Antonio Bonaventura, 98

Sep 28, 2020 by

Published on September 28, 2020 edition. Antonio Bonaventura, 98, a resident of Wakefield, died Friday, Sept. 25, at the Tufts New England Medical Center. Born in Pettorano Sul Gizio, Italy on July 19, 1922, Antonio was raised and married in Italy before moving to the United States in 1959. He and his wife first settled in the North End of Boston before making their home in Wakefield in 1962; there they raised their family. Together, they were members of St. Florence Church. Antonio had worked for a number of years for the L.B. Evans Shoe Company before becoming the proud owner of Grippo Shoe Repair located in Needham for more than 20 years. Above all, he loved his family. He was the beloved husband of Rina (Soprano) Bonaventura, with whom he shared 61 wonderful...

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Big Dipper Ice Cream Stand sponsors local fall baseball...

Sep 23, 2020 by

Published September 23, 2020 NORTH READING — Big Dipper Ice Cream Stand in North Reading is sponsoring a local 12U baseball team. “The Big Dippers” are a combined team of North Reading and Wakefield baseball players ages 11 and 12. The coaches are long time Malden high school friends, Matt Libby (North Reading) and Mike Viselli (Wakefield) who wanted to extend the baseball playing season for these youngsters. Both have years of experience coaching in their respective towns and share a combined appreciation for the fundamentals of baseball while fostering an environment of fun and fair play. Big Dipper Ice Cream Stand helped these local players by supplying the uniforms, hats, and masks that are now required for all players to wear. All items were printed and sourced locally from Advanced Photo in North Reading....

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Another great season for WLL’s Challenger Division...

Sep 16, 2020 by

Published September 16, 2020 KEVIN BLAKE accepts his trophy from Challenger League organizers John and Maureen Koehler. (Paul Paglierani Photo) By PAUL PAGLIERANI WAKEFIELD — In addition to the usual fun, friendship, enthusiasm, and good sportsmanship that the Wakefield Little League Challenger Division is known to embody, a sense of normalcy was an important ingredient in this summer’s mix. Aside from participants and spectators wearing masks, and witnessing fewer hugs and high-fives than in past seasons, Challenger baseball belied how unusual the summer of 2020 has been. Many thanks to division organizers John and Maureen Koehler, and their daughters Erin and Kathyrn, for maintaining the continuity of this great program in spite of a delayed start and a host of logistical hurdles to overcome. It was important to the Koehlers that Challenger League not be...

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Barbara L. Wetmore, 90

Apr 6, 2020 by

Published in the April 6, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — Barbara L. Wetmore, 90, of Wakefield, died on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Saugus. Born in Revere on July 27, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Ralph L. and Virginia M. (Logan) Collins. Mrs. Wetmore was raised and educated in both Revere and Everett. Barbara was a devoted wife and mother and her life focused on caring and providing for her family. Very artistic, Mrs. Wetmore painted in several mediums, but loved oil the best. She was an avid reader and lifelong learner; researched and studied with textbooks and was an ardent science fiction fan. She read three newspapers a day and was always current with the news and politics. She loved sharing stories and...

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Rail trail progress update

Nov 15, 2018 by

Published in the November 15, 2018 edition. By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will tentatively hold a public hearing on the proposed rail trail’s 25 percent design this winter, Recreational Path Committee (RPC) Chairman Gerard Noumi told the Board of Selectmen last week. Noumi appeared before the selectmen to give a status update on the project. The RPC previously gave an update last March. “The committee’s goal is to go out and find information to bring back to the community,” said Noumi. “Our goal is to present neutral facts to everybody.” Noumi noted the RPC reviewed four potential rail trail alternatives, but the committee determined that the Wakefield-Lynnfield Rail Trail is the only feasible project. He noted the proposed rail trail would begin on Main Street in Wakefield near the...

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Hopeful signs on for SC

Jan 30, 2018 by

Published in the January 31, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — On Friday, a Greenwood resident expressed interest in running for School Committee. Colleen E. Guida of 49 Renwick Rd. took out papers for nomination to a three-year term on the board. She is the first person to show a desire to serve on the School Committee. Kate Morgan and Rob Tiro are the incumbents, and have yet to pull papers for nomination for reelection. Also last week, Christopher J. Fowlie, 21A Summer St., took out nomination papers for the five year seat on the Planning Board, creating the potential for a race for that post. He pulled papers Thursday, Jan. 25. Also pulling papers last Friday were Sonia Borda, 3 Border St., for the three year Board of Health position, and incumbent Kevin Patrick Scanlon...

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