The most expensive winter ever

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WAKEFIELD — It looks like the winter of 2014-15, one of the snowiest on record in Wakefield, will be the most expensive. According to DPW Director Richard Stinson, bills are still coming in but the town will come “pretty close” to the $1,850,000 already allocated for snow and ice removal. Stinson said $1,803,000 had been paid out to cover much of the cost of cleaning up after over 114.25 inches of snow and there are a couple of salting operations the DPW has performed since then. “Right now we’re pretty close to what we requested,” Stinson...

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Montrose Ave. man dies in Malden crash

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WOBURN – A 63-year-old Montrose Avenue man died Saturday night after reportedly suffering a heart attack while driving on Eastern Avenue in Malden. According to authorities, John Ruvido was traveling eastbound on Eastern Avenue in the vicinity of Sharon and Lisbon streets around 11 p.m. when he was stricken. His 2002 Ford Taurus crossed Eastern Avenue and crashed into a 2012 Chevrolet Impala heading west. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s issues releases on motor vehicular homicides. Ryan said, “Two vehicles collided on Eastern...

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Police have new work agreements with town

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Police unions have agreed to three-year contracts with the town covering the period from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017. Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio announced the deal at last Monday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Maio said that the terms of the deal were the same for both the union representing patrol officers and the union representing superior officers. The contract calls for police to receive a 1.25 percent cost of living increase retroactive to July 1, 2014. Another 1.25 increase...

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Girls’ lacrosse team hopes for more consistency in ’15

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Warriors return many veterans, seek a state tournament berth  By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — One year ago, the Wakefield Memorial High School varsity girls’ lacrosse team had a roller coaster of a season. It started poorly for the Warriors as they lost their first nine games. But the team turned things around and, had a few things gone differently, the team could have reached the post season. Wakefield ended the 2014 season with a 5-13 record. This spring the team is back together and with another offseason of preparation under their belt, the...

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Wakefield skaters to appear in “Ice Spectacular”

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READING — Several Wakefield residents will appear in the North Shore Skating Club’s Ice Spectacular, “Skating in Technicolor” which will be held at the Burbank Ice Arena in Reading on Friday and Saturday evenings, April 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. The audience will be treated to incredible skating while watching the NSSC skaters perform to a colorful array of songs. The North Shore Skating Club is pleased to welcome as guest skaters the 2015 British National Pair Skating Champions, Caitlin Yankowskas and Hamish...

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Girls’ tennis team hopes for an encore performance

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors return entire starting lineup, hope to return to the state tournament By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High girls’ tennis team made the state tournament with primarily an underclass team a year ago as it had just one senior on the roster. So as the 2015 season opener gets closer, the Warriors have hopes of at least duplicating the success it had last spring. Wakefield posted a 9-8 overall record and a 9-7 record in the Middlesex League Freedom division. The Warriors faced Div. 2 North juggernaut Concord-Carlisle in...

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John A. Howlett, 62

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NORTH ANDOVER — John A. Howlett, 62, of North Andover, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, at Kindred Hospital in Peabody. John was born in Lawrence to the late Warren and Mildred (Wolger) Howlett. He graduated from Wakefield High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. He was a car and truck salesman for many years at several area dealerships. During his spare time he enjoyed collecting die cast model cars, gardening, reading, writing and geneology. John was an avid sports fan, especially fond of his...

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Carl M. Manzella

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STONEHAM — Carl M. Manzella, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Thursday, March 26, at the Life Care Center of Stoneham. Born in Melrose on Aug. 14, 1939, he was the son of the late Michael and Pansy (Quinzio) Manzella. Carl was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School and went on to graduate from Wentworth Institute. He was a retired draftsman for Stone and Webster Engineering. Carl enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Unicorn Golf Club in Stoneham. Carl is survived by his sister Diane G. Paone and her husband...

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Richard A. Saulnier, 71

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MALDEN — Richard A. “Dick” Saulnier, 71, of Malden and formerly of Wakefield, died on Sunday, March 22, at the West Revere Health Center. Born in Winchester on Jan. 20, 1944, he was the son of the late Laurence F. and Doris L. (Fairfield) Saulnier. Dick was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1962. He had been a Malden resident for the past 15 years. He had worked as a delivery man for Wakefield Tire and later worked for Sullivan Tire, from which he retired. He enjoyed golfing and bowling in his earlier...

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