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    New Abington town manager signs contract

    The Board of Selectmen last week signed the employment contract of the new town manager, Richard LaFond. LaFond’s base salary will be $140,000 a year, with a $5,000 stipend for traveling to conferences, $3,000 for the use of his car, and $60 a month for cellphone usage. The new contract follows a battle between the board and the outgoing town manager, John D’Agostino. D’Agostino threatened litigation after the board voted not to renew his contract due to nonfeasance, a move that would prevent D’Agostino’s severance pay. On April 8, the board rescinded its vote and will provide D’Agostino with the three months’ severance pay he is entitled to under his contract. D’Agostino’s last day is April 26, and LaFond will officially start in Abington on May 6.