Town helps Richard Bayrd celebrate 92 years...

Apr 9, 2021 by

A BIRTHDAY BANNER signed by hundreds of well-wishers was presented to Richard Bayrd in front of his Yale Avenue home by his daughter Deb Bayrd and his grandson David Bayrd. (Mark Sardella Photo) By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The town turned out in force yesterday afternoon to help one of its most respected citizens celebrate his 92nd birthday. Richard Bayrd stood with family and friends outside his Yale Avenue home and waved as a long line of vehicles, including police cars, fire engines, DPW trucks, passenger cars and pickup rucks drove by with lights flashing, sirens blaring and horns honking. Many neighbors and friends also stopped by to offer birthday wishes. A lifelong Wakefield resident, Richard Bayrd has done his share and more to serve his hometown. He was a member of the Zoning...

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Warrior logo vote still matters...

Apr 8, 2021 by

Published in the April 8, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA By now, you’ve probably heard that the School Committee voted on March 23 to eliminate the Wakefield Warrior logo. You may have inferred from that 5-2 vote that the issue is settled and the April 27 Town Election vote on the Warrior logo ballot question is now moot. That’s exactly what the School Committee wants you to think. It’s the main reason they voted when they did – to make you believe the April 27 ballot question no longer matters. That, and to show their utter disdain for the process. They alone know best. The voters be damned. As much as it was a vote to eliminate the logo, the March 23 School Committee vote was also an effort to depress the pro-Warrior turnout on...

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GMS principal is leaving

Apr 8, 2021 by

Published in the April 8, 2021 edition. WAKEFIELD — The popular leader of the Galvin Middle School is moving on. Adam Colantuoni wrote in a message yesterday to Galvin families that he has accepted another administrative job in Salem.  He wrote, “It is bittersweet to share this email with you this afternoon. After serving as the principal of the Galvin Middle School for the past six years, I have accepted a new position in Salem, as the Executive Director of Students Services and Family Supports beginning July 1st, 2021. “As you may recall from last spring, I interviewed for an assistant superintendent position and pulled out of the process because the timing did not feel right for me to leave the Galvin community. “I can’t begin to thank you enough for your support and...

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Trio of Wakefield athletes named winter All-Stars for St. Mary’s...

Apr 7, 2021 by

Published April 7, 2021 COLBY MAGLIOZZI ALYSSA GROSSI LYNN — Three student athletes from Wakefield earned All-Star honors at St. Mary’s Lynn for their work during the winter season.  Felicia D’Alessandro, Alyssa Grossi and Colby Magliozzi, all seniors from Wakefield, each got the nod as 2021 Catholic Central League All-Stars. FELICIA D’ALESSANDRO D’Alessandro was named an All-Star for the girls’ hockey team. She played varsity hockey and varsity softball all four years at St. Mary’s. The Spartan girls’ hockey team finished 15-2-3 this year to win the Catholic Central League. D’Alessandro is committed to Assumption where she will play hockey.  Grossi was named an All-Star for the girls’ basketball team. She played varsity basketball, varsity volleyball and varsity softball all four years. The Spartan girls’ basketball team were 2021 Catholic Central League champions.  Magliozzi was...

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Hollywood kingpins hit town

Apr 6, 2021 by

THE FILM CREW made some alterations to the Wakefield Bowladrome in preparation for shooting yesterday’s scenes for “The Tender Bar,” George Clooney’s forthcoming film starring Ben Affleck and Max Casella. The sign depicts tenpin bowling, whereas the Wakefield Bowladrome has only ever offered candlepin bowling.  (Mark Sardella Photo) Published in the April 6, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Water Street was transformed into Tinseltown yesterday as director George Clooney and star Ben Affleck were filming scenes at the Wakefield Bowladrome for their forthcoming movie, “The Tender Bar.” DIRECTOR GEORGE CLOONEY on the set of his new movie “The Tender Bar,” which was shooting scenes yesterday at the Wakefield Bowladrome. (Terry McLaughlin Photo) By noon yesterday, it was clear that something big was going on as dozens of crew members were wheeling film equipment onto...

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Aleta A. Black, 92

Apr 6, 2021 by

Published in the April 6, 2021 edition. LYNNFIELD — Aleta A. Black passed away peacefully on April 1, 2021. She would have celebrated her 93rd birthday on Sunday, April 4. Aleta was born in Lincoln (Fredericton), New Brunswick, Canada to Leslie and Helen (Targett) Cail. She was also proud to be a Canadian and retained her Canadian citizenship her entire life. Aleta was predeceased in passing by her husband Chester in 2010 and her son-in-law Joseph Proia in 2019. Aleta is survived by her three children: Brian, Jane and Keith, longtime friend Marc Richard and her extensive Canadian family. She was a constant joy and source of wisdom to her children and grandchildren. She was the proud grandmother to one granddaughter and five grandsons, who were always a huge part of her life and...

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