Arthur J. Rotondi Jr., 80

Mar 8, 2021 by

Published in the March 8, 2021 edition. WAKEFIELD  — Arthur Rotondi was love. His family and friends, and even strangers – who were never strangers for long — were the blessed recipients of this gentle and kind love. He was a devoted son and son-in-law; a proud brother; a dedicated cousin; a stalwart friend; a loving father to his four daughters, three sons-in-law, three granddaughters; and, more than anything, a faithful husband to Karen, the love of his life and wife of nearly 54 years. Arthur passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at his home on Friday, March 5, 2021 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 80 years of age. Arthur loved all people and he really loved to entertain. He was happiest surrounded by loved ones at the dining room...

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New Vets’ courts to include pickleball...

Mar 8, 2021 by

Published in the March 8, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The old tennis courts near Veterans Field and the Hartshorne House will be getting a long-awaited expansion and upgrade this spring and summer to include pickleball courts. As part of that project, the DPW will also upgrade the path the runs from Church Street through the Floral Way and down to the tennis courts. Improvements will also be made to the drainage system to reduce erosion and filter runoff of harmful chemicals before it reaches the Lake. Town Engineer Bill Renault appeared before the Conservation Commission recently to explain the project and get their approval. Renault said that the project started as a reconstruction of the old tennis courts but when interest was expressed in providing outdoor pickleball courts, those were added...

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Dorothy B. Stokes, 90

Mar 5, 2021 by

Published in the March 5, 2021 edition. WAKEFIELD — Dorothy B. Stokes, age 90, of Wakefield died Sunday, February 28 at her residence in Wakefield with good friends at her side. Born in Lynn on March 19, 1930 she was the daughter of the late Albert J. and Amanda E. (Helmuth) McGowan. She was the beloved wife of the late Norman Stokes. She was the sister of the late Albert J. and Ralph McGowan. She is survived by her cousin Bobbie Mitchell in Amesbury, MA and her dear friends Margaret Brennan, Wendy Carrier and Kris Levine. Dorothy was raised in Medford and Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She had been a longtime Wakefield resident and was a member of St. Joseph Church where she was also a Religious Education teacher....

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Town election heats up

Mar 5, 2021 by

Published in the March 5, 2021 edition. WAKEFIELD — Today is the last day for anyone interested in running for local elected office to get the paperwork necessary to run in the April 27 Town Election, and several races are shaping up for key positions. Yesterday morning, Ami Ruehrwein Wall of 206 Pleasant St. pulled nomination papers for a one-year term on the School Committee. Also taking out papers yesterday was Dawn Millward of 18 Emerald St. She is interested in a two-year term on the School Committee. There is now also a race for Town Council, as Brandon Flanagan of 6 Hancock Rd. pulled papers on Monday for a three-year term. Two more candidates have taken nomination papers to run a three-year seat on the Board of Library Trustees. On Feb. 26, Paul Gordon of 6...

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Lowell Street project gets OK

Mar 4, 2021 by

Published March 4, 2021 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Zoning Board of Appeals last week approved an eight-unit apartment building  at 404 Lowell St. The project was initially approved under a different owner in 2016. But that project never got any further than demolishing an old structure on the site. The property now has a new owner, Charles J. Doherty, who would like to go forward and build the project with some changes, attorney Michael McCarthy told the board. The proposed changes are significant, McCarthy explained, triggering an entire new hearing process, even though the basic architectural elements will not be changed from what was originally approved by the board. THE FORMER CRYSTAL LUMBER on Foundry Street is the site of a proposed 58-unit residential building. (Mark Sardella Photo) One change was the...

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Boudreau named girls’ hockey All-Star...

Mar 4, 2021 by

Published March 4, 2021 By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — The Middlesex League’s girls’ hockey coaches recently voted on All-Stars for the 2021 season. Wakefield’s junior goalie and associate captain Abby Boudreau made the list for the Warriors. Boudreau had another stellar season in net for Wakefield, her fourth as the starting goalie. She finished the season with a save percentage of 93.3, only allowing 22 goals on 305 shots.  Abby Boudreau “Abby’s performance was unmatched,” said Wakefield head coach Jacqui Mansfield. “She is not only one of the hardest working players on our team but she is a great teammate – always one to step up in team huddles and offer advice to younger players.” Boudreau saved her best for last this season against Arlington in the Middlesex League playoffs as her 8th-seeded Warriors traveled to...

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