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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
Drawing/Painting Intensive with
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
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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
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
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
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
BY THOR JOURGENSEN
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
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.
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SPUR is a
— 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
"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,"
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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RON DE MORAES
TO YOU LIVE!
BY VICKI STAVEACRE
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
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
BY BILL BROTHERTON
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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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.
PHOTOS: SAM BREWER
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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BY BILL BROTHERTON
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.
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
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
David Snead stands with his longtime partner
Kate Prescott in their Marblehead home.
PHOTO: OLIVIA FALCIGNO
in Hawaii saw the story and emailed
Snead: "We have tickets to a Yo-Yo Ma
concert at Tanglewood, but we are not
able to make it. We would like Ronan to
have them." The Mattin family now has a
subscription to the entire H+H season.
"Getting to know Ronan and his family
has been one of the most meaningful
experiences of my life," said Snead. "I've
gotten to know them, and Ronan's father,
too. They are great people, down-to-earth."
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A healthy change
New owner helps women's fitness studio Get In Shape
BY BILL BROTHERTON
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
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.
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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
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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• 2 T light chocolate syrup
• 3 T sugar
• 1 pinch salt
• Crushed graham crackers
• Spoonful of Marshmallow Fluff
• ½ cup marshmallows
• Baking sheet
• Small saucepan
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2. Heat water and milk in a saucepan
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through (about 5 minutes).
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David McKenna and Laura Cilley strut
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
Jackson's Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."
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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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What makes Marblehead special is no mystery;
Just look at all the history:
From the stony truth of Fort Sewall’s walls
To “The Spirit of ‘76” in Abbot Hall.
Revolutionary wonders seep from its
The first U.S. Navy set forth from
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
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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The maidens of history
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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.
PHOTOS: OLIVIA FALCIGNO
BY STEVE KRAUSE
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,"
"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
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
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
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
"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
BY BILL BROTHERTON
For 25 years, the JCC of the North
Shore has hosted some of the world's
top authors at its Jewish Book Month
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.
PHOTO: PAULA MULLER
Ben Mezrich, author of "Bitcoin Billionaires," discusses and reads from his book at the series opener
October 24 at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead.
PHOTO: OLIVIA FALCIGNO
"It's a Jewish Community Center
event but it has wider appeal" said
Sara Ewing, JCCNS Adult Program
director. "Everyone is welcome to these
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
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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,
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
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
Resnikoff, Sharon Rich, Shelley Sackett,
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Luna, 11 months, waits for a treat during the Blessing of the Pets ceremony.
of the pets
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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