Town helps Richard Bayrd celebrate 92 years...

Apr 9, 2021 by

A BIRTHDAY BANNER signed by hundreds of well-wishers was presented to Richard Bayrd in front of his Yale Avenue home by his daughter Deb Bayrd and his grandson David Bayrd. (Mark Sardella Photo) By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The town turned out in force yesterday afternoon to help one of its most respected citizens celebrate his 92nd birthday. Richard Bayrd stood with family and friends outside his Yale Avenue home and waved as a long line of vehicles, including police cars, fire engines, DPW trucks, passenger cars and pickup rucks drove by with lights flashing, sirens blaring and horns honking. Many neighbors and friends also stopped by to offer birthday wishes. A lifelong Wakefield resident, Richard Bayrd has done his share and more to serve his hometown. He was a member of the Zoning...

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Warrior logo vote still matters...

Apr 8, 2021 by

Published in the April 8, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA By now, you’ve probably heard that the School Committee voted on March 23 to eliminate the Wakefield Warrior logo. You may have inferred from that 5-2 vote that the issue is settled and the April 27 Town Election vote on the Warrior logo ballot question is now moot. That’s exactly what the School Committee wants you to think. It’s the main reason they voted when they did – to make you believe the April 27 ballot question no longer matters. That, and to show their utter disdain for the process. They alone know best. The voters be damned. As much as it was a vote to eliminate the logo, the March 23 School Committee vote was also an effort to depress the pro-Warrior turnout on...

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GMS principal is leaving

Apr 8, 2021 by

Published in the April 8, 2021 edition. WAKEFIELD — The popular leader of the Galvin Middle School is moving on. Adam Colantuoni wrote in a message yesterday to Galvin families that he has accepted another administrative job in Salem.  He wrote, “It is bittersweet to share this email with you this afternoon. After serving as the principal of the Galvin Middle School for the past six years, I have accepted a new position in Salem, as the Executive Director of Students Services and Family Supports beginning July 1st, 2021. “As you may recall from last spring, I interviewed for an assistant superintendent position and pulled out of the process because the timing did not feel right for me to leave the Galvin community. “I can’t begin to thank you enough for your support and...

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Clark gets $900K for local schools...

Apr 8, 2021 by

Published April 9, 2021 MELROSE – Katherine Clark was able to get $900,000 for the school district she once served. The one-time Melrose School Committeewoman — now one of the most powerful people in Washington, D.C. — announced recently that the American Rescue Plan includes $900,000 for the Melrose Public School district, a portion of the over $3.1 billion in emergency education funding to support Massachusetts schools and families. “When President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law last month, we knew that help was on the way. Today, I’m happy to announce just how substantial that aid will be for Melrose schools, families, and child care providers,” said Clark, who is the assistant speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. “With this funding, Melrose schools, and schools across the district, will be...

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Mayor Brodeur announces Earth Week celebration...

Apr 8, 2021 by

Published April 9, 2021 MELROSE — In celebration of 10 years as a Green Community, Mayor Paul Brodeur is collaborating with several community groups to put on Earth Week, a series of social and educational events to drive green initiatives in the city of Melrose.  “I am so proud of the strides our community has taken toward a more sustainable future,” said Brodeur. “The story of Melrose as a Green Community has, until now, been largely untold. Melrose’s Sustainability Manager, Martha Grover has spearheaded the majority of these efforts. We very much have a culture of environmentalism here in Melrose, and we have tremendous community partners helping drive us toward our goal of NetZero 2050.” The Green Communities Division (GCD) provides grants and technical assistance to help municipalities reduce energy use and costs by implementing clean energy...

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Schools’ budget hearing Tuesday...

Apr 8, 2021 by

Published April 9, 2021 MELROSE — At the Melrose School Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, 2021, they will hold a public hearing on the School Department’s FY22 budget. The public is invited to attend. The public hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be conducted via remote participation. All remote meeting links are posted on the City of Melrose web site at:...

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