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04 What's Up

06 SPURing into good

10 He loves a parade

12 House Money

Eat up this edition

I don't know about you but, growing up, Thanksgiving meant only one thing to me: eating. And I'm

all for anything that makes eating a priority. The only other reasons to celebrate Thanksgiving are to

watch football and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

For at least two Marbleheaders, the Macy's parade is truly special, and they both have favorite spots in

Manhattan to view it.

One is a woman whose name I promised I wouldn’t use (she’s my wife, so I’ll honor her request) who

always watches from the corner of Central Park West and 72nd. This year’s was great, she says — but it

wasn’t the most eventful. Not compared to 1997, when wind pushed a huge Cat in the Hat balloon into a

light pole a few yards from where she stood. It fell and severely injured a woman named Kathleen Caronna.

(Ms. Caronna sued for $395 million, and eventually settled for an undisclosed amount. But that wasn’t

her only brush with fate. Five years later, Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle died when he crashed his private

plane into a building on the far east end of 72nd — directly into the apartment of one Kathleen Caronna,

who wasn’t home at the time. Luckiest or unluckiest person of all time? Talk amongst yourselves.)

The other Marblehead connection is Ron de Moraes, who views the parade from a mobile control

room inside a $17 million truck parked in Herald Square, from which he directs NBC’s Macy’s coverage.

De Moraes, a three-time Emmy Award winner — whose resume includes "The Apprentice," "America’s

Funniest Home Videos," "Entertainment Tonight," "Soul Train," and the Miss USA and Miss Universe

pageants — just directed the event for a fifth consecutive year.

Vicki Staveacre has the story.

(Incidentally, Vicki, herself, is an interesting story. She was born in Buxton, England, and spent her

early holidays with 27 first cousins in Cork, Ireland. Her first “grown-up job,” as she puts it, was as a

reporter for the Cork Examiner, and she has been a writer ever since. Her career in international public

relations took her to Greece, Ohio, Australia, and San Francisco, where she acquired a Scottish husband,

the BBC radio host Rhod Sharp. After 20 years in London, the couple moved to Marblehead in 2007. I

suspect you’ll be reading more of Vicki in coming editions.)

Elsewhere in this edition of 01945 . . .

There has been an alarming rise in hate crimes and acts of anti-Semitism throughout the world and in

this country. Rabbi David Meyer of Temple Emanu-El wants us to recognize hate speech and to join forces

with all who seek to educate people on hate and anti-Semitism. Steve Krause has the story.

Last January, after Cathy Crist found herself 20 pounds overweight, she and friend Judy Bouchard

joined Get in Shape for Women on Atlantic Avenue. She was so happy with the results, she bought the

place and has been running it since July. Bill Brotherton has the story.

In 2015, David Snead was walking along Copley Square in Boston when he heard Beethoven's

Symphony No. 9. He was struck by how, given all the noise in the Back Bay, the music shone through.

The Marblehead resident is now CEO of Boston's venerable Handel+Haydn Society, which celebrates

two of classical music's most prolific composers. Again, Bill Brotherton has the story.

For 25 years, the JCC of the North Shore has hosted some of the world's top authors at its Jewish

Book Month Speaker Series. Its 2019 silver anniversary year started off strongly at Tedesco Country

Club Oct. 24, when The New York Times bestselling author Ben Mezrich read from his "Bitcoin

Billionaires," sharing the true story of identical twin brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss and their

big bet on crypto-currency. Brotherton, who has certainly been earning his keep, again has the story.

We also have a poem on the town, penned by Carl Stevens, the reporter with the booming voice

on WBZ Radio; our quarterly "House Money" feature; and photos of friends and neighbors enjoying

themselves at events around town this fall.

Remember me to Herald Square.

(And a belated happy Thanksgiving to you, dear reader. I truly do appreciate anyone who makes it this

far into these publisher’s letters.)


14 Music man

20 Get in shape

22 Bliss for two

24 Life's a masquerade

26 Marblehead's Bard

28 A call to faith

30 Making book

32 Going to the dogs



Ron de Moraes directs

the Macy's Thanksgiving

Day Parade from his

mobile control room.


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Without Color: The Drawings of

Mike T. Cherry exhibit

What: Artwork by Mike Cherry, winner of the

2019 Festival of Arts People's Choice Award

in the Drawings category, will be on view.

Where: Abbot Public Library, Virginia A.

Carten Gallery, 235 Pleasant St.

When: Through Dec. 28, with a public

reception Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., followed by a

talk by Cherry and writer Amy Saltz about

their collaboration on the recent book,

"An Essential Song."

How much: Free

Holiday Pops on the Move

What: A holiday concert, presented by the

Marblehead Rotary Club, by an orchestra under

the direction of Dirk Hillyard. Champagne,

refreshments and food will be served.

Where: King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St.

When: Dec. 13-14, 7-9 p.m.

How much: $75

"A Christmas Carol"

What: A theatrical reading of Charles

Dickens' classic story about the power of love

and kindness, co-produced by Creative Spirit

and Marblehead Museum.

Where: Jeremiah Lee Mansion,

161 Washington St.

When: Dec. 13, 8 p.m., and Dec. 14, 3 p.m.

and 8 p.m.

How much: $30; $20 for children 10

and younger

Drawing/Painting Intensive with

Tereza Swanda

What: Participants will explore the creative

process and learn step-by-step techniques in

the fundamentals of drawing and painting.

Where: King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St.

When: Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

How much: $75-$90

Photo Credits: Grace Perry

Wishing you a Jolly

Holiday Season

from your Friends at

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"White Gold: How the Sugar

Industry Fueled Slavery"

What: Abbot Public Library and the

Marblehead Racial Justice Team host this

Continuing Conversations on Race program.

Where: Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St.

When: Dec. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.

How much: Free

"Disney's Frozen JR."

What: Marblehead Little Theatre presents

this story of true love and acceptance

between sisters. "Frozen JR." expands on

the emotional relationship and journey

between princesses Anna and Elsa. When

faced with danger, the two discover their

hidden potential and the powerful bond of

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sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters

and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty

of humor, this production is sure to thaw

even the coldest heart!

Where: MLT Firehouse Theater,

12 School St.

When: December 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7 p.m.;

December 14, 15, 21, 22 at 2 p.m.

How much: $20; $15 students/children

Poetry Salon

What: Claire Keyes will host a lively

discussion of the work of W. S. Merwin,

former Poet Laureate of the United States.

His numerous collections of poetry, his

translations, and his books of prose have won

praise over seven decades. For the entirety

of his writing career, he explored a sense

of wonder and celebrated the power of

language, while serving as a staunch anti-war

activist and advocate for the environment.

Where: Marblehead Room, Abbot Public

Library, 235 Pleasant St.

When: December 15, 2–4 p.m.

How much: Free.

Itsy Bitsy Babies and Terrific

Toddlers Playgroup

What: Children ages 3 months to 24 months

are invited to this story/playgroup program.

The meetings are held on the third Tuesday

of each month. The program will be led by

Chrissy Ierardi, and designed to provide

socialization, songs, and ideas for building

pre-literacy skills at home.

Where: Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St.

When: December 17, 10–10:45 a.m.

How much: Free, but registration is required.

Sign up in the Children’s Room or

call 781-631-1481, x217

Great folk

What: Bob Franke and Lui Collins kick off

the 2020 winter season at the me&thee


Where: 28 Mugford St.

When: February 7, 8 p.m.

How much: $10-$23.

Health & Wellness Fair

What: Marblehead Chamber of Commerce's

Health & Wellness Fair features more than

50 diverse health & wellness professionals

who will offer interactive displays and health

screenings to the public. The fair will feature

prize giveaways and food samples from local

experts who will cover an eclectic mix of

topics from managing stress to dental care to

the benefits of nutritional supplements.

Where: Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA,

40 Leggs Hill Road

When: February 9, 9 a.m. to noon

How much: Free.



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Spreading holiday cheer'

SPUR keeps the spirit of volunteering alive


Adam and Jocelyn Cook, with daughter Hannah and son Ethan, share family

time at Crocker Park, with Abbot Hall in the background. COURTESY PHOTO

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Index cards are an elf's best friend.

Surprised by that statement?

Then you haven't visited the little

building off Anderson Street where

SPUR keeps the spirit of volunteering

alive. The building is in full holiday mode

with organization founder Jocelyn Cook,

her co-workers, and SPUR volunteers

ramping up for the Dec. 16 climax of

their holiday "cheer" drive.

That's the day SPUR's partner

organizations, including the Marblehead,

Salem and Lynn public schools, Lynnbased

social service agency Centerboard,

Lynn-based Children's Friend and

Family Services, Lifebridge shelter in

Salem, youth group Teen Scene, and

the state Department of Children and

Families (DCF) converge on Anderson

Street to pick up 600 pillowcases stuffed

with gifts for children.

That's 70 more gifts than SPUR

assembled in 2018 and the increase

reflects the 5-year-old organization's

commitment to spreading its generosity

beyond Marblehead to Lynn,

Swampscott and points beyond.

"This is our biggest year yet and the

need is great," Cook said.

The push to make the cheer drive

a success again this year was well

underway in November when partner

organizations sent detailed "wish list"

packages to SPUR on behalf of their

young clients.

With volunteer and event drive

manager Bryan Lamoreau leading the

charge, volunteers matched each list

with a paper invitation in preparation

for SPUR's Nov. 18 mass social media


Anyone interested in spreading

holiday cheer could collect an invitation

from SPUR and pick up a holidaythemed

pillowcase sewn by Marblehead

resident Janet Barnett and shop for gifts

to fill it.

Pillowcases were returned to

Anderson Street by Dec. 6 when

gift wrapping got underway with

volunteers like Marblehead resident

Nancy Geraghty hard at work. A retired

educator, Geraghty's initial involvement

with SPUR's community garden inspired

her to expand her volunteer time.

"So many people are in need, and

volunteering gets you out of your

bubble," she said.

Cook's desire to burst her own bubble

inspired the Washington state native and

farmer's daughter to search out volunteer

opportunities in Marblehead, where she

Jocelyn Cook is the founder of SPUR.

Nancy Geraghty of Marblehead assembles

the wish lists of children who will receive

gifts from SPUR's holiday "cheer" drive.


SPUR is a

place where



— Jocelyn Cook

Volunteers wrap gifts and fill pillowcases with gifts at

SPUR headquarters on Anderson Street.

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lives with husband Adam, son Ethan,

and daughter Hannah.

Her initial searches left Cook

frustrated with the time commitments

and participation restrictions imposed

by volunteer-based organizations. She

decided to break the volunteering mold

and start fresh with the belief that people

should be encouraged to give as much or

as little time as they can contribute to a

volunteer cause.

"I genuinely believe people want to

do something. They just don't know how

or where," she said.

SPUR is not an acronym: The name

is intended to be a one-word motivator

inspiring people to volunteer.

Armed with a Northeastern

University master's degree in global

studies and a stint with the Clinton

Foundation in Africa, Cook turned part

of her Jersey Street home into SPUR's

first office with her then-toddler children

helping Cook unload school supply

shipments for distribution to needy


The move to Anderson Street in 2017

coincided with SPUR's expansion into a

year-round volunteer organization.

Data compiled by Cook credits SPUR

with mobilizing 3,165 volunteers in the

Betsy Swann of Marblehead smiles as she sorts

through children's wish lists.

past five years to participate in drives

and initiatives, including preparing 6,910

meals served at homeless shelters and

providing 2,271 new backpacks stuffed

with school supplies for students.

The holiday initiative put 1,831

"bundles of cheer" into the arms of

young people since 2014.

Betsy Swann sat around a table in

SPUR headquarters on a November

Thursday assembling wish lists. She

fell in love with SPUR after moving to

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ways to volunteer.

She said SPUR's wide variety of

projects and drives people can participate

in allows the organization to tap into

many different talents.

"To create any opportunity for anyone

to use their gift is important. I didn't

realize how moving it was going to be,"

Swann said.

In addition to shorter-term "pop-up"

volunteer projects, SPUR organizes fall

and spring playground cleanups that

brought volunteers to Swampscott and

Lynn as well as Marblehead.

It sponsors a "service-learning"

summer camp for kids ages 10-16

and hosts an enrichment program to

introduce families to volunteering.

SPUR also awards "seed grants" of up to

$500 to germinate "community impact

project" ideas in young minds.

It just served its 62nd monthly meal

through a project that involves sending

out recipes to people who cook meals

that are then served at the Lifebridge

shelter; there are plans to expand to My

Brother's Table in Lynn.

"Mobilizing people is something we

do very well," Cook said, adding, "SPUR

is a place where everyone belongs."

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,

which started in 1924, is one of

America's iconic holiday traditions.

Though most of us watch the event from

the comfort of our homes, Marblehead

resident and award-winning TV director

Ron de Moraes views it from a $17

million truck in New York’s Herald

Square, from which he directs the NBC


De Moraes, a three-time Emmy

Award winner, recently directed the

event for the fifth consecutive year.

The TV truck is a mobile control

room, where de Moraes sits with a

technical director who calls up the

various camera shots at his request.

"When I see something that will tell

the story, I call for that camera to be put

on the air" de Moraes said. "It’s all very

fast. You might be working with two- or

four-second shots; some are longer. It’s

instantaneous editing, and in a threehour

live show we could have well over

one-thousand camera shots that make up

the broadcast coverage you see."

With 22 cameras, including a

helicopter, covering the parade, de

Moraes has 22 angles from which to

pick. There are cameras along the route

from the west side of Central Park near

the Museum of Natural History, where

the parade starts, to 34th Street, where

there is a large staging area in front of

the Macy's department store. There is

also a camera in a hotel on 6th Avenue

where a room’s window is removed to get

an unrestricted view of the parade.

"The cameras I use most are closest

to the 34th Street entrance of Macy's,"

he said. “Everything is live, it’s quite

exhilarating and when it’s over, it’s


Originally from New York, de

Moraes was a boy soprano soloist for the

Metropolitan Opera. After a childhood

filled with classical music, he trained as a

violinist, and at age 14 he conducted the

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He then

turned his talents to television.

After a stint as a staff producer and

director for KGGM in Albuquerque,

New Mexico, he went to WCPO in

Cincinnati to direct a live midday talk

show featuring Nick Clooney, father of

award-winning actor George. There, he

discovered his love for live television.

"We did five shows a week from

12.30 to 1.30 and everything was live,

even the commercials," he said. "After

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directing more than 400 of those shows,

I got my doctorate."

He moved to Marblehead in 1971,

when WBZ-TV hired him to direct the

"Sonya Hamlin Show." Hamlin lived

in Marblehead and her husband, Bruce,

owned a shoe store on Atlantic Avenue.

She convinced de Moraes this was the

town for him, so he took up residence on

Pickett Street.

After eight years with WBZ, de

Moraes went to work in Los Angeles.

But the ties to Marblehead remained

strong. When de Moraes traveled for

work, his wife, Leslie, would visit friends

in town. "It became obvious we were

back in Marblehead to stay," de Moraes

said. "While I was at RFK Stadium in

Washington, D.C., directing a worldwide

broadcast of a Sun Myung Moon

wedding ceremony for 6,000 couples,

Leslie bought a condominium on Lee


De Moraes is perhaps best known

for having directed more than 5,000

episodes of "Entertainment Tonight," a

show that won 12 Emmys.

"When we were doing 'Entertainment

Tonight,' Leslie and I learned to fly and

got our pilot licenses, and I think the

training made me a better director," he

Ron de Moraes, director of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and singer Mariah Carey make sure

they're on the same page before the 2015 parade.


said. "No matter what happens, you have

to keep flying the plane. The same is true

of live TV. No matter what, you have to

keep the show on the air."

De Moraes continues to travel

throughout the United States and

overseas to direct live television. Before

Thanksgiving, he was in LA to direct

a concert at the Hollywood Bowl for

Disney. On January 1, he will direct the

Rose Bowl parade in Los Angeles. He is

then "unemployed" until March, when he

will be in Nicaragua for Nik Wallenda’s

high-wire walk across an active volcano,

which he will direct for ABC. Live, of


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David Snead orchestrates Handel + Haydn Society's growth


In July 2015, David Snead was

wandering through Copley

Square in Boston. The sounds of

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 filled

the air. It was a sunny afternoon. Buses

roared by. Car horns honked. But it

was the classical music that grabbed his


"I was really, really struck by the

passion and energy of the orchestra and

chorus. People stopped in their tracks to

stay and listen to the (Handel+Haydn

Society) orchestra play music by this man

who passed away 200 years before. A

small group did yoga while enjoying the

music. It was fantastic. I thought, 'This

place has what I want!' "

Here it is, four years later, and

Snead, who lives on Waldron Street in

Old Town, is president and CEO of

Boston-based Handel+Haydn Society,

the oldest continuously performing

arts organization in the United States.

It was founded in 1815 by business

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Handel and

Haydn is not a

secret gem, but

a crown jewel.

— David Snead

David Snead, president and CEO of the venerable Handel+Haydn

Society, addresses the audience last month before a special orchestral

performance in the Marblehead studio of artist Jonathan Sherman.


The Handel+Haydn Society Orchestra performs in Marblehead. Musicians are Aisslinn

Nosky (violin), Ian Watson (harpsichord), Guy Fishman (cello), and Emi Ferguson (flute).

owners to promote classical music in the

city. The group's name honors George

Frideric Handel, who died in 1759 and

represented the "old" guard, and Joseph

Haydn, who passed away in 1809 and

typified "new" music.

Under Snead's leadership, H+H's

subscriber base has doubled and annual

giving fundraising has increased 67

percent. The orchestra, led by Artistic

Director Harry Christophers, recently

performed in Manhattan and at

Tanglewood for the first time in more

than two decades, and concert attendance

is at an all-time high. H+H supports

seven youth choirs of singers in grades

2-12 and provides free tickets to students

and communities in Boston.

"Handel and Haydn is not a secret

gem, but a crown jewel," said Snead.

Its annual budget is $6 million.

By contrast, the Boston Symphony

Orchestra's is close to $100 million.

Snead, 63, spent 14 years as vice

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president of marketing, brand and

customer experience at the New York

Philharmonic, starting three weeks before

the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He previously

guided the marketing programs at the

Pittsburgh Symphony, Guthrie Theater

in Minnesota, Milwaukee Symphony and

Hartford Symphony. An expert on the

relationship between orchestras and their

audiences, he has been featured speaker at

national conferences throughout the world.

Eager to assume the CEO role at

a major arts organization, he sought

the top spot at H+H and was hired in

the fall of 2015, as the organization

celebrated its 200th anniversary.

"How does an organization stay

around for 200 years? It does so by being

relevant. H+H is unpretentious, fun and

nimble," said Snead.

Snead and his longtime partner

Kate Prescott, a successful marketing

consultant for arts organizations,

were renting in the South End when

they started searching for a home of

their own. The trail eventually led to

Marblehead, where "we got more smiles

per dollar" than in Boston, said Snead.

Snead and Prescott met when both

were based in Pittsburgh; they later

worked on projects together when Snead

was at the New York Philharmonic. A

romance blossomed. Living in NYC

didn't appeal to Prescott, so the couple

had a long-distance relationship.

They love Marblehead.

"It's a great arts community. We like

the me & thee coffeehouse and many

of the town's artists. We go to Crocker

Park, take our dog (a bichon) for walks,

and like the town's restaurants, Maddie's,

Shubie's. … Kate loves to cook and likes

Irresistibles. We know our neighbors and

have made many friends," said Snead.

"Plus, it's on the water; we kayak and

belong to Dolphin (Yacht Club). And

in season I can take the launch from the

Village Street Dock over to the Salem

Ferry. It's a great way to commute into

Boston," said Snead.

Snead's personal and professional

worlds collided on November 9, when the

Handel+Haydn Society Orchestra gave

two sold-out performances of Baroque

music in the intimate Studio of Jonathan

Sherman on Washington Street. Snead

and Prescott had toured the studio earlier.

Prescott was enthralled with the paintings

and sculptures, but Snead's mind

wandered. "I saw his studio and thought

'What a great space this would be to hold

a concert,' " he said, then laughed.

H+H and the WOW' kid

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David Snead has had many memorable

days and nights as president and CEO of

the Handel+Haydn Society.

But something truly remarkable

happened on May 5. The orchestra had

just finished a rendition of Mozart’s

“Masonic Funeral Music” at Boston’s

Symphony Hall when a youngster

blurted out “WOW!”

Snead, who lives in Marblehead,

set about finding the identity of the

boy, hoping to arrange a photo of him

with H+H Artistic Director Harry

Christophers. Snead sent a "Do you

know the 'Wow Child?' e-mail to every

person who attended that concert.

"It was something I’ve never before

experienced in my 40-plus years of

concert-going,’’ he wrote.

A couple of days went by. Nothing.

No response.

At the end of his e-mail, Snead

included a link to a video and the

audio recorded by WCRB-FM of the

spontaneous "Wow!" It went viral,

receiving more than 70 million hits

online and stories in more than 1,000

publications worldwide.

The boy's grandmother responded after

seeing a Channel 5 story about the search.

The Wow Child is 9-year-old Ronan

Mattin of Exeter, N.H., who attended

the concert with his grandpa, Stephen.

The boy is autistic and his family was

told Ronan might never speak.

"For me, I've learned a lot about

autism. Ronan is very non-verbal. But

the music really got to him. In that

moment, while everyone in the audience

was feeling "wow!" this young boy said

it," said Snead. Audience members,

not used to such decorum at a classical

music concert, erupted in laughter, cheers

and applause. " 'Wow' is an appropriate

response to Mozart," said Snead.

The notoriety has led to new

experiences for Ronan. Snead said the

boy was invited to a BSO sensory pops

concert, has attended H+H rehearsals

and met orchestra members. A woman

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A healthy change

New owner helps women's fitness studio Get In Shape


It was January, just after the

conclusion of the holiday eating

season, when Cathy Crist found

herself 20 pounds overweight and

less than thrilled by the prospect of

working out.

Encouraged by her BFF, Judy

Bouchard, the two 50-something

Marblehead moms made their way to

the local Get in Shape For Women

franchise on Atlantic Avenue, right next

to Mino's, home of delicious roast beef


Crist enjoyed the women-only fitness

studio and was so pleased with her

weight loss and the class led by fitness

trainer Elisabete Teixeira, she decided to

buy the business.

Her husband, Frank, questioned her

sanity. "You are out of your mind," Crist

remembered him saying. Eventually, he

saw the plan had merit and gave it his

blessing, and, in July, Crist took over the

intimate space. She kept the name, Get

In Shape For Women, and made sure

Cathy Crist is the owner of Get In Shape for Women on Atlantic Avenue.

Trainer Elisabete Teixeira of Malden demonstrates the proper lifting technique to Krissy Pastrikos of

Marblehead during a class at Get In Shape for Women.


that the popular Teixeira would stay on

to lead the classes. But little else about

the personal training studio is the same.

The most striking difference is the

introduction of a nutrition component,

led by Naturopathic Wellness Educator

Linda Sharkey, whose six-week program

with a focus on low-glycemic eating

had an immediate impact. Every

participant lost weight, and, said Crist,

one husband, a diabetic, was able to stop

taking insulin by adopting his wife's


"I want this to be a welcoming

women's wellness center, an oasis that

puts women first, a safe haven" said

Crist, who is fit and trim. "You can work

out here all you want, but if you go

home and eat bad food it's not going to


Originally from Lynn, Crist owned

and ran a successful interior design firm

in Salem. A former American Airlines

flight attendant who made drapes at

home during time spent in Texas, she has

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a ballet background and earned a degree

in dance from the University of New


"Other than dance and ballet, I had

no experience with fitness programs. I'd

never been to a gym. I'm a prissy girl,

and lifting weights was something I

never thought I'd do."

"Every woman over 50 should be

here," said Pat Conte of Marblehead,

who has attended classes here off-andon

for several years. "Before, I could take

it or leave it. My 22-year-old daughter

and I were driving by one day, and we

noticed a sign out front that said it was

under new ownership. 'You should check

it out Mom,' she said. So I did, and for

the first time in my life I'm excited to

work out."

Conte's not the only one impressed

with the changes. When Crist assumed

ownership there were 88 members; that

number has jumped to 112.

Crist would like to add a senior

men-only class and an exercise/nutrition

program for high school girls "that

would get girls hooked on fitness early."

Area golfers, both women and men, have

benefited from a "pop-up" strengthening

program run by a massage therapist

that's expected to continue.

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Missy Fisher, Patti Baker and Kim Downing welcomed guests to the Marblehead Arts Association's Masquerade ball.

Having a ball

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David McKenna and Laura Cilley strut

their stuff.

Masquerade 2019 continued the Marblehead Arts Association's annual tradition of throwing a

fabulous theme party. On October 19, folks from the community had a ball at a costume party that

included drinks, dancing, and fortune-telling. All proceeds went toward supporting the exhibits,

educational programming, and operations of the MAA. Each year, the arts non-profit

must raise 100 percent of its budget.

Maria Bluni, Donna Carrubba, Nancy Cheney and Jodi Gildea enjoyed the Masquerade ball on Oct. 19.

Michele Martin Albee danced to Michael

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Patty Pederson was no stranger to the dance floor at the Masquerade ball.

Stefan and Julianna Thibodeaux twirl on the dance floor to Can't Stop The Feeling."

Hope Carpenter was the resident calligrapher at the Hooper

Mansion on Oct. 19.

Krisha and Matt Plauche, as a mermaid and King Neptune, mingle with Dana and Mona Spencer.

Jennifer Fox and Rickey Schwed were elegantly attired at the Masquerade party.

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To “The Spirit of ‘76” in Abbot Hall.

Revolutionary wonders seep from its


The first U.S. Navy set forth from

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With a view as gorgeous as the Garden of Eden,

This town had a hand in America’s freedom.

A new country had a voice, and Marblehead had

a say;

Even George Washington came to visit one day.

But history’s not the only card in this deck;

There’s all kinds of beauty. Look at Marblehead Neck,

Old Town, Devereux, places to hike,

And miles of trails to ride a bike.

It’s home to doctors and lawyers and statisticians,

And a lot of folks who root for the Magicians.

If a young couple has seeds to sow,

It’s a nice little place for a

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Rabbi David Meyer's leadership

style is one of inclusion

Rabbi David Meyer opens the newly-renovated Torah ark at Temple Emanu-El of Marblehead.



Rabbi David Meyer's general

disposition is to maintain an air of peace

and calm. Some might say that he's the

type of person whose serenity belies the

madness around him.

Goodness knows there's plenty of

madness in this world, and plenty of

hate, too. Some even found its way to

the doorways of Temple Emanu-El on

Atlantic Avenue, where Meyer is in his

27th year of serving his congregation.

Last July, posters went up in different

locations on the temple's property

seeking to disavow the killing of 6

million Jews in and around Germany

during World War II.

Meyer is up-front about his feelings

about such incidents.

"You do not have to tolerate evil," he

said. "You cannot allow it to intimidate you."

As he said to news media outlets last

summer, "They (incidents such as these)

are a painted Swastika in another form.

But the messages are the same, and our

response to it has to be determined."

It always hurts, he said, to be a target

of "hate, slander, conspiracy theories,

things such as that," Meyer said.

But, he added, there is another side,

and that other side is important to


"At the same time, the grasping of

hands of friendship at times like these

are a reminder of the goodness of people.

That acts as a salve to the wound."

Still, Meyer is quick to point out that

hate does not choose sides. He says it cuts

across political and ideological lines, and

cautions people not to fall into the trap of

blaming merely one group or one party.

That, he said in a sermon for

Rosh Hashanah, is "hypocritical and


Rather than blame people for it, he

said, the best way to combat hate speech

and anti-Semitism is to recognize it in all

its forms, and to resist it.

"Maintaining our support for

educational initiatives that target hate,

racism and anti-Semitism certainly needs

to be among our consistent responses,"

Meyer said.

"Evil and hatred are powerful forces.

Goodness is not as strong. But it's

like gravity, I think. If you give gravity

enough mass, it can create a black hole

and create space for goodness."

Creating space is very much a part of

Meyer's modus operandi at the temple.

Renovations inside the building were

undertaken earlier this year that give the

synagogue a bright, almost airy feeling.

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Rabbi David Meyer has served the Temple Emanu-

El congregation for 27 years.

The motif is water — which, in and of

itself, is a symbol of life.

And the idea of space isn't just


"When God filled all time and space

he needed to withdraw to create space,"

Meyer said. "Similarly, we all need to

create space for other people."

In other words, running the temple

isn't all about him, he said.

"My leadership style is that of a

partnership," he said. "We have our

professional staff, or lay leadership, and

I seek a lot of input. We couldn't have

done our renovation without that type of

input. It is a physical example of the idea

of inclusion."

There is an element of inclusion in

almost everything Meyer does when it

comes to preaching. He makes sure his

congregation is included. The temple's

Friday evening Shabbat service is a

good example of that. It is probably 50

percent social gathering and 50 percent

religious service.

That's intentional, Meyer says.

"I want to install a sense of belonging,

rather than a sense of just membership,"

he said. "I want the synagogue to be a

partner with families in creating Jewish

lives. There are lots and lots of ways to

do that."

For example, the collation — which

usually comes after the service — comes first.

"What do you do when you go

somewhere? You want to eat," Meyer said.

Then, after the traditional Sabbath

blessing, comes more food until, from

about 6:15 to 7 p.m., it's time for the

service itself.

"We like to make it somewhat

informal," he said. "We consider it a

way for people to take a deep breath at

the end of a tough week. We do a lot of

music (Meyer and music specialist Jon

Nelson have recorded CDs together), for


Prayers for the healthy are offered, he

said, followed by a time for "good news,"

because "people want to hear positive

news about their friends and neighbors.

"Only after all that, do I speak," he


"I usually relate it to weekly scripture

readings, but I also include what I call a

'so what?' message, too. Like, 'What is he

trying to relate to me?'"

Ordained by the Hebrew Union

College-Jewish Institute of Religion

in 1986, Meyer served for six years

as the associate rabbi of the historic

Congregation Sherith Israel in San

Francisco. He later received his Master of

Theology Degree from Harvard Divinity

School in 1996, and in May, 2011, he was

awarded the Doctor of Divinity.

His belief that he has to walk a

line between rooting his teachings in

scripture and keeping it real is what has

propelled him through the years.

"I have a very bright congregation," he

said. "They can read The New York Times."

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Jewish Book Month

turns the page on a quarter century


For 25 years, the JCC of the North

Shore has hosted some of the world's

top authors at its Jewish Book Month

Speaker Series.

Its 2019 silver anniversary year

started off strongly at Tedesco Country

Club Oct. 24, when The New York Times

bestselling author Ben Mizrich read

from his "Bitcoin Billionaires," sharing

the true story of identical twin brothers

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss and

their big bet on crypto-currency.

The eight-event series concludes with

two dissimilar programs in December.

An Afternoon of Ukuleles, Cartoons

and Conversation with The New Yorker

cartoonist Roz Chast and The New

Yorker humorist/staff writer Patricia

Marx is at Peabody Essex Museum in

Salem on Dec. 1. It is an afternoon filled

with musical parody, amusing anecdotes,

hysterical (if not questionable) stories,

and whimsical visuals.

Then, on Dec. 11, Rebecca Erbelding,

historian at the United States Holocaust

Memorial Museum in Washington,

D.C., pieces together years of research

and newly uncovered archival materials

to tell the dramatic story of America’s

little-known efforts to save the Jews of

Europe. Her book "The Untold Story

of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of

Europe" has received universal praise.

Izzi Abrams, JCCNS board president

and an early childhood educator who

co-chairs Children’s Services at the

Swampscott Public Library, said Jewish

Book Month began 25 years ago, when

book clubs started sprouting up all over

the North Shore. A group of women

at the Jewish Community Center were

certain a club that discussed books

written by a Jewish author or about

Jewish topics would succeed, she said.

They were correct. Three events were held

that year, all well-attended.

The JCC of the North Shore's Jewish

Book Month Speaker Series is thriving.

Events are held at venues throughout

the North Shore. Its audience continues

to grow and members of other book

groups now reserve entire tables.

The committee that chose the books for this year’s Jewish Book Month Speaker Series at the North Shore

Jewish Community Center in Marblehead includes, from left, Sara Ewing, the Adult Program Director, Izzi

Abrams of Salem, Susan Steigman of Marblehead, and Diane Knopf of Swampscott.


Ben Mezrich, author of "Bitcoin Billionaires," discusses and reads from his book at the series opener

October 24 at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead.


"It's a Jewish Community Center

event but it has wider appeal" said

Sara Ewing, JCCNS Adult Program

director. "Everyone is welcome to these

community events."

Diane Knopf, Jewish Book Month

chair, said "In the early days, authors

were local. Somebody would know


But each year the roster became

more impressive. Featured authors

have included Lesley Stahl, the CBS

journalist who was born in Lynn and

grew up in Swampscott; Ben Sherwood,

former president of ABC News; Dr.

Ruth Westheimer; Marcia Clark, the lead

prosecuter in the OJ Simpson murder

trial; actor Louis Gossett Jr.; Gary David

Goldberg, writer/producer of TV's

"Family Ties" and "Spin City;" local

WINTER 2019 | 31

newspaper reporters Meredith Goldstein

and Larry Tye; and Pete Hamill, the

New York City journalist and novelist.

Abrams broke bread with Hamill

after a JBM event for his book "Snow."

"I took him out to dinner in Marblehead.

I can't remember where," she said, "but

the conversation was lively."

Abrams also picked up at South

Station Jamie Bernstein, who had

written a book about her dad, music

icon Leonard Bernstein, on the

centennial of his birth, and they stopped

at Kelly's in Revere before the event.

Abrams even pinch hit as featured

speaker when the authors of a book

about illusionist Harry Houdini missed

their train in NYC. "It was a full house,

and I spoke for an hour and a half. It's

a good thing I read the book and like to

talk," she said. "I took a cut," she added,

then laughed.

Last year, Marblehead's Phyllis Karas,

author of "Women of Southie," brought

along three of the book's prominent

women who grew up in South Boston

during Whitey Bulger's reign of terror.

On the very day Bulger died, no less.

It was standing room only at the JCC's

Hillel Library.

The annual Girls Night Out

gatherings, which feature an author or

book that's of special interest to women,

have become must-attend affairs. "The

Girls Night Out events also include

boutiques, shopping, raffles … and

drinking," said Susan Steigman, with a

smile. Steigman, a committee member,

was director of Jewish Book Month at

the JCC from 2001 to 2012.

Ewing and Knopf represented the

Jewish Book Month committee at the

spring conference of the Jewish Book

Council, a NYC-based non-profit and

the longest-run ning orga ni za tion devoted

exclu sive ly to the sup port and cel e-

bra tion of Jew ish literature. Authors got

to make a two-minute pitch to attendees,

and there were work shops on run ning

suc cess ful book events.

"It's speed dating for authors," said


Fol low ing the event, the council

coordinates requests and assists with

sched ul ing.

This year's committee also included

Sylvia Belkin, Margie Detkin, Sara

Foster, Ethel Harris, Helaine Hazlett,

Sheryl Levy, Karen Madorsky, Catherine

Mazur-Jefferies, Patti McWeeney, Ina

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Luna, 11 months, waits for a treat during the Blessing of the Pets ceremony.


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Charlie, with owner Katie Holdt, was blessed by Father

Richard Beaulieu at Our Lady, Star of the Sea.

Our Lady, Star of the Sea church

held a Blessing of the Pets October 6,

in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi,

the patron saint of animals. The holy

water was sprinkled on dogs and other

pets by Father Richard Beaulieu.

Francesca Carter, 10, holds Dudley at the Blessing of the

Pets ceremony Oct. 6.

Duke, 1, waits his turn to be blessed.

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