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The tragedy of Tony C .................................. 8<br />

Conversation about concussions .............. 12<br />

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Irish you were here ..................................... 16<br />

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Look on the sunny side .............................. 34<br />

Scene in Swampscott ................................. 38<br />

Star crossed<br />

I saw god.<br />

Not Him. Not the God. A god. Lower-case g.<br />

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

Tony Conigliaro.<br />

I played for the Lynn Shore Little League White Sox. Tony C played for<br />

the Boston Red Sox.<br />

God.<br />

He stopped by on his way home to Nahant. He was returning from a<br />

weekend in the Army Reserve, and was wearing his fatigues. Fifty-something<br />

years later, the kids who were there will never forget.<br />

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

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

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

batting stance. We wanted to date a Mamie Van Doren, and sign a recording<br />

contract to sing about little red scooters.<br />

When I was a kid, Maury Krantz hit me square in the eye with a<br />

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

cracked cheekbone – but I couldn’t have been prouder because I had a huge<br />

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

Nine months ago, I knew what I wanted on the cover of this edition of<br />

<strong>01907</strong>. I knew the 50th anniversary of his beaning was approaching. Aug. 18,<br />

1967. Jack Hamilton. The cover could only be the iconic photo of Tony in<br />

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

around here in the ‘60s.<br />

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

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

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

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

dealership on the Lynnway. Tony wanted to buy a Corvette, but he and<br />

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

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

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

Tom recalls they drove directly to a dealership in Malden, where Tony<br />

bought the red Corvette.<br />

If you saw the movie “Pretty Woman,” you might remember the scene<br />

in which Julia Roberts was shopping in some high-end store on, I think,<br />

Rodeo Drive. The saleswoman looked down her nose at the streetwalkeresque<br />

Ms. Roberts, who would later return after a shopping spree elsewhere with<br />

Richard Gere. She asked if the saleswoman worked on commission, showed<br />

her an armful of shopping bags, and said, “Mistake. Big mistake.”<br />

Tom lived the scene with Tony, who drove the new Corvette he had just<br />

purchased in Malden back to the Lynnway dealership and reminded the<br />

salesman he was “one of Johnny Pesky’s guys.”<br />

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

opportunity to immortalize a hometown guy and retire No. 25.<br />

Ted Grant<br />

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

1967 after the North Shore native was hit by a pitch.<br />

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Boston Red Sox outfielder Tony Conigliaro is<br />

carried off the field on a stretcher by teammates<br />

and the trainers of both the Red Sox and the<br />

California Angels after he was beaned by Angels<br />

pitcher Jack Hamilton in the fourth inning of<br />

their game at Fenway Park on Aug. 18, 1967.<br />

AP File Photo by Bill Chaplis<br />

T h e t r a g e d y o f<br />

Tony C<br />

By Steve Krause<br />

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50 years ago, beanball cut<br />

short Conigliaro’s career<br />

H<br />

e had been in a slump. Tony Conigliaro, the 22-year-old<br />

kid who, earlier in 1967, had become the youngest player<br />

in the history of the American League to reach the 100-<br />

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

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

teammate and friend Rico Petrocelli, “but yeah, he was struggling.<br />

We always talked about waiting on the ball. When you’re in a<br />

slump you always tend to rush things. He wanted to wait on the<br />

ball. That’s what all the great hitters<br />

could do. Tony probably had that<br />

on his mind. Wait … wait … wait<br />

until the last second.”<br />

“Unfortunately,” said Petrocelli,<br />

“it worked against him. He didn’t<br />

have enough time to get out of<br />

the way.”<br />

Tony Conigliaro was a local idol<br />

— the Swampscott kid (via East<br />

Boston) and St. Mary’s graduate<br />

who had made his Major League<br />

debut with the Red Sox at age 19<br />

and homered in his first at-bat, on<br />

the first pitch he saw off Joel Horlen<br />

of the Chicago White Sox in 1964,<br />

at Fenway Park.<br />

In no time, he became the toast<br />

of the town. He even recorded rock<br />

’n’ roll records.<br />

“I remember seeing him open his<br />

trunk up once and there were all<br />

these 45s of ‘Little Red Scooter’<br />

(one of his recordings that got<br />

local airplay),” said Frank Carey, a<br />

lifelong friend and teammate at<br />

St. Mary’s. “He loved that stuff.”<br />

Just about every Red Sox fan probably wanted to be Tony<br />

Conigliaro, and a good many female fans surely would have dated<br />

him if they’d had the chance.<br />

That all changed in a split second 50 years ago, on Aug.<br />

18, 1967.<br />

“Then, one August night, the kid in right, lie<br />

sprawling in The dirt …”<br />

”<br />

That hot August night was Tony Conigliaro’s Day of Infamy.<br />

The Red Sox were playing the California Angels (as they were<br />

called at the time) and both teams were in the thick of a pennant<br />

race that — even that late into the summer — involved half of<br />

the American League’s 10 franchises (Boston, California,<br />

Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers).<br />

It began just like any other day.<br />

“He took me into the park with him,” said Richie Conigliaro,<br />

the youngest of the three boys, who was 15 at the time. “I was his<br />

AP File Photo by Bill Chaplis<br />

Tony Conigliaro in April 1966, when he was the toast<br />

of Major League Baseball.<br />

little brother. I liked hanging around with him, hanging around<br />

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

I went into the stands.”<br />

The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the fourth<br />

inning. Conigliaro, who had been dropped to sixth in the batting<br />

order by manager Dick Williams, had already hit a single to center<br />

field, and it looked like his newfound selectiveness, coupled with<br />

a renewed effort to get as close to the plate as he could, had<br />

paid off.<br />

“He was a streak hitter,” said middle<br />

brother Billy Conigliaro, himself<br />

a player in the Red Sox minor<br />

league system at the time. However,<br />

he was home after doing a two-week<br />

stint in the Army Reserve and was<br />

planning to go to the game with his<br />

parents (Salvatore and Theresa),<br />

Richie and uncle Vinnie Martelli<br />

that night.<br />

“We were talking at home that<br />

afternoon and he said he was going<br />

to stand closer to the plate and stay<br />

in a little longer before making<br />

a commitment to the pitch,”<br />

Billy said.<br />

“(Tony) always crowded the plate,”<br />

said Carey, a member of the<br />

National High School Baseball<br />

Coaches Association Hall of Fame<br />

who spent 49 years at North Reading<br />

High. “He was fearless. I can<br />

remember back in 1964 he was<br />

going to face (Yankee Hall of<br />

Famer) Whitey Ford.<br />

“Now, Ford was well past his<br />

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

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

back it up.”<br />

That confidence wasn’t anything new.<br />

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

Danny Murphy (of Beverly, who later pitched for the White<br />

Sox and Chicago Cubs) was on the mound,” said Lynn School<br />

Committee Secretary Tom Iarrobino, a teammate of both Carey<br />

and Conigliaro in high school.<br />

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

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

was only a sophomore at the time.”<br />

To that point in the 1967 season, Conigliaro had hit 20 home<br />

runs and knocked in 67 runs, and was establishing himself as one<br />

of the premier clutch hitters in baseball. And with Carl Yastrzemski<br />

hitting in front of him for most of the season, they formed a potent<br />

1-2 punch. >>><br />

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Conigliaro was the third hitter up in the bottom of the fourth.<br />

George Scott led off with a single, and Reggie Smith had flied out.<br />

“After that,” Richie Conigliaro recalled, “some idiot out in<br />

left field threw a smoke bomb onto the field, and that delayed the<br />

game for almost 15 minutes.”<br />

Finally, Conigliaro dug in against Angels pitcher Jack Hamilton<br />

in his customary wide-open stance, legs spread apart, bat high<br />

behind his shoulder.<br />

The ball came in, high and tight, exactly the type of ball<br />

a pitcher would throw if he wanted to back a hitter away —<br />

something much more common, and much better accepted, in<br />

1967 than it is today.<br />

“The fastball caught him square,<br />

he’s down, is Tony badly hurt?”<br />

“It was a fastball,” confirmed Petrocelli, who was on deck. “A<br />

lot of times, when you’re in a slump, you wait up there in case<br />

it’s a curveball or a changeup. Who knows? He may have been<br />

thinking about a breaking ball.”<br />

Also, said Petrocelli, “Tony had a little blind spot inside. He<br />

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

fractured his arm once.<br />

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

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

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

the ball.<br />

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

the ball.”<br />

Some other factors came into play, too. It was a warm night,<br />

and the center field triangle had not been cordoned off the way it<br />

is now.<br />

“There were a lot of white shirts out there, in the line of his<br />

vision,” said Petrocelli.<br />

Whatever the reason, Conigliaro never moved. The ball<br />

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

the helmet line (few players had ear flaps on their helmets in 1967;<br />

after that helmets were designed with them).<br />

Conigliaro fell to the ground immediately, face down.<br />

“Everything,” said Petrocelli, “went silent. Everyone in the<br />

ballpark — and it was probably a full house -- groaned and then<br />

went still.”<br />

“I saw the whole thing,” said Billy Conigliaro. “It was terrible.<br />

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

to have permanent problems.”<br />

However, one portent of how bad it was came when the ball<br />

did not ricochet, as it would have had it hit a hard, plastic object<br />

such as a helmet.<br />

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

remember hearing any sound. And it went completely silent in<br />

the stands. Everybody was silent.”<br />

Despite all this, Billy Conigliaro and his family tried to remain<br />

optimistic.<br />

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

much later how bad it was.”<br />

However, Richie Conigliaro said, “you knew it was bad when,<br />

after a couple of minutes, he still didn’t get up, and wasn’t<br />

even moving.”<br />

Petrocelli knew immediately. “He was lying on the ground,<br />

10 | <strong>01907</strong><br />

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

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

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

his face start to blow up like a balloon, just like you were blowing<br />

up a balloon.<br />

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

the eye directly, but certainly right below the eye. That’s why it<br />

blew up the way it did.”<br />

Almost immediately, trainer Buddy LeRoux rushed onto the<br />

field along with team doctor Thomas Tierney.<br />

“Right away, they called for a stretcher,” Petrocelli said. “They<br />

knew he was hurt real bad. I helped put him on the stretcher.<br />

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

By this time, the family had made it onto the field and saw<br />

him being placed onto the stretcher and whisked away to Sancta<br />

Maria Hospital in Cambridge.<br />

“We thought he was going to die,” Richie Conigliaro recalled.<br />

“My poor parents. I mean, he was only 22. This was the<br />

‘Impossible Dream’ year, and here we were.”<br />

“The doctors say he’ll be OK, but he<br />

won’t be back this year …”<br />

By the next day, after he’d stabilized, the question wasn’t<br />

whether he’d live, but whether he’d ever play again.<br />

“You saw that picture of him, lying in the hospital bed, with<br />

his eye blackened the way it was, and you thought, ‘no way was<br />

he ever going to be able to play again,’” said Petrocelli, who, despite<br />

seeing his best friend on the team leveled by a fastball to the face,<br />

tripled immediately after the beaning to score both Scott and<br />

pinch-runner Jose Tartabull. The Red Sox won the game, 3-1,<br />

and, of course, went on to win their first pennant since 1946,<br />

overcoming 100-1 odds.<br />

Conigliaro, who was officially diagnosed with a detached retina,<br />

was done for the ’67 season. He was, however, with the team on<br />

the day it clinched the pennant. >>><br />

AP File Photo by Frank Curtin

The road back would be almost<br />

impossible, said Richie Conigliaro, but his<br />

brother didn’t give up easily.<br />

“I was the first guy to play catch with him<br />

in the backyard, in Swampscott, after he was<br />

well enough to do that, and he could barely<br />

see the ball well enough to catch it,” he said.<br />

That was the starting point. Conigliaro<br />

missed the entire 1968 season, but had<br />

designs of making it back to the big leagues<br />

as a pitcher, since he’d pitched in high school.<br />

But as 1969 approached, he began to see the<br />

ball well enough to hit it, and thoughts of a<br />

comeback became that much more realistic.<br />

“Scar tissue had formed in the back of<br />

his eye, and his eyesight was 350-20. It was<br />

ridiculous,” said Petrocelli. “How could you<br />

see out of that?”<br />

But slowly those numbers improved,<br />

until, several weeks later, it was back to 20-<br />

20, Petrocelli said.<br />

“He came to spring training and started<br />

hitting the ball,” he said.<br />

He made the team, and was in the lineup,<br />

in right field, on opening day. And in the<br />

10th inning of opening day in Baltimore, he<br />

hit a two-run homer to give the Red Sox a<br />

4-2 lead.<br />

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Tony Conigliaro, left, announces at an Aug. 21, 1975<br />

news conference in Nahant that he is abandoning<br />

his third comeback try to become a television<br />

sportscaster with WJAR-TV in Providence, R.I.<br />

At right is Arthur Alpert, news director of WJAR.<br />

AP File Photo<br />

“What a story here!” exclaimed Red Sox<br />

broadcaster Ken Coleman as Conigliaro<br />

almost flew around the bases.<br />

Among those greeting him when he got<br />

back to the dugout was Billy Conigliaro, in<br />

uniform for his first-ever Major League game.<br />

“All I could think of was my parents,” he<br />

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“I got chills when I saw that ball go out,”<br />

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Beth Adams, NFL deal<br />

with brain injuries head-on<br />

By Steve Krause<br />

Looks can be deceiving.<br />

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

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

known, concussions.<br />

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

of Swampscott, a neurotrauma rehabilitation specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital.<br />

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

>>><br />

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

to understand their medical situation, and help them find the best medical care ...”<br />

“Getting your bell rung,” said Adams.<br />

“That’s one you used to hear a lot. There are<br />

so many variations of it.”<br />

Similarly, there are so many variations of<br />

the actual condition too – ranging from a<br />

general feeling of woozyness to whiplash<br />

(getting your head jerked front to back, which<br />

impacts the spinal cord) all the way up to loss<br />

of consciousness, however long.<br />

“You can have a whiplash injury,” she said.<br />

“The force in which your head snaps can<br />

justle your brain. Some people say ‘I was only<br />

hit from behind.’ But your head snapped. The<br />

force is just so intense that (a concussion)<br />

could be the outcome. It’s not always a direct<br />

hit.”<br />

Adams first became interested in treating<br />

concussions when she was doing graduate<br />

school work at Northeastern University as a<br />

rehabilitation specialist. She’d majored in<br />

speech and language pathology at Salem<br />

State College.<br />

“I was doing an internship in a brain injury<br />

facility where every patient there was in their<br />

20s and 30s,” she said. “They were there for a<br />

number of reasons … motorcycles, motor<br />

vehicles, sports, and this was before anyone<br />

knew the impact (these injuries) could have.<br />

“There were a lot of young people there,<br />

and I felt I could make a difference.”<br />

These days, she works in conjunction with<br />

The Trust, the NFL Player’s Association’s<br />

group committed to former players’ wellbeing.<br />

What Adams does at Mass General is<br />

help her clients organize long-term care.<br />

“I help people navigate their medical<br />

course,” she said. “I assist NFL players only<br />

after they come through a three-day medical<br />

evaluation to understand their medical<br />

situation, and help them find the best<br />

medical care when they leave (MGH) so they<br />

can continue their care.”<br />

Adams says that despite an enormous<br />

increase in awareness on the subject of<br />

concussions (including a movie starring Will<br />

Smith as a doctor fighting the NFL, which in<br />

the film is trying to quash his research<br />

on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a<br />

condition ex-players have developed due to<br />

repeated brain injuries). “There is so much<br />

work we have to do.”<br />

One of Adams’ goals in the beginning of<br />

her work as a concussion specialist was “for kids<br />

to learn how to pull themselves out” of games<br />

where they have suffered a brain injury.<br />

“Kids who are playing sports now … if they<br />

don’t know how to pull themselves out, and<br />

coaches do not know what’s happening,<br />

it’s critical.<br />

This can have a chain-reaction effect, she<br />

said. If children ignore, or aren’t aware of their<br />

symptoms, and the condition lingers, “now<br />

they can’t go back into the classroom.<br />

“Kids need to thrive,” she said. “And if<br />

schools don’t know how to assess kids, we’re<br />

in trouble. It’s really important to give out<br />

education.”<br />

Fortunately, Adams says, schools and<br />

coaches are getting the message.<br />

“I can honestly say,” she said, “that I’m<br />

seeing a lot more people pulling kids out, and<br />

talking about it. Five years ago, we’d have never<br />

seen that. You’re seeing a lot more talking.<br />

“I help<br />

people<br />

navigate<br />

their<br />

medical<br />

course,”<br />

~ Beth Adams<br />

“Trainers are out there poised to know<br />

what they’re trying to watch for,” she said.<br />

“Now, you come right out. It’s not 100<br />

percent, but more people are doing it now,<br />

with the understanding of what can happen<br />

when you don’t.<br />

“Even school nurses are the first line<br />

of defense,” she said.<br />

This is why, she says, the concussion<br />

protocols being set up at every level of<br />

sports are so important. They are conducted<br />

immediately by trainers and other officials<br />

who have been educated on the immediate<br />

symptoms of a concussion. And if the victim<br />

meets any of the outlined criteria, they are not<br />

allowed to resume playing.<br />

“Protocol for children is always necessary.”<br />

she said.<br />

Children can manifest symptoms in other<br />

ways, and this is something Adams<br />

discussed in the book “Head Games” by<br />

former Harvard football player and wrestler<br />

Chris Nowinski (who has spoken and<br />

conducted several symposiums on concussions<br />

on the North Shore).<br />

“This is a subject that’s near and dear to<br />

me,” Adams said. “When a kid looks fine, but<br />

he or she acts out in school and nobody knows<br />

why. How do you help these kids? They’re<br />

being delayed. They can’t learn because of the<br />

disruption the injury has caused. How<br />

many of us knew kids in school who were<br />

disruptive?”<br />

She’s intrigued by her work with former<br />

NFL players, which she does almost<br />

exclusively at Mass General. In her private<br />

practice she has dealt with a wider variety of<br />

head injuries.<br />

“Working through it is like peeling the<br />

onion,” she said. “Peeling the layers. If I can<br />

help them through that, I can help them<br />

compensate.”<br />

As a health professional, she does not talk<br />

about people she’s treated or issues she’s<br />

not familiar with. She had no comment on<br />

allegations earlier in the spring by Giselle<br />

Bundchen that her husband, Patriots<br />

quarterback Tom Brady, had suffered a<br />

concussion last year. And she wouldn’t<br />

comment on the suicide of former NFL<br />

linebacker Junior Seau, except to say she<br />

“cringed” when she heard about it.<br />

And through her association with former<br />

Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson, who had<br />

well-documented bouts with depression and<br />

allegations of spousal abuse stemming from<br />

head injuries, the two have become friends.<br />

But she doesn’t talk about his specific<br />

condition.<br />

She does want to stress, as often as she can,<br />

that you cannot go by looks when evaluating<br />

the condition of a person who has suffered a<br />

head injury.<br />

“I call the people who look fine, but may<br />

be injured, ‘the walking wounded,’” she said.<br />

“They do look fine. You don’t know until<br />

you look deeper.” n<br />

For further information on Beth Adams and<br />

concussions, visit her website at Concussionrehab.com<br />

SUMMER <strong>2017</strong> | 13

Chapel renovation earns praise<br />

By Sandi Goldfarb<br />

S<br />

wampscott’s historic cemetery is a peaceful place.<br />

Mature trees shade walkways that wind through the<br />

well-maintained grounds, while the sounds of birds<br />

mingle with the gentle hum of traffic. Gravesites are marked by<br />

small American flags waving in the breeze and by flowers and<br />

balloons that pay tribute to loved ones long gone.<br />

The newly renovated Andrews Chapel is the centerpiece of<br />

the cemetery, which was established in 1852. Designed in the<br />

Norman Gothic style by Charles V. Burgess, the chapel was built<br />

in 1923 in memory of Swampscott selectman and assessor, Isaac<br />

H. Andrews, at the bequest of his widow, Ellen T. Andrews.<br />

Through the years the once proud sanctuary fell into<br />

disrepair. But with support from the town, a small but mighty<br />

committee, private donors and the generosity of local businesses,<br />

artisans and tradesmen, the chapel has been transformed.<br />

In 2009, the town earmarked $180,000 to repair the<br />

building’s slate roof and limestone exterior. Fundraising and the<br />

first phase of construction began that same year. A group of<br />

dedicated volunteers, led by Deb Bogardus, raised more than<br />

$150,000 through gifts large and small to renovate the interior<br />

of the nondenominational chapel.<br />

Over an eight-year period, every surface of the chapel was<br />

painstakingly restored. Ten stained glass windows, in soft shades<br />

of blue, green and gold, were repaired or replaced and walls,<br />

floors, the vaulted ceiling and chair rails were sanded and<br />

refinished. Original lighting fixtures were refurbished and new<br />

lighting installed. The chapel’s plaster walls were painted and<br />

stenciled and 16 of the original 20 wooden pews were refinished<br />

by Boy Scout Troop 53 under the guidance of Michael Norcott.<br />

Wood from the four pews that could not be salvaged was used<br />

to build two tables that flank the entry.<br />

Tilework in the chapel’s entry was either repaired or replaced,<br />

wiring and heating systems were updated, a wheelchair ramp<br />

added and the landscaping surrounding the chapel was graded<br />

to improve drainage. With work completed, the chapel was<br />

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

honestly, this was a real team effort.”<br />

Twenty of the cemetery’s 74 acres—the oldest section of the<br />

property, which includes the chapel—are listed on the National<br />

Register of Historic Places. n<br />

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By Stacey Marcus<br />

Photo: Matt Muise<br />

“I arrived in Ireland with<br />

no phone, no home and no<br />

hairdresser,” said Anne<br />

Driscoll, an award-winning<br />

journalist, social worker and<br />

author.<br />

The longtime Swampscott<br />

resident details her experiences<br />

as a Fulbright Scholar working<br />

with the Irish Innocence<br />

Project in her engaging<br />

three-volume Irish You Were<br />

Here book series, which<br />

showcases her storytelling<br />

skills.<br />

“My first trip abroad was<br />

to Ireland for my honeymoon<br />

and I have always longed to<br />

Anne Driscoll and Therese<br />

Ekevio, an Irish Innocence<br />

Project caseworker, at<br />

Griffith College in Dublin.<br />

figure out a way I might some day work and live there, or maybe<br />

retire there. I’ve visited Ireland a couple of times since my honeymoon<br />

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

that I finally had the opportunity to actually live and work there.<br />

That Fulbright has changed the trajectory of my entire life,” she said,<br />

during a recent visit to her Swampscott home.<br />

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

Her journey began in the fall of 2013 when she arrived in Dublin<br />

for her Fulbright academic year to teach law and journalism students<br />

of the Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College in Dublin. From<br />

the moment Driscoll arrived, the magic began.<br />

“Something about Ireland deeply resonated with me,”<br />

Driscoll said. >>><br />

Photo: Brenda Fitzsimmons<br />

16 | <strong>01907</strong>

She may have arrived in Ireland with no<br />

phone, no home and no hairdresser, but on<br />

her third day there she found an apartment<br />

overlooking Griffith College.The landlady<br />

had recently opened a hair salon. The magic<br />

continued to unfold as Driscoll, who is a<br />

member of the Boston Irish Currach Rowing<br />

Club, rowed down the River Liffey, climbed<br />

two mountains in one day and visited 1200-<br />

year-old monasteries and 12th-century pubs.<br />

One of her favorite moments was hearing<br />

new friends Anita, Adele and Trish proclaim,<br />

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

having received myriad marriage proposals<br />

at the annual Matchmaking Festival.<br />

“I think I am engaged to three farmers,”<br />

said Driscoll, with a smile.<br />

Awesome is how Driscoll describes her<br />

work teaching investigative journalism and<br />

interviewing skills to law students at Griffith<br />

College as they explore cases for the Irish<br />

Innocence Project. When she was invited to<br />

work on the Innocence Protect for a second<br />

year, she accepted straightaway. Last summer,<br />

she was offered a position in Ireland to work<br />

with The Sunny Center of New York, a<br />

sanctuary founded by Sonia ‘Sunny’ Jacobs<br />

and Peter Pringle who were each sentenced<br />

to death for crimes they did not commit.<br />

Jacobs would spend 17 years in prison in the<br />

United States, and Pringle more than<br />

a decade in prison in Ireland. Each was<br />

exonerated and their convictions overturned.<br />

Driscoll will bring the couple to the North<br />

Shore in July to be part of Salem State<br />

University’s Institute on Human Rights.<br />

Driscoll is senior reporter for the Justice<br />

Brandeis Innocence Project at the Schuster<br />

Institute, which uses investigative journalism<br />

techniques to examine possible miscarriages<br />

of criminal justice. A licensed social worker,<br />

Driscoll received the 2016 Salem Award<br />

Foundation for Human Rights and Social<br />

Justice award for her groundbreaking<br />

contribution in overturning wrongful<br />

convictions, including that of Angel<br />

Echavarria of Lynn who was serving a<br />

life sentence for a 1994 murder he did<br />

not commit.<br />

Driscoll, who grew up in Weymouth and<br />

first moved to the North Shore when she<br />

attended Salem State College, has always<br />

loved writing and telling stories. But she<br />

decided to “be practical” and majored in<br />

social work. “I was interested in what makes<br />

people tick,” she said, and enjoyed her first<br />

job working with juvenile delinquent girls,<br />

but quit to pursue a writing career.<br />

“My parents thought I was insane,”<br />

Driscoll said.<br />

North Shore Sunday hired her to cover local<br />

sports, a subject for which she was far from<br />

an expert. “I didn’t play sports, so I wrote a<br />

profile about myself. Amazingly, they hired<br />

me,” she said.<br />

Since that first writing gig, the awardwinning<br />

journalist’s work has graced the<br />

pages of the New York Times, People, Teen<br />

People, Health, Real Simple, Parenting and<br />

CosmoGirl. She was a stringer for the Boston<br />

Globe for 10 years and wrote several self-help<br />

books for tweens.<br />

It’s full circle for the Salem State graduate.<br />

When she and her former husband were<br />

looking to buy a home, Swampscott was their<br />

first choice. “I’ve been in the same house in<br />

Swampscott ever since!” she said.<br />

“I have loved living in Swampscott, as<br />

I love living by the ocean and I find<br />

Swampscott to be an authentic and beautiful<br />

community. It’s the kind of place you can<br />

have an idea and make it happen,” said Driscoll.<br />

Her favorite spot is Fisherman’s Beach. “I<br />

love the rich history of Fisherman’s Beach –<br />

the fishermen who thrived there, the American<br />

impressionists who painted the scenes of the<br />

fishermen, the fishing shacks, the lobster<br />

traps and the Swampscott dories that dotted<br />

the landscape, and the Fish House that<br />

replaced the fishing shack.”<br />

She enjoys living and working in Ireland,<br />

but there are things here she misses, such as:<br />

• Cindy’s pizza, but also Tony Lena’s and<br />

Captain’s. Driscoll says Ireland is pizzachallenged.<br />

• The smell of the ocean. Although she<br />

lives on Ireland’s West Coast, it lacks<br />

the same briny smell.<br />

• Driving into Swampscott along Lynn<br />

Shore Drive and the feeling of home<br />

that she gets when she can see Town<br />

Hall, the gazebo and the monument<br />

on her left and the ocean on her right.<br />

On her website, Driscoll says her mission<br />

is “to make a difference in the world, one<br />

story at a time.” Check out her three-volume<br />

series Irish You Were Here: My Year of<br />

Matchmaking Festivals, Fairy Forts and<br />

Mugging My Mugger in Ireland (year one),<br />

Irish You Were Here: Volume Two: My Year of<br />

Chip Butties, Holy Wells and Hugging My<br />

Mugger (year two) and Irish You Were Here:<br />

Volume Three: My Year of Roaming Ancient<br />

Castles, Finding Magic Marbles and Writing<br />

Letters to My Mugger (year three). n<br />

SUMMER <strong>2017</strong> | 17

Reach<br />

for the<br />

stars<br />

18 | <strong>01907</strong>

Town’s artists<br />

over the moon about<br />

new home<br />

By Meaghan Casey<br />

Artists may have been lured to Swampscott<br />

by the beautiful waterfront in years past,<br />

but it was often a solitary existence —<br />

until now.<br />

The nonprofit group Reach Arts has tirelessly been<br />

working to build a center where community and arts<br />

meet. In April, the group signed a two-year lease with the<br />

town to restore and rent the property at 89 Burrill St.,<br />

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

building, a former senior center, into a space for artistic<br />

expression, creative learning and community functions.<br />

“It’s thrilling,” said Jackie Kinney, co-president<br />

of Reach Arts. “Having people on the board as enthusiastic<br />

as we are and having [Town Administrator] Sean<br />

Fitzgerald over the moon about it really helped to make<br />

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

this done.’”<br />

The first floor will house a gift shop and/or<br />

museum space, an instruction room and a cozy reading<br />

room with a fireplace. The basement offers the perfect<br />

setting for gallery and instruction space. Also in the<br />

basement is a kitchen, which will be used for cooking<br />

classes and functions. Upstairs is what Kinney calls “the<br />

jewel” of the building. It’s a ballroom, already outfitted<br />

with a stage, that will be used for theater and musical<br />

performances, receptions, open mic nights and more.<br />

There will be a juried competition to select artists to paint<br />

the recessed ceiling panels in that room. A smaller, top<br />

floor will offer office space.<br />

In preparation for a fall opening, nearly 50<br />

volunteers have been working to renovate the space,<br />

which had been neglected and inhabited by raccoons in<br />

recent years. Through a capital campaign, the group will<br />

also be raising money to install an elevator, rebuild the<br />

porch, replace windows and repair the balcony and floors.<br />

>>> P. 20<br />


Abstract artist Carin Doben finds a creative oasis in her backyard studio.<br />

Reach Arts co-president Jackie Kinney, standing in front of a mural from<br />

the former Machon School, shows off the space in the Reach Arts building.<br />

Glass artist Ingrid Pichler installs a stained glass window at the Clifton<br />

Lutheran Church in Marblehead.<br />

Photos: Alena Kuzub, Spenser Hasak and Owen O'Rourke.<br />

SUMMER <strong>2017</strong> | 19


“Harvard Square” a landscape oil painting by<br />

Marc Morin; a stained glass window designed<br />

by Ingrid Pichler; a photograph exploring the<br />

beauty of unexpected juxtapositions by<br />

Stefanie Timmermann; and an abstract<br />

painting by Carin Doben.<br />

20 | <strong>01907</strong><br />

Reach for the stars | Continued from P. 19<br />

Self-taught photographer Stefanie<br />

Timmermann, who documented the “before<br />

stage” through photos, sees great possibilities<br />

within the building.<br />

“It had an abandoned feel, but the bones are<br />

really good. For shows and exhibits, you have to<br />

think about lighting and giving space for the<br />

work to breathe, and we’ll have that here,” said<br />

Timmermann, a former scientist who loves<br />

the experimental nature of photography and<br />

digital editing.<br />

Putting <strong>01907</strong> back on the map<br />

More than a century ago, Swampscott<br />

attracted talented international artists such as<br />

William Bradford, Albert Van Beest, William<br />

Partridge Burpee, Edward Burrill and Charles<br />

Woodbury, who were inspired by the town’s<br />

shoreline, sailing vessels and fishing industry. As<br />

early as the 1850s, these beach painters, also<br />

known as the American Marine Impressionists,<br />

spurred a flourishing arts movement that lasted<br />

for decades. It was the development of Lynn<br />

Shore Drive and the construction of the beach<br />

wall that pushed the painters toward Gloucester<br />

in the 1920s.<br />

In the decades since, Swampscott has been<br />

unable to rebuild the momentum that it lost<br />

with their exit.<br />

Nearby cities and towns like Lynn, Beverly,<br />

Essex, Newburyport, Gloucester and Rockport<br />

have continued to thrive and have been<br />

designated cultural districts by the Massachusetts<br />

Cultural Council. Marblehead and Salem are<br />

each home to numerous galleries and studios and<br />

host a range of art exhibits and festivals. Lynn,<br />

boosted by its designation, has become a mecca<br />

for artist loft space and studio space and is home<br />

to organizations such as LynnArts and Raw Art<br />

Works. Lynn’s latest art installation project,<br />

Beyond Walls, kicked off this spring and will<br />

celebrate a mural festival this summer, during<br />

which 10 murals will be painted by international<br />

and local artists. The Greater Lynn Photographic<br />

Association, to which Timmermann belongs, has<br />

more than 200 members.<br />

“The give and take is important,” said<br />

Timmermann, describing the synergy of the<br />

association. “What’s lacking in our town is a<br />

place for artists to meet and support each other,<br />

to grow and exchange ideas in a place that<br />

promotes creative energy.”<br />

Timmerman’s work is defined by the use of<br />

atmospheric light, innovative flash techniques<br />

and creative points of view. A native of Germany,<br />

she moved to Boston from Paris and has been<br />

living in Swampscott for nearly a decade. During<br />

her eight years in France, she gained a deeper<br />

appreciation for the arts.<br />

“Art is just a part of life there,” she said. “The<br />

museums are full. There are paintings and prints<br />

around almost every corner. It would be amazing<br />

Photos: Paula Muller<br />

to have more opportunities here in town for<br />

exhibits.”<br />

Leah Piepgras, who has volunteered at RAW<br />

and Marblehead Community Charter Public<br />

School, is looking forward to a place where<br />

Swampscott artists will be able to gather, teach,<br />

perform, create and exhibit. Piepgras was trained<br />

in sculpture and performance art, but has also<br />

added painting to her repertoire. She holds an<br />

impressive record of exhibitions both nationally<br />

and internationally, including solo shows at the<br />

Winfisky Gallery at Salem State University, the<br />

GRIN Gallery in Providence and the<br />

SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York City.<br />

It baffles her why there hasn’t been more of<br />

an arts presence in a town as picturesque as<br />

Swampscott.<br />

“I was originally from Texas, so it’s an utter<br />

privilege to be so close to the ocean and to see<br />

that view every day,” said Piepgras. “It’s a huge<br />

inspiration to me, the constant and always<br />

changing seascape. I try to walk along the beach<br />

as often as I can.”<br />

Artist Marc Morin, who moved to<br />

Swampscott two years ago, admits that the lack<br />

of space in town has forced him to offer<br />

classes, workshops and drawing boot camps in<br />

Marblehead and Watertown.<br />

“I’d love to be able to offer classes in the Reach<br />

Arts building,” said Morin, a fine art painter who<br />

studied at the Art Institute of Boston. “I hope<br />

this has a positive influence on the whole town.<br />

It seems like it was more of a resort town in years<br />

past and right now it’s still finding its identity.<br />

The building is a start, but hopefully murals and<br />

sculptures and more projects can come out<br />

of this.”<br />

“It feels like Swampscott is becoming,” said<br />

Nancy Wolinski, a graphic designer, vocalist,<br />

jewelry designer and member of the Reach Arts<br />

board of trustees. “There’s the 10-year plan, the<br />

beautification committee, the rail trail and now<br />

this. It’s our time to become a community that<br />

serves its community. We’re not just a sleepy<br />

town next to Boston and we shouldn’t be playing<br />

second fiddle to Marblehead, Salem and Lynn.”<br />

“Places like Marblehead and Rockport have<br />

always been so active,” said abstract artist Carin<br />

Doben, who came to the Bay State from New

York City. “Swampscott really needs a push<br />

in the arts. In the ’70s, we tried to build an<br />

association that would meet in the basement<br />

of the library, but it never really went anwhere.”<br />

Doben, who was educated in art history,<br />

regularly exhibits with the Experimental<br />

Group of the Rockport Art Association &<br />

Museum, as well as with the Abstract Artists<br />

Group of New England, which operates<br />

under the umbrella of the Newburyport Art<br />

Association.<br />

“We need more events and more shows<br />

right here,” she said. “Swampscott has always<br />

been at the bottom of the list in that regard,<br />

and it’s such a shame because it’s a perfect<br />

place to be for photographers and landscape<br />

artists.”<br />

“We need more events and more shows<br />

right here,” she said. “Swampscott has always<br />

been at the bottom of the list in that regard,<br />

and it’s such a shame because it’s a perfect place<br />

to be for photographers and landscape artists.”<br />

Swampscott native Beth Balliro, an artist<br />

and associate professor at the Massachusetts<br />

College of Art and Design, calls Reach<br />

Arts “the town’s moment to become more<br />

inclusive of the arts.” A 1991 graduate<br />

of Swampscott High, Balliro remembers<br />

hopping on the commuter rail into Boston<br />

as a teenager to spend weekend days at the<br />

Museum of Fine Arts, taking classes and<br />

exploring the exhibits.<br />

“Growing up, two of my friends and<br />

I were known as the ‘art kids.’ I really had to<br />

seek it out, and I was lucky I had parents who<br />

were so supportive,” said Balliro, whose<br />

mother, Anita, has taught art in Swampscott<br />

Public Schools for years and has tried to<br />

resurrect plein air painting over the years, in<br />

an attempt to inspire the next generation of<br />

beach painters.<br />

Balliro, who moved back to Swampscott<br />

four years ago, after calling Jamaica Plain<br />

home for 20 years, is serving as chairwoman<br />

of the Swampscott Cultural Council—also a<br />

relatively young organization that formed to<br />

enhance the quality of life for Swampscott<br />

residents through community cultural<br />

activities. The council has provided funds to<br />

the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra,<br />

the Concert Singers, the Swampscott by the<br />

Sea <strong>Summer</strong> Concert Series, school-based art<br />

programs and such one-day events as the Gift<br />

of Song: Voice of Black America, held at the<br />

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Swampscott<br />

sailing<br />

program<br />

c e l e b r a t e s<br />

half-century mark<br />

By David Liscio<br />

LEFT:<br />

Nancy Olson Tamez<br />

receives the Cassidy Trophy<br />

from instructor David Shepherd,<br />

left, and Stuart Martin, then<br />

Sailing Committee chairman.<br />

BELOW:<br />

Chris Callahan shows<br />

Pam Rotner how to<br />

rig the sais.<br />

Nautical historians will tell you Swampscott is best known as the<br />

New England town where the fishing dory and the lobster pot<br />

were invented.<br />

But over the past half century, while fish stocks dwindled, the<br />

town’s interest in recreational sailing continued to grow.<br />

On June 23, the town celebrated the 50th anniversary of its<br />

sailing program, which today is run by the Recreation Department,<br />

supported by the Friends of Swampscott Sailing, and includes a close<br />

association with Swampscott High School’s Big Blue Sailing Team.<br />

Big Blue sailors train at Marblehead’s Pleon Yacht Club because<br />

the facility isn’t affected by the tide, unlike the Swampscott Yacht<br />

Club headquartered in the historic Fish House on Fisherman’s Beach.<br />

According to Recreation Department Director Danielle Strauss,<br />

several Big Blue sailors have gone on to sail for Tufts University and<br />

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

Give your kids the gift of sailing,” she said.<br />

The anniversary party on the town’s waterfront served as a<br />

reunion celebration for those who learned to sail in Swampscott.<br />

The crowd included those who<br />

served as directors and instructors<br />

during the program’s early days.<br />

The late David Shepherd was<br />

the program’s first instructor.<br />

Former student Christopher<br />

Callahan recalled him fondly.<br />

“The Swampscott Sailing<br />

Program was, and indirectly is,<br />

still a big part of my life. I was<br />

in the first sailing class in 1967 with Director<br />

David Shepherd. We had two, and sometimes three students in the<br />

old Optimist prams – usually sitting in a few inches of water. It was<br />

my introduction to sailing and boats – standing in the tippy boat to<br />

rig the spritsail, rainy days poring over the fascinating nautical charts<br />

in the attic of the old Fish House surrounded by ancient<br />

fishing gear.” >>><br />

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Callahan, who later crewed aboard the<br />

tall ship Pride of Baltimore, chuckled at one<br />

particular memory. “We were sailing in the<br />

harbor when a sudden fog rolled in. Slipping<br />

the attention of the director, we sailed as fast<br />

as we could toward where we hoped Egg<br />

Rock would be. When the fog lifted, he<br />

chased us down in the Boston Whaler and he<br />

was not happy, but I was bitten by the bug of<br />

a sea adventure.”<br />

Win Quayle was director in 1974-75.<br />

Callahan was assistant and took over as<br />

director in 1976-77, along with assistants<br />

Sally McIntosh, Robin Louges and Eileen<br />

Kain.<br />

“Sally was a student, then intern, then<br />

assistant director and jack of all trades,” he<br />

said, describing McIntosh as the face and<br />

spirit of Swampscott sailing from 1970 to<br />

1980. “The program would not have been<br />

the same without her dedication.”<br />

Steve Eckman, founder of the Friends<br />

group, recently reached out to David<br />

Shepherd’s twin brother, Edward, to hear a<br />

few sailing stories. He learned that David<br />

Shepherd was a history buff and named boats<br />

in the inaugural pram fleet after British Navy<br />

ships that fought in the Battle of Trafalgar. A<br />

creative instructor, Shepherd also taught<br />

17th-century battle tactics, barking commands<br />

at students to help hone their skills.<br />

Former student Nancy (Olson) Tamez<br />

was awarded the Francis J. Cassidy Trophy in<br />

1970 for best overall sailor in a ceremony on<br />

Fisherman’s Beach. “Undoubtedly my fondest<br />

memory,” she said. “What a fun time.”<br />

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Crossing the channel<br />

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Swampscott<br />

men tackle the<br />

‘Mount Everest<br />

of swimming’<br />

By Meaghan Casey<br />

They will likely be jellyfish, water<br />

temperatures dipping below 60 degrees,<br />

salt-water induced swelling of lips and<br />

tongues, skin chafing and stretches of hunger<br />

and fatigue, but that won’t stop Swampscott’s<br />

Andy Jones and Tommy Gainer from<br />

attempting to swim the English Channel<br />

this summer.<br />

“You’re going to be uncomfortable. You’re<br />

going to be cold. You’re going to get stung,”<br />

said Jones. “That’s about 20 percent of the<br />

challenge. The rest is mental.”<br />

“I try to focus on the sound of the water,<br />

the feel of the water and my breathing,” he<br />

continued. “It’s almost like meditation.”<br />

“Night swimming will be an odd<br />

experience,” said Gainer. “I’ll have to get used<br />

to the solitude of being alone in the water,<br />

with just a boat next to you. You can scare<br />

yourself silly, but you have to just focus on<br />

what’s ahead.”<br />

Since the first observed and unassisted<br />

swim in 1875, fewer than 1,800 swimmers<br />

have successfully completed solo swims<br />

across the 21 miles that separate Shakespeare<br />

Beach in Dover, England, from Cap Gris<br />

Nez in France. Due to the currents and tides,<br />

swimmers tend to tackle more of an S-shaped<br />

course, making the distance greater. On top<br />

of that, the Channel is one of the busiest<br />

shipping lanes in the world, with an average<br />

of 600 tankers and 200 ferries passing<br />

through every day. Swimmers often have to<br />

stop and tread water or alter their paths.<br />

“I can deal with everything else, but the<br />

idea of swimming close to a really big ship<br />

freaks me out,” said Gainer.<br />

“For good reason, this is known as the<br />

Mount Everest of swimming,” said Jones.<br />

“‘Nothing great is easy’ is inscribed on<br />

the memorial of Captain Matthew Webb,<br />

the first person to swim the Channel.”<br />

Registered through the Channel<br />

Swimming & Piloting Federation (CS&PF),<br />

Gainer is scheduled to swim at some point<br />

between July 29 and August 6. Jones will<br />

follow him, during the week of August 7.<br />

There’s a small chance the pair will swim<br />

during the same week if weather conditions<br />

were to bump Gainer from his slot.<br />

An assigned pilot and an observer will be<br />

alongside them throughout the course, but<br />

the swimmers are responsible for all aspects<br />

of their own safety.<br />

“If you touch the boat or if anyone<br />

touches you, you’re disqualified, so you have<br />

to be really alert about that,” said Jones,<br />

explaining the only thing they can have<br />

contact with is a feeding bottle attached by a<br />

line to the boat.<br />

Gainer and Jones, who ironically live<br />

within a stone’s throw of each other, met<br />

while swimming with the YMCA of the<br />

North Shore Sharks Masters Swim Team.<br />

Jones, born and raised in England, moved<br />

to the United States in 2003 to expand the<br />

operations of professional services firm<br />

Stroud International, which he co-founded.<br />

After living in the North End of Boston for<br />

a couple of years, he and his wife, Jacqueline,<br />

moved to Swampscott in 2006. The couple<br />

has two sons.<br />

Gainer, who grew up in Newport News,<br />

Va., moved with his wife, Lindsay, from<br />

North Carolina to Boston in 2007 after<br />

accepting a job with biotech product<br />

company Invitrogen. They’ve lived in<br />

Swampscott since 2009 and have two<br />

young daughters.<br />

“We’re beach people, so we made a lot of<br />

trips to the North Shore,” he said. “It was the<br />

right move. We fell in love with the area.”<br />

Both men have had a natural inclination<br />

to the water from a young age.<br />

“I’ve always been in the water,” said<br />

Gainer. “My mother started me on swimming<br />

lessons at 6 months.”<br />

He began swimming competitively yearround<br />

in elementary school. At age 17,<br />

he picked up surfing, and in college and<br />

graduate school, he worked as a lifeguard and<br />

swim instructor.<br />

After college, Gainer switched gears and<br />

started running. He had just finished one<br />

marathon in Nashville, Tenn., and was<br />

training for a second when he suffered a tibial<br />

stress fracture. With running off the table, he<br />

returned to swimming and started competing<br />

with the U.S. Masters Swimming at the<br />

University of North Carolina. He later joined<br />

the Charles River Masters in Cambridge and<br />

also swam with a group at Walden Pond in<br />

the summers. It was during that time that<br />

Gainer was asked to join a relay team for the<br />

Boston Light Swim. The oldest open water<br />

marathon swim in the U.S., the 8-mile swim<br />

has been a local tradition since 1907.<br />

Participants begin the race at Boston Light<br />

on Little Brewster Island and the course<br />

continues past George’s Island and Rainsford<br />

Island, then along Long Island and around<br />

Thompson’s Island. Swimmers come ashore<br />

at the L Street Bathhouse in South Boston.<br />

Many cold-water swimmers use this event to<br />

prepare for an English Channel crossing.<br />

“That’s really what got me into cold,<br />

open-water swimming,” Gainer said. “A few<br />

people in the club were training for the<br />

Channel at the time and I guess you could<br />

say a seed was planted. It became something<br />

on my bucket list.”<br />

Following his move to Swampscott, he<br />

began swimming between Swampscott and<br />

Nahant with a group training for Boston<br />

Light. Calling themselves the “Nahant<br />

Knuckleheads,” they’d often swim laps on<br />

Sundays from the Tides Restaurant to where<br />

Mission on the Bay is now and take ocean<br />

plunges throughout the year.<br />

“It was all about getting acclimated to the<br />

water,” said Gainer. “We’d go on routine<br />

dips, starting on New Year’s Day, no matter<br />

how cold it was. When you live this close to<br />

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

Photos: Scott Eisen<br />

Jones had a slightly different route,<br />

admitting he was in inflatable armbands in<br />

the water until age 9 and was jealous of his<br />

peers taking swim lessons. His parents<br />

eventually signed him up for lessons and it<br />

turned out he was a natural.<br />

“When I was about 10 or 11, I<br />

figured out I had an instinctual feel for the<br />

water,” he said. “I remember at that time<br />

someone telling me, ‘You’ll swim the Channel<br />

someday.’ I’ve never forgotten that. Very few<br />

people had done it in the ’70s and ’80s and<br />

it was one of those challenges that was always<br />

in the back of my mind.”<br />

He swam competitively during his youth<br />

and was a member and then captain of the<br />

swimming and water polo club at<br />

Cambridge University, earning a prestigious<br />

blue blazer. After college, his busy career and<br />

travel schedule kept him out of the water, but<br />

he would pop over to the local outdoor pool<br />

when he moved to Boston and later<br />

discovered and joined the Sharks. He’s also a<br />

member of the coaching staff at the YMCA’s<br />

Lynch/van Otterloo branch.<br />

In January 2016, Jones decided to take a<br />

sabbatical from work and begin training for<br />

the Channel swim.<br />

“It’s eaten away at me all my life, like<br />

having a little cartoon mini me on each<br />

shoulder whispering in my ears that I can or<br />

can’t do it,” said Jones. “If I don’t attempt it<br />

now, I know I’ll have regrets.”<br />

Jones was quick to bring on board Gainer,<br />

who had previously talked him into doing<br />

the 10-mile Northeast Kingdom swim in<br />

Vermont, as well as Boston Light.<br />

“I turned the table on him and signed up<br />

for the Channel, hoping he’d follow me,” said<br />

Jones.<br />

“I didn’t even have to think,” said Gainer.<br />

“To have someone to train with, it’s been the<br />

perfect time to do it.”<br />

Jones’ wife, who completed an Ironman<br />

Triathlon shortly before they were married,<br />

was supportive, as was Gainer’s family. In<br />

April of that year, Jones completed his<br />

qualifying swim in the waters of Mallorca,<br />

one of Spain's Balearic Islands. SwimTrek<br />

was hosting an intensive open-water training<br />

camp and the CS&PF needs a recorded<br />

swim of at least six hours in waters 61 degrees<br />

or colder. Gainer completed his qualifying<br />

swim during a double Boston Light Swim in<br />

October.<br />

Unfortunately, Jones has met a few<br />

challenges along the way. Not long after he<br />

started training, he got the diagnosis that his<br />

left hip had reached the end of its useful life<br />

and the muscle spasms around it were<br />

crushing the nerves in his leg and lower back.<br />

Thomas Gainer, left, and<br />

Andy Jones at Eisman’s Beach.<br />

“It was crippling,” he said. “It was the only<br />

time in my life that I could conclusively circle<br />

the 10 as my level of pain.”<br />

He was told he needed a total hip<br />

replacement, and with that, dreams of the<br />

Channel started to crumble. Luckily, he was<br />

scheduled for surgery in October with a<br />

surgeon who had invented a less-invasive<br />

procedure that would allow him to maintain<br />

an active lifestyle after rehab. There were,<br />

however, complications that lead the hip to<br />

dislocate before Jones awoke from the<br />

anesthetics and he had an emergency revision<br />

surgery days later.<br />

“For weeks I was exhausted and healing<br />

took much longer due to the additional<br />

trauma,” said Jones. “In December, I rejoined<br />

the Sharks but it was too much, too fast. My<br />

right shoulder developed tendonitis and,<br />

more painfully, so did my new hip. It was one<br />

hell of an emotional roller coaster.”<br />

He spent January focused on rehab and<br />

started to swim again in February. He did<br />

another qualifying swim at the training camp<br />

at Mallorca in April to make sure he<br />

was ready.<br />

“Unlike last year’s rough water, lack of<br />

sun and so many jellyfish, we got ‘Tommy<br />

conditions’ this year,” joked Jones, who<br />

seems to have been cursed by Mother Nature<br />

in comparison to the calm seas and sun that<br />

Gainer has perpetually been dealt.<br />

Unfortunately for Jones, old patterns<br />

might come back to haunt him during<br />

the Channel swim.<br />

“It’ll be a fierce crossing for me,” he said.<br />

“I put myself on the spring tide.”<br />

The preferred time for swims to take place<br />

is on what’s called the neap tide,<br />

because the period before the tide turns is<br />

much longer and the tidal flow is much<br />

slower. A pilot will generally schedule one<br />

swim during a spring tide and four during a<br />

neap tide. Gainer is scheduled during the<br />

week when the tides turn from neap to<br />

spring, so he may luck out if he starts early.<br />

“Most people feel it’s a more direct shot<br />

into France on that tide,” said Gainer. “The<br />

pilot will try to get everybody through during<br />

neap, but has time reserved the following<br />

week if need be. I’ve already taken the three<br />

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

Jones and Gainer have progressed from<br />

strength-building and dry-land cardio<br />

training to pool interval training and longdistance<br />

beach swims. Jones says he likes to<br />

swim off of Phillips, Preston, Nahant and<br />

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“We’re lucky that the water temperatures<br />

here are comparable to the Channel<br />

conditions,” he said. “I can’t even swim in a<br />

backyard pool anymore without feeling<br />

overheated.”<br />

While the water might seem chilly enough<br />

to send most of us running after dipping a toe<br />

in, Jones and Gainer are prepared for the<br />

long haul.<br />

“Your body is able to cope with it and<br />

retain warmth if you train for it,” Jones<br />

continued. “It’s not pleasant at first, but then it<br />

becomes tolerable and then you’re just used to<br />

it. Getting in is the worst bit, but that’s a<br />

universal truth in any swim competition. After<br />

the first 300 yards, it’s great.”<br />

The longest swim they’ll likely do prior<br />

to heading to England is 10 hours, just to<br />

practice getting over the 7-hour barrier when<br />

the body typically switches over to fat-burning.<br />

“Once your energy reserves take over and<br />

you transition from carbs to fat, your body<br />

starts feeling drained,” said Gainer, who would<br />

love to set a goal of 12 hours to cross, but his<br />

main priority is just finishing. “You have<br />

to recognize that point and keep pushing<br />

yourself.”<br />

Gainer says his youngest daughter will<br />

routinely start singing the song “Just Keep<br />

Swimming” from “Finding Nemo” and he’ll<br />

no doubt bring that to mind to provide some<br />

added motivation while he’s out there.<br />

They’ve both gotten advice from Winthrop<br />

resident Kim Garbarino, another member of<br />

the YMCA of the North Shore, who crossed<br />

the Channel five years ago and who completed<br />

a nonstop, 24-hour swim to raise funds for the<br />

YMCA three years ago.<br />

“Whenever we get discouraged or<br />

overwhelmed, I’ll ask, ‘WWKD? What would<br />

Kim do?’” said Jones. “Kim would get off his<br />

backside and swim.”<br />

They’ve also connected with Elaine<br />

Howley of Waltham and Maura Twomey of<br />

Jamaica Plain, who were both successful in<br />

their crossings.<br />

At the end of all of this, Jones and<br />

Gainer hope to serve as inspiration to another<br />

generation of swimmers.<br />

“It sets a good example for my own<br />

children and the kids I coach,” said Jones.<br />

“Setting a goal and working toward achieving<br />

it is a great way to approach life. You’re always<br />

going to have choices to quit or push on.”<br />

“Nothing is too big to tackle,” said Gainer.<br />

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will be on hold until he’s physically ready. After<br />

this swim, it’s looking like his right hip will also<br />

need surgery. He won’t rest until he’s able to<br />

cross this one off the list.<br />

“If I’m unlucky, I’ll definitely do it again,”<br />

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Laganas a<br />

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business<br />

By Bill Brotherton<br />

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B<br />

ill Laganas is on a roll … a lobster roll.<br />

Laganas, Swampscott High Class of<br />

1984, is standing behind his 20-foot custom<br />

lobster/clambake trailer, which is parked on<br />

Puritan Road in Swampscott, in front of the<br />

Atlantic and across the street from where the<br />

New Ocean House hotel once stood. He<br />

bought it used, from Jasper White, the<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Shack owner and Jersey boy who’s<br />

considered the premier authority on New<br />

England food and its history.<br />

An electric hoist is situated above four<br />

burners, each covered by a large stainless steel<br />

pot that can accommodate 200 lobsters. “It<br />

runs on propane. I start it up and it roars like<br />

a jet engine,” said Laganas, excitedly.<br />

Laganas lowers a basket filled with lobsters<br />

into boiling water. Fifteen minutes later, the<br />

lobsters, steamers or whatever he’s cooking is<br />

ready and the clambake begins.<br />

Laganas, as owner/chef/big wheel of Eastern<br />

Harvest Foods of Lynn, brings the clambake<br />

to you. He can host a casual shorts-and-T-shirt<br />

picnic, a fancy china/white tablecloth formal<br />

sit-down event or anything in between.<br />

“I love catering,” said Laganas, who lives in<br />

Marblehead with his wife Enid and their three<br />

children. “It’s always a party. And I can bring<br />

the party to you.”<br />

Clam chowder, corn on the cob, mussels<br />

… nearly anything can be on the menu. “I can<br />

even arrange a raw bar,” he said. Bibs and claw<br />

crackers are provided. He has some cowboy<br />

campfire coffee pots that he fills with<br />

melted butter.<br />

Vegetarian and steak alternatives are<br />

offered; yes, you can have turf to go along with<br />

your surf.<br />

Laganas has provided eats for the musicians<br />

who play at Lynn Auditorium – “The guys in<br />

Toto were the best. George Thorogood loved<br />

my asparagus; he eats asparagus every day” –<br />

and has catered film crews making movies in<br />

Massachusetts, including 25 days in Weston<br />

for “Grace,” which stars Tate Donovan and<br />

Katie Cassidy and comes out later this year.<br />

He’s even cooked lobster for Kanye West and<br />

his posse.<br />

If you’ve been to a fundraiser in Lynn,<br />

Swampscott or Marblehead, chances are good<br />

you’ve seen Laganas scurrying around making<br />

sure the food is hot and plentiful. He envisions<br />

the clambake on wheels as potentially a big<br />

boon for hosts of school fundraisers.<br />

Laganas is also owner of Lynn Meatland,<br />

the longtime butcher shop/meat market that<br />

he bought 11 years ago and has turned into a<br />

popular place for sandwiches, subs, chicken<br />

potpie and pizza.<br />

“I’m a type A guy. I have to keep movin’<br />

and groovin’,” said Laganas, sucking on a giant<br />

iced coffee later while lounging in a comfy<br />

chair at his “office,” the Panera Bread cafe in<br />

Vinnin Square. “I love food, preparing it and<br />

eating it, as you can tell.”<br />

For more information about Eastern Harvest Foods and its<br />

clambake options, contact Laganas at 781-581-6121 or<br />

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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<br />

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

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

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

you can indulge in a post-beach frozen treat this ice cream season.<br />

What:<br />

Double scoop of Crunch-a-Saurus<br />

ice cream (Cap’n Crunch-flavored with chocolate chips<br />

and fudge ripples), topped with rainbow sprinkles in a<br />

sprinkle-dipped waffle cone.<br />

Where: Kell’s Kreme/Popo’s Hot Dogs<br />

168 Humphrey St.<br />

Price: $3.70<br />

What:<br />

Watermelon sorbet topped<br />

with mini chocolate chips<br />

Where: O-Yo Frozen Yogurt<br />

136 Humphrey St.<br />

Price: $6.70<br />

Photos: Spenser Hasak<br />

What:<br />

Hot Fudge Sundae<br />

Where: The Cove at Mission on the Bay<br />

141 Humphrey St.<br />

Price: $3.15<br />

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

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

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

Conigliaro | Continued from P. 11<br />

Conigliaro played two full seasons with<br />

the Red Sox after that, hitting 36 home runs<br />

and knocking in 116 runs in 1970. But his<br />

eyesight started to deteriorate again, and he<br />

was traded to – of all teams – the Angels<br />

during the off-season.<br />

“I was shocked. Stunned,” Petrocelli said.<br />

“What were they doing?”<br />

But in mid-season, Conigliaro abruptly<br />

retired, saying his eyesight no longer made<br />

it possible for him to hit. He was hitting<br />

only .222 with four homers.<br />

Aside from the irony of being traded to<br />

the team whose pitcher had nearly ended his<br />

life, the Red Sox got pitcher Ken Tatum in<br />

the exchange. Tatum had beaned Baltimore’s<br />

Paul Blair in 1970 and was never the same<br />

pitcher after that.<br />

Nor was Hamilton. He never regained<br />

his form, and retired after the 1969 season.<br />

Conigliaro attempted one final comeback in<br />

1975, debuting at Fenway Park on the same<br />

day that Hank Aaron, newly-acquired from<br />

the Atlanta Braves, started as the designated<br />

hitter for the Brewers. But by mid-season he<br />

was hitting below .200 and Jim Rice and<br />

Fred Lynn were in the middle of historic<br />

rookie seasons.<br />

Conigliaro became a broadcaster, first in<br />

Providence and later in San Francisco.<br />

On Jan. 9, 1982, two days after his 37th<br />

birthday, he’d auditioned, apparently<br />

successfully, to take Ken Harrelson’s place as<br />

the Channel 38 color man for Red Sox<br />

broadcasts. His brother Billy was driving<br />

him back to Logan Airport, and they were<br />

near Suffolk Downs when Billy noticed<br />

Tony slumped over in the passenger seat.<br />

He’d suffered a heart attack.<br />

Billy took him right to Massachusetts<br />

General Hospital in Boston. By then,<br />

however, Tony Conigliaro had lost too much<br />

oxygen. Even though he survived, he was<br />

never the same.<br />

LeRoux, who had tended to him when<br />

he was hit, later purchased an interest in the<br />

team upon the death of owner Tom Yawkey.<br />

And on June 6, 1983, while the Red Sox<br />

were about to have a benefit night<br />

for Conigliaro – with many of his 1967<br />

teammates at the park to participate –<br />

LeRoux tried (and ultimately failed) to stage<br />

a palace revolt.<br />

Conigliaro lingered for eight more years<br />

before he died in 1990 at age 45. Among the<br />

pallbearers were Petrocelli, Carey, Iarrobino<br />

and Tony Nicosia, another St. Mary’s friend.<br />

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

said Richie Conigliaro. “But when all is said<br />

and done, I ask myself if I had a choice,<br />

would I take 37 great years, and all the living<br />

I could cram into them, or 70 or 80 lousy<br />

years? I know what my choice would be.” n<br />

(Overlines courtesy of “The Impossible Dream,”<br />

narrated by Ken Coleman.)<br />

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Reach for the stars | Continued from P. 21<br />

Connecting the dots<br />

Prior to this year, Reach Arts had<br />

functioned only as a virtual network of artists<br />

and volunteers. Now, it seems, the arts<br />

community is finally planting its roots.<br />

“We had existed in this nebula online,<br />

but people hadn’t really met each other,”<br />

said Kinney.<br />

“All these creative people are coming out<br />

of the woodwork,” said Cheryl Fray, a<br />

self-taught artist who works in acrylics and<br />

mixed media. “I was shocked to discover there<br />

were so many of us in town.”<br />

Glass designer Ingrid Pichler is serving as<br />

Reach Arts’ artist liaison, connecting artists<br />

with one another and introducing them to the<br />

community at large.<br />

“It was all very underground before,” she<br />

said. “As an artist, you can be on your own, but<br />

maybe you’d like to collaborate with and meet<br />

other artists. There was a need for a physical<br />

space to come together.”<br />

A native of Italy, Pichler now calls<br />

Swampscott home, but she also lived in<br />

England and studied architectural stained glass<br />

at Swansea College of Art in Wales.<br />

“When you think artists, you typically think<br />

painters, but there are so many different types of<br />

artists just here in this town,” said Pichler. “We<br />

need to support each other in our various<br />

styles, both in the exchange of ideas and in<br />

practical matters.”<br />

Morin, still new in town, was seeking just<br />

that when he stepped up last year to launch<br />

Artists for Artists, which he describes as a<br />

support group for creative people.<br />

“Sometimes you can feel isolated, so I<br />

wanted to bring artists out of their studio<br />

spaces to meet each other, share projects,<br />

get feedback and offer motivation and<br />

encouragement,” he said.<br />

Meetings have been held monthly at the<br />

library, but he admits it hasn’t been the most<br />

ideal setting in terms of space to critique work.<br />

“An actual arts center with a gallery and<br />

wider access will be hugely beneficial to us<br />

as a group and to every artist in town,”<br />

said Morin.<br />

If they build it, will they come?<br />

It’s a question many members of Reach<br />

Arts are wondering.<br />

“If we go by early indications, I think<br />

people will be lining up to get in here,” said<br />

Kinney. “And with the library down the street<br />

and the waterfront a block away, it’s really<br />

going to be a vibrant, cultural hub.”<br />

While Swampscott is considered by many<br />

to be a sports town, Balliro — whose brother,<br />

Chris, was a talented athlete who went on to<br />

an 11-year professional basketball career in Italy<br />

— says that the passions of all individuals, from<br />

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5 things<br />

you didn’t know about<br />

Barry Goudreau<br />

By Phyllis Karas<br />

Photo: Jim Wilson<br />

Barry Goudreau, the innovative lead guitarist<br />

on the band Boston’s first two albums, has<br />

played in several bands and recorded many<br />

successful songs and albums since those dizzying<br />

days in the 1970s.<br />

His songwriting talent, which had produced<br />

more than 100 songs in the past 40 years,<br />

however, has been pretty much dormant since<br />

2003’s “Delp and Goudreau.” Brad Delp, Boston’s<br />

original lead singer and Goudreau’s brother-in-law,<br />

died in 2007.<br />

The good news is that the Swampscott<br />

resident is now back on the musical stage, with<br />

a new band, Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room. The<br />

band, which includes Brian Maes, Tim Archibald<br />

and “Old” Tony DiPietro, recently released its first<br />

album, “Full Steam Ahead,” at a well-received<br />

concert at Lynn Auditorium on April 22. Future<br />

concerts include June 30, Tupelo Music Hall, Derry,<br />

N.H.; and August 23, The Hope Music Festival at<br />

Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis.<br />

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links to the new music and concert listings.<br />

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Here are a few items about Barry that might surprise you:<br />

1. Barry was a geology major while<br />

a student at Boston University.<br />

But the more he got into the subject, the more he realized the only<br />

job he could probably get as a geologist would be with an oil company<br />

or the government, so he dropped the major and has never regretted<br />

that decision.<br />

2. Barry is the grandfather of Alyssa Marley<br />

and Samuel Hendrix Goudreau.<br />

At age 2, Alyssa bangs brilliantly on her play piano and sings<br />

beautifully along with “Frozen.” At 3 months old, Sammy is going<br />

to be the next Elvis.<br />

3. Barry is a terrific cook.<br />

His specialties are steak au poivre and baked<br />

stuffed lobster. His cooking style is not low-calorie.<br />

4. His musical career started early.<br />

When Barry was 15 and a junior at Lynn English High School,<br />

he was playing his guitar in a band with Sib Hashian seven nights<br />

a week, seven sets a night, with even a matinee on Saturday in<br />

Boston’s old Combat Zone.<br />

5. Unreal real estate.<br />

When the band Boston became such a phenomenon, Barry bought<br />

his first house next to the former Swampscott High School in 1977.<br />

He was shocked that girls from the high school would walk up his<br />

driveway, screaming his name every day. n


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“It’s the obligation of society to celebrate<br />

and nurture those gifts,” Balliro said. “It’s<br />

development for their life careers, in some cases.”<br />

Balliro, who helped found Boston Arts<br />

Academy — that city’s only public high school<br />

for the visual and performing arts — says there’s<br />

a need to give students and artists a<br />

sense of place. She’s done research in artist<br />

development, studying what it means to be<br />

self-identified as an artist.<br />

“It’s an issue of access and allowing art to<br />

become part of our core values,” she said.<br />

Doben, who in 1985 created an educational<br />

program called Art Quest to teach children<br />

critical and creative thinking skills using visual<br />

images, couldn’t agree more. She would certainly<br />

entertain the idea of putting on her teaching hat<br />

once again.<br />

“We need places like this for students and<br />

aspiring artists to go,” said Doben, who<br />

retired five years ago after a 30-year career<br />

in education.<br />

Luckily, there’s a long list already growing for<br />

potential programs, instructors and events.<br />

“In five or 10 years, I hope this building is not<br />

only humming, but we’ll need to take on more<br />

space,” said Kinney, pointing out the<br />

vacant, former police station just across the<br />

street. “I want to see something going on here<br />

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celebrate in the sun or planning a relaxing staycation on <strong>01907</strong>’s sandy shores, welcome the new<br />

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

MAAGI<br />

“Pineapple Shakes” men’s<br />

swim trunks, $68. Available<br />

at Ocean House Surf &<br />

Skate, 128 Humphrey St.<br />

OLUKAI<br />

“Hiapo” sandal<br />

in rum/java, $110.<br />

Available at Ocean<br />

House Surf & Skate,<br />

128 Humphrey St.<br />

Photos: Spenser Hasak<br />

KATIN<br />

men’s “Paradise” hat,<br />

$29. Available at Ocean<br />

House Surf & Skate,<br />

128 Humphrey St.<br />


metallic cork tote<br />

featuring pop pom<br />

trim, detachable tassel<br />

fob and matching<br />

cork wristlet inside,<br />

$155. Available at<br />

Infinity Boutique,<br />

427 Paradise Road.<br />

D’BLANC<br />

“Tan Line (Rendezvous)”<br />

sunglasses polished<br />

gold/brown flash gradient,<br />

$160. Available at Ocean<br />

House Surf & Skate,<br />

128 Humphrey St.<br />

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“Ellie” basketweave<br />

cork espadrille in<br />

white, $89. Available<br />

at Infinity Boutique,<br />

427 Paradise Road.


“Wisteria” embroidered<br />

linen tunic with V-neck<br />

and three-quarter length<br />

sleeves, $129.99<br />

(originally $365).<br />

Available at Marshalls,<br />

1005 Paradise Road.<br />

SEEA<br />

“Solanas” surf suit”<br />

in Camburi print, $138.<br />

Available at Ocean<br />

House Surf & Skate,<br />

128 Humphrey St.<br />


hat, $12.99 (originally $22).<br />

Available at Marshalls, 1005<br />

Paradise Road. Available<br />

at Infinity Boutique,<br />

427 Paradise Road.<br />

SEEA<br />

“Adria” top, $80, and<br />

bottom, $69, both in<br />

Maidu print. Available<br />

at Ocean House<br />

Surf & Skate,<br />

128 Humphrey St.<br />


off-the-shoulder tunic<br />

in chambray, $167.<br />

Multicolor beaded<br />

circle necklace used<br />

as a belt, $30. Both<br />

items available at<br />

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Photos: Nicole Goodhue Boyd<br />

Junemarie Kershaw of Lynn<br />

listens intently as author<br />

Anita Shreve addresses the<br />

capacity crowd at Swampscott<br />

Public Library on April 19.<br />


Ellie Michaud and her father Kenny arrive<br />

amidst a rain storm<br />

Elias and daughter Kiki Andrinopoulos<br />

Joe Ford and daughter Jessica take a selfie<br />

The dance floor is filled with partygoers.<br />

Pat Wilkins dances with daughter <strong>Summer</strong><br />

The Swampscott Police Association hosted the annual Father-Daughter Dance,<br />

"A Night Under The Stars!", June 16 at the High School. The young ladies<br />

and their dads (or uncles or granddads) had a wonderful time, as these<br />

photographs clearly show.<br />

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Photos: Alena Kuzub<br />


Scout Myers<br />

Dimitri Profis<br />

Tania Shardi<br />

Gerry and the Atrics band<br />

(Paul Todisco,Tom Reid,<br />

Glenn Kessler and Rich Baldacci)<br />

Jim Badger<br />

Mamadou and his drum band<br />

Some 20 persons entertained at the annual Swampscott’s<br />

Got Talent show on May 7 at Swampscott High School.<br />

The talent show raised $2,200, with half of the money<br />

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