Milly Arbaje-Thomas keynote speaker at King celebration...

Jan 17, 2020 by

Published in the January 17, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Human Rights Commission is excited to announce that Milagros “Milly” Arbaje-Thomas, CEO of METCO, Inc. will be the keynote speaker of this year’s Dr. Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, Jr. celebration. This year marks 50 years of partnership between Wakefield and the METCO program. When asked about his thoughts, Superintendent Doug Lyons said, “Milly Arbaje-Thomas took the lead at METCO in January 2018 and has been a force for positive change since stepping into the role. She has collaborated with partner school districts and community leaders to create a new vision for METCO. A vision rooted in addressing equity, diversity and inclusion for all students. She has forged relationships at the State and District levels to support students and families securing funding increases...

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An uncle, never met, is remembered...

Jan 17, 2020 by

Published in the January 17, 2020 edition. BY DAVID WATTS, JR.  WAKEFIELD — Growing up, I knew him as “Uncle George.” He was a portrait of a young man in uniform in a line of portraits on the wall of the high school auditorium; an aircraft navigator’s bubble sextant; a medal in a black leatherette case – the Distinguished Flying Cross. Not much was said about Uncle George, other than that he was shot down and died. He grew up in the Greenwood section, and, like many in his generation, he went to war. And that’s where the story stood until 2008, when I made a point-to-point flight aboard the Collings Foundation’s North American B-25J Mitchell medium bomber Tondelayo, spent mostly in the bombardier’s “greenhouse.” Seventy-five years ago, on January 18, 1945, a B-25J,...

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Burnett Foundation donates scoreboard...

Jan 16, 2020 by

Published in the January 16, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — When the Wakefield Warrior varsity softball team opens its 2020 season, it will not only have a new field, but also a brand-new digital scoreboard, thanks to the Meghan Burnett Foundation. After a presentation by Bob Burnett, Meghan’s father, the Town Council voted to accept with gratitude the donation of a new scoreboard and a new flagpole for Blatz Field at Wakefield Memorial High School. The flagpole will stand just outside the centerfield fence and the scoreboard will be just to the right of the flagpole, Burnett told the Town Council. He displayed images of the scoreboard, which will have a Warrior-red background. The 8-foot wide by 4-foot high scoreboard will be mounted on two posts. The bottom of the scoreboard will...

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A new day dawns

Jan 16, 2020 by

Published January 17, 2020 MELROSE — Much of the city’s elected leadership changed hands at the beginning of November and Monday night, it celebrated its achievement while looking ahead at all the work there is to do. Led by new Mayor Paul Brodeur, the City Council and School Committee took part in an inaugural ceremony in Memorial Hall that ushered in a new era just in time for the history page to flip to the start of another decade. Brodeur talked, in part, about the need to take a few calculated risks. Saying the city can choose to plot its own course away from the harshness of the national dialogue, the mayor said to be “excellent as a City, we must take risks and act from a position of pride and confidence in the...

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Democratic Rep. hopefuls air their views...

Jan 16, 2020 by

Published January 17, 2020 By MARK SARDELLA  WAKEFIELD — You would have been hard-pressed to find much disagreement among the three Democratic candidates running for State Representative as they outlined their positions during a forum hosted by the Wakefield Democratic Town Committee last Wednesday night at Brightview Senior Living in Wakefield. Mat Helman of Malden, Kate Lipper-Garabedian of Melrose and Ann McGonigle Santos of Wakefield are running to fill the remainder Paul Brodeur’s term as 32nd Middlesex District State Representative. Brodeur resigned the seat after he was elected Mayor of Melrose last November. A Primary Election is set for Feb. 4, with a Special Election on March 3. No Republican filed papers so there will be no GOP candidate on the March 3 ballot. Brandon Reid of Melrose has announced his intention to mount a...

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Community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 20...

Jan 16, 2020 by

Published January 17, 2020 MELROSE — The Melrose Human Rights Commission invites the community to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in the annual MLK Day of Service at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church (70 W. Emerson St.), beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday January 20, followed by the annual evening Community Potluck at the Melrose First Congregational Church (121 W. Foster St.) beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Day of Service is sponsored by the Commission and a number of community partners and it includes a variety of community service projects at sites around the city with activities for all ages. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and projects take place between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. A pizza lunch follows at the Unitarian Universalist Church between 12 and 1 p.m. The Community...

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