Field house of dreams

May 13, 2021 by

Published in the May 13, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA If the town is still divided as a result of the Warrior logo issue, you wouldn’t have known it from last Saturday’s Town Meeting, where things were so congenial, I feared a chorus of “Kumbaya” might break out at any moment. Mercifully, the proceedings came to a close before anything so unseemly could transpire. Compared to last June’s Town Meeting, where long-held personal animosities boiled over, you could almost smell the spirit of community that filled the high school field house last Saturday. Or maybe it was just the lingering odor of gym socks. Of course, small numbers are conducive to maintaining decorum, and 112 is a small number even by COVID standards. Low attendance often means little discussion, another plus when it comes...

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Youth Council looks back at busy first year...

May 13, 2021 by

Published in the May 13, 2021 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Youth Council was formed a year ago, and this week several members went before the Town Council to provide an update on their maiden year. Youth Council chairman Jack Dubow began by thanking adult advisor Catherine Dhingra, describing her as “absolutely amazing.” Next, he introduced Youth Council member Alyssa Toppi to review the ways that the Youth Council has engaged with the community. Toppi talked about the Youth Council’s social media presence, noting that their Instagram and Facebook accounts have similar content, such as meeting announcements with links, posts about town events and materials related to Youth Council initiatives. Meeting announcements are posted on the Instagram and Facebook pages two days before meetings, she said, and a reminder is posted the day of the meeting along with the...

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Bids reviewed for boat rental concession...

May 12, 2021 by

Published May 12, 2021 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — In response to its RFP, the Town Council had received two proposals to provide boat rental services on Lake Quannapowitt. Boston Outdoor Recreation (aka Boating in Boston), the company that has provided the service in recent years, submitted a proposal to pay the town $3,000 per year for a three-year contract to run the boating concession on the Common. The Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield also submitted a proposal. Their bid was $2,500 a year for three years. Boston Outdoor Recreation led off with Jen Nuessle describing the company’s offerings at 250 facilities nationwide on private, state and federal sites. Next, Cole Trainor talked about the company’s proven track record of fulfilling its obligations. He said that the company would invest thousands of...

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PHOTO: Banner day

May 12, 2021 by

THE HOMETOWN HEROES BANNERS were hung in the downtown yesterday, along with the decorative banners provided by the Wakefield Main Streets. (Mark Sardella Photo) Published May 12,...

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