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FBI and State Police Add Forensic Muscle to Groton Hoax Investigation

FBI and State Police Add Forensic Muscle to Groton Hoax Investigation

“We’re working with the FBI and state police to see if we can come to some sort of resolution or conclusion,” on the phone calls that shut down Groton Center for almost two hours yesterday afternoon, Groton Police Chief Donald Palma said. “We’re still playing with the tape (of the 911 calls). We’ve asked them more »

Hoax Phone Calls Shut Down Groton Center

Hoax Phone Calls Shut Down Groton Center

Groton center was shut down for about two hours this afternoon, when Groton Police received a terse phone call at 1:46 p.m. reporting a possible stabbing. At least one other phone call followed, in which the caller alleged that an individual with a pipe bomb might be in the town center. Officers quickly closed state more »

Who’s Feeling Unsafe In Selectmen’s Meetings? It’s Hard to Tell

Who’s Feeling Unsafe In Selectmen’s Meetings? It’s Hard to Tell

Stuart Schulman was up front about what Board of Selectmen’s meetings are not: “We are not The Jerry Springer Show.” But the last prime time meeting of the board, on Monday March 16th, had its TV-like moments. But after a confusing open-to-the-public executive session apparently intended to discuss Town Manager Mark Haddad’s feeling of being more »

Recall Affidavit Effort Starts Slow, Begins To Gather Supporters

Recall Affidavit Effort Starts Slow, Begins To Gather Supporters

Updated: March 21, 2015 Garry Roy reported that he spent four hours at the Transfer station on Saturday instead of the two he had planned on, and collected about 40 signatures on each affidavit to recall Cunningham, Degen, Eliot, and Schuman. If you’re planning on heading to the Transfer Station Saturday morning, keep an eye more »

March Springs Like A Lion

March Springs Like A Lion

A week of balmy temperatures started to shrink the area’s record snowpiles last week, swelling streams and rivers with meltwater capped off with a day of rain this week. Then, Tuesday, a cold front blew into town from the north, riding 40+ mile an hour winds and sending temperatures back below freezing. The wind toppled more »

Multi-Million “Non-reappointed” Firefighter Lawsuit Goes to Federal Mediation (Updated)

Multi-Million “Non-reappointed” Firefighter Lawsuit Goes to Federal Mediation (Updated)

Updated: March 19, 2015 Updated with information from Town Counsel Brian Maser on the mediation process. The pending multimillion dollar lawsuit against the town by four former call firefighters that was first bumped from state to federal court because of potential US Civil Rights law violations has taken a new turn. At the request of more »

Approved School Budget Increases 2.11% Before Pending Union Contract Bump

Approved School Budget Increases 2.11% Before Pending Union Contract Bump

The Groton-Dunstable Regional School Committee has approved a “level-service” $36,449,830 FY16 budget that represents an increase of 2.11 percent over the previous year, but includes no funding for major new initiatives pending the completion of a 5-year strategic plan, due in June. Final budget numbers may change after the ratification of contracts for the district’s more »

Recall Affidavits For All Five Groton Selectmen Are On The Street

Recall Affidavits For All Five Groton Selectmen Are On The Street

On Friday the 13th, Jane Bouvier decided she had had enough. She pulled paperwork, affidavits, to recall all five Groton Selectmen from Town Clerk Michael Bouchard. She isn't working for or against any individual, she emphasized — she wants to offer residents a choice and the only way to do that is to provide an opportunity to send a signal to each selectman.

Haddad Requests Degen Investigation and a Police Guard

Haddad Requests Degen Investigation and a Police Guard

Groton’s Monday night Board of Selectmen drama series continued March 9, when Town Manager Mark Haddad asked the Board of Selectmen to investigate its chair, Josh Degen, for taking some unspecified actions possibly related to Article 4 on the Spring Town Meeting warrant, a nonbinding resolution asking the Board of Selectmen not to renew his more »

“Videogate” Documents Clarify Cost and Timing of Sewer Video Proposal (Updated)

“Videogate” Documents Clarify Cost and Timing of Sewer Video Proposal (Updated)

Updated: March 10, 2015 The story was updated with a correction by David Melpignano, who misstated a fact about Anna Eliot's presence at a meeting and corrected it. Documents obtained by The Groton Line clarify the chain of events leading up to a funding controversy over the commissioning of an “informational” video by Town Manager more »

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