Health budget OK’d as COVID cases decline...

Feb 26, 2021 by

Published in the February 26, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Health Director Ruth Clay says that while local COVID numbers are steadily declining, now is not the time to let up on precautions. Clay provided an update at this week’s Town Council meeting. Clay reported that 871 people were given their second vaccine dose on Monday, while another first-dose clinic is scheduled for today for eligible individuals at the 200 Quannapowitt Ave. site. Once those vaccinated today get their second shots, Clay said, there would be no more local clinics. However, that may change. After objections from local health officials, Gov. Charlie Baker has backed off an earlier decision to move away from local clinics in favor mass vaccination sites. Clay reported that the Health Department has been notified that it will receive...

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School Committee split on timing of Warrior logo decision...

Feb 25, 2021 by

Published in the February 25, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A slim majority of the School Committee does not want to wait until after Town Election to decide the fate of the Wakefield Warrior logo. A non-binding question asking the voters’ opinion on the use of Native American imagery in the logo will appear on the April 27 election ballot. In another 4-3 split vote this week, the School Committee decided that it would not wait to see the result of that vote before making its decision on the logo. A public forum is set for tonight over Zoom to gather input from the public on the logo issue. The School Committee has also scheduled a panel of Native American speakers for an “educational” event on March 17.  A survey will also be sent out...

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Together, we can find a way out of this...

Feb 25, 2021 by

Published February 26, 2021 This is the final part of a series. By JAMES BENNETTMelrose Historical Commission They had been in Melrose since the beginning. The first time they came unwillingly, as enslaved people, the second time voluntarily, as equal citizens. But in the middle years of the twentieth century, most white people in Melrose told their Black neighbors that they would no longer be welcome here. A WHITE girl and a Black boy working together at Melrose High, taken from a publication produced by the Melrose schools in 1950. It was placed in a time capsule that was found in the Horace Mann School a few years ago. The boy is Charles Oliver; he graduated from Melrose High in 1950, the only black person in his class. The girl has not been identified....

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Work begins on school spending request...

Feb 25, 2021 by

Published February 26, 2021 MELROSE — The School Committee this week started its review of a proposed $38.9 million educational spending request for the fiscal year beginning in July. The total requested is $38,995,342, up about 5.5 percent over the current academic year’s allocation.  Earlier this month, Supt. of Schools Dr. Julie R. Kukenberger and schools’ Director of Finance and Administrative Affairs Leia Secor presented the school district spending plan. It was emphasized that there is a difference between level services and level funding when it comes to allocating money for education. The fiscal year 2022 budget goals are to develop a needs based, student-centered fiscally responsible budget; to design a strategic student-centered COVID-19 recovery plan that allows all students to accelerate their learning; to prioritize resources from pre-K to grade 12; to expand...

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Town Moderator Murphy pulls papers...

Feb 25, 2021 by

Published February 25, 2021 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Incumbent Town Moderator John J. Murphy of Duane Drive has pulled nomination papers to run for his 17th consecutive one-year team. It’s the only elected seat in the annual town election with a one-year term. All candidates for elective office in the annual Town Election have nearly three weeks to return nomination papers by the 5 p.m. deadline on Tuesday, March 16. As the Transcript was going to press Wednesday none of the candidates who have pulled their nomination papers for the May 4 election had returned them. Candidates for public office in town must obtain at least 50 signatures from town residents who are registered to vote in North Reading for inclusion on the ballot. With Murphy declaring his intention to run, all incumbents...

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Social Activism Club at NRHS commemorates Black History Month...

Feb 25, 2021 by

Published February 25, 2021 NORTH READING — As Black History Month comes to a close, it is important to remember that the contributions that African Americans have made to society should never be forgotten or be trivialized. With that in mind, the newly-formed Social Activism Club at North Reading High School put together a project as one of its events, with the intention of honoring and commemorating the strength of the Black community. After assembling some student essays and testimonials, the club members hope that the power of student activism and the importance of racial justice are both reflected in our work, and in the Black History Month Project that follows. The Social Activism Club was formed late last year, alongside a few other new clubs, and was instantly welcomed by the student body....

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