A drive around the city on Primary Day 2019 was a drive around an empty space.
As at-large candidate Mike Marchese said early in the morning: “It looks like a ghost town.”
A ghost town indeed.
When I drove into Everett Square early this morning there were a handful of sign holders, chief among them former mayor, former city clerk, councilor at large John Hanlon, doing what he has done for a lifetime – and as his wife told me earlier on the telephone – “Loving it. It is his life.”
Councilor at large, former rep, Wayne Matewsky was also holding a sign in the square waving to the early morning primary day traffic.
A Steve Simonelli supporter carrying assign stood next to him also waving.
With the goal of speaking directly to parents who might need assistance or have suggestions for the Everett Public Schools, Ward 5 School Committee Member Marcony Almeida- Barros is launching monthly office hours in community-based organizations across the city, starting at La Comunidad, Inc, on Friday, September 27 at 5:30 pm. Office Hours will be in the evenings or weekends to give working parents flexibility and better accessibility to address their kids’ education. Almeida-Barros will also hold office hours at the Family Resource Center starting in October.
The Mayor, who has been quoted as saying he never saw a library he wanted to enter during four years at college, has come to take a commanding interest in the management, or mismanagement, of the city’s library system.
The system is utterly demoralized by the administrative changes ordered by the mayor that have been made in recent months, according to sources.
The facts of the matter have come to light about why Parlin Library officials stopped sending old city photographs and descriptions to the Leader Herald after we had been publishing the popular series for longer than a year.
In this dispute alone the seeds of the changes the library has undergone were planted.
It was the mayor’s doing entirely, the remaking of how the library system is run and the placement of a city lawyer without library experience or library training to run the system, according to sources who spoke with the Leader Herald.