Waterfront potential abounds but only if made worthwhile

February 2, 2010
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Events are moving rapidly on the Lynn waterfront east of the Lynnway where, one day, the city is hoping for the kind of development that will utilize the waterfront. With the power line issue all but solved, the coming months will find an area nearly fully prepared for development proposals. What should go there...

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Retaining the rollback

February 2, 2010
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City hall officials should think long and hard about restoring the hour that was lost for bar owners during the last administration. The cutback has proven useful to law enforcement. It has also enhanced the city’s reputation outside of our boundaries. There are fewer accidents – and fewer drunken driving incidents as a result...

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Obituaries 02-02-2010

February 2, 2010
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Lauretta Martin Member of Many Organizations Lauretta P. (Finlay) Martin of North Conway, NH, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 30. She was 87 years old. She was a member of the Catholic Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, Chelsea Council 83, as well as the KOC Couples Club, the OLG Socialites and...

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Sverker Retires as Tech Coach

January 27, 2010
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Sverker Retires as Tech Coach

Gary Sverker, head coach of the Lynn Tech football team for the past 19 seasons, announced his retirement at the breakup banquet last Thursday night at the Tiger’s Den. “I’m not going to announce captains for next year I’m not going to be here next year,” Sverker told the gathering at the banquet....

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Clancy outspent Kennedy $167,000 to $32,000

January 27, 2010
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Clancy outspent Kennedy $167,000 to $32,000

Money isn’t everything when it comes to getting re-elected or elected, for that matter. This was proven in Lynn during the recent mayoral campaign. Former Mayor Edward Chip Clancy spent $167,000 on his campaign. Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy spent $32,000. According to campaign expense records recently released, Kennedy won with almost no money while...

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Celebration of Art Fiste’s life to air on Lynn television

January 27, 2010
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Celebration of Art Fiste’s life to air on Lynn television

Cable television broadcaster John Hoffman will host “A Celebration of Arthur Fiste’s Life” television show on Feb. 1 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lynn English High School library. Mr. Fiste, a former basketball coach, teacher, and member of the Lynn School Committee, died on Jan. 12, 2010. He was 72. “We’re inviting people to...

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Phelan eminent domain filings completed

January 27, 2010
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All the legal paperwork is complete and that paperwork will be filed in the Land Court this week for the taking of easements throughout the Lynn waterfront development area on portions of property where the power lines will be hanging over head. “These are aerial easements,” said Council President Timothy Phelan. Some takings seek...

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Senator Scott Brown

January 27, 2010
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The election of Senator Scott Brown was not exactly a surprise to Lynn voters. By the time election day had come around last week, everyone here who takes some interest in politics – which is just about everyone – had the strong feeling that Martha Coakley was not going to make it and that...

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Thank you Coach Sverker

January 27, 2010
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We want to congratulate and commend Lynn Tech head football coach Gary Sverker on his retirement from this program. For 19 seasons, Coach Sverker put a competitive, fundamentally sound and sportsmanlike football team on the field but more importantly, he was a mentor to young men who needed his support and example to set...

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Obituaries 01-27-2010

January 27, 2010
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Eliza Conway Lynn resident Eliza J. (Scibilia) Conway of Lynn died on January 19. She was the beloved wife of John Conway Sr. of Lynn; devoted mother of John Conway Jr. and Christopher Conway, both of Lynn; loving daughter of the late John and Dorothy (Gearraughty) Scibilia; dear sister of John Scibilia of Chelsea,...

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Remembering Arthur Fiste

January 21, 2010
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Remembering Arthur Fiste

Lynn School Committee member and former school principal Vincent Spirito remembered his long-time friend and colleague, Arthur Fiste, as a wonderful person and “a Lynn legend who made an impact an impact on all of us.” Spirito delivered the eulogy for Mr. Fiste at a service held last Friday at the Solimine Landergan and...

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Get out and vote

January 21, 2010
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Get out and vote

The area’s most powerful Democrats all lined up for Attorney General Martha Coakley when she came to Brothers Deli on Market Street Saturday afternoon. There they were under the warm sun on a springy mid-winter day: Representative Steve Walsh, Essex County District Attorney John Blodgett, state Senator Thomas McGee and our Congressman, John Tierney....

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In a Nick of time – Grassa helps Classical rally past Everett

January 21, 2010
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On a day when his older brother was having trouble finding his range, Nick Grassa stepped up and delivered with the game on the line. Nick Grassa connected on three consecutive three pointers, two in the fourth quarter and won in overtime to help the Lynn Classical boys basketball team defeat Everett, 73-68, Sunday...

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The Haitian calamity

January 21, 2010
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Lynn City Hall has organized itself to be of aid to the city’s Haitian population by giving outreach to those who are living here and then providing as well access to charitable and humanitarian groups. Nearly all of us who live here and who call this place our home, have been moved and horrified...

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Get out and vote

January 21, 2010
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Those of us who admired the good that Senator Ted Kennedy did when he ruled the senate are astonished and frankly, are a bit mortified that state Senator Scott Brown might beat Attorney General Martha Coakley in Tuesday’s election finale. That’s politics for you – but the election isn’t over yet. Whomever you are...

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Obituaries 01-20-2010

January 21, 2010
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Mary LoRusso, 84 Homemaker, Activist and Realty Proprietor Mary (Sciola) LoRusso of North Everett died on January 16 at Bear Hill Nursing Home in Stoneham. She was 84 years old. She was born in Orsogna, Abruzza, Italy, October 10, 1925, high on the Apennine mountain range near the Adriatic Sea. In 1934, she and...

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Eventful first week in office for Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy

January 13, 2010
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Eventful first week in office for Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy

The inauguration of the 2010 Lynn City Government last Monday night was followed by a busy first week in office for Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. The 57th mayor of Lynn and its first woman mayor was sworn in historic fashion at city hall by Mary Lou Muirhead, an associate justice of the Boston Housing...

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No Joke – Two Lynn residence write a comic book history on Boston

January 13, 2010
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No Joke – Two Lynn residence write a comic book history on Boston

The Lynn Journal had a chance to sit down with both of the Lynn residents involved in the Boston Comics Roundtable’s anthology, Inbound 4: A Comic Book History Of Boston. Ron LeBrasseur was featured for his Lost Pirate Treasure of Dungeon Rock of Lynn, and Joshua Santa Cruz created his narrative of the Boston...

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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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