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Bike Path Quagmire

A hot topic of the year is the Bike Path! A 4.5 mile strip through Wakefield and Lynnfield funded by the State Transportation Improvement Program, TIP, which includes $5.6 Million of Federal funds and another $1.4 Million from other sources.

The public continues to hear conflicting information from both sides on the subject. However one area of agreement: Reedy Meadow is a special area, even the Federal Government agrees so much so that it has been designated as a National Natural Landmark, NNL, by the U.S. National Park Service.

“The National Natural Landmarks Program recognizes and encourages the conservation of sites that contain outstanding biological and geological resources. Sites are designated by the Secretary of the Interior for their condition, illustrative character, rarity, diversity, and value to science and education. The National Park Service administers the program and works cooperatively with landowners, managers and partners to promote conservation and appreciation of our nation’s natural heritage.”

Lynnfield has been blessed in having one of 600 NNL throughout the country. The Lynnfield Marsh, aka Reedy Meadow, rises to the status of such areas as the Grand Canyon, Lake George, Barringer Meteor Crater, San Andreas Fault, Okefenokee Swamp, and Diamond Head just to name a few. Massachusetts only has 11 of these unique areas with the next closest NNL in Plymouth and Worcester.

A NNL is not protected by any Federal or State Law but depends upon the citizens to offer protection of their outstanding biological and geological resources. Protection which the Town has constantly spent funds by purchasing Partridge Island land in the 90’s, purchasing Reedy Meadow Golf Course, and then permitting Market St. which included the negotiation of more ownership of NNL land.

Yes, damage was done by Market St. especially the increased construction noise and now the continuing increased sound levels. Researchers agree that such sound levels can effect the vital processes of living organisms such as reproductive success and long term survival. Noise, just like the availability of nesting materials or food sources, plays an important role in the ecosystem. Activities such as finding desirable habitat and mates, avoiding predators, protecting young, and establishing territories are all dependent on the acoustical environment. See information at the U.S. National Park Service – https://www.nps.gov/subjects/sound/index.htm – it has a lot of referenced research. When these effects are combined with other stresses such as winter weather, disease, and food shortages, sound impacts can have important implication upon the health and vitality of the Meadow’s wildlife population.

Animals are being forced to adapt to increasing sound levels however adaption over a decade is one thing, adaption over a few years is another. Knowing the impact, it should follow that we should attempt to minimize the threat to all species in Reedy Meadow by reducing the amount of noise they are exposed to.

The Bike Path and other associated plans for Reedy Meadow will surely degrade the fragile area yet again, this time it may just kill it. Careful consideration of the impacts of human-generated noise on the wildlife is a critical component of management for a healthy ecosystems in Reedy Meadow.

Have all the efforts and funds expended to save Reedy Meadow been in futility?

My vote is for the preservation of the NNL called Reedy Meadow, however I also favor a bike path, so the quagmire.

The majority seems to favor a bike path through Reedy Meadow however in the past that majority always respected the impact projects would have upon their fellow citizens. Recall the support for various projects on Green Street, the CVS at Rt.1, or the bike path attempt at Trog Hawley. The Town has always respected the rights of their fellow citizens especially when they were in the minority. An attitude which is basic in our Town and basic to the founding of America. Yes, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, to name a few all worried about the majority abusing its powers to oppress a minority just as easily as a king.

How to solve the quagmire! Can a win win solution be found?A solution that makes both parties satisfied!

Why yes, one exists; The Salem – Lawrence abandoned rail line can solve the quagmire. Not only solve, but a better deal!

No street crossings, no infringement upon town citizens’ property rights (we own all the aforementioned land) while still maintaining an area for educational and recreation use. A better Bike Trail which would be connected to the start of the existing Peabody Trail and reach all the way back to Lawrence, not just a short 4.5 mile proposed trail.

A better path which solves the expensive maintenance costs of a boardwalk, funds taken from other important programs – yes Town funds are limited so when maintenance is required for the boardwalk, funds for something else would no longer be available. DPW has enough to maintain; schools, sidewalks, fields, buildings . . . , without giving them another project to spend their limited funds and manpower on.

A countless amount of citizens’ time and effort has gone into the Reedy Meadow Bike Trail now is the time to direct that energy to a better Bike Trail; one along the abandoned line running from Peabody through Lynnfield and into N. Reading the aforementioned Salem – Lawrence Line.

It’s time to turn the page, move on to that better Trail by voting NO on Article 24, the Rail Trail Article.

 Alan K. Dresios

Concerned Citizen!

 

Saugus-Lynnfield Squirt AAA team wins Valley League Championship

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This weekend the Valley Hockey League held their championship weekend at Haverhill Valley forum, and the Stars Squirt AAA team took home the hardware. The Stars never trailed at any point during an exciting hockey game versus MASCO.

The Stars got things started within the first five minutes of the game with a sweet goal by Owen Keefe. Their MASCO opponent did not make things easy for the Stars as they answered a couple of minutes later to tie it up. However, the Stars put constant pressure on MASCO and put another one past the goaltender as JR Goldstein made a nice pass to Owen Keefe to put the Stars back on top, 2-1. MASCO never quit though and again tied it up to make it, 2-2. With that goal the momentum started to swing a little towards MASCO’s way, but great defense from Jake Connell and Drew Carney, along with fabulous glove saves from Mike Murphy, kept the score tied. The Stars got the lead back when Dylan Damiani made a nice rush up the ice and beat the MASCO defenders wide then he slide a beauty of a pass over to Anthony Grabau, who then roofed it to make the score 3-2. Once again though, MASCO responded quickly to tie it up again, 3-3. The game winner came with five minutes to go in the game as Owen Keefe capped off his hat trick with a gorgeous rush up the ice, then he beat the MASCO goaltender glove side to give the Stars the lead. A late surge by MASCO came up short as the Stars held on to win the Valley AAA championship, 4-3. It was a great up-tempo, back-and-forth hockey game that kept the fans on the edge of their seats.

Head coach Tom Carney stated, “The key to our victory was the constant back-checking and hustle by the forwards. Players like Joey Calder, Kye McClory, Morgan Belyea, Sean Flynn, Ben Pimental and Key Smyrnios were a huge spark all game long with their great two-way style of hockey by fore-checking and back-checking.”

 

North Shore Stars U6 finishes season undefeated

The North Shore Stars U6 hockey team entered their final game of the season in the Stoneham U6 league looking to cap off a perfect season. In typical fashion they did just that. After giving up two quick goals the boys settled in and got back to the basics that carried them all season long.

John Morello got the Stars on the board to cut the lead in half and Cameron Doherty tied it up only seconds later.At the halfway point the Stars were in the closest game of the season and it could have gone either way.

From this point forward the stars played like a team on a mission with the kids playing great two way hockey. Nicholas Rinaldi and Johnny O’Donnell led the way with tremendous defense which led to offense as the Stars opened up the lead with Louis Migliore and Cameron Marchand finding the back of the net. As the clock was winding down on the season Michael Mattia added one more goal to finish up the scoring for the Stars.Goalie Jack Cuddy came up with big save after big save to keep Stoneham at bay, and the boys finished off the season undefeated with a 14-2 win.

It was a wonderful season for the U6 Stars, a great group of coachable kids who were always ready to listen and learn from an excellent coaching staff led by head coach Keven Doherty and assistants Joe Rinaldi and Chet Ferreira.The Stars were without one teammate on the ice for the final game due to injury but Drew Ferreira was the ultimate team player joining the coaching staff to be there to support his teammates. The boys were sad to have the season come to an end but will never forget this season of hockey and the teammates and friends that they have made.

   

2017 Celebration of Trees on National Arbor Day

On Saturday, April 29, Lynnfield will be celebrating Arbor Day in recognition of the value trees have in our lives every day. The Tree Committee invites you to attend our ceremony on the Common from 10 to 11 a.m. After a reading of the proclamation by a town official, we will plant a tree on the Common provided by our Department of Public Works and Tree Warden.

On the first Arbor Day in 1872, J. Sterling Morton offered prizes to counties and individuals for planting the most trees on April 10 of that year. Over one million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day. Today Arbor Day is most commonly observed on the last Friday of April, with several United States presidents proclaiming the date National Arbor Day, and states free to vary the date of celebration to coincide with the best tree-planting weather. The Celebration of Trees allows us to recognize that trees provide us with more than just clean air; they also cool our homes, lower winter heating costs and provide food for wildlife. Just as importantly, trees are a dominant factor in our mental health and a direct connection to the earth itself. As the earth’s longest living organism, it has dominated our existence on the planet.

This year in honor of our town’s celebration we will designate a Wishing Tree on the Commons. A Wishing Tree is an individual tree, usually a native species, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. We are inviting members of the community of all ages to come and fill out a tag to hang on the tree with a wish, either personal or worldly. All wishes will be anonymous and will hang on the tree to be shared with others until May 21 following the Town festivities. The event will take place at 10:00 a.m., rain or shine, and is also listed in the library display on trees provided by the Tree Committee through the end of May.

 

Health benefits of dark leafy greens

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With today’s pace and high levels of stress, many of us suffer low energy along with assorted other maladies and health conditions. As we age, we may develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol or acid reflux. Even those with no prior weight challenges may notice an expanding waistline.

Dark leafy greens to the rescue.

This spring, make some room among your flower gardens for some dark leafy greens. Dark leafy greens – including Swiss chard, dandelion greens, collard greens, arugula, turnip greens, bok choy -- yield an abundance of health benefits you won’t want your body to miss out on. These powerhouse greens offer hefty doses of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

In addition to fiber, dark leafy greens supply folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin E and minerals - magnesium and potassium, nutrients often in short supply in the diet of many individuals. Consuming just 1 ½ cups cooked per week contributes significantly in  maintaining good health and managing nutrition related conditions.

Here is the rundown on their function in the body and health:

Folate is found in abundance in the green leafy vegetables. The name folate is derived from the word foliage. A deficiency of this nutrient can result in anemia, diminished immunity, and abnormal digestive function.

Vitamin A plays a major role in eye health, cell reproduction, growth and the immune system. In leafy greens vitamin A is in the beta-carotene form, which the body converts to active vitamin A as needed.  In animal products Vitamin A is already in its active form.

Vitamin C is often associated with citrus fruits but surprisingly leafy greens offer a substantial amount as well.  Vitamin C protects against infections, is an antioxidant, maintains collagen and helps absorb iron from food.

Vitamin K is essential for the blood clotting mechanism. Individuals on blood thinner medication need to manage their intake.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant and guards the body against free radicals that can damage lipids and lipoproteins. This can create inflammation and cell damage associated with the aging process and chronic diseases.

Magnesium has many important functions in the body. It is essential for strong bones and teeth; proper working of muscles and nerves including the heart and a strong immune system

Potassium is helpful in lowering blood pressure.  Studies show that diets with ample potassium are associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Physicians prescribing diuretics advise patients to eat potassium-rich foods to compensate for the losses.

Fiber content of dark leafy greens is impressive as well. They contain about 4 -5 grams of fiber per 1 cup cooked. Fiber keeps the intestinal tract healthy.

In addition to their vast array of nutrients, these dark green leafy vegetables are easy to grow and prepare. Enjoy those colorful green leaves from your garden or the supermarket shelf.  Take advantage of the nutritional contribution of these flavorful vegetables and take pride in feeding your body well

Cooking Tip:

While many leafy greens are fabulous tossed in salads, sautéing them in olive oil, garlic, lemon, and herbs brings out a rich flavor. Check out my version of sautéed spinach with raisins and pine nuts.  Adapted from my cookbook Delicious Simplicity Recipes for Today’s Busy Life; Anna Tourkakis.

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Anna Tourkakis is a nutritionist, author and founder of Eating From Within Nutrition. She provides nutrition advisory services and healthy eating programs to companies and individuals to help clients manage health conditions and maintain healthy eating lifestyles.  Anna can be reached at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
T. 781 334-8752; www.eatingfromwithin.com

By Anna Tourkakis,

Nutritionist

   

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