Arrests made in BLM vandalism incidents...

Sep 16, 2020 by

Posted on: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 LYNNFIELD — A Summer Street man and his stepfather pleaded not guilty in Peabody District Court on Tuesday, Sept. 15, on charges related to recent acts of racially-motivated vandalism at one of their neighbor’s homes. According to a release, a month-long police investigation led to the arrests early Tuesday morning of 21-year-old Joshua Simpson and Stephen Smith, 55, of 393 Summer St. Police had been watching another Summer Street home that had been a frequent target of vandalism, including to a Black Lives Matter sign on the property. Simpson is believed to have attempted to throw eggs at the victims’ home early Tuesday morning.  During the arraignment later that day, Simpson pleaded not guilty to malicious destruction of property, two counts of larceny under $1,200, vandalizing property, resisting arrest, property damage to...

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COVID cases rise; officials urge diligence...

Sep 16, 2020 by

Published September 16, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Local officials are urging residents to be vigilant in the wake of the spike in COVID-19 cases in town over the last several weeks. Town Administrator Rob Dolan said during a Sept. 10 press conference that the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center designated the town as a “red” community due to 18 cases of the novel coronavirus being diagnosed from Aug. 23 to Sept. 5. “This is not a positive thing,” said Dolan. “The state has assessed COVID cases in the town for a period of time, and that has shown an extreme increase. We have had 18 cases over the last 14 days, which marks a significant increase over past weeks in which Lynnfield was designated as a ‘green’ community and before that a ‘gray’...

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Protesters urge end to racially motivated attacks...

Sep 16, 2020 by

Published September 16, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO YORKSHIRE DRIVE residents Jason and Carly Caggiano proudly reiterated their support for Black Lives Matter during a Lynnfield for Love protest on the Town Common on Sept. 12. (Dan Tomasello Photo) LYNNFIELD — One-hundred-and-twenty-five residents gathered on the Town Common on Saturday morning, Sept. 12, in support of townspeople who have been targeted for having Black Lives Matter signs on their property. Lynnfield for Love decided to host the peaceful protest after three juveniles set off fireworks at Jason and Carly Caggiano’s 5 Yorkshire Dr. property on Labor Day, Sept. 7. “An explosion went off in my front yard,” said Jason in an interview with the Villager at the protest. “My daughter yelled my name and I went outside and asked her what happened. I walked outside...

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A Night of Hope returns Sunday

Sep 16, 2020 by

Published September 16, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The second annual A Night of Hope will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Lynnfield Middle School. A Healthy Lynnfield and the Think of Michael Foundation are hosting the event once again in order to raise awareness about substance abuse and mental health issues as part of National Recovery Month. Last year’s A Night of Hope featured 600 attendees. Selectman Dick Dalton and his family launched the Think of Michael Foundation in honor of their late son and brother, Michael, who passed away from an opiate overdose while in outpatient treatment in January 2018. The nonprofit organization funds scholarships that allow people in recovery to stay at a sober house. A Healthy Lynnfield is the town’s substance use prevention coalition....

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EDITORIAL: A teachable moment

Sep 16, 2020 by

Published September 16, 2020 Last week should be a wake up call for residents, especially those not taking COVID-19 seriously. The town was informed on Sept. 9 that the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center designated Lynnfield as a “red” community due to 18 cases of the novel coronavirus being diagnosed from Aug. 23 to Sept. 5. The town was previously classified as a “yellow” community after alternating between “gray” and “green” earlier this summer. “Red is the highest risk category and indicates an increased prevalence in community spread of COVID-19,” said Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director Glenn Davis during a Sept. 10 press conference. While this designation is serious, it does not require residents to take drastic measures such as staying in quarantine 24/7. The town and the commonwealth remain in Phase 3 of Gov. Charlie...

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PHOTO: Ready for second grade

Sep 16, 2020 by

SUMMER STREET SCHOOL teacher Deb Guenard gave second-grader Charlie White a warm welcome during package pick up day on Sept. 11. (Karen Roberto Photo) Published September 16,...

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