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Change Has Already Happened

Change happened eight months ago. As someone who attends town meeting and follows the issues, I am thrilled with the changes Ann Marie O'Neill has made for Stoneham. From helping seniors get funding for eyeglasses and services for the Senior Center to seeking out sources to bring back music in our schools, it is evident that O’Neill cares about all of our residents. O’Neill has worked effortlessly to raise funds to beautify Stoneham Square and the traffic islands by seeking out local businesses as sponsors. O’Neill fought to keep beer and wine out of our gas stations. She has become active in Stoneham’s Drug and Alcohol Coalition which helps prevent drug/alcohol addiction. O’Neill also fought the housing development proposed for the Weiss Farm land. Much of her input was used in the letter to Mass Housing as an argument against the project. O’Neill has lobbied for an Economic Developer and because of this the funding for an Economic Developer has been approved. Ann Marie O’Neill has only been in office for 8 months! She has done more in 8 months for our community than most have done in years. Change happened 8 months ago!
Rich Lerman March 25, 2014 at 03:24 PM
In a lot of our elections, we need to select the lesser of two evils. In this race that is not the case. We have two excellent candidates who want to do well for our town. My recommendation is that Ann Marie is better prepared, and if I could vote in Stoneham (I recently moved) - I would vote for her because she has tremendously proven herself in a short amount of time. From people that I have talked with in Stoneham - Ann Marie's opponent is a high quality person and would do a good job. But my recommendation is to not disrupt the momentum that Ann Marie has achieved right now and let her continue. I would hope that, should Ann Marie win this election, that her opponent run in another election. I have a hunch it would be a huge benefit to the town to have both of them on the Board at the same time.
Rich Lerman March 25, 2014 at 03:24 PM
One more thing... I wrote "our town" in my last post. Even though I no longer live in Stoneham - I will always consider Stoneham as my home. I have family and many friends who reside in Stoneham, and I want nothing but the best for this wonderful town.
Russ March 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Change has already happened and the rate of change will accelerate over the next few years.
Mary Pecoraro March 28, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Joe and I will vote for Ann Marie O'Neill. What you see is what you get. She's proven that she has the ideas and the passion to serve Stoneham as she promised. We need her to continue the work that she's started. Joe and Mary Pecoraro

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