Changing times

Jul 1, 2020 by

Published July 1, 2020 New WFD post filled By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Captain Thomas Purcell has been appointed to to the new position of Deputy Fire Chief. Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio announced the appointment at last week’s Town Council meeting and the appointment was ratified by the Town Council as required by the Town Charter. Maio noted that more than a year was spent working with the firefighter’s union on the job description and appointment process. Three Wakefield fire captains applied. As the Deputy Fire Chief is a Civil Service position, Civil Service oversaw the assessment process for applicants, which consisted of each applicant going before a panel of fire chiefs and responding to a set of problems posed to the applicants as well as written exercises. That process was followed by interviews with...

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PHOTO: Blossoms at the Beebe

Jul 1, 2020 by

Published July 1, 2020

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Economic Development Council created...

Jun 30, 2020 by

Published in the June 30, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Town Council last week voted to create a nine-member Economic Development Council to work with and support a future Economic and Community Development Director, after Town Meeting recently voted to fund that position. The Town Council will take the summer to solicit members to serve on the Economic Development Council. The formation of an Economic Development Council had been a contentious issue for the Town Council, with a proposal developed by Councilor Edward Dombroski appearing on several recent meeting agendas. The matter was tabled at those earlier meetings as councilors expressed concerns about forming such a panel prior to the creation of an Economic and Community Development Director position. The latter had also been contentious, with some councilors wanting to hold off...

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Hoping town events happen in 2020...

Jun 29, 2020 by

Published in the June 29, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — As we enter a summer where major events like the town’s July Fourth celebration with its parade and fireworks have been canceled due to COVID-19 fears, the Wakefield Community Partnership is hoping to put on some kind of community event later this year to provide a much needed lift for businesses and something for residents to look forward to. To that end, John Ross of the Wakefield Community Partnership (formerly the Event Planning Committee) met with the Town Council last Monday to get their feedback and guidance on the possibility of a running a two-day event over a yet-to-be-determined weekend later this year. “We wanted to seek your guidance and receptiveness on a united, multi-organizational activity for the benefit of the townspeople and the businesses...

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