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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Celebrate The New Year at Turbine Wine Bar

Several of the local lofts are joining together for a New Year's Eve to be remembered in Downtown Lynn. Most are planning on being at Turbine Wine Bar at 56 Central Square at some point during the evening. There are pre and post parties going on throughout Downtown as well.  I don't know if those are public so ask someone at Turbine where they're headed and follow them over.

Happy New Year!

If you haven't been downtown in a while, you know what your New Year's Resolution better be!



-Corey

More Snow Photos and Videos on LynnHappens.com

Check out Seth's Excellent Adventure as he travelled around Lynn with his video camera and DSLR on Monday. Fantastic job getting out to the community and sharing it all with us. There are even some reader submitted photos.

Check it out over at lynnhappens.com.

-Corey

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snowed-in in Downtown Lynn

 Love it when Downtown gets big snow storms. Here are some pictures taken from 7 Central. I leave for Miami in a few days. I have a feeling it might look a bit different down there!


Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.


-Corey

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snow Emergency in Lynn, MA - 12/26 2PM Until Further Notice

According to the Daily Item, a snow emergency has been declared for noon starting at 2PM. For those of us Downtown, that means we need to get our cars off the streets. They do tow and yes.. it is expensive. Since it's Sunday, you can place your car in Buffum lot for free. MBTA garage is even better since you don't have to clean off your car in the AM and it's only $4. It fills up fast, so get over there soon if you want a space.

During Snow Emergency, information will be posted on the city website and also broadcast on the radio and local cable channels: WESX AM 1230 – WBQQ l04.9 FM – Comcast Channel 3 – Verizon Channels 28 and 37

Flashing Blue Lights indicate a Snow Emergency has been declared.
These lights are found at the intersections of Market Square; Market St/ Broad St; Eastern Ave at Essex Street; Essex Street at Rockaway Street; Western Ave at Waitt Ave, Lynnfield Street at Broadway; and O’Callaghan Way at Walnut Street.

Only during a snow emergency, parking for those residents without a driveway is available in parking lots at the following schools: Brickett, Callahan, English, Ford, Harrington, Ingalls, Sisson and Tech. Parking is also available at the Ellis Street Municipal Lot (School Street side) and the MBTA Garage at the intersection of Broad and Market streets (parking charge of $4 per vehicle). Please note that vehicles left at the school sites must be removed at the conclusion of the snow emergency.  If the snow emergency ends after 9:00PM, cars must be removed by 6:00AM the following morning or be subject to ticketing and/or towing.

The Department of Public Works operates 24 hours a day and can reached at 781-477-7099.

 All property owners are responsible for all snow removal in a reasonable timeframe. That goes for absentee building owners and landlords as well...

Be safe and enjoy some time snuggled up on the couch. It's gonna be one of those kinds of nights.

-Corey

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

I'm hoping to unplug for a few days and enjoy a great day with my in-laws today and my parents tomorrow. We're lucky that everyone lives in Massachusetts so there's not a lot of traveling to do. You, my readers, are so important to me. We went from 2,000 unique people in 2009 to 11,786 unique people in 2010 reading this blog. I see the passion for what we're all about lived out on the streets and in the squars of our Downtown every day. In the downtowners who live here, the workers who work here, and yeah... even in City Hall. The end of this year has seen a positive momentum shift. I predict a 2011 that is going to make you very happy to be a part of Downtown Lynn.

Merry Christmas or whatever it is you celebrate and if for some reason I don't talk to you until then, Happy New Year!

For details on this year's Xmas Eve Parade route, see the Facebook Page for the Lynn, MA Christmas Parade.

-Corey

Thursday, December 23, 2010

All I Want For Christmas Is A New Council President!!!

Wow! What a delight to turn on my phone this morning and see that Phelan has a competitor for the council presidency, Dan Cahill. It's like Christmas came early!!!

Can Councilor Cahill pull this off?? I'm extremely proud of our Ward 5 Councilor, Brendan Crighton, for standing proudly behind a man he believes in, Dan Cahill.

To make this easy to understand, here are my Top 5 reasons why Cahill should lead the council. It's fairly obvious to me, but based on voting tallies of recent elections, I don't think Lynn is thinking this through correctly:

5. Open and Transparent - Cahill is always up front and honest with you. You can have a reasonable conversation with Cahill and not feel spoken to, but listened to. I can't say the same for Phelan. Recall, my visit to the principal's office. While confused at that time, I now know exactly why I was brought into that office. Phelan thought having public hearings where decisions seemed already made, was open and transparent. We had to suggest they put agendas online and then go back again and suggest they put the minutes online. I would LOVE to see the day when an open forum for the citizens returns to the council sessions. Today we play by Phelan's rules. Those in favor followed by those against with no opportunity for rebuttal.  If we really want Common Cause, Phelan is not our path towards it. Cahill is our leader on that charge!

4. Present - I don't mean at council sessions. They are both always there. As a matter of fact, that podium is the only place I have ever seen Phelan (besides the principals office). I have never seen him at LynnArts, Lynn Museum, RAW Arts, Arts After Hours, Neighborfest (once when Clancy gave his nuetral speech, but not since), Downtown restaurants, Election Day. Where is he? I think he lives in Ward One. Does anyone ever see him out around there?   Cahill on the other hand is at EVERYTHING! On election day this year, he ran around this city like a madman getting out the vote. He wasn't running for anything, but I saw him out there, freezing his ass off, getting done what was needed for Lynn in this years races.

3. Votes and Debates - Cahill was on the right side of the pitbull ordinance, Phelan was not. Cahill got all the right compromises in to the bill, Phelan fought them tooth and nail.  Cahill was on the right side of the entertainment ordinance, Phelan wasted our time bringing it forward in the first place. The end result being a restriction on the arts in our community. Phelan wished to stall the Leblanc case instead of moving along some sensible path. Cahill and Crighton understand how the state level works and knew this was a waste of Lynn's time and effort. Phelan seems to always be focused on stuff that doesn't matter.

2. Respect - From what I have seen, Phelan seems to hold grudges. What was up with the treatment of Patricia Barton at that first council session when her whole family was there to see her sworn in? If you buy Phelan's explanation on that, I have some land on the waterfront to sell ya. What is up with the spat between our Mayor and the Council President. That relationship is beyond repair and it's time to put someone at the helm who is willing to work with our elected Mayor, Judy Flanagan Kennedy.

1. Leadership - All of this comes down to a strong and powerful leader. I believe you lead by action. I do not believe you lead by preaching from the platform and getting what you want behind closed doors. I want an open, transparent leader who partakes in what Lynn has to offer, comes down on the correct side of issues, and leads this council with the respect and dignity we all deserve in this great city.

The man for the job is Dan Cahill!!!!

Call your councilors today and ask them to get thee behind Dan.  Ward 5, you are off the hook on this assignment, Brendan Crighton has already backed the right man!

-Corey

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Development Rumors in Downtown Lynn

Very strong rumors that 14 Central is close to being swept up by RCG. They are the company that brought you Boston Machine Lofts, Sloan, the Firehouse on Franklin and the Lydia Pinkham Building. They are incredible. They know exactly the type of development that works for Lynn's Downtown.

If this rumor is true, we need to send out the trumpets and welcome RCG back to our Downtown. They are a phenomenal force in our rebirth.

All I want for Christmas is for this to be the truth!

Maybe It's Just Me, But It Seems the Media Has Been Misled!

I saw a rat in Downtown Lynn. That was four years ago.

We have a rat problem in other areas of Lynn. Mostly due to foreclosed properties and absentee landlords.

How does an article like this one get published in the goddamn Boston Globe?

I can list out our main issues.  You all can.

Education
Economic Development
Crime

Rats might fall somewhere around #20 on the list.

Why is the Boston Globe chiming in to the rat problem in Lynn? Is that really the image we want to be promoting to the rest of the state? Councilor Cyr, Councilor Trahant? Any comment here?
 Think about your actions over the last few months.

Certain residents of Ward Two...think about your actions!!! You have done this.

Thanks!

Someday, we'll get in the Boston Globe for a good reason and it won't be thanks to any of you.

We definitely have a rat problem. I just wonder if they are of the animal variety.


-Corey

Sunday, December 19, 2010

2100

Photo courtesy of kennyrogers.com
That's quite a number. As the Mayor got up in front of 2100 people last night, it got me thinking more about the genius of Lynn Auditorium. Jamie Marsh has done so much as a one man band over the years, but this month's success needs to be lauded! Two sellout crowds brought to our Downtown. That's 4200 people that would not otherwise be down here in December.  Jamie, along with the Mayor's incredible support, is hitting a few home runs as of late. Great exposure for our Mayor, incredible support for our Downtown businesses, and ultimately our tax revenue from Downtown.

Last night's Kenny Rogers concert was something special. He was interactive with the crowd. I never realized how funny he is. They did a video montage of Christmas music sung by people around Lynn and within City Hall. They had children choirs and the most adorable little girls on stage. Not sure if they were from Lynn or just Massachusetts but cute nonetheless. He played all the right hits and a great selection of his Christmas music. A wonderful night and everyone left happy.

Some people in the audience were "happier" than others. We really have a heckling problem in Lynn Auditorium. I've noticed it at a few events. When the performer is talking it's not ok to keep screaming randomly at him. When he's singing a ballad, it's not ok to be shouting names of other songs you want to hear. It's rude! If it were Phelan up there, I'd allow it, but no one else. ;-)  Maybe we should up the prices of the beer a little bit. OOOhh!! That just gave me another idea. They should serve alcohol at City Council meetings that have public hearings!!! :-) They don't listen to us anyway, why not make it more amusing for the cameras. (Disclaimer: This is a joke to all you about to click on the comment button).

If we were a bit smarter, we'd be capturing more of these 4200 leads and converting them into Downtown customers. How many of those 4200 people knew where Turbine, Lupita Restaurant, Tatiana's, Old Tyme Italian, The Blue Ox, Casa Antigua, and Antique Table are located? We should develop signage or a program/handout to give to all that has the details of everything else going on downtown with a good map of our One Way street hell maze. Program could pay for itself with the ad revenue it could generate.

For the next few concerts, it would be awesome to have several publicized after-party events around the city.   Let's take 20% of these sellout crowds and get them to stay Downtown. No need to go home at 10:30 when we can suck money out of them until 1.

I'll leave you with a few short clips from last night. Hope you got out to see it and if you didn't, stop missing out. It's time to discover Downtown Lynn and be a part of this. It is happening.








-Corey

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Is it happening?

Tonight I am headed to the second sellout at Lynn Auditorium in less than a month. That's 2200 seats! On our way there, we are going to try our luck at the Blue Ox that is out of reservations because it is so incredibly busy tonight. We have two substantial rumors of Mixed use development about to be made public on significant plots of land downtown.

A formula is starting to work. Hope you're coming along for the ride because the answer is yes. It is happening!

- Corey

Friday, December 17, 2010

How to get a 2-night vacation to Ward 1 Absolutely FREE

We've all heard about Ward 1. It's that beautiful land of milk and honey just on the other side of Wyoma Square (or something like that). I call it Ward ONEderful with love. I mean that. It's one of the many aspects of Lynn that make us very unique. Since we shackle our city employees to Lynn, a lot of them choose Ward One. Great looking homes, great people, and pretty good schools from what I hear. There is Gannon Country Club and one of the entrances to Lynn Woods. There is amazing access to route 1, route 128, and 95. I suppose that last point may be the reason our major hospital happens to be in Ward One. It makes little sense to me that it is not Downtown. The feeling was only magnified when I saw the other "customers" in the ER. I think it's clear where the need is. Also, wouldn't it be better to have quick access to Boston for transport via 1A? what do I know? City Council always does the opposite of what I think is right.

I checked in on Friday night with chest pain. Not a cool deal for a 30something, so I was concerned. It turns out not to be heart related so no worries. This post will not be about me, just my experience at Union Hospital. I've heard it's a very good hospital. My experience perfectly matched my expectation and as you know, I always shop Lynn. :)

I had two incredible docs in the ER. Very thorough and were able to put me at ease pretty quickly with a series of well executed tests. My favorite experience was the catscan. I think they referred to the guy running the machine as Jack. He was very funny in his explanation of how the injection was going to make me feel. I was glad for the warning. Anyone who has had a catscan probably knows what I am talking about.

A second ER doc visited me a little later in the night and we talked about favorite wines. Not sure if he was trying to figure out if I was an alcoholic or not, but it was a fun conversation. I told him about the white wines we like. He told me to drink red. So...doctors orders!!! :)

The nursing staff was incredible... Every single person I came across. I'm not going to try to remember names. Always made me feel comfortable and I always had everything I needed. The hospital seems very well staffed and run on all fronts.
I guess my only complaint was waiting an extra day for the stress test because no one was there to do it. I think I could have come home on Sunday if that could have happened. It was very nice to wake up to my PCP, Steven Lefkowitz. He happens to be a cardiologist, so it was good to hear from him that he didn't suspect my heart at all. He's connected to union hospital in an adjoining building. Great doc who I need to listen to more. ;)

Let's talk about the food. I know what you're thinking and I'm about to lose all cred as a food reviewer. Now, I should probably start off with the fact that I don't recommend a casual visit to the Hospital cafeteria, but the food brought to my bed was excellent. Lunch on the first day was a Chicken Marsala. For those who know me, its my go to dish when nothing else interests me. The sauce was decent and it was a low fat diet they had me on so none of the good stuff in the sauce. For dinner, they served a turkey meal with some sort of sauce that tasted like the stuff in pot pies. It was so good! Mondays breakfast was some pretty good French toast. Always had veggies and fruit. Something I sometimes don't do at home. I kind of wanted to stay through one more meal. No joke!

The experience was a delight beyond the pain and annoyance of the event. To be honest, it was kind of nice to just lay in a bed for a few days; a luxury I don't enjoy very often in life.

Thank you Union Hospital.

-Corey

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Power of the Paper Used for Such Good This Time of Year! - Support Item Santa!

Its funny, I had asked the folks over at the Item to send me a blurb about Item Santa so I could write about it and get you guys going on donating to this important philanthropic effort run by our paper every year. 

I was having trouble figuring out how I wanted to write about this special charity... Then, Thursday night happened.

I went to the tree lighting at City Hall Square and there was Peter Gammage (The big cheese over at the Item) freezing his ass off with the rest of us, speaking at the microphone about this time of year and enjoying the singing, playing and talking to Santa about renewing his subscription (ok maybe not that last one...)

After the tree was lit, I headed over to Central Square for the second lighting of the night. Santa had just arrived from city hall, a DJ was playing Christmas tunes and cracking jokes at the mic, kids were decorating ornaments for the tree at LynnArts, and there was Phil. That's right, Phil! Phil was standing there with a big smile on his face and a ladle in his hand. Phil was serving chowder, out in the freezing cold of central square. The chowder was donated by Sidekim Foods and The Porthole and was being served with joy by your general manager of the Daily Item.

Shoot on over one block away and you would have found Brad Spiegel, the managing editor of the paper, taking in the newest installment of Lynn Legacies at the Lynn Museum.

Now, they will be the first to say, that this isn't about them. Item Santa is about the families who desperately need your help during this season to put proper clothing on their children, good meals on their tables, and toys under their trees. I was excited to see such civic involvement from our leaders at the Item in that 1,2,3 punch as I traveled around our Downtown Thursday night. Perhaps this has always been the case, but it seems more visible this time of year just when so many need it most.


Last year Item Santa raised $116,600, the fourteenth consecutive year the drive exceeded $100,000.I think we can do better than that.


Download and print out the form and then send it or drop it off at The Daily Item, 38 Exchange St., P.O. Box 951, Lynn, MA 01903.



-Corey

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lynn City Council Agenda for December 14th

Thought you all might enjoy a little light reading to put you to bed on a Friday night. 



City Hall Meetings on December 14th

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:  911 Lease, and Other Business.

Finance Committee, 7:45 P.M., Room 408
Discussion re:  Financial Transfers and Other Business.


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


Roll Call
Moment of Silence
Pledge of Allegiance

Communications:
Communication from Her Honor the Mayor:
Dear Councillors:  I am hereby appointing Ms. Elisabeth L. Daly, 27 Stephen Street, to the Office of Economic and Community Development Citizens Advisory Board.  Ms. Daly’s term is effective immediately and will expire on February 1, 2014.  Sincerely, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mayor, City of Lynn.

Communication from Attorney Michael J. Barry:
Dear Councillor Colucci:  Enclosed please find a Disclosure of Financial Interest as required by M.G.L. c. 268A, Section 20(b) in order to be appointed as a Constable in the City of Lynn.  It is the recommendation of this office that you obtain the Mayor’s signature as appointing authority and submit the Disclosure to the Lynn City Council for approval.  Please be advised that it is the opinion of this office that you should abstain from a vote relating to the approval of the Disclosure Form.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.  Very truly yours, Michael J. Barry, City Solicitor.

Public Hearings:
Public Hearing to determine the percentage of FY2011 Tax Levy to be borne by each class of real and personal property.

Public Hearing relative to an Ordinance Amending the Ordinance Pertaining to Sex Offender Registry Restrictions in the City of Lynn.

Public Hearing pursuant to MGL, Chapter 139, Section 1, relative to a burnt, dilapidated or dangerous building at 102 Alley Street.  (Capano)

Public Hearing pursuant to MGL, Chapter 139, Section 1, relative to a burnt, dilapidated or dangerous building at 104 Alley Street.  (Capano)




Public Hearings to be Set Down:



Unfinished Business:
From the Ways & Means Committee meeting of November 30:

Ordered that Her Honor the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute all documents
necessary for a Section 108 Waterfront Loan Fund from the Department of
Housing and Urban Development.

Committee Reports:
Ways and Means Committee
Waterfront Committee
Public Safety Committee
License Committee
Public Property Committee
Finance Committee

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tree Lighting in Downtown Lynn

I could write a post about my amazing night in Downtown Lynn but I will let the pictures speak for themselves.



Shawn Potter of All Care VNA

Peter Gammage of The Daily Item

The Honorable Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy with Santa

Lynn Classical Choir

Lynn English Choir

Lynn English Band - at least I think it's English








Doesn't that just say it all! Merry Christmas everyone! Hope your holiday season is joyous, peaceful and restful. It's going to be an amazing 2011. You'll see!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Theatre: The Matchmaker at North Shore Community College in Lynn, MA

This December, the North Shore Community College Performing Arts Council proudly presents a beloved American classic that the whole family can enjoy!

Thornton Wilder's THE MATCHMAKER
Directed by Matthew Woods
Costume design by Cotton Talbot-Minkin
Set design by Malcolm Young

Wealthy merchant, Horace Vandergelder, gets more than he bargained for when he hires irrepressible busybody, Dolly Levi, to find him a new wife, for she knows that love makes the world go round, but a little money helps to pave the way! When Dolly sets out to part the penny-pinching Horace from his purse and bring a smattering of young lovers together, however, complications - and grand adventures -- ensue!

Wilder's comic valentine to a bygone era weaves together the time-tested elements of traditional farce --mistaken identities! thwarted young lovers! secret rendezvous! - with a lively wit and a merry wisdom that are sure to warm the hearts of young and old alike.

And here's a little something for the trivia buffs: Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker would go on to inspire the hit Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly!

So don't just sit there wondering what to do this winter, grab a hat and come out to North Shore Community College's Lynn Campus for a rollicking and old-fashioned good time at the theatre.

The MATCHMAKER will be performed in the Lynn Campus Gymnasium, 300 Broad Street, Lynn (map)

Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets:
General Admission: $7.00
Students and seniors (with valid i.d.): 5:00$
Children 12 and under are FREE!

Tree Lighting - City Hall to Central Square - December 9th, 2010

Lucky for me I get to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. Hanukkah lit its last candle on December 8th. The menorah in it's full glory is something I love to see. How nice that as the menorah lights go out, we light up the trees on the Lynn Common and in Central Square. There is SO MUCH going on tomorrow night. Not the least of which is Lynn Museum's continuation of the Lynn Legacies series.

Begin the Evening at Lynn City Hall with Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and All Care Hospice for the lighting of the City tree, then travel to Central Square where you'll be greeted with hot chowder (courtesy of the Porthole Restaurant, Diamond Kitchen & Catering and Sidekim Foods), holiday dance tunes and Santa Claus!    Not to mention the lighting of the Central Square tree. Our tree is way cooler than City Hall's. :-)

While you're there purchase a ticket for a holiday tree raffle (1 for $1, 3 for $5), and shop LynnArts, TLGUTS, and Subterranean (all within 25 Exchange Street).

This event is generously sponsored by the Daily Item of Lynn and is funded by the City of Lynn through the Offices of Community Development and Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. Go Jamie and Judy (the dream team in my humble opinion).

Holiday in the Square is created by:  LynnArts, the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, the Daily Item with help from All Care Hospice Inc., Columbia Insurance (John Olson is the man!) and the Office of Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy.

Raffle trees have been decorated by:  LynnArts, the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, the Daily Item, The Lynn Museum and Historical Society, the North Shore Community College Arts Council, RAW Arts and DTLna with TLGUTS.


-Corey

33 Central - Fully Detroit-ed Up

Thanks Zee Mah! You have made your building safer.  For that, I and other residents attached to your eyesore are grateful.  If what you tell our readers in your comments is true, you never had a buyer ..... and you couldn't afford to fix your storefront correctly and be reimbursed by Jamie Marsh's OECD facade program.

Unfortunately, this boarding up of all your windows, really doesn't cut it. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. Ain't that how the old story goes.

They conveniently took the letter down or it too has been covered by a board. Interesting decorating technique. Glad I snapped a shot of that before it was too late.



The non-functioning sprinkler system, the decaying floors and ceiling, the mold issues, the red X signaling danger for our men in uniform... are still quite a problem for the surrounding buildings. 


Next steps, Mr. Mah?  And no... I don't mean taking RAW from their important work to bandaid your problem. I mean a real next step.  I have to imagine our city leaders are wanting to help you. If they are not... we need to know... so we can jump all over them. I've heard what they've been doing though, and to me, it still feels like you are the issue.

On second thought... you know..... this Detroit look could be good for some Eminem music videos. Maybe we now have a shot with his location scouts....

I'll contact them and let you know.

-Corey

Two New Shows Added to Lynn Auditorium Roster - Kansas and Legends of Rock & Blues

Hope to see lots of you at the Kenny Rogers concert on December 18th. While it's not my music now, it was the music of growing up. I remember every year decorating our Christmas Tree while Kenny Roger's Christmas album was playing in the background. It should be fun to reminisce while hearing him sing those Christmas tunes live on the 18th,

Lynn Auditorium just announced two new shows for 2011. Check it out and get your tickets soon!


KANSAS, March 19th
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The 2nd Annual Legends of Rock & Blues, February 4th
featuring Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer & Brad Whitford of Aerosmith!
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Get your tickets today at www.lynnauditorium.com, by calling 781-581-2971 or visiting our box office in room 311 of Lynn City Hall during normal business hours.

-Corey

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Poetry, Story, and Song with Don White and Elizabeth McKim - Dec. 16th

TLGUTS is at it again with another unique event in the gallery space. Great way to get up close and personal with singer, song-writer Don White (I'm From Lynn What Can I Say) and poet, Elizabeth McKim. Check out the press release below.

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Poetry, Story and Song, a new event to be held bi-monthly at TLGUTS to promote the art forms of poetry, storytelling and song writing and performance, kicks off on Thursday, December 16th at 8pm. The inaugural performers are celebrated artists Elizabeth McKim and Don White. Each event features artists who have received acclaim in their respective art forms. Each performance is geared towards creating an intimate performance opportunity for both the audience and artists, and will be followed by a light reception. The number of tickets available is limited, so audience members are urged to buy their tickets in advance. 
The first featured artists, poet Elizabeth McKim and folk musician and storyteller Don White, are both Lynn-based artists who are not only highly acclaimed in their respective fields of discipline, but also proponents of the arts in Lynn. McKim has published multiple books of poetry, including, The Red Thread. Mckim is also Poet Laureate of the European Graduate School for Expressive Art Therapy in Switzerland and teaches at Leslie in the department of Creative Arts and Learning. She's a graduate of Goddard College, and guest lectures all over the country on poetry and writing and creativity.

Don White, the P.S.S. musical story teller, i.e. folk musician, is one of the nation's best. After more than twenty years of performing, White has mastered the ability of taking his audience on an emotional journey throughout his performance. He was born and raised right here in Lynn, which gives him a default charisma wrought with sarcasm and insightful humor. White has released more than a half dozen CD's and is also a published author. His book Memoirs of a C student, is a poignant, hysterical, and heartwarming tale spun around his life growing up in Lynn.

The first event, featuring Elizabeth and Don, is Thursday, December 16th, 8pm, at TLGUTS. The cost for tickets is $12 general admission, $6 seniors.

Get your tickets online at http://www.tlguts.com or email jocelynalmy@tlguts.com.  Tickets will be held at the door.


The SERVE IT UP! Ceramics Invitational exhibit will be also be on display at The Little Gallery Under the Stairs thru January, 2010. The gallery is located in the lower level of LynnArts Inc., 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA 01901. Gallery hours: Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm,


Parking: There free evening street parking adjacent to and in front of LynnArts. There is also a parking lot located at the rear of the building.

The LynnArts Inc. building and TLGUTS are both handicap accessible. Please call ahead if assistance is required.

Friday, December 3, 2010

33 Central - We Can't Take it Any MAH!


33 Central continues to get vandalized and further boarded up. Zee Mah and his property are making Central Square look like Detroit. City leaders have met with Mr. Mah and offered our facade program and even found an interested buyer. All efforts have fallen apart. It's completely ridiculous.

Lucky for us, we have some pretty amazing city officials looking out for our Downtown. According to the letter posted on 33 Central Sq, after complaints yesterday about the second vandalism of this property, inspectors were sent to the property from ISD. Jim Cowdell, Jamie Marsh, and Michael Donovan are to be thanked for this fast action. They believe in the importance of our safety. They believe in our downtown revitalization efforts.  Here is what I saw on the property last night.





Danger to life and limb?

No functioning sprinkler system?

Floors and ceilings collapsing?

Now... let's think this through... To the left is Raw Art Works, home of several children and an active urban youth art program that is nationally known. To the right is East Coast Karate and our beloved Columbia Insurance owned by John Olson. East Coast Karate teaches several children karate classes and a class for kids with autism.

So... what do we think? Is it good that this building is in the middle of these two locations and not far from one of the cornerstones of the downtown residential movement, 7 Central Square.

The past two months have seen two vandalism attempts. We've seen this played out in the news before. Homeless gain access to abandoned property with known absentee owners and set up camp for the winter. Yes, they will be trying to keep warm. You all know what that means? We've all seen Lynn's history. We relived a part of it when the Andrew Street lot went up in flames a few years ago. We're lucky no one was hurt and that wasn't connected to residential units. I don't want that to happen to one side of Central Square, do you?

If you can't read the letter here, read it at 33 Central. This is just a picture I took of the letter posted on the window. The Red X above the letters is to let the fire department know that the building is structurally unsafe to enter. They might anyways if our lives are in danger, but come on???

Zee, Clean this property up and get back into compliance with mass state law or get out of our Downtown!

-Corey

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World AIDS Day - December 1st

Growing up in the 80s, I was painstakingly made fully aware of the deadly HIV virus. I remember all of the talk on TV and in the schools. When I was around 10 years old, maybe younger, a friend of my dad's and member of The First Christian Church on Chestnut Street was diagnosed with HIV (church is still there, but the First Christian sign was taken down last year). His name was Michael. He was an involved Lynner and a wonderful man. He passed away in what seemed like a very short amount of time.

According to the World AIDS Day 2010 website, HIV is increasing in every region of the world. There are 33.4 million people living with HIV worldwide. This is broken down pretty much 50/50 men and women, and 2.1 million of that number is children.

In Lynn, we put aside some of our federal housing money for our HOPWA funding (Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS). 

It's still a very real issue in 2010. Today at 4:30PM, teens (and all ages) will be meeting on the steps of City Hall in Lynn, MA to create a human ribbon to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in our community.

Organized by Lynn Community Health Center's KAYA youth and Girls Inc. of Lynn, CAB Health and Recovery Services, Lynn Community Health Center, Health and Education Services, Strongest Link, Project Cope, Lynn YMCA, Lynn Museum and Historical Society, and the US Office of Refugees Resettlement. Please email Harry Schnur at hschnur@lchcnet.org with any questions!

-Corey

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