Hurry up and wait for vaccine

Jan 27, 2021 by

Published January 27, 2021 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — If you’re waiting anxiously to get your COVID vaccination, the latest news out of the Health Department is mixed at best. According to Health Director Ruth Clay,  Wakefield will be receiving a a good amount of vaccine this week for use at its clinic scheduled for Monday, Feb. 1 at the former Comverse Building at 200 Quannapowitt Parkway.  “After that, there will be very little vaccine for the foreseeable future,” Clay told the Town Council at their Zoom meeting on Monday. Next Monday’s clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is available only to residents over age 75 as well as certain health care professionals designated in Phase 1 under the state’s vaccination rollout plan. Individuals currently eligible for vaccination should visit...

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Secatore appointed interim police chief...

Jan 27, 2021 by

Published January 27, 2021 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Select Board unanimously voted to appoint Police Capt. Nick Secatore as interim chief on Monday. Secatore was appointed interim police chief due to current Chief David Breen retiring on Monday, Feb. 1. Breen recalled that the Select Board appointed Secatore as captain last August. He succeeded retired Police Capt. Karl Johnson. INTERIM POLICE CHIEF NICK SECATORE “We had three great candidates in Sgt. Sean Donovan, Sgt. Chris DeCarlo and Sgt. Nick Secatore,” said Breen. “Then-Sgt. Secatore was the high scorer and he was promoted to captain. He was handling many of the responsibilities Capt. Johnson was doing prior to his retirement last January. He has been incredibly helpful to many people in the department, myself included. I am very happy that is going to...

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SC debates whether Zoom cameras should always be on...

Jan 27, 2021 by

Published January 27, 2021 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Two students joined school administrators in speaking out against a potential requirement that would have mandated students to keep their Zoom cameras on while learning remotely. School Committee Chairman Jamie Hayman recalled during a Jan. 19 meeting that the committee recently toured all four schools in order to gain a better understanding of how the district’s hybrid model is working. “One of the things I found striking was as you got up to the higher grades at the middle school and especially at the high school, there are an extraordinary number of dark screens because students’ cameras were off,” said Hayman. “It did not occur as much at the elementary schools.” Hayman noted that he is often on Zoom for his job. “I expect people...

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Administrators eye more in-person learning...

Jan 27, 2021 by

Published January 27, 2021 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD —The School Department is looking to increase in-person learning next month. With COVID-19 cases trending down in town, Superintendent Kristen Vogel told the School Committee during a Jan. 19 meeting that the long-discussed proposal of having the district’s Blue and Gold cohorts come into school on alternating Wednesday mornings will begin at some point in February. While Vogel was hopeful the town would be classified as “yellow” last week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health designated Lynnfield as a “red” community once again on Thursday, Jan. 21. According to the Emergency Management Team, there are currently 92 active cases of the novel coronavirus in town as of Tuesday, Jan. 26. There have been 886 total cases since the start of the pandemic and 767 people have...

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COVID shots available to some Feb. 1...

Jan 26, 2021 by

Published in the January 26, 2021 edition. WAKEFIELD — Eligible individuals in the state’s COVID vaccination distribution plan will have several regional clinics at which to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations, including one in Wakefield on Feb. 1. The cities of Melrose, Malden and Medford will also host clinics as part of the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition (MVPHC) initiative. Eligible individuals include all Phase One categories and, after Feb. 1, individuals aged 75 and older. Individuals whose eligibility-related work location or residence is within the MVPHC communities of Melrose, Medford, Malden, Wakefield, Winchester  and Stoneham can take advantage of these regional clinics. Eligible individuals who work or live outside this MVPHC region should visit the state’s website at www.mass.gov/CovidVaccineMap to find a clinic. On Jan. 25, Governor Baker prioritized those 75 and older at...

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WSSC cancels July 4th celebration...

Jan 25, 2021 by

Published in the January 25, 2021 edition. WAKEFIELD — After much thought and with deep sadness, the West Side Social Club Fourth of July Committee announces it has canceled the annual July 4 festivities in 2021. The WSSC is known for providing a full day of family fun, beginning with the early-morning Children’s Events — the Fishing Derby, followed by the Pet Parade, the Bicycle-Cart-Doll Carriage Parades, the Diaper Derby & Running Races for all ages and the Canoe/Kayak Races. After the parade, provided by the Wakefield Independence Day Committee, it’s back to the Bandstand to enjoy the Concert on the Common and the grand finale — the Fireworks Display over the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. Carol Hubbard, chairperson for the WSSC, has been in touch with Town Administrator Steve Maio discussing the possibility...

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