Community clean-up was a smashing success !!

"Lynn - Show the Beauty Within !!" Thank you for everyone who came out to the community clean-up !! The turn out was amazing! This community clean-up is an example of how we can get involve in the world around us - whether it is on a national issue or through a local cause. Through civic engagements you can better understand your community and neighborhood in which you live, develop your own self-confidence, and a sense of social responsibility. Volunteering or participating in a service-learning project can help you create new social and professional networks and strengthen your beliefs, values, and sense of justice.

Aside from being involved civically through group projects the brainstorming sessions allows us to work together to address issues and concerns of the community. Our first brainstorming session yesterday went well. I would like to thank all the presenters for their participation. Some highlights of the discussion.

Kevin Donahue, President of the Chamber of Commerce, discussed some ideas to help promote our local gem restaurants and economic development with North of Boston Convention. Norm Cole from Lynn Housing Authority discussed the upcoming renovation of the Washington Gateway and water front area, and we discussed how we can work together to engage other groups in our community.

SCI Lynn will combine efforts of beautifying Lynn, "Lynn - Show the Beauty Within,'' with Council Richard Colucci's Emerald City project of beautifying Lynn.

Josh Harrell from Rep. Steve Walsh would like to know if there will be another community clean-up. I am hoping to help neighborhoods facilitate their own clean-ups. In September we'll probably have another event.

Council Colucci, Hal McGaughey, and Kevin Donahue will be attending the third brainstorming sessions since people in Lynn are concerned with the issues of beautifying Lynn and development of local businesses.

The sessions are design to help develop SCI Lynn's long-term plans for connecting residents to strengthen the community to be held at 52 Andrew St. There will be a meeting on May 10 @ 5-7 p.m. and May 14 @ 6-8 p.m. These sessions are open to the public. Please feel free to email me at your concerns.