Honoring our nation’s finest

Nov 12, 2019 by

Published in the November 12, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD –  U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jay Pinette, chairman of the Wakefield Veterans Advisory Board, welcomed hundreds of local residents to Veterans Memorial Auditorium at the Galvin Middle School promptly at 11 a.m. yesterday for the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremonies. “Every year, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, we gather to recognize the heroes among us and to remember those we have lost,” Pinette said. “We gather to pay tribute to those who have risked life and limb so that we can live in the land of the free, because of the brave.” He thanked veterans and active service military personnel “for bravely doing what you are called to do so that we can safely to what...

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Santos to seek State Rep. seat...

Nov 12, 2019 by

Published in the November 12, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — Town Councilor Ann McGonigle Santos plans to announce that she is running for the Democratic nomination to fill the 32nd Middlesex State Representative seat soon to be vacated by Democrat Paul Brodeur. Last week, Melrose resident Brodeur defeated at-large City Councilor Monica Medeiros to become the next Mayor of Melrose. Brodeur is expected to officially resign as State Representative next Monday morning. He was elected to his fifth term as State Representative last November and will leave the post with one year remaining on his term. The 32nd Middlesex District encompasses all of Melrose, precincts 4, 5 and 6 in Wakefield and Precinct 2 of Ward 5 in Malden. Santos, a Converse Street resident, was first elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2013, topping the ticket...

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FPCC celebrates 375th ‘Anniversary Sunday’...

Nov 11, 2019 by

Published in the November 11, 2019 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — First Parish Congregational Church on Church Street, affectionately known as “the stone church by the Lake,” is celebrating its 375th anniversary this year, and on Sunday, Nov. 10 a special service commemorating the event was held. The building has been at its current lakeside location for 330 years. A combined 180 people attended the two morning services, five of whom became members during the 11 a.m. service. A pot luck lunch was served at noon to the congregation. Reverend John T. Dale, 23rd pastor of the church; Rev. Dr. Richard Weisenbach, pastor emeritus and Rev. Terry Shanahan, regional area minister of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference presided over the worship service. Pastor Dale delivered the sermon based on John 2:1-12, the New...

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Brodeur takes mayor’s office by storm...

Nov 7, 2019 by

Published November 8, 2019 MELROSE — Paul Brodeur becomes the city’s next mayor in a week after receiving about 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s ground-shifting municipal election. Brodeur, currently a Beacon Hill lawmaker, bested Councilor-at-Large Monica Medeiros in each of the city’s 14 precincts. He was a vocal supporter of last April’s successful $5.18 million override of Proposition 2 1/2, which raises property taxes for everyone. Medeiros was just as vocal in her opposition to it. While Tuesday’s results were unofficial as the Weekly News went to press, Brodeur got 6,074 of the 10,167 votes cast. His victory will now require a special election to fill Brodeur’s seat serving the 32nd Middlesex District, which includes all of Melrose, half of Wakefield and a little bit of Malden. The date of the special...

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City Council turnover was big

Nov 7, 2019 by

Published November 8, 2019 MELROSE — As the dust settled after Tuesday’s game-changing city election, a few things are becoming clearer. Three incumbents will join a majority of newcomers on the City Council; Ward 7 Councilor winner Cory Thomas can expect a challenge to his four-vote victory, and longtime School Committee member Margaret ER Driscoll topped the entire ticket of hopefuls during 2019’s municipal balloting. Driscoll, who was running unopposed for reelection along with colleagues Lizbeth C. DeSelm and Edward J. O’Connell, received 6,220 votes throughout the city. Paul Brodeur, who was elected mayor, received 6,074. Incumbent Kate Lipper-Garabedian got the most votes in the five-way Councilor-at-Large race for four seats, and will be joined by Jack Eccles, Leila Migliorelli and Chris Cinella, all first-time councilors. Maya Jamaleddine also ran. Lipper-Garabedian said, “I’m incredibly excited that Melrose...

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Veterans Day schedule of events...

Nov 7, 2019 by

Published November 8, 2019 MELROSE — Melrose Veterans Services has announced the following Veterans Day ceremonies on Monday, November 11. • Veterans Day Coffee – 9 a.m. at Memorial Hall • Main Street Honor Roll – 10 a.m. • Walking tour to Vietnam Memorial on Main St. • Continue the walking tour to The Knoll The Harold O. Young VFW Post 2394 on Chipman Avenue is having refreshments following the Veterans Day...

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