Local man guilty of stealing benefits

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

BOSTON – A Greenwood man and past speaker at the town’s Veterans’ Day observances pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing $174,000 in benefits paid to him based upon falsified Vietnam War service records. Albert L. Seely, 67, of 1251 Main St., pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Seely reportedly admitted to theft of government funds from Oct. 1, 1999 through July 1, 2014. Sentencing is scheduled for March 18, 2015. Seely, a former U.S. Marine, was deployed to Vietnam and...

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Making the final cut

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Shear Cuts set to close next week  By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Shear Cuts, a fixture for the past 18 years at 59 Albion St., is closing its doors. The last customer owners Michael DiNauta and his sister Yvonne George will see is coming in at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve. DiNauta and George will be moving to Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Pomona Beach, Fla., respectively, in the first quarter of the new year. But all will not be lost. Their remaining hair stylist Nancy Muise will open a new salon around the corner after the new space is...

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Possible OD reported

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By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Police yesterday responded to a report of an unresponsive man on Bartley Street and when they arrived at his home, they could not rouse him. Officers found a hypodermic needle lying under his arm. The man, age 23, was taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for treatment. Today his condition is not known. The incident in the police log was listed as a “medical aid” and was called in by a female friend of the 23-year-old man. Sgt. George Thistle along with Patrol Officers Christopher Whalen and Gerald Holleran were the...

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Varsity hoop doubleheaders are back in the M.L.

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Compromise reached in times of the games for both boys and girls By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The return of the girls and boys doubleheader format in Middlesex League basketball has been talked about since the switch away from it happened a few years ago and now the doubleheaders are back on for the 2014-15 season Initially the claim was made by a girls’ basketball advocate from Lexington that the doubleheader format was discriminatory in nature because most of the time the girls’ games were scheduled at 5:30 p.m. and the boys’ contests at 7 p.m....

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Four Warriors selected M.L. all-stars in boys’ soccer

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Fitzgerald, Ritchie, Strauss, Yasi honored WAKEFIELD — The Middlesex League boys’ soccer all-stars met recently to make this year’s all-stars selections in the Freedom and Liberty divisions. For the Warriors, they had four all-stars chosen. Seniors Neil Fitzgerald, Ian Ritchie, Tyler Strauss and Cameron Yasi were the four Wakefield players selected. Fitzgerald, Ritchie and Fitzgerald are all midfielders and Strauss is a goalkeeper. Fitzgerald was also named an Eastern Mass. All-Star. M.L. Freedom division champion Wilmington had the most...

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Girls’ hockey team gets a second wind

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors stage comeback in middle frame, tie Lexington 2-2 SAUGUS — While a lot of good things happened for the Warrior girls’ hockey team in the season opener, the one negative is that it didn’t get the win. Wakefield and Lexington played to a 2-2 tie last night at the Kasabuski Arena in a Middlesex League crossover game. The Minutewomen came out strong and tallied two goals in the first period. However, the Warriors didn’t get down on themselves and stormed back with a pair of goals in the second. Both teams had some opportunities in the...

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Marion E. Howe, 85

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

GILFORD, N.H. — Marion Elaine Howe, 85, of Gilford, N.H., and formerly of Melrose, died on Thursday, Dec. 18, at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, N.H. Mrs. Howe was born on Dec. 24, 1928 in Lancaster, N.H., the daughter of the late Thaddeus and Doris (Brewer) Stickney. She worked for many years as an editor for Addison Wesley Publishing Company in Reading. Marion loved playing the piano and enjoyed knitting. She was a huge supporter of multiple charities, an animal lover and a devoted Boston Celtics fan. Marion enjoyed boating with...

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Peter K. Sweet

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Peter K. Sweet was the son of Harold and Eleanor Sweet and the brother of Bradley and Charlie Sweet. He grew up on Marblehead Neck. Pete was a Marblehead police officer for eight years but later found a career as a Manufacturing Engineer. He married Laureen A. Goyett in 1978 and they raised four beautiful children: Julie, Kristen, Kevin and Dennis. After the passing of Laureen in 2001, Pete found love in a woman named Linda Rowe of Wakefield. Pete spent the last 12 loving years with Linda, enjoying such hobbies as metal detecting,...

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Kathleen E. Martin, 45

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Kathleen E. Martin, 45, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Melrose on June 2, 1969, she was daughter of Janet (Farnsworth) and the late Joseph E. Martin Jr. Kathleen was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1987, and later went on to graduate from Framingham State College in 1992. She was a member of the First Parish Congregational Church of Wakefield and had worked as a former sales representative for Middlesex Gases and Technologies of Everett. Kathleen...

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