Underground power line plan debated

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Underground power line plan debated

Published in the October 20, 2017 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – The Conservation Commission last night got its first chance to hear about and weigh in on the proposed underground electric transmission line that would run through 3.6 miles of Wakefield on its way to the National Grid Power Station off Montrose Avenue. Originally unveiled in 2015, the proposed project is part of an 8.5 mile underground 345KV transmission line that would run from the Eversource substation on Cove Street in Woburn, through Winchester, Stoneham and Wakefield. The purpose of the project is to maintain the integrity of the bulk power system and to ensure that adequate transmission services are available to meet current and future load demand in the region. While it is a joint project of National Grid and Eversource, the applicant of record for Wakefield permitting is National Grid. Dave Klinch, a wetland scientist with Epsilon Associates, represented National Grid at last night’s opening hearing before the Conservation Commission. Klinch said that the 3.6 miles in Wakefield will include 2.65 miles in the public roadway and just under one mile along an inactive railroad bed. There will also be about six manholes evenly spaced along the Wakefield portion, Klinch said. If the project obtains the required local and state approvals, National Grid hopes to start work in Wakefield in late winter or early spring 2018. Construction on the project would take about 18 months. Klich said that the project would have no direct impact on any vegetated wetland. He said that there would be about 13,000 square feet of work in the riverfront area (primarily the Mill River) and about 41,000 square feet in the buffer zone (half in the railroad bed, half outside the railroad). He said that no work would occur in protected habitat areas. Following the route of the line, he said that it would go through about 200 feet of buffer zone for Crystal Lake, then enter the old railroad right of way Iin the Junction area). The line will then follow the old rail line across Main Street in front of the Galvin Middle School and out to Water Street. When the line reaches Salem Street it would go under the Mill River and continue down Salem Street to Montrose Avenue. Within the old rail right of way is where some work is near the Mill River BVW (bordering vegetated wetland), Klich said. He explained that the underground transmission line will consist of three cables inside a pipe enclosed within a concrete duct bank. He said that the trench enclosing the concrete duct bank would be three feet wide and six to eight feet deep. The top of the duct bank would be two feet underground. Soil dug up from the trench will be trucked away, he said. Asked by a ConCom member about hazardous waste within the railroad right of way, Klinch said that those soils have been tested and they were “not atypical” of railroad soils, but he noted that that data is owned by the MBTA (the owner of the railroad right of way). Conservation Agent Elaine Vreeland wanted to know if there would be a licensed site professional to evaluate hazardous soil conditions. Klinch said that there would be an LSP overseeing the entire project. He...

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Cause of Green St. water main break ‘unknown’

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Cause of Green St. water main break ‘unknown’

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Board of Selectmen officially declared the water main break that occurred on Green Street on Oct. 10 an emergency repair even as they pressed DPW Director Richard Stinson for an explanation as to why the same main experienced two major breaks within the span of two years. The declaration of an emergency covers the DPW’s need to get contractors on site immediately to repair the break without putting the work out to bid.  The latest break occurred Tuesday morning, Oct. 10 around 1 a.m. Two years ago, the same water main let go further up on Green Street over Columbus day weekend, sending water cascading down Green Street from the Dillaway Street intersection damaging properties and the roadway. Last week’s break happened closer to Main Street. The latest break closed Main Street overnight and Green Street was closed for nearly two days while crews made repairs. DPW Director Richard Stinson appeared before the Board of Selectmen Monday night along with Water Division Superintendent Steven Fitzpatrick to request the declaration of emergency repair. Stinson explained that contractors had to be brought in because his department does not have the equipment needed to fix a break of the size that occurred last week. Stinson said that crews had the water shut off by 2 a.m. In all, nine homes were without water but water was restored to all homes by Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. He said that Main Street was reopened to two lanes of traffic by 8 a.m. The break in the 16-inch main took out a section of the roadway. Stinson said that crews removed about 200 feet of the old water main and replaced it within about 19 hours. He said that within four days the binder was down on the affected section of Green Street and final paving could be done as soon as this week. Stinson said that the cause of the break was unknown. He described different types of corrosion that can affect the pipe, and noted that manufacturing defects, ground movement and freezing and thawing could all be factors in causing the break. He also pointed to the possibility that blasting earlier this year in connection with the new Hallmark Health medical building at 888 Main St., as well as blasting in prior years for other nearby projects could have compromised the 90-year-old main. Asked what the cost will be for the latest break, Stinson said that the break two years ago did more damage and that one cost $150,000 to fix. The price tag for the latest break should be lower he said, but he would have a better idea of the amount in a week or two. Selectman Tony Longo asked Stinson how future such breaks could be prevented.  “We don’t have a lot of breaks,” the DPW Director said, but added that the town needs to have a replacement program for water mains and needs to fund such a program. “We go through the whole town every year doing leak detection and fix whatever we find,” Stinson said. Selectman Edward Dombroski asked Stinson if he could understand why people lose confidence in the system after two major breaks in two years on the same street. Stinson said that he could understand it,...

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Vietnam Veterans commemoration and Veterans Day activities

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Vietnam Veterans commemoration and Veterans Day activities

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Wakefield’s Veterans Service Officer, Karen Burke, and the Wakefield Veterans Advisory Board (VAB) would like to announce a date change for an upcoming event and to welcome all of Wakefield’s veterans to attend these events. The Wakefield VAB plans to conduct two events to recognize local veterans of the Vietnam War. This initiative is the focus of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, a national 50th anniversary commemoration authorized by Congress, established under the secretary of defense, and launched by the president in May 2012. This commemoration includes all 7 million U.S. veterans who served on active duty from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975. For the purposes of this commemoration, no distinction is being made between veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period. For the first event, all Vietnam veterans are welcome to attend the November 10 Wakefield Warrior football game (please note that this is a new game date).   All veterans in attendance will be recognized at the game and in pre-game ceremonies. Veterans who are interested in participating in this observance are asked to contact Veterans Service Officer (VSO) Karen Burke at 781-246-6377. (Please note that this is a correction to the phone number) The second event will be held in conjunction with Wakefield’s Veterans Day observance. The Vietnam War Commemoration Program is providing Vietnam Veteran lapel pins to living U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War period as “A Lasting Memento of the Nation’s Thanks!” Living United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin.  A “pinning ceremony” will be held during the town’s Veterans Day observance. As has been our custom, the observance will be held on Veterans Day, November 11, in Veterans Memorial Auditorium at the Galvin Middle School. The Galvin Middle School staff and student body have also extended an invitation to all Wakefield veterans to attend the school’s Veterans Day observances that will be held on Thursday, November 9. They will host a 5th and 6th Grade Assembly at the Galvin Middle School Auditorium at 8:45 a.m., 7th and 8th Grade Assembly at 10 a.m. Please RSVP to 781-246-6410 extension: 24012. Additional information and details pertaining to the Veterans Day programs will be provided in the coming weeks. All veterans are encouraged to contact VSO Burke for additional information or to confirm their attendance at these...

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Warrior football returns home for crucial tilt against Watertown

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Warrior football returns home for crucial tilt against Watertown

Published in the October 20, 2017 edition By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — The Warriors are finally coming home to Landrigan Field after four long weeks on the road. It was an up-and-down four games for the 2-4 Warriors as their only win came in a dominating performance over Burlington on Oct. 6. Wakefield lost to Wilmington, Stoneham and Woburn during their road tour around the Middlesex League. It’s a good thing none of that matters anymore. Wakefield hasn’t played at Landrigan since their September 15 victory against Winchester. The long layoff, combined with the playoff implications for the Warriors means that fans can expect a supercharged atmosphere complete with a swelling Red Sea student section. Wakefield is currently the eight seed in the Division 4 North bracket. If the season ended now, the Warriors would travel to Melrose to face the top-seeded Red Raiders in the first round next week. A win over Watertown would bump Wakefield up past number seven Dracut who has a bye this week, and would most likely send the Warriors to Marblehead for the first round. While a loss won’t necessarily eliminate Wakefield from the playoffs, as 1-5 Revere sits behind them with a tough matchup against Somerville tonight, the Warriors would like to leave no doubts. Watertown (3-3) comes to Landrigan on a two-game losing streak. They lost to Wilmington, 32-17, two weeks ago, and dropped a close contest to Stoneham, 27-23, last week. The Raiders have a dynamic offense with playmakers like RB Mange Camara and WR John Korte who will keep Wakefield’s defense busy. “Camara is one of the fastest players in the Middlesex League. We have to identify where he is at all times,” said Wakefield head coach Steve Cummings. “We can not afford to let him loose in our secondary. They do a nice job of moving him around.  He will be at tailback one play and then split out wide on the next.  Coach Cacace does a great job of trying to utilize his skill set in different ways.” Stoneham kept Camara at bay last week, which only opened the door for more weapons like senior co-captain running back Matt Muldrew who rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown. Watertown’s defense has given up an average of 27.3 points per game over their six contests, which means the Wakefield offense should be able to move the ball either on the ground with running backs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Henry Stikeman, or through the air with quarterback Mike Lucey. Wakefield advanced the ball well enough against Woburn last week, especially in the first half when they moved the chains five times during their first two drives. The problem was turning those yards into points, as the Warriors surly emphasized sustaining drives during practice this week. Wakefield’s secondary including Fitzpatrick, Andrew Miller and Michael O’Keefe, will have its hands full like never before with the 6’3 Korte, who has been a menace to cornerbacks all season. “He’s probably the best wide receiver in the Middlesex League,” said Cummings. “Tall, fast, great sense of field space, great catch radius. They like to dial up combo routes where they can clear him into open space and he’s not afraid to go over the middle and catch the ball.” Wakefield beat Watertown last year in overtime,...

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Sixteen Wakefield residents run the Chicago Marathon

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Sixteen Wakefield residents run the Chicago Marathon

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition CHICAGO — Sixteen runners represented Wakefield at the 40th annual Chicago Marathon on Oct. 8, 2017.  The race is the fourth-largest race by number of finishers worldwide, with 45,000 runners.  The top time amongst Wakefield runners belonged to Lisa Deguglielmo at 3:36:37. The rest of the Wakefield participants included: Paul Bouchard (4:35:14), Allison Brody (5:21:15), Erik Cann (3:56:44), Dawn Damiano (4:34:34), Thuy Dang (5:53:13), Melissa Fulkerson (5:04:31), Julie Smith-Galvin (5:27:34), Nicole Jacob, Glen Joesphson (3:42:24), Matthew Kerton (4:00:27), Nicole Lee (4:28:41), Sherry Morrison, Krissy Nowell, Mary O’Connell (6:20:56) and Lori Rivas...

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WMHS Hockey Fundraiser with Jim Plunkett tomorrow night

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on WMHS Hockey Fundraiser with Jim Plunkett tomorrow night

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — The WMHS hockey team is hosting a fundraiser tomorrow night. Come sing along with Jim Plunkett at the Wakefield Elks from 8 p.m. – midnight on Friday, Oct. 20.  Tickets will be sold at the door for $25 per person. There will be a 50/50 drawing and many raffles as well as gift baskets.  For tickets and/or more information, contact WHSboyshockey@gmail.com or Karen Pugsley, Maureen Chambers, Fran Harrington or Diana...

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Patricia C. Norris, 78

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Patricia C. Norris, 78

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition PEABODY — Patricia C. Norris, 78, of Peabody, formerly of Lynnfield, died Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Boston on July 15, 1939 she was the daughter of the late Robert and Lillian (Walsh) Messenger. Patricia was raised in Westwood and Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1957. She was also an Officer of the Maguire Sisters Fan Club. She worked in the insurance industry for Hickey Insurance in Braintree and eventually founded Norris Insurance Agency in Wakefield which she retired from in 2016 after more than 30 years in business. Prior to moving to Peabody, where she had resided for the past four years, Patricia had been a longtime Lynnfield resident and was a member of St. Maria Goretti Parish. She was the beloved wife of the late John Norris. She was the sister of the late Roberta Varnum and Robert Messenger and his late wife Carol. She was the aunt of Frederick Varnum and his wife Susanne of North Carolina, Robert Varnum and his wife Rae of Watertown, Mark Varnum and his wife Patricia of Tewksbury, Joshua Messenger of Saugus, Kathryn Cyr and her husband David of Tewksbury, and Elisabeth Carpenter and her husband Adam of Billerica. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Frederick Varnum of North Carolina, as well as many great nieces and nephews. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield on Monday at 10:30 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield prior to the mass beginning at 9 a.m. Interment will be at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in...

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Rev. Barbara “Joy” Alderman, 85

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Rev. Barbara “Joy” Alderman, 85

Former Executive Director at the Boit Home Published in the October 18, 2017 edition BEVERLY — Rev. Barbara “Joy” Alderman, 85, of Beverly died Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Joy was born in Salem on October 22, 1931 and was the daughter of the late Leon D. and Barbara (Trask) Alderman. Joy was raised in Beverly and had worked as a Registered Nurse for Boston Children’s Hospital. She also graduated from the Baptist Missionary Training School in Chicago, Illinois. Joy lived a life rich in loving service to others as she endeavored to live and to share her Christian faith. She served in full time pastoral ministries in American Baptist Churches in Malden, Wakefield, and in Cranston, Rhode Island. During her Malden ministry she served as Youth Chaplin at the Malden Court and wrote a book of prayers, “Renewed in Strength,” published by Judson Press in 1977. In the year 1977, Joy was ordained an American Baptist Minister. Joy served on several boards of The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM) including Board of Missions. Joy served as Executive Director at two homes for the elderly: Harborlight House in Beverly and the Elizabeth E. Boit Home in Wakefield. Following retirement from the E.E. Boit Home she was an active member of First Baptist Church of Wakefield and was appointed to serve as Volunteer Pastoral Visitor for the elderly and shut-ins. Joy studied voice for many years and enhanced her ministry by giving Christmas and Easter programs of songs and readings in many churches and community groups throughout the state. She sang in several choral groups. She especially enjoyed singing in the Melody Belles, a barbershop chorus in Rhode Island. Joy was an avid bowler and bowled in several leagues. Joy was predeceased by her beloved brother Bernard D. Alderman and leaves a beloved sister-in-law Jean Pool-Alderman, a nephew Ian D. Alderman and his wife Irene and their two children: Miles and Lily. Her funeral will be held in the First Baptist Church, 8 Lafayette Street, Wakefield on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Arrangements were in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home,...

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Franklin S. “Frank” Cresta, 31

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Franklin S. “Frank” Cresta, 31

Enjoyed fishing and time outdoors Published in the October 18, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Franklin S. “Frank” Cresta, 31, of Wakefield, passed away unexpectedly at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester on October 14, 2017. Born in Melrose on November 2, 1985 to Tina (Fotino) Cresta and Vincenzo Cresta, both of Wakefield. Frank was a legend in his own right, a gentle giant, the unofficial mayor of Wakefield. It was front page news when Frank the Tank graduated Wakefield High School in 2004. He was the best laborer with Barletta Construction out of Canton for the past three years. He was a man of nature and enjoyed “Sunday mass” on various lakes and ponds, fishing for numerous hours and spending time outdoors. He was a celebrity, frequenting many local establishments, but always favoring the Dockside where he spent his time shooting whisky and playing Keno with his closest friends. He had an eye for fashion, wearing the latest in plaid couture, designer Chippewa boots and stylish head coverings. He had a deep love for the First Amendment, music, knife collecting, and pyrotechnics. His deepest love was for his family and his two dogs, Bruce and Matilda, who were well known throughout Wakefield and beyond. He took his role as Uncle Frankie very seriously, never missing an opportunity to teach his niece and nephews fun stuff. It didn’t matter if you knew Frank for a lifetime, a year or a day, his quick wit and sarcastic sense of humor made you fall in love with him. He is survived by his loving mother and father, his brother James Cresta and his fiance Karen Marchessault, sister Samantha (Cresta) Gasbarro and her husband Robert, sister Erica (Cresta) Dugan and her husband Gregory, niece Arianna Cresta and nephews, Ian Padilla, Jared Padilla and Vincenzo Gasbarro, aunts and uncles, Joe and Rita Cresta, Tony and Janet Cresta, Linda and Richard Kinch, Wally and Kathy Fotino, Gary and Pam Goodwin, Bobby and Irene Fotino, Doreen and Jack Sheppard, and Heidi and Brett Rossicone, many cousins, and a tremendous amount of friends. His funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 in St. Florence Church, 47 Butler Ave, Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 3-7 p.m. Interment, Forest Glade Cemetery,...

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