Weighing in on possible Kennedy v. McGee race

Basil Manias speaks about the mayoral race; “McGee will win,” he predict.


LYNNFor now, most of the city’s elected officials are not ready to take sides on what is expected to be one of the most contentious mayor’s races in recent memory.

On Monday, state Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) announced plans to seek the corner office in November.

Political observers say the race would pit popular Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, who has often been underestimated, against McGee, whose family name is legendary.

City Councilor-at-Large Brian LaPierre said the senator has strong leadership skills and the ability to bring people together. “Right now that’s paramount,” he said. “He is very well-respected and will be a formidable candidate for mayor.”

Still, LaPierre stopped short of an endorsement.

“I have to focus on what I think is an extreme issue with the city budget and that’s where a lot of my energy will go right now,” he said. “I’m not entering into the McGee/Kennedy race.”

Councilor-at-Large Buzzy Barton said his choice is simple.

“I’m choosing Buzzy Barton for councilor-at-large,” he said. “I have to worry about my own election.”

State Rep. and City Councilor-at-Large Daniel Cahill, who works closely with McGee on Beacon Hill, said the race will be one to watch. But he didn’t choose sides.

“It appears this year’s municipal election will be more active than any recent race,” he said.

Councilor-at-Large Hong Net said he has not made up his mind.

“I don’t know yet to be honest,” he said. “I have to think about it and hear where the candidates stand on the issues.”

I think I can make a difference, McGee says

Ward 6 City Councilor Peter Capano said it’s too early to choose.

“What’s the rush?” he asked. “Let it settle in with everyone for a bit.”

But state Rep. Brendan Crighton (D- Lynn), who served on McGee’s staff for nearly a decade, said he’s backing his former boss.

“We really need new leadership in the city of Lynn,” he said. “I believe that Tom’s leadership abilities, his vision for the city and his proven track record make him a great candidate for mayor. We have lots of issues that need a strong, hard-working chief executive who can follow through.”

At local restaurants and coffee shops, the talk was all about the race.

James Welsh, a Stop & Shop retiree who was sipping a beer at the Lazy Dog Sports Bar, said while McGee’s name is well-known, Kennedy is popular and has a stronger base of support.

“She seems very well-established and can hold her own,” he said. “I put my money on Kennedy.”

At the Dunkin’ Donuts on Boston Street, Basil Manias, Richard Wall and Theodore Paragios, three old friends, were drinking coffee and talking politics.

“The mayor is doing a fine job, but Tom has a good chance because his father was House Speaker years ago, everyone knows that name,” said Manias. “She’s popular, but with his family name, McGee will win.”   

Wall said while Kennedy is doing a great job, the McGee name goes a long way. But he wasn’t so sure the Democrat would win.

“It would be a close race,” he said.

Paragios, the former owner of Brothers Auto Repair, praised McGee and Kennedy and said they were both once customers of his shop.

“They are both good and I like them both,” he said. “I can’t decide.”

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Women share stories of health care success

Pictured is Lori Abrams Berry.


The Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off their annual networking series Monday night with a seminar about women in health care.

Retiring CEO of the Lynn Community Health Center, Lori Abrams Berry, introduced four panelist speakers from the center at the Bayside Function Room in Nahant.

Gynecologist Dr. Kristen Cotter spoke about how the creation of comprehensive medical checklists has helped to ensure that no step is overlooked when treating a pregnancy.

She told the story of a recent and particularly difficult delivery where a woman who had just given birth was hemorrhaging.

The bleeding was stopped and the patient’s life saved, but Cotter learned soon after that the woman had lost her sister in a nearly identical scenario in her native country of Cameroon.

“It was just this moment when I realized what we could do because we have access to health care,” said Cotter.

Swampscott making room for an inn

School-based nurse practitioner Julie Chan recounted how she purposefully sought out employment with the Lynn school-based program.

“We can really be with the patients. In school-based health we help them learn to advocate for themselves,” said Chan.

Medical Director Dr. Elena Freydin spoke of her experience working with addiction patients.

“It’s amazing to see that progression and healing,” she said of a woman who is now leading a substance-free life.

The panelists dedicated the end of the discussion to answering questions, a number of which concerned the future of health coverage across the state and the country.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen, but we’re always going to be there looking for better resources,” said director of community outreach Emily Johnson.

Leslie Gould, president/CEO of the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber has an annual women in networking series with four events. In the past, they organized series around women in politics and women in the media.

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Peabody man found with hatchet in backpack


LYNN — A Peabody man was arrested early Sunday morning after police saw him standing on the corner of Boston Street wearing a black backpack and holding a flashlight shortly after they responded to two motor vehicle break-ins in the area.

Timothy Quill, 44, was charged with possession of a burglarious instrument, unlawful possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, violation of the city knife ordinance, carrying a dangerous weapon and Class B and E drug possession.

Police saw Quill in the area of 630 Boston St. around 1:40 a.m. holding the items and decided to stop and talk to him to find out what he was doing after the nearby break-ins. Quill allegedly told officers he was waiting for a ride. He was fidgety and looking around in all directions, Lynn Police Lt. Rick Donnelly said.

Chase Street stabbing victim identified

Police saw bulges in his sweatpants and jacket pockets. Officers asked Quill what was in his pockets and he allegedly claimed he had some change. Because of his behavior and concerned with what he had in the backpack, an officer looked down into it and saw a hatchet. Police pulled the hatchet out and could see the handle of a knife well over six inches, Donnelly said.

When police asked Quill why he was carrying the the items, he allegedly told them he had been kicked out of his house. He was arrested and brought into the police station. Police also found allen wrenches, a Hawaiian figurine and a pocket knife in the backpack, Donnelly said.

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Classical tabs Ierardi to coach girls soccer

Mark Ierardi was named the new girls soccer coach for the Lynn Classical Rams.  


There has been some turnover at the head coach position for the Classical girls soccer team over the past few years. But a familiar face will be taking over the program this fall. Classical announced that Lynn native Mark Ierardi is the new head coach of the Rams.

Ierardi is no stranger to the Lynn soccer scene, having served as a coach in the Lynn Youth Soccer program for 17 years. The jump to high school won’t be too foreign to Ierardi, as he’s volunteered as the coach of the Classical girls soccer summer league program for the past three years. Ierardi, a 1979 Classical grad who played football, soccer and ran track for the Rams, said he’d been thinking he’d throw his hat in the ring if the coaching position opened up.

“I’ve been following the team for a number of years,” Ierardi said. “I thought if the job ever opened up, I’d see if I could get it. I think I can do good things with this group of girls.”

Having that youth coaching experience means that Ierardi has already coached the vast majority of the returning Rams in the past.

“I’m on a first-name basis with just about all of them, and vice versa,” Ierardi said of the returning players.

He also has another personal connection to the team. He’ll get to coach his niece, Abbey, who will be a junior. His other niece, Abbey’s sister Jenn, graduated from Classical in 2015 and was a key member of the Rams’ soccer team during her high school years.

Having a great deal of familiarity with the team already gives Ierardi and the Rams a jump start.

“Whenever you have a new coach, it takes a while to develop a rapport and a comfort level,” Ierardi said. “But I coached a lot of these girls in youth league, so there’s not that initial break-in, getting to know you period. They know my coaching style already.”

Ierardi says that coaching style consists of being proactive rather than reactive during the games.

“I’m the type of coach who likes to set the tempo,” Ierardi said. “I’d like to set the tone first. I like to play strong defense and use everyone on the bench. If you have three, four, five girls who never see the field, it’s not benefitting them or the team.”

Ierardi’s coaching philosophy includes taking every team, regardless of record, seriously, and not underestimating his team’s ability to compete in any game. That will come in handy as the Rams try to navigate the revamped Northeastern Conference, which now includes Everett, Somerville, Medford and Malden.

“We can’t control who we play, so we’ll play the schedule the way it’s laid out,” Ierardi said. “I say don’t look past any team; my motto is ‘fear nobody, respect everybody.’”

Ierardi comes into an interesting situation at Classical. The team will graduate four players this spring, and will have no returning seniors in the fall. While the lack of veterans might present a challenge, it also gives Ierardi the opportunity to keep the same group intact for two years.

“I think that’s very exciting,” Ierardi said. “We won’t have to start over after next year. There are a lot of freshmen and sophomores, and I’ll have them for at least a couple of years, so I hope we can get something done with this group. There’s a lot of talent.”

As of right now, Ierardi’s sights are set on making the tournament this fall.

“First and foremost, we want to get into the playoffs,” Ierardi said. “I think we have the talent to do that, but we have to stay healthy and play to our potential.”

Agganis basketball tournament tips off this week

The Harry Agganis basketball tournament will begin on Thursday. This is the 62nd edition of the event. 

The 62nd Harry Agganis Invitational Basketball Tournament will take place starting Thursday, March 30 (5:30 p.m.) at the Harry Agganis Memorial Gymnasium at St. George Greek Orthodox Church on the Lynn Commons.  The event has taken place every year since 1956, a year after Agganis’ tragic death at the age of 26.  The St. George Greek community, where he was baptized Aristotle “Harry” George Agganis, was so moved that they established the Harry Agganis Tournament to perpetuate his name and life, celebrating one of the greatest Greek-American athletes ever.

Over 25 teams consisting of Greek-American players from all over the U.S. will participate. The three gymnasiums that will be utilized are located at St. George, Fecteau-Leary and St. Mary’s.   

The tournament tips off on Thursday (5:30 p.m.) at the Agganis Memorial Gymnasium with the St. George Youth Basketball teams consisting of grade school-aged children. They will be playing against St. Val’s of Peabody. Also on Thursday, two boys high school division games will be played in St. George vs. Andover and Roslindale vs. Weston A. The boys high school division will have new entries this year in teams from Bridgeport, CT, two squads from Weston, MA and New York.  A dozen teams will compete in a double elimination round.  The defending champs are from Manchester, NH.

Friday evening (6:45 p.m.), tournament action continues at the St. George and St. Mary’s facilities. The men’s division begins with St. George vs. Roslindale in the Agganis gym and St Val’s of Peabody vs. Albany, NY.  The boys high school division will continue at St. Mary’s with three additional preliminary games.

The action returns at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The games will be played all day long and into the evening at St. George and Fecteau-Leary. Ending the day will be quarterfinal games at St. George. Saturday afternoon, more St. George youth games will be played followed by the presentation of the Agganis Participation Awards.  

At 5:00 p.m., the 12th Annual “MAZ” Award will be presented.  This year’s recipient is Nicholas Tsiotos of Winthrop.  Established in 2006, the George K. Mazareas Recognition Award recognizes individuals who display tremendous passion, courage and maintain competitive spirit with fair play and sportsmanship on and off the court while playing in the tournament. These qualities were exemplified by George during his years as a participant in the tournament and especially now as he fights his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  The Harry Agganis Tournament Committee honors his life of leadership, courage and sportsmanship with this award in his name.

Teams from both boys high school division and men’s open division will be featured at St. George and Fecteau-Leary.

A women’s open division will also be featured in this year’s tournament, beginning Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s women’s division games will be played at St. George. The finals will be held on Sunday, also at St. George.

Admission is $5 for the day and you may switch gyms throughout the day.

Atha’s delivery driver shot, killed on Bowler

A crowd begins to form behind the police tape at the intersection of Bowler and Pond streets.

LYNN — A 24-year-old Salem man is dead after a early-evening shooting Monday in the vicinity of 49 Bowler St., according to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.

The victim, a food delivery driver for Atha’s Famous Roast Beef in Lynn, was found deceased in his vehicle. He had been shot multiple times, the DA’s office said. His name had not been released by authorities as of 10 p.m. Monday.

A handful of people had gathered behind police tape at the intersection of Bowler and Pond streets shortly after 6 p.m. Monday. Police had received a 911 call reporting shots fired at 5:50 p.m., the DA’s office said.

In addition to at least five police vehicles, three evidence markers were seen around 6:35 p.m. on the pavement of Bowler Street in the vicinity of St. Pius V School. Bowler was cordoned off with police tape from Pond Street to the area of Lake Avenue. Around the same time,  police were instructing cars attempting to pass through Bowler to reverse course.

The killing is being investigated by the DA’s office, the Essex State Police Detective Unit and the Lynn Police Department.

A police scanner transmission Monday evening indicated officers were looking for two male suspects in a car with New Hampshire license plates.

Frances L. Murray, 102

BYFIELD — Frances L. Murray, 102, of Byfield, Mass., died on March 24, 2017 at Masconomet Health Care Ctr., Topsfield, Mass. She is predeceased by her husband of 55 years, James J. Murray.

Frances was born on Oct. 23, 1914, in Medford, the daughter of Orrin and Lillian Jacobs.

Frances lived most of her married life in Lynn.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara A. Hatch and her husband Richard of Greenwood, S.C.; daughter-in-law, Anna M. Murray of Florida, sister Phyllis Collins of Milford, four grandchildren, John R. Hatch and his wife Nicole of Byfield, Lisa A. Wiecki and her husband Stefan of South Carolina, Joanne O’Connell and her husband David of Peabody, James M. Murray and Qiuhua Murray of Florida; six great-grandchildren, Christopher and Jessica Hatch of Byfield, Daniel and Andrew O’Connell of Peabody, Connor Murray of Florida, Sebastian Wiecki of South Carolina. Also leaving many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her son James F. Murray, siblings; Doris Nestor, Constance Robbins and Peter Jacobs.

Service information: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation on Friday morning in the MACKEY Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Rt. 114, Middleton, MA from 9:30-11:30 a.m. A service will follow at 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in her name can be made to the Masconomet Health Care Ctr., Activities Dept., 123 High St., Topsfield, MA 01983. Visit

Roland B. Smith, 80

LYNN — Roland Bruce “Chucky” Smith, 80, of Lynn, passed away peacefully, Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Roland was born March 11, 1937, in Brentwood, N.H. and raised by his father, William Smith. He attended Medford public schools. He was also a veteran who served our country with pride during the Vietnam War. Roland then worked in construction with the Laborers’ Local Union 22.

On July 4, 1959, he married the love of his life, Sandra Cronin Smith of Melrose. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was loved by many.

Chucky is survived by his five daughters, Cheryl Laroche, Karen Smith, Susan DeLeo, Michelle Farren and Darlene Lane; several nieces and nephews, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by loving wife Sandra Smith, daughter Donna Cucinotta, and grandson Mark Ciano.

Service information: A viewing will be held on Thursday, March 30 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 31 also in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Directions and guestbook at

Chase Street stabbing victim identified

LYNN — The Boston man fatally stabbed around midnight Thursday in the area of 14 Chase St. has been identified as 20-year-old Jason Arias-Amador, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

Lynn Police Lt. James Shorten said the victim is known to police.

A 911 emergency call reporting a fight brought officers to the scene, Shorten said, but he did not have details of the altercation. Arias-Amador was taken to Salem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Published reports state Arias-Almador fled the scene and attempted to hail a taxi at Baker and Franklin streets, about three blocks away from 14 Chase St. Blood droplets led away from a large pool of blood in the parking lot of 14 Chase St. and up Baker toward Franklin.

No arrests have been made and the incident is under investigation, according to the DA’s office.

Police: Lynn man shot; not telling ‘whole story’


Police log: 3-28-2017

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Alysha Colon, 28, of 54 Hanover St., was arrested and charged with larceny at 10:35 a.m. Monday.

Virgilio Garcia-Deoleo, 31, of 274 Chestnut St., was arrested and charged with failure to stop for police at 12:50 p.m. Monday.

Armando Garcia-Medina, 25, of 149 Franklin St., was arrested on a courtesy booking at 7:31 a.m. Monday.

Cheryl Kenney, 36, of 126 Union St., was arrested and charged with Class E drug possession at 12:51 p.m. Monday.


A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:23 p.m. Sunday at 152 Boston St.; at 4:31 p.m. Sunday at 630 Western Ave.; at 5:16 p.m. Sunday at Shoemaker Post 345 at 35 Lynnfield St.; at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 8 Warren St.; at 6:59 p.m. Sunday at Essex and Sutton streets; at 7:04 p.m. Sunday at 1 City Hall Square; at 1:47 a.m. Monday at 1 Atlantic Terrace; at 7:51 a.m. Monday at 301 Essex St.; at 10:35 a.m. Monday at 822 Boston St.; at 10:50 a.m. Monday at Eastern Avenue and New Ocean Street; at 12:15 p.m. Monday at 56 Chestnut St.; at 1:44 p.m. Monday at Chestnut Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia and Peary avenues; at 12:34 a.m. Monday at 969 Western Ave.


A report of an assault at 4 p.m. Sunday on Nahant Street; at 2:21 p.m. Monday on O’Callaghan Way.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 2:08 p.m. Sunday at 54 Webster St.; at 3:50 p.m. Sunday at 54 Webster St.; at 7:06 p.m. Sunday at 34 Fearless Ave.; at 9:40 a.m. Monday at Broad and Newhall streets.


A report of a disturbance at 2:37 p.m. Sunday at 19 Forest St.; at 2:59 p.m. Sunday at 130 Neptune Blvd.; at 5:45 p.m. Sunday at Exchange and Mt Vernon streets; at 6:35 p.m. Sunday at 53 Rockdale Ave.; at 8:01 p.m. Sunday at 7 Rantoul Ave.; at 9:10 p.m. Sunday at 378 Chestnut St.; at 9:53 p.m. Sunday at 39 State St.; at 1:33 a.m. Monday on Pinkham Street; at 2:24 a.m. Monday at Myrtle and Walnut streets; at 2:47 a.m. Monday at 30 Surfside Road; at 8:28 a.m. Monday at 132 South Common St.; at 10:29 a.m. Monday at 126 Union St.; at 12:13 p.m. Monday at 95 Pleasant St.

A report of a gunshot at 6:49 p.m. Sunday at 49-51 Sachem St.


A report of an overdose at 9:40 p.m. Sunday on Chatham Street.


A report of a larceny at 3:20 p.m. Sunday at Massa Merchandise Mart at 810 Lynnway; at 1:42 a.m. Monday at 2 Marianna St.; at 10:27 a.m. Monday at 71 Tranfaglia Ave.; at 11:10 a.m. Monday at 145 Lewis St.; at 11:31 a.m. Monday at 4 Atkinson Lane; at 11:47 a.m. Monday at 100 Willow St.


A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 3:14 p.m. Sunday at 36 Arlington St.; at 12:38 p.m. Monday at Fallon School at 100 Robinson St.; at 1:50 p.m. Monday at 9 Story Ave.

A report of vandalism at 11:01 p.m. Sunday at 7 Austin Square.

Police log: 3-27-2017



Armindo Alves Cacete, 37, of 60 Adams St., Apt. 2, Lynn, was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license at 1:36 a.m. Monday.

Virginia Ann Wood, 27, of 19 Bradford Road, was arrested on warrants at 9:58 a.m. Monday


A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:24 p.m. Sunday at Summit Plaza at 145 Summit St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 8:32 p.m. Sunday at 492 Lowell St. Police responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a pole, with the driver unconscious and in cardiac arrest. The person was taken to Lahey Hospital.

A report of a police cruiser accident at 7:12 a.m. Monday at 156 Andover St.


A report of suspicious activity at 4:34 p.m. Sunday at Puritan Lawn Cemetery at 185 Lake St. A caller reported people in Suntaug Lake in a boat. Police reported the males were dispersed after removing the boat; at 1:17 a.m. Monday at 16 Coolidge Ave. A caller reported a rock thrown at his house. Police reported checking the area and there was no sign of the person throwing rocks at the residence.

Youths were reportedly throwing rocks at the water tank at 5:35 p.m. Sunday at 30 Jennings Circle.

A report of a disturbance at 5:33 a.m. Monday at Walgreens at 229 Andover St. A caller reported that a JRM commercial truck was picking up trash overnight; at 1:07 p.m. Monday at Victory Motor Sports at 241b Newbury St. A caller reported “an Italian looking gentleman” made a threatening gesture at him before fleeing down Newbury Street (Route 1) in a tan colored sedan.



Julio Cesar Alarcon, 24, of 8 Joyce St., Apt. 3, Lynn, was arrested and charged with OUI drugs, OUI liquor, threatening to commit a crime, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and arrestee furnishing a false name/social security number at 1:18 a.m. Sunday.

Wesley Ayala, 37, of 15 Stocker Ave., Lynn, was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer at 1:12 a.m. Saturday.

Paula J. Cinelli, 52, of 604 Broadway, Apt. 2, was arrested and charged with larceny and on a warrant at 7:41 p.m. Saturday.

Pedro Fernandez, 43, of 20 Central Ave., Apt. 1, was arrested and charged with two counts of threat to commit a crime, two counts of assault and battery on a police office, OUI liquor, operating a motor vehicle negligently so as to endanger, city ordinance rude and disorderly conduct, intimidation of a witness and marked lanes violation at 1:26 a.m. Sunday.

Martin R. Hickey, 29, of 381 Ferry St., Apt. A10, Everett, was arrested and charged with assault and battery and on warrants at 3:26 a.m. Saturday.

Sebastian F. Jimenez, 25, of 11 Charles Ave., Apt. 2, was arrested and charged with assault and battery at 10:10 a.m. Saturday.

Andreia Oliveira, 23, of 127 Beach St., Rockland, was arrested and charged with night time breaking and entering/intent to commit crime misdemeanor and malicious destruction of property at 12:07 a.m. Friday.


A report of a motor vehicle accident at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Showcase Cinemas on Squire Road; at 12:51 p.m. Friday at Suffolk Downs Road and Revere Beach Parkway; at 6:33 p.m. Friday at Proctor Avenue and Adams Street. Jamila Elhamdouni, 45, of 821 Main St., Apt. 8, Cambridge, was summoned for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; at 2:19 a.m. Saturday at BK’s Bar & Grille on Ocean Avenue; at 2:36 a.m. Saturday at Wonderland Entertainment on North Shore Road; at 4:22 a.m. Saturday on Beach Street; at 6:33 a.m. Saturday on Broadway; at 5:53 p.m. Saturday at Vinny’s Food Market on Malden Street; at 8:36 a.m. Sunday on Salem Street; at 2:16 p.m. Sunday on Copeland Circle.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 7:28 p.m. Saturday at Lynn and Blodgett streets; at 10:54 a.m. Monday on Grover Street.

A report of a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle at 6:49 a.m. Monday on Squire Road.


A report of an assault at 6:26 a.m. Saturday on Newbury Street; at 9:34 p.m. Sunday on Squire Road.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 12:25 a.m. Saturday on Crescent Avenue; at 1:17 p.m. Sunday on Revere Street; at 4:25 p.m. Sunday on Highland Street.

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 2:16 a.m. Sunday at Wonderland Entertainment on North Shore Road.


A report of a disturbance at 1:38 a.m. Friday on Walnut Avenue; at 5:32 a.m. Friday on Beach Street; at 3:38 p.m. Friday at Hill School on Park Avenue; at 4:55 a.m. Saturday on Proctor Avenue; at 11:16 a.m. Saturday at Fort Heath Apartments on Pond Street; at 11:24 a.m. Saturday on Fernwood Avenue; at 5:14 p.m. Saturday at Roseland Properties on Overlook Ridge Terrace; at 11:36 p.m. Saturday on Hutchinson Street; at 3:03 a.m. Sunday at Carlyle House Condominiums on Ward Street; at 3:59 a.m. Sunday at Laundromax on VFW Parkway; at 6:01 p.m. Sunday on Crescent Avenue; at 6:13 p.m. Sunday at Ocean Liquors on Shirley Avenue; at 7:08 p.m. Sunday on Beach Street; at 8:33 p.m. Sunday on Dale Street; at 9:16 p.m. Sunday on Revere Beach Parkway; at 11:41 p.m. Sunday at Shirley Avenue Apartments on Shirley Avenue; at 12:21 a.m. Monday at Park Avenue Apartments on Park Avenue; at 2:59 a.m. Monday on Beach Street.


A report of an attempted larceny at 3:46 p.m. Saturday at Burlington Coat Factory on Squire Road.

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 5:10 p.m. Saturday at Burlington Coat Factory on Squire Road; at 1:12 a.m. Monday at Revere Housing Authority on Cooledge Street; at 11:47 a.m. Monday on Garfield Avenue.

A report of a larceny from a motor vehicle at 9:54 a.m. Monday at Revere Housing Authority on Cooledge Street.


A report of vandalism at 2:33 p.m. Sunday on Malden Street.

A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 9:28 a.m. Monday on Rice Avenue.



Enot A. Arriola-Vasquez, of 92 Market St., Apt. 204, Lynn, was arrested on a warrant at 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

Mark R. DiPaolo, of 163 Hamilton St., was arrested and charged with Class A drug possession and on a warrant at 2:09 p.m. Friday.

Edward J. Portelle, of 18 Zito Drive, was arrested and charged with uttering a false check, forgery of a check and leaving the scene of property damage at 6:25 p.m. Saturday.

Kathleen Thomas, of 87 Baker St., Apt. 1, Lynn, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation and on a warrant at 6:33 p.m. Sunday.


A report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:37 a.m. Friday on Lincoln Avenue; at 7:41 p.m. Saturday at Walgreens at 1228 Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:32 p.m. Saturday on Broadway; at 11:40 p.m. Saturday at Kowalski Insurance Company at 544 Lincoln Ave.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:25 p.m. Saturday at Saugus Bank at 412 Lynn Fells Parkway. Edward J. Portelle was arrested.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 9:27 p.m. Saturday at Kowloon Restaurant 948 Broadway. A caller reported her window was smashed and her purse was taken from the vehicle. Police reported two cars were broken into.


A report of a disturbance at 2:09 p.m. Friday at 89 Auburn St. A caller reported hearing loud screaming, possibly from a group of youths. Police reported finding the man, Mark DiPaolo, on the trail trail later and he was arrested; at 10:27 p.m. Friday at 30 Athens Drive. A caller reported purchasing a Prius for $4,100 in cash and when he was pulling away, the airbag light came on. He called the person who sold him the vehicle, and he stated that if he came back to the house, he had a LTC. Police reported speaking with the caller and the seller, who accepted the return of the vehicle and returned the money to the caller; at 10:51 p.m. Friday at 42 Hesper St. A caller reported someone knocked vigorously on his door and left in a mid-sized dark SUV. Police reported no crime occurred, just suspicious activity; at 12:54 p.m. Saturday at Mobil Station at 2 Essex St.; at 8:48 p.m. Saturday at Roller World at 425 Broadway; at 10:56 p.m. Saturday on Wickford Street. A caller reported a large group of kids who may have been in possession of alcohol. Police reported a large group of kids was dispersed from the area.

A report of suspicious activity at 11:50 p.m. Friday at Cliftondale Congregational Church at 50 Essex St. A caller reported unknown people inside the church. Police reported it was determined that the gathering was a cub scouts meeting.


A report of vandalism at 2:51 p.m. Saturday at McDonald’s at 738 Broadway. A caller reported someone keyed the passenger’s side front and rear door of his vehicle at McDonald’s at approximately 3 a.m.

Police: Lynn man shot; not telling ‘whole story’


LYNN — A 22-year-old man from Lynn told police he was shot while stopped at the intersection of Glenwood Street and Eastern Avenue Friday night.

Police, responding to a report of a gunshot victim at Salem Hospital, said the man, who was driving alone, told them he was about to turn left onto Eastern Avenue, when he heard a man behind him walk up and ask for a dollar when the window was down, Lynn Police Lt. Rick Donnelly said.

When the alleged victim said no, the Lynn man told police the person shot him in his left pointer finger. The potential suspect was described as wearing a blue hoodie, Donnelly said.

The alleged victim is on probation and told officers that his probation officer was going to be upset, Donnelly said, who called the story suspect.

“That’s his story and there’s no suspects at this time,” Donnelly said. “We don’t think he’s telling us the whole story.”

Fatal shooting shuts down Bowler Street

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I think I can make a difference, McGee says

Election coordinator Mary Jules greets state Sen. Thomas McGee and his wife, Maria, prior to McGee pulling his nomination papers.


LYNN — The city’s worst kept secret that state Sen. Thomas McGee would seek the corner office became official Monday, when the Lynn Democrat pulled his nomination papers from the City Clerk’s office.

“I am excited to … start a discussion on where we can go and build a vision,” McGee said. “I think I can make a difference for the city.”

McGee is expected to face Republican Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy next fall in what would be a no-holds-barred race to lead the city for the next four years.

McGee, 61, was elected to represent West Lynn and Nahant in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1994. After serving four terms, he won a seat in the Senate in 2002 in a district that includes Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott.  

He said his years in the Legislature has made him a unifier who can help bring this city together. In addition to “building consensus,” he said his legislative service has been marked by honing budget crafting skills and pursuing initiatives. He said economic growth and neighborhoods will be the focus of the campaign.

McGee called last week’s school referendum that sought taxpayer support for a pair of new middle schools “polarizing.” He said it’s time to take a deep breath and start a new conversation about the need for new schools.

“It means engaging people,” he said. “We need to talk about what new schools mean to the community.”

Benny Coviello: ‘The mayor of Stop & Shop’

McGee supported the ballot question that sought approval for a 652-student school to be built on Parkland Avenue and a  second facility to serve 1,008 students would be constructed on McManus Field on Commercial Street. The $188.5 million project cost would have been offset by a minimum contribution of $97.1 million from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. But voters rejected the measure by a wide margin.

He is the son of legendary state Rep. Thomas W. McGee who served in the Massachusetts House for nearly three decades and as speaker for 10 of those years.

Kennedy became the city’s first female mayor in 2009, when as city councilor-at-large, she unseated incumbent Mayor Edward “Chip” Clancy by a few dozen votes. She won re-election 2013 when she soundly defeated Timothy Phelan.

The mayor declined to be interviewed.

In a statement she said “I’m looking forward to running on my record. I’m sure the campaign will offer voters a choice between two very different types of elected officials. May the best woman win.”

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Photo by Mark Lorenz

Mary D. Mazzuchelli

MARIETTA, Ga. — Mary Dowd Mazzuchelli (Mamie) of Marietta, Ga., formally of Lynn, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 24, 2017, after a brief illness.

Mamie was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Dowd of Lynn. She attended St. Mary’s High School, Lynn, Class of 1964, St. Anselm College, Manchester, N.H., Class of 1969, as well as graduated from Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga., Class of 1988.

She is survived by her loving husband, John of 48 years, devoted son Tommy and wife Jenn, loving daughter, Joanne (Joey) Pulley and Husband Chris and five wonderful granddaughters, Emma, Ava, Sophie, Kate and Amelia. She is also survived by her sister, Patricia Shaughnessy of Peabody and her brother-in-law, John Shaughnessy of Lynn. She will be remembered for many things, but most importantly for her love of travel and always putting her family above everything else. Mamie will be dearly missed.

Service information: If you wish to donate in her memory, contributions can be made to the Potocki Lupski syndrome foundation. Checks can be made out to PTLS Foundation, P.O. Box 883, Carrboro, NC 27510. Please put in memory of Mamie Mazzuchelli on the check.

Salvatore V. Strano, 75

LYNN — Salvatore V. Strano, 75, a longtime resident of Lynn, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 26, 2017, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Born and educated in Italy, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Concetta (Piluso) Strano. He worked as an electrician at GE in Lynn for more than 25 years prior to his retirement.

Salvatore was the beloved husband of Marisa (Milani) Strano of Lynn with whom he shared 40 years of marriage; the loving father of Mauro G. Strano, Sandra and her husband, Donald McCollin, and Carlo Delulis and his wife, Melanie, all of Lynn, the cherished grandfather of Erin, Brendan, Sofia and Julian; the dear brother of Rosita and her late husband, Richard Livolsi of Saugus and the uncle of several nieces and nephews.

Salvatore loved spending time with his entire family especially his grandchildren.

Service information: Salvatore’s funeral will be held on Friday, March 31, from the CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, at 8 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. at St. Pius V Church, 215 Maple St., Lynn. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 30, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Salvatore’s memory to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or via For the online guestbook please visit

Alma A. Purcell, 96

LYNNAlma A. (Valdora) Purcell, 96, resident of Lynn, died on Thursday, March 23.

She was born in Boston on Nov. 6, 1920, a daughter of the late Carlo and Angelina(Sasso)Valdora. She grew up and went to school in Revere and Somerville. Her first job after high school was sewing life vests for aviators in WWII. She met the love of her life, John J. Purcell, and they were married in July of 1947. They settled in Lynn where Alma became very active in her church (St. Joseph and later Holy Family in Lynn). She served on the convent guild at St. Joseph and helped with the fundraising activities for a new convent. She was also a member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality, our Lady’s Guild, at Holy Family Church. She served as a den mother for the Cub Scouts for many years. After her children were in high school, she went back to work, first at J. M. Fields in Swampscott and Medford and then at John Hancock in Boston until her retirement in 1985.

Alma loved to travel throughout the U.S., Canada, and Bermuda, and was able to visit her parents’ and grandparents’ childhood homes in Italy.

Alma was the beloved wife of John J. Purcell who died in 1967. Family members include: a son, John and his wife Robin Vidimos of Centennial, Colo.; a son, James and his wife Patricia of Merrimack, N.H.; and a daughter, Carolyn Purcell of Lynn; three grandchildren John, Michael and Sean; a sister, Doris Good of Wakefield; a sister, Rita and her husband Ralph Francesconi of Wakefield; her longtime friend, Helen Gangi of Lynn. Alma also had many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service information: Alma’s funeral will be held on Thursday, March 30, from the CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church, Lynn, to be celebrated by Fr. Joseph Cahill. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, March 29, from 3 -7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Alma’s memory to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750 or via or to the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road, #200, Framingham, Massachusetts, 01701 or via For the online guestbook please visit

Peter A. Carvel, 91

PEABODY — Mr. Peter A. Carvel, age 91, of Peabody, formerly of Saugus and Lynn, died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Salem Hospital after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Mary (Vrakas) Carvel.

Born in Kamares, Greece, he was the son of the late Penelope and Andrew Karvelis. He had lived in Lynn when he first came to this country and then in Saugus for more than 35 years prior to moving to Peabody in 2008.

Peter had worked for Champion Lamp until his retirement in 1990. He was a longtime member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn. Peter loved gardening and walking.

He is survived by four children; Patty McLaughlin and her husband Michael, with whom he resided of Peabody, Debbie Aldrich and her husband David of Lincoln, R.I., Drew Carvel and his wife Clare of Danvers, and Penny Georgenes and her husband Mike of Northridge, Calif., five grandchildren; Kara McLaughlin of Peabody, Kristen McLaughlin of Brentwood, Calif., Peter Aldrich of Huntington, Vt., Stephanie Carvel of Danvers, and Tara Ahern and her husband Chris of Sylmar, Calif., and two great-grandchildren; Rosalie and Bruno Ahern of Sylmar, Calif. He was the brother of the late Nicholas, Eva and Bishop Pavlo Karvelis.

Service information: His funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be in the Church prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. Donations in his memory may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church 54 S. Common St., Lynn, MA 01902. Arrangements are under the direction of the SOLIMINE Funeral Homes 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn. Directions and guestbook at

Charles E. Kavanagh, 89

LEXINGTON — Mr. Charles E. Kavanagh, age 89, of Lexington, died Friday in the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading after a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of the late Patricia C. (Ward) Kavanagh.

Born and raised in Lynn, he was the son of the late Joseph and Catherine (Doucette) Kavanagh. He was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1945, and had lived in Marblehead and Swampscott before moving to Lexington 16 years ago.

Charles served in the United States Navy during World War II, and later in the United States Army. A toolmaker by trade, he worked for General Electric for many years until his retirement. While at GE he worked as a machinist, supervisor and finally as a buyer negotiating multi-million dollar contracts for the company. He was a talented craftsman and a master woodworker. He loved cooking and baking, was an avid fisherman, and was a former Boy Scout Leader. He took great joy in spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his two sons; Mark Kavanagh and his wife Terry and Brian Kavanagh and his wife Ayla; daughter; Pam Mulvey and her husband Edward; as well as four grandchildren; Spencer and Jake Mulvey and Sidney and Makenzie Kavanagh. He was the father of the late Eugene Kavanagh and brother of the late Ruth O’Brien, Joseph and Michael Kavanagh.

Service information: His visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt. 129), Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Research Foundation for Melanoma, 1411 K Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005 ( Directions and guestbook at

State Senator Thomas M. McGee to run for mayor

State Sen. Thomas M. McGee.


LYNN Ending months of speculation, Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) will enter the race for mayor on Monday, The Item has learned.

A family friend familiar with the decision said McGee called elected officials and key supporters over the weekend to tell them he plans to pull papers in the City Clerk’s office on Monday to run for mayor.

McGee confirmed his intention to run, but declined comment.

Before his election to the Senate in 2002, McGee served four terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he represented West Lynn and Nahant.

The race comes as the city’s fiscal year 2017 and 2018 budgets are in flux. Last week, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy asked her department heads to make cuts. Some managers may have to trim up to 8.5 percent in their personnel budgets, a measure that could lead to layoffs.

Kennedy and McGee were behind the measure that failed last week to build a pair of middle schools. Voters overwhelming rejected increasing their real estate taxes by $200 or more annually for the next 25 years to pay for them.

Kennedy declined comment on McGee’s entry into the race.

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Cahill will not seek re-election to City Council

Lynn City Councilor Daniel Cahill.


LYNN — After serving on the City Council for nearly a decade, Daniel Cahill will call it quits at year’s end.

The 38-year-old councilor who was elected to the Legislature last fall and works as an attorney, said it’s time for someone new to join the 11-member panel.

“I loved being on the council,” he said. “But having three jobs became a little bit much. It’s right for me to step down and focus on the Legislature. It’s hard to do both.”

But not everyone understands his need to relieve the pressure of being a citywide councilor, enduring a demanding courtroom schedule, being a member of the Democratic majority on Beacon Hill and raising two young children.

“My wife wants me to stay on the council,” said Cahill. Angela Cahill is a sixth grade teacher at the Thurgood Marshall Middle School.  “She’s a resident too and likes what I bring to the table.”

Cahill said he is proudest of being part of the city’s rezoning.  

“It became apparent in order to create an environment where people want to invest in Lynn, we had to do the zoning,” he said. “There was coalition building with the Chamber of Commerce, developers, businesses and the neighborhood. It was lots of fun.”

Construction of the $67 million Thurgood Marshall Middle School is also a highlight of his tenure, as is a $4 million bond to refurbish parks and playgrounds, renovate City Hall and the addition of air conditioning to the Lynn Auditorium.  

“In some jobs, you don’t get to see the product of your work, but on the council you do,” he said. “If a constituent has a problem with a sidewalk, a tree, or their utility company, we solve it.”

In 2003, while a 24-year-old graduate student in a master of political science program at Suffolk University, Cahill launched his first bid for office. He sought the School Committee post vacated by Loretta Cuffe O’Donnell.

“I always enjoyed politics since I was young and decided it was time to run for office. I just got the bug,” he said. “I was single and living with my parents. I gathered my friends, family and put a campaign together.”

But he wasn’t exactly sure how to do that. Cahill sent an email to the mayor’s chief of staff that read: “Hi, I’m Dan Cahill and I am thinking of running for office, how do I do it?”

“One of my first mailings featured a picture of me in my parents’ dining room with jeans and a suit top,” he said. “Instead of getting a shot of me from the waist up, you can clearly see a little of the jeans, it was funny.”

Despite the slow learning curve, the bid paid off. Cahill placed sixth and won by about 80 votes. He sought re-election two years later and scored a second term.

“School committee was a great place to learn things,” he said. “I learned about contracts, hiring, and budgets.”

In 2007, he saw an opportunity to run for councilor-at-large. He  won and later served as council president.

Last year, the Northeastern University and Suffolk Law School graduate sought the legislative seat vacated by state Rep. Robert Fennell in the 10th Essex District. He ran unopposed.

“The Legislature was the most logical step for me to use my expertise as a municipal elected office and bring it to the state level,” he said.  “Since college I wanted to be a state representative. It’s the best place to make change.”

More recently, he joined the Lynn law firm of Bradley Moore Primason Cuffe & Weber LLP.

Charles Gaeta, executive director of Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development, said he counts Cahill as one of his best friends.

“His strong work ethic and community involvement were modeled after his parents,” he said. “He will be missed on the Council. I’ve learned a lot from him. My staff routinely praise him for the many initiatives he’s helped on.  It will be sad to see him go, but we are fortunate he will be at the State House.”

Frances Martinez, president and CEO of the North Shore Latino Business Association, said while Cahill will leave a void on the Council, he will be better able to perform his duties on Beacon Hill.

“It’s best for him to wear one hat and not two with that level of responsibility,” she said.

Several candidates have already pulled papers to run for the open seat including Taso Nikolakopoulos, owner of John’s Roast Beef & Seafood and Jaime Figueroa, a college student, who hopes to be the city’s first Latino councilor.

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Rolfe House seniors see affordability extension

LYNN — Low-income senior citizens living at the 70-unit Rolfe House in downtown Lynn will see affordability extended for at least 20 years as a result of $6.5 million financing from the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency.

Rolfe House is owned by an affiliate of SHP Acquisitions, LLC, which was allowed to pre-pay its existing MassHousing mortgage and refinance the property with MassHousing’s loan program through the Federal Financing Bank (FFB).

As part of the financing, the federal Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Contract on all 70 apartments was extended for 20 years. The owner was also able to reduce the interest rate on the new loan to 4.02 percent from 6.5 percent.

“Rolfe House has long been a source of quality, affordable housing for low-income seniors in downtown Lynn and this transaction will ensure it will remain so for at least 20 years,’’ said MassHousing Executive Director Tim Sullivan. “SHP Acquisitions was committed to making sure Rolfe House remained affordable for its residents for the long term and we were pleased to partner with them to make that happen.’’

Located at 7 Willow St. in Lynn, Rolfe House was built in 1891 as a shoe factory and converted into housing in 1981. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the six-story building contains 65 one-bedroom apartments and five two-bedroom apartments.

“SHP, MassHousing, and the residents of Rolfe House all feel fortunate to have a new long term commitment to low-income, affordable housing. Working with MassHousing to provide a new 40-year loan allows us all to remain committed to affordable housing at Rolfe House and across Massachusetts,’’ said SHP Principal Daniel Smith.

MassHousing has financed or oversees 27 rental housing communities involving 3,000 housing units in Lynn and has provided 2,525 mortgage loans to Lynn homebuyers and homeowners involving $327.8 million in financing. Gateway North, the first housing community to receive financing under MassHousing’s Workforce Housing Initiative, is currently being built in Lynn.

About MassHousing’s FFB Loan Program

SHP is a Cumberland, Maine and Wilmington, N.C., based real estate investment firm that specializes in the subsidized housing industry. Over the past 20 years, SHP has grown its portfolio of subsidized housing rental units to more than 6,000 apartments.

Girls Inc. to hold annual SMART Girls Summit

LYNN — Girls Inc. of Lynn will host its 15th annual SMART (Science Math And Relevant Technology) Girls Summit  on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This career awareness event is aimed at increasing girls’ interest and participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Approximately 140 middle school girls from Greater Lynn will attend the SMART Girls Summit, with workshops covering topics such as coding, forensic crime, and aeronautics. This year’s summit will offer 14 workshops with representatives from 12 organizations, businesses, and universities. “The SMART Girls Summit is a wonderful way to educate and inspire girls about STEM and the many different career options available in these fields,” said Deb Ansourlian, executive director of Girls Inc. of Lynn.

The Museum of Science, Boston; Cell Signaling Technology; Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center; Harvard University; the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory; Keurig Green Mountain; General Electric; the Cambridge Fire Department; New England Biolabs; the Chandra X-ray Observatory; and Warner Babcock Institute/Beyond Benign are some of the businesses and organizations represented.

The SMART Girls Summit also serves as a kickoff for the Eureka! summer program. Eureka is a free, six-week, full-day STEM and sports summer program for rising seventh, eighth, and ninth grade girls. Girls participate in two STEM classes each day, a daily personal development session called Mi Vida, Mi Viaje, and two hours of sports and swimming. The girls also go on weekly expeditions related to their classes to places such as the Northeastern Marine Science Lab in Nahant, the Museum of Science, Boston Society of Architects-Learning by Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum and Media Lab.

Girls who successfully complete the Eureka program are eligible for a paid internship the summer before the 10th grade.

Planning board to discuss land transfer


LYNN — City officials are considering abandoning two portions of land to benefit the construction of Market Basket and a new YMCA.

The Planning Board will discuss the transfer plans on Tuesday.

Clint Muche, deputy building commissioner, said the city would be giving up rights to a portion of Wheeler Street and Neptune Boulevard to the YMCA. He said the plan is to demolish a portion of the existing structure, the Lynn YMCA located on Neptune Boulevard, and build an entirely new structure on what is the existing parking lot for the old building, as well as additional space that is under consideration that the planning board could allow for sale.

“The purpose is both to expand the site to provide sufficient space for the proposed development, but also to improve the traffic pattern in the neighborhood,” Muche said.

Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC/Lynn) Executive Director James Cowdell said the Y is in the midst of expanding its current place of operation. He said the reconfiguration of the street in front of the Y would make it more easily accessible.

Muche said Wheeler Street would no longer be Wheeler, and would connect with Tremont Street, and then connect to Neptune Boulevard. That would create 20,000 square feet, Cowdell said. Muche said the Y currently sits on a parcel with a weird intersection between Wheeler and Tremont. The proposed land transfer would expand the parcel by adding a portion of the existing right of way, he said.

“The Y is going through a process with the planning board right now and hopes to build a brand new YMCA,” said Bruce Macdonald, president and CEO of YMCA of Metro North.

Macdonald said the plan is to develop a new Y right in front of the one that is there. To do that, he said the plan is to purchase a portion of Wheeler Street and Neptune Boulevard.

Cowdell said the YMCA expansion is a multi-million dollar project, but Macdonald declined to provide the cost, only saying that it was a significant figure that would be paid through fundraising dollars. Macdonald said the hope is to get started on the expansion by the end of the year.

Also for planning board consideration, Cowdell said, is a land swap where the city would abandon 50-70 Market Square to allow South Street to be widened for the $30 million Market Basket project. The store is slated to open in August at Western Avenue and Federal Street, and city officials estimate that 400 jobs will be created.

Cowdell said the swap would relocate some of the parking for the business. He said roadwork improvements is the last piece of the project, and the $2 million cost is being paid for entirely by Market Basket. Some of those infrastructure improvements, he said, will be putting in a rotary or roundabout at Magrane Square and new traffic signals at the intersection of Spencer Street.

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Michael Vail joins the elite


Lynn Police Capt. Michael Vail was one of 227 law enforcement officers to graduate from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia on March 17.

The 267th session consisted of men and women from 48 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from 48 states, the District of Columbia, 25 international countries, three military organizations and eight federal civilian organizations, Lynn police said.

The National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for selected officers having proven track records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive level positions, police said.

Vail joins an elite class with Deputy Police Chief Leonard Desmarais who also graduated from the 228th session of the FBI National Academy in 2007, police said.

Police log: 3-27-2017

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



Alexsandra Abreu, of 35 Kenmerma Road, Dorchester, was arrested on warrant charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery at 3:27 p.m. Friday.

Fatima Alrai, 21, of 82 Judge Road, was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 11:56 a.m. Friday.

Mohamed Gardia, 23, of 35 Orchard St., was arrested and charged with OUI liquor second offense, leaving the scene of property damage, marked lanes violation, unregistered motor vehicle and failure to wear a seat belt at 12:14 a.m. Saturday.

Jose Irizarry, 30, of 15 Huss Court, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by asportation and resisting arrest at 8:11 p.m. Friday.

Luis Lopez, of 29 Trinity Ave., was arrested on a warrant at 10:39 a.m. Sunday.

Shea Morton, 32, of 49 Magee St., Cambridge, was arrested on warrant charges of Class B drug possession, Class C drug possession and disturbing the peace at 4:32 p.m. Friday.

Peter Navarro, 28, of 38 North Franklin St., was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and alcohol from an open container in a motor vehicle at 10:34 a.m. Sunday.

Timothy Quill, 44, of 262R Lynnfield St., Peabody, was arrested and charged with possession of a burglarious instrument, unlawful possession of ammo without a firearm identification card, violation of the city knife ordinance, carrying a dangerous weapon, Class B drug possession and Class E drug possession at 2 a.m. Sunday.


A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 10:07 a.m. Friday at 29 Boston St.; at 9:07 p.m. Friday at 22 Union St.; at 6:53 a.m. Saturday at 112 Rockaway St.; at 8:12 p.m. Saturday at 48 Henry Ave.; at 8:54 p.m. Saturday at 489 Summer St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2 p.m. Friday at Bloomfield and Chatham streets; at 2:18 p.m. Friday at Fays and Western avenues; at 2:55 p.m. Friday at Boston and Carnes streets; at 5:29 p.m. Friday at Cumberland Farms at 668 Chestnut St.; at 5:31 p.m. Friday at Broadway and Jenness Street; at 5:31 p.m. Friday at 34 Hanover St.; at 9:34 p.m. Friday at Silsbee and Union streets; at 10:19 p.m. Friday at 49 Western Ave.; at 10:59 p.m. Friday on Franklin Street; at 11:21 p.m. Friday at 78 Moulton St.; at 11:36 p.m. Friday at 10 Joyce St.; at 11:37 p.m. Friday at 33 North Common St.; at 1:13 p.m. Saturday at Ford and Locust streets; at 1:26 p.m. Saturday at Richdale at 229 Broadway; at 3:13 p.m. Saturday at Chatham Street and Sanderson Avenue; at 4:37 p.m. Saturday at Chatham and Marianna streets; at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at Boston Street and Etna Place; at 6:23 p.m. Saturday at 800 Lynnway; at 8:32 p.m. Saturday at Federal Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 7:29 p.m. Friday on Market Street; at 1:52 p.m. Saturday at 780 Lynnway; at 10:49 p.m. Saturday at 130 Chatham St.


A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 2:52 p.m. Friday on Western Avenue.

A report of an assault at 3:11 p.m. Friday on Goodridge Street; at 12:30 a.m. Saturday on Baker Street.

A report of an assault and battery at 7:52 p.m. Friday on Chatham Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 9 p.m. Saturday at 17 Rockland St.; at 12:59 a.m. Sunday at 953 Western Ave.; at 1:06 a.m. Sunday at 937 Western Ave.

A report of a breaking and entering at 12:24 p.m. Sunday at 8 Lafayette Park.


A report of a disturbance at 3:02 p.m. Friday at 8 Chase St.; at 3:14 p.m. Friday at Union Hospital at 500 Lynnfield St.; at 3:46 p.m. Friday at 21 Joyce St.; at 3:51 p.m. Friday at 25 Hamilton Ave.; at 5:32 p.m. Friday at 33 High St.; at 7:21 p.m. Friday at 338 Broadway; at 11:04 p.m. Friday at 50 Western Ave.; at 11:36 p.m. Friday at 19 Mall St.; at 11:39 p.m. Friday on Estes Street; at 12:40 a.m. Saturday at 36 Surfside Road; at 12:58 a.m. Saturday on Nottingham Court; at 1:49 a.m. Saturday at 37 Barrett St.; at 2:58 a.m. Saturday at 28 Parkland Ave.; at 3:42 a.m. Saturday at 24 Rockmere Gardens; at 5:42 a.m. Saturday at 36 Newhall St.; at 4:12 p.m. Saturday at 252 Broadway; at 6:20 p.m. Saturday on Portland Street; at 7:02 p.m. Saturday at Brandy Barrell at 37 Market St.; at 8:02 p.m. Saturday on Laurel Street; at 8:05 p.m. Saturday at 95 Tremont St.; at 5:15 a.m. Sunday at 50 Chatham St.; at 6:29 a.m. Sunday at 88 Empire St.; at 8:17 a.m. Sunday at 84 Lawton Ave.; at 9:42 a.m. Sunday on Wilson Street; at 10:27 a.m. Sunday at 7 Central Square; at 11:21 a.m. Sunday at 20 East Highland St.

A report of a gunshot at 10:26 p.m. Friday at Eastern Avenue and Glenwood Street.

A report of an injured police officer at 9:27 p.m. Saturday at 500 Lynnfield St.


A report of an overdose at 4:22 p.m. Friday on Chestnut Street; at 5:40 p.m. Saturday on Tilton Place.


A report of a larceny at 11:51 p.m. Friday at 54 Laighton St.; at 5 p.m. Saturday at Compare Supermarket at 2 Adams St. Extension; at 2:58 a.m. Sunday at Planet Fitness at 50 Boston St.

A report of a robbery at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at High Rock Tower on Circuit Avenue.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 11:40 a.m. Sunday at 15 Evelyn St.


A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 9:41 p.m. Friday on O’Callaghan Way.

A report of vandalism at 8:20 p.m. Saturday at 14 Woodman St.



A report of a wallet taken at 11:16 a.m. Friday on Pleasant Street. A woman reported the prior night, she took her dog out for a walk and did not secure her door. She couldn’t find her wallet and thinks someone may have entered her unit and taken the wallet. The caller reported her bank accounts had not been compromised.

A report of annoying phone calls at 11:47 a.m. Friday on Brookhouse Drive. A caller reported receiving a call that was “disturbing.” The call came in on her home phone with an “unknown number” displayed on her caller ID. When she picked up, she reported there was a delay and then the “heavily accented person” said “am I speaking with Richard.” The caller then said “who are you and what are you looking for,” and then the person repeated “am I speaking with Richard.” The caller stated she said “please tell me who you are” and then thinks the person on the other line said “just answer my question mother-(expletive).” The caller was concerned they had been targeted and knows it was a scam.

A report of threats at 12:55 p.m. Friday on Pleasant Street. A caller reported she was having a car towed from 149 Pleasant St. as there were two illegally parked cars. She put stickers on the cars indicating that it was private property and that Bill’s Towing was going to tow the cars. She parked behind the vehicles after calling for a tow and the owner of the van showed up. She reported explaining to the man that he wasn’t supported to park there as it was a private lot. The man then reportedly told her he was working up the street and said “if you don’t take the sticker off, a lot worse is going to happen to you.” The van driver then called 911 and reported that the initial caller threatened to break his windows and his van.

A report of a disturbance at 11:05 p.m. Saturday on Franklin Street. A caller reported there was a loud party going on in the back parking lot and said they must be on drugs because of the noise factor. Police reported it was a birthday party, everyone was of age, and that the noise was not unreasonable.



Rodrick Hatten, 25, homeless, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and on a warrant at 7:19 p.m. Friday.

Edward Otero, 33, of 56 Margin St., Salem, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 4:17 p.m. Saturday.  


A report of a motor vehicle accident at 10:49 a.m. Saturday at 14 Fairview Ave. Police reported a car swerved to miss a raccoon, and hit a fire hydrant, before it made it home to 14 Fairview. The fire department, CID and the Water Department were contacted. Laurie Riccardi, 56, of 14 Fairview Ave., was summoned for leaving the scene of property damage and OUI drugs. She was taken to Union Hospital; at 3:24 p.m. Saturday at 136 Lowell St. and 2 King St.; at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at 136 Lowell St. and 2 King St.; at 11:21 a.m. Sunday at 82 Lowell St. and 2 Perkins St. One person was taken to Salem Hospital; at 11:33 a.m. Sunday at 61 Driscoll St.


A report of harassment at 2:02 p.m. Friday at 16 Coolidge Ave. A caller reported that Armindo Cacete comes to his house early mornings throwing rocks at his house.

A report of a disturbance at 4:39 p.m. Friday at 2 Hopkins Road and 124 Russell St. A caller reported hearing a loud noise that was possibly a gun or firework. Police reported there was nothing showing related to the incident; at 10:43 p.m. Saturday at 26 Benevento Circle; at 2:58 a.m. Sunday at Elks Lodge at 40 Oak St.; at 4:17 a.m. Sunday at 3 Oak St.

A report of suspicious activity at 7:08 p.m. Friday at Springs Pond at 50 Coolidge Ave. A caller reported juveniles with a homemade firework launcher shooting into Springs Pond. Police reported the people had a potato gun and were sent home; at 8:05 p.m. Friday at Northshore Mall at 210N Andover St. Police reported a man was staring at females and was scaring multiple women. The man was trespassed from the mall indefinitely and was escorted off the property; at 12:59 p.m. Saturday at Andy’s Walnut Mart at 36C Walnut St. An anonymous caller reported a man was selling drugs at the variety store. Police reported the man was gone upon their arrival; at 11:22 a.m. Sunday at Raddin Park on Raddin Road. Police received a complaint of two males smoking marijuana next to the playground. Police reported there was no one in the playground area and that there was a football game being played.

A report of an open door at 11:27 p.m. Friday at Walgreens at 35 Main St. Walgreens security reported they were watching a man via camera who walked in after the store was closed. The door was not properly secured for the night and the key holder properly secured it. The person inside was gone before officers arrived.

A report of a raccoon on the lawn at 11:42 a.m. Saturday at 123 Russell St. Police reported the animal left the area.


A report of an overdose at 3:10 p.m. Friday on King Street. The person was taken to Lahey Hospital; at 5:03 p.m. Friday on Newbury Street. The woman was taken to Beverly Hospital.


A report of a stolen motor vehicle at 5:44 p.m. Friday at 7 Dale St. A caller reported that a former employee stolen his vehicle. Police reported the vehicle was stolen from Wilmington because that is where the business is located.

A report of a larceny at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mobile Estates at 286 Newbury St. A caller reported her cell phone was stolen by her ex-boyfriend, along with a wallet and tablet. Police reported speaking to the man, who would be bringing back the items.



Juan Santiago-Morales, 23, was arrested and charged with special speeding violation and operation of a motor vehicle with a revoked license at 10:32 p.m. Friday.


A report of a motor vehicle accident at 1:05 p.m. Friday at Thai Thani Restaurant at 408 Humphrey St.


A report of a disturbance at 9:33 p.m. Friday at Stop & Shop at 450 Paradise Road.


A report of a larceny at 11:09 p.m. Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts at 980 Paradise Road.

Honors keep piling up for Lynn’s Don McKenney

Don McKenney, left, with Sarah Sirois of Classical, who won one of the diving awards named for McKenney at the Lynn city swim banquet earlier this month.


LYNN — More than 20 years ago, Don McKenney — who set several diving records at Lynn Tech — was severely injured in a diving accident that changed his life forever — in both good and bad ways.

The impact of the accident was catastrophic. When his head hit the bottom of the swimming pool into which he’d dived, the force shattered a vertebra, severed his spinal cord, and left him permanently paralyzed.

He said it took him “four or five” years to make the necessary adjustments, both mentally and physically.

“I had to become adapted to my own personal situation,” he said. He faced the inevitable depression that went along with adjusting to the injury, but in the end, he discovered that returning to the venue that served as the backdrop for his teenage years was the tonic that helped him accept his fate.

“All of a sudden, he said, “my life had changed. But it was just kind of a natural pull back to the pool. And once I got there, it just felt natural again.”

That was 16 years ago. Since then, he’s gradually become an indelible and indispensable part of the city’s swimming program. He coaches diving for all three public school teams — something he says lends a little bit of normalcy to his life — and this year, he’s been able to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

Next month, he will accept the award as the Winter/North Coach of the Year, which is given by the Eastern Mass. Coaches Association. In May, he will be inducted into the Tech Hall of Fame.

“To tell you the truth, it’s a little overwhelming,” said McKenney. “I kind of like to stay on an even keel and do my thing, coaching. I don’t really get into all the awards.

“Don’t get me wrong,” he said. “It’s an honor. But it’s not why I do this.”

There are several reasons for that.

“It helps gain a sense of normalcy,” he said. “Even though throughout my life, I’ve come to understand there is no normal baseline for everybody. We all have to grab our own perception of it.”

When he decided go back to the pool, he did it with trepidation.

“It was difficult at first to figure out whether I would feel comfortable in that environment, which was always one of my favorite things to do,” he said.

But fortunately, many of the same coaches who taught him how to swim and dive were still at their schools that many years later. There was Brad Tilley, his coach at Tech; Charlie Rowe, Tilley’s assistant; Denise Silva at Classical; and Marianne Duncan and Michelle Conlon at English.

“Having them there was critical,” McKenney said. “I automatically felt welcomed back. I was able to ease back into it and not feel overwhelmed by my situation.”

In the beginning, McKenney simply came around and helped the divers. Eventually he became a full-fledged assistant at the behest of his friends, the coaches.

In that time, he has coached 24 Sectional and/or state qualifiers in Diving, 12 Northeastern and Commonwealth Conference champions and 20 all-stars. His divers have consistently set or broken individual school records and overall Lynn high school diving records almost every year.

In addition, McKenney coached six divers in North sectionals in 2012, and this year’s girls and boys Northeastern Conference champions. Five of his divers have gone on to compete in college.

He’s reticent to take too much credit for the accomplishments of his divers, “though,” he said, “it sounds kind of greedy to say that I feel the accomplishment too.

“But they do all the work and put in the effort, and stay focused,” he said. “I just give them guidance and direction.”

That can different for each diver, McKenney said.

“Some of them need a little more motivation,” he said. “Some have the drive that keeps them going. Others need more work on the technical aspects of diving, positioning, technicality aspects.

“A certain amount of it is trying to instill confidence in each student athlete,” he said. “It’s the nature of the sport. Jumping off a diving board can be a little scary. It takes a lot of confidence.”


St. Mary’s boys lacrosse hopes experience pays off

Co-captain Anthony DelVecchio, left, battling Swampscott’s Chris Figueiredo during a weekend scrimmage, will be a leader at midfield for the Spartans this spring.


LYNN — The St. Mary’s boys lacrosse team took steps forward as a program in 2016 under first-year coach Josh Field. This season, the Spartans are looking to continue that trend and to make some noise in the Catholic Central League.

After graduating a small group, St. Mary’s will return a good nucleus of players. The Spartans finished last season 6-12, missing the tournament, but now the young players have a year of experience under their belts and Field will be looking to them to step up.

He’ll have two veterans returning to anchor the squad on the back end and in the midfield. Senior captain Brendon Donahue solidifies the Spartans in the net, and fellow captain Anthony DelVecchio will help lead the midfield.

“(DelVecchio) really initiates our offense,”  Field said.

The Spartans also have the luxury of bringing back their two leading scorers from 2016. And fortunately for Field, he has three more years to work with both of them, as sophomores Nick Napolitano and Alec Matho will look to give St. Mary’s a spark on offense.

Also returning is junior Chris Kirby, who will anchor the defense.

The Spartans boast a lot of young talent; last season, Field started six freshmen.

“You can build a team around those guys,” he said. “So we’re not just excited about this year, but the future too.”

The numbers were up substantially for the first week of practices last week, and it’s not just underclassmen coming out for the team for the first time. Field also picked up a few players who don’t have lacrosse experience, but bring a whole lot of athletic talent to the team in Marcus Atkins, who quarterbacked the Spartans to the Division 3A Super Bowl, and Dante Maribito, who helped lead the Spartans hockey team to the Division 1 title just a week ago.

Field hopes the two stellar athletes will be “big contributors” once they get a little lacrosse experience under their belts, and says the two have “good attitudes” coming into the season.

That kind of positive attitude might be the Spartans’ biggest strength, according to the coach.

“That’s what you want as a coach, players who are going to work hard,” Field said, adding that the leadership of his senior captains “goes a long way” as well.

As for the goals the Spartans are setting for themselves? First and foremost is just competing in the CCL. Field said his team has its sights set on a league title, and if it plays well within the league, clinching a tournament berth will take care of itself.

The Spartans only have one more week of practice before hitting Manning Field for the season opener against CCL foe Arlington Catholic on April 3.

St. Mary’s got outside for some game action Saturday as it scrimmaged Swampscott in preparation for the opener next week.

A note from the publisher

The mission of The Item is “to inform, educate, provoke thought, and prompt a smile in reflecting the communities we cover.”

In an attempt to address the “provoke thought” portion of our mission statement, we will on Monday begin publishing a series titled “Am I a bigot?”

Because of three teaser ads we ran this week, it has already begun provoking thought.

And fury.

Social media went berserk with conspiracy theorists who insisted the ads were in response to the “no” vote to fund two new schools in Lynn.

They were not.

Others insisted we were calling our readers bigots.

We were not.

The series is meant only to provoke thought — specifically, introspection. Note the question is “Am I a bigot?” — not “Are you a bigot?”

Note also the term “bigot.” It does not say “racist.” There’s a difference.

We appreciate reader response. Reader engagement is a reason The Item is on social media.

Jack Herlihy of Lynn let his feelings known by submitting a letter to the editor that I thought was well considered, and one that deserved a reply.

Here’s Mr. Herlihy’s letter and the response I sent him:

Dear Editor,
Page A-5 of the Daily Item, March 21, 2017 [Am I a bigot?]. Really? To whom is this question aimed at? And, insulting to your readers; especially with no context. Shame on you!

Jack Herlihy
Lynn, MA

Mr. Herlihy:

Thank you for taking the time to send the email. As you might guess, you’re not the only one who has commented.
What you and the others read is what’s called a teaser ad. In this case, it’s leading up to a series that begins Monday in The Item.
Similar ads (appeared) in the paper and online (this week).
Respectfully, I ask that you bear with us. The context will be apparent Monday.
In the meantime, please be assured that we did not set out to insult our readers; the intent was to elicit thought, curiosity, and — ultimately — readership.
I would be interested in your feedback once the series begins.
Again, thank you for contacting us and for reading The Item.

Ted Grant

The idea for the series originated in a conversation I had with Lynn Attorney Jim Carrigan two years ago. Given our current political climate, now seems an appropriate time to publish it.

As I said in response to Mr. Herlihy, I would be interested in your feedback once you’ve read the series.

My only hope is that it makes you think.

22-year-old stabbed to death in Lynn

Pictured is 14 Chase St., the area police say a man was fatally stabbed.

LYNN — A 22-year-old Boston man was fatally stabbed around midnight Thursday in the area of 14 Chase St., according to Lynn police.

The Essex District Attorney’s office stated Friday that positive identification of the victim had yet to be made, but Lt. James Shorten said he is known to police.

A 911 emergency call reporting a fight brought officers to the scene, Shorten said. As of Friday, no one has been arrested and Shorten did not have details of the altercation. The victim was taken to Salem Hospital and was pronounced dead.

Published reports state the victim had fled the scene and attempted to hail a taxi at Baker and Franklin streets, about three blocks away from 14 Chase St. Blood droplets led away from a large pool of blood in the parking lot in front of 14 Chase St. and up Baker toward Franklin.

Continue to follow as more information becomes available.



An opportunity to ‘Ask a Muslim’ in Lynn


LYNN — As the Trump administration tries to stop the flow of immigrants from Muslim countries, a local Islamic group is opening its doors to the public.

The Islamic Society of the North Shore (ISNS) is hosting “Ask a Muslim” next Sunday from 1-6 p.m. at its mosque on Lynnfield Street.

It’s an opportunity to join in a conversation, ask questions and learn about the faith and the mosque’s role in the community, according to the flyer posted at City Hall.

Muslims are a growing population in Massachusetts. Of the 6.8 million Bay State residents, more than 81,000 — or 1.2 percent — are Muslim, according to the Association of Religion Data Archives. The Lynn area has an estimated 2,000 Muslims.

ISNS bought their 8,772-square-foot building in 2012 for $290,000. Their goal is to make improvements to the facility so that it accommodates 800 people.

Sunday’s gathering comes as President Donald Trump signed a scaled-back version of his controversial ban on many foreign travelers hoping to avoid a new round of lawsuits while fulfilling a campaign promise.

His order still bars new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily closes the nation’s refugee program.

GOP health care bill collapses day of vote

The revised order eliminates some of the most contentious aspects in an effort to surmount the court challenges. Trump’s first order, issued one week after his inauguration, was halted by federal courts.

But last week, judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked his newest executive order that was expected to take effect March 16. The courts rejected arguments from the government that the amended travel ban was substantially different from the first one, using the president’s own words as evidence that the order discriminates against Muslims.

This is not the first time local Muslims have reached out to the community. One year ago, three American Muslims, John Robbins, Kemal Bozkurt and Mona Haydar, participated in a panel discussion at Nahant Town Hall where they answered questions about the Islamic faith and their experiences as Muslims in America.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Thomas Grillo can be reached at

Marshall’s Rashad is Studio Teacher of Year

Strings teacher Mona Rashad performs wilh her class at Ford Elementary School.


LYNN — When Mona Rashad joined the Lynn Public Schools music staff as a strings teacher in 2012, there were four students taking strings classes at Marshall Middle School. This year, Rashad has 70 students at Marshall who are among the approximately 500 Lynn students learning how to play violin, cello and viola.

In recognition for the work she has done not only in Lynn, but also with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Intensive Community Program, Rashad was named Studio Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

“It’s always nice to recognized by your peers,” she said.

Rashad is one of three strings teachers in LPS. She covers seven elementary schools and Marshall. All students in grades 4-5 have the opportunity to take strings or band. For strings, they get a half-hour of instruction per week at the elementary level. In middle school, there is also a 45-minute weekly orchestra class.

Mass memories in Nahant

A Houston native, Rashad has been an accomplished violinist since she was a child. At age 12 she traveled to Japan to play in an international festival. As a teenager she played Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe. She is currently a member of the Orchestra of Indian Hill, based in Littleton.

Prior to coming to Lynn, Rashad taught in Holyoke, Boston and Marlborough. She holds an undergraduate degree and master’s degrees in music education and violin performance from the New England Conservatory.

“Mona is an excellent strings teacher and extremely talented musician, and we are lucky to have her working with Lynn students,” said Patty Klibansky, assistant curriculum director for the arts.

Arts After Hours hitches wagon to Oregon Trail

Dave Babcock and Beth Owens are pictured in a scene from “You Have Died of Dysentery!” at LynnArts.


LYNN — “You Have Died of Dysentery!” invited viewers to experience the Oregon Trail firsthand at the LynnArts’ Black Box Theatre on Friday.

The original comedy production by Soap and Rope Theatre was presented by Arts After Hours as a fundraiser for their seventh season, which begins in June.

The play draws inspiration from “The Oregon Trail,” a popular computer game used in schools in the 1980s and 1990s to teach students about geography and history.    

Performer Jill Rogati said the development of the script, which took six months to write, involved each of the four cast members.

When the group first sat down to discuss potential ideas, favorite historical fiction novels from childhood like “Anne of Green Gables” and “Little House on the Prairie” kept coming up.

The conversation eventually turned to memories of the retro computer game, with the end result of an interactive play based loosely on the source material and even more loosely on historical events.  

“We didn’t fact check anything,” said fellow cast member Anne Sablich with a laugh.  

The interactive part of the show comes in when the characters on stage ask for assistance or direction from the audience.

Viewers follow three intrepid women as they journey westward and sometimes encounter interference from Dave Babcock, who acts in a similar capacity to the computer in the original game, placing obstacles in their way.

Benny Coviello: ‘The mayor of Stop & Shop’

Rogati said someone always dies of dysentery during a performance, but the interactive element means the number of metaphoric deaths can vary widely.

“The reason why it’s funny is that really, not much is happening,” said Rogati of the play’s namesake. “So we took that initial skeleton and built on it.”

Corey Jackson, managing director of Arts After Hours, said the organization has a number of performances lined up for the new season.

The drama “Next to Normal” is playing in June and free summer Shakespeare shows of “The Tempest” are planned for later in the summer.

The final performance of “You Have Died of Dysentery!” will take place tonight at 8 p.m.

Leah Dearborn can be reached at

Police log: 3-25-2017

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Tomas Barillas of 65 Baker St. was charged with larceny over $250, assault and battery, conspiracy to violate drug law and distributing a Class B substance on Friday at 12:55 p.m.

Fatima Alrai, 21, of 82 Judge Road was charged with the operation of an unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 11:56 a.m. Friday.

Deivi Castillo, 20, of 55 Rockaway St., was charged with violation of parole at 6:09 a.m. Thursday.

Vincent Gerardi, 32, of 3 Alfred Road, was charged with possession of a Class B drug substance at 12:47 p.m. on Thursday.

Ocean Gonzalez, 20, of 97 Prospect St., was charged with driving with a suspended license, operating under the influence of drugs and possession of drugs to distribute on Thursday at 7:35 p.m.

Robert Ross of 35 Hampshire Street, Peabody was charged with receiving stolen property and larceny under $250 on Friday at 1:48 p.m.


A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:08 p.m. Thursday at 269 Union St.; at 5:59 p.m. Thursday at 793 Lynnfield St.; at 7:31 p.m. Thursday at Lynn Vocational Technical School at 80 Neptune Boulevard; at 8:01 p.m. Thursday at Empire and Essex streets; at 9:38 a.m. Friday at Chestnut and Essex streets; on Friday at 8:28 a.m. on Franklin Street.; at 11:43 a.m. Friday at Hanover and Whittier streets.


A report of a disturbance at 6:18 p.m. Thursday at Boston and Grove streets; a report of a noise on Thursday at 8:01 p.m. at 96 Henry St., Apt. 2.

Police log: 3-24-2017


Lights, Camera, Action

Location manager from Netflix went to the police station on Thursday at 1:41 p.m. to report they will be in the area scouting houses in the Preston Beach neighborhood for a comedy they will be filming. Netflix will be in town until 5 p.m. and possibly on Friday. They will not be speaking to homeowners. But if they see a home they are interested in, they will leave a flyer with contact info.

Suspicious Activity

Male caller reported he saw a car parked in front of his home on Lafayette Street on Thursday at 5:27 p.m. He heard a thump and saw people running down the street. He forgot all about it until the he came home that night and saw eggs had been tossed at his home.



A report of a hit and run auto accident at 5 Andover St. on Friday at 12:15 p.m., operator left the scene, but other party managed to get license plate number; motor vehicle accident at 164 Washington St. and 2 Swampscott Ave. at 2:28 p.m. Thursday, no injuries, parties exchanged paperwork.


Report of a disturbance at Brookstone on Andover Street on Thursday at 2:47 p.m. Caller said female employee was terminated and was not happy; Employee from North Shore Clinicians Group called from Newbury Street to report a mother had alcohol on her breathe and was trying to pick up her daughter at 3:19 p.m. Thursday; Party waked into the station to report the theft of speakers and brakes from her vehicle at Gaeta Enterprises Inc on Newbury Street at 5:40 p.m. Thursday. Police said the item were in the back seat of the car.


Well Being Check

A female caller reported a suspicious black vehicle with tinted windows on Maple Street at School Street on Thursday at 1:59 a.m. Officer was dispatched but could not find a vehicle matching the description.


Lynnfield’s Hashian gave beat for Boston

Sib Hashian stands in a photo with fellow members of Boston. 


Barry Goudreau remembered Thursday his friend, Boston bandmate and musical brother Sib Hashian, who died on Wednesday.

“Sib was my friend and musical partner for 50 years. I joined a band with Sib and John Vassy of Lynn when I was 15. Our premiere gig was at a club in the ‘combat zone’ in Boston. He and I and our families stayed friends through the ‘Boston’ years to the present. He was one-in-a-million never to be replaced,” a heartbroken Goudreau said in an email.

John “Sib” Hashian, former drummer for the arena rock band Boston, died on board a cruise ship Wednesday. He lived in Lynnfield and was 67.

Hashian’s wife, Suzanne, said the drummer collapsed on stage Wednesday night while performing the band’s songs during the Legends of Rock Cruise.

Goudreau said he was on stage with Hashian when, after the third song, the musician slumped over his drum kit. Medics on the ship attempted to revive him with CPR and with a defibrillator but were unsuccessful. He was also reportedly playing alongside former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm, former Beach Boy David Marks and former Kansas singer John Elefante.

“It is with deep and profound sadness I share the news of my husband’s, John ‘Sib’ Hashian, the drummer formerly of the band Boston, sudden death,” said his wife of 38 years.

His son, Adam Hashian, said Thursday a cause of death had not been determined.

Lynn man makes MCLA dean’s list

Hashian was listed as one of the featured performers on the Legends of Rock Cruise, which departed from Miami on Saturday and was scheduled to visit Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. The cruise will continue. The other musicians — including The Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay, Surf City Allstars, John Cafferty of The Beaver Brown Band and others — were to perform tributes to Hashian on Thursday.

Hashian joined Boston in 1975. He played on the band’s 1976 self-titled debut, which includes “More Than a Feeling,” perhaps their best known song. Rolling Stone named “Boston” the 41st best debut album of all time, praising Hashian’s “climactic drum fills in the final fade-out” on “More Than a Feeling.” He also played on the follow-up, 1978’s “Don’t Look Back.”

Most recently, Hashian was a member of Ernie Boch Jr.’s Ernie and the Automatics. Goudreau was a member of that band as were Lynn musician Brian Maes, Tim Archibald and Michael “Tunes” Antunes. Hashian played drums on Goudreau’s 1980 self-titled solo album and appeared on Sammy Hagar’s album “Live: Hallelujah” as an unofficial member of The Waboritas.

Suzanne Hashian said arrangements will be announced at a later date.

In addition to his wife and son, Sib Hashian leaves two daughters, singer-songwriters Aja Hashian and Lauren Hashian, who has been in a relationship with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson since 2007. Hashian also leaves two brothers, Thaddeus and Michael, a sister, Kathy, and several grandchildren. His late father, James, was a former city editor of The Item.

Lynn budget under the knife


LYNN — On the heels of a bruising school election where voters overwhelmingly rejected a tax increase, the city faces the prospect of layoffs to erase a budget deficit.

Mayor Judith Flanagan has instructed department heads to level fund their fiscal year 2018 budget which begins on July 1. In addition, the email to senior managers asked them to “be creative” in absorbing a 5 percent retroactive raise to city employees and another 2 percent increase set to take effect this summer.

The city is short by $8 million — the combination of a $4 million deficit in the fiscal year 2017 budget and an additional $4 million in raises for 2018. Some departments face as much as 8.5 percent in cuts while others will have a much lower threshold.

“In order to maintain the current level of operation, the city must address the $4 million deficit from last year and up to $4 million in new salaries due to contract settlements,” said Peter Caron, the city’s chief financial officer. “To do so, the city needs to either find new revenue or reduce spending.”

Despite the cash crunch, the mayor insists Lynn is not in the midst of a financial crisis.

“To level fund the budget, accommodate the recent raises and increases in fixed costs, such as pensions and healthcare, we asked everyone to submit an initial budget with an 8 percent spending cut,” she said. “But this is just an initial step, we start at the bottom and build the budget up from there. I can’t speculate on layoffs right now, but we have some pretty big fixed costs that must be met.”

Still, it appears contract settlements with police, fire and other city employees has exacerbated the cash-strapped city’s ability to maintain its nearly $300 million budget without cuts. Some department heads say layoffs and service cutbacks may be inevitable. The schools will not be affected by the cuts.

Lynnfield’s Hashian gave beat for Boston

The $3.7 million payroll at the Department of Public Works must be trimmed by nearly $262,000, the potential loss of about three workers from the 50-person unit.

“Trying to do the same amount of work with less money is always a challenge,” said Andrew Hall, commissioner.

Hall said one of his workers is collecting worker’s compensation as a result of an injury on the job. If that person does not return to work, the city would not fill the position.

“I’m trying to avoid any layoffs,” he said. “It’s possible we could absorb work done by one of our contractors, but it may not be enough to avoid layoffs.”

In the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD), they are  looking at a $400,000 cut from its $6.8 million personnel budget or as many as eight positions from the department which employs 30 workers.  

Michael Donovan, ISD’s director, said his agency has three vacant positions that will go unfilled, there is the possibility of employees retiring, and there’s potential savings of up to $50,000 if the city defers scheduled improvements to city buildings.

“Even with those savings, I am looking at four more positions to trim,” he said. “If inspectors or clerical staff are laid off, it will impact the operations. This is serious. Our budget is so lean right now to cut back on personnel will lead to lower services.”

Police Chief Michael Mageary said it is too soon to say how the latest cuts will affect his department. Last year, they downsized to six patrol cars with two officers in each, down from six, one-person patrol cars and four, two-person cars.

“We are already running lean,” he said. “We have two officers less per division on the street right now.”

Cuts in the Personnel Department could lead to trimming one position, according to Joseph Driscoll, director. His $251,000 budget consists of three salaries and less than $5,000 in expenses.

“I understand the financial crisis the city is in,” said Driscoll. “I will do what the mayor and the chief financial officer ask me to do, as painful as it may be.”  

Fire Chief James McDonald said he’s hoping not to lay off anyone, but can’t guarantee it. He is looking at cutting $1.3 million from the department’s $16.6 million payroll.

“It will have a bad effect on us,” he said. “We do not have a lot of money to roll into payroll. There’s a chance a firefighter could be laid off.”

While McDonald has 17 unfilled firefighter jobs, he has been using some of that money to pay for overtime.

If the city lacks sufficient firefighters on a shift, he said they  can put that company out of service in what’s called a “brownout.” That’s where engines are removed from service when available staffing is thin.

“It’s Russian roulette,” he said. “We take them out for a day or night and hope nothing happens. That’s what happened in Holyoke on New Year’s Day. They had a fatal fire, there was a brownout and three people died.”

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Harrington principal among 3 super finalists

Pictured is Harrington Elementary School Principal Debra Ruggiero.


PEABODY — Debra Ruggiero, principal of the Harrington Elementary School in Lynn, is one of three finalists for superintendent in Peabody.

Somerville High School Headmaster John Oteri and Gloucester Assistant Superintendent Arthur Unobskey are the other two finalists to replace interim Superintendent Herb Levine.

“I’m certainly very excited and honored that they see me as a candidate who is viable to be superintendent,” Ruggiero said. “I’ve worked very hard in my career, and I hope (the School Committee) sees that in the site visits and final interview.”

Over the coming weeks, the Peabody School Committee will be visiting the home school districts of the three finalists followed by visits by the finalists to Peabody and a final interview before the committee.E

School Committee members will visit Lynn on March 30, and Ruggiero said she will be visiting Peabody in April for the site visit and interview. During the visit to Peabody, the finalists will meet with city leaders, such as the police and fire chiefs, as well as school officials.

Ruggiero said she understands it is a big jump from elementary school principal, but said she believes she has the educational experience to make her a qualified candidate for the position. Ruggiero is also the only superintendent candidate who calls Peabody home.

“I know that it is a key part that they are looking for someone to be invested in Peabody as a whole, whether they are a resident or not,” said Ruggiero. “I have lived in Peabody for a long time, and have been involved, particularly when my children were younger.”

Stability is principal concern in Swampscott

At the first round of interviews with the School Committee earlier this week, Oteri said he places a premium on hiring educators who go above and beyond and are able to communicate clearly and concisely.

“The objective (in a classroom) should be very clear,” Oteri said. “I should go in the classroom, a grandmother should be able to go in there and know what they are doing within five minutes.”

Unobskey, who met with the School Committee last week, said he has an educational philosophy that serves all kids and makes sure all teachers are heard. He said he’s done his research on Peabody and would love to be a part of the community.

“I really think that the diversity and the size is a wonderful combination for me,” Unobskey said.

Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. said he is happy with the candidates the School Committee selected to move forward to the next round of the process.

“The superintendent in Peabody is a very challenging position and we want to make sure the next superintendent is the right person to handle all the responsibilities of the position,” said Bettencourt. “This is the most important decision the School Committee will make, and the three candidates are worthy to continue the process and for us to learn more about.”

School Committee member Beverley Griffin Dunne voted against moving forward with the three finalists, citing the candidates’ lack of experience as superintendents.

“I’m personally disappointed, I had hoped we would have had someone apply who had been a superintendent, possibly in a smaller district,” said Dunne. “Peabody is a big district with a lot of moving parts, I think someone with experience as a superintendent would be better than someone who has not been a superintendent before.”

The position was advertised with a salary range of $175,000-$190,000 with a three-year initial contract. The official posted start date is July 1.

Dunne said she is also concerned about the salary level, since when it was approved, she said the committee was basing those numbers on bringing in someone with superintendent experience.

“I was willing to pay for someone with experience,” said Dunne. “Now it’s a really good salary range for someone who has not been a superintendent. All three finalists are fine people, and I think they will make fine superintendents, just not in Peabody … this is a huge job.”

It’s all Greek in Lynn

Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy arrives with the Greek flag as Adam Varvounis, Giorgos Kopalidis and Paul Varvounis get ready to raise it.


LYNN — The city raised a flag to Greek Independence Day Thursday afternoon.

In a small ceremony outside Lynn City Hall, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and Rev. George Tsoukalas of St. George Greek Orthodox Church raised the Greek flag, where it will fly for the next week.

“I always said I would go to Greece and, during the Summer of 2016, I did,” said Kennedy. “It was more beautiful than I could have imagined.”

For Kennedy, raising the flag of different countries is a way to celebrate the diversity of the city.

“I like to show that there are so many different cultures in Lynn,” she said. “Everybody is a part of the fabric.”

The ceremony was held to commemorate Greek Independence Day, which is observed on March 25, the day the War of Greek Independence began in 1821. The holiday coincides with the Orthodox Church’s celebration of the annunciation to the Theotokos, when Mary was told she would bear the son of God by the Archangel Gabriel.

As the flag was lifted, attendees sang the Greek national anthem.

Swampscott gets look at plans for Machon

Students from the St. George Greek school wore fustanella, the traditional Greek formal dress for boys and men. The uniform became a symbol of rebellion during the revolution. The traditional dress for girls and women is red and white, said Lena Triantos, principal of the religious school.

Celebrations will continue at St. George Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday with the Feast of the Annunciation services at 9 a.m., divine liturgy at 9:30 a.m. and Doxology for the 25th of March at 10:30 a.m. Children will read poetry and sing traditional Greek songs, said Triantos. They will also sing the national anthems of Greece and the United States.

Following service on Sunday, the Greek School will present their Independence Day program of poems and songs to show their ethnic pride.

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Stability is principal concern in Swampscott


SWAMPSCOTT — Superintendent Pamela Angelakis appointed Jason Calichman and Robert Murphy as the permanent principals of Swampscott Middle School and High School, removing their interim labels effective immediately and foregoing a formal search process.

“Mr. Murphy and Mr. Calichman have done an outstanding job in their respective buildings,” Angelakis said. “They have demonstrated an extremely high level of student-centered leadership, as well as the ability to make difficult decisions. They are highly engaged with their school communities and have exhibited the ability and commitment necessary to implement the vision for their schools.

“Through personal observation and overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, teachers and staff, it is clear to me that Mr. Murphy and Mr. Calichman are the right leaders at their schools and for our district,” Angelakis continued. “They have exhibited an understanding of the critical need to balance academic achievement with the social-emotional well-being of students, which has proven to be a high priority in our district. They have changed the culture in their schools to further emphasize the importance of educating the whole child.”

Angelakis made her announcement at a School Committee meeting Wednesday night, with Calichman and Murphy in attendance. Last March, the superintendent appointed both men as interim principals of the middle and high school.

Murphy, 48, a Danvers resident, moved into the high school position from the middle school, where he served as principal for four years.

“It’s exciting, humbling and exciting,” Murphy said. “You try to do the best you can and to be recognized for that is an honor. Having grown up here in Swampscott, it’s almost like a double honor. In my youth days, I never would have imagined myself being the principal of Swampscott High School.”

Calichman, 40, a Swampscott resident, was the assistant principal of the middle school for four years before he was upgraded to the principal position.

“I’m honored and so proud and so happy to be part of this district,” Calichman said. “I live here, work here. I’m going to have two kids going through the schools here and there’s not a more important job to me than the middle school job. I take the challenge very seriously and I look forward to growing in the position for hopefully a lot of years.”

Lynn budget under the knife

Both have been in their interim positions since July 1, which was initially slated to be for the entirety of the current school year, with the superintendent intending to post the permanent positions and start a search process. Last year, when appointing Calichman and Murphy to their interim positions, Angelakis said she considered the instability that the high turnover rate in the high school principal position has caused. She had posted the high school principal position in December 2015, but halted the search process because she was unhappy with the applicants.

Edward Rozmiarek, the former high school principal, resigned on Dec. 15, 2015, after a Beverly police investigation revealed that he had a series of graphic Internet chats with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl. The police report revealed that he was actually corresponding with a decoy from a nonprofit group called The Perverted Justice Foundation.

Previously, Angelakis had appointed Frank Kowalski, assistant high school principal, as interim principal of the high school from January through June 2016.

Angelakis said she doesn’t see the wisdom in investing an extensive amount of time in a search for the two schools’ principals when she is confident she has the right people in place, referring to Calichman and Murphy.

“When I appointed Mr. Murphy and Mr. Calichman, I was confident in their ability to do the job, but they have both exceeded all reasonable expectations,” Angelakis said. “And while they may be relatively new to their roles and have an opportunity to further grow into them, their performance has me convinced that they should be leading these schools into the future.”

Before he became principal at Swampscott Middle School and High School, Murphy spent five years as principal of Pickering Middle School in Lynn, two years as assistant principal at Revere High School and two years as an assistant principal at Marblehead High School. Before that, he was a world history and geography teacher at Lynn Classical High School for nine years. He grew up in Swampscott and went to Hadley Elementary School.

Murphy said he was trying to create a sense of stability at the high school, citing the turnover in the position, and create a strong sense of pride back at the high school. He said he was focused on moving the school forward and preparing its students for the next steps of their lives after high school, and also on making sure staff and administrators are doing what’s best for the whole child.

“I look forward to being here for a very long time, until my retirement,” Murphy said. “I’ve come back home and I’m staying, and I’m not going anywhere as long as you’ll have me.”

Before his time at Swampscott Middle School, Calichman spent eight years in Wakefield as a sixth grade English and social studies teacher. For the last six months at Galvin Middle School, he filled in as the assistant principal. He spent two years teaching the same subjects to seventh- and eighth-graders in New Jersey.

Calichman said that the middle school has been focused on the whole child, making sure students are happy and healthy, while also having high academic expectations.

“My No. 1 goal is to make sure every student here feels like they can come to us with any sort of issue, whether it’s academic or a social issue, and we’re going to work with them to figure it out,” Calichman said.

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Edward Blake sworn in as new deputy chief

Edward Blake is sworn in as deputy chief in a picture posted to the Lynn Police Department’s Facebook.

The Lynn Police Department offered a congratulations to new Deputy Chief Edward Blake in a Facebook post Wednesday.

Blake is a 31-year veteran of the department, the post said. He was sworn in to his new position at City Hall with family and friends in attendance.

Lynnfield’s Hashian gave beat for Boston

Lynn police warn of possible charity scam

The Lynn Police Department wants to make the public aware of a possible scam involving fraudulent charity and advertising collections.

Suspects are collecting money on behalf of The Jimmy Fund for Kids and The Volunteer Fireman, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. The victims are commercial businesses that believe they are paying for advertising space, the post said.

As of Wednesday, there are no reported victims of the scam in Lynn, but the department says they have received reliable reports there may be suspects collecting checks for the scammers in Boston, Burlington, Fitchburg, Jamaica Plain, Lynn, Natick, and Revere.

Edward Blake sworn in as new deputy chief

Don’t become a victim of the scam, the department warns. Never give out any of your personal information over the phone and always request something in writing so you can verify the information before making any kind of donation.

If you have been a victim of this scam or have any information to share, contact Lynn police at (781) 595-2000. Cellphone users can also text an anonymous tip to police by texting the word “tiplynn” and information to tip411 (847411). You can also call the anonymous tip line at (781) 477-4444.


Lynn man makes MCLA dean’s list

Pictured is Anthony Joseph Sabbio.

LYNN — This was her son’s first time making the dean’s list, Rhonda Sabbio tells us in an email, followed by a smiley face.

Anthony Joseph Sabbio earned the distinction for the fall 2016 semester. He graduated from North Shore Technical High School in 2014 and is now a sophomore at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The 21-year-old, who enjoys playing his guitar, was not aware that he made the dean’s list until he got a letter in the mail, his mother said.

“You have earned this distinction through a combination of talent, hard work, and a commitment to academic excellence,” Cynthia Farr Brown, vice president of academic affairs at MCLA, wrote in a letter to Sabbio.

“Your success bodes well for you not only at (MCLA) but for your future,” the letter says.

A bright future for Central Square

Police log: 3-24-2017

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



Vincent Gerardi, 32, of 3 Alfred Road, Saugus, was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession at 12:47 p.m. Thursday.

John Lluberes-Munoz, of 172 Broadway, Revere, was arrested on warrant charges of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, possession of a burglarious instrument, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and trespassing at 5:52 p.m. Wednesday.

Manfredo Macario Solis, 30, of 30 High St., was arrested and charged with OUI liquor, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and marked lanes violation at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Jordy Mata, 18, of 6 Richard St., was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of personal injury and learner’s permit violation at 10:23 p.m. Wednesday.

Jaymes Price, of 6 Quincy Terrace, was arrested on warrant charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny from person and uttering a false check at 2:28 p.m. Thursday.

Israel Vasquez, 38, of 177 Lewis St., was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession and disorderly conduct at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday.


A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2:21 p.m. Wednesday at 240 Western Ave.; at 9:37 p.m. Wednesday at Walmart at 780 Lynnway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 4:09 p.m. Wednesday at Liberty and Willow streets; at 7:02 p.m. Wednesday at Harwood Street and Western Avenue; at 10:19 p.m. Wednesday at 44 Cherry St.; at 7:56 a.m. Thursday at Commercial and South Common streets; at 1:11 p.m. Thursday at 43 State St.; at 2:49 p.m. Thursday at 422 Chatham St.; at 2:50 p.m. Thursday at Baker and North Common streets; at 2:590 p.m. Thursday at Broadway and Sweetser Terrace.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 11:24 a.m. Thursday at 326 Boston St.


A report of an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon at 8:20 a.m. Thursday on North Common Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday at 187 Washington St.; at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at 8 Saint Clair St.; at 10:58 a.m. Thursday at 128 Empire St.


A report of a disturbance at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at 8 Lander Ave.; at 10 p.m. Wednesday at 50-52 Newhall St.; at 2 a.m. Thursday at 7-Eleven at 50 Western Ave.; at 3:01 p.m. Thursday on Holyoke Street.


A report of an overdose at 2:53 a.m. Thursday on Hanover Street.


A report of a robbery at 3:50 a.m. Thursday at Congress Street and Western Avenue.

A report of a larceny at 3:03 p.m. Thursday at 35 Washington St.


A report of motor vehicle vandalism at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at 24 Estes St.

Police log: 3-23-2017



A report of a pole that fell on a car at 4:01 p.m. Wednesday on Pitman Road. Police reported a telephone pole came down on a car and there was no power. The light department responded. Another pole up the street was still standing, but was snapped in half.



A report of a motor vehicle accident at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday at Physical Therapy North at 2 First Ave.; at 2:59 p.m. Wednesday at Lowell and Foster streets; at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Best Gas at 129 Newbury St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 6:53 p.m. Wednesday at Northshore Mall at 210N Andover St.; at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday at 48 Driscoll St. and 2 Walsh Ave.


A report of a disturbance at 4:17 p.m. Wednesday at 64 Foster St. A neighbor reported yelling and screaming in the apartment. Police reported the residents were working on a science fair project; at 5:02 p.m. Wednesday at MSPCC at 63 Andover St.; at 4:36 a.m. Thursday at 14 Foster St.; at 4:55 a.m. Thursday at Walgreens at 229 Andover St. A caller reported JRM picking up at Walgreens against the city ordinance; at 11:47 a.m. Thursday at Holiday Inn at 1 Newbury St. The front desk clerk reported she was approached about a disturbance in Room 426. She was told that the resident reported an unwanted person that tried to kick in her door. The resident then sprayed what was believed to be pepper spray in the hallway and the room. Police reported they gained entrance to the room and identified the man; at 12:09 p.m. Thursday at Hampton Inn at 59 Newbury St. A manager reported a man smoking weed in the room and being confrontational to a desk worker.


A report of a larceny at 6:53 p.m. Wednesday at Holiday Inn at 1 Newbury St. A stolen cell phone was reported.



Patrick A. Blake Jr., 21, of 133 Dickinson St., Springfield, was arrested on a warrant at 9:13 p.m. Wednesday.   

Antjuan Verner, 23, of Illinois, was arrested and charged with trespassing at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday.


A report of a motor vehicle accident at 12:03 a.m. Wednesday on Jordan Street; at 12:27 p.m. Wednesday on North Shore Road; at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday at 7-Eleven on North Shore Road; at 4:32 p.m. Wednesday at Sunoco on North Shore Road; at 8:12 p.m. Wednesday at Darque Tan on American Legion Highway.


A report of an assault at 1:14 a.m. Wednesday on Emanuel Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering at 11:32 a.m. Wednesday on Bellingham Avenue; at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday on Revere Beach Parkway.


A report of a disturbance at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at Revere Housing Authority on Eliot Road; at 10:17 p.m. Wednesday at Woody’s Liquor on Broadway.

A report of kidnapping at 6:11 p.m. Wednesday at Broadway Towers on Broadway.


A report of a larceny at 9:16 a.m. Wednesday on Garfield Avenue.

A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 11:54 a.m. Wednesday at Pizzeria Uno on Squire Road.



A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:26 p.m. Wednesday at Walnut and Central streets.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 5:48 p.m. Wednesday at Sears/Square One Mall at 1325 Broadway.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday at York Ford at 1481 Broadway. The manager reported one of the vehicles was broken into and tools were removed.


A report of a larceny at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday at Victoria’s Secret at 1277 Broadway. An employee reported a past theft of more than $1,500.

Kelly Marie Ross-Archibald, 38

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

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

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


Timothy Holland, 91

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

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

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

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

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

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

A bright future for Central Square

The proposed lighted Central Square underpass.


LYNN — The future of the downtown may soon get brighter. A lot brighter, thanks to multi-colored LED lights under the railroad tracks, vibrant vintage neon art and murals that will cover entire windowless sides of buildings.

“Beyond Walls” is the name of a project adopted by a volunteer group of Lynn residents, business owners and public art enthusiasts working together to reinvigorate the city’s downtown. U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, city leaders and Lynn’s State House delegation support the project.

MassDevelopment and Lynn’s Neighborhood Development Associates will announce today a new campaign through the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity and the Commonwealth Places initiative. Beyond Walls will use funds raised from the campaign to install lighting in train underpasses and 12 neon artworks in the city’s business district, a sculpture that pays homage to Lynn’s industrial roots and 10 murals in the heart of Lynn’s Transformative Development Initiative District.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by May 22 at midnight, the project will win a matching grant with funds from MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places program.

“This campaign to change the public perception of Lynn through colorful lighting, murals and public art will illuminate the city’s rich cultural history and spur new business and economic activities,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones.

Courtesy photo

Proposed neon artwork near Capitol Diner.

“Investing in this revitalization of Lynn’s Central Square is really the first step in bringing the city back to a position as a leader,” said Al Wilson, founder and executive director of Beyond Walls.

Wilson and Amanda Hill of RAW Art Works, associate director of the “Placemaking” group, said the mission is twofold: to use culture and art to improve the quality of life for the benefit of those who work or live in the city; and to have millennials view Lynn as a viable alternative to living in South Boston, Allston, Cambridge or other traditionally attractive neighborhoods for young professionals.

“Placemaking” is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. It capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that cater to and attract people.

“The goal is to increase the walkability of downtown Lynn,” said Wilson. “Placemaking uses arts and culture to put a place on the map. Right now, three underpasses (Central Square, Washington Street, Market Street) in downtown Lynn are not lit, and with darkness comes a fear of danger. The 189 bays under the Central Square underpass would be illuminated by LED lights.”

“This brings the community together. This project will make Lynn a destination,” added Hill.

A local benefactor has donated 12 neon artworks. Street artists will be selected to create 10 murals and the GE I-A, the first jet engine manufactured in Lynn, has been donated to the project and will likely be displayed in front of the viaducts on Mount Vernon Street, across from the LynnArts building.

Some of the world’s top mural artists, including Shepard Fairey, who created the Barack Obama “Hope Poster,” have expressed interest in using Lynn’s architecturally-exciting buildings as blank canvases, said Wilson. Fairey has his eye on 545 Washington St., which he saw during a visit to Lynn two years ago.

Wilson said he was inspired by Wynwood Walls in greater Miami that was once a run-down, neglected industrial section of the city and is now an arts and cultural mecca. “It is filled with cool cafes, restaurants and market-rate housing for millennials and empty-nesters,” he said.

Boston-based Payette architects sent its senior managers to tour the city, and, Wilson said, “They were blown away. They saw beauty in the architecture and tall buildings.” He called Payette’s Parke MacDowell an unsung hero to “Beyond Walls.” Payette and Cambridge-based lighting design firm LAM Partners have offered their services at no charge.

Wilson and Hill praised the enthusiasm and work of Charles Gaeta, the Neighborhood Development Associates executive director, who has been a receptive, supportive, mentoring partner.

“This will help change the perception of Lynn,” said Wilson. “I look at Lynn and it’s half-a-cup of coffee away from Boston, but it’s not on (millennials’) radar … yet.”

Saugus reservation on display in Melrose

The group, registered as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, has 60 days to raise $50,000 in order to secure a match from the state agency MassDevelopment. The total cost of the project will be approximately $255,000, and Wilson is confident that amount will be reached. “For now, the focus is in raising the $50,000 in 60 days so we can get the state match,” he said. “I’m a believer in the Bernie (Sanders) method, where everyone gives $20, $30, or what they can … and it’s tax deductible.”

If an additional $30,000 can be raised above the $50,000 goal, the project will be expanded to include the installation of three more murals, five more vintage neon artworks and the potential lighting of the Washington Street underpass.

Installations would occur in June and July.

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A “Beyond Walls” fundraising party will be held at Lynn Museum, 590 Washington St., Lynn, the evening of April 6, 6-10 p.m. Lynn-based Bent Water Brewing and Short Path Distillery of Everett will provide adult beverages, and several area restaurants (The Blue Ox, Eastern Harvest Foods/Lynn Meatland, Old Tyme Italian Cuisine, Brother’s Deli, Tacos Lupita) will provide food. There will be music and celebrity bartenders. A video of the project will be shown at 8 p.m.

Al Wilson, founder and executive director of “Beyond Walls,” said there is no admission charge to attend the party, but a tax-deductible donation of $20 or more is suggested. One hundred percent of donations will go toward project costs.

Bill Brotherton is the Item’s Features editor. He can be reached at


Lynn says no; so what now?

Cathy Rowe posts early returns Tuesday night at Lynn City Hall.


LYNN — One day after a ballot question to build two middle schools lost in a landslide, proponents are reeling from the outcome.

“We knocked on doors and got great feedback from folks, so we were surprised and saddened by the outcome,” said Brant Duncan, president of the Lynn Teachers Union. “I don’t know why there was such large opposition.”

In a special election on Tuesday, voters rejected two ballot questions that would have authorized a $188.5 million plan for a 652-student school on Parkland Avenue and a second school to house 1,008 students on McManus Field on Commercial Street.

Protect Our Reservoir — Preserve Pine Grove, a grassroots organization founded to fight the schools, managed to get the no vote out. They argued that the 44 acres near the proposed Parkland Avenue school site should be reserved exclusively for future burial grounds and open space.

At a meeting of the Pickering School Building Committee at City Hall on Wednesday, Lynn Stapleton, the school project manager, thanked the panel for their hard work and acknowledged the sadness in the room.

“It was an overwhelming no vote,” she said. “And the votes came from well beyond where the school was to be located. The outcome was really upsetting, but we will move on.”

Schools out in Lynn

Donald Castle, a founding member of Protect Our Reservoir — Preserve Pine Grove, said he plans to meet with the mayor in the coming weeks.  

“We want to give everyone time to consider the results,” he said.  “I extended an olive branch to the mayor and the committee to pick another site. And we ask the City Council to keep the 44 acres for the cemetery.”

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), the quasi-independent government authority that funds school construction projects, which agreed to fund a portion of the Lynn project, gives the city 10 days to explain why the vote failed and how the city wants to proceed. Under the agency’s rules, the city could withdraw or modify its plan and re-apply for funds by April 7 or meet next year’s April deadline.

One of the options is to build just one school, Stapleton said. Or the city could consider a phased option where construction begins on one school and then another. The other possibility is to simply add more classrooms at the Thurgood Marshall Middle School. The city could also withdraw from the competitive funding process.

Given MSBA’s timelines, if the city decides to go forward with a new plan, nothing will happen until 2020.

Full results of Lynn school vote

But Stapleton suggested this was not the time to make any decisions.

“Emotions are a little raw right now,” she said. “Let’s think about it, schedule another meeting and see what we might come up with for alternatives. We don’t have lots of time. But if you think that you have any kind of plan that might conceivably work, I recommend that we submit it to the MSBA within 10 days and see if we can get them to work with us. Otherwise, your only other option is to withdraw from the program and submit next year and try to get back in.”

Following the meeting, Dr. Catherine Latham, superintendent of Lynn Public Schools, said she was heartbroken for the school children and the city.

“I don’t think the vote was about the money, but I just don’t know,” she said. “I wish I knew.”

Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy said she needs time to consider the vote.

“I need to figure out why they voted no,” she said.

Duncan, the union president, said the vote doesn’t resolve the need for more classroom space or the condition of school buildings.

“The Pickering’s roof was leaking significantly on election day from the melting snow,” he said. “It’s the city’s responsibility to come up with a solution.”

Thomas Grillo can be reached at

Lynn moving forward with city planner job


LYNN —  Less than two weeks after Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy outlined the idea to hire a planner, the city has secured the cash to pay for the position.

On Tuesday, the Lynn Economic Development and Industrial Corp. (EDIC) board of directors unanimously approved contributing $150,000 to fund the job for three years. The city’s nonprofit development bank has agreed to pay half the salary while the Department of Community Development offered up the other $150,000.  

Under the terms of the deal, the mayor in consultation with EDIC and Community Development will hire a planner at a salary between $75,000-100,000.

“Some people have called for having an entire planning department, which would be great, but I really don’t have the money to do anything like that,” said Kennedy.  “We will start small and simply get a planner who will centralize many of the functions that are going on already.”

The mayor said she hopes to have the job description written by month’s end and post the opening on a number of online job websites next month. She expects to hire someone by July 1.

“This person should have the biggest voice on any decision about planning, housing, economic and community development,” Kennedy said.  

The new hire will have a desk in the city’s Inspectional Services Department alongside the Planning Board and support staff.

James Cowdell, EDIC’s executive director, said his office typically spends $150,000 annually on consultants. The new planner will be able to do some of those functions and save the agency money.   

“A planner would be a great help to us to fulfill our mission,” he said. “It’s a much-needed position and overdue. Hopefully it will be someone with a master’s degree in planning.”

Full results of Lynn school vote

Charles Gaeta, EDIC’s chairman, backed the concept.

“I am glad you are doing this,” he told the mayor. “I’m not sure one person can do it, but as time goes on, we will reap so many benefits by having this position. It will strengthen what we have, but the person must be somewhat independent.”

The employee will be a contractor worker who must abide by the city’s residency requirement, Kennedy said.

Lynn has been without a planner for more than two decades.

“Now’s the right time,” Kennedy said.

Thomas Grillo can be reached at


Police log: 3-23-2017

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Gil Diroche, 18, of 20 Park St., was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Christina Lupoli, of 30 Franklin St., was arrested on a warrant charge of Class A drug possession at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday.

Brandon Ong, 19, of 24 Rogers Ave., was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Hector Velazquez, 30, of 54 North Franklin St., was arrested on a courtesy booking at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday.


A report of a motor vehicle accident at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday at 395 Essex St.; at 4:34 p.m. Tuesday at Elmwood Avenue and West Neptune Street; at 2 a.m. Wednesday at 39 Fayette St.

A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 3:52 p.m. Tuesday at 35 Washington St.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:12 p.m. Tuesday at 12 Bellevue Road.


A report of an assault and battery at 10:32 a.m. Wednesday on Laurel Street; at 11:31 a.m. Wednesday on Oxford Street.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a motor vehicle breaking and entering at 2:42 p.m. Tuesday at 10 Kings Beach Road.


A report of a disturbance at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday at 43 Rockaway St.; at 9:52 p.m. Tuesday at 139 Cottage St.; at 2:38 a.m. Wednesday at 39 Amity St.; at 2:52 a.m. Wednesday 147 Franklin St.; at 3:44 a.m. Wednesday at 150 Lewis St.; at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday at 7 Liberty Square; at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday at 300 Washington St.; at 9:04 a.m. Wednesday on Union Street; at 9:22 a.m. Wednesday at 16 Border St.; at 11:39 a.m. Wednesday at 78 Central Ave.; at 11:56 a.m. Wednesday at 18 Herbert St.


A report of a larceny at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday at 42 West Baltimore St.; at 11:56 a.m. Wednesday at 98 Boston St.

A report of motor vehicle theft at 8:26 a.m. Wednesday at 38 Marion St.; at 11:21 a.m. Wednesday at 221 Essex St.; at 11:46 a.m. Wednesday at 2 Fosdick Terrace.

Police log: 3-22-2017



A report of a computer virus scam call at 8:37 a.m. Tuesday on Stonybrook Road. A caller reported he received a call on his home phone from someone claiming there was a problem with his computer. He stated he told the caller he knew it was a scam and was going to hang up. He said the caller said “I’m going to put chemicals on you and no one will recognize you.” The call came from 705-743-3369 and the caller ID said “J. MacDougall.”

A report of a disturbance at 4:19 p.m. Tuesday on Creesy Street. A caller reported she could hear what sounded like a domestic going on. She was concerned as “there are two boys that live there who are bullies to everyone including their parents.” Police reported the boys were rough housing while playing video games.

A report of threats at 4:47 p.m. Tuesday on Carna Road. A caller reported she is renting a room from a man who has been “threatening her.” She stated that this morning, they got into an argument where he stated “you’re going to get it.”

A report of an open door at 5:02 p.m. Tuesday on Atlantic Avenue. A caller reported he went to the service station to check on his car. Once there, he discovered an open door with no one around.



A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 2:19 p.m. Tuesday at 26 Gardner St. The driver was taken to Salem Hospital.


A report of a wire down at 12:41 p.m. Tuesday at 12R County St. Police reported part of the roof at 12R was blown off. The roof knocked out power lines and damaged the building at 12B. The building inspector responded. Vehicles were also damaged.


A report of vandalism at 8:14 a.m. Tuesday at Phil’s Towing & Recovery Service at 65 North Central St. Property damage to a fence was reported. Police reported the prior night, a vehicle struck the gate and left the area. The vehicle was described as a Volvo station wagon.



Marcel Becker, 27, of 24 Carleton St., was arrested on a warrant at 6:28 a.m. Tuesday.

Gino Robert Ciano, 19, of 8 Oak Tree Lane, was arrested on a warrant at 4:23 p.m. Tuesday.

Ihenetu Chisom, 32, of 1365 Canton Ave., Milton, was arrested and charged with operating after a suspended license or right to operate at 6:53 a.m. Tuesday.

Kaitlyn M. Colvin, 19, homeless, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday.

Redouane Laalioui, 22, of 143 Trenton St., Apt. 1, Boston, was arrested and charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer and negligent operation of a motor vehicle at 1:22 a.m. Tuesday.

Ramone Pinnick, 26, of 135 East Cottage St., Boston, was arrested and charged with distributing/cultivating a Class D substance, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and marked lanes violation at 1:53 p.m. Tuesday.

David Allen Ravesloot, 30, homeless, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday.

Ariel O. Velasquez, 23, of 52 Abruzzi St., was arrested on a warrant at 2:36 p.m. Tuesday.

Michael J. Young, 50, of 27B Lufkin St., Essex, was arrested and charged with Class B drug possession and unregistered motor vehicle at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday.


A report of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury at 5:12 a.m. Tuesday at Commonwealth Auto Body on Lee Burbank Highway; at 1:56 p.m. Tuesday on Broadway.

A report of a motor vehicle accident at 6:53 a.m. Tuesday on Squire Road; at 1:31 p.m. Tuesday at Select Logan Airport Valet Parking on VFW Parkway; at 2:52 p.m. Tuesday on Newhall Street; at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday on Brown Circle; at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday on Cambridge Street; at 7:37 p.m. Tuesday at Gore and Squire roads.

A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday at Dunkin’ Donuts on Bennington Street.


A report of a disturbance at 6:28 a.m. Tuesday at Broadway Convenient Mart on Broadway; at 1:37 p.m. Tuesday at Beach Street and North Shore Road; at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday on Tuttle Street; at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday on Bennington Street.


A report of a larceny/forgery/fraud at 11:56 a.m. Tuesday on Crescent Avenue.


A report of vandalism at 10:32 a.m. Tuesday on Fenno Street.



Michael T. Cappiello, of 39 Summit Ave., was arrested and charged with daytime building breaking and entering for a felony, larceny, larceny by false pretense, malicious destruction of property and receiving stolen property at 2:38 p.m. Tuesday.


A report of a motor vehicle hit and run accident at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday at LA Fitness at 1450 Broadway.


A report of wires down at 2:11 p.m. Tuesday at 25 Mountain Ave. A caller reported a JRM recycle truck took down some wires.


A report of a larceny at 11:51 a.m. Tuesday at 2428 Founders Way. A caller reported her gold necklace was missing and thinks she knows who took it.



A report of vandalism at 2:38 p.m. Tuesday at 44 Beach Bluff Ave.

Patricia E. Mullen, 53

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

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

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

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

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

John J. Ranahan IV, 37

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

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

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

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

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