One. Two.

We enter One Magazine’s second year of publication with some changes. The magazine itself is printed on a different stock with slightly altered page dimensions. It won’t mean much to you, the reader; but it’s a benefit to our advertisers because it enables us to increase circulation by inserting it into several newspapers produced by our parent company, Essex Media Group: Lynnfield Weekly News and Peabody Weekly News, and The Daily Item, which is distributed primarily in Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Nahant, Peabody, Revere, Saugus, and Swampscott.

Within our circulation area, there have been a few changes, as well.

For starters, there’s been a lot more talk — and even some progress — on plans for rail trails. Peabody and Danvers trails have been around for a few years, and more and more communities are getting on board with the concept. Another 7.5 miles of continuous trails are now open through Everett, Malden, Revere, and Saugus; and Lynn’s first path section opened in September 2016. In April, rail-trail supporters in Lynnfield got their win by just one vote. As was the case in Swampscott, the vote reflected just how divisive an issue it became.

Downtown Lynn is looking a little different these days, too. Fifteen large-scale murals have gone up on building sides – and lighting is set to be installed under railroad bridges and vintage neon signs in and around the city’s Arts & Cultural District. What began with former Lynn Community Development director Jansi Chandler in the ’90s has enjoyed a rebirth under Beyond Walls founder Al Wilson. The one constant is Charlie Gaeta, who as chairman of EDIC/Lynn worked with Jansi and now with Al to bring art to the masses.

In addition to street art and off-street bike paths, One also catches up with some of the area’s past and current residents and business owners. You may have seen CBS News’ Steve Chaggaris or Boston 25 news anchor Heather Hegedus on TV, but One goes off-camera to provide a closer look at how they got to their respective positions. We’ll also introduce you to Sylvia Caruso, who is going the extra step to help patients in need.

Also in this issue, we’ll engage in some frank talk about hot dogs (get it, frank talk?); look at a Peabody company that bakes all the doughnuts for local Dunkin’ Donuts shops;  see fashions that address the summertime blues; and hear Saugus writer Tom Sheehan’s 89 years of memories.

And while I don’t quite have 89 years of memories, I have one that’s 50 years old: A fastball hit him square; he’s down. Tony was badly hurt. Steve Krause brings back the pain of Aug. 18, 1967, beginning on Page 25 (of course).

All in all, I hope you agree that editor Bill Brotherton has again produced One great magazine.

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