Move on to eliminate Town Clerk’s pay

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Finance Committee member Daniel Sherman says he will move to amend the Town Clerk’s budget by removing the $76,000 Town Clerk’s salary from the budget. The promise came last night as the FinCom reviewed its first round of 16 departmental budgets, including the Town Clerk’s. Town Clerk Mary K. Galvin has been out of work since she collapsed in her first floor Town Hall office on April 8 and spent the next six days in Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Doctors initially suspected a heart attack or a stroke but ultimately...

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Mullen on booster clubs: Let schools pay coaches

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By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Town Counsel Thomas Mullen has some serious problems with high school booster clubs and their current relationship to coaches. The School Committee this week hosted members of various booster clubs supporting athletics and other extracurricular activities as guidelines are examined and finalized. The School Committee now is expected to vote on those guidelines at its Feb. 11 meeting. Mullen commented on the “serious risk of liability when Booster organizations purport to retain coaches as independent contractors.”...

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Tax bills due Monday

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WAKEFIELD — The Town of Wakefield’s Tax Collector, Kathleen Kelly, says it’s that time of year when the tax due date is just around the corner. Because Feb. 1 falls on a Sunday, the real estate and personal property taxes are due the next business day, Monday, Feb. 2. “While we welcome you at the counter, we encourage you to pay online. Visit the ‘online bill payment center’ at the Town of Wakefield’s website at www.wakefield.ma.us and follow the prompts. Should you not have your bill handy, not to worry. For easier bill payment, the online...

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Boys’ indoor track team is still waiting

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Dash results in question in M.L. Freedom division title meet By JIM SOUTHMAYD LEXINGTON — There is an old saying that good things come to those who wait. For the Wakefield Memorial High boys’ indoor track team it is still waiting to see if it it won the Middlesex League Freedom division outright or if it had to share the title with Burlington even though the two teams ran in a battle of undefeated teams last night at the Lexington Field House. The event in question is the 45 yard dash where a photo finish was used to try and determine the...

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Little League walk-in registration is Feb. 7 at WMHS

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Online registration is also open WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Little League walk-in registration will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m.-noon inside the Wakefield Memorial High School cafeteria. The fees for a single player is $130, two players is $205 and three players or more is $245. The fee for Senior League Baseball is $160 and the Challenger League is free. Wakefield Little League online registration is open at www.wakefieldlittleleague.org. The age requirements for the various divisions in Baseball are as follows: • Tee Ball (Born 5/1/08...

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Boys’ indoor track team gears up for M.L. Freedom title showdown

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors take on Burlington in clash of undefeated squads tonight By JIM SOUTHMAYD LEXINGTON — This year, the Wakefield Memorial High boys’ indoor track team hopes for a better result. The Warriors ran against the Red Devils in the dual meet finale last winter with the Middlesex League Freedom division championship being the prize. Wakefield came up short in its quest as it suffered its only loss of the 2013-14 season in the division. Now, the two M.L. Freedom division rivals meet once again and for the second time in as many seasons, the...

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Eveline R. Whelchel, 91

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WAKEFIELD — Eveline R. Whelchel, 91, of Wakefield died on Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Golden Living Elmhurst in Melrose. Born in Boston on Dec. 27, 1923, she was the daughter of the late George and Helen (Meehan) Laundry. Mrs. Whelchel was raised in East Boston and was a graduate of East Boston High School. She had been a Wakefield resident since 1963. Mrs. Whelchel was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Wakefield. She worked for many years at the Crystal Laundromat on Elm Street. She enjoyed working on 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles,...

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A. Brooks Russell, 84

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WAKEFIELD — A. Brooks Russell, 84, of Wakefield died Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Melrose on Feb. 14, 1930, he was the son of the late Clifford and Madge (Millar) Russell. Mr. Russell was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1948. He later attended the Bishop Lee School of Theater and apprenticed as an actor at the New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire. He enlisted in the Air Force and served during the Korean War and at Maguire Air Force Base in New...

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Ethel A. Driscoll, 102

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Worked at Carr Fastener   WAKEFIELD — Ethel A. (Hagen) Driscoll, 102, of Wakefield, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at her home, surrounded by loved ones. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Driscoll II, with whom she celebrated over 50 years of marriage. Mrs. Driscoll was born Dec. 22, 1912 in Malden. She was the daughter of the late Arne and Christine Hagen. Raised in Malden, she was a graduate of Malden High School and went on to work at Carr Fastener, where she was employed for many years prior to retirement. The Driscolls moved to...

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