Mayor McGee is pleased to announce that today, the City of Lynn was invited into the Eligibility Period to begin the process of planning for the construction a new Pickering Middle School by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Grant Program for School Building Construction and Renovation Projects. The vote of the MSBA Board of Directors to invite a District into the Eligibility Period is based on a review of the District’s Statement of Interest (“SOI”) and staff due diligence and recommendation.
This vote by the MSBA initiates a 270-day Eligibility Period which formalizes and streamlines the beginning of the MSBA’s grant approval process and benefits the City by providing a definitive schedule for the completion of preliminary requirements, assisting with the determination of financial and community readiness, and identifying needs for planning and budgeting. Successful completion of all activities in the Eligibility Period will allow the City to be eligible for the next phase, which is an MSBA invitation to conduct a Feasibility Study.
“I’m excited for our students, teachers and our community to move forward with the next required steps in this process to build a new Pickering Middle School,” said Mayor Thomas M. McGee “When I took office in 2018, the City had an operating deficit that required us to borrow $14 million. Since then, I am proud of the work we have done to put a solid financial and capital plan in place, which has allowed us to create budget capacity to pay for a new school.”
“We are thrilled that we’ve been invited into the process, with funding support, to build a new Pickering Middle School,” said Lynn Superintendent Dr. Patrick Tutwiler. “This is an exciting accomplishment for not just the Pickering School community, but for the City of Lynn, as it is yet another step in providing all of our scholars with the facilities and resources they so deserve.”
“All of our students and teachers deserve modern and state- of-the-art schools,” said State Senator Brendan P. Crighton. “The MSBA decision on Pickering Middle School today is a major step forward and is the result of a strong collaboration between state and local officials. Thank you to Mayor McGee for leading these efforts and for making school improvements and construction a priority.”
“I am extremely excited and appreciative of MSBA’s invitation into its eligibility period of new schoolconstructionprojects,”saidRep.DanielCahill. “Welookforwardtocollaboratingwith state and local officials, Lynn Public Schools, and the Lynn community in developing a state-of- the-art educational facility for future generations of Lynners.”
“I am relieved and thrilled to learn the MSBA voted unanimously today to allow the City of Lynn to move forward with the planning and construction of a new Pickering Middle School,” said Rep. Peter Capano. “I greatly appreciate the hard work of state and local officials who have pushed to make this a priority, and I look forward to seeing Lynn students and teachers benefit from a modern and safe middle school.”
If you would like to learn more about the MSBA Grant Program process, you can visit: https://www.massschoolbuildings.org/building/prerequisites.
Continue reading City of Lynn invited to MSBA Eligibility Period to plan & construct a new Pickering Middle School | April 14, 2021 →
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Timeline for All Residents, Provides Weekly Dose Updates & $27.4 Million in Federal Funding for Vaccine Equity Initiative
Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the timeline for all remaining residents to be eligible for a vaccine. The Administration also announced the weekly distribution of vaccine doses statewide for providers and a new $24.7 million investment in the Administration’s Vaccine Equity Initiative.
Continue reading Vaccine update from Gov. Baker, donation drives for fire victims, LPS Pre-Registration begins April 5th, + more | March 17, 2021 →
A vaccination site has opened at Lynn Tech for Lynners.
Find out more & watch a video tour by clicking here.
Mayor Thomas McGee & Lynn Department of Public Health Announce 4 COVID Vaccine Clinics for Lynn Educators
Mayor Thomas McGee and the City of Lynn Department of Public Health are pleased to announce four (4) upcoming Lynn Educator Vaccination Clinics. K-12 educators, childcare workers, and staff, who live or work in Lynn are eligible to make an appointment at these clinics.
The clinics, the first of which will take place the evening of Friday, March 19th, will be held at the Breed Middle School Gym, 90 O’Callaghan Way. The City is offering these clinics to align with the State’s recommendation that local vaccine providers designate alternative vaccine clinics specifically for educators in an effort to return to in-person learning.
Pre-registration for these educator clinics is required and appointments are on a first come first serve basis. Once the allotted appointments for the clinic are filled, registration will be closed. Those who schedule an appointment are instructed to bring a photo ID, their health insurance card, and a signed copy of the State’s Self-Attestation Form with them to their appointment. Lack of a driver’s license, social security number, or insurance is not a barrier to receiving the vaccine.
The Lynn Health Department will release the pre-registration link for the remaining three (3) Educator Clinics the week of that respective clinic on the City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Page, found by clicking here.
Pending confirmation of vaccine supply, those clinics will take place on the evenings of March 26th, April 2nd, and April 9th.
Educators are also able to register for appointments through the federal retail pharmacy program’s CVS website, and at the Lynn Tech Vaccination site. Additionally, the State has designated specific clinics at their 7 mass vaccination sites across the state on March 27th, April 3rd, April 10th, and April 11th. The mass vaccination site located north of Boston is at the Danvers Doubletree Hotel. Registration for the state’s mass vaccination site can be found by clicking here.
The above press release was submitted to us by Mayor McGee’s office.
March 16th COVID-19 update from Mayor Thomas McGee’s office
The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that as of today, the number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is 297 with 25 new cases today. 15,452 Lynn residents have recovered and 199 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 15,948. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.
Due to lack of supply from the state, the Lynn Tech Vaccination Site, a partnership between Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) and the Lynn Department of Public Health (DPH), will receive no new vaccine supply for first-dose appointments for the days between Wednesday, March 3 , and Wednesday, March 10 . The site has received vaccine supply for appointments for people receiving their second dose of vaccine on those days. The supply shortage unfortunately means that caregivers accompanying 75+ year olds, will not be able to receive a vaccine during this time at the Lynn Tech Site.
Continue reading Lynn Tech vaccine site to receive no new first-dose vaccine supply from March 3-10, 2021 →
Feb. 10th update: Video tour of site at bottom of article
March 2nd update: First dose vaccine distribution halted from March 3-10th, please click here to read more.
March 9th update from Mayor McGee’s office: The Lynn Tech Vaccination Site will provide all three vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – as they are distributed to us by the state. Patients will receive the vaccine that is available on the day of their appointment and we are unable to provide that information ahead of time. We are also not able to offer patients a choice as to which vaccine they receive. Please be assured that all three vaccines are safe and highly effective.
COVID-19 vaccination site at Lynn Tech for residents of Lynn & Nahant set to open Monday, February 1st
The Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC), Lynn Department of Public Health (DPH), and Nahant Department of Public Health have partnered to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Lynn Vocational Technical Institute Field House at 80 Neptune Blvd. beginning Monday, February 1st. People who live or work in Lynn and Nahant, or are patients of Lynn Community Health Center, and are eligible based on the State’s Vaccination Plan, can access free vaccines at this location by appointment only at this time.
Continue reading Lynn Community Health Center & Lynn Department of Public Health Announce COVID-19 Vaccination Site at Lynn Tech Field House for Lynn & Nahant Residents →
Today’s Licensing Commission meeting has been cancelled, and City Hall will be closed today & tomorrow to the public. More info. at the bottom of this post.
The Human Rights Commission meeting will still occur at 6PM. Watch on channel 22 on Comcast, channel 38 on Verizon, our Facebook page, or our website.
Yesterday Mayor McGee announced the City of Lynn will return to modified Phase 2, Step 2 this Friday, December 18th. Click here to read more.
Lynn Public Schools updates on snow days, school budget, & extra-circulular activites
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Due to the pandemic, each school district in Massachusetts was required to create a reopening plan that included a remote learning model. The remote learning model design needed to include the following components:
Continue reading City Hall closed, MBTA service changes, LPS updates on snow days, & more | December 15, 2020 →
Stories include Lynn Police Dept. to begin using body cams, significant storm expected this week, donations for fire victims, & more.
Mayor McGee Announces Return to Modified Phase Two Step Two of Reopening Plan with Several Greater Boston Communities
Mayor Thomas M. McGee is announcing that the City of Lynn is joining the City of Boston and several other Greater Boston area communities in a return to a modified Phase Two, Step Two rollback of the Massachusetts Reopening Plan effective Friday, December 18th. The City of Lynn has seen a drastic increase in COVID-19 cases since Thanksgiving within our community with a percent positivity rate of 12.27% and an average daily incidence rate per 100,000 of 89.19 over the last 14 days as reported in the latest Massachusetts COVID-19 Community Report. Lynn has consistently been categorized as a high risk, red community by the state as we now have over 9,500 reported cases in the City of Lynn since the start of this COVID-19 pandemic.
Continue reading Mayor McGee announces City of Lynn to return to modified Phase 2, Step 2 this Friday, December 18th. →
Check out our 2020 MA State Election Coverage with campaign interviews, voting information, & more by clicking here.
We will post election results for Lynn tomorrow when we receive them from the City of Lynn Election Office.
Voting information for tomorrow
The day has finally come for the nation to decide who the next President of the United States should be, along with many local and state elected positions. The City of Lynn participated in Early In-person Voting this year from October 17-30 and 6,532 registered Lynn voters took advantage of this, according the Lynn City Clerk & Chief of Elections Janet Rowe.
As of last Wednesday Rowe reported that 11,201 mail-in ballots were received as well. If you did not mail in your ballot you can drop off your ballot at City Hall in an official ballot drop box in the Johnson Street lot before polls close tomorrow. The City of Lynn Election office has put forth several protections to ensure your vote is protected and eventually counted on Election Day. According to Rowe, “Folks can drop their ballot in 24 hours day. We have camera surveillance, extra lighting and police will be patrolling until November 3rd. We check the box every 2 hours.”
Extra poll workers have been hired to assist on Election Day itself, social distance and mask wearing will be enforced as well. “Please be patient and kind as our Poll workers are safely checking voters in and adhering to all Covid-19 rules and regulations from the State and our Public Health Director”, said Rowe.
Many planed to vote in person tomorrow over mail-in ballots and voting early. For those people we wanted to compile a list of resources to ensure that your vote is heard this election. Below is information we have sourced from the City of Lynn & community organizations for voting in Lynn tomorrow.
Continue reading Voting information, new statewide COVID restrictions, Essex County Sheriff’s office receives grant, & more | November 2, 2020 →
A statement from Mayor McGee on Halloween during COVID-19
As we begin the month of October, the state has released guidance for Halloween during COVID-19, which can be found by clicking here. The CDC categorizes traditional Halloween activities, like trick or treating, as high-risk. Please click here for a break down of the CDC’s low, moderate and high-risk activities.
As Lynn continues to fight to stop the spread of COVID-19, I strongly encourage all residents to refrain from engaging in high-risk Halloween activities and instead find alternative ways to celebrate this year that keep our community healthy and safe.
Continue reading Lynn Halloween update, LCC grants, Lynn selected for Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan, & more | October 1, 2020 →