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Home invasion arrest made

Sep 30, 2016 by

Published in the September 30, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — A 19-year-old from Malden was arrested yesterday in connection with Tuesday morning’s violent home invasion on Crescent Street. Igor Souza Cruz, 548 Salem St., apartment 1, was charged with armed home invasion, armed robbery, armed burglary and assault, armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury and armed assault to rob. Local police detectives learned that Cruz might have been one of those who broke into a Crescent Street home sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. Tuesday, allegedly beat up a 51-year-old who lives there and stole an iPhone, a laptop computer and about $400 in cash. Detectives staked out Cruz’ home yesterday and spoke with him about the Wakefield incident around 3:30 p.m. Cruz said he was in Wakefield Tuesday at a girlfriend’s house, who was...

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State grant eyed for Rt. 129 Bridge rehab...

Sep 30, 2016 by

By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The town will try to take advantage of a newly created state program to fund needed repairs and maintenance to a bridge on the Wakefield-Saugus line. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has created a Municipal Small Bridge Program to assist communities in addressing small local bridges in need of rehabilitation or replacement. The program will provide a 100 percent reimbursable grant up to $500,000 for bridges with a span between 10 feet and 20 feet that are owned by cities and towns. The funding will cover both engineering and construction. Any costs above $500,000 would be the responsibility of the town or towns. “The Route 129 Bridge, where Water Street crosses the Saugus River, may be a potential candidate for this funding,” DPW Director Richard Stinson wrote in a Sept....

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This town appreciates the arts

Sep 30, 2016 by

Published in the September 30, 2016 edition. EDITORIAL Wakefield’s arts scene is as vibrant as we can ever remember it, and in October artists from every corner of the town and beyond will have their great work on display. Today is the official beginning of Art Week Wakefield, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 9. There is work on display all over town. On Saturday, Oct. 15, The Item hosts an annual artists’ showcase called the Artisan Affair and Marketplace at our building at 26 Albion St. The 2016 “Affair” is shaping up to be the best one yet. For the next week, check out the work at these locations: • Caryn’s Sports Bar at 397 Main St. will show photographs by Erik Eskedal and Jon O’Brien. • Create Artisan Studios at 39 Albion St....

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Girls’ soccer team wears down Watertown...

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Warriors post first win of season, prevail 1-0 Published in the September 30, 2016 edition. By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High School varsity girls’ soccer team has had some tough results this fall, but the season may be turning in the right direction as the Warriors notched their first win under first year head coach Stephanie Martin with a 1-0 victory over Watertown last night at Walton Field. The team took the field under the lights, and in the chilly evening, there was an air of desperation around the field. As the game kicked off, Wakefield showed its strength with an offensive attack that put Watertown’s defense under pressure for nearly the entire game. The teams battled. As Wakefield pushed forward, Watertown’s defense solidified, causing havoc in the final third of...

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