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Kelly Marie Ross-Archibald, 38

LYNN — Kelly Marie Ross-Archibald, age 38, of Lynn, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 from complications of pancreatitis. She was the wife of William Archibald and the mother of Meah Archibald.

Born in Lynn, Kelly was the daughter of Susan (Slattery) Ross and Robert Ross. She graduated Lynn Tech, Class of 1997, and studied gerentology and social work at North Shore Community College. She had worked at Jesmond Nursing Home in Nahant and for Duffy Electric in Lynn and also was a campaign assistant for two years for Stephen Duffy for City Councilor. Kelly was a passionate advocate DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue and any/all animal control and adoption centers. She loved painting, gardening, camping, koi ponds, fishing and the Lynn beach, which she referred to as “Ross Beach.” Most of all, she loved the holidays. She was kind, creative and witty. She was happiest when she was helping somebody else. In addition to her husband, daughter and parents, Kelly is survived by her brothers Robert Ross and Donald Blandini Jr., her grandfather Bill Slattery Sr., Many aunts and uncles; Many cousins and friends, and her dogs, Lady and Dude. She was the granddaughter of the late Nancy Slattery, Barbara Milliken-Ross, Lorey W. Ross III, daughter-in-law of the late Mary Barnes and niece of the late Carl DeCotis.

Service information: Visitation will be held in the GOODRICH Funeral Home, 128 Washington St. Lynn on Saturday 3-5 p.m. Burial will be at a later date.

 

Joan M. O’Neill, 73

SAUGUS — Mrs. Joan M. (Koscielecki) O’Neill, age 73, died on Tuesday, March 21, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose. She was the loving wife of John M. O’Neill with whom she shared 54 years of marriage.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Felix and Beatrice (Dushinski) Koscielecki. Joan was a devoted homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her extended family and friends on Cape Cod every year for the past 40 years.

In addition to her husband, she leaves her beloved children, Jon M. O’Neill, Jennifer O’Neill and her husband Sean Barr; three cherished grandchildren, Kacey, Kaley and Connor O’Neill. Survived by sister-in-law Gina Cronin and her husband Daniel, brother-in-law William O’Neill and his late wife Marion. Also adored by many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister Carol Hanlon.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Sunday, 2-6 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For directions and condolences visit BisbeePorcella.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Timothy Holland, 91

LYNN — Timothy Holland, age 91, of Lynn, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away peacefully on March 21, 2017. He was the cherished husband of Mary (Cadogan) Holland.

Born in County Cork, Ireland, he was the son of the late Jeremiah and Mary Holland.

Timmy was employed for more than 30 years as a mechanic for Trans World Airlines. For the past eight years he and his wife have been residents of Lynn where they moved to be with their daughter, Agnes.

His family was most important to him; those loved ones in the States as well as his extended family in Ireland that he enjoyed visiting each summer. Timmy was a wonderful handyman around the house, and he enjoyed watching sports games and gardening at home. He enjoyed freshwater fishing, always hoping to catch a big one!

He was the loving father of Agnes Leavey and her late husband James, a former Lynn firefighter. “Da” is also survived by his grandchildren, Mary Lawler of Brooklyn, N.Y., Eileen Leavey of Lynn and Patrick Lawler of Brooklyn, N.Y., and great-grandchildren.

Service information: Funeral from GOODRICH Funeral Home, 128 Washington St., Lynn, Friday at 8 A.M., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church, Lynn, at 9 a.m.

Patricia E. Mullen, 53

DANVILLE, N.H.Mrs. Patricia E. (McGovern) Mullen, age 53, of Danville, N.H., died Monday after bravely and quietly fighting a long battle with kidney disease. She was the loving wife of Leonard Mullen, with whom she shared 26 years of marriage.

Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of Arthur H. and Janet P. (Farrell) McGovern of Swampscott. She was raised in Swampscott, and had lived in Danville, N.H., since 1990.

Patricia was a graduate of Swampscott High School, Class of 1982. She also studied culinary arts at Essex Agricultural and Technical School, and completed the GE Apprentice Course. She enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening, and was an excellent photographer. She was also involved with the Boy Scouts. Most importantly, she was dedicated to helping her children succeed. She was loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by two sons; Lenny and Paul Mullen of Danville; three brothers; Michael McGovern of Swampscott, James McGovern of Marblehead, and Stephen McGovern of Arlington, Va.; as well as a large, loving extended family, and her beloved dogs.

Service information: Her funeral will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Rt 1A), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Friday from 4-8 p.m. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston MA 02215. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

John J. Ranahan IV, 37

LYNN — In the early morning of March 20, 2017, John Joseph Ranahan IV lost his battle with addiction.

Born in Lynn on March 1, 1980, he was a lifelong resident. John was an avid sports fan and loved to play football. His football career began in East Lynn Pop Warner and carried on through his years at Saint John’s Prep and Lynn English High School. During his years at LEHS, he became well known to all as “Rana #3.” He went on to graduate with the Class of 1998. Immediately following, John attended Syracuse University where he made lifelong friends. He graduated from Syracuse University in 2002.

The light of his life, were his two children Brayden and Ava-Marie who he loved dearly. John is the son of Paula Loiacono and John Ranahan III and Stepson of Dante Loiacono. He is survived by both grandmother’s Jean Walker and Barbara Harkins, brother Patrick Ranahan, his wife Katie Ranahan and their children Jacob and Nathan, sister Kassandra Jackson and boyfriend Don Hawkins, the mother of his children Amanda Pellerin and countless family members and friends. John is grandson to the late John Ranahan II and George Walker.

We will always remember his big heart, irresistible charm and sly jokes.

Service information: Services for John will take place on Friday, March 24, 2017, at GOODRICH Funeral Home 128 Washington St., Lynn, MA. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. immediately followed by service at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brayden and Ava-Marie Ranahan Fund at Salem Five 35 Boston St., Lynn, MA, 01904.

Barbara E. McNulty, 87

LYNN — Barbara E. (Hines) McNulty, age 87, of Lynn, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, following a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late Edward James McNulty.

Born and raised in Lynn, she was a Lynn Classical graduate, Class of 1947. Barbara worked for the GE in the 1940’s and spent many years at Security National Bank and Bank of New England, retiring in 1991. She enjoyed singing, dancing, writing poetry, travel, yard sale-ing, spoiling grandchildren and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her son Brian M. McNulty and his wife Rosemary of Tewksbury, her daughter Maureen A. Martin of Lynn, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Michael E. McNulty.

Service information: A funeral service will be held in the GOODRICH Funeral Home, 128 Washington St., Lynn, on Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation is Friday, 4-8 p.m. For those desiring, memorials may be made to Brain Research Foundation.

Cynthia W. Lundstrom, 84

SWAMPSCOTT — Cynthia W. (Bryant) Lundstrom, 84, of Swampscott died Friday morning at Salem Hospital following a brief illness. She was the devoted wife of the late Kenneth R. Lundstrom.

Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Freda (Bean) Bryant. She was a lifelong resident of Swampscott and a graduate of Swampscott High School, Class of 1950.

Upon her marriage to Kenneth, Cynthia had dedicated herself to her family and raising her four children. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and sharing in all of their endeavors.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Andrew Talbot of Peabody, her son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Martha Lundstrom of S.C., her daughter-in-law, Sheryl Lundstrom of Peabody, her sister, Carol Calhoun of Peabody, her beloved grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, Heather, Brian, Karin, Kenneth, Lisa and Kristy and is also survived by her cousin, Joan Durkee of Lynn and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sons, David and Robert “Scott” Lundstrom.

Service information: Following cremation, a visitation will be held on Saturday from 10–11 a.m. at the CONWAY, CAHILL-BRODEUR Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. At the request of the family, burial services will be held privately at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions and online obituary, visit Ccbfuneral.com.

Patricia Ann Hill, 80

LYNN — Patricia Ann “Ma Dow” Hill, 80, of Lynn, died on Friday, March 17, 2017, at her home peacefully surrounded by her family after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late David E. Hill Sr.

A lifelong resident of Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Margaret Howard.

Patricia loved animals and always welcomed and fed strays in her neighborhood. She was a great neighbor, with a “welcoming home” who enjoyed helping others. A dream of hers was to have enough money so that she could build a home or shelter for all of the area homeless people.

She is survived by nine children; Joseph, Kathleen, Colleen, Kelly, Carlene, Karen and Renie Dow, Patti and Jodi Hill, her granddaughter Farrah Rivera and 67 other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is through these family members that “Ma Dows” legacy will continue. She was also the sister of the late Mike Spinney.

Service information: A celebration of her life will be held at a time and place to be announced. Arrangements are under the direction of the SOLIMINE Funeral Home 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn. Guestbook at Solimine.com.

Edward J. McHugh Jr., 75

SAUGUS — Mr. Edward J. McHugh Jr., age 75, formerly of South Boston, died on Tuesday, March 21 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice Home in Reading. He was the loving husband of Mariane (Gill) McHugh, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Edward McHugh Sr. and Mildred (Kelly) Boodro. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He moved to Saugus when he married Mariane in 1971.

Mr. McHugh was a teacher at Lincoln Technical Institute where he taught IT and networking and he was a former youth soccer coach for Saugus and Revere teams.

In addition to his wife, Mr. McHugh leaves two beloved sons, Edward J. McHugh III of Woburn and South Boston, John W. McHugh of Westerville, Ohio. Ed was the brother-in-law of Ms. Joanne Gill of Saugus, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gill of Lynn. He also leaves nieces Suzanne Gill of Hawaii, Danielle Moffett of Pennsylvania and nephew Joe Gill of Lynn.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Thursday 4-8 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus at 10 a.m. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For directions and condolences BisbeePorcella.com.

Lucille C. Alimenti, 73

PEABODY — Lucille C. (Mauro) Alimenti, age 73, of Peabody, died Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers, after a lengthy illness.

Born and raised in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Lucy (DeBenedictis) Mauro, she had lived in Peabody for the past four years.

She enjoyed walking and knitting and loved the time that she spent with her grandchildren.

She is survived by two children, Julie Hasselmann and her husband Paul of Brookfield, Conn., and Stacie Grasso and her husband Neal of Newburyport; four grandchildren, Dylan, Emma, Mia and Michael; and a brother, Vincent Mauro of Las Vegas. She was also the aunt of Paul Mauro and the late Gina Mauro.

Service information: A memorial funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. in St. Pius V Church, Lynn. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 10923. Arrangements are under the direction of the SOLIMINE Funeral Homes, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Patrick J. O’Connor, 81

Patrick J. O’Connor passed away peacefully with his wife at his side on March 18, 2017, he was 81 years old. He was the husband of Diane (Phaup) O’Connor, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.

Born on Nov. 13, 1935, he was the son of the late Christopher and Carmel (Rynn) O’Connor.

He is survived by four children, Jill O’Connor Trentsch  and her husband Lee, and her two children, Kelly Gillis and Michael Gillis, Elaine O’Connor Sullivan and her three children, Sheana Grieves, Corie Grieves and Jordyn Sullivan, Patrick “PJ” O’Connor and his wife Dina and their two children, Ryan O’Connor and Evan O’Connor, and Danny O’Connor and his fiancé Angela Dambrosio and their children, Jake and Brody O’Connor; two sisters, Christine O’Connor Howard and Linda Christensen and her husband John; two brothers, Jimmy O’Connor and his wife Joan and Timmy O’Connor and his wife Nina, and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Johnny “O.”

Patrick attended Nahant schools, St. Mary’s High School and Northeastern University. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy on submarines for four years.

Patrick was employed by Sylvania Electric for 22 years and had his own construction company, Rynn Corporation, for many years.

He loved the game of baseball more than anyone and was a former Little League and Babe Ruth coach. He enjoyed skiing in North Conway, playing golf and softball in Nahant, and, most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Service information: A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday at 12 p.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Nahant. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, or the American Parkinson Disease Association, 715 Albany St., Suite C329, Boston, MA 02118. Arrangements are under the direction of the SOLIMINE Funeral Homes, 67 Ocean St. (Route 1A), Lynn. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Carmen L. Sierra, 88

LYNN — Mrs. Carmen L. (Rivera) Sierra, age 88, of Lynn, died Monday, March 20, at her home surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late Jose Sierra.

Born and raised in Cidra, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Ignacio and Rafaela (Guzman) Rivera. She moved to New York in 1954. She lived in New York and New Jersey before moving to Lynn in 1965.

She worked as a Spanish family advocate at L.E.O. Head Start for more than 36 years. Her dedication to her work in the community was evident when Head Start asked her to return to work after her retirement. She was proud to share that she retired twice.

Carmen was an active and devoted parishioner at St. Joseph’s Church in Lynn, where she was a member of CERS and a Cursillista. She was also in charge of the Book Table at weekly Mass and ran the Puerto Rican kiosk at the annual St. Joseph’s Church Festival.

She is survived by her children, Maryann “Margie” Felix of Jersey City, N.J., Joseph Sierra and his wife Kristine, Edwin Sierra and his wife Sandra, Wanda Sierra and Jacqueline Sierra, all of Lynn; nine grandchildren, Angelo, Melanie and Adam Felix of New Jersey, Maraya, Amanda, Joseph, Anthony “Tony,” Bryanna Sierra and LeRei Gooding of Lynn, along with six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was the sister of Maria Teresa Alvarado of Haverhill and Josefina Saez of North Carolina. She was also the sister of the late Andres Rivera, Jose Antonio Rivera and Ignacio Rivera, Candida Flores and Ana Delia Martinez.

Service information: Carmen’s funeral will be held Friday, March 24, 2017 at 8 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Route 1A), Lynn, MA 01902, followed by a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Lynn, followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Donations may be made in Carmen’s name to St. Joseph’s Church, c/o St. Joseph’s Rectory, 40 Green St., Lynn 01902. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Stephen J. Melanson, 67

LYNN — Stephen J. Melanson, 67, of Lynn, died March 20, 2017 at the Chelsea Jewish Community Center in Peabody.

Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Hector and Marie (Loguercio) Melanson and husband of M. Elaine (Donovaro) Melanson. Stephen was a graduate of the Lynn school system.

He was a United States Army veteran, having served in the artillery as a specialist 4th class during the Vietnam War and received the bronze star.

Upon returning to the states he worked as an auto mechanic at the former Austin Square BP Station until it closed. He continued to do auto repairs and also drove a bus for five years with Fiore Bus company.

Stephen was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. In addition to his wife of 29 years he is survived by his sons, Stephen J. Melanson II of Lynn and Michael J. Melanson and his companion Tiffany Kulpa of Haverhill; his brothers, William and James Melanson; his granddaughter, Autumn Melanson and grand dog Doza, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister Carol Ledges.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the NADWORNY Funeral Home, 798 Western Ave., Lynn. Visiting hours will be prior from 4-7 p.m. Burial will be private in Pine Grove Cemetery in the Vietnam Veterans Section. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the charity of your choice. For guest book and directions please visit Nadwornyfuneralhome.com.

Robert R. Guillemette Jr., 46

BEVERLY — Robert R. Guillemette Jr., 46, beloved husband of Stephanie F. (Fry) Guillemette, died Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by his family.

Born in Manchester, N.H., he was the son of Jacqueline E. Guillemette Harradon of Goffstown, N.H., and the late Robert R. Guillemette Sr. He was raised in Lynn and received his education in the Lynn school system.

Mr. Guillemette had been employed for more than 20 years at Newhall Cleaning Company in Danvers and at the time of his illness he served as a manager. Robert also dedicated many years to delivering the Salem News to the Beverly and Danvers communities. In earlier years he delivered the Lynn Item and the Boston Globe as well.

In addition to his wife and his mother, he is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Rose Guillemette, his father-in-law, William J. Fry of Concord as well as aunts, uncles and cousins. He was also the brother of the late Donald Guillemette.

Service information: His funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot St., Beverly, Monday, March 27, 2017, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly, Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Burial in the Central Cemetery, Beverly. Information, directions and condolences at Campbellfuneral.com.

Wendy S. Smith, 57

SOUTH HAMILTONWendy Spinney Smith, 57, of Hamilton, Mass. passed away March 17, 2017, surrounded by her family. She will be remembered by her quick wit, generosity, honesty and independent spirit.

She was raised in Nahant and attended the Winsor School and Lake Forest College. Wendy loved raising her boys and spending time with her family. She also loved to travel, play bridge, paint and knit. She was an active member of the Vincent Club, the Chilton Club, the Cary St. Club, the Eastern Yacht Club and the Essex County Club and she loved working for charities.

She is survived by her loving husband Mark and their two sons Harrison of Boston and Henry Smith of Lincoln, N.H. Daughter of the late James O. Spinney and her mother Noel Spinney-Costin and step father Thomas P. Costin Jr. from Nahant, her sisters Pamela Duncan and husband Craig from Moultonborough, N.H., Susan Hooper and husband Jefferson from Nahant, and Allison Russell and husband Phillip from Nahant, her mother and father-in-law Holly and Phillips Smith from South Port, Maine, brother-in-law Ted and wife Penny from London. Wendy is also survived by many adoring nieces and nephews.

Service information: Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation at the CAMPBELL Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly, on Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. Her memorial service will be held at the Nahant Village Church, 27 Cliff St., Nahant, Friday, March 24, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her name to the Vincent Club for its charitable efforts in supporting the health and well-being of women through its educational forums and fundraising activities for Massachusetts General Hospital. In memory of Wendy Smith, the Vincent Club, 71 Brimmer St., Boston, MA 02108. Information, directions and condolences at Campbellfuneral.com.

Stanley S. Rogalski, 89

LYNN — Stanley S. Rogalski, 89, of Lynn died at home suddenly on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Born in Lynn, the son of the late Alexander and Maryanna (Milewski) Rogalski and husband of the late Irene (Grabowski) Rogalski.

He was a graduate of Industrial Arts High School and also a graduate of the apprentice programs at General Electric. Stan was a jet engine analyst for many years and retired as manager of Control Development Support 28 years ago. He was a communicant of St. Pius V Church and was a former member of St. Michael’s Church and a past president of the Holy Name Society. Stan was an avid gardener growing all kinds of vegetables but especially loved his tomatoes. He gave the best ones away to his neighbors. It was a close-knit neighborhood on Parkland Avenue and they were all friendly. Stan was an early environmentalist and traveled extensively with his late wife Irene. Stan was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his two sons Raymond Rogalski and his wife Blanche of Danvers, John “Rogo” Rogalski of Lynn, loving grandfather of Elizabeth Fertel and her husband Todd of Georgetown, Jenifer Rogalski of Danvers and James Rogalski of Waltham, Mass., great-grandfather of Isabella and Evangelina Fertel and many nieces and nephews.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the NADWORNY Funeral Home 798 Western Ave., Lynn on Thursday, March 23, at 9 a.m. followed by his Mass of Christian Burial in St. Pius V Church at 10 a.m. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery. Visiting hours Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. For directions and guestbook please visit Nadwornyfuneralhome.com.

Marion E. Page, 94

LYNN — Mrs. Marion E. (Seeley) Page, 94, of Lynn, died Sunday, March 19, 2017, in a Chelmsford Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Donald Page.

She was born in Lynn, the daughter of the late Joseph E. and Lucy (Payson) Seeley. She was raised in Lynn and lived in Lynn all of her life. She was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School and was a graduate of Burdett College.

She was a Union Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer. She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Lynn. She loved to walk, enjoyed gardening. And loved to shop. She was employed at the General Electric Co. in Lynn for 10 years, retiring in the 1950s.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Dorothy Keith of Billerica, John O’Brien and his wife Judy of Groton, William O’Brien and his wife Helen of Sandwich, Roger King and his wife Susan of Beverly, her great-nieces and great-nephews, Julie O’Brien and her husband Michael Curley of California, Kathleen Maynard and her husband Eric of New Hampshire, Melissa Murphy and her husband Terrance of Sandwich, Matthew O’Brien and his wife Bobbi Jo of Sandwich, Jason Keith and his wife Cheri of Chelmsford, and Rene Judge and her husband Peter of Andover. She is the sister of the late William Seeley, Hazel O’Brien and sister-in-law of the late Jeanne and Calvin King.

Service information: Her funeral will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 11 a.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rte. 129) Lynn. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are from 10-11 a.m. prior to her service. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Where to vote in Lynn

City of Lynn

Polling Places

Tuesday, March 21, from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

1-1 Shoemaker School 26 Regina Road
1-2 Pondview Lodge 112 Kernwood Drive
1-3 Sisson School 56 Conomo Ave.
1-4 Sisson School 56 Conomo Ave.
2-1 St. Pius Lower Church Hall 215 Maple St.
2-2 St. Pius Lower Church Hall 215 Maple St.
2-3 St. Pius Lower Church Hall 215 Maple St.
2-4 St. Pius Lower Church Hall 215 Maple St.
3-1 Marshall Middle School 100 Brookline St.
3-2 Marshall Middle School 100 Brookline St.
3-3 Marshall Middle School 100 Brookline St.
3-4 Marshall Middle School 100 Brookline St.
4-1 KIPP Academy 90 High Rock St.
4-2 KIPP Academy 90 High Rock St.
4-3 The Lynn Museum 590 Washington St.
4-4 The Lynn Museum 590 Washington St.
5-1 Lynn Vocational Tech. Annex 90 Commercial St.
5-2 Lynn Vocational Tech. Annex 90 Commercial St.
5-3 Lynn Vocational Tech. Annex 90 Commercial St.
5-4 Community Hall 10 Church St.
6-1 Lynn Vocational Tech. Fieldhouse 80 Neptune Boulevard
6-2 Lynn Vocational Tech. Fieldhouse 80 Neptune Boulevard
6-3 Lynn Vocational Tech. Fieldhouse 80 Neptune Boulevard
6-4 Lynn Vocational Tech. Fieldhouse 80 Neptune Boulevard
7-1 Breed Junior High School 90 O’Callaghan Way
7-2 Breed Junior High School 90 O’Callaghan Way
7-3 Breed Junior High School 90 O’Callaghan Way
7-4 Breed Junior High School 90 O’Callaghan Way

 

Source: City Clerk, Lynn.

Success is the reason to revive summer school

A Wellesley state legislator is asking her colleagues to consider closing student achievement gaps by making summer school a more available option for kids.

Long billed as punishment for lazy or undisciplined students, summer school sprang to the forefront as a sensible way to enhance students’ skills 25 years ago until state funding cuts caused many summer programs to wither away and die on the vine.

State Rep. Alice Peisch is pushing a new model for summer school in urban districts that would take students out of the classroom and into the real world, according to the State House News Service.

Peisch, who co-chairs the Legislature’s Committee on Education, has filed legislation with 18 co-sponsors that would direct the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to set up a grant program to support summer learning in districts with high concentrations of low-income students.

The programs seeded through the grant program would have to offer at least 150 hours of programming, including academic, college and career readiness skills, and work with local district and community employers, nonprofits and private funders to enhance the experience, the News Service reported.

It makes sense to advance Peisch’s concept and ask nonprofit organizations and businesses to explore ways to supplement any state money available to pay for summer learning. Organizations such as the North Shore Workforce Investment Board urge businesses annually to think about summer job opportunities for youth and ponder the benefits of hiring young people. It is not a huge leap to also ask the private and nonprofit sector to advance summer learning.

Lynn’s past successes with Project LEARN and individual summer programs in schools across the city achieved several important objectives. They kept students’ mathematics and reading skills sharp during summer vacation and they provided more latitude for kids to learn in small groups and mix classroom time with fun-oriented, hands-on learning projects of the variety Peisch is envisioning.

As anyone who has mastered a sport or a musical instrument knows, practice and time spent on it are the only ways to develop a talent. School districts cannot throw money at education during the school year or roll out a new testing concept and expect marked student skill improvement.

But relaxed, innovative programs during the summer months help young minds loosen the routine oriented structure of the regular year classroom and stretch their intellects. Summer programs are also good for teachers: They need to keep their skills sharp so that they can roll into the fall at full speed.

LEARN in its heyday combined classroom programs with afternoon recreational programs designed to help kids balance summer learning with hot weather outdoor activities. The result was curious kids who spent part of their summer productively while their parents got a low-cost alternative to daycare.

Peisch’s idea, like a lot of legislative proposals that wind their way through the Legislature, will attract her colleagues’ attention or die an obscure death after getting sidetracked. But the intent behind her thinking represents an innovative way to accomplish the one task education is intended to accomplish: Help students succeed.

Police chase ends with crash into building, fire

PHOTO BY PAULA MULLER
Gulino’s Auto Body at 1062 Broadway, Revere, was damaged when a suspect fleeing from police crashed a U-Haul truck into the building early Sunday morning.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SAUGUS — A Cambridge man was arrested after allegedly breaking into a Saugus sub shop and leading police on a chase that ended with him crashing into a building in Revere on Sunday morning, Saugus police said.

Robert Silvia, 50, was charged with nighttime breaking and entering into a building for a felony, attempt to commit a crime (larceny from a building), failure to stop for police, operation of a motor vehicle with a revoked license, speeding and other motor vehicle violations.

Saugus Police responded to a burglary alarm alert from Santoro’s Sub-Villa on Essex Street shortly after 3 a.m. Before the alarm, an officer saw a 2017 Ford U-Haul truck parked outside of the business, police said.

Responding officers found that the restaurant had been broken into and the glass front doors had been smashed, police said.

Officers then saw the U-Haul truck exit from Route 1 onto Walnut Street. Police tried to pull the truck over, but the driver, Silvia, allegedly took off speeding, police said.

When Silvia failed to stop for police, he was pursued from Lynn and then back into Saugus. As it was entering Revere on Route 107, the truck struck a Revere police cruiser, and then crashed into Gulino’s Auto Body at 1062 Broadway, police said.

Silvia allegedly left the U-Haul and ran inside the building. Police found him inside, where he was arrested.

After the truck crashed into the building, it immediately caught on fire, with the blaze extending into Gulino’s Auto Body. The fire was extinguished by responding fire crews.

There were no injuries. The Revere police officer was not inside his cruiser when it was struck, and was able to move out of the way.

Silvia is scheduled to be arraigned in Lynn District Court on Monday.

The incident is under investigation by Saugus police, who are also investigating whether Silvia was involved in a break-in that occurred earlier Sunday morning at a business close to Santoro’s Sub-Villa.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Police log: 3-20-2017

All address information, particularly arrests, reflect police records. In the event of a perceived inaccuracy, it is the sole responsibility of the concerned party to contact the relevant police department and have the department issue a notice of correction to the Daily Item. Corrections or clarifications will not be made without express notice of change from the arresting police department.

LYNN

Arrests

Willy Duran, of 95 Pleasant St., was arrested onx warrant charges of trespassing at 9:25 p.m. Saturday.

Gregg Harmer, 61, of 41 Range Ave., was arrested on a courtesy booking at 7:02 p.m. Friday.

Alicia Jordan, 31, of 29 Linden St., was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

Salvador Montesinos, 25, of 28 Forest St., was arrested and charged with refusing license/registration/plates at 4:07 a.m. Saturday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:48 a.m. Saturday at 25 Clinton St.; at 12:37 p.m. Saturday on North Franklin Street; at 4:19 p.m. Saturday at Chestnut Street and Western Avenue; at 7:24 p.m. Saturday at 391 Eastern Ave.; at 8:54 p.m. Saturday at 93 Jackson St.; at 5:02 a.m. Sunday at Burger King at 108 Boston St.; at 12:01 p.m. Sunday at 471 Western Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 5:36 p.m. Saturday at Boston and Washington streets.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 12:21 a.m. Sunday at 196 Franklin St.; at 9:13 a.m. Sunday at 89 Woodman St.

Assaults

A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 5:25 p.m. Friday at Essex Street and Tilton Terrace.

A report of an assault at 7:40 p.m. Saturday on Essex Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 5:39 p.m. Friday at 4 Sargents Court; at 9:12 p.m. Saturday at 4 Friend Terrace; at 2:44 a.m. Sunday at 81 Whiting St.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 1:25 p.m. Friday at 11 Market Square; at 2 p.m. Friday at Tracy School at 35 Walnut St.; at 2:18 p.m. Friday at Subway at 44 State St.; at 6:03 p.m. Friday at 220 South Common St.; at 7:44 p.m. Friday at 11 Clarendon Ave.; at 9:51 p.m. Friday at 43 Gage St.; at 11:59 p.m. Friday at 9 Hanover St.; at 12:27 a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen’s Church at 74 South Common St.; at 12:28 a.m. Saturday at 9 Hanover St.; at 12:39 a.m. Saturday at 10 Joyce St.; at 1:07 a.m. Saturday at 74 South Common St.; at 2:28 a.m. Saturday at 122 Chestnut St.; at 2:53 a.m. Saturday at 16 Hanover St.; at 3:34 a.m. Saturday at 19 Forest St.; at 3:58 a.m. Saturday at 30 Dexter St.; at 9 a.m. Saturday at 84 Marianna St.; at 9:42 a.m. Saturday at 13 Park St.; at 9:50 a.m. Saturday at 17 Alley St.; at 11:12 a.m. Saturday at 130 Eastern Ave.; at 4:02 p.m. Saturday at 338 Broadway; at 4:27 p.m. Saturday at Rite Aid at 156 Lewis St.; at 4:52 p.m. Saturday at 160 Neptune Blvd.; at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at 15 Lewis St.; at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at 6 Chestnut St.; at 11 p.m. Saturday at 150 Walnut St.; at 12:08 a.m. Sunday at 30 Phillips Ave.; at 12:57 a.m. Sunday at Lido Cafe at 106 Federal St.

Overdose

A report of an overdose at 5:19 p.m. Friday on Tilton Place; at 7:28 p.m. Friday on Harwood Street; at 3:28 p.m. Saturday at 39 Congress St.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 4:15 p.m. Friday at 2 Adams St.; at 11:15 p.m. Saturday at Mobil Gas Station at Chestnut Street and Western Avenue; at 9:56 a.m. Sunday at Radio Shack at 94 Boston St.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 9:49 p.m. Saturday on Coburn Street.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 4:03 p.m. Friday at 93 Timson St.; at 5:50 a.m. Saturday at 74 Rockaway St.

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 7:58 a.m. Saturday at 498 Essex St.; at 12:43 p.m. Saturday at 38 Barrett St.; at 4:31 p.m. Saturday at 54 Elm St.; at 10:59 a.m. Sunday at 24 Mudge St.


MARBLEHEAD

Arrests

James R. Thompson, 22, of 23 State St., Apt. 4, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering nighttime for a felony, indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older and indecent exposure at 1:38 a.m. Saturday.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a burglary/breaking and entering at 3:48 a.m. Sunday on Lafayette Street. Police reported an open window.

Complaints

A report of suspicious activity at 10:30 a.m. Friday on Humphrey Street. The parks and recreation office reported a man was taking pictures of a red car in the parking lot, and the concern was partly because it had a police sticker on the glass. Police reported everything checked out; at 11:33 a.m. Friday on Jersey Street. A caller reported a woman had been driving up and down the street, yelling on the phone. The woman then proceeded to exit the vehicle and take pictures of people’s houses. The caller reported that the woman got back into the car, started it and then got back on the phone, yelling again. Police reported the woman was gone upon their arrival, and spoke with a neighbor who reported being home all day and didn’t see or hear anything in the area.

A report of a naked man in the bathroom at 1:38 a.m. Saturday on State Street. A caller reported she was asleep and awoke to a neighbor, who had broken into the apartment and was completed naked. The man proceeded to touch her legs and asked her “do you want to (f-expletive)?” The man then reportedly left the apartment and returned upstairs. He did not appear intoxicated. James R. Thompson, 22, of 23 State St., Apt. 4, was arrested for the incident.

A woman reported finding toy assault guns in the rubbish at her home at 7:42 a.m. Saturday on Evans Road. She was concerned they may have been used for something malicious so she collected them and put them in her car. The toy weapons were brought to the station for destruction.


PEABODY

Arrests

Julio C. Cruz, 49, of 48 Aberdeen Ave., was arrested and charged with OUI liquor second offense and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle at 6:25 p.m. Saturday.

Julio C. Cruz, 49, of 48 Aberdeen Ave., was arrested and charged with OUI liquor second offense, marked lanes violation, operation with a suspended license for OUI while OUI and assault and battery at 11:35 p.m. Saturday.

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:33 p.m. Friday at South Peabody Liquor Mart at 87 Lynnfield St. A two-car accident was reported. A juvenile male was taken to Beverly Hospital; at 6:31 p.m. Friday at 31 Pierpont St.; at 7:24 p.m. Friday at 163 Washington St. and 124 Foster St.; at 7:59 p.m. Friday on Lowell Street. A car into a snowbank was reported. The car was dislodged from the snowbank and there was no damage or injuries; at 9:07 p.m. Friday at 96 Washington St. and 2 Clement Ave.; at 4:23 p.m. Saturday at 49 Andover St.; at 4:59 p.m. Saturday at Speedway at 545 Lowell St.; at 6:21 p.m. Saturday at Nordstrom at 210N Andover St. A caller reported that the woman parked next to her vehicle opened the door and caused damage to the side of her vehicle; at 11:35 p.m. Saturday at Peabody Sunoco at 1 Lynn St. Julio C. Cruz, 49, of 48 Aberdeen Ave., was arrested for OUI liquor second offense, operating with a license suspended for OUI while OUI and other charges.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 2:17 a.m. Saturday at 24 Lynn St. A resident reported hearing a loud bang outside the house, and checked to find a tire in the road. The vehicle was hit while parked. Police searched and couldn’t find the suspect vehicle; at 1:24 p.m. Saturday at Brothers Kouzina at 25 Newbury St.; at 10:59 a.m. Sunday at 29 Proctor Circle.

Assaults

A report of an assault at 11:05 p.m. Friday at Brodie’s Pub on Lowell Street. A caller reported he was with a man who was jumped and injured. The victim was found on Church Street and had a laceration to his face. He was taken to Salem Hospital.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 11:29 p.m. Friday at 95 Main St. A noise dispute between neighbors was reported. The person was playing darts; at 3:18 p.m. Saturday at 9R Tremont St.; at 10:19 p.m. Saturday at Hampton Inn at 59 Newbury St. A dispute between a brother and sister over a cell phone was reported; at 11:09 p.m. Saturday at 5 Jacobs St. Loud music was reported; at 11:58 p.m. Saturday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 3 Central St. A cab driver reported a dispute over fare; at 12:33 a.m. Sunday at 8 Margaret Road; at 12:49 a.m. Sunday at Highlands at Dearborn at 7 Silverleaf Way; at 1:50 a.m. Sunday at Gardner Apartments at 22 Pulaski St.; at 3:19 a.m. Sunday at 7 Silverleaf Way. Loud music was reported. The resident of the apartment with reported loud music refused to give his name, was belligerent and stated that he didn’t care if he disturbed anyone. Police reported warning the resident that if another complaint was received, further action would be taken; at 4:20 a.m. Sunday at 3 Sherman St.

A report of a road rage incident at 2:41 p.m. Saturday at JCPenney at 210J Andover St. A caller reported a lighter was thrown on her car.

A report of suspicious activity at 5:08 p.m. Saturday at 23 Joy Road. A suspicious person behind the fence was reported. Police spoke with the person who lives at 27 Joy Road and was out taking photos of wildlife.

A report of OUI liquor at 6:25 p.m. Saturday at Greg’s Deli at 3 First Ave. A caller reported a man passed out behind the wheel of his car for approximately three and a half hours. The man, Julio C. Cruz, 49, of 48 Aberdeen Ave., was arrested for OUI liquor.

Theft

A report of a larceny at 11:58 p.m. Saturday at Homewood Suites at 57 Newbury St. A desk clerk reported the register was robbed.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 8:12 a.m. Friday at Capone’s Restaurant at 147 Summit St. A man reported that his car window was broken at the restaurant the night before.


SWAMPSCOTT

Accidents

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:39 p.m. Friday at Stop & Shop at 450 Paradise Road; at 1:13 a.m. Saturday at C&L Package Store at 26 New Ocean St.; at 11:06 a.m. Saturday at Franklin and Stetson avenues.

Complaints

A report of a disturbance at 11:02 p.m. Friday at 525 Paradise Road; at 1:25 a.m. Saturday at 55 Eastman Ave.

Vandalism

A report of vandalism at 7:30 p.m. Friday at King’s Beach at 55 Humphrey St.

Louis D. DiBella

REVERE — Louis D. DiBella, of Revere and formerly of Boston’s North End, on March 12, 2017.

Owner of F. DiBella and Sons, one of the largest purveyors of fruit, produce and bananas in the Boston area. Louis also owned and operated the following nightclubs, Basin Street South, El Morocco, Guys and Dolls, Green Apple, The Colosseum, Boots and Saddles, and the world famous D.B.’s Golden Banana.

Beloved husband of the late Gloria “Dutchess” (Luongo) DiBella. Loving father of Frankie M. DiBella of Revere. Adored grandfather of Leah M. DiBella and her companion Brian Tester of Peabody and Courtney A. DiBella of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Great-grandfather of Jayden Tester and Chelsea Rose DiBella. Dear brother of Gregory and sister-in-law Carol of Stoneham, Albert of Quincy, sister-in-law Genie DiBella, brother-in-law Jimmy Ferro, the late Joseph DiBella, Carmella (Millie) DiBella, Nancy Gioia and brother-in-law Frank Gioia, Marie DiBella and Sister Josephine Ferro. Dear friend of Matthew Gaeta and family of Lynnfield. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Service information: The family will receive visitors in the Boston Harborside Home, 580 Commercial St., Boston, on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Parking attendants on duty. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Anthony’s of Padua, 250 Revere St., Revere, on Friday at 10 a.m. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Services will conclude with entombment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Late U.S. Army veteran of WWII. For online condolences and/or directions, visit: Bostonharborsidehome.com.

William F. Gaffney, 54

LYNN — William Frederick “Bill” Gaffney, a longtime resident of Lynn, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the age of 54.

Born in Quincy on May 14, 1962, he was the son of Edward and Margaret “Peg” Rundlett. Bill was raised and educated in Peabody and was a graduate of Peabody High School with the Class of 1981.

Bill worked for the past 12 years as a supervisor with the Schwartz and Benjamin Shoe Co. He spent many years enjoying coaching his sons’ youth soccer and baseball teams in Lynn.

Bill leaves his sons, William M. Gaffney of Beverly, Steven M. Gaffney and Michael Royce, both of Lynn; his parents, Peg and Ed Rundlett of Saugus; his other half, Rebecca Peters of Lynn; his former spouse, Lisa Gaffney of Peabody; and his brother, John Rundlett. Bill was preceded in death by his grandmother, Gladys Rundlett.

Service information: Visiting hours will be held in the CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a graveside committal service in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, at 1 p.m. For obituary and directions, please visit Cuffemcginn.com.

Harold J. Ring, 90

SAUGUS — Mr. Harold J. Ring, age 90, died at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Friday, March 10. He was the loving husband of Margaret E. (McGuire) Ring.

Born and raised in Wakefield, he lived in Lynn before moving to Saugus in 1957. He was the son of the late Harold and Laura (Pinto) Ring. He was a graduate of Wakefield High School and Bridgeton Academy. Mr. Ring was a graduate of Northeastern University and worked at Raytheon for 38 years. He loved to golf and bowl and was member of the American Legion and VFW. He was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran and Korean War U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Mr. Ring is survived by his two daughters; Ann Ring of Saugus, and Elizabeth Nassal and her husband Mark of Wakefield. He was the brother of Shirley Wasinor of Wakefield, and the late Arthur Ring, Lois Parr, Robert Ring, Theordore Berns. He is also survived by his grandchildren Troy and Eve.

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Fisher House at www.fisherhouseboston.org. or 1400 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132.

Service information: A memorial service will take place in the funeral home on Saturday, March 18, at noon in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave, Saugus. For directions and condolences BisbeePorcella.com.

Joan H. Magner, 84

LYNN — Joan Helen (Doyle) Magner, age 84, a lifelong resident of Lynn prior to moving to the Saugus Center five years ago, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 13, 2017, surrounded by her family and friends.

Born and educated in Lynn, Joan was the daughter of the late Arthur and Alice (White) Doyle. She graduated from St. Mary’s Girls High School with the Class of 1950. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward L. Magner with whom she shared 21 years of marriage; the loving and devoted mother of Joseph Magner and his wife, Sally of Methuen, Marianne Zukowski, Carol Magner, Lisa Johnson and her husband, Shawn, the late Nancy Milmore and her husband, John Milmore, all of Lynn; the cherished grandmother of Michael and Erin Zukowski Scott Zukowski and Ashley Ranahan, Nicole and Ricky Myette, Elizabeth and Brian Parsons, Gretchen Magner, and Kayla and Michael Cassidy; the great-grandmother of Emma, Matthew and Benjamin Zukowski, Coleman Myette, and Hannah Parsons; the dear sister of Margaret Kane of Lynn, Ellen Immar of Rockland and the late Herbert, James, Thomas and Martin Doyle and the late Agnes Doucette, Marion Zera, Anna Dart and Rita Manoogian; the sister-in-law of Eleanor Mackin of Lynn; and the aunt of many nieces and nephews.

After high school, Joan worked for General Electric for several years and the city of Lynn Convalescent Home for several years prior to her retirement. Joan had many special qualities and brought love and laughter to all who crossed her path. Her biggest joy was spending time with family, extended family and friends. She had an open door policy and there was never a need to be invited to her home. The family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the loving staff of the Saugus Center for all of the wonderful care she received from them over the past five years.

Service information: Joan’s funeral will be held from the CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, on Friday, March 17, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 8 South Common St., Lynn at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 16 from 3-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Joan’s memory may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, MA Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or via www.alz.org. For the online guestbook please visit Cuffemcginn.com.

Richard F. McBrien III, 79

STURBRIDGE — Mr. Richard F. McBrien III, 79, of Sturbridge and formerly of Lynn, died Friday March 10, 2017, in the Vibra Hospital, in Leicester after a long illness. He is the husband of Mrs. Margaret “Peggy” A. (Nordin) McBrien. He was born in Lynn the son of the late Richard F. “Frank” and Olga (Soltys) McBrien.

He was raised in Lynn, and was a graduate of Lynn English High, Class of 1955. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Salem State in 1960 and his Master’s Degree from Northeastern University. He has lived in Lynn all of his life until moving to Sturbridge two years ago.

Dick was a vice principal and acting principal for Eastern Junior High and Lynn English High School. He retired in 2000, after working for 40 years for the Lynn school system, in just those two schools. He also taught math and science.

Dick was proud to be an Eagle Scout with Silver Palms. He enjoyed camping and collecting clocks. For many years he worked as the assistant director for Camp Rotary. He also worked as an assistant manager for Jellystone Park in Sturbridge where he drove their firetruck and hay wagon for guests.

In addition to his wife with whom he shared 52 years of marriage he leaves his daughter in law, Kerry (Hammonds) McBrien of Webster, Mass., and many nieces, nephews and close friends. He is the father of the late John McBrien who died in February, 2017.

Service information: His funeral will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway, (Rt. 129) Lynn, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in Holy Family Church, Lynn, at 10 a.m. Burial in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Donations may be made to the Lynn English High School Scholarship Fund, in his name, 50 Goodridge St., Lynn, MA 01902. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Geraldine E. Haley, 103

SAUGUS — Miss Geraldine E. Haley, age 103, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on Thursday evening.

Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Saugus, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Bertha (Smith) Haley. She was a graduate of Boston Secretarial School and attended Emerson College. Miss Haley was a lifelong member of the Church of the Nazarene in Saugus. A field representative for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts for many years, she was a member of the BCBS Sterling Club retiring in 1979.

Miss Haley is survived by her nieces and nephews; Arnold Haley and his wife Norene of Maine, Cynthia Draper and her husband Lawrence of Florida, Judith Davidson and her husband Ronald of Maine, Phyllis Procter and her husband Lawrence of Marblehead, Nancy Sweet and her husband John of New Hampshire. Miss Haley was the sister of the late Paul Haley, Arnold Haley, Herbert Haley and Thelma Haley.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the Church of the Nazarene, 60 Essex Street, Saugus, MA 01906.

Service information: Visiting hours will be held in the BISBEE-PORCELLA Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Thursday 4-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday in the Church of the Nazarene, 60 Essex St., Saugus, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. For directions and condolences BisbeePorcella.com.

Laurine I. Darsney, 93

LYNN — Laurine I. (Deveau) Darsney, age 93, formerly of Lynn, died unexpectedly on Friday at Brayburn Gardens at Brooksby Village. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert E. Darsney. Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late William and Margaret (Thibodeau) Deveau. She had lived in Lynn for the greater part of her life, before moving to Brooksby Village nine years ago.

Laurine worked as a teacher for more than 30 years, both at St. Jean’s Grammar School and Christ Child Nursery. She also worked as an educational assistant for the Lynn Public Schools for ten years. After her retirement, she worked as a home care helper for Greater Lynn Senior Services. She enjoyed camping, reading, and Japanese Bunka. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family.

She is survived by three sons; William Darsney and his wife Anne-Marie of Savannah, Ga., Kenneth Darsney and his wife Helen of Laconia, N.H., and Timothy Darsney and his wife Kathleen of Nashua, N.H.; four grandchildren; Jennifer Lowry and her husband Derek of Ipswich, James Darsney and his wife Kris of Amesbury, Dianna Darsney de Salcedo and her husband Ricardo, currently in U.S. Foreign Service in Ethiopia, and Matthew Darsney of Seattle, Wash.; and five great-grandchildren; Ben, Cooper, Anna, Amalia and Dylan. She is also survived by a sister-in-law Geraldine (Darsney) Boberg and her husband Jack and a brother-in-law Normand Darsney and his wife Marie.

Service information: Her visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt. 129), Lynn. Her funeral Mass will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Chapel at Brooksby Village, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parish Kitchen, 141 West Pike St., Covington, KY 41011. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Don’t bury Lynn’s future: Vote yes on schools

We urge a vote tomorrow in favor of building two new middle schools and approving a tax hike to pay for them.

The 2 Schools for Lynn supporters make a strong case for the city moving forward to build a new school on Parkland Avenue and another in West Lynn, citing rapidly increasing enrollment in existing schools.

Protect Our Reservoir-Preserve Pine Grove members summarize their opposition to the ballot question by criticizing the proposed Parkland Avenue site near Breeds Pond and arguing the city cannot afford its share of the $188.5 million project, which is estimated to be a maximum of $91 million.

Voters will be asked tomorrow to pay for new schools by approving a measure excluding the school debt from the property tax-raising limitations set by state law. This request is unprecedented in the city’s history and ballot question opponents are correct when they say the debt exclusion request is set against the backdrop of the city’s recent financial problems.

The city’s bond rating has been downgraded and city Chief Financial Officer Peter Caron sounded an alarm about city finances last December. But the economic benefits to the city from building new schools outweigh financial concerns.

Ballot question proponents convincingly argue that families and businesses looking to relocate in Lynn assess school quality in making their decisions. Building new schools does not simply benefit the students who will attend a new West Lynn and Pickering in 2019 and 2020, respectively. New construction also benefits future generations of students.

Ballot question opponents say they share this viewpoint. But they argue the Parkland Avenue site is a poor location because, they say, it negatively affects Pine Grove Cemetery and the woods around the pond.

Both of these arguments are weak. The Parkland Avenue and the West Lynn site were picked because they did not contain the hazardous materials contamination and flooding problems identified on other potential school sites. Proponents also point out that the Parkland Avenue site will be separated from Breeds Pond by a hill.

Opponents argue that the 44-acre site where the school has been proposed has for decades been viewed as cemetery land. But proponents point out only 12 acres are actually needed for the school project, meaning the remaining land can be destined for cemetery use.

Question opponents are also unrealistic when they say, “find another site and we will support it.” Lynn is an old, land-poor industrial city with few suitable sites available for school construction.

Opponents are misguided when they say the city can abandon plans to build on Parkland Avenue and simply propose another school site to the state and receive quick funding approval.

Competition for limited state school building assistance reimbursements is stiff. Waiting to build new schools will only drive up future construction costs. Lynn can’t afford to miss this chance to build new schools with the state’s help.

Every student in Lynn deserves a state-of-the-art middle school like Thurgood Marshall on Brookline Street. We urge a “yes” vote on Tuesday to propel Lynn into a future marked by success and opportunity for all residents.

Lynn voters being put to the test

(Left) ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
This sign is on the corner of Lynnfield Street and Kernwood Dr.
(Right) PHOTO BY PAULA MULLER
Pat Burke (adult standing) and Mia Duncan (with sign), of Lynn, at the “Get the Vote Out Rally” for the March 14 vote for two new schools. The meeting was held at the Lynn Teachers Union on Western Avenue.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN After months of campaigning, it all comes down to a vote on Tuesday.

The March 14 special election has pit Protect Our Reservoir – Preserve Pine Grove which opposes the $188.5 million project to build a pair of middle schools against 2 Schools for Lynn, which includes parents, teachers and city officials who say the more than 100-year-old Pickering Middle School should be replaced.

As a powerful nor’easter threatens to shut down the region on Tuesday with more than a foot of snow, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy is considering postponing the election. The city solicitor’s office will consult with the election division of the Massachusetts Secretary of State this morning and make a decision by 5 p.m.

On Friday, Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin, said if the city wants to reschedule the vote due to inclement weather, they would have to appear before a judge this morning to make the request.

If approved by voters, the Pickering on Conomo Avenue would be replaced with a school on Parkland Avenue near the Pine Grove Cemetery that would house 652 students. A larger second school for 1,008 students would be built on McManus Field on Commercial Street.

Property owners will be responsible for an estimated $91.4 million or 51.5 percent of the total $188.5 million project cost. The city said the average homeowner will pay an additional $200 in taxes per year for 25 years. The rest of the cost will be paid for by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, a quasi-public agency that funds school construction.

Voters will be asked two questions: whether the city should borrow the money to build the schools and a second question on whether taxpayers are willing to exempt the plan from Proposition 2 ½.

On one side are the proponents who say every child who attends a middle school should have the same opportunity as every other child. They point to the gleaming Thurgood Marshall Middle School that opened last year which offers its students an ideal place to learn with lots of natural light, studios for art, music and television production, science labs and all the modern tools to learn home economics.

On the opposing side are some Pine Hill residents who say when they purchased their homes they expected their nearest neighbors to be in the graveyard, not school children and the traffic that comes with it. They say Parkland is not only the wrong site, but the project is too expensive and the city must protect the nearby reservoir.

Gary Welch, a member of the opposition, said he favors a plan that would build the West Lynn school first at the McManus site, move the Pickering students to the new facility, demolish the current Pickering School and build the new school at the Pickering site.

Superintendent Dr. Catherine Latham has been equally passionate in noting the building committee examined more than a dozen sites and concluded Parkland Avenue makes the most sense.

While people have suggested a parcel on Federal Street near the fire station, it is contaminated land, while another site at Magnolia Avenue is in a floodplain and has a water line, Latham said. The other location suggested at Union Hospital is not owned by the city and would exacerbate traffic on Lynnfield Street.

At press time, each group was planning to hold events on the weekend before the vote.

The 2 Schools for Lynn group scheduled a “Get Out the Vote Rally” on Saturday at the  Lynn Teachers Union. Among those expected to attend were state Rep. and City Councilor-at-Large Daniel Cahill, Rep. Brendan Crighton, City Councilor-at-Large Brian LaPierre, Ward 1 City Councilor Wayne Lozzi, School Committee members Maria Carrasco, John Ford, Lorraine Gately and Jared Nicholson.

Protect Our Reservoir – Preserve Pine Grove planned a walk-through of the Parkland Avenue site on Sunday at B Street Place and Basse Road.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tigrillo@itemlive.com.

Where to vote in Lynn

City of Lynn

Polling Places

Tuesday, March 14, from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

1-1 Shoemaker School 26 Regina Road
1-2 Pondview Lodge 112 Kernwood Drive
1-3 Sisson School 56 Conomo Ave.
1-4 Sisson School 56 Conomo Ave.
2-1 St. Pius Lower Church Hall 215 Maple St.
2-2 St. Pius Lower Church Hall 215 Maple St.
2-3 St. Pius Lower Church Hall 215 Maple St.
2-4 St. Pius Lower Church Hall 215 Maple St.
3-1 Marshall Middle School 100 Brookline St.
3-2 Marshall Middle School 100 Brookline St.
3-3 Marshall Middle School 100 Brookline St.
3-4 Marshall Middle School 100 Brookline St.
4-1 KIPP Academy 90 High Rock St.
4-2 KIPP Academy 90 High Rock St.
4-3 The Lynn Museum 590 Washington St.
4-4 The Lynn Museum 590 Washington St.
5-1 Lynn Vocational Tech. Annex 90 Commercial St.
5-2 Lynn Vocational Tech. Annex 90 Commercial St.
5-3 Lynn Vocational Tech. Annex 90 Commercial St.
5-4 Community Hall 10 Church St.
6-1 Lynn Vocational Tech. Fieldhouse 80 Neptune Boulevard
6-2 Lynn Vocational Tech. Fieldhouse 80 Neptune Boulevard
6-3 Lynn Vocational Tech. Fieldhouse 80 Neptune Boulevard
6-4 Lynn Vocational Tech. Fieldhouse 80 Neptune Boulevard
7-1 Breed Junior High School 90 O’Callaghan Way
7-2 Breed Junior High School 90 O’Callaghan Way
7-3 Breed Junior High School 90 O’Callaghan Way
7-4 Breed Junior High School 90 O’Callaghan Way

 

Source: City Clerk, Lynn.

Marblehead JCC decries anti-Semitic threats

By GAYLA CAWLEY

MARBLEHEAD — Anti-Semitic bomb threats affected eight states last Tuesday, including Massachusetts, and one Canadian province, leading a local Jewish Community Center (JCC) and police department to increase security and awareness.

Last week marked the sixth wave of anti-Semitic bomb threats this year, according to Robert Trestan, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In Massachusetts, there were three on Tuesday, one at the ADL New England Regional Office in Boston, where Trestan works, and two at Jewish Day Schools in Framingham and Newton.

Other states affected were Alabama, Florida, Illinois, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada, Trestan said.

Overall, Trestan said there have been 140 bomb threats against 110 institutions, throughout 36 states, since January. He said the threats are predominantly by phone, with some email. He said the ADL in Boston received a threat by phone, but he didn’t take the call.

“I think it’s deeply disturbing that the one thing that 140 bomb (threats) have in common is a Jewish target, and that results in impacting tens of thousands of people, instilling a sense of fear, and that goes to toddlers who go to a JCC preschool, to their parents who drop them off in the morning, to people who work in Jewish institutions,” Trestan said. “I’ll leave it to the police to figure out how it should be categorized in terms of criminal language. They’re certainly trying to instill fear and intimidation in the community.”

Martin Schneer, executive director of the JCC of the North Shore, based in Marblehead, said the organization has not received a threat so far.

“We feel very fortunate and I’m not convinced that we won’t eventually have our turn,” Schneer said. “It’s an attack on our way of life, an attack on our communities and a way to disrupt our life.”

Schneer said the organization is constantly on top of what’s happening, and has a good relationship with local police. Last Thursday, he was about to step into another meeting with Marblehead Police.

The JCC association recently put together a conference call with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Secure Community Network. Schneer said he would be meeting with DHS representatives this week, after the department had agreed to meet with various institutions across the country in response to the threats.

“We’ve heightened our sense of security and diligence around this,” Schneer said.

Security is always a priority in the post 9/11 world, Schneer said, as cameras are installed around the building. He said the balance of security response is between making people more anxious and having more confidence from the organization being on top of things. By and large, he said the members have been thankful. He said certain procedures are in place, including evacuation plans.

“Anti-semitism hasn’t gone away,” Schneer said. “It’s the oldest prejudice. We are, I guess, an easy target. We are a minority. It’s hard to tell what’s in the mind of an anti-Semite and why they would choose to do something so horrific and disturbing.”

Schneer said in response to the threats, he received a letter of support from Attorney General Maura Healey.

“I write to express my solidarity with your organizations at this challenging time for the Jewish community in Massachusetts and across the country,” Healey wrote in a letter to leaders of the Massachusetts Jewish community centers. “In the past months, we have witnessed a rise in anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation unprecedented in recent decades.

“These serious offenses, as well as the vandalism of Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and St. Louis and other anti-Semitic acts in schools and synagogues, are incidents of deep concern to me and my office. These attacks on Jewish institutions have contributed to a climate of fear and uncertainty. I know that parents are worried for their children’s safety. Now, more than ever, it is vital that government, law enforcement, faith and community organizations come together to reassure the public and put an end to this hateful conduct.”

Marblehead has experienced its own anti-semitism recently. Last August, vandals wrote “Jews did 9/11” in the dirt of the softball field at Marblehead High School. At the time, Trestan released a statement that the perpetrators were promoting a pernicious conspiracy theory claiming that Jews were responsible for 9/11. The vandalism was swiftly condemned by the ADL, Marblehead police, town and school officials.  

In Dec. 2015, students in a Marblehead High School class configured pennies in the shape of a swastika, an emblem of the Nazi party, took a photo and posted it on Snapchat. Swastikas were also scrolled on some basketball courts in multiple town parks last year.

In nearby Swampscott, the symbols were chalked on a Pleasant Street sidewalk last April, and another swastika was scrawled in the parking lot of the middle school.

Peabody Police announced on Saturday they were increasing patrols and awareness combating anti-Semitism. Police Chief Thomas Griffin told the community in a statement that steps were being taken to ensure the preservation of safety within the Jewish commune throughout the city. Patrols in specific areas are increasing, which involve both uniformed and plainclothes officers.

“Although there have been no recent specific threats or incidents within the city, we need to remain vigilant and protect the people and places of gatherings within the Jewish community,” Griffin said in a statement.

Citing statistics from the ADL, police said as of June 2016, the organization reported there were 56 reported anti-Semitic incidents in the New England region, nearly as many for all of 2015, when 61 were reported. The incidents have been reported as vandalism, harassment, assaults or terrorist threats, police said in a statement.

The AMCHA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to investigating, documenting, educating about, and combating anti-Semitism at institutions of higher learning, reported 618 incidents involving anti-Semitic behavior in 2016. In 2017, there have been 116 documented reports as of Saturday, police said.

“Our community policing officers will continue to meet with members of the Jewish community to address their concerns,” Griffin said in a statement. “If we all work together, we can prevail over the alarming increase of these disturbing events.”

Trestan said the ADL has done “a tremendous amount” of training on how to respond to a bomb threat, including a training course with the FBI in Canton last month. Another training session with the FBI will be later this month in Springfield. He said training covers how to respond to a bomb threat, determine when evacuation is necessary and how to work with local law enforcement. He said education is provided on how the threats are happening, what their impact is and how they’re impacting technology in a criminal way.

“We live in a very security conscious environment right now and it’s very important for people to be trained and prepared,” Trestan said. “Right now, we are encouraging everyone to take advantage of this type of training that’s being offered by the experts in law enforcement. We’re sponsoring it, along with the FBI.”

A former reporter fired for making up details in stories, was arrested in St. Louis earlier this month on a cyberstalking charge, before the most recent wave of threats. Federal officials say Juan Thompson is responsible for making at least eight of the anti-Semitic calls, as part of an attempt to harass and frame his ex-girlfriend.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Swampscott kids drawn to Cradles to Crayons

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
From left, Anna Nazarenko, Mary Alice Brennan and Ryan Henry of Swampscott Middle School are collecting clothing for Cradles to Crayons.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SWAMPSCOTT — A pair of students at Swampscott Middle School are hoping to give less-fortunate children a hand — and a jacket.

Ryan Henry of Nahant and Anna Nazarenko of Swampscott are collecting clothing for Cradles to Crayons as part of their participation in Project 351, a nonprofit dedicated to building unity and leadership through the yearlong engagement and enrichment of an eighth grade service ambassador from each of the state’s 351 cities and towns.

The youth-centered service organization was initiated by then-Governor Deval Patrick in 2011. The nonprofit is devoted to nurturing and celebrating eighth graders from across the Commonwealth through yearlong service projects.

Earlier this year, Henry helped paint the walls of Clarence R. Edwards Middle School in Charlestown.

The students put together packs of clothing, personal hygiene items, and small gifts for Cradles to Crayons in January, Nazarenko said. She also visited the headquarters to learn more about the roots of the nonprofit.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive, according to the organization’s website. Collections and community drives are held for new and gently-used clothing and shoes. The items are packaged by the state and distributed across the state.

“It was inspiring to see,” she said. “They said the total of kids we helped was close to 10,000.”

For their current project, they’re collecting only clothing and shoes. Dozens of brown paper bags line the hall, separated by grade and team. The school added the extra incentive of offering a prize to the team who collects the most items.

Collection boxes are also available in Henry’s hometown of Nahant at the Johnson Elementary School, post office and at Equitable Bank on Nahant Road. Henry said he hopes to fill 50 bags by April 5.


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Wild horses don’t scare Saugus pair

PHOTO BY MARK LORENZ
Sassy, a wild Mustang, bows, as she gets a carrot, as a treat, as part of her training. Cheryl Wadman and her daughter, Kaitlyne, are working with the federal government to train wild mustangs in 100 days to save them from being slaughtered.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Cheryl and Kaitlyne Wadman are taking the reins when it comes to rescuing wild mustangs.

The mother-daughter duo are Saugus natives who moved to Haverhill to grow their horse training business and provide their animals with more space to roam. They own the Milestone Equestrian Centre in Haverhill, operated on seven acres.

Kaitlyne, 25, began riding with her mom in competitions at 15 months old. Throughout her childhood, she followed her parents and their roping team across the country. She showed her first horse by age 2 and had the first horse of her own by the age of 8.

Most recently, with the help of her mother, she formed a nonprofit organization, Kaitlyne Wadman Mustangs, to rehabilitate and train third-strike mustangs for new careers and match them with the right owner.

Third-strike is a term used for horses that have been unsuccessfully offered for adoption three times. Their next step is typically the slaughter house. The mustangs have been herded and placed in captivity by the Bureau of Land Management for protection but have had little to no human interaction.

The Wadmans work with the horses for about 100 days before they’re shown in the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition in West Springfield at the Big E facility. Trainers gentle, halter break and saddle train, build trust and develop a relationship with the horse to compete and win in that time. After the competition, the horses can be rehomed.  

The Wadmans rehabilitated four mustangs in August. Following the competition, they chose to keep two and two were placed with new families.

Now they’re back in the saddle. A week ago the pair picked up two third-strike mustangs from Nevada. Kaitlyne will work with New England Patriot or “Patriot” and Cheryl with Sandy.

The horses will compete on June 15-16 and then will be eligible for adoption.

Their motto is  “from a number to a name,” meaning that they take the animals, only identified by a number on a tag, and give them a new start.

“When you take off that tag, they have a clean slate,” Kaitlyne said.

Working with Cisco’s Sassy Sensation (Sassy), a 6-year-old horse born in the wild, was Kaitlyne’s first experience working with an unbroke mustang. She competed with Sassy in the 2015 Extreme Mustang Makeover, taking sixth place in the competition.

Although Sassy was not a third-strike horse, working with her helped change the way Kaitlyne looked at training.

“These competitions have changed my whole training perspective,” she said. “It’s much more effective to have them understand, rather than just making them do it.”

Sassy was named after Kaitlyne’s father’s horse Cisco. She bonded with Kaitlyne immediately, her personality fitting her name. She quickly became the boss of the barn, Kaitlyne said. Sassy came into Kaitlyne’s life while she was mourning the difficult loss of her then-boyfriend, Zack Zalewski, who was killed in a car accident.

His parents, Cindy and Ed Zalewski, bought the horse for Kaitlyne to ensure they’d always have each other, Cheryl said.

Kaitlyne competed again in 2016 with Krystle-Lu Martin’s Boston Strong; named after Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, and Martin Richard, the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

“We’re definitely bringing mustangs to Boston,” Kaitlyne said. “People say ‘that mustang was wild in April and now there’s a 10-year-old on it.’ And it’s a safe horse for the 10-year-old to be on.”

Kaitlyne Wadman Mustangs is accepting donations to help the mother-daughter team continue its work.

The barn goes through 42 50-pound bags of grain each week and 12 bales of hay every day. A bag of grain costs $14 and a bale of hay is about $10. When the mustangs arrive, they are fed more-expensive grain with added vitamins and nutrients to help improve their health, said Cheryl.

“We are not making money doing this but we can’t not do it,” said Kaitlyne. “We’re passionate about it. It’s something we love doing.”

Donations can be made at www.kaitlynewadmanmustangs.com.


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemilve.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Election is heating up for Swampscott Library Trustees

COURTESY PHOTOS
Herrick Wales and Ellen Winkler.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

 

SWAMPSCOTT — Re-election for the chairman of the Library Trustees may not come easily, as Herrick Wales faces a challenge from the president of a well-known local library group.

Wales, chairman of the Library Trustees, is running for a second three-year term against Ellen Winkler, an attorney in Marblehead, and president of Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. This is her first time running for an elected position.

The local election is April 25. Candidates had until March 7 to return nomination papers, and both candidates will appear on the ballot, according to Town Clerk Susan Duplin.

The Library Trustees is made up of three members, along with Library Director Alyce Deveau.

The Swampscott Public Library is in the midst of its yearlong centennial celebrations. The building on Burrill Street turned 100 on Jan. 20 and both candidates said it is an exciting time for the library.

“It’s been busy, but also incredibly exciting,” Wales said. “The library is such an important gem to our community.”

Wales, 51, said the trustees and Deveau meet monthly to talk about expanding programs and events for the community. Ways to expand the library are also discussed, along with how to redesign library space, with a long-term goal of renovation and expansion.

If reelected, he said that’s where his focus would continue to be. He said the goal is to turn the library into a vibrant community center, and not just a way to gather information, and to make the building more accessible.

“I think we really like to think of ways to move forward and keep our library on the forefront of the community,” Wales said.

Wales has been a schoolteacher for 17 years, and has taught in Marblehead for 16 of those. He is a special education teacher at Village School, and has a master’s degree in education from Salem State University, with a focus on K-8 special education. His bachelor’s degree in history, with a minor in Spanish, is from Colby College.

Wales has been married to Susan for 20 years. They have two children, Harry and Liam, who attend Swampscott Public Schools.

“I think any candidate would be a great candidate,” he said. “With my background and experience in education, and my commitment to education, I think I bring great qualities to the table.”

Winkler, 62, has been president of the friends group, which finances library programs and is funding the centennial celebrations, for 10 years.

“So, the library is a very important thing to me,” Winkler said. “It’s near and dear to my heart. This year is the library’s 100th birthday  and we’ve been working really closely with the trustees and other people in the community for celebrations throughout the year. So, it’s really focused me on what the library needs for the future and thinking about what I need to do to contribute to that.”

Winkler said there needs to be a focus on how the space is used in the library, and how to improve that space to get the most community benefit out of it. She said there should also be thoughts on the library in the future, and how to go forward now that people read ebooks more.

“I really think that the library is really the heart of the town,” Winkler said. “It’s a true community center. It’s important to focus on it and get the most we can out of it. It’s up to the trustees to lead the way on that.”

Winkler has been married to Art McLeod for more than 30 years. The couple has two daughters, Hannah and Sarah, who both graduated from Swampscott High School.

She received her undergraduate degree in Art Education from Kutztown State College, now Kutztown University, in Pennsylvania, and her law degree from Northeastern University.

“I think I bring a lot of experience and a new perspective, and I think that would be helpful,” Winkler said. “I’m very passionate about the library.”


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Eugenia L. Nicholson, 92

LYNN — Eugenia L. “Jean” (Forster) Nicholson, age 92, of Lynn, died Friday in the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was the wife of William F. Nicholson, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was the daughter of the late William and Gertrude (Alves) Forster. She was a graduate of East Boston High School. Jean had lived in Lynn since 1959.

Jean served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. She worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Employment Security for many years until her retirement. She had also worked for the Lynn School Department as a clerk and cafeteria worker. She was an avid reader and was devoted to her family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons; William F. Nicholson Jr. and his wife Lisa of Saint Augustine, Florida and Joseph P. Nicholson and his wife Maureen of Middleboro; one daughter; Jeanan Creamer and her husband Steve of Lynn; five grandchildren; Patrick, Olivia and Logan Nicholson and Stephanie and Jennifer Creamer; two brothers, Edward L. Forster and his wife Edith of Winthrop, and Joseph Forster and his wife Mary of Lynn; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ruth Hannigan, Rita Kamholz, and Mary Z, William J., James J. and Raymond R. Forster.

Service information: Her funeral will be held on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt. 129), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, Lynn. Burial will be in the Veteran’s Section of Pine Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Those who prefer may make donations to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Gertrude Goralnick, 100

PEABODY — Gertrude (Rudsten) Goralnick, of Peabody, entered into rest on March 8, 2017, at the age of 100.

She was the loving wife of the late Louis Goralnick, with whom she shared 29 years of marriage. Gertrude was the step-mother of Rhoda Morse and her late husband Harry of Swampscott, Marlene Goldstein and her late husband Stanley of Peabody, and Norman Goralnick and his late wife Rose of Walpole. Loving sister of the late Daniel Rudsten and Leon Rudsten. Gertrude had many step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She enjoyed working in sales of women’s clothing and owned a consignment shop in Peabody for many years. Gertrude was very proud of her brother Daniel who was a Massachusetts state senator and professor of government at Suffolk University — and of both brothers’ service as Marines in WWII.

Service information: Funeral services will be held at the Maple Hill Cemetery Chapel, Sabino Farm Road, Peabody, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery. Immediately following the interment, a memorial observance will be held at Brooksby Village Braeburn Gardens, 400 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, MA, where light refreshments will be served. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.

Edward P. Purtz, 92

LYNNFIELD — Edward Paul Purtz of Lynnfield passed away at age 92 surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 11:45 a.m. at Ledgewood Hospital in Beverly. He lived his life with deep resilience, strong will, playfulness and good humor. He was the husband of Gail (Plaisted) Purtz for 35 years. Edward was predeceased by his late wife, Eulla (Wilkins) Purtz. Edward was the loving father of Edward Purtz Jr. and his wife Julie of Salem, Harvey Purtz and his wife Leslie of Fresno, Calif., Susan Bourassa and her husband Reginald of Haverhill, and Margery Moore of Pelham, N.H. Edward was the loving grandfather of; Daniel and his wife, Maggie Bourassa, Natasha and her husband, Joseph Abasciano, Eric and his wife Rebecca Purtz, Desiree and her husband, Chris Bailey, Nathan Purtz, Jacob Purtz, Frederic Purtz, Ricky Staples, Justin Staples, Emma Swift, Sara Swift, Justin Foley, and Cameron Foley. Edward Purtz is predeceased by his grandson, Christopher Purtz. He is also the proud great-grandfather of seven (and soon to be eight) great-grandchildren including; Isabella and Anthony Abasciano, Maeve and Finnegan Bourassa, and Nolan, Caleb and Hayden Purtz.

Edward’s journey began in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on Feb. 12, 1925, and continued in New York City where he graduated from high school. Immediately after graduating, Edward joined the U.S. Army Air Corps to serve in World War II. At age 18, on April 27, 1943, he entered into active service and served in the war as a tail gunner in B-26 planes in the 320th bomb group. During service, Edward was in multiple campaigns in North Africa and Europe. He arrived in Casablanca, Morocco in February 1944, spent time in Constantine, Algeria, and joined the 443rd squadron in Sardinia in March 1944. Edward flew in 68 combat missions during World War II. In March 1945, he left for the United States, and was honorably discharged in September 1945.

For the next 54 years, Edward worked in the food business for Swift & Co., M. M. Mades, Kayem Foods, and Lollipop Tree. From 1945-1969, Edward spent more than 25 years with Swift & CO., progressively assuming increased responsibilities in sales, sales management, product manager at the corporate level, marketing manager at corporate level for USA and Canada, production manager, plant superintendent, plant manager and general manager of New England area. During much of this time, Edward spent 23 years moving 10 times to various parts of the country on management assignments with his family. Eventually, Edward settled in the Boston area. Edward spent another 18 years working for Kayem Foods. While at Kayem, Edward was responsible for and part of the team that grew the company’s business from $1.5 million to $100 million in annual sales, introducing many new products during that time. Edward started at Kayem with a small team of 30 people, and by 1991, business had grown to three plants and more than 400 people. Edward retired in 1991 as Kayem’s vice president of operations and manufacturing. Just two weeks after retiring, Edward became involved in a food service company and a startup bread mix operation at Lollipop Tree. This twice-a-week job very quickly turned into a six-day, 24-hour operation. In the late 1990’s, Edward retired for a second time, but his contributions to the food industry would not end there.

In the late 1990’s, one of Edward’s colleagues gave his name to a volunteer organization called ACDI/VOCA, an economic development organization, funded by USAID, the Department of Agriculture and private groups that send unpaid volunteers that have been owners or officers in companies engaged in various segments of the food industry overseas to 146 countries. People come from farming, dairy, grain, cattle, hog, poultry and meat processing to work on privatizing and restructuring the various enterprises along the American model of business. From 1997-1999, Edward traveled as a ACDI/VOCA volunteer for more than three weeks at a time on multiple visits to Albania, Bulgaria, Brazil and Ukraine where he drew on his career in the food industry to introduce new products, methods of production, safe food handling and organization. In Edward’s own words, “All the above free of charge – but what a sense of having some worth after retiring. What a satisfaction of utilizing 50+ years of experience and having people find it of some value.” Many of the people that Edward visited overseas — including those from Albania, Ukraine and Bulgaria — visited him in Boston, and he welcomed them into his home in Lynnfield. “It was great to hear these people tell me that we had some part in helping to improve their overall business. Made me proud to have been part of the food industry for 54 years, as I have been proud to be a small contributor for the benefit of America.”

In addition to his adventures around the world, Edward was a very active member of the Lynnfield community, especially at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry as senior warden for many years. Edward was active in fundraising for the new addition built onto the church in the early 1990’s. Most of all, Edward enjoyed cooking at church dinners over the years — at Fair suppers and St. Patrick’s Day dinners of corned beef and cabbage. Edward served for many years on the boards of the Lynnfield Senior Center as well as Greater Lynn Senior Services. Edward was very committed to seniors in the community and established the exercise room at the Lynnfield Senior Center where he also served as a volunteer.

Faith, family and food were important themes throughout Edward’s life. He will be missed by many loved ones, remembered for his many important contributions — including his famous home-cooked dinners — and never forgotten.

Service information: Services were held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 11, and burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Friends of Lynnfield Senior Center, 525 Salem St. Lynnfield MA 01940 or to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 127 Summer St. Lynnfield MA 01940. For guestbook, Mcdonaldfs.com.

Mary T. Potter, 93

Mary Theresa (Cruise) Potter, age 93, died peacefully on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family. Wife of William G. Potter, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Theresa Cruise. Born in Salem, Mary graduated from Salem High School and the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston. She worked for several years in the business office at the Hunt Memorial Hospital and she lived most of her life in Danvers and Hamilton.

Mary was the matriarch of and passionate about her large family. She derived great joy from leading many family gatherings from birthday parties and reunions to holiday celebrations. Mary always had a smile and kind word for everybody. She enjoyed spending family time at “the cabin” in the Mt. Washington Valley and her winter home in Florida. Mary also enjoyed her travels abroad especially to Ireland, Belgium, Israel and Egypt.

Mary is survived by the love of her life, her husband, Bill, with whom she shared 70 years of marriage. They were inseparable throughout their life together and it was truly a match made in Heaven. In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by her 11 children, Julie Zohn and her husband Bob of Boston, Adria Lancaster and her husband Bill of Walpole, Judy Potter of Al Wakrah, Qatar, Bruce Potter and his wife Anita of Danvers, Suzanne Allison and her husband Bob of Topsfield, David Potter and his wife Liz of Danvers, Mary LeBlanc and her husband Mike of Danvers, Mark Potter and his wife Ginny of Hamilton, Shawn Potter and his wife Barbara of Hamilton, Rick Potter and his wife Helen of Hamilton and Bill Potter and his wife Margo of Middleton and New York City and Gracia Milliken of Windham, N.H. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Cruise.

The Potter family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the nurses, aides and chaplain from All Care VNA and Hospice who provided professional and compassionate care to their mother.

Service information: Visitation will be held at the CAMPBELL Funeral Home at 525 Cabot St., Beverly on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary-Annunciation Church at 24 Conant St., Danvers. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Care VNA and Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, MA. 01901. Information, directions, condolences at Campbellfuneral.com.