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Having a blast at Bent Water Brewing Co.

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People packed Bent Water’s outdoor patio for the second-annual “Bent Water Blast Off.”

By MATT DEMIRS

LYNN  Bent Water Brewing Co. raised more than $5,000 Saturday for Beyond Walls, a nonprofit whose mission is to brighten the downtown.

“One of the biggest things the craft beer industry is all about is paying back to the community,” said Caitlin Kreitman, Bent Water’s event manager. “We’re beering it forward by using our beer to support the community.”

The event attracted 1,100 people. While admission was free, a donation of $5-$10 was suggested with proceeds going to Beyond Walls. The work the group is doing in the downtown will boost the city’s morale, Kreitman said.

“Beautifying anything automatically picks someone up,” she said. “The fact that it’s a crowd funded, Lynn supported, Lynn grassroots organization, that’s what we love.”

Amanda Hill, associate director of Beyond Walls, said the volunteer group is completing four projects. The plans include underpass lighting in Central Square, the installation of a dozen neon lights in the downtown, a mural festival in July featuring local and international artists, and a sculpture of a General Electric Co. jet engine.

Hill said Beyond Walls’ initiatives demonstrate a great showing of community support.

“It is nice to see everyone come together to rally around a common cause,” she said.

Beyond Walls’ online crowdfunding portal, patronicity.com/lynn, closes tonight after a successful two-month effort. The group hopes to reach its stretch goal by raising $15,000 before 11:45 p.m.

On Saturday night, people gathered around artist Chris “Tallboy” Coulon from Beyond Walls who painted a mural on the grain storage container.

Tallboy wasn’t the only local talent.

Corinn Bacon, a Lynn English High School graduate and aspiring musician, performed with her band, Foxes. It was the band’s second time playing at the Bent Water.

“It was amazing being invited and performing at the event, especially having come from the area,” she said. “Being able to support a cause that benefits the people of your hometown was an honor.”

The second annual “Bent Water Blast Off” capped off American Craft Beer Week. The brewery presented six new beers including Sluice Juice #4, Sherry Baby II, White Rose, Concrete Kiss, X-Series No. 17, and Blast Off.

Patrons raved about White Rose, a coffee IPA named after the White Rose Coffeehouse in Central Square.

“I’ve never tried a beer with coffee in it before,” said Kate Walsh. “I really like it though and I love that it is named after my favorite coffee shop.”

Bent Water is a self-canning, self-distributing brewery with an onsite taproom featuring 13 rotating taps. It is the city’s only brewery.

Kreitman said the release of the new beers will hopefully attract business in the summer months.

“That’s why we called it the blast off event,” she said.  “It’s a nice fun event that launches everyone off into summer.”


Matt Demirs can be reached at mdemirs@itemlive.com.

Deal developing for River Works rail station

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The River Works stop could be rebuilt to accommodate new residents and the public.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — The prospects of financing a new waterfront neighborhood improved late last week after the developer agreed to spend more than $1 million to expand the MBTA’s River Works Commuter Rail Station.

Charles Patsios, the Swampscott developer who is planning to transform the former General Electric Co. Gear Works property into a $500 million project that would include 1,160 apartments, has signed an agreement with the state to improve the modest station.

Under the terms of the deal, the River Works stop on the Newburyport/Rockport Line that is used only for GE workers, would be rebuilt to accommodate new residents and the public. It will be paid for by Patsios’ company, Lynnway Associates.

“Having the River Works station available for everyone makes this a truly transit-oriented development,” Patsios said. “Now, we can offer a 15-minute trip into Boston on the commuter rail and create a tremendous opportunity for people to discover Lynn at much less cost.”

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In exchange for usage rights, the developer has agreed to build an accessible station in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and improve access to the platforms. In addition to paying for construction and the cost to maintain the new buildings, the developer has agreed to start a “Transportation Improvement Fund” with a $500,000 deposit. The proceeds will be used for transportation improvements in at River Works and developers of future projects will be asked to contribute.

State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the partnership with Patsios creates a win-win for growth and transportation.

“Economic growth can be achieved by improving the quantity and quality of transportation options,” said Pollack in a statement. “We are pleased at the developer’s commitment to paying for physical improvements at River Works Station. We look forward to seeing the changes that will be taking place as a result of the investment that are sure to include increased new interest in living in Lynn, as the city will have an important new asset in its new permanent commuter rail station.”

Patsios bought the 65-acre GE property in 2014 for $7.6 million. His team has been working to secure permits from the city’s Inspectional Services Department and the state to build the project on the Saugus River. The approvals and the T stop will make it more likely to get financing for the project, Patsios said. “Plenty of people are interested in lending the money for the project,” he said. “Once we have the permits in hand, coupled with the addition of the T stop, we’re a go.”


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

 

NSCC job fair helps veterans

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U.S. Air Force veteran George Rivers is exploring his employment options.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — George Rivers got the bad news two weeks ago when Rent-A-Tool in Revere, his employer of nearly 19 years, closed.

The 54-year-old Danvers resident and U.S. Air Force veteran is worried about landing a new job.

“I’m thinking about becoming a tractor trailer driver,” he said. “But I’m exploring all my options.”

Rivers was one of dozens of vets who attended the Veterans & Community Job Fair at North Shore Community College (NSCC) Tuesday. More than 60 employers representing two dozen industries including General Electric Co., Raytheon, Boston Children’s Hospital, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as well as nonprofits, filled the school’s gym.

“We have something for everyone,” said Jermaine Williams, NSCC’s vice president of student affairs. “This truly is a collaborative effort.”

Francisco Urena, secretary of the state Department of Veterans’ Services, thanked all the employers for their commitment to empower and hire veterans.

“Don’t let this be the only day that we assist vets,” he said. “Let’s try to see what else we can do throughout the year to make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families.”

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The Bay State has 365,000 veterans. As of last month, 3.8 percent are unemployed, among the lowest level in years, according to Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

John Gelfand, a U.S. Coast Guard vet, said he is studying at NSCC and is hoping to find an internship.  

Robert Ross, 68, a Vietnam-era veteran who grew up in Lynn, was among the 90 workers laid off from Analogic Corp. in Peabody in 2015 after 44 years.

“If I hadn’t been laid off I’d be still working,” he said.  

Marc Wilder, a recruiter from Comcast Corp., said the cable company plans to hire more than 1,000 workers in Greater Boston. Those jobs include technicians who do installation at homes and businesses, inside support, sales and management.  

“We are always looking for the best talent and that includes people with passion, dedication, reliability, hard work, motivation and a desire to grow,” he said. “No one better represents those qualities than active military and veterans.”

Jason Juliano, a recruiter at Boston Children’s Hospital, said have 600 jobs available in Boston and its satellite locations. Among the jobs include nursing, clinical and lab work.

“There’s a lot of growth due to internal mobility in the hospital.” he said. “Veterans are among the best hires.”


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

 

GE + NSCC = A bright future

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A rendering of the new GE building and location in Boston.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — If General Electric Co. is looking to partner with the region’s schools to further innovation, they need not look farther than North Shore Community College (NSCC).

As GE broke ground on Monday for it new corporate headquarters in Boston’s Seaport District, the $130 billion company is strengthening its Massachusetts ties.

“When GE creates products, we are here as a community college to be of service by creating a skilled workforce and to upskill their existing workforce,” said Dianne Palter Gill, the school’s dean of corporate and professional education. “We and our sister community colleges can provide them with skilled workers and they can help us with curriculum and scholarships.”

Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled, according to The Manufacturing Institute. There are two major contributing factors to the widening gap: baby boomer retirements and economic expansion.

GE’s new global headquarters in Boston is scheduled to open next year and will be the home for 800 employees.

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As part of the project, the company will restore two historic brick buildings and build a 12-story building on a 2.4-acre campus.

Gill said GE has said they want to partner with local schools including universities, technical schools and community colleges.

Among the many programs NSCC offers include the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Certificate Program which provides an introduction to the manufacturing industry and prepares students for entry-level employment. In addition, electives allow students to focus on technical courses that align with individual educational and career goals in manufacturing, according to the school’s program description.

“We offer a machining program and it would be great to have more connections around that and a partnership with GE would be great,” said Gill.


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

 

Eugene C. Hally, 81

Eugene Charles Hally, 81, escaped from this world on March 25, exactly 56 years after his mother.

Gene was born and raised in Lynn to George F. and Rose M. (Kiernan) Hally. He graduated from Lynn English High School, Class of 1953.

After high school, he spent six years in the Army. He then worked at General Electric Co. for 30 years, retiring as a unit manager.

Gene spent the rest of his life in Sebastian, Fla., with his wife, Lillian (Trefry) (Dbjornholm) Hally. Besides his wife, he leaves three step-children, Peter, David and Karen; a brother, Russ Hally of Lynn; one nephew, Scott Hally, and two nieces, Kristin Lannon and Colleen Cole. He was also the brother-in-law of the late Susan (Stepper) Hally.

Mary H. Tilley, 82

LYNN — Mary H. Tilley, age 82, of Lynn, died suddenly Sunday April 9. 2017 at Union Hospital.

Born in Lynn she was the daughter of the late Elmer L. and Mary H. (Dwyer) Brown and the beloved wife of Rolfe Tilley with whom she shared 62 years of marriage.

Mary was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, former parishioner of St. Patrick’ Parish and a communicant of Holy Family Church. In her early years she was employed at the General Electric Co. as an assembler in the aircraft division. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed traveling around the country and her vacation at Old Orchard Beach in Maine. She was a member of the Salvation Army Twilighters and enjoyed watching dvd movies with her husband Rolfe and she loved her cat Mittons.

Besides her husband Rolfe she is survived by her daughter Cheryl A. (Tilley) Stetson and her husband Bradley of Concord, two sons Mark T. Tilley and his wife Maureen, David B. Tilley both of Lynn, one brother John T. Brown of Lynn her four grandchildren Christina Hogan and her husband James, Susan Tilley and her companion Randy Keaton, Matthew and Christopher Tilley, three great-grandchildren Olivia, Christina and Chase.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the NADWORNY Funeral Home 798 Western Ave., Lynn Wednesday at 10 a.m. followed by her Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Family Church at 11 a.m. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Visiting hours Tuesday, from 4–8 p.m. For guestbook and directions please visit Nadwornyfuneralhome.com.

Joseph W. Brozonas, 72

Joseph W. Brozo­nas, age 72, died at the Harbor­side Heath Care Twin Oaks in Danvers on April 5, 2017.

Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late William F. and Ruth A. (Hogan) Brozonas. He at­tended Lynn Schools and also North Shore Community Col­lege. He was a communicant of the former St. Patrick’s Parish before its closing. He was em­ployed at the General Electric Co., working in building 66C where he was a parts shipper. Joe was a former member of the I.U.E. Local 201 and the Iron Workers Union Local 7 of Boston.

He is survived by his sis­ters, Maureen Taylor of Lynn, Patricia Boyajian of Saugus, Sheila Gaudette of Peabody; sister-in-law, Ann Brozonas and her late husband, Thomas of Peabody; several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Ellen Hurley and Linda Brozonas.

Service information: Relatives and friends are invited to attend graveside services Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Pine Grove Cem­etery at 11 a.m. We will meet at the front entrance on Boston Street at 10:45 a.m. Arrangements are by the NADWORNY Funeral Home, 798 Western Ave., Lynn, MA 01905. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. For 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.

Developer gears up on the Lynnway

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Pictured is an artist’s rending of a possible redevelopment off the Lynnway.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — The developer of the former General Electric Co. Gear Works property has provided a first glimpse into the $500 million redevelopment.

An artist’s rendering shows the sprawling new neighborhood that will feature eight buildings to be built on a 65-acre site off the Lynnway with a walkway to the River Works MBTA commuter rail station.  

When completed, the complex is expected to feature 1,260 apartments, boutique retail, restaurants, a gym and new roads within walking distance to bike trails, beaches and the T.

Charles Patsios paid $7.6 million in 2014 to purchase the parcel from GE. His team has been working to win approval from the Conservation Commision, the city’s Inspectional Services Department and the state to build the project on the Saugus River.

The Swampscott developer said his team has reached an agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to expand the use of the nearby T stop at the GE plant on Western Avenue. Today, the train only stops at the factory on the Newburyport/Rockport Line for employees. But under an agreement in the works with the state, the station would be expanded for all commuters, including the new residents at the Patsios project.

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Jacquelyn Goddard, a MassDOT spokeswoman, did not respond to questions about a potential deal with Patsios.

A source familiar with the negotiations said the state will not commit to extending access to other passengers until the project is built.

Once the permitting is completed later this year, Patsios said he will seek financing for the waterfront development.

“We’re getting there,” he said.


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

Current system not sustainable, Latham says

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Edward Calnan of the Pickering School Building Committee, Inspectional Services Department Director Michael Donovan and Superintendent Dr. Catherine Latham make the case for new schools.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN If voters reject the ballot initiative on Tuesday to build a pair of new middle schools, students face the possibility of split sessions, according to the superintendent.

“If we don’t build these schools, our sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders will be in double sessions in a very short period of time, possibly within two years,” said Dr. Catherine Latham.

Today, 3,100 students attend the city’s three middle schools. By 2020, enrollment is expected to soar by 20 percent, adding another 600 students to the mix.

“Our schools cannot sustain that many students,” she said. Under double sessions, one group of students would attend classes from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. while the next group would arrive at 1 p.m. and go until 5:30 p.m., she said.

In an interview with The Item’s editorial board on Thursday, Latham, Michael Donovan, Inspectional Services Department director, Edward Calnan, member of the Pickering Middle School Building Committee, and Thomas Iarrobino, secretary of the Lynn School Committee, made the case for the $188.5 million project.

If approved, a 652-student school would be built near the Pine Grove Cemetery and Breeds Pond Reservoir on Parkland Avenue. A second one to serve 1,008 students would be constructed on McManus Field on Commercial Street.

The new schools will add an additional $200 to the average tax bill for a single-family home each year for the next 25 years.

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Calnan said they explored more than a dozen potential sites, but they were dropped due to a variety of issues. Some were in a flood zone or marsh land, others had hazardous waste that precluded school construction. A site at Magnolia Street would boost building costs by as much as $800,000 to move a water pipe that serves Swampscott and Marblehead, officials said.

A vacant parcel on Rockdale Avenue and Verona Street was examined, but the committee found the tight residential neighborhood was difficult to access and is privately-owned. They also looked at General Electric Co. properties on Bennett Street and on Elmwood Avenue. But those were rejected because of environmental concerns, they said.

Latham said all of the city’s middle school students should have the same experience as those attending the new $67 million Thurgood Marshall Middle School.

Last spring, the 181,847-square-foot school opened for more than 1,000 students. The three buildings are divided by clusters, each distinguished by a different color. In addition to an outdoor courtyard, lots of natural light, the soundproof classrooms block any hint of the commuter rail trains that run past the rear of the school and the sounds of musical instruments from several music classes.  

In addition, there are suites for special education and art. The school boasts computer rooms complete with Apple computers. It contains home economics rooms, a woodworking shop, a television production studio and a health center.

Iarrobino, who serves as the liaison between the schools and the School Committee, said any discussion of school must include a link to the local economy.

“If folks are contemplating opening a business in Lynn, the first thing they will ask about is where will their employees attend school and what are the schools like,” he said. “We have an obligation to them and they have a right to the best quality education that is available to them, not just in the suburbs, but right here in an urban district.”  


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

Mary Margret Joyce, 71

LYNN — Mary Margret Joyce, a life-long resident of Lynn, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017, at the age of 71.

Born in Lynn on Nov. 26, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Hugh A. and Mary T. (Martin) Joyce. Mary was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of St. Mary’s Girls High School with the Class of 1963. After high school, Mary attended and graduated from Burdett College in Lynn. She worked for 30 years with the General Electric Co. as an executive secretary.

Mary leaves her sister, Kathy Walsh of Lynn as well as her cousins, Michael Derby and his family of Lynn and Bridget Martin of Galway, Ireland. Many other cousins in Ireland also survive her.

Service information: A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, March 13, 2017, in St. Mary’s Church, 8 So. Common St. in Lynn at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lynn. Family and friends are invited to gather in CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, prior to the funeral from 8:45-10 a.m. for a period of visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For directions, please visit: Cuffemcginn.com.

Bartholomew Cullinane, 80

WAKEFIELD — Bartholomew “John” Cullinane, age 80, of Wakefield, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017. He was born on Jan. 28, 1937, in Lynn, the son of the late Daniel and Nora (Driscoll) Cullinane.

Bartholomew, also known as John, was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, Class of 1954. He went on to graduate from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After college he joined the U.S. Army, completed paratrooper training at Fort Benning, Ga., and served in France and California. He received an honorable discharge with the rank of Captain.

Bartholomew worked as an engineer on jet engines at General Electric Co., Lynn. He also worked as an engineer at Raytheon on their missile program. For more than 30 years he owned and operated his own company, Eastern Process Instruments, located in Lynn.

He was an avid sportsman and loved hunting and fishing throughout Northern New England and Newfoundland, Canada. He was a benefactor of the Micmac Tribe in Newfoundland, for which he was very concerned for their welfare.

Bart is survived by his sister and two brothers; Mary Katin and her husband Richard, of Lynn, Timothy Cullinane and his wife Sabina, of Peabody, and Daniel Cullinane Jr. and his wife Terry, of Topsfield. He also leaves several nephews, nieces and spouses, James Katin and his wife Karen, of Portsmouth, R.I., Tanya Kirby and her husband Douglas, of Halifax, Mass., Erin Matica and her husband Daniel, of Worthington, Mass., Timothy Cullinane and his wife Melanie, of Boxford, James Cullinane, of Lynnfield, the late Sean Cullinane, Dr. Daniel Cullinane and his wife Marybeth, of Rochester, Minn., the late Kevin Cullinane, and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Service information: His funeral will be on Saturday at 8 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Friday 4-8 p.m. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Marguerite H. Brienzo, 99

MAYNARD — Marguerite H. (Sindoni) Brienzo, 99, of Maynard, Mass., former longtime resident of Lynn died Feb. 28.

Devoted and loving wife of 75 years to Rocco M. Brienzo. Loving mother of Eric Brienzo and his wife Luby of Kaneohe, Hawaii, Maryanne Allard and her husband Hank of Acton, and Terri Goodridge and her longtime partner Rick LeBlanc of Methuen. She also leaves her nine loving grandchildren; her five adoring great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her grandson Eric Goodridge; her sister, Frances Crowell of Lynn, and her two brothers, Anthony Sindoni of Nahant and Joseph Sindoni of Lynn.

Born and raised in Lynn, daughter of the late Stephen and Fortunata (LaMalfa) Sindoni. She graduated from Lynn English High School and worked for General Electric Co. in West Lynn. Former member of St. Pius V Parish in Lynn.

Service information: Visiting hours are Friday, March 3 from 4-7 p.m. at the ACTON Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rt. 111) Acton. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington St., Acton. Burial services are to be held privately at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn, MA at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Marguerite may be made to Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Monastery of St. Therese, 15 Mount Carmel Road, Danvers, MA 01923. Memorial page Actonfuneralhome.com.

Gearing up plan for the Lynnway

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — One of the last hurdles to win approval for a $500 million development designed to transform a desolate section of the Lynnway is scheduled for next week.

Engineers for Swampscott developer Charles Patsios will present plans for the 65-acre former General Electric Co. Gear Works property to the Lynn Conservation Commission  Tuesday night. The six-member panel’s mission is to protect wetlands and water resources.

The developer is seeking approval for the project to be built on the Saugus River. The commission can regulate or prohibit activities that may alter waterways.

When completed, the complex is expected to feature a 1,260-unit apartment tower, boutique retail, restaurants, a gym and new roads within walking distance to bike trails, beaches and the MBTA.

Michael Toomey, a commission member, said the group will review their plans and if the members have any questions, they will be raised at that meeting.

“At some point, we will most likely issue an order that lays down the conditions we expect them to follow to protect the waterway and comply with the state wetlands laws and local bylaws,” he said.

Patsios said he is not worried about satisfying the commission.

“There are no issues that I’m aware of,” he said. “It’s a matter of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s. I don’t see any problems or obstacles.”

He said his team recently reached a milestone deal with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to expand the use of the nearby MBTA River Works Station at the GE plant on Western Avenue. Today, the T only stops at the factory on the Newburyport/Rockport Line for GE employees. But under an agreement in the works with MassDOT, the station would be expanded for all commuters, including the new residents at the Patsios project.

“We have a tentative agreement and MassDOT is working on the documents,” he said.  

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack could not immediately be reached for comment.

Patsios paid $7.6 million in 2014 to purchase the parcel from GE and has been working to win approval from a variety of city and state agencies ever since.

Of the three major projects in the works on the Lynnway, the Patsios project is the grandest and the priciest and could be a game changer for the city. It has the potential to unlock billions in gleaming residential and commercial real estate projects and transform the Lynnway.

Joseph O’Donnell, founder of Boston Culinary Group and Belmont Capital in Cambridge, is developing a 17-acre site for a $69 million luxury apartment project across the Lynnway that would include 250 units in a three-story building. At the other end of the Lynnway,  Louis Minicucci Jr. and Arthur Pappathanasi are working to turn the vacant Beacon Chevrolet site into an $80 million oceanfront apartment community. If approved, the project will include 348 apartments in two buildings across from North Shore Community College.

“As soon as we have all the approvals in place from the Conservation Commission, the city’s Inspectional Services Department and the state, we will then get to the financing,” Patsios said.

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

Seminar explains success for small business

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Steve Grossman, CEO of Inner City Capital Connections Program, speaks at the Enterprise Center at Salem State University.

By THOMAS GRILLO

SALEM — It was standing room only at the Enterprise Center at Salem State University on Monday as entrepreneurs packed a conference room hoping to learn how to expand their businesses.

North Shore small business owners attended “Inner City Capital Connections” (ICCC), an informational session that detailed how to access a free program that offers a multidimensional approach to growing a business, including executive education, webinars, coaching and access to capital sources.

“Until we became participants, we thought we had reached as high as we could go,” said Cynthia Schenck, a 2016 program graduate and CEO of Lynn-based International Medical Interpreters of the North Shore. “ICCC changed our lives and changed our business for the better. This week alone, we hired four new employees. If you’re thinking about starting or growing a business, think about joining ICCC.”

Since its inception in 2005 and with the generosity of Staples, Dunkin’ Donuts, Boston Foundation, National Grid and other firms, Boston-based ICCC has worked with 1,122 companies nationwide, including 837 businesses that have raised more than $1.32 billion in debt and equity capital and created 11,000 jobs.

Through the work of U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Salem State University, ICCC has added a North Shore recruitment focus.

This national program is designed to help small businesses build capacity for sustainable growth in revenue, profitability and employment. To be eligible, a business must have revenues of  $1 million or more and be headquartered in or have at least 40 percent of its employees reside within an economically-distressed urban area.

Training takes place over many months, showing awareness that small business owners cannot take a week off for study, according to Steve Grossman, CEO of the parent nonprofit Inner City Capital Connections. The program promises to serve as a way for the region’s small businesses, including those that are minority-, women- and immigrant-owned, to learn how to create good-paying jobs.

About 100 inner-city entrepreneurs from Massachusetts will be selected to attend the session in June. Tuition is waived for all accepted participants.

Grossman said he was at the Democratic Convention last summer when Jason Denoncourt, Moulton’s economic development director, approached him.

“We were in the middle of the convention and he was strategizing with me about how we can build small businesses and do economic development on the North Shore,” he said.

Denoncourt’s persistence is credited with helping to bring the North Shore into the ICCC program, Grossman said.

“When people talk about economic development, they speak of initiatives like bringing General Electric Co. to Boston,” he said. “It’s not easy to pull off attracting such a large company to your city. ICCC is getting the small businesses that are already here, providing training and access to capital that they need to grow and by doing so, create jobs.”

Schenck, the program graduate, said she learned how to grow her company while still having time for herself.

“When we started ICCC, we were dragging and tired all the time because we worked 24/7 365 days a year,” she said. “Now, we have a little more time to do things we want to do.”

Laura Swanson, the Enterprise Center’s executive director, said their mission is to help grow businesses.

“We want you start your business here, stay here and grow here,” she said.

Moulton said the North Shore is known as the place for startups and growing long term businesses.

“This should be a model for the rest of the country,” he said.  

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

Roland S. Gilmore, 73

LYNN — Roland Stuart Gilmore, a long-time resident of Lynn and a former Lynn Police Officer (1966-1998), passed away in his home on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2016, at the age of 73. Born in Lynn on May 18, 1943, he was the son of the late Fred S. and Muriel L. (MacPherson) Gilmore. Roland was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School. He attended Bentley University after high school before going to work for the General Electric Co. He worked for a few years before joining the Lynn Police Department as a full-time police officer. He served the city bravely and honorably from 1966 until his retirement in 1998. After his retirement, Roland continued to serve the police department in the role of treasurer for the Lynn Police Department credit union. He was a current member of the Mason’s Mount Carmel Lodge on Market Street in Lynn, having been a member since February of 1969 and was also named a Shriner. In his spare time, Roland enjoyed his cars and was an avid Boston sports fan, most especially the Patriots and Celtics. As a dog owner himself, Roland looked forward to watching the Westminster dog show. Roland leaves his wife, Donna L. (Wyman) Gilmore of Topsfield, his beloved children; Wayne S. Gilmore and his wife, Maria of Danvers, Everett Police Officer  Jeffrey P. Gilmore and his wife, Erinn of Topsfield, and Denise S. Gilmore of Alexandria, Va., his adoring grandchildren; Lauren and Michael Gilmore of Danvers and Jack, Riley, and Kate Gilmore of Topsfield. Roland also leaves his long-time companion, Susan Fowler of Lynn. In addition to his parents, Roland was preceded in death by his son, Brian S. Gilmore.

Service information: A memorial visitation will be held in the CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. Masonic service at 6:30 p.m. All other funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Roland’s memory may be made to the Brian S. Gilmore Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Institution for Savings, 5 Main St., Topsfield, MA 01983. For online guest book and directions, please visit Cuffemcginn.com.

Mary A. Brienzo, 95

SWAMPSCOTT — Mary A. (Dichirico) Brienzo, beloved wife of deceased Lynn firefighter Joseph Brienzo, passed on peacefully at home at the age of 95, in Swampscott, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.

She was a lifelong resident of Lynn and Swampscott and a proud graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Lynn. She worked at the General Electric Co. in Lynn in the war years of WWll. She received her teacher’s aide certificate from North Shore Community College in Beverly and worked at Stanley School in Swampscott as a teacher’s assistant.

Mary will be remembered fondly as a devoted communicant of St. John the Evangelist church in Swampscott, serving as a sacristan, lector and Eucharistic minister. Mary loved to spend summer days in her garden. She loved to dance. She and her husband, Joseph, were members of the Salem Lancers Square Dance Club. She loved to cook and prepared many enjoyable meals for family and friends who gathered round the dinner table. She was a member of Our Lady’s Sodality, a member of Swampscott Historical Society, and she attended many sewing classes, swimming classes, book readings, dancing and luncheons, and enjoyed many trips to Foxwoods with her friends. Mary was fond of traveling and visiting family in Italy along with her husband. They toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Israel and Australia.

Her loving daughter Joan (Brienzo) Petrucci pre-deceased her. Mary was the daughter of Emma (Labriola) and Nicolas Dichirico of Swampscott. Mary was one of seven and the last surviving member of her immediate family. Loving aunt to many Dichirico, Pierro and Brienzo nieces and nephews across the U.S. and in Europe. She also leaves her son-in-law, several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Her memory will be cherished by all who knew her.

Service information: A funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott, will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Swampscott Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations made be made in Mary’s name to St. John the Evangelist Church, 178 Humphrey St., Swampscott or Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Stanley J. Wojciechowski, 82

LYNN — Stanley J. Wojciechowski, 82, of Lynn, entered into eternal life on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at the Edith Norse Rogers Veterans Memorial Hospital in Bedford, Mass., after a lengthy illness.

Born and was raised in Lynn, he was the son of Waclaw and Rosalia (Skrocki) Wojciechowski. Stan was a graduate of St. Michael’s Elementary School and St. Mary’s High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and for a period of time was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. After completing his military service, Stan graduated from Suffolk University, obtaining a degree in accounting. He applied his education and talents to careers at the brokerage firm of Vance Sanders in Boston, and at General Electric Co. in Lynn as head of a team doing contract work for military aircraft — which included the Presidential fleet.

Stan always had a strong desire to work for and with military veterans. He was a member of St. Michael’s Polish National Alliance Lodge 630, The Holy Name Society of St. Michael’s Parish, Polish Legion of American Veterans, USA, Post 56 since 1957 holding the positions of Post finance director, Post commander, state commander, National Department N.E.C. director. In September, 1984, at the P.L.A.V National Convention he was elected to serve a two-year term as National Commander. In 2001 he was appointed by Mayor Albert DiVirgilio to the position director of Veterans Service for the City of Lynn and served for 13 years before retiring. His passion and dedication to assisting all veterans had no boundaries and he steadfastly protected the privacy and confidentiality of every veteran’s personal information in all situations. Stan additionally served a term as president of the Massachusetts Veterans Service Officers Association (2001-2002).

Stan is survived by his wife Barbara (Otten), his daughter Maria and grandchildren Madeleine and Christopher, of Swisher, Iowa, his son Thomas (“T.J.”) and his wife Nicole, of Aloha, Ore., his sister Wanda Blago and her husband Alfred (“Freddie”) of Lynn, his sister Claire Abucewicz, of Somerville, along with many nieces and nephews.

Service information: Relative and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the NADWORNY Funeral Home 798 Western Ave., Lynn, on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by his Mass of Christian burial in Sacred Heart Church, 571 Boston St., Lynn at 10:30 a.m. Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visiting hours Wednesday 3-7 p.m. All organizations will meet at 6 p.m. for services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Listening Place c/o Alfonse Ferreira, 36 Michigan Ave. Lynn, MA 01902, Sacred Heart Church, 571 Boston St. Lynn, MA 01905 or to My Brothers Table, 98 Willow St. Lynn, MA 01902. For guest book and directions Nadwornyfuneralhome.com.

Catherine N. Goguen, 95

LYNNCatherine N. “Kay” (Dobbins) Goguen, a life-long resident of Lynn, passed away in the Abbott House in Lynn on Tuesday morning, Nov. 22, 2016 at the age of 95. Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Catherine (Brennan) Dobbins. Kay was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of St. Mary’s Girls High School with the Class of 1939. A long-time and dedicated employee of General Electric Co. in West Lynn, Kay worked as an assembler until her retirement in 1981. She was the beloved wife of the late William E. Goguen with whom she spent many years in love and marriage together until his passing in 2004. In her spare time, Kay enjoyed crocheting, reading mystery novels and the occasional trips to Connecticut. She leaves her brother, Thomas Dobbins and his wife, Eleanor of Texas as well as many loving and adoring nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Elsie Palleschi, John Dobbins, and Mary Dobbins.

Service information: A funeral service will be held in the CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St. LYNN on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Lynn. Visitation will be held in the funeral home one hour prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 a.m. For online guest book and directions, please visit Cufffemcginn.com.

You can’t get there from here: Part 2

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Aymen Rajeh of Saugus, below, heads to Boston on Route 1 at 6:35 a.m. on weekdays, mindful that even a 20-minute delay doubles his commute.

By THOMAS GRILLO

Second in a four-part series
ALSO: You can’t get there from here: Part 1
You can’t get there from here: Part 3
You can’t get there from here: Part 4

LYNN — Gridlock.

There’s no way around it. If your drive from the North Shore to Boston takes you on Route 1, the five- or six-mile backup at 8 a.m. to reach the Tobin Bridge is routine.

While drivers haven’t had to stop or slow down at the toll booths on the bridge for the two years since the state installed electronic tolling, it’s still a devil of a commute.

Lynn has been boxed in,” said Sen. Thomas M. McGee (D-Lynn), adding, “When you think about investments in the last 50 years, Lynn has not had transportation access to help us grow.”

Prefer public transportation? The commuter rail offers 27 trips from the downtown’s Central Square Station on Broad Street to North Station. But passengers say by the time the Newburyport-Rockport line train arrives in Swampscott or Lynn, it’s packed with passengers from as many as 10 other station stops.

Many riders work in the city’s Financial District, which means another subway ride on the Green or Orange Line from North Station to their destination. This reality causes many commuters to find another way in.

Compared to Salem and Beverly, where there are 2,000 boardings daily, Lynn station has just 662, according to the MBTA, leaving lots of empty spaces in the T’s five-story garage which has room for 965 vehicles.

There’s also bus 426, which offers 26 trips to Haymarket Square that leave from five Lynn locations.

Another alternative is taking the Blue Line from Revere at Wonderland Station. In 2012, the MBTA opened a $53.5 million parking garage at Wonderland to ease parking problems.

The seven-story structure features 1,500 parking spaces, among the largest garages in the T’s transit system.

In addition, the Blue Line fleet features the agency’s newest trains from 2009 and the line’s reliability rating from customers is among the highest.

In September, the customer satisfaction rate was 95 percent, higher than the Green Line at 76 percent and Red Line at 92 percent.

Stuart Feldman, 54, knows something about the commute. The Swampscott resident, who works as a securities regulation attorney near South Station, has tried every way to get to Boston over the last two decades. He settled on the Blue Line after the ferry was canceled.

“The Blue Line is generally more reliable than commuter rail, the bus and driving,” he said.  

Still, Feldman can’t forget how much he and his fellow commuters loved now-discontinued ferry service from Lynn to Boston.

“The ferry was a transcendental experience,” he said. “You arrive at work relaxed and in a better mood than when you left for work and when you return from work you leave much of the work stress behind, it improves life. It’s an obvious transportation choice for a coastal community and a lot cheaper than extending the Blue Line.”

Aymen Rajeh, 47, is a battled-tested North Shore driver who routinely fights the traffic in and out of Boston. The Saugus resident, who lives near the Square One Mall, drives to the Back Bay six times a week where he owns the Quality Mart minutes from Kenmore Square.

“If it wasn’t for the traffic I could be into the Back Bay in less than 15 minutes,” he said. “But I have to deal with Route 1 South, the Tobin Bridge, the loop ramp and Storrow Drive.”

Rajeh gets into his 2011 Honda Ridgeline at about 6:40 a.m., which he said gets him into the city within 30 minutes.

“If I leave any later, I’m stuck in traffic for at least an hour and I’ll be backed up all the way to the Revere Beach exit through the Chelsea curve until I get into the city,” he said.

Ten years ago, he left his home later, and still made it into Boston within 30 minutes. But he’s seen the number of commuters rise and the need to get on the road sooner to avoid a major traffic jam.

Americans waste an average of 111 hours annually in gridlock and new research shows traffic congestion does much more than test our patience.

It’s a significant drain on our wallets as well our economies, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), an economic think tank.

Rich Gorham, a spokesman for General Electric Co. who serves on the board of the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, said while the number of GE employees has shrunk to about 2,700 from 12,000 in the 1980s, there are so many more cars on the road today.

As a result, he said commuters must get on the road earlier to avoid traffic jams. “It’s transformed for the worst over the last five years,” he said.

“I live in Billerica  and I get here at about 6:45 a.m. and even at that hour the traffic is noticeably more than five years ago.”

Transportation is a huge issue for prospective employers, Gorham said, and one of the chamber’s goals is to promote business and be advocates for them.

“Transportation is certainly an issue that comes up,” he said.

Shawn Potter, president and CEO of All Visiting Nurse Association, said his more than 400 nurses travel the region’s roads daily and need roads in good repair and congestion free to reach their patients.

“There’s no question that our people use the roadways,” he said. “We hear about the traffic jams they face going to clients. The roads need an awful lot of work.”


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

Councilors look down on Lynn zoning

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Construction of apartment buildings in West Lynn, such as 130-unit St. Stephen’s Tower apartments on Pleasant Street, would require city council approval under a proposed zoning change.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN If two city councilors get their way, construction of  apartment buildings in West Lynn will be a lot more difficult.

“We are trying to maintain the integrity of our neighborhood,” said Jay Walsh, Ward 7 city councilor. “We want some say in what gets built in a district that consists of mostly one- and two-family homes.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider a controversial zoning change that would limit new home construction to one- or two-family dwellings. If approved, developers would be required to seek approval from the City Council for anything larger.

But the proposal is expected to face opposition from developers who say the plan would halt multi-family home building in West Lynn at a time when demand is strong and the city’s revitalization is underway.

“This idea would be bad for Lynn,” said Michael Procopio, co-owner of Procopio Enterprises Inc. “The city is in the midst of a renaissance, and part of that is due to good development. Changing the zoning would put a stop to that. It seems to be a little reactionary and a not-in-my-back-yard kind of thing.”

The Saugus-based company recently opened Needhams Landing, a 42-unit luxury waterfront apartment complex near the General Electric Co. River Works. They have approvals for two apartment buildings on Fairmont Avenue that would contain 100 units.

Walsh said the zoning, which dates back to the 1920s, when homes were needed to house GE workers, must be updated.  

“Given the real estate explosion in Lynn, developers are gobbling up parcels everywhere and building apartment buildings that don’t fit the neighborhood,” he said. “We just want to have a say in any new construction and these new buildings should certainly not be built as of right without input from neighbors.”

Peter Capano, Ward 6 city councilor, said the impetus for the zoning change stems from several big apartment projects in the neighborhood that have exacerbated congestion in a section of the city that has narrow streets where cars park on both sides.

“They are building 20- 30- and 40-unit apartment buildings by right and with it comes lots of traffic,” he said. “All we are saying is have zoning that would require developers to seek council approval.”

Capano insists the new zoning would not prohibit apartment buildings. Instead, he said developers would be asked to hold public meetings with the neighbors about their plans and perhaps be asked to complete traffic and other impact studies.

For example, Capano said conversations are underway to turn the shuttered St. Michael’s Church on Summer Street into apartments.

“They’re talking about as many as 40 units at the church,” he said. “We are not trying to stop all these projects necessarily, but neighbors should be able to ask questions about impacts.” Michael Donovan, the city’s Inspectional Services Department chief, said though he doesn’t have a vote on changing the zoning rules, he has questions for the two councilors who are proposing the amendments.

“If we’re going to limit multi-family construction in Wards 6 and 7, why just those wards?” he asked. “What about the rest of the city?”

Gordon Hall, president of The Hall Co., a Lynn real estate firm, and chairman of the Lynn Business Partnership, an association whose mission is to improve Lynn’s economy and quality of life, said his group was unaware of the proposal.

“We don’t know anything about it, but would like to learn more,” he said.

Nicholas Meninno, owner of Meninno Construction, whose Lynn firm typically lays the groundwork for commercial projects, said the city is smart to examine the zoning in West Lynn.

“It needs some revision and it’s reasonable for the city’s policy makers to review an apartment proposal and not just allow it by a matter of right,” he said. “I just hope they don’t go from a very unrestricted apartment zoning to something that’s overly restrictive. That would be a mistake in the other direction.”


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

Lending her voice from Nahant

Francesca Luca is the host of “Talk With Francesca,” which airs every Saturday on WBIX, The Buzz. Item Photo by Owen O’Rourke

By Bill Brotherton

NAHANT — Francesca Luca’s dad wanted her to go to secretarial school.

“I don’t want to be a secretary. I want to be a hairdresser,” she’d tell him. He’d get mad. “Then I decided I didn’t like hairdressing. I quit. He was even more upset because I quit,” Luca says.

Can you guess what her first real job was? Yup, she was a secretary for Johnson & Johnson.

But it didn’t last long. It lacked excitement. It lacked challenges. It lacked practically everything Luca wanted from life.

We’re chatting in the living room of Luca’s Nahant home, which offers breathtaking views of the ocean from a large picture window. Dudley, her 12½-year-old Bichon Frise, is asleep on the couch, his tiny frame snuggled against a pillow. “Dudley has a strong personality, he takes after his mommy,” says Luca, with a laugh. “He’s a real alpha dog. Dudley would visit nursing homes with me. But he got confused by the tennis balls on the bottom of the walkers. I had to stop bringing him along.”

Luca’s life is filled with excitement and challenges these days. As the host of “Talk With Francesca,” which airs on WMEX, Newburyport’s WNBP and other radio stations, she has found her passion. Well, one of her many passions.

“I wake up at 5. I’m so excited, so motivated to get up and start the day,” she says.

Luca was born in Lynn and lived briefly in Saugus. But when her dad Frank got a job on the South Shore the family — mom Carmela and Francesca’s seven siblings — moved to Scituate, where Luca grew up and graduated from high school in 1976. She is the middle child. “Of course, I had to interview the woman who wrote a book about being a middle child,” she says.

In 2002, Luca’s radio career began at WXBR in Brockton, when Ron Van Dam invited her to join him one day a week on his talk show to chat about relationships. In the 1990s, Luca was the highest ranking sales manager for the Together dating service. She eventually started her own dating service, Friendship Caught Fire, and Frame of Mind, a coaching service for singles.

“I loved being a matchmaker. I’m always still trying to fix up people,” she says.

Before long, Luca was offered her own show. “Talk With Francesca” was born.

She says the show features provocative conversation and intriguing stories that inspire. “The topics I choose are related to women. I like to educate. I like to help people heal in some way.”

Under her picture in the Scituate High yearbook, a classmate wrote “From the heart she speaks.”

Past shows have centered on subjects as diverse as “How to Spot a Liar,” “Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape” and “When She Makes More Money Than You.” Dr. Phil was on to talk about Type 2 diabetes. Authors shared their expertise on overcoming addictions, dealing with rejection and how to bring about positive and permanent change.

Talk radio is just one of her passions:

  • Each January, she emcees a Joslin Diabetes Center fundraiser in the North End.
  • She’s a certified yoga therapist and former owner of a women’s wellness center.
  • She paints and is an advocate of healing through the visual arts, participating in the Massachusetts General Hospital’s “Illuminations” project. Her art is vibrant and full of color. She has shown her work often and used to have a studio in the Lydia Pinkham Building. She studied Expressive Art Therapies at Lesley University. “Art is very therapeutic. I’ve always had a hard time staying within the lines. I’m much more of an abstract painter.”
  • She’s wild about interior design and thinks it might play a larger role in her future. She and her then-husband bought an old, dilapidated Victorian in Swampscott that needed extensive renovations. “It was quite a challenge,” she says. Their efforts won an award from the Swampscott Historical Commission in 2007.
  • Luca operates a consulting/public relations company, Luca Enterprises, that nurtures and guides up-and-coming radio hosts. She placed “The Fantasy Bros,” two guys who won more than a million bucks from DraftKings who will host a fantasy football show, on WBIX.
  • She plays tennis and treasures spending time with her “awesome, very supportive” friends.

That’s a pretty full plate.

“I always wanted to be successful. I did not want to have a bunch of kids. Even in school, I wanted to get out into the world and make money.

“I do my own thing. My mom always would say ‘Francesca marches to the beat of a different drummer.’ I still do.”

Her mom grew up in Lynn, her dad in Salem. They met at General Electric Co. at 17, and married at 20. Both were important influences. “My dad became a barber, but he wanted more.” With no college education, he took a job as a salesman with a food broker, gradually working his way up to a top management position. “He was very successful, but always was embarrassed about not going to college. At 60, he went to UMass.

“Above all, my dad was a talker,” Luca says.

What’s that expression about an apple not falling far from the tree?

Francis M. Clifford Sr., 98

PeabodyFrancis M. Clifford Sr., 98, of Peabody, died Sunday, July 31, 2016, at the continuing care center at Brooksby Village. He was the husband of the late Catherine (Dunn) Clifford.

He was born in Lynn on April 5, 1918, the son of the late Patrick and Catherine (Kerwin) Clifford and was raised and educated there graduating from Lynn Classical High School in 1936. While at Lynn Classical he played on the baseball team and later played Double A Ball in Maine. He was a veteran of WWII, serving with the U.S. Army in Normandy, the Rhineland and Central Europe.

Following his discharge, he began working as a welder for the General Electric Co., Lynn, for the next 35 years. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and passionately watched them every year. He was a very good handyman around the house and helped his children build their homes. His most cherished time was spent being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Linda Clifford of Danvers, a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Garry Fellows of Middleton, a daughter-in-law, Vickie Clifford of Peabody, his precious grandchildren, Kelly and Christopher Watrous of Middleton, Gregory Clifford of Rowley, Michael Fellows of Danvers, Paul and Lauren Clifford of Fitchburg, Andrew Fellows of Cambridge, Brittany Clifford of Danvers, Julia Fellows and her fiancé, Joshua Kanter, of Middleton, his great-grandchildren, Catherine Watrous of Middleton, Ethan Beausoleil of Danvers, Chase Watrous and Odin Kanter, both of Middleton, and many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Francis M. “Mike” Clifford Jr.

Service information: A Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, from 5-8 p.m., at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home at the 82 Lynn St., Peabody facility. His funeral will be held on Friday at 10 a.m., from the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass in St. John’s Church, Peabody, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite 102 B, Danvers, MA 01923, or to the Brooksby Village Benevolent Fund, 100 Brooksby Village Dr., Peabody, MA 01960, in his memory. For guest book and directions, visit Ccbfuneral.com.

Philip J. Fecteau, 88

PEABODY  Philip J. Fecteau, 88, of Peabody, died early Thursday morning at the Rosewood Nursing and Rehab Center in Peabody after an extended illness. He was the loving husband of Marjorie (Hill) Fecteau, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage.

He was born in Lynn on Aug. 16, 1927, the son of the late Dolard and Jessie (Groves) Fecteau and was raised there and graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1945. Philip then entered the U.S. Navy during WWII and served in the Panama Canal before his discharge in 1946. He then began working at the General Electric Co. in Lynn for 39 years where he was a design draftsman, retiring in 1989.

He was an active member of the West Congregational Church serving as a trustee, a deacon and working on the grounds maintenance. Phil enjoyed the outdoor life, going up to New Hampshire and his camp at Long Lake, Maine, where he liked fishing, hunting and skiing and had been a member of the Mt Washington Observatory. He was also a small steam engine train buff and had been a member of the B and M Historical Society. He enjoyed gardening around his house but his most favorite time was spending it with his family.

The family would like to thank the staff and doctors at the Rosewood Nursing Home for their passion and devotional care to Phil and his family over the past 11 years.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Jeanette Fecteau of Middleton, a daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and John Trainor of Amesbury, his cherished grandchildren, Heather and Michelle Trainor of Amesbury, his brothers, Bertram Fecteau of Gorham, Maine, Richard and Robert Fecteau, both of Lynn, and many nieces and nephews.

Service information: A visitation will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2016, from 4-8 p.m., at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home at the 82 Lynn St., Peabody facility. His funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m., at the West Congregational Church, 27 Johnson St., West Peabody. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the West Congregational Church, 27 Johnson St., West Peabody, MA 01960, in his memory. For guest book and directions, visit Ccbfuneral.com.

Edward F. Cocozella, 82

FALMOUTHEdward F. Cocozella, 82, a Falmouth resident since 2013, died June 21, 2016, at the JML Care Center in Falmouth.

Born and raised in Lynn, the son of Edward and Ann Madeline (Doucette) Cocozella.

Mr. Cocozella graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1951. He was employed at General Electric Co. in Lynn for 38 years, retiring in 1991.

He leaves his wife of 46 years, Evelyn (O’Shea) Cocozella, his children, James Cocozella and his wife, Pamela, of Amesbury, Michael Cocozella and his wife, Kathleen, of Salem, John Cocozella and his wife, Deborah, of New Ipswich N.H., and Jill (Cocozella) Bellavance and her husband, Kevin, of Medfield, his stepdaughters, Kathleen (Donehey) Sirianni and her husband, Michael, of Falmouth, and Linda (Donehey) Carroll of Bellingham, his predeceased stepson, Stephen Donehey of Wakefield, his sister, Gloria (Cocozella) Gallo of Lynn, and his nine grandchildren, Christopher and Mathew Cocozella, Jackson and Joseph Cocozella, Ryan and Megan Bellavance, Karla and Christopher Sirianni, and Taylor Carroll, and several nieces and nephews.

Service information: A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, July 25, at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main St., Falmouth. A graveside service will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Gifford Street, Falmouth. For online guest book, obituary and directions, visit Ccgfuneralhome.com.

Kennedy illuminates Knights

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Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy gives her State of the City address at the  Knights of Columbus on Tuesday.

BY LEAH DEARBORN

LYNN — Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy mourned the loss of Union Hospital on Tuesday.

The closure of the facility was one of the more emotional topics the mayor reviewed in her sixth annual State of the City address at the Knights of Columbus.

While Kennedy was optimistic about keeping emergency services at the hospital, the mayor made it clear that the decision to close the facility by the state was final.

Last week, the Public Health Council of the Department of Public Health approved a $180 million expansion of North Shore Medical Center by Partners HealthCare that will shutter Union and move the beds to the new Salem campus in 2019.

In a question and answer period following the speech, Lynn resident Estelle Revelotis expressed concern about the closure. She asked the mayor where Ward 1 would receive medical care.  

Kennedy said regionalization of medical care is widespread, but she is committed to keeping emergency services at the hospital and no final decisions on a date of closure have been made.

On a more hopeful note, Kennedy said Lynn has become the first city in the state to erase homelessness among veterans, an achievement which the mayor credited, in part, Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND).

“We have now ensured that every veteran who seeks to have a home in Lynn has one,” she said.

Kennedy’s 40-minute address also referenced the Market Basket development on the 22-acre former General Electric Co. Factory of the Future site in West Lynn.

“I couldn’t be more excited about use of this property lain fallow for too many years,” said Kennedy, who also expressed hope that the new supermarket will spur development in the neighborhood.

The mayor said the new Market Basket is slated to open next summer and will provide at least 400 job openings after the company signed an agreement with the city to give residents priority in hiring.

“Lynn is in a constant state of transformation,” she said. “It’s a transformation that we’re excited about.”

Revved up on classics in Lynnfield

PHOTO BY BOB ROCHE
Vintage cars at the Herb Chambers “Cars and Coffee” event on Sunday.

BY MICHELE DURGIN

LYNNFIELD — Car enthusiasts packed the Herb Chambers “Cars and Coffee” event on Sunday.

Flagship Motors of Lynnfield welcomed visitors early and the crowd grew as the morning went on. The event is the dealership’s third of its kind this season.

Robert Chin, a product specialist, said he was happy with the turnout of hundreds of people to view the cars on display. The vehicles included the latest models, as well as restored vintage cars.

“I like talking with people about cars and events like this are great because it’s not really about sales,” he said. “It’s a chance to network and mingle with car lovers and other people in the business and not feel any pressure.”

Herb Chambers hosts several events for car enthusiasts throughout the summer at the area’s dealerships, including Hingham and Westborough.

He brought his 1953 Buick Skylark to this one. That car is one of a just 1,690 specialty convertibles built that year.

Michael Caras, 28, of Saugus, said he enjoys participating in shows as he displayed his 2008 Nissan 350Z. He said it might be the fastest car at the event. It has been customized and is valued at over $60,000, he added.

Colleen Sanford, from Lynn, showed her 2000 Corvette convertible at the event. The red car drew many admirers.

“This car is my weekend summer fun,” she said. “I enjoy shows like this and the people I meet are wonderful. I have won some trophies and that’s always fun. I fell in love with Corvettes when I was five and events like this are great way for serious car lovers to get together.”

Joseph Burke said he is enjoying his retirement from the General Electric Co. because he can devote more time to his two  passions: Corvettes and car shows. He is a member of a Corvette Club in Middleton and said he loves to talk about the 13 cars he owns. Six of them are Corvettes.

All of my cars have been restored and I love showing them at events like this,” he said. “Meeting new people is great and I get a kick out of talking cars with the people who stop by to look at mine.”

A towering career for Moberger

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
High Rock Tower was one of the many big projects John Moberger has worked on during his 38-year career in Lynn.

BY BRIDGET TURCOTTE

LYNN — During his 38-year career, John Moberger has left his mark on Lynn’s parks.

The city’s community facilities manager will retire next Friday after working for the city for almost four decades.

“There are close to 30 parks in the city and I would say he has put his stamp on every one,” said Jamie Marsh, director of community development. “High Rock, I would say, is one of his crowning achievements. He got it to where it is today.”

Moberger said the restoration of High Rock Tower Park is one of his most memorable projects. He began working on a master plan in the early 1980s. By 1998, contractors had restored the tower observatory. More recently, they installed stairs at the bottom of the hill leading up to the tower, which underwent beautification upgrades. The project also reconfigured the intersection of Essex and Liberty streets.

But the park renovation is not yet complete, he said. A stone cottage adjacent to the tower is the last portion to be tackled. Moberger said it’s in need of masonry work, and taking on the interior is expected to be a challenge.
While it’s still in the planning process, he would like to see it used as a meeting space with a third floor designated as an apartment for a property caretaker.

Moberger hopes to see the project through to the end. Once retired, he plans to work at least two days per week completing High Rock and several other projects that are in the works.

“I enjoy the projects we have here,” he said. “I’ve been lucky to be involved in a lot of great projects. Changing the environment and trying to make things better where people live is important. Parks and playgrounds are important for youth. They give kids something to do other than negative things.”

He’s proud to have orchestrated the Central Square revitalization in 1999. Brick walkways and decorative street lights were installed and several trees were planted, he said.

Entrances to Lynn Woods were made more secure, which Moberger said helped change the use of the green space from a place for vandals to a popular recreational spot.

Flax Pond was improved with the installation of a fountain and one of three splash pads for children.

He was involved in restoring the water fountain at the Lynn Common in the 1980s. The cast iron fountain was first constructed in the 1890s by General Electric Co., he said. Jets and lights were added for special events, Moberger said. A computer used to operate the lights and water jets was ruined in a flood and needs to be replaced, he added.

Moberger hopes to see the city implement the master plan for the waterfront.

“I’d like to make it more accessible to people in the city and extend the boardwalk all the way around,” he said.

Marsh said when he learned Moberger would stay on the job for a few days, he felt like doing a backflip.

“John is truly my go-to guy,” Marsh said. “I always take his advice without hesitation.”


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

Tech’s machines rage in Revere

PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Taryn Osborne adjusts an older robot, built in 2012, at Lynn Technical Vocational Institute prior to driving it around the room. 

BY DILLON DURST

LYNN — Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.

“STEAMPunk Tigers,” Lynn Vocational Technical Institute’s robotics team, finished sixth out of 25 teams in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition last weekend at Revere High School.

FIRST challenges teams of high school students nationwide to engineer industrial-sized robots that are tested against opponents at regional competitions.

Teams received a kit at a kickoff festival at Northeastern University in January, where they learned the challenge details. The kit is comprised of motors, batteries, control system components and other construction materials. The students have six weeks to build and program their robot.

A new theme is chosen each year. This year’s was “Stronghold.”

During the contest, two alliances of three robots must breach their opponents’ fortifications and capture its tower to win. Points are gained by the robot’s ability to break competitors’ barricades and hurl boulders through goals in towers.

Captain Danielle Davis, a junior at Lynn Classical High School, said her team’s robot was designed to destroy the opposition’s fortress.

She said they were free to design their apparatus however they pleased, as long as FIRST’s rules and regulations were followed.

After the six-week building process, guided by General Electric Co. engineer and team mentor Ethan Heller and various teachers, Davis said the robot had to be placed in a giant bag and zip-tied. They were able to make six hours worth of adjustments between then and their first competition in March at Reading High School.

A typical competition day begins at 5 a.m., Davis said.

After setting up their pits, areas where students fix their robots, and attending several meetings, the first of 80 qualification matches begin.

FIRST volunteers established both teams’ defenses and judge the matches. Teams select their opponents’ defense setup, Davis said.

The mechanisms are controlled by team members from behind a plexiglass wall, and a winner is declared after two minutes and 15 seconds, when points are tallied.

Although their season ended, the Tigers still serve in the community. On Wednesday, the team donated bags of frozen food to No Thanks Needed, a Saugus-based nonprofit that helps terminally ill children.

Davis, who hopes to be an English teacher, said the program is more of a hobby. All Lynn Public Schools students can join the team, regardless of desired career path or interests.

“Anyone can join,” Davis said.


Dillon Durst can be reached at ddurst@itemlive.com.

You can’t always get what you want

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An estimated 5,000 fans flocked to Manning Bowl 50 years ago tonight to see the Rolling Stones perform. However, it was cut short when fans broke through the police barriers separating the lawn seats from the stage. Police had to quell the disturbance with tear gas.

BY STEVE KRAUSE

LYNN — And to think, it came close to not happening at all.

The Rolling Stones were climbing the music charts when the band began their tour in February 1966 with two weeks in Australia and New Zealand where they did a two shows-a-night schedule. They were back at it again beginning March 26 with a northern European tour that wrapped up April 5 in Denmark.

While that was happening, on April 1, the group released “Aftermath,” which included the Stones’ staples “Under My Thumb,” “Paint It Black” and “Lady Jane,” on the U.S. version.

The frenetic pace of recording and touring left lead singer Mick Jagger exhausted. He was sent to a doctor on June 3, 1966, and was declared “unfit for work,” according to the group’s “Fifty Years” biography. The doctor ordered two weeks rest.

Three weeks later, the Stones embarked on their third tour of the year, and opened it at Manning Bowl in Lynn on June 24. The show ended up being memorable more for its own “aftermath.” Some fans say the intermittent rain that fell earlier in the evening, as the warm-up acts were performing, grew steadier when the Stones took the stage after 10 p.m. The Item’s account of the show in the June 25, 1966 edition backs that up.

But some fans who attended said while the rain was steady, it was not heavy. The band, in its original lineup of Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, were scheduled to play a 10-song set that was supposed to end with “Satisfaction.” They got about halfway through that set before fans began to rush the stage. There were reports that one or two of the folding chairs were thrown at the group as they fled. The Stones rushed into a limousine, but at least one fan swears it was a police wagon, as tear gas was launched in an effort to quell the fracas.

The Stones had played outdoor venues since 1964, without incident. Later in the 1966 North American tour, they performed at Forest Hills in New York and also played at Winnipeg Stadium in Canada.

“Honestly, I’m not sure that anyone connected with booking the Stones into Manning Bowl had any idea who they were, other than that they were a British group,” said John L. O’Brien, Registrar of Deeds for Southern Essex County. O’Brien was 14 at the time and had just graduated from Breed Jr. High. He went with two of his friends and sat in the bleachers and not on the lawn seats.

“I have no idea why my parents let me go either,” he said. “But there we were.”

Swampscott’s Martha Valleriani went with her mother, which is something neither of them had planned.

“My brother bought me two tickets (which cost $3 and $5),” said Valleriani, who was 13 in 1966. “My mom wouldn’t let me go with a friend and my brother refused to go with me. So my mom went to her first, and only, rock concert, short as it was.”

For all the notoriety the band had amassed by 1966, the Stones came to Lynn amid very little fanfare, possibly because, “They were supposed to play at the Boston Garden, but it fell through, and they were desperate for a venue,” said Lynn native Walter Day, who was an accidental usher.

Lynn got the news about the concert from The Item, 12 days prior to the show, in a brief article with the TV listings. The reporter called the Stones “mop-haired English youths” and wrote more about the group’s growing popularity. The story mentioned a Battle of The Bands competition in Walpole, whose winner, The Mods, appeared on the Lynn bill. But as the show drew closer, concerned abutters contacted the Lynn Police with questions about the concert. As a result, there were 75 policemen hired to work the detail, plus several Registry of Motor Vehicle police.

If the city was late in catching onto what could happen, there was reason. There were plenty of other things occupying people’s minds back in June 1966. The biggest concern was a strike at General Electric Co. that lasted three weeks, ending June 30. Almost daily in The Item, the company and the union ran full-page dueling ads stating their points of view. There was restlessness on the picket lines. Police were deployed to keep things from getting out of hand.

Things were beginning to heat up in Southeast Asia, too, Also on June 24, 1966, the Red Sox were in last place in the 10-team American League, 21½ games behind the Baltimore Orioles. The New York Yankees were right down there with them. Gasoline cost 32 cents a gallon and the average cost of a new car was $2,650.

Finally, the area had been locked in a heat wave the week leading up to the 24th, with the promise, on the day of the concert, of relief from the scorching temperatures. It was possible, the forecast said, that rain could help usher in that break. Those showers would play a pivotal role in turning the Stones show into the melee it became.

Crowd accounts vary, depending upon the recollections of the fans who attended. But The Item estimated the number of fans at 5,000. Robert Walker of Hub Bub Productions of Boston, which put on the show, said 25,000 people would have shown up if there had been better public transportation to Lynn.

Those 5,000 people got to see a very good show, said O’Brien.

“I wanted to go just as much for the backup bands as the Stones,” he said. “They had The McCoys, and I loved ‘Hang On Sloopy.’ And the Standells did ‘Dirty Water.’ Great song. I was having a real good time.”

Day heard that something was going to happen at the Bowl earlier that day and snuck in over a fence.

“I saw a crowd of people, maybe 20 or 30, standing around and one of them came to me and asked me whether I wanted to be an usher,” said Day, 14 at the time.

After getting instructions on what to do, “it started raining and a bunch of us went under the stands on the behind-stage end of the bowl (Locust Street end), and when we got down there, we saw the McCoys warming up, a capella. They were singing ‘Paperback Writer’ by the Beatles and the harmonies just blew me away. That’s how they warmed up.”

Lynn native Artie Phillips was only 11. He said neither he nor his friend had a ticket, but he saw a police wagon trying to make its way into the stadium and jumped on the back of it. He got a look inside, and there, he said, was the band.

“I couldn’t tell which of them I saw,” he said. “But it was definitely the band,” said Phillips, who now lives in Exeter, N.H.

Norman Cole, who later became a city councilor, also snuck in.

“If you were small enough, and I was, you could wedge your way through the fence and that’s how I and some of my friends got in,” he said. “But I was way on the other side of the field (from the stage). I didn’t see much. I don’t recall it raining all that hard, though.”

Up to that point, the concert was uneventful, until things fell apart. Since this was the first stop on the U.S. tour, the plan was for the Stones to sing two songs live in the U.S. for the first time, “Mother’s Little Helper” and “Lady Jane,” which featured Jones on the dulcimer. “Lady Jane” came about midway through the prescribed set, but it’s the last song they did that night, said Harry Sandler, the drummer for the Mods.

“It was right after that, fans started rushing the stage,” he said.

Sandler said that by today’s standards, that wouldn’t seem unusual. But it was only two years earlier, during the initial stages of Beatlemania, that crowd control at concerts became an issue.

“If you grew up during that era you remember what it was like,” he said. “At all those Beatles shows, kids were trying to get close to the stage, they wanted to be near the musicians, touch the musicians.

“There were just these police barriers, and there was no way those were going to stop anyone from surging forward,” he said. “I’d imagine, outside of dogs, which I don’t remember the police having, the next easiest way to turn a crowd like that back was with tear gas.”

The Stones, he said, simply placed their instruments down and left the stage.

“Brian Jones handed me his dulcimer on the way out,” Sandler said, “and I handed it to one of their road crew.”

Sandler isn’t the only person to hint that it wasn’t so much the rain but the growing restlessness of the fans that caused the Stones to flee the stage.

Day, who was standing in the front, said he saw a projectile hit the singer in the chest and heard him scream out “ow!” After that, the group left the stage.

“I found myself up front, and it was one of those situations where everyone’s crushed,” Day said. “Moments later, there were chairs being thrown.”

O’Brien, on the other hand, didn’t think it was a big deal.

“I’ve seen worse,” he said. “From where I sat, it didn’t seem that bad.”

Among the songs the Stones never got to play were “19th Nervous Breakdown” and “Satisfaction.”

Jagger provided a glimpse of what he’d been thinking.

“It was a bit of an outdoor crazy,” he said in an interview later in the “Fifty Years” biography. “It wasn’t well-secured. A few people got a bit drunk. There were a few cops and that was the end of it.”

By now, Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsberg, the popular WMEX disc jockey who had emceed the show, began exhorting the crowd to calm down, but his words fell on deaf ears. Fans continued to rush the stage, according to The Item report the next day, and then the tear gas commenced.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever been tear gassed,” Sandler said. “It’s awful. It hurts.”

If memories of other aspects from that show are fuzzy, most people have vivid recollections of the tear gas.

“It’s the only time in my life I’ve ever been tear gassed,” said Day. “It is a terrible experience.”

Others spoke of the crowd panicking, with their eyes, stinging, running for the exits.

Bob Berk, former owner of Standard of Lynn, said the only problem for the police was that the wind was blowing back toward them, and the gas never affected fans in  front.

“The gas went off and the police had to run for cover from the gas blowing back toward them,” he said.

When the smoke cleared, there were four injuries and three arrests. The injured included Donna Rubay, 19, of Lynn; Frances Porter, 18, of Milton; Ursula Visconte, 16, of Everett; and Earl “Junior” Boyce of Lynn.

The Item reported that patrons left the stadium in such a hurry they left broken chairs and articles of clothing behind.

Concerts at the complex since the Stones show have been rare. Ray Charles played a benefit, along with the Four Tops, in 1976. It would be nine more years before the Fraser Field-Manning Bowl complex saw another rock concert, this one in 1984 when the Beach Boys came to Lynn. A year later, Motley Crue, the Kinks and Aerosmith played at Manning Bowl amid much controversy and consternation. In almost every case, the 1966 concert by the Rolling Stones was cited as the main reason people expressed reservations.

There has not been a rock show at either facility since, though Lynn City Hall has become a popular place for concerts.

The Stones had their share of incidents surrounding their shows after that. In 1972, due to play in Boston, their plane was diverted to Warwick, R.I., and they were arrested at the airport after a scuffle with authorities. They eventually made it to the Garden, but not before Boston Mayor Kevin H. White had to take the stage and plead with the crowd to behave, as there was racial unrest occurring in other parts of the city.

Their Dec. 6, 1969 free concert at the Altamont Speedway in San Francisco resulted in one death when a member of the Hell’s Angels, who were working the security, stabbed a fan who rushed the stage.

Future events would prove that police who acted quickly to quell the Manning Bowl fracas knew what was coming. In 1979, fans of The Who tried to storm the entrance of the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati and trampled 11 people to death.

Three years after the Stones concert, O’Brien was off to the Woodstock rock festival. He said he is proud of the fact that he’s one of the few Lynners who saw the Stones and went to the iconic music festival.

Day said all he can I remember is that it was raining.

“How hard, I cannot remember,” he said. “It was quite a thing. It was fun, and amazing, and somehow I became a background figure in all of this.”

As for Keith Richards, his recollection began and ended with the tear gas.

“Things got a little blurry in the ’60s,” he said in the biography. “Tear gas. That was the other continuous smell of the ’60s. Can’t say I miss it.”

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Postscript: On May 10, Item Publisher Ted Grant, in a letter that encompassed Page 1, offered a staggering $737 to the Stones to return to Lynn and finish the concert. So far, no word from Mick. Or Keith. But time is on our side.

Smart Girls rule in Lynn

ITEM PHOTO BY BRIDGET TURCOTTE
From left, Jordena Reyes Nunez, Wendy Perez and Ashley Hughes learn how to use food to power a battery from Katelyn Ranni, an intern at Keurig.

BY BRIDGET TURCOTTE

LYNN — The ladies of Girls Inc. could be future scientists.

Girls Inc. of Lynn, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold, hosted its annual Smart Girls Summit Friday.

During the event, 130 middle school girls participated in three, 40-minute hands-on workshops taught by women working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

“I think the girls that are a part of this program take away learning new things,” said Alyx Nelson, 13. “I want to be a doctor. I’ve always been interested in science.”

Still, she was surprised by parts of the workshops.

“When we made the bouncy balls, I thought it would stay a liquid,” Nelson said.

Giuliana Gasca, 12, said she lacked the knack for science, but found herself interested in all of the activities.

“I learned about density with the water bottles,” Gasca said. “Usually girls aren’t allowed to do as much in science and I think they should.”

Each workshop was designed to show the girls that STEM can be fun. The women told the girls about how they became interested in their career, and the challenges they overcame.

Representatives from Cell Signaling Technology, Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory, the New England Veterinary Oncology Group, Salem State University, Keurig Green Mountain Inc., General Electric Co., Deloitte LLP and Warner Babcock Institute volunteered their time.

Jennifer Bailey, research engineer for Keurig, said the best part of participating in the activity is watching the girls interact with materials and explore.

“It’s great to see them interested in the same things I was interested in at that age,” said Cecily Allen, design engineer at Keurig.

The program has grown substantially since it first began 14 years ago.

“Last year, we had 10 workshops,” said Ann Ayala-Macey, STEM coordinator. “This year we have 13 workshops.”

The number of participating students grew from 100 girls last year, according to Ann Ayala-Macey, STEM coordinator. In the past, each child was offered a pair of 60-minute sessions, but the girls wanted more.

“They heard their friends talking about how much fun they had in other workshops,” she said. “Fifteen or so organizations are represented, which is a nice diverse group of volunteers.”

Maisha Bellah, Amia Reynoso, Jazzmine Sanderson, and Virginia Christian were recognized for participating in science and math in and out of school.

“There’s a couple of things going on with girls at this age,” said Lena Crowley, director of middle school programs. “They tend to start to turn away from STEM. We’re exposing them to these women, who have really interesting careers, and they can see that they are very fulfilling careers.”


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

George E. Wall, 96

HAMPTON, N.H. — Mr. George E. Wall, 96, of Hampton and Conway, N.H., passed away peacefully on May 19, 2016.

He was born in Lynn on Nov. 19, 1919, to the late John H. and Hilda (Martin) Wall and was the youngest of three children. George was married for 55 years to the late Daryll E. Johnson Wall. He was predeceased by brothers, John and William Wall and sister, Lillian Cody. He is survived by his three children, George Wall II of Old Saybrook, Conn., Thomas Wall of Lancaster, Pa., and Kathleen Lewis of Lynn, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

George grew up in Lynn and graduated from Lynn English in 1937 and he earned an Electrical Engineering Degree from Northeastern University in 1942. He entered the Navy and served as a Lieutenant JG in the Seabees in 1944 and was stationed in Okinawa. He remained in the Navy as a reservist until 1951.

After his graduation from Northeastern University in 1942, he started work with the General Electric Co., Engineering Test Program in Lynn. He had assignments at West Lynn, River Works, Schenectady and Philadelphia, before returning to the Instrument Department in Lynn. He was plant manager of the Allerton Street Plant.

George was a member of Lynn’s Planning Board for nine years serving as chairman for seven years. He became manager of the Gear Motor product section plant in Paterson, N.J., in 1970. He was president of the Paterson, N.J., Chamber of Commerce. In 1974 George returned to Lynn in the General Electric Small Aircraft Engine Department in 1974, from which he retired in 1984 after 42 years of service with GE. He became President of Babco Machine Company in Danversport. He was also the past director of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce.

George was an accomplished downhill skier up until the age of 89. Tennis was a lifetime sport he enjoyed and excelled at. He was a member and Past Deacon of First Church of Christ Congregational in Lynn and a member of the Golden Fleece Lodge, A.F. and A.M. for 63 years.

Throughout his life, George was a stalwart advocate for the animals of New Hampshire and surrounding areas. For more than 50 years George was a devoted volunteer and supporter for the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA). He was actively involved in the agency since the 1970’s. He served in a number of key capacities, he served as president of the board, treasurer, past president, trustee and was named one of the first honorary board members. In 2014 the agency honored George with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the first recipient of the Gurdon and Richard Metz Award for Recognition of Fearless Commitment and Dedicated Service to the Animals of the New Hampshire SPCA. George owned numerous cats, many which were adopted from the NHSPCA. He also supported the Agency’s work as a Legacy Circle member.

In reflecting on George’s advice, current Board President Julie Quinn observed, “As a board member and trustee, his commitment and passion was a great inspiration to the many board members who were privileged to serve with him. He reminded us that animals come to us in trust and we must foster and maintain the trust of the community for the sake of those animals.” Executive Director, Lisa Dennison said, “George and his words of wisdom will be missed, but remembered by the board, staff and volunteers at NHSPCA.”

Service information: George’s funeral will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 11 a.m., in the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean St., (Route 1A), Lynn. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The family prefers in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the NHSPCE, P.O. Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885. Directions and guest book at Solimine.com.

‘Seeing friends killed still affects’ Lynn brothers

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
Don Boyce, left, and his brother Earl Boyce, right, being interviewed about their service in WWII.

 

BY THOR JOURGENSEN

LYNNDon and Earl Boyce were teenagers when they left Lynn and journeyed halfway around the world to drive back, one island at a time, the Japanese conquest of the Pacific Ocean.

The brothers dug foxholes, endured shelling and lost friends like the tent mates Don can still remember.

“We were together for a year,” Boyce said. “Seeing friends killed still affects me.”

Boyce is 92 and his brother is 91. They grew up on Sidney Avenue. Don graduated from English High School in 1942 and went to work for General Electric Co. before signing up for the Army Air Corps, training in Illinois and shipping off to war.

His 33-day adventure of the Pacific aboard an old troopship was tracked by a Japanese submarine and kept at bay by depth charges rolled overboard from the ship. At dusk, Boyce and other men donned life vests and braced for torpedoes that never came.

His unit hopped from island to island, enduring at one point, 90 days of Japanese shelling aimed at halting American attacks on oil-rich islands held by the Japanese.

“We were on a coral island,” he said. “Digging a foxhole was like digging in concrete.”

Family circumstances required Earl Boyce to spend part of his youth with an aunt on Prince Edward Island. He returned to Lynn in time to enlist in the U.S. Army on his 18th birthday. Assigned to the U.S. Army Air Corps, he trained in Hawaii before going into combat. He hit the volcanic island of Iwo Jima with his unit six days after Marines invaded.

“There were rockets flying over our heads,” he said. “We were told to dig foxholes and dig them deep.”

With Iwo Jima finally wrested from stubborn Japanese defenders, Boyce repaired American warplanes and used the island as a transit point during attacks on the Japanese. Earl Boyce remembered how soldiers fired their weapons into the air when word of Japan’s surrender reached the island.

After the war, he owned a radio and television shop on the corner of Rockaway and Essex streets before going to work for Raytheon Co. He eventually became a smoking cessation facilitator and travelled as far away as South Africa to help people kick cigarettes.

His brother taught and eventually became a principal in southern California schools. Don Boyce moved to Missouri a decade ago. He and his wife, Evelyn, have been married for 66 years. They have two children, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Earl Boyce and his wife, Mary, had four children. Today, Boyce, who is remarried, has five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He spent Sunday as the commander of American Legion Post 345 in Lynn remembering fallen comrades.

“Memorial Day means a lot to me,” Boyce said. “I lost a lot of friends and best buddies.”

“War,” said his brother, “is a horrible thing.”


Thor Jourgensen can be reached at tjourgensen@itemlive.com

Is the Lynnway the ugliest street in America?

ITEM PHOTO BY OWEN O’ROURKE
One sign that may impact the perception of the Lynnway is the Starbucks sign. Good luck finding it in the photo above.

BY THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — For as long as anyone can remember, the Lynnway has been packed with car dealerships, fast-food restaurants, discount shops, billboards and hundreds of garish signs.

“When you drive up the Lynnway, you see every mistake that has been made over the last 75 years,” said James M. Cowdell, executive director of the Economic Development & Industrial Corp. (EDIC/Lynn).  

“Why is it ugly? It happened. A place opened and an ugly sign went up. Another place opened, another ugly sign went up. Now it’s a splattering of ugly signs that blend … and the one sign that should stand out, Starbucks, gets blended in with the ugliness. What message does that send as we are trying to change our image?”

As developers propose to transform portions of the Lynnway into a neighborhood for waterfront apartments and amenities that rival Boston’s Seaport District, some say it’s the right time for Lynn.

“It will change, someone will go first,” said Charles Morneau, who along with Joseph O’Donnell, founder of Boston Culinary Group and Belmont Capital in Cambridge, could be among the first when they break ground on a 17-acre site on the water side of the Lynnway adjacent to the General Edwards Bridge. They expect to start construction next spring on a $69 million luxury-apartment project that would include 250 units in a wood-frame, three-story building.

“The timing is right because the key political people have lined up behind it and are pushing to get things done,” Morneau said. He is referring to the Lynn Economic Advancement and Development (LEAD) Team, a panel that includes U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Environmental Secretary Matthew Beaton, Cowdell and others who can cut through the bureaucracy and make things happen.

“That whole corridor in Lynn can really turn around and be an attraction,” Morneau said. “It’s in the right location, just miles from Boston and there’s ocean, nothing better.”

Change is coming to the Lynnway. A pair of residential developments will bookend the Lynnway. Earlier this month, Louis Minicucci Jr. and Arthur Pappathanasi closed a $2.5 million purchase of the former Beacon Chevrolet site. When completed, the $80 million waterfront residential project will include 355 apartments on the 14-acre site on the northern end of the stretch with rents expected to be in the $2,000 range. At the other end of the stretch is O’Donnell’s $69 million project on a 17-acre waterfront site that would include 250 units in a wood frame, three-story building.

City Council President and state Rep. Daniel F. Cahill said the Lynnway is slowly changing and the transformation will take time. A decade ago, $6 million was spent to move the power lines off the ocean side as the first major step to spur development.

“We are still in the infrastructure phase,” he said. “The only reason we are talking about massive residential projects is because the path has been cleared for large scale development on the waterfront side. You won’t see much change to the Lynnway’s facade until a few developments break ground in the next few years.”

On signs, Cahill said it’s an issue that ignites controversy. Some say signs should be whatever businesses want. Others insist that the only way to clean up the city’s gateway is for a strict ordinance to control the size, height, color and lettering of signs.

While the City Council amended sign rules in 1993 to limit their size and height and ban flashing ones, any business can seek permission to override the regulation and nearly all have been successful in doing so. The rest have been grandfathered.

One marquee that may impact the perception of the city is Starbucks. Ironically, it’s easily missed because, while it’s so small compared to others, it’s larger than sign rules allow.

But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to a Starbucks sign.

The arrival of a Starbucks has benefits beyond easy access to an espresso macchiato, decaf cappuccino or caffe latte. Between 1997 and 2014, homes within a quarter-mile of a Starbucks increased in value by 96 percent, on average, compared with 65 percent for all U.S. homes, based on a comparison by Zillow, the Seattle-based online real estate company.

When Starbucks arrived in Chelsea when Ash was city manager, he called it the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

“Starbucks came to us for a special permit to erect the sign because there are restrictions in that section of the Lynnway,” Cahill said. “It was a symbolic event because for years Starbucks said they were not interested in locating in Lynn and they finally came so we approved it.”

Peter Capano, the Ward 6 city councilor whose district includes the Lynnway, said everyone agrees the highway’s aesthetics need to be improved.

“We are looking at a proposal for changes on the Lynnway,” he said.

A study is being done by the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Transportation that will offer ideas to improve it, he said. Public hearings will be held and a report is expected to be issued later this year.

Patrick McGrath, who owns the Lynnway Mart Indoor Mall & Flea Market that attracts thousands of buyers and sellers, has been seeking a developer to build on his 8.5-acre prime waterfront parcel.

“I don’t know what to say, the Lynnway is what it is,” he said. “I hope to have my site developed and it starts there. Hopefully, Joe O’Donnell’s site next door gets developed. Unfortunately,  we’ll always have the Creamery, the car wash and car lots. They’re not going anywhere, at least in my lifetime. I would like to see it all developed.”

One reason why the Lynnway looks the way it does is that officials have been reluctant to implement firm regulations because it is a major source of real estate taxes for the city. Peter Caron, the city’s assessing director, reports that 183 Lynnway businesses that employ hundreds of Lynn residents contribute $6,017,000 to the city’s coffers annually.  

Not every Lynnway business is a blight. Consider the handsome Solomon Metals Corp. property. Once the home of Harrison Dispatch, a former trucking terminal for General Electric Co., Steven Solomon has maintained the grass, shrubs, trees and added chains from the U.S.S. Wasp and later purchased a pair of bells to add to the front display.

“Even though we are in the scrap metal business, we take seriously the idea that we should put a positive face out front and be good neighbors,” said Solomon, whose family has owned the building since 1974.

The other good looking commercial site is the Clock Tower Business Center. The 305,000-square-foot office building is surrounded by a wrought iron fence, and its grounds are covered with green and trees.

One community, Framingham, has tackled the issue of landscaping and signs with success.

Susan Bernstein, a former Framingham Planning Board member, was part of the effort in the 1990s to remake Route 9. Her goal, along with fellow members, was to turn the road filled with unattractive signs and too little green space into a tree-lined boulevard. Twenty years later there’s been enormous improvements made, say planners.

The panel started with landscaping and implemented strict regulations on the number of trees and shrubs that must be planted on commercial lots.

“There was a great sensitivity towards changing the ambiance of Route 9,” she said. “When businesses came before us, we required lots of trees, and over time, as you can see, they mature and you start to get an improvement.”

Framingham required one tree for every three parking spaces,  or one every 27 feet. The rules called for trees with a two- to three-inch truck.

“We were specific about the type of trees, and it’s tedious work,” she said. “But developers prefer to spend as little as possible.”

As a result, hundreds of trees have been planted in the last two decades along the road, in parking lots and in front of buildings.

Later, the panel devised a bylaw to reduce the size of signs. At one time, there were few limits and signs rose to 35 feet. Today, the limit in most parts of the road is 20 feet.

“If you look at communities that have good signs, that says more about them than almost anything as you enter,” she said. “When you drive through communities with 40-foot signs you see that it demonstrates an image of a schlocky town.”

Bernstein, a real estate agent, said a community’s image greatly influences property values.

But how to get it done is another matter, she said.

“There has to be the political will on the various boards to do it,” she said. “It’s not easy.”


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

10,000 days on the run for Saugus engineer

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Kip Williamson, just completed his 10,000th consecutive day of running.

BY GAYLA CAWLEY

SAUGUS — Most people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after a few months.

But Lenworth “Kip” Williamson has stuck to his for nearly three decades.

On Jan. 1, 1989, the 57-year-old Saugus resident  resolved to run daily that year. He was so successful that May 18 marked his 10,000 consecutive day running. His next milestone will be 30 years straight on Dec. 31, 2018.

The General Electric Co. engineering manager had tried unsuccessfully in 1987 and 1988 to run every day, but made it work on his third try. He remembers reading at the time that if you can do something for 21 days, it becomes a habit. He said 1989 was a mild winter, which helped him as he is an outdoor runner.

Williamson sticks to the streets, regardless of the weather. If he works out indoors, it’s for weight training and use of a stationary bike to supplement his primary exercise. Treadmills are not an option for him because he runs in every type of weather.

“I have two rules,” Williamson said. “I must run three or more miles on each run. And no excuses.”

With that goal, he considers a three-mile run a rest day. He mixes in at least one long run a week, which can range from six to eight miles. He jogs 30 or more miles weekly and at least 130 miles a month.

As of Sunday, he was at 99 miles for May. He doesn’t have a set schedule and runs the way he feels that particular day.

“It’s a good time to think,” Williamson said. “I guess I enjoy the endorphins and it’s just part of who I am at this point.”

He runs as early as 2 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m. When his son got his Master’s degree at Columbia University last week, he got a run in at 2 a.m. before he and his wife caught a predawn train.

“There were nine cars moving, three coyotes and one guy riding a bicycle who I thought was crazier than me,” Williamson said.

He has always loved the sport. He ran track and cross country in high school and college. His most common events were the 800 meter and two-mile run. But he would do shorter runs if he needed to fill in for someone.

His racing days ended in 1999 when he ran his final Boston Marathon. He doesn’t want to run competitively anymore, saying the streak is enough for him. Not racing has enabled him to do what he is doing, as he avoids injury and doesn’t get sick, he added.

Today, Williamson said he knows his pace. If he’s in a strange place, he’ll run 20 minutes and run back, which he knows is more than three miles. He runs an eight and a half to nine minute mile. But his personal best is a four minute and 26 second one, when he was in peak shape in his youth.

He runs alone most of the time, going whenever he finds an opportunity. For that reason, he said it’s hard to run with people.

Williamson has his streak logged as part of the United States Running Streak Association. He doesn’t plan to stop.

“As long as my legs keep working, I’ll keep going,” Williamson said. “The thing that would get me to stop would be so catastrophic that the running would be insignificant compared to it.”


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James J. Krol, 66

SOUTH PEABODY — James J. Krol, 66, of South Peabody, died Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the North Shore Medical Center, Salem Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born in Lynn on Nov. 13, 1949, the son of the late William and Anna (Pedersen) Knol and moved to Peabody with his family and was a graduate of Peabody High School in 1969.

He had been a special machinist with the General Electric Co., River Works plant in Lynn for nearly 40 years prior to his retirement seven years ago.

He enjoyed gardening around his house and fishing in both ponds here as well as in Sterns Pond in Sweden, Maine.

He is survived by a son, Benjamin Krol of Peabody, his brothers, John Krol and William and his wife, Sarah Krol, all of Peabody, and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was the former husband of Donna (Cherbuy) Krol of Peabody and the brother of the late Charles Krol.

Service information: A visitation will be held on Thursday from 5-8 p.m., at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, at the 82 Lynn St., Peabody facility. A funeral service will be held there on Friday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave. Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451 (www.heart.org) in his memory. For guest book and directions visit Ccbfuneral.com.

Rene L. Jodoin, 90

NORTH CONWAY, N.H.Rene L. Jodoin, age 90, beloved husband of the late Louise (Dugas) Jodoin, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2016, at Merriman House in North Conway, N.H., surrounded by family members.

Born in Salem on Oct. 12, 1925, he was the son of the late Clement and Ida (Caron) Jodoin, and lived for many years in Lynn, New Port Richey, Fla., and North Conway, N.H.

Mr. Jodoin leaves behind three loving daughters, Paula Jodoin Henry and her husband, Patrick, of Fairfield, Conn., Carol Jodoin LeBlanc of Lynn,  and Eleanor Jodoin of North Conway, N.H., seven beloved grandchildren and nine cherished great-grandchildren. In addition, he leaves behind a brother, Richard Jodoin of Lynn, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Beatrice (Jodoin) Callahan and his brothers, Hector Jodoin and Raymond Jodoin.

Rene was a WWII Veteran, having served in Europe in the U.S. Army’s 78th Infantry Lightning Division and bravely fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He was also a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in North Conway. Prior to his retirement, Rene was employed as a mechanical engineer at General Electric Co., in Lynn, at Raytheon Corp., in Waltham, and at Digital Equipment Corp., in Maynard. Rene was a quiet and loving family man, and a generous and helpful friend who had a passion for carpentry and woodworking, winning many ribbons in local fairs for his exquisitely carved antique cars. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank the staff of Merriman House for the extraordinary care and compassion they showed to Rene.

Service information: A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 11 a.m., in Our Lady of the Mountains Church in North Conway. There will be no visiting hours. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bartlett. Donations may be made in memory of Mr. Jodoin to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care Services of Northern Carroll County, P.O. Box 432, North Conway, NH 03860. The Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway is in charge of arrangements. To send a message of condolence, or for more information visit Furberandwhite.com.

A history lesson for Crighton

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Massachusetts State Rep. Brendan Crighton speaks to Lynn Classical High honors U. S. History students that include Iris Martinez, Venita Figueroa, Ryan Clark and Elijah Almendarez.

BY DILLON DURST

LYNN — A Classical High School class caught state Rep. Brendan Crighton’s eye.

The Lynn Democrat visited Dena Capano’s U.S. history classes Thursday to participate in the “(Re) Vision of Lynn” project. The initiative examines the city’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), which put millions of unemployed Americans to work nationwide constructing public buildings and roads under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Students took pictures of themselves in front of the buildings, such as the General Electric Co. sites and Fraser Field — formerly Manning Bowl — and envisioned improvements for the city’s properties.

“It’s inspiring to see young people looking at the needs of the city,” Crighton said. “It’s cool to see that their vision reflects what we’re trying to do.”

Students raised issues about potholes, sidewalks and the cleanliness of the city’s parks and fields. A raccoon problem was even mentioned.

But most of Capano’s students agreed that they’d like to see an entertainment center built in Lynn.

Juniors Thomas Rojas and Tori McDonald said they’re tired of leaving the city to have fun.

Rojas said he often goes to Town Line, a Malden-based venue that features luxury bowling lanes, a sports bar and nightlife. While he won’t be visiting the bar anytime soon, he said such a place in Lynn would provide games for teens. He also said it would help attract outsiders to Lynn.

Students Elizabeth Tobin and Vilaphon Sodabanh said they’d like to see the MBTA’s Blue Line expanded. They would also like movie theaters in town because malls are too far away.

They said it’s tough for Millennials who lack driver’s licenses to plan rides to and from the closest forms of recreation.

“Lynn just really doesn’t have much to offer,” said student Jefferson Fuentes.

Crighton said the ideas are not far fetched, and said zoning allows those uses. But the only thing missing is someone willing to build it.


Dillon Durst can be reached at ddurst@itemlive.com.

Rail station could put development on track

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The MBTA’s River Works station at the General Electric Co. plant on Western Avenue.

BY THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN — It has the potential to unlock billions in gleaming residential and commercial real estate projects and transform the Lynnway.

But without it, there’s a chance development will stall.

At issue is whether the MBTA’s River Works Station at the General Electric Co. plant on Western Avenue will open to the public. Today, the T only stops at the factory on the Newburyport/Rockport Line for GE employees. The Conn.-based corporate giant owns the station and the commuter rail picks up and drops off employees as a courtesy.

At least two developers have more than a passing interest in turning the GE stop into a regular station with more frequent service.

Swampscott developer Charles Patsios paid $7.6 million in 2014 to purchase the 65-acre former GE Gear Works property adjacent to the train stop. When completed, the $500 million  complex will feature a 1,200-unit apartment tower, boutique retail, restaurants, a gym and new roads all within walking distance to bike trails, beaches and hopefully the T.

But to attract Millennials who are seeking an alternative to the exorbitant rents in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood where a tiny studio starts at $2,200 and a one-bedroom can cost as much as $6,500, Patsios needs the River Works Station.  With a stop just outside the door of the complex, he can market the location of the luxury units as a 10-minute train ride to downtown Boston.

“Expansion of the service is vital,” said Patsios. “With the train stop, this would be a truly transit-oriented development. It  would bring young people with disposable income to the city. It’s transformative and ours is just one of many projects that could benefit by it.

Joseph O’Donnell, founder of Boston Culinary Group and Belmont Capital in Cambridge, is developing a 17-acre site on the waterside of the Lynnway. O’Donnell’s associate, Charles Morneau, said they plan to commence construction next spring on a $69 million luxury apartment project that would include 250 units in a wood frame, three-story building. The key to the development is public transportation, he said.

“We’re planning to build whether or not the train stops there,” he said. “But it would be much better economics, higher rents, if the train stops to pick up our tenants.”

While State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack is on board with expanding service at the station just off the Lynnway, making it a reality poses a number of obstacles.

The stop, with its modest plexiglass shelters, is owned by GE. A spokesman for the company said they are in discussions with the state and the developer over expanding the station’s use.

“We are aware that there is keen interest in having River Works Station as a more regular stop once the development gets to be vibrant and something tangible takes place there,” said Richard Gorham, a GE spokesman. “We are committed to working with them to come up with an agreement that works for everyone.”

Still, it’s unclear what kind of improvements must be made to make the station accessible or whether the stop would be grandfathered and unaffected by the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. At the very least, the station needs a platform.

The new Yawkey Station near Fenway Park on the Worcester Line cost the state $15 million and the new station adjacent to New Balance’s Brighton headquarters cost about the same, but was paid for by the sneaker giant.

Given the troubled financial shape of the T, Pollack said the state cannot pick up the tab for renovation of the station stop.

“The T is not buying new assets just now,”she said.  “But I am quite optimistic that we will able to work out an arrangement as we move…to scheduled service with the cooperation of GE and the developer. Upgrading the station is a longer term piece that we have not focused on.”

Patsios said if he has to pay for the station at those numbers, it would be a deal killer.  He said he’s already spending millions for new roads that lead up to the station and possibly a garage.

At least one solution is being pursued. Jason Denoncourt, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton’s economic development director, said the Lynn Economic Advancement and Development team, a group of city, state and federal officials who have a single mission of transforming Lynn, recently held a conference call with the U.S. Department of Transportation to discuss applying for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant.

Since 2009, the competitive program has provided nearly $4.6 billion to 381 projects nationwide. The federal money leverages investment from the private sector, state, local governments and transit agencies. If approved, the cash would be used to upgrade the station.

But getting the money is not guaranteed. The agency Department has received about 6,700 applications requesting more than $134 billion for transportation projects nationwide. They typically provide about $500 million annually. Lynn is planning to apply.

“The rail stop expansion is an important piece to unlocking the development in that section of the city,” said Denoncourt. “This whole thing is a priority for Cong. Moulton.”

“Expansion of the service is vital,” said Patsios. “With the train stop, this would be a truly transit-oriented development. It  would bring young people with disposable income to the city. It’s transformative and ours is just one of many projects that could benefit by it.”


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

Richard J. Keefe, 89

LYNNFIELD — Mr. Richard J. Keefe, 89 years, of Lynnfield, died Tuesday, April 11, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Mrs. Rose M. (Gianni) Keefe. He was born in Lynn, the son of the late Michael J. and Mary S. (Collins) Keefe. He was raised in Saugus and was a 1944 graduate of Saugus High School. He has lived in Lynnfield the past 55 years

Mr. Keefe was a Navy Veteran of WWII and served on the USS Maddox. He received the WWII Victory Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Medal. Mr. Keefe enjoyed genealogy and computers.

He was employed as an air craft engine tester for the General Electric Co., Aircraft Engine Group, Building 46. He retired in 1988 after 45 years of service with GE.

In addition to his wife with whom he shared 64 years of marriage, he leaves, two sons, Mark R. Keefe of Dover, N.H., Paul M. Keefe and his wife, Mary, of Lynnfield, a daughter, Sharon R. DiFiore and her husband, William, of Reading, his grandchildren, Eli J. DiFiore of Reading, Alyssa A. “Allie” DiFiore of New York City, Nicholas A Keefe of Greenland, N.H., Victoria R. “Tori” Keefe and her husband, Alfredo Sanchez, of Jacksonville, Fla., and a great-granddaughter, Salem Sanchez of Jacksonville.

Service information: His services will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016, at 10 a.m., from the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn, followed by graveside services in Forest Hills Cemetery, Lynnfield, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 127 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA 01940. Directions and guest book at Solimine.com.

Lynn will cash in on GE

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RN Vicky Casides, Nurse Practitioner Scott Weissman and Clinical Assistant Jennifer Castellanos, from left, look at and evaluate their work and identify ways to improve it using LEAN methodology.

By THOMAS GRILLO and THOR JOURGENSEN

Boston is not the only city that will benefit from an infusion of cash as General Electric Co. prepares to move its headquarters to the city’s Seaport District.

While Boston will reap $50 million for its schools, to build a diverse workforce and develop the next generation of healthcare workers, GE has also allocated $10 million to provide training, access to the company’s manufacturing labs and work opportunities for underserved populations outside of Greater Boston, including Lynn and Fall River.

It’s unclear how much money Lynn will get. A GE spokesman could not provide any details on Tuesday, noting that the specifics have not been worked out.

We intend to start discussion soon, but we don’t have a timeline,” said David Lurie, GE’s public relations manager. “The details on how the money is allocated will be made over the coming months. We’ve made the commitment and will figure out how we will specifically do it.”

Generally, he said, the money is earmarked for workforce development and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.

Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy said she was surprised by GE’s announcement at a Monday news conference in Boston.

“They haven’t talked directly to me about it,” she said. “But any money that GE contributes to Lynn for the betterment of the city is good news.”

Asked if she plans to initiate a call to the company’s headquarters in Connecticut to get more information, the mayor said “GE has been very good about keeping in touch with us. I expect to hear from them in a day or two and if I don’t I will certainly follow up.”

GE has had a storied history in Lynn.

Its workers built mainstay military and commercial jet engines and helicopter engines at the River Works complex, wedged between the commuter rail tracks and Western Avenue.

A landmark for decades on Lynn’s landscape, GE’s presence in Lynn is changing with the former gear plant site off the Lynnway demolished and slated for residential development.

Earlier this year, Charles Patsios broke ground for a Market Basket supermarket to replace the former GE Factory of the Future site on Western Avenue.

Lynn Community Health Center and school officials praised GE’s local support. River Works volunteers help run science, technology, engineering and mathematics study projects and undertake school improvement projects, like painting classrooms.

Lori Abrams Berry, the center’s director, said the Union Street facility’s five-year-old partnership with GE has included $400,000 in financial support and expertise lent by company managers. Some of the money paid to develop a children’s asthma program at the center and a primary care in behavioral health program.

“It’s improved care,” Berry said.

GE volunteers coached center workers in performance management techniques to reduce waiting times and improve the patient referral process at the center.

“In some ways, that is more valuable than the grants,” Berry said.

The company’s human resources workers also consulted with the center on best practices to develop a strategic plan. Berry said the center was one of the first Greater Boston health facilities to forge a partnership with GE and she credited former Lynn Mayor Thomas P. Costin Jr. with linking the health center to GE.

Helen E. Tyniec, 92

DANVERSHelen E. (Krzywicki) Tyniec, a resident of Putman Farm in Danvers since 2014, previously a lifelong resident of Lynn, passed away at the age of 92 on Thursday, March 31, 2016.

Born in Lynn on Nov. 19, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Michelina (Szymanowski) Krzywicki. Helen was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1941. She met and married her “honey,” Stanley F. Tyniec, and the couple spent over 55 years in marriage together until Stanley’s passing in December of 2014.

Helen worked for over 40 years for the General Electric Co. in West Lynn in the Payroll and Purchasing departments. She enjoyed interior decorating, sewing, travel, letter writing, cooking and hosting traditional Polish holiday gatherings.

Helen is survived by her nephews, Philip Rombult and his wife Martina of Boxford and Peter Rombult and his husband Sean Murphy of Boston, her nieces, Barbara Payne and her husband Patrick of Norwood, Dorothy Russ of Dedham and Marianne Tyniec of Ipswich, her grandnieces, Alison Payne, Isabel and Julia Rombult, and her grandnephew, James Payne. Helen was sister of the late Ann Rombult and her husband Felix of Lynnfield, and sister-in-law of the late Frank Tyniec and his wife Sophie of Ipswich.

Service information: A visiting hour will be held in the CUFFE-MCGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 8:30-9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 17 Grove St., Lynnfield, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lynn. Memorial contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to the MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or online at www.alz.org/manh/in_my_community_donate.asp. For online guestbook, please visit Cuffemcginn.com.

Ian M. McEwan, 94

PEABODY — Mr. Ian McCallum Patrick McEwan, age 94, of Peabody, died Feb. 14, 2016, while at Continuing Care, Brooksby Village, after an extended stay. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy McEwan.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Ian was the son of the late John and Mary McEwan. He has been a resident of Peabody for the past 64 years. He attended Lynn schools and was a graduate of Classical High School. Soon after his schooling, Ian entered into the U.S. Army, Air Force Division, to help fight for our country during World War II. He met and married his sweetheart, Dorothy L. Folan on April 27, 1947. The couple spent 66 years in marriage and love together until Dorothy’s passing in March of 2013.

Prior to his retirement in 1982, he worked at the River Works division of the General Electric Co. Ian and his wife Dorothy volunteered for My Brother’s Table and Operation Bootstrap, and were involved in the Marriage Encounter and GIFT programs through St. Anne’s Church. Ian was an avid Scrabble and Chess player and enjoyed square dancing. He was a gifted writer who wrote five volumes of poetry and had regular poetry readings at Brooksby Village, where he was referred to as the “Brooksby Poet.” He also was a gifted musician who played mandolin by ear and enjoyed singing the standards. He loved his family and cherished the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ian is survived by his children, Mary Ellen Doyle and her husband, Michael, of Lynn and John P. McEwan and his wife, Christine, of Winthrop, Maine, and his four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Ian’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each member of the Brooksby Continuing Care team, who offered kindness, respect and individualized care to Ian during his stay. Their daily attention to his needs made all the difference and will not be forgotten.

Service information: A funeral service will be held in the Chapel at Brooksby Village, 400 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, on Feb. 26, at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, 686 Washington St., Winchester. Visiting hours will be held in the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, on Thursday, Feb. 25, 5-7:30 p.m. Gifts in Ian’s memory may be sent to the Boston Ronald McDonald House, 229 Kent St., Brookline, MA 02446 or My Brother’s Table, 98 Willow St., Lynn, MA 01901. For online guest book, please visit Cuffemcginn.com