Crystal Lumber closes after decades of service

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Crystal Lumber closes after decades of service

Published in the September 21, 2018 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — A collective sigh of disappointment filtered among customers of Crystal Lumber Company when they learned the business on Foundry Street was closing its doors. “They’ll be missed,” said one longtime customer who preferred anonymity. “But everyone is wishing them well. They’ve worked hard serving the town through...

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Stylecraft property seized

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Stylecraft property seized

Published in the September 20, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Residents and customers have reacted with concern to the news that one of the downtown’s oldest businesses has been closed recently. Stylecraft Supply, Inc., a fixture in Wakefield since 1952, currently has a bright orange sign in the front window of its 478 Main St. location that...

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Transmission line work set to begin

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Transmission line work set to begin

Published in the September 19, 2018 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — National Grid will soon begin work on the unused portion of the MBTA’s right-of-way between Bennett Street and Salem Street in preparation for that portion of the underground electric transmission line that will run through 3.5 miles of Wakefield. It is part of a larger 8.5-mile National Grid/Eversource...

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Lawmakers invest in police

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Lawmakers invest in police

Published in the September 18, 2018 edition. BOSTON — The state legislature passed “An Act relative to the municipal police training fund” and the bill was recently signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker. This legislation creates a new, dedicated funding stream to ensure that municipal police officers get all the specialized training they need without burdening already stretched...

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Hungry boys’ XC team hopes to three-peat as state champs

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Hungry boys’ XC team hopes to three-peat as state champs

Published in the September 20, 2018 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — There once existed a time when the Wakefield cross country team were underdogs. Even last year, when the Warriors were reclassified to the large Div. 3, a repeat of their D4 state championship in 2016 seemed more like a faint possibility than a good chance. Now, a...

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Girls’ soccer eyes state tournament in 2018

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Girls’ soccer eyes state tournament in 2018

Published in the September 19, 2018 edition By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — The 2018 Wakefield High girls’ soccer team has a unique blend of youth and experience as they work towards their goals this season. With seven seniors, eight juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen, the Warriors seemed to be leaning more towards a learning year when they started...

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Wakefield swim has plenty of potential in 2018

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Wakefield swim has plenty of potential in 2018

Published in the September 18, 2018 edition. By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High School girls’ varsity swim team has been back in the pool this fall and the girls are getting ready to swim their first meet later this week. Warriors Head Coach, Kathy Byrne sat down and discussed the team she has for the upcoming...

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Phyllis M. King, 94

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Phyllis M. King, 94

Enjoyed cooking, baking and shopping Published in the September 19, 2018 edition WAKEFIELD — Phyllis M. King, 94, of Wakefield, formerly of Medford and Somerville, died Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Boston on October 5, 1923 she was the daughter of the late Michael and Josephine (Sacco) Venuti. Phyllis was raised and educated in the...

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Marcia J. Phinney, 75

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Marcia J. Phinney, 75

Enjoyed traveling abroad Published in the September 19, 2018 edition WAKEFIELD — Marcia J. Phinney, 75, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away August 31, 2018. Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Charles N. and Ruth (Ayscough) Phinney. Marcia graduated from Wakefield High School in 1961 and Northeastern University with a BA degree. She worked...

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Blanche Flynn, 95

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Blanche Flynn, 95

Published in the September 17, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Blanche Flynn (Maffeo), 95, of Wakefield died Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center. Blanche was born in Winchester on January 12, 1923 and was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Antoinette (Riccio) Maffeo. Blanche was raised in Winchester and a longtime Wakefield resident. She enjoyed...

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