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Boys’ lacrosse coach looks ahead to a promising 2018 at annual awards banquet






The Lynnfield High School boys’ lacrosse team, coached by Joe Papagni, went through a rebuilding process this past spring, and there were a lot of hopeful signs for better results during the next few years. As a result of the progress made by the program, Papagni singled out several individuals for awards during the team’s annual banquet recently.

Nick Moreschi was given the Most Improved trophy after freely going from a substitute defenseman to a middie. “[Moreschi] did a great job for us, and really improved immensely as the season wore on,” the coach said.

Kingsley Corona was the recipient of a Coaches’ Award. Corona had to endure playing four years behind All-League goalie Jack Ganter, but then he made the switch to defense for several games to help the team out. Papagni knew all along that he was a quality young man, who has always put the team ahead of his own personal gains as a result of his willingness to be a backup goalie throughout his scholastic career, and thusly rewarded him for his perseverance.

Jim Whelan is another “program” player, according to Papagni, who has also worked hard for four years by running (among other things) the scout team defense when called on, while also leading the defense as the team’s point defender. The coach then added, before giving him a Coaches’ Award at the banquet, “[Whelan] came to practice every day with an attitude that made everyone around him feel better.”

Anthony Murphy was recognized as the team’s best defensive player. “He’s a tough, physical player, who led by example,” said Papagni. “He was the key to our clear game, and also a key defender in all of our different defenses. He was just a natural leader.”

Peter Look – 26 goals, 24 assists – was officially announced as the team’s best offensive player this year. “He was more than a scorer. He was a consistent, hard-working middie,” said Papagni. “He always worked to get better and was a captain this year, and he will be one again next year. He’s just an old school, never quit, always working hard leader.”

Jack Razzaboni was right behind Look on offense with 26 goals and 14 assists.

“We have gone from 12 returning starters in 2016 to two returning starters this year to 14 coming back next year,” said Papagni.

“We have three great character players and leaders coming back as captains next year in Pete, Razz and Murph. We also have a returning defense that as individuals and as a unit are willing to work hard. We have a goalie in Tom Deady, who has some significant varsity experience.

“If they as individuals work on lacrosse fundamentals in the off-season – catching, throwing, shooting, dodging – to become better overall competitive athletes as we as coaches expect, we will be back to where we want to be.

“We will re-emphasize that message at our final team meeting this week, while also meeting with next year’s freshmen.”

By Joe Mitchell


Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on the only roll call from the week of June 12-16.


The House and Senate held a constitutional convention and approved 134-55, (House approved 105-48, Senate approved 29-7), a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a graduated income tax in Massachusetts and impose an additional 4 percent income tax, in addition to the current flat 5.1 percent one, on taxpayers’ earnings of more than $1 million. The proposal was also approved by the 2015-2016 Legislature and will now go on the November 2018 ballot for voters to decide.

The amendment was proposed by the group Raise Up Massachusetts, which gathered the necessary signatures to bring the measure before the Legislature. Language in the amendment requires that, “subject to appropriation,” the revenue from the new tax will be used to fund quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation.

Supporters said the amendment is a reasonable one that will affect only 20,000 very wealthy individuals and will raise $2 billion in additional revenue. They said the requirement to use the revenue for education and transportation will benefit millions of Bay State taxpayers. They argued the hike would help lower income families which are now paying a higher share of their income in taxes.

Opponents said that if the amendment becomes law, the state will soon regain its dreaded title of “Taxachusetts.” They argued the new tax will lead to the loss of 9,500 private sector jobs and will result in many millionaires moving out of the state and a loss of all income tax revenue from them. They argued that the caveat that the $2 billion is “subject to appropriation,” means it will end up in the General Fund and be up for grabs for anything. They noted the amendment will open a Pandora’s Box that will result in class warfare and higher taxes on millions of taxpayers by allowing the Legislature to establish different tax rates for different levels of income.

Some opponents said that the new proposal is unconstitutional and promised they will challenge it in the courts. They said that allowing special interests to put earmarks in the constitution is an unconstitutional end run around the Legislature’s accountability for “tax and spend” decisions.

(A “Yes” vote is for the additional 4 percent tax. A “No” vote is against it.)

Rep. Stephan Hay                           Yes

Rep. Bradley Jones                         No

Rep. Theodore Speliotis       Yes

Rep. Thomas Walsh                        Yes

Sen. Joan Lovely                            Yes

Sen. Thomas McGee                       Yes


HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session.

During the week of June 12-16, the House met for a total of seven hours and ten minutes and the Senate met for a total of four hours and 36 minutes.

Mon. June 12

House11:07 a.m. to 11:17 a.m.

Senate 11:09 a.m. to 11:16 a.m.

Tues.June 13

No House session

No Senate session

Wed. June 14

House 11:00 a.m. to 5:53 p.m.

Senate 1:02 p.m. to 2:53 p.m.

Thurs. June 15

House 11:06 a.m. to11:13 a.m.

Senate11:18 a.m. to 1:56 p.m.

Fri. June 16

No House session

No Senate session

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The Advocate HOROSCOPE

Aries (March 21st-April 20th): This Wednesday past all sorts of planets including the sun enter Cancer bringing out your domestic side until late July. Dive into home projects and spruce up things while also getting rid of the old. New items are going to be flowing in anyways- so cleansing now will pay off! Being home a bit more will also stimulate your creativity.

Taurus (April 21st-May 20th): The sun’s energy in home loving Cancer will have you wanting to get back to you roots, community and home right now. Slow down your pace and smell all the roses around you- it’ll invigorate you more than you expect! Expect the unexpected in your social life this weekend- fun invites may come last minute so be dressed for anything.

Gemini (May 21st-June 20th): As the sun shifts out of your sign this week, all of those good ideas you had the past couple of weeks can start to be worked on. Get your finances, time and home in order for a busy couple of weeks (and keep a packed lunch with you!) This weekend is an ideal time to really think, and discuss, with your family about some financial changes.

Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd): The sun entered your sign on Wednesday- and its officially your birthday season! Shine bright and enjoy the attention. Pay attention, and even jot down, ideas that come to you right now for the upcoming year. While the sun is in your sign until the end of July, treat it like your personal New Year where you can plot for big changes!

Leo  (July 23rd-August 22nd): Starting this week and until your birthday season at the end of July- you should be focusing (or actually less focusing) on relaxation and recouping. Claim time for yourself to do nothing, as it is likely you haven’t done that much, and just clear your mind. Turn down invites if you can- although that is against your nature!

Virgo  (August 23rd-September 22rd): This week and next you are likely to find yourself with very little, if any, time alone. Have patience and know this loud and busy phase will pass- and your home will quiet down soon. You are better than most signs though when it comes to sucking it up and just dealing with annoyances! Eat extra healthy next week- your energy levels will be easily impacted.

Libra (September 23th-October 22rd): The planets are on your side for a bit longer as far as career growth goes. Push and keep pushing for what you want and feel you deserve. The more you ask for the more you’ll get! Clear your mind in between with cleaning and organizing your home- domestic productivity will relieve all kinds of stress for you right now.

Scorpio (October 23rd-November 22nd): The desire to travel will be quite strong these upcoming weeks. Plan accordingly, but definitely treat yourself if you can to a small get away. Maybe there’s a chance you can combine business and travel? Seek out some opportunities and you’ll be surprised to with what you find!

Sagittarius (November 23rd-December 21st): Big changes are coming for you Sagittarius as the sun goes through your 8th house of transformation and endings. These changes though may be hard for you to decide upon right away, as lots of small distractions pop up at the end of the month. Take your time and think things out before pushing forward!

Capricorn (December22nd- January 19th): This week and next your home life and those that share a roof with you should be your main focus. A particular relationship may need a little healing and extra attention right now. Don’t be afraid to push for more connection with those around you, they want the same things you do! Do a little research before spending any savings on home projects- check all options.

Aquarius (January 20th- February 19th): Spend some time next week changing up the decorations and placement of items around your home. The sun’s placement is encouraging you to make some domestic changes that can also positively impact your health. What can you take away to help break a bad habit? Small changes will be very successful now!

Pisces (February 20th- March 20th): Easy does it next week with spending Pisces. Although you may be feeling very secure more bills are sneaking up than you expect- save now and you won’t have any regrets. Spend on silly things and you will definitely regret it in July! Stay confident at work when people question your ideas- they will understand soon.

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



RMLD rates to increase effective July 1

At its regular Board meeting held on Thursday, June 15, the Board of Commissioners of Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) voted 4-0 to increase rates effective July 1, 2017. Specific rate increases depend on rate class and usage, and are estimated to be 3.5-7.7%.

As part of a formal cost of service study, the following long-term strategic objectives were used in the rate setting process: adjust subsidies between and within classes of customers to reflect the cost of providing service and statutory requirements; ensure that rates for large, high load factor customers can attract and retain such customers; make rates more reflective of the cost of providing service; provide price signals that encourage customers to reduce demand during peak periods and to increase usage during off-peak periods; phase-in changes over a period of time to permit customers time to respond and adjust; and protect use of distribution system revenues from erosion due to customer-owned generation of electricity.

“The rate increases are primarily due to the previously stated rise in transmission and capacity costs within the Northeastern Massachusetts wholesale energy market,” said RMLD General Manager Coleen O’Brien. “RMLD is taking steps to address the increase in wholesale capacity and transmission costs through our Shred the Peak educational program, our Solar Choice program, which provides a minor offset to wholesale electricity needs, and the installation of a generator at one of RMLD’s substations, which will be used during expensive peak demand times to reduce the amount of power purchased from the wholesale market. Flat electricity sales are also a factor.”

Rate adjustments based on the stated objectives are estimated at 3.5-4% for municipal, commercial and industrial customers, 4.5-5% for schools, 6.6% for residential customers, 5-7% for industrial time-of-use customers and 7.7% for residential time-of-use customers.

To achieve a rate structure that meets standard utility rate practices and statutory requirements, it is necessary to reduce subsidization within and between the rate classes. As mentioned, RMLD’s rate design reduces subsidies and adjusts rates to more closely reflect the cost of providing service to each rate class. Residential rates are being adjusted to move from a negative cost of service to neutral.

Residential customers using an average of 750 kilowatt hours (kWh) monthly are expected to see an increase of approximately $7.49/month. Monthly increases will vary based on the amount of electricity used.

RMLD’s Shred the Peak educational program, which launched in 2016, seeks to address rising wholesale capacity costs through customer education. Capacity costs are set based on the level of electricity that is used during the peak demand hour, which is the one hour during the year when the highest amount of electricity is consumed. Peak demand typically occurs on a hot weekday afternoon between the hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. RMLD’s Shred the Peak program seeks to educate customers about how peak demand impacts future costs, and encourages customers to conserve electricity when peak demand is predicted. RMLD communicates peak demand predictions through Shred the Peak Alerts sent out via email and Twitter. Shred the Peak Alerts are issued multiple times over the summer to ensure the actual peak demand is captured. To learn more about RMLD’s Shred the Peak initiative and how to conserve electricity, please visit

RMLD offers a number of programs to its customers to offset the cost of electricity, including ENERGY STAR® Certified Appliance Rebates, Electric Vehicle Charger Rebates, Renewable Energy Rebates (including solar), a Commercial Lighting Retrofit Program, a no-cost home energy assessment for residential customers, savings of up to 50% off the retail price on an assortment of ENERGY STAR® Certified LED light bulbs and advanced power strips through RMLD’s online store for residential customers, a time-of-use rate, a prompt payment discount and more.

RMLD continues to have competitive electric rates along with a proven record for reliability. RMLD serves Reading, North Reading, Wilmington and Lynnfield Center and is locally owned and operated. For more information or to learn about RMLD’s Shred the Peak initiative and various rebate programs, please visit or contact us at 781-942-6598.


Lynnfield’s Summer Reading kicks off today

Lynnfield’s Summer Reading program is back for the summer. Starting on today and hosted by the Lynnfield Public Library, the program gives those of all ages the chance to practice reading and learn in a fun, exciting way.

The program presents a “Reading Competition” with the theme Kids vs. Adults. Participants log their books read in a log (available at the library) and tally their hours read. By the end of the summer, the library team will count the hours and add each hour in the form of a “link” to a paper chain. The team with the most links wins.

The event kicks off at the Town Common on June 23 and interested people may register then. Visitors will get to enjoy lawn games, a musical-educational performance by Roger Tincknell, and arts and crafts. Tincknell’s concert, titled “Songs of the Seas, Rivers and Waterways,” begins at noon.


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