Schools close ’15 fiscal books

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the July 1, 2015 By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — As schools Business Manager Michael Pfifferling closes out the books for Fiscal Year 2015, he said that just as homeowners’ fuel budgets were impacted this past winter, the heating fuel costs for all schools in Wakefield will exceed the budget by approximately $94,000 due to the frigid, extended winter season. Pfifferling revealed the shortfall at a recent school board meeting. Heating fuel was budgeted at $420,279 for Fiscal Year 2015. “The cold and extended winter forced us to spend...

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Curran, Martin are WSSC honorees

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Published in the July 1, 2015 WAKEFIELD — The WSSC Fourth of July Committee is proud to honor two members of the West Side Social Club at this year’s July Fourth celebration. The 2015 Honorees will be in Memory of Past President Dan Curran, who passed away in November of 2014, and Club Member Fred Martin, who passed away in June of 2013. The two were the best of friends for many years before their passing. Dan Curran was a lifelong resident of Wakefield. He was the son of the late John T. Curran and Ardis Curran-Lavoie. He had seven siblings;...

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Galvin project ending

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

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — As the $75 million Galvin Middle School project nears completion, finishing touches will be applied between now and the “substantial completion” date of July 17, according to Frank Hayes, CEO of BOND Construction and project manager Dave Capaldo. The main classroom portion of the building was completed in time for students to attend school during the just completed school year even as work on the new gymnasium, music rooms and sports fields has continued. Capaldo provided a construction update for the Permanent...

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Baseball team enjoyed tremendous success this spring

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Warriors won first league title since 1989, clinched first tourney berth since 2009 Published in the July 1, 2015 By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High baseball team reached its first goal by making the state tournament which was something that eluded the Warriors in 2014. Wakefield also reached goal number two by capturing the Middlesex League Freedom division title, its first league championship since 1989. The third goal of making a state tournament run wasn’t realized and will be a focal point for the Warriors next...

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Five Warriors named M.L. baseball all-stars

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Freedom division champs led all teams in balloting Published in the July 1, 2015 WAKEFIELD — The Middlesex League baseball coaches met recently to make this year’s all-star selections in the Freedom and Liberty divisions. For the M.L. Freedom division champion Warriors, that meant five all-stars and the league MVP. Wakefield, which won its first league title since 1989, has the most selections of any team in both the Freedom and Liberty divisions. The five Warriors chosen included seniors Anthony Cecere and Shawn Smeglin and juniors Matt...

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JV baseball team came close to perfection once again

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

Warriors posted an 18-1 record with lone blemish to Arlington WAKEFIELD — It is very tough to have a perfect season in any sport at any level. The Wakefield Memorial High JV baseball team achieved that great feat in 2014 and came pretty darn close to going undefeated once again this past spring. The Warriors posted an 18-1 record and had another incredible season. Wakefield outscored its opponents, 170-43, and had a team batting average of .409. Ironically those numbers were even better than the Warriors posted in ‘14 when they went...

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Burl Whelchel, 88

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WWII veteran worked maintenance for WHA Published in the July 1, 2015 WAKEFIELD — Burl “Bud” Whelchel, 88, a longtime Wakefield resident of more than 50 years, died Thursday, June 25, in Melrose. Born in Stafford, Kan. on Sept. 26, 1926, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Marie (Hawver) Whelchel. Burl served in the United States Navy during World War II and later worked in maintenance for the Wakefield Housing Authority. He was also a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Wakefield. Burl was the beloved husband of the late Eveline...

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Harry G. Chickles, 72

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Self-employed real estate agent Published in the July 1, 2015 WAKEFIELD — Harry G. Chickles, 72, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died on Monday, June 29, at his residence. Born in Melrose on Aug. 21, 1942, he was the son of the late George H. and Katherine (Tzouvelis) Chickles. Mr. Chickles was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1960, and Chamberlin Jr. College in Boston. He was a retired self-employed real estate agent. Mr. Chickles was the father of Sylvain Migaleddu of France and the late Thibaud Migaleddu. He was the brother of...

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Barbara P. Rubbico

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

LYNNFIELD — Barbara P. (Morgan) Rubbico passed away at her Lynnfield home on Tuesday morning, June 23, following a lengthy illness in the presence of her loving family. Born in Boston, she was raised and educated in Revere, graduating from Revere High School, Class of 1951, and continuing onto Katherine Gibbs Secretarial College of Boston, graduating in 1953. In 1954, Barbara married her soul mate, Joseph M. Rubbico, who died in October of 2011. The couple worked as a team to establish a profitable and respected produce market but also an...

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