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Front Page: January 14, 2020

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Downtown upgrade can move forward

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Published in the January 14, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — Chairman Edward Dombroski brought some exciting news to last night’s Town Council meeting regarding the planned “Envision Wakefield” downtown revitalization and infrastructure upgrade. Dombroski said last night that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has performed an initial evaluation of community-input concept plans and has approved the project for advancement. This means that the general framework, safety and design standards were determined by MassDOT to fall within the scope for funding approval. He noted that the concepts that MassDOT OK’d...

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WFD welcomes new firefighters

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Published in the January 14, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Fire Chief Michael Sullivan is proud to announce the appointment of two new firefighters to the Wakefield Fire Department: Michael R. Scheri of Methuen, formerly 6 Minot Street in Wakefield and Michael A. Marroquin of 43 Jefferson Road, Wakefield. Wakefield Town Clerk Betsy Sheeran swore in the two new permanent firefighters during a brief ceremony at the Wakefield Public Safety Building on January 2. Scheri and Marroquin were appointed to fill one vacancy in the department as well as a new...

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Democrats air views at State Rep. forum

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Published in the January 13, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA  WAKEFIELD — You would have been hard-pressed to find much disagreement among the three Democratic candidates running for State Representative as they outlined their positions during a forum hosted by the Wakefield Democratic Town Committee last Wednesday night at Brightview Senior Living in Wakefield. Mat Helman of Malden, Kate Lipper-Garabedian of Melrose and Ann McGonigle Santos of Wakefield are running to fill the remainder Paul Brodeur’s term as 32nd Middlesex District State Representative. Brodeur resigned the seat after he...

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Front Page: January 13, 2020

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Front Page: January 10, 2020

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Town Council begins new year Monday

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Published in the January 10, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — After a quick break for the holidays, the Town Council opens its 2020 business Monday night at 6:30 in the big studio at the WCAT facility in the back of Wakefield Memorial High. According to the agenda posted on the town’s website, councilors plan to make the following appointments: one person for the remainder of a three-year term on the Human Rights Commission; election and Town Meeting workers; and someone to fill a vacant seat on the Retirement Board. There will be a...

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West Water St. project withdrawn

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Published in the January 10, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – A plan to build a 20-unit, mid-rise apartment building at 33 West Water Street was withdrawn by the applicant this week after the Zoning Board of Appeals pointed out to him that he had not applied for the proper relief from the Zoning Bylaws. But the applicant indicated that he will be back with a new proposal. On Dec. 10, 2019, Hearthstone Development, LLC filed an application for a Special Permit and Site Plan Approval under Article...

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A tribute to a fallen hero

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Published in the January 9, 2020. edition. WAKEFIELD — It was a moving scene on North Avenue at around noon yesterday. Firefighters and police officers from Wakefield and Lynnfield stood at attention as the funeral procession for Ryan Dan Fortini passed under a large American flag suspended from two fire engines en route to Lakeside Cemetery following funeral services yesterday morning in his hometown of Burlington, Mass. The procession included many police and private vehicles of mourners from New York and other states as well as Massachusetts. Ryan Fortini was...

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Front Page: January 9, 2020

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