A Week of Rain is Forecast

May 17, 2011
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The weekend was about gray skies and rain. Monday came up gray and rainy. The weathermen and women on Boston’s major television stations are all predicting a week of gray and rain at a time when all of us want to be wearing short sleeve shirts and shorts, and taking long walks by the...

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Obituaries 05-17-2011

May 17, 2011
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Joyce Wonoski Retired Lynn Girls Club Coordinator Joyce A. (Lucier) Wonoski of Center Ossipee, NH, formerly of Lynn, died at the North Conway Memorial Hospital on May 7 after a long illness with her family by her side. She was educated in the Lynn School System and was employed by the Metropolitan District Commissioner...

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St. Mary’s Inducts Nine into Hall of Fame

May 10, 2011
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St. Mary’s Inducts Nine into Hall of Fame

St. Mary’s High School inducted nine alumni into the school’s Hall of Fame on April 27 at Spinelli’s in Lynnfield. The inductees were: James G. Baldini ’66; Marguerite E. Callahan ’52; Col. David J. Clark ’77; Charles J. Gaeta ’70; Dr. Michael J. Fidler ’61’ Rev. William J. Kennedy ’52, S.J.; Mark E. Lee...

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Healthy Living: Sheila Patten Retires from Career in Nursing

May 10, 2011
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Healthy Living: Sheila Patten Retires from Career in Nursing

Sheila Patten began working at Union Hospital in Lynn on Jan. 6, 1976. She spent her last day at the hospital on April 30, 2011. That’s 35 years of dedicated service at the hospital after previously working for ten years as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at North Shore Children’s Hospital, Beverly Hospital, and...

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Stage Set for May 13 City Hall Foes to Meet

May 10, 2011
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When the city’s Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Richard Fortucci was being investigated for wrongdoing by the mayor a few months back, his arch rival at city hall, Comptroller John Pace, was made acting CFO with a stipend of $500 a week. When the city council voted 11-0 to keep Fortucci and to reinstate...

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Pension Funding not Up to Par

May 10, 2011
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The city of Lynn has unfunded pension obligations of almost $451 million for 2,020 retired employees and 1497 current employees. This is not new news. It is the same old news and quite likely, nothing will be done about it. All across the state, cities and towns owe billions upon billions in unfunded pension...

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Lynn Showing its Colors, again

May 10, 2011
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In the entire state of Massachusetts there are 1700 public school buildings. A recent study conducted by the state of all those buildings found 23 in the dead on arrival category. Two of those are located in the area – that is – in Lynn and in, of all places, Marblehead. Here, the Thurgood...

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Obituaries 05-10-2011

May 10, 2011
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James Stewart Lynn resident James N. Stewart of Lynn died at Union Hospital on May 2 after a brief illness. He was 49 years old. Born in Somerville, the son of Barbara A. (Norris) Stewart of Milford, NH and the late David M. Stewart, he is also survived by James McIntyre of Rochester, NH...

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O’Neil’s Legacy Lives on Challenger Little League is Named in Her Memory

May 3, 2011
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O’Neil’s Legacy Lives on Challenger Little League is Named in Her Memory

The Greater Lynn Challenger Little League is now the Alice O’Neil Challenger Little League. League officials unveiled a new sign displaying the new name during Opening Day ceremonies Sunday at Volunteer Field. O’Neil, who passed away in January, founded the baseball league for individuals with physical and mental challenges 21 years ago. League President...

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Ocean Street Home Undergoes Makeover

May 3, 2011
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Ocean Street Home Undergoes Makeover

About three months ago, three enterprising real estate people – and two who grew up in Lynn – bought a dilapidated home in the better part of town near the beach for short money, put their heads together, and with a half dozen trades people, remade the home into a two condominium property. The...

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Obituaries 05-03-2011

May 3, 2011
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Frances Chapman Member of International Order of Foresters Frances (Phillips) Chapman of Lynn, formerly of Boston, died on April 26.  She was 84 years old. Born in Neunan, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Gus and Lizzie (Daniels) Phillips.  She lived most of her life in the South End of Boston, and...

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A Sunday to Remember

May 3, 2011
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By all accounts, Sunday was a lovely spring day. A bit cool with a sea breeze all day – but a fabulous day to be alive and, it turns out, to be an American. Lynn and all of the North Shore was resonant with colors bursting everywhere and gardens coming to life with the...

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Vestal on a Pedestal: Lynn Bowler Elected to Hall of Fame

April 29, 2011
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Vestal on a Pedestal: Lynn Bowler Elected to Hall of Fame

-By Cary Shuman cary@lynnjournal.com Lynn resident Nancy Vestal certainly had the record to be included among the elite female candlepin bowlers in the sport’s history. Vestal has won six candlepin pro tour titles, a Massachusetts state open singles championship, five state women’s doubles titles, and New Hampshire state titles. She reached the mecca by...

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A Striking Moment: Landry Sets New City League Record (440)

April 29, 2011
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A Striking Moment: Landry Sets New City League Record (440)

-By Cary Shuman cary@lynnjournal.com Charlene Landry was recognized for bowling the highest score in Lynn City League history in a ceremony prior to this week’s competition Saturday at Metro Bowl in Peabody. On April 9 at Metro, Landry set a league record for female bowlers by rolling a 440 triple. Landry scorched the lanes...

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High Beam: Brown Wins State Gymnastics Title

April 29, 2011
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High Beam: Brown Wins State Gymnastics Title

By Cary Shuman cary@lynnjournal.com Eliza Brown, an eight-year-old gymnast from Lynn who trains at the Winthrop Gymnastics Academy, took home the Level 4 state vaulting title and the accompanying first-place trophy at a state meet at Groton Middle School. Eliza claimed the first place award in the vaulting event with a solid score of...

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Developing Downtown

April 29, 2011
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-By Joshua Resnek editor@lunnjournal.com Lynn is the only city I know of from here to East Boston and including Chelsea, where major downtown properties remain hopelessly empty with for sale signs posted on them. On Andrew Street, 3 years ago, there was a major fire that took down about half a city block. It...

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Hall of Famers

April 29, 2011
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Our congratulations to Lynn candlepin bowlers Joseph Tavernese and Nancy Vestal. Both bowlers have been notified by International Candlepin Bowling Association officials that they have been selected for places in the Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame. This is a tremendous honor for these two fabulous bowlers, whose exploits far and wide are well known...

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Home Prices Decline; with No End in Sight

April 28, 2011
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Those of us who live in this city tend not to check out the value of our homes anymore at websites like Zillow. Those who are brave enough to do so always report back that the situation is very bad, which it is, and that it might get worse, and that all of us...

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Making Waves

April 19, 2011
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Making Waves

The Lynn waterfront was pounded by heavy surf all day Sunday attracting major attention from passersby.

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Hannah Byrne Signs Letter with Saint Anselm College Classical Senior will Play Softball

April 19, 2011
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Hannah Byrne Signs Letter with Saint Anselm College Classical Senior will Play Softball

It’s been a grand April for Lynn Classical softball star Hannah Byrne. She’s already hit a home run out of Cy Tenney Park in Peabody and helped save a no-hitter with her glove for pitcher Mackenzie Coppinger. This week she’s in sunny Orlando, Florida with the team on a spring trip. Byrne had two...

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Lynn Shelter Benefit Major Success

April 19, 2011
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Lynn Shelter Benefit Major Success

There are events and there was the Lynn Arts event for the Lynn Shelter Association which was held Friday evening at the Lynn Arts studios in Central Square. This evening gathering held to raise money for a good cause brought together people from all walks of life. The main performance room was a dazzling...

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Lynn’s Municipal Salaries Hold no Surprises

April 19, 2011
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The recent release by the city of Lynn’s municipal salaries – that is – the amount of money taxpayers are forking over to pay our various public employees for their yearly pay, shows no meaningful trends and gives away no surprises. At the highest level and slightly below, salaries are about as high as...

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Numbers Decline in Wyoma Little League

April 19, 2011
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Wyoma Little League, which held its opening day ceremonies Saturday, has always been one of the largest and most successful youth baseball organizations in the city and the region. Wyoma teams always seem to perform very well in the District 16 tournament and Lynn City Series and just a few years ago one of...

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Municipal Salaries Now and Then

April 19, 2011
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Most local newspapers print municipal salaries as though they are all about insults, shock and awe – that we should be shocked that municipal employees make good salaries and benefits with the awe – why should it be that way? About 30 years ago, municipal salaries from top to bottom were a fraction of...

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