Letters to the Editor January 2008
by Paulette Boyko

Its that time again. Nomination papers will be out shortly. Will this be the year for new faces? Lord knows we need new people to get involved. We thank leaders who have been involved for many years, truly serving for a better community. But it's time for fresh faces and ideas. Before taking papers out, there are several questions a person should ask themselves: Why am I running? Am I running to help make the community a better place or is this self serving? Do I have the time available to commit to this position? If elected, will I have a conflict of interest? Perhaps I would better serve my community by not running vs being in conflict? Will I recuse myself because of a conflict? What effect will that have on the vote of the committee or community I represent? In the situation of a 4 member x 4 member board representation as with the school committee, if, two or three people from Blackstone cannot vote for whatever reason, that is certainly putting the Town of Blackstone at a disadvantage. Perhaps I can serve in another capacity where there wouldn't be a conflict of interest? People lose faith in their town government when cronyism & nepotism runs wild and laws are not followed. Some say, things will never change. Let 2008 be a time of change, a positive change. For residents who haven't been involved to become involved. For seasoned politicians to take a break and support new people, new ideas. A change to support honesty and integrity. To support the laws and to be truthful with the residents and taxpayers. Let's not just say we want change, But lead by example, how we want that positive change to be. Nomination papers will be available on January 17, 2008 and must be returned by Tuesday, February 19, 2008. Thirty qualified signatures are necessary to municipal offices and 35 qualified signatures are necessary for the BMR District School Committee.

The positions open for Blackstone Town Election April 08 are:

Position Name
Assessor of Taxes - Carole A Whiteley
BMR Dist School Comm Blk Lynn M Landry
BMR Dist School Comm Mil Joanne R. Forbes
Blk Housing Authority Lynn J. Morin
Health/ Board of William T. Walsh
Moderator Frederick J. Stone
Parks & Recreation Comm Kathleen Joyce
Planning Board Thomas J. Bik
Selectmen/Board of Robert J. Dubois Selectmen/ Board of Constance D. Perreault

Thank you
Tis the season for the Blackstone Fire Dept. to say "thank you" to the area residents, and businesses for their contribution to our annual Toys for Tots program. Our Christmas season got off to a rough start this year. On the Saturday morning following the Thanksgiving holiday, we held our annual Toll Road at the Main St. intersection, which happens to be our only fundraiser. This festive event for our firefighters, and visiting characters was interrupted within an hour or so due to a water line break. That closed our toll road, and made our special team of elves wonder how we were going to help the families in our community. Without the generous assistance from the following, we could not have helped these families celebrate the holiday as many of us do. Dean Bank in Blackstone and Bellingham, Unibank in Bellingham, and Main Street Café all set up Christmas trees with tags on them for their employees, and customers to remove and shop for gifts with. Mrs. Stephanie Anderson and the members of SADD at BMR organized a Penny War at the high school and donated their collected money and time to our families. Mrs. Ilene McTigue, also a teacher at BMR, and her students from FBLA adopted a family. Mrs. Cheryl Martino, with her pack of girl scouts, adopted a family. The students of the Middle School collected change from a drive lead by their Student Council. CVS Pharmacy in Blackstone and Bellingham set up bins for toy collections in their stores. Both stores also donate all of the products we use for the wrapping process. Brian Bernier, who adopted a family, and Bill O'Coin, with a personal donation, can not be forgotten. And finally, a big "thank you" goes out to all those in the community that helped in any way with this special program. This holiday season we brought smiles to the faces of 19 Blackstone families, including 46 children! Being a part of Toys for Tots warms our hearts each and every year…

Thank you for being a part of this.
Ken & Mary Cotnoir and the Blackstone Fire Department
Thank you
I would like to express my appreciation to the citizens and elected officials of the Town of Blackstone for their support during the past year of my tenure as Town Administrator. Your reception to new ideas is a strong sign that the Town of Blackstone is eager to be in the forefront of good government practices. It is my opinion that we have a team of dedicated public servants, Board and Commission members, and municipal employees ready to respond to our needs in setting the proper vision for a strong future. In this short time, we have seen accomplishments throughout the community, due to citizen input and volunteerism efforts, and cooperation from all sectors. We should be pleased that our community has such pride. My family has been welcomed into your community and I thank you for making us feel part of this vibrant Town. Our wish is that each person will be graced with good fortune and prosperity.

Very truly yours, The Bianchi Family Ken, Brenda, Andrew, Leah




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