Name shaming

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Name shaming

Published in the September 21, 2017 edition. By MARK SARDELLA Wakefield’s gradual slide from a proud, blue collar, working class town to the precious PC world inhabited by communities like Cambridge, Concord and Lexington accelerated just a bit this month when the Board of Selectmen decided that it would, after all, like to change its name to one that does not have the word “men” in it. They say it’s a move toward “gender neutrality,” and that may be the intent locally. But what’s brought us to this day is rooted in a place much darker than that. There’s a segment of the population that holds men responsible for everything wrong in the world and this kind of self-neutering is in part a sop to that crowd. At the same time, it’s a nod to those who are forever seeking to blur any differences between the men and women, telling us that sex is not determined by genetic science but rather by human will. We got a glimpse of the mindset that got us to this point last week when Michael Burstein, a member of Brookline’s Town Meeting, filed an article to change the name of that town’s Board of Selectmen to “Board of Selectwomen.” “To be quite frank, I wanted to make a point here,” said Burstein, apparently unaware that “Frank” is a man’s name. Not content to simply change the name to something gender neutral, he wanted to stick it to the three men on the board. That’ll show those chauvinist pigs. Let’s see how they like being referred to as “selectwomen.” Lost on Mr. Burstein and those who applaud his oh-so-clever ploy is the fact that “man” can refer to a human person of either sex, while “woman” refers specifically and only to females. Pick any dictionary you like, paper or online. You’ll find that either the primary or secondary definition of “man” is already gender neutral. In Merriam-Webster, the primary definition of “man” is “an individual human; a bipedal primate mammal.” In the online, the number 2 definition of “man” is “a member of the species Homo sapiens or all the members of this species collectively, without regard to sex.” Seems clear enough to me, but maybe we should remove all doubt and call our selectmen “The Board of Bipedal Primate Mammals.” Or maybe, “The Board of Homo sapiens,” although I’m sure someone would find a reason to object to that one. The fact is, the Wakefield Board of Selectmen has not been viewed by anyone as the exclusive province of males for 86 years, since the first woman was elected to the board in 1931. Rena M. Colson ran unsuccessfully in 1929, but two years later, she won a seat on the board. Selectman Colson apparently had no issue with her title. “I understand some people still claim that man only is endowed with sufficient brains and qualifications to hold the office of selectman here in Wakefield,” she said in one of her campaign ads. But she pointed to other towns where women had been elected as selectmen. “It is not an experiment to be tried,” she observed. “It stands established by precedent and proven success.” The voters of Wakefield agreed. And the March 2, 1931 Town Election was not some low turnout fluke. It was...

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MarketStreet abutters want action on berm, noise

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on MarketStreet abutters want action on berm, noise

Published in the September 21, 2017 edition. By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Greater enforcement is needed in order to improve the berm and noise management issues at MarketStreet, a group of residents told the MarketStreet Advisory Committee (MSAC) recently. The MSAC held a public hearing on the berm and noise issues as part of an effort to collect feedback from local residents. MSAC Chairwoman Jennifer Bayer said the public hearing will kick off a series of hearings pertaining to different issues related to the outdoor mall. “We will hear feedback on other matters of interest such as traffic at future meetings,” said Bayer. Bayer said the MSAC “is tasked with looking at all facts” for the different issues associated with MarketStreet. She said subcommittees have been established, and the subcommittees are currently “fact finding as part of the discovery process.” “(Residents’) feedback provides us with key information,” said Bayer. “When the noise management and berm subcommittees feel as though they have gathered all facts, they will summarize the information and present it to the committee at large. If there is a recommendation, they will share that recommendation with the committee at that time. The MarketStreet Advisory Committee will then decide as a group if an advisement to the selectmen is necessary and if so, what that advisement will be.” There were several residents who spoke during the public hearing out of the dozen attendees. Noise issues David Moynihan, 285 Walnut St., said he has been “very vocal” about noise-related issues such as leaf blowing at 5:30 a.m. He said he is “happy” that leaf blowing at the crack of dawn “seems to have ceased.” He thanked MarketStreet General Manager Nanci Horn for listening to his concerns. “It’s been pleasant,” said Moynihan. “I know people are listening and acting.” While Moynihan is pleased noise issues have improved, he said he’s going to “reserve judgment about winter snow plowing.” “I know I am not the only resident who feels like they’re under an artillery barrage at times,” he said. David Basile, 15 Fernway, said the Planned Village District Development (PVDD) agreement states noise “is supposed to stop at the property line.” “We can still hear bands playing and music on a pretty consistent basis,” said Basile. “It’s not loud. It’s like somebody has a radio on. The regulation calls for noise to stop at the property line and I understand that is very difficult, but that is what it says.” Joe DeMaina, 11 Alexandra Rd., said the development agreement stipulates sound must be no higher than nine decibels. He said the “issue with snow plowing is the slamming down of front-end loaders in the middle of the night.” “The first time I heard it I thought there was a crash on Route 128,” said DeMaina. “One of the problems with snow plowing is it continues the next day. If it snows on a Monday, then they plow on Monday night and then they are moving the snow around on Tuesday night. It’s like they are having a contest to see who can make the loudest noise. It’s appalling.” DeMaina said the Police Department informed him the town cannot do anything about the noise issues unless the town adopts a bylaw pertaining to noise regulations. He said the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen have...

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Building projects approved; more pending

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Local Headline News, Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield News | Comments Off on Building projects approved; more pending

Published in the September 20, 2017 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The town continues to be a magnet for new growth as several new construction projects approved over the summer are expected to begin in the coming months, while others continue to make their way through the permitting process. Demolition is expected to begin the next few weeks at 640 Main St. in the Junction area, where an eight-unit multifamily will be constructed. (The site, which also encompasses 642-648 Main St., is just south of Dunkin’ Donuts on the east side of Main Street.) The mixed-use, mid-rise apartment building with first floor retail space proposed by Raymond Lawton of Main Street Junction Realty was approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals on June 28. The project will be comprised of two one-bedroom units, five two-bedroom units and one three-bedroom unit. The project was scaled back from the original nine-unit proposal. One of the one-bedroom units shall be an affordable dwelling unit that counts toward the Town of Wakefield’s Chapter 40B Subsidized Housing Inventory Because the space is so tight and the site is close to the street, a pedestrian tunnel similar to the one currently in front of the project at 175 North Ave. will be used during construction. In granting the requested relief, the ZBA determined that the proposed use will not create or add to undue traffic congestion or unduly impair pedestrian safety in the neighborhood and will not overload any public water, drainage or sewer system or any other municipal system. The board granted a Special Permit that will allow for a reduction of the requirements for off-street parking. Parking will be located under the building. In granting the relief for parking, the Board considered the fact that the Property is extremely close to the commuter rail station along with many services including shopping and restaurants, which will reduce the need and/or desire for automobiles as a means of travel. The Board spent a significant amount of time as it relates to the parking layout, location of the driveways and garage door location related to the Project in order to maximize opportunities for off-street parking. Once begun, the project is projected to take about 15 months to build and completion is expected by late 2018. Another project, approved by the ZBA on Aug. 23, will consist of 32 residential units at 5 Bennett St., the former site of the Boit Home. Due to concerns over the proximity of the site to the Galvin Middle School the project will include the creation of a pedestrian island in the middle of Main Street to make it easier for Galvin students using the crosswalk to get safely across Main Street. That island would be created at the cost of the developer, David Barrett of HB Development. Barret also agreed to finance landscape improvements on a strip of public land on Main Street in front of the project. Because Barrett agreed to the ZBA’s request to reduce the number of units from the originally requested 34 down to 32, the board was willing to reduce the required number of “affordable” units from six to four. —– Last week, the ZBA granted a Special Permit and variances that will allow the construction of nine housing units at 61 Valley St....

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Volleyball program looking to improve under new head coach

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Volleyball program looking to improve under new head coach

Spikers pick up first win of the young season against Watertown Published in the September 21, 2017 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — Building a new program is all about making steps to improve every year. The WMHS volleyball program enters its sixth season looking to continue the fight to get incrementally better, not just over the course of a season, but at every practice and every game. It’s a difficult task considering the more established programs that reside in the Middlesex League. Volleyball can certainly be characterized as up-and-coming in Wakefield, especially considering the amount of talented players who make up the roster in 2017. It is a sport that demands specialized players who have years of playing experience before they even get to high school. Other schools in the league have that type of experience, and provide a good example to the Warriors of what the team is capable of. WMHS will be led by a new coach this year, as Sasha Duprey takes the helm as she looks to instill a culture of dedication to help build the program up. Duprey brings a wealth of experience as a coach at the club level to Wakefield. “I know Sasha is really excited and the kids are excited to have her here,” said WMHS athletic director Brendan Kent. Transitioning to a new coach is often times a difficult thing to ask, especially from the upperclassmen who learned the game from former coach Nicole Trudeau, an excellent coach who did a great job building a foundation for the brand new program. Trudeau is now an assistant coach at Endicott College, opening the door for Duprey, who has been very impressed with the type of student-athletes she has inherited. “Wakefield volleyball has been incredibly welcoming and despite being new to each other, the girls and I were able to get on the same page quickly,” said Duprey. “It did not take me long to learn that they are a hardworking and driven team that wants to compete.” That dedicated group includes a pack of senior Warriors who have already given so much to the improvement of the program. The five seniors and co-captains of the 2017 spikers are setter Julia Purcell, outside hitter Marissa Patti, setter Allyson Coggswell, libero Nicole Catino and middle blocker Julia Brown. This group represents the leaders of a team that will try to show the younger players what it takes to succeed in such a competitive league. “We have a very strong senior class,” said Kent. “Most of them have been playing since they were underclassmen, and they played a lot last year so I think they can make some noise in the Middlsex League.” The junior class is also well-represented on this year’s team with outside hitter Eadeen Beck, opposite hitter Samantha Yandell, middle blocker Hannah Butler, defensive specialist Casey Kearney and right side hitter Jaime Greatorex. The underclassmen include sophomores, right side hitter Katie Pearl, defensive specialist Jordyn Pugsley, outside hitter Rachel Danzig and middle blocker Maddie Melanson. The 2017 Warriors are currently 1-4 as they picked up the first win of the season in a convincing 3-1 victory over Watertown on Tuesday. The Warriors also took Lexington to five sets on September 12, coming up just short. Duprey has been encouraged with the attitude...

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Girls’ soccer shuts out Watertown in home opener, 3-0

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Girls’ soccer shuts out Watertown in home opener, 3-0

2-2 Warriors travel to Wilmington today, weather permitting Published in the September 20, 2017 edition By DAN BYRNE WAKEFIELD—Monday afternoon the WMHS girls’ varsity soccer team held their home opener at Walton Field as they hosted Watertown. It was all Wakefield from the start, as the Warriors cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Raiders. “We’re super proud of how we played,” Warriors head coach Steph Martin said following the win. “It was a great overall game, a total team effort.” “We had to get back to .500,” Martin said, as the team came in with a 1-2 record. “So we came out with the same mentality, play our game, score first, that’s what we did.” Wakefield got on top early with a goal within the first 10 minutes. With the Warriors attack applying constant pressure to the Watertown backline, Christina LeBlanc broke down the defense and fed Hailey Lovell to open the scoring 1-0 early on in the game. Wakefield had possession in their half of the field for nearly 100 percent of the game as Watertown could barely clear their defensive half. Watertown didn’t manage a shot on the Wakefield goal, while the Warriors were constantly winning corners and putting shots on goal, keeping the Watertown goalie busy with upwards of 20 shots. “Definitely should have put the ball in the net more,” Martin admitted due to the high volume of shots. “But we got a solid effort, we dominated the game.” Wakefield was able to double their lead just four minutes before halftime as Sara Junta found Allee Purcell on the left flank. Purcell displayed her outstanding speed as she accelerated by the defenders and caught everyone, including the Watertown goalie, by surprise as she let fly a shot from outside the 18-yard box that flew straight into the side of the net to make it 2-0. “Allee Purcell’s goal was great,” Coach Martin said after the win. “Quick turn and hit the net. I was really impressed with her.” Wakefield was always on the front foot, and the second half proved no different from the first half. Coach Martin was getting max effort from all 11 players on the field at any given time, and with the Warriors having the upper hand, she was able to rotate everyone into the game. “Everyone got in the game, it was wonderful, everyone got some playing time,” said the coach. Even with some of the lesser used players subbing in off the bench, there was never a moment where Watertown regained their composure or captured the momentum from Wakefield. “We had a lot of opportunities, created a lot, it was a whole team effort,” Martin said. “Through the middle Paige Dube had a great game. She really controlled the middle of the field.” “Meaghan Foley, Grace Collins and Sarah Melanson played well at the back,” Martin added. “Christina LeBlanc didn’t have any goals but she created a ton up top and played aggressive defense,” the coach went on, as she even admitted it was hard to decide who impressed the most on Monday. Wakefield kept the pressure on in the second half and added to their lead with Leblanc’s pass finding Lovell in on goal. Lovell’s initial shot was expertly turned away by the goalie, but the rebound...

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Daily Item football contest returns today

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Sports | Comments Off on Daily Item football contest returns today

56th annual running Published in the September 19, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Daily Item is starting the 56th annual football contest with over $1,000 in prizes given out last season. There is a weekly prize for each winner over the ten weeks run with a grand prize given out by the Daily Item at the end of the season to the weekly winner with the fewest losses in any of the weeks. If there is a tie for the Grand Prize then the winner will be determined by the weekly winner that was closest in score to the featured game of the week that they won. The grand prize is $250 and will be awarded at the end of the nine weeks that the contest runs. Weekly prizes will be handed out after each week by the business advertisement that has the featured game in its weekly ad. The top eight professional and college games are listed on the advertisements of the football pages along with an entry form. Fill out the entry form picking the winner for each contest and fill in the winner and the score of the featured game which is the tiebreaker. Each week, a prize will be awarded to the person that has the best record among the ten contests. Watch for the week’s picks on the football contest page every Tuesday. This week, the picks are on pages 6 and 7.  Entries should be mailed or brought to the football contest editor at the Wakefield Daily Item on 26 Albion St. before 3 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 22 which is the deadline for Week 1 entries.  All winners must be 14 years of age or older and must agree to have their photo appear in the Wakefield Daily Item in order to receive the prize.  The list of rules eligibility and how to play are on page...

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Cody Guttadauro, 26

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Cody Guttadauro, 26

Published in the September 21, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Cody Guttadauro, 26, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born on December 8, 1990 in Exeter New Hampshire the son of Paula (Ogden) and Steven Guttadauro.  Cody graduated from St John’s Prep in 2009, and would later graduate from Stonehill College with a Bachelor’s in Political Science in 2013. Cody was survived by his parents Paula and Steven Guttadauro; brother Luke Guttadauro and fiancé Trish Roumbakis; girlfriend Gwen Laschi; his grandmothers Glenda Guttadauro and Shirley Ogden; and his loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Cody loved: spending time with Gwen, his family and friends, everything Boston, relaxing by the ocean or lake, surfing in York, wakeboarding in summer and snowboarding during the winter months, kisses from his dogs, eating out, lazy days, and sunsets on P.I. Cody’s contagious smile, warm hugs, laughter and endearing love will be forever missed. He loved helping others and thoughtfully committed to becoming an organ donor. In the end, he gave the greatest gift of all – the gift of life to three organ recipients. His Funeral Service will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Monday at 11 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 to 4...

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Robert J. Nohelty, 64

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Robert J. Nohelty, 64

Published in the September 21, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Robert J. Nohelty, 64, of Wakefield, formerly of Lynn, died suddenly on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. Robert was born in Lynn on April 6, 1953 and was the son of the late Robert A. and Dora A. (Fortucci) Nohelty. Robert was raised in Lynn and was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School and later a graduate of Salem State College. He was a resident of Wakefield for more than 30 years. In 1973 he began studying the martial arts which started a teaching career that spanned over 40 years. He was the co-owner of Masters Self Defense Centers with one of his best friends, James Bryant. Robert received his 8th degree black belt and professor title in 2002. It was his true passion. He was also a fishing and hunting enthusiast. Robert was the loving father of Madison A. Morris and her husband Derek of Wakefield, Taylor Nohelty of Saugus, and Robert C. Nohelty also of Saugus. He was the grandfather of Harrison Morris. He is also survived by Denise (Falite) Nohelty. A Funeral Service will be held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Monday, September 25 at 3 p.m. Visiting hours for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home prior to the service beginning at 1...

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Stanley M. Kolinsky, Jr., 73

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Stanley M. Kolinsky, Jr., 73

Published in the September 21, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Stanley M. Kolinsky, Jr., 73, of Wakefield passed on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the Life Care Center in Stoneham. Born in Malden on December 5, 1943, he was the son of the late Stanley M. and Josephine E. (McCormack) Kolinsky. Stan was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1961 and served in the Army National Guard thereafter. He had retired from Local 534, the Boston Cement Finishers Union and had worked at the Reading Home Depot for 15 years. He is survived by his wife Gail (Adams) Kolinsky, his seven children: Kimberly Urquhart and her husband David, Scott Kolinsky, Kristine Dickson, Joshua J. Kolinsky and his wife Julie, Kate Stillwater and her husband Nathaniel, Andrew Kolinsky and his wife Carolina and Nicholas Kolinsky; his three sisters: Maryellen Peterson, Joann Giannino and her husband Christy, and Anna Dearborn and her husband Edward; and his four brothers: Richard Kolinsky and his wife Jean, Roger Kolinsky and his wife Betty, Dennis Pettigrew and his wife Cathy, and Ronald Kolinsky and his wife Susan. He is also survived by his 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Stan was passionate about camping, gardening and watching his favorite Boston sports teams. He also loved ‘cruisin’ on the weekends with his wife and always looked forward to helping children and their families at the Home Depot Kids Workshop. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1p.m. A Graveside Service will be held at Forest Glade Cemetery, Lowell St., Wakefield on Saturday at 1:30...

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