Civil Service Police Exam prep training, Toys For Tots drive, updates from state government, & more | November 17, 2020

NOVEMBER 17, 2020

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Civil Service Police Exam prep training available at limited capacity

Need help preparing for the 2021 Civil Service Police Exam? Do you want to make a difference in your community?

The Lynn Police Department has partnered with the College Application Education Project, Inc. and will offer a police exam preparation training prior to the March, 2021 Police Officer Entrance Exam.  This training session will be offered at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Lynn Police Headquarters, 300 Washington St, Lynn, MA 01902.

This program is offered to Lynn residents only and is offered on a first come, first served basis.  Seating is limited due to Covid19 guidelines.

Visit the Lynn Police Department and the College Application Education Project Inc. Facebook pages for updates as the exam date gets closer.

Send an email to to sign up for the police exam training session.  Contact Arthur Akers at 781-595-1022 if you have any questions.

This training program is supported by Mayor Thomas McGee, Police Chief Leonard Desmarais – Lynn Police Dept., & Arthur Akers – President of  College Application Education Project, Inc.

The above info. was provided to us by CAEP.


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We have requested a copy of the audio recording and will post a video of the Tele Town Hall later next week.

LCHC’s COVID-19 Testing site will be closed Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving

Lynn Community Health Center’s COVID-19 Testing Trailers will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25 & remain closed through Sunday, Nov. 29.

Plan ahead! Call 781-581-3900 for an appointment.

The above information was taken from the LCHC’s Facebook page.

Brown Bag Project happening this Friday

The monthly Brown Bag Project, which takes place on the third Friday of each month in conjunction with The Greater Boston Food Bank, is happening on Friday, November 20, 2020. Bags of food will be distributed outside from 9 a.m. to noon at the entrance to Greater Lynn Senior Services in the Senior Center parking area on Ellis Street.
Please remember- wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others on the line.
The above info. was provided to us by GLSS.

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Lynn Family Forward Resource Center launches Toys for Tots drive

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The Lynn Family Forward Resource Center is assisting families in need this holiday season with a Toys for Tots campaign. Families in need of assistance are asked to contact the Center by emailing or calling 339-883-2401 before December 8th.

Pickup will be available on December 18th from 4-7pm at Centerboard (16 City Hall Square).
More information can be found by clicking on the flier to the left. The community is encouraged to donate toys or money to the campaign by clicking here.
The above information was provided to us by the LFFRC.

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Updates from state government

  • As of Monday night, DPH reported a total of 184,511 cases of COVID-19. The state has now confirmed a total of 10,110 deaths from the virus.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo convened an emergency coronavirus response summit of northeastern state governors over the weekend, but Governor Baker was not among the attendees. Calling COVID-19 policy alignment among states ideal, Cuomo on Friday said he had called governors from the states surrounding New York to participate in an emergency summit this weekend. The summit, he said, would involve six northeastern states, their governors and their staffs. Governor Baker did not participate due to a scheduling conflict, according to an aide.
  • The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among hospitalized patients in Massachusetts swelled by 50 over the weekend, while the state’s significantly expanded testing infrastructure returned more than 4,900 positive tests over two days amid an ongoing second surge in the pandemic. On Sunday, two days after Governor Baker announced that the state would again stand up a field hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester, the Department of Public Health recorded 737 patients in hospitals.
  • The rolling average number of hospitalized patients is now more than 300 percent higher than the lowest value observed in the outbreak’s valley, although it remains several times lower than the worst stretches of the spring, when active hospitalizations nearly reached 4,000.
  • Public health officials also reported 2,841 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, one of the highest one-day totals since COVID-19 first hit Massachusetts more than eight months ago, and 2,076 on Sunday. While daily case numbers have spiked over the past month-plus to levels not observed since the springtime peak, the state is conducting far more tests than it was earlier this year.
  • The rolling average positive test rate, which includes repeat tests of the same individuals, hovered at 3.1 percent in Sunday’s report. Excluding the frequent tests conducted for college and university populations, the statewide average positive test rate is about 5.2 percent. Positive tests rates in the spring often surpassed 20 percent.
  • With plans to open debate on its version of a $46 billion state budget on Tuesday, Senate leaders are weighing a raft of major policy proposals offered by senators as amendments to the legislation, including efforts to head off MBTA service reductions. Senators filed 473 amendments to the annual state spending bill, which is currently four-and-a-half months overdue. Legislative leaders hope to wrap up the bill for Governor Baker to sign by the end of the month, and have cautioned against making major additions to the framework negotiated between the branches in the interest of preventing the budget from getting bogged down.
  • The House added an expansion of abortion access to its budget bill, and Senate President Emerita Harriette Chandler filed a similar version of the ROE Act as an amendment to Senate budget. The House met briefly Monday morning to advance two pieces of legislation before adjourning until Thursday.
  • The House enacted a bill to name a bridge in memory of a Gardner man who was killed in action in November 1943 while serving in the U.S. Army Air Force.
  • The upper chamber’s COVID-19 rules say most senators are “encouraged” to participate in sessions remotely, except for the president, presiding officer, Ways and Means chairman, minority leader, and any others designated by the president as “necessary to facilitate the efficient operation of the session.”
  • The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council on Friday removed Cedric Cromwell as its chairman, an action that came hours after Cromwell was arrested and indicted on federal bribery and extortion charges. Cromwell pleaded not guilty Friday to bribery, extortion and conspiracy charges that federal prosecutors said stem from a self-enrichment scheme related to the tribe’s years-long quest to build a $1 billion resort casino in Taunton. During an emergency Tribal Council meeting on Friday afternoon, leaders unanimously approved a motion to remove Cromwell as chairman.
  • Massachusetts casinos in October generated slightly less revenue for themselves and for the state than in September as the gaming industry across the country grapples with the latest coronavirus surge and new restrictions on casino operations. The Mass. Gaming Commission announced Monday that Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor had generated a cumulative $68.73 million in gross gaming revenue last month, down from $70.54 million in September and $71 million in August. Of that gross gaming revenue, the state is due $19.6 million, the commission said.
  • The state’s take for October was lower than the $22.56 million full-month average since all three facilities have been in operation, though the state’s slots parlor and casinos are operating under capacity limits and other restrictions, like a 9:30 p.m. curfew that took effect this month. Massachusetts gambling centers were closed mid-March and reopened in July.

Special thanks to MassAccess for providing these updates.

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 1,004 with 64 new cases today. 5,593 Lynn residents have recovered and 127 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 6,724. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.

The City of Lynn is hosting a Tele Town Hall on COVID-19 on Monday, November 23rd at 6PM. Mayor Thomas McGee and Public Health Director Michele Desmarais will be joined by several medical experts from Lynn Community Health Center, North Shore Medical Center and North Shore Physicians Group.

Stop the Spread Initiative Testing have been extended until December 31st

Please visit for more information on how you can get a free COVID-19 test in the City of Lynn until December 31st.

We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 through the City website (, social media, and the Smart 911 emergency notification system (sign up at

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