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Healthy Lynnfield Coalition receives Youth Risk Survey grant By Christopher Roberson


he Healthy Lynnfield Coalition recently received a $17,000 grant from Lahey Health to fund the Youth Risk Behavior Survey this fall for students in grades 7-12. For the first time, a Parent Survey will also be added. “I can’t tell you how much this is going to help all of our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Jane Tremblay during the Aug. 16 donation event, adding that three years have passed since a Youth Risk Behavior Survey was conducted in Lynnfield. Tremblay is also looking forward to incorporating the new parent com-

ponent, saying that the district needs to utilize the strong relationship that it has with parents. “None of us do this work in isolation,” she said. “We’ll really be able to pinpoint the areas we should be looking at; if our students are not psychologically and physically safe, it’s very hard to educate them.” Although there is always a minimal margin of error, Tremblay said she is not concerned about students providing false information when they take the survey. “It’s anonymous, so we really think that they are honest,” she said. Shown, from left to right, are Selectman Philip Crawford, Lahey Health COO Denis Gallagher and Lynnfield Superintendent of Schools Jane Tremblay during the Aug. 16 donation event.


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Terranova, Shaffer and Berardino “put on the gloves” in LYFC matter By Christopher Roberson


ore than two years after they were accused of taking money from Lynnfield Youth Football and Cheerleading (LYFC), Thomas Terranova, Wayne Shaffer and Stephen Berardino have gone on the offensive. On Aug. 3, they filed a $67,000 lawsuit against Selectman Philip Crawford, the CBS Corporation, CBS reporter Ryan Kath, Joseph Maney, Jr. and five other defendants who will be added in at a later date. The 12-page lawsuit also includes three counts of defamation and one count of negligent supervision. In his Complaint, Attorney Bradford Keene emphasized that Terranova, Shaffer and Berardino only held volunteer positions with LYFC. “In their affiliation with LYFC, Plaintiffs Terranova, Berardino and Shaffer received no compensation monetary or otherwise,” he said. “Each position held by them was as a volunteer, to a charity.” However, Keene said that in May 2015, information submitted by Lynnfield residents compelled the State Attorney General’s Office to launch an investigation in which LYFC was asked to disclose its financial records and tax returns going back to 2011. Although the requested documents were provided by June 30, 2015, Keene said additional documentation was needed from Berardino regarding his compa-

ny, State Line Graphics. Keene said those documents were also produced without hesitation. By July 2016, Keene said the assistant attorney general supervising the case had applied for a Civil Investigative Demand that put State Line Graphics under the microscope. However, he said no wrongdoing was found after 27 months of documents were reviewed by both an independent certified public accountant and the Attorney General’s Office. However, CBS could not stay away and assigned reporter Ryan Kath to the story. “As part of their ‘investigative investigation,’ Defendants CBS Corporation and Ryan Kath plotted to conduct a series of ‘ambush’ audio/video interviews of the Plaintiffs,” said Keene. The matter got explosive when the story aired on April 10 of this year. During the broadcast, Crawford and Maney were both interviewed with Maney appearing in a blacked out silhouette “for fear of retribution.” Keene said that at the time, both Maney and Crawford made “defamatory and wholly false statements” against Terranova, Shaffer and Berardino. However, he said Crawford did not make his allegations known to LYFC until the time of the broadcast.


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Lynnfield History: Home delivery services are nothing new in town By Helen Breen


ecently e-commerce site Bezo, announced Amazon’s’s CEO, Jeff acquisition of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in cold cash. Observers now anticipate changes in the grocery giant’s operations, particularly in the area of home delivery, which is Amazon’s signature service.

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Food ‘n’ spirits In perusing back copies of Lynnfield’s Village Press, it’s interesting to learn what services were available in town from 1939-1942. Roundy’s General Store, at 536 Main St., had featured home delivery since the 1920s. Just call “Tel. 11.” Turnpike Bottle Shoppe, at 345 Broadway, promised “prompt,

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free delivery” all over town. The Shoppe was proud to be “Certified Retailer of S. S. Pierce” liquors. Pierce’s “was known as the purveyor of fancy goods and potent libations for discerning Bostonians.” Lynn businesses Many services were made available to Lynnfield folks by Lynn merchants. Luther Witham Co., well-known caterers out of East Lynn, offered “free delivery in Lynnfield Saturday PM.” Witham’s was famous for its chicken pies – “All chicken pie $1.50 & chicken pie with potatoes $1.00.” J. B. Blood Co., premium butcher shop in Lynn’s Brickyard section, maintained a regular route using its horse-drawn wagon in Lynnfield. Meanwhile Empire Laundry, at Myrtle Street in Lynn, advertised “15 lbs. of wash for $1.00, 5¢ for each additional pound.” The ad also mentioned “wearing apparel returned damp.” Obviously, this was in the day before clothes dryers were in use. Magrane’s Department Store, at 133 Market St. in Lynn, suggested keeping “your precious furs safe during the warm summer months … a bonded messenger will call for your furs.” Although Lynnfield had many independent dairies “back in the day,” Hood’s Milk, bottled in Lynn, had a large share of the home delivery business. Customers often placed company placards in their front window indicating any addition to their regular order. Founded in 1846 in Charlestown, Mass., Hood’s is now a multibillion dollar business with headquarters in Lynnfield. Fondly recalled by many Lynnfield residents was the arrival of the Cushman’s Bakery truck at the door. Howard Cushman, a Bowdoin College grad, operated a large bakery facility on Sanderson Avenue in Lynn from 1914-1969. Cushman’s, with a wide range of retail outlets, specialized in home delivery. Yummy.

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Worthen’s No discussion of home delivery in town would be complete without mentioning Worthen’s Food Mart. From the early 1950s through the early 1980s, Ken and Ireta Worthen operated their flagship market in the Colonial Shopping Center in the Center. The couple was well suited for the task since Ireta’s father, Edward Russell, had run the General Store in the same location for decades. Their business model was welcomed by the burgeoning postwar suburban population and featured free delivery and charge accounts. A 1957 ad suggests “Let our Trained Personnel Shop for You.” Then, “Orders taken before noon, delivered the same afternoon. Lynnfield Center and Sherwood Forest every day. South Lynnfield: Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturday.” Business was booming. Looking ahead From our Market Street perch, folks in Lynnfield will have a front row seat to view whatever changes happen at Whole Foods under the aegis of its new owner, Amazon. But if it’s only home delivery, well – “been there, done that.” (Thanks to Robert Harriss of South Lynnfield for suggesting this topic.)

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ConCom looks at multiple residential projects By Christopher Roberson


he Conservation Commission recently discussed issues pertaining to properties on Meadow Lane, Edgemere Road, Crescent Avenue and Chestnut Street. Regarding the property at 1 Meadow Ln., resident Leslie Miller said she is planning to move out on Aug. 18; however, a new septic system needs to be installed for the new owners. “We’ve been trying to get the septic since June; we’re moving Friday and we need to go,” she said during the commission’s Aug. 15 meeting. “We have a buyer and an empty house; they need working septic.” But Chairman Paul Martindale said the commission can-

not take action until the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) renders its opinion on the matter. “We can’t do anything here without it, our hands are tied,” he said. Martindale said that once the DEP responds, he will call an emergency meeting of the commission and settle everything at that time. Commission members also briefly discussed the trees that were cut down at 327 Edgemere Rd. “It was, like, eight or 10 trees that were taken down,” said Site Visit Coordinator Melanie Lovell, adding that tree cutting is not permitted without authorization from the commission, particularly with the property so close to Pillings Pond.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the proposal for the single-family home at 71 Crescent Ave. The proposal is to knock down the existing residence and build a new home that adheres to the town’s zoning bylaws. Attorney Jay Kimball, counsel for resident Norman Winsor, said the current home is too big for the lot. “We’re trying to correct it from a zoning point of view; we’re trying to get it all on the lot,” he said. Kimball said that any resident who lives on Pillings Pond could find themselves in a similar situation. “These lots are all 5,000 square feet or less,” he said. Abutter Peter Recka spoke in favor of the proposal. “They

have a nice house; they’ll build a nice house,” he said. Regarding the property at 53 Chestnut St., Martindale said that resident Matthew Guarracino had filled in 250 square feet of land that is part of a flood plain created by Beaver Dam Brook. Now the commission needs it back. “For us to approve this, we would need 250 square feet of flood plain storage area,” said Martindale.

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Pack 48 Cub Scout Recruiting Event Sept. 6 at Summer Elementary By Patrick G. Curley, Wolf Den Leader


ynnfield Cub Scout Pack 48 will host a Cub Scout recruiting event for boys in Kindergarten through Fifth Grades. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the Summer Street Elementar y School located at 262 Summer St., Lynnfield. While your son is enjoying the adventure of

Cub Scouting, he will develop in character, citizenship, self-esteem and personal fitness. Guided by the Scout motto to “do your best,” Pack 48 Scouts participate in fun, new experiences year-round, including the Pinewood Derby (building a race car from a simple kit and racing it down a long track in a Packwide competition), overnight Campouts (setting up tents, building campfires, enjoying Smores!), and every day adventures like hiking, community service and science projects. Scouting is family oriented and families are encouraged to participate in Pack meetings and adventures. Each school grade represents a different Scouting rank: Lion Cubs (kindergarten), Tiger Scouts (1st grade), Wolf Scouts (2 nd grade), Bear Scouts (3 rd grade) and Webelos (4th and 5th grades).

Even if your son has not participated in Scouting in the past, boys may join Scouts at any grade. Pack 48 is welcoming and the existing Scouts are eager to build friendships with new Scouts. In the past, Lynnfield has sponsored two packs: Pack 48 (for boys in the Summer Street School district) and Pack 47 (for boys in the Huckleberry Hill School district). This year, for administrative convenience and simplicity, Lynnfield will sponsor one single pack: Pack 48, which will include boys from across Lynnfield regardless of school. If you are unable to attend the recruiting event, families of kindergarten boys can contact Lion Guide Jim Squadrito at And families of boys in 1 st through 5th grades can contact Michael Cuddy, Pack 48 Committee Chairperson, at

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Lynnfield 19th in line for library project funding By Christopher Roberson


ith 18 other towns waiting for state library funding, Russell Boekenkroeger, a member of Lynnfield Library’s Board of Trustees, suggested that the town go forward with the $21.4 million project to build a new library and be reimbursed by the state. “There’s no value in waiting for the grant money to come through,” he said during the board’s Aug. 10 meeting. The new library would be located at 175 Summer St. and would be 11,551 square feet larger than the existing building. I n addition to another bond being issued, Boekenkroeger said a two-and-ahalf percent debt exclusion would need to be approved by Lynnfield voters. “It’s not an override, it’s an exclusion,” he said, adding that an override is for operational budgets whereas an exclusion is for capital budgets. Boekenk roeger said he had considered asking the board to sponsor an article at Town Meeting; however, he was later informed by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners that such a measure would not be necessary. In addition, he said “30-40” percent of the towns that apply to the state for grant funding are turned down the first time and are then put at the end of the list.

Boekenkroeger also said the project will be something new for ever yone. “There’s not an elected official in town right now that’s been through this – something of this size,” he said. In other news, Library Director Holly Mercer said she would like to have at least half of the library’s collection converted to a digital format; however, it would be quite an expensive venture. Therefore, Mercer said, she will be including a Digital Media line item in next year’s budget request as well as a $13,000 request for additional programming. She also said that Hoopla did well in July, its first month at the library, with 34 patrons checking out movies, music, audiobooks and e-books. Mercer said she would like to purchase a new patron counter as the current device counts a group of people who walk in together as one person. “It’s not counting everyone that’s coming in,” said Mercer. She said that according to the Annual Report Information Survey, the library was open 3,078 hours during fiscal year 2017 and was visited by 93,171 patrons. In addition, Mercer said that 9,000 residents have library cards, which represents 70 percent of the town’s population. In addition to having an expanded fiction section, the library saw a 22-percent in-

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Some of the cracks forming in the West Peabody rail trail on them at night (even though from the Centre Stores to the Sumsigns say that they are closed af- mer Street School! If future fundter dark), and there have also ing doesn’t cover it, the Lynnfield been instances of vandalism. In taxpayers would be on the hook Topsfield and Danvers, there is no to pay for it. fencing between the trail and the The latest estimate for building homes. Much of the natural cover the trail is now over $9 million, has been cleared, so homeowners but it could run over $12 million, complain about lack of privacy in as was first quoted over 10 years their back yards. Some people are ago. No one knows what the ulconcerned about their property timate cost would be, and if the values dropping. funding doesn’t cover it, the taxCould it be that Lynnfield abut- payers of Lynnfield would be reters would be promised 7’ fenc- sponsible for paying the balance, ing but it never happens because not to mention the ongoing mainfunding runs out, or the trail com- tenance costs. mittee changes their mind and These are just a few of the many decides against installing the financial, environmental and safefencing because it would be too ty issues that a trail would creexpensive to maintain? That is ate. We feel that an issue of this what happened to abutters along magnitude, which would have the Cape Cod Trail. We have been far reaching consequences to the talking with fencing companies, future of our town and all its resiand they said that in order to in- dents, should be on a town ballot. stall fencing on the properties Many seniors and other residents that have sloping back yards, re- weren’t able to attend Town Meettaining walls would first have to ing last April or they had to leave be built, which would add signif- early, and putting it on the ballot icantly to the cost. would ensure that everyone has a The proposed 6/10 mile cause- voice! way through Reedy Meadow, On behalf which hasn’t even been approved of the Citizens of Lynnfield by the Conservation Commission, Against the Rail Trail: would not only be an additional Jill Giugliano draw for tourists, it would need to Robert Breslow be maintained and eventually reJim Gerace placed. The length of the causeAnthony and Alana DeLeo way would be equivalent to buildStephen Sorrentino ing more than 300 10’X10’ decks Joe Rosberg


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edicaid (MassHealth in Massachusetts) law provides certain protections for the spouse of a nursing home resident in order to make sure he or she has the minimum support necessary to live in the community. If the MassHealth applicant is married, the countable assets of both the community spouse and institutionalized spouse are totaled as of the date of “institutionalization”, the day on which the ill spouse enters either a hospital or a long-term care facility in which he or she then stays for at least 30 days. This is also commonly referred to as the “snapshot” date because MassHealth is taking a picture of the couple’s assets as of this date. For calendar year 2017, the community spouse may keep up to a maximum of $120,900. Called the “community spouse resource allowance”, this is the most that a state may allow a community spouse to retain without a hearing or a court order. Example: If a couple has $122,900 in countable assets on the date the applicant enters a nursing home, the institutionalized spouse will be eligible for MassHealth. The community spouse may keep $120,900 in his or her own name while the institutionalized spouse may keep up to $2,000 in his or her own name. Therefore, in Massachusetts, the entire $122,900 may be kept and no spend down is necessary. The income of the community spouse will continue undisturbed. He or she will not have to use his or her income to support the nursing home spouse receiving MassHealth benefits. What if most of the couple’s income is in the name of the institutionalized spouse, and the community spouse’s income is not sufficient to live on? In such cases, the community spouse is entitled to some or all of the monthly income of the institutionalized spouse.

How much the community spouse is entitled to depends on what MassHealth determines to be the minimum income level for the community spouse. This figure, known as the minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance or MMMNA, is calculated for each community spouse according to a complicated formula based on his or her housing costs. From July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, the MMMNA may range from a low of $2,030 to a high of $3,022.50. If the community spouse’s income falls below his or her MMMNA, the shortfall is made up from the nursing home spouse’s income. In some instances community spouses may seek to retain more of the couple’s countable assets and/ or some of the institutionalized spouse’s income by asking for a Fair Hearing with MassHealth. The spousal resource allowance is adjusted on January 1st of each year. It is important to know that for a married couple, there may not be a need to transfer assets directly to the children if the countable assets are at or below the $122,900 figure and one spouse is healthy and at home. Planning ahead of time with married couples is very important from an asset protection standpoint. Avoiding an unnecessary spend down is often critical in terms of maintaining some sense of financial stability for the community spouse. It is important to know all of the options available to you under the law. For example, there are numerous key exceptions to certain asset transfers that would otherwise constitute a disqualifying transfer under MassHealth rules. It is important to know whether or not you might fall under one of these exceptions. Obtaining MassHealth eligibility is often a daunting task these days, particularly in light of MassHealth’s legal department challenging many of the applications on numerous legal fronts. I believe the staggering Medicaid budget has a lot to do with the increased difficulty in obtaining approvals on applications. Such has been the case for that past four years or so.

Joseph D. Cataldo is an estate planning/elder law attorney, Certified Public Accountant, registered investment advisor, AICPA Personal Financial Specialist and holds a masters degree in taxation.

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Finding Money for Long-Term Care Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you refer me to for long-term care financial help? My 84-year-old mother needs assisted living or nursing home care, but we don’t have a lot of money and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance. Searching Daughter Dear Searching, If your mother does not have a long-term care insurance policy, depending on her circumstances, here are several other sources you should check into that can help pay for her care. Medicaid: The first thing you need to understand is that Medicare (the government health insurance program for seniors 65 and older and those with disabilities) does not cover long-term care, which includes nursing home care, the costs of assisted living facilities and home aide services, unless your mom is receiving skilled nursing or therapy services too. It only provides limited short-term coverage, up to 100 days for skilled nursing or rehabilitation services after a hospital stay. However, Medicaid (the joint federal and state program that covers health care for the poor) as it currently stands, does cover long-term care facilities and it covers in-home care too. But to be eligible for coverage, your mother must be very low-income. Her countable assets can’t be more than around $2,000, including investments. Note that most people who enter a nursing home don’t qualify for Medicaid at first, but pay for care out-of-pocket until they deplete their savings enough to qualify. Contact your state Medicaid office (see for eligibility details. Veterans aid: If your mom is a wartime veteran, or a spouse or surviving spouse of a wartime veteran, there is a benefit called Aid and Attendance that can help pay between $1,153 and $2,127 a month toward her long-term care. To be eligible, your mom must need assistance with daily living activities like bathing, dressing or going to the bathroom. And her yearly income must be under $13,836 as a surviving spouse, $21,531 for a single veteran, or $25,525 as a married veteran – after her medical and long-term care expenses. Her assets must also be less than $80,000 excluding her home and car. To learn more see, or contact your regional VA office, or your local veterans service organization. Call 800-827-1000 for contact information. Life insurance: If your mom has a life insurance policy, find out if it offers an accelerated death benefit that would allow you to get a tax-free advance to help pay for her care. Or, consider selling her policy to a life settlement company. These are companies that buy life insurance policies for cash, continue to pay the premiums and collect the death benefit when she dies. Most sellers generally get four to eight times more than the policy cash surrender value. If you own a policy with a face value of $100,000 or more and are interested in this option, there are various companies you can turn to like GWG Life (, which offers some of the highest cash payouts for life insurance policies. Tax breaks: If you’re helping out your mom financially, you may also be able to claim her as a dependent on your taxes and reduce your taxable income by $4,050, which you could use for her care. To qualify, you must pay at least half of your mom’s yearly expenses, and her annual income must be below $4,050, not counting Social Security. For more information, see IRS Publication 501 at If you can’t claim your mom as a dependent because her income is too high, you may still be able to get a tax break if you’re paying at least half her living expenses including her medical, dental and long-term care costs, and they exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. You can include your own medical expenses in calculating the total. See the IRS publication 502 ( for details. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.


2:47 p.m. – Motor vehicle accident reported at Main Street and Essex Street. Minor physical injury; patient transported to Union Hospital. 3:00 p.m. – Traffic Enforcement at Salem Street and Broadway; five vehicle citations.

Wednesday, August 9

9:58 a.m. – Traffic Enforcement at Salem Street and Broadway. Denise Marie Schroeder, 34, of Salem, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with registration revoked and with uninsured motor vehicle. Chandra D. Dar, 27, of Lynn, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and without an inspection/sticker. 11:52 p.m. – Engine 3 assists in removing four residents from elevator in Building One of Lynnfield Commons.

Thursday, August 10

1:52 p.m. – Motor vehicle accident at Condon Circle with property damage. Camila Augusta Santos-Silva, 25, of Peabody, was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 4:18 p.m. – Caller reports a white dog running around Midland Road; message left for Animal Control. 10:52 p.m. – Caller at Post Office Square reports ongoing issue of construction equipment (backhoes) working late hours. Officer reports site manager states an issue with water and will be finishing shortly.

Friday, August 11

10:17 a.m. – Caller at Apple Store at MarketStreet lost his black money clip with palm trees on it. 7:11 p.m. – A well-being check at Eastern Bank, 45 Salem St., for man at ATM having difficulty standing.

Saturday, August 12

9:29 p.m. – Larceny reported at 9 Huntington Rd. residence; a desk was removed from front lawn the night before. 11:38 p.m. – A disturbance was reported on Wing Road: a loud party in the neighborhood. A dispatched officer spoke with the homeowner – party ending.

Sunday, August 13

12:30 a.m. – A disturbance was reported at 30 Edgemere Rd.: a loud party. A dispatched officer reported the party shut down.

Monday, August 14

7:04 a.m. – Caller reports woman walking in breakdown lane of Route 128 south, north of


THE LYNNFIELD ADVOCATE – Friday, August 18, 2017

GRANT | FROM PAGE 1 The survey will be made available to parents either through the mail or online. “Lahey is committed to serving the healthcare needs of the communities we serve,” said Denis Gallagher, Lahey’s chief operating officer, adding that the company has a long history with the town – “Lynnfield is a community we’ve been a part of for 20 years or more.” Christine Healey, Lahey’s director of Community Relations, shared her enthusiasm for the Parent Survey.“It’s kind of unique, you’ll get the perspective of both the kids and the parents,”she said. Healey said the grant amount was reached after working with public health consultant John

Snow. Selectman Philip Crawford also expressed his appreciation for the grant. “It’s a much needed resource for the town and a tremendous partnership with Lahey Health,” he said. “This will introduce the coalition to the whole town and be a launching pad for many years to come; I can’t thank Lahey enough for their generous donation.”

CONCOM | FROM PAGE 3 on how to recoup the 250 square feet. “It’s not my job to tell you how to do it,” said Martindale. Yet, he said the matter can be settled once the 250 square feet is reclaimed. “You’re very close,” he said. In addition, Commission Member Donald Gentile reminded Guarracino that the commission must respect the wishes of the abutters. “Your neighbors specifically came here to talk about flooding,” he said.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the survey, which was developed in 1990, looks at things such as eating habits, sexual activity, physical activity and drug and alcohol use. Between 1991 and 2015, more than 1,700 surveys were administered nationwide and obtained data from 3.8 million high school students.

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LYFC MATTER | FROM PAGE 1 “Defendant Philip Crawford never raised concerns of financial improprieties or defalcations from LYFC,” said Keene, adding that the broadcast depicted Terranova, Shaffer and Berardino as “evasive buffoons.” In the months that followed, the plaintiffs all felt the detrimental effects of the story. “The commentary is viciously critical, defamatory, derogatory and hostile,” said Keene. “The Plaintiffs have seen their professional reputations and personal reputations harmed, each has lost

friends, customers and clients.” Counts of defamation have been made against Crawford, Maney as well as CBS and Kath. CBS also faces one count of negligent supervision. “CBS should have known of Defendant Ryan Kath’s exploitive, defamatory propensities and/or that Ryan Kath was unfit as an ‘investigative reporter,’” said Keene. By presstime, Selectman Crawford did not respond to a request by The Lynnfield Advocate for comment on this story. Editor’s Note: Thomas Terranova is a co-owner of The Advocate Newspapers North Shore.



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mother had terminal lung cancer and he spent some time with her at the end of her life. She lived in North Carolina, so [he] missed these roll calls.” Rep. John Rogers: Rogers did not respond to the requests for a statement. Rep.Nicholas Boldyga: Boldyga did not respond to the requests for a statement.

apy trial that has promised to get me to a place where I can have a successful bone marrow transplant hopefully this fall. All in all I have continued to work by phone when I could not make it to the office, and attended functions and meetings when humanly possible. This new therapy will allow me to go back to a full schedule.” 2017 ROLL CALL ATTENRep. James Arciero: Jeff Tuck- DANCE RECORD THROUGH er from Arciero’s office re- AUGUST 11 sponded. “The representative’s The percentage listed next

The Advocate’s Super Trivia Quiz 1. What scale measures hurricane strength? 2. What treasury secretary in Lincoln’s cabinet appeared on the $10,000 bill? 3. Dolbear’s Law states the relationship between air temperature and what? 4. What is an amicus curiae a friend of? 5. Which spouse did these much-married people have in common? Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra. 6. What was the 1928 claim to fame of Ann Turner Cook, today a Tampa mystery novelist? 7. What large religious denomination believes that Christ’s second coming already happened back in 1914? 8. What state was “bleeding” in the 1850s, in the words of Horace Greeley? 9. What is the lowest-ranking ace in bridge? 10. What object was returned to Edinburgh Castle in 1996, though Westminster Abbey is still allowed to borrow it for coronations? 11. What’s the only U.S. state name with only one syllable? 12. What nation was led by ruler Casimir the Great? 13. What does this fearsome foursome of sports greats have in common? Rocky Marciano, Thurman Munson, Knute Rockne and Payne Stewart. 14. What state, ironically, cast the 36th and deciding vote to repeal Prohibition in 1933? 15. In 1970, psychologist Linnda Caporael claimed that a crop of fungusinfested rye was responsible for what historical event? 16. Crop rotation farmers often alternate their grains with soybeans to help “fix” what element in the soil? 17. What kind of farm is a formicarium? 18. What kind of bird is an eider, from which true eiderdown comes? 19. According to Emily Dickinson, what’s “the thing with feathers”? 20. According to Erma Mombeck’s bestseller, where is the grass always greener?

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HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of August 7-11, the House met for a total of 19 minutes while the Senate met for a total of 12 minutes. MON.AUGUST 7 House10:15 a.m. to10:23 a.m. Senate 10:01 a.m. to10:09 a.m. TUES. AUGUST 8 No House session No Senate session WED.AUGUST 9 No House session No Senate session THURS.AUGUST 10 House11:03 a.m. to11:14 a.m. Senate 11:08 a.m. to11:12 a.m. FRI.AUGUST 11 No House session No Senate session

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ARRESTS | FROM PAGE 10 exit 43. State Police aware and responding. 5:14 p.m. – Officer wanted at 6 Driftwood Ln. due to a report of a drone landing in the front lawn of the residence and she was concerned.

Tuesday, August 15

1:02 a.m. – Resident at Lynnfield Commons reports a skunk was preventing her from entering her home. Caller reports skunk ran away.

THE ADVOCATE HOROSCOPE Aries (March 21st-April 20th): We’re all really counting on you Aries these next couple of weeks! Due to all the retrogrades communication mishaps will be more common Toyota Camrys, and your direct energy can help us all. Point out and speak up when things aren’t lining up or others look confused- you’ll look like a hero! Taurus (April 21st-May 20th): Time to wrap up and revisit any issues within the home that have bee put off. This could be actual physical projects- or some that are a bit more emotional. Wherever the loose screw is in your home- tighten it, and empty out those boxes sitting in the corner/closet! Gemini (May 21st-June 20th): Mercury, your ruling planet, is retrograde until September 5th. Although this comes with many silly annoyances- technology problems, communication misunderstandings and delays, it is an important time for you to slow down and take a look at the big picture. Where are you leaving things unfinished? Where are you just accepting instead of changing? Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd): Expect the unexpected Cancer! This week and next, people are going to surprise you with good news…and possibly some bad. Be sure to not get caught up in emotions quickly, and ground yourself back down before responding to others. Mercury retrograde is throwing you some curveballs! Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd): An opportunity to get involved with an upcoming event could be casually mentioned in conversation. Stay extra focused during all conversations this weekand you will pick up a lot more information! Being half awake will lead to missing out on big things and get you feeling frazzeled. Virgo (August 23rd-September 22rd): This week and next your main focus should be releasing emotions that no longer serve you. Be observant of your own behavior and you may start to notice a couple things you do that are rooted in experience. Release it all! This Mercury retrograde until September 5th is all about letting go of these habits and reactions. Libra (September 23th-October 22rd): Listen to the advice and recommendations being thrown at you all week, but when it comes to making a decision soon- listen to your heart! There are lots of things to consider- but at the end of the day it is important that you do what YOU want if you want to be happy long term. Scorpio (October 23rd-November 22nd): Step out of your comfort zone this weekend and next week and be in the spotlight. Putting yourself out there, and doing a little bragging could actually open up a lot of doors. Mercury is in retrograde until the 5th- abandon your usual ways and boast a little for once! Sagittarius (November 23rd-December 21st): You may find yourself really determined this weekend to adventure off to somewhere new. Due to the retrogrades, opt for team adventures instead of going solo! The more brains the better, although your passion is high misunderstanding are likely! Capricorn (December22nd- January 19th): Talk yourself down next week when anger gets the best of you. Your going to be a little testy these upcoming weeks- and being a little more aware of your vibe will help others help you! If you put up the guard- nobody can get in, and your going to need them. Aquarius (January 20th- February 19th): This week communication issues can cause some big problems. It is likely that a small mistake will lead to a breakdown rooted in many other things. Whether it is you, or someone you love getting to their limit- feel and hear it all…then DO SOMETHING!!! Mercury want you to finish what you brushed under the carpet months ago. Pisces (February 20th- March 20th): Health is on your mind right now- but avoid getting ahead of yourself. Signed up for a gym? Great! Trying to quit smoking, cut out sugar, strength train and also get a massage? Take it easy, one thing at a time Pisces!

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or all intents and purposes, summer is over for high school athletes who play fall sports. Practices can begin on Thursday, Aug. 24, or 15 days before the Lynnfield Football Pioneers’ home opener against Newburyport on Sept. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. Last year the Pioneers won the Cape Ann League Baker Division, and they were 4-2 entering the Division 3A playoffs, when they defeated Northeast Voke, 34-14. But then they dropped a 4424 decision to St. Mary’s of Lynn. The Lynnfield boys then bounced back to beat Greater Lawrence in a consolation game, 34-14, before closing

breaking 21-20 loss to rival North Reading on Thanksgiving. But they have now turned the corner and are ready to begin a new chapter against the aforementioned Clippers, who defeated the hometown team in last year’s opener, 32-12. Wayland will come to town on Sept. 15 for a non-league game, also starting at 7 p.m. Amesbury follows Wayland to town on Sept. 22 at the same Friday night start time. Visiting Winthrop will close out the month with another nonleague game on Sept. 29, also starting at 7 p.m., before Lynnfield hits the road for the first time to take on Manchester

p.m.). They will then be at Ipswich on Oct. 13 to face the Tigers at 7 p.m., before coming home to go up against Hamilton-Wenham on Oct. 20. The Super Bowl playoffs will then begin for the fortunate few on the weekend of Oct. 27, and this year Lynnfield hopes for a longer postseason run in its attempt to reach Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on the first Saturday in December in order to be one of the two Division 3A teams playing for the state championship. But before Gillette, the Pioneers will be at North Reading on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, to take on the Hornets, as they look for revenge after last year’s bitter defeat. CY

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OBITUARIES | FROM PAGE 14 co & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. A Graveside Service occurred at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody on Monday, August. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers’ Assoc., 480 Pleasant St., Watertown 02472.

Bryan S. Holmes


f Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea, unexpectedly, August 6th. Devoted son of Carol (Covino) Pratt of Wakefield and Stephen D. Holmes of Washington. Beloved brother of Michelle Wasak-Riley and her husband Ri-

ley of Lynnfield, Priscilla Keith and her husband Kenneth of Washington and the late Stephen D. Holmes, II and Amanda Holmes. Grandson of the late Mary and Carmine “Bam” Covino and Catherine Holmes. Godson of Nancy and Jeffrey Clare of Wakefield. Godfather of Amanda Carlise and uncle of Tiffany and Tyler Holmes, Spencer and Vanessa Riley and Brandon, Jack and Lorelei Keith. Committal Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contribution be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, Attn: Development, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135. Born in Boston and a longtime Chelsea resident, Bryan passed away unexpectedly at home at the age of 49. A resident of Wakefield for the last 20 years, he was a graduate of the Chelsea High School class of 1986. For over 15 years he was the grocery manager for the Stop and Shop Company mainly at their North Shore supermarkets. In his spare time, he was a sports fan and movie buff,

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Dorothy E. (Lessard) Mancini


f Lynnfield on Aug. 7th. Beloved wife of Peter D. Mother of Peter M. of TN, Todd A. and his wife Lisa of Groton and Beth Tashjian and her husband Robert of Lynnfield. Sister of Carol Tumulty of NH and Lawrence Lessard of Marblehead. Also survived by four grandchildren Robert, Isabella, Henry and David. A Funeral Mass was held in the St. Maria Goretti Church on Chestnut Street in Lynnfield on Friday, August 11. Interment followed in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be

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Eleanor D. (Prusaitis) Scribner


f Danvers, formerly of Lynnfield and Maine, Aug 11. Beloved wife of Robert L. Scribner, M.D. Loving mother of Elizabeth Wolfe & husband Edward of Salem, Kathryn E. Scribner of Waltham, Robert M. Scribner & wife Lynn of Longmont, Colorado, and Thomas H. Scribner of Guilford, NH. Sister of Thomas Prusaitis & wife Joyce of Bangor, ME. Also survived by 7

grandchildren: Edward and Michael Wolfe of Salem, Robert T. Scribner of Boulder, CO and Kelsey Gilliland of Denver, CO, Sara Adydan of Palermo, NY, Cecilia Scribner of San Antonio, TX, and Taylor Scribner of NYC, NY. Funeral Mass in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield Friday, August 18 at 10am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For obit/guestbook,

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