Emma-Zin Ending:Trahant Selected as Agganis Softball Game MVP

June 30, 2017
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Emma-Zin Ending:Trahant Selected as Agganis Softball Game MVP

By Cary Shuman Emma Trahant is heading to the Lynn English Hall of Fame one day with one more major-league achievement on her resume: most valuable player of the 2017 Agganis All-Star Softball Game. Trahant, a multi-talented three-sport (soccer, swimming, and softball) captain, was the unanimous choice for the South team’s top honor after...

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Lynn City Council Votes to Raise Trash Fee

June 30, 2017
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By John Lynds On Tuesday, following nearly an hour and half of testimony from the mayor and the city’s department heads, the Lynn City Council voted in favor of raising the city’s trash fee for some homeowners as a way to raise much needed revenue. The measure the Council voted in favor for will...

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Lynn Residents Riding for A Cure in the Pan-Mass Challenge

June 30, 2017
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On Aug. 5 and 6, John Coulon and Magaly Flores of Lynn will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with the goal of raising $48 million for critical research and cancer care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During PMC weekend, more than 6,200 cyclists from more than 40 states and eight...

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Meet You at Red Rock:Summer Isn’t Summer Without Popular Concert Series

June 30, 2017
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It’s hot.  The kids need a diversion and you could use some relaxation after a long day.  What you need is a family activity that’s not too active but something outdoors, preferably somewhere cool.  For a fun event that’s just right for a warm summer night, the beach is the place to go. Each...

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Representative Wong Opposes 2018 Ballot Proposal to Create A Graduated State Income Tax

June 30, 2017
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State Representative Donald H. Wong (R-Saugus) recently voted to oppose placing a graduated state income tax plan on the 2018 state ballot. Citing concerns about its Constitutionality, uncertainty over how the money raised will actually be spent, and the long-term impact the tax change will have on the state’s economy, Representative Wong voted against...

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Forever Lynn English Baseball:Cappnigro Coaches Bulldogs Alumni for the NSBL’s Swampscott Sox

June 30, 2017
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By Cary Shuman Joe Caponigro has stepped down as the head coach of the Lynn English High School baseball team but his connection to the school and its former players is still strong. In fact, Caponigro has several Bulldogs baseball alumni on his roster for the Swampscott Sox in the North Shore Baseball League....

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GLCC Raises Funds for the REAL Program

June 30, 2017
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Members of the Greater Lynn Chamber of Commerce Women in Networking Committee (WIN) recently presented Jan Plourde, founder of The REAL Program, with a check for $300 to support their mission to improve literacy in Lynn.   “REAL” stand for Reading and Educational Assistance for Learning.   Proceeds were raised from a recent GLCC Women in...

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GLCC Donates to Beyond Walls Initiative

June 30, 2017
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The Greater Lynn Chamber of Commerce recently donated $500 to the Beyond Walls Downtown Arts & Cultural Initiative.  Beyond Walls mission is to create public art and lighting installations throughout downtown Lynn through public / private partnerships creating opportunities for economic development. Also making a donation from his business was Rick Wood (pictured), from...

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Lynn English High School Sophomore Selected to Attend MA HOBY Seminar

June 30, 2017
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The MA HOBY Leadership Seminar provides youth with unique leadership training to equip them with the tools they need to make a positive change in their home, school, and community. Chrisneiris Difo Reynoso, a resident of Lynn, MA, was selected to attend the MA HOBY Leadership Seminar held June 16-18, 2017 at Bentley University...

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St Mary’s Breaks Ground on New Stem Building, Campus Gateway

June 30, 2017
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St. Mary’s broke ground Wednesday on a building project that will transform the school’s urban campus and significantly upgrade educational opportunities in critical subject areas. About 50 trustees, administrators, alumni and friends gathered in front of the William F. Connell Center – which opened in 2005 – for a ceremonial groundbreaking on a new...

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Enjoy A Safe and Sane Fourth

June 30, 2017
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The summer season’s big holiday, the Fourth of July, is upon us. Millions of Americans will be celebrating the holiday — which will be a long and extended four-day weekend for many of us — with friends and family in a multitude of ways. Boating, beaching, mountain hiking, and summer getaways of all kinds...

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Sunset Salute

June 23, 2017
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Sunset Salute

Lynn English JRROTC cadets stand at attention during the singing of the Marine’s anthem during the Sunset Salute at the Charlestown Navy Yard as part of Sail Boston on Tuesday June 20, 2017.

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Brumfield Wins State Decathlon Title

June 23, 2017
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Brumfield Wins State Decathlon Title

By Cary Shuman St. Mary’s High School Principal James Ridley knows the history and significance of the men’s decathlon event. Ridley related that the unofficial title that went with being the Olympic decathlon champion (such as then-American sports hero Bruce Jenner in 1976) was: world’s greatest athlete. Ridley now has a Massachusetts state decathlon...

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North Shore Athletes Set for Agganis Week

June 23, 2017
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North Shore Athletes Set for Agganis Week

By Cary Shuman Harry Agganis Classics Week, the undisputed king of All-Star sports competitions for graduating high school student-athletes, begins Sunday with softball and baseball games set for Fraser Field. Others have tried, but no one has been able to match the prestige, tradition, and reach of the annual event that culminates with the...

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City Proposes Trash Fee on Non-Owner-Occupied Units

June 23, 2017
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A proposal to collect a trash-disposal fee from housing units that are not owner-occupied, and businesses, would result in an estimated $2 million in annual revenue, according to Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. Kennedy, who has been working with City Council President Darren Cyr on identifying additional sources of revenue in order to avoid layoffs...

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The Opioid Epidemic is Truly Frightening

June 23, 2017
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If you were to ask the typical American what they believe to be the greatest danger to the well-being of our children and citizens, no doubt most would answer the threat from international terrorism. But the reality is that terrorism, even if you count the World Trade Center attack on 9/11, registers barely a...

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Golden Role:Former Special Olympian Rob Neal Excels in Coaching Ranks

June 17, 2017
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Golden Role:Former Special Olympian Rob Neal Excels in Coaching Ranks

By Cary Shuman Rob Neal excelled as a coach and trainer of the Bridgewell Special Olympics track and field team this past weekend, helping its athletes win gold medals at the annual competition at Harvard University. Rob is a former Special Olympics medalist himself but he “wanted to give back to the program” that...

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Joseph Set for Annual Douglass Speech Reading at High Rock Park on July 3

June 17, 2017
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Joseph Set for Annual Douglass Speech Reading at High Rock Park on July 3

By Cary Shuman Wendy Joseph came to the North Shore from Bellingham (Mass.) when she enrolled as a student at Salem State University. Joseph and her husband returned to the area when they purchased a home in the Highlands neighborhood in Lynn. “As soon as I went to Salem State, I fell in love...

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Moving Forward:Lynn City Council Votes in Favor of Tax Increment Financing for $80 Million Lynnway Project

June 17, 2017
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By John Lynds On Tuesday night, the Lynn City Council voted 10-1 in favor of granting Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for the $80 million waterfront development project on the Lynnway. Louis Minicucci Jr. and Arthur Pappathanasi who manage Lynn Development LLC plan to develop 340 market rate residential units as well as a boardwalk...

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Technology is Killing Us

June 17, 2017
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It often is said that technology is a two-edged sword. While it certainly is true that advances in technology bring many benefits, those benefits often find themselves subject to the law of unintended consequences. The dramatic rise in cell phone use represents a clear example of how technology can have an adverse impact on...

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Breaking Ground

June 9, 2017
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Breaking Ground

St. Mary’s High School held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new, $9 million STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) building. The three-story building will be situated between the William F. Connell Academic Center and Tony Conigliaro Gymnasium. Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning are, from left, Paul Price, board of trustees, Bruce Gordon,...

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PUNT,PASS and KIPP:KIPP Academy Launches Football Team; Joins Commonwealth Athletic Conference

June 9, 2017
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PUNT,PASS and KIPP:KIPP Academy Launches Football Team; Joins Commonwealth Athletic Conference

By Cary Shuman The city of Lynn now has five high school football programs. KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School, a charter school located on High Rock Street, will field a varsity football team for the first time this fall and compete in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) Small Division. KIPP joins Lynn Classical,...

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McGee Receives Signatures to be on Ballot for Mayor

June 9, 2017
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As of May 22nd, Tom McGee (D-Lynn) has submitted 614 certified signatures, which qualifies him for a spot on the ballot for mayor this fall. “I am happy to officially be on the ballot for mayor and look forward to campaigning over the next few months across the city. Since announcing my candidacy for...

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City Offering Affordable Home Composter

June 9, 2017
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The City of Lynn is offering a home composter called the Earth Machine for $25, thanks to funding from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). “We are offering these composters to Lynn residents because it will decrease solid waste in the city, and more people composting and gardening makes for a better city...

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