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SPRING <strong>2022</strong><br />

VOL. 5, NO. 1


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INSIDE<br />

6 What's Up<br />

10 Fluff it up<br />

12 Pioneer spirit<br />

14 Best brothers<br />

15 Dynamic doer<br />

18 Cable guy<br />

21 Main Streeters<br />

26 Helping hands<br />

28 Illuminators<br />

30 House money<br />

32 Max miler<br />

34 Healing touch<br />

37 Busy Susan<br />

42 Relentless<br />

44 The Toni touch<br />

47 Pillings painted<br />

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Just another fluff piece<br />

Like most relationships, mine with Marshmallow Fluff is complicated.<br />

The affair started when I was young and continues to this day.<br />

One of my favorite childhood memories is the first time my mother packed a Fluffernutter for my school lunch.<br />

I was either in kindergarten, at Marian Court in Swampscott (yes, it was a kindergarten before it became a college<br />

before it became luxury condos), or in grammar school, at St. Joseph’s in Lynn – but that long-gone lunch can best<br />

be described as a holy mess.<br />

She wrapped my Fluffernutter in cellophane and stuffed it into a brown paper bag, and by the time I opened it<br />

at lunchtime it looked as though she had laminated the thing. When unwrapped, it oozed all over my hands and my<br />

desk and whatever else was nearby.<br />

It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship.<br />

I played Lynn Shore Little League, and we practiced at Kiley Park – about a block away from where the stuff<br />

was made, at the Durkee Mower plant on Empire Street. Walking or riding my bike past the place was not unlike<br />

my first visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A religious experience.<br />

I renew my vows with Fluff each year during Lent. Since I was a kid, I’ve given up dessert for Lent.<br />

Fluffernutters are my loophole. Because they are sandwiches, they constitute a meal, not dessert. By the time you<br />

read this, Lent will have begun and my Jewish wife — who can’t get her head around much of what I do, but<br />

certainly not this giving-up-sweets business — will have again become my enabler. Instead of cookies and ice cream<br />

and anything else worth eating, she will be scouring grocery stores for Fluff.<br />

Please, God, let there be no supply-chain issues. Otherwise, I don’t know if I could make it through 40 days, let<br />

alone 40 nights.<br />

Why do I bring this up? Well, living in our <strong>01940</strong> midst is Jon Durkee. Durkee's grandfather H. Allen Durkee<br />

partnered with Fred L. Mower to launch the popular confection in 1918. The Fluff baton was passed to Jon’s father,<br />

Don Durkee, with whom I came in contact through the Lynn Business Partnership and at Tedesco Country Club,<br />

and I can assure you no finer gentleman exists.<br />

As for Jon Durkee, he worked at the family plant a couple of times a week as a kid. He is now president of<br />

Durkee Mower.<br />

Check out Sam Minton's story. It’s sweet.<br />

Elsewhere in this issue, James Whelan has his sights set on running the Boston Marathon in April to raise<br />

money to fight pediatric cancer. Adam Bass has the story.<br />

Xiaoping "Michelle" Wan, owner of Lynnfield Healing Massage in Post Office Square, says, "Here, in the U.S.,<br />

if people work hard, they can build a good life" — and she has the business to prove it and still puts in the hours.<br />

Alena Kuzub has the story.<br />

Lynnfield High students Gavin Fair and Colin McCormick are busy working on a different kind of science<br />

project — inventing a robotic arm. Adam Bass has the story.<br />

After watching the televised plight of Afghan refugees, brothers Avi and Aditya Shrivastava decided to help<br />

them by starting a nonprofit called Safe Havens Kids. Read Ally Dunnigan's story.<br />

Toni Rebelo is the woman who got it done when it came to managing Lynnfield's COVID-19 response. Anne<br />

Marie Tobin has the story.<br />

Susan Parziale is a dual powerhouse specializing as a professional organizer and tireless autism-awareness<br />

advocate. Alena again has the story.<br />

There's only one word to describe Michael O'Brien, Saint Anselm College football player from Lynnfield:<br />

relentless. Mike Alongi has the story.<br />

Nancy Rich and Emily Field founded their home-interior-design business on Main Street and called it, what<br />

else? Main Street Homes. Anne Marie again has the story.<br />

Rock and roll, a trained whale, and a dating show are all part of the story that led Eric Hamlin to become<br />

Lynnfield's media director. Ally is back with the story.<br />

Why does Lynnfield get its electricity from North Reading and Peabody? Madison Bethune explains.<br />

Sophomores at Lynnfield High took a state-mandated Civics Action Project and ran with it, diving deep into<br />

finding ways to address student mental-health and electronics addiction. Madison again has the story.<br />

Emilie Cademartori brought so much energy to her town job that officials decided to give her two jobs under<br />

one title: Director of Planning and Conservation. Anne Marie — who has been quite busy — again has the story.<br />

Finally, designer Edwin Peralta has an eye-catching illustration depicting a scene at Pillings Pond.<br />

So, enjoy this issue of <strong>01940</strong>. It’s not all fluff.<br />

COVER<br />

Xiaoping "Michelle" Wan opened Lynnfield Healing Massage in 2006.<br />

PHOTO BY SPENSER HASAK<br />

04 | <strong>01940</strong>


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yoga. Pre-registration required.<br />

Where: Gyms and fitness centers at<br />

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Green, 600 Market St., weather permitting.<br />

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Get your game on<br />

What: If you're a middle schooler who<br />

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When: Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. through<br />

May 26.<br />

Brush up on your painting<br />

What: Award-winning painter Michael<br />

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demonstration sponsored by the Lynnfield<br />

Art Guild.<br />

Where: Contact info@LynnfieldArts.org for<br />

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When: Thursday, March 17, 6:45-8:45 p.m.<br />

Coffee, toast, and talk<br />

What: Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of<br />

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Club inviting anyone to meet chamber<br />

members and chat about local topics of<br />

interest.<br />

Where: Brothers Deli Restaurant, 404 Main<br />

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When: Thursday, April 7, 8-9:30 a.m.<br />

What's it worth?<br />

What: Friends of the Lynnfield Library<br />

sponsor auctioneer and appraiser Mike<br />

Ivankovich discussing "what determines<br />

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appraisals.<br />

Where: Email aporter@noblenet.org to<br />

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A sticky-sweet legacy<br />

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PHOTOS: SPENSER HASAK


SPRING <strong>2022</strong> | 11<br />

Jon Durkee has been president of<br />

Durkee Mower since the late 2010s,<br />

but he has been involved in the family<br />

business for much longer.<br />

Durkee's grandfather H. Allen Durkee,<br />

along with Fred L. Mower partnered to<br />

create the now popular Marshmallow Fluff<br />

in 1918.<br />

"It's been a family business and I've always<br />

wanted to be a part of it,'' he said.<br />

As a teenager, the current president of the<br />

company worked at the factory during a couple<br />

of summer seasons, but he wasn't overly<br />

preoccupied with his father's profession.<br />

"We had Fluffernutters for lunch fairly<br />

often and a lot of fluff and hot chocolate,<br />

but honestly I was just a regular kid and<br />

wasn't really paying attention to what my<br />

father did for a living," he said.<br />

Durkee never imagined himself as the future<br />

president of the company. Early on, he<br />

just wanted to work with his father, Donald<br />

Durkee.<br />

"I love him very much and I thought it<br />

would be a good career choice, and it was,"<br />

he said.<br />

After getting married, Jon Durkee moved<br />

to Lynnfield in 1987.<br />

"The thing that we liked the best about<br />

Lynnfield was that it's a fairly quiet town,"<br />

he said. "It kind of gave us a New Hampshire<br />

vibe. It's quaint. There's a lot of nice<br />

charm to it."<br />

Durkee Mower, Lynn's Marshmallow<br />

Fluff factory, has been able to stay afloat<br />

during COVID-19 unlike some businesses,<br />

but pandemic-driven, supply-chain issues<br />

have not spared the company.<br />

In January, the factory was forced to shut<br />

down for a few days due to staffing shortages<br />

caused by positive COVID-19 cases. The<br />

factory has also been forced to shut down for<br />

hours at a time due to late deliveries caused<br />

by global supply-chain disruptions.<br />

"That's another thing that COVID has<br />

brought in," he said. "You have trucking<br />

shortages, truck drivers are out and next<br />

thing you know, what you were expecting to<br />

have delivered on Monday doesn't get there<br />

until Wednesday. And the next thing you<br />

know, you've run out of sugar or some other<br />

material that you need to produce."<br />

Durkee Mower has been in Lynn since<br />

1929 when it first moved its opperations to<br />

Empire Street.<br />

Durkee said that the future is hard to<br />

predict, but he hopes that the company will<br />

continue to operate and expand.<br />

"My kids are now working here and I'm<br />

showing them the ropes the way my father<br />

showed me the ropes," he said. "Hopefully it<br />

will last another several generations."<br />

Longtime Lynnfield resident Jon Durkee has seen his family's<br />

Lynn business change through the years.<br />

PHOTO COURTESY | JON DURKEE


12 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

From left, Katherine Cash, Ava Delaney, Hazel<br />

Gonzalez, Brendan Sokop, Cole Hawes advocate for<br />

mental-health days with their Civics Action project.<br />

PHOTO: SPENSER HASAK<br />

Getting into action to help and to heal<br />

BY MADISON BETHUNE<br />

Say "Civics Action Project" to<br />

Lynnfield High School sophomores<br />

and they will start telling<br />

you about how they found ways<br />

to tackle mental-health needs; technology<br />

addiction, and deforestation this past fall.<br />

One group even got the chance to work<br />

with state Rep. Tami Gouveia (D-Middlesex).<br />

The Massachusetts Department of<br />

Elementary and Secondary Education<br />

(DESE) launched Civics Action in 2018,<br />

but COVID-19 and remote learning meant<br />

that the 2020-21 school year was Lynnfield<br />

High’s first time incorporating Civics Action<br />

into its curriculum.<br />

Sophomores debuted the project with<br />

Brian Holihan, a graduate fellow at Merrimack<br />

College, and social-studies teachers,<br />

Dave Forester and Jen Goguen, facilitating<br />

the project.<br />

Holihan kicked it off with a Google<br />

forum asking sophomores to list issues<br />

they are passionate about, and subjects they<br />

wanted to explore. Students with similar<br />

interests formed small groups and dug into<br />

their topics.<br />

“One project that was really cool was a<br />

group of students who wanted to add mental-health<br />

days for students,” said Holihan.<br />

“Rather than a sick day, they'd say, ‘I’m<br />

going to take a mental-health day,’ which is<br />

a great idea, because you see it in workplaces<br />

and everywhere now, but it's not here in the<br />

school system for specific reasons.”<br />

Sophomores Katie Cash, Ava Delaney,<br />

Hazel Gonzalez, Cole Hawes and Brendan<br />

Sokop came up with the action plan<br />

to allow each student to take two mental-health<br />

days — meaning a student could<br />

miss school for reasons other than physical<br />

illness — per semester.<br />

For Delaney, Civics Action offered a<br />

chance to look at herself and her interests<br />

and then decide how to act on those<br />

interests. Her focus group bounced around<br />

potential project ideas with one another,<br />

and settled on the topic of mental health<br />

because they could see their classmates, as<br />

well as themselves, struggling.<br />

“We came to mental-health days because<br />

we experience it first hand,” said Delaney.<br />

“I’ve had a day where I just don’t want to go<br />

to school and that's a conflict we all experience,<br />

so we came to the conclusion that we<br />

wanted to do mental-health days.”<br />

Holihan helped guide the students' investigation<br />

into their chosen topic.<br />

“They learn why it's occurring, where it's<br />

occurring, what is leading it to occur,” said<br />

Holihan. “The key there is they learn about<br />

the root cause of the issue.”<br />

Delaney and her classmates sent an<br />

anonymous survey to sophomores, juniors<br />

and seniors asking questions about their<br />

mental-health struggles and what their<br />

thoughts were on incorporating mental-health<br />

days into the school system.<br />

Most students responded that school,<br />

homework, personal issues, jobs, and sports<br />

were the biggest contributors to their stress.<br />

“All of us saw that people were struggling<br />

with mental health,” said Sokop. “We made<br />

a survey, and they (students) felt positive<br />

about mental-health days.”<br />

With survey results in hand, the students<br />

asked how their classmates could advocate<br />

for change, and did change involve recruiting<br />

help in the community?<br />

The first stop to answering the question<br />

was the high school Guidance Department.<br />

“They identified who we need to talk to,<br />

they had their argument ready, they did research,<br />

they collected data from their peers,<br />

they had all the steps lined up, and then,<br />

when they got to a meeting with somebody<br />

in the Guidance Department, they received<br />

some pushback,” said Holihan.<br />

Would mental-health days be used for<br />

the purpose the Civics Action students envisioned,<br />

or would they be "ditch days?"<br />

“It gave us a step back,” said Gonzalez,<br />

“and we had to examine everything, because<br />

we didn’t really think about it like that and<br />

then we started brainstorming who else we<br />

could talk to.”<br />

With Holihan's help, the students<br />

connected with Gouveia, who is working<br />

on legislation that, if passed, would change<br />

the section of state law on excused absences<br />

from school to include, “that cases of necessary<br />

absence shall include absences for the<br />

mental or behavioral health of the student.”<br />

The students supported Gouveia by<br />

submitting a testimony to the Board of<br />

Education in favor of her bill.<br />

“They (Board of Education) didn’t respond<br />

to our first one so I sent another one<br />

just to make sure that they got it,” said Cash.<br />

“So hopefully they did get it and hopefully<br />

that does help her with passing her bill.”<br />

Not only did the group get to provide input<br />

to Gouveia on her bill, but she attended<br />

the students’ project showcase in the highschool<br />

gymnasium in January, where each<br />

group was able to discuss and present their<br />

final project with family members, classmates,<br />

high-school faculty and local leaders.<br />

“She was really sweet and she listened to<br />

all of our ideas and we actually talked with


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her a lot more in depth about it, so it<br />

wasn’t just like our normal presentation.<br />

We talked and talked with her, and it<br />

was really nice to actually see that she<br />

cared about our issue,” said Cash.<br />

Holihan said that what’s unique<br />

about the Civics Action Project is that<br />

students are able to identify the steps<br />

to solve an issue, and actually implement<br />

those steps.<br />

“(Students can) have a conversation<br />

with an actual adult that is knowledgeable<br />

on the topic, build a relationship,<br />

and then through that relationship,<br />

they hopefully get to that final point of<br />

advocating for the change,” he said.<br />

The mental-health group is just one<br />

example of the Civics Action Project at<br />

work in Lynnfield. Topics shouldered by<br />

14 other student groups including technology<br />

addiction, with students Abraham<br />

Chehab, Ethan Francis, Ryan Nguyen,<br />

Arash Saini and Owen White creating a<br />

video to bring awareness to how technology<br />

addiction increases anxiety.<br />

Another group advocated for trees<br />

to be planted on the school property to<br />

combat the deforestation happening in<br />

Lynnfield, due to the increase in people<br />

who want to move into the town.<br />

The group held a bake sale to raise<br />

money to purchase the trees with<br />

each tree costing about $400. Adriana<br />

Buccilli, who is also in the Tree Club at<br />

Lynnfield High, said her group worked<br />

with Department of Public Works<br />

(DPW) Director John Tomasz.<br />

Tomasz told the group he would<br />

get five trees to plant and would bring<br />

in people to help plant them on the<br />

school grounds. The Tree Club's goal is<br />

to plant one tree a year.<br />

The rest of the sophomore class began<br />

their projects after returning from<br />

winter break in January.<br />

The Civic Actions Project’s goal<br />

is for each student, regardless of race,<br />

class, ethnicity, language status, religion,<br />

education, gender identity, sexual<br />

orientation, or disabilty, to be exposed<br />

to civic education. The projects must be<br />

culturally relevant, help to identify students’<br />

civic identities, and apply their<br />

knowledge, skills, and competencies<br />

that are necessary to be an informed<br />

and engaged citizen that can participate<br />

in civics.<br />

By the end of <strong>2022</strong>, all public-school<br />

districts in Massachusetts<br />

must be implementing this project into<br />

their curriculum.<br />

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14 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

Avi Shrivastava, left, and Aditya Shrivastava are<br />

the founders of the nonprofit Safe Haven for Kids,<br />

started by the duo to try and help alleviate the<br />

struggles that refugee children face.<br />

PHOTO: JAKOB MENENDEZ<br />

Showing that they care<br />

BY ALLYSHA DUNNIGAN<br />

Teenage brothers Avi and Aditya<br />

Shrivastava are passionate about<br />

helping others.<br />

When the pandemic shut down schools<br />

and forced them to learn remotely, the duo<br />

decided to look into expanding their knowledge<br />

in science and technology.<br />

Avi is a junior in high school and Aditya<br />

is in middle school, but both took online<br />

courses in data science and artificial<br />

intelligence (AI) during their 2020 summer<br />

vacation.<br />

The brothers took classes through<br />

Coursera at the University of Michigan and<br />

Stanford.<br />

"We had a lot of free time and we were<br />

both really passionate about learning and<br />

going into computer science and artificial<br />

intelligence," Avi said.<br />

The duo researched the classes and their<br />

father also took similar ones in the past,<br />

recommending they start with the introductory<br />

courses.<br />

"They were difficult but really cool," Avi<br />

said.<br />

The brothers are now hoping to use the<br />

skills they learned in data science and AI to<br />

alleviate refugee issues through their nonprofit,<br />

Safe Havens Kids.<br />

Over the past couple of years, the<br />

brothers saw the struggles that refugees go<br />

through on the news, especially when Kabul,<br />

Afghanistan fell to the Taliban last year.<br />

"There have been children separated<br />

from their families and I was in shock. I<br />

couldn't live separated from my parents,"<br />

Avi said. "Recently with the Afghanistan<br />

situation, we saw people desperately trying<br />

to get out, even climbing onto planes and<br />

trying to escape the country. We really took<br />

that to heart and that's what inspired us to<br />

start Safe Havens."<br />

They used their newfound knowledge<br />

in computer science to help refugee kids by<br />

registering for a nonprofit on LegalZoom.<br />

The idea started small, beginning with<br />

establishing a website that they built on<br />

Wordpress that gives people the option to<br />

donate to the cause.<br />

"Our goal is to help refugees that have<br />

come to America seeking a better life here,"<br />

Avi said. "We wanted to help them with issues<br />

that they have coming, such as housing<br />

and education for the children."<br />

They then shared the idea with their<br />

friends and family, and had friends express<br />

interest in helping. Starting with donations<br />

from mostly family and friends, knowledge<br />

of the nonprofit is growing as the brothers<br />

have been receiving donations from people<br />

they don't know in Lynnfield and other<br />

communities.<br />

To continue expanding outreach, the<br />

brothers went to the Lynnfield School<br />

Committee seeking permission to do a donation<br />

drive in the schools throughout the<br />

month of November, which was successful<br />

and helped increase the effort.<br />

"We got so many items in just one month<br />

and we gave all the supplies to various refugee<br />

centers," Avi said.<br />

The nonprofit partners with the Refugee<br />

and Immigrant Assistance Center in Boston<br />

and the New American Association in Lynn,<br />

with the money and supplies that are donated<br />

going to both.<br />

The brothers are now hoping to expand<br />

their nonprofit and they said the best way<br />

to do so is to get more volunteers and run<br />

more donation drives in various towns.<br />

Some of their friends are implementing<br />

Safe Havens into the communities they<br />

live in, so there are currently volunteers in<br />

Needham, Va.<br />

When the brothers were first telling<br />

their friends about the idea for Safe Havens,<br />

they said they were nervous and unsure how<br />

people would react.<br />

With everyone seeming to respond very<br />

well, the brothers said they were motivated<br />

to do more.<br />

"I didn't know how my friends would<br />

react because nobody has really done something<br />

like this in my school," Aditya said. "I<br />

was kind of worried about what they would<br />

think, but as soon as some of my friends<br />

found out, they were pretty chill and supportive<br />

about it."<br />

Avi and Aditya also plan to improve<br />

the website by adding more features in the<br />

future that leverage AI and data science.<br />

"We feel inspired and we know it's only<br />

going to go up from here," Avi said. "We<br />

want to make this nonprofit even bigger."<br />

As the nonprofit continues to grow, the<br />

brothers said they are sticking to the same<br />

goal of doing what they can to help refugees<br />

settle and build a better life in America.<br />

To learn more about the project or to<br />

donate, visit safehavenskids.org/.


An exceeder<br />

of expectations<br />

BY ANNE MARIE TOBIN<br />

SPRING <strong>2022</strong> | 15<br />

Let's just say that a decision<br />

made by the town's Select<br />

Board a little more than three<br />

years ago has exceeded all<br />

expectations.<br />

When town Conservation Administrator<br />

Betty Adelson retired in 2018, the<br />

priority for her successor fell on finding<br />

someone who could help ensure that some<br />

of Lynnfield's most precious assets — open<br />

land and trees — would be preserved in<br />

perpetuity.<br />

Enter Emilie Cademartori.<br />

It didn't take long after her February<br />

2019 hiring for town officials to realize that<br />

Cademartori's experience in both planning<br />

(she spent nine years as Wenham's town<br />

planner) and conservation presented a<br />

unique opportunity to merge the planning<br />

and conservation departments.<br />

Eight months later, Cademartori became<br />

the town's first director of planning and<br />

conservation.<br />

"All of my education was in environmental<br />

science so consolidating both<br />

departments made sense in that I can apply<br />

my science background into the planning<br />

process, kind of a blend of two skills," said<br />

Cademartori. "It only made sense. The<br />

beauty is that compared to two departments,<br />

when we were in individual silos, now there<br />

is better communication. Information is<br />

centralized, which allows us to give complete<br />

answers when residents call the Select<br />

Board. Before, we just didn't have full<br />

knowledge of each side of the puzzle."<br />

Town Administrator Rob Dolan, who<br />

proposed the merger, said it was clear from<br />

EXCEEDER, continued on page 16<br />

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the get-go that Cademartori was perfect<br />

for the job.<br />

"It was obvious immediately that<br />

she was capable of combining the departments<br />

under one administrator. We<br />

asked her to develop a plan within both<br />

departments' budgets," Dolan said.<br />

"She had the skill sets which allowed<br />

for centralization under one roof, so to<br />

speak. The conservation and planning<br />

chairs were willing to try it and it has<br />

worked incredibly well. Attorneys,<br />

citizens and developers appreciate her<br />

expertise and her clear straightforward<br />

expectations and process."<br />

That's putting it mildly.<br />

Under Cademartori's guidance, the<br />

town set the stage for three major initiatives<br />

guaranteed to improve the quality<br />

of life of Lynnfielders for years to come.<br />

In October 2021, Town Meeting<br />

voters adopted the Lynnfield Tree Preservation<br />

Bylaw, which aims to protect<br />

trees within designated setbacks on residential<br />

and commercial properties and<br />

within proposed new subdivisions. The<br />

landslide vote was the culmination of<br />

years of language tweaking, addressing<br />

residents' reservations on the scope and<br />

nature of the bylaw.<br />

In late November, the Select Board<br />

voted unanimously to assign its right<br />

to purchase the 20-acre Richardson<br />

Green property on upper Main Street<br />

to the Essex County Greenbelt Association<br />

for $2.7 million. The Select<br />

Board also approved a conservation<br />

restriction, thereby ensuring the land<br />

will be protected from development in<br />

perpetuity.<br />

"Clearly, managing the complicated<br />

process of purchasing Richardson<br />

Woods as a way to preserve open space,<br />

promote responsible development, and<br />

to protect our water supply was a key<br />

achievement this year," said Dolan.<br />

Cademartori said that a perfect<br />

storm of fortunate events combined to<br />

turn a citizens group push to protect<br />

the land from a residential development<br />

into a reality, once thought impossible.<br />

"Nobody really thought the land<br />

could be saved and the developer was<br />

so sure the town had no interest in<br />

acquiring the land," she said. "I told<br />

him 'you never know' and we ended up<br />

getting incredibly lucky. COVID gave<br />

the town more time than it normally<br />

would have had to work through the


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Chapter 61 process, which is complicated.<br />

It also gave us time to find the<br />

funding; otherwise we would have had<br />

to ask Town Meeting to fund the whole<br />

thing, but it never came down to that."<br />

Cademartori said state Rep. Bradley<br />

Jones was a key player in acquiring the<br />

final piece of funding in September<br />

2021 — a $1.6-million-plus Municipal<br />

Vulnerability Preparedness grant (MVP)<br />

from the Baker-Polito administration<br />

combined with $200,000 from the Conservation<br />

Commission; $300,000 from<br />

Greenbelt and $571,000 from the town's<br />

American Rescue Plan Act to fund 100<br />

percent of the cost of the project.<br />

The parcel is a key element of the<br />

Vision for Willis Woods project, a<br />

collaborative effort to plan and protect<br />

approximately 600-700 acres of undeveloped<br />

land along the Ipswich River at<br />

the intersection of Lynnfield, Middleton,<br />

North Reading, and Peabody.<br />

"It's a key piece because it will provide<br />

good access to the Willis Woods<br />

property," Cademartori said. "Willis<br />

Woods is bound by private properties<br />

and the river and there is no parking.<br />

The Richardson Green parcel will<br />

allow us to start with a small parking<br />

area, which we never had."<br />

A Beverly native, Cademartori<br />

earned a bachelor of science degree<br />

from the University of Vermont's<br />

(UVM) School of Natural Resources<br />

and a master's in marine-environment<br />

science from the State University of<br />

New York at Stony Brook.<br />

Cademartori and her husband, Greg,<br />

who is the City of Gloucester's director<br />

of planning, attended graduate school<br />

together and originally thought their<br />

mission in life was to "save the world."<br />

"We were ocean people and we<br />

thought our focus would be on saving<br />

water resources so we thought we<br />

would move to Maine, doing the right<br />

thing for the planet, but we realized<br />

that the jobs in environmental science<br />

were all in regulatory roles, not things<br />

like coastal-water planning," Cademartori<br />

said. "So we decided to move back<br />

to the North Shore thinking we would<br />

probably end up working at a regulatory<br />

agency in Boston."<br />

As far as the whirlwind events of<br />

the past year are concerned, Cademartori<br />

said it's all in a day's work.<br />

"We were lucky in that our regulatory<br />

work was down at the time, so we<br />

just slugged away at the permits and<br />

the drudgery that is paperwork," she<br />

said. "It was amazing that all of these<br />

things were teeing up at the same time.<br />

It was pretty crazy and a little nutty at<br />

times in the office, but in the end, it<br />

was fun and extremely rewarding."<br />

Dolan said the timing of Cademartori's<br />

arrival in Lynnfield couldn't have<br />

been better.<br />

"Lynnfield has had many citizens and<br />

dedicated staff working on important<br />

conservation and planning issues. but<br />

Emilie's professional guidance to our<br />

excellent Planning Board and Select<br />

Board is invaluable in a time when development<br />

is so aggressively pursued and<br />

the enforcement of environmental and<br />

zoning bylaws are so key in preserving<br />

the quality of life in Lynnfield," he said.<br />

The Cademartoris live in Beverly with<br />

their son Connor, a senior at Boston<br />

College, and daughter, Corinna, a sophomore<br />

at the University of Vermont.


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

Eric Hamlin is the executive director of Lynnfield Media Studios.<br />

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Rock and roll,<br />

a whale and<br />

a dating show<br />

BY ALLYSHA DUNNIGAN<br />

Eric Hamlin worked in a 6-foot-by-6-<br />

foot room that felt like a throwback<br />

to the 1980s before moving to a<br />

studio space in MarketStreet in the<br />

Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center.<br />

The executive director of the Lynnfield Media<br />

Studios since 2009 was born in Pittsburgh, Pa.<br />

Hamlin has worked in media for nearly 37 years,<br />

holding numerous jobs in Pittsburgh and Florida<br />

before moving to the Boston area in 1993 with<br />

his wife, Susie.<br />

Armed with a degree in media production and<br />

photo journalism from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh,<br />

Hamlin began his career while he was still<br />

in college at a small-town newspaper called the<br />

Sewickley Herald, where he worked as a photographer<br />

covering what he referred to as "fun but<br />

weird" stories.<br />

After graduating, Hamlin worked for Ryno Productions,<br />

Inc. where he helped produce corporate<br />

and industrial videos and local cable commercials<br />

before realizing he wanted a change and needed to<br />

get out of the cold.<br />

"I was in my 20s and was just thinking that I<br />

had to get out of there; the weather was driving<br />

me nuts," Hamlin said.<br />

He took his skills to Orlando just as Universal<br />

Studios opened.<br />

"I had always liked Florida and I liked the<br />

whole idea of the Universal Studios, so I decided<br />

to go down there," Hamlin said. "I was living on<br />

pretty much nothing at that point. There was a<br />

little bit of money that I had stockpiled, but I was<br />

doing the old Ramen Noodle special."<br />

Things started to look up when he was hired<br />

by a film company to work as a set photographer<br />

on a movie called "Night Breath," which ended<br />

up falling apart due to problems with the production<br />

company.<br />

"It was kind of a bummer because I was depending<br />

on it financially," Hamlin said.<br />

He then had to rely on freelancing, which<br />

got him a gig with Century III Teleproductions<br />

working on national game shows including a<br />

dating game, "Studs," and a sports show.<br />

The freelance work then brought him to a company<br />

where he worked as a stagehand doing lighting<br />

for U2, Metallica, and Van Halen, and then another<br />

company working with The Beach Boys and The<br />

Doobie Brothers.<br />

"That was a really cool thing," Hamlin said. "I<br />

did this for quite a while to make ends meet."<br />

His next job brought him to SeaWorld, where<br />

he worked as one of the people running the jumbotron<br />

system over Shamu Stadium.<br />

"It was a whole multimedia thing where we<br />

had two live studio cameras in the audience… and<br />

we would rotate as a technical director up top, or<br />

working graphics," Hamlin said. "That was for<br />

hundreds of thousands of people a year. I mean<br />

that thing was packed every day."<br />

During his time at SeaWorld, Hamlin got to<br />

see killer whale Tilikum — of "Black Fish" documentary<br />

fame — up close.<br />

"We used to videotape all of these shows, so I<br />

had a demo reel with a bunch of my stuff and I'm<br />

watching the documentary (Black Fish) and was<br />

like 'wait there's footage of mine in there; that's


SPRING <strong>2022</strong> | 19<br />

mine,’'' Hamlin said. "It was stuff from the<br />

show with them (the whales) sliding across the<br />

stage."<br />

One of his coworker's wives taught with<br />

the woman he would marry.<br />

"We really hit it off and next thing you<br />

know we were talking marriage," Hamlin<br />

said.<br />

Marriage led to talk about moving back<br />

to his wife's hometown of Boston. Hamlin<br />

wasn't a big fan of the idea because of the<br />

weather, but he said "love makes you do these<br />

things."<br />

They moved to the Boston area in 1993,<br />

and Hamlin took on freelancing again.<br />

He stayed in the media business, working<br />

for a company that employed people to work<br />

on television sets for when shows like Dateline<br />

and CNN came to the area.<br />

His next gig brought him to the Boston<br />

Garden, where he took photos for the Celtics,<br />

before becoming the senior videographer<br />

editor for the North Shore region at Comcast<br />

Spotlight.<br />

"I had a lot of great exposure," Hamlin<br />

said.<br />

In 2008, he got laid off from Comcast Spotlight<br />

and started to reassess his career, realizing<br />

he wanted to spend more time with his family.<br />

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MEDIA, continued from page 19<br />

"I wanted to get out of the situation<br />

where I'm constantly on the road,"<br />

Hamlin said.<br />

That's when he stumbled across<br />

community-access television, which he<br />

thought was a funny career curveball from<br />

his video-production days in Pittsburgh.<br />

"I thought it was kind of interesting<br />

and that maybe I can kind of do the<br />

pay-it-forward thing and come back<br />

full circle," Hamlin said.<br />

At the time, Lynnfield needed a director<br />

for its media studios. He applied<br />

and got the job.<br />

He began his work in a former storage<br />

closet at Lynnfield High School,<br />

but spent years advocating and searching<br />

for a new location, which led him<br />

to MarketStreet about eight years ago.<br />

"It's a small town and there wasn't a<br />

lot of space or availability to start up a<br />

station," he said. "I looked at commercial<br />

space, but that didn't seem to work<br />

out too well, and that's when Market-<br />

Street came on my radar."<br />

Moving to the studio in Market-<br />

Street from the high school was "like<br />

night and day," Hamlin said.<br />

For the next five to six years, it was<br />

mostly just Hamlin working at the studio,<br />

with freelance help here and there.<br />

Funding for community-access<br />

television depends on the franchise fees<br />

from Comcast and Verizon, which are<br />

based on numbers of subscribers.<br />

Since Lynnfield has a smaller population,<br />

thus less subscribers, they get<br />

around $200,000 to run the facility.<br />

"We were always at a sort of disadvantage<br />

with this, not being able to hire<br />

a ton of people," Hamlin said.<br />

In 2017, he stumbled across a freelancer,<br />

Drew Sanborn, who graduated<br />

from Westfield State University.<br />

Hamlin loved Sanborn's work and drive<br />

and hired him full time as a production<br />

assistant about three years ago.<br />

"He's a great kid and just real positive,"<br />

Hamlin said. "I have him shoot a lot of<br />

the sports games, and then we work handin-hand<br />

with all the boards and groups<br />

townwide that have to be televised."<br />

When the pandemic hit, Hamlin<br />

was forced to rewire the studio equipment<br />

and programs to his house so he<br />

could continue to produce and inform<br />

the Lynnfield community through<br />

virtual programs.<br />

"It worked. We did have hiccups<br />

here and there, but it was very successful,"<br />

Hamlin said.<br />

Hamlin worked with town officials to<br />

get information about COVID-19 out to<br />

the community as quickly as he could.<br />

"You'd shoot something at 8 in the<br />

morning, and it would have to be up by<br />

like 10," he said. "I'd be editing, downloading<br />

a bunch of stuff, and it was quite<br />

the ordeal… We were able to pump out a<br />

bunch of pertinent information."<br />

The recent transition back into the<br />

studio was a little more difficult, having<br />

to reconfigure everything back to how<br />

it was before.<br />

Hamlin said it will be some time<br />

until things are back to normal, with<br />

interviews and live productions in the<br />

studio, but plans to continue to have options<br />

for hybrid interactions via Zoom.<br />

"We're still experimenting with my<br />

engineer on the best ways to do this,"<br />

Hamlin said. "We're just kind of trying<br />

to integrate these new technologies<br />

where we're able to provide these services<br />

in a manner that is easy to watch<br />

and use, but also viable for the studio<br />

and any of our viewers."<br />

Having to deal with the pandemic<br />

and it drastically changing his everyday<br />

work, Hamlin said he did his best to<br />

deal with the curve ball.<br />

Over the years, Hamlin said he has<br />

faced so many "funny things" that led him<br />

on the long road to get where he is today.<br />

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Simple but<br />

Stunning<br />

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Practical, functional and, above<br />

all, stunningly beautiful in a<br />

simple sort of way is the best<br />

way to describe what Main<br />

Street Home, a full-service, interior-design<br />

firm owned by Nancy Rich and Emily Field,<br />

delivers to its clients.<br />

How did it all get started? Field was<br />

living in Boston and looking for a home in<br />

Lynnfield. She contacted Rich, a realtor, who<br />

said her neighbor was moving. Field bought<br />

the house, just across the street from the Rich<br />

home on — you guessed it — Main Street.<br />

That was 13 years ago. They became fast<br />

friends, eventually turning their love of fashion<br />

and home decor into a thriving business.<br />

"We wanted to test the waters and found<br />

our first client about 10 or 11 years ago,"<br />

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hired an engineer, architect and contractor and<br />

wanted to 'blow it up,'" Rich said. "The house<br />

was completely down to the studs and we did<br />

everything from window treatments to new<br />

fixtures and electronics. Everything. It ended<br />

up being an amazing project."<br />

Main Street Home interior design principals Emily Field<br />

and Nancy Rich met 13 years ago.<br />

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Whimsy meets style in one of Main Street Home's creations.<br />

Nancy Rich, left, and Emily Field shop retailers for items that<br />

round off their interior-design projects.<br />

STUNNING, continued from page 22<br />

A huge part of the pair's philosophy<br />

is incorporating something personal in<br />

every home.<br />

Sometimes it's all about finding that<br />

one photo or an unusual throw pillow or<br />

a piece of art or fabric, and then building<br />

off it. A client's favorite postcard of<br />

a Cape Cod scene also once served as<br />

the jumping-off point for one project.<br />

The Bourques' inspiration piece? A<br />

bank of cobalt-blue, stained-glass windows<br />

atop the bay windows in the great<br />

room overlooking Lake Suntaug.<br />

"You find that one thing, that one<br />

memory and try to design around it,"<br />

Field said.<br />

Some of their favorite suppliers<br />

aren't really suppliers at all — they are<br />

retailers, the same ones that many of<br />

us frequent, like Target, HomeGoods,<br />

Marshalls, Pottery Barn and Etsy, a<br />

practice the Bourques said helped to<br />

keep their project on budget.<br />

"In our project, they used a wide<br />

variety of resources to complete the<br />

project without tapping the high-end,<br />

expensive designer boutiques that will<br />

kill your wallet," said Bourque.<br />

The duo encourages their clients to<br />

take risks. For the squeamish, the best<br />

place for risk taking is the half-bath<br />

and dining room.<br />

"They are great places for people<br />

who are afraid to jump in," said Rich.<br />

"There are no rules. We love mixing<br />

patterns and prints," said Field. "We<br />

love it when clients say they never<br />

would have thought to do what we did<br />

for them."<br />

Both women say that Main Street<br />

Home isn't your typical design firm<br />

that focuses solely on the style du jour.<br />

It's not what, but how — they design<br />

space around how their clients live and<br />

how they utilize their living spaces.<br />

Rich and Field don't believe in<br />

trends; their favorite homes are classic<br />

Capes and Colonials. If pressed by a<br />

client, however, the duo will add small,<br />

trendy touches that won't make a home<br />

look dated when the fad dies down.<br />

"We will infuse a fun, trendy item<br />

only if it can be easily switched out,"<br />

added Rich. "So it's not so, 'oh, this is<br />

so 2000.' Trends come and go and can<br />

feel so dated in a short period of time.<br />

We want people to do what brings<br />

them joy — something that you will<br />

never get sick of. That's what I do in<br />

my own home and we want to give that<br />

same experience to our clients."


SPRING <strong>2022</strong> | 25<br />

Main Street Home recently expanded<br />

operations. A recent job completed<br />

in 2019 was at the Mookies on Mugford<br />

coffee shop in old Marblehead.<br />

The shop opened just in time to serve<br />

as a location for Adam Sandler's "Halloween<br />

Hubie" movie.<br />

"It was the first time ever doing<br />

anything other than a home, so it was a<br />

big risk," Nancy said.<br />

Both women say their business<br />

relationship is like a good marriage<br />

— each partner has found what she's<br />

good at. Field is the shopper. Rich is<br />

the project manager, (a skill she gained<br />

while working for two construction<br />

companies in a prior career) keeping<br />

everyone on the same page.<br />

While they prefer "soup-to-nuts"<br />

projects, they also handle smaller jobs<br />

and are sensitive to clients' budgetary<br />

constraints.They use everything from<br />

HomeGoods candy dishes to one-of-akind<br />

designer fabrics, like Oscar de la<br />

Renta, to keep things in check.<br />

"We love being able to use higher-end<br />

fabrics," Rich said.<br />

"But that's not in everyone's budget<br />

and we know that it's a luxury to hire a<br />

decorator," Field said, finishing Rich's<br />

sentence (they do that a lot).<br />

"We are truly a team, it's amazing<br />

that we both work so well together,"<br />

said Field.<br />

"Our clients love what we do for<br />

them and we love doing it," added Rich.<br />

Even candy dishes are a design consideration for Emily Field and Nancy Rich.<br />

A pool house bathroom designed by Nancy Rich and Emily Field of Main Street Home.


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<strong>01940</strong><br />

Members of Lynnfield High School's Help<br />

Desk sourced the parts and built their own<br />

PC to run a 3-D printer.<br />

Help Desk member Walter Radulski<br />

removes a 3-D-printed frog which was<br />

created in the Makerspace.<br />

They can help<br />

BY ADAM BASS<br />

When they are not finding new<br />

ideas for robots or helping<br />

others, Lynnfield High School<br />

sophomore Gavin Fair and<br />

junior Colin McCormick can be found working<br />

at the Student Help Desk.<br />

The Student Help Desk is a course<br />

for students that teaches them how to be<br />

independent in solving technical problems,<br />

building new computers and 3D printers,<br />

teaching students computer programming and<br />

code, assisting teachers and working at the<br />

IT department after school. The students also<br />

incorporate what they have learned at the help<br />

desk in their other courses, such as 3D-printing<br />

a chair for a scene in English class or<br />

creating an online resource for students in a<br />

history class.<br />

Fair, McCormick and four other students are<br />

treated as full-fledged adults when working at<br />

the help desk, as the course prepares them for<br />

what real-world experience will be when working<br />

in technology and STEM (science, technology,<br />

engineering and mathematics).<br />

Fair and McCormick launched the Robotics<br />

Club to help fellow students make a difference<br />

in the community.<br />

“Robots are cool,” McCormick laughed. “The<br />

way the club would work is that students would<br />

come in with ideas for robotics that Gavin and I<br />

would help with.”<br />

The students started the robotics club this<br />

year and reported that six students are members.<br />

To demonstrate what the club would be like to<br />

students, Fair and McCormick built a spider-like<br />

contraption as an example.<br />

Their newest project? A robotic arm.<br />

“The arm would use haptic feedback and<br />

pressure sensors attached to the bottom to have<br />

the sense of touch,” McCormick explained. “We<br />

would also use a virtual-reality controller to<br />

control the robotic arm.”<br />

The inspiration for the arm came from<br />

McCormick’s grandfather, who had lost both<br />

his legs. McCormick said he wants to make a<br />

difference by working with prosthetics. While<br />

McCormick is in charge of building the robotics,<br />

Fair takes responsibility for the software<br />

aesthetic, calling it the “magic” behind the<br />

robotics.<br />

“We were inspired by Boston Dynamics<br />

and their work,” Fair said. “Colin was the one<br />

who built it all though. I just did the magic<br />

behind it.”<br />

Since starting the club, the two have<br />

raised $2,000 in funds and have held raffles<br />

and events to advertise their program. They<br />

recently held a meeting with Superintendent<br />

of Schools Kristen Vogel to discuss implementing<br />

more computer-science programs and<br />

robotics into the Lynnfield Public Schools<br />

curriculum.<br />

Kathleen Dario, who works at the information<br />

technology (IT) department at the school,<br />

said she was astounded by the initiative and the<br />

persistence of the two students — saying they<br />

started small, but are making big moves for the<br />

future of LHS.<br />

“They had only an advisor when they started<br />

the club,” Dario said. “Now they hold raffles and<br />

are having meetings with the superintendent.”<br />

One thing McCormick and Fair are looking<br />

forward to is the opportunity to teach younger


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SPRING <strong>2022</strong> | 27<br />

Members of the Help Desk include, from left, Walter<br />

Radulski, Library Media Specialist Janice Alpert,<br />

Ryan Michalski, Charlie Kane, Colin McCormick,<br />

Gavin Fair (seated), IT Specialist Kathleen Dario.<br />

students in elementary school how to code<br />

by incorporating a nationwide program for<br />

children, “Hour of Code.”<br />

“You have little games and programs<br />

to help move a duck, for example<br />

from point A to point B,” McCormick<br />

explained. “This is very basic stuff and I<br />

think it provides an opportunity for us as<br />

people who understand tech and coding<br />

to provide a more accessible way to teach<br />

it. You think you mastered something, but<br />

try dumbing it down for those who don’t<br />

understand.”<br />

McCormick said he wants to work<br />

in robotics at Boston Dynamics and Fair<br />

wishes to be a front-end developer.<br />

Whatever the future holds for these<br />

two students, McCormick and Fair have<br />

their eyes on the prize in their new robotics<br />

club.<br />

“It is a big thing with tech right now,”<br />

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Let<br />

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And God said, “Let there be<br />

light: And there was light."<br />

If only it were that simple.<br />

Turning on the lights in<br />

Lynnfield requires some help from Peabody<br />

and Reading, dating back to 1909 when<br />

Reading Municipal Light Department<br />

(RMLD) began providing lighting fixtures<br />

to Lynnfield Center, initially illuminating<br />

17 Lynnfield homes.<br />

Four years later, Peabody Municipal<br />

Light Plant (PLMP) joined the party and<br />

began providing lighting to South Lynnfield.<br />

More than 100 years later, PLMP and<br />

RMLD provide electricity to 4,000 and<br />

3,200 Lynnfield accounts, respectively,<br />

sending power to the outlets charging<br />

laptops and appliances and brightening<br />

public spaces like MarketStreet's Green and<br />

streetscapes.<br />

RMLD and PMLP are municipal light<br />

plants (MLPs), which are not-for-profit<br />

and community owned, unlike much larger<br />

power providers such as National Grid or<br />

Eversource that are investor-owned-utilities,<br />

known as IOUs.<br />

Having two MLPs providing electricity to<br />

one town is pretty unusual. Why not use one<br />

larger supplier instead of two smaller ones?<br />

BY MADISON BETHUNE<br />

The split service reflects the town's<br />

historical origins as two villages: Lynnfield<br />

Center and South Lynnfield.<br />

Back in the day, when things were looking<br />

pretty … dark in rural Lynnfield, the<br />

town was too far from larger electric companies<br />

to use them as service providers. The<br />

choice was either continue burning candles<br />

and staying in the Dark Ages, or call on<br />

surrounding towns to bring in some help:<br />

PMLP and RMLD to the rescue.<br />

MLPs can typically set their rates with<br />

power plants for longer periods of time<br />

compared to IOUs, who are usually on a<br />

six-month contract schedule.<br />

This allows MLPs to keep their rates<br />

lower and stable. In fact, RMLD’s rates are<br />

30-35 percent lower than IOU’s, and PM-<br />

LP’s rates are typically 20-25 percent lower<br />

than neighboring MLPs, and are one of the<br />

lowest in the state.<br />

Oh — fun fact: In 1909, the year the<br />

Oval Office was built in the White House,<br />

electricity was brought into Lynnfield by<br />

RMLD. What an illuminating fact.<br />

The next time you’re driving down the<br />

woodsy roads of Lynnfield, thank Peabody<br />

and Reading for installing the wooden poles<br />

along the streets way back when.<br />

There is a lot of history behind how Lynnfield gets its electricity.<br />

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Going the<br />

Extra Mile<br />

BY ADAM BASS<br />

Some run in marathons for glory<br />

and bragging rights. Others<br />

run because it's fun. For James<br />

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by not only running in the Boston Marathon<br />

this April to raise money for children<br />

suffering from pediatric cancer, but donating<br />

$5 of his own money for every $50 donation<br />

raised.<br />

“I don’t want people to think I was just<br />

asking for money with this run,” he explained.<br />

“I wanted to show I was putting in<br />

the effort. It’s not about me, it is about these<br />

kids.”<br />

Whelan, 23, said his reason for donating<br />

and running in the marathon was because he<br />

wanted to make a difference in the lives of<br />

these children. He has had family members<br />

who are fighting or have died of cancer and<br />

knows classmates who are survivors. His<br />

mother, Lisa, who works as a nurse at Mass<br />

General Brigham, tells Whelan stories of<br />

those who are suffering from cancer every<br />

night when she comes home from work.<br />

“I want to tell these children that you<br />

are not alone and you can’t give up now,”<br />

Whelan said. “If I can run a marathon and<br />

not give up on these kids, I can show them<br />

you can fight too.”<br />

Despite his set goal, Whelan will need to<br />

raise more money to ensure he can keep the<br />

donation chain alive during the marathon.<br />

To raise money for donations, Whelan has<br />

a website and is considering holding silent<br />

auctions and raffles to get people engaged in<br />

his cause.<br />

“I need to raise a minimum of $75,000,”<br />

said Whelan. “I know I only have three<br />

months to go but if you were in my shoes,<br />

you would be amazed just how fast time<br />

flies.”<br />

After graduating from Endicott College<br />

in May 2021 with a bachelor's degree in<br />

economics and a minor in finance, Whelan<br />

started working at Mass General Brigham,<br />

helping children who are suffering from<br />

pediatric cancer. He learned about the marathon<br />

through an Instagram post and signed<br />

up to be part of the Mass General Brigham<br />

team. As part of the training regiment, runners<br />

do three-to-four-mile runs a day, ab and<br />

core exercises and even a 5k run.<br />

When it comes to marathons, this will be<br />

Whelan’s first. He took up running last year<br />

as a way not only to help him stay physically<br />

healthy, but mentally healthy.<br />

“There’s a zen when it comes to running,”<br />

Whelan said. “I ran to get out of the<br />

house during the COVID-19 pandemic and<br />

it helped me stay in the present. I would<br />

usually run around the lake in Wakefield as<br />

it would be a five-mile run.”<br />

Whelan’s friends and family are also<br />

Lynnfield's James Whelan is running the Boston Marathon in April to raise money for children<br />

with pediatric cancer.<br />

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supporting his mission to run in the<br />

marathon. One of Whelan’s biggest<br />

supporters is his father, Daniel Whelan,<br />

who is described as his “coach.”<br />

“My dad, when he found out I was<br />

running, was kind of surprised,” Whelan<br />

said, laughing. “He has always been<br />

there for me though. Whenever I went<br />

out for a run he would ask how many<br />

miles I ran and had encouraged me to<br />

keep going with my running.”<br />

When asked about any worries he<br />

has about the marathon, Whelan said<br />

he was a little intimidated about the<br />

infamous Heartbreak Hill.<br />

That said, he believes that if he can<br />

conquer Heartbreak Hill, it will send<br />

a message to the children he is raising<br />

money for — that the climb may be an<br />

uphill battle, but you can conquer no<br />

matter the circumstances.<br />

“This marathon is not for me,” he<br />

said. “As a kid, you don’t realize about<br />

the treatments and experiences. I hope<br />

to make a difference not just for my<br />

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Can you imagine starting a new<br />

life in a foreign country, on<br />

your own, not knowing the<br />

local language, not having<br />

friends, just having a dream?<br />

How long do you think it would take<br />

you to master a new profession, learn the<br />

language and open your own successful<br />

business?<br />

It took Xiaoping “Michelle” Wan, the<br />

owner of Lynnfield Healing Massage located<br />

in Post Office Square, 10 years to open her<br />

own massage studio; and she still works<br />

seven days a week to make sure her clients<br />

are satisfied and the studio is clean and<br />

welcoming.<br />

Wan moved to the U.S. from China in<br />

2006. She grew up on a farm with no central<br />

heating and worked at a state-owned company<br />

as a bookkeeper until it went bankrupt.<br />

After that, Wan became an esthetician at a<br />

spa. But she dreamed of coming to the U.S.<br />

since she was little. She said she didn’t like<br />

policies in China.<br />

“Here, in the U.S., if people work hard,<br />

they can build a good life,” Wan said. “I love<br />

freedom.”<br />

In China, women over 30 years old,<br />

women with children or divorced women<br />

struggle to find a job and experience sexism,<br />

Wan said.<br />

She came to the U.S. in hopes of building<br />

a better life for herself and her daughter,<br />

who she was able to put through college and<br />

a graduate school in Canada. They reunited<br />

only in 2019.<br />

To support herself in the new country,<br />

Wan first worked at a supermarket. She knew<br />

some massage techniques from back home,<br />

but went to a massage school in 2009 to<br />

learn more and get her license.<br />

Over the years she made friends who<br />

guided her through massage training and she<br />

mastered English. After getting her massage<br />

license, Wan worked for several years gaining<br />

more experience.<br />

When she had enough savings and confidence<br />

to open her own massage studio, she<br />

rented three rooms in Post Office Square<br />

in 2006 and dubbed her business Lynnfield<br />

Healing Massage because of the many<br />

documented health benefits of professional<br />

therapeutic massage.<br />

Wan said it is not easy to find a studio<br />

like hers outside of Chinatown. She views<br />

herself as an ambassador for Chinese massage,<br />

dispelling negative images of Asian<br />

massage parlors.<br />

“I like this country and I wanted to do<br />

something nice,” Wan said.<br />

Some clients brought those myths to their<br />

appointments and found Healing Massage<br />

quickly dispelled their misimpressions. She<br />

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the idea to give other single, divorced<br />

women with children an opportunity to<br />

work.<br />

The first week in business Wan<br />

worked by herself. Now, she employs a<br />

half-dozen people, mostly Chinese and<br />

Vietnamese women with professional<br />

licenses.<br />

Lynnfield Healing Massage offers a<br />

wide range of services from relaxing to<br />

sports massages, couples massages, foot<br />

massages, along with Thai, hot stone<br />

and silicone cupping.<br />

Many pregnant clients have found<br />

relief from prenatal massage and send<br />

Wan baby pictures once the child is<br />

born. Wan has also ventured into using<br />

cannabidiol (CBD) oils and lotions, after<br />

studying their therapeutic properties.<br />

Over the years, Wan’s business has<br />

received considerable positive feedback,<br />

with a 4.5-star-review rating on Yelp<br />

and 4.8 rating on Google.<br />

In the rare instances when a customer<br />

doesn’t get the results they hoped<br />

for, Wan tries to reach out, analyze<br />

customer concerns, and offer a solution.<br />

She is a firm believer in treating her<br />

customers the way she would like to be<br />

treated herself. Oftentimes she offers<br />

her customers little gifts around the<br />

holidays — a free additional 10 minutes<br />

of massage, a CBD-oil treatment for<br />

free, or a scarf.<br />

“Michelle is the best. She is always<br />

accommodating with the appointments;<br />

she will bend over backwards,” said<br />

Denis, a customer from Malden who has<br />

been a regular for about five years. “The<br />

rooms are always nice and clean.”<br />

Wan is constantly beautifying Healing<br />

Massage by adding fresh flowers<br />

inside and planting flowers outside<br />

and making her office more inviting.<br />

She expanded into Peabody during the<br />

pandemic but found it difficult to find<br />

people who wanted to work.<br />

She made a difficult decision to close<br />

down the Peabody location, deciding to<br />

rent more space adjacent to her Lynnfield<br />

office. Wan renovated it and added<br />

three more massage rooms.<br />

Several years ago, Wan became a<br />

Lynnfield resident herself. Even though<br />

the business is good, she still works seven<br />

days a week, making sure everything<br />

runs smoothly.<br />

“I love this country,” said Wan. “This<br />

is my dream and so my dream came true<br />

even though I am older.”<br />

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Squared away<br />

the Susan way<br />

BY ALENA KUZUB<br />

Susan Parziale left the corperate world to become is a<br />

professional organizer and autism-awareness advocate.<br />

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blue eyes and a radiant smile<br />

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commander of shelves, closets<br />

and attics, who will make you get rid of all of<br />

your clutter and dust-collecting trinkets.<br />

That is because Parziale is a professional<br />

organizer, who has been named among the<br />

best of Boston for the fifth time in a row by<br />

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Parziale decided to try organizing in 2008<br />

when her daughter, Jenna, started going to a<br />

private autism school, the Nashoba Learning<br />

Group, at the age of 5.<br />

Parziale had worked for 10 years at Goodwin<br />

Procter as an administrative assistant<br />

before and missed being around people. At<br />

the same time, she was good at organizing<br />

and people told her that she could be a professional<br />

organizer.<br />

“I was driving Jenna back and forth from<br />

school and I (thought) either I can shop every<br />

day or I can take this little thing that I’m<br />

really good at, which is organizing, and make<br />

it into a career,” said Parziale.<br />

Parziale got her first clients after sharing<br />

her interest in organizing with her running<br />

group, and then little by little built her business<br />

by getting work from friends of friends,<br />

advertising on Craigslist and later joining<br />

Facebook and real-estate groups. She still<br />

has a couple of clients who were attorneys at<br />

Goodwin Procter that she worked with.<br />

Today, among the services Parziale provides<br />

are residential organization of attics,<br />

garages, kitchens, help with downsizing,<br />

moving, estate-sales oversight, small-business<br />

and home-office organization including work<br />

zones, filing systems and office relocation,<br />

management of charitable donations, as well<br />

as specialty services like wine-cellar setup<br />

with barcoding, remote administrative assistance<br />

and concierge services.<br />

Parziale said listening to the client and<br />

what they want, and being patient is one of<br />

the traits that helps her in her work. The<br />

client has to be ready to purge, she said.<br />

“You just don’t want to shuffle things<br />

around. They have to be ready to let it go,”<br />

Parziale said.<br />

Parziale will listen to clients' stories about<br />

every photo, but will also keep them moving<br />

along, and help them save the special things.<br />

It can be especially hard on older people<br />

who have to get rid of a lot because they are<br />

downsizing and going to an assisted-living<br />

facility.<br />

PARZIALE, continued on page 38


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PARZIALE, continued from page 37<br />

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it’s gone.”<br />

Parziale usually works alone, occasionally<br />

using the help of her sister<br />

or a girlfriend at an estate sale. A job<br />

can take her anywhere from four visits<br />

organizing a playroom, to five days for<br />

organizing an attic, to an entire summer<br />

for setting up a home for an international<br />

couple relocating to the U.S.<br />

One interesting specialty service<br />

Parziale developed is organizing wine<br />

and wine cellars. When a friend called<br />

her and asked her to organize their<br />

secret wine cellar where several families<br />

stored their wine, Parziale responded<br />

that she had never done it before.<br />

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wine-chat sites and finding the<br />

best program for organizing wine that<br />

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maintains, and many other prominent<br />

business owners in Boston.<br />

Parziale also provides a unique service<br />

for special-needs families, helping<br />

them create and maintain binders with<br />

educational materials and medical<br />

records and bills.<br />

“I discount my rate to autism families<br />

because I am also an autism mom,”<br />

Parziale said. “The paperwork with having<br />

a special-needs child is voluminous<br />

and it really needs to be pretty much in<br />

one spot.”<br />

She said that tracking all of the<br />

paperwork can be overwhelming even<br />

for her because new documents come in<br />

constantly and very fast.<br />

“(I) really like to help as many families<br />

as I can,” Parziale said.<br />

Parziale loves her job. She loves<br />

when people tell her that they don’t<br />

even miss their old clothes and can now<br />

walk into their closet and see everything<br />

that they own.<br />

And she advises that people talk to a<br />

few organizers before committing to one.<br />

“Make sure that they’re a good fit<br />

because you will be working closely with<br />

these people,” said Parziale.<br />

Parziale credits advocating for her<br />

daughter helped motivate her career<br />

choice. Jenna was diagnosed with autism<br />

at 2 years old.<br />

She didn’t know much about autism,<br />

except for what was shown in the movie,<br />

"Rain Man." But Jenna did not behave<br />

like Dustin Hoffman’s character,<br />

Raymond.<br />

“I didn’t realize it was this huge<br />

spectrum,” said Parziale. “They say, if<br />

you met one person with autism, you<br />

met one person with autism. I always<br />

would tell everybody they are like snowflakes.<br />

They’re all the same, but they’re<br />

all different.”<br />

Parziale and her husband, Jonathan,<br />

immediately started to look at services,<br />

including a speech specialist and physical<br />

therapist, but there was a shortage of<br />

information as social media was not as big<br />

16 years ago. Someone recommended they<br />

look into the Autism Support Center.<br />

“They had weekly meetings and I<br />

met some really great mothers who just<br />

pointed me in the right direction of<br />

services, where I could go,” said Parziale.<br />

Eventually, she started the Boston<br />

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cause none of the existing groups were<br />

from Massachusetts.<br />

“It just kept growing and growing<br />

and growing. And now it’s all parents<br />

bouncing amazing ideas off of each<br />

other,” said Parziale.<br />

About 2,000 members of the group<br />

share information about events, doctors,<br />

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other topics. Services are the No. 1 help<br />

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Through her Facebook group she sees<br />

how parents of young children struggle<br />

to find the right specialists, respite care,<br />

funding, good home-skill instructors and<br />

other forms of family support. There are<br />

waitlists for service providers and neuropsychologists<br />

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“A lot of times you just can’t move<br />

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have that diagnosis.”<br />

A lot of the public schools can’t provide<br />

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they work for.<br />

“It’s just never ending. Here we are,<br />

you know, 16 years later. And it’s the same<br />

stories: better services, better service providers,<br />

long wait lists,” said Parziale. “It’s a<br />

hard life. It’s not an easy life."<br />

Another difficult aspect of being autism<br />

parents is that some of them don’t<br />

get to experience the usual milestone<br />

moments in the lives of their children<br />

like prom, graduation from schools, their<br />

first boyfriend or girlfriend, driving a<br />

car, and getting ready for college. Jenna<br />

doesn’t have friends to hang out with<br />

outside of her specialized private school.<br />

“A lot of that stuff is hard. That’s<br />

the emotional side for parents,” said<br />

Parziale.<br />

They do get together with other autism<br />

parents and throw birthday parties<br />

for their kids.<br />

“Because we’re all in the same boat<br />

and there’s no judgment,”<br />

The Parziales do a lot of fundraising<br />

and advocacy for autism. Susan Parziale<br />

volunteered for the Doug Flutie Jr.<br />

Foundation for many years and was a<br />

co-chair of its annual gala one year.<br />

Last year they organized their first<br />

big autism awareness event in Lynnfield<br />

— a parade — supported by the Lynnfield<br />

Police Department. The Parziales<br />

are planning on doing it again this year<br />

in April for Autism Awareness Month.<br />

Doing it the Susan way:<br />

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2. Don't hold onto things, don’t hold on to furniture, saving it for your kids.<br />

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shoes on Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, Marcari or other websites and apps.<br />

3. When you go to the mailbox, don’t attack the mail until you’re ready to<br />

look at it. Do it over the recycling bin, throw unwanted paper into recycling and<br />

take the bills and put them into a dedicated basket. Take the magazines and put<br />

them in a rack.<br />

4. Use the wall space. If you think you have no space to store things, take a<br />

look at your walls. Simple shelving can create a lot of room.<br />

5. That broken item that you said you were going to fix is now clutter. If it<br />

takes you longer than a year to get it fixed, then that's it, it's gotta go.<br />

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42 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

Surrounded by family and teammates from the football team, Mike O'Brien, center<br />

left, signs his National Letter of Intent to play football for Saint Anselm next year.<br />

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"I'm just so grateful for all the time I was able to spend here at Lynnfield and for all of<br />

the memories I made over these past four years," said Saint Anslem College-bound<br />

Michael O'Brien.<br />

O'Brien<br />

scores<br />

with<br />

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and pride<br />

BY MIKE ALONGI<br />

When Lynnfield senior<br />

Michael O'Brien signed<br />

his National Letter of<br />

Intent (NLI) to continue<br />

his football career at Saint Anselm College,<br />

a number of emotions were running through<br />

his head. But the two main ones were gratitude<br />

and pride.<br />

"I'm just so grateful for all the time<br />

I was able to spend here at Lynnfield<br />

and for all of the memories I made over<br />

these past four years," said O'Brien, who<br />

happens to be the grandson of Boston<br />

Bruins legend Ken Hodge. "From the<br />

minute I stepped foot on the field here as<br />

an eighth-grader for workouts, the school,<br />

program and community have all been so<br />

supportive and welcoming. I couldn't have<br />

asked for a better place to play highschool<br />

football."<br />

"This is a guy who can only be described<br />

with one word — relentless," said Lynnfield<br />

coach Pat Lamusta. "His work ethic and his<br />

determination to return to the field and be<br />

there for his teammates was incredible and<br />

it's going to serve him well moving forward."<br />

But O'Brien's career at Lynnfield High<br />

has not been without its ups and downs.<br />

Some of the ups included getting the<br />

starting nod at center as a sophomore and<br />

getting more votes as a team captain than<br />

almost any other player in recent memory.<br />

But the downs were tough. Early in his<br />

junior season — which if you remember<br />

was played from March to May this past<br />

year — O'Brien took a strange hit on his<br />

knee and tore his ACL, ending his season<br />

before it could really even begin. The news<br />

became even worse when his doctors and a<br />

number of physical trainers told him that<br />

his football career may very well be over<br />

entirely.<br />

"That was really tough to hear, and I was<br />

almost in denial at first," said O'Brien, who<br />

noted that he never truly even considered


SPRING <strong>2022</strong> | 41<br />

giving up on football. "But to be honest,<br />

that might be what motivated me the<br />

most to come back and play. I wanted to<br />

prove everyone wrong."<br />

And prove them wrong he did.<br />

On Oct. 15, 2021, less than eight<br />

months after suffering an injury that<br />

normally takes more than a year to heal,<br />

O'Brien — who stands at 6 feet 2 inches<br />

and weighs in at 290 pounds — was back<br />

on the field with his Pioneer teammates<br />

and making an impact on the field.<br />

"It was a lot of hard work, but I never<br />

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Merriam-Webster defines<br />

a most valuable player as<br />

“the player who contributes<br />

the most to his or<br />

her team's success.”<br />

In Lynnfield, one can make a strong<br />

case that COVID Nurse Liaison Toni Rebelo<br />

is the town's MVP, hands down.<br />

"Lynnfield has had an incredible team<br />

working together throughout this pandemic,<br />

but Toni Rebelo in my book, may be<br />

our MVP," said Select Board Chair Dick<br />

Dalton. "She has managed every aspect of<br />

how the town and schools have responded to<br />

COVID-19 and has done so with an incredible<br />

amount of expertise and skill. The work<br />

she has done in the schools has been vital."<br />

Rebelo had been working as a parttime<br />

nurse in the district when she was<br />

watching a School Committee meeting<br />

and learned that the town was creating a<br />

COVID nurse-liaison position.<br />

"I thought it was interesting as I knew<br />

this person would play a significant role<br />

with the Health Department and Emergency<br />

Management Team," Rebelo said. "I<br />

had already established relationships with<br />

families so I thought it would be a good<br />

place for me to really help."<br />

Rebelo reached out to a friend who had<br />

seen the job posting. The friend mentioned<br />

Rebelo as a possible candidate to<br />

Huckleberry Hill School Principal Melissa<br />

Wyland. She encouraged Rebelo to apply.<br />

Superintendent of Schools Kristen<br />

Vogel said the decision to hire Rebelo was<br />

a no-brainer.<br />

"Glenn and I interviewed a couple of<br />

candidates and it was evident immediately<br />

that Toni was the person we wanted," said<br />

Vogel. "We never could have anticipated<br />

how essential she would be to our district<br />

and town to navigate all of the mitigation<br />

strategies, testing, contact tracing and<br />

reaching out to families."<br />

Rebelo said she had no idea what she<br />

was in for.<br />

"I remember getting the DESE protocols<br />

and guidance and thought, 'Wow,<br />

there are going to be some serious challenges.'<br />

It was only then I realized the<br />

magnitude of what we were all facing. We<br />

had no playbook; this was new to everyone.<br />

"One thing I did know was we had to


Toni Rebelo is the COVID-19 nurse liaison and nurse<br />

coordinator for the Lynnfield Public Schools.<br />

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make decisions based on facts and<br />

science and not on emotions," Rebelo<br />

said. "We made it a point to base all<br />

decisions on the data."<br />

As the parent of three children,<br />

the Melrose native understood what<br />

people were feeling as the pandemic<br />

ramped up and schools were struggling<br />

to remain open.<br />

"It was an emotional time for all<br />

of us, but we needed to stay focused,"<br />

she said. "We knew that kids needed<br />

to be in school so that was always the<br />

No. 1 goal."<br />

Rebelo said she will never forget<br />

the weekend when the middle school<br />

hosted its first vaccination clinic for<br />

children ages 5-11. More than 550<br />

children rolled up their sleeves and<br />

got their first doses of the Pfizer<br />

vaccine.<br />

"That definitely had to be one of<br />

the highlights of the last year and<br />

a half," Rebelo said. "The children<br />

knew how important it was to get<br />

their shots. There was genuine excitement<br />

in the air. That age group had<br />

gone through so much, but we saw<br />

their strength and resiliency. I can't<br />

think of anything more satisfying<br />

than those clinics, as we were able to<br />

give them the normalcy and freedom<br />

they had not had."<br />

The effort hasn't been easy at<br />

times with parents challenging many<br />

COVID policies and guidelines.<br />

Through it all there were contentious<br />

confrontations and Rebelo remained<br />

the voice of reason, saying it's important<br />

to try to see where people are<br />

coming from.<br />

"Parents are speaking for themselves<br />

and while we may not agree<br />

with the process, the commonality is<br />

we all want the best for our children,"<br />

Rebelo said. "We have different ways<br />

of getting there but we must remain<br />

focused on the data that keeps<br />

us honest. The reality is that the<br />

vaccines and masks are what will get<br />

us through to the end. We can't let<br />

emotions get in the way. We must do<br />

what's best for the group. That's what<br />

public health is all about."<br />

Town Administrator Rob Dolan<br />

said there have been many people<br />

who have gone "above and beyond"<br />

battling through the pandemic. He<br />

commended the efforts of Rebelo<br />

and Davis, who he described as<br />

MVP-worthy. But when it comes to<br />

the schools, Rebelo is in a league of<br />

her own, a true "citizen hero" whose<br />

positive energy is "contagious.<br />

"Under her direction, in an almost<br />

impossible environment of ever-changing<br />

rules set by every level<br />

of government, it has been Toni's<br />

compassionate and pragmatic style<br />

that not only has kept our community<br />

safe but reopened Lynnfield schools<br />

faster than most," Dolan said. "That<br />

kept youth sports and school athletics<br />

running. She used her medical<br />

expertise as a nurse practitioner to<br />

aid educators, parents and students<br />

during this pandemic."<br />

Davis said Rebelo has been an<br />

"amazing" addition to the town's<br />

Emergency Management Team who<br />

possesses a "wealth" of medical<br />

knowledge and "outstanding" organizational<br />

skills.<br />

While it was unclear at the time<br />

the position was created how the<br />

position would evolve, Davis knew it<br />

was critical to put a process in place to<br />

connect the schools, Board of Health<br />

and EMT core-management team.<br />

"From the moment that Kristen<br />

and I interviewed her it was obvious<br />

that Toni would be a great fit for our<br />

vision of a liaison," Davis said. "I<br />

have no doubt that having Toni in her<br />

role as liaison kept countless children<br />

in school due to her attention<br />

to detail through contact tracing and<br />

being one of the first school districts<br />

to have a test-and-stay program up<br />

and running. Navigating the ever-changing<br />

guidance from the CDC<br />

as well as the DPH was a constant<br />

challenge."<br />

Vogel echoed Davis' sentiments,<br />

saying Rebelo is "truly a team player.<br />

"I do not know how we would have<br />

been able to manage without Toni on<br />

our team," said Vogel. "She always<br />

makes decisions that keep the safety<br />

and health of our students, staff and<br />

families at the forefront."<br />

Last fall, Rebelo was honored with<br />

the School Committee's Dorothy<br />

Presser Award. The award is reserved<br />

for a district employee who goes<br />

above and beyond in his or her commitment<br />

to education.<br />

School Committee Vice Chair<br />

Stacy Dahlstedt said Rebelo touched<br />

every level from pre-K to 12 in her<br />

REBELO, continued on page 46<br />

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46 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

Catherine O'Brien receives her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine<br />

from Lynnfield school nurse Toni Rebelo at a Lynnfield Middle School<br />

COVID-19 vaccination clinic<br />

REBELO, continued from page 45<br />

management of close contacts and tracing, cases<br />

and travel restrictions.<br />

"Every principal spoke to her every day; she was<br />

the voice of reason and understanding in a tumultuous<br />

time," Dahlstedt said. "Her guidance was<br />

invaluable."<br />

Always quick to deflect attention away from<br />

herself, Rebelo credited the entire community.<br />

"Everybody went above and beyond for our<br />

children," said Rebelo. "None of what I did would<br />

have been able to have been accomplished if it<br />

wasn't for every person's piece of that puzzle."<br />

Rebelo is hoping that September will "bring us<br />

back to pre-COVID days.<br />

"Science has made great strides and with the<br />

vaccines available to everyone by then, we are<br />

peeling off all those layers toward normalcy," she<br />

said. "The past two years have been a sacrifice for<br />

everyone so my hope is by then we'll come out in a<br />

better place."<br />

A class act through and through, Rebelo continues<br />

to express her gratitude for being a part of<br />

Lynnfield's team.<br />

"I am incredibly grateful to be a part of this<br />

team," she said. "We had one goal and we worked<br />

to achieve that goal together. That's why we are<br />

Lynnfield and where we are today. Fighting this<br />

battle has been a group effort from the beginning.<br />

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