Summer Safety Night on July 18

Jul 15, 2019 by

Published in the July 15, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Wakefield Fire Department, Wakefield Police Department, Action Ambulance Service Inc. will host a summer safety night at the Lower Common of Lake Quannapowitt to provide summer safety resources and other important information to visitors. Attendants will also have the opportunity to bring a new car seat to be installed or have a previously installed car seat inspected. The following individuals and organizations will participate: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Wakefield Fire Department, Wakefield Police Department, Action Ambulance Service Inc., WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutrition Program, Floating Hospital for Children, North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network, Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield and Wakefield Recreation Department. The Summer Safety Night Event...

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Margaret R. Murphy, 84

Jul 15, 2019 by

Published in the July 15, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — Margaret Regina (Hunt) Murphy, 84, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Regina was born in Boston on August 24, 1934 to the late William and Delia (Biesty) Hunt. She graduated from Mission Hill High School and received an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Champerlayne Junior College. She was a retired Customer Service Representative for Shawmut Bank and Mastercard. Mrs. Murphy is survived by her four children: Carol Olsavsky and husband Thomas of Connecticut, Steven Murphy and partner Peggy Tinglof of New Hampshire, David Murphy and wife Susan of Weymouth, and Kevin Murphy and fiancée Daniela Santos of Wakefield as well as her sister Claire Hunt of Marblehead, 11 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews....

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Unity, passion and a dash of rain creates perfect 2nd annual Meghan Burnett Fly High Softball Tournament...

Jul 12, 2019 by

Published in the July 12, 2019 edition. By NOAH GREIF WAKEFIELD — As legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” This attitude was a constant throughout the 2nd Annual Meghan Burnett Fly High Softball Tournament, which was held July 28-30 across Wakefield and Stoneham. The event is held for Meghan Burnett, who tragically passed away in June of 2018. Meghan planned on attending Saint Michael’s College, located in Vermont, where she would have played softball. The tournament, created by the Meghan Burnett Foundation, has represented Meghan’s love for softball by expanding it to others who love the game. In its second year of existence, the tournament has grown to new heights due to the efforts of the Meghan Burnett Foundation. The tournament directors received numerous applicants to participate,...

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Hearings on Harvard Mills apartments wrapping up...

Jul 12, 2019 by

Published in the July 12, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A proposal to convert one of the Harvard Mills buildings into a 184-unit residential complex appears to be heading into the home stretch as the Zoning Board of Appeals and the developer, NRP Group, worked through some of the remaining issues at a ZBA hearing this week. The building at the corner of Albion and Foundry streets was purchased by NRP, a developer, builder and property management company based in Clevland Ohio with a regional office in Burlington, Mass. They plan to add three levels for total of six stories of residential apartments. The plan calls for 122 one-bedroom apartments and 62 two-bedroom units. NRP has also acquired the large parking garage on Foundry Street as well as parking lots on Maple Street...

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FOLQ offers donation for improvements...

Jul 12, 2019 by

Published in the July 12, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Friends of Lake Quannapowitt, celebrating 28 years of lake advocacy (1991-2019), are honored to share their plans for their gift to the town of Wakefield for the purpose of lakeside park improvements. The organization recently asked the town to accept a gift of $152,000 (plus a contingency if needed) for improvements to Col. Connelly Park and Gertrude Spaulding Park. Both parks are located next to the headwaters of the Saugus River on Lake Quannapowitt. Ideas for the proposed updates, which were a year in the making, were presented to the Wakefield Town Council on Monday, June 24. Rick Stinson, the outgoing Director of Public Works added: “This is an opportunity to make a great park even better.”  FOLQ President Bill Conley thanked Stinson and his...

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Jean M. Burke, 84

Jul 12, 2019 by

Published in the July 12, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — Jean M. Burke, 84, a lifelong resident of Wakefield died Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. Born in Wakefield on July 31, 1934 she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Marie (Hovak) Whitford. Mrs. Burke was born and raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1952. She married the late Ralph J. Burke and together they raised their family of six and grew the family business, Ralph J. Burke Roofing Company. She worked for more than 60 years as the Office Manager, only stopping due to illness. Mrs. Burke enjoyed traveling extensively with her late husband, especially their annual trips to Acapulco, Mexico. She was an active member of the Wakefield-Lynnfield United...

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