Should sick time be required benefit?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Most people, when hired for a new job, receive, in addition to salary, a benefits package that includes a health insurance plan, 401K plan, vacation time and sick days. Some people, however, are not given sick time. These are people who work for restaurants, for instance or businesses that employ few workers. Question 4 on the Massachusetts ballot addresses the issue of sick time and aims to require employers with more than 11 employees to give sick days based on hours worked. A “yes” vote would allow for sick time,...

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Random acts of kindness done here

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Bad news travels fast but so does good news. The good news is that people who gassed up their cars at Local Gas Station on North Avenue Tuesday night, Oct. 28, were given $10 gift cards. The giveaway is all part of the mission of North Shore Random Acts of Kindness, a new social group of like-minded people who share the goal of giving back to surrounding communities. And their mission is spreading. On Oct. 28, Susan Collins, initiator of the Wakefield group, and her team of seven gathered at Local Gas Station on North...

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METCO program praised

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — This year the METCO program has met a milestone. The program, an initiative for students in urban communities to receive their education at suburban schools, is celebrating its 45th year. The program is a partnership between Boston and 38 communities, including Wakefield. To mark the occasion, METCO Director Joel Villegas and four students enrolled in the program attended Tuesday’s school board meeting. Said one METCO student, “Diversity should bring us together.” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike upheld...

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Shannon Quirk crowned the champion in the 200 and 500 freestyles in girls’ swimming

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Repeats as 500 champ, adds another title in the 200 to highlight WMHS performances in M.L. meet WALTHAM — Senior Shannon Quirk not only repeated as Middlesex League champion in the 500 freestyle but she also was crowned the league champion in the 200 freestyle in the Middlesex League girls’ swimming and diving championships held on Wednesday and Thursday at Belmont High School and Bentley University. Quirk repeated as the 500 freestyle champion on Wednesday as she posted winning time of 5:12.38. She beat out Winchester freshman Kate Fosburgh...

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Rush, Tetreau selected to play ball hockey for U.S. team

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Seek to raise funds to play in Zug, Switzerland in June 2015 WAKEFIELD — Former Warrior girls’ hockey standout, Samantha Rush has been selected to play for the United States in the International Street and Ball Hockey Federaton (ISBHF) Women’s World Cup Championship which will held in Zug, Switzerland in June 2015. Rush was chosen to play to play for the U.S. along with her wife, Melissa Tetreau, by the American Street Hockey Institutue (ASHI) which selects the players for the U.S.A. women’s ball hockey team which will compete in the ISBHF...

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Warrior gridmen prepare to take on Melrose in the 2014 season sequel

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Face Red Raiders tomorrow night in a Div. 3 Northwest quarterfinal at Green Field By JIM SOUTHMAYD MELROSE — There are plenty of trilogies in the movies and in books. Now there is one in the storied Wakefield Memorial High-Melrose High football rivalry as well. The Warriors and Red Raiders will meet in the sequel for 2014 tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the Div. 3 Northwest playoffs at Fred W. Green Field. The two rivals played each other in the regular season in September and will square off in Part 3 on Thanksgiving...

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Dorothy Holden, 88

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

VENICE, Fla. — Dorothy Holden, one week shy of her 89th birthday, passed to the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 28 in Venice, Fla. A former resident of Wakefield, she later made her home in Nokomis, Fla. She was pre-deceased by her loving husband, George, who died in April 2004. They were happily married for nearly 56 years. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Patty Holden of Hudson and by her two grandchildren, Drew Holden of Norwalk, Conn. and Matt Holden of Amherst. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Evelyn Holden and...

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Rose J. Taylor, 97

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WAKEFIELD — Rose J. Taylor, 97, a life-long Wakefield resident, died at the Wingate of Reading on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Born in Wakefield on Sept. 27, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Filadoro) Lanzillo. Mrs. Taylor was raised in Wakefield and was graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1935. A member of St. Florence Parish, she enjoyed working and spending time her family. Mrs. Taylor had been a retired receptionist for the Curley Insurance Co. where she had worked into her late 80s. Mrs. Taylor was the wife of...

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Mary Ruth Day, 90

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

STONEHAM — Mary Ruth (Lilley) Day died on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the age of 90. She is survived by her four children, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St Patrick Cemetery in Stoneham on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m.

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