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Officials mull another parking committee

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — There will soon be another committee formed to look at parking in the downtown. This one comes at the request of the Chamber of Commerce and the committee will consist of as yet unnamed local merchants. Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio brought the idea to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting Monday night. He said that Chamber of Commerce has decided to have a liaison to Town Hall, and he has been meeting monthly with Chamber board member Laurie Hunt to talk about concerns that the Chamber has. One of those...

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Tough slog

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the February 16, 2017 edition.

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SC likes Walton plan

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Published in the February 16, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The School Committee will fast-track its approval of a plan to address the space needs at the Walton School in hopes of getting the $5.5 million project on the May 1 Annual Town Meeting warrant. The Finance and Facilities Subcommittee will discuss the plan at its Feb. 27 meeting with the full School Committee expected to vote at its next meeting on Feb. 28 to recommend placing an article to fund it on the warrant. At its meeting on Tuesday, the School Committee heard...

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After brief intermission, Opera Club meets again

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Published in the February 16, 2017 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo… it doesn’t matter to Howard Hart of Wakefield which opera star is singing. He loves them all. And the list doesn’t stop there. He’s fond, also, of Caruso, Pinza and Geraldine Farrar, an opera star from Melrose popular in the 20th century, and many others. For as long as he can remember, opera has been among Hart’s foremost interests. So fond is he of this musical genre that one year ago, on Jan. 1, 2016, he founded Opera Club of Wakefield....

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Let’s budget what we value

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Published in the February 16, 2017 edition. Folding school activity user fees into the town’s regular budget rather than having parents pay separately for their kids participating in sports and clubs makes sense to us. On Tuesday, the School Committee batted the issue around and the consensus was to either reduce or eliminate user fees in the future. Why not start now? The town has about $20 million in reserves, most of it of the usable variety. Recently there has been a great deal of self-congratulating about how well Wakefield is run and...

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Car into bank

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the February 15, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — A 30-year-old Wakefield woman will be summonsed to court on multiple motor vehicle charges after an accident in the Square last night caused one car to crash into The Savings Bank and come to rest on the sidewalk in front of the bank’s main entrance. Police determined that a 2015 Hyundai was traveling south on Main Street when a 2008 KIA Spectra came out of Centre Street heading across Main Street toward Chestnut Street. The cars collided, causing the KIA to spin up onto the sidewalk and...

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That’s some snowblower!

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Published in the February 14, 2017 edition.

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Storm takes its toll

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Published in the February 14, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Yesterday’s heavy, wet snow and strong winds took a toll on the town’s utility infrastructure as at least 14 calls came in to police yesterday of low hanging or downed wires. The weather conditions, which also damaged trees and branches, kept DPW, Police, Fire and Light Department and crews on the move all day long. At about 7:45 a.m. a caller reported a tree and wires down and blocking Central Street. That call was followed yesterday by reports of trees and/or wires down on Winnisimette...

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Maio lauded during review

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Wakefield News | Comments Off

Published in the February 14, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – Members of the Board of Selectmen are pleased with the performance of Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio and happy with the state of the town under his leadership. They let him — and the town — know how they felt at their meeting last night during Maio’s annual performance review. Selectman Ann Santos led things off. She said that she would not apologize for having no criticism of Maio. She noted that Maio is always accessible. “I never have to track him down,” she said....

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Square cleanup tomorrow

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Published in the February 14, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — As it now stands, the DPW plans a major snow removal operation on Main Street in the Square, on Tuttle Street, on North Avenue between Albion and Chestnut streets and in the Greenwood business district tomorrow night beginning around 8 p.m. There will be no parking in any of those areas beginning at that time. The cutting down of snowbanks and general clearing of snow will begin around 10 p.m. DPW Richard Stinson said the only reason why the work would not be done tomorrow night is if no...

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