New bistro coming to Greenwood

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A new cafe/bakery will be coming to Greenwood at 1179 Main St., in the same building on the corner of Hanson Street where the postal annex is located. The post office will stay and the café will be located in the other side of the building, which is currently unoccupied. The owners of the property, Joe and Sarah Torretta, owned D’Amici’s Bakery when it was on New Salem Street and currently own several other food establishments in surrounding towns. The proposed Greenwood eatery would have a different menu and a...

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‘The Crucible” performed at WMHS tonight

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Memorial High School Theater Arts will present a 40-minute version of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at The Savings Bank Theatre at Wakefield Memorial High School. The performances will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, March 6. Both performances are at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The Crucible is the Wakefield’s entry to the 2015 Massachusetts Education Theater Guild High School Drama Festival. Wakefield Memorial High School will compete on Saturday, Feb. 28,...

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Galvin to retire June 30

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By BOB BURGESS WAKEFIELD — Embattled Town Clerk Mary K Galvin, who hasn’t worked since she collapsed in her office last April due to certain stressors she said she felt on the job, will retire at the end of June. In a short Item Forum letter today, Galvin thanks all those who have supported her as she served her hometown over the past 32 years. Her retirement announcement should bring to a close charges and countercharges swirling around Galvin, who has been the elected town clerk since 2003. Before that, she was appointed to fill out the...

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Girls’ hoop team hopes to trip up Pentucket

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

Takes on Cape Ann League champ in a Div. 2 North quarterfinal contest tonight By DAN BYRNE WEST NEWBURY — On Tuesday, the Wakefield Memorial High School varsity girls’ basketball team beat Triton 55-38 to move into the quarterfinal round of the  Div. 2 North State tournament. The win over the Vikings was the first tournament win for head coach Meghan O’Connell and the first for the girls’ program in nearly a decade and improved the Warriors’ record to 13-7 for the year. With the win Wakefield has set up a Thursday meeting with the...

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Warrior wrestlers hope to state their case

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

Kane, Wensley, Spicer scheduled to compete in All-State meet this weekend SALEM — The Wakefield Memorial High wrestling team has three athletes who will be competing tomorrow afternoon in the All-State meet and all three are hoping to bring home an All-State title. Senior captains Alex Kane and Dan Wensley and sophomore Jack Spicer have all qualified for the event based upon their performances last weekend in the Div. 3 state meet. The All-State meet will begin tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. at Salem High School. Weigh-in is at 1 p.m. Should...

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Girls’ hoop team vanquishes Vikings in state tournament opener

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors make the most of home court advantage, blast Triton, 55-38 By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High School varsity girls’ basketball team hosted its first round matchup of the Div. 2 North state tournament. The seventh-seeded Warriors hosted the 10th-ranked Triton Regional High School Vikings. WMHS student Adam Tarpey performed the national anthem before a packed crowd at the Charbonneau Field House before the Warriors went to work and took care of business defending their home court and coming away with the win, 55-38,...

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F. Harold Meuse, 85

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Veteran founded well-known local construction company   WAKEFIELD — F. Harold Meuse, 85, of Wakefield died Monday, Feb. 23, at the E.N. Rogers Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford. Mr. Meuse was born in Wakefield on July 25, 1929 and was the son of the late Augustus and Anna (Muise) Meuse. He was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1948, and later served in Korea and was a member of the U.S. Army, First Cavalry Division and served from 1948-1952. In the 1960s he founded Atlantic Construction Company in Wakefield with...

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Eleanor F. Lawrence, 76

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Lifelong resident had many interests   WAKEFIELD — Eleanor F. Lawrence, 76, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully Feb. 23, at the Meadow View Center in North Reading, after a brief illness. She was born on June 30, 1938, the daughter of the late G. Elmer and Marion (Spencer) Ring. She was the retired bookkeeper for Barnard Die Inc. of Wakefield where she worked for over 25 years. Ellie was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1956. While in school, she was a majorette. She enjoyed...

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Eric J. Johnston, 28

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WMHS graduate was a tile setter   WAKEFIELD — Eric J. Johnston, 28, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died on Sunday, Feb. 22. Born in Malden on June 15, 1986, he was the son of Kevin J. and Ruth A. (Marks) Johnston. Eric was a graduate of Wakefield Memorial High School, Class of 2005. He was a self-employed tile setter. In addition to his parents, Eric is also survived by his beloved wife Jillian (D’Agostino) Johnston; his sister Kimberly A. Minor and her husband Chris of Boston; his grandparents, Joseph and Mildred Johnston of Beverly;...

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