Sophie A. Campinell, 86

Jul 6, 2020 by

Published in the July 6, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD – Sophie A. Campinell, 86, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Born in Arlington on June 5, 1934 she was the daughter of Xenophon Gounaris and Helen (Deleyanis) Gounaris. Sophie (Sophia) lived in Somerville, where she met the love of her life Frank (Campi) Campinell at a high school football game. Sophie and Frank were married for 66 years until Frank’s passing, on April 25, 2020. Sophie graduated from Somerville High School, worked as a teller for a number of local banks, and later in her life as a lead receptionist for AT&T, Boston. Throughout her life, she was a devoted mother and loving wife. Sophie and her husband settled in Wakefield in 1969 and raised their family. She was warm, social,...

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PSB rehab lands in court

Jul 6, 2020 by

Published in the July 6, 2020 edition. ByMARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — After the June 20 Annual Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved a $9.6 million plan to expand and rehab the police side of the Public Safety Building, opponents have filed in court an effort to derail the project. A complaint has been filed in Middlesex Superior Court seeking to have the rules changed regarding the collection of signatures required to put a vote of Town Meeting to a town-wide election. Robert Mitchell of Spaulding Street filed the initial complaint on June 30. He is seeking to have the requirements relaxed for the collection of signatures in order to put the rehab and expansion of the Public Safety Building approved at the June 20 Annual Town Meeting to a town-wide election. He wants the number of...

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No celebration? WCAT has 4th parade marathon...

Jul 3, 2020 by

Published in the July 3, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — WCAT is pleased to announce the airing of Independence Day Parades starting at midnight Friday, July 3 and concluding after midnight Saturday, July 4 on the WCAT channels (Verizon 40 or 42, Comcast 3 or 22 and RCN 3 or 13). For those without cable, the parades can also be watched on www.wcatwakefield.org. Dan and Lois Benjamin narrate a video (shown throughout the 24 hour parade marathon) on the history, logistics, traditions and highlights of the parade. Dan answers many of these questions and more: • Describe how much work goes into the parade. • What kind of people does it take to put on this type of event? • What does the parade mean to the people of Wakefield? • Was there one group you...

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Luciani back on ConCom

Jul 2, 2020 by

Published in the July 2, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — After a very brief hiatus, Jim Luciani is back on the Conservation Commission. The Town Council appointed Luciani at its June 22 meeting to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of commissioner Warren Laskey. Luciani’s appointment closes the loop on a small controversy. At the their April 13 meeting, the Town Council handled appointments to 12 different committees under their jurisdiction. Two Conservation Commission members’ terms were expiring, and both applied for reappointment. One was a founding member of the commission, Frank J. “Jim” Luciani, who had served since the commission’s creation in 1983. The other incumbent was Warren Laskey, another long-serving member. Two other individuals also applied for the positions: Kenneth Alepidis, a geologist and environmental consultant; and Michael Owen, an insurance specialist with the...

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Praise aplenty for Coach Perry Pappas...

Jul 2, 2020 by

Published in the July 2, 2020 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — For Perry Pappas, it all pays off when he sees Wakefield Memorial High School alumni training together in the summer. “It’s so great see that the bond that was created between them as high school teammates is still strong,” said Pappas. “I take pride in seeing those who have gone through the program together want to stay connected.” Pappas was recently named the 2019-20 MIAA boys’ cross country Coach of the Year. The MIAA bases their COY selections on excellence of character, impact upon students and community, and coaching credentials. It typically means that coaches need to build a proven, successful program over multiple years before they can be considered. Pappas and the Warriors won back-to-back boys’ cross country state championships in...

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Adriana Minasian to Bentley University...

Jul 1, 2020 by

Published July 1, 2020 The following is a profile in a series celebrating Wakefield Memorial High School’s class of 2020 seniors who are continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Created by WMHS senior Emma Lambiaso.  Congratulations to Adriana Minasian on committing to Bentley University track and field. Adriana is excited to continue her athletic career as a pentathlon runner, sprinter, and jumper with the Falcons. As she competes, she will also study business. Adriana had an outstanding four years with the Wakefield Warriors, setting multiple records in events such as the indoor triple jump and the outdoor Pentathlon. Not only did she work her best for her school and team, but she also took pride in her personal achievements. Some of her personal bests included a height of five feet in the...

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