Discovering the wonders of nature...

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Published in the December 31, 2015 edition.

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A time of change

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This concludes our review of the local news in 2015. Published in the December 31, 2015 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The second half of 2015 brought more changes to the town – some good, some not so great. In some cases, it depended on your perspective. With the warm weather of June came the news on June 2 that School Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike was departing to become receiver of the embattled Holyoke public school system and would not complete the third year of his contract with Wakefield. Zrike’s departure opened the door for the popular Dr. Kim Smith, whom many felt had been unfairly bypassed in favor of Zrike. Smith’s appointment as Superintendent on June 9 became another milestone in her 29-year career with the Wakefield Schools during which time she...

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A week layoff hurts WMHS girl cagers...

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Warriors drop non-league game to Cathedral, 50-35 Published in the December 31, 2015 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High girls’ basketball team hadn’t played a game in a week and it showed especially in the first quarter of last night’s non-league game against Cathedral High School at the Charbonneau Field House. The Warriors were outscored 17-5 in the first eight minutes of the contest and 12-5 in the second quarter as they never recovered in a 50-35 defeat. Wakefield fell to 2-3 overall on the season. “Give them credit, they hit some open three point shots and we missed some shots,” said Coach Meghan O’Connell. “We continue to work hard but they applied some full court pressure. We hit more shots in the second half and we had a full effort. There may...

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Mary E. Meuse, 83

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Published in the December 31, 2015 edition. READING — Mary E. Meuse, 83, of Reading passed away on Dec. 27 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She was born in Franklin, N.H. on Oct. 5, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Robert O. F. and Sabrina (Varney) Cunningham. Mary was a graduate of Franklin High School and the Concord State Hospital School of Nursing. She was a former nurse at the New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham and the Greenview Manor Nursing Home in Wakefield. She was a longtime resident of Stoneham before moving to Reading. Mary enjoyed knitting at the Senior Center in Reading and spending time with her family. She was the beloved wife the late Lawrence W. Muse. She was the loving mother of Brenda Murray and her husband Douglas of Lynn,...

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Running to comfort the children of suicide...

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Published in the December 31, 2015 edition By BOB TUROSZ NORTH READING – In the United States today, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, claiming an average of 102 lives each day. As tragic as those statistics may be, they’re only the tip of the iceberg, because every case of suicide leaves behind friends and family members – sometimes young children – who are left devastated, reeling with a sense of grief and isolation. That’s why North Reading’s Shelby Patterson will run the Boston Marathon in 2016, as a fundraiser for Camp Kita in Maine, a special retreat for the children of suicide. Patterson is a transplanted southerner who loves New England and is the mother of two young daughters, ages 2 ½ and one year. She and her husband Kirk, the...

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