An uncommon meeting venue

Sep 10, 2019 by

Published in the September 10, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — At last night’s first-ever meeting outdoors on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt, the Town Council’s agenda featured a number of items related, directly or indirectly, to the Lake and its environs. The meeting was held on the Lower Common, between the Bandstand and the Lake. One of the items on last night’s agenda involved the formation of a yet another committee to study the Lake. The new, seven-member committee will be charged with the ultimate goal of making Lake Quannapowitt swimmable and fishable. As described at last night’s meeting, this committee will be focused on the implementation of new strategies to improve the water quality of the Lake while being compliant with federal and state regulations. The committee’s focus will also include...

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With new plaques, John J. Round’s name lives on...

Sep 9, 2019 by

Published in the September 9, 2019 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — “It is often and truly said that we are here today, gone tomorrow and soon forgotten,” State Rep. Gardner Campbell said at the original dedication of the John J. Round Park on a warm August day in 1953. “We who are here today are saying that he will not soon be forgotten.” Now, John J. Round’s descendants have ensured that his legacy as a public servant and benefactor to his community for more than half a century will continue to live in the memories of Wakefield residents for many more decades to come. On Saturday, several generations of the Round family gathered in the park at the base of Hart’s Hill to rededicate the new and refurbished bronze plaques that grace the...

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Bold street tree program eyed

Sep 6, 2019 by

Published in the September 6, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — Weather permitting, the Town Council Monday night plans to meet outside. Fittingly, members are scheduled to discuss a bold public works initiative to plant more shade trees along Wakefield streets. Included in a detailed packet of information about next week’s meeting posted on the town’s website is an overview of The CommuniTREE Program. The initiative, if approved, would allow residents, visitors, local organizations and businesses to donate a tree “to supplement the ongoing work of Wakefield’s Forestry Division. While donors will have a selection of tree species from which to indicate a preference and can request a neighborhood in which the tree is planted, the Forestry Division will ultimately determine the viability of the requests based on surrounding plantings, placement of utilities, and sidewalk and...

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