Not very many people realize it yet, but 2018 is shaping up as a pretty significant year around here.
If the first thought that popped into your head was that retail sales of weed will be legal in Massachusetts starting in July 2018, it might be time to put down the bong and pick up the job listings.
No, I’m talking about something even more important than that, if you can believe it. It’s also something more local.
The year 2018 marks our 150th birthday as the Town of Wakefield. It’s because of what happened nearly a century and a half ago in 1868 that the address on your checks reads “Wakefield” and not “South Reading.”
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Comedy fundraiser Sunday, April 9 at Giggles
By MARK SARDELLA
When last we heard from Salem Street resident Danielle Resha, she had won a trip to Superbowl 51 by doing the most pull-ups in 95 seconds in the Live ULTRA Pull-up Challenge sponsored by Michelob ULTRA.
Well, she’s back from Houston, and witnessing Tom Brady and the Patriots pull out an unbelievable come-from-behind Super Bowl victory has inspired her to give something back. She will be participating in Tom Brady’s Best Buddies Challenge charity bike ride in June.
“I’m going to do a 100-mile bike ride from Boston to Cape Cod on June 3 to support Best Buddies. She hopes to raise 3,000 for the charity.
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It was only a matter of time.
A small group of our fellow citizens has decided that they know better than the rest of us and want to dictate how we can carry our shopping purchases out of a store. Ten citizens have signed a petition to place an article on the May 1 Annual Town Meeting to prohibit the use of so called “thin film” plastic checkout bags in Wakefield.
Who could have imagined twenty years ago – or even a decade ago – that purchasing marijuana at a store in Wakefield would be viewed as perfectly normal, but using a plastic bag to carry a half-gallon of milk out of a store would make you a lawbreaker?
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Thank God we have adults serving on the Board of Selectmen.
Last week, they voted unanimously to use every legal option available to them to keep any kind of commercial establishment related to recreational marijuana out of Wakefield. That includes retail shops and commercial growing operations.
Unfortunately, the rest of the state voted to legalize recreational marijuana last November. But the Wakefield Board of Selectmen doesn’t answer to the rest of the state. They represent the will of the citizens of Wakefield, who bucked the statewide trend and voted against legalizing weed.
Wakefield may have to accept that pot is now legal in Massachusetts, but we don’t have to roll out the welcome mat for it.
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When the Wakefield School Department came out this week and requested a 4.84 percent increase in its FY 2018 budget, they turned a few people into prophets.
In 2015, Annual Town Meeting approved a “one-time” 11.4 percent increase in the School Department budget. The Big Bump was supposed to “right size” the School Department by “investing” in full-day, tuition-free kindergarten, updated K-8 math curriculum and K-1 phonics curriculum, increased staffing and technology and appropriate special education funding.
Pretty much everyone in town went along with the increase on the theory that the School Department had been deprived of what it needed during the lean budget years following 2008.
To sell the taxpayers on this gesture of largesse in 2015, much was made of the following quid pro quo: the School Department was expected to commit to no more than a 4 percent increase over the subsequent three years.
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The older I get, the more I hate winter.
I hate Old Man Winter almost as much as CNN hates the President of the United States.
I have no proof, but I’m convinced that winter is a Russian plot to turn the United States into Siberia.
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