Friday, July 31, 2009

A busy day at the market

Every Thursday from 11am - 3pm The Food Project brings fresh produce and more to Central Square. It's nice to have an open market across the street from your home! There has been talk of moving across the street to the archways under the train tracks, which way back when housed shops. If they do, they'll probably extend hours later for the 9-5 set. I hope they extend their hours, either way. Sometimes, vendors stay past the official operating hours, anyway.

If you lived here, you'd be at the market by now!

Artist: The Modern Lovers
Song: Fly into the Mystery

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I won't make it to City Council tonight

Hey folks, I'm still here in beautiful Maine, looking out over Moosehead Lake. Considering it's 11:30am and there's still a few things on our agenda for today, it's highly unlikely I'll make it back in time to video tonight's City Council. While I make coverage of the meetings a priority, I don't always have the wiggle room in my schedule to react to changes in the Council's schedule. I do agree wholeheartedly with why they postponed this month's meeting, of course.

If anyone has a camera handy, I'll gladly help them upload the video. Otherwise, it'll be live on LynnCAM and replayed there a few times.

Artist: Moosehead Lake
Song: Water gently splashing on the rocks, a dog barking, a tv

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This 3rd Thursday is an International Film Fest!

This is just a cut-n-paste of their e-mail, but I'm rushing to pack for the North Woods of Maine (Moosehead Lake, primarily). I'm going to miss out on this, but read on because it sounds really cool.

3rd Thursdays' First International Film Night!
July, 16 5-8 PM

Join the Central Square Collaborative as we celebrate the diversity of our city with International Film Night. On Thursday July 16th between 5-8 PM, films will be screened at different locations in the Central Square area. Visitors will have the opportunity to view documentaries, feature films and shorts. All screenings are free!

LynnArts (25 Exchange St.)

New Year Baby (5:15-6:15 PM)
The Collaborative is excited to screen, New Year Baby , a new, award-winning Cambodian-American documentary that has won nearly a dozen prizes including audience and best documentary awards from film festivals in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Dallas to name a few. Dennis Harvey of Variety raves, "...This fine first feature is a disarming personal docu that turns into a very moving consideration of historical genocide and individual heroism. Winner of a well-deserved jury prize at the San Francisco Asian-American Film Festival, it merits further exposure..." Don't miss your chance to see Socehata Poeuv's documentary film about her family's story. More details about this film can be found at (In English)

The White Sun of the Desert (6:30-8PM)
At LynnArts audiences can also view the Russian Classic and favorite,The White Sun of the Desert. A blend of action, comedy, music and drama has made this film one of the most popular of all time. Part adventurous Russian folktale and western this 1970 film tells the story of Fyodor Ivanovich Sukhov, a soldier in the Red army fighting the Russian Civil war who guards and protect a guerilla leader and famous bandit Black Abdullah. (In Russian with English Subtitles)

Lynn Museum (590 Washington St.)
Old Places/New Faces screening and discussion (6-7:30 PM)
This film is a project of the Peabody Essex Museum's Museum Action Corps, a group of students aged 16-21. This film documents the experiences in immigrant communities on Massachusetts' North Shore. Local North Shore students created the film including: Sokleang Keo (senior, Lynn Classical High School), Janelle Louis (junior, Beverly High School), Melissa Miranda (sophomore, Salem State College), Geraldy Olea (junior, Salem High School) and Martin Ozoria-Polanco (junior, Salem High School). Student filmmaker Janelle Louis will be at the museum to talk about her experiences with the project. (In English)

Raw Art Works (37 Central Square)
Various Short Films (5:15 - 6:45PM)
It's kids' night! Join us for a montage of kid friendly short films created by RAW student artists along with well known Pixar shorts.

In addition to great films, local restaurants and eateries will be offering specials that night so you can enjoy dinner before or after viewing a film. Local business owners who wish to participate can contact Cynthia at 781.598.5244. All participants will be listed in the evening's program.

Programs and times are subject to change.

These programs are made possible by a matching grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency. This grant was awarded through the John and Abigail Adams Art Program and it supports the exciting 2009 season of 3rd Thursdays in Central Square, Lynn.

In addition to state funding, 3rd Thursdays is made possible by the generous support of: The City of Lynn's Office of Economic and Community Development and season sponsors Columbia Insurance and The Daily Item.

International Film Night is sponsored by Oasis Development Enterprises.

Visit: or call 781.598.5244 for more information about the events.

Artist: Camera Obscura
Song: Cinematheque

Hearing #2 - Downtown/Market St. Vision Plan, 7-14

This is the second in the series of meetings to allow for input from the community and stakeholders to develop a long-term vision and plan for an area of DTL.

Only the presentation, different from the first hearing, was recorded. After, participants gathered around tables for an informal discussion.

The next hearing is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 28th, 6pm at LHAND, 10 Church St. I'll post an update if anything changes.

Artist: Do Make Say Think
Song: Anything for Now

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

There will be a new

Some of my followers on FB know that I've been working on a new and improved LynnHappens. It will happen, but not exactly on schedule. I'm also going on vacation through Tuesday of next week, so any event updates will not occur until after then. It is my plan that the new site will have more event listings, and eventually full-blown articles by various contributors. Stay tuned.

Arist: The Blue Aeroplanes
Song: Action Paintings

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Video of Market St/Downtown Vision Plan Hearing, held June 30th

The next hearing on this will be held on July 14th, 6pm at LHAND on Church Street.

Here is the video of the presentation. Following, we all sat around a large conference table with maps and discussed our hopes and dreams with regards to DTL. More of these are being held to gain as much insight and input from the community as possible, before actual plans are presented. Funding for this project is coming through a "Gateway Plus Action Grant" from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

These embedded videos are not getting along with Internet Explorer 8. Firefox and Opera users should have no problem. I don't know about Safari. If you have issues with viewing the video in the post, you can click here to view it, directly

More on that Vision Thing - East Lynn Community Assocation hosts this event tonight!

This is tonight! East Lynn Community Association is holding an At-Large Candidate's Forum and discussion on a revitalized Lynn.

From The Lynn-side Edition

Presents Vision of a Revitalized Lynn
An open forum for and Q & A
with the candidates for City Councilor at-Large

Wednesday, July 1
starting at 7:00 PM
at the Congregation Ahabat Sholom
151 Ocean Street in Lynn

A vision statement defines one’s ultimate motivation, dreams, and image of a desired future. It concentrates on the future. It is a source of inspiration. It provides clear decision-making criteria.

Examples of vision statements:
“No child in our city will go hungry to bed in the evening.”
“In two decades our services will no longer be needed.”
“Our city will be one of the best places to live in America”

The recently formed East Lynn Community Association is working toward Lynn’s revitalization as the vibrant city citizens enjoyed during the historic shoe manufacturing era. Association members feel that Lynn is one of the best cities in America—a diamond in the rough–with unparalleled natural resources, which can again claim its place as a gem of the north shore. Members have been working on cleaning up parks and streets during May and June, working together with other organizations including Social Capital, Inc., the North Shore Teens, and Lynn Little League teams. All residents of the East Lynn area are considered to be members of the Association. We welcome all to participate in meetings and events–bring your ideas, energy, and friendship. For questions or more information, email