MarketStreet Lynnfield, New Superintendent Among Leading 2013 Lynnfield Stories

Also, town said goodbye to Al Merritt and saw longtime Route 1 landmark The Ship reopen.

Photo by Dick Shafner
Photo by Dick Shafner
For any story about Lynnfield that looks back at 2013, the most obvious place to start would be the MarketStreet Lynnfield development, which opened its doors after some five years in the making.

Over the past couple of years, town resident Richard Shafner provided this website with some aerial photos of the project as it took shape. This one taken almost exactly a year ago serves as a reminder of how far this project has come in a relatively short time.

MarketStreet Lynnfield will continue to make business news in early 2014 with a handful of restaurants and shops continuing to open – including the FuGaKyu Japanese restaurant and the Besito Mexican restaurant.

One thing that we’re still not sure we’ll see is a movie theater at MarketStreet Lynnfield. Around this time, developers were looking at a theater for phase 2 of the project possibly around early 2015. The plan drew enough community controversy to not come up at town meeting in 2013. What happens in 2014 remains to be seen.

Also in Lynnfield business news in 2013, Mike DiCorato marked his 20th year as owner of the Countryside Deli on Salem Street.

Lynnfielders also got another new dining option in the form of the reopening of The Ship, the longtime landmark on Route 1 that had sat empty for some time and undergone a handful of different incarnations in previous years. A ship-shaped restaurant has been serving up seafood and other dishes under various names on that spot in Lynnfield since the late 1920s.

On a sadder note, the community said farewell to popular former Selectman Al Merritt back in March after his battle with cancer. Merritt actually started 2013 by sitting down with local media to discuss his years of service to the town of Lynnfield.  

Later in the year, Phil Crawford was elected to replace Merritt on the board of selectmen, while Tom Terranova defeated incumbent Bob MacKendrick to win a seat.

Speaking of new leaders in the community, in November town members learned that Jane Tremblay, principal at Summer Street School, would become their new superintendent of schools starting next year.

Also, in October the town voters approved $250,000 for the next step in the athletic fields project at the high school and at the middle school. This sets the stage for a likely vote at the spring 2014 town meeting on approval for completing the project.

In another interesting story on this website, in June, retired State Trooper and former town selectman Arthur Bourque sat down to talk about his work during the 1980s trying to track Whitey Bulger. See that interview here.

Wallace McKenzie January 02, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Regarding the movie theater.. We hope that National Development will continue to honor the agreement they signed with the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board and Town Meeting that made Market Street possible. They agreed not to have a cinema as part of that agreement and all parties to honor the agreement.


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