Dubow ends term as selectman

Democrat Dick Dubow ended his six-year term on the Board of Selectmen Nov. 20, capping a 30-year career in public service in which he served on various boards and commissions, including the Board of Finance.

“I want to say thank you for electing me to various boards for 30 years,” Dubow said in a prepared statement he read from the table. “I have tried to speak for those who are unable or unwilling to speak, not only those with the loudest voices.”

In the short term, he’ll take a break. In the long term, he’ll have more to say.

“In any case, I will always be here in any way I can to help benefit the town,” he said.

His parting words were beautifully crafted, said resident Stephen Hudspeth, author of the column A View From Glen Hill, who applauded from the audience and wished Dubow well.

So did First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice.

“You put a lot of thought into how you will vote, and you come to the meetings prepared,” Vanderslice told Dubow.

Several audience members thanked Dubow for his years of service, which often came at the expense of time he could have spent with his family — for example, in not taking certain vacations so he could be available for meetings during the summer.

“I’ve tried to leave partisanship at the door as we work together to find common ground,” Dubow said, summing up his philosophy of public service.

The next meeting of the Board of Selectmen is Dec. 4, when his seat will be taken by Deborah McFadden.