Truck fire snarls 128 traffic

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — A truck carrying multiple canisters of hydrogen and oxygen caught fire yesterday afternoon on Rte. 128 south at Exit 42 near the Sheraton Colonial Hotel when the vehicle’s brakes locked up, igniting a fire. Traffic in the area was snarled for about 45 minutes when both sides of the highway were shut down. The fire was contained to the area of the left rear brake, said Fire Chief Michael Sullivan and the quick work of the driver, James Hopkins of West Warwick, R.I. was an “immense help.” The Wakefield and Lynnfield Fire Departments...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving service Tuesday night

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Wakefield’s annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at First Parish Congregational Church. Organized by the town’s clergy and musicians, this year’s service will include scripture readings, prayers, choral anthems and instrumental music with a brass quartet. Leaders from the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church, First Parish Congregational Church, St. Florence Roman Catholic Church, Temple Emmanuel, the Unitarian-Universalist Society of Wakefield, Greenwood Union Church and the...

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ConCom happy with Stark Ave. land swap plan

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — “I think it’s the best thing that ever could have happened,” said Conservation Commission Chairman Frank J. Luciani Jr., speaking of the land swap that Town Meeting approved this week resolving a 27 year-old dispute between a land-owner and the town. The Town Meeting action authorized the Board of Selectmen to petition the legislature to enact special legislation permitting the town to exchange parcels of land in the Stark Avenue area with builder Elias Anjim. “I think that the selectmen did a great job,” Luciani...

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Thanksgiving Day tickets go on sale today

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

For annual Wakefield-Melrose classic WAKEFIELD — Tickets for the annual Wakefield Memorial High/Melrose High Thanksgiving football game will be on sale beginning Friday at Smith Drug and the Wakefield Memorial High Athletic Office after school hours. This year’s Thanksgiving Day classic game will be played at Landrigan Field in Wakefield beginning at 10:15 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets sold at the gate on game day are $8. Tarpey Insurance  is again sponsoring the annual $10,000 field goal contest for a lucky...

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Jon Davison wins ICL Sportsmanship Award

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Merchants player the lone recipient from Wakefield STONEHAM — The voting is complete and the Intercity League is pleased to announce its 2014 individual award winners. The winners were honored at the Fifth Annual Hall of Fame, Awards & Reunion Dinner, that was held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham. One Wakefield Merchant player was honored. Jon Davison was the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award. —– 2014 INTERCITY LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Johnny Welch, Andre Chiefs OUTSTANDING HITTER...

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2014 Warrior golf team ranks as one of the best ever in WMHS history

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off

Clinched a share of M.L. championship and gained a berth in North sectional tournament By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The 2014 Wakefield Memorial High golf team was among the best ever in school history to play on the links and this fall certainly was one to remember for the 10 Warriors that were on the roster. Wakefield captured a share of the Middlesex League championship, posted the most wins it has in recent history and clinched a berth in the North Sectional tournament for the second straight year. The Warriors finished with a 12-5-1...

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Blanche M. Sarno, 92

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Blanche M. Sarno, 92, of Wakefield died Wednesday, Nov. 19 at her home. Born in Nova Scotia, Canada on May 16, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Catherine (Doucette) Porter. Mrs. Sarno moved to Wakefield as a young child and was raised and educated in town. She had many passions in life and loved to knit and to bake; she entertained other hobbies such as sewing, attending yard sales and reading. Additionally, she was an active member of St. Joseph Church. Mrs. Sarno was the wife of the late Carmino Sarno. She was...

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Mary Ethel Downey, 79

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

WAKEFIELD — Mary Ethel Downey, 79, of Wakefield died peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at her home. She was the only child of the late Thomas F. and Ethel Marguerite (Hickey) Downey. Mary was born on Jan. 5, 1935 and was the first child born in Wakefield that year. She attended Notre Dame Academy in Tyngsboro before graduating from Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Newton. She received her bachelor of science degree from Tufts University along with a general certificate from Bourne-Boston School. She later received her master’s...

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Gerald F. Foley Jr., 56

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off

MALDEN — Gerald F. Foley Jr., 56, of Malden, formerly of Wakefield, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The son of the late Gerald F. and Hazel (Cunningham) Foley Sr., Gerald was born in Winchester on Nov. 30, 1957. He was educated in Wakefield schools. He was employed as a maintenance man for the former Hotel Madison in Boston and later for Bank of America in Boston. At present, he resided in Malden and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #13966 of Malden, where he was very active....

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