Major mosquito spraying on way

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the July 28, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will be controlling mosquitoes using truck mounted aerosol sprayers in Wakefield on Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30. All spraying is done between dusk and 11:30 p.m. On Wednesday, spraying is scheduled for areas near Hopkins Street, Parker Road, Elm Street, Prospect Street and Winn Street. On Thursday, spraying is planned for areas near Lowell Street, Pleasant Street, Vernon Street, Salem Street, Preston Street, Butler Avenue and Montrose...

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So much for the Olympics

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Published in the July 28, 2015 edition By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — The world won’t be coming to Boston in nine years and a lot of people are happy about it. Yesterday, the U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun and Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca issued a joint statement that officially ended the city’s Olympic bid. The withdrawal came hours after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he could not commit to signing the host city contract as presented because it would put the city and taxpayers at risk of paying for potential...

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Helping disabled vets heal with fly fishing

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the July 27, 2015 edition By MARK SARDELLA SAUGUS — “Fly fishing never takes you to an ugly place,” says Wakefield’s Joe Cresta, who runs a local chapter of “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing,” a national program that helps disabled veterans heal through the sport of fly fishing. Fly fishing, Cresta points out, usually involves places like mountains, rivers and lakes. A Wakefield native and 1998 graduate of Wakefield Memorial High School, Cresta started the local chapter of Project Healing Waters about two years ago out of the...

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2015 Warriors participate in Northeast 7-on-7 Tournament

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Published in the July 28, 2015 edition PEABODY — On Saturday, July 25, members of the 2015 edition of the Wakefield Warrior football team joined 39 other teams from across Massachusetts for the Northeast 7-on-7 Tournament, sponsored by Under Armour. The Warriors went 3-1, which tied for the best record in their pool but did not advance to the Sweet 16 playoffs based on tiebreakers. With the first official pre-season practice a month away, the games on Saturday provided skill position players a chance to gauge their level of readiness for the...

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Wakefield Merchants end six-game slide

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Post two wins over the weekend, edge Trojans and Chiefs Published in the July 27, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Merchants snapped their six-game losing streak as they won two of the Intercity League games they played this weekend and those two victories didn’t come easily. Wakefield prevailed by one-run decisions over the Arlington Trojans on Friday night at Summer Street Field by a 5-4 tally and the Andre Chiefs in a 2-1 duel last night at Walsh Field. In between, the Merchants were blanked by the Reading Bulldogs by a 6-0 score...

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Senior Townies split a pair of contests

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Accept forfeit win after 5-3 setback against Arlington Published in the July 24, 2015 edition By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Townies split its last two games in the Middlesex Senior Babe Ruth League as it won a game the easy way last night by accepting a forfeit from Winchester after being trimmed by the Arlington Cardinals by a 5-3 score on Wednesday night at Spy Pond. The Townies fought hard against the Cardinals but ran into some strong pitching. The loss to Arlington dropped the Townies’ record to 9-8 at the time with five games...

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Olga C. Packard, 93

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Published in the July 28, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — Olga C. Packard, 93, a longtime Wakefield resident, business owner and civic leader, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, July 19. Born in Boston on March 23, 1922, she was the daughter of Raffaele and Adeline Cotillo. Mrs. Packard owned and operated Packard Realty, from 1965-2011. She was actively involved in the Eastern Middlesex Association of Realtors, having served as president of the board in 1970-71 and having twice been named Realtor of the Year, in...

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Aleta M. DeGusto, 68

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Published in the July 27, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — Aleta M. DeGusto, 68, of Wakefield, died suddenly on Monday, July 20, at her residence. Born in Boston on May 7, 1947, she was the daughter of Pauline (Colby) DeGusto of Wakefield and the late John F. DeGusto. Ms. DeGusto was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1965, and had attended the Art Institute of Boston, graduating in 1968 with a Fine Arts Diploma. She also attended Marymount College and Cooper Union College in New York — studying Business Management and Fine Arts — and...

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Albert Penta

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the July 23, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — Albert Newton Penta, affectionately known by his friends as “Big Al” and as “Pops” to his grandchildren, passed on July 21, 2015, surrounded by family and loved ones. He is survived by his loving wife Constance Pelletier Penta; his children daughter Pamela Penta Murray of Fort Myers, Fla. and her children Nicholas and Jameson Murray; daughter Patrice Penta Glynn of Hampton, N.H. and her children Jennifer Glynn and Ashley Glynn O’Byrne; son Mark Penta and was predeceased by daughter Kymberly...

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