Salem St. projects review continues...

Jan 15, 2021 by

Published in the January 15, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — One of the two proposed residential building projects on Salem Street appears close to wrapping up the permitting process with the Zoning Board of Appeals, while the other looks to be heading back to the drawing board. A number of outstanding issues with a proposed 30-unit condominium building at 610 Salem St. were addressed at the ZBA meeting Wednesday night. The board is expected to review a list of conditions for the project as well as an operation and maintenance plan and construction schedule at its next meeting.  Meanwhile, members of the board continued to insist that a 21-unit mid-rise apartment building proposed for 525-527 Salem St. is too big for the site and situated too close to the street. Regarding 610 Salem...

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Local businesses honored

Jan 14, 2021 by

Published in the January 14, 2021 edition. BY MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Two local businesses were recognized at this week’s Town Council meeting after they were honored at MassEcon’s 17th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. Batten Brothers Signs in Greenwood and Carols Cafe on Tuttle Street were honored recently by MassEcon, a statewide non-profit alliance of private and public sector partners that champions Massachusetts as the best place to start, grow or locate a business. Batten Brothers on Main Street in Greenwood was presented with the Corporate Hero Award after they pivoted their sign business to the manufacturing and installation of acrylic walls and shields to be used at checkout counters and customer service desks  to allow businesses to operate safely and help protect employees and customers from the coronavirus. Batten Brothers has been a designer, fabricator, installer and provider...

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Civics lesson

Jan 14, 2021 by

Published in the January 14, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA  A certain kind of bias has long been suspected in public education but has always been vigorously denied. So, I commend School Committee member Greg Liakos for his honesty and forthrightness this week in loudly and proudly confirming what many have long believed. He brought politics into the School Committee meeting Tuesday night, and if any other School Committee member had a problem with that, they said nothing, which also speaks volumes. At Tuesday’s meeting, Mr. Liakos was extolling the efforts underway in the Wakefield schools to fulfill the requirements of state legislation passed in 2018 designed to strengthen civics education in the Massachusetts public schools. The law, which Mr. Liakos quoted in part, is intended to “promote student abilities related to the analysis...

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Karin S. Hellmer

Jan 14, 2021 by

Published in the January 14, 2021 edition. WAKEFIELD — Karin S. Hellmer, or “Kory” to most that knew her, was born on January 16, 1943 to the late Greta and Carl M. Hellmer. She spent her childhood in Lynnfield, where she was active in the Girl Scouts and built friendships that would last a lifetime. Early on she found a love for travel and adventure, paddling the Rangeley Lakes with her summer campmates, that would guide her on her journey throughout the world during her life. She graduated from Lynnfield High School in 1960, and continued her education at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where she joined the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. After graduating Kory moved to Montana where she made friends and learned to trail ride on horseback. She worked in writing...

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Helen H. McCree

Jan 14, 2021 by

Published in the January 14, 2021 edition. CAMBRIDGE — Helen H. (Stanzyk) McCree, a resident of Cambridge and formerly of Wakefield, passed away on January 11, 2021. Helen was the wife of the late Robert E. McCree. She is survived by her daughter, Diane J. McCree (Melissa J. Vaughn) of Belmont. She leaves her niece Ann Marie Locwin (Frank Locwin), and great-nephews Brian Locwin (Elena Locwin) and Eric Locwin, and great-great-nephew Jake Locwin — all of Charlton, MA. Also surviving her are niece Christine Lewis (Albert Lewis), Michael Wholey (Chris Wholey), and Robert Wholey (Robin), and their children. Helen was predeceased by her brother, Joseph E. Stanzyk, and sisters Stella A. Lucey, Jean W. Wholey, and Mary L. Stanzyk. A funeral Mass will be held at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main Street, Wakefield, on January 15 at 11 a.m. Interment will...

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Warrior girls’ hoop can’t find rhythm in loss to Watertown...

Jan 13, 2021 by

Published January 13, 2021 By DAN PAWLOWSKI MIA FORTI hit a clutch 3 in the 4th quarter and collected four rebounds against Watertown on Saturday. (Dan Pawlowski File Photo) WATERTOWN — The Wakefield High girls’ basketball team couldn’t get comfortable on the road in their second game of the season Saturday against Watertown.  The Raiders and Warriors played to a defensive struggle for most of the day, combining for 40 points through three quarters. The Warriors closed a 23-17 deficit with a strong fourth and tied the game up at 30 before the Raider defense finished by forcing more turnovers and ended the game at the free throw line for a 34-30 win over Wakefield. “It was a really frustrating game,” admitted Wakefield head coach Jason Pavey. “We never got into any rhythm at all...

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