Honoring our nation’s finest

Nov 12, 2019 by

Published in the November 12, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD –  U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jay Pinette, chairman of the Wakefield Veterans Advisory Board, welcomed hundreds of local residents to Veterans Memorial Auditorium at the Galvin Middle School promptly at 11 a.m. yesterday for the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremonies. “Every year, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, we gather to recognize the heroes among us and to remember those we have lost,” Pinette said. “We gather to pay tribute to those who have risked life and limb so that we can live in the land of the free, because of the brave.” He thanked veterans and active service military personnel “for bravely doing what you are called to do so that we can safely to what...

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Santos to seek State Rep. seat...

Nov 12, 2019 by

Published in the November 12, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — Town Councilor Ann McGonigle Santos plans to announce that she is running for the Democratic nomination to fill the 32nd Middlesex State Representative seat soon to be vacated by Democrat Paul Brodeur. Last week, Melrose resident Brodeur defeated at-large City Councilor Monica Medeiros to become the next Mayor of Melrose. Brodeur is expected to officially resign as State Representative next Monday morning. He was elected to his fifth term as State Representative last November and will leave the post with one year remaining on his term. The 32nd Middlesex District encompasses all of Melrose, precincts 4, 5 and 6 in Wakefield and Precinct 2 of Ward 5 in Malden. Santos, a Converse Street resident, was first elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2013, topping the ticket...

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FPCC celebrates 375th ‘Anniversary Sunday’...

Nov 11, 2019 by

Published in the November 11, 2019 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — First Parish Congregational Church on Church Street, affectionately known as “the stone church by the Lake,” is celebrating its 375th anniversary this year, and on Sunday, Nov. 10 a special service commemorating the event was held. The building has been at its current lakeside location for 330 years. A combined 180 people attended the two morning services, five of whom became members during the 11 a.m. service. A pot luck lunch was served at noon to the congregation. Reverend John T. Dale, 23rd pastor of the church; Rev. Dr. Richard Weisenbach, pastor emeritus and Rev. Terry Shanahan, regional area minister of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference presided over the worship service. Pastor Dale delivered the sermon based on John 2:1-12, the New...

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