Visual Arts Night at Americal Tuesday...

Apr 20, 2018 by

Published in the April 20, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Public Schools Visual Arts Department and the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield invite you to Visual Arts Night at the Americal Civic Center on Tuesday, April 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is very exciting to have both events occur at the same time in the same building. The school K-12 art exhibit will be in the Drill Hall and the ACW portion in the Heritage Room. This display features work from artists 5-65 years old! WMHS Visual Arts students will be working on computer graphics, 3-D printing, making ceramic works by hand and using potter’s wheels, painting, printing and drawing. Wakefield Visual Art teachers Meghan Pierre and Amy Drago from the elementary schools, Emily Sevigny and Ann Whelan from Galvin, and Jonathan...

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The civics lesson

Apr 19, 2018 by

Published in the April 19, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA Terms that perfectly capture their intended meaning often end up as clichés. They are overused because no other words serve the purpose quite so well. The term “politically correct” has become something of a cliché. This provides cover to those accused of politically correctness, as they are able to dismiss the charge on the basis that the term itself is hackneyed or trite. This week I received a personal email from an Item reader who will remain nameless. He told a story that exposed the dark side of political correctness. “The recent foolishness about renaming the Board of Selectmen so they would be “politically correct” made me remember something I would like to share with you,” he wrote, “as it may shed a different perspective on...

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Selectman hopefuls share ideas...

Apr 19, 2018 by

Published in the April 19, 2018 edition. The Daily Item posed two questions to the candidates for Board of Selectmen in the April 24 Town Election. Incumbents Paul R. DiNocco and Brian E. Falvey are being challenged by Deborah M. Butler and Julie Smith-Galvin. Two will be elected. Question 1: The town has a pretty healthy Rainy Day account. Are there any projects you’d like to see the town undertake and pay for with these funds that are not currently on officials’ radar screen? “As you may know, there are several possible endeavors that may need to be addressed or will be addressed in the upcoming years,” current board chairman DiNocco said. “Roads and Sidewalks will always be a top priority. We recently began developing the Main Street Transformation project. The Public Safety Building needs...

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Doug Lyons named superintendent...

Apr 18, 2018 by

Published in the April 18, 2018 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – Current Assistant Superintendent Douglas Lyons will be the next superintendent of the Wakefield Public Schools.  After a relatively short but intense selection process, the School Committee voted unanimously last night for the in-house candidate. Lyons was one of three finalists for the position, along with Dr. Susan Kustka, assistant superintendent of the Weymouth Public Schools and Jared Fugoni, assistant superintendent in the Haverhill School System. Lyons has been assistant superintendent in Wakefield for three years. Prior to that, he was principal of the Parker Middle School in Reading. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University. Current Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kim Smith has announced that she will retire on June 30. School Committee member Thomas Markham expressed his reasons for...

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