SELECTMEN RACE QA Candidates Discuss Their Involvement In Wilmingtons Community  Politics

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira, and challengers Rob Fasulo, Mark Maselli, Dan Murphy, and Suzanne Sullivan, are running for TWO three-year seats on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen.Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.The latest question:Describe your past & present involvement with Wilmington’s town government (e.g., any appointed or elected positions, serve on any committees?) AND in the Wilmington community (e.g., volunteerism with non-profits, churches, schools, youth sports, etc.).Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Greg BendelOne of the best things about Wilmington is that everyone does their part to get involved and volunteer their time in one way or another. I grew up in Wilmington and have been the beneficiary of a lot of the wonderful things Wilmington has to offer. As an adult I have made it a point to give back to the community I love in anyway I can. In addition to my full time job as a teacher and a coach at Shawsheen Tech, I am a proud member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus. I was proud to work with the Local Heroes organization for may years packaging gifts for our brave troops stationed around the world. In 2011 I volunteered for the Wilmington 4.0 Committee with the goal of bringing a new Wilmington High School to town. I am an active member of the Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association’s Alumni Committee. I volunteered for the Wilmington Housing Authority from 2011-2016 and served as the board’s chairman from 2014-2016. During that time I worked with others to oversee Wilmington’s state run affordable housing, which is mostly located at Demming Way.In 2016 I was elected to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen where I have volunteered since. In my time as a Selectmen, I was proud to be a small part of the Wilmington Public School’s 2018 Superintendent Search Screening Committee and I was recently appointed to the town’s new Economic Development Committee which aims to promote Wilmington as a great place to operate a business. Over the years, I have volunteered for many local organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, the Wilmington Rotary Club, the Wilmington Relay for Life and the Brady Foundation to name a few. My wife and I take great pride in attending as many of the major events in town and helping out in anyway we can. As new parents, I look forward to volunteering in new ways like in the schools and in youth sports, just as my parents did before me.Greg BendelKevin CairaI am proud of the fact that my entire family has been immersed in the volunteer network of our community. As for me, I am completing my first term as a member on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen. Currently, I serve as the Board’s Chairman, having been unanimously elected by my colleagues. While on the Board, I served as a member of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee. As Chairman, I am serving on a committee with our legislative delegation, various Town Department Managers and MBTA representatives to address issues at the North Wilmington Train Station that effect public safety.I served the Town as Vice Chairman of the Yentile Farm Recreational Development Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Nine Cross Street Fundraising Committee. It is also worth noting that the Yentile Recreational Facility recently received two major awards; the first in Engineering Excellence, receiving the Silver Award given by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts and the second being the 2019 Massachusetts Recreation and Park Associations Design of Facility Agency Award. Congratulations to my fellow committee members on this achievement. I am a founding member and Vice Chairman of the Wildcat Athletic Alumni and Friends Association and serve as its fundraising coordinator to provide funding for Wilmington High School Athletic programs. Other volunteer activities have included coaching in the Wilmington Little League, Senior League and summer baseball programs. I served as a volunteer basketball coach for the Wilmington Recreation Department and with the department, initiated a new basketball program for high school juniors and seniors. I also coached Wilmington High School football and softball.I have been a longtime supporter of the Wilmington Band Parents programs, a member of the Wilmington Knights of Columbus and the former president of the Wilmington Sons of Italy, where I spearheaded numerous programs and fundraising drives in support of many important Town initiatives. Currently I serve as the Chairman of the Wilmington Sons of Italy Roncalli Trust, which has contributed over one million dollars to various charitable endeavors including supporting numerous Town projects and programs. My organizational and leadership skills have resulted in my election to many prominent positions in the Sons of Italy including that of State President, National Vice President, and currently National President of the Commission for Social Justice. I am proud to have been instrumental in securing a grant from the Italian Consulate for Wilmington High School to reestablish the Italian language program as a part of its curriculum.I believe that each one of us has an obligation to help our community. I am honored and privileged to be given that opportunity to serve Wilmington as a member of the Board of Selectmen, and I encourage residents to reach out to me with their questions or concerns via my phone number (978-657-7734) or email address ( CairaRob FasuloI attended Wilmington Public Schools and am a 1994 graduate of Shawsheen Tech.In 1998, I joined the Wilmington Auxiliary Police, which was a volunteer position where we were tasked with patrolling the school and town buildings and property in the off-hours. I maintained my position with the Auxiliary Police until 2002 when I became a full time officer for another agency.I currently have one child at the West Intermediate and one child in the Shawsheen Elementary School.Being a member of the Mass Maple Producers Association and my proximity to the city of Boston, I have been fortunate enough to be called on by many organizations to volunteer to teach children and groups outside of Wilmington about maple sugaring and beekeeping.Since my run for the Board of Selectmen last year, I have remained active in town politics attending most Selectmen’s meetings and several ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals) and other departmental meetings. I have been a vocal advocate for transparency in our government after finding that the town was unwilling to provide public documents upon request.Rob FasuloMark MaselliI volunteer my time at various school functions, help various fundraising for different school groups. I have been donating and volunteering at numerous ice cream socials at our schools over the last 12 years. I also volunteer in Wilmington youth sports as a coach as well as with Boy Scout Troop 56 at their Christmas tree lot and their 4th of July booth. I have also volunteered with the St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving event. I have not served in Wilmington’s town government.Mark MaselliSuzanne SullivanI have been volunteering for the last 20 plus years.I served on the Board of Selectmen from 2003 – 2007, the Master Plan Advisory, the Affordable Housing, the Comprehensive Water Resource Management Plan, and the Open Space committees. I also served on and helped form the Community Advisory Panel, which was charged with hiring the Town’s environmental consultant, GEO Insight. I served on the Upper Ipswich 21E Committee, which was a citizen liaison group with the MA DEP to review and take action on contaminated sites in Wilmington. I coached youth soccer for approx. 10 years when my children were younger. I volunteered for the Outdoor Life program at Camp 40 Acres and helped run the Vernal Pool Workshop.I currently am the Vice President of the Wilmington Environmental Restoration Committee (for the Olin Superfund Site). I also currently am a co-vice president of the Ipswich River Watershed Association and co-chair of the Headwaters Stream Team. I also am on the Wilmington Childhood Cancer Advisory Committees and in 2014, for the 15th year anniversary of getting no answers from the Wilmington Childhood Cancer Study, I participated in the Buzz For a Cure and raised just shy of $2,000.00 for One Mission. I intend on doing so again this year to mark, and bring awareness to, the 20th year of the study with still no answers.Citizen Science – I conduct water quality monitoring of the Ipswich River the last Sunday of every month and have for the past 22 years and have participated in the largest citizen science project in the country the Christmas Bird Count. We have recorded well over 30 species of birds in Wilmington during the count. I also volunteer for the Mass Association Of Conservation Commissions and am their “official photographer.”Suzanne SullivanDan MurphyNo response provided.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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