Local man gets life

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

WAKEFIELD — A one-time Richardson Street resident who acted as the lookout during a jewelry heist at the Kohl’s department store in Woburn that resulted in the shooting death of a veteran police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder. Scott Hanright, now 23, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years. He was sentenced in Woburn’s Middlesex Superior Court after pleading guilty to all 22 charges he faced in connection with the Dec. 26, 2010 robbery at a Kohls’s store that ended with the death of...

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2015 graduates, now hear this

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

Greetings parents, guardians, students, staff and other stakeholders. On behalf of this professional learning community and its educators, it is a pleasure to welcome you to today’s commencement exercises. I am pleased that you were able to leverage your resources in such a way as to join us today. Our strategic plan for this afternoon is for you to invest your attention in several empowering speeches, followed by the distribution of diplomas in a sequential format. Our data-informed target is to complete implementation of today’s...

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ZBA wants Brightview construction plan more detailed

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By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Zoning Board of Appeals was expecting to have an in-depth discussion of Shelter Development’s construction schedule — assuming its proposal to build a 130-unit Brightview Senior Living complex on Crescent Street receives approval. But it quickly became apparent last night that while Shelter representatives were ready to discuss construction in broad strokes, they were not prepared with the level of detail that the ZBA wanted. Dan Messier, senior vice president of PROCON, the construction management firm that...

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Baseball team shows Woburn the error of its ways

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League champion Warriors post 6-2 triumph in regular season finale By JIM SOUTHMAYD WOBURN — Even though the Wakefield Memorial High baseball team had already clinched the Middlesex League Freedom division title outright even before it took the field yesterday afternoon, it didn’t diminish the Warriors’ intensity. Wakefield wrapped up the regular season with a 6-2 triumph over Woburn in the M.L. finale at Woburn High School to finish with a very good 15-5 overall record and 13-3 record in the league. The Warriors and Tanners were locked in a...

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Final meet at Beasley is an emotional one

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WMHS boys’ track team’s seniors compete for final time at home WAKEFIELD — Although the Warrior boys’ track team’s makeup meet against Woburn wasn’t scored, it was an emotional day on Tuesday at the Beasley Track and Field for the seniors of the Wakefield team as they were competing at home for the final time. “The meet against Woburn, although not scored, was an emotional meet since it was the last time our seniors would run together and at home,” said Coach Ruben Reinoso. “I told the seniors before the meet that the coaching...

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Boys’ lacrosse team casts away Gloucester

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

Warriors blast Fishermen in regular season finale By DAN BYRNE GLOUCESTER — The varsity boys’ lacrosse team at Wakefield Memorial High School is heading back to the state tournament on a high note with a big win in convincing fashion in its season finale Friday afternoon against Gloucester. The Warriors prevailed by a 16-3 score at Gloucester High School. Wakefield finished the regular season with a 14-4 record. Warrior first year head coach Andrew Lavalle rode a young side featuring backup goalie Ryan Chambers getting his big shot in net....

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Donna A. Ward, 47

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SEABROOK, N.H. — Donna A. (Philbrick) Ward, 47, of Seabrook, N.H., passed away surrounded by her loving family at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, on Monday, May 25. She was the wife of Mark A. Ward of Seabrook, N.H. Donna was born in Melrose on Sept. 3, 1967 to her mother Barbara M. (Walsh) Philbrick and the late Dean H. Philbrick. Donna graduated from MACC in Newburyport. She was employed at the Market Basket in Seabrook. She formerly worked for 21 years as a data base administrator for Seiman Medical in Danvers. Donna loved...

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John F. Curran, 71

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WAKEFIELD — John F. “Jack” Curran, 71, of Wakefield, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 26, surrounded by the love of his family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Winchester on Aug. 21, 1943, he was the son of Ardis (Robinson) Curran and the late John T. Curran. Jack was a graduate of Wakefield High School in the Class of 1961 and later earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. He served in the United States Air Force in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 during the Tet Offensive and earned the rank of Staff...

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Charles Longmuir

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Charles Longmuir of Wakefield, formerly of Malden, passed away peacefully at Blaire House in Tewksbury on Wednesday, May 20. Charlie was born on March 16, 1927, son of the late William and Margaret (Inglis) Longmuir in Malden where he spent his childhood. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army serving in Germany at the end of World War II. Charlie worked at A.C. Sweezey Lumber Co. in Malden, Moynihan Lumber in North Reading and the Town of Wakefield for the Housing Authority. Charlie loved woodworking and always had his wooden ruler,...

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