FinCom deals with larger dept. spending

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The annual budget process continued last night as the Finance Committee scrutinized more FY 2016 departmental budgets, including the Police Department, DPW and Group Insurance budgets. With Police Chief Rick Smith alongside, Town Accountant Kevin Gill presented the numbers for the $4,633,285 Police budget, which he said overall was down $59,888. Much of that was due to a $127,119 decrease in emergency overtime compared to last year. Smith explained that last year, the department had a number of recruits going...

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April 28 town election ballot set

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — The April 28 municipal election ballot is set and there are two contested races this year: for a three-year term on the School Committee and for a five-year seat on the Planning Board. Robert A.E. Tiro of Collette Road, currently a student at The College of the Holy Cross, will run against incumbents Janine Iengo Cook and Kathryn D. Morgan as they seek two open seats on the School Committee. The Planning Board race pits incumbent Matthew Lowry against Dennis Cloherty of Harvest Road. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on...

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Dollar Tree here by May 1

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — It appears that Dollar Tree will be able to meet its goal of a May 1 opening for its downtown Wakefield store in the former CVS building at 376-378 Main St. The Zoning Board of Appeals agreed last night to allow building owner Robert Santonelli to proceed with upgrades to the building façade while he puts together a total sign package for the board’s April 8 meeting. Santonelli was concerned about the statutory 20-day waiting period if he had to wait until April 8 to get an approval decision for the façade work...

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Boys’ lacrosse team hopes to build on last year’s success

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Warriors return many veteran players from last spring’s 15-5 squad By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Memorial High School’s spring sports season is set to begin this coming Saturday with varsity boys’ lacrosse team prepared to open up its 2015 campaign when it hosts Austin Prep. After last season’s success, WMHS lacrosse underwent a change at the head coaching position. With life changes, including a new job and a newborn child, last year’s head coach Geno Busa stepped down and ceded control of the program to one of his capable...

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Two Warriors named Middlesex League All-Stars in girls’ hoop

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Boulter, Iannuzzi selected in Freedom division WAKEFIELD — The Middlesex League girls’ basketball coaches met recently to make this year’s all-star selections in both the Freedom and Liberty divisions. The Warriors have two players chosen to the Freedom division all-league team. They were senior guard Amanda Boulter and senior forward Daniella Iannuzzi. M.L. Freedom division champion Watertown had the most all-league selections with three and the league MVP. Wakefield was next with two selections, while Burlington, Stoneham and Wilmington...

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Cummings looks forward to his new role as WMHS head football coach

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Is thrilled with the opportunity and seeks to keep up the success of the program By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — New Wakefield Memorial High varsity football head coach Steve Cummings is happy to have been named to the position and now he looks forward to getting himself further acquainted with the Wakefield community. Cummings, 36, was named the Warrior head coach last week to replace Mike Boyages who retired after 18 years at the helm. Cummings was an assistant coach with Boyages having been the defensive coordinator the last four years. “I’m...

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Palmira A. Salimbene, 96

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WAKEFIELD — Palmira A. Salimbene, 96, of Wakefield died on Wednesday, March 25, at her residence. Born in Boston on Sept. 14, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Erminia (Guarina) Sorrentine. Mrs. Salimbene was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1935. She was a retired sales clerk at Jordan Marsh in Boston. Mrs. Salimbene was the wife of the late Charles Salimbene. She is survived by her daughter Charlotte Lawton of Wakefield; her two sisters, Gloria Rossi of Stoneham and Yolanda Quinn of Reading; her five...

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Joyce Nichols, 83

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WAKEFIELD — Joyce (Houlder) Nichols, 83, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 26, at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose following a brief illness. Joyce was born in Medford on March 8, 1932, a daughter of the late Geoffrey H. and Frances (Stephens) Houlder. She grew up in Wakefield where she was educated in the Wakefield Public School system and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1949. Joyce received her associate’s degree from Fisher Junior College as a legal secretary....

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Lucy M. Mahan, 86

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

STONEHAM — Lucy M. Mahan, 86, of Stoneham died at her home on March 24 surrounded by her family. Born in Malden on Dec. 13, 1928, she was the daughter of the late John and Elvira (Monti) Carozza. Mrs. Mahan was raised in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1948. She had been a longtime Stoneham resident. She was a retired data entry operator for Addison Wesley Publications. She enjoyed bowling and taking trips to the many casinos in the area. Mrs. Mahan was the beloved wife of William T. Mahan. She was the loving mother...

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