Maio gives overview as budget season looms...

Dec 12, 2018 by

Published December 12, 2018 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – Wakefield is in good financial shape heading into FY 2020 budget preparations. That was the message from Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio as he provided the Town Council with a Fiscal Year 2020 budget preparation overview at Monday night’s meeting. Soon after the start of the New Year, the town will begin preparing budgets for FY 2020, which begins on July 1, 2019. Maio admitted that at this early date, there were still a lot of unknowns, including levels of state aid and new growth. He started with the known quantities. Maio noted that the town has $3 million in the Stabilization Fund. There is $6 million in Free cash and $300,000 in the Reserve Fund. Water and Sewer Reserve Funds total $1.6 million. There is...

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Warriors look sharp in season-opening win over Reading...

Dec 12, 2018 by

Published December 12, 2018 By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — Tuesday was opening night for Middlesex League hoops at the Charbonneau Field House as the Wakefield Memorial High School boys’ varsity team hosted Reading. The game saw an up-tempo pace hold throughout, as the Warriors, led by 15 points from senior Billy O’Keefe, were able to hold off the Rockets, taking the win 55-47. “That’s a good, athletic, physical Reading team,” head coach Brad Simpson said, after the game. The first quarter was a bit stop-and-start as four out of the first five possessions saw trips to the free-throw line. The Warriors had trouble slowing down Reading’s senior forward Danny Bekkenhuis, who led the Rockets with 14 points including six in the first quarter. Neither team had an advantage after the first quarter, as the...

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James S. Carter, Sr., 91

Dec 11, 2018 by

Published in the December 11, 2018 edition. ROCKPORT — James S. Carter Sr., 91, of Rockport, husband of Ruth T. (Schefisch) Carter passed away on Friday morning, December 7, 2018 due to complications from the flu, surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Melrose on November 16, 1927, son of the late Maurice and Martha (Dugan) Carter. Jim grew up in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School class of 1946. He worked on the Gloucester waterfront and then joined the United States Coast Guard having proudly served three years during the Korean War. After the war, he worked for H.P. Hood then Sears for over 30 years as a mechanical engineer at the Saugus, Natick and Peabody stores. Jim’s lifelong love for the ocean and boating brought the family to...

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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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Gridmen beat Winchester in home opener...

Sep 18, 2017 by

Warriors start fast, maintain lead in big 28-13 win Published in the September 18, 2017 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — Warrior football ran onto a misty Landrigan Field on Friday night looking for a bounce-back win in the home opener over a team that beat them 35-7 the year before. Wakefield started fast against Winchester and sustained their drives late to hold on to a huge win. Warrior fans who faced the early rain head-on will surely remember Wakefield’s first two plays from scrimmage, but it was actually the defense that set the tone in this one. On Winchester’s first drive, the Sachems picked up a first down but the defensive front, led by co-captains Alex Joly and Devin O’Brien stuffed a couple of run attempts forcing a third and long from about...

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