Widows, veterans often overlooked

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Remember the widows. In the Epistle of James in the New Testament, this is what Christians are commanded to do. And for the most part — Christian or not — family members, friends and neighbors look after them. But as Wakefield and other towns and cities observe Memorial Day, it is important to know that there is a subset of widows often overlooked. These are the widows of men who have lost their lives defending our nation and it is Alicia Reddin’s mission to see that they are not forgotten. To Reddin, the primary...

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6th Festival Italia Aug. 21-22

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Festival Italia, a two-day event put on by the town’s Event Planning Committee, is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 22. Friday, Aug.21 will feature a dinner buffet highlighting fine restaurants from Wakefield and surrounding area. The dinner will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Conference Center (formerly Sheraton Colonial) in Wakefield from 6 to 10:30 p.m. You will be treated to an abundance of food, entertainment, music and dancing.  They will be holding raffles and a door prize. This is an over-21 event....

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Profile: A family schooling at home

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — As Wakefield Memorial High School seniors look forward to graduation on Saturday, June 6, not all will wear a cap and gown when they walk across the stage. In fact, some students will not walk across the stage at all. While most students in the graduating class of 2015 have received their education in public, parochial or private schools, others have been educated right in their homes. In Wakefield alone, there are about seven families whose children are being home schooled. The Dupon-Kraus family is among them. Emma...

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Softball team slams Somerville in regular season finale

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors storm 15 runs across in rout By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High School varsity softball team played its second game in as many days on Thursday as the Warriors hosted Somerville in a non-league game that concluded their regular season schedule. The Warriors got back to their winning ways Thursday at Vets’ Field, beating Somerville 15-1 in six innings as the visitors failed to record an out in the final inning before the game was halted due to the mercy rule. With the win Coach Rick Quattrocchi’s team finished the...

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Resha competing in East Regionals this weekend in Hartford

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Has qualified for second stage of CrossFit Games season HARTFORD, Conn. — Wakefield’s Danielle Resha, owner of CrossFit 128 in Wakefield, has qualified for the East Regional taking place this Memorial Day weekend in Hartford, Conn. It is the second stage of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games season. The top 20 females in the region (out of 12,000) are chosen to compete at the East Regional. The top five athletes from there move on to the CrossFit Games. On top of that, Resha, after a two day combine recently in Washington, D.C., has been drafted...

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Baseball team earns a share of M.L. Freedom division title

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors use some seventh inning magic in 2-1 walk-off win against Reading By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High baseball team clinched a share of the Middlesex League Freedom division championship yesterday afternoon at Walsh Field. However it took some seventh inning magic for the Warriors to do so. Wakefield rallied for two runs in the final inning and edged Reading by a 2-1 score in a well-played contest by both clubs. The Warriors are now 14-4 overall and 12-3 in the M.L. Freedom division. Wakefield can do no worse...

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Charles Longmuir

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Charles Longmuir of Wakefield, formerly of Malden, passed away peacefully at Blaire House in Tewksbury on Wednesday, May 20. Charlie was born on March 16, 1927, son of the late William and Margaret (Inglis) Longmuir in Malden where he spent his childhood. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army serving in Germany at the end of World War II. Charlie worked at A.C. Sweezey Lumber Co. in Malden, Moynihan Lumber in North Reading and the Town of Wakefield for the Housing Authority. Charlie loved woodworking and always had his wooden ruler,...

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Antoinette M. Wood, 92

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Antoinette M. Wood, 92, of Wakefield died Wednesday, May 20. Born in Malden on June 22, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Franco and Celia (Radocchi) Orsini. Mrs. Wood was raised in Wakefield and had worked as a stitcher at the L.B. Evans Shoe Company before retiring. She was the loving mother of Carol Murphy, Richard Wood, Robert Wood and his wife Joyce, Dianne Wood, John Wood, Donna Wood, Steven Wood, William Wood and the late Victor Wood and Debra Scheri. She was the sister of the late Armand Orsini, Elizabeth Gazzola,...

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Irving K. Stark, 91

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Irving K. Stark, 91, of Wakefield and formerly of Melrose, died May 15 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born on March 22, 1924, he was the son of the late Merrick F. and Frances L. (Hogan) Stark. Irving was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1942. He later graduated from the University of Massachusetts. He worked and later retired as a civil engineer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He had been a resident of Wakefield since 1951. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the...

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