to 1 bec ome full members a id. then fore. I had no voice iii policy making de cisions. In protest, these members J broke away from the Town Coin 1 mittee and got permissic .1 from tile State Democratic Party p establish I a Dt mrcralic Club.
McLaughlin to wait
According to Club President. John Ehrenfeld of Brucewood roan. South Acton, a group of Democrats have
placed on the permanent-intermittent I wbanded together to oppose the prepolice list and be granted vacation ^ senj incumbents. ’ The candidates pay for the 1963 year. were chosen from the Democratic
The Selectmen decided to discuss ! Club and from -A(..on Democrats at the matter with Town Counsel to de j jarge ” who, Ehrenfeld says, are termine what action they can take j dctemv:ned t0 have a more active on the requests.
Lankiewicz voluntarily resigned
from the Police Force to take a post as manager of Jerry's Package
Democratic Party in Actin.
21 DEMOCRATS The twenty-one registered Democrats running for posts on the Demo
Store in the fall of last year. He was , cratic Town Committee with the granted a three month leave of ab- backi(lg of the Democratic Club are sence from the force. This meant Jerry Ballantine. Mrs. William Benthal he did not sacrifice his civil 1 Theodore Bluesteiu. John P. service status while he made up his , Duggan, John Ehrenfeld. Mary K. mind whether he would go into the ; Hadley, William Harrington. Jr., package store full time. J jobn Irwin, Mrs. Thomas Riley, Mrs
His request to be put on the per- Qrmal Laflin, Mrs. Frederick Mans I
manent-intermittent list would permit him to return to the force at some tuture date although his
seniority and civil service rights would have lapsed.
Town Committee Chairman John McLaughlin told tile BEACON that he requested the increase in the number of committee members because it has been recommended by State and because he thought Alton could use that many committee members.
Mc Laughlin declined to eominuU further on the situation in Acton, stating that the election is still far au’ay and he would rather delay making statements until later. He argued that voters tend to forget things mentioned early in an clee lion so he would prefer to wait be fore commenting officially on Demo Roger Wootten and Henry crat*c issues.
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field? Barbara McBride, Leo T. Mc earthy. Gertrude O'Neil. Samuel A. Palmer. John Putnam (also running for Town Moderator) Margaret Rich ter. Martin Scanlan. Lawrence Tuck-I er. Rev
M. Young. I
I Ehrenfeld states that the twenty- j one candidates make up a strong slate that offers a balance between young and did members. Far from being cene el tied about the outcome j of the battle between the present ; Democratic Town Committee and , his own dissident group, Ehrenfeld •
I relishes the thought of a fight, i "Forty-two candidates battling I head to head are going to result in I ' a strong Democratic Party in Aden for some-time to come," the Demo-1 cratic Club President enthuses. i SEES VICTORY I
A nill ive of Roxbury. Father Had dad bas In en most active in parish activities, and his devotion and zeal have been an inspiration to parishioners of all ages. who will miss him.
While here, Father Haddad worked i cln-ely with lilt* Holy Name Society the Ladies- Six,ality, the Junior and Alinit (boils, and the Junior (iii!"'
He will be ii placed he ie by Rev. Daniel Hickey who lins been stationed ii Vlidtileboio. Father Hickey w ill j assume his new duties on Tuesday.
DPW Investigation I Parley on Feb. 25th
MA’) NARD The Selectmen
t voted to hold a joint meeting with the Department of Public Works ann Maudlin- and Paul Luktishnk on Tuesday evening February 25, to I check I int I ut into tile complaint brought by the Lukashuks against , a (ci tain member of the DPW
’Hic inquiry was authorized by the 'Selectmen iii early January as a tv-| suit ol mini motion provided by tile , Luka.-lniks icgarding the operations cl tilt Department. The Selectmen a ski -cl the Commissioners o| Public I Winks to investigate the matter and report back to them. Three weeks j ago. tile Commissionei s turned their i findings over to the Selectmen,
The action by the Selectmen to hold a joint meeting with tile DPW and the Lukashuks is intended to tie j up the loose ends of the probe. It is I i Iie\«cd that the Selectmen have I done some inquiring Into DPW ope nations themselves and may have ; something to make public at the I meeting also.
Maynard Man Committed After Alleged Assault
MAYNARD A 22 vt ar old May lard man was committed to the Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham for 35 days of psychiatric oh st nation after allegedly attempting tm assault on a teen-age Maynard High School student last Thursday altci noon.
The alleged assail't on bv high school girl took place in the v icinity if Wa!* int Street.
Acton'" emit lit State Represent a live Vernon Pletcher I I! Ill ('111 lilts ford and Rep Halon.
The hearing abn saw two staunch opponents ol Vcton's hid to obi a ut >2 acre" ut Reformatory land a" Kenneth Rice and Com oid lh birma tory Wattled. Edward (iii naan, bit 1 telly opposed the measure.
Rep. Jam*-." De Notmaotlie of Lin , loin also "|Mikc again"! the Mum legi-lahon.
Tile lie,’iring started with Repin scuta! iv t Kletchei iiitmducmg tin Acton bill which cabs tor the state to tm ii mer the 22 aer. " to the' town ol Acton so that it eau be sold Ini indr-trial puipn-e- with the' sates’ piocecib being turned oyer to the* stilt.".
Representative Ea'on then spoke* in favor ol Ila bill ami said that although he is well known Im nm malty being opposed to the Common wealth giving up land, nevertheless lie was in favor ol Acton'" request because til. town needed the upper ’fatty to bring in tax relieving ill thistly anti the land ill question walla! originally state owned land I tut was turned ave! to state control af ter a landtaking in 1900 when ex parisian ann consti net ion was anti ated on Route 2.
Acton's principal arguments m ta vol al their request were put forward by Frederick "Ted" Unbid who acted a.s spokesman for the Indust rial Development Commission.
Rubier told the members of the Public Welfare Committee that like many towns in the Commonwealth Acton has expel it'need a imputation explosion and has’ municipal tax
lie said that Acton would normally lie considered tis fortunate to lie bi sected by a super highway such a-Rente 2 but that it was giving very little economic aid to the common itx because approximately 2d per cent of the pioperty along the thor mightaiv in Acton is owned by the state.
Rubier told the committee mein her- that it would he pi (-sumptuous of Acton to ask for sonic of Un
kind Unit s" the need f(H its HCquisi t on via- really extremely important to the Weil arc of the community and its taxpayer".
The most bitterly argued (mint that came tip during the entire hearing was the question of whether or dot State Collection officials who Wert* now bitterly opposing Acton's land hid ban verbally told the Acton Commission that thev could have* the land dot iou a ItMiJ meeting.
Iii hi- opening remark-, when he introduced Scion’s cause. Fletcher said th.it Warden Givnnan had told 'In Acton group that tic would not opim (- their obtaining the 22 acres.
This was reiterated by Rubier.
However. Deputy Curred inn Com rn, -"lent i Rice, lepreM uting Com in,-si*.lier McGrath* was emphatic iii saying the Collection Department Ina, not given this assurance at any time.
Warden Grennaii, himself, was (fliest inhcti nu xx In J hi ! im not lie had
mid th, \cton Commission that he
would no! !,ppo-i their land bid and he said that be must bai, been mis M'eipn t' 'I.
The question was put to Givnnan ny In pit elliattV** Fier.tvng who - kid it once again immediately atte) Git nnan's rcs|x>nsc The Warden again answered that his remarks mils' have In ca misinlerprcted and did a a thin! time abel Krvnning asked tin aim qiu -tun once more.
Later. Rep Eli-toiler bilo members of the State Ci.nimiticc that Givnnan had mad' a statement to the effect bat In- would agree to turning over the 22 acus to Acton, 'this took pl.ice iii the eon idor follow ing the Ikmnag and Fletcher said that he even remembered ofleiiilg to draw up the legislation necessary to facilitate the land transfer,
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