Here is a selection of links to Wakefield organizations and information about the town.
“No soft Italian scenes we boast, Our Summer skies less clear;
But prized, the grandeur of our coast – Our rocky hillsides dear.
No notes of foreign praise we swell, Not ‘Naples view, and rest!’
Our invitation is, – ‘Come, dwell in Wakefield, and be blest.’”
– from “Hand-Book of Wakefield”, by Will E. Eaton, 1885.
- Town of Wakefield is the official web site of the town and has information about town departments, as well as a directory of town officials. The site also includes a calendar of official public meetings, a calendar of local events, and a list of community organizations.
- The Town has mapping information online at their GIS (geographic information system) site, showing information about streets and properties and other data as well.
- The Wakefield Chamber of Commerce has links to local businesses,and information about the town’s history, government, and schools. They also maintain a community calendar with listings of local events, meetings, and festivals.
- Wakefield.org is a non-profit general gateway site with links to official town web sites, local groups and organizations, religious groups, and a community calendar.
- Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia, has an entry on Wakefield, with general information and links.
- Wakipedia is the localized version of the popular online wiki encyclopedia.
- Wicked Local is another general community portal site, and they also have pages for neighboring towns like Melrose, Saugus, Stoneham, and Reading.
- The Wakefield Historical Society and The Wakefield Historical Commission, as well as an architectural tour of the town. The society also has some great online walking tours of historic areas of town.
- The Wakefield Commission on Disability Issues web site has general information for people with disabilities in Wakefield.
- Town Bylaws, Town Code, Town Charter
- The official site of the Massachusetts state legislature has profiles of Wakefield’s State Representatives. Donald H. Wong (R-Saugus) represents the 9th Essex District (Wakefield precincts 1,2, and 7) and Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose) represents the 32nd Middlesex District (Wakefield precincts 3,4,5, and 6).
- State Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) represents the Mass. 5th Senate District.
- The members of Wakefield’s congressional delegation in Washington also have web pages. Our U.S. Senators are Elizabeth A. Warren (D) and Edward J. Markey (D). Our U.S. Representative (representing the Mass. 6th Congressional District) is Seth Moulton (D).
- The Wakefield Daily Item Read today’s top stories in Wakefield’s newspaper of record.
- Recent articles from the weekly Wakefield Observer are available at TownOnline’s web site.
- The Daily Times Chronicle covers a number of area towns, including Wakefield at HomeNewsHere.com.
- Patch.com is a new for-profit enterprise, with paid editors and contributors. Typical community news is covered, with features as well. There are also reviews of restaurants and stores and a listing of community events.
- Check out the official web site of the Wakefield School Department, with information for parents and students, schedules and calendars, department information, sports, and more.
- The Express is the student news web site of Wakefield Memorial High School.
- The most recent School District Profile for Wakefield (as well as the rest of Massachusetts) is provided by the Mass. Department of Education.
- The Dept. of Education also provides an online directory of Wakefield schools, both public and private.
- The Education Reform Act of 1993 and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, both of which affect Wakefield schools, are available on the web site of the state Department of Education.
- Also at the Dept. of Education are current and past MCAS test results for Wakefield students.
- Wakefield’s Community Profile from the state’s web site (Mass.Gov) includes information on population, housing, land use, transportation, crime, welfare, recreation, and more. Mass.Gov also has a listing of links to numerous other government sites with information about Wakefield.
- The Mass. Division of Employment and Training has labor and employment statistics for different areas of the Commonwealth.
- More detailed census information for Wakefield is available from the United States Census Bureau.
- INTERFACE Referral Service and Mental Health Helpline:for all Wakefield residents and students
- The Town of Wakefield’s property assessment data is available online at the Patriot Properties website.
- The Town of Wakefield’s property records are available at the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds, where you can search for specific properties and find information about current and historic deeds.
- The Wakefield Event Planning Committee sponsors the Italian festival and other civic events in town.
- Wakefield’s farmers market provides locally-grown produce, and hosts a local nonprofit weekly.
- The Town’s Department of Public Works has recycling information for Wakefield.
- You can search current real estate listings as well as past real estate transactions (at the library only) for Wakefield and elsewhere, courtesy of the Boston Globe and Banker & Tradesman.
- The University of New Hampshire has available online a number of historical maps from the U.S. Geological Survey that cover Wakefield and the surrounding area.