Police chief, others talk of sex trafficking...

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Published in the September 30, 2015 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — “Wakefield is no different than any city or town in this country,” Police Chief Rick Smith told attendees at a forum on human trafficking and prostitution held at the First Baptist Church last night. “We all deal with prostitution, we all deal with massage parlors and we all deal with human trafficking – whether it’s labor trafficking or sex slave trafficking,” Smith said. “Every country in the world deals with trafficking for sex.” It’s a huge problem, Smith said, for law enforcement, communities and faith-based groups. Smith noted that over the last couple of years, local police have received an increasing number of calls regarding massage parlors serving as fronts for prostitution. In prior years, he said, police would get calls from...

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ZBA, Human Rights Commission members named...

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Published in the September 30, 2015 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Zoning Board of Appeals has two new members, after the Board of Selectmen this week appointed Francis X. Hayes of 2 Dell Ave. and Thomas J. Lucey of 142 Elm St. as alternate members. One of the appointments will replace Dominic Casamassima, who is moving out of town. The other will fill in for Kimberly Hackett who is taking a leave of absence from the ZBA. Hayes is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Principal at Bond Brothers, Inc., based in Everett. (Bond Brothers is the construction firm that recently completed the Galvin Middle School project.) Prior to Bond, Hayes served as vice president for Shawmut Design and Construction where he ran a $300 million academic and healthcare construction business. Prior...

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PHOTO: Rotary Club helps St. Joseph third graders...

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Busy boy harriers manhandle Wildcats...

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Warriors blank Wilmington to stay undefeated Published in the September 30, 2015 edition WILMINGTON — Even though the runners on the Wakefield Memorial High boys’ cross country team just competed on Saturday at the Frank Kelley Invitational Meet, the Warriors didn’t miss a beat in their Middlesex League Freedom division contest against Wilmington. Wakefield rolled to its third dual meet victory of the season and second in the league as it blanked the Wildcats, 15-50, at Wilmington High School. Despite the score, Wakefield had to work hard to earn the shutout. “It was tough to come back from a hard effort just three days ago but the boys worked hard to position themselves up front,” said Coach Perry Pappas. Jeremy Keegan, a senior, won the first race of his career with a personal best...

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Golfers road woes continue

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Published in the September 30, 2015 edition BELMONT — Being on the road hasn’t helped the defending Middlesex League Freedom division champion Warriors very much this season. The Wakefield Memorial High golf team dropped its fourth contest of the season and third on the road as it suffered a 47.5-24.5 setback against Belmont yesterday afternoon at the Belmont Country Club. Wakefield fell to 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the league, while the Marauders remained undefeated on the season at home. Coach Dennis Bisso made a few lineup changes but that didn’t provide the spark the Warriors needed. “We’ve had our trouble on the road this season,” said Bisso. Wakefield won just one individual contest and that came at number five where Austin Collard, a junior, pulled out a 5.5-3.5 triumph over his foe. The...

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