Police react to NYC colleagues’ murders

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — In response to the assassination of two New York City Police Department officers on Saturday afternoon while they were seated in a cruiser in Brooklyn, Wakefield Police Chief Rick Smith said he and his entire department were “very sad and disturbed” by the officers’ deaths. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these officers, along with the officer who was killed in the line of duty Sunday morning in Tarpon Springs, Fla.,” Chief Smith said. He continued: “This is a time when we are very...

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Local ‘We Are Robo’ team best in state

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

(The following was written by Lester Yee, coach of the “We Are Robo” team from Wakefield.) WAKEFIELD — Five years in the making, the “We are Robo” First Lego League (FLL) team won the Massachusetts FLL State Championship on Saturday, Dec. 20, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The team will now represent Massachusetts and the Town of Wakefield in the World Festival in St. Louis in April 22-25, 2015. The team will compete head-to-head with the top 100 teams from the U.S. and world including the best teams from Russia, China, India, UK,...

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Local man guilty of stealing benefits

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

BOSTON – A Greenwood man and past speaker at the town’s Veterans’ Day observances pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing $174,000 in benefits paid to him based upon falsified Vietnam War service records. Albert L. Seely, 67, of 1251 Main St., pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Seely reportedly admitted to theft of government funds from Oct. 1, 1999 through July 1, 2014. Sentencing is scheduled for March 18, 2015. Seely, a former U.S. Marine, was deployed to Vietnam and...

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Boy skaters get their point across

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors play defending Div. 1 state champion Rockets to a 0-0 tie By DAN BYRNE SAUGUS — The Wakefield Memorial High School varsity boys’ hockey team took to its home ice again Saturday after dropping their opening game of the season against Lexington in the middle of the week. The second home game at the Kasabuski Arena proved to be a much better contest as the Warriors played Reading to a 0-0 tie. Coming off a tough loss in the home opener, it was out of the frying pan and into the fire as the Warriors welcomed the reigning Div. 1 state...

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Girls’ hoop team lives up to its billing in home opener

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors pull out 52-48 triumph over Lexington By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The featured event at the Charbonneau Field House on Friday evening was the varsity girls’ basketball team taking on Lexington. The featured event lived up to its billing, too. Head coach Meghan O’Connell led her team out on the home floor for the first time this year, coming in with a record of 0-1 following a loss to Woburn in its first game. The Warriors put forth a total team effort to make this game theirs and, after a gritty performance, the home crowd saw them pull...

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Varsity hoop doubleheaders are back in the M.L.

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Compromise reached in times of the games for both boys and girls By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The return of the girls and boys doubleheader format in Middlesex League basketball has been talked about since the switch away from it happened a few years ago and now the doubleheaders are back on for the 2014-15 season Initially the claim was made by a girls’ basketball advocate from Lexington that the doubleheader format was discriminatory in nature because most of the time the girls’ games were scheduled at 5:30 p.m. and the boys’ contests at 7 p.m....

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Thomas C. Smith

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Death Notice SMITH — Of Wakefield, Nov. 26, Barbara P. Wife of the late Thomas C. Smith. Mother of the late Karen Smith Stanford. Survived by her daughter Janet M. Smith and her husband R. Robert Woodburn Jr. of Wellesley; her son-in-law John P. Stanford of Santa Fe, N.M.; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graduate of Simmons College, Barbara lived in Wakefield for 56 years and taught kindergarten in Wakefield. She was a member of Bear Hill Golf Club since 1958. A memorial service will be held on April 11, 2015 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church,...

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William A. Tassinari, 98

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — William A. Tassinari, 98, of Wakefield died Dec. 19 in Melrose. He was born Jan. 2, 1916 and was the son of the late Joseph and Agnes Josephine (Pioppi) Tassinari. Mr. Tassinari was raised in East Boston and was a graduate of Boston English High School Class of 1934. He was a Wakefield resident since 1951. Mr. Tassinari was a retired lieutenant firefighter for the Boston Fire Department. He participated in the Civilian Conservation Corps of 1937 and was a World War II Army veteran. From 1940 to 1945 he had worked as a welder at...

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Marion E. Howe, 85

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

GILFORD, N.H. — Marion Elaine Howe, 85, of Gilford, N.H., and formerly of Melrose, died on Thursday, Dec. 18, at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, N.H. Mrs. Howe was born on Dec. 24, 1928 in Lancaster, N.H., the daughter of the late Thaddeus and Doris (Brewer) Stickney. She worked for many years as an editor for Addison Wesley Publishing Company in Reading. Marion loved playing the piano and enjoyed knitting. She was a huge supporter of multiple charities, an animal lover and a devoted Boston Celtics fan. Marion enjoyed boating with...

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