Learn Anywhere program assessed...

Dec 14, 2018 by

Published in the December 14, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The pros and cons of the Wakefield Public Schools’ Learn Anywhere Project were hashed out at a recent School Committee meeting as part of a presentation by a committee charged with evaluating the program. The Learn Anywhere Project consists of three parts: Distance learning during school cancellation days; offering online, blended course electives with a partner high school; and personalizing summer learning opportunities. The focus of the Learn Anywhere Committee’s recent presentation and the subsequent discussion was the distance learning on snow days component. Under the Learn Anywhere program, when school is cancelled on snow days, students are expected to complete school assignments at home. Students access assignments using either Google Classroom of the Learn Anywhere web site. Teachers post learning expectations...

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Amandee Elaine Hoctor, 23

Dec 14, 2018 by

Published in the December 14, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Amandee Elaine Hoctor, 23, a lifelong Wakefield resident died unexpectedly after a long battle with addiction on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. She was born in Methuen on May 15, 1995 and was a graduate of St. Joseph School and the Northeast Vocational High School, Class of 2013. She is survived by her mother Elaine Hoctor-deVos and her step-father Gardner deVos of Wakefield, her father Thomas Hoctor and his wife Cathy of Stoneham, her sister Heather Hoctor of Lynnfield, her two brothers Thomas Hoctor of Franklin and Aaron deVos of Wakefield and her dearest friend Patrick Booth. Amandee is also survived by her loving extended family in Londonderry, New Hampshire and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Mandee will always be remembered by her family as a...

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Mary Ann Doherty, 85

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Published in the December 14, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Mary Ann Doherty, 85, of Wakefield, died peacefully December 13, 2018 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center. Born in South Boston on December 8, 1933 she was the daughter of the late Ignaz and Anna (Kevartas) Voveris. Mrs. Doherty was raised and educated in South Boston. At the age of 16, she entered into the Convent and became Sister Perpetua at Our Lady of Sorrows and Jesus Christ Crucified Order. During her time in the Order, she taught religion in Cambridge, Lawrence and Norwood. She had a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and also received her master’s in Psychology from Bridgewater State College. In 1965, Mrs. Doherty left the Convent and in 1970 met her husband, Herold F. Doherty. They were married in 1971. She...

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Warriors fall to Winchester in season opener...

Dec 14, 2018 by

Lawrence excited to build up program in first year Published in the December 14, 2018 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WOBURN — As first steps go, it was certainly in the right direction for the Wakefield High boys’ hockey team on Tuesday night at O’Brien Ice Rink as they matched up against Winchester. Winchester, coming off a trip to the Div. 1 North Finals last year, didn’t control the game so much as a 4-1 score would indicate. Wakefield, skating hard for a full 45 minutes, hung right with the home team all night and responded to a 2-0 deficit in the third period with a goal by freshman Mike Locke. Minutes later, a scrum in front of the Wakefield net dislodged the cage and senior goalie Justin Harding’s blocker, but the puck found its...

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New high school will have to wait...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Published in the December 13, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The town’s hopes for state assistance with building a new high school were dashed for at least another year as yesterday the Massachusetts School Building Authority turned down Wakefield’s request to get into the MSBA’s program. The Massachusetts School Building Authority is a quasi-independent public agency that provides grants that partially fund municipal and regional school districts for kindergarten through high school construction and renovation projects. School Superintendent Douglas Lyons and Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio issued a joint statement in the wake of yesterday’s disappointing news. “Earlier this year, the Town of Wakefield submitted a Statement of Interest (SOI) to partner with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) in the design and construction of a new or renovated high school facility,” the statement read. “The...

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‘It’s a tie that feels like a win’...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Warriors score with 5 seconds left to stun Winchester By DAN PAWLOWSKI WOBURN — How’s that for game one? Facing a 4-2 deficit with three minutes left against Winchester on Tuesday night at O’Brien Ice Rink, the Wakefield High girls’ hockey team decided their season wouldn’t start this way. “In the third period, the momentum was shifting and I saw that look in their eyes; they were ready to go,” said Wakefield head coach Chrissy Weeden. “I’m not surprised they pulled it off. First game of the season and they turned it around like it was the state championship.” Just seconds after Wakefield goalie Abby Boudreau made another sharp glove save, the Warriors put their hard hats on and went to work in the Winchester crease, where junior Annabella Forziati put one home off assists...

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