Mercedes catches fire on Chambers’ showroom floor...

Feb 21, 2020 by

Posted on: Friday, February 21, 2020 LYNNFIELD — Fire officials are working with police investigators and those from the State Fire Marshal’s Office as they try to determine why a Mercedes-Benz caught fire on the showroom floor of the Herb Chambers dealership on Route 1 Thursday morning, February 20. Chief Glenn Davis said one of the nearly 30 vehicles on the showroom floor apparently caught fire before dawn and was discovered by an on-site security guard. Firefighters got the original call at 4:44 a.m. reporting the first at the 385 Broadway dealership. Lynnfield Fire’s Engine 2 and Car 1 were first on scene and reported heavy smoke showing from the roofline of the building. A working fire was declared at 4:50 hours. The crew on Engine 2 made entry to the front of the showroom and...

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Planning Board set to hear OSRD project update Feb. 26...

Feb 21, 2020 by

Posted on: Friday, February 21, 2020 LYNNFIELD — The Planning Board will hear an update on its technical assistance grant for preparation of an Open Space Residential Design (OSRD) bylaw during a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, taking place at 7 p.m. in the Joe Maney Meeting Room in Town Hall. The $33,800 grant was awarded to Lynnfield in September 2019. It also includes technical assistance to develop a tree preservation bylaw. Lynnfield’s grant is part of a Massachusetts state-wide program, which encourages municipalities to implement land use regulations consistent with land conservation and development objectives. “Open Space Residential Design is a planning design that maximizes the amount of open space preserved in subdivisions without reducing the number of homes built while providing homebuyers with a desirable neighborhood,” said Planning and Conservation Director Emilie...

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Enrollment boom has elementary schools ‘running at capacity’...

Feb 19, 2020 by

Published February 19, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The enrollment spike at both elementary schools has reached a tipping point and a permanent solution needs to be identified in order to rectify the problem, the School Enrollment Capacity and Exploration Committee concluded during a Feb. 12 meeting. SECEC Chairman John Scenna recalled that the space committee was formed two years ago in the wake of increasing enrollment at the elementary schools. In order to gain a better understanding about the problem, the town hired the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to conduct a demographic study. As part of the study, NESDEC consultant John Kennedy said the organization reviewed building permits, reviewed home and condominium sales, and interviewed local officials and realtors. He also said NESDEC examined birth rates and analyzed the number...

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Officials may seek Summer St. design funds in spring...

Feb 19, 2020 by

Published February 19, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — April Town Meeting could potentially be asked to appropriate funds for the Summer Street road improvement project. Town Engineer Charlie Richter recalled during last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting that the town hired Bayside Engineering in order to begin the process of making infrastructure improvements to Summer Street. The town is looking to receive state and federal funds as part of a Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) project. “This project spans the length of Summer Street from Salem Street to Town Hall,” said Richter. “It would incorporate a number of improvements along the way such as granite curbing, new sidewalks, drainage improvements, a new culvert for Pillings Pond and bicycle lanes.” Richter said the town spent $150,000 in order to conduct...

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Part-time children’s librarian post sought...

Feb 19, 2020 by

Published February 19, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — With children’s programming continuing to grow, the Lynnfield Public Library is looking to add a part-time children’s librarian in fiscal year 2021. Library Director Jen Inglis informed the Board of Selectmen last week that she is seeking a $947,540 spending plan for FY21, representing a 5.7 percent increase over FY20’s allotment of $896,085. Inglis is requesting a part-time librarian to work in the children’s room, totaling $22,400. She said the part-time librarian would work at night three days a week as well as on Saturdays. She said the librarian would work 19 hours per week. “I believe we are underserving kids and families in Lynnfield because we do not have anyone in the children’s room to help them after 5 p.m. or on Saturdays,” said...

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Published February 19, 2020

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