is a town of 25,000 people, located ten miles northeast of Boston. Our location at the intersection of routes 93 and 128 (I-95) places us in the perfect location for commuters. For those wishing to take public transportation, there is a commuter rail (operated by the MBTA) with very regular service to Boston. The town has two railway stations.
The town's location provides a very good environment for business. Many specialty stores and service businesses are located along Main Street, North Avenue and in the Greenwood and Montrose sections. Two fine office parks provide an excellent location for a wide range of businesses.
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Wakefield is proud of its educational system. The town has 6 neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school and Wakefield Memorial High School. Elementary testing levels consistently places our students above the national norm. Kindergarten is mandatory and provided by the town. There are many fine private nursery schools within the town. St. Joseph's Parochial School educates children grades pre-K through 8. The Odyssey Day School is a private, independent day school for children from ages 15 months through seventh grade. A private Catholic girls' high school, Our Lady of Nazareth Academy, is also located within the town. Northeast Regional Metropolitan Vocational School, which services many communities, also lies within Wakefield.
Wakefield enjoys a strong sense of community spirit, with many town-wide community events, from our Town Day to our Independence Day Parade to a spring arts and crafts Festival to a fall Homecoming Celebration to Concerts on the Common, on the banks of our lovely Lake Quannapowitt. Having recently celebrated its 350th anniversary, Wakefield also has a significant historical heritage and many fine old buildings. In addition, we have a state-of-the-art library and a flourishing arts/cultural life. The High School Band wins regular awards for their performances; our hockey, football and basketball teams have also been state finalists.
The town's physical plant of facilities is changing -- our Library has recently undergone a multi-million dollar restoration within the envelope of its original structure (which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.) Three of the town's elementary schools will be replaced by two new facilities during the next seven years. A Senior Center is presently under construction at the old Warren School building. All of this new construction will be done within Proposition 2 1/2.
As far as recreational opportunities are concerned, our Lake Quannapowitt is the site of both summer and winter sports. The town's Recreation Commission sponsors summer sports workshops, usually featuring tennis and swimming. Colonel Connelly Beach offers supervised swimming. Private facilities are located at the Colonial Sheraton Health Club. The town also is the home of a yacht club and is a favorite location for wind-surfers, and those who simply enjoy the 3 mile walk around the Lake. The town's numerous playgrounds and parks are the home of well organized junior sports programs ranging from t-ball to soccer to Pop Warner football.
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