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Best Places to own a home: Wilmington, Reading and Wakefield all make the list

Disappointed to see that Stoneham did not make the list. See study here. Also posted on Reading Patch. http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2014/best-places-homeownership-massachusetts/
Melisa Passanisi Thorne March 03, 2014 at 03:56 PM
I wonder if local government pays attention to any of these studies.
Tom Boussy March 03, 2014 at 07:33 PM
I know i do!
Cindy Hemenway March 04, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Well, this is the way I look at it. Stoneham may not have made "the list" this time, but it gives all Stoneham Residents something to work towards. Stoneham is like the "Little Engine that could." Stoneham may not have reached it's full potential yet, but what fun we all can have making a better Stoneham! Let's all pledge to our part! When the snow banks all melt away (it won't be long now), there will be trash left underneath it all. Maybe we could all go out and pick up the trash on the streets, sidewalks and gutters. Then, do the same at your nearest playground. Live near the Railroad Right of Way, home to the future Tri-Communtiy Bikeway/Greenway? Lots of trash to pick up there. That is a start to taking pride in the neighborhood in which you live. Volunteer at your nearest school, the Stoneham Senior Center or the Stoneham Girls & Boys Club. Adopt an island in your neighborhood. Attend Selectmen's meetings. Vote, (yes again!) on April 1st. Attend Town Meeting on Monday, May 5th. The list is endless. Encourage your neighbors to do the same. Before you know it, we have pride in our community, and we have a better Stoneham!
Joan McDermott March 05, 2014 at 01:37 PM
Yet another reason to re-elect Selectman Ann Marie O'Neill. During the past 8 months Selectman O'Neill has been working tirelessly to make sure that Stoneham will soon catch up to our neighboring communities!
Paul John Maisano March 06, 2014 at 07:25 AM
Sadly, this report is a study that looks at certain limited statistical criteria, such as housing unit sales, marketability, affordability, and ownership. Please don,t translate this into a negative for Stoneham. It actually is just a heads up as to what we may look at in the future to cultivate a well rounded value for our real estate base. Stoneham is a diamond in the rough. It has much work to do over the next few years evolving into the community it deserves to be. Currently, I am submitting a series of planning initiatives to the town meeting of May 5th. They propose to study the infrastructures ability to transport energy via our natural gas network to consumers over the next two decades, zoning language for reinforcement of our very fragile commercial real estate base, and establishing zoning to re-prioritize and define older neighborhood sections of the community that need serious fresh investment of targeted re-development. After nearly a century of the status quo, I believe this small community has remain stagnated, Not because of a lack of vision......but a lack of collective political will power. I now believe a younger, active, and wider based thinking citizenry exists to re-direct this small villages future!!! I hope you consider investing in our community, by attending the May 5th Town Meeting, with an open mind and vision for the future!! This is an opportunity for the people of this community to direct our destiny........ rather than be victims of it.

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