Deputy Fire Chief post mulled

Feb 15, 2019 by

Published in the February 15, 2019 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Town Council discussed the $5,512,860 Fire Department budget Monday night but delayed voting on it pending continuing negotiations on the creation of a Deputy Fire Chief position. Presenting the budget Monday night, Town Accountant Kevin Gill said that the Fire Department budget was increased by $199,558 over the current year. Town Councilor Ann Santos said that she believed that a Deputy Chief position made sense for the Fire Department, noting that several years ago, a similar position was created in the Police Department. Santos said that the Deputy Chief position would help Fire Chief Michael Sullivan, who she said “has been balancing so many balls and doing it well.” There was some question about whether the position of Emergency Management Director...

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Eight men out

Feb 14, 2019 by

Published in the February 14, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA Who couldn’t have seen this coming? The folks who took the “man” out of selectman now want to manipulate the gender composition of other boards. So much being gender neutral. Recently, the Town Council advertised for candidates to serve on the crisply-named “Public Safety Building Re-Assessment Committee.” In mid-November, the notice was posted widely – online, on social media and in the Wakefield Daily Item — requesting applicants to serve on the newly-created committee. “The Wakefield Town Council is currently accepting applications from residents interested in serving on the Public Safety Building Reassessment Committee. There are three appointments available for community members-at-large. This Committee will reevaluate the concerns and deficiencies related to our current Public Safety Building. Committee members will also engage in a detailed...

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SC eliminates freshman honors English...

Feb 14, 2019 by

Published in the February 14, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – There will be no separate 9th grade honors level English and College Prep English offered next year at Wakefield Memorial High School. The School Committee last night approved the school administration’s recommendation to offer “one heterogeneously grouped English course for all ninth graders (with Honors weight) that is standards aligned and is differentiated to meet the needs of all learners.” The vote was 5-1 to approve the change. School Committee member Aimee Purcell voted against it. Member Anne Fortier was not present. Prior to the vote, WMHS Principal Amy McLeod and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kara Mauro made another pitch to sell the change, with School Superintendent Douglas Lyons adding his perspective. The School Committee heard a presentation on the proposed change...

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Town weathers 4-inch snowstorm

Feb 13, 2019 by

Published February 13, 2019 WAKEFIELD — A winter storm that began just about when weather forecasters said it would dumped 4 inches of snow and a considerable amount of rain on Wakefield streets and driveways yesterday. The DPW reported no major issues except for a few flooding incidents and an 8-inch water main break on Crescent Street between about Lincoln Street and Water Street. The water main work took a half dozen DPW employees off of the full plow operation about 10:30 last night as they began repairs. DPW Director Richard Stinson said he hoped water service would return for those living in about 25 homes in the area sometime this morning. Also, a catch basin in front of the Main Street headquarters of The Savings Bank in the Square clogged up, flooding about...

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