Archive for the ‘Columns & Essays’ Category

By MARK SARDELLA Morgan Flynn is living her dream. The 2012 Wakefield Memorial High School graduate is the Directing Apprentice for the current season at Gloucester Stage, where she is getting to work directly with a series of professional theater directors, a job that she aspires to. “I went to school thinking I wanted to […]


Now that July 19 is behind us, can we finally admit that all the hand-wringing over the Special Election had nothing to do with it costing the town $10,000 and everything to do with politics and the person who filed for the Special Election? After Phyllis Hull collected the 200 signatures needed to force the […]


Things like the recent Independence Day celebration and the upcoming Festival Italia remind me that civic groups that actually do things are a lot more interesting (not to mention fun) than the ones that exist just air grievances and self-promote. If it’s true that after July Fourth, the summer flies by, then why do I […]


Deborah Zoe Laufer’s comedy ‘The Last Schwartz’ at Gloucester Stage By MARK SARDELLA GLOUCESTER — The Last Schwartz, by Deborah Zoe Laufer is a play about family ties – the ones that bind, the ones that bend and the ones that break. In the opening scene, Herb Schwartz’s wife Bonnie (Brianne Beatrice) is describing to […]


By MARK SARDELLA The campaign to oppose a likely question on the Nov. 6 election ballot seeking to legalize marijuana for recreational use is picking up steam, as State Senator Jason Lewis appeared before the Board of Selectmen on Monday to present the case for voting “no” on recreational pot. Lewis headed a year-long study […]


Imagine, if you can, the following conversation over the backyard fence between neighbors Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones. Mr. Smith: I just found out my house has termites. What should I do? Mr. Jones: Bring in some carpenter ants. They’re no worse than termites. Mr. Smith: What a fantastic idea! Of course, that conversation is […]


By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — With Lake Quannapowitt as the backdrop, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan stood shoulder to shoulder with a host of local officials yesterday to convey a life-saving message about water safety this summer. And to hammer the point home, the Wakefield Fire Department conducted a simulated drowning rescue, swimming far […]



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