The Spirit of Giving


‘Tis the Christmas season, and Mr. Paid Reporter Man is filled with the spirit of giving toward the naughtiest and the nicest in Wakefield. He’s made his list and checked it twice. If you don’t find your name on his list, perhaps you haven’t been sufficiently naughty or nice.

To the Lake Quannapowitt Water Quality Committee: binding arbitration.

Daniel_LieberTo: Dan Lieber: a bug in the WCAT studio.

To Brian McGrail: a night off.

To Seth Moulton: a break from his rigorous MSNBC schedule.

To Town Counsel Tom Mullen: a challenging case.

To Alison Simcox and Doug Heath: 13 SolarBees.

bill_carrollTo Town Moderator Bill Carroll: a pep rally.

To Bob “F. Lee” Mitchell: a Massachusetts Bar Association membership card.

To Lake Quannapowitt Committee Chairman Mike Collins: scientific consensus.

To the School Committee: an Eduspeak-to-English translation service.

To Wakefield Civic Leaguers: interchangeable “WCL” and “Private Citizen” buttons to wear at public meetings.

To Fred Rich Lariccia: a signed copy of “The Art of the Deal.”

To: Bronwyn Della-Volpe: a Shaw’s gift card.

To DPW Director Rick Stinson: 10 more votes or 12 months of summer.
To Pat Bruno: Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.

To the MBTA commuter rail scheduler: a seat on the 5:15 express to Wakefield.

To Bob McLaughlin: a free plug for his new book, Magic Mountain, to be published by Arcadia Publishing on April 25, 2016.

To the tenants of the Colonial Point Apartments: new management.

To the School Department: 4 percent.

To the Zoning Board of Appeals: sensitivity training.

To the Conservation Commission: a cruise on Heron Pond.

To Steve Maio: exclusive babysitting rights to Stephen Michael.

To the Wakefield Human Rights Commission: A diverse, gender neutral, inclusive holiday season and a New Year filled with social and economic justice for all.

To Betsy Sheeran: a stamp and a seal.

To the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt: a chainsaw.

To Dennis Cloherty: Daily Item home delivery.

Here’s hoping everyone is happy with their gifts. To those who did not make this year’s list, you’ll just have to be a little naughtier next year – or a little nicer to Mr. Paid Reporter Man.

[This column originally appeared in the December 23, Wakefield Daily Item.]

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