Building Inspector Jack Roberto to retire...

Feb 25, 2020 by

Published in the February 25, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — After many years of service, Building Inspector Jack Roberto will be retiring at the end of June, and he was on hand at last night’s Town Council meeting for the presentation of his final budget. But his retirement is not the only change coming for the Inspectional Services (Building) Department next fiscal year. As Town Accountant Kevin Gill presented the FY 2021 budget for the department, he noted that the budget was going up $51,610, all of which is in personal services. The increase is largely related to the fact that the Building Inspector position will no longer be shared with Lynnfield. Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio said that, while he was a big fan of regionalization, both Lynnfield and Wakefield officials felt...

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TONIGHT’S SELECT BOARD MEETING CANCELED...

Feb 24, 2020 by

Posted on: Monday, February 24, 2020 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — The Select Board meeting previously scheduled for tonight, Monday, February 24, at Town Hall has been canceled. The public session was slated to begin at 7:15 p.m. The cancellation was required under the state’s Open Meeting Law (OML) because the town’s website had been inaccessible for at least six continuous hours, during regular business hours at Town Hall, within the minimum 48-hour window prior to a public meeting during which the posted notice of that meeting must be accessible to the public. According to Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto, the crash of the town’s website was not a situation unique to North Reading. On Monday morning, the servers used by the company contracted by many municipalities throughout the state to maintain their websites...

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WMHS Ceramics to display at Art & edibles...

Feb 24, 2020 by

Published in the February 24, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Memorial High School (WMHS) Visual Arts Ceramics students have been invited to take part in the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield’s third annual Art & edibles exhibit. Since the beginning of the school year, Ceramic students have been working with clay, learning about wedging, glazing, and hand building techniques such as test tiles, pinch pots, joined vessels, and coil construction. Successful hand building is based on quality craftsmanship and glazing is vital to the success of the finished piece. To showcase what they have learned, students were asked to recreate some type of food out of clay, and to make it as realistic as possible. Approximately 30 projects will be included in the show. The public is invited to this free exhibit on Thursday, February...

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Councilors have much to do Monday...

Feb 21, 2020 by

Published in the February 21, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Town Council will dig into another full plate of business when it meets Monday night in the big studio at the WCAT facility behind Wakefield Memorial High. Here are examples of the anticipated discussions: • Town Engineer William Renault is expected to present a strategic plan for comprehensive town-wide road repair and maintenance. • Representatives from the Wakefield Alliance Against Violence are scheduled to explain the White Ribbon Campaign, an annual awareness program in March that addresses male violence. • Student winners of the RESPECTfully Poster Project Contest will be recognized and all entires will be displayed. • Members of the Wakefield Center Neighborhood Association are planning to improve the entryway to the Spaulding Street Playground at the Lower Common. Monday night, they will give councilors all the...

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Mercedes catches fire on Chambers’ showroom floor...

Feb 21, 2020 by

Posted on: Friday, February 21, 2020 LYNNFIELD — Fire officials are working with police investigators and those from the State Fire Marshal’s Office as they try to determine why a Mercedes-Benz caught fire on the showroom floor of the Herb Chambers dealership on Route 1 Thursday morning, February 20. Chief Glenn Davis said one of the nearly 30 vehicles on the showroom floor apparently caught fire before dawn and was discovered by an on-site security guard. Firefighters got the original call at 4:44 a.m. reporting the first at the 385 Broadway dealership. Lynnfield Fire’s Engine 2 and Car 1 were first on scene and reported heavy smoke showing from the roofline of the building. A working fire was declared at 4:50 hours. The crew on Engine 2 made entry to the front of the showroom and...

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Planning Board set to hear OSRD project update Feb. 26...

Feb 21, 2020 by

Posted on: Friday, February 21, 2020 LYNNFIELD — The Planning Board will hear an update on its technical assistance grant for preparation of an Open Space Residential Design (OSRD) bylaw during a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, taking place at 7 p.m. in the Joe Maney Meeting Room in Town Hall. The $33,800 grant was awarded to Lynnfield in September 2019. It also includes technical assistance to develop a tree preservation bylaw. Lynnfield’s grant is part of a Massachusetts state-wide program, which encourages municipalities to implement land use regulations consistent with land conservation and development objectives. “Open Space Residential Design is a planning design that maximizes the amount of open space preserved in subdivisions without reducing the number of homes built while providing homebuyers with a desirable neighborhood,” said Planning and Conservation Director Emilie...

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