Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Future of Lynn - Guest Post by Jim Cowdell of Lynn's EDIC

Jim Cowdell is the Executive Director of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Lynn (EDIC). He wanted to share this message with our readers.

As we look towards Lynn’s future let’s take one second and look back. The year was 2003 and, to be honest, Downtown Lynn was stuck. The city had tried one initiative after another to jump start the downtown. In addition to the vacant store fronts, crimes, and bad reputation, Downtown Lynn really didn’t have an identity.

2004 brought a major positive step forward. The city rezoned the downtown which would allow for residential conversion to the existing industrial buildings located throughout the central business district. This was a complete 180 in strategic thinking. The old philosophy of downtown revival was to come up with a key business and then have that key business attract other businesses and so on and so on…. It is clear now, that was backwards thinking. The key to downtown revival is bodies. We need people living and working in the central business district. Keep in mind that in 2003 there were no lofts and this way of thinking was not exactly received with open arms. I can remember when I proposed the idea a very vocal (pre blog days!) group told me in no uncertain terms that I was crazy and who the heck would want to live in Downtown Lynn!

Now, I can say the answer to that question is many people! Since 2004 over $35,000,000 in development has occurred. Additionally, $3,000,000 in city funds were invested in infrastructure improvements. Today, 250 people have moved in and now call downtown Lynn their home.

Where do we go from here?

First, we are still in the infant stage of this renaissance. The identity is now being formed. A group of new residents has declared the downtown as their neighborhood and have a loud voice that demands to be heard.

Recently, I’m sure you read about my efforts to go after the owners of the Hawthorne. Whether you agree or not with this drastic step, here’s something I want you to think about. There was a time when an abandoned building in downtown didn’t get the attention of city officials. Today, because of the residents living there and the new businesses opening there, the message is clear… this is unacceptable.

As I look forward I see that the future is bright. We have two commercial expansions that will bring more people into downtown. A key building, 14 Central Street has just been bought and when fully occupied will bring a mixture of residents and businesses into the Central Square area. We are now developing an arts and cultural district. We have put aside $250,000 for start up loan funds to encourage and entice businesses with an Arts and Cultural focus to open up shop in downtown. We have an additional $500,000 for other businesses to locate here.

We are living in the worse recession of our lifetime and are still making progress. I could talk about the commuter Ferry which will be coming to Lynn in a few years. I could talk about the power lines being relocated which will allow for 150 acres of ocean front development. I could talk about a lot of things but today I wanted to talk about downtown. Today more than ever, the future is bright. More people are going to be moving into downtown which will mean more businesses will be opening up. I see a theatre, new restaurants, new art galleries, new businesses and new residents. And if you are reading this and you are one of the ‘new’ residents that are living in downtown, you should be proud. You were one of the pioneers that saw what we see, the potential.

Today, I am telling you to keep believing. That potential that you saw and that you invested in will come to fruition. Good things are around the corner. There will be people that will disagree and say these things will never happen. I know these people… I heard them saying people wouldn’t live in downtown back in 2004. They were wrong then and they are wrong now.

Keep speaking, keep pushing and above all else keep believing. All engines forward!

Jim Cowdell,
Executive Director

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wine Survey - Help with some Downtown Market Research

There is a lot of talk lately about new developments downtown. Some of that is looking into possibilities in the wine category. Please take some time to fill out this survey anonymously and provide some data for those looking to get going with some pretty interesting business plans in our Downtown.

Fill out the survey now, it will take 5 minutes.

Monday, March 28, 2011

WGBH Greater Boston Where We Live: Lynn

The Emily Rooney Show - Lynn, MA

Great show about giving the City of Lynn a chance on NPR at lunch today. Great job by Jim Cowdell of the EDIC and Adam Riley, a WGBH correspondent who recently swept through our city trying to figure out how we as residents of this great place, get past the raised eyebrow when we tell people we are from Lynn.

Emily Rooney opened with the right highlights. Gorgeous coast lines, proximity to Boston, cheap real estate, burgeoning downtown, and now... development on the Southern Waterfront.

Adam Riley took the mic first and explained that he had lived here for 5 years near the water. Loved how diverse and cosmopolitan Lynn was when he lived here. Walk, run, or bicycle down Lynn shore Drive along the Atlantic ocean and hear many different languages. Go into the downtown and various neighborhoods throughout Lynn and enjoy many different cuisines from many different cultures. He said he loved living in Lynn but felt he had to defend it whenever he told someone where he lived. "Well I live in Lynn, but right on the Swampscott line" or "I live in Lynn, but I just rent, we are saving to buy a house somewhere else." His program tonight on Greater Boston will attempt to dive into that question. How do we get past the stigma! It made me think a bit about my own approach to living in this great city. Is this blog a celebration of who we are or a giant defensive statement against who you think we are? Maybe a little of both.

Jim Cowdell from the EDIC also joined Adam and Emily on the program. He hit on the rezoning of the city in 2004 which led to $35 million in development and the influx of 250 residents downtown. He made some great forward looking strategic statements. The approach is about residents first, commercial second. Get that number to 500. Bring more of those priced out of the Boston market to Lynn. Speaking personally, I am so happy to live among these neighbors. An incredible place to be as a young professional working in Boston.

Matt O'Neil got a few sound bites related to the Blue Ox success in Downtown Lynn. One thing that really stuck out was his comment amount building great things. His restaurant is truly a great dining spot. It makes coming to Lynn for dinner an experience. He draws people in from Peabody, Middleton, Nahant, the North End and all over the Greater Boston area. Build it and they will come does work when it's the right thing and has a certain level of quality associated with it.

Cowdell got to plug the 4.5% loans for small business looking to open up shop in our Downtown. You can even fund up to 50K in startup costs through these 4.5% loans. Finally, the establishment of the Arts & Culture District in a very specific area of the Downtown will lead to further creative opportunities both through arts organizations and opportunities for digital media, graphic design, photography, performance, and visual art related jobs.

Tonight at 7PM, watch WGBH's Greater Boston for more about Lynn, MA. In the words of EDIC director Jim Cowdell, "You will fall in love with our city, if you give us a shot!"


Today at noon, tune in to NPR to hear Emily Rooney talking about Lynn.

At 7PM, WGBH will be doing a show on Lynn during this time of economic change.

Friday, March 25, 2011

This Weekend in Downtown Lynn

Tonight is the night to have some fun in Downtown Lynn.  DJ Seth will be at Turbine Wine Bar, 56 Central Square, starting at 9PM with Ready Captain: indie rock, new wave and classic alternative.  At 8PM, the karaoke machine lights up at Tatiana's on Market Street.

On Saturday, make sure to check out Family Day at the Lynn Museum from noon to 4PM. Become a member of the museum while you are there. They are doing great things and are an important resource for us to support. This summer they will be hosting Arts After Hours 2nd annual Back Yard Bash. Can't wait!

Follow that up with a visit to The Little Gallery Under the Stairs @ 25 Exchange Street (LynnArts) for the opening of their new show, TASTE from 4-6PM.  Check out the shows at LynnArts while you are there. Capturing Time in the Time Warner Gallery and Fizz by Valera Velev in the Willow Community Gallery.

While you're sitting on your couch on Sunday recovering from all this fun, log on to Arts After Hours and get your tickets for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The June 10th (opening night) show has guest speller Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. I can guarantee those tickets won't last long. Check our website for the guest speller lineup including Charles Gaeta (LHAND), Mark DeJoie (Blue Ox/SPIN), David J. Solimine, Jr. (Solimine, Landergan & Richardson Funeral Homes) Lucy Dearborn (Lucia Lighting and Design), Lowell Gray (, Brendan Crighton (Downtown's Councilor), and Kate Luchini (Lynn Museum). Show runs June 10th-June 19th. Only 100 seats per performance.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Globe Article on Hawthorne's Restaurant

The only thing wrong with this article on Hawthorne's in Downtown Lynn is the picture is dated and does not show the current look of the property. This story has brought much debate to this blog and I enjoyed a very heated debate after trivia last night. Check out the article. Good comments from both sides. Happy to see good businesses such as Cal's News represented in the article. I applaud the efforts of our city to move the Downtown forward.

This square is pivotal to connect the commerce of Central Square to the activity on Oxford, Munroe and ultimately Market and the Auditorium. Once the city gets this area figured out, we need to move on to Mayo Group once and for all. As was brought up in discussion last night, they are holding many buildings along our gateways to our Downtown and we need a strategy on how to get them moving on those as well. Piece by piece, our downtown is coming back to life.

Watch for a special on what's going in Downtown Lynn on WGBH Monday at 7PM.  


Monday, March 21, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lynn Community Coffee House - A Giant Leap Forward

Friday night we got a glimpse. The lucky 200 who got in the door, that is, got a real glimpse. It was of the future of Lynn.

It was simple. A few hundred chairs, a couple of stage lights, a microphone, and a black felt backdrop.

It was RAW. A church basement, a bag of popcorn, a few local artists, and a community non-profit.

So simple, and when the comedian that night took the stage, something happened in Lynn that cannot be undone. We became the real deal. This is a true beginning of another group pouring their talents, time, and energy into a coffee house experience rivaling those you may find in Cambridge and Somerville. The fact that it was happening in a church basement on our Common made it all the more powerful to me.

If you were not there, you not only missed some of the most amazing and insightful politically charged comedy I've heard in a long time, you missed being a part of this community's giant leap forward.

If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm talking about Jimmy Tingle at the Lynn Community Coffee House at St. Stephen's Church on Friday night. Jimmy spent the last year at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in an attempt to figure out how he could impact public policy changes through the use of humor. I think he nailed it. He definitely changed a few hearts and minds at this Coffee House. He at least made people question a few of their own beliefs. I am sure of it.

The church was absolutely beautiful. At 7:30, the reverend took us on a tour of the building which is completely decked out with the most beautiful Tiffany windows. Apparently, the oldest Tiffany windows in a church. The church is on the state and federal historic registers. A really beautiful visual. I encourage you all to check out this place.

You really missed something amazing on Friday night, if you weren't one of the 200. Make sure you leap on the tickets for the next Coffee House. I will no doubt be letting you know about it.

Three cheers to Lynn native and performing artist Don White, Jocelyn Almy-Testa of TLGUTS, and Rev. Jane Gould from St. Stephen's for bringing Lynn a giant leap forward. Thank you!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Progress in Downtown Lynn Development Hinges on 33 Central and Hawthorne Property

A few weeks back I saw some workers on the second floor of 33 Central. Looked liked contractors checking the place out.  Could this be the Buyer we keep hearing about? Fingers crossed!   14 Central is still moving forward with RCG.  If both of these things happen we'll have 20-30 new residential units. This is fantastic progress.

33 Central would complete the puzzle of the odd-numbered side of Central Square. Next target will need to be that Mayo Group eyesore next to Turbine and then Central Square will be complete. We will get our Downtown built, even if we have to do it kicking and screaming and by dragging land and building owners back to the tables they deserted long ago.

The DTL residents, businesses and artists are bringing people to DTL.  We need to show these visitors that DTL is not an afterthought. Yes, that means YOU TOO - building owners. You are in this game too, whether you still want to be or not.

Jim Cowdell and the EDIC need to keep the pressure on the Owners of the Hawthorne.  This parcel is ripe for development. Supreme To Go, Cal's News, and 47 Central are blighted by this eyesore. The family should be completely ashamed of themselves. Letting it go since 2003 when SO MUCH DEVELOPMENT was going on from 2004-2008. It just doesn't make sense. Then to learn they actually had an offer on the place in 2008 (according to the Item). Then to learn they had a development plan in place and did NOTHING but sit on it. How long do we wait! They are holding hostage that square and once developed we can finally link Central Square to the gigantic lot on Andrew Street left vacant by the recent fire. 

The re-development of the  boarded up 33 Central and the taking of the old eyesore, Hawthorne's Restaurant are opportunities to continue the momentum we all are experiencing in Downtown Lynn.

Get behind the EDIC and our Councilors and we can keep moving forward. Get in the way and you're going to be pushed aside.


City Council Agenda for Week of 22nd

City Meetings and City Council Agenda for March 22nd, 2011

Ways and Means Committee, 7:00 P.M., Room 402
Discussion re:  Council Orders 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 from Julienne Muteba to redeem Property at 15-19 South Street, Unit 19-2, and Other Business.

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

Roll Call
Moment of Silence
Pledge of Allegiance

Accept minutes of February 22, 2011.

Citation Presentation to Harold Samuelson in recognition for his service on the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission.

Appointment of John Pace, 84 Carter Road, Lynn, MA to the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission

Public Hearings:

Public Hearings to be Set Down:
Petition of Eugene J. Dean, Fiesta Shows for a Carnival Fundraiser for the 4th of July Fireworks Fund at Lynn Tech Field for Sunday, April 17 to April 24.  (Ford)

Unfinished Business:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kansas hits Lynn Auditorium this Saturday

Don’t miss timeless hits like Dust in the Wind and Carry on Wayward Son this Saturday night, March 19th at the beautiful Lynn Auditorium!

Get your tickets today at, by calling 781-581-2971 or visiting our box office in room 311 of Lynn City Hall during normal business hours.  Tickets will be available at the door on Saturday!

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Also on sale now:

Juanes, April 9

The Texas Tenors, April 22

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, April 30

Howie Mandel, May 20

Monday, March 14, 2011

Jimmy Tingle in Lynn on Friday, March 18th

Jocelyn Almy-Testa and Don White have paired up to bring Jimmy Tingle to town over at St. Stephens church on the Lynn Commons. Press Release below! Exciting stuff.

Jimmy Tingle Plays Inaugural
Lynn Community Coffee House Show
Friday March 18, 8PM at St. Stephen’s Church, Lynn

LYNN MA – Jimmy Tingle won’t be on his home turf when he plays the Lynn Community Coffee House March 18 at 8PM, but he will be on familiar ground. The Cambridge native comedian, noted for his appearances on 60 Minutes II and HBO, is a community-minded guy, and this is a community-minded show.

Organized by Lynn native Don White, Jocelyn Almy-Testa of Lynn’s The Little Gallery Under the Stairs, and Reverend Jane Gould of St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church, the Lynn Community Coffee House will provide outreach to the Lynn community. Local artists will hang their work in the space, local organizations have been invited to display their literature, and there will be a silent auction to benefit ECCO, which helps to create jobs for the city's youth.

“I’m thrilled I’m going to be there,” says Tingle. “I’m going to be funny. I’m going to be smart. As they say in Boston, I’m going to be wicked funny. Wicked funny and wicked smaht.”

Tingle ran Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway Theater for five years in Somerville, and he knows what a good venue or show can do for the local economy. “It helps the performers, it helps the local community, it helps the church, it helps all the people who benefit from the church, and it helps the local economy in a big way,” he says. “For every one dollar that is spent on an entertainment ticket, three dollars is spent in the surrounding neighborhood.”

Almy-Testa agrees, and would like to see an arts scene develop in Lynn to help improve the community’s quality of life. “I think events like this, and also other things going on in the city, like The Lynn Auditorium programming, events being held at LynnArts, Walnut Street, and Arts After Hours, are all contributing to an environment in which people see Lynn as a place to go to have meaningful experiences, and quality entertainment options,” she says. “It helps commerce, helps our quality of life, gives people a chance to enjoy themselves, and overall brings the community together in a positive way.”

“We want the event to highlight all of the wonderful things going on in Lynn,” she adds. “Any organization can send us information about what they have going on in the city, and we will highlight them at the event, and on our website.”

The silent auction and a tour of the church begin at 7PM. Reverend Jane will conduct the tour, which features some of the oldest Tiffany windows still intact in the US. Hair of the Dog Party at Turbine Wine Bar, 56 Central Square, after the show. Tickets available in advance through the TLGUTS Web site.

Jimmy Tingle Live
Lynn Community Coffee House
Friday, March 18 8PM
St. Stephen’s Church
74 South Common Street
Lynn, Massachusetts 01902
Tickets: $20

Jimmy Tingle
St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church
The Little Gallery Under the Stairs

Lynn, Lynn, City of ... Foundations?

So, apparently there was an important event in the City of Lynn this weekend.

Several of you forwarded the email about some person who signed an email "Citizens 4 Lynn Foundation" with an email address for some and for others. Both of them with the name "City Lynn" as their first and last name. I could understand "Citizens Lynn" or something but why deliberately set up the email to look like it's coming from the "City Lynn."

This email was to get people to go to an event where Tim Phelan would announce his run for Councilor-at-Large.

I honestly don't believe Tim Phelan did this.

I think it's someone who thought they were doing something good for Tim, but this is messed up.

Tim Phelan should come out with a public statement against this e-mail. Not the way to start a campaign. Let's dive in. I give you both email headers:

From: City Lynn <>
Date: March 11, 2011 11:19:50 PM EST
Subject: Important Lynn Event- Sat March 12

From: "City Lynn" <>
Date: Mar 11, 2011 11:31 PM
Subject: Important Lynn Event- Sat March 12

If you want the email, ask a friend. It seems everyone in town got a copy of this.

Why does one make up a Lynn Foundation a couple weeks after a controversy about a Lynn foundation? It's just plain .... well, I'll let you fill in the blanks.

With each person who forwarded this email to me, they all had different questions. As if I am supposed to know what goes on in this odd world we live in. I had no answers for my poor readers, only more questions myself.

One person pointed out the use of the number 4. I would assume this means that this is a group of 4 Citizens who live in Lynn.Maybe it's 4 Groups of people? Maybe they meant "for" and not "4." Nah, couldn't be that.

Another person pointed out the absurdity of assuming one can be an independent voice for all the children, people, and businesses in this great City. Children apparently are not people, but it's good to know that they still have a voice.

Another pointed out that the email states we need to support Lynn's leaders for the next generation. This obviously points out that he is not a leader now, but it's very good to hear that in this next generation he's going to step it up a bit.

Finally the email proudly states that All are Welcome and NO DONATION is REQUIRED if you bring this email.  So if you bring the email you received from Citizens 4 Lynn Foundation you get in for free. Hmmm....

So that's it. What do you think of the Citizens 4 Lynn Foundation, I mean the Citizens Foundation 4 Lynn, I mean the... oh never mind...

While not a legal term, the word Foundation has a responsibility that comes with using it. Let's stop abusing this word in the City of Lynn.

Did you go to the event? How was it? Should we vote for Councilor Phelan in 2011 for Councilor-at-Large?


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Next Steps

What are the necessary next steps in our Downtown's forward progress.

EVENTS - We have some great events moving forward with Lynn Museum, Arts After Hours, RAW, LynnArts, Mass Theatrica, Building Bridges Through Music, and the Lynn Auditorium.  From visual arts to music to theatre to one night charity events, we have a nice mix going on. More please!  We all need to embrace competition. It's all good for Downtown Lynn. MORE MORE MORE!

LANDLORDS - Whether you agree with the tactics of our city leaders or not, the pressure being placed on properties such as 33 Central and Hawthorne's is going to force at least a second look from the landlords. They should either get on the train or let it leave without them. Either way, the train is slowly starting to move. It's a lot less painful to jump out now.

CONDOS - In addition to 14 Central Ave and 33 Central Square which seem to be moving in positive directions towards possible new housing, we need more and in the right areas. We need some more density around Central Square. I think gobbling up Hawthorne's might be just what is needed to connect the Central Square area with that vacant lot on Andrew Street left by that grease fire. That is primo land for some great new mixed use space with the potential for several new condos.

COLLEGE TOWN - We need NSCC to expand as they wish and we should encourage some of that expansion to cross the street. Get those college kids walking around Central Square during the day. I love the mention of a possible auditorium in the expansion plan. What our Arts and Culture district lacks is a good 200-300 seat auditorium.  This could fill this gap.

AIR CONDITIONED AUDITORIUM - Let's get Lynn Auditorium air conditioned once and for all. Let's do it! It's an important piece of the puzzle so that our downtown entertainment venue can thrive during the summer months and continue to bring support to local restaurants to the tune of 2200 bodies a night.

RESTAURANTS - The Ox is packed every night. Lupita Restaurant and Tatiana's have a growing crowd and Tatiana's has begun some great comedy nights as well. Turbine Wine Bar is growing it's late night scene and dinner crowd with its' incredible new pizza menu. During the day, nothing beats a trip over to Fernando's. Nothing!  So, it's a destination for lunch and dinner. More restaurants makes it even more so. BBQ please. Cool, trendy Burger Joint please. Cafe in the downtown with a good cappuccino please. Italian. Indian. Sushi. Anything. We're ready. We're hungry.

CITY - No, I'm not going to complain about anyone here. I'm going to plead with someone to hire a freakin city planner. ONE city planner. ONE who understands urban revitalization and how it works well. A consultant probably to get around the ridiculous residency requirement. DO IT! With every step we take in the wrong direction, we hurt ourselves so much. We've made too many mistakes in allowing certain development to proceed. Need someone to take a look at this area and really start to break it apart street by street and decide exactly what will work where, and go and help the right people make it happen.

So much good is happening. Put your efforts into one of these categories. You will be rewarded.


Audience Development in Downtown Lynn

I feel bad I haven't been able to write as much the past few weeks, but I wanted to touch base with the readers and let them know of the great progress we are making. We're really starting to develop an audience in Downtown Lynn.  At Arts After Hour's last event, we had a lot of new faces and an incredible range in the demographic. It was great to see the area politicians and city leaders out at the Downtown events as well. City Council President Tim Phelan, State Rep. Steve Walsh, Councilors Capano, Crighton, Cahill, Lozzi, and Lynn Housing Authority Executive Director, Charlie Gaeta were all in attendance. It's great to have these guys all involved in what is happening downtown. I hope to see it continue and spread like wildfire to other Department heads and the rest of the council.

We once again saw an amazing collaboration of Lynners from Turbine Wine Bar (Stephen Hanley), The Blue Ox (Matt O'Neil), LynnArts, SPIN, SCILynn, DTLna, TLGUTS, Subterranean, Spiral Glyphics, Stake Airbrushing,, The Lynn Item, and It's great to see all of these entities coming together to produce memorable nights for this new audience.

The spirit of collaboration and volunteerism is incredible and is already being felt as we put together our cast and crew for the June Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. For the Bee, we have already signed on many special guests as guest spellers including our Mayor for opening night on June 10th.

It's a really special time to be creating in Downtown Lynn. If you're looking to get involved, please reach out. We need you.


Monday, March 7, 2011

City Council Agenda for Week of March 8th

TUESDAY, March 8, 2011:

Public Safety Committee, 6:30 P.M., Room 402Discussion re: Constable Appointments and discussion re: the city’s Shopping Cart Ordinance, and Other Business.

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

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


March 8, 2011

Roll Call
Moment of Silence
Pledge of Allegiance

Accept Meeting Minutes of February 1, 2011, February 8, 2011, February 15, 2011
and February 16, 2011

Citation Presentation to Walter V. Proodian in recognition for his service on the Pine Grove Cemetery Commission.

Presentation by members of the Lynn Community Health Center’s KAYA and Girls Inc.’s La Verdad Youth Groups regarding the pricing and availability of Other Tobacco Products in the City of Lynn.

Public Hearings:
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. (Colucci)

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 #52 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. (Lozzi)

Public Hearings to be Set Down:
Petition of Flowers by Lorraine, James Keighley, for permission for a sign permit at 541-543 Boston Street. (Ford)

Petition of Lynnway Motor Sales, J. Ronald Costa, for permission for a Class II License at 299-309-315 Lynnway. (Capano)

Unfinished Business:
Finance Committee (From the meeting of February 22)
Ordered that the City Comptroller be and is hereby authorized to make the following appropriation transfer:
From the Account of ISD Payroll: To the Account of Workers Compensation Payroll:

Ordered that there be and hereby is appropriated One Million Nine Hundred Fifty Four Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy Three Dollars and zero Cents

Ordered that thereby and hereby is appropriated Five Hundred Ten Thousand Five Hundred Fifty Five Dollars and Zero Cents ($510,555.00) as allotted to the City of Lynn by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for law enforcement initiatives through September 12, 2012.

Committee Reports:
Public Safety Committee
License Committee
Finance Committee

New Business:
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

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Tonight's Gonna Be A Good Night!

It's here, Bourbon Street 2011. Tonight at LynnArts, 25 Exchange Street 7-9:30PM After-party at Turbine at 9:30.

Arts After Hours team has done it again. We have managed to bring together artists, businesses, residents, and musicians in support of our great Downtown.  Tonight we have Poet Elizabeth McKim, The Kings of New Orleans featuring Elephant Wrecking Ball, Stake Airbrushing, Photographer Cheryl Pyburn, Spiral Glyphics fire performance, The Blue Ox with Chef Matt O'Neil, Turbine Wine Bar with owner Steve Hanley, and the crew from Arts After Hours.  An amazing collaboration to benefit so much of what is going in the right direction in our Downtown. The impact doesn't start or end at the event. Lots of people start at The Ox and the after-party is at Turbine Wine Bar (after-party is free with admission to Bourbon Street).

So... be a part of this one. We have pre-sold a lot of tickets. Get there early to get your tickets at the door or lock in a ticket now at

Don't miss out on this. Everyone is going to be talking about it on Monday.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Energized - Arts After Hours

I have to apologize to my faithful readers. I haven't been writing as much lately. No witty banter about Tuesday night Comedy Improv at City Hall. No immature statements about a local organization or person who I can't stand. No complaints about the local paper. As a matter of fact, I am loving the Item lately. I think Phelan's got writer's block or something because we haven't had a juicy ordinance to discuss in quite a while. Fortucci hearings are over and all is quiet.

So, why am I writing tonight. Well, I got home from my night out around Downtown Lynn and I rambled for about 10 minutes straight about everything that's going on to my wife. I barely breathed for a straight 5 minutes during my monologue. I realized something after I was done.  I'm finally doing what I love in the city that I love.  For so long, I've been directing theatre in places like Concord, Acton and even Sudbury. It's so good to be ramping up a show right next door in the Black Box at LynnArts. It's even more engaging to be producing a show like The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, where we can involve local celebs as guest spellers and show our community a high-quality, high production-value community theatre production of this Tony Award winning show. We are mostly cast and I can honestly say that this is going to blow you away!

If you haven't heard already, Arts After Hours next one-night event is Bourbon Street and it is this Saturday at 7PM @LynnArts on 25 Exchange Street. We are so incredibly excited and the response has been wild. I highly recommend you buy your tickets in advance on This will surely sell out at some point during the evening.

I hope you're feeling as energized as I am. Sometimes when you are creating things, you get caught up in them and think they're great and no one is there with you. For some reason, I think a lot of you are right there with me. We're making it happen in the Arts & Cultural District of Downtown Lynn, our beloved Central Square.

As always, thanks for reading.  Hope to see you on Saturday night!


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