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This Sunday, September 24 beginning at 1 p.m. Breakaway hosts Band’N Together for Texas

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All proceeds benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey

DANVERS – Breakaway on Newbury Street in Danvers has announced an amazing musical event on Sunday, September 24, to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. The night will feature 10 bands – top regional musical giants Fortune with Barry Goudreau, formerly of the band Boston, Aerochix, Brian Maes, 43 Church Street, the Slush Puppies, and the Lee Hawkins Band, to name a few. Also featured is legendary guitarist and songwriter Charlie Farren.

Breakaway owner Joe Crowley will be donating his music hall along with an incredible buffet for an incredible night of music to raise money for the victims of the catastrophic flooding that has hit Texas. “My heart goes out to those people who need so much help, so I think a night of musical camaraderie among our great musical talent can help those who’ve lost so much,” said Crowley.

On that same day (Sept. 24), the New England Patriots are scheduled to play the Houston Texans, so Crowley figures a night of old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll in the spirit of Live Aid is just the remedy to aid our neighbors in the Southwest.

All proceeds will go to the Topsfield/Middleton/Boxford Rotary Club, which will send the money to the Houston Rotary Club to distribute the funds to those directly in need. Tickets will cost $20 per person and will include a free buffet from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.; the outdoor Patio will also be open, weather permitting. The music will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m.

Along with the above-named bands, also included in the lineup will be the Jimmy Hawkins Band and, Mary Beth Maes Band, as well as the opening acts, CIA and Back to the 80’s. Crowley is also expecting some surprise guests from some famous rockers. The North Shore area is known for its tight-knit musical community and spirit of giving back, and Crowley said all the bands, including at least 20 more, have offered to play for gratis.

“Since I started booking local talent at Breakaway, the bands have been incredible, and I truly appreciate how hard they work at their music and their incredible fan base,” he said. “It’s moving to see the kind of people that are willing to step-up with me to help people on the other side of the country. God bless America.”

 

Back to school: A nostalgic glance at Harvard’s early history

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Beginnings

Soon after our Puritan forefathers arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, they recognized the need for a college. Harvard was founded in 1636, not by one man, but by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature which granted £400 for the purpose. Later, Cambridge resident John Harvard left his sizable library and half of his estate to the young school, thus earning his place in history. Early New Englanders made no distinction between church and state, or between “public” and “private.” Income from the Charlestown ferry and other levies supported the college.

Harvard’s founding fathers were graduates of Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Although some wished to fashion the new college on their alma maters, most wanted to avoid the vanities and corruptions of their European counterparts. While Harvard was not a divinity school as such, at least half of its graduates entered the ministry during the first century of its existence. For example, Lynnfield’s first three ministers of our Meeting House were Nathanial Sparhawk, class of 1715; Stephen Chase, class of 1728; and Benjamin Adams, class of 1738 – all at Harvard.


Daily life

The curriculum at Harvard in the early years was narrow. Latin, Greek, mathematics, English grammar, philosophy and Bible studies formed the core offerings. The study of modern languages and experimental sciences remained outside formal instruction. Pupils learned by rote recitation, a restrictive approach for less mature scholars. Also, students matriculated much younger then. John Lowell of Newburyport, the first of that august clan to attend, entered in the class of 1721 at the age of 13. John Adams, class of 1775, enrolled at 16.

Given the tender age of the undergraduates, the college acted in a custodial capacity. While some students attended for the love of learning, many were sent by families in comfortable circumstances who wanted their sons supervised and “polished” during the troublesome years of adolescence. Tutors were obliged to roam the Yard at night with darkened lanterns to insure that students obeyed parietal rules. They were the constant butt of boyish pranks.

Administrators often expressed frustration with the job. President Edward Everett, class of 1811, referred to himself as the “sub-master of an ill-disciplined school” rather than the “head of the most famous institution in America.” Edward Holyoke, class of 1705 – his grandfather was an early settler of Lynnfield – who served as president for 32 years, murmured on his deathbed, “If any man wished to be humbled and mortified, let him become the president of Harvard College.”

Dissent

During the 1700s and early 1800s, frequent riots occurred at Harvard. Some were savage. In 1818 all of the crockery in the commons was smashed during a spree. The most serious disturbance erupted in 1823. As a result of the unrest, 43 seniors (over half of the class) were expelled before graduation. The list included names from the Commonwealth’s most prominent families: Adams, Amory, Choate, Coolidge, Loring, Pickering and Sumner. John Quincy Adams, then serving as Secretary of State, appealed to Harvard President John Kirkland on his son John’s behalf, but to no avail.

When the dust settled, many changes were effected in Harvard’s management and curriculum. Students were given more choice in course selection, less supervision by beleaguered tutors and greater control over their environment. Fines (which were more burdensome to parents than to students) were abolished. Sixteen became the minimum entrance age. Dissent did not disappear, but it became much less problematic.

Later years

Two centuries ago, most Americans did not consider higher education the road to success. Young men of ambition served apprenticeships in counting houses or sailed as supercargoes in the China Trade. Entrepreneurs – like the Derbys and Crowninshields of Salem and the Perkins and Appleton clans of Boston – had little formal education. It was their sons, along with their less wealthy classmates, who attended Harvard during the “Golden Years” of the late 19th century. They studied under the philosopher George Santayana, the psychologist William James, the naturalist Louis Agassiz, the historian Fredrick Jackson Turner and the poets James Russell Lowell and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Harvard’s strength has always been its scholarship. Well into the 21st century, its faculty still includes an impressive number of America’s most influential writers and intellectuals. Its international outreach and prestige are formidable. The people of the Massachusetts take justifiable pride in the accomplishments of an institution that has so greatly enhanced the history of our state – VERITAS!

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By Helen Breen


 

~Letter to the Editor~

Serious Consequences to Consider

for the Proposed Rail to Trail Project

Dear Editor,

The Lynnfield Board of Selectmen had appointed the Lynnfield Recreational Path Committee to serve as an advisory board. Their mission was to explore and present all relevant facts about the different path options on a non-biased basis and to make impartial recommendations to the Selectmen based on their findings. We were shocked to hear at the Recreation Path meeting on Sept. 7th that they already made what appears to be a biased decision and are planning to proceed with a public relations campaign to openly advocate for the Wakefield/Lynnfield trail directly to our schools, the library and to the citizens of Lynnfield!

We independently have done some exploring and found that another site, the Lawrence/Salem line, which makes more sense for Lynnfield. The town of Lynnfield ALREADY OWNS this railroad bed, allowing the town to test the rail road bed for environmental contamination anytime we want and not being forced to sign a lease first, like the Wakefield/Lynnfield line would require. There would be no dangerous street crossings, nor would it endanger Reedy Meadow or intrude on any homes. The line runs by the Bostik Industrial Park and Sagamore Golf Course, and it is part of a forty mile long line. North Reading has already contacted our Selectmen expressing interest in connecting to Lynnfield and Peabody.

The Lawrence/Salem line is a fantastic area that offers a solution to all, so why is the Lynnfield Recreational Path Committee taking it upon themselves to advocate for just the Wakefield/Lynnfield rail trail? Could it be that there are certain people in town who have a financial interest in Market Street who want to attract more patrons to the mall, the construction of Wakefield/Lynnfield trail being a way to bring more traffic into town at any cost to Lynnfield and its residents? We should be considering all aspects of how such a trail would affect our town and not just follow along blindly.

The Committee will suggest to expand the parking lot used for sports at Jordan Park on Wildewood Dr. and then have it used for bike trail parking. The fields are being leased out to several surrounding towns, so there are dozens of out of town vehicles crowding into the present lot and also parking on both sides of Wildewood Dr. We would finally get a larger lot making the road safe again only to have it filled up with trail parking pushing sports parking back out onto the street. It would defeat the whole purpose! The other area under consideration for parking is at the proposed new library on Summer Street.This of course leads to the question - What sense does it make spend millions of dollars on a new library and then fill it with trail vehicles?

In looking into the beautiful trees along the 2 miles of the proposed trail, there are thousands of both old growth trees and younger ones that have started to reclaim the trail. Any tree with a canopy overhanging the rail line has roots that grow beneath it. The heavy tracks are holding down the roots at the present time, but if the tracks are removed, the roots will start growing up through any pavement that is laid down over them, which is what is already occurring on the 7 year old West Peabody trail.

Maybe the Committee’s goal is to clear cut all the trees from the 60-foot wide rail line that runs through the middle of Lynnfield, which would include all the trees that abut Parsons Ave, St. Paul’s Church, Westover Dr, Lowell Rd, Bourque Rd, Meservey Lane, Wildewood Dr, Northway St. and Lantern Lane. The trees would then be replaced with a corridor of 7’ high fencing. Think of how devastating that would be to the appearance of a town which prides itself in planting new trees and is concerned about our environment! Can you imagine the impact to wildlife, not to mention the noise pollution to neighbors, for the removal of all those trees and stumps? How much would that add to the cost of the trail project?

No matter how you look at it, there are serious environmental, economic, safety and traffic-congestion consequences. We are asking you to please contact your Selectmen with your concerns and to make sure this proposed project is put on the town ballot so that all voters will have the ability to express their opinion on it. You may call them at 781.334.9410 or email them:

Christopher Barrett: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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NOW is the time to take action to save our town! Visit NotForLynnfield.com

The Citizens of Lynnfield Against the Rail Trail

   

~ Letter-to-the-Editor ~

Remember to honor William “Wilkie” Wilkinson

Dear Editor,

With both sadness and respect, I read about the recent passing of former Lynnfield resident and veteran US Navy pilot William (Wilkie) Wilkinson. Bill flew multiple combat missions during the Korean War flying the F-4U Corsair with fighter squadron VF 32 aboard the USS Leyte.

Last Memorial Day, I had the honor of accepting a picture titled “Off to Chosin” depicting a Navy Corsair flying off the Leyte to provide support for stranded Marines during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War. The limited edition print by famous military artist Nicolas Trudgian was commissioned by the Navy to honor squadron VF-32 for their heroism. The subtitle of the print is “Help Is on the Way”.

The presentation of the painting was facilitated by Lynnfield resident and close friend of Wilkinson, Bill Munroe of Durham Drive. It is on display in the Town Clerk’s office, and I encourage all residents to stop in and see it.

Rest in Peace Wilkie, and thank you for your service.

Bruce Siegel,

Veterans Services Officer

 

LHS Girls Field Hockey hosts “Scare Away Cancer” Fundraiser

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Tuesday, September 26 at Chipotle Restaurant in Reading

The Lynnfield Girls Field Hockey team is kicking off its annual “Play4TheCure” fundraiser campaign this week. Funds raised are donated to Play4TheCure–National Foundation for Cancer Research (www.nfcr.org).

One of the biggest events is the “Scare Away Cancer” campaign.Ghosts and scarecrows “appear” on the lawns of homes throughout town. Homes are “selected” by the previous recipients. Look out your windows each morning to see the fun had by all!

The second of three fundraisers is next week on Tuesday, September 26 at Chipotle Restaurant (Walkers Brook Drive in Reading). The time of the event is 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Families and friends are invited to come to dinner at Chipotle for their delicious tacos, burritos, salads and more! All proceeds also go to Play4TheCure.

Last and possibly most exciting: Lynnfield Field Hockey invites you to come watch them Play4the Cure no October 5 under the lights at Lynnfield High School’s Pioneer Stadium. The Junior Varsity Game Starts at 5:15 p.m., and the Varsity Game Starts at 6:45 p.m.At this event there is the famous Think Pink Bake Sale and Fabulous Raffle Table plus lots of delicious food and game snacks!All proceeds go to Play4Cure. This is a fun event filled with Lynnfield friends and families of our Freshmen, Junior Varsity and Varsity Field Hockey teams.

If you have any questions or would like to donate a raffle item, please contact Jill Barrett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

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