Local crowds honor our fallen heroes

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The fair skies that greeted those attending yesterday morning’s Memorial Day ceremonies at the West Side Social Club gave way to increasing clouds by the time the town’s afternoon program got underway on Veterans Memorial Common. But Monday’s summer-like weather helped to draw large numbers of local citizens to honor those who died in service of their country. The WSSC observance got underway promptly at 10 a.m. at Moulton Park with Sean Curran presiding. Curran, a Marine Corps veteran of Desert Storm and a...

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Lake Street blaze extinguished

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Careless disposal of a cigarette was determined to be the cause of a two-alarm fire at a two-and-a-half story wood frame house on Lake Street last night. The fire, called in just before 9 p.m., was confined to the exterior of the home thanks, in part, to tight-pack cellulose insulation inside the walls, said Fire Chief Michael Sullivan today. The fire caused Firefighter Timothy Donovan heat exhaustion severe enough to require transport to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was treated and released. The first alarm was...

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Man charged with assaulting officer

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — A man from Malden was arrested Sunday night after committing assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. Patrol Officer Matthew Warren was in his cruiser at the intersection of Highland and Vernon streets at about 8:25 p.m. Sunday when he observed Craig V. Vivian, 26, 1 Fellsway East., Apt. 2, Malden inside a vehicle. Vivian was known to have several arrest warrants against him and when he exited the vehicle Warren attempted to arrest him. But when the Wakefield officer approached, Vivian pushed him and tried to...

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Twi-League Baseball seeks new players

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Annual draft will be on June 10   WAKEFIELD — The Twi-League baseball season is nearly here and the league will be holding its annual draft which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10. So all submissions are due to the league by Tuesday, June 9. The season is tentatively slated to begin with a triple header on Sunday, June 21 at Moulton Field. Anyone that’s out of high school that wants to play summer baseball this year can contact Tom Kelleher via e-mail at thomaspkelleher@gmail.com. A league representative will reach out to the drafted...

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Eight members of WMHS girls’ track team stay busy

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Compete in Absolutely Last Chance to Qualify Meet   BURLINGTON — Even though it was the holiday weekend, eight members of the Warrior girls’ track team took part in the Fifth Annual Absolutely Last Chance to Qualify Meet which was held Sunday at Varsity Field in Burlington. The Warriors went for three different reasons said Coach Karen Barrett. Some kids want to earn their varsity letters, some wanted to qualify for states and some have already qualified for states and wanted to get a better ranking for the state meet. Junior Julia...

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Softball team slams Somerville in regular season finale

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors storm 15 runs across in rout By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High School varsity softball team played its second game in as many days on Thursday as the Warriors hosted Somerville in a non-league game that concluded their regular season schedule. The Warriors got back to their winning ways Thursday at Vets’ Field, beating Somerville 15-1 in six innings as the visitors failed to record an out in the final inning before the game was halted due to the mercy rule. With the win Coach Rick Quattrocchi’s team finished the...

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Charles Longmuir

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Charles Longmuir of Wakefield, formerly of Malden, passed away peacefully at Blaire House in Tewksbury on Wednesday, May 20. Charlie was born on March 16, 1927, son of the late William and Margaret (Inglis) Longmuir in Malden where he spent his childhood. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army serving in Germany at the end of World War II. Charlie worked at A.C. Sweezey Lumber Co. in Malden, Moynihan Lumber in North Reading and the Town of Wakefield for the Housing Authority. Charlie loved woodworking and always had his wooden ruler,...

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Antoinette M. Wood, 92

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Antoinette M. Wood, 92, of Wakefield died Wednesday, May 20. Born in Malden on June 22, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Franco and Celia (Radocchi) Orsini. Mrs. Wood was raised in Wakefield and had worked as a stitcher at the L.B. Evans Shoe Company before retiring. She was the loving mother of Carol Murphy, Richard Wood, Robert Wood and his wife Joyce, Dianne Wood, John Wood, Donna Wood, Steven Wood, William Wood and the late Victor Wood and Debra Scheri. She was the sister of the late Armand Orsini, Elizabeth Gazzola,...

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Irving K. Stark, 91

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Irving K. Stark, 91, of Wakefield and formerly of Melrose, died May 15 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born on March 22, 1924, he was the son of the late Merrick F. and Frances L. (Hogan) Stark. Irving was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1942. He later graduated from the University of Massachusetts. He worked and later retired as a civil engineer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He had been a resident of Wakefield since 1951. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the...

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