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Front Page: July 10, 2020

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Delegation gets $672K in road funds

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Published in the July 10, 2020 edition. BOSTON – Wakefield’s State House delegation worked to pass a statewide bond authorization that will provide the town with $671,939 to help fund local transportation infrastructure upgrades in Fiscal Year 2021. House Bill 4803, An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, was enacted by the House of Representatives on June 30 and by the Senate on July 2. The bill authorizes $200 million in spending under the state’s Chapter 90 program, and is now on Governor Baker’s desk awaiting his...

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DA lauds police work in Lincoln St. bust

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Published in the July 10, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that as a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the United States Department of Homeland Security, three men have been arrested in connection with allegedly possessing over 8 kilograms of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy or molly. On July 8, investigators completed a joint investigation into three individuals who were allegedly traveling from New York to take possession...

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Front Page: July 9, 2020

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Three arrested on drug charges

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Published in the July 9, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Police assisted detectives from the Massachusetts State Police yesterday with the arrest and booking of three New York men after they allegedly picked up a package containing drugs that had been shipped to the UPS Store on Lincoln Street. When the arrests were made shortly after noon, police said, one of the men was holding a package containing 8,000 grams of MDMA, a synthetic designer drug commonly referred to as “ecstacy” or “molly.” Arrested were Wu Xaio Yang, 20, of Brooklyn,...

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Big bang theory

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Published in the July 9, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA When is a firecracker just a firecracker? If you were in Wakefield — or anywhere else in the country — on July 4 weekend, you probably noticed a dramatic uptick in the volume of amateur fireworks compared to other years. You were not alone. “Fireworks complaint”  was far and away the dominant entry in the local police log over the weekend. On social media, residents who have never come within a continent of military combat insisted that their neighborhoods were “just...

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Front Page: July 8, 2020

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Former Winship mansion torn down

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Published July 8, 2020 BY MARK SARDELLA and GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — After today, a long-vacant West Side mansion that has for years been a thorn in the side of neighbors and local police will be no more. The long-neglected former Winship home met the wrecking ball today. The property was purchased for $585,900 last August by James Gattuso, who plans to build two single-family homes on the site. The once stately manor at 10 Mansion Rd. sat vacant and hidden in recent years behind such an overgrowth of...

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Front Page: July 7, 2020

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Schools offer meals this summer

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Published in the July 7, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Since Massachusetts schools closed due to the coronavirus in mid-March, the Wakefield Public Schools have quietly provided over 10,000 free meals to families with children under age 21, and that program will continue through August. According Wakefield Schools Food Service Director Danielle Collins, anyone under age 21 is welcome to participate in the program. Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, families can pull up to the loading dock at Wakefield Memorial High School at 60...

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