Monday, February 28, 2011

Lynn Auditorium - Women of Ireland

Don’t miss the WOMEN OF IRELAND, MARCH 12th at the Lynn Auditorium!

Lovers of Celtic music in Massachusetts are in for a special treat when the ‘Women of Ireland’ take the stage at the Lynn Auditorium during a tour of North America on March 12, 2011 for a special Saint Patrick’s event. ‘Women of Ireland’ comprises a 20 member cast made up of the best female performers within the Irish musical tradition performing alongside other world class musicians, singers & dancers. The full scale stage production produced in Ireland has been described as ‘mesmerizing’ by the Irish Examiner and the talent of the cast as ‘superhuman at times…gripping’ by the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

For tickets to this one night only special event, please visit, call the Lynn Auditorium box Office at 781-581-2971, or purchase them in person at the Lynn Auditorium Box office, room 311 Lynn City Hall. For further details on Women of Ireland, see


Friday, February 25, 2011

Clean-Up Saturday, February 26th Followed by TLGUTS closing of Cuba: In Form

Saturday morning we will meet at the clock in Central Square at 10AM.

The DPW is providing bags, shovels, brooms, and rakes. Mother Nature is giving us lots of rain right now to get more of the snow out of the way and uncover more of the trash. Local resident, Greg Gray, bought 20 extra pairs of gloves, but bring your own if you have work gloves to keep your hands warm and safe.

SPIN and The Blue Ox are providing us with morning coffee. I imagine we'll be going strong until about 1PM. At 1PM, we will be heading into LynnArts to see the closing of TLGUTS Cuba: In Form exhibit. Phenomenal photography by Gretjene Helene. Check it out if you haven't already. It's your last chance.

Looking forward to seeing you all and getting our Downtown back to looking like it should.

Big thanks to the Lynn Item for the publicity, SPIN and The Blue Ox for the coffee, and the Mayor's Office and DPW for helping us out with bodies and materials.

See you at the clock!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Bourbon Street 2011 Up Next for Arts After Hours!

Arts After Hours has a very exciting event lined up for March 5th, 2011.  From 7-9PM at LynnArts, 25 Exchange Street, we will have The Kings of New Orleans featuring the music of Elephant Wrecking Ball. The People's Poet, Elizabeth McKim, will be honored with the 2011 AAH Award.

The Blue Ox and Chef Matt O'Neil will be on hand providing Blue Ox cuisine with a New Orleans twist. Turbine Wine Bar and Steve Hanley will be bringing their award winning wine list and beer to the event as well.

I'm also personally excited about the various aspects of artist involvement in this month's event. Stake Airbrushing will be on hand with bodypainting for $10 a person. We'll keep it PG-13, don't worry. :-) Ridiculous city ordinances will remain in force. 

We are bringing in some artist tables and a Saugus company called Artist and Craftsman Supply will be on hand with a free printmaking booth.

Finally, Spiral Glyphics will be outside at 9PM with a fire spinning, fleshing, eating, dancing extravaganza. We hear this is going to be their best show yet.

You can buy tickets now, and I do recommend you get a ticket ahead of time or get to the event early.  We've kept admission low at $8 so lots of people can enjoy the music and the company of neighbors and friends.  Food and wine are an additional charge.

Come and join us on March 5th. It's going to be quite a party!


Friday, February 18, 2011

Emergency Neighborhood Clean-Up - SAVE THE DATE - Feb 26th, 2011 10AM is organizing an Emergency Clean-up of Central Square, Exchange, Munroe, Oxford and parts of Union and Washington Streets. If anyone is interested from Sloan, we will trek over to Essex St. as well.   We will start at the clock in Central Square on Saturday, February 26th and assign areas for everyone to cover starting at 10AM and continuing until 1PM. If you are interested in helping out, please fill out the form below with your e-mail address and we will notify you of the final details. DPW has offered to set us up with all necessary tools and materials and pick up the trash on the following day.

They are slammed right now and they have felt our wrath in our angry e-mails.  While not ideal, they need us to help. I hope you will join us on February 26th.

City Council Agenda for Week of February 21st

Tuesday, February 22nd

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

Public Property Committee, 7:30 P.M., Room 402Discussion re:  Request from Lynn Public Schools to hang banner,
Request from North Shore Christian School to hang banner; discussion re:  21R Michigan Avenue, and Other Business.

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

            City Council Agenda

Roll call
Moment of Silence
Pledge of Allegiance


Richard J. Fortucci, City Treasurer

Dear Councilors:
The City of Lynn has foreclosed on the following property:
21R Michigan Avenue, Owner:  Gail Raymond, Trustee of the Raymond Living Trust.  Please adjust your records accordingly.
Sincerely, Richard J. Fortucci, City Treasurer

Public Hearings:

Public Hearings to be Set Down:

Unfinished Business:
Finance Committee Report of January 25, 2011:

Ordered that the City Comptroller be and is hereby authorized to make the following appropriation transfers:

From the Account of Precinct Payroll:
To the Account of City Clerk Expense:        $14,000.00

From the Account of Reserve Fund:
To the Account of Veteran’s Payroll:            $13,845.48

Adopt Permanently: (previously adopted December 28, 2010 with an emergency)

An Ordinance Amending the Ordinance Regarding Snow Removal in the City of Lynn.

Committee Reports:
License Committee
Public Property Committee
Finance Committee

New Business:

DPW Standard Practices - Snow Removal

Best Practices in Snow Removal for DPW Commissioners of any large city in Massachusetts.

Step 1 - When it snows a lot, make sure to leave snow 2 feet out from each curb in the Downtown area, and 8 feet out from each curb in other areas of the city. This makes it hard for emergency vehicles, MBTA buses, and delivery trucks to do their work.  (Note: For areas of the city where there are thriving restaurants, make sure that there is enough snow left behind, so that the MBTA driver will have to ask the patrons of said restaurant to leave their hot dinners and move their cars. This is especially good for business and first time visitors to our city).

Step 2 - If the amounts of snow are massive, do NOT get out the front end loaders and dump trucks and remove the snow from the business area of your city. This would make it too easy to do business and succeed as a Downtown.

Step 3 - If any residents or businesses complain, do NOT answer their emails regarding this topic.

Step 4 - Create some sort of city-wide ban restricting parking in a hard to understand manner and make it voluntary so no one follows it. Do NOT consider the downtown in a different manner than the suburban portions of your city. That would make things too complicated for YOU to understand.

Step 5 - Once it is 50 degrees out and the snow will pretty much melt on its own to a reasonable distance from the curb, get the front-end loaders out and begin removing the snow from the streets.

Step 6 - Quit your job. (Optionally you could get fired, but the City Council would just reinstate you, so no worries here.)


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fortucci Reinstated as CFO, Effective Immediately

It's 2AM. I honestly don't have a lot of fuel left in me. I did want to let you know the outcome and that the vote was unanimous. If you'd like to see a summary of how your councilors voted, please view

The outcome is dissapointing but expected from a council that never looks forward, only backwards. Loyalty is good to a point, but when presented with what you heard over those three sessions, I can honestly say I am very troubled to be a resident of the city you lead, but oh well. We're kind of getting used to the abuse.

Business as usual in the City of Lynn.

On to more investigation into the Lynn First Foundation. The Daily Item better be on this like hotcakes as of tomorrow . They should have been on it for years. A foundation with Chip as the Director designed for the government to go where the government can't go. Sounds like something worth putting a reporter on to me. 

If not the Item, could the Boston Globe please feel free to step in here.

Glad it's over. Let's move on.

 Key refrain. I've heard it over and over again around this city. It's mostly a message for Claire, but it also has been heard by you over these three days. I hope. You can start by returning my email about snow removal from a month ago and the second one from a week ago. You could also ask Claire or Jay to respond since they were both on both messages.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Removing Fortucci, a play in 3 Acts

Who knows, we might get to a full Shakespearean 5 Act on this one. Last night, Part 2 made it through a few more of the 16 allegations charged against Rich Fortucci.  It's not incredibly easy to follow on LynnCAM, but I tried my best.

While some may see these hearings as a negative thing for our city, I see incredible benefit coming from them. This is a city government exposing itself. FINALLY! This is exactly why Judy got my vote. All of its weaknessess and strengths, all of its leaders at full steam, are in the room inspecting some serious problems we have within the walls of City Hall. Whether they be political or not, they are issues and need to be addressed. I personally hope this is the beginning of a further unraveling of the mess in which Chip left our city.

One particularly disturbing moment last night was when they began to refer to a deleted file from October of 2009 that was removed using administrative rights on January 11, 2010. They still have the ghost image and know what it was and who authored it. You remember that letter we all got from Therese Murray, President of the MA Senate, in our mailboxes during the city-charted required non-partisan Mayoral election. Yes, a draft of that letter was deleted from City Hall servers on Jan. 11th. The author of that letter. Not Therese Murray.

Now, the fact that Ms. Murray did not write it doesn't surprise me. We do that all the time in business. Write a quote or a letter and have a customer or partner sign off on it so we can send it out. What surprises me is that in a city where the charter specifically calls out that city races can not be made into partisan elections, someone in City Hall would agree to author such a letter. Further enraging is that they then removed the evidence sometime later after Judy had already taken office. I'm not sure I even want to know who that person was.  If you watch the proceedings on, watch Cyr's line of questioning and then pay close attention to what happens after they learn the document in question. Lozzi all of a sudden has to go to the bathroom really bad.  :-) Recess!

Now... remember the six hard drives from the Mayor's office that were completely wiped clean. They were wiped clean to the point that no one would be able to retrieve ANYTHING from these drives ever again. This is not an easy thing in computer land. It takes significant effort. It's not just highlight-delete as some of you may think. There are many ways to get data back from a deleted drive. That is, unless you go to great lengths to make sure that is not possible. Under Fortucci's IT department (yes he has oversight over the IT Department as CFO), six drives from Chip's Mayor's office were "inadvertently" wiped clean. A big no-no in city government. He says he had no knowledge of this. So the question becomes, is he still accountable? How could you not know this unprecedented action was occuring in YOUR department and after you did find out how come no one got fired? If we're ever to get to open government and common cause certification, we need to instill these values in every city hall employee.

The Item posted a story today referring to the hearings as an Agatha Cristie novel. It made me think. Where are the investigative journalists on all of this stuff? Why haven't we uncovered anything about this already? It's been a year. Surely, someone will talk.


Friday, February 11, 2011

City Council Agenda for Tuesday 2/15/2011

After a romantic evening on Monday with your sweetheart, what better way to spend a Tuesday night than at City Hall with your favorite political reality show. You can watch on LynnCAM, but I highly recommend getting to this one in person. It includes Part II of The Fortucci Situation (something I like to refer to as the first Mayoral Debate). It is especially interesting to watch your particular Ward councilor speak. I feel bad for some of you and we have some at-large guys in there that make me feel sorry for this city. It becomes clear who is on the side of truth and who is on the side of politics as usual. Make up your own mind, Tuesday at City Hall...... and, if you don't, I might have to make it up for you.

Downtowners!!! Pay special attention to the last tabled item. I've heard that there is an offer on the table for 33 Central Square, which is great news. I'm also hearing that Zee hasn't accepted it yet. Not great news! If no one is going to do anything with this building, it's time for the pressure of this city to be applied in full force. It is a danger to the kids at RAW, it is a danger to a large residential and commercial street block in Central Square (full disclosure, MY BUILDING!!! and I don't want it to burn down) and must be dealt with in whatever way we can.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011:
Personnel Committee, 7:00 P.M., Room 402Discussion re: Request from Veterans Director for
One (1) Entry-Level Full-Time Clerk Typist, and
Other Business.

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

Public Works Committee, 7:30 P.M., Room 408Discussion with the DPW Commissioner and the Police Chief regarding the status of the current equipment in relation to winter snow storms and accidents throughout the City; and Other Business.

City Council Agenda

Roll Call
Moment of Silence
Pledge of Allegiance


Letter of Disclosures from:
Robert Stilian
Stephen Upton
Paul Price
William Trahant
Stephen J. Duffy

Public Hearings:
Petition of National Grid, Craig Spinale, for permission to install a steel stub pole #26-84 in the public way on Hamilton Avenue, between #98 and #102 Hamilton Avenue. (Colucci)

Petition of Verizon, Robert E. Grassia, for permission to place approximately 50 feet of 4” conduit in the intersection of Lynnfield Street and Parker Hill Road and Millard Avenue, from Manhole #339 to New Pole #46/86 (Pole 46/86 is being relocated approximately 30 feet) and to place approximately 20 feet of 4” conduit from the new pole location to the existing main line conduit system on Lynnfield Street to establish a new underground connection from the new pole to the Verizon conduit system.

Public Hearings to be Set Down:
Petition of Verizon, Robert Grassia, for permission to locate one pole, wires, cables and fixtures, including the necessary anchors, guys and or such sustaining and protecting fixture to be owned and used in common along Bailey Street, for service for #41-54 Bailey Street, and to lay and maintain underground laterals, cables and wires in the above or intersection public ways for the purpose of making connections with such pole and buildings.

Petition of National Grid, Philip Courcy, for the installation of 3650’ + of 12-5” and 1525’ + of 6-5” PVC-EB conduit and miscellaneous underground equipment on Union Street.

Unfinished Business:
Continuation of Special Council Meeting to take whatever action the Council so desires on the following:

A Public Hearing to determine whether to remove Richard J. Fortucci as Chief Financial Officer for the City of Lynn.

Committee Reports:
Personnel Committee
License Committee
Public Works Committee

New Business:

Petition of AT&T Mobility, Inc., Francis Kelley, for permission to do minor modification of an existing stealth Wireless Communication facility from 6-9 antennas, unmanned, no change in operation at Grace United Methodist Church at 372 Broadway. (Lozzi) Tabled 12/28/10

Petition of AT&T Mobility, Inc., Francis Kelley, for permission to do minor modification of an existing wireless communication facility from 6-9 antennas, unmanned, no change in operation at 500 Lynnfield Street. (Lozzi) Tabled 12/28/10.

Recommends that the Lynn City Council be requested to set down a Public Hearing relative to a burnt, dilapidated or dangerous building or other structure located at 33 Central Square and, after hearing, may make record an order adjudging it to be a nuisance to the neighborhood or dangerous and prescribing to its disposition, alteration, or regulation all as authorized by Massachusetts General
Laws, Chapter 139, Section 1. (Crighton) Tabled 1/11/11

The Blue Burguesa - Friday the 11th at 12 noon.

not the Blue, but YUMMY!
Working from home today? Work in Lynn? on vacation? Come to Fernando's for The Blue Burguesa between 12 and 2PM. I will be there enjoying one myself. His burger specials have been part of his lunch menu for some time and I have to say, they are simply amazing. Juan has a way with ingredients in the kitchen like no other.

It's more fun if you join us! Come to Fernando's at 28 Munroe Street, Lynn, MA between 12 and 2PM. Tell him sent you.

See you there.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Exposed Urban TV with DTL Resident Nick Parker

We've been working on Exposed Urban TV for a few months now and one of the great side effects is getting to meet the interesting people we have living in Downtown Lynn. Nick Parker is a music writer from Ryan's Smashing Life, a music and entertainment website focused on the Boston scene. Check out the interview below.

For more episodes, please check out

Check out @exposedurban and @theRSL on Twitter

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

On the Next Lynn City Hall....

This is way better than Jersey Shore. Just sayin.... 

Next Tuesday, the Fortucci hearing continues as an agenda item on the regular city council meeting. It means another session sure to go to midnight or later. Once has the video out I will definitely watch it and provide some commentary.

I got out from rehearsal last night and caught the very end of the session on LynnCAM. Just based on what I saw, I'm sure the council provided much comedy throughout the four and a half hours. I got to see Cyr calling out the Mayor on her management skills. She referred him to our City Charter and reminded him that she is not the one on trial. It was a brilliant smack down. What the Mayor forgets is that our council doesn't read or follow developed plans, strategies or practices except when convenient.

I hope you are all paying close attention. Buy an Item and read the story. Go to and watch the video. See your councilors in action. It will help vote some of them OUT come election time.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

North Shore Dish Begins It's Lunch in Lynn Series - Lupita Restaurant

As you all know, I love to eat. As you also know, I love to eat in Lynn. The incredible variety of ethnic foods we have at our doorstep makes us a very unique lunch and dinner destination. I'm so happy that North Shore Dish was able to experience this in the first of (what I hope is) many visits to "Lunch in Lynn."

I could wax poetic (their words) about my experience at Lupita Restaurant, but why not hear it from the experts. 


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Free Food (well...sort of) TONIGHT in Downtown Lynn!

I'm really glad that the forecasting had everyone pretty much convinced that the world was coming to an end. This equates to restaurants giving us free food for slipping and sliding our way down the sidewalks of Downtown Lynn.


The Blue Ox 
Oxford Street

Free Pappardelle Bolognese with purchase of 2008 Justin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California being poured by the glass from their Ox Cellar list.

56 Central Square 

FREE margherita pizza with the purchase of any artisan pizza. Trivia begins at 8:30PM.



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Blue Ox - Open and Packed on This Snowy Night

You can't even fight the people off with snowflakes. They are going to pack The Blue Ox no matter what you do.  Tonight, you all proved my previous post on why I love the snow. I actually knew a bunch of you in the Ox tonight and it was great to see a bunch of neighbors out enjoying some of the most amazing food in the Greater Boston area.

I don't think they even needed a special to get us to come in tonight, but they had one and it was very delicious. When you purchased a glass of 2008 Truchard Zinfandel, Carneros, California it came with a bowl of Wild Mushroom Ravioli- braised kale, mushrooms, thyme, marsala wine, porcini cream, Parmigiano. Both were delectable. You can never go wrong at this place.

I found a new blog, Gestalt Project, and apparently they were at the Ox as well tonight. We have another blogger on our hands. Seems they also enjoyed their meal.

Thanks for being open on this snowy Tuesday night. More importantly, thanks for being awesome and a reason people are discovering Lynn... even in the snow.


Fortucci - To Be Continued

Official continuation order from the City Council Office:

"The Special City Council meeting this evening at 8:00 p.m. has been CONTINUED to Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the request of both parties.  tcy"

Usually when you continue something, it implies that something has already happened. Right?

Wrong? Even Merriam-Webster agrees that this is a perfectly legit way of communicating a postponment of a meeting.

continue: (transitive verb) to postpone (a legal proceeding) by a continuance

City Council is run by a lawyer so it all makes sense. The hearing on Fortucci's continued employ in the City Of Lynn was "continued" to next Tuesday.

They made sure to note in the update that both parties had requested this...ummm....continuation.

So, we will continue next week to start a hearing for the first time as continued from the last time which did not occur onTuesday, February 1st but will continue on Tuesday, February 8th in continuation of what was to be continued.

I hope that's clear.

If not, here it is in Lynn's English. There's a freaking Snow Storm and the meeting has been rescheduled to next Tuesday. (Doesn't sound as cool... I should become a lawyer)


Snow - A Gentle Reminder

I know I'm going to get slammed for this, but I'm diggin' the snow. These snowstorms have reminded me why I moved to an urban area. I could still get out and get breakfast this morning. I know that a few places will be open tomorrow morning as well. In the last snowstorm, we got a ton of people out of the loft buildings to go to trivia at Turbine. It's a reminder that dense living is smart living. We can have everything we need in close proximity and have fun with our great neighbors while all the suburbanites are shoveling out their driveways.

There is something beautiful about Downtown Lynn in a snow storm. I've enjoyed seeing the photo galleries from Seth at after each storm. Obviously a lot of you agree, or he wouldn't have such a flood of material after each storm.

During the storm, tell us what's open in Downtown Lynn on Facebook. Let's get out, support Lynn, and meet a new neighbor.

Let it SNOW!


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