Lyons, School Committee ink contract...

Jun 29, 2018 by

Published in the June 29, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — New School Superintendent Douglas Lyons will earn $171,000 in his first year as leader of the Wakefield Public Schools. The School Committee made it official when they signed the contract with Lyons at their meeting this week. The School Committee voted on contract terms on May 8, but attorneys for Lyons and the School Committee have been finalizing the language within the agreed to contract parameters. The five-year contract runs through June 30, 2023. Lyons will take over from Dr. Kim Smith who is retiring effective June 30. He was chosen by the School Committee as the new Superintendent on April 17 from among three finalists for the position. According to the contract, Lyons cost-of-living salary increases will be capped at 2.5 percent annually and...

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Robert W. Murley, Sr., 80

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Published in the June 29, 2018 edition. WINTHROP — Robert W. Murley, Sr., 80, of Winthrop, formerly of Reading and Wakefield, died June 27, 2018 at Boston Medical Center in Boston. Robert “Bob” was born in Somerville on May 2, 1938 the son of the late Herbert F. and M. Grace (Conrad) Murley. Bob was a graduate of Stoneham High School, class of 1956. He retired from BLH Electronics in Waltham where he worked as a technician for over 30 years. He enjoyed camping, music, the CB Club, cruising on his moped, and was a devoted Red Sox fan. He will be remembered for his kindness and quick witted humor and will be missed by all who knew him. Bob was the loving father of Elizabeth Stodolski and her husband Gerard of Bedford N.H.,...

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Fitzpatrick ready to bring blue-collar lacrosse to UMass...

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Published in the June 29, 2018 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — In sports, there’s no greater compliment; especially in a town like Wakefield. But to Ryan Fitzpatrick, blue-collar means much more than being labeled gritty or willing to do the dirty work. It’s an attitude; something that defines not only your work ethic and your dedication, but your ability to set that type of example for your teammates. To Fitzpatrick, blue-collar is also about community. It’s why he stayed home at Wakefield Memorial High School instead of going to a private school, and it’s why he will be playing lacrosse at UMass Amherst. “It’s 100 percent the blue collar feel of it,” said Fitzpatrick about why he chose the Minutemen. “I’m a tough player; I’m a tough kid. I want to be there.”...

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