CommonWealth Magazine


For two years, between 2005 and 2007, I wrote the “Town Meeting Monitor” feature in CommonWealth magazine. The goal of the TMM was to explore and explain a statewide issue through the lens of a single Massachusetts town, so each article required several weeks of research and on-the-ground reporting in the town. In 2006, I was added to CommonWealth’s masthead as a Contributing Writer.

winter 2007 | Higher Authority
A retirement village on a college campus is too much for opponents in Weston

fall 2006 | Treatment Discontinued
Town and state officials agreed on what to do with Medfield State Hospital, but then time ran out

summer 2006 | Marching Orders
Residents of a former Army base move toward self-rule, but skeptics see a plot to push through more development.

spring 2006 | Choose or Lose
Reeling from years of mismanagement, an upscale town faced bad options: a tax hike or a plea for help from the state

winter 2006 | Text Taboos
Town officials find that e-mail, chat rooms may violate Open Meeting Law

fall 2005 | Wire Cutters
As towns get cheaper Internet access, telecom companies get worried

summer 2005 | Hot Buttons
Football bleachers and the Patriot Act liven up town meeting

spring 2005 | North Side Story
Library defeat reveals a geographic divide in the state’s largest town