7 months ago

Lynnfield 4-11


4 LYNNFIELD WEEKLY NEWS Serving the community since 1957 (USPS Permit #168) Telephone: 781-593-7700 • Fax: 781-581-3178 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5, Lynn, MA 01903 News and Advertising Offices: 110 Munroe St., Lynn, MA 01901 Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 APRIL 12, 2018 Police Log Editor: Adam Swift Sports Editor: Anne Marie Tobin atobin@ Advertising Reps: Ralph Mitchell Patricia Whalen Michele Iannaco Peter Battinelli Ernie Carpenter Retail Price: $1.00 Deadlines: News: Monday, noon; Display Ads: Monday, noon; Classified Ads: Monday, noon; No cancellations accepted after deadline. The Lynnfield Weekly News is published 52 times per year on Thursday by Essex Media Group, Inc. No issue is printed during the week of Christmas. The Lynnfield Weekly News is delivered via US Mail to all homes and businesses in Lynnfield. It is also available in several locations throughout Lynnfield. The Lynnfield Weekly News will not be responsible for typographical or other errors in advertisements, but will reprint that part of an advertisement in which a typographical error occurs if notified immediately. Advertisers must notify the Lynnfield Weekly News of any errors in advertisements on the FIRST day of insertion. The publisher reserves the right to reject, omit or edit any copy offered for publication. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Lynnfield Weekly News, P.O. Box 5, Lynn, MA 01903. © 2016 Essex Media Group, Inc. Police hosting drug take-back program A TRADITION OF TRUST, CARING & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1952 ▲ Service to all faiths ▲ Complete Pre-Need Planning ▲ Medicaid Approved Trust & Insurance Plans 19 YALE AVE., WAKEFIELD, MASS. Rethink your child’s education Are your children taught to their full potential? Send your child to a school where teachers help students meet their full potential and develop the confidence to succeed academically and personally. Rethink your child’s education. Visit ▲ Spacious Modern Facilities ▲ Ample Private Parking ▲ Handicapped Accessible Area Code 781 245-3550 • 334-9966 Conveniently Located off Exit 39 (North Ave.) Rt. 128 Formerly Cohen Hillel Academy MARBLEHEAD, MA | EPSTEINHILLEL.ORG | 781.639.2880 Have a story to share? Need a question answered? On Saturday, April 28 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., the Lynnfield Police Department will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Take-Back Initiative, a program designed to reduce the availability of potentially hazardous pharmaceuticals by removing them from the home. Residents with any unused/unwanted/ expired medications are encouraged to bring them to the Lynnfield Police Department at 55 Summer Street. Please call (781) 334-3131 with any questions. Tuesday, April 3 At 9:34 p.m., there was a report of an injured animal on Route 128. Officers were unable to locate anything. Wednesday, April 4 At 7:29 a.m., there was a report of a suspicious box on the side of Gianna Drive. It was an old air conditioning unit. At 12:50 p.m., there was a motor vehicle accident with property damage at Condon Circle. At 4:15 p.m., there was a motor vehicle accident with property damage on Summer Street. Police arrested Scott Crowell, 43, of 44 Robinson St. in Woburn on charges of operating under the influence of liquor and a marked lanes violation. Thursday, April 5 At 5:03 p.m., an officer was requested on Tappan Court for a concern about trash. Friday, April 6 At 5:34 a.m., there was a large amount of water in the road on Walnut Street. DPW was notified. At 5:04 p.m., there was a report of a missing dog on Hart Road. Saturday, April 7 At 4:52 p.m., there was a report of a suspicious auto on Alexandra Road. At 7:44 p.m., there was a report of an erratic operator swerving over yellow lines on Main Street. Sunday, April 8 At 1:16 p.m., there was a report of a loose dog in a backyard on Juniper Road. At 1:49 p.m., a caller reported loose dogs chasing children on Pillings Pond Road. Monday, April 9 At 7:59 a.m., there was a motor vehicle accident with property damage on Summer Street at Main Street. At 11:18 a.m., there was a motor vehicle accident with property damage on Salem Street. At 5:01 p.m., there was a motor vehicle accident with property damage on Route 1. Lynnfield Historical Society presents ‘Lynnfield in the 20th Century: From Farms to Suburbia’ The April meeting of the Lynnfield Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Meeting House. Helen Breen, 65 Prospect Avenue, will be the featured speaker at the Meeting House. Her subject is “Lynnfield in the 20th Century: From Farms to Suburbia.” In the past few years Helen has written over 100 articles on the history of Lynnfield using Town Reports, old Lynnfield Historical Society Bulletins, along with stories and photos from local residents. Her focus has been on how Lynnfield Friends of the Lynnfield Library seeking donations for the Spring Book Sale Now that spring has arrived, the Friends of the Lynnfield Library have scheduled the seasonal book sale for Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Town Common. In case of inclement weather, the Lynnfield Library will accommodate the sale inside the building. At this time, the Friends would like to request donations of hardcover fiction and non-fiction, small and large fiction and non-fiction paperbacks, DVDs, and all children and young adult materials. The Friends really appreciate your choosing us to receive quality changed from a sleepy agricultural village in the early 20th century to the thriving suburb that emerged in the post- World War II era. Helen explained, “Our population tripled at mid-century. For example, in 1954, some 22 new streets were approved. In 1955 alone, 228 permits were issued for new homes. Needless to say, there was much controversy at the time about zoning issues and capital spending.” Helen Breen, a retired English teacher, still substitutes at the Lynnfield Middle and High Schools. She is an elected member used books and media materials. Please check that your donations do not have water damage, ripped or missing pages, mold, stains, or debris. Furthermore, keep in mind that there are a few items the Friends cannot accept including VHS tapes, textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed collections, magazines, games or puzzles. Kindly bring your boxed or bagged donations to the Library Circulation Desk. It would be most helpful for the staff if you could use boxes or bags that you can leave at the library with your Helen Breen of the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served at the close of the performance. donations. Just a reminder that to provide sufficient processing time, the Library is accepting donations through the period ending one week before the sale. The Friends of the Lynnfield Library is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting Library programs and activities both financially and through hundreds of volunteer hours each year. If you are interested in joining the Friends or would like information about the organization, please visit the Friends’ website: or email the Friends at

APRIL 12, 2018 Treat Yourself to a relaxing massage and get $ 5 off with this ad WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 5 Local family aware of the value of Early Intervention By Paul Halloran As the world prepared to mark Autism Awareness Day – kicking off Autism Awareness Month in April – a Peabody family can attest to the benefit of Early Intervention services. Nathan Suffriti and his 5-year-old twin brother, Evan, were referred to Early Intervention shortly after birth. Evan was born with torticollis – a stiffening of the neck – and, because the twins were premature, both started receiving Early Intervention when they were only six weeks old. The services were provided by Aspire Developmental Services – at that time known as North Shore Infant and Toddler. The home-based program includes developmental specialists, speech, occupational and physical therapy, as well as social work. The idea is to compensate for developmental delays. As the twins grew, their parents, Hayley and Jason, noticed differences in their development; Nathan was not reaching the same milestones as Evan. Ariel Wallen, Aspire’s Early Support program director and the Suffritis’ service coordinator, recommended an evaluation by a developmental pediatrician. At the age of 2 years, 9 months, Nathan was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. “It was very hard,” his mother said. “But Ariel was instrumental in helping us navigate the system as Nathan was preparing to age out of EI.” Wallen and a few of Nathan’s other therapists accompanied the family to its first IEP meeting with Peabody Public Schools. “They helped me get both boys into pre-school,” Hayley Suffriti said. “It was clear that Nathan needed a smaller classroom setting, with some additional supports,” Wallen said. Nathan now attends school at the Aspire Learning Center in Beverly (not affiliated with Aspire Developmental), a school for children with developmental disabilities, including autism. He also receives occupational therapy services at home, as does Evan, who is also in pre-school. While Nathan has his challenges, his mother said he is in a much better place having received a plethora of services virtually his entire life. “I can’t speak highly enough of the people at Aspire,” she said. “They have been wonderful from the beginning. I don’t think we would have survived the first three years without them. With autism affecting 1 in 68 children, it is very important that they receive KING’S Kings Spa SPA 226 South Main St. Middleton, MA 917-518-9138 Adjacent to the DeMoulas Market services at an early age. That’s where Aspire comes in.” Aspire’s Early Intervention Program, established in 1974, provides services to more than 2,200 families on the North Shore each year. Early Intervention services are available to eligible children, from Twin brothers Evan, left, and Nathan Suffriti were helped by Aspire Developmental Services when they were born prematurely. COURTESY PHOTO newborn to age 3, who have or are at risk for developmental delays due to established biological or environmental factors. The Aspire Early Intervention program provides family-centered, home-based services to facilitate the developmental progress of children. Lynnfield brother-sister act a St. Mary’s sibling success story By Paul Halloran The symmetry of it is unavoidable and not totally coincidental: three St. Mary’s seniors from Lynnfield, all with a sibling in the eighth grade. Collectively, they make up 75 percent of the total number of Lynnfield students at the Lynn Catholic school. And, based on their experience, they think there will be more. “I love it. I don’t want to leave,” said Caitlin Mathers, a senior who came to St. Mary’s in grade 9. Her grandfather, Owen Lynch ’52 is a graduate and her father, Mark is on the board of trustees. When considering schools, Caitlin looked at other Catholic schools, but “When I shadowed at St. Mary’s everyone was very friendly and welcoming.” Mathers runs track, is the editor of the student-run SpHere blog, and participates in Rachel’s Challenge, the Photography club and campus ministry. “I feel like everyone here has a close relationship with at least a few teachers who they can go to for any reason,” she said. Caitlin is one of the main reasons her brother came to St. Mary’s as a seventh-grader last year, though once Sean visited, the school sold itself. “Caitlin was always telling me how great it was,” Sean said. “When I shadowed people came up to me and shook my hand and the teachers were very nice.” Sean plays hockey and golf and runs track. He is on the National Junior Honor Society, student council and Rachel’s Challenge. “It was an easy adjustment coming here,” said Sean, who did a little recruiting of his own, resulting in Christian Iacoviello, his best friend since third grade, coming to the school this year and joining his older sister, Alexandra. “I really wanted to go to a Catholic school,” Alexandra said. “I heard about St. Mary’s through hockey but I made my decision to come based on the fact that it is a Catholic school with good academics. When I shadowed I liked the students and faculty. They were very welcoming.” Alexandra, the senior class president, plays hockey and soccer and is involved with Student Council and Rachel’s Challenge. Like her close friend Caitlin Mathers, she came to St. Mary’s as a freshman. “I saw the community here was a lot different,” Alexandra said. “They make you feel comfortable and like you can be yourself.” Christian Iacoviello also felt right at home when he spent a day at St. Mary’s last year. “I saw how welcoming people were and how diverse a community it From left, Alexandra and Christian Iacoviello, Caitlin and Sean Mathers, and Julianna and Stephen Fama. is,” he said. “I felt like I wanted to get to know everyone.” Christian, who plays hockey, said in addition to his best friend being at the school last year, he was aware that Julianna Fama was planning to come as an eighth-grader as well. I really like the people I’m in class with,” Christian said. We get along really well.” Julianna Fama followed in the footsteps of her older brothers, Joseph, Class of 2017, and Stephen, a senior this year. “My mom wanted a Catholic school for us,” Stephen said. “With me, it just kind of happened. I applied in June (before grade 9) and decided to come a week-anda-half before school started.” Only a few months from graduation, Stephen, a basketball player who is on Student Council and Rachel’s Challenge, is very pleased with his choice. “It’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” he said. “I love it. It’s a small environment and it’s different from other schools.” Julianna did not have to be convinced that St. Mary’s was the right place for her. “I begged to come,” she said. “I saw how much my brothers liked it and Sean (Mathers) told me how much he liked it. They had a big part in my wanting to come.”