Top town boards discuss money

Oct 18, 2019 by

Published in the October 18, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Last night’s “Tri-Board” meeting at the Galvin Middle School was a kind of summit on the town’s finances, with three of the town’s top boards getting together in advance of the municipal budget season. The meeting took place in a far better fiscal atmosphere than in 2008, the last time the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee and the Finance Committee got together. Following brief introductions, Town Council chairman Edward Dombroski moved to the “public comment” part of the agenda. He recognized Wakefield Education Association president Will Karvouniaris, who was joined by several dozen teacher’s union members seated in the Galvin Middle School Auditorium holding signs saying, “Fund Our Future.” Karvouniaris, a Wakefield Memorial High School English and special education teacher noted...

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Sunday’s Pumpkin Fest will benefit July 4th activities...

Oct 18, 2019 by

Published in the October 18, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — The West Side Social Club 4th of July Committee and the Middlesex Concert Band (MCB) are hosting a new event, “Pumpkin Fest,” on Sunday, October 20 that is guaranteed to provide an afternoon of family fun. The event, held at Moulton Park, is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. The main features of the day will be a Children’s Concert by the MCB and a Carved Pumpkin Contest by the WSSC 4th of July. The Children’s Concert will start at 2 p.m., ending at 3:30 p.m. Registration for the Pumpkin Contest starts at 3 p.m. with Kidzfun immediately following to host children’s activities. The event will end with the announcement of the Pumpkin winners at 5 p.m. Carol Hubbard, Co-Chair of the WSSC 4th of...

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Golfers are tourney bound for second straight season...

Oct 18, 2019 by

Published in the October 18, 2019 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI NORTH READING — The Wakefield High golf team is off to states once again. The Warriors punched their ticket with a 46-26 win over Wilmington last week at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading. It is the second consecutive season that the Warriors will be competing as a team at the Div. 2 North sectional tournament. “We’re very proud to make the tournament,” said Wakefield head coach Chris Keane. “The quality of golf in the Middlesex League is second to none, and so to be able to qualify with such a tough schedule is a big accomplishment.” Wakefield finished the season at 7-6. The Warriors had a penchant for rising to the occasion in big matches. They played well in league play, but especially so...

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Warriors take powerhouse Watertown to the brink...

Oct 17, 2019 by

Beat Wilmington for Giovanna “G” Tarr By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD—Last Friday, the Wakefield Memorial High School girls’ varsity field hockey team took the field in the rain to play against Middlesex League powerhouse Watertown. The Warriors have traditionally had a hard time with Watertown, but this year’s team bucked tradition and gave the Raiders a run for their money, as the Warriors pushed them the entire game, ultimately falling short by a 2-1 final score. “What an amazing game,” head coach Cara Luca said following the game Friday. “We not only played in the sideways rain but the girls didn’t give up.” “We went in having a defensive mind set just wanting to hold Watertown. They are the New England Patriots of field hockey,” Luca explained. “Every girl on this team gave it their...

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Judith Ann Brown

Oct 17, 2019 by

Published in the October 17, 2019 edition. HAMPTON, N.H. — Judith Ann (Rugg) Brown, of Hampton passed peacefully on October 16, 2019. Judi was the daughter of the late Phillip and Bertha (Coleman) Rugg formerly of Portsmouth, N.H. She is survived by her son, United States Ambassador Scott Brown, his wife Gail Huff Brown of Rye, N.H. and their children Ayla and Arianna. Judi is also survived by her daughter Lee Ann Riley of Dover, N.H.and her children Maeve and Richard. A graduate of Wakefield, Mass. High School, Judi was a cheerleader who was blessed with a large group of beloved friends who remained by her side her entire life. Judi loved painting, helping animals, and attending sporting activities for her grandchildren. She was often heard shouting words of support for their athletic contributions,...

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Survey traces risky behavior among local youth...

Oct 16, 2019 by

Published October 16, 2019 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – According to data from the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey, in 2019: • 17 Galvin Middle School students reported they used marijuana during the past month • 12.8 percent of Wakefield Memorial High School students binge drank in the past month • 43 WMHS students reported they attempted suicide one or more times in the past year • 23 Galvin students reported that they have attempted suicide in their lifetime • 82 WMHS students reported sexual contact against their will during the past 12 months The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors a number of health-risk behaviors among youth, including alcohol and other drug use, tobacco use, risky sexual behaviors, self-harm and bullying. At last night’s School Committee meeting, Wakefield Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Catherine...

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