Posts Tagged ‘veterans’

Whenever you see proposals to “expand voting rights,” or “make voting easier,” your BS detector should go off. Since the right to vote is already guaranteed by law and voting is easier than falling off a log, I am always suspicious of efforts to “expand” or “simplify” voting. At best, these measures are thinly veiled […]


It’s my favorite photo of Phyllis Hull. It’s Veterans Day, 2011, and she’s standing at the podium on Veterans Memorial Common, about to make her dedication speech in front of the just unveiled, brand new World War II Monument. She’s beaming, and she had every right to be proud. She was the first to say […]


By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Wakefield veterans and their families have a strong new advocate. Karen 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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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 […]


Next Wednesday is Veterans Day. It’s one of the few holidays left that hasn’t been consigned to the nearest Monday in order to create another long weekend for those who have the day off. If you’re not a public employee, chances are you have to work on Veterans Day. On one hand, I understand not […]


Project Healing Waters “Fly fishing never takes you to an ugly place,” says Wakefield’s Joe Cresta, who runs a local chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a national program that helps disabled veterans heal through the sport of fly fishing. Fly fishing, Cresta points out, usually involves places like mountains, rivers and lakes.


Wakefield, Massachusetts pays tribute on Memorial Day The morning fair skies that greeted those attending 2015 Memorial Day ceremonies at the West Side Social Club gave way to increasing clouds by the time the town’s afternoon program got underway on Veterans Memorial Common. But Monday’s summer-like weather helped to draw large numbers of Wakefield citizens […]


Alicia Reddin is the new VSO for Wakefield & Saugus, MA “When I really feel strongly about something, I don’t give up,” says Wakefield’s new Veterans Services Officer Alicia Reddin. That’s good news for veterans in the district that includes Reddin’s territory of Wakefield and Saugus. Reddin is replacing former VSO Andrew Biggio who has […]


“It should not be just one day. We should be thinking about the service men and women every day,” State Rep. Donald Wong said at Wakefield’s 2014 Veterans Day ceremonies. When Rep. Wong speaks at local Veterans Day or Memorial Day ceremonies, he always ends his remarks with some version of that same message about […]


Memorial Day 2014 in Wakefield, Massachusetts As sun and clouds waged a day-long battle overhead, hundreds of residents turned out yesterday for local ceremonies honoring those who gave their lives in defense of America. “The freedoms we do enjoy,” keynote speaker Victor Santaniello told the crowd at the West Side Social Club’s morning program on […]