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The tragedy of Tony C .................................. 8

Conversation about concussions .............. 12

Chapel receives praise .............................. 14

Irish you were here ..................................... 16

Arts are within Reach ................................ 18

Smooth sailing .......................................... 22

Getting along swimmingly ......................... 24

Clambake on wheels ................................. 27

A taste of Swampscott .............................. 28

5 things you didn’t know ........................... 32

Look on the sunny side .............................. 34

Scene in Swampscott ................................. 38

Star crossed

I saw god.

Not Him. Not the God. A god. Lower-case g.

He was at Meehan Field at the Nahant rotary, and he drove a red Corvette.

Tony Conigliaro.

I played for the Lynn Shore Little League White Sox. Tony C played for

the Boston Red Sox.


He stopped by on his way home to Nahant. He was returning from a

weekend in the Army Reserve, and was wearing his fatigues. Fifty-something

years later, the kids who were there will never forget.

I don’t know how to explain what stuff like that means to a 10-year-old.

He was one of us. He went to St. Mary’s. He lived in Swampscott and then

Nahant. We all wanted to be him. We mimicked his hands-high slugger’s

batting stance. We wanted to date a Mamie Van Doren, and sign a recording

contract to sing about little red scooters.

When I was a kid, Maury Krantz hit me square in the eye with a

baseball (although Charlie Lipson has convinved himself it was he). I had a

cracked cheekbone – but I couldn’t have been prouder because I had a huge

black eye, just like Tony’s in the photo on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Nine months ago, I knew what I wanted on the cover of this edition of

01907. I knew the 50th anniversary of his beaning was approaching. Aug. 18,

1967. Jack Hamilton. The cover could only be the iconic photo of Tony in

the hospital bed. No words necessary. At least not for any kid who grew up

around here in the ‘60s.

I didn’t know Tony Conigliaro, but one of my other heroes did. Tom

Iarrobino was Tony’s St. Mary’s multi-sport teammate and friend. Read Steve

Krause’s story for some of Tom’s recollections. My favorite, which is not

included in Krause’s piece, is when Tony and Tom went into a Chevy

dealership on the Lynnway. Tony wanted to buy a Corvette, but he and

Tom were given the bum’s rush by a salesman who evidently saw two guys in

Post 6 jackets and chinos as a waste of his time – even after Tony identified

himself as “one of (Red Sox manager) Johnny Pesky’s guys.”

Tom recalls they drove directly to a dealership in Malden, where Tony

bought the red Corvette.

If you saw the movie “Pretty Woman,” you might remember the scene

in which Julia Roberts was shopping in some high-end store on, I think,

Rodeo Drive. The saleswoman looked down her nose at the streetwalkeresque

Ms. Roberts, who would later return after a shopping spree elsewhere with

Richard Gere. She asked if the saleswoman worked on commission, showed

her an armful of shopping bags, and said, “Mistake. Big mistake.”

Tom lived the scene with Tony, who drove the new Corvette he had just

purchased in Malden back to the Lynnway dealership and reminded the

salesman he was “one of Johnny Pesky’s guys.”

Note to John W. Henry: Friday, Aug. 18, vs. the Yankees is the golden

opportunity to immortalize a hometown guy and retire No. 25.

Ted Grant

Red Sox star Tony Conigliaro relaxes in his hospital bed at Sancta Maria Hospital in Cambridge in August

1967 after the North Shore native was hit by a pitch.

COVER: Boston Globe File Photo

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Boston Red Sox outfielder Tony Conigliaro is

carried off the field on a stretcher by teammates

and the trainers of both the Red Sox and the

California Angels after he was beaned by Angels

pitcher Jack Hamilton in the fourth inning of

their game at Fenway Park on Aug. 18, 1967.

AP File Photo by Bill Chaplis

T h e t r a g e d y o f

Tony C

By Steve Krause

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50 years ago, beanball cut

short Conigliaro’s career


e had been in a slump. Tony Conigliaro, the 22-year-old

kid who, earlier in 1967, had become the youngest player

in the history of the American League to reach the 100-

homer mark, was in a rut and hadn’t hit one out in 10 days.

“He’d had some pretty good stats up to that time,” said

teammate and friend Rico Petrocelli, “but yeah, he was struggling.

We always talked about waiting on the ball. When you’re in a

slump you always tend to rush things. He wanted to wait on the

ball. That’s what all the great hitters

could do. Tony probably had that

on his mind. Wait … wait … wait

until the last second.”

“Unfortunately,” said Petrocelli,

“it worked against him. He didn’t

have enough time to get out of

the way.”

Tony Conigliaro was a local idol

— the Swampscott kid (via East

Boston) and St. Mary’s graduate

who had made his Major League

debut with the Red Sox at age 19

and homered in his first at-bat, on

the first pitch he saw off Joel Horlen

of the Chicago White Sox in 1964,

at Fenway Park.

In no time, he became the toast

of the town. He even recorded rock

’n’ roll records.

“I remember seeing him open his

trunk up once and there were all

these 45s of ‘Little Red Scooter’

(one of his recordings that got

local airplay),” said Frank Carey, a

lifelong friend and teammate at

St. Mary’s. “He loved that stuff.”

Just about every Red Sox fan probably wanted to be Tony

Conigliaro, and a good many female fans surely would have dated

him if they’d had the chance.

That all changed in a split second 50 years ago, on Aug.

18, 1967.

“Then, one August night, the kid in right, lie

sprawling in The dirt …”

That hot August night was Tony Conigliaro’s Day of Infamy.

The Red Sox were playing the California Angels (as they were

called at the time) and both teams were in the thick of a pennant

race that — even that late into the summer — involved half of

the American League’s 10 franchises (Boston, California,

Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers).

It began just like any other day.

“He took me into the park with him,” said Richie Conigliaro,

the youngest of the three boys, who was 15 at the time. “I was his

AP File Photo by Bill Chaplis

Tony Conigliaro in April 1966, when he was the toast

of Major League Baseball.

little brother. I liked hanging around with him, hanging around

in the locker room. When it was time for him to go onto the field,

I went into the stands.”

The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the fourth

inning. Conigliaro, who had been dropped to sixth in the batting

order by manager Dick Williams, had already hit a single to center

field, and it looked like his newfound selectiveness, coupled with

a renewed effort to get as close to the plate as he could, had

paid off.

“He was a streak hitter,” said middle

brother Billy Conigliaro, himself

a player in the Red Sox minor

league system at the time. However,

he was home after doing a two-week

stint in the Army Reserve and was

planning to go to the game with his

parents (Salvatore and Theresa),

Richie and uncle Vinnie Martelli

that night.

“We were talking at home that

afternoon and he said he was going

to stand closer to the plate and stay

in a little longer before making

a commitment to the pitch,”

Billy said.

“(Tony) always crowded the plate,”

said Carey, a member of the

National High School Baseball

Coaches Association Hall of Fame

who spent 49 years at North Reading

High. “He was fearless. I can

remember back in 1964 he was

going to face (Yankee Hall of

Famer) Whitey Ford.

“Now, Ford was well past his

prime,” said Carey, “ but he was still, you know, Whitey Ford. But

Tony says ‘I’m going to get him,’ and he did. He could always

back it up.”

That confidence wasn’t anything new.

“One day in high school, we’re going up to St. John’s Prep and

Danny Murphy (of Beverly, who later pitched for the White

Sox and Chicago Cubs) was on the mound,” said Lynn School

Committee Secretary Tom Iarrobino, a teammate of both Carey

and Conigliaro in high school.

“Same thing. ‘I’ll take him deep!’ We tell him, ‘Tony you can’t

say things like that.’ Sure enough, he gets up and hits one out. He

was only a sophomore at the time.”

To that point in the 1967 season, Conigliaro had hit 20 home

runs and knocked in 67 runs, and was establishing himself as one

of the premier clutch hitters in baseball. And with Carl Yastrzemski

hitting in front of him for most of the season, they formed a potent

1-2 punch. >>>

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Conigliaro was the third hitter up in the bottom of the fourth.

George Scott led off with a single, and Reggie Smith had flied out.

“After that,” Richie Conigliaro recalled, “some idiot out in

left field threw a smoke bomb onto the field, and that delayed the

game for almost 15 minutes.”

Finally, Conigliaro dug in against Angels pitcher Jack Hamilton

in his customary wide-open stance, legs spread apart, bat high

behind his shoulder.

The ball came in, high and tight, exactly the type of ball

a pitcher would throw if he wanted to back a hitter away —

something much more common, and much better accepted, in

1967 than it is today.

“The fastball caught him square,

he’s down, is Tony badly hurt?”

“It was a fastball,” confirmed Petrocelli, who was on deck. “A

lot of times, when you’re in a slump, you wait up there in case

it’s a curveball or a changeup. Who knows? He may have been

thinking about a breaking ball.”

Also, said Petrocelli, “Tony had a little blind spot inside. He

got it a few other times too, in the back, or in the arm. I think he

fractured his arm once.

“If he got a strike on the black (of either corner of the plate),

you couldn’t throw it by him. He’d nail it. But maybe two or three

inches inside, it’s like he didn’t move. It’s almost as if he lost

the ball.

“Even though it was eye-high, it could be that he didn’t see

the ball.”

Some other factors came into play, too. It was a warm night,

and the center field triangle had not been cordoned off the way it

is now.

“There were a lot of white shirts out there, in the line of his

vision,” said Petrocelli.

Whatever the reason, Conigliaro never moved. The ball

hit him flush on the side of his face, and, as it turned out, below

the helmet line (few players had ear flaps on their helmets in 1967;

after that helmets were designed with them).

Conigliaro fell to the ground immediately, face down.

“Everything,” said Petrocelli, “went silent. Everyone in the

ballpark — and it was probably a full house -- groaned and then

went still.”

“I saw the whole thing,” said Billy Conigliaro. “It was terrible.

We all thought it hit the side of his helmet and that he wasn’t going

to have permanent problems.”

However, one portent of how bad it was came when the ball

did not ricochet, as it would have had it hit a hard, plastic object

such as a helmet.

“It went straight down,” Billy Conigliaro said. “I don’t even

remember hearing any sound. And it went completely silent in

the stands. Everybody was silent.”

Despite all this, Billy Conigliaro and his family tried to remain


“We thought he’d get up,” he said. “We didn’t find out until

much later how bad it was.”

However, Richie Conigliaro said, “you knew it was bad when,

after a couple of minutes, he still didn’t get up, and wasn’t

even moving.”

Petrocelli knew immediately. “He was lying on the ground,

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Tony Conigliaro starts reading a bag full of fan mail, some from as far away as

Limerick, Ireland, as he recuperates at his home in Swampscott on Sept. 5, 1967.

face down, and holding his eye,” Petrocelli said. “I saw the side of

his face start to blow up like a balloon, just like you were blowing

up a balloon.

“It was so scary,” Petrocelli said. “I don’t know if it hit him in

the eye directly, but certainly right below the eye. That’s why it

blew up the way it did.”

Almost immediately, trainer Buddy LeRoux rushed onto the

field along with team doctor Thomas Tierney.

“Right away, they called for a stretcher,” Petrocelli said. “They

knew he was hurt real bad. I helped put him on the stretcher.

I kept telling him, ‘Tony, you’re going to be all right.’”

By this time, the family had made it onto the field and saw

him being placed onto the stretcher and whisked away to Sancta

Maria Hospital in Cambridge.

“We thought he was going to die,” Richie Conigliaro recalled.

“My poor parents. I mean, he was only 22. This was the

‘Impossible Dream’ year, and here we were.”

“The doctors say he’ll be OK, but he

won’t be back this year …”

By the next day, after he’d stabilized, the question wasn’t

whether he’d live, but whether he’d ever play again.

“You saw that picture of him, lying in the hospital bed, with

his eye blackened the way it was, and you thought, ‘no way was

he ever going to be able to play again,’” said Petrocelli, who, despite

seeing his best friend on the team leveled by a fastball to the face,

tripled immediately after the beaning to score both Scott and

pinch-runner Jose Tartabull. The Red Sox won the game, 3-1,

and, of course, went on to win their first pennant since 1946,

overcoming 100-1 odds.

Conigliaro, who was officially diagnosed with a detached retina,

was done for the ’67 season. He was, however, with the team on

the day it clinched the pennant. >>>

AP File Photo by Frank Curtin

The road back would be almost

impossible, said Richie Conigliaro, but his

brother didn’t give up easily.

“I was the first guy to play catch with him

in the backyard, in Swampscott, after he was

well enough to do that, and he could barely

see the ball well enough to catch it,” he said.

That was the starting point. Conigliaro

missed the entire 1968 season, but had

designs of making it back to the big leagues

as a pitcher, since he’d pitched in high school.

But as 1969 approached, he began to see the

ball well enough to hit it, and thoughts of a

comeback became that much more realistic.

“Scar tissue had formed in the back of

his eye, and his eyesight was 350-20. It was

ridiculous,” said Petrocelli. “How could you

see out of that?”

But slowly those numbers improved,

until, several weeks later, it was back to 20-

20, Petrocelli said.

“He came to spring training and started

hitting the ball,” he said.

He made the team, and was in the lineup,

in right field, on opening day. And in the

10th inning of opening day in Baltimore, he

hit a two-run homer to give the Red Sox a

4-2 lead.

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Tony Conigliaro, left, announces at an Aug. 21, 1975

news conference in Nahant that he is abandoning

his third comeback try to become a television

sportscaster with WJAR-TV in Providence, R.I.

At right is Arthur Alpert, news director of WJAR.

AP File Photo

“What a story here!” exclaimed Red Sox

broadcaster Ken Coleman as Conigliaro

almost flew around the bases.

Among those greeting him when he got

back to the dugout was Billy Conigliaro, in

uniform for his first-ever Major League game.

“All I could think of was my parents,” he

said, “and how thrilled they must have been.”

“I got chills when I saw that ball go out,”

said Petrocelli.

Sal Conigliaro was working at Triangle

Tool & Dye in Lynn while Richie was playing

in a game for Swampscott High at Phillips


“Someone had to come down and tell

me,” Richie said. >>> P. 29




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SUMMER 2017 | 11

Beth Adams, NFL deal

with brain injuries head-on

By Steve Krause

Looks can be deceiving.

That’s true whether you’re sizing up a blind date or trying to figure out how healthy a

person is. And it’s especially true with traumatic brain injuries — or, as they are commonly

known, concussions.

“You have to remember that when you have a concussion, you look fine,” said Beth Adams

of Swampscott, a neurotrauma rehabilitation specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“There’s no way for anybody to know what’s going on inside of your head.”


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“I assist NFL players only after they come through a three-day medical evaluation

to understand their medical situation, and help them find the best medical care ...”

“Getting your bell rung,” said Adams.

“That’s one you used to hear a lot. There are

so many variations of it.”

Similarly, there are so many variations of

the actual condition too – ranging from a

general feeling of woozyness to whiplash

(getting your head jerked front to back, which

impacts the spinal cord) all the way up to loss

of consciousness, however long.

“You can have a whiplash injury,” she said.

“The force in which your head snaps can

justle your brain. Some people say ‘I was only

hit from behind.’ But your head snapped. The

force is just so intense that (a concussion)

could be the outcome. It’s not always a direct


Adams first became interested in treating

concussions when she was doing graduate

school work at Northeastern University as a

rehabilitation specialist. She’d majored in

speech and language pathology at Salem

State College.

“I was doing an internship in a brain injury

facility where every patient there was in their

20s and 30s,” she said. “They were there for a

number of reasons … motorcycles, motor

vehicles, sports, and this was before anyone

knew the impact (these injuries) could have.

“There were a lot of young people there,

and I felt I could make a difference.”

These days, she works in conjunction with

The Trust, the NFL Player’s Association’s

group committed to former players’ wellbeing.

What Adams does at Mass General is

help her clients organize long-term care.

“I help people navigate their medical

course,” she said. “I assist NFL players only

after they come through a three-day medical

evaluation to understand their medical

situation, and help them find the best

medical care when they leave (MGH) so they

can continue their care.”

Adams says that despite an enormous

increase in awareness on the subject of

concussions (including a movie starring Will

Smith as a doctor fighting the NFL, which in

the film is trying to quash his research

on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a

condition ex-players have developed due to

repeated brain injuries). “There is so much

work we have to do.”

One of Adams’ goals in the beginning of

her work as a concussion specialist was “for kids

to learn how to pull themselves out” of games

where they have suffered a brain injury.

“Kids who are playing sports now … if they

don’t know how to pull themselves out, and

coaches do not know what’s happening,

it’s critical.

This can have a chain-reaction effect, she

said. If children ignore, or aren’t aware of their

symptoms, and the condition lingers, “now

they can’t go back into the classroom.

“Kids need to thrive,” she said. “And if

schools don’t know how to assess kids, we’re

in trouble. It’s really important to give out


Fortunately, Adams says, schools and

coaches are getting the message.

“I can honestly say,” she said, “that I’m

seeing a lot more people pulling kids out, and

talking about it. Five years ago, we’d have never

seen that. You’re seeing a lot more talking.

“I help






~ Beth Adams

“Trainers are out there poised to know

what they’re trying to watch for,” she said.

“Now, you come right out. It’s not 100

percent, but more people are doing it now,

with the understanding of what can happen

when you don’t.

“Even school nurses are the first line

of defense,” she said.

This is why, she says, the concussion

protocols being set up at every level of

sports are so important. They are conducted

immediately by trainers and other officials

who have been educated on the immediate

symptoms of a concussion. And if the victim

meets any of the outlined criteria, they are not

allowed to resume playing.

“Protocol for children is always necessary.”

she said.

Children can manifest symptoms in other

ways, and this is something Adams

discussed in the book “Head Games” by

former Harvard football player and wrestler

Chris Nowinski (who has spoken and

conducted several symposiums on concussions

on the North Shore).

“This is a subject that’s near and dear to

me,” Adams said. “When a kid looks fine, but

he or she acts out in school and nobody knows

why. How do you help these kids? They’re

being delayed. They can’t learn because of the

disruption the injury has caused. How

many of us knew kids in school who were


She’s intrigued by her work with former

NFL players, which she does almost

exclusively at Mass General. In her private

practice she has dealt with a wider variety of

head injuries.

“Working through it is like peeling the

onion,” she said. “Peeling the layers. If I can

help them through that, I can help them


As a health professional, she does not talk

about people she’s treated or issues she’s

not familiar with. She had no comment on

allegations earlier in the spring by Giselle

Bundchen that her husband, Patriots

quarterback Tom Brady, had suffered a

concussion last year. And she wouldn’t

comment on the suicide of former NFL

linebacker Junior Seau, except to say she

“cringed” when she heard about it.

And through her association with former

Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson, who had

well-documented bouts with depression and

allegations of spousal abuse stemming from

head injuries, the two have become friends.

But she doesn’t talk about his specific


She does want to stress, as often as she can,

that you cannot go by looks when evaluating

the condition of a person who has suffered a

head injury.

“I call the people who look fine, but may

be injured, ‘the walking wounded,’” she said.

“They do look fine. You don’t know until

you look deeper.” n

For further information on Beth Adams and

concussions, visit her website at Concussionrehab.com

SUMMER 2017 | 13

Chapel renovation earns praise

By Sandi Goldfarb


wampscott’s historic cemetery is a peaceful place.

Mature trees shade walkways that wind through the

well-maintained grounds, while the sounds of birds

mingle with the gentle hum of traffic. Gravesites are marked by

small American flags waving in the breeze and by flowers and

balloons that pay tribute to loved ones long gone.

The newly renovated Andrews Chapel is the centerpiece of

the cemetery, which was established in 1852. Designed in the

Norman Gothic style by Charles V. Burgess, the chapel was built

in 1923 in memory of Swampscott selectman and assessor, Isaac

H. Andrews, at the bequest of his widow, Ellen T. Andrews.

Through the years the once proud sanctuary fell into

disrepair. But with support from the town, a small but mighty

committee, private donors and the generosity of local businesses,

artisans and tradesmen, the chapel has been transformed.

In 2009, the town earmarked $180,000 to repair the

building’s slate roof and limestone exterior. Fundraising and the

first phase of construction began that same year. A group of

dedicated volunteers, led by Deb Bogardus, raised more than

$150,000 through gifts large and small to renovate the interior

of the nondenominational chapel.

Over an eight-year period, every surface of the chapel was

painstakingly restored. Ten stained glass windows, in soft shades

of blue, green and gold, were repaired or replaced and walls,

floors, the vaulted ceiling and chair rails were sanded and

refinished. Original lighting fixtures were refurbished and new

lighting installed. The chapel’s plaster walls were painted and

stenciled and 16 of the original 20 wooden pews were refinished

by Boy Scout Troop 53 under the guidance of Michael Norcott.

Wood from the four pews that could not be salvaged was used

to build two tables that flank the entry.

Tilework in the chapel’s entry was either repaired or replaced,

wiring and heating systems were updated, a wheelchair ramp

added and the landscaping surrounding the chapel was graded

to improve drainage. With work completed, the chapel was

rededicated in May. “I get a lot of credit,” said Bogardus. “But

honestly, this was a real team effort.”

Twenty of the cemetery’s 74 acres—the oldest section of the

property, which includes the chapel—are listed on the National

Register of Historic Places. n

Photos: Owen O'Rourke

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SUMMER 2017 | 15

Pluck of

the Irish



By Stacey Marcus

Photo: Matt Muise

“I arrived in Ireland with

no phone, no home and no

hairdresser,” said Anne

Driscoll, an award-winning

journalist, social worker and


The longtime Swampscott

resident details her experiences

as a Fulbright Scholar working

with the Irish Innocence

Project in her engaging

three-volume Irish You Were

Here book series, which

showcases her storytelling


“My first trip abroad was

to Ireland for my honeymoon

and I have always longed to

Anne Driscoll and Therese

Ekevio, an Irish Innocence

Project caseworker, at

Griffith College in Dublin.

figure out a way I might some day work and live there, or maybe

retire there. I’ve visited Ireland a couple of times since my honeymoon

(including a book tour there), but it wasn’t until I got my Fulbright

that I finally had the opportunity to actually live and work there.

That Fulbright has changed the trajectory of my entire life,” she said,

during a recent visit to her Swampscott home.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect of Ireland or myself,” Driscoll said.

Her journey began in the fall of 2013 when she arrived in Dublin

for her Fulbright academic year to teach law and journalism students

of the Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College in Dublin. From

the moment Driscoll arrived, the magic began.

“Something about Ireland deeply resonated with me,”

Driscoll said. >>>

Photo: Brenda Fitzsimmons

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She may have arrived in Ireland with no

phone, no home and no hairdresser, but on

her third day there she found an apartment

overlooking Griffith College.The landlady

had recently opened a hair salon. The magic

continued to unfold as Driscoll, who is a

member of the Boston Irish Currach Rowing

Club, rowed down the River Liffey, climbed

two mountains in one day and visited 1200-

year-old monasteries and 12th-century pubs.

One of her favorite moments was hearing

new friends Anita, Adele and Trish proclaim,

“We love her!” as they exited a pub at 2:30 a.m.,

having received myriad marriage proposals

at the annual Matchmaking Festival.

“I think I am engaged to three farmers,”

said Driscoll, with a smile.

Awesome is how Driscoll describes her

work teaching investigative journalism and

interviewing skills to law students at Griffith

College as they explore cases for the Irish

Innocence Project. When she was invited to

work on the Innocence Protect for a second

year, she accepted straightaway. Last summer,

she was offered a position in Ireland to work

with The Sunny Center of New York, a

sanctuary founded by Sonia ‘Sunny’ Jacobs

and Peter Pringle who were each sentenced

to death for crimes they did not commit.

Jacobs would spend 17 years in prison in the

United States, and Pringle more than

a decade in prison in Ireland. Each was

exonerated and their convictions overturned.

Driscoll will bring the couple to the North

Shore in July to be part of Salem State

University’s Institute on Human Rights.

Driscoll is senior reporter for the Justice

Brandeis Innocence Project at the Schuster

Institute, which uses investigative journalism

techniques to examine possible miscarriages

of criminal justice. A licensed social worker,

Driscoll received the 2016 Salem Award

Foundation for Human Rights and Social

Justice award for her groundbreaking

contribution in overturning wrongful

convictions, including that of Angel

Echavarria of Lynn who was serving a

life sentence for a 1994 murder he did

not commit.

Driscoll, who grew up in Weymouth and

first moved to the North Shore when she

attended Salem State College, has always

loved writing and telling stories. But she

decided to “be practical” and majored in

social work. “I was interested in what makes

people tick,” she said, and enjoyed her first

job working with juvenile delinquent girls,

but quit to pursue a writing career.

“My parents thought I was insane,”

Driscoll said.

North Shore Sunday hired her to cover local

sports, a subject for which she was far from

an expert. “I didn’t play sports, so I wrote a

profile about myself. Amazingly, they hired

me,” she said.

Since that first writing gig, the awardwinning

journalist’s work has graced the

pages of the New York Times, People, Teen

People, Health, Real Simple, Parenting and

CosmoGirl. She was a stringer for the Boston

Globe for 10 years and wrote several self-help

books for tweens.

It’s full circle for the Salem State graduate.

When she and her former husband were

looking to buy a home, Swampscott was their

first choice. “I’ve been in the same house in

Swampscott ever since!” she said.

“I have loved living in Swampscott, as

I love living by the ocean and I find

Swampscott to be an authentic and beautiful

community. It’s the kind of place you can

have an idea and make it happen,” said Driscoll.

Her favorite spot is Fisherman’s Beach. “I

love the rich history of Fisherman’s Beach –

the fishermen who thrived there, the American

impressionists who painted the scenes of the

fishermen, the fishing shacks, the lobster

traps and the Swampscott dories that dotted

the landscape, and the Fish House that

replaced the fishing shack.”

She enjoys living and working in Ireland,

but there are things here she misses, such as:

• Cindy’s pizza, but also Tony Lena’s and

Captain’s. Driscoll says Ireland is pizzachallenged.

• The smell of the ocean. Although she

lives on Ireland’s West Coast, it lacks

the same briny smell.

• Driving into Swampscott along Lynn

Shore Drive and the feeling of home

that she gets when she can see Town

Hall, the gazebo and the monument

on her left and the ocean on her right.

On her website, Driscoll says her mission

is “to make a difference in the world, one

story at a time.” Check out her three-volume

series Irish You Were Here: My Year of

Matchmaking Festivals, Fairy Forts and

Mugging My Mugger in Ireland (year one),

Irish You Were Here: Volume Two: My Year of

Chip Butties, Holy Wells and Hugging My

Mugger (year two) and Irish You Were Here:

Volume Three: My Year of Roaming Ancient

Castles, Finding Magic Marbles and Writing

Letters to My Mugger (year three). n

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for the


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Town’s artists

over the moon about

new home

By Meaghan Casey

Artists may have been lured to Swampscott

by the beautiful waterfront in years past,

but it was often a solitary existence —

until now.

The nonprofit group Reach Arts has tirelessly been

working to build a center where community and arts

meet. In April, the group signed a two-year lease with the

town to restore and rent the property at 89 Burrill St.,

at a cost of $1 per year. The goal is to turn the vacant

building, a former senior center, into a space for artistic

expression, creative learning and community functions.

“It’s thrilling,” said Jackie Kinney, co-president

of Reach Arts. “Having people on the board as enthusiastic

as we are and having [Town Administrator] Sean

Fitzgerald over the moon about it really helped to make

it a reality. We talked to him and he just said, ‘Let’s get

this done.’”

The first floor will house a gift shop and/or

museum space, an instruction room and a cozy reading

room with a fireplace. The basement offers the perfect

setting for gallery and instruction space. Also in the

basement is a kitchen, which will be used for cooking

classes and functions. Upstairs is what Kinney calls “the

jewel” of the building. It’s a ballroom, already outfitted

with a stage, that will be used for theater and musical

performances, receptions, open mic nights and more.

There will be a juried competition to select artists to paint

the recessed ceiling panels in that room. A smaller, top

floor will offer office space.

In preparation for a fall opening, nearly 50

volunteers have been working to renovate the space,

which had been neglected and inhabited by raccoons in

recent years. Through a capital campaign, the group will

also be raising money to install an elevator, rebuild the

porch, replace windows and repair the balcony and floors.

>>> P. 20


Abstract artist Carin Doben finds a creative oasis in her backyard studio.

Reach Arts co-president Jackie Kinney, standing in front of a mural from

the former Machon School, shows off the space in the Reach Arts building.

Glass artist Ingrid Pichler installs a stained glass window at the Clifton

Lutheran Church in Marblehead.

Photos: Alena Kuzub, Spenser Hasak and Owen O'Rourke.

SUMMER 2017 | 19


“Harvard Square” a landscape oil painting by

Marc Morin; a stained glass window designed

by Ingrid Pichler; a photograph exploring the

beauty of unexpected juxtapositions by

Stefanie Timmermann; and an abstract

painting by Carin Doben.

20 | 01907

Reach for the stars | Continued from P. 19

Self-taught photographer Stefanie

Timmermann, who documented the “before

stage” through photos, sees great possibilities

within the building.

“It had an abandoned feel, but the bones are

really good. For shows and exhibits, you have to

think about lighting and giving space for the

work to breathe, and we’ll have that here,” said

Timmermann, a former scientist who loves

the experimental nature of photography and

digital editing.

Putting 01907 back on the map

More than a century ago, Swampscott

attracted talented international artists such as

William Bradford, Albert Van Beest, William

Partridge Burpee, Edward Burrill and Charles

Woodbury, who were inspired by the town’s

shoreline, sailing vessels and fishing industry. As

early as the 1850s, these beach painters, also

known as the American Marine Impressionists,

spurred a flourishing arts movement that lasted

for decades. It was the development of Lynn

Shore Drive and the construction of the beach

wall that pushed the painters toward Gloucester

in the 1920s.

In the decades since, Swampscott has been

unable to rebuild the momentum that it lost

with their exit.

Nearby cities and towns like Lynn, Beverly,

Essex, Newburyport, Gloucester and Rockport

have continued to thrive and have been

designated cultural districts by the Massachusetts

Cultural Council. Marblehead and Salem are

each home to numerous galleries and studios and

host a range of art exhibits and festivals. Lynn,

boosted by its designation, has become a mecca

for artist loft space and studio space and is home

to organizations such as LynnArts and Raw Art

Works. Lynn’s latest art installation project,

Beyond Walls, kicked off this spring and will

celebrate a mural festival this summer, during

which 10 murals will be painted by international

and local artists. The Greater Lynn Photographic

Association, to which Timmermann belongs, has

more than 200 members.

“The give and take is important,” said

Timmermann, describing the synergy of the

association. “What’s lacking in our town is a

place for artists to meet and support each other,

to grow and exchange ideas in a place that

promotes creative energy.”

Timmerman’s work is defined by the use of

atmospheric light, innovative flash techniques

and creative points of view. A native of Germany,

she moved to Boston from Paris and has been

living in Swampscott for nearly a decade. During

her eight years in France, she gained a deeper

appreciation for the arts.

“Art is just a part of life there,” she said. “The

museums are full. There are paintings and prints

around almost every corner. It would be amazing

Photos: Paula Muller

to have more opportunities here in town for


Leah Piepgras, who has volunteered at RAW

and Marblehead Community Charter Public

School, is looking forward to a place where

Swampscott artists will be able to gather, teach,

perform, create and exhibit. Piepgras was trained

in sculpture and performance art, but has also

added painting to her repertoire. She holds an

impressive record of exhibitions both nationally

and internationally, including solo shows at the

Winfisky Gallery at Salem State University, the

GRIN Gallery in Providence and the

SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York City.

It baffles her why there hasn’t been more of

an arts presence in a town as picturesque as


“I was originally from Texas, so it’s an utter

privilege to be so close to the ocean and to see

that view every day,” said Piepgras. “It’s a huge

inspiration to me, the constant and always

changing seascape. I try to walk along the beach

as often as I can.”

Artist Marc Morin, who moved to

Swampscott two years ago, admits that the lack

of space in town has forced him to offer

classes, workshops and drawing boot camps in

Marblehead and Watertown.

“I’d love to be able to offer classes in the Reach

Arts building,” said Morin, a fine art painter who

studied at the Art Institute of Boston. “I hope

this has a positive influence on the whole town.

It seems like it was more of a resort town in years

past and right now it’s still finding its identity.

The building is a start, but hopefully murals and

sculptures and more projects can come out

of this.”

“It feels like Swampscott is becoming,” said

Nancy Wolinski, a graphic designer, vocalist,

jewelry designer and member of the Reach Arts

board of trustees. “There’s the 10-year plan, the

beautification committee, the rail trail and now

this. It’s our time to become a community that

serves its community. We’re not just a sleepy

town next to Boston and we shouldn’t be playing

second fiddle to Marblehead, Salem and Lynn.”

“Places like Marblehead and Rockport have

always been so active,” said abstract artist Carin

Doben, who came to the Bay State from New

York City. “Swampscott really needs a push

in the arts. In the ’70s, we tried to build an

association that would meet in the basement

of the library, but it never really went anwhere.”

Doben, who was educated in art history,

regularly exhibits with the Experimental

Group of the Rockport Art Association &

Museum, as well as with the Abstract Artists

Group of New England, which operates

under the umbrella of the Newburyport Art


“We need more events and more shows

right here,” she said. “Swampscott has always

been at the bottom of the list in that regard,

and it’s such a shame because it’s a perfect

place to be for photographers and landscape


“We need more events and more shows

right here,” she said. “Swampscott has always

been at the bottom of the list in that regard,

and it’s such a shame because it’s a perfect place

to be for photographers and landscape artists.”

Swampscott native Beth Balliro, an artist

and associate professor at the Massachusetts

College of Art and Design, calls Reach

Arts “the town’s moment to become more

inclusive of the arts.” A 1991 graduate

of Swampscott High, Balliro remembers

hopping on the commuter rail into Boston

as a teenager to spend weekend days at the

Museum of Fine Arts, taking classes and

exploring the exhibits.

“Growing up, two of my friends and

I were known as the ‘art kids.’ I really had to

seek it out, and I was lucky I had parents who

were so supportive,” said Balliro, whose

mother, Anita, has taught art in Swampscott

Public Schools for years and has tried to

resurrect plein air painting over the years, in

an attempt to inspire the next generation of

beach painters.

Balliro, who moved back to Swampscott

four years ago, after calling Jamaica Plain

home for 20 years, is serving as chairwoman

of the Swampscott Cultural Council—also a

relatively young organization that formed to

enhance the quality of life for Swampscott

residents through community cultural

activities. The council has provided funds to

the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra,

the Concert Singers, the Swampscott by the

Sea Summer Concert Series, school-based art

programs and such one-day events as the Gift

of Song: Voice of Black America, held at the

First Church in February. The Summer

Concert Series, held on the lawn of Town

Hall, is expanding to seven concerts this year,

with the last show on Aug. 16. >>> P. 31





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c e l e b r a t e s

half-century mark

By David Liscio


Nancy Olson Tamez

receives the Cassidy Trophy

from instructor David Shepherd,

left, and Stuart Martin, then

Sailing Committee chairman.


Chris Callahan shows

Pam Rotner how to

rig the sais.

Nautical historians will tell you Swampscott is best known as the

New England town where the fishing dory and the lobster pot

were invented.

But over the past half century, while fish stocks dwindled, the

town’s interest in recreational sailing continued to grow.

On June 23, the town celebrated the 50th anniversary of its

sailing program, which today is run by the Recreation Department,

supported by the Friends of Swampscott Sailing, and includes a close

association with Swampscott High School’s Big Blue Sailing Team.

Big Blue sailors train at Marblehead’s Pleon Yacht Club because

the facility isn’t affected by the tide, unlike the Swampscott Yacht

Club headquartered in the historic Fish House on Fisherman’s Beach.

According to Recreation Department Director Danielle Strauss,

several Big Blue sailors have gone on to sail for Tufts University and

Roger Williams University. “We live on the water, so my motto is:

Give your kids the gift of sailing,” she said.

The anniversary party on the town’s waterfront served as a

reunion celebration for those who learned to sail in Swampscott.

The crowd included those who

served as directors and instructors

during the program’s early days.

The late David Shepherd was

the program’s first instructor.

Former student Christopher

Callahan recalled him fondly.

“The Swampscott Sailing

Program was, and indirectly is,

still a big part of my life. I was

in the first sailing class in 1967 with Director

David Shepherd. We had two, and sometimes three students in the

old Optimist prams – usually sitting in a few inches of water. It was

my introduction to sailing and boats – standing in the tippy boat to

rig the spritsail, rainy days poring over the fascinating nautical charts

in the attic of the old Fish House surrounded by ancient

fishing gear.” >>>

22 | 01907

Callahan, who later crewed aboard the

tall ship Pride of Baltimore, chuckled at one

particular memory. “We were sailing in the

harbor when a sudden fog rolled in. Slipping

the attention of the director, we sailed as fast

as we could toward where we hoped Egg

Rock would be. When the fog lifted, he

chased us down in the Boston Whaler and he

was not happy, but I was bitten by the bug of

a sea adventure.”

Win Quayle was director in 1974-75.

Callahan was assistant and took over as

director in 1976-77, along with assistants

Sally McIntosh, Robin Louges and Eileen


“Sally was a student, then intern, then

assistant director and jack of all trades,” he

said, describing McIntosh as the face and

spirit of Swampscott sailing from 1970 to

1980. “The program would not have been

the same without her dedication.”

Steve Eckman, founder of the Friends

group, recently reached out to David

Shepherd’s twin brother, Edward, to hear a

few sailing stories. He learned that David

Shepherd was a history buff and named boats

in the inaugural pram fleet after British Navy

ships that fought in the Battle of Trafalgar. A

creative instructor, Shepherd also taught

17th-century battle tactics, barking commands

at students to help hone their skills.

Former student Nancy (Olson) Tamez

was awarded the Francis J. Cassidy Trophy in

1970 for best overall sailor in a ceremony on

Fisherman’s Beach. “Undoubtedly my fondest

memory,” she said. “What a fun time.”

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These days, the sailing program offers

summer classes to beginners, intermediates

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The sailing program celebration

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Crossing the channel

24 | 01907


men tackle the

‘Mount Everest

of swimming’

By Meaghan Casey

They will likely be jellyfish, water

temperatures dipping below 60 degrees,

salt-water induced swelling of lips and

tongues, skin chafing and stretches of hunger

and fatigue, but that won’t stop Swampscott’s

Andy Jones and Tommy Gainer from

attempting to swim the English Channel

this summer.

“You’re going to be uncomfortable. You’re

going to be cold. You’re going to get stung,”

said Jones. “That’s about 20 percent of the

challenge. The rest is mental.”

“I try to focus on the sound of the water,

the feel of the water and my breathing,” he

continued. “It’s almost like meditation.”

“Night swimming will be an odd

experience,” said Gainer. “I’ll have to get used

to the solitude of being alone in the water,

with just a boat next to you. You can scare

yourself silly, but you have to just focus on

what’s ahead.”

Since the first observed and unassisted

swim in 1875, fewer than 1,800 swimmers

have successfully completed solo swims

across the 21 miles that separate Shakespeare

Beach in Dover, England, from Cap Gris

Nez in France. Due to the currents and tides,

swimmers tend to tackle more of an S-shaped

course, making the distance greater. On top

of that, the Channel is one of the busiest

shipping lanes in the world, with an average

of 600 tankers and 200 ferries passing

through every day. Swimmers often have to

stop and tread water or alter their paths.

“I can deal with everything else, but the

idea of swimming close to a really big ship

freaks me out,” said Gainer.

“For good reason, this is known as the

Mount Everest of swimming,” said Jones.

“‘Nothing great is easy’ is inscribed on

the memorial of Captain Matthew Webb,

the first person to swim the Channel.”

Registered through the Channel

Swimming & Piloting Federation (CS&PF),

Gainer is scheduled to swim at some point

between July 29 and August 6. Jones will

follow him, during the week of August 7.

There’s a small chance the pair will swim

during the same week if weather conditions

were to bump Gainer from his slot.

An assigned pilot and an observer will be

alongside them throughout the course, but

the swimmers are responsible for all aspects

of their own safety.

“If you touch the boat or if anyone

touches you, you’re disqualified, so you have

to be really alert about that,” said Jones,

explaining the only thing they can have

contact with is a feeding bottle attached by a

line to the boat.

Gainer and Jones, who ironically live

within a stone’s throw of each other, met

while swimming with the YMCA of the

North Shore Sharks Masters Swim Team.

Jones, born and raised in England, moved

to the United States in 2003 to expand the

operations of professional services firm

Stroud International, which he co-founded.

After living in the North End of Boston for

a couple of years, he and his wife, Jacqueline,

moved to Swampscott in 2006. The couple

has two sons.

Gainer, who grew up in Newport News,

Va., moved with his wife, Lindsay, from

North Carolina to Boston in 2007 after

accepting a job with biotech product

company Invitrogen. They’ve lived in

Swampscott since 2009 and have two

young daughters.

“We’re beach people, so we made a lot of

trips to the North Shore,” he said. “It was the

right move. We fell in love with the area.”

Both men have had a natural inclination

to the water from a young age.

“I’ve always been in the water,” said

Gainer. “My mother started me on swimming

lessons at 6 months.”

He began swimming competitively yearround

in elementary school. At age 17,

he picked up surfing, and in college and

graduate school, he worked as a lifeguard and

swim instructor.

After college, Gainer switched gears and

started running. He had just finished one

marathon in Nashville, Tenn., and was

training for a second when he suffered a tibial

stress fracture. With running off the table, he

returned to swimming and started competing

with the U.S. Masters Swimming at the

University of North Carolina. He later joined

the Charles River Masters in Cambridge and

also swam with a group at Walden Pond in

the summers. It was during that time that

Gainer was asked to join a relay team for the

Boston Light Swim. The oldest open water

marathon swim in the U.S., the 8-mile swim

has been a local tradition since 1907.

Participants begin the race at Boston Light

on Little Brewster Island and the course

continues past George’s Island and Rainsford

Island, then along Long Island and around

Thompson’s Island. Swimmers come ashore

at the L Street Bathhouse in South Boston.

Many cold-water swimmers use this event to

prepare for an English Channel crossing.

“That’s really what got me into cold,

open-water swimming,” Gainer said. “A few

people in the club were training for the

Channel at the time and I guess you could

say a seed was planted. It became something

on my bucket list.”

Following his move to Swampscott, he

began swimming between Swampscott and

Nahant with a group training for Boston

Light. Calling themselves the “Nahant

Knuckleheads,” they’d often swim laps on

Sundays from the Tides Restaurant to where

Mission on the Bay is now and take ocean

plunges throughout the year.

“It was all about getting acclimated to the

water,” said Gainer. “We’d go on routine

dips, starting on New Year’s Day, no matter

how cold it was. When you live this close to

the ocean, you have to take advantage of it.”

Photos: Scott Eisen

Jones had a slightly different route,

admitting he was in inflatable armbands in

the water until age 9 and was jealous of his

peers taking swim lessons. His parents

eventually signed him up for lessons and it

turned out he was a natural.

“When I was about 10 or 11, I

figured out I had an instinctual feel for the

water,” he said. “I remember at that time

someone telling me, ‘You’ll swim the Channel

someday.’ I’ve never forgotten that. Very few

people had done it in the ’70s and ’80s and

it was one of those challenges that was always

in the back of my mind.”

He swam competitively during his youth

and was a member and then captain of the

swimming and water polo club at

Cambridge University, earning a prestigious

blue blazer. After college, his busy career and

travel schedule kept him out of the water, but

he would pop over to the local outdoor pool

when he moved to Boston and later

discovered and joined the Sharks. He’s also a

member of the coaching staff at the YMCA’s

Lynch/van Otterloo branch.

In January 2016, Jones decided to take a

sabbatical from work and begin training for

the Channel swim.

“It’s eaten away at me all my life, like

having a little cartoon mini me on each

shoulder whispering in my ears that I can or

can’t do it,” said Jones. “If I don’t attempt it

now, I know I’ll have regrets.”

Jones was quick to bring on board Gainer,

who had previously talked him into doing

the 10-mile Northeast Kingdom swim in

Vermont, as well as Boston Light.

“I turned the table on him and signed up

for the Channel, hoping he’d follow me,” said


“I didn’t even have to think,” said Gainer.

“To have someone to train with, it’s been the

perfect time to do it.”

Jones’ wife, who completed an Ironman

Triathlon shortly before they were married,

was supportive, as was Gainer’s family. In

April of that year, Jones completed his

qualifying swim in the waters of Mallorca,

one of Spain's Balearic Islands. SwimTrek

was hosting an intensive open-water training

camp and the CS&PF needs a recorded

swim of at least six hours in waters 61 degrees

or colder. Gainer completed his qualifying

swim during a double Boston Light Swim in


Unfortunately, Jones has met a few

challenges along the way. Not long after he

started training, he got the diagnosis that his

left hip had reached the end of its useful life

and the muscle spasms around it were

crushing the nerves in his leg and lower back.

Thomas Gainer, left, and

Andy Jones at Eisman’s Beach.

“It was crippling,” he said. “It was the only

time in my life that I could conclusively circle

the 10 as my level of pain.”

He was told he needed a total hip

replacement, and with that, dreams of the

Channel started to crumble. Luckily, he was

scheduled for surgery in October with a

surgeon who had invented a less-invasive

procedure that would allow him to maintain

an active lifestyle after rehab. There were,

however, complications that lead the hip to

dislocate before Jones awoke from the

anesthetics and he had an emergency revision

surgery days later.

“For weeks I was exhausted and healing

took much longer due to the additional

trauma,” said Jones. “In December, I rejoined

the Sharks but it was too much, too fast. My

right shoulder developed tendonitis and,

more painfully, so did my new hip. It was one

hell of an emotional roller coaster.”

He spent January focused on rehab and

started to swim again in February. He did

another qualifying swim at the training camp

at Mallorca in April to make sure he

was ready.

“Unlike last year’s rough water, lack of

sun and so many jellyfish, we got ‘Tommy

conditions’ this year,” joked Jones, who

seems to have been cursed by Mother Nature

in comparison to the calm seas and sun that

Gainer has perpetually been dealt.

Unfortunately for Jones, old patterns

might come back to haunt him during

the Channel swim.

“It’ll be a fierce crossing for me,” he said.

“I put myself on the spring tide.”

The preferred time for swims to take place

is on what’s called the neap tide,

because the period before the tide turns is

much longer and the tidal flow is much

slower. A pilot will generally schedule one

swim during a spring tide and four during a

neap tide. Gainer is scheduled during the

week when the tides turn from neap to

spring, so he may luck out if he starts early.

“Most people feel it’s a more direct shot

into France on that tide,” said Gainer. “The

pilot will try to get everybody through during

neap, but has time reserved the following

week if need be. I’ve already taken the three

weeks off, so I’m willing to go out at any time.”

Jones and Gainer have progressed from

strength-building and dry-land cardio

training to pool interval training and longdistance

beach swims. Jones says he likes to

swim off of Phillips, Preston, Nahant and

Devereaux beaches. >>> P. 26

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Crossing the channel | Continued from P. 25

“We’re lucky that the water temperatures

here are comparable to the Channel

conditions,” he said. “I can’t even swim in a

backyard pool anymore without feeling


While the water might seem chilly enough

to send most of us running after dipping a toe

in, Jones and Gainer are prepared for the

long haul.

“Your body is able to cope with it and

retain warmth if you train for it,” Jones

continued. “It’s not pleasant at first, but then it

becomes tolerable and then you’re just used to

it. Getting in is the worst bit, but that’s a

universal truth in any swim competition. After

the first 300 yards, it’s great.”

The longest swim they’ll likely do prior

to heading to England is 10 hours, just to

practice getting over the 7-hour barrier when

the body typically switches over to fat-burning.

“Once your energy reserves take over and

you transition from carbs to fat, your body

starts feeling drained,” said Gainer, who would

love to set a goal of 12 hours to cross, but his

main priority is just finishing. “You have

to recognize that point and keep pushing


Gainer says his youngest daughter will

routinely start singing the song “Just Keep

Swimming” from “Finding Nemo” and he’ll

no doubt bring that to mind to provide some

added motivation while he’s out there.

They’ve both gotten advice from Winthrop

resident Kim Garbarino, another member of

the YMCA of the North Shore, who crossed

the Channel five years ago and who completed

a nonstop, 24-hour swim to raise funds for the

YMCA three years ago.

“Whenever we get discouraged or

overwhelmed, I’ll ask, ‘WWKD? What would

Kim do?’” said Jones. “Kim would get off his

backside and swim.”

They’ve also connected with Elaine

Howley of Waltham and Maura Twomey of

Jamaica Plain, who were both successful in

their crossings.

At the end of all of this, Jones and

Gainer hope to serve as inspiration to another

generation of swimmers.

“It sets a good example for my own

children and the kids I coach,” said Jones.

“Setting a goal and working toward achieving

it is a great way to approach life. You’re always

going to have choices to quit or push on.”

“Nothing is too big to tackle,” said Gainer.

“If you put the time and effort in, you can

achieve it.”

Gainer is looking forward to some muchdeserved

sleep and a big meal after the swim.





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Catalina Channel and the swim around

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this swim, it’s looking like his right hip will also

need surgery. He won’t rest until he’s able to

cross this one off the list.

“If I’m unlucky, I’ll definitely do it again,”

he said. “If I fail physically, I’ll need to figure

out what happened and correct it.”

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ill Laganas is on a roll … a lobster roll.

Laganas, Swampscott High Class of

1984, is standing behind his 20-foot custom

lobster/clambake trailer, which is parked on

Puritan Road in Swampscott, in front of the

Atlantic and across the street from where the

New Ocean House hotel once stood. He

bought it used, from Jasper White, the

Summer Shack owner and Jersey boy who’s

considered the premier authority on New

England food and its history.

An electric hoist is situated above four

burners, each covered by a large stainless steel

pot that can accommodate 200 lobsters. “It

runs on propane. I start it up and it roars like

a jet engine,” said Laganas, excitedly.

Laganas lowers a basket filled with lobsters

into boiling water. Fifteen minutes later, the

lobsters, steamers or whatever he’s cooking is

ready and the clambake begins.

Laganas, as owner/chef/big wheel of Eastern

Harvest Foods of Lynn, brings the clambake

to you. He can host a casual shorts-and-T-shirt

picnic, a fancy china/white tablecloth formal

sit-down event or anything in between.

“I love catering,” said Laganas, who lives in

Marblehead with his wife Enid and their three

children. “It’s always a party. And I can bring

the party to you.”

Clam chowder, corn on the cob, mussels

… nearly anything can be on the menu. “I can

even arrange a raw bar,” he said. Bibs and claw

crackers are provided. He has some cowboy

campfire coffee pots that he fills with

melted butter.

Vegetarian and steak alternatives are

offered; yes, you can have turf to go along with

your surf.

Laganas has provided eats for the musicians

who play at Lynn Auditorium – “The guys in

Toto were the best. George Thorogood loved

my asparagus; he eats asparagus every day” –

and has catered film crews making movies in

Massachusetts, including 25 days in Weston

for “Grace,” which stars Tate Donovan and

Katie Cassidy and comes out later this year.

He’s even cooked lobster for Kanye West and

his posse.

If you’ve been to a fundraiser in Lynn,

Swampscott or Marblehead, chances are good

you’ve seen Laganas scurrying around making

sure the food is hot and plentiful. He envisions

the clambake on wheels as potentially a big

boon for hosts of school fundraisers.

Laganas is also owner of Lynn Meatland,

the longtime butcher shop/meat market that

he bought 11 years ago and has turned into a

popular place for sandwiches, subs, chicken

potpie and pizza.

“I’m a type A guy. I have to keep movin’

and groovin’,” said Laganas, sucking on a giant

iced coffee later while lounging in a comfy

chair at his “office,” the Panera Bread cafe in

Vinnin Square. “I love food, preparing it and

eating it, as you can tell.”

For more information about Eastern Harvest Foods and its

clambake options, contact Laganas at 781-581-6121 or


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I scream, you scream, Swampscott screams for ice cream. Let’s face it, no day at the beach is complete without

getting at least one scoop of the quintessential summer treat. Whether it’s standard vanilla soft serve swirled neatly

into a crispy cone or a decadent sundae piled high with a mound of creamy flavors dripping with hot fudge that is

topped with whipped cream and a bright red cherry, there are several sweet storefronts on Humphrey Street where

you can indulge in a post-beach frozen treat this ice cream season.


Double scoop of Crunch-a-Saurus

ice cream (Cap’n Crunch-flavored with chocolate chips

and fudge ripples), topped with rainbow sprinkles in a

sprinkle-dipped waffle cone.

Where: Kell’s Kreme/Popo’s Hot Dogs

168 Humphrey St.

Price: $3.70


Watermelon sorbet topped

with mini chocolate chips

Where: O-Yo Frozen Yogurt

136 Humphrey St.

Price: $6.70

Photos: Spenser Hasak


Hot Fudge Sundae

Where: The Cove at Mission on the Bay

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Price: $3.15

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TOP: Molly Bacik and Mia Flavin, both 10 and both of Swampscott, enjoy ice cream at Kell's Kreme.

MIDDLE: Adeline Massey, 7, of Swampscott picks out toppings at O-YO Frozen Yogurt.

BOTTOM: Dylan Hart, 9, of Swampscott enjoys cookie dough ice cream from The Cove.

Conigliaro | Continued from P. 11

Conigliaro played two full seasons with

the Red Sox after that, hitting 36 home runs

and knocking in 116 runs in 1970. But his

eyesight started to deteriorate again, and he

was traded to – of all teams – the Angels

during the off-season.

“I was shocked. Stunned,” Petrocelli said.

“What were they doing?”

But in mid-season, Conigliaro abruptly

retired, saying his eyesight no longer made

it possible for him to hit. He was hitting

only .222 with four homers.

Aside from the irony of being traded to

the team whose pitcher had nearly ended his

life, the Red Sox got pitcher Ken Tatum in

the exchange. Tatum had beaned Baltimore’s

Paul Blair in 1970 and was never the same

pitcher after that.

Nor was Hamilton. He never regained

his form, and retired after the 1969 season.

Conigliaro attempted one final comeback in

1975, debuting at Fenway Park on the same

day that Hank Aaron, newly-acquired from

the Atlanta Braves, started as the designated

hitter for the Brewers. But by mid-season he

was hitting below .200 and Jim Rice and

Fred Lynn were in the middle of historic

rookie seasons.

Conigliaro became a broadcaster, first in

Providence and later in San Francisco.

On Jan. 9, 1982, two days after his 37th

birthday, he’d auditioned, apparently

successfully, to take Ken Harrelson’s place as

the Channel 38 color man for Red Sox

broadcasts. His brother Billy was driving

him back to Logan Airport, and they were

near Suffolk Downs when Billy noticed

Tony slumped over in the passenger seat.

He’d suffered a heart attack.

Billy took him right to Massachusetts

General Hospital in Boston. By then,

however, Tony Conigliaro had lost too much

oxygen. Even though he survived, he was

never the same.

LeRoux, who had tended to him when

he was hit, later purchased an interest in the

team upon the death of owner Tom Yawkey.

And on June 6, 1983, while the Red Sox

were about to have a benefit night

for Conigliaro – with many of his 1967

teammates at the park to participate –

LeRoux tried (and ultimately failed) to stage

a palace revolt.

Conigliaro lingered for eight more years

before he died in 1990 at age 45. Among the

pallbearers were Petrocelli, Carey, Iarrobino

and Tony Nicosia, another St. Mary’s friend.

“A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think of it,”

said Richie Conigliaro. “But when all is said

and done, I ask myself if I had a choice,

would I take 37 great years, and all the living

I could cram into them, or 70 or 80 lousy

years? I know what my choice would be.” n

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Reach for the stars | Continued from P. 21

Connecting the dots

Prior to this year, Reach Arts had

functioned only as a virtual network of artists

and volunteers. Now, it seems, the arts

community is finally planting its roots.

“We had existed in this nebula online,

but people hadn’t really met each other,”

said Kinney.

“All these creative people are coming out

of the woodwork,” said Cheryl Fray, a

self-taught artist who works in acrylics and

mixed media. “I was shocked to discover there

were so many of us in town.”

Glass designer Ingrid Pichler is serving as

Reach Arts’ artist liaison, connecting artists

with one another and introducing them to the

community at large.

“It was all very underground before,” she

said. “As an artist, you can be on your own, but

maybe you’d like to collaborate with and meet

other artists. There was a need for a physical

space to come together.”

A native of Italy, Pichler now calls

Swampscott home, but she also lived in

England and studied architectural stained glass

at Swansea College of Art in Wales.

“When you think artists, you typically think

painters, but there are so many different types of

artists just here in this town,” said Pichler. “We

need to support each other in our various

styles, both in the exchange of ideas and in

practical matters.”

Morin, still new in town, was seeking just

that when he stepped up last year to launch

Artists for Artists, which he describes as a

support group for creative people.

“Sometimes you can feel isolated, so I

wanted to bring artists out of their studio

spaces to meet each other, share projects,

get feedback and offer motivation and

encouragement,” he said.

Meetings have been held monthly at the

library, but he admits it hasn’t been the most

ideal setting in terms of space to critique work.

“An actual arts center with a gallery and

wider access will be hugely beneficial to us

as a group and to every artist in town,”

said Morin.

If they build it, will they come?

It’s a question many members of Reach

Arts are wondering.

“If we go by early indications, I think

people will be lining up to get in here,” said

Kinney. “And with the library down the street

and the waterfront a block away, it’s really

going to be a vibrant, cultural hub.”

While Swampscott is considered by many

to be a sports town, Balliro — whose brother,

Chris, was a talented athlete who went on to

an 11-year professional basketball career in Italy

— says that the passions of all individuals, from

athletes to artists, should be equally encouraged

by the community. >>> P. 33

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5 things

you didn’t know about

Barry Goudreau

By Phyllis Karas

Photo: Jim Wilson

Barry Goudreau, the innovative lead guitarist

on the band Boston’s first two albums, has

played in several bands and recorded many

successful songs and albums since those dizzying

days in the 1970s.

His songwriting talent, which had produced

more than 100 songs in the past 40 years,

however, has been pretty much dormant since

2003’s “Delp and Goudreau.” Brad Delp, Boston’s

original lead singer and Goudreau’s brother-in-law,

died in 2007.

The good news is that the Swampscott

resident is now back on the musical stage, with

a new band, Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room. The

band, which includes Brian Maes, Tim Archibald

and “Old” Tony DiPietro, recently released its first

album, “Full Steam Ahead,” at a well-received

concert at Lynn Auditorium on April 22. Future

concerts include June 30, Tupelo Music Hall, Derry,

N.H.; and August 23, The Hope Music Festival at

Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis.

Check barrygoudreausengineroom.com for

links to the new music and concert listings.

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Here are a few items about Barry that might surprise you:

1. Barry was a geology major while

a student at Boston University.

But the more he got into the subject, the more he realized the only

job he could probably get as a geologist would be with an oil company

or the government, so he dropped the major and has never regretted

that decision.

2. Barry is the grandfather of Alyssa Marley

and Samuel Hendrix Goudreau.

At age 2, Alyssa bangs brilliantly on her play piano and sings

beautifully along with “Frozen.” At 3 months old, Sammy is going

to be the next Elvis.

3. Barry is a terrific cook.

His specialties are steak au poivre and baked

stuffed lobster. His cooking style is not low-calorie.

4. His musical career started early.

When Barry was 15 and a junior at Lynn English High School,

he was playing his guitar in a band with Sib Hashian seven nights

a week, seven sets a night, with even a matinee on Saturday in

Boston’s old Combat Zone.

5. Unreal real estate.

When the band Boston became such a phenomenon, Barry bought

his first house next to the former Swampscott High School in 1977.

He was shocked that girls from the high school would walk up his

driveway, screaming his name every day. n


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“It’s the obligation of society to celebrate

and nurture those gifts,” Balliro said. “It’s

development for their life careers, in some cases.”

Balliro, who helped found Boston Arts

Academy — that city’s only public high school

for the visual and performing arts — says there’s

a need to give students and artists a

sense of place. She’s done research in artist

development, studying what it means to be

self-identified as an artist.

“It’s an issue of access and allowing art to

become part of our core values,” she said.

Doben, who in 1985 created an educational

program called Art Quest to teach children

critical and creative thinking skills using visual

images, couldn’t agree more. She would certainly

entertain the idea of putting on her teaching hat

once again.

“We need places like this for students and

aspiring artists to go,” said Doben, who

retired five years ago after a 30-year career

in education.

Luckily, there’s a long list already growing for

potential programs, instructors and events.

“In five or 10 years, I hope this building is not

only humming, but we’ll need to take on more

space,” said Kinney, pointing out the

vacant, former police station just across the

street. “I want to see something going on here

seven days a week.” n

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Sunny side up

Summer in Swampscott is finally here. Whether you’re traveling to someplace exotic to

celebrate in the sun or planning a relaxing staycation on 01907’s sandy shores, welcome the new

season in style with a few summer fashion essentials that we found at shops around town.


“Pineapple Shakes” men’s

swim trunks, $68. Available

at Ocean House Surf &

Skate, 128 Humphrey St.


“Hiapo” sandal

in rum/java, $110.

Available at Ocean

House Surf & Skate,

128 Humphrey St.

Photos: Spenser Hasak


men’s “Paradise” hat,

$29. Available at Ocean

House Surf & Skate,

128 Humphrey St.


metallic cork tote

featuring pop pom

trim, detachable tassel

fob and matching

cork wristlet inside,

$155. Available at

Infinity Boutique,

427 Paradise Road.


“Tan Line (Rendezvous)”

sunglasses polished

gold/brown flash gradient,

$160. Available at Ocean

House Surf & Skate,

128 Humphrey St.

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“Ellie” basketweave

cork espadrille in

white, $89. Available

at Infinity Boutique,

427 Paradise Road.


“Wisteria” embroidered

linen tunic with V-neck

and three-quarter length

sleeves, $129.99

(originally $365).

Available at Marshalls,

1005 Paradise Road.


“Solanas” surf suit”

in Camburi print, $138.

Available at Ocean

House Surf & Skate,

128 Humphrey St.


hat, $12.99 (originally $22).

Available at Marshalls, 1005

Paradise Road. Available

at Infinity Boutique,

427 Paradise Road.


“Adria” top, $80, and

bottom, $69, both in

Maidu print. Available

at Ocean House

Surf & Skate,

128 Humphrey St.


off-the-shoulder tunic

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Multicolor beaded

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Junemarie Kershaw of Lynn

listens intently as author

Anita Shreve addresses the

capacity crowd at Swampscott

Public Library on April 19.


Ellie Michaud and her father Kenny arrive

amidst a rain storm

Elias and daughter Kiki Andrinopoulos

Joe Ford and daughter Jessica take a selfie

The dance floor is filled with partygoers.

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Jim Badger

Mamadou and his drum band

Some 20 persons entertained at the annual Swampscott’s

Got Talent show on May 7 at Swampscott High School.

The talent show raised $2,200, with half of the money

being donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which

serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans,

first responders.

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