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<strong>2021</strong><br />

VOL. 4, NO. 4

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Eons ago, model airplanes were a thing. I don’t even know if they still exist, but you'd buy a kit, get some<br />

airplane glue, put it together, paint it, and — voila! — you had yourself a model airplane.<br />

Or so I’m told. I was so not into that sort of stuff that my father had to build a birdcage for me when I was a<br />

Cub Scout. Paper airplanes were the extent of my foray into aviation.<br />

But I guess I’m in the minority. It seems everyone from the Wright Brothers to Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos has<br />

been fascinated with the idea of flying up into the wild blue yonder in aircraft of all sizes and shapes.<br />

So I give you Vern Rich and Brett Lombardi. The Perry Avenue neighbors have decided to build their own<br />

airplane — from scratch — and it has drawn the interest of many a passerby, gawking and wondering what the<br />

two are up to.<br />

Anne Marie Tobin, who authored our <strong>01940</strong> cover story, says all you need to do is take a quick stroll past Rich's<br />

home, located just a stone's throw from the Lynnfield Middle School, and there it is — a KR-2s sports airplane.<br />

"It's been fun to have people drive by and see this thing sticking out of the garage," Rich said. "We've had<br />

cookouts and it's the talk of everybody. People have asked if this is the largest radio-control airplane. They ask,<br />

'What the hell are you two doing in that garage?' It's been a lot of fun."<br />

Having flown into and out of the Orlando airport within a few hours one day earlier this month (don’t ask), it<br />

occurred to me that it might be just as easy to build your own plane than it is to fly commercial these days.<br />

Elsewhere in this issue of <strong>01940</strong> . . .<br />

The Country Store — a Lynnfield winter-holidays tradition that is more than half a century old — is coming<br />

back to the Old Meeting House this year courtesy of the Lynnfield Historical Commission.<br />

It is being organized by Karen Nascembeni, who was involved with the store for years with her late husband,<br />

Steve Richard, and his parents. She calls it quintessential Americana. It’s more a labor of love now than it ever was,<br />

since she lost her husband and father-in-law to COVID two years ago, just as the virus was exploding across America.<br />

"I am smiling again. It is not that I don’t have sadness every day because I do but I appreciate how fragile life is<br />

and I live every day to the fullest," she says. Alena Kuzub has the story.<br />

Ever since the age of 18, Bruce Siegel has served his country. Today, he's still doing it -- as the town's veterans<br />

services officer. Sam Minton has the profile.<br />

Phil and Ellen Crawford blew into town in 1987, four years after the North Reading natives were married.<br />

Since then, the duo has been involved in all things Lynnfield. You name it, they're on it. And have done it. Anne<br />

Marie again has the story.<br />

When the Lynnfield Art Guild (LAG) opened "Creativity on Parade" at the Beebe Estate Gallery in Melrose,<br />

the debut marked a pandemic landmark for the arts group and a creative release for painters and other artists eager<br />

to have people see their work up close and in person. Sam Minton has the story.<br />

It's been a busy two months for Karen Cronin, who took over in August as principal of the Summer Street<br />

Elementary School. Upon taking over the position from Karen Dwyer, she immediately set a goal to not only learn<br />

how to be a good principal, she wanted to learn how to be the best principal. She's now hard at work on those<br />

objectives, according to Hannah Chadwick’s story.<br />

Margaret “Peg” Sallade is the engine and glue behind "A Healthy Lynnfield," as substance-abuse-prevention<br />

coordinator. That said, she is very modest and strictly business when it comes to describing her role in the coalition.<br />

Alena Kazub has her story.<br />

For Jamie Sloan, the owner of Sanctum Style, a men's and women's boutique at MarketStreet Lynnfield, her<br />

challenges began long before the words COVID-19, coronavirus, pivot and protocol, and the acronyms PPP and<br />

PPE became everyday parts of our pandemic vocabulary. Anne Marie Tobin (she ought to put in for a raise) again<br />

has the story.<br />

Town residents looking for a group to join that helps not only the community but places around the world<br />

could do far worse than the Rotary Club, which meets almost every Thursday to put “Service Above Self.” Hannah<br />

Chadwick is back with the story.<br />

As part of a writing class, Sara Rocco was asked to write a children's book and came up with the idea of a little<br />

boy in New York City releasing his balloon to let it travel and see the world, leading to her first published book, "A<br />

World From Above." Ally Dunnigan has the story.<br />

We also have a couple of sports stories: Sam Minton’s piece about BU freshman hockey player Braden Doyle;<br />

and Mike Alongi’s story about Lynnfield High junior volleyball player Ella Gizmunt.<br />

And, finally, there’s Matthew Ciampa, who, while only in high school, has set his sights on being an FBI agent.<br />

And, of course, Anne Marie Tobin wrote the story.<br />

Maybe next edition, <strong>01940</strong> should feature a story about Anne Marie. And I know just the woman to write it.<br />

COVER Brett Lombardi, left, and Vern Rich are building an airplane in Rich's Lynnfield garage. PHOTO BY JAKOB MENENDEZ


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WHAT'S UP<br />

Hit the slopes<br />

What: Lynnfield Recreation sponsors<br />

ski trips with lesson options for third<br />

and fourth graders.<br />

Where: Go to lynnfieldma.<br />

myrec.com for trip costs and bus<br />

schedules from Summer Street and<br />

Huckleberry schools to Bradford<br />

Mountain, Haverhill.<br />

When: Fridays, Jan. 7-Feb. 11, 2:30-7<br />

p.m.<br />

Meeting House musings<br />

What: The library sponsors a singalong<br />

and storytime for ages 3 and<br />

up.<br />

Where: The Meeting House, 617<br />

Main St., (across from the library) or<br />

on the common, weather permitting.<br />

When: Monday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.<br />

Get in the game<br />

What: There's a game for everyone<br />

in fifth through eighth grade,<br />

including board, card, even Jackbox<br />

games, at Mr. Potter's after-school<br />

game club.<br />

Where: Lynnfield Middle School, 505<br />

Main St., Room 209.<br />

When: Thursday, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Go<br />

to lynnfieldma.myrec.com for cost<br />

information and schedule.<br />

Sweat it out<br />

What: MarketStreet Sweat hosts<br />

workout classes, including Pure<br />

Barre, power yoga and karate. Visit<br />

marketstreetlynnfield.com to preregister.<br />

Where: 600 Market St. - classes will<br />

be held outside, weather permitting.<br />

When: Classes are scheduled for<br />

Sundays through March 27 with many<br />

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WHAT'S UP<br />

Diving into diversity<br />

What: Transgender health educator<br />

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diversity, pronouns and transgender<br />

community issues in a Zoom<br />

presentation that will leave time for<br />

questions.<br />

Where: Contact Abby Porter,<br />

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When: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 6:30-8 p.m.<br />

The Zoom link will be sent a half hour<br />

prior to the presentation.<br />

A breakfast club<br />

What: Wakefield-Lynnfield Chamber<br />

of Commerce invites anyone interested<br />

in meeting chamber members and<br />

talking about local topics of interest.<br />

Where: Brothers Deli Restaurant,<br />

404 Main St, Wakefield.<br />

When: Thursday, Dec. 2, 8-9:30 a.m.<br />

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Good deeds going round<br />


If town residents are looking for a<br />

group to join that helps not only<br />

the community but places around<br />

the world, Lynnfield Rotary Club is<br />

open to all.<br />

Rotary meets almost every Thursday to<br />

put “Service Above Self ” and to put to work<br />

another club motto — "One profits most who<br />

serves best" — by creating a neutral environment<br />

allowing the non-political and non-religious<br />

group to perform charitable work.<br />

Past president and current Rotary Assistant<br />

District Governor Ronald Block joined<br />

the Rotary Club when he moved to Lynnfield<br />

from out of state.<br />

“I actually did this to meet people, I<br />

moved from out of state and didn't know a<br />

soul,” said Block.<br />

He said Rotary works to raise money and<br />

put it towards people in need. “We’re a massive<br />

foundation that has done charitable work<br />

all over the world," said Block.<br />

The club's projects include Lynnfield-focused<br />

efforts and collaborations with other clubs.<br />

The senior volunteer group established<br />

in 2014 is sponsored by Swampscott Rotary<br />

Club and the Rotary Club of Marblehead<br />

Harbor. The purpose is to serve children, families,<br />

seniors, and the U.S. military by giving<br />

back and impacting lives.<br />

The project Block was most excited about<br />

was the finding of a lockbox project.<br />

Rotary teamed up with the Senior Center,<br />

Lynnfield Council on Aging, A Healthy Lynnfield,<br />

and the Lynnfield Fire Department<br />

to devise the residential Lock Box program,<br />

which is aimed at keeping local seniors safe.<br />

The program focuses on home lockboxes,<br />

a home-safety survey, File of Life, medication-disposal<br />

bags, and medication-storage<br />

boxes. Residents can utilize any individual<br />

component, or all five.<br />

“You put a box on your house, lock your<br />

keys in it, and if you call 911 and they can't<br />

open the door, the Emergency Medical<br />

Technicians (EMTs) have access to boxes,”<br />

said Block.<br />

Dave Drislane, Rotary sergeant-at-arms,<br />

said Rotary has seen women join the club,<br />

with three women serving consecutive terms<br />

as district governor.<br />

"At the beginning, it was all men — until<br />

1987," Drislane said. "It was the best thing to<br />

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ever happen.”<br />

Drislane is a Rotary history buff. With<br />

more than 1.2 million members and more<br />

than 35,000 clubs worldwide, Rotary was the<br />

inspiration of Paul Harris, who grew up in<br />

Vermont.<br />

Harris moved to Des Moines, Iowa where<br />

he apprenticed at a local law firm before relocating<br />

to Chicago, where Harris put his vision<br />

of a congregating place where professionals<br />

of all different backgrounds could gather into<br />

practice.<br />

On Feb. 23, 1905, Harris assembled three<br />

associates, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele,<br />

and Hiram Shorey, in Loehrs' office, initiating<br />

the first-ever Rotary Club meeting.<br />

For the next meetings, they rotated<br />

between each other's offices, giving rise to Rotary's<br />

name. Flush with initial success, Harris<br />

began to reach out to local businesses asking<br />

what they felt the city needed.<br />

The answer: Public toilets. The Rotary<br />

campaign to help install them led to other<br />

projects spanning decades, including a 1970s<br />

initiative to eradicate polio. The Rotary website<br />

chronicles how volunteers gave out shots<br />

of oral polio vaccine to children at a health<br />

center in Guadalupe Viejo, Makati, Philippines.<br />

This led to the beginning of Rotary's<br />

first Health, Hunger, and Humanitarian<br />

grants, also known as 3-H Grant Project.<br />

“The project’s success led Rotary to<br />

make polio eradication a top priority. Rotary<br />

launched PolioPlus in 1985 and was a<br />

founding member of the Global Polio Eradication<br />

Initiative in 1988. Through decades<br />

of commitment and work by Rotary and our<br />

partners, more than 2.5 billion children have<br />

received the oral polio vaccine," stated the<br />

website.<br />

President Jack Moynihan shared his<br />

excitement with an affiliated group called the<br />

Interact Club.<br />

“Being president, you can look at what<br />

your club is doing. Rotary does a lot of stuff<br />

for a lot of people, but I haven't seen us touch<br />

upon the veterans and troops yet,” he said.<br />

Lynnfield Interact Club is an active<br />

program at Lynnfield Middle School and<br />

Lynnfield High School. The club operates in<br />

partnership with the Lynnfield Rotary Club<br />

to bring youth ages 12- 18 together, helping<br />

them to develop leadership skills as well as<br />

opening doors and creating opportunities<br />

through community service.<br />

The Interact Club organizes at least two<br />

projects every year that will help either its<br />

school or the community — sometimes both.<br />

Rotary sponsors, mentors, and guides Interactors<br />

as they carry out projects and develop<br />

leadership skills.<br />

Fifteen local students are involved with<br />

the club, which was organized in 2010. The<br />

club's leadership team includes President<br />

Sophia Calle, Vice President Isabella George,<br />

Secretary Abigail Travers, and Treasurer<br />

Harrison Grasso.<br />

Interact Club is currently collaborating<br />

with Operation Troop Support to collect<br />

donations for active-duty soldiers.

LIKE A ROCK — Lynnfield Rotary Club has launched a succession of projects<br />

since its founding, the most recent of which include helping to safeguard<br />

seniors and working with local middle and high school students.<br />

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16 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

UP, UP, AND AWAY — THEIR WAY — Brett Lombardi, left, and Vern Rich are building an airplane in Rich's garage.<br />


WINTER <strong>2021</strong> | 17<br />

Fly like<br />

an Eagle<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

By Anne Marie Tobin<br />

Two Lynnfield residents have bought into a fad shared by amateur aviation<br />

buffs in the 1970s — building and flying your own airplane.<br />

Main Street resident Vern Rich and his Perry Avenue neighbor Brett<br />

Lombardi are catching their fellow town residents' attention. Their project<br />

to build an airplane — totally from scratch — has drawn the interest of<br />

many a passerby, gawking and wondering what the two tinkerers are up to.<br />

All you need to do is take a quick stroll past Rich's home, located just a stone's throw from<br />

the Lynnfield Middle School, and there it is — a KR-2s sports airplane, awkwardly jutting out<br />

of Rich's standalone.<br />

"It's been fun to have people drive by and see this thing sticking out of the garage," Rich<br />

said. "We've had cookouts and it's the talk of everybody. People have asked if this is the largest<br />

radio-control airplane. They ask 'what the hell are you two doing in that garage?' It's been a lot<br />

of fun."<br />

"This is the ultimate challenge in aviation, building your own airplane and flying it," added<br />

Lombardi, a licensed pilot and physical therapist.<br />

The pair said the plane is about halfway completed and they hope to be airborne in about a<br />

year.<br />

The plane is a knock-off of the original Rand Robinson Engineering KR-2 aircraft, a do-ityourself<br />

kit dating back to the early '70s. The plane's popularity was based on its efficiency, its<br />

low cost, the fact that it was quick and easy to build and fun to fly.<br />

Designed to use standard-size building materials, the KR-2 was extremely lightweight and<br />

sported a wooden frame (known to Rand fans as "the boat") with a fiberglass skin.<br />

Powered by an ordinary Volkswagen Beetle automobile engine, the plane featured a twoblade<br />

wood propeller and could reach a maximum cruising speed of 180 miles per hour.<br />

Thousands of kits were sold with hundreds of models flying by the end of the decade.<br />

Rich, who works for a construction-management firm, and Lombardi began their project on<br />

July 31. Rich's garage workshop is stocked with a huge assortment of carpentry tools. He said<br />

his passion is "building, restoring and fixing things." His most recent project was the restoration<br />

of a 1979 Jeep, which sports a bright-red paint finish.<br />

"I had just finished the Jeep when Brett approached me about the plane, so we moved the<br />

Jeep out to make room for the next project," Rich said.<br />

A specially-constructed workbench was assembled from four benches to allow the duo to<br />

work on the plane. Lombardi said he keeps a log tracking construction, which is required by

18 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

The KR2-S Experimental plane will measure 16 feet, 8 inches and carry two passengers.<br />

the FAA.<br />

Lombardi began the project with an internet<br />

search, purchasing three partially-built<br />

KR-2 planes in various stages of completion.<br />

He is salvaging the best parts to assemble the<br />

new plane from plans he bought online.<br />

He purchased a 1964 Corvair automobile<br />

engine, which is presently in Southborough<br />

at the J & M Machine shop being completely<br />

rebuilt.<br />

"They did a great job with the engine for<br />

the Jeep, so when I called them to see if they<br />

could rebuild the Corvair engine for a plane,<br />

all they said was 'there is no breakdown lane<br />

in the sky,'" Rich said. "This isn't like building<br />

a canoe. They understood it. Good is good,<br />

but this has to be perfect."<br />

Lombardi said the aircraft is technically<br />

classified as "experimental home-built."<br />

A propeller will be added to the engine<br />

at the end of the drive shaft. The final thing<br />

to be added will be the wings, which have a<br />

wingspan of nearly 21 feet and are removable.<br />

By the time the plane is ready to fly, it will<br />

have a gross weight of about 9,000 pounds<br />

and will have cost about $20,000.<br />

"You can build this by buying a kit, which<br />

were first sold in about 1970, but that's expensive<br />

and costs about $100,000, which was<br />

not in my price range, so I opted for plansbuilt,<br />

which is the hardest because you have<br />

to find all the materials," Lombardi said.<br />

The plane is capable of climbing up to<br />

14,000 feet and has a maximum speed of 200<br />

mph. It carries about 13 gallons of fuel, using<br />

up just three gallons per hour and giving the<br />

plane the ability to remain airborne for up to<br />

four hours.<br />

The Lombardi/Rich KR-2s is 14-inches<br />

longer in the tail section than the original<br />

KR-2, bringing the plane's length to 16 feet 8<br />

inches, which Rich says will provide greater<br />

stability.<br />

Yet unnamed, the KR-2 is affectionately<br />

referred to as a "taildragger," said Lombardi.<br />

In addition to two "go-kart" 10-inch wheels<br />

on the front, the plane has a rear wheel (the<br />

size of a hockey puck) to assist landing.<br />

Rich said that an average of 2,000 hours<br />

are needed to complete the project, which<br />

usually takes most do-it-yourselfers years.<br />

The duo combines for an average of three<br />

hours per day working in the garage, sometimes<br />

more, sometimes less depending on<br />

glue dry-times, which can sometimes take up<br />

to two days.<br />

"Our motto is simple," Rich said. "Two<br />

years. Two hundred miles. Twenty thousand<br />

miles.<br />

"We've greatly accelerated the timeline<br />

compared to the people we bought the three<br />

planes from and we figured if we both spend<br />

an average of 30-40 hours a week working on<br />

it, we will keep to the goal of having this up in<br />

the air in a little more than a year or so."<br />

When completed, the plane will be<br />

transported to Beverly Airport on a boat<br />

trailer (included in one of the partially-built<br />

kit purchases). The plane must be inspected<br />

by the Federal Aviation Administration to<br />

determine air-worthiness before taking flight.<br />

Lombardi said the first 40 hours of flight time<br />

are restricted to a low-altitude, rectangular<br />

pattern over the airport.<br />

Lombardi said the plan needs only 350 feet<br />

to take off and about 900 feet to land.<br />

"I've never flown one with a wheel in the<br />

back, but these planes are definitely trickier to<br />

land," Lombardi said. "Beverly has more than<br />

enough length on its runways to take off and<br />

land so while I've never landed one like this, I<br />

think it won't be a problem."<br />

Lombardi, nicknamed "The Muscle," has<br />

been flying for more than 20 years out of<br />

Beverly, flying mostly Piper Archer four-seaters<br />

on "fun trips around New England."<br />

When finished, the cockpit will measure a<br />

little more than three feet across at shoulder<br />

width with room for two (extremely-narrow)<br />

seats. While Lombardi doesn't know where<br />

he will take the plane on its maiden voyage<br />

or if anyone will be in the co-pilot's seat, Rich<br />

has no intention of flying any friendly skies<br />

with his good friend and neighbor.<br />

"I asked him where the parachute goes, and<br />

Brett said it was too expensive and weighed<br />

too much," Rich joked. "He tells me it has a<br />

one-minute glide time every 1,000 feet, and<br />

I'm hoping he will fly mostly over water, but<br />

it's not for me."<br />

All Lombardi could say in response was,<br />

"I wouldn't have been able to do this without<br />

Vern."<br />

Follow Rich and Lombardi as they near<br />

completion of their KR-2s project on their<br />

"Vern's Garage" YouTube channel.

WINTER <strong>2021</strong> | 19<br />

Honored<br />

to serve<br />


Bruce Siegel is a Navy veteran and the town's veteran services officer.<br />


Ever since the age of 18, Bruce Siegel<br />

has served his country.<br />

The Lynnfield resident served<br />

in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972, where he<br />

achieved the rank of third class petty officer<br />

as a fire control technician. Siegel worked in<br />

the Gunnery Department and was responsible<br />

for the upkeep and maintenance of the Navy's<br />

radar-driven target-tracking system.<br />

Serving with the Sixth Fleet, Siegel was<br />

deployed to both the Mediterranean and the<br />

Caribbean, making stops in Spain, Greece,<br />

Italy, France, and Gibraltar, as well as Puerto<br />

Rico, Panama, Columbia, Jamaica, and the<br />

Virgin Islands. He also participated in training<br />

exercises at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.<br />

After he was discharged, Siegel attended<br />

the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where<br />

he earned an accounting degree in 1976. After<br />

working 21 years as a senior auditor for the<br />

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he retired<br />

in 2015.<br />

Around that same time he took over as<br />

the veteran services officer for Lynnfield. It<br />

was a special day for him as he was appointed<br />

on Dec. 7 — the anniversary of the 1941<br />

Japanese attack on U.S. military bases at Pearl<br />

Harbor in Hawaii.<br />

"On that special day of remembrance, I<br />

was truly honored," Siegel said.<br />

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As a veteran services officer, Siegel is<br />

responsible for the management and administration<br />

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assist veterans, widows, and dependents. Also,<br />

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and burial benefits. Siegel is also responsible<br />

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Day and Veterans Day ceremonies.<br />

Siegel has been able to take part in some<br />

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to honor soldiers with Gold Star street signs<br />

and plaques around Lynnfield. There are four<br />

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For Siegel, the best part of the job is simply<br />

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"I said 'wait a second. You have your whole<br />

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Several months later, that same young man<br />

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The young veteran was able to go to school<br />

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"Those are the types of things that I<br />

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Siegel currently is working on bringing a<br />

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"The memorial that exists today doesn't go<br />

past the Vietnam War," he said. "There might<br />

be a few names after the Vietnam War, but<br />

many names that should be on there are not."<br />

Siegel is a part of Lynnfield's War Memorial<br />

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22 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

Style is where<br />

Sanctum shines<br />


Jaime Sloan's Sanctum Style at MarketStreet Lynnfield is wide open for business following its Labor Day debut.<br />


WINTER <strong>2021</strong> | 23<br />

There has been no shortage of<br />

challenges and adversity during<br />

the COVID-19 pandemic.<br />

For Jamie Sloan, the<br />

owner of Sanctum Style, an upscale men's and<br />

women's boutique at MarketStreet Lynnfield,<br />

her challenges began long before the words<br />

COVID-19, coronavirus, pivot and protocol,<br />

and the acronyms PPP and PPE became<br />

everyday parts of our pandemic vocabulary.<br />

Sloan and her husband, Ryan McCarthy,<br />

had recently moved back to Massachusetts<br />

after living in New York City, where she was a<br />

jack of all trades, working in fashion and dabbling<br />

in the performing arts as a playwright,<br />

opera singer and actor.<br />

In the fall of 2017, Sloan opened Dani<br />

Kaye, a small boutique-specialty store on<br />

Main Street in North Andover. The name was<br />

inspired in part by her experience in opera.<br />

"You know if you have your name in the<br />

title, you are going to die, so there was no<br />

way I wanted my store named after me," she<br />

said with a laugh. "I also like the fact that the<br />

Biblical name Daniel refers to God being<br />

your judge and the word Kaye in Celtic means<br />

keeper of the keys. I feel it's important that<br />

you not get hung up on what people think you<br />

should be. You have to own who you are and<br />

be willing to take risks."<br />

Sloan slowly built a solid customer base.<br />

Approximately seven months after opening,<br />

everything came to a halt on Sept. 13, 2018<br />

when the Columbia Gas Company explosions<br />

literally rocked not only her business, but her<br />

home life as well.<br />

"I was in the store and then went out for<br />

lunch and saw all these people on the street,"<br />

Sloan said. "Flames were shooting out of the<br />

Chowder Factory building. I scrambled to turn<br />

off all the valves before we had to evacuate not<br />

just the store, but our apartment. We literally<br />

had 10 minutes to get our stuff out. We were<br />

freaking out because we didn't know if there<br />

would be smash-and-grab looting. It was terrible.<br />

The stench of smoke was everywhere."<br />

The following week, Sloan was in New<br />

York City on a pre-planned spring buying trip.<br />

"I think I cried the whole time I was<br />

there and was just a mess through the whole<br />

show," Sloan said. "I had no idea if I still had<br />

a business. My clients had lost their homes. It<br />

was really scary. We had a long battle with the<br />

adjusters and problems with our landlord. It<br />

was just a disaster."<br />

Despite the adversity, Sloan managed to<br />

find a silver lining. She hit the road, bringing<br />

her product to her clientele. When she saw<br />

unmet demand for protective masks, she<br />

organized a group of sewers to make masks.<br />

All told, she sold more than 200,000.<br />

"We met regularly at Dunkin' Donuts<br />

to organize and it got to the point where fire<br />

departments, nurses, people just wanted any<br />

kind of mask they could find," Sloan said.<br />

"It was such a wild time, but I needed to pay<br />

my bills and people needed masks, so I drove<br />

everywhere picking up and delivering. It got<br />

to the point where Ryan said, 'Can you just<br />

please come home?'"<br />

Sloan made the painful decision to walk<br />

away from Dani Kaye when her lease expired<br />

in July 2019.<br />

"We just packed everything up and left,"<br />

she said. "It was horrible. I was heartbroken.<br />

I looked at other spaces but I wasn't going<br />

to sign another lease in a pandemic without<br />

a vaccine. I was also concerned about the<br />

fact that cold weather was coming and I just<br />

couldn't take on that risk."<br />

As things began to settle down, Sloan<br />

entertained thoughts of opening a popup at<br />

MarketStreet. She took the plunge with a<br />

full storefront, opening over the Labor Day<br />

weekend.<br />

"It's remarkable that I was the first of eight<br />

new businesses opening this fall," Sloan said.<br />

"I feel that a smaller business, we're leaner and<br />

we can pivot easier and quicker than larger<br />

retailers. It's great to see so many people taking<br />

advantage of so many opportunities."<br />

So far, so good, she says.<br />

"Business has been good, so I can't<br />

complain," said Sloan, a Swampscott native.<br />

"People are still discovering us, but I have<br />

a great group of customers from my North<br />

Andover store and they are so loyal so they are<br />

finding me. This location has turned out to be<br />

an ideal location for my business. Being able to<br />

open here has been a huge win for us."<br />

Sloan describes Sanctum Style as an upscale<br />

boutique offering a multi-designer assortment<br />

and the latest in fashion trends. Sloan said its<br />

assortment is inspired by her love of fashion and<br />

contemporary-city style. Notable brands include<br />

Frame and Paige Denim in both men’s and<br />

women’s styles; Vince, Faherty, Rails, and ATM<br />

Anthony Thomas Melillo for men; and Good<br />

American, Misa Los Angeles, Ramy Brook,<br />

and Jonathan Simkhai for women.<br />

Sloan said a sanctum is defined as “a sacred<br />

and holy place where one is free from intrusion”<br />

and that is exactly what her Sanctum<br />

Style provides her clients.<br />

"Created as a special place to discover not<br />

only what is new and current, Sanctum Style<br />

seeks to enhance and transform one’s personal<br />

style," said Sloan, who describes her style as<br />

"cosmopolitan" with an emphasis on upscale<br />

casual. "We cater to a lot of people in banking,<br />

real estate, people who generally are more professional,<br />

more conservative, but we also have a<br />

lot of moms who want functional wardrobes."<br />

The store provides a personalized-shopping<br />

service with knowledgeable stylists on<br />

hand to work one-on-one with guests. Personal<br />

shopping appointments are also available<br />

to book online (www.sanctumstyle.com | @<br />

sanctumstyle).<br />

Sloan is no stranger to the world of luxury<br />

fashion and fine jewelry. She worked for<br />

more than a decade for several top retailers<br />

including Barneys New York, John Hardy<br />

and David Yurman at Saks 5th Avenue and<br />

Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, as well as Tiffany<br />

& Company on 5th Avenue. A self-proclaimed<br />

anti-fashion fashionista, she said she<br />

developed her no-nonsense style philosophy<br />

from her experience as an opera singer in New<br />

York City, as well as her experience working in<br />

high fashion.<br />

"I just kind of fell into luxury retailing<br />

when I was running around the city performing<br />

and I had clients who needed wardrobe<br />

help, like I did," she said. "It was a matter of<br />

being able to always be ready while carrying<br />

around as little as you could."<br />

Sloan grew up in Marblehead, spending<br />

significant time in the family business, Sloan<br />

Machinery in Lynn (now in New Hampshire).<br />

She moved to Andover when she was<br />

a teenager, graduating from Andover High<br />

School. She studied voice and music at New<br />

England Conservatory of Music where she<br />

sang in the choir. She graduated from McGill<br />

University in Montreal with a degree in vocal<br />

performance.<br />

Some time after graduating, she moved<br />

to New York City. Her first "real job" was at<br />

Columbia Artist Management, where she met<br />

her husband.<br />

Sloan said she is encouraging people to<br />

start their holiday shopping early and also to<br />

shop local.<br />

"I've been telling people to get on your<br />

shopping early as the supply-chain problems<br />

are real," Sloan said. "For me, being in a small<br />

specialty market, I feel I have a small competitive<br />

edge compared to the larger chain-style<br />

stores. You will get customer service and also<br />

do your happy dance as this is the perfect<br />

opportunity to reconnect in their community.<br />

"I don't say we sell product; we sell<br />

experiences, the moments when you wear that<br />

special piece at a special occasion. COVID<br />

took much of that away from us. I view my<br />

business as being facilitators to help people<br />

make those moments and memories. We've<br />

created a space, a refuge for people to escape<br />

and for people to play. For me the best thing<br />

has been being able to have my clients say,<br />

'Can I give you a hug?' I'll never refuse a hug.<br />

Not with all that's gone on.'"

24 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

Going for<br />

the goal<br />

GOING FOR THE GOLD — Town native Braden Doyle is a first-season defenseman with the Boston University Terriers.<br />



Braden Doyle has been playing<br />

hockey his entire life, but this<br />

year the Lynnfield native will<br />

start a new journey.<br />

Doyle is entering his freshman year at<br />

Boston University, where he will continue his<br />

hockey career. The 20-year-old defenseman is<br />

excited to get his first season with the Terriers<br />

off and running.<br />

"This is what I worked hard for and I'm<br />

just so happy to be here finally," said Doyle,<br />

who spent the previous three seasons with<br />

the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United<br />

States Hockey League. "It's been a lot of fun<br />

meeting the guys. The pace of hockey is so<br />

much better and I'm just having a lot of fun<br />

here."<br />

Doyle has been playing hockey since he<br />

was 4 years old. His father played collegiate<br />

hockey for Merrimack College, and the<br />

20-year-old credits his father as being a huge<br />

influence on him.<br />

At the age of 7, Doyle and his family<br />

moved to Lynnfield. He loves that he is able<br />

to be close to Boston — especially after being<br />

in Iowa for the last three years.<br />

"It was a great community," Doyle said. "I<br />

have a bunch of family in Lynnfield, a bunch<br />

of friends, and they are all really excited to<br />

come watch me play and I'm excited to play<br />

for them."<br />

Doyle has traveled near and far to play<br />

the game he loves. He played three highschool<br />

seasons at Lawrence Academy, where<br />

he amassed 14 goals and 57 assists. He<br />

then made the move to Dubuque and the<br />

USHL — the top junior hockey league in<br />

the United States — in 2018 and spent three<br />

seasons with the Fighting Saints. In the <strong>2021</strong><br />

season, he tallied five goals and 19 assists in<br />

51 games.<br />

Doyle is excited to get his college career<br />

started and play in a faster game that he feels<br />

suits his style of play.<br />

As a freshman, expectations are low for<br />

PROVEN PLAYER — Braden Doyle played three seasons in Iowa in the United States Hockey League.

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the Lynnfield native, but he hopes to earn<br />

the trust of head coach Albie O'Connell and<br />

his staff.<br />

"I just have to earn my ice time and take<br />

what is given to me and capitalize on the<br />

opportunities and I'm excited to work hard<br />

for that," Doyle said.<br />

Even before his college career started,<br />

Doyle had accomplished the dreams of every<br />

hockey player. In the sixth round of the 2019<br />

NHL Draft, the Los Angeles Kings called<br />

his name.<br />

Doyle said that he has been able to<br />

participate in developmental camps with the<br />

Kings and is looking forward to starting his<br />

NHL career relatively soon. Doyle credited<br />

the Kings' developmental staff, which has<br />

continued to work on his game while he is<br />

in school.<br />

"They said whenever I need, we can<br />

watch some video together," said Doyle. "It's<br />

definitely a good resource to use."<br />

While Doyle has been successful in the<br />

offensive zone, he said in his freshman year<br />

he hopes to become a more complete player.<br />

"I've always been pretty good offensively<br />

and I'm just trying to get more trust from<br />

the coaches back in the defensive end,"<br />

said Doyle. "I've been working really hard<br />

learning defensive-zone position, gap control,<br />

and I think it's paying off."<br />

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The Country Store — a<br />

Lynnfield winter holidays<br />

tradition that is more than half<br />

a century old — is coming<br />

back to the Old Meeting House this year<br />

under the Lynnfield Historical Commission.<br />

It will take place on the first Saturday of<br />

December for the 58th time. The Country<br />

Store will be open from 9 a.m. until the tree<br />

lighting at dusk. The Historical Commission<br />

has chosen Karen Nascembeni, who has<br />

been involved in the Country Store for years<br />

with her late husband, Steve Richard, and his<br />

parents to organize the event.<br />

Nascembeni described the spirit of the<br />

Country Store as quintessential Americana.<br />

“It takes you back in time, from huge<br />

cheese wheels from Vermont to homemade<br />

ham-and-beans supper with homemade<br />

coleslaw and brown bread,” Nascembeni said.<br />

There are usually greens, classicallydecorated<br />

wreaths and swags, a kitchen with<br />

hot dogs and ham-and-cheese sandwiches,<br />

and an old-fashioned popcorn station.<br />

The Country Store subcommittee of the<br />

Historical Commission that Nascembeni<br />

chairs is working with the Board of Health<br />

to be as sanitary in the COVID-19 times as<br />

possible.<br />

When we spoke to Nascembeni, the<br />

program of the event was not completely<br />

finalized yet but she knew she wanted to<br />

keep it traditional and make it fun and lively.<br />

“People want to see the cheese guy, first<br />

person on the right,” said Nascembeni about<br />

the tradition.<br />

However, she would like to bring more<br />

interactive activities for children this year.<br />

There will be a traditional North Pole Fish<br />

Hole, but she is also envisioning a crafts<br />

table where children can create hand-made<br />

ornaments to be given “out of love” to families<br />

in transition, who won’t have holiday decor<br />

this year.<br />

“In the past we have donated wreaths,<br />

but I want an activity with an end goal.<br />

Just spreading love to each other,” said<br />

Nascembeni.<br />

They are planning to have schoolchildren<br />

do poster boards with Christmas traditions<br />

from around the world.<br />

“Whenever I do an event, I like to have<br />

some sizzle. This is what I am known for in<br />

my job,” said Nascembeni, who is a general<br />

manager at the North Shore Music Theatre<br />

in Beverly.<br />

This year, she wants to fill the Meeting<br />

House with music. Nascembeni would like<br />

to bring Voices of Hope, a local organization<br />

that performs carols and raises money for<br />

cancer research. She is also hoping to involve<br />

high-school or junior-high-school students<br />

and create a coffee house upstairs, where they<br />

could perform Christmas songs or original<br />

tunes, to keep the space vibrant.<br />

They might put a tent outside,<br />

Nascembeni said, for people who are older<br />

and can’t go up the stairs to the second floor<br />

of the Meeting House.<br />

The Country Store subcommittee would<br />

also like to partner with other groups, like<br />

the Garden Club and Centre Club, that<br />

usually sell raffle tickets to raise funds for<br />

scholarships.<br />

Preparations go for months for just<br />

one magical day, Nascembeni said, and it<br />

takes dozens of helpers from the town and<br />

from other places to put the Country Store<br />

together. Her friends from Melrose, Beverly,<br />

Danvers, Haverhill and Andover who used to<br />

help her make wreaths and other greens have<br />

made visiting the Country Store a holiday<br />

“I<br />

n the past we<br />

have donated<br />

wreaths, but I want<br />

an activity with<br />

an end goal. Just<br />

spreading love to<br />

each other.<br />

”<br />

tradition for their families as well.<br />

The event and the needed supplies are<br />

financed by the Historical Commission.<br />

Proceeds from the Country Store will go<br />

back to the town.<br />

Meanwhile, the organizing committee is<br />

keeping an eye on the COVID-19 statistics in<br />

the town. For now, they have confirmed that<br />

the Country Store will have a Santa Claus.<br />

“My late husband always took pictures<br />

of kids with Santa for decades,” Nascembeni<br />

said.<br />

Her husband was a Lynnfield-born<br />

photographer and a steward of the Meeting<br />

House.<br />

His mother, Edie Pope-Richard, and<br />

his father, Earl Richard, participated in the<br />

Country Store for decades as well. Earl<br />

Richard was the chairman of the greens. Edie<br />

manned the ham-and-beans table. His sister,<br />

Doreen DiFillippo, and her children have<br />

participated in the event as well.<br />

Nascembeni said that her late motherin-law,<br />

who grew up on Pope Farm on<br />

what is now the site of the Summer Street<br />

Elementary School, was one of the best<br />

historians of the town. She was the president<br />

of the Historical Society and the Centre<br />

Club for many years. Nascembeni has her<br />

collection of documents that she is planning<br />

to turn over to the town. Pope-Richard died<br />

in 2017 at the age of 90.<br />

Tragically, in March of 2020, Nascembeni,<br />

her husband and his 99-year-old father<br />

contracted COVID-19. Steve Richard died<br />

from the virus on March 24, 2020 at the<br />

age of 58. His father died just five days later.<br />

Nascembeni spent 31 days in a medicallyinduced<br />

coma, followed by months of<br />

recovery before finally returning home.<br />

Nascembeni grew up in Springfield in<br />

an entertainment family. In her big musical<br />

family, any holiday meant lots of food,<br />

laughter and songs.<br />

“I came out of the womb singing and<br />

performing,” said Nascembeni.<br />

Nascembeni went to college for<br />

broadcasting and worked in radio, TV<br />

and insurance afterwards. Now, she is the<br />

general manager of the North Shore Music<br />

Theatre and the right hand of its owner and<br />

producer, Bill Hanney. She has been with<br />

the company since 2010. She is also the<br />

voice of the theatre, figuratively and literally,<br />

doing a lot of voiceovers for the radio and<br />

TV advertisements, representing it at a lot of<br />

chambers, tourism organizations, and taking<br />

care of government and city relations.<br />

She is very community-oriented,<br />

Nascembeni said. She belongs to more than<br />

a dozen chambers on the North Shore, in<br />

Rhode Island and on the Cape.<br />

“I can pull an event in no time,” said<br />

Nascembeni about her expertise and<br />

organizational skills.<br />

She loves putting on a show for the<br />

benefit of the people who are coming to see<br />

it, seeing the joy it brings them and the smiles<br />

on their faces. Whether it is a dinner party or<br />

the Country Store, she does it as if it is show<br />

time, Nascembeni said.<br />

“I never want to go through life dry,” said<br />

Nascembeni. “I’ve always enjoyed having<br />

fun and laughing. After everything I went<br />

through and my near-death experience and<br />

losing my husband and father-in-law, and<br />

almost my own life, it only makes me want<br />

to celebrate life more, because it would be a<br />

disrespect to my husband's memory and to<br />

the doctors and nurses who saved me.<br />

“So I am smiling again. It is not that I<br />

don’t have sadness every day because I do but<br />

I appreciate how fragile life is and I live every<br />

day to the fullest.”

28 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

Painters in person<br />

Artist Eddie Bruckner says his work seeks to illustrate the illusion of mosaic tile.<br />


Eddie Bruckner owns the fine-art studio that bears his name in Needham.<br />


When the Lynnfield Art<br />

Guild (LAG) opened<br />

"Creativity on Parade"<br />

at the Beebe Estate<br />

Gallery in Melrose, the debut marked a<br />

pandemic landmark for the arts group and<br />

a creative release for painters and other<br />

artists eager to have people see their work<br />

up close and in person.<br />

LAG was able to host shows virtually<br />

up until this point, and Guild President<br />

Dan Abenaim said it was tough to hold<br />

shows via Zoom.<br />

"For those 18 months (of the<br />

COVID-19 pandemic), it was like<br />

watching 'Gone with The Wind' or 'Star<br />

Wars' on a 12-inch, black-and-white<br />

TV: lucky to see them at all, but not the<br />

same as full-color Cinemascope," he said.<br />

"The impact of seeing the real paintings<br />

on the walls of a beautiful venue like the<br />

Beebe Estate is almost physical — you<br />

are assaulted by multiple stimuli of beauty<br />

and forms that make you appreciate the<br />

magnificent power of imagination."<br />

"Creativity on Parade" displayed<br />

through October at the Beebe and LAG's<br />

busy fall schedule also included unveiling<br />

local watercolor artist and member Patricia<br />

(Pat) O’Connor as LAG's latest featured<br />

artist. O'Connor has been painting for<br />

more than 40 years in all mediums, starting<br />

in oil and acrylics and now specializing in<br />

watercolor.<br />

The Arts Guild also presented a<br />

demonstration from pop artist Eddie<br />

Bruckner on Oct. 21. Bruckner, the owner<br />

of Eddie Bruckner Fine Art in Needham,<br />

is all about having fun when it comes to<br />

his work.<br />

"My artwork is about having fun,<br />

bringing a smile to people’s faces and at<br />

the same time, providing a unique way of<br />

experiencing some of our most familiar<br />

objects, places or people," he said. "My<br />

work focuses on lines, shapes and the<br />

integration of an illusion of mosaic tile.<br />

I am inspired to use these techniques<br />

to create visual parallels of my world<br />

impressions."<br />

Creating art has been a lifelong passion<br />

for Bruckner.<br />

"I’ve always loved art," he said. "I’ve<br />

been an artist all my life, mostly selftaught.<br />

I want my audience to personally<br />

connect to my art and enjoy the<br />

experience."<br />

“Art has always been a part of my life,"<br />

she said. "I love to travel, cook, and work<br />

with my hands doing sewing, knitting and,<br />

of course, painting in various mediums

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over the past 40-plus years. In my free time<br />

I have been involved in various community<br />

and professional activities all my life. I love<br />

working with people.”<br />

O'Connor added that both her painting<br />

and the friends she has made with the<br />

Lynnfield Art Guild have sustained her<br />

through many difficult times and have<br />

brought much joy into her life.<br />

Abenaim said that he is grateful for the<br />

support from the Beebe Estate, adding that<br />

more arts venues like theirs are needed. The<br />

president also touched upon the theme of<br />

the exhibition, "Creativity on Parade," and<br />

the importance of creative expression for<br />

everyone, not just artists.<br />

"Creativity is essential for everybody,"<br />

said Abenaim. "Sure, it is on display when<br />

you see a painting or a movie or a play, but<br />

it is also on display when you don't have<br />

all the ingredients for a recipe and you<br />

make do with what you have, or when you<br />

are closed by a pandemic and you reinvent<br />

yourself to survive and strive."<br />

You can see LAG's, O'Connor's, and<br />

Bruckner's work and learn more about<br />

upcoming events at www.lynnfieldarts.org.<br />


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30 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

A town tale of the tape<br />

U.S. Census population count 2010: 11,596<br />

Census count 2020: 13,000<br />

Percent of population under 5 years old: 5.7 percent<br />

Percent of population 65 years and older: 19.7 percent<br />

Percent of population Black or African American: 1.2 percent<br />

Percent of population Hispanic or Latino: 2.4 percent<br />

Veterans, 2015-2019: 489<br />

Percentage of foreign-born residents, 2015-2019: 7.8 percent<br />

Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019: $670,700<br />

Average number of persons per household, 2015-2019: 2.81<br />

Percentage of persons 25 years and older holding a bachelor's degree<br />

or higher, 2015-2019: 55.1 percent<br />

Percentage of residents under 65 years old without health insurance:<br />

1.6 percent<br />

Percentage of women residents, 16 years and older, in the workforce,<br />

2015-2019: 60 percent<br />

Average travel time to work, 2015-2019: 32.5 minutes<br />

Median household income, 2015-2019: $128,641<br />

Percentage of residents in poverty: 2 percent<br />

Source: 2020 US Census.

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Helping hands<br />

for a healthier<br />

Lynnfield<br />


Peg Sallade is a substance-use prevention coordinator and organizer for A Healthy Lynnfield.<br />


When Lynnfield took a step<br />

to proactively address the<br />

opioid epidemic and formed<br />

its Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition,<br />

known as A Healthy Lynnfield (AHL),<br />

the town hired Margaret “Peg” Sallade,<br />

a designated substance-abuse prevention<br />

coordinator.<br />

With her knowledge and years of<br />

experience with public-health campaigns,<br />

community partnerships and substance-use<br />

prevention, Sallade is the engine and the<br />

glue behind AHL. That said, she is very<br />

modest and strictly business when it comes to<br />

describing her role in the coalition.<br />

“Selectman [Phil] Crawford gets the<br />

credit for originally convening the group.<br />

He looked around and understood that<br />

many coalitions on the North Shore<br />

had community-health partnerships and<br />

Lynnfield did not and really called the<br />

community together initially to address the<br />

opiate crisis,” said Sallade. “And then, to keep<br />

the group going and to really put together a<br />

local plan, they brought me in, and we did<br />

some grant writing and some convening<br />

and building of the partnership with people<br />

around the table to address substance-use<br />

prevention in Lynnfield.”<br />

Sallade grew up in a very small, rural town<br />

in the Catskills in New York.<br />

“I think that’s shaped my sense of<br />

community and really working to give back to<br />

the community throughout my life,” she said.<br />

She went to the Pennsylvania State<br />

University and earned a degree in health<br />

education. Sallade spent the first years after<br />

college doing work-site health promotion<br />

with a company in Boston. Her job included<br />

cholesterol screenings, blood-pressure<br />

screenings, and work-site wellness-program<br />

offerings.<br />

After six years in corporate-health<br />

promotion, she decided to move to<br />

community-based health. Sallade attributes<br />

her interest in substance-use prevention to<br />

a course on alcoholism she took in college.<br />

That course was based on research by E.M.<br />

Jellinek, who was responsible for looking at<br />

the disease model of substance use.<br />

Sallade remembers going to Alcoholics<br />

Anonymous (AA) meetings as a part of<br />

her class curriculum. She was struck by a<br />

realization of how misframed alcoholism was<br />

in the public because it was not known as a<br />

disease. That sparked her interest in being<br />

able to help individuals who had a substanceuse<br />

disorder.<br />

In the early 1990s, Sallade started working<br />

for the Center for Addictive Behaviors in

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Salem, which is now known as Beth Israel<br />

Lahey Health Behavioral Services. Her<br />

work at the center was funded under the<br />

Massachusetts tobacco-control program.<br />

“My role really was to help communities<br />

form local partnerships, and to look at how<br />

to shape local health policies to reduce<br />

smoking,” said Sallade. “I learned a lot in that<br />

role, both in terms of how public funding and<br />

mass media and policy can really make an<br />

impact on the health of the public.”<br />

The Massachusetts tobacco-control<br />

program was one of the most successful<br />

public-health campaigns that really<br />

did reduce smoking rates, Sallade said.<br />

She worked with local boards of health<br />

encouraging them to support tobacco policies<br />

to protect the health of the public.<br />

“It was really my first experience in<br />

understanding how many different facets of<br />

a community can really make an impact on<br />

public health,” said Sallade.<br />

She worked with young people to show<br />

them how they can talk to their boards of<br />

health and advocate to make restaurants<br />

smoke-free. Sallade believes that local<br />

communities can absolutely use their voice in<br />

making the change.<br />

“And now, you know, years later we see a<br />

lot of those repeat strategies with flavoredtobacco<br />

products,” said Sallade.<br />

The industry came up with a different<br />

product, but the strategy to protect the health<br />

of the public is the same.<br />

“It really depends on local communities<br />

having a voice in making that change,” said<br />

Sallade.<br />

Sallade's career saw her work for the<br />

Reading Coalition for Prevention and<br />

Support, Healthy Waltham and Danvers<br />

Cares, which are all examples of community<br />

partnerships. She said that all of these<br />

organizations have evolved over the years.<br />

They have been reshaped by different people,<br />

different funding sources, sometimes different<br />

topics, but they still exist as a local group of<br />

community people that have expertise and<br />

want to make changes to impact health in<br />

their community.<br />

“My role is really sort of a convener and<br />

a guide to leverage the skills that exist within<br />

a community to shape change. Change is a<br />

word we often use,” said Sallade.<br />

She joined AHL in 2018.<br />

Sallade’s approach to substance-use<br />

prevention is focused on helping young<br />

people make healthy decisions.<br />

“If young people delay their first use,<br />

they’re less likely to experience any issues<br />

with addiction,” Sallade said. “Any use before<br />

age 25 is not healthy for a growing brain.”<br />

And it is not always directly about drug<br />

education. Sallade said that prevention is<br />

very multifaceted. To be resilient and healthy,<br />

youths need to have strong connections with<br />

adults, opportunities to engage and give back<br />

to the community, and ability to use their<br />

voices in decisions for things that impact them.<br />

“It’s really about how we build supports in<br />

the community for young people,” she said.<br />

Sallade thinks that the real strength of<br />

Lynnfield as a community is that the town<br />

already has a lot of good programs and<br />

services for youth. AHL has also started a<br />

youth-leadership program, coordinated by<br />

Julie Greene, and formed a youth council<br />

that will plan and implement prevention<br />

strategies among adults through civic<br />

engagement, education, media campaigns,<br />

and volunteerism.<br />

The council has 10 paid positions for<br />

Lynnfield youths, and about 35 high-school<br />

students in total meet twice a month. There<br />

is also a youth group for Lynnfield Middle<br />

School students.<br />

One of the examples of how youth can<br />

promote and model good decision-making<br />

for their peers was the “Above the Influence”<br />

campaign with a subtitle “21 reasons to<br />

stay above the influence.” Lynnfield high<br />

schoolers created a video with<br />

reasons they would choose not to use<br />

substances.<br />

As part of that campaign, AHL<br />

invited businesses that are licensed to<br />

sell or serve alcohol to pledge not to<br />

sell alcohol to underage kids, Sallade<br />

said. All such businesses chose to get<br />

involved, and the coalition thanked<br />

them for not selling to minors with a<br />

certificate.<br />

“It really does take a village.<br />

Everybody plays a different role in<br />

supporting youth in the community<br />

in a different role in substance-use<br />

prevention,” said Sallade, including<br />

community residents, town employees<br />

and businesses.<br />

At the same time, part of Sallade’s<br />

approach when working in a new<br />

community is to do an assessment<br />

of current conditions and needs of<br />

the community and to find gaps. In<br />

Lynnfield, such a gap was a mentalhealth<br />

referral and resource line. AHL<br />

contracted William James College to<br />

provide Lynnfield residents with access<br />

to its Interface help line.<br />

Interface is staffed by clinical<br />

professionals who can help community<br />

members access various outpatient<br />

resources, including mental-health<br />

counseling.<br />

“This is one-stop shopping,”<br />

Sallade said. “You can make a phone call,<br />

provide information and they help match<br />

your insurance and your availability and your<br />

need with someone who's able to provide<br />

counseling.”<br />

Interface services are paid by the<br />

town through the two federal grants<br />

that AHL has received. One grant, A<br />

Drug Free Communities Grant, comes<br />

from the Substance Use Mental Health<br />

Services Administration. The other one is<br />

a Partnerships for Success Grant from the<br />

Centers for Disease Control.<br />

AHL holds public meetings once a<br />

month that bring various people from the<br />

community with different expertise together.<br />

“That’s what coalition, that’s what<br />

partnership work is,” said Sallade. “We<br />

have treatment agencies, we have the faith<br />

community, we have the YMCA, we have so<br />

many different experts at the table to work<br />

on this issue together. That’s a big piece of<br />

coalition work and that’s new for Lynnfield.”<br />

Sallade said that the town has been very<br />

supportive.<br />

“And we really would not be here without<br />

the leadership of Phil Crawford, who<br />

founded the organization,” she added.<br />

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Powering up, Crawford style<br />

By Anne Marie Tobin<br />

Lynnfield power couple Phil and Ellen Crawford stand near the back porch of their home.<br />


WINTER <strong>2021</strong> | 35<br />

Every community has one. You<br />

know, that power couple that<br />

everyone knows by their first<br />

names.<br />

In Lynnfield, that couple is Phil and Ellen,<br />

as in Phil and Ellen Rubbico Crawford.<br />

The North Reading natives moved to<br />

Lynnfield in 1987, four years after the former<br />

North Reading Middle School sweethearts<br />

said their "I do's."<br />

Since then, the duo has been involved in<br />

all things Lynnfield. You name it, they're on it.<br />

And have done it.<br />

From volunteering in the schools to youth<br />

and high-school sports to a myriad of charities,<br />

to Rotary, the senior council and town<br />

boards and committees, to leading a grassroots<br />

effort to build MarketStreet Lynnfield,<br />

simply put, if it's happening here, count on<br />

Phil and Ellen to be there, front and center.<br />

Ellen, who was honored at the fall Town<br />

Meeting with the <strong>2021</strong> Daniel Townsend<br />

Award for Excellence, says it all begins with<br />

family.<br />

"I am very much my mother's (Barbara<br />

Rubbico's) daughter," said Ellen. "I grew up<br />

in a family of 10 kids and my mother and<br />

father (Joe) were always there to support us.<br />

I attribute my work ethic and belief that it is<br />

so important to help out in the community to<br />

my parents. I'm passionate about doing whatever<br />

I can to help improve the quality of life<br />

in our town, as so many others have done."<br />

Crawford's contributions to the community<br />

and the real-estate industry have been recognized<br />

on countless other occasions. She is a<br />

three-time Platinum Club Award honoree, a<br />

Double Centurion Award honoree.<br />

Her activism began when the couple's<br />

children — Jimmy, Ashley, Britnay and Nicole<br />

— enrolled in the Lynnfield Public Schools.<br />

"Schools depend on volunteers for so<br />

many things and I've always felt that it's<br />

important to do whatever it takes to make the<br />

schools the best they can be," Crawford said.<br />

"To do that, you have to give your time. It's<br />

extremely satisfying."<br />

Crawford served as a PTO member from<br />

1990-2009 and chaired the Summer Street<br />

School Pumpkin Fair and Auction for 12<br />

years, raising more than $200,000 for several<br />

school-improvement projects, including<br />

playground equipment and media-center<br />

upgrades.<br />

Active with the Lynnfield Athletic<br />

Association and Moving On ceremonies at<br />

both the Summer Street and middle schools<br />

and the Post-Prom Committee at the high<br />

school, Crawford was also a key member of<br />

the district's 2000 and <strong>2021</strong> school-building<br />

improvement projects.<br />

A member of the Friends of the Lynnfield<br />

Senior Center and the Friends of the Lynnfield<br />

Library, Crawford is an active member<br />

of the Village Home & Club and serves on<br />

the board of Townscape, an organization<br />

that has worked to upgrade Glen Meadow<br />

Park, Jordan Park, Newhall Park and Forest<br />

Hill Cemetery. She has taught CCD classes<br />

at St. Maria Goretti Church for 16 years and<br />

is an active Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative<br />

parishioner and donor.<br />

Phil attributes much of the couple's success<br />

to their complementary personalities.<br />

"From the time we first met, we had<br />

opposite personalities," he said. "Ellen is<br />

intense and I'm a low-stress guy. I have thick<br />

skin; things just roll off my back. I'd rather go<br />

through life with a smile on my face; that's<br />

just my personality."<br />

Phil's contributions to the community run<br />

a parallel course to those of his spouse. It all<br />

started with — you guessed it — family.<br />

"I've always been athletic so it was no<br />

surprise that our kids were, so whatever sport<br />

they played, I coached," he said.<br />

In 1993, Phil took Lynnfield youth

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basketball to another level, establishing the<br />

Lynnfield-Peabody Basketball program with<br />

Peabody's Kenny Sasso and Jack Vecchione.<br />

"My kids and a lot of other Lynnfield kids<br />

all loved to play at a higher level than we had<br />

at the old Lynnfield YMCA, so we needed to<br />

do something," he said.<br />

Phil said he was also working with Ellen<br />

on "all the school stuff." He branched out to<br />

other town initiatives, including the Fields<br />

Committee, a committee that was the driving<br />

force behind the high school turf field<br />

complex. Phil served one year as chair before<br />

handing the reins over to former Select<br />

Board member Arthur Bourque.<br />

"We went from the worst facility on the<br />

North Shore to the best. Our fields were<br />

embarrassingly bad at the time," he said. "We<br />

knew with the added revenue we'd have with<br />

MarketStreet that this was our opportunity to<br />

bring in the best facility in New England. The<br />

entire project was paid (for) with Market-<br />

Street meals taxes and didn't cost the town a<br />

single penny."<br />

Phil's first real opportunity to get involved<br />

in town government came in 2005.<br />

"Patty Moore was the chair of the Finance<br />

Committee and asked me if I had any interest<br />

in coming on board, and I said I did and<br />

served on the committee until Al Merritt was<br />

ill and he asked me to take his place on the<br />

Select Board in 2011. I served as chair that<br />

first year and have been there ever since."<br />

Phil was also a key player in the town's<br />

purchase of Centre Farm.<br />

"I don't remember when, but I was chair of<br />

the Select Board and got an emergency call<br />

at the lake. The caller said 'you have to come<br />

home and buy the farm.' A developer wanted<br />

to demolish the buildings and put up three<br />

house lots. I knew there was a lot of support<br />

for the town to buy it, but was stunned when<br />

the town voted to buy it, 590-10. Imagine that<br />

many people would come to a Town Meeting."<br />

A couple of other projects Phil is proud<br />

of are the resolution of the Perley Burrill<br />

impasse and the increased funding for road<br />

repairs and maintenance.<br />

"That took six years to clean up, but now<br />

there is a beautiful house instead of the eyesore<br />

it had become and the dangers it posed<br />

to that neighborhood," Phil said. "And the<br />

roads? Between the state money coming in<br />

MarketStreet opening, we were able to double<br />

what we were spending up to over $1 million.<br />

My philosophy has always been to do what<br />

it is in the best interests of the town and its<br />

residents, always about the quality of life."<br />

Perhaps Phil's most satisfying contribution<br />

Ellen and Phil Crawford have each carved out a niche on the town's main stages.<br />

to the community — one that will help keep<br />

the town's youth safe and healthy — is A<br />

Healthy Lynnfield, an organization he founded<br />

in 2017 that is committed to raising awareness<br />

of substance-use disorder through education.<br />

"We had so many drug overdoses and<br />

deaths due to substance abuse and nothing<br />

was being done on an organized level so we<br />

knew we had to do something," Phil said.<br />

"We started talking to people in Danvers and<br />

Wakefield who had started initiatives. I still<br />

remember we had what I called 'A Call to<br />

Action' and more than 40 people showed up<br />

to the first meeting. It was an eye-opener as<br />

people really needed this at a time when they<br />

were pretty much powerless on their own."<br />

The couple grew up in North Reading. Phil<br />

said he had his eye on Ellen while they were<br />

in middle school. Phil was 13. Ellen was 12.<br />

"A friend of Phil's named Paul asked me<br />

out," she said. "But instead of going out with<br />

Paul, after I met Phil, I decided to go out with<br />

him instead; that was the beginning."<br />

After high school, Phil headed west to the<br />

University of Massachusetts, where he majored<br />

in business administration and finance.<br />

Ellen enrolled at Mass Bay Community<br />

College. While she had planned to become a<br />

court stenographer, she switched gears and<br />

became a paralegal at a Malden law firm<br />

specializing in real estate, a decision that paid<br />

off handsomely when she started working in<br />

real estate 10 years ago.<br />

These days Ellen is busier than ever,<br />

working as a top producer in an explosive<br />

real-estate market for William Raveis Real<br />

Estate, and, of course, putting in at least<br />

another full-time week devoted to her charitable<br />

activities.<br />

Phil, who has five siblings, is co-owner<br />

of A.A. Dority, a family-owned surety bond<br />

business started by his great-great grandfather<br />

in 1899.<br />

"We're both fourth-generation and now<br />

my son, Jimmy, makes it five," Phil said.<br />

When not volunteering or working, Ellen<br />

finds time to play competitive tennis, while<br />

Phil squeezes in as many rounds of golf as he<br />

can and also plays in an adult-soccer league.<br />

Perhaps the one role the Crawfords relish<br />

most these days is spending time with their<br />

three grandchildren, either at home, at the<br />

family's vacation home in New Hampshire,<br />

or at community events.<br />

"That was the plan: to have kids while we<br />

were young," said Phil. "We didn't want to<br />

be old grandparents, so I guess you could<br />

say it worked the way we hoped it would.<br />

We are having the time of our lives with our<br />

grandkids and I'd like to think they will learn<br />

the importance of giving back the same way<br />

we did from our parents. It's never too early<br />

to learn."

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She runs Summer Street with a smile<br />


Karen Cronin has gotten<br />

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Street School's principal's<br />

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Karen Cronin immediately<br />

set a goal when she followed<br />

outgoing Principal Dr. Karen<br />

Dwyer in August into the<br />

Summer Street Elementary School: She<br />

wanted to not only learn how to be a good<br />

principal, she wanted to learn how to be the<br />

best principal.<br />

Dwyer resigned to accept a position<br />

at Uxbridge Public Schools as assistant<br />

superintendent of curriculum, instruction,<br />

and accountability and Cronin has had a<br />

busy two months.<br />

“It has been very busy because there<br />

is so much to learn, and it's not so much<br />

as learning the job as a principal but it's<br />

learning the job of Lynnfield, Summer Street<br />

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families, and this staff,” she said.<br />

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and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.<br />

She began her career as an elementaryschool<br />

teacher, teaching at all grade levels<br />

ranging from first to sixth grade. She moved<br />

on to become the assistant principal at the<br />

Center School in Stow. Cronin also taught in<br />

the Billerica and Newton districts, as well as<br />

a district in Arizona.<br />

Cronin spent 19 years as an elementaryschool<br />

teacher, straddling general and special<br />

education. She was also an assistant principal<br />

at an elementary school in the Nashoba<br />

Valley Regional School District, and most<br />

recently she was the principal of the North<br />

Street School for four years in the Tewksbury<br />

Public Schools.<br />

In introducing Cronin to Summer Street<br />

School teachers and parents, Superintendent<br />

of Lynnfield Schools Kristen Vogel said<br />

Cronin "brings many years of experience,<br />

both as an elementary-classroom teacher and<br />

administrator, to Lynnfield.<br />

"She comes to us with four years<br />

experience as a principal and another six in<br />

administration. The first day she met the<br />

administrative-leadership team, she just<br />

dove into the work and she did the same at<br />

the meet-and-greet we held for her to meet<br />

parents and students," said Vogel.<br />

Three of Cronin's children are attending<br />

college — at the University of Maine-Orono,<br />

Southern New Hampshire University, and<br />

Syracuse University — and the youngest is in<br />

high school.<br />

“By being a parent, and being a parent<br />

to four children that had very different<br />

experiences and approaching their learning<br />

has helped me understand where parents are<br />

coming from,” said Cronin.<br />

Cronin and her husband, Michael, love to<br />

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with their children when they were young by<br />

taking a pop-up trailer and going camping.<br />

They started small by staying local and going<br />

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One summer, they decided as a family to<br />

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“The United States is so big and so<br />

diverse and it's so important for them (her<br />

kids) to see what New England was like,”<br />

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This summer, the Cronin family rounded<br />

off their goal with a trip to Hawaii.<br />

Cronin will continue to learn about her<br />

new students and teachers and help them<br />

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about a balloon traveling the world, having no<br />

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As a part of her class, she was asked to write<br />

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Rocco said she was thinking of story ideas, but<br />

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"I had my sister and my dad help me draw<br />

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The book begins in just black and white, but<br />

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"As the balloon travels, it begins to see the<br />

world in color, so the pictures go from black and<br />

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This story was turned into a published children's<br />

book, one that Rocco said she is so proud<br />

of and excited about.<br />

Rocco is now a junior at Stonehill College,<br />

studying early-childhood education.<br />

In her freshman year, she took another children's<br />

literature course where she was required to<br />

publish a children's book of her own.<br />

Since she had already written her own story in<br />

high school, Rocco worked with her professor to<br />

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publish her book.<br />

It is now available as a hard copy and online,<br />

and can be seen being read by her family and<br />

friends, previous teachers, and elementary<br />

schools in Lynnfield.<br />

"In high school, it was just a hard copy. But<br />

when I got to college, I had the opportunity to<br />

make it digital and add in pictures and type in<br />

the text so I could sell it online for people to buy,"<br />

Rocco said. "It was really cool."<br />

When she began writing this, Rocco said she<br />

was unsure of the plot of the story and where it<br />

would go.<br />

Once she started writing, however, she said she<br />

just went with it.<br />

She started writing with the little boy releasing<br />

the balloon, then came up with the idea of the<br />

balloon visiting famous landmarks, such as the<br />

Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Great Wall of<br />

China.<br />

She then came up with the idea of incorporating<br />

the black and white to color theme, which she<br />

said reminded her of "The Wizard of Oz."<br />

The little boy buys the balloon at a balloon<br />

stand with his grandfather in New York City, and<br />

they name it Cherry.<br />

One day, the little boy sets Cherry free, telling<br />

the balloon to go chase its dreams.<br />

"I realized I could make it a lesson for kids to<br />

chase their dreams," Rocco said.<br />

The balloon traveled all around the world, but<br />

found its way home to the little boy at the end.<br />

"As the balloon goes around the world, the<br />

kids reading it can recognize where it is and learn<br />

about all these places," Rocco said. "The whole<br />

book rhymes, so it's kind of like a song and it's<br />

educational."<br />

Rocco said she got so carried away with this<br />

story that she wrote it all in one sitting.<br />

"I've never done anything in one sitting<br />

before, but for some reason, when I was writing<br />

the book, I just sat in bed and all of these things<br />

started flowing out," Rocco said. "I was just like<br />

'oh my gosh I think I have a good story here.'"<br />

When it was published, Rocco posted the<br />

book on a Lynnfield community page on Facebook,<br />

and people started buying it.<br />

"It's kind of crazy," Rocco said.<br />

She also gave a copy to her grandmother,<br />

which was read at her nursing home.<br />

"I want the next step for this book to be<br />

exposure," Rocco said. "I feel like I have enough<br />

if I want to take it to the next step and bring it<br />

outside of Lynnfield for any teachers to use it."<br />

One of the best parts about publishing this<br />

book, Rocco said, is that the kids love it.<br />

She said parents will tell her their kids love it<br />

and she'll sign some books for them.<br />

Rocco does have plans to write more books<br />

about Cherry the balloon, when things slow<br />

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She is hoping to write books that focus on one<br />

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"I want to do something like 'Goodnight<br />

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Rocco was on an Individualized Education<br />

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like a tribute to how thankful she is for the education<br />

she got in Lynnfield and what the teachers<br />

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"Seeing them (her teachers) getting the book<br />

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"Now I'm in college writing this book. I always<br />

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Lynnfield resident Matthew Ciampa<br />

may only be in high school, but his list of<br />

accomplishments is already enough to fill<br />

out a pretty impressive resume — a resume<br />

he hopes will lead him to a career with the<br />

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).<br />

At the age of 14, Ciampa was enjoying<br />

his summer prior to entering St. John's<br />

Preparatory School when his mother,<br />

Kathleen, came up with an idea to help Ciampa<br />

beef up his leadership skills: Sign up<br />

for the FBI National Academy Associates<br />

Youth Leadership Program.<br />

"I thought it was pretty cool after Mom<br />

brought it up, but at the time I was really<br />

only looking at the leadership aspect, not so<br />

much the law-enforcement component, so<br />

I ended up doing some research on it and it<br />

looked really interesting," Ciampa said.<br />

Ciampa's next step was to find a sponsor.<br />

He didn't have to look very far.<br />

"Matt reached out to me after doing<br />

some research and asked me to sponsor<br />

him for the national program at Quantico,<br />

which is extremely competitive and<br />

selective," said Peabody Police Chief Tom<br />

Griffin, who serves on the executive board<br />

of the National Academy of Associates,<br />

an association that includes graduates of<br />

the FBI's Leadership Academy, an intense<br />

and highly-selective three-month training<br />

program for law-enforcement officials.<br />

"I believe there are only 22 kids in the<br />

entire country who are accepted into the<br />

program each year," Griffin said. "Matt is a<br />

great kid with great character, just what you<br />

like to see in youth today."<br />

While Ciampa wasn't accepted into the<br />

national program, he regrouped, and applied<br />

to the New England Youth Leadership<br />

Program at Dean College, a program<br />

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Organized by the New England<br />

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the week-long activity was an intensive<br />

glimpse into the world of law enforcement<br />

and its role in the criminal-justice system.<br />

Students learned about the importance of<br />

finding common ground between communities<br />

and their public-safety officials, as<br />

well as numerous other aspects of leadership,<br />

and personal and financial responsibility.<br />

The week concluded with a graduation<br />

ceremony.<br />

"I was very surprised when Chief Griffin<br />

came to the graduation; he's just a great<br />

person," Ciampa said. "I've seen him from<br />

time to time at community events at the<br />

Prep, but it was great to get to know him<br />

through this experience."<br />

"As a member of the executive board<br />

of the national associates, I thought it was<br />

important to attend and see all of these<br />

outstanding young people," said Griffin. "It<br />

was quite an honor and I couldn't be more<br />

proud of these kids. We police often see<br />

kids going in the wrong direction, so it's<br />

nice to see a kid going strong in the right<br />

direction like Matt."<br />

The students split their time between<br />

Dean, Gillette Stadium and the Foxboro<br />

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charge to the students, who were housed in<br />

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eye-opening experience," said Ciampa.<br />

"It definitely sparked interest in different<br />

career paths that I hadn't really thought<br />

about. I ended up thinking that maybe law<br />

enforcement could be a career, like working<br />

in the FBI. Honestly, I was really looking<br />

forward to the next year when I could go<br />

through the program again."<br />

Unfortunately for Ciampa, the coronavirus<br />

pandemic had other ideas, causing the<br />

2020 program to be held virtually.<br />

"We still had some great lectures, but<br />

it really wasn't the same as we missed a lot<br />

of cool experiences," Ciampa said. "They<br />

couldn't bring in the SWAT vans and<br />

equipment or the copters, which was too<br />

bad. We were told they also tried to set up<br />

a surprise visit from (Red Sox Manager)<br />

Alex Cora, but that didn't work out."<br />

The silver lining for Ciampa?<br />

"It was a lot easier getting up in the<br />

morning to Zoom," Ciampa said. "When<br />

it was in-person, the drill sergeant had us<br />

up in line at 5 a.m. every morning, so not<br />

having to do that was a positive thing for<br />

all of us."<br />

Ciampa said he still stays in touch with<br />

his roommate, who now attends UMass-Amherst.<br />

While for now Ciampa is focused<br />

on getting his varsity volleyball game in<br />

good shape for the Eagles' spring season,<br />

he is also working for a second year as a<br />

big-buddy volunteer in the Massachusetts<br />

General Hospital for Children's Food<br />

Allergy Buddy program.<br />

"I was diagnosed at a very young age<br />

with a nut allergy, but I've grown out of it<br />

to some extent," said Ciampa. "Having had<br />

the allergy all my life, I've been very lucky<br />

in that I never really stressed about it as it<br />

was all I know."<br />

Ciampa is also whittling down the list<br />

of colleges he will be applying to this fall.<br />

Among his top destinations are Boston<br />

College, the University of Pennsylvania and<br />

the University of California at Berkeley,<br />

where Ciampa participated in a two-week<br />

business program as a seventh grader. Ciampa<br />

said he's extremely comfortable with<br />

Boston College, having attended many<br />

hockey and football games with relatives<br />

who have attended the school.<br />

"The FBI says you can go into the<br />

bureau with any major, so I am thinking<br />

about a business major," he said. "If I had<br />

to say where I may see myself under the<br />

business umbrella, I'd probably say forensic<br />

accounting."<br />

Ciampa has turned his business and<br />

leadership acumen in other directions. At<br />

the ripe old age of 12, Ciampa turned a<br />

lifelong passion for helping children with<br />

food allergies stay safe into his own online<br />

company, Treasure Socks, which makes<br />

specially-designed socks with a secure<br />

pocket for children to store their medicines,<br />

money, keys, IDs and other possessions.<br />

"I'm one of six million children in the<br />

United States who lives with a life-threatening<br />

allergy," Ciampi said. "That means I<br />

need to carry my medicine with me every<br />

time I leave the house and sometimes that's<br />

tricky for a kid. When I was 12 years old, I<br />

struggled because there was no easy way to<br />

carry my epinephrine with me all the time.<br />

That's why I invented Treasure Socks."<br />

A lifelong resident of Lynnfield, Ciampa<br />

lives with his mother, his father, John,<br />

and younger brothers Brendan, who is an<br />

eighth grader at the Prep's middle school,<br />

and Nick, a fourth grader at the Summer<br />

Street Elementary School.<br />

A portion of every pair of Treasure<br />

Socks sold is donated to Food Allergy<br />

Research and Education (FARE).

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46 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

Ella Gizmunt<br />

makes her mark<br />

on the court<br />


COURT KILLER — Ella Gizmunt helped push up Lynnfield High volleyball's power rankings.<br />


For Lynnfield High junior Ella Gizmunt,<br />

volleyball is a year-round affair. And boy, has<br />

it been a great year.<br />

"She just keeps getting better by the<br />

day," Lynnfield coach Brent Ashley said of<br />

Gizmunt. "Since her freshman year, she's just<br />

grown by leaps and bounds. At the rate she's<br />

going, the sky's the limit for her."<br />

The stellar year started last fall, when<br />

Gizmunt helped lead the Pioneers to a oneloss<br />

record and a Cape Ann League title in<br />

a strange, COVID-shortened season. Only a<br />

sophomore, she led the team in kills, aces and<br />

serving percentage. Gizmunt tallied 158 kills<br />

across 28 sets, hitting at a 47.7-percent rate.<br />

Gizmunt — who was only the second<br />

player in program history to start as a freshman<br />

— then carried that momentum into the<br />

winter, spring and summer, when she played<br />

with her AAU team, SMASH 16U. It was<br />

there that she helped establish herself as a<br />

true college prospect while also helping lead<br />

the team to a national championship — beating<br />

Sports Performance 16 C-Fed in Orlando,<br />

Fla. back in June.<br />

"I was playing in an environment with a<br />

lot of girls who are committed to college,"<br />

Gizmunt said of her experience in Orlando.<br />

"Taking that experience and bringing it back<br />

to Lynnfield, it’s helping build our team and<br />

shaping how we play."<br />

And the Pioneers have certainly been<br />

playing well this fall. Behind another stellar<br />

season from Gizmunt, the Pioneers, as of Oct.<br />

28, were 14-3 and the No. 2-ranked team in<br />

the Division 4 power rankings.<br />

Looking ahead, Gizmunt's senior season<br />

is set to be full of visits from collegiate scouts<br />

from all over the country. At 6-feet tall and<br />

with an amazing blend of power, athleticism<br />

and smarts — as well as a winning pedigree<br />

— Gizmunt is a dream prospect for any<br />

school.<br />

"To be honest, I'm just glad that we're<br />

going to have her here for another year," said<br />

Ashley. "She's going to get attention from

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schools all over the country, and she's for sure a<br />

Division I prospect. She has all the tools, so she'll<br />

have her pick of where she wants to go."<br />

But for now, Gizmunt is settling into her role<br />

as a team leader for the Pioneers. Now in her<br />

second season as a team captain, she's finding her<br />

voice both on and off the floor.<br />

"I’m starting to find my voice as I get older,"<br />

said Gizmunt. "When I see the ways my teammates<br />

can improve, it’s good for me to step in and<br />

help them out, to help make our team stronger."<br />

"Ella is exactly the kind of leader you want<br />

on your team," said Ashley. "She not only leads<br />

by example with her incredible play, but she also<br />

keeps the other girls together and focused on the<br />

task at hand."<br />

Both Gizmunt and Ashley are hoping that they<br />

can cross another item off of the list of goals this<br />

year, which is to win a state championship.<br />

Lynnfield's Ella<br />

Gizmunt soars<br />

in the air to<br />

spike the ball<br />

down on the<br />

Newburyport<br />

team's side of<br />

the court.<br />



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