With the various measures they pass on the federal and state level, lawmakers come up with some interesting ideas when it comes to their own powers. They even think they can control the weather by passing climate regulations. (I wonder what the Supremacy Clause under Article VI of the Constitution says about the doctrine of preemption when it comes to the Laws of Nature vs. the Laws of Man.)

But not content with their dominion over three dimensions, some of our solons on Beacon Hill now want to extend their control over the fourth dimension – that of Time. (Rod Serling could not be reached for comment.)

You may have heard last week that the Massachusetts Senate has convened an 11-member special commission to study whether Massachusetts should go to daylight saving time year-round.
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WAKEFIELD — Wakefield veterans and their families have a strong new advocate.

karen_burkeKaren Burke took the position of Veterans Service Officer in December and the former Air Force flight nurse has hit the ground running in making sure that local veterans get the services they are entitled to.
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I want to state up front that this column may have been hacked by the Russians. So if you find anything objectionable, you know who to blame. (Snarky lot, those Ruskies.)

The New Year is known for lists. New Year’s columns typically feature lists of “bests” and “worsts” of the previous year. Predictions for the future and resolutions for the coming year are a dime a dozen at this time of year.

But a newspaper’s role is to set the agenda for local issues, encourage local economic growth and foster a sense of identity within our local community. Or so I’m told. Sounds absolutely fascinating and I promise to get right on it. In the meantime, here’s a collection of random New Year’s observations.

Does anybody else think this year is really dragging?

I’ll never be able to find this new NBC Boston channel. I still turn on Channel 4 looking for Saturday Night Live. (Is SNL still on?)

My first question when I heard about Don Lemon’s drunken New Year’s Eve performance on CNN was, “Who the hell is Don Lemon?”

It’s been good to see all the new faces in the gym this week. It will be even better when they’re gone next week.

penny3If we get rid of the penny, what will all the penny pinchers do?

Where are they now: scary clowns.

If legalization isn’t going to make pot easier to get, why are potheads – excuse me – cannabis enthusiasts – hysterical about a six month-delay in retail sales?

I think I might watch the Presidential Inauguration this year. Does anybody know what channel it’s on?

I was born a Sagittarius, but I identify as a Taurus.

Where are they now: Pokemon Go.

Some people are actually posting questions on social media asking “What is being built between Main Street and Crescent Street.” Seriously, folks?

That was the last time you will read the word “folks” in one of my columns.

Today, a self-driving car pulled over and asked me for directions.

Over the weekend, a prankster in southern California changed the famous “Hollywood” sign to “Hollyweed.” And they say marijuana destroys ambition.

I just heard about ‘pho’ this week. So sar, I have no desire to try it. But I’ll keep you posted.

If you think higher education is expensive now, wait ‘til it’s free.

dollar_treeIf nothing else, the Dollar Tree store has provided a valuable community service with its $1 reading glasses.

Shouldn’t the self-timer on our cameras and phones be called a “selfie timer?” (That’s copyrighted, BTW.)

My smart phone’s text autocorrect does not have “autocorrect” in its dictionary. Maybe I need a smarter phone.

So I hope 2017 brings an end to this extraordinarily irritating fad of people starting every sentence with the word “so.”

And finally, С новым годом, everybody!

[This column originally appeared in the January 5, 2017 Wakefield Daily Item.]



Last month, through the efforts of a number of local people, local dog lovers and their canine friends received the gift of a new dog park in the Junction. But this long-vacant parcel and its neighboring property have an interesting, but mostly forgotten, history dating back to May 17, 1969.

Let’s set the stage.

It was the height of the 1960s counterculture. Forty percent of the population in the United States was under 20, and they were eager to demonstrate their nonconformity by all dressing exactly alike. Men and boys wore their hair long. Women wore short skirts and peasant dresses. Absolutely everyone wore bell-bottoms.

Rebellion and anti-authoritarianism were all the rage. Police were disdained and called “pigs” and “blue meanies.” The era was also famous for its proliferation of recreational drugs like LSD and especially marijuana, which may come as news to some Millennials who think that they invented pot.
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Well, it’s that time of year again.

The holiday season is upon us and that means it’s once again time to review my annual Christmas list. My list includes gifts for both naughty and nice, because who am I to judge?lima

So, without further ado…

To Selectman Peter May: automatic canine voter registration.

To Fred Rich LaRiccia: a winner.

To Jen Migliore: new management.

To the Americal Civic Center: gun control.
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street_list_coverWhat do you give the Wakefield resident who has everything?

The perfect, outside-the-box Christmas gift idea might just be something available from the unlikeliest of shopping venues – Town Hall.

The 2016 Town of Wakefield Annual Street List is available while supplies last at the Town Clerk’s Office for the low price of $10.

The front cover of this handsome, spiral bound volume features a full-color image of South Reading Common circa 1834 by Wakefield artist Franklin Poole. Inside the cover, local historian Nancy Bertrand provides some historical background on Poole’s painting as well as biographical notes on the artist himself.
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Green day


Thursday was a big day for the Massachusetts Cannabis Community.

December 15, 2016 – a day that will live, if not in infamy, then certainly in idiocy.
At 4:20 p.m., thousands of senile hippies and their millennial grandchildren shared a bong hit to celebrate the fact that decades of oppressive “prohibition” has come to an end in Massachusetts.

It’s now perfectly legal in Massachusetts to spark up a doobie and get totally wasted.

If that isn’t progress worth celebrating, I don’t know what is. Good to know that we’re setting the bar high for our state.

It’s a victory for ignorance as much as anything.

I have no doubt that most of the people who voted “Yes” on Question 4 never actually read even part of the proposed 12-page law legalizing recreational pot. Mostly, they just believed the propaganda shelled out by the Marijuana Industry and its paid “marijuana consultants.”
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