Fire Dept. offers tornado tips

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the August 23, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — As Monday morning’s tornado in Concord proved, the devastating and violent storms can and do happen here. With that in mind, Fire Chief Michael Sullivan shared some tips from the Wakefield Fire Department on how to stay safe during a tornado or severe thunderstorm. Learn the terminology. Tornado and severe thunderstorm watches are issued when conditions likely to produce a tornado are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Listen to the media for updates. Tornado and severe...

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Incoming WMHS freshmen orientation tomorrow

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the August 23, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — Attention members of the Class of 2020: You are cordially invited to attend a Wakefield Memorial High School orientation session for incoming freshmen on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Students should arrive by 9 a.m. to be checked in for the orientation session. The meeting will take place in the Charbonneau Field House located behind the school. Please use the field house entrance. At this meeting, they will introduce you to school staff and provide you with an overview of the...

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Bravo! Town flocks to Festival Italia

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the August 22, 2016 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — A sun-splashed Saturday was exactly what the doctor ordered for the seventh Festival Italia, the town’s summertime street party. It was a great time had by thousands. Hosted by Wakefield’s Event Planning Committee, the 2016 Festival Italia drew throngs of people to Main and Albion streets to relax, dine, listen to music and view classic vehicles at a car show. Beer and wine were served at the La Piazza in front of The Savings Bank in the Square, children waited patiently while...

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New golf coach Keane wants program to reach new heights

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Hopes to increase numbers and form a JV team Published in the August 23, 2016 edition. By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Warrior golf team has been one of the best in the Middlesex League having won a co-championship in the Freedom division in 2014 and winning the Middlesex League shootout title last fall. Even though Wakefield has achieved much over the past two seasons, first year head coach Chris Keane would like to see the program reach new heights. Keane takes over for veteran coach Dennis Bisso who retired in May after 16 seasons as head...

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WMHS fall sports tryouts getting underway

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Football has already begun, the rest are this week Published in the August 22, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High School fall sports are getting underway soon for most Warrior teams. Football practice has already started. The Warrior football team began its camp dates on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20 from 4-8 p.m. both days. The practices were with helmets only. After an off day yesterday, Wakefield was back out this morning from 8 a.m.-noon. Once again, the practice is for helmets only. The Warriors will continue...

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U-10 Jimmy Fund Warriors crowned 2016 champions

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Published in the August 19, 2016 edition WAKEFIELD — Most people who live in the Boston area are Red Sox fans and most Red Sox fans have either been to Fenway Park (the greatest park in MLB history) or at the very least watch the Sox on TV. With that said, the Jimmy Fund is very well known organization and it is also “an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Pan-Mass Challenge and Variety Children’s Charity of New England.” This season, the U-10 Jimmy Fund Wakefield Warriors baseball team had a...

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George L. Austin, 89

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the August 23, 2016 edition. STONEHAM — George L. Austin, 89, of Stoneham and formerly of Wakefield, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Aug. 17 in Melrose. Mr. Austin was born in Mattawamkeag, Maine on Nov. 15, 1926 and was the son of the late Bertrand and Julia B. (McDonough) Austin. Raised in Mattawamkeag, he graduated from high school there in 1944 and later graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 1951. He then started a 36-year career with the American Mutual Insurance Company in Wakefield where he worked...

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Fred T. Willett

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the August 23, 2016 edition. WESTWOOD — Fred T. Willett of Westwood died on Aug. 20. Fred graduated from Boston College in 1949. He held advanced degrees in Education, Business Administration and Computer Science. He was retired from the Research Division of the Gillette Co. Upon retirement he was on the faculty of Merrimack College and Massachusetts Bay Community College. He also taught courses at Stonehill College for many years. Fred was active in many professional, civic and religious organizations. He was the beloved husband...

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Margaret B. Hanley

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the August 22, 2016 edition. MALDEN — Margaret B. “Peggy” Hanley of Malden died on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Margaret was raised and educated in Malden. She is a graduate of Boston University. For over 20 years, she worked as an admitting clerk at the Malden Hospital. An avid, lifelong Red Sox fan, Peggy was a homemaker who enjoyed caring for and spending time with her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Hanley. She was the mother of Steven M. Hanley and his wife Donna of Derry, N,H,, Marjorie A. Sartori of Malden and...

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