Visual Arts Night at Americal Tuesday...

Apr 20, 2018 by

Published in the April 20, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Public Schools Visual Arts Department and the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield invite you to Visual Arts Night at the Americal Civic Center on Tuesday, April 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is very exciting to have both events occur at the same time in the same building. The school K-12 art exhibit will be in the Drill Hall and the ACW portion in the Heritage Room. This display features work from artists 5-65 years old! WMHS Visual Arts students will be working on computer graphics, 3-D printing, making ceramic works by hand and using potter’s wheels, painting, printing and drawing. Wakefield Visual Art teachers Meghan Pierre and Amy Drago from the elementary schools, Emily Sevigny and Ann Whelan from Galvin, and Jonathan...

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Warriors struggle against Lexington...

Apr 20, 2018 by

WMHS nine (1-1) shut out by Minutemen, 9-0 Published in the April 20, 2018 edition. By NOAH GREIF WAKEFIELD — While other WMHS spring squads have been practicing this week, the baseball team has been trying to catch up on regular season games, putting them in a pickle. Field conditions at Walsh Field have not been ideal, forcing a delay in the season as well as pushing the diamond men to hold many practices inside the past few weeks. To make matters worse, the Warriors matched up against a deep, fast and athletic team in Lexington. They took on the Minutemen at Walsh Field at 3 p.m. on Wednesday after a postponement from 10 a.m., and suffered a 9-0 loss. The Warrior lineup faced Jack Pawloski, a tough, hard-throwing, six-foot-four lefty. The southpaw was able to silence...

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John W. Browne, 83

Apr 20, 2018 by

Published in the April 20, 2018 edition. CALAIS, Maine — John William Browne, 83, passed away on April 18, 2018 at a hospital in Bangor, Maine. He was born January 9, 1935 in Winchester, Mass., son of William and Helen (Dennehy) Browne. John had spent his early years in Wakefield, Mass. where he graduated from Wakefield High School, class of 1953. He then went on to attend Northeastern University in Boston. As a young man, John was an avid skier and sailor. He served his country for two years in the United States Army with a 1½ year assignment in Panama working as a chemist. He continued working as a chemist for the A.W. Chesterton Company in Groveland, Mass. until his retirement in 2001. John and his wife, Daune, moved to Calais, Maine in...

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Marilyn Babine, 75

Apr 20, 2018 by

Published in the April 20, 2018 edition. MIDDLETON — Marilyn (Fender) Babine, of Middleton, passed quietly on April 9, 2018 after a long struggle. Marilyn was born in Winchester on June 12, 1942, the daughter of the Marie (Davies) Fender and William Fender. A graduate of Wakefield High School in 1960, she continued her education at Sullins College and Lasell College and graduated from Tufts University’s Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. She was a dedicated dental hygienist for over 50 years, building relationships with her caring service to her patients. She was employed by Dr. Donald Lynch’s office in North Reading, and his successor, Dr. Dave Martin, for over 50 years. She also worked in Dr. Edmund Lawton’s office in Topsfield for over 30 years. Marilyn’s true love and joy was her family. Nothing...

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The civics lesson

Apr 19, 2018 by

Published in the April 19, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA Terms that perfectly capture their intended meaning often end up as clichés. They are overused because no other words serve the purpose quite so well. The term “politically correct” has become something of a cliché. This provides cover to those accused of politically correctness, as they are able to dismiss the charge on the basis that the term itself is hackneyed or trite. This week I received a personal email from an Item reader who will remain nameless. He told a story that exposed the dark side of political correctness. “The recent foolishness about renaming the Board of Selectmen so they would be “politically correct” made me remember something I would like to share with you,” he wrote, “as it may shed a different perspective on...

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Selectman hopefuls share ideas...

Apr 19, 2018 by

Published in the April 19, 2018 edition. The Daily Item posed two questions to the candidates for Board of Selectmen in the April 24 Town Election. Incumbents Paul R. DiNocco and Brian E. Falvey are being challenged by Deborah M. Butler and Julie Smith-Galvin. Two will be elected. Question 1: The town has a pretty healthy Rainy Day account. Are there any projects you’d like to see the town undertake and pay for with these funds that are not currently on officials’ radar screen? “As you may know, there are several possible endeavors that may need to be addressed or will be addressed in the upcoming years,” current board chairman DiNocco said. “Roads and Sidewalks will always be a top priority. We recently began developing the Main Street Transformation project. The Public Safety Building needs...

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