New high school put off again

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on New high school put off again

Published in the December 14, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Any hopes for a new Wakefield Memorial High School will have to be pushed another year into the future, as Wakefield again did not make the cut this year in the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s competitive grant program for state assistance in addressing the building deficiencies at Wakefield High School. Wakefield submitted a “Statement of Interest” (SOI) for the High School early in 2017. Submitting an SOI is the first step in the MSBA’s program for school building construction,...

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Supt. Smith will retire on June 30

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Supt. Smith will retire on June 30

Published in the December 13, 2017 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — While the official date is still more than six months away, last night marked the beginning of the end of an era for the Wakefield Public Schools. Dr. Kimberly J. Smith announced that she will be retiring on June 30, 2018 as Superintendent of Schools after a 35-year career as a teacher and school administrator, all but three of which which were spent in Wakefield. Dr. Smith made the bittersweet announcement at the end of last night’s...

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Maio’s contract extended to ’22

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Maio’s contract extended to ’22

Published in the December 12, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – Stephen P. Maio will be at the helm of the Town of Wakefield for at least the next five years, after the Board of Selectmen voted last night to extend his contract as Town Administrator until June 30, 2022. Maio has held the position for nine years, succeeding Thomas Butler as Town Administrator. Maio’s previous contract was set to expire on June 30, 2018. The board has held several executive sessions recently to discuss contract negotiations. The...

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Wakefield volleyball holds postseason banquet

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Warriors improve in 2017, set foundation for future Published in the December 14, 2017 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — The WMHS volleyball team entered the 2017 season with some long-term goals. In the sixth season of the program and the first for head coach Sasha Duprey, the Warriors leaned on their seniors to help the underclassmen gain experience, and worked towards improving and establishing an identity in the competitive Middlesex League. “I thought this season was a really successful one,” said Duprey. “Looking back from the start of the...

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Foley, Hill, Lovell named M.L. girls’ soccer All-Stars

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Lovell and Hill selected to Eastern Mass. All-Star team Published in the December 13, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — The Middlesex League girls’ soccer coaches met recently to make this year’s All-Star selections in both the Freedom and Liberty divisions. The Wakefield Memorial High girls’ soccer team had three All-Stars named: Seniors Hailey Lovell, Meaghan Foley and Courtney Hill. Lovell played midfielder/forward, Foley was a defender and Hill a goalkeeper. Captains Hill and Lovell were also named to the Eastern Mass. Division 2 All-Star team. In the Freedom Division, Stoneham...

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Warrior girls’ swim team celebrates an exciting season

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Warrior girls’ swim team celebrates an exciting season

Published in the December 12, 2017 edition. By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High School girls’ varsity swim team held their end of season banquet recently to reflect on the successes of the past year as awards were handed out and Jess Conley and Katherine Maloney were named captains for 2018’s team. It was an exciting year for the Warriors, as a new batch of freshmen came up from the Middle School and had a tremendous impact on the success of the team, helping them to victory...

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Marie J. Volpe, 89

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Marie J. Volpe, 89

Published in the December 14, 2017 edition. READING — Marie J. Volpe, 89, of Reading and formerly of Wakefield and Stoneham, died December 12, 2017, at the Bear Hill Nursing Center after a long period of failing health. She was born in Wakefield on July 30, 1928 and was the beloved daughter of the late Nicholas A. and Lena M. (Carbone) Frenzo. She was raised in Stoneham and was a graduate of Stoneham High School. She worked for many years in the shoe manufacturing industry. Marie was the beloved...

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Susan A. Blake, 55

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Susan A. Blake, 55

Had an extensive doll collection Published in the December 13, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Susan A. (Donohue) Blake, 55,  passed away at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading on December 9, 2017.  Susan was born in Boston on November 29, 1962, she was raised in East Boston, graduated from Boston Latin High School and from Katherine Gibbs Business School. She lived in East Boston for 24 years and the last 31 years in Wakefield. Mrs. Blake worked as a regional manager for Hartford Insurance Company for over 30 years....

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Thomas H. McKenna, 58

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Has an eclectic collection of movies and music Published in the December 13, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Thomas H. McKenna, 58, of Wakefield passed away suddenly and tragically, on December 6, 2017, as the result of a car accident. Beloved husband of Lisa J. (Dowley). Devoted and very proud father of Matthew, Michael and Alex, all of Wakefield. Loving son of the late Mary and Henry McKenna. Dear son–in-law of Nancy Dowley and George Dowley. Adored brother of Susan and Thomas Scott of Cambridge, Nancy and Raymond Thompson of...

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