Long may she wave

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition.

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School positions updated

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The School Committee last week updated the contract for elementary school assistant principals at the Woodville and Dolbeare Schools as well as the job description for a Level 2 technology specialist. School Business Administrator Michael Pfifferling explained that the technology specialist was not a new position, but since the position was vacant it seemed like a good opportunity to update the job description which had been created six years ago. He said that when the job description was originally written, it was before there were Chromebooks in the schools and before teachers had laptops at every grade level. The job description also included many references to outdated operating systems, he noted. “The responsibility in this job is much higher than it was,” he...

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Helping PR hurricane victims one box at a time...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — It only takes one person to start a movement, and Wakefield resident Elizabeth “Liz” Stumpf started one not long after Puerto Rico was struck by Hurricane Maria, a monster storm that left behind destruction, hunger and darkness. Stumpf, a hygienist for a dental practice in North Reading, was born on Long Island, N.Y. but moved to Puerto Rico when she was two years old. When she moved to Wakefield 22 years ago to start a family with her husband Mark, she left behind her entire family in Puerto Rico, including her mother. While Maria raged on, Stumpf worried about the wellbeing of her loved ones, but power was out and there was no way to communicate. “With all of my family on...

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Liquor license action taken

Nov 21, 2017 by

Published in the November 21, 2017 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – The Board of Selectmen took actions last week related to two restaurant liquor licenses for establishments headed in opposite directions. They approved the modification of Caffe Italia’s liquor license to allow liquor to be served when the restaurant expands to a second floor. The board also reclaimed the liquor license of another longtime local eatery, Porto Bello, which shut its doors without formally returning its liquor license to the town. Attorney Brian McGrail appeared at a public hearing before the board with his client, Tony Oliviero, owner of Caffe Italia and told the board that his client would like to expand the business. The restaurant currently leases and occupies the first floor at 21-23 Water Street. McGrail said that Oliviero would like...

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PHOTO: Season’s plantings...

Nov 21, 2017 by

Published in the November 21, 2017 edition

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‘Coach Deke’ was one of a kind...

Nov 20, 2017 by

Educator, coach, elite runner dead at 89 Editor’s note: Wakefield educator and longtime track and cross country coach John A. DiComandrea died Friday at the age of 89. Tributes to “Coach Deke,” a Hall of Famer, began to appear on social media almost immediately because in this town he was nothing short of a legend. Supt. of Schools Dr. Kim Smith said last week, “Deke touched many lives in our community for the 47 years he served in the Wakefield Public Schools. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to pay him tribute in August 2016 with a dedication at Shaun Beasley Track & Field. Deke was present for the unveiling of an installed granite marker in his name, surrounded by the love and gratitude of family, friends, and former students.” Item sportswriter Dan...

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