Parent Univ. March 21

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — It’s a novel idea, educators teaching parents. But it’s an idea that’s sweeping the nation, mostly in bigger school districts such as Boston, New York and Los Angeles. Parent University is a program that has caught on and, since his arrival in Wakefield, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike has launched the concept here. The first Parent University in Wakefield got its inauguration in 2014 and the second community-wide event for parents and caregivers of students enrolled in Wakefield’s public schools will...

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Another April 28 race surfaces

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — As the Friday deadline approaches for those wishing to run for local office in the April 28 election, just one seat to be decided that day does not have a hopeful seeking the position. The five year opening on the Wakefield Housing Authority is the only elected seat that has failed to attract a candidate. Yesterday, incumbent Gas and Light Commissioner Michael P. McCarthy, 8 McDonald Farm Rd., pulled nomination papers for reelection to a three year term on the board overseeing the Municipal Gas and Light Department. Also...

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Cuts imperil METCO

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Every day that school is in session, METCO students are bused in from Boston’s neighborhoods but, with a $930,000 cut to the statewide METCO budget looming, the program is now in peril. METCO, formally known as the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, allows students in 37 Boston area and Springfield communities to attend public schools in communities that have agreed to participate in the program. In Wakefield, 51 students were enrolled as of Oct. 1, 2013. METCO’s mission is to increase diversity in...

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Local veterans have a strong new ally

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — “When I really feel strongly about something, I don’t give up,” says Wakefield’s new Veterans Services Officer Alicia Reddin. That’s good news for veterans in the district that includes Reddin’s territory of Wakefield and Saugus. Reddin is replacing former VSO Andrew Biggio, who has moved on to join the MBTA Police. Herself a U.S. Navy veteran, Reddin operated heavy equipment with the Navy SeaBees, using bulldozers and cranes to build roads and work the quarries in places as far away as Guam. How she enlisted in...

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State K-9 finds missing man

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Frigid temperatures hovering in the single digits and a wind chill factor of well below zero might have claimed the life of a 19-year-old man early Saturday morning if not for an intensive police search that included a State Police K-9 named Rocky. Police received a call just before 2 a.m. Saturday from a frantic Wakefield mother who said that her son, 19, was intoxicated, extremely upset and suicidal. She also said the young man had fled from her home in the vicinity of Vernon and Water streets while driving a GMC Jimmy SUV at a...

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Gallagher runs last 600 meter race, ends with a bang

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Senior takes second at New England Championships BOSTON — Senior Jackson Gallagher ran his last 600 meter race in indoor track and ended his career with a bang on Friday in the New England Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Before a jam-packed house, Gallagher ran another personal best and dropped his school record time once again to 1:20.60 by placing second to the defending champion, St. John’s Prep standout Joe Luongo and #2 ranked 600 meter runner in the country. Gallagher remains at U.S. #7. Luongo ran a first...

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Little League baseball and softball tryout times are set

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Tryouts will be held March 6-7, March 14 at WMHS Field House WAKEFIELD — Little League tryouts are this Friday night and Saturday, March 6 and 7, with the makeup date being next Saturday, March 14, for both baseball and softball. Also, Little League will take walk-in registrations at all three tryout dates. All information can be found along with registering your child for this year’s season at wakefieldlittleleague.org. If your son or daughter is not already on a Major League or Senior League team they will need to attend one of the...

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Wensley scores an All-State title at the 195 weight class

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Senior becomes the second Warrior ever to be crowned a champ in the All-State meet SALEM — Only two wrestlers in Wakefield Memorial High School history have captured All-State titles and senior Dan Wensley is one of the two. Wensley captured first place at the 195 weight class in the All-State meet which was held on Friday and Saturday at Salem High School. Wensley is only the second Warrior in school history to win an All-State title and the first since James D’Ambrosio accomplished the feat in 1995. The senior posted a 4-0 record for...

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Francis V. Geary Jr., 89

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Avid baseball fan worked at Parke Snow WAKEFIELD — Francis (Frank) V. Geary Jr., 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 20, at the Golden Living Center in Melrose. He resided in Wakefield for all of his life. Frank was an energetic individual who loved to play and watch baseball. Frank could be seen many a night playing baseball on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. During baseball season he enjoyed many games on his TV and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox. Every town has its own “walking man” and Frank was Wakefield’s walking man. He...

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Alice E. Fletcher, 89

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Alice E. Fletcher, 89, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully March 2 at Pilgrim Rehab and Nursing Center in Peabody. She was born in Wakefield on Jan. 13, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Leo T. and Eleanor (Cullen) Gerrior. Alice was raised and educated in Wakefield. She was the matriarch to her family and her extended family. Alice was the beloved wife of the late Walter J. Fletcher. She was the loving mother of Thomas L. Fletcher and wife Gayle of Danvers, James A. Fletcher of Stoneham and Gayle M. Hill...

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Thomas G. Carroll, 63

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WAKEFIELD — Thomas G. Carroll, 63, of Wakefield died March 1 in Reading. Born in Melrose on May 2, 1951, he was the loving son of Ruth E. (Cooper) Carroll of Reading and the late Elmer Ray Carroll. Mr. Carroll was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1969. He was a drummer for the former groups “The Rogues” and “Yet to Be.” Following high school, he played semi-professional hockey and briefly worked for the Wakefield Light and Gas Department before going on to attend Dade County Community College in Miami,...

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