Town digs out after 29-inch blizzard

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By BOB BURGESS WAKEFIELD — Snow began falling here, however lightly, early Monday afternoon. When it was over around 5:30 this morning — after the rage and fury of a significant, classic nor’easter — Wakefield had received 29 inches that rested on top of nearly six more that fell over the weekend. The blizzard brought the town and all communities in eastern Massachusetts to an almost complete standstill. Virtually all businesses were closed, school was cancelled for two days, the streets were barren Tuesday of everything except hard-swirling,...

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Selectmen OK first round of budgets

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Municipal budget season officially kicked off this week as the Board of Selectmen reviewed and approved 16 smaller departmental budgets for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins July, 1, 2015. This first batch of budgets included mainly Town Hall-based departments. All budgets are also reviewed by the Finance Committee before going before the voters at Annual Town Meeting in May. Town Accountant Kevin Gill presented each budget, beginning with the Town Treasurer’s department. Gill said that the Treasurer’s budget was...

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Mighty blizzard creates early a.m. ghost town

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

By BOB BURGESS WAKEFIELD — Schools were closed and motorists, for the most part, stayed off the roads this morning as a powerful winter storm blasted the region with high winds that whipped light, fluffy snow into formidable drifts. According to DPW Director Richard Stinson, crews had a tough time keeping ahead of the might of the blizzard as they performed snow removal operations overnight, in part because visibility was so poor and the wind kept blowing snow back onto streets plow drivers had just cleared. By 8:30 a.m., about a foot of snow...

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Blizzard wreaks havoc with WMHS sports schedule

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Monday and Tuesday’s slate wiped out, more postponements today   By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Blizzard of 2015 has resulted in the postponement of all of Wakefield Memorial High’s sporting events the past two days and could result in more postponements for today’s events. As of press time, one out of three contests were still on although Director of Athletics and Student Activities Mike Boyages said that could change. A decision was expected to be made on all those games later this morning. The three scheduled events are boys’...

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WMHS wrestlers take down Wilmington, close in on M.L. Freedom division crown

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors pull away from Wildcats late, take on Melrose Wednesday for league title WAKEFIELD — There was a change and time and place, but the Wakefield Memorial High wrestling team got in its Middlesex League Freedom division meet against Wilmington on Saturday morning at the Charbonneau Field House. The Warriors are now one victory away from winning the M.L. Freedom division title as they took down the Wildcats, 54-27. Wakefield increased its league record to 3-0 and its overall record to 11-8. The Warriors host Melrose in their final league...

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Girls’ hoop team ends two-game slide

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

Warriors turn in a solid effort, top Winchester 51-41 By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High School girls’ basketball team took another step in its journey toward state tournament qualification with another win Friday night which snapped a two-game losing streak. The Warriors welcomed the Winchester Sachems to the Charbonneau Field House where Head Coach Meg O’Connell’s team put their 6-4 record on the line against Winchester and prevailed by a 51-41 score. Coach O’Connell was pleased with her what she saw from her team on...

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Ethel A. Driscoll, 102

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Worked at Carr Fastener   WAKEFIELD — Ethel A. (Hagen) Driscoll, 102, of Wakefield, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at her home, surrounded by loved ones. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Driscoll II, with whom she celebrated over 50 years of marriage. Mrs. Driscoll was born Dec. 22, 1912 in Malden. She was the daughter of the late Arne and Christine Hagen. Raised in Malden, she was a graduate of Malden High School and went on to work at Carr Fastener, where she was employed for many years prior to retirement. The Driscolls moved to...

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Mary P. O’Connell, 63

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Mary P. “Pat” (Lamson) O’Connell, a 40-year resident of Wakefield and formerly of Melrose, entered into eternal life on Saturday, January 24, at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose following a brief illness. She was 63 years old. Pat was born in Malden on April 20, 1951, a daughter of the late Harold O. Lamson and Genevieve L. (Quill) Lamson. She grew up in Melrose where she was educated in the Melrose Public School system and graduated from Melrose High School in 1969. Pat worked as a bookkeeper for Shawmut Jewelry in Boston...

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Pansy M. Manzella, 98

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Pansy M. Manzella, 98, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died on Saturday, Jan. 24, in Wilmington. Born in Wakefield on April 1, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Sabatino and Maria (Grazia) Quinzio. Mrs. Manzella was a graduate of Wakefield High School. She had worked for the L.B. Evans Shoe Company of Wakefield and had also worked at Santoro’s Sub Villa of Saugus. She had been a member of the Lynnfield Art Guild and a lifelong member of St. Florence Church and member of the Ladies Sodality of the church. Mrs. Manzella was the...

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