More apartments eyed for North Ave....

Jun 22, 2018 by

Published in the June 22, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The developer of “600 North,” the new 24-unit garden-style apartment building at 600 North Ave., directly across from Lakeside Office Park, is seeking to construct another complex next door at 598 North Ave. Last week, the Zoning Board of Appeals opened a new hearing on Jonathan Main’s application to build a 19-unit “sister” apartment building on the 28,000 square-foot lot next door to his present building. A single-family home presently on the site would be torn down.  Represented at the hearing by attorney Michael McCarthy, Main is seeking Special Permits for multi-family housing, site plan review and further relief under the Wakefield Zoning Bylaw that may be required for the construction and use of the proposed building.  The new complex would have seven two-bedroom...

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On the rocks

Jun 22, 2018 by

By GAIL LOWE A week after Harry and Meghan said their “I do’s” at Windsor Castle, husband Tony and I flew to London to immerse ourselves in all things royal, the city’s major attractions, including Westminster Abbey and the Tower of Big Ben (it’s been under repair recently so we didn’t see much of Ben) and the macabre (the rack inside the Tower of London, for starters). The city is intriguing and worthy of exploration, but it’s also sprawling to the point of being overwhelming. Tourists need to be fit to navigate all the stairways leading to and from the Tube. When I traveled to London in the 1990s, menus in restaurants offered fish ‘n chips served in newspaper cones, bangers and mash and Yorkshire pudding, but now the food scene is multi-cultural. There...

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Centralized voting begins Tuesday...

Jun 21, 2018 by

Published in the June 21, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls to decide the fate of improvements to the town’s Public Safety Building. They will not, however, cast ballots at their old neighborhood polling places. The Special Election on June 26, a single question affair, will be held in the cafeteria of the Galvin Middle School from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is considered a warm-up to the state party primary and general elections coming in September and November. There invariably will be kinks to work out, and next week’s Special Election represents the first chance to see what they are, and how to fix them. In February, the Town Council unanimously backed a proposal by Town Clerk Betsy Sheeran to go to centralized voting, something that...

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The Prop. 2½ override campaign is on...

Jun 21, 2018 by

Published in the June 22, 2018 edition MELROSE — The drumbeat in support of an override of the tax hike-limiting Proposition 2 1/2 will continue, according to Mayor Gail Infurna this week. The mayor, who called for an override in early May, writes in a column this week that there simply is not enough money coming in to match what municipal services cost to provide. Monday, the aldermen formerly passed a $79,399,946 operating budget for the year beginning July 1. That includes $27,596,824 for Melrose’s public schools, a 4.15 percent increase over what education leaders received for the current fiscal year. Infurna writes: “The Board of Aldermen recently approved the fiscal year 2019 budget. While it is a balanced budget, I still have concerns regarding our schools and their needs. Therefore, I want to...

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Rebecca Parris to be honored June 30...

Jun 21, 2018 by

Published in the June 22, 2018 edition MELROSE — Many music lovers in the Boston area are mourning the passing of longtime jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris. She was scheduled to perform in Melrose at Temple Beth Shalom’s “Keeping Jazz Alive” concert series on June 30. Berklee bass professor Bruce Gertz, who organized the concert, says the show will go on, but will now focus on celebrating Rebecca Parris and her contributions to jazz in Boston and beyond. Donna McElroy, another frequent collaborator with Gertz and beloved in her own right as a talented vocalist, has stepped up to perform. The Grammy-nominated McElroy is a voice professor at Berklee, with performances in several genres including jazz, R&B and country. She has also appeared at Temple Beth Shalom in the past. Regarding the passing of Rebecca, Bruce...

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NR water is ‘all set’ for next 99 years...

Jun 21, 2018 by

Published in the June 21, 2018 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — We have a deal! On June 13, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law the 99-year intermunicipal agreement between North Reading and Andover that guarantees the town access to a potable water supply through 2117. House bill 4552 sponsored by Rep. Bradley Jones Jr. and his counterpart in the Senate, Sen. Bruce Tarr, was passed by the House on June 6 and the Senate on June 7. The very slight language change made to the bill during its review at the state level was deemed “insignificant” by the North Reading Board of Selectmen and the bill with the edited language was approved unanimously at a special meeting last Thursday morning, June 14. During Monday night’s Selectmen’s meeting, Andover’s Board of Selectmen sent...

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