Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

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 […]


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 […]


The town recently held an event called “Wakefield 101,” an orientation session for new residents to give them a chance to talk to representatives of town departments, community organizations and local businesses. The idea was to help new residents get the lay of the land and to give them a heads up on how we […]


As of this writing, we have eight people (and counting) running for Selectman in the July 19 Special Election to fill the nine months left on former selectman Betsy Sheeran’s term. This sudden surge of interest in public service is truly a wonderful thing to behold. My only question is, where were some of these […]


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 […]


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) […]



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