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Lynnfield 2-15-18

Lynnfield

NEW SOLD See Our Ad in the Real Estate Section Lynnfield $1,329,000 Rossetti/Poti Team 781-718-4662 Lynnfield COMING SOON Lynnfield $1,780,000 Nikki Debbie Caniff Cappadona-Martin 617-771-2827 781-710-1440 LYNNFIELD Lynnfield $1,649,000 Louise Bova-Touchette 617-605-0555 N. Reading $599,900 Evelyn Rockas 617-256-8500 WEEKLY NEWS Serving the community since 1957 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 • VOL. 62, NO. 7 HONORING THOSE WHO’VE HAD AN IMPACT They include a philanthropic power couple, an innovator who helped sow the seeds for artists’ murals to sprout in downtown Lynn, and an inspirational teen. On March 7, from 6-9 p.m. at the Lynn Museum, 590 Washington St., Essex Media Group (EMG) introduces and honors its 10 Persons of the Year. The inaugural event salutes inspirational people who have improved the quality of life within our communities. The Persons of the Year include Marblehead residents and YMCA benefactors Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo; Swampscott resident and Old Neighborhood Foods owner Tom Demakes; Beyond Walls CEO and founder Al Wilson; and Zack Cummings HONOR, Page 3 Heavenly sounds at St. Paul’s 20 PAGES • ONE DOLLAR PHOTO | OWEN O’ROURKE Nicholas Southwick performs with soprano Julia Nelson in a Valentine Concert called “Do I Hear a Waltz” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Dealing with stress at the middle school PRSRT STD ECRWSSEDDM U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #168 WOBURN, MA POSTAL CUSTOMER LYNNFIELD, MA 01940 By Adam Swift Editor Faced with concerning statistics in a recently completed youth risk survey, middle school staff are taking steps to help students deal with stress and suicidal thoughts. “One of the most concerning pieces that came out for us in the survey were the statistics that came out with suicidal thoughts,” said Thomas Sallee, the middle school’s assistant principal. “Close to 8 percent of students in seventh and eighth grade had considered committing suicide, 6 percent had made a plan, and 2.5 percent of students said they had made a suicide attempt at some point in their lives.” Sallee said those concerns about suicide and suicidal thoughts are in line with in line with higher reports from the students of high stress rates. He said there were several areas where students were reporting high levels of stress at the middle school. “In the school demands area there was a lot of stress, as well as with their busy schedules,” said the assistant principal. Extracurricular activities outside school hours only add to that stress, he said. “Students just felt they were really busy and at times getting overwhelmed,” Sallee said. Another area where Sallee said the middle school wants to continue to make progress is with school conflict and bullying. “We had 15 percent of students report that they had been electronically bullied and 29 percent report that they had been bullied on school grounds,” said Sallee. “The numbers are down from previous surveys, but it is an area where we want to continue to make progress.” To help combat some of these numbers, Sallee said the school has a number of programs in place both at STRESS, Page 3 Page 2: Town welcomes new conservation administrator Page 5: Lynnfield native to lead Combined Jewish Philanthropies Page 9: How I met my sweetheart Page 11: Record-setting week for girls hockey