Selectmen OK more budgets

Feb 20, 2018 by

Published in the February 20, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Board of Selectmen approved 10 more small departmental budgets last week. Town accountant Kevin Gill presented the FY 2019 budgets, which he said all together were up about 3 percent over last year. Most of the department heads were on hand at the meeting to answer any questions. Gill said that the $202,875 Town Treasurer’s budget included an increase of $2,657, all of which reflected negotiated contractual salary increases. The selectmen approved the budget with no discussion. The Tax Collector’s budget was up $8,343, Gill said, which was also due to negotiated salary increases. After a brief discussion, the board approved the Tax Collector’s budget at $255,954. The Assessors budget was up $9,185, according to Gill, all of which was for...

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Selectmen OK with power line decision...

Feb 19, 2018 by

Published in the February 19, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Board of Selectmen spent two hours Friday afternoon discussing whether and how they would comment on last week’s state Energy Facilities Siting Board decision to approve the 8.5-mile, Woburn-to-Wakefield underground transmission line proposed by National Grid and Eversource. Parties to the decision have until Feb. 22 to submit comments on the EFSB decision if they wish, Town Counsel Thomas Mullen told the board. Only Selectman Edward Dombroski voiced a strong objection to the EFSB decision, but in the end the board voted to send a carefully worded comment to the Siting Board that reflected a compromise among the selectmen. Part of the EFSB’s decision addressed the type of cable that would be used along the entire 8.5-mile route. National Grid and...

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Keeping kids safe is paramount

Feb 16, 2018 by

Published in the February 16, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Local educators welcomed students to school yesterday with heavy hearts but with the continued determination to keep them safe, according to Supt. Dr. Kim Smith. The day after 17 students and faculty were murdered at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — one of the deadliest school shootings in our country’s history — Smith issued the following: “I write to you this afternoon with deep sadness and concern about the events that took place in Florida yesterday. The images from the high school in Parkland remind us of our own students and schools. The Wakefield Public Schools extend our collective love, prayers, and sympathy to this heartbroken community. “Today our staff made every effort to welcome students in a way that felt...

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Schools face budget hurdles

Feb 16, 2018 by

Published in the February 16, 2018 edition MELROSE — School officials are getting down to the difficult task of coming up with a spending plan for next year that reflects the values they have set for a quality Melrose education. In a budget message delivered last month to the School Committee, Supt. of Schools Cyndy Taymore said the district is facing increasing enrollment, a more diverse student body requiring English Learner program expansion, a growing number of kids with significant disabilities and/or behavioral challenges, and the need to meet new curriculum requirements in computer science, digital literacy and civics, among other challenges. Acccording to a schedule, a first draft of the spending proposal will be presented on March 13. “When setting priorities for the district,” Taymore wrote, “both the School Committee and the administration are...

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City Hall celebrates American Heart Month in style...

Feb 16, 2018 by

Published in the February 16, 2018 edition MELROSE — Mayor Gail Infurna and the Melrose Health Department are working together to raise awareness of women’s heart health, as part of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign. Infurna has dubbed the Tuesdays in February “Ruby Tuesdays” and encouraged staff to wear red to work. The Health Department kicked it off this week with a special event for employees, featuring heart-healthy snacks, recipes and information, and free blood-pressure checks. “I think we have done a good job of educating people about cardiac health and the early warning signs of cardiac disease,” said Infurna, who is a nurse. “This month, we want to focus on women, because the risk factors are different for women, and the symptoms are often different as well. The fact...

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Attention all trivia enthusiasts!...

Feb 16, 2018 by

Published in the February 16, 2018 edition MELROSE — The Melrose Adult Trivia Bee will be held Saturday March 24, at Memorial Hall. The Trivia Bee is held annually as a fundraiser for The Bridge: A School/Community Partnership. At this very popular city-wide event, citizens, city officials, business owners, teachers, club members and non-profit leaders compete on teams to discover which group knows the greatest amount of obscure and non-essential information. The 2018 Melrose Adult Trivia Bee is sponsored by East Boston Savings Bank and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, a member of Hallmark Health. “The Trivia Bee is not your average fundraiser,” said Jennifer McAllister, Coordinator of Volunteers at The Bridge: A School/Community Partnership. “This event generates a lot of excitement in the community with more than forty competing teams, local television coverage, and hundreds of...

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