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When Swampscott was a resort ● The hero behind Blocksidge Field



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My name is Edward Michael and I am a chocoholic.

I don’t drink to excess, do drugs, or gamble. My vices are buying clothes and eating.

Those two things don’t mesh particularly well, because if (OK, when) I eat too much,

my clothes don’t fit. I have one fat suit so, when I eat myself out of Brioni and Kiton

and Ralph Lauren and Zegna, I have something to wear. Eventually I get sick of the

fat suit and it prompts me to stop eating for a while.

A woman at work preaches the Keto diet. She ate several pounds of bacon a day for

a few weeks and actually lost weight. It didn’t work for me. She neglected to tell me I

couldn’t put cheeseburgers under the bacon (no, I’m not foregoing the bun).

Another woman keeps a jar of miniature Snickers bars on her desk (why the little

ones, I don’t know; if some is good, isn’t more better?). And then there’s Bridget

Turcotte, another Ketophile. She seems so sweet, but it’s a veneer. She has to know

she’s torturing me with her cover story about C.B. Stuffer's works of chocolate art.

I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate? Of course, there are varying degrees of love,

and when it comes to chocolate, I fall into the head-over-heels-can’t-live-without-it

(except for Lent) category. Oversized peanut butter cups? Solid chocolate pizza? I ate

up Bridget’s tastefully written story.

Then Mark Sutherland takes a Spenser Hasak photo and designs a mouth-watering

cover. I’m gaining weight writing about it.

If gluttony isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of other stories in this edition of 01907 to

whet your appetite. Our three senior writers forked over some good ones.

Billy Brotherton writes about what was once “one of the northeast’s premier

resort areas,” with more than a handful of five-star hotels and guests flocking to

Swampscott from parts near and far. Think the Hamptons, early-20th-century

edition. Steve Krause chronicles the man for whom the town’s football field is named.

And Thor Jourgensen traces the birth of Christian Science to Paradise Road.

And, finally, Gayla Cawley takes us to the top of Greenwood Avenue, where, at

long last, the property that once served as home to the high school and middle school

is being redeveloped into housing. Not everyone’s thrilled, but that’s not breaking

news. And it’s probably not a bad thing to have a property with its value on the tax

rolls, so I’m rooting for Tom Groom.

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06 An Inn thing

08 A hero's legacy

10 Fashion-forward fall

12 House money

15 Chocolate covered


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22 Cider House Rules

24 Carving a legacy

25 Groomed for success

30 Religion lives here


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Serving up sleuthing

What: Dinner Detectives is the library’s mystery

book group. We discuss mysteries related to

a different topic each month. Bring your book

and dinner – we provide the coffee, dessert and

discussion. New members welcome. This month's

topic is scary mysteries.

Where: Swampscott library meeting room, 61

Burrill St.

When: Tuesday Oct. 2, 6-7 p.m.


Contact: 781-596-8867, swa@noblenet.org

Serve humanity with Rotary

What: The Rotary Club of Swampscott meets

regularly to build goodwill and friendships and

embark on a variety of projects.

Where: Mission On The Bay, 141 Humphrey St.

When: Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Contact: www.facebook.com/swampscottrotary

It's alive! Mary Shelley and

Frankenstein lecture

What: This year is the bicentennial of Mary

Shelley’s classic book, “Frankenstein,” and to

celebrate, reference librarian Janina Majeran

will give a lecture on the life of the author and

the events that led up to her writing this oncecontroversial


Mission on the Bay Restaurant


Where: Swampscott Public Library meeting

room, 61 Burrill St.

When: Thursday, Oct. 4, 7-8:15 p.m.


Contact: Janina Majeran, 413-626-2723, majeran@

noblenet.org. Please call or register online.

How to stay young at heart

What: The Young at Heart book club is for adults

who read Young Adult novels and wish they

had other adults with whom to talk about them

without shame. This month's book is “Simon v.

The Homosapien Agenda” by Becky Albertalli.

There will be snacks and beverages.

Where: Swampscott Public Library meeting

room, 61 Burrill St.

When: Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Contact: Janina Majeran, 781-596-8867, majeran@


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What: Please put your yard waste in paper bags

or barrels labelled as "Yard Waste." Acceptable

yard waste includes grass, leaves, and tree and

brush trimmings up to one inch thick.

Not Acceptable: soil, stumps, rocks, and

trimmings more than one inch thick.

Yard waste put in plastic bags will not be collected.

When: Monday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26.

Have your yard waste out on your normal

trash collection day. "Yard Waste" sticker labels

for barrels can be picked up at the Health

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When the

town was a

popular resort


Once upon a time, Swampscott was

one of the Northeast's premier resort

areas. The "old money" crowd would

escape the sweltering big city and relax

in one of the town's many seaside grand

hotels for an entire summer.

The train would depart from Boston,

stopping at Swampscott station where

Mr. Washburn's horse-drawn carriage

service would be waiting to transport

visitors to the hotels and estates. There

were three stations in Swampscott alone,

and the train would later be extended all

the way to downtown Marblehead.

Summer residents would arrive

Memorial Day weekend and stay right

through Labor Day, said unofficial town

historian Lou Gallo.

"If you had four or five rooms to rent,

you could call yourself a hotel," Gallo

said. "There were a lot of hotels, some

grand, some not so grand. Over 500

rooms were available in Swampscott."

The New Ocean House was

indisputably the grandest of them all.

In 1895, it was purchased by Edward

Grabow and Allen Ainslie, who added

a telephone, an elevator, and service

"call bells" in all 175 rooms. Cottages

and a multi-story, fireproof Puritan

Hall boosted the room total to about

300. New Ocean's property covered 22

acres, which ran from Puritan Road to

Humphrey Street. It was also one of

the first resorts in America to go after

convention business.

Concerts, vaudeville entertainment,

and dancing were soon offered. Golf and

tennis tournaments were held. Horse

stables were onsite.

"The New Ocean House was like a

city unto itself," said Gallo, who grew

up behind the hotel in his grandparents'

home. "On the first floor alone, there

was a butcher shop, fish market, bakery,

barber, drug store, tailor, laundry …

anything you needed to get done. A daily

newspaper was even printed there."

There were strict rules for guests,

according to Gallo, who worked at the 9-hole

pitch-and-putt golf course as a youngster.

Good manners, exemplary etiquette, and

certain protocols had to be followed.

"You could not wear a bathing suit

in the hotel lobby. The bathhouse at the

beach was where you changed," Gallo

said. "Dogs were not allowed in the hotel.

Children were not allowed in the main

dining room. They had their own dining

area. Exceptions would be made for

dessert if the kids were well-behaved."

A who's-who of prominent people

stayed at the hotel during its heyday,

including John F. Kennedy, Lucille Ball,

Harpo Marx, Helen Keller, Babe Ruth,

Guy Lombardo, and Lynn-born actor

Walter Brennan.

Rudy Vallée gave one of his early

performances there, before he found

worldwide success as a pop crooner. A

young Rev. Billy Graham led a meeting

there in 1925. In 1941, when Winston

Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt met

at sea to discuss the Atlantic Charter,

staffers for both men stayed at the New

Ocean House.

In the 1930s, Col. Clem Kennedy

bought the hotel and property. By then,

business had started to falter. The end

came on May 8, 1969, when the 81-yearold

New Ocean House burned to the

ground. By the time firefighters arrived,

the five-story wooden structure was fully

engulfed. No one was killed or injured,

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The Lincoln House,

at the western end of

Phillips Point.

The Lincoln House


A postcard of the New Ocean

House pool area.

Hotel Preston at 441 Atlantic

Ave. was built in 1872.

and the cause of the fire was never

determined. The 50th anniversary of the

disaster is next year.

"When it burned down, I sat on the

roof of the bathhouse across the street

and watched," said Gallo. "Puritan

Hall was fireproofed. It didn't burn, but

everything in it did."

Today the site features townhouse

condominiums, a playground, and an

assisted living center.

An earlier Ocean House was built

by William Fenno in 1835. Situated on

what is now Galloupes Point, it was the

North Shore's first mainland summer

hotel. A few moves and two fires later,

it reopened as the New Ocean House in

1884. That, too, burned down, leading

to Grabow and Ainslie's purchase and

massive renovation and expansion.

The Hotel Preston was equally

elegant, according to Gallo. Located at

441 Atlantic Ave. and built in 1872, it

featured an expansive beach, changing

rooms on the seawall, and several piazzas

from which splendid views of Beach

Bluff were offered. Members of the

Boston Symphony Orchestra would

perform daily. Ripping games of croquet

were played on the lawn. When it burned

down in 1957, the hotel was demolished

and the soil was used as fill for a Logan

airport extension.

The Lincoln House, at the western

end of Phillips Point, was also popular.

Built in 1864, it too offered excellent

water views from every room and direct

access to the beach, which, in the 1780s,

became known as Shakers Cove for the

Shakers who came from Canterbury,

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FALL 2018 | 07

Blocksidge: more than a field

Town observes 100th anniversary of war hero's death


Swampscott Chief of Police Ron Madigan and Town Administrator Sean Fitzgerald with the

World War I memorial.


Last fall, when a $2 million renovation project

culminated with the unveiling of a refurbished

Blocksidge Field, with state-of-the-art turf

filled in with coconut huskings rather than groundup

tires, Gov. Charlie Baker spoke of the facility's


“I wonder how (Cpl. John Enos Blocksidge) would

feel about this,” said Baker, a Swampscott resident

whose two sons played football on the field in its

previous iteration. “Isn't it great we have given this

field a facelift that that person who fought and died

for his country could appreciate?”

Last month, when sports activities for the 2018-19

season began in Swampscott, it's doubtful many of

the athletes participating were aware that the opening

days were juxtaposed around the 100th anniversary of

Blocksidge's death in the waning days of World War I.

In April 1918, Blocksidge enlisted in the U.S. Army, and

by July he was shipped overseas as part of the American

Expeditionary Force, Company G, as an infantryman.

That’s three months between the time of enlistment

and the time he went to France to fight. Two months

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later he died as the result of shell fire at the

Battle of Juvigny, north of Soissons.

Many of the area's most prominent edifices

and intersections are named for politicians and

other community movers and shakers. But a

great deal of them are also named in memory of

fallen soldiers. In neighboring Marblehead, the

high school football field is named for a soldier

who died in Afghanistan, Sgt. Christopher J.

Piper, who was a casualty of the War on Terror.

Hoey Square in downtown Lynn was named

for Thomas Yee Hoey, who gave his life in

World War II. Its location, at the intersection of

Broad and Silsbee Streets, is in close proximity

to the laundry service his family ran for years.

The centennial anniversary of John

Blocksidge's death gives us an opportunity to

delve into the circumstances of at least one of the

names on the signs.

The United States was not anxious to get

involved in World War I. In fact, President

Woodrow Wilson, campaigning for his second

term in 1916, used the slogan "He kept us out

of war" as a battle cry in reverse. The "war to

end all wars" was particularly grisly, with the

use of chemicals having been introduced.

By 1917, Germany began sinking U.S. ships

in the Atlantic, and Wilson had no choice but

to declare war. Once the country was placed in

harm's way, men such as Blocksidge enlisted —

and ultimately died.

Blocksidge’s body was buried in an

American cemetery at Aisne, France. Three

years later, his remains were returned to the

United States, arriving home in Swampscott

Jan. 13, 1921. He was buried with full military

honors in Swampscott Cemetery three days


In 1935, Town Meeting voted to build a

football field at Phillips Park, and a year later,

bleachers were constructed. That field became

known as Blocksidge Field, and soon became the

nexus of as much athletic history as any venue on

the North Shore.

By 2010, Blocksidge was starting to

show its age and the first of many efforts to

modernize the facility got underway. It would

prove to be a frustrating effort. Even watching

part of the visitors’ side bleachers collapse

during the annual Swampscott-Marblehead

Powderpuff football game in 2013 didn't

hasten the process, though, as Selectman Peter

Spellios said last fall, “it may have a lot to do

with the fact that this finally got done.”

Spellios was the liaison between the town

and the All-Blue Committee, the last of many

boards that were established to see the project


It took seven years of planning, pleading

and perseverance before the ribbon

(blue, naturally) could be cut to open the

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time to darken up your wardrobe.

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You don't need a

golden ticket to visit

a chocolate factory

nestled in the heart

of Swampscott. You

won't be greeted by

a man in a purple

jacket and top hat, wielding a cane as he

walks seemingly weak and feeble down a

red carpet towards a looming gate at the

strike of a clock tower.

The chocolatiers, Carlo Bacci and

Erin Calvo-Bacci, won't bring you into a

world with chocolate rivers, Everlasting

Gobstoppers, and oompa loompas

dancing about.

But they will bring you to a place

where something almost as magical


C.B. Stuffer, located at 17 Columbia

St., got its start more than a decade

ago in the retail world with a recipe

for oversized peanut butter cups. It has

transitioned into mostly manufacturing

and online sales, adding solid chocolate

pizza, slices, and bars, but peanut butter

cups have remained the top seller,

maintaining about 90 percent of sales.

"What sets us apart — aside from

(selling) the largest peanut butter cup

in the industry — is our flavor profiles,"

said Calvo-Bacci.

The saucer-sized cups weigh in at 5.5

ounces each and the minis are just under

an ounce each.

Some stick with the tried-and-true

milk- and dark-chocolate peanut butter

cups, while others branch out and try the

peanut butter and jelly, s'mores, espresso,

maple walnut, or Cookie Monstah.

The most popular flavors are dark

chocolate with sea salt caramel and

bacon, said Calvo-Bacci.

The newest creation, a salted pretzel

peanut butter cup, was a family creation

crafted at the Bacci family table by the

couple and their three daughters Abigail,

Sarah, and Sofia.

From start to finish, the girls crafted

the idea for a sweet-and-salty treat and

Peanut butter filling for mini peanut-butter cups sit on a tra

Carlo Bacci and Erin Palvo-Bacci, who run CB Stuffer, show off their classic giant peanut butter cups

with seasonal decorations.

sketched a design for the marketing


"They were able to see all the stages

of bringing a product through," said

Calvo-Bacci, who stressed that a family

business becomes a part of family life.

Being located at an industrial site

in Swampscott, hidden between auto

body shops and painters, has its perks,

including privacy, accessibility by train,

and lower rent than most locations, said

Calvo-Bacci. But the couple also tries

to give back to the community in which

they work.

"We're a chocolate company, but

really, we are more," said Calvo-Bacci,

a Reading resident who is running

for state senate in the 5th Middlesex

District. "It's the social issues we care


The staff at C.B. Stuffer is small.

It averages about five employees, with

approximately 10 additional seasonal

hires. Calvo-Bacci said it's important

to her to hire locally and diversely.

Oftentime the employees hired are in

need of job training and support.

The couple has been involved with

Girls Inc. of Lynn, providing tours and

giving talks about starting a business, the

Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, and

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most recently, job training for students at

the Northshore Education Consortium.

Their young employees are learning

firsthand about what it means to own

your own business. With assigned

tasks ranging from filling the cups with

chocolate to packaging the finished

products, they get a taste for every aspect

of the way the business is run.

"From seeing Carlo and Erin do it, it

looks stressful, but good," said Azianna

Walcott, a Salem State University

student. "I could take notes from them."

Lisaury De Jesus is a junior at Lynn

Vocational Technical Institute. She

hasn't started taking classes to get her

license yet, but she has learned the value

of hard work. De Jesus said she has

watched her bosses ensure that everyone

gets involved in learning what it takes to

run a business.

"We want people to grow with us, but

we also just want to see them succeed,"

Calvo-Bacci said. "We have 300

homeless high school students in Lynn.

We need to get these people working.

We need to lift these people up and

teach them work skills. Oftentimes they

don't have support and so our employees

become like an extension of our family."

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Unique soccer program has a common goal:

Have fun

North Shore Rovers

volunteer Joseph Varghese

of Swampscott gets a hug

from Joey Demakes during

a break from soccer.




For many, Sundays are a

day of rest. Not so for

Swampscott residents

Gail and Jack Steele,

who at nearly the crack

of dawn are at Salem's

McGrath Park fields,

where more than 100

youngsters with disabilities and 125

volunteers eagerly await a morning of


The North Shore Rovers program

was founded by the Steeles and their

three children — Jackson, Eliza and

Dylan — in 2011. The free fall program

offers soccer for those age 3-21 with

intellectual and physical disabilities.

"It all started when my oldest son,

Jackson, volunteered with Special

Olympics when he was in middle

school," said Gail Steele. "My husband

and I both love soccer; we both played

the game and our kids play."

The couple approached Special

Olympics about running a soccer

program, and worked through that

organization for two years before

branching out on their own as a

nonprofit organization. It's all about

having fun, Gail Steele said.

Jack Steele credits their children

for helping to get the program off and


"Jackson simply got three of his

friends to help, who then got three more

friends, and it took off from there. And

it was kind of the same with Dylan. And

Eliza was also a very good player and

she knew sign language, so she was great

working with the non-verbal kids."

Jack Steele said soccer is a natural fit

for kids with special needs.

"Soccer is a great starter sport. You

don't need a lot of equipment to play

and it's not that technical at this level,"

he said. "Everyone is capable of kicking

a ball. These kids don't fit into a regular

town program and here they can play at

their own speed, while still having the

experience of being on a team. Most of

the kids have never been on a team before,

most of them have never won a trophy, so

they are truly getting an experience that

would not otherwise be available."

Every Rovers player is paired with

the same volunteer for the entire season

to maximize the one-on-one learning

experience. Volunteers come from area

high schools.

On this season's opening day,

Swampscott High School juniors Anna

Levenburg and Lola Seligson were hard

at work helping Swampscott player Lily

Simons, a sixth-grader, with her ball


Lily, a spunky player with a great

sense of humor, said, "I like to be sneaky

and make sure the girls win. Girls are

better than boys, and the most fun is

stealing the ball from them so they don't

win. We have girl power, too."

Lynette Simons said her daughter has

been playing with the Rovers for five or

six years.

Claire Fazio, top, of Marblehead goes to kick a soccer ball during North Shore Rovers practice. Rori Carson, 7, of

Beverly runs up to volunteer Terry Rhoads of Swampscott to give her a high-five during the North Shore Rovers

practice. The North Shore Rovers, age 7-10 group, let out a cheer following practice.

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"This is definitely the best year so far,"

Simons said. "The first goal was to just

get Lily on the field, and now she doesn't

even come over to me at all. She loves

soccer and loves the kids, so for us, the

program has been incredible."

Levenburg decided to volunteer

after reading about the Rovers on social


"I love the Rovers. It's such an

interactive approach where we get to

help the kids one-on-one on the field,"

she said. "Without this, these kids would

not have the opportunity to play and

have a day they all look forward to. As a

volunteer, it feels so great knowing that

we are doing something to help make

them happy.

"It is very rewarding and I love

coming here every Sunday," Levenburg

added. "I've been here I think since I was

11, but it's just something I look forward

to every year. The kids are just great. I

just cannot imagine not coming. I know

I feel that I get as much enjoyment as

the kids do."

The program, which runs from early

September to early November, started in

Swampscott and has grown from about

15 players, in 2011, to more than 100

the past three years. Some players come

from as far away as Andover, Haverhill,

Rockport and Medford.

Interest is so intense there is a

waiting list for volunteers.

"It's amazing how many high school

kids want to be involved, and they come

back year after year until they graduate,"

said Gail Steele. "Ninety-eight percent of

volunteers are soccer players who spread

our story to their teammates, who then

also want to get involved. The players


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obviously benefit, but the volunteers get

to see firsthand what a difference they

can make in someone's life as a single

individual, which is so empowering as

they go off to college."

As a head coach, Jack Steele

supervises the game coaches. Gail Steele

is the master organizer and planner. She

said the program has strong support.

"The Cummings Foundation gives us

incredible support and the City of Salem

donates the fields," she said. "Dick's

(Sporting Goods) Foundation, the Salem

Five Charitable Foundation, and several

other community supporters make our

program possible."

Players and volunteers from 21

communities are registered for this fall's

program, which began Sept. 9. The final

day of every season is bittersweet for


"On the last day, the players and

the volunteers give speeches about

their experience," Gail Steele said. "It's

amazing to hear how this program has

made a difference to so many. It's sad

that it's over, but that last day is just so


For Lily, that final day is special for

another reason: It's trophy day. "I can't

wait for trophy day," she said. "I wish

every Sunday was trophy day."


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colors, then fall, and your alcoholic taste

buds change, too. The renaissance of hard cider

has come and gone in New England. These

Massachusetts breweries are taking things to the

next level and spicing up their flavors. Whether you

are into the traditional taste, or you enjoy zestful

surprises, there is a hard cider out there for you.

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It is double-dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops,

then citrus enhanced with blood orange and ruby red

grapefruit zest.

WHERE: Vinnin Liquors, 371 Paradise Rd., Swampscott.

WHO: Bantam Cider Company

WHAT: Rojo

A modern American cider made from local heirloom apples,

fermented with a hearty ale yeast, then aged with sour

cherries and black peppercorns.

WHERE: Vinnin Liquors, 371 Paradise Rd., Swampscott.

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There is an exciting new option for child care in Swampscott

and it comes with 160 years ofexperience. The YMCA’s long

history of meeting the needs of the community and providing

everyone access to essential Y programming is in full swing

with our new Swampscott Education Center located at the


St. John the Evangelist Parochial School on Blaney Street.

Just steps away from the Hadley School, the church’s historic

building has been re-imagined to expand our quality before

and after school programming right in Swampscott. This new

initiative offers 18,000 square feet of learning, including 6 after

school enrichment areas rooted in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technolo

gy, Engineering, Art, Math) and it serves children ages 5-12. Each child receives a free Youth Membership to

the Y and discounted Family Membership options. We are providing flexible schedules, and free transportation.

In the communities our Lynch/van Otterloo Y serves there remains a shortage of affordable and flexible early

education and after school care. We recognized a unique opportunity to increase options for families and

breathe new life into the Blaney Street location.

As an additional resource to working parents, the program will also be open when school is out for early release

days, vacations, holidays and snow days. This renovated space offers all new furniture, new program materials,

outdoor play space with planned raised garden beds, indoor gross motor space and a kitchen for fun cooking


Swampscott is a large part of our Lynch van/Otterloo Y community and we aim to serve an additional 150 early

learning and after school children and their families in Swampcott over the next twenty-four months.

We are glad to call 01907 our home.

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the expressive

potential of

the material.

- Reno Pisano


Left, sculptures in progress are scattered about Reno Pisano's studio. At right, Reno Pisano speaks about a sculpture in his home. PHOTOS: SPENSER HASAK

Sculpting a LIFE and a LEGACY


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After 96 years, Reno Pisano knows

the secret to a long life.

"Never finish anything," he said.

That maxim is on display inside his

Nahant garage studio, where works in

progress stand along the clutter of tools and

a makeshift forge fashioned from a furnace.

Among the unfinished pieces are a trio of

nudes and a sculpture of orator and onetime

Lynn resident Frederick Douglass.

Age can't keep Pisano from carving,

casting and creating art. A town

resident for more than 40 years, he

has an impressive resume of sculpting


His work, "Tectonic Eclipse," graces the

town library's lawn. Lynn is dotted with his

creations, including a Douglass monument

on the common and a carved tribute to

Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy.

His sculptures and the material

he works with reflect an inquisitive,

impatient spirit that age and time have

failed to tamp down. He switches from

plaster to marble to granite to wood

and epoxy, and his creations range from

a massive likeness of P.T. Barnum to

delicately rendered torsos.

For Pisano, art is not so much a

process of creation as it is an exploration

of the artist's abilities.

"Most artists will produce work

to impress others, but if that is

your mission, it almost immediately

compromises your objective," he said.

The son of a barber and a bridal

gown designer, Pisano grew up in Lynn's

Highlands, graduated from Classical

High School, and attended the Boston

Museum School for a semester before

joining the Army and taking part in

several World War II campaigns.

He went back to school after the war

and went to work for General Electric's

household division, creating stylistic designs

for appliances. The father of four was

married to his late wife, Mary, for 67 years.

Before channeling his energy into art,

Pisano funneled it into physical fitness to

overcome the effects of rheumatic fever.

He lifted weights at the old Lynn Market

Street YMCA and swam a mile a day.

Like many Nahant residents, he owned

a boat, but art has endured as his abiding

passion. He has forged his own tools to

create an implement capable of crafting clay

or plaster into the creation he envisions.

"I want to investigate the expressive

potential of the material," he explained.

Creative pursuits still give Pisano

time to contemplate Nahant's beauty as a

place balanced between land and sea.

"I appreciate how peaceful it is," he said.



for success


Call it the long and winding road to

Greenwood Avenue: For Tom Groom, the

redevelopment of the former high school and

middle school on Greenwood Avenue into 28

luxury condominiums has been a project more

than six years in the making.

Groom, a Swampscott resident and the

owner of Salem-based Groom Construction,

originally won approval in 2012 for a 41-unit

condominium project on the site, but the

process was halted when neighbors filed suit in


The lawsuit challenged a zoning change

approved at Town Meeting, which allowed

for a multi-family unit on the parcel.That was

overturned in Massachusetts Land Court and

zoning reverted back to single-family housing.

Groom sued the town, with the town and

company working to settle the lawsuit while

the building sat vacant, having last served

as Swampscott Middle School until it was

shuttered in 2007.

Groom won approval for a smaller 28-unit

project last year, with the sale of the property

contingent upon the company dismissing its

lawsuit against the town. Neighbors during the

most recent process were still concerned that the

proposed development would be out of character

with the existing neighborhood and threatened

to again bring litigation against the town.

"It's a residential neighborhood, one- and

two-family homes," said Groom. "We did

our best to create a design that really fits as

best as you can, with similar style roofs to the

other homes (and) trying to bring the volume

down to the basis of the street. It's still the

elephant in the room, but we did our best to

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design a building that would go in the


Despite the lengthy process, Groom,

who attended the Greenwood Avenue

school when it was the town's high

school, said he stuck with the project

because "somebody had to do it."

"If it wasn't going to be me, it was

going to be somebody else," Groom

said. "I think our goal is to build a really

nice product that at the end of the day,

everybody — the town and the people

who live there and us, of course — will

be proud of."

The condominiums will be priced

starting in the $600,000 range and will

be a mix of two- and three-bedroom

units. There will be 60 parking spaces,

with some in garages.

Construction of the new building

is expected to be completed by the

summer or fall of 2019. Town officials

estimate the project will generate at

least $325,000 annually in real estate tax


Demolition of the 1894 school marked

the loss of a piece of the town's history.

The former building served as the town's

first high school and was originally named

the Phillips School before becoming

Swampscott High School.

The building was such a long-time

fixture on top of Greenwood Avenue that

construction crews unearthed a 124-yearold

time capsule during the demolition

process. The capsule was buried on

April 28, 1894, the day the school was


The original school building was

designed and built in the Romanesque

style at a cost of $45,000 on land

donated to the town by the Phillips

family. It was situated at the top of

Greenwood Avenue with sweeping

views of the ocean and town. The only

structure located at the top of the hill

at the time, it could be seen from miles

away, according to Planning Board

chairwoman Angela Ippolito.

"The Greenwood (Avenue) school

was a property that generations of

Swampscott families have been endeared

to and it's going to be terrific to see that

property come back to some productive

use," said Town Administrator Sean

Fitzgerald. "At this point, we've been

able to resolve some long-standing issues

and we're advancing a redevelopment of

one of the most extraordinary locations

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Visitors included the mother of "Little

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the hotel for its healing sea air. It was

located on a hill across from Tupelo Road.

The Sunbeam Hotel, a slate and stone

castle with two turrets, was located where

big-box stores now sit on Paradise Road in

Vinnin Square. "It was the only thing in

that whole area for years," Gallo said. "There

was a flower farm, a driving range, even an

archery place on the Essex Street side."

The chef was brought in from The

Plaza hotel in New York City. The

Sunbeam's 60 acres also housed a farm

that produced eggs, dairy, and poultry for

hotel guests.

The Cliff, in a 1900 brochure, boasted

that the hotel was a short seven-minute

walk from the train station. It was on the

site of what is now St. John's Church

parking lot on Humphrey Street, and the

only way to the beach was a trip down a

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The Willey House at 80 Humphrey

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Christian Science has an estimated

1,000 congregations worldwide, but its

birthplace is a yellow clapboard house at

23 Paradise Road.

The 10-room residence, surrounded

by a spacious lawn, was home to

Christian Science founder Mary Baker

Eddy from October 1865 to March

1866. She didn't live there long, but

what happened inside the house is much

more important to Christian Science

practitioners than the length of her stay.

Eddy clung to life in the house for

four days after slipping on ice at the

corner of Market and Oxford streets in

Lynn on Feb. 1, 1866. As a doctor and

friends said their farewells to her, Eddy,

44, lay in the kitchen in her second-floor

apartment near the warmth of the stove.

An account of her spectacular Feb. 4

recuperation is included in "Science and

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faith. While reading a passage by Mark

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A view of the backyard at the Mary Baker Eddy house.

healings, "She found herself suddenly

well. She got up and got dressed."

The inspiration Eddy drew from

her remarkable recovery in the house

framed the core belief she outlined in

her biography: "I was trying to trace all

physical effects to a mental cause."

In ill health most of her life, Eddy


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