A Melrose business owner shares her post-election fears

Published Dec. 2, 2016 in the Melrose Free Press. By Jeannette Hinkle, Melrose Free Press. Maisa Masoud pauses a lot, she sighs a lot. Encased in every word uttered are fuzzy spirals of thought that fritz out, looping in on themselves tighter and tighter before spinning outward – like the thought pattern of a person […]

Melrose mourns the loss of John Strileckis

Published Oct. 12, 2016 in the Melrose Free Press. By Jeannette Hinkle, Melrose Free Press. Johnny Strileckis was a creature of habit. Every Saturday morning, the early bird would rise before the sun and walk down to the Dunkin’ Donuts on Main Street for a hot chocolate. They knew him there, just as the workers […]

The full-day kindergarten dilemma

Published May 2, 2017 in the Saugus Advertiser. By Jeannette Hinkle, Saugus Advertiser. Proponents of full-day kindergarten cite a slew of benefits for a child’s emotional, social and academic development. “We know that full-day kindergarten makes a difference,” says Early Education For All Director Amy O’Leary. “It’s really about more time for quality instruction, more […]

Ipswich’s green crabs must be good for something

Published Feb. 12, 2016 in the Ipswich Chronicle. By Jeannette Hinkle, Ipswich Chronicle. Food writer Heather Atwood screamed the first time that she opened up a cooler full of green crabs. Atwood was experimenting with culinary uses for the invasive species, successfully producing a few explosively flavorful dishes with both soft shell green crabs and […]

Invasive species attacks Ipswich marsh, clams

Published Feb. 8, 2016 in the Ipswich Chronicle. By Jeannette Hinkle, Ipswich Chronicle. An army of green crabs waits under icy waters from the Ipswich River to Plum Island Sound. The crabs wait for spring and warmer temperatures. When they emerge they will devour the foundation of Ipswich’s largest industry, the soft shell clam. They […]