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May 24, 2013

Editorial: 'As Methuen Turns': Time to call it a wrap

Methuen seems to have a thing about long-running soap operas starring local officials.

The one about the police chief is still going after many years, despite flagging interest from the public.

So is the one about the city solicitor. But we had hoped at least that certain characters had been written out of the solicitor script.

We now learn that Richard D’Agostino, a former Lawrence assistant city attorney, and William Faraci, a former assistant Haverhill solicitor, have been invited to reapply for the Methuen solicitor’s job.

Both were finalists for the job in the last round of interviews and both were rejected when the City Council pulled the plug on the process on April Fools’ Day.

Faraci did not return a call about the council’s “invitation.” But D’Agostino was quick to RSVP.

“My desire to represent this community has not been diminished,” D’Agostino told Eagle-Tribune reporter Brian Messenger.

After what he went through, and put the council through in the last round, he must really need a job.

Council Chairman Sean Fountain said the council would also “encourage” the current solicitor, Peter McQuillan, to reapply for the job, but he spoke of McQuillan as a man with a spike already through his heart.

“I don’t think there’s going to be a resurrection ... after the problems we’ve had (with him),” Fountain said.

Don’t be so sure of that, Sean. Remember when Bobby Ewing was killed off in “Dallas” and it all turned out to be a dream?

For newcomers to the story, McQuillan is the man who succeeded Maurice Lariviere when Lariviere was videotaped behaving “inappropriately” with his secretary in his office. He was summarily confronted and pressured to resign by Police Chief Joseph Solomon, who was later spun off as the main character in ...

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