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Lynnfield to cap off long weekend with Memorial Day ceremony and festivities

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With a promising weather forecast for the long holiday weekend, it can be easy to forget the real reason why we celebrate Memorial Day.

Since 1776, countless veterans have made the “ultimate sacrifice” and offered their service so that others may live prosperously.

This weekend, Lynnfield celebrates its annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony.

On Monday, May 29th, Lynnfield will march throughout the streets in honor of those who have served or fallen.

Revelers will gather at the parking lot of Our Lady of Assumption Church at 8:15am. The parade route will go through the South Burying Ground on Street, on through the Willow Cemetery on Summer Street, proceed to the South Lynnfield Fire Station for a ‘brief recess’, and onwards. Marchers will reconvene at the Middle School at 10am and then proceed to the West Burying Ground, Old Burying Ground, and Forest Hill Cemetery, the sites of many of Lynnfield’s fallen heroes. A brief ceremony will take place at each grave site.

Final ceremonies will begin at 11:00am on the town common, where there will be a party including music and a cookout. Festivities should not last beyond 1pm.

In case of heavy rain, the after party will be held at the Middle School auditorium.

“All veterans and residents are encouraged to participate in some or all of the ceremonies,” said Bruce Siegel, Lynnfield’s veterans services officer. “Please consider joining your fellow residents and veterans along the parade route or on the common in honor of this special day.”

Siegel asked that anyone interested in donating to local veterans or the Lynnfield American Legion Post 131 donate at the Common following the ceremonies.

For more information, contact Siegel at 781-334-9440.

By Melanie Higgins


 

A Memorial Day reflection – two Todd brothers of Lynnfield killed at the end of World War II

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Lynnfield suffered the loss of 13 men, killed or missing, in World War II. Among them were U.S. Army Private First Class David B. Todd and his brother First Lieutenant Charles N. Todd.

David B. Todd

At age 19, David served with Co. B, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division. He was killed on November 21, 1944, in the buildup to the grueling Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Offensive. The attack was the last ditch Nazi effort in blizzard conditions to push the Allies back from German home territory.

David graduated in 1942 as the “highest ranking student in his class” from the Huntington School for Boys (now Chapel Hill – Chauncy Hall) in Boston. He excelled academically across the curriculum, being feted for excellence in French, English, History and Geometry. Awarded the Harvard Book Award in his junior year, he was elected into the highly selective Cum Laude Society in his senior year. David was also active in tennis and track, along with serving as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper.

After graduation David attended Dartmouth College before entering the Army in October 1943. He first reported to Fort Benning, Georgia, in the Army Specialized Training Program. David was then sent to Camp Livingston, Louisiana, before being sent overseas.

Charles N. Todd

Charles, like his brother David after him, graduated from the Huntington School, class of 1938. An honor student, he was “manager of the track team in his junior year, and in his senior year he was vice-president of his class, captain of the tennis team, and editor-in-chief of the Huntington Record.” After two years at Dartmouth, he was employed at the Krippendorf Kalculator Company in Lynn before his enlistment.

Charles received basic training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and was commissioned as second lieutenant at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in August 1942 when he was 21. He was promoted to first lieutenant in April 1943 while he was at Camp Hood, Texas. Charles went overseas in November 1944 and was killed in action in Germany on March 8, 1945. The Allies declared victory exactly two months later on V-E Day, May 8, 1945.

The family

David and Charles were survived by their loving parents, Nelson and Edna Todd of 281 Summer Street, Lynnfield, and their older brother, Dr. Barnard P. Todd of Beverly. The Todds were among the best known and civically engaged families in Lynnfield. Nelson served as Lynnfield’s Town Counsel for five years and wrote the first zoning bylaws as a member of the newly formed Planning Board. With his interest in youth, he was a charter member of the P.T.A., Playground Association, and the building committee planning an addition to the Center School.

Mr. and Mrs. Todd were committed members of the Centre Congregational Church, where Nelson served on the executive committee. Todd Hall, frequently used for youth and scouting activities, was named in honor of the fallen brothers.

Louis B. Tuck, Nelson’s friend and town father, penned a tribute to the Todds in the 1959 Lynnfield Town Report. He recalled days at the family’s home on Summer Street where “the grounds and home had been used freely by cultural societies for meetings and lawn parties with either Mr. or Mrs. Todd as the most charming host or hostess.”

Loss

How the Todds and the community sustained the loss of these two promising young men we cannot imagine. Yet on this Memorial Day, let us honor the memory of David and Charles Todd, along with the other Lynnfield men who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II. They include Ralph C. Cushman, Herbert K. Dow, Lloyd A. Elwell, Roy J. LaFrenier, John C. Harris, Jr., Paul Pinkham, Robert Pirie, Richard R. Poeton, William A. Sparkes, Charles M. Tuttle and Richard F. Crocker.

May they rest in peace.

(Source – Wakefield Item, December 15, 1944, and March 20, 1945, as quoted in “Lynnfield’s Gold Star Servicemen: World War II, Korea, Vietnam,” Evelyn Zynsky, ed., 2002)

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By Helen Breen


 

Our Lady of the Assumption Churches celebrate First Holy Communion

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Town to receive additional state funds for IT services

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Last week the governor of Massachusetts announced that the state had awarded Lynnfield $50,000 to go towards improving its Information Technology (IT) services. The funds will jointly affect Lynnfield and Wakefield. According to the state, they will help “modernize and improve their permitting system on a regional basis, allowing the public to apply for and track the status of permits online.”

The announcement comes as the Board of Selectmen announced on Monday that it is on the cusp of establishing new financial transparency software, another gain in its goal towards modernizing its IT services.

The funds are part of $2 million in Community Compact grants allocated to 47 cities and towns across the Commonwealth that go towards improvements to IT infrastructure, software and equipment. A Community Compact is a state agreement that clears the way for increased state funds. In signing the compact, a community agrees to a set of “best practices” among other stipulations.

In Lynnfield, one of them included making upgrades to the town’s financial records site. As a result, the state awarded the town $20,000. The town is preparing to roll out the new site, called MUNIS. Now the town can celebrate another $50,000 towards furthering its IT infrastructure.

“The administration is proud of our commitment to serve as a reliable partner to our cities and towns,” said Kristen Lepore, state secretary of Administration and Finance. “Throughout our budget development process, we have prioritized supporting our communities,”

Lepore also said that in the future, the state has allocated an additional $8.8 million for FY 18 Community Compact–related projects, meaning that Lynnfield could see more money coming through in the coming months.

By Melanie Higgins


 

Lynnfield’s top 10 taxpayers

It’s not even close: MarketStreet is the largest taxpayer in the town, paying almost $3.5 million in taxes, contributing about seven times as much as the next largest taxpayer.

With a revenue of $206 million, MarketStreet’s total liability to the town for FY 2017-2018 was $3,462,170.88. Lynnfield Commons, the luxury apartment complex associated with MarketStreet, earned the #2 spot, paying $477,468.73. Arborpoint at Market Street, another apartment complex, earned #3, with $466,764.43 in taxes paid last year. All these combine for a total top 10 of $5,588,914.

Of course, these top 10 aren’t the only taxpayers. Lynnfield residents by and large pay the most in property taxes. In addition to many other town businesses, the town also receives various state and federal grants to pay for the more than $45 million remaining in last years’ budget.

The top 10 taxpayers in the town are:

1. Market Street South LLC – type: retail mall. Assessed valuation: $206,081,600; 2016 taxes: $3,462,170.88.

2. Lynnfield Commons II LLC – type: apartments. Assessed valuation: $34,649,400; 2016 taxes: $477,468.73.

3. Arborpoint at Market St LLC – type: apartments. Assessed valuation: $33,872,600; 2016 taxes: $466,764.43

4. Ship Mall LLC – type: retail condominium. Assessed valuation $14,824,500; 2016 taxes: $249,051.60.

5. Herb Chambers of Lynnfield – type: auto dealership. Assessed valuation: $14,434,300; 2016 taxes: $242,496.24

6. JRT Realty Trust – type: office. Assessed valuation: $11,992,500; 2016 taxes: $201,474.00

7. LIM Partnership BLA – type: industrial. Assessed valuation: $8,661,800; 2016 taxes: $145,518.24

8. Sunrise Lynnfield – type: senior assisted living. Assessed valuation: $7,941,800; 2016 taxes: $109,517.42.

9. Salem St 50 RT – type: office. Assessed valuation: $7,327,900; 2016 taxes: $123,108.72.

10. SSMNMI LLC – type: mixed-use self-storage. Assessed valuation: $6,627,600; 2016 taxes: $111,343.68.

By Melanie Higgins


   

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