Alfred A. DeSimone

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Published in the December 31, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — Alfred A. DeSimone, 82, of Reading, died, December 29, 2020 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Alfred was born in Boston on August 24, 1938 and was the son of the late Alfred D. and Albina (Lemongelli) DeSimone. Alfred was raised in Medford and later moved and lived most of his life in Wakefield. He was a lifetime member of the Boston Braves Historical Association and had a great passion for thoroughbred racing and at one point in his life had owned one. He was loved by everyone who knew him and always had a smile on his face. Alfred is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Mary Brosnahan and her children, Lisa Goodhue and her husband Paul, Michael McGovern, Louise Hamilton and her husband Barry....

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Mary Adele Taylor

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Published in the December 31, 2020 edition. STONEHAM — Mary Adele (Sadler) Taylor died on Dec. 24, 2020, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a brief illness. A longtime resident of Wakefield, she was born in Derby, Conn., to the late Robert T. Sadler Jr. and Florence A. (Howard) Sadler. She was a graduate of Medford High School, the University of Massachusetts and Lesley University. She was a special education teacher in the Stoneham Public Schools for over 20 years. She was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield since the early 1970s. Mary Adele is survived by her children Susan Kilkelly and husband Michael of Wakefield, Tom Taylor and wife Debby of Wilmington, Beth O’Keefe of Wakefield and Wendy Taylor Howard of Portland, Ore.; her grandchildren Peter...

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COVID and more in the second half of 2020...

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Published in the December 31, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — In one sense the second half of 2020 got of to a quiet start as the official July 4 celebration was canceled, like everything else, due to COVID concerns. There were none of the traditional morning children’s activities on the Common, no parade and no fireworks – at least not the official kind. But by all accounts, the amateur pyrotechnics were louder and more abundant than ever this year, as lockdown weary Americans took celebrating Independence Day into their own hands. Meanwhile, WCAT treated its viewers to a day-long marathon of parade videos from previous years. When business returned to “normal” after the holiday weekend, we learned on Monday July 6 that the Public Safety Building renovation and rehab that had passed so...

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Town may provide supplemental water to LCWD...

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Published in the December 31, 2020 edition. By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The town of Wakefield might be providing supplemental water to the Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) down the road. After two years of study, LCWD Superintendent John Scenna said during a recent informational meeting on Zoom teleconference that consultant CDM Smith is recommending between $9 million and $9.5 million in capital improvements in order to address the district’s water quality and quantity issues. The projects involve upgrading the LCWD’s existing infrastructure as well as getting supplemental water from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) via Wakefield. “These projects will diversify our water sources,” said Scenna. “It is going to ease restrictions, will allow for future growth and will provide consistency in the water.” CDM Smith project engineer/manager Mike Nelson recommends that the...

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