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Saugus eliminates Pioneers hockey team with third period three-goal surge

Lynnfield ends another winning season in the Division 2 North quarterfinals

The Lynnfield High School boys’ hockey team (11-9-2, 13th seed) took on Saugus (11-7-4, 12th seed) in a Division 2 North semifinal round game last Friday night, March 3, at Woburn’s O’Brien Rink. Coach John Gardner’s Pioneers stayed with their Route 1 neighbors for two periods before the Sachems broke it open in the third period with three unanswered goals to win the game going away, 5-2. The game was tied at two after two periods.

While Lynnfield went home contemplating what went wrong, the Sachems went on to face Lowell Catholic (17-2-2), the top seed, at Lowell’s Tsongas Center Tuesday night in a North semifinal contest. Things didn’t go particularly well for Saugus, which ended up losing to Lowell Catholic rather decisively, 10-2. Saugus never trailed versus the Pioneers, but just the same it was never comfortable for them until the fateful third.

Saugus junior Ryan Groark was the first one to light the lamp from sophomore Adam Rodrigues at 3:57 of the first period. The period ended with Saugus maintaining that slim one-goal advantage.

Lynnfield tied it up at the nine-minute mark of the second period on a goal by Wil Rinaldi from Tyler Murphy and assistant captain Joey Mack. But the Sachems retook the lead with less than a minute to go on goal by junior Nick Moore, who skated around the net, before sliding it past goalie Dave Langone. Freshman Ian Worthley and junior Ryan Granara assisted on the scoring play.

However, Lynnfield came right back to knot up the proceedings again with just 40.3 seconds left on the clock. Sophomore Chris Flannery lit the lamp assisted by Kyle Nekoroski.

But then Saugus took control in the final stanza. John Torres accounted for the winning goal early on in the third from C.J. Graffeo and Brett Morey. Moore then scored again from Worthley and Granara – that resulted in Saugus’s fourth marker. Worthley then added icing to the proverbial cake, set up by Granara and Moore.

It was a game where the participants could literally call themselves hockey brothers. Many on both squads have played together in the Saugus-Lynnfield Youth Hockey League over the years, and the closeness of the game for two periods probably reflected that familiarity. They know each other too well, but in the end it was Saugus that prevailed this time around.

By Joe Mitchell


Frosty finish: Lynnfield natives win annual hockey match in Alaska


Evan Hammersley and John Lee are making Lynnfield proud from nearly 5,000 miles away. The Lynnfield natives recently helped the Army hockey team to a 5-0 victory over the Air Force in their annual friendly match in Anchorage, Alaska.

Lee and Hammersley, who are both Lynnfield High graduates, have been in the Army for a combined total of 5 ½ years. Stationed in Anchorage alongside the Air Force, the two played in the match that has a four-year history and brings out both family and civilians. The shutout at the January 7 game at the Sullivan Arena was the first in the event’s history and gives the Army team an equal number of victories as the Air Force team.

“It’s an awesome community event,” said Hammersley. “There’s always a great turnout of civilians and family members. Just being able to play hockey again with that kind of crowd was great.”

The 27-year-old added that he and Lee used to play hockey together in high school and that it was serendipitous that the two got to play again years later in such a unique way. Hammersley has less than a year left in his contract with the Army and afterwards hopes to pursue a career in firefighting.

By Melanie Higgins


Lynnfield Historical Society to present “An Evening of Irish Music”

Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m. at Old Meeting House

The March meeting of the Lynnfield Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, March 21. It will be “An Evening of Irish Music” presented by Music Director Michael Hamill and “Amhran,” St. John’s Prep Celtic Band. This talented group of players and singers who came to the Lynnfield Historical Society last year will again perform a program of Irish music, including jigs, reels, airs and songs. All performers are students in grades 9-12 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers and come from many surrounding towns. The band consists of 16 singers and musicians.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served at the close of the performance.

Founded in 1954, the mission of the Lynnfield Historical Society is to preserve and maintain the Old Meeting House built in 1714, the third oldest puritan meeting house in continual use and standing on its original green. The Society also records the history and progress of Lynnfield, and collects and preserves significant books, documents, memoirs and other objects pertaining to its history and that of individuals and families identified with it. Along with the Lynnfield Historical Commission, the Society maintains and supports the Lynnfield Historical Centre as a research facility open to the public, and where its collections may be accessed. To visit the Historical Centre call 781-334-9620 and leave a message or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Volunteers are very welcome.


Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center to host free screening of acclaimed “Being Mortal” documentary

Panel discussion exploring end-of-life care, homemade refreshments to follow film

The Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living is holding a free community screening of the highly acclaimed documentary “Being Mortal” on Thursday, March 23 at 240 Lynnfield St. in Peabody from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Immediately following the screening, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A which will address concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. The discussion will be led by industry experts, including a physician, social worker, nurse and spiritual counselor. Refreshments will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the panelists on a one-to-one basis.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name.

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America. For more information about the event or to make a reservation, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ­­Jill Hurley at 617-889-0779.


~ Letter to the Editor ~

Library Board of Trustees and Building Committee

to host community forum on Thursday, March 30

A month ago, the Lynnfield Public Library Board of Trustees proudly announced that Lynnfield’s Building and Construction Grant Application had been submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. At that time, we also announced that the Board of Trustees and the Library Building Committee would be hosting a Community Forum on Thursday, March 30th, at 7:00 pm, at the Lynnfield Meeting House to brief the citizens of Lynnfield on these details. Refreshments and family activities will begin at 6:30; activities for children will be available for the duration of the Forum.

Our plan has been for everyone to become familiar with all project information pursuant to the grant application. We would like to have informed discussions at the meeting to answer questions, clarify uncertainties or misconceptions, share opinions, allay concerns, as well as gather inputs and ideas for follow-up. The full grant application, appendices, plans and drawings are available now at for your perusal. We hope that Lynnfield residents will review these materials in advance of the Community Forum.

Transparency and openness have been important values for the Library Trustees.

You will also find all project-related information at this link as it has been available since 2015 when the project began.

After the Library discussion on March 30, the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee Chair, Ted Caswell, will update attendees on the overall CFAC plan for Lynnfield.

The schedule for the evening includes:

6:30 – Refreshments and family activities

7:00 – Review and explanation of the current library plans and cost implications

7:15 – Open discussion and community input

7:30 – Capital Facilities Advisory Committee update

We hope you will join us on March 30th and please visit


Robert Calamari, Chairman

Faith Honer-Coakley,
Vice Chairman

Russell Boekenkroeger

Richard Mazzola

Janine Saldanha


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