Monday, February 20, 2012
The candidate's husband, Stephen Herrick, discusses his wife's candidacy.
Monday, February 20, 2012
As many of you may know, my wife Karen Herrick is a candidate for the Reading Board of Selectmen. You may also be aware that Karen has been a Town Meeting member for over ten years. It has been suggested—indirectly—by her opponent in this race that Karen is a "career politician," or, at a minimum, that he is not. Having lived through Karen's involvement in town activities throughout our 15 years of residency, I think it would be useful for voters to get a better understanding of the depth and breadth of Karen's activities on behalf of the residents of Reading. In addition to her Town Meeting involvement, which included personally leading a successful change to town bylaws related to the topic of propane storage, and serving as Precinct …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Karen Gately Herrick and John Arena squared off at the RCTV Studios on Main Street.
The Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidates forum on Tuesday night at the RCTV Studios on Main Street. Featuring Board of Selectmen candidates John Arena and Karen Gately Herrick, the forum offered Reading residents the chance to hear what the candidates think about some of the pressing issues facing the town as well as have some of their own questions answered. As some of the town’s highest elected officials, selectmen make decisions that can impact the lives of all residents, and that being said, Reading Patch would like to give anyone who may have missed the forum a chance to catch up. With the 2012 local election just a few short weeks away, we’d also like to know what you thought of the candidates’ performances…
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
And hear some other matters, including a proposal from Reading Youth Baseball and an update on the "Poet's Corner" road project.
The Board of Selectmen will meet tonight for a public hearing on the proposed revisions to the amplified sound in public parks policy, an update on the “Poet’s Corner” road project and a presentation from Reading Youth Baseball regarding a proposed field improvement project. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room in the Town Hall. Click here for the agenda, or, for the full packet, check out the PDF files to the right. The Ad Hoc Amplified Sound Committee voted upon revised language for the town’s policy regarding the use of amplified sound in public parks on Jan. 30, and before the revised policy can be voted on by the board, members of the public will have their say this evening at 7:30 p.m., according to the agenda…
Friday, February 10, 2012
The Reading–North Reading Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum with John Arena and Karen Gately Herrick tonight at 7:30.
Friday, February 10, 2012
The following is a press release issued by the RNR Chamber of Commerce Two candidates, Karen Gately Herrick and John J. Arena, are vying for one open seat on the Board of Selectmen. As a service to its members and to residents, the Reading – North Reading Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event at which you can meet the candidates, hear their positions, and ask questions. Sponsored by the Government Affairs Committee of the Chamber, the event will be held on Feb. 14 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the RCTV Studios located at 553 Main Street. “The actions of the Board of Selectmen affect our Town and our lives,” said Government Affairs Committee chair Attorney William Crowley. “It is really important that we know who represents us, and that we …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
And other matters from Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting.
Beset by waning Town Meeting numbers and worried about potential quorum issues, Reading Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner presented the Board of Selectmen with a draft of a warrant article to reduce the size of the town’s representative Town Meeting. Last fall’s subsequent town meeting was abruptly adjourned because of a lack of quorum, and the ballot for the March 6 local election features just 134 names for the 192 positions up for election. This year, all town meeting members will stand for reelection because of the recent redistricting of precincts. At Tuesday’s meeting, Hechenbleikner presented a plan to reduce the size of Town Meeting from the current 192 members to 144. Currently, each of the town’s eight precincts has 24 member …
Reading Patch will submit the best responses to RCTV for their Feb. 28 candidate forum.
[Editor's Note: Updated on Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. with correct date] Do you want answers? Here’s your chance. Reading’s two candidates to fill Camille Anthony’s seat on the Board of Selectmen will duke it out on Reading Cable Television in a candidate forum on Feb. 28. The forum will air at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by Kevin Vendt and Dick Curtis, who have hosted RCTV’s election coverage for the past five years. RCTV has asked Reading Patch to solicit questions from our readers, which will be posed to candidates John Arena and Karen Gately Herrick during the forum, and we are more than happy to oblige. Here’s your chance to have your questions answered by the candidates who are vying for the privilege of serving as your elected official! Just …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The Board of Selectmen got a sneak peek at a draft warrant for the upcoming Town Meeting last night.
The warrant for the upcoming Town Meeting may feature some interesting articles, according to a preliminary draft reviewed by the Board of Selectmen at Tuesday night’s meeting. The board convened in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Town Hall to hear a number of matters, one of which was a preview of the Town Meeting warrant, and judging from the reaction of the board, the most controversial item—a nonbinding resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling that allows unlimited spending by corporations, unions and other groups in elections—will not be receiving sponsorship by the Board of Selectmen. “I think it should be a petition,” said Selectman James Bonazoli, …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Board of Selectmen meet tonight in the Town Hall at 7 p.m.
The Board of Selectmen have full agenda awaiting them tonight when they convene at 7 p.m. in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Town Hall. The ad hoc Committee on Amplified Sound in Public Parks has come up with a policy, following several months of public input and refinement, and will present the revised edition to the board tonight. There will be a public hearing on this matter on Feb. 14. Selectmen will hear an outline a draft warrant articles for the majority of the Town Meeting Warrant. The warrant closes on Feb. 28. Town Engineer George Zambouras and representatives of Beta Engineering will review the revised Haven/High Street improvement plans, which have been modified at the request of the board. Town Planner Jean Delios will be …
11:30 a.m. at Cupcake City, 137 Main Street.
Karen Gately Herrick has announced her bid for a seat on Reading's Board of Selectmen. Want to meet this local and find out why she is running for the board and what changes she will bring to Reading? Come on down to Cupcake City (137 Main Street) today at 11:30 a.m. to meet Gately Herrick to indulge in some sweets and question the candidate about her role in the community and race for the board. For more information on Herrick and her bid for Selectmen, please visit her Facebook page by clicking here.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The Board of Selectmen approved the Town Manager's proposed budget for fiscal year 2013, with several slight alterations.
The Board of Selectmen approved a slightly modified version of Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner’s proposed fiscal year 2013 town budget at Tuesday’s meeting at the Town Hall. Prior to the budget vote, the Selectmen voted to enter an executive session to discuss labor negotiations with the police department, and authorized Hechenbleikner to sign a new contract via a 4-0 vote. The only alterations to the budget that was originally proposed and the final version that was approved on Tuesday were to items for the Board of Assessors and the Conservation Commission. Hechenbleikner reported that he, Community Services Director and Town Planner Jean Delios and Assistant Town Manager Bob LeLacheur met with Bill Hecht and Jamie Maughan of the …