WCNA to build new playground entrance

Posted by on Feb 28, 2020 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on WCNA to build new playground entrance

Published in the February 28, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Users of the Spaulding Street Playground will soon have a more auspicious entrance when they arrive. The Wakefield Center Neighborhood Association (WCNA) would like to create a new gateway to the children’s playground at the edge of Lake Quannapowitt on the Lower Common. Peter Scott of the WCNA...

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Youth to get a say in town affairs

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Youth to get a say in town affairs

Published in the February 27, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Wakefield will soon have an official way for the youth of the town to have a voice in local government. The Town Council voted unanimously this week to create an 11-member Youth Council that will include residents in the 13-18 age group. At Monday’s Town Council meeting,...

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Town eyes $20M investment in roads

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Town eyes $20M investment in roads

Published February 26, 2020 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — People love to complain about the roads. Now, the DPW leadership has come up with a Strategic Road Repair and Maintenance Plan to keep the roads in better shape and save money in the long run by investing in preventative maintenance to extend the life span of roads and delay...

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Demolition begins for the Food Pantry’s future home

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Demolition begins for the Food Pantry’s future home

Published February 27, 2020 NORTH READING — “Future Home of the North Reading Food Pantry” proclaims the banner on the white building beside the Union Congregational Church, and the future is coming closer. A dumpster pulled in Monday morning to the church property at 148 Haverhill Street and a demolition team took the building’s interior down to the studs,...

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Town Clerk predicts higher level of voter participation March 3

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Town Clerk predicts higher level of voter participation March 3

Published February 27, 2020 NORTH READING — Town Clerk Barbara Stats asks voters to be aware of the potential for a higher-level of participation in next Tuesday’s Presidential Primary, especially during traffic peaks at certain times of the day. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Peak times usually occur at the opening of the polls...

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Gearing up for Super Tuesday vote

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Gearing up for Super Tuesday vote

Published February 27, 2020 Updated from the print edition at 3:30 p.m. February 27, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO and MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — After listening to stump speeches and campaign ads while trying to avoid Facebook arguments for the past year, voters will finally have their say when they head to the polls for the Presidential Primary on...

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Review of $38M schools’ spending plan begins

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Local Headline News, Melrose News, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Review of $38M schools’ spending plan begins

Published February 28, 2020 MELROSE — School officials have plenty to digest as they began digging this week into the 2020-21 educational spending plan proposed by Supt. Cyndy Taymore. The $38 million plan includes money to deal with rising enrollment, handle a 5 percent special education tuition increase, fund a nearly 50 percent hike in the cost of getting local...

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BEER + BITES returns to Memorial Hall April 4

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Local Headline News, Melrose News, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on BEER + BITES returns to Memorial Hall April 4

Published February 28, 2020 MELROSE — Melrose BEER + BITES is pleased to share that tickets are on sale for its fifth annual local craft brew tasting fundraiser at Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose on Saturday, April 4 featuring breweries that include Lord Hobo, Bent Water, Downeast Cider, Mighty Squirrel, Harpoon and many more. The event will offer two...

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House seat up for grabs

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Local Headline News, Melrose News, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on House seat up for grabs

Published February 28, 2020 MELROSE — Since Kate Lipper-Garabedian and Brandon Reid were the people’s choices to square off in Tuesday’s special election for the vacant state House of Representatives seat, the month-long campaign to succeed Paul Brodeur has been about as quiet as possible. Not a peep — or a candidates’ forum — to be heard. So we...

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Six-figure town salaries on the rise

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Local Headline News, Lynnfield News, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Six-figure town salaries on the rise

Published February 26, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Fifty-six town employees earned six-figure salaries last year, which surpassed the 51 employees who earned six-figure salaries in 2018. According to town documents supplied by Town Treasurer/Tax Collector Leslie Davidson that are based on employees’ W-2 forms, Police Patrolman Mark Bettencourt topped the highest paid employees’ list for calendar year 2019...

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Gearing up for Super Tuesday voting

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Local Headline News, Lynnfield News, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Gearing up for Super Tuesday voting

Published February 26, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — After listening to stump speeches and campaign ads as well as trying to avoid Facebook arguments for the past year, voters will finally have their say when they head to the polls for the presidential primary on Tuesday, March 3. Townspeople living in all four precincts will be casting ballots...

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‘The recycling world is upside down’

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Local Headline News, Lynnfield News, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on ‘The recycling world is upside down’

Published February 26, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — While recycling costs have gone through the roof, townspeople can take steps to improve the town’s program, DPW Director John Tomasz said in an interview last week. Tomasz attributed the increase in recycling costs to China and India deciding to ban importing solid waste two years ago. “China used to...

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