Two police officers receive promotions...

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Published in the July 29, 2015 edition By MAUREEN DOHERTY LYNNFIELD — Two veteran police officers have earned promotions with the Lynnfield Police Department. Karl Johnson was promoted to the rank of captain and Al Scotina was promoted to the rank of sergeant on the recommendation of Police Chief Dave Breen. A full house of relatives, friends and colleagues of the officers gathered at Town Hall July 13 when their appointments were made official by the Board of Selectmen. Chief Breen spoke highly of both men as he gave an overview of their accomplishments. In recommending Johnson to the rank of permanent captain, Breen said, “Karl Johnson became a member of the Lynnfield Police Department on April 23, 2002. He was promoted to sergeant on Dec. 23, 2005 and provisional captain and executive officer...

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Reid’s Ride raises $190,000 to launch its second decade of fund-raising...

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Published in the July 29, 2015 edition LYNNFIELD — More than 400 cyclists gathered at Lynnfield High School early Sunday morning, July 19 for the 2015 Reid’s Ride. They were about to embark on a 28-mile bike ride to raise funds to fight adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer and more determined than ever to beat it. Although the day turned out to be one of the month’s warmest, conditions were perfect for a Sunday morning bike ride up to the Cape Ann shoreline, where cooling offshore breezes kept riders comfortable on their trek to the finish-line festivities at Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park, cheerfully decorated for the event with banners, bows and sunflowers. Cyclists crossed the finish line to the cheers of friends, family, volunteers and Gloucester’s new mayor, Safatia Roman Theken, a long-time...

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Babble on, Babylon

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Published in the July 29, 2015 edition By COREY DOLBEARE “Research is a human behavior that requires critical thinking, objectivity, intelligent design and passion. A true researcher seeks knowledge not for the self but for the interest of mankind as a whole and perhaps for the sake of the world at large and all of its inhabitants.” Learn Pulaar Wiitude = to research Look at the Arabic script scrawled artfully across the wooden tablet. Do you know what it says? Neither do I. Just know that as you stare at the foreign symbols, full of confusion and wonder at all the possible meanings, the farmers I interview are experiencing similar sensations with each bizarre question I ask. I have seen blank stares, jaws gone slack, stuttering, talking in circles, and just plain silence. … In...

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International friendly soccer jamboree with China was fun for all...

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Published in the July 29, 2015 edition LYNNFIELD — Four boys’ U10 soccer teams from Lynnfield, North Reading, Wakefield and Shenzhen, China got together on the new fields at Lynnfield High School for a soccer jamboree on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26. The Chinese team, named the Randall Football Club, was able to make the trip as part of an extended vacation coordinated by head coach Forest Lin, who is a business colleague of former LYSC Board member John Simonetti. The two share an appreciation for soccer and coaching youth teams. Over the winter Lin was visiting the Boston area on business and he connected with current LYSC Chairman and coach Steven Connolly. The two began to put together a plan for a summer exchange. After Lynnfield and China committed to a...

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Stavros Alexander, 87

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Served in U.S. Army during Korean War  Published in the July 29, 2015 edition LYNNFIELD — Stavros Alexander, 87, of Lynnfield, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Rosewood Nursing and Rehab Center in Peabody. Born in Haverhill on June 16, 1928, he was the son of the late James and Fotene (Koutrou) Alexander. Mr. Alexander had been a Lynnfield resident since 1955. He was a graduate of Haverhill High School, Class of 1947. Mr. Alexander was a retired plant manager for Samtan Engineering in Malden. He had served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Alexander was an avid gardener, enjoyed fishing and was a craftsman who could build, fix or repair anything. He is survived by his wife, Theodora (Gekas) Alexander. He is also survived by his...

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