Median home sales price for year nears $500G

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the August 22, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — The year-to-date median sale price of a single family home in town is closing in on $500,000. State-wide, the median sale price for a single-family home hit its highest point on record for any July in history, according to a new report from The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. The state median sale price of a single-family home in July increased 3.7 percent to $382,500, up from $369,000 last year. This marks 16 straight months of year-over-year price increases going back...

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Salute! Festival brings slice of Italy to town

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Downtown Wakefield was transformed into Little Italy on Saturday, Aug. 20 when the town held its 8th annual summer party — Festival Italia. Thousands of residents and people from other cities and towns spilled into the downtown to enjoy a day of food, entertainment and contests. The Event Planning Committee saw to it that this year’s celebration was bigger and better than ever. Albion Street was turned into a corridor of fun and games along with great Italian fare provided by local restaurants and vendors, cold drinks...

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Something for everyone at Festival Italia

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the August 18, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — The town’s Festival Italia begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, and will run until 8 p.m.  Part of Main Street and Albion Street will be closed so that you can partake of the many vendors, performances, activities, or just meeting up with friends and family to enjoy this family-oriented day.  There will be something for everyone. First register at Rebirth Body Transformation Center’s booth located on Albion Street to receive a pedometer. Attendees who walk the most steps during the...

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Walter Tennis Tournament coming this weekend

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

18 players signed up; registration deadline is Aug. 23 Published in the August 22, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Geoffrey Walter Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament will take place this weekend, Saturday, August 26 and  Sunday, August 27 at the Dobbins Courts at Wakefield High School. This is the 15th year of the event being held in Geoffrey’s name. There are currently 18 players registered for the tournament, and the deadline to register is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 23 at 6 pm. Players may register or get more details by calling Rich and...

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Townies conclude another fun summer

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Published in the August 22, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Townies finished up their summer seasons recently. This year there were three Townies teams, including the 13-year-old Lou Tompkins All-Stars, the 14-year-old Lou Tompkins All-Stars, and the Middlesex Senior Babe Ruth team. All three teams competed against tough teams and showed improvement over the summer. “The Wakefield Townies Baseball Program recently wrapped another fun, competitive and exciting summer baseball season,” said coach Gus Dettorre. “The boys showed they...

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Highlife are Twi League champs

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Beat Loafers 11-7 in game four to win series 3-1 By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — The Highlife are back on top of the Wakefield Twi League after defeating the Loafers in game four to win the championship series, three games to one. While celebrating their first championship since 2011, the Life were finally able to exhale and enjoy the moment after another tough playoff series against a very good Loafers team. Game four matched up Loafers ace Garrett Cole against the Highlife’s John Evangelista. A classic back-and-forth game started from the very...

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Kevin R. Smith, 49

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the August 22, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Kevin R. Smith, 49, of Wakefield, died Tuesday, August 8, at the Winchester Hospital. Born in Melrose on September 28, 1967, he was the son of Elizabeth J. (Downie) Scranton of Stoneham and James J. Smith of Reading. Kevin was raised in Wakefield and had attended Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School. He enjoyed fishing, camping and outdoor activities. In addition to his parents, Kevin is survived by his wife Jacqueline (Mastroianni) Smith; his daughter, Lindsay Smith; his...

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Lillian J. Raffael, 90

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the August 22, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Lillian Joan Raffael, 90, of Wakefield died Monday, August 21, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Lillian was born on March 19, 1927 in Wakefield and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Angela (Pizzano) Capone. Lillian was a lifelong Wakefield resident and was a member of St. Florence Church, the Italian Club, the Red Hat Society and the Crystal Community Club. She had worked as a hostess at the Hilltop Restaurant for many years. Above all, Lillian loved her family and enjoyed spending...

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Gaile McShane

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the August 18, 2017 edition OSTERVILLE — Gaile Marie Dingle McShane of Osterville passed away peacefully at Cape Cod Hospital on Tuesday, August 15. Gaile was born on September 24, 1946 while her father was serving in the U.S. Navy. Gaile graduated from Wakefield High School with honors and was voted most popular by her classmates. She graduated from Merrimack College in 1968. Following college, Gaile worked for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in Okinawa, Japan as a Human Resource Specialist. In June of 1968, she married her...

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