State budget woes will last

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

BOSTON (AP) — Fiscal problems that have triggered a shortfall in the state’s current budget are likely to spill over to the next year’s spending plan, lawmakers and state officials were warned on Thursday. The House and Senate Ways and Means committees, along with officials from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration, held a revenue hearing at the Statehouse as they sought to determine how much Massachusetts is likely to collect in taxes in the 12-month period starting July 1. Once an estimate is agreed upon, it will be used as a starting point...

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Will Olympics’ fate head to statewide ballot?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

BOSTON – A move is on to have the proposed 2024 Boston Olympics’ fate decided at the polls. Yesterday, United Independent Party Chairman Evan Falchuk filed paperwork with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance to create a ballot question group called the “People’s Vote Olympics Committee.” In a press release, Olympics opponents say they were concerned in the aftermath of a Wednesday meeting where boosters of Boston’s Olympics bid presented their plans. “(M)any key questions either were never addressed, or were asked and evaded by...

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The state of our public school system

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — On the heels of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech came a similar address from the leaders of Wakefield’s School Department — Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike and his Assistant Dr. Kim Smith. The two went before approximately 100 people gathered at the Galvin Middle School last night to talk about the town’s educational strategy and emerging priorities. Zrike said that the district “had a lot to celebrate” but that there is still a lot of work to be done on his and Smith’s strategic plan,...

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Wakefield Squirt 2 hockey team wins “Winter Classic” Tournament

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

HOOKSETT, N.H. — The Wakefield Squirt 2 hockey team recently won the Winter Classic Tournament in Hooksett, N.H. with a 5-1 win in the championship game against a team from Shrewsbury in front of a large contingent of Wakefield fans. To get to the championship game Wakefield went 3-0 in the round robin portion of the tournament before beating the host New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, 3-0, in the semifinals. Throughout the tournament every player on the team worked very hard, gave it their all and each made big plays at different times. In light of...

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Little League walk-in registration is Feb. 7 at WMHS

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Online registration is also open   WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Little League walk-in registration will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m.-noon inside the Wakefield Memorial High School cafeteria. The fees for a single player is $130, two players is $205 and three players or more is $245. The fee for Senior League Baseball is $160 and the Challenger League is free. Wakefield Little League online registration is open at www.wakefieldlittleleague.org. The age requirements for the various divisions in Baseball are as follows: • Tee Ball (Born...

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Boys’ hockey team left in knots by St. Peter-Marian

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

Warriors let a pair of two goal leads slip away twice in 3-3 tie By DAN BYRNE STONEHAM — The Wakefield Memorial High School varsity boys’ hockey team played a non-league game against St. Peter-Marian Catholic High School in what was a rescheduling of a game that was set to be played earlier this month. Wakefield came into the night winless on the season but hoped that facing some different competition would help get the Warriors in the win column. Unfortunately for head coach John Pellerin’s side, a victory was not in the cards as the...

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Robert L. Woodworth, 84

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

WAKEFIELD — Robert L. Woodworth, 84, of Wakefield and formerly of Allston, died Jan. 21 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Maine on May 4, 1930 and was the son of the late Theodore R. and Ethlyn (Huden) Woodworth. Mr. Woodworth was raised in Maine and later made his home in Allston. He had been a Wakefield resident since 1974 and was a member of the Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Masons, was a retired union carpenter and was an avid golfer. Mr. Woodworth also served his country in the United...

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Anthony J. Gelsomini

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

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Anthony J. Gelsomini of Londonderry, N.H., died Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Born in Capestrano, Italy, on July 14, 1953 he was the son of the late Leo and Irma (Colasacco) Gelsomini. Anthony was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1971, and attended Sylvania Technical School in Boston. He had worked as a sales representative for Cray, selling computers. He had been a New Hampshire resident for the last 30 years. He enjoyed coaching youth ice hockey, boating, fishing and playing his...

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Grace J. DiGregorio, 82

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

WHS graduate, retired Wang employee   WAKEFIELD — Grace J. DiGregorio, 82, of Wakefield and Naples, Fla., died on Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Naples Community Hospital. Born in Wakefield on Oct. 6, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Terreveccia) Bellandi. Mrs. DiGregorio was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1950. She was a longtime member of the Salem Country Club. Mrs. DiGregorio was a retired office clerk for Wang in Burlington. Mrs. DiGregorio was the wife of Rick DiGregorio. She was the mother of...

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