Colonial Point health woes aired

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Bugs, mice and mold in the apartments, plus dog feces in the stairwells and in the pool – those were just some of the complaints that tenants at Colonial Point Apartments at 95 Audubon Rd. talked about at times during a heated Board of Health meeting last night. Regional property manager Fred Levitan of Carabetta Management Co. sat and listened to the litany of tenant’s grievances. Health Director Ruth Clay opened the meeting in the packed Town Hall room last night by noting that the Health Department had received...

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Drug deaths down here

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Heroin and opioid-related deaths have surged across Massachusetts in recent weeks. So far this month, there have been 58 suspicious deaths statewide, according to State Police. But in Wakefield the trend has slowed since last spring, said Wakefield’s Police Chief Rick Smith. “There have not been as many fatalities in our community as there were last spring,” he commented. “It has slowed a bit.” In March, Governor Deval Patrick declared a public health emergency to combat the growing abuse of opiates, directing first...

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Police get stolen food reports

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — A woman from Main Street went to the Police Station last night to report that someone used her credit card recently without her authorization to make food and other purchases at four Stop & Shop grocery stores. The loss to the credit card company was estimated to be about $1,300. Purchases were made in stores in Watertown, $270.39; Winchester, $269.33; Stoneham, $232.66 and Stoneham, $282.59. Patrol Officer Matthew Chambers advised the victim to contact her credit card company and she has followed through. The incident was...

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Girls’ hockey team gets a second wind

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors stage comeback in middle frame, tie Lexington 2-2 SAUGUS — While a lot of good things happened for the Warrior girls’ hockey team in the season opener, the one negative is that it didn’t get the win. Wakefield and Lexington played to a 2-2 tie last night at the Kasabuski Arena in a Middlesex League crossover game. The Minutewomen came out strong and tallied two goals in the first period. However, the Warriors didn’t get down on themselves and stormed back with a pair of goals in the second. Both teams had some opportunities in the...

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Boys’ hockey team gets off to a rough start

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Begins Pellerin coaching era with a 7-0 loss to Lexington By JIM SOUTHMAYD SAUGUS — The John Pellerin coaching era got off to a rough start. In fact it was one that the Warriors and the new coaching staff would like to forget. The Wakefield Memorial High boys’ hockey team was blanked by Lexington, 7-0, last night in the season opener at the Kasabuski Arena. Pellerin himself wasn’t in attendance due to the death of his father. The Warriors and Minutemen players had a moment of silence before the start of the game. Once the puck was dropped,...

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WMHS boy skaters hope a change does them good

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors seek tournament berth with a new head coach, new system in place By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — There is almost nowhere to go but up for the Wakefield Memorial High boys’ hockey team. The Warriors posted a 1-17-2 overall record and 0-15-1 Middlesex League Freedom division record last year with a young team that underwent some big changes including the loss of most of the coaching staff midway through the winter. Now many of the players are a year older and are learning a new system with an entirely new coaching staff. Still the motto...

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Peter K. Sweet

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Peter K. Sweet was the son of Harold and Eleanor Sweet and the brother of Bradley and Charlie Sweet. He grew up on Marblehead Neck. Pete was a Marblehead police officer for eight years but later found a career as a Manufacturing Engineer. He married Laureen A. Goyett in 1978 and they raised four beautiful children: Julie, Kristen, Kevin and Dennis. After the passing of Laureen in 2001, Pete found love in a woman named Linda Rowe of Wakefield. Pete spent the last 12 loving years with Linda, enjoying such hobbies as metal detecting,...

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Kathleen E. Martin, 45

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Kathleen E. Martin, 45, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Melrose on June 2, 1969, she was daughter of Janet (Farnsworth) and the late Joseph E. Martin Jr. Kathleen was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1987, and later went on to graduate from Framingham State College in 1992. She was a member of the First Parish Congregational Church of Wakefield and had worked as a former sales representative for Middlesex Gases and Technologies of Everett. Kathleen...

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Louis R. Sardella, 83

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Louis R. Sardella, 83, a Wakefield native and a longtime local educator, died at his home in Revere on Sunday, Dec. 14. Born in Wakefield on Sept. 15, 1931, Mr. Sardella was the youngest of six children born to Elia and Luisa (Padellaro) Sardella, who were married by the ship’s captain as they immigrated from Sicily at the turn of the 20th century. Mr. Sardella was a 1950 graduate of Wakefield High School where he was president of his class. He lettered in baseball and basketball and was co-captain of the football team. A Korean...

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