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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Rising above life’s challenges

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By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Most young people have their share of challenges, some more than others. Many have experienced the breakdown of their families, while others have parents who have died or have suffered the loss of their livelihoods. But some have a different kind of difficulty. In addition to other challenges, they might have a learning disability, physical handicap or emotional disorder. Wakefield’s John Flynn, 18, has risen above his own challenges — emotional, social and educational — because of the help his family has provided and...

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Parent Univ. March 21

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — It’s a novel idea, educators teaching parents. But it’s an idea that’s sweeping the nation, mostly in bigger school districts such as Boston, New York and Los Angeles. Parent University is a program that has caught on and, since his arrival in Wakefield, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike has launched the concept here. The first Parent University in Wakefield got its inauguration in 2014 and the second community-wide event for parents and caregivers of students enrolled in Wakefield’s public schools will...

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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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Pop Warner registration being held

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On March 25 and 30 at the Americal Civic Center WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Pop Warner will be holding registration for football players and cheerleaders for the 2015 season. Football players must be between the ages of 7-14 as of July 31, 2015 (there is weight and age requirement for football). Cheerleaders must be between the ages of 7-15 as of July 31, 2015. Football players must be present at registration. All new participants must surrender their original birth certificates. Returning football players and cheerleaders will register on...

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Ninth annual Galvin Student/Faculty hoop game is March 9

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

At the Wakefield Memorial High Field House WAKEFIELD — The Galvin Student/Faculty Basketball Game is just days away. Will the Globetrotters run away with it this year? Or will the Generals teach them a lesson in the slam-dunk? The game will be held on Monday, March 9 at the Wakefield Memorial High School Field House. The game will be from 6 -8 p.m. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Galvin PTO is gearing up for its ninth annual Student/Faculty Basketball Game. They hope you can join them on Monday, March 9 as their renowned staff, The Galvin...

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Lawrence J. Staff, 83

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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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Francis V. Geary Jr., 89

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

Avid baseball fan worked at Parke Snow WAKEFIELD — Francis (Frank) V. Geary Jr., 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 20, at the Golden Living Center in Melrose. He resided in Wakefield for all of his life. Frank was an energetic individual who loved to play and watch baseball. Frank could be seen many a night playing baseball on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. During baseball season he enjoyed many games on his TV and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox. Every town has its own “walking man” and Frank was Wakefield’s walking man. He...

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Alice E. Fletcher, 89

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Alice E. Fletcher, 89, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully March 2 at Pilgrim Rehab and Nursing Center in Peabody. She was born in Wakefield on Jan. 13, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Leo T. and Eleanor (Cullen) Gerrior. Alice was raised and educated in Wakefield. She was the matriarch to her family and her extended family. Alice was the beloved wife of the late Walter J. Fletcher. She was the loving mother of Thomas L. Fletcher and wife Gayle of Danvers, James A. Fletcher of Stoneham and Gayle M. Hill...

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