Colantuoni new Galvin Middle School leader

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Adam Colantuoni is coming home again, this time to lead the new Galvin Middle School. Colantuoni, a Wakefield native, was selected from three finalists for the Galvin Middle School principal position by Supt. of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike. Zrike announce the selection yesterday. Colantuoni will succeed Mark Bedrosian, who will resign at the end of the school year. Zrike wrote, “As a Wakefield native, Mr. Colantuoni returns to the Galvin Middle School with a passion for his home community and a commitment to providing all...

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FinCom mulls future of three elected posts

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Finance Committee will look into sponsoring a Town Meeting article to change the positions of Town Clerk, Town Treasurer and Tax Collector from elected to appointed but despite a motion to that effect last night by FinCom member Daniel Sherman, most committee members said they weren’t ready to vote to do so without a more in-depth discussion. FinCom member Philip McCarty said that it was an opportune time to move toward making those positions appointed in light of this week’s announcement that Town Clerk Mary...

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New bistro coming to Greenwood

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A new cafe/bakery will be coming to Greenwood at 1179 Main St., in the same building on the corner of Hanson Street where the postal annex is located. The post office will stay and the café will be located in the other side of the building, which is currently unoccupied. The owners of the property, Joe and Sarah Torretta, owned D’Amici’s Bakery when it was on New Salem Street and currently own several other food establishments in surrounding towns. The proposed Greenwood eatery would have a different menu and a...

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Girls’ hoop team can’t take Pentucket’s heat

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Sachems’ pressure defense gives Warriors fits in 61-35 quarterfinal loss By DAN BYRNE WEST NEWBURY— When the Div. 2 North pairings for the girls’ basketball tournament were done last weekend there the top two ranked teams were Watertown and Pentucket. Wakefield drew the seventh seed and earned a second round date with the Cape Ann League Champion Sachems for Thursday night at Pentucket Regional High School by beating Triton in the first round earlier this week. It’s been nearly a decade at least since the Warriors advanced beyond the...

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Boys’ hoop team ready to play the underdog role

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Takes on top-seeded Danvers tonight in a Div. 2 North first round contest By JIM SOUTHMAYD DANVERS — The New England Patriots entered Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants undefeated and one win away from a perfect season. Most New England sports fans know what happened in that game. The Wakefield Memorial High boys’ basketball team is hoping for a similar result in its Div. 2 North first round game against undefeated Danvers tonight at Danvers High School. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. The Warriors (10-9) are seeded 17th in the Div. 2 North...

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Girls’ hoop team hopes to trip up Pentucket

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Takes on Cape Ann League champ in a Div. 2 North quarterfinal contest tonight By DAN BYRNE WEST NEWBURY — On Tuesday, the Wakefield Memorial High School varsity girls’ basketball team beat Triton 55-38 to move into the quarterfinal round of the  Div. 2 North State tournament. The win over the Vikings was the first tournament win for head coach Meghan O’Connell and the first for the girls’ program in nearly a decade and improved the Warriors’ record to 13-7 for the year. With the win Wakefield has set up a Thursday meeting with the...

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Joan Clark, 82

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MERRIMACK, N.H. — Joan Eileen (Martin) Clark, 82, of Merrimack, N.H., passed away in her home on Tuesday, Feb. 3, after a long illness. Born in Melrose, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Marion (Marston) Martin and was a longtime resident of Merrimack, N.H. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph B.S. Clark, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage; her brother, William Martin; her brother-in-law, Gerald Durkee, and her sister-in-law, Martha Martin. She is survived by her sister Elsie Durkee and sister-in-law Dorothy K Clark;...

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Sophia C. McCurdy

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NORTH READING — Sophia C. (Grasso) McCurdy, a resident of North Reading, and formerly of Melrose and North Andover, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Lahey Medical Center in Burlington. Sophia was born in East Boston on Sept. 28, 1941, daughter of the late Joseph and Johanna M. (Macrina) Grasso. Raised in East Boston and Revere, Sophia was married to Edward R. McCurdy on Oct. 4, 1959 at St. Joseph Church in Malden. They settled in Melrose, and she stayed at home to raise her two sons. After they had grown, she began a career as a...

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F. Harold Meuse, 85

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Veteran founded well-known local construction company   WAKEFIELD — F. Harold Meuse, 85, of Wakefield died Monday, Feb. 23, at the E.N. Rogers Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford. Mr. Meuse was born in Wakefield on July 25, 1929 and was the son of the late Augustus and Anna (Muise) Meuse. He was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1948, and later served in Korea and was a member of the U.S. Army, First Cavalry Division and served from 1948-1952. In the 1960s he founded Atlantic Construction Company in Wakefield with...

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