2nd Night of Hope draws a crowd...

Sep 24, 2020 by

Published September 23, 2020 THINK OF MICHAEL FOUNDATION board members and supporters, from left, Selectman Dick Dalton, Jamie Dalton, Jon Cook, Carmela Dalton, Ava Cook, Stacey Cook, Lucas Cook and Maddie Cook were thrilled by the turnout for the second annual A Night of Hope on Sunday, Sept. 20. (Dan Tomasello Photo) By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Over a hundred people came together to support people in recovery and to remember those who lost their battle with addiction during the second annual A Night of Hope on Sunday, Sept. 20. A Healthy Lynnfield and the Think of Michael Foundation hosted the event once again in order to raise awareness about substance abuse and mental health during National Recovery Month. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, A Night of Hope featured a car procession dubbed the...

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Schools launching anti-racism initiative...

Sep 24, 2020 by

Published September 23, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — In the wake of racist events happening across the country and in town, the school system will be launching an anti-racism initiative this academic year. Superintendent Kristen Vogel made the announcement during the School Committee’s Sept. 15 meeting. While the initiative has been in the works for the last several months, the announcement took place after a Summer Street man and his stepfather pleaded not guilty in Peabody District Court earlier that day to charges related to recent acts of racially motivated vandalism at one of their neighbor’s homes. “We are committed to the values of social justice, anti-racism and equity,” said Vogel. “We aspire to live into these values in our teaching, professional development and curriculum. We aspire to create a school system that operates...

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Planners send Tree Protection Bylaw to Oct. TM...

Sep 24, 2020 by

Published September 23, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — A proposed new bylaw seeking to protect trees is headed to October Town Meeting. The Planning Board recently voted to include the proposed Tree Protection Bylaw on the warrant for Town Meeting, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 17. Planning and Conservation Director Emilie Cademartori noted on the town’s website that the proposed Tree Protection Bylaw seeks to address goals that were identified in the 2002 Master Plan, the 2010 Open Space and Recreation Plan and from community feedback that was included in a town-wide survey in 2017. “The bylaw aims to protect trees within designated setbacks on residential and commercial properties and within proposed new subdivisions,” Cademartori stated. Cademartori recalled that the Planning Board began researching similar bylaws in other communities two...

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Officials hopeful LHS sports can be played...

Sep 24, 2020 by

Published September 23, 2020 TWIN SISTERS Lauren (16) and Ashley (3) Mitchell are hopeful the girls’ soccer team will be back on the field this fall. (John Friberg File Photo) By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — School officials are hoping to have clarity about Lynnfield High School’s fall sports season either this later this week or early next week. Superintendent Kristen Vogel was forced to put the fall sports season on hold earlier this month after the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center designated the town as a “red” community due to the increased spread of the novel coronavirus in town. Lynnfield was previously classified as a “yellow” community after previously alternating between “gray” and “green.” School Committee Chairman Jamie Hayman said during a Sept. 15 meeting that the MIAA recently announced, “If districts start remote because...

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Pioneer volleyball coach Ashley reflects on postponed season...

Sep 24, 2020 by

Published September 23, 2020 By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI LYNNFIELD — Two weeks ago, Cape Ann League officials decided to postpone the girls’ volleyball season until the new Fall 2 season which takes place from Feb. 22 to April 25. Football is planning on playing in that season as well as the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) added a fourth season this school year. “I found out the news on Twitter,” recalled Lynnfield High volleyball head coach Brent Ashley. “I was not surprised.” The ruling was made because of the coronavirus pandemic and the fear of playing indoor sports this fall. The day after the announcement came out, Ashley talked to his team. “I was trying to be supportive,” he explained. “I know the decision was made for the safety of the kids.” Lynnfield will be allowed...

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Brent A. Wilkes, 67

Sep 24, 2020 by

Enjoyed his boat, volleyball and good music Published September 23, 2020 GLOUCESTER – Brent Ames Wilkes, 67, beloved husband of 22 years of Linda (Dadourian) Wilkes, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House. Born in Melrose, he was the son of the late Gordon and Frances (Ames) Wilkes.   Brent grew up in Lynnfield and was a graduate of Lynnfield High School. He graduated from UMass Amherst and then received his graduate degree from the University of Connecticut. Brent was the owner of Northeast Association Management Company, Inc. Brent lived for many years in Middleton, then spent 12 years in Saratoga Springs, New York and then settled with his wife Linda in Gloucester. He enjoyed being on his boat, playing volleyball and pickleball and enjoying good music. Brent also...

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