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

Lynn Hip Hop Wall of Fame seeks Board members, Frederick Douglass Speech Reading update, + more | April 14, 2021

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APRIL 14, 2021

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Lynn Hip Hop Wall of Fame seeks members for Board of Directors & Subcommittee

The Lynn Hip Hop Wall of Fame project is recruiting members to be apart of the Board of Directors and Subcommittee. The Lynn Hip Hop Wall of Fame is a community driven mural to commemorate the talented hip hop artists from Lynn and support the long history of Lynn hip hop culture.

25 inductees will be voted on by the Lynn hip hop community for the first induction ceremony tentatively scheduled for Summer 2021 with 5 honorees for a total of 30 inductees in the first year. Every year after the initial induction, 5 more inductees will be added so that the culture continues to move forward. The Lynn Hip Hop Wall of Fame Mural will be Lynn’s version of an annual hip hop awards ceremony.

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.”

COVID-19 testing in Lynn this week, updated candidate list, P-EBT update, + more | April 12, 2021

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APRIL 12, 2021

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COVID-19 testing in Lynn this week

The City of Lynn was selected to be a part of the state’s “Stop the Spread” Initiative back in July of 2020. COVID-19 testing sites have been set up and are available for residents of Lynn to visit. Information about these testing sites are below.

PROJECT BEACON
Located at 398 Blossom St. in Lynn

The City of Lynn has been selected as one of four communities across the Commonwealth for a COVID-19 express testing site. The site will be run by Project Beacon which specializes in high-volume appointment only testing. The Lynn Project Beacon site has been extended through at least June 30th.

Summary of weekly COVID report, Mayoral candidate interviews, Library open for appointments, + more | April 9, 2021

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APRIL 9, 2021

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VA VACCINE CLINIC FOR ALL VETERANS, SPOUSES, WIDOWS/WIDOWERS, & CAREGIVERS ON MONDAY.
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COVID Vaccine Clinics available for Lynn Educators & essential workers on April 10 & 11. Click here for more info.


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

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Every Thursday evening the MA Dept. of Public Health releases numbers for how COVID-19 has impacted the state, and we try to highlight some of these numbers so the community is informed about how COVID is impacting Lynn & the state. Their numbers factor in the past week as well as the week before, giving 2 weeks worth of data.

The City of Lynn officially entered the yellow COVID-19 risk category for the first time on March 12th, but returned to the red category on March 25th. Since returning to the red Lynn’s numbers have gone back up very quickly, which is bad news for Lynn as we have been hit hard throughout the pandemic. On February 8th Lynn passed 15,000 total cases and we currently stand at 16,864, an increase of 289 from last week.

Continue reading Summary of weekly COVID report, Mayoral candidate interviews, Library open for appointments, + more | April 9, 2021

Rally for Solidarity on April 17th, Vaccination clinic for Cambodian, + more | April 8, 2021

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APRIL 8, 2021

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Diverse People United announces a Rally For Solidarity on April 17th

Stand with our Asian and Asian-American communities
and speak out against systemic racism

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Diverse People United announces a Rally for Solidarity on Saturday, 17 April from 4-6pm at the Frederick Douglass Bandstand at Lynn Commons to speak out against systemic racism and protect our Asian & Asian-American communities in the city of Lynn and the North Shore of Boston.

Building on last summer’s successful rallies to bring attention to the issues of police brutality and civil rights violations and to demand change through the Occupy Wyoma Square protest, DPU stands in solidarity with our Asian and Asian-American communities and seeks to center their voices and stories of our southeast Asian, Asian women, and Asian LGBTQ+ communities and to resoundingly reject the harmful “model minority” myth. The rise in anti-Asian and Asian-American hate crimes and the silence of local media and local authorities are unacceptable and are not representative of the people of Lynn and our North Shore neighbors. We want better, we deserve better, and we will do better.

North Shore Juneteenth virtual events, current candidate list, + more | April 7, 2021

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North Shore Juneteenth’s Black Excellence 5K happening virtually August 8-14, 2021

Image courtesy of North Shore Juneteenth Association

The Black Excellence 5K highlights the positive contributions of African Americans in our society and raises funds to support the North Shore Juneteenth Association, a nonprofit organization, with the mission to create awareness about the Juneteenth holiday, to educate the broader community about positive aspects of African American culture, to change the perceived narrative about Black Americans and dismantle racism, by using events and programming as tools for change. As we continue this multicultural event in its 4th year, your registration fee will go towards Juneteenth events and programming supported by North Shore Juneteenth Association’s mission.

COVID-19 testing in Lynn this week, Lynn joins “Have a Heart and get a Heart” campaign, + more | April 6, 2021

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APRIL 6, 2021

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COVID Vaccine Clinics available for Lynn Educators & essential workers on April 10 & 11. Click here for more info.


COVID-19 testing in Lynn this week

The City of Lynn was selected to be a part of the state’s “Stop the Spread” Initiative back in July of 2020. COVID-19 testing sites have been set up and are available for residents of Lynn to visit. Information about these testing sites are below.

PROJECT BEACON
Located at 398 Blossom St. in Lynn

The City of Lynn has been selected as one of four communities across the Commonwealth for a COVID-19 express testing site. The site will be run by Project Beacon which specializes in high-volume appointment only testing. The Lynn Project Beacon site has been extended through at least June 30th.

Summary of weekly COVID report from Mass DPH, current list of candidates, + more | April 2, 2021

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APRIL 2, 2021

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Lynn city buildings now reopened to the public. Click here for more info.

MA has advanced to Step 1 of Phase IV. Click here for more info.

COVID Vaccine Clinics available for Lynn Educators & essential workers
on April 3 10, & 11.
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Weekly COVID-19 numbers from Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health

Map courtesy of WCVB, click for full-resolution image

READ LAST WEEK’S SUMMARY BY CLICKING HERE

Every week the MA Dept. of Public Health releases numbers for how COVID-19 has impacted the state, and we try to highlight some of these numbers so the community is informed about how COVID is impacting Lynn & the state. Their numbers factor in the past week as well as the week before, giving 2 weeks worth of data.

The City of Lynn officially entered the yellow COVID-19 risk category for the first time on March 12th, but returned to the red category last week. Since returning to the red Lynn’s numbers have gone back up very quickly, which is bad news for Lynn as we have been hit hard throughout the pandemic. In February Lynn passed 15,000 total cases and we currently stand at 16,575, an increase of 300 from last week.

Lynn currently has 375 active cases, up from 354 last week & 306 two weeks ago. New 24-hour cases have not risen above 61 & 13 people have died since March 1st, both statistics tredning in a positive direction for the city. You can view these trends for Lynn yourself on the City of Lynn’s COVID-19 dashboard by clicking here. You can click the icon in the top-right corner of each section to see it enlarged.

Continue reading Summary of weekly COVID report from Mass DPH, current list of candidates, + more | April 2, 2021