Better Days Ahead Parade Saturday...

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Published May 13, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — There is always light at the end of the tunnel. That is the underlying message of the Better Days Ahead Parade, which will take place on Saturday, May 16, beginning at 10 a.m. at Lynnfield Middle School. Selectman Chris Barrett and local residents Gerry Noumi and Joel Steiner are organizing the parade. Steiner recalled that ongoing birthday parades for children and adults as well as the elementary schools’ parades have been joyful experiences for the community and have lifted countless spirits. “COVID-19 has placed a lot of restrictions on our community that have limited people’s ability to come together,” said Steiner. “We have been looking for a way to celebrate together in a safe way. We thought the best way to do that would be...

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Summit focuses on COVID response, reopening...

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Published May 13, 2020 By MARK SARDELLA LYNNFIELD — A Regional Summit meeting on May 5 was a first in a number of respects. It may have been the first time officials from Lynnfield and five nearby communities have met in a formal setting to share ideas. Plus, with the unique circumstances imposed by the COVID-19 shutdown, the meeting had to take place in the virtual setting of a Zoom teleconference. In addition to Lynnfield, the summit featured officials from Wakefield, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham and Saugus. The meeting was conceived and initiated by Wakefield Town Council Chairman Edward Dombroski, who also presided over the proceedings. Originally conceived as an in-person meet-up with a wide-ranging agenda, the COVID-19 shutdown and its ramifications became the inevitable focus of much of the summit meeting. The first item...

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Selectmen OK $1M in cuts to next year’s town spending proposal...

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Published May 13, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Board of Selectmen on May 6 unanimously approved revised spending plans for fiscal year 2021. Due to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic, Town Administrator Rob Dolan developed new operating and capital budgets for FY21. He said the two budgets were cut by $1,023,861. Dolan said the operating budget for the next fiscal year totals $58,174,347, which he said is a 2.6 percent increase over FY20’s $57,199,707 appropriation. The revised spending proposal is less than the $58,959,164 budget Dolan originally proposed for FY21. “A lot has changed since the original budget was passed,” said Dolan. “The economy has changed and we have to adjust to it. It’s not an easy task. We feel this budget will meet the needs of the...

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Work on FY21 schools’ budget continues...

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Published May 13, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — School officials are still working to finalize the next fiscal year’s spending plan. Superintendent Jane Tremblay originally proposed a $27,530,266 budget for fiscal year 2021, representing a 6.4 percent increase over FY20. However, the selectmen told her in early March that she needed to reduce the budget to a 3 percent increase. School Committee Chairman Jamie Hayman provided an update on the budget during a May 5 meeting. He noted the spending plan has been cut from a 6.4 percent increase to 3.4 percent. Hayman said the current budget seeks to hire a full-time kindergarten teacher and a paraprofessional for Summer Street School due to a spike in enrollment. He also said the budget will add a full-time elementary special education team chairperson, who would...

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Submit photos for 2020 Senior Class Supplement...

May 14, 2020 by

Published May 13, 2020 To honor this year’s high school seniors, we are planning to publish a 2020 Senior Class Supplement in June. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, school buildings across the state have been closed and there won’t likely be traditional commencement exercises we have highlighted in past end-of-the-school year publications. So we are asking for photographs of seniors — individual and group shots from in and out of school — from this past year that will be used in our supplement. Include a brief description of each submission, identify the people in each photo and email them to: seniors2020@rcn.com by Friday, May 22. Since we cover Lynnfield, Wakefield, Melrose and North Reading, please specify the name of the community in the subject...

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