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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Top Lynn Pages to Like on Facebook

Ok boys and girls, it's time to get your clicker ready and click like on all these buttons. It will help you to follow what is going on in Downtown Lynn and show your support for the businesses and organizations that are doing such great work bringing our Downtown to life.


We'll start with us. If you haven't liked this yet, what's wrong with you?


Arts After Hours is producing one night events in Lynn with visual artists and musicians as well as a full season of Theatre starting with a musical in June 2011 called The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.


TLGUTS is on the bottom floor of the LynnArts building. Current exhibit TASTE is about to close. They will have an exhibit called Word Play that will be open in conjunction with the musical for Arts After Hours.



LynnHappens is run by Seth Albaum and is a phenomenal resource for the latest happenings, calendar, and some great articles about the city as a whole. He religiously records all city council sessions and has just recently begun airing school committee meetings as well.


Lynn Auditorium is on fire if you haven't noticed. I mean that in a good way. This weekend we have the Boston Gay Men's Chorus. On Deck is Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and Howie Mandel. Buy tickets and help pack this place for everything they do! You will not be disappointed.


LynnArts houses two great galleries, a black box theatre, and several artist studios. Right now they have a Lynn Schools exhibit which is fantastic. They also show several professional visual artists througout the year.


Lynn Museum is a great resource for Lynn history and also houses the Historical Society and all the records and archives that go along with that. It has been an incredible hot spot for some of the most amazing events downtown in the past few years.


Traveling Piano is a project of SPIN and the United Way and is a phenomenal community builder. The piano was last seen on the raised MBTA platform.


Turbine Wine Bar is a great place to go for dinner, drinks or both. Fantastic wine list, great food. They recently added a broccoli and cheese in a bread bowl to die for!


Fernando's is the best breakfast and lunch place in Lynn. His chef skills are even experienced in something as simple as a breakfast sandwich, but come out strong in his sandwiches at lunchtime. If you're ever lucky enough to catch a burger special, GET IT!


The Blue Ox is set up as a group so I can't put a little like box up here. You need to click on this link and join the group.You won't be sorry. Be the first to hear about specials, events, etc. The best food on the North Shore when it comes to dinner. Matt O'Neil is a genius.

Tatiana's is a neighborhood favorite. A lot of the downtown residents go there for brunch. It's also a great spot if you want to play darts or pool while you grab a drink or some food. The menu is very diverse meaning there is something for everyone.


Love the folks at RAW. They do wonderful things for the youth in Lynn and surrounding communities but they also run a mad awesome event every May. This year's BASH is on May 21st.


The Urban Wine Project is a winery in Downtown Lynn. The first wine will be an Oxford Pinot Noir. They will have a Central Square Chardonnay as well. Check out the page for more on how this all works!


The Wine Gallery is Downtown Lynn residents Kevin Sampson and Mario Hernandez foray into owning a wine shop in Downtown Lynn. Their concept will include art and wine in a unique boutique style store. Very excited to see this come to fruition. They have a lot of challenges along the road to get through government tape, so like them and support them on this journey.


The Dirty 200 is a page dedicating their life to the clean up of the old Beacon Chevrolet lot on the Lynnway. It is a mess. Support them if you wish by liking this page.


CSI Lynn is about conversing, socializing, and interacting about Lynn with Lynners past and present.


I definitely left out some awesome folks. I will do another one of these posts with the places you leave in the comments of this post. What are your favorite Lynn Facebook pages?

-Corey

Friday, April 22, 2011

City Council Agenda for April 26th

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



PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE AGENDA
TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011
7:00 P.M. - ROOM 402

Constable Appointments:
Richard Cornaccini, 96 Light Street, Lynn
Giovanni Bloise-Freyre, 20 Bradford Street, Bradford, MA


LICENSE COMMITTEE AGENDA
TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011
7:15 P.M. – ROOM 402

TAXI OPERATORS (NEW):
Calcano, Jesus Orlando, 30 Fayette Street
Doucette, Ronnie, 512 Farms Dr. Burlington
Nguyen T., Binh, 81 Johnson St.
Piscia, Gregory, 11 Beach Rd.-(All City Taxi) Would like to move to Tom Taxi
Sacco, Michael, 39 Cottage St.-(60 Day Review)

LIVERY OPERATORS (NEW):
Anderson, Susan, 15 Clonaklity Lane
Laramie, Thomas J. 47 Ingalls St (TABLED 4/12/11)

DISCUSSION:
Babatunde Adeyemi- Taxi License- regarding newspaper article (TABLED 4/12/11)

SIGN RENEWAL:
52 Oakville St., Meninno Construction
76 Oakville St., Meninno Construction

BOWLING ALLEY RENEWAL:
73 Buffum Street, Lucky Strike Rec.

SECOND HAND ARTICLE- NEW:
249 Maple St., Talula Re-Sale & Consignment

CLASS II AUTO DEALER, AUTO REPAIR/ FLAMMABLE-TRANSFER:
860 Western Ave.- Armando’s Motor Sales (currently Plourde’s Auto Sales & Service)

CLASS II AUTO DEALER, AUTO REPAIR/FLAMMABLE – RENEWAL:
8 Burris Sq. – Meadow Park Auto Sales (was shut down in 2010 for not having bond, obtained new bond 3/11/
2011)

FLAMMABLE – RENEWAL:
180 Boston St. – Global
229 Broadway – Richdale Food Shop
225 Commercial St. – Turner Inc.
653 Eastern Ave. - Global

AUTO REPAIR/FLAMMABLE RENEWAL:
17A Alley St. – ARM Garage
18A Alley St. – Padilla Auto Repair
182 Alley St. – Tom’s Taxi
15 Avon St. – John’s Fuel Service Inc./DBA John’s Oil Co.
87 Bennett St. – West Lynn Auto Service
47 Boston St. – Happy Valley Automotive
606R Boston St. – Barry Park Foreign Car
106 Chestnut St. – Duran Auto Repair (OWES TAXES)
307 Eastern Ave. – Ed Fleming’s Garage, Inc.
109 Lynnfield St. – R & R American Service Station, Inc.
555 Lynnway – Midas Muffler
725 Summer St. – RD Auto
760 Summer St. – J & L Fuel Service
105 Willow St. – Bill Walsh Auto Repairs

AUTO BODY/ AUTO REPAIR/FLAMMABLE RENEWAL:
18B Alley St. – Caribbean Auto Body and Repair
35 Alley St. – Caribbean Auto Body and Repair 1
35B Alley St. – K & J Auto Body Co.
178 Alley St. – Collision Auto Craft and Repair
26 Bennett St. – Classic Auto Body, Inc.
46 Bennett St. – Polo Auto Body
99R Cottage St. – Mark A. King LLC
9 Green St. – Legere Auto Body
475R Lynnway – Barrera & Sons Auto Body & Repair
443 Lynnway – Lynnway Auto Service, Inc.
135 Pleasant St. – Pudgy’s Towing and Auto Repair, Inc.
892 Washington St. – Giovanni’s Auto Body

CANNING:
Challenger Little League (Adults Only) – June 23,24,25, 2011
Lynn Shore Little League (Adults Only) – May 13, 14, 15, 2011



 

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

Roll Call
Moment of Silence
Pledge of Allegiance

COMMUNICATIONS:

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

Dear Council Phelan:
On behalf of the Office of Economic and Community Development and the Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development, I am requesting that you schedule a public hearing with the Lynn City Council on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. The purpose of this hearing is to allow public input to the City’s Annual Action Plan, including the use of the Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriations for the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, HOME and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs.
Sincerely, Donald Walker

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

None

PUBLIC HEARINGS TO BE SET DOWN:

None

Ordered that the City Comptroller is hereby authorized to make the following
Appropriation Transfer:

From the Account of Reserve Fund:
To the Account of Information Technology Expense:

Ordered that the City Comptroller is hereby authorized to take the following action: Certify as an “Available Fund” from the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program (MTCP) Grant in the amount of Four Hundred and Fourteen Thousand Dollars ($414,000), ($138,000 annually for three years from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:


Public Safety Committee:

The following individuals were approved as constables:

Richard Cornaccini, 96 Light Street, Lynn
Giovanni Bloise-Freyre, 20 Bradford Street, Bradford

License Committee:

TAXI OPERATORS (NEW)
Calcano, Jesus Orlando, 30 Fayette Street
Doucette, Ronnie, 512 Farms Dr. Burlington,MA
Nguyen T., Binh, 81 Johnson St.
Piscia, Gregory, 11 Beach Rd.-(All City Taxi) would like to move to Tom Taxi
Sacco, Michael, 39 Cottage St.-60 day review

LIVERY OPERATORS (NEW)
Anderson, Susan, 15 Clonaklity Ln

Laramie, Thomas J. 47 Ingalls St table 4/12/11

DISCUSSION
Babatunde Adeyemi- Taxi License- regarding newspaper article tabled 4/12/11

SIGN RENEWAL
52 Oakville St., Meninno Construction
76 Oakville St., Meninno Construction

BOWLING ALLEY RENEWAL
73 Buffum Street, Lucky Strike Rec.

SECOND HAND ARTICLE- NEW
249 Maple St., Talula Resale & Consignment

CLASS II AUTO DEALER, AUTO REPAIR/ FLAMMABLE-TRANSFER
860 Western Ave.- Armando’s Motor Sales (currently Plourde’s Auto Sales & Service)

CLASS II AUTO DEALER, AUTO REPAIR/FLAMMABLE – RENEWAL
8 Burris Sq. – Meadow Park Auto Sales (was shut down in 2010 for not having bond, obtained new bond 3/11/2011)

FLAMMABLE – RENEWAL
180 Boston St. – Global
229 Broadway – Richdale Food Shop
225 Commercial St. – Turner Inc.
653 Eastern Ave. - Global

AUTO REPAIR/FLAMMABLE RENEWAL
17A Alley St. – ARM Garage
18A Alley St. – Padilla Auto Repair
182 Alley St. – Tom’s Taxi
15 Avon St. – John’s Fuel Service Inc./DBA John’s Oil Co.
87 Bennett St. – West Lynn Auto Service
47 Boston St. – Happy Valley Automotive
606R Boston St. – Barry Park Foreign Car
106 Chestnut St. – Duran Auto Repair (OWES TAXES)
307 Eastern Ave. – Ed Fleming’s Garage, Inc.
109 Lynnfield St. – R & R American Service Station, Inc.
555 Lynnway – Midas Muffler
725 Summer St. – RD Auto
760 Summer St. – J & L Fuel Service
105 Willow St. – Bill Walsh Auto Repairs

AUTO BODY/ AUTO REPAIR/FLAMMABLE RENEWAL
18B Alley St. – Caribbean Auto Body and Repair
35 Alley St. – Caribbean Auto Body and Repair 1
35B Alley St. – K & J Auto Body Co.

178 Alley St. – Collision Auto Craft and Repair
26 Bennett St. – Classic Auto Body, Inc.
46 Bennett St. – Polo Auto Body
99R Cottage St. – Mark A. King LLC
9 Green St. – Legere Auto Body
475R Lynnway – Barrera & Sons Auto Body & Repair
443 Lynnway – Lynnway Auto Service, Inc.
135 Pleasant St. – Pudgy’s Towing and Auto Repair, Inc.
892 Washington St. – Giovanni’s Auto Body

CANNING:
Challenger Little League (Adults Only) – June 23, 24, 25, 2011
Lynn Shore Little League (Adults Only) – May 13, 14, 15, 2011

NEW BUSINESS:

TABLED ITEMS

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

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) Tabled 3/8/11

Petition of Veterans of Foreign Ward, Post 507, John Hartley, Attorney, for permission to transfer location of VFW post from original location at 90 High Rock Street with All Alcohol Club License to 35 Lynnfield Street. (Lozzi) Tabled 4/12/11

In Committee:

Tabled in Finance Committee Meeting of 3/22/11:

Ordered that the City Comptroller be and authorized to make the following
Appropriation Transfer:

From the Account of Reserve Fund:
To the Account of Comptroller’s Payroll:

$21,000.00

Arts & Culture Meeting May 10th - Mandatory

The Mandatory part is only half a joke. There are things afoot, and there are people listening. This gives a piece of our city a focus. In my opinion, this is the exact right focus for the Central Square area. It's already happening, let's call it what it is and get the city to help us push it further. A place we all gather, visit, play, eat, and drink while experiencing cultural and artistic activity. This is our opportunity to share ideas and have a dialogue with the very folks that can provide a lot of the assistance needed to make this a reality.  We need a lot of Lynn to show up for this very important community meeting. See you there!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Guest Post from EDIC's Jim Cowdell - How Important is Arts and Culture to a Downtown?

EDIC Executive Director, James (Jim) Cowdell talks to readers about the formation of an Arts & Cultural District.


A few weeks ago I wrote a post about our efforts on the Hawthorne Restaurant. I received a lot of feedback and no matter what side of the issue you were on, I want to sincerely thank you for caring about our city.

Lynn was established in 1629 as a city. It has a long and beautiful history. As you look back, a missing component is a unified arts and cultural district. Now this statement is not meant as a shot at any of the great places we currently have here in Lynn and specifically in our downtown. It’s to get you to start thinking of what we have and more importantly what we could have in the future.

I could produce study after study which would support the economic importance of arts and culture to a city. I think it is empirical data and would certainly be hard for any unbiased person to rebut.

I've heard from restauranteurs Downtown that they don't have to look further than their receipts to see the impact that an art event or a concert at Lynn City Hall Auditorium has on his bottom line.

When there is an event it absolutely helps local businesses. I assume we're all in agreement on that.

So logically speaking, the more ‘events’ that happen, the better it is for existing businesses.

But today, lets go further than that basic concept. Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC) of Lynn is currently establishing an Arts and Cultural district. We will be submitting a formal application to the State and when accepted will have a designated area outlining this district. Additionally, we have put aside $500,000 that will be earmarked for low interest loans (4.5%) targeting artists and other innovative businesses to locate in downtown Lynn. These loans can be used to help with start up costs  such as rent, build out, inventory, etc.

Picture downtown Lynn.  Now imagine 30-40 new businesses in downtown with an arts and cultural focus. How many ‘events’ could we have in a year or in a month or even in a week! How many people would that bring to the downtown? How many jobs would that create? How many new residents would be attracted to Downtown Lynn?

There was an election for Mayor of Chicago recently and each candidate was asked, “Why is arts and culture important to a city?”

Let’s take a look at what three of those candidates said:

”The arts humanize community, and give us inspiration and opportunities to connect as people.” Carol Moseley Braun,
Former U.S. Senator

“It is the face and fiber of our city”  Cynthia Plaster Caster,
Artist

“Art and culture are essential to the fabric, character and economy of the city.” Gery Chico,
Attorney

Don’t you think it would be interesting to pose that question to people of this area? What do you think people would say? Do you think people in general see the connection between the Arts and Cultural District and the health and wellness of a city?

The establishment of the Arts and Cultural District is much more than just a positive impact on the local economy. It taps into the energy of a city. As I look at the new residents in our downtown, I can see the energy. It is palpable.

The journey has begun.

Jim Cowdell,
Executive Director

Friday, April 15, 2011

Live Taping of Exposed Urban TV at Turbine on April 21st

After work on April 21st from 5-6:30PM, stop by Turbine Wine Bar for a live taping of my new project, Exposed Urban TV. Exposedurban.com exposes everything in urban life from entertainment and technology to topics important to urbanists such as urban agriculture, public art, and community engagement.

On April 21st, we will be taping 4 episodes of our internet broadcast. Joining me will be the production team of Ashley Martin, Emily O'Brien and Mark DeJoie and special guests James Harrison and Bob Burns from The Food Project, Jim Sellers owner of Eclipse Product Development, and our host for the evening Stephen Hanley from Turbine Wine Bar.

Come and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine after work and be a part of a new internet broadcast taped before a live audience in Central Square Lynn.

Turbine Wine Bar
56 Central Square
http://www.turbinewinebar.com


-Corey




Thursday, April 14, 2011

Welcome Home to Commuters on Thursday by the Traveling Piano

Thursday at 5PM SPIN and United Way's Traveling Piano will be on the Central Square train platform welcoming commuters home from work. I will be at the keys for at least a portion of the early evening, but you should kick me off and play some tunes yourself. If you play, you get to sign the piano. Great community building effort by the folks at SPIN. Big thanks to the MBTA Transit Police and the MBCR (Lt. Cmd. Lenehan and Manny Machado) for being so supportive of the idea and helping us ensure everyone's safety during the event.

See you after work! Bring your talents or just come and observe the crazy Downtowners!

-Corey

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Amazing Boston Gay Men's Chorus is coming to Lynn Auditorium

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus to Perform Spring Glee on April 30 at Lynn  Auditorium

Lucia Lighting & Design Presents the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus performing  Spring Glee at the Lynn Auditorium on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. The performance will benefit the Lynn Community Health Center. Tickets are $58, $38 and $28. For more information, call 781-581-2971 or visit www.lynnauditorium.com.








Monday, April 11, 2011

Two Workshops coming up at LynnArts!

LynnArts is offering two upcoming workshops:
  
Polymer Clay
with Sandra Golbert
Sandra Golbert Beads
  
Thursday, April 28, 2011
5-8pm
$10 for members | $12 for non-members (covers all materials used-pay at the door)
  
ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT!
  
You will learn how to prepare and use this exciting material. Using methods like marbling, stacking, millefluer canes and more.  (create enough beads for a necklace or bracelet, and at least one pair of earrings).  
  
  
  
Gelatin Print Making
with Tamar Entigen
gelatin print making

Saturday, May 21, 2011
10am-2pm
$80 for everyone (covers all materials used-$35 down to reserve your spot)
  
9 SPOTS OPEN !
  
In four hours you'll have alot of fun and create a bunch of beautiful one-of-a-kind prints to take home using found objects and plant materials over home made gelatin.  The result will be luminous, detailed and multilayered works of art! This is low-tech, accesible and non-toxic.
 




These workshops are open to teens and up & no experience necessary!  To register, please email Jen Ashworth today! jenashworth@lynnarts.org

Mass Theatrica celebrates The Music of Rodgers and Hart on Saturday, April 16th

Mass Theatrica celebrates The Music of Rodgers and Hart on Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:00 PM at LynnArts!

Mass Theatrica celebrates American Musical Theater with The Music of Rodgers and Hart on Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:00 PM at LynnArts, The Neal Rantoul Vault Theater, 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA.

Spring is here and what better way to ring it in than with timeless hits from “The Boys from Syracuse”, “Pal Joey” and “Babes in Arms” You might learn a few interesting tidbits along the way through a narrated script written by our own Danny Bolton.

Featuring the vocal talents of Elaine Crane, Art Dunlap, Francesca Perrone, Karen Lennox, Emily Jaworski, Christine Petkus, Angeliki Theoharis, Tom Weber, Danny Bolton, script, withThomas B. Dawkins at the piano,

Admission is $15, $13 seniors and students. For more information about the program, please contact Mass Theatrica: phone: 508-757-8515, email: masstheatrica@yahoo.com or website www.masstheatrica.org. For directions to LynnArts, visit www.lynnarts.org.

Stay tuned for our Songs of Sondheim program - Saturday, May 21, 2011, 7:00 PM!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Spring is here. No really, it's pretty nice out this week. There are some reports we'll be seeing 70 soon. In addition, the NorthShore Navigators are gearing up for another incredible season at Fraser Park on Western Ave in Lynn, MA.

Have you ever been to Fraser Field? Whether you love baseball or not, it's a great way to spend the day outside with friends. Good ballpark food, beer and a really good game of baseball.

The league (NECBL) that the North Shore Navigators are a part of is developmental so you get really good talent from a host of college teams from across the United States and beyond. The NECBL website states they recruit players attending U.S colleges from New England, the other forty-four States and foreign countries.

If you like baseball, it's a great venue to see the game. This year they even have a Latin All-Stars, Team America, and NECBL All-Star game right here at Fraser.The latter a prize for winning the Championship last year.

The park is very clean and they promote a very nice family atmosphere. Right now, they are bringing on a new mascot which you can name today to be entered to win some great prizes.

I've been talking to their current mascot CHOMPS on Twitter. Hilarious. Chomps has agreed to be a guest speller at Arts After Hours' The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on June 18th at 4PM. That is going to be hilarious.

Can't wait to take in some baseball at Fraser.

Fraser Field is located at 365 Western Ave.

-Corey

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Visit to Munroe Street - East Coast International Church

Maybe a year and a half ago, giant banners went up on Munroe Street just outside the MBTA Central Square commuter rail stop. These banners were very professional looking and said "East Coast International Church" on them. I didn't think much of it at the time. I have been torn lately with the number of churches opening downtown. We have one on the corner of Willow and Blake and another rather large congregation in a building behind 7 Central that you access from Union Street. LynnArts even houses a church on Sundays in the Black Box Theatre. Seeing another open their doors on Munroe was not exactly the new development I was hoping to see. That was until I visited with Kurt Lange, head pastor at East Coast International Church.

Talk about a man with a vision for Lynn and his congregation. He has lofty goals and by the success of his church to date (just celebrating their 10th anniversary), I believe he is going to achieve them.

First, let me give you a better description of the building I am talking about. You have probably seen the giant Munroe Lofts building. It's yellow in color and is directly across from the Food Project's garden. You look at this building when you exit The Blue Ox. I always thought it was lofts the entire way across, but only half is actually converted to lofts. The other half belongs to East Coast International Church and is being cleaned up daily, piece by piece, by their several volunteers and hired contractors.

The storefront is going to be turned into a functional coffee shop. Kurt believes, like most of us, that going to Vinnin Square's Starbucks to hang out and get work done is ridiculous for a Downtown of our size. There should be somewhere comfortable to sit and work. He hopes to bring this to Munroe Street. This can help him and his congregation provide job training as well as plug a significant hole for our downtown and put another storefront in that will have general use for the community at large.

Behind the storefront is a gigantic room where he currently seats 200+ for Sunday services and several other events during the week. It's a very impressive space.

On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors, there is currently nothing. Floor by floor they are cleaning it up and hope to create more space for various community needs including a top floor that will someday be a gathering place for the community at large including a small stage area. The view of Downtown Lynn from this vantage point is spectacular.

What do you think? This the right place for ECIC? Do you like the idea of a coffee shop in that storefront? What would you like to see in the community space on the upper floor?

-Corey

Friday, April 1, 2011

History & Hops at the Lynn Museum - Friday, April 1 at 8PM

Can't wait for this event tonight. Going to be a lot of fun. Went to this last year when it was one brewer and had a blast. This year is five breweries, three bands, and DJ Seth with real records. It's going to be an awesome night out in Downtown Lynn and all for a great cause, The Lynn Museum & Historical Society. See you ALL there.

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