Merry Christmas

This is a Christmas for the ages in a year that will go down in modern history as one of the most difficult this nation, and many nations of the world, have experienced.

However, as the Christmas Holiday is upon us, the darkness is clearing away, and a bright new light is beginning to shine. The arrival of vaccines that can save hundreds of thousands of lives isn’t exactly like the birth of Jesus, but giving life to those who might lose them otherwise, is about a miracle.

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Wreaths, tree beautiful, cost still a concern

Wreaths on Broadway. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By JOSH RESNEK

Did we buy them? Did we rent them?

“I don’t know,” said Councilor Fred Capone about the city’s wreaths, which apparently cost $800 each.

“Can we get the individual cost of the wreaths and the tree and the vendor?” Capone asked.

He said they were beautiful but he wanted to know the cost.

Councilor Mike McLaughlin said the cost didn’t matter.

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It will be a blue Christmas

With more than 300,000 Americans dead from the virus by Christmas brings to mind the song made so famous by the late Elvis Presley.

It goes like this:

“I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.
I’ll be so blue just thinking about you.
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree wont’ be the same dear, if you;’re not here with me.
And when those blue snowflakes start falling, that’s when those blue memories start calling.
You’ll be doin’ all right, with your Christmas of white. But I’ll have a blue, blue, blue Christmas.
You’ll be doin’ all right, with your Christmas of white. But I’ll have a blue, blue, blue Christmas.”

Great stuff that Elvis Presley magnum opus to the holiday.

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In the face of fiscal crisis city decorates with $800 wreaths

New Christmas wreaths on the street poles as a Dagle electrician strings lights on the tree at Everett Square. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Christmas tree is beautiful but cost Everett $8000

By JOSH RESNEK

The new wreaths placed on poles throughout the city were the talk of the town last week.

After all, they are beautiful, green and golden and impeccable, more so in many
ways than what the Town of Wellesley installs on its

After all, they are beautiful, green and golden and impeccable, more so in many
ways than what the Town of Wellesley installs on its poles every Christmas.

The only difference – Wellesley can afford it – Everett should think more carefully about its spending in the face of the crisis the city is facing with the virus and Encore.

The juxtaposition of lines of people wearing face mask along the length of Chelsea Street underneath these stunning wreaths, brings to mind one of the cruel ironies of the Christmas season. Everything that glitters, like the wreaths, brings to mind one of the cruel ironies of the Christmas season.

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Pleas for masks, social distance in ‘Red zone’

COVID-19 testing continues in full at several locations in Everett. (Above) Testing is administered by Cataldo Ambulance EMTs at Swan Park. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Christmas is next challenge for holiday gatherings

By JOSH RESNEK

Thanksgiving has come and gone.

Whether you believe the statistics or not, about 7,000 Americans died from the onset of Turkey Day and over the long holiday weekend.

It is predicted that many, many thousands more are going to die before Christmas, which is now a month away.

What is worse are the predictions by our health experts that Thanksgiving is going to be followed by a further, dangerous spike in virus cases as a result of the Thanksgiving get-togethers.

At a time when 180,000 new infections a day are being discovered among the population, the possibility of a further spike makes the future appear to be tenuous at best, terrible at worst.

What is in store for Christmas?

Dreariness and hesitation, uncertainty, and more sickness.

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