Abington: Voters shake up Board of Selectmen

Abington voters picked a new head of the Board of Selectmen in the town’s election on Saturday.

Incumbent Chris Aiello got 1,045 votes, coming in a close third in the race for two seats on the board, behind Vice Chairman R. Andrew Burbine who got  1,475 votes and former School Committee member Thomas Dion who received 1,343.

In Abington’s only other contest, for School Committee, Kathleen Bailey won a seat with 1,560 votes and Michael Kurowski won a seat with 1,216.

Patricia McDonnell lost the race with 982 votes.

Residents also approved a $780,000 feasibility study for a new middle school, with a vote of 1,213-856.

The state School Building Authority has agreed to reimburse Abington $440,000, leaving the town to come up with $340,000 to pay for the study.

Voter turnout in the election was about 22 percent, with 2,324 ballots cast in a town with 10,651 registered voters.

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Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.