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

LyftUp program via GLSS, weekly COVID-19 number from the state, & more | August 27, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
AUGUST 27, 2020

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LyftUp Transportation Program Until August 31

City of Lynn to Make Transportation Available to Lynn residents for Essential Services through Lyft During COVID-19

Lynn seniors and individuals with disabilities will receive ride credits to access essential services to support health and safety

The City of Lynn today announced that, in partnership with Lyft and Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS), it will provide access to transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities living in Lynn. The partnership is part of LyftUp, Lyft’s comprehensive effort to expand transportation access to those who need it most.  In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Lyft has activated more than 500 LyftUp partners – including public health entities, local governments, nonprofits and community organizations – to provide free ride credits and free delivery of essential goods for vulnerable communities and critical workers.

Continue reading LyftUp program via GLSS, weekly COVID-19 number from the state, & more | August 27, 2020

LCTV Op-ed in Item, new “medical village” now open, reminder of MBTA’s fall service changes, & more | August 26, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
AUGUST 26, 2020

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Daily Item publishes Op-Ed from LCTV, area media centers on COVID-19 impacts

Studio at Lynn Community TV

Media centers on the North Shore and beyond collaborated, learned from one another and began providing local news updates regularly. It’s not a stretch to say that resident access to local municipal meetings may well have stopped entirely had it not been for the efforts of these organizations — more than 80 percent of whom in Massachusetts are non-profit.”

I’m proud to have contributed to this Op-Ed in the Item today. But I would like to point out before you read it, that Lynn Community Television has been front and center of the digital revolution, enthusiastically distributing content and streaming online through our website, Facebook page, and our Instagram.

Continue reading LCTV Op-ed in Item, new “medical village” now open, reminder of MBTA’s fall service changes, & more | August 26, 2020

Extra $300 a week for 3 weeks for unemployed in MA, Salvation Army Food Pantry changes, & more | August 25, 2020

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AUGUST 25, 2020

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Massachusetts Approved For Lost Wages Assistance Grant

Commonwealth receiving 3 weeks of federal FEMA funds to pay additional $300 unemployment benefits

Massachusetts’ application to receive grant funding to pay an additional weekly unemployment benefit to claimants under the federal Lost Wages Supplemental Payment Assistance (LWA) program has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The application was submitted late last week by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in coordination with the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

Per FEMA’s authorization, the grant will fund an additional $300 weekly payment to those who are eligible for the three weeks ending 8/1/20, 8/8/20, and 8/15/20. The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has already begun work on the technology requirements necessary for this program and anticipates being able to quickly deliver retroactive funds to eligible claimants for those weeks by Sept. 15. 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 they are eligible.

Continue reading Extra $300 a week for 3 weeks for unemployed in MA, Salvation Army Food Pantry changes, & more | August 25, 2020

COVID-19 testing this week in Lynn, Census Questionnaire Assistance, Lynn Shore Drive railings being replaced, & more | August 24, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
AUGUST 24, 2020

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Baker-Polito Administration to Replace Railings Along Lynn Shore Drive

Seeking to continue making infrastructure improvements within the state parks system, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced a $423,000 project to replace the railing along Lynn Shore Drive in the City of Lynn. The project, which is expected to start the week of Monday, August 24, 2020 and be completed in fall 2020, will replace 2,200 feet of deteriorated railings.

“Each year, thousands of people take advantage of historic Lynn Shore Drive’s picturesque views and easy access to the Atlantic Ocean coastline,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jim Montgomery. “This railing project is an excellent example of the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to state park improvements across the Commonwealth.”

Continue reading COVID-19 testing this week in Lynn, Census Questionnaire Assistance, Lynn Shore Drive railings being replaced, & more | August 24, 2020

Lynn residents urged to use P-EBT program, LPS Reopening info, Early voting begins tomorrow, & more | August 21, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
AUGUST 21, 2020

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Mayor Thomas McGee and First Lady Lauren Baker Urge Lynn Residents to Use Extra Food Benefit Card During COVID-19 Pandemic

Federal Funding Secured to Help Families Buy Food for Lynn Students

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Mayor Thomas McGee and Lynn Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Tutwiler today urged Lynn families with children enrolled in public schools to use funds available to them through the Pandemic EBT program to help feed their children during the COVID-19 crisis. While all funds have now been distributed, Lynn has more than 1,700 cards that have not been activated.

To help raise awareness, Mayor McGee, Superintendent Tutwiler, and Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker participated in a virtual conversation, released today, with Jill Shah President of the Shah Family Foundation to discuss the importance of food security during this unprecedented time. The conversation can be viewed by clicking here.

Continue reading Lynn residents urged to use P-EBT program, LPS Reopening info, Early voting begins tomorrow, & more | August 21, 2020

MIAA season structure announced, flu vaccine required for all in-person students, & more | August 20, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
AUGUST 20, 2020

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Editor’s note: The story from yesterday about the Community Path of Lynn has been updated. Please click here to read.


MIAA Board of Directors Announces 2020-21 Athletic Structure

Yesterday the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Board of Directors(BOD) met virtually to address the formal recommendations from the MIAA COVID-19 Task Force regarding Educational Athletics for the 2020-2021school year. President Jeff Granatino acknowledged to the Board how, “a lot has happened since July 21 and as we come together today there is guidance from the state on modified sports seasons for school year 2020-21.” Granatino continued, “The recommendations before us may not meet everyone’s expectations, but they provide a real opportunity for our students to take part in high school athletics for the first time in months.”

Continue reading MIAA season structure announced, flu vaccine required for all in-person students, & more | August 20, 2020

Community Path of Lynn update, Lynn Shelter looking for housing, & more | August 19, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
AUGUST 19, 2020

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This section has now been updated with some additional information on candidates running for the 6th Congressional District seat.


Community path construction underway on Community Path of Lynn

The Community Path of Lynn Coalition is a non-profit effort by residents, community leaders, and others in Lynn to “provide direct access to arts and culture, agriculture, education, transportation, and employment to all residents.” For over a decade the group has worked to clean up the former railroad tracks that the Community Path of Lynn runs along.

The CPL runs from the Saugus River to River Works MBTA station, where it continues to the Lynn waterfront (map here). Earlier this year construction finally began on the path, which is shared by the Northern Strand Community Trail, which will bring paved paths, landscaping, and amenities “chosen by abutters”.

Continue reading Community Path of Lynn update, Lynn Shelter looking for housing, & more | August 19, 2020

2020 Election coverage now live, Lynn Schools reopening info, & more | August 18, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
AUGUST 18, 2020

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2020 MA State Election coverage now live!

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As part of our mission to inform the public, we will be covering the races representing the City of Lynn in the 2020 MA State Election this year. Earlier today we launched the 2020 Election section of our website, which contains information on voting, the candidates, & videos we’ve gathered of candidate forums & submitted videos from candidates.

Please note that we reached out to all candidates of all races that impact Lynn this election cycle. If candidates do not appear or do not have information listed it means that they declined to participate or missed the deadline.

Visit the Election section of our website by clicking here!


Lynn Public Schools releases FAQ document for reopening

The Lynn Public Schools & Superintendent Dr. Patrick Tutwiler have unveiled a “Reopen Safely” report & FAQ page for the 2020-21 school year.The report is 50 pages long & the FAQ page is expected to be updated regularly as a “living document”.

“The Lynn Public Schools is preparing to open the 2020-21 in a way and under conditions never experienced before”, Dr. Tutwiler said. “A great deal of planning and preparation has gone into reopening in the safest manner possible while creating the most optimal conditions for student learning.”

Continue reading 2020 Election coverage now live, Lynn Schools reopening info, & more | August 18, 2020

Sept. Primary voting info for Lynn, COVID-19 testing this week, & more | August 17, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
AUGUST 17, 2020

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In-person early voting next week, mail-in ballot drop box at City Hall

Drop box, located in Johnson St. lot of City Hall

City Clerk & Chief of Elections Janet Rowe is encouraging voters to vote by mail or in-person during early voting next week, ahead of the state & national Elections. The MA State Primary is set to be held on Sept. 1st.

In-person early voting will start on Saturday, August 22nd & end on Friday, August 28th. August 22nd & 23rd you can vote from 8AM-2PM. The rest of the week will be 8:30AM-4PM, except Friday which stops at 12:30PM. To vote early in-person just go to Lynn City Hall and follow the instructions on signs posted around the entrance.

In an effort to alleviate concerns over the reliability of the U.S. Post Office, a drop box has been set up for ballots outside of City Hall in the Johnson St. parking lot. “We have a city hall drop box right outside the building that we been using since the pandemic for payments, etc. It is sealed and secure.”, Rowe said. “People can also hand deliver to our office (Room 203) as well.”

Continue reading Sept. Primary voting info for Lynn, COVID-19 testing this week, & more | August 17, 2020