Grapplers get their shot at repeating as league champs...

Jan 28, 2016 by

Take down Burlington, face Watertown in title match next week Published in the January 28, 2016 edition. BURLINGTON — The Wakefield Memorial High wrestling team was a tri-champion in the Middlesex League Freedom division last winter. Now the Warriors have put themselves in a position to repeat as league champs and win the crown outright with its victory over Burlington last night at Burlington High School. Wakefield upped its league record to 3-0-0 in the M.L. Freedom division as it took down the Red Devils by a 48-34 score. The Warriors, who are 13-5-0 overall, have a chance to win the M.L. Freedom division title on Wednesday, Feb. 3 when they host Watertown at 7 p.m. at the Charbonneau Field House. Watertown currently has a 13-8-1 overall record and 2-0-1 record in the league....

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Kvedars return to second home at Haitian orphanage...

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Published in the January 29, 2016 edition By DAN TOMASELLO MELROSE — Local ophthalmologist Dr. Vicki Kvedar, MD and her daughter Julie have spent the past three years honoring the life and legacy of Britney Gengel during their annual medical mission to the Be Like Brit orphanage in Haiti each January. Be Like Brit is named after Rutland native Britney Gengel, who was killed in the massive earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010. Britney had just arrived in Haiti on a college-sponsored mission trip offered by Lynn University. After the earthquake, Dr. Kvedar recalled seeing Britney’s father, Len, on the news desperately searching for his missing daughter. Thirty–three days after the earthquake, Britney’s body was recovered from the rubble of her hotel. Afterward, Len and Cheryl Gengel decided to build an orphanage in...

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MBTA meeting on fare increases, commuter rail schedule changes Feb. 2...

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Published in the January 29, 2016 edition BOSTON — The MBTA is holding a public comment meeting next week on its proposed fare increases and commuter rail schedule changes. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the State Transportation Building, Floor 2, Conference Rooms 1, 2 and 3 at 10 Park Plaza in Boston. It is part of a series of 10 public meetings being held throughout the T service area on proposed fare changes and Late-Night service. Comments and suggestions raised by the traveling public with be shared with MBTA officials. Oral and written comments may be sent by riders to the MBTA in advance of the decisions to be made on these issues jointly by the MBTA’s Fiscal Management Control Board and the...

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Local man facing child rape charges...

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Published in the January 29, 2016 edition MELROSE — Walter Esteras, 27, of Melrose has been charged by the Middlesex District Attorney’s office with two counts of rape of a child by force, two counts of aggravated rape of a child, and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under the age of 14. Melrose Police Lieutenant Mark DeCroteau informed the Weekly News that Esteras was arrested at 35 Fellsmere Road in Malden on November 22. He was charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. Esteras was indicted Dec. 15 and arraigned on Dec. 17 in Middlesex Superior Court pertaining to allegations of sexual abuse that allegedly took place for several months beginning last September. Esteras, whose last known address was 40 Hurd Street,...

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Jo-Ann Bishop, 57

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Nurse Published in the January 29, 2016 edition MELROSE — Jo-Ann M. (Henderson) Bishop, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 26 at age 57. Born on June 10, 1958 in Melrose, she was raised one of six children to Phyllis and the late Dorsey Henderson in Melrose. She was a graduate of Melrose High School and received her L.P.N. from Melrose-Wakefield School of Nursing. As a young nurse, Jo-Ann worked on Med-3 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for many years. After gaining nursing experience, she worked as a medical secretary in the office of Dr. Harney and later for Dr. Lynch at North Suburban Orthopedics. Jo-Ann was a kind and gentle nurse who put patients at ease. She was genuine in her desire to help people and had a special way...

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