Wakefield Academy showing growth

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the February 11, 2016 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Enrollments in before school and after school programs continue to increase, Wakefield Academy Director Jeffrey Boyd told the School Committee this week. He provided a general overview of and status report on Wakefield Academy, which offers before and after school enrichment activities and experiences “to help promote children’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth.” Boyd said that before school programs are offered at all elementary schools and the Doyle...

read more

New school AD talks sports

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the February 10, 2016 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — He’s only been on the job for about six months but last night Brendan Kent made his first appearance before the School Committee since he was hired last summer as the Wakefield Public Schools’ K-12 Director of Athletics, Health and Wellness. Kent described some of the program’s success stories, what he views as the program’s needs and his plans to grow the program. Kent talked about the league champion Wakefield Memorial High School wrestling, girls’ cross country and...

read more

Anti-drug youth leaders on Capitol Hill

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the February 10, 2016 edition WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition (Wake-Up) Youth Action Team Leaders spent last week in Washington, D.C. at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 26th Annual National Leadership Forum. Also in attendance were Wakefield’s Veterans Agent Alicia Reddin, WMHS School Resource Officer Jason Skillings and Wake-Up’s Director Catherine Dhingra. More than 2,700 youth and adults convened at the nation’s premier training event for substance abuse prevention and...

read more

Girl cagers inch closer to a state tourney berth

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Sink Burlington in fourth quarter in 50-41 victory Published in the February 11, 2016 edition. BURLINGTON — The girls’ basketball team is one win away from clinching a state tournament berth, although it took quite a yeoman’s effort to earn its ninth victory of the season. Wakefield outscored Burlington 18-9 in the fourth quarter to pull away for good in a 50-41 triumph on Tuesday night at Burlington High School. The Warriors are now 9-8 overall and 9-6 in the Middlesex League Freedom division. Wakefield needs one more win in its final three...

read more

The Price is right for the Warriors

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Boys’ hoop team tops Burlington in 61-57 nail-biter Published in the February 10, 2016 edition By JIM SOUTHMAYD BURLINGTON — The boys’ basketball team has already clinched the Middlesex League Freedom division title and a state tournament berth. However the Warriors showed no sign of a letdown as they seek to earn a home game in the postseason. Wakefield took a step toward that goal as it pulled out a hard fought 61-57 decision over Burlington last night at Burlington High School. The Warriors increased their record to 12-5 overall and...

read more

Boy skaters have a senior moment

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Several 12th graders play pivotal roles in 3-3 tie Published in the February 9, 2016 edition. SAUGUS — On Senior Night for the Warrior boys’ hockey team, there was plenty of excitement provided by several of Wakefield’s 12th graders on Saturday night against rival Melrose at the Kasabuski Arena in the home finale. Senior forward Anthony Funicella scored a goal and assisted on two others, senior defenseman Dylan Melanson scored a goal, and senior goalie Ben Yandell made 27 saves as Wakefield rallied from a two goal deficit to tie the Red...

read more

Luigi Garofalo, 95

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WWII veteran was an engineer at Gillette Published in the February 10, 2016 edition WAKEFIELD — Luigi Garofalo, 95, of Wakefield, died Feb. 7 at his residence. Born in East Boston on Jan. 28, 1921, he was the son of the late Pasquale and Ermelinda (Barbato) Garofalo. Mr. Garofalo was raised and educated in East Boston. He then enlisted in the Navy and served during World War II. He had been employed as a longtime engineer for Gillette in South Boston. During his retirement years, Mr. Garofalo worked as a bus driver and at Whittemore Hardware...

read more

Sadie R. McFadden

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the February 9, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — Sadie Rosalie (Guariniello) McFadden of Wakefield died on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Melrose/Wakefield Hospital. Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Consiglio and Antonetta (Amoroso) Guariniello. Sadie lived in Somerville and Medford before moving to Wakefield 18 years ago. She loved to cook, go on cruises and trips to the casinos, the beach and spending time with family and friends. Sadie was the beloved wife of the late Andrew McFadden and the devoted mother of Joyce...

read more

Alan R. Bursey, 68

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the February 9, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — Alan R. Bursey, 68, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Winchester Hospital. Born in Winchester on April 1, 1947, he was the son of the late George and Silvia (Hubbard) Bursey. Mr. Bursey was raised and educated in Wakefield. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the VFW in Maine. Mr. Bursey was a retired plumber for Cliff Giles Plumbing & Heating Company. He was the loving father of Alan B. Bursey and his wife Nelie...

read more