Lawmakers may ax local aid cuts

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Only four months after signing the Fiscal Year 2015 budget into law, Governor Deval Patrick yesterday unveiled a plan to impose immediate cuts to close a $329 million mid-year budget deficit that would include a $25.5 million reduction in local aid to cities and towns. Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio said, however, that a reduction of approximately $81,000 on the initial unrestricted local aid allocation of nearly $3 million is unlikely as the governor will need legislative approval. “I have already spoken with...

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Local clergy on temple attack

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By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — A rabbi whose grandfather founded the renowned Maimonides School in Brookline was one of four religious leaders killed in Jerusalem at a small Jewish orthodox synagogue Tuesday. Rabbi Arnie Fertig from Temple Emmanuel on Chestnut Street said the attack on Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, and others “clearly shows hatred and a lack of regard for human life.” Twersky attended the school his grandfather, Rabbi Dr. Joseph B. Soloveitchik, founded in 1937. The murdered rabbi left behind his mother, wife and five children....

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In for a dollar

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA The mystery is over and the rumors were true. It’s now official that “Dollar Tree” has signed a lease agreement and will be filling the long-vacant spot at 376-378 Main St. in downtown Wakefield formerly occupied by CVS. We should welcome our new neighbor. Anything would have been better than nothing in that prime retail space, which has been empty for years, and Dollar Tree is better than a lot of the possible uses that could have gone in there. Of course, there are those who will turn up their noses at Dollar Tree,...

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2014 Warrior golf team ranks as one of the best ever in WMHS history

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Clinched a share of M.L. championship and gained a berth in North sectional tournament By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The 2014 Wakefield Memorial High golf team was among the best ever in school history to play on the links and this fall certainly was one to remember for the 10 Warriors that were on the roster. Wakefield captured a share of the Middlesex League championship, posted the most wins it has in recent history and clinched a berth in the North Sectional tournament for the second straight year. The Warriors finished with a 12-5-1...

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Two Warriors named M.L. Golf-All Stars

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Dylan Melanson, David Melanson honored WAKEFIELD — The Middlesex League golf coaches met recently to make this year’s all-stars selections in both the Freedom and Liberty divisions. The M.L. Freedom division co-champion Warriors had two all-stars chosen. Junior Dylan Melanson and sophomore David Melanson were the two Wakefield golfers selected. Dylan Melanson, a co-captain, played at numbers one and two most of the season and shot a 40.3 average. David Melanson, a sophomore, played primarily at three and four until moving up to the second...

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13th class honored at WMHS Athletic Hall of Fame banquet

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

Former Warrior greats achievements recognized at induction ceremonies By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — For the 13th time, the Wakefield Memorial High School Athletics Hall of Fame Committee inducted distinguished former Warriors, a coach, a team, and a contributor among the ranks of great student athletes from the town into the Wakefield Memorial High School Athletics Hall of Fame. The committee, led by Chairman Tom Merchant, deemed each of the eight individual inductees, as well as one team, to have contributed significantly to the athletics program...

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Mary Ethel Downey, 79

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Mary Ethel Downey, 79, of Wakefield died peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at her home. She was the only child of the late Thomas F. and Ethel Marguerite (Hickey) Downey. Mary was born on Jan. 5, 1935 and was the first child born in Wakefield that year. She attended Notre Dame Academy in Tyngsboro before graduating from Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Newton. She received her bachelor of science degree from Tufts University along with a general certificate from Bourne-Boston School. She later received her master’s...

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Gerald F. Foley Jr., 56

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MALDEN — Gerald F. Foley Jr., 56, of Malden, formerly of Wakefield, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The son of the late Gerald F. and Hazel (Cunningham) Foley Sr., Gerald was born in Winchester on Nov. 30, 1957. He was educated in Wakefield schools. He was employed as a maintenance man for the former Hotel Madison in Boston and later for Bank of America in Boston. At present, he resided in Malden and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #13966 of Malden, where he was very active....

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Genevieve F. Siciliano, 85

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

Longtime Wakefield resident, accomplished pianist WAKEFIELD — Genevieve “Gen” F. Siciliano, 85, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Monday, Nov. 17 at Massachusetts General Hospital. Born in Boston on July 13, 1929, she was the daughter of the late John and Rose (Corso) Galante. Mrs. Siciliano was raised in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1947. She later moved to Wakefield where she had lived and raised her family over the last 61 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Church and was an accomplished pianist....

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