drugsEverybody knows by now that there is a drug abuse crisis in the state, so naturally Massachusetts officials are doing everything in their power to make life easier for drug users and dealers and harder for the police.

God forbid we do anything that might inconvenience the stoner community.

It seems that hardly a week goes by without these official enablers pushing some measure designed to make it easier to escape any unpleasant consequence of spending your days in a euphoric fog or supplying others with the means to do so.
Continue reading ‘My Way or the High Way’

by Mark Sardella


There are no role models in Israel Horovitz‘s new play, unless you count liars, philanderers, extortionists and murderers among your heroes. But if you like your humor black with a touch of Coen brothers absurdism, you’ll enjoy Gloucester Blue, currently in an extended run at Gloucester Stage through Oct. 11.
Continue reading ‘Classes clash in Horovitz’s ‘Gloucester Blue’’

Despite the insistence of the local online Fellowship of the Miserable that the revitalization of downtown Wakefield should happen overnight, in the real world things don’t happen that fast.

But in the past week alone, we saw several hopeful signs that things may be heading in the right direction. Dare we say the word “momentum?”
Continue reading ‘Downtown’s Upside’

by Mark Sardella (The Wakefield Daily Item)

israel_horovitz2Gloucester Blue is a comic thriller and has often been compared to a Coen Brothers movie,” says Wakefield native Israel Horovitz about his new play, which opens this week at Gloucester Stage.

“I can see why,” he says. “It’s a comedy, but quite dark. The final moments of the play are, I think, cripplingly funny. For Massachusetts people, there is much to recognize. I think local people are going to love this play.”

Horovitz grew up in Wakefield, Mass., graduating from Wakefield High School in 1956. His 70+ plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages worldwide and have introduced such actors as Al Pacino, John Cazale, Jill Clayburgh, Marsha Mason, Gerard Depardieu and many others.
Continue reading ‘Horovitz brings ‘Gloucester Blue’ home’

by Mark Sardella (Wakefield Daily Item)

Not even a passing shower could dampen the spirits of the dozens who turned out for the Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 dedication of the Dr. Paula M. Mullen Field at the Galvin Middle School in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Teachers and administrative staff past and present joined with friends and family members to pay tribute to one of the most beloved educational leaders to ever serve the Wakefield Public Schools. Dr. Mullen was a respected coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal. Continue reading ‘Dedicating Dr. Paula M. Mullen Field’

The Right Stuff


Wakefield’s long human rights nightmare is over.

No more need to tell your stockbroker to divest from companies doing business in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Last week, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee voted to endorse the establishment of a “Wakefield Human Rights Commission.”

You didn’t know that human rights abuses were rampant in Wakefield? Clearly you haven’t been attending ZBA meetings. Continue reading ‘The Right Stuff’

The newest addition to last weekend’s Festival Italia was by far the best part of the event and should immediately be made a permanent fixture of this annual celebration.

No, I’m not talking about the Wakefield Civic League booth.
Continue reading ‘Dunk Tank Diplomacy’



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