Selectmen OK more budgets

Feb 20, 2018 by

Published in the February 20, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Board of Selectmen approved 10 more small departmental budgets last week. Town accountant Kevin Gill presented the FY 2019 budgets, which he said all together were up about 3 percent over last year. Most of the department heads were on hand at the meeting to answer any questions. Gill said that the $202,875 Town Treasurer’s budget included an increase of $2,657, all of which reflected negotiated contractual salary increases. The selectmen approved the budget with no discussion. The Tax Collector’s budget was up $8,343, Gill said, which was also due to negotiated salary increases. After a brief discussion, the board approved the Tax Collector’s budget at $255,954. The Assessors budget was up $9,185, according to Gill, all of which was for...

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Boys’ hoop wins OT thriller on Senior Night...

Feb 20, 2018 by

Warriors close season with back-to-back victories Published in the February 20, 2018 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — Senior Night’s usually provide positive memories that last a lifetime, win or lose. But sometimes they’re so much sweeter. The Wakefield High boys’ basketball team might not have expected supreme excitement at their senior night on Thursday. They were out of postseason contention, battling a Stoneham team with a similar record. It can be tough for a senior class to play with the same type of motivation and desire during these types of situations. Somebody must have forgotten to tell that to Wakefield’s six members of the class of 2018, as the Warriors leaned on their leaders for a comeback overtime win, 62-57. The seniors, playing in a rare game in which all six were at...

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Maurie A. Haver, 85

Feb 20, 2018 by

Published in the February 20, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Maurie Ann Haver, 85, of Wakefield, passed away on February 18, 2018. She was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1951. After graduation, she had a brief stint at the Palace of Sweets Ice Cream & Soda Shoppe in Malden and then it was off to serve in the Air Force as a WAF. After basic training at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., she served as a Transfer Specialist at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, progressing to Airman Corporal. It was there she met a handsome Air Force Sergeant, John G. Haver. After a whirlwind romance, they soon married. Not long after Maurie’s honorable discharge, their son William was born. With her husband on active duty, they settled...

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Selectmen OK with power line decision...

Feb 19, 2018 by

Published in the February 19, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Board of Selectmen spent two hours Friday afternoon discussing whether and how they would comment on last week’s state Energy Facilities Siting Board decision to approve the 8.5-mile, Woburn-to-Wakefield underground transmission line proposed by National Grid and Eversource. Parties to the decision have until Feb. 22 to submit comments on the EFSB decision if they wish, Town Counsel Thomas Mullen told the board. Only Selectman Edward Dombroski voiced a strong objection to the EFSB decision, but in the end the board voted to send a carefully worded comment to the Siting Board that reflected a compromise among the selectmen. Part of the EFSB’s decision addressed the type of cable that would be used along the entire 8.5-mile route. National Grid and...

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Gwenn E. Therrien, 67

Feb 19, 2018 by

Published in the February 19, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Gwenn E. Therrien, 67, of Wakefield, died Friday, February 16, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House after a brave battle with cancer. Born in St. Johnsbury, VT, she was the daughter of the Doris (Cheney) Therrien and late Russell Therrien. Gwenn was raised and educated in Cabot, VT and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Vermont. She then became a bank examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency at the Treasury Department, and later a Loan Review Officer at the First National Bank of Boston. When Gwenn first met her husband, the late Michael Blake, she accompanied him to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Puerto Rico. They spent their early married years in Latin America and had many opportunities...

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Theresa M. Akerberg, 81

Feb 19, 2018 by

Published in the February 19, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Theresa M. Akerberg, 81, of Wakefield died Thursday, February 15, at her residence. Born in Somerville on January 28, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Josephine (Settipane) Spinale. Terry was raised and educated in Somerville. She had been a Wakefield resident since 1969. She is retired from the Town Clerk’s Office in Wakefield. Terry was a member of St. Joseph Parish and the Holy Name Society. She enjoyed taking trips to the casinos Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and The Beacon in New Hampshire. Above all, she enjoyed spending her spare time with her grandchildren. She was the beloved wife of Carl E. Akerberg. She was the loving mother of William E. Akerberg and fiancée Eileen Gallella and her son Matthew, all...

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