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Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Parade - Lynn, MA - City Hall to Pine Grove Cemetery

A bit short, but meaningful. Lots of brave men and women to remember. Lots of brave men and women walking and driving by who gave their service to this country from World War II (maybe even earlier, I couldn't tell) to the War in Iraq. City Hall Plaza and the Common were packed. I imagine there are a lot of people over at the cemetery as well.

Here are some pictures for those of you who couldn't make it.

Lynn, MA Crime Prevention Committee Meeting June 1st

On June 1st, at 6PM in Room 402, The Crime Prevention Resource Committee will hold a general discussion on a "Plan of Action and Goals." That's all the press release stated and the agenda that was attached repeating that exact same sentence. :-) If you're interested in what the city is doing about crime, I imagine this would be an opportunity to be heard. I feel pretty safe these days in Downtown Lynn, so whatever they are doing, keep doing it! Would love to see more community police on foot and bike this summer.

-Corey

Quebec Smoke in Downtown Lynn

Combination of forest fires in Quebec and a strong wind pattern is giving us Quebec's smoke in Downtown Lynn today. Have no fear, Downtown is not on fire again! Hope to see you all at the Memorial Day parade at 1:30.



-Corey

Memorial Day Parade at 1:30

Hope everyone has a great day. I had the priviledge of visiting even more of our great country over the last two weeks of vacation. I personally want to thank and remember all our veterans and public servants that have created what we all are so blessed to enjoy everyday.

The parade begins on Market street at 1:30. It heads toward city hall and then continues down the common. They loop around to Boston street and end at pine grove cemetary. I'll be on market and at city hall with my camera. Hope to see some of you there.


Happy Memorial Day!!!!

-Corey

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Come Celebrate Our Downtown Chefs in Lynn, MA this June!

This month includes two fantastic food events in Lynn, MA that are not to be missed. I might be able to make the tail end of Taste of Lynn. I will definitely be at the Chili Cookoff. 

June 2nd is the Taste of Lynn. Many of our finest Downtown establishments will be over at St. Michael's starting at 5:30PM and going until 8:30. Directions to St. Michael's Hall. Check out this great list:

This year's Taste of Lynn venues include:

 Brother's Deli

Casa Molina

Fernando's Restaurante

Jamaica's Flavor

Joe's Home Cooking

John's Roast Beef

Lynnway Sports Center

Mi Guatemala Bakery

Porthole Restaurant

Rincon Macorisano

Rolly's Tavern Restaurants

Turbine Wine Bar


Wine Tasting Offered By:

Barefoot Wines & Bubbly

Beer Tasting Offered By:

Mayflower Brewing Company


On June 5th, you must head over to the Red Hot Chili cookoff at Lynn Arts. This venue is just starting to heat up again with some great work happening at The Little Gallery Under the Stairs and in the main galleries. This is a really fun event every year and is made even better with the addition of Matt O'Neill's chili. Oh yeah, a few other cooks will be trying to compete as well ;)  Here's the list:

Best of Boston's Blue Ox
Representative Robert Fennell (Capitol Diner)
Rolly Hayes (Rolly's Tavern on the Square)
Taso Nikolakopoulos (John's Roast Beef)
Dave Parsons (voted #1 chef at the Topsfield Fair)
Donny Hamill (local chef extraordinaire)
Mary Crowley, Payroll Express
Diana Breed, Farquhar & Black Insurance
David Shavoy, Christophers
Paul Milonopoulos, The Daily Item
Raul Castanon, Boston Machine Lofts and food writer for LynnHappens.com


Before or after either one of these, check out one of the actual venues for a drink or dessert. You will be amazed at what is going on in Downtown Lynn.  Put your foodie hat on and get your Downtown ON! 

-Corey

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pictures from Culturefest 2010 - Munroe St. - Lynn, MA

Live from Culturefest

NOTE: these pics are from my iPhone. Better pics coming when I get home.

4:22 - thank you Juan , Fernando's and Amisrael for bringing this very special event to Downtown Lynn. I look forward to many more.

4:16 - Venezuelan band is now performing on Munroe




3:40 - new singer has taken the stage.





3:21 - today has already been such a great cultural experience for Downtown Lynn. I hope you've had a chance to check it out. If not, it's not too late. A Venezuelan dance troupe is on it's way downtown. Police chief Coppinger is scheduled to speak, and more!!! Get down here and thank Juan for bringing life to the Downtown area. While your at it have one of his taquitos and thank him again.

2:25 - Alex Pachunga is now performing. Saw this guy at the Haiti benefit. He is quite the performer.






2:05 - just had empanadas and enciladas from Fernando's and I officially dubbed Juan, The King of Food.

1:30 - Los Sugar Kings. The children's Cambodian dancing was a delight.







1:19 - mayor Kennedy just addressed the audience and now we are watching Cambodian dancers.

















12:49 - the Mariachi music is fantastic






12:18 - Lynn police handing out free bike helmets, Seth spinning tunes, food project giving away vegetable seeds, Atlantic Toyota showing off some sweet cars, bouncy castle and ice cream truck for the kiddies, and Fernando's is cooking up some tasty food. I'm about to go get some now!


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Culturefest 2010 - Lynn, MA

If it's between 11-5 on Saturday and you're not on Munroe Street celebrating Lynn's cultural diversity, what's your deal? It's in the mid 70s and I can already hear the music starting. I'm heading over in a few. Let's support our business owners downtown and pay them a visit today. Don't forget to thank Juan at Fernando's for putting this all together.

-Corey



Thursday, May 27, 2010

Let's Get Cultured!

From the moment I heard about what Juan was trying to do with Culturefest 2010, I loved the idea. It seems such a natural fit for Lynn. As the Mayor stated in her inaugural address, we must figure out ways to come together more often and celebrate the diverse make-up of Lynn, MA. On May 29th from 11-5, you can do that with Fernando's, Taco's Lupita, Mi Guatemala Bakery, Turbine, and others. There are several performers who will be playing throughout the day and Juan has plenty of other surprises in store for us.

This is a great opportunity to bring your families to Downtown Lynn for some great fun, great food, and great a great cultural experience.

Come celebrate Lynn! I'll see you there.



-Corey

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Party with a Purpose

Raw Art Works is having their annual BASH tonight. If you have tickets or even if you don't, check out the pre-BASH celebration at Turbine Wine Bar.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lynn Committee Meetings for May 25th

NOTE: Home business ordinance is up for public hearing.

MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING MAY 23, 2010:


TUESDAY, May 25, 2010


Ordinance Committee, 6:30 p.m., Room 402
PUBLIC HEARING: A Proposed Ordinance Amending the
Zone Ordinance of the City of Lynn (Home Occupations);
and Other Business.

Housing Committee, 6:45 P.M., Room 402
Discussion re: Discussion with representatives from the Lynn Housing
and Neighborhood Development re: Current Initiatives.

Public Safety Committee, 7:00 p.m., Room 402
Discussion re: Constable Appointments, and Other Business.

License Committee, 7:15 P.M., Room 402
Discussion re: Minor Licenses and Other Business.

Public Property Committee, 7:30 P.M., Room 402
Discussion re: Request to hang banners, request to redeem property
at 77 Lockwood Road, Request from EDIC re: 96 Bennett Street,
discussion re: city-owned property at 15 Dearborn Avenue; and
Other Business.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING, 8:00 P.M., COUNCIL CHAMBERS
​City Council Agenda






Monday, May 31, 2010:​City Hall Closed – Memorial Day


-- Post From My iPad

Lynn, MA City Council Agenda for May 25th


Agenda

May 25, 2010

Roll Call
Moment of Silence
Pledge of Allegiance

COMMUNICATIONS:

Her Honor the Mayor:

Dear Councilors:
I am hereby reappointing Kathy Wrynn to the Lynn Historical Commission. Ms. Wrynn’s term is effective retroactive to February 24, 2010 and will expire on February 24, 2013.
Sincerely, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor of Lynn

Dear Councilors:
I am hereby reappointing Carl Greenler to the Lynn Historical Commission. Mr. Greenler’s term is effective retroactive to February 24, 2009 and will expire on February 24, 2012.
Sincerely, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor of Lynn

Dear Councilors:
I am hereby reappointing Patricia Lee to the Lynn Historical Commission. Ms. Lee’s term is effective retroactive to February 24, 2008 and will expire on February 24, 2011.
Sincerely, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor of Lynn




Dear Councilors:
I am hereby reappointing Calvin Anderson to the Lynn Historical Commission. Mr. Anderson’s term is effective retroactive to February 24, 2010 and will expire on February 24, 2013.
Sincerely, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor of Lynn

Dear Councilors:
I am hereby appointing Aikaterini Panagiotakis to the Lynn Historical Commission. Ms. Panagiotakis’s term is effective immediately and will expire on February 24, 3013.
Sincerely, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor of Lynn

Dear Councilors:
As you may be aware, I discovered on May 14, 2010, that members of Lynn’s Zoning Board of Appeals, who have been appointed by the Lynn City Council for at least the past 25 years, are required under state law to be appointed by the Mayor. In order to preserve both the current and past boards, I am taking the following actions:
1. The appointments of all Regular Members of the present Board of Appeals are hereby ratified, and are deemed to have expired as of May 14, 2010.
2. The appointments of all Associate Members of the Board of Appeals, which were designated in accordance with state law, remain unaffected, and those individuals shall continue to serve as Associate Members until their present terms expire.
3. The appointments of all Regular and Associate Members of any past Board of Appeals that were improperly constituted under state law are hereby ratified, as are the dates upon which their terms expired.
4. I have re-appointed, on a temporary basis, the five (5) individuals who have been improperly appointed to the present Board of Appeals. These temporary appointments are effective immediately, and will expire on July 2, 2010.
5. I have placed a posting on the City’s bulletin board advertising five (5) vacancies on the City’s Board of Appeals. Pursuant to the City Charter, this notice will be posted through June 1, 2010. The openings will also be advertised in the Lynn tem and on the City’s website.
Please call me if you have any questions.
Very truly, Judith Flanagan, Kennedy, Mayor

Dear Councilors:
Pursuant to Article 2, Section 2-5 of the Lynn City Charter, I hereby designate Jeanne M. Curley to perform the duties of a regular member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. This appointment is effective immediately, and will expire on July 2, 2010. I certify that said person is qualified to perform the duties which will be required and that I make this designation solely in the interests of the City of Lynn.
Yours truly, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor of Lynn

Dear Councilors:
Pursuant to Article 2, Section 2-5 of the Lynn City Charter, I hereby designate Kathryn P. Brown to perform the duties of a regular member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. This appointment is effective immediately, and will expire on July 2, 2010. I certify that said person is qualified to perform the duties which will be required and that I make this designation solely in the interests of the City of Lynn.
Yours truly, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor of Lynn

Dear Councilors:
Pursuant to Article 2, Section 2-5 of the Lynn City Charter, I hereby designate Patrick B. Calnan to perform the duties of a regular member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. This appointment is effective immediately, and will expire on July 2, 2010. I certify that said person is qualified to perform the duties which will be required and that I make this designation solely in the interests of the City of Lynn.
Yours truly, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor of Lynn

Dear Councilors:
Pursuant to Article 2, Section 2-5 of the Lynn City Charter, I hereby designate John A. Volo to perform the duties of a regular member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. This appointment is effective immediately, and will expire on July 2, 2010. I certify that said person is qualified to perform the duties which will be required and that I make this designation solely in the interests of the City of Lynn.
Yours truly, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor of Lynn

Dear Councilors:
Pursuant to Article 2, Section 2-5 of the Lynn City Charter, I hereby designate Norman R. Cole to perform the duties of a regular member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. This appointment is effective immediately, and will expire on July 2, 2010. I certify that said person is qualified to perform the duties which will be required and that I make this designation solely in the interests of the City of Lynn.
Yours truly, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor of Lynn

Donald Walker, Director of Project Operations, Office of Economic & Community Development

Dear Councilors:
On behalf of the Office of Economic and Community Development and the Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development, I am requesting that you schedule a public hearing with the Lynn City Council on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. The purpose of this hearing is to allow public input to the City’s Five Year Consolidated Plan/Annual Action Plan, including the use of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s appropriations for the Community Development Block Grant ($2,756,317), Emergency Shelter Grant ($111,328), HOME ($1,084,120) and Housing Opportunities for persons with Aids Programs ($355,028). Upon confirmation of this hearing date, our office will prepare a legal notice that will be advertised n the Daily Evening Item at least two weeks prior to the hearing date.
Sincerely, Donald Walker

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Petition of Comcast for permission to install (2) 4” PVC conduits, 294’+ in a Northerly Direction from Pole #1-2 at the corner of High Street and Baldwin Street, to existing pole 2017/2 on Baldwin Street to provide service to 424 Essex Street (Colucci)

PUBLIC HEARINGS TO BE SET DOWN:

Public Hearing FY11 Budget for City of Lynn

Petition of Verizon, E. Everette Bryan, for permission to place approximately 344 feet of underground conduit from existing jointly owned pole on northerly side, running southerly and easterly to private property at 49 Atlantic Terrace. (Colucci)

Petition of Verizon, E. Everette Bryan, for permission to place approximately 75 feet of underground conduit from existing jointly owned pole on Easterly side, running southerly and easterly to intersection with Oceanside Terrace. Then from existing jointly owned pole on Southerly side of Oceanside Terrace, approximately 110 feet of underground conduit westerly to intersection with Eastern Avenue. (Cyr)

Petition of Verizon, E. Everette Bryan, for permission to place approximately 106 feet of underground conduit on Stanley Terrace from existing jointly owned pole, southerly to intersection with Western Avenue. (Capano)

Petition of Verizon, E. Everett Bryan, for permission to place approximately 131 feet of underground conduit on Western Avenue from existing Verizon Manhole on the northerly side at the intersection with Spencer Street, Westerly to intersection with Stanley Terrace. (Capano)

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Accept Letter of Withdrawal from David Potter, relative to the petition for 118-20 Brookline Street.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ordinance Committee
Housing Committee
Public Safety
License Committee
Public Property

NEW BUSINESS:




Boston Legends, a Tribute to James Cotton at Lynn Auditorium

Check out James Cotton, Billy Squire, Magic Dick - J Geils Band with the James Montgomery Band tonight at Lynn Auditorium.  Been a great week for the place. I hope you've been able to get to at least one. Don't forget to take in some dinner and after show drinks at one of great establishments downtown. Turbine Wine Bar and The Blue Ox are two fantastic additions to the Downtown area. There is no better time then tonight to come to Central Square or Oxford Street and check them out!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gilberto Santa Rosa at Lynn Auditorium

Don't forget to head over to Lynn Auditorium tonight to take in Gilberto Santa Rosa. With any luck, they will have the orchestra pit open for some dancing!!!  Don't forget to take in some dinner first at Pho Lynn, Turbine Wine Bar, The Blue Ox, Tatiana's or Rincon Macorisano. Then, after the show, you are required to get a drink at Turbine or The Blue Ox. Tell them downtownlynn.com sent ya!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pho Minh Ky was Pho-nomenal

I wasn't sure how two Pho restaurants could exist so close to one another in Lynn, MA, but then I tried Pho Minh Ky and I now understand. It's hard to say If Pho Lynn or Pho Minh Ky is better to be honest. I can't remember if Pho Lynn serves alcohol or not, but that was the only negative to Minh Ky. They are both fantastic nights out. The atmosphere at Pho Minh Ky is a bit more casual.

Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the menu so I am going to have to be descriptive as i am unable to remember the actual drink and dish names. I started with a limeade drink and some hot tea. Both were very delicious. For an appetizer, I got the spring rolls with tofu. Any thing that comes with peanut sauce for dipping is a friend to Corey Jackson. The ingredients were very fresh and tasty. Even the tofu, which I don't typically go for, was very good. Maybe that had something to do with the baptism I gave it in peanut sauce, but nevertheless, it was yummy.

For dinner, I ordered a pork dish. It was small pieces of pork still on the bone in an incredible sauce. A little difficult to eat but the taste was worth the fight of getting it off the bone while attempting not to choke to death. Seriously, well worth it! For a side I had chinese broccoli with carrots and onions. Also fantastic.

Seth was telling me it used to be called Pho 2000, which we both agreed was a fantastic name. Make a good band name for one of you groups of aspiring artists. :)

Go visit Pho Minh Ky on union street right across the street from Caruso's close to the corner of Union and Silsbee. Don't forget to tell them that downtownlynn.com sent you.

-Corey


Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Voice Of Dance Gave Lyrics New Life

If you know G&S, light opera, and early musical theatre, you've no doubt been to a performance by Mass Theatrica at Lynn Arts. They are a well trained group of singers and last night brought forth a concept which I believe to be very powerful. They called it "The Voice of Dance" and I think that is exactly the right name. They sang the lyrics of Cole Porter, Meredith Wilson, Gershwin, Schwartz, and Andrew Lippa. These songs typically do not get an expression of dance in the musicals, but last night, a group of extremely talented dancers brought a new interpretation to these songs. Through their dance, the songs took on much more intensity, the lyrics seemed to make sense, have an emotional charge they otherwise would not have had. I found myself getting lost in the story, not only being told through song, but by the intense passion and storytelling of the dance itself. Great concept, and very well executed. I hope they do more of these in the future and add more dancing into the program.



Next up for Mass Theatrica is "The Music of Leonard Bernstein" on Saturday June 19th at 8PM. Tickets are $15 adults, $13 seniors/students and can be purchased at the door or you can check out their website for other options.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

2 for 1 for Gilberto Santa Rosa

May 16th ONLY - SPECIAL ON GILBERTO SANTA ROSA! Tickets are 2 for the price of 1 on-line at http://www.lynnauditorium.com!!!! Or by calling 781-581-2971





JMC - R.A.W. - Zee - We Thank You!

I got some more time to take in the full mural on 33 Central Square. I really like it. The message is fantastic and it's ecclectic and fun. It brings more of what R.A.W. is doing out to the public and completes our side of Central Square. Nice work!  I wanted to show off this work a bit more. Here are some better pictures then the iPhone shot I got the other day. The mural is signed "JMC." I assume this is Jason?

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