Lynnfield News

First responders honored as 9/11 remembered

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Local Headline News, Lynnfield News, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on First responders honored as 9/11 remembered

Published in the September 13, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — On Monday, over 200 residents gathered on the Town Common to mark the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as well as to pay tribute to the town’s first responders during the second annual First Responders Day. Rotary Club Board of Directors member Jason Kimball, who organized the event once again, served as the master of ceremonies during First Responders Day. He said the event serves as a tribute to first responders. “In the wake of the two hurricanes with the great things first responders have done recently, it’s great we are back here doing this event again,” said Kimball. “It’s also a day to reflect and memorialize the tragedy that occurred on 9/11.” After a moment of silence in honor of the 2,996 people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Kimball thanked the town for funding First Responders Day. “Last year, the Rotary Club put this together and raised a lot of money to pay for the barbecue and DJ services,” said Kimball. “This year, the town of Lynnfield by way of our three selectmen and town administrator were able to come up with funds to support this event that way our kind sponsors can raise money for our Police and Fire departments.” After Kimball thanked the event’s sponsors and the town, Fire Chaplain Rev. Robert Bacon of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church gave the invocation. Fire chief remarks Kimball introduced Fire Chief Mark Tetreault after Rev. Bacon gave the invocation. Tetreault said Sept. 11, 2001 is a “day we will never forget.” “But here we are 16 years later, our memories have begun to fade and we have a new generation who was not even born on 9/11,” said Tetreault. “And the children of the many first responders that responded 9/11 have followed in their parents’ footsteps and are now firefighters and police officers.” Tetreault said, “Unfortunately, the death toll from 9/11 continues to rise as rescuers who worked the days after 9/11 have succumbed to occupational cancers and chronic respiratory problems.” “No firefighter looks at himself as a hero,” said Tetreault. “We accept the inherent risk of the job. When we respond to a fire, no one truly believes this will be their last alarm. September 11 was different. Every firefighter who entered those towers knew there was a very real possibility that this would be their last alarm, and even knowing this, they went up those stairwells anyway.” While Tetreault said America “experienced the worst of humanity” on Sept. 11, 2001, he also said the U.S. “experienced the best.” “We had countless volunteers who put their life on hold to respond to New York City to do what they could, including Lynnfield firefighters,” said Tetreault. Tetreault said the first responders who answered the call on Sept. 11 put aside their differences to come together as Americans. “We have to remember the lessons learned from 9/11,” said Tetreault. “We have to remember the bad things that happened to prevent them from ever happening again, but we also have to remember how we all came together on 9/11. We shared our grief, we helped one another and we all recognized there was something in this world bigger than ourselves.” After Tetreault...

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Suspects sought in Brook Dr. home invasion

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Local Headline News, Lynnfield News, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Suspects sought in Brook Dr. home invasion

Published in the September 13, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — A search is underway for two men suspected of committing a home invasion at 34 Brook Dr. on Friday, Sept. 8. In an interview with the Villager, Police Chief David Breen said the home invasion took place at 1:54 p.m. Breen said the victim was near his car in the home’s driveway when he was approached by two Asian men. He said the two suspects spoke Vietnamese and the victim also spoke Vietnamese. Breen said one of the suspects allegedly brandished a gun at the victim. He said the suspects brought the victim inside and bound his hands inside of the home’s bathroom. “They took money and other items of value,” said Breen. Breen said the victim was able to break free and called police. He said the suspects fled the scene in a brown Honda. “It doesn’t appear to be a random act,” said Breen. Breen said the two men were not apprehended when the Villager went to press on Tuesday morning. He said, “Lynnfield police are working to acquire video evidence of the...

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Gold Star street signs proposed

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Local Headline News, Lynnfield News, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Gold Star street signs proposed

Published in the September 13, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Local officials are looking to create new street signs that will pay tribute to Lynnfield veterans who gave their lives while fighting for the United States. The Board of Selectmen recently discussed a proposal to create signs that would recognize Lynnfield veterans killed in action and have town streets named in their honor. Selectmen Chairman Chris Barrett said Todd Lane resident Louis Trapasso first approached the town about the proposal about a year ago. Barrett noted Todd Lane is named “in honor of two American heroes who gave their lives for Lynnfield in World War II.” “They were brothers,” said Barrett. In an interview with the Villager, Barrett said Trapasso has been making sure American flags are located on the Todd Lane street sign as part of an effort to recognize David and Charles Todd and their heroism. “Mr. Trapasso has been maintaining the street sign by making sure there are American flags on it in order to honor the Todd family and the two brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States,” said Barrett. Barrett said during a recent selectmen’s meeting he “always noticed there were flags on the street sign.” “I thought it was possibly from the town,” said Barrett. “But I learned Mr. Trapasso put those flags there to bring great honor to those individuals.” Veterans Services Agent Bruce Siegel agreed. “Lou has been putting the flags out every year to commemorate those two brothers who passed way during World War II,” said Siegel. Barrett told the Villager Trapasso sent a letter to the town about creating a unique sign to serve as a “permanent remembrance for the Todd brothers.” After learning about the proposal, Barrett suggested creating and erecting Gold Star street signs that would pay tribute to fallen service members. He noted Everett has implemented a similar program. In addition to Todd Lane, Barrett said similar signs would be installed on Townsend Road, Jordan Road and possibly other streets that are named after local heroes killed in combat. “These Gold Star street signs would honor all of these service members who have given their lives for our great country,” said Barrett. Trapasso told the selectmen he has lived on Todd Lane since the Blizzard of 1978, and said the town’s veterans association previously placed the flags on the sign before he started doing it. “It’s become part of my DNA,” said Trapasso. Trapasso noted the Todd brothers died five months apart during World War II. He has been thinking about the proposal for several years. “In other towns like Everett or Winthrop where I grew up, you see markers or plaques on a post by itself or on a street sign indicating those individuals who gave up their lives for the betterment of us,” said Trapasso. Trapasso said he reached out to Siegel to see if “we could put something together.” While conducting research on the project, Trapasso said he and Siegel were able to locate a grandson of one of the Todd brothers. “The family is okay with putting up a marker,” said Trapasso. Trapasso said the sign plan would be a good way to “recognize these Gold Star individuals.” “It will be nice to have it down by...

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Berm, noise at MarketStreet focus of public meeting Thursday

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Lynnfield News | Comments Off on Berm, noise at MarketStreet focus of public meeting Thursday

Posted on: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 LYNNFIELD — A public meeting focusing exclusively on issues related to the berm and noise management improvement at MarketStreet Lynnfield will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center, 600 Market St.  The meeting is being hosted by the MarketStreet Advisory Committee (MSAC), which was formed last May as an advisory subcommittee to the Board of Selectmen. All are invited to attend and provided their feedback. The entrance to 600 Market St. is located between FuGaKyu and Sweetgreen. The Al Merritt Center is located on the second floor and an elevator is available. For those unable to attend the meeting, the MSAC invites feedback on these two topics to be shared with the committee via email at by Tuesday, Sept. 12. The MSAC has identified multiple topics of interest concerning MarketStreet that will be the subject of future meetings at which the public will also be invited to submit feedback. For the purposes of the Sept. 14 meeting, however, MSAC chairwoman Jennifer Bayer told the Villager that the discussion will be limited to the berm and noise management, thus enabling these topics to be discussed in-depth.  MSAC Vice Chairwoman Paula Parziale added that MSAC’s mission is to establish a means of effective and ongoing communication for Lynnfield residents, town representatives and the two firms that manage MarketStreet Lynnfield: W.S. Development and National Development. “The result of this communication will lead to better collaboration and a strengthened partnership between all parties involved with MarketStreet Lynnfield,” Parziale believes. “This committee will play a critical role in making sure MarketStreet Lynnfield is a success for the town of Lynnfield now and in the future.” Comprised of 13 Lynnfield residents who represent each of the town’s four precincts, Parziale said the MSAC has spent the summer getting organized, establishing processes and identifying top matters of interest at MarketStreet. Among these matters are the berm, which is the vegetated hill created between Walnut Street and MarketStreet as a means of screening the outdoor mall from abutting residences, and noise management improvement.  Additional areas of interest include traffic improvement, advising on parking, advising on financial impact, updating on the development of Building 1350 (the building with Lahey Health as a tenant), and advising on the potential development of a cinema. Parziale noted there is no cinema proposal from National Development for currently under consideration. “Subcommittees have been assigned to each matter of interest and have been tasked to educate themselves on stakeholders’ perspectives and report back to MSAC on their findings,” said Parziale. “The committee at large will consider those findings and, when applicable, draft an advisement to be given to the Board of Selectmen. In addition to other resources, Parziale said, “feedback from Lynnfield residents is paramount to this discovery process.” “MSAC will designate an agenda item at upcoming meetings to hear feedback on these matters of interest,” Parziale said. Additional members of the MSAC are Anne Mitchell, Jocelyn Fleming, Wally McKenzie, Sal Yerardi, Taidgh McClory, John Gioiso, Philip Doucette, Anthony Ferullo, Planning Board member Brian Charville, Finance Committee member Gene Covino and Police Chief David Breen. Selectman Dick Dalton is the Board of Selectmen’s liaison to the...

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LMS track, fields project headed in right direction

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Lynnfield News | Comments Off on LMS track, fields project headed in right direction

Published in the September 6, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The town’s track and fields project is continuing to progress despite hitting a few bumps in the road, Fields Committee Chairman Arthur Bourque said in an email sent to the Villager last week. Bourque said, “it has been an interesting few weeks on the project with a slew of ups and downs.” “When Town Meeting awarded us the funding for this project, we made a decision to separate the drilling of wells at the Lynnfield Middle School track complex, LMS softball field and the Huckleberry Hill School field from the larger project and put them out to bid separately,” said Bourque.  “This was done in an effort to get ahead of the bigger project so we had the wells in place before any work began. When the bids were received for the project, there was only one bidder and they failed to submit a bid bond with their bid. State law requires that the bid be excluded and with no other bidders. We were now behind schedule.” Bourque said he, DPW Director John Tomasz and contractor David White and Son agreed to “subcontract the wells as a change order to the original bidder.” “Over the next couple of weeks, we drilled two separate 1,000 feet deep wells at Huckleberry Hill with no water,” said Bourque. “We drilled to 1,000 feet at the LMS softball field with no water. We were extremely frustrated. We drilled a new well at the LMS track complex and (Aug. 30) we hit water, and plenty of it. It looks like that well can produce in excess of 50 gallons per minute, so we are in good shape in the back field and we are now working on getting that water to the softball and baseball complex out front. We will return to the Huckleberry Hill School to make one more attempt at water before we end this project.” Bourque said the contractor informed local officials last week the contractor is “on schedule at the track and we are hitting the schedule guidelines that were established at the beginning of this project.” “We are behind schedule on the softball field because we could not start the process of stripping the sod and removing the clay until we were ready to put new sod down and rebuild the infield and we need water to do that,” said Bourque. “The discovery of water (on Aug. 30) will allow us to move forward with that project as well. We are already working on the logistics of getting water out there.” Since the project began in July, Bourque said the contractor has “stripped a lot of trees and undergrowth abutting the original track to facilitate the widening of the track and removed that debris from the site.” He also said the loam from the field has been stripped, screened and stockpiled at the site. He also said the contractor has “pulverized the asphalt track bed and stockpiled that on site to use as the base under the new track.” Bourque said a new perimeter drainage system has been installed on the outside of the field and inside of the track. “We will be installing surface drains under the loam that feed into these perimeter drains before we...

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Farewell to The Ship

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Lynnfield News | Comments Off on Farewell to The Ship

Published in the September 6, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Ship has officially sunk. The legendary Route 1 restaurant, 24 Broadway, was razed last week in order for a new 7,580 sq. ft. strip mall to be built. The project also includes building a 2,500 sq. ft. drive-up restaurant and coffee shop, and a 2,500 sq. ft. free standing East Boston Savings Bank branch building that will be located next to the Christmas Tree Shops. The Christmas Tree Shops will remain at the site. The Historical Commission and representatives from Ship Mall, LLC agreed earlier this year that the project will pay tribute to the restaurant’s legacy, which will include a memorial plaque. The new strip mall’s color scheme will resemble The Ship’s colors. Attorney Ted Regnante, who is representing The Ship Mall, LLC, told the Historical Commission earlier this year windows and glass installed at the strip mall will “duplicate” what was in The Ship. He also said the front of the new building will “mimic portions” of The Ship’s exterior. The Boston Globe reported the new building will incorporate a “stylized version” of the restaurant’s mast. Additionally, The Ship’s eagle and stars will be incorporated into the new building. The Historical Commission was also given artifacts from The Ship. According to The Boston Globe, contractors will begin constructing the new strip mall this fall. Regnante told The Boston Globe the strip mall will be completed within five months. The Ship joins several other Route 1 landmarks that have been demolished from the highway. While the Hilltop Steakhouse was razed, the iconic cactus is still standing and will be incorporated into a new development. Weylu’s was also demolished, and the Route 1 Miniature Golf and Batting Cages closed last year in order to allow a housing and retail development to be constructed. Those three establishments were located in Saugus. Former Gloucester sea captain James F. Wilkinson built The Ship in May 1925, which originally opened as a small refreshment stand on the Newburyport Turnpike. The restaurant was a popular dining destination a long time...

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MacKendrick appointed to Historical Commission

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Lynnfield News | Comments Off on MacKendrick appointed to Historical Commission

Published in the September 6, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Board of Selectmen recently voted unanimously to appoint former Selectman Bob MacKendrick to the Historical Commission. MacKendrick served as a selectmen from 2005-2013 and was the town’s assistant fire chief. He is a member of the Historical Society and hosts a program at the Senior Center called “Hobbies with Bob,” where he often discusses local history such as the town’s railroads and Route 1. Selectmen Chairman Chris Barrett said MacKendrick would be the perfect addition to the Historical Commission. “We know you well and we know your service to the town of Lynnfield well,” said Barrett. “In the many conversations I have had with you, I don’t think there is anybody who knows the town’s history more than Mr. MacKendrick.” Selectman Dick Dalton agreed. “I think all of us know Bob’s superior knowledge of everything that has gone on in this town since the beginning of time,” said Dalton. Selectman Phil Crawford echoed his fellow selectmen’s opinions. “I have gotten to know Bob very well over the years,” said Crawford. “I don’t think there is a better person who could have come forward for this position.” MacKendrick thanked the selectmen for their support. “I look forward to something which has always been interesting to me, which is history, especially the town of Lynnfield’s history,” said MacKendrick. “I think there is a good board there, and I am looking forward to having a good time serving and making the town better.” ZBA appointment In addition to appointing MacKendrick to the Historical Commission, the selectmen voted 3-0 to make Zoning Board of Appeals alternate member Brian Shaffer a permanent member of the ZBA. In the wake of Shaffer being elevated to being a permanent member, the selectmen voted to appoint Anthony Moccia as a ZBA alternate member. Moccia said he has lived in town since 1995 and his children attended Lynnfield Public Schools. He said he was active with youth sports and is “an active member at St. Maria Goretti.” “I have been a practicing attorney in the commonwealth for 36 years,” said Moccia. “I am a partner at the firm Eckert Seamans in Boston. My practice focuses on real estate, mostly real estate litigation. In conjunction with that practice, I have spent many hours over the past 36 years with disputes over land use and the rights of property owners either as owners, mortgagees, tenants and abutters. I am not an expert, but I have a fair degree of experience. More importantly than that, I would like to give back to the town. I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the town.” Dalton said he has known Moccia both personally and professionally for a number of years. “He is a well-respected attorney,” said Dalton. “We are very fortunate to have him volunteer.” Recreational Path Committee The selectmen voted 2-0 to rescind Mark McDonough’s appointment to the Recreational Path Committee. McDonough served on the committee for a number of years. He has been a longtime advocate of the Lynnfield-Wakefield Rail Trail. Dalton and Crawford voted to rescind McDonough’s appointment. Dalton made the motion, which was seconded by Crawford. The vote came two months after Dalton made a motion to not reappoint Thomas Aylward to the ZBA....

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Parents barred from LYFC annual meeting

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Lynnfield News | Comments Off on Parents barred from LYFC annual meeting

Published in the September 6, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Tensions ran high at the Lynnfield Youth Football and Cheerleading (LYFC) Board of Directors annual meeting at the Al Merritt Center on Aug. 30 after a number of parents were prevented from attending. LYFC previously conducted a meeting on Aug. 7, but attorney Bradford Keene, who is representing the LYFC board, issued a legal opinion stating the meeting was invalid. LYFC submitted a press release to the Villager last month announcing the annual corporate meeting “for the purpose of electing 2017-2018 board of directors and officers.” Interested candidates were informed to notify LYFC President Wayne Shaffer in writing by midnight on Aug. 25. A poster located in the lobby of the Al Merritt Center said the meeting was “open to all voting members as described in the LYFC bylaws: Incorporators, legatees, Lynnfield Youth Football coaches, Lynnfield Youth Cheerleading coaches, board of directors (and) candidates for office.” There were three women manning a table who had lists containing the names of people who were allowed to attend the meeting. If a person’s name was not on the list, they were not able to attend the meeting. “It was the first time anyone has seen it,” said LYFC Cheerleading Co-Director Rebecca Drzewiczewski about the poster. “Multiple people had emailed as well as called the attorney, and the attorney said I don’t work for you.” In addition to preventing a number of parents from attending the meeting, four media outlets including the Villager and WBZ-TV Channel 4 reporter Ryan Kath were barred from covering the meeting. The board’s decision infuriated parents who attended the meeting and were not let in. There was also a police officer on duty at the meeting, who requested backup from two other officers. “They said tonight they were electing a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer,” said Drzewiczewski. “There was no vote because people were questioning they were not open and transparent as to who was invited to the meeting.” LYFC Cheerleading Co-Director Kim Brown agreed. “They never communicated who was a defined member and who was allowed to come prior to the meeting,” said Brown. “They never communicated to us as cheer directors that current coaches were defined as membership. We didn’t make an effort to make sure all of our coaches canceled their practice to make sure they were there.” While many parents were prevented from attending the meeting, Drzewiczewski and Brown were allowed in. According to a source who attended the meeting, LYFC’s board of directors allegedly held another meeting on Monday, Aug. 14 where the board changed the organization’s bylaws. “It was represented by them that they changed their bylaws on August 14 but no proof was provided,” said the source. Drzewiczewski agreed. “Mr. Keene said during the meeting they did make the changes in accordance with the current bylaws, but he didn’t state what they did,” said Drzewiczewski. “They refused to answer any of our questions,” added Brown. “In my opinion, they completely shut us out to control the vote.” In an interview with the Villager, Recreation Commission Chairman Rich Sjoberg said he discussed the matter with Keene after he was barred from attending the meeting. “I asked Mr. Keene how they devised the list for this evening and who...

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LYFC officials sue CBS, Crawford

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Lynnfield News | Comments Off on LYFC officials sue CBS, Crawford

Published in the August 30, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Three people affiliated with Lynnfield Youth Football and Cheerleading (LYFC), who are currently being investigated by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office for allegedly misusing funds, have filed a lawsuit against CBS Corporation, WBZ-TV Reporter Ryan Kath, two local officials and five other people. According to a copy of civil investigative demands filed in Suffolk Superior Court on July 8, 2016, Healey’s office is currently reviewing information “in order to determine whether charitable funds have been applied to charitable purposes and if breaches of trust have been committed in the administration of Lynnfield Youth Football and Cheerleading, Inc., a public charity.” The AG’s office is currently investigating current LYFC Commissioner Wayne Shaffer; former Selectman and LYFC Commissioner Tom Terranova; and former LYFC Board of Directors member Steve Berardino. The AG’s office has not issued a report on the allegations.  Earlier this month, Shaffer, Terranova and Berardino along with their respective businesses, The Mortgage Stop, Inc., Terranova and Associates, LLC, and State-Line Graphics, Inc., filed a lawsuit against Kath, CBS Corporation, Selectman Phil Crawford, Fields Director Joe Maney Jr. and five unknown people identified as Pat Does 1-5. According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by the Villager, attorney Bradford Keane said, “(T)he plantiffs were defamed by the defendants in connection with the plantiffs’ involvement in the Lynnfield Youth Football and Cheerleading, Inc. (LYFC).” The plantiffs are suing the defendants for $67,000. Keane stated Kath and CBS Corporation’s Boston affiliate, WBZ-TV, “spent many months interviewing citizens of the town of Lynnfield and other individuals in an attempt to create a broadcast narrative (or ‘hit piece’) suggesting the plantiffs, acting in concert or independently, diverted or otherwise improperly mishandled charitable funds held in the name or on behalf of LYFC.” According to the lawsuit, the plantiffs allegedly told Kath and CBS “their investigation was baseless” and was “defamatory and false.” Keane also claimed Kath’s “ambush interviews” with Berardino and Shaffer “were intentionally designed to cast these plantiffs in a shameful and negative light.” “The entire theme, pretext, presentation and narrative by defendants CBS Corporation and Ryan Kath was that plantiffs Terranova, Berardino and Shaffer had stolen, misused or were stealing or misusing LYFC money, and revealed the Attorney General’s investigation,” said Keane. The plantiffs are also suing Selectman Phil Crawford and Fields Director Joe Maney Jr., who were both interviewed by Kath during the “I-Team” segment. Keane said Crawford “never raised concerns of financial improprieties or defalcations from LYFC at any time.” Keane said Maney Jr., who was “silhouetted” during the broadcast, made “defamatory” and “false” statements during the segment. “As a direct consequence of the defendants’ improper disclosures and false statements, the plantiffs have seen their professional reputations and personal reputations harmed,” said Keane. Keane also said the “print and television media outlets drawn to the sensational nature of the matter have damaged the plantiffs.” “The broadcast has created a public belief that the statements of defendants CBS Corporation, Kath, Crawford and Maney Jr. are true, while portraying plantiffs Terranova, and plantiffs Berardino and Shaffer in particular, as evasive buffoons,” said Keane. LYFC meeting tonight LYFC will hold a redo of its annual meeting tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 30, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Al Merritt Center, 600...

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Officials eye dog park near center

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Lynnfield News | Comments Off on Officials eye dog park near center

Published in the August 30, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Local officials have begun laying the groundwork for bringing a dog park to the center of town. During last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Selectman Phil Crawford said local officials have identified a potential dog park location off of Carter Road. “The land starts behind the center shopping area and goes all the way to Carter Road about a quarter mile in,” said Crawford. “It’s all conversation land. It’s a lovely dry piece of land that we could potentially use for a dog park.” Crawford said Town Administrator Jim Boudreau has begun the process of pursuing a grant in order to help finance the cost of bringing a dog park to Lynnfield. “There are grants available for dog parks and I don’t think they are need-based,” said Crawford. In an interview with the Villager, Crawford said local officials have reached to Conservation Commission to begin discussing the proposed project. “It’s still in the preliminary stages,” said Crawford. Master Plan Steering Committee Chairwoman Heather Sievers, who appeared at the selectmen’s meeting in order to give an overview of the Master Plan Survey’s recreation component, said it would be “awesome” to bring a dog park to town. She noted requests for a dog park was a common theme featured in the survey’s results. Sievers said the Master Plan Survey’s recreation component results revealed there is strong support for retaining and expanding open space in town. “While most people indicated they were satisfied to some degree with the amount of open space in town, when asked which open space locations they use most, most people also don’t use or were unaware of the open space listed,” said Sievers in the Master Plan Survey report. Sievers said “most people are satisfied to some degree with current offerings and use them with some regularity, however, there is confusion as to whether the recreational facilities at schools can be used by non-students.” In addition to bringing a dog park to town, Sievers said people requested walking trails, a rail trail to North Reading and playgrounds. She also said, “respondents were generally in favor of the Wakefield-Lynnfield Rail Trail, and about half of those opposed were willing to consider just a trail between the middle school and new library site.” Crawford said local and North Reading officials will be holding a meeting to discuss the possibility of bringing a rail trail to the two towns. The Master Plan Survey consisted of 59 questions pertaining to planning philosophy, economic development, zoning and land use, housing, public services and facilities, communication, recreation and open space, transportation, environmental issues and energy, governance, housing, historic resources and cultural resources. The survey was conducted between Jan. 1 and Jan. 28. “We had 906 responses representing households of all different ages and from every corner of town,” said...

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