Women shut out of 2018 top town earner list...

Feb 19, 2019 by

Published in the February 19, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — With the retirement of Dr. Kimberly Smith and new people beginning other top educational positions in the middle of the calendar year, no woman’s name appears on the list of the 50 top paid town employees for 2018. Everyone on the list of top municipal earners from last year is a man, ranging from Police Lt. Steven Skory’s gross take of $216,054 to Fire Lt. John Mercurio’s $134,330. For calendar year 2017, Kim Smith — the only top female earner — was seventh on the list. In 2018 no one on the top 50 paid municipal employee list made less than $134,329, up dramatically from calendar year 2017, when the 50th highest pay was about $126,000. As is the case in any community in our area, the...

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Fire damages three trucks at business...

Feb 18, 2019 by

Published in the February 18, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — Quick action by the Wakefield Fire Department likely prevented a truck fire from spreading to an adjacent commercial building on Audubon Road early Friday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the Produce Connection at 96 Audubon Road, after a call came in at 12:38 p.m. reporting a truck on fire. Firefighters under the command of Captain Randy Hudson arrived several minutes later to find a large fire in a commercial box truck spreading rapidly to two adjoining box trucks. Firefighters quickly deployed several hose lines and knocked the fire down. They were hindered in their efforts by gusty wind conditions. The fire heavily damaged two box trucks with a third truck receiving significant damage. There were no injuries to either employees of the Produce Connection or firefighters. Dollar loss...

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