Published in the January 11, 2018 edition.


WAKEFIELD — The Board of Selectmen this week renewed some additional common victualler licenses and Class II (used) auto dealer licenses for businesses whose renewal fees had come in too late to be handled when the bulk of the licenses were renewed at the December board meeting.

Common Victualler licenses renewed included Charm Thai Bistro, Diamond Fortune Restaurant, Hobbs Brook Management (Edgewater), Nick’s Pizza, Slice Pizza, Subway, The Bread Shop and ZuZu’s Cafe.

Class II licenses renewed were AC Auto, Allstate Truck Sales, Auto Annex, Diagnostic Motor Vehicle Inspection, Dick’s Foreign Car Service, Phil Howe’s Towing, Modern Collision Center, Tecce’s Collision and Wakefield Auto Sales.


The selectmen voted to authorize Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio to advertise for bids on a parcel of tax title property at 138 New Salem St (intersection of Salem and New Salem streets). The lot consists of 4994 square feet and has been deemed unbuildable. The only thing on the parcel now is a dilapidated garage. 

The lot abuts a wetland, but the Conservation Commission has determined that the parcel is of no ecological value to the town. The ConCom has notified the selectmen in a memo that they have no objection to the sale of the property.


In other business this week, the Board of Selectmen:

• Held a brief executive session at the start of the meeting to discuss litigation before returning to open session.

• Appointed Police Chief Rick Smith as the second member of the Wakefield Retirement Board.

• Approved a request from Lucius Beebe Memorial Library to accept and expend $7,486 in gifts from various donors.

• Approved a request from Joanne Ragwar of Reading for a one-day liquor license on March 2, 2018 at the Heritage Room in the Americal Civic Center. 

• Continued to Jan. 22 a hearing on National Grid’s request to run 3.5 miles of underground transmission cable through town. 

• Continued to Jan. 22 a hearing on alleged liquor infractions and possible discipline of Harrington’s Restaurant.