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Health center celebrates expansion, new retail shop

Lynn Community Health Center recently celebrated the expansion of its eye clinic and the opening of the clinic's new retail shop, Everybody's Optical. Open since 2009, the clinic operates in collaboration with the New England Eye Institute and New England College of Optometry. The clinic previously occupied half of the first floor at 20 Central Ave. With the expansion, it now uses most of the first floor. The shop, which is open to clinic users as well as the general public, is located within the expanded space. Officials from the health center, the institute, the college, and US Representative John F. Tierney were among those taking part in the opening celebration. "This health center is a shining example of how to improve the health of our communities," Tierney said in a prepared statement. "Lynn Community Health Center saw a need and they met it. Health care is accessible in Lynn because of the work they do."

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.