School Committee approves FY’20 school budget...

Apr 18, 2019 by

Published April 17, 2019 By JILLIAN STRING LYNNFIELD — The School Committee voted to approve the updated fiscal year 2020 budget presented by Superintendent Jane Tremblay on April 9. Tremblay stated that after her presentation to the Board of Selectmen, the original recommended budget of $26,182,916, representing a 5.24 percent increase over FY19, had to be reduced to $25,875,345, representing a 4 percent increase. “We were told by the selectmen that we needed to sharpen our pencils and go back to the drawing board, and come up with other requests for a 4 percent budget increase,” Tremblay said. According to Tremblay, the original recommended budget requested several staff positions, including a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) English language learners (ELL) teacher, 3.0 FTE school adjustment counselors, a 1.0 FTE computer science teacher, as well as...

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Selectmen approve TA contract extension...

Apr 18, 2019 by

Published April 17, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a contract extension for Town Administrator Rob Dolan on April 9. Dolan served as Melrose’s mayor for 16 years prior to becoming town administrator in February 2018. Selectmen Chairman Dick Dalton said the contract extension would be in effect to February 2021. “By Charter, we are limited to granting the town administrator a two-year contract,” said Dalton. “This extension is for the maximum of two years.” Dalton said the contract would award Dolan a 2 percent pay raise, which would bring his salary to $173,400. “The 2 percent is in line with what everyone else in town government, whether union or non-union, is getting this fiscal year,” said Dalton. Dalton said he has enjoyed working with Dolan over the...

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North Reading Police arrest 17-year-old...

Apr 18, 2019 by

Lynnfield youth armed with handgun Published April 17, 2019 NORTH READING — Police are calling attention to the startling rise in youth marijuana use and the dangerous rise of a black market for marijuana. Both trends were evident on April 9, when a Lynnfield juvenile was arrested with a loaded handgun, after he offered to sell concentrated THC products to an undercover officer through social media. North Reading police officers had been investigating the target for nearly a month after learning he was allegedly offering concentrated marijuana vaping cartridges to minors via the popular social media app Snapchat. They were alarmed to learn that the target, himself, was a minor. “This case is a heavily-anticipated consequence of the current state of marijuana regulation and availability. Police have warned about, and are now observing across...

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Boys’ open up new track with first 2-0 start in 10 years...

Apr 18, 2019 by

Published April 17, 2019 LYNNFIELD — The LHS boys’ track and field team opened up their 2019 season in spectacular fashion scoring double wins on the brand new track at the Middle School on April 10. The Pioneers beat Hamilton-Wenham 109-35 and followed that up with a huge 77-69 win over Pentucket.  It was a cold but exciting day in Lynnfield as the Pioneers start their season 2-0 for the first time in 10 years.  “Hopefully we can continue to improve as a team and put together a few more wins this year,” said Lynnfield head coach Bill Wallace.  The Pioneers had three athletes get two first place finishes Alejandro Lynch had two first-place finishes one in the 400 hurdles (1:07.09) and one in the shot put (38’8).  John Lee also had a two-win...

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Girls’ lax wins two straight...

Apr 18, 2019 by

Sets groundball record against Shawsheen Published April 17, 2019 By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield High girls’ lacrosse team evened its record at 2-2 on April 12 as they nipped host Triton, 12-11 up in Byfield. They also went to 1-2 in the Cape Ann League. Lynnfield led 7-6 at the break and opened the lead to three in the second half. The Vikings crawled back and cut the lead to one with under a minute left but the Pioneers were able to hold one. Senior attacker Jenna Lannon was the player of the game for Lynnfield as she had a team-high six ground balls and forced three turnovers to go with a goal and assist. Junior Tori Morelli also put on a solid performance scoring three goals, winning seven draws, forcing four...

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Pioneers pick up first win, 9-7, over Manchester-Essex...

Apr 18, 2019 by

Published April 17, 2019 By JAMES CRANNEY LYNNFIELD — The first one is always the toughest. Until you can get that first win under your belt, you have to keep answering the same question. Last week, the Lynnfield boys’ lacrosse team put that question to rest when they took down Cape Anne League rival Manchester Essex in the home opener. The following game against Triton would be another close one coming down to the end, but the Pioneers would find themselves on the short end of the stick moving to 1-3 on the early season. Pioneers hang on over Hornets Spring may have started three weeks ago, but those sitting in the rain-soaked frigid stands last Tuesday may have begged to differ. The 0-3 Hornets of Manchester Essex came to town in search of their first...

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