190-unit Tarrant Lane 40B plan aired...

Nov 19, 2018 by

Published in the November 19, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Zoning Board of Appeals last week got its first look at the 190-unit 40B rental project proposed for Tarrant Lane, just over the Hopkins Street Bridge near the Reading line. Anthony Bonacorso of Middleton-based Bonacorso Construction and Development was on hand with his Wakefield attorney, Ted Regnante. Bonacorso purchased the 3.75-acre parcel from the federal government last September. Regnante noted that the federal government acquired the land by eminent domain in the early 1950s and used it as the control site for a Nike anti-aircraft missile base located in Reading. Later, the 12 currently vacant single-family homes on the site were used as housing for Coast Guard officers. The 190 residential units will be in three five-story buildings with some underground parking and some...

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Thanksgiving Throwback: ’95 Warriors edge Melrose 28-27...

Nov 19, 2018 by

Published in the November 19, 2018 edition. MELROSE — In today’s edition of the Thanksgiving Throwback, we are heading back to 1995 when the Wakefield Warriors continued a Thanksgiving winning streak against Melrose with a back-and-forth, 28-27 victory. The win was the third in a row on Thanksgiving for Wakefield who won 14 straight from 1993 to 2007. The 1995 Warriors finished with a 9-1 record, their best season since 1989. They were led by captains Brian Callanan and John Pace. The following is the headline and part of a game story that appeared in the Daily Item’s Friday, Nov. 24, 1995 edition. “Warriors have last say in see-saw battle; win 28-27; Farrell’s late touchdown helps Wakefield edge Melrose.” “You could hardly call the Wakefield High football team the Comeback Kids this season. After all,...

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Virginia A. Hopkins, 86

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Published in the November 19, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Virginia A. “Ginny” Hopkins, 86, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. Born in Melrose on August 17, 1932 she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Angela (Pizzano) Capone. Ginny was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1950. While spending time at Lynn Beach, she met her husband, the late Bernard J. Hopkins, and they were married in 1955 and settled in Wakefield. After they raised their family, they enjoyed traveling all over the world, taking trips to Niagara Falls, Italy, Greece and many more. Ginny was an avid reader and also enjoyed gardening and writing. She was a member of the Italian Club, the Red...

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