“Tis the Season” Holiday Stroll Schedule of Events — Saturday, Dec. 6

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1 to 2:45 p.m. Children’s activities and refreshments at Americal Civic Center, Main Street 1 p.m. Ricky McNamara (Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry and the Wakefield Boys & Girls Club toy drive will be accepting donations. All those donating will be entered into a raffle for a Farmland or Walgreens gift certificate.) 2:45 p.m. Hat Parade formation, starting at Americal Civic Center 3 p.m. Hat Parade Lincoln Street at Main Street/Outside 9 Albion St. (former Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department building) 3:45 to 6:45 p.m. Horse...

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Mid-year state aid cuts gall selectmen

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SELECTMEN’S NOTEBOOK By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Board of Selectmen is not happy with Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to balance the state budget on the backs of cities and towns and this week sent strongly worded letters to all three of the town’s state legislators urging them to reject the governor’s plan for mid-year cuts to municipal aid. The Nov. 24, 2014 letter, signed by all seven members of the board, was sent to Sen. Jason Lewis, Rep. Paul Brodeur and Rep. Donald Wong. “Last week, Governor Patrick imposed immediate mid-year cuts...

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ID thieves get busy during holiday season

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WAKEFIELD — Thieves intent on stealing people’s identities are getting busy now that the holiday season has arrived. On Wednesday, police logged two incidents related to identity theft and more are expected to follow. On Wednesday morning, a man from Lowell Street told Patrol Officer Matthew Warren that he received a credit card from Sears he had not applied for. He also received a bill showing that a purchase for $17.64 was made. The retailer declined to say where the charge was made, hampering police efforts to solve the crime. The incident...

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Thanksgiving Day Classic postponed, will be played this afternoon

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Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Landrigan Field By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — It has been a quarter of a century since a Thanksgiving Day Classic has been postponed, but Wednesday’s inclement weather resulted in the annual clash between the Wakefield Memorial High and Melrose High football teams being called off and rescheduled for today at 1:30 p.m. at Landrigan Field. The call to postpone was made about midnight on Wednesday night when Director of Athletics and Student Activities Mike Boyages and DPW Director Richard Stinson stepped...

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Two champs crowned at K of C state soccer challenge

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Townshend, Cosgrove represented Council #104 DUDLEY — On Nov. 15, the Knights of Columbus had the Soccer Challenge State Finals for boys and girls, ages 9-14, at Nichols College in Dudley. Wakefield Council #104 had two boys representing it in the finals and both emerged as state champs. William Townshend, age 10, scored 235 points to win and Liam Cosgrove, age 12, scored 240 points to win. These were the two highest scores for all the boys who competed. Townshend also won the state title last year as a 9 year old....

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Warrior gridmen hope the third time is the charm against rival Melrose

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Take on Red Raiders tomorrow in 55th annual Thanksgiving Day Classic at Landrigan Field By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The third part of the 2014 Wakefield-Melrose football trilogy — the Thanksgiving Day Classic — is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning at 10:15 a.m. However this time the contest will be played at Landrigan Field as the Warriors seek to avoid a season sweep by their archrival. The Thanksgiving Day Classic will be the 55th in the rivalry and it is also the third time this season that Wakefield and Melrose are facing each...

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Wayne A. Beckett, 64

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Worked at McDonald’s, enjoyed baseball, softball   READING — Wayne A. Beckett, a lifelong resident of Reading, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, Nov. 25. He was 64 years of age. Raised in Reading, Wayne was the beloved son of Ruth D. (Lofberg) Beckett and the late Arthur E. Beckett. Wayne was a kind and gentle soul who loved spending time with his family watching local baseball and softball games and going to barbecues at his brother’s house. Wayne was known around town as the “Fry-Man” because he was in charge of...

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Joseph S. Bonomo, 79

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Worked for Perini Construction, DPW; member of Crystal Community Club   WAKEFIELD — Joseph S. Bonomo, 79, of Wakefield died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at his home. Born in Wakefield on Sept. 30, 1935 he was the son of the late Joseph and Angelina (Mocciaro) Bonomo. Mr. Bonomo was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1955. He had worked for Perini Construction Company for 25 years and was a foreman for the Marine Division and was a member of Local #56. He later worked for the Wakefield DPW for 10 years...

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Charles E. Martin, 90

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World War II veteran enjoyed golf, traveling   WAKEFIELD — Charles E. Martin, 90, of Wakefield died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 in Melrose after a long period of failing health. He was born in Somerville on Oct. 8, 1924 and was the son of the late Daniel and Grace W. (Maw) Martin. Mr. Martin was raised in Somerville and attended Somerville public schools. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for three years in Europe during World War II. Upon returning home, he continued his service by joining the Massachusetts National Guard, where...

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