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With YEA!, local students get a head start in business

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Last Wednesday night marked the halfway mark in a 30-week program aimed at giving kids the tools to get a head start in business. YEA! (or Young Entrepreneurship Academy) is a nationwide initiative that offers afterschool classes, workshops and guest speaker events, like Wednesday night’s, that “enhance their learning” in business. Sponsored by the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce, the classes physically take place in Peabody, but are attended by youths from as far away as Concord-Carlisle High School. Of the seven students to participate in this year’s program, three were from Lynnfield.

Over the 30-week period, students work through three sections: the “big idea,” the “pitch” and the “launch,” taking their product or business idea through all stages of the process and bringing it before an audience. On Wednesday night at the Peabody Institute Library’s Sutton Room, students listened to five local business owners talk about their experiences in business and presented their projects for feedback.

The business leaders, who varied in age and background, described how they got started, the challenges they faced in starting a business and what they did to stay afloat, especially in difficult times. Nearly all described a desire to “be one’s own boss” or “master of your own destiny,” as Jason Colaccio of distribution consulting firm Adcco, Inc. put it.

“If you’re not failing, you’re not trying,” said Liz Sacco, owner of Diabetic Dabs. Sacco originally got started with her company after her son was diagnosed with diabetes. She said that her son, after taking his blood sugar, would frequently have nowhere to dry his finger from excess blood. In response, she invented “dabs” to accompany blood sugar testers to allow users to clean their finger after use. The item has since taken off and is available in numerous stores and online.

“Go outside your niche as well,” she advised, “and don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

Warren Waugh, co-owner or Lyon-Waugh car dealership, conveyed the importance of listening and cautioned against the loss of money that often occurs when starting a business. “It took me three years to start making money,” Waugh said.

Ryan Bey, a sophomore at Lynnfield High School and one of the students, had only good things to say about the program. “It’s very helpful,” Bey said. “We’re doing a lot of work. It’s good on a college application.”

Bey is the inventor of “Sneaker Defender.” He said his inspiration for the product came from experiencing the problem of not being able to wear athletic shoes, such as cleats, on surfaces other than fields. The product, which fits over athletic shoes, solves that problem. Bey said he is still looking for a manufacturer, but otherwise his product is coming along well with the help of the program.

Another Lynnfield sophomore, Mike Axiotakis, is participating in the program. Creator of the “Axio Cover,” the freshman says he offers customizable Chromebook cases. He said his inspiration for the product came from noticing that the Chromebooks (Google laptops) which are offered in Lynnfield schools were frequently getting chipped or scuffed from regular use. The neoprene cases, which offer pockets for phones and pencils and have customizable designs, are intended to solve that problem and give students some extra space to put their accessories.

“[The program] is great,” Axiotakis said. “It’s good for colleges, and good for the money.”

At the end of the program, students will participate in a trade show, showcasing their products and offering them for sale. Last year, Peabody High School senior Ashley Hurton won the Northeast Division of YEA’s national competition for her fitness clothing line HappiWear, and went on to be a finalist in the Washington, D.C. competition.

The next 30-week program begins in November 2017. To register or receive more information, contact Event Coordinator Maria Ferris at the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

By Melanie Higgins


 

Students share the love at Sunrise Senior Living Valentine’s Day party

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A group of Lynnfield elementary school students recently attended Sunrise Senior Living’s Valentine’s Day party. The group made valentines to hand out to the residents along with beautiful pink tulips. The smiles were contagious among both the students and residents.


 

The Advocate HOROSCOPE

Aries  (March 21st-April 20th): The moon will have you feeling deep and spiritual for quite a bit. Embrace the desire to think deeply about everything and take time to process. If you feel you have agitated someone this weekend, speak up instead of tip toeing around!

Taurus (April 21st-May 20th): As this month comes to a quick end, you may find yourself trying to do it all. Manage your time wisely, and you’ll be productive. Try not to get offended by an invite that doesn’t come your way next week- there is a reason!

Gemini  (May 21st-June20th): Boredom may have gotten the best of you this past week- but this weekend some exciting new opportunities should emerge. Friends you haven’t seen in awhile should also resurface- leading to an exciting March!

Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd): February has likely flown by, and although you accomplished a lot you might have forgotten to take care of yourself. Be cautious of this over the next week and pamper yourself if possible. The moon will be enhancing your emotions right now- another FYI!

Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd): A little tension with the planets impacting your health will make you likely to catch a cold or flu for the next couple of weeks. Steer clear of sick friends and don’t skimp on sleep! Try not to take anything too personally next week at work.

Virgo(August 23rd-September 22rd): The stars are encouraging you to get romantic this weekend and only focus on your love interest. Never too late to celebrate Valentine’s if you missed it. Express yourself, and have fun with this current energy!

Libra (September 23th-October 22rd): The Venus retrograde, happening for a couple more weeks, will have a few old grudges resurfacing. You usually let things go quickly, but you will likely be easily triggered/annoyed by those around you. Showing emotion and talking about it after will resolve any spats!

Scorpio  (October 23rd-November 22nd): Venus retrograding through Aries will have you feeling a bit taken advantage of and wanting to speak up about it. Process the feelings before saying anything to anyone. It’s a good time to rethink about a couple relationships in your life, but don’t act too quickly!

Sagittarius (November 23rd-December 21st): As time passes quickly and more and more keeps being left unfinished, you may find yourself at a breaking point. Whatever it is that you need help with, and are not getting it, communicate it! Clearing the air and revisiting your needs will help everyone.

Capricorn (December22nd- January 19th): Whether its politics, religion or ethics, keep your mouth closed when hot topics come up socially for the next couple days. Everyone is on edge, and using non personal topics to get personal. Stay neutral and enjoy the observation time! You can learn a lot about yourself.

Aquarius (January 20th- February 19th): For a little while it may feel like you aren’t getting through to anybody. Change up your communication method with each person- and be extra clear about the response/information you need. This energy will pass soon, but just requires a little effort to prevent frustration!

Pisces (February 20th- March 20th): As the eclipse illuminates your sign it is important that you think less and act more in regards to your personal goals. Put into action what you have been talking about, and show others you are serious. The sun is on your side if you put in the labor!

Francesca Piazza is a Lynnfield native available for astrology consultations, tarot readings/parties, crystal healing, custom jewelry, and reiki. Please like Sister Fran Designs and Readings on Facebook for more info, or contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

   

Fire department receives new rig

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Lynnfield’s fire department is getting an upgrade. Thanks to funds approved at last year’s Town Meeting, the department will be adding a brand new pumper to its fleet. The pumper is meant to replace the 1985 Mack, which was purchased in 2005. The new truck has seating for six firefighters, can store 750 gallons of water and has a foam cell, an onboard generator and a light tower.

The truck is still in production at “Emergency One” in Hamburg, N.Y. In early March the department’s mechanic will be going to the factory to conduct an inspection. From there, the rig will be transported to the Attleboro, Mass.--based Greenwood Emergency Vehicles for completion of lettering and dealer installed options. The process should complete at the end of March, after which the department will begin training on the new apparatus. Fire chief Mark Tetreault said that he hopes to have the truck fully operational by mid-April.

By Melanie Higgins


   

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