Mighty blizzard creates early a.m. ghost town

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By BOB BURGESS WAKEFIELD — Schools were closed and motorists, for the most part, stayed off the roads this morning as a powerful winter storm blasted the region with high winds that whipped light, fluffy snow into formidable drifts. According to DPW Director Richard Stinson, crews had a tough time keeping ahead of the might of the blizzard as they performed snow removal operations overnight, in part because visibility was so poor and the wind kept blowing snow back onto streets plow drivers had just cleared. By 8:30 a.m., about a foot of snow...

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Maio cautiously optimistic about FY16 budget

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Although Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio predicts that fiscal Year 2016 will be “a challenging year,” he also sees the town in “pretty solid shape,” with reserves that place Wakefield in the top 2 to 3 percent in the state in that regard. In a sure sign that the municipal budget season is upon us, Maio delivered his annual fiscal forecast at last night’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen. He explained that the year could be a challenging one for municipalities due to uncertainties surrounding state and federal...

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WMGLD, police among top earners again

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

By BOB BURGESS WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department had the most employees on the 2014 list of the town’s top wage earners with 18, down two from the previous year. But the 17 police making the list took many of the top spots, thanks in part to private detail work. In addition, due to a manpower shortage, the town’s Information Technology Department placed its two employees in the first 20 places on the list of the 50 top paid Wakefield municipal employees. Five firefighters made the top 50 list, which appears here and...

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WMHS wrestlers take down Wilmington, close in on M.L. Freedom division crown

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Warriors pull away from Wildcats late, take on Melrose Wednesday for league title WAKEFIELD — There was a change and time and place, but the Wakefield Memorial High wrestling team got in its Middlesex League Freedom division meet against Wilmington on Saturday morning at the Charbonneau Field House. The Warriors are now one victory away from winning the M.L. Freedom division title as they took down the Wildcats, 54-27. Wakefield increased its league record to 3-0 and its overall record to 11-8. The Warriors host Melrose in their final league...

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Girls’ hoop team ends two-game slide

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

Warriors turn in a solid effort, top Winchester 51-41 By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High School girls’ basketball team took another step in its journey toward state tournament qualification with another win Friday night which snapped a two-game losing streak. The Warriors welcomed the Winchester Sachems to the Charbonneau Field House where Head Coach Meg O’Connell’s team put their 6-4 record on the line against Winchester and prevailed by a 51-41 score. Coach O’Connell was pleased with her what she saw from her team on...

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Boys’ hockey team spots Winchester four goals

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

Warriors make valiant comeback bid, edged 5-4 By DAN BYRNE SAUGUS — The Wakefield Memorial High School varsity boys’ hockey team’s season continued Saturday evening at the Kasabuski Arena whem  the Warriors hosted the Sachems from Winchester High School. Still seeking their first victory on the season, the Warriors skaters spotted Winchester a four-goal lead in the opening period before outplaying the Sachems down the stretch for the final 30 minutes of the game. Trailing 5-1 heading into the third period, Wakefield’s valiant effort to come...

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Mary P. O’Connell, 63

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Mary P. “Pat” (Lamson) O’Connell, a 40-year resident of Wakefield and formerly of Melrose, entered into eternal life on Saturday, January 24, at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose following a brief illness. She was 63 years old. Pat was born in Malden on April 20, 1951, a daughter of the late Harold O. Lamson and Genevieve L. (Quill) Lamson. She grew up in Melrose where she was educated in the Melrose Public School system and graduated from Melrose High School in 1969. Pat worked as a bookkeeper for Shawmut Jewelry in Boston...

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Pansy M. Manzella, 98

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

WAKEFIELD — Pansy M. Manzella, 98, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died on Saturday, Jan. 24, in Wilmington. Born in Wakefield on April 1, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Sabatino and Maria (Grazia) Quinzio. Mrs. Manzella was a graduate of Wakefield High School. She had worked for the L.B. Evans Shoe Company of Wakefield and had also worked at Santoro’s Sub Villa of Saugus. She had been a member of the Lynnfield Art Guild and a lifelong member of St. Florence Church and member of the Ladies Sodality of the church. Mrs. Manzella was the...

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Anthony J. Puopolo, 82

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

WAKEFIELD — Anthony J. Puopolo, 82, of Wakefield died Friday, Jan. 23, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Malden on May 14, 1932, he was the son of the late Anthony J. and Margaret (Peleo) Puopolo. Mr. Puopolo was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1950. He then served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He had worked for the Malden Evening News and was a retired printer. He was an avid tennis player and belonged to the Winchester Tennis Club. Mr. Puopolo was the beloved husband of Gerry Puopolo. He...

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