The worst is behind us

January 13, 2010
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This time last year most of us were fearful that the economy was going to completely collapse – and our dreams and financial lives with it. One year later, and we’re still mired in a no jobs being created type of economic atmosphere but for the most part, the worst days seem to have...

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Firefighter Mark Ducharme

January 13, 2010
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The collapse of Lynn firefighter Mark Ducharme at a recent fire on Oakwood Avenue has left him hospitalized but much better off than when he got to the hospital the morning of the fire. He most likely suffered a heart attack while going about his job at the fire. If his colleague firefighter Tim...

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The Lynn fire chief issue

January 13, 2010
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With a Superior Court case and union involvement and civil service and all kinds of arcane rules and regulations, appointing a new Lynn Fire Chief has taken on the appearance of the recently enacted national health care bill which ran more than 1000 pages. Why can’t the mayor simply appoint the best man for...

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Missing documents

January 13, 2010
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It is incomprehensible to believe that former Mayor Chip Clancy removed documents from city hall that aren’t backed up on computers in other offices inside city hall. Copies of city contracts must assuredly be kept in the city solicitor’s office. Payroll registers by law must be kept by the treasurer and auditor, and on...

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Obituaries 01-13-2010

January 13, 2010
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James Urban Malden resident James F. Urban of Malden, formerly of East Boston, died on January 8. A former employee of Stride Rite Shoes of Boston, he was the beloved husband of Claudine A. (Wentziger) Urban; devoted father of Philip A. Urban of Malden and Christopher F. Urban and his wife, Florence, of Lynn;...

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St. Mary’s captures Boverini Tournament championship

January 7, 2010
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St. Mary’s captures Boverini Tournament championship

Lynn has been a rising power in high school girls basketball for the past decade. It started with the St. Mary’s girls owning the Division 4 tournament. It continued with the Helen Ridley-Monique Lee eras at Lynn Classical under former coach Gene Constantino, an amazing run that included a 20-0 regular season. When Fred...

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Permanent Honor – Coppinger assumes command of Lynn Police Department

January 7, 2010
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Permanent Honor – Coppinger assumes command of Lynn Police Department

Acting Lynn Police Chief Kevin Coppinger was sworn in as police chief during a ceremony Thursday in the City Clerk’s Office. Both Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and former Mayor Edward Clancy Jr. attended the ceremony, joining members of Mr. Coppinger’s proud family and other high-ranking Lynn Police officers at the ceremony. “I’m very honored...

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Carritte named Acting Lynn Fire Chief

January 7, 2010
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James Carritte, a 27-year veteran of the local fire department, was sworn in at city hall last Thursday as Lynn’s acting Fire Chief. Carritte, who holds a doctorate in Sociology from Boston College, said he was proud and pleased to be the acting chief. He is a lifelong Lynner who graduated from Lynn English...

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The new mayor: JFK Judith Flanagan Kennedy

January 7, 2010
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Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy starts off her mayoralty during a difficult economic time when nearly everything about city government and how we are going to pay for it rests in the balance. Her firm commitment to increased police protection is a favored bit of public policy desired by nearly everyone who lives here and...

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The snowfall and high tide

January 7, 2010
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The weekend snowfall was, obviously, magnificent. Whenever this old industrial city is turned perfectly white, there is always room for a sigh and a special look around us – for the snow changes the landscape and the atmosphere we live in whenever it happens. Now to the high tide Friday and Saturday. It was...

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Obituaries 01-07-2010

January 7, 2010
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Mary Recca Saugus resident Mary (Amenta) Recca of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on December 29. She was the wife of the late Angelo Recca; loving mother of Arlene Vargus of Lynn, Patricia Scanlon of Saugus and Joseph Recca of Stoughton; sister of one late brother and four late sisters; friend of the...

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Tilley calls it a career – Long-time educator retires from teaching

December 30, 2009
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Tilley calls it a career – Long-time educator retires from teaching

Brad Tilley took a final walk through the halls of Lynn Tech last Wednesday, stopping at the different shops and offices to say good-bye. It was an emotional day for the beloved teacher who loved teaching at Tech. Tilley, a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator in the Lynn school system for 34 years, spent...

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Lynn Woman of the Year: Judith Flanagan-Kennedy

December 30, 2009
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Lynn Woman of the Year: Judith Flanagan-Kennedy

She defied the odds. She defied gravity. She took on a force when she announced she was running on stickers for mayor against Edward ‘Chip’ Clancy. When all was said and done in November, she had knocked Clancy out of the box in one of the most stunning local political victories against all odds...

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Out with the old, in with the new

December 30, 2009
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It isn’t just the end of 2009, it is the end of the decade and the beginning of a new one. Here in Lynn, this was the Clancy decade, so to speak – a political decade that began with the end of Mayor Patrick McManus’s term and began anew at the other end of...

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Happy New Year

December 30, 2009
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There is no way to know what awaits us before it happens – and so – we watch the coming of 2010 with great interest and hope. The hope is for a healthy, prosperous New Year. The interest is in having a positive year of gains and success in both our personal lives and...

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Obituaries 12-29-2009

December 30, 2009
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Belinda Sirignano, 94 Member of St. Joseph’s Society and Sons of Italy Belinda ( Paterna) Sirignano of Boston’s North End died on Christmas Eve. She was in her 94th year. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Society of the North End and the Order of Sons of Italy Lodge 208 Boston. She was...

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Lynn English gets an A+ – School recognized as one of the top school in MA

December 17, 2009
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Lynn English gets an A+ – School recognized as one of the top school in MA

Lynn English is going to have to build a new trophy case, and the awards inside of it will have nothing to do with sports. Although the high school is well known for its successes in the realms of competitive sports over the years, more recently Lynn English has been basking in the limelight...

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Eminent domain a powerful tool

December 17, 2009
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Eminent domain a powerful tool

The city’s decision to seize valuable properties along the Lynnway using court sanctioned eminent domain is an often used method of putting together important parcels for a development or a special need that wouldn’t otherwise come up for sale. In the instance of the five properties the city is seeking, it is seeking only...

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Land seizures to help in developing land

December 17, 2009
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The city of Lynn is resorting to eminent domain proceedings in order to secure five tracts of land along the Lynway as a first giant step in bringing development to one of the city’s vast, underutilized stretches of prime land, according to a host of Lynn officials including City Council President Timothy Phelan, Lynn...

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A brilliant Blue Devil – Duke’s Shadoff earn top prize at major law school competition

December 17, 2009
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A brilliant Blue Devil – Duke’s Shadoff earn top prize at major law school competition

Lynn resident Andrew Shadoff, a third-year student at Duke University School of Law, won the top prize in a major law school competition. Shadoff and fellow Duke student Greg Dixon received the best brief award in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps inaugural National Moot Court Competition held at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville,...

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Obituaries 12-17-2009

December 17, 2009
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Carney Barone, 95 GE Retiree Carney E. Barone of Revere, formerly of Lynn, died on December 11. He was in his 95th year. A member of the Gannon Golf Club, he was a graduate of Lynn English High School, Class of 1934, and a GE employee for more than 35 years. He was the...

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Lynn Tech captures Vocational Super Bowl championship

December 9, 2009
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Lynn Tech captures Vocational Super Bowl championship

Tech coach Gary Sverker and the Tech fans who made the trip to Quincy Thursday night for the Massachusetts Vocational Large Division Super Bowl knew what was at stake on Southeastern Regional’s last drive of the game: everything. Would the Tech football team be returning to Lynn with the school’s first-ever vocational state football...

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Mayor-elect Flanagan-Kennedy team starting to take shape

December 9, 2009
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Mayor elect Judith Flanagan – Kennedy has selected three members of her city hall leadership team. They are: chief of staff Claire Cavanagh and mayoral aides Jean Francois Gardy and Tracy Brown. Cavanagh has had a long and successful history at Lynn City Hall, working previously for four former Lynn mayors – Patsy Caggiano,...

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Get out and vote

December 9, 2009
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Everyone running for the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s senate seat will find out exactly where they stand on Tuesday. The important thing is to get out and vote. Tell your friends to vote. Make this a contest, not a giveaway. Make it a contest, not a hollow, unfulfilling exercise in democracy at its worst....

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