• Everett,  February 16 2018

    There’s no peace in the valley, yet

    Mayor, Supt. continue battle over school-funding shortfall, council votes for $5M appropriation, Supt. wants schools fully funded and no layoffs By Brendan Clogston   Teachers, students speak out against layoffs The announcement that the budget shortfall would lead to 110 layoffs, including 58 teachers and 18 paraprofessionals, sent shockwaves through the school district. Students and teachers have been picketing in the streets, urging the city and schools to find a solution to prevent the layoffs. These activists took City Hall by storm Monday night, filling the City Council Chambers to capacity and filling the streets outside Broadway. Twenty people delivered testimony to the City Council on Monday, all in support…

  • February 16 2018,  Lynnfield

    A Valentine’s heart to heaven

    Lynnfield boy dedicates a valentine to his late “Great-Grammie”  By Mark E. Vogler   Anthony Sazo made two Valentine’s Day hearts out of red and white construction paper as he sat in the children’s section of the Saugus Public Library recently. He took one heart home and had the other one stapled on the bulletin board that was already decorated with cardboard doves of all colors to celebrate this year’s library theme of “Love, Peace and Joy.” “This is for my Great-Grammie,” the six-year-old Lynnfield boy said as he held up the small red heart dedicated to his 96-year-old great-grandmother, Rose DiMinico, who passed away in September 2016. “I love…

  • February 16 2018,  Lynnfield,  Lynnfield Sports,  Sports

    Pioneers hockey team clinches postseason berth for third straight year

    Senior Day set for Saturday at noon at Peabody vs. Westwood By Joe Mitchell   The Lynnfield High School boys’ hockey team (10-4-2 overall, 5-3-2 in the Cape Ann League) has clinched a berth in the Division 2 North state tournament for the third year in a row after defeating Triton last Thursday, Feb. 8, 3-2. The Pioneers then lost an emotional game to Masco last Saturday by the exact same score, 3-2, in the wake of the sudden passing of former Chieftains player Brandon Lafata. He was one of their senior stars last year, and Lynnfield coach Jon Gardner remembers him scoring two goals against his club just one…

  • February 16 2018,  Saugus

    Ninth Essex House District race

    Army veteran and college student Crescenzo may challenge Rep. Wong By Mark E. Vogler A U.S. Army veteran who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Salem State University is a Saugus resident who is considering a challenge of state Rep. Donald Wong in this fall’s election. “I am hearing from people all over the district who say that I should explore running,” Matthew P. Crescenzo told The Saugus Advocate this week. “There are many people in the district who believe that our government doesn’t listen and must do a better job of understanding the needs of the community … I truly believe in public service and am discussing the possibility…

  • February 16 2018,  Revere

    The Neighborhood Developers receives $50,000 state grant

    By Sara Brown The Neighborhood Developers (TND) was awarded a $50,000 Urban Agenda Grant to help residents gain employment. On February 12, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito awarded Revere the grant along with several other communities. This $50,000 grant will help fund a collaboration between Revere and TND to establish a CONNECT facility. CONNECT will help residents achieve sustainable living wage jobs, financial literacy and essential workforce training. The Urban Agenda Grant Program allows communities to partner with organizations to develop ideas on how to help their city or town. The program seeks to unlock community-driven responses to local obstacles, and to promote economic development opportunities through partnership-building, problem-solving and shared…

  • February 16 2018,  Lynnfield,  Peabody

    Tax Talk with Tom

    TAX TALK WITH TOM: TAX EXTENDER ACT FINALLY AGREED TO! On February 7, 2018, the 115th Congress passed the Tax Extender Act of 2017. This Act addresses temporary or scheduled to expire tax breaks at the end of 2016 or 2017. All of these temporary or scheduled to expire tax breaks are referred to as “Tax Extenders” because Congress will review all or most of them to extend for the benefit of taxpayers. Congress enacts temporary tax provisions (usually a tax credit or deduction) to address a temporary need, such as floods in Texas or hurricanes in Florida. Some of these temporary benefits prove to be so beneficial to the economy…

  • February 16 2018,  Lynnfield

    Gromko looking for full term on Planning Board

    By Christopher Roberson After three months on the Planning Board, Member Scott Gromko has decided that he would like to stay a while. He was appointed to the board on Nov. 20, 2017, to replace former Vice Chairman Heather Sievers, who had stepped down one month prior. “I have enjoyed working with the board for the last few months. Lynnfield is so fortunate to have such passionate, committed, intelligent individuals, both past and present, who attend meetings and hearings as well as those who volunteer for town boards and committees,” said Gromko. “I would like to continue to be part of this dynamic team and help build off the impressive…

  • February 16 2018,  Peabody

    Major overhaul ahead for Central Street

    By Christopher Roberson   The City Council’s Finance Committee recently voted unanimously to begin the approval process to revamp the one-mile section of Central Street between Walnut Street and Wilson Square. To do so, $474,700 needed to be transferred to cover the project’s preliminary design cost and supplemental services. During the Feb. 8 meeting, Mayor Edward Bettencourt said the city was approved for $10 million from the state Transportation Improvement Program to fund the project, which will focus on safety and aesthetics. “One of the gateways into the city would be very much improved,” he said, adding that Central Street “brings tens of thousands of people every day to Peabody…