Archive for the ‘Columns & Essays’ Category

By MARK SARDELLA It all started when he purchased nine Pleasure Island postcards at a local church antiques show. Since then, Wakefield’s Robert McLaughlin has written five books and turned himself into one of the country’s leading experts on American theme parks. His latest book, Magic Mountain was published last week and tells the story […]


Special effects

06May16

If you are one of those who thought last week’s election meant that you could finally count Phyllis Hull out, a) You don’t know Phyllis Hull very well and, b) you might want to cork the Champagne, at least for now. Hull was defeated in her bid to be re-elected to the Board of Selectmen […]


Directed by Nancy Curran Willis By MARK SARDELLA Israel Horovitz’s play “My Old Lady” is set in Paris but in Quannapowitt Players upcoming production there are Wakefield connections galore. Most obvious is the fact that Horovitz is a Wakefield native who grew up on Elm Street and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1956. On […]


By MARK SARDELLA If you encounter a police officer, a firefighter, an EMT or a paramedic in your travels around town, you might want to say “thank you.” The week of April 25, 2016 through May 1, 2016 was “First Responder Week” in Wakefield, as proclaimed by the Board of Selectmen. Many Wakefield Police officers, […]


By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The scenario is this: Wakefield Police receive a call reporting a disturbance at Acme Corp., a company of 50 employees located at the end of a cul-de-sac in Wakefield. The company is headquartered in Israel and has been threatened in the past by radical Islamic groups. The threats have come […]


My Earth Day

22Apr16

Today is Earth Day, and observances are underway around the world and have been for several weeks because coincidentally, April also happens to be Earth Month! I find it outrageous that in 2016 we are so earth-centric as to focus only on the planet that we happen to inhabit out of the eight (formerly nine) […]


It’s happening everywhere. The forces of political correctness have been picking off one innocent tradition after another. It hit Wakefield this week. The School Department announced that for this year’s High School graduation ceremonies, graduates will wear “gender neutral” gowns instead of the traditional red for boys and white for girls. No, this is not […]



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