Tempo di festeggiare!

Aug 23, 2019 by

10th Festival Italia runs from 2-8 p.m. tomorrow Published August 23, 2019 WAKEFIELD — Great weather is expected tomorrow for the town’s annual block party known as Festival Italia. Street vendors, meatball and limoncello contests, rides for kids, music and dance are just some of the attractions when the 10th festival opens at 2 p.m. The event is billed as “a celebration of Wakefield’s Italian culture and tradition.” Main and Albion Streets in the downtown will be transformed into a street festival offering a wide range of activities for locals and visitors. A number of booths will be dedicated to great festival foods, many sponsored by local restaurants. John Ross, vice president of the organizing Wakefield Community Partnership (WCP), said that because of this special anniversary year, “Our goal is to make it bigger...

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Rail trailers to seek $384K in Lynnfield...

Aug 22, 2019 by

Published August 22, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Finance Committee voted 8-2 on Aug. 19 to recommend a proposed warrant article seeking to complete the Wakefield-Lynnfield Rail Trail’s final design. The Friends of the Lynnfield Rail Trail submitted a citizens’ petition containing 325 signatures on Aug. 20 requesting that a Special Town Meeting be held in September. The Board of Selectmen is scheduled to set the Special Town Meeting date during a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 27. “We had an overwhelming response even with people on summer vacation,” said Locksley Road resident Patrick Curley, a Wakefield-based attorney. “We had to turn people away.” Curley said the warrant article will request the Special Town Meeting to appropriate $348,000 in order to cover the $10 million rail trail’s final design engineering costs. He noted the Massachusetts...

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Melrose architect mentors young woman from Romania...

Aug 22, 2019 by

Published August 23, 2019 This is another in a series of “Around Town” articles that highlight various people and businesses in Melrose. MELROSE — Melrose will soon have its first passive sustainable house, designed and built by local architect Jay Bradley. Assisting Bradley on the project is Diana Matei of Cluj, Transylvania, Romania. A recent graduate with a masters degree in Architecture from the Technical University of Cluj, Matei secured an internship to work for Bradley on his most recent project in town. The Weekly News caught up with Matej and Bradley to discuss her role in the project, her 4,365 mile odyssey which brought her to Melrose and the project which has Melrose buzzing with excitement. Do you get a lot of jokes from Americans about being from Transylvania? Diana: It’s kind of funny...

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School starts Wednesday

Aug 22, 2019 by

Published August 23, 2019 MELROSE — The beginning of the 2019-20 academic year is now less than a week away, and Superintendent Cindy Taymore this week announced the following school hours. Elementary: Grades Kindergarten-5 The school day begins at: 8:03 a.m. and ends at 2:20 p.m. On Wednesday, August 28 (only):      • All students in grades 1-5 will meet their teachers at 7:53 a.m.in the designated area. They will line up by class and enter the building at 8:03 a.m.      • Kindergarten students will meet their teachers at 8:20 a.m. in the designated area. They will line up by class and enter the building at 8:30 a.m.      • The purpose of the later start time for Kindergartners is to help ease the transition on the first day of school for our youngest students. On Thursday, August 29:...

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Groundbreaking for the Condos at the 87...

Aug 22, 2019 by

Published August 23, 2019 By JIM SHAER MELROSE — Continuing the growth of residential units in or near downtown Melrose, Sterling Construction & Development LLC of Chelsea broke ground last week on an eight-unit condominium project for Essex Street.   The “Condos At The 87” are being constructed under the supervision of developer Richard Arnone, Jr. The project was designed by architect Dan Dilullo, who is also a Melrose resident.   Joining Arnone and Dilullo at the groundbreaking ceremony were Melrose Mayor Gail Infurna, City Planner Denise Gaffey and John Bulman and other representatives of Brad Hutchinson Real Estate, which will be handling sales of the units.   “We’re excited to construct what will be eight owner-occupied luxury condominiums. They will range from one-bedroom to two-bedroom, plus den” said Arnone. “They’re in a great location” added Bulman. “The...

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Vietnam veterans receive long-awaited welcome home...

Aug 22, 2019 by

Published August 22, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — “Welcome home” and “thank you for your service” were phrases uttered frequently and with sincerity throughout the five-plus days that The Wall That Heals occupied the meadow at Ipswich River Park. From the time the three-quarter replica of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Washington, D.C. arrived at the park last Tuesday afternoon until it was disassembled on Sunday afternoon, its presence transformed more than just the physical space it occupied. It gave a voice to all those who have remained silent about their service for decades. Veterans opened up about their experiences with those too young to remember or who weren’t even alive during the Vietnam era which spanned from 1959 to 1975. Family members who lost sons, brothers, fathers and husbands could...

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