LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
OCTOBER 29, 2020
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REMINDER: Early voting is available at Lynn City Hall until tomorrow!
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CFCE November Calendar and Parent Discussion Group
Attached, please find the CFCE November Calendar with our virtual programs. Also, please find the flyer for our virtual parent discussion group, “Balancing It All From Home”.
The evening group will be held next Thursday evening at 7:30 PM and families should contact me to receive the Zoom link to attend. Jayna Doherty will lead the discussion about ways parents can support their child’s learning at home. Please contact me with any questions.
Coordinator, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Program
781-477-7420 Ext. 7227
Click images above for full-resolution fliers in English & Spanish.
The above information was provided to us by CFCE Lynn.
Please click fliers above for the full-resolution images
GLSS TV’s November episode out soon!
From GLSS: In the November show, GLSS TV honors our veterans — Vietnam era Veterans in particular. The show will also look at a unique collaboration between GLSS, The Food Project, and the city of Lynn. There will be some exercises around good balance and best of all, a taste of the best pumpkin pie ever, that YOU can make.
You can watch the latest episode of GLSS TV on our Public Access Channel (Comcast: 3 / Verizon: 38) Monday at 10:30 AM, Wednesday at 9:00 PM, & Friday at 5:30 PM. November’s episode will be out soon, but you can watch old episodes anytime on our website by clicking here to go to our Video on Demand section. There you will find many shows produced by our members like The Endzone, Receive Your Miracle, & Common Sense (AKA Frankly Speaking)!
Special double-feature this Saturday on LCTV for Halloween!
Final Fridays: Trick or Treat!
We’re getting in the Halloween spirit! Recognizing that traditional trick or treating may not be possible for a lot of families this year, we are offering a socially-distant, grab and go style Halloween trick-or-treat in the Museum Courtyard on Friday, October 30th between 3-6pm (or until supplies last).
Bags include a treat, bubble wand, and special Halloween item. Costumes are encouraged, but not required!
In order to adhere to safety protocol, there will be one entrance and one exit. Participants should enter the Museum Courtyard at 590 Washington Street and exit through our rear Courtyard gate (towards the parking lot).
We will have socially distant markers on the sidewalk, an outline of the walking path families should take, as well as hand sanitizer stations at the entrance and exit. Masks are required.
Final Fridays is a partnership between Lynn Museum/LynnArts, Lynn Main Streets, Downtown Lynn Cultural District, & Greater Lynn Chamber of Commerce.
Updates from state government
- As of Wednesday night, DPH reported a total of 150,498 cases of COVID-19. The state has now confirmed a total of 9,700 deaths from the virus.
- The Boston Athletic Association announced that the 2021 marathon, is being “postponed until at least the fall of 2021.”
- Governor Baker, while still hoping that lawmakers will deliver him an overdue fiscal 2021 state budget by the end of November, looked ahead to next year on Wednesday, forecasting a “pretty decent” spending plan for fiscal year 2022. The fiscal 2022 budget will be outlined and debated in the first half of next year, when Governor Baker could be enmeshed in a reelection campaign if he decides to pursue a third term in the Corner Office.
- Noting the “bittersweet” circumstances of her nomination to lead the state’s top court, Supreme Judicial Court Justice Kimberly Budd said she hopes to emulate the late Chief Justice Ralph Gants’s respect and collegiality if she is confirmed, making history Wednesday by becoming the first Black woman nominated to the state’s highest judicial post. Budd earned the nomination Wednesday of Governor Baker to ascend from associate justice to chief justice of the 328-year-old court, a role that has been vacant since Gants died last month. During a press conference unveiling her nomination, Budd praised Gants as a mentor and a leader who was able to “bring people together” and treat his six fellow judges as a “team of equals,” a model she said she will mirror.The Governor’s Council, an elected body that vets and confirms judicial nominations, will interview Budd on Nov. 12.
- If confirmed, she would become not only the first Black woman chief justice in the history of the state’s top court, but also just the second woman to the lead the court after Margaret Marshall and the second Black chief justice after Roderick Ireland. Budd has been a member of the Massachusetts judiciary for 11 years. She was nominated to the state Superior Court in 2009, for a position Gants vacated when he joined the SJC, by Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat. Baker then successfully nominated Budd to join the state’s highest court in 2016 alongside fellow Justices David Lowy and Frank Gaziano. She was unanimously confirmed, and Budd has since authored 85 SJC decisions. At 54 years old, Budd is set to become the Supreme Judicial Court’s youngest chief justice in at least a century.
- five out of the six sitting justices are all Baker appointees. The lone judge who was not tapped by Baker, Justice Barbara Lenk, plans to retire on Dec. 1, one day before hitting the mandatory retirement age of 70. The Republican governor will now get to nominate two additional associate justices, one to replace Lenk and another to fill Budd’s position if she is confirmed as chief justice. Those two nominees, if confirmed, would give him a complete sweep of the state’s highest court.
- As Massachusetts residents find other governors warning their constituents not to visit the Bay State as COVID-19 transmission rates climb, Governor Baker said Wednesday he told New York and Connecticut they were making a mistake. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont added Massachusetts to his state’s advisory list on Tuesday requiring visitors to fill out a travel form when they arrive in Connecticut and to present proof of a negative coronavirus test or quarantine for 14 days. And in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was not “practically viable” to try to limit travel between neighboring states, but discouraged his own people from non-essential travel to Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Governor Baker said Wednesday his administration spoke with New York and Connecticut on Tuesday about the travel advisories, and respected each state’s right to do what they think is best.
From Mayor McGee’s office: The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that as of today, the number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is 492 with 41 new cases today. 4,995 Lynn residents have recovered and 122 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 5,609. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.
Stop the Spread Initiative Testing have been extended until December 31st
- Fallon Ambulance offers testing at the following locations. Walk up Only:
- Parking lot at Lynn English High School
- Mon – Sat from 11:00am until 5:00pm
- Parking lot at Lynn English High School
o Parking Lot behind Fire Station at 725 Western Ave, off of Federal Street
- Mon – Sat 12:00pm-6:00pm
o Residents who have been tested for COVID-19 through Fallon Ambulance can call 617-765-0176 with any questions related to your COVID-19 test results.
- Call Lynn Community Health Center (781)-581-3900 to make a COVID-19 test appointment at 9 Buffum Street location
Please visit http://www.ci.lynn.ma.us/covid19/resources.shtml#p7GPc1_2 for more information on how you can get a free COVID-19 test in the City of Lynn until December 31st.