Police: No need to lower speed limits...

Jan 31, 2017 by

Published in the January 31, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Last year, the state of Massachusetts adopted a new law that allows cities and towns to lower their statutory speed limits to 25 mph. Recently, Boston and Somerville took advantage of that new provision to lower statutory speed limits in those cities. Would such a move make sense for Wakefield? Not according to Wakefield Police Department’s resident traffic expert Lt. Steven Skory, who chairs the town’s Traffic Advisory Committee. “I am not in favor of lowering the statutory speed limit to 25 mph in Wakefield,” Skory says. “The new law that allows municipalities to lower speed limits to 25 is most beneficial to urban communities like Boston, Cambridge and Somerville which have narrow, congested roadways.” Understanding how the new law works, Skory...

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Boys’ indoor track team crowns two champs at State Coaches Invitational...

Jan 31, 2017 by

4×200, 4×800 relays take firsts, three other Warriors medal Published in the January 31, 2017 edition. BOSTON — The Warrior boys’ indoor track team crowned two champions, both of which were relay squads, in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Boys’ Invitational Small Schools Meet held on Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Track Center. The 4×200 relay and 4×800 relay teams captured first places to lead Wakefield, the newly crowned Middlesex League Freedom division champion. The 4×200 relay team clocked in at 1:34.56 beating out 17 other team teams. The four runners included senior Dan Sallade, senior Dan Summers, senior TJ Sellers, and sophomore Brian Smith. The 4×800 relay was one of four teams entered and the Warrior quartet won easily with a time of 8:22.19 to Winchester’s second place time of 8:39.02. The...

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Ruth E. Derfler, 70

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Published in the January 31, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Ruth E. Derfler, 70, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, died Friday at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Winchester, March 16, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Helen (Blodgett) Derfler. Ruth was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1963. She received her bachelor’s degree from New England College and later went on to earn her master’s degree in Education from Worcester State College. She was a member of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Ruth was employed with the Department of Education and was the Director of High School Equivalency. Ruth represented Massachusetts on a local, as well as a national level with various adult education organizations. Ruth was fiercely passionate about all she loved in life. She gave all of...

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Deborah J. Dunham, 65

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Published in the January 31, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Deborah J. (Carrier) Dunham, 65, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on January 28 with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer. Deborah was predeceased by John and Moria Carrier. She is survived by her loving partner, Robert Brown; her cherished daughters, Carlen Dunham of Woburn and Erin Dunham and son in law, Robert McCloskey of Watertown. Her greatest joy came from being “Gramma bee” to her adoring grandchildren, Andrew and Elizabeth McCloskey. Deborah was an accomplished gardener and painter and avid bird watcher. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Boston Cremation, 287 Main St., Malden. Friends and family may visit from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. To send a condolence, visit...

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Published January 30, 2017

Jan 30, 2017 by

• Planning Board Modification • Planning Board...

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