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Pioneers stage dramatic comeback to tie first place Masco

Girls’ soccer team remains in contention for second with Newburyport, North Reading

The Lynnfield High School girls’ soccer team probably picked up its most important point of the season Monday afternoon, Oct. 2, when they tied first place Masco, 2-2. It followed a week where they won twice: against Pentucket in a blowout (5-1, Sept. 26) and Georgetown (3-0, Sept. 28).

“That was a great team effort for us on Monday. We came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie Masco,” said coach Mark Vermont. “It was a game that featured two good teams, and it lived up to its billing.”

The Pioneers now own a 5-2-1 record, very much in a dogfight for second place in the Kinney Division with Newburyport and North Reading behind the first place Chieftains.

Masco scored 27 minutes into the game, and again with six minutes left in the first half to go up 2-0. But then the Lynnfield girls cut the deficit in half with a minute to go before halftime on a goal by Christina Benvenuto on a solo effort.

Giving up goals early or late in a half are always momentum builders or killers, depending on your perspective, but in Lynnfield’s case they didn’t waste the opportunity. They continued to apply the pressure at the start of the second half, and eventually netted the equalizer just three minutes into the last half off of a corner from Kate Mitchell to Liz Shaievitz, who put it home on a header.

“Goals scored in the last five minutes of each half are always critical points in any game. They inevitably change momentum,” said Vermont.

Mackenzie O’Neill made nine saves in net to certainly help earn that valuable point for her teammates. “It was a back-and-forth game after we scored the tying goal, but our defense really stepped it up to slow down the Masco offense. The few opportunities they had to score, O’Neill was right there to make the big stop,” said Vermont.

The game against Pentucket was played on the Sachems’ grassy surface, which definitely changes the local team’s style of play that is used to playing on field turf, which makes for a quicker game. But after making early adjustments, it ended up having little effect on them. They had a 2-0 lead at halftime on goals by junior Emma Montanile and Sydney Santosuosso.

Shaievitz netted two second half goals after the Sachems trimmed the deficit to two, following Mitchell’s tally. O’Neill only had to make four saves to secure another win.

Shaievitz then ignited the offense two minutes into the Georgetown game from Anna Ferrante, just two minutes into that game. “That’s been the focus of ours – to score early going into every game this year – and we did a better job of it in this game,” said Vermont.

Ferrante followed up her assist with a solo effort marker to give her teammates a 2-0 lead at halftime. Shaievitz closed out the offense in the second half with a goal from Mitchell. O’Neill made another four saves to help secure the victory.

The Pioneers take on Amesbury on Oct. 4 (after press deadline) before they head to Ipswich to take on the Tigers on Friday afternoon.

By Joe Mitchell



Pioneers shutdown Amesbury to secure sixth win

Field hockey team closes in on postseason berth with still nine regular season games on tap

The Lynnfield High School field hockey team rebounded nicely from last week’s 4-0 loss to first place Masco with a more than satisfying 6-0 triumph over host Amesbury Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 3. The Pioneers are now 6-3 at the halfway mark on the regular season schedule. There’s a logjam at the top of the Kinney Division in the Cape Ann League with the likes of Triton and Pentucket battling Lynnfield and Maco for the top two spots.

“We’re definitely on the road to making the state tournament,” said coach Mamie Reardon, “and that was our goal at the beginning of the season. But we still have to learn to put the ball in the net on a consistent basis.”

Against the Indians earlier this week, they had little difficulty scoring frequently. They were able to notch three goals in each half to account for the final score.

Lily Rothwell wasted little time igniting the surge with a pretty goal that she practically orchestrated all by herself after picking up the ball on the opening face-off, and racing 50-yards into the Amesbury zone, before blasting it home from close range.

Senior left midfielder Alix Ross then scored her first career varsity goal from Abby Buckley. Mia Lemeiux notched goal No. 3 from Buckley and Rothwell.

Rothwell accounted for her second tally of the game setup by Lemeiux. Ashley Barrett got into the scoring act with a goal from Buckley via a corner shot.

Senior Natasha Cushing completed the scoring in this game with her first-ever career varsity goal from Haley Castinetti.

Goalie Emily Dickey only had to make one save to secure the shutout.

Amesbury is one of only a handful of schools that still play on a grass field, much to the chagrin of coaches like Reardon, who realize it definitely slows down the pace of the game, compared to field turf.

“You have all of these skill players on the field, and you can’t use them effectively, because they have trouble moving the ball on grass,” she said.

The annual Play for the Cure Breast Cancer game took place Thursday night, Oct. 5, against Ipswich after press deadline. The Lynnfield girls will remain at home to take on non-league Peabody on Friday, Oct. 6, starting at 5 p.m. for the varsity.

By Joe Mitchell


Make Fall Comfort Foods with More Nutrition and Fewer Calories



Comforting Fall dishes like stews, soups, chilies and casseroles can be high in fat and calories and not waist friendly. Luckily, by a slight tweaking of ingredients   can change all that. Here I have a guide to make heart warming delicious dishes that help weight management, provide healthful benefits and are simple to cook up.

Begin your meal creation with a plan that includes not more than 1/3 poultry, fish, red meat and low fat dairy. The other 2/3 of your meal should be whole grains, vegetables, fruit, beans and other plant food.  The combination of plant foods provides plenty of health promoting phytochemicals and fewer calories to your fall comfort dishes. Here are 4 steps to a delicious slimming and healthful fall repast.

1. Choose Lean Protein Sources

Some of the most healthful protein sources are beans, peas, and lentils. These low cost legumes provide fiber, folate, potassium, magnesium and iron.  As they are a plant food, they contain phytochemicals.

Choose canned or dry and cook them yourself

Use beans in chilis

Substitute lentils for ground beef in pasta dishes or stuffed peppers.

Choose skinless poultry, shrimp, fish and low fat cottage cheese for animal sources avoid extra calories and saturated fats.

2. Get your veggies

Seasonal fall vegetables at peak flavor include Swiss chard, winter, squashes, turnip, sweet potatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. Mix several types of your favorite vegetables together for stews or stir-fries.  Frozen vegetables are always handy and ready to be used as needed.

3. Add Whole Grains

There are many common whole grains to choose, such as, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice and barley. Or look for varieties like quinoa, wheat berries and farro.

Whole grains offer cancer-fighting vitamins minerals, fiber, antioxidant, and phytochemical. Rice, small pasta shapes, barley and other small whole grains cook up nicely in a stew or skillet dish. Just add some extra liquid in the form of water, broth, and tomato sauce or vegetable juice. Depending on your recipe, some grains like larger noodles and wheat berries will need pre-cooking. Add them to your one pot meal at the end of cooking.

4. Toss–Together Meal

Sometimes you have what you need already cooked and read to assemble.  Prepare a nourishing bowl with leftover brown rice topped with chicken or shrimp and steamed broccoli or cauliflower.

Make your one pot meal a fall staple. Full of healthful benefits and easy to put together. Most one-pot meals taste better the next day, so they can be cooked ahead and reheated as needed. Keep the nutrients up and the calories down for a slimmer waist and better overall health.

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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;

By Anna Tourkakis,



Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on several of the roll calls on overriding some of Gov. Charlie Baker’s cuts of $320 million in spending in the $39.4 billion fiscal 2018 state budget. A two-thirds vote in both branches is needed for a veto to be overridden. The House has so far restored an estimated $284 million and the Senate $24.9 million.

House and Senate Democratic leaders said the budget was balanced and that Baker’s cuts were unnecessary and would hurt many people including the sick, seniors, children and minorities.

The governor and GOP leaders said the Legislature should wait until more tax revenue figures are in so that members can see if the state can afford to restore this funding. Some Republicans said that because of this uncertainty they voted to sustain all of Gov. Baker’s vetoes, even though it meant voting against restoring funding for many good programs they would otherwise have supported.

“The Baker-Polito Administration put forward a balanced budget, eliminated millions of dollars in earmark spending and increased funding for education, addiction prevention initiatives and other key programs this fiscal year,” said Baker spokesman Brendan Moss. “The current fiscal environment, specifically soft revenue collection reports to date, indicates there is no basis to support the legislature’s decision to increase spending by $284 million.”

“The Senate has carefully reviewed vetoes in the context of our difficult fiscal situation and ongoing efforts on health care cost containment,” said Senate Ways and Means chair Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “I am confident that the budget remains in balance and cautiously optimistic about revenue collections and potential savings moving forward.”



House 139-15, overrode a reduction of $1.1 million (from $3.6 million to $2.5 million) for recovery high schools -- public schools where students can earn a high school diploma and are supported in their recovery from alcohol and drug use.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $1.1 million. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones                  No



House 125-28, overrode a reduction of $550,000 (from $4,110,977 to $3,560,977) for programs for the promotion of health and disease prevention including prevention of breast cancer, hepatitis C and colorectal cancer; and screening for prostate cancer, diabetes, ovarian cancer, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $550,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones                  No



House 120-33, overrode the veto of the entire $60,000 for a program that mentors and teaches financial literacy to low-income women.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $60,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones                  No



House 141-12 overrode the veto of the entire $50,000 for a post-partum depression pilot program.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $50,000. A “No” is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones                  No



House 136-17, overrode the veto of the entire $250,000 for the Chefs in Schools program that brings chefs into school cafeteria kitchens to work with existing staff to create healthier meals that students would find tasty and visually appealing.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $250,000. A “No” is against funding it.)

Rep. Bradley Jones                  No


Senate 31-5, overrode a reduction of $1.25 million (from $2.5 million to $1.25 million) for early childhood mental health consultation services in early education and care programs.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $1.25 million. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Sen. Thomas McGee                Yes



Senate 37-0, overrode a reduction of $800,000 (from $2,606,334 to 1,806,334) for pediatric palliative care.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $800,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Sen. Thomas McGee                Yes


CUT $200,000 FOR SAMARITANS (H 3800)

Senate 34-2, overrode a reduction of $200,000 (from $400,000 to $200,000) for the Samaritans for suicide prevention services.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $200,000. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Sen. Thomas McGee                Yes



Senate 31-5, overrode Gov. Baker’s veto of the entire $1 million in funding for the Reach Out and Read (ROAR) program that trains pediatricians and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children to prepare them for school. The program also funds the purchase of books to give to children who are six months to five years old during their visits to their doctors. Some 254 hospitals and clinics in Massachusetts participate in the program, serving 186,000 children and families.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $1 million. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

Sen. Thomas McGee                Yes



Senate 30-6, overrode Gov. Baker’s $1 million veto reduction (from $5 million to $4 million) in funding for Tufts Veterinary School in North Grafton. Tufts is the only veterinary school in New England.

Tufts’ website says that its progressive academic programs, high-quality clinical care services and original research have brought them national and worldwide acclaim.

(A “Yes” vote is for funding the $1 million. A “No” vote is against funding it.)

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 September 25-29, the House met for a total of six hours and five minutes while the Senate met for a total of five hours and 38 minutes.

Mon.Sept. 25

House11:02 a.m. to11:12 a.m.

Senate 11:03 a.m. to11:13 a.m.

Tues. Sept. 26

No House session

No Senate session

Wed.Sept. 27

House11:04 a.m. to 3:58 p.m.

No Senate session

Thurs.Sept. 28

House11:08 a.m. to12:09 p.m.

Senate 11:11 a.m. to 4:39 p.m.

Fri.Sept. 29

No House session

No Senate session

Bob Katzen
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Centre Congregational Church welcomes Rottman and Wilson

Centre Congregational Church, which is located at 5 Summer St. in Lynnfield, is pleased to welcome two new members of our ministry staff: Nancy Rottman and Larainne Wilson. Nancy is our newly called settled pastor, and Larainne is the Director of Faith Formation.

Nancy comes to Centre Church as her first call in the United Church of Christ. She received her Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in 2016 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Binghamton University in 1985. Nancy served for five years in the United States Air Force as a Labor and Delivery Nurse and, prior to attending seminary, she worked for a decade in Early Intervention in southern New Hampshire, serving children with disabilities and their families. Nancy has served churches as a lay person throughout her adult life. During and after seminary, she served on the ministry team of Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington, Mass. She is thrilled to now be fully living into her call to serve God and neighbor with the loving congregation of Centre Church.

Larainne works as our Director of Faith Formation, overseeing our religious education and youth programs on a part-time basis. She also works as the Director of Upper School Services at Cotting School in Lexington, Mass., which is committed to excellence for children and young adults with disabilities. She has held that position since 2006. Larainne’s academic and work credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark University and a Master of Education from Boston University, as well as programs in Christian Education and School Administration. She is certified as a School Principal (Pre-K to grade 6). Previously, Larainne coordinated religious education for both the United Church of Christ, Congregational in Burlington, Mass., and Christ Church United in Lowell, Mass. Larainne is a huge fan of progressive theology, country music, social justice, lifelong learning, realistic fiction and the United Church of Christ, where she has “found a haven and a home.”

Centre Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is an Open and Affirming Church which means that we welcome people of all ages and abilities, gender expressions and sexual orientations into the full life and ministry of the congregation. Our facility is handicap accessible with ample parking behind the church off Main Street. We worship on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., and all are welcome to join us. For more information, call the church office at 781-334-3050 or visit the church website:


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