The joys of Market maple syrup

Jan 31, 2019 by

Published February 1, 2019 Following is the next in a series of snippets on people who help make this city a great place to live.  MELROSE — Meghan Rosenberg moved to Melrose this past summer and brought her mother and sister to the Melrose Harvest Market at Memorial Hall. The subject quickly turned to maple syrup when her mother purchased some bottles of the liquid confection. Your Mom is buying maple syrup. Do you expect a bottle to be under your Christmas tree this year? Meghan: I hope we will all get little bottles of maple syrup in our stockings so we can use it Christmas morning. What’s your favorite grade of maple syrup, A or B? Meghan: I don’t know enough about maple syrup except that I like it on my pancakes. Mom: I’m...

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Published on January 31, 2019

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Pretty vacant

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Published in the January 31, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA “Isn’t it a shame about all the empty storefronts downtown?” “Which ones are empty?” “Well, I haven’t been downtown lately. Nobody goes there anymore because there’s too much traffic and not enough parking.” “Oh.” There’s another myth almost as persistent as the one that Wakefield has become an overbuilt city. It’s the fiction that Wakefield’s business district is a ghost town riddled with boarded up properties and “For Rent” signs. Yet, somehow these contradictory canards exist side-by-side in local lore. Every week, there’s at least one social media discussion about our “deserted” downtown. Armchair economic development experts assign blame and spout facile solutions to fix this vexing “problem.” Distressed by these reports, I dispatched my investigative team to the downtown business district. Their findings were disturbing....

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