Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Rising real estate prices have reportedly helped keep foreclosure numbers lower in the area.
Foreclosure activity remains light in Wakefield so far in 2013, according to recent data from the Warren Group. The real estate information company reported that there were zero foreclosure petitions filed in town during the month of April, compared to four during that month last year. By the end of April, there had been four foreclosure petitions – the first stage in the foreclosure process – filed in Wakefield. For the same period in 2012, there were 13. This marks a decline of about 69% over the past year. The real estate market has improved dramatically in 2013 with median prices up 11 percent and this has slowed foreclosures," said Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of The Warren Group.
Spinning fundraiser at Pumps - Real Fitness for Women is on Saturday, June 29.
The following was provided by Dina Metrano of Pumps-Real Fitness for Women in Wakefield: Madyson Milordi, the reigning Miss Teen Massachusetts, is co-hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Best Buddies Foundation. The event will take place at PUMPS – Real Fitness for Women on Saturday, June 29 at 9:30am. The Best Buddies Foundation helps those who struggle with intellectual developmental disabilities to create one-on-one friendships, develop leadership skills, and give them the opportunity to become employed. Madyson has been involved with the Best Buddies Foundation for 3 years, biking 50 miles in the Best Buddies Bike Ride Challenge three times and attending a Best Buddies Formal. She began working with the Best Buddies Foundation due to …
Debate to air on WCVB Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Another U.S. Senate election for Massachusetts is drawing to a close, with the two candidates set to square off one final time before voters head to the polls June 25. Democratic Congressman Edward Markey of Malden and Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez will hold the last of three debates Tuesday evening in the race to fill the seat formerly held by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The debate will air live from 7 to 8 p.m. on WCVB (Channel 5). The debate will be moderated by R.D. Sahl of Boston University. The two previous debates for the candidates were held in Boston and Springfield. Recent polling has suggested an edge for Markey in the race. Both candidates have received visits from high-profile …
Monday, June 17, 2013
Thanks to local resident Richard Shafner for these latest photos showing the MarketStreet Lynnfield site from a small airplane.
Several times in recent months, Richard Shafner has emailed us images of the MarketStreet Lynnfield project as seen from overhead in a small airplane. For example, here's how the site looked back in January from 1,300 feet above ground level, while this one dates back to last July and provides a look at some of the earliest stages of the construction project. The project is rapidly taking shape - both with the luxury apartments set to welcome their first tenants in early September, and with the several dozen businesses expected to open starting in late August - with others following throughout the fall.
Wakefield resident was arrested last week by Londonderry Police.
The former director of St. Mark's Nursery School allegedly stole thousands from the facility using a company card, according to court documents. Lisa Wallace, 41, of Wakefield, was arrested on a warrant June 6 and charged with theft by unauthorized taking. Her bail was set at $5,000 personal recognizance. According to the complaint from Derry District Court, Wallace began working at the school in Sept. 2008. In 2011, she was added to a checking acount set up by the Diocese of Manchester in the names of Frederick J. Pennett, Jr., the pastor of the St. Mark's Church, and Leon F. Abbott, Jr., the deacon of the church. As the result of an investigation conducted by Londonderry Police Detective Kristen Gore, it was determined that Wallace …
Each week, Wakefield Patch takes a look at the town's past using a local relic found for sale on eBay.
It can be hard to believe that what is now a busy office park next to Route 128 in Wakefield was once an amusement park that drew celebrity performers that included the Three Stooges and Ricky Nelson. This particular image shows the front gate of the park, most likely around the time of its opening in 1959. The park generally seems to have had a Wild West theme, although there were also apparently pirates and a big white whale (rumored in some quarters to remain at the bottom of Reedy Meadow to this day) among the other attractions. This week's local history topic practically selected itself, since as noted elsewhere on this website this morning, local author and historian Bob McLaughlin is leading a tour of the former amusement park site …
First SRO concert of the new season is Saturday, October 19 with Cory Pesaturo and his global music trio.
The following was provided by the Standing Room Only concert series: The Standing Room Only (SRO) concert series invites music lovers to subscribe to the 2013-2014 season, “Back By Popular Demand.” All concerts take place at 326 Main Street, Wakefield, Massachusetts, the Unitarian Universalist Church. Proceeds from the series benefit The Building Fund. The SRO season begins on Saturday, October 19 with the return of the incomparable Cory Pesaturo and his global music trio, continues with the annual Candlelight Christmas on December 22 and a Valentine program on February 14, and culminates with the popular New England Brass for the season finale. “Our fifth season features performers whose return audience members have requested, to put it …
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Local author and historian Bob McLaughlin to lead walking tour of the former Pleasure Island amusement park site, which is now the Edgewater office park.
Local author and historian Bob McLaughlin has announced that he will lead his next walking tour of the former Pleasure Island amusement park site in Wakefield this Sunday, June 23 at 10 a.m. McLaughlin has written several Images of America books on classic vintage amusement parks and in this article last winter on Lynnfield Patch he talked some more about the history of the former amusement park, which was open from 1959 until the end of the 1960s and which drew numerous prominent celebrities of the era. According to the Friends of Pleasure Island website, the tour will meet at 10 a.m. in the first parking lot on the left at the Edgewater Office Park. McLaughlin does the tours about twice a year.
Rocket pops, creek stomping, and sleeping late are just some of the things we would do this summer if we were kids...what would you do? Sponsored by Grown Ups.
Every June, I watch kids enviously as the school year dwindles and the excitement builds. Summer holds so much promise when you’re young: You can do practically anything now that you’re not spending six hours a day in school, your bedtime is extended, and you can sleep till quarter-past whenever. And there’s that whole, “no more teachers, no more books” thing. Here are a few things I'd do this summer if I were still a kid -- what would you do? What about summer makes you miss being a kid? Tell us why you wish you were a kid again by posting a comment below. Need more summer inspiration? Check out the official Grown Ups 2 Pinterest page and don’t forget to see the movie, in theaters July 12.