Billion-dollar NFL concussion settlement ‘on the brink of collapse’

By Bob Hohler GLOBE STAFF MARCH 30, 2018

A rebellion is underway in the billion-dollar NFL concussion case, as lawyers representing thousands of former players are asking a federal judge to curb the league’s influence in the process and correct flaws that have allegedly threatened the settlement’s integrity and left many brain-injured players unpaid.

“The settlement is broken’’ and “on the brink of collapse,’’ said attorney Peter Shahriari, whose firm represents about 250 former players, in a document seeking the court’s intervention.

Shahriari, one of more than 15 lawyers in the case who are pushing for action, claims the league is evading its obligations to compensate brain-injured players by waging “a campaign to hide the truth about the dangers of the game’’ and by calling the former players and their doctors deceptive and fraudulent.

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“none of us can possibly know what we all know”

Citizen-Participation-Image-2070045525.Dear Editor, Readers, Neighbors and Friends
Denying open meeting participation is the wrong approach as, “none of us can possibly know what we all know”.
Last Wednesday, April 4th, was a first. Having attended nearly all of the past Market Street Advisory Committee (MSAC) meetings, on this evening I respectfully waited for the public participation opportunity at the close of the committee’s agenda. I rose to be recognized and was dismissively told that “at the discretion of the Chair” there would be no public participation.
For the first time in my 25 years of citizen participation I saw the closure of a public meeting, to which citizens are encouraged to attend, take place without allowing time for any participation. This is particularly concerning, because the MSAC’s “Mission” is to provide for “effective and ongoing communication for Lynnfield residents, Town of Lynnfield Representatives and WS Development and National Development.”
At all previous MSAC meetings, the agendas have allowed limited public participation; restricted to “2 minutes per attendee” in the interest of reaching their targeted 8:30PM adjournment.
It is noteworthy that on this evening, the meeting agenda – which included a discussion of the topics/issues that MSAC intends to evaluate in conjunction with National Development’s most recent 800 seat cineplex proposal – ended around 8:10PM, well before the regular 8:30PM deadline. Yet when I asked to be recognized to offer a clarifying remark on topics raised during the meeting, given that there was ample time for public comment, I was summarily denied this established opportunity and the meeting was abruptly adjourned.
Lynnfield is a town of volunteers. Like many others, I have volunteered time to our community, highlighted for me by service on the Town Finance Committee and in particular as the Fin Com liaison to the School Building Committee. This effort lead to Lynnfield being the very first community to take advantage of new State legislation for financing the backlog of unfunded school projects. Recently I served as one of several volunteers on the search committee for a new Town Manager.
So this sad act of denial will not dissuade me from attending and participating in the remaining meetings of the MSAC or any other meeting where I believe there are perspectives that should be weighed when it concerns my family, my neighbors and my town.
David Basile

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Voting Today Lynnfield High School 7am -8pm


Town elections are today and your vote is important. Please follow ballot instructions and cast your vote.

Have a great day!
Katy Shea

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Proposed School Budget Rises as Children Services and Programs Face Cuts

The annual town election is Tuesday, April 10. There is a hotly contested race for school committee. Your choice is:

· Re-elect long-time School Committee Chairman Tim Doyle, who promises stability and a proven track record

· Elect Kimberly Hansen, who proposes change with a long-term management perspective to improve the schools

· Elect Phil McQueen, who champions change to enhance the academic learning experience

You can vote for any two of the three. To help you make this choice, here are some facts.

Our School Committee has proposed a budget increase of approximately 4.5% for the April 2018 Town meeting which involves cutting positions of much needed aides and programs for our young children. The School Committee’s proposed budget increase of over $1.1M is still not enough to maintain our current level of services.

At the same time, our School Department has been rocked by, but survived 2 recent incidents. The Lynnfield Villager, on March 7, 2018, reported that High School teacher Kacy Zurkus was awarded two years backpay by an arbitrator for wrongful dismissal, giving her a lump sum settlement of $225K. Additionally, in the second incident, Lelo Masamba was fired. Ms. Masamba has sued the Lynnfield Public Schools in Essex Superior Court seeking damages for discrimination and breach of contract. Ms. Masamba seeks back pay and other damages. Her yearly salary was $62,125, putting the potential damages in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. When this case is settled, it could further potentially divert funds from our children’s educational programs to rectify the alleged missteps of the current administration.

Despite the voter’s continued support of the sizeable increasing school budget, the Town’s children are still facing teaching staff and program cuts. It is up to you to vote for the status quo or for change.


Please vote Tuesday, April 10th.


Katy Shea

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“No one has ever complained about it before.”

I am thrilled with the creation of the new space committee and hope for great results from it. It is clear however, that this committee will not save PREDs for next year. So, over the past few weeks I have continued my conversations with parents, school leaders and most importantly, our school committee about potential solutions for the program. In one particular meeting with a SC member, I was told that at SSS there are specialists working out of closets and gym classes happening in classrooms – these examples were given in defense of PREDs being cut. My natural reaction was to ask this SC member if what he just said was true, did he STILL insist there is NO space issue at SSS? “Well – No one has ever complained about it before.” was the response I got. Wow. This is the culture of our school committee.

In this conversation, and in many others with school and town leaders, I have been thrilled to learn that our position on these issues is supported. For the most part, EVERYONE has agreed that 1. the abrupt removal of such an important program is unacceptable, 2. the timing and tone of the communication was thoughtless and 3. that parents deserve a SOLUTION from the school system – not just conflicting explanations of why it happened.

Despite all of this support, Superintendent Tremblay STILL will not budge on her decision or even meet with parents to brainstorm creative solutions. In fact, in my meeting with this SC member I explained that because of conflicting information about how the decision to cut PREDs was made, my trust in their process was gone. As a show of good faith, I asked to be taken on the walk-through of SSS that ultimately determined there was no room for PREDs. The SC member agreed it was a reasonable request, and I left optimistic for real answers! But that same afternoon I received a phone call from Superintendent Tremblay inviting me in for a meeting. When asked if this meeting would include my requested walk-through, I got a quick and firm: “No.”

Why? What is there to lose unless this decision was not as thought out as our school leadership would lead us to believe? When your parents are asking for, and your school committee is supporting, something THIS SIMPLE why say no? So much goodwill could have been built. But letting parents “in” is not the culture of our school leadership.

I’m sharing this as an update to the PREDs/Space conversation that has been going on since January. But also as a warning – these are two clear examples of the current culture of our school committee and leadership. They wait until someone complains about something to take action. And they turn down a simple request that would create so much goodwill with a population of parents suffering the consequences of an internal decision.

This is a culture that does not understand its community. This is a culture that is afraid to rock the boat. This is a culture that forgets they promised to do their very best when campaigning for such important roles in our children’s lives. But CULTURE is a really hard thing to change – it takes a major shift in an organization to do it effectively. It takes new perspectives, new energy and most important, a whole lot of guts and passion to make change happen.

Luckily, we all have the opportunity to dramatically change the makeup AND CULTURE of our school committee on Tuesday 4/10. If you have been made angry, sad, scared or frustrated by being shut out of important decisions effecting your children, I sincerely hope you will use your TWO votes to bring new, experienced, passionate people to our school committee. Please take some time to get to know our two new candidates via their campaign pages below.

Kimberlee Kossover Hansen for School Committee

Phil McQueen for School Committee

To close – I did take Superintendent Tremblay up on her offer to meet one on one and plan to ask some really hard questions about the inconsistencies in their explanations. I am not expecting her to budge, but want her to understand WE ARE PAYING ATTENTION. And these types of things cannot continue. If you have anything you’d like asked, email me and I’ll try my best to get an answer.


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I hope that you will consider voting for John for Lynnfield Planning Board on April 10th. I believe he will be a great addition to the Board. The following is an introductory letter John has written to explain his candidacy. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you,

Dear Friends,

I am John Gioioso and I am running for the Planning Board in Lynnfield. I am asking for your consideration in voting for me on Tuesday, April 10th. Some of you may personally know me and others are receiving this email through a mutual friend. I want to thank you for giving me your time so that I may tell you why I am running and why I feel that I am qualified for the position. I am running for Planning Board because I want to contribute to decisions that will impact our town, not only today, but for future generations. Like any town, Lynnfield is evolving and we must be sure these changes promote the integrity and values of Lynnfield. The Planning Board is an independent group who play an important role in overseeing zoning bylaws, rules and regulations for the subdivision of land, and act as a steward on behalf of residents of Lynnfield. I feel that my professional background fits with the responsibilities of the Planning Board and the values of the town. I believe I’ll be an asset to the Planning Board because I have:
• Over 35 years of experience in real estate and building management
• Participated in real estate steering committees to develop best practices
• Experience working with different zoning boards across North America
• Reviewed new development proposals and design development on a daily
• Served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Boston University teaching Real Estate Studies

A designation as a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) and Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) My professional background, and participation in volunteer activities such as the MarketStreet Advisory Committee and the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative Youth Ministry Committee deepens my commitment to our town, which is why I am running. In addition, over 10 years ago, my wife Colleen and I moved to Lynnfield to raise our daughter, Genna. I already knew Lynnfield quite well because Colleen grew up here as did her Dad, Jack Donegan. Like the Donegans, many families have strong roots here, which I believe is one of the many reasons that Lynnfield is so unique. Similarly, many of us move here because of Lynnfield’s small town charm. I hope to be a part of the decision making process that honors the character of Lynnfield. I am asking for your consideration in voting for me for Planning Board on Tuesday, April 10th. If you would like to learn more about me, please feel free to go to my facebook link at:

Thank you for your time and consideration.

It is most appreciated.

Warmly, John

Submitted by: Wally McKenzie


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Will Town will vote to amend Zoning Bylaws of 105.68 acres, known as Sagamore Spring Golf Club?

Legal Notice
Planning Board of the Town of Lynnfield, MA
The Planning Board of the Town of Lynnfield, MA, will hold a public hearing pursuant to G.L. c. 40A, § 5 on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Al Merritt Media and Culture Center, 600 Market Street, 2nd Floor, Lynnfield, MA 01940. The purpose of the public hearing will be to provide interested persons an opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the Lynnfield Zoning Bylaws. The proposed amendments include the following:
1. To see if the Town will vote to rescind the current Zoning Map and replace it with a map entitled “‘Zoning Map of Lynnfield Massachusetts’ Produced by CAI Technologies, Date of Last Revision: January 1, 2016”, a copy of which is on file with the Town Clerk, and to revise Section 2.3 of the Zoning Bylaws to reflect the adoption of the new map.
2. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws by adding as Section 3.4 a prohibition of all non-medical marijuana establishments in all zoning districts of the Town.
3. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws by adding as Section 3.5 a temporary moratorium, until December 31, 2018, on all non-medical marijuana establishments in all zoning districts of the Town.
4. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Map to rezone from the Single Residence D District to the Elderly Housing District certain land on Main Street and Janet Way shown as Lots 147, 783, 1325 and 1488 on Assessors’ Map 8.
5. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Map to rezone from the Single Residence D District to the Elderly Housing District certain land on Main Street, consisting of 105.68 acres, more or less, and shown on a plan of land entitled “Plan of Land in Lynnfield, Mass.” dated December 21, 2017 “Showing Existing Area of Single Residence D District to be Rezoned to Housing for the Elderly District,” a copy of which is on file with the Town Clerk. The land in question is known as the Sagamore Spring Golf Club.
6. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Table of Use Regulations, appearing as Appendix A to the Zoning Bylaws, to allow a private commercial golf course, including a clubhouse and maintenance building, as an allowed use in the Elderly Housing District, where such a use is now forbidden.
7. To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 11.5 of the Zoning Bylaws to change the definition of “Housing for the Elderly” to increase the number of independent dwelling units that may be in any development from 136 to 154.
The complete text of these proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaws and any maps referenced by them are on file with the Town Clerk at 55 Summer Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940, where they are available for inspection during regular business hours.

Brian Charville, Esq., Chair

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