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Lynnfield Troop 48 names new Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader


The June Court of Honor was the last meeting of the fiscal year when Troop 48 named a new Scoutmaster Jeff West and honored the service of outgoing Scoutmaster Mike Wehle. Also honored was outgoing Senior Patrol Leader Kevin Travers; sworn in was Senior Patrol Leader Gerald Hinch. (Courtesy photo)


Sounds of Lynnfield

Coach Stone has done it again

This Stone is on a roll. Last week High School Coach Craig Stone (girls’ tennis and boys’ wrestling) led his girls’ tennis team to their 4th straight MIAA Division 3 North Championship title. Stone, who was just inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches’ Hall of Fame for his contributions to Lynnfield’s high school wrestling team and being a prolific winner, added to that long list of accomplishments with his team’s win over Austin Prep on June 9. Neither Stone nor the athletic director, Mike Bierwirth, could be reached for comment.

Town launches Facebook page, version 2.0

The town’s Facebook page is back up, this time as a “likable” page. You do not have to request to follow it in order to receive updates this time. Its address is The town will post updates on events, meeting notices, and news.

Town looking for members for new “Senior Citizen Advisory Council”

The town is looking for members for its new “Senior Citizen Advisory Council,” which was created just recently. Noting “significant contribution” Lynnfield seniors had made to the town, town officials are seeking to establish a board that would contribute to the betterment of quality of life for the town’s seniors. The town is looking for members to fill the following roles: Town of Lynnfield Residents (five); Chairman, Lynnfield Board of Selectmen (non-voting); Council on Aging, Director; Lynnfield Initiatives For Elders (one representative); Friends of the Lynnfield Senior Center (one representative); Council on Aging (one representative); Board of Assessors (one representative); and Finance Committee (one representative).

Tax abatement for seniors is among the topics the Council will discuss. According to a press release from the Town Administrator’s office, the Council will “consider and advise on issues and concerns that affect the senior citizen population within the Town of Lynnfield.” Among its mandates is to “meet regularly to discuss issues and concerns brought to the attention of the Council population.”

“The Lynnfield Senior Citizen Advisory Council will play a critical role in making sure our senior citizens receive the community support they rightly deserve to enhance their health and quality of life,” a statement from the town reads.

It continues, “The Council will make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on how the Town can effectively implement and coordinate services and programs that would greatly benefit the senior citizen population … Those wishing to volunteer for this committee should send a letter of interest and/or resume to Robert Curtin, Assistant to Administration, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - or mail to Robert Curtin, 55 Summer Street, Lynnfield MA 01940.”

Middle School track on its way

According to Fields Committee Chairman Arthur Bourque, the process to begin building a new track for the Middle School is underway. Last week the committee sent out bids for potential contractors. Bourque said that construction is “on schedule for a start right after the 4th of July” and there will be “a walk-through with potential contractors next week and we established a bid return date for June 23rd.”

Jordan Park update

In the same email to the Advocate, Bourque also commented on the status of potential repairs to Jordan Park, including the playground. Townscape, the nonprofit that raises money for repairs to Lynnfield’s green spaces and beautification and of which Bourque is president, is still determining the amount of donations earned from the organization’s signature fundraising event last month, Geraniumfest & Kids Day.

“Townscape is meeting on Wednesday of next week at which time we will have a final reconciliation of the income and expenses,” Bourque said in an email earlier last week, adding that the committee “will have a better idea exactly how much was raised after that is done.” Bourque did say that the net proceeds of Kids Day, the fundraiser specifically this year for Jordan Park, are “substantially over” the proceeds netted last year. “It was a great day for everyone,” Bourque said of the event.

Joint meeting of BOS and School Committee – June 26 at Merritt Center

The Board of Selectmen and the School Committee will be holding a joint meeting on June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Al Merritt Center (600 Market St.) to discuss the new Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. The coalition, which was created in the recent weeks, is aimed at tackling substance abuse within Lynnfield. It incorporates representatives from many parts of society, including health care professionals, clergy, public safety officials, and not least, schools.



Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on the only roll call from the week of June 5-9. There were no roll calls in the Senate.


House 151-2, approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would give local school districts flexibility in educating their English Language Learner (ELL) students. The key part of the proposal would allow schools to implement alternative ELL programs, such as two-way bilingual/dual language or transitional bilingual education programs, based on the needs of their students.

Supporters said that each student has unique needs and the top-down cookie cutter approach is not working.

“This bill, at its core, is about allowing districts to exercise the flexibility in programming necessary to best serve their English learner populations -- a student group that is not only increasing in numbers but is also very dynamic with a wide range of needs.” said Rep. Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley), Chair of the Education Committee.

Opponents said the bill imposes an unfunded mandate on cities and towns and disproportionally hurts those communities that have very few English language learners.

(A “Yes” vote is for the bill. A “No” vote is against it.)

Rep. Stephan Hay                           Didn’t Vote

Rep. Bradley Jones                         Yes

Rep. Theodore Speliotis       Yes

Rep. Thomas Walsh                        Yes

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session.

During the week of June 5-9, the House met for a total of seven hours and 22 minutes and the Senate met for a total of one hour and 24 minutes.

Mon. June 5

House11:00 a.m. to 11:16 a.m.

Senate 11:10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

Tues.June 6

No House session

No Senate session

Wed. June 7

House 11:01 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.

No Senate session

Thurs. June 8

House 11:01 a.m. to12:17 p.m.

Senate11:06 a.m. to12:20 p.m.

Fri. June 9

No House session

No Senate session

Bob Katzen
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~ Letter-to-the-Editor ~ LHS Baseball Team thanks friends and sponsors

Lynnfield High School Baseball would like to send out a big ‘thank you’ to our friends and sponsors. It was a great season for all our teams, especially our Varsity team who along with Coach O’Brien and Coach Sheehan dominated the season to become the Cape Ann League Champions.

Thank you to: Wakefield Co-operative Bank, James Lynch Insurance, Eastern Bank, Allied Technologies, Inc., Supino Insurance, Flagship Motorcars of Lynnfield, Dr. Patel, Northfield Orthodontics, Boustris and Sons, Gaslight Restaurant, King Rail & Reedy Meadow Golf Courses, Latitude Sports Club, Northrup Associates, Herb Chambers Cadillac, Law Office of Colonna and Doyle, Four Points Sheraton – Wakefield, Boston Sports Club, Kings, Cerizzi’s Karate and Kickboxing, Fitness Together, Eaglebrook Engineering & Survey, LLC, MarketStreet, The Big Y, Kelly’s Roast Beef & Seafood, Davio’s, The 99 Restaurant, The Yard House, Fat Biscuit, Anton’s Cleaners, Temazcal, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Christmas Tree Shops, Richardson’s, and JP Licks.


Lisa Juliano

Lynnfield Baseball Boosters


Austin Prep dashes Lynnfield’s championship dreams in the North title game


Baseball Pioneers end season with a remarkable 21 wins

The Lynnfield High School baseball team (21-3, third seed) seemed to be on a collision course for a spot in the Division 3 state title game. The Pioneers were simply dominating throughout the regular season, and the first three rounds in the postseason. The Lynnfield boys knocked off Latin Academy (20-3), the second seed, last Thursday, June 8, in Haverhill in a North semifinal game, 7-3, to set up a North title game clash versus Austin Prep (20-4, fifth seed) on Sunday at Lynn’s Fraser Field, where they ended up being upset by the Cougars, 8-2.

Justin Juliano did his part in the Latin Academy game by going the distance on the hill while allowing nine hits, but striking out five. Third baseman Mike Stellato once again paced the offensive attack with a single and a triple that accounted for three RBIs. Bryant Dana knocked in two runs, and Juliano helped his own cause offensively with an RBI.

Lynnfield jumped out of the gate quickly with three runs in the first inning. Latin Academy did scratch out in the home half, but for all intents and purposes the Pioneers never trailed in this semifinal encounter. They led, at one point, 7-1, before Latin Academy tried to stage a miraculous comeback in the seventh. They scored twice, but coach John O’Brien’s boys were able to hang on to advance to the sectional final.

Once there, the Pioneers were feeling the frustration. They were only trailing by two, 3-1, and they had runners in scoring position with two outs, when Stellato lofted a fly ball that was certainly deep enough to score a run if there weren’t already two outs in the home half of the third.

As fate would have it, the Cougars padded their lead with a pair of runs in the very next inning to now go up by four, 5-1. Mike Federico tripled in a run in the fourth, and as it turned out it was Lynnfield’s last tally of the year.

Nick Aslanian started the game on the hill for Lynnfield before sophomore Fernando Gonzalez relieved him in the fifth.

For the second year in a row, the Pioneers lost in the sectional final. Last year, Cape Ann League rival North Reading defeated them, 5-1. But one thing is for sure: The Pioneers have the talent to get back to this point next spring with, hopefully, more positive results to show for their efforts.

By Joe Mitchell


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