Area on alert for West Nile Virus

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

BOSTON — Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) yesterday announced that they have raised the West Nile Virus (WNV) risk level to “moderate” in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Revere, Somerville and Watertown. This change is due to multiple WNV-positive mosquitos being found in a relatively small geographic area of the Commonwealth that has historically had significant WNV activity. These findings, combined with the current weather patterns (warm/hot and relatively...

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130-unit Brightview plan OK’s

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the July 30, 2015 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — After 10 long months of public hearings, dozens of letters to the editor, lawsuits and even protests in Wakefield’s Square, the Zoning Board of Appeals last night approved three Special Permits that will allow Shelter Development to construct a 130-unit Brightview Senior Living facility on Crescent Street. The project plans call for 69 assisted living units and 61 independent living units. It remains to be seen if the decision will be appealed in Superior Court. After the...

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Remember those who preserved the Union

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the July 30, 2015 edition When the new World War II Monument was unveiled on Nov. 11, 2011, it was a proud moment for the entire community. The wood memorial that it replaced had suffered the ravages of time and could not be saved. The old World War II Monument was the most pressing need. But the beautiful new granite monument that replaced it has also served to highlight the fact that other monuments on Veterans Memorial Common are also in need of attention. That focus has now shifted to the Civil War memorial, also known as the...

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International friendly soccer jamboree with China was fun for all

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Published in the July 31, 2015 edition LYNNFIELD — Four boys’ U10 soccer teams from Lynnfield, Wakefield, North Reading and Shenzhen, China got together on the new fields at Lynnfield High School for a soccer jamboree on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26. The Chinese team, named the Randal Football Club, was able to make the trip as part of an extended vacation coordinated by head coach Forest Lin, who is a business colleague of former LYSC Board member John Simonetti. The two share an appreciation for soccer and coaching youth teams. Over...

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Merchants save their best for last

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Rally in seventh, edge Arlington Trojans 6-5 Published in the July 30, 2015 edition By DAN MARGARITA WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Merchants took advantage of their last at bat to come away with a 6-5 walk-off win over the Arlington Trojans last night in an Intercity League game at Walsh Field. One of the offensive stars for the Merchants was manager Dave Ellegood, who made a rare appearance as a player, scoring three runs in three plate appearances. “It’s probably been a couple of years since I’ve played. Lucky me, now I can’t walk,” he joked,...

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Townies A team walks off with a 1-0 win

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Edges Melrose in eight innings Published in the July 29, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Townies 15-16 year old baseball team has been struggling to score runs lately and last night was no different. However a strong pitching performance by Tyler Pugsley and solid defense allowed Wakefield to pull out a 1-0 victory in eight innings over Melrose last night in an A division game in the Lou Tompkins All Star Baseball League at Walsh Field. The Townies are now 6-8 on the season. Pugsley pitched seven innings allowing four hits and walking...

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Arthur W. Fairfield, 85

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the July 31, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — Arthur W. Fairfield, 85, a longtime Wakefield residence died on Monday, July 20 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Wakefield on June 6, 1930 he was the son of the late Percy and Mildred (Slack) Fairfield. Mr. Fairfield was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1948. He was a retired master carpenter for the Town of Wakefield School Department. Mr. Fairfield was the husband of the late Frances M. (Leggett) Fairfield. He is survived by his three daughter: June E. Hawkins and her...

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Linda Hatch, 52

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the July 29, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — Linda Hatch, 52, a lifelong Wakefield resident died on Monday, July 27 at the Winchester Hospital. Born in Stoneham on Feb. 7, 1963, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Pauline (Dingle) Hatch. Ms. Hatch was educated in the Wakefield Public Schools and had loved all animals. She is survived by her uncle Richard Dingle of Virginia. Her funeral service will be held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend....

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Olga C. Packard, 93

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Published in the July 28, 2015 edition WAKEFIELD — Olga C. Packard, 93, a longtime Wakefield resident, business owner and civic leader, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, July 19. Born in Boston on March 23, 1922, she was the daughter of Raffaele and Adeline Cotillo. Mrs. Packard owned and operated Packard Realty, from 1965-2011. She was actively involved in the Eastern Middlesex Association of Realtors, having served as president of the board in 1970-71 and having twice been named Realtor of the Year, in...

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