Summer Safety Night on July 18

Jul 15, 2019 by

Published in the July 15, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Wakefield Fire Department, Wakefield Police Department, Action Ambulance Service Inc. will host a summer safety night at the Lower Common of Lake Quannapowitt to provide summer safety resources and other important information to visitors. Attendants will also have the opportunity to bring a new car seat to be installed or have a previously installed car seat inspected. The following individuals and organizations will participate: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Wakefield Fire Department, Wakefield Police Department, Action Ambulance Service Inc., WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutrition Program, Floating Hospital for Children, North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network, Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield and Wakefield Recreation Department. The Summer Safety Night Event...

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Hearings on Harvard Mills apartments wrapping up...

Jul 12, 2019 by

Published in the July 12, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A proposal to convert one of the Harvard Mills buildings into a 184-unit residential complex appears to be heading into the home stretch as the Zoning Board of Appeals and the developer, NRP Group, worked through some of the remaining issues at a ZBA hearing this week. The building at the corner of Albion and Foundry streets was purchased by NRP, a developer, builder and property management company based in Clevland Ohio with a regional office in Burlington, Mass. They plan to add three levels for total of six stories of residential apartments. The plan calls for 122 one-bedroom apartments and 62 two-bedroom units. NRP has also acquired the large parking garage on Foundry Street as well as parking lots on Maple Street...

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FOLQ offers donation for improvements...

Jul 12, 2019 by

Published in the July 12, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Friends of Lake Quannapowitt, celebrating 28 years of lake advocacy (1991-2019), are honored to share their plans for their gift to the town of Wakefield for the purpose of lakeside park improvements. The organization recently asked the town to accept a gift of $152,000 (plus a contingency if needed) for improvements to Col. Connelly Park and Gertrude Spaulding Park. Both parks are located next to the headwaters of the Saugus River on Lake Quannapowitt. Ideas for the proposed updates, which were a year in the making, were presented to the Wakefield Town Council on Monday, June 24. Rick Stinson, the outgoing Director of Public Works added: “This is an opportunity to make a great park even better.”  FOLQ President Bill Conley thanked Stinson and his...

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Melrose Bank armed robbery case is cracked...

Jul 11, 2019 by

Published July 12, 2019 MELROSE — Due to some diligent detective work, a 41-year-old Lynn man will be summonsed to court for the December 2017 armed robbery of Melrose Bank. Police Chief Mike Lyle credited Detective Dan Ehlers with much determination in cracking the case. The suspect was charged Tuesday, July 2, with armed and masked robbery. The Weekly News does not publish the names of people police say they plan to summonse to court. Police went to the 638 Main St. financial institution around 4:40 in the afternoon of Dec. 15, 2017 after being told of the robbery. Detectives conducted an initial on-scene investigation and learned that a man brandishing a firearm had climbed onto a counter and demanded money from a bank teller. The suspect was wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and...

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Scenna is Lynnfield water supt. finalist...

Jul 11, 2019 by

Published July 12, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The city’s DPW director was interviewed this week for an opening as water superintendent by the The Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) Board of Water Commissioners. Melrose DPW Director John Scenna, a Lynnfield resident, and Danvers DPW Vernon C. Russell Treatment Plant Manager Jason McCarthy are the two finalists vying to succeed retired LCWD Superintendent Ken Burnham, who retired from the post in January after leading the district for 45 years. Five candidates applied for the job and a search committee led by Water Commissioner Joe Maney recommended that the commissioners interview Scenna and McCarthy for the vacant position. The Lynnfield Center Water District provides water to about half the town; that water comes from wells. The MWRA provides water to South Lynnfield. The LCWD commissioners on Monday...

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Milk Depot opens at Baby Cafe

Jul 11, 2019 by

Published July 12, 2019 MELROSE — Lucia Jenkins is a strong advocate of the benefits of breast milk. Studies show it reduces the chances of ovarian cancer, breast cancer and rheumatoid arthritis in mothers and does the same for the chances of asthma and all manner of respiratory ailments, among other afflictions, in babies. Also, breast milk makes the brain work better. So it was only natural that Lucia expressed nothing but gratitude this week towards Gray’s Appliance and The Savings Bank of Wakefield for making the new Baby Cafe Milk Depot possible at the Nazarene Church. The 2 Short St. church, already home to the Melrose Baby Cafe, dedicated a closet to fit a refrigerator in which donated mother’s milk is stored. The Milk Depot’s grand opening ceremony is Friday at 11:30 a.m. Lucia, a...

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