Celebration time

Jun 24, 2019 by

Published in the June 24, 2019 edition.

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Increased parking enforcement to begin July 1...

Jun 24, 2019 by

Published in the June 24, 2019 edition. A color-coded map of the downtown parking changes accompanies this press release. WAKEFIELD — In April, residents approved the expenditure for two parking attendants starting in fiscal year 2020, which begins on July 1. Strengthened parking enforcement, along with the creation of designated spaces for short- and long-term users and merchants, aim to improve parking circulation and space turnover in our business districts. Currently, most spaces in the downtown area are posted with a one-hour limit. However, a parking study confirmed that almost 40 percent of downtown-area spaces are occupied for more than four hours at a time. As of July 1, parking spots will have two-hour durations unless otherwise posted, Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be designated longer-term spaces for those...

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Native tongue

Jun 20, 2019 by

Published in the June 20, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA As has oft been stated, Wakefield is a welcoming town, for both visitors and new residents — especially new residents, whom we have a habit of electing to public office before they’ve even finished unpacking. A couple times a year, Wakefield offers an orientation program for refugees from other communities. It’s called Wakefield 101, where newcomers to our town can talk with representatives from town departments, community groups and local businesses. They can mingle with other migrants and leave with a welcome bag filled with information, fun freebies and a special gift. Sadly, these efforts have neglected perhaps the most important consideration in helping newcomers assimilate to our culture: learning the language. Some people live here for years and never master the local lexicon. I happen...

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