Thank you!

I have truly enjoyed my year of service in Lynn with SCI and Girls Inc. A sincere "Thank You" to each of you - for sharing information, connecting me to the community, and the relationships that were built. My service ends on Friday, June 26th and the next AmeriCorps member will begin in September. In the meantime, a volunteer will be sending out an eblast through the summer. If you have any questions, please email
Have a great summer!

Positive Press from the Daily Item

Tech students pitch in to clean up parks

LYNN — English teacher Jason McCuish wrangled 500 students spread over 13 parks, who put in roughly 1,500 man hours worth of labor during Tuesday’s Lynn Vocational Technical Institute’s school wide Community Service Day.

“The best thing about this is all the kids wanted to be here,” McCuish said. “They didn’t have to do this but they all wanted to be a part of this.”

This is the third year the school has conducted park cleanups and it is by far the most ambitious outing. The original project grew out of a conversation McCuish had with some of his students about having a social conscience, he said.

“We talked about giving back, and the kids kept saying they wanted to do a park cleanup,” he said.

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It has grown over the years, but this is the first year it has been done school-wide as part of Skills USA, McCuish said. Skills USA is a vocational school competition that also seeks to bridge the gap between schools, industry and community, he explained. One way it suggests schools do that is by promoting community service.

McCuish said students went out weeks ago and essentially surveyed each park the school intended to clean.

“They made a list of things they would need and a list of the work that needed to be done,” he said.

Then they sat down with Public Works Associate Director Lisa Nerich to see if there was anything she wanted done. They grouped the students by shop classes, paired them with teachers, all of whom volunteered for the project and sent them into the city parks where they worked for about four hours.

The students then went out and found sponsors: Diversified Project Management Inc., Doyle Electric, Gibson’s Roofs Inc., Inspectional Services Department, Irvine and Sons Inc., Lynne’s Kids Inc., Kaestle Boos Associates Inc. and MS Construction, which all donated supplies for the project, McCuish said.

Nelson Climaco, who will be a senior in September, stood in Warren Street park with a clipboard in one hand. More than a dozen Auto Tech students worked painting over graffiti on playground equipment, scraping down picnic tables in preparation of painting and picking up trash.

“I feel this is really important,” he said. “This is a neighborhood park and a lot of little kids come here. It should be clean and nice at all times.”

A short distance away students moved slowly across the giant stone bleachers in Barry Park pulling weeds and picking up trash.

Amanda Lobo and Odaury Gaovez wielded paint brushes under the unrelenting sun.

“I like cleaning the parks,” Lobo said. “It’s hot but it’s worth it.”

“At least we’re doing something positive,” Gaovez added.

The pair painted over graffiti on a park shed before moving across the field to paint the dugout.

“There was a dog painted on that,” Lobo said pointing to the shed. “At least I think it was a dog. I don’t like seeing the parks all dirty.”

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Lynn Arts Member Exhibit

Gallery Hours

Galleries are open M-F, 10am-4pm, Thursday 11am-7pm
Saturday 11am-4pm,

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Escape to a Book Talk at Lynn Arts

Book Talk with Bruce MacNab & Margaret Steele

Harry Houdini and Adelaide Herrmann 
World’s Greatest Escape Artist—World’s First Great Female Magician


June 29th


Lynn Arts (Time Warner Gallery)

25 Exchange Street, Lynn 

Canadian author Bruce MacNab will be presenting his award-winning book, The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini. MacNab will discuss Houdini’s early years when he and his wife joined a railroad circus in Pennsylvania then suffered through disastrous tours of New England and Atlantic Canada. Hear about Houdini’s remarkable transition from a two-bit vaudeville magician to a jail-breaking superstar. And learn about Houdini’s early nemesis, a Lynn-raised magician named Markos.

Margaret Steele will present a very unusual photo lecture. Ms. Steele is the editor of the book, AdelaideHerrmann, Queen of Magic—Memoirs, Published Writing and Collected Ephemera. Ms. Steele, a recognized authority on Madame Herrmann, will present a lecture rich with photos and colorful magic posters. A renowned magician herself, Margaret Steele will also perform some of Adelaide Herrmann’s magical illusions.

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5th Annual World Folk Festival

5th Annual World Folk Festival

Saturday, June 29

2:00-8:00 pm

Lynn Heritage Waterfront Park

Featuring: Women of the World

Plus: Squeezebox Stompers-Tigerman WOAH - Julio Bare - Building Bridges - Babylon Iraqi Group - Fargenign - Cultural Latino Group- Nepali and Bosnian dancers

Food from around the world!


Bring a chair or blanket! Rain date - Sat. July 20

For more information call David at 781-595-8701 or Mary Ellen at 781-595-0340

Downtown Lynn this Saturday

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Lynn Solar Challenge Workshop

Lynn Solar Challenge Workshop!

You may be sitting on, or more accurately, under a gold mine.

Wednesday, June 19

6 PM

Lynn Housing Authority

10 Church Street, Lynn

Close to 3,850 homes in Lynn have a great roof for solar. Is yours one? Find out if you are eligible for the challenge!


Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND) and Next Step Living want to informat Lynn homeowners whose roofs are right for solar about the amazing opportunity they have and encourage them to be a part of the Lynn Solar Challenge. 


How do YOU benefit from participating?

-Get solar panels on your roof and start saving with little money up-front.

-Pay only for the electricity your system produces at a rate that is lower than you're currently paying.


How does your TOWN benefit?
-Cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Each system over their lifetime will offset 18 tons of carbon.

-Each solar array will result in a $250 donation to the Highlands Coalition to support the Ford's school solar array.


Upcoming ways to learn more and join the challenge:

-Solar workshop: Sunday, July 14th at 2 pm

-Solar Workshop: Wednesday, July 24th at 6 pm


For more information, click here. 

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