Fear Factor

03Jul15

grenier“Your decision will decide if Wakefield becomes more like Medford or more like Lynnfield,” attorney Alan Grenier warned the Zoning Board of Appeals last week.

Grenier had asked for and was granted an opportunity to present to the Zoning Board the opposition case against building the 130-unit Brightview Senior Living facility proposed on Crescent Street. Grenier’s client is Andrea Sullivan, who lives at 12 Crescent St.

The size and density of the proposed Brightview project, Grenier maintained, was more in character with the city of Medford than the upscale Lynnfield.

Grenier also suggested that with units priced in excess of $5,000 per month, few people from Wakefield would be able to afford to move into Brightview’s local facility.
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With the opioid addiction problem at epidemic levels, knowing what to do in the event of an overdose is more important than ever.

Area residents recently had an opportunity to learn what to do in the event of an opiate overdose and to receive training in the use of Narcan, a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose in a matter of minutes if given in time.
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Gloucester Stage‘s current production, Out of Sterno, is unlike any comedy you’ve seen, and one that you’re almost guaranteed to like.

sterno_dotty-hamelWhile teetering on the edge of theater of the absurd, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play hangs on to just enough realism to make the audience believe in and care about its central character, Dotty, who lives up to the dictionary definition of her name as “amiably eccentric.”

Dotty (played by a brilliant Amanda Collins) lives happily in a cluttered, junk-strewn apartment in the city of Sterno with her husband, the dangerously sexy bad boy, Hamel (Noah Tuleja). For the seven years of their marriage, Hamel has forbidden Dotty to leave the apartment or to speak to anyone, even her family.
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If you still buy into the myth that potheads are mellow, live and let live types, try suggesting that weed might not be the next penicillin. To paraphrase an old saying, hell hath no fury like a stoner scorned.

Vancouver Global Marijuana March 2015 - by Danny KresnyakOppose legalization of marijuana and, if you’re lucky, the worst they’ll call you is a “prohibitionist.”

But if historical Prohibition has taught us anything it’s that once a drug is legal, it’s over. Even if legalization proves to be an utter disaster, you’re stuck with it. You can’t go back and make it illegal again.

So we should think long and hard before legalizing another substance that has one purpose and one purpose only: intoxication.
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As you may have noticed, protesting is back in vogue.

brightview_protest2Beyond the immediate complaints, it’s hard to know exactly what has spawned the recent resurgence in this trend of seeking redress of grievances by “singing songs and carrying signs,” as The Buffalo Springfield once sneered.

Maybe part of it is aging Baby Boomers and their grandchildren nostalgic for the idealism and camaraderie of The Movement.

Except, through the normal evolution of human society many of the social ills that were protest targets in the middle of the 20th century are at least being addressed. We’re far from perfect, but we’ve come a long way in the last 50 years.

So what’s left for the modern-day seeker of social justice? Have all of the forces of evil been defeated?
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Through June 20, 2015

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The Apple Family moves to Gloucester Stage for Sweet and Sad, part 2 of Richard Nelson’s quartet of plays that explore major events or anniversaries through the eyes of an ordinary family. Part 1, That Hopey Changey Thing, was produced at Stoneham Theatre last winter.

If That Hopey Changey Thing, was more focused on politics, the second installment delves deeper into the personal and emotional lives of the six characters as they share a meal at the Rhinebeck, New York home of Barbara Apple (played by Karen MacDonald).
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Greetings parents, guardians, students, faculty and other stakeholders.

Commencement 2012On behalf of this professional learning community and its educators, it is a pleasure to welcome you to today’s commencement exercises. I am pleased that you were able to leverage your resources in such a way as to join us today.

Our strategic plan for this afternoon is for you to invest your attention in several empowering speeches, followed by the distribution of diplomas in a sequential format. Our data-informed target is to complete implementation of today’s action-items in time for all stakeholders to arrive at their individualized celebrations in a timely fashion.

And now, I should like to address our soon to be former stakeholders, our graduates.
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