Maryann Rindone (Mietus) of Everett passed away on July 26 at the Kaplan House in Danvers at the age of 64. Maryann was born in New Bedford on May 11, 1955 one of three children of the late Alfred E. Mietus and Mary (Pokornicki) Mietus.
Mary Ann lived in New Bedford and Fairhaven before moving to the Boston area many years ago. Maryann taught for over 30 years in local parochial schools, including Our Lady of Grace in Everett and St. Stanislaus in Chelsea, where she also served as vice-principal. She was currently employed by the Everett Public Schools and she worked at the Madeline English School.
With municipal elections arriving soon with the speed of the blink of an eye, there are indications that new challengers are far and few between. Voting office records kept at city hall reveal very few newcomers taking out papers for the municipal election in the fall.
There had been the belief that an entire slate of newcomers would dominate School Committee races during this period of School Department turmoil.
Although many residents complain about the City Council doing the mayor’s bidding nearly every time, neither the incumbents on the City Council nor those on the School Committee need be too concerned.
Is it a lack of interest holding people back from putting their name onto a city ballot? Is it the power of incumbency that causes newcomers to stay away? Is it nearly everyone’s frustration with a system that seems unto itself that keeps possible participants away from the political process?
The mayor’s recent move giving 19 inspectional services employees free automobiles has outraged Councilor Peter Simonelli and has led to vigorous debate among a number of councilors and city hall observers.
At Monday night’s council meeting, Simonelli decried the mayor’s decision giving 19 city employees free automobiles and gasoline.
“Thanks for nothing Mr. Mayor,” Simonelli said through his translator, former councilor Nick Saia.
Simonelli, who has been battling throat cancer for several years finds it difficult to speak. He had asked the mayor to come before the council to discuss parking issues in the Norwood Street area where residents were complaining that city vehicles parked in the public lots were taking up too many space making it hard to find one.