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Edward M. Grant<br />

Chief Executive Officer<br />

Michael H. Shanahan<br />

Chief Financial Officer<br />

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Controller<br />

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Chief Operating Officer<br />

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Directors<br />

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Michael H. Shanahan<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

Bill Brotherton<br />

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Steve Krause<br />

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06 What’s up<br />

08 Local flavor<br />

10 Open for business<br />

11 Looking back<br />

12 Pollster David Paleologos<br />

14 Keeping faith downtown<br />

16 Stepping stones to history<br />

22 Raw Art Works<br />

29 Black Box Theater<br />

31 Style<br />

34 Dalton talks Douglass<br />

’til death<br />

do us part<br />

While it may pain some of you to stare down a<br />

graveyard on the cover of this One – not so me.<br />

I’m good with cemeteries. When I was a kid, my<br />

grandmother and I used to walk around St. Mary’s<br />

Cemetery on Lynnfield Street in Lynn and look at family gravesites.<br />

We’d visit the Connolly plot, where my grandfather and several of<br />

my aunts and uncles are buried. She joined them in 1978. Farther up<br />

the hill, behind the huge white crucifix, we’d visit my father’s grave.<br />

Twenty years ago this fall, my mother joined him.<br />

Leading into each Memorial Day, Jansi’s and my ritual is to visit the<br />

two plots and leave some of Salvy Migliaccio’s best red geraniums.<br />

Every year I tell myself not to wait an entire year before going back.<br />

Maybe this year will be different, but probably not.<br />

My friend Shanahan talks about visiting the grave of Harry Agganis<br />

in Pine Grove as a kid. And my friend McDermott and I used to<br />

walk around the old cemetery on Union Street near St. Joseph’s,<br />

where we went to grammar school.<br />

I guess it’s an Irish thing. Death is just part of the story.<br />

Our writer Steve Krause gets it. His piece on the area’s cemeteries is<br />

a fascinating read. He brings death to life, I guess. It’s an art.<br />

And speaking of . . . art is a theme that pops up throughout this<br />

issue, as you’ll read about what the young artists of RAW are up<br />

to. Having worked down the street from the organization since<br />

its inception, you have to be impressed with their work. We’ll also<br />

introduce you to Peabody’s new Black Box theater.<br />

You’ll also be introduced to some pretty interesting people,<br />

including some of the area’s most creative bartenders and one of<br />

my favorite bread makers; and to a bunch of storefront churches in<br />

downtown Lynn – which, I guess, get us prepped for . . .<br />

Cemeteries.<br />

Ted Grant<br />

Cover photo by Owen O’Rourke<br />

South Burying Ground on Salem Street in Lynnfield.<br />

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SUMMER 2018 | 05

WHAT’S UP<br />

P<br />

Peabody Veterans Memorial High<br />

School. Mayor Bettencourt's<br />

annual Fireworks Spectacular and<br />

Summer Concert returns! This<br />

summer's program will feature<br />

The Reminiscents, one of New<br />

England's most popular oldies<br />

bands since the 1970s. Fireworks<br />

begin at dark.<br />

SAUGUS >><br />

Friday Play Group!<br />

Monday, July 3<br />

Nurture your child's social and<br />

emotional foundation<br />

through literacy, music, games<br />

and art. Focus will be on friendship,<br />

self-soothing, transitions,<br />

emotions and words.<br />

Sponsored by the Coordinated<br />

Family Community Engagement<br />

Grant<br />

Contact: Amy Melton<br />

781-231-4168 ext. 14 melton@<br />

noblenet.org<br />

Location: Community Room at<br />

the Saugus Public Library.<br />

295 Central Street<br />

LYNNFIELD >><br />

Kids Rock Series<br />

July 13th and July 27th<br />

We want to Rock Out with your<br />

kids this summer. Join us on<br />

The Green, MarketStreet, for this<br />

spectacular line up!<br />

July 13th: Karen K & The Jitterbugs<br />

July 27th: Vanessa Trien & The<br />

Jumping Monkeys<br />

LYNN >><br />

Frederick Douglass<br />

Annual Event<br />

Tuesday July 3, 6 - 9 p.m.<br />

30 Circuit Avenue<br />

High Rock Tower Park<br />

Kool & The Gang<br />

Friday, Aug. 24, 7:30pm<br />

Lynn Auditorium<br />

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.<br />

Tickets prices $57-$82<br />

Lynn City Drawing Group at<br />

LynnArts Gallery<br />

Jul 5, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.<br />

25 Exchange Street<br />

Try out our new Lynn city drawing<br />

group! Meet at the LynnArts<br />


gallery Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.<br />

to walk and draw somewhere in<br />

downtown Lynn until 5:30 p.m.<br />

Wear warm clothes. Bring drawing<br />

materials and a collapsible<br />

chair unless you’d rather stand –<br />

then bring an easel.<br />

Free.<br />


PEABODY >><br />

Summer Concert at Leather<br />

City Common<br />

Sunday, July 29, 6 - 8 p.m.<br />

53 Lowell Street<br />

Come enjoy the music and dance<br />

the night away at our weekly<br />

summer concert at Leather City<br />

Common. Food available. Ipswich<br />

Ale Brewery beer truck on site!<br />

Bands to be announced soon...<br />

Peabody Fireworks Spectacular<br />

featuring The Reminiscents<br />

Sunday, August 5, 6-9 p.m.<br />

Spread out your blankets under<br />

the stars on Coley Lee Field or<br />

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and meet us on The Green at<br />

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Time<br />

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the hottest drinks this season!<br />

Behind–the–scenes action of two<br />

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Pellana Prime Steakhouse >><br />

9 Rear Sylvan St., Peabody<br />

Established: 2006<br />

Owners: Daniel and Daniella Mammola<br />

An old-fashioned bar with a sparkled black,<br />

marble countertop anchors the main dining room<br />

of this classy steakhouse. An elegant dining experience<br />

with a staff that offers exceptional service.<br />


The summer best-seller<br />


Citron Vodka, Peach nectar, ginger beer, fresh<br />

lime juice, garnished with a lime<br />

HOW MUCH?: $12<br />


Nick Grimshaw, Wine Director/ Certified Sommelier<br />

FOR HOW LONG?:<br />

Since he was 17 years old<br />


He is never without his wine key<br />


Gin<br />


“Socializing and suggesting new wines to guests.”<br />



A Tradition rises in Lynn<br />


Traditional Breads owner Fitzroy Alexander stands in the freezer.<br />


Fitzroy Alexander wanted to change<br />

the negative perception people had about<br />

Lynn. That's why he started his bakery in<br />

the city.<br />

Alexander, a Saugus resident who immigrated<br />

to the United States from<br />

Grenada, opened Traditional Breads in<br />

1999. He started with a 1,500-square-foot<br />

manufacturing space in the Lydia Pinkham<br />

building.<br />

“I believe in Lynn,” Alexander said. “I<br />

live, breathe and think of this city every<br />

day even though I don't live in it because<br />

I spend more time here. They always say<br />

home is where your heart is. My heart is in<br />

this great city. I would describe Lynn as a<br />

pearl that is waiting to be polished. It has<br />

all the great qualities to be able to thrive”<br />

He hires only Lynn residents because<br />

he wants to make sure he's giving back to<br />

the community that puts food on his table.<br />

His employees currently about 160 are like<br />

family to him, a work environment he says<br />

is intentional.<br />

“I create opportunities for people to be<br />

successful because their success becomes<br />

my success,” Alexander said. “I am who I<br />

am because of what they do. I wanted to<br />

create an environment where people feel<br />

like they have the same opportunity I was<br />

given.”<br />

That faith in Lynn has been rewarded.<br />

The 53-year-old bought the current<br />

Pleasant Street location in 2004 and<br />

moved into the 110,000-square-foot space<br />

in 2006.<br />

When Alexander was 7 years old in<br />

Grenada, a man named Norman Bodek,<br />

who he considers his father, took an interest<br />

in him and gave him an opportunity to<br />

come to the United States.<br />

After bouncing around, he settled in<br />

the Boston area and became the youngest<br />

member of a commune that practiced<br />

transcendental meditation.<br />

From there, he and a friend raised the<br />

money to start Signature Breads, which<br />

started in Somerville and later expanded<br />

to Medford. The company was a success,<br />

and he cashed out 10 years later to start<br />

Traditional Breads.<br />

The company makes 80 flavors of bread<br />

in at least 200 styles. The bread is partially<br />

baked, about 70 to 80 percent, frozen and<br />

distributed to restaurants and grocery<br />

stores, such as BJ's Wholesale Club and<br />

Market Basket.<br />

“Many people come from another<br />

country to get a piece of the American<br />

Dream and that was the inspiration, and<br />

I still hold it today in my life,” Alexander<br />

said. “My life is very simple. Everything<br />

you see is simplicity. There's nothing<br />

complicated about it. Many people will see<br />

all of this and say how did you do that. I'll<br />

only say God's will.”<br />



Major Appleton and the<br />

Lady of the Oven<br />


One of our<br />

historical<br />

signs in<br />

Saugus, at<br />

Appleton’s<br />

Pulpit,<br />

says: “In<br />

1687 Major<br />

Appleton of Ipswich made a<br />

speech on this rock denouncing the<br />

tyranny of the Royal Governor,<br />

Sir Edmund Andros. A watch<br />

was stationed on the hill to give<br />

warning of any approach of the<br />

Crown officers.”<br />

- Massachusetts Bay Colony<br />

Tercentenary Committee<br />

1630-1930<br />

The sign, 88 years mounted<br />

in the ground, is made of heavy<br />

cast iron, black letters on a gray<br />

surface with a black border.<br />

A second sign, mounted<br />

directly to the rock, says, “In<br />

September 1687, from this<br />

rock, Tradition asserts that,<br />

resisting the tyranny of Sir Edmond<br />

Andros, Major Samuel<br />

Appleton of Ipswich, spoke to<br />

the people in behalf of those<br />

principles which later were<br />

embodied in the Declaration of<br />

Independence.”<br />

Since that time, the site has<br />

been called Appleton’s Pulpit.<br />

It is a three-minute walk from<br />

my house next to the First<br />

Iron Works in America, fully<br />

reconstructed starting in 1948<br />

by Dr. Roland Wells Robbins,<br />

the archeologist who found<br />

the ruins of Thoreau’s cabin at<br />

Walden Pond.<br />

In truth, there is not much<br />

that archeologist Robbins could<br />

unearth at Appleton’s Pulpit if<br />

given the chance. The real story<br />

is not there.<br />

It's just down the street, a<br />

mere 100 or so yards to where<br />

Hull Road runs off Appleton<br />

Street. Historians say that<br />

Appleton fled from the pulpit<br />

when the lookout gave notice<br />

that a troop of Crown officers<br />

had crested the hill just<br />

a half mile from what is now<br />

Cliftondale Square, and within<br />

10 minutes would be at the site.<br />

They were spotted on the slope<br />

of current Central Street that,<br />

back then, was part of a road<br />

that became the Newburyport<br />

Turnpike. I live on Central<br />

Street in a house that was built<br />

in 1742 and once was The<br />

Oyster Inn on that early road.<br />

Appleton, upon alert from<br />

the lookout, scampered for<br />

safety.<br />

The first thing that came to<br />

his mind was a lady just down<br />

the road who had favored him<br />

with a bit of charm; she was a<br />

beautiful maiden and he was a<br />

handsome man.<br />

Olivia Harkness, living<br />

alone in a small house, had, as<br />

some historians say, a dubious<br />

reputation, and a few years<br />

later would possibly have been<br />

subject to a witch trial if some<br />

rumormongers had a say in the<br />

matter.<br />

To historians of a different<br />

school, Major Appleton, English<br />

born, had heard the talk<br />

about Olivia but discounted<br />

it; she was beautiful and that<br />

possibly allayed any suspicions<br />

he might have had.<br />

But that knotty kernel<br />

remained in his mind as he fled<br />

down the path toward the old<br />

turnpike, and a sure way home<br />

to Ipswich where a suitable<br />

hiding place could be found.<br />

Doubts about that successful<br />

flight came when the major<br />

heard a bugle call. He looked<br />

for a quick place to hide; and<br />

there at the front of her small<br />

house was Olivia, beckoning<br />

him to her door.<br />

“Hurry,” Olivia said, motioning<br />

him inside. “The oven,”<br />

she said, “it’s the best place<br />

to hide.” Appleton slid into<br />

that beehive-style oven. But<br />

the knotty kernel of suspicion<br />

remained.<br />

“It’s really the sole place to<br />

hide from the Crown at this<br />

time. Be assured, my goodly<br />

man,” she implored.<br />

And when she began to<br />

close the oven’s iron door<br />

behind him, a serious thought<br />

of survival came upon him. In<br />

quick response, the major slid<br />

the blade of his small knife<br />

onto the latch catch to be sure<br />

he had a way of opening the<br />

door from inside if necessary.<br />

Shortly, there was a bang<br />

at the house door. Olivia said,<br />

“A moment, neighbor, I will be<br />

with you shortly. I am not fully<br />

clothed at the moment.”<br />

A voice outside yelled,<br />

“Open the door. This is a<br />

Crown officer in pursuit of<br />

a treasonous speaker, Major<br />

Appleton of Ipswich. Have you<br />

seen this man?”<br />

Olivia, in her softest voice,<br />

replied, “This minute I am not<br />

properly disposed, captain, but<br />

I will be with you in a short<br />

manner. Please be patient with<br />

me.”<br />

She opened the door and<br />

Appleton heard her say, “Goodness,<br />

captain, a Crown officer<br />

at my door and looking for a<br />

treasonous man. Come, search<br />

my house, my handsome captain.<br />

I am about to light a fire<br />

to bake some bread and beans<br />

with which you might fend off<br />

any hungers you have once I am<br />

finished my chores for the day.”<br />

“Oh, no, madam,” the officer<br />

said, “Not in this house. They<br />

have said that you are twined<br />

with the witches that emanate<br />

from Salem port. I tread no<br />

ground with them, madam. I<br />

bid you goodbye, satisfied that<br />

the treasonous Appleton is not<br />

under your roof.”<br />

In the oven, hearing the fire<br />

start in the fireplace, the bricks<br />

of the beehive oven still warm<br />

from some earlier bake, Appleton<br />

made sure his knife was still<br />

in place to guarantee his escape<br />

from the chamber, even as he<br />

heard Olivia throw on a few<br />

additional logs to the kindling<br />

now at a roar in her fireplace.<br />

When she pushed hard at<br />

the oven door, he slammed back<br />

with his hands and shoved it<br />

open.<br />

Appleton, saved from one<br />

danger, slipped out of the oven<br />

to a second danger. Harkness<br />

said, with all apologies, “Oh,<br />

my goodness, major, I forgot<br />

you were ensconced in my oven.<br />

Oh, woe is me.”<br />

“Oh, woe would have been<br />

me,” Major Appleton said, as<br />

he looked into the fiery eyes of<br />

a witch.<br />

To this day, there are no<br />

other signs or plaques attending<br />

to Major Appleton’s escape<br />

from Crown officers and the<br />

witch-like Olivia Harkness.<br />

History says he did frequently<br />

serve as a judge and assistant<br />

on the Essex County Quarterly<br />

Courts in the Salem witch<br />

trials.<br />

He lived to 70 and lies in<br />

the Old Burying Grounds<br />

in Ipswich, the site suitably<br />

marked.<br />

Tom Sheehan graduated from Saugus<br />

High School, 1947, Marianapolis<br />

Prep. School in 1948 and Boston<br />

College in 1956. He served in the 31st<br />

Infantry Regiment, Korea, 1951-52.<br />

He retired from the Raytheon Co. and<br />

was co-editor of A Gathering of Memories<br />

and Of Time and the River with<br />

the late John Burns, head of Saugus<br />

High’s English Department for 45<br />

years. Tom has published 32 books and<br />

received numerous writing awards.<br />

SUMMER 2018 | 11

He has his finger on the pulse<br />

of politics<br />

Lynnfield pollster has been sampling voters for 45 years<br />


David Paleologos wants<br />

everyone to know pollsters<br />

called the 2016 presidential<br />

race correctly when they<br />

predicted Hillary Clinton<br />

would win.<br />

“The national polls, including ours, that<br />

had Hillary leading were right," he said. "If<br />

you examine the popular vote, which the<br />

national polls record, she won by 3 million<br />

votes.”<br />

The Lynnfield resident and director of<br />

the Suffolk University Political Research<br />

Center should know. He has more than 40<br />

years experience gauging the voters' pulse.<br />

The first poll he conducted was in 1973<br />

for his brother Nicholas “Nick” Paleologos.<br />

The former Woburn School Committeeman<br />

was seeking a seat in the Legislature when<br />

David was in high school with a knack for<br />

numbers.<br />

Back then, he said, polling was complicated.<br />

Voter lists were only available at town<br />

and city halls; every call had to be made by<br />

hand, there were no XL spreadsheets, and<br />

everything had to tabulated by paper.<br />

The poll showed Nick would win and<br />

he did.<br />

"I was just a teenager, but I liked the<br />

predictability piece of polling," he said "I<br />

learned this bellweather model and realized<br />

certain precincts in every race are microsomes<br />

of the district wide vote."<br />

Paleologos, 59, is married to his wife<br />

Gayle and they have two sons. Angelo<br />

David is a 15-year-old Lynnfield High<br />

sophomore, a singer/songwriter, and<br />

keyboard player who began writing songs at<br />

age 8. Arthur, 19, will be attending Harvard<br />

University next fall.<br />

Suffolk and Paleologos recently published<br />

a nationwide survey of 800 infrequent<br />

or unregistered voters, which showed<br />

56 percent of poll respondents said the<br />

country was on the wrong track and nearly<br />

55 percent rated Trump unfavorably. But<br />

83 percent of those polled said they are “not<br />

very likely” or “not at all likely” to vote in<br />

2018.<br />

Former Mayor Edward J. "Chip"<br />


David Paleologos, Suffolk University Political Research Center director<br />

Clancy Jr. hired Paleologos to poll the race<br />

between him and challenger Patrick J.<br />

McManus in 2009.<br />

“He was very reliable and was known,<br />

even back then, to produce surveys that<br />

were on target,”Clancy said. “He told me I<br />

was a very strong candidate for re-election<br />

and would beat Pat handily. Of course,<br />

Pat died that summer and we never polled<br />

when Judith Flanagan Kennedy entered<br />

the race as a write-in candidate and she<br />

beat me.”<br />

Paleologos said he is most proud of<br />

the poll that put him and Suffolk on the<br />

map: the 2008 presidential primary in New<br />

Hampshire.<br />

“Every poll had Hillary losing against<br />

Barack Obama,” he said. “We had her<br />

winning. But I remember saying to myself<br />

if we're wrong, it will be the end of Suffolk<br />

and my career. But she won by a 39 to 36<br />

percent margin.”ww<br />

One poll Paleologos would like to have<br />

back is the one they did during the 2008<br />

Massachusetts presidential primary. The<br />

client wanted Suffolk to do the survey the<br />

weekend before the primary. But Paleologos<br />

argued they wouldn’t get the right<br />

mix of voters because the New England<br />

Patriots were in the Super Bowl against<br />

the New York Giants.<br />

“We had the Barack Obama winning<br />

slightly, but Hillary won by double digits<br />

and we were wrong,” he said. “I vowed to<br />

never again take a poll over the weekend of<br />

a big game.”<br />

Paleologos won’t say who he voted for<br />

in the race between Hillary Clinton and<br />

Donald Trump. While he’s from a Democratic<br />

family, he’s an Independent voter.<br />

“The secret ballot is one of those cherished<br />

things in our democracy,” he said.<br />



THE<br />

FAITH<br />


Storefront churches<br />

make Lynn<br />

worship central<br />


ven after moving<br />

to East Lynn with<br />

her family, Michelle<br />

Guzman continued<br />

attending a church<br />

in Boston until she<br />

got pregnant and<br />

decided to shorten<br />

her drive time by<br />

shifting the focus of<br />

her faith to a church smack dab in Lynn's<br />

downtown.<br />

“I could drive from East Lynn and be<br />

in church in five minutes," Guzman said.<br />

That was 12 years ago and since then,<br />

Guzman has counted herself among the<br />

faithful worshipping at Casa de Adoracion<br />

on Munroe Street.<br />

The words “church” and “temple”<br />

conjure up images of big stone buildings<br />

with towering spires. But the place where<br />

Guzman found a home for her faith in<br />

Lynn was storefront space on a commercial<br />

and residential street. Across the<br />

downtown area bound roughly by Essex,<br />

Union, Broad and Market streets are<br />

what East Coast International Church<br />

Lead Pastor Kurt Lange estimates are<br />

more than 100 churches.<br />

Many of them are in storefronts<br />


Congregants leaving the<br />

East Coast International<br />

Church on Munroe Street<br />

in Lynn.<br />


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Kelly Chevalier singing at the East Coast International Church on Sunday.<br />

or walkup office space. Munroe Street<br />

alone has 10 churches, including East<br />

Coast, another church founded by African<br />

immigrants and several Spanish-speaking<br />

congregations.<br />

“At one point, there were 12 churches<br />

on this block,” Lange said.<br />

East Coast has occupied 57-65 Munroe<br />

St. since 2010 along with a counseling<br />

center, a center assisting homeless youth,<br />

and Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee. Each<br />

venture is loosely affiliated but it is East<br />

Coast that draws a crowd on Sundays even<br />

as worshippers flock to other churches.<br />

Lange estimates 500 people on average<br />

attend Sunday services that start in late<br />

morning and end in the afternoon. Spiced<br />

with music and videos, the services are,<br />

in Lange's words, “very contemporary<br />

Christian.”<br />

Many East Coast congregation members<br />

are exploring faith for the first time.<br />

Guzman and her family came to worship<br />

on Munroe Street in order to build on<br />

their faith experiences. They found Casa de<br />

Adoracion to be “very family-oriented–a<br />

very loving environment.”<br />

To the casual passerby, most downtown<br />

churches are mere names on doorways<br />

or signs like the one of Universal, a new<br />

church on the corner of Union and Washington<br />

streets that housed a used furniture<br />

store a year ago.<br />

She said downtown churches offer a<br />

variety of faith and worship experiences,<br />

paying rent while offering places to worship.<br />

Lange said one word defines downtown's<br />

attraction for storefront churches:<br />

Parking. It's available on downtown streets,<br />

sometimes Lange admitted, to the dismay<br />

of downtown residents.<br />

Fittingly, downtown Lynn becomes the<br />

backdrop for a public display of worship<br />

unfolding every Good Friday as worship-<br />

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pers from St. Joseph's Church on Union<br />

Street parade behind a church member<br />

portraying Jesus carrying the cross.<br />

Beginning on Lynn Common and<br />

winding its way through downtown past<br />

storefront churches, including East Coast,<br />

the procession features dozens of worshippers<br />

in costumes, chanting and singing<br />

and a crowd that follows the procession<br />

through downtown to St. Joseph's.<br />

When it comes to finding usable space<br />

in which to worship, downtown's popularity<br />

is partly a study in contrasts.<br />

Big churches in other parts of Lynn<br />

that were once filled with worshippers<br />

on Sunday now have relatively small<br />

congregations. Central Congregational<br />

Church on Broad Street and Washington<br />

Street Baptist Church are both imposing<br />

stone and wood structures towering over<br />

surrounding neighborhoods.<br />

But changing Lynn demographics have,<br />

in turn, forced them to change with the<br />

times. Washington Street has welcomed<br />

a variety of faith groups into its worship<br />

space on the corner of Washington and<br />

Essex streets and Central Congregational<br />

makes an active effort to urge people<br />

exploring faith to walk into the beautiful<br />

church on Broad facing Nahant Street.<br />

Iglesia Evangelica Luz y Vida's congregation<br />

is based in West Lynn, operating<br />

initially out of a Commercial Street storefront<br />

before worshippers set their sights<br />

on restoring the towering brick church on<br />

South Common Street at Huss Court into<br />

a new faith home.<br />

Lyz y Vida member Osiel Gomez and<br />

his two brothers applied their masonry<br />

experience to rebuilding steps and doing<br />

other work on the former Temple Anshai<br />

Sfard and other congregation members<br />

zeroed in with carpentry, painting, roofing<br />

and other building skills to slowly but surely<br />

restore a building that was a neighborhood<br />

eyesore and fire threat for years.<br />

Built in 1871 and occupying nearly<br />

19,000 square feet at the corner of South<br />

Common and Huss Court, the church and,<br />

later, the temple was once one of Lynn<br />

Common’s grand churches, along with St.<br />

Mary’s, St. George’s Greek Orthodox and<br />

St. Stephen’s Episcopal, Anshai Sfard is<br />

slowly undergoing renovations, including a<br />

new steeple tower roof, brick pointing and<br />

painting.<br />

Kurt Lang, founder and lead pastor of East Coast International Church.

The congregation plans to preserve<br />

the stamped metal ceiling in the former<br />

Sam Levine Chapel and the original pews<br />

upholstered in red cloth are still inside the<br />

87-foot by 74-foot main worship hall with<br />

its towering ceiling.<br />

Luz y Vida's commitment to restoring<br />

one of Lynn's big churches is a challenge<br />

not all congregations can tackle. East<br />

Coast initially made its home in the former<br />

Ingalls School off Essex Street before<br />

moving downtown. Lange said locating<br />

downtown isn't a decision based solely on<br />

providing Sunday worship.<br />

Many congregations run Bible study<br />

programs and leadership training on weeknights<br />

and Sunday services.<br />

“The same people involved in weeknight<br />

activities might well be the ones who<br />

are there on Sundays,” he said.<br />

Casa de Adoracion has relocated to<br />

Peabody but Guzman said downtown<br />

Lynn is a fitting place for churches for<br />

practical and historical reasons. Oxford<br />

Street at Market Street marks the spot<br />

where Mary Baker Eddy’s 1866 icy slip<br />

guided her to prayer, healing and, eventually,<br />

the start of Christian Science.<br />

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Stepping<br />

stones to<br />

history<br />

Old cemeteries offer<br />

time travel back to<br />

Revolutionary War<br />



hey're old. Some of them date back to<br />

pre-American Revolution times. They<br />

often look deserted and forlorn.<br />

But there are few plots of land that<br />

offer a better reflection of a community's<br />

history than a cemetery — especially a<br />

historic one with thin gravestones that<br />

don't always stand straight up, and with<br />

the words etched upon them beginning<br />

to erode with the wear and tear of weather.<br />

And therein lie the problems when it comes to our oldest<br />

monuments. How do we preserve them?<br />

“It's very powerful, just being able to have those pieces of<br />

history in your town,” says Andrew Hall, now in college at<br />

the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, concentrating on<br />

mechanical engineering.<br />

Two years ago, as a senior at St. John's Prep in Danvers,<br />

Hall's mind was on other things. He was a would-be Eagle<br />

Scout from Troop 48, looking for a final project to earn this<br />

prestigious honor. He thought of all the times, from when he<br />

was a Cub Scout in elementary school, when his pack, and, later,<br />

his troop, would march in parades on Memorial Day or Veteran's<br />

Day, and end up at cemeteries. And he remembered going<br />

to those places to mark the graves of those veterans with flags.<br />

“It's a fascinating thing, having some of the same soldiers<br />

who fought to make America what it is, buried in your own<br />

town,” Hall said “It's a 5-minute car ride from your house and<br />

from your school. It's a pretty fascinating experience.”<br />

Lynnfeld's South Burying Ground, first used — according<br />

to the sign on the Salem Street side of it — in 1775.<br />

“But," said Hall, “I saw some graves in there where the<br />

people died even earlier than that.”<br />


The Goodale grave at Oak Grove Cemetery in Peabody dates<br />

back to the mid-1800s .<br />

Left: Andrew Hall in the South Burying Ground on Salem Street<br />

in Lynnfield. The shadow on the gravestone is the result of a<br />

mirror shining light on the stone.<br />

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A memorial for fallen Peabody firefighters was erected at Monument Park on Wallis Street in Peabody in 1965.<br />

Some of the older cemeteries such as<br />

the South Burying Ground were established<br />

while their towns were still incorporated<br />

as part of Lynn. Another is the<br />

First Parish Cemetery, also known as the<br />

Revolutionary War Cemetery which is<br />

in Saugus Center, on Central and Main<br />

Streets.<br />

The territory that today encompasses<br />

Saugus, Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Reading<br />

and Swampscott was originally called Saugus<br />

but changed to Lynn for King's Lynn<br />

in Norfolk England in 1637.<br />

The oldest cemetery from this territory<br />

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is the West Lynn Burying Ground, which<br />

was settled in 1629. It was the only cemetery<br />

used by the whole region (including<br />

Lynnfield, Swampscott, Saugus and Nahant)<br />

from the date of its settlement until<br />

the ones now in Saugus and Lynnfield were<br />

established. It is clearly visible today in the<br />

Market Square area of Lynn, and bordering<br />

Elm Street.<br />

According to data collected by the<br />

Lynn Museum, the oldest stone in the<br />

West Lynn Burying Ground dates back to<br />

June 17, 1693. However, many who were<br />

interred there have no stone. According to<br />

the museum, there are 8,000 graves and<br />

only 800 stones.<br />

Lynn has several cemeteries still in use<br />

today, such as Pine Grove, St. Mary's,<br />

St. Joseph's, St. Jean's and Pride of Lynn.<br />

Many, especially Pine Grove, have<br />

graves that date back at least two centuries.<br />

And there are seperate sections of the<br />

cemetery set aside for combat veterans of<br />

almost every war the country has fought.<br />

However, the historical relevance of<br />

some of the older ones no longer in use<br />

today can't be overlooked, such as the<br />

Eastern Burial Ground on Union Street,


near St. Joseph's Church and the Free and<br />

Friends burial grounds off Broad Street and<br />

Friend Street. Most of the 19 stones at that<br />

gravesite belong to Swampscott natives.<br />

While cemeteries in general would<br />

appear to be peaceful places for honoring<br />

our dead, the Friends Cemetery, tucked<br />

among the buildings bordering Broad,<br />

Silsbee and Friend streets in Lynn, has had<br />

a curious history.<br />

Established by Quakers in 1722, it<br />

achieved its notoriety in the mid-1800s,<br />

according to the late David J. Black, a<br />

former veterans-affairs columnist for the<br />

Daily Evening Item in Lynn.<br />

Lynn had a large quaker population at<br />

the time the cemetery was established, and<br />

it was still about 10 percent by 1826, the<br />

city of Boston whose Quaker population<br />

was dwindling and whose own cemetery<br />

was not being used decided to dig up 109<br />

bodies and rebury them in the Friends<br />

Cemetery in Lynn.<br />

Two years prior to that, the second half<br />

of the burial ground complex on Friend<br />

Street was established when the Free Burying<br />

Ground came into being in 1824.<br />

All of the aforementioned were established<br />

before Pine Grove (1850) was established,<br />

first as a private burial ground and<br />

then conveyed to the city four years later.<br />

“The Western Burial Ground is so full<br />

that it is almost impossible to conduct a<br />

burial without disturbing the remains of<br />

another,” said George Hood, who was<br />

mayor at the time.<br />

Some of the most notable<br />

people in Peabody's history<br />

are actually buried in older<br />

cemeteries in Salem. This,<br />

in part, is because before<br />

Peabody was incorporated<br />

as its own city in 1916 it was<br />

part of Salem, and was largely<br />

wilderness and farmland.<br />

These stones were<br />

cleaned and restored<br />

by Andrew Hall<br />

during his Eagle<br />

Scout project two<br />

years ago at South<br />

Burying Ground in<br />

Lynnfield.<br />

Still, former Mayor and U.S. Representative<br />

Nicholas Mavroules is buried in<br />

Cedar Grove Cemetery in South Peabody.<br />

However, Giles Corey, who lived in<br />

what is now Peabody, and his wife, Martha,<br />

were victims of the Salem witch trials.<br />

Corey was pressed to death with stones in<br />

a field that later became Howard Street<br />

Cemetery in Salem. The actual site of<br />

his remains is unknown, and a plaque in<br />

his honor sits in nearby Charter Street<br />

Cemetery.<br />

George Peabody, an internationaly-known<br />

philanthropist and Peabody<br />

native, is also buried in Salem at Harmony

Grove Cemetery, which, today, is located<br />

on the border of the two cities.<br />

Not far from Harmony Grove, tucked<br />

into a small space (comparitive to Puritan<br />

Lawn or Cedar Grove) is Monument<br />

Cemetery on Wallis Street, a few lots<br />

down from Haven from Hunger.<br />

There, you can find some of the older<br />

gravestones in the city, along with commemorative<br />

plaques for Civil War veterans<br />

and Peabody firefighters.<br />

In Oak Grove, which is located in<br />

West Peabody across from Cy Tenny<br />

Park, some of the graves go back to the<br />

early 1800s, as do some of the ones in<br />

Cedar Grove. Also at Oak Grove, there<br />

is a memorial stone for “James Olsen, aka<br />

Jason Nolan. He walked along the gates of<br />

“Checkpoint Charlie,” the crossing point<br />

at the Berlin Wall that separated East<br />

from West during the Cold War.<br />

All this history was fresh in Hall’s<br />

mind when he was looking for an Eagle<br />

project, and his experience with the scouts,<br />

plus his natural affinity for the history<br />

associated with burial grounds, led him to<br />

his project.<br />

“I thought it was interesting,” he said,<br />

“that the cemeteries were so old, and had<br />

veterans from the revolution. They’re rich<br />

in history, but do not have any preservation<br />

efforts in place. So I thought it would<br />

be interesting to record the inscriptions<br />

on the gravestones, and take photographs<br />

of them.”<br />

But one doesn’t just go to a cemetery<br />

especially a 240-year-old one with<br />

fragile tombstones and start brushing and<br />

cleaning the graves. That could be harmful,<br />

according to the Association for Gravestones<br />

Study.<br />

The traditional way of preserving<br />

gravestones was to put tracing paper, or<br />

some other thin parchment, and go over<br />

them with chalk or charcoal. The image<br />

records features such as natural textures,<br />

inscribed patterns or lettering.<br />

Over time, though, the practice of<br />

stone rubbing can cause permanent damage<br />

to cultural monuments due to abrasion.<br />

However, for an artist, stone rubbings<br />

can become an entire body of creative<br />

work that is framed and displayed.<br />

While artists and historians have been<br />

doing gravestone rubbings for ages, they<br />

can be harmful if the stone is brittle. And,<br />

as Hall says, “some of these stones are not<br />

in good shape.” “They’re cracked and they<br />

look very fragile.”<br />

And the force used to recreate them by<br />

tracing and etching could do more damage.<br />

In fact, says the association, care is<br />

Two years ago, Lynnfield Boy Scout Troop 41 did an Eagle Scout project to restore old and<br />

damaged graves at the South Burying Ground in Lynnfield.<br />

even required when cleaning these stones.<br />

Non-corrosive detergent is a must. Better<br />

still, distilled water with a spray bottle is<br />

the best way to start.<br />

This requires patience. Those wishing<br />

to clean stones should always check to see<br />

how stable they are before they start, and<br />

it would also be wise to be up on state and<br />

local laws regarding what’s allowed.<br />

As for the rest, cleaning a stone requires<br />

patience, and a variety of brushes, and even<br />

a toothbrush, to get into the crevices all<br />

while managing not to damage them, says<br />

Dengarden, a home and garden publication.<br />

Similarly, taking a straight-on picture of<br />

a gravestone for posterity might not yield<br />

the desired effect, something the Halls<br />

found out when they tried to record the<br />

grave sites.<br />

“It was recommended to us (by Association<br />

for Gravestones Study) that we take<br />

a full-length mirror and shine it across the<br />

face of the stone,” said Hall’s father, Jonathan.<br />

“If you get the right light, you can<br />

photograph the stone that way and copy it.”<br />

Erosion isn’t the only problem with old,<br />

historic cemeteries.<br />

“They’ve been vandalized quite a bit<br />

too,” said Jonathan Hall.<br />

Hall gained some noteriety for his<br />

project. It was easily approved by the<br />

advancement committee that reviews Eagle<br />

Scout projects. And, of course, he passed<br />

muster at his Eagle board of review with<br />

flying colors.<br />

Hall submitted the project to UMass<br />

Amherst, and it is now a part of the university’s<br />

archives.<br />

“Two years after the fact,” Jonathan<br />

Hall said, “our scoutmaster got a call from<br />

a woman from the gravestone society. Andrew<br />

was nominated, and he received, the<br />

Oakley Award (presented by the Association<br />

for Gravestone Studies).”<br />

The Oakley Award is presented periodically<br />

by the group’s board of trustees to<br />

individuals and groups that help advance<br />

the cause of the association, which is to<br />

preserve the history gravestones represent.<br />

Andrew Hall said that no matter what<br />

he does and where he goes, there will<br />

always be a pull toward the South Burying<br />

Ground in Lynnfield.<br />

“It’s very humbling walking through a<br />

cemetery like that, contemplating your own<br />

mortality, coupled with the history of the<br />

people buried there,” he said. “I think you<br />

learn respect, and to evaluate your life, and<br />

the people who lived years and years before<br />

you. It’s definitely a different experience<br />

than walking down the beach.”<br />


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Getting<br />

a start<br />

on art<br />

in Lynn<br />

For three decades,<br />

Raw Art Works<br />

launched creative<br />

careers and helped kids<br />


hree decades ago,<br />

Mary Flannery<br />

started Raw Art<br />

Works, the first<br />

statewide art<br />

therapy program<br />

for incarcerated<br />

youth. In 1994,<br />

Flannery opened<br />

RAW Space in<br />

downtown Lynn, with Kit Jenkins, executive<br />

director, and a group of passionate art<br />

therapists. All believed that good things<br />

happen when kids feel they are a vital part<br />

of a creative community that truly cares.<br />

RAW offers free programs from painting<br />

to filmmaking for youth ages 7 to 19.<br />

Flannery and her staff believe that all kids<br />

should be seen and heard and that everyone<br />

has a story to tell.<br />

At the start, RAW had 16 kids sign<br />

up. This year, more than 500 area youth<br />

enrolled in programs. To date, thousands of<br />

kids have had their lives enriched by RAW.<br />

With Flannery stepping down from<br />

her leadership role at the end of this school<br />

year, we thought it would be the perfect<br />

time to have alumni describe the impact<br />

she and RAW have had in their lives.<br />


Michael Aghahowa<br />

“I was born and raised in Lynn. I<br />

graduated from Lynn Vocational Technical<br />

Institute in 2013 with a trade in Graphic<br />

Communications.<br />

“I first stepped into RAW the summer<br />

before my freshman year in high school.<br />

Before that I was working with Jason Cruz<br />

(RAW clinical supervisor/art therapist) at<br />

school. He would come to KIPP Academy<br />

as a part of the<br />

Boyz Lync group. My<br />

freshman year, I was<br />

only involved in the<br />

Men2Be group that<br />

was held on Wednesdays.<br />

That was tough<br />

because I didn't have<br />

art classes in school,<br />

so this group was the<br />

only constructed art class I had, and I loved<br />

it, but it was only once a week. It was like<br />

following a TV show and having to wait<br />

the next week to see what's up. So as the<br />

years went on, I joined more and more<br />

groups until my senior year schedule was<br />

filled with RAW Monday-Friday.<br />

“RAW changed my life in many ways.<br />

As a young aspiring artist, RAW really gave<br />

me the tools to express myself and help me<br />

understand why and what I was expressing.<br />

That gave me an artistic voice, because<br />

then I can figure out who I'm talking to<br />

through art. It helped me find a community<br />

of people who are similar in mindset.<br />

The biggest way RAW changed my life is<br />

helping me get to college. I'm the first one<br />

in my family to go.<br />

“I graduated from Montserrat College<br />

of Art in 2017, now I'm working with kids<br />

at The Gregg House, right down the street<br />

from RAW, and I'm creating a professional<br />

career in the arts as a painter/illustrator.<br />

“Mary (Flannery) has always been a<br />

person with a very positive energy and<br />

someone who you can go to for support.<br />

When I graduated and joined the Door-<br />

2Door alumni group, I got to know her as a<br />

fearless risk taker with a sweet eye for color<br />

and design. I can really apply that to her<br />

staff as well. Mary's vision really changes<br />

lives for the better, and I will always appreciate<br />

her.”<br />

Alison Miller<br />

“I’m an alumna and now art therapist at<br />

RAW. I grew up in Lynn and I just bought<br />

a home here. I am also a practicing artist<br />

and active in the community. I went to<br />

MassArt and earned my degree in community<br />

art education. I taught elementary art<br />

in the Lynn Public School system for two<br />

years before returning to school to earn my<br />

master's in art therapy.<br />

“I first came to RAW at 14. I kept<br />

coming back because of the overwhelming<br />

amount of love and<br />

support I received<br />

there. I also was<br />

always so excited<br />

to learn a new art<br />

skill or work with<br />

a new material.<br />

The projects were<br />

always so thoughtful<br />

and made me dig<br />

deep into myself to<br />

find out who I really was. Without RAW<br />

I wouldn’t have gone to art school and I<br />

wouldn’t have found my voice as a young<br />

person. RAW is in my blood. It is a huge<br />

part of who I am. It takes a village to raise<br />

a child, and RAW was part of my village<br />

for sure.<br />

“Mary (Flannery) has always had a<br />

vision of what RAW is now. It has grown<br />

into a such an amazing organization, helping<br />

kids feel safe and heard every day. Mary<br />

knows how to not only engage people in<br />

the arts and have them tell their story, she<br />

also knows how to have fun with them and<br />

really connect.”<br />

Brandon Gorski<br />

“I grew up in Lynn, just 15 minutes<br />

from RAW. I’ve been drawing since age<br />

5, making stories and comics. I graduated<br />

from MassArt in 2009 and have been<br />

working with RAW for 12 years as part of<br />

Door2Door, which is a fundraising team<br />

that works toward making artwork for<br />

RAW’s annual Bash.<br />

“I started attending Adventures in Fine<br />

Arts in 2003 at RAW after school. After<br />

my first session, I was so interested in coming<br />

back, because it felt like real free-range<br />

art making. There<br />

was structure but<br />

also heart; we really<br />

connected as a group<br />

and just had so much<br />

fun. I had always<br />

had an interest in art<br />

and was drawing, but<br />

RAW really showed<br />

me the possibilities of<br />

pursuing the arts.<br />

“How did RAW change my life?<br />

Profoundly. Assisting me in applying for<br />

college alone was unbelievable. They had<br />

my slides for art school photographed,<br />

helped me with college essays and filling<br />


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out applications, and also planning trips<br />

to schools. Going through school and still<br />

having them as a resource, and mentorship<br />

of my teachers, I felt so supported.<br />

I wouldn’t be making the kind of art I’m<br />

working on without their influence.<br />

“Mary (Flannery) is one of my favorite<br />

people in the world. She has literally put<br />

a paintbrush in my hand and said 'go';<br />

I wouldn’t be painting had she not been<br />

there in 2003. Words cannot fully express<br />

how thankful I feel to have her influence<br />

and that of her amazing and dynamic staff<br />

in my life.”<br />


Bedelyn Dabel<br />

“I was born in Haiti but grew up in Lynn.<br />

I went to Lynn Classical High School and<br />

now I attend MassArt in Boston. I am<br />

studying Industrial Design, while making<br />

art for social change. Next year will be my<br />

third at MassArt.<br />

“I was a freshman in high school when I<br />

first stepped into<br />

RAW. The first<br />

people I met there<br />

were Bruce (Orr)<br />

and Mary (Flannery).<br />

I was in their<br />

group and they were<br />

full of energy and<br />

passionate about<br />

the arts. What kept<br />

me coming back was the feeling of being<br />

accepted and being able to come to a space<br />

every weekday to connect with others<br />

and make art. I felt safe and my creativity<br />

was able to flow so easily. RAW became a<br />

second-home really fast.<br />

“The place I am in today is because of<br />

RAW. It showed me the possibility of<br />

having art as a career. I was able to think<br />

about the possibility of going to college<br />

because of RAW. A lot of notable people at<br />

RAW helped shape who I am today. These<br />

people are a blessing to my life and they<br />

have helped me in many ways.”<br />

“Thank you, Mary, for bringing the vision<br />

of RAW to life. Many students before me<br />

and after me will forever be grateful for<br />

this wonderful place we call home.”<br />

Kaitlyn Farmer<br />

“I'm a Boston-based college counselor<br />

and youth advocate. In 2015, I received a<br />

BA in Sociology with a concentration in<br />

Human Services from Emmanuel College.<br />

I have been deeply involved with RAW<br />

and the Lynn community for more than a<br />

decade.”<br />

“I first stepped through the doors of RAW<br />

back in 2005, when I was in the sixth<br />

grade. I was looking for a place to belong,<br />

a place for me to be myself, and RAW<br />

quickly became that for me. I joined Studio<br />

Time 2, a middle school visual arts group,<br />

and have been hooked ever since. The artmaking<br />

intrigued me, but it was the sense<br />


of community fostered by the staff that<br />

kept me coming back.<br />

“In my senior year of high school, I took<br />

full advantage of RAW's Project Launch<br />

program and was paired with a volunteer<br />

mentor. This year of my life was transformative.<br />

I was carrying<br />

a lot on my plate for<br />

a young person my<br />

age, supporting myself<br />

financially by working<br />

three jobs. With the<br />

support of RAW, I was<br />

able to earn enough in<br />

scholarships from the<br />

Yawkey Foundation and<br />

United Way to fully fund my educational<br />

dream of attending Emmanuel College<br />

and earning my bachelor's degree. As a<br />

first-generation college student, I knew I<br />

wanted to go to college but had no idea<br />


the amount of work it would take to get<br />

me there. Without RAW's continuous<br />

guidance and support, I doubt I would be<br />

here today. I can say with confidence that<br />

RAW and the doors it has opened for me<br />

have changed my life forever.<br />

“As a RAW alumna and former RAW<br />

Chief, my passion for college access was<br />

inspired by my time with Project Launch.<br />

Now, I co-lead Project Launch, RAW’s<br />

college and career access program. The<br />

opportunity to give back to the Lynn<br />

community and support RAW's youth in<br />

achieving their dreams is the most gratifying<br />

experience; it's come full circle.<br />

“Mary's vision for RAW has inspired so<br />

many young people in our community. Her<br />

welcoming energy and thoughtful planning<br />

have helped make RAW what it is today.<br />

Raw Art Works has provided the youth of<br />

Lynn a place for us to call home. It's Mary<br />

and the amazing art therapists that make<br />

RAW such a special place.”<br />

Glady’s Hidalgo<br />

“An alumna, I joined the RAW team<br />

in 2016 as co-leader for the Art of Words<br />

program. As a student at RAW, I<br />

participated in the Real to Reel Film<br />

School programs, as well as the Spoken<br />

Word group. My poetry is rooted in my<br />

LatinX ancestry. I believe that through art,<br />

knowledge can bridge the gaps that allow<br />

miseducation and fear to thrive. I have<br />


performed at World AIDS Day Boston, JP<br />

Porchfest, Wheaton College’s iSpeak and<br />

many amazing events.<br />

“I first stepped into RAW my junior year of<br />

high school in 2011. Chris Gaines, the creative<br />

director for Real to Reel Film School,<br />

Kit Jenkins and Mary Flannery at the RAW Art Works block party.<br />

came into my TV production class and<br />

did a quick demo about RAW, and I was<br />

hooked. I kept coming back because I felt<br />

I was finally getting the chance to speak<br />

up in a way that made adults listen and<br />

take me seriously.<br />

“RAW opened my eyes to my ability,<br />

even as a teenager, to advocate for my<br />

dreams and my desires.<br />

They also taught me<br />

how to lean into the<br />

uncomfortable places<br />

in my life and not allow<br />

them to drown me. It<br />

was definitely an uphill<br />

battle, but it isn’t one I<br />

would change for the<br />

world.<br />

“I’m pursuing a bachelor's degree in Creative<br />

Writing, while also being a teaching<br />

artist at Raw Art Works and the Institute<br />

of Contemporary Art in Boston. I’m also<br />

the festival director for Louder Than A<br />

Bomb Youth Poetry Slam Festival Massachusetts,<br />

hosted by MassLEAP. I also<br />

keep up with my own art in poetry and<br />

filmmaking, constantly reaching to create<br />

new pieces and performances.<br />

“RAW is an amazing place that works because<br />

of the people that are on staff. Everyone<br />

has such an important role in the<br />

daily functionality of RAW that I couldn’t<br />

see it working any other way. I will always<br />

be deeply appreciative of Mary’s vision<br />

and her willingness to advocate for the<br />


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BOX<br />


INSIDE<br />

THE<br />

Downtown Peabody's new theater earning applause<br />



The grand building at 22 Foster St. in Peabody is a beehive of activity.<br />

The former U.S. Post Office is now operated by Heritage Industries<br />

and houses ArcWorks Community Art Center. It's a busy place.<br />

Way in the back, past the art galleries, jewelry design workshop and<br />

chair caning business, is the brand new Black Box theater.<br />

Opened in April, Peabody’s Black Box represents a partnership<br />

between Northeast Arc, the city and area business and cultural organizations.<br />

This state-of-the-art space is perfect for theater, comedy,<br />

dance, film, music, poetry and other performances. At 2000 square feet,<br />

it has a capacity of 238.<br />

Tim Brown, director of Innovation and Strategy for Northeast<br />

Arc, said the space formerly served as a warehouse and housed a paper<br />

shredding business.<br />

“The city was looking for a theater downtown. Initial conversations<br />

were three or four years ago. It was quite an undertaking. An old<br />

walk-in safe was transformed into new bathrooms.” The theater can be<br />

rented for community events, corporate meetings, birthday parties and<br />

the like. There's a "green room" and backstage space where performers<br />

can relax. There's a projection booth for movie screenings. The coolest<br />

feature is a catwalk that hovers above the floor. Construction began in<br />

October and was completed in March.<br />

Brown, who has been with Northeast Arc for 27 years, said the<br />

group's improv troupe, drumming circle and theater club are using the<br />

space. Peabody High School performers have set up an acoustic cafe,<br />

and productions of “Love Letters” and the musical revue “Showstoppers”<br />

served as fundraisers. A matching grant from a MassDevelopment<br />

Patronicity campaign help fund renovations.<br />

“We also would like to suggest that the people we serve at Northeast<br />

Arc make excellent ushers, cashiers and would be wonderful employees,”<br />

added Brown.<br />

The final stage of the theater's fundraising campaign (https://ne-<br />

Tim Brown, director of Innovation and Strategy for Northeast Arc, in<br />

the new Black Box Theater.<br />

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Caitlin Burke performs in “Show Stoppers!” at Peabody’s Black Box Theater.<br />


arc.org/services/black-box-theater/) is now<br />

in full swing, with the purchase of chairs/<br />

stadium seating, lights and sound equipment<br />

a priority. A small piano was bought<br />

from the Lyric Stage theater company, and<br />

new HVAC and electric wiring have been<br />

completed. The space has a load-in door,<br />

rare for a Black Box.<br />

“It's great to be in downtown Peabody.<br />

Businesses are so happy and supportive of<br />

this arts center and the theater, and of our<br />

Breaking Grounds coffeehouse, too,” said<br />

Brown.<br />

“The mayor (Ted Bettencourt), the<br />

business organizations, everyone has been<br />

great. This fits our mission as well as that<br />

of the city.”<br />

There's a mural that grabs your attention<br />

the second you walk into the lobby.<br />

It's Waldo Peirce's “Old Bull Pen,” a 1940<br />

example of New Deal art, featuring Peabody<br />

pots of red clay, cattle and celebrates<br />

the city's history as Leather Capital of<br />

the World. Fully restored, it remains in its<br />

original location.<br />

The galleries feature rotating shows. The<br />

Caitlin Burke and David Macaluso perform<br />

in “Show Stoppers!” at Peabody’s Black Box<br />

Theater.<br />

work of artists with disabilities are shown<br />

side-by-side with that of non-disabled artists.<br />

A gallery shop is open six days a week,<br />

featuring handmade arts and crafts, many<br />

by the people Arc supports.<br />

The Shine jewelry line, made here, is<br />

sold in 10 places, including Peabody Essex<br />

Museum, the Salem Hospital Gift Shop,<br />

the general store at Mass General Hospital,<br />

and the Witch History Museum in Salem.<br />

Northeast Arc's Heritage Caning Co.<br />

has been in business for 60 years. “This is<br />

one of only two storefront caning businesses<br />

still in business in Massachusetts,”<br />

said Brown. One employee, Ron Lavino of<br />

Lynn, recently celebrated his 50th anniversary<br />

with Heritage Caning. A party was<br />

thrown in his honor earlier this month.”<br />

Northeast Arc was founded in 1954 by<br />

parents of children with developmental disabilities<br />

who wanted to raise their sons and<br />

daughters as full members of the community.<br />

By challenging professionals who told<br />

them their children could not be educated<br />

and would not live to become adults, these<br />

parents created the systems that enabled<br />

them to attend public schools, develop<br />

friendships, reside in the neighborhoods of<br />

their choice and to earn a paycheck.<br />

Today it serves some 9,000 persons in<br />

nearly 190 communities.<br />


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Dalton<br />

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Award-winning former<br />

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Tom Dalton believes Lynn does not get<br />

enough love in the history of 19th century<br />

abolitionist Frederick Douglass.<br />

But, says Dalton, author of “Frederick<br />

Douglass: The Lynn Years, 1841-1848,” the<br />

years he spent here were his most transformative.<br />

“He comes here as an unknown, and<br />

left here famous,” said Dalton, a former<br />

reporter for both the Daily Item and Salem<br />


Tom Dalton talks about his book on<br />

abolitionist and one-time Lynn resident<br />

Frederick Douglass at the Lynn Museum.<br />

News. “He comes here as a fugitive slave<br />

and leaves here free, and he became an<br />

internationalist and an independent while<br />

he was here.”<br />

Dalton spoke April 27 in front of a<br />

standing-room-only crowd at the Lynn<br />

Museum during a program that was part of<br />

the festivities to celebrate the 200th anniversary<br />

of Douglass' birth (he was born in<br />

February 1818 in Maryland). The address<br />

was sponsored by Grant Communications<br />

of Lynn.<br />

Douglass' story is remarkable by<br />

anyone's definition. Dalton said that even<br />

among those who didn't sympathize with<br />

the abolitionist movement, Douglass commanded<br />

respect. He was born into a situation<br />

where he never knew who his father<br />

was, and only really ever saw his mother at<br />

night. That was because she was taken to<br />

a different plantation when Douglass was<br />

still a boy, and used to walk the 12 miles<br />

between houses and sneak in so she could<br />

spend nights with him.<br />

“She'd have to leave before sunrise to<br />

get back to her plantation,” Dalton said.<br />

Douglass was never taught to read or<br />

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had an extensive library filled with books<br />

“that he actually read, unlike most of us.”<br />

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He was not born Frederick Douglass.<br />

That came at least three iterations after his<br />

escape from the Maryland plantation where<br />

he was raised in 1838. His first stop was New<br />

Bedford, where his last name was changed to<br />

Johnson. By then, he'd met his future wife,<br />

Anna Douglass.<br />

Because there were so many people named<br />

Johnson in the community where he lived,<br />

it was suggested that he adopt the name<br />

Douglass.<br />

After he delivered an impassioned<br />

anti-slavery address, he became a much<br />

sought-after speaker on behalf of the abolitionist<br />

cause. And that's what brought him to<br />

Lynn.<br />

In 1841, he was offered a job as an agent<br />

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and he came to Lynn because it was close to<br />

Boston, where he could establish contact with<br />

William Lloyd Garrison, among the foremost<br />

abolitionists in the country.<br />

Dalton said Douglass wrote his book “Narrative<br />

of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an<br />

American Slave, Written by Himself," while<br />

living on Harrison Court in Lynn, which today<br />

is the main walkway to the commuter rail station<br />

outside of Central Square ("he always lived<br />

near train stations so he could hop on a train<br />

and go where he needed to go," Dalton said).<br />

“It's not a long book,” said Dalton, “but it's<br />

one of the most important ever written.<br />

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