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2017 Celebration of Trees on National Arbor Day

On Saturday, April 29, Lynnfield will be celebrating Arbor Day in recognition of the value trees have in our lives every day. The Tree Committee invites you to attend our ceremony on the Common from 10 to 11 a.m. After a reading of the proclamation by a town official, we will plant a tree on the Common provided by our Department of Public Works and Tree Warden.

On the first Arbor Day in 1872, J. Sterling Morton offered prizes to counties and individuals for planting the most trees on April 10 of that year. Over one million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day. Today Arbor Day is most commonly observed on the last Friday of April, with several United States presidents proclaiming the date National Arbor Day, and states free to vary the date of celebration to coincide with the best tree-planting weather. The Celebration of Trees allows us to recognize that trees provide us with more than just clean air; they also cool our homes, lower winter heating costs and provide food for wildlife. Just as importantly, trees are a dominant factor in our mental health and a direct connection to the earth itself. As the earth’s longest living organism, it has dominated our existence on the planet.

This year in honor of our town’s celebration we will designate a Wishing Tree on the Commons. A Wishing Tree is an individual tree, usually a native species, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. We are inviting members of the community of all ages to come and fill out a tag to hang on the tree with a wish, either personal or worldly. All wishes will be anonymous and will hang on the tree to be shared with others until May 21 following the Town festivities. The event will take place at 10:00 a.m., rain or shine, and is also listed in the library display on trees provided by the Tree Committee through the end of May.


Meet the 2017 LHS Pioneers Varsity Baseball Team





Leo Barrett, Jr. promoted to Senior Vice President & Chief Loan Officer

Michael J. Wolnik, President and CEO of Wakefield Co-operative Bank, is pleased to announce the promotion of Leo J. Barrett, Jr. to Senior Vice President & Chief Loan Officer. “We are pleased to promote Leo into this role,” said Wolnik “His leadership of our commercial growth, strong technical skills and knowledge, approachable and affable manner, and his commitment to customer service excellence is a key component of our continued successful growth.”

Barrett joined the bank in 2014 and has led the bank’s successful multiyear growth in high quality commercial real estate lending balances and new and expanded customer relationships. Prior to joining the bank, Barrett worked at Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) as a Senior Commercial Lender for several years. He was also involved in all aspects of loan due diligence from origination to closing, including pricing, loan structure and legal documentation.

“I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to continue to support the residential and business growth in the communities we serve,” said Barrett. “We have been committed to helping our local residents and businesses prosper for over 130 years and have a great opportunity to continue this commitment to our communities by capitalizing on our local bank model, which emphasizes service and responsiveness.”

Previous to DCU, he worked for Sun Life for 17 years in several capacities from Underwriter to Managing Director, Eastern Portfolio Manager US Mortgages. His experience includes portfolio stress-testing, commercial real estate loan origination, manager of US mortgage servicing, and commercial portfolio manager. In his capacity as portfolio manager, he formed a commercial mortgage investment strategy in 30 markets in the Eastern United States, leading to growth in the portfolio to over $1.5 billion; he managed a team of three senior level loan originators and oversaw a portfolio of over $3 billion.

As Chief Loan Officer, Barrett now leads all commercial and residential loan activities at Wakefield Co-operative Bank, while continuing to support and grow commercial real estate loan production and lead the entire lending team to maximize growth, performance and customer satisfaction.

Barrett is a graduate of Bentley University and resides in Lynnfield with his wife and three children. He is very active in the athletic and academic activities of his children and in several town groups and activities.



North Shore Idol

With Lynnfield Idol wrapping up, kids with a dream to be in showbiz still have a chance. North Shore Idol is a one-week summer musical theatre program for kids ages 8-16 that will take place this summer. From July 24-28, kids will receive daily lessons in singing and dancing, in addition to confidence-building exercises. They also get a professional photoshoot, so start practicing for your headshots!

Rehearsals will take place at Dance Enthusiasm in Salem. The week ends with a performance at the Old North Church in Marblehead. Classes run from Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enrollment is limited to 15 participants. Register by May 1 to get special pricing at $295! (Regular cost: $325.) To register, visit For information, call 978-210-9818 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jail and Bail for Reid’s Ride

Drop by and enjoy the event festivities! There’ll be music, refreshments and a whole lot of fun watching friends, family and town officials sitting in Jail waiting to be Bailed out!

Better yet, join in the fun. Purchase “Arrest Warrants” for us to apprehend relatives, friends, colleagues or town officials. You’ll get to charge each with any creative charge you can think of. (Examples: “Texting While Walking,” “Illegal Ball Drop on the 4th Hole, Reedy Meadow Golf Course,” “Snoring During Selectmen’s Meetings”).

When you purchase your Warrant(s), we’ll assume probable cause, and arrange for the arrest of each felon and for bringing each felon to our “Jail” at MarketStreet, Lynnfield, during the event on May 4. There, our “judge” will set bails in amounts commensurate with the gravity and creativity of the “crime” you’ve charged them with. When a suspect pays his/her bail, or convinces relatives, friends, colleagues or passers-by (at MarketStreet) to do so, the suspect is released.

First ever Lynnfield Comic-Con

Are you a Marvel fan? Is Halloween once a year just not enough? Do you have stacks of comic books buried under your bed?

The Lynnfield Comic-Con wants you! For the first time ever, the Lynnfield Library will be hosting its Comic-Con (comic convention, for the rest of us). Dress up as your favorite character from movies, TV or comics and network with other like-minded enthusiasts. Festivities take place at 18 Summer St. (Lynnfield Library) from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This event is free and for all ages.

50th annual LAA 4th of July 5K Road Race!

Blaze a trail for Independence Day! The Lynnfield Athletic Association (LAA) will be hosting its annual 4th of July Road Race on you guessed it – July 4. Registration is now open! Admission: Ages 10 and under are $15; 11-17, $20; and 18 and over, $25. The route will be predominantly flat with one hill. Dress in red, white and blue to mark the occasion. Participate in a raffle and award ceremony afterwards.

Awards will be given out to the following categories:

Overall 1st place, male and female;

Top Finisher from Lynnfield High School, male and female;

Male and female in the following age groups:

Age 70+, 1st place;

Age 60-69, 1st place;

Age 50-59, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place;

Age 40-49, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place;

Age 30-39, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place;

Age 20-29, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place;

Age 15-19, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place;

Age 11-14, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place; and

Under 10, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Arrive at Lynnfield Town Hall (55 Summer St.) at 7:30 a.m. for check-in and race day registration; the race starts at 9 a.m. Don’t miss it!

Visit to register.

Lynnfield Tree Ceremony

“Leaf” everything at home and stop by for the Lynnfield Tree Ceremony. A perfect follow-up to Earth Day. Celebrate Lynnfield’s natural beauty and enjoy the fair weather. Hosted by the Tree Committee and Lynnfield for Love, guests will hear the annual “Arbor Day Proclamation” and “make a wish” and hang it from our “Wishing Tree,” and kids can stay and create a free tree-themed craft to take home. This event is on Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m. on the Town Common; no registration required.

Lynnfield is a certified “Tree City USA” as proclaimed by the Arbor Day Foundation. Lynnfield was bestowed with the distinct honor more than a decade ago, which affirms the community’s commitment to its natural resources, specifically trees. To qualify as a Tree City USA, a community must have a designated “Tree Committee,” celebrate Arbor Day, have a tree ordinance and spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry.



Lynnfield High School Vocal Arts presents “Lynnfield Idol” Finals












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