Tax rate set

Oct 16, 2018 by

Published in the October 16, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – The local property taxes you pay will be going up, but not as much as they could have. The town has again this year decided to forego increasing the tax levy by the full 2.5 percent allowed by law and will go with a 2.1 percent increase for FY 2019. In addition, the Town Council has continued its historical practice of choosing the maximum allowable shift factor, moving more of the tax burden onto the commercial/industrial classes of properties and thereby affording residential tax payers the lowest share of the property tax burden allowed by state law. Director of Assessments Victor Santaniello appeared before the Town Council last night for the annual tax classification hearing at which the tax rate for FY...

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Healthy Living Expo draws crowd...

Oct 15, 2018 by

Published in the October 15, 2018 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — The second annual Healthy Living Expo, sponsored by the Wakefield/Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce and held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Americal Civic Center, drew hundreds of people from inside and outside the town in spite of the rainy weather. The free, community family event featured many attractions, including a local Board of Public Health flu clinic, demonstration of a machine that assesses body composition, free samples of health and beauty products, flavor infused water and a visit from the Boston Bruins Mascot “Blades.” The day also included games and face painting, health screenings and free child ID safety cards. Chamber Executive Director John Smolinsky said he was pleased with the turnout, given the inclement weather. Title sponsors were Lahey Health and...

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Crews to work on train tracks

Oct 12, 2018 by

Published in the October 12, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Crews will be working on the commuter rail tracks in town Monday night as the Mass. Department of Transportation and the MBTA install certain safeguards mandated by the federal government. The overnight work will be within the right-of-way along the MBTA Haverhill commuter rail line between the Greenwood stop and the North Avenue depot as part of federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) infrastructure installation, according to a release. Due to the equipment necessary to perform this work, lights and mild to moderate noise levels can be expected. Work is scheduled to occur as necessary between approximately 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. This overnight is work necessary to avoid service interruptions by taking advantage of track time when the trains will not be operating. As part...

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Override update: Feedback and next steps...

Oct 11, 2018 by

Published in the October 12, 2018 edition The following was submitted by the mayor. By MAYOR GAIL INFURNA As you know, I have announced that I will propose a Proposition 2 ½ override to go on the ballot in the spring. I am doing this because I think it is necessary for the city’s continued financial health, and I have asked you for your input on the question before we move forward. We have now held two listening sessions, collected over 1,000 questionnaires, and had many comments submitted via e-mail. As we go into the next phase, I want to bring you up to date on what we have been hearing and what the next steps are. Several messages came through loud and clear: • You want clarity about how the override monies will...

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Businesses’ ‘Trick or Treat’ Oct. 31...

Oct 11, 2018 by

Published in the October 12, 2018 edition MELROSE — The Melrose Chamber of Commerce’s annual Trick or Treat at Melrose Businesses will be held on Wednesday, October 31 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Sponsored by Bell & Izzi and MMTV, with support from the City of Melrose, this event brings together businesses on Main Street, Essex Street, West Foster Street, Corey Street, West Wyoming Avenue, West Emerson Street and Franklin Street. Join us for a fun afternoon with our youngest trick or treaters. Children in Grade 3 and younger are invited to dress in costume and trick or treat at this annual community event. “Trick or Treat at Melrose Businesses is a fun way to give back to our hometown, and we are eager to again sponsor such a great event,” says Bob Bell, Partner...

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Trivia night at UU Church Saturday...

Oct 11, 2018 by

Published in the October 12, 2018 edition MELROSE — Think you know trivia? Get a team together or come solo for a lively evening with Boston’s most popular trivia experts, Stump! This Pub and Trivia night will be held Saturday, October 13 at  7 p.m. at the Melrose UU Church, 70 West Emerson Street (across from the Melrose Public Library). Admission is $10. There will be raffles, food and lots of fun. This is a 21+...

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