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Lynnfield girls’ lacrosse team keeps on winning, despite lengthy layoff

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Pioneers edge Pentucket in first game since spring vacation

The Lynnfield High School girls’ lacrosse team has been off since April 14, but the inactivity didn’t affect them too much on their return to the field against Pentucket, whom they defeated in a close battle on Monday, 7-6. The locals are now 5-1 on the season.

It was yet another cold, rainy day, but the Pioneers proved once again that they’re able to conquer the elements and put forth an inspiring effort to earn a one-goal victory over a solid Pentucket squad. Lynnfield started out red hot, scoring the first five goals of the game within the first nine minutes.

But things slowed down dramatically after that. The visiting Sachems chipped away at the lead and were able to score three before the break to trim the deficit to two, 5-3.

The second half started equally as slowly until 11 minutes were remaining in the game, when Pentucket closed the gap to just one. They then added two more to take the lead for the first time in the game with just three minutes to go on the clock.

Pentucket now had the momentum, but the Pioneers didn’t flinch. Ashley Barrett was able to end the temporary scoring drought when she punched home the tying goal with 1:09 left. It was one of her three goals in this game.

Caroline Buckley then won the ensuing draw – one of her five draw controls on the day – and Olivia Sarni was able to convert a free position shot with 14 seconds to play to give her teammates the victory.

“Without question, the star of the game for Lynnfield was sophomore goalie Lauren Vaccaro, who made a career-high 14 saves … Vaccaro was tremendous – making big save after big save down the stretch and keeping us in control for the majority of the game,” said coach Ethan Blanchette.

Lilli Patterson and Buckley led the way on offense. Buckley had a pair of goals to go along with four groundballs and a caused turnover, not to mention five successful draws. Patterson accounted for a goal and an assist, plus two draw controls, three groundballs and three caused turnovers.

The Pioneers hit the road for Bedford and Masco on Thursday and Friday, respectively, before coming home to take on Georgetown on Monday, May 1.

By Joe Mitchell


 

Lynnfield laxmen hope to get back to good health to right the ship for the stretch run

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Danvers pins second straight loss on the struggling Pioneers

The Lynnfield High School boys’ lacrosse team lost its second in a row last Friday afternoon to even the team’s record at four. This time, the Danvers Falcons were all over them to the tune of 14-6.

“We made some lineup changes, because of vacations and injuries to our varsity players, and as a result we had to rely on a few JVs to fill-in, and though they were able to compete at times, it was just too much for them to overcome,” coach Joe Papagni said.

But Papagni was pleased with the play of new goalie Thomas Deady, who stepped in and played well against the formidable Falcons. Nick Moreschi was also asked to fill-in at middie, and did as well as expected, while Peter Look was “just a warrior out there,” said Papagni. “Other than those notables, we didn’t compete as a varsity team in this game,” the coach added.

Jack Razzaboni paced the offensive attack with four goals. Look had a goal, as did Zack Huynh, which was his first varsity marker.

“We will continue to work with the kids we have, and we will have to improve in all aspects of the game to get back on track,” said Papagni.

The Pioneers did edge Cambridge two days earlier, 4-3, on April 19. Look scored the first Lynnfield goal from Ryan Freitas. The same combination hooked up again to account for the second tally to give their teammates a 2-0 lead after one quarter. But Cambridge was able to tie up the proceedings before halftime.

Freitas then notched a goal himself, assisted by Ryan Frasier in the third, but the Falcons from Cambridge were able to stay right with the Cape Ann League team heading into the final period still tied, this time at three.

Seven minutes into the fourth quarter, Freitas was credited with the game-winner, assisted by Kingsley Corona, who also came up with 13 saves to help preserve the close win. The win over Cambridge helped erase the memory of the loss to St. Mary’s of Lynn the previous day, 18-8.

Razzaboni led the team in scoring again with four goals. Look collected a goal and an assist. Frasier chipped in with a score, while Gianluca Alfe ended up with two goals and one assist. Freitas was the team’s assist leader with two. Corona came up with 11 saves.

The Pioneers will be back home again Friday, April 28, to take on Masco, starting at 4 p.m.

By Joe Mitchell


 

The Savings Bank and Lynnfield Rotary host Invest in Life Fair at Lynnfield High School

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Rabies could affect you!

To The Editor,

Rabies is 100% preventable, but also 100% fatal if not prevented or treated! Public Health law in Massachusetts requires owners of all dogs and cats to have current rabies vaccinations. In addition pet owners are required to provide a valid rabies certificate as proof. The current guidelines for rabies vaccinations are as follows: The first rabies shot is given at 3-6 months of age (ideally at 3-4 months of age); the second rabies vaccine must be given exactly 9-12 months later to receive a three-year rabies vaccination. In order to have a valid three-year rabies vaccination for your dog or cat you must have proof of two vaccinations exactly 9-12 months apart and your certificate must have a valid date. If your pet has not been vaccinated, according to these regulations, or if your pet is one day or more overdue for its rabies booster, your pet is considered unvaccinated. Unvaccinated animals exposed (or potentially exposed) to any suspect animal will need to be quarantined for six months or put to sleep according to state guidelines.

To avoid exposure, keep your pets up-to-date on their rabies shots, do not place food outside which would attract animals, and don’t touch or go near any wild or stray animals. If you encounter a wild animal that is acting strangely, call your local animal control officer by contacting the police department. If you have been bitten, scratched or otherwise exposed to a potentially rabid animal, which includes any wild animal or stray cat or dog, call your doctor right away. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is available to answer questions about rabies in humans (617-983-6800). The Department of Food and Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Health is available to answer questions about rabies in animals (617-626-1794).

The annual rabies clinic will be held again this spring on Wednesday, May 3rd, 4-6 PM at the Lynnfield Town Garage. The Veterinary Association of the North Shore, a non-profit organization, sponsors these clinics, member doctors volunteer the time, and proceeds go towards Veterinary student scholarships. The cost is $10.00 per vaccine (dogs and cats only). One-year certificates will be given unless you bring proof of vaccinations done according to the state law. Please bring any and all rabies certificates you possess to the clinic so we can determine if your pet can receive a three-year certificate.

Remember that it is the law that all dogs and cats have proof of current rabies certificates, so VACCINATE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

Sincerely,

Christopher B. Meehl DVM

Lynnfield, MA

781-334-4161

 

North Reading Police Department to Offer Non-Civil Service Exam

Chief Michael Murphy is pleased to announce that the North Reading Police Department, in conjunction with Police Exam Solutions (PES), has scheduled a law enforcement entrance exam and encourages anyone who is interested in becoming a North Reading police officer to sign up.

This is the department’s first non-civil service exam. It is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, at North Reading High School, 189 Park St. Candidates must arrive at the test site at 8:15 a.m. The exam begins at 9 a.m.

The registration deadline is Friday, May 5, at 9 a.m. Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable examination fee of $125.

“We continue to grow and progress as a department, and I am extremely proud of the reputation we have maintained,” Chief Murphy said. “Members of this police department work to ensure that North Reading is a safe and welcoming community for all. Those who are interested in joining our talented team of police officers should take the exam on May 6.”

PES will provide a multiple choice exam that measures basic educational reading, writing, and mathematical abilities. The test will focus on how candidates handle stress and responsibility, their emotional skills and work attitudes, their interpersonal skills and their practical problem solving skills. It will not require job-specific reading, study, or course work.

To be eligible to participate in the North Reading Police Department’s Entrance Exam, all candidates for employment as sworn police officers must meet the following basic selection criteria:

• Be a United States citizen

• Be at least 21 years of age at the time of the written examination

• Be a high school graduate or possess a General Equivalency Diploma (preference may be given to those candidates that have a college degree and/or military experience)

• Be a non-smoker

• Not be a convicted felon, or have any equivalent convictions that would be a felony in Massachusetts

• All candidates for appointment to the position of North Reading Police Officer are prohibited from having or from getting tattoos, body art, branding, scarification, dental art or any other form of personal expression, regardless of how that will be openly displayed and visible while wearing any department uniform or while on duty and in plain clothes assignment. The Chief of Police may grant a waiver or allow reasonable accommodations for a tattoo that is representative of the official emblem of the branch of the armed forces the employee served in, or a tattoo that is representative of religious beliefs that is (are) “sincerely held”

• Possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, or obtain one within six months of appointment

• Have the ability to obtain a Massachusetts Class A License to Carry a Firearm

• Have the ability to pass a physical and psychological examination

• Have the ability to pass the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy in order to achieve basic certification as a police officer

• Have a strong character background

• Be willing and able to meet the duties and obligations of a North Reading police officer.

For more information about the test, visit the PES website.

   

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