An adventure with lasting impact

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE There was nothing out of the ordinary that might have suggested a major quake was about to rock the earth — not a slight tremble, not a falling rock, not even a gut feeling. Only the animals may have known what was coming. But there was that bit of rain the day before the 7.8 earthquake struck Kathmandu, Nepal. In hindsight, it unnerves Richard (Richie) Pittenger, who grew up on Lincoln Street in Melrose, to think that he and his companions may have been in the thick of it, that they may have been among those who lost their...

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Selectmen talk flat sewer rate charges

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The sewer flat rate may generate some discussion when the Board of Selectmen sets the water and sewer rates next month. Selectman Phyllis Hull said that she was contacted by a resident who gets her water from a well. Hull said that the resident was asking why her sewer bill is higher than some of her neighbors. Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio explained that there are multiple components that go into determining a typical sewer bill including household water usage, overall flow in the town and population. If you...

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Local man gets life

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — A one-time Richardson Street resident who acted as the lookout during a jewelry heist at the Kohl’s department store in Woburn that resulted in the shooting death of a veteran police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder. Scott Hanright, now 23, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years. He was sentenced in Woburn’s Middlesex Superior Court after pleading guilty to all 22 charges he faced in connection with the Dec. 26, 2010 robbery at a Kohls’s store that ended with the death of...

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WMHS boys’ track team will be well represented at Div. 3 state meet

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

Warriors will compete on Sunday at Durfee High School FALL RIVER — The Wakefield Memorial High boys’ outdoor track team will be well represented in the Div. 3 state meet which will be held on Sunday at Durfee High School. The meet begins at 1 p.m. The Warriors have 26 athletes who have qualified and several of them have qualified to compete in more than event. In the high jump, senior Pat Casaletto has qualified to compete. Casaletto has also qualified for the long jump as well and he will joined in that event by Jian Glenn Gallardo, a...

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WMHS girls’ track team has 12 qualifiers

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

For Div. 3 state meet FALL RIVER — While the Warrior boys’ track team has over 20 athletes who have qualified for the Div. 3 state meet, the Wakefield Memorial High girls’ track team has a pretty good contingent going as well with an even dozen that have made the cut. The Div. 3 state meet will be held on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. at Durfee High School. The 12 Warriors who have qualified include junior Sara Custodio, junior Julia Derendal, senior Nicole Galli, senior Emily Hammond, sophomore Abby Harrington, junior Avery Parece, freshman...

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Baseball team shows Woburn the error of its ways

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

League champion Warriors post 6-2 triumph in regular season finale By JIM SOUTHMAYD WOBURN — Even though the Wakefield Memorial High baseball team had already clinched the Middlesex League Freedom division title outright even before it took the field yesterday afternoon, it didn’t diminish the Warriors’ intensity. Wakefield wrapped up the regular season with a 6-2 triumph over Woburn in the M.L. finale at Woburn High School to finish with a very good 15-5 overall record and 13-3 record in the league. The Warriors and Tanners were locked in a...

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Donna A. Ward, 47

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

SEABROOK, N.H. — Donna A. (Philbrick) Ward, 47, of Seabrook, N.H., passed away surrounded by her loving family at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, on Monday, May 25. She was the wife of Mark A. Ward of Seabrook, N.H. Donna was born in Melrose on Sept. 3, 1967 to her mother Barbara M. (Walsh) Philbrick and the late Dean H. Philbrick. Donna graduated from MACC in Newburyport. She was employed at the Market Basket in Seabrook. She formerly worked for 21 years as a data base administrator for Seiman Medical in Danvers. Donna loved...

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John F. Curran, 71

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

WAKEFIELD — John F. “Jack” Curran, 71, of Wakefield, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 26, surrounded by the love of his family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Winchester on Aug. 21, 1943, he was the son of Ardis (Robinson) Curran and the late John T. Curran. Jack was a graduate of Wakefield High School in the Class of 1961 and later earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. He served in the United States Air Force in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 during the Tet Offensive and earned the rank of Staff...

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Charles Longmuir

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Charles Longmuir of Wakefield, formerly of Malden, passed away peacefully at Blaire House in Tewksbury on Wednesday, May 20. Charlie was born on March 16, 1927, son of the late William and Margaret (Inglis) Longmuir in Malden where he spent his childhood. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army serving in Germany at the end of World War II. Charlie worked at A.C. Sweezey Lumber Co. in Malden, Moynihan Lumber in North Reading and the Town of Wakefield for the Housing Authority. Charlie loved woodworking and always had his wooden ruler,...

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