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HOOK, LINE,<br />

AND SWAMPSCOTT<br />

PIERING INTO THE PAST<br />

SEASING AN OPPORTUNITY<br />

FOR LEARNING<br />

DISHING FISH<br />

SUMMER <strong>2016</strong> / $5.00


F R O M T H E P U B L I S H E R<br />

A publication of Essex Media Group<br />

Publisher<br />

Ted Grant<br />

CEO<br />

Beth Bresnahan<br />

Vice President, Finance<br />

William J. Kraft<br />

Editor<br />

Paul K. Halloran Jr.<br />

Directors<br />

Edward L. Cahill<br />

John M. Gilberg<br />

Edward M. Grant<br />

Gordon R. Hall<br />

Monica Connell Healey<br />

J. Patrick Norton<br />

Michael H. Shanahan<br />

Design<br />

Tim McDonough<br />

Advertising<br />

Ernie Carpenter<br />

Bob Gunther<br />

Phil Ouellette<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

Amy Brackman<br />

Meaghan Casey<br />

Rich Fahey<br />

Sandi Goldfarb<br />

David Liscio<br />

Stacey Marcus<br />

Photographers<br />

Mark Garfinkel<br />

Spenser Hasak<br />

Paula Muller<br />

Owen O’Rourke<br />

Mark Sutherland<br />

Production<br />

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INSIDE THIS EDITION<br />

A design on Karen Hallion …....……………8<br />

Making strides for Stella .…………………..10<br />

Mission (finally) accomplished ……………...12<br />

An excercise in honor ………………………..16<br />

Piering into the past ………….............…..18<br />

A full House ..................……………………20<br />

Swampscott seas opportunity for learning..22<br />

Surf’s up …………………...............………...24<br />

50 years later, still going nuts ………………28<br />

A teaching career Rich in history .....……...32<br />

5 things you didn’t know …..………………34<br />

Getting a read on the library ……..………..35<br />

Nancy is on duty........................................36<br />

A taste of Swampscott ……………………....38<br />

Simple summer beauty tips ………………...40<br />

Nauti by nature .............................................42<br />

Scene in Swampscott ………………………44<br />

Walking a wine line …………......…………..46<br />

To the Editor:<br />

Another story of a lovely lady<br />

I enjoy <strong>01907</strong> and was interested to read in the last edition the story about<br />

the Swampscott mention on an episode of “e Brady Bunch.” I remember that<br />

episode but have a different recollection of the circumstances surrounding Mrs.<br />

Brady (Florence Henderson) invoking the name of our town.<br />

I’ll preface my remarks by noting I am 101 years old, so I can’t guarantee my<br />

memory is 100-percent correct. But this is the story I have always thought to<br />

be true:<br />

My good friend, the late Natalie Gelbert, had a sister, Mildred, who was<br />

married to Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of the show. Natalie told me that<br />

on a visit to Swampscott, Sherwood Schwartz made note of the funny-sounding<br />

name of the town and that led to his using it in the script when Mike Brady<br />

asked Carol about her lisp as a child.<br />

As for Carol’s line that she grew up in Swampscott, perhaps that was<br />

Sherwood’s way of recognizing his sister-in-law, Natalie.<br />

Keep up the good work with <strong>01907</strong>.<br />

Elinor B. Rose<br />

Swampscott<br />

Something fishy in Swampscott<br />

So. A magazine about Swampscott focusing on water-related activity.<br />

What’s the big deal?<br />

Good question – and one we think is answered in this edition of <strong>01907</strong>.<br />

Sure, everyone knows Swampscott was a big fishing town, and the Fish House,<br />

by nature of its name and location, speaks to the role fishing has played in the<br />

history of the town.<br />

But ... e oldest active fish house in the country? An industry dating<br />

back to the 1600s? And 5.6 million pounds of cod caught in one year?<br />

We know that not everyone in <strong>01907</strong> grew up riding the waves of Phillips<br />

Beach, but it never hurts to be versed in the history of your hometown. You<br />

never know when you’re going to run into a FLOS (For the Love Of Swampscott)<br />

member at a cocktail party; she’ll be impressed.<br />

Not as impressed as we are with our Beth Bresnahan, who felt compelled<br />

to don a wet suit and take a surfing lesson – in the icy waters of the Atlantic,<br />

no less.<br />

at’s going to great depths for the readers of <strong>01907</strong>. Which leads me to<br />

wonder why Paul Halloran didn’t also choose to go the Walter Mitty route with<br />

his story on CrossFit e Swamp. He apparently thought that idea was all wet.<br />

All of our writers and photographers dove head first into their work for<br />

<strong>01907</strong>: Meaghan Casey, Rich Fahey, Sandi Goldfarb, Dave Liscio, Stacey<br />

Marcus; Spenser Hasak, Paula Muller, Owen O'Rourke, and Mark Sutherland.<br />

But the ultimate sacrifice for the magazine was made by our cover model,<br />

handled with a kid (orange rubber, actually) glove by Neil Donnenfeld,<br />

Swampscott Yacht Club director of Social Events, and photographed by<br />

Mark Garfinkel, two Swampscott guys who went knee-deep to catch the<br />

perfect cover shot for our fish story.<br />

As for me, I’ll take mine with fries and cole slaw, please.<br />

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“<br />

I think my skills<br />

were better. I had<br />

never stepped away<br />

from art, even<br />

while teaching.<br />

”<br />

A design on<br />

Karen Hallion<br />

Above: Hallion’s Queen and Princess<br />

was featured at the 2015 Star Wars<br />

Celebration in Anaheim, Calif.<br />

By Rich Fahey<br />

s much as she loves her life jetting to places such as London and<br />

San Diego – and as her fame and success as an artist and designer<br />

continue to grow – Karen Hallion still misses the classroom.<br />

“I would have been happy to have stayed teaching, or taught three days a<br />

week and worked as an artist the other two,” she said.<br />

Hallion, 42, a former art teacher at the Hadley and Clarke elementary<br />

schools, le teaching in 2009 aer failing to obtain a waiver that would<br />

have allowed her to continue teaching while she finished the requirements<br />

for her master's degree. She had the backing of her school principals and<br />

had the necessary elementary certifications, but was unable to get past the<br />

state requirements.<br />

Photos: Courtesy of Karen Hallion<br />

Above: Midtown exclusive comic book<br />

cover (Doctor Who12th Doctor #1 released<br />

in October 2015).<br />

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Hallion sketches while<br />

at a convention in 2014.<br />

Hallion lost her teaching job at a time when she had a lot going<br />

on in her life. Besides teaching and art, she was waitressing, attending<br />

grad school and caring for a four-year-old son. “I didn't want to<br />

go back to waitressing full-time, so I decided to give freelancing as a<br />

designer another shot for six months,” she said.<br />

About four months into the six months, a T-shirt design she sold<br />

resulted in a $2,000 profit and boosted her confidence that Karen<br />

Hallion could make a living selling Karen Hallion.<br />

For the Nahant native and 1990 graduate of Swampscott High,<br />

it has been a heady rise in the ranks of artists and designers in the<br />

field of digital art, where she designs such items as T-shirts, note<br />

cards and games, or features her art in limited-edition prints.<br />

Hallion is a self-described “geek” or “nerd” and a fan of pop<br />

culture icons such as all things Star Wars, the TV series “Firefly,”<br />

Harry Potter, Buffy from the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,”<br />

and the British TV series “Dr. Who.”<br />

e designing success came around the time of the birth of a<br />

second son in 2010, and Hallion now shares custody of her two sons<br />

with her ex-husband. It also makes for a hectic schedule. It was heady<br />

stuff when she was one of a group of artists selected for the 2015<br />

Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., where she sold 250<br />

limited-edition prints and was recognized by fans and asked to pose<br />

for photos at a gathering that included Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher.<br />

She was a part of the Emerald City ComicCon in Seattle, and in<br />

mid-July she will spend a week selling her wares and promoting her<br />

work in London at the <strong>2016</strong> Star Wars Celebration Europe. She will<br />

fly home for a day and then head to San Diego for the Comic-Con<br />

International, where she served as a guest panelist in 2014 and 2015.<br />

She is also scheduled to make appearances this year at additional<br />

gatherings in Orlando, Denver, California and Boston.<br />

“I get recognized at these events and it’s a great way to connect<br />

with your fans and get to know them,” she said.<br />

Hallion’s list of clients is impressive. She has done licensed work<br />

for Marvel, Lucas, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks Studios,<br />

Cryptozoic, TOPPS, Her Universe and Disney.<br />

Some of her most popular works are pop culture “mash-up”<br />

designs that match Disney characters such as Belle and Cinderella<br />

with Dr. Who from the cult classic science-fiction series. She earned<br />

the grand prize in the 2013 DreamWorks Studios “How to Train<br />

Your Dragon” T-shirt design contest, which earned her a tour of the<br />

DreamWorks studios.<br />

She is a member of WeLoveFine’s League of Artists and has had<br />

T-shirt designs featured on websites readless, Tee Fury, Tee Turtle,<br />

teeVillain, RIPT, and Qwertee.<br />

Hallion attended the University of Vermont for two years before<br />

completing her BFA in Illustration at the Ringling School of Art<br />

and Design in Sarasota, Fla. in 1997. She spent six years aer college<br />

graduation as a special education aide and design free-lancer without<br />

really catching on.<br />

When she returned to it and found success, she attributed it to<br />

a combination of things.<br />

“I think my skills were better,” she said. “I had never stepped away<br />

from art, even while teaching.”<br />

Hallion also credits her adroit use of social media, where she has<br />

cultivated a Facebook following that now numbers 74,000 strong.<br />

“Use it (social media) right and use it smart,” she said.<br />

e Internet has allowed entrepreneurs to get up close and<br />

personal with their customers and cut out the middle man. Hallion<br />

has an Etsy store (etsy.com/shop/khallion), an online marketplace<br />

where her designs grace note cards, postcards and prints.<br />

Her business has grown enough that sister Amy Chambers came<br />

on board as her business manager, handling e-mail requests, the<br />

Etsy store, her schedule and keeping her on track with impending<br />

deadlines.<br />

A large project that consumes much of her time these days<br />

involves designing game cards for DFTBA Games “Wizard School,”<br />

a game created by Internet celebrities Hank and John Green (also a<br />

noted author) aer a successful Kickstarter campaign raised<br />

$450,000. She is designing 200 playing cards involving 12 different<br />

characters of all ages in the game set in a high school, and has<br />

occasionally used Swampscott Middle School as a backdrop as she<br />

designs up to five game cards a day. e project organizers have high<br />

hopes that Target will pick up the game.<br />

Tom Kurzanski of Tee Fury LLC of Irvine, Calif., a T-shirt design<br />

firm that caters to “pop culture, nerdy and geek” tastes, is an<br />

unabashed fan of Hallion and her work.<br />

“Karen has tapped into something that resonates with fans of<br />

pop-inspired design,” said Kurzanski. “She connected the dots<br />

between the Princesses and Doctor Who (the Disney designs that<br />

went viral) at the peak of its popularity, prior to the influx of<br />

Princess-inspired memes, and drew from her passion as a fan<br />

of both.”<br />

On March 29, TeeFury declared “Karen Hallion Day,” and she<br />

quickly worked up a few designs that the firm was able to feature<br />

alongside her existing portfolio.<br />

Hallion advises young artists seeking advice to “find artists you<br />

love, and study what they do, and learn from them. Take advice and<br />

critiques, ignore the haters. Draw what you love, not necessarily what<br />

you think will sell. Help out other artists when you can. Do good<br />

work, produce it on time, and be easy to work with.” n<br />

Right: “Geek Girl” –<br />

Hallion’s homage to<br />

all the geeky girls in<br />

the world.<br />

On the web:<br />

karenhallion.com<br />

SUMMER <strong>2016</strong> | 9


Making strides for Stella<br />

By Stacey Marcus<br />

Nicole Puzzo believes in paying it<br />

forward. One conversation with the<br />

Swampscott mother of two daughters,<br />

Chloe and Stella, is a reminder of that<br />

when you combine positive perspective<br />

with the language of love, the wheels of<br />

motion move in amazing directions –<br />

especially if your father is an engineer.<br />

Stella, who turns 7 in July and is in<br />

kindergarten at the Clarke School, has been<br />

able to enjoy family trips apple picking and<br />

to Loon Mountain. “We love walking<br />

around the neighborhood with Stella,” says<br />

Nicole, who notes the all-terrain buggy<br />

was essential for transportation in last year’s<br />

wicked winter.<br />

While fundraisers have helped Stepping<br />

Stones for Stella provide buggies for 200<br />

families, there is still a waiting list of 50.<br />

Nicole was thrilled to share that New<br />

England Cable News (NECN) has chosen<br />

Stepping Stones for Stella as its charity for<br />

the next three years with a goal to create a<br />

signature event for the nonprofit.<br />

Here’s Stella’s story. When Stella was<br />

diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral<br />

Palsy at 8 months old, Nicole and her<br />

husband, Stephen, knew it was important<br />

to continue enjoying the outdoor activities<br />

they treasured. Living in Swampscott and<br />

going to the beach was a summertime joy<br />

when Stella was a baby and toddler, but as<br />

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sand and rocks with ease.<br />

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nonprofit organization whose mission is “to<br />

provide buggies to children with disabilities<br />

to ensure they and their families experience<br />

the joy and freedom of the great outdoors<br />

to its fullest.”<br />

e organization hosts grassroots fundraisers<br />

so that they can provide buggies to families<br />

of children with disabilities at no cost. e<br />

buggies are designed for children 2-10 years<br />

old with a 60-pound weight limit. Nicole<br />

notes that the buggies do not recline and<br />

that the child must have independent head<br />

and trunk control.<br />

Nicole’s dad and his retired friend made<br />

10 buggies at a time, however, last September<br />

aer producing their 100th buggy, they<br />

decided it was time to pass the torch and<br />

outsourced the production to a company in<br />

Indiana. Meanwhile requests continue to<br />

pour in from the United States, Canada<br />

and beyond.<br />

“We get inquiries from Australia,” says<br />

Nicole, noting that in June Stepping<br />

Stones for Stella will reach a 200-buggy<br />

milestone. n<br />

A road race at the Jewish Community<br />

Center of the North Shore in Marblehead<br />

and a beach volleyball tournament on Long<br />

Beach in Nahant will also raise needed<br />

funds.<br />

“We love walking around the neighborhood with Stella,”<br />

says Nicole, who notes the all-terrain buggy was essential<br />

for transportation in last year’s wicked winter.<br />

Stella enjoying<br />

the beach on a<br />

buggy constructed<br />

by her grandfather,<br />

John Banda.<br />

To donate to Stepping Stones for Stella or for more<br />

information, visit steppingstonesforstella.org<br />

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Photos: Courtesy of Nicole Puzzo


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Mission<br />

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A look inside <strong>01907</strong>’s<br />

new restaurant<br />

By­Meaghan­Casey<br />

A sampling of cocktails from<br />

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Walking into Mission on the Bay just a few days after its official opening,<br />

two things were obvious: All of Swampscott had turned out for one of the<br />

most anticipated restaurant openings in recent decades, and both the new<br />

design and the cuisine were well worth the wait.<br />

Continued on page 14<br />

Below: Highlights from Mission on the Bay’s menu include: lobster dumplings ($15), mussels ($12) in a broth of Thai coconut curry,<br />

tomatoes, garlic and fresh ginger, and the grand cheeseburger ($15), topped with Canadian bacon, cheddar and smoky aioli.<br />

A packed dining room days after<br />

the restaurant’s official opening.<br />

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Continued from page 13<br />

<strong>The</strong> waterfront space, which formally housed Red Rock<br />

Bistro, has been transformed into a nautical oasis,<br />

with jute rope pendant lighting and maritime signal flags<br />

adorning the walls and ceilings. <strong>The</strong> project has been in the<br />

works since spring 2014, after developers demolished the<br />

entire existing building. <strong>The</strong> new restaurant offers much<br />

more seating, expansive views of the water and Boston<br />

skyline, an open-kitchen setup, two large bar areas inside<br />

and a rooftop deck and bar.<br />

Principal Owner Martin Bloom, the founder and former<br />

CEO of Italian chain Vinny T’s, said the focus of the menu is<br />

on seafood, but there are a variety of options for<br />

everyone. Together with partners Robert Hoffman and<br />

Wellington Augusto, Bloom also co-owns Mission Oak Grill<br />

in Newburyport.<br />

“As an oceanfront restaurant, there’s an obligation to<br />

make seafood the center of the plate,” Bloom said. “We’ve<br />

sold copious amounts of the mussels and redfish, which are<br />

extraordinarily good, but the hamburger has been<br />

really popular as well.”<br />

Starters include New England favorites such as clam<br />

chowder ($6), lobster bisque ($9), fried clams ($15) and<br />

crispy calamari ($12) with a citrus-pepper tartar sauce. <strong>The</strong><br />

kitchen draws from some Asian influences in its seafood<br />

preparation, best highlighted in the lobster dumplings ($15),<br />

which are stuffed with delicate chunks of lobster meat,<br />

steamed and served with a soy caramel glaze. <strong>The</strong> mussels<br />

($12) also shine with a broth of Thai coconut curry,<br />

tomatoes, garlic and fresh ginger, as does the tuna tartare<br />

($14), served with sushi rice, wakame, soy and sriracha aioli.<br />

Raw bar offerings include East Coast oysters ($3 each) and<br />

littleneck clams (6 for $13), while chilled options include<br />

lobster tail ($17) or shrimp ($6 each) cocktail. Diners can also<br />

opt for the shellfish platter ($120) with two lobster tails,<br />

eight shrimp, eight littlenecks and 18 oysters.<br />

Dinner entrées include an array of grilled or fried seafood<br />

choices (ranging from $20 to $32), and the fried dishes are<br />

cooked in a pleasantly light batter. One of the<br />

signature plates is the blackened redfish ($29), served with<br />

coconut rice and jalapeño corn tartar. Options such as the<br />

lobster roll ($28), baked haddock ($22) and clam roll ($18)<br />

round out the traditional fare, while pasta dishes such as<br />

linguine with lobster meat ($34) and spaghetti carbonara<br />

with jumbo lump crab meat ($26) present diners with an<br />

Italian twist on their favorite seafood.<br />

Steak-lovers will also be pleased with the menu, which<br />

includes a 12 oz. sirloin ($29), 5 oz. or 10 oz. filet mignon<br />

($21/$36), 24 oz. porterhouse (MP) and churrasco ($28), in<br />

addition to the grand cheeseburger ($15), which is served<br />

with Canadian bacon, cheddar and smoky aioli. Bloom said<br />

the kitchen relies on a top beef supplier out of Boston for<br />

their selection.<br />

Mission on the Bay owners, from left,<br />

Robert Hoffman, Wellington Augusto and Marty Bloom.<br />

A view of the Boston skyline from the oceanfront roof deck.<br />

Cocktails ($12) take some creative inspiration from<br />

a day at the beach or the islands. <strong>The</strong> signature tropical rum<br />

punch is made with two types of rum, orange and lime<br />

juices, peach purée and bitters, while the shandy is made<br />

with sweet tea vodka, wheat beer and lemonade. “El<br />

Diablo” was a refreshing twist on a spicy tequila cocktail with<br />

lemonade, lime, ginger beer and crèmede de cassis.<br />

<strong>The</strong> list also features a number of infused options, such<br />

as house-infused chamomile vodka with elderflower liquor,<br />

lemon and ruby red grapefruit juice; peach-infused bourbon<br />

with crème de peche and bitters; jalapeño-infused tequila<br />

with orange liquor, mango and lime; and cucumber-infused<br />

tequila with orange liquor, agave nectar, lime juice and<br />

celery bitters. n<br />

Located at 141 Humphrey St., Mission on the Bay is open from<br />

4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-11 p.m Friday and Saturday<br />

and 3:30-10 p.m. Sunday. In the near future, Sunday brunch will be<br />

offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.<br />

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HHH H H<br />

An exercise in honor<br />

crossFit workouts<br />

to pay tribute to<br />

fallen heroes<br />

By Paul Halloran<br />

<strong>The</strong> CrossFit movement has exploded in the last 10<br />

years, from 13 affiliates in 2005 to almost 13,000<br />

worldwide today. And while the grueling workouts<br />

are ostensibly for anyone, they are especially<br />

popular with the military. In fact, it is not<br />

uncommon to find a CrossFit gym set up on a<br />

military base.<br />

On Memorial Day, thousands participate in the<br />

annual Murph Challenge, a CrossFit workout in<br />

memory of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, who was<br />

killed in Afghanistan in a 2005 operation that<br />

became the basis for the movie “American Sniper.”<br />

(In case you’re wondering, the Murph workout<br />

consists of a mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups,<br />

300 squats and another mile run – all while wearing<br />

a 20-pound vest.)<br />

Photos: Mark Sutherland<br />

Continued on page 17<br />

Top: Colleen Sachar completes a heavy lift.<br />

Bottom: CrossFit <strong>The</strong> Swamp owner Mike Dudevoir, left,<br />

and class participant Jonny Shannon.<br />

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Continued from page 16<br />

“CrossFit has dedicated<br />

workouts to<br />

military killed in<br />

action and police<br />

killed in the line<br />

of duty,” says Mike<br />

Dudevoir, who owns<br />

CrossFit <strong>The</strong> Swamp<br />

on Essex Street<br />

along with his wife,<br />

Jenna. “<strong>The</strong>re’s a strong military presence<br />

within CrossFit.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> harsh reality of war had hit home and hit<br />

hard in Swampscott twice within six months<br />

in 2006-07.<br />

On Sept. 19, 2006, U.S. Army Specialist Jared<br />

Raymond, 20, was killed in Iraq when an IED<br />

exploded near his tank. On Feb. 7, 2007,<br />

Marine Capt. Jennifer Harris, 28, was killed<br />

when the helicopter she was piloting crashed<br />

in Iraq while supporting combat operations.<br />

Swampscott High. Thus on July 2 at CrossFit<br />

<strong>The</strong> Swamp, there will be a Jen and a Jared<br />

workout. Donations will be accepted and<br />

given to the respective scholarship funds at<br />

Swampscott High.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Jen workout will consist of a 2.007 mile<br />

run (signifying the date Harris was killed) that<br />

will take participants by Harris’ childhood<br />

home on Burpee Road. <strong>The</strong> run, which will<br />

start and end at CrossFit <strong>The</strong> Swamp, is open<br />

to anyone. After the run, CrossFit members<br />

who want to further honor Harris will do two<br />

burpees and seven squats.<br />

After a break, CrossFitters who want to tackle<br />

the Jared will take part in a 20-minute<br />

AMRAP (as many reps as possible), which<br />

will consist of one deadlift (Raymond was in<br />

the First Battalion), 66 double unders (66th<br />

Armored Regiment), one hang clean (1st<br />

Brigade) and four front squats (4th Infantry<br />

Division).<br />

than a dozen years before buying the CrossFit<br />

affiliate. “Jared loved July 4, so we picked that<br />

weekend.”<br />

Dudevoir was hooked on CrossFit from the<br />

first class he took in Natick in 2011. Two years<br />

later – on Veterans Day 2013 – he and Jenna<br />

opened CrossFit <strong>The</strong> Swamp in 8,000 square<br />

feet of space that formerly housed the Hit<br />

Zone indoor baseball and softball facility.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y started with 10 members and are up to<br />

150. CrossFitters are notoriously passionate<br />

about their workouts. “It’s a place for people<br />

to go to form new relationships while they<br />

get stronger and healthier,” Dudevoir<br />

said, “and form bonds through sweat,<br />

fitness, exercise and mental toughness.”<br />

On July 2, it will be a place to establish a new<br />

and unbreakable bond with a native son and<br />

daughter who made the ultimate sacrifice for<br />

their town and their country. n<br />

“We do so much to honor people we have<br />

no connection to, I thought we should do<br />

something for Jen and Jared,” said Dudevoir,<br />

who was two years ahead of Harris at<br />

“This is meant to be a tribute to both of them,”<br />

said Dudevoir, a Trinity College grad who<br />

worked in executive recruiting and<br />

medical device and software sales for more<br />

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A calm, early morning moment on Fisherman’s Beach.<br />

Photos: David Liscio<br />

Piering into the Past<br />

swamPscott heritage steePed<br />

in commercial fishing industry<br />

By David Liscio<br />

Paul Garcelon began commercial fishing in<br />

Swampscott in the 1960s aboard his 42-foot<br />

lobster boat, the Susan C, named for his wife. It<br />

was a good time to join the fleet because the town<br />

had just built the pier behind the Fish House,<br />

which allowed the boats to bring in their catch<br />

even when the tide was relatively low.<br />

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Garcelon, 74, who retired at the end of last season<br />

after 55 years on the water, said the 1952 government<br />

dredging of the harbor temporarily helped the<br />

fishermen, but the sand inevitably returned.<br />

“A lot of the big fishing boats would moor off<br />

Whale’s Beach because the harbor was blocked by<br />

a sand bar. You couldn’t cross it at low tide<br />

because the water was no more than a foot deep.<br />

You would run aground,” he said. “And not just<br />

that, the sand bar caused a big storm swell.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> dredged sand was piped to Lynn’s beaches,<br />

but a nor’easter soon washed it away. “And now<br />

the sand bar has come back. I guess nature wants<br />

Fishermen head out to their boats<br />

on prams just after sunrise.<br />

it there,” he said, blaming the sand bar, in part,<br />

for the diminished size of Swampscott’s present<br />

commercial fishing fleet.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> town did some spot dredging in the ’80s and<br />

’90s, but it wasn’t enough. It’s still too shallow. So<br />

a lot of the fishermen left. <strong>The</strong> fleet is down to<br />

about eight lobster boats and one gill netter,” he<br />

said, noting his son, Paul Garcelon Jr., is among<br />

the lobstermen and owner of the Jacqueline Bess.<br />

Continued on page 19


Continued from page 18<br />

“Fishing’s in my blood. It’s all I’ve ever<br />

done. Unfortunately, it turned up in my<br />

son’s blood as well. He has a degree in<br />

business and finance, but he likes to fish.<br />

He’s not cut out for indoor work,” the<br />

elder Garcelon said.<br />

Interestingly enough, not much has<br />

changed along the waterfront in terms<br />

of fishermen setting off each morning at<br />

dawn from Fisherman’s Beach and<br />

returning hours later with what is hopefully<br />

a good day’s catch. In the 1600s and<br />

early 1700s, the fishermen used dories –<br />

essentially double-ended sailboats ranging<br />

in length from about 12 to 20 feet,<br />

with one mast and one sail – to transport<br />

them to the coastal fishing grounds.<br />

Dozens of dories plied the waters off<br />

Swampscott, typically two men per boat,<br />

leaving enough room to fill the bilges<br />

with freshly caught flounder, mackerel<br />

and, in those days, haddock and<br />

cod. Fishermen preferred the dory because<br />

its seaworthiness and stability<br />

allowed them to haul a heavy wooden<br />

trap over the side and not capsize.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> old-timers fished from dories that<br />

they pulled up on the beach,” said<br />

Garcelon, recalling his predecessors<br />

would us e a series of wooden logs to roll<br />

the boats down to the water’s edge<br />

where they could row out. If boats<br />

couldn’t be rolled, there were horses<br />

available to drag them. “Now pickup<br />

trucks have replaced the horses and<br />

outboard engines mean they don’t have<br />

to row.”<br />

Three hundred years ago, the fishermen<br />

wore leather and later oil-impregnated<br />

canvas as foul weather gear, garments<br />

which since have been replaced by<br />

waterproof high-tech fabrics such as<br />

Gortex, or the orange, rubberized<br />

Grundens trousers and rain jacket like<br />

those popularized by the television show<br />

“Deadliest Catch.”<br />

According to the Massachusetts Historical<br />

Commission’s (MCH) Reconnaissance<br />

Survey Report of 1985, Swampscott’s<br />

fishing industry was thriving by the late<br />

1700s, a trend which continued for another<br />

century. Swampscott fishermen<br />

relied entirely on dory fishing until 1795<br />

when the first Pinky schooner, Dove,<br />

was purchased by a group of wealthy<br />

area residents, including James Phillips.<br />

<strong>The</strong> purchase allowed local fishermen<br />

for the first time to follow their potential<br />

catch farther from the coast.<br />

“When historians refer to the town’s<br />

fishing fleet in those days, they’re<br />

talking about Swampscott’s fleet of<br />

pinky schooners, which was considered<br />

second only to Gloucester,” said Louis<br />

Gallo, an associate member of the<br />

Swampscott Historical Commission and<br />

board member of the Swampscott<br />

Historical Society.<br />

Gallo explained that the schooners had<br />

two masts to carry more sail, were much<br />

larger than dories and capable of<br />

employing a full crew. “<strong>The</strong>se boats went<br />

to the Grand Banks and stayed out two<br />

or three days,” he said. “<strong>The</strong>y were an<br />

important part of the town’s fishing<br />

history. <strong>The</strong> town seal shows old man<br />

Phillips with the Dove.”<br />

Paul Garcelon Jr.’s crew on the Jacqueline<br />

Bess drop lobster traps overboard.<br />

Clearly there was no shortage of fish.<br />

<strong>The</strong> numbers tell the story. <strong>The</strong> MHC<br />

survey notes that in 1832 there were 10<br />

schooners and 80 men employed in<br />

winter fishing, while another 60<br />

dorymen fished in summer.<br />

To illustrate those golden years, the late<br />

author Waldo Thompson in his 1885 book<br />

about Swampscott entitled “Historical<br />

Sketches of the Town” states that by<br />

1855 there were 39 Swampscott<br />

schooners employing 226 men. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

catch totaled 5.6 million pounds of cod<br />

and 5,000 barrels of mackerel worth<br />

almost $250,000.<br />

Historical records further revealed on<br />

Feb. 25, 1863 the local fleet landed<br />

150,000 pounds of fish on Blaney’s<br />

Beach. However, by 1878 the industry<br />

had begun to decline, with only 17<br />

vessels and 115 local fishermen as crew.<br />

Each year, when the fishing season<br />

tapered off, many of the town’s commercial<br />

fishermen and their wives went to work<br />

in 10-square-foot, one-room shoe “factories”<br />

in Lynn simply known as Ten Footers.<br />

(One has been preserved at the Lynn<br />

Museum.)<br />

Although fishing continued to be a<br />

primary source of employment, new<br />

resort hotels were springing up to<br />

accommodate the growing influx of<br />

beach-loving tourists and with them<br />

came changes in the town’s economy.<br />

“In the late 1800s, the town decided that<br />

the summer estates and hotels were<br />

becoming a big thing, so they took the<br />

land where the fishermen had their<br />

shacks by eminent domain and tore<br />

them down. <strong>The</strong>y then built one building<br />

for all the fishermen to use,” said Gallo.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Fish House was outfitted with<br />

equipment lockers and bait storage<br />

rooms, which dramatically reduced the<br />

pungent odors emanating from the fish<br />

shacks. “It’s still the only municipal fish<br />

house on the entire East Coast from<br />

Maine to Texas,” Gallo said.<br />

During this economic transition, many<br />

of the town’s new residents took up<br />

pleasure sailing by narrowing the<br />

Swampscott dory’s hull profile. Sailing<br />

quickly became the most popular sport<br />

on the waterfront.<br />

By 1915, as World War I raged in<br />

Europe, only 29 Swampscott fishermen<br />

worked aboard the schooners. <strong>The</strong> total<br />

value of their catch that year had<br />

dwindled to a mere $22,790.<br />

Time marched on, with dramatic<br />

changes occurring between 1915 and<br />

1940 as the town morphed from fishing<br />

village to seaside resort with luxury<br />

hotels, and was on its way to becoming<br />

a middle-class Boston suburb. <strong>The</strong> Fish<br />

House remained the hub of waterfront<br />

activity as lobstering replaced<br />

traditional gillnetting and long-lining.<br />

“A lot of the old guys are gone. We used<br />

to call them the Fish House Boys,” said<br />

Garcelon, rattling off names like Lucky<br />

Williams, Tiger Parish, the Publicovers,<br />

Rodeo Joe Hennessey and Black Ace<br />

Pagnotta –the latter known for his Fish<br />

House punch that ensured you couldn’t<br />

stand up after a single glass. “But<br />

the lobsters and the flounder are still<br />

there.” n<br />

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A full house<br />

By David Liscio<br />

If buildings could talk, swampscott’s landmark fish house<br />

would have plenty of tales to tell from its colorful 120-year history.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se days, the three-story, shingle-style structure nestled<br />

on fisherman’s Beach off humphrey street is the epicenter of<br />

waterfront activity. several evenings each week, a core group<br />

of sailors, powerboaters and fishermen can be found at the<br />

swampscott Yacht Club (sYC), which occupies the entire second<br />

floor. <strong>The</strong> club members gather to socialize, knock back a few<br />

drinks at the small bar and enjoy the majestic view of the<br />

Boston skyline, egg Rock and Massachusetts Bay.<br />

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“No religion, no politics,” says Commodore Ken Hahn,<br />

who frequently tends the bar and keeps the<br />

organization running. “<strong>The</strong> club has been in this<br />

building since 1933. It’s the kind of place where you<br />

can stop in for a beer after work.”<br />

According to Hahn, the club rents the space from the<br />

town and currently has 126 regular members, 24<br />

spousal members and 30 lifetime members.<br />

During the summer, children between age 8 and their<br />

late teens attend classroom sailing lessons on the third<br />

floor of the building where the town’s youth sailing<br />

program makes its home. When the lessons are over,<br />

the students drag their sailing dinghies off the sandy<br />

beach and into the water for practical instruction. If it<br />

rains heavily, the yacht club allows the instructors to<br />

use the more spacious second-floor dining room.<br />

Amid this activity, the town’s small fleet of commercial<br />

lobster boats can be seen laying and hauling traps and,<br />

on a good day, bringing their catch to the pier just<br />

behind the Fish House. Through a lottery system, the<br />

fishermen are allowed to store their gear in the several<br />

lockers that run along the ground-floor perimeter of<br />

the building. When the fishing day is done, the<br />

lobstermen moor their boats in the harbor and pull<br />

their blunt-nosed Swampscott prams onto the beach.<br />

<strong>The</strong> town harbormaster office is also located on the<br />

building’s ground floor.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> building is what ties us all together,” says SYC<br />

member and avid sailor Steve Eckman, who has<br />

supported the youth sailing program since its<br />

inception. “Every group that uses the Fish House has<br />

an interest in its preservation.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> yacht club holds sailing races on Thursday nights<br />

and its 10th annual season-long striped bass<br />

tournament is under way. A club launch ferries<br />

members to and from their vessels. Fisherman’s Beach<br />

is also the site of the town’s annual Polar Plunge on<br />

New Year’s Day, which brings thousands of<br />

participants and spectators to the water’s edge.<br />

In recent years, kayaking and paddle boarding have<br />

gained popularity among local residents. To accommodate<br />

the small watercraft, another town-sponsored<br />

lottery determines who can store their kayaks or paddle<br />

boards on the beach, chained to iron rings<br />

embedded into a row of heavy stone blocks near the<br />

dinghy rack.<br />

<strong>The</strong> SYC was originally located in a second-floor room<br />

that overlooked Humphrey Street rather than the sea.<br />

<strong>The</strong> sailing program shared the remaining space on<br />

that floor on the ocean side.<br />

Commodore Ken Hahn tends bar at the SYC.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> club needed more space,” explains Hahn, noting<br />

today the club includes a dining room, bar with pool<br />

table, a small kitchen and outdoor deck. “We worked<br />

it out so that the sailing program could have the entire<br />

third floor, which at the time was being used to store<br />

antiquated or broken fishing equipment. That allowed<br />

the yacht club to expand into the ocean side of the<br />

building.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> town’s fishing heritage preceded construction of<br />

the Fish House by more than 200 years. As far back as<br />

the 1600s, Swampscott was known as a fishing outpost<br />

just beyond the shoe-making center of Lynn. Over the<br />

years, shacks sprang up along the coastline where the<br />

dory fishermen lived and worked. <strong>The</strong> seaworthy,<br />

double-ended dories were fitted with a single<br />

gaff-rigged sail with room enough aboard for two<br />

fishermen and a plentiful catch. <strong>The</strong> shacks stretched<br />

from King’s Beach in Lynn to Fisherman’s Beach in<br />

Swampscott.<br />

While the fishing may have provided income for the<br />

fishermen in good weather, the town in the mid-1800s<br />

was also experiencing an upswing in tourism. Many of<br />

those tourists hoping to claim Swampscott as their<br />

resort town of choice remarked on the pungent odor<br />

emanating from the beach shacks.<br />

Public debate ensued and through an eminent-domain<br />

taking by the town, the shacks in Swampscott were<br />

removed to clear the beach and make way for the Fish<br />

House. Designed by architect Henry Wade Rogers,<br />

construction began in 1895 and was completed the<br />

following year. It has been described as the oldest<br />

active fish house in the country and in 1985 was added<br />

to the National Register of Historic Places.n<br />

Photos: David Liscio<br />

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Swampscott seas<br />

opportunity for learning<br />

By David Liscio<br />

When Danielle Strauss took the helm of the<br />

Swampscott youth sailing program 11 years ago, she<br />

was confronted by what might be described as rough<br />

seas. From the sandy shore at Fisherman’s Beach, all<br />

appeared under control, the small fleet of sailboats<br />

bobbing in the breeze, the children laughing and<br />

shrieking with joy.<br />

But upon closer inspection, Strauss realized a<br />

few key components were missing.<br />

For starters, there was only one motorized<br />

safety boat, and more often than not, its engine<br />

town’s recreation director was to oversee all activities.<br />

“We increased the safety so that now we have<br />

three chase boats,” she said. “And with each new<br />

director, we also added more curriculum.”<br />

Katie Kimball was a freshman at Swampscott<br />

High when she joined the sailing program. “I was 15<br />

and wanted to sail. I quickly became an instructor and<br />

spent the next eight years there,” said Kimball, who<br />

later served as director of the town’s adult sailing<br />

program that offers evening classes. “When I started,<br />

there was only one safety boat. We made a lot of<br />

Photos: David Liscio<br />

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proved unreliable. Some of the children were out on<br />

the water without lifejackets. <strong>The</strong> teaching curriculum<br />

was a hodge-podge of lesson plans cobbled together<br />

by volunteer adult sailors.<br />

Concerned residents watching the chaos eventually<br />

summoned the U.S. Coast Guard out of concern the<br />

children might drown or be otherwise injured. That visit<br />

prompted several changes, perhaps most important the<br />

addition of experienced, on-water sailing instructors<br />

and the appointment of a sailing program director.<br />

Until then, Strauss was helping teach the sailing<br />

classes, although her primary responsibility as the<br />

changes. We got more boats. Lots of kids from the<br />

sailing program ended up on the Big Blue sailing team.”<br />

Three years ago, the Swampscott High sailing team,<br />

which was formed in October 2008, relocated to the<br />

Pleon Yacht Club in Marblehead, mostly because that<br />

facility provides additional safety measures and is less<br />

impacted by the daily tides.<br />

Although the youth sailing program has grown, it<br />

has not been without setbacks. <strong>The</strong> severe winter of<br />

2015 brought what might be dubbed the Snowplow<br />

Tragedy. <strong>The</strong> program’s fleet of 420s – a competitionclass,<br />

fiberglass sailing dinghy that is 4.2 meters long<br />

and capable of carrying a crew of two – was laid out


neatly for winter storage outside<br />

Swampscott Middle School. A succession<br />

of storms left the boats blanketed by<br />

snow, but the overturned white hulls<br />

were all but invisible to the plow drivers<br />

attempting to clear the parking lot.<br />

Unfortunately, the entire fleet of six<br />

420s was destroyed.<br />

“It was devastating,” Strauss<br />

recalled. “We didn’t have the funds to<br />

replace the boats but I knew we had to<br />

do something quickly before the sailing<br />

season began.”<br />

Strauss contacted the Nahant<br />

sailing program, which was in the<br />

market for a Rhodes 19 – a vessel<br />

significantly larger than a 420 dinghy<br />

and more often used to teach cruising<br />

skills rather than racing.<br />

“We just happened to have a<br />

Rhodes 19 and Nahant was looking to<br />

get rid of its older 420s, so we made<br />

a trade,” she said.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se days, the sailing program is<br />

housed on the third floor of the historic<br />

Fish House on Fisherman’s Beach. <strong>The</strong><br />

high-ceilinged loft with its wide-plank<br />

floor is used for storing masts, booms<br />

and other sailing gear. It’s also where<br />

the children meet for classroom sailing<br />

lessons, or what are better known as<br />

“chalk talks.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> program fleet includes seven<br />

14-foot Americans, six 13-foot 420s and<br />

six single-person Optimist dinghies.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are three motorized safety boats,<br />

a sailing director, racing director and a<br />

lead instructor, along with a gaggle of<br />

assistant instructors.<br />

Last year, 164 children and more than<br />

20 adults were enrolled in the<br />

program.<br />

As the season evolves and skills are<br />

gained, some of the fledgling sailors<br />

will take the boats on a supervised sail<br />

to Short Beach in Nahant or along the<br />

coast toward Marblehead.<br />

“It’s a great program,” said<br />

Kimball.<br />

“You learn so much about sailing<br />

and about yourself. It teaches you to<br />

handle emergencies and to think.<br />

After you’ve been in a boat with a<br />

lightning storm all around, nothing<br />

fazes you.”<br />

Students must be at least 8 years<br />

old, able to swim, and entering the third<br />

grade upon enrollment. A Coast Guardapproved<br />

lifejacket and proper footwear<br />

are required.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Swampscott Sailing Committee<br />

initially provided support and fundraising.<br />

<strong>The</strong> organization later morphed into<br />

the Friends of Swampscott Sailing,<br />

which continues to help purchase<br />

boats and equipment.<br />

As the sailing season gets under<br />

way in June, supporters are making<br />

plans for next year’s 50th anniversary<br />

celebration of the Swampscott youth<br />

sailing program. According to Strauss,<br />

it’s all part of the town’s one-day<br />

Harbor Festival, which is expected to<br />

include a lobster bake, pirate storytelling,<br />

Zumba on the beach, a blessing<br />

of the fleet, kayak and paddle board<br />

races, and the Duct Tape Regatta in<br />

which racers fashion boats out of<br />

makeshift materials.<br />

“We want people to come to the<br />

waterfront,” said Strauss, explaining<br />

that the festival will be held on the<br />

green near Town Hall.<br />

Eagle Scout Lars Purcell, whose<br />

project involves organizing the festival,<br />

is slated to demonstrate how to rig<br />

a sailboat.<br />

<strong>The</strong> late Francis J. Cassidy, a<br />

former selectman and insurance<br />

man, believed sailing was a skill local<br />

children should learn. As a result, he<br />

founded the youth sailing program<br />

in 1967 and introduced a fleet of<br />

O’Day Widgeons.<br />

“We hope those who learned to sail<br />

here will come to the Harbor Festival,”<br />

said Swampscott resident and sailor<br />

Steve Eckman, a longtime supporter of<br />

youth sailing. “Cassidy was inspired by<br />

the thought that the children in town<br />

lived close to the sea yet most of them<br />

had no opportunity to sail. If 100 kids<br />

were in the program each year for 50<br />

years, that’s 5,000 potential alumni.<br />

It would be great to have 200 of them<br />

come back.” n<br />

<strong>The</strong> girls, left, and boys, top, of<br />

Swampscott's youth program set sail<br />

in the water at Fisherman's Beach.<br />

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Surf ’s up<br />

<strong>01907</strong>’s CEO was down for lessons<br />

By Beth Bresnahan<br />

Irecently booked the trip of my lifetime: a two-week<br />

vacation to Hawaii with a group of friends. Almost immediately<br />

after purchasing the tickets, I downloaded a Jack Johnson<br />

album and began fantasizing about how I would soon be<br />

dancing the hula, frolicking in a bikini on the sandy beaches<br />

of Maui and catching waves alongside champion surfer<br />

Kelly Slater.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ukulele and chill lyrics of my new playlist helped<br />

me temporarily escape the reality that I have zero rhythm,<br />

not to mention I’m Irish-girl pale and not quite in bikini-ready<br />

shape. Oh, then there's the issue that I had no idea how<br />

to surf.<br />

Now, I figured I could fake my way through the dancing<br />

with the help of a couple of Mai Tais, and a spray tan along<br />

with a few extra spin classes could help me get closer to my<br />

desired look. But pretending to know how to surf would be<br />

taking the "fake it ’til you make it" mantra to a whole 'nother<br />

level (not to mention potentially dangerous). <strong>The</strong> closest<br />

attempt I'd ever made at the sport is watching the movie<br />

Point Break whenever it was on TV.<br />

Despite my lack of experience, I couldn't let myself go to<br />

Hawaii without at least trying to surf. But, I also felt I couldn't<br />

go unless I had at least a little experience under my belt.<br />

My friends felt similarly, so I searched the Internet for a place<br />

we could take lessons. <strong>The</strong>y preferred that we find an indoor<br />

wave pool, like those offered at theme parks, but my search<br />

came up short. <strong>The</strong>n I stumbled upon a place on Humphrey<br />

Street – Ocean House Surf Shop. <strong>The</strong>ir site said they offer a<br />

surf camp and private lessons in the waters off King’s and<br />

Long beaches. I shared the info with my friends, Allison and<br />

Frank, who thought it looked fun but passed due to the water<br />

temps. Still feeling determined, but also a bit<br />

apprehensive about getting into the water, I opted to email<br />

the shop about a potential lesson rather than call.<br />

I awkwardly e-introduced myself through the address<br />

listed on the shop's "contact us" page as a 40-year-old<br />

woman who wanted to take up surfing in advance of a Hawaii<br />

trip and was willing to brave the chilly mid-May Atlantic<br />

waters to do so, but didn’t want to die in the process. I also<br />

shared that I’d like to write about the experience for <strong>01907</strong>'s<br />

water-themed summer issue, provided I survived.<br />

<strong>The</strong> response couldn't have been more enthusiastic<br />

and encouraging.<br />

Left: Ocean House’s Tim Oviatt and Amber O’Shea<br />

work on a board. Right: Instructor Lindsay Egan, left,<br />

demonstrates proper surf stance to Bresnahan.<br />

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"We'll get you in a warm wetsuit, it won't be any colder<br />

than skiing, I promise!" wrote a woman who identified herself<br />

as Amber.<br />

Eeek ... I gave up skiing a few years ago after a particularly<br />

cold weekend in Stowe. But following several pleasant email<br />

exchanges, Amber had convinced me that, based on surf<br />

reports, the second week in May would be good for a lesson.<br />

And the timing lined up perfectly with the return of their surf<br />

camp's newly hired director, Lindsay, who had spent the last<br />

six weeks abroad teaching camps.<br />

It was two weeks out from the lesson and I was anxiety<br />

ridden, so I arranged to go into shop and meet with Amber<br />

and her partner, Tim, to talk things through.<br />

Tim Oviatt opened Ocean House Surf Shop in May 2013.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ohio native grew up vacationing on the beaches of North<br />

Carolina where he first learned to boogie board and fell in love<br />

with the ocean. He also grew fascinated with surfing, which<br />

as a skateboarder seemed like a sport he could naturally grasp.<br />

His intuition was spot on as he not only learned to surf over<br />

the years to follow, but also developed a deep technical<br />

understanding about the science of the sport to the degree<br />

that he now crafts his own boards.<br />

Lindsay spotted my wave and gave me an extra push as she<br />

enthusiastically yelled, “Paddle!” I felt the board pick up speed<br />

and as instructed, I lifted my body and popped up onto my feet.<br />

Photos: Owen O’Rourke<br />

and Mark Sutherland<br />

After attending college in Massachusetts, Tim moved to<br />

the North Shore. He brought with him his affinity for the surf<br />

scene, which he says, "is still somewhat of an underground<br />

culture in Massachusetts, but has a strong New England<br />

presence, especially in New Hampshire, Maine and<br />

Rhode Island."<br />

Tim saw a growing, but unfulfilled, demand for<br />

surf-related gear and activities in the region and seized it.<br />

He started the first iteration of the business out of his apartment,<br />

renting and selling stand-up paddle boards (aka SUPs) online<br />

and out of his truck. Selling a board a day, Tim soon realized<br />

he needed a showroom. <strong>The</strong> makeshift "showroom"<br />

was a storage unit, until a retail spot opened in Beverly Port<br />

Marina which allowed him to expand the merchandise<br />

offerings; however, it was still cramped and very much a<br />

seasonal business. A year later, he found beachfront<br />

space in the new Gateway building on the corner of<br />

Humphrey and Redington streets, which had been<br />

completely rebuilt following a 2011 fire. <strong>The</strong> location<br />

put him right across from King’s Beach – a prime spot for<br />

paddle boarding, and a quick drive to the surfing waves<br />

in Nahant.<br />

Ocean House initially opened as a surf shop with a cafe<br />

to help sustain business during the off-season and alleviate<br />

Tim’s share of the rent. <strong>The</strong> partnership on the cafe side of<br />

the business proved to be a lot more work than it should be<br />

in order to be profitable. That's when Tim’s friend, Amber,<br />

entered the picture. Continued on page 26<br />

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Continued from page 25<br />

Amber O'Shea grew up in Lynn, and has since trekked<br />

around the globe. In her travels, she gained extensive<br />

experience managing coffee houses and sourcing organic<br />

foods. She began to help Tim with the cafe, both managing<br />

the front and back end of the operation. But, operating a<br />

100-percent-organic, gluten-free cafe in an area where<br />

organic farms are scarce is not only expensive, but extremely<br />

time consuming. Between the surf shop and cafe, Tim and<br />

Amber were working non-stop and stressed out, which was<br />

not ideal because the duo also began dating.<br />

"Our relationship was great," said Amber. "<strong>The</strong> only time<br />

we'd fight was over the cafe."<br />

"We separately came to the conclusion that things<br />

would run much more smoothly if we just closed the cafe,”<br />

Tim shared.<br />

Amber added, “Neither of us said anything because we<br />

didn't want to disappoint the other."<br />

Tim finally brought up the topic and the couple could not<br />

have been more relieved to find that they agreed on the cafe's<br />

future. <strong>The</strong>y negotiated a partnership, with Tim concentrating<br />

on the technical surf side and Amber on the business side<br />

and design of the shop. <strong>The</strong>y permanently closed the cafe<br />

in September 2015, with a brief pop-up appearance in<br />

December for the holidays, and it proved to be a wise<br />

decision – the business has grown each month since.<br />

<strong>The</strong> shop has undergone some renovations and added<br />

off-site warehouse space to accommodate more product.<br />

This season Ocean House will be carrying as many as 200<br />

surf and paddle boards (establishing the shop as one of the<br />

largest SUP retailers in the Northeast), a full selection of surf<br />

gear and supplies, as well as high-quality clothing from surf<br />

lifestyle brands like O'Neill, RipCurl, Maaji, Olukai, Rainbow,<br />

Roark Revival, <strong>The</strong> Beach People, and Xcel.<br />

While Tim and Amber are currently the shop's only<br />

full-time employees, they are adding 20 seasonal staff<br />

members to assist inside with sales and out on the water<br />

with camps and lessons. <strong>The</strong>y anticipate anywhere between<br />

60 to 100 kids a day will be partaking in surf camp. <strong>The</strong> camp,<br />

which is geared for youths age 7-17, begins the fourth week<br />

in June and runs through the first week of September.<br />

An adult surf camp is in the works for the end of July and<br />

August. In addition to the camps, lessons, rentals, repairs<br />

and sales now offered, Ocean House will soon be adding<br />

fitness classes, like beach yoga, to its program lineup and<br />

sponsoring free networking events.<br />

"We will be organizing paddle board meet-ups and other<br />

social events," Amber said. "We're selling much more than<br />

just merchandise. We're selling a lifestyle and looking to<br />

build a surf community here in Swampscott."<br />

On the day of the lesson, I got to the shop about an hour<br />

early so I could be fitted for a wetsuit, boots, gloves and a<br />

hood to shield me from the cold water. But not before I took to<br />

Google to ask, "What do I wear under a wetsuit?" I learned a<br />

bathing suit would be sufficient, but also read several stories<br />

of meltdowns some first-time wetsuit wearers had trying to<br />

get the snug one-piece on. Some got stuck in theirs. Others<br />

put it on backwards. So, it didn't come as a complete surprise<br />

when Tim warned me to not get discouraged if I had issues<br />

suiting up; however, I was shocked to find that the sizing for<br />

women's wetsuits run similar to that of bridal gowns – 2 to 3<br />

times your street size. Oddly enough, men's wetsuits run true<br />

to size. So much for vanity sizing.<br />

It was a gorgeous 70-degree day, but the water temps<br />

were somewhere in the 40s. Tim handed me a winter wetsuit,<br />

known as a 5mm, which is the thickness of the material, to try<br />

on. A summer wetsuit is 3mm or lighter.<br />

I successfully shimmied into the wetsuit on the first try<br />

and it was a perfect fit. I can almost guarantee that wasn't<br />

beginner's luck. As a fashion-challenged teenager in the ‘90s,<br />

I owned a similar spandex catsuit that I wore to school, paired<br />

with a baby doll dress and Doc Martens. It was just as<br />

awkward to get in and out of. After getting into the boots,<br />

the lobster-claw shaped gloves and tight hood, I resembled<br />

Spiderman's evil twin sister but at least the tight, all-black<br />

ensemble was kind of slimming.<br />

Lindsay Egan walked in just as I was done suiting up.<br />

<strong>The</strong> athletic, tanned instructor was fresh off a six-week trip<br />

to South Africa and Indonesia where she was teaching youth<br />

to surf. Originally from Beverly, Lindsay spent most of her life<br />

living between the South Shore and New Hampshire, both<br />

prime surfing spots. She seemed to be extremely laid back,<br />

but radiated excitement and enthusiasm when talking about<br />

her work – especially the sky-high waves she rode in Bali just<br />

a few days earlier.<br />

After answering a flurry of my questions – which included<br />

several iterations of: “Am I going to die out there?” – we were<br />

off to ride the waves at Long Beach. As Tim loaded up a 9-foot<br />

longboard into the van, Amber wished me luck. She also told<br />

me not to get discouraged if I wasn’t able to “pop up” on the<br />

board in my first lesson.<br />

Bresnahan looking like a surfing pro.<br />

26 | <strong>01907</strong>


Before we got in the water, Lindsay and I did several<br />

stretches to limber up, then she went over basic moves like<br />

positioning myself on the board (toes almost to the tail of<br />

the board), focusing on where to look (chin up and straight<br />

ahead), paddling (cupped hands, scooping the water), popping<br />

up on the board (quickly and carefully) and standing on the<br />

moving board (front foot in the middle of the plank, knees<br />

slightly bent and body “hanging loose”). She also went over<br />

some safety precautions: when I fall off the board, which is<br />

guaranteed to happen, be sure to fall to the side or behind it<br />

so it doesn’t hit me in the head. And if I’m not certain<br />

where the board is when I fall, always protect my head<br />

with my arms.<br />

As nervous as I had been at the shop about getting into<br />

the water, Lindsay had done a tremendous job of dissipating<br />

my fears. She helped to channel my anxiety and apprehension<br />

into excitement as we waded waist-high into the empty<br />

Atlantic with the board attached to my leg with a leash. I was<br />

shocked that I wasn’t shocked by the water temperature – in<br />

fact, I couldn’t feel the water at all through the thick neoprene<br />

wetsuit and accessories.<br />

Lindsay instructed me to pull my body onto the board<br />

and paddle out to a spot she deemed would be best to catch<br />

a breaking wave. She met me at the spot and positioned my<br />

board so it faced the shore.<br />

“I will watch for the wave and tell you when to start<br />

paddling,” Lindsay explained. “When you feel the board pick<br />

up momentum, that’s when you’ll pop up and ride the wave<br />

in.” Lindsay spotted my wave and gave me an extra push as<br />

she enthusiastically yelled, “Paddle!” I felt the board pick up<br />

speed and as instructed, I lifted my body and popped up onto<br />

my feet.<br />

I got up on the first try and rode the wave about 15 feet<br />

toward shore before ungracefully falling back into the water.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, I wiped out on the subsequent half dozen tries. But,<br />

Lindsay was patient and I didn’t give up. We spent the next<br />

hour in the water. She coached me when to paddle and pop<br />

up, and I successfully did as instructed.<br />

I may have swallowed more salt water in that hour than<br />

I ever have in my lifetime, but I actually surfed. And not only<br />

didn’t I die in the process, I really enjoyed it.<br />

It was five days into our stay in Maui before I could<br />

convince Allison and Frank to go surfing.<br />

When Barker, our instructor at the Royal Hawaiian Surf<br />

Academy in Laihaina, asked, “Have any of you guys surfed<br />

before?” I was the only one who proudly exclaimed, “Yes!”<br />

I was also the only one in our group who popped up on the<br />

first try thanks to my lesson at Ocean House Surf Shop. n<br />

_______<br />

OCEAN HOUSE SURF SHOP<br />

128 Humphrey St. Swampscott<br />

781-593-1020 | oceanhousesurf.com<br />

Open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.<br />

_______<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2016</strong> | 27


50 years later,<br />

still going nuts<br />

By Stacey Marcus<br />

<strong>The</strong> year was 1966. President Lyndon B. Johnson was in charge<br />

of the country. Miniskirts, flowered shirts and patterned pants were leading<br />

the fashion parade. <strong>The</strong> Beatles, <strong>The</strong> Four Tops, and <strong>The</strong> Monkees were<br />

topping the charts on the radio. “<strong>The</strong> Sound of Music” won the Academy<br />

Award for Best Picture, and the first episode of “Star Trek” aired on<br />

television. Fifty years ago friends did not text each other. <strong>The</strong>y walked a<br />

lot, talked a lot and wove a blanket of memories that would warm them<br />

for five decades.<br />

In the seaside town of Swampscott, high school seniors were planning<br />

their graduation activities. <strong>The</strong> senior class outing would be held at<br />

Castle Hill in Ipswich and include a hypnotist, a barbecue and a dance with<br />

a live band. <strong>The</strong> old Surf <strong>The</strong>ater would be the site for graduation<br />

ceremonies. MaryAnn Phelan Forsyth, class secretary, recalls the<br />

class taking a vote to move the prom from the auditorium, where<br />

they held the junior prom, to an outside venue. (Back in the 1960s<br />

proms were held in the schools.)<br />

“We had a very talented class of artists our junior year who<br />

dropped the ceiling with wiring and decorations but we didn’t<br />

want to look at the roof for the senior prom,” says Forsyth.<br />

“We took a vote and got the support of our parents. ”<br />

<strong>The</strong> prom was held at the New Ocean House the evening of<br />

graduation with parents chaperoning. “We always pulled<br />

together,” she says, adding that the Beatles song “We Can Work It<br />

Out” could have been the class song.<br />

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From the top: Senior year portraits of<br />

Douglas Volk and Andrea Liftman; falling<br />

from the nut, bursting balloons provide<br />

a bang at the football rally in 1965;<br />

classmates from ’66 celebrate the 45th<br />

reunion in 2011. Standing, from left: Diane<br />

Cerone O'Higgins, Merry Scheft Kurtz, Ellen<br />

Goodman Morse and husband, Bill.<br />

Seated, from left: Andrea Liftman, Laura<br />

Whitman New and Reeva Goodman<br />

Oppenheim; 1966’s senior class officers.<br />

Seated: MaryAnn Phelan, secretary,<br />

and Arthur Clippinger, president.<br />

Standing, from left: Robert Smith, vice<br />

president, and Michael Collins, treasurer.<br />

Below: Carol Pagano Wilson, Lana<br />

Kaufman, Linda Riddell McElhannen,<br />

Jean Ronzano Boylan, Vaneita O'Brien<br />

McKenney and Claire Houghton Girard<br />

enjoy the 45th class reunion.


Classmates depict their high school years as<br />

idyllic, full of school dances, football games and<br />

gatherings at Friendly’s Fribble drinking, horn<br />

honking and walking around town were favorite<br />

pasttimes. Andrea Liftman remembers walking<br />

up Greenwood Avenue in the snow to get to the<br />

high school and peering out the window of study<br />

hall to see the beautiful ocean views. “<strong>The</strong>re was a<br />

real sense of community,” notes Liftman, who echoed<br />

her classmates’ proclamation that Swampscott was a<br />

great place to grow up. “Swampscott was just a nice<br />

town,” notes Laura Whitman New. “We didn’t have<br />

the best football team, but we had a lot of spirit.”<br />

She fondly recalls decorating for the Thanksgiving<br />

football game. “Our theme was squirrels cracking<br />

nuts and we chanted “Go Nuts Big Blue!”<br />

Marla Rosenthal Belostock, who is the chairperson<br />

of the 50th reunion, (classmate Douglas Volk noted that she<br />

is the glue that holds the class together), says the class of 1966<br />

had a real camaraderie and was very inclusive. Belostock, like<br />

some of her classmates, raised her family in Swampscott and<br />

still lives in <strong>01907</strong>. Continued on page 30<br />

From the top: Mark Hatch and Leslie Moore dance at the<br />

senior prom; a scene from the stands at the 1965 Thanksgiving<br />

football game; Ken Bogus, left, and Robert Smith at the 45th<br />

reunion; ice hockey coach Ty Anderson presents team captain<br />

Tony Benevento with a trophy at a fall 1965 sports banquet; a<br />

group of law class students on a trip to Salem District Court;<br />

senior portraits of Douglas Volk and Marla Rosenthal; Richard<br />

Pierro, Dori Gray Rifkin, Diane Cerone O'Higgins and Stephen<br />

DiPietro at the 45th reunion; and, Irene Wezdecki Dalton and<br />

Ava Abromowitz at the most recent (45th) class reunion.<br />

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“We were all so happy back<br />

then hanging around in our<br />

neighborhoods. We had things to<br />

do without having to do anything,”<br />

says Carol Pagano Wilson. “We lived<br />

for the dances and went wherever<br />

the boys were.”<br />

Classmate David Gustavsen<br />

remembers enjoying ice hockey on<br />

frozen ponds, cooking potatoes and<br />

hot dogs on coals and sledding down<br />

snowy hills in the winter. He also<br />

recalls playing baseball on the<br />

streets and using the sewer covers<br />

as bases. A couple of highlights from<br />

his high school years include playing<br />

drums in the high school band at<br />

halftime for the Patriots in Fenway<br />

Park and going to the 1964 World’s<br />

Fair when playing in an exchange<br />

concert on Long Island.<br />

“I just love the family atmosphere<br />

and that you know your neighbors,”<br />

says Gustavsen, who only left the<br />

town for two years that he spent<br />

in Vietnam.<br />

Many of the classmates recalled<br />

their friend Tony Benevento, a<br />

lifelong Swampscott resident and<br />

three-sport captain (hockey, football<br />

and baseball) who died in a traffic<br />

accident in Florida in April.<br />

Although Douglas Volk has<br />

moved to Portland, Maine, he still<br />

has family in Swampscott (his<br />

brother Roger is the long-time PA<br />

announcer at the Big Blue football<br />

games) and lots of memories.<br />

Little League and ten-pin bowling<br />

were big along with hitting golf balls<br />

for free on the driving range on<br />

Paradise Road. “We were a class<br />

with a lot of spirit,”says Volk.<br />

Classmates looking to learn more<br />

about the 50th reunion being held<br />

at the Kernwood Country Club on<br />

September 24 are welcome to<br />

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A teaching career Rich in memories<br />

By Sandi Goldfarb<br />

Photos: Spenser Hasak<br />

Meryl Rich, right, accepts the Edith Block Award from Cohen Hillel Academy Head of School, Amy Gold.<br />

Rich gives her acceptance speech at Hillel event on May 15. Eliot and June Tatelman deliver the event’s keynote speech.<br />

Meryl Rich likes to catch<br />

kids doing something right.<br />

Throughout her almost 50-year career in education, the<br />

longtime Swampscott resident has encouraged her students to<br />

“Think Beyond Yourself.” But this is not an instance of “do as<br />

I say, not as I do.” Rich has dedicated her life to caring for<br />

others. Long before she became an active and committed<br />

volunteer, Rich set her sights on a career in education.<br />

Rich’s dream of a becoming a teacher began at age 5 when<br />

she created lesson plans and report cards for a “classroom”<br />

filled with dolls in her Bronx home. Since then, Rich has taught<br />

countless students and made a lasting impact on their lives.<br />

According to Amy Gold, head of school at Marblehead-based<br />

Cohen Hillel Academy, along with creative thinking and a strong<br />

foundation in math and language arts, Meryl also instilled in her<br />

students the importance of giving back by befriending the<br />

elderly, collecting funds, clothing, books and food for those in<br />

need or mentoring young children in underserved communities.<br />

“Generations of Meryl’s students now live out that value<br />

and trace it back to the lessons they learned from her and<br />

the example she sets in her own life,” said Gold.<br />

Although she retired in 2015 after teaching at Cohen Hillel<br />

Academy for more than 30 years, Rich continues to tutor<br />

children, helping students from first to eighth grade gain skills,<br />

confidence and a love of learning. In addition to<br />

engaging her students in mathematics, scientific inquiry,<br />

literature and history, Rich, who has taught at both public<br />

and private schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey and<br />

Wisconsin, has— by example— encouraged her students<br />

to make the world a better place through service.<br />

Rich is widely recognized by friends, family, neighbors<br />

and colleagues for her commitment to the community and<br />

its most vulnerable citizens. Since moving to Swampscott<br />

in 1978, Rich has helped raise much-needed funds for the<br />

town’s public schools, provided healing, help and hope to<br />

children, volunteered at the Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day<br />

Center and served as a trustee of the Marigold Charitable<br />

Trust Foundation, which supports children who have<br />

experienced abuse.<br />

For the past 12 years, Rich has volunteered at Camp<br />

Miracles and Magic, which serves children and teens infected with<br />

or affected by HIV/AIDS. According to longtime friends and<br />

camp founders June and Eliot Tatelman of Jordan’s<br />

Furniture fame, themselves hands-on philanthropists, Rich<br />

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Continued from page 32<br />

“Every year, without fail, Meryl shows up at camp<br />

ready to work. Meryl knows it’s not about how big a<br />

check you write, it’s your willingness to give<br />

of yourself and your time that matters,” Eliot<br />

Tatelman said.<br />

Like the Tatelmans, Rich sees the benefits and<br />

blessings of community service. “Volunteering<br />

changes who you are and how you view the world,”<br />

she said.<br />

As much as Rich loves engaging with students,<br />

she finds working with older adults especially<br />

rewarding. “I love being with the elderly. Sadly,<br />

in our culture, the elderly are often ignored and<br />

not revered.”<br />

Community service is deeply embedded in<br />

the Rich family. “Our kids grew up in this lovely<br />

seaside town. My husband and I knew it was<br />

important to instill values in them so they knew how<br />

lucky they were,” said Rich. Nathan, 36, and<br />

Howard, 33, both graduates of Swampscott High<br />

School, saw their parents take part in community life,<br />

so it’s not surprising that they too found ways<br />

to contribute.<br />

Nathan and his wife, Miriam, partners in an<br />

architecture firm in New York, have been involved<br />

in pro-bono projects for low-income housing, while<br />

Howard— who lives in Boston and works in<br />

pharmaceutical sales— coaches inner-city Little<br />

League teams and is active with the Jimmy Fund.<br />

“Think Beyond Yourself,” the phrase coined by Rich<br />

many years ago in an effort to connect her students<br />

with the world around them, has become an<br />

enduring tradition at Cohen Hillel Academy. “I’m<br />

hoping that ‘Think Beyond Yourself’ gets passed on<br />

to students and teachers for years to come. I want<br />

it to become part of their lexicon,” Rich said.<br />

One year after retiring, Rich remains a beloved<br />

figure at Hillel. She keeps in close touch with<br />

colleagues and former students, many now<br />

parents with young children of their own. In May<br />

of this year, the Hillel community came together<br />

to honor Rich and her “Think Beyond Yourself”<br />

initiative, presenting her with the Edith Bloch Award<br />

for her “commitment to learning and the pursuit<br />

of knowledge.”<br />

For Rich, giving back is not always concrete.<br />

“Showing empathy and understanding people who<br />

are different from you is a way of giving back. Giving<br />

back is a way to live one’s life,” she said. n<br />

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5 things<br />

you didn’t know about<br />

Bill DiMento<br />

By Paul Halloran<br />

Photo:<br />

Owen O’Rourke<br />

A 45-year Town Meeting<br />

member and go-to attorney for<br />

matters concerning land use and<br />

zoning, Bill DiMento is a familiar face<br />

in Swampscott, where he has lived<br />

since 1970 with his wife of 49 years,<br />

Attorney Carol A.G. DiMento. If there<br />

is a controversial issue in town,<br />

DiMento is sure to have a strong<br />

opinion and typically be unafraid<br />

to share it.<br />

Even though DiMento may appear<br />

to be an open book, <strong>01907</strong> managed<br />

to come up with some factoids you<br />

may not have known.<br />

1. He is originally<br />

from Winthrop.<br />

It may seem like DiMento has been in<br />

Swampscott forever, he grew up just<br />

down the coast in Winthrop, where he<br />

was a member of the Winthrop High<br />

Class of 1957 (and a classmate of the<br />

subject of last edition’s 5 Things, Frank<br />

DeFelice). DiMento served in the Army<br />

for three years, then went to Mass Bay<br />

Community College. He graduated<br />

from Salem State and earned a law<br />

degree from Suffolk. He passed the<br />

bar in 1972.<br />

2. He got his start in<br />

politics by working for<br />

the Kennedys.<br />

DiMento worked on presidential<br />

campaigns for John F. Kennedy<br />

and Robert F. Kennedy and on<br />

Ted Kennedy’s senate campaign<br />

vs. Ed McCormack in 1962. DiMento<br />

also helped Kevin White run<br />

in Boston.<br />

3. He was an accomplished<br />

tennis player, which led to<br />

his own political career. As a young<br />

adult, DiMento was angry that the<br />

tennis courts in Winthrop were in poor<br />

condition. He often complained to his<br />

mother, Marian, who eventually told<br />

him to put up or shut up. “My mother<br />

had nine children, seven boys, all<br />

athletes,” he said. “She told me to<br />

stop bitching and do something about<br />

it, if I didn’t like it.” So, at age 22,<br />

DiMento waged a successful campaign<br />

for Winthrop Parks and Recreation<br />

Commission. His first initiative<br />

as an elected official: build new<br />

tennis courts.<br />

4. He based a political<br />

campaign on firing<br />

a coach.<br />

DiMento ran for Winthrop School<br />

Committee in 1966 on the platform of<br />

firing the football coach Ed MacFaland.<br />

DiMento was successful on both<br />

counts – winning the election and,<br />

in his second year on the committee,<br />

leading the charge to replace MacFarland,<br />

who was subsequently elected<br />

to the Mass. Football Coaches Hall<br />

of Fame. That led to the hiring of Bob<br />

DeFelice, who won two Super Bowls in<br />

Winthrop. Ironically, as a Swampscott<br />

School Committee member, DiMento<br />

voted to fire legendary football coach<br />

Stan Bodelevitch. He was voted out<br />

of office in the next election.<br />

5. He was a teacher before<br />

he was a lawyer.<br />

DiMento taught geography and sex<br />

education at Swampscott Junior High<br />

from 1966-72. He said he wrote a<br />

grant that brought $100,000 in federal<br />

funding for drug-prevention education.<br />

He ran for School Committee after he<br />

left teaching. n<br />

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getting<br />

a read<br />

on the<br />

library<br />

ByStaceyMarcus<br />

If you have a garden<br />

and a library, you have<br />

everything you need.<br />

~Marcus Tullius Cicero<br />

Ican still remember the glee I felt as a child skipping to<br />

the public library to find a book. I loved disappearing into<br />

the shelves and unearthing some treasure of a tome that<br />

opened a whole new world of wonder. My love affair with<br />

libraries continued though high school and college. I felt safe<br />

enough inside walls lined with wisdom to rummage around<br />

ideas and exercise the muscles of mind.<br />

ose were the days when you would actually turn the pages<br />

of page-turners and dog ear books to return to a favorite<br />

passage. When Swampscott Public Library Director Alyce<br />

Deveau joined the library in the early 1980s there wasn’t a single<br />

computer in the library and patrons would check out one of the<br />

200,000 books using the Gaylord system. (I loved when the due<br />

date was stamped onto the book card.) In 1983 the librar y<br />

began to go online and one year later everything was computerized.<br />

Swampscott became part of the North Of Boston<br />

Library Exchange (NOBLE), a consortium of 28 area libraries<br />

founded to improve library service through automation.<br />

“It opened a whole new world for our patrons, literally<br />

giving them access to millions of books,” says Deveau. Fast<br />

forward to <strong>2016</strong> and note that the bandwidth of benefits due<br />

to technology continues to widen. “We don’t have many<br />

independent book stores le in the area. People still love the<br />

magic of walking around and looking for a book,” says Deveau,<br />

noting that by no means is her team anti-technology.<br />

Today the library has 17 public computer terminals and<br />

offers patrons myriad ways to connect including downloadable<br />

books and audio books. is summer patrons will also be able<br />

to download magazines. You can also keep connected to the<br />

library through its website and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest<br />

pages. Looking to find out the weekly bestseller, new video,<br />

latest audio book or top music CD? Check out wowbrary.org<br />

where you can access the new arrivals at the library each week.<br />

e real connection at the Swampscott Library (thank goodness)<br />

is the wonderful staff who plan a robust roster of activities<br />

and foster a sense of community through engaging initiatives<br />

including five book groups, a knitting group that meets twice a<br />

week, a history group, weekly writing groups, a new art group<br />

and an adult coloring group that convenes twice a month.<br />

“e intention of a book is to turn the page,” says library<br />

children’s director Izzi Abrams, who notes the joy parents<br />

receive when reading a book to their child. One cannot imagine<br />

surrendering that magic to an iPad when viewing the colorful<br />

mural painted in the Children’s Room by area artist Yetti<br />

Frankel that beautifully illuminates the colorful joy of reading.<br />

Abrams notes the library encourages parents to read 1,000<br />

books to their children before kindergarten giving them a<br />

special tote to carry books where they can also track their<br />

progress through coloring a rainbow. e Children’s Room is<br />

organized with bins by categories for easy browsing.<br />

Sandy Moltz, reference young adult director, is brimming<br />

with ideas to keep teens engaged. Along with a popular teen<br />

band concert for the last decade, young adults have enjoyed a<br />

teen poetry contest and teen book clubs. STEM programming<br />

and a 3D printer keep the young adults engaged. Moltz loves<br />

that a couple of high school girls come to the library each week<br />

to hang out and take out books. “ere are very few institutions<br />

that are geared to all ages and free,” says Moltz. n<br />

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Nancy<br />

Escalada<br />

IS ON DUTY<br />

By Rich Fahey<br />

If the day ends in a “y,” Nancy Escalada is on duty.<br />

In October, the Swampscott resident will mark 14 years<br />

as executive director at Grosvenor Park Health Center, a<br />

rehabilitative and long-term care facility just over the<br />

Salem line in Vinnin Square.<br />

It’s a 24/7 job in a 24/7 world, and being responsible<br />

for a healthcare facility means the world – federal and state<br />

authorities as well as residents and their families and the<br />

community at large – is looking over your shoulder all<br />

the time. Escalada said she would have it no other way.<br />

e facility, which opened in 1994, was owned for<br />

many years by the Bane and Salter families – who once<br />

shared a two-family home at the site – and was sold in July<br />

2015 for $10.8 million to Synergy Health Systems, which<br />

has acquired other properties in the area. Grosvenor Park<br />

offers individualized rehabilitative care for patients recovering<br />

from injury, illness or surgery, and some of its services<br />

include post-acute rehabilitation, long-term living, respite<br />

care and hospice care.<br />

Escalada was heartened when Synerg y told her<br />

Grosvenor Park, a 123-bed facility with 250 staff, would<br />

operate as a “stand-alone” facility and that the carefullyhoned<br />

culture wouldn’t change.<br />

“We have maintained the same identity,” Escalada said.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> culture of the building hasn’t changed. We’ve<br />

maintained our standards.”<br />

Grosvenor Park had four consecutive years of<br />

deficiency-free surveys until the latest one revealed four<br />

minor problems; Eslcalada said she has already moved to<br />

address them.<br />

e health center has been awarded the prestigious<br />

CARF accreditation (Commission on Accreditation of<br />

Rehabilitation Facilities), designating it as a service<br />

provider with a commitment to continually improving<br />

services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.<br />

Escalada says she takes that responsibility seriously,<br />

as seriously as when her late mother, Diana Corin; late aunt<br />

Lee Rosenthal and other relatives were rehab patients in<br />

the facility.<br />

Photos: Spenser Hasak<br />

Employees at Grosvenor Park said Escalada sets the tone by having an open<br />

door and always being available to staff, patients and families.<br />

“ere are staff members in her office all the time,” said Carol LaTulippe,<br />

who has worked with Escalada for 14 years and serves as an MMQ nurse<br />

(Management Minutes Questionnaire), helping to determine reimbursement<br />

rates for Medicaid patients. “Everyone in every job is important. She’s<br />

approachable and you can ask her anything and she can work it out. It creates<br />

a good work environment,” LaTulippe said.<br />

Sheila Palleschi is a concierge at Grosvenor Park, meeting and greeting<br />

8<br />

patients upon their admission and tending to their needs. “Nancy puts her<br />

patients first. She is always popping into a room talking to patients and<br />

addressing their concerns and she makes sure they have everything they need,”<br />

Palleschi said. “She’s involved in every aspect of the facility.”<br />

Escalada said she knows the experience of patients depends on the morale<br />

of her staff, and she tries to go the extra mile to support them. e facility has<br />

an employee appreciation program called PROPS — People Respecting<br />

Other People at Synergy — that rewards employees at all levels for providing<br />

exceptional care to residents. It is believed to be the most comprehensive of its<br />

kind in the industry.<br />

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Escalada offers her staff lunch, dinner<br />

and coffee, so they don’t have to leave the<br />

building if they don’t want to. “ey’re<br />

small things but they make a difference,”<br />

she said.<br />

She also does everything she can to<br />

support the CNAs – certified nursing<br />

assistants – who do much of the most<br />

physical and demanding work in the<br />

facility. “ey’re the ones who answer<br />

that call when the patient buzzes,” said<br />

Escalada.<br />

Escalada said if she has had success as<br />

an administrator, it’s because she’s hired<br />

good managers who have the right values<br />

while recognizing they all have lives of<br />

their own. “Nancy gets it,” said LaTulippe.<br />

“She knows sometime we have to be there<br />

for someone or do something outside the<br />

building and she helps us work it out.”<br />

Born in Boston, Escalada was raised in<br />

Lynn before coming to Swampscott 20<br />

years ago, where she has raised two<br />

children. She spent four years at the<br />

Woburn Nursing Center and then ran the<br />

office for the three healthcare facilities<br />

owned by the Salter family before she<br />

returned home to run Grosvenor Park.<br />

She feels her responsibility deeply<br />

because she oen has a personal connection<br />

to patients and their families. “In many<br />

ways, Swampscott is a small town,” Escalada<br />

said. “I have some sort of a connection to<br />

almost every patient who comes through<br />

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A TASTe OF SWAMPSCOTT<br />

Dishing fish<br />

Pescetarians rejoice: <strong>The</strong>re’s an amazing array of fish dishes to choose from when dining in<br />

Swampscott. We’ve reeled in tasty plates featuring the flaky, mildly sweet-tasting fish, haddock,<br />

from three Humphrey Street restaurants.<br />

So if you’re looking to catch a bite in <strong>01907</strong>, take the bait on these picks – we’re sure you’ll<br />

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What: Fish Tacos<br />

This small plate features crispy fried haddock wrapped<br />

in a soft tortilla, topped with habanero aioli, napa cabbage<br />

slaw and hot oil.<br />

Where: G Bar and Kitchen<br />

256 Humphrey St.<br />

Price: $13<br />

What: Fried Haddock<br />

Flaky, fresh filets are coated in a light batter and deep<br />

fried until golden, served with crisp hand-cut potato chips,<br />

coleslaw and homemade tartar sauce.<br />

Where: Mission on the Bay<br />

141 Humphrey St.<br />

Price: $21<br />

What: Oven Roasted Haddock<br />

On the entrée menu, this white fish filet is topped with olives,<br />

tomato, basil, and white wine, served with jasmine rice.<br />

Where: Anthony’s Pier 4 Cafe<br />

& Hawthorne by the Sea Tavern<br />

153 Humphrey St.<br />

Price: $25.95<br />

Photos: Spenser Hasak and Mark Sutherland<br />

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Amy Brackman<br />

Eleven Simple <strong>Summer</strong> Beauty Tips<br />

ExpErT<br />

“Happy girls are the prettiest girls.” ~Audrey Hepburn<br />

One day I looked out the window of <strong>The</strong> Beauty Loft and saw the sun sparkling on the Fisherman’s Beach. Lucky me!<br />

From my vantage point, I see <strong>01907</strong> in the best light possible. We are so blessed to live on the coastline, especially in the summer.<br />

When asked to give some summer beauty tips, I thought I would lead with two words, “Go bare!” <strong>Summer</strong> is the season to travel<br />

light in everything you do. Here are 11 simple beauty tips to help you shine.<br />

1. Declare a bare summer<br />

Take a hiatus from wearing makeup. Revel in the feeling of revealing your natural beauty and letting your inner light shine.<br />

2. Bid adieu to your mascara<br />

If you want a no-fuss way to showcase your eyes, try lash tinting or eyelash extensions. Jettison the daily mascara applications and<br />

enjoy batting your long beautiful lashes.<br />

3. Get your bronze on<br />

Airbrush tanning is a great solution to get a healthy glow without exposing yourself to the sun’s harmful rays. It’s a simple and quick way to look<br />

refreshed all summer long.<br />

4. Sun kiss your hair<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> is a great time to lighten up your hair. Sprinkle in a few highlights or go a shade or two lighter. Want to know how the celebrities<br />

achieve that naturally sun-kissed natural look? It is a process called balayage where the highlights are painted on by hand from the base to the<br />

tip of the hair. <strong>The</strong> chunky highlight look is a natural sun-kissed look that lasts from eight weeks to four months.<br />

5. Eat fruits ripe with Vitamin C<br />

Boost your immune system by enjoying fruits high in Vitamin C like guava, citrus fruits, kiwi, pomegranate and papaya. Vitamin C is an essential<br />

component of skin care providing a powerful antioxidant protection and you shielding skin from sun damage.<br />

6. Add olive oil to your diet<br />

Did you know that adding olive oil to your diet can benefit your health and counter the oxidizing effect of the sun? Looking to reduce stretch<br />

and increase your overall health? Google “health benefits of olive oil” and check out its magic.<br />

7. Block the sun<br />

By now you know that you need to protect your skin by applying sun block daily. Check out the new serum products you can layer to help keep<br />

your skin moist and fresh.<br />

8. Tighten your skin<br />

Why avoid the mirror and the beach when there are non-surgical skin tightening solutions? Our clients are loving their treatments with the Viora<br />

Reaction that are non-invasive and affordable. <strong>The</strong>y pop by on their lunch break and even have time for a quick stroll on the beach<br />

9. Get on the nail express<br />

While it’s cozy to spend time in the spa getting your nails done in the cold weather, who wants to come in every week in the summer? Gels<br />

and shellac allow you to enjoy your favorite summer colors and spend the season painting the town instead of your nails!<br />

10. Smile<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is nothing like a summer day to make you smile. Don’t let imperfect teeth impair your natural desire to crack a wide smile. <strong>The</strong>re are<br />

plenty of great dentists here in Swampscott that can help you whiten and brighten your smile.<br />

11. Drink lots of water<br />

Toast to good times with a tall glass of fresh spring water. It will quench your thirst, it’s great for your skin and it will improve your overall skin.<br />

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Rope-style statement necklace in white metal<br />

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Gap 1969 denim slip-on sneakers<br />

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Tommy Hilfiger canvas tote in red stripe,<br />

$29.99 (originally $99.00).<br />

Available at Marshalls, 1005 Paradise Road.<br />

Alex and Ani sailboat charm expandable wire bangle<br />

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Available at <strong>The</strong> Paper Store, 435 Paradise Road.<br />

Shell Pottery, made by Ipswich, artist Jane Ward.<br />

Large shell, $25.00. Small shell, $15.00.<br />

Available at Kats Boutique, 212 Humphrey St.<br />

Time World chevron anchor water-resistant watch with<br />

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Available at <strong>The</strong> Paper Store, 435 Paradise Road.<br />

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Cotton Country Ships Ahoy anchor sweater in<br />

white with navy and hot pink accents, $110.00.<br />

Available at Infinity Boutique, 427 Paradise Road.<br />

Nautical-inspired summer-weight scarf in<br />

bold blue featuring allover lobster print, $25.00.<br />

Available at Infinity Boutique, 427 Paradise Road.<br />

Gap sailor stripe shift dress in navy stripe,<br />

$34.99 (originally $51.99).<br />

Available at the Gap, 450 Paradise Road.<br />

(shown with rope-style statement necklace from Infinity Boutique.)<br />

Calypso St. Barth Kimberly racerback dress in red<br />

silk with braided neck detailing, $79.99 (originally $160.00).<br />

Available at Marshalls, 1005 Paradise Road.<br />

Gap everyday men’s shorts 10" length in<br />

blue and white stripe, $49.95.<br />

Available at the Gap, 450 Paradise Road.<br />

Buckley K. Ipanema Top, $138.00, and<br />

Red Coral Cha-Cha Skirt, $125.00.<br />

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Scene in Swampscott<br />

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On April 30, the Monument Music Concert<br />

Series welcomed the return of Swampscott<br />

resident and Professor Jackson Schultz, with<br />

his 10-piece jazz ensemble from the Berklee<br />

College of Music to the Church of the Holy<br />

Name. <strong>The</strong> concert, performed annually since<br />

May 1998, was the catalyst that launched<br />

the concert series. <strong>The</strong> musicians and others<br />

involved donate their time and talents so<br />

that all proceeds generated from the concert<br />

can be used to help fund future events.<br />

1. Professor Jackson Schultz addresses a packed<br />

audience during the Monument Music Concert<br />

Series at the Church of the Holy Name.<br />

2. Nicholas Mosca, left, on the alto sax and Luis<br />

Garcia on the baritone sax jamming during<br />

the concert.<br />

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On April 29 and 30, the Recreation Department held its inaugural Swamp Challenge Road Races. <strong>The</strong> one-mile event, which 64 runners participated<br />

in, was followed by an ice cream party on Friday night. A four-mile course drew 30 runners on Saturday morning. Both races started at King’s Beach on<br />

Humphrey Street and ended at Linscott Park. Race proceeds benefit Swampscott <strong>Summer</strong> Concert Series.<br />

3. Overall winner of the one-mile contest, Robert Drake of Lynn, crossed the finish line in a time of 7:00. 4. James Kimbro (16), of Swampscott, in<br />

full stride with Jay Domelowicz (18), of Swampscott, and Molly Lytje in hot pursuit during the one-mile race. 5. Nine-year-old Kimbro placed third<br />

overall in the one-mile race. Lucy Siefken, of Swampscott, enjoys an ice cream sundae after running the race.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Clarke Elementary School tradition continued on May 15 with the 23rd annual Country Fair & Cow Plop. <strong>The</strong> event, organized by the Clarke School<br />

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), featured tons of activities for children and their families including face painting, a magician, bounce houses, a DJ,<br />

raffles, and a chance to win $1,000 in a very unconventional manner – cow plop bingo. <strong>The</strong> event raises money for school programs and field trips.<br />

6. Ashley Duncan, of Lynn, on “Pearl” the pony owned by Donny Piso of the McDonny Farm in Derry, NH. 7. Swampscott’s Monica Baer<br />

and her son, Lucas, feed “Ellie” the cow. 8. Kids meet a variety of farm animals – a goat, geese, bunnies, chickens – at the fair’s petting zoo.<br />

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Walking a wine line<br />

By Sandi Goldfarb<br />

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aia Gosselin’s students love learning. ey even welcome homework.<br />

at’s because the Swampscott resident’s classes focus on the joy<br />

of wine, from crisp Italian whites to earthy reds from Spain to elegant French<br />

Champagnes. e founder of Sip Wine Education wants everyone who<br />

attends her programs — restaurant pros and “civilians” alike — to relax, have<br />

fun and most of all, ask questions. “e world of wine is so dynamic and diverse<br />

and there are such high quality wines you can get for a little money.<br />

But if you don’t know where to look or what to ask, you won’t ever discover<br />

them,” said Gosselin.<br />

Sip Wine Education was launched in June of 2011 when she assembled<br />

a group of 20 friends for an in-home wine tasting that included some of her<br />

favorites, a selection she has dubbed “Hidden Gems,” high-quality, low-cost<br />

wines, many priced between $7 and $12.<br />

Five years later, Gosselin parlayed what began as a lively social gathering<br />

into a thriving business. “I make wine fun, friendly and approachable. I am<br />

not in the business of fine wine education; I aim to help the average wine<br />

drinker become more adventurous and confident.” During her classes<br />

Gosselin covers a lot of territory, enthusiastically discussing the many wine<br />

producing regions around the globe, new trends, old favorites and food and<br />

wine parings.<br />

In addition to at-home parties for small groups, Gosselin offers classes<br />

and seminars in a variety of settings including bridal showers, fundraisers<br />

and corporate functions. She has lectured at Endicott College’s School of<br />

Hospitality Management, trained bartenders and waitstaff at restaurants<br />

such as Blue Ox in Lynn and served as a featured speaker at conferences,<br />

including the annual Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas.<br />

Sip Wine Education’s popular programs have been offered locally at the<br />

Swampscott Public Library, the Swampscott Yacht Club and at a Recreation<br />

Department-sponsored event at Town Hall as well as at senior living<br />

residences in Massachusetts and Maine. According to Tara Cloutier of Piper<br />

Shores in Portland, Gosselin’s programs are engaging, appealing and<br />

accessible. “I was looking for a fun, informative experience for my residents.<br />

Maia is everything I expected and so much more. Her level of expertise is<br />

incredible, but she presents wines in such a way that makes it fun and<br />

comfortable and everyone walks away with more knowledge than when they<br />

entered the room.”<br />

Gosselin has worked in the food and beverage industry since she was<br />

16 years old. While earning a Bachelor of Arts in English at UMass Boston<br />

and a Masters in Children’s Literature at Simmons, Gosselin, who grew up<br />

in New England, spent several years bartending in and around Boston. In<br />

the late 1990s, Gosselin worked as a freelance writer before<br />

becoming the managing editor of the industry trade journal, Massachusetts<br />

Beverage Business <strong>Magazine</strong>, in 2004, where she continues to collaborate<br />

with a coterie of wine aficionados. “Because of my job with the magazine,<br />

I have access to terrific resources, industry experts and the best wine writers.<br />

And I learn from them all.”<br />

Fees for Sip Wine Education programs vary based on the size of the<br />

group. For example, two-hour private parties for a minimum of 14 guests—<br />

which include six different wines— are priced at $30 per person. Discounts<br />

are available for organizations such as retirement communities.<br />

Now hosting as many as 40 events each year, Gosselin’s business has<br />

grown steadily with the help of a long list of happy customers, including the<br />

First Lady of Massachusetts, Lauren Baker. “I am a small business, so word<br />

of mouth is huge. Almost everything I do is a referral from a past client.”<br />

ough Gosselin, 46, loves many varieties of reds, whites and rosés, she is<br />

particularly fond of sparkling wines. “Over the last few years, sparkling wine<br />

sales have skyrocketed, for good reason. High quality bubbles from regions<br />

all over the world are delicious, very affordable and pair beautifully with so<br />

many different foods.”<br />

Gosselin, the mother of two daughters, Lilian age 11 and Clara age 8, is<br />

clearly excited about her business, and it shows. “A client once said to me,<br />

‘it’s obvious that you are passionate about your work.’ My success has really<br />

been a result of hard work and luck. And I’m really lucky that I love what<br />

I do.”<br />

Maia Gosselin pours glasses of rose<br />

for guests ather Swampscott home.<br />

Photo: Owen O’Rourke<br />

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Maia’s Sip<br />

Picks<br />

“Your vision is our focus”<br />

Gosselin often lists some<br />

of her favorite wines on her<br />

website, sipwineboston.com.<br />

Here are a few of her current<br />

recommendations.<br />

Sparkling Wines<br />

and Champagnes<br />

Bailly LaPierre Cremant de<br />

Bourgogne (France)<br />

Gerard Bertrand Cremant<br />

de Limoux ( France)<br />

Gruet Sparking Rose (New Mexico)<br />

90+ Cellars Lot 50 Prosecco (Italy)<br />

Casteller Cava, Graham Beck<br />

Sparkling Rose (South Africa)<br />

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Atlantic Toyota ................................... 1<br />

Avico Masonry ................................. 17<br />

Bayview Realty ................................. 6<br />

Benevento Insurance ...................... 45<br />

Bennett St. Tire and Glass .............. 47<br />

Bishop Fenwick High School .......... 41<br />

British Beer Company ..................... 37<br />

Cassidy Associates Insurance ........ 41<br />

Easi Self Storage ............................ 30<br />

Eye Center of the North Shore ....... 47<br />

Falcon Financial/Matt Sachar ......... 37<br />

Flower House ................................. 45<br />

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Real Estate ....................................... 3<br />

Hughes Insurance ........................... 31<br />

Infinity .............................................. 33<br />

Jambu Jewelry ................................ 31<br />

Kats Boutique ................................. 45<br />

Leahy Landscaping ........... Inside front<br />

Life Care of the North Shore ........... 39<br />

LuxeBeautiQue ................................. 5<br />

Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA ................11<br />

Lynn Auditorium ................. Back cover<br />

Lynn Museum .................................. 39<br />

Moynihan Lumber ........................... 30<br />

New Angle Glass ............................. 41<br />

North Shore Vacuum ....................... 31<br />

P.M. Gallagher Construction, Inc.<br />

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Paradiso Ristorante ........................ 33<br />

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Raina’s Hair Salon ........................... 11<br />

Sagan Real Estate .......................... 48<br />

Sanphy Podiatry .............................. 45<br />

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