Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

February 23, 2014


It’s no accident that recycling is last. It’s the least desirable option of the three. Adam Minter’s Junkyard Plant: Truths in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade sets out to explain why. Adam Minter grew up the son of a junkyard owner specializing in scrap metal, worked for his father while growing up and parlayed that […]

At-Large Councilor Candidate Forum July 10

July 5, 2013


The Lynn Community Association (LCA) is pleased to present a series of candidate forums this summer in anticipation of a highly contested election cycle for the city of Lynn this November. Starting with the at-Large Councilor forum on Wednesday, July 10, 7PM, at the Temple Ahabat Shalom on Ocean St., forum moderator and publisher of […]

Posted in: local government

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Museum

June 17, 2013


Best kept secret. Hidden jewel. Two phrases I often hear when people talk about the GAR museum. But life-long Lynners seem to be fully aware of the treasure in their midst–a treasure showing signs of wear and tear. After attending some of Lynn’s Civil War Sesquicentennial celebration 2 weeks ago, I heard there was going […]

Conversations with Abraham

June 9, 2013


Last Saturday, Abraham Lincoln confided in me. “Good generals are few and far between. I have to keep telling them ‘Pursue the enemy when they retreat.’ Most of these generals get the enemy to retreat, but then think the job is done and they can rest. If we want to win this war, we have […]

The Hotel Zouave

June 5, 2013


Accordion music suffused with the murmur of men conversing grows stronger as I approach the white linen tent on the common. Red, white and blue adorn the tent. The sign over the entrance declares “Hotel Zouave”. Four muskets lean up against each other in front of the tent, bayonet tips meeting at the top, standing […]

Sesquicentennial Scenes

June 4, 2013


June 1, 2013. Volunteers portraying members of the 6th Maine Light Artillery regiment wheel the cannon out into the open area of Lynn Common in front of the Frederick Douglass Memorial bandstand. An Infantryman pushes a plunger into the maw of the cannon, packing in the projectile, hopefully nothing lethal. A boy approaches with a […]

Message on a Telephone Pole

May 19, 2013


  This message was found tacked to a telephone pole on the corner or Eastern Ave. and Erie St. Check out Lynn Happens for more sightings of these anonymously posted signs in the city.

Posted in: Health and Safety

Highlands Oral History Project

May 14, 2013


Ana Stipanovic sought refuge from the war-torn region of Bosnia. Others came looking for decent jobs and food on the table, a better life. City Councilor Hong Net barely escaped from the killing fields of Cambodia, where starvation, disease and forced labor were the norm. Ana, Hong and many others who immigrated to Lynn or […]

Posted in: Diversity

I’m Sure There Were More than 300 Volunteers in Lynn Saturday

April 28, 2013


“For a long time there have been rumors that Latinos come here to take,” the translator said. “We’re here to show that Latinos give.” The man speaking in Spanish before the crowd in front of city hall was Juan Gonzalez. I’ve known Juan for several years, but I did not know he was pastor of […]

Posted in: Community Service

Misty Morning

October 21, 2012


Tidying Up

October 14, 2012


Surely, landlords have an interest in keeping their properties clean, maintaining the safety of their structures and providing the means by which tenants can safely dispose of trash. And certainly, tenants must faithfully use what the landlord gives them in terms of waste disposal. I’m sure tenants want  to live in a safe, clean environment, […]

The Tide is Turning

October 13, 2012


As I watched Thursday’s installment of Channel 5’s Chronicle on the city of Lynn, I couldn’t help but think about the rat my dog just killed. Sheena the greyhound, 11 years old, you still got it in you. You saw it, you chased it, you clamped your formidable canines on it, shook it and dropped […]

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Without Borders–A New Magazine

October 3, 2012


The first issue of Without Borders, a bilingual magazine featuring stories about successful Lynners making a positive difference in the city, is making its debut at the Lynn Museum  and Historical Society at 590 Washington St. on Thursday October 11, 2012, from 5-7 PM. Magazine founder and Lynn entrepreneur Juan Gonzalez says the first issue […]

Posted in: Diversity

File Under “Don’t Take Me So Literally!”

September 27, 2012


Last week, I saw Uncle Joe, an owner of the commercial property next to mine, sitting in his truck and decided I would ask him about the upside-down couch sitting in his back lot, up against the fence between our properties. The couch was potential harborage for rats, I told him. “Can you move it?” […]

Posted in: Litter

A Bit of Fluff

September 25, 2012


Only in Lynn! Taking Sheena for a walk on Monday morning, we passed by Durkee Mower Co., where they make Marshmellow Fluff. The big tanker truck you see in the photos below was idling while offloading syrup straight into the basement of the confection factory. The smell of fluff was in the air. Mmm. High […]

Posted in: local business

Lynn Fall Festival 2012 at Heritage State Park

September 24, 2012


I want this guy’s job. As you can see, I snapped a bunch of pictures and put them in a movie.

A Very Short History of Contemporary Rubbish Regulation in Lynn

September 19, 2012


  6/10/86–Chapter 8.24 of the Ordinances of the City of Lynn, entitled “LITTER AND REFUSE GENERALLY” is approved by the city. This ordinance is revised 4 times in the period from 1986 to 1997. Source– June 21, 2011–A proposed ordinance amending Chapter 8,24 is passed by City Council unanimously with emergency, meaning “a special emergency […]

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Countdown to Dumpster Day

September 17, 2012


There’s a lot going on this weekend. One of these things is Dumpster Day. Two other events of note are the Annual Fall Festival with its Dog Parade on Saturday and Sunday’s Trails and Sails hosted by the Lynn Community Association. Hope you can make it to all of them!

Get Your First Draft of the New Lynn Trash Ordinance Here

September 13, 2012


What if you could have a hand in crafting policy for the city? What areas would you focus on? How would you achieve your goals? Attorney Ron Mendes, board member of the Greater Lynn Chamber of Commerce, drafted a new trash ordinance for the city of Lynn. He submitted to the City Council about a month […]

Posted in: Litter

Peabody International Festival 2012

September 10, 2012


On Sunday, over 24 entertainers sang and danced on 3 stages in downtown Peabody for the 29th annual International Festival. I stumbled across this event 3 years ago and have made it a point to go every year since then. You can walk from one end of a jam-packed Lowell street to the other sampling […]

Posted in: Diversity