Changes coming to trash pickup program...

Aug 20, 2019 by

Published in the August 20, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — In the next few weeks you’ll notice some subtle changes in the town’s trash collection program. First, there will be a new contractor. JRM Hauling and Recycling of Peabody takes over for Somerville’s Russell Disposal, Inc., which has had the contract to collect refuse in town for several years. Russell is said to be getting out of the trash collection business. Residents will still be using their blue trash barrels like they have since the town went to automated trash collection in the fall of 2014. JRM’s trucks, however, have arms in the rear rather than on the side. According to DPW officials, there will also be a second person dedicated to the trash collection truck so a bulk item can be disposed of on the...

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Envision Wakefield Resilient workshop Aug. 29...

Aug 19, 2019 by

Published in the August 19, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — Envision Wakefield Resilient initiative was launched to create a pathway to a healthy, thriving future. Extreme storm events, flooding, and other hazards are becoming the norm, and climate science suggests this will continue. The Town of Wakefield is taking action to prepare for these changes and keep our community safe. Thanks to a grant funded by the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program, Wakefield launched the Envision Wakefield Resilient initiative to engage the entire community in creating solutions that build resilience to climate change. Over the next six months, a framework will be developed to serve as a guide for departments to plan for and implement more resilient projects. The framework is intended to help Wakefield save money, reduce water consumption, and improve the town’s...

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Bob Sardella finishes Mt. Washington bike race...

Aug 19, 2019 by

Published in the August 19, 2019 edition. PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Local businessman Bob Sardella put in a lot of time training to bicycle up Mt. Washington, and Saturday, all that hard work paid off. Bob, 65, successfully finished the grueling race up the auto road Saturday morning, 15 years after he completed his first bicycle sprint to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak. Of the over 650 who started the race, Bob was one of 370 who made it to the top, in a time of 2:36.41.  A Boston man and a Pennsylvania woman won the demanding bicycle race up. Erik Levinsohn and Stefanie Sydlik, 34, of Pittsburgh, beat the competition in the men’s and women’s divisions of the 7.6-mile (12-kilometer) Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb to the summit at 6,288 feet (1,915...

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