PSB rehab lands in court

Jul 6, 2020 by

Published in the July 6, 2020 edition. ByMARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — After the June 20 Annual Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved a $9.6 million plan to expand and rehab the police side of the Public Safety Building, opponents have filed in court an effort to derail the project. A complaint has been filed in Middlesex Superior Court seeking to have the rules changed regarding the collection of signatures required to put a vote of Town Meeting to a town-wide election. Robert Mitchell of Spaulding Street filed the initial complaint on June 30. He is seeking to have the requirements relaxed for the collection of signatures in order to put the rehab and expansion of the Public Safety Building approved at the June 20 Annual Town Meeting to a town-wide election. He wants the number of...

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No celebration? WCAT has 4th parade marathon...

Jul 3, 2020 by

Published in the July 3, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — WCAT is pleased to announce the airing of Independence Day Parades starting at midnight Friday, July 3 and concluding after midnight Saturday, July 4 on the WCAT channels (Verizon 40 or 42, Comcast 3 or 22 and RCN 3 or 13). For those without cable, the parades can also be watched on www.wcatwakefield.org. Dan and Lois Benjamin narrate a video (shown throughout the 24 hour parade marathon) on the history, logistics, traditions and highlights of the parade. Dan answers many of these questions and more: • Describe how much work goes into the parade. • What kind of people does it take to put on this type of event? • What does the parade mean to the people of Wakefield? • Was there one group you...

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Luciani back on ConCom

Jul 2, 2020 by

Published in the July 2, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — After a very brief hiatus, Jim Luciani is back on the Conservation Commission. The Town Council appointed Luciani at its June 22 meeting to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of commissioner Warren Laskey. Luciani’s appointment closes the loop on a small controversy. At the their April 13 meeting, the Town Council handled appointments to 12 different committees under their jurisdiction. Two Conservation Commission members’ terms were expiring, and both applied for reappointment. One was a founding member of the commission, Frank J. “Jim” Luciani, who had served since the commission’s creation in 1983. The other incumbent was Warren Laskey, another long-serving member. Two other individuals also applied for the positions: Kenneth Alepidis, a geologist and environmental consultant; and Michael Owen, an insurance specialist with the...

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Streaming could bring you MHS sports this fall...

Jul 2, 2020 by

Published July 3, 2020 By JENNIFER GENTILE MELROSE—If you have a queasy feeling about fall sports, you’re not alone. But as long as schools are open—and they will be this fall, given Gov. Baker’s directive on June 25—that means sports are open too. The MIAA is ready to pick up where they left last March, according to the most recent communication from their COVID-19 Task Force. But with audience restrictions a likelihood this fall, there is a remedy. Pixxelot, an MIAA-endorsed streaming program, is coming to Melrose, thanks to a generous donation from the Melrose Park & Recreation Department and the Victoria McLaughlin Foundation. Approximately $11,000 worth of camera and technology will be donated to Melrose High School by the Foundation and the Melrose Dept. of Recreation for installation at Fred Green Field, the...

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Knock down!

Jul 2, 2020 by

Published July 3, 2020 MELROSE — No injuries were reported during a busy two week stretch for the city’s fire service. Firefighting crews knocked down residential blazes on South High Street and West Wyoming Avenue, and beat back a pesky brush fire on remote Mt. Ephraim as part of their regular tours of duty beginning Monday, June 22. Around 2:20 that afternoon, a labor-intensive brush fire battle began in a section of the city near the rear of the Wyoming Cemetery known as Mt. Ephraim. Crews from all the city’s companies responded and spent about 2 1/2 hours at the scene. Dry conditions left them no choice but to douse the flames with water, a difficult task given the fact there are no hydrants in the area to draw water from. A Stoneham engine company, a...

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Redesigning the city’s 4th of July celebration...

Jul 2, 2020 by

Published July 3, 2020 MELROSE — The city will hold a modified 4th of July Celebration for all ages on Saturday, July. This all-day celebration is free and will be held throughout Melrose.  For the past 50+ years, thousands of residents have joined us for our annual Bike and Carriage Parade around the Common Park. Things are a little different this year and sadly we will not be celebrating together at the Common Park. However we still want to see everyone decorate their bike, wagon, carriage, scooter, skateboard, or other custom rides to continue this great tradition. This year, instead of our getting together at the Common, we ask our residents to circle their neighborhoods, local parks, and beautiful downtown areas with their fantastic rides. As a community, let’s light up Melrose with all...

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