Seeking Barnjum’s descendants...

Jan 7, 2021 by

Published in the January 6, 2021 edition. By HELEN BREEN LYNNFIELD — Frank J. D. Barnjum, born in Montreal in 1858, began his career there as a stock boy at the age of 13. After immigrating to Boston and engaging in the tanning trade, he purchased a “bankrupt horse farm” in Lynnfield Centre. Known as the “Wilkes Farm,” the property was located directly across from the present Center Village on Main Street. Meanwhile Barnjum, at age 22, had married Bostonian Bertha Clement, 18, in 1879 and became an American citizen a few years later. In the late 1880s, Frank built an imposing Victorian home for his family at 60 Summer St., across from Town Hall. There they raised their six children, one son and five daughters. Although Town Reports record his occupation as “horse...

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‘The generosity in this community cannot be stopped’...

Dec 30, 2020 by

Published December 30, 2020 MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, front left, Fiona Golden, Claire Halsey, Calleigh Caprio, Hunter Ells and Evan Carty proudly display gifts that were purchased for the Department of Children and Families’ Lynn Area Office with gift cards collected from Lynnfield Middle School and Lynnfield High School. (Courtesy Photo) By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop the entire community from coming together to support families in need this holiday season. Students, families and staff from Lynnfield Middle School and Lynnfield High School have traditionally partnered with the Department of Children and Families’ Lynn Area Office during the annual Holiday Gift Drive, which includes the gift-wrapping extravaganza in the middle school cafeteria just before December break. While there was no gift-wrapping party this year due to the pandemic, the two...

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Historical Centre name change honors Pope-Richard family’s legacy...

Dec 30, 2020 by

Published December 30, 2020 LYNNFIELD — The Pope and Richard families’ legacy will live on for generations to come. The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted last week to rename the Historical Centre on South Common Street as the Pope-Richard Family Historical Centre in order to recognize late Historical Commission member Steven Richard and his family’s contributions to the community. Steven and his father, Earl, passed away from COVID-19 last March. “Steve’s passing was not only unexpected, but it was also a tragedy felt by everyone who had the pleasure to have met him,” Historical Commission Chairman Kirk Mansfield stated in a letter sent to the selectmen. “Since that time, the Lynnfield Historical Commission has struggled to find a way that will forever honor our fellow commissioner.” Mansfield recalled that the Historical Commission voted last month...

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LHS Class of 2020 performed well on SATs...

Dec 30, 2020 by

Published December 30, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Lynnfield High students continue to perform well on the SAT exam, Principal Bob Cleary said during a recent School Committee meeting. Cleary recalled that the College Board overhauled the SAT exam four years ago. Before the SAT was updated, students were graded on three different areas on the exam — critical reading, writing and math for a combined score of 2,400. While the SAT still has a math section, the test now has an evidence-based reading section with an optional writing component (ERW) for a total score of 1,600. “Our SAT numbers are similar to what we have done in the past,” said Cleary. “There wasn’t a major disruption caused by COVID-19. Our students are doing a great job on their standardized testing.” The data...

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