Design work for PSB underway

Jan 18, 2021 by

Published in the January 18, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A laser scan survey of the Public Safety Building was completed last week under the auspices of project architect HKT, Shane Nolan of owner’s project manager LeftField told the Permanent Building Committee during a Zoom meeting last week. The laser scan will be used by designers to create models and drawings for the building expansion and renovation project. Both Police Chief Steven Skory and Fire Chief Michael Sullivan said that the laser scan survey resulted in little or no disruption of daily activities during the 11-day process. Geotech borings were done at the site on Jan. 6 and 7. Nolan reported that the borings revealed no issues and a full report will be forthcoming. Nolan reviewed the overall project schedule with the Permanent Building Committee (PBC)....

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Salem St. projects review continues...

Jan 15, 2021 by

Published in the January 15, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — One of the two proposed residential building projects on Salem Street appears close to wrapping up the permitting process with the Zoning Board of Appeals, while the other looks to be heading back to the drawing board. A number of outstanding issues with a proposed 30-unit condominium building at 610 Salem St. were addressed at the ZBA meeting Wednesday night. The board is expected to review a list of conditions for the project as well as an operation and maintenance plan and construction schedule at its next meeting.  Meanwhile, members of the board continued to insist that a 21-unit mid-rise apartment building proposed for 525-527 Salem St. is too big for the site and situated too close to the street. Regarding 610 Salem...

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Local businesses honored

Jan 14, 2021 by

Published in the January 14, 2021 edition. BY MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Two local businesses were recognized at this week’s Town Council meeting after they were honored at MassEcon’s 17th Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. Batten Brothers Signs in Greenwood and Carols Cafe on Tuttle Street were honored recently by MassEcon, a statewide non-profit alliance of private and public sector partners that champions Massachusetts as the best place to start, grow or locate a business. Batten Brothers on Main Street in Greenwood was presented with the Corporate Hero Award after they pivoted their sign business to the manufacturing and installation of acrylic walls and shields to be used at checkout counters and customer service desks  to allow businesses to operate safely and help protect employees and customers from the coronavirus. Batten Brothers has been a designer, fabricator, installer and provider...

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Civics lesson

Jan 14, 2021 by

Published in the January 14, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA  A certain kind of bias has long been suspected in public education but has always been vigorously denied. So, I commend School Committee member Greg Liakos for his honesty and forthrightness this week in loudly and proudly confirming what many have long believed. He brought politics into the School Committee meeting Tuesday night, and if any other School Committee member had a problem with that, they said nothing, which also speaks volumes. At Tuesday’s meeting, Mr. Liakos was extolling the efforts underway in the Wakefield schools to fulfill the requirements of state legislation passed in 2018 designed to strengthen civics education in the Massachusetts public schools. The law, which Mr. Liakos quoted in part, is intended to “promote student abilities related to the analysis...

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