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  • Malden Democratic City Committee hosts 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

    Friday, March 17, 2017 00:00
  • Councillor hosts Ward 4 Community Meeting

    Friday, March 17, 2017 00:00
  • Greatest of All Time

    Friday, February 10, 2017 00:00
  • “We are lucky because …”

    Friday, March 17, 2017 00:00
  • Mystic Valley History students advance to State Finals

    Friday, March 17, 2017 00:00


Chili Chowder Challenge in Melrose to benefit veterans on March 18

Come enjoy what has become a popular event in our community – the Chili Chowder Challenge IV.

This event will take place on Saturday, March 18 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Norman Prince V.F.W. Post #1506, which is located at 428 Main St. in Melrose.

With a donation of $10.00 per person, you will enjoy different chili recipes, chowders, mac ‘n’ cheese, and maybe a surprise or two! Some eateries will be there with a favorite of theirs, many local groups and organizations, perhaps a local politician or two, and a group of young people from the middle/high school.

Come experience an enjoyable couple of hours with good food, lots of socializing and camaraderie, while also supporting a very worthwhile cause. This is a special sort of FUNdraiser benefiting local Desert Storm veterans who will make up this year’s trip to Washington, D.C.

Mark your calendars and come down to the Prince VFW Post on Saturday, March18 and experience a great time for a great cause!


Watertown clips Pioneers basketball team in D-2 North semifinal game

Another season ends with another long postseason run

The Lynnfield High School boys’ basketball team (18-5, fourth seed) won’t be playing in the Division 3 North final game this year after getting bounced by Watertown (21-2), the top seed, in a North semifinal game, 58-46, on March 8. The Raiders went on to beat Bedford (17-5, sixth seed) in the North finals, 59-52, last Saturday.

Ironically, it was Bedford that eliminated the Pioneers in last year’s sectional final. Watertown, however, lost to Hanover in a state semifinal game at the TD Garden, 46-40, on March 13. It’s small consolation for the Lynnfield boys, who wanted the opportunity to avenge last year’s North final result.

Coach Scott MacKenzie’s crew did its best to stay close to the No. 1 seed. It was a defensive struggle throughout. Lynnfield was losing by only nine after three quarters, 35-29. It was a ridiculously low-scoring game for teams that are noted for their offensive exploits.

Lynnfield’s Big Three of Billy Arsenault, Mike Carangelo and Louis Ellis, like everybody else, had trouble getting started offensively. But in the fourth quarter, they started to heat up. They scored 20 points in the final frame, only to be still outscored by their worthy foes by three.

Arsenault, Lynnfield’s dynamic point guard, was a thorn in Watertown’s side throughout, and ended up as the team’s top scorer with 19 points. Ellis was the only other Pioneer who finished in double digits with 12. Carangelo chipped in with eight. Zachary Shone collected five points, and Bryant Dana was credited with two.

The Raiders controlled the boards, getting second chances at their end of the court, while maintaining possession for 20-plus seconds at a clip. No matter how you sliced it, the Pioneers had no chance with that strategy – employed by Watertown’s legendary coach Steve Harrington.

But an 18-win season can’t be overlooked, when analyzing the entire schedule, and back-to-back campaigns that stretched into March is something that many teams strive for, but few achieve throughout the three-month ordeal.

By Joe Mitchell


Northshore Stars Mites 1 Crowned League Champs


On Sunday the Northshore Stars Mite 1 team capped of an excellent season with a win in the Mite 1 North AA White Division at the Haverhill Valley Forum. The Stars faced off against a talented Danvers squad, and both teams went into the second period scoreless.

Andrew Carbone broke the ice for the Stars three minutes into the first period, capitalizing on an assist from Scott Crabtree. Declan Descheneaux followed up just minutes later with a re-direct goal to put the Stars up by two. The Stars headed into the third period up by two, but very much aware that the game was not in hand. Seven minutes into the third period, Scott Crabtree corralled a loose puck off a face off in the Danvers zone, skated to the hash marks and scored on a nice wrist shot. Brendan Driscoll finished the scoring for the Stars with a shot through traffic from the right hand circle, giving the Stars a four-goal lead.

The win was a great team effort for all the Stars, and the win was indicative of how they played throughout the playoffs, with Josh Healey, Carbone and Sam Curley frustrating Danvers throughout the neutral zone. Brendan Flynn, Chloe Crabtree and Descheneaux provided the Stars with an offensive presence in front of the net, forechecking and making it difficult for Danvers to get the puck out of their zone. Connor Wright, Nick Kelter, Scott Crabtree and Brendan Driscoll provided strong defense throughout. Matt Smith anchored the Stars in goal, and while not many shots made it through, Smith ensured that none saw the back of the net.

Through the playoffs the Stars outscored their opponents 16-0, an impressive accomplishment to finish the season strong. Congratulations Stars!


Opponents of Rail Trail call Rec. Commission endorsement dishonest

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Wakefield to Lynnfield Pro Trail group for finally getting an endorsement from the Lynnfield Recreation Commission, even if they did it dishonestly, and resorted to manipulation. After all, an endorsement is an endorsement isn’t it? However, only three members of the seven eligible to vote actually voted in favor of the trail. Indeed, isn’t persistence an admirable quality? Well yes, but not when it becomes a nuisance and borders on harassment.

When persistence deteriorates into desperation it becomes pathetic, and when refusing to accept a “no” for what it is, further persistence becomes coercion.

Back in January, the pro Trail group attempted to get an endorsement from the Recreation Commission, why? – well, just because – that’s why; as they felt they were entitled to it. Unfortunately, they didn’t really have any reasons as to why the Recreation Commission should endorse their scheme. So, they retyped their FAQs, put a logo on the top and returned in February. Now, the thing about these particular frequently asked questions is that they are not being asked by anyone, and they certainly aren’t supported by “facts.” Unless of course, you like facts of the alternative kind. When the Recreation Commission asked questions about such basic things as how many people would actually use the Trail they had no answers. When Citizens of Lynnfield against the Rail Trail asked questions about costs, maintenance, congestion, safety and the environment, the pro Trail group had no answers. And when the Recreation Commission voted to not endorse the Rail Trail, the pro-trailers became belligerent and started telling the Recreation Commission that it was “their job” to endorse the Trail. Yes, in February the Recreation Commission voted to not endorse the Rail Trail. 3 members voted in favor of the Trail, 1 voted against, and 2 abstained as they felt they needed more time to consider the new information they had just been presented with.

Fast forward to March 7th, and the pro-trailers and their new legal representation returned to the Recreation Commission. This time they had a new trick, “no” actually means “yes.” As it turns out, apparently, under Roberts Rules for Public Meetings, the two Rec members who abstained, because they wanted more time to understand the complexities of the issue, weren’t counted in the original vote. So, the vote to endorse the Trail, by a seven person board, actually passed by 3 members voting for the proposal and 1 voting against it. With their “endorsement” finally in their hands the pro-trailers scuttled out of the meeting. Had they stayed they would have heard further discussion of the Trail and how members of the Recreation Commission felt that they had been manipulated, and that “this isn’t how we do things on this committee, and this leaves a bad taste in the mouth.” But they didn’t stay; they were probably too busy plotting which Town Body to harass next.

Ethics, honesty and transparency are not in the DNA of the pro-trailers, they are too obsessed with their agenda of pushing the Trail through regardless. That they care not one little bit about the abutters is of no surprise, however their scant disregard for the truth is a surprise in a group that purports to have the best interests of our “community spirit” (Lynnfield Advocate 03/10/17) at heart: they don’t, they are only interested in themselves. So, when they ask for your vote for the Trail in April, and that is what you are voting on, not just a lease on a railroad, please remember the depths they were prepared to plumb to get the endorsement of the Recreation Commission. So, pro-trailers – congratulations on your “endorsement” – you should feel really proud of yourselves.


Philip McQueen

Citizens of Lynnfield Against the Rail Trail


The Advocate HOROSCOPE

Aries (March 21st-April 20th): From now until the 31st Mercury, the planet of intelligence and communication, will be in your sign- encouraging genius ideas! Your mind is going to be alert and bubbling with solutions to every problem. Those around you will be less fortunate however, and may be very caught up in their own lives.

Taurus (April 21st-May 20th): This weeks planetary energy will have you feeling sexy and sassy! Enjoy the confidence and show off your wardrobe. Be easy though with your words and attitude towards friends- sensitivity is high and you don’t need any guilt to ruin this pleasant energy!

Gemini (May 21st-June20th): Your phone should be blowing up with invites left and right, and now is a great time to start to mix your friend groups. If there is anybody you have been meaning to introduce and connect make those plans now! Your old friends and new friends will lead to new adventures- and more diversity (will help prevent boredom this spring!)

Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd): Any opportunities to make connections in your field of work- events, social invites and workshops should be jumped on! You magnetism and ability to attract powerful people is strong. Pushing for this growth now will lead to more money in the spring!

Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd): This weeks weather may have really gotten to you, and your likely to be curled up this weekend flipping through travel magazines/Pinterest. Fear not, spring is right around the corner and a busy social life next week will keep you distracted from the frost.

Virgo (August 23rd-September 22rd): If you find yourself feeling quite defeated right now step back and look at the big picture. Who is it that you are trying to please? There is a good chance you’ve accidentally gotten caught up in trying to make a miserable (by choice) person happy. It’s not you, it’s them…Let it go!

Libra (September 23th- October 22rd): Libras are infamous for struggling with making decisions. Big and small- they all tend to really stump you. This upcoming week (and even maybe this weekend) try to just listen to your heart instead of getting really caught up in your head. You’ll waste a lot less time, and you won’t regret choices based on feelings.

Scorpio (October 23rd-November 22nd): Pay attention to helping hands at work- the planets are encouraging you to recognize the person assisting you most, or at least the person who could. Whether it is a possible business partner or an assistant this person can be of benefit in the long term and has a genuine connection to you.

Sagittarius (November 23rd-December 21st): Your enthusiasm, humor and positivity will be at an all time high next week- and people will flock to you like a moth to a flame! Enjoy this attention and happiness- the winter blues got the best of you over the past couple weeks! Start this fun period of time off this weekend by going out with old friends.

Capricorn (December22nd- January 19th): Make those in your inner most circle a priority this upcoming week. With Mercury buzzing in your domestic sector, now is the time to connect deeply with your loved ones and work around the home. Any changes you make to your home will be successful too!

Aquarius (January 20th- February 19th): With high activity in your technology and connections area astrologically, next week is the best time to buy and upgrade your gadgets. Changing over to the new will go smoothly, and you want to get it done before Mercury goes retrograde at the beginning of April! April will not be your month for technology.

Pisces (February 20th- March 20th): Money will be on your mind right now, specifically how you should be saving and spending. Curiosity about how others handle their finances may strike you- if so, ask questions politely to those you admire. Process everything you learn from research, and plan the changes you want to make! Energies are on your side for success.

Francesca Piazza is a Lynnfield native available for astrology consultations, tarot readings/parties, crystal healing, custom jewelry, and reiki. Please like Sister Fran Designs and Readings on Facebook for more info, or contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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