First-ever bus lane in Lynn, network of bike lanes, new school, + more | April 15, 2021

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APRIL 15, 2021


City of Lynn, MassDOT, and MBTA Announce Completion of First-ever Bus Lane in Lynn and a Network of Bike Lanes to Improve Commutes for Thousands of Essential Workers

Collaborative effort among the City of Lynn, MassDOT, and MBTA aims to improve bus speed and reliability for Bus Routes 455 and 426/426W, benefiting nearly 3,000 bus riders daily, as a part of MassDOT’s Shared Streets and Spaces Grant and the region’s COVID-19 transportation response.

Route 455 bus using the new shared bus-bike lane on North Common St near the Lynn Public Library on April 8, 2021.

The City of Lynn, MassDOT, and the MBTA today announced the completion of a series of quick-build multimodal road treatments along North Common Street, South Common Street, and Market Street in Lynn, including shared bus-bike lanes and dedicated bike lanes. These quick-build changes are a part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to support safe, sustainable transportation modes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bus facilities are in effect immediately.

“This is a vital link for moving Lynn residents through their city and to other critical connections, whether it is to the Northern Strand Community Trail or the Blue Line at Wonderland,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Jamey Tesler. “In 2019, in partnership with the City of Lynn, we launched the Lynn Transit Action Plan to identify strategies to make transit service faster and more reliable for Lynn residents. After the Plan recommended this project, we worked quickly to advance it to design and construction, and thanks to the City’s dedication and leadership, Lynn residents will now have faster, more convenient and more comfortable trips on buses and bikes.”

City of Lynn invited to MSBA Eligibility Period to plan & construct a new Pickering Middle School | April 14, 2021

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Current Pickering Middle School. Photo courtesy of Lynn Public Schools

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.”

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“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

LPD Body Cam Town Hall recording, LPS & MBTA updates, + more | April 13, 2021

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APRIL 13, 2021

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Lynn Police Department Body Worn Cam Tele Town Hall recording now avilable

Officers pictured with new body cams. Photo courtesy of Lynn Police Dept. Facebook page, click for full resolution image.

Mayor Tom McGee & the Lynn Police Department held a Tele Town Hall to discuss the new body worn cameras for the city’s police force. The Tele Town Hall was conducted last Tuesday with representatives from both the LPD & the manufacturer of the body worn cameras, AXON. There was also a live translator for Spanish-language listeners.

At the time of the Tele Town Hall body cams were not an active part of the Lynn Police Department, however as of today the body-worn camera program has officially begun. According to the LPD “Officers on the 3rd Division are now wearing the cameras and all patrol officers will have them over the next few weeks.”

LPS meal distribution updates, new Lynn youth sports guidelines, Library updates, + more | March 31, 2021

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MARCH 31, 2021

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ICYMI: Visit our free election webpage with info. such as current candidate lists, interactive polling location map, & more. CLICK HERE TO VISIT!


The state of MA has advanced to Step 1 of Phase IV & updated its travel advisory. Click here for more info.

COVID Vaccine Clinics available for Lynn Educators March 26th, April 2nd, and April 9th. Click here for more info.


Lynn Public Schools Meal Distribution plan changes beginning April 5th

In Person Students

  • In Person students will receive a breakfast in the morning and a grab and go lunch at dismissal each day
  • Multiple day meal boxes will end on April 9, 2021 with a five day meal box

CDC eviction moratorium extended, LPS free program info, MBCC’s 1st Annual Bike-A-Thon, + more | March 30, 2021

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MARCH 30, 2021

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ICYMI: The free election section of our website is also now live with information valuable to voters such as current candidate lists, voter registration deadlines, interactive polling location map, & more. CLICK HERE TO VISIT!


The state of MA has advanced to Step 1 of Phase IV & updated its travel advisory. Click here for more info.

COVID Vaccine Clinics available for Lynn Educators March 26th, April 2nd, and April 9th. Click here for more info.


CDC eviction moratorium
extended through June 30th

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has signed an extension to the eviction moratorium further preventing the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rental payments. The moratorium that was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2021 is now extended through June 30, 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to the nation’s public health. Keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings — like homeless shelters — by preventing evictions is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Updates on in-person learning, special education, + more from Lynn Public Schools | March 19, 2021

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Lynn municipal buildings will reopen to the public starting March 22nd.
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The state of MA will advance to Step 1 of Phase IV on March 22 & replace Travel Order with Travel Advisory.
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COVID Vaccine Clinics now available for Lynn Educators.
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Family Letter #14

Dear Lynn Public Schools Families,
First and foremost I would like to express my sincere thanks for your cooperation and partnership over the past two weeks. We have shared quite a bit of information along with requesting your input. The information puts us in a good position to refine our plans for transitioning to in-person learning. For your information, the timeline for in-person learning can be found below.