Average tax bill up about $200

Dec 4, 2019 by

Published December 4, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a shift in the town’s tax classification on Monday. The shift approved by the selectmen means the tax rate will be $13.92 per $1,000 of valuation for residential property for fiscal year 2020, representing a one cent increase from FY19’s tax rate of $13.91 per $1,000 of valuation. The commercial, industrial and personal property (CIP) tax rate will be $18.86 per $1,000, which is higher than FY19’s rate of $17.95. “It’s about $200 and change (more) on the average house in town,” said Interim Assessing Manager Dick Simmons. The Department of Revenue is required to approve the tax rates. Simmons noted the Board of Assessors recommended using a 1.29 shift for the residential and commercial tax rate. “Shifting the tax rate moves...

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Town to ring in the holidays this weekend...

Dec 4, 2019 by

Published December 4, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The town will usher in the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, when four incredibly popular events will be held over the course of two days. The Historical Society will be hosting its 57th annual Country Store in the Meeting House on Saturday, Dec. 7. Country Store Co-Chairman Steven Richard noted he has been attending the event since he was an infant. “One of my favorite childhood photos is of me sitting on Santa’s lap at the Country Store,” said Richard. “Now, every year, I’m the one taking pictures of the kids with Santa. It’s been so much fun seeing the same children come year after year for their photo, making it a...

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Lynnfield responds to the Pearl Harbor attack, Dec. 7, 1941...

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Published December 4, 2019 By HELEN BREEN LYNNFIELD — Seventy-eight years ago this Saturday, Dec. 7, the United States entered World War II after the Japanese bombed the American Naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Following FDR’s famous “day that would live in infamy” speech, Americans prepared themselves for the task ahead. Leafing through the pages of the December 1941 issues of the long defunct Lynnfield Village Press newspaper gives us a sense of our town’s priorities in those dark days. Concerns In the Dec. 11 edition, just days after the attack, locals worried about the fate of Lynnfield soldiers George Marsta and Granville Hooper. They were “known to be in the combat zone and so far no news has been received of their condition.” The following week, Town Moderator Joseph F. Smith...

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Pioneers drop heartbreaker 21-19...

Dec 4, 2019 by

Hornets hang on in 61st Thanksgiving Classic Published December 4, 2019 By JAMES CRANNEY  NORTH READING — The rain fell hard onto Arthur J. Kenney Field last Thursday morning when the 8-2 Lynnfield Pioneers battled the 7-3 North Reading Hornets for the 61st Thanksgiving clash. Following the conditions of last year’s Thanksgiving ice bowl, no one in the stands could complain about the elements. The only similarity shared between last year’s 32-0 Hornet victory was the beginning. When North Reading got the ball first, they marched right down the field with ease.  It would only take them five plays before senior captain Jack Keller lunged over the goal line to put Lynnfield down early 7-0. The next time the Pioneer defense stepped on the field they would tighten up.  At the Lynnfield 37 yard line, North Reading...

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Pioneer volleyball has four CAL All-Stars...

Dec 4, 2019 by

Morelli named Player of the Year; Ashley Coach of the Year Published December 4, 2019 By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI LYNNFIELD — The Cape Ann League champion Lynnfield High volleyball team had four players on its league all-star teams this season. Three Pioneers players made the first-team while one made the second team. Head coach Brent Ashley was also named the CAL Coach of the Year. Melissa Morelli led the way as the senior right-side hitter was named the Player of The Year along with being on the first team. She also made the MGVCA Div. 2 All-Star team and the AVCA All-Region team. She had 279 kills, 351 assists to lead the team and was second in digs with 136. Seniors Samantha Lebruska and Sophia Wilkinson were the other two first-team All-Stars. Lebruska is an...

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William J. Dias, 81

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U.S. Army veteran, active supporter of the Masons Published December 4, 2019 MELROSE — William J. Dias, 81, longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 29, 2019, at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Born in Cambridge on November 24, 1938, William was one of six children of the late Edward J. Dias and Hazel G. (Cox) Dias. Raised and educated in Melrose, Bill enlisted in the United States Army on November 25, 1955 and served 3 years in the 101st Airborne Division. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1958, and forever remained a proud veteran. Bill raised his family of four children in Melrose while he worked as a Senior Draftsman for Polaroid Corp. from 1965 until 1995. After retiring from Polaroid, he enjoyed his work as a...

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