TM passes 11.4 percent schools hike, finishes spring business in one session

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By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A very efficient 2015 Annual Town Meeting finished all of its business in one night, including approval of the School Department’s $34,847,085 budget. An 11.4 percent increase in that budget was expected to draw some debate in the Galvin Middle School’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium last night. But the only discussion related to a failed attempt to reduce the increase by $1 million before the budget passed overwhelmingly. Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike discussed the School Department budget and defended...

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Sisters start Lovewell brand

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By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Pssst — all girls going to the prom in June. Have you bought your dress yet? Shoes? Jewelry? If not, then you might want to check out the Lovewell necklaces now for sale at J’Adore consignment shop on Main Street. Lovewell is a line of handmade bead-bar necklaces that are meant to be layered, either with other Lovewell necklaces or with other pieces you love. Natalie Joly, along with her sisters Renee Dorney and Angela DeFrancesco, daughters of Debra and Jim Joly (he owns Boardwalk Realty), launched the Lovewell...

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A real show of education appreciation

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It is fitting, in a way, that Town Meeting last night passed a $34.8 million School Department spending request for the year beginning July 1. This is, after all, National Teacher Appreciation Week. And nothing says that Town Meeting participants appreciate the job educators do more than the approval of an 11.4 percent increase over the current year’s education spending on local schools. Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike discussed the School Department budget and defended the $3,558,357 increase before Town Meeting. He explained the...

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Girls’ lacrosse team crowns Royals

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Prevails in high-scoring 22-14 game after Winchester loss By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Warrior girls’ lacrosse team scored eight goals in the first 13 minutes of yesterday’s non-league game against Georgetown. The game was pretty even the rest of the way as Wakefield pulled out a 22-14 triumph at Landrigan Field. The win came after the Warriors lost to Winchester by a 17-6 score on Friday afternoon at Knowlton Stadium. Wakefield is now 7-5 overall on the season and 2-5 in the Middlesex League Freedom division. All five of Wakefield’s...

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Softball team slugs its way by Belmont

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Warriors prevail 10-6 By DAN MARGARITA BELMONT — The Wakefield Memorial High softball team traveled to Belmont and put its bats to work, defeating Belmont 10-6 at Concord Avenue Field. The record puts the Warriors record at 9-3, leaving them one victory short of qualifying for the state tournament. Freshman Meghan Burnett got the start on the mound, pitching five solid innings before giving way to Wakefield’s regular pitcher Amanda Boulter. “Boulter’s done that in the past. I was trying to save her but my little freshman was running out of...

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Softball team has more than enough against Winchester

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors blast Sachems 13-1 to end two-game slide By DAN MARGARITA WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High softball team hosted Winchester and sent its guest away in rude fashion, beating the Sachems 13-1 in a game that was called due to the “mercy rule” to bring their record to 8-3 on Friday afternoon at Vets’ Field. “It was a strange game. It wasn’t our greatest game. I’m probably being picky when I say this but I thought we could’ve hit the ball a little harder. I don’t think we had any shots in the outfield but a W is a W,” said Wakefield...

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Marion F. Barnes, 104

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LYNNFIELD — Marion F. (Hoyt) Barnes, 104, of Lynnfield died on Saturday, May 2, at the Hathorne Hill Genesis Healthcare Center in Danvers. Born in Stoneham on June 14, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Arthur F. and Jennie M. (Little) Hoyt. Mrs. Barnes was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1929. She had been a Lynnfield resident for the past 63 years. Mrs. Barnes was a member of the Centre Congregational Church in Lynnfield and a member of the Goodwill Rebekah Lodge 22 up until 2007. She was married on Jan. 1, 1937 and had...

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Shirley J. Rowe

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that this past Friday evening, May 1, Shirley J. Rowe peacefully passed away at home surrounded by her three children, their spouses and her nine grandchildren. She is now reunited with her loving husband, the late William H. Rowe. She was the wonderful mother of Robert Rowe and his wife Judi of Newburyport, Linda Spang and her husband Robert of Wakefield, Donna Rallo and her husband Len Rallo of Reading, an adoring grandmother to her nine grandchildren Jenn, Mike and Steve Rowe,...

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Memorial service for Phyllis Anthony Saturday

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WAKEFIELD — Phyllis Kenney Anthony, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Feb. 12, 2015. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5 Bryant St., Wakefield. She was born in Providence, R.I. on July 29, 1925, to the late Havena (Hopkins) and Gordon B. Kenney. She graduated from Cranston (R.I.) High School and received an associate degree at Lasalle Junior College in Newton. She married the late Richard P. Anthony in 1954. In 2008, after the passing of Richard, she moved to...

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