Dollar Tree here by May 1

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — It appears that Dollar Tree will be able to meet its goal of a May 1 opening for its downtown Wakefield store in the former CVS building at 376-378 Main St. The Zoning Board of Appeals agreed last night to allow building owner Robert Santonelli to proceed with upgrades to the building façade while he puts together a total sign package for the board’s April 8 meeting. Santonelli was concerned about the statutory 20-day waiting period if he had to wait until April 8 to get an approval decision for the façade work...

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‘Minor’ threat incident reported at Galvin

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — A very minor incident involving a threat to some Galvin Middle School mates yesterday morning prompted a cautious Supt. Dr. Stephen K. Zrike and Police Chief Rick Smith to make parents throughout the entire district aware that it happened. In an e-mailed message to families, Zrike writes, “We wanted to make you aware that today we were notified that a student made a low-level threat to a few students at the Galvin Middle School. Wakefield Police, Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC STARS) and Eliot Crisis...

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SC OKs 11.4% spending hike for next year

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

Colleagues disappointed as Evan Kenney dissents in 6-1 vote   By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield School Committee last night voted to bring to Annual Town Meeting a $34,787,085 FY 2016 School Department budget, including a $3,558,357 (11.4 percent) increase over the current year’s budget. But the vote was not unanimous, a fact that did not sit well with several School Committee members. Evan Kenney was the lone dissenting vote on the budget, which prompted committee member Thomas Markham to remark, “Perhaps you are on the wrong...

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Cummings looks forward to his new role as WMHS head football coach

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Is thrilled with the opportunity and seeks to keep up the success of the program By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — New Wakefield Memorial High varsity football head coach Steve Cummings is happy to have been named to the position and now he looks forward to getting himself further acquainted with the Wakefield community. Cummings, 36, was named the Warrior head coach last week to replace Mike Boyages who retired after 18 years at the helm. Cummings was an assistant coach with Boyages having been the defensive coordinator the last four years. “I’m...

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Brickley’s 349 tops K of C bowling league

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Advocates lead up to seven WAKEFIELD — In the 12th week of the Knights of Columbus bowling league’s second half season, Brian Brickley topped the league for the second straight week, this time with a 349. Brickley had strings of 97-112-140 to lead his first place Advocates to a 6-2 win over the Chancellors. The Chancellors had Ian Power at 332 and Jack Roche with a 303. Bob Curran’s 325 and Steve Addonizio’s 309 gave the Recorders a 6-2 victory over the second place Lecturers. Mike Maloney’s 291 was high for the Lecturers who dropped seven...

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Snow covered fields could delay start of regular season for most WMHS spring teams

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Landrigan Field is clear of snow, lacrosse teams are outside already By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The severe winter weather, which resulted in above average snowfall for Wakefield, is having an adverse effect on the spring sports teams at Wakefield Memorial High School as most of the fields still have about a foot of snow on the them and have forced most of the Warrior sports teams inside for the first week and a half of practice. While that itself isn’t unusual at the beginning of the preseason, there is a very real possibility that several...

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Lucy M. Mahan, 86

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

STONEHAM — Lucy M. Mahan, 86, of Stoneham died at her home on March 24 surrounded by her family. Born in Malden on Dec. 13, 1928, she was the daughter of the late John and Elvira (Monti) Carozza. Mrs. Mahan was raised in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1948. She had been a longtime Stoneham resident. She was a retired data entry operator for Addison Wesley Publications. She enjoyed bowling and taking trips to the many casinos in the area. Mrs. Mahan was the beloved wife of William T. Mahan. She was the loving mother...

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Royce F. Dewar, 84

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WAKEFIELD — Royce F. Dewar, 84, of Wakefield, died Tuesday, March 24, at Wingate of Reading. Born in Stoneham on July 1, 1930, he was the son of the late Royce R. and Nellie (Schnare) Dewar. Royce was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1948, and had been a Wakefield resident since 1957. He had served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a machinist and retired from a career at Transitron in Wakefield. His hobbies were his love for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spending time with his...

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Bette R. Holloway, 84

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WAKEFIELD — Bette R. Holloway, 84, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Monday, March 23. Bette was born in Hebron, Md., one of four children of the late Marion and Ruth (Rector) Holloway. Bette graduated from Nursing School at the Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, Md. She worked as a dedicated mental health nurse for over 30 years in a variety of hospitals beginning in her home state of Maryland, then in New York City and finally in the Boston area. She also served as a U.S. Air...

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