COVID-19: LOCAL NEWS

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Saugus shutters municipal buildings

By Elyse Carmosino | March 18, 2020

SAUGUS — Saugus officials are taking additional measures to ensure town operations run smoothly in the midst of numerous COVID-19-related closures. 

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Peabody Elementary Basketball League update

Editor’s note: Peabody Recreation Programs Supervisor Kierstin Merlino released this statement last Friday.

Due to the growing health concern of COVID-19, the Peabody Recreation, Parks, and Forestry Department has decided to cancel the championship games for our Peabody Elementary Basketball League. This decision was made to prioritize the health and wellbeing of all involved, as safety is always our number one priority.

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Peabody Mayor declares state of emergency

Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. has declared a local state of emergency for Peabody in response to the actions to be taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lynnfield Town Meeting and coronavirus

Greetings Lynnfield Neighbors:

As many of us know, State law requires that we complete our Annual Town Meeting before July 1, and we have a Charter provision (§ 2-3-1), which requires that it begin on the last Monday in April, which this year is April 27th. The warrant for the meeting is in draft form, and during the coming week, the Select Board, Finance Committee, and School Committee will decide how they recommend that Town Meeting attendees vote.

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Lynn graphics company steps in to help homebound students

By Thor Jourgensen | March 18, 2020

LYNN — A Joyce Street fixture since 2013, Full Color Signs and Graphics stepped up to help students restricted to their homes by coronavirus precautions learn and have fun. 

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MIAA delays start of spring season until April 27

By Mike Alongi | March 17, 2020

The MIAA Board of Directors voted on Monday to update the start date for the 2020 spring sports season, stating that spring sports will begin on April 27. The decision was made in accordance with recent mandates and recommendations for health safety from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Barker, the Center for Disease Control and other governing health agencies. 

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Mayor declares ‘state of emergency’ in Lynn amid coronavirus concerns

LYNN — Mayor Thomas M. McGee has declared a state of emergency in the city of Lynn a week after Gov. Charlie Baker’s statewide emergency declaration, which gives city officials a “greater ability to respond to new developments,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office. 

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Lynn soup kitchen expands services in response to COVID-19

By Gayla Cawley | March 17, 2020

LYNN — My Brother’s Table is extending its hours Tuesday in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its executive director Dianne Kuzia Hills is emphasizing that free meals are available to anyone regardless of income status. 

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Swampscott resident tests ‘presumptive positive’ for coronavirus

By Gayla Cawley | March 17, 2020

SWAMPSCOTT — A Swampscott resident has tested “presumptive positive” for the coronavirus and is under a self-quarantine, the town’s health department announced Monday.

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Closings / postponements due to the coronavirus outbreak

LYNN

The ribbon cutting for LB Music School, 577 Walnut St., Lynn, scheduled for March 23, 3 p.m., is canceled. 

Lynn Public Schools closed through at least March 27. 

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