Jul 172015
Accidental Release of Exec Session Minutes Prompts Apology

During the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on July 6, Chairman Jack Petropoulos offered an unreserved apology to the public and fellow Board members for inadvertently releasing executive session minutes on June 21. The minutes revealed details of settlement discussions with four firefighters who are suing the town in federal court.

Jul 042015
Non-Reappointed Firefighter Fracas Enters Second Year

The multi-million dollar controversy between the town and the Firefighter Four — Deputy Chief Clarence Jefferson and firefighters Benjamin Miele, Stephen Tervo, and James Horan, who were terminated from their call firefighter positions with the town in spring 2014 — is entering its second year and is apparently headed back to federal court after an attempt at mediation reportedly failed.

May 132015
Selectman's Race Heats Up In Final Week (Updated)

Groton voters are suddenly swimming in information about and endorsements of George Barringer, Jack Petropoulos, and Art Prest, the three candidates running for the Board of Selectmen’s seat currently held by Petropulos. The election is less than a week away, on Tuesday, May 19.

May 122015
Dear Editor: "I am writing to you, the people of Groton, to let you know that I am supporting Jack Petropoulos."

I am writing to you, the people of Groton, to let you know that I am supporting Jack Petropoulos for re-election to the Board of Selectmen. With that in mind, I have been researching the background regarding the Personnel Board controversy. The following is what I have learned: 1. HISTORY The selectmen, with the recommendation more »

May 122015
Three Man Race For Lone Selectman's Seat

Three people are running for a single open seat on the Groton Board of Selectmen in the May 19, 2015 town election. Incumbent Jack Petropoulos is seeking his second three-year term. He is challenged by long-time Planning Board member and current Chair George Barringer and Art Prest, who serves on several town committees but has more »

May 122015
Dear Editor: Three Selectmen, Residents Write: "Please join us in supporting Art Prest for Selectman in Groton."

We want to go on record as endorsing Art Prest for Selectman in Groton. Art’s background, education, and experience will prove a welcome addition to the Board of Selectmen in Groton. Art’s proven ability to analyze a situation and provide insight, ideas, and advice has benefitted all citizens of Groton. His ability to work collaboratively more »

May 102015
Dear Editor: "My vote for Jack Petropoulos for re-election as selectman will be my most confident selection"

It seems that time of year is upon us, once again! That time when we all, as registered Groton voters, pause and dwell on the merits of various individuals for the purpose of deciding who to vote into (and/or out of) elected office. Over many years, on occasion, Groton has benefited from well-populated election campaigns. more »

Apr 272015
2015 Spring Town Meeting Live Coverage -- Updated

Here’s a mix of live coverage, background, and reader comments on the 2015 Groton, Massachusetts Spring Town Meeting. The first session convenes Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m., and continues weekly for a second and possibly a third Monday.

Article 4, the citizen’s petition that put a nonbinding referendum on renewal of Town Manager Mark Haddad’s contract up for discussion is likely to dominate the first session on April 27.

Apr 262015
Who's Who On The Enemies List, Part 2
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Enemies List

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Enemies ListThis series is based on public records obtained by The Groton Line as well as interviews with some of those mentioned in those records. The records document exchanges between embattled Board of Selectman members and Town Manager Mark Haddad, whose actions have affected members more »