Daley and Saunders Rose to the Top: Welch Florist Voted among Top 20 Businesses in New England

December 17, 2013
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Daley and Saunders Rose to the Top: Welch Florist Voted among Top 20 Businesses in New England

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Welch Florist in Lynn. Residents are selecting their floral arrangements for the Christmas season and co-owners David Daley and Keith Saunders are basking in the glow of receiving two  major awards for excellence. Market Surveys of America selected Welch Florist as the Best Florist in...

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Revere-only Casino Plan Moves Forward: Lynn Officials Supportive of Suffolk Downs Proposal

December 17, 2013
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State Gaming Commission members voted unanimously last Tuesday, Dec. 10 to allow a waiver for Suffolk Downs and Mohegan Sun to hold a second voter referendum in Revere, clearing a path for a new Revere only casino plan on land owned by Suffolk Downs. Under the plan, Mohegan Sun and the city of Revere...

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Nelson Mandela: A Truly Unique and Wonderful Man

December 17, 2013
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The outpouring of world-wide respect for Nelson Mandela, the former leader of South Africa who passed away December 5 at the age of 95, is unprecedented in the world we live in today. No one reading this editorial can even begin to imagine or comprehend the hardships he encountered during his long life: Here...

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Obituaries 12-17-2013

December 17, 2013
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William Powers Retired Electrician and Motorcycle Enthusiast William E. Powers died unexpectedly on December 7 at his home in Anderson, South Carolina. He was 65 years old. Born in Saugus on August 8, 1948, he attended Saugus Schools and was a 1966 graduate of Saugus High School and a 1970 graduate of Wentworth Institute...

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Community Leaders Show Support for Mohegan Resort Casino at Suffolk Downs: Mayor Kennedy Hosts Event in Lynn

December 10, 2013
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Community Leaders Show Support for Mohegan Resort Casino at Suffolk Downs: Mayor Kennedy Hosts Event in Lynn

Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy joined city leaders, including Mayor Daniel Rizzo of Revere, Mayor Kimberly Driscoll of Salem, City Manager Jay Ash of Chelsea, and Town Manager Scott Crabtree of Saugus to show their support for a world-class Mohegan Sun Casino at Suffolk Downs at a media conference Monday at Lynn City Hall. The...

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The Official Richie Viger Lynn Christmas Parade Carries on Local Tradition

December 10, 2013
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The Official Richie Viger Lynn Christmas Parade Carries on Local Tradition

The Annual Lynn Christmas Parade lights up the city streets every Christmas Eve. Floats filled with joyful, familiar faces and a grand finale featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus on their sleigh have made this tradition a Lynn classic for the past 26 years. This year, however, will be the first that the parade will...

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Plans Moving Forward for Lynn Common Improvements

December 10, 2013
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Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy last week discussed major reconstruction and improvement plans for Lynn Common, McManus Field and Frasier Field, all of which will begin in the spring. “We are undertaking major improvements to Lynn Common,” said Mayor Kennedy. “Really seeking to establish the Common as a place that people can go to and...

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Mayor Kennedy Looks Forward to Her New Term

December 10, 2013
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Just one month after her re-election victory for a second term as Lynn Mayor, Judith Flanagan Kennedy is relaxed and confident in the leadership she has provided to the city through her first term. “The first thing to ask yourself, is what kind of conclusions can we draw from the outcome of the election,”...

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A Gem of a Guy: Bobby Dwyer Was Admired by All

December 10, 2013
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“A gem of a guy.” That’s how former Item sports editor Paul Halloran described Bobby Dwyer, the former graphic arts foreman at the daily newspaper who died last week. Mr. Dwyer was very involved in the Lynn sports community, having served as president of East Lynn Pop Warner, a position later held by his...

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Obituaries 12-10-2013

December 10, 2013
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Carmelo Minaya Longtime Hardward Store Owner Carmelo Minaya of Lynn died after a brief illness at the Peabody Glen Health Care Center on December 6. He was 87 years old. Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he was the son of the late Mon Nunez and Petronela Minaya, the husband of the...

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Brothers Deli

December 2, 2013
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Thanksgiving Dinner at Brothers Deli

George Markos, owner of Brothers Deli on Market Street, once against hosted a free full-course Thanksgiving turkey dinner for hundreds of local residents. Markos is pictured at his restaurant with some of the volunteers who helped bring enjoyment to residents on the holiday. Markos began the tradition of serving complimentary Thanksgiving dinners in 1993.

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English Beats Classical in 100th Holiday Game

December 2, 2013
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English Beats Classical in 100th Holiday Game

Lynn English junior quarterback Lucas Harris connected on a 31-yard touchdown pass to senior Chris Lessard in the final minute to help the Bulldogs defeat Lynn Classical, 13-12, in the 100th edition of the Thanksgiving game Thursday at Manning Field. Lessard followed up the touchdown with the winning PAT out of the hold of...

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United Way, LHAND Team up to Provide Thanksgiving Food for 1,200 Families

December 2, 2013
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United Way, LHAND Team up to Provide Thanksgiving Food for 1,200 Families

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and the Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development came together to distribute bags of food and gift cards to 1,200 families in the Lynn for the Thanksgiving holiday. LHAND was one of 13 sites to which the United Way of Massachusetts Bay provided asssitance. The United...

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Girls Inc of Lynn Receives Generous Gift from the Honorable Amy L. Nechtem

December 2, 2013
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Girls Inc of Lynn Receives Generous Gift from the Honorable Amy L. Nechtem

The Honorable Amy L. Nechtem was awarded the 2013 Simmons College Alumnae Association Community Service award. This award recognizes alumna who has made significant achievements to the world around her through community service activities. Judge Nechtem is an associate justice in the Massachusetts Trial Court, Juvenile Court Department and handles cases involving at-risk youth....

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Chakoutis Will Support Cahill for Council Presidency: Councilor-at-large Is Deserving of the Promotion

December 2, 2013
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Ward 5 Councilor-elect Dianna Chakoutis said she will vote for Councilor-at-Large Daniel Cahill for president of the Lynn City Council. Chakoutis told the Lynn Journal that she will cast her vote for Cahill when the new council convenes for its first meeting in January. Chakoutis’s vote all but clinches Cahill’s election to the leadership...

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St. Mary’s Honors Dr. Mary Grassa O’Neill with Cardinal Cushing Society Award

November 25, 2013
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St. Mary’s Honors Dr. Mary Grassa O’Neill with Cardinal Cushing Society Award

It was a celebration of Catholic education and one of its true champions at St. Mary’s Cardinal Cushing Society Reception at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Nov. 20. The school honored Dr. Mary Grassa O’Neill, who recently stepped down after five years as education secretary and superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of...

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Gingerbread House Competiton to Benefit Housing Families Inc.

November 25, 2013
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Gingerbread House Competiton to Benefit Housing Families Inc.

The Boston Christmas Festival hosted its 20th annual Gingerbread House Competiton to benefit Housing Families Inc., a Malden based non profit dedicated to ending family homelessness in Massachusetts. Boston area restaurants created elegant gingerbread houses which were on display at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center November 8-10.  Houses were judged and awarded special recognition...

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93rd Annual Lynn High Schools Thanksgiving Football Luncheon:Coaches, Captains and Cheerleaders to Be Honored at Porthole Pub on Tuesday

November 25, 2013
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The Porthole Pub in Lynn will be the site of the 93rd Annual Lynn High Schools Thanksgiving Football Luncheon on Tuesday, as the Lynn Rotary Club and Lynn Lions Club once again co-host the grand tradition of celebrating local high school football, by honoring the principals, Athletic directors, coaches, and captains of the football...

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Give Thanks for Thanksgiving: Our Uniquely American Holiday

November 25, 2013
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Although a Harris poll a few years back revealed that Christmas is the favorite holiday of the year among all age groups of Americans, we think that Thanksgiving, our uniquely American holiday, has much more to recommend it than does Christmas. Thanksgiving is a day of no pressure on any of us to do, or...

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Remember Those in Need: There Are Many Ways to Help Those Less Fortunate

November 25, 2013
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Although the economists tell us that the recovery from the Great Recession is still a slow one, the bottom line is that for most Americans, things are going well and getting better compared to a few years ago But for too many of our fellow citizens, life still is tough and getting tougher thanks...

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Obituaries 11-26-2013

November 25, 2013
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Peter Benkus Retired Electrical Engineer; also worked for Mass Department of Revenue Peter D. Benkus of Lynnfield died on November 21 after a brief illness. He was 88 years old. Born in Lynn, the son of the late Peter and Mary H. (Berzalonis) Benkus and the husband of Virginia (Tanso) Benkus with whom he...

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English Hoop Star Woumn Will Attend Franklin Pierce

November 19, 2013
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English Hoop Star Woumn Will Attend Franklin Pierce

Lynn English basketball star Diondra Woumn has accepted a scholarship offer from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire and will begin her studies in the health sciences there in the 2013-14 academic year. A 5-feet-9-inch senior captain and two-time Northeastern Conference All-Star for the Lady Bulldogs, Woumn had also considered offers from the University...

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Sign of the times: St. Mary’s Girls Hoop Stars Rudolph, Sanders, Mucciarone Make College Choices Official

November 19, 2013
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Sign of the times: St. Mary’s Girls Hoop Stars Rudolph, Sanders, Mucciarone Make College Choices Official

St. Mary’s girls basketball standouts Brianna Rudolph, Sharell Sanders and Jennie Mucciarone made their college choices official in a letter-of-intent signing ceremony at the school Thursday. “This is one of the proudest days we have had in our program,” said girls basketball coach and Athletic Director Jeff Newhall. “It is very gratifying to see...

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Headed in the Right Direction: Cowdell, EDIC and a Vision for Lynn’s Future

November 19, 2013
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James Cowdell, executive director of EDIC Lynn, is an unabashed and unrepentant fan of the city he has called home for his entire life. Cowdell was educated, married and raised his family here, and he is a 20-year veteran of the City Council, where he served for 10 years as Council President. “I love...

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