No one is immune from opioid crisis

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the February 24, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — There has been a spike in opioid-related overdoses state-wide with fentanyl involved in a high percentage of those cases. Unfortunately, Wakefield is not immune to the devastation inflicted by these drugs. In 2016, unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths likely rose for a sixth consecutive year in Massachusetts and fentanyl played a role in as many as three-quarters of the fatalities, according to a new state report. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain...

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Youths charged for being inside mansion

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the February 24, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — A 19 year old from Revere and two 17 year olds from East Boston have been charged with trespassing after police reportedly found them inside the old Winship Estate last night with flashlights and cans of spray paint. Police were called to the unoccupied building on Mansion Road around 8:10 p.m. after a neighbor reported a truck parked in front of her home and said the people from the truck were inside the old Winship Estate. Responding officers first saw flashlights from outside the...

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Early state aid numbers look good for Wakefield

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The final Cherry Sheet numbers won’t be official until closer to July 1, but Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio is confident that the figures released as part of the Governor Charlie Baker’s proposed FY 2018 state budget are a good indication of what Wakefield can expect to receive in the form of state aid in Fiscal Year 2018, which begins July 1, 2017. Named for the cherry-colored paper on which it was originally printed, the Cherry Sheet is the official notification from the Commissioner of Revenue of the...

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Girls’ hockey team ends season with a win

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors sweep Watertown with 7-4 triumph on Senior Day Published in the February 24, 2017 edition. By JIM SOUTHMAYD STONEHAM — The Warrior girls’ hockey team ended the season on a winning note, although the victory didn’t come easy. Wakefield held a 4-3 lead until the third period when it tallied two goals to give itself a little breathing room in a 7-4 triumph over Watertown yesterday in the season finale at the Stoneham Arena. The Warriors swept the Red Raiders in the season series with the other win being a one-sided 11-4 contest....

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Boys’ hoop team gets a pretty good consolation prize in Sheridan showcase

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors clinch state tournament berth with 64-52 win over Tewksbury Published in the February 23, 2017 edition. By JIM SOUTHMAYD MARBLEHEAD — They’re in! It came down to the final game of the regular season for the Warriors, but they clinched a berth in the state tournament in boys’ basketball as they defeated Tewksbury by a 64-52 score last night in the Consolation Game of the Sixth Annual Brad Sheridan Memorial Tournament at Marblehead High School. Wakefield finished the regular season with a 9-9 overall record (10-10 if the exempt games...

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Girl cagers take charge in Patton Tournament

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Top Tewksbury, host Hamilton-Wenham to win showcase Published in the February 22, 2017 edition By DAN BYRNE SOUTH HAMILTON — The varsity girls’ varsity basketball team from Wakefield Memorial High School wrapped up its regular season on a high note, capturing the Fourth Annual General Patton Tournament Championship hosted by Hamilton-Wenham at Hamilton-Wenham Regional  High School. Monday’s three-point victory over Tewksbury, 48-45,  gave the Warriors a place in the finals where they faced tournament hosts Hamilton-Wenham. Wakefield earned...

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Mary E. Sullivan

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the February 24, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Mary E. Sullivan of Wakefield and formerly of Melrose died on Tuesday, February 21 at her residence. Born in Malden on August 8, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Peter A. and Elizabeth M. (Dennehy) Sullivan. Ms. Sullivan was a graduate of Cheverus High School, Class of 1951. She had worked as an oil dispatcher for Morton Oil Company in Malden and had retired as a travel agent for University Travel in Cambridge. Ms. Sullivan is survived by her brother Peter A. Sullivan of Wakefield....

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Frances Surette, 93

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the February 23, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Frances Viola Garcia Surette, 93, of Wakefield passed away after a brief illness on February 6. She was born in Visalia, CA, on January 29, 1924 but lived in Wakefield just about all her life. She was married to the late Edward (Joe) Surette. She is survived by her four children: Robert Surette of Bradenton, Florida and his three daughters, Niki, Bobbi and Samantha; Donna and Mark Dixon of Wakefield and their two children Scott and Aly Dixon and Donna’s daughters Stephanie Ronan and Lisa...

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Albert Romano

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

World War II veteran, prisoner of war, civil engineer Published in the February 22, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Albert “Al” Romano of Lynnfield and formerly of Revere passed away on Sunday, February 19, surrounded by family. He was the beloved husband of 66 years to Gloria L. (Polcari). He was the loving son of the late Louis and Josephine (Zolla). He was the devoted father of Denise Ratti and husband Donald of Woburn, and Diane Falite and husband Ronald of Lynnfield. He was the dear brother of Edith Crowley and her late husband Bill of...

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