9th Essex hopefuls show their differences...

Sep 24, 2018 by

Published in the September 24, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — The two men running to represent half of Wakefield on Beacon Hill batted around several issues during a televised forum last week, staking their ground as the November 6 general election approaches. Incumbent state Representative Donald H. Wong, the Saugus Republican, squared off Wednesday at the Galvin Middle School’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium against Democratic challenger Matthew Crescenzo, a U.S. Army veteran now earning a degree at Salem State. The candidates’ forum, produced by WCAT, saw Crescenzo go on the attack several times against the third term incumbent, saying, for example, that the 9th Essex District’s main artery — Route 1 — is in horrible shape and needs much more economic diversity, as does the rest of the area. “There are too many pizza places and...

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WCNA’s Memorial Common fence repair continues...

Sep 24, 2018 by

Published in the September 24, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — On Saturday, members of the Wakefield Center Neighborhood Association continued repair work on the Memorial (Upper) Common fence. Town Administrator Steve Maio stopped by and visited with the work crew. The original fence was installed many decades ago. Years of winter storms, corrosion and occasional collisions had degraded or destroyed many of the rails that sit between the handsome granite bollards lining the Common. Last year WCNA completed the replacement of the fence rails along Main Street. This year members have been working to install new rails in the fence along Common...

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