Help WSSC bring us a great Fourth again in 2017

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the June 23, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Although the Fourth of July is a little over two weeks away, the West Side Social Club is still seeking donations to provide the day-long events. If any household or business is able to send a donation to help defray the escalating costs needed to provide the morning Children’s Events, Concert on the Common, and the Spectacular Fireworks Display, it would be greatly appreciated. The West Side has been bringing us a great Fourth of July celebration for decades, and the generosity of residents...

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Guidelines for WSSC children’s events

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the June 23, 2017 edition. Due to the number of inquiries organizers of the West Side Social Club Fourth of July’s events have received, here are a few guidlelines you need to follow to participate. 1) Fishing Derby:  All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration will be held on the lower common, on the shore of Lake Quannapowitt beginning at 7 a.m. 2) Pet Parade:  This event is strictly for children.  Please do not attempt to enter if your pet is not accompanied by a child.  It is...

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Group home issues prove tricky to solve

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

Published in the June 22, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – There are upwards of 20 group homes of various types in the town of Wakefield and sometimes they cause problems for their neighbors. The question of what can be done about these issues was the subject of a town-sponsored forum last night at The Savings Bank Theater in Wakefield High School attended by about 50 town residents. The answer was that, at the local level at least, not much can be done about group homes. Changing that will require action by the state legislature,...

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Wakefield coaches team up for Super B basketball skills camp.

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Published in the June 23, 2017 edition. Super B is the result of a wild idea to create a supplemental clinic for local kids in the Wakefield basketball program.  Super B challenges kids to take their game to the next level in the offseason in order to prepare for the local travel program. Through a four week progression plan, the Super B coaching staff targeted the weak points surrounding key mechanics in the game. Celtics guest speakers Leon Powe, Brian Scalabrine and Dana Barros engaged with the players and provided many mentoring points...

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Robertson wins Hartshorne for the 12th straight year

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

Published in the June 22, 2017 edition. By BUD KEOHAN WAKEFIELD — Former WHS boys’ tennis coach Brian Robertson extended his total dominance over Wakefield tennis to an even dozen years without ever losing a set, much less a match; he stopped second seed Jonathan Laramie 6-0, 6-2 Sunday in the title clash after blanking fourth seed Rich Greif 6-0, 6-0 Saturday. Laramie reached the final for the third time in the last four years by rallying from a break down in each set for a 7-5, 6-4 victory over third seed Rob Imbriano in a fascinating clash...

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Merchants recap

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

Merchants Shut down Reading Bulldogs 4-1 Steve Keskinidis (1-0) pitched a complete game for the Merchants against the Reading Bulldogs on Monday at Endicott College. Keskinidis struck out three, walked three, and gave up only four hits in seven innings. The Merchants jumped on the Bulldogs in the 1st inning, scoring two runs. Bobby Losanno led the Merchants with three hits including a triple. Mark Webber had two hits and two RBIs, and Mike Sorrentino added a two-RBI triple. It was a complete game for Keskinidis and a complete performance for...

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Lee G. Johnson

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the June 23, 2017 edition. MEDFORD — Honorable Lee G. Johnson of Medford died peacefully at his home on June 20 after a long and courageous battle with stomach cancer. Judge Johnson brought joy, hope and love to all who were fortunate to cross paths with him. Judge Johnson was born on June 30, 1949, was raised in Everett and served the public good for his entire life. He was appointed to the District Court in September 2001 by then Acting Governor Jane Swift and was appointed First Justice of the Malden District Court in 2002,...

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Kevin M. Shea, 63

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Beverly resident Published in the June 21, 2017 edition BEVERLY — Kevin M. Shea, 63, of Beverly and formerly of Melrose, died June 19 in Beverly. Mr. Shea was born in Malden on December 28, 1953 and was the son of the late Robert M. and Claire A. (Fisher) Shea. He is survived by his two sisters, Barbara and Nancy Shea of North Reading. He is also predeceased by his sister Roberta Shea. His funeral service will be held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Saturday, June 24, at 12 noon. Visitation will be held prior to the...

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Kerrie Lynne Haladay, 31

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Wakefield resident liked music, dance Published in the June 21, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Kerrie Lynne Haladay, 31, of Wakefield, formerly of North Reading, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Born in Melrose on August 2, 1985, she was the beloved daughter of Richard J. Haladay and Catherine A. (Lopes) Smith. Kerrie was a graduate of North Reading High School, Class of 2003. She attended North Shore Community College in Danvers where she studied Cosmetology and Hairstyling. Kerrie was a former executive secretary for Mosse &...

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