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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WPD lauded for earning international recognition

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

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — “You are a top-notch police department,” Selectman Tiziano Doto told Police Chief Rick Smith and WPD officers last night. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) agrees with that assessment, as the Wakefield Police Department was one of only 10 departments worldwide to receive the association’s 2014 Community Policing Award. Smith and five members of his department were before the Board of Selectmen to talk about the award, which was presented last month at the IACP’s annual conference in Orlando,...

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Tax hearing tonight

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — The selectmen tonight will hold their annual tax classification hearing at which they determine what shift interval to implement so residential taxpayers and commercial property owners share the fiscal year 2015 tax burden. The joint public hearing with the assessors is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. A shift of 1 would create the same residential and commercial tax rate of $15.55 per $1,000 of property value. A shift of 1.25 would bring a residential tax rate of $14.86 and a commercial rate of $19.44. A shift of 1.5 would mean a...

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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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WMHS Football Alumni Night, Pep Rally will be held Wednesday

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

WAKEFIELD — There will be pre-game festivities for the annual Wakefield-Melrose Thanksgiving Day Classic on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the Charbonneau Field House. First up will be the WMHS Football Alumni Night which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Charbonneau Field House. All former WMHS football players are welcome. Highlight tapes of previous Thanksgiving Day games will be shown and alumni will be allowed to speak beginning at about 5:30 p.m. Afterward is the Pep Rally which will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Charbonneau Field...

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Field hockey team had a dedicated group of players

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors worked hard to improve over the course of the season By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — With the fall sports season coming to a close, the Wakefield Memorial High School field hockey team concluded its season with a record of 4-11-1 in the Middlesex League Freedom division and 4-12-1 overall. Unfortunately, the Warriors didn’t get to the state tournament which was one of the team goals headed into the season. “Looking back at this year’s team, I see a group of 12 seniors who were dedicated to the sport,” Coach Cara Luca said of the 2014...

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Daniel M. Curran, 61

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

WHS graduate served during Vietnam WAKEFIELD — Daniel M. Curran, 61, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Winchester on March 17, 1953, he was the son of Ardis Curran Lavoie and the late John T. Curran. Mr. Curran was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1971. He had served in the Army during Vietnam. He had most recently been working as a self-employed carpenter and has also worked as a bartender at the West Side Social Club and the Elks. Mr. Curran was very active in the...

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Ruth Ann Dewer, 82

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

Lifelong resident belonged to Most Blessed Sacrament Church WAKEFIELD — Ruth Ann Dewar, 82, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Winchester Hospital. Born in Melrose on May 5, 1932, she was the daughter of the Late Francis and Julia Ethel (Cronin) Gutro. Mrs. Dewar was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1950. She was a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Church. As a devoted family woman, she loved taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a lover of cats and...

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Alicia Marie DeMarco, 28

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

Raised and educated in Reading READING — Alicia Marie DeMarco, 28, of Reading died Thursday, Nov. 20, at Winchester Hospital along with her daughter Arianna Marie Toni DeMarco-Bubanas. Alicia was born in Boston on Jan. 1, 1986, and was the daughter of Raymond and Mary (Zagarella) DeMarco. She was raised and educated in Reading. She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her daughter Alexa. She was the loving mother of Alexa Rae Maureen DeMarco-Bubanas. In addition to her parents she was the beloved sister of Tracy Moore of...

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