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A publication of Essex Media Group<br />

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Chief Executive Officer<br />

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Directors<br />

Edward L. Cahill<br />

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Gordon R. Hall<br />

Monica Connell Healey<br />

J. Patrick Norton<br />

Michael H. Shanahan<br />

Chief Financial Officer<br />

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Chief Operating Officer<br />

James N. Wilson<br />

Community Relations Director<br />

Carolina Trujillo<br />

Controller<br />

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Editor<br />

Roberto Scalese<br />

Contributing Editors<br />

Cheryl Charles<br />

Emma LeBlanc Perez<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

Bill Brotherton<br />

Gayla Cawley<br />

Bella diGrazia<br />

Thomas Grillo<br />

Thor Jourgensen<br />

Steve Krause<br />

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You know the drill<br />

I don’t get the whole hate-the-dentist thing. For some, it begins during childhood when a trip to the<br />

dentist is on par with being forced to eat turnips at Thanksgiving, and carries through adulthood.<br />

Given that my diet is about 97 percent sugar, I have no idea why I even have teeth; so I view my dentists<br />

— Drs. Vilia Mori and Don Feldman — as superheroes, modern-day Annie Sullivans. Miracle workers.<br />

Dr. David Samost got me through childhood, and Dr. Mori has taken it from there. And Donnie Feldman is<br />

a special kind of toothsayer. He’s the orthodontist who equipped me with braces when I was . . . wait for it . . .<br />

50 years old.<br />

There’s an explanation. Rich Holbrook, the retired chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank, showed up at<br />

a meeting of the Lynn Business Partnership wearing braces. I waited weeks to ask him why, assuming<br />

something horrible prompted it. But when I finally did, his answer was magnificent. “I decided,” he said, “I<br />

didn’t want to wake up at 50 with crooked teeth.”<br />

OK. Good enough for me. A few weeks later, I was Dr. Feldman’s oldest patient. (I’ll forever appreciate<br />

his staffs immediately ushering me into his office when I had an appointment to spare me the indignity of<br />

sitting in his waiting room with a bunch of 13-year-olds. Or to keep Chris Hansen from assuming me a<br />

candidate for “To Catch a Predator.”)<br />

A year (and a lot of grief from my friends) later, I had straight teeth.<br />

And my dentists did it without the help of an alpaca — unlike Dr. Corine Barone, who graces the cover<br />

of this, the fourth edition, of <strong>01945</strong>. She and her husband, orthodontist Dr. Michael Cognata, have an<br />

office overlooking Redd's Pond that features a mechanical horse and a "dinosaur" dentist's chair. The<br />

whole idea is to make kids feel comfortable.<br />

They've always been geared to the unusual when having their fun. For 25 years, "Doc," their miniature<br />

horse, roamed around their yard. Now, they have a Dutch Friesian horse, Brahm, who occupies a barn in<br />

Marblehead during the summer (and winters in Ipswich) — and not one, not two, but three alpacas.<br />

While the closest I want to come to an alpaca is a sweater, Thor Jourgensen’s cover story is bound to<br />

make you smile.<br />

Elsewhere, we have a couple of stories of noteworthy historical significance. Abbot Hall is expected to undergo<br />

a major renovation this spring, with nearly $9 million in funding approved for upgrades and restorations. It was<br />

built in 1876 and added to the National Historic Register in 1974. Gayla Cawley has the details.<br />

And where, exactly, did the U.S. Navy originate? There could be many answers to that question,<br />

including what has always been a healthy debate between Marblehead and Beverly over which community<br />

served as the birthplace of the Navy. For what it’s worth (nothing), I say Marblehead. But that’s because I<br />

live here and am publisher of <strong>01945</strong>, not 01915.<br />

Anyway, see Steve Krause's story.<br />

Robert Goodwin and Julie Kiernan are the founders of Stone & Compass, and their mission is to bring<br />

people from around the world together to learn about each other. Nineteen teens from Marblehead will be<br />

off to various locales this summer for some additional education. Read Bill Brotherton's story.<br />

Elsewhere, Thor reports that the Marblehead Little Theater, which is more than 60 years old, is little<br />

in name only, with a slate of shows that is extremely ambitious; Bill is back with a story on shared<br />

office space; Gayla Cawley writes about how the town is battling opioids; Bella diGrazia reports that<br />

high school kids have enabled National Grand Bank to branch out; and we have the latest in fashion,<br />

Marblehead-style.<br />

All that, plus food.<br />

Be sure to brush after digesting it all.<br />

INSIDE<br />

04 What's up<br />

06 Stone & Compass<br />

10 Style<br />

12 House Money<br />

14 A tooth fairy tale<br />

18 Wading into naval history<br />

22 Bouquets<br />

23 Little in name only<br />

26 Art of scotch<br />

28 Office ours<br />

30 Opioid task force<br />

32 Branching out<br />

34 Abbot overhaul<br />


COVER<br />

"Dr." Ava Pouladian, 7,<br />

of Marblehead pretends<br />

to examine Sophia<br />

Julien, 8, of Swampscott<br />

as the Tooth Fairy, Dr.<br />

Corine Barone, looks on.<br />

PHOTO BY<br />

Spenser Hasak<br />

Help save the last<br />

undeveloped headland<br />

between Boston and Gloucester<br />

East Point, Nahant. A rugged finger of land that juts out into the Atlantic surf. Beloved by visitors for its soaring<br />

cliffs and spectacular views that stretch for miles in every direction, it is an important habitat for migratory birds,<br />

home to wild animals, butterflies, bees and other pollinators.<br />

Today, East Point is under threat from Northeastern University (NU). For decades the University has operated a<br />

small Marine Science Center at East Point, with an unobtrusive campus that integrates neatly within this quiet,<br />

residential community and the state’s smallest town by land area.<br />

As part of an aggressive expansion program, NU now plans to construct a 60,000 square foot building at East<br />

Point, a structure nearly twice as big as the largest existing building in tiny Nahant. Parking lots for hundreds of cars<br />

will further scar the land, traffic will increase greatly, and the burden on public infrastructure is one Nahant cannot<br />

sustain. Not only will unique natural habitat be destroyed, but the character of our town will forever change.<br />

The concerned citizens of Nahant have come together to preserve this precious and wild open space. In an open<br />

letter, 1,700 residents, representing 60% of the adult population, asked Northeastern to reconsider its expansion<br />

plans, to no avail.<br />

We need your help.<br />

If this permanent loss of the North Shore’s open space concerns you, please write to Ralph C. Martin, Senior Vice<br />

President and General Counsel for NU at r.martin@northeastern.edu, or call his office at 617-373-2157.<br />

Thank you for your support.<br />

Visit our website www.KeepNahantWild.org to learn more.<br />

Keep Nahant Wild Movement is a part of The Nahant Preservation Trust, Inc., an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3)<br />

qualified-charitable organization.<br />

Photo Credit: Dave Morin

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Hey April! What's Up?<br />

A blossoming good time<br />

WHAT: A small pop-up exhibit of floralthemed<br />

works by local artists from the<br />

Marblehead Arts Association. Bring your<br />

appetite and bring your friends for an<br />

evening of food, flowers, and art.<br />

WHERE: The Landing Restaurant,<br />

81 Front St.<br />

WHEN: April 2, 5-9 p.m.<br />

For your future family<br />

WHAT: Julianna Thibodeaux, a local<br />

writer, will share tips and tricks for jotting<br />

down your memories for your future family<br />

or future generations of Marbleheaders.<br />

WHERE: Marblehead Museum,<br />

170 Washington St.<br />

WHEN: April 4, Noon-1 p.m.<br />

Me, thee, and Bill Staines<br />

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WHERE: me&thee coffeehouse,<br />

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WHEN: April 5, 8 p.m.<br />

Paint it, live<br />

WHAT: Join solo exhibitor Lynne Schulte<br />

in the dining room gallery and observe her<br />

live painting from a still life that relates to<br />

her exhibit, “At Water’s Edge.”<br />

WHERE: Marblehead Arts Association,<br />

8 Hooper St.<br />

WHEN: April 6 and April 13, 10 a.m. to<br />

2:30 p.m.<br />

Gallery Chit Chat<br />

WHAT: Join Pat Dunbar for a tour of her<br />

watercolor solo exhibit in the Schrage gallery.<br />

WHERE: Marblehead Arts Association,<br />

8 Hooper St.<br />

WHEN: April 6, 1-2 p.m.<br />

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WHAT'S UP<br />

Color me Marblehead<br />

WHAT: Join local artist Tracy Finn for<br />

an adult coloring night. She will lead a<br />

workshop where attendees will have the<br />

opportunity to use a variety of materials<br />

to create their own piece of Marblehead<br />

art.<br />

WHERE: Marblehead Museum,<br />

170 Washington St.<br />

WHEN: April 11, 6 p.m.<br />

An evening with Ronny Cox<br />

WHAT: Hollywood legend Ronny Cox,<br />

known for his acting and vocal skills,<br />

will appear with special guest Radoslav<br />

Lorkovic. He's held roles on "Nashville,"<br />

"Robocop," "Star Trek," "Beverly Hills Cop,"<br />

and "Deliverance."<br />

WHERE: me&thee coffeehouse,<br />

28 Mugford St.<br />

WHEN: April 12, 8 p.m.<br />

Celebrating new talent<br />

WHAT: Explore the work of eight artists<br />

who will present handcrafted work that<br />

will be for sale in the Artisan Shop.<br />

WHERE: Marblehead Arts Association,<br />

8 Hooper St.<br />

WHEN: April 25, 5-7 p.m.<br />

Music with Martyn<br />

WHAT: According to BBC Radio 2's Bob<br />

Harris, vocal performer Martyn Joseph gives<br />

the best live music experience. In a slew<br />

of reviews, he is applauded for his lyrical<br />

intelligence.<br />

WHERE: me&thee coffeehouse,<br />

28 Mugford St.<br />

WHEN: April 26, 8 p.m.<br />

Mixing it up<br />

WHAT: Join solo exhibitor Eleanor Fisher<br />

as she demonstrates how she incorporates<br />

mixed media and texture techniques into<br />

her glass shard paintings. It will be an<br />

interactive demonstration with opportunities<br />

for attendees to try out her methods and<br />

materials.<br />

WHERE: Marblehead Arts Association,<br />

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Husband and wife duo Robert Goodwin and Julie Kiernan are the co-founders of Stone & Compass.<br />


One Sunday evening in mid-<br />

February, Robert Goodwin<br />

and Julie Kiernan stood in<br />

front of a group of high-school and<br />

college students and their parents at the<br />

Work Loft in downtown Marblehead.<br />

The married co-founders of Stone &<br />

Compass, a non-profit organization<br />

born in 2012 out of their dream to bring<br />

people from around the world together<br />

to learn about each other through<br />

community-engaged international travel<br />

or by building sustainable projects, were<br />

about to surprise 19 Marblehead teens<br />

with the news they'd be spending much<br />

of their summer in such countries as<br />

Bulgaria, Bosnia and Serbia to work on<br />

development projects.<br />

Students away at college participated<br />

via technology, their phones lined up<br />

on a shelf. The young interns' projects<br />

include building a community center<br />

in Bulgaria, working on a solar project<br />

for low-income residents in Mexico,<br />

promoting agriculture work with youth<br />

in Dominica, finding solutions to food<br />

insecurity and renewable energy in<br />

the Azores, and running the first-ever<br />

study-abroad program with the Maasai<br />

in Kenya.<br />

Goodwin and Franco Zuccoli,<br />

director of outreach, were able to raise<br />

the funds to send the 19 interns abroad<br />

thanks to many generous donors in<br />

Marblehead and throughout the U.S.<br />

We all have the ability to make a<br />

difference. The smallest thing can transform<br />

a society and<br />

community. When<br />

you do a selfless act<br />

and do not expect<br />

anything in return, it's<br />

invigorating<br />

Stone & Compass has 27 projects taking<br />

place in 13 countries, Goodwin said.<br />

Some 50 Marblehead kids have traveled<br />

abroad in the past.<br />

"People here in Marblehead realize<br />

they can make a difference. We all have<br />

the ability to make a difference. The<br />

smallest thing can transform a society<br />

and community. When you do a selfless<br />

act and do not expect anything in return,<br />

it's invigorating," said Goodwin.<br />

The student interns and their<br />

assignments: Anna Tyrell and Maeve<br />

Caldwell, Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia,<br />

— Robert Goodwin<br />

Bulgaria; Jack Maniaci, Rei Newman<br />

and Tara Caldwell, Bulgaria; Julia<br />

McGrath and Malachy McAdams,<br />

Serbia; Annie Hollister, Kenya; Hana<br />

Carter, Eila Sullivan and Carter<br />

Murray, the Azores; Callie O’Neill,<br />

Italy; Andrew Dearborn and Olivia<br />

Benson, Bulgaria; Gabriella Mark<br />

and Chloe Rieckelman, Mexico; Ben<br />

Jarrett, Bulgaria and Romania; Meryl<br />

Hollister and Ava Ulian, Dominica.<br />

Murray, Sullivan and Hana Feingold<br />

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to talk about their Stone & Compass<br />


08 | <strong>01945</strong> SPRING <strong>2019</strong> | 09<br />

experience in front of the general<br />

assembly.<br />

Goodwin believes in helping others,<br />

just as he was handed a lifeline during a<br />

low point in his life. A 14th-generation<br />

Marbleheader — his forebears include<br />

members of the Goodwin and Peach<br />

(Peaches Point, Peach Highlands)<br />

families — Goodwin overcame<br />

overwhelming odds. He dropped out<br />

of high school and lived on the streets<br />

of Boston for several years, until a<br />

benefactor gave him guidance and a<br />

second chance.<br />

"I was a rambunctious, outgoing kid.<br />

But at 15, I fell by the wayside. All tried<br />

to help me; I resisted," he said. "I was<br />

kicked out of high school and eventually<br />

became homeless in Boston. I would go<br />

on to meet a wonderful man, who put<br />

me back on the straight and narrow."<br />

Goodwin earned his GED and took his<br />

first college class at age 20. He entered<br />

a program for disadvantaged youth at<br />

North Shore Community College and<br />

"fell in love with education," going on to<br />

earn multiple degrees, work as a teacher,<br />

write and publish several books, and<br />

create many businesses in various fields.<br />

"I wake up every day and feel I am<br />

the luckiest man in the world," he said.<br />

Julie Kiernan and Robert Goodwin take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony in Bulgaria.<br />


"Not a day goes by that I don't cry tears<br />

of happiness."<br />

Kiernan, his partner in life and<br />

business, is a professor of Theatre &<br />

Speech Communication at Salem<br />

State University. She creates and runs<br />

the youth programming at Stone &<br />

Compass, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that also<br />

runs eco-tours and popular "Eat Your<br />

Way Through Italy" wine-and-cheese<br />

trips. All profits are reinvested into youth<br />

programs and its global sustainable<br />

projects, she said.<br />

Eight years ago, Goodwin threw<br />

a dart at a map of the world. It hit<br />

Bulgaria, so that was where Goodwin<br />

and Kiernan would focus their efforts.<br />

They had $9 in the bank. What if that<br />

dart landed on Siberia or Antarctica?<br />

Did Kiernan question whether she had<br />

married a lunatic?<br />

"Oh, I thought I married a lunatic<br />

long before eight years ago," she said,<br />

with a laugh.<br />

"When we got married, we decided<br />

we would try not to live someone else's<br />

dream. We are two individuals who had a<br />

dream and followed it. … Rob came back<br />

from Bulgaria and said, 'Yeah, I think we<br />

should do the project there.'"<br />

The couple moved from California to<br />

Marblehead, so their son, Cole, now 12,<br />

could be born here, the 15th generation<br />

of Goodwins. They live in a modest twobedroom,<br />

one-bath home, said Kiernan.<br />

Last year, Stone & Compass,<br />

through a donation from an "amazing"<br />

Marblehead man, was able to acquire<br />

a theater and building in Stolat,<br />

Bulgaria. The organization brings youth<br />

from Marblehead and surrounding<br />

communities to Bulgaria and connects<br />

them with Bulgarian youth. Together,<br />

they create a place that serves the local<br />

community and international students<br />

alike.<br />

Plans include rebuilding the theater<br />

to make it operational for use as a<br />

showcase for international art, drama and<br />

music programs; adding an intercultural<br />

library and a community center; creating<br />

a museum; and implementing a free<br />

health clinic. Their Stolat Cultural<br />

Center will be renovated this summer to<br />

help revitalize the local economy.<br />

Goodwin and Zuccoli are now<br />

focused on raising $50,000 for<br />

the theater project at the Bulgaria<br />

educational and cultural center that<br />

opened in 2014.<br />

If you would like to help out or learn<br />

more, go to www.stoneandcompass.com.<br />

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A<br />

TOOTH<br />

FAIRY<br />

TALE<br />


There's a simple reason why pediatric<br />

dentist Dr. Corine Barone raises alpacas,<br />

dresses as the Tooth Fairy, and marches in<br />

town parades.<br />

"If you're not having fun, you're not living," she said.<br />

Barone and her husband, orthodontist Dr.<br />

Michael Cognata, maintain a practice<br />

at 210 Humphrey St. and another in<br />

Middleton. Cognata also has a Boston<br />

practice.<br />

Their offices are devoted to<br />

customer service — note the 2018<br />

Marblehead Chamber of Commerce<br />

Business of the Year award they<br />

received — but the doctors are also big<br />

on having fun.<br />

Outfitted with a colorful, cozy waiting<br />

room, a mechanical horse, and a "dinosaur"<br />

dentist's chair, the Humphrey Street practice<br />

is designed to make kids feel comfortable.<br />

Like the couple's Marblehead Neck<br />

home, the office overlooks a pond.<br />

Barone and Cognata have a<br />

combined 66 years of professional<br />

experience between them,<br />

but their love for Marblehead<br />

and their involvement in town<br />

life extends well beyond their<br />

practices.<br />

More than a few Old Town and<br />

Neck residents remember Doc, the<br />

couple's miniature horse who enjoyed wandering from<br />

their former backyard down to Redd's Pond for some<br />

leisurely grazing.<br />

Doc lived for 25 years and is now immortalized,<br />

along with the couple's assorted other animal<br />

friends, in a painting occupying a place of honor<br />

in their Brown Street library.<br />

Barone delights in donning a floor-length<br />

pink gown and visiting schools to talk about<br />

Drs. Michael Cognata and Corine Barone<br />


A dinosaur-themed exam chair at Drs. Michael Cognata and Corine Barone's Marblehead practice.<br />

Dr. Corine Barone wears a Tooth Fairy dress to make<br />

her patients feel at ease.<br />

dental hygiene. She is an Easter<br />

celebration staple in town, appearing<br />

in Seaside Park where she tosses out<br />

toothbrushes to kids.<br />

Cognata is a member of Glover's<br />

Regiment, the Revolutionary War reenactment<br />

organization replete with<br />

period uniformst.<br />

"We've done massive events,<br />

including crossing the Delaware (River)<br />

in exact replicas (of what) Washington<br />

used. It was surreal," Cognata said.<br />

Married for 34 years, the husband<br />

and wife are active in town. She is a<br />

Marblehead Rotary Club member and<br />

he is involved in the Rotary Club of<br />

Marblehead Harbor.<br />

"Marblehead has such a sense of<br />

community and people who really care<br />

and appreciate others," Cognata said.<br />

High atop a hill, their Brown Street<br />

home borders the Marblehead Neck<br />

Wildlife Sanctuary and is surrounded<br />

by five acres of property they assembled<br />

to provide room for a barn, stables and<br />

room to wander for their animals.<br />

They imported Brahm, their Dutch<br />

Friesian horse, from Holland. The<br />

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Marblehead in the summer to occupy<br />

a barn with two stalls and topped by a<br />

copper-covered cupola.<br />

"My passion is preservation of<br />

open space. We tend not to embrace<br />

preservation as much as we should. If the<br />

Colosseum was in the United States, they<br />

would have knocked it down," she said.<br />

Alpacas Bella, Pumpkin and Sammy<br />

spend time between a small barn and a<br />

pen. Caring for animals is an extension of<br />

Barone's youth on Long Island, where she<br />

grew up surrounded by ducks and horses.<br />

Always a lover of costumes and<br />

initially interested in fashion design, she<br />

gravitated to medicine, earning degrees<br />

at Tufts and Harvard.<br />

Cognata grew up behind Everett<br />

Square and attended Boston College High<br />

School. His father, Joseph, was a dentist<br />

and a boyhood passion for science made<br />

it easy for Cognata to pick dentistry as a<br />

profession and specialize in orthodentry.<br />

He opened an Everett practice in<br />

1982 and set up shop in Swampscott on<br />

New Ocean Street several years later.<br />

Barone set her sights on opening their<br />

Marblehead practice in 1991.<br />

"I knew there wasn't a pediatric<br />

Dr. Corine Barone with Sammy and Bella, two of her three alpacas.<br />

practice in town," she said.<br />

The couple lived in Old Town in the<br />

late 1980s and early 1990s when the late<br />

Doc made his forays around Marblehead.<br />

Their participation in town events<br />

and organizations and their practice<br />

still leaves them time to travel aboard,<br />

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Whitehill, N.Y., claim that the<br />

Continental Army, under the command<br />

of Benedict Arnold (one and the same),<br />

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maneuvers on Lake Champlain. At the<br />

time, though, the Army and fledgling<br />

Navy were not part of the same<br />

organizational effort, the way they are<br />

now, which is why some naval forces<br />

were called "George Washington's<br />

Navy."<br />

So, the question isn't so much "where<br />

was the birthplace of the U.S. Navy" as it<br />

is "how many of them were they?"<br />

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That proclamation represents the first<br />

seed of what is now the United States<br />

Navy.<br />

This would seem pretty definitive. But<br />

the question has persisted for almost 250<br />

years: even though the Navy was born<br />

out of legislation adopted by a group<br />

of revolutionaries (the Declaration of<br />

Independence would not be signed for<br />

another nine months) in Philadelphia,<br />

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Shortly after the original vote, the<br />

Continental Congress established a naval<br />

committee, which directed the process of<br />

building the first ships of the new Navy,<br />

and prepared the rules and regulations<br />

that governed its administration.<br />

The purchase and fitting of the first<br />

four ships of the Continental Navy took<br />

place in a port of Philadelphia, which<br />

would be a logical place to pick as the<br />

Navy's birthplace, with Oct. 13, 1775,<br />


as its birthday. That's the U.S. Navy's<br />

position, at least.<br />

Other communities, Marblehead<br />

being one of them, have other ideas.<br />

The Navy also recognizes the roles other<br />

cities and towns played in its creation,<br />

as well as the American Revolution in<br />

general. But it does not recognize any<br />

individual community as the official, and<br />

only, place of origin.<br />

Thus, several locales besides<br />

Philadelphia lay claim to being the<br />

"birthplace of the Navy," including<br />

Maine, Rhode Island, Beverly and<br />

Marblehead.<br />

For example, Providence, R.I., claims<br />

it's the location of the first call for<br />

the establishment of a Navy. Maine's<br />

assertion is that the seizing of the<br />

British Royal Navy schooner Margaretta<br />

occurred in its waters.<br />

Both Beverly and Marblehead have<br />

similar claims: that they were the sites<br />

from which small schooners George<br />

Washington used in the autumn and<br />

winter of 1775-1776 to harass British<br />

transport ships originated.<br />

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and Heritage Command in 2017.<br />

Now, let's get into the specific claims<br />

of both Beverly and Marblehead, because<br />

they involve the same schooner — the<br />

Hannah.<br />

In the early fall of 1775, the Hannah<br />

was the first ship Washington, who was<br />

named commander of the Continental<br />

Army in June of that year, used in<br />

skirmishes to hound British supply<br />

vessels. It was modified and launched<br />

in Beverly, which is why that city has<br />

claimed the Navy's birthplace.<br />

But not so fast, Beverly.<br />

The Hannah was owned and<br />

operated by Marblehead residents,<br />

according to Peter Stacey, a volunteer<br />

for the Marblehead Historical<br />

Commission.<br />

"It was Marblehead men and<br />

Marblehead ownership," Stacey said.<br />

Perhaps in an effort to concede the<br />

many historical origins of the U.S. Navy,<br />

the sign in Beverley commemorating the<br />

city as "the birthplace of the American<br />

Navy" has been changed to one claiming<br />

it as Washington's naval base in 1775-<br />

1776.<br />

Besides, even though the Hannah<br />

was launched from Beverly, it was<br />

comprised of Marbleheaders, said<br />

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"The Hannah was owned by a man<br />

from Marblehead, its contractor was from<br />

Marblehead, it was leased to Washington,<br />

and it was outfitted as an armed vessel in<br />

Beverly," Plante said.<br />

If you're following along,<br />

this excursion happened before<br />

the Continental Congress even<br />

commissioned a Navy, which happened a<br />

month later.<br />

When Washington took command of<br />

the Continental Army in 1775, British<br />

forces controlled Boston. At the time,<br />

Washington was short of ammunition<br />

while England's could be easily fortified<br />

via the sea even though the rebels had<br />

cut off supplies via land.<br />

It is suggested, according to<br />

documents provided by the Marblehead<br />

Historical Commission, that either<br />

Col. John Glover or John Marley, both<br />

Marbleheaders, may have suggested<br />

to Washington that he create his own<br />

navy by converting charter boats and<br />

manning them with soldiers from several<br />

New England regiments. These included<br />

fishing schooners and small merchant<br />

ships.<br />

The first of these was the Hannah,<br />

a fishing schooner, owned by Jonathan<br />

Glover of Marblehead. Washington put<br />

Nicholas Broughton, one of the captains<br />

of Col. Glover's Regiment, also from<br />

Marblehead, in command of the Hannah.<br />

Broughton, in turn, manned the vessel<br />

with 38 men who were also part of the<br />

regiment.<br />

Washington told Broughton to seize<br />

British warships and transports carrying<br />

supplies. Broughton launched the<br />

Hannah from Beverly on Sept. 5, 1775,<br />

and the excursion was successful. As a<br />

result, other ships of a similar nature<br />

were chartered and manned with local<br />

troops and met with resounding success.<br />

When the British finally evacuated<br />

Boston on March 17, 1776, the modified<br />

expeditionary forces had captured 35<br />

vessels.<br />

In addition, Marblehead played a role<br />

in two of the bigger naval battles in the<br />

early part of the Revolution. Manley's<br />

Lee captured the British transport<br />

Nancy off Cape Ann, which had a<br />

veritable treasure trove of ammunition;<br />

and in May 1776 James Mugaford, on<br />

the armed schooner Franklin, captured<br />

the British transport Hope, laden with<br />

gun carriages, 1,000 carbines, 1,500<br />

barrels of powder and other munitions,<br />

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patriots, who were constantly running<br />

out of supplies.<br />

When Congress finally established a<br />

formal Navy, Manley and Samuel Tucker<br />

of Marblehead were given commissions<br />

and ultimately became commodores.<br />

In the Battle of Long Island in<br />

August 1776, Washington's troops were<br />

saved from almost certain annihilation<br />

or capture when Glover's fishermen<br />

snatched his entire force of 9,000 men<br />

and ferried them across the East River in<br />

the dead of night.<br />

In the end, 22 naval vessels were<br />

named for Marblehead men. But by the<br />

close of the revolution, the town was<br />

impoverished. And according to town<br />

records, there were 459 widows and<br />

854 orphaned children. There are 600<br />

American Revolution veterans buried<br />

in the ancient cemetery on Old Burial<br />

Hill, which was established in the<br />

1600s.<br />

The only logical conclusion one can<br />

reach is that the impetus behind the<br />

establishment of the U.S. Navy — from<br />

conception to action — came first from<br />

Marbleheaders who joined forces with<br />

George Washington's army to keep the<br />

British from rearming and crushing the<br />

American Revolution in its infancy.<br />

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April showers bring<br />

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But, if you live in<br />

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With origins dating back to the<br />

1950s, Marblehead Little Theatre<br />

(MLT) has attracted aspiring thespians<br />

ages 4 to 90 to its stage productions,<br />

childrens and teen actor programs and<br />

playwrights group with an enduring<br />

motto: "If you have an idea, become<br />

involved."<br />

Board of Directors President Steve<br />

Black said those words underscore a<br />

philosophy that is rooted in an allvolunteer,<br />

constantly changing group of<br />

casts, stage hands, theater supporters and<br />

audiences who have come to love and<br />

support the organization.<br />

"One of the biggest things is we<br />

want to bring in new people. It's not an<br />

insider's club," Black said.<br />

In 2018, the theater staged 18<br />

productions from September through the<br />

summer season, including seven stage<br />

shows. Tickets are $25 and expenses<br />

are carefully watched and managed,<br />

beginning with costs associated with<br />

royalties paid to show creators.<br />

"We have no debt. The reality is<br />

everything is more expensive than it was<br />

10 years ago," facilities manager Andrew<br />

Barnett said.<br />

The theater seats 90 with a "black<br />

box" design allowing productions to stage<br />

actors and place the audience wherever<br />

the director wants.<br />

"It's immersive," Black said.<br />

Production and rehearsals are<br />

underway to stage "Jesus Christ<br />

Superstar" from April 5-14.<br />

The music and drama audiences will<br />

enjoy during the spring production has<br />

roots in months of planning.<br />

Preparations for "Jesus Christ<br />

Superstar" grew out of a planning<br />

committee discussion in January 2018<br />

to choose productions for the upcoming<br />

season. Once the committee settled on a<br />

play, members turned their attention to<br />

determining if the copyright privileges<br />

to producing the play were available.<br />

With the rights to produce in hand,<br />

the committee focused on assembling a<br />

creative team — typically composed of<br />

six people — to get to work.<br />

By December 2018, the team was<br />

ready to audition a cast for "Jesus Christ<br />

Superstar."<br />

"If you start the process any later<br />

than six months before a production, you<br />

are late," said executive producer Emily<br />

Black, who is married to Steve Black.<br />

A former high school actor with music<br />

training, she melded corporate event<br />

training with her love for acting.<br />

Rehearsals for "Jesus Christ<br />

Superstar" will span seven weeks and<br />

are held three times a week in the<br />

evenings. Rehearsals for different parts<br />

of the musical are grouped around cast<br />

availability.<br />

"It's like putting a puzzle together,"<br />

Steve Black said.<br />

Rooted in a 1955 initiative by the<br />

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The art of scotch<br />

The Marblehead Arts<br />

Association hosted its fourth<br />

annual "Art of Scotch" in<br />

February, giving attendees a<br />

chance to sample the best of<br />

the Highlands and moors.<br />

Nestled between the art<br />

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course of a meal.<br />

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Nicholas Delegianis, left, and James Regis, both of Marblehead<br />

From left, Jason Iovanna of Boston, Peter Tarpinian of Marblehead, and<br />

Paul Brzozowski of Swampscott<br />

From left, Eleanor Fisher and Dennis Treece of Lynn, and Peggy<br />

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From left, David Balabon of Swampscott, Marcia Strouss of<br />

Swampscott, and Paul Kotakis of Beverly<br />

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One of the open spaces in Work Loft.<br />


More of us are working from home<br />

than ever before. Recently released data<br />

from the U.S. census shows that 5.2<br />

percent of Americans — 8 million —<br />

worked remotely last year.<br />

That doesn't surprise Noelle LeBlanc,<br />

who, with her husband John Harrison,<br />

owns and operates the Work Loft, a<br />

co-working community on <strong>Spring</strong> Street<br />

that rents office space to entrepreneurs<br />

and other independent business<br />

professionals.<br />

"We fill a need," said LeBlanc, who<br />

moved with her hubby and two boxer<br />

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dogs to Marblehead in 2011. "Because<br />

sometimes, working from your kitchen<br />

table or garage or basement just doesn't<br />

work."<br />

LeBlanc and Harrison had worked<br />

in the high tech field in Amsterdam,<br />

Germany and Belgium, before settling<br />

in Marblehead. Both worked from<br />

home, which can be a solitary, isolating<br />

experience, LeBlanc said, adding, "I<br />

worked remotely and I'd be in my<br />

sweatpants all day some days."<br />

LeBlanc said she and her husband<br />

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professionals who were in the same place<br />

Blake Jackson<br />

Mike Rozinsky and Virginia Spell<br />

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here without distractions like laundry<br />

and meal prep.<br />

"A lot of people are not familiar<br />

with the concept of co-working. It's an<br />

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"We created attractive, functional<br />

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There are printers, copiers and<br />

lightning-fast internet. There is coffee,<br />

snacks and baked goods, too. But there<br />

are no trendy foosball tables or Nerf<br />

blasters. "The people who come here are<br />

professionals, mostly from Marblehead.<br />

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The walls are painted comforting<br />

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although the space is often library-quiet,<br />

business-related conversations do take<br />

place.<br />

Blake Jackson, owner of a<br />

Marblehead-based internet technology<br />

company, said he is much more<br />

productive working here than in his<br />

home office. "I've worked at home for<br />

15 years, but I've found I get more done<br />

here. Plus, there's a community of likeminded<br />

professionals here and there's a<br />

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Mike Rozinsky, a prescient cofounder<br />

of WorkTable, a small-butinnovative<br />

co-working space that opened<br />

on Washington Street in 2015 and was<br />

acquired by a large company about a year<br />

later, these days uses the Work Loft as<br />

the business address for his management<br />

consulting firm. "I make many more<br />

connections in the community here. Plus,<br />

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April 1 will mark the second<br />

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site of a Talbots clothing store and a<br />

pilates studio. "We opened on April<br />

Fools' Day," said LeBlanc, with a laugh.<br />

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house, and people signed up on that very<br />

first day." There are now approximately<br />

150 members, but not all use the space<br />

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Some may think of Marblehead as an<br />

affluent, picture-perfect community. But<br />

the opioid epidemic is one that affects all<br />

ages and social classes.<br />

"It's hard not to be touched by this<br />

in some way," said Marblehead Police<br />

Chief Robert Picariello. "No community<br />

is immune to this problem. This is a<br />

problem that touches anywhere."<br />

Two years ago, the town became more<br />

aggressive in fighting its growing opioid<br />

overdose issue.<br />

Picariello and former Town<br />

Administrator John McGinn started<br />

talking and got a group together after<br />

realizing many town departments were<br />

affected by the opioid crisis, each coming<br />

at it from a different angle. The decision<br />

was made to coordinate their efforts so<br />

there wasn't any approach missing on<br />

how to tackle the issue.<br />

Out of that came the formation of<br />

the Opioid Task Force, also called an<br />

Opioid Working Group, made up of first<br />

responders, town and school officials, and<br />

social workers.<br />

Efforts started small with<br />

information on overdose risks,<br />

prevention and response disseminated<br />

on the town's website, along with<br />

providing resources on where to seek<br />

help.<br />

In 2017, the group's first year, a<br />

short film meant to encourage the safe<br />

use and disposal of drugs and keeping<br />

Marblehead Police Chief Robert Picariello is a member of the Marblehead Opioid Task Force.<br />


them out of the hands of children was<br />

shown in a widely attended public forum.<br />

The screening was followed by a panel<br />

discussion, which included experts on<br />

opioid addiction, a person in recovery<br />

and a parent who had lost a child to<br />

addiction.<br />

The group has since grown, partnering<br />

with more schools. Hidden in Plain<br />

Sight, an educational program run in the<br />

town's schools, is an interactive display<br />

No community is<br />

immune to this problem.<br />

This is a problem that<br />

touches anywhere.<br />

— Police Chief Robert Picariello<br />

for parents and adults that shows how<br />

various common household items, or<br />

those easily ordered online, can be signs<br />

of drug use.<br />

The group has also enlisted Dr.<br />

Ruth Potee to speak publicly about<br />

why people get addicted in terms of<br />

the physiology of the brain, as a way of<br />

focusing more on education.<br />

What may have the most impact,<br />

though, is the follow-up overdose<br />

response work police and the group's<br />

local recovery coach, Maureen Cavanagh,<br />

founder and president of Magnolia New<br />

Beginnings, does with overdose victims,<br />

according to Picariello.<br />

The day after an overdose, two<br />

police officers and Cavanagh will<br />

visit the person's home to touch base<br />

and offer services to "try to break the<br />

cycle." Sometimes people may feel<br />

uncomfortable talking with police, but<br />

Cavanagh may have more success. She<br />

often talks about her own experience of<br />

having a daughter who battled opioid<br />

addiction, Picariello said.<br />

"We don't go back for the purpose<br />

of anything legal," Picariello said.<br />

"We're going back to try to help. I<br />

think that's what police departments<br />

have recognized in a lot of ways. We're<br />

trying not to arrest our way out of this<br />

problem, but get people the help they<br />

need. We want to deal with the sources,<br />

the people who are selling, but a lot of<br />

people are just getting addicted from<br />

prescriptions. A broken wrist … can be<br />

the beginning, so it's brutal."<br />

Since the group's formation and<br />

efforts in town, statistics show drug<br />

overdoses and deaths have declined,<br />

which aligns with a 4 percent statewide<br />

decline in opioid-related overdose deaths<br />

in 2018.<br />

In 2016, there were 26 opioid overdoses<br />

in Marblehead, four of them fatal. In 2017,<br />

there were 19 overdoses, 16 from opioids,<br />

and four were fatal. Last year, the town saw<br />

13 overdoses, 11 from opioids, with one<br />

fatality, according to Picariello.<br />

In addition, police reported the vast<br />

majority of overdoses last year were not<br />

from repeat offenders.<br />

Mindsets are changing, the police<br />

chief said, as doctors are prescribing<br />

differently and patients may not be as<br />

keen to take a prescription of opioids for<br />

pain medication. Narcan, or naloxone,<br />

the lifesaving overdose drug, is also<br />

carried by police and firefighters.<br />

"Certainly, statistically, the numbers<br />

are dropping," Picariello said. "I don't<br />

want to, in any way, declare victory. I'm<br />

hoping it has to do with education.<br />

This problem has been attacked from so<br />

many different angles … I think it's the<br />

awareness that's the big factor. I think<br />

people are getting smarter about it."





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Janice Skalaban, the course instructor.<br />

"When they come in at first, they are<br />

definitely afraid of the money," Martin<br />

said. "But by the end of the semester,<br />

they're running and gunning with it."<br />

The biggest wake-up call for students<br />

is participating in the budget challenge.<br />

It gives them an estimated monthly<br />

budget, a chosen career path, and hits<br />

them with pop-up emergency costs, like<br />

car accidents or residential flooding.<br />

"I think it's important to have skills<br />

like writing checks and handling money,"<br />

said Dalia Loughlin, a senior at the high<br />

school. "Next year, when we go away to<br />

college, we will need those important life<br />

skills to get through on our own."<br />

Jim Nye, president of the bank, said<br />

given all the current electronic banking<br />

opportunities, like mobile bank apps and<br />

Venmo, a mobile payment service, most<br />

kids do not know how to "do something<br />

as simple as writing a check."<br />

"As parents, we don't do a great<br />

job preparing our kids for real world<br />

situations," Nye said. "And the schools<br />

don't either."<br />

Every year, at the end of the course, at<br />

least one lucky student gets the opportunity<br />

to work for the bank over the summer.<br />

Nye said continuing the collaborative<br />

curriculum keeps National Grand a<br />

community bank and puts Marblehead<br />

students first.<br />

"There are so many classes in school<br />

but if you really want to have something<br />

you can apply to your everyday life then<br />

take this class," said 12th-grader Ben<br />

Gansenberg. "We're lucky to have an<br />

actual bank in the school, that's such an<br />

added bonus."<br />

Marblehead High School senior Nicole Klemm fills<br />

out a bank slip as she works at the National Grand<br />

Bank branch inside the school.<br />


MEANING:<br />

Pre-dinner drinks accompanied by great food.<br />

Marblehead high schoolers have been<br />

banking on a unique curriculum for 17<br />

years.<br />

National Grand Bank's only branch is<br />

in the halls of Marblehead High School.<br />

Not only does the branch provide<br />

student access to an ATM and financial<br />

center, it's part of an elective curriculum<br />

that teaches them the basics of banking.<br />

"This class was a reality check for<br />

me," said Kyle Saulnier, a senior who<br />

took the class last year. "It got me ready<br />

for life and the real, adult world."<br />

In 2002, when the new Humphrey<br />

Street school was built, the bank made<br />

a deal to get some allotted space for a<br />

full-service branch. Joan Stomatuk, a<br />

retired business education teacher, came<br />

up with the idea.<br />

She said she was inspired after seeing<br />

a similar initiative at the Hamilton-<br />

Wenham Regional High School.<br />

"I was just so delighted to do<br />

something out of the ordinary,"<br />

Stomatuk said.<br />

The elective course called<br />

Fundamentals of Banking has an<br />

annual influx of students eager to apply,<br />

according to Laura Best, vice president<br />

of the bank. Writing checks, counting<br />

money, and learning how to balance a<br />

budget are the essentials Marblehead<br />

students take away from the class.<br />

Matt Martin, business development<br />

director of the bank and manager of the<br />

high school branch, works closely with

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Abbot<br />

overhaul<br />



he historic Abbot Hall is<br />

expected to undergo a major<br />

renovation this spring.<br />

Nearly $9 million in<br />

funding has been approved<br />

for the upgrades and restoration by<br />

Town Meeting and was subsequently<br />

passed in a townwide debt exclusion<br />

override vote.<br />

It became clear renovations to the<br />

whole building were needed when<br />

the town redid the distinct Abbot<br />

Hall tower in 2015, substantial work<br />

that cost $2.4 million, an amount<br />

that triggered a requirement to make<br />

the structure ADA (Americans with<br />

Disabilities Act) complaint, according<br />

to town planner Rebecca Curran<br />

Cutting.<br />

Work will include repointing the<br />

building's brickwork, slate replacement<br />

on the roof, replacement of the historic<br />

ridge, rebuilding the southwest chimney,<br />

installing a replica chimney at the<br />

southeast gable, installing floor sheathing<br />

and new windows, replacing broken<br />

granite posts, rebuilding granite site<br />

walls, installing geothermal wells and<br />

replacing the heating system with a new<br />

heating, ventilation and air conditioning<br />

system.<br />

The town is going back to the<br />

original look of the outside of the<br />

building, which had lawn right up<br />

to the brick of the structure with no<br />

exposed foundation. Plantings will be<br />

taken out from around Abbot Hall<br />

for a more polished look, according to<br />

Curran Cutting.<br />

Abbot Hall was built in 1876 in the<br />

Romanesque Revival architectural style.<br />

The Washington Street building was<br />

added to the National Historic Register<br />

in 1974.<br />

Some may find it unique that the<br />

building is called Abbot Hall rather<br />

than Town Hall, as its function<br />

dictates. The Old Town House, a yellow<br />

building facing State Street, served as<br />

Marblehead's original town hall before<br />

Abbot Hall and houses two museums<br />

today.<br />

When Abbot Hall was constructed,<br />

the building was named after the person<br />

who donated the funds for it, Benjamin<br />

Abbot.<br />

"It's a major project," said Curran<br />

Cutting. "It's one of Marblehead's icons<br />

and we own it and it's incumbent upon<br />

us to maintain it and upgrade it as<br />

needed."<br />

THEATRE, continued from page 23<br />

was incorporated in 1973 as a charitable<br />

organization and had no permanent<br />

home until 1999 when it moved into the<br />

School Street site.<br />

"We performed where we could find<br />

space. It was very Judy Garland-y,"<br />

Barnett said.<br />

A Marblehead resident, Barnett traces<br />

his involvement in MLT to his children,<br />

Jeremy and Nicholas, who participated<br />

in shows.<br />

"It was a big, town-wide affair with a<br />

lot of people involved," he said.<br />

In as much as MLT thrives off<br />

community support, its survival and<br />

success has been built on the backs of<br />

active town residents who are committed<br />

to the theater.<br />

Doug Hill and Virginia "Ginny"<br />

Morton were prime movers in the<br />

acquisition of the School Street<br />

building over a three-year period. The<br />

purchase eventually was settled on with<br />

a restriction on the building's use for<br />

theater.<br />

In 2006, the theater produced "Our<br />

Town," and an expanded fundraising<br />

effort eventually raised $1.6 million,<br />

mostly from community donations, to<br />

add full fire suppression and an elevator<br />

to the building. Charles Gessner, who<br />

was chairman of the board of trustees at<br />

the time, spearheaded the effort.<br />

Steve Black got involved a year later<br />

when he directed music for the "Wizard<br />

of Oz" production at the Marblehead<br />

Middle School performing arts center.<br />

"I've always been attracted to musical<br />

theater. This is the local hotspot for that,"<br />

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Former president of MLT's artistic<br />

board of trustees Janet Sheehan asked<br />

Black to launch a full-fledged summer<br />

drama program in the School Street<br />

theater even as renovations were<br />

underway.<br />

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elevator," he said.<br />

By 2009, the theater began<br />

consolidating shows in School Street in<br />

part to avoid expense associated with<br />

outside productions.<br />

"The velocity of the organization<br />

began to shift to doing shows inside the<br />

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Morton and Lynda Johnson<br />

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Black, into putting together productions<br />

offering theater-goers the "experience<br />

people have come to enjoy for decades."<br />

The theater reinforced its ties<br />

to Marblehead last year by hosting<br />

the Ginny Awards, a program held<br />

Sept. 22 in Abbot Hall that honored<br />

outgoing trustee members and past<br />

MLT participants who have gone on to<br />

theatrical success.<br />

Black said children who got their first<br />

drama experiences through MLT have<br />

since returned to the organization.<br />

"They've come back and they are now<br />

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