Browsing All posts tagged under »Highlands«

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 […]

Look What I Found!

September 20, 2011


High Rock Top – TourWrist®. Try out the full screen effect! There are also views of inside the Observatory, Lynn Auditorium, Gannon Golf Course and a few others.

The Ford School Should Be in This Book!

August 17, 2011


Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation Written by Sharon Gamson Danks; Published by New Village Press Reviewed by Trevor Smith The transformation of our nation’s asphalt and turf schoolyards into thriving educational and inspirational Green Space sounds like the ultimate “kumbaya” notion.  A notion that one might assume would surely suffocate under mountains […]

The Henry Avenue Park Summit

June 22, 2011


We watched the dark blue sedan climb the hill toward Henry Avenue Park, its driver anonymous behind the glare of the windshield. At the last moment, it took a left instead of continuing straight into the cul-de-sac that served as the playground’s parking area. “That looked like a drive-by,” said Antonio. “That’s the kind of […]

The Ford School Garden

September 29, 2010


The long, gnarly slender green beans growing on the trellis in the Ford School community garden look familiar. Where had I seen them? A couple of miles away, in my neighborhood, the same variety festoons the chain link fence of a home on Williams Avenue. Every time I walk by, I am tempted to pick one. […]

Adopt a Block

August 13, 2010


In grammar school religion class, I learned that gospel means “good news.” To some degree, I hope this blog is like gospel, although the good news I’m hoping to spread may not have anything to do with God. This post is the exception to that caveat. Driving down Hamilton Avenue from the Ford School, I […]

Henry Avenue Park

May 31, 2010


As recently as two years ago, Henry Avenue Park was not a place to bring the kids. In a final act of desperation, the city had taken down the basketball hoops to discourage “loitering and other activities happening in the parks.” Neglect was evident in the torn-down chain link fences, graffiti, vandalized playground equipment and […]

What’s Goin’ On?

April 23, 2010


7:30 AM. Siren sound. Muffled megaphone announcement. Five bursts of siren again. Authoritative static-laced voice. Repeating ad nauseam, getting closer. OK, DPW truck, you’ve got my attention. “Street Cleaning on Essex St. Move your car, or you will get ticketed!” This is Lynn. No signage letting you know the street sweeping schedule. Maybe, if you […]

Foreclosure Prevention Jan. 13 6:30 PM

January 11, 2010


From Lynn United for Change: Foreclosed? Underwater? Rent in a foreclosed building? DON’T MOVE! There are 66 bank-owned buildings in the Highlands, up from 53 last year. We need to help people keep their homes and avoid eviction. Several investors are willing to buy buildings from banks and sell them back to the former owners at market prices! You […]

Debate Dissection Part II

October 27, 2009


Politics is the art of evasion. Try as you might to frame a question that requires a specific answer, the good politician will find away to avoid answering it so as not to commit to any specific course of action. Most of the questions at the Ford School debate were of the “What would you […]

I Like a Good Debate

October 19, 2009


Tonight, the Highlands Coalition hosted a mayoral debate between Mayor Chip Clancy and Judy Flanagan Kennedy at the Ford School in the Highlands. Clancy sat on the left side of the long table on stage, and Flanagan Kennedy on the right. Over 200 folding chairs were arranged in the school auditorium with an aisle down […]

Hello, Moon

October 7, 2009


I didn’t expect all the cars parked near the entrance to High Rock Tower Park when I arrived last night, nor did I expect the number of people. While  there, I encountered about 50–young, old and in-between; families, couples, and friends–in a crowd that mirrored the diversity of Lynn. I also didn’t expect to hear […]

Peace in the City at High Rock Park

July 14, 2009


The show must go on. So said the organizers of the Peace in the City Youth Fest and an anonymous neighbor when no one showed up from the city to open High Rock Tower for the event. Not knowing how they would power the PA system, organizers asked the neighbor if he would be kind […]

The Aftermath

June 26, 2009


The state of the economy hurts us in many ways. Companies lay off workers. School budgets get cut, eliminating programs that keep the schools safer and make them more enriching environments. This is what happened last night at the school committee meeting. The Ford is still a community school, but now just grades K-5. And […]

Public Hearing on School Budget this Thursday

June 23, 2009


It was still drizzling as I made my way to the Ford School for the Highlands Coalition meeting on Monday night. Unfortunately, I would be too late to hear the mayor talk about the impending closure of the Ford School Annex due to budget cuts. But he was there, I am told.   Parents whose […]

Memorial Day Service 2009

May 26, 2009


The High Rock Tower Association held a Memorial Day Service on Saturday, May 23 at 11:00 AM. The Robert L. Ford School Glee Club sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” for the group of about 50 people who attended. After the firing of rifles into the air, a member of highschool band […]

The Ford School

May 22, 2009


You probably already know that the Robert L. Ford School in the Highlands is a NASA Explorer School. In August 2007, the media reported on students chatting live with astronauts on the International Space Station. But did you know that the book "Becoming a Community School," published by the nonprofit Project for School Innovation in Boston uses the Ford school as a model for how to establish a community school?