Healthy Living Expo draws hundreds...

Sep 18, 2017 by

Published in the September 18, 2017 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce along with the Board of Health for Wakefield, Melrose and Reading, held their first annual Healthy Living Expo on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Americal Civic Center on Main Street. The free Expo focused on health, wellness, fitness, lifestyle changes and financial retirement health, along with complimentary and interactive health screenings, fitness demonstrations, healthy food presentations, giveaways, prize drawings and a flu clinic. Hundreds of people attended to receive flu shots from Hallmark Health Medical Associates, watch fitness demonstrations, participate in music thearpy and meet the Boston Bruins mascot Blades. The Expo also featured a raffle for prizes such as a Mary Kay basket and amazon.com gift card from The Savings Bank. A face painter and balloon artist...

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Sex for a fee charges imminent

Sep 15, 2017 by

Published on the September 15, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Police continue to investigate a couple of local establishments where they believe employees offer sex for a fee. Undercover officers went to an address in the 100 block of Albion Street yesterday morning and another in the 800 block of Main Street in Greenwood in the afternoon after Wakefield detectives found various services offered on the internet. At about 10:30 a.m., after detectives noticed an advertisement on backpage.com, an undercover officer was sent to the Albion Street business. He went in for a massage and reportedly a 34-year-old woman made “an inappropriate advancement” toward him. At that point local detectives went into the establishment, investigated and in all likelihood will file a sex for a fee violation, a spokesman reported. Just before 2 p.m. police...

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Dog park grand re-opening Sept. 23...

Sep 15, 2017 by

Published on the September 15, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Town of Wakefield would like to welcome the canine public and their human companions to the grand re-opening of the Wakefield Dog Park located at 667 Main St. on Saturday, September 23, at 12 noon. There will be a ribbon cutting as well as light refreshments. The park has recently undergone a renovation to include dog and human friendly water stations, benches and friendlier turf. “We are excited to see this park become a reality for Wakefield Citizens” said Selectman Peter May. The park was initially created in the Fall of 2016 and has undergone several upgrades and feature enhancements since opening as resident feedback came in. With increased usage, positive feedback and help from the Department of Public Works, we were able to...

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MSO celebrates 100 years in style...

Sep 14, 2017 by

Published in the September 15, 2017 edition By JESSI EISDORFER General Manager Melrose Symphony Orchestra MELROSE — Over 5,000 residents from Melrose and surrounding areas gathered on Morelli baseball field Saturday evening to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the nation’s oldest, all-volunteer orchestra — our very own Melrose Symphony Orchestra. The field was covered in a sea of blankets and lawn chairs spilling over into the adjacent football field; children danced and waved light sabers as the orchestra played music from Star Wars; even the mayor made his conducting debut, pausing only to take a selfie onstage with the orchestra. The weather was perfect, just as Mayor Dolan promised, and the evening was capped off with a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display which left residents buzzing with excitement. Audience members took to Facebook, sharing their...

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Commission on Women issues stat of childcare survey...

Sep 14, 2017 by

Published in the September 15, 2017 edition MELROSE — On Sept. 12, the Melrose Commission on Women released a survey for parents or guardians of pre-school aged children to better understand the current state of childcare in Melrose. “The increase of families with young children and the perceived shortage of childcare options in our area have driven up the cost of care to a level that makes it difficult to pay,” said Sam Hammar, Women’s Commissioner and Childcare Subcommittee Chair. “Women are impacted the hardest by this issue since we are more often the partner (if there is one) that makes a lower salary and thus have to be more flexible with our careers, or even stop working for time when the cost of childcare is too high. In a high cost-of-living area, these...

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MHS students are National Merit semifinalists...

Sep 14, 2017 by

Published in the September 15, 2017 edition EVANSTON, Illinois — This week officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Melrose High’s Tara O’Shea and James M. Talbot are among this year’s semifinalists. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that...

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