Additional liquor store license denied

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Published in the October 18, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The number of liquor stores in town will not be expanding after Town Meeting shot down a proposal that would have done just that Monday night. Warrant Article 12 sought to expand the number of liquor licenses for restaurants and liquor stores by petitioning the state Legislature. The  article requested an additional five liquor licenses for restaurants along with one all-alcohol package store license. Selectmen Chairman Chris Barrett said the town does not have any all-alcohol package store licenses available and only one restaurant and bar license available because “we are up against the state limit for those type of licenses.” “The town has received interest in the package store license from an existing business that currently holds a beer and wine license,” said Barrett. “The additional restaurant and bar licenses will be available to service potential establishments or to upgrade the current holders of beer and wine licenses to all-alcohol. The Board of Selectmen sees this as an opportunity to continue to grow the town’s meals tax revenues.” Benjamin Weiner, 900 Lynnfield St., made a motion to remove the package store liquor license increase from Article 12. He co-owns liquor stores in the Greater Boston area, and is a former president of the Massachusetts Package Stores Association. He said the town only has three liquor store licenses because of state law, which he said is determined by the town’s population. “The three families who own the three liquor stores in Lynnfield made very sizable payments for their licenses when they purchased them from their previous owners,” said Weiner. “Their investments represent their future and their families’ future. They should not be compromised to allow an existing grocery store add another department.” Weiner said “A major reason why people still come to these small businesses is because they have something that other beer and wine stores do not.” “That is a spirits selection,” Weiner continued. “They work incredibly long hours and do their best to remain viable employers, pay Lynnfield taxes and remain supportive of the local community. America was built on competition, but we should always try to be fair. Lynnfield has enough liquor stores and we should not be in the business of hurting local independent businessmen to increase profits of large national chains. If a prospective buyer would like to buy an all-alcohol license, they should do it the way the three businessmen did it and the way I did it by investing in their future and buying an existing license.” Town Administrator Jim Boudreau said the selectmen brought Article 12 to Town Meeting after a local business requested the all-alcohol license. He said the additional liquor store license “would provide choice and competition for the residents of Lynnfield.” “It’s as simple as that,” said Boudreau. “This would provide an additional establishment for people to get all-alcohol, provide competition and maybe lower prices. It would be convenient for people shopping for alcohol. That was the reason for the board bringing it to Town Meeting. The all-alcohol restaurant licenses is an economic development item. We have seen our local meals tax go from $50,000 to over $600,000 since we added MarketStreet and those restaurants.” A woman in attendance inquired if Donovan’s Liquor license will soon become available...

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Group works to keep students as safe as possible

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Published in the October 18, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — A new school security program will be formally introduced to students later this year, the School Security Task Force told 40 parents during a presentation on Oct. 11. The School and Police departments held the presentation in order to inform parents about security updates that have taken place the past few years. “This is an incredibly important topic for Lynnfield Public Schools and the Lynnfield Police Department,” said Superintendent Jane Tremblay. “My number priority every single day is trying to keep our students and our faculty as safe as possible.” Police Chief David Breen agreed. “I can assure you that no town around us has done more to protect the children and the staff,” said Breen. “What we are doing is very dynamic. When we finish a current project that we are working on, we are not done. Every year, we sit down and look at new technology, new policies, new procedures and new methods of operation in order to make it better. We just can’t stick our heads in the sand.” Tremblay noted the Security Task Force consists of Sergeant Al Scotina, School Resource Officer Patrick Curran and Middle School Principal Stephen Ralston. She said Ralston is a member of STARS (School Threat Assessment and Response System). “It’s a regionalized group of people,” said Tremblay. “(Ralston) gets called if there is an emergency anywhere in the region.” Breen said Scotina is a member of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), which is a consortium of police departments in Essex and Middlesex counties. The council is affiliated with STARS. “Whenever I have a question on tactics, I go to Sergeant Scotina,” said Breen. “His knowledge is unbelievable. He was in Watertown after the Boston Marathon bombing. He has done a number of high risk entries as a member of NEMLEC’s S.W.A.T. team.” Security initiatives Curran gave an overview of the different initiatives the Security Task Force has undertaken the past few years. He said surveillance cameras have been upgraded. He also said the town implemented the COPsync911 program in 2015. COPsync911 is a software-based alert notification system that is available on computers and mobile devices. “It’s basically like a panic button,” said Curran. “It’s a rapid real-time notification system for Lynnfield Police and surrounding towns as well. Teachers and staff have been trained how to use it.” Over the summer, Curran said the School Department upgraded each school in order to make the buildings safer. He said the security upgrades are ongoing. “There has been a lot of work done on physical security of the buildings,” said Curran. Curran said the School Department began implementing the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) program last year. He said teachers and staff have been trained using ALICE both last year and this year, which included “building-specific drills.” “The next step is to roll it out for our kids,” said Curran. “We are going to do a combined drill with staff and students after students are trained.” Curran said former Governor Deval Patrick created a task force in order to evaluate school safety procedures. He said the state’s task force recommended implementing ALICE in schools across the commonwealth. “What we teach in ALICE can be used throughout the...

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Legion moving into old South Library

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Published in the October 18, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The American Legion will soon have its own space to call home. On Monday, Town Meeting approved Article 13, which authorizes the Board of Selectmen to petition the state Legislature for special legislation so the town can convey the old South Library, 630 Salem St., to the Lynnfield American Legion for $1. Local attorney Jason Kimball, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Iraq War, said the American Legion will be using the building in order to hold its meetings. “The American Legion provides a home for our veterans,” said Kimball. “This building has been vacant for as long as I can remember. When I became the town’s veterans’ services officer, I remember meeting with a couple of American Legionnaires at Town Hall. I realized that if we were going to have a real American Legion that supports our veterans in town, we need to have a spot where we can meet to better serve our veterans in Lynnfield. This building is the perfect fit.” Kimball said the American Legion will not be requesting a liquor license and the building will not be rented out to different organizations. He said the American Legion will be undertaking a fundraising campaign to repair the building. Dick Shafner inquired how the American Legion would pay for the maintenance of the Old South Library building. Kimball said, “We are not seeking any town funds here.” “I am more than confident we will be able to raise funds for materials,” said Kimball. “As far as what the annual costs will be, we will have utilities and insurance assuming we meet the tax-exempt entity. I would say we would be able to raise $3,000 per year, which would help sustain it.” Lynnfield Art Guild President Beth Aaronson, 7 Durham Dr., said she respects the American Legion and local veterans. However, she noted the LAG and other organizations are using the old South Library as a storage facility. “We and other organizations such as Lynnfield Rotary and Lynnfield Rec are storing some of our important equipment in this building,” said Aaronson. “I would like all of the town to know that the town should be interested in supporting these cultural endeavors such as Rotary’s Summer Concerts by providing proper storage for all of us and not just removing this last piece of storage that we have relied on for a half dozen years, which we are grateful for.” Selectman Dick Dalton said local officials have begun discussing the storage issue. “We recognize the issue,” Dalton said. “That will be addressed in the near future.” LAG member Kendall Inglese inquired if the town’s storage issues will be addressed in the revised Master Plan. Master Plan Committee Chairwoman Heather Sievers said storage was not included in the previous Master Plan, but said she will look into the matter as part of the process to update the plan. “It sounds like it’s needed,” said Sievers. Additional articles In addition to Article 13, the following business was acted upon by Town Meeting. Town Meeting was delayed by just over a half hour due to a lack of a quorum. After Town Meeting reached the 175 quorum requirement, Town Moderator Arthur Bourque gave an overview of how electronic voting...

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Boy booters in state tourney for second straight year

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Published in the October 18, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI  MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — On Monday afternoon, the Lynnfield High boys’ soccer team was edged 2-1 at Manchester-Essex. With the loss, the Pioneers record dipped to 8-5-3 overall and 6-5-3 in the Cape Ann League. “We didn’t play well in the first half,” acknowledged Pioneers head coach Brent Munroe. “We did play much better in the second half but couldn’t catch up.” The Hornets led 1-0 at the half and then scored early in the second half to lead 2-0. John Luders then scored in the 20th-minute of the second half assisted by Jack Cleary but the Pioneers couldn’t get the game-tying tally. Lynnfield goal keeper Jack Campbell made six saves. Last Saturday afternoon, the Pioneers shut out host Haverhill 2-0 in a non-league game. That win punched their ticket to the Division 2 state tournament for the second year in a row. “We played well from start to finish,” recalled Munroe, whose squad swept the season series against the Hillies. “We were very solid.” Tom Buston scored 12 minutes in, assisted by Tom Hauser. Ten minutes into the second stanza, Luders made it 2-0 with Cleary and Max Sieger both getting credit for the assists. Campbell only had to make one save to record his sixth shutout of the season. At North Reading last Thursday afternoon, the Pioneers were nipped, 2-1, as the Hornets were able to split the season series. “We came out poor in this game as well,” said Munroe, as his team trailed 2-0 at halftime. Buston had the lone Lynnfield tally, unassisted, with 15 minutes left in the game. Campbell made eight stops in that game. On Oct. 10, the Pioneers blanked visiting Triton 4-0 to complete the season sweep over the Vikings. Luders, who had two goals and one assist, scored the first-half tally. He then made it 2-0 early in the second stanza. Nathan Bass and Buston had the two other goals. “John has been playing great for us all year,” stated Munroe about his top scorer. Campbell made two saves in that game. On Wednesday after the Villager’s deadline, the Pioneers visit Pentucket. They then host Masconomet on Friday. Both of those games will start at 3:45 p.m. On Oct. 24, the team wraps up the regular season at home against Newburyport. That will be Senior Night with the four Pioneer seniors honored. That game is at 6...

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Pioneers outlast Ipswich in shootout, 54-29

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Mortellite sets mark for career TD passes Published in the October 18, 2017 edition By TOM CONDARDO IPSWICH — Friday the 13th turned out to be bad luck for the defenses in Ipswich last week, as the Pioneers and Tigers exploded for a combined 825 yards of offense, 32 first downs, 83 points, and 12 touchdowns. When the smoke had cleared, the undefeated Pioneers (3-0 CAL Baker, 6-0 overall) escaped the physical battle with their sixth straight win. The victory sets up a home showdown with undefeated Hamilton-Wenham next Friday night. A Pioneer win clinches their sixth straight CAL league championship and the top playoff spot in Division 5. The final margin is misleading as an inspired Ipswich team battled the Pioneers evenly for most of the night. The two teams took turns burning up the new turf at Jack Welch Stadium with the lead changing hands five times in a wild first half. The Pioneers trailed 29-20 late in the second quarter but scored late in the half to start a 34-point run to seal their 28th straight league win and 11th consecutive victory over Ipswich (3-3). “We get everyone’s best shot and everyone gets fired up to play us,” said Weidman. “Obviously getting the ball to start the second half and going down and scoring was something that we definitely needed.” Offensive fireworks The Pioneers piled up 462 yards of offense and scored on all eight of their possessions while Ipswich reached the end zone on four of their first six possessions. The Pioneer defense finally shut out the Tigers’ potent throwback veer offense in the second half. “We knew the veer was tough to stop,” said Weidman. “You don’t see it much and they’re good at running it. It’s assignment football and we were tentative because assignments change depending on the formation. We were catching a lot of blocks and ball carriers and not being aggressive. You can’t play that way.” Lynnfield’s 54 points was the most scored by the Pioneers since a 55-0 pasting of Masco in 1985. It was only the seventh time the Pioneers have cracked 50 points and only the second time they reached the mark since 1960. The 83 total points were the most ever scored in a Lynnfield game. Quarterback Matt Mortellite threw two more touchdown passes giving him 11 on the season and 32 for his career, breaking the record of 30 set by Gino Cohee from 2007-2010. The win may have come at a hefty price as two Pioneer starters were banged up in the contest. Middle linebacker captain Cooper Marengi, the heart and soul of the defense suffered a lower leg injury and lineman E. J. Umlah also left the game with an injury. Ndansi leads the way Ipswich scored on their opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. Captain Anthony Murphy (12 carries, 71 yards, 2 TD’s) powered in from the eight to cut it to 7-6. The Pioneers took the lead after Peter Look recovered a Tiger fumble at the Ipswich 36. Captain Nick Kinnon rocketed to the one on a jet sweep and Tyler Murphy burrowed in for the score. Mortellite hit Jason Ndansi for the two and Lynnfield led 14-7. Ipswich went up 15-14 on a 72-yard march. The Pioneers answered with another Mortellite...

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Pioneer golfers impress at CAL Open

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Get ready for D3N state  tournament Monday Published in the October 18, 2017 edition BOXFORD — The Lynnfield High School golf team were represented well at the CAL Open, as Jed Caswell and George DeRoche played in the tournament which took place at Far Corner Golf Course in Boxford.  Caswell shot an 81 on a par 72 (+9), placing fourth overall out of the top 22 players in the Cape Ann League.  “Coming into it I knew I was good enough to be able to play against the top players in the league because I was one of them, and the results show that,” Caswell stated. “My 15th club came in handy on the back nine as at the time I was +10 on the front and instead of falling down more, I just kept on playing my game and by not letting it get to me, I ended up shooting -1 on the back nine. I feel like if I were able to save a couple more strokes on the front nine, I could have won the tournament.” With Caswell placing 4th overall, he earned his spot on the first-team all star list, which are the top 8 players in the CAL Open.  George DeRoche placed ninth overall, only a couple of strokes behind Caswell, shooting am 85. He struck the ball well and crushed his irons, but had trouble around the green. “He is most definitely one of the most talented golfers within the last couple of years for Lynnfield golf,” said Caswell. “I knew that going into the season because he never gives up on himself and on the game. George pushes through to the end and next year he will excel even more.” The Pioneer golf team will now get ready for the Division 3 North state tournament which is Monday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. at Far...

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Wilbur Penniston, 92

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U.S. Navy veteran worked for Eastern Airlines Published in the October 18, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Wilbur T. Penniston, 92, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, died on Sunday, October 7, 2017 at the Salem Hospital. Wilbur was born in Hooker, Oklahoma on August 18, 1925. He was the son of the late Theodore and Jennie (Gibson) Penniston. Wilbur was raised and educated in Glendale, California, where he later enlisted and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Wilbur was retired from the former Eastern Airlines, where he had worked as a rampman for many years. He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara D. (Lee) Penniston. He is also survived by his two sons, Robert J. Penniston and his wife Nadine of Methuen; and Michael F. Penniston and wife Sandra of Saugus. Wilbur is also survived by his granddaughter Dawn Penniston Murray and her husband Lucas of Hingham. He is also survived by a great grandson Finnegan M. Murray, his great granddaughter Quinn H. Murray and a step great granddaughter Lanna Quairoz. Private funeral services were held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield. Interment was at Forest Hill Cemetery in Lynnfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN...

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Virginia R. Miraglia, 84

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Avid Boston sports fan Published in the October 18, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Virginia R. Miraglia, 84, of Lynnfield died on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Meadow View Center in North Reading. She was born in Jay, Maine on June 22, 1933, and was the daughter of the late Leroy P. and Grace (Volpe) Gonnella. Virginia was a graduate of Jay High School in Jay, Maine. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and sister. She was known for her baking skills, and was also an avid Boston sports fan. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony J. Miraglia. She was the loving mother of John A. Miraglia and Linda A. Busch. She was the sister of Robert Gonnella and his wife Mary Ann; George Gonnella and his wife Janice; Roy Gonnella and his wife Dorothy; Anthony Gonnella and his wife Jeanine; and Ann Powers and her husband Alan. She was the sister-in-law of Barbara Gonnella and Phyllis Miraglia. Virginia is also survived by her six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A funeral mass was held at the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield on Friday, October 13.  Visitation for relatives and friends was held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield prior to the...

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Robert L. Bowe, 86

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Veteran of the Korean War Published in the October 18, 2017 edition LOCKPORT, NY — Robert L. Bowe, 86, of Lockport, New York passed away Oct. 6, 2017 after a long illness at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo, New York. Robert was born on Aug. 29, 1931. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and served three years active duty and 18 years in the reserves. He worked as a mail carrier and postal worker for 50 years in Lynn before moving to Lockport, New York 18 months ago. He is survived by nephews and nieces, Jeanne (Dan) Helferty, William (Zona) Howell, Gary (Candice) Howell, Janice Howell, Beverly (Chris) Karbum, David (Lisa) Howell, and Michael (Judy) Howell. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Donations made to Niagara Hospice or the VA Hospital, Buffalo, NY would be appreciated. To view the obituary or sign the guestbook, visit...

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