Civility the theme as Scituate council sworn in

Civility the theme as Scituate council sworn in

Town residents gathered at the Scituate Senior Center on Tuesday to celebrate the inauguration of new leaders. From left, David D’Agostino Sr., Charles Collins, James Brady, Timothy McCormick, Abbie Groves, Brenda Frederickson and Gary Grande are sworn in as Scituate Town Council members. (Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)

SCITUATE – Civility was the word of the night at the Scituate Senior Center on Tuesday, where more than 200 town residents gathered to celebrate the inauguration of new leaders.

Opening the evening, Gen. Reginald Centracchio thanked the community for understanding the importance of voting. Like the group of people who gathered to form Scituate in 1731, town voters of today exercised their right and chose the people they want to represent the town, he said.

“You can vote people into office, and you can vote people out of office,” Centracchio said, drawing a chuckle from the crowd.

He said the challenge now is not to forget why the town voted for these elected officials, and to hold leaders accountable for “all the things they said they would do.”

“Accountability, respect and civility are absolutely essential,” he said.

William Riccitelli, Scituate’s probate judge and longtime town resident, had the honor of swearing in elected officials Tuesday night.

All three re-elected Republican town councilors, Charles Collins, David D’Agostino and Brenda Frederickson, were sworn in alongside newly elected Republican members James Brady, Gary Grande, Abbie Groves and Timothy McCormick.

Groves spoke for the council, thanking Scituate residents for their trust and vote. She said the council is committed to serving Scituate to the best of its ability with “enthusiasm, compassion and civility.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for placing your trust in us as your newly elected Town Council,” Groves said.

She said the goal is to “foster an atmosphere of stability in our community where all citizens are treated with respect and where we work together to preserve the unique character of our town while also evolving for the benefit of future generations.”

She said the new council is committed to restoring pride in the community by leading with integrity and will help make sure the town feels like home.

Grande thanked former Republican Town Committee Chairman David Campbell for his hard work and dedication to get a new Republican council elected.

The council will hold its organizational meeting to elect a president and vice president tonight, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Scituate High School auditorium, 94 Trimtown Road.

Republican School Committee members Mary Manning-Morse and Erika McCormick, as well as Democrat Coleen Pendergast, were sworn in Tuesday, as were Board of Review members Rita LaDuke and Ted Richard III, Director of Public Welfare Joseph Steiner III, Town Sgt. Brian Dexter and Town Moderator David D’Agostino, all Republicans.

Manning-Morse, speaking on behalf of herself and McCormick, said her election to the School Committee reminded her of her father who was superintendent of Scituate schools for 17 years. She said he would be as thrilled and honored to see her sworn in as he was when Manning Field was dedicated in his name.

“Although my mom is here tonight, it would have been great to see him by her side. I know he is with me in spirit probably wearing his signature bow tie,” Manning-Morse said.

She said she and McCormick were grateful to residents who opened their doors to chat with them during campaigns and supported them with a vote.

“Please know we have taken your compliments and concerns to heart,” she said.

Lastly, she asked that members of the community support Scituate schools by “being cheerleaders,” helping to share the word that “Scituate schools are a sparkling gem of education.”

“Yes, there is work to be done, but we have a solid foundation upon which to build,” she said.

Town Treasurer Ted Przybyla, a Republican, and Town Clerk Margaret “Peggy” Long, a Democrat, were also sworn in by Riccitelli Tuesday night.

Rep. Robert Quattrocchi, a Republican, said he looked forward to working with new leaders, saying he felt they could get some “good things done.”

From left, Mary Manning-Morse, Coleen Pendergast, and Erika McCormick are sworn in as Scituate School Committee members.