METCO program praised

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — This year the METCO program has met a milestone. The program, an initiative for students in urban communities to receive their education at suburban schools, is celebrating its 45th year. The program is a partnership between Boston and 38 communities, including Wakefield. To mark the occasion, METCO Director Joel Villegas and four students enrolled in the program attended Tuesday’s school board meeting. Said one METCO student, “Diversity should bring us together.” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike upheld...

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1st grader spreads kindness

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By GAIL LOWE Wakefield — Kindness is defined as being friendly, generous and considerate. A fourth word can also be used to define kindness — selflessness.The first three qualities are often found in children, but the fourth is rare. But not where Teagan Keon Sparhawk is concerned. This little girl is 6 years old and a first grade student at the Woodville School where all four of these virtues are taught. Recently, Teagan’s kindness was noticed by someone other than her teachers and classmates.  She was named one of three winners of the...

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TM won’t hear assisted living article

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A zoning amendment to limit the height of any building in the Assisted Living Overlay District to 30 feet cannot be adopted at the Nov. 17 Regular Town Meeting after the Planning Board last night declined to schedule a special meeting in order to hold the required public hearing. Under state law, a zoning amendment cannot be adopted by Town Meeting until after a public hearing and a recommendation of the Planning Board. The Planning Board has 65 days to schedule a public hearing. Shelter Development currently has...

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Warrior gridmen prepare to take on Melrose in the 2014 season sequel

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Face Red Raiders tomorrow night in a Div. 3 Northwest quarterfinal at Green Field By JIM SOUTHMAYD MELROSE — There are plenty of trilogies in the movies and in books. Now there is one in the storied Wakefield Memorial High-Melrose High football rivalry as well. The Warriors and Red Raiders will meet in the sequel for 2014 tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the Div. 3 Northwest playoffs at Fred W. Green Field. The two rivals played each other in the regular season in September and will square off in Part 3 on Thanksgiving...

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It’s a wrap for the WMHS girls’ volleyball

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Warriors post three wins in second year playing at the varsity level MIDDLETON — The Wakefield Memorial High girls’ volleyball team could’ve ended the season on a winning note had its 3-2 triumph over Wilmington been the Warriors last match of the season. But since that come from behind victory, Wakefield suffered two straight losses. Wakefield suffered 3-0 setbacks against Melrose last Friday night at Melrose High School and Burlington on Monday in its home finale at the Charbonneau Field House. Wakefield finished the regular season with a...

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Harrier girls impress at Middlesex League Championships

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Warriors take fourth overall in annual showcase WOBURN — The Wakefield Memorial High girls’ cross country team was crowned the champion in the Middlesex League Freedom division this fall and has been the champion the past four years. On Monday afternoon in the Middlesex League championships, the Warriors were tops among the M.L. Freedom division teams once again. Wakefield came in fourth overall in the team scoring and was the top finisher among the squads in its division as it had an impressive showing among its peers from both the M.L....

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Mary Ruth Day, 90

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

STONEHAM — Mary Ruth (Lilley) Day died on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the age of 90. She is survived by her four children, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St Patrick Cemetery in Stoneham on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m.

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William M. Fowler, 96

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READING — William M. Fowler, 96, of Reading and formerly of Wakefield, died Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Meadowview Care and Rehab Center. Born in Wakefield on Sept. 30, 1918, he was the son of the late George H. and Gertrude (Morgan) Fowler. Mr. Fowler was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. He later served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Fowler was a retired supervisor for the United States Postal Service of Wakefield. He had been a Life Member of the Wakefield Lodge of the Elks #1276 and had also been...

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Robert J. Brennan

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

PALM COAST, Fla. — Robert J. Brennan passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, at his home in Palm Coast with his wife Judy at his side. He was the son of John and Mary Brennan. Mr. Brennan was retired from the Wakefield Department of Public Works. Robert leaves his wife Judy, daughter Kerry, son Joshua and grandson Aiden. He is also survived by his brothers James, David, Christopher and Peter and his wife Michelle; aunt Evelyn Cocozella and uncle Donald O’Shea and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  ...

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