Brianna McNeil is up to the challenge...

Aug 31, 2016 by

New WMHS girls’ gymnastic coach seeks to rebuild program Published in the August 31, 2016 edition By JIM SOUTHMAYD WAKEFIELD — The Warrior girls’ gymnastics team has fallen upon hard times in terms of the win-loss record and in overall numbers. It will be up to new head coach Brianna McNeil to change all that. McNeil takes over for long time coach Lisa Mansfield who is not returning this winter. McNeil will have the task of helping the gymnastics team to rebuild in terms of numbers and competitiveness in the Middlesex League. McNeil is no stranger to the Middlesex League gymnastics scene. She was a former star gymnast at Woburn High School, and her mother has been the head coach at Stoneham High School for the past 18 years. McNeil has been coaching at...

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PHOTO: Tennis Trophy Winners

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Published in the August 31, 2016 edition

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Beverly man arrested after stabbing in Breakheart...

Aug 31, 2016 by

Published in the August 31, 2016 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — An altercation in Breakheart Reservation late yesterday afternoon sent an 18-year-old Beverly man to a Boston Hospital by MedFlight helicopter with a serious stab wound while the alleged assailant was captured in a stolen car by local and State Police after speeding down Water Street and crashing in front of The Farmland at Main and Water streets. Wakefield Police officers arrived at Breakheart Reservation in the area just beyond the Wakefield entrance off Hemlock Road just before 5 p.m. to find an 18-year-old man who had the shaft of a broken golf club stuck through his upper chest. State Police from the Danvers Barracks also responded as Breakheart is State-owned land. Wakefield Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 5:07 p.m. According to Fire Chief Michael...

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ZBA approves wireless antenna changes at church...

Aug 30, 2016 by

Published in the August 30, 2016 edition  By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — If you were wondering what happened to those plans by the Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church to attach a new steeple/cell tower to the church, well, it’s coming. It just won’t be as tall as originally planned. Two years ago, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved the Special Permit application of Bell Atlantic Mobile/Verizon Wireless to construct a 124-foot steeple on the church that would house wireless communications antennas. The approval came despite vocal opposition for some neighbors, mostly objecting to the height. Wireless companies often look to place their antennas in church steeples due to their height and the ability to conceal the equipment in residential neighborhoods. The lease arrangements also turn out to be a financial blessing to the houses of...

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