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Shawn Dooley wins House seat

January 8, 2014 11:21 AM

House Republicans will soon add to their ranks after Shawn Dooley, the town clerk and School Committee chairman in Norfolk, cruised to victory Tuesday night over two challengers to capture the 9th Norfolk House seat vacated last year by former Rep. Daniel Winslow.

Dooley was able to hold the seat for the Republicans, defeating an independent and a Democrat, and will become the 29th member of the GOP House caucus when he is sworn in.

Dooley, 47, campaigned on small business creation, ending unfunded education mandates on cities and town, and making it easier for communities to regionalize services like public safety. He easily defeated independent Chris Timson of Walpole and Democrat Ed McCormick of Norfolk in Tuesday's special election.

The seat has been held by Republicans for two decades, including by former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and state Sen. Richard Ross. The district includes Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole and Wrentham.

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Milford voters overwhelmingly reject proposed casino

November 19, 2013 11:20 PM

Milford voters emphatically rejected a $1 billion Foxwoods-backed gambling resort on Tuesday, crushing a casino proposal five years in development, and shrinking the field of applicants for the state’s most lucrative gambling license.

The casino plan proposed by Foxwoods and its partners, the last of 11 original Massachusetts casino or slot parlor applicants to reach the ballot box, joins a prominent list of pricey projects to die at the hands of the voters.

“There was always a lot of opposition,” acknowledged somber Foxwoods chief executive Scott Butera, after the votes were counted. “We tried to change people’s minds and educate people, but we weren’t able to do it. “It just wasn’t meant to be.”

The Bay State suburbs have proven to be the graveyard of casino dreams, and Milford voters followed suit, defeating the proposal 6,361 to 3,480 in a town-wide referendum. Turnout was 57 percent of 17,400 registered voters, according to the town clerk’s office.

Mystic Valley cheerleaders advance to Regionals

October 29, 2013 10:00 AM
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 The Mystic Valley Cheerleading advanced to the Regional Round of competition after finishing in the top five teams at the Commonwealth League Meet Sunday at St. Mary's High School. The Regional Tournament will be held in November. The team is lead by captains: Jonessa Guarino, Jenna Dion and Brittany Afonso. “The Coaches could not have asked for anything more, we are so proud of them” said coach Linda Repici.

Survey seeks opinions on Norfolk County judges

October 21, 2013 10:00 AM

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — The state’s highest court is sending questionnaires to attorneys and court employees in Norfolk County, seeking input on 35 judges as part of an ongoing program to evaluate judicial performance.

The Supreme Judicial Court’s survey covers several categories including a judge’s knowledge of the law, fairness and impartiality, temperament on the bench and treatment of litigants, witnesses, jurors and attorneys.

Lawyers who have appeared in court in the county over the last two years will receive questionnaires.

All questionnaires are confidential and do not ask for the names of the respondents. The resulting reports also will be confidential and are given only to the judge being evaluated and to the chief justices of their courts.

Questionnaires will be accepted by the SJC through mid-December.

Curt Schilling selling off memorabilia at his Medfield home Saturday

October 7, 2013 04:37 PM

Curt Schilling, the former famed Red Sox pitcher and failed video-game business owner, is selling off items from his Medfield home this Saturday.

The sale will be short on sports memorabilia, aside from some bobbleheads, baseballs, and a Schilling bathrobe, but offer the more mundane items of Schilling’s domestic life, including candlesticks and couches, a microwave and vacuum cleaner, and even artificial potted plants.

Schilling has sold his assets, including items from his celebrated baseball career, to satisfy creditors since his video game company, 38 Studios, collapsed into bankruptcy in the spring of 2012. The bloody sock worn by Schilling when he pitched for the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series auctioned for more than $92,000 earlier this year.

Schilling has sold his assets, including items from his celebrated baseball career, to satisfy creditors since his video game company, 38 Studios, collapsed into bankruptcy in the spring of 2012. The bloody sock worn by Schilling when he pitched for the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series auctioned for more than $92,000 earlier this year.

Saturday’s estate sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m in Medfield, , according to the company managing it, Consignworks, Inc. of Dudley.

When Schilling’s Providence -based video-game company went bankrupt, it defaulted on loan payments to the state of Rhode Island. To lure 38 Studios from Massachusetts, Rhode Island’s economic development agency had approved a $75 million in loans.

The agency is now suing Schilling and others arguing that it was misled. Neither Schilling nor his representatives could be immediately reached for comment.

Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @fernandesglobe.

Race to replace state Rep. Dan Winslow in Legislature begins

October 4, 2013 03:05 PM

The race to replace former State Representative Dan Winslow is on, with Winslow’s former campaign manager already an announced candidate for the Republican nomination and at least two Democrats considering a run for the seat.

Shawn Dooley – former campaign manager for Winslow and Norfolk’s town clerk – announced last month that he would run for the 9th Norfolk representative’s seat.

Stanley Nacewicz, Winslow’s Democratic opponent in 2010, said he is weighing a run. Edward J. McCormick III, a lawyer from Norfolk who ran for Congress as a Republican in 1992 against Barney Frank but is now a Democrat, also said he is considering running for the seat.

Potential candidates have until Oct. 29cq to submit nomination papers for the special election. Party primaries will be held on Dec. 10, with the general election on Jan. 7. The seat will be open again next fall. The district includes all of Norfolk, Plainville, and Wrentham, and parts of Walpole, Millis, and Medfield.

Winslow, who last spring ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for the US Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry, resigned last month to take a job in the private sector

Special election to replace Dan Winslow in House set for January

September 30, 2013 01:25 PM

A special election to replace former Rep. Daniel Winslow in the 9th Norfolk House district will be held on Jan. 7, 2014, the House ordered on Monday.

Less than half way through his second two-year term, Winslow resigned over the weekend, leaving his former House district unrepresented to take a position as vice president and general counsel at Rimini Street, a Las-Vegas-based global provider of "enterprise software support services."

The Norfolk Republican delivered his farewell address to colleagues last week during his final session as a member of the House. During that session, he cast a vote to repeal the sales tax on software design services.

After the House adopted the special election order, Secretary of State William Galvin announced primaries in the special election will be held on Dec.10 and that potential candidates will have until Oct. 29 to submit at least 150 nomination signatures to local officials for certification.

The district includes Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham, one precinct in Walpole, one precinct in Millis, and two precincts in Medfield.

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Rep. Dan Winslow to resign to work for software services firm

September 16, 2013 05:17 PM

Once considered to have a promising future in Bay State Republican politics, Rep. Daniel Winslow said Monday morning he plans to resign from the House later this month to pursue a private sector job in software services.

Winslow announced that he has accepted a position as vice president and general counsel at Rimini Street, a Las-Vegas-based global provider of “enterprise software support services.”

According to an aide, Winslow intends to keep his primary residence in Norfolk, but will do some work out of the San Francisco office. Winslow has submitted his resignation letter to the House clerk, effective Sept. 29, necessitating yet another special election in the Legislature and dropping the ranks of the minority party to 29.

“My excitement in joining Rimini Street is tempered by my sadness in leaving the House. I have been thankful for every minute of my service in the Legislature, for the honor of representing the people of the 9th Norfolk towns, and for the opportunity to contribute to debate and solutions to improve our Commonwealth,” Winslow said in a statement. “I hope that my efforts have made a difference and that the ideas I have advanced can be considered in future sessions. I fully appreciate the sacrifice of public service, by our legislators and their families, and hope to remain engaged in civic life in the future.”

Hours after Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Sunday that she would run for governor in 2014, Winslow Tweeted that he would have an announcement of his own about his future Monday morning. Many assumed the former judge and general counsel to Gov. Mitt Romney would run for attorney general after talking with colleagues in recent weeks about the possibility of seeking the top prosecutor job if Coakley stepped aside.

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Les Miserables coming to Medfield High School

September 12, 2013 02:37 PM

Les Misérables, the hit musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, is coming to Lowell Mason Auditorium next month.

The musical, presented by Woodland Theatre Company, will be at the Medfield High School auditorium on Oct. 4, 5 and 6. Les Misérables, winner of eight Tony Awards, is the company's first production for the 2013-2014 season, according to a press release.

The cast is bursting with local actors, including Agatha Babbitt of Brighton; Allison Russell of Burlington; Brian Vaughn-Martel of Dorchester; Jon Baril, Chris Brindley, Katie McTyre and Joshua Wright of Framingham; Tyler Moran of Holden, John Bower and Katie Preisig of Marlborough; Mary Ann Hatem of Medfield; Elena Carmichael and Meghan Seaman of Natick; Ben Oehlkers of Needham; Skylar Grossman of Newton; Kevin Mahoney of Saugus; Christine Kasparian of Sharon; Chris Brousseau and Lori L’Italien of Somerville; Carol Kingsbury of Walpole; Connor Chinitz and Daniel Sullivan of Wellesley; Jessica DePalo, Cara Grieco, Brian Higgins and Kevin Parise of Westborough; Elizabeth Crawford of Weston; Athan Mantalos of Whitman; and Joshua Chelmo of Johnston, Rhode Island.

Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by visiting or by calling (508) 655-0687. The auditorium is at 88R South Street, Medfield.

Show times are as follows:
Oct. 4 - 8 p.m.
Oct. 5 - 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Oct. 6 - 2 p.m.

In January, Woodland Theatre Company will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and close the season with Fiddler on the Roof in May.

Shandana Mufti can be reached at

17-year-old girl missing after leaving Medfield library with man

September 11, 2013 12:32 PM


Brittany Thompson

The Massachusetts State Police and Medfield Police are seeking a missing 17-year-old girl who was last seen leaving the local library with a man Monday afternoon.

Brittany Thompson, who is developmentally delayed, was seen leaving the Medfield Public Library with the man at 4:25 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from police.

Police have released photos of Thompson, in the outfit she was wearing, and the man she was believed to be with.

When last seen, Brittany was wearing a red sleeveless shirt, blue jeans, and flip flops. She has braces on her teeth and typically wears her sunglasses on her head, as seen in the photo. Brittany is about 5 feet 6 inches and 140 pounds.


The alleged abductor

The man she was seen leaving with had on a “Sons of Anarchy” t-shirt and had slicked back hair. He is white and heavy-set.

"We have reason to believe Brittany Thompson is endangered," police said in the statement. "Anyone with information about her whereabouts or about the man seen in this photograph should call Massachusetts State Police at 508-820-2121 immediately."

Shandana Mufti can be reached at

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