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Following the saga of Swampscott Stanley Elementary School Principal Shannon Daniels might soon require a road map. In response to Daniels’ transgender announcement on Feb. 6, school officials, by all accounts, gave Daniels plenty of latitude to talk about the announcement and the principal’s personal life and gave parents a closed-door forum where they could ask questions. Daniels took time off from work this week — one week after school vacation — and the Police Department parked cruisers in front of Stanley. Is everything OK at the school and with Daniels? Don’t ask me.

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What are those strange, fork-like plastic things littering local sidewalks? Someone said they are a type of “floss-and-go” dental hygiene tool. There sure seems to be a lot of them lying around the streets. Has the insatiable appetite of mobile devices driven people to floss and walk while they stare at their phones or are the quick-floss forks used for something other than their intended purpose? Don’t ask me.    

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One of Lynn’s many beautiful neighborhoods is the streetscape running from Broad Street at Nahant Street to Estes and Portland streets. A rich banquet of architecture ranging from Central Congregational Church to the Mary Baker Eddy House lines the street and reminds anyone walking down it of the city’s rich history.

The January fire that gutted the Civil War-era apartment building at Broad and Portland created a sad sight on an otherwise beautiful street. The size of the building lot and prominent location on Broad could set the stage for a development opportunity compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. When will a new building rise on the lot? Don’t ask me.

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So Superior, Erie, Huron streets and Michigan Avenue are in East Lynn near the Swampscott line. How come Ontario Street is on Pine Hill? Don’t ask me.

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Hey, what happened to the guy who rode around on a unicycle dribbling a basketball? You would always see him on the Lynn Shore Drive boardwalk and even around town. And while we’re at it: Anybody remember Chickie and all the generous cops who replaced his bike everytime it got stolen?

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Another question: Do politicians coin expressions anymore and throw them around in public? Remember former Mayor Edward J. “Chip” Clancy Jr. putting the bell on the cat and William R. “Chub” Fallon’s “gray building” harangue?

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If Lynn can support a bicycle shop on Western Avenue that has managed to stay in business for years, how come a small book store can’t open in the city and make a buck? Don’t ask …

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