New Elected Officials Sworn in at Inauguration

Newly elected officials and veteran officials alike were on stage inside Woburn Memorial High School.

Woburn residents got their first glimpse of the city's government on Monday night.

A large crowd came out to Woburn Memorial High School for the 85th annual inauguration ceremony as newly elected officials were sworn in for the first time.

Mayor Scott Galvin gave his inaugural address and was also sworn in for his third term.

Members of the Woburn Memorial High School chorus and band also performed as did the St. Barbara's Junior Choir. Larry Rideout served as the master of ceremonies for the evening's proceedings.
Tommy Skeffington January 07, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Carole, my only source of information is on the City of Woburn website where the offered package in there for all to read. If that package is not what has been offered I stand corrected. I encourage my children to form their own opinion and to behave in a respectful manner at all times. I guess I will now have to inform them that by having your own opinion some people will accuse you of attacking them.
carole denapoli January 07, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Skeffington as long as opinions are formed with truthful facts it could never be considered an attack. How many meetings have you attended, how many of these packages have you read, how many piles of documents have you gone thru to form your opinions, how many have been given and what were the injuries involved please fill us in
Tommy Skeffington January 07, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Carole I read the package that is on the web site. This is the same package in both Times and Patch. I haven't attended any meeting but have watched on T.V. I am not aware of the public being privy to piles of documents and as fas as injuries I have knowledge of the ones that have been reported in above mentioned papers. I base my opinion of "fair" pertaining to the package I read on the website. That's it nothing else.
carole denapoli January 07, 2014 at 10:40 PM
So you have no idea of the details and yet you still form opinions looks like you have a lot of homework to do
Tommy Skeffington January 07, 2014 at 10:44 PM
I formed my opinion from the package I read on web site. Is that package incorrect?
IQ January 07, 2014 at 11:16 PM
Carole, two months before the election there were many articles about the package. Public issues that get attention near elections always become topics of discussion, whether you want it or not. The back and forth between the council and the mayor wouldn't go unnoticed, and many people used these circumstances to attempt to unseat incumbents. Frankly the verbal attacks against the mayor were much more blatant and quite ugly. I don't remember any public attacks like that against your family. And further I never held any ill will of any kind, but it is obvious that this issue would make the mayor look bad right before the election. I stand by that. I also have the facts straight enough. It comes down to 'agree' or 'disagree'.
Pat January 07, 2014 at 11:20 PM
It looks to me that tommy skeffington is being a bully. Everyone has right to support anyone they choose for office. I strongly believe that officer denapoli should get 100% for he gave 100% to the people of Woburn. I was at the council meeting when the package was being discussed and frankly I was embarrassed that the mayor would take the stand that he did. Woburn has always banded together as a city to help one of their own. I believe the current mayor has driven a wedge in this city for his petty stand on this issue. So mr. skeffington we know you are a supporter of this mayor but you have no right to belittle or demean people that disagree with you! oh and for the record I disagree with you so bring it on , do don't scare me!
carole denapoli January 07, 2014 at 11:34 PM
IQ, like I said if this was dealt with in 2012 a full year before the election it never would have been and issue, it never should have been a part of the campaign. Nasty things were said about both candidates, but again the shooting of a Police Officer and his retirement had nothing to do with that. I recall all the lies,Public and private attacks on my family, sorry you missed them, we have been living this for the last 21/2 years, so until you have walked in our shoes I wouldnt be so quick with the judements
Jerry Flynn January 08, 2014 at 02:27 AM
Mr. Skeffington, your hurtful and despicable remarks to the would-be-widow (if not for the grace of God) of another heroic Woburn Police Officer is nothing short of cowardice and the same tactics utilized by a school yard bully. I find it ironic, that you speak of the way you raised your children to behave in a respectful manner; yet you continuously badger a woman who is fighting for her own children. I find your condescending comments and insulting remarks to be completely politically motivated and lacking any factual basis. Moreover, the fact that your grandfather was a Somerville Police Officer, doesn't give you even the slightest idea of what a police officer or his family has endured as a result of being shot multiple times at point blank range. In fact, your moronic statement wishing Officer DeNapoli "hopefully can get back to some normalcy" is indicative of your lack of knowledge with respect to PTSD, including nightmares, sweats, and constantly remembering each of those shot entering his body & narrowly losing his eye sight! But, since you seem to know so much about "the package" afforded Officer DeNapoli please explain to me how the Somerville Police Detective who was also shot multiple times was given the SAME "package" sought by Officer DeNapoli and was approved by the City of Somerville, the state legislature & signed by the Governor. Although this package was significantly less than other communities in the Commonwealth, including the Town of Shirley - it was EXACTLY the SAME "so-called package" Officer DeNapoli sought and the one you seem to know so much about. So instead of browbeating an emotionally charged woman, who is only looking for what EVERY other police officer who was nearly killed in the line of duty has received, perhaps you should read the legislation afforded one of your grandfathers successors. BTW, it was the same legislation that was written by State Sen. Donnelly & State Rep. Jim Dwyer, passed by your city council - but REFUTED my your friend the Mayor.
Jerry Flynn January 08, 2014 at 02:47 AM
IQ. . . I didn't mean to leave your idiotic statements unanswered regarding pensions - but that would mean I would actually have to have an intelligent conversation with somebody who truly has NO CLUE! I do sincerely hope you get the professional help you so desperately need and as far as an IQ - since you have none! But, chew on this! Unlike many other States, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires a mandatory percentage of every employee weekly earnings, which today is 13% plus an additional 2% after $30,000. Let me also remind you that the City does not pay Social Security for these employees. BTW, bright eyes - 40 million American workers in more than 26,000 private-sector defined benefit pension plans. A defined benefit plan provides a specified monthly benefit at retirement, often based on a combination of salary and years of service. PBGC was created by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to encourage the continuation and maintenance of private-sector defined benefit pension plans, provide timely and uninterrupted payment of pension benefits, and keep pension insurance premiums at a minimum. Have a great nite!
Tommy Skeffington January 08, 2014 at 06:38 AM
Jerry and Pat I don't understand the bullying comment and have not resorted to name calling nor will I. I have based my opinion on the package I read on city website. That's it. If that is bullying I apologize. Not my intention. The election is OVER, move on.
Sue L January 08, 2014 at 06:49 AM
Finally, someone who actually posts based on fact, thank you Jerry Flynn. I see the usual players are on here, so quick to defend the mayor at anyone's expense. It may be under different names, but the M.O. is still the same. If the mayor had just signed off after the city council that WE elected voted (6-3 I think) in favor of the package, this would be a non issue!
lisa January 08, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Tommy Skeffington the election is over and the one that needs to move on is you. Officer Denapoli had no part in the election, his name was not on the ballot, and his shooting should never have been dragged into unless you are implying that he had to vote for the Mayor in order to get his pension, because I believe that requirement would be not only unethical but illegal
Santo January 08, 2014 at 08:39 AM
According to the opponents of the twice city-council approved 100% package, Woburn is in great financial shape, yet an extra 20% for an injured officer is too much for the city to handle...If Woburn can't handle that extra expense, then I can't see how anyone could say that Woburn is in great financial shape. The truth is though, is that Woburn is in great shape financially and Woburn CAN afford to give a 100% benefit package. But, some of us have become so entrenched in our political beliefs ("What?!? This extra 10 cents a year sounds like a NEW TAX! NO!") that everything is a black and white issue, or we've become so dedicated to "well, my guy votes this way so it must be right" that we remove the ability to have a sound discussion about an issue. Also, it should be concerning to the residents of the City that TWICE it's elected Alderman voted 2:1 on an issue and TWICE had it tanked by the Mayor. These are the representatives you elected to be the voice for your part of the City and twice, in very public fashion, they were undermined. Maybe some of you aren't bothered by that because in this instance, you agree with the Mayor, but then what happens when this same scenario plays out with an issue YOU care about? If Officer DeNapoli had been wounded by someone labeled a "terrorist", then we wouldn't be having this discussion right now...He would probably have his full pension and more, he would be invited to Red Sox and Bruins games and showered with accolades, rightfully so. And don't twist this accusing me of saying that the officers involved in the Marathon bombing don't deserve any of those great things, BECAUSE THEY ABSOLUTELY DO...But I'm saying so does Officer DeNapoli, as does any Officer who makes such a sacrifice...But, he was wounded "regular bad guy", so we have to make him crawl through the muck to get something that should be automatic. End rant.
lisa hennelly January 08, 2014 at 10:00 AM
The city of Woburn should be ashamed of themselves! There should've been no question as to Officer Denapoli's package. This family shouldn't be fighting as hard as they are. You want them to MOVE ON, then help them by doing the right thing. I've been out of Woburn for 7 years now and I can see nothings changed. It's always the same if you go against the mayor (no matter who it is) there's always consequences. I knew Scott Galvin years ago on different levels and always thought he was a good and fair guy, I also know the Denapoli's and they are great people. So to my surprise that this argument is still going on is shameful. When you have a whole city council and state reps telling you to sign the package in favor of Denapoli and you a single person refuses well that right there speaks volumes. Maybe the package should've been signed the day officer Denapoli was riddled with bullets, I'm sure the mayor and the city would've done it then. I don't care where people stand on their political views everyone has the right to their opinion. My mother always taught me if you want to stay away from heated arguments then never discuss Politics and religion. This standoff should've never taken place, we won't even talk about the things that were said behind closed doors. As far as Ozzie, may you rest in peace you were truly a kind hearted nice man who has left an impact not only on the residence of Woburn and other towns, but mostly on our children. For touching on the new fire house well good for you the cities needed one especially central square for 20 years now, glad to know its only taken that long to touch on. As for Mayor Galvin why don't you end this splitting of your city and step up to the plate and sign the package the Denapoli's are looking for (IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO) and for anyone in disagreement I hope that you are never faced with the situation of being riddled with bullets, disabled for life or even death from your public service job. Give the Denapolis some sort of peace and closure to this terrible ordeal this man has to face physical and emotionally 24 hours a day every day for the rest of his life, and end this nonsense once and for all. As you can see you can post my whole name, being anonymous only tells me you are afraid of repercussions.
Ellie January 08, 2014 at 01:13 PM
I guess someone didn't like my post. Too bad
lisa January 08, 2014 at 01:18 PM
IQ you might want to watch the fowl language, Ellie did you get deleted again ?
Bill January 08, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Wrong IQ. Its not payroll tax, its our retirement contribution. Yours is 6% for social security. When you make false statements to make your argument of course the people who know your wrong are gonna call you out. Its insulting for you to insinuate our pensions are free when the facts are that in Mass we pay more than enough to cover our pensions and it has nothing to do with payroll tax. I known you will chose to ignore these facts, but in the off chance anyone believes you know what your talking about I want it to be clear.
IQ January 08, 2014 at 01:25 PM
I might want to watch my foul language, but I feel as though I responded to Jerry's comment with equal courtesy. I don't appreciate being told I need "professional help", and I "have no IQ", nor the smug, arrogant, insulting tone placed squarely next to ridiculous "facts" from a person who does not even know who I am. I'm fine with my language at this point. But thanks for the heads up.
lisa January 08, 2014 at 01:37 PM
IQ, I think Jerry treated you with the same courtesy you have shown the Denapoli family, and as long as you choose to post under a false name you can't be upset that he insulted you without knowing who you are, or maybe he does
lisa January 08, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Hey Mr Editor I've noticed posts disappearing but one with fowl language was left maybe you could check it and reinstate the posts if they are not offensive, THX
Ellie January 08, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Yes Lisa. But. Nothing new. Hope you got chance to see it before it dis-appeared I said I applaud your standing up and telling truth. Hope you see this before it goes by by Boy some people can be real nasty. With thier language.
IQ January 08, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Bill I never said anything about pensions being free. And they shouldn't be anyhow. You're nitpicking semantics out of my post. Call it "payroll tax" or call it "retirement contribution". They're the same basic principle of paying into a system that will take care of you financially when you retire. Of course SSI is lower, however because it's not a guaranteed percentage of my income for life—it's far lower. But it stands to reason that if your benefits are better, you pay more. So if you want 80% for life after you retire, why SHOULDN'T you pay more into it? And payroll tax is 15.3% if you're self employed, and I'll be goddamned if I see 80% salary from that when I retire. Plus, even if my employer pays half, as legally required, I'm still paying for a service that's not nearly as valuable as a municipal pension.
Ellie January 08, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Why can't people leave the family of bob alone they have been thru enough and still going thru it. Thet need peace and help not a lot of bickering that's why I said good for Lisa for speaking out. At least she is truthful and goes on facts. We could all go back yo oct. And car accident. And see where that goes. And that's the truth which thru no fault of the person went no where god knows he tried. So leave the denapolis alone. They have enough to deal with.
IQ January 08, 2014 at 02:07 PM
I've concluded that the people who post about this (and trash the mayor and others who share in his opinion) have convinced themselves that that Officer DeNapoli will receive nothing for his disability. Words like "abandonment", "not taking care of our own", and "crawl through the muck to get something that should be automatic" are not truthful whatsoever and are more damaging to the conversation than confusion over who is playing hardball.
Bill January 08, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Maybe if you more than doubled your soc. sec. Contribution to the 15% public employees now pay you would get 80%? I can imagine the uproar if that ever happened. You hit the nail on the head. Your employer pays half. We pay all. 100%. Its our money. Am I supposed to be ashamed of it? People look at the problems in other States where pension contributions are little or nothing and lump us in. As for the other issue its extremely bad taste to argue with the wife of a police officer heroically shot defending his City. You cannot compare this to getting hurt lifting a box or falling down at work. When the City is profiting at a $3 million/year rate is it really going to affect anything. The "It's going to set a precident" argument is BS. It requires special legislation and has to be voted on by council and state. It only happens in these extreme circumstances where someone was badly injured by putting themselves in harms way to protect lives.
carole denapoli January 08, 2014 at 02:37 PM
IQ when you have multiple bullets in your body,spend 21/2 years rehabbing and deal with the long term effects of the damage feel free to speak. What is damaging is people like you presenting false facts and and bringing a stupid campaign into it. My comment about taking care of their own was not about your almighty tax dollar it was about kindness, compassion and support. Yes he has been abandoned, Yes he has been dragged through the mud , Yes my family including my children have been dragged into this and used. Dont hold you breath waiting for him to beg because that will never happen, remember you have not walked in his shoes and you have no idea what has been going on
Santo January 08, 2014 at 02:40 PM
This emotional issue has been playing out very publicly over the past year and involves a lot of moving pieces, why shouldn't people in the community talk about it? The problem is, even in this thread you find people matter of factly stating "take what's offered and move on"...Well, why should they just move on? This is an issue that is important for this Officer and his family and an issue that is going to remain important for future officers in the same spot. If the Mayor and City Council are so divided over this matter, maybe it's time to step back and say "Why is that? Maybe it's time we have a real dialogue about how we've been doing things."
Ellie January 08, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Lisa. I hope you know my post in no way meant you. You and a few others are the only ones that make any sence. So please keep posting we need to hear the truth and maybe santo just hit the nail on the head when he asked what went wrong. And realize that the dialogue went wrong back in nov, when we had a chance and didn't take it. My heart goes out to Carole and bob she should not have to put up with this with all they have to condend. With. But please Lisa know where I was coming from. Keep on posting Thanks
lisa January 08, 2014 at 03:23 PM
No worries Ellie, I know who you meant


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