Parent Univ. March 21

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — It’s a novel idea, educators teaching parents. But it’s an idea that’s sweeping the nation, mostly in bigger school districts such as Boston, New York and Los Angeles. Parent University is a program that has caught on and, since his arrival in Wakefield, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen K. Zrike has launched the concept here. The first Parent University in Wakefield got its inauguration in 2014 and the second community-wide event for parents and caregivers of students enrolled in Wakefield’s public schools will...

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Another April 28 race surfaces

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WAKEFIELD — As the Friday deadline approaches for those wishing to run for local office in the April 28 election, just one seat to be decided that day does not have a hopeful seeking the position. The five year opening on the Wakefield Housing Authority is the only elected seat that has failed to attract a candidate. Yesterday, incumbent Gas and Light Commissioner Michael P. McCarthy, 8 McDonald Farm Rd., pulled nomination papers for reelection to a three year term on the board overseeing the Municipal Gas and Light Department. Also...

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Cuts imperil METCO

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Every day that school is in session, METCO students are bused in from Boston’s neighborhoods but, with a $930,000 cut to the statewide METCO budget looming, the program is now in peril. METCO, formally known as the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, allows students in 37 Boston area and Springfield communities to attend public schools in communities that have agreed to participate in the program. In Wakefield, 51 students were enrolled as of Oct. 1, 2013. METCO’s mission is to increase diversity in...

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Ninth annual Galvin Student/Faculty hoop game is March 9

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At the Wakefield Memorial High Field House WAKEFIELD — The Galvin Student/Faculty Basketball Game is just days away. Will the Globetrotters run away with it this year? Or will the Generals teach them a lesson in the slam-dunk? The game will be held on Monday, March 9 at the Wakefield Memorial High School Field House. The game will be from 6 -8 p.m. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Galvin PTO is gearing up for its ninth annual Student/Faculty Basketball Game. They hope you can join them on Monday, March 9 as their renowned staff, The Galvin...

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Kasabuski Arena closed due to safety concerns

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Saugus rink is home of the Warrior hockey teams   SAUGUS — It just may be a good thing that the Warrior boys’ and girls’ hockey teams are done for the season. That’s the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety abruptly closed the Kasabuski Arena, the home rink of the Wakefield teams, indefinitely Saturday due to a public safety emergency condition. The unexpected closure resulted in the indefinite cancellation of all hockey games and practices as well as other activity at the ice rink. The safety emergency was a result of unsafe snow...

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Gallagher runs last 600 meter race, ends with a bang

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Senior takes second at New England Championships BOSTON — Senior Jackson Gallagher ran his last 600 meter race in indoor track and ended his career with a bang on Friday in the New England Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Before a jam-packed house, Gallagher ran another personal best and dropped his school record time once again to 1:20.60 by placing second to the defending champion, St. John’s Prep standout Joe Luongo and #2 ranked 600 meter runner in the country. Gallagher remains at U.S. #7. Luongo ran a first...

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Francis V. Geary Jr., 89

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Avid baseball fan worked at Parke Snow WAKEFIELD — Francis (Frank) V. Geary Jr., 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 20, at the Golden Living Center in Melrose. He resided in Wakefield for all of his life. Frank was an energetic individual who loved to play and watch baseball. Frank could be seen many a night playing baseball on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. During baseball season he enjoyed many games on his TV and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox. Every town has its own “walking man” and Frank was Wakefield’s walking man. He...

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Alice E. Fletcher, 89

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Alice E. Fletcher, 89, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully March 2 at Pilgrim Rehab and Nursing Center in Peabody. She was born in Wakefield on Jan. 13, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Leo T. and Eleanor (Cullen) Gerrior. Alice was raised and educated in Wakefield. She was the matriarch to her family and her extended family. Alice was the beloved wife of the late Walter J. Fletcher. She was the loving mother of Thomas L. Fletcher and wife Gayle of Danvers, James A. Fletcher of Stoneham and Gayle M. Hill...

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Thomas G. Carroll, 63

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WAKEFIELD — Thomas G. Carroll, 63, of Wakefield died March 1 in Reading. Born in Melrose on May 2, 1951, he was the loving son of Ruth E. (Cooper) Carroll of Reading and the late Elmer Ray Carroll. Mr. Carroll was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1969. He was a drummer for the former groups “The Rogues” and “Yet to Be.” Following high school, he played semi-professional hockey and briefly worked for the Wakefield Light and Gas Department before going on to attend Dade County Community College in Miami,...

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