Where is the Leadership?

February 22, 2011
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You really have to wonder what’s going through the head of the mayor. By all accounts, she doesn’t seem to be into the job. Some of us who love our jobs spend enormous amounts of time at them. Not the mayor. For the most part, she is somewhere else even when she’s at city...

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Fortucci Keeps Job After Council Vote

February 22, 2011
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Journal Staff The city’s chief financial officer received an 11-0 vote fro the Lynn City Council to remain in his position following three days of hearings asked for by the mayor which questioned his competency. The hearings failed to produce examples of wrongdoing by Richard Fortucci, the city’s CFO. Following the vote, Fortucci said...

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The Fortucci Debacle Raises New Questions

February 22, 2011
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The series of hearings held by the mayor in order to oust the city’s Chief Financial Officer Richard Fortucci were not just time consuming but ridiculous. They were a humiliation and an embarrassment for this city which came to expect so much more from its mayors in years past. The city council’s unanimous vote...

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Obituaries 02-22-2011

February 22, 2011
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Grace Galloway Hospital Volunteer Grace E. Galloway of Methuen, formerly a long time resident of Everett and Newton Centre, died on February 19. A former Bank of Boston telecommunications department employee and a proud Whidden Hospital volunteer for 16 years, she was the beloved daughter of the late Robert M. and Lillian E. (Brodie)...

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City Joins Family in Mourning the Loss of Michelle J. Conlon

February 15, 2011
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City Joins Family in Mourning the Loss of Michelle J. Conlon

The Lynn community, family members and friends are remembering Michelle J. Conlon as an outstanding swimmer, an excellent student, a beautiful and loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, and aunt, and a fantastic person. Conlon, an assistant coach of the Lynn English High School swimming team, died on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, after an 11-month battle against...

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Witch Hunt? – Lynn Mayor Flanagan-kennedy Going Hard After Richard Fortucci

February 15, 2011
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It is impossible to understand what exactly is at work in the ongoing effort to totally discredit the city’s Chief Financial Officer Richard Fortucci. Is he the worst to ever hold that position as the mayor is alleging? Or is he the subject of a witch hunt which the mayor is leading? Both seem...

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East Boston Savings Bank Reports Major Gains

February 15, 2011
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The year 2010 was a great year for Meridian Interstate Bancorp, the owner of the East Boston Savings Bank. Company officials said business was up substantially at the bank’s Wyoma Square location in Lynn this year. Fourth quarter results and year-end results released last week revealed an upward trend in earnings and income for...

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Stop the Sham

February 15, 2011
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There is enough in this city to be busy with without resorting to hearings against the city’s chief financial officer who doesn’t appear to have broken the law, stolen money or cost the city any money. Mayor Judith Flanagan-Kennedy is wasting precious time and city resources on proceedings that are entirely self-serving and which...

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Michelle Conlon

February 15, 2011
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The death of Michelle Conlon at 38 is a knife in the heart to the tightly knit Lynn community who knew her, who loved her and in the end, who did not want to let her go. She died last week following a long and valiant fight against cancer. She was a wonderful, vibrant,...

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Obituaries 02-15-2011

February 15, 2011
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James Casiello Sr. Mohawk A.C. member James J. Casiello Sr. in Lynn, formerly of East Boston, died recently. A member of the Mohawk A.C., he was the beloved father of James J. Casiello Jr. of East Boston; dear brother of Carol Casiello of Lynn, Mildred Bickford of Saugus and the late John “Butch” Casiello....

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Local children conquer ‘The Princess Bride’

February 8, 2011
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Local children conquer ‘The Princess Bride’

What do you get when you mix together dastardly pirates, a mysterious man in black, and a gentle giant? An exciting theatrical experience starring children from Lynn and other North Shore communities. On Saturday, February 12th and Sunday, February 13th the North Shore Children’s Theatre’s (NSCT) will host a production of The Princess Bride...

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Face Time for Foss – St. Mary’s Goaltender featured in Sports Illustrated Magazine

February 8, 2011
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Face Time for Foss – St. Mary’s Goaltender featured in Sports Illustrated Magazine

St. Mary’s High School hockey goaltender Sarah Foss will be featured in this week’s “Faces in the Crowd” section ofSports Illustrated magazine. “Faces in the Crowd” recognizes superlative performances in amateur sports and Foss’s achievements for the undefeated Lady Spartans hockey team are certainly worthy of such recognition. A sophomore from North Reading, Foss...

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Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

February 8, 2011
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Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards

Front row standing left to right: Steve Shea, New York Life -Rookie of the Year; Denise Dembkoski, Swampscott Town Treasurer & Tax Collector – Swampscott Town Pride Award; John Kasian, Office of Community Development -Lynn City Pride Award; Christine Pierce, Columbia Insurance Agency – Presidents Award; Steve Rima, McDonald’s – Multicultural Business Leadership Award...

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Lynn Planning Board Votes to Joins Lawsuit

February 8, 2011
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The Lynn Planning Board voted 4-0 to join the city council in a lawsuit against the city of Salem to stop a major shopping development on Highland Avenue near to the Lynn border. The lawsuit seeks to stop the development in its present form. Lynn officials, residents and homeowners in the area abutting the...

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Cheever will Attend St. Anselm College

February 8, 2011
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Lynn Classical senior Josh Cheever, a two-time Northeastern Conference All-Star football player, will attend St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Cheever signed his national letter of intent last Wednesday. Cheever, who is 6-foot-2 and weighs 240 pounds, is projected as a defensive end or tight end for the St. Anselm football team that plays...

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Congratulations to Dr. Nick Sarantopoulos- Chamber’s Business Person of the Year

February 8, 2011
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Dr. Nick Sarantopoulos was voted the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year at the organization’s 99th Annual Meeting and Business Excellence Awards dinner. As always, this is a wonderful honor, which was conferred on Dr. Sarantopoulos who is a very nice man and a man adept at business. In his...

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Obituaries 02-08-2011

February 8, 2011
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Joseph O’Neil, Sr. Worked for BPD Electrical Division Joseph F. O’Neil, Sr. of Dorchester, formerly of Charlestown, died on January 30. He was a retired member of the Teamsters Local 25, an employee of the City of Boston BPD Electrical Division, a  member of the Willis N. Penny A.L. Post 399 and James J....

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English Basketball Continues Soaring on North Shore

February 8, 2011
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There was some good news for the Lynn English boys basketball team this week as the MIAA announced the Division 1 North finals will be held at the TD Garden in Boston. This year’s Lynn English team, under the direction of head coach Buzzy Barton, certainly has a chance to get to the North...

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The Super Bowl

February 8, 2011
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For those of us who still can’t get over the Patriots losing to the Jets a few weeks back, the Super Bowl held very little real interest. Some of us really didn’t care whether Green Bay won or lost or if Pittsburgh won or lost. We wanted to see Tom Brady throwing out of...

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Lynn Little Leagues to Pay Tribute to Alice O’Neil

February 2, 2011
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Lynn Little Leagues to Pay Tribute to Alice O’Neil

It will be hats off to the late Alice O’Neil as Lynn Little League baseball and softball players will pay tribute to the long-time District 16 administrator by wearing her initials “AO” on their caps this season. The news of the local Little League organizations’ decision to honor O’Neil through this thoughtful season-long observance...

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Make’em Laugh- Rising Star Sal Votano will Host Comedy Contest at O’Brien’s Pub

February 2, 2011
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Make’em Laugh- Rising Star Sal Votano will Host Comedy Contest at O’Brien’s Pub

After walking around the block one day, Sal Votano told his wife Risa that he wanted to be a standup comic. “She started laughing at me and I got my first laugh,” recalled Votano. Audiences at comedy venues throughout New England have been laughing hard at Votano ever since. The Lynn native and former...

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City Suing Salem over Large Lowe’s

February 2, 2011
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City Suing Salem over Large Lowe’s

The Lynn City Council rose up in mightiness and sent a message to the city of Salem last week. In so many words, the council delivered this message to the city of Salem and its Planning Board: “Don’t tread on the city of Lynn.” By a 9-0 vote, the city council authorized a lawsuit...

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The Beauty and the Beast

February 2, 2011
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This winter’s snow storms have transformed the city. It has changed our habits, how we shop, where we expect to park, when we go out and who can come to visit. For retailers on Lewis Street and in the downtown, the heavy snow of January has caused business to stall just a bit. The...

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Applause for Police, Fire and Rescue

February 2, 2011
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The cave in of the roof in the off-the-Lynnway garage housing the city’s bus services caught two drivers under tons of snow and steel and cement last week. What might have been a deadly incident turned into a search and rescue mission, and then to a rescue mission only that had a very happy...

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