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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

APPROVED - $4M Bond

That's all. Congratulations Lynn. You win the following:

ORDERED that the City of Lynn authorize the issuance of a bond in the amount of 4 million dollars for capital improvements and repairs to municipal infrastructure.  
 
 Provided further that $500,000 shall be expended on a wave attenuator and capital improvements to Seaport Marina
 
provided further that $600,000 shall be expended on air conditioning in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium
 
provided further that $150,000 shall be expended on capital improvements to the Grand Army of the Republic
 
provided further that $590,000 shall be expended roof and turf replacement to Frasier Field
 
provided further that $20,000 be expended on a flag pole for City Hall
 
provided further that $350,000 shall be expended for City Hall Server and Fiber Optics improvements
 
 provided further that $250,000 be expended for City Hall front entrance steps
 
 provided further that $75,000 shall be expended for protective glass barriers for City Hall offices
 
provided further that $100,000 shall be expended for the construction of a bathroom facility at Lynn Woods entrance
 
 provided further that $225,000 shall be expended for the Lyn Commons bandstand rehabilitation
 
provided further that $75,000 shall be expended for the Lynn Commons fountain repairs
 
 provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for school repairs
 
 provided further that $75,000 shall be expended for field reconfiguration and improvements to Barry Park
 
provided further that $150,000 shall be expended for the Breed Park Courts
 
provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for Clark St. Playground  
 
provided further that $60,000 shall be expended for Cook St. Playground  
 
provided further that $60,000 shall be expended for Frey Park playground and courts
 
 provided further that $98,000 shall be expended for Gallagher Park playground and courts
 
 provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for Magnolia Park playground and courts 
 
 provided further that $400,000 shall be expended for capital improvements to McManus Field 
 
 provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for Sagamore St. Playground repairs
 
 and provided further that $22,000 shall be expended for Sheridan St. Playground repairs

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Represent Tonight at City Hall - $4M Bond Up for Discussion

CITY HALL
Council Chambers
Tuesday  December 18th, 8PM

BE THERE!!!! This needs YOUR VOICE!

If Downtown is to continue the pace, we need investments in infrastructure. To make investments in infrastructure we need financing. On the agenda tonight is a $4M bond to give us many pieces of the puzzle to continue to improve the "places" that make downtown and other parts of Lynn a destination.

It is contested, and it NEEDS people like my dear readers to come forward in support for the sake of Lynn as a whole. There are many areas of the city in this bond, the largest project being air conditioning for city hall. We see how packed Tatiana's and Blue Ox are on concert nights. We know that D'Amici's has called out auditorium nights as a huge reason for picking the site they picked for their new operations. The auditorium is currently dark late May-early September and that's too many months not to have  that impact creating a destination in Lynn, contributing several dollars to the local business district and having overwhelming impact on future development and an increase in our tax base.

You'll see in this bond the Auditorium, Lynn Woods bathrooms (VERY MUCH NEEDED), The GAR museum, The bandstand on the common, and playground after playground. So much recent study has been done on placemaking in urban environments. It's in how we create "place" for our residents and business community that we will see more and more people making Lynn a home for their entertainment, leisure time. a place to visit, a place to hang out, not a place to leave when you want to do those things.

Here is what is being discussed tonight. YOU NEED TO BE THERE to voice support. It's never been more important. If we want economic impact in Lynn, we need these "places" improved. We must stand up as citizens and ask them to get the financing to get these things DONE, once and for all.

ORDERED that the City of Lynn authorize the issuance of a bond in the amount of 4 million dollars for capital improvements and repairs to municipal infrastructure.  
 Provided further that $500,000 shall be expended on a wave attenuator and capital improvements to Seaport Marina
provided further that $600,000 shall be expended on air conditioning in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium
provided further that $150,000 shall be expended on capital improvements to the Grand Army of the Republic
provided further that $590,000 shall be expended roof and turf replacement to Frasier Field
provided further that $20,000 be expended on a flag pole for City Hall
provided further that $350,000 shall be expended for City Hall Server and Fiber Optics improvements
 provided further that $250,000 be expended for City Hall front entrance steps
 provided further that $75,000 shall be expended for protective glass barriers for City Hall offices
provided further that $100,000 shall be expended for the construction of a bathroom facility at Lynn Woods entrance
 provided further that $225,000 shall be expended for the Lyn Commons bandstand rehabilitation
provided further that $75,000 shall be expended for the Lynn Commons fountain repairs
 provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for school repairs
 provided further that $75,000 shall be expended for field reconfiguration and improvements to Barry Park
provided further that $150,000 shall be expended for the Breed Park Courts
provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for Clark St. Playground  
provided further that $60,000 shall be expended for Cook St. Playground  
provided further that $60,000 shall be expended for Frey Park playground and courts
 provided further that $98,000 shall be expended for Gallagher Park playground and courts
 provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for Magnolia Park playground and courts 
 provided further that $400,000 shall be expended for capital improvements to McManus Field 
 provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for Sagamore St. Playground repairs
 and provided further that $22,000 shall be expended for Sheridan St. Playground repairs

Thursday, December 6, 2012

KISS - Keep it Streamlined, Silly

See... I told you I was going to be nicer with my writing.  To be honest, I don't know that the lack of city planner or streamlined permitting is stupidity. I think people are thinking about this and working towards better solutions in Lynn City Hall. I know the Chamber has been on this like a hawk. I hope progress is being made.

The City of Boston gets it. Streamlined permitting and licensing is a key to sustained economic growth. Make it difficult to do business with City Hall and business will bring the proposal to another city. Period.

The City of Boston just announced this. City Hall to go Food Truck. Permits, Licenses, Voter Reg, BPL cards, e-cards, gift cards, and more... WOW! 



I'm not saying we need a permit food truck, but it would be nice to not hear from every business owner in Lynn, and every politician that is helping a developer or business owner make progress, that permitting and licensing is a nightmare. That the rules are so vague and politicians, community groups, and residents are able to stall needed progress because they are loud. It just shouldn't be that way.  There should be clear rules, clear policy, clear process. A workflow of how to get it done and less exceptions to a stated strategy allowed.

Dukakis Center and the League of Cities did a study on Lynn and came to the same conclusion. The Metroploitan Area Planning Council is now working on a grant in Lynn and have identified a lot of issues with our land use and no clear plan (or city planner) in place to make sure the right things happen.

I recently watched this video on "placemaking." It's the urban planning term of the year. The idea of creating place, not just a building or a park, but a place people move in and out of and want to inhabit.  Interesting thoughts for a Thursday.

Kudos to Mayor Menino and Boston City Hall for being an example to urban areas everywhere.

-Corey


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Single Gem in the DOT conversation

Just listened to a few painful hours of people whining about the Blue Line. As you know, I'm a fan of those people, but come on. It's not going to even budge from where it is on the priority list until the economy is in much better shape.

I heard a single gem though in one gentleman's response while he was talking about a rumored Soccer Stadium coming to Wonderland via the Kraft family. He said put a commuter rail stop in at Wonderland. This got me thinking two things.

1. Is our system of commuter and subway broken, should it be combined. Should the Blue line simply go to Rockport by switching over at Wonderland. I know. I know. There's a million reasons someone will tell me that's assinine, but it's still a fun thought. I was just in Chicago at O'Hare airport and took their Blue Line from O'Hare 25 miles into Downtown Chicago. Sure beats the 10 miles or less ours goes now. The cost (drum roll) $2.25!!!

2. Is it as simple as a adding a commuter rail stop. People could switch over to the blue line via a short walk. There's still the issue of cost but if you added something that simple that made it dead easy for Salem, Swampscott, Lynn folk to switch over, maybe you would see an incredible increase in ridership at a lower cost for those zones.

Fun to think about. I still believe we're screwed on that until big federal money comes back in to play after an improved economy gives more confidence to fed and state government to spend on large projects like this.


I'd like to hear more about these potential roads (spurs I think they were being referred to) to improve our connectivity to Rt 1, 95 and 128. Anyone know the history of the discussion that was to have a part of 95 come through Lynn?

I'm trying to get this blog talking again like it used to. Readers are still here. Why so quiet?

-Corey

You Can't Get There from Here...

Without Major Tolls and Expensive Train Rides (that keep getting more expensive)

I expect this to be the major theme of today's discussion with the Department of Transportation. Add to that our inability to pave a road in less than a month and you have quite a list of transportation challenges in the city of Lynn. Recent wins from certain government money have improved Lynnfield Street and now Wyoma Square. Both intersections sorely needed help.  We have made extreme advances on the Ferry Project for the Waterfront due to the leadership of McGee's office, the EDIC, and many, many others. What else do you need to get in and out of Lynn?

If we talk about the Blue Line again, what is the real issue and what are the real economic impacts to having a system that comes through Lynn and terminates in Salem. After a recent trip to Chicago, where for $2.25 I went from the city center out on the CTA Blue Line out about 25 miles to O'Hare airport past countless neighborhoods going through various stages of revitalization, it makes me wonder why our T is so lacking.

What are your transportation issues?

Talk with State Leaders and the Department of Transportation tonight at City Hall.

December 5, 2012 6-8 PM
Lynn City Hall
City Council Chambers, Floor 4
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, Massachusetts 01901





Tuesday, December 4, 2012

We Three Trees...

So, there has been some confusion. There are three tree lightings. Three tree lightings are better than one. Here is why:

Three tree lightings bring three sets of people downtown.
Three tree lightings bring more beauty to downtown.

Let's view them as three gifts to the Downtown Lynn economy instead of asking for everyone to come together and just do one. Bah Humbug to that! :-)

For those who need clarity:

TONIGHT - Lighting the tree on the common at 5:30PM and then showing Elf at Lynn Auditorium at 7PM. All Free of charge.

THURSDAY - Lighting the tree in Central Square at 5-8PM. LynnArts Holiday show and Lynn Museum shopping will be open. Ornament making at RAW Arts. Pictures with Santa by the tree (Bring a camera). FREE

THURSDAY - Lighting a tree of remembrance at All Care VNA at 5:30PM followed by an informal reception.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tis the season

Nothing excites me more than city politics. I think that has been obvious throughout the life of this blog.  I've been purposefully quiet on that front for months now as life in Lynn has shifted to getting more done for the community and the economy of Lynn. Running a non profit and railing about the establishment doesn't go together. So what's in store over the next six months.

1. You can no doubt expect every player in the race for Mayor to be very active and engaged. Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, rumored contender Tim Phelan, and you have to imagine one or two others will join this fray. Possibly someone from the massive young democrat contingent? Perhaps it's time for Walsh or McGee to have a go? Whatever happens, it's going to be another epic fight for the air conditioned office.

2. Speaking of air conditioning, you can rest assured a plan and the funds will exist in the next six months to finally air condition the Lynn Auditorium. Now very well understood as a huge source of economic benefit for the downtown, we have to have more nights and it must continue throughout the summer.  Pay attention to the public hearing on December 18th on the $4M bond.

3. City council shakeup is a sure bet. If Phelan runs for Mayor(let's just say that's a given), a council at large seat will be open.  Ward 5 will be vacant due to Brendan Crighton's recent move out of the ward. Ron Mendes has announced a run against Darren Cyr and there is rumored challenger in Ward One.

4. All signs point to a stronger business community downtown as D'amici's makes a huge investment on the corner lot on Liberty. Adding to the successful Latino Business Association on the same block, the recent opening of Bernie's and a new parking commission looking at the Andrew Street lot and others  that area will finally start to improve and better connect the City Hall and Central Square revitalization efforts.

5. Marketing has already taken a turn for the better. While Chronicle may not have depicted everyone's Lynn, it depicted a good Slice of Lynn, and that was worth more than we can imagine. Next year we will see results of a large grant to brand the Arts and Cultural District. A strategy will be developed and initial steps taken in the next six months.


A lot of work and a lot of politics ahead. I plan to take more of this approach to my writing in the coming months. I want to do more to keep you informed, tell you how I feel (this is still my blog) about issues (not people), and keep moving forward. I am actually shocked that the readerships hasn't suffered at all in the recent months despite a low level of new posts. Thanks for the loyalty. I hope to give you more to chew on in the coming weeks.

In the meantime come to the tree lightings. Dec 4th @ city hall or Dec 6th @ central square. Check lynnhappens.com for complete schedule.  Buy tickets to Kenny Rogers at Lynn Auditorium, come have dinner at the many restaurants Downtown, come to a holiday fundraiser (might I suggest December 8 HolidayXS to benefit Arts After Hours) and have a safe and happy Month of Holiday Parties.

-Corey


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fran's Place, Mayor's Office Join Together for Hurricane Sandy victims

Seeing some great things from the new Owners at Fran's Place on Washington Street ext. The place is down past Sand Bar on the left and you all should check it out. They have a collaboration with the Mayor's Office and Red Cross this month to help out victims of Hurricane Sandy. All proceeds from the door go straight to the Red Cross. Buy your tickets now and definitely tell them Downtownlynn.com sent ya. I'll be in Barcelona otherwise I would definitely be there.



Smoke and Mirrors Gallery Opening December 1st at 6PM - Visionspace


Centerboard's Art Gallery, Visionspace, has a new show opening this Saturday. The show takes place from 6-10PM and features the work of Michael Karolemeas, Adam Miler, and Joshua Morrissette. Looks to be a pretty cool show. I hope to see many of you there.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday in the Square - December 6th

Every year this is a real nice family event put on by many organizations including LynnArts, The Lynn Museum, the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Insurance, LHAND, The Daily Item, and The Mayor's Office. Looks like RAW Art Works will be doing an ornament making workshop, Santa will appear, the tree will be lit, and there will be shopping to be had in LynnArts and the Lynn Museum. Definitely worth checking out with the family or just to get yourself in to the holiday spirit. Of course, the real question is, how long before the wind takes out the nutcracker statues this year?  :-)

See you there!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Lynn Open Studios - Saturday Nov 17th

Come check out all the great artists of Lynn today during Lynn's Open Studios 2012. Lynnhappens.com has a great guide to everything going on and of course you can check out the official page at lynnopenstudios.comlynnopenstudios.com and click on Visitors on the top nav.

Hope to see many of you out and about today. Great Holiday shopping to be had today and you get to support our local artists! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Check out LynnArts Holiday Show

Lynn Auditorium is Getting the Led Out - TONIGHT

asasaszep Tickets will be available at the door!  Doors 7:00 Show 8:00!
Click on photo below to hear them live
Get The Led Out Live in Concert!
Get The Led Out Live in Concert!
Also on sale now...  
Kenny Rogers
George Thorogood & The Destroyers!
Get your tickets to these and other great shows at...
by calling
1-800-594-TIXX 
or in our box office at Lynn City Hall
3 City Hall Square Lynn, MA 
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Groundhog Day - City Council Discusses Whether or Not to Involve the Public.

Screw Snoooki and The Situation, we got the Lynn City Council! 

 Watch THIS! New business. 4 minutes in. Motion to remove from the table the motion to have a public hearing on a $4M bond to improve many important and needed issues in our city.



 Vote just to remove from the table the motion to involve the public in a discussion was voted NO by Lozzi and Trahant.

2nd vote, just to set down for a public hearing on Dec 18th.

Motion by Darren Cyr to add 2.2M to the bond and put it on a ballot next year.

After much discussion it became clear this was not the time to do this and Darren did the right thing after being asked if he'd like to withdraw his motion. Even after being pushed by Trahant to reconsider, he did the right thing. (Billy, you just did my parent's and sister in laws roof and I was really starting to like you. What are you doing?)

Darren takes motion off table with this statement: 
"If I do this it will be the first time anyone has compromised on this whole thing and I will remove my motion. I am a little upset about it but I'll do it and I guarantee you I will make that motion again at the next meeting." - Darren Cyr


Now, motion to set down for public hearing. Cyr says, "For the sake of ending the madness tonight, I'll go along with this." after hearing that he can just amend it at the next meeting.


The vote

Those in favor of public hearing:
Barton yes - cahill yes - capano yes - colluci yes - crighton yes - ford yes - lozzi yes - net yes  - phelan yes

Those not in favor of talking about this with the public:
cyr no  - trahant no




Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Imperial Acrobats of China at Lynn Auditorium

Check out Groupon for a really great deal on this show!





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THE IMPERIAL ACROBATS OF CHINA!

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    Click photo below to see them in action!  
Chi of Shaolin Tale of the Dragon
Chi of Shaolin Tale of the Dragon
Also on sale now... 
Get The LED Out - The American Led Zeppelin
Kenny Rogers
George Thorogood & The Destroyers!
Get your tickets to these and other great shows at...
by calling
1-800-594-TIXX 
or in our box office at Lynn City Hall
3 City Hall Square Lynn, MA 
invereted  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Roger Hodgson of Supertramp Hits Lynn Auditorium on Nov 4th


Chameleon Launches Pop ups to Coincide with Auditorium Nights


Getting on board with the recent phenomenon of Pop Up events that have occurred across the country, Lynn-based nonprofit Centerboard has hosted a variety of Pop Ups from sit down dinners to casual after work wine nights complete with the famous mash potato bar. The agency’s latest venture, called Chameleon Pop Ups take place on nights when there are shows at The Lynn Auditorium. These events have the agency’s catering company, Wicked Tasty, setting up a sausage stand right in their parking lot, which is located across the street from the auditorium. “It’s a quick, easy and affordable way for patrons of the shows to grab a bite before heading in” says Centerboard’s Arts & Culture coordinator Kelly Wall. 

For the agency, these Pop Ups serve three main purposes. The first is to contribute to the growing vibrant art scene in Lynn by providing a creative and fun night out. The second is to offer job readiness training to the Wicked Tasty staff that works on a rotating schedule, covering all positions involved in staging an event. The young staffers are paid for their time and they work with a case manager from the United Way’s Financial Stability Center to learn about budgeting and the importance of saving. The final purpose of the Pop Ups involves community engagement. “By attracting new people to each event we are able to continually inform the community of our mission to revitalize Lynn. We’ve also had success in meeting people who are interested in volunteering to help the community”, continues Wall.

The next two Chameleon Pop Up sausage stands are as follows: 

Sunday November 4th 5:00-8:00pm before Roger Hodgson of Supertramp show. 
Friday November 16th 5:00-11:00pm before and after Get the Led Out. 


Monday, October 29, 2012

Stay Safe Lynn

The Mayor's Office is keeping everyone updated on the city website. Please check that out for any and all storm related issues. Lynnhappens is posting pictures if you have any, send along to them.

Mayor Kennedy has setup an Emergency Operations Call Center for residents to report street flooding, downed trees, power outages or any other non-emergency concerns: (781) 598-4000.

This line will be open for calls 24 hours a day until the storm subsides. Residents are reminded to call 911 for emergencies only.

The City of Lynn will have a shelter located at
Classical High School, 235 O’Callaghan Way.

Another resource for Lynn on Hurricane Sandy can be found at facebook.com/MayorJudithKennedy

Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency information statewide or check the MEMA website:http://www.mass.gov/mema

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Public Hearing Being Denied? Let's Do It Here!

I mean, what could possibly be wrong about talking about a Bond proposal openly in front of the public of Lynn? Let me try. Keep in mind, the ONLY thing they are trying to do is get this off the table so it can be talked about with the public. They are not debating the list, just debating whether we should have a public hearing for feedback. Someone needs to explain to me why the stalling? Here's the proposed list I could get from the reading at council (thank you LynnHappens.com). If the council won't have a public hearing, let's have one here:

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ORDERED that the City of Lynn authorize the issuance of a bond in the amount of 4 million dollars for capital improvements and repairs to municipal infrastructure.  

 Provided further that $500,000 shall be expended on a wave attenuator and capital improvements to Seaport Marina
provided further that $600,000 shall be expended on air conditioning in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium

provided further that $150,000 shall be expended on capital improvements to the Grand Army of the Republic

provided further that $590,000 shall be expended roof and turf replacement to Frasier Field
provided further that $20,000 be expended on a flag pole for City Hall

provided further that $350,000 shall be expended for City Hall Server and Fiber Optics improvements

 provided further that $250,000 be expended for City Hall front entrance steps
 provided further that $75,000 shall be expended for protective glass barriers for City Hall offices

provided further that $100,000 shall be expended for the construction of a bathroom facility at Lynn Woods entrance

 provided further that $225,000 shall be expended for the Lyn Commons bandstand rehabilitation

provided further that $75,000 shall be expended for the Lynn Commons fountain repairs

 provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for school repairs
 provided further that $75,000 shall be expended for field reconfiguration and improvements to Barry Park

provided further that $150,000 shall be expended for the Breed Park Courts
provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for Clark St. Playground  

provided further that $60,000 shall be expended for Cook St. Playground  

provided further that $60,000 shall be expended for Frey Park playground and courts

 provided further that $98,000 shall be expended for Gallagher Park playground and courts

 provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for Magnolia Park playground and courts 

 provided further that $400,000 shall be expended for capital improvements to McManus Field 

 provided further that $50,000 shall be expended for Sagamore St. Playground repairs

 and provided further that $22,000 shall be expended for Sheridan St. Playground repairs


Sound good? I think so too? It has so much of what we need to make this city successful.

So, why isn't our government ready to push this forward? Why hasn't the council sent this to Ways and Means (if that is what they're supposed to do) or other committees for discussion? Why isn't it taken off the table? Why has it been stalled and stalled and stalled since late this summer? I'm thinking there is a good answer, but until they admit that publicly, we'll have to rely on what they are saying on the videos.

Want to see how your council is handling this? Watch this video on lynnhappens.com

For now, let us discuss. Anyone for? Anyone against? Keep it civil and constructive or I will delete the comment.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Lynn Residents Encouraged to Participate in Survey to Help Shape City’s Future

United Way’s Community by Community initiative engages residents and local leaders to define shared action plan to move city forward

BOSTON – United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley has been working closely with Lynn residents and local leaders to help the community establish a shared vision and action plan to redefine the future of Lynn.  As part of the community process, United Way is inviting residents, neighbors, and anyone with a stake in Lynn’s future to participate in a survey to identify the top priorities and goals that will shape a shared strategy to move the city forward.

The survey follows a series of Community Conversations with over 250 local residents and is part of United Way’s Community by Community initiative.

Issues identified by residents as their top concerns include:
  • Improving the perception of the community
  • Education
  • Unemployment
  • Local leadership
  • Public safety
  • Available resources

The survey will help prioritize long term goals and inform the creation of a shared action plan that brings together residents and local stakeholders to create lasting change in the community.  The action plan is expected to be presented to the community in November. 

“This is the essence of Community by Community,” said Michael Durkin, President and CEO of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.  “There is no better illustration of community members taking charge and bettering their future than these residents, families, and young people.”

Residents, local leaders, and anyone with a stake in Lynn’s future is invited to participate in the survey:
Lynn Community by Community Survey

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Oxford Street is Taking Too Long

First of all, I got to hand it to the Mayor's office, Office of Community Development, and two of our best City Councilor's Dan Cahill and Brendan Crighton for getting right back to me when I asked the simple question, "Do we expect Oxford Street to be done in our lifetime?"  I was encouraged to hear the answer was yes. I was also encouraged at how much they were on top of things, fighting for the businesses on Oxford and the residents of the Sherry lofts.  I did not get a response from the DPW.

For those of you who aren't aware of the entire situation, they began ripping up the street in 2nd week of September. About a day or two in, they discovered railroad tracks (which they ripped out that day) and clay which was impossible to deal with in a timely fashion. IN addition to the first railroad tracks, they found more at the intersection to Market which are still firmly embedded in the ground as of today. They called in experts to discuss how best to proceed and apparently what they needed to complete the project was on backorder. Yesterday you may have seen them laying down this fabric in the roadbed. This apparently will ensure that the street remains in good condition for a good amount of time. Well... all this took about 3 weeks and through a few rain storms, Oxford Street became a roller coaster ride at the end as you dumped into Market street. I will be relieved when one of our most important streets is back to normal.

I have to believe this impacted the Ox and even more so Casa Antigua and other shops along Oxford and the business complex on Munroe that uses Oxford as its primary parking lot. It's caused major congestion on Andrew and even in Central Square as cars try to figure out how to get around the one way maze of Downtown Lynn without the use of Oxford.

My question to city hall was how can we take so much time to fix this problem as we are fining the Athanas family for their BS. We can't and regardless of the fact the work is back underway as of yesterday, it took too long. 

On the bright side (pardon the pun), Jamie Marsh tells me Oxford will be equipped with that fancy old fashioned lighting you see in other areas of Downtown Lynn. Very nice!

Please go to Casa Antigua and Blue Ox this week and next and show your support of their great product.

-Corey


Friday, September 28, 2012

Haunted High Rock Tower on October 6th!

Arts After Hours and LynnArts are hosting two haunted experiences this October. The first is on October 6th as the cast and crew of Evil Dead, the Musical take over High Rock Tower. It will be scary and they're not recommending this for the real little ones. The haunted tower portion will go from 6-9PM. They will be serving wine and beer at the tower and trying to scare the living daylights out of you. At 9PM on October 6th, Arts After Hours is hosting an After-party for the Haunted House from 9-12 midnight. There will be a preview of songs from the show, a live DJ, and lots of beer and wine to go around. FACEBOOK EVENT



On October 25th, LynnArts will have it's annual Central Scare event. It's an awesome time and attracts over 2,000 visitors every year. It includes a backstage tour of Evil Dead, the Musical - but - something has gone horribly wrong inside the Black Box. The demons have taken over the audience and you might find yourself helping ash to rid LynnArts of these evil Candarian Demons. Talk about stage fright!!!!  There is a performance of Evil Dead on October 25th starting immediately following the Haunted House. Going to be a great night!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Visionspace - North Shore Show opening October 5th

Centerboard is pleased to announce the next gallery show opening for the agency’s creative placemaking hub visionspace. On Friday, October 5th a Group Showing of North Shore artists will be celebrated with an opening night party at the space, located at 16 City Hall Square from 7-10pm. The event is free and open to the public. The agency encourages residents of Lynn to come down and enjoy a night of refreshments, music and of course, outstanding art.

Artists include:
Margaurita Spear
Andrew Houle
Siobhan McDonald
LL Milton
Susan Erony
Michael Crockett


“We are always trying to attract people to come into the downtown area,” says Special Projects Coordinator Carla Scheri. “There are a lot of positive things happening in the city and I think people will be pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value of the event and the quality of the artwork.”

This is the second opening for the gallery and the space is booked up with shows straight through the upcoming holiday season. To learn more about Centerboard’s wide array of programs, interested residents can visit facebook.com/thecenterboard.

ABOUT VISIONSPACE
visionspace is the new wave of Lynn. A place where imagination, innovation and enterprise come together. A place for cultivating new ideas. A place for dreaming big. A place for everyone.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Lynn Auditorium this weekend!






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 Get your tickets to these and other great shows at...
by calling
1-800-594-TIXX 
or in our box office at Lynn City Hall
3 City Hall Square Lynn, MA 
invereted  

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wow. Did you see Downtown Lynn on Thursday Night

Sometimes we hit a perfect storm of activity and we get to see for a moment the Lynn we all know is on its way to becoming a reality. Last night was one of those nights. We had a pre-show dinner crowd flooding into all our downtown restaurants from 5-7. In Central Square a 5K race went from the Clock to Red Rock Park and back. An after-party kept the racers in downtown for a bit longer and then as that let out and the dinner crowd flooded in to the auditorium, the racers re-filled those restaurant seats. As the racers tired out, the Foreigner concert let out, and once again a new wave of business came to our downtown.

This is what it's all about. The more activity, the more economy. The more community, the more pride. We got a real glimpse on Thursday night. Now, how do we get more nights like that?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Go Out Loud – A New LGBT Upstart With Great Ambitions


From Guest blogger and DTL resident, Kevin Sampson

As an active downtown Lynn resident and regular reader of DowntownLynn.com, I was honored when Corey asked me to contribute a guest post. It just seemed like the perfect timing given the recent developments happening with my professional endeavors.

Over the past several years, I have been blessed to meet many business owners, community organizers and LGBT supporters. As we have continued the quest for equality, as well as ways to develop and improve our local economy, an opportunity to grow a brand emerged when I partnered with a few other organizers in Salem to create Out Nights throughout the region. Our brand doesn’t promote the typical cliché of gay stereotypes; instead, it promotes opportunities for the LGBT community to participate in fun, engaging events without any sexual pretense. I’m proud to announce the birth of Go Out Loud, as we celebrate our recent incorporation.

Go Out Loud has already been a terrific success brining our population together and having a strong positive economic impact on local Lynn businesses. Recently, we held an event at The Blue Ox where we had initially promised the restaurateurs a group of 40 people. To everyone’s amazement, over 80 people showed up and shared an amazing meal with great guests.

In fact, The Blue Ox marveled our skills, stating:

“From all at of The Blue Ox, we would like to thank you for coordinating with us on your recent Go Out Loud event at our restaurant. Many of the Go Out Loud attendees were excited about our offerings and we are confident that we have earned a place in the hearts (and stomachs) of a new clientele. The buzz of the community certainly spoke well of Go Out Loud beforehand, but after having worked with you, The Blue Ox would be happy to host another event at our establishment soon.

That same evening, we also organized a follow up event at Cirque @47 Central, which helped us ready our upcoming event, ‘Go Go Out Loud’, a disco themed event on Friday September 14th where the best dressed party goer can win a prize package. Combine all the above success in Lynn with our presence in other communities and you can see why we have already held over a dozen events that have gained more attendance and awareness as Go Out Loud grows.

Naturally, I wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for the support of people like Corey who help contribute to the LGBT community with his great blog here at DowntownLynn.com. I look forward to contributing on here, not just to promote Go Out Loud (though I do hope you participate in our events!), but also to contribute to our mutual cause in general. Make no mistake, we are a growing brand, but we rely on readers like you and your continued support. Together we can make great things happen so stay tuned for more great events!
To learn more about Go Out Loud and stay up to date on local events please follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoOutLoud

Thanks,
Kevin Sampson
Chief Operating Officer
Go Out Loud

Friday, September 7, 2012

Bernie's Place - WOW!

You may have noticed the new signs across from the Hess gas station that say Bernie's Place. This is an area of Downtown this is soon to see a lot of revitalized life as D'Amici's moves their baking operations over to this same square in the coming months. Bernie's took Billy's and added a bit of Latin flare and cleaned up the place a LOT! It looks great inside and very clean. The food is all cooked fresh in front of you and they have both traditional Mexican and American menu options. As a matter of fact even the TVs had one tuned to American soaps and one tuned to Telemundo. The owners were even speaking English and Spanish interchangably. It's like it's in their DNA to want to bring these two groups together. How I got all this from ordering a buritto I don't know, but I like it. That tells me that this owner gets the makeup of our Downtown and has a good shot at success as a result.

So let's get to the food. Holy wowsers. If you're going to put a buritto in the land of Casa Molina and Tacos Lupita, you better make a damn good buritto, right? Well, no fear there, this was quite the unique and delicious treat. I ordered the chicken buritto which was cooked fresh for my order and they added some delightful veggies and tasty rice. I think I got some celery which was AWESOME! Just the right blend of everything and they didn't go overboard on the cilantro. The burrito comes with chips that are laced with some sort of awesomeness that I can't describe. On the side, is a delicious sweet sauce with a slight kick. The whole thing together probably blew out my weight watchers points for the entire day, but it was worth it.


Check out Bernie's Place the next time you're looking for lunch in Lynn. It's another winner.

-Corey


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