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  • Malden High graduates 446 at Macdonald Stadium

    Friday, June 09, 2017 00:00
  • Annual National Night Out Big Success

    Friday, August 04, 2017 11:01
  • Sergio Cornelio unanimously appointed City Clerk

    Saturday, August 05, 2017 09:22
  • DeRuosi’s Report Card

    Friday, August 04, 2017 10:24
  • Help choose the next Malden Reads 2018 book selection!

    Friday, June 09, 2017 00:00


Thank you, Lynnfield Fire Department

My sincerest gratitude to the Lynnfield Fire Department and firefighters, particularly Lt. Ripley, Lt Mutti, and Firefighters Robey, Feinberg, and Fiorentino for the services they rendered to my family, particularly to my wife, yesterday and on other occasions. The quality of their work and their outstanding service to the community is greatly appreciated. I wanted them to know the gratitude I have for their kindness and respect. I also wanted to extend my gratitude to Police Officer Doto for the time he spent encouraging and being kind to me.

Sincerely yours,

Leon Golden


Lynnfield History: Wilson Family discovers Lynnfield roots



As their retirement years approached, Irving and Ruth Wilson moved from Lynn to Lynnfield in 1958, following in the footsteps of many other GE executives and their families. They purchased a comfortable house on 538 Lowell St. with an ample two acre lot where Irv intended to plant his garden.


The Wilsons soon became active in town and church affairs. They often held garden parties in their yard to benefit St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Each June they hosted a picnic for the Katherine Ross Senior Citizens. Irving became the first Chairman of Lynnfield’s Council on Aging. The couple was also active in the early days of the Lynnfield Historical Society.

Ruth and Irving enjoyed an active social life with bowling and bridge competitions. In season Irv played golf at the Thompson Club, where he also attended the Old-Timers G.E. lunches. The couple often visited the Lynnfield Library, where their daughter Marcia Wiswall Lindberg was the Director. Irv, an MIT grad, could “fix anything” that needed repair while Ruth, an avid reader, perused the latest books.

The couple, who became octogenarians in 1977, continued to relish their retirement years. Meanwhile, Marcia, while still Library Director, founded the Essex Society of Genealogists, an organization that still thrives. She had started by investigating her own roots, and was amazed to find so many ancestral connections to Lynnfield in her maternal and paternal lines. They include the following:

The Tapley Family

Marcia’s mother, Ruth Tapley Mudge, and Irving Wilson married in July 1920, after having “gone together” since the 9th grade. Their first home was at 9 Linwood Rd. in Lynn, part of the “Linwood Estate” where Ruth’s mother Sarah had been born in the family’s mansion on Pine Hill. The latter had been raised in luxury by her paternal grandparents, Philip Preston Tapley and his wife, after her own father had died at age 24. Philip (Marcia’s great-grandfather) was the only surviving son of Moses Tapley, who had ventured west to Indiana, where he died young, leaving his wife and youngsters to make their way back to Lynn.

Born in a log cabin on the frontier, Philip “became the largest Morocco leather manufacturer in the city of Lynn.” Philip’s uncle Joseph Tapley had settled in Lynnfield before 1740, leaving many descendants in the town. “Tapley’s Tomb” still stands at Three Corners, the intersection of Chestnut and Lowell Streets. It was later refurbished by another relative, David Hewes, the California pioneer who donated the “Golden Spike” when the Transcontinental Railroad was completed.

The Mudge Family

Ruth’s father, Frank Pierce Mudge, came from an extensive Lynn family. Her grandfather, Honorable Ezra Mudge, served in the State Legislature for 16 years. Ezra’s father, Nathan (and his 16 children), had settled in Lynnfield in the 18th century and were active in the Meeting House congregation. Nathan’s oldest son was killed in the French & Indian War while six other sons served in the Revolution. Most of the clan moved on, leaving only their sister Mary in Lynnfield. Her marriage to Andrew Mansfield solidified that branch of the family in South Lynnfield for decades.

The Pierce Family

Marcia’s father, Irving Harrison Wilson, a superintendent at G. E., grew up in Lynn. But his mother, Mary Lizzie Pierce, had been born in the Timothy Monroe House on 40 Salem St. and attended the old South School where the South Lynnfield Fire Station now stands. Her father’s taxes “included 23 acres for pasture,” later developed as the Colonial Golf Course, now MarketStreet. Also taxed were “13 acres woodlands, and 12 acres of Reedy Meadow.” Obviously, Irv’s forebears had deep roots in Lynnfield.


This rudimentary study of family roots led Marcia Wiswall Lindberg (1916-2015) to publish her magnum opus, “Early Lynn Families: including Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott: a genealogical study from the Earliest Settlers through the Revolutionary War” (900 pages!), after her own retirement.

(Based on an account in the 1977 Lynnfield Historical Bulletin)

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By Helen Breen


Lynnfield Senior Baseball Player, Nick Aslanian, awarded $1,000 Wakefield Co-operative Bank Scholarship


Lynnfield High School graduate of 2017 and baseball team captain, Nick Aslanian, received a $1,000 scholarship from Wakefield Co-operative Bank at the team’s end of season banquet last month.

Aslanian was selected by the coaching team for his upbeat personality, passion for the game, and for being a role model to underclassmen.
“We are proud to announce Nick as the recipient of this scholarship,” said Michael Juliano, Treasurer of Lynnfield Baseball Boosters. “He is well-deserving, not only for his positive attitude on and off the field, but he’s been a true leader – easily accepting his role as a mentor to underclassmen and I’m sure all of his teammates have loved playing alongside him.”

“Lynnfield Baseball Boosters is very grateful to Wakefield Co-operative Bank for offering this generous scholarship to one of our deserving seniors three years in a row now,” said Juliano. “The bank’s long history of community giving is evident in its ongoing dedication to supporting our team along with many other Lynnfield organizations throughout the years.”

Aslanian is slated to attend Salem State University this fall.


Lynnfield Recreation has a new software program

Please go to and click on the Create New Account link to open your account and gain easier access to program registration. Be sure to then add all the members of your household into the account. Don’t forget to enter your cell number with the carrier so we can text you with any last minute changes. Your new household account will provide you with registrations history, financial history and much more. We look forward to enjoying this enhanced registration experience with you!

Right now all you need to do is create your account. Your information will not transfer over from our current program so if you need to print off anything please do. We will not start registering for programs on the new sight until August 1st. I will still have access to all the rosters on the old sight until the middle of August when that sight will be shut down.  Any questions please contact Julie Mallett at 781-334-9488 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local legislators’ votes on roll calls from the week of July 3-7.


House 140-9, Senate 36-2, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a conference committee’s compromise version of a $40.2 billion fiscal 2018 state budget to cover state spending from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. .

Baker has ten days to sign the budget and to veto sections of it. It would then take a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate to override any vetoes. The conference committee version was hammered out after the House and Senate each approved different budgets.

The 6-member conference committee reduced expected state revenues by $733 million and made millions in budget “fixes” including $400 million in direct cuts from the proposed spending approved by legislators in the original House and Senate version of the budget. Those actions were in response to warnings about ever-decreasing revenue projections over the past several weeks.

Supporters said the budget is a balanced one that makes important investments in the state while continuing fiscal responsibility and not raising taxes. They noted a shortage of revenue will result in some pain in some services and programs but that the budget protects the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

Opponents voted against the budget for various reasons: Legislators have only had a few hours to read the budget and the vote should be postponed for several days; the budget does not make sufficient cuts; the budget makes too many cuts and does not sufficiently fund many worthwhile programs and services; state spending has grown too much over the past few years; and billions of dollars of taxpayer money is going to government services for illegal immigrants.

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

Rep. Stephan Hay                           Yes

Rep. Bradley Jones                         Yes

Rep. Theodore Speliotis       Yes

Rep. Thomas Walsh                        Yes

Sen. Joseph Boncore           Yes

Sen. Joan Lovely                            Yes

Sen. Thomas McGee                       Yes


Prior to voting on the budget, the House 115-34, Senate 32-6, suspended rules to allow immediate consideration of the $40.2 billion fiscal 2018 state budget.

Rule suspension supporters said it is important for the Legislature to approve this budget quickly and noted the state is currently operating on a temporary budget.

Rule suspension opponents said members have had very little time to read the budget and argued it is unfair and irresponsible to rush a $40.2 billion package through the House late on a Friday afternoon.

(A “Yea” vote is for rule suspension. A “Nay” vote is against rule suspension).

Rep. Stephan Hay                           Yes

Rep. Bradley Jones                         No

Rep. Theodore Speliotis       Yes

Rep. Thomas Walsh                        Yes

Sen. Joan Lovely                            Yes

Sen. Thomas McGee                       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 July 3-7, the House met for a total of 12 hours and 44 minutes and the Senate met for a total of six hours and 28 minutes.

Mon. July 3

House11:01 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.

No Senate session

Tues.July 4

No House session

No Senate session

Wed. July 5

House11:01 a.m. to2:20 p.m.

Senatel:09 p.m. to1:13 p.m.

Thurs. July 6

House 11:02 a.m. to 4:29 p.m.

Senate 1:17 p.m. to 5:04 p.m.

Fri. July 7

House 1:39 p.m. to5:33 p.m.

Senate2:06 p.m. to4:43 p.m.

Bob Katzen
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