Fall 2020
Happy Fall -

The chill is back in the air, yet this Fall feels like no other. I hope everyone is doing ok with the many changes we have all endured over the past 8+ months. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one as well as those struggling to maintain a business, educate a child, connect with family or simply make a plan during these uncertain times. Few things seem easy now, but I have been proud of Wakefield's resilience.

We likely still have several difficult months in front of us. I urge everyone to use the many community and business resources available which range from mental health hotlines to access to the Emergency Fund to curbside book pickup from the Beebe Library, which is also launching a new Commit to Community series with excellent programming and speakers on deck now through June.

I am pleased to share some important upcoming events and recent achievements in this Fall newsletter. As always, I am available to talk by phone or zoom about any of your issues or concerns.
I wish you and your family a safe fall season. I hope that we all find that, despite current circumstances, we still have much to be thankful for.
Your Vote is Your Voice!
At Monday's (still virtual) Council meeting we were challenged by local Girl Scouts to "promise to vote" (see picture!). It is a good reminder for us all, and tomorrow, Friday 10/30, is the last day to early vote at Town Hall (8:30 am to 12:30 pm). If you have an absentee ballot, you can continue to drop it off at the secure ballot box located in front of Town Hall up until Tuesday at 8 pm. It is best not to mail absentee ballots at this late date to ensure your vote is counted!

In-person (and highly sanitized, distanced) voting will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd at Galvin Middle School from 7 am to 8 pm. To make things go more quickly, you can confirm your voter status and precinct # here before you go. Our election workers are ready to greet you!
Flex your Voting Muscle Again at Town Meeting on Saturday, November 7th
Fall Town Meeting begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 7th at the Wakefield Memorial High School Field House. We are taking many precautions including socially-distanced seating, indoor and outdoor options and lots of sanitizing. Participants will be asked to wear a mask at all times, unless physically unable to, in which case there will be a special seating area.

Do you care about a new high school? families of fallen soldiers? downtown zoning? the environment? lake development? Then you need to be there on November 7th to deliberate and vote on the 11 Articles. Town Meeting participation is arguably the most important and direct influence you can have over Wakefield's future. Please join us!
New COVID Dashboard

Like much of the state, Wakefield continues to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases. This week, our town Health, Emergency and Communication team issued a new town dashboard to track local case statistics. This is a great quick glance way to stay up to date. View it here.

See the Fall 2020 Town of Wakefield newsletter for information on other measures we are taking to keep services intact throughout the pandemic, including increased online processing of permits and licenses and home visits to seniors.
Happy Haunting

If you've always wanted to take the annual Twilight Tour of the Old Burying Ground, you are in luck. This year, the Wakefield Historical Society is offering a virtual tour on Friday, October 30th at 6:30 pm. Get a up-close view of the gravestones and hear the stories of our first settlers and the early history of the town. The majority of the gravestones shown will date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. For more information, and for a ZOOM link to the event, send an email to wakefieldhistory@gmail.com.
More low risk Halloween ideas.
Mask Up, Wakefield!

Thank you for continuing to use a mask, practicing social distancing and following other public health directives to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Please reach out if you have any questions or comments - Councilor.Galvin@wakefield.ma.us