Chariho School Parents’ Forum

January 23, 2009

Case documents filed

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 12:54 am

Continuing the previous post’s theme of Chariho acting like dictators, here are the documents my (our) attorney’s filed in Supreme Court this AM.

Petition for Quo Warrento


Petition for writ of quo warranto


Appendix to writ


Motion to expedite




  1. I like that the brief focuses on the due process elements of this case. Regardless of one’s opinion of the dual office holding, their are ways that these things should be done. The voice of the electors is not trivial and deserves the burden of respect.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — January 23, 2009 @ 9:18 am | Reply

  2. I hope that some form of punitive damages are brought to bear on Mr. Anderson and the school committee. It’s an affront to democracy.

    Comment by United We Stand — January 23, 2009 @ 11:42 am | Reply

  3. It appears BF’s package is bigger than the District Court, Superior court and possibly the Supreme Court. Is this issue this hard to figure out? The law favors BF and tri town voters and pay the man’s legal expenses plus punitive damages against Chariho.IF BR uses the ladies room make sure he knocks first.

    Comment by Sandy — January 23, 2009 @ 4:36 pm | Reply

  4. Hi!
    I spoke last night at Chariho Ominbus Meeting on dual office holding among other topics.
    To put the subject to rest, which the school committee lawyer with more vigilance perhaps that elective dual officeholding has happened in Rhode Island and it has been fairly recent, if it does not exist today. Thaylen Waltonen of West Greenwich in the recent past served BOTH as Town Moderator and Town Council member in that town.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — January 23, 2009 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

  5. Mr. Hirst

    Mr.Walsh has also noted that dual office holding has also occured many times in the tri-town history regarding school committee holding. Mr.Anderson won’t be the last horses behind, just the most recent. We have two others currently serving two towns with what is it called, piccadillo’s? Allegations of sexual harrassment against a town employee and threatening the life another towns school committees chairman (allegations of sorts, I read the news papers like others). Never heard of the suits brought against the papers for misinformation or those that brought those allegations forward.

    Thanks for being among those with courage.

    Comment by Sandy — January 23, 2009 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  6. Sandy,
    In issues there are BOTH political and legal realities, not to say other realities. Frankly, the school committee attorney has an obligation for his client, the school committee. I do have concerns if this attorney for the school committee has advised client correctly. Even at a minimum if all goes well for the school committee on this, it appears an open meetings violation did happen.
    Gregory Avedesian, who ran away from the GOP label in the last election in Charlestown,even though he is still a registered Republican, as I understand it, and arguably possibly a political opportunist, but was elected as an Independent for Charlestown Town Council, last Thursday night asked for dual office holding being on the agenda. Regardless of whether you think it is appropriate or not to be on both panels, the decision needs to be one of law, and the law enforced, is the one in place NOW.
    It is obvious there seems to be very little to justify a position on this issue from the school committee’s perspective. While they are certainly elected but only the town council as I understand it accept a school committee resignation and fill it. It is the same as town board or commission vacancy. The board or commission may accept a resignation, but officially only the town council can accept the resignation and fill the vacancy.
    The media needs to do a series of articles or a good article on what the power of boards,commissions, and town council members are along with other officials are. The immediate concern is this: Do officials know what the authority and responsibilities of their respective offices are?
    Enough said for now!

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — January 24, 2009 @ 11:16 am | Reply

  7. Hi!
    BTW, while I have a Grange event in Norwich tomorrow afternoon, The Hopkinton Historical Association has an open house starting at 2 P.M., at our meetinghouse across from Hopkinton Town Hall and some tours will be available in Hopkinton City. Dr. Patricia Fontes, our Vice President; is in charge and the recently Hope Greene Andrews book that has been reprinted will be available with Hope autographing them. Dr. Fontes should be contacted at 377-3092, if you are interested in a copy. The association has other items also including a Chariho map, Hopkinton Town Flag, that could be obtained. While I am association President, the Grange event is a School of Instruction and was planned before the date of this event, and I am a Pomona Grange officer, and Dr. Fontes certainly is capable of taking care of tomorrow.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — January 24, 2009 @ 11:52 am | Reply

  8. Hi!
    Hope’s book is on Hopkinton City for clarification.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — January 24, 2009 @ 11:54 am | Reply

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