Keeping kids safe is ‘Job No. 1’ in town schools...

Feb 21, 2018 by

Published in the February 21, 2018 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — School and local officials continue to evaluate safety procedures in the wake of the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida. A 19-year-old gunman allegedly shot and killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14. The Associated Press reported the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from school and had mental health issues and had been reported to law enforcement. Cruz is facing 17 counts of first-degree murder. In a letter sent to parents and guardians last week, Superintendent Jane Tremblay said she was “stunned by the horrific act of violence.” “It is almost impossible to understand the depth of sadness and loss the community of Parkland is now faced with,” said Tremblay. Tremblay stressed, “Security in our schools...

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Student composers take on the universe...

Feb 21, 2018 by

They’ve got the music in them Published in the February 21, 2018 edition By JILLIAN STRING LYNNFIELD — Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the planets of our solar system, and creative muses for music students in grades 4-12. Drawing inspiration from “The Planets,” an orchestral suite by English composer Gustav Holst, students have been hard at work creating original compositions. Music Department faculty members Tom Westmoreland, Douglas Hodgkins, Stephen Bloom, Kerrie Fraser and Harry Wagg began working on this composition initiative during professional development activities for the 2016–17 school year. “Music education is evolving toward 21st century skills,” Westmoreland said. “We felt we were doing a good job with most of the new standards, but we wanted to do more with (the standard of) creating.” Wagg, the music teacher at...

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Special delivery: A Valentine for Judy Valentine...

Feb 21, 2018 by

Published in the February 21, 2018 edition By GAIL LOWE LYNNFIELD — Norma Baker. Does the name sound familiar? No? Then how about Judy Valentine? That name should ring a bell for those growing up in the 1960s and early 1970s. That is, if they were fans of “The Bozo Show.” Valentine starred in “The Bozo Show” along with Frank Avruch, who starred as Bozo. The show aired weekdays on WBZ-TV (Channel 5) in Boston in the afternoon. Young children would hurry home from school so they could watch the silly antics of their favorite clown and his sidekicks. “I’m still shocked when someone recognizes me from the show,” she said. Valentine, well into her 90s now, has been a Lynnfield resident for over 50 years and recalls how much fun she had singing...

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Pioneers skate past Westwood on Senior Day...

Feb 21, 2018 by

Published in the February 21, 2018 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI PEABODY — It was a successful Senior Day for the Lynnfield High boys hockey team last Saturday afternoon as they defeated Westwood, 4-1, at McVan-O’Keefe Rink in Peabody. With that victory, the Pioneers improved to 11-4-2 overall. “That was a real huge win for us,” said Lynnfield head coach Jon Gardner. “We hyped up the north vs. the south as they are one of the better teams down south.” Jaret Simpson got the locals on the scoreboard in the first period assisted by Cooper Marengi and Joey Mack. George DeRoche scored the team’s other first period goal. The Wolverines cut the lead in half early in the second and the score stayed 2-1 heading into the third. With under five minutes left in the game,...

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Lynnfield-Wakefield swimmers impress at sectionals...

Feb 21, 2018 by

Published in the February 21, 2018 edition By DAN PAWLOWSKI CAMBRIDGE — The Lynnfield/Wakefield boys’ and girls’ co-op swim teams competed at sectionals on Sunday, February 11 at MIT. The Pioneer boys had plenty of representatives at the meet and finished 19th overall against the very best Division 1 teams in the state. “Overall, the team did very well as we used the sectional meet as a preparation for the state meet,” said head coach Andrew Digiacomo. The boys swam at states on Sunday. At sectionals, some of the best performances came from Wakefield swimmers, including Chris Anastasiades, Antonio Anastasiades, Johnny Stumpf, Alex Kent and Omar Risk. The 200 medley relay team of Chris and Antonio Anastasiades, Stumpf and Kent got their best time of the season as they took 14th overall with a time...

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Girls’ track competes at State Meet...

Feb 21, 2018 by

Three Pioneers named CAL All-Stars Published in the February 21, 2018 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI BOSTON — It has been a solid season for the Lynnfield High girls’ indoor track and field team. The Pioneers ended up going 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Cape Ann League Small division as they finished in second place. Veteran assistant coach, Marini Benson, became the head coach this season. “The girls did fantastic,” said Benson. “This year we had one of our larger teams and we had seven members qualify for the states with their times.” Leading the way is senior co-captain Kate Mitchell. The Boston College bound 12th-grader runs the 600, 1,000 and the mile and she made the CAL All-Star team for the fourth year in a row. “The sky is the limit for her,” said...

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