Tree lighting ceremony Friday

Nov 30, 2016 by

Published in the November 30, 2016 edition. WAKEFIELD — Mark this Friday evening on your calendars! Wakefield’s traditional lighting of the Christmas lights on the Veterans Memorial Common will take place Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. The annual festivities, sponsored by the Wakefield Center Neighborhood Association, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by “Voices of Steel,” Wakefield Memorial High School’s a capella group under the direction of Ms. Ana Morel. Frosty the Snowman has once again promised to make an appearance for the children and will lead everyone in the countdown to light the lights. More music will follow the lighting of the lights at 7 p.m., while Frosty circulates through the crowd greeting his younger friends. As in past years, WCNA members will be on hand to serve hot chocolate...

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Town wants to keep pot stores out...

Nov 30, 2016 by

Published in the November 30, 2016 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Board of Selectmen wants to keep any kind of commercial recreational marijuana activity out of Wakefield and will include a referendum question in next spring’s Town Election asking the voters to ban such businesses from locating in the town. The decision comes in the wake of a statewide vote approving Question 4 on the Nov. 8 ballot approving recreational use and commercial sale of marijuana in Massachusetts. Wakefield voters, however, bucked the statewide trend and voted 8,159 to 7,339 against legalizing recreational marijuana. Maio said that after Question 4 passed statewide, he participated in a meeting with Police Chief Rick Smith, Town Counsel Thomas Mullen and Health Director Ruth Clay to discuss how to handle the burdens that the new law places on...

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Boy harriers compete at Nike Cross Northeast Regional Championship...

Nov 30, 2016 by

Place 26th in championship division of New York race Published in the November 30, 2016 edition. WAPPINGER FALLS, N.Y. — The Wakefield Memorial High boys’ cross country team capped off its successful cross country season with a trip to Wappinger Falls, N.Y. last Saturday to compete in the championship division race at the Nike Cross Northeast Regional Championship. The Warriors were accepted into the championship division based on their Div. 2 All-State runner up performance the previous week. Forty-one of the best teams from New England, New Jersey and Pennsylvania competed to see which two teams would earn a trip to Nike Nationals in Oregon. The Warriors competed on the challenging Bowdoin Park course for the first time in program history. Although it wasn’t their best race of the season they were able to...

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Season’s greetings

Nov 29, 2016 by

Published in the November 29, 2016 edition.

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Town to retake control of Americal...

Nov 29, 2016 by

Published in the November 29, 2016 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The town would like to take back control of the Americal Civic Center from the nonprofit entity that has been managing the building since 1983. “The Civic Center Board has done a good job of managing the building but community needs and building needs are making continued management of the building problematic and too costly,” Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio told the Board of Selectmen last night. Maio said that he would like to see the Civic Center managed under the Recreation Department, which could also use the space for some of its programs and help realize more of the building’s potential while bring in more money to the town. The town owns the building and has been leasing it to the...

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