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.


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.

Please contact Manisha Bewtra at 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

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.


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 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 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.

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