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Fare Hikes and Commuter Woes, Officials Hear From Riders

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MBTA officials heard from the public and elected officials yesterday at Breed Middle School in Lynn. There was mixed praise about the second version of the revised commuter rail schedule, with concerns that two express trains would bypass Lynn and Swampscott, only saving Salem riders two minutes in their commutes. Riders also were concerned that looming fare hikes would but more of a burden on the elderly, students and working poor, with some suggesting students and the elderly be spared the raised fares.

The MBTA is taking comments from the public through February 12 and changes would go into effect May 23rd, 2016.

Here’s new schedule information, a complete listing of public hearings and where you can give feedback before the comment period closes.

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Lynn Community Television Expands Meeting Coverage

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This month, Lynn Community Television (LCTV) began expanding its coverage of city boards and hearings. They’re uploaded to their YouTube channel as well as on Comcast 3 and 22 and Verizon channels 37 and 38. Also see: Lynn Community Television on facebook Lynn Board of Appeals, January 5 2016 Lynn Park Commission, January 5, 2016

2016 School Committee and Council Inaugural Exercises

Program (source: CityofLynn.net):

Master of Ceremony | Daniel F. Cahill
Processional | Lynn Police and Lynn Fire Department Honor Guards
Presentation of Colors | LEHS Marine Corps Junior ROTC
“Star Spangled Banner” | MaryBeth Maes
Invocation | Pastor Kurt Lange
Performance by | In the Mak’n Step Squad and Dance Team

Oath of Office
| City Council
Gordon “Buzzy” Barton, Darren P. Cyr, Daniel F. Cahill, Brian P. LaPierre,
Peter L. Capano, Wayne A. Lozzi, Dianna M. Chakoutis, Hong L. Net,
Richard C. Colucci, William R. Trahant, Jr., John Walsh, Jr.

Oath of Office
| School Committee
Patricia M. Capano, John E. Ford, Jr., Maria O. Carrasco, Lorraine M. Gately
Donna M. Coppola, Jared C. Nicholson

All Oaths Administered by Honorable James Lamothe Lynn District Court

Inaugural Address | Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy
Performance by | Angkor Dance Troupe
“God Bless America” | MaryBeth Maes
Benediction | Pastor Kurt Lange
Recessional | Lynn Police and Lynn Fire Department Honor Guards

City Council 12-15-15

City Council video from December 15, 2015

Council and Committee agendas from 12-15-15 (in PDF)

This being the last City Council meeting of 2015, special goodbyes were said to outgoing Ward 7 Councilor Rick Ford and State Rep/outgoing At-Large Councilor Brendan Crighton. See the agenda for the rest.