WPD awarded “certification” status

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on WPD awarded “certification” status

Published in the October 16, 2017 edition. On Oct. 12, 2017, the Wakefield Police Department received state Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission for the third time since 2011. Attending the award reception were Police Chief Rick Smith, Deputy Chief Craig Calabrese, Lieutenant Scott Reboulet, Lieutenant Steve Skory, and Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio. Certification is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession. These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations, and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation and holding facilities. The program not only sets standards for the law enforcement profession, but also for the delivery of police services to the citizens of the commonwealth. “Achieving Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is considered a very significant accomplishment and is a recognition that is highly regarded by the law enforcement community,” said Donna Taylor Mooers, the Commission’s Executive Director.” Going through the process initially requires intense self-scrutiny, and ultimately provides a quality assurance review of the agency. The agency must prepare for the on-site review of the 159 standards by the Commission, and requires commitment from all officers. The standards for certification impact officer and public safety, address high liability/risk management issues, and promote operational efficiency...

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ACO: Coyote numbers have not increased

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on ACO: Coyote numbers have not increased

Published in the October 13, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — If you go by social media, you might conclude that there has been an explosion in the coyote population in and around Wakefield. Not so, says Ken Stache, Wakefield’s Animal Control Officer for the last 30 years. “In all the years that I’ve been doing this job, I have not seen an increase in the population of coyotes,” Stache said. Although any animal population can experience a little spurt in numbers, Stache added, “Over the years I have not seen a drastic increase in reports or in the number of encounters people have with coyotes.” What seems like an increase in coyote sightings is likely in part a function of social media, according to Stache. If someone posts a sighting of a coyote near Four Corners and a while later someone reports seeing one in Forest Glade Cemetery and then some time after that, one is spotted near the Prime Gas Station on Lowell Street, it sounds like a lot of coyote sightings. “Most likely it’s the same coyote,” Stache said. Stache said that coyotes tend not to be a threat to humans. “People ask if are they dangerous to us,” Stache said. “They’re certainly going to view your small pet as a meal. But statistics do not show Eastern coyotes or coywolves as dangerous to humans. There have been only five coyote attacks on humans in Massachusetts since the 1950s....

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Medal-winning WMHS Marching Band in action tomorrow

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Medal-winning WMHS Marching Band in action tomorrow

Published in the October 13, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Wakefield hosted a New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) competition last weekend which included performances by 19 bands from across Massachusetts. The Warrior Marching Band and Color Guard was the last band to perform on Saturday night but it was worth the wait. They earned a gold medal with a score of 85.2. Wakefield also won awards for best music and best color guard. The band hits the road this weekend for another NESBA competition this Saturday, October 14, in Melrose starting at 5p.m. Wakefield will take the field at approximately 8:20 p.m. For more information, visit...

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Ring and Ride starts Oct. 30

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Ring and Ride starts Oct. 30

Published in the October 12, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The town’s senior citizens and disabled veterans of any age will have a ride sharing program to take them to medical appointments for a nominal fee by the end of this month. Called Ring and Ride, the transportation program is provided by the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA), stated Selectmen Chairman Mike Prisco during his report updating Town Meeting attendees of the progress made by the town’s Economic Development Committee on this initiative. “We want to start slow and see how the program works and see how many people take advantage of the opportunity to use the service,” Prisco said, adding that workshops would be held at the Senior Center and possibly Town Hall, and information would also be posted on the town’s website. An informational brochure has also been created. (Note: after Town Meeting, the date of the first informational meeting was finalized for Monday, October 23 at 2 p.m. at the Edith O’Leary Senior Center located on the first floor of the Third Meeting House on the common.) Seniors are defined as anyone 60 years or older. If the program meets with success, it could be expanded for other transportation needs for this population. Prisco explained that rides are shared and fees are charged for a one-way trip. A door to door upon is available upon request during the reservation process. Rides are...

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Town Meeting wraps up its business

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Town Meeting wraps up its business

Published in the October 12, 2017 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — After dispensing with five articles related to the future of the town’s water supply and backing a new social host general bylaw to curb access to alcohol and other drugs by those under age 21 by allowing the police to impose civil fines, the nearly 130 voters at October Town Meeting made short work of the remainder of the warrant last week. The following business was acted upon by the voters: APPROVED Article 2 to pay prior year’s bills totaling $9,973.06 by transferring funds from the FY2018 omnibus budget approved at June Town Meeting from: Water Enterprise expenses ($282.06); DPW Snow and Ice expenses ($216); DPW Road and Street expended ($6,945); and Pensions and Benefits ($2,530). APPROVED Article 3 to transfer $200,000 from Free Cash to the Capital Improvement Stabilization Fund, increasing the fund balance to $1,309,171. This fund is used to offset the cost of capital equipment purchases and debt financing. PASSED OVER Article 4 to appropriate money to Stabilization Fund, a.k.a.: the “rainy day fund.” PASSED OVER Article 5 to transfer funds to Other Post Employment Benefits (OPED) Liability Trust Fund. The fund balance is currently $892,546.83. Transfers are typically made in the spring, not fall and the article served simply as a placeholder in case the funding was deemed available after Free Cash was certified from the state DOR and other expenses determined. APPROVED Article 6...

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Town Hall, library early closure

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Town Hall, library early closure

Published in the October 12, 2017 edition NORTH READING —The town’s municipal employees will be recognized during the annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, October 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hillview Country Club. In order to enable all municipal employees to attend and enjoy this event, Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto reminds residents that Town Hall will close one hour early on Friday, at noon rather than at 1 p.m. Additionally, the Flint Memorial Library will be closed during the luncheon but will reopen after 1:30...

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Keeping it local

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Local Headline News, Melrose News, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Keeping it local

Published in the October 13, 2017 edition MELROSE — As Melrose’s biannual municipal election of candidates approaches, the city’s chief executive officer has some words of advice for voters: Evaluate office hopefuls on their contribution to the community, their positions on issues specific to Melrose and their vision for the future of our community. And not what political party they belong to. As divisiveness continues to plague the national landscape, more and more people are interested in local candidates’ party affiliation. Mayor Rob Dolan, who is not up for reelection November 7, shakes his head in bewilderment at this development. In an email response to a couple of questions, Dolan explained that “one of the positive things that has come out of the recent presidential election has been a renewed sense of activism among individuals of all political stripes. A renewed and invigorated Democratic City Committee and Republican City Committee are positives for our community and that often leads to greater civic engagement, which is a good thing. “Being a member of a political party means that you believe in a core set of beliefs and philosophies of government. Of course, that core set of philosophies is part of a candidate’s makeup and must be considered as he or she seeks elected office. At the same time, Melrose has always taken great pride in the fact that local elections are nonpartisan events: We do not run with a D...

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MEF announces fall grant application period

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Local Headline News, Melrose News, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on MEF announces fall grant application period

Published in the October 13, 2017 edition MELROSE — The Melrose Education Foundation is making up to $23,000 in grants available to Melrose Public School educators and staff. Educators may apply for grants online at www.MelroseEdFoundation.org between now and Friday, October 27. Grant recipients will be notified of decisions in late November 2017. Educators and staff across all subjects and grade levels in all Melrose Public Schools are encouraged to apply. Grants can be used to fund professional development, technology, and curriculum materials to pilot new initiatives or to expand successful programs already underway to reach more students. This year, educators who apply for professional development opportunities that require local travel may obtain a small stipend to cover mileage and parking. For the first time, as part of this fall 2017 grants round, the Foundation is proud to launch a pilot program with the Roosevelt School PTO to administer $1,500 in PTO grant funding. The Foundation will also continue its collaboration with the Melrose High School PTO to administer $2,000 in grant funding. By working together, the grants process is streamlined for educators and, in some cases, the organizations can partner on grants for greater impact and to reach more students. A non-profit 501(c)(3), the Melrose Education Foundation launched in June 2013 with the mission of supporting innovation and excellence in Melrose Public Schools by raising funds to provide grants to educators and sponsoring free, community events on topics...

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Fire Department open house Sunday

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Local Headline News, Melrose News, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Fire Department open house Sunday

Published in the October 13, 2017 edition MELROSE — The Melrose Fire Department will host an open house at its Main Street headquarters this Sunday, October 15, from noon to 2 p.m. As part of Fire Prevention Week observances around the country, the local fire service will have a slew of activities, which will include a tour of the main firehouse and may include a live, outdoor burn demonstration if the weather cooperates. This always-popular event is open to the public. Papa Gino’s has generously donated pizza and Shaw’s has generously donated soft drinks for the...

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TM Monday at LMS

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Local Headline News, Lynnfield News, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on TM Monday at LMS

Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The fall session of Town Meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lynnfield Middle School auditorium. After a barn burning session of April Town Meeting that lasted just over four-and-a-half hours, October Town Meeting will be a quieter affair with just 14 articles appearing on the warrant. Town Meeting will need a quorum of 175 voters in order to conduct the town’s business. Community Schools will be providing daycare to local families in the LMS auditorium. Article 1 seeks to allocate funds in order to pay unpaid bills from fiscal year 2017. Article 2 seeks to appropriate funds to “supplement certain accounts in the current 2018 fiscal year for various purposes.” During last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Administrator Jim Boudreau said the town is still finalizing the numbers for Articles 1 and 2. As a result, the selectmen voted to defer issuing a recommendation on the two articles until the night of Town Meeting. Last week, the selectmen voted unanimously to indefinitely postpone Article 3. The warrant article would have sought to allocate funds in order to construct a clubhouse and equipment storage building at the King Rail Reserve Golf Course. Article 4 seeks to appropriate $25,000 for engineering work related to the Beaver Dam Brook culvert removal project, which was unanimously endorsed by the selectmen. Boudreau said...

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Electronic voting, check-in coming to TM

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Local Headline News, Lynnfield News, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Electronic voting, check-in coming to TM

Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — A new feature will be coming to Town Meeting on Oct. 16. During last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Clerk Trudy Reid announced Turning Technologies will be demonstrating electronic voting at Town Meeting. “As voters check in, they will be given a clicker which will allow them to vote electronically on warrant articles,” said Reid. “No name is linked to the device. The device is a single event use clicker keypad designed specifically for a meeting. The device uses reliable radio frequency technology. The vendor will be assisting with the process.” In response to a question from Selectmen Chairman Chris Barrett, Reid said residents will be able to see the results of the 14 warrant articles on a screen. She noted Town Moderator Arthur Bourque was not in favor of electronic voting at Town Meeting until observing it at Rockport’s Town Meeting recently. “It does speed it up a little bit,” said Reid. Reid also said there will be an electronic check-in demonstrated by LHS Associates. She noted the company showed the product to town clerks from around the North Shore at an event held in Lynnfield recently. She said North Reading’s October Town Meeting used an electronic check-in process last week. “The product has also been used by many Massachusetts town and city clerks for their spring Town Meeting check-in as well as check-in for early voting...

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Donovan property sold to Herb Chambers group

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Local Headline News, Lynnfield News, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Donovan property sold to Herb Chambers group

Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By MARK SARDELLA LYNNFIELD — Big changes are coming to the former Donovan properties at the corner of Salem Street and Broadway (Route 1) in Lynnfield. The prime piece of commercial real estate consists of five parcels that have been purchased by Broadway Lynnfield Properties, LLC, which is controlled by Herb Chambers, one of the largest car dealers in the region, with 55 dealerships in the Boston area. One of those dealerships, Herb Chambers Cadillac on Route 1 North, is right next door to the property in question. The properties involved in the sale include 801 Salem Street ($938,100), 807 Salem Street ($622,800), 421R Broadway ($300,000), 445 Broadway ($975,500) and 449 Broadway ($1.9 million). The Chambers group is playing its cards close to the vest with respect to its future plans for the site. Wakefield attorney Ted Regnante, who represents the LLC, would only say that plans “have not been finalized. We’re working on various scenarios but nothing has been finalized as of yet.” The changes will be felt most immediately by several longtime business tenants on the property. Those include Donovan’s Liquors, Bay State Jewelry Exchange, the Western Barber Shop, Photography by Corinna, a dry cleaner and an e-cigarette store. Ron Cerra’s Lynnfield Meat & Deli moved several months ago and is now doing business on Route 1 in Saugus as Cerra’s Market. Tom Holland of Bay State Jewelry Exchange said...

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