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October 17, 2013

Letter: Setting the record straight on Burnham's project

To the editor:

Thank you for Rona Tyndall’s Oct. 10 letter in support of former Ward 2 City Council candidate Ann Mulcahey.

However, Ms. Tyndall is incorrect when she writes about Ms. Mulcahey and Burnham’s Field, “where a grant that she had written and submitted” helped renovate the field.

Ms. Mulcahey neither wrote nor submitted the grant to the state Department of Environmental Protection that was eventually awarded to Burnham’s Field and will help renovate the field starting in the spring. That grant application was written and submitted in June 2011 by the City’s Community Development Department with photos, stories and other input from neighbors of Burnham’s Field.

This isn’t an endorsement of any candidate, but voters shouldn’t be misled by incorrect statements before they vote on Nov. 5.

Our past and present elected officials deserve our thanks. They attend countless meetings and public events and work long hours, often in the evenings and on weekends.

Gloucester is a better place because of their civic leadership and sacrifices.

JOHN McELHENNY

Allen Street, Gloucester

Co-founder, Burnham’s Field Community Garden

and The Friends of Burnham’s Field

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