School positions updated

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The School Committee last week updated the contract for elementary school assistant principals at the Woodville and Dolbeare Schools as well as the job description for a Level 2 technology specialist. School Business Administrator Michael Pfifferling explained that the technology specialist was not a new position, but since the position was vacant it seemed like a good opportunity to update the job description which had been created six years ago. He said that when the job description was originally written, it was before there were Chromebooks in the schools and before teachers had laptops at every grade level. The job description also included many references to outdated operating systems, he noted. “The responsibility in this job is much higher than it was,” he...

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Helping PR hurricane victims one box at a time...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — It only takes one person to start a movement, and Wakefield resident Elizabeth “Liz” Stumpf started one not long after Puerto Rico was struck by Hurricane Maria, a monster storm that left behind destruction, hunger and darkness. Stumpf, a hygienist for a dental practice in North Reading, was born on Long Island, N.Y. but moved to Puerto Rico when she was two years old. When she moved to Wakefield 22 years ago to start a family with her husband Mark, she left behind her entire family in Puerto Rico, including her mother. While Maria raged on, Stumpf worried about the wellbeing of her loved ones, but power was out and there was no way to communicate. “With all of my family on...

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Michael Palmerino, 67

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Michael Palmerino, 67, of Wakefield, died on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Courtyard Nursing Center in Medford. Born in Winchester on August 9, 1950 he was the son of the late Michael D. and Anna M. (Faragi) Palmerino. Michael was a lifelong Wakefield resident and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1968. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. He was a retired National Sales Manager from APEM in Haverhill. Michael was a marathon runner and had completed the Boston Marathon four times throughout his running career. He had a great love for music and enjoyed playing his guitar. Michael also loved sports and was an enthusiastic fan of the Red Sox and Patriots. He was the...

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“The” Game

Nov 22, 2017 by

Wakefield looks to spoil a Melrose perfect season Published in the November 22, 2017 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI  MELROSE — It’s a legitimate question for many high school football fans across the state. Will Melrose rest their starters on Thanksgiving against Wakefield? I suppose if you aren’t familiar with the rivalry it makes sense. Melrose clinched a State Championship appearance on Saturday with a 22-8 victory over Hopkinton in the State semifinals. In the grand scheme of things, wouldn’t the Red Raiders want to rest their starters to get ready for the Super Bowl? “Wakefield-Melrose is the Super Bowl,” said Wakefield Memorial High School Athletic Director Brendan Kent. “This game is bigger than the Super Bowl, league championship or any other kind of title game you can think of. This is ‘The Game.’” Kent would know....

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Liquor license action taken

Nov 21, 2017 by

Published in the November 21, 2017 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – The Board of Selectmen took actions last week related to two restaurant liquor licenses for establishments headed in opposite directions. They approved the modification of Caffe Italia’s liquor license to allow liquor to be served when the restaurant expands to a second floor. The board also reclaimed the liquor license of another longtime local eatery, Porto Bello, which shut its doors without formally returning its liquor license to the town. Attorney Brian McGrail appeared at a public hearing before the board with his client, Tony Oliviero, owner of Caffe Italia and told the board that his client would like to expand the business. The restaurant currently leases and occupies the first floor at 21-23 Water Street. McGrail said that Oliviero would like...

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AMTP Earn Your Turkey 5K

Nov 21, 2017 by

Published in the November 21, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — This just in: Thanksgiving dinner is much more satisfying after a morning run around Lake Quannapowitt. The 8th annual “Earn your Turkey” 5K race, sponsored by Active Motion Physical Therapy will take place on Thanksgiving Day at 9 a.m.  Registration on the day of the event takes place from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at the Comverse Building (200 Quannapowitt Parkway). Registration fees are $30 or a $95 team fee with a maximum of four runners per team.  This year, scores will be kept. The top four runners score, and all team members’ times will be added together with the lowest team time winning. If you pre-registered for the event, you can pick up your t-shirt tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. at Active Motion Physical...

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