TM Monday at LMS

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Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The fall session of Town Meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lynnfield Middle School auditorium. After a barn burning session of April Town Meeting that lasted just over four-and-a-half hours, October Town Meeting will be a quieter affair with just 14 articles appearing on the warrant. Town Meeting will need a quorum of 175 voters in order to conduct the town’s business. Community Schools will be providing daycare to local families in the LMS auditorium. Article 1 seeks to allocate funds in order to pay unpaid bills from fiscal year 2017. Article 2 seeks to appropriate funds to “supplement certain accounts in the current 2018 fiscal year for various purposes.” During last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Administrator Jim Boudreau said the town is still finalizing the numbers for Articles 1 and 2. As a result, the selectmen voted to defer issuing a recommendation on the two articles until the night of Town Meeting. Last week, the selectmen voted unanimously to indefinitely postpone Article 3. The warrant article would have sought to allocate funds in order to construct a clubhouse and equipment storage building at the King Rail Reserve Golf Course. Article 4 seeks to appropriate $25,000 for engineering work related to the Beaver Dam Brook culvert removal project, which was unanimously endorsed by the selectmen. Boudreau said recently the MBTA informed local officials if the town hires an engineer to design the project, the MBTA would remove the culverts in order to alleviate flooding issues in the Perry Avenue area. According to the warrant, Article 5 seeks to allocate $260,000 in order to purchase and equip a new ambulance for the Fire Department. Boudreau said purchasing the ambulance was originally included as part of the town’s FY’18 capital budget, but was put on hold because the town did not have enough retained earnings in order to buy the emergency vehicle. “What Town Accountant Julie McCarthy and I are recommending is that the town leave $50,000 in retained earnings and take the balance from retained earnings and put it towards the ambulance,” said Boudreau. “We would use town funds for the rest and next year once retained the retained earnings are certified, we will pay the town back what we are borrowing.” The selectmen voted unanimously to recommend Article 5. Article 6 will ask Town Meeting to approve revising the town’s Personnel Bylaw, which would revamp an existing policy that was last updated in 2005. Personnel Board member Mike Griffin said recently the bylaw pertains to recruitment, training development, promotions, job classification, compensation plans, performance reviews and employment conditions. Boudreau said Town Counsel Tom Mullen is currently reviewing the Personnel Bylaw article. As a result, the selectmen voted to delay issuing a recommendation on Article 6. The Planning Board submitted Articles 7, 8 and 9. Article 7 will ask voters to approve a recodification of the Zoning Bylaw by deleting sections 1-15 in the existing bylaw, which would be replaced by the recodified bylaw. Additionally, Article 8 asks Town Meeting to “amend the re-codified Zoning Bylaw by amending the section entitled “commence of construction or operation by changing the words six months to 12 months.” Article 9 will...

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Electronic voting, check-in coming to TM

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Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — A new feature will be coming to Town Meeting on Oct. 16. During last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Clerk Trudy Reid announced Turning Technologies will be demonstrating electronic voting at Town Meeting. “As voters check in, they will be given a clicker which will allow them to vote electronically on warrant articles,” said Reid. “No name is linked to the device. The device is a single event use clicker keypad designed specifically for a meeting. The device uses reliable radio frequency technology. The vendor will be assisting with the process.” In response to a question from Selectmen Chairman Chris Barrett, Reid said residents will be able to see the results of the 14 warrant articles on a screen. She noted Town Moderator Arthur Bourque was not in favor of electronic voting at Town Meeting until observing it at Rockport’s Town Meeting recently. “It does speed it up a little bit,” said Reid. Reid also said there will be an electronic check-in demonstrated by LHS Associates. She noted the company showed the product to town clerks from around the North Shore at an event held in Lynnfield recently. She said North Reading’s October Town Meeting used an electronic check-in process last week. “The product has also been used by many Massachusetts town and city clerks for their spring Town Meeting check-in as well as check-in for early voting last year,” said Reid. “The vendor will use the same voter list provided by the town clerk as would be used if a paper report was used for check-in. The check-in list will be electronic, which will allow the voter to check in at any station, eliminating the need for alphabetical lines.” As part of the check-in process, Reid said, “Each time a resident is checked in, the voter’s list will automatically update on all stations in real time.” Reid said residents will be able to check in using their driver’s license as well. “This is one way to accelerate the check-in process,” said Reid. If people choose to use their driver’s license, Reid said residents should have their license “ready to hold up in front of the poll pad.” Reid also said residents can still check in by stating their name and address. “Either way, checking into Town Meeting will be faster and easier,” said Reid. Reid noted the start time for October Town Meeting is 7 p.m. at Lynnfield Middle School on Monday, Oct. 16. She encouraged residents to arrive between 6-6:45 p.m. in order to ensure Town Meeting will be able to reach the 175 voter quorum. Selectman Phil Crawford expressed his support for the initiative. “The report I got on the electronic voting that was observed is it would have saved us an hour at our last Town Meeting,” said Crawford. “It was a meeting that was certainly longer than normal, but this is something that would certainly be welcome by anyone who goes to Town Meeting. This is probably a good one to try it out because it will probably be a fairly light Town Meeting. I think it is a great idea.” Patrice Lane resident Pat Campbell asked Reid if there is going to be a trial run before townspeople begin voting on the...

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Donovan property sold to Herb Chambers group

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Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By MARK SARDELLA LYNNFIELD — Big changes are coming to the former Donovan properties at the corner of Salem Street and Broadway (Route 1) in Lynnfield. The prime piece of commercial real estate consists of five parcels that have been purchased by Broadway Lynnfield Properties, LLC, which is controlled by Herb Chambers, one of the largest car dealers in the region, with 55 dealerships in the Boston area. One of those dealerships, Herb Chambers Cadillac on Route 1 North, is right next door to the property in question. The properties involved in the sale include 801 Salem Street ($938,100), 807 Salem Street ($622,800), 421R Broadway ($300,000), 445 Broadway ($975,500) and 449 Broadway ($1.9 million). The Chambers group is playing its cards close to the vest with respect to its future plans for the site. Wakefield attorney Ted Regnante, who represents the LLC, would only say that plans “have not been finalized. We’re working on various scenarios but nothing has been finalized as of yet.” The changes will be felt most immediately by several longtime business tenants on the property. Those include Donovan’s Liquors, Bay State Jewelry Exchange, the Western Barber Shop, Photography by Corinna, a dry cleaner and an e-cigarette store. Ron Cerra’s Lynnfield Meat & Deli moved several months ago and is now doing business on Route 1 in Saugus as Cerra’s Market. Tom Holland of Bay State Jewelry Exchange said he is in the process of trying to find a new location for his business. He is philosophical about the change. “It’s not a big surprise that it’s happened,” he said, noting that it was common knowledge that the property was for sale. He’s been told that he has to be out by Oct. 31. “They’ve been pretty good about communicating with us,” Holland said. “I’m just doing what I need to do to move on with my business as best I can.” Corinna Cole has been a professional photographer for 22 years. Her business, Photography by Corrina, has been a tenant at 451 Broadway for over 10 years. Cole said that she has found a new location for her business on Old Route 1 in Ipswich, but leaving Lynnfield is still bittersweet. “This location has always worked out for everybody,” she said. “I’ve never had any clients complain about the location. I’m just disappointed that I have to move and that it’s happening so quickly.” She said that when she received the initial letter informing her that the property had been sold, she talked to the other business tenants. They believed at the time that they probably would have until at least until the end of this year at their present locations. A short time later, Cole received a second letter saying that she needed to vacate by Oct 31. She said that her busiest time of the year is between now and the holidays. “It’s not a good time at all to move,” she said. The new location in Ipswich looks like a good fit, she admitted, but it’s a lot further away than she would like. Her 15-minute commute to her studio will soon turn into 40 minutes. She’s not sure how it’s going to impact her business come mid to late October, when she has to move. “I...

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Girls’ soccer ties Masco, shuts out Amesbury and Ipswich

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Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The girls’ soccer team concluded last week with two big wins and a tie, improving the Pioneers’ overall record to 7-2-1. The Pioneers began last week tying Masco 2-2 on Oct. 2. Masco jumped out to an early 2-0 lead during the first half. With less than two minutes remaining before the break, senior Christina Bevenuto found the back of the net to cut the Chieftains’ lead to one. “It was a great goal,” said Pioneers head coach Mark Vermont. “Christina is a hard working player. She hit a great shot over the goalie’s head to make it 2-1.” The Pioneers tied the game at two after senior captain Kate Mitchell completed a corner kick and senior captain Liz Shaievitz had a header to tie the game at two. “It was an awesome goal,” said Vermont. Masco applied pressure on the Pioneers down the stretch, but Vermont said the locals’ “defense held up strong.” “It was a great game,” said Vermont. “The team showed great energy and kept fighting. Masco is a very talented and dangerous team, and it was great we were able to battle back.” Defeats Amesbury The Pioneers defeated Amesbury 3-0 Oct. 4. Shaievitz scored Lynnfield’s first goal with four minutes remaining before halftime. Sophomore Tori Morelli gave the Pioneers a 2-0 lead two minutes before the break. Shaievitz was credited with the assist. “Tori did a nice job in the middle,” said Vermont. Senior captain Sydney Santosuosso scored Lynnfield’s third goal after coming up with a rebound off a free kick 11 minutes into the second half. “Sydney did a nice job getting that third goal,” said Vermont. Vermont said the Pioneers played well against Amesbury. “Amesbury is always a tough competitor,” said Vermont. “The girls worked hard to keep possession and finished their chances.” De-claws Ipswich The Pioneers kept rolling and defeated Ipswich 4-0 on Oct. 6. Senior Gracie Sperling scored the locals’ first goal 16 minutes into the first half. Mitchell was credited with the assist. Morelli found the back of the net 24 minutes into the first half, assisted by Mitchell. Santosuosso scored the locals’ third goal off a header a minute after Morelli scored. Mitchell was credited with the assist. Mitchell scored the locals’ final goal seven minutes into the second half. Sophomore Liz Sykes had the assist. “Kate was really locked in with a goal and three assists,” said Vermont. “Her consistency with her corners and free kicks is a great weapon to have.” Vermont was pleased with the locals’ performance against Ipswich. “We moved the ball well and were very dangerous on set plays,” said Vermont. “That is important as we start playing teams a second...

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LHS field hockey working their way up the CAL standings

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Beats Amesbury, Ipswich and Peabody last week Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield High field hockey team won its third game in a row last Friday afternoon as they blanked guest Peabody, 4-0, in a non-league contest. With that win, the Pioneers improved to 8-3 overall and are just two points away from qualifying for the Division 2 state tournament. Lily Rothwell was the story of this game as the sophomore recorded her second hat trick of her career. “She was quick to the ball and had some nice fakes,” said Pioneers head coach Mamie Reardon, about the forward. Ashley Barrett had the other Lynnfield tally as the Pioneers scored twice in each half. Lynnfield goalie Emily Dickey made four saves to go to 8-3 in net. Come back to beat Ipswich  Last Thursday night, the Pioneers played their Play for a Cure Game as they welcomed Ipswich. After a scoreless first half, the Tigers scored early in the second half. However, the Pioneers tied it up moments later and then scored again to win, 2-1. “I love seeing us come back after falling behind like that,” said Reardon. Senior captain Laura Bockoff scored the first goal assisted by Abby Buckley. The game-winning goal came off a broken corner as Rothwell scored assisted by Barrett and Hailey Castinetti with 20 minutes left in the game. Dickey made seven stops in that game. Not only was Reardon proud with the result but she was also proud of the fact that the Scare Away Cancer event, which was a fundraiser to fight breast cancer, raised nearly $4,000. “The parents did a great job in helping,” pointed out Reardon, whose team improved to 7-3 in the Cape Ann League with the win. Shut out Amesbury On Oct. 3, the Pioneers rolled at Amesbury, 6-0. Rothwell had two goals and one assist while Mia Lemeiux had one goal and one assist. Senior Alex Ross and Natasha Cushing both scored their first-career goals while Barrett had the other tally off a corner. Dickey did not even have to make a save in this game against the overmatched Indians. Third-place Lynnfield played second-place Triton on Tuesday after press time. This Thursday afternoon, the Pioneers host North Reading. They then travel to Manchester-Essex next Tuesday. Both games will start at 3:30...

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Boys’ soccer finding their stride

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Fourth in Kinney division after Ipswich win, Amesbury tie Published in the October 11, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI  LYNNFIELD — Last Friday afternoon, the Lynnfield High boys’ soccer team blanked visiting Ipswich, 5-0. With that victory, the Pioneers improved to 6-3-2 overall and 5-3-2 in the Cape Ann League. “It is the best game we have played all year,” stated Pioneers head coach Brent Munroe. “We came out of the gates strong and scored four times in the first half.” John Luders had a huge game as the junior co-captain had two goals and two assists to finish with four points. “He was really awesome,” said Munroe, about the midfielder. “It was a breakout game for him.“ Nathan Bass, Tom Buston and Aidan Connelly had the three other Pioneer goals. Lynnfield goalkeeper, Jack Campbell, improved to 6-3-2 with two saves as he recorded his fourth shutout of the season. Tie Amesbury On Oct. 4, the Pioneers tied host Amesbury, 1-1. “The kids didn’t take them seriously enough,” admitted Munroe. The Indians struck first in the opening minutes of the game. They held that lead until midway through the second half when Buston scored assisted by Luders. Campbell made four stops in that game. “That game was a good wake-up call for us,” said Munroe. “We played much better against Ipswich.” The Pioneers hosted Triton on Tuesday after press time. This Thursday night at 7, the Pioneers visit North Reading. They then visit Haverhill on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 in a non-league game. Lynnfield is looking for the season sweep against both teams. Next Monday afternoon Oct. 16, at 3:45, they visit...

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Gem Colvin, 96

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Past president of many Melrose organizations Published in the October 11, 2017 edition MELROSE — Gem (Moore) Colvin, 96, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, October 2, 2017. Gem was born on December 19, 1920 in Malden, and was one of three children of the late Warren E. and Gladys (Rendle) Moore. She graduated from Malden High School, Class of 1938, and from Malden Business School, Class of 1940.  She was engaged to Kenneth C. Colvin in May 1942, just prior to his departure for World War II. Gem waited patiently for his return for more than three years as he served in the 45th Infantry Division as a Sargent Major in missions across Europe, receiving the Bronze Star before returning home in August 1945. They were married at the Center Methodist Church in Malden on November 17, 1945, and settled in Melrose to raise a family of three children.  Gem began her working life as a professional soprano soloist. She performed at many weddings and events through the 1940s and 50s. She also worked as an administrative assistant in Boston and Melrose into the 1970s before working as a human resources professional for Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. Gem and Ken moved from Malden to Melrose in 1952, where Gem remained happily in the same house for 65 years surrounded by wonderful neighbors. Gem was highly social and active in the community.  She offered her skills and thousands of hours to help others by volunteering, participating in charitable events, and sharing her love of music.  She was a past President of the Melrose Mothers Club, Phi Theta Xi Society and the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Melrose Women’s Club and the Melrose Senior Chorus. She served as chairwoman of the Advisory Board for the Melrose Order of Rainbow Girls and was a passionate supporter of the USO and other military-support and veteran organizations. Gem played the piano throughout her life and sang daily, including on the day of her death.  She was a choir member and soloist at the Center Methodist Church, Malden in her youth. After moving to Melrose, she was a choir member at the Methodist and Congregational Churches. She simply loved to share music and her singing with others.  She encouraged her daughter’s love of dance, took pride in the achievement of Eagle Scout by both sons and was proud of the advanced education and many professional accomplishments of her children.  Gem also volunteered at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital gift shop for more than 30 years until she was 90 years old, tirelessly recruiting and scheduling volunteers. Gem was a founding Trustee of the Hallmark Health System in Melrose and served on the hospital’s Auxiliary Board for many years. Most of all, Gem loved being part of local organizations, helping others, and attending church. Typical of Gem, her greatest concern, as she was reaching the end of her life, was that she was no longer able to contribute to the community as she once had. She will be missed. Gem was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth C. Colvin, with whom she shared 48 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Wayne S. Colvin and his wife Cynthia of Bowling...

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Wilbur Penniston, 92

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Navy veteran served in World War II Published in the October 11, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Wilbur T. Penniston, 92, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, died Sunday, October 7, at Salem Hospital. 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 his great grandson Finnegan M. 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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Miriam M. Simmons, 97

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Miriam M. Simmons, 97

Longtime Lynnfield resident Published in the September 27, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Miriam M. Simmons, of Salem and a longtime Lynnfield resident died Friday September 15, 2017 in Salem at age 97. Mrs. Simmons was born in Somerville, MA on November 23, 1919 and was the daughter of the late Albert S. and Sarah (Drayton) Snow. She was raised in Winchester and was a graduate of Kendall Hall a private school in Peterborough, NH. While a Lynnfield resident she had been an active member of the community. She served as President of the Lynnfield Flower Workshop, was a member of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church of Lynnfield and served as a member of its Alter Guild. In addition, she was a retired Library Assistant from the Lynnfield Town Library and also served as a clerk at the former Lynnfield Jewelers of Lynnfield...

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