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Lynnfield adds one officer, promotes another



At the meeting of the Selectmen Monday night at the Merritt Center, the board appointed a new officer and promoted another.

Alessandro Doto, a 2006 graduate of Lynnfield High School, scored #1 on the exam to become a police officer. He was a 2011 graduate of Salem State and also participated in the Transit Academy. He is currently employed by the town of Groveland as a police officer and has 3-4 years’ experience as an officer. Chief David Breen said he expected Doto to go through short field training in lieu of his prior experience.

“Your case is one of the best cases we could have,” said Selectman Chair Phil Crawford. “I’m very happy to have you here.”

“You come from a great family.” Selectman Chris Barrett added. “Anything you need from us, we’ll be there for you.”

Up next, officer Christopher DeCarlo was honored by the board for his achievement in passing the sergeant’s exam and being appointed to the role. Breen noted how DeCarlo has been quite active in terms of extracurricular participation, and more recently has served as one of the department’s few liquor control agents, a role that was created a few months ago. Breen said that DeCarlo has been “instrumental in getting that part of the department up and running.”

DeCarlo graduated from Reading Academy and the Massachusetts School of Law. He arrived in Lynnfield in 2015.

Crawford also expressed his gratitude for DeCarlo’s services to the town. “I can’t tell you how happy I am that you are in this position.” Crawford said.

By Melanie Higgins


Rapid response extinguishes fire at Summer St. gas station



Lynnfield firefighters responded to a call reporting smoke emenating from the Mobil Gas Station at 596 Salem Street last Thursday at 5:55 p.m.

Fire Chief Mark Tetreault said that there was “heavy smoke showing” from the building upon the arrival of Engine 1, spurring the department to upgrade the alarm to a “Working Fire Assignment”. Accordingly, all Lynnfield apparatus was dispatched to the scene, later joined by Wakefield, who provided a “rapid intervention team”. While crews were fighting the fire, Middleton fire covered the Summer Street Station and Peabody the South Station.

Upon investigating, firefighters determined that a light fixture on the outside of the building had malfunctioned, causing the fire that extended all the way up to the attic space. Firefighters gained access to the attic while crews extinguished the fire from the outside. By 6:18 p.m. the fire was reported under control. The business remained closed for most of the day on Friday.

“We were very fortunate to have firefighters in the station,” said Fire Chief Mark Tetreault. “The rapid response likely minimized fire spread and damage.”

By Melanie Higgins


Lynnfield Resident Describes WWII Experience in Britain


On November 30, 1939, a letter by John E. Harriss was published in the Lynnfield Village Press. He described conditions in England during the “Phony War,” an eight month period at the start of WWII during which there were no major military operations on the Western Front. Harriss admired the grit of the “Brits” as they prepared for the inevitable confrontation with the Nazis.

Dear friends:

I’ll try to give you an idea of what it means to live, work, and bring up a family in England with one eye on the sky and the other on living a normal life.


Our home is 120 miles north of London, 3 hours by train during war time, 2 ½ hours normally. We actually live 3 miles out of Strafford, in Milford. Our house is big and old and, by American standards, cold. The lawns, gardens, tennis court and view pay, or at any rate partly pay, for the inconvenience of long cold halls and rooms inadequately heated by the old fashioned, one sided fire place …

Since the war was declared life has gone on without a great change in living conditions. Except, of course, we carry our gas mask wherever we go, ride a bike instead of drive a car (my monthly gas ration is 10 gals., with 19 extra for business purposes). At night we “black out” – or else. Black out meant the buying of yards and yards of black light proof cloth for curtains. Speed at night is next to impossible and the strain of driving over winding roads watching the blackness ahead for cyclists is exhausting. All main roads are parted in the middle by a white line which is invaluable at night. This innovation will remain long after the war is over in a country where fogs tie up traffic all too frequently.


London at night is weird and unnatural. Coming out of a brightly lighted hotel lobby onto the sidewalk is an experience not to be quickly forgotten. While the eyes are accustoming themselves to the darkness, it is best to remain standing in one spot to avoid bumping in to someone. Flash lights are now an indispensable part of the night pedestrian’s equipment, but they must be used with care …Taxis are not numerous for their gas ration is inadequate and they spend most of their time on a stand instead of coasting about looking for a job as of yore.

The “West End” of London has changed at night, but by day it is very much as it was before the war except for the sand bags and the strips of paper crisscrossing the shop windows to keep them from splintering in a raid. Business is carried on very much as usual. In fact London has shared in the general retail boom of the past few weeks in spite of the large evacuation.

Train travel by day is not too bad, but at night it is not pleasant. Each compartment is furnished with one small blue bulb. Enough light to be aggravating but not enough to read by. Fortunate you are if you can find someone to talk to…

Thus far we have experienced no food shortages nor rationing but prices are getting higher. The movies are still popular in spite of the blackout and the news over the radio each night is a ritual not to be missed. It is interesting to listen to the German propaganda in English. It is so stupidly crude that one wonders why they attempt it at all…


These British take a long time to get into action. When they do they are like a bull dog, they set their teeth and hold on like grim death. Hitler’s peace offers mean little while his troops occupy Poland… John Bull has a nation of super-patriots who recognize their own faults as quickly as anyone but still have supreme confidence in their ability to muddle through. They expect adversity and have prepared themselves for a long hard war. It is difficult for anyone living among them to believe that courage of this kind can be beaten.

Perhaps when you receive this Fritz [Germany] will have tried in earnest to bomb this “tight little isle.” His trial raids thus far must have been just a bit discouraging. We think that Stafford is safe and hope we are right. Our house is isolated in the country – it would probably be an accident if a bomb came near us. At any rate we are not worried and are living through an experience we will remember all our lives.

In another ten days or two weeks I’ll write again. I hope the news will be no worse than it is today. It’s not a bad war when you can sleep in your own bed at night.


John E. Harriss

By Helen Breen


The Lynnfield Taxpayer Awareness Questionnaire regarding the proposed new library

Dear Editor,

Are you aware that the proposed new library is estimated to cost $12-14 million – as an alumnus of the Big Dig project – I have concerns about cost estimates – never mind the proposed $ expenditure.

Secondly, are you aware that it requires a two-thirds Town Meeting approval vote? Perhaps the 35% senior population and other financially-concerned taxpayers will vote No!

Also, are you aware that the Town of Lynnfield has to upfront the total cost of this project – borrow the funds and pay interest? The state at some undetermined point is supposed to pay us back 50% of the principal cost. With the State having billion dollar deficits, multi-million dollar salary increases being proposed and draw downs on the Rainy Day funds – one has to question the timing and feasibility of repayment.

Are you aware that of the 3.5 acres the Selectmen declared as surplus from the Reedy Meadow Golf Course that the Library Trustees apparently did not take into consideration that the removal of the tree belts at the end of the practice range exposes the proposed library building to being damaged?

Finally, are you aware that the Library Trustees rationale for a new library is roof leaks, ice dams, inadequate parking and 4 years ago water in the basement – this was the day we had 17 inches of rain – the entire town was flooded and the Fire Department was pumping out basements – so instead of... getting estimates to repair the roofs, seal the foundation and looking into the additional availability of parking across the street from the library and to the rear of the library – they and the Selectmen allow the property to decline using it as an excuse for library replacement.

By the way, citizen requests to the Trustees for repair costs were not responded to – obviously they would be minuscule compared to building replacement.

As a contributing member of the Friends of the Library, I hold the library staff and Trustees on a personal basis in high regard but feel that this expansion proposal is too costly; does not make fiscal sense and there are many other more pressing needs in our Town.


Harry LeCours

Partridge Lane


Stay active this winter at Reedy Meadow Golf Course

Dear Lynnfield Residents,

Staying active and enjoying the newly fallen snow locally is not always easy, but I found a way to do it this weekend. Like many, I love the New England Charm and open spaces of our town. I also enjoy getting out during the sunny winter days and enjoying the great outdoors. This past weekend I did just that and thoroughly enjoyed snow shoeing at Reedy Meadow Golf Course. The snow was abundant and just perfect to enjoy the sunshine. When I arrived at our snow covered golf course, I was happy to discover I was not the first to arrive and saw snow shoe and cross country tracks happily skipping across the sugary white slopes and open space of our well preserved golf course. As I walked along this beautiful open space that overlooks Reedy Meadow Marsh land, I thought how lucky we are to have this unreplaceable open land for us to enjoy. Over the years, so many children have learned to golf on this wonderful course, perfecting their golf swings and developing the soft hands required to sink their team winning putts. I also thought about what a convenient meeting place it has been for all the wonderful leagues that have played at Reedy Meadow over the years. I even think Reedy Meadow has been responsible for keeping some marriages interesting. How you ask? I have some wonderful girlfriends who have learned to play golf at this very site. Their skill and passion for the game started right here in Lynnfield. Now they are enjoying many rounds of golf with their husbands and friends. Reedy Meadow has provided so many happy and healthy memories for so many residents. So next time it snows, remember the sun will come out and Reedy Meadow is right down the street with all its beauty and open space to enjoy.

Enjoy your weekend,

Katy Shea


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