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

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

School transportation guidelines for the fall, food resources, updates from state government & LPS, & more | July 23, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
JULY 23, 2020

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Guidelines released for school transportation this fall in MA 

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Earlier today the state’s Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education released a document with guidelines on how students would be transported to and from schools in the fall, should schools be opened.

The guidelines include:

Continue reading School transportation guidelines for the fall, food resources, updates from state government & LPS, & more | July 23, 2020

Eviction protest planned for Wednesday, MA Policing Reform Bill updates, & more | July 20, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
JULY 20, 2020

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Lynn residents, community groups to speak out at City Hall on Wednesday, call for Emergency Housing Stability Bill

Groups call for passage of HD.5166/SD.2992 to stop 20,000 evictions expected with August 18 moratorium expiration and to stabilize housing

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Residents from across Lynn will gather on WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 at 11:00 AM in front of LYNN CITY HALL to demand the state government enact legislation to protect against an expected wave of evictions and foreclosures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rally will focus on the need to pass HD.5166 / SD.2992, An Act to Guarantee Housing Stability during the COVID-19 Emergency & Recovery. With the Massachusetts eviction and foreclosure moratorium currently set to expire on August 18 and the legislative session expected to end July 31, Lynn residents are urging immediate passage of the bill.

Continue reading Eviction protest planned for Wednesday, MA Policing Reform Bill updates, & more | July 20, 2020

LPS survey for families, arrests made in July 4th shooting, State Senate votes in favor of police reform bill, & more | July 14, 2020

 LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
JULY 14, 2020

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City Meetings scheduled for today (Tuesday, July 14, 2020):
City Council Subcommittees: 4:15pm
City Council Meeting (FY2021 Budget): 5pm
Conservation Commission: 6PM
Lynn Zoning Board of Appeals: 7PM

Watch all of these meetings on our Government Channel on TV (Comcast: 22 or Verizon: 38) & online (via our website or Facebook page).

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PUBLIC WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE COUNCIL CHAMBER FOR THESE MEETINGS. PLEASE READ HOW THE PUBLIC CAN INTERACT BY CLICKING HERE.


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Reopening Schools Family Survey for Lynn Public School families, deadline is Friday

From the Lynn Public Schools: The district is committed to reopening schools the safest way possible for students and staff.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently released initial guidance on reopening.

Continue reading LPS survey for families, arrests made in July 4th shooting, State Senate votes in favor of police reform bill, & more | July 14, 2020

COVID-19 restrictions for Lynn City Meetings

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Boards, committees, & councils in the City of Lynn are beginning to meet again. In an effort to keep everyone healthy several of the boards are meeting entirely through video conference while some are meeting in person but not allowing the general public in (at this time).

The City Council, Council Subcommittee, & any other meetings being held in the City Council Chambers in City Hall will be broadcast on our Government Channel on TV (Comcast: 22 / Verizon: 37) & online (on our website & Facebook page). Other meetings not held in the Council chambers will be recorded and broadcast at a later time.

Since all of these meetings are to be held without the public present due to COVID-19 the City of Lynn has made plans to ensure the public can still comment during the public hearing portions of meetings. For more info. please read the following notice below from City Clerk Janet Rowe, given for a previous council meeting but the guidelines still apply:

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Protest tomorrow at City Hall on FY2021 budget, MBTA statement on The RIDE, & more | July 13, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
JULY 13, 2020

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City Meetings scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, July 14, 2020):
City Council Subcommittees: 4:15pm
City Council Meeting: 5pm
Conservation Commission: 6PM
Lynn Zoning Board of Appeals: 7PM

Watch all of these meetings on our Government Channel on TV (Comcast: 22 or Verizon: 38) & online (via our website or Facebook page).

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PUBLIC WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE COUNCIL CHAMBER FOR THESE MEETINGS. PLEASE READ HOW THE PUBLIC CAN INTERACT BY CLICKING HERE.


Protest concerning City of Lynn’s FY 2021 Budget planned for tomorrow at City Hall before City Council meeting

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Local organizations Lynn United for Change, Essex County Community Organization (ECCO), North Shore Juneteenth Association, & New Lynn Coalition are all collaborating on a protest outside of Lynn City Hall tomorrow at 5pm.

Also at 5pm the Lynn City Council is scheduled to meet about the City of Lynn’s FY 2021 Budget. The total proposed budget is $375,433,035 and details on the budget can be found by clicking here. As noted above: due to COVID-19 restrictions the public will not be allowed into the council chambers. Please click here to read how the public is being encouraged to participate in public hearings.

A description of the event, as posted on their Facebook event page, is below:

Continue reading Protest tomorrow at City Hall on FY2021 budget, MBTA statement on The RIDE, & more | July 13, 2020

Senator Markey and Rep. Eshoo Introduce Legislation to Protect Community Television

But first, a message from Executive Director, Seth Albaum:

LCTV’s weekly news program is going to have more airtime on our channel and we are concentrating more resources towards news content. We are not alone. While media access centers throughout the country have always played an important role in informing the public and covering government affairs, more are finding themselves the last in their municipalities to be able to provide any sort of local coverage at all.

Local news doesn’t create itself. Links to news, or “news,” do not just magically appear on Facebook unless people at a news operation of some sort put in the time and effort. More than likely, the people who created them need to put roofs over their heads and food on their tables. Yet, people have come to expect it for free, and as a result, there’s less of it – local news has taken a big hit, and some cities are not served at all anymore.

I’m sure you’ve heard people say, “I don’t want to subscribe to that paper online because…” of X, Y, or Z. So, what’s left if you run out of free articles from that paper you don’t want to support? Oh, so you have a buddy who sees all the meetings and tells you what happened (as someone said to me, recently.) More than likely that buddy is watching the meetings in the comfort of his or her home thanks to outlets like Lynn Community Television. What if LCTV couldn’t do that anymore.

Continue reading Senator Markey and Rep. Eshoo Introduce Legislation to Protect Community Television