Voting information, new statewide COVID restrictions, Essex County Sheriff’s office receives grant, & more | November 2, 2020

LYNN NEWS ROUND-UP
NOVEMBER 2, 2020

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Check out our 2020 MA State Election Coverage with campaign interviews, voting information, & more by clicking here.

We will post election results for Lynn tomorrow when we receive them from the City of Lynn Election Office.


Voting information for tomorrow

The day has finally come for the nation to decide who the next President of the United States should be, along with many local and state elected positions. The City of Lynn participated in Early In-person Voting this year from October 17-30 and 6,532 registered Lynn voters took advantage of this, according the Lynn City Clerk & Chief of Elections Janet Rowe.

As of last Wednesday Rowe reported that 11,201 mail-in ballots were received as well. If you did not mail in your ballot you can drop off your ballot at City Hall in an official ballot drop box in the Johnson Street lot before polls close tomorrow. The City of Lynn Election office has put forth several protections to ensure your vote is protected and eventually counted on Election Day. According to Rowe, “Folks can drop their ballot in 24 hours day.  We have camera surveillance, extra lighting and police will be patrolling until November 3rd.  We check the box every 2 hours.”

Extra poll workers have been hired to assist on Election Day itself, social distance and mask wearing will be enforced as well. “Please be patient and kind as our Poll workers are safely checking voters in and adhering to all Covid-19 rules and regulations from the State and our Public Health Director”, said Rowe.

Many planed to vote in person tomorrow over mail-in ballots and voting early. For those people we wanted to compile a list of resources to ensure that your vote is heard this election. Below is information we have sourced from the City of Lynn & community organizations for voting in Lynn tomorrow.

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Safe Way to Vote if Quarantined
due to COVID-19

According to Chapter 115 of the Acts of 2020, anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and therefore has been instructed by a medical professional or public health official to self-quarantine, is still able to vote by “Emergency Ballot.”

The voter must send a note with their signature stating they are unable to vote in person due to COVID-19 and designate a person to pick up their ballot. The voter’s designee will deliver the signed note to the Election Office. Once the voter is verified, the designee will fill out and submit an Emergency Ballot Application on the voter’s behalf. The designee will then hand deliver the ballot to the voter to fill out and then return the completed ballot either to the City’s Election Office located in Room 203 of Lynn City Hall or the voter ballot box located outside of City Hall on Johnson Street by the close of polls-8pm-on Tuesday, November 3rd.

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Lynn Community Association offering
rides to the polls

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Find your voting location

The locations below are where registered voters can go to vote in-person on election day. If you don’t know which ward/precinct you are in or where to go to vote and need to find out you can enter your information on the Secretary of The Commonwealth’s website by clicking here.

If you are in need of more information you can contact the Elections Office by clicking here. Please use our interactive map below to see where your polling location is!



Gov. Baker issues updated COVID-19 restrictions to combat alarming rise in cases

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, & Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders discussed new executive orders affecting the reopening process due to recent increases in new cases and hospitalizations of COVID-19 across the state today. Currently there are 155,660 active cases in Massachusetts, this after a week and a half of 1,000 new daily cases. These restrictions go into effect on 12:01AM on Friday, November 6th & include:

  • New “Stay At Home Advisory” will be in effect from 10pm-5am starting this Friday, exceptions for trips to work & grocery stores.
  • All liquor sales, indoor recreation facilities (museums, theaters, casinos, etc) required to stop at 9:30pm. Restaurants to stop providing table service at 9:30pm, but may provide carry out.
  • Gathering limit set of private homes to 10 for indoor gatherings & 25 for outdoor gatherings. With limited exceptions, all gatherings (private home & event venues) must end by 9:30pm.
  • Updated mandatory face coverings order now requires everyone above 5 years old to wear a face covering in public, even when you can maintain social distancing. Exceptions still in place for those with medical conditions.
  • These orders will be in effect for “at least a month”.

Governor Baker urged people to not gather with others and wear masks whenever out in public. The Baker administration is planning to coordinate with local officials to crack down on large private gatherings, in an effort to combat rising COVID-19 numbers in the state.

Watch Governor Baker’s full press conference below:

Lynn COVID-19 testing sites can be found by clicking here.

Gov. Baker also activated up to 1,000 members of the MA National Guard ahead of Tuesday’s election. Secretary of Public Safety Tom Turco said there is, “no indication of any public safety risk in Massachusetts,” but that the administration is making resources are available in case municipal officials request state assistance.


Lynn Family Resource Center’s November calendar

Good afternoon,

Hard to believe November is right around the corner! We at the Family Resource Center are excited to share our new and upcoming programs with you all.
  • Parenting Journey will be offered in Spanish beginning November 12th! Please contact Yari at yjiminian@centerboard.org to register.
  • We are excited to begin offering Nurturing Families in Recovery. This evidence-based parenting curriculum is offered to caregivers who are impacted by substance use. Please contact Amanda (adiciero@centerboard.org) or Kearra (kgreene@centerboard.org) to register.
  • The FRC, in conjunction with the We Rise program, is offering a 10-week healing and recovery group from young women 13-18. Please contact me or Erin (ecurley@centerboard.org) to register.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
Sincerely,

Marissa A. Speranza, LICSW

Program Director-Family Resource Center
Click for full-resolution fliers, in English & Spanish

The above information was provided to us by Lynn FRC.


Statement from Mayor Thomas M. McGee on today’s fatal officer involved shooting

The Essex District Attorney’s Office and the Essex State Police Detective Unit are investigating a fatal officer involved shooting on Witt Street in Lynn this morning. The suspect, a Caucasian male, was being pursued by Revere Police after allegedly robbing a Walgreen’s in Revere. The Lynn Police officer who was working a nearby detail responded on foot to assist Revere Police on Witt Street. A Revere Police officer was transported to Mass General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Per City of Lynn Police Department policy, the officer involved will be placed on paid administrative leave. I am confident that the District Attorney’s Office will undertake and complete a full and fair investigation of this incident.
The above press release was sent to us by Mayor McGee’s office.


Essex County Sheriff’s Department awarded $2.1 million in federal grants to help in battle against opioids

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded $2.1 million in federal grants aimed at combatting opioid addiction through pre- and post-release supports, Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger announced.

The largest grant comes from the U.S. Department of Justice Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP). The Department was awarded $1.2 million to expand its Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program beyond the walls of the jail to be able to continue treatment and supports for incarcerated persons when they are released into the community.

The Department also received $900,000 from the Justice Department for a partnership program between the Sheriff’s Office, Roca and UTEC to create a comprehensive pre- and post-release program for 200 to 250 young people between the ages of 18 and 24 with ongoing substance abuse issues who are at high risk for recidivism.

“Our job and our mission are to help those who come to us find a path to a more productive and successful life as a citizen. Far too often, we see people who cannot find the treatment and supports they need on the outside to maintain their progress and they end up back in our facilities,” Sheriff Coppinger said. “These two grant programs help us focus on their needs when they come to us and allow us to continue to invest in their success when they leave us through extensive community supports in case management, treatment, behavior and case management.”

About the grants:

  • $1.2 million for ECSD’s Essex Medicated Assisted Treatment Recovery Project for pre- and post-release services for 3,000 inmates. The program will provide Naloxone, behavioral supports, and both inside the facility and when they return to the community. The program also provides transitional housing and peer recovery supports for up to 825 inmates.
  • $900,000 for ECSD’s Improving Re-entry for Adults with Substance Use Disorders to offer at-risk young people through pre- and post-release supports in Medication Assisted Treatment and health and behavioral supports. While incarcerated, those selected will be eligible for a variety of programming dealing with violence, drug and alcohol abuse, medication assisted treatment, parenting and pre-trial diversion through our CASE unit. In addition, they will receive intensive case management and one-on-one and group training through both Roca and UTEC. As they prepare for re-entry, transition plans with individual goals and services will be developed for these at-risk youth. They will be enrolled in an intensive, long-term behavior change program in the community and will receive intensive case management and targeted behavioral health care including supports in life skills, parenting, employment and educational support.
  • The Department also received $250,000 to expand ECSD’s current Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) program from the federal Bureau of Justice. This expansion includes bringing in a PREA Mental Health Clinician to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse and harassment in corrections facilities, more specialized training for officers, and provides for cameras in blind spots to enhance inmate safety.

These three grants are in addition to a $4 million grant awarded in July by the U.S. Department of Labor for the Department’s Re-Entry Vocational Training Center. This program will help incarcerated persons find wage-sustaining employment while receiving post-release comprehensive rehabilitative services. The Center serves 550 participants from the Middleton House of Correction, the Essex County Pre-release and Re-entry Center in Lawrence and the Women in Transition Program in Salisbury. The program offers pre-release participants training in asbestos removal, C-Tech, and hardscaping as well as the opportunity to take both credit and noncredit courses at Northern Essex Community College.


Nov. episode of GLSS TV now out!

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. You can also find all episodes anytime on our website by clicking here to go to our Video on Demand section.


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 596 with 31 new cases today. 5,055 Lynn residents have recovered and 123 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 5,774. 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

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.

We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 through the City website (www.lynnma.gov), social media, and the Smart 911 emergency notification system (sign up at www.smart911.com).

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