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SUMMER <strong>2019</strong><br />

VOL. 2 NO. 2<br />


ALSO: Three above par The comeback kid Holding his ground



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04 What's up<br />

06 Paving a way for girls<br />

08 Comeback kid<br />

10 Geranium Fest<br />

12 House Money<br />

Fired up<br />

I was never much for chasing firetrucks. And, growing up in Lynn, we saw our share of them.<br />

But if you ever liked that sort of thing, do we have a cover story for you. Meet Steven Furey. He<br />

is the town's senior call firefighter — a position he's had for 47 years. In addition to that, for 37 of<br />

those years he was an electronic analyst for GE.<br />

The town relies on guys like Furey, who will step aside from their jobs and families at a moment's<br />

notice when they hear the "tone," which is a signal broadcast over a hand-held radio or mobile<br />

device calling them to fires and other emergencies.<br />

The running joke around Lynnfield's two firehouses is that Furey has never slept more than two<br />

hours in a stretch for the last 40 years.<br />

Last year, Furey must have heard beeps in his sleep. The call came 2,000 times in 2018, up<br />

exponentially from any other year in the town's history. That can be attributed to the addition of<br />

commercial and residential development, including MarketStreet and new construction on Route 1.<br />

If you ever wanted to know more about the men hanging off those firetrucks as you were chasing<br />

them, Thor Jourgensen has the story.<br />

Elsewhere, Malden Catholic High School has re-established a girls program a quarter century<br />

after the old Girls Catholic closed. The principal is Lynnfield's Lisa Cenca, who was a teacher at the<br />

school for 11 years before being chosen as the girls school principal.<br />

Her goal is simple: She wants girls to have the same education as boys. Bella diGrazia has the story.<br />

Thomas Grillo has a heartwarming story about Sam Halpern, a 7-year-old boy who has survived<br />

and thrived after having both legs amputated due to a rare bacterial infection few children survive.<br />

Now, says his mother, Michelle, "He's a very resilient child."<br />

"He's not the kind of kid who says 'help me.' He's more likely to say 'I can do that.'"<br />

Most cities and towns are lucky if they have one golf course. But Lynnfield has three: Sagamore,<br />

Reedy Meadow and King Rail Reserve. Lynnfield resident Anne Marie Tobin, associate editor of<br />

our sister publication North Shore Golf Magazine, took North Shore Golf Editor Bill Brotherton<br />

along to play the courses and report back. Tobin, by the way, is a member of the Massachusetts Golf<br />

Hall of Fame.<br />

Lynnfield's high school baseball diamond was named the top field in this region of the country<br />

by the national High School Baseball Coaches Association. The nomination came from longtime<br />

Pioneer rival Frank Carey of North Reading.<br />

Michael O'Brien, son of baseball coach John O'Brien, is the head groundskeeper for the diamond.<br />

For a glimpse of what he has to do to keep the diamond in perfect condition, see Steve Krause's story.<br />

Finally, Lisa DeGeorge and several other students took advantage of the COMPASS program at<br />

the high school to learn a little more about topics not generally covered in the normal curriculum.<br />

Her choice was "Dorm Room Chef," which will prepare her for when she's at the University of<br />

New Hampshire this fall. Jourgensen is back with the story. And diGrazia is also back with her<br />

food rundown.<br />

INSIDE<br />

14 They take the call<br />

18 Three above par<br />

22 Local Flavor<br />

24 Holding his ground<br />

30 Compass<br />

COVER<br />

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WHAT'S UP<br />

Mother Goose Story Time<br />

What: Join us at Lynnfield Public Library<br />

for songs, stories, fingerplays and nursery<br />

rhymes, followed by a group playtime. No<br />

registration required.<br />

Where: Lynnfield Public Library, 18<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Street<br />

When: Wednesday, June 12,<br />

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.<br />

Prismatic Magic Space Show<br />

What: Lynnfield Public Library kicks off its<br />

<strong>2019</strong> <strong>Summer</strong> Reading Program "A Universe<br />

of Stories" with a laser show by Prismatic<br />

Magic. Discover how lasers transform space<br />

exploration and be amazed as our laser<br />

scientists teach us about the planets and<br />

the sun. This program is a collaboration<br />

with North Suburban Child & Family<br />

Resource Network and is funded by a grant<br />

from the Lynnfield Cultural Council. All<br />

ages. No registration required.<br />

Where: Lynnfield Public Library, 18<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Street<br />

When: Monday, June 24,<br />

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.<br />

Yappy Hour<br />

What: Grab your four-legged friend and<br />

head on down to The Green for the best<br />

doggy social hour this side of the sun.<br />

MarketStreet has partnered with Polkadog<br />

Bakery to bring you pooch-friendly vendors,<br />

photo booth, and giveaways.<br />

Where: MarketStreet,<br />

600 Market Street<br />

When: Wednesday, Jun 26, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.<br />

13th Annual Car Show<br />

What: The Lynnfield Council on Aging's<br />

annual car show featuring four dozen<br />

classic, collector, antique and specialty<br />

cars from all eras. There's music, food, and<br />

a free ice cream sundae bar. All ages are<br />

welcome, rain or shine.<br />

Where: Lynnfield Council on Aging Senior<br />

Center parking lot, 525 Salem Street<br />

When: Tuesday, June 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.<br />

Annual Fall Town Meeting<br />

What: Voters will decide on a variety of<br />

financial and zoning issues.<br />

Where: Lynnfield Middle School, 505 Main<br />

Street<br />

When: Monday, October 21, 7 p.m.

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Paving the way for<br />

girls in a boys' world<br />


Lisa Cenca wants girls to have the same education as boys.<br />

For the first time in more than a quarter century,<br />

Malden Catholic High School has a girls program.<br />

While that may be surprising to people, it's not that far<br />

fetched. From 1908 to 1992 Malden Catholic did have a<br />

girls school, albeit in a separate building.<br />

"There's so much history here," Cenca said. "But now we have<br />

the opportunity to be a whole new school."<br />

Cenca, a longtime Lynnfield resident, is the principal of<br />

the girls school in the new Malden Catholic Codivisional<br />

High School. After the school went on a nationwide search for<br />

someone to lead the female students, they ended up choosing her,<br />

someone who had been there all along.<br />

She'd been an educator at Malden Catholic for 11<br />

years before the school became codivisional. Cenca taught<br />

international students and developed a program for special<br />

needs classes called the Brother Kevin program. When she saw<br />

the opportunity to become a leader in a school making way for<br />

change, she knew she had to throw her hat in the ring.<br />

"Here I was, right under their roof the whole time," she said.<br />

She took a chance on the job in part because her own high<br />

school experience was one of isolation and feeling powerless as a<br />

young girl, she said. During her college years, she took a women's<br />

Lisa Cenca of Lynnfield is<br />

the first principal of the girls<br />

school at Malden Catholic:<br />

The Codivisional High School.<br />

Lisa Cenca shows the<br />

letters of inspiration that<br />

hang on the girls lockers.

SUMMER <strong>2019</strong> | 07<br />

Twins Aidan and Kaleigh Burke of Lynnfield will be the first siblings to go through both schools at<br />

Malden Catholic.<br />


studies class and had realized women<br />

need a voice.<br />

"I wanted to give the same epiphany<br />

moment I had in college to girls at<br />

the age of 14, so they could graduate<br />

high school better prepared for the real<br />

world," she said.<br />

Malden Catholic will roll out its new<br />

codivisional way of life over four years.<br />

In the 2018-<strong>2019</strong> school year, freshman<br />

girls filled their side of the building,<br />

which is the renovated, former Brother<br />

Gilbert Center. Next year sophomores<br />

will join, followed each year by juniors<br />

and seniors.<br />

Ninth-graders Kaleigh and Aidan<br />

Burke are the first twins to attend the<br />

Malden Catholic Codivisional High<br />

School. The brother-sister Lynnfield<br />

natives, both three-sport athletes, say<br />

they are proud to be a part of the school's<br />

history.<br />

The upperclassmen boys are still<br />

getting used to sharing a building with<br />

girls, according to Aidan. And people<br />

who see Kaleigh sporting her Malden<br />

Catholic apparel assume it must be her<br />

brother's and not hers. Still the Burke's<br />

said it will all be worth it. They both<br />

agreed the campus offers a much more<br />

supportive and inclusive atmosphere.<br />

"In 1992, the original girls school<br />

closed because our history didn't put the<br />

same emphasis on girls' education as it<br />

did for boys," Cenca said. "Girls didn't<br />

have enough support."<br />

Now, Malden Catholic has the means<br />

to offer that support again for both<br />

genders.<br />

Brother Thomas Puccio, headmaster<br />

for the boys' school since 1992, said he<br />

saw a need to bring a catholic education<br />

to young women and enhance the<br />

educational value for boys by bringing<br />

in a new social dimension. Not only is<br />

Malden catholic a bigger place, he said,<br />

but it's a happier one.<br />

Compassion, trust, simplicity, zeal,<br />

and humility are the traits all Malden<br />

Catholic students live by. And, for the<br />

first time in 27 years, that mission applies<br />

to girls and boys.<br />

"The girls are doing so well," Cenca<br />

said. "They are the first ones to make all<br />

our clubs and fill up all our sports teams<br />

with no one to look up to but themselves<br />

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Comeback<br />

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Michelle and Joseph Halpern didn't<br />

know what to expect when their son,<br />

Sam, faced a double leg amputation from<br />

a rare bacterial infection few children<br />

survive.<br />

"We had lots of hopes and dreams,"<br />

said Michelle Halpern. "He has far<br />

surpassed them, he's a very resilient child."<br />

Today, Sam is more than surviving,<br />

he's thriving. The 7-year-old is on<br />

track in the classroom after missing<br />

two months while a patient at Shriners<br />

Hospitals for Children and more days for<br />

doctors appointments last year.<br />

"He's not the kind of kid who says<br />

'Help me,'" said Jill Juliano, Sam's first<br />

grade teacher. "He's more likely to say 'I<br />

can do that.'"<br />

Last year, the outlook was grim for<br />

Sam. By the time the <strong>Summer</strong> Street<br />

Elementary School first grader was seen<br />

by the family's pediatrician, his oxygen<br />

levels dropped, the color of his skin<br />

changed, and he was rushed to Boston<br />

Children's Hospital. He was put on<br />

life support and given medications to<br />

stabilize him.<br />

A few weeks later, a surgeon at<br />

Shriners determined while medicines<br />

cured his viral illness and spared his<br />

heart, brain, kidneys and liver, the<br />

sacrifice was two limbs.<br />

Sam's legs were amputated below the<br />

knees and he also lost a hand.<br />

The National Institutes of Health<br />

describes the condition as septic shock, a<br />

Sam Helpern at bat in a game at the <strong>Summer</strong> Street School<br />

in Lynnfield.<br />


SUMMER <strong>2019</strong> | 09<br />

life-threatening complication that occurs<br />

when an infection leads to dangerously<br />

low blood pressure. It happens when<br />

toxins released by the bacteria, as well as<br />

the body's own inflammatory response to<br />

the infection, damage the body's tissues,<br />

causing blood pressure to drop.<br />

While Sam's life has changed, he's<br />

making strides, his mom and teacher<br />

said. On a recent Sunday, he batted,<br />

fielded and ran on special prosthetics<br />

on his Lynnfield Little League tee ball<br />

team, the Athletic's.<br />

"His new prosthetics allow him to<br />

run now," said Juliano.<br />

Specialized prosthetics carry a price<br />

tag of between $15,000 and $18,000<br />

and are typically not covered by health<br />

insurance. But Halprin, who works as a<br />

critical care nurse at Boston Children's<br />

Hospital said a Casino Night fundraiser<br />

earlier this year by The Lynnfield Moms<br />

group raised $10,000.<br />

"He teaches us to be grateful for what<br />

we have and to work really, really hard,"<br />

she said.<br />

This year, Sam attended school full<br />

time and has made up for lost studies<br />

when he was hospitalized, mom said.<br />

"He was behind grade level when he<br />

started first grade and will move on to<br />

second grade in September," Halpern said.<br />

Sam's teachers, and support services<br />

such as occupational therapy for fine<br />

motor skills learning and physical<br />

therapy have made a big difference in<br />

getting him to that point.<br />

"But it's his own drive, willingness,<br />

and determination that have also carried<br />

him there, he has found his own way."<br />

Halpern said. "He reestablished his<br />

friend group playing sports he navigates<br />

his own path and we just follow his<br />

lead."<br />

When <strong>01940</strong> visited Sam, he had<br />

been to school and was tired from a day<br />

of class work, but he did not complain<br />

about the pain.<br />

"He has an old soul factor this innate<br />

quality," she said. "Don't get me wrong,<br />

he has his moments, but he tends to save<br />

those for home and the people he is most<br />

comfortable with."<br />

There are times, she said, when he's<br />

hurting and gets frustrated, mom added.<br />

"But Sam embraces it and he's out<br />

there fighting through excruciating pain<br />

because he loves to play ball so much,"<br />

she said. "Fortunately, he has an entire<br />

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SALE DATE: March 29, <strong>2019</strong><br />

LIST PRICE: $1,999,000<br />

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YEAR BUILT: 2006<br />

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They take the call<br />

for Lynnfield<br />


The running joke around Lynnfield's<br />

two firehouses is that Steven Furey<br />

has never slept more than two hours<br />

in a stretch for the last 40 years.<br />

Furey, the town's senior firefighter, has<br />

logged 47 years serving Lynnfield and he<br />

worked 37 years as an electronic analyst<br />

for General Electric. He managed to pack<br />

two careers into one by juggling his GE<br />

job with duties as a paid call firefighter.<br />

Since 1902, when Lynnfield switched<br />

from a volunteer to a call department,<br />

the town has relied on residents like<br />

Furey who step aside from their jobs and<br />

families at a moment's notice to answer<br />

the "tone" — the signal broadcast over a<br />

hand-held radio or mobile device calling<br />

them to fires or other emergencies.<br />

That call came 2,000 times in 2018,<br />

making last year the town's busiest for fire<br />

and medical emergency responses. Fire Chief<br />

Glenn Davis attributes the record call volume<br />

to the addition of commercial and<br />

residential development to<br />

Lynnfield, including<br />

MarketStreet<br />

and<br />

new construction on Route 1.<br />

The department has nine full-time<br />

professional firefighters, including Davis,<br />

who topped off his 30-years of call<br />

service to the town when he was named<br />

chief in January. The department has<br />

35 call firefighters, including Furey and<br />

town professional Firefighter Matthew<br />

Nichols, who started working as a call<br />

firefighter seven years ago while in college.<br />

Nine department members are assigned<br />

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One firefighter works the night shift<br />

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to work specific shifts roll out of bed<br />

or leave their workplace or dinner<br />

tables to respond to the call.<br />

"It's a hard balance,"<br />

said Nichols, "There<br />

are a lot of<br />


SUMMER <strong>2019</strong> | 15<br />

Firefighter medic Christopher Cavalieri wipes down<br />

the dining table at Lynnfield Fire Department<br />


you dig down deep."<br />

Furey wanted to fight fires since he was<br />

a toddler and his parents gave him his first<br />

Tonka fire truck. He remembers mornings<br />

in Centre Congregational Church in<br />

the 1960s when the fire bell and not the<br />

"tone" summoned call firefighters.<br />

"The whole church would clear out.<br />

Andrew Richards was the pastor and<br />

the fire captain and he would be coming<br />

down the aisle putting on his coat,"<br />

Furey said.<br />

His job training amounted to a senior<br />

officer tossing him boots and helmet and<br />

some simple instructions: "Hey kid, stay<br />

on my ass and don't leave."<br />

Firefighters like Nichols and town<br />

professional Firefighter Christopher<br />

Cavalieri receive more sophisticated<br />

training mixed with sage advice from<br />

veterans like Furey. They also develop a<br />

lasting affinity for serving the town.<br />

A Saugus native and Class of 1978<br />

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Davis and his wife, Wendy, moved to<br />

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"When I moved to town I was<br />

looking for a way to give back," he said.<br />

David worked his way up the<br />

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Davis said the department has the<br />

personnel and equipment, including<br />

three advanced life support ambulances,<br />

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responses are only part of the<br />

department's job.<br />

Its members also conduct fire<br />

prevention inspections and run<br />

community service programs like the<br />

department internship Firefighter Jeff<br />

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suggestion of two Lynnfield High School<br />

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Furey said he has had plenty of laughs<br />

on the way to closing in on a half century<br />

of firefighting. His love of electronics<br />

once prompted him to take apart the<br />

department's old Maxim fire truck's<br />

siren. When a call sent Furey and Keith<br />

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Three above par<br />

Bill Brotherton and Anne Marie<br />

Tobin tee off on the third hole at<br />

King Rail Reserve Golf Course.<br />



There are three public golf courses in Lynnfield. It's extremely rare for any New England community to have more<br />

than one, especially a town that comprises only 10.5 square miles.<br />

Yet Lynnfield is home to King Rail Reserve Golf Course, Reedy Meadow at Lynnfield Centre, and Sagamore<br />

Spring Golf Course.<br />

Recently, Anne Marie Tobin and Bill Brotherton, associate editor and editor of North Shore Golf Magazine,<br />

played two of the courses (rain halted their Sagamore golf date), and discovered all three offer something for golfers of all<br />

abilities. But first they had to find their golf clubs, and Bill had to buy new golf shoes because squirrels made a nest in his old<br />

ones over the winter.<br />

Anne Marie, a Lynnfield resident, and sports editor of the Weekly News, is the most celebrated amateur woman golfer<br />

in Massachusetts history. She has won a record seven state Women's Amateur Championships and was inducted into the<br />

Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame in 2016. She had not played a round of golf in a decade.<br />

Bill's credentials pale in comparison — whose wouldn't — though he did win the second-tier club championship at Beverly<br />

Golf & Tennis Club in the mid-'80s. Bill, who is also features editor of the Daily Item of Lynn, was also a pretty good caddie at<br />

Essex County Club back in the day, when leather bags weighed 8,000 pounds and drivers were made of wood. These days, he<br />

walks around all hunched over. It's improved his swing.<br />

Anyway, here's their report on Lynnfield's three courses. Fore!

SUMMER <strong>2019</strong> | 19<br />



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years. The nine-hole, 2,400-yard layout<br />

features Colonial’s second through ninth<br />

holes and two newly-configured holes.<br />

The par 34 golf course has one par-<br />

5, three par-3s and five par-4s and is<br />

situated on rolling terrain bordered by<br />

the MarketStreet complex and Reedy<br />

Meadow. Motorized golf carts are<br />

available to rent, but the course is easy<br />

and pleasurable to walk, with beautiful<br />

views across the marsh, especially at<br />

sunset. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy<br />

the course and will be challenged,<br />

as there are both water hazards and<br />

penalizing sand traps that come into play.<br />

The most talked-about hole is the<br />

95-yard ninth. Simply put, the designers<br />

ran out of land, and squeezing in a short<br />

finishing hole was the only option.<br />

The course's opening was the<br />

culmination of a plan<br />

put into place when<br />

National Development<br />

purchased the golf<br />

course for what would<br />

become MarketStreet<br />

Lynnfield. As part<br />

of its arrangement<br />

with the town, the<br />

developer donated<br />

103 acres for use as a<br />

municipal golf course.<br />

The pro shop<br />

staff, including PGA Professional Eddie<br />

Whalley, who offers private lessons for men<br />

and women, operates out of a trailer, which<br />

has been upgraded this year to include a<br />

restroom to replace the outdoor port-a-potty.<br />

King Rail is operated in tandem with<br />

Reedy Meadow, and there are slight<br />

differences in greens fee rates, specials,<br />

memberships and junior/senior discounts.<br />

Further information can be found by<br />

visiting lynnfieldgolf.com.<br />

King Rail’s origins go back to 1922<br />

when Lynn’s Eugene Fraser and George<br />

Cox, along with Paul Wadleigh, purchased<br />

a 50-acre parcel formerly known as<br />

the Hawkes Estate in Wakefield. Nine<br />

holes were built in 1925, but it would<br />

Bill Brotherton and Anne Marie Tobin putt out on the second hole of King<br />

Rail Reserve Golf Course.<br />

take another 36 years for the second<br />

nine to open. After the stock market<br />

crash of 1929, the club hit hard times<br />

and was forced into bankruptcy. Many<br />

years later, the court ordered a sale and<br />

the innovative George W. Page was the<br />

buyer. The Colonial at Lynnfield became<br />

a successful resort with golf, dining, a<br />

hotel and a health spa. After Page died in<br />

1986, the property was sold and exchanged<br />

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A group of women tee off on the sixth hole of Reedy Meadow Golf Course.<br />


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Reedy Meadow Golf Course,<br />

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Course, is the second of two townowned,<br />

nine-hole courses. Everything<br />

about this par 34, 2,339-yard course is<br />

simple, from its gravel-covered parking<br />

lot, to a tiny practice putting green, its<br />

one-room pro shop, and its gently rolling<br />

terrain. Some of the holes have astroturf<br />

mats on the tee.

SUMMER <strong>2019</strong> | 21<br />

The layout is flat and easy to walk.<br />

Greens and tee boxes are generally within<br />

a few yards of each other. Golf carts are<br />

available to rent.<br />

Tee times are not required, and walk-in<br />

traffic is welcome. Go to lynnfieldgolf.com<br />

for fee information.<br />

The course is popular with league<br />

play for both men and women. PGA<br />

Professional Don Lyons offers private<br />

lessons.<br />

Reedy Meadow was built in 1931 on<br />

the old Danforth Farm by owner and<br />

architect Moulton Cox, the founder<br />

of Worthmore Foods. It was closed<br />

during World War II but re-opened<br />

in 1950. In August 2005, the town<br />

purchased the 45-acre course and 60<br />

adjoining acres of Reedy Meadow for<br />

$12 million.<br />

The course’s signature hole is the<br />

picturesque par-3 6th. It measures 175<br />

yards from the back tee that was added<br />

a couple of years ago, but most players<br />

play the hole at 140 yards. The hole is<br />

surrounded by Reedy Meadow on three<br />

sides, giving it a peninsula-type feel,<br />

with beautiful views and a premium on<br />

accuracy.<br />


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located near the Peabody line, is<br />

bisected by Main Street and features a<br />

challenging layout suitable for players<br />

of all abilities. It's a challenge for the<br />

accomplished player, but not so difficult<br />

that beginners will feel intimidated. The<br />

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PGA professional Steven Vaughn, offers<br />

individual, group and junior instruction<br />

throughout the season. A first-class<br />

driving range is also open to the public.<br />

The course was the brainchild of<br />

Louis K. Luff, his son Richard Luff, and<br />

Albert Strobel, who constructed a ninehole<br />

layout in 1929 on what used to be<br />

Smith Farm. In 1931, they added nine<br />

holes to complete the 18-hole design.<br />

The course plays to a par of 70, and can<br />

be stretched to nearly 6,000 yards from<br />

the back tees.<br />

Both nines finish with challenging<br />

uphill par threes. The ninth, which was<br />

redesigned last year, plays to 166 yards<br />

over water to an elevated green guarded<br />

by a bunker. The 18th is a tough finishing<br />

hole at a max of 212 yards, making the<br />

green extremely difficult to reach in one<br />

shot.<br />

During the summer, the course is<br />

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Holding his ground<br />

Mike O'Brien tidies up the pitching mound at Lynnfield's baseball field.<br />

he life of a baseball<br />

groundskeeper can be a<br />

demanding one.<br />

You're responsible for lining<br />

the fields, tamping the dirt down on the<br />

pitcher's mound and batter's boxes, and<br />

dragging the infield with the apparatus<br />

familiar to anyone who has visited<br />

Fenway Park to keep it smooth and free<br />

of hazards that can result in bad hops.<br />

But that's only part of it. The real fun<br />

starts when it rains. That's when you go<br />

into overdrive to make the field playable,<br />

because spring in New England means<br />

two more months of winter.<br />

Now, imagine your father is the<br />

baseball coach. And an old-school one<br />

at that.<br />

That's Mike O'Brien's lot in life. He's<br />

the son. His father is Lynnfield coach<br />

John O'Brien.<br />

The rewards can be scarce for a<br />

groundskeeper in New England in the<br />

spring, and the headaches plentiful.<br />

When those rewards do come, they're<br />

twice as sweet.<br />

So when the O'Briens heard from<br />

the National High School Baseball<br />

Coaches Association last December, it<br />

was especially gratifying. The association<br />

recognized Pioneer Baseball Field at<br />

Lynnfield High School as one of the<br />

top diamonds in the nation. It is one of<br />

eight facilities across the United States<br />

to receive a NHSCA Groundskeeper/<br />

Field of the Year award. And Mike<br />

O'Brien, who doubles as the Pioneers'<br />

junior varsity coach, received the Region<br />

1 award on behalf of the school.<br />

"It's a big honor for the school and<br />

baseball program and personally, to<br />

receive it on behalf of the community<br />

was pretty special," he said. "It would<br />

have been nice to win the national award,<br />

but nonetheless it was cool to see the<br />

facilities of the other nominees."<br />

The nomination for this honor came<br />

from Frank Carey, who coached at North<br />

Reading — Lynnfield's rival school —<br />

for 49 years. Carey is Massachusetts<br />

baseball's E.F. Hutton. He founded<br />

the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches<br />

Association, and he's in the NHSCA<br />

Hall of Fame with 736 victories, he<br />

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in Massachusetts history. When he<br />

speaks, people stop and listen.<br />

"I've been on the committee for<br />

many years and we decided to nominate<br />

Lynnfield," said Carey. "Michael was the<br />

obvious choice as he is responsible for all<br />

pre-and post-game maintenance of the<br />

field, which is definitely one of the nicest<br />

you will find anywhere. The region covers<br />

all of New England and New York, so it's<br />

quite something to be recognized."<br />

Mike O'Brien and Carey were on<br />

hand in St. Louis to see his son accept<br />

the award.

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The entire outdoor athletic complex<br />

was redesigned in 2013, something John<br />

O'Brien feels was central to the honor.<br />

"I think it's fantastic," he said. "The<br />

town did a great job putting everything<br />

together, and my assistants take care of<br />

the field and the mound.<br />

"This is a great honor," the elder<br />

O'Brien said. "It's a great place to play."<br />

In the middle of May, the region was<br />

hit with a nor'easter that doused all the<br />

area baseball fields with almost an inch<br />

of rain. The storm wound down in time<br />

for Lynnfield's scheduled game, but there<br />

was the issue of what to do with all that<br />

water.<br />

The Mikes (O'Brien and assistant<br />

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"We may have been one of the few<br />

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O'BRIEN, continued from page 25<br />

He began his coaching career in<br />

Lynnfield as a volunteer assistant helping<br />

the freshman team. He took over as head<br />

coach two years later, then, after a threeyear<br />

stretch, worked his way up the ranks to<br />

head coach of the junior varsity squad and<br />

now is in his fourth season in that capacity.<br />

"It's not easy to keep the field in<br />

shape and he does a fantastic job with<br />

the upkeep and it's extremely timeconsuming<br />

so obviously I am very proud<br />

of him," John O'Brien said. "The biggest<br />

thing is to get the mound cleaned up and<br />

make sure it is always protected and in<br />

proper shape. It takes a lot of people to<br />

do that. In the summer, no one is around<br />

to do the work except the youth baseball<br />

The pitcher's mound at the Lynnfield High School<br />

baseball field.<br />


people who do a great job. The town also<br />

does a great job maintenance-wise."<br />

The younger O'Brien said that daily<br />

maintenance of up to nearly an hour is<br />

key to keeping the field in tip-top shape.<br />

"There's not as much upkeep with<br />

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centers around the cage, the pitching<br />

mound and the bullpen," Mike O'Brien<br />

said. "The clay we use on the mound is<br />

high-end so it is necessary to replace the<br />

clay after every game use because once you<br />

apply speedy dry to it, the clay is diluted.<br />

You have to dig out the clay/speedy dry<br />

mix and then add in a mix of new clay,<br />

water and crushed brick, then wet it and<br />

tamp it down. It sometimes takes up to<br />

40-45 minutes to do that, but you have to<br />

do it everyday, otherwise it builds up and<br />

becomes an even bigger job."<br />

Mike O'Brien's duties don't end with<br />

the turf field. On non-varsity game days,<br />

he is at the middle school tending to<br />

the junior varsity field before and after<br />

practices and games.<br />

Since opening in mid-October of<br />

2013, the Lynnfield High field complex<br />

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to field hockey to softball to soccer to<br />

baseball and lacrosse. You name the sport<br />

and age group, and it's been played there,<br />

practically on a year-round basis.<br />

At the time it was built, the complex<br />

was one of the 20 largest turf field<br />

facilities (in terms of square footage)<br />

in the United States. The cost to build<br />

the facility was $7.2 million, which was<br />

funded in part by a local option meals<br />

tax, which gave .75 percent of the town's<br />

restaurant revenue directly to the town.<br />

Lynnfield collects as much as $600,000<br />

annually from MarketStreet restaurants<br />

alone.<br />

The complex consists of three full-size<br />

turf fields suitable for football, soccer,<br />

field hockey and lacrosse for all ages and<br />

levels of play; the baseball and softball<br />

fields; and a $1.1 million building that<br />

houses a concession stand, locker rooms,<br />

rest rooms and a medical room.<br />

The baseball and softball fields<br />

opened in the spring of 2014. Their use<br />

is not just limited to Lynnfield High and<br />

youth baseball and softball leagues. The<br />

softball field has been rented on many<br />

occasions to local college teams when<br />

their home fields are unplayable in the<br />

early going due to a late spring.<br />

The baseball field has served as host<br />

for many club team tournaments and<br />

showcases and also does double duty in the<br />

fall season when the outfield is lined for<br />

high school field hockey and youth soccer.<br />

Past recipients of the Region 1 award<br />

include Rockport's Evans Field (2014)<br />

and Lynn's Fraser Field (2005).


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Lisa DeGeorge is headed to the<br />

University of New Hampshire thanks<br />

to a leg up she got at Lynnfield High<br />

School that has nothing to do with<br />

Advancement Placement courses or<br />

guidance counselors.<br />

DeGeorge, a Pioneers Class of <strong>2019</strong><br />

member, and fellow students participated<br />

this year in COMPASS, a school-withina-school<br />

where students signed up for their<br />

favorite subjects among 31 classes.<br />

Grouped under the heading "passiondriven<br />

learning," the courses were taught<br />

by Lynnfield High teachers committed<br />

to passing on a fun hobby or skill to<br />

students.<br />

With names like "The Great<br />

Outdoors," "Minalism," "Girl Talk,"<br />

and "Take A Break … Ride a Bike," the<br />

courses gave students 45 minutes on<br />

the last Friday of the month to dump<br />

academics in favor of fun.<br />

From left, Lynnfield High School seniors Emma Rocco, Stephanie Robles, Steve Dewyer, Neil Arora,<br />

John Arsenault, Aidan Kelly, Adam Ring, and Chris Deshaenes stand with their mug-made french toast<br />

following their COMPASS class.<br />


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DeGeorge signed up for one of<br />

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prepare her for college life. Teachers<br />

Katie Silva and Mike Boulay taught<br />

DeGeorge and other students how a<br />

dorm room microwave and some simple<br />

ingredients are all they need to survive<br />

when the walk to the dining hall or the<br />

nearest pizza place seems too far.<br />

"It's our favorite COMPASS,"<br />

DeGeorge said.<br />

Silva loves experimenting with recipes<br />

and said she helped cook up "Dorm<br />

Room Chef" while trying out recipes<br />

that take five to seven minutes to prepare<br />

from start to finish.<br />

The recipes include cinnamon muffins<br />

in a mug, pasta, popcorn and stir fry.<br />

Lauren Gaudette said the recipes will<br />

come in handy this fall at the University<br />

of Lynchburg.<br />

"You literally need a brown bag. That's<br />

all," she said.<br />

COMPASS is a new and improved high<br />

school program that grew out of 20-minute<br />

weekly student discussions on topics like<br />

stress and making healthy choices.<br />

"We noticed we were lacking a way<br />

to make it exciting," said Lynnfield<br />

High foreign language department<br />

From left, John Arsenault, Neil Arora, and Adam<br />

Ring learn how to make mug-french toast during a<br />

COMPASS class.<br />

chairwoman Julie Sgroi.<br />

Assistant Principal Brian Bates led an<br />

effort to examine COMPASS and find<br />

ways to make it more fun and engaging<br />

for students.<br />

"Brian said, 'Let's do something<br />

different,'" said Sgroi.<br />

The search zeroed in on passiondriven<br />

learning. A 2018 faculty survey<br />

identified teachers interested in sharing<br />

their interests with students. Sophomores,<br />

juniors and seniors took COMPASS<br />

courses this year while Lynnfield High's<br />

150 freshmen engaged in team building<br />

and intergroup activity intended to give<br />

them a strong foundation during their first<br />

months in high school.<br />

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turned their love of movies into a<br />

COMPASS course titled, "Movies you<br />

need to see before you go to college." They<br />

zeroed in on the popular crop of comic<br />

book hero films and led their COMPASS<br />

students in a late April discussion on the<br />

relative merits of the Hulk, Avengers,<br />

Black Panther and Iron Man.<br />

"They like talking about film. It's<br />

not school-related but it is academically<br />

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In addition to being fun, Bates said<br />

COMPASS gets teachers out of their<br />

comfort zone as educators and gives<br />

students an insight into the people<br />

standing in front of them in class.<br />

"I think students have been waiting<br />

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