Candidates weigh in on fixing the town’s roads...

Apr 19, 2019 by

WAKEFIELD — Four candidates are running for three positions on the Town Council in the April 23 Town Election. Incumbents Anthony Longo, Peter May and Ann McGonigle Santos are seeking re-election. Challenger Jonathan Chines is attempting to win one of those seats in his first run for local elective office. The Daily Item posed the same two questions to all of the candidates. Today, we publish their responses to the first question. QUESTION: This year, the DPW requested $1 million in town funds to supplement Chapter 90 state funds for road work. The Town Council reduced that amount to $500,000. What amount should the town appropriate for local roads? JONATHAN CHINES: As a member of the Finance Committee, I have supported increasing funding for road maintenance and resurfacing for the last two years, above and...

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Gymnasts celebrate historic season at banquet...

Apr 19, 2019 by

Published in the April 19, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — The WMHS gymnastics team got a chance to sit back and recognize their accomplishments at the annual end of the season banquet. The Warriors concluded the regular season with a 7-1 record, the best in recent memory. The highest team score on the year was a 141.6. It was the largest team in years with 22 gymnasts and three managers. Wakefield finished second in the league and had five gymnasts compete at states: Lola Barrett, Giana Liotine, Molly Grady, Sydney Yee and Elise Rich. Barrett also qualified for New England Championships as an individual. The Warriors were seeded fourth in the North and placed 6th at sectionals. Once again, Wakefield had two All-Stars named in the league as Liotine and Barrett both got the honor for...

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Taxation without occupation

Apr 18, 2019 by

Published in the April 18, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA  First, they came for your plastic bags. Now, they’re back for your property rights. Article 26 on the April 29 Annual Town Meeting warrant proposes a new bylaw that would pertain to vacant storefronts. Under the proposed bylaw, property owners of first-floor storefronts that are vacant for more than 90 days would have to register with the Building Department. The property owner would then have four choices: 1) Fill the vacancy; 2) allow public art to be displayed in the space; 3) pay a $100 quarterly fee to the town; or 4) request a waiver from the Town Council. Having injected itself into the retail marketplace with the plastic bag ban, town government has now set its sights on the commercial real estate market....

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