Kenneth M. O’Brien
Seven people submitted validated petitions to appear as candidates for town council in the next local election set for June 29.
However, as of the deadline last week, only six had signed the requisite town hall log to appear on the ballot.
Running for town council will be incumbents Steve Lazo, Richard Logan and Catherine Nickolla. They will be joined by former councilors David Langevin, Darlene Marcucci and former acting police chief Gary Fontaine.
Absent from the list of candidates, despite having submitted the required number of signatures, will be former councilor Albert D. (“Apple”) Vecchia, Jr.
In related news, there has been a spate of people reporting the receipt of anonymous letters attacking the Lazo family with unsubstantiated charges. We all know how the Southbridge rumor mill works. I will not repeat the scurrilous accusations that are made in these letters. That would only serve to spread them to those who desire to believe the worst, regardless of the truth.
Suffice it to say that this is not the first time that this town has seen a campaign waged through anonymous letters. I can only hope that, as the old saying goes, “Those who cannot learn history are doomed to repeat it.”