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Manguso Protests Not Being Re-appointed Youth Commissioner

Former Milford Youth Commission member Stephen Manguso spoke out at the August 7 Board of Selectmen's meeting, asking why he was not re-appointed to the position he held for more than a dozen years. The board voted unanimously on June 19 to re-appoint Francis Trafecante and Angelo Calagione to the commission through June 30, 2020, appoint Darlene Dulude through June 30, 2020 and to appoint Lisa White and Ronald Taylor through June 30, 2019.

At the board's next meeting – held on July 10 – Selectman Michael Walsh called attention to the fact that Manguso was not re-appointed and made a motion to appoint him as an additional member. Chairman William Kingkade was not present at that meeting, and Selectman William Buckley would not second Walsh's motion – meaning no action was taken. Walsh made a similar motion at the August 7 meeting, with neither Buckley nor Kingkade seconding the motion – meaning that, again, the appointment was not made.

Speaking during the selectmen's "Invitation to Speak" portion of the August 7 meeting, Manguso referred to the position in question as "my spot" on the commission. "I just think it was a slap in the face of the Youth Center board," he said. "I feel disrespected. I was disrespected."

Board members did not address his comments. At one point during his comments to the board, Manguso asked whether he was not re-appointed because he supported Kingkade's and Buckley's opponents when they each ran for selectmen.

In other action regarding appointments, the three selectmen and five School Committee members delayed a vote on replacing Arthur Morin, who resigned, as Milford's representative on the Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District Committee, until August 21.

Buckley made a motion, seconded by Kingkade, to appoint Anthony Chinappi to the position, but it failed to gain any more support. A majority vote by the three selectmen and five Milford School Committee members present was needed to make an appointment. School Committee member Jennifer Parson noted that some candidates had sent in just a letter of interest while others also included their resumes. That made it hard to choose, she commented.

All eight board members present then voted to delay the appointment and contact the applicants who sent in only letters of interest and ask them if they wanted to submit resumes as well.


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