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I am a 38-year resident of the Learned’s Pond neighborhood and met Margareth Shepard when she ran to represent my district on the City Council.  Lots of neighborhoods in Framingham have quality of life issues – traffic, speeding, noise – but my neighborhood has challenges that are unique. 

Learned’s Pond is a wonderful amenity for the whole city, but it is tucked at the end of short, narrow residential streets.  For those of us who live nearby, summertime brings congestion, litter, noise, and safety and parking issues.

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During her tenure on the City Council, Margareth worked tirelessly with our neighborhood.  She helped us organize to seek solutions from the city.  She assisted with petitions and arranged meetings with all the departments we needed on our side – Police, Parks, and Traffic and Safety officials.

Margareth was always willing, available, and present.  She showed a unique understanding of the neighborhood’s issues, balanced with all residents’ rights to use the pond.  She listened and worked to find compromises.

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Those are qualities we all want in our political leaders.  I know Margareth will bring them to bear as our advocate on Beacon Hill. 

By the way, due to poor water quality, Learned’s Beach had to be closed on numerous occasions over the summer. It is currently deemed unsafe to enter, and will likely remain so for the rest of the summer. Environmental stewardship, climate change and how it affects us all right here where we live are big issues for Margareth.  I trust her to work hard on solutions on that front, too.  I am happy to cast my vote for Margareth Shepard for the new Sixth Middlesex.


Phil Reitz


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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.