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Wayne Alarm: 4 reasons to get Total Connect

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There are times when security alarms aren’t enough to secure our homes and our business, and with technologic advances, using video security changes that. It adds extra security by allowing you to see what is happening around your home and motion activated events that can occur in and around your business. Here are four reasons why having a video surveillance is the best monitor to have.

  1. Wayne Alarm has notifications set up that work with video surveillance. If your camera detects a motion activated event, you are then automatically notified with an e-mail of the event or push notification on your mobile device, which allows you to monitor what occurred at a real time and date.
  2. Wayne Alarm Systems uses Honeywell Total Connect Cameras, allows you to stream videos live straight from the Total Connect directly to your phone, tablet or computer giving you an extra layer of protection. The cameras are portable, so changing locations to monitor new areas is easy. With infrared technology, which enhances your ability to see in the dark, records 10 second clips of a motion activates event and then sends it to you to investigate.
  3. With new technology such as SkyBell, we can help prevent break-ins into your business and home. When you’re a SkyBell owner, you receive a ring whenever the doorbell is pressed, or even have it alert you whenever it senses motion such as someone walks up to your front door. This allows you to remotely stream live video from your iPhone or iPad and interact with whoever is at your front door directly via two way communication. With extremely durable functions for weather, it gives you high definition video and full color night vision.
  4. There is strong data that suggest surveillance of employees in small business can boost productivity and profits. Allowing you to stay in control of dishonest claims, maintain the safety in your work environment and allows you as the manager to spend more time in more productive ways.

Having the best security is a top request everyone seeks for their home and business. With Total Connect video, it gives you enhanced security that allows you to stay on top of whatever happens in your environment, and giving you the added layer of protection that you want.

 

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Medford sends off its seniors

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Graduating students react to the speech of a faculty member.

By LEAH DEARBORN

MEDFORD – Never estimate the power of “thank you,” faculty speaker Andrew Milne told the Class of 2017.

Facing a crowd of hundreds at Tufts University on Wednesday night, Milne insisted that the graduates of Medford High School and Medford Vocational Technical High School could never replace the power of sincere gratitude with any amount of money.

Milne asked the students to reach back in their memories to when they were freshmen. He held up several misshapen cookie cutters and reminded the graduates of a story he told them in their first year, about a cookie factory that underwent a revolution.

The cookies, once identical and uniform, decided to break their molds and each become a different shape, he said.

“They grew up to be giants,” said Milne of the metaphoric cookies. He passed on some other advice to the seniors as well. “Get a bike, get a passport. Get yourself to your own starting line.”

Class president Anthony McKillop reminisced during the commencement about the first high school dance he attended, recalling how out of place he felt at first. Slowly but surely, however, everyone began to break out of their shells.

St. Mary’s breaks ground on STEM building

The words of wisdom continued through the ceremony, with Superintendent Roy E. Belson stepping up with a note of caution about technology.

In a modern world where opinions can be formed and expressed in an instant, he asked that the young people always consider the consequences of their actions.  

Headmaster of Medford High School, Dr. John Perella said he sleeps better knowing the Class of 2017 is the future.

“At stake is our community, our country, and dare I say it, our world,” he said.

Mayor Stephanie M. Burke made an appearance to congratulate the outgoing seniors, calling them a positive reflection on the city.

The graduates will be heading off to a diverse range of colleges across the state and country, including the first Harvard acceptance since 1967.  

 

St. Mary’s breaks ground on STEM building

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Participating in the groundbreaking Wednesday for a new gateway entrance and STEM building at St. Mary’s were, from left; Paul Price, trustee; Bruce Gordon, president, Columbia Construction; William Mosakowski, Chair, Board of Trustees; Glenn Morris, Chair, Building Futures campaign; James Ridley, Principal; Grace Cotter Regan, Head of School; Rev. Brian Flynn, Pastor, St. Mary’s Parish; James Lyle, trustee; Marnie Moore, trustee; Darrin Ball, Building Committee; and Susan Blanchard, trustee.

By PAUL HALLORAN

LYNN — St. Mary’s broke ground Wednesday on a building project that will transform the school’s urban campus and significantly upgrade educational opportunities in critical subjects.

About 50 trustees, administrators, alumni and friends gathered in front of the William F. Connell Center, which opened in 2005, for a ceremonial groundbreaking on a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) building and a gateway entrance to the school’s campus.

The three-story glass entrance will be built between the Connell and Cardinal Cushing centers, while the new STEM building will be constructed behind the Connell Center. The annex, which houses the St. Mary’s Advancement staff and the parish chapel, will be torn down, beginning around August 1. The chapel will be relocated.

“St. Mary’s has moved with the times into the 21st century,” said Board of Trustees chair William Mosakowski, referencing the school’s 135-year history. “The requirements now are for students to be far better grounded in science. We need this building and we need these programs in order to provide a robust, comprehensive education for our students.”

The building project will be funded through the Building Futures campaign, which to date has raised almost $15 million. Funds raised during the campaign will also provide scholarship support for students, along with academic and extracurricular programming.

“That’s a remarkable feat,” said Grace Cotter Regan, head of school. “This is a wonderful time for Lynn and we are proud to be part of the great developments that are happening in the city.”

Stop playing name game

Glenn Morris, a St. Mary’s alumnus who serves as chair of the Building Futures campaign, said the new entrance to the school will offer benefits in addition to aesthetics.

“Because it will serve as the central entrance point to the entire campus, it will enhance security,” Morris said, adding that when the project is complete, the Connell Center, Cushing Center and new STEM building will all be connected.

The STEM building will include technologically advanced classrooms, labs and makerspaces – areas where students can use their creativity to design, invent, experiment and build.

“One of the hallmarks of St. Mary’s is that it provides a foundation for students that will help them as they go through life,” Morris said. “Today, there is a groundbreaking. Later this summer, we will be installing a foundation.”

The timeline calls for work to be completed in time for the opening of the 2018-19 school year. Design work is being done by CBT Architects of Boston. North Reading-based Columbia Construction Company is the general contractor.

“As we celebrate 135 years, we are literally building the future,” Regan said. “That is a very exciting proposition.”

Doing it by the book in Malden

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The new Little Free Library at 67 Ashland St. in Malden.

Malden is headed in a great direction with the efforts by Malden Arts, Malden Reads, and Friends of Oak Grove to bring neighborhood libraries back to the city.

The three groups are starting small to achieve a big objective. They want to set up a Little Free Library basically a wooden cabinet mounted on a pole and stocked with books in every city ward. The little libraries will employ the honor system to allow readers to take a book and leave a book.

The library initiative seeks to reverse a decline in library resources that it is not unique to Malden. The days of a formidable-looking librarian checking out a stack of books to a library patron or acquainting young readers with the Dewey Decimal System has gone the way of the overhead projector and the neighborhood fire box.

Modern libraries lend out books, but they also circulate DVDs and music and provide computer and Wi-Fi access. Books aren’t about to go the way of the horse and buggy, but younger readers want to access literature via an app or download.

Malden’s Free Little Library concept flies in the face of high technology even as it acknowledges the transformation of the traditional library into an institution meeting a modern world’s demands.

Lynn’s three beloved branch libraries closed more than 10 years ago and the main library on North Common Street remains one of the city’s architectural gems. The library’s dedicated staff has embraced the online world and provided patrons access to online resources.

Bringing back a good read in Malden

Believe it or not, Malden once had 11 neighborhood libraries with some located in local firehouses. The Little Free Library concept mirrors the neighborhood library tradition and provides Malden residents with an opportunity to start a conversation about the role libraries play in a community’s life.

Libraries are a place to enjoy relative solitude but they also serve as community gathering places. Lynn’s library hosts summertime activities that get kids out of the house and off the streets and allows parents and children to enjoy activities together.

Multiple libraries are expensive operating propositions for municipalities in an age of budget cuts. The buildings, the heating bills, and the staffing costs are bigger than most municipal budgets can absorb.

But the Free Little Library campaigners in Malden understand that libraries, even on a small scale, can become community focal points for people to meet and exchange ideas. They are replicating an idea started in 2009 that has spread across the country for the simple reason that it is fun and makes sense.

It will be great if the library-in-a-box concept taking root in Malden can spread to other local cities and towns and prompt community organizations, even businesses, to find more space for libraries.

Even a room with a book shelf and table and chairs is a place where people can relax for free and community concerns can give way to free-flowing exchanges.

Wayne Alarm: Make your home ‘smart’

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The SkyBell: skybellThis revolutionary doorbell eliminates the danger of opening the door to strangers. It’s sleek, metal polished design blends in perfectly next to a door. The SkyBell has an integrated camera, so you can stream the video footage at any time. It will also automatically record motion of if someone rings the bell. The SkyBell is also extremely durable, sustaining any weather between -40 to 140 degrees.

There’s no need to open the door to strangers anymore to find out what they want with the two-way audio feature included! Converse directly to your visitors from the safety of your house. Set your preferences to receive notifications directly on your phone if someone rings it or even if someone walks by. Pairing the SkyBell with the August Smart Lock is a guaranteed way to bring your house into the 21st century.

The August Smart Lock:August Smart Lock Forget about leaving the spare key under the mat, control your locks with the click of a button from anywhere. Grant different levels of access to users depending on your preferences. For example, if you’re going on vacation you can give your dog sitter access for the week, but not after 10 p.m. After the week they will no longer have access.

When approaching the door, depending on your settings, the door can automatically unlock when you’re within a couple feet. The Smart Lock also keeps a log of who unlocks and locks the door. Every key has a digital number associated with the user, so you can see who accessed the locks and at what time. This product is very simple to use and extremely convenient and a must for anyone who is looking towards the future.

Lyric Thermostat:Lyric ThermostatThe Lyric Thermostat changes the way you think about technology. This thermostat is Wi-Fi capable and also features voice control.  This thermostat will also send you notifications about maintenance, and will warn you about extreme weather approaching.

The Lyric Thermostat takes full advantage of its Wi-Fi capability. With the proper integrations from Total Connect, It can see your location and will even change the temperature of your house accordingly. It can warm up your house in the winter and turn the air on for you in the summer when you’re heading home. This will save you money on your AC and heating costs because you won’t have to keep it running while you’re away. The Lyric Thermostat is a revolutionary product and certainly one of a kind.

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Swampscott insurance man calls it a career

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Jim Hughes sits among mounds of papers and boxes at his insurance agency in Swampscott.

SWAMPSCOTT — It wasn’t that long ago that Jim Hughes, in a profile in 01907 magazine, was somewhat dismissive of the prospect of retiring, despite the fact that he had been running his own insurance business for 55 years at the time.

When Hughes walked out of his Burrill Street office May 30 for the last time, however, it wasn’t because he had an epiphany in the interim. He simply felt it was time to call it a career.

“We had a good run. The hardest part for any of us is to decide it is time,” said Hughes, 85, the proprietor of James L. Hughes Insurance for 57 years. “Who knows? I hope I’m right.”

When it comes to providing hands-on customer service, Hughes did it the right way since he hung a shingle in 1960.

To say Hughes never embraced modern technology would be an understatement. He once begrudgingly admitted owning a cell phone, but proudly insisted he didn’t even know the number. He managed to run a business in the Internet age without having a web site. E-mail? Not a chance.

“I would rather pick up the phone (landline, of course) and talk to people,” he said. “All the technology is great – until you run into a problem.”

You likely couldn’t survive as a new business with such an anti-technology bent, but Hughes was well established by the time the World Wide Web launched. He had about 450 clients when he closed the door, after agreeing to sell his business to Wood & Associates in Lynn.

Hughes had only two full-time assistants in almost six decades: Jeanne (Connelly) Quealy, who worked for him for more than two decades, and Tina Brown, who started with him in 1985 and walked out the door with him last week.

“We’ve had a great relationship,” Brown said. “He knew he could come and go as he pleased and everything would work out. He was a good boss.”

Hughes is virtually a lifelong Swampscott resident, having been born in Brockton and moving here when he was a year old. He grew up on Humphrey Street, across from the former Temple Israel. His parents, J. Lee and Geneva Hughes, wanted him to go to Catholic school so they sent him to St. John’s elementary and then St. Mary’s Boys High School in Lynn, though he transferred to St. John’s Prep after a few days.

An election year exodus

Hughes played football at The Prep and graduated in 1950. He went on to Holy Cross and was there for two national championships: a College World Series title in 1952 and NIT championship in ’54, his senior year.

His plan to enlist in the Air Force was derailed by a car accident that left him with a badly injured back. He chose to follow the same career path as his father, who worked as an insurance claims manager in Boston. After a year at Aetna, Hughes decided to go out on his own.

“I decided I would be better off opening my own business,” said Hughes. “I was 27 and I started with zero dollars.”

To his daughter, Kristin, it’s no mystery why he enjoyed such success and longevity.

“He’s a bit of a workaholic,” she said. “He likes to grind. Insurance is something you trust will be there when something goes wrong. That personifies my dad.”

In addition to owning a business and supporting a variety of causes in the town, Hughes has been a fabric of the athletic culture in the sports-crazed town for 50 years, serving as an assistant to legendary football coach Stan Bondelevitch and starting both the boys and girls CYO basketball programs. Later in life, he was a co-coach of the Swampscott High golf team with the late, great Bob Jauron.

“My dad really liked him and that means a lot to me,” said Dick Jauron, Swampscott’s best all-time athlete and a long-time friend of Hughes.

“Jim has been a rock, someone you could depend on being there,” Jauron added. “He wanted to help you be a better athlete and a better person. He ended up representing all that is good about volunteering your time and helping kids develop into happy, productive adults. He cared, and it really showed.”

Hughes and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 55 years and have three adult daughters – Tricia, Kim and Kristin – and two granddaughters, Daphne and Emma. Other than walking the beach and going to daily Mass, Hughes isn’t sure how he will spend his newfound free time, but he hopes he’ll figure it out.

“My wife is the one I feel bad for,” he said, echoing the good-natured thoughts of many.

 

Wayne Alarm: The new smart chip?

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EMV Cards, Smart Chips, Chip Cards, no one really knows what to call them right now, but we know they are the future of deferring fraudulent credit card charges. EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, which are the companies that have developed and implemented the new card technology. Instead of swiping your card through the side of the machine like we’re used to, you now insert it into the bottom of the machine. Which will greatly reduce the risk of credit/debt card theft.

When you swipe your ordinary card with a magnetic stripe, it contains the same information stored on the card as before and will never change, making it rather susceptible to fraud. One breach and the thief can have continued access to your card. However with the new EMV Chips, a unique transaction code is created every time you use it, making it nearly impossible to continue the use of the card for thieves. In the event of a system breach, they would see the information of the card from that one purchase, which would no longer work because of the change in code. If you have not received an EMV Card, contact your bank and ask. Make the switch to EMV Cards to ensure your protection and prevent fraud.

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Wayne Alarm: Why you should upgrade today

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Life changes – a new home, different financial situations, kids – often times prompt questions about our lifestyle and if security systems in our homes are good enough. Taking time to assess your systems and making sure they are still up to date, making sure they are still a good fit for your home, is important in order to have a stress-free life.

Most of the time, in the span of a year, exploitable vulnerabilities are likely to have been discovered. Technology advances so quickly that we never truly notice when it becomes outmoded. Criminals love older technology because they are fully aware of its weaknesses and where the systems are easy to crack through. Many security system owners also don’t realize that it’s more expensive to use landlines solely for the purpose of their security system, or that landlines can easily be disabled by criminals. Technology has improved security systems and, because of every change that it brings, an upgrade becomes necessary. With an advance use in touch compatibility, security systems that provide touch can bring a major boost to your home because it caters to your preferences whether it uses voice control, which allows for a safer use on the system, or even systems that alert you when it needs maintenance. Technology itself has allowed creators to think out of the box and provide home owners with better equipped systems that are more efficient to run and operate, as well as easier to use. For instance, most advanced systems provide access that can correct human errors such as forgetting to put it on, or even having the ability to check it remotely.

Although we never know what could happen, it’s important to be prepared by upgrading. Allowing you to feel comfortable knowing that your home security will do its job properly, the updated security systems can make a difference in your home and with technology advances, it puts your home out of harm’s way.

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Wayne Alarm: August Smart Control Lock

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There are moments when we leave in such a rush from our homes and business that we leave without our keys or even forget to lock our doors, only to remember hours later when it could already be too late. With technologic advances, Wayne Alarm provides another easier way to secure your home or business with ease. Here’s why you should call up Wayne Alarm and request the August Smart Control Lock.

The August Smart Control Lock allows you to never feel guilty for not unlocking your door, again. The smart control lock is a deadbolt lock that syncs to your phone wirelessly, allowing you to control anyone who comes in and anytime the doors are locked. With this specific use you are able to grant access to your family and friends, or you can also provide them with temporary access. The system uses different key codes to allow you to see who entered at what time and from where they did. With all these different features, it also sends you notifications straight to your mobile device.

This device works just as great for your small business, too. If employees forget to secure a specific door and you’re not in the office, a quick look at your phone can easily lock your doors for a sense of ease. It also has a cool feature where you can set up a schedule and only choose who is allowed to go in at the time. If someone unknown walks in, you’ll be notified instantly.

Feel free to give us a call at (781) 595-0000 for more information, or fill out our online contact form.

 

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Wayne Alarm: Why Medical Alert is best

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Grandma has been feeling ill for quite some time now, and living home alone doesn’t give you or your family  peace of mind. What if you’re currently at work, kids are at school, and grandma had an accident and fell?What if she had no way of being able to reach you or call for help. It’s a situation we don’t want to have to deal with and it’s an event we all want to prevent. How can she reach out in case of an emergency? How can you know if she’s okay? How will she be able to alert you when she needs help?

Today, with technological advances, we are able to find ways to help in situations like this while being in control of our outcome.

When needed, professional Medical Life Alert operators are able to aid in assistance at anytime, from anywhere. With 24/7 monitoring, they standby at a local monitoring station. The easy-to-access emergency button provided immediately alerts the Wayne Alarm Alarm Monitoring Central Station. The best part about it, if you or your loved one are in another room or enjoying the outdoors, a wireless remote activator allows you to activate the system when you are away from the main receiver.

At the moment of alert, you’ll be in contact with a dispatcher giving you high quality communication that allows you to be heard clearly from any room, regardless of the distance. In the time being, an appropriate emergency personnel is then contacted and dispatched to your aid wherever help is needed.

Our loved ones can now have the ability to have more freedom and independence within their home, even while still having the help of a qualified and trained group of professionals standing by whenever you need help. For more questions, give us a call at (781)595-0000 or e-mail us at sales@waynealarm.com

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HOME is where the heart is for filmmakers

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The Lynnway was the site in which snapshots and video footage from Cambodia, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala were displayed May 16.

By BILL BROTHERTON

LYNN — As celebrations go, this one is pretty special.

Thursday, a festive block party will be outside and inside Raw Art Works’ headquarters in Central Square. The creativity and individuality of many of the 1,200 or so youngsters, age 7 to 19, who benefit from the nonprofit’s free programs will be on full display.

Perhaps you’ve seen the video projections from the HOME project that have brightened three city buildings the past three nights. Those will move inside Thursday, joining the newest gallery exhibition of more than 200 art pieces created by RAW youth, exploring many aspects of home.

The opening reception is free and open to the public. It starts at 6 p.m. A DJ will add to the fun. There will be light refreshments and inexpensive food offered by local restaurateurs. The senior scholarship award winners will be announced at 7 p.m. RAW co-founder Mary Flannery said everyone is invited, not just those who call RAW or Lynn home.

A “huge house” will be set up outside of RAW’s Central Avenue building and attendees will also get to don virtual reality glasses for a unique experience, said Flannery.

Alex Ashley, development operations manager, said the HOME theme connected the youth, their families and their Lynn community. Twenty RAW groups explored how we can all feel at home in our lives, and the power of envisioning what we want to bring into our future homes and community. Youngsters shared their family traditions, heritage and culture and further explored issues of inequality, social justice and belonging, including the complexity of what it means to be an American.

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The new exhibition has been supported by software giant Adobe. Two years ago, Adobe searched worldwide for innovative youth arts organizations for its Creative Catalyst Awards. RAW is one of just seven organizations in the world to receive this designation.

“We have a longstanding relationship with Adobe, because of our film programs,” said Flannery. “As a Creative Catalyst, we were invited to apply for Adobe’s Innovation Grant. ‘Put a project in front of us and wow us,’ we were told. The immigration issue was blowing up and, about a week before the deadline, Chris Gaines, the creative director of our Real to Reel Film School, came up with the HOME idea.”

RAW developed a proposal around the theme of home and was awarded a grant to introduce new technology into its programming. The grant is also funding a series of productions and projects focused on telling uniquely American stories about immigration, home and belonging. The Innovation Grant was given to only three other organizations in the United States, with RAW the only one on the East Coast. Two RAW students were among 25 worldwide who received Adobe scholarships.

“We asked for a $175,000 grant,” said Flannery, with a smile. “They said, ‘No. We’re sorry. We have to award you $225,000.’” Adobe executives were blown away by the RAW HOME proposal.

Success stories are nothing new for Flannery and her hard-working co-workers. Saturday night, some 400 people attended BASH: Party with a Purpose, raising $260,000. Flannery said it was their most successful fundraiser yet.

HOME is truly where the heart is for the creative young filmmakers and artists at Raw Art Works. Come celebrate their success.


Bill Brotherton is the Item’s Features editor. He can be reached at bbrotherton@itemlive.com.

Wayne Alarm: Utilizing security technology

With Wayne Alarm security systems, your business is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year by trained and certified professionals.

Security technology is constantly being developed and are considered one of the top securities to have in businesses as well as in homes. At home, you are able to monitor what and who goes in and out your home, if alarms are in place and if doors and windows have been shut tight  before leaving the house. With businesses, it’s no different and similar protocols should be taken regularly. Here are a few reasons why using the best security technology can help you manage your business:

  1. Businesses today are subject to security threats and vandalism. Technology can easily be used to protect confidential executive decisions, financial data, client information, etc. By having computers and servers with passwords, businesses can ensure projects and information won’t be stolen.
  2. Using systems such as Wayne Alarm Access Control, keep you and your employees safe at all times. With the access control, you are able to have interface video security with your card system. It also includes the feature of creating a map with active icons for system status, control doors, and even show employee photos as they go through protected doors. For businesses, features that have integrated motion detectors, glass breaks and panic buttons help track and assign alarm conditions in case of an emergency.
  3. Video surveillance can be beneficial for businesses! Monitoring shoplifting and making sure everything else stays in place, having video surveillance gives you 24/7 security at all times. With surveillance, you can also receive an e-mail or video notification sent straight to your mobile device.

There are several advantages of having a modern security set-up in businesses that can and need to be taken advantage of. Protecting your assets shouldn’t be compromised. At Wayne Alarm, we understand that and help protect you and your business.

Wayne Alarm: Best of GPS vehicle tracking

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Ever wondered if you can get somewhere faster by taking a different route, using shortcuts? Ever wanted to have a device that helps you get to your destination without all the terrible traffic? Having a real-time GPS to provide you with that information is much easier and let’s you drive without the stress.

GPS technology has advanced  more in the past few years to GPS on your phone, to having a GPS on your dog’s collar, to being able to use it in your car. It’s unsafe to constantly look down on your phone while driving to make sure you’re heading to the right place. As a bonus, GPS systems usually have a wider range of coverage which gives you accurate representations. Several other benefits include a decrease fuel consumption and a reduction in speeding. It’s almost essential now, and whether you’re worried about burglaries or want to keep an eye on who uses your car, Wayne Alarm’s GPS tracking ensures you know what’s going on at all times.

So how does it inform you at all times?

With specifically customized notifications that are made with your preferences, the total connect app gives you the ability to stay in complete control. For example, say your teenager wants to take the car for a night out with friends? You’re more than willing to, but then you begin to worry. With the app you’re to get alerts whenever your vehicle exceed speed limits or predetermined geographic boundaries. The notifications all identify where your car is, how fast it’s going, or even if it’s outside your predetermined boundaries. You’ll know what’s going on in your car, at all times.

Have anymore questions on the GPS vehicle? Feel free to give us a call at (781) 595-0000 for more information, or fill out our online contact form.

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Saugus promotes new vision for schools

By THOR JOURGENSEN

SAUGUS — Town officials are organizing a June election in which residents will be asked “to support and invest” in a sweeping local school reorganization featuring a middle-high school district-wide facility.  

The plan, tentatively discussed to date with town educators and parents, proposes several significant changes. A grade 6-12 middle-high school is at the center of the plan.  Belmonte Middle School would be established as an “upper elementary school” for grades 3, 4 and 5, and Veterans Memorial Elementary School would become a “lower elementary school” for pre-kindergarten to grade 2.

“This is a real opportunity for the Town of Saugus to meet the goals of its educational plan,” said Town Manager Scott Crabtree. “Challenging our students to reach their full potential necessitates that our schools have the resources and facilities to meet the academic needs of all students and prepare them for success should they pursue higher education or compete in today’s workforce.”  

The proposed middle-high school complex will total 270,000 total square feet including a 12,000 square-foot gymnasium and capacity for 1,360 students in grades 6-12. There will be state-of-the-art science labs and technology classrooms, fine and performing arts classrooms and a 750-seat auditorium.

In addition, the proposal includes a new sports complex and outdoor track, walking paths, outdoor classrooms, and student gardens. Veterans Memorial Elementary School and Belmonte Middle School will also receive construction updates.

A town statement outlining the proposed school changes emphasized their potential to move the Saugus public school system’s status under state education rankings from from a Level 3 to a Level 1 school district.

Profiles in courage

The statement says the proposed reconfiguration is also intended to provide fair and equal access to all students enabling them to reach their highest potential and to continue to prioritize education.

The proposal’s school building improvements are also intended to maintain accreditation with New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and address address health and safety issues including identified deficiencies in fire protection, sprinkler systems, and disability access compliance.

“Providing our students and staff with resources and facilities that achieves the vision of our Town’s educational plan is critical,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. David DeRuosi. “This solution will facilitate a shift from teacher-centered to student-centered instruction, and an emphasis on the critical thinking, communication and technology skills needed to enhance 21st century skills our students need to be successful.”

The proposal’s additional elements include new science labs that meet state educational and safety standards. Building designs include work spaces for student collaboration and project-based learning in all subject areas; and shared instructional resources and opportunities for increased teacher collaboration.  

The town statement lists no specific June date for bringing the proposal before voters.

“This middle-high school district-wide solution is critical for the residents of Saugus because it will enhance our children’s education and change the way education is valued and delivered in the community,” said Jeanette Meredith, School Committee chairwoman and Saugus High School Project Building Committee.

Math changes add up in Malden

By STEVE FREKER

MALDEN — The Malden School Committee has approved sweeping changes in how Malden High School students will be taught mathematics and science.

First-year Malden High School principal Ted Lombardi proposed the major change in mathematics curriculum, forecasting potential improvements in Malden’s performance on state assessment tests.

Instead of taking the three traditional math classes of Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2 in that order in Grades 9,10 and 11, Malden High students will next year be taught a mix of the three separate subjects in courses called Math 1, Math 2 and Math 3.  

Lombardi, who came to Malden High after serving several years as principal at Lawrence High School, told the School Committee that he oversaw institution of similar curriculum changes at that school “and the (MCAS) scores went up.”

A renewed focus on improving state assessment test scores at Malden High School has been embraced by the school board. An example is its recent hire of a new superintendent of schools, John Oteri, who was questioned extensively in the interview process on his role in the dramatic improvement from a Level Three school system in Somerville to a Level One state rating. MCAS scores play a key part in this state assessment of school systems.

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Lombardi said Malden would be joining “many districts (that have) moved to this curriculum,”  which involves joining together of math topics as opposed to learning one specific area or subject such as Algebra or Geometry.

In an effort to improve MCAS science test scores, the School Committee also approved a change in science curriculum proposed by Lombardi. Instead of freshmen students taking college preparatory classes in Biology, they would now be offered an Environmental Science class in ninth grade and would take Biology their sophomore year.

The Malden High principal said it made more sense for this change in the science curriculum since sophomores take the MCAS science test and it would give them a better chance at attaining higher scores.

In addition, Lombardi said exploratory classes in business and technical education would be offered to ninth graders in subjects such as woodshop, engineering and others.

“These changes will better suit our students and give them a better chance to succeed,” Lombardi said.

Bringing a good thing to Lynn

General Electric is bringing good things to life by breaking ground on its new headquarters in the former warehouse district near Boston’s South Station. Gov. Baker, quoted by the State House News Service on Monday, called the groundbreaking “one more step forward in the continuing evolution of Massachusetts as a global player.” What does GE’s big plans for Boston mean to the North Shore, specifically, Lynn?

A GE executive on Monday said the firm is looking forward to forging collaborations with area community colleges. Thinking about that comment in the context of North Shore Community College and Salem State University spurs excitement and inspiration.

General Electric’s aviation manufacturing presence in Lynn helped write the city’s history and the River Works plant is still a major city employer. Imagine if GE’s 21st century commitment to evolving technologies takes on life in Boston and expands outward, swamping the North Shore and Lynn with brilliant minds and the economic ramifications of their inventions?

GE Vice President Ann Klee employed high-tech jargon Monday when she was quoted by the News Service praising Boston’s “great innovation ecosystem.” She used that phrase to explain why it made sense for GE to move its headquarters.

That explanation can be interpreted in different ways. The most obvious interpretation is that GE finds Boston to be an attractive location because of the large number of universities and associated research facilities in the city.

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By extension, Cambridge and Route 128 for decades have attracted research and development manufacturers tapping into Boston’s academic brainpower to fuel their production. Lynn’s River Works, at first glance, conjures up images of skilled factory workers making jet engines. But a deeper look at the West Lynn plant reveals engineers designing next-generation engines and facilities potentially becoming future sites for the “innovation ecosystem” highlighted by Klee.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton has talked about the River Work’s value as a possible location for technology-oriented businesses incubated in Boston and searching for affordable space where they can grow and prosper.Congress

Moulton is an imaginative thinker but his ideas are rooted in a business background; before winning a seat in Congress, the Marine veteran focused his boundless energy on the high-speed rail industry. Rail transportation is an industry GE has helped to expand and it is an important component of the type of transportation-driven economy Moulton and state Sen. Thomas M. McGee frequently highlight.

The News Service on Monday reported how state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, worked with other top officials under the codename “Project Plum” in 2015 to woo GE to Boston.

Ash is well aware of Lynn’s economic potential and it is not a stretch to imagine him pointing GE in Lynn’s direction once company executives decide how communities around Boston can benefit from the headquarters relocation.

With North Shore Community College stepping onto the technological cutting edge by expanding its Lynn campus and Lynn schools working for years with River Works volunteers, Lynn is poised to benefit from GE’s decision to make Boston the center of its corporate universe.

 

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Nahant artwork spans three seas

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Artist Stacey Wilson-McMahon unveils the Three Seas mosaics.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

NAHANT — Three of the world’s seascapes translated into art are the latest addition to Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center thanks to dedication by local children who worked through spring vacation to complete the 30,000-piece mosaics.

The three mosaics depict coastal habitats of New England, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Northwest. They were unveiled in a Thursday night ceremony Kemari McCauley of Marblehead attended with friends and classmates.

“I think it’s a good thing because people are going to understand the oceans more if they can look at the art,” said McCauley, 10.

Working under the direction of artist Stacey Wilson-McMahon, who is also the director of Apatchworks, the middle and high school students attached thousands of small bisazza tiles from Italy to create the mosaics representing Northeastern University’s Three Seas program. Undergraduate and graduate students in the program live and study in New England, Caribbean, and Pacific Northwest coastal habitats throughout the course of a year.

Apatchworks is a nonprofit organization with a goal to create vibrant spaces in hospitals that might otherwise seem dreary or scary to children.

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Wilson-McMahon began working on the project nearly two years ago with members of Girls Inc. of Lynn’s Beach Sisters organization, a six-week program that focuses on STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, art and math. In 2015, a group of girls spent about seven hours working to complete the first of the three mosaics.

Because Wilson-McMahon lives in France, the project took a hiatus until April vacation approached. Youth from Lynn, Marblehead, Malden and other North Shore and Greater Boston communities opted to spend their break learning about science and creating art. The group completed the final two mosaics to complete the project.

“The kids spent some time on science and some on art,” said Val Perini, who coordinates outreach programs for k through 12 at the Marine Science Center. “They spent half the day learning about these habitats and then put what they learned into art.”

The three mosaics hang side by side within the center’s bunker.

“This bunker doesn’t always look cozy,” said Dr. Geoff Trussell, director of the Marine Science Center. “I think using artwork to express marine science is a good way to capture interest in marine science.”

He encouraged the youngsters to consider a career in the field, adding that he changed his mind many times before settling on Marine Science at the end of college.


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

2 incumbents out in Swampscott

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Michael McClung photographs the election results as Laura Spathanas looks on.

SWAMPSCOTT — The Town Election had a low voter turnout on Tuesday, but featured two upsets, with the chairs of the Board of Health and the Trustees of the Public Library losing their seats.

Emily Cilley, a registered nurse, defeated Martha Dansdill, 678 to 579 for a seat on the Board of Health. Dansdill is the current chairwoman on the board, which she has been on for three terms and nine years.

Herrick Wales, a schoolteacher in Marblehead and chairman of the Library Trustees, was defeated by Ellen Winkler, an attorney in Marblehead and president of Friends of the Swampscott Public Library. Winkler, who was elected for a three-year term, received 619 votes to 567 for Wales.

The third contested race on the ballot was for School Committee, which saw the two incumbents, Suzanne Wright and Gargi Cooper, retain their seats for a second, three-year term, holding off a challenge from Melissa Camire. Wright was the top vote getter, receiving 876 votes, Cooper received 774 votes, while Camire had 524 votes.

Voter turnout was 13 percent.

“It’s been my privilege to serve on the Board of Health for these nine years,” said Dansdill, the former executive director of HealthLink, a North Shore environmental nonprofit organization, who now serves on its Board of Directors. “I wish Emily Cilley much success on the board.”

Cilley, who works for Northeast Clinical Services and as a substitute nurse in town, said she felt “amazing” after winning a seat on the board, and that she didn’t know what to expect before the results. She said she felt nervous, as Dansdill has been on the board for a long time, but was delighted.

Cilley, who was elected to a three-year term, said two issues she would be focused on are the opioid crisis and the health of the children in town. As a substitute nurse, she said she sees children in the schools, and gets to see all of the concerns happening.

“I want to focus on the health of our children and making sure we are aware of what their stresses are,” Cilley said.

When running, both Library Trustee candidates said it was an exciting time for the library, which is in the midst of its yearlong centennial celebration. The building on Burrill Street turned 100 on Jan. 20. The Friends group finances library programs and is funding the celebrations. Winkler said she would have to step down as president for her new role, but could remain a member of the Friends group.

“That’s wonderful,” Winkler said upon hearing the results. “I’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’m really glad.

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“I hope people will continue to celebrate the library this year and pay attention to what a great resource it is,” Winkler continued. “I look forward to working with people and making great plans for the future.”

She said her focus would be on figuring out how to use the library space in the best way possible.

“I want to congratulate Mrs. Winkler on her election as Library Trustee,” said Wales, who was running for a second, three-year term. “She is an avid supporter of the library and she will devote her energies and talents to further enrich our great library.”

Wright said she was excited to be re-elected to School Committee. She said her focus would be on facilities, a technology plan for the schools, a new school building, and getting the budget under control.

Superintendent Pamela Angelakis recently submitted two statements of interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, one for replacement of Hadley Elementary School and the other with the intent to renovate Swampscott Middle School.

Cooper said she was happy and excited, and grateful for the votes and support from the community. To move the school district forward, she said continuity on the board is the best way. For her next term, she said her focus would be on technology, facilities and stabilizing the budget.

In an uncontested race for Board of Selectmen, Naomi Dreeben and Laura Spathanas, chair and vice-chair respectively, were re-elected for a second, three-year term.

“I feel great,” Dreeben said. “I’m excited about what the next three years is going to hold for us and I’m pleased to be working with Sean (Fitzgerald), our new town administrator.”

For her next term, Dreeben said she will work hard to support the school’s vision and plans. She hopes to be able to do some economic development to be more proactive about bringing new businesses to town.

Spathanas said “it’s an honor” to be elected to the board. She said she hopes she can take the fact that she and Dreeben didn’t have any competition as people being happy that they are serving them and with the direction the town is going. She said her focus would be on a long-term capital plan, looking at the master plan, and prioritizing what the town needs and wants.

Another uncontested race was for Planning Board. Angela Ippolito, chairwoman, was re-elected for a second, five-year term. The Town Moderator race was also uncontested, with Michael McClung re-elected for a second, one-year term.


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

 

Lynn has designs on its future

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Arlen Stawasz explains the re-imagining of Lynn urban design.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN – It might be one of the region’s best known ditties: “Lynn, Lynn the city of sin, You never come out the way you came in.”

That phrase inspired a team of students and faculty from two architectural schools to reimagine the city’s waterfront from gritty retail to world class destination.

“Our students who came to Lynn from around the globe were changed,” said Edward Mitchell, a Yale School of Architecture professor. “For the better.”  

The Lynn Museum and MassDevelopment’s TDI Partnership hosted the exhibit Tuesday titled “Visions of Lynn,” a display of urban design concepts proposed for Lynn and the surrounding region.

The 10 students who worked on the project were asked to redesign the waterfront given that experts expect the waterfront will be vulnerable to 6-foot higher swells by 2066.

In response, the students devised a series of designs that  replaced stores with canals, green spaces that could be flooded but used when they dry, a high school, a water treatment plant, and a public safety facility.

“Rather than fighting to keep the water out,  the students propose that we let it in and learn to thrive with it,” said Arlen Stawasz, a Lynn native, architect, and teacher at Perkins + Will,  the Boston-based architectural company.

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Noah Geupel, a 26-year-old student at the Boston Architectural College, who helped create some of the designs, said while some of the proposals differ from a master plan done by the city a decade ago that calls for a mix of housing and small retail, they work.

A wastewater treatment plant may not be conventional and super exciting and there’s opposition because people think it will stink,” he said. “But there’s technology to deal with that and we see it as a public amenity.”

Bill Mosakowski, a former Lynn resident, said he came to exhibition to see what the city is up to.

“This was inspirational,” he said.


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

Lynn talks transportation

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Ideas about transportation are shared at a public forum in Lynn.

LYNN — Input from North Shore residents at a public forum on Tuesday at the Lynn Museum will help legislators and MassMoves create a statewide transportation vision.

As part of the state Senate’s 2017 Commonwealth Conversations, MassMoves, funded by the Barr Foundation, is facilitating nine public workshops across the state. Lynn was the eighth forum, according to a description of the event. MassMoves is an initiative to engage citizens across the state about their ideas for a 21st century transportation system.

Participants in the workshop were asked to weigh in on potential goals of a 21st century transportation, polling on their importance. Some of the goals were: It should be easier and faster to get around, whether by car, public transportation, walking or biking; transportation should be cleaner, producing far fewer greenhouse gases and other types of pollution than it does today; the transportation network should be resilient, meaning it can bounce back from severe weather; and transportation should use the latest technology to manage traffic and provide real-time information to help residents plan their trips.

“What we do, each event during lunchtime, is what we call MassMoves transportation event, where we talk to people about the current state of transportation in Massachusetts and in their region and then we have workshops where we invite people to tell us what they think about the policy issues and the values that they have,” said Jim Aloisi, former secretary of transportation and a consultant with MassMoves.

“What we hope will happen at the end of this is that there will be a report that will say here’s what we found across the state,” he continued. “What we’re hoping will come out of this is a way to inform the legislature to say here’s how you can advance improving transportation, based on the shared values people have and make those connections.”

Aloisi said preliminary poll data from the previous forums has showed that people have the same values in wanting to focus more on public transportation and a cleaner system. He said decision makers can know the information and then may be able to use that data when they decide to make changes or adopt new policies.

Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) said the forums are important for people to see the broader issues faced in transportation and have a wide range of discussion.

“I think what’s really important is getting the input from the people that came here that were interested enough in transportation to be at the forum at lunch and get their point of view and what they see as important, so it’s going to allow us to shape policy decisions we make, as we look towards creating legislation and a comprehensive plan to address transportation, both this region and around the state,” McGee said.

“When this is completed, we’ll have a complete report of all of input we got around the commonwealth, and then we’ll have a chance to really take a look at it and see where the common pieces are from different districts.”

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Stanley Rosenberg, Massachusetts Senate President, said right now, transportation is fossil fuel driven in terms of vehicles.

“But if we’re going to attack climate change the way we need to in Massachusetts, we have to think about how to move people in goods and other ways that are less impactful on the environment,” Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg said transportation is changing. For about 100 years, he said taxis were the standard for the demand response transportation system in the state and across the country. Recently, because of the vast amount of people carrying phones, people on the West Coast decided there was a better way, which created a new structure for demand response transportation. That would be Uber and Lyft, in which passengers  are picked up after they use an app on their smartphones.

Another transportation innovation is autonomous or driverless cars. In the future, Rosenberg said those Ubers might be autonomous.

“The 21st century transportation system has got to be a system that responds … to the changing demographics, to the fact that we have both an aging population and a younger population that has a very different opinion about how they want to get around, so we have to be responsive to both,” Aloisi said. “We need to embrace technology, because like technology or not, it’s here to stay. We also need to do so smartly and strategically so that we understand the implications of technology and we use it to our benefit, and that’s a work in progress because the technology is changing so quickly that it’s hard for people to keep up.

“And it’s only very recently that we’ve had legislation to have some regulation over companies like Uber and Lyft, which are quickly displacing the taxi industry,” he said. “So, we need to act quickly, but we also need to act thoughtfully when it comes to how we regulate and how we manage technology when it intersects with transportation.”

Steve Galante, 56, a Beverly resident who works in Lynn, said the forum was interesting.

“I think we need to improve our current system and then build upon it,” he said. “I don’t think the current one is terrible, but it can definitely use improvement.”

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

 

Medford going green

By STEVE FREKER

MEDFORD — The Medford Technical High School is already reaping benefits from a $9,300 grant it received recently from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

The grant enables the school to obtain energy efficiency devices and energy monitoring equipment from CoolGreenPower.

CoolGreenPower, based in Concord, helps businesses achieve smarter, more efficient and effective cooling systems with its retrofit technology.

“Medford Tech is excited to partner with CoolGreenPower. Our Electrical and HVAC-R students will be installing and monitoring efficiency ratings on a variety of units around our school complex,” said Principal Dr. Heidi Riccio, adding that the devices will be used to monitor efficiency in the school’s new commercial kitchen.

She said four Medford Tech sophomores in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning  and electrical concentrations “will learn about new clean technologies and build clean tech job skills.”

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MassCEC is a publicly-funded agency that dedicates aid in the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in Massachusetts, all while creating jobs and economic growth for the state.

MassCEC’s DeployMass program aids the adoption of clean energy and water innovation technologies at public facilities like Medford Vocational to support the development of Massachusetts-based companies and save taxpayer money.    

“By fostering the relationship between early-stage companies and customers in the public sector, we can help bring market opportunities to the Commonwealth’s entrepreneurs and provide innovative solutions for Massachusetts residents,” said MassCEC CEO Stephen Pike.

SMART girls bring STEM to the forefront

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Akya Hill works on a squid during a workshop with Allison Matzelle of the Northeastern University Marine Science Center.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN — Girls Inc. of Lynn hosted its 15th annual SMART (Science, Math and Relevant Technology) Girls Summit on Wednesday, which aimed to increase female youths’ interest and participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The career awareness event drew more than 130 middle school girls from Greater Lynn, who participated in workshops covering topics such as coding, forensic crime and aeronautics. This year’s summit offered 14 workshops with representatives from 12 organizations, businesses and universities.

“It’s our 15th year,” said Ann Ayala-Macey, STEM coordinator. “It’s a special milestone celebration for us … This is really cool because girls are exposed to careers they didn’t even know existed.”

Ayala-Macey said girls in Lynn didn’t always have access to these opportunities in STEM. She said the original idea was to create an event to invite a significant number of girls from the Lynn area and introduce them to careers underrepresented by women.

She said the workshops were meant to be hands-on, experiential, fun, exciting and a way for girls to connect with women who are in the STEM field.

“I find it interesting,” said Massiel Tolentino, 14, of Thurgood Marshall Middle School. “You’re working with people who are in the workforce — the STEM. It’s nice to see how they do their job and how they work.”

In the workshops, Tolentino said she was exposed to an experiment of making ice cream and learned about how changing PH levels can make certain fabrics dye better.

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Lydia Splaine, 13, also from Marshall Middle School, said she thought the summit was useful because it showed her how many career options there are in science. She learned how to make slime and examined a dead squid and learned how its skin changes colors.

“Science is more towards guys, so my dad really said it was important to go to this,” Splaine said.

The Museum of Science, Boston; Cell Signaling Technology; Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center; 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 were some of the businesses and organizations represented.

The four SMART Girl Award recipients were Violet Howard, from Breed Middle School; Georgina Camil Toribio Reyes, from Marshall Middle School; Hannah Tobin, from Pickering Middle School; and Alina Akhmedkarimova, from KIPP Academy.

“They’re girls that are not afraid to participate in these events,” said Ayala-Macey. “They actually seek them out. They’re not afraid to get their hands dirty.”

The SMART Girls Summit also serves as a kickoff for the Eureka! Summer program, a free, six-week, full-day STEM and sports summer program for rising seventh, eighth and ninth grade girls. 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.  


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

Nicholson seeks second school committee term

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Jared Nicholson is pictured in a file photo.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

LYNN Jared Nicholson has announced his run for a second term on the Lynn School Committee.

“I ran for school Committee two years ago because of how important having great schools will be to Lynn’s growth and because I want to send my future kids to great Lynn public schools,” Nicholson said in a statement. “That passion still drives me.”

The district is facing pressing challenges that require effective leadership, including rising enrollment and financial instability, he added. Nicholson said he plans to continue focusing on the issues, drawing on his legal training and business experience.

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Nicholson prides himself on the successes of his first term, including the opening of Thurgood Marshall Middle School and launch of a varsity wrestling team, an effort he headed for many years. The committee is building pathways for students to college and jobs, he said, noting that a Lynn student can take advantage of the Early College program and earn college credit taking free courses at North Shore Community College. Lynn Vocational Technical Institute will soon add internet technology, HVAC and health care programs.

The district has made progress with addressing the opioid crisis, on social-emotional learning, improving school nutrition, and increasing parent involvement, he said.

“Getting involved in local politics is a great way to act on concerns about where our country is headed,” said Nicholson. “Lynn, and specifically the Lynn Public Schools, are headed toward exciting yet challenging times. I am excited to continue to work on meeting those challenges to help out kids reach their potential so that we as a community can reach ours.”


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

Feeling the earth move at Malden Catholic

By STEVE FREKER

MALDEN — Across the world, at least once a week, an earthquake can be detected and measured by a device called a seismograph.

Even with the smallest earthquake activity, Malden Catholic High School now has a way to measure those minute — or major — vibrations.

Boston College, Weston Observatory and Malden Catholic alumni helped the school acquire a seismograph. It can detect seismic activity anywhere in the Eastern hemisphere.

Bringing seismography to Malden was the brainchild of Malden Catholic Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Director Dr. Diane Perito,  who called the introduction of the earthquake study  “a natural extension to provide students with opportunities to make connections between science, technology, engineering, and math through the content being taught.”

School administrators dedicated the seismograph by inviting scientists to the school, including Alan Kafka, director of the Weston Observatory; Marilyn Bibeau, Weston administrator, Anastasia Macherides Moulis, educational seismologist and Malden Catholic Class of 1946 who joined alumnus Vincent Murphy, a renowned geophysicist; Malden Catholic Headmaster Thomas J. Doherty and Principal Brother Thomas Puccio, CFX.

Puccio said a team of STEM teachers are “already using data collected from a seismograph to monitor and interpret real-time seismic activity. The curriculum is being supported by a trained educational seismologist who works alongside our teachers.”

Murphy is helping to nurture the new program and he is thrilled with the initial results.

“I am happy to be able to help connect the past and the future and see how it first into this new program at Malden Catholic,” he said.

Marblehead schools budget for the future

By LEAH DEARBORN

MARBLEHEAD The 2018 fiscal year budget for the Marblehead Public Schools saw a 5.1 percent increase from last year.

At a public hearing Thursday in the L.H. Coffin Elementary School , Superintendent Maryann Perry said most of the additional cost came from contractual increases across all grades.

Textbook and curriculum renewal is a priority, said Perry, as well as continuing to update technology accessible to students and teachers.

She said additional interpretation services were contracted over the past year as the student base in town continues to diversify.

“We want to make sure every child and their family feels welcome here in Marblehead schools,” said Perry.

She said a separate $115,000 was granted by the town finance committee to supplement recent federal cuts to Title I program funding. Title I focuses on narrowing the education gap for at-risk learners.

The hearing was part of the regular School Committee meeting.

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Before the budget hearing, the future of the Elbridge Gerry School was discussed. Committee member David Harris said this week kicks off the hiring process for an owner’s project manager to direct the feasibility phase of consolidating the Gerry and Coffin schools.

He said the committee is analyzing an alternate possibility of combining the Gerry, Coffin and Malcom L. Bell schools that would support 450 students, a course Harris described as a means of preparing for the future growth.

The Gerry School Building Committee entered the 270-day eligibility period with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) in March and was given the green light to move forward to the next phase of gathering information.

“They’re right there with you from start to finish,” said Harris about the project manager position.

He said whomever is hired will work hand-in-hand with the building committee and architect in a process the MSBA estimates will take an average of 18-24 months.

The feasibility study is estimated to cost up to $750,000, according to the Marblehead Public Schools website. The MSBA will reimburse the town approximately 32 percent of the study cost.

The first of the public project manager interviews is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. tonight at Marblehead High School. The remaining two will take place on Monday, and a final recommendation will be brought before the committee on April 6.


Leah Dearborn can be reached at ldearborn@itemlive.com.

School committee members seek 2nd term

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Pictured is Gargi Cooper, left, and Suzanne Wright.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

SWAMPSCOTT — Two incumbents vying to retain their seats on the School Committee are stressing the importance of continuity and consistency on the board. One challenger argues that there needs to be more transparency and communication from the committee.

Suzanne Wright and Gargi Cooper have each decided to run for a second, three-year term on the school committee. They face a challenge from Melissa Camire, who will also appear on the ballot for the April 25 local election.

Camire, who has lived in Swampscott for the past five years, said she would bring a unique perspective to the committee, because she has a six-year-old child in the school system and her partner teaches at Swampscott High School.

Camire wants to see more transparency among the committee. If elected, she said she would do more investigation into the budget and said there could have been more transparency and communication about why certain cuts were made.

Wright, in advocating for consistency, said there have been lots of leadership changes in recent years, both on the board and in the administration.

“For the first time in years, we have a school committee and a superintendent who are able to offer our students and the district staff a level of continuity and consistency of policy that has too often been lacking prior to this administration,” Wright said in a statement.

“Last year was the first time in nearly two decades that we saw a school committee that stayed intact for more than a single year. The constant turnover in the past created an inconsistency that presented a number of problems, not the least of which is having the same leadership from one teachers’ union contract to the following one,” Wright continued.

Cooper also cited the district leadership and school committee turnover prior to her time on the board.

“This lack of consistency has caused the district great difficulties in gaining traction on many important initiatives, including addressing mental health support and technology needs,” Cooper said in a statement. “I am proud to contribute to the district strategic plan that places the emotional and behavioral safety of our students at the forefront.

“I would like to see the mental health initiatives (SWIFT and Harbor programs) that were introduced into the high school this year expand to our middle school because they will provide our children with the support needed to address the needs of students reentering school after absences, due to serious mental health challenges or medical illness,” Cooper continued.

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Wright said she also wants to see them expand to the middle school. She said the need for both mental health initiatives is unquestionable and the difference they are making for students is undeniable. Wright also wants to continue work on a district-wide technology plan to benefit students.

Camire said she disagrees with the continuity argument. She said both candidates had a chance to effect change in their three years, and their plans should already be underway. She said the district should start looking into a panel of parents, students and educators to hire the next high school principal. She said the turnover in administration needs to stop and people need to be hired who “fit our vision for what we want the Swampscott school district to become.”

Camire said the schools are “crumbling around us” and some are not ADA compliant, and there seems to be no technology budget. She is for school consolidation for the lower grades, rather than smaller neighborhood schools, arguing that at just 13,000 residents, Swampscott is already a neighborhood.

“We need to start making that forward progress towards stronger schools for a stronger community,” Camire said.  

Cooper cited her work as chairwoman of the Joint Facilities Task Force, saying that she led the school system to work with town administration to strengthen Swampscott’s infrastructure and improve efficiencies. She said hiring a joint facilities director, a shared position between town government and the school department, has made the district become proactive.

“Our current school board has been working collaboratively and has been able to drive our district forward,” Cooper said in a statement. “Continuity on the board is paramount to continuing our district’s positive momentum. With the knowledge and experience I have gained over these past three years, I am truly invested and committed to bring these and many other much-needed initiatives to completion.”

In addition to her role on the school committee, Cooper said she remains involved in the public schools as a parent and PTA volunteer. She works as a nurse practitioner and runs the medical outreach program out of the Lynn Community Health Center that provides medical care to the homeless in Lynn.

Wright said her four children have all been educated through Swampscott Public Schools.

“If we are going to have the kind of public schools that Swampscott residents expect and are paying for, we need to provide stable, even-handed vision that lasts beyond each year’s election,” Wright said in a statement.

“Right now, there is a healthy diversity of skills, personalities and opinions on the school committee,” Wright continued. “We work well together and respectfully challenge each other and the school administration to make sure we are doing the best we can for the students. We are committed to tackling issues large and small, including the tough financial issues we need to solve. We are seeing results.”


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

St. Mary’s puts robots FIRST

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The St. Mary’s High School robotics team faces their next challenge against Revere.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

LYNN — The St. Mary’s Phalanx, champions of last weekend’s FIRST Robotics competition, will face off again in Revere this weekend.

For Inspirations and Recognition of Science and Technology is a nonprofit founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The FIRST Robotics competition challenges teams of high school students nationwide to engineer industrial-sized robots that are tested against opponents at regional competitions.

The St. Mary’s High School robotics team spent six weeks grinding their gears to learn all they could about building, programming, and operating the robot and ensuring it is ready to play the game. But earning the title of Southeastern Massachusetts Champions made it all worthwhile.

Head of School Grace Cotter Regan called it a Cinderella story. With the help of sponsors such as Class of 1966 alumnus Jim Baldini, the school formed a small team called The St. Mary’s Phalanx.

“The program is still very small with less than 20 kids involved, which is why it’s so remarkable that they won,” Regan said. “It’s really because of their good nature and collaborative spirit. There’s a real camaraderie amongst the kids, they all help each other. It’s not cutthroat, it’s more about ‘how do we work together?’ They call it the Olympics of the mind.”

Now in its third year, the team works out of a small section of a science lab. Regan said when they arrived at Saturday’s competition, they saw the spaces the larger teams were working with.

“They had a work space, a machine shop — everything they could possibly need,” Regan said. “We were walking around and I said to myself, ‘our team is like the little engine that could.’”

Regan said the school is campaigning to build a new science and technology building that would help programs like robotics continue to grow.

Most of the teams have several mentors who have either already been in the program or have some sort of background in this,” said Amber McGlynn, robotics adviser and teacher at St. Mary’s. “We’re up against teams that may have been together since the ’90s. Many teams have many mentors — we only have one and he has been vital to our team.”

Mike McCormick, a computer software engineer, has been working with the students on everything from coding to visualizing what the robot is going to do, McGlynn said.

“It’s so gratifying to see these kids finding their authentic selves,” said Regan. “Some of them play sports and have other things going on, but for some of them this is their niche — and they were so proud. And it’s nice to say ‘we’re more than academics and athletics, we have other things too.’ It’s pretty remarkable here at St. Mary’s.”

The Bridgewater Raynham competition last Saturday was the first step for the team. Because they were such a spirited and collaborative group, they were invited into an alliance by a competing team, said Regan.

They’ll continue to face off at local New England District events to earn a spot at the championship event. This year it will be in St. Louis, Mo., at the end of April.

The St. Mary’s robotics team was New England District champions at the Boston event last year. The students went on to compete at the world’s qualifying event in Connecticut. Phalanx Robotics alumni are currently studying at Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, among other institutions.                                  

“It’s exciting to see the students and see their hard work,” Regan said. “It just gave me such joy to watch them and see how excited they were. They’re an eclectic bunch.”           


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

Saugus mad about scientists

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Tameem Abujrida and Raseel Agbujrides react to dry ice vapor during a demonstration by Adrienne Fuller at the Saugus Public Library.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS A mad scientist had a packed audience of toddlers and children combusting with excitement over dry ice and vapor Wednesday afternoon.

Adrienne Fuller, a scientist from Mad Science of Greater Boston, a Waltham-based company that provides educational programs for special events, performed a show at the Saugus Public Library.

More than 50 children and their parents attended the event, which was sponsored by the Saugus Cultural Council.

Fuller showed the students how a room-temperature spoon reacted to dry ice by vibrating until it was cold; she created air pressure to get a boiled egg through a tight squeeze into a beaker; and added dry ice to water to create water vapor.

“It’s different from school because we don’t do chemicals and reactions (in school),” said Gustavo Borges, 7. “We’re learning about animals in the rainforest. But the chemicals are cool.”

Nine-year-old Serenity Burow of Malden is homeschooled by her dad. She said learning about science, specifically chemistry, is her favorite thing to do.

“I take a chemistry class and it’s not very common for fourth-graders,” she said. “I like (going to the library events) to see the other kids. I’m a person who wants to share my knowledge.”

Children’s librarian Amy Melton said the science show is just one of many educational initiatives the facility is offering to the community’s youth.

Regular programs include reading groups and storytimes for varying ages, science technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) activities, building classes using legos and k’nex, and a youth and nature garden club.

“They just need other enrichment opportunities outside of school,” said Melton. “We’re here to support the children in this community.”

National Honor Society students from the Belmonte Middle School will begin tutoring elementary school students from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, said Library Director Brian Hodgdon.

“We know we have a lot of private tutors who meet with kids here at the library so the demand was there, we knew the kids needed help with their homework,” he said. “This was a nice way to partner with some of the schools and a unique way to get students helping other students.”

The middle schoolers will provide homework help to children in kindergarten through grade five starting on Tuesday. Parents must remain in the building while their child is working.

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

Local tattoo artists make their mark

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Meagan Allison of New Hampshire stays still as Owen Loughran works on a tattoo on her back at 7 Deadly Sins. 

By BETHANY DOANE

LYNN Local tattoo artists might have conflicting views on what trends and issues are most relevant, but one thing they can agree on is that tattoos are far from a fad.

“It’s a lifestyle,” said Jared Breault, a tattoo artist for more than 10 years who works at 7 Deadly Sins in Lynn. “To last in this industry, you have to have a passion for it and want to do it for the rest of your life.”

Owned by Jared’s father, Rich Breault, 7 Deadly Sins opened in June 2015. Despite owning the shop, Rich said he doesn’t have any tattoos, and disliked them when Jared got his first at 17.

Rich said his opinion changed after his son experienced prejudice for having tattoos. He now accepts them as part of today’s culture.

“People discriminate against Jared because of his tattoos,” Rich said. “They assume he’s a drug addict, gang member or jailbird because of an old-school mentality that tattoos are related to crime.

“But don’t judge a book by its cover,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Beyond the prejudice, Jared said house artists are the industry’s biggest problem. House artists are people who tattoo from inside their homes without a license from the local board of health, or without sanitary and safety certifications required by law.

Jared said house artistry is unsafe, unsanitary and gives the industry a bad name.

“There are at least 50 house artists in Lynn,” Jared said. “Some (house artists) tattoo people who are underage; some take drugs for payment, and they’re all risking people to infection by not having the same sterile environment as a licensed shop.”  

However, there isn’t a local school or cooperative education program to study becoming a professional tattoo artist, meaning even some licensed artists begin as house artists.

Currently, the only way to train professionally is through an apprenticeship, but opportunities aren’t easy to come by.

“Most of us start as house artists because you have to get lucky to get into a shop, know someone and have a level of skill,” said artist Brian Chukwuanu of Boston Street Tattoo.

Despite the difficulty getting a foot in the door, Chukwuanu said everything is better working in a shop, from access to cutting-edge technology, to friendly competition with co-workers.

“Working in a shop has changed me as an artist; collaborating with colleagues alone changes everything,” he said.

Unlike Jared Breault, Chukwuanu said he doesn’t think house artists are problematic to the industry. In fact, he said 40 percent of Boston Street Tattoo’s business comes from covering up house artists’ work.

But Jared Breault and Brian Chukwuanu agree the industry’s tools are too accessible to the public.

Both said it should be harder to purchase equipment, such as ink or tattoo machines (commonly called tattoo guns) without being a licensed tattoo artist, and that the internet makes it easy for equipment to fall into unskilled hands.

But the internet’s role isn’t entirely bad, especially when it comes to social media, said Joey Uribe, another artist at Boston Street Tattoo. He said social media allows the industry to evolve.

“It helps the quality of art improve because you find artists on social media who are the best in the world right now, and you strive to meet that level of talent,” he said.

Further, Uribe said social media helps shops and artists gain a following.

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The presence of women is another area where the industry is evolving. Though the industry can seem dominated by male artists, Chukwuanu said it’s a misconception that there aren’t a lot of female artists.

At 7 Deadly Sins, artist Sofia Davila is on staff three days a week. Women also own local shops, including Juli Moon of Juli Moon Studio in Lynn, Mulysa Mayhem of Good Mojo Tattoos in Beverly, and Kristin Welch and Kelly Doty of the Helheim Gallery in Salem.

Doty was a recent finalist on the Spike TV show “Ink Masters.”

Technology is another evolving aspect. For decades, the only type of tattoo machine was a loud, heavy device attached to a coil. Now, artists can buy equipment such as a rotary machine, which is cordless, lighter and quieter.

Rotary machines are quicker to use, and cause less scarring, meaning they’re less painful and allow tattoos to heal faster, Jared Breault said. “Some people are ‘loyal to the coil’ and won’t use the newer equipment, but if you don’t keep up with the times, how will you keep improving?”

But other artists think choosing a traditional coil machine over a modern rotary is a matter of preference, not skill. Chukwuanu, who uses traditional and modern machines, said that time and natural talent creates the best artists, not state-of-the-art tools.

At the end of the day though, artists appreciate the freedom to do what they’re most passionate about. “I couldn’t ask for a better job; I love coming into work,” Jared Breault said.

Both Uribe and Chukwuanu said that tattooing is an honor, and they’ll only stop when they physically can’t do it anymore.

Small Valentine’s Day tattoos will be $35 at 7 Deadly Sins from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Artists from Boston Street Tattoo will be at the Boston Tattoo Convention from Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26 at the Hynes Convention Center.

 

Unplugging snow days

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The parking ban in Lynn keeps Washington Street clear during the snow storm.

There was a time — and it wasn’t long ago — when snow days elevated imagination to new heights and inspired, sometimes forced, kids to find fun ways to while away a day with siblings, parents and all that white stuff.

Television, video games, mobile devices — any form of electronics — were nonexistent or prohibited for use by parents who wanted kids on their day off to be more than dull-witted robots glued to a screen.

Snow days always seemed longer than school days and the best part of a snow day was the night before when a telephone call or television broadcast announced school closings.

A typical snow day of yesteryear meant tugging on snow suits, pulling rubber boots with metal buckles onto feet wrapped in plastic bags and donning wool hats and wool mittens. Lofty goals like shoveling the driveway or front walk quickly crumbled under an onslaught of imagination that turned snowy yards into mazes and gave birth to snowmen, snow forts and snow angels.

Porch stairs turned into sled slopes and icicles turned into toreador spears. Snow was the great equalizer allowing little kids to nail bigger ones with a well-aimed snowball and giving someone’s sister the chance to stuff snow down the back of a sibling’s coat.

The fun and excitement only ended when wool mitts were wringing wet and pull-on boots filled with snow that somehow always made its way into the plastic bags. No one stopped playing until their cheeks glowed rosy-red from cold or their teeth started chattering.

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Snow days provided stay-at-home mothers with the perfect opportunity to make sure kids got plenty of exercise and had their share of fun before cold, dampness and exhaustion took their toll. Cocoa and brownies always seemed to be waiting on the tail end of several hours spent running around aimlessly in the snow.

But the fun didn’t get left on the doormat. Socks wadded into balls and living room furniture shoved against the wall turned a rug or the carpet into a “knee football” field. Two couches or chairs lined up like goals made “knee hockey” possible until the noise level reached the point where more cocoa and cookies were dispensed.

Satiated by cocoa and worn out by the weather, kids who enjoyed yesteryear’s snow days typically wrapped up afternoons with board games. Candy Land and Operation gave way to Monopoly and the youngest kids were nodding out or napping before hotels sprang up on Saint James Place or Vermont Avenue.

There rarely seemed to be time for television on a snow day and daytime television typically offered kid-unfriendly fare like game shows and soap operas. Social media may offer more diversion than the entertainment available on old-fashioned snow days. But mobile devices are on track to eliminating snow days in the same way they have eliminated days off from work.

Today’s parents can plug into the job day or night or on vacation and tomorrow’s kids will wake up on a snow day to find their iPhone or Samsung packed with electronically-dispensed homework assignments.

On that busy, time-on-task snow day of the future, snowmen, cocoa and knee hockey are going to have to take a backseat along with fun.

St. Mary’s branching out with STEM building

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Pictured is an artist rendering the new Gateway and STEM building to be constructed at St. Mary’s later this year.

By THOMAS GRILLO

LYNN St. Mary’s, the 135-year-old Catholic college preparatory school, is about to grow.

The co-ed school that boasts a stellar alumni is planning a $9 million expansion that would add a three-story, glass entryway and a 30,000-square-foot science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) building.

“We have exciting plans,” said Grace Cotter Regan, head of school. “We want to focus on STEM and 21st century learners.”

Regan and Glenn Morris, chairman of Newton-based Morris Architects, presented plans for the expansion to the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Under the proposal, the annex will be demolished and the chapel would be moved to another location. In its place, a gateway would be built between the William F. Connell and Cushing centers that would offer open space for students to hang out. At the rear of the new entrance, the STEM facility would feature new classrooms for science, technology, engineering and math.

“The new three-story building facing Tremont Street will feature a new, accessible glass entrance,” said Morris, who is also a St. Mary’s graduate and trustee.

Designed by CBT Architects in Boston, the new wing is expected to break ground this year and open in the fall of 2018.

Regan said they have already exceeded their fundraising goal of $14 million by $300,000 thanks to the generosity of new and old donors. In addition to money for the new addition, a portion of the cash will be used for scholarships and academic programs, she said.

One reason for the expansion is to boost enrollment by 20 percent to 600. In addition, Regan hopes to increase the percentage of students from Lynn to 50 percent, up from 40 percent.

Tuition for the upper school is expected to rise to $13,200 next year, which can be a reach for some families, she said.

“We are very committed to Lynn,” Regan said. “Sometimes people think we are thinking of moving away, but we are totally Lynn centric.”

A future $10 million campaign is in the works for a new cafeteria wing, an arts facility with a theater and a new sports center.

“Of course, that will depend on the generosity of donors,” Regan said.

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

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