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John Wilson leaves federal court after he was found guilty of participating in a fraudulent college admissions scheme

in Boston.

Wilson convicted in ‘Varsity Blues’

college-admissions scandal

By Sam minton

John Wilson, a Lynnfield resident,

was found guilty Friday after nearly 10

hours of deliberation in the court case

following the “Varsity Blues” scandal,

which exposed a scheme to bribe colleges

to accept unqualified applicants

by falsely portraying them as star


Wilson, 62, and Gamal Abdelaziz,

64, of Las Vegas, Nev., were both convicted

of fraud and bribery-conspiracy

charges on Friday afternoon in federal

court. Wilson was also convicted of additional

charges of bribery, wire fraud,

and filing a false tax return.

The co-defendants were the first

parents to go to trial in the college-admissions

scheme popularly known

as “Varsity Blues,” based on the

code name it was given by federal


Wilson, who heads a Massachusetts

private-equity firm and is a former

Staples executive, was accused of

paying $220,000 to have his son designated

as a University of Southern

California (USC) water-polo recruit

and an additional $1.5 million to buy

his twin daughters’ acceptances into

Harvard and Stanford universities as

purported sailing recruits.

In 2017, Abdelaziz, a former casino

executive, agreed to pay Rick Singer


Janice Labell is running with three

generations of women in her family in

the Boston 10k for Women on Oct. 16.


to run 10k

for women

By Katelyn Sahagian

Janice Labell started running after the

birth of her oldest child 50 years ago; 24

years later, she entered her first 10k race.

Now, at age 76, she runs the same race

with the women in her family.

“It’s very special,” Labell said. “I spend

the winter in Florida, but I always stay up

here to do this race with them.”

Labell is running with three generations of

women in her family in the Boston 10k for

Women on Oct. 16. Labell’s daughter-in-law,

Stacey, and granddaughters, Asa and

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Late push by Planning

Board for tree

preservation bylaw

By Anne MArie ToBin

With only four days left

until Monday night’s Town

Meeting, the Planning Board

is making one final push to ensure

that the tree-preservation

bylaw will survive the cut.

“The Planning Board is

pleased to bring this bylaw

(Article 3 on the warrant) back to

Town Meeting,” said Planning

Board Chair Brian Charville.

“This is an all-new and totally

pared-back tree-preservation

bylaw compared to what was

originally proposed. The situations

to which the bylaw would

apply are far fewer than prior


Charville said the bylaw’s

goal is “to make sure that the

typical Lynnfield homeowner

would not be affected,” adding

the revised bylaw applies only

to four situations: new subdivisions,

new home construction,

commercial property

projects requiring site plans,

and special permits.

“We wanted the effect of the

bylaw to be positive in that far

fewer trees would be lost and

we feel that this bylaw accomplishes

that as it really only

applies to new development,”

Charville said. “It has been

drafted in deference to the average

homeowner who is performing

simple tree upkeep.”

Director of Planning

and Conservation Emilie

Cademartorisaid her office is

making one final push to make

sure people are accurately

informed on the impact the

bylaw will have. An informational

brochure with questions

and answers was handed out to

some residents last Friday with

plans to distribute a tweaked

version this week. In addition,

foot soldiers have been canvassing

neighborhoods, going

door-to-door to get the word

out about the bylaw.

“We are actively reaching

out to people to make sure this

is a totally different bylaw,”

said Cademartori. “It’s important

for people to know

how much time has been spent

on this and how many times

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27 meetings. Clearly this has

been carefully thought out.

“The thing is, the bylaw

will not apply to many homeowners

at all. Last year there

were seven building permits

for new home construction that

would trigger the tree bylaw.

Clearly, that is not negatively

impacting a large number of

existing homeowners.”

The Planning Board presented

the bylaw at Tuesday

night’s Finance Committee in

hopes of obtaining the committee’s

recommendation to

support the article.

“I’d like to think that the

committee would support it, as

it will only bring more revenue

to the town,” said Cademartori.

The Planning Board had

submitted a much more restrictive

article at a Town

Meeting held last fall, but it

was withdrawn after residents

expressed their opposition to

and confusion with the proposal.

The board went back to

the drawing board and totally

reworked the provisions of the

bylaw, significantly scaling

back the original provisions

to the point where the bylaw

bears little semblance to prior


“We think now we have addressed

all the concerns that

have been brought to us by

the Select Board and constituents,”

Charville said in a presentation

to the Select Board

last week.

“We made a few more adjustments

after listening to the

Select Board, residents, and

after the board didn’t support it

for the June Town Meeting. We

had more time to understand

the feedback the public was

giving us,” said Cademartori.

“This bylaw is substantially

different from prior versions

so we are hopeful.

“People need to realize that

this bylaw only came into existence

because the public came

to us asking us to do something

about the fact that people were

removing trees. People asked

us to do something about the

loss of these trees.”

While the Select Board declined

to give its support to

the bylaw at its last meeting,

Cademartori is cautiously optimistic

that enough proponents

of the bylaw will come to the

Town Meeting to carry the vote.

“My fear however is that

with so little on the warrant

there may be an insufficient

quorum,” she said. “We hope

the people will come out. We

need the folks that want this

bylaw to come to the meeting

to make the quorum, otherwise,

the issue will be pushed

back to April.”

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By Anne MArie ToBin

Ellen Rubbico Crawford has

been selected as a 2021 recipient

of the Daniel Townsend Award

for Excellence.

Crawford, along with fellow

honoree Dr. Robert Weiss will

be before the Town Meeting

on Oct. 18 at Lynnfield Middle

School (7 p.m.).

“I’m honored to be recognized

for my years of volunteering

and to be counted among the

many kind and generous residents

that have given so much

of themselves to our town,”

Crawford said. “I’m passionate

about doing whatever I can to

help improve the quality of life

in our town, as so many others

have done in the past, like Dr.

Weiss, and continue to do today.

“It’s an honor to join the ranks of

so many talented and dedicated

people who have received this


Select Board Chair Dick

Dalton referred to Crawford

as the town’s “public relations


“Ellen has worked for decades

on a variety of different

projects with many organizations,”

said Dalton. “She made

a real difference in the coming

of MarketStreet Lynnfield. She

was a driving force, leading

the campaign in the community,

holding coffees to enlist

resident’s support. Back then it

was done the old-fashioned way

without social media, and she’s

the best at that.”

Select Board member Joe

Connell added that Crawford’s

efforts have made a positive impact

on the residents’ quality of


“Ellen’s work exemplifies her

commitment and allegiance to

all the citizens of this beautiful

town,” he said. “She is without

question the most deserving of

this prestigious award.”

Awards abound

Ellen Rubbico Crawford gains award for passion


Lynnfield resident Ellen Crawford speaks during a Lynnfield

Special Town Meeting.

Crawford, wife of Select

Board member Phil Crawford,

has lived in Lynnfield for more

than 40 years. The mother of

four and grandmother of three,

Crawford has been a Premium

Real Estate agent for 10 years,

currently with William Raveis.

Crawford was nominated by

Beverly Merritt, the widow of

former Townsend Award winner

and longtime Selectman Al


“It gives me great pleasure

to nominate my friend, Ellen

Crawford, to be considered for

the Lynnfield Townsend Award

in recognition of her outstanding

leadership and tireless efforts

of volunteerism in Lynnfield,”

Beverly Merritt said, adding she

has known Crawford for more

than 30 years. “She chaired two

successful selectman campaigns

for my late husband (and) has

demonstrated her extraordinary

commitment to volunteerism in

our community through those


“To be nominated by Mrs.

Beverly Merritt is testimony of

her character and genuine care

for the town’s citizens,” Connell

said. “It’s both humbling and an

honor to be able to comment on

such a role model and leader.”

Crawford’s contributions

to the community have been

recognized on countless occasions.

She is a three-time

Platinum Club Award honoree,

the most recent coming

in 2018 with Raveis. Crawford

has also been honored with a

Double Centurion Award and

is a member of the 100 Percent

and Executive clubs. She is a

recipient of the Lynn Chamber

of Commerce’s Business

Excellence Award and Lynnfield

Town Pride Award. The recipient

of Raveis’ Certificates of

Excellence as a Top-Selling

and Top-Listing Team Member,

Crawford is also a member of

the Massachusetts Association

of Realtors and National

Association of Realtors and

also serves on the Governor’s

Board of the Massachusetts

Homeownership Advisory.

Crawford has also been active

in the school community, doing

just about anything a person

can do for more than 30 years.

She served as a PTO member

from 1990-2009 and chaired the

Summer Street School Pumpkin

Fair and Auction for 12 years,

raising more than $200,000 for

several school improvement

projects, including playground

equipment and media center


Active with the Lynnfield

Athletic Association and

Moving On ceremonies at

both the Summer Street and

Middle Schools and the Post-

Prom Committee at the high

school, Crawford was also a key

member of the district’s 2000

and 2021 school-building improvement


A member of the Friends of

the Lynnfield Senior Center

and the Friends of the Lynnfield

Library, Crawford is an active

member of the Village Home

& Garden Club and serves on

the board of Townscape, an organization

that has worked to

upgrade Glen Meadow Park,

Jordan Park, Newhall Park, and

Forest Hill Cemetery.

Crawford has taught CCD

classes at St. Maria Goretti Church

for 16 years and is an active

Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative

parishioner and donor.

“I sincerely believe that Ellen

has made a difference in our

community, exemplified by her

commitment and dedication

to volunteerism in Lynnfield,”

said Merritt. “Ellen Crawford is

most deserving of the Lynnfield

Townsend Award.”

Connell said Crawford’s dedication

to Lynnfield “is nothing

short of inspirational.

“Her longevity of volunteerism

and dedication to this

great town is the true testament

to the essence of a love affair

with the town she calls home.

Her list of accomplishments is

admirable for anyone to try to

aspire to. “

Dalton said Crawford’s willingness

to do whatever it takes

to help keep residents informed

about important issues facing the

town is unmatched.

“Between MarketStreet and

the school projects, whatever

issue comes up, Ellen is there

to lend a hand to help educate

residents,” Dalton said. “I first

heard her name years ago when I

was on the Planning Board with

Al (Merritt). He always said we

had full confidence in whatever

Ellen was doing, and we do.”

OCTOBER 14, 2021

in Lynnfield

The late Dr. Robert Weiss honored for excellence


Dr. Robert Weiss has been selected

as a 2021 Daniel Townsend

Award for Excellence honoree.

Weiss, along with fellow honoree

Ellen Rubbico Crawford,

will be honored prior to the start

of the Oct. 18 Town Meeting at

Lynnfield Middle School (7 p.m.).

Weiss passed away suddenly

on May 6, 2021 at 84. Nominated

by Assistant Town Administrator

Bob Curtin, Weiss served on the

School Committee during the

1970s and ‘80s and also served

on the Select Board, according to

Select Board Chair Dick Dalton.

But his most lasting Lynnfield

legacy was his role in the creation

of L.I.F.E. (Lynnfield Initiatives

For Elders) incorporation, a senior

housing development that had its

origins in the early 1980s.

“While Dr. Weiss’s service to

the Town as an elected member

of these boards was laudable on

its own, he stands out among the

many fine Lynnfield public servants

I have known for his singular

vision and execution of an

idea that has benefitted Lynnfield

for decades and will continue to

benefit Lynnfield for decades to

come: LIFE, Inc.,” Curtin said.

“I have spoken to many of his

board colleagues and town officials

and department heads who

worked with him at that time and

they were unanimous in their respect

for his intellect, work ethic,

and integrity.”

Curtin said that Weiss was the

“driving force” behind the concept

and fulfillment of L.I.F.E.

Shortly after the school department

declared it no longer needed

the old Center School on Main

Street, Weiss sprung into action.

“Bob saw that this created an

opportunity to achieve a community

goal: allowing aging

Lynnfield residents who had contributed

to the community over

their years as residents to continue

to live in a community they

love,” Curtin said. “He was the


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driving force behind the concept

and the approval process which

saw local boards, committees, and

town meetings grant the approvals

needed that brought this concept

to fruition. He was also instrumental

in developing the unique

relationship between the Town

and LIFE, Inc. that has served as

an inspiration and model for many

other communities.”

Center Village on Main Street

was the first “village.” It contains

16 one-bedroom and 44 two-bedroom

units in 11 buildings spread

over five acres.

“His vision of L.I.F.E. was

amazing considering senior

housing of this type was in its

infancy and there was little to no

senior housing at the time,” said

Dalton. “His impact was such that

it was in the media, other communities

were reaching out to him to

ask how Lynnfield managed to

do this after Center Village was


After the success of Center

Village, Weiss worked with

Malcolm Smith to create a second

“village” ― Essex Village ― to

meet the growing demand for

housing units. Located on an 11-

acre parcel on Essex Street, Essex

Village has 66 two-bedroom units.

“This process proved more

challenging than the initial establishment

of Center Village,”

Curtin said. “It was during the

permitting of the second ‘village’

project that I, as a news

reporter, got to know Bob Weiss

… and how much Lynnfield

benefitted from his dedication

and perspicacity; I have seen

how hundreds of Lynnfield residents

and their family members

have benefitted from his foresight

and his commitment.”

With the development of

MarketStreet Lynnfield, a third

L.I.F.E. development named

Colonial Village was completed

in early 2015. Located on five

acres at MarketStreet, Colonial

Village offers 48 luxury garden-,

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apartment- and townhouse-style

one- and two-bedroom units complete

with underground parking

and elevator service.

“Although Bob was not involved

with the creation of

Colonial Village, no one can deny

that its existence is the result of

Bob’s vision and determination,”

said Curtin. “I think that it is fitting

that the town acknowledge

its debt to his contributions, and I

believe Bob Weiss epitomized the

selfless dedication to community

for which the Daniel Townsend

Award was created.”

A graduate of the Bronx High

School of Science, he earned

bachelor’s and doctoral degrees

in aerospace engineering from

NYU’s Guggenheim School

of Aeronautics and a master’s

degree in aeronautics and astronautics

from MIT. He also cofounded

the research and development

organization, Physical

Sciences, Inc., which he led for

more than 30 years.

Weiss was active in the Small

Business Association of New

England. He was the driving

force behind MassVentures’

START (SBIR Targeted

Technologies) grant program

which helps Massachusetts companies

commercialize research

funded through the federal Small

Business Innovation Research

(SBIR) program.

Select Board Chair Dick Dalton

said this year’s honorees have

much in common while serving

different generations.

“Bob was unique in that he

was a genius not only in business,

but he truly loved Lynnfield

and spent so much time working

to make Lynnfield what it is

today,” Dalton said. “We are

so fortunate to have people like

Bob so it’s extremely important

that we don’t forget them. And

then we have Ellen, who is more

of a contemporary figure. Both

of them have worked hard to

make Lynnfield a better place.”

76-year-old leads three

generations of runners

Talia, will all be running

under the team name Three-

Generation Labells.

Stacey said she loves having

someone as active and inspiring

as her mother-in-law in her and

her children’s lives.

“It’s amazing that she can

keep going,” Stacy said. “If she

can keep going we all know that

we can keep going. It’s become

a family thing to run together.”

The Boston 10k for Women

has a minimum age requirement

of 10 years old. While Asa ran

the race in person two years ago

when she turned 10, Talia, who

turned 10 last year, has only run

it virtually due to the pandemic.

“When the girls both turned

10, they were really excited to

run a 10k with Janice,” Stacey


Labell said that she knows

she’ll be the last woman on their

team to finish, but that won’t

stop the family from crossing

the finish line together.

“They’ll finish long before

me,” she said. “But in the

past, they’ve waited for me

and they’ll cross the finish line

again with me.”

When Labell turned 70, she

won second place in her age

bracket of 70- to 79-year-olds.

She said she was so excited to

stand on a podium and hopes

that she can keep running for a

few more years at the very least.

“My goal is to run until I’m

80,” Janice said. “Maybe then

I’ll come in first place.”

Wilson convicted in

‘Varsity Blues’ college

admissions scandal


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— the purported mastermind of

the college-admissions scandal

— $300,000 to facilitate the

admission of his daughter to

USC as a basketball recruit, despite

the fact that she had not

made her high school varsity

team and did not play basketball

at all during her junior and

senior years in high school. In

October of 2017, his daughter

was admitted to USC as a basketball

recruit and was formally

accepted to the school

in March of 2018, the U.S.

Attorney’s office said.

Sentencing has been scheduled

for Feb. 16, 2022 for

Abdelaziz and Feb. 17, 2022

for Wilson. Singer previously

pleaded guilty and is awaiting

sentencing, the U.S. Attorney’s

office said.

“What they did was an affront

to hardworking students

and parents, but the verdict

today proves that even these defendants

— powerful and privileged

people — are not above

the law,” Acting Massachusetts

U.S. Attorney Nathaniel

Mendell told reporters.

Lawyers argued that Wilson

and Abdelaziz believed their

payments were legitimate donations

and pointed the finger

at the admissions consultant,

Singer. The parents insisted

they had no idea that Singer

was using their money for

bribes and was falsifying or exaggerating

athletic credentials

on behalf of their kids.

“Mr. Singer never said the

donation was a bribe. He said

exactly the opposite. It was an

accepted fundraising program,”

Wilson’s attorney, Michael

Kendall, said during opening

statements in September.

Abdelaziz’s lawyer told reporters

outside the courthouse

on Friday that he intends to


At the center of the case was

a series of secretly-recorded

phone calls between Singer

and the parents, which prosecutors

said proved Abdelaziz and

Wilson were in on the scheme.

The FBI wiretapped Singer’s

calls and then convinced the

admissions consultant to begin

cooperating with investigators

in 2018 in the hopes of getting

a lighter sentence.

In one call, Wilson asked

Singer which sports “would

be best” for his twin daughters.

Singer responded that it

didn’t matter and that he would

“make them a sailor or something”

because Wilson lives on

Cape Cod.

Wilson joked and asked: “Is

there a two-for-one special? If

you got twins?”

Thirty-three other parents

have pleaded guilty in the case,

including famous TV actresses

Felicity Huffman and Lori

Loughlin, as well as Loughlin’s

fashion-designer husband,

Mossimo Giannulli. Involved

parents have so far received

punishments ranging from probation

to nine months in prison.

Cases for three other parents

are expected to go to trial in


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To The ediTor:

This nation was founded

under God. God did not choose

the United States, we the people

chose God. I grew up in the

‘40s. At the beginning of each

school day, we said the Pledge

of Allegiance. Every day we

looked up to the flag, placed

our right hand over our heart

and recited that we were “one

nation under God.” Today, most

people don’t talk about God and

they don’t recite the Pledge of

Allegiance. Children no longer

honor our magnificent flag and

I think people have forgotten

the high price we have paid for


Our flag has been replaced

with other flags and some claim

the American flag to be a symbol

of racism. If anyone from my

generation ever kneeled down

to the US flag or did not say the

national anthem they would

have been disgraced and

shamed. Unfortunately, times

have changed, and wearing or

displaying red white and blue in

America is now racially insensitive

― unpatriotic even.

Growing up, patriotism was

important to everyone I knew.

Despite this unwavering respect,

we were aware that we

worked for the government but

were not owned or controlled

by the government. We had

medical and religious freedom.

To me, there is nothing more

important than having complete

and utter control over what

goes into my body or the body

of my children. Once that is

taken away, you can kiss your

freedom goodbye.

Biden is now trying to force

80 million workers to get what

I still consider an experimental

drug into our bodies and the

bodies of our children. I call

this shot experimental because

it’s existed for only one year.

Nobody truly knows what the

long-term effects of these vaccines

will be or how rare the

listed side effects actually are.

To date, I still am not able to

obtain a complete list of all the

ingredients. I am also deeply

disturbed and concerned that if

you or your child experience

an adverse reaction, the pharmaceutical

companies, medical

professionals, schools, and em-


ployers are NOT liable.

Every day, adults and children

are losing their jobs and

being bullied into taking the

shot, not because they want to

but because they feel forced.

Failure to comply has resulted

in job termination, having to

withdraw from school, being

kicked off sports teams, being

shamed into wearing a mask

and/or to submit to faulty PCR


Every day people’s Godgiven

right to make personal

decisions about what goes into

their own body is being taken

away. I find the actions of Biden

completely hypocritical, irrational,

and downright nonsensical.

Biden’s mandate excludes

the Legislative branch, which

includes Congress, the Judicial

branch, retired seniors, and millions

of illegal aliens coming

into this country through the

southern border.

Does this make any logical

sense? This is hypocrisy at it’s

finest. Hypocrisy is “the practice

of engaging in the same behavior

or activity for which one

criticizes another or the practice

of claiming to have moral standards

or beliefs to which one’s

own behavior does not conform.

It is the failure to follow one’s

own expressed moral rules and


Your employer, the School

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your children’s sport teams are

not medical doctors and cannot

dictate what goes into your or

your child’s body. Doctors are

actually telling their patients

that they are not allowed to

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they will be fired from their

job. Pharmacies are refusing

to fill physician- and practitioner-written


for Ivermectin. Doctors and

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the government and not their

patients or customers. If this

is not complete and utter tyranny,

then what is? Last week,

a Burlington Middle School

a teacher actually said to her

students, “if you are not vaccinated,

sit in back of the class.

I don’t want to end up in the

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Shame on that teacher. She

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Many people decided to get

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and don’t want the second shot,

some got both shots but didn’t

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got the shot but don’t want their

kids to get the shot. Whatever

you decide is fine, but this

should be your decision and not

the decision of the government.

Each person should have their

God-given right to decide for


If the government was truly

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Delta or any of the numerous

variants, why on Earth would

they allow millions of Haitian

and Afghan refugees into this

country who are not vaccinated,

who don’t have to quarantine,

who don’t have to wear masks,

who don’t have to be tested,

and who don’t have to show

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Biden stop building the wall

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built a giant wall around

the Capital on January 6 and

September 18? If the government

was so worried about

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masks and vaccines required for

the Emmys, Obama’s birthday

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I am 81 years old and I am

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been paying taxes for over 67

years. Why am I required to

show a vaccine passport in

order to watch my grandson’s

hockey game when Congress,

Hollywood, and illegal aliens

get a free pass? Why are booster

shots being pushed on the hardworking

Americans and not


Pfizer now states that the

shot is safe for children 5-12

years old. Again, how do they

know the long-term effects of

this shot? These are the same

people who want us to believe

there is no such thing as natural

immunity. Last I looked,

the CDC states that children

ages 0-19 have a 99.997 percent

chance of surviving COVID-

19. My fellow patriots, if there

was ever a time to rise up, dust

off the bibles, and fight back, it

is now. Our beloved America

is at stake. If you would like to

be part of a group that shares

the same sentiments, joinm


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To The ediTor:

Here is a fundamental question:

who should teach morality

to our children, parents or the

government? The proper domain

for schools is facts, the

four R’s! Yes, four: reading,

‘riting, ‘rithmatic and Republic.

The first three are factual.

Reading (in English) says that

“Spot can run,” without question.

Writing unequivocally

says that “green” is the color of

grass. No one can dispute that

one plus one equals two.

What about the Republic?

This is also factual: what our

government is and how it got

to be this way. Evidence today

suggests that our children

are not being taught how our

Republic came to be. More

than two hundred, forty-five

years ago our Founding Fathers

were dissatisfied with the way

England was treating them.

Thomas Jefferson, and others


When, in the course of human

events, it becomes necessary

for one people to dissolve the

political bands which have connected

them with another, and

to assume among the powers

of the earth, the separate and

equal station to which the laws

of nature and of nature’s God

entitle them, a decent respect

to the opinions of mankind requires

that they should declare

the causes which impel them to

the separation.

We hold these truths to be

self-evident, that all men are

created equal, that they are endowed

by their Creator with


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To The ediTor:

I urge you not to give credence

to a letter that ran in the

Lynnfield Villager last week.

Please vote against Article 4 at

the upcoming Town Meeting,

which is a proposal to rezone

Richardson Green to elderly

housing. We defeated the

proposal 2 ½ years ago by 2/3

and unfortunately, we need to

defeat it again.

I was dismayed by a Letter

to the Editor in the Lynnfield

Villager dated Wednesday,

Oct. 6, 2021 entitled “Town

Should Not Buy Richardson

Green”. People are entitled

to their opinions but not by

creating false information. I

found only a few true facts in

this letter. Voters deserve the


As the only Lynnfield citizen

who testifies on the Town

Budget year after year, I am

unusually familiar with it.

The letter referenced above

says “how important it is to

keep schools, first responders,

and infrastructure funded.”

This is an interesting choice of

a few categories in our budget,

perhaps to persuade parents

and public safety workers of

his arguments.

Last year, schools received

more than half of the budget.

The Town gave 2.5 percent

increases to educators and

3 percent or more in raises

for some other school employees.

We are building

additional elementary classrooms.

The hired consultants

recommended 48, but

we are building 52. The special

meeting and election was

held a mere 5 weeks after

the October Town Meeting.

The election cost more than

$11,500, not including DPW

and Fire Department costs.

The DPW budget also includes

a large sum for buses

and school maintenance.

Large buses are used to transport

just a few students in

each. Budget funds wasted.

The schools came back for

more money because, as we

were told, they didn’t know

how much the project would

cost at the time of the special

meeting. A lot was for

drainage and sidewalks.

The Select Board and

Finance Committee automatically

add 2.5 percent to our

taxes each year.

Taxpayers have, in fact,

paid to add police officers

and firemen this year.

Where is the outcry about our

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The “we” mentioned in the

letter does not say who “we”

are. The letter is only signed

by one person.

Angus Bruce is referred to

as a “local developer.” I believe

he lives in Essex!

The writer refers to “improving

the town water

supply.” The town has two

water districts. Ratepayers

in each district vote on improving

the water supply

at district meetings. The

Lynnfield Center Water

District recently voted $9 million

to improve water in that


The writer refers to “a

residential option for some

Lynnfield seniors.” In two

presentations I attended recently,

Angus Bruce did not

mention the cost of the units.

It would seem we should

know this before determining

its sustainability for seniors.

The location on upper Main

Street is a narrow, hilly, double

curve. The traffic study he offered

before is not credible.

The writer states that the

purchase of Richardson

Green will “use money set

aside for COVID relief programs.”

Money we are using

comes from a Massachusetts

Vulnerability Preparedness

Grant to be used for conservation

in the amount of

$1,638,750.00. Additional

money comes from the

Conservation Commission

and the Essex Greenbelt

Association. A portion of the

COVID relief fund meant for

investment in our Town was

approved to be used to make

up the remaining difference.

What better investment can

there be? This will insure

open space, trees, clean air,

and outdoor recreational activity

for our future generations.

Today, I checked with

our Town Administrator, Rob

Dolan, and he reassured me

no money will come from our

local budget.

This article states incorrectly

that “the Town’s plan

is to let the property sit idle.”

I recall that Lynnfield has

agreed with three other towns

to let people enjoy Richardson

Green by developing trails.

I urge all to get the real facts

and vote against Mr. Bruce’s

plan at the Town Meeting on

Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 at 7

PM at the Middle School.

Pat Campbell


From page 4

certain unalienable rights, that

among these are life, liberty

and the pursuit of happiness.

That to secure these rights,

governments are instituted

among men, deriving their just

powers from the consent of the


The role of government is

to secure the God-given rights

of life, liberty, and the pursuit

of happiness. To that end

the Founding Fathers created

the Constitution of the United

States: forty-five hundred, forty-three

words! Soon after

that James Madison and others

wrote the Bill of Rights clarifying

the Constitution: six hundred,

fifty-two words. Over

the next couple hundred years,

fifteen amendments were added

(two cancelled each other). The

Declaration of Independence,

the Constitution, the Bill of

Rights and the fifteen amendments

are remarkably a concise

foundation for the governance

of a free people!

In short:

We the People of the United

States, in Order to form a

more perfect Union, establish

Justice, insure domestic

Tranquility, provide for the

common defense, promote

the general Welfare, and secure

the Blessings of Liberty

Registration for the 2021-

2022 season is now open!

Please visit lynnfieldbasketball.

com to register.

Registrants in grades 1-3 will

be enrolled in our Skills and

Drills program, which is offered

at a cost of $125.

Registrants in grades 4-8

will be enrolled in our In-Town

basketball program, which is

divided into a junior division

to ourselves and our Posterity,

do ordain and establish this

Constitution for the United

States of America.

Article IV, Section 4, Clause

1 of the Constitution states:

The United States shall guarantee

to every State in this

Union a Republican Form of

Government, and shall protect

each of them against Invasion;

and on Application of the

Legislature, or of the Executive

(when the Legislature cannot

be convened) against domestic


Most people today, especially

the younger ones do not

know or appreciate the wisdom

of our Founding Fathers. The

United States is NOT a democracy,

but rather a constitutional

republic. The supreme law of

the land is the Constitution, not

the people. In this wisdom, the

Founding Fathers created three

major branches of government,

the Legislative, the Executive

and the Judicial. Specifically,

the Judicial branch is non-legislative

and is intended to provide

protection from the “tyranny of

the majority.”

There were at least two other

controversial, but brilliant ideas

written into the Constitution.

The first, which limits the

“tyranny of the majority,” is

Article II, Section 1, Clause 2


(grades 4-5) and a senior division

(grades 6-8), which is offered

at a cost of $150.

Registrants in grades 4-8,

who are also interested in trying

out for a travel team, should

check the box in the registration

form indicating interest in

the travel program. Registrants

MUST participate in the travel

team tryouts (dates are listed

on the website) and, if selected,

Each State shall appoint, in

such Manner as the Legislature

thereof may direct, a Number

of Electors, equal to the

whole Number of Senators

and Representatives to which

the State may be entitled in

the Congress: but no Senator

or Representative, or Person

holding an Office of Trust or

Profit under the United States,

shall be appointed an Elector.

This still stands but is under

assault by the Socialists!

The second, Article I, Section

3, Clause 1 was intended to

limit the federal government’s

power over the states:

The Senate of the United

States shall be composed of

two Senators from each state,

chosen by the legislature

thereof, for six years; and each

Senator shall have one vote.

This unfortunately was nullified

by Amendment XVII.

There has never been a government

on this planet that has

valued “life, liberty and the

pursuit of happiness” more than

ours. And while we have made

a few missteps along the way,

there is none better. This is the

history we should be teaching

our children, not the false narrative

of the 1619 Project or the

racism of Critical Race Theory.

Cecil C. Ogren

Lynnfield United

Lynnfield Youth Basketball

registration is open

The Lynnfield Art Guild is

proud to present a selection of

paintings by oil painter Helen

Malcolm, which will be on

view at the Lynnfield Library

through the end of the year.

Helen Malcolm was a charter

member of the Lynnfield Art

Guild. On January 17, 1964,

ten people gathered at her

home on Lowell Street to discuss

the possibility of forming

an art guild in our town. As a

result of this pivotal meeting,

the Lynnfield Art Guild was established,

starting with the 10

members who attended the first


Helen served as the first

vice president with local,

well-known artist Phil Perkins

serving as the first president in

1964, and Helen succeeding as

president in 1965. The Guild’s

first art show was held at the

Meeting House in June of 1964.

The membership grew to over

100 members in less than a year

and reached 160 members by

1967. The Guild is retaining

several of Helen Malcolm’s

paintings in its permanent collection,

but allowing others to

be sold to benefit the Guild.

The Guild’s mission remains

as originally conceived in 1964:

will be assessed an additional

fee of $150, thereby paying a

total basketball registration fee

of $300. All participants interested

in trying out for a travel

team MUST complete their registration

by Tuesday, Oct. 19.

For participants not interested

in the travel team program,

registration will remain

open through Friday, Nov. 5.

Malcolm on display at library

to encourage and inspire individuals

who have an appreciation

and love of art to express

their talent and to create art

awareness in the community.

New members and supporters

are always welcome.

The Fall Art Show and Sale

will be held in the Meeting

House and on the Commons on

Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday,

Nov. 7th from 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.

The Lynnfield Art Guild is

proud of its nearly 60-year history,

which can be seen on its

website at www.lynnfieldarts.



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Giada Antidormi

runs through

the competition


Gianna Antidormi plays soccer as well as participating in

cross-country, where she was the first Lynnfield student to win

an invitational.


Giada Antidormi became the

first Lynnfield Middle School

runner to ever win a cross country

invitational in September


Antidormi, who is 12 years

old and attends the seventh

grade, ran the 1.7-mile course at

the Smolak Farm Cross Country

Invitational in North Andover on

Sept. 24 in 11 minutes and 28

seconds. She placed first among

164 runners.

“I was very surprised,” said

Antidormi about her result. She

didn’t place first in races in fifth

grade before the COVID-19

pandemic, and last year there

were no competitions.

“I just like running in general.

It feels nice to just go for a run,”

said Antidormi.

“Giada plays and/or practices

for soccer five days a week.

Her strong form and stamina

are a result of years and years

of focused soccer training,”

said Alexandra Buonfiglio, who

coaches Lynnfield High track

and middle school cross country.

“Wish I could take credit, but I

only coach her workouts once a

week.” The program is open to

all middle school children with

all abilities.

“My coach Lexi (Buonfiglio)

has taught me a few strategies,

for example, speed up in the

beginning and speed up at the

end,” said Antidormi.

Antidormi also started playing

soccer about eight years ago

and became more competitive as

she got older, she said.

She likes playing soccer,

learning new skills, and doing

drills. She plays center midfield

on three different teams, including


“In that position you go long

distances for a long time,” said

Antidormi. “You are in the middle

of everything and you can

help the offence and the defense.

And you run up and down a lot.”

Antidormi said she gets along

with her teammates on all of the

teams really well, especially at


“Because they are all my

school friends as well,” said Antidormi.

During the COVID-19 pandemic

in 2020, Antidormi continued

training. Some of her soccer

drills were led by her coach

remotely on Zoom. In summer,

Buonfiglio also offered young

athletes some training instructions

to practice running on

their own on the street or in their

backyards, Antidormi said.

Antidormi enjoys social activities

and likes to hang out with

her friends, go to Marketstreet,

the Topsfield Fair, or Canobie

Lake Park.

She is also a really good student

with straight As, said her

mother Gina, and never likes to

be bored. She likes math, Antidormi

said, because it always has

one right answer and science, especially

such natural phenomena

like volcanoes and earthquakes.

“I really would like to play

college soccer and continue with

cross country,” said Antidormi

about her athletic plans for the

future. She also would like to

become an interior designer.

She likes picking out colors and

matching decor.


Tapping into senior connections


LYNN — One result of the

global pandemic and its longterm

isolation is the need to find

innovative ways through which

people can stay connected.

One such effort includes a

new tool that Greater Lynn Senior

Services (GLSS), which

serves town residents, is piloting

called Uniper — a device that

plugs into your television set,

along with a small camera which

perches on top, enabling one-onone

communication with case

managers, healthcare providers,

counselors, family and friends.

“The COVID-19 pandemic

pretty much destroyed the limited

social connections that many

older people or adults living

with disabilities already experience,”

said Kathryn C. Burns,

GLSS’ chief executive officer.

“Research shows that isolation,

particularly long-term isolation,

has a very negative effect on

people’s overall health, significantly

contributing to premature

death from all causes and increasing

a person’s risk of diseases

like dementia.”

Uniper loads an individual’s

contacts into its device, allowing

for immediate virtual connection.

“This is really the primary

reason we chose Uniper over

the many other platforms we

reviewed,” said Valerie Parker

Callahan, director of planning

and development. “We view it

first and foremost as a communications

tool to help people

better manage their health and

well-being, with Uniper’s builtin

programming as a secondary

— but very helpful — add-on to

reduce social isolation and promote

stronger connections with

the wider community.”

It is easy to use with a simple

remote that allows people to

quickly transition from Uniper

back to television programming.

“Many platforms that allow

for virtual connection require a

computer, tablet or smartphone,

which many older people do

not have and might be uncomfortable

using,” Parker Callahan

noted. “But Uniper only requires

a TV, which most people already

have and use regularly.”

Uniper’s existing content

includes access to hundreds of

videos — travel, arts and culture,

music and educational

programs, as well as “live” programming

that includes exercise

and other classes, peer-led discussion

groups, support groups

and more — which are available

throughout the day and scheduled

by Uniper.

GLSS is developing its own

content, which will be available

to users through a separate

channel, and is also working on

developing some live programming,


“We envision, for example,

that our Wellness Pathways fall

prevention and health self-management

workshops will be offered

over the Uniper platform,

as well as group and individual

counseling through our Mobile

Mental Health and Family Caregiver

Support programs in a private,

HIPAA-compliant setting,”

Parker Callahan said, “This

would be in addition to virtual

case manager visits with GLSS


UniperCare is an innovative,

Israeli-based company with a

West Coast U.S. hub. Its programming

is starting to pop up

all around the country, but GLSS

is its first Massachusetts-based


One of the Uniper’s unique

features is the work they have

been doing with Jewish Federation

of North America, connecting

Holocaust survivors, their

descendants and people of Jewish

faith with tailored supports

and group meetings, bringing

together people from all across

the country in celebration of

some Jewish holidays during the

pandemic. They plan to continue

this programming moving forward.

Uniper also offers a lot of

content in Russian and Spanish.

GLSS is initially hoping to

sign up 100 people age 60 and

older or adults living with disabilities

in its service area of

Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus

and Swampscott for the free

one-year service. The product

will be reevaluated after a year

and could last beyond that, depending

on its results and continued

interest on the part of


Uniper offers training and a

helpline to troubleshoot any issues

users encounter. The program

is supported by funding

from the Administration for

Community Living as well as

funding through the Older American

Act administered through

the Massachusetts Executive Office

of Elder Affairs, and a grant

from Beverly and Addison Gilbert

Hospitals, operated by Beth

Israel Lahey Health.

Interested individuals can

contact Andrew Wallace, GLSS’

Title III Planner, at 781-477-

6702 or email awallace@glss.

net. More information can be

found at www.glss.net.

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Religious News

Wakefield/Lynnfield United

Methodist Church

273 Vernon St., Wakefield,




Church: (781) 245-1359

Email: WLUMC273@gmail.


Facebook & Instagram: @


ALL are welcome at Wakefield-Lynnfield

United Methodist

Church (WLUMC)!

Please join us Sundays at

10:30 a.m. for our Worship Service,

followed by fellowship in

the church hall.

Here at WLUMC, we know

Kindness Matters, so there are

many ways to get involved

through our “Mission Possible”

Kindness Outreach Program.

Follow us on Facebook &

Instagram: @methodistchurchwakefield

for volunteer and service

opportunities, social groups,

ministries and committees.

Some of our “Mission Possible”

groups are: Knit, Pray and

Crochet Ministry, Project Linus

Blanket Making and Events,

Book Club, Zoom Prayer and

“Virtual” Pastry Group, Love &

Grace Greetings (our Card Care

Community Outreach Program),

Annual Build- A-Bed Event,

Fall Church World Service

school supply collection and

many more!

We also offer our church hall

to many wonderful local nonprofit

groups as well as weekly

rental groups. We rent out our

church hall for special events as


We even have musicians in

the house, as our pastor, Rev.

Glenn Mortimer, and his wife

Elizabeth are trained musicians,

which they incorporate into special

church services for all to


All year round, we are Project

Linus Blanket Drop-off location

and accept, by appointment, new

handmade blankets for Greater

Boston Project Linus.

Questions? Contact Deb Willis

Bry in the church office at

781-245-1359 or via email at


We look forward to welcoming

you on Sunday!

WLUMC Upcoming Events

Church Yard & Bake Sale

Sat. October 23, 2021

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

This year, we will be having

an amazing yard sale, bake sale,

hot apple cider, tea, coffee, and

only our own church craft tables.

Due to the continuing pandemic,

we will not have craft table rentals

or serve lunch.

Free admission and parking.

Handicap parking at front door.

Knit, Pray & Crochet Group

Knit? Crochet? Like to Chat?

Join in the fun! No experience


and all faiths are welcome.

KPC daytime meetings: Every

Monday at 10 a.m.

KPC evening meetings: 2nd

& 4th Mondays at 6:30-8 p.m.

Monthly Book Club

Meets on 3rd Monday of

each month

Next Meeting: Mon. Oct. 18

at 1 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-day Saints

400 Essex St., Lynnfield


(781) 334-5586

Bishop Aaron Udy

Missionaries: 978-896-9434

Sacrament meeting: 10 a.m.

Sunday School/Youth/Children

Class: 11 a.m.

Youth Night: Wednesdays at

7 p.m.

Visitors Welcome!

Temple Emmanuel/Wakefield

October/November Events:

October 15 - Jewish Meditation

Circle, Friday Evening at

7:30 PM via Zoom

October 16 - Shabbat Morning

Celebration, Saturday Morning

at 9:30 AM via Zoom

October 19 - School Committee

Meeting, Tuesday Evening at

7:30 PM via Zoom

October 22 - Erev Shabbat

Celebration, Friday Evening at

7:30 PM, via Zoom

October 23 - Shabbat at

Breakheart, Saturday Morning

at 9:30 AM

October 26 - Continuing Education

Committee Meeting,

Tuesday Evening at 7:30 PM,

via Zoom

November 2 - House &

Grounds Committee Meeting,

Tuesday Evening at 6:45 PM via


November 2 - Ritual Committee

Meeting, Tuesday Evening

at 7:30 PM via Zoom

November 5 - Erev Shabbat

Celebration, Friday Evening at

7:30 PM

November 6 - Shabbat Morning

Celebration including Torah

Study with Rabbi Greg, Saturday

Morning at 9:30 AM

For more information about

Temple Emmanuel, a member

of the Jewish Reconstructionist

Communities, call 781-245-

1886 or see our Facebook page

or website at www.Wakefield-


Request service links to the

Zoom streaming: info@WakefieldTemple.org

Calvary Christian Church

would love to see you at one

of our eight weekend services!


Grove St. in person at 8:30 am,

10:30 am, 12:30 pm. ONLINE

CAMPUS - 8:30 am, 10:30 am,

12:30 pm & 5:00 pm on Facebook


SERVICE - 47 Grove St. Lynnfield

in-person & online at


If you have a teenager, please

check out our youth group at the

Lynnfield Campus on Fridays

at 7:00 pm. In addition to our

weekly worship services, Calvary

Christian Church provides

numerous groups and classes

for everyone of all ages to enjoy

in-person & online. For more

information, call 781-592-4722

or check us out online at calvarychristian.church.

Messiah Lutheran Church

708 Lowell Street, Lynnfield

(corner of Lowell & Chestnut)

is currently open for in-person

worship, following state COVID

guidelines. In-person worship

Sunday morning at 10:30 am.

Worship services are also currently

being streamed live on

Facebook. Like us on Facebook:


Sunday mornings at 10:30

am, Sunday evening devotion

at 6:30 pm, Wednesday evening

Prayer time at 7:01 pm.

Messiah Lutheran Church is

served by Rev. Dr. Jeremy Pekari,

and Rev. David Brezina

Ave Maria Parish

is a Catholic community of faith

comprising two worship sites in

Lynnfield: Our Lady of the Assumption

Church located at 758

Salem Street and Saint Maria

Goretti Church located at 112

Chestnut Street.

Fully-vaccinated people

are no longer required to wear

masks or socially distance in our

churches. All non-vaccinated

and partially-vaccinated people

are advised to continue to wear

masks. If you wish to continue

to practice social distancing,

designated pews in both churches

have been reserved. Pre-registration

for Masses is no longer


Our Mass schedule is as follows:



4PM on Saturday at OLA

7:30AM on Sunday at OLA

9:30AM on Sunday at SMG

11AM on Sunday at OLA


OLA - 9am on Mondays,

Wednesdays, and Fridays

SMG - 9am on Tuesdays and


To celebrate the Feast of

Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron

saint of animals, St. Maria

Goretti Church (112 Chestnut

Street) will hold a Blessing of

the Animals on Saturday, October

2, at 1:00 PM. Saint Francis’

devotion to God was expressed

through his love for all of God’s

creation. He cared for the poor

and sick, preached sermons to

animals, and praised all creatures

as brothers and sisters under


If your pet does not play well

with others, please use a carrier

or bring a picture of your pet.

If your animal companion has

passed away, feel free to bring

a photo or carry them in your

heart! For more information,

contact Kate McGrath at kmcgrath@ola-smg.org

or 781-598-

4313 x224

Centre Congregational


5 Summer St., Lynnfield







In the Centre since 1720,

Centre Church is an open and affirming

congregation of the

United Church of Christ. No

matter who you are or where you

are on your life’s journey, you

are welcome at Centre Church.

Our worship services are held

at 10 a.m. every Sunday morning.

Our summer services are in

the air-conditioned chapel. All

worshippers are asked to wear a

mask while indoors for worship

until further notice. Following

the service, we gather on the

front lawn for fellowship.

Our pastor, the Rev. Nancy

Rottman, and our Director of

Faith Formation, Ms. Larainne

Wilson, strive to provide inspiring,

down-to-earth messages for

people of all ages that are applicable

to everyday life.

We are committed to providing

children a warm, safe, and

inclusive environment. We will

be offering a summer program

for children called “Compassion


The overall theme is Be

Loved, Be Kind, Be You.

Rooted in

Extraordinary Care

Our staff is stronger then ever and

ready to care for you or your loved one.

Whether it is after a hospital stay, or for long-term care, we’re here to care for you.


Offerings Include:

• Experienced clinical team

• Short-term recovery stays

• Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy

• Long-term inpatient skilled care

• Respite stays

• Hospice care

96 Forest Street

Peabody, MA 01960


Call us for compassionate care you can count on. 978-532-0303


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Leslie Esach Silvern, 80

1940 - 2021

EXETER, NH - Leslie Esach “Doc”

Silvern passed away on Saturday,

October 2, 2021, at the age of 80

in Exeter, NH. He died peacefully

after being surrounded by loved

ones in his final days.

Doc was born in Manhattan,

New York on December 27, 1940

to father, Dr. Louis Silvern, and

mother, Henrietta Silvern. Though

born in the city, his happiest childhood

memories were those spent

outdoors, on his family’s farm in

Highland, NY, where he moved

when he was 13. Doc was a brilliant

electrical engineering graduate

of Clarkson University who

went on to travel the world selling

and marketing high-tech products,

before running his own business

as a service engineer. He was a

proud Rotarian and active, cherished

member of all the communities

he was a part of.

During college, Doc met his beloved

wife of 60 years, Margaret

Reilly Silvern. Together they raised

two children, Suzanne and Mark,

in Lynnfield, MA, where they were

active members of the community

for more than 30 years. Doc

was the proud grandfather of Suzanne’s

children Nathan, Samuel,

and Grace, and Mark and his wife

Anne’s children Emma and Tabitha,

whom he adored and shared endless,

fond and beautiful memories

Ramona Musker, 84

LYNNFIELD - Ramona Musker

(Felix), 84, of Lynnfield, died on

Friday, October 1 at The Palmettos

of Bluffton assisted living center in

Okatie, South Carolina.

Beloved wife of the late Thomas

H. Musker, of Lynnfield. Devoted

mother of Oscar J. Musker and

his wife Janine Brunelle Musker

of Lynn, Susan Oliva and her

husband Richard Oliva of Okatie,

SC, Joseph Musker, of Washington

DC, and grandmother of Joseph D.

Oliva, living in Lynnfield. Cherished

sister of Emma, Jorge, Carlos, Jose

and their families of Mexico. She

is also survived by in-laws, cousins,

nephews, nieces, and other

relatives in the United States and


Ramona was born in El Dorado,

Sinaloa, Mexico on November 12,

1936. She met Tom Musker in

Mexico around 1960 and “took

a chance” to move to Massachusetts

for what proved to be a long,

loving marriage until Tom died in

2002. Ramona had an Associate’s

Degree and became a dedicated

wife, caregiver, and mother at their

home in Lynnfield. She enjoyed

playing tennis, bowling, dining out,

dancing, and gardening when she

had free time.

Once Tom passed in 2002, Ramona

spent much of her time with

family friends, as well as with her

tennis team friends. Whether family

friends, tennis or bowling friends,

neighbors, or her caregivers at Palmettos

in her final months, Ramona’s

“sass” and silly humor made


Doc’s love for simple pleasures

brought him to seek joy in being

outside skiing at Sugarloaf Mountain,

fishing, golfing, working in the

yard, feeding the birds, and caring

for the many dogs he had the honor

of loving in his life. He lived every

day to the fullest and touched

the life of everyone he met. Anyone

who knew him, even for a little

while, will forever love him dearly.

The family requests those who

wish to express sympathy to consider

making a donation to 3 Dogs

Rescue in Berwick, Maine (PO Box

228, Berwick, ME 03901, www.3dogsrescue.com)

in honor of

his life.

people laugh, love her, care for her,

and never forget her. Her energy,

humor, and thoughtfulness will

never be forgotten.

Service Information: A private

funeral service for close family

and friends will be held at the

McDonald Funeral Home at

19 Yale Avenue, Wakefield on

Thursday October 14, at 11am,

immediately followed by a burial

service at Puritan Lawn Memorial

Park, 185 Lake Street, in


Flowers are welcomed. In lieu

of flowers, memorial contributions

may also be dedicated to

Ramona’s name to The American

Cancer Society via the following

website: www.cancer.org

(click “DONATE” in the top right


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Moses Brown III

PEABODY - Moses Brown III was

born on February 13, 1943 in

Faunsdale, AL to the late Moses

Brown, Jr. and Velma Williams.

Moses was one of 8 children. He

was also known as “Mose” by his

family and friends. Mose departed

this life on October 6, 2021

at 12:05pm in Burlington, MA.

Mose accepted Jesus Christ as his

Lord and Savior in his early teens

and joined the Little Zion Baptist

Church in Faunsdale, AL. He remained

a member there until he

left Faunsdale. Growing up in the

country, Mose liked the outdoors,

farming, and animals. He liked

planting and growing a garden.

One of his favorite things to do

was to walk out into the fields and

look all around. He said this would

help him to think. Mose attended

school in Hale County in Sunshine,


Mose left Faunsdale to follow his

brother Rudolph to Lynn, MA seeking

better job opportunities. He

secured a job as a crane operator

at Eastman Kodak in Peabody, MA.

However, Mose returned home

to Faunsdale to marry his high

school sweetheart, Minnie Walker.

They united in Holy Matrimony

on July 8, 1967. They returned to

Lynn, MA and made it their home.

From this union, two children were

born. Mose continued to work for

Eastman Kodak for 25 years before

retiring in 1992 at the age of


Mose later joined Minnie as a

member of Zion Baptist Church,

Lynn, MA where he served as a

Trustee until his death. Mose had

a love for riding motorcycles. He

was a founding member of the

North Shore Wanderers Motorcycle

club serving as the Treasurer

since the club’s beginning in

1993. He was fondly known as

“Big Dogg” traveled the United

States on his motorcycle, going as

far west as California and as far

south as Florida. He enjoyed investing

in real estate, spending

time in his gardens, and shooting

pool with friends. Memories

of Mose will be cherished by his

devoted wife, Minnie Brown, of 54

years. He was preceded in death

by his brothers Armstead Williams,

James (Jeff) Williams, John Ed

Williams, Rudolph Briggins, and

Charles (Cutton) Williams. He

is survived by his sister, Mildred

(Joseph) Henderson (Harvest, AL)

and brother, Joseph (Carol) Brown

(Lynn, MA). Mose leaves the following

of his children behind, Tara

Dellofano (Hyattsville, MD), Dexter

(Stephanie) Brown (Salem, MA),

Angela (Phillip) Owens (Salem,

MA), Stephanie (Virgil) Mitchell

(Swampscott, MA), Levar Jackson

(Somerville, MA), Kimberly Jackson

(Jacksonville, FL). He leaves

behind 12 Grandchildren and 3

Great Grandchildren. Mose also

leaves his treasured motorcycle

club, the North Shore Wanderers, a

host of nieces, nephews, extended

family members and friends.

Service Information: In lieu

of sending flowers, the family

is asking that you consider a

donation to the American Diabetes

Association. www.


Lynnfield native wins

2021 USA Boxing New

England Championship

Tiffany Tamilio

Joins J Barrett

& Company

BEVERLY ― J Barrett &

Company is pleased to announce

that Sales Associate

Tiffany Tamilio has joined

the agency in the Cummings

Center office.

Tiffany, a real estate professional

for almost 15 years,

is also fluent in Spanish.

Understanding clients’ needs

and wants is the basis of

Tiffany’s real estate success.

“For me building relationships,

creating mutual respect

and making sure that my clients

know that I am always on

their side is absolutely essential,”

she said. “My decision

to join J Barrett & Company

was an easy one, as their

business philosophy reflects

my own professional mantra:

Clients’ needs are ‘the’ priority,”

the longtime Danvers

resident added.

“Tiffany’s extensive real

estate experience is a valuable

asset for our company,” says

Jon Gray, president. “Her experience

and ability to help

people through the entire real

estate process is a critical skill

for every agent and Tiffany is

exceptionally strong in that


Established in January

2007, J Barrett & Company

is a service-oriented company

that has quickly become

the premier privately-owned

real estate firm on the North

Shore. The company serves

the North Shore and Cape

Ann areas from offices in

Beverly, Gloucester, Ipswich,

Manchester, Marblehead, and

in Prides Crossing.

Tiffany Tamilio.

Rob DeBonis, right, of

Lynnfield, is the new champion

of the USA Boxing New

England tournament in the

sub-novice, 176-pound division.

His 3-bout run started

on Saturday, Sept. 18 in Lynn,

with a win in the quarterfinals

by a split decision, 3-2. On

Saturday, Sept. 25, he won

the semifinals in Dedham by

a unanimous decision, 5-0, advancing

him to the championship

finals on Saturday, Oct.

2 in Melrose, which he won in

another split decision, 3-2. Rob

boxes out of Sonny’s Boxing

and Fitness in Middleton. He

is pictured here with his coach

and the owner of Sonny’s,

Danny Oliver.

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Lynnfield native Braden Doyle is embarking on his freshman

season with the Boston University hockey team.

Doyle ready for

freshman year

with BU hockey


Lynnfield’s Mekhi Peters, left, and Jack Phelps wrap up Hamilton-Wenham’s Chris Domoracki

during a game in Hamilton Saturday afternoon.

Field position woes hurt Lynnfield

in loss to Hamilton-Wenham


By Mike Alongi

HAMILTON ― It’s hard

to win a football game when

you’re playing most of the

game with your back against

your own end zone, and the

Lynnfield football team found

that out the hard way Saturday

afternoon in a 35-8 loss to

Hamilton-Wenham in a Cape

Ann League matchup.

“The field position battle was

heavily in Hamilton-Wenham’s

favor, and they were able to take

advantage of that all day,” said

Lynnfield coach Pat Lamusta.

“We made some mistakes on

special teams and we just can’t

do that. We need to work on that

phase of the game so we’re not

playing from behind the eight

ball on every drive.”

While the offensive side of the

ball didn’t have many highlights

for Lynnfield, the Pioneers’ defense

saw some strong play

from Nick Marcinowski (seven

tackles, one tackle for loss) and

Spencer Riley (seven tackles).

After a slow start to the game

with both teams exchanging

punts, Hamilton-Wenham got

itself into a great field position

after pinning Lynnfield

deep in its own zone. When

the Generals took over on the

Pioneers’ 25-yard line, it only

took a few plays for running

back Chris Domoracki to break

free for a 10-yard touchdown to

put Hamilton-Wenham on top


The next Lynnfield offensive

drive was much of the same,

with the Pioneers pinned deep

at their own five-yard line. A

three-and-out forced another

punt, and Hamilton-Wenham

once again took over at

Lynnfield’s 25. And once again,

it only took Hamilton-Wenham

a few plays to find the end zone

― with Domoracki once again

punching it in from a few yards


On the ensuing possession

for Lynnfield, quarterback

Nick Razzaboni attempted a

screen pass but it was cut off by

Generals defensive back Zenas

Zhao, who grabbed the interception

and took it back all the

way for a touchdown to make it


Things didn’t get any better

for Lynnfield from there, as

the Pioneers had a Hamilton-

Wenham punt bounce off a

player and get recovered by

the Generals. Then, Hamilton-

Wenham quarterback John Ertel

connected with receiver Markus

Nordin ― who made a highlight-reel

catch ― for a 42-yard

touchdown to put the Generals

ahead 28-0.

And even when the Pioneers

were able to punch it deep into

Hamilton-Wenham territory

― like in the final seconds of

the first half when they got inside

the five-yard line ― things

didn’t go right. Lynnfield had a

second-and-goal from the oneyard

line with 15 seconds left,

and Hamilton-Wenham stuffed

the Pioneers on three straight

plays to bring the 28-0 lead into


Domoracki added his third

rushing touchdown of the

day for the Generals midway

through the third quarter to

round out the scoring for


It took all the way until the

final two minutes of play for

Lynnfield to get on the scoreboard,

with receiver Brian Ellis

making a leaping touchdown

catch from quarterback David

Tracy with 1:29 remaining to

make it a 35-8 game.

Lynnfield (2-2) returns home

Friday (6:30) for its Senior

Night game against Pentucket.

“This senior class has had a

unique career, and they hold a

really special place in my heart

because they’re the first group

of incoming freshmen I had as a

head coach here,” said Lamusta.

“It’s a great group of players

and a great group of men, and

it will be really special to celebrate

them on Friday.”

By Sam Minton


Doyle has been playing hockey

his entire life, but this year the

Lynnfield native will start a new


Doyle is entering his freshman

year at Boston University,

where he will continue his

hockey career. The 20-year-old

defenseman is excited to get his

first season with the Terriers off

and running.

“This is what I worked hard

for and I’m just so happy to be

here finally,” said Doyle, who

spent the previous three seasons

with the Dubuque Fighting

Saints of the United States

Hockey League. “It’s been a

lot of fun meeting the guys.

The pace of hockey is so much

better and I’m just having a lot

of fun here.”

Doyle has been playing

hockey since he was four years

old. His father played collegiate

hockey for Merrimack College,

and the 20-year-old credits his

father as being a huge influence

on him.

At the age of seven, Doyle

and his family moved to

Lynnfield. He loves that he is

able to be close to Boston ― especially

after being in Iowa for

the last three years.

“It was a great community,”

Doyle said. “I have a bunch of

family in Lynnfield, a bunch

of friends and they are all really

excited to come watch me

play and I’m excited to play for


Doyle has traveled near and

far to play the game he loves.

He played three high school

seasons at Lawrence Academy,

where he amassed 14 goals

and 57 assists. He then made

the move to Dubuque and the

USHL ― the top junior hockey

league in the United States ―

in 2018 and spent three seasons

with the Fighting Saints.

In the 2021 season, he tallied

five goals and 19 assists in 51


Doyle is excited to get his

college career started and play

in a faster game that he feels

suits his style of play.

As a freshman, expectations

are low for the Lynnfield native

but he hopes to earn the trust

of head coach Albie O’Connell

and his staff.

“I just have to earn my ice

time and take what is given to

me and capitalize on the opportunities

and I’m excited to work

hard for that,” Doyle said.

Even before his college career

started, Doyle had accomplished

the dreams of every

hockey player. In the sixth

round of the 2019 NHL Draft,

the Los Angeles Kings called

his name.

Doyle said that he has been

able to participate in developmental

camps with the Kings

and is looking forward to

starting his NHL career relatively

soon. Doyle credited

the Kings developmental staff,

which has continued to work on

his game while he is in school.

“They said whenever I need,

we can watch some video together,”

said Doyle. “It’s definitely

a good resource to use.”

While Doyle has been successful

in the offensive zone,

he said in his freshman year he

hopes to become a more complete


“I’ve always been pretty

good offensively and I’m just

trying to get more trust from the

coaches back in the defensive

end,” said Doyle. “I’ve been

working really hard learning

defensive zone position, gap

control, and I think it’s paying


Boston University has started

its season off with a 1-1 record

and faces Sacred Heart Friday.


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Boys Soccer

Peabody at Bishop Fenwick (3:30)

Lynnfield at Triton (3:45)

Revere at Peabody (4)

Field Hockey

Northeast at Bishop Fenwick (4)


Bishop Fenwick at Arlington Catholic (5:30)



Pentucket at Lynnfield (6:30)

Peabody at Winthrop (7)

Archbishop Williams at Bishop Fenwick (7)


Bishop Fenwick at CCL Championships (8)

Saugus at Peabody (4)

Lynnfield at Triton (3:45)

Triton at Lynnfield (3:45)

Boys Soccer

Girls Soccer

Field Hockey

Peabody at Gloucester (4)


Peabody at Melrose (5:30)

North Andover at Lynnfield (5:30)


Boys Soccer

Bishop Stang at Bishop Fenwick (3:30)

Girls Soccer

Bishop Fenwick at Bishop Stang (10)


Bishop Stang at Bishop Fenwick (11)

Cross Country

Bishop Fenwick at Catholic Memorial Invitational


By Sam Minton

BOSTON ― After being

held on Monday, the Boston

Marathon will return to Patriots

Day in 2022.

The Boston Athletic

Association announced this

summer that the next race will

be taking place on April 18. The

126th Marathon will be the first

race held on the Patriots Day

date since 2019.

“Athletes from around the

world strive to earn a place on

the Boston Marathon start line

each and every year,” said Tom

Grilk, B.A.A. President and

Chief Executive Officer. “The

return to racing on the third

Monday in April 2022 will certainly

be one of the most highly-anticipated

races in Boston

Marathon history. Though

we are in the initial planning

stages for 2022, we hope the

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Boys Soccer

St. Mary’s at Bishop Fenwick (3:30)

Marblehead at Peabody (4)

Girls Soccer

Peabody at Marblehead (4)

Bishop Fenwick at St. Mary’s (4)

Field Hockey

North Reading at Lynnfield (4:15)

Peabody at Revere (6)


Peabody at Beverly (5:30)


Boys Soccer

North Reading at Lynnfield (4:15)

Girls Soccer

North Reading at Lynnfield (4:45)

Field Hockey

Bishop Fenwick at Manchester-Essex (TBD)


St. Mary’s at Bishop Fenwick (5:30)

Hamilton-Wenham at Lynnfield (6)


Boys Soccer

Swampscott at Peabody (4)

Bishop Fenwick at Austin Prep (4)

Girls Soccer

Peabody at Swampscott (4)

Austin Prep at Bishop Fenwick (7)

Saugus at Peabody (6)

Field Hockey


Danvers at Peabody (5:30)

Cross Country

Bishop Fenwick at CCL Championships (3)

Manchester-Essex at Lynnfield (3:30)

Peabody at Gloucester (4)

Boston Marathon

returning to April

for 2022 race

traditional race date will also be

complemented by a more traditional

field size.”

This year’s Boston Marathon

was the first in race history to

be held outside of April. More

than 15,000 runners made the

26.2-mile journey on Monday.

Benson Kipruto and Diana

Chemtai Kipyogei of Kenya

were the winners of the 125th

Marathon. Massachusetts native

Colin Bennie was the top

American finisher in the men’s

race, placing seventh with a finishing

time of 2:11:26.

Marcel Hug and Manuela

Schär of Switzerland cruised to

victories in the men’s and women’s

wheelchair division with

respective times of 1:18:11 and


Registration for the 2022

Boston Marathon will take

place from Nov. 8-12.


Lynnfield’s Ella Gizmunt smashes down a kill during a win over Pentucket Tuesday evening at

Lynnfield High School.

Lynnfield gets the best of Pentucket


By Mike Alongi


Lynnfield volleyball team

needed to make a statement

coming off of its upset loss

to Ipswich last week, and the

Pioneers did just that Tuesday

evening when they rolled to a

3-0 win over Cape Ann League

foe Pentucket on their home

court at Lynnfield High School.

Lynnfield won by set scores

of 25-12, 25-11, 25-11.

“After last week, what we

really wanted to do (Tuesday)

was come out here and have the

girls just play the game that they

wanted to play,” said Lynnfield

coach Brent Ashley. “I just sat

back and let them take over and

be athletic and run the plays that

they wanted to run, and I think

that’s what we needed to get

back to. They were just so loose

out there, and that was very different

than how we played when

we lost to Ipswich last week.”

Tuesday’s match belonged to

junior star Ella Gizmunt, who

was all over the court in the

victory. Normally the team’s

top offensive threat, Gizmunt

contributed in all facets of the

match ― whether it was kills,

digs, sets or serves.

“Beyond being just an incredible

athlete and a really smart

player, Ella is just the most

coachable kid out there and

that’s so amazing,” said Ashley.

“When you get that combination

of talent, smarts and coachibility,

you have something

really special.”

The Pioneers got off to a hot

start and never looked back.

Lynnfield quickly jumped out

to a 9-3 lead before Pentucket

called a timeout, but the momentum

couldn’t be stopped.

Lynnfield raced out to a 14-3

lead shortly after, and following

a service point from Grace

Davie the Pioneers took the set


Lynnfield took an 8-1 lead

in the second set as well, but

then some struggles set in at the

service line. Those struggles allowed

Pentucket to crawl back

into the set, closing the deficit

to 12-8 at one point. But the

Pioneers quickly rebounded

and went on an 8-1 run to make

it 20-9, eventually coasting to a

25-11 set victory.

The third set was much of the

same, with Lynnfield jumping

out to a 7-0 lead and rolling to

the 25-11 set win to take the


Lynnfield (9-1) plays on the

road at Georgetown Thursday

(5:30) with an opportunity to

clinch a berth in the state tournament

if it brings home a win.

“Georgetown has a really

good libero and they do some

things that will challenge us,

so we’re looking forward to

the test,” said Ashley. “The one

thing that’s working to our advantage

is that we play really

well in small gyms, so we’re

going to try to use our passing

ability to our advantage and try

to come away with the win.”

Pioneers fall to Marblehead on the road


By Mike Alongi


battling to a scoreless tie at the

halftime break, the Marblehead

girls soccer team netted two

goals in the second half to notch

a 2-0 victory over Lynnfield in

a non-conference bout at Piper

Field Wednesday afternoon.

The win was a special one,

according to Magicians coach

John Dormer, who said that

the team needed a big rebound

after a tough loss to Danvers

Tuesday night.

“It was great to see us come

back the way we did after a

tough loss (Tuesday),” said

John Dormer. “I thought we’d

be tired coming off of a late

game, but after coming out a

little slow early on we were able

to start getting into a rhythm.”

Carlin McGowan and

Samantha Dormer each scored

a goal in the win, while goalkeeper

Catherine Comstock

earned her fourth shutout of the

season in net. Annika Haley,

Lauren Stamnitz, Leah Schauer

and Annie Sheridan also played

well in the win.

For Lynnfield coach Mark

Vermont, his team’s passing

was not where it needed to be to

pull out a win.

“We’re normally a very

good passing team and we just

weren’t finding feet out there,”

said Vermont. “This game is

based on passing and we have

to be able to find each other if

we’re going to be successful.”

While the Magicians came

out of the gate a little flat, both

teams were able to get runs at

the net in the first half. Both

Comstock and Lynnfield goalie

Samantha Bunar turned away

shots early on, and the two

teams went into the halftime

break tied at 0-0.

But early in the second half,

Marblehead caught a break.

After Lynnfield earned a corner-kick

opportunity and sent

the ball into the Marblehead

box, the ball ricocheted out toward

midfield. Haley quickly

got the ball on her foot and

dashed up the field on a breakaway,

sending a hard shot at

Bunar — who turned it away

with her right leg. But the ball

bounced directly onto the foot

of McGowan, who sent another

shot on net. Although Bunar got

a hand on the ball for a save, it

bounced backward and found

its way into the net for a goal to

put the Magicians up 1-0.

Marblehead added a second

goal about 10 minutes later,

capitalizing on a corner kick of

its own when Samantha Dormer

got the ball on her foot and

buried the shot for a 2-0 lead.

The Pioneers turned up the

pressure in the final 10 minutes

of play, but the Marblehead defense

held strong and kept them

off the board to seal the victory.

Lynnfield is now 5-4-2 on the


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Lynnfield falls to Hamilton-Wenham

Photos | Spenser Hasak

Lynnfield quarterback Nick Razzaboni, left, hypes up the Pioneers before the start of their game against Hamilton-Wenham Saturday.

James Sharkey cuts through an opening in Hamilton-Wenham’s defense.

Lynnfield’s Jack Phelps, left, and Robert Marley III celebrate Marley’s sack against


Joseph Cucciniello cuts back across the field as he rushes the

ball down field.


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Lynnfield bounces back with a victory

Photos | Jakob Menendez

Lynnfield’s Natalie Connell, left, and Sarah Foley jump up in defense hoping to

get a block against Pentucket.

Grace Davie slams down a kill during the first set.

Lynnfield’s Ema Dono dives to the ground for a dig during a win over Pentucket Tuesday at Lynnfield High School.

The Lynnfield volleyball team gathers together to celebrate after scoring against Pentucket.

The Lynnfield volleyball team replaced its standard laces with

pink ones in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

OCTOBER 14, 2021

The Savings Bank to host

homebuyers seminar

Join us at our complimentary

first-time homebuyers webinar.

October 14

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Online with Microsoft Teams

We invite you, your family,

and your friends to join us

virtually for a free and informational

presentation and discussion

with local area experts.

Presenters will be available for

questions during the seminar.

The Savings Bank will take

an additional $100 off on top

of our already reduced costs for

first-time homebuyers, for any


To register, go to https://



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Library Friends accepting used books

The Friends of the Lynnfield

Library has announced it

is accepting donations of

used books for the Lynnfield

Library’s annual used book


Bagged donations should be

brought to the library’s circulation

desk. The following items

will not be accepted: small,

mass-market paperbacks;

textbooks; encyclopedias;

computer manuals; games; or


The book sale will be held

on Saturday, Oct. 16. For

more information about the

sale, please contact the library

at 781-334-5411 or



Librarian Samantha Totman reshelves books in the new books

section at Lynnfield Public Library.


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LAG seeking collaboration for fall art show

Calling all Lynnfield nonprofit

organizations to be showcased

on the Commons during

the Lynnfield Art Guild’s fall

art show!

For 18 months, barred from

in-person events, the Lynnfield

Art Guild has been chomping

at the bit! Now that we can get

together again, we are super

excited and we would like the

whole community to join us

in celebration. After much online

presence and countless

Zoom events, we are ready for

our traditional fall art show

at the Lynnfield Community

House…only bigger and better.

We are planning a two-day

event on the first weekend in

November (November 6 and

7), with original art from our

talented members from 10 a.m.

- 3 p.m. As usual, we will show

and sell the works of our talented

members in the Lynnfield

Meeting House.

This year, thanks to the support

of the Town of Lynnfield’s

administrators, we have reserved

the Commons during

our show for both our artisans

and neighbor organizations.

We hope to be joined outdoors

with information booths hosted

by representatives of many

Lynnfield nonprofit organizations

active in the community.

The event is scheduled to

occur rain or shine. For further

information, please contact

Dan Abenaim, LAG president,

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Blessed be the animals

Photos | Katelyn Sahagian

Father Paul Ritt pets Orla, a therapy dog, after her blessing, while sitting with her owner Kate


Benjamin Sheehan hugs his cavalier King Charles spaniel,

Hazel, after he was blessed.

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‘Lynnfield Through The Lens’

The Lynnfield Tree Committee

held the Awards Ceremony for our

photo contest, Lynnfield Through The

Lens, on Saturday, October 2, at 10

a.m., at the 1714 Meeting House. The

Grand Prize and Honorable Mention

winners participated in our ceremony

to celebrate our trees in photographs.

Each winner was able to take home a

native tree, certificate and ribbon. In

addition, the Grand Prize photos were

matted and are now on display in the

library foyer for all to enjoy through


In the category for Most Magnificent

the Grand Prize winner was

Inta Brazelis-Simeone with Te Chen

earning Honorable Mention with

photos that captured the mighty

and majestic nature of trees. Forest

Food comes in many forms; our

Grand Prize winner, Yvonne Blacker

showcased cones from a Canadian

hemlock in her yard, while Honorable

Mention winner Mark Bankoff

captured a robin eating fruit from a

Dogwood tree. Trees provide Habitat;

Julie Rockwell photographed an

oriole in her apple tree for the Grand

Photos | Lynnfield Tree Committee

Prize, while Inta Brazelis-Simeone

recorded a young robin about to flee

the nest. The Living Together category

was won by Jillian String for her

photo of Virginia Creeper climbing a

huge oak tree in her yard. Honorable

Mention went to Shari Sarnevitz for

a dead tree giving new life to fungus.

For everyone entering under age 18,

photographs could be of any subject

and all submissions were special in

their own way and to the photographer.

In the Ages 12 to 18 category

Shane McQueen was the Grand Prize

winner and Mary Gray for Honorable

Mention. For Under age 12 the Grand

Prize winner was Bianca Sacco and

Charlie Verdile earned Honorable


The Tree Committee enjoys this

contest as much as the participants.

We are proud of everyone for appreciating

all that trees provide to

our lives. We are also grateful to the

Lynnfield Cultural Council and support

from the Lynnfield Tree Warden.

All the photos can be viewed at our



org., or from the Conservation Commission

page at http://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us.

The winners of the Lynnfield Tree Committee photo contest, stand with their

certificates and native trees.

The winning photos are now matted and on display in the library through October.





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