Help WIFP during Souper Bowl of Caring...

Jan 30, 2017 by

Published in the January 30, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Super Bowl is coming and so is the Souper Bowl of Caring 2017 Since 1990, young people across the country have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect dollars and food during the weeks leading up to the Big Game: Super Bowl 51 on February 5, 2017. And with the Patriots competing for the championship, the excitement around this football game should feed into the energy of this important endeavor! Teaming up with local partners, groups give 100 percent of donations to local charities like the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. The Pantry, located at the Americal Civic Center,467 Main Street (lower level), in Wakefield, is encouraging everyone in the community to collect monetary donations and much needed grocery items to stock the...

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Fun while it lasted

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Published in the January 30, 2017 edition.

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Moulton slams refugee ban

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Published in the January 30, 2017 edition. By DAN TOMASELLO SALEM — Last week, Congressman Seth Moulton condemned President Donald Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees from seven countries in the Middle East. On Jan. 27, Trump instituted a four-month ban for all refugees entering the United States, including people from war-torn Syria. He said the ban is needed in order to prevent “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the U.S. A federal judge in New York issued an order last Saturday temporarily blocking the government from deporting people with valid visas who arrived after Trump’s travel ban took effect. But confusion remained about who could stay and who will be kept out of the country in the coming weeks. Federal courts in Virginia, Massachusetts and Washington state took similar action. Additionally, protests erupted at airports...

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User fees focus of budget talks...

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Published in the January 30, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — With about a month to go before Superintendent Dr. Kim Smith brings her proposed School Department budget to the School Committee, it appears that user fees (also called “activity fees”) will be an integral part of the this year’s budget discussions. School Committee member Thomas Markham, who chairs the Finance and Facilities Subcommittee, said that he wanted to initiate a conversation around user fees and their impact on the FY 2018 budget. He noted that he wanted to have those discussions of user fees concurrent with discussion of the FY 2018 budget. Charging “user fees” for select services and materials in public schools has raised objections that charging fees violates a student’s right to a free public education under state law. Given...

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Man claims to be officer

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Published in the January 30, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — A 22-year-old Wakefield man was arrested last night on multiple charges after he allegedly pulled up behind a woman’s car and claimed he was a Wakefield police officer. The woman told police that she was parked on Eaton Street at about 9:30 p.m. when a white Nissan Juke pulled up behind her. She told police that a man got out of the car and approached her driver’s side window and said he was a Wakefield police officer. He was dressed in civilian clothes and showed no badge, so the woman asked him for some credentials. When he couldn’t produce any she called Wakefield Police. When police arrived, the man in the Nissan was starting to pull away. Police stopped the car on Eaton Street. While...

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