Healthy Living Expo draws hundreds

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Healthy Living Expo draws hundreds

Published in the September 18, 2017 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce along with the Board of Health for Wakefield, Melrose and Reading, held their first annual Healthy Living Expo on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Americal Civic Center on Main Street. The free Expo focused on health, wellness, fitness, lifestyle changes and financial retirement health, along with complimentary and interactive health screenings, fitness demonstrations, healthy food presentations, giveaways, prize drawings and a flu clinic. Hundreds of people attended to receive flu shots from Hallmark Health Medical Associates, watch fitness demonstrations, participate in music thearpy and meet the Boston Bruins mascot Blades. The Expo also featured a raffle for prizes such as a Mary Kay basket and amazon.com gift card from The Savings Bank. A face painter and balloon artist were also on hand to delight the younger set. Co-chair Roseann Russell, owner of Move to Joy, a company focused on yoga and mind/body movement classes said that since health is her passion, she volunteered her time to help move the Expo along for the Chamber of Commerce. She shared responsibilities with Co-chair Sarah MacDonald and Janice Casoli, president of the Chamber’s board of directors, to get the event off the ground. Marie Smith, administrative assistant for the Chamber, was also instrumental in helping to make the Expo a success. “Former Executive Director Marianne Cohen started the Expo,” said Russell. “It was the signature program for members to get behind healthy living. All the businesses involved perform good services, including health and fitness, for people.” Rebirth, a fitness company, was on hand to demonstrate how fitness can be achieved without using weights. Roman Music Therapy held a drumming session. A Zumba demonstration was performed by dancers from the Reading Burbank YMCA of Greater Boston, and a martial arts demonstration was also held.. “The turnout has been really good,” said Russell on Saturday around noon. “We probably had about 150 people by the time 11 a.m. rolled around.” Sponsors of the Expo included Gold sponsors Hallmark Health and Lahey Health, Silver sponsors Rebirth and Whole Foods and Bronze sponsor the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and...

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Sex for a fee charges imminent

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Sex for a fee charges imminent

Published on the September 15, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Police continue to investigate a couple of local establishments where they believe employees offer sex for a fee. Undercover officers went to an address in the 100 block of Albion Street yesterday morning and another in the 800 block of Main Street in Greenwood in the afternoon after Wakefield detectives found various services offered on the internet. At about 10:30 a.m., after detectives noticed an advertisement on backpage.com, an undercover officer was sent to the Albion Street business. He went in for a massage and reportedly a 34-year-old woman made “an inappropriate advancement” toward him. At that point local detectives went into the establishment, investigated and in all likelihood will file a sex for a fee violation, a spokesman reported. Just before 2 p.m. police conducted the same type of operation at the Greenwood location after seeing an advertisement on Craigslist. This time, a 46-year-old woman solicited an undercover officer. —– A 32-year-old Lynnfield man was charged with drunk driving and other offenses last night after he reportedly rear-ended a motor vehicle stopped at a red light at the Four Corners intersection of Lowell and Vernon streets. Sometime around 9:35 p.m. Mark Monkiewicz, 18 Temple Rd., Lynnfield was driving a 2008 Mercury Sable and collided with a 2017 Toyota RAV 4. He then took off. Police gave chase and initially Monkiewicz did not pull over, officers said. When he did, was charged with drunk driving, leaving the scene of property damage and failing to stop for police. —– At 8:45 a.m. yesterday police were told that construction workers were parking their vehicles on the island at Hopkins and Brook streets. Police said the workers would move their vehicles to a different location. —– A woman walking around an abandoned property on Tarrant Lane just before 9 a.m. yesterday was sent on her way by police. —– A 2009 Mazda 5 heading north on Main Street near Franklin Street come into contact with a 2010 International truck owned by the Municipal Gas and Light Department around 9:45 a.m. yesterday. The truck was in the north lane facing south as workers were checking electrical lines. —– Someone reported around 9:50 a.m. yesterday that a wallet was lost the previous night, possibly at Wakefield Memorial High. —– Someone fell on Lafayette Street around 11:15 a.m. yesterday and required medical attention. —– A debit car was lost by a pedestrian walking around Lake Quannapowitt sometime before 1:17 p.m. yesterday. —– Police went to an area behind the Greenwood School around 5 p.m. yesterday after being told of a fight there involving four men. They denied fighting and said they were just talking. Police sent them on their...

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Dog park grand re-opening Sept. 23

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Published on the September 15, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Town of Wakefield would like to welcome the canine public and their human companions to the grand re-opening of the Wakefield Dog Park located at 667 Main St. on Saturday, September 23, at 12 noon. There will be a ribbon cutting as well as light refreshments. The park has recently undergone a renovation to include dog and human friendly water stations, benches and friendlier turf. “We are excited to see this park become a reality for Wakefield Citizens” said Selectman Peter May. The park was initially created in the Fall of 2016 and has undergone several upgrades and feature enhancements since opening as resident feedback came in. With increased usage, positive feedback and help from the Department of Public Works, we were able to resurface the entire park and make it an even better resource for our canine public and their human companions. “This is a great example of resident feedback being put into action” said Town Administrator Stephen Maio. The ribbon cutting will happen at 12 noon sharp. Gone to the Dogs pet supply store of Albion Street will be at the event handing out doggie treats and information. For more information about this event or if your business would like to participate in the Wakefield Dog Park Grand Re-opening event, please e-mail Chris J. Carino at...

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Gridmen beat Winchester in home opener

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Gridmen beat Winchester in home opener

Warriors start fast, maintain lead in big 28-13 win Published in the September 18, 2017 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — Warrior football ran onto a misty Landrigan Field on Friday night looking for a bounce-back win in the home opener over a team that beat them 35-7 the year before. Wakefield started fast against Winchester and sustained their drives late to hold on to a huge win. Warrior fans who faced the early rain head-on will surely remember Wakefield’s first two plays from scrimmage, but it was actually the defense that set the tone in this one. On Winchester’s first drive, the Sachems picked up a first down but the defensive front, led by co-captains Alex Joly and Devin O’Brien stuffed a couple of run attempts forcing a third and long from about midfield. Joly got into the backfield and swung Sachems running back Peter Gallagher to the turf, forcing a fumble that was recovered by senior lineman Bobby Young who did a nice job in his first game on the line, moving up from his usual linebacker position. That got Wakefield’s Red Sea student section on their feet. Most of them never got a chance to sit back down, as senior running back Henry Stikeman took a run on the first play from scrimmage 54 yards for a Wakefield touchdown that really got Landrigan going. Senior co-captain Brendan Coughlin was disruptive all night from his outside linebacker position as he stood up Gallagher on first down during the Sachems next drive. After a three-and-out, the Warriors took possession at their own 45-yard line. Now if one of your fastest backs just scored his first varsity touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, wouldn’t you give him another chance on your second play? Wakefield head coach Steve Cummings would. Stikeman took another handoff on first down and torched down the field for a 55-yard touchdown giving the Warriors a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. “Stikeman with his speed, if there’s nobody in front of him you’re not catching him,” said Cummings. Stikeman finished with 113 rushing yards and two scores. The Sachems came back with a solid drive led by excellent running from Gallagher who finished with 147 yards and both of Winchester’s touchdowns. The Sachems made it to the red zone but the drive changed momentum when Wakefield’s senior co-captain Ryan Fitzpatrick jumped a slant route on second and eight, nearly intercepting Winchester’s Liam Fitzpatrick. The following third and eight was shut down at the line of scrimmage again by O’Brien and Co. bringing the first quarter to an end. Wakefield forced an incomplete pass on fourth down to start the second quarter. The Warriors offense stalled in the second quarter, with three straight three-and-outs taking them into halftime. Luckily Wakefield’s defense did the same to the Sachems and the Warriors went into halftime with a 14-0 lead, although admittedly with a little less momentum at the end of the second quarter than they had at the end of the first. “We got a little stagnant in the second quarter, I would like to clean that up a little bit,” said Cummings. “We have to do a better job of anticipating how teams are going to play us with their motions.” Winchester took back momentum in...

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Girls’ soccer looking forward to a great season

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Girls’ soccer looking forward to a great season

Start off 1-2 against a tough Middlesex League Published in the September 18, 2017 edition. By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD—The 2017 fall season has begun and the WMHS girls’ varsity soccer team has started their season out 1-2 in the first 3 games. It’s been a slow start for the Warriors, after dropping the first two games of the year, albeit to strong sides in Winchester and Lexington. Last Thursday, the Warriors got into the win column when they took out Burlington by a 3-1 score. The performance against Burlington was more of what head coach Steph Martin was hoping to see from her team this year, as it’s weighted heavily in senior leadership bringing expectations of success. “We have a big senior class,” Coach Martin said in a recent interview. “We have ten seniors. A lot of them have been on the team since sophomore year.” With seniors at practically every spot on the field, there is no shortage of experience with this Warriors team, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few new faces out there. One of the key leaders on any soccer team is the goalkeeper and in Courtney Hill, the Warriors not only have a tremendous net-minder in between the posts, but an experienced leader as well. On Hill, Martin said, “We had a tough couple of games in the beginning, but those we’re pretty good teams, but she’s been overall just playing great. She’s such a natural athlete, she makes saves that leave you wondering ‘how did she make that?’ We’re very lucky to have such a strong keeper, very, very lucky to have Courtney in net this year.” Sophomore Emma Lambiaso is backing Hill up in net and coach Martin heaped praise on the first year varsity player saying, “She’s another excellent goal keeper, she’s a really hard worker. She is really developing her game as a sophomore. We’re really surprised at how far she’s come since freshman year.” In front of Hill in goal, the Warriors defense is experienced. They are led by Seniors Jill Fiore and Megan Foley at the sweeper and stopper positions. On Fiore, Coach Martin said, “We had some of our defenders from last year graduate so it is good to have her as a returner. She really dictates whats going on in the back and is doing a great job for us.” Foley was called on to help out last year as well, coach Martin had this to say about her senior defender, “She’s really stepped up as a player from last year, and she’s continued that this year. She’s dominating in the back and balls in the air. She had a goal vs Burlington, beautiful, from outside the 18 yard box. She’s a tough kid, wins every 50/50 ball.” At full-back Megan Gibbons provides senior leadership, but an injury in the first game held her out of the next 2. Coach Martin wasn’t able to offer a timetable for her return just yet, but she expects Gibbons to be back and contributing before too long. “She is a solid defensive back,” Martin said on Gibbons. “She reads the ball well, just very smart defensively.” Senior defender Riley Parent has stepped up and helped fill the void left when Gibbons went down. “She is an unbelievably hardworking kid....

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Girls’ cross country edged by Arlington in great opening race

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Girls’ cross country edged by Arlington in great opening race

Published on the September 15, 2017 edition. Lucey takes first place for Warriors WAKEFIELD — Wakefield girls’ cross country hosted Arlington in the first meet of the season on Tuesday. This race was the first of two crossover meets to open the season for the Warriors. They will not count towards winning a championship, but Wakefield held tough against a serious numbers disadvantage and just lost 27-28. Arlington had 55 girls running, while Wakefield had 11. “I was really impressed with our first home meet,” said head coach Karen Barrett. “On paper, it looked like we were going to get beat really bad. We lost four point-scorers and Arlington did not lose anybody from last season. We really showed a lot of grit and talent.” During a meet that Barrett thought was a great test to see where the girls are at in terms of actual times in a race, sophomore Olivia Lucey came out blazing, took the lead and never looked back, winning the race with a time of 20:53, which was really close to a personal best in that heat. “She took charge and set the tone. I was extremely impressed with her aggressiveness,” said Barrett. “I believe this will be the first of many wins for her.” Isabella Kehoe (21:46) and Gillian Russell (21:49) were next for Wakefield. “Isabella and Gillian looked really strong, especially at the finish,” said Barrett. Retta Carroll was fantastic running in her first cross country race. She finished fourth for the Warriors with a time of 22:03. Yvonne Lucas (22:18) and Gabby Peduto (23:33) finished fifth and sixth for Wakefield, as both looked steady and stayed focused the whole race. Finishing off the varsity squad was freshman Shannon Driscoll who finished at 24:12. “It was really impressive to see how well she ran for her first race,” said Barrett. “She was in the mix and will continue to improve.” Freshmen Audrey Schopperly (25:18) and Grace Butler (26:39) also did a great job during their first meet, finishing eighth and ninth for the team. Kate Lynch (27:07) and Nicole Lima (27:59) were 10th and 11th for WMHS. Overall, it was an encouraging first meet for a team that is capable of accomplishing anything this season. “The girls summer training definitely payed off,” said Barrett. “They show up everyday ready to work hard. I believe we can win our seventh consecutive league title if we continue this tremendous work ethic and stay...

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Horace Seldon, 93

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Horace Seldon, 93

Published on the September 15, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Horace Seldon lived an impactful life. He passed away with his family at his home in Wakefield on August 17. He was more than 93 years 9 months old, born November 1, 1923. A celebration of his life will be held in conjunction with the Women’s March of Courage to honor his beliefs. The celebration will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 3 p.m., at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., Boston. His family encourages you to visit www.horaceseldon.com to learn more about the Women’s March of Courage, the memorial service, and to read about this inspirational man whose work to end racism, ensure equal rights and bring people into community changed the lives of thousands. He enjoyed the love of many, many “children.” He is survived by two sons, Dave (Debbie) of Nashville, TN; and Gary (shel Ball) of Greenfield, MA; niece Nancy (Wick) Hoffman of Atkinson, NH; grandchildren Emily (John) Seward of Wakefield, MA; Michael Worthley-Seldon of Nashville, TN; Corey Ann (Baubak Askari) of Dallas, TX; Aaron (Mallory Gregg) of Nashville, TN; and great-grandchildren Emma and Owen Seward of Wakefield, MA. He was preceded in death by parents Newman and Alice; wife Sylvia Lushbough; siblings Beatrice (late Arthur) Jenkins, Lucile (late Clifford) Cusson, Foss and...

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Anna M. Granese, 90

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Published on the September 15, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Anna M. Granese, 90, of Wakefield died on Tuesday, September 12, at the Blaire House of Milford. Born in Wakefield on August 13, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Rocchina (DeFelice) Granese. Ms. Granese was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1944. She was employed as a secretary for Simpson Inc. of Boston and American Mutual Insurance Company. Ms. Granese was a member of St. Joseph Church in Wakefield and a former member of the Ladies Sodality and the Legion of Mary. She is survived by her sister Angelina Bruno of Milford; her four nephews Frank Bruno and his wife Janice of Milford, Michael Granese and his wife Sharon of North Reading, Vincent Granese and his wife Monica of Boston and Mark Granese and his wife Linda of Medford and her niece Michelle Romero and her husband Sam of Malden. Ms. Granese was predeceased by her brother Michael Granese. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield prior to the Mass starting at 10...

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Ronald P. Martin, 83

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Ronald P. Martin, 83

Published in the September 14, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Ronald P. Martin, 83 of Wakefield, died on Tuesday, September 12 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. Born in Everett on October 1, 1933, he was the son of the late Albert S. and Margaret M. (Marsh) Martin. Mr. Martin was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1951. He went on to Boston University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering; and later a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Martin had worked in aeronautical, mechanical, and civil engineering before retiring from MA Highway Department as a Bridge Engineer. He raised his family in Wakefield and cherished summer vacations with his grandchildren. He was a train enthusiast and loved the opera. Mr. Martin was the Chapel organist and choir member at the First Parish Congregational Church in Wakefield for many years. He was the beloved husband of Sylvia J. (Verville) Martin. He was the loving father of Stephen Martin and his wife Laurie of Westford, Jackie Martin of Albuquerque, NM, Laura Amrein and her husband Joseph of Nashua, NH and David Martin of Arlington. He was the grandfather of David Martin, Julie Martin, Anna Martin, Sarah Amrein, Nick Martin, Katherine Amrein and Matthew Zank. He was the brother-in-law of Claire Dempsey and her husband James of Scarborough, ME. Visitation for relatives and friends at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral service will take place at the First Parish Congregational Church, 1 Church St., Wakefield on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery,...

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