Shedding the stigma of mental illness

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Drive past a home where the shades are always drawn and you might think the homeowner is trying to keep out sunlight that would fade the furniture. This, however, is not necessarily the case. It could be that the person who lives there is so depressed they can’t bear to look beyond the walls of their home. In fact, the drawn curtains or shades become another wall to block the outside world. On Tuesday night, about a dozen interested people turned out for an event hosted by the Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist...

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WEF dollars support Galvin Learning Commons

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WAKEFIELD —As part of Wakefield Educational Foundation’s 2015 grant program, Galvin Middle School Media Specialist Erin McCall received funding toward print and digital engineering and programming resources to the GMS Learning Commons non-fiction collection. The current Learning Commons collection of technology and applied science resources at GMS is limited. The collection age is approximately 17 years at 1997, suggesting that the quality, accuracy and lack of modernity are compromising student growth and exploration in the respective...

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Baker plan boosts aid 3%

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By BOB BURGESS WAKEFIELD — Gov. Charlie Baker’s first budget proposal would mean an overall increase of about three percent to Wakefield in state aid for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Baker’s administration, facing a huge budget deficit, has nevertheless pledged more assistance for local education and the operation of municipalities across the Commonwealth. Wakefield would get a total of $8,895,036 next year if the governor’s plan stands up, compared to the $8,804,258 the town is getting in state aid this year. Wakefield schools would...

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Nick Roberto plays a role in Terriers’ success

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Sophomore has played in all 33 games for Hockey East regular-season champs BOSTON — As the Boston University men’s hockey team prepares for quarterfinal play in Hockey East the weekend of March 13-15, there is one player from Wakefield who has contributed to the Terriers’ success this winter. That player is sophomore forward Nick Roberto. Roberto, who stands at 5-10, 176 and shoots from the right side, has played in 33 games for the Terriers this season and has four goal and six assists for 10 points this season for BU. One of his goals was a...

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Wensley returns to New England Championships

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Hopes to have success against the best in the region NORTH ANDOVER — Senior Dan Wensley will be competing in the New England Wrestling Championships later on today when he takes the mat for his first match at the 195 weight class with the entire showcase being held today and tomorrow at North Andover High School. Wensley, the Massachusetts all-state champion, will await the winner of a match between Middlebury, Vt.’s Nick Beauchamp and Tollgate, R.I.’s Edmund Pierce. For Wensley, he is in the tournament for the second year in a row. Last...

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Medeiros headed back to NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships

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Sophomore has a record setting performance in 100 breaststroke in NEWMAC meet SPRINGFIELD — Emily Medeiros, a sophomore on the Springfield College women’s swim team, has been making a splash in the pool this year and has come into her own as a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) swimmer. A second year collegiate athlete, Medeiros knows what to expect week to week, which she has used to her advantage. As a result, Medeiros, a former Warrior standout, is one of five members of the Springfield College men’s and women’s...

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Joan Wenzel, 77

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LAWRENCE — Joan Wenzel, 77, of Lawrence and a former Wakefield resident, died March 5 in Lawrence after a long period of failing health. Joan was born in Malden on Sept. 27, 1937 and was the beloved daughter of the late William L. and Gertrude F. (McFadden) Wenzel. She was a graduate of the Nazareth Academy in Wakefield, Class of 1955. For many years she was a reservation agent for Delta Airlines and retired from there. She had worked previously for the former Yellow Bird Airline. Joan was a volunteer for many years at St. Joseph Church of...

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Marguerite G. Perry, 98

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Marguerite G. Perry, 98, of Columbia, S.C., and formerly of Wakefield, Melrose and Malden, died March 3 in Columbia. She was born in Malden  on June 11, 1916 and was the daughter of the late Gustav and Rachel (Sweetser) Gleitsmann. Mrs. Perry was raised in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School. She later lived in both Wakefield and Melrose before making her home in South Carolina. She had been a member a member of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Wakefield and St. Mary Church of Melrose. Mrs. Perry was the...

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Lawrence J. Staff, 83

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

NORTH READING — Lawrence J. Staff, 83, of North Reading died on Thursday, Feb. 26 at his home. Born in Boston on Sept. 24, 1931, he was the son of the late John and Gertrude (Gill) Staff. Mr. Staff was a graduate of Reading High School. He was a licensed electrician and a long-time employee of General Electric at its West Lynn plant. Mr. Staff had served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. A former resident of Wakefield for many years, he had resided in North Reading for the past 40 years where he was a devout member of St....

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