Jacob Book takes LMS’s GeoBee crown...

Jan 23, 2020 by

Published January 22, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Sixth-grader Jacob Book was crowned champion of Lynnfield Middle School’s third annual National Geographic GeoBee competition on Jan. 17. Book won the GeoBee after defeating seventh-grader Matthew Squadrito during the competition’s championship round. The LMS event served as the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a nationwide geography competition. “It feels pretty good,” said Book. “I studied a lot before the competition.” The GeoBee competition started when preliminary rounds were held in Social Studies classes. “We take the top three scores from the seventh grade and the eighth grade and the top two scores from the fifth grade and the sixth grade,” said Middle School Assistant Principal Tom Sallee. “Every grade needed a tie-breaker.” In addition to Book and Squadrito, fifth-graders Angelo Covino and Coley...

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Town awarded $625K substance abuse grant...

Jan 23, 2020 by

Published January 22, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The town’s fight against substance abuse has received an added boost. Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Peg Sallade informed the Board of Selectmen on Jan. 14 that the federal government has awarded the town the highly coveted $625,000 Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) Grant. “The town will be receiving $125,000 a year for five years,” said Sallade. “It’s renewable annually and after five years, you can reapply with a competitive bid and perhaps receive another five years. We could receive up to 10 years of funding.” Sallade noted the town was not among the original grant recipients when the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSPA) announced the first round of grant winners last October. “In December,...

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Linda Emerson is the new town clerk...

Jan 23, 2020 by

Published January 22, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — A new town clerk will begin next month. The Board of Selectmen voted 2-0 to appoint Rockport Assistant Town Clerk Linda Emerson as Lynnfield’s next clerk on Jan. 14. Selectman Dick Dalton was unable to attend the meeting because he and his wife, Carmela, were being recognized for their efforts fighting substance abuse through the Think of Michael Foundation. Emerson will begin her Lynnfield tenure in early February. She will succeed former Town Clerk Trudy Reid, who left Lynnfield last month after agreeing to become North Andover’s next clerk. Town Administrator Rob Dolan said the town received 20 applications for the town clerk job and six candidates were interviewed. He named Emerson and Melrose Assistant City Clerk Melissa Ripley as the two finalists for the...

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‘Let’s all Think of Michael’...

Jan 16, 2020 by

Trivia Night fundraiser a huge success Published January 15, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO DANVERS — The life and legacy of Michael Dalton continue to live on. Four hundred residents came together to enjoy a fun night of trivia, have some laughs and raise money during the Think of Michael Foundation’s second annual Trivia Night at Breakaway Tavern in Danvers on Friday, Jan. 10. While proceeds from the event were still being tallied when the Villager went to press on Tuesday morning, Selectman Dick Dalton, who serves as the foundation’s treasurer, said the proceeds raised from Trivia Night were “substantially over” the $90,000 plus raised last year. The Dalton family formed Think of Michael after son and brother Michael passed away from an opiate overdose while in outpatient treatment on Jan. 13, 2018. The nonprofit...

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