Town celebrates summer tomorrow...

Aug 17, 2018 by

Published in the August 17, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Tomorrow afternoon into the early evening, weather permitting, Wakefield celebrates the summer with its annual Festival Italia. (Organizers were meeting this morning to determine whether to postpone the festivities to Sunday.) Along closed sections of Main Street and Albion Street, there will be activities for kids, street performers, musicians, dancers, food and drink. Groups looking to raise money for their causes will be set up along the way as well, adding to the color of the 2018 edition of the festival. The action gets underway around 2 p.m. and will run until 8 p.m. Along the festival route, you can partake of the many vendors, performances, activities, or just meet up with friends and relatives to enjoy this family-oriented day. There will be something for everyone, according to...

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UPDATED: West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes from North Reading; Spraying Scheduled for Tuesday, August 21st...

Aug 17, 2018 by

Posted on: Friday, August 17, 2018 The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced on August 16th that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected in the Lindor Road area of North Reading.  A public health advisory from the North Reading Health Department may be found here.  Information regarding scheduled mosquito spraying may be found...

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Walton will be ready for start of school...

Aug 16, 2018 by

Published in the August 16, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – The Walton School is expected to be ready for faculty and students by the Sept. 6 start of school even as “two shifts of tradesmen” are “working overtime” to complete the $6 million addition/renovation of the school before the end of summer vacation. “We do anticipate that Walton will be ready for the start of the school year,” Superintendent Douglas Lyons told the Daily Item yesterday. “The Permanent Building Committee along with (Town Administrator) Steve Maio have provided significant leadership and support to accelerate the work. Crews are working overtime to complete the project before the start of the school year. We are also anticipating that we will have access to all spaces needed to start school.” Lyons sent a memorandum to...

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Tamagini of NYC returns to Wakefield...

Aug 16, 2018 by

Published in the August 16, 2018 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — Lisa-Anne Tamagini, formerly of Wakefield and now a New York City resident, did not fall far from her musical family tree. Like her mother, she pursued a career in music, voice in particular. A well-known singer and voice teacher in New York City, she has returned this summer to the town where she grew up to bring “Annie Jr.” (an abbreviated version of the original “Annie”) and “Spring Awakening” (a coming of age story respectfully and tastefully done) to the stage at The Savings Bank Theatre at Wakefield Memorial High School on Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19. “Annie” will be presented at 2 p.m. both days while “Spring Awakening” will be presented at 7:30 p.m., also on both days. (For...

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Inside the Budget 5: Investment and Debt Management...

Aug 16, 2018 by

Published in the August 17, 2018 edition By MAYOR GAIL M. INFURNA This is the fifth in a series of articles explaining the city’s budget. MELROSE — Some people have asked why the city had money to build modular classrooms when, at the same time, we don’t have money for other needs such as hiring new teachers to address our increased student enrollment. This question is best answered by thinking of it in terms of personal household finances. The cost of a house is more than most people can pay out of pocket, so they take out a mortgage. State and local governments handle capital improvements such as new schools or major renovations in much the same way: Rather than pay the entire cost up front, they borrow money so they can pay for it...

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Adventures in camping

Aug 16, 2018 by

Yurts at state parks make pastime universally accessible Published in the August 16, 2018 edition By MICHAEL GEOFFRION SCANNELL  NORTH READING — Although we live among the beauty of Martin’s Pond right here in North Reading, it was about four years ago that I was lamenting the fact that I hadn’t been camping in a really long time. My family had camped every summer when I was growing up somewhere near my grandfather’s house in Connecticut. Our core group: Janet and Ed Nicosia, my wife Kathryn and I, Lori Lynes, and Larry Soucie and Donna Colebrook have been working together on projects for a long time. All of us were very involved in the Halloween-fests that happened at Clarke Park for over 20 years. We’ve become good friends. I’m not sure who, but someone...

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