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Local family hosts fundraiser to support Boston Marathon runner

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Will help raise money for Nashoba Learning Group

On Saturday, March 4, the Parziale family held a fundraising party at their Lynnfield home for Nicole Mitsakis of Middleton, who will be running the Boston Marathon for Nashoba Learning Group (NLG), a private autism school in Bedford. According to Susan Parziale, this is Nicole’s first marathon. Her fundraising requirement for the charity bib is $10,000, and thanks to so many who turned out on Saturday night, Nicole did very well to reach her goal.


Pictured is Nicole Mitsakis with Jenna Parziale, who attends NLG. (Photo courtesy of Parziale family)


 

Center Farm sold to Lynnfield family

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Center Farm will soon be under new management. During the meeting of the Board of Selectmen last Monday night, officials designated lifelong Lynnfielders Steven and Kelly Migliero as new owners of the 567 Main St. property.

The board unanimously voted to award the property to the Miglieros for a sale price of $935,000. According to the board, the Miglieros were the only bidders, although numerous people in town had expressed interest in purchasing the property.

Steven and Kelly are the parents of four children in town. Steven was born in town and went to Lynnfield High School. He and his family moved back to Lynnfield around six years ago.

“This is a win-win for Lynnfield,” Board of Selectman Chairman Phil Crawford said, who described the buyers as a “great family.”

“I couldn’t be happier that they want to help fix it up, and restore it back to its architectural significance,” Crawford continued.

According to Crawford, the proposal still needs to go before the Lynnfield Historical Commission for approval. Once that process is completed, the sale can be finalized.

Center Farm is a historic property that was built in 1785. The town purchased it in 2014 for $1.4 million in light of concerns that it would be bought and destroyed by developers. Since it was purchased by the town, it has undergone a lengthy bureaucratic process that included negotiations with the Massachusetts Historical Commission on how to best preserve its features while maintaining its salability.

The Miglieros could not be reached for comment.

By Melanie Higgins


 

Lynnfield Democratic Town Committee selects delegates for 2017 Mass. Democratic Convention

At its recent caucus, the Lynnfield Democratic Town Committee selected delegates and alternates for the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across the state will gather to adopt a new party platform. The convention allows Democrats the opportunity to come together to discuss shared values. The convention will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Tsongas Arena, which is located at 300 Martin Luther King Jr Way in Lowell, Mass.

Elected Lynnfield delegates are Bob Casoli, Diane Courtney, Martha Dwyer, Jim Fox and Malka Travaglini. Chairman Mark McDonough is an ex-officio delegate. Elected alternates are Sally Hamblen, Darlene Kumar, Sue McDonough and Sara Teague.

The next meeting of the Lynnfield Democratic Town Committee is April 19 at the Merritt Center, MarketStreet. For further information please check the Lynnfield Democratic Town Committee page on Facebook.

   

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

   

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