STONEHAM - Though willing to consider the concept. Town Administrator Dennis Sheehan and Select Board Chair Shelly MacNeill both advocated against immediately allowing restaurants to occupy public property under the state's Phase II reopening plan.
STONEHAM - Local restaurants in Stoneham could reopen their doors to in-house customers as soon as this Friday evening after the Select Board adopted a set of emergency licensing regulations around outdoor dining areas.
STONEHAM - Stoneham over the weekend mourned the loss of a local resident to the COVID-19 pandemic after the Board of Health learned about the 88-year-old's death on Friday.
STONEHAM - Town officials expanded their friendly competition with neighboring Wakefield by agreeing to a census challenge based upon each community's citizen participation rates in the federal population survey over the next few weeks.
STONEHAM - With the endorsement of Town Moderator Jeanne Craigie, the Select Board last week postponed May's Annual Town Meeting in light of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.
STONEHAM - Insisting compliance with social distancing orders carry life-or-death consequences for many town residents, the Board of Health this week warned it would outlaw the use of Stoneham's parks and playing fields if citizens refuse to take the COVID-19 prevention measures seriously.
STONEHAM - With local merchants facing unprecedented financial pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related emergency business closures, local citizens are being asked to consider ordering takeout from local restaurants to lessen that blow.
STONEHAM - Recognizing the potential risks posed to poll workers and the voting public, the Select Board this week postponed April's municipal election — just days before Stonehamites would have cast their ballots.
STONEHAM - Town Administrator Dennis Sheehan last week ordered Town Hall operations to wind down to a skeleton-staff in light of the state's emergency order shutting down all non-essential businesses.
STONEHAM - Town Meeting on Monday night adopted a plastic bag ban that threatens local businesses with fines, should they continue to package up customer purchases in single-use plastic bags after May 1.
STONEHAM - Town Counsel Robert Galvin last week disputed the notion that the Select Board's public comment protocols violate citizens' First Amendment Rights, but he also strongly cautioned town leaders against silencing anyone criticizing government officials or expressing unpopular viewpoints.
STONEHAM - In one of the most rancorous confrontations in recent memory, Select Board members last week accused each other of using citizens as pawns in ugly attempts to either silence dissent or sabotage the reputation of town leaders.
STONEHAM, MA - State Representative Michael Day (D-Stoneham) easily fended off his third election challenge from Stoneham Selectman Caroline Colarusso during state elections on Tuesday.
STONEHAM - The 2017 Annual Report from the Public Employee Retirement System (PERAC) shows some good results from the past year for the town of Stoneham and some hopeful words from its Executive Director Joseph Connarton and commission members.