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September 9, 2013

Forum may offer more from candidates on waterfront

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Would Earls or Sullivan declare his outright opposition, which is always a red flag for developers and/or bankers?

The central waterfront is among the most significant issues of the day, yet top municipal leaders have in the past not provided the specifics of their views on this issue.

Thursday’s forum could provide the opportunity for candidates to “drill down” on the issue.

And speaking of drilling, NRA members are hoping to have results from the test borings on their land ready for release at its scheduled Sept. 18 meeting.

There’s a one-two punch if it happens: primary mayoral election on Tuesday and announcement of whether the earth will accommodate construction on Wednesday.

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These are the good old days for grass-roots action.

The Friends of Brown School recently generated close to 1,200 signatures in an effort to put a non-binding referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot regarding the retention of open space (and perhaps a park) when the Brown School is closed in June.

City officials will validate signatures, and report sometime this week.

Also, movie-lovers are rallying in support of the Screening Room, which needs to raise $60,000 in order to convert to digital projection equipment.

By Friday afternoon, close to $15,000 has been raised in the first few days through use of an online program called kickstarter.com. There are 209 backers thus far and 37 days left in the campaign.

And local residents, led by onetime city councilor Chip Wyser, gathered together to organize the aforementioned candidates’ forum.

When it appeared that no gathering of the trio of aspirants would take place, a group of residents “organized” the Committee for an Open Debate (COD).

In addition to Wyser, members of COD include the following: Deb Andrews, James Brugger, David Hall, Susan Hern, Bob Lynch, Jill Murphy, Karen Pollastrino, Doug Smith and Barbara Wyser.

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