Police have new work agreements with town

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

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Police unions have agreed to three-year contracts with the town covering the period from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017. Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio announced the deal at last Monday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Maio said that the terms of the deal were the same for both the union representing patrol officers and the union representing superior officers. The contract calls for police to receive a 1.25 percent cost of living increase retroactive to July 1, 2014. Another 1.25 increase...

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Driver ends up on Greenwood tracks

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WAKEFIELD — A 22-year-old Peabody driver faced several charges this morning after she took an early righthand turn at the bottom of Forest Street and got hung up on MBTA commuter rail tracks in Greenwood early Sunday morning. Natasha R. Farren, 1 Griffin Rd., Peabody was traveling east on Forest Street around 12:40 a.m. when she turned right onto the tracks. A citizen called police to report the incident. Shortly after police arrived, and based on certain observations and field tests made by officers, Farren was arrested for operating under...

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FinCom deals with larger dept. spending

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

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The annual budget process continued last night as the Finance Committee scrutinized more FY 2016 departmental budgets, including the Police Department, DPW and Group Insurance budgets. With Police Chief Rick Smith alongside, Town Accountant Kevin Gill presented the numbers for the $4,633,285 Police budget, which he said overall was down $59,888. Much of that was due to a $127,119 decrease in emergency overtime compared to last year. Smith explained that last year, the department had a number of recruits going...

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Wakefield skaters to appear in “Ice Spectacular”

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

READING — Several Wakefield residents will appear in the North Shore Skating Club’s Ice Spectacular, “Skating in Technicolor” which will be held at the Burbank Ice Arena in Reading on Friday and Saturday evenings, April 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. The audience will be treated to incredible skating while watching the NSSC skaters perform to a colorful array of songs. The North Shore Skating Club is pleased to welcome as guest skaters the 2015 British National Pair Skating Champions, Caitlin Yankowskas and Hamish...

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Girls’ tennis team hopes for an encore performance

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Warriors return entire starting lineup, hope to return to the state tournament By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High girls’ tennis team made the state tournament with primarily an underclass team a year ago as it had just one senior on the roster. So as the 2015 season opener gets closer, the Warriors have hopes of at least duplicating the success it had last spring. Wakefield posted a 9-8 overall record and a 9-7 record in the Middlesex League Freedom division. The Warriors faced Div. 2 North juggernaut Concord-Carlisle in...

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Boys’ lacrosse team storms by Austin Prep

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Warriors roll to 14-2 triumph in Lavalle debut By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — While everyone was hoping they had seen the last of a long winter, the snow was flying yet again on Saturday morning at Landrigan Field as the Wakefield Memorial High School varsity boys’ lacrosse team opened its spring season against Austin Prep. Despite battling the Cougars and the elements, Wakefield was in fine form from the opening face-off. It was the perfect start to the season for first year head coach, Andrew Lavalle, as he watched his team take care of business...

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Boys’ lacrosse team hopes to build on last year’s success

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

Warriors return many veteran players from last spring’s 15-5 squad By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Memorial High School’s spring sports season is set to begin this coming Saturday with varsity boys’ lacrosse team prepared to open up its 2015 campaign when it hosts Austin Prep. After last season’s success, WMHS lacrosse underwent a change at the head coaching position. With life changes, including a new job and a newborn child, last year’s head coach Geno Busa stepped down and ceded control of the program to one of his capable...

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John A. Howlett, 62

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NORTH ANDOVER — John A. Howlett, 62, of North Andover, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, at Kindred Hospital in Peabody. John was born in Lawrence to the late Warren and Mildred (Wolger) Howlett. He graduated from Wakefield High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. He was a car and truck salesman for many years at several area dealerships. During his spare time he enjoyed collecting die cast model cars, gardening, reading, writing and geneology. John was an avid sports fan, especially fond of his...

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Carl M. Manzella

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

STONEHAM — Carl M. Manzella, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Thursday, March 26, at the Life Care Center of Stoneham. Born in Melrose on Aug. 14, 1939, he was the son of the late Michael and Pansy (Quinzio) Manzella. Carl was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School and went on to graduate from Wentworth Institute. He was a retired draftsman for Stone and Webster Engineering. Carl enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Unicorn Golf Club in Stoneham. Carl is survived by his sister Diane G. Paone and her husband...

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Richard A. Saulnier, 71

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MALDEN — Richard A. “Dick” Saulnier, 71, of Malden and formerly of Wakefield, died on Sunday, March 22, at the West Revere Health Center. Born in Winchester on Jan. 20, 1944, he was the son of the late Laurence F. and Doris L. (Fairfield) Saulnier. Dick was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1962. He had been a Malden resident for the past 15 years. He had worked as a delivery man for Wakefield Tire and later worked for Sullivan Tire, from which he retired. He enjoyed golfing and bowling in his earlier...

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Albert J. D’Agostino Sr., 91

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CHELMSFORD — Albert J. D’Agostino Sr., 91, of Chelmsford, formerly of Wakefield and Everett, passed away on March 27. Born on Dec. 5, 1923 in Everett, he was the son of the late Angelo and Sofia D’Agostino. Al was raised and educated in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School. He had been a Wakefield resident for the past 36 years and was the co-owner of Gloria’s Food Store in Wakefield with his nephew Angelo Nicolai. He was a lifelong member of Crystal Community Club and was named their Man of the Year. Al was passionate about his...

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