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Lynnfield Water District to flush water mains

The Lynnfield Water District will be flushing fire hydrants beginning May 1, 2017, through May 31, 2017. Most flushing will be conducted between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Residents might experience rusty water for a short time, but by running the cold water, service lines should clear. Discoloration might stain laundry, especially white materials. Residents are asked to check their water prior to doing laundry, and delay doing the laundry until the any discoloration of the water clears up. Washing a dark load is recommended first after flushing is completed. If, after flushing, the water pressure or volume seems low, residents should clean faucet screens to remove any silt or sediment that might be obstructing water flows.

Flushing of hydrants is an important preventative maintenance activity. Flushing allows the District to remove sediments or other solids that might collect in the water mains. Flushing will help to maintain water quality and fire flows in the distribution system.

The Lynnfield Water District serves the southern one-third of Lynnfield. More information on the District can be obtained at www.lwdma.us. If customers have any questions, they may contact the District at 781-598-4223.

 

Rep. Jones announces $417,697 in Chapter 90 funding for Lynnfield

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) is pleased to announce that Lynnfield will receive $417,697 for local road and bridge repairs under the state’s Chapter 90 program. The money was included as part of a $200 million bond authorization approved unanimously by the House of Representatives on March 29. The bond bill must still be approved by the Senate and signed by Governor Charlie Baker before the funding is finalized.

“This money will go a long way towards helping Lynnfield address some of its most critical infrastructure needs,” said Representative Jones. “I’m proud to support this bond authorization, which will allow the town to carry out a number of transportation improvements that will benefit local residents.”

Established in 1973, the Chapter 90 program allocates funding to cities and towns for road and bridge maintenance using a formula based on the weighted average of a municipality’s population, employment and total road miles. The funds are paid out as reimbursements to communities for qualifying infrastructure work, which typically occurs during the annual construction season running from April through November.

Chapter 90 funds can be spent on a variety of municipal roadway projects, including resurfacing, drainage, sidewalks, guardrails, traffic control, right-of-way acquisition and street lighting. The funding can also be used for bikeways, landscaping and tree planting, and for purchasing and maintaining certain road building machinery, equipment and tools.

 

Readers rejoice: Amazon Books opens at MarketStreet

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To the delight of book-lovers in Lynnfield, Amazon Books has official opened its doors at its MarketStreet location. Unlike traditional bookstores, the Amazon bookstore prides itself on offering the “cream of the crop” in terms of book selection, which it gleans from user reviews on its online site.

Deborah Bass, spokeperson for the store, who was visiting the day it opened a few weeks ago, said that the books the store offers are an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars as rated by Amazon reviewers. “Our goal and mission is to help customers discover great books and devices,” Bass said.

Instead of sorting through shelves and shelves of books, the front facing titles are readily available, labeled by rating and available showing excerpts of real reviews by Amazon customers. To date, the store has close to 3,600 titles to choose from.

The brick-and-mortar stores are a recent trend by the company of reifying its online business, which Bass explained, harks back to its roots as a bookstore when it first opened in 1994. “We started only selling books, so it makes sense that we open a bookstore,” Bass said. “It’s taking 20 years of experience selling books and bringing it to life.”

Since then, the company has grown to reap billions of dollars in revenue in a given year and become one of the biggest online retailers in the world. The store also sells its popular reading devices Fire and Kindle, and offers quick “Flash Classes,” or five-minute tutorials on how to use them.

Bass said that the bookstore is truly an extension of the online store, with options that many customers will recognize from the website. One of those features is a real world version of “suggestions,” with similar books located close by. Bass said that the feature is also good for parents who want to try reading to their kids something different from just “The Cat in the Hat,” or “Goodnight Moon.” Children’s author Jon Klassen of “I Want My Hat Back” and “Cat’s Night Out,” for example, is a big hit. “It’s snarky and funny,” Bass said. “Kids and parents alike love it.”

The store offers the same benefits of a “Prime” membership, which means Prime customers get the books for the same price online, compared to list prices for those without. Another fun feature of the store is a section of “Page Turners” – which are books that customers have read in three days or less. Bass explained that these metrics are gathered through collecting Kindle data, which analyzes readers’ habits using the tablets and transmitting them to Amazon headquarters using the devices’ built-in Wi-Fi.

This past Sunday the store celebrated “World Book Day,” which capped off a week of the store celebrating literacy with donations of books to local charities. In addition to donations by customers, the Boston-based charity “Read Boston” just recently chose 100 books donated by the store to give to kids in need.

The Amazon store at 1115 Market St. is the franchise’s sixth location in the United States. The bookstore at Legacy Place in Dedham opened two months ago, and the store also has locations in New York and California.

By Melanie Higgins


   

IRA Subaru driven to end hunger

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GENEROUS DONATION: IRA Subaru and Group 1 Automotive presented a check for $7,368 to Anne Strong, executive director of Haven From Hunger on Wednesday at the Rte. 114, Peabody dealership. Haven From Hunger provides hunger-relief programs, including a food pantry for residents of Peabody, Salem, and Lynnfield. Shown from left to right, are; David Fesmire, VP East Region for Group 1 Automotive; Mike Garabedian, Sales Manager at IRA Subaru; Tony DiBenedetto, General Manager of IRA Subaru; Anne Strong of Haven From Hunger; Joseph Altivilla, Subaru of New England; and John Hartman, Marketing Director, Group 1 Automotive. (Advocate photo by JD Mitchell)


 

MarketStreet Lynnfield announces Summer Celebrations, a summer-long series with fitness, music and movies, beginning May 3

MarketStreet Lynnfield announces Summer Celebrations, an outdoor series of events and activities featuring everything from fitness classes to movie nights to pooch socials. Summer Celebrations will run May 3 through August 22, taking place on The Green and in Market Square. All activities and events in the series are complimentary. MarketStreet Lynnfield is located at 600 Market St. in Lynnfield (www.marketstreetlynnfield.com).

The complete MarketStreet Summer Celebration 2017 calendar is below.

Yappy Hour Series on The Green

May 3, June 7, July 12
and August 9

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Yappy Hour Series will benefit a local dog rescue operation and feature doggy vendor tables, a photo booth, Instagram dog celebrities, and activities and entertainment for dog owners and their four-legged friends. The Yappy Hour Series is in partnership with Slobbr and PolkaDog Bakery.

Athleta Sunday Fitness Series on The Green

Every Sunday from May 7
to October 23

10:00 a.m.

Each week, different local studios will offer complimentary classes through Athleta’s Sunday Fitness Series. Classes will range from barre to yoga to boot camp; updates will be available through Athleta’s social media pages.

Lululemon Thirsty Thursday Fitness Series on The Green

Every Thursday from June 1
to August 31

6:30 p.m.

Each week, different local studios will offer complimentary classes through Lululemon’s Thirsty Thursday Fitness Series. Classes will range from barre to yoga to boot camp; updates will be available in-store at Lululemon.

Music in the Square Series

Every Thursday in June

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In June, MarketStreet Lynnfield will feature live music from popular local bands from the surrounding North Shore region. The schedule is below.

June 1 – Classified (classic hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s)

June 8 – The Shana Stack Band (country hits)

June 22 – Scooby Snax (party covers)

June 29 – Wildfire (Top 40, rock, dance)

Outdoor Movie Nights on The Green

August 1, August 8, August 15 and August 22

Movies Start at sundown

MarketStreet Lynnfield will screen family-friendly flicks every Tuesday in August. The schedule is below.

August 1 – Trolls”

August 8 – Moana”

August 15 – The Lego Batman Movie”

August 22 – Sing”

   

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