Archive for the ‘Columns & Essays’ Category

Economic revitalization of downtown areas is usually aimed at sprucing up what’s already here through things like improved, uniform signage and dressing up storefronts as well as attracting the kinds of new businesses that reflect the quaint, warm and homey small town feel that we either remember from our childhoods or have seen on postcards […]


Play bends comedy, drama and mystery in one entertaining package Widowed Mary Antonelli, a retired school teacher, and Joe LaCedra, a 64 year-old leg-breaker for the mob, are spending a stormy New Year’s Eve together in Mary’s South Boston home. But this is no social encounter. It’s strictly business. We learn that much in the […]


New book on legendary Wakefield, Massachusetts Amusement Park “It’s been highly rewarding,” says local author Bob McLaughlin of writing his second book on famed local amusement park, Pleasure Island, published this month by Arcadia. The best part, according to the affable Water Street resident, was getting “to meet a lot of people I never would […]


Like other secular national holidays, Independence Day brings its share of reminders of the “true meaning” of the holiday. Enjoy your three-day weekend, we’re told, but take a moment to think about why we observe the day. This seems especially appropriate on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, when we pay tribute to those who fought […]


For the first time in living memory peddlers in Wakefield, MA are being asked to abide by the town’s regulations. But from the reaction, you’d think that instead of being asked to move 100 feet every two hours they were being forced to run the gauntlet. Contrary to popular belief, local regulations have always indicated […]


Filmmakers Michaela O’Brien & Melissa Langer examine EB in Bogota, Colombia While working as a documentary photographer in 2011, Michaela O’Brien visited an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia. While there, the 2004 Wakefield High School graduate met two girls, Nixa and her older sister Nury. Both girls were afflicted with a rare, genetic skin disease called […]


Memorial Day 2014 in Wakefield, Massachusetts As sun and clouds waged a day-long battle overhead, hundreds of residents turned out yesterday for local ceremonies honoring those who gave their lives in defense of America. “The freedoms we do enjoy,” keynote speaker Victor Santaniello told the crowd at the West Side Social Club’s morning program on […]


Over 900 Wakefield voters showed up at Monday’s opening Annual Town Meeting session to vote on a $3 million parking garage. Thursday night’s continued session opened with Article 3, the $79 million FY 2015 town budget. Math has never been my strong suit, so my fitness to be a Town Meeting teller would probably be […]


May 6 Sweetser Lecture in Wakefield, MA “As a kid, I was drawn to big stories on broad canvasses,” says historical novelist William Martin, who will be at The Savings Bank Theater on Tuesday, May 6 to deliver the final Sweetser Lecture of the season. His talk will focus on Civil War Washington as depicted […]


Boston Globe sports columnist delivers Sweetser Lecture The world of Boston sports came to Wakefield, MA this week in the person of longtime Boston Globe sportswriter and columnist Dan Shaughnessy, who entertained the Sweetser lecture audience with colorful and at times hilarious stories from his career interacting with some of the biggest sports figures of […]



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