State K-9 finds missing man

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WAKEFIELD — Frigid temperatures hovering in the single digits and a wind chill factor of well below zero might have claimed the life of a 19-year-old man early Saturday morning if not for an intensive police search that included a State Police K-9 named Rocky. Police received a call just before 2 a.m. Saturday from a frantic Wakefield mother who said that her son, 19, was intoxicated, extremely upset and suicidal. She also said the young man had fled from her home in the vicinity of Vernon and Water streets while driving a GMC Jimmy SUV at a...

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Winter weather pattern is changing

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By BOB BURGESS WAKEFIELD — You may not want to hear this but, according to weather watchers, our winters are getting snowier. With the two and half inches Wakefield received overnight, the town has seen 109 inches fall so far during the winter of 2014-15. While the amount is far form the 130 inches that fell in 1995-96, it is the most snow in the past 15 years, besting the 107.25 inch mark recorded over the winter storm season of 2004-05. According to DPW Director Richard Stinson, who keeps track of how busy the town’s winters are, the...

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Beach City Boys capture 23rd Trivia Team Challenge

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Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Trivia Team Challenge Co-Chairman Noel Bailey. WAKEFIELD — In a rare box-to-wire victory, Wakefield’s Steve Pavey and the rest of his Beach City Boys took home the first place trophy Saturday evening at the 23rd Annual Trivia Team Challenge to benefit The Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield, Inc. Stephen, a former teacher in the Revere school system, was more than ably assisted by other fellow Revere friends and teachers Mark Mattera, John Giamattei and John Mitchell. After scoring a whopping 239...

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Wensley scores an All-State title at the 195 weight class

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Senior becomes the second Warrior ever to be crowned a champ in the All-State meet SALEM — Only two wrestlers in Wakefield Memorial High School history have captured All-State titles and senior Dan Wensley is one of the two. Wensley captured first place at the 195 weight class in the All-State meet which was held on Friday and Saturday at Salem High School. Wensley is only the second Warrior in school history to win an All-State title and the first since James D’Ambrosio accomplished the feat in 1995. The senior posted a 4-0 record for...

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Boys’ hoop team falls prey to undefeated Danvers

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Falcons’ three-point shooting the difference in Div. 2 North first round tourney contest By JIM SOUTHMAYD DANVERS — Top-ranked Danvers’ inside game has developed quite a reputation in Eastern Mass. with senior center Peter Merry, who stands at 6-9, leading the way. However the Falcons’ outside game, particularly their three-point shooting, is very good as well. Danvers’ accuracy behind the three-point arc made a huge difference in a Div. 2 North first round game against the Wakefield Memorial High boys’ basketball team on Friday night...

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Girls’ hoop team can’t take Pentucket’s heat

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Sachems’ pressure defense gives Warriors fits in 61-35 quarterfinal loss By DAN BYRNE WEST NEWBURY— When the Div. 2 North pairings for the girls’ basketball tournament were done last weekend there the top two ranked teams were Watertown and Pentucket. Wakefield drew the seventh seed and earned a second round date with the Cape Ann League Champion Sachems for Thursday night at Pentucket Regional High School by beating Triton in the first round earlier this week. It’s been nearly a decade at least since the Warriors advanced beyond the...

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Joan Clark, 82

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Joan Eileen (Martin) Clark, 82, of Merrimack, N.H., passed away in her home on Tuesday, Feb. 3, after a long illness. Born in Melrose, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Marion (Marston) Martin and was a longtime resident of Merrimack, N.H. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph B.S. Clark, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage; her brother, William Martin; her brother-in-law, Gerald Durkee, and her sister-in-law, Martha Martin. She is survived by her sister Elsie Durkee and sister-in-law Dorothy K Clark;...

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Sophia C. McCurdy

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

NORTH READING — Sophia C. (Grasso) McCurdy, a resident of North Reading, and formerly of Melrose and North Andover, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Lahey Medical Center in Burlington. Sophia was born in East Boston on Sept. 28, 1941, daughter of the late Joseph and Johanna M. (Macrina) Grasso. Raised in East Boston and Revere, Sophia was married to Edward R. McCurdy on Oct. 4, 1959 at St. Joseph Church in Malden. They settled in Melrose, and she stayed at home to raise her two sons. After they had grown, she began a career as a...

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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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