The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce will present this year's Candidate's Forum at 7 p.m. on March 19 in the Great Hall on the third floor of Stoughton Town Hall. This event is open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Candidates for school committee and board of selectmen will participate, as well as the candidates running unopposed for moderator, housing authority and redevelopment authority. SMAC General Manager Mike Hammond will act as moderator of the event. If you have questions you would like asked during the debate, write them down and bring them with you.
Questions must be directed at all candidates. No questions directed at one specific candidate will be considered. SMAC will air this debate live and replay it over the weeks leading up to the election. This is a great opportunity to meet those running for office in this year's election. There is a lot happening in Stoughton and the decisions are made by the people you elect into office. Kudos to Cindy Pazyra and the Stoughton Chamber of Business for making it happen.  Make your voice heard and be sure to get out and vote in the Town Election on April 10!
The Definitive Debates, featuring SMAC News & Program Director Jeffrey Pickette and myself, will take place April 2 at the studios of SMAC on Page Street.  School committee candidates Molly Cochran, Dr. Erdem Ural and Barbara Marshall will face off at 6:30 p.m. Selectmen candidates incumbents Robert O'Regan and Steve Cavey, and challengers Peter Brown and Peter Buckley, will start at 7:45 p.m.  Both will be televised live on Comcast Channel 9 and Verizon Channel 28. They also will be replayed until the election.
At the start of the Definitive Debates, participants will be asked to introduce themselves and explain why they are running, and what qualifications they bring to the table. At the end of the debate, all candidates will have a minute to give a closing statement, and remind viewers why they should get your vote.   The rest of the program will be dedicated to answering questions.  Responses will be limited to 75 seconds, and rebuttals to 30 seconds.  Hopefully, viewers will get a better idea of where each candidate stands and become a more educated voter.
Remember - don't complain if you don't cast a ballot on April 10.  There's no excuse!  Even if you are out of town or sick, you may get an absentee ballot from the Town Clerk's office. Vote. Be part of the solution and not the problem!

ARMY NAVY STORE FOR SALE: Uncle Milty's Stoughton's Army Navy Store has been a staple in Stoughton Center since its founding in 1977 by Milton (Uncle Milty) and Anita Kushner. Although primarily an Army Navy surplus and clothing store, they stuck true to their roots of simplicity, good prices and the best service they could provide. Milty & Anita's son, Rob Kushner, has been running the store. He now has it up for sale. Yes, another part of our town's history is about to change.

Kushner writes, "After 41 years in business (it's) time to begin the journey. 2018 should be an interesting time for the store. Let the process begin. All options will be considered."

A REMINDER TO MY FRIENDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Hate needs only the smallest patch of fertile ground to take root and grow. It needs only the smallest of encouragements to declare victory. This is why we must fight it, even on the smallest of scales, in its most simple forms. And, the hate seems to emanate from both sides of every equation. Agree to disagree. Agree to respect differing opinions.
THINK SPRING! Spring LAX that is! The Stoughton lacrosse will be at OMS and SHS for in person sign-ups from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Feb. 17 and  24. Come see them and be part of the fastest growing sport in America!  Go StoLax!!
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