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Natick votes for $3.9 million override, to keep Redmen name

Posted by Erica Noonan, Globe West March 25, 2008 09:43 PM

Natick isn't ready to let go of its controversial town nickname.

By a 2-to-1 margin, townspeople voted Tuesday night to ask the school committee to reconsider its decision to scrap the longstanding Redmen sports moniker, a nickname many feel is insensitive and demeaning to Native Americans.

The question is non-binding, but many hope the committee will reevaluate its attempts to rename the team the Hawks or the Red and Blue.

Voters also accepted a $3.9 million Proposition 2 1/2 override by a 55 percent margin. The override expected to cost the average homeowner an extra $290 in annual property tax assessments above the 2.5 percent annual increase permitted by state law.

The funds will cover municipal budget shortfalls for 2009 and 2010 and prevent cuts in public safety services, library hours and education.

Turnout was high, said Natick Town Clerk Judi Kuhn, roughly 50 percent of the town's 21,000 registered voters,

In a hotly contested selectman's race for two open seats, incumbent Carol Gloff won her second term with 4,718 votes, but incumbent Charlie Hughes lost his seat by less than 300 seats to former board member John Connolly who garnered 3,925 votes, according to unofficial results.

Former finance committee member John Moranm who served two terms on the board in the 1990s, came in fourth with 3,505 votes.

-- Erica Noonan

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