Councilors have much to do Monday...

Feb 21, 2020 by

Published in the February 21, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Town Council will dig into another full plate of business when it meets Monday night in the big studio at the WCAT facility behind Wakefield Memorial High. Here are examples of the anticipated discussions: • Town Engineer William Renault is expected to present a strategic plan for comprehensive town-wide road repair and maintenance. • Representatives from the Wakefield Alliance Against Violence are scheduled to explain the White Ribbon Campaign, an annual awareness program in March that addresses male violence. • Student winners of the RESPECTfully Poster Project Contest will be recognized and all entires will be displayed. • Members of the Wakefield Center Neighborhood Association are planning to improve the entryway to the Spaulding Street Playground at the Lower Common. Monday night, they will give councilors all the...

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Town Clerk’s office in high gear...

Feb 20, 2020 by

Published in the February 20, 2020 edition. By MARK  SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — To describe the Town Clerk’s office as a beehive of activity these days would be to grossly understate the matter. With census forms coming in, two elections on the horizon and early voting set to begin next week for the Presidential Primary (plus the Special State Rep election for precincts 4, 5 and 6) there’s more than enough to keep Town Clerk Betsy Sheeran, her staff and several volunteers busy. And then, of course, there’s the day to day work of providing certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates, issuing business certificates, registering dogs and posting public meetings. Preparations are in place and early voting, which will take place from Monday, Feb. 24 to Friday, Feb. 28 for registered voters who...

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A rank choice

Feb 20, 2020 by

Published in the February 20, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA What do you call an electoral system where if your candidate loses, you get to vote again? Some people call it “ranked-choice voting.” I call it “legalized voter fraud.” If a measure on the November ballot in Massachusetts passes, you can say goodbye to such quaint concepts as “one person, one vote” and “the candidate with the most votes wins.” Say hello to “we keep voting until our candidate wins.” Let me see if I can explain this convoluted system in a comprehensible manner, something that no one thus far has been able – or more likely, willing — to do. Because when people understand ranked-choice voting, they don’t like it. Ranked-choice voting is applied to races where there are more than two candidates. Instead...

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Parent University returns on March 21...

Feb 19, 2020 by

Published February 19, 2020 WAKEFIELD — The 7th Annual Parent University will take place Saturday, March 21 at Galvin Middle School, 525 Main St., from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon. The event is sponsored by Wakefield Co-operative Bank and presented by Wakefield Public Schools, Wakefield Academy, Wake-Up Coalition, Wakefield Parent Partnership, and Wakefield SEPAC. Parent University is free and parents and caregivers of students in preschool through high school in Wakefield and surrounding areas are welcome to register. Parent University provides knowledge and advice from community experts through more than 15 workshops to choose from, focusing on students’ educational experience and well-being. Topics range from how to navigate anxiety and mental health, planning for college, social networking, smooth transitioning between grades, and much more. Wakefield Co-operative Bank will host its “Raising Money Savvy Children”...

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