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Newton Police Log: Man Arrested at Mayor's Town Hall Meeting

The following information was supplied by the Newton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A Newton man was arrested Sunday, Jan. 27 after he allegedly disturbed the mayor's town hall meeting at the Pellegrini Field House in Nonanutm. 

Adam Quentin Maleson, 53, of 153 Concord St., was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, police said. 

According to Newton Police reports, officers were dispatched to the field house Sunday afternoon for reports of an unruly party. When police arrived on scene, the detective informed them that a man (Maleson) had been "screaming and yelling" and was disturbing the meeting, but had since calmed down. 

After responding to the scene, police were in the lobby of the gym when they reportedly heard yelling again, and then spotted Maleson grab his chair, pick it up and "hold it in a threatening manner." 

Police then saw Maleson throw the chair to the ground and "aggressively charge" toward the front of the gymnasium, where a woman was making a presentation, reports said. 

Reports said the field house was filled with roughly 40-50 people, including Mayor Setti Warren and other Newton officials. The mayor held the town hall meeting on to discuss his proposed $11.4 million override, which will go to the Newton voters on March 12. 

For questions on this police blotter, email Editor Melanie Graham at Melanie.Graham@patch.com.

Adam Maleson January 29, 2013 at 02:19 PM
There are glaring inaccuracies in this news report as presented here. And there are 40-50 witnesses to these glaring inaccuracies, who can be called as eye-witnesses. Most of those in attendance signed into a sign-in sheet at the door, and so they can be subpoenaed as eye-witnesses to the gross inaccuracy of the claims stated in this article. I would advise Melanie Graham and the Newton Patch that you are placing yourself in the position as potential Defendant in a Defamation Of Character lawsuit stemming from the misrepresentation of facts in this article as posted online as of 9:15 am tuesday January 29. I invite you to discuss with me what actually happened on sunday whenever you wish. You know how to contact me from this site. Sincerely, Adam Maleson The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth
Melanie Graham (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Hi Adam -- All of the information provided in this article is taken directly from the reports provided by the Newton Police Department, as noted at the top of this article. If you have any questions about the information provided here, please emaill me at Melanie.Graham@patch.com.
Adam Maleson January 29, 2013 at 02:43 PM
The officer who wrote this report is guilty of a fictionalized account of the facts. The writer from the TAB had been seated next to me, and the TAB photographer was also there to document in still images the actual events.
Janet Sterman January 29, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I was there and am sorry that along with this report of threatening ,shouting, etc no one points out that Mr Maleson had initially commented on the absurdity of how overwhelming the crowd of 45-50 attendees consisted of (a elected officials - 6, (b) members of the mayor's staff (6), (c) police and fire chiefs, and the armed guards (police). Additionally, at least 8 people in attendance are known advocates of overrides in Newton. So the feeling when you walked into the room was that the cards were stacked in one direction before it even started. This was a concern of mine as well, only Mr. Maleson stated it. These marketing presentations are professionally staged performances towards selling Newton on the benefits of the pain of higher property taxes. This along with the threats of the losing the wonderful quality of schools "everyone moves to Newton for" (I moved here for the location, I don't know about anyone else), your car falling into a sink hole due to our neglected roads, rising crime and loss of life if we don't build a new fire station in Newton Centre. If we can't manage our city to provide the basic services of fire and police protection and public education on $320 million a year, with a reduction of overall residency in the last 20 years, it's just too bad. In the face of rising state and federal taxes - the straw on the camel's back is finally about to break.
Adam Maleson January 29, 2013 at 04:44 PM
The politicans do not want Proposition 2 1/2. They want unlimited rights to raise your taxes whenever they want for whatever they want. The way they start is to say "this is just a temporary measure to address these specific needs". But once they get the voters to approve an override, they will never restore Proposition 2 1/2. The absurdity of Mayor Warren's opening commentary is a whole thing in itself. He was saying that we need this override to address increasing school enrollment. But in the same breath he was saying how we should be so happy to welcome even greater future increases in school enrollment. I had actually spoken up about the absurdity of inviting even greater increases in school population. It was probably at THAT point that the politicians called the police to have me ejected from the room, which was long before I got anywhere near the chair (which I NEVER picked up or threatened anyone with). Their purpose was to eject me from that "Town Meeting" because I dared to oppose their pre-ordained line of baloney, the police had been called before I even stood up from my own seat. As I stated, I was seated adjacent to what I presumed was a writer for the TAB, in any case it was a woman who was taking shorthand notes in red ink. She can tell you I never picked up a chair nor threatened anyone.
Adam Maleson January 29, 2013 at 04:54 PM
What I love the most is how it was billed as aTown Meeting. Town Meeting is an ancient and honorable New England tradition goiing back to the Puritan settlers of the 17th century. Town Meeting still exists in many places, including nearby towns in Massachusetts such as Natick. Town Meeting is a truly democratic form of community self-government, starkly different in manner and spirit than the type of oligarchical system we currently have in Newton. At New England Town Meetings, all members of the community are treated as equals and genuine input is sought from all citizens who are invited to participate and share their own honest perspectives. Although Mayor Warren's staged efforts to hoodwink Newton citizens into approving their own financial victimization by allowing the Newton politicians free reign to raise their taxes in the future was billed as a Town Meeting, their reactions to my attempts to participate and give genuine, and INTELLIGENT, feedback make it clear that this was in no way a genuine New England style Town Meeting.
Adam Maleson January 29, 2013 at 04:58 PM
I would also like to make mention that anyone who knew Mr. Anthony "Fat" Pellegrini, whose wife Joanne is honored in the name of the building where this meeting and arrest took place, anyone who actually knew Mr. Pellegrini is likely to know that "Fat" was an opponent of tax overrides, which the politicians have been discussing for decades, as they have looked repeatedly for any excuse to get us to approve an override of Proposition 2 1/2. Whatever anyone else may say about sunday's events and my "disruption" of this "Town Meeting", I will maintain that my words, if not my manner of presenting them, were sentiments that Mr. Pellegrini assuredly would have sided with rather than against. And one thing I came away from my actions on sunday with, and I thought about this during the 5 hours I spent in a holding cell in Newton's Police Headquarters, was that I do not believe I have to worry that I in any way disgraced the memory of Fat Pellegrini by my speaking up against the line of political malarky the mayor was using that building to try to foist upon Newton's, and Nonantum's in particular, citizens.
critterkitty January 29, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I agree. The focus should be on fixing the current problems by gettting our basic services up and running safely and effciently, like the fire and police depts equipment and repairing the building etc.... and we need to be sure that our schools are safe for our children. I dont want to blame our current Mayor because that would not be fair. It took years of personal agendas to get us to where we are now. For example look how long it took the city to agree on the Firemans Contract. It was absurd and turned personal between the city and the union. That is no way to treat those who lay their life on the line every time they go to work and I was ashamed the city was treating them so poorly. I want to live in a city where I can feel proud.
Mr N January 29, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Adam, Your message loses all legitimacy when you treat the Mayor without the respect that he deserves. I believe that one day you will realize this mistake
Janet Sterman January 29, 2013 at 06:49 PM
In a way I think TEAM override loves that Mr. Maleson lost his temper exuberantly challenged the "presentation" AKA "town meeting" in their quest to look like the rational. At least half of the people in at the Pellegrini Field House are employees of the city who must support the proposed overrides as it keeps government funding afloat and this means their jobs! :-) To me the biggest insult to the community is when someone asks a reasonable question, and the administration's response to the public is "that's too complicated", yadda, yadda, yadda. (SuptFleishman said to one attendee who asked about offering residential tax exemptions that they are too complicated to explain!) What a load of "you know what!" After all...If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. (Note: This was not the only reference to an explanation being too complex to describe at this meeting!)
Janet Sterman January 29, 2013 at 06:53 PM
One last observation, a member of our community (a VOTER) was being interviewed by a reporter as I was walking out. School Committee Chair Sokolove rudely interrupted their conversation in attempt to get the attention of the press. Why wasn't she hauled off, too? ;-)
Joshua Norman January 29, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Adam, as much as I sympathize with regards to your disgust as to how the town hall meeting was conducted, you basically played into their hands. I oppose the overrides, but there are better ways to conduct yourself when doing so. When in Rome, act like the Romans. But I think Janet said it best when she said that "the biggest insult to the community is when someone asks a reasonable question, and the administration's response to the public is "that's too complicated", yadda, yadda, yadda."
Emily Costello January 29, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Adam, I'm sorry to report that the TAB missed this meeting.
Scott K Tanner January 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Taking money from Zionist is no easy task.
Adam Maleson January 30, 2013 at 12:44 AM
The problem is that I did treat the mayor with all the respect he deserves: none. Thank you for your interest, sir.
Adam Maleson January 30, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Emily Costello: I don't know then what organization the stenographer and photographer were from then, but they surely are witnesses with evidence of what actually took place. The woman was sitting in the back row next seat from mine, and she was taking shorthand in red ink. I'd also like to mention that at this time, 7:45 pm tuesday, I have still not received an e-mail reply from Melanie Graham, although I wrote to her about 10 hours ago.
Melanie Graham (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Hi Adam -- Unfortunately, I have not yet received an email from you today, as you mention in your comment. Please make sure to send the email to Melanie.Graham@patch.com.
Janet Sterman January 30, 2013 at 01:51 AM
What does that comment mean, Mr. Tanner?
David S January 30, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Anyone else see the irony of some of the highest paid employees tour the City to spread the word that they need more money? How about they cut some staff if they have free time to do these junkets. It seems fundamentally wrong the city would spend resources on a marketing campaign like that. Isn't that a conflict of interest? And before anyone asks the City lawyer--that certainly is a conflict of interest for the lawyer to deem himself in the right!
Adam Maleson January 30, 2013 at 02:49 AM
I attended this Town Hall Meeting with the intention of pointing out that the obvious and simple solution to this whole situation is slash in half the top 100 or 200 highest paid city employees, beginning with the mayor's. That is the solution that would be OBVIOUS to a true leader of the city. It was delightful to hear the mayor in his opening remarks mention how they had considered slashing the school lunch program to come up with the $12 million. They don't hesitate to consider getting this money by taking food out of the mouths of Newton's schoolchildren, but it NEVER for a moment occurred to them to consider tightening their OWN belts. And yet, they stand there looking you in the eye and yadda yadda yadda about dedication to the community and commitment to public service blah blah blah. The sort of remarks the mayor made in his words of tribute to the late alderman Merrill. Those same qualities of commitment and service etc. don't extend as far as actually being willing to take a paycut themselves. But they don't hesitate to consider raising YOUR taxes, which are already the source of their inflated salaries. Nor do they hesitate to consider taking food out of the mouths of the children at the schools.
Melanie Graham (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 04:58 AM
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Adam Maleson January 30, 2013 at 04:09 PM
The Newton Patch should abide by its own Terms of Use, otherwise its policies become mere hypocrisy. The Terms of Use clearly specify the following prohibitions on posting content: "is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive;" The police report that was posted on the Patch was defamatory toward Adam Maleson "violates any party’s right of publicity or right of privacy;" Posting my home address violates my right of privacy "is inaccurate, false or misleading in any way;" The police report you posted was inaccurate, false, and misleading
Truthy January 30, 2013 at 11:30 PM
I, know Adam he is a kind and generous and he cares about the taxpayers of the City, therefor Setti Warren who cares about going to Washington, should for once talk about his own anger, and the fact that he lied in his first term saying "I will give the city my full term" he then tried to raise money to run for Sen. Elizabeth Warren seat. Also remember that the many people in that room are looking for monies for their Departments, and many attendees live in other Cities.
Gregg Tong January 31, 2013 at 04:22 AM
I think Mayor Warren has done some good things and some not so great things. A certain upgrade over former Mayor Cohen, but that is not a lofty accomplishment. I must however mention, under his tenure, I find it strange that the Newton Police dept has recently resembled the Police Academy movies. I just saw a local Fox 25 news report that they paid 7 officers overnight overtime to watch a building that was successfully burgled during their watch. Given the media's tendency to exaggerate, the facts remain that this, combined with the egging incident and the Chief's recent workplace inappropriateness lawsuit are a bit troubling to this tax contributing resident being asked for more financial support. Just saying. To go back on topic,

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