Civil War Monument needs some attention

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the September 3, 2015 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Veterans Memorial Common has sustained a lot of damage through its 113 years as a memorial to Wakefield’s Civil War fighters. Wakefield Veterans Service Agent Alicia Reddin has sought and received an estimate form The Granite Corporation of Barre, Vt. that the work will cost $546,500 and take 8 to 12 months to restore the monument. The estimate described the condition of the monument and the work that will need to be done. The...

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Rights stuff

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the September 3, 2015 edition. Wakefield’s long human rights nightmare is over. No more need to tell your stockbroker to divest from companies doing business in Wakefield. Last week, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee voted to endorse the establishment of a “Wakefield Human Rights Commission.” You didn’t know that human rights abuses were rampant in Wakefield? Clearly you haven’t been attending ZBA meetings. No one would ever question the virtue and nobility of a community forming a Civil Rights Commission. But why...

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Pole removal still on track

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the September 2, 2015 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Although a number of factors have delayed plans to remove the oversize utility poles at the head of the Lake and place the wires underground, the project is still very much alive, according to Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio. The installation of the large wood laminate poles in 2010 was met with surprise and resistance by local citizens who felt that the poles detracted from the newly upgraded parks along the Lakeshore. Maio said that originally Digital Realty Trust...

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Chris Gianatassio named new boys’ hockey head coach

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Was an assistant coach last winter with the Warriors Published in the September 3, 2015 edition. By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — Chris Gianatassio was named an assistant coach for the Wakefield Memorial High boys’ hockey team last year. He didn’t have to wait too long to be name the program’s head coach. Gianatassio was appointed to the position in late July as he takes over for John Pellerin who coached the team for a year but is not returning. Gianatassio, who is a 2004 graduate of Everett High, has a solid hockey background as a player and as...

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Police chiefs raise $36G for Jimmy Fund in golf tourney

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Published in the September 3, 2015 edition. SUTTON — The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Foundation is pleased to announce that the Jimmy Fund will receive $36,000 after the completion of the 26th annual Ralph Lepore Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament. Due to generous donations and participants in the auction, members of the foundation raised an additional $4,000 over last year’s total of $32,162. The tournament was held on Aug. 10 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton. “It has been another successful year for golfers at the...

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Champions crowned in 13th Annual Geoffrey Walter Jr. Tennis Tournament

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

25th year overall for junior showcase which started in 1991 Published in the September 2, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — Thirty-four players competed in many impressive and enthusiastic tennis matches this past weekend at the still gleaming Dobbins Courts at Wakefield Memorial High School. The sun shone brightly on this 25th annual event with champions crowned in five age brackets. Boys’ 12 & Under The Boys’ 12 and under division usually draws a big field and this year was no different with 11 strong contestants. For the third year in a row...

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Steven J. Pini, 63

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Supervisor at Suffolk Downs Published in the September 2, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — Steven J. Pini, 63, of Wakefield died Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Chelsea on Aug. 25, 1952, he was the son of the late Charles M. and Jennie (Longo) Pini. Steven was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1970, and later went on to attend Wentworth Institute. He had been a Wakefield resident for 37 years. He had a passion for race horses and had worked as a supervisor at Suffolk Downs. He was also a member of the North Shore...

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Ronald J. Robinson, 90

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the September 1, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — Ronald J. Robinson, 90, a resident of Wakefield, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Ronald was born Oct. 11, 1924 in Wakefield, a son of the late Eli H. and Thelma K. (Downey) Robinson and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II as a Tech 5. He was injured in Italy at the Battle of Anzio beachhead in January of 1944, for which he received a Purple Heart. Throughout his life, he lived in...

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Ruth V. Wilkinson, 84

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the September 1, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — Ruth V. Wilkinson, 84, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, Aug. 30. Born in Wakefield, July 8, 1931 she was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna (DeVeau) Malonson. Ruth was raised and educated in Wakefield. She was a member of St. Joseph Church. She enjoyed baking, crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. Ruth was a former employee of Guillow’s and Mystic Industries. Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Richard E. Wilkinson. She was the devoted...

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