Officials mull another parking committee

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — There will soon be another committee formed to look at parking in the downtown. This one comes at the request of the Chamber of Commerce and the committee will consist of as yet unnamed local merchants. Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio brought the idea to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting Monday night. He said that Chamber of Commerce has decided to have a liaison to Town Hall, and he has been meeting monthly with Chamber board member Laurie Hunt to talk about concerns that the Chamber has. One of those...

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SC likes Walton plan

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the February 16, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The School Committee will fast-track its approval of a plan to address the space needs at the Walton School in hopes of getting the $5.5 million project on the May 1 Annual Town Meeting warrant. The Finance and Facilities Subcommittee will discuss the plan at its Feb. 27 meeting with the full School Committee expected to vote at its next meeting on Feb. 28 to recommend placing an article to fund it on the warrant. At its meeting on Tuesday, the School Committee heard...

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After brief intermission, Opera Club meets again

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Published in the February 16, 2017 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo… it doesn’t matter to Howard Hart of Wakefield which opera star is singing. He loves them all. And the list doesn’t stop there. He’s fond, also, of Caruso, Pinza and Geraldine Farrar, an opera star from Melrose popular in the 20th century, and many others. For as long as he can remember, opera has been among Hart’s foremost interests. So fond is he of this musical genre that one year ago, on Jan. 1, 2016, he founded Opera Club of Wakefield....

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Boys’ indoor track team has second place showing

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Warriors have best finish in nearly 50 years at Div. 4 Meet Published in the February 17, 2017 edition. BOSTON — While the Wakefield Memorial High boys’ indoor track team came up just short of capturing the Div. 4 Indoor Track and Field championship, the Warriors still had one of the best showings ever in the history of the program last night at the Reggie Lewis Center. Wakefield scored 61 points as a team and finished second to Northampton which tallied 67 points. The meet was touch and go the entire way and the team title wasn’t determined...

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Boys’ indoor track team sets its sights on another prize

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Warriors hope to add a Div. 4 championship to their accomplishments Published in the February 16, 2017 edition. BOSTON — The Wakefield Memorial High boys’ indoor track team captured its second Middlesex League Freedom division title in three years this winter. Now the Warriors are setting their sets on another prize. Wakefield has 15 individual athletes and three relay teams that have qualified for the Div. 4 Track and Field Championship Meet which is scheduled for today at 4:30 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Track Center. In the 55 meter dash...

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Girl cagers clinch at least a share of Middlesex League title

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Top Burlington, can win banner outright in Watertown showdown Thursday Published in the February 15, 2017 edition By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — On Tuesday night at the Charbonneau Field House it was a varsity girls’ basketball feature presentation with the Wakefield Memorial High School varsity team taking on Burlington High School. The Warriors didn’t start the game the way that head coach Meg O’Connell would have liked, but they got a big boost from junior guard Olivia Dziadyk in the second quarter and the rest of the team found its rhythm in...

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Julia G. Ciampa, 34

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Published in the February 17, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Julia G. (Healey) Ciampa, 34, of Wakefield and formerly of North Reading, died unexpectedly on Monday, February 13. Born in Cambridge on February 22, 1982, Julia was raised in North Reading and was a graduate of North Reading High School. She was certified as a peer specialist by the Transformation Center and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She was a resident of Wakefield for the past 10 years and a member of Horizon House. Julia had an endless love for her family. She was a woman who...

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Justyn R. Pretnar, 102

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Published in the February 17, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Justyn R. (Jelercic) Pretnar of Wakefield and formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 11, at age 102. Justyn was a strong and creative woman. She sewed many projects she designed, and practiced traditional decorative arts like quilting, quilling, and tole painting. Her work won awards at the Topsfield Fair and other competitions. Justyn also collected and restored salvaged antiques. She was an active member of the Wakefield Senior Center and was a...

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Mary V. Carey, 88

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the February 16, 2017 edition. PEABODY — Mary Virginia (Mahoney) Carey, 88, of Brooksby Village, Peabody, died on Wednesday, Feb. 15. She was the beloved wife of the late William T. Carey, also of Peabody and formerly of Wakefield. Mrs. Carey was the daughter of the late Helen and Charles Mahoney. Mary grew up in Medford, graduated from Medford High School and attended Regis College. She was married to William for 64 years and was the mother to six children. She leaves Denise Appleman and her husband Jay of Palm Harbor, Florida,...

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