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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Town prepares for heavy winter hit

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

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — By 1 p.m. yesterday, cars heading into Reading’s Market Basket parking lot snaked all the way out along Walkers Brook Drive. Inside the store, food and non-grocery items — from milk and spring water to Ice Melt, flashlight batteries and shovels — were being grabbed from shelves and rung up at all the cash registers. This morning, Al Davis, who manages the store, said the shopping situation was “out of control.” Shaw’s Supermarket on Water Street also saw an onslaught of shoppers this morning. Store Manager James...

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State budget woes will last

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

BOSTON (AP) — Fiscal problems that have triggered a shortfall in the state’s current budget are likely to spill over to the next year’s spending plan, lawmakers and state officials were warned on Thursday. The House and Senate Ways and Means committees, along with officials from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration, held a revenue hearing at the Statehouse as they sought to determine how much Massachusetts is likely to collect in taxes in the 12-month period starting July 1. Once an estimate is agreed upon, it will be used as a starting point...

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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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Wakefield Squirt 2 hockey team wins “Winter Classic” Tournament

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

HOOKSETT, N.H. — The Wakefield Squirt 2 hockey team recently won the Winter Classic Tournament in Hooksett, N.H. with a 5-1 win in the championship game against a team from Shrewsbury in front of a large contingent of Wakefield fans. To get to the championship game Wakefield went 3-0 in the round robin portion of the tournament before beating the host New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, 3-0, in the semifinals. Throughout the tournament every player on the team worked very hard, gave it their all and each made big plays at different times. In light of...

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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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Robert L. Woodworth, 84

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Robert L. Woodworth, 84, of Wakefield and formerly of Allston, died Jan. 21 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Maine on May 4, 1930 and was the son of the late Theodore R. and Ethlyn (Huden) Woodworth. Mr. Woodworth was raised in Maine and later made his home in Allston. He had been a Wakefield resident since 1974 and was a member of the Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Masons, was a retired union carpenter and was an avid golfer. Mr. Woodworth also served his country in the United...

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