Here are some recent Southborough Wicked Local stories about town news. Full disclosure, the first story relates to the candidate position papers I corralled for posting on the blog.
Southborough School Committee chief violated campaign ethics law – April 23:
A challenger in this year’s K-8 School Committee race is calling out incumbent Chairwoman Kathleen Harragan for apparently using a public email account for political purposes.
“Ms. Harragan has violated Massachusetts election law and ethics by utilizing a public resource, namely her school email address, in pursuit of re-election to the Southborough School Committee,” Tim Martel wrote in an April 21 letter to Superintendent Charles Gobron. . .
(Public employees) may not send campaign-related emails using official computers or email,” the [State Ethics] Commission writes in one advisory on the topic.. . .
“In fairness to myself, Mr. Desmond and the general public, a thorough review of her school email account is both warranted and required to determine if further violations have occurred,” [Martel] wrote.
Desmond Tuesday called Harragan a “dedicated, thoughtful, tireless and effective” committee member.
“While I appreciate Mr. Martel looking out for my interests, I do not share his concerns over this issue,” he wrote in an email. (read more)
Developer cancels traffic hearing in Southborough – April 23:
More than 30 residents showed up to the Town House Wednesday for a traffic hearing regarding a controversial housing project to find that the developer had requested it be postponed hours earlier.
Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Leo Bartolini Jr. said developer William Depietri asked the town to postpone a hearing on his proposed 180-condo Residences at Park Central affordable housing project just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. . .
Depietri’s Capital Development Group requested an extension to May 28, writing that it has in fact appealed the ruling to the state and expects a decision in its favor within 30 days. . .
Bartolini said he would ask the town attorney about whether the board could institute a policy to prevent similar situations in the future. As it stands, applicants don’t need to give any notice to request a continuance so long as they show up at the hearing. (read more)
Two stories on Southborough Primate Center – activists release information and the government response:
Southborough Primate Center cited for improper animal handling – April 3:
Harvard’s Primate Research Center has been cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture following a complaint filed by an animal-rights activist group concerning allegations a marmoset’s leg was fractured and a primate was incorrectly dosed.
Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) on Wednesday released information about the USDA’s recent report on a 2012 incident at the research facility.
The USDA report cited the Primate Center for improper animal handling. (read more)
USDA rescinds report on Southborough Primate Center – April 4:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Care division on Friday issued a statement that recent postings of inspection reports, including one involving Harvard’s Primate Research Center in Southborough, have been rescinded.
“Animal Care regrets the recent web posting of inspection reports that had been rescinded,” the agency said in a statement. “When inspection reports are amended to reflect corrections, only the accurate report should be posted to the website. (read more)