Kim Smith ready to take the helm

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — At their Tuesday, June 23 school board meeting, members heard Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike say of soon-to-be Superintendent Dr. Kim Smith that he had every confidence there would be a seamless transition when he leaves the district in early July. “She’s an organizer, a planner — she already has next year planned out.” In an interview with Dr. Smith on Friday, she said that Dr. Zrike’s words were true. “I am a prodigious planner,” she said. “I’ve already mapped out the framework for next year. Now, I...

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“Gold Star Family” is WSSC events’ theme

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — The West Side Social Club’s Fourth of July Committee — a dedicated band of volunteers who put on the town’s Fourth of July events — always has a theme for its various judged parades for youngsters. For 2015, the theme is “Gold Star Family — We Honor your Fallen.” As a way to give decorators an idea of this year’s children’s parades, including the bicycle and doll carriage parades, the Fourth of July Committee offers this on the history of the service flag: The Service Flag, considered as an official banner by the Department of...

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Greenwood mosquito spraying Tuesday

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will be controlling mosquitoes using truck mounted aerosol sprayers in the Greenwood section of Wakefield on Tuesday, June 30, between dusk and 11:30 p.m. Areas to be sprayed are located in the vicinity of Spring Street, Greenwood Street, Forest Street, Meriam Street, Oak Street and Harrison Avenue. The Project uses a spray formulation containing the pesticide, sumithrin, to control mosquitoes. Sumithrin is a synthetic pyrethroid that is classified as a slightly toxic pesticide by the...

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Yankees repeat as Senior LL Baseball Town Series Champs

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Cap off 23-1 season with a sweep of the Nationals in the best-of-three final WAKEFIELD — It all started back on a snowy March Saturday afternoon during Senior Little League Baseball tryouts. The seeds were planted for another successful run at capturing the Wakefield Senior Little League Baseball championship. The coaches, Rick Norton and Michael Maloney, were scouting and forming a plan to repeat as champs. The culmination of lots of hard work, lots of networking the parents and lots of practices were paid in full on Friday night at Walsh...

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Merchants have four-game win streak snapped

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Locals drop 5-4 game to the Reading Bulldogs BEVERLY — The Wakefield Merchants had their four game winning streak come to an end in dramatic fashion on Friday night at Endicott College as the Reading Bulldogs came from behind for a 5-4 win in an Intercity League contest. Mike Taylor’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh scored Cam Farnham and produced the winning run for Reading which increased its record to 8-5-0 on the season. The Merchants fell to 5-5-1 on the year. Nick Quatro (1-0) picked up the win in relief of Jack Burke for the...

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Robertson completes a decade of dominance

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Captures 10th consecutive Hartshorne Cup title By BUD KEOHAN WAKEFIELD — Former WMHS boys’ tennis coach Brian Robertson completed a full decade of dominating the town’s premier tennis tournament, the Hartshorne Cup, by downing Adam Milholland 6-1, 6-2 Monday afternoon after earlier stopping Cliff “Kip” King 6-1, 6-3 Saturday morning at the Dobbins Courts. Matt Parment captured the consolation title Wednesday night by stopping Elliot Miller 6-4, 6-0 after a thrilling first set. Robertson came out charging. After Milholland led 40-30 on serve...

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Brenda J. Mariano, 73

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Native of Hawaii WAKEFIELD — Brenda J. Mariano, 73, of Wakefield died Sunday, June 21, at the EPOCH Center in Melrose. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 28, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Lillian (Fuller) Hoffman. She learned to hula dance in Hawaii and maintained her “Aloha” spirit and beautiful smile throughout her life. Mrs. Mariano was a graduate of Eastham High School and Tufts Dental School. She had been a Wakefield resident for the past 25 years and also spent 10 of her former years as a resident of Winchester where...

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Paul C. Allen, 35

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Paul C. Allen, 35, of Wakefield died Friday, June 19, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital after a long struggle with addiction. Born in Lynn on April 6, 1980, he was the son of Patricia (Doyle) Green and her husband Kevin and the late Steven Allen. Paul was a graduate of Wakefield Memorial High School, Class of 1999, where he had been a member of the ice hockey team. He later attended North Shore Community College. Paul had an impressive photographic memory and a sharp wit. Most recently, he had been working as a self-employed...

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Rita M. Gately, 95

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rita M. Gately, 95, a former longtime Lynnfield resident, died June 19 in Rochester, N.Y. after a long period of failing health. Mrs. Gately was born Jan. 29, 1920 in Concord and was the daughter of the late David J. and Hannah (Johnston) Foley. She was raised in Maynard and later attended both Regis College and Fisher College in Boston. She was retired as a legal secretary for the American Mutual Insurance Company. Mrs. Gately was the beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Gately III. She was the loving mother of Sheila M....

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