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Local family hosts fundraiser to benefit veteran running for Red Cross

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Francine Askew has crossed the finish line - the first one, that is. As part of running the Boston Marathon this upcoming April, Askew is also tasked with raising at least $7,000 to benefit the American Red Cross, an official charity partner of the Boston Athletic Association for the Boston Marathon. During a special benefit co-hosted by the Mitchell family of Lynnfield last Thursday, March 6, Askew raised $6,260.

The event was also co-hosted by Spalenza (187 Lake St.), the Peabody spa where Askew currently works as an esthetician. Guests were treated to live entertainment provided by comedian Tony V and Chinese cuisine catered by Kowloon Restaurant as well as the opportunity to bid on a variety of coveted items during both live and silent auctions, such as tickets to all major Boston sports teams, tickets to Kiss 108’s summer concert, gift certificates to local businesses, and more.

Askew, a Wisconsin native now residing in Massachusetts is training for her second Boston Marathon. Askew, who also served her country in the US Marine Corps was supported that evening by fellow Marines Sgt. Brian Ponce and Gunnery Sgt. Travis McGlew.

For Askew, the decision to raise money for the Red Cross in particular is a personal one. According to the Marines, the Red Cross is able to provide lines of communication between deployed Marines and their loved ones where traditional methods of communication are often fraught by inconsistencies. Thanks to this vital service, Askew decided that she wanted to “give back” in some way, and found that the Marathon was the way to do it.

As a result, she began running three years ago and hasn’t stopped since. She often completes multiple eight-mile runs per week, especially in training for the 26 mile Marathon. “Running […] was such a profound experience,” Askew said. “I’m glad I can double down for the Red Cross and combine my passions by doing so.”

Anyone interested in donating to Askew’s cause can do so by visiting: www.crowdrise.com/americanredcrossboston2017/fundraiser/francineaskew.


By Melanie Higgins


 

“Bemiss’ Geniuses” delight at annual Variety Show

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Huckleberry Hill School has got show business down to a science. On Sunday at the middle school, Huckleberry students performed their annual Variety Show – sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization. This year’s theme was “Experiments in Entertainment.”

Every year kids are encouraged to think of an act and audition – whether it be song, dance, poetry or gymnastics – and perform it as part of the show. During this year’s show, kids performed a broad array of acts, including magic tricks, dance routines, skits and even musical performances.

Wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Bemiss’ Geniuses” (referring to Principal Brian Bemiss) in addition to Einstein wigs and wacky hats, students performed an opening skit demonstrating their “experiments” in cooking up entertainment. Others performed choreographed dance routines to popular songs, such as Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and Fitz and the Tantrums’ “Hand Clap.” One group titled the “Brady Bunch” showed off their jump roping skills while wearing Tom Brady jerseys.

Perhaps the best moment of the show; however, was when kids performed a skit wearing “Fat Heads” (oversized mug shots) of the school’s teachers, creating a bobble-head effect. In total, about 130 kids participated in the show, which was comprised of 35 acts.

“It’s all for fun,” said Rich Sjoberg, school committee member and one of the organizers of the annual event. Sjoberg is in his 8th year organizing the event, alongside co-chair of the show, Lucy Karis.

Sjoberg wanted to especially thank Karis for her hand in making the show happen. “The kids all did a fantastic job,” Karis said. “They all came up with unique, original acts. The kids love it and so do the parents.”

Last Sunday marks the 17th year the Huckleberry School has put on the show. Last year’s theme was about reading and featured Principal Bemiss as a bookworm – the year before that, “Talent in Toyland.” Sjoberg said that he and Karis play a large part in the creative process, but that it couldn’t be done without the extra volunteers. Around 30 volunteer parents also contributed, along with middle schoolers who helped with sound and lighting, and high schoolers who acted as chaperones.

By Melanie Higgins


 

Local family hosts fundraiser to support Boston Marathon runner

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Will help raise money for Nashoba Learning Group

On Saturday, March 4, the Parziale family held a fundraising party at their Lynnfield home for Nicole Mitsakis of Middleton, who will be running the Boston Marathon for Nashoba Learning Group (NLG), a private autism school in Bedford. According to Susan Parziale, this is Nicole’s first marathon. Her fundraising requirement for the charity bib is $10,000, and thanks to so many who turned out on Saturday night, Nicole did very well to reach her goal.


Pictured is Nicole Mitsakis with Jenna Parziale, who attends NLG. (Photo courtesy of Parziale family)


   

Center Farm sold to Lynnfield family

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Center Farm will soon be under new management. During the meeting of the Board of Selectmen last Monday night, officials designated lifelong Lynnfielders Steven and Kelly Migliero as new owners of the 567 Main St. property.

The board unanimously voted to award the property to the Miglieros for a sale price of $935,000. According to the board, the Miglieros were the only bidders, although numerous people in town had expressed interest in purchasing the property.

Steven and Kelly are the parents of four children in town. Steven was born in town and went to Lynnfield High School. He and his family moved back to Lynnfield around six years ago.

“This is a win-win for Lynnfield,” Board of Selectman Chairman Phil Crawford said, who described the buyers as a “great family.”

“I couldn’t be happier that they want to help fix it up, and restore it back to its architectural significance,” Crawford continued.

According to Crawford, the proposal still needs to go before the Lynnfield Historical Commission for approval. Once that process is completed, the sale can be finalized.

Center Farm is a historic property that was built in 1785. The town purchased it in 2014 for $1.4 million in light of concerns that it would be bought and destroyed by developers. Since it was purchased by the town, it has undergone a lengthy bureaucratic process that included negotiations with the Massachusetts Historical Commission on how to best preserve its features while maintaining its salability.

The Miglieros could not be reached for comment.

By Melanie Higgins


 

Lynnfield Democratic Town Committee selects delegates for 2017 Mass. Democratic Convention

At its recent caucus, the Lynnfield Democratic Town Committee selected delegates and alternates for the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across the state will gather to adopt a new party platform. The convention allows Democrats the opportunity to come together to discuss shared values. The convention will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Tsongas Arena, which is located at 300 Martin Luther King Jr Way in Lowell, Mass.

Elected Lynnfield delegates are Bob Casoli, Diane Courtney, Martha Dwyer, Jim Fox and Malka Travaglini. Chairman Mark McDonough is an ex-officio delegate. Elected alternates are Sally Hamblen, Darlene Kumar, Sue McDonough and Sara Teague.

The next meeting of the Lynnfield Democratic Town Committee is April 19 at the Merritt Center, MarketStreet. For further information please check the Lynnfield Democratic Town Committee page on Facebook.

   

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