Police get stolen food reports

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — A woman from Main Street went to the Police Station last night to report that someone used her credit card recently without her authorization to make food and other purchases at four Stop & Shop grocery stores. The loss to the credit card company was estimated to be about $1,300. Purchases were made in stores in Watertown, $270.39; Winchester, $269.33; Stoneham, $232.66 and Stoneham, $282.59. Patrol Officer Matthew Chambers advised the victim to contact her credit card company and she has followed through. The incident was...

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Town Engineer wins Gertrude Spaulding Award

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WAKEFIELD — Michael Collins, Wakefield’s Town Engineer, has been awarded 2014 Gertrude Spaulding Award. The presentation occurred during the FOLQ Fall Breakfast on Nov. 23. The prestigious award is given out annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution toward “protecting and enhancing the waters of Lake Quannapowitt and its surrounding lands” — the mission of Friends of Lake Quannapowitt (FOLQ), which is a broad-based local citizens’ organization. During the presentation, Mike’s contribution over the years to various...

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Keep holiday grinches at bay

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Wakefield police are urging residents to take special care this holiday season when packages ordered online or over the phone are delivered by services like UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service. On Friday, a Salem Street woman called police in the afternoon when she thought a package she was expecting to be delivered was stolen. It was fortunate for her that the package was later located at a neighbor’s home. “Checking for a package you’re expecting to be delivered should be the first thing you do when you get...

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WMHS boy skaters hope a change does them good

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Warriors seek tournament berth with a new head coach, new system in place By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — There is almost nowhere to go but up for the Wakefield Memorial High boys’ hockey team. The Warriors posted a 1-17-2 overall record and 0-15-1 Middlesex League Freedom division record last year with a young team that underwent some big changes including the loss of most of the coaching staff midway through the winter. Now many of the players are a year older and are learning a new system with an entirely new coaching staff. Still the motto...

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Boys’ hoop team finds a victory to be outside its range

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Tanners’ three-point shooting results in 70-57 setback for the Warriors   By JIM SOUTHMAYD WOBURN — Team defense has been an issue the Warrior boys’ basketball team and its coaching staff have been addressing during the preseason. After last night’s season opener at Woburn High School, defending the three-point shot is an area for Wakefield to improve on. The Tanners sank 10 treys and scored 70 points as Wakefield dropped a 70-57 contest to begin the 2014-15 season. While the Warriors lost the game, there are some positives that...

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Girls’ hoop team doesn’t pass its first assignment

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Warriors come up short against defending M.L. Liberty division champ Woburn   By DAN BYRNE WOBURN — The girls’ high school basketball season got underway Tuesday evening with the Wakefield Memorial High Warriors taking a trip down Montvale Avenue to visit the Woburn High Tanners. Woburn is slated to be one of the strongest teams in the Middlesex League this season and the Tanners proved to be a tough first assignment for Head Coach Meghan O’Connell and her side as the Warriors dropped their first game of the season by a final score of...

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Louis R. Sardella, 83

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Louis R. Sardella, 83, a Wakefield native and a longtime local educator, died at his home in Revere on Sunday, Dec. 14. Born in Wakefield on Sept. 15, 1931, Mr. Sardella was the youngest of six children born to Elia and Luisa (Padellaro) Sardella, who were married by the ship’s captain as they immigrated from Sicily at the turn of the 20th century. Mr. Sardella was a 1950 graduate of Wakefield High School where he was president of his class. He lettered in baseball and basketball and was co-captain of the football team. A Korean...

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Barbara Felbush, 77

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RICHMOND, Va. — Barbara (Windt) Chamberlain Felbush of Richmond, Va., died Dec. 2 at home with her family. She was 77 and passed away knowing she was loved. Born Oct. 25, 1937 in Wakefield to Roy and Lillian Windt, Barbara grew up with two brothers and three sisters in an understandably loud household. She attended Wakefield High School, was a former “Miss Boston,” “Miss Printing Week,” and “Miss Otis Air Force Base” and loved Cape Cod. She married her childhood friend, Paul F. Chamberlain, writing to him frequently when he was stationed in...

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Russell C. Jenks, 82

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STONEHAM — Russell C. Jenks, 82, a resident of Stoneham and formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully in Woburn on Saturday, Dec. 13. Russell was born on March 11, 1932 in Melrose, one of two sons of the late Robert C. and Marion F. (Slocomb) Jenks. He was raised and educated in Melrose where he graduated from Melrose High School. In his youth, Russell enjoyed sailing and received his Liberal Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire. Mr. Jenks was employed as the personnel director for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lowell for many years....

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