Ratepayers OK  $250K water study...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Published December 12, 2018 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — In the wake of mounting pressure from angry ratepayers and local officials, the Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) Board of Water Commissioners withdrew its multi-million dollar treatment plant proposal at the standing-room only special district meeting at the Lynnfield Middle School cafeteria on Monday. The water commissioners scheduled the special meeting in order to ask ratepayers to approve the $5.25 million greensand filter treatment plant project for the Glen Drive well field as well as to allocate $250,000 for a supplemental water supply study. The commissioners proposed the treatment plant project in order to treat iron and manganese, which has caused discolored water in a number of homes. Board of Water Commissioners Chairwoman Connie Lecesse made a motion about 15 minutes into the meeting requesting...

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Three candidates vying to be next library director...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Published December 12, 2018 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Board of Library Trustees is looking to appoint the next director of the Lynnfield Public Library later this month, Interim Library Director Nancy Ryan said in an interview with the Villager. The library is searching for a new library director in the wake of former Director Holly Mercer resigning in early June in order to become the director of the Southwest Kansas Library System. Ryan, who was Mercer’s predecessor, has served as interim director since June. According to Ryan, the library had 40 candidates apply for the job and three finalists were named. The finalists are Pelham, New Hampshire Library Director Rita Gavelis, former Boston Public Library Public Services Chief Jennifer Inglis and Stephenson County Historical Society Activities Director Laura Keyes. “The trustees have not...

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Improbable Players talk of substance abuse dangers at LMS...

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Published December 12, 2018 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Seventh and eighth grade students were given a crash course in the dangers of substance abuse while watching a performance by the Improbable Players on Dec. 7. The Improbable Players use theater performances and workshops in order to raise awareness about the negative affect of substance abuse. Lahey Health and A Healthy Lynnfield sponsored the performance. Actors Christian Santilli, Meghann Perry, Zac Stone and Ryan Beard used their past experiences battling alcohol and drugs in order to illustrate the damage substance abuse causes people and their families. The troupe began the performance with a couple of short skits about drinking and vaping before undertaking a 30-minute play. The play was about a family who is coping with a mother’s addiction to alcohol and prescription medication,...

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Pioneer hockey returns plenty of depth for promising ’18-’19 season...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Published December 12, 2018 By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI LYNNFIELD — Jon Gardner is back for his seventh year as the head coach of the Lynnfield High boys’ hockey team this winter. Last season, the Pioneers were edged, 2-1, by Wilmington in the opening round of the Division 2 North state tournament. With that defeat, the Pioneers finished at 12-5-3. They came in third place in the Cape Ann League last season going 6-4-2. Six players from that team graduated but 18 veterans came back when training camp opened on Nov. 26. The captains are all seniors: George DeRoche (left wing), Jaret Simpson (defenseman) and Aidan Kelly (goalie). DeRoche was a CAL All-League player last year and he is the team’s top returning scorer with 40 points as he had 18 goals to go with 22 assists....

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Lynnfield-North Reading co-op wrestling team eyes steady improvement...

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Published December 12, 2018 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield-North Reading co-operative wrestling team is back on the mat and is ready to rumble this season. The Black and Gold concluded the 2017-2018 season with a 9-18-1 record. LNR has a strong core returning this winter, which includes 17 North Reading wrestlers and five Lynnfield grapplers. “We will be a more experienced team with 16 out of 22 returning wrestlers,” said Black and Gold head coach Craig Stone. “However, we are unable to fill a couple of weights, which will lead to forfeits that could hurt our team’s score. We only have eight wrestlers under 150 pounds. We definitely will place some individuals at the league, sectional and state meets, and should improve team-wise from last year’s performance.” Four captains will lead the...

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2018 Lynnfield Pioneer football team honored at banquet...

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Published December 12, 2018 By JAMES CRANNEY LYNNFIELD — Last Monday night, the players, coaches and parents of the 2018 Pioneer football team gathered at Lynnfield Middle School for their annual banquet. Despite not meeting the always high expectations for the program finishing 3-8, the team still had plenty to celebrate. First year head coach Pat Lamusta made it clear to his audience that despite critics calling the season a “rebuilding year,” it was far from it. The number one word coach Lamusta used to describe his team was “resilient.” Time after time throughout the season, the Pioneers would find themselves down but never, under any circumstances, would they give in. Lamusta felt the play that exemplified this most came in the season’s penultimate game against Salem. In the closing minutes on a rain-soaked Bertram field, Lynnfield...

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