Details for Wakefield High spring sports tournaments...

Jun 17, 2021 by

Published in the June 17, 2021 edition. WAKEFIELD — The brackets for the MIAA spring sports tournaments were announced yesterday.  Wakefield High will have five teams competing in sectional tournaments this postseason.  The girls’ and boys’ track and field teams will compete at the Div. 2 North state meet this weekend at Weston High. The girls’ lacrosse team has the No. 21 seed in the Div. 1 North tournament. The Warriors will play a preliminary round game at Marblehead High tomorrow, Friday, June 18 at 4 p.m. Wakefield went 2-10 this season while Marblehead was 8-4 playing in the Northeastern Conference.  The boys’ lacrosse team earned the No. 5 seed in the Div. 2 North tournament. They will host No. 12 North Reading tomorrow, Friday, June 18 at 4 p.m. The Warriors went 7-3...

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Train in vain

Jun 17, 2021 by

Published in the June 17, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA The closure since last November of the Broadway commuter rail crossing has certainly been no picnic for many, and the damage to nearby businesses is not to be minimized. At the same time, I’m an optimist by nature, and in the spirit of this week’s theme of arcane 1970s pop culture references, remember the Monty Python tune, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life?” That’s me to a T. So, I’ve long suspected that at least some Broadway residents may harbor mixed feelings when it comes to the railroad crossing closure. They might not say it out loud, but it wouldn’t surprise me if more than a few Broadway residents are secretly enjoying life on a quiet residential street as opposed to the...

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Town Council weighs in on 40B plans...

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Published in the June 17, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Town Council this week discussed a draft letter to the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MassHousing) regarding a proposed 38-unit 40B affordable housing development development on a five-acre parcel at 572 and 596 North Ave. As part of the 40B process, MassHousing solicits input from town officials. In his letter, Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio points out that while this project would provide a welcome increase in affordable housing, Wakefield’s current percentage of approved affordable housing units slightly exceeds 10 percent of the overall housing stock, despite the fact that a number of these approved developments have not yet executed building permits. In the draft letter, Maio outlines the pluses and minuses of the project from the town’s perspective.  “Conditions that support approval of this site by the...

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