Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Board of Selectmen deadlocks with a 2-2 tie on whether to renew Bob Lamoureux's contract. Selectman Gary Sagar refuses to vote.
Whether Public Works Superintendent Bob Lamoureux will work for the town of Seekonk past next June may be determined by an attorney. With Gary Sagar voting "present," the Board of Selectmen was unable to break a 2-2 tie Wednesday night on whether to begin contract renewal negotiations with Lamoureux, who has held his position for nearly eight years. Town Administrator Pam Nolan said this meant his contract was automatically renewed for a year. Selectman Bob McLintock said he wanted to hear an opinion about what the voting result meant from the town's legal consultant. A large crowd, made up mostly of Lamoureux supporters, attended the meeting. Several times they let their emotions loose with cheers, jeers and critical comments. Let Patch …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The new selectman says his stipend will be divided among seniors, the animal shelter and veterans.
One day after being elected to the Board of Selectmen, Nelson Almeida on Tuesday resigned from his position on the Parks and Recreation Board. He also announced that he will donate his entire selectmen stipend (approximately $2,100 per year). "I stand by my words," Almeida wrote in an email to the local media. "Selectmen should not sit on multiple boards period." His decision comes the same week that state Attorney General Martha Coakley nixed an article approved at Town Meeting in June prohibiting selectmen from serving on other boards. In the same email, Almeida announced he would donate his stipend evenly among town programs for seniors, the animal shelter and veterans. Donating the selectmen stipend is not unique in Seekonk. At least …
Monday, September 24, 2012
He says voters were looking for somebody fresh and independent.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Nelson Almeida was elected Monday to the Seekonk Board of Selectmen. He received the most votes in the special election, defeating opponents Paul Buckley and Jeffrey Starr Mararian. Almeida received 639 votes, 32 more than Buckley earned. There were 14 write-in votes. It has not been determined how many of those were for write-in candidate Mararian. He will serve the remainder of former Selectman Bill Rice's term, which expires in April 2014. Rice resigned without explanation in June. "I accomplished my campaign message, which was 'building relationships,'" said Almeida, during his victory party at Luxury Box Sports Bar and Grille. "What I did was I rode my bike and I covered about 70 percent of Seekonk in shorts and a T-shirt, just …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Almeida is one of three candidates running for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Seekonk voters on Monday will choose one of three men to fill the seat on the Board of Selectmen vacated in June by Bill Rice. Voting will take place at Seekonk High School from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Below is the profile for candidate Nelson Almeida. Name: Mr. Nelson Almeida Age: 35 College: New England Tech Degree: automotive degree and associates in business Job titles held: manager, vice president, owner/president Employers: Tasca, Amigos Da Teceira, Woods Heating, Almeida's Heating Service Party affiliation: I run unaffiliated/independent Previous elective offices: none just appointed Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: yes couple months ago. Missed by 100 or so votes Website: no website just my email address Nelsonalmeida@comcast.net …
Monday, September 17, 2012
The selectmen candidate has raised and spent nearly $1,600.
Paul Buckley has spent nearly twice the amount of money as his rival Nelson Almeida in the campaign for a seat on the Seekonk Board of Selectmen. Buckley spent nearly $1,600 as of Monday, with all his campaign money coming from donors. Almeida spent $801 in what he says has mostly been a self-funded campaign. Buckley's financial statement lists six sources that gave his campaign a total of $800—Seekonk Speedway owner and former Selectman Francis Venditti ($250), Robert Fuller who was a member of the Seekonk Charter Commission ($150), Selectman Bob McLintock ($100), the Seekonk Republican Committee of which Buckley is the chair ($100), Republican Committee Vice Chair Webster Larkin ($100) and former Board of Health member Gail Nunes ($100…
Friday, September 14, 2012
The organizer of the Men's Breakfast accuses selectmen candidate Paul Buckley of avoiding the event at the advice of three sitting selectmen.
Attendees at the Men's Breakfast on Thursday at Alex's restaurant in Seekonk only got to meet one of the two candidates on the ballot in this month's special selectmen election. Candidate Paul Buckley said he wasn't there because he didn't receive an invitation. Event organizer Don Kinniburgh theorized Buckley was advised by three current selectmen not to attend. Kinniburgh, a former selectman and veterans agent as well as an admitted supporter of Buckley's opponent Nelson Almeida, said he sent an email to Buckley about the event and invited him in person during last week's selectmen meeting. He said Buckley told him he would be there. Buckley told Seekonk Patch this didn't happen. "I think maybe the three kings talked him out of it," …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The winner of the Sept. 24 election will fill the seat Bill Rice vacated in June.
There has been an empty seat on the five-member Seekonk Board of Selectmen since Bill Rice resigned in June. Voters will determine who will fill the seat in a special election on Sept. 24. There are three candidates—Paul Buckley, Nelson Almeida and Jeffrey Starr Mararian. Only the names of Buckley and Almeida will appear on the ballot because they submitted petitions with at least 50 signatures to the town clerk's office by the deadline on Monday. Mararian, who hosts a local talk show, did not attempt to collect signatures, but notified the town clerk he would run as a write-in candidate. Buckley, 47, and Almeida, 34, have run in previous selectmen campaigns. Almeida placed third of five in a contest for two seats earlier this year. …
Friday, August 3, 2012
There are two official candidates in the contest for one seat on the Seekonk Board of Selectmen.
Unless something unusual happens Monday, two names will appear on the Sept. 24 ballot in the election to determine who will fill the Seekonk Board of Selectmen seat vacated in June by Bill Rice. Nelson Almeida and Paul Buckley are official candidates. The deadline to enter the race is Monday at 5 p.m. Buckley serves on the town's Board of Assessors and is the chair of the Seekonk Republican Committee. He previously served on the Personnel Board. Almeida is a member of the Parks & Recreation Committee. Both candidates previously ran for the Board of Selectmen. Almeida placed third of five in a contest for two seats earlier this year. Buckley placed fifth of six in a race for two seats 10 years ago. Local cable talk show host Jeffrey …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
He is the second official candidate in the contest for one seat on the Seekonk Board of Selectmen.
Paul Buckley became an official candidate Thursday afternoon in the campaign to fill the Seekonk Board of Selectmen seat made vacant last month by the resignation of Bill Rice. Buckley, who sits on the town's Board of Assessors and is the chair of the Seekonk Republican Committee, pulled papers for a potential run last month and returned them Wednesday with at least 50 signatures from registered Seekonk voters. He told Seekonk Patch he collected 70. Buckley is the second official candidate for the position. The other person is Nelson Almeida, who sits on the Parks and Recreation Committee. Local cable talk show host Jeffrey Starr Mararian contacted the clerk's office last month saying he wanted to be a write-in candidate. Election Day is…
Saturday, June 16, 2012
The Seekonk man is the first person to submit nomination papers for the special selectmen election.
Seekonk could soon have its first official candidate in the election to determine Bill Rice's replacement on the Board of Selectmen. One day after pulling nomination papers from Town Hall, Nelson Almeida returned the documents along with what he told Attleboro-Seekonk Patch were 70 signatures. If at least 50 are determined to be from registered local voters, Almeida would be declared an official candidate. This is Almeida's second attempt to get on the board. The political newcomer placed third in the five-candidate contest for two seats in April. He has recently become a regular attendee at selectmen meetings, and was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Committee last month. Patch was unable to contact the Town Clerk's office to find …