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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

04 What's Up

06 Her song to sing

10 Money machine

12 House Money

14 In praise of the face

18 Glover's last stand

Food for thought

When Sam Lena opened his first sandwich shop 75 years ago, his wife, Emma, said to him, "Make

every sandwich like you were going to eat it yourself."

Apparently Sam Lena and I have similar tastes. I've been eating Lena's subs all my life.

My father and uncles were members of the Lynn Elks (lodge number 117, if I recall), and when it was

on Western Avenue I’d sometimes go there with them and wander down the block to Lena’s. I grew up on

Nahant Place in Lynn, so the Lena’s on Lewis Street was on my way home from Little League practice, and

I was a frequent flyer there. And somewhere along the way the shop in Vinnin Square became my go-to.

I spoke the other day with Tony Lena and his daughter Jennifer Lena Venuti (who, along with her

sister Tammy Lena Chambers, owns the store on Cherry Street in Swampscott). I gained three pounds

just talking with them, but it triggered all sorts of memories.

I loved Lena’s, but as a kid I cheated — with Sam’s on Lewis Street in Lynn and Tina’s on Essex

Street, and Supreme in McDonough Square. Now, Jersey Mike's chipotle cheesesteak may be a sub

above, but my introduction to the cheesesteak was at the Hawk Shop. I was a Ken “Hawk” Harrelson fan

when he played for the Red Sox in the late ‘60s, so of course the Hawk Shop on the southernmost end

of the Lynnway was a favorite. When I was a sportswriter for The Item in a previous life, I interviewed

Harrelson at his store and I still have the photo of the two of us talking. It was such a thrill for me to

meet him, I used the shot in my column logo.

Years ago, I used to argue sub shops with a friend who has since died, former Lynn Police Lt. John

LeBrasseur. He insisted it was silly to argue about sub shops with cops, because they knew them all. He

was an Angelina’s guy.

In David McLellan’s story about Lena’s, he quotes Ms. Venuti as saying bread was the key. “People

always tell us, 'You guys have the freshest bread,’ ” she says.

Much like in my arguments with Lt. LeBrasseur, I’ll accept hers as the expert opinion. But I think I

need a few more trips to Lena’s to confirm.

Purely for research purposes, of course.

Elsewhere in this edition of 01907 . . .

Opera is a story set to music. But when the opera singer is part of her own story, the saga becomes

all the more powerful and meaningful. That's the story of Nahant's Ute Gfrerer, an Austrian-born

opera singer who has performed all over the world. I don’t know Ms. Gfrerer, but I had the pleasure of

hearing her perform at the dedication of the Thomas P. Costin Jr. Post Office in Lynn in May of 2019.

She was amazing — as is her story. She lived a nice, idyllic life in a picturesque Austrian town. Then she

saw a documentary about the Holocaust and discovered that her father had been a Nazi. That ruined their

relationship through most of her teens. However, this is the story of how she has come to terms with that

in the form of a multi-media exhibit. Elyse Carmosino has the story.

For 31 years, Cynthia McGurren was one of the behind-the-scenes motors that kept Salem State

University running. She co-founded the Salem State Speaker's Series, helped raise $26 million, and

under her stewardship as executive director of Salem State Foundation, the endowment grew from

$5 million to $30 million. And, she was there the night Tom Brady helicoptered into his speaking

engagement. Steve Krause has the story.

You may have seen the Super Bowl commercial with SNL alumna Rachel Dratch and others falling all

over themselves to massacre the Boston accent in a commercial about "Smaht Pahk." Even David Ortiz pops

out of a window. That is the brainchild of Swampscott's own Bryan Buckley. Thor Jourgensen has the story.

Dig into this edition of 01907. Maybe grab a Lena's sub to go with it.

INSIDE

20 Bryan's success

22 Honey sippin'

24 Dancing with dad

26 Major Leaguer

28 A real Jake

30 Big screen scene

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The Alabaster Girl

What: A concert by New England singer-songwriter

Krista Baroni who has released two independently

released albums, including "The Alabaster Girl," that

have been compared to the Laurel Canyon music of

the 1970s.

Where: ReachArts, 89 Burrill St.

When: Friday, March 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Welcome Home Swampscott

What: The House of the Seven Gables opens its

famed Turner-Ingersoll mansion to town residents.

Free 45-minute guided tours will be available

throughout the day. Just bring a valid ID.

Where: 115 Derby St., Salem

When: Sunday, March 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Walking (Ink) Meditations

What: Leslie Ann Eliet's "Walking (Ink) Meditations"

exhibition, comprised of prints, installations and

accordion books, inspired by the extended formats

of Japanese folding screens and albums. One

piece is a continuous strip taking up 33 feet of

two adjacent walls. The works address the artist’s

encounters with landscape in different parts of the

world, as well as the marshes and woodland ponds

of her home on the North Shore.

Where: ReachArts, 89 Burrill St.

When: March 13-29. A “Meet the Artist” reception, with

afternoon tea, takes place Saturday, March 21, 3-5 p.m.

The other side of winter

What: Swampscott Arts Association hosts “The

Other Side of Winter,” an exhibit that features

spring-themed artwork by association members.

Most of the artists are residents of Swampscott

and Marblehead.

Where: Abbot Public Library's Virginia A. Carten

Gallery, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead

When: Through Friday, March 29.

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What: International Klezmer personalities Sruli & Lisa

will perform virtuosic Klezmer music, sophisticated Old

World humor and classic Yiddish songs.

Where: Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave.

When: Saturday, March 28, 7:30–10 p.m.

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What: The Recreation Department Bunny will

hide 4,000 Easter eggs on the Town Hall lawn for

children age 3-10. Children must be accompanied

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For Nahant

singer, every

song is a story

BY ELYSE CARMOSINO


SPRING 2020 | 07

Austrian-born opera

singer Ute Gfrerer’s

current life appeared

worlds away from stories she

told of her upbringing in

post-World War II Europe as

she sat in her Nahant home

overlooking Broad Sound Bay

on a cold, sunny day in early

February, the Boston skyline

visible in the distance.

The world-renowned

performer — whose on-stage

appearances include shows

in Germany, Japan, Greece,

France, and Guatemala — is

used to telling stories for an

audience. In fact, she says

telling stories is what she loves

most about what she does.

“Every song is a story, and

I’m into storytelling,” she said.

“It’s why I love singing. You can really

say a lot with a song.”

She added: “It opens up a new world,

but you have to know how to bring it out

from inside of you.”

For Gfrerer, music allows her to lose

herself in a character, but one of the most

captivating stories she often tells is her

own.

I felt like …

I needed to do

something as an

artist to set

things right.

— Ute Gfrerer

Recalling her idyllic childhood in the

small Austrian village of Spittal-Drau

during the 60s and early 70s, Gfrerer

referred to her hometown as a “wonderful

Heidi-land.” Although Austria suffered

far fewer physical reminders of the

war than some of its heavily-bombed

neighbors, Gfrerer said the country’s dark

past still permeated much of her early life

and education.

She knew her father,

Hermann, served in the war,

but said he rarely spoke about

his time in the German army.

“My father was a Nazi,”

Gfrerer said. “I didn’t realize

what that meant (at first).”

The exact nature of her

father’s involvement in World

War II remained largely a

mystery until Gfrerer happened

to see a documentary about

the Holocaust on television as

a young teenager. It was then

she said she put two and two

together.

“I had no idea. I was living

in this beautiful, picturesque

little town with mountains

and lakes around me,” she said.

“That (documentary) woke me

up. I wanted to talk with my father about

it, and then I realized —” she paused. “I

knew he was in the war, but I thought

he’d be in the resistance.”

The information all but destroyed

their relationship for the duration of

Gfrerer’s teenage years.

“We had open fights. At one point,

I went to a concentration camp with

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material. I threw the pamphlets in front

of him. I’ll never forget that. I was yelling

at him ‘take a look, admit it,’” she said.

“He saw my hatred. I quite despised

him for being on the wrong side of the

war. I just didn’t get it. How can you be

on the wrong side?… He was helpless,

and he was heartbroken.”

It wasn’t until Gfrerer turned 18

and prepared to embark on a journey to

the United States to study music at the

California State University, Northridge,

that father and daughter finally began to

rebuild their fractured relationship.

“Before I left for America, he gave

me my plane ticket and said, ‘I hope life

works out for you the way it should,’”

Gfrerer said. In reaction to her cold

retort, he began to cry - something she

said was markedly out of character for

her stoic father. “He said, ‘I would change

my life for you so that you love me again,

but I can’t.’ I didn’t (respond) then. I was

stone.”

Nearly 6,000 miles away from home,

the distance allowed Gfrerer to reflect on

World-renowned performer Ute Gfrerer sits in her Nahant home with her dog, Barolo.


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her father’s past and the kind of person

she’d always known him to be.

“I remembered the great father he

had been. Always loving, always fun, very

smart, open. He showed me the world.

He loved to travel, and I never heard an

anti-semitic word out of his mouth. He

lived a completely different life,” she said.

“I think the loss he experienced during

the war was so great for him.”

At 14, in the wake of his mother’s

death, Gfrerer’s father was sent to one of

12 boarding schools run by Germany’s

Nazi party, where he was among the

youngest students to be indoctrinated

with the party’s ideals.

At 17, he enlisted in Hitler’s army,

where Gfrerer said he witnessed the

deaths of nearly all of his friends.

“They were shot left and right,” she

said. “I think he had to hold on to this

thing, that it was worth something. It

couldn’t have been all in vain.”

Now, nearly 75 years later, the

German soldier’s daughter is attempting

to reconcile wrongs committed by her

father in the form of a multi-media art

exhibit.

Held every few months in

collaboration with Boston-based visual

artist Lisa Rosowsky, whose own father

lost nearly his entire family in the

Holocaust, the exhibition is entitled “For

Our Fathers.”

The program tells the stories of both

women’s fathers, and the lasting impact

their experiences had on the lives of their

daughters.

“We as adults met and talked about

it,” Gfrerer said of Rosowsky. “She had

her artwork and I had these songs, and

we combined them to create an amazing,

powerful evening.”

For her role, Gfrerer sings Holocaustbased

songs written by notable Jewish-

German composers, including Kurt Weill

and Norbert Glanzberg.

“I felt like … I needed to do

something as an artist to set things

right,” Gfrerer said. “Of course I cannot

change the past, but maybe I can bring

awareness and healing.”

The next showing of “For Our

Fathers” will be May 7 at Temple

Emanu-El in Marblehead.

In an April 2019 review, the

Jewish Journal called the mixedmedia

presentation “deeply moving,”

and Gfrerer said she cherishes the

opportunity to connect with audiences in

such a meaningful way.

As for her father, Gfrerer senses he’s

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Cynthia McGurren

on the art of making money

BY STEVE KRAUSE

Life is a little less hectic these days

for Cynthia McGurren. There's yoga

classes in the afternoons. And there's her

consulting business where she advises

clients so they can do what she did so

well for so many years: raise money.

There's an art to raising money, says

McGurren, who retired last year after

a 31-year career at Salem State, where

she was responsible for all aspects of the

university's development, alumni relations,

corporate and foundation relations,

communications and special events.

"First," says McGurren, 66,

of Marblehead (and formerly of

Swampscott), "you have to educate

yourself on the mission of the group for

which you're raising money. In the case

of Salem State, it was to provide the best

possible education.

"Then," she said, "you have to drill

down to what the passion points are.

You can tell by chatting with the people

involved. You find out if they have that

deep-seated passion."

And, finally, she said, "you

communicate that passion. For example,

I graduated from Salem State when I was

30 years old, and it changed my life. So

I was able to communicate that passion

about how the school is capable of

changing lives."

In turn, McGurren changed Salem

State's life a little too.

She had 15 years of specific

responsibility for all aspects of the

institution’s development, alumni relations,

corporate and foundation relations,

communications and special events.

Serving simultaneously as executive

director of the SSU Foundation, Inc., the

Foundation’s endowment grew from $5

million to $30 million. She personally

raised nearly $26 million in spendable and

endowed funds over her 15 year tenure.

"Cynthia was a key visionary and

leader of many successful campaigns

during her time at Salem State."

University President John Keenan

said last year on the occasion of

her retirement. "She was and still

is instrumental to the Salem State

Cynthia McGurren retired last year from a 31-year

career at Salem State University.

community and in increasing scholarship

funds for our students.”

These days, McGurren is still

busy, but life isn't as frenetic as it

was at Salem, when it was a delicate

balancing act between her functions

and responsibilities. She serves on the

leadership council of the Essex County

Community Foundation, and on the

advisory board for the House of the

Seven Gables in Salem, and she is on the

board of directors for North Shore Bank.

Then there's her consulting business:

McGurren Advancement Solutions,

where "I give advice for individuals whose

responsibilities involve fundraising."

McGurren's gifts to Salem State

involve more than simply raising money

(though that's certainly a big part of her

legacy). And, she's been able to combine

her fund raising efforts with other

endeavors — often with spectacular results.

One such case involved engineer and

entrepreneur Bernard Marshall Gordon,

who received an honorary degree from

Salem State in 1985.

"He spoke a little too long, and

people started treating him very

disrespectfully," McGurren recalled. "We

didn't hear from them (Gordon and his

wife, Sophia) after that.

"But in 2004, they unexpectedly joined

us for our sesquicentennial celebration …

and we reconnected with them.

"The Gordons made their first gift to

Salem State — $2 million — and allowed

us to announce it during Robert Redford's

appearance at the (speaker) series."

That went well, she said, and

subsequently the couple gave $4.6

million more toward the renovation

of the performing arts center that

dominates the Lafayette Street side of

the campus. It is now named for Sophia

Gordon, and, it should be noted, one of

the conference rooms inside is named for

McGurren and daughters, Colby Sheffer and Madison Sheffer, right, met Tom Brady during his 2015 Salem

State appearance.

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McGurren herself.

Speaking of the speaker series,

McGurren co-founded it in 1972.

Since then, speakers have included

former presidents, heads of state,

world-renowned authors (including the

late David Halberstam), Nobel Prize

recipients, academy award winners

and celebrated actors and athletes.

This included Bill Russell, Doug Flute

(who spoke on short notice after Magic

Johnson canceled), Bobby Valentine

(in the same week the Red Sox fired

him as manager) and Tom Brady — a

particularly adventurous night.

The Brady speech brought a few facts

into focus. First, as a state institution,

the university gets 32 percent of its

funding from the Commonwealth of

Massachusetts, McGurren said. The bulk

of it comes from private funds.

Second, none of the money Salem

State spends on its speaker series, and

that includes the setup as well as speaker

fees, is public. Every bit of it comes from

private donations.

These elements, and the

misconceptions people had about the

series, came into play with Brady. As

luck would have it, his address came

the night after the Ted Wells report on

"Deflategate" which seemed to put the

Patriots quarterback in the crosshairs.

He had spent the day at Gillette

Stadium, and needed to get to Salem for

the address.

"Someone who has a helicopter really

wanted Tom Brady to ride in it, I guess,"

said McGurren. "So, he came in on a

helicopter, which landed on the roof of

one of our buildings.

"We took a lot of heat for that," she

said. "People thought that public money

was used for all of that. No. It wasn't.

None of that money is public."

There was one silver lining in the

whole crazy day, she said.

"He couldn't have been nicer,"

she said.. "He hung around, signed

autographs, posed for pictures. It was a

really nice night."

McGurren said there's one more

important element about fund raising for

non-profits: recognizing the generosity

of the donors.

"Make sure you put the money where

they want it earmarked," she said, "and if

they want their name used, then use it.

"It's all about establishing

relationships," said McGurren. Treat

them (donors or potential donors) as

human beings."


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At Tony Lena's,

it's all in the bread

——— BY DAVID MCLELLAN ———

Lena's founder, Sam Lena, with wife,

Emma, at Lena's original store in Salisbury

Beach, 1945.

PHOTO COURTESY JENNIFER LENA VENUTI


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When Sam Lena started

the Lena's sandwich shop

business 75 years ago, his

wife, Emma, had some words of advice:

"Make every sandwich like you were

going to eat it yourself."

For the Lena family, that still means

making a sandwich with high-quality

ingredients, especially soft bread that's

cut "the right way," as Tony Lena would

say.

Lena's was founded in 1945 by Sam

Lena, whose son, Tony, took over the

business and changed the name to Tony

Lena's in 1973. A third generation of

Lenas, sisters Tammy Lena Chambers

and Jennifer Lena Venuti, have owned

their Tony Lena's Sandwich Shop since

1991.

They first opened on Highland

Avenue in Salem, and moved to their

location at 88 Cherry St. in Swampscott

in 2005.

Lena and his daughters recently

reflected on their decades of working

at a "mom-and-pop shop" that doesn't

advertise and relies on good ingredients,

consistency, and word-of-mouth to

thrive.

"We've always had high-quality

products, and with everything we did,"

If you don't

see the face,

you're in the

wrong place

Tony Lena's

makes you glad

you're hungry

Lena said.

"All the Lenas use the same bread.

It's a soft, French roll," he said.

The Lenas have always used the same

bread, all the way back to 1945, and

consider it critical to their success. In the

past, the supplier was Columbus Baking

Co. in Beverly.

Despite some changes in name and

location, the Lenas bread has always

come from the same local Lauranzano

family business, now known as Joe

Lauranzano Bread Products in Salem.

"People always tell us, 'You guys have

the freshest bread,'" Venuti said. "It's

always been important. If you don't have

good bread it's not going to taste the

same."

Lena said the "soft bread" stands out

for its texture compared to the breads

many other submarine sandwich shops

use.

But the bread, and sandwich as a

whole, also has to be prepared properly

to keep customers coming back.

"You want me to tell another secret?"

Lena asked.

"We cut the bread through," he

said, using his hands to demonstrate a

LENA'S, page 16


16 | 01907

The Tony Lena's family: granddaughter Madison Chambers; her mother and Lena's co-owner, Tammy Lena Chambers; her father, Tony Lena, and daughter and

Lena's co-owner, Jennifer Lena Venuti stand at the cash register.

PHOTOS: OLIVIA FALCIGNO

LENA'S, continued from page 15

sub being cut the whole way through,

resulting in two completely separate

sandwich pieces, rather than a sub roll

that is partially cut with a slit like a hot

dog bun.

It's the inferior submarine sandwich

that isn't cut all the way through, Lena

insists, with a messy pile of ingredients

sitting on a piece of bread that's bound

to get soggy or collapse. A proper sub

should be fully cut, and built and held

like any other type of sandwich.

The preparation of vegetables is

important too. Again, it shouldn't get too

messy.

"And we slice the vegetables, never

dice the vegetables," Chambers said.

Chambers and Venuti will be

celebrating the 30th anniversary of

owning and operating the business as

sisters next March. Chambers' daughter,

Madison, and Venuti's son, A.J., work

part-time at the business, taking shifts in

the summer when they are out of school.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," Venuti said.

The Lenas don't do much to advertise

their store. They say it's simply because

they don't need to. According to Venuti,

about 70 percent of the store's business is

from returning customers.

The older Lena said he sees an

increase in chain submarine sandwich

shops like Firehouse Subs and Jersey

Mike's, but he is confident the business

will continue to do well as his daughters

enter their third decade of ownership.

"I didn't pass the torch, they took the

torch," Lena said.

Lena himself, when he took over

the business, added the logo of himself,

a mustached man's face, designed by

his college roommate from Syracuse

University. He also came up with some

slogans: "If you don't see the face, you're

in the wrong place," and, "Tony Lena's

makes you glad you're hungry."

Lena said the business, no matter

which Lena is running it, has always had

some rules. Increase prices, rather than

downgrade the quantity or quality of

ingredients in the sandwiches.

And, give good deals, like "buy-oneget-one-free,"

on special occasions,

rather than discounts.

"It's always good food and good

quality all the time," Lena said.

"It's the personality you see, it's the

friendship," he said, looking at his two

daughters behind the small store's counter.

Chambers and Venuti have had their

own strategy as well when it comes to


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For the Lena's family, it's all in the bread.

running the business. They cook team

dinners for the local high school sports

teams, and donate gift certificates and

cater at car shows and events like the

Swampscott Strawberry Festival in town.

Venuti said one football season,

a year when her son was playing for

Swampscott High, Tony Lena's provided

meals for 10 of the team's 12 dinners.

"There's not a lot of mom-and-pop

shops out there," Venuti said. "We grew

up in Swampscott, our kids are from

Swampscott… We make the preschool

pizzas every Friday."

The menu has occasionally added

items, like grilled chicken and kabobs, to

reflect food trends, but for the most part

it has remained the same. Chambers and

Venuti said the store is special because

it is always willing to make something

a customer requests, even if it's not

on the menu. Venuti takes pictures of

A freshly made 8-inch Italian sub sandwich at Tony Lena’s Sandwich Shop.

some of the quirkier things, like an

eggplant salad, a heart-shaped pizza for

Valentine's Day and a "pickle pizza."

"It's always been fun," Venuti said.

"We grew up working for my dad, and we

basically lived at Lena's. It was fun and

our friends worked with us."

"What adds to the fun is our

customers are also our friends,"

Chambers added.

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Storied Glover House

could face the wrecking ball

BY GAYLA CAWLEY

At one time, General Glover

House was one of the busiest

restaurants in New England

— but its status these days is

not as glamorous.

The former restaurant, which has

been closed since the 1990s, has been

issued a violation notice from the town

of Swampscott for being a "blighted or

unsafe structure."

Located in Vinnin Square where the

Salem-Swampscott-Marblehead line

meets, the Glover House was one of the

prized assets of the late Anthony Athanas,

who took over the operation in 1957.

The violation is meant to prompt a

clean-up of the Glover property, still

owned by the Athanas family, and in

the longer term, possibly spark a more

productive reuse.

Town Administrator Sean Fitzgerald

said he's been having discussions with

Marblehead's Town Administrator Jason

Silva about a potential shared vision

for the property, which is located in a

district that is zoned for transit-oriented,

mixed-use development.

"To me, it's an exciting property," said

Fitzgerald. "It's a linchpin in a really busy

commercial plaza. It was quintessential New

England, Swampscott and Marblehead.

Our challenge for this generation is what's

next? How do we replicate a little bit of

that magic and create a sense of that special

place that many people continue to have a

fond memory of?"

General Glover House, originally the

home of the famed Revolutionary War

hero, General John Glover, had surged in

popularity by the early 1960s.

At the time of Glover's peak, Athanas

was operating several other highly

successful restaurants in the region,

including Hawthorne-by-the-Sea in

Swampscott, and his first operation,

Anthony's Hawthorne in Lynn, one of

the best known restaurants on the North

Shore at its peak. All except Hawthorneby-the-Sea

have closed.

Once one of the busiest restaurants in New England, the Glover House property has been hit with a

violation notice by the Town of Swampscott for being "blighted."

PHOTO: OLIVIA FALCIGNO

The property at 299 Salem St., which

includes three buildings, was found to

be in violation of the town's general

bylaw, "improvement of blighted or

unsafe structures or property and the

maintenance of vacant buildings."

The bylaw was passed by Town

Meeting members last year to give town

officials the authority to enforce the

improvement of dilapidated properties.

In his correspondence with the

property owner, the town's building

commissioner, Max Kasper, wrote that

he's determined the structures are in

need of "major maintenance and repair,"

and has requested that the owners

take "substantial steps to remedy these

numerous major deficiencies."

Kasper noted that major roof and

wall areas are deteriorated and the

property is inadequately secured. He has

recommended partial or full demolition.

Kasper said he hasn't heard from

the property owners since the violation

was issued in January. Wig Zamore, an

Athanas family representative, said that's

not the case. Since receiving the notice,

Zamore said repairs have been made to

the structures on the property.

Zamore said the family wants to

work with the town and the other two

municipalities on the redevelopment of

the property.

He said there's a lot of interest in the

property from developers, but the family's

interest is in selling to a developer who

would "do right by the community."

"These kinds of redevelopments are

not something that you snap your fingers

and do," said Zamore. "It's easier to

envision multi-family housing, rather

than anything else on that property. It's

next to a golf course in Marblehead and

Swampscott and next to the Vinnin

Square shopping plaza."

Glover is one of several "blighted"

properties the town of Swampscott has

identified. A similar notice has been sent

to the owners of a former gas station at

182 Paradise Road, which Kasper said

has not been properly maintained.

With fewer than 100 commercial

properties in town, each one that falls into

disrepair affects the overall health and

welfare of the community, Fitzgerald added.

"We are approaching these

conversations with an open (mind), but

given the blighted bylaw, we expect more

than good intentions when working with

people," said Fitzgerald.



20 | 01907

He buckled down and took Hollywood

BY STORM

BY THOR JOURGENSEN

Director Bryan Buckley with Haruan, Ali, and

Mino Jarjoura. Haruan and Ali were in Buckley's

2013 Oscar-nominated short film, "Asad."

February's

first week was a

busy one for Bryan Buckley.

The award-winning filmmaker

who lived in Swampscott as a teenager

and whose parents and stepfather live in

town, saw his latest Super Bowl advertisement

debut Feb. 2 and donned a tuxedo for the Oscars.

Bryan Buckley with his wife, Kiana Madani.

For Buckley, a busy life is business as usual. The New

York Times described the director as the "king of the Super

Bowl" with director titles, awards and business success to his name.

The father of two lives in Los Angeles and gets back East whenever he

can to see his father, artist Richard Buckley; mother, Joan Dion, and stepfather,

Ed Dion.

Born in Cambridge, he spent parts of his childhood in Sudbury, Massachusetts, Maine

and New Hampshire and lived in Swampscott from the eighth grade through high school. He

graduated from Swampscott High School in 1981 in a class that included state Rep. Lori Ehrlich.

Buckley's success is no surprise to his former classmate.

"Bryan has creativity in his genes. His father, Dick Buckley, is an incredibly talented local artist

and he's always had a wicked sense of humor, so with that combination, I'm not surprised by his

success.

Ehrlich said Buckley's most recent Super Bowl ad, titled "Smaht Pahk," shows Buckley's

love for the Boston area and New England.

"Just hit the clickah, cah pahks itself," explains actor/director John Krasinski in the ad.

Highlighting self-parking technology featured in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, the ad was

an Internet sensation before Super Bowl watchers viewed its television debut.

The ad was filmed in Boston's South End, and it is Boston through and through. The

three Massachusetts actors — Rachel Dratch (Lexington), Krasinski (Newton) and Chris

Evans (Sudbury) show no mercy in inflecting every shred of dialogue with "ahs" as Evans

and Dratch react to Krasinski's ability to park the Sonata in a tight space using remote

technology.

The ad gives a shout out to Swampscott and Saugus and other Massachusetts

communities.

Buckley shot the ad last November on a chilly, rainy day that he said perfectly

captured the hearty New England atmosphere he was after.

"It could have easily been shot on a lot in LA, but it wouldn't have had the

same vibe," he said.


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The advertisement features,

according to an online description,

quick appearances by Mark and Donnie

Wahlberg's brothers, Bob and Arthur,

and David Ortiz pops out of a window at

the end of the ad.

"Did you know he lives here?"

Krasinski deadpans to Dratch and Evans.

Buckley's criteria for a Super Bowl

ad is "something I haven't done before"

and one well-crafted enough to land in

USA Today's top five Super Bowl ad

selection. The selected ads ignite the

type of sustained media buzz clients

love.

Buckley and film producer Matt

Lefebrve were nominated for the short

live action film "Saria," about two

orphaned Guatemalan sisters struggling

to survive. The movie wasn't just a job

for Buckley: He went to Washington

D.C. days before the Academy Awards

to discuss the challenges faced by the

Central American nation and has read

everything he can get his hands on about

Guatemala.

Buckley's accomplishments are

also no surprise to his proud father.

He recalled a Swampscott art teacher

praising a 14-year-old Buckley's talent.

"There was always a dedication to

everything he worked on. He just threw

himself into it. He doesn't only work

with his brain, he works with his heart,"

said Richard Buckley.

Asked to imagine his dream project,

Buckley said he would like to make a

film around a theme questioning if it is

possible to live life with no regrets.

"I will do it - definitely," he promised.

Left, Buckley directs an

advertisement production with

an unidentified actor and actress

Amy Poehler.

Top, Buckley, center, with Conan

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From Nahant

to

the

major league

BY MIKE ALONGI

It's hard to be much more involved in

a sport than Sean Quirk is involved with

men's lacrosse. From playing to coaching

to drafting and evaluating talent, Quirk

has done it all in the past 30-plus years.

Currently living in Nahant, Quirk

bounces between his home, the Endicott

College campus, and Veterans Memorial

Stadium in Quincy — the home facility

of Major League Lacrosse's Boston

Cannons. Each day, he balances his time

between being the associate athletic

director at Endicott and the head coach/

director of player personnel with the

Cannons.

"I've always got a busy schedule, that's

for sure, but I love it," said Quirk. "To

Sean Quirk, Associate Athletic Director at Endicott College, stands on his back porch at his Nahant home.

PHOTOS: OLIVIA FALCIGNO

be able to be so involved in a game I've

played since I was a kid is a dream."

To understand Quirk's love for the

game, it helps to go back to the early

days of his involvement with lacrosse.

After excelling at the high school level at

Cheshire High School in Connecticut,

Quirk earned a scholarship to Division

II Springfield College in Massachusetts.

His college days proved to be fruitful,

as Quirk was named a two-time All-

American and NCAA Division II Goalie

of the Year in 1995. Oh, and he helped

the Pride — then known as the Chiefs

(the college changed the nickname in

1995) — to earn the NCAA Division II

National Championship in 1994.

"We had some great teams in those

years, but the biggest thing was that we

were just one big family," Quirk said

of his college days. "That culture and

that environment is, in my opinion, one

of the things that helped make us so

successful."

After spending two seasons as an

assistant coach at Springfield, Quirk set

out on his own when he was hired as

head lacrosse coach at Endicott in 1998

at just 24 years old. It was there that he

started to really forge a path for himself,

living by the principles he learned at

Springfield and building a program

from the ground up the way he wanted

it to be.

"I was so fortunate to be surrounded

by great players and coaches at every

level, and I tried to be a sponge and

soak up as much knowledge as I could

every day," Quirk said. "I wanted to

build a culture of family, commitment

and relationships at Endicott and let the

good lacrosse come from that. I really

wanted to set that foundation."

In his time as the head coach at

Endicott, which lasted from 1998

to 2015, Quirk went 243-95 and led

the Gulls to the NCAA Tournament

nine times (2001, 2004-2007, 2010-

2011, 2014-2015). He won eight

Commonwealth Coast Conference

championships, was a four-time CCC

Coach of the Year and coached 21 All-


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Quirk stepped down from the

head coaching position in 2015, but

he remained at Endicott. During his

time as head coach Quirk also served

as an assistant athletic director, but he

soon moved up the ranks to the role of

associate athletic director in charge of all

men's teams and coaches. He oversees

the leadership program with all of the

team captains and also oversees the

day-to-day operations of the Endicott

athletic department.

He also remains close with the

men's lacrosse team. Many of his former

players have gone on to become coaches

following graduation, including current

Gulls head coach Eric Hagarty, who

played for Quirk from 2007-2010.

"That's something I take some pride

in, the fact that we've had players go

on and be successful after leaving the

program," Quirk said.

Around the same time he left the

head coaching position at Endicott,

Quirk was alerted to an opening for

the head coaching job with the Boston

Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.

While he had decided to leave coaching

for a number of reasons just a few

months prior, Quirk spoke to his family

about it. Their support played a big role

in his decision to take on the role.

"I actually knew some people in the

front office with the Cannons through

some Springfield connections and I was

offered the position," said Quirk. "I

had made the decision to leave college

coaching

behind

not long

before, but I

decided to ask my

family and see what

they thought. They were so

supportive of me with whatever I wanted

to do, so I decided to jump in."

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the Cannons over time. He was named

head coach in 2015 and spent the

first three seasons as just that. But in

2018, Quirk was also elevated to the

role of Director of Player Personnel,

putting him in charge of drafting and

development as well as coaching. It's

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the good of the team.

"It's certainly a lot to juggle in terms

of responsibilities, but I've always been

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running a team," said Quirk. "I believe

that the coach has a certain eye for the

kind of player that would fit with their

style of play and I think it's important

for the coach to have a say in things.

I still work closely with everyone in

the front office as well, but it helps to

know I have a big say in the personnel

decisions."

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ready for the 2020 season. The collegiate

and supplemental drafts will be held in

mid-March while the current players go

through their off-season conditioning

programs. Training camp kicks off on

May 15, and the first game of the season

is slated for May 30.

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Swampscott native and Peabody resident Roger

Baker provides food, water and supplies to

firefighters while they're on scene battling fires.

PHOTO: OLIVIA FALCIGNO

Where there's smoke,

there is Roger Baker

BY GAYLA CAWLEY


SPRING 2020 | 29

wampscott native Roger

Baker became enamoured

with the fire service

industry at a young age.

As a kid, he would hang

around both Swampscott

fire stations (the Phillips

Beach Fire Station on Phillips Avenue

is now closed) befriending firefighters

and running errands for the department.

When fires broke out, he would load his

bicycle's basket with water, which he

would deliver to crews on scene.

Baker, 54, wanted to become a

firefighter himself. He earned a degree

in fire science from North Shore

Community College and took the

Municipal Firefighter Exam in the

1980s, but his dream never came to

fruition.

Not to be deterred, Baker instead

made a career out of assisting firefighters

at fire scenes, expanding on the work

that he started as a child.

"I'm happy with what I'm doing now,"

said Baker. "I've seen more fires than I

would have if I had been a firefighter. I

have been to every single (major) fire in

the 21 towns that we cover since 1986.

When I think about that myself, it's kind

of crazy to think about."

In 1986, he converted a used

ambulance to a canteen truck at the

suggestion of a firefighter and began

providing cool drinks and soup to

provide relief for exhausted crews at fire

scenes.

A few years later, the nonprofit,

Rehab Five, which Baker operates out

of his Peabody home, was officially

established. The organization's purpose

is to provide firefighters and other

emergency workers with rehabilitation

services.

The need became more prominent

in the 1980s, when there was a

fundamental shift in the protective gear

that firefighters wore. While the new

gear provided more thermal protection,

it completely encapsulated the wearer,

not allowing for the escape of core body

heat. The former gear had been more

lightweight and breathable.

"The gear is so good that it's

preventing them from losing body heat,"

said Baker. "All of a sudden, rehab

became something they're talking about."

Baker and his volunteers set up

rehabilitation centers at fire scenes to

help firefighters cool down. In warmer

weather, cooling tents equipped with

misting fans are set up, and Gatorade

and water is provided. In the wintertime,

a bus is converted to get firefighters out

of the cold weather, and coffee and hot

chocolate is served.

The idea is to get their core body

temperature to come down, so they can

get back to fighting the fire. Medical

services are also provided, Baker said.

Rehab Five's services are completely

voluntary, which Baker pays for with the

salary he earns working for his father's

polymer factory in Lawrence.

"I consider it a hobby," said Baker.

"I like doing it. Other people may want

to spend their money on vacations,

sailboats or sports cars. I've somehow

found my calling doing this and enjoy

doing it so that's where my disposable

income goes."

The organization not only gets its

name from the rehab services provided

to firefighters, but from the mutual aid

system that ensures fire departments

receive backup assistance from other

departments. The system is divided into

districts. District 5 includes Swampscott,

Saugus, Peabody, Lynnfield, Marblehead

and Nahant.

Baker estimates he and his 20

volunteers respond to about 130 fires

annually, but some have been particularly

memorable. He recalls spending

three weeks at the scene of a Danvers

explosion in November 2006.

Rehab Five responds to most working

fires and every second alarm fire. Now

based more centrally in Peabody, Baker

said he can get to most fires in 15 to 20

minutes.

Firefighters are grateful for the

services provided by Rehab Five.

"Those guys are great," said

Swampscott Fire Chief Graham Archer.

"They're just always there — day or

night, in the winter, or in the summer.

Anything you would need in a difficult

situation, they're there to make it easier.

I can't say enough about those guys.

They're amazing."

Baker recently got his website, www.

rehabfive.org, up and running and he has

no intention of slowing down anytime

soon.

"I don't see myself being able to listen

to the calls on the radio and not go," said

Baker. "Until my health gives out, I'll be

doing it."


30 | 01907

Lou Marino, holds his son Brody, 4, while watching a movie at the Swampscott Library on Feb. 18.

Kim Schneider's daughter Noelle, 8 months, was an enthusiastic

movie-goer.

Morning

Movie Hour

PHOTOS BY OLIVIA FALCIGNO

Daniella Makhluf, 4, plays with a shopping cart.

Ben Schneider, 4, nibbles on animal crackers

distributed to kids by librarians.

Swampscott Public Library regularly holds

a morning story hour every Monday for

children ages 3 to 5. Due to Presidents Day,

librarians shifted the event to a February 18

morning movie program. Children's Room

librarian Izzi Abrams distributed water and

animal crackers to the dozen kids

who attended. After the movie,

children fit in some play time.

Brooke Posada, 2, plays with dolls while Brody Marino plays with trucks at the play

pen in the Swampscott Library. The play pen is a unique space that most libraries

in the area do not have, according to Swampscott librarian Izzi Abrams. The

library recently received a grant from the state to help give children and parents

opportunities for more play time.

While other children watch a movie, Ethan Makhluf, 7, browses through the books on the

shelf in the children’s room at the Swampscott Library.


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