City of Lynn Safe Streets Project, Centerboard receives grant, & more | September 21, 2020

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

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City of Lynn to implement Safe Streets Project

The City of Lynn was awarded a $125,000 grant to implement the Lynn Safe Streets project. Funding was provided by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) through the Shared Streets and Spaces grant program. The program was launched in June of 2020 to provide technical and funding assistance to support municipalities identify, design, and implement tactical interventions to transportation infrastructure to support public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce in the context of COVID-19. Funding must be used for enhancements that can be quickly implemented and are relatively low-cost that make City streets safer for all users of the roadway.

Continue reading City of Lynn Safe Streets Project, Centerboard receives grant, & more | September 21, 2020

Virtual Housing Forum, LPS Schoology Help Video, Salvation Army Needs Volunteers

On September 23 at 6:00 p.m., Housing Lynn will host a virtual forum to talk with the community about what kind of housing development they want in the city.

MAPC will present work to date to identify types of sites suitable for different kinds of housing in Lynn. Attendees will be asked about their priorities for new housing, from design to affordability, via a live poll.

Continue reading Virtual Housing Forum, LPS Schoology Help Video, Salvation Army Needs Volunteers

Lynn Public Schools Plan for Meal Distribution

Breakfast and Lunch For All Lynn Public School Students

From Lynn Public Schools –
See below for Spanish

Food Service Department
Administration Building – 100 Bennett St. Lynn, MA 01905

Tel. (781) 477-7220  ~ Fax. (339) 883-1408

Welcome Back!!!

Lynn Public Schools Plan for Meal Distribution

School year 2020-2021

Breakfast and Lunch Meals will be made available to all Lynn Public School students.  The USDA has extended summer waivers that will continue to allow parents/guardians to pick up their children’s meals at distribution sites. As for now, school ID numbers will not be required for pick up. This could change as the waivers are only extended to December 31st or earlier depending on funding.

For September 16th, 17th & 18th only, we will distribute daily meals at the sites listed below from 12:00 pm to 2:30pm.

Starting on Monday September 21, 2020 we will be moving to a three day distribution schedule.

Distribution days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Distribution times will be from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

(Monday and Wednesday will be two days’ worth of meals and Friday will be three days)

Meals will be offered at the following school locations throughout the City:

English High School                  Brickett Elementary                   Hood Elementary

Classical High School                Cobbet Elementary                   Ingalls Elementary

Lynn Tech (main building)          Connery Elementary                  Lincoln-Thomson

Marshall Middle                         Drewicz Elementary                  Lynn Woods Elementary

Pickering Jr.                              Ford Elementary                       Sewell-Anderson Elementary

Aborn Elementary                     Harrington Elementary               Shoemaker Elementary

Tracy Elementary

All foodservice staff members will participate in COVID-19 training and follow strict guidelines for glove, mask and physical distancing protocols. Enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures will help assure the safest environments possible.

Menus and Nutrition Facts at Your Fingertips with the Nutrislice App

Menus can be found on the Lynn Public School website under Food Service Department or the Nutrislice app. Through Nutrislice, an innovative app, students, parents and faculty have access to school menus, including nutrition information, allergens and photos, available on desktop and mobile devices. Everyone is encouraged to download the free Nutrislice App from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and search for your menus or find them on the web at https://lynnschools.nutrislice.com/

Any questions or concerns, please contact us at 781-477-7220 x 3227 or email at richardsonk@lynnschools.org

 

ESCUELAS PÚBLICAS DE LYNN

Departamento de Servicio de Alimentos

Edificio Administrativo – 100 Bennett St. Lynn, MA 01905

Tel. (781) 477-7220 ~ Fax. (339) 883-1408

¡¡Bienvenido!!

El Plan para la Distribución de Comida de Las Escuelas Públicas de Lynn

Año Escolar 2020-2021

Los desayunos y almuerzos estarán disponibles para todos los estudiantes de las Escuelas Pública de Lynn.  El Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA) ha extendido las exenciones de verano que seguirán permitiendo que los padres/tutores recojan las comidas para sus hijos en los lugares de distribución. Por ahora, los números de identificación escolar (ID) no serán requeridos para recogerlos. Esto podría cambiar ya que las exenciones sólo serán extendidas hasta el 31 de diciembre o antes, dependiendo de la financiación.

Sólo para el 16, 17 y 18 de septiembre, distribuiremos comidas diarias en los lugares que se indican a continuación de 12:00 a 2:30 pm.

A partir del lunes 21 de septiembre del 2020 cambiaremos a un programa de distribución de tres días

Los días de distribución serán lunes, miércoles y viernes

El horario de distribución será de 12:00 pm a 2:30 pm

(El lunes y el miércoles se darán dos días de comidas y el viernes tres días)

Las comidas se ofrecerán en las siguientes escuelas de la ciudad:

 

English High School                  Brickett Elementary                   Hood Elementary

Classical High School                Cobbet Elementary                   Ingalls Elementary

Lynn Tech (main building)          Connery Elementary                  Lincoln-Thomson

Marshall Middle                         Drewicz Elementary                  Lynn Woods Elementary

Pickering Jr.                              Ford Elementary                       Sewell-Anderson Elementary

Aborn Elementary                     Harrington Elementary               Shoemaker Elementary

Tracy Elementary

Todos los miembros del personal del servicio de alimentos participarán en el entrenamiento de COVID-19 y seguirán directrices estrictas para los protocolos de guantes, mascarillas, y distanciamiento físico. La mejora de las medidas de limpieza y servicios sanitarios ayudará a garantizar que los entornos sean lo más seguro posible.

Los Menús y Datos de Nutrición al Alcance de su Mano con la Aplicación Nutrislice

Los menús se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de las Escuelas Públicas de Lynn en el Departamento de Servicio de Alimentos o en la aplicación Nutrislice. A través de Nutrislice, una aplicación innovadora, los estudiantes, padres y maestros tienen acceso a los menús escolares, incluyendo información nutricional, alérgenos y fotos, disponibles en computadoras y teléfonos celulares. Se anima a todos a descargar la aplicación gratuita Nutrislice de la App store (iOS) o Google Play (Android) y a buscar sus menús o encontrarlos en la web en https://lynnschools.nutrislice.com/

Cualquier pregunta o preocupación, por favor contáctenos al 781-477-7220 x 3227 o por correo electrónico a richardsonk@lynnschools.org

Overnight closures on Route 107, updates from state government, & more | Sept. 11, 2020

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

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Temporary Overnight Closures of the Foxhill Bridge on Route 107

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will be conducting bridge maintenance operations at the Foxhill Bridge on Route 107 in Saugus and Lynn. This work will occur nightly from 9:00 p.m., to 5:00 a.m., the following morning, starting Sunday, September 13, through Thursday, September 17.

As part of the work, Route 107 (Western Ave) will be closed each night at the Foxhill Bridge. All traffic will be detoured via Ballard Street (Saugus), Lincoln Avenue (Saugus)/Boston Street (Lynn), and Summer Street (Lynn). Appropriate signage, law enforcement details and advanced message boards will be in place to guide drivers through the temporary detour.

This closure is necessary for crews to safely rehabilitate the bridge deck. The work is part of a $7.71 million drawbridge operation and maintenance contract.

Drivers traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency.

For more information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow @MassDOT on Twitter to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

View Mass511’s Traffic Map by clicking here.


Lynn Fire Dept. receives new trucks

From Lynn Fire Dept.: Delivered to the department today. Engine 10 & Engine 5. Two 2020 E-ONE Typhoon Pumpers. After a couple weeks of training with their crews they will be put in service.

            



MA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Annual Statewide “Against The Tide” events happening virtually over next couple weeks

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Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be hosting its annual, statewide Against the Tide multi-sport events as virtual events in 2020. With the health and well-being of participants, volunteers, and sponsors in mind, MBCC will be hosting two virtual events on September 19th and September 26th. Each event will feature a 4-day window to participate (September 17 – 20 for the September 19th event, and September 24 – 27 for the September 26th event).

The virtual event components include 1-mile recreational or competitive swims, ½-mile recreational swim, 5K or 10K runs, 3-mile walk, ½-mile stand-up paddleboard, and 2-mile kayak.  For participants who are looking to challenge themselves, there is an Aquathon option, consisting of a 1-mile swim immediately followed by either a 5K or 10K run.  All virtual participants will receive a Participant Fun Pack, including an event t-shirt, bib or swim cap, participant medal, and sponsor items. Swim, Run, and Aquathon participants will have the opportunity to submit their finish times to be included on the event’s official results page.

Participants may register as an individual or as part of a team. Registration is $40 per person and families can register for $100 (for up to 5 family members). Participants are encouraged to fundraise beyond the registration fees, as all proceeds support Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s unique goal of breast cancer prevention. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers.

Please visit www.mbcc.org/swim or call 617-376-6222 for more information and to register.


UPDATE: MA Disburses Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Benefits to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claimants and Standard Unemployment Insurance Claimants-Additional 2 Weeks of LWA Benefits Approved by FEMA

The Commonwealth’s application to receive grant funding to pay a limited additional weekly unemployment benefit to claimants under the federal Lost Wages Supplemental Payment Assistance (LWA) program for the 6 weeks ending 8/1/20, 8/8/20, 8/15/20, 8/22/20, 8/29/20, 9/5/20 has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The applications were submitted by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in coordination with the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

Eligible Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants had already received the first three weeks of LWA payments and the additional 2 weeks of benefits will be processed beginning Wednesday, September 9th. Disbursements to eligible standard Unemployment Insurance (UI) beneficiaries for the full six weeks of additional LWA benefits will begin on Thursday, September 10th and payments are expected to be in claimants bank accounts by Tuesday, September 15th.

Per FEMA’s authorization, the grant will fund an additional $300 weekly payment to those who are eligible for at least $100 in weekly unemployment benefits for the five weeks The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance continues to work on the technology and business requirements necessary for this program and anticipates being able to quickly deliver retroactive funds to all eligible claimants in the coming weeks. Most eligible claimants currently receiving benefits do not need to take any action because the Commonwealth will automatically add LWA to their weekly benefit payment retroactive to the dates specified in the grant.


Updates from state government

  • As of Thursday night, DPH reported a total of 121,759 cases of COVID-19. The state has now confirmed a total of 8,957 deaths from the virus.
  • The governor announced Thursday that he had signed an executive order that would “extend the time-frame for municipal permitting for expanded outdoor dining.” An order Governor Baker issued in June aimed to help provide opportunities for outdoor table service by giving local authorities more flexibility to approve changes to liquor licenses. That order specifies that any amended license issued as a result of its provisions will revert back to its prior status on Nov. 1 or when the order is rescinded, whichever is sooner.
  • Governor Baker, Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn and other officials visited Bistro 5 Thursday, where Governor Baker announced a doubling of the Shared Streets and Spaces grant program from $5 million to $10 million. The grant program is aimed at helping cities and towns rework curbs, sidewalks, streets and parking spots to create areas for socially distanced walking, commerce, dining and other outdoor activities. So far, Governor Baker said, Shared Streets has distributed $7.7 million to fund 91 projects in 78 municipalities. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 22, and the money comes from both the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and federal CARES Act funds.
  • Governor Baker also announced that arcades will be allowed to open next week after months of pressure and multiple lawsuits from owners.
  • Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel will be off duty for the next month as she takes medical leave to recover from an unspecified issue, the Department of Public Health announced Thursday morning. Bharel’s leave is effective immediately and DPH said it is unrelated to COVID-19. Bharel had tested positive for the respiratory disease in late March and was isolated for about four weeks as she recovered from it. She is expected to return to work in early October. DPH General Counsel Margret Cooke will serve as acting commissioner by appointment of Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.
  • Secretary of State William Galvin said Thursday he would challenge any final population total that comes in “significantly below” the state’s own estimates, and offered up state data that could be used to fill holes in the count. Galvin, in a new letter to Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, said he did not think Massachusetts communities were being surveyed “adequately,” and that harder-to-count populations might wind up being omitted from the final tally. The state’s liaison to the Census, Galvin said he was particularly concerned about how COVID-19 and the disbursement of college students from dorms to off-campus housing just before the Census forms were mailed in April might impact the count.
  • Lawmakers are not ready to act on the proposed elevation of the secretary of veterans’ services to a Cabinet-level position, and the Senate on Thursday agreed to give a committee 36 more days to make a decision. The bill (S 2810) was filed by Sen. Michael Rush in June, one day after the resignation of Veterans Secretary Francisco Urena, the same day a report was released on the catastrophic spate of COVID-19 deaths at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.
  • The State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Committee now has until Oct. 16 to report on the proposal, which more than 50 lawmakers from both parties have signed onto.
  • The House extended the timeline for the Judiciary Committee to decide upon a bill (H 4944) that would allow for the expungement of racially restrictive covenants in recorded real property documents. The committee has until Nov. 12 to make its final decision on the legislation.
  • House lawmakers also attended to bills concerning land in Bridgewater, Milford liquor licenses, and supplemental reserves in Winchendon.
  • The Cannabis Control Commission will soon have a new liaison to state policymakers on Beacon Hill and local leaders in communities around the state. Commissioners on Thursday approved the job description for a new director of government affairs and policy, and it’s a slightly different role than the one former Government Affairs Director David Lakemen recently left to return to his home state of Illinois.
  • On Thursday, the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to offer Karen Wells the executive director job and its $185,000 annual salary on a more permanent basis. She accepted and will soon hand off her previous duties as director of the commission’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau.
  • A judge in Boston federal court says he likely will deny a request from landlords to block the Massachusetts eviction moratorium that allows people to stay in the apartments they rent even if they can’t afford to pay rent due to COVID-19. U.S. District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf on Thursday weighed arguments on the request for a preliminary injunction, the Baker administration’s motion to dismiss and other requests related to the legal fight over the moratorium that took effect in April.”
  • The MA Supreme Judicial Court today hears oral arguments in a lawsuit over whether Governor Baker’s executive orders during the pandemic have overstepped his legal authority.

From Mayor McGee’s office: The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that as of today, the number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is 586 with 26 new cases today. 4,016 Lynn residents have recovered and 117 have died. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Lynn since March 21, 2020, including those who have died and recovered, is 4,719. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.

Stop the Spread Initiative Testing have been extended until Wednesday, September 30th
• Fallon Ambulance offers testing at the following locations. Walk up Only:
o Parking lot at Lynn English High School
 Mon – Sat from 11:00am until 5:00pm
o Parking Lot across from Market Basket on Federal Street
 Mon – Sat 12:00pm-6:00pm
o Residents who have been tested for COVID-19 through Fallon Ambulance can call 617-765-0176 with any questions related to your COVID-19 test results.
• Call Lynn Community Health Center (781)-581-3900 to make a COVID-19 test appointment at 9 Buffum Street location
• Call Health Innovations at (774)-264-0604 to schedule a test at their mobile van location at Manning Field at 23 Ford Street. Walk-ins are also welcome.
o Mon: 10:00am until 2:00pm
o Tues: 1:00pm until 5:00pm
o Wed: 10:00am until 2:00pm
o Thurs: 1:00pm until 5:00pm

Please visit http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/covid19/resources.shtml#p7GPc1_2 for more information on how you can get a free COVID-19 test in the City of Lynn until September 30th.

We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 through the City website (www.lynnma.gov), social media, and the Smart 911 emergency notification system (sign up at www.smart911.com).

Weekly COVID-19 numbers from MA Dept. of Public Health, volunteer cleanups next weekend, & more | Sept. 10, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

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Weekly COVID-19 numbers from MA Dept. of Public Health

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Every week on the MA Department of Public Health releases numbers for how COVID-19 has impacted the state. Their numbers factor in the past week as well as the week before, giving 2 weeks worth of data.

There are currently 48 communities in the yellow category, with 4-8 cases per 100K. However a concerning stat is that there are now 13 communities in the red, with more than 8 cases per 100K, but on the plus side is that Lynn’s numbers are dropping. Below are the statistics for the communities in red, which includes Lynn.

Continue reading Weekly COVID-19 numbers from MA Dept. of Public Health, volunteer cleanups next weekend, & more | Sept. 10, 2020

LPS Remote Learning Academy deadline tomorrow, “Housing Lynn” virtual forum, & more | September 9, 2020

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

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Lynn Public Schools Remote Learning Academy, deadline tomorrow at 12pm

Lynn Public Schools is offering a Remote Learning Academy for students who choose to enroll in a full remote learning mode for the entire school year. The Remote Learning Academy allows LPS students to access a fully online educational experience, which is designed and provided by Connections Academy (also known as TECCA). The Connections Academy has provided this informational video (use code: dqdD=5cB) specifically for Lynn.

We are asking those who are interested to make a final decision on or before noon on Thursday, September 10th. Kindly follow this link if you wish to pursue this opportunity for your student(s). Be reminded that a decision to join the Remote Learning Academy reflects a commitment for the entire school year.

Continue reading LPS Remote Learning Academy deadline tomorrow, “Housing Lynn” virtual forum, & more | September 9, 2020

Library Curbside services, Ballot question info., COVID-19 testing locations, & more | September 8, 2020

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

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Lynn Public Library expands curbside services

From the Lynn Public Library: Starting Tuesday September 8th, we will be extending the hours of our curbside services! Place holds by logging into your Noble account, sending us an email at lyn@noblenet.org or calling us at 781-595-0567.

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Continue reading Library Curbside services, Ballot question info., COVID-19 testing locations, & more | September 8, 2020

Family Letter from Lynn Public Schools, weekly COVID-19 number from the state, MBTA virtual public meeting, & more | September 4, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
SEPTEMBER 4, 2020

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Lynn Public Schools – Family Letter #6

Dear Lynn Public Schools Families,
I am writing to update you on matters related to the upcoming school year. This week, we welcomed staff back for the first four of ten total professional learning days. As I have said many times, we are preparing to launch the upcoming school year in a way never done before. This requires significant shifts to the way in which teaching and learning are done and thus thoughtfully facilitated professional learning experiences. I have also said many times that if any group of professionals is up to the task, it is the Lynn Public Schools staff. We had a solid week of learning and will continue in earnest next week.

𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀

Device distribution continues and I am pleased to share that we have distributed more than 10,000 devices. By way of reminder, we currently have enough devices for each student to have one, grades 3-12. Building principals have and will continue to send communication on pick-up dates and times. Please call your student’s school if you have not yet retrieved a device. LPS was awarded a significant grant to allow us to purchase additional devices for grades k-2. Those devices have been ordered. It should come as no surprise that there is a global shortage of devices and thus delays in deliveries. Nonetheless, we are crafting a plan to support student learning in grades K-2 while we await delivery. More in short order.

𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗺𝘆

Lynn Public Schools is offering a Remote Learning Academy for students who choose to enroll in a full remote learning mode for the entire school year. The Remote Learning Academy allows LPS students to access a fully online educational experience, which is designed and provided by Connections Academy (also known as TECCA). We administered a nonbinding survey to get a sense for how many families were interested in that option. The next step is to provide those who are interested, whether they indicated as much in the survey or not, information on the program before a final decision is made.
The Connections Academy has provided this informational video (use code: dqdD=5cB). specifically for Lynn. We are asking those who are interested to make a final decision on or before Thursday, September 10th. A link to a form will be sent on 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟴𝘁𝗵 for those wishing to pursue this opportunity. Be reminded that a decision to join the Remote Learning Academy reflects a commitment for the entire school year.

𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗨𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱

As we prepare to open the 2020-21 school year in a way never done before in Lynn, I want to make sure that you are informed and can have your questions answered. Many answers to questions can be found on the Reopening Safely page on the Lynn Public Schools website. Therein, one will find the reopening plan, a frequently asked questions document, and a technology support space. As we near the beginning of the school year, your first point of contact should be your child’s school principal. We always welcome your questions on the dedicated e-mail address lpsreopening-families@lynnschools.org.
Yours in partnership,
Patrick Tutwiler, PhD
Superintendent of Lynn Public Schools
Download this letter in English & Spanish.
Watch last night’s School Committee meeting by clicking here.

Interview with Lynn Fire Dept.

Earlier this week we sat down with Lynn Fire Dept. Captain Joe Zukas to discuss how the Fire Dept. is handling the COVID-19 pandemic and more.


Weekly COVID-19 numbers from MA Dept. of Public Health, Lynn positivity rates down

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Every week on the MA Department of Public Health releases numbers for how COVID-19 has impacted the state. Their numbers factor in the past week as well as the week before, giving 2 weeks worth of data.

There are currently 49 communities in the yellow category, with 4-8 cases per 100K. On the plus sides there are now 8 communities in the red, with more than 8 cases per 100K, and Lynn’s numbers are dropping.

Below are the statistics for the communities in red, which includes Lynn. Lynn topped the categories this week in case count overall, total tests (overall & over 14 days), & total positive tests over 14 days. However, the positivity rate over the last 14 days has decreased dramatically. Last week Lynn was at 6.08% (worst in the state), but this week we are at 5%.

This dip in positivity rates is a very good sign, as it indicates less positive COVID-19 cases relative to the population of Lynn popping up. However the community is urged to remain vigilant, get tested, and follow distance & mask guidelines.

City/Town Total Case Count Case Count (Last 14 Days) Average Daily Incidence Rate per 100,000 (Last 14 days) Relative Change in Case Counts Total Tests Total Tests (Last 14 days) Total Positive Tests (Last 14 days) Percent Positivity (Last 14 days) Change in Percent Positivity
Chelsea 3388 155 29.4 Lower 23407 3061 180 5.88% Lower
Everett 2083 108 15.9 Higher 19453 2433 120 4.93% Higher
Framingham 2024 114 10.9 Higher 23655 3523 122 3.46% Higher
Lawrence 4151 184 14.9 Higher 38301 4489 207 4.61% Higher
Lynn 4507 171 12.1 Lower 42047 5185 259 5.00% Lower
Revere 2354 178 20.9 Lower 25096 3964 228 5.75% No Change
Westhampton 10 5 21.0 Higher 269 47 5 10.64% Higher
Winthrop 370 22 8.3 Lower 7865 1924 29 1.51% Lower

Virtual Public Meeting for the Lynn Commercial Street Bridge Replacement Project

Proposed Commercial Street Bridge replacement, click for full-resolution image

The MBTA invites you to a virtual public information meeting for the Commercial Street Bridge Replacement Project, hosted on Zoom. This virtual public meeting will take placeonWednesday, September 9, 2020 from 6-7:30pm.

The MBTA Capital Delivery Department and its Design-Build Team will present a design and construction update for the replacement of the Commercial Street Bridge. The bridge carries commuter rail service for the Newburyport/Rockport Line over Commercial Street in Lynn between River Works and Lynn Station. The existing steel bridge, built in 1913, is being replaced as a part of the MBTA’s reliability and modernization program.
Please visit https://www.mbta.com/projects/rail-bridge-replacements#commercial for more information on how to join the meeting. If accommodations are needed such as closed captioning or language interpretation, or for other inquiries and comments related to the project, please email CommercialStBridge@MBTA.com or call our 24-hour hotline at 617-571-7878.
For more information about the project visit MBTA.com/CommercialStBridge.

Updates from state government

  • As of Thursday night, DPH reported a total of 119,819 cases of COVID-19. The state has now confirmed a total of 8,870 deaths from the virus.
  • The number of communities categorized by the state as at the highest risk for COVID-19 spread fell again in the latest weekly report. Brockton and Sutton no longer fall into the “red” or high risk category, a designation assigned to communities with a daily average more than eight cases per 100,000 residents reported over the last two weeks. Seven communities remain coded red from last week, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Revere and Winthrop. Of those, the highest rate is in Chelsea, with 29.4 cases per 100,000 residents, down from 31.9 last week. Nearby Revere, home to the next highest rate, experienced a slight uptick, from 20.4 last week to 20.9.
  • Field teams will fan out across 15 locations this weekend to encourage people to do their part to slow the spread of the coronavirus and connect them with resources as the Baker administration launches a new campaign to address the five Massachusetts communities that have shown the most persistently high COVID-19 case and transmission rates.
  • An extension of the COVID-19 Enforcement and Intervention Team announced in August to assist high-risk communities, the newest effort is expected to feature billboard ads, digital and social media messaging, multi-lingual field teams, phone and text outreach, and communication with local organizations. It will all be focused on Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn and Revere, five communities that the governor said have recorded “persistent dangerously-high transmission rates” for the potentially fatal virus.
  • The Senate agreed Thursday to give the Transportation Committee eight more days to act on a commercial driver’s license reform bill (H 3980), which Gov. Charlie Baker filed in July 2019 after a driver whose Massachusetts license should have been suspended caused a crash in New Hampshire that led to multiple fatalities.
  • Senators also amended and passed legislation to convey the UMass agricultural extension’s Waltham field station to the city of Waltham. The bill (S 2906) requires that the land be used for open space, recreation, or agricultural purposes.
  • A historic house at Bradley Palmer State Park in Hamilton, which is leased out by the Department of Conservation and Recreation under the Historic Curatorship Program, would be exempted from taxes under a bill (H 4193) also approved Thursday.
  • The House granted the Labor and Workforce Development Committee more time Thursday to decide on a trio of bills dealing with essential workers, COVID-19 unemployment benefits for non-profits, and workers compensation protection. The House agreed to a Senate amendment that would give the committee until Sept. 10 to report on the bills.
  • The House also gave initial approval to bills creating several memorial bridges in Leicester and passed legislation allowing for a memorial bridge in Gardner.
  • U.S Rep. Katherine Clark said Thursday that Democrats could look to use the federal budget process to force more spending if they can’t reach a deal with Senate Republicans and the White House on a new stimulus bill. Clark, a top-ranking Democrat in the House, said Democrats will “continue to push” for the Senate to take up a version of the more than $3 trillion Heroes Act, but said the federal budget could be a vehicle for COVID-19 relief spending if that fails.
  • Massachusetts lawmakers still have not approved a budget for the fiscal year that began in July, and could be looking at a $6 billion revenue gap. The nation’s governors have requested $500 billion to stabilize state finances, and Gov. Charlie Baker has said that it’s imperative for Congress to do something to help.
  • On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that initial claims for jobless benefits in the week ending Aug. 29 fell by 130,000 to a seasonally adjusted 881,000, which some officials pointed to as a sign that the economy was slowly recovering. The department, however, reported that initial claims were up 460 to 18,054 in Massachusetts, where the unemployment rate has been among the highest in the country.

From Mayor McGee’s office: The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that as of today, the number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is 559 with 10 new cases today. 3,944 Lynn residents have recovered and 117 have died. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Lynn since March 21, 2020, including those who have died and recovered, is 4,620. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.

STOP THE SPREAD Initiative

COVID-19 mobile testing sites in the City week of 9/7:
•Fallon Ambulance offers testing at the following locations. Walk up Only:

Parking lot at Lynn English High School
Mon – Sat from 11:00am until 5:00pm

Parking Lot across from Market Basket on Federal Street
Mon – Sat 12:00pm-6:00pm

Call Lynn Community Health Center (581) 3900 to make a COVID-19 test appointment at 9 Buffum Street location

Please visit http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/covid19/resources.shtml#p7GPc1_2 for more information on how you can get a free COVID-19 test in the City of Lynn until September 12.

We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 through the City website (www.lynnma.gov), social media, and the Smart 911 emergency notification system (sign up at www.smart911.com).

State Primary Election Results, Lynn residents urged to use P-EBT program, & more | September 2, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
SEPTEMBER 2, 2020

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2020 MA State Primary Election Results

Last night the 2020 MA State Primary Election took place. In this election cycle the seats that represent Lynn, along with the candidates who appeared on the ballot, were as follows:

United States Senate

  • Democrats | Ed Markey (incumbent) / Joe Kennedy III
  • Republicans | Shiva Ayyadurai / Kevin O’Connor

MA 6th Congressional District

  • Democrats | Seth Moulton (incumbent) / Jamie Belsito / Angus McQuilken
  • Republicans | John Moran

Governor’s Council, District 6

  • Democrats | Terrence Kennedy (incumbent) / Helina Fontes

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COVID-19 testing this week in Lynn, Superintendent’s Report To The School Committee, & more | August 31, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
AUGUST 31, 2020

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COVID-19 testing this week in Lynn

The City of Lynn has been selected to be a part of the state’s “Stop the Spread” Initiative. The program began on Friday, July 10th and will last until September 12th. Please call the Lynn Community Health Center at (781) 581-3900 to make an appointment at the Health Center. Walk-ins are also welcome. This week you can find COVID-19 testing in Lynn at:

Continue reading COVID-19 testing this week in Lynn, Superintendent’s Report To The School Committee, & more | August 31, 2020