School needs hashed out

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published in the January 17, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The several dozen parents and citizens who came out for last night’s State of the Schools report and budget forum got a chance to hear about the district’s budgetary needs and priorities. But following School Superintendent Douglas Lyons presentation, the question and answer session quickly turned into a passionate debate over the need for a new high school and whether the town should consider moving forward on its own without state assistance. Lyons noted that Wakefield will soon be resubmitting its Statement of Interest (SOI) to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in hopes of getting state financial assistance in building a new high school or renovating the current one. The town’s request has been turned down in each of the last three...

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Theresa D. McCauley, 47

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published in the January 17, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Theresa Diane McCauley, 47, who passed away on January 9, 2019. Theresa was a native of Wakefield, Massachusetts. Theresa is survived by her fiancé Eric Valle, her mother Susan McCauley, her sons Ian and Nick, six aunts, five uncles and numerous cousins. Theresa was an advocate for animals as well as for the homeless. She had a very humble lifestyle and made an impression on those who met her for her striking boldness and sweet, generous heart. She will be missed terribly by all who love her. Memorial services will be...

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Warrior gymnasts beat Stoneham, Fenwick to start season 3-0...

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published in the January 17, 2019 edition. STONEHAM — The WMHS gymnastics team, still buzzing after their huge win over Melrose to start the season, defeated Stoneham in an evenly-matched competition and followed that up with a non-league win over Bishop Fenwick, bringing their overall record to 3-0 to start the season. Although Wakefield won each event the Warriors and Spartans were never separated by more than 0.6 points. “It was a close meet,” said Wakefield head coach Rachel Lucas, who knows that staying composed during these kinds of contests can help the team later in the season. “It helps us keep our cool regardless of the scores. We just want to focus on each event as we go.” Wakefield had the smallest margin of victory in the opening vault. Giana Liotine (9.0) and...

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Chetwynd to be honored at MLK Day celebration...

Jan 16, 2019 by

Published January 16, 2019 WAKEFIELD — The late Bill Chetwynd will be honored with a special Founder’s Award at this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Monday, January 21 at 10 a.m. at the Galvin Middle School. The event is hosted by the Wakefield Human Rights Commission in partnership with the Wakefield Public Schools. This year’s theme is “Participation,” one of the key themes of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which celebrated its 70th anniversary last month. Wakefield resident Tarae Howell will be the keynote speaker. He is an attorney with Nixon Peabody LLP. Howell is a volunteer with the Boston Debate League; devotes significant time to pro bono matters representing clients in housing and immigration cases; leads his firm’s participation in the annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal...

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Wakefield wrestling takes down Triton...

Jan 16, 2019 by

Published January 16, 2019 By RYAN MARSH WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Warrior wrestling team faced off against the Triton Vikings this past Wednesday, January 9 at the Charbonneau Field House. Wakefield was ready to dictate this match and catch a quick win. In order to get the victory, the Warriors had to fire on all cylinders. To start off the meet, Luke Fitzgerald was slated to wrestle in the 113 pound group. Fitzgerald was hyped up to compete in the match and fired right out of the gate, immediately taking down his opponent. Fitzgerald grabbed his opponent’s legs, set himself up, and ended their chance of escaping, pinning his opponent in twelve seconds, an amazing time, for Wakefield’s fastest pin of the day. All of the wrestlers encouraged Fitzgerald as he walked back to the...

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Robert D. Woods, 90

Jan 16, 2019 by

U.S. Navy veteran of WWII Published January 16, 2019 WAKEFIELD — Robert D. Woods, 90, of Wakefield, formerly of Saugus, died on Sunday, January 13, 2019 surrounded by his family at his home in Wakefield. He was the loving husband of Maureen C. Courtenay of Wakefield and the late Ann (Rinaldo) Woods. Born in Tilton, N.H., he was the son of the late William and Emma (Merrill) Woods. He worked as a tile setter and mason, employed by the Boston Naval Shipyard and retired from the Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital. He was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran. Bob was an avid golfer, a gifted craftsman and enjoyed spending his retired years with his family and friends. In addition to his wife Mr. Woods also leaves two beloved sons, Frank Woods and his wife Kimberley...

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