The most expensive winter ever

Mar 31, 2015 by

WAKEFIELD — It looks like the winter of 2014-15, one of the snowiest on record in Wakefield, will be the most expensive. According to DPW Director Richard Stinson, bills are still coming in but the town will come “pretty close” to the $1,850,000 already allocated for snow and ice removal. Stinson said $1,803,000 had been paid out to cover much of the cost of cleaning up after over 114.25 inches of snow and there are a couple of salting operations the DPW has performed since then. “Right now we’re pretty close to what we requested,” Stinson explained. The initial annual appropriation for snow and ice removal was $650,000 and until the end of January the budget was holding up well. Then the snow really flew, with nine inches on Saturday, Jan. 24, followed by...

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Montrose Ave. man dies in Malden crash...

Mar 31, 2015 by

WOBURN – A 63-year-old Montrose Avenue man died Saturday night after reportedly suffering a heart attack while driving on Eastern Avenue in Malden. According to authorities, John Ruvido was traveling eastbound on Eastern Avenue in the vicinity of Sharon and Lisbon streets around 11 p.m. when he was stricken. His 2002 Ford Taurus crossed Eastern Avenue and crashed into a 2012 Chevrolet Impala heading west. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s issues releases on motor vehicular homicides. Ryan said, “Two vehicles collided on Eastern Avenue. An investigation indicates that the vehicle Ruvido was operating crossed into the other lane of travel, struck another vehicle head-on, and when emergency responders arrived on the scene, they found Mr. Ruvido unconscious.” The Malden Police Department received a call that there had been a crash at approximately 11 p.m.,...

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Blossoms at Beebe gala will have country feel...

Mar 31, 2015 by

WAKEFIELD — Tickets are now available for the eighth annual Blossoms at the Beebe, a flower show, gala and auction to benefit the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library and the Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce. The Saturday evening, adult-only event will be held on April 25 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, 345 Main St. Proceeds from the event will help sustain important programs at the Beebe Library as well as community projects sponsored by the Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event will feature a Country Gone Glam theme and will include a flower show featuring the talents of local florists; special country musical entertainment on both levels; gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Laurie’s 9:09 and ZuZu’s Cafe & Catering; specialty country cocktails, a silent auction and Texas Hold...

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Girls’ lacrosse team hopes for more consistency in ’15...

Mar 31, 2015 by

Warriors return many veterans, seek a state tournament berth  By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — One year ago, the Wakefield Memorial High School varsity girls’ lacrosse team had a roller coaster of a season. It started poorly for the Warriors as they lost their first nine games. But the team turned things around and, had a few things gone differently, the team could have reached the post season. Wakefield ended the 2014 season with a 5-13 record. This spring the team is back together and with another offseason of preparation under their belt, the Warriors will be ready to go when the season kicks off Wednesday, April 1 against Woburn. Head coach Cara Luca returns to the sidelines for her seventh year to lead the Warriors once again this spring. Along with her assistants, former...

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