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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

--SNOW EMERGENCY NOTICE---------------
 
CITY OF LYNN
SNOW EMERGENCY/PARKING BAN
will be in effect from
6:00pm; Tuesday, December 17, 2013 through
5:00am; Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
All vehicles parked in school lots need to be out by 6:00am.
In anticipation of the predicted winter weather; please post this notice on your Broadcast to air immediately in order that the community will be prepared. This notice should also be aired continuously until this Snow Emergency has been lifted.

Thank you for your cooperation.  Any questions, please contact the DPW at (781) 477-7099.

All applicable parking, ticketing, related ordinances and laws are in effect.  All parked vehicles must be removed from city streets.  The Snow Emergency will be in effect until the storm has passed and the streets have been cleared of snow and ice or as noted above.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lynn Auditorium is on a Roll!

Some great stuff coming to Lynn Auditorium inlcuding Cheap Trick which went on sale today and a whole host of different offerings throughout the next year. Check out lynnauditorium.com for more info.

On top of that, they are providing $3 movie nights starting with this Saturdays presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sarah Jackson will be speaking briefly prior to the film about the movie and staying after for Q&A with all you Kubrick nerds. It's going to be lots of fun. Come on down this Saturday night. Go to lynnauditorium.com for more information about this and the rest of the lineup.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Devil Music Ensemble to perform “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” at Lynn Auditorium

Critically-acclaimed musical trio Devil Music Ensemble presents “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” a multi-media experience featuring Robert Weine’s 1919 silent horror film about murder and mind control in a small German town set to a live, original score. The dynamic musical accompaniment by guitarist Brendon Wood, electric violinist Jonah Rapino, and drummer Tim Nylander, brings the film to life as never before. Incorporating Rock, Electronic, Orchestral, Folk, Improvisation, and Incidental sounds, Devil Music Ensemble strives to present original, diverse works with performances in Boston, throughout the U.S., and recently on their European tour.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is considered one of the most cherished films of  German Expressionism and stands beside Dreyer’s Vampyr and Murnau’s Nosferatu as outstanding examples of the horror genre. The plot tells of a series of murders committed in a small German town, coinciding with the arrival of the mysterious Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) at the local fair and leading to a dramatic conclusion that you will have to see for yourself.

"DME's take on the western soundtrack won't be like any you've heard before. Their compositions employ tweaked-out electric guitars, lap steel, vintage analog synthesizers, traditional drums and surprising percussion. The horrific nature of The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari lent itself to haunting strings, creepy bells and a low-hum bass line. Even as the music matches and enhances the moving pictures, the tunes are more abstract, more avant garde than traditional Hollywood soundtracks. Plus, the live performance brings immediacy to the connection between movie and music." Paige M. Travies Knoxville Metro

It is an experience not to be missed! Devil Music Ensemble will be performing at the Lynn Auditorium on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 8 PM. The event  is presented by the Lynn Museum, the Lynn Auditorium and the Lynn Cultural Council. Tickets are $10 each, available at www.lynnauditorium.com. Tickets are also available at the Lynn Museum and the Lynn Auditorium Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Devil Music Ensemble at Lynn Auditorium presented by the Lynn Museum



Devil Music Ensemble to perform “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” at Lynn Auditorium

Critically-acclaimed musical trio Devil Music Ensemble presents “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” a multi-media experience featuring Robert Weine’s 1919 silent horror film about murder and mind control in a small German town set to a live, original score.   

The dynamic musical accompaniment by guitarist Brendon Wood, electric violinist Jonah Rapino, and drummer Tim Nylander, brings the film to life as never before.  Incorporating Rock, Electronic, Orchestral, Folk, Improvisation, and Incidental sounds, Devil Music Ensemble strives to present original, diverse works with performances in Boston, throughout the U.S., and recently on their European tour. 
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is considered one of the most cherished films of German 
Expressionism and stands beside Dreyer’s Vampyr and Murnau’s Nosferatu as outstanding examples of the horror genre.  The plot tells of a series of murders committed in a small German town, coinciding with the arrival of the mysterious Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) at the local fair and leading to a dramatic conclusion that you will have to see for yourself.

"DME's take on the western soundtrack won't be like any you've heard before. Their compositions employ tweaked-out electric guitars, lap steel, vintage analog synthesizers, traditional drums and surprising percussion. The horrific nature of The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari lent itself to haunting strings, creepy bells and a low-hum bass line. Even as the music matches and enhances the moving pictures, the tunes are more abstract, more avant garde than traditional Hollywood soundtracks. Plus, the live performance brings immediacy to the connection between movie and music." Paige M. Travies Knoxville Metro

It is an experience not to be missed! Devil Music Ensemble will be performing at the Lynn Auditorium on Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 8 PM. The event is presented by the Lynn Museum, the Lynn Auditorium and the Lynn Cultural Council. Tickets are $10 each, available at www.lynnauditorium.com. Tickets are also available at the Lynn Museum and the Lynn Auditorium Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 PM.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

News from LynnArts

LynnArts is pleased to extend the showing of both Mixed Media and Imagination, Symbol & Spirit through till October 26th. Also Please join us for an artist Meet & Greet on Saturday, October 12th, from 2-4pm. Come talk with the artists that created this beautiful pieces of original art.
 
In addition, The Lynn Museum and Historical Society kicks off their brand new How We Work exhibit on Oct 12th; all in attendance are encouraged to visit both locations.  (Saturday hours, 10am-3pm) http://lynnmuseum.org/

Come visit our thriving Downtown
Cultural District, and stay for a day of art and history. See you there!

Mixed Media
A juried exhibition featuring artwork by:

Janet Albert, Holly Chin, Ken Coder, Elaine Caliri Daly, Joanne Desmond, Carin Doben, Eleanor Fisher, Peter Grimshaw, Joanna Kao, Susan Kauder,
Andrew H. Martensson, Abigail Nelson, Barbara Rafferty, Leslie Fahn Rosenberg, Brain Shea, Kelly Slater, Brain Thomas, Suzanne Ulrich,
Martin Whitkin and Laura Wilhelm. 
Juried by: Sand T. Kollach

Imagination, Symbol & Spirit
A Duo Exhibition featuring the work of: Priscilla Hathaway & Marilyn McKeon

These two artists, each with their own critical life struggles, work from the mind. Images that seem to birth themselves from both of these prolific women invariably end up on paper, using marker, crayon, pen, pencil, colored pencils, acrylic paint – basically whatever their ideas demand. Images of life and death, religion, relationship, family, femininity and masculinity, as well as elves, fairies and landscapes, all seem to weave their way into their art.
Priscilla has shown widely and she generously will donate her art and hopes to continue to share her work with others, while Marilyn, as Priscilla states, “deserves to be known and appreciated for her brilliance,” and has also shown in several public exhibits. They are both long time friends and find solace, peace and challenge through the creation of art.
       
The Way We Worked
at The Lynn Museum and Historical Society
Discover America’s work history with this traveling exhibition on labor in the United States, The Way We Worked. Drawn from the National Archives’ unparalleled photographic collections, The Way We Worked explores how work became so integral to American culture and traces the evolution of a workforce that was shaped by the American dreams of equality and freedom. This exhibition gives us the opportunity to add focused elements of Lynn labor and unions to the gallery spaces so both floors of the Museum will be filled with labor history.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

VOTE ON TUESDAY - Seth, Marshall

Tuesday is an important day for Lynn and for Downtown for two reasons.

1. One of the three Ward 5 candidates will be eliminated

2. A vote for Marshall Middle School is an important step in improving our schools and keeping new Downtown residents in the city and attracting new families.


For number one, I am recommending you take a strong look and give your vote to Seth Albaum. Seth has already been doing the job. When the council restricted LynnCam from trying to provide meetings to the public, Seth personally went in recorded all meetings and posted them to his now extremely popular website, lynnhappens.com.  When it looked like we had a ton of new residents Downtown and nothing to do, Seth jumped in and helped found Arts After Hours, became a member of LynnArts board, helped form the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, DJ'd at area restaurants, founded a Neighborhood Association for Downtown. Seth rallied around getting new cameras installed at the MBTA stations in Central Square and brought residents together with MBTA and Lynn Police for a frank and honest discussion about the crime there. Seth rallied around the trash problem downtown and got new barrels installed with beautiful visuals on them of High Rock Tower and other Lynn landmarks, all sponsored by Lynn businesses. Seth understands community building and he completely understands the dynamics of our council and will be able to jump right in to work.  Seth is here, he is already your Ward 5 Councilor. Let's just make it permanent.

Here are some links for those who haven't read up on the candidates:

Lynn Item Profile on Ward 5 Candidates
http://www.itemlive.com/news/a-look-at-lynn-s-ward-candidates/article_63c53528-1c05-11e3-a1fb-0019bb2963f4.html

Lynn Journal Profile on Ward 5 Candidates
http://www.lynnjournal.com/2013/08/20/profiles-of-ward-five-council-candidates/

Debate between Ward 5 Candidates
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j4jpupLa5Q




For Number 2, I am sick of seeing young families move in to Downtown lofts and then leave for a city that isn't close to the bottom when it comes to schools in the overall rankings for Massachusetts. For those of us who look into these things, we know that you can get a great education in Lynn.  We need to prove to these families they can stay here and be able to attract new families to Lynn. A big statement would be to start improving our physical structures and providing teachers and administrators with the tools they need to succeed. A vote for Marshall is a vote to progress the pipeline and move on to the next school. Pickering, Tracy, etc. are all coming up next and a down vote would put all that in jeopardy. Vote for Marshall and let's get this done!


I ask that debate below, if it happens, be respectful and informative of your views and opinions and not derogatory in any way or it will be removed.  Please identify yourself in your comments so we can have an honest discussion.


Friday, August 16, 2013

2 Awesome Exhibits, 1 Awesome Building - LynnArts

LynnArts
25 Exchange Street
Willow and Community Galleries
Both Exhibits: August 17-October 5
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 17, 2-4 PM


Mixed Media
A juried exhibition featuring artwork by:

Janet Albert, Holly Chin, Ken Coder, Elaine Caliri Daly, Joanne Desmond, Carin Doben, Eleanor Fisher, Peter Grimshaw, Joanna Kao, Susan Kauder, Andrew H. Martensson, Abigail Nelson, Barbara Rafferty, Leslie Fahn Rosenberg, Brain Shea, Kelly Slater, Brain Thomas, Suzanne Ulrich, Martin Whitkin and Laura Wilhelm. 
Juried by: Sand T. Kollach

Imagination, Symbol & Spirit
A Duo Exhibition featuring the work of: Priscilla Hathaway & Marilyn McKeon

These two artists, each with their own critical life struggles, work from the mind. Images that seem to birth themselves from both of these prolific women invariably end up on paper, using marker, crayon, pen, pencil, colored pencils, acrylic paint – basically whatever their ideas demand. Images of life and death, religion, relationship, family, femininity and masculinity, as well as elves, fairies and landscapes, all seem to weave their way into their art.
 
Priscilla has shown widely and she generously will donate her art and hopes to continue to share her work with others, while Marilyn, as Priscilla states, “deserves to be known and appreciated for her brilliance,” and has also shown in several public exhibits. They are both long time friends and find solace, peace and challenge through the creation of art.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Arts After Hours and Ryan's Smashing Life present The Backyard Bash on August 17th


August 15th - Third Thursday Brings to Central Square the Dog Days of Summer!


The Downtown Lynn Cultural District is pleased to announce the return of the ever popular 3rd Thursday event, Dog Days of Summer. The celebration of all things canine will be taking place on August 15th at 6pm in Central Square.

This year’s event will feature vendors including local pet stores, gourmet doggie snack makers, dog groomers, representatives from Lynn’s own dog park Barkland Ave, a K-9 dog demo, a DJ and food vendors for humans!


The event will begin at 6pm in Central Square. The roster of activities will include a doggie parade complete with a Norwich Terrier named Baby acting as Grand Marshall. Tickets will be sold for a kissing booth, dog brushing, doggie massage and a raffle chock full of prizes from Lynn restaurants and businesses.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Northeast Animal Shelter who will also have a table at the event, distributing information and displaying the “Look Book” for dogs available for adoption.

All dogs must be registered to participate. The registration form can be downloaded and printed at http://thirdthursdaysdtl.wordpress.com/. Forms can be dropped off or mailed to LynnArts, 25 Exchange St. Lynn MA 01901 Attn: Dog Days. Registration will be available at the event however pre-registering your dog is highly recommended.

Dog Days marks the second event in the return of the 3rd Thursday series. The Downtown Lynn Cultural District has much more planned and recently launched a website highlighting all that downtown Lynn has to offer. To learn more, please visit dtlcd.org.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mixed Media call for work at LynnArts

CALL FOR WORK : MIXED MEDIA
 
 A Curated Show, open to any artist 17 and older
 
Saturday, August 17 – Friday, October 4, 2013 
Opening reception: Saturday, August 17, 2013, 2-4 PM
 
Juror: TBD
Entry Fee: $5.00 each piece, maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Non-refundable
Ribbons Awarded

GUIDELINES
Media: Artwork in which a combination of more than one medium has been employed. It should be immediately obvious to the viewer that more than one medium has been used in the creation of the piece.

Drop-off: Thursday, August 8, 11am-7pm, Friday, August 9, 10am-4pm, and Saturday, August 10, 11am-4pm at 25 Exchange St.

For full guidelines and conditions, please visit www.lynnarts.org.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Backyard Bash Saturday July 13th

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The 4th annual Back Yard Bash presented by Arts After Hours and featuring Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, Eddie Japan, and Nick Zaino will take place on Saturday, July 13th, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the Lynn Museum Park, located at 590 Washington Street in Lynn, MA. Tickets are $15, include food and can be purchased at artsafterhours.com or by phone at 781-205-4010.

The Backyard Bash marks Arts After Hours 4th year of celebrating local art, music, food, and wine in the Downtown Lynn Cultural District. Arts After Hours has teamed up with Ryan’s Smashing Life (rslblog.com) for the 3rd year in a row to bring to Lynn some of the best music coming out of the Massachusetts music scene. This year’s event features Eddie Japan and Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents. Eddie Japan, winner of the 2013 Rock and Roll Rumble, has been described as 60s baroque pop mixed with the less restrained tendencies of 80s alternative guitar bands. Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents was born out of Jenny Dee’s love for the girl group and soul sounds of the 1960s. “Both these bands have an incredible sound that transcends generations,” says Corey Jackson, Managing Director of Arts After Hours. “People will feel like they are in 2013, 1985 and 1966 all at the same time.”

The event will also feature art for sale and demonstrations by local artists in jewelry, photography, illustration, Sculpture, furniture and more. Artists for July 13th include Maleeka McIntire and Ken Coder as well as a pop-up gallery and shop from Centerboard’s visionspace including artists Adam Miller, Josh Morrissette, Michael Karolemeas, Haig Demarjian, Jordan Walsh, Jason Taglieri, Alex Comfort, and Mike Doherty.  

Admission is $15 and comes with food ticket for one item at the grill of Lynn Meatland. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale all night long. For more information, directions, or to order tickets please visit http://artsafterhours.com.

Parking is available along Union, Washington and several of the side streets in the area. The MBTA garage is located diagonally across from the Museum on Union Street and costs $4. 


Monday, June 17, 2013

June Continues with More Amazing Events

June 20th - The Great Lynn Pizza Bake Off featuring Brian Maes Band! 

Live in Central Square, 3rd Thursday IS BACK! Just a taste of what will be as the newly formed Downtown Lynn Cultural District takes shape and begins to produce collaborative events.

We are going to have some great local pizza shops participating in this fun community event, including:

Caruso's Pizza Center
Giovanni's House of Pizza
Cafe Rossetti's - https://www.facebook.com/caferossettis.rossettis
Bernie's Place - https://www.facebook.com/bernies.place.96
Tatiana's Restaurant - https://www.facebook.com/TATIANASOFLYNN
Flying Saucer - https://www.facebook.com/FlyingSaucerPizzaCompany
Enzo's Pizzeria - https://www.facebook.com/enzosonoxfordst
Fauci's Pizza - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fauci-Pizza-5951310/152910651408215
Pizza Lovers
Mandee's - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mandees-Pizza/239454979906



June 22nd - OpenDTL


The Downtown Lynn Neighborhood Association presents the second annual openDTL, a neighborhood-wide open house showcasing local artisans, live local music, arts and cultural organizations and business.

On the Central Square stage:

11:30am - TromBoston, sponsored by Arts After Hours
12:30pm – The Dirty Floorboards
1:30pm – Greg Allen's Fringe Religion
2:30pm - Centerboard unveils new public art!
2:50pm – The Chiefs

The official after party will be held at Tatiana's, 70 Market Street, at 7pm. Local faves Tigerman WOAH take the stage about 7:30pm.




Thursday, June 6, 2013

LGBT - Pride Month Happenings in Lynn

On June 8th, Fran's Place has a party taking place after Boston Pride on Washington Street. Northern Nights on the Lynnway also has a party from 2PM on.

On June 14th at 12 noon, The Mayor's Office alongside local LGBT Groups, Fran's Place, Northern Nights,  Arts After Hours, city officials, and guests will raise the popular rainbow flag at City Hall Square.

On June 15th at 2PM, the Annual Pride BBQ, SizzLYNN will happen inside the Lynn Museum Park.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

June 1st - Amazing Night in Downtown Lynn

Do 1, 2 or all 3, but for goodness sake, Do Something on June 1st in Downtown Lynn! 

 



Saturday, May 25, 2013

I Am Lynn Campaign from Arts After Hours

Consider a small or large donation to Arts After Hours today to keep the arts flourishing in Lynn. Larger amounts donated get you some pretty cool mugs and t-shirts. This summer Arts After Hours has lined up some pretty amazing one night events to enjoy our summer nights in Downtown Lynn, including The Meet Ball on June 1st, Two Back Yard Bash concerts, and a Pride BBQ. Also, this summer, Shakespeare in Lynn Woods comes back for year number 2 with Much Ado About Nothing. Donate today and be a part of the creation!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

MAPC Meeting - What's Next for Downtown Lynn?

That was the question raised at the meeting tonight hosted by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) at the Lynn Museum. The answer?  Well, that's a little harder to define. The fixes needed for our Downtown are "all of the above" on most questions, but it was exciting to see a few things bump out from the data presented tonight and the questions answered by the crowd.

To get up to speed on what MAPC has been doing in Downtown Lynn, check out the Downtown Lynn project page on the MAPC website.

The night centered around a presentation where the audience was handed remote controls so we could all answer many questions about our Downtown while remaining anonymous. It was an effective way of getting the pulse of the room. There were translators giving spanish translations over private headsets which brought a voice to the table often left out of many of our community dialogues.

It was nice to have business leaders, residents (downtown, other parts of Lynn, and non-Lynners), candidates, media, planning experts, real estate professionals, arts leaders, and even children all in one place to talk about Downtown.  Tonight wasn't about coming to conclusions about things based on the answers we saw on the screen, but it was another data point in the search for what's important for Downtown Lynn's future?

What do you see as important to Downtown's success moving forward?

Themes tonight centered around zoning changes, more retail/restaurants, more residents, and more beautification projects. In one series of questions, the number of people in the room who would live downtown went from 20% to 60% just on the basis of getting some new amenities here.  Ok, maybe that's obvious. But being in the room, we saw a 40% change in attitude just after getting the room to think of a few possibilities for the Downtown.

Over the next few months, the MAPC will be taking data from these various meetings and their studies of the Downtown Data Walk, assessors data, and reviews of zoning, etc and making a series of recommendations to our City. I look forward to this and the resulting action on our city's part to start affecting change.

The city has been great at studying itself. Now is the time for real change. Let's delete our zoning code and start over. Period. Let's stop suggesting things like the proposed site plan review ordinance that will make it even more difficult to do business in Downtown Lynn. These are things that do not cost money, just cost a little brain power and a little courage to let our city grow.

The night opened and closed with Da Lyrical Geni, Walnut, asking us all to "come a little closer."  Together we can achieve powerful things for this great place we all love so much.

-Corey






Monday, May 20, 2013

What's Next for Downtown Lynn? A Discussion and Presentation Led by MAPC

Thursday May 23rd, 2013 - 5:30PM
Lynn Museum 590 Washington Street

Join your friends and neighbors to...

Build on the Vision for Downtown Lynn!

Your participation is vital. Help guide decisions to ensure a  thriving, vibrant, and economically competitive future for Lynn’s dynamic and diverse center. 



RSVP on Facebook.






www.mapc.org/downtownlynn

Please contact Manisha Bewtra at mbewtra@mapc.org or 617-933- 0757 to request language assistance, American Sign Language interpretation, assistive listening devices, request accessibility accommodations, or to learn more.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Food Project Gardening Workshop and Plant Sale May 18th


Local Festival Celebrates Food and Farms

Free gardening workshops and plant sales help North Shore residents to ensure a strong start this growing season

WHAT:          
The Food Project, a youth development and local agriculture program, celebrates the start of another growing season at their Munroe Street Farm in Downtown Lynn.  Area youth will lead the festivities with how-to workshops and sales of vegetable plants.

WHO:            

The Food Project youth and staff will host local residents, neighbors, and community members.

Since 1991, The Food Project (TFP) has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Their mission is to grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. TFP produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs and provides youth leadership opportunities. Most importantly, TFP strives to inspire and support others to create change in their own communities.

WHEN:          Saturday May 18, 2013;  10am to 2pm

WHERE:        Munroe Street Farm, 100 Munroe Street, Lynn

This event is free and open to the public; for further details, please e-mail rburns@thefoodproject.org or call 781-259-8621 x44.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

RAW Bash Coming up on May 18th - Always a NOT TO BE MISSED Event in DTL


As a new Downtown resident, almost 7 years ago now (Wow, has it been that long?), the RAW BASH was one of the first events that I discovered. It was a night I will never forget. A ton of fun (maybe too much fun) while being inspirational. The kids and mission are at the forefront of the event and you really get a strong idea for why you are there. The whole Eat, Drink, and Dance thing is definitely a huge part of why it is fun, but then you hear the kids stories, you see the kid's art, and you see the amazing therapy these kids are getting by being given a home to express themselves in this way, and you just want to hug everyone around you. Don't do it though, it gets awkward fast. :-)

Check it out this year. I am so sad I will be in NYC that weekend. Never a night I want to miss so you'll have to party even harder for me. Enjoy DTL!

Raw Art Works (RAW) will be hosting its annual BASH: Party with a Purpose fundraiser on Saturday May 18th, from 7:30-11:30pm, at their gallery and studio space at 37 Central Square in Downtown Lynn. Tickets are $75 each and are available at www.rawartworks.org. Tickets are expected to sell out this year. A very special announcement regarding exciting plans for the future of RAW will be made at the event!





Wednesday, May 1, 2013

This Friday at Lynn Auditorium

This Friday at Lynn Auditorium, the Dirty Floorboards are opening with Gracie Curran and the High Falutin' Band for Roomful of Blues. It's a very exciting night of music in Lynn and is a benefit concert for Citizens for Adequate Housing (CAH).

People have heard me talk about CAH in the past as I've been a board member, have run their auction in years past, and grew up on the street where my neighbor, Mary Jane Lee (founder of CAH), saw first hand in another neighbor, the realities of homelessness hit hard. We've all either been or have known a single parent or family that had to go home to live with parents in hard financial times. Imagine when that family isn't there. Or worse, imagine if that spouse or parent would place them in a horrifyingly abusive situation.

With the realities of government budgets these days more and more families are finding themselves in motels or worse.

In Lynn we certainly understand these realities and I'm one that constantly harps on the fact that Downtown has more than its fair share of the burden for Massachusetts. Even with that truth, we learned that Lynn is still pretty low on overall percentage of affordable housing stock. We need organizations like Citizens for Adequate Housing that are focused on more affordable housing in the suburbs. Getting the burden spread out across more North Shore towns and pushing the cause forward to end homelessness everywhere.

Join me in supporting CAH on Friday night at the Lynn Auditorium. Tickets are around $40 but know that it's going to support a very good cause and a cause I care deeply about. See you there.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Downtown Lynn Cultural District Meetup at LynnArts

This Thursday, come to LynnArts, to see some amazing progress in the Downtown Lynn Cultural District.

Get an update on the branding work done by so many dedicated volunteers over the past few months thanks to a grant received by the EDIC last year, get a progress report from the EDIC on the artist lofts at 33 Central Square, hear from the amazing Jennifer Adler of Survival by Design, one of Downtown Lynn's newest graphic design firms, find out more about the LCC's efforts and their incredible lineup of projects for 2013, and get the low down from the MAPC on our Data Walk and next steps towards uncovering the economic potential of our great downtown. So much good stuff, and all wrapped into two fun hours at LynnArts. To top it all off, their "Paint" show is on the walls and it's fantastic.   Two words: cheese - wine! Two more words: Be - There! 


DTL Cultural District
Community Collective
Thursday, April 25th
6 to 8 PM
At Lynn Arts
Featuring the new exhibition “Paint”

Momentum! Grants! Design!
Eat some cheese. Drink some wine.
Lend your voice to progress!

With Short & Sweet presentations by –
Jim Cowdell, EDIC
Kate Luchini, The Lynn Museum
Martha Almy, DTLcd Branding
Jennifer Adler, Survival By Design
Jocelyn Almy Testa, Lynn Cultural Council
Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Presentations start at 6:30 with time for talk after.

The Mayor of Lynn has a Special Announcement

Be at the Franco-American tonight at 7PM for what is being played up in the press as a special announcement connected to Judy Flanagan Kennedy's campaign for re-election. As you know, this blog has been known to be painted pink (Judy's Campaign Colors) in the past.

Given no one else has pulled papers for the Mayoral race, it's hard to not see 4 more years.

It's been a strong 4 years with progress on Downtown Development, an extreme focus on streamlining doing business with the city, streamlined permitting, a renewed focus on zoning, increased police and fire presence, the return of Community Liason Officers, more focus on grant proposals throughout the city of Lynn, a commitment to celebrating diversity in our city, and an incredible dedication to the Arts and Culture movement throughout the city from Walnut Street Cafe to Western Ave's Lydia Pinkham, to Central Square to the Auditorium which will now have 365 days a year potential for economic impact due to the ongoing air conditioning installation.

Mayor Kennedy's focus has led to many facets of this city getting positive press for the first time in a long time. Boston Globe, Chronicle, Viewpoints, etc. We are on the map and people are starting to talk about Lynn with a smile on their face.

Come have fun with all of us at the Franco-American to hear what Mayor Kennedy has to share with this great city.

See you there.  RSVP on Facebook.

Franco-American
535 Western Ave Lynn, MA
7-10PM

Friday, April 19, 2013

Off Street Parking Commission Wants Your Feedback

As some of you know, the Off Street Parking Commission recently was overhauled and 4 of the 5 commissioners are now brand new.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I, Corey Jackson, am one of those newly appointed commissioners.

The Off Street Parking Commission wants to hear about your issues with the lots downtown.

Businesses, residents, and customers of Downtown Lynn are more than welcome. We need your input and your concerns/suggestions.

Please note this is the Off Street Parking Commission and we have NO jurisdiction over street parking/parking tickets on street whatsoever.

If you have feedback and suggestions for improvements to the parking lots or the public parking lot situation as a whole, please attend.
  
Off/Street Parking Commission Public Information Meeting 
Tuesday, April 23rd LynnArts 
25 Exchange Street, Lynn 
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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