Date, Time, Location Set for Selectmen Meeting Continuation

The meeting will be at the Stony Brook School on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.


Westford Patch has just learned that last night's Board of Selectmen meeting postponed due to overcrowding will be continued on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Stony Brook School.

The hearing on the warrant for the 2012 Annual Westford Town Meeting was postponed in part due to overcrowding on Monday night.

There, the Selectmen will hear discussion on Article 30 (the proposed gun ban bylaw), two citizen's petitions with similar language to Article 30, Article 16 (a capital expenditure article) and a possible new article on helping Nashoba Tech build a running track.

Patch could not immediately obtain the capacity of the auditorium, but in the past it has hosted crowds comparable in size to the one at Monday night's meeting for events ranging from talks by Boston Celtics trainers to rallies for the Westford Education Association and discussions on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.

Phillip Spudano February 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Where is Rob Creegan when we need him most? Our town turns its lonely eyes to you Rob! Lets show Jefferies, Harkness and Keele the door
H Stone February 14, 2013 at 04:11 AM
If the thought was that a lot of people showed up for the first go-around, next Wedesday should be interesting. This is not just a constitutional attack on the law abiding citizens of Westford, it is an attack on the entire region. It's a shame that Westford is looking to be the Lexington and Concord of modern day. I for one will be very happy to help fund the lawsuits against the town if that is the path they feel they can afford to go.
Michael Berkowitz February 14, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Is this not supposed to be partly about better protecting our children? If yes then why is the meeting scheduled for school vacation week when a lot of parents will be out of town? This should be moved.
Raoul Duke February 14, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Michael, first this article will not protect children any more than they already are. I am a public school teacher, as is my wife, so I would know better than most. All of this gun control legislation is bogus- just makes liberals "feel" better without a real solution. Second, because of the initial rush of this by the Board and then the subsequent delays by the Board, the warrants must be set by 2/26 (I believe) so there is not time for another delay. That is one reason many residents have been upset by how quickly this violation of civil rights is being pushed.
Michael Berkowitz February 14, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I was at the last meeting, however I am one of those parents who won't be able to attend next week due to school vacation. Oh I am in total agreement with you. This will do nothing to protect the schools. criminals and the insane do not follow laws. Mr. Jefferies said he doesn't expect it to survive but he is willing to risk the town incurring substantial debt through lawsuits, money we do not have. None of the selectman seemed to have a problem with risking the possibility of massive debt over this which I find fiscally irresponsible. It needs to be reviewed in a committee, not town meeting. It is so rushed it is ridiculous. Have they thought about banks? Apparently not. Is Brinks going to allow Armored trucks with either unarmed guards or underarmed guards - I really don't think so. Either they will stop service or they too will sue us.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Okay, added the two citizen's petitions here.
Michael Berkowitz February 14, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Apparently there is no time to push this out, it has to be completed before the 26th. I emailed Selectman Ross and replied very quickly which is nice to see, I am sure he is getting a lot of email these days.
Vincent DiRico February 14, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Thanks for checking! The fact that there is no time to have a "conversation" SAYS A LOT! In my eyes the whole BOS is behind this, I have not seen a single one standup and be heard, you know like this ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emKIIv2_cNI
Vincent DiRico February 14, 2013 at 07:35 PM
It is difficult to read the photos; sorry I have old eyes ;) would you please put up the PDFs of the second petition? thanks Vinny
Sam February 14, 2013 at 07:40 PM
As Pelosi has stated, we need to pass the bylaw before we can understand what is in it.
Bill Wells February 17, 2013 at 05:30 AM
I don't see any petitions added here, today (Saturday), but I have seen them elsewhere. Has Mr Delmar's petition (dated Feb 8) been submitted so the board can remove theirs and sidestep responsibility for the inevitable lawsuits? I don't really understand the process here.
Bill Wells February 17, 2013 at 06:25 AM
I see the photos now...I thought they had been included in the body of the post
Money February 17, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Magic money tree of Westford, be ready to have te stuffing sued out of you shoud the pass! Talk about gambling a towns fiscal future to make a point! Time to clean house with all Town Leadership folks as the chickens are really coming home to roost
Jim Jarvie February 17, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Westford is at a critical stage in its evolution and the decisions we make today will have a substantial impact on what Westford will become in the future.This year, the residents of Westford have a choice. Vote for change - we can do better! I look forward to meeting many of you Wednesday night. In the meantime, check out my facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/jimjarvieforselectman
Steven Sadowski February 17, 2013 at 08:41 PM
I'll be there and can offer a ride to anyone coming from the Forge Village side of town. I can fit 4 in my truck---and if this was NH I could fit 10 in the back! Let me know via kwss@comcast.net Steve
TK February 17, 2013 at 09:40 PM
I am a parent, and I do agree that it's time to solve gun problem in this country. It's ridicules that law enforcement takes weeks to trace gun used in crime, and at the end they find only initial owner that died several years ago in a different state. What happened to the gun after that no one knows. It should be fixed on the federal level – assault weapons ban, database, background check, etc. Only enforcement on federal level (across city and state borders) can give us real results. I would rather put my efforts (donations, political support) to organizations that push for it on the federal level
Steven Sadowski February 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM
TK: I have to disagree with your proposal on two grounds: constitutionality & practicality. What you propose violates the 10th Amendment. http://www.keepandbeararms.com/information/XcIBViewItem.asp?ID=1783 and as a practical matter, the anecdote (please remember your classical rhetorical devices when forming arguments) you've invented underlines the reason why most gun laws don't work: criminals don't follow laws. I'm a father of two boys. I can't imagine for a second laying them to rest for any reason whether it be because of a drunk driver, head injury, Lyme's disease, drive by shooting, whatever. I am as frustrated as you that people break the law and use guns in their crimes. However, whatever solutions suggested have to address the actual problem and so far, anything Mr. Jefferies, the Obama administration, or anti-gun groups have advocated do not solve the problem. The reason being is because it's easy to pass laws banning guns, so they do it---or try to do it, but it's difficult to actually solve the problem, so they pass the buck, until the next tragedy and around and round we go.
Dan M February 19, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Want to minimize the possibility of crime in your town? Criminal control, not gun control. Simple logic. Would criminals rather prey upon those they KNOW to be disarmed or those who very well may be armed? One gun ban or 100 gun control laws won't do anything to criminals since they have no regard for laws. It's been proven that more legal private gun ownership translates into less violent crime in communities.


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