Halloween changes coming

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — There will be some changes to this year’s town-wide Halloween celebration, which will be expanded to the entire weekend of Oct. 27-30. “Wakefield Haunted Happenings” will be a collaboration between the Wakefield Merchants organization and the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce. In the past, the very popular “Spooktacular” downtown trick-or-treating event took place on the Thursday before Halloween and quickly grew to incorporate the Wakefield High School Art Department’s “Fright Night,” with the lighting of decorated...

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Primitive social media

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the September 29, 2016 edition. By MARK SARDELLA Wakefield is good at hosting really big parties: Festival Italia, the Holiday Stroll and Independence Day are prime examples. Soon to take its place alongside those is the upcoming Halloween spectacular, “Haunted Happenings.” But what if you can’t make it for some reason? Or what if you were there and just want to relive the experience or share it with your fellow citizens? Well, of course you can always turn to us in the dead tree media for our insightful and incisive coverage....

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School water issues addressed

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the September 29, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — After higher than acceptable levels of lead were found in some Boston schools last year, the town performed its own tests of drinking fountains in Wakefield’s educational facilities. Following is a statement from Supt. of Schools Dr. Kim Smith. “During a recent water sampling protocol performed by the Town of Wakefield DPW Water Division, as part of a proactive program implemented by the Department of Public Works, one of the Wakefield Memorial High School water fountains tested had...

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Football team prepares for Wilmington dilemma

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Wildcats’ power game will challenge the Warriors Friday at Landrigan Field Published in the September 29, 2016 edition. By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High football team answered the challenge against Watertown and came away with a hard-fought overtime triumph for its first victory of the season. Wilmington presents a dilemma but it will be different kind of problem than Watertown presented. The Warriors take on the Wildcats in a Middlesex League Freedom division clash tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Landrigan Field in...

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Girl harriers change course, beat Stoneham

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors earn first victory of season in M.L. Freedom division opener Published in the September 28, 2016 edition STONEHAM —The Wakefield Memorial High girls’ cross country team may have run on a new course yesterday afternoon, but it got the same old result against Stoneham. The Warriors took a liking to the Spartans’ new home course at the Colonial Park Elementary School and posted a 16-47 triumph for their first win of the season. Wakefield is now 1-2 overall but more importantly is 1-0 in the Middlesex League Freedom division as it...

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Girls’ volleyball team misses a golden opportunity

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors drop 3-1 match in Go for Gold fundraiser at WMHS Published in the September 27, 2016 edition. By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — There was a lot of excitement in the Charbonneau Field House last night in the Be Bold, Go for Gold fundraiser and that carried over to the varsity girls’ volleyball game between the Wakefield Memorial High and Chelmsford High teams. Even the non-league match between the Warriors and Lions was a thriller. But Chelmsford made the plays when it had to and handed Wakefield a 3-1 setback. The loss came after the...

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Bruce E. Cameron, 63

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Published in the September 29, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — Bruce Edward Cameron, 63, a resident of Wakefield for over 30 years, formerly of Reading, died Sept. 27 at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Bruce was born in Melrose on Nov. 2, 1952, the son of Audrie (Burton) Cameron of Reading and the late Edward P. Cameron. Bruce grew up in Reading and was a graduate of Reading Memorial High School. He then went on and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He was the owner of Stylecraft Supply Inc., a Benjamin Moore retail home...

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Michael S. Murphy, 35

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Published in the September 29, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — Michael Shawn Murphy, “lil man,” 35, a resident of Wakefield, died Sunday, Sept. 25 at home from an accidental overdose which was the result of years of battling depression and addiction. Born in Melrose on Aug. 21, 1981 he was the son of Janice L. Murphy of Wakefield. Mikey was raised in Connecticut until the age of 12 when he moved to Wakefield. He was a graduate of Wakefield Memorial High School, Class of 1999. A hardworking, loving and caring man, Mikey would give you the shirt off...

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Paul M. Malonson, 75

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the September 27, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — Paul M. Malonson, 75, of Wakefield, passed away on Sept. 24 following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Paul was a loving son, husband, father and brother. He had a love for life and loved to travel, loved Aruba, his RV and Hampton Beach with his family. Paul was a lifelong resident of Wakefield and after serving his country in the United States Army he served on the Wakefield Fire Department for 32 years. He was also an exceptional husband and father and was truly loved. Paul was...

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Robert Malonson, 81

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the September 26, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — Robert Malonson, 81, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, peacefully surrounded by his loving children. Bob was devoted to his family. He was born and raised in Wakefield, where he met and married his wife Barbara. Bob built a home for his family on Plum Island, where they raised their four children. He worked since the age of 14 to help support his family. As an adult he worked as a foreman at Scholefield Concrete Forms in Wakefield. Bob was a talented carpenter and builder. In his younger...

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