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Citizen Group Revives Publication of Its Own Newspaper

The citizen group Enough is Enough has returned after a year off to publish its own newspaper.

After a year hiatus, the Hamilton-Wenham Free Press returned to mailboxes in the two towns last week.

The 12-page newspaper is a production of the citizen group Enough is Enough. This was the third year the group published its own newspaper, with articles coming from its membership. Articles range in topic from addressing local government and issues to a recipe.

“We skipped last year,” said Bob Gray, a member of Enough is Enough’s steering committee and one of the newspaper’s four editors.

The paper was first published in 2009 and again in 2010. It was started when Enough is Enough member Ed Howard, who owns an antique store in Essex, said something similar had been done in Essex.

Gray said the editor duties were shared among several Enough is Enough members - Gray and Howard plus Jay Burnham and Bruce Wadleigh.

The paper is the product of “ordinary citizens with concerns” and not professional writers, Gray said. It was printed in Portsmouth, N.H. and then sent out to 4,600 addresses in Hamilton and Wenham. It was shipped last Tuesday and arrived in mailboxes between Wednesday and Friday last week. A PDF version of the publication is attached to this story.

“We always try to time it before Town Meeting,” Gray said.

Wenham Annual Town Meeting is on Saturday and Annual Town Meeting in Hamilton is on May 12.

Gray said the group spent about $3,000 to print and mail the newspaper, which was most of the group’s budget.

“We pretty much burned up the entire budget,” Gray said.

The group typically raises money from donations and yard sales, with the next yard sale tentatively planned for Columbus Day weekend in October, Gray said.

Jay Burnham May 02, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Additional copies are available at both Town Halls, the library, Crosby's Marketplace and Henderson's Cafe. Enjoy and read what local and active and caring citizens think about a variety of subjects affecting our two fine towns.
Jay Burnham May 02, 2012 at 11:25 AM
The paper includes timely information regarding upcoming issues for the Annual Town Meetings, political commentary, local community projects, property tax charts and data for the North Shore and more. There's even a tasty chili recipe! This year the paper has expanded from eight pages to twelve as more and more citizens have written articles of interest about the goings on and important issues in our towns.
Steph May 02, 2012 at 12:04 PM
I would love for the group to save money and stop sending more junk mail to my house for me to recycle. Thank you.
Nancy May 02, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I find the articles very interesting and a different perspective sometimes, from what we read in the other newspapers. Keep it up. We all need to know both sides of an issue in order to be responsible citizens. Thank you to Enough Is Enough.
Lucy Frederiksen May 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Doesn't have much information about Wenham issues beyond the School District budget. Otherwise, good to know what is going on in Hamilton.
Steph May 02, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Wouldn't a website make more fiscal sense?
Jay Burnham May 04, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Steph...thank you for that suggestion. There is a website: http://www.enoughisenoughhw.org/ With the FREE PRESS, however, we have found it to be preferable to deliver important and timely information to every household in both towns just prior to the Annual Town Meetings. We have determined that the cost is far outweighed by the delivery of information that has a direct bearing on the decisions voters will make in the upcoming days.
Beatrice Britton May 04, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Anyone from either town is more than welcome to submit an article to the Free Press. It would be helpful to everyone to hear from the citizens of Wenham about what issues concern them. If you will notice, in this edition of the Free Press, there are articles concerning Water and the Ipswich River, the Virtual DPA, Seniors' Programs, Property Taxes, et. cet. Surely, these are issues that concern both towns.
Jim Smith May 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Einstein once said that “the definition of insanity was to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” That is exactly what America has been doing for a century now. Unfortunately that is the only answer the liberals and President Obama have. President Obama’s 2012 campaign slogan is “forward!” Yes Mr. President, let’s keep moving “forward” with the same insane policies which have fiscally and morally bankrupted America. Forward – into the valley of death…

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