ZBA OK with Water St. changes

Oct 15, 2019 by

Published in the October 15, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA  WAKEFIELD — The Zoning Board of Appeals was mostly happy with changes made to the exterior design of a proposed 16-unit mid-rise apartment building that Anthony Arcari wants to build at 259 Water St. The lot is on the east corner of Water and Del Carmine streets. The home currently on the site bears a plaque identifying it as the birthplace of former Massachusetts Governor John A. Volpe, who later served as Secretary of Transportation and Ambassador to Italy under President Richard Nixon. Arcari is seeking a Special Permit and site plan approval from the ZBA. He is also applying for relief from dimensional regulations related to lot frontage and width, front, side and rear setbacks, height, floor-area ratio and building coverage. He is...

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Have your carved pumpkin judged...

Oct 14, 2019 by

Published in the October 14, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — The West Side Social Club 4th of July Committee and the Middlesex Concert Band (MCB) are hosting a new event, “Pumpkin Fest,” on Sunday, October 20 that is guaranteed to provide an afternoon of family fun. The event, held at Moulton Park, is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. The main features of the day will be a Children’s Concert by the MCB and a Carved Pumpkin Contest by the WSSC 4th of July. The Children’s Concert will start at 2 p.m., ending at 3:30 p.m. Registration for the Pumpkin Contest starts at 3 p.m. with Kidzfun immediately following to host children’s activities. The event will end with the announcement of the Pumpkin winners at 5 p.m. Carol Hubbard, Co-Chair of the WSSC 4th of July...

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Wakefield hosts marching band competition Saturday...

Oct 11, 2019 by

Published in the October 11, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — This Saturday, October 12, Wakefield will host a New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) competition at Landrigan Field. Twenty-one bands will compete in six different divisions starting at 3 p.m. In addition, the Boston University marching band will close the evening with what will surely be a crowd pleasing performance. Wakefield, the last high school band to perform, will take the field at approximately 8:05 p.m.   The Marching Band and Color Guard has had a busy season as this weekend will mark their third NESBA competition. They competed in Medford and North Andover in September earning scores of 81.9 and 85.7 respectively. At both competitions Wakefield also won high caption awards in all three categories: music, percussion and color guard.   NESBA is a family friendly event...

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Melrose is cheeseburger heaven

Oct 10, 2019 by

Published October 11, 2019 The following is another in a series of “Around Town” articles. MELROSE — Melrose has been buzzing about it all year. No, not the mayor’s race, but the first-ever pursuit of an equally important topic: Where can you get a decent cheeseburger in Melrose? Around Town can now confirm that the verdict is in. With no reservations or call-ahead necessary, our intrepid man-about-town took on this assignment with an empty stomach and eyes wide open. With the assistance of his friend Kevin, who also has a good appetite, the mission began. Kevin’s enthusiasm increased when he learned that the Weekly News was picking up the tab. Kevin was all-in. Around Town has never been afraid to take on any subject. Controversy is our middle name. It was a tough job, but...

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Curbside recycling of clothing, shoes, home goods set to begin...

Oct 10, 2019 by

Published October 11, 2019 MELROSE — Beginning in early November, Melrose residents can recycle clothing, shoes and household items with free curbside pick-up. During the launch at the end of October, every resident will receive a mailer with program information along with two (2) Pink Simple Recycling bags. Simply place your pink bag(s) beside your recycling bin before 7 a.m. on your regularly scheduled trash/recycling collection day. Simple Recycling will leave behind replacement bags for future use. All collected clothing, shoes and home goods are diverted from the waste stream, reducing tipping costs at the landfill, and will be reused or recycled. By participating in this program, Simple Recycling creates jobs through the collection, sorting and resale of items otherwise destined for the landfill while finding a new life for your unwanted clothing, shoes and...

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Black Lab ‘Tinker’ gives emotional support to Melrose High students...

Oct 10, 2019 by

Published October 11, 2019 By GAIL LOWE MELROSE — When the stresses of life threaten to overwhelm, students at Melrose High School can take comfort in Tinker, a two-and-a-half-year-old female black Labrador Retriever. Tinker is a trained assistance dog, and it is her job to be a supporting, loving member of the school, according to Guidance Counselor Jeff Bolduc, co-advisor of the Youth Action Team, a school-based club that works with the Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. The organization’s purpose is to provide information and help students make healthy decisions concerning nicotine, alcohol and drugs. Bolduc works closely with Robert Savarino, STOP grant youth coordinator, and lives in Melrose with Tinker, his wife, three children, another dog named Sammy and Lucky, a cat. Currently, there are 17 cities and towns in Massachusetts that have...

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