Town’s financial health is strong

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By BOB BURGESS WAKEFIELD — The town’s monetary overseers and some elected officials were jumping for joy last week, and with good reason: Standard & Poor’s gave great marks to Wakefield’s financial health by awarding municipal government a ‘AAA’ long-term credit rating, the highest possible. The agency also assigned the town its ‘SP-1+’ short term rating for a series of anticipation notes payable on May 20 of next year. This rating, according to the report received last week, “reflects our view of the town’s strong ability to pay...

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Suspect sought in Stoneham bank robbery

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

STONEHAM — Police Chief James McIntyre reported that the Stoneham Police Department is looking for a robbery suspect and is asking the public for help in identifying the man in several released surveillance photos. The Bank of America, located at 323 Main St., was robbed shortly after noon on Monday. Video surveillance shows the suspect give a female bank teller a handwritten note demanding money. The woman then hands the man an unknown amount of cash before he flees out the front door. The suspect is described as a white male, with a medium...

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TM passes 11.4 percent schools hike, finishes spring business in one session

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A very efficient 2015 Annual Town Meeting finished all of its business in one night, including approval of the School Department’s $34,847,085 budget. An 11.4 percent increase in that budget was expected to draw some debate in the Galvin Middle School’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium last night. But the only discussion related to a failed attempt to reduce the increase by $1 million before the budget passed overwhelmingly. Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike discussed the School Department budget and defended...

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Boys’ track team strong arms Melrose

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors overwhelm Red Raiders with many good performances in 101-35 win   WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High boys’ track team had a busy weekend running in three different meets. However the Warriors showed no signs of fatigue yesterday afternoon against Melrose. In fact, Wakefield was as strong as ever in a 101-35 victory over the Red Raiders at the Beasley Track and Field facility. The Warriors are a perfect 4-0 in dual meet competition and will have the opportunity to win the Middlesex League Freedom division crown next Tuesday...

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Baseball team’s seventh inning rally goes for naught

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Warriors edged by Belmont in 3-2 thriller BELMONT — The Wakefield Memorial High baseball team mounted a rally in the seventh inning. However so did Belmont. The Warriors erased a 2-0 deficit in the top of the seventh inning with a pair of runs but the Marauders tallied the game-winner in the last half of the inning to hand Wakefield a 3-2 defeat on Monday afternoon at Belmont High School. The Warriors fell to 7-3 overall on the season and 6-3 in the Middlesex League Freedom division. The M.L. crossover game was a good one from start to finish...

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Girls’ lacrosse team crowns Royals

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Prevails in high-scoring 22-14 game after Winchester loss By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Warrior girls’ lacrosse team scored eight goals in the first 13 minutes of yesterday’s non-league game against Georgetown. The game was pretty even the rest of the way as Wakefield pulled out a 22-14 triumph at Landrigan Field. The win came after the Warriors lost to Winchester by a 17-6 score on Friday afternoon at Knowlton Stadium. Wakefield is now 7-5 overall on the season and 2-5 in the Middlesex League Freedom division. All five of Wakefield’s...

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Marion F. Barnes, 104

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

LYNNFIELD — Marion F. (Hoyt) Barnes, 104, of Lynnfield died on Saturday, May 2, at the Hathorne Hill Genesis Healthcare Center in Danvers. Born in Stoneham on June 14, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Arthur F. and Jennie M. (Little) Hoyt. Mrs. Barnes was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1929. She had been a Lynnfield resident for the past 63 years. Mrs. Barnes was a member of the Centre Congregational Church in Lynnfield and a member of the Goodwill Rebekah Lodge 22 up until 2007. She was married on Jan. 1, 1937 and had...

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Shirley J. Rowe

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

WAKEFIELD — It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that this past Friday evening, May 1, Shirley J. Rowe peacefully passed away at home surrounded by her three children, their spouses and her nine grandchildren. She is now reunited with her loving husband, the late William H. Rowe. She was the wonderful mother of Robert Rowe and his wife Judi of Newburyport, Linda Spang and her husband Robert of Wakefield, Donna Rallo and her husband Len Rallo of Reading, an adoring grandmother to her nine grandchildren Jenn, Mike and Steve Rowe,...

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Memorial service for Phyllis Anthony Saturday

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

WAKEFIELD — Phyllis Kenney Anthony, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Feb. 12, 2015. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5 Bryant St., Wakefield. She was born in Providence, R.I. on July 29, 1925, to the late Havena (Hopkins) and Gordon B. Kenney. She graduated from Cranston (R.I.) High School and received an associate degree at Lasalle Junior College in Newton. She married the late Richard P. Anthony in 1954. In 2008, after the passing of Richard, she moved to...

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