They’re BAAACK.

Shelter Development, LLC whose proposal earlier this year to construct a Brightview Senior Living facility in conjunction with a parking garage in the downtown area stirred months of controversy before being defeated at the polls and at Town Meeting, has filed a new application for a 137 unit assisted living facility at approximately the same location.
Proposed Brightview Senior Living Facility
The application was filed with the Building Department on Tuesday, September 9 by Shelter Development, LLC of Baltimore Md. Shelter Development and Brightview Senior Living are both companies that are owned and operated by the Shelter Group, a privately held real estate development and property management company specializing in multifamily and senior living communities.
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Lake Plunge
On June 20, School Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike and Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio issued a challenge to the public school students of Wakefield, Massachusetts. If the kids collectively read 10,000 books over the summer, Zrike and Maio pledged to plunge into Lake Quannapowitt. Zrike made the additional promise to shave his head.
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What, me vote?

12Sep14

I Voted...The 2014 Massachusetts State Primary Election was Tuesday, September 9 and if you are one of the 20 percent of registered voters who cast a ballot, congratulations. You are in an elite group.

One week before the Primary, on Sept. 2, the Boston Globe surveyed 605 voters to see how many were paying attention.

The results were not good.
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phuket_signIt’s slightly off the beaten path of Main Street, which may explain why despite over a year in operation, Thai restaurant Phuket remains one of downtown Wakefield’s best kept secrets.

But new owner and chef Maeo Crawford hopes to change that and bring the Princess Street eatery the attention it deserves for its great food, bright atmosphere and friendly, attentive service.

Once you know where it is, Phuket is easy to find. It’s located at 21 Princess St. (corner of Princess and Union streets) in Wakefield, MA, directly across from the Public Safety Building. It also has something most downtown restaurants lack – off-street parking. Phuket’s entrance faces the municipal parking lot between Princess and Centre streets.
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stop_town_land_giveawayIs there a “generation gap” in Wakefield? That’s what I’m hearing, especially on Facebook where all the cool kids hang out.

The term itself sounds so last century. It used to be applied to the cultural differences between the ‘60s kids and their parents. But now, word on the street is that there are issues in Wakefield, Massachusetts that are dividing the citizenry along generational lines.

Was it really a generation gap that separated those who wanted an assisted living facility/parking garage from those who didn’t?
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Don’t believe what you read on social media.

galvin_outdoor_learning_areaContrary to Facebook rumors, the new Galvin Middle School will open on time. Permanent Building Committee member Chip Tarbell confirmed that Building Inspector Jack Roberto issued an Occupancy Permit for the new school on Monday, August 25 and teachers are unpacking and preparing their classrooms this week in anticipation of the first day of school.

Tarbell was kind enough to take this Daily Item reporter on a tour of the impressive new educational facility earlier this week and there’s no doubt that students and teachers are going to be thrilled with their new digs.
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Fences can be built and they can be torn down. They can keep people out, or they can keep them in.

fences5In August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Fences,” currently at the Gloucester Stage Company, Troy (played by Daver Morrison) is a former Negro League baseball star, gifted with the same power to hit the ball over the fences as his white counterparts in the Major Leagues.

But because of the race barrier, Troy never got a chance to play in the big leagues. Instead, we find 53 year-old Troy in 1957 eking out a meager existence with his wife Rose (Jaqui Parker) and teenage son Cory (Jared Michael Brown) in a run-down house on the edges of Pittsburgh.
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