Archive for July, 2014

Town Administrator Bill Gustus reply to Joe DeMaina

July 10, 2014

Hi Joe,

It is very unfortunate that it has come to this. I am far more concerned about finding solutions to the issues than which meeting I go to. In my view, a meeting all three Selectmen will attend along with MASSDOT, Market Street representatives, both Public Safety Chiefs and the Town Engineer has far more chance of producing results than the meeting on the 10th.

Chairman Nelson has already trimmed the Agenda for the 15th and has made a commitment to allot as much time as may be necessary hear and discuss the issues. I will be attending that meeting. People are certainly able to attend either or both of these meetings but I think you would agree, a meeting attended by all three Selectmen has the potential to be far more effective than a meeting that will be attended by only one. Scheduling of BOS meetings is a collaborative process and generally Board members are sensitive to one another’s schedule in doing so.

I applaud Tom’s initiative in getting the ball rolling on this but he set the meeting for the 10th and then asked if his colleagues if they could make it. At the BOS meeting the previous week, Tom announced his intention to hold a meeting and both of the other Selectmen indicated that they would like to attend. I began the scheduling process and Phil Crawford told me he would be out of Town that evening. Dave expressed a desire to have all Selectmen at the meeting so suggested blocking off a large amount of time at the meeting of the 15th to accommodate everyone. This all happened over two weeks ago. Tom refused to accommodate his fellow Selectmen as has been the general practice so this is why we are where we are. It is unfortunate that you, other Town residents, me and our department heads have been caught in the middle of this scheduling snafu. There was plenty of time to resolve this but there seems to have been a lack of flexibility on the part of someone here and I leave it to others to assign blame for that.

For my part, I will be attending the meeting on the 15th when all decision makers will be there. I urge you to attend that meeting as well.

Thank you,
Wally​ McKenzie​

Two Meetings on Walnut St Traffic July 10th and July 15th

July 8, 2014

There will be two meetings regarding Walnut Street Traffic and we urge everyone to attend both.

Town Officials and representatives from MA DOT will be at both hearings.

The first hearing is:

Thursday July 10th at 7:00 PM

Lynnfield Middle School Auditorium

505 Main Street Lynnfield MA

The second hearing is:

Tuesday July 15th at 7:00 PM

Lynnfield High School Auditorium

275 Essex Street, Lynnfield MA

Hope to see you at both. Any questions or comments please send to info

Thank you,
Wallace McKenzie
781.462.1517 – office
wam – email

Letter from Joe DeMaina to the Selectmen regarding the two meetings on Walnut St

July 8, 2014

Joe sent the following to Town Adminstrator Bill Gustus regarding the two meetings on Walnut Street. We urge people to attend both, July 10th and July 15th


I spoke to Tom Terranova and the meeting is still on for July 10th. You and everyone else should make a concerted effort to be at this long scheduled meeting and not prevent people for having this valuable opportunity on the 10th to express themselves. I seriously doubt if there will be the time with other items on the Selectman’s agenda on July 15th for a full airing of the serious traffic issues that are impacting the neighbors of Market Street. I’m sure you wouldn’t want the people’s issues shortchanged in the interests of time.If Mr Nelson and Crawford will not meet with the people on the 10th, it will be noted and they can explain how they will meet their needs at a later date.

Joe DeMaina

Thank you,
Wallace McKenzie
781.462.1517 – office
wam – email

Recycling center open Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

July 5, 2014

> Due to the amount of fallen trees, limbs and brush as a result of the July 4 storm, the DPW’s Recycling Center in the Town Hall yard will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 6th 2014

Traffic on Walnut and Salem Street meeting

July 4, 2014


Hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend

Selectman Tom Terranova has scheduled a Walnut and Salem Street Community Meeting that will take place 7PM on July 10th at the Lynnfield Middle School Auditorium.

This will be the Townsfolk time to express their concerns in an organized and detailed fashion to a panel that includes Selectman, Town Administrator, Police Chief, Fire Chief, DPW Director and/or Town Engineer, MASSDOT and Market Street Representative to receive a solution or course of action to solve problems.

Please forward this email too all of your friends and neighbors that you think will be interested in attending this Community Meeting!

If you aren’t able to attend but would like to have your comments included please send them to info

Thank you,
Wallace McKenzie
781.462.1517 – office
wam – email

Declaration of Independence

July 4, 2014

Everyone should read the Declaration of Independence on July 4th

“WHEN IN the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the People.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States, for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners, refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislature, and declaring themselves invested with Power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Thank you,
Wally​ McKenzie​