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Healthy Lynnfield Coalition receives Youth Risk Survey grant

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The Healthy Lynnfield Coalition recently received a $17,000 grant from Lahey Health to fund the Youth Risk Behavior Survey this fall for students in grades 7-12. For the first time, a Parent Survey will also be added.

“I can’t tell you how much this is going to help all of our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Jane Tremblay during the Aug. 16 donation event, adding that three years have passed since a Youth Risk Behavior Survey was conducted in Lynnfield. Tremblay is also looking forward to incorporating the new parent component, saying that the district needs to utilize the strong relationship that it has with parents.

“None of us do this work in isolation,” she said. “We’ll really be able to pinpoint the areas we should be looking at; if our students are not psychologically and physically safe, it’s very hard to educate them.”

Although there is always a minimal margin of error, Tremblay said she is not concerned about students providing false information when they take the survey. “It’s anonymous, so we really think that they are honest,” she said.

The survey will be made available to parents either through the mail or online.

“Lahey is committed to serving the healthcare needs of the communities we serve,” said Denis Gallagher, Lahey’s chief operating officer, adding that the company has a long history with the town – “Lynnfield is a community we’ve been a part of for 20 years or more.”

Christine Healey, Lahey’s director of Community Relations, shared her enthusiasm for the Parent Survey. “It’s kind of unique, you’ll get the perspective of both the kids and the parents,” she said.

Healey said the grant amount was reached after working with public health consultant John Snow.

Selectman Philip Crawford also expressed his appreciation for the grant. “It’s a much needed resource for the town and a tremendous partnership with Lahey Health,” he said. “This will introduce the coalition to the whole town and be a launching pad for many years to come; I can’t thank Lahey enough for their generous donation.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the survey, which was developed in 1990, looks at things such as eating habits, sexual activity, physical activity and drug and alcohol use.

Between 1991 and 2015, more than 1,700 surveys were administered nationwide and obtained data from 3.8 million high school students.

By Christopher Roberson


 

Terranova, Shaffer and Berardino “put on the gloves” in LYFC matter

More than two years after they were accused of taking money from Lynnfield Youth Football and Cheerleading (LYFC), Thomas Terranova, Wayne Shaffer and Stephen Berardino have gone on the offensive.

On Aug. 3, they filed a $67,000 lawsuit against Selectman Philip Crawford, the CBS Corporation, CBS reporter Ryan Kath, Joseph Maney, Jr. and five other defendants who will be added in at a later date.

The 12-page lawsuit also includes three counts of defamation and one count of negligent supervision.

In his Complaint, Attorney Bradford Keene emphasized that Terranova, Shaffer and Berardino only held volunteer positions with LYFC.

“In their affiliation with LYFC, Plaintiffs Terranova, Berardino and Shaffer received no compensation monetary or otherwise,” he said. “Each position held by them was as a volunteer, to a charity.”

However, Keene said that in May 2015, information submitted by Lynnfield residents compelled the State Attorney General’s Office to launch an investigation in which LYFC was asked to disclose its financial records and tax returns going back to 2011.

Although the requested documents were provided by June 30, 2015, Keene said additional documentation was needed from Berardino regarding his company, State Line Graphics. Keene said those documents were also produced without hesitation.

By July 2016, Keene said the assistant attorney general supervising the case had applied for a Civil Investigative Demand that put State Line Graphics under the microscope.

However, he said no wrongdoing was found after 27 months of documents were reviewed by both an independent certified public accountant and the Attorney General’s Office.

However, CBS could not stay away and assigned reporter Ryan Kath to the story.

“As part of their ‘investigative investigation,’ Defendants CBS Corporation and Ryan Kath plotted to conduct a series of ‘ambush’ audio/video interviews of the Plaintiffs,” said Keene.

The matter got explosive when the story aired on April 10 of this year.

During the broadcast, Crawford and Maney were both interviewed with Maney appearing in a blacked out silhouette “for fear of retribution.”

Keene said that at the time, both Maney and Crawford made “defamatory and wholly false statements” against Terranova, Shaffer and Berardino.

However, he said Crawford did not make his allegations known to LYFC until the time of the broadcast.

“Defendant Philip Crawford never raised concerns of financial improprieties or defalcations from LYFC,” said Keene, adding that the broadcast depicted Terranova, Shaffer and Berardino as “evasive buffoons.”

In the months that followed, the plaintiffs all felt the detrimental effects of the story.

“The commentary is viciously critical, defamatory, derogatory and hostile,” said Keene.

“The Plaintiffs have seen their professional reputations and personal reputations harmed, each has lost friends, customers and clients.”

Counts of defamation have been made against Crawford, Maney as well as CBS and Kath. CBS also faces one count of negligent supervision.

“CBS should have known of Defendant Ryan Kath’s exploitive, defamatory propensities and/or that Ryan Kath was unfit as an ‘investigative reporter,’” said Keene.

By presstime, Selectman Crawford did not respond to a request by The Lynnfield Advocate for comment on this story.

Editor’s Note: Thomas Terranova is a co-owner of The Advocate Newspapers North Shore.

By Christopher Roberson


 

Lynnfield History: Home delivery services are nothing new in town

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Recently e-commerce site Amazon.com’s CEO, Jeff Bezo, announced Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in cold cash. Observers now anticipate changes in the grocery giant’s operations, particularly in the area of home delivery, which is Amazon’s signature service.

Food ‘n’ spirits

In perusing back copies of Lynnfield’s Village Press, it’s interesting to learn what services were available in town from 1939-1942. Roundy’s General Store, at 536 Main St., had featured home delivery since the 1920s. Just call “Tel. 11.” Turnpike Bottle Shoppe, at 345 Broadway, promised “prompt, free delivery” all over town. The Shoppe was proud to be “Certified Retailer of S. S. Pierce” liquors. Pierce’s “was known as the purveyor of fancy goods and potent libations for discerning Bostonians.”

Lynn businesses

Many services were made available to Lynnfield folks by Lynn merchants. Luther Witham Co., well-known caterers out of East Lynn, offered “free delivery in Lynnfield Saturday PM.” Witham’s was famous for its chicken pies – “All chicken pie $1.50 & chicken pie with potatoes $1.00.” J. B. Blood Co., premium butcher shop in Lynn’s Brickyard section, maintained a regular route using its horse-drawn wagon in Lynnfield.

Meanwhile Empire Laundry, at Myrtle Street in Lynn, advertised “15 lbs. of wash for $1.00, 5¢ for each additional pound.” The ad also mentioned “wearing apparel returned damp.” Obviously, this was in the day before clothes dryers were in use. Magrane’s Department Store, at 133 Market St. in Lynn, suggested keeping “your precious furs safe during the warm summer months … a bonded messenger will call for your furs.”

Although Lynnfield had many independent dairies “back in the day,” Hood’s Milk, bottled in Lynn, had a large share of the home delivery business. Customers often placed company placards in their front window indicating any addition to their regular order. Founded in 1846 in Charlestown, Mass., Hood’s is now a multibillion dollar business with headquarters in Lynnfield. Fondly recalled by many Lynnfield residents was the arrival of the Cushman’s Bakery truck at the door. Howard Cushman, a Bowdoin College grad, operated a large bakery facility on Sanderson Avenue in Lynn from 1914-1969. Cushman’s, with a wide range of retail outlets, specialized in home delivery. Yummy.

Worthen’s

No discussion of home delivery in town would be complete without mentioning Worthen’s Food Mart. From the early 1950s through the early 1980s, Ken and Ireta Worthen operated their flagship market in the Colonial Shopping Center in the Center. The couple was well suited for the task since Ireta’s father, Edward Russell, had run the General Store in the same location for decades. Their business model was welcomed by the burgeoning postwar suburban population and featured free delivery and charge accounts. A 1957 ad suggests “Let our Trained Personnel Shop for You.” Then, “Orders taken before noon, delivered the same afternoon. Lynnfield Center and Sherwood Forest every day. South Lynnfield: Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturday.” Business was booming.

Looking ahead

From our Market Street perch, folks in Lynnfield will have a front row seat to view whatever changes happen at Whole Foods under the aegis of its new owner, Amazon. But if it’s only home delivery, well – “been there, done that.”

(Thanks to Robert Harriss of South Lynnfield for suggesting this topic.)

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By Helen Breen


   

ConCom looks at multiple residential projects

The Conservation Commission recently discussed issues pertaining to properties on Meadow Lane, Edgemere Road, Crescent Avenue and Chestnut Street. Regarding the property at 1 Meadow Ln., resident Leslie Miller said she is planning to move out on Aug. 18; however, a new septic system needs to be installed for the new owners. “We’ve been trying to get the septic since June; we’re moving Friday and we need to go,” she said during the commission’s Aug. 15 meeting. “We have a buyer and an empty house; they need working septic.”

But Chairman Paul Martindale said the commission cannot take action until the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) renders its opinion on the matter. “We can’t do anything here without it, our hands are tied,” he said. Martindale said that once the DEP responds, he will call an emergency meeting of the commission and settle everything at that time.

Commission members also briefly discussed the trees that were cut down at 327 Edgemere Rd. “It was, like, eight or 10 trees that were taken down,” said Site Visit Coordinator Melanie Lovell, adding that tree cutting is not permitted without authorization from the commission, particularly with the property so close to Pillings Pond.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the proposal for the single-family home at 71 Crescent Ave. The proposal is to knock down the existing residence and build a new home that adheres to the town’s zoning bylaws. Attorney Jay Kimball, counsel for resident Norman Winsor, said the current home is too big for the lot. “We’re trying to correct it from a zoning point of view; we’re trying to get it all on the lot,” he said.

Kimball said that any resident who lives on Pillings Pond could find themselves in a similar situation. “These lots are all 5,000 square feet or less,” he said.

Abutter Peter Recka spoke in favor of the proposal. “They have a nice house; they’ll build a nice house,” he said.

Regarding the property at 53 Chestnut St., Martindale said that resident Matthew Guarracino had filled in 250 square feet of land that is part of a flood plain created by Beaver Dam Brook. Now the commission needs it back. “For us to approve this, we would need 250 square feet of flood plain storage area,” said Martindale.

In response, Guarracino said he already removed a shed that was in the wetlands. “In a sense, I think I already have,” he said.

However, Martindale said simply removing the shed would not be sufficient. “We can’t really trade you the flood plain for the shed,” he said.

He did not advise Guarracino on how to recoup the 250 square feet. “It’s not my job to tell you how to do it,” said Martindale.

Yet, he said the matter can be settled once the 250 square feet is reclaimed. “You’re very close,” he said.

In addition, Commission Member Donald Gentile reminded Guarracino that the commission must respect the wishes of the abutters. “Your neighbors specifically came here to talk about flooding,” he said.

By Christopher Roberson


 

Pack 48 Cub Scout Recruiting Event Sept. 6 at Summer Elementary

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Lynnfield Cub Scout Pack 48 will host a Cub Scout recruiting event for boys in Kindergarten through Fifth Grades. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the Summer Street Elementary School located at 262 Summer St., Lynnfield. While your son is enjoying the adventure of Cub Scouting, he will develop in character, citizenship, self-esteem and personal fitness.

Guided by the Scout motto to “do your best,” Pack 48 Scouts participate in fun, new experiences year-round, including the Pinewood Derby (building a race car from a simple kit and racing it down a long track in a Pack-wide competition), overnight Campouts (setting up tents, building campfires, enjoying Smores!), and every day adventures like hiking, community service and science projects.

Scouting is family oriented and families are encouraged to participate in Pack meetings and adventures. Each school grade represents a different Scouting rank: Lion Cubs (kindergarten), Tiger Scouts (1st grade), Wolf Scouts (2nd grade), Bear Scouts (3rd grade) and Webelos (4th and 5th grades).

Even if your son has not participated in Scouting in the past, boys may join Scouts at any grade. Pack 48 is welcoming and the existing Scouts are eager to build friendships with new Scouts.

In the past, Lynnfield has sponsored two packs: Pack 48 (for boys in the Summer Street School district) and Pack 47 (for boys in the Huckleberry Hill School district). This year, for administrative convenience and simplicity, Lynnfield will sponsor one single pack: Pack 48, which will include boys from across Lynnfield regardless of school.

If you are unable to attend the recruiting event, families of kindergarten boys can contact Lion Guide Jim Squadrito at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . And families of boys in 1st through 5th grades can contact Michael Cuddy, Pack 48 Committee Chairperson, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

By Patrick G. Curley,

Wolf Den Leader

   

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