Swampscott Superintendent of Schools Pamela Angelakis
"My hopes for our school district in 2022 are for our schools to continue to operate safely in the context of a pandemic that has presented more challenges than any of us could have ever imagined. I want to maintain an optimal teaching and learning environment for our teachers and students. Looking further ahead, I look forward to when we break ground on our new school and momentum building for this facility that will provide state-of-the-art infrastructure and resources for generations of Swampscott students."
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Saugus Board of Selectmen member Corinne Riley
"My aspiration for our town is to make progress on town goals despite COVID. Since COVID began, it has been at the forefront of local government, rightfully occupying much of the attention of the town manager, Health Department, School Department, and Board of Selectmen, and others. However, the needs for a westside fire station, Cliftondale Square revitalization, and improved communication and customer service are still very real. My resolution for 2021 is to make meaningful progress on these needs."
"We’ve seen quite a bit of unrest, especially in Swampscott. It's been the center of a lot of unrest and turmoil and I hope we begin to move forward and start to put some of those divisions behind us. Beyond that, our town has embarked on a project in civil service, opening up our recruitment and hiring and our public safety departments. I'm really excited about that. That's something I've been working on day and night, and I'm really excited about the prospect of maintaining the high standard of the recruitment of people in our public safety departments but at the same time making the departments more reflective of our community in and around Swampscott."
“For people to find the ability to discuss differences of opinion in a civil manner.”
John Keenan, president of Salem State University
"We are actually just in the process of beginning our strategic-planning process here at Salem State. We really need to think about: how are we going to best serve this community, this region, the North Shore, to enable all those students who want that excellent education, whether it is to become a journalist or to become a nurse or a teacher? Whatever they want to do, we give them the skills so that they can be successful doing that."
Dick and Carmela Dalton, Lynnfield Select Board Chair and founders of the Think of Michael Foundation
"As a nation, we recognize that we have failed to allocate the resources and effort necessary to address the scourge of addiction in a meaningful fashion, and that now is the time for a call to action. We wish all our friends and neighbors a happy and healthy new year, and wish to thank them for their continued support of the Think of Michael Foundation."
"This is a tough one without sounding cliche, but one thing I love to do and hope to do on a much bigger scale is bringing people together. It creates and strengthens people’s pride in the community when they feel like they are part of it. The pandemic creates some challenges with this, but I think will help us appreciate each other more from it."
Lynn School Committee member Brian Castellanos
“I want Lynn to win.”
Karen Nascembeni, North Shore Music Theatre general manager and Lynnfield resident
"I have to really roll up my sleeves to take a look at the theater and how we can be as successful as possible going forward so that we are a true arts leader in the region and on solid financial footing."
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Peabody City Councilor at Large Ryan Melville
"I believe 2022 will bring a sense of normalcy back to all of our lives. For the community, I hope we will look to adopt some of the programs and business practices that worked the past two years and institute them long term, such as outdoor dining. In general I just want people to find some time to enjoy themselves in 2022. The past couple of years have been challenging to say the least."
Charles J. Gaeta, LHAND executive director
"Now, to implement the housing production plan, with our mayor-elect 100 percent behind it, is something we are looking forward to doing in the new year. It's certainly a goal for the coming year and it's certainly an accomplishment of the past year. For us, to work closely with the mayor on this, is one of our top priorities."
"Coming off of the last two years it's hard not to focus your goals towards public health. That's been the mindset for the last two years. For the Town of Nahant, continue to prioritize public health and strive to find ways to bring people together."
Saugus Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Debra Panetta
"We need to complete our town’s Master Plan. This process started in 2020 where our town manager hired a project consultant, the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC), to coordinate this project. The master plan coordinates the community’s goals and vision by incorporating strategies and actions to move our town into 2035 (and longer). It will be used as a guide for managing future growth and change in Saugus and create a framework for future policy decisions."
Swampscott Town Administrator Sean Fitzgerald
"I’m just hoping that we will turn a corner with COVID-19. It seems like we have been stuck in Groundhog Day and I am looking forward to a day where we can move forward without the weight of that responsibility. It truly has been extraordinary and I'm proud of Swampscott and how everybody has worked together as a community to protect each other."
"As we approach 2022, the Lynnfield school district will continue to be brave and bold in our instruction, as we balance each aspect of student safety and achievement while continuing to engage, challenge and support all of our students. Even during a global pandemic, student achievement continues to be our priority. Our incredible staff work daily to make sure students are where they need to be academically while preparing each student for their next level of achievement and success. Last year, our message was patience, hope, resilience and gratitude. Looking ahead to 2022, it has to be persistence."
Swampscott Select Board Chair Polly Titcomb
"My personal goal for 2022 is to make sure that I set aside more down time — for hobbies, new adventures, perhaps travel — to recover from the stress of my professional life. With respect to my goals and aspirations on the Select Board, my general goal is always to fulfill my duties to the town with complete integrity. More specifically, I hope to continue moving forward town policies to create lasting structural change that will reflect our commitment to fiscal responsibility and foresight, maintenance of and investment in our precious town assets, and our values of inclusion and equity."
"I cannot help but reflect on a year that was filled with so much turmoil and anger. Despite it all, I think we saw so many acts of kindness, compassion, and love that should be a continuous reminder of who we have the potential to be when we listen to the better angels of our nature. I truly hope that 2022 will bring the residents of Lynnfield peace and harmony."
"I feel very good about the direction that the town is headed in now. I think we're getting after some infrastructure things that have been lingering too long so I feel good about the progress that we are making on that and I want to continue with that. Of course with a town like Nahant that also involves getting ready for climate change and having more robust protection from the oceans. For me personally, I want to continue to see us enhance our open spaces, (and) make those more accessible and enjoyable for everybody and really enhance our sense of community in town. That's my big thing, seeing us come back together as a unified community."
"At a time when we’ve all totally lost patience with COVID-19, my hope is for us to maintain the level of civil discourse that we have worked hard for here in town. Assuming good intentions and supposing that there is more to any decision than meets the eye will help us all navigate the fatigue presented by a pandemic that just won’t quit."
"I’m truly hoping for a year of normalcy. Family vacations, parties, and play dates have been screened against who is vaccinated and is outdoors or too crowded. We’ve lost enough time. Here’s to 2022 being a great one."
Lynn City Clerk Janet L. Rowe
“Promoting increased voter participation while educating new voters on the election laws will be one of our top priorities in 2022.”
Irma Chez, executive director of the Swampscott Housing Authority
"In the new year, I want to continue to advocate for public housing and its residents. I would like to grow the number of state and federal programs currently offered to the SHA residents; provide after-school programs for our kids and youth and look into possible partnerships with local colleges and universities; continue to build relationships between our elderly-site residents and our family-site residents; continue to build a stronger partnership with the Swampscott Police Department and Fire Department; and obtain the funding needed to make renovations to all units."