Preparations nearly done for new school year

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the August 24, 2016 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – The Wakefield Public Schools are just about ready for the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Superintendent Dr. Kim Smith told the School Committee last night. Faculty and staff report for their first full day on Sept. 1, with students returning on Sept. 7. Smith relayed an update from Director of Facilities and Transportation Maria Serrao, who reported a “busy and productive summer” on the facilities front at all of the schools in the district. Some of the work completed...

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Liquid assets

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the August 24, 2016 edition By GAIL LOWE There’s a woman in Billerica who owns a Cape Cod home with a beautifully landscaped acre of land. So dedicated is she to keeping it in tiptop shape that she contacted a well digging company with the idea that if a well were installed it would reduce her water bill. The goal was to keep her grass green and flowers and shrubs generously watered all summer. When the well digging company sent out a crew, they drilled in a half dozen areas on her land but could not find water. This is most...

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Fire Dept. offers tornado tips

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the August 23, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — As Monday morning’s tornado in Concord proved, the devastating and violent storms can and do happen here. With that in mind, Fire Chief Michael Sullivan shared some tips from the Wakefield Fire Department on how to stay safe during a tornado or severe thunderstorm. Learn the terminology. Tornado and severe thunderstorm watches are issued when conditions likely to produce a tornado are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Listen to the media for updates. Tornado and severe...

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Football team begins preseason with hopes of bouncing back

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Published in the August 24, 2016 edition Numbers are down slightly, but optimism remains high for Warriors By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The preseason has begun for the Warrior football program and second year head coach Steve Cummings reports that the numbers are down somewhat this season. But still Cummings and the Warriors are hoping to turn their fortunes around after posting a 3-8 record a year ago. The Wakefield players have dedicated themselves to working hard during the offseason and Cummings hope the Warriors’ hard work pays off in...

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New golf coach Keane wants program to reach new heights

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Hopes to increase numbers and form a JV team Published in the August 23, 2016 edition. By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Warrior golf team has been one of the best in the Middlesex League having won a co-championship in the Freedom division in 2014 and winning the Middlesex League shootout title last fall. Even though Wakefield has achieved much over the past two seasons, first year head coach Chris Keane would like to see the program reach new heights. Keane takes over for veteran coach Dennis Bisso who retired in May after 16 seasons as head...

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WMHS fall sports tryouts getting underway

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Football has already begun, the rest are this week Published in the August 22, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High School fall sports are getting underway soon for most Warrior teams. Football practice has already started. The Warrior football team began its camp dates on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20 from 4-8 p.m. both days. The practices were with helmets only. After an off day yesterday, Wakefield was back out this morning from 8 a.m.-noon. Once again, the practice is for helmets only. The Warriors will continue...

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Harold E. Moore, 90

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WHS graduate, WWII veteran was gifted carpenter Published in the August 24, 2016 edition LINCOLN, N.H. — Harold Edward Moore died peacefully in his 90th year on Aug. 19 in North Haverhill, N.H. He was born on May 31, 1926 in Everett to Harold and Nancy (Sivertsen) Moore. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan Lee (Whiting) Moore. He attended Wakefield High School and served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. Harold was employed in the family business, Maynard H. Moore Inc., in Stoneham throughout his working life. He...

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George L. Austin, 89

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the August 23, 2016 edition. STONEHAM — George L. Austin, 89, of Stoneham and formerly of Wakefield, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Aug. 17 in Melrose. Mr. Austin was born in Mattawamkeag, Maine on Nov. 15, 1926 and was the son of the late Bertrand and Julia B. (McDonough) Austin. Raised in Mattawamkeag, he graduated from high school there in 1944 and later graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 1951. He then started a 36-year career with the American Mutual Insurance Company in Wakefield where he worked...

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Fred T. Willett

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the August 23, 2016 edition. WESTWOOD — Fred T. Willett of Westwood died on Aug. 20. Fred graduated from Boston College in 1949. He held advanced degrees in Education, Business Administration and Computer Science. He was retired from the Research Division of the Gillette Co. Upon retirement he was on the faculty of Merrimack College and Massachusetts Bay Community College. He also taught courses at Stonehill College for many years. Fred was active in many professional, civic and religious organizations. He was the beloved husband...

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