Making census sense

Jan 18, 2019 by

Published in the January 18, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — Time to identify yourself. The census forms have arrived at the 12,021 households in town. If you did not receive a census form, it can be downloaded from the Town Clerk’s website under the “applications and forms” link. These forms will be accepted provided that they are signed. Instructions for completing the census form are located on the reverse side of the census form. Please be aware that the census form cannot be used to register to vote nor can the census form be used to change party affiliation(s). Registering to vote or changing party affiliation must be done either in person by coming to the office of the Town Clerk or online at the Secretary of State’s website. That site is www.sec.state.ma.us If a...

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School needs hashed out

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published in the January 17, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The several dozen parents and citizens who came out for last night’s State of the Schools report and budget forum got a chance to hear about the district’s budgetary needs and priorities. But following School Superintendent Douglas Lyons presentation, the question and answer session quickly turned into a passionate debate over the need for a new high school and whether the town should consider moving forward on its own without state assistance. Lyons noted that Wakefield will soon be resubmitting its Statement of Interest (SOI) to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in hopes of getting state financial assistance in building a new high school or renovating the current one. The town’s request has been turned down in each of the last three...

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Three incumbents stepping down in May...

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published January 17, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Three long-term incumbents on the local political scene have announced that they will not seek re-election in the 2019 Town Election. Select Board member Robert Mauceri, who has served in this post for the past 15 years, among numerous other elected and appointed seats over nearly 50 years, announced his intention to step down in May at Monday night’s board meeting. A few minutes later, Select Board Chairman Michael Prisco also took a few moments to announce his intention not to seek re-election to the board after three terms and nine years of service on this board. Mauceri and Prisco are the only two candidates on the Select Board whose terms expire in May. Additionally, over the weekend on social media, long-term School Committee...

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Townspeople flood MassHousing, Beacon Hill in opposition to 20 Elm St. 40B...

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published January 17, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” This quote, attributed to American anthropologist Margaret Mead aptly describes the mission being pursued by hundreds of townspeople in their opposition to the Ch. 40B application of NY Ventures to build 200 units of rental housing on 19 acres of the former Thomson Country Club at 20 Elm St. Nick Yebba, owner and operator of Teresa’s Function Facilities, Grille 19, Teresa’s Prime and Resorts North on the property, purchased the site from the Thomson Country Club six years ago. His proposal under NY Ventures would subdivide the site, leaving these facilities intact on the remaining 5.2 acres. He has proposed to...

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Town withdraws offer for 217 Main St....

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published January 17, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The town has withdrawn its offer to purchase the former New England Spring Water property at 217 Main St. for $3.5M The announcement was made at Monday night’s Select Board meeting by Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto just about a day and half prior to the deadline for the town to sign the purchase and sales agreement. The change in direction came about as a result of the review process town departments and board members had undertaken to determine if this investment would indeed be worth a big chunk of the town’s available capital. It was initially believed that the 36,000 square feet of garage space would easily house the town’s large fire apparatus and larger DPW vehicles. The 2.88 acre site also had potential...

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Dire times outlined in address

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published January 18, 2019 MELROSE — In her only State of the City address Tuesday, Mayor Gail Infurna told municipal officials and others that Melrose needs more money to run its schools, to keep up its infrastructure, to make sure the public is safe and, in short, to provide a level of services matching the community’s values. Speaking in Memorial Hall, the mayor drew a picture of the city at a precipice, with the only thing able to save it a $5.18 million override of Proposition 2 1/2. Following is Infurna’s 2019 State of the City address: President Lemmerman, members of the Board of Aldermen, Chairman O’Connell and members of the School Committee, Superintendent Taymore, Senator Lewis, Representative Brodeur, Mayor Dolan, fellow Melrosians, Good evening and thank you for being here tonight. Before I begin, I...

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