Should sick time be required benefit?...

Oct 31, 2014 by

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Most people, when hired for a new job, receive, in addition to salary, a benefits package that includes a health insurance plan, 401K plan, vacation time and sick days. Some people, however, are not given sick time. These are people who work for restaurants, for instance or businesses that employ few workers. Question 4 on the Massachusetts ballot addresses the issue of sick time and aims to require employers with more than 11 employees to give sick days based on hours worked. A “yes” vote would allow for sick time, which can be used when employees are sick, have a doctor’s appointment they must keep, are caring for a sick family member or are dealing with a domestic abuse situation. If the law is passed, workers would get an...

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Random acts of kindness done here...

Oct 31, 2014 by

By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Bad news travels fast but so does good news. The good news is that people who gassed up their cars at Local Gas Station on North Avenue Tuesday night, Oct. 28, were given $10 gift cards. The giveaway is all part of the mission of North Shore Random Acts of Kindness, a new social group of like-minded people who share the goal of giving back to surrounding communities. And their mission is spreading. On Oct. 28, Susan Collins, initiator of the Wakefield group, and her team of seven gathered at Local Gas Station on North Avenue to hand out the gift cards. The gas station is owned and operated by Nick Tsitsinos and he was receptive to having the group use his station for their first gas card giveaway,...

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Shannon Quirk crowned the champion in the 200 and 500 freestyles in girls’ swimming...

Oct 31, 2014 by

Repeats as 500 champ, adds another title in the 200 to highlight WMHS performances in M.L. meet WALTHAM — Senior Shannon Quirk not only repeated as Middlesex League champion in the 500 freestyle but she also was crowned the league champion in the 200 freestyle in the Middlesex League girls’ swimming and diving championships held on Wednesday and Thursday at Belmont High School and Bentley University. Quirk repeated as the 500 freestyle champion on Wednesday as she posted winning time of 5:12.38. She beat out Winchester freshman Kate Fosburgh who swam a time of 5:25.83. The senior swam again yesterday at Bentley University and added another title to her resume. Quirk captured first overall as she clocked in at 1:59.37. She beat out Stoneham sophomore Zack McCarville who swam a time of 2:00.79. Madison...

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Rush, Tetreau selected to play ball hockey for U.S. team...

Oct 31, 2014 by

Seek to raise funds to play in Zug, Switzerland in June 2015 WAKEFIELD — Former Warrior girls’ hockey standout, Samantha Rush has been selected to play for the United States in the International Street and Ball Hockey Federaton (ISBHF) Women’s World Cup Championship which will held in Zug, Switzerland in June 2015. Rush was chosen to play to play for the U.S. along with her wife, Melissa Tetreau, by the American Street Hockey Institutue (ASHI) which selects the players for the U.S.A. women’s ball hockey team which will compete in the ISBHF championships. The ASHI makes the selections every two years. Rush grew up in Wakefield and was a 2004 graduate of Wakefield Memorial High School. She still lives in Wakefield and works as an elementary school physical education teacher and is the WMHS...

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