TM won’t hear assisted living article

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A zoning amendment to limit the height of any building in the Assisted Living Overlay District to 30 feet cannot be adopted at the Nov. 17 Regular Town Meeting after the Planning Board last night declined to schedule a special meeting in order to hold the required public hearing. Under state law, a zoning amendment cannot be adopted by Town Meeting until after a public hearing and a recommendation of the Planning Board. The Planning Board has 65 days to schedule a public hearing. Shelter Development currently has...

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Former WMGLD building eyed as arts center

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By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A downtown building that was until recently home to the Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department offices is being eyed by the town as a possible future arts center. Last spring, the MGLD relocated its offices at 9-11 Albion St. to its new Mark A. Delory Facility at 480 North Ave. and informed town officials that it no longer needed the town-owned Albion Street building. Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio told the Board of Selectmen this week that he, DPW Director Richard Stinson and selectmen Paul DiNocco...

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WMHS dropout rate down; math SAT scores up

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By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Encouraging news was reported at last night’s school board meeting. Though it is the mission of Guidance Director AJ Beebe, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike and other administrative staff to have every student graduate, the high school dropout rate is trending downward. Over the 2013-2014 academic year, only five members of the senior class did not receive diplomas, according to Beebe. A year ago, the figure was double that. Ten students from a class of over 200 students reportedly dropped out over the...

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Harrier girls impress at Middlesex League Championships

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Warriors take fourth overall in annual showcase WOBURN — The Wakefield Memorial High girls’ cross country team was crowned the champion in the Middlesex League Freedom division this fall and has been the champion the past four years. On Monday afternoon in the Middlesex League championships, the Warriors were tops among the M.L. Freedom division teams once again. Wakefield came in fourth overall in the team scoring and was the top finisher among the squads in its division as it had an impressive showing among its peers from both the M.L....

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Boys’ cross country team puts on quite a show at M.L. Championships

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Varsity and JV teams take fifth, freshman squad finishes second WOBURN — In dual meet competition, teams from the Middlesex League run against clubs from their own division and have two non-league meets against a pair of squads of the other division. However in the Middlesex League Championships, runners from all 12 M.L. schools compete in the same meet. The Wakefield Memorial High boys’ cross country team had a good showing against its M.L. brethren as it captured fifth overall on Monday afternoon at the Woburn Country Club. The Warriors...

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Girls’ soccer team puts an exclamation point on Royal achievement

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Posts 3-1 win over Georgetown to clinch state tournament berth By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — A tie would have been sufficient but the Warrior girls’ soccer team wanted a whole lot more. Wakefield put an exclamation point on its second half turnaround as it clinched a state tournament berth with a decisive 3-1 triumph over Georgetown in a non-league game last night under the lights at Walton Field. The Warriors, which blanked Burlington 1-0 last Wednesday afternoon as well, increased its overall record to 9-7-1 and 8-7-1 in the Middlesex League...

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Mary Ruth Day, 90

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STONEHAM — Mary Ruth (Lilley) Day died on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the age of 90. She is survived by her four children, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St Patrick Cemetery in Stoneham on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m.

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William M. Fowler, 96

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READING — William M. Fowler, 96, of Reading and formerly of Wakefield, died Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Meadowview Care and Rehab Center. Born in Wakefield on Sept. 30, 1918, he was the son of the late George H. and Gertrude (Morgan) Fowler. Mr. Fowler was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. He later served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Fowler was a retired supervisor for the United States Postal Service of Wakefield. He had been a Life Member of the Wakefield Lodge of the Elks #1276 and had also been...

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Robert J. Brennan

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

PALM COAST, Fla. — Robert J. Brennan passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, at his home in Palm Coast with his wife Judy at his side. He was the son of John and Mary Brennan. Mr. Brennan was retired from the Wakefield Department of Public Works. Robert leaves his wife Judy, daughter Kerry, son Joshua and grandson Aiden. He is also survived by his brothers James, David, Christopher and Peter and his wife Michelle; aunt Evelyn Cocozella and uncle Donald O’Shea and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  ...

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