Tests: Lake algae toxic

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Published in the September 1, 2015 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A recent test conducted of algae samples from Lake Quannapowitt by a professional water testing laboratory showed alarmingly high levels of microcystin, a toxin associated with blue-green algae. Microcystin is produced during algal blooms and is considered the most toxic form of over 80 known toxic variants. Town Engineer Michael Collins, who chairs the Lake Quannapowitt Water Quality Committee, told the committee last night that tests of a sample taken on Aug. 20 showed...

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Local man charged with dealing drugs

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the August 31, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — A 43-year-old Kendrick Road man was arrested at about 4 p.m. on Friday on multiple drug charges including intent to distribute. Wakefield Police detectives had Anthony Lacava under surveillance for a period of time before obtaining a search warrant for his vehicle and residence. Late on Friday afternoon, local detectives along with area detectives from the regional Drug Task Force observed a white male enter the passenger seat of Lacava’s 2000 Honda Accord while parked on New Salem Street....

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Razing North Ave. house eyed

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Published in the August 31, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — In April, the Lakeside Cemetery’s Board of Trustees saw a 40-year tenant move out of the red house at 509 North Ave. Board members and Superintendent Phil Callahan did a walk-through of the small 185-year-old building and found several structural problems. The trustees thought the issues may be too expensive to repair. They asked contractors for their opinion and were basically told to tear the house down. But before that happens, the Historical Commission will hold a hearing on Tuesday,...

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Warrior football coaching staff undergoes changes as well

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New head coach welcomes several newcomers Published in the September 1, 2015 edition By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — There has been a change at the head coach’s position for the Wakefield Memorial High football team with Steve Cummings beginning his first year at the helm of the Warriors. There also has been a turnover among some of the assistant coaches as well. Cummings retained several members of Mike Boyages coaching staff and the entire freshman coach staff remained. However several assistant coaches also have left the program which...

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Football team makes a good first impression

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Warriors play well against Northeast in initial scrimmage Published in the September 1, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High football team had its first scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday morning at Landrigan Field against Hemlock Road rival Northeast Metro Tech. While the veterans were in there, the Warriors scored two touchdowns to the Knights one. “I was really happy with the overall intensity of our guys Saturday,” said Head Coach Steve Cummings. “They came to play and were able to have success on the field. Obviously,...

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Warrior Club holds 11th annual golf tournament

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Event raises $23,000 for football program Published in the August 31, 2015 edition BEVERLY —  The 11th Annual Warrior Club Golf Tournament was held on Monday, Aug. 3 at the Beverly Golf & Tennis Club in Beverly. For the second year in a row, the tournament sold out with 121 golfers — each excited to enjoy a great day, with great friends, for a great cause — supporting the 2015 Wakefield Memorial High School football program. The weather could not have been better and the conditions led to success on the course and in the Warrior Club’s...

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Ronald J. Robinson, 90

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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

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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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E. Thelma Coakley, 98

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Published in the August 31, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — E. Thelma Coakley, 98, of Wakefield died Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Winchester Hospital. Born in Boston on Oct. 6, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Alfred F. and Adelaide A. (Griffin) Barnard. Mrs. Coakley was raised and educated in Woburn. She had been a Wakefield resident for over 50 years and was a member of St. Joseph Parish. She enjoyed spending time at the Wakefield Senior Center where she could often be found quilting, which was one of her favorite activities. Mrs. Coakley was...

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