Planners nix height cap try

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — After a boisterous hearing which the chairman several times threatened to shut down, the Planning Board last night effectively upheld last week’s Town Meeting vote to indefinitely postpone Article 12, a measure to limit the height of any building in the Assisted Living Overlay District to 30 feet. The Town Meeting vote precluded proponents from bringing the height restriction measure back to Town Meeting for a period of two years – unless the Planning Board issued an affirmative recommendation. A Brightview Senior...

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Taxes on the rise

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — An “average” Wakefield homeowner will see a $447 property tax increase for FY 2015, based on the average single-family home value of $416,000. Monday night the Board of Selectmen shifted the maximum allowable percentage of the town’s tax burden to the Commercial Industrial Property (CIP) class, thereby affording residential property owners the lowest possible tax rate. The selectmen held their annual tax classification hearing Monday evening, meeting with Director of Assessments Victor Santaniello and Assessors...

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SC debates full day K tonight

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — A discussion offering free full-day kindergarten in Wakefield will be front and center at tonight’s school board meeting. Discussions will then continue at an informational meeting for parents on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Woodville School on Farm Street. The focus of the session will be to discuss the possibility of expanding early childhood options in the district to include free full-day kindergarten for the 2015-2016 academic year, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike. Zrike said...

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Warrior gridmen hope the third time is the charm against rival Melrose

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Take on Red Raiders tomorrow in 55th annual Thanksgiving Day Classic at Landrigan Field By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The third part of the 2014 Wakefield-Melrose football trilogy — the Thanksgiving Day Classic — is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning at 10:15 a.m. However this time the contest will be played at Landrigan Field as the Warriors seek to avoid a season sweep by their archrival. The Thanksgiving Day Classic will be the 55th in the rivalry and it is also the third time this season that Wakefield and Melrose are facing each...

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Thanksgiving Day Classic is still on for tomorrow

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Weather situation will be monitored closely WAKEFIELD — Despite the rain, sleet and snow being predicted for Eastern Mass., every effort will be made to play the 55th annual Thanksgiving Day Classic between the Wakefield Memorial High and Melrose High football teams at Landrigan Field as scheduled. “I’m a little more optimistic with the latest forecast,” said Director of Athletics and Warrior head football coach Mike Boyages. “It looks like we’re in the 1-3 inch range and there is going to be rain and then snow.” “The Superintendent (Dr....

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Neil Fitzgerald selected to play in Eastern Mass. All-Star game

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Will take the field with the soccer elite on Friday afternoon in Quincy   WAKEFIELD — Senior forward Neil Fitzgerald will extend his high school soccer career by one more game and will be playing among the best soccer players in Eastern Mass. when he takes the field Friday afternoon for the Eastern Mass. All-Star boys’ soccer game. Fitzgerald will play in the Eastern Mass. All-Star boys’ soccer game on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium located at 850 Hancock St. in Quincy. “I’m so happy for Neil to be recognized as...

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Rose M. Palano, 91

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

SAUGUS — Mrs. Rose M. (D’Antona) Palano, age 91, died on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Wakefield. She was the wife of the late Joseph Palano. Born and raised in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Grace (DiBilio) D’Antona. A devoted wife and mother Mrs. Palano co-founded a chain of clothing stores, alano Ltd., with her husband Joseph. They also invested in commercial real estate. She is survived by three children Kathleen Ray of Boston, Grace Adams and her husband Bruce of Kennebunkport, Maine and...

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Kathleen L. Byron, 80

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

MEDFORD — Kathleen L. Byron, 80, of Medford formerly of Wakefield, Reading and Acton, Maine entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Care. Born in Cambridge of Nov. 15, 1934 she was the daughter of the late William and Dorothy O’Brien. Mrs. Byron was raised and educated in Wakefield and attended both St. Joseph School and Wakefield High School. She raised her family in Reading before moving to Acton, Maine in the late 1980s. She had worked as a former employee of Westinghouse and also for Cabletron in...

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Charles E. Martin, 90

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Charles E. Martin, 90, of Wakefield died Monday, Nov. 24, in Melrose after a long period of failing health. He was born in Somerville on Oct. 8, 1924 and was the son of the late Daniel and Grace W. (Maw) Martin. Mr. Martin was raised in Somerville and attended Somerville Public Schools. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for three years in Europe during World War II. Upon returning home, he continued his service by joining the Massachusetts National Guard, where he remained for 28 years prior to his retirement. He had...

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