Supt. gives SC a progress report

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the July 28, 2016 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — School Superintendent Dr. Kim Smith reported making progress on all of her goals at her “mid-cycle” evaluation with the School Committee this week. The superintendent’s evaluation is a multi-stage process, as School Committee Chairman Greg Liakos explained. The first stage was a self-assessment that took place last fall in which the superintendent worked with the School Committee on setting goals. Since then, Liakos said, Smith has been implementing those...

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Unlicensed driver arrested

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Published in the July 28, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — A 23-year-old Melrose woman was arrested at about 1:45 a.m. today after police stopped the Dodge Charger that she was driving for speeding on Lowell Street and discovered that her driver’s license was suspended. Police said that Soraya Taghi was traveling west on Lowell Street at about 50 mph in a 30 mph zone when she was stopped near Magnolia Terrace. A registry check revealed that her license to drive was suspended and she had an active warrant out of Peabody District Court. She was...

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School aid up

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the July 27, 2016 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – The town will see a significant bump in state Chapter 70 funds this year, as in its final budget the state legislature increased FY 2017 Chapter 70 funds by $11.7 million for cities and towns combined. According to a memorandum provided by Pfifferling from the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials, the statewide budget numbers are likely to hold, as the legislature has the ability to override any vetoes by Gov. Baker with a two-thirds majority. At last...

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Merchants running out of chances

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Suffer third straight loss, playoff hopes getting slimmer Published in the July 28, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Merchants played their fourth game in four nights and posted a 1-3 record during that span as they desperately need points to move into sixth place and gain a playoff berth as the top six teams in the Intercity League make the postseason. The Merchants came close once again last night but were edged by the Melrose Americans by a 4-3 score at Walsh Field. Wakefield fell to 7-17-1 in the ICL standings and remained in...

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Townies A team has 11 game unbeaten streak snapped

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Miscues in sixth result in 7-1 setback to Medford Published in the July 27, 2016 edition By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — Any baseball team can have a bad game. It happens to the best of ballclubs. However the Wakefield Townies A team had just one terrible inning and that proved to the difference in the outcome of its Lou Tompkins All Star Baseball League A Division contest last night at Walsh Field. Wakefield had a four error sixth inning which resulted in five unearned runs as it dropped a 7-1 decision to Medford. The Townies lost just for the...

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Senior Townies shut down by Arlington Cardinals

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Drop 8-1 Middlesex Senior Babe Ruth League contest Published in the July 26, 2016 edition. By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Middlesex Senior Babe Ruth League playoffs begin on Saturday for the Wakefield Townies. However last night at Walsh Field, a depleted Wakefield squad hardly looked like a playoff team as it dropped an 8-1 contest to the Arlington Cardinals. The Senior Townies are now 9-7 on the season and have clinched a playoff berth. Wakefield is trying to finish with as good as record as possible in the Junior Division of the league....

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Herbert D. Anderson Jr.

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the July 26, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — Herbert D. Anderson Jr. of Wakefield, son of the late Herbert D. (former selectman) and Rita (McInnis) Anderson, died peacefully after a lengthy illness on July 21. He was 75. He leaves behind his daughters Debi, Sandi, Tamera and their mother Joyce, all of Florida. He is survived by his siblings Esther, Charles, John and Robert; his five grandchildren, Ashley, Jeffrey, Alex, DJ and Amber, one great-grandchild, Hailey, and his niece Emma. He was predeceased by his brother Richard and his...

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Marion Greenleaf

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Published in the July 26, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — Marion Greenleaf of Wakefield died July 18 in Wakefield. Marion was the beloved daughter of the late William and Mary (Splain) Jackson. She was raised in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School. She later lived in North Reading where she raised her family and had been a Wakefield resident since 1985. She was an active member of the Wakefield Senior Center and an avid Bridge player there. She was also retired from Round’s Hardware of Stoneham where she worked for many years as...

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Edward F. Cocozella, 83

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the July 22, 2016 edition. FALMOUTH — Edward F. Cocozella, 83, a Falmouth resident since 2013, died June 21 at the JML Care Center in Falmouth. Born and raised in Lynn, he was the son of Edward and Ann Madeline (Doucette) Cocozella. Mr. Cocozella graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1951. He was employed at General Electric Co. in Lynn for 38 years, retiring in 1991. He leaves his wife of 46 years, Evelyn (O’Shea) Cocozella; his children James Cocozella and his wife Pamela of Amesbury, Michael Cocozella and his wife...

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