The wonders of STEAM

Mar 18, 2019 by

Published in the March 18, 2019 edition. By SARAH ROEHRICH WAKEFIELD — On Thursday, March 14 — Pi Day — the Wakefield Public Schools STEAM Community Task Force hosted STEAM Night for the second time at the Galvin Middle School. STEAM Night is an opportunity for educators and professionals from science, technology, engineering, art and math to share their passion for STEAM through interactive demonstrations. The fair partners high school students with STEAM professionals to offer a variety of free, hands-on STEAM activities for Wakefield students and their families. This year, organizers were extremely fortunate to have over 40 exhibitors for STEAM night, many of whom generously donated their time and resources to come provide activities. Some of our exhibitors provided the following: Amazon Robotics explained how their warehouse robot works, the Brain Matters...

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Town seeking volunteers for board and commission openings...

Mar 18, 2019 by

Published in the March 18, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Town Administrator’s office is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on one of the following committees. Interested candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest via email to Sherri Dalton, Executive Assistant to the Town Administrator at sdalton@wakefield.ma.us by Monday April 1 at 4:30 p.m. Appointments will be made in April 2019 by the Town Council. Conservation Commission The Conservation Commission meets the first and third Thursday of every month as needed to review petitions from land owners and or developers in regards to projects that may require approval as defined by the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. The Conservation works closely with the Town Engineer and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The Commission meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Veteran’s Advisory...

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TSF’s 39th annual phonathon March 23...

Mar 18, 2019 by

Published in the March 18, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — Local high school students will be calling Wakefield residents on Saturday, March 23 between noon and 4 p.m. as part of The Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield’s 39th Annual Phonathon. The student volunteers will be calling from the Americal Civic Center where TSF has its office. According to TSF of Wakefield Phonathon chairperson Michael Kilkelly, the annual phonathon helps raise funds for scholarships awarded to Wakefield residents in their pursuit of higher education. Each donation, regardless of the dollar amount, goes a long way in making a difference in the life of at least one local student in need of scholarship assistance. Last year’s phonathon raised over $55,000 in donations. Over the past 59 years, TSF of Wakefield has provided over 11,000 financial awards to Wakefield residents...

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No override would impact school sports, other areas...

Mar 14, 2019 by

Published March 15, 2019 MELROSE — The painting of a bleak landscape without money raised through an override of Proposition 2 1/2 continued this week before the School Committee, as members heard that freshman sports would be eliminated, three junior varsity coaching posts would be axed, software and technology spending would be slashed 20 percent, and both the middle school and the high school’s Learning Commons would close for the day once the final bell sounded, among other things. As educators continue to roll our their budget plans for the coming academic year — one with the passage of a Prop. 2 1/2 override and the other without — some very tough decisions become clear. Tuesday night, it was time to go over the impact on athletics, co-curricular programs and instructional materials and supplies. Voters head to the polls...

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Polymnia brings Haydn’s ‘Creation’ to life...

Mar 14, 2019 by

Published March 15, 2019 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — For those who like music spiced with a bit of history – or vice versa – last Saturday’s Polymnia Choral Society production of Franz Josef Haydn’s The Creation was a doubly rewarding experience. The sanctuary of Wakefield’s First Parish Congregational Church was a fitting venue in which to experience Haydn’s oratorio depicting the miracle of the world’s creation. It the words of Polymnia member Eileen Worthley, “With its sublime arias, joyous choruses, energetic arpeggios, and rollicking fugues, it is altogether a jubilant work of praise to the glory of the Creator.” Under the direction of conductor Murray Kidd, the concert featured three professional guest soloists, including Wakefield tenor Joseph Holmes, baritone Philip Lima and soprano Dana Lynne Varga, who sang the Creation story in the roles of...

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‘An Irish Celebration’ at Memorial Hall Saturday...

Mar 14, 2019 by

Published March 15, 2019 MELROSE — Brendan Carroll is throwing an Irish party at Memorial Hall and everyone is invited. On Saturday, March 16, at 3 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m., the longtime Melrose resident, County Tipperary native and noted tenor will co-host “An Irish Celebration” along with The Friends of Memorial Hall.  Brendan, whose wife is from Dublin, has produced and performed several shows in Melrose and around the New England, including the Victorian Fair and Rotary events. He has performed as a soloist and as project manager for the Polymnia’s performance of “Letters from Ireland’ last year on St. Patrick’s Day. “An Irish Celebration” will highlight music, song and dance from the Emerald Isle. Brendan would like to get over 1,000 people at the two performances “This is a big undertaking but...

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