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Stolen Valor

Governor Baker signed the Stolen Valor Act (H.B. 1641; chapter 128 of the Acts of 2015) on November 23, 2015.  This new Massachusetts statute makes it a crime for a person to falsely claim that they are in the military or a veteran.   The misdemeanor is punishable by a $1,000 fine,  a year in the house of correction or both.

The Massachusetts law goes further than the federal Stolen Valor Act, because it prohibits a person from wearing a military uniform, awards or decorations that one has not earned, to use fake military identification or to falsely claim to be a military member or veteran “with the intent to obtain money, property or another tangible benefit.”   The federal act only makes it illegal to falsely claim earning a military medal for financial gain.

State Senator Michael Rush, chairman of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, said  “This piece of legislation enhances all that we’ve done to support (Massachusetts’) 385,000 veterans and families by sending a very clear message that if you’re going to impersonate, if you’re going to steal the valor of individuals who have served for our freedom and democracy, you’ll be punished and held accountable.”

So Lieutenant Cromwell you’ve claimed military status, have worn the uniform of a United States Marine to several town events, prior to your termination for lying in a statement, lying to the Select board and on and on.
You may have benefitted in your initial hiring by claiming to be a United States Marine, so where is your discharge documentation, as proof of, honorable service.   

Or did you walk away from your military commitment, like you walked away from the ability to tell the truth?


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It's Official

So your crooked Board, led by the crooked Chair got their wish!   And apparently another community knew what they were getting in the way of obvious talent.

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Garvin gives notice in Shirley, will become Belmont town administrator

By Chris Lisinski, clisinski@lowellsun.com

Updated:   12/13/2017 12:49:48 PM EST


SHIRLEY -- Town Administrator Patrice Garvin will leave Shirley next month to become town administrator in Belmont, a step up into a larger town that features a significant raise.

Garvin interviewed for the Belmont job earlier this month and was formally appointed on Monday, the Belmont Citizen-Herald reported. She will continue to work in Shirley until Jan. 10, 2018 according to Board of Selectmen Chair Holly Haase.

"I wish her well and I wish her the best in her new position," Haase said. "There are some great things she did and we appreciate those things."

Selectmen will discuss Garvin's departure following Thursday's Special Town Meeting. Haase said she personally would expect the town to seek an interim town administrator, although that outcome is uncertain as the other two selectmen must also weigh in and vote.

When Garvin takes the reins in Belmont on Jan. 15, she will manage a town roughly three times the size of Shirley -- and with a new salary of $168,000, she will be compensated significantly more, too. Her Belmont contract runs for three years.

Garvin leaves Shirley after a stretch of significant upheaval.

In 2015, the town did not have a balanced budget, so Garvin proposed cutting her guaranteed raise from $6,000 to $1,810. But voters at a Special Town Meeting to balance the budget denied awarding Garvin that raise.

Two selectmen, Kendra Dumont and Robert Prescott, later voted to give Garvin the raise anyway, citing a contractual obligation to do so. That decision prompted backlash among some voters, and Dumont and Prescott were later recalled. There was controversy at the police department, too, with a former police sergeant fired at the recommendation of the chief and then rehired at a higher rank as part of a legal settlement. The chief, Thomas Goulden, later agreed to part ways with the town.

Garvin could not be reached for immediate comment Wednesday, but in an email interview with the Citizen-Herald, she identified her greatest strength as managing municipal finance and said she plans to work to build trust in Belmont. "I have been able to gain trust and respect in Shirley and have no doubt I will accomplish this in Belmont," Garvin wrote. "Belmont has financial struggles and capital challenges ahead and it needs an administrator that understands the greater picture and how to get there."
 

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 As a community, what with the rigged dismissal of the former Police Chief, (Who is still getting paid) the rigged re-hiring of a documented liar and potential criminal into a lieutenants position, the prosecution and conviction of Begun for stealing your tax dollars and the new board, giving him a credit card, containing your tax dollar, and now the exodus of  your Town Administrator, who turned this town around financially, the end of days is nearing for your community.  Scanning salaries for the Belmont position in their annual town report, it appears Garvin will double her annual salary. Not good enough for Haase, Cappucci, Begun, Cromwell et-all but apparently great for a town light years ahead of your community!     


Shirley’s Town Administrator Patrice Garvin chosen as Belmont’s new town administrator
Shirley Town Administrator Patrice Garvin has been chosen as Belmont’s next town administrator.


After public interviews with the Belmont Board of Selectmen on Dec. 5, the selectmen voted unanimously to offer Garvin the position of town administrator pending the outcome of the contract negotiations and the background check. Garvin and Maynard’s Town Administrator Kevin Sweet were the two final candidates for the town administrator position selected by the search committee from a pool of 19.


Each candidate was asked the same seven questions by selectmen during their separate 45-minute interviews. The first question asked the candidates to introduce themselves, providing a brief synopsis of their career and accomplishments and conclude with their best pitch as to how they think their background and experiences will best serve Belmont and deal with the myriad of challenges it faces in the short and long term.


Relations with the selectmen


Garvin said she wears many hats in her role as Town Administrator for Shirley.


“I feel that if Belmont selects me they will receive a very well-rounded, experienced town administrator,” she said.


Regarding challenges she may face working with the Board of Selectmen and how she would facilitate conflict between board members and what she would do if she disagreed with the selectmen, Garvin said she has key rules: Always be informed. Never be surprised.


“You set the destination point. It’s my job as town administrator to figure out how to get there,” she said.


She said if there are times she disagrees with the selectmen, if something isn’t in the best interest of the town she would tell them and seek other alternatives that could be in the better interest of the town and would inform the selectmen of these alternatives and the consequences.


“I can’t go to bed at night without knowing I did something in the best interest of the town. I’d doing that if I’m giving alternatives and suggestions based on that. Ultimately, it’s the Board of Selectmen’s decision,” she said.


Garvin pledges no micromanagement
Another question asked her describe her management style, how her subordinates would describe her management style and how her current and previous bosses would describe her management style.


“My management style is an open door policy,” said Garvin.


She also said she does not micromanage but she likes to be kept in the loop. She likes to conduct monthly department meetings.


“I’ve grown as a manager in Shirley. The biggest mistake I’ve seen town administrators do is they come in and start changing everything. I like to listen, absorb, understand and slowly bring all those pieces together and form a vision I can bring to the Board of Selectmen,” she said.


With regard to planning for Belmont’s budget, which is considerably higher than Shirley’s $15 million budget, Garvin said while Shirley has a smaller budget, the process, concept and goals are the same, she said. She said she would want to sit down with the town treasurer and accountant and look at a 10-year debt schedule with and without capital projects.


She mentioned the incinerator site as a potential revenue source to help fund capital projects for the town if it is used for solar development. Her experience in Shirley, she said, has given her a lot of experience with solar development.


‘I don’t give up until it’s done’
Williams asked her the final question on how Belmont will benefit from her being the town administrator.


“What I bring to everything I do is my full effort. If I don’t succeed at one thing I will try another. I don’t give up until it’s done and that’s what I will bring to Belmont,” said Garvin.


In Shirley, she said there is a neglected bridge the public works director wanted to have repaired. She said she kept applying for a grant until she finally got it.


“I don’t stop until I feel the town is getting what it needs and what it deserves,” she said.


Dash swayed by Garvin’s ‘vision’


Rick White of Groux White, the consulting firm hired to assist with the search, said both candidates represent the younger and rising stars of the profession.


Selectman Adam Dash said he thought either candidate could do a job but Garvin articulated a vision which he didn’t necessarily hear from Sweet. “We need vision, heart and an eye on what we do here which is to work for the people of Belmont,” said Dash.


He said Garvin came across as practical, forthright and persistent. The way she talked and things she said wasn’t just a list of accomplishments, he said, it was a statement of purpose and motivation. It’s a really tough choice and he wishes he could hire both, he said. Dash also said he thought Garvin’s answers were very honest and didn’t sound canned.


“We know what we’re getting if we hire her,” he said.


Paolillo praised Garvin’s drive


Selectmen Mark Paolillo said Sweet has strong financial skills and he liked the credentials he had but Garvin had him on question one when she said she wanted to give back to the community and see the results of her actions to make improvements. He thought Sweet would do a fine job but Garvin would have quiet forcefulness and find ways to bring the community together.


“I think it’s a clear choice,” he said.


He said some of the answers to the questions she had tipped the scale for him. Selectmen Chairman Jim Williams said he was less certain than Paolillo and Dash.


“I think the job itself is not one of being a fourth selectmen. You actually want somebody who is a town administrator who would facilitate the board’s direction and both candidates would do that,” he said.


 


About Patrice Garvin


CURRENT POSITION: Town Administrator for Shirley since 2013


PRIOR POSITIONS: Executive Assistant to Town Manager for town of Groton, Massachusetts, 2007-2013, Recording secretary for town of Chelmsford, 2004-2008


EDUCATION: Master’s degree in education developmental and educational psychology from Boston College, bachelors of science in political science and sociology from Suffolk University


 









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For those interested an additional page has been placed on this site for your review and consideration.
The specifics for the recall case, including the judge’s decision are on the “recall” page!
All the information contained was obtained from Lowell Superior Court. Much more material will be provided when time permits.


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In yet another manipulative attempt to discredit everything done in the past to move your community forward, Tim Hatch undoubtedly coordinating his slanderous attack on the current administrator and former selectmen, with at least one of the “Selectmen”, (Ms. Haase) fired another volley of lies. On Public access https://www.shirleymedia.org     “Board of Selectmen 11-8-2017” at 1:24.00; you can see an obviously unstable Hatch insinuate wrongdoing. So egregious was his insinuation that Cappucci actually woke up and told him “enough”.


So why is Hatch the new attack dog in the community?  The rationale goes way back to the Solar development off of Patterson Rd. This illustrates the lengths the good ole boys will go to insure their own continued prosperity at the cost to the community.  It seems that Hatch was desirous of enriching his own pockets and that of his family as opposed to having a financial benefit to all of Shirley. Parcel 43 A 10… off of Patterson Rd. belongs to TRW Trust (which is Timothy Hatch and two other Hatch siblings) established by Mr. Hatch (Senior) with eventual benefits to the three siblings. 43 A 10 one of the TRW reality Trust parcels is 29.700 acres and abuts two other solar developments. The plan was to clear cut all the acreage and install a two to three megawatt development, with all land lease revenues benefitting TRW Realty Trust.


When the developments currently out there were in fact developed it consumed all of the available line capacity and further stopped growth in that area without giving land to be marked as conservation holds based on nesting habitat for at least two endangered turtles. This made further development, particularly of any TRW property holdings cost prohibitive as it would require a “Land taking” and a significantly expensive upgrade to a power substation in order to handle additional electrical capacity. So Tim’s grand plan and personal wealth benefits was not to be realized.  


Need proof? Simply query members of the former Energy Committee who could recount Hatch’s outburst specific to his families plans being ruined by town solar development, review the multiple filing with Natural Heritage or review the request for cap allocation that can be located here; http://www.massaca.org  , or review the photographic documentation below.





 


SO what has this got to do with Hatch’s attack and insinuation that two specific roads were paved because two former Selectmen signed the administrators contract extension? Simply this was raised by a greedy and unstable individual trying to level some degree of vengeance on the fact that he and his family lost some private enrichment. 


There are several vocal residents, part of the cabal living on one of the roads. A new elected member of the board lives off of one of the roads. And most importantly the administrator had absolutely nothing to do with what roads are repaired on an annual basis, this was attempted to be explained to Hatch but rational discord fell upon deaf ears. Road paving assignments all had to do with the former DPW manager, his selection of roads in the greatest need of repair based on traffic and existing road conditions effecting traffic patterns, resident and commuter complaints and a lengthy application process and approval required by MASS DOT to release Chapter 90 funds to initiate the needed repairs.


Did that stop Mr. Hatch? No,  as the old adage goes “Don’t let the facts get in the way of an argument”
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STATE OF THE TOWN


The old adage is “one gets the government they deserve”
Shirley currently has approx 4600 registered voters
So an election to dictate the future of this town, Shirley had 933 residents show up for the Special  Election on November 7th to replace a Selectmen seat vacated by Mr. Wilsons abrupt resignation . 
Less than 21% of the towns voting population failed to cast a vote for the future of your community.  

Let that sink in! Less than a quarter of eligible voters, voted the future course of the community, taxation, economic development, education. So the people who showed have now set the course for the future and the vocal anti everything people, a lot of which DON’T pay property taxes, have no children in the public schools and are anti growth zealots, want your property taxes to increase to pay for the things they want and residents stayed home. In Fiscal Year 19 or 20 when they come calling to again have an override and pay for issues you did not vote.
My dad, cast his ballot and seeing the poor turnout said simply “Sad”  

Regrettably residents will allow the nastiest people to run everything into the ground, again and the screaming will start when the financial bloodletting become evident.



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Special Election November 7th 2017


Polls are open from 7am to 8pm


Shirley Town Hall 7 Keady Way
 
I had to opportunity to watch the candidates debate with my Dad this last weekend and will be taking a half day on November 7th to bring him to the polls so he can cast his ballot in the Shirley Special election for a seat on the Select board, vacated by Mr. Wilson.


The debate can be seen in its entirety here: https://www.shirleymedia.org     Titled   Candidate Debate - 10/26/17.


It’s currently on the main page of the public access web site under “Most Recent Shows”


As indicated earlier on this News and Information page there was a secretive meeting in November 2016, spearheaded by Cappucci and held at the Benjamin Hill pool building.  Those in attendance included Cappucci (who is going around town or at his morning Duncan Donuts ritual, telling people he does not know the candidates.) and Haase as well as Flagg, Wilson, Keith Begun and others. This meeting was to determine who would run in the recall election. Ultimately and sadly for the town it was Haase and Wilson that ran and succeeded during the rigged recall.


After watching this debate and discussing the event it furthered dads’ opinion. He started with one of his favorite old saying that was drummed into me while growing up “Show me your company and I’ll tell you what you are”.  In Flaggs answer to one question she insinuated that we needed to hire within (focusing her ire on the Police Department) apparently that's regardless of qualifications. This is the same woman that in the Public hearing on the Cromwell termination screeched at Chief Goulden about him not wasting time on the Cromwell investigation and focus on the person her sold her son drugs!  That hearing can been see on the public access page and her comment can be barley heard, but those of us in the room heard it as plain as day.  Flaggs insinuation that we are paying two Chiefs is somehow wrong. She is correct in only one aspect of this, in  the settlement agreement with Chief Goulden indicates he will be the Chief until 30 June 2018, so the current board should NOT have made the Sgt the Chief until after the settlement, the Should have made the Sgt. "Acting Chief" this is a clear litigable violation of a signed agreement, nothing new for our current corrupt board.)  But that was not what Flag was referring to as she couldn't have seen the settlement agreement with the Chief as this board has made nothing to do with the Police Department public. What it does indicate is a clear bias.


You can certainly forgive someone for not knowing issues involved in being a Selectperson, or not knowing specifics on budget issues, or staffing issues, like wanting a full time building inspector when there is for all intents and purposes NO new growth in Shirley (as stated in recent and televised Fincom Meetings) and the current Building Inspector is not even working the hours the position was authorized as there is not enough work to fulfill those hours. (Stated by the Administrator in the recent Annual Town Meeting when a resident wanted to make it a full time position.)  All these issues require time on the job. What cannot be forgiven is tacit support for the current condition of the Police Department and her vocal behind the scenes support of our disgraced Lieutenant.


Dad indicated his vote will be an easy one, anyone who would support the termination of the former Chief because he did his job in terminating a corrupt officer, then support that corrupt officer becoming a Lieutenant, have signage asking for the reinstatement of said corrupt officer or have their political signage in yards that have or had those signs, or in yards of people who have stolen from this very community and who would attend secretive meetings to vie for a seat under the cover of darkness is not someone he would ever trust or honor with a vote. The Town or those who bother to vote have yet another decision, put “birds of a feather” together or send a message that backroom deals and corrupt motives are coming to end.





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I've now received all of the documentation on the recall and a lot of materials on those behind that act, COMING soon to this site. 


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As was clearly indicated in materials provided (and placed on the “Solar” page of this site)
Nothing was done illegally, every rule, regulation and policy was followed. The property was NEVER Article 97 protected (this protection requires an affirmative vote) was never conservation or listed anywhere at any time as conservation property  (and the judge in his decision called out the plaintiffs for lying!)


So the questions remains for all the residents of Shirley, Which one of the following people, who provided over a year of deliberate misinformation and sued the town, is going to pay the significant legal expenses for the Town defending itself. Here’s the people who owe the rest of you taxpayers money.
NOTE the under the current corrupt administration MOST of the people have now been appointed to positions within the community. You can bet they will use their new positions to create further litigation for your community




                 The courts decisions is available for your review on the SOLAR page herein.




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Sunday I took dad to his favorite breakfast location in the area, Michael's Bridge Diner in Lancaster for his favorite, Eggs Benedict and their homemade corned beefed hash; it was as good as ever!
Being a gorgeous fall day out dad and I drove around Shirley and Dad commented “that’s all I needed to see.” When asked what, he replied, Do you find it odd that almost every home that had a “Re-instate Sgt. Cromwell” sign now has a “Flagg for Selectwomen” sign and the same sign is in front of the Begun household (The October 2016 convicted felon, convicted of stealing taxpayer dollars)  Dad in his usual no nonsense style said “I was undecided, after seeing this I know who I’m voting for on November 7th  and it would never be someone who supported or whose supporters, cheered on the disgrace that is now our Police Lieutenant.”  
Watching October 16’s Selectman’s meeting was enough to ruin a great breakfast. Haase as underhanded and corrupt as Cappucci was debating a resident and mentioned openness and transparency, REALLY  you have failed to release 26 records of executive sessions, made hiring decisions in executive session and have conducted 50% of town business in executive session. YOU are as transparent as mud!
On a lighter note Cappucci in arguing with the same resident mentioned a $30,000.00 (on at least two occasions) settlement with a solar provider. The Settlement discussed three weeks earlier and voted for approval was $20,000.00. So Cappucci what are you going to do with the other $10,000.00?  WATCH YOUR WALLETS!     

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Outrageous BUT not unexpected
Not residing in the Senatorial District represented by this bloviating cad, it’s upsetting on its face to see an elected official speak on something he is totally unaware of. As my dad indicated this is totally in character for the “man”!

So “Senator Eldridge” aside from getting facts wrong, you stand up for a disgraced officer, who not only should not be an officer, she should be in prison!  You paint a picture of abuse based on one story that did not include all of the facts. The report(s) and the news story are here on the “Cromwell” page.
Let’s review the facts and related news articles;

Shirley Cops firing justified  (Lowell Sun, Sentinel and Enterprise, Nashoba Publications)  http://www.lowellsun.com/opinion/ci_30571841/shirley-cops-firing-is-proper-justified


So Eldridge, what say you now?





Mother: Fired Shirley officer failed to follow up on son's assault  


So Eldridge do you stand for the protection of Children? This is the SECOND case of gross negligence on the part of Cromwell, and therefore allowing sexual predators of children to STILL be out there roaming the streets looking for other victims.


Documents shed light on investigations that led to Shirley officer's firing

So before you proclaimed victimization of Cromwell did you see why she was terminated? Of course not it simply does not fit your endless pandering






Risk Management Advisors   (October 2016)
Cromwell is found guilty of six (6) violations of Massachusetts General Laws and four (4) violations of internal police department policies.

ADP Management Report (2015)





The first case of ignored/report Child abuse, report to Cromwell who did noting to identify the subject as is related herein, could this be because the fathers of the suspects is a close personal friend of Cromwell’s “mentor” Enrico Cappucci and a friend of Cromwell?






Boxborough Police Department Report (2016)
Violations of Massachusetts State Law, RMV violations, disobeying a lawful order.
We will never know if the MCAD (Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination) would have found in favor of Cromwell’s spurious complaints as she settled for a CASH PAYOUT, a job back and a promotion to a nonexistent position.
Massak Investigation (2012)
So apparently the prior Police Chief was somehow involved in the conspiracy to harass this poor victim!
So again “Senator Eldridge”  and according to my dad and a google search of you, you continue your proud tradition of finding fault of people you don’t know and where no fault exits.  And outright lying for purely political agenda.    



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What went wrong for Goulden?

Former Shirley chief reflects on issues that led to his ouster (Nashoba Publications)


 SHIRLEY -- When Thomas Goulden was named police chief in 2014 he had a 10-year goal.

He did not remain that long.

He planned to build the department so the next chief could be chosen from within. Training and obtaining good equipment was part of his strategy to rebuild morale and move the department in the right direction.
He got the DARE program up and running again. Officers can now take field training within the department, learning firearm skills or have someone in the cruiser with them when they first go out on the road.
The then-new chief was impressed at the willingness of department members to volunteer on their own time to do things like serve meals at the Senior Center.
"I was told there were morale issues," Goulden said in a conversation in September. "I didn't know how deep."
The New Hampshire resident was placed on paid administrative leave less than three years into his contract. He won't be returning to the department. A subsequent investigation faulted him for conduct unbecoming an officer and failure to follow town policies.
He remains on paid leave with a $2,500 bi-weekly salary and health benefits until the end of the fiscal year in June, when his resignation is effective.
Goulden was not present when selectmen put him on leave during a meeting in February. Sgt. Samuel Santiago was named acting chief during that meeting and was given a three-year police chief contract in July.
Under the terms of a separation agreement, Goulden said he was prohibited from saying anything bad about the town. He discussed some of the things that occurred during his tenure.
Early Days
From the start, the chief hired from outside the department did not have clear sailing. Some in town felt that a department member should have been hired for the post, Goulden said.
He found a department with a lack of accountability because of insufficient training and equipment. Officers were complacent and there was no mentorship in the department.
One of the selectmen, the only one to vote against placing Goulden on leave, said in that meeting that there were pre-existing problems in the department.
"Goulden inherited a place without good supervision and people were not being properly directed," Selectman Jim Wilson said. Wilson was first elected during a recall election in January, re-elected in May and resigned without giving a reason in August.
The fractures in the department were deeper than he realized, Goulden said. Instead of developing a working atmosphere of mutual respect and teamwork, the fractures remained.
"I put out forest fires, one after another," he said.
Goulden ended up taking more disciplinary actions over the course of under three years than he did during the previous 22 years he spent in law enforcement, he said.
"The public didn't agree with what I did," Goulden said.
Firing Cromwell
Goulden's decisions and actions captured the attention of vocal opponents.
At his recommendation, selectmen demoted then-Sgt. Alfreda Cromwell in November and then fired her the next week. Townspeople protested the action.
Goulden had disciplined Cromwell in the past.
Residents complained that Cromwell had not properly dealt with two separate child abuse allegations.
Goulden asked for an outside investigator.
The investigation by Alfred P. Donovan in 2015 found that Cromwell had violated department policies and rules. In one case, she took no action on a complaint for 132 days.
"I had no idea" that a tablet possibly containing evidence was in Cromwell's desk drawer, Goulden said. "That is a nightmare for any police chief."
Cromwell was suspended for five days.
In 2016 Goulden asked the selectmen to demote Cromwell from sergeant to officer, accusing her of not following orders. The selectmen held hearings and reviewed the report by Lt. Warren O'Brien of the Boxborough Police Department.
On Nov. 1, the board demoted her.
The following week, alleging she lied, Goulden asked that the selectmen terminate Cromwell. They did. State police cleared residents from the meeting after some began to call out and be disruptive.
Selectman Rico Cappucci, the only selectman not recalled in January and a former Shirley police chief, voted against demoting and terminating Cromwell.
On Nov. 1 Goulden requested that Cappucci recuse himself. He cited the selectman's personal prejudice against Goulden as chief and Cappucci's existing personal relationship with Cromwell.
Cappucci did not recuse himself.
Signs calling for Cromwell's reinstatement popped up on lawns around town soon after the meeting. Residents gathered in front of the police station to protest.
"I always do what's right," Goulden said. "I don't regret any of it."
On Dec. 31, 2015, he learned that Cromwell filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, MCAD.
"I was scratching my head," Goulden said. "You've got to be kidding me."
The town hired another investigator, Jean Haertl, to look into Cromwell's allegations. She ended up investigating 14 items. Some were allegations against other members of the department.
Two selectmen on the board when Cromwell was fired, Kendra Dumont and Bob Prescott, were recalled at the end of January 2016. Goulden said if the recall had not gone through, he would still be in his job. He was placed on administrative leave in February.
The selectmen, with two new members, looked at the complete Haertl report by after seeing an executive summary.
The report found insufficient evidence of discrimination, but did find evidence that Goulden violated policies regarding conduct unbecoming an officer and engaged in unprofessional conduct.
In one instance the report found, "none of the witnesses supported the contention that Goulden's negative conduct and commentary toward Cromwell was related to her race, gender or sexual orientation.
"In fact, it is undisputed that Goulden, upon learning a female resident was making inappropriate commentary towards Cromwell in 2015, including insinuating she wanted a romantic relationship with her, Goulden immediately and professionally addressed the matter with Cromwell in an effort in ensure Cromwell was comfortable with working the case."
When the board placed Goulden on leave, Cappucci said the report was "very disturbing, question mark after question mark."
During the February meeting, Town Administrator Patrice Garvin requested clarification, asking if the new investigation was to be based on the Haertl report.
"That's already been voted," Cappucci said.
The White Report
It wasn't until May, when an investigator contacted him, that Goulden learned what the new investigation was looking into.
None of the seven items in the scope of investigation were among the allegations investigated by Haertl.
The report -- completed in May by Paul J. White -- found that two of the allegations in the provided by the selectmen had merit.
Goulden used poor judgment when he asked a subordinate, who has since resigned, to take pictures of a recall petition, White found. The chief had a responsibility to remain politically neutral.
He merely passed the picture along, never looking at it, Goulden said.
According to the White report, Goulden relayed between 12 and 18 images to Selectmen Dumont and Prescott.
"Would I do it again?" he said in September. "Probably not. I don't need the aggravation."
The photo did not affect the outcome of the election, he said. Dumont and Prescott were recalled.
The report faulted Goulden on another allegation. The chief should have been aware of the policy prohibiting most employees from carrying firearms, despite never having received an employee handbook.
Seeing a dispatcher carrying a gun, Santiago, then a sergeant, told him about the policy.
Santiago did not tell Goulden about the encounter.
The dispatcher resumed carrying his gun after an informal discussion with Goulden.
"Shame on the dispatcher for even approaching me," Goulden said.
Investigating Begun
An investigation done at the request of the town administrator into allegations against Recreation Commissioner Keith Begun contributed to his rising unpopularity, Goulden said.
The 2016 investigation resulted in a conviction of forging an invoice. More than two dozen supporters went to Ayer District Court in November when the judge placed the felony charge for Begun on file for a year.
The commissioner received no sentence and the charge will be dismissed after a year if he has no more legal issues. He remains on the Recreation Commission.


READING BETWEEEN THE LINES  (What the Chief could NOT say)
Firing Cromwell; Read the Cromwell page on this site and not only should she have been fired. She should have been convicted on multiple counts (and that may still be forthcoming)  And Cappucci & Haase should have been charged as well. (and that may still be forthcoming)  
The White Report; Read that, it’s here, and read the explanation the methods of signature collection was illegal according to the Town’s by—law so the Chief was well within his rights to do what was done. And if you read the email exchange herein you’ll also see that Selectmen Dumont and Prescott had nothing to do with this action.
Investigating Begun;  Read the Begun page. You are dealing with a convicted felon, who stole your taxpayer dollars, and continued to try and steal by creating invoices (on his home computer) and submitting them to your town for payment.

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ODDS AND ENDS
So Shirley’s version of Antifa, the small group of extremists that told proven lies concerning disgraced Officer Alfreda Cromwell. That told and are telling proven lies concerning everything Solar (and suing their own town) according to the documentation contained in this site under the “Solar” page. The same group that created massive misinformation and outright lies to get the special act, to initiate and then complete a recall and still spew vile and hatred NOW WANT a Kumbaya moment to embrace all in the warm comfort of truth and light. One problem THEY are responsible for bringing Shirley into darkness and to a person would not know the truth if it looked them in the eyes; Here is the latest edict posted on the Town’s Facebook page;

From the Communication Committee:
On Sunday September 17th we invite the townspeople of Shirley to gather at 6pm for a vigil on Center Town Common. We will reaffirm our sense of community and stand together against hatred of all kinds.
We respectfully ask that attendees do not bring signs or posters. We request that all attendees reach out to those in the community that they do not know and introduce themselves. Local faith leaders will address the community and there will be an a moment of silent reflection on how best to bring peace and reconciliation to our community.
The vigil will be followed by a special program at the Shirley Meeting House: "Creating Peace in Ourselves, Our Community, Our World" beginning at 7 pm. This program will feature words and music performed by our neighbors and friends.
All are welcome.
Hope to see you there.
Here’s the problem, the residents of Shirley who are waking up can see what’s going on. Two Selectmen whose offense was to protect this community….. gone and still being verbally attacked. One of their replacements resigning after seeing what is occurring from the inside, Holly Haase declaring herself “The real power in your community” and Cappucci organizing a great plan to get his way regardless of who he hurts as long as his “acquaintance” becomes your new Chief!
Here’s the other problem, one percent, repeat one percent of the eligible voters, voted last Tuesday to borrow (with interest) over 1 million dollars to fund a new piece of fire apparatus. Needed or not is not the issue, the issue is and will remain voter apathy based on disgust or ignorance of the issues, allowed slightly over 400 residents to spend 1 million dollars and increase taxation for a 15 year period.
Here's the “mission statement” of the mouth piece of the Politburo
Mission Statement:
To keep the Town of Shirley informed, engaged, foster community spirit and relay non-partisan information to help residents make informed decisions.
Given the membership of this committee, residents will never see non-partisan information.
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It’s September 2017 and the Chair of the Recreation Committee, Keith Begun is STILL a convicted felon, based on stealing and then attempting to steal your money from this community, need proof, visit the “Begun” page on this site, you can even watch the admissions.
As residents you should be comforted that our Selectmen gave him a Town Credit Card and are considering (if they have not done so already) petty cash!  A question needs to be asked, where are all the funds from the sporting events put on by your children that you pay to see? Where are all the funds from the “snack shack”?
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So will anyone ask Enrico Cappucci, Holly Haase, Keith “The Thief” Begun, Jimmy Wilson, Debra Flagg or the other secretive attendees about a super secret meeting held at the Benjamin Hill Building in November 2016 to plot out the fate of this town, discuss who would run in the recall and the plans to bring Cromwell back, fire Chief Goulden, Get rid of the Town Administrator and on and on. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see their reaction? You soon will be able to see it, since there are photographs of people coming and going, which will be posted soon.

This is your open and transparent government, plotting behind the backs of the residents to conduct an overthrow based on outright and outrageous lies.

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Openness and Transparency
February 3 2017-11 September;  the current board held thirty five (35) public meetings. 

1. Either prior to or after those public sessions (and on two cases Executive Sessions only) they held twenty four (24) Executive Sessions.
LAUGHABLE is the fact that two of these executive sessions were to discuss releasing minutes of executive sessions.
This current board has hid, obfuscated and been more secretive than ANY PRIOR BOARD!
Examples you ask?
>There are no posted minutes from the Selectmen's meeting of any type on “My Town Government” which is where you are directed to via the Town Web site.
> If you review the Towns Web Site http://shirley-ma.gov/Pages/ShirleyMA_BOSMin/2017   you will see no regular meeting posted since 10 July 2017
> You will also see  NO POSTING of any of the 24 Executive Sessions since they assumed command and held their first meeting on 3 Feb 2017
> By comparison if you review 2016 minutes http://shirley-ma.gov/Pages/ShirleyMA_BOSMin/2016  you will see posting of all minutes and executive sessions.
This Board is operating in complete secrecy YOU paying taxes should be alarmed!  

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So we don’t forget, this is a summary of ONLY three of the five separate investigations!


Documents shed light on investigations that led to Shirley officer's firing


By Joe Atmonavage, jatmonavage@sentinelandenterprise.com


Updated:   11/13/2016 11:11:09 AM EST


SHIRLEY -- At a Nov. 1 hearing at the town offices, an upset resident in the back of the selectmen's conference room was one of many to voice their concern that the police chief wanted to fire Sgt. Alfreda Cromwell.


"All this over a license plate?" the person yelled at the Board of Selectmen and Police Chief Thomas Goulden.


But Goulden said his recommendation to fire Cromwell was not only about a confidential vehicle registration she obtained but also two other work-related incidents.


The Board of Selectmen voted to demote Cromwell from sergeant to patrol officer after the Nov. 1 hearing, and when Goulden asked for all parties to reconvene Wednesday because he believed Cromwell gave "fraudulent testimony" at the Nov.  1 hearing, the board found Goulden's claim substantiated and terminated Cromwell, who had served on the force since 2007, the last six as sergeant.
Goulden, who became chief in September 2014, said three incidents led him to the recommendation he made Nov. 1:


* A five-day suspension without pay for Cromwell's failing to properly investigate a June 2015 complaint regarding the alleged "endangerment and welfare of a minor child" and "possible sexual exploitation."
* Cromwell's changing out of her police uniform and into her U.S. Marines uniform on Memorial Day during a shift without seeking the chief's permission.
 
* Her retaining a confidential registration when the chief authorized her not to.


Police Department documents obtained by The Sun detail the investigations of the three incidents that led to Goulden's recommendation to fire Cromwell.


Five-day suspension


It took Cromwell 132 days and an order from the chief before she documented a report from a man who visited the Shirley Police Department on June 9, 2015, to report "his concern for his stepson's well-being," an investigation found.
The man, whose name has been redacted from town documents, said he went to the police department with a tablet containing multiple "disturbing" photos of his stepson, which he did not believe the child was "technologically proficient" enough to take, according to an investigative report conducted by Alfred P. Donovan, a special investigator for ADP Management.


When the child's biological mother went to speak with him about the photos, the child "snatched" the tablet and eventually deleted the photos. The stepfather said he asked Cromwell to turn the tablet over to the State Police Crime Lab to retrieve the photos, according to the report.
"The entire reason for leaving the tablet with her was so that it could be evaluated by the State Police Crime Lab," the stepfather told Donovan.


Over the next few weeks, the stepfather said he called Cromwell on "several occasions," including leaving multiple voice messages to "inquire about the status of the investigation" but never received a call back from Cromwell.
He said he never heard back from Cromwell and became "frustrated," so he went to the police station to file a complaint with Goulden on Oct. 16, 2015. Goulden had Cromwell document the incident "on or about" Oct. 19, 2015.


When interviewed by Donovan, Cromwell said she did not recall "learning the particulars of the information regarding the inappropriate photographs of (the man's) stepson or the fact that he wanted the tablet evaluated by the State Police Crime Lab," according to the investigative report.
The report found that Cromwell having no recollection of that conversation "is simply not credible." Donovan said he found the complainant to be "forthright and credible," regarding the June 9, 2015, meeting with Cromwell at the police station.


"It is also not credible that Sergeant Cromwell, as a police supervisor trained in sexual-assault investigations, would hear allegations of 'inappropriate photos,'" take possession of the device and "later not have any recollection of discussing" the photos, the investigation found.
Because of this, the investigation found that Cromwell violated the Shirley police department's policies, procedures, rules and regulations by failing "to appropriately record, document, investigate or process" the man's complaint from June 9, 2015. 


Goulden formally notified Cromwell on Dec. 11, 2015 she would be suspended five days without pay.


Memorial Day
Between 10:30 and 11 a.m. on May 29, Cromwell, who was on the clock as the patrol supervisor, changed out of her police uniform, "put on a U.S. Marine Corps uniform and proceeded to participate in Memorial Day events around town," according to a letter from Goulden sent to Cromwell.


Goulden, who was on vacation at the time of the incident, said there were two serious issues with what happened: Cromwell did not have permission to leave her patrol duties and she was being paid by the town to be in full uniform and serving as the patrol supervisor.
The letter says Cromwell instructed an officer to have a reserve officer assigned to a traffic post "to serve as his back up" while Cromwell participated in the holiday event.


Goulden did not punish Cromwell for the incident, but in the letter he said, "You exhibited very poor judgment in the performance of your duties."


Confidential registration
In July, Cromwell made a request to Goulden regarding the renewal of her confidential registration plate for her personal vehicle.


Goulden, who did not know how the confidential plate program operated, told Cromwell he would look into the matter and get back to her.
He then determined Cromwell did not qualify for having a confidential registration plate and informed her in an email Aug. 9 he would not authorize her to have a confidential plate, according to Boxboro police Lt. Warren O'Brien, who conducted an investigation "into the facts and circumstances regarding a confidential registration plate" assigned to Cromwell's personal vehicle.


However, Cromwell had already obtained the confidential plate when she drove to the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston on Aug. 8. Although the registry requires a written letter from a department head for why one needs a confidential plate, an employee there said they did Cromwell a favor because she had renewed the confidential plate many times.
Cromwell originally sought a confidential plate after she was allegedly threatened outside Ayer District Court in 2007. Previous chiefs had signed off on it, but Goulden determined she did not qualify for one and advised her she was not authorized to have one.


Cromwell told O'Brien she saw the chief's email that said he would not authorize the confidential registration.
"Even after having knowledge of the chief's order that she was not eligible for the confidential registration she made no effort to contact the RMV to ensure that her registration was returned to normal status," the investigation found.


The investigation found her in violation of the department's rules and regulations because she disobeyed the "chief's order not to renew the confidential registration."
The investigation also found Cromwell drove her vehicle after her registration expired July 31.


"A reasonable police officer knows that operating an unregistered motor vehicle is improper and illegal," the investigation states.
At the Nov. 1 hearing, the Board of Selectmen voted 2-1 that Cromwell was in violation of the department's rules and regulations. The vote demoted her from sergeant to patrol officer.


Selectman Enrico Cappucci, who voted against the motion to demote Cromwell, filed a disclosure of appearance of conflict of interest because he said he has known Cromwell for seven years.
Cromwell's attorney, Nick Pollard, said the Massachusetts Coalition of Police would be filing a grievance against the town Thursday as a result of Cromwell's termination.


Cromwell, at the Nov. 1 hearing, said she was a victim of "discrimination and retaliation" in the department since Goulden took over.
Cromwell said she had filed a complaint in January against the department, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination is investigating the complaint.


"At no point in time has the town been motivated in this matter for discriminatory or retaliatory reasons, as you allege," Board of Selectmen Chair Kendra Dumont wrote in a notice of demotion letter to Cromwell on Nov. 3.
"The Board is confident that Chief Goulden's decisions relative to this matter have been lawfully motivated throughout, much like the many prior instances where he has attempted to induce you to perform better as a sergeant in the Shirley Police Department," added Dumont.


Read documents related to investigations of Shirley police Sgt. Alfreda Cromwell, they are all here on the “Cromwell Page”  or on the link provided in the Lowell Sun Article There hae been MORE since this article

Read more:
http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_30565763/documents-shed-light-investigations-that-led-shirley-officers#ixzz4svv1uKMZ



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FIVE investigations ALL finding fault and this is what is done for a Disgraced Officer





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Another Day…. Another Investigation
Risk Management Advisors (RMA) Report

This one was hidden and no wonder why, this show Cappucci’s involvement, disgraced Officer Cromwell clear violation of Massachusetts General Laws,  our new Chiefs involvement, refusing to cooperate.  Shirley is a mess, Enrico Cappucci, Holly Haase are the driving forces in burying this and fermenting the cover-up.




This report was authored by David Benoit, total Law Enforcement experience, over 28 years too include a  decorated Massachusetts State Police Investigator








The Investigation covered the period 1 September through 18 October 2016, a second portion wherein the administration authorized an interview of Cromwell and Santiago occurred 28 November through 12 December 2016. Neither Santiago or Cromwell talked to the investigator, Santiago, the NEW CHIEF, "took the 5th" (Invoking his fifth amendment protections against self incrimination) So the question for Shirley residents is WHERE was this report, why was it not forwarded to a District Attorney for the prosecution of CROMWELL, SANTIAGO and CAPPUCCI as a minimum and WHY was this report not used in the termination action on CROMWELL? YOU need to ask Cappucci!








This was forwarded to me as the result of a Public Request.  The report in its entirety is on the Cromwell page on this site. Herein are findings and notable issues








Page 2 of 15  The investigators list of materials sourced in the Investigation










Page 2 of 15 here is contents of the redaction (on top of page) this is also available elsewhere in this report;


It is believed that Selectman Enrico Cappucci may have a close, personal relationship with Cromwell. He prematurely, publicly, without having facts or basis, accused Chief Goulden and Sgt. Violette of violating the law issuing a gun licenses. The allegations were found untrue after a State investigation. This information gives reason to question the motivations of Sel. Cappucci, hence my request that he not be privy to my ongoing investigation. At this point in my investigation Sel. Cappucci is a person of interest that may need to be interviewed.




Page 4 of 15 here is where Cromwell and Santiago made admission to this criminal acts in a completely different report and investigation



 
Page 5 of 15 The substantiated violations of removing sensitive documents from a secure office and secure file cabinet;







 Page 5 of 15 Mass Whistleblower protection refuted















Page 6 of 15 under heading "Questionable Motivations"


























Page 7 of 15, Cited violations of Massachusetts State Law, committed by disgraced officer Cromwell and now Chief Santiago









                                       Page 7 of 15, the warning from the Investigator






Page 7 of 15, Actionable Findings


















The report in its entirety can be found under the CROMWELL page
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We are ALL so proud
FROM FIRED TO PROMOTED

Cromwell's return includes a $45K discrimination settlement

By Anne O'Connor, aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com

Posted:   09/07/2017 05:21:15 AM EDT


 
 






SHIRLEY -- Alfreda Cromwell is back on the job, with a promotion but a cut in wages.

The agreement between the town and the police lieutenant also provided a $45,000 settlement. A redacted copy of the settlement agreement was obtained through a public records request.

Cromwell returned to the department effective Aug. 10 with the rank of lieutenant. She was fired in November, a week after being demoted from sergeant to patrol officer.

As lieutenant, she is a Grade 11, step 1 employee on the town's wage scale, Town Clerk Bill Oelfke wrote in an email.

Her salary is $63,865 per year, Town Administrator Patrice Garvin said. The position is not in the police union.

Before she was terminated, Cromwell made $32.94 per hour, Garvin wrote in an email.

That works out to over $68,500 per year for a 40-hour week.

The $45,000 settlement includes $22,000 to pay Cromwell's attorneys and to Cromwell. $15,000 representing wages and $8,000 for liquidated damages and emotional distress damages.

Of that, $30,000 will be covered by insurance. The town will be responsible for the remainder and has not yet determined which budget line it will come from, Garvin wrote.

Cromwell, on the force since will retain seniority. She was hired as a police officer in 2007.

In the agreement, Cromwell and the respondents; the town, Goulden, and department members Craig LaPrade and Peter Violette, denied wrongdoing.

They agreed to withdraw all MCAD complaints and grievances with prejudice.

With prejudice indicates the complaint will not be refiled, according to several online sources.

Cromwell filed complaints with the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination and the Equal Opportunity Council. The union submitted a grievance. Information about the grievance was redacted.

Thomas Goulden, who was police chief at the time, recommended to the Board of Selectmen that they demoted Cromwell. A week later, he recommended her termination.

When Cromwell was demoted, the selectmen found she did not follow instruction given by the chief. The next week, they agreed with Goulden that she lied during the first hearing and terminated her.

An investigation done by Jean Heartl of Safety and Respect at Work, LLC in 2016 found there was evidence to support Cromwell's claim that she was mistreated by Goulden and others.

Goulden is no longer employed by the town. After the two selectmen who voted to terminate Cromwell were recalled, the board, with two new members, hired another investigator to look into allegations of wrongdoing by Goulden.

The board placed Goulden on paid administrative leave in February. He never returned to duty.

The investigator, Paul White, found that Goulden used poor judgment by asking an officer to photograph a recall petition and by failing to take appropriate action when a dispatcher carried a gun.

Neither incident involved Cromwell.

One selectman who was initially elected at the recall election, Jim Wilson, spoke against placing Goulden on leave and later against terminating Goulden.

In July, Goulden resigned effective June 2018. He and the town agreed to separation terms. A joint statement between him and the Board of Selectmen said the resolution of the employment differences was in the best interest of the town.

Wilson resigned a month later, a few months after he was re-elected, without giving a reason.

Goulden, named in the agreement with Cromwell, saw the final version. He stands behind his recommendations to discipline Cromwell and denied any discrimination.

"Any interaction with employees, whether for positive or negative, was completely just associated with job performance," he said when reached by phone.

Cromwell did not respond to a voicemail left at the police department.




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Selectmen Cappucci and Haase and anyone who is not walking away from disgraced Officer Cromwell are telling all who will listen, this was all due to Chief Goulden. Cromwell NEVER had a problem prior to Chief Goulden.

REALLY      Does anyone in Shirley remember 2012? If not here is a summary of THAT (yet another) investigation written by the Chief (Massak) at that time, that shows the extent of the untoward relationship that exists between Cappucci and Cromwell and the deceit ingrained in this “Selectman” and this “Officer”, as well as the pathological dishonesty that’s in Cromwell’s genes. This was provided by a former media member who obtained this through a Massachusetts Public Records Request.




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Parents Should Be Concerned

If you believe that a Police Officer who intentionally and utterly disregarded two (2) separate and reported incidents of Child Abuse could do this again …..

If you believe that this brazen disregard for the protection of your child or children should not be tolerated by anyone under any circumstance………

If you believe that a person with such utter contempt for children after having received training in this specialized area and fully knowing the repeat offender statistics for sexual predators is unfit to be patrolling the schools in which your child spends considerable time…..

You need to stand up and be counted as have several residents. It will do you no good to notify the local Police in Shirley, your concerns will fall upon deaf ears. It will do you know good to notify the Board of Selectman, by rehiring this “officer” and giving her a promotion they’ve told you exactly how they feel about your child’s safety.   

 You need to notify the Ayer Shirley Regional School District

Dr. Mary Malone
978-772-8600 x1508
mmalone@asrsd.org

And let the Superintendent  know your feelings and know you will not tolerate this habitual enabler of people who abuse children in your school system, wandering around and failing to act to protect your most precious child!



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                      THE REAL FACTS............NOT THE FICTION

These are the findings of multiple investigations conducted and finding of facts based on the below letter to the editor






Shirley officer's reinstatement an 'injustice'

The Lowell Sun

Updated:   08/30/2017 10:02:12 AM EDT

The selectmen of Shirley have committed a grave injustice against the town of Shirley. In a shameful act Rico Cappucci and Holly Haase reinstated disgraced former Officer Alfreda Cromwell.


Not only did they reinstate her but they promoted her to lieutenant and gave her back pay. This is outrageous. Ms. Cromwell was correctly demoted for dereliction of duty and then fired for lying under oath. What Haase and Cappucci have done is send the signal it doesn't matter how bad you screw up, we will keep you and reward you.


The report done by then-Chief Alfred P. Donovan clearly shows everything she did wrong. Ms. Cromwell was given a tablet with graphic photographs and asked by the victim's family to turn it over to the State Police Crime Lab. She did not take a statement, process the evidence or file a report. She did not turn over the tablet to the crime lab. The photos were irretrievable because she did nothing. She did nothing for 132 days until ordered to by the chief. During that time, she repeatedly failed to answer messages left by the family. She violated department rules, including 5.1 Neglect of Duty, 5.2 Incompetence, 9.0 Attention to duty, 9.19 Treatment of Evidence, 11.5 Care and Custody of Property 12.1 Filing reports. This wasn't the only time she failed.

In a second case she again allegedly failed to follow up on a case of child abuse. A mother reported her child was being abused to Ms. Cromwell. She again failed to document anything. She ignored the mother's phone calls.
She missed meetings with the district attorney's office. She did not conduct any interviews or make any arrest. The case had to be assigned to another officer, who had to start from scratch because there wasn't any documentation. The mother described it as being victimized all over again. This is the kind of person the selectmen want as a police officer?

To this date Ms. Cromwell has never apologized to the victims and their families or even admitted she did something wrong. Her actions and that of Cappucci and Haase have shown there is absolutely no justice in Shirley!
FRANK DEVAN




So there are those that doubt the validity of the founded complaints against the disgraced officer, now Lieutenant, soon to be Chief (as soon as the corrupt Board eliminates the existing new Chief) and of course there are those with an agenda that simply do not care what this scoundrel has done.

In the page titled Cromwell are all of the current investigations, (AND THERE IS ONE MORE COMING, as soon it is released to this page from one of the three people who requested it.)
In brief; 

(These are the finding of each report, to review in context see the report it its entirety on the CROMWELL page )

 2015 ADP Management Report, This is in reference to the first case of reported Child Abuse
Author Alfred P Donovan       Special Investigator, 38 years total law enforcement experience, retired Chief of Police Tewksbury Ma.  

Findings;


The SECOND Child Abuse case was recounted in a Lowell Sun Article;
Mother: Fired Shirley officer failed to follow up on son's assault
By Joe Atmonavage, jatmonavage@sentinelandenterprise.com Updated:   01/08/2017 09:22:32 AM EST
SHIRLEY -- On Dec. 27, a frustrated resident came into Police Chief Thomas Goulden's office to inquire about the handling of a sexual-assault investigation led by former police Sgt. Alfreda Cromwell.
She was the second person to come forward to Goulden with such concerns since he became the chief in September 2014.
The woman had seen a story reporting on an incident in which Cromwell was suspended for five days for failing to properly investigate a June 2015 complaint regarding possible sexual exploitation of a child.
When her son showed her the story more than a month after it was published Nov. 13, she said it felt like a punch to her stomach.
"There were no names given; however, it struck really close to home," said the woman, who is not being named to protect the identity of her son. (The Sun generally does not identify people who allege sexual abuse.) "Immediately, I reached out to the Shirley Police Department saying this sounds eerily close to my son."
As in the other case, the woman said Cromwell, who is a trained sexual-assault investigator, did not return phone calls, missed appointments and had not questioned the potential suspect in the investigation of allegations made by her son that his biological father, and her ex-husband, sexually abused him for nearly a decade.
"It was lack of follow-up," Goulden said last week about the case brought to his attention by the woman. "I can't speak for what (Cromwell's) mindset is, but I mean, this is the second time someone has come to the police department regarding allegations of sexual conduct that should have been investigated but wasn't done.
That is the concern.
"Sgt. Cromwell did not follow her training that she received regarding sexual-assault investigations."
In the case that resulted in Cromwell's five-day suspension, an independent investigation found that Cromwell failed to "to appropriately record, document, investigate or process" the complaint of a man who went to Shirley police after finding multiple "disturbing" photos of his stepson on a tablet. It took Cromwell 132 days and an order from Goulden before she documented a report on the case. The tablet sat in Cromwell's desk for so long that the photos were unretrievable by the State Police Crime Lab, Goulden said.
Cromwell has since been fired based on multiple incidents the Board of Selectmen found credible.
In the investigation that came to Goulden's attention just last month, on Feb. 4, 2015, Cromwell was handed a case from a police department in Worcester County because while the boy disclosed his allegations in a Worcester County home, he said they happened in Shirley.
That day, around 4 p.m., Cromwell met with the victim's mother and began gathering information about what may have occurred. Cromwell also received the first disclosure by the victim of what had allegedly occurred, written on the back of an envelope.
"He wasn't comfortable speaking about it verbally, so he would write his thoughts and feelings out," the mother said.
So when her son would write, she would drive to the Shirley Police Department and drop off more disclosures. She brought more diary entries from her son on Feb. 10 and Feb. 16, according to incident logs made by Cromwell.
"They were descriptive writings my son had given of specific incidents," the mother said. "Where they happened, how they happened, what he was wearing, what the location was, whether he was in the shower. They were very descriptive, right down to his clothing."
"It was years of molestation, rape, showing of pornography, offering of alcoholic beverages," she said about the abuse the her son endured by his biological father dating as far back as 2007.
"The list is long. He wasn't comfortable speaking about it verbally, so he would write his thoughts and feelings out."
Goulden, who is not a trained sexual-assault investigator in Massachusetts, said he was unaware these disclosures were coming into the department.
"Theoretically, someone could come in the front door of the PD, speak with one of these investigators and they would handle the case," he said. "I might not see the case or know everything that is going in the case unless it is brought to my attention."
That's why when the victim's mother informed Goulden that Cromwell told her in April or May of 2015 that she would be making an arrest within three to five days, the chief said it would be "highly unusual" for him not to be aware of an arrest made for allegations of this nature. 
No arrest was made.
The mother said her ex-husband was never interviewed by Cromwell. Goulden confirmed there is no documentation in the department's records of an interview with the man by Cromwell.
Goulden said he has learned Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan's office was in contact with Cromwell during the investigation. He said a district attorney's office offers "guidance" to police in these situations, which most likely would include interviewing the suspect, Goulden said. The mother said Cromwell missed their first meeting with Ryan's office about the incident.
Ryan's office does not comment on ongoing investigations, a spokesperson said.
"There is embarrassment," the mother said describing how her son feels. "There is guilt. There is all this other kind of behavior. Nothing has happened to his father. There has been no accountability. There has been no questioning. There has been no arrest. There has been no interview. There has been nothing."
"I'm not an officer of the court, an attorney, I'm not a police officer and I can't pretend to be, but I was hoping they would follow protocol," the boy's mother added. "What the protocol is, I don't know. But going uninvestigated, going unsolved, leaves him in the community ... Statistically speaking, it is not a one-and-done kind of thing. That puts others at potential risk."
The mother said her son, who was 13 when the crimes were reported to Cromwell and will turn 16 in February, is in therapy, and she said he is struggling because nothing was done when he told people about what allegedly happened to him.
"He almost feels that guilt for not speaking up sooner," she said. "Now that he has spoken up. What has it brought him?"
"Revictimized. If I had to describe this in one word it would be re-victimized all over again," his mother said.
Multiple attempts to contact Cromwell through her lawyer were unsuccessful. Arbitration hearings regarding her termination from the Shirley Police Department begin next week.
Goulden said every incident brought forward to the department should be investigated thoroughly and properly by an officer, but he said when reading the disclosures, this incident should have been taken very seriously at the time.
"In this particular situation, I had a police sergeant, who is a trained sexual assault investigator, who doesn't do her job. And now almost two years later, we are trying to redo what she should have done back then," he said.
He has assigned Detective Olivia Siekman to reinvestigate the claims.
"Now, we have to go back and try and correct the errors that were made because the investigation was not done properly and that is what we are trying to do," Goulden said. "Right now, we are basically starting from scratch in trying to put together a case."
The mother said she has been in contact with Siekman. The mother said she is not confident it will be investigated properly, but she is "hopeful."
"I honestly think in the past two weeks, this new investigator has phoned me more times than Sgt. Cromwell ever did," she said.
She said Goulden has been "forthcoming" since she walked into his office on Dec. 27. She said she is aware of Cromwell's complaints of gender and racial discrimination against Goulden and the department, but said she doesn't feel like "he is using this as a nail in Sgt. Cromwell's coffin, at all."
"He just wanted to hear our story," she said.
The victim's mother said she never imagined that the Feb. 4, 2015, afternoon would turn into nearly two more years of hardship for her son, herself and her family. She said they "live with it every day" and hopes there isn't anyone else who feels failed by a mishandled sexual assault investigation.
"It is a reflection of character," the mother said. "How seriously do you take your job? We are not talking a grocery clerk. You are not bagging someone's groceries and you put my juice with my bread. Lives are at stake here."



The THIRD offense; Was an internal investigation finding Cromwell guilty of abandoning her post to participate in non Police related events completed on 14 July 2016;

The FOURTH offense;


2016 Internal Investigation conducted by Lieutenant Warren O’Brien, Boxborough Police Department  This concerned covert plates and Cromwell actions or disregard for policy;
Findings;
 
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Your "leadership" will get the town sued 


I was copied on the email message as a result of the August 21st Selectmen meeting offered for your review.

 

From: Bryan Dumont [mailto:bgd123@comcast.net]
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 10:27 AM
To: selectmen@shirley-ma.gov
Cc: 'Garvin, Patrice'; 'Anne O'Connor'; jalton3@outlook.com; bgd123@comcast.net
Subject: Last Nights Selectmens Meeting

I was disappointed, but not surprised by the ongoing issues this current board has with ANYTHING done prior to their arrival, good, bad or indifferent.  

This is further supported by the complete lack of knowledge in specific issues and absolute unwillingness to ask questions of people who were engaged in the positive efforts  on behalf of the entire community.

Specific to two (2) issues last evening;

1. Solar (Groton Rd.)  you allowed Mr. Hatch to intentionally misstate facts.  Groton Rd’s Solar development NEVER expanded its footprint, ever. ALL of the relevant inspections on this development (Concom, Planning, Zoning, Engineering etc.) were completed and on file with the relevant entities, Local or State, because Mr. Hatch cannot locate the appropriate  documentation, does not mean they do not exist.

2. Solar (Landfill) again the Selectmen allowed Mr. Hatch and others to ramble on concerning the lease and issues. The fact are as follows;

a. The “Town”  was presented with the figure (approx 80-88K) from Altus  in November 2106 time frame, based on the following;
     >   Not one expense presented to the Town had anything to do with the area(s) being leased by Altus.
     >  The BOH oversaw the closing of all three phase of the closure. In Phase 1 and 2, documents were submitted to the DEP by Weston and Sampson and the DEP in a letter acknowledged receipt and approved the closures process. In Phase 3 (The Mound) it is alleged that the documents were forward but those documents were not received by the DEP nor did the Town ever receive acknowledgement from the DEP approving the closure, so in effect Phase 3 was not closed (In the eyes of the State authority).  

    >   Prior to construction and in order to obtain approvals ALTUS was mandated (in lieu of the Town being mandated to make repairs, which was to occur.) to test and verify that the Phase 3 closure was in fact done and was in fact in compliance. This is despite ALTUS not using any of Phase 3 (The Mound) ALTUS performed the testing, took photographs to insure the cap was in place and functioning and then as per the DEP, made repairs to deficiencies on the Phase 3 area. None of this work involved Phase 1 and 2, where the development currently sits.

  >    In November 2016 the T/A and I entered into contract talks with ALTUS as they presented the Town with the billing they expended doing work to make Phase 3 adequately closed and ratified by DEP. It was at that time  that ALTUS was presented with the payment of $20,000.00 option as opposed to the Town paying what they would have been forced to pay as a result of non compliance with the Phase 3 closure process never having been  received or acknowledged. ALTUS agreed to this payment, (Saving the taxpayers approximately $60,000.00 in expense the Town WOULD HAVE had to pay to bring Phase 3 into full compliance and make the repairs mandated          by DEP.)  ALTUS did this to be a partner with the Town and to get approval to construct on Phase 1 and 2.

>    The DEP gave final approval (when ALTUS completed the work on Phase 3) on September 16, 2016 DEP report number X270977,BWPSW11, Final Permit and the DEP mandated monthly reporting directly to them (Attachment 2) 

>    It is apparent that no parties involved in now two meetings worth of discussions have bothered to review the lease that is in effect between the Town and Altus. Had anyone bothered the following would have been clear;   (relevant lease clauses is attachment 1.)

          *  As mandated in the lease weekly meetings were held during the entire process. The undersigned was the Town liaison with Altus and the Project Manager Alana Chain (so in direct conflict with Ms. Haase’s allegations meetings did in   fact occur, and there exists records of these on site and at the Town Offices, meetings.) As per lease para 3.8 (Page 6)

          * There were 90 day status reports presented by Altus  As per lease para 3.12 and Altus shared every exchange with the engineers and the DEP as this process continued until it’s conclusion.

          * In the Lease, Article 7(g) pages 13 and 14 clearly enumerates who has responsibility for what portions of the landfill . In brief what is inside of the security fencing AND the drainage pipe is the sole responsibility of ALTUS for the term of the lease, including but not limited to mowing, maintenance, cap testing (inside of the fence) and maintaining the drain pipe (annual cleaning)  it also indicates Shirley’s responsibility outside of the fence, too include Phase 3, inspections             mowing and maintenance)

 > Every State (and local) requirement has been and continues to be met, ALL mandates, requirements and testing has been done or is ongoing and DEP is monitoring all activities. Failing to agree to the outstanding terms (20K versus the actual  80K costs) worked out by the Town Administrator for work done outside of the leased premises that Shirley would have been mandated to do at full costs, is short cited and a potential violation of the existing lease.  

> This lease (46 pages, excluding attachments) is all inclusive, offers significant protections for the Town (and Altus) and has been reviewed and approved by the DEP, two different sets of Town Attorneys the leading solar lease expert in the  State as well as the leading energy consultant in the state.

It is recommended (but I’m sure will be ignored) that someone who has a knowledge base “sit at the table” as opposed to someone who has publically admitted an “axe to grind” with any solar development based on his inability to have a large scale development placed on his property, for his personal wealth, after the Towns developments consumed all the available line space, making development on his land cost prohibitive.

Bryan Dumont
Lawton Rd.
Shirley Mass 01464





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So Shirley has a Chief making over $91,000.00 a year at home, another Chief making close to that amount currently working as Chief. A newly created Lieutenant position given to a disgraced officer (who lied in multiple investigations and ignored two cases of child abuse) now making Grade 11 pay or $62,649.00 (plus benefits, the entire packet will be made public soon) per year and collecting a tidy sum in settlement(s). The grade for this position can be found here;
Why you ask?  
1. The board stated they could have fired our Chief, then why did they settle? Simply they had absolutely nothing on him that warranted termination and in a court of law, they would have been compelled to testify and documents in the hands of the court would have clearly shown the board for what they are. THESE LEADERS were deathly afraid of being in front of a real judge and jury as opposed to the kangaroo court they presided over and being compelled to testify. So their fear cost the taxpayers over $91,000.00,
2. This was the plan all along and elections have consequences, my dad and the rest of the taxpaying Shirley residents are paying over $200,000.00 so the cabal running this community, spearheaded by Cappucci can accomplish the mission. Get rid of the Chief, reinstate a disgraced “officer” who will soon be Chief.
REMEMBER in a 2014 Selectmen’s meeting CAPPUCCI clearly stated this Department was too small for a lieutenants position, the town was too small for a lieutenants position and urged for three shift sergeants.  
 Former Shirley chief is still on payroll
By Anne O'Connor, aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com
By Anne O'Connor
SHIRLEY -- The former police chief, who resigned after four months of administrative leave, will remain on administrative leave for a year and receive payments and health insurance benefits.
Thomas Goulden will be paid $2,500 every two weeks. The separation agreement between Thomas Goulden and the town of Shirley was signed at the end of June. His resignation is effective June 30, 2018.
Goulden will pay 25 percent of his monthly $2,893.51 health insurance premium. The bi-weekly payments and town contribution for health insurance comes to over $91,000 for the year.
During the first selectmen's meeting in July, Chairwoman Holly Haase read a joint statement saying the employment differences were "mutually resolved."
No other details were given at the time.
A report dated May 22, 2017, completed at the request of the selectmen, employment agreements and minutes of some executive sessions were obtained through public record requests.
The board placed Goulden on paid administrative leave on Feb. 28, pending the results of an investigation on violating policies.
The chief never returned to duty.
An investigation performed by former state trooper Paul White found that two of the seven charges raised against him in a scope of investigation from the board of selectmen had merit. Town Counsel Timothy D. Zessin reviewed the findings during a June 6 hearing.
White's report found that Goulden used very poor judgment when he asked a subordinate officer to take pictures of recall petitions in a hardware store. Goulden asked for the photos at the request of the two selectmen who were later recalled.
While not illegal, White wrote, the request crossed the boundaries of professional judgment and did not pass the "smell test." Additionally, Goulden violated the department rules of conduct unbecoming an officer.
Goulden's attorney addressed the charges during the hearing. The chief asked the officer to take pictures of the petition, he did not order it, Michael Akerson said.
The allegation claimed that one of the signers to recall Kendra Dumont or Bob Prescott was harassed after the photo was taken. White's investigation showed that was not true, Akerson said.
The investigator did not find a citizen who made it known that they were harassed as a result of the photos.
Goulden failed to take appropriate action when a dispatcher carried a gun, White found. A town policy forbids employees and board and commission members to carry a concealed weapon in a town-owned building except when engaged in law enforcement or military activities.
Goulden should have known about the policy, but was officially unaware, White found.
Sgt. Sammy Santiago, now the chief, spoke to Dispatch Supervisor Paul Topolski in 2016 telling the dispatcher he was not allowed to carry a firearm while on duty.
Later, Topolski asked Goulden if he could carry and was told yes, because the auxiliary lieutenant in the Leominster Police Department had a license and there was no town policy to forbid it.
Goulden said he did not know about the town policy and had not received a copy of it. In another department where he worked, dispatchers were allowed to carry weapons.
He also did not know that Santiago had spoken with Topolski about the gun.
"This situation may have been resolved and not been presented as a failure to take appropriate actions if Sergeant Santiago had brought the information forward to Chief Goulden upon first observing Topolski with the firearm while on dispatcher duty," White wrote.
The lack of effective communication appears to be a systemic problem in the department, he found.
Selectman Jim Wilson, a retired police officer, spoke against terminating Goulden during the initial hearing.
The offenses were at the misdemeanor level, errors in judgment, he said. Progressive discipline was called for.
Wilson has since resigned from the board. He was first elected during the recall election in January and ran unopposed for his seat in May.
Goulden's attorney only had two days to look at the report prior to the June 6 meeting and did not have the transcripts during the hearing. Rather than take action immediately, the selectmen all voted to reconvene in a week.
Goulden and the town agreed to separation terms during an executive session held on June 12.
The minutes provided by the town contained an earlier executive session between Goulden and the selectmen. When he was first hired for a probationary term in 2014, the New Hampshire resident applied for a Massachusetts firearm license using the address of the police station, an action Selectman Kendra Dumont said was a felony.
He returned the permit to Massachusetts until he became an employee. The board expressed the need for training and development.
Under a three-year contract signed in August 2016, Goulden was on track to earn $93,251 in fiscal year 2018 which began July 1. He would have gotten insurance benefits in addition to 25 vacation days, and holidays, sick leave and personal time as determined by town policies and Massachusetts General Law.
He also had a clothing and dry cleaning allowance, use of a town vehicle and health insurance benefits.
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Parents and Residents of Shirley; While a minor group of extremists in this town clap and celebrate the return of a disgraced “officer” with a significant payout and promotion. This is a reminder of what was just brought back into this town.
If you want your community protected I’d be concerned
If you want your children protected I’d be concerned
If you stood and clapped and prayed for this return, you should be ashamed and shunned, but neither will happen!

Mother: Fired Shirley officer failed to follow up on son's assault
By Joe Atmonavage, jatmonavage@sentinelandenterprise.com Updated:   01/08/2017 09:22:32 AM EST
SHIRLEY -- On Dec. 27, a frustrated resident came into Police Chief Thomas Goulden's office to inquire about the handling of a sexual-assault investigation led by former police Sgt. Alfreda Cromwell.
She was the second person to come forward to Goulden with such concerns since he became the chief in September 2014.
The woman had seen a story reporting on an incident in which Cromwell was suspended for five days for failing to properly investigate a June 2015 complaint regarding possible sexual exploitation of a child.
When her son showed her the story more than a month after it was published Nov. 13, she said it felt like a punch to her stomach.
"There were no names given; however, it struck really close to home," said the woman, who is not being named to protect the identity of her son. (The Sun generally does not identify people who allege sexual abuse.) "Immediately, I reached out to the Shirley Police Department saying this sounds eerily close to my son."
As in the other case, the woman said Cromwell, who is a trained sexual-assault investigator, did not return phone calls, missed appointments and had not questioned the potential suspect in the investigation of allegations made by her son that his biological father, and her ex-husband, sexually abused him for nearly a decade.
"It was lack of follow-up," Goulden said last week about the case brought to his attention by the woman. "I can't speak for what (Cromwell's) mindset is, but I mean, this is the second time someone has come to the police department regarding allegations of sexual conduct that should have been investigated but wasn't done.
That is the concern.
"Sgt. Cromwell did not follow her training that she received regarding sexual-assault investigations."
In the case that resulted in Cromwell's five-day suspension, an independent investigation found that Cromwell failed to "to appropriately record, document, investigate or process" the complaint of a man who went to Shirley police after finding multiple "disturbing" photos of his stepson on a tablet. It took Cromwell 132 days and an order from Goulden before she documented a report on the case. The tablet sat in Cromwell's desk for so long that the photos were unretrievable by the State Police Crime Lab, Goulden said.
Cromwell has since been fired based on multiple incidents the Board of Selectmen found credible.
In the investigation that came to Goulden's attention just last month, on Feb. 4, 2015, Cromwell was handed a case from a police department in Worcester County because while the boy disclosed his allegations in a Worcester County home, he said they happened in Shirley.
That day, around 4 p.m., Cromwell met with the victim's mother and began gathering information about what may have occurred. Cromwell also received the first disclosure by the victim of what had allegedly occurred, written on the back of an envelope.
"He wasn't comfortable speaking about it verbally, so he would write his thoughts and feelings out," the mother said.
So when her son would write, she would drive to the Shirley Police Department and drop off more disclosures. She brought more diary entries from her son on Feb. 10 and Feb. 16, according to incident logs made by Cromwell.
"They were descriptive writings my son had given of specific incidents," the mother said. "Where they happened, how they happened, what he was wearing, what the location was, whether he was in the shower. They were very descriptive, right down to his clothing."
"It was years of molestation, rape, showing of pornography, offering of alcoholic beverages," she said about the abuse the her son endured by his biological father dating as far back as 2007.
"The list is long. He wasn't comfortable speaking about it verbally, so he would write his thoughts and feelings out."
Goulden, who is not a trained sexual-assault investigator in Massachusetts, said he was unaware these disclosures were coming into the department.
"Theoretically, someone could come in the front door of the PD, speak with one of these investigators and they would handle the case," he said. "I might not see the case or know everything that is going in the case unless it is brought to my attention."
That's why when the victim's mother informed Goulden that Cromwell told her in April or May of 2015 that she would be making an arrest within three to five days, the chief said it would be "highly unusual" for him not to be aware of an arrest made for allegations of this nature. 
No arrest was made.
The mother said her ex-husband was never interviewed by Cromwell. Goulden confirmed there is no documentation in the department's records of an interview with the man by Cromwell.
Goulden said he has learned Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan's office was in contact with Cromwell during the investigation. He said a district attorney's office offers "guidance" to police in these situations, which most likely would include interviewing the suspect, Goulden said. The mother said Cromwell missed their first meeting with Ryan's office about the incident.
Ryan's office does not comment on ongoing investigations, a spokesperson said.
"There is embarrassment," the mother said describing how her son feels. "There is guilt. There is all this other kind of behavior. Nothing has happened to his father. There has been no accountability. There has been no questioning. There has been no arrest. There has been no interview. There has been nothing."
"I'm not an officer of the court, an attorney, I'm not a police officer and I can't pretend to be, but I was hoping they would follow protocol," the boy's mother added. "What the protocol is, I don't know. But going uninvestigated, going unsolved, leaves him in the community ... Statistically speaking, it is not a one-and-done kind of thing. That puts others at potential risk."
The mother said her son, who was 13 when the crimes were reported to Cromwell and will turn 16 in February, is in therapy, and she said he is struggling because nothing was done when he told people about what allegedly happened to him.
"He almost feels that guilt for not speaking up sooner," she said. "Now that he has spoken up. What has it brought him?"
"Revictimized. If I had to describe this in one word it would be re-victimized all over again," his mother said.
Multiple attempts to contact Cromwell through her lawyer were unsuccessful. Arbitration hearings regarding her termination from the Shirley Police Department begin next week.
Goulden said every incident brought forward to the department should be investigated thoroughly and properly by an officer, but he said when reading the disclosures, this incident should have been taken very seriously at the time.
"In this particular situation, I had a police sergeant, who is a trained sexual assault investigator, who doesn't do her job. And now almost two years later, we are trying to redo what she should have done back then," he said.
He has assigned Detective Olivia Siekman to reinvestigate the claims.
"Now, we have to go back and try and correct the errors that were made because the investigation was not done properly and that is what we are trying to do," Goulden said. "Right now, we are basically starting from scratch in trying to put together a case."
The mother said she has been in contact with Siekman. The mother said she is not confident it will be investigated properly, but she is "hopeful."
"I honestly think in the past two weeks, this new investigator has phoned me more times than Sgt. Cromwell ever did," she said.
She said Goulden has been "forthcoming" since she walked into his office on Dec. 27. She said she is aware of Cromwell's complaints of gender and racial discrimination against Goulden and the department, but said she doesn't feel like "he is using this as a nail in Sgt. Cromwell's coffin, at all."
"He just wanted to hear our story," she said.
The victim's mother said she never imagined that the Feb. 4, 2015, afternoon would turn into nearly two more years of hardship for her son, herself and her family. She said they "live with it every day" and hopes there isn't anyone else who feels failed by a mishandled sexual assault investigation.
"It is a reflection of character," the mother said. "How seriously do you take your job? We are not talking a grocery clerk. You are not bagging someone's groceries and you put my juice with my bread. Lives are at stake here."



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THE CRYING GAME

As reported in local media, James Wilson resigned on the 7th of August 2017. In the live broadcast of the Selectmen’s meeting  (This can be viewed here  https://www.shirleymedia.org    Board of Selectmen live broadcast 8-7-2017”)  You will hear Cappucci at the beginning of the meeting almost hysterical  ranting about what HE assumes was the rationale. NONE of his assumptions are factual. Wilson has not made any public comments!
Cappucci prattles on concerning how tough the job is now with all the complaints and open meeting law violations. Cappucci forgets;
1. He filed a complaint (on behalf of Cromwell) against his own board.  He initially lost and then appealed against his own board. These can be found here;   http://www.oml.ago.state.ma.us
2. Cappucci was encouraging others to file complaints against the former board.
3. Cappucci was instrumental in guiding Cromwell through the litigation process, as Cappucci himself had sued Boston University (Public Information that can be viewed in an internet search)
This can be found here; http://masscops.com/threads/ex-bu-police-officer-suing-school.6000  and supports the bullying tactics he is known for to this day.
The university and Anne Shea strongly disputed the allegations.

''Fundamentally, this is a
case
about disgruntled former employees who want money from the university," BU said in a statement that alleged the two men had threatened to go to the news media if the university didn't settle the case. ''We look forward to presenting our detailed response in court."
4. Here are the statistics to prove Cappucci has again been caught in another intentional misstatement; this data can be found here;  http://www.oml.ago.state.ma.us
>Since 31 January 2017 (Recall) to date there have been three (3) formal complaints
> Between 03 May 2017 (Cappucci election) and 31 January 2017 there have been three (3) formal complaints, CAPPUCCI made two of the three. In support of Cromwell not being present in one executive session where she was discussed.
CAPPUCCI, HAASE and WILSON had at least 4 executive sessions concerning Chief Goulden and did not have him present in any of these meetings! This issue has been elevated to the State! 
> From 1 Jan 2016 through 3 May 2016 no complaints were filed
>From 1 January 2015 through 31 December 2015 no complaints were filed
>From 1 January 2014 through 31 December 2014 no complaints were filed
>From 1 January 2013 through 31 December 2013 no complaints were filed
The obvious conclusion; hate, trickery, deceit, and law suits, all Cappucci trademarks, seem to flourish whenever Cappucci is near a seat of power.  And now Haase is telling people "I'm the real power in town." This should make for interesting television as these two egomaniacs struggle for power. In either case the ultimate loser will be the residents of this community! 
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Wilson resigns seat in Shirley

Selectman leaves months after win in special election

Updated:   08/09/2017 08:03:43 AM EDT


SHIRLEY -- James Wilson, who was elected to the Board of Selectmen during a recall election in January, abruptly resigned Monday, hours before the board was scheduled to meet.
In an email to Town Clerk Bill Oelfke, Wilson wrote: "Bill effective 1215 hours on 08/07/2017 I resign the position of selectmen in the Town of Shirley.


"Respectfully Submitted
"James D. Wilson."

Attempts to reach Wilson by phone, text and email have not been successful.
Wilson was elected in a January 2017 special election to complete the term of a recalled selectman, Bob Prescott. Wilson was unopposed in the May town election to serve a three year term, until the spring of 2020.

When he was elected in January, Wilson said: "People in town have given us a mandate for change."
During his tenure on the board, Wilson, a retired police officer, was sometimes a dissenting voice.

In February, he cast the only vote against placing then Police Chief Thomas Goulden on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation. Goulden was not at the meeting and Wilson said he should have a chance to explain to the board.
When Selectman Rico Cappucci said he wanted to give Acting Police Chief Sammy Santiago a three-year contract during the same meeting in July that selectmen announced Goulden would not return to his job, Wilson wanted to wait until the next meeting to get more community input.

Chairwoman Holly Haase agreed with Wilson. Two weeks later, the whole board voted to offer the contract to Santiago.
"I appreciate the work he did while he was there," Haase said of Wilson. "He always had great input. I learned a lot from him on areas I knew nothing about."

Haase was elected at the same time to complete a term expiring in 2018. Kendra Dumont was recalled from that seat.
Selectman Rico Cappucci was elected to a three-year term in 2016.

Selectmen will discuss holding a special election during their next meeting, said Town Administrator Patrice Garvin.





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Openness and Transparency

Cappucci ran on this “slogan” and the other two ran on this slogan during the recall process. Based on a statistical analysis, the three amigo’s failed to understand the meaning of the words, so since they or their minions review this daily a few definitions and then requisite facts;

1.              o·pen·ness [ˈōpənˌnəs] NOUN;   1. Lack of restriction; accessibility:  2.  Lack of secrecy or concealment; frankness:
2.            trans·par·en·cy [ˌtranˈsperənsē] NOUN;  1. The condition of being transparent:
 
Setting aside a recall process that was mired in deceit and lacked any form of transparency. (I’m hopeful to be provided materials on this process from some of the participants, meaning additional documents other than the ones currently obtained from the Superior Court.)
Set aside the utter lack of concern for the community and all of the residents, rather catering to the vicious ones. Let’s review
 January 2016-31 January 2017;  (13 month period) the former Board of Selectmen held forty-six (46)  public meetings.
 1. Either prior to or after those public sessions, they held twenty two (22) Executive Sessions, broken down as follows;
>Eleven (11) were either union or contracted employee issues. Some of these 11 dealt with the same employee or union contract issue(s).
>Five (5) were either union grievance or disciplinary issues.  
>Six (6) were varied and specific topics could not be identified.
February 3 2017-July 27 2017; (6 month period) the current board held thirty one (31) public meetings.  
1. Either prior to or after those public sessions (and on two cases Executive Sessions only) they held twenty (20) Executive Sessions, broken down as follows:
> Six (6) were specific to disgraced and terminated officer Cromwell
> Four (4) were varied grievances against the Town and/or Board for its individual or joint action(s).
> Ten (10) involved litigation against the Town or were varied and specific topics could not be identified.
So in a SIX MONTH period this “New Open and Transparent” Board has had TWO (2) less executive sessions than the prior boards THIRTEEN MONTH period.
Monday  August 7 2017 this “Open and Transparent Board” have as agenda item number 2  “Public Records Policy, Discussion with Town Clerk”
So this board perpetually denies Public Records Requests as a matter of routine. Sound “open” to Shirley Residents.
And now they are going to put in place a policy. Do you see charges coming for public records? (Trying this now only in certain cases or individuals) This has never been done in Shirley by any prior board. Could this be used to financially punish those interested in what they are doing behind closed doors!
They are hiding records or documents and using their legal mouth pieces to HIDE the deals they make. Has any other Board accessed charges and gone to their lengths to hide records currently being hidden?
How many Chiefs of Police are they paying right now?
What are they paying to bring a disgraced “officer” back?
Is anyone going to look at this disgraced officers “Military Record”?
What is left of the Police Department Budget?
Where are the funds coming from?
In 2014, according to my Step Dad,  Cappucci stood in front of the then Select Board and argued against a Lt. Position in this communities Police Department  “we were too small” the “Department was too small”  What changed?
They are interested in the author of this site and spent time and money trying to identify the fact that I do not live here (My step dad does as stated herein) but do NOT challenge the facts, but live in the fiction.
And for the Boards information, since this site has been tracking them and their outrageous actions Shirley has been tracking this site to get the FACTS NOT THE FICTION


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A big pay out, all investigations where she was found GUILTY magically disappear, a created position for the little princess.
Shirley Should Be So Proud
 

 Shirley's new PD





Earlier residents were told, Cappucci  had a plan…Eliminate the Chief, Re-hire a corrupt former cop…. Here you go, Any questions?

Who knows maybe she can donate portions of her other employment receipts to help pay off the towns debt from the forthcoming law suits.





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So there is a meeting by the Selectmen, Thursday the 27th (July 2017) ANOTHER executive session!
What are they going to pay Sgt. (Or Lt.) Stripper
What are the going to remove from her file
Are they going to ask for her "Honorable Discharge" papers
What have the paid the outgoing Chief
What are they paying for two Chiefs at once
Is Cappucci going to continue the lie 
When will they release the newest report on Cromwell showing the extent of her deceit
When will the residents wake up and ask the key questions
It is your (not their) money




Yet another investigation completed on Sgt/Lieutenant Stripper.  My dad called and said he viewed this;https://www.shirleymedia.org   Finance Committee 7/11/17, so I watched it and it’s right there at
minute 16:42. The gentlemen with the curly hair is looking to approve an expense of $8,000.00  for a police investigation and then the gentlemen sitting to the right of the Town Administrator rattles off a multitude of investigations and mentions the new one, Risk Management Advisors. One other gentlemen asks what is that report and it’s stated  “The other one has not been acknowledged or released, the Risk Management Advisors , probably because there is information in that one the Select board would probably not want to see come to light.”
So citizens of this community how much do you to want to pay?
How much will you continue to allow to be buried because it does NOT support  Sgt/Lieutenant Stripper?
(Showing her to be the absolute disingenuous individual that she is, not worthy of ever putting on a uniform.)
How much of your taxpayer dollars is going to be used to pay her off, cover all her actions or inactions and create a position exclusively for her?
Why not flood the town with questions about the expending of your funds?
You can do it via the phone 978-425-2600, ext 200 or the Selectmen’s email selectmen@shirley-ma.gov 
For your information there will be at least one law suit coming the day she is re-hired, from the parents of not one but TWO cases of child abuse Cromwell failed to investigate!  Simply because in ONE case, Cromwell’s involved with Cappucci and Cappucci’s close friend is the father of the potential abuser!


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The Chief Is Gone.

In a recent Selectmen’s meeting the Board read a two sentence statement and took no questions, despite the new mob asking, basically indicating “both parties mutually agreed to a resolution on the issue of the Chief.”
In that meeting and in this meeting https://www.shirleymedia.org   Board of Selectmen - July 10, 2017, starting at minute 30:00 you can hear the insinuation from this board about the department being “in bad shape”, “Never running as poorly as it is now”  and then the sycophants in attendance echoing the comments. REALLY?
Several Questions;
What is the cost and what were the terms of this mutual agreement?
ANSWER; Don’t hold your breath, this board “focusing on openness and transparency” Refuses to release records, delays releasing records, has held more executive sessions, hiding their actions (and then not releasing those minutes) since 31 January 2017 than the proceeding three boards have had COMBINED!
So as a taxpayer you will NEVER know the cost of this plan, all done to get the Stripper re-employed!
This board has been in power since 31 January 2017.  What have you done to reverse this perception?
ANSWER;  Nothing, other than to fuel the fire, place the Chief on Administrative Leave, based on an investigation that was already reviewed and for which action was already taken. And at every opportunity slander the name of the Chief and the department.
Why would a board attack a sitting police chief and slander a department, affecting the morale of all officers?
ANSWER, It’s the grand plan (as laid out within these pages), of Cappucci. Eliminate the Chief so he can get Cromwell back and hide the cases against Cromwell so he can get Cromwell back and that will happen by mid August!
Cappucci held up a report against the Chief saying “this was serious” THAT report is contained in this site, you can clearly see ten allegations made by Cromwell. 2 were considered actionable, and action was in fact taken the other 8, lies! (Unfounded)  why doesn’t Cappucci and the Board release ALL of the cases made against Cromwell? Two of those are contained on this site, a review will clearly demonstrate the low caliber individual that they are forcing the town to accept as a Police Officer.  In the real world Cromwell could not get hired as a mall cop!
 If you review further, Cappucci’s grandstanding and inability to speak the truth makes a side reference to this page. Thinking people are naive enough not to understand him making an appointment recommendation for Sgt/Acting Chief Santiago for permanent Chief. YOU will bring Cromwell back, probably creating a rank, maybe a Lt. and then either in 3 years when Santiago’s contract is up or earlier if/when you find a reason to complain about the Department, you’ll get your girlfriend made Chief. It has been your stated goal since 2014.
And when you recommend the reinstatement of a professional liar, semi professional in the adult entertainment industry and announce it to be a Lt. position remember your grandstanding in 2014 when you stood in front of the Board of Selectman and railed against a Lt position as “the Town was not big enough”, “The Department was not big enough”. But you’ll do it now won’t you.
Do the officers agree that the department was “in bad shape”, “never been this bad” or “Poorly run?
ANSWER;  Below was the response from every officer  & dispatcher and other employees dealing with the Police Department (excluding 3).
When the Police Officers presented this to the Selectmen, why did they not read this in public, why did they not talk with the entire department, not the few who’ve left (or been fired) and determine the morale and departmental effectiveness. The answer should be obvious and the plan is in place!

























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SHAMELESS




This clip shows the complete disregard for your town as well as the employees if this town. Haase in another seemingly endless effort of grandstanding opts to observe a moment of silence for those people in this community who have volunteered to serve and have passed. This can be viewed here;
https://www.shirleymedia.org/Vod/Meetings/Board-of-Selectmen  Board of Selectmen - July 10, 2017 at minute 8:45
In what has to be the low point in Shirley, the first name mentioned was one Kyle Keady.
There are at least TEN female victims, EIGHT of them employees of this town, whose lives were forever altered by the depravity of Keady’s actions, at least one of these women will never be the same. If these women had a voice they would have strenuously objected to this tribute of a convicted felon who served three years in jail for his acts of sexual deviance.  
Haase is a woman consumed with power and is so intent on turning back the clock and undoing the good done she cares not for any of the victims of these heinous acts. SHAME ON YOU HAASE, of course it’s obvious you have no shame.
 

Ex-Shirley administrator pleads guilty in illicit videos



Keady given three-year sentence for Town Hall recordings



By Lisa Redmond, lredmond@lowellsun.com



Updated:   01/28/2012 06:57:39 AM EST



WOBURN -- Disgraced former Shirley Town Administrator Kyle Keady was sentenced to three years in state prison after pleading guilty yesterday to 26 charges in connection with years of illegal and illicit recordings he made at Town Hall.

The 11th-hour change of plea came as his case was scheduled for trial on Monday in Middlesex Superior Court.

Ending a scandal that shocked this small town, the 48-year-old Shirley resident pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking and entering, five counts of wiretap violations and 10 counts of video recording a person in a state of nudity.

Prosecutor Douglas Nagengast asked for a three- to five-year state prison term, but Judge Elizabeth Fahey agreed to defense attorney Kevin Reddington's request for three years in prison followed by seven years probation with no contact with the victims and a mental-health evaluation and treatment.

Keady must also resign as one of two of the town's justices of the peace.

Although Keady offered no comment, Reddington told the judge that Keady has "significant and sincere remorse'' for his actions.

In the courtroom to hear Keady's admission of guilt were many of his victims, their families and friends.

Five women and the husband of another woman -- all victimized by Keady's recordings -- gave emotional impact statements about how they and their families trusted Keady, only to be betrayed by him.

One of those women, Amy McDougall, described Keady's "deceptive and voyeuristic actions'' as "especially heinous.'' Many of the victims said they live with the fear that their images will be posted on the Internet.

Reddington assured the victims that none of their images were ever placed on the Internet or disseminated in any way.

The bizarre case began unfolding in June 2010 when Selectwoman Kendra Dumont discovered Keady had allegedly secretly recorded a conversation he had with her in August 2009.

She informed town attorney Gary Brackett, who notified Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone's office.

When state police confronted Keady in his Town Hall office on June 14, 2010, Keady readily admitted recording people in Town Hall.

He admitted to secretly taping Dumont without her knowledge, saying he didn't know it was illegal. He told police he did it for his own "education" to protect himself.

Prosecutors allege that from 2006 to 2010, Keady recorded numerous conversations at Town Hall, including using special pens equipped with cameras in a potted plant to record his assistant, Kathleen Rocco.

He also allegedly broke into Rocco's home to photograph her undergarments, and allegedly used photo-editing software to superimpose her face onto nude bodies, according to investigators.

Choking back tears, Rocco, one of Keady's primary targets, said "predator'' is a word that now haunts her.

The victims described how Keady, the town's administrator for eight years and a former youth-baseball coach, betrayed their trust and the public's trust.

The impact has been severe for their families, especially their children, who looked up to "Coach Keady." And some of the victims have had to endure the jokes and "the looks'' from others.

Anna McDonald said it is "horrifying'' to be a victim in this case.

As McDonald finished speaking and walked past Keady, she told him, "Shame on you, Kyle.''

 


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In Shirley Continues

Your “NEW” Electrical Inspector

 

This can be seen here https://www.shirleymedia.org/Vod/Meetings/Board-of-Selectmen  titled “Board of Selectmen - June 26, 2017”  At minute marker 20:00 you can witness the discussion, you can hear that the former inspector was asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume but not invited to the meeting. And the “selection” of Thibault was because the other inspector was not there and Thibault was. Given the fact HE was there and rarely ever is, who intentionally asked him and intentionally failed to ask the other gentleman?









So what has the town now received, the resume could not have been equal based on the below;
This material IS AVAILABLE ON LINE;
Name:  
MARK W PROKOWIEW
 
License Number:  
36228
Licensing Entity:  
Board of State Examiners of Electricians
 
License Type:  
Journeyman Electrician
Type Class: 
E
 
License Issue Date:  
03/11/1993
License Expiration Date:  
07/31/2019
 
Status: 
Current
 
There is a record of continuing education to maintain license to include;
15 clock hours on topics related to the Massachusetts Electrical Code
 6 clock hours in areas chosen by the licensee for professional development in the subjects of Electrical Code, business, law, first aid, safety, Building Code,
As the wiring inspector he annually received;
15 hours of mandatory continuing education within the first year of the release of the updated edition of the Massachusetts Electrical Code
 
Name:  
JAMES D THIBAULT







 








 








 


License Number  
23258
Licensing Entity:  
Board of State Examiners of Electricians




 




License Type:  
Journeyman Electrician
Type Class: 
E


 
License Issue Date:  
04/26/1976
License Expiration Date:  
07/31/2019
 
Status: 
Current
 
There is NO record of continuing education to maintain license

There is NO record of mandatory annual wiring inspector training, while he was appointed as wiring inspector in prior years. 
Why then make up a deceitful rationale for the appointment, or why appoint someone less qualified?
"When Thibault was the Inspector the Town Administrators Health plan proposal recommended eliminating his health insurance because he was never eligible to receive this type benefit as a stipend employee.
This was a 20 hour a week position, Mr. Thibault is the owner and sole operator of the local hardware store and it was difficult to substantiate 20 hours were actually being completed. Additionally Mr. Thibault and the position was retroactively placed into the Middlesex retirement plan without the knowledge of the Board of Selectmen or Town Administrator. When the health insurance plan was withdrawn he opted to retire and received 50%,
Thibault then re-applied when the job was posted and was not selected in favor of a another electrician,
The Board opted not recommend he be allowed triple dip by taking the job as electrical inspector, collect a pension and get 50% health insurance.*"
 
NOW you have an inspector who is limited by statue in hours he can work, in addition to his locally owned business, good luck in attempting to get an inspection completed on a timely basis.
So it’s apparent it is not about qualification(s) it’s in fact about turning the town back to “the way it was” which was overwhelmingly proven to be a financial disaster.


AND in the prior Selectmen's meeting (which can be viewed on the Shirley Public Access Web site, video on demand) this board makes over 20 appointments and not one person receiving an appointment was present.


* Removed from a publicly obtained affidavit submitted to Superior Court
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MORE COMING on the most recent (10 July) Selectmen's meeting,
 (over this coming weekend!)
HOWEVER
I reached out to Mr. Dumont, here is his response verbatim; This concerns the hearing against the Police Chief.
Here is what the Citizens of Shirley need to ask
1. What did this cost the tax payers?
2. If the Board and it's attorney were so sure of a victory, why settle? 
3. How many people are we paying for the Chiefs Position?

My letter to Mr. Dumont and his response;

Mr. Alton,
Sorry for the delay in responding…I’m now the primary caregiver for my mom, so have been out straight. I’m sure you understand given what you are doing. Hope your father is better.
Based on you putting what I sent without editorial comment or editing the last time you asked, Here you go  my answers are below your initial email;

From: James Alton [mailto:jalton3@outlook.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 9:37 AM
To: Bryan Dumont
Subject: Information

Mr. Dumont,
I hope all is well on your end and you had a pleasant 4th. I'd like to thank you again for the information you provided. Initially the letter that was sent to your wife and Mr. Prescott from what could only be described as hateful, vicious people, then a follow-up with the solar material.

It proved useful and the site now has over 8 thousand hits.

I attended both of the public hearings on the Chief and my father notified me that at last nights Selectmen's the board read what they called a mutually agreed upon letter.  I've yet to see the broadcast but Dad indicates it sounded as if a settlement was reached.

My email to you at this time is I noticed that you were in attendance in both of the hearings, I'm referring to them as a Kangaroo Court as I overheard a Chief call it such. 

During the first hearing Haase made a huge deal out of the photographs, I noticed you shaking your head yes as if you still had these in your position.  Would it be possible for you to share that information with me? Like the last time you shared information I'll post exactly what you write, as in the last case all of the materials you provided could be (and some was) verified.

Thanks in advance I hope all is well with you and Selectman Dumont

JA
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Attached (#1) is the initial email I sent to the chief asking if he knew anyone who could get ME some photos of the petition papers.  As you can see, this was;

1. From me and at this point did not involve Bob or Kendra

2. I specifically asked, not Bob or Kendra and I stated I did not care who signed them (at the point where I asked the chief) I was only concerned about which numerical documents were in the hardware store. I was not aware that Bob or Kendra, (as per the chief's testimony) had discussed this with the Chief. They did not ask him for the photo’s, I did.

3. This email was dated September 14, 2016

4. The Chief sent me 5 or 6 photo’s on September 26th 2016, I only maintained the photo’s that I could read (3 were too out of focus to read and one shot DID NOT show the petition number) and that showed the numbers as at this point that was all I was interested in, i.e. matching the numbers to the signatories.

It should also be noted that I had one other individual go into the facility and get photos of the petition papers after these were provided. And per the Chief’s testimony  the off duty officers girl friend ALSO took some of these shots.

These and the other photographs obtained were NOT used to “Harass” any signer,  they were going to be used in the challenge of the signatures/entire sheets. On the evening that Kendra and Bob witnessed the certification by the board of registrars and the 2nd instance was the appeal at a public hearing in front of the Board of Registrars. NEITHER instance was the below information used. As we knew based on glaring inconsistencies that it would serve no purpose, So the below was provided to their attorney  for an affidavit, so that he could get in front of the superior court judge!

Reference portion of the by-law in place;

SECTION 3. Within 14 calendar days of receipt of the initial recall affidavit, the board of registrars of voters shall (1) verify the signatures on the initial recall affidavit and if found to contain a sufficient number of signatures, (2) the town clerk shall thereupon deliver the first 10 signers of the affidavit a formal numbered printed recall petition sheet with the town clerk's official seal, and addressed to the board of selectmen demanding the recall. The town clerk shall fill out the top portion of each recall petition sheet naming the elected official, the grounds for recall stated in the petition, the names of the first 10 voters signing the affidavit, and shall demand the election of a successor to the office. A copy of the recall petition shall be entered in a record book to be kept in the office of the town clerk.
The local Hardware store owner (James Thibault)  Had a red light posted with the petition for each of the Selectmen being recalled  in his place of business, These were handed out in groups of 10 to each of the first ten (10) signatories.  He had in his possession numerous petition sheets.

1. The hardware owner Mr. Thibault was in possession of signature papers belonging to the following top ten signatories
a.  Prescott;  36 and 38 were signed for by Charlene Oelfke  and 43 signed for by Holley Haase
b   Dumont;  32 was signed for by Charlene Oelfke, 45 signed for by John Rounds and 75 signed for by Holly Haase

2. The Petition cites a specific rationalization for the recall  Mr. Thibault had claimed additional items in an overt effort to use trickery to get people to sign. This included his claim of an unbalanced budget, missing money, and other issue (lies) not associated with the rationale for the recall.

As you can clearly see this was not used to harass anyone and at this point in the process..NO alternative candidate had been identified anywhere on any petition document.
Kendra and Bob did NOT interview any of the people on ANY of the signature pages until AFTER the October 5th 2016, Board of Registrars hearing where they certified the signatures to initiate a recall  (to do so prior to that would have wasted time as the signatures WERE NOT certified) and it was ONLY after the signatures were certified that Bob or Kendra got copies of all of the petition papers  and  the October 22, 2016 appeal of the certification process.  Kendra and Bob spent a few evening and one weekend talking to people.. THEY only chatted with people they knew prior to this process being started (And did NOT talk to anyone they knew from social media posts or other methods that were in the “pro recall camp”  )  As a result of this Bob was prepared to challenge 69 signatures and Kendra 57 signatures, all being directly lied to or intentionally mislead…ONE individual signed at the hardware store (I cannot see his signature on the photos you provided) and stated to us, and was verified that he has NEVER registered to vote, yet the board of registrars approved his signature on the recall petitions for both Bob and Kendra. He signed because Jimmy T said “sign it, it’s good for the town.

Lastly NOT ONE OF THE PEOPLE whose names and addresses you can read on these photographs were interviewed by either Bob or Kendra at any point

FYI in the public hearing and the letter sent to the Chief, read at the public hearing they insinuated they chief violated a “political campaigning” by law.  I’ve attached this for your use…  I asked for photo’s for the rationale above. Nothing that the chief asked an off duty officer to do violated this section, period. It was our concern that this was a violation of the towns by-law and should have been reviewed..but the “Board of Registrars” did not share that opinion…of course this was the same “board” that approved multiple signatures by the same person, against Bob and also did the same against Kendra and certified a signature of a gentleman who has NEVER been registered to vote…EVER!  And significant other inconsistencies.  

Lastly Haase and her supporters had  been and continue to say I took a Photo of a “Support Cromwell” sign and a supporting of the recall sign (the Cromwell sign still in her yard) this proves beyond a doubt that she and some of her supporters are outright liars.  Ms. Haase KNOWS I did not have a camera or a phone capable of taking pictures (I own a flip phone) I have a least 5 emails where I reached out to either her or another resident (who was taking photographs for the defunct local paper) to get photo’s of different events, I have an older type 35 Mil camera, but until this Christmas did not have one capable of interfacing with a computer. (Hence my request for photos from either Haase or another gentlemen in town who covered public events! )

 
 
 
 

 


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RUMORS ABOUND
So it’s apparent that the Selectmen, cowards all, have entered into (and may be completed) a negotiation with Chief Goulden where there will be a payout of some type to have him go away.
 STEP 1 of Cappucci plan is now complete.
STEP 2 is to re-instate the stripper to Sergeant or higher, look at the Cromwell Page herein and ask yourself, This is what I want representing our community, I have emails out to most of the parties and have yet to get a response, when I do you will have that response.
STEP 3 She will be your next Chief by Christmas
 In the interim these items will be for sale and should be all over town!






Shirleys Darkest Days Are Ahead!

Lets take a look at the Snowflakes and truly nasty people in your community. They were always hidden and sat alone in the dark. Now that the town government is infested with the same leadership, lets see what this has brought this once wonderful (to hear my dad talk about it)   community!





 

Begun is the daughter of and Torres is the sister of "Keith the Thief" a convicted FELON, stealing your tax dollars! So you have these "people" actively politicking to get the Chief fired...WHY you ask? He did the investigation that resulted in 3 Felony charges and one other charge on Keith. And by the way, this board, owing Begun their jobs, just gave him a Town Credit Card, he already tried to submit ANOTHER factious invoice!  If you say anything on the family and point out anything the new response is to cry "I'm being picked on" I overheard a conversation as I was going to introduce myself to the acting chief. when I heard him talking to a resident in that "Keith the Thief" was making noises about people harassing his daughter.   More coming.




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The Kangaroo Court in Action

Despite Cappucci and Haase’s assertion that there is no James Alton,  I attended the meeting on the 6th and the meeting held last night, the 12th of June 2017.
I had a great standing room only position back with Chiefs from other departments and introduced myself to several of them, all in unison showing support for our Chief and to a man all indicating this was in fact a Kangaroo Court!  
I had fully intended to introduce myself on both dates to the “Selectmen” however on the 6th of June, right after the “court” was dismissed Cappucci and Wilson immediately headed upstairs for yet another Executive Session (We can only assume to get the charges for Sgt, soon to be the Chief Stripper dropped) Selectman Haase was holding court, ever so briefly in the hall. I personally witnessed the most rude and uncaring act I’ve seen in my 50 plus years on this planet.  A young women approached Ms. Haase and introduced herself and asked for assistance in calling attention to the domestic abuse situation(s) in this community and started to describe a specific example. Haase stated I don’t have time for this and waived her off, yet kept chatting with the clingers and sycophants. THIS is your new Board of Selectmen.
So the Board will know I do exist, sat in both meetings in honor of my step dad.
The meeting on the 12th was all held in executive session and closed. The ignorance of this board is exemplified by the fact that for over 2 hours they did not come downstairs and advise the full room that there would be no open session.  
I suspect a settlement may be in the works. This will cost you (and my Dad) the taxpayer’s money. As stated earlier this clears the way for a reinstatement of a stripper to be your new Chief of Police.
I’ve sent an email to several people who have provided information in the past to see if any of the actions of last evening can be provided.




The “Board of Selectmen” have scheduled an Executive Session for June 6th, 2017 at 7pm potentially being located in the Town Offices, 7 Keady Way. (Size of the crowd may have this event moved to the Middle School auditorium.) And you can be assured the haters/supporters of the disgraced officer will be in attendance.   Unfortunately the children she ignored in two instances of horrific child abuse probably will not be present!
Chief Goulden, fully expecting to be terminated has opted to have a public session.  Efforts have been made to reach out to see if there is a copy of this second report, created by the “Board of Selectman” and have heard nothing as of this notice.
The people in this community that have a clear head (unlike the haters and the trolls) need to stand up and be counted…When they terminate the Chief on trumped up charges and investigations this will cost Shirley millions.
Keep in mind two critical items;
1. The Chief had an unlawful termination leveled against him once while a Chief in NH and sued and WON as that termination was ruled unlawful!
2. This has been Cappucci’s stated goal since Cromwell was NOT hired as our chief (thankfully) and getting rid of the current chief is part and parcel of this “mans” objective.



NEWS FLASH


As the Shirley Police Department falls into complete disarray and turmoil.  The “Acting Chief” taking orders from Cappucci, (the real behind the scenes chief) and as they work towards firing Chief Goulden the end goal is and has always been the same. To reinstate Sergeant Stripper and then make this employee of the adult entertainment industry the new Chief..STAND by as more documentation and evidence will be posted here and on the Cromwell page on this site!   




























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Shirley “Solar By-Law” an utter failure


The result of the Attorney Generals Review is in and it’s not good for the anti solar zealots.  The 3 page summary via the AG, GUTS the proposal, attached for your review…No wonder mum has been the word.


Yet Yocum’s, “Dr.” Colburn, Qunitys, et-all stand up at town meeting and preach! The law suits will be fast and furious and a bitter financial pounding for your community!


The inmates are running the asylum and this is the results.


















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My Apologies,                                          1 May 2017

We have not been able to contribute to this in some time, A few residents in this community know my step-father as he’s resided here for a decades. Unfortunately dad came down with pneumonia. Based on his age, it required a combination of three weeks hospitalization and then recuperation at my home.

I’m happy to say dad is better and I returned him to his residence here in Shirley Friday afternoon.

I’m sad to report as most of you are well aware, nothing has changed for the good in this fine community. Dad and I have recordings of the public meetings and will be reporting out.

So what have we missed?

1. Shirley Police Chief has been on PAID administrative leave 10 weeks effective 1 May 2017

> The Heartl Report used to place the Chief on Administrative Leave (when disciplinary action had already been taken) apparently is now not as “bad” as Selectmen’s Cappucci and Haase indicated. The second Investigator to be hired to re-investigate the initial investigation declined!!  

> Cappucci and Haase are now having “something else investigated” these two people running on openness and transparency have yet to tell ANYONE what this second investigation concerns. YOU CTIZENS SHOULD DEMAND AN ANSWER, it is your department and your Chief and YOUR MONEY.

2. The anti solar people are at it again, misrepresenting facts (I base this on materials provided to me earlier) I’ve sent an email to the former Chairman of the Energy Committee asking for some assistance in this. From what has already been provided to me and located here on the page entitled SOLAR and in a conversation with a lifelong friend, who is a practicing land use attorney and has been with the firm Ropes and Gray LLP, his initial thought is that if the Town goes down this road a law suit will quickly follow and Shirley will be accountable.

3. Begun is still a felon! Cappucci, Haase are still bending over backwards this convicted thief to insure they have “the will of the people” following them. So the “Control Audit” they tout as the be all and end all. Is at the direction of the Board, only looking forward, not in the past to determine more acts of theft, fraud or forgery, so you “Open and Transparent” board does NOT want to know what acts are involved, what theft has occurred and how to re-coup Town assets and where is the funds they’ve REFUED to turn in for over one year?

4. Disgraced Officer Cromwell is STILL a member of the adult entertainment industry and performs regularly. Locations to be furnished to you shortly.
>Unlike like the current board we will not dwell on rumor HOWEVER it appears based on observations of Attorneys heading into and out of Executive Sessions (and told to me by someone above reproach) where the Cromwell issues are being discussed (and are publically posted) that the lead attorney representing the town was let go, in favor of another attorney. Could that be because the former attorney was crushing the lies that are the "Cromwell Defense", so the Cappucci plan to re-instate and make a enabler of child abusers and a professional in the adult entertainment business your next chief?  

More on every issue plaguing this community as dad and I catch up on past public meetings. 

For the several people that asked and wished dad well you have my thanks. In his 90’s and still doing well albeit it slightly slower than before.  

Last Item, despite the “open and transparent” Select board suggestions there have been over 6,500 page view since this was put together. Apparently there are those in Shirley who don’t want news filtered by those who will not tell you the truth, not the entire story, but the story that fits an agenda, an agenda doomed to ruin your community!    
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We are entering Week Number 7 (10 April 2017) that Chief Goulden has been on Administrative Leave (with pay).
No case is on the horizon.  The Heartl Report has already been resolved (Findings can be seen here on a page entitled the Heartl Report)
The Shirley Police Department officers and support staff with 99% signing have let their feelings be known.
The Chairman of the Board, was given this letter in advance of the weekly Selectmen agenda being published, to be publically read into the record but Cappucci refused!  (According to the Police)  One should ask why. Perhaps it does not fit into the dishonest Chairman and his personal agenda. The letter was then submitted to and is available in the local media

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    SELECTMEN COVER UP WEEK SIX

This coming Monday (April 3rd, 2107), Your Police Chief has been on Administrative leave (with Pay) for SIX WEEKS!
On February 27th 2017, the Three Amigos placed the Police Chief on Administrative Leave  based on the “Concerning Report” with a lot “of damaging information” That report is available here under “Cromwell” and the only thing this report shows, is that former disgraced Officer Cromwell was lying to the investigative entity that produced the report.  Cromwell was the individual who created the fractures that existed within the department and this is the THIRD Chief that Cromwell had issues with.  10 allegations were raised against the Chief, 7 of those were completely baron of evidence or facts and so stated by the initial report.  2 of the remaining found issues, but NOT issues based on Race, Sex, or Sexual Preference as was alleged by disgraced officer Cromwell. Again this report can be found here.

The placement on Administrative leave was so another “investigation into the investigation” could be conducted. The Board then attempted to hire an outside investigator, who after reviewing the initial report, declined to investigate. Yet the Chief is still on Administrative Leave (with pay)
So why, SIX weeks later are the residents of Shirley paying the Chief to be on administrative leave, the acting chief receiving a stipend to act as chief, overtime being used to cover that Sgt’s shifts as he assume chiefs responsibilities?

Will someone ask?. I just did for you
Post Script;   Some family members of the local felon (who is still a felon) have been providing a link on social media concerning an issue with the Chief, when he was in fact a chief in N.H.  They (or the initial newspaper copy they provide on the link) fail to mention this whole issue was reviewed by the NH State Police and an attorney representing the Chief and found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Chief Goulden and later the town had to be reach a significant settlement with Goulden for wrongful termination. To insinuate the Board who hired the Chief, was not aware of that is a false narrative (but nothing less would be expected via the felonious family) Here’s a 2014 Sentinel and Enterprise article;

 Goulden chosen in Shirley to become next police chief


By M.E. Jones, Correspondent
Updated:   07/29/2014 06:37:22 AM EDT

SHIRLEY -- Selectmen on Monday night voted unanimously for Thomas Goulden II of Nashua, N.H., over two other finalists for police chief.

If Goulden accepts the job and enters into contract negotiations with the town, his appointment is still subject to results of a background check now in progress and receipt of a waiver from the state of Massachusetts for an out-of-state resident to serve in the position, selectmen Chairman David Swain said.
The other two finalists were Thomas Ralph, an attorney and deputy chief in Webster, and Bruce Spiewakowski, chief in Warren.

Goulden is an officer in Pelham, N.H. He was chief in Brookline, N.H., from May 1997 to April 2010.
Citing a process ongoing for many months, Swain said a search committee consisting of three current police chiefs, a retired police chief, Shirley's fire chief and the Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School principal, sifted through applications and, after interviewing several of the applicants, narrowed the field to four candidates, one of whom opted out.

Selectmen interviewed the three remaining candidates in public last week.

The board did not make its choice at that time, however, but told all three hopefuls it would do so at the next meeting after reviewing cable-TV tapes of the interviews.

Each selectman weighed in, with two out of three favoring Goulden as they discussed the reasons for their preferences.

Swain and Kendra Dumont chose Goulden, while Selectman Robert Prescott said his choice was between Goulden and Spiewakowski.

Dumont said she spent the weekend viewing the tapes before making up her mind that Goulden was the best choice. Among other things, his military background impressed her, she said. In her view it would make him more cognizant of the "chain of command" structure.

"I believe it will be easier for him to take direction," she said.

"Any of them could be police chief here," Swain said of the three finalists, but as with Dumont, the tapes made the choice more apparent and, in fact, shifted his choice, he said.

Goulden was "the most forthcoming," in his answers to selectmen's questions, Swain said, scoring a plus in his book, while another candidate's complaint about lack of funding in his current department earned him a minus.

Citing a "troubling incident" 17 years ago in Brookline, N.H., when Goulden was chief there, Swain said his response was right on cue. While the chief was on vacation over the Fourth of July, some town notables broke into a church and rang the bell. The culprits apparently expected their action would be viewed as a prank but it was not, Goulden told the board last week. It was a criminal act, and they were held accountable, he said.

The incident still "rankles" in the community, said Swain, who took a trip to the town to ask around on the street. A number of residents he spoke to who recalled the incident appreciated the former chief's objective, professional response to it, Swain said.

To him, it points to Goulden's egalitarian management style, said Swain, and that was a strong point in his favor.
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A Refresher and Reminder of what the PRESS thought of the Cromwell firing, Materials on this action can be seen on the "Cromwell page" of this site.




           Shirley cop's firing is proper, justified


The Lowell Sun


Updated:   11/15/2016 07:50:09 AM EST


 The Shirley Board of Selectmen made the proper decision in firing former police Sgt. Alfreda Cromwell for insubordination and lying, and must stand by the decision even if it is unpopular with a vocal segment of townspeople.
As the elected representatives of all town residents -- and not just a few -- selectmen share the heavy burden of holding the sworn officers of the Shirley Police Department to a high standard of competence, honesty and trust.


Selectmen can make no exceptions or excuses -- based on gender, rank or otherwise -- for any police personnel who consistently violates department rules and threatens to subvert police integrity.
Clearly, Alfreda Cromwell's past and present unacceptable actions have proven beyond doubt that she is unfit to wear the Shirley Police Department uniform.


Cromwell has violated department rules and regulations, neglected her duties, and defied authority, principally the orders of Police Chief Thomas Goulden.
If selectmen are wrong about Cromwell's insolent and dishonest conduct, then nothing can be right in Shirley.


For those who want to see for themselves Cromwell's history of job-related violations, including reasons for her neglect of duty suspension and demotion, read the 17 pages of documents related to the investigations into Cromwell's actions that are posted online http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_30565763/documents-shed-light-investigations-that-led-shirley-officers.
Or you can just read the stories published in Sunday's Sun.


Cromwell's supporters who turned out Saturday at Town Hall to protest the officer's firing certainly have a right to their opinions. Yet they're misguided in their cause to see Alfreda Cromwell's return to the force. The former sergeant has had numerous chances to make amends; however, she's chosen to make her own rules rather than abide by the policies that all officers must follow to the letter of the law.
Through her intransigence, the former police sergeant has put the entire department in harm's way. She's sowed divisions in the ranks and threatened its good morale. If allowed to persist, Cromwell's actions might have eventually led to irreversible internal turmoil and a lack of public confidence in the force.


Chief Goulden had only one course but to hold Cromwell accountable for her poor judgments and insubordination.
And selectmen had only one choice but to terminate Cromwell when it became clear that she had given fraudulent testimony in her own defense -- the final straw in an ever-increasing pattern of untrustworthy actions committed over the past two years that sealed her fate.

Read more:
http://www.lowellsun.com/opinion/ci_30571841/shirley-cops-firing-is-proper-justified#ixzz4Q58gF0aH




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CORRECTION:


In the initial posting of the Haertl Report it was indicated all ten allegations surfaced by Cromwell showed “insufficient credible evidence”  that statement was incorrect as follows;
Page 7 reference to a “ruse” the investigator stated “sufficient credible evidence” 
Page 13  reference “Whistle Blower violation” the investigator stated “sufficient credible evidence”
Page 21  reference “comments to a resident”  the investigator stated “sufficient credible evidence”
Based on these inconsistencies (apology offered) the Chief (Goulden) provided his rebuttal to the “sufficient credible evidence” issues to a Shirley resident who in turn provided it for inclusion here.

The resident providing the Chiefs response to the Haertl Report was the individual who pointed out the inconsistencies in the initial reporting.    

The response to the report from the Shirley Police Chief is attached to the Safety at Work, LLC (Haertl Report) page.






THIS JUST IN:
The Haertl Report, the Document used by CAPPUCCI to set up the Police Chief is NOW available at this site!  Please go to the
Safety and Respect at Work, LLC (Haertl Report) page.


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JUST IN:


In response to the attacks, the worry about who is the web site moderator and the frankly lunatic reaction by the current "Board of Selectmen"  This response was penned and sent, no reply and no comments in open meeting by Moe, Larry or Curly. 



Mon 2/27, 6:07 PM
Board of Selectmen & Administrator Garvin,
I had the displeasure of watching your televised meeting this evening while at my stepfathers. A SHIRLEY RESIDENT!
If “Chairman” Cappucci was ever in law enforcement it became clear he did not achieve much from his time spent in that profession.
And for Ms. Haase the OML does NOT require that I reside in the town in which I file a complaint. As point of clarification on November 9 2016, I wrote a note to Ms. Garvin for information via a Public Records Request, in the opening of said request I stated;
“Dear Ms. Garvin,
I had the pleasure of meeting you at last years Veterans Event, escorting my father to the event at the legion. I intend to be escorting my father a long time Shirley Resident to the event tomorrow at the park.  My father is extremely upset with the recent ongoing in this community starting with the recall and he has recently expressed frustration of what appears to be a lynch mob mentality. " 
My Stepfather (not the same last name as mine) and my mother had resided in Shirley since 1989, while he was serving on Ft. Devens and retired after it closed in 1994. My mother passed in 2001.
I have no legal obligation to report to this board or anyone else my fathers name, as he’s concerned about this board and its obvious vengeful acts. The rest of the meeting laid the proof of that out for anyone to see.
Based on your useless investigation into who I am, I sincerely hope you do not fulfill the requirements of the OML, it will be my privilege to elevate this to the AG’S office for an in-depth review. Your statement made this evening demand an apology in open meeting.  Failing that apology I'll consult with legal representation to force this issue.

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BREAKING NEWS:  Selectmen's Meeting 27 Feb 2017. The Board gets the Town sued (SOON)
                                                                                               Photo depiction of the New Selectmen

When Item 12 on the agenda came in for "discussion" of a  report the "Chairman" Enrico Cappucci's entire plan was unfolded in front of all. Although the Open Meeting Law calls for the Agenda to state where a vote may be taken on any given issue, Cappucci who is never afraid of breaking the law, held up a paper with three (3) motions.. Under the guise of "Being Fair" Cappucci held up a confidential report and started discussing it in public, using that report and an alleged video taped prisoner assault to relieve the Shirley Police Chief Thomas Goulden  pending "Yet another Investigation". Cappucci then "relinquished" the "Chair" and read and obtained votes for all of his actions. Hiring ANOTHER investigator, Placing the Chief on Leave, and ignoring two superior Sgt's, placed the least senior Sgt in as Chief!



Several problems existed with this action;
> The Chief was never notified of this action to relieve him, violating his existing contract (which can be found on the town web site)
> No notification of a vote was listed on the Agenda.
> The THREE FRAUDS indicated on several occasions that they were not aware of any actions taken by the former board.  (indicating they never looked, prior to placing this town in a potential law suit and a clear violation of the double jeopardy clause of Massachusetts State Law.
> The alleged "Prisoner Assault" was never an item for discussion in the "Safety at Work"  report they held up.


More coming (we are sure) as the Chief of Police will undoubtedly sue:


Follow up, Board of Selectman member then being "transparent" notified the media to have the "story" reported to continue the attack on the chief, for the sole purpose in Cappucci's plan, To get the STRIPPER re-employed. 



Here's the video  https://vimeo.com/206131097 
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BREAKING NEWS;
Keith Begun is STILL a Felon and the mafia surrounding him tries to stifle the residents right to know.


In order to stifle the fact that Mr. Begun is in fact a convicted Felon and STOLE from Shirley, someone (three guesses as to whom) filed a complaint with FB and the page that was created was removed.  An appeal is in place with Face Book,  Here's what got them going;
































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Letter Sent To Former Selectman
Welcome to the NEW SHIRLEY  after years of dedicated service here's what the new people running this town sent to former Selectmens Dumont and Prescott. You should feel so proud to live in Shirley, when the new mafia can send this without a signature or return address...


Provided to me for this site by Bryan Dumont