Profile: A family schooling at home

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — As Wakefield Memorial High School seniors look forward to graduation on Saturday, June 6, not all will wear a cap and gown when they walk across the stage. In fact, some students will not walk across the stage at all. While most students in the graduating class of 2015 have received their education in public, parochial or private schools, others have been educated right in their homes. In Wakefield alone, there are about seven families whose children are being home schooled. The Dupon-Kraus family is among them. Emma...

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Reddin headlines Monday ceremonies

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — The West Side Social Club and the town of Wakefield will host annual Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 25. The West Side Social Club’s program will commence at 10 a.m. at the Club Quarters at Moulton Field on Harrington Court. This event dates back to the end of World War II. At that time, club members planted young maple trees around the perimeter of the baseball field in memory of 18 young men, all from this small neighborhood, who made the Supreme Sacrifice in that conflict. Every year since, on Memorial Day, members of...

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Kent new AD

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — As of Monday, July 20, the Wakefield public schools will have a new kindergarten through grade 12 Director of Health, Wellness and Athletics, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike has announced. Brendan Kent of Melrose will replace Michael Boyages, who will retire at the end of the school year. Kent’s salary will be according to the Unit B contract based on experience and credentials. “We are sitting down with him to discuss details,” said Zrike. Last year, Boyages — a longtime employee of the Wakefield school system —...

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Baseball team earns a share of M.L. Freedom division title

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors use some seventh inning magic in 2-1 walk-off win against Reading By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High baseball team clinched a share of the Middlesex League Freedom division championship yesterday afternoon at Walsh Field. However it took some seventh inning magic for the Warriors to do so. Wakefield rallied for two runs in the final inning and edged Reading by a 2-1 score in a well-played contest by both clubs. The Warriors are now 14-4 overall and 12-3 in the M.L. Freedom division. Wakefield can do no worse...

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Boys’ lacrosse team snaps two-game losing streak

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors take control against Danvers in 14-3 rout By DAN BYRNE DANVERS — The Wakefield Memorial High School varsity boys’ lacrosse team played on the road on Wednesday as their non-league schedule continued with a trip to Danvers to face the Falcons at the Thorpe School. First year Warrior head coach Andrew Lavalle got a complete team win from his side as they dominated the Falcons on their home field, winning by a 14-3 final score. The game was never really in doubt as the Warriors jumped ahead early and cruised to victory. The win comes...

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Two champs crowned, a school record set at M.L. meet

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Boys’ track team has many terrific performances against their peers WELLESLEY — When members of the Warrior boys’ track team compete in the state meets, they are being pitted against many of the best track and field athletes in the state. Going against athletes from the other 11 Middlesex League teams is pretty darn good competition for Wakefield as well. The Warriors crowned two champions, set a school record and had many other place winners in the Middlesex League 12 Track and Field Championships which were held yesterday at Regis...

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Antoinette M. Wood, 92

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Antoinette M. Wood, 92, of Wakefield died Wednesday, May 20. Born in Malden on June 22, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Franco and Celia (Radocchi) Orsini. Mrs. Wood was raised in Wakefield and had worked as a stitcher at the L.B. Evans Shoe Company before retiring. She was the loving mother of Carol Murphy, Richard Wood, Robert Wood and his wife Joyce, Dianne Wood, John Wood, Donna Wood, Steven Wood, William Wood and the late Victor Wood and Debra Scheri. She was the sister of the late Armand Orsini, Elizabeth Gazzola,...

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Irving K. Stark, 91

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Irving K. Stark, 91, of Wakefield and formerly of Melrose, died May 15 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born on March 22, 1924, he was the son of the late Merrick F. and Frances L. (Hogan) Stark. Irving was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1942. He later graduated from the University of Massachusetts. He worked and later retired as a civil engineer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He had been a resident of Wakefield since 1951. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the...

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Lawrence J. Landry, 77

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Wakefield native was an iron worker   TEWKSBURY — Lawrence Joseph Landry, 77, died peacefully at his home on Monday morning, May 11, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband for over 53 years of Lois M. (Van Horne) Landry, who died on June 2, 2013. “Larry” was born in Melrose, on Sept. 22, 1937, one of eight children of the late Augustin and Chantal (D’Entremont) Landry, and was raised in Wakefield. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves and served a full term during the...

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