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Unruly behavior causes pandemonium at closed LYFC meeting

For the second time in one month, officials from the Lynnfield Youth Football and Cheerleading (LYFC) program held a closed meeting at 600 Market St. for the purpose of electing a new Board of Directors.

League officials had also met on Aug. 7 for the same reason; however, the meeting and the election results were voided, as sufficient notice was not provided.

Although proper notice was given prior to LYFC’s Aug. 30 meeting, only coaches were allowed inside the locked meeting room at the Merritt Center.

Everyone else, including parents and the media, could do nothing more than wait in the lobby, as police officers Jonathan Duzz and Jared Provost stood in front of the stairs leading to the second floor.

However, parents insisted that they be allowed into the meeting, which prompted Duzz to notify his superior officer, who later arrived

“Listen, I’ll have my sergeant come down, if you like you can speak to him,” said Duzz.

At the time of the meeting, LYFC only had a permit to hold practices not to play games.

According to anonymous sources, the meeting itself quickly erupted into anarchy and the vote for a new board was never taken.

Instead, there was heated discussion regarding the definition of a member and which individuals were, in fact, certified as coaches.

Several attendees who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from town officals told The Lynnfield Advocate that there was a “handful of unruly and unprofessional” attendees at the meting whose main purpose was to cause havoc and not act professionaly to create a more harmonious situation.

“After all, everybody present is supposed to be there for the best interest of the children,” said a source.

By Christopher Roberson


 

Lynnfield Public Library presents two new fall programs

Lynnfield Public Library is pleased to announce two exciting program series beginning in September. First, if you’ve ever been curious about how to research your family history, register for the six-week course “Researching your Family Tree” at the Library. Throughout the six weeks, participants will learn how to use Library databases as well as other resources available in print and on the web to research their genealogy. Class size is limited and registration is required. Please contact Samantha Cabral by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling (781) 334-5411 for more information. The ability to use the computer is a prerequisite for the class. “Researching your Family Tree” will meet on Tuesdays, September 19 and 26, October 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Library.

Next, Lynnfield’s own Nathalie Lilley will lead us in four separate workshops to create Eclectic Art. Nathalie, the artist whose paintings were unveiled at the Library’s 125th Birthday Celebration, also has a display of her art in mixed media in the Reading Room of the Library. Using items you probably have in your own home, participants of all artistic skill levels are invited to create their own works of art to take home, including a bean mosaic and a painting with coffee. Explore a different topic each month; all supplies will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required for each session. Participants may register for one or all four workshops by calling the Library at (781) 334-6404 or by stopping by the Circulation Desk the next time you are in the Library. Eclectic Art will meet on Thursdays, September 14, October 19, November 9 and December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Library.

 

 

MarketStreet Advisory Committee requests feedback from Lynnfield residents

The mission of the MarketStreet Advisory Committee (MSAC), which was established by the Lynnfield Selectmen on May 8, 2017, is to establish a means of effective and ongoing communication for Lynnfield residents, Town of Lynnfield representatives, and WS Development and National Development, the firms that own and manage MarketStreet Lynnfield. The result of this communication will lead to better collaboration and a strengthened partnership between all parties involved with MarketStreet Lynnfield. This Committee will play a critical role in making sure MarketStreet Lynnfield is a success for the Town of Lynnfield now and in the future.

Made up of 13 Lynnfield residents representing all four precincts, MSAC has spent the summer getting organized, establishing processes and identifying top matters of interest concerning MarketStreet. The matters of interest include the Berm (the hill between Walnut Street and MarketStreet), Noise Management Improvement, Traffic Improvement, Advisement on Parking, Advisement on Financial Impact, Updating on the Development of Building 1350 (the building with Lahey Health as a tenant), and Advisement on the Potential Development of a Theatre/Cinema. (Currently, there is no theatre/cinema proposal from National Development for consideration.) Subcommittees have been assigned to each matter of interest and have been tasked to educate themselves on stakeholders’ perspectives and report back to MSAC on their findings.

The committee at large will consider those findings and when applicable, draft an advisement to be given to the Board of Selectmen.

Among other resources, feedback from Lynnfield residents is paramount to this discovery process. MSAC will designate an agenda item at upcoming meetings to hear feedback on these matters of interest.

The first two matters of interest discussed will be the Berm and Noise Management Improvement. MSAC invites residents to share feedback on these topics by attending the MSAC meeting on Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. in the Al Merritt Room – 600 Market Street, Lynnfield. (The entrance is found between Fugakyu and Sweet Greens; proceed to 2nd Floor). For those unable to attend, feedback can also be shared via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The deadline for all feedback shared via email is Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

This MSAC hearing is limited to feedback relative to the Berm and Noise Management discussions during the September 14 meeting. Future MSAC meetings will be designated as hearings for the remaining matters of interest.

   

Lynnfield Democrats hold Open House on Sept. 27

The Lynnfield Democratic Town Committee will hold an open house on September 27 at 6:30 p.m., before the usual monthly meeting at 7 p.m. All registered Democrats are invited to attend.

Are you curious about what a “Town Committee” actually does? This is your chance to find out. Come join us for an informal get-together at 6:30 p.m. at the Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center at 600 Market St. in Lynnfield. Ask questions about the Massachusetts Democratic Platform that was passed at the convention in June, or what important campaigns are coming up in 2018.

At 7 p.m. we will have a speaker, Britte McBride, who will talk about Voting Rights and Ethics, followed by the business meeting. Guests are welcome to stay for the speaker and the meeting.

If you have any questions, please call Chairman Mark McDonough at 857-919-3764.

 

Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.

SENATORS’ VOTES WITH THEIR PARTY LEADERSHIP - This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports the percentage of times local senators voted with their party’s leadership in 2017 through Sept. 1.

The votes of the 2017 membership of 5 Republicans were compared with those of GOP Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).

The votes of the 2017 membership of 32 Democrats were compared to House Majority Leader Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester), second in command in the Senate. We could not compare the Democrats’ votes to those of Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) because by tradition, the Senate president rarely vote.

Beacon Hill Roll Call uses 73 votes from the 2017 Senate session as the basis for this report. This includes all roll calls that were not on local issues.

None of the 32 Democratic senators voted with Chandler 100 percent of the time.

Twelve came very close and voted with Chandler all but one time.

The Democratic senator who voted the lowest percentage of times with Chandler was Sen. Walter Timilty (D-Milton) who voted with Chandler only 90.4 percent of the time.

None of the five GOP senators voted with Tarr 100 percent of the time.

The Republican senator who voted the lowest percentage of times with Tarr was Sen. Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) who voted with Tarr only 94.5 percent of the time.

SENATORS’ PERCENTAGE OF VOTES SUPPORTING THEIR PARTY’S LEADER IN 2017

The percentage next to the senator’s name represents the percentage of times the senator supported his or her party’s leader.

The number in parentheses represents the number of times the senator opposed his or her party’s leader.

Some senators voted on all 73 roll call votes. Others missed one or more of the 73 votes. The percentage for each senator is calculated based on the number of roll calls on which he or she voted and does not count the roll calls for which he or she was absent.

Sen. Thomas McGee       97.3 percent (2)

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 August 28-September 1, the House met for a total of 53 minutes while the Senate met for a total of one hour and 13 minutes.

Mon.Aug. 28

House11:01 a.m. to11:43 a.m.

Senate 11:03 a.m. to11:48 a.m.

Tues. Aug. 29

No House session

No Senate session

Wed.Aug. 30

No House session

No Senate session

Thurs.Aug. 31

House11:02 a.m. to11:13 a.m.

Senate 11:03 a.m. to11:31 a.m.

Fri.Sept. 1

No House session

No Senate session

Bob Katzen
welcomes feedback at
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