Holy Family Church Festa Italiana ~ Tonight

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Tonight's entertainment is The "Sea Bees" featuring Joshua Larrabee, Sam Feinstein, Griffin Todd, Todd Sousa, Nick Blaisdell, Nick Geiger and SHS graduate Alex Humzeh.  Stop by for some great Italian food and dessert.  Beer and Wine will also be available.  Holy Family Church is located at 26 Bessom Street, just over the Lynn/Swampscott line off Essex Street.
Dianne toner August 08, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I was at Phillips Park last night and saw all the boys and girls using the fields. I cannot understand how the town would allow a dog park in such a congested area used by so many kids and adults. This is a very serious safety issue. This area can not accommodate both dogs and children.
mary webster August 09, 2013 at 09:34 AM
The point of the dog park though is that it'll be a confined area, to keep the dogs from running through the park, no?
Dianne toner August 09, 2013 at 07:54 PM
The area will be enclosed BUT the dogs will be off leash . The liability of a dog getting out is a factor to consider. We do not allow dogs on our school playgrounds because of the risk of an accident. Parents should not have to worry about their children when they drop them off at the park. I have seen aggressive dogs off leash at the beach and this would be a danger to our children.
Dianne toner August 10, 2013 at 08:14 AM
I should clarify my statement about dogs on beach. These are the dogs that would be coming to the dog park. Not all dog owners have control of their dogs and the dogs do not respond to verbal demands. I strongly feel this is a wrong location and a dog park should not be so close to fields used by children and adults. This could be a HUGE liability to our town.
Sharon Donovan August 10, 2013 at 09:20 AM
Wow, Dianne. It seems that you have the total wrong idea of what a dog park is all about. It is the best way to keep our town dogs socialized, safe and healthy. I'm not sure what sort of liability worries you, but I would assume that it would be that dogs could get loose and bite a child. Dog parks are one of the best ways to PREVENT this sort of behavior. Please, Dianne, research the benefits before you close your mind to the park. It is in the best interest of our town to allow a safe, monitored place for our dogs to be dogs.
Dianne toner August 10, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Sharon, I have done my research and it supports my argument that dog parks can present serious problems. This area was set aside for people to use away from dangers. Parents drop their children off and having a dog park so close to their children Is a problem and a liability. Not all dog owners are responsible and it certainly could be a liability for the town. There are no plans for monitoring this park. Dogs are banned from the beach and every day dogs are on the beach with no consequence and some of these dogs are aggressive. Children's safety should come first.
Myjanda August 10, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Dianne, There are inherent dangers in life and things happen, but we can't live in protective bubbles or ban everything. In the scheme of life- riding bikes on the road, driving in cars, climbing on jungle gyms are probably a lot more dangerous for children than allowing owners to play with their dogs in a dog park close a playing field. Kids are probably more in danger of being hurt by the balls than bit by a dog from the park and I would bet the incidents of dogs escaping to terrorize children is pretty small. Several times a day i put my dog into my fenced-in yard- which is surrounded by neighbors with children. Should that be banned as well?
Whisky August 11, 2013 at 07:39 AM
Sharon and Ilene - you deserve medals for making sane and polite rebuttals against such far fetched NIMBY arguments.
Bridget Russo August 13, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Why are people commenting on dog parks when this is an article about the Holy Family Festa? Am I missing something?


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