Sunday, April 28, 2013
Resident Donna Bagarella asks residents to support Matt Strauss for selectman.
I am writing this letter is support of Matt Strauss who is running for a seat on the Swampscott Board of Selectman. I have known Matt for several years and during these years I have always been impressed by Matt’s commitment to the Town of Swampscott. He has given much time and energy to public service in our town, is well - informed and is willing to take a stand on important issues. And the willingness to take a stand is so important in town politics. Matt has a lot of experience and I believe that experience really matters. He understands the issues facing us, especially since he has been a Town Meeting Member for many years and served on the Board previously. He has shown himself willing to invest time, energy and commitment to …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Resident Hilary Foutes supports School Committee candidate Jaren Landen.
Saturday, April 27
Dear Swampscott Residents, You may have children in the Swampscott schools, no longer have children in the school system because your kids are all grown up, or your children attend private school...or any other circumstance, I have a simple request to please VOTE April 30th to re-elect Jaren Landen to school committee. Jaren is good for Swampscott. If you care about the value of your home, the value of a Swampscott education, and/or the value of protecting the town you live in, WE need to protect our two biggest assets...our beaches and our schools. That's what draws people to our friendly tight knit community and sustains our home values. It is a community responsibility to educate our children and Jaren will help to ensure excellence …
Resident Tania Lillak says the partial, summertime ban will protect people's health.
Letter to the Editor April 24, 2013 Did you know that the US Environmental Protection Agency warns against using lawn equipment that causes air and dust pollution which contributes to health problems? And that the World Health Organization recognizes noise as a concern for public health and environmental health? And also that the American Heart Association relates fine particulate matter to decreased cardiovascular health and an increase in mortality? I learned all of this and more at the April 22 meeting presented by the organizers of Seaside Calm (seaside-calm.org). Because of these disturbing concerns, I believe we, as the residents of Swampscott, have a duty to support the upcoming Town Meeting Warrant regarding the partial ban on…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Resident Jeffrey Blonder says Ed Markey, a candidate in Tuesday's US Senate primary election, brings experience and has the support of many veterans.
Thursday, April 25
On Tuesday April 30th, Swampscott Democrats and Independents will go to the polls to select their nominee to fill the position of U.S. Senator from Massachusetts that John Kerry held before his selection of Secretary of State. Massachusetts is very fortunate that we have two great candidates running to fill Former Senator Kerry’s seat. I plan to support Congressman Ed Markey and I would urge my fellow neighbors to also support Ed Markey. Ed would bring to the Senate a wealth of experience in many fields including the environment, telecommunications and other progressive ideals. More importantly Ed Markey has always been in front of the issues, leading from the front! Ed Markey didn’t need a tragedy to fight for sensible gun laws; he …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Swampscott resident Anthony Scibelli says the board needs the sense and experience that Matt Strauss would bring to the table.
I am writing to ask you to support Matt Strauss for Selectman. Matt is a dedicated public servant with a wealth of experience in Town government, including a prior term on the Board of Selectmen. Matt has a unique combination of intelligence, common sense and experience that makes him ideally suited to serve our Town as a Selectman. He also brings a sense of fairness, and a commitment to focus his efforts on serving the best interests of the Town and its residents, rather than pursuing personal interests or hidden agendas. This is an important election. There will be significant turnover on the Board and adding someone with Matt’s background and experience will provide much needed stability and leadership. I urge you to vote for …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Resident John Giantis supports the re-election of School Committee candidate Jaren Landen.
Saturday, April 20
To the Editor: I am writing to voice my support for Jaren Landen for re-election to the Swampscott School Committee. In 2011, one of Jaren’s initiatives was to sponsor a Student Life and Grants Subcommittee to the School Committee. I have been serving with other community volunteers on this subcommittee since June 2011. The primary goal of this subcommittee is to identify grants that are suitable for the Swampscott Public Schools. Jaren has consistently engaged school administrators as well as teachers in a welcoming and cooperative manner to discuss projects that may benefit from a grant. With Jaren’s leadership, grants have been obtained to assist in our children’s educations. At the School Committee level, Jaren has been an …
Resident Warren Hill says Jaren Landen is an asset to the School Committee
Saturday, April 20
Dear Editor, This letter provides a brief personal perspective on the merits of Jaren Landen for Swampscott’s School Committee. About two years ago my wife handed me a flier one of my kids had brought home from school – it was a call for volunteers to serve on a newly constituted ‘grants and student life committee’ and it had the aim of trying to capture philanthropic money for the benefit of Swampscott’s students, K through 12. As a biomedical scientist at Harvard with my own lab and some experience with writing grants to support my research, I figured this was something I could help with and what better way to bring money into our sorely pressed education budget and to help the school district, than to go after these external funds. …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
In her letter to the editor, Marybeth Maercklein endorses Carin Marshall.
It is with great pleasure that I reach out to the Swampscott community with my endorsement of Carin Marshall for school committee. I am fortunate to know Carin as a school parent, neighbor, fellow PTA enthusiast and friend. As a former Clarke PTA president, and active school community volunteer, I see the need for a fair and solution oriented representative. The current committee mix has alienated some key leaders and committed educators. It is our responsibility to select a representative who will bring fresh perspective and balance back to the committee. Carin will encourage a united front and make the new superintendent search a main priority. Carin possesses many qualities necessary in moving our school committee forward in a …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Resident John Moynihan supports School Committee incumbent Jaren Landen.
I would like to endorse Jaren Landen the incumbent candidate for Swampscott School Committee. I have known Jaren since she was a kindergarten classmate of my daughter Tara at Hadley school. Even then it was obvious that she was someone different; someone who strives for excellence in all she does. Jaren has shown this excellence in her education collecting not only a bachelor’s degree but a PhD in neuroscience, the latter from Emory University in Atlanta. Needless to say, Jaren is an achiever. In addition to being a full time mother of four she is also a full time professional clinician/scientist with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Still she finds time to prepare and deliver many of the meals for her grandmother, Marion Burke, a long time …
Resident Leah Ryan urges fellow voters to support Matt Strauss on April 30.
On Tuesday April 30th, I would ask that you please join me in voting for Matt Strauss for Selectman. Matt's previous experience on the Board of Selectmen and as a Town Meeting member for over a decade means he not only understands the issues Swampscott must deal with in the future, but also understands how municipal government works. He will hit the ground running. Matt is an honest person with the utmost integrity. He has been forthright with where he stands on the issues and has never been a person who says one thing but does another. As a lifelong resident of Swampscott, my greatest concern has become our tax rate. At more than 18%, it is one of the highest in the state (20th out of 351 communities). Such a high rate not only negatively…