TM to consider plastic bag ban

Mar 30, 2017 by

Published in the March 30, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Article 28 on this year’s Annual Town Meeting warrant will ask voters to ban “thin-film” plastic bags from being offered at any retail or grocery store within the town. The article was placed on the warrant as the result of a citizen petition signed by 10 registered voters. The idea was initiated by Caitlin Bracken, who appeared before the board of selectmen this week to talk about her reasons for requesting the ban. She said that as a ninth grader at the Winsor School in Boston she has learned a lot about the environment in biology class. “I’m really worried about global warming and especially plastic production because plastic never goes away,” she said. “If I had my way I’d ban all...

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Girls’ hoop team had a banner year...

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Warriors won a share of M.L. championship, their first league title since 1999 Published in the March 30, 2017 edition. By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The 2016-17 season was a banner year for Wakefield Memorial High School’s varsity girls’ basketball team. With a 12-4 league record and a 17-5 record overall, the Warriors were crowned league champions for the first time since 1999. Head coach Meg O’Connell recently discuss the Warriors’ season. The season really got off to a flying start with O’Connell’s team winning its first six games. “I think there was a lot of anticipation coming into this season with a lot of kids coming back,” the coach said. In the first game the Warriors secured a one-point win over Lexington at home in the season opener. Next, was a three point...

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Maryann Chisholm, 71

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Published in the March 30, 2017 edition. WINTHROP — Maryann Chisholm, 71, of Winthrop and formerly of Melrose, passed away March 18 surrounded by loving family and friends. Maryann was the beloved daughter of the late Alice Rita (Renney) Chisholm and William J. Chisholm. She was predeceased by her friend and partner Elizabeth Vazquez. Maryann is survived by her brother Colin G. Chisholm of Somerville, many loving cousins and a host of friends. She will be remembered for her generosity, gentle nature, quiet kindnesses, fierce loyalty and independent spirit. Maryann was an educator in the Wakefield public schools, teaching sixth grade at the Greenwood, Warren and Atwell/Galvin schools. She served as assistant to the principal at several of the same schools. Her students were always her priority. Maryann loved to play and watch many...

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Sandra L. Dillon

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Published in the March 30, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Sandra L. (Moore) Dillon, daughter of the late Lewis R. and Margaret L. (Laburn) Moore, passed away peacefully on March 24 at Melrose Wakefield Hospital. Her loving family and several close friends were by her side as she transitioned from this world to the next. Sandra, known as “Sandy,” was a graduate of Wakefield Memorial High School. She was an administrative assistant for many years at various companies and retired from Waddell and Reed. Sandy was a joyful presence in the lives of all who knew her. She will be remembered for her storytelling, sense of humor, and her passion for music and poetry. She inspired many with her beautiful voice and guitar playing that she offered as a gift at wedding ceremonies and social...

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John E. Taylor Jr., 58

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Published in the March 31, 2017 edition JUNO BEACH, FL — John Earl Taylor Jr., 58, passed away on March 13 of a heart attack. He was the son of Marie Taylor and the late John Earl Taylor. He was born and raised in Melrose then spent the last 10 years living in Juno Beach, Florida. He was the husband of Karen (Moussette) Taylor and was married for 24 years. John was the brother of Brenda Salvati of Wakefield, Marie Rennie of North Andover, Diane Fuqua of West Hills, CA, Paula Ciroli of No. Providence, RI, Susan Castelli of No. Providence, RI, and Karen Keevers of Smithfield, RI. He was the uncle of 10 nieces and nephews. We will remember John doing what he loved: flying, fishing and...

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