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New book on legendary Wakefield, Massachusetts Amusement Park “It’s been highly rewarding,” says local author Bob McLaughlin of writing his second book on famed local amusement park, Pleasure Island, published this month by Arcadia. The best part, according to the affable Water Street resident, was getting “to meet a lot of people I never would […]


Filmmakers Michaela O’Brien & Melissa Langer examine EB in Bogota, Colombia While working as a documentary photographer in 2011, Michaela O’Brien visited an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia. While there, the 2004 Wakefield High School graduate met two girls, Nixa and her older sister Nury. Both girls were afflicted with a rare, genetic skin disease called […]


Town to try national “Main Street” model “It’s all about bringing your downtown back to life or giving it more life,” said Gin Wallace, executive director of the Beverly Main Streets program. “It will make a difference in your community in terms of jobs and visitors.” Wallace spoke to about 60 Wakefield residents gathered in […]


Memorial Day 2014 in Wakefield, Massachusetts As sun and clouds waged a day-long battle overhead, hundreds of residents turned out yesterday for local ceremonies honoring those who gave their lives in defense of America. “The freedoms we do enjoy,” keynote speaker Victor Santaniello told the crowd at the West Side Social Club’s morning program on […]


Parking garage post-mortem & preview of future revitalization efforts An informal meeting convened just after the close of Monday’s final town meeting session offered an interesting post-mortem on the parking garage debate as well as a preview of coming efforts to revitalize Wakefield‘s downtown area. Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio announced at the start of […]


May 6 Sweetser Lecture in Wakefield, MA “As a kid, I was drawn to big stories on broad canvasses,” says historical novelist William Martin, who will be at The Savings Bank Theater on Tuesday, May 6 to deliver the final Sweetser Lecture of the season. His talk will focus on Civil War Washington as depicted […]


Boston Globe sports columnist delivers Sweetser Lecture The world of Boston sports came to Wakefield, MA this week in the person of longtime Boston Globe sportswriter and columnist Dan Shaughnessy, who entertained the Sweetser lecture audience with colorful and at times hilarious stories from his career interacting with some of the biggest sports figures of […]



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