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04 What's Up
06 Nate the great
10 Filming for fun
12 House Money
14 A club that cares
16 Going to the chapel
18 A window on reading
We have it covered
As has been apparent for the past six or so months, COVID-19 has seeped into our lives. Masks are the
new normal, as evidenced in Swampscott with mandatory-mask zones in four separate parts of town.
For some, the shutdown has meant binge watching (“Law & Order” and “Monk” for me) or binge eating
(I’m blaming my clothes not fitting on the Tedesco gym being all but padlocked since March and not on Jersey
Mikes) or both. Terrific.
Much of this edition of 01907 is devoted to the pandemic and how it has affected our lives in different ways.
We give you Nate Fontes-Fried — a jack-of-all-trades if there ever was one. He’s an expert woodworker,
who started out as a carpenter before branching out to photography. But with the coronavirus shutdown
there went a lot of his photography business. So he's focused more on his woodworking.
He has lived in Swampscott for six years, and in that time he's incorporated a lot of the town into his
woodworking, which, these days, takes up the bulk of his time. For example, he fashioned some pieces out
of some wood that had been taken from the fish house.
His is a tale of why versatility is a good thing. Gayla Cawley has the story.
Then we have Mackenna Lord, a 2020 Swampscott High graduate — and class president — who started college
at the University of New Hampshire Aug. 31. If she thought, even for a second, that she'd left the pandemic behind,
she was mistaken. Students wear masks everywhere on campus and spend more of their time in their dorm rooms.
It's not exactly what she'd anticipated, she admits, but she's trying to make the most of it. Again, Gayla
Cawley has the story.
And the pandemic has also affected the public library in the sense that going there to get a book
involves a lot more than just showing up. Actually, though, director Alyce Deveau says the staff isn't any
less busy than usual. It's just a different kind of busy. And she's thankful the library has been able to put its
storefront window to good use. Dan Kane has that story.
If you've been wondering who or what an odd fellow is, you’ve come to the right place. I don’t mean our staff;
I mean the Odd Fellows Hall Kearsarge Lodge No. 217, on Elmwood Road, which is back in business after
having been shuttered for four months. The organization, known primarily for its philanthropic endeavors, is
back to holding meetings again and slowly trying to get back to normal. Mike Alongi has the story.
The shutdown affected the arts in a big way, too. And one of those institutions that suffered was
ReachArts, on Burrill Street. The dance studio, which has David and Heidi Shear as co-presidents and
Jackie Bowden as dance instructor, also had to take a break when the COVID protocols went into effect.
Now, however, they're back in step — although, says Heidi Shear, "We're being super cautious and taking
tiny steps." Thor Jourgensen has the story.
The saga of school sports during this pandemic has been well-told. Kids missed their spring seasons,
and many of them will miss their fall seasons too. Football will now be played in February. Several leagues
canceled their entire slates of sports. But the story has a happy ending for Nick Reiser and Dylan January,
two Swampscott High stars who were looking forward to playing one last season together with the
baseball team. They hooked on together with the North Shore Navigators and now, they're both off to
Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. Mike Alongi has the story.
Lou Gallo is the unofficial town historian (“unofficial” only because there is no official one). Gallo, 77,
parlayed a love of history, which he says was nurtured by a high school teacher, into a lifelong chronicler of
town folklore. Some of his favorite stories, however, are the ones "you don't find in history books," he says.
Steve Krause has the story.
With its stonework, stained-glass windows and the soaring space, Nahant's Ellingwood Chapel was
designed by architect Ralph Adams Cram. Walk through it and it's easy to understand the building’s place
on the National Register of Historic Places. Again, Thor Jourgensen has the story.
Anyway, turn off the TV and check out this edition of 01907. And wear a mask.
20 The new college try
22 Playing to win
24 Celebrating a life
26 Leave it to Lou
28 Tiny dancers
30 Swampscott scenes
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Where: 23 Paradise Road.
When: Call 781-599-1853 for tour hours
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What: Children's ballet and jazz dance
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Where: ReachArts, 89 Burrill St.
When: Classes are scheduled throughout
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Time to go clubbing
What: Swampscott Recreation sponsors
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Where: Stanley School park (10 Whitman
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When: Monday-Thursday, 2:45-4:45 p.m.
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Going to the chapel
What: Andrews Memorial Chapel with
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Where: Swampscott Cemetery, 400 Essex St.
When: The chapel is worth a quick drive
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What: Children's Wowbrary is a virtual
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Where: 61 Burrill St.
When: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Where: 99 Paradise Road.
When: Call 781-599-3525 for tour status and
Time to talk about teens
What: The Swampscott Teen Advisory
Board is a busy group with planning for a
potential fall festival in October.
Where: The public library, 61 Burrill St. with
current programming and meetings held
When: Contact Caroline at cmargolis@
noblenet.org for questions and virtual
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Nate Fontes-Fried, a woodworker
and photographer who lives in
Swampscott, stands in the studio
next to his home where he works
on his "wood quilts" and wooden
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BY GAYLA CAWLEY
It's not an easy time to be a craft worker who practices his art and photographer
who makes his living shooting weddings and other large-scale events.
But Nate Fontes-Fried is a jack-of-all-trades.
Over the years, Fontes-Fried, who lives in Swampscott with his wife, Daniela,
and their 3-year-old son, Ethan, has established deep roots in the community.
Renowned for his woodworking, Fontes-Fried worked as a carpenter before he
started his photography career, the pandemic finds him focusing more on his craft,
which in past years has been primarily a winter-month focus.
"The work has sort of gotten smaller so I'm trying to supplement here and there
with a lot of side hustle activity (and) sort of incorporate myself in the town," says
Fontes-Fried, 38. "A lot of people know me for photography. Others know me
for woodwork or fishing. I have gotten myself into a lot of different facets of the
community through my art."
Fontes-Fried started his woodworking career when he was living in Boston. He
began by making birdhouses and his work evolved into crafting small furniture and
larger wood quilt squares.
After moving to Swampscott six years ago, he found that his decorative wood
pieces were not grabbing the locals' attention, so he decided to incorporate more
of an ocean theme by crafting them in the shape of sea creatures, such as fish and
A lot of times, the pieces are crafted from wood he finds around town, such as in
the beaches or woods. For example, he made two large sharks out of wood that had
been taken off of the Swampscott Fish House.
"It's sort of like being able to incorporate pieces of the town and pieces of the
ocean into it, (which) made a lot of sense and it resonated with people well," said
Fontes-Fried. "People ask for anything from birdhouses to picture frames. It all has
the oceany, seaside feel."
Before transitioning to wedding photography and corporate events,
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Fontes-Fried, who studied at the
New England School of Photography,
worked as a freelance photojournalist for
newspapers and magazines in Boston,
such as Boston Magazine.
He has also become known for his
nature photography. With trail cameras set
up throughout town, he often photographs
wildlife while he is out walking with his
dog, Calvin, an Australian Cattle and
His studio is located in front of the
Stanley Elementary School on Orchard
Street. An avid fisherman, a big part of his
business includes building wooden fishing
lures, which he sells to local fishermen.
Establishing strong ties in the community
has been intentional, says Fontes-Fried, who
aims to keep his "name in people's mouths."
It's all about building awareness, which
will allow him to get his photography and
woodwork out more in the community.
Today, people will walk to the edge of
the street and look into his studio, but he
wants them to feel comfortable walking
into the shop. Part of the strategy includes
building upon his website for his company,
Nate Photography, which he started about a
"I'm trying to keep it fresh because
everything has sort of screeched to a halt
with this COVID," said Fontes-Fried. "It's
been totally crazy. (Work has) slowed down
quite a bit and it got very much different.
I do weddings, I do families, but I also do
a lot of corporate events. Basically, that's
For examples of his work, visit
Fontes-Fried's website at
A Great White Shark wood quilt hangs
on the wall of Nate Fontes-Fried's
Swampscott studio. The white of the
shark is reclaimed wood from the Fish
House in Swampscott.
I feel like if I can
make a living
doing what I love,
even if it is sort of cobbling
a lot of things together,
(it's) better than living
someone else's dream.
— NATE FONTES-FRIED
how I make my living. I make my living
when people gather basically and that's not
When weddings and events have not
been canceled, they have been much smaller
and more intimate, says Fontes-Fried, which
has made for a much different summer.
"A lot less work is coming," he says,
explaining that summers would usually be
filled with big weddings and corporate events
every weekend. Now those weddings have
transitioned from being held at yacht clubs
and other large venues to people's backyards.
"(We're) trying to make do with what we
have and keep everybody happy," he says.
It took some time before Fontes-Fried
was able to feel like his photography was
being appreciated. He remembers the
excitement of chasing news and chronicling
history during his five years in journalism,
but often found himself feeling unfulfilled
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because of how quickly his photos became
"useless," or yesterday's news.
In addition, he said he was no longer
interested in working for an editor, as his
creativity suffered because he would be
taking photos based on what the editor had
As a wedding photographer, Fontes-
Fried said he now feels like his photos will
be appreciated for years to come, rather than
discarded with the day's newspaper.
"I wanted to be happy," says Fontes-Fried.
"It's such a joy to do wedding pictures and
events (and be) part of something big in their
lives. It's just so great that you know that the
photo you take is going to last generations
instead of until the next news cycle."
His career path may be untraditional,
with unsteady work at times, but Fontes-
Fried wouldn't have it any other way.
"I wanted to have the freedom to do what
I want with my time and fill that in with
work," he says. "I try to live as much as I can
and fill that in with work as opposed to the
other way around, which I feel is sort of the
norm these days. I feel like if I can make a
living doing what I love, even if it is sort of
cobbling a lot of things together, (it's) better
than living someone else's dream."
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to get out
BY ELYSE CARMOSINO
The North Shore may seem like
an unlikely place for a film writer and
director from New York City to relocate,
but it’s exactly where Ryan Fenson-
Hood, one of the creative minds behind
the new Amazon Prime show, “Get Out
There with Ryan Van Duzer,” has landed.
Born and raised in Boulder, CO,
the FAMU National Film School
graduate — and co-founder of NYCbased
production house, Cinomadic —
spent 12 years of his career in Brooklyn
creating award-winning short films
and documentaries before he and his
wife, Amanda Alba, made the difficult
decision to move when Alba was offered
a job in Beverly.
After a search of nearby towns, the
pair eventually settled on a home in
“I always wanted to live on the beach
because I grew up landlocked and lived
in cities, so we said, ‘let’s do it,’” said
Fenson-Hood, now a father of two.
Although he joked he was initially
wary about moving to a town with so few
coffee shops (“everything is about getting
that espresso, getting that Americano
twice a day,” he said of his time in New
York), Fenson-Hood was drawn to
Swampscott’s small-town charm.
“It ended up being this amazing
Ryan Fenson-Hood, an award-winning
short filmmaker, has settled into the
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blessing in disguise,” he said, adding
that his family’s move to the scenic
North Shore allowed him to explore new
“I always wanted to surf, so I wound
up learning. I’ve been here five years now
and I surf all the time at the surrounding
beaches,” he said. “My mom came and
she was like, ‘Ryan, you’re just going to
have to get a coffee maker.’"
Because of its scenic landscapes and
close proximity to the water, Fenson-
Hood suggested his new hometown as
a potential filming location when he
and fellow filmmaker, YouTuber, and
longtime friend Ryan Van Duzer first
broached the idea of producing their own
Based on the format of Van Duzer’s
YouTube videos, the four-part series —
which premiered in January — visits
a different part of the country each
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episode, encouraging locals to join Van
Duzer for various outdoor challenges that
foster a sense of unity and teamwork.
“There wasn’t a big budget, so I said,
‘let’s do it here.’ I knew I could get a local
crew to come on board who would be
excited (to do this),'” Fenson-Hood said.
Colorado-based Van Duzer (‘Ryan
Van Duzer’ on YouTube) said he was
excited to shoot the show’s first episode
on the North Shore, despite the fact
filming would take place in the middle of
the frigid New England winter.
“It was early January, so it was
freezing cold, but I love the charm of the
East Coast,” he said. “It’s a lot different
than Colorado. Just the history and the
architecture and the buildings and the
ocean — I’m a landlocked Colorado
guy, so even just seeing the open sea is
exciting for me.”
He added: “(Ryan) loves showing off
the beauty of his town, so I think it was
a way for him to lure me in and show me
how much he loves the culture out there.”
The show put out a call for local
residents to participate and soon they
had their dream team, as well as their
first challenge: Paddleboarding across
Fenson-Hood said that when he
first pitched the challenge to the show’s
creative team, the idea was initially met
with mixed reactions.
“The first response was like, ‘why
would you ever do that?’ The second was
like, ‘oh, because it’s going to be freezing
and it’s going to be torture,’” he said.
However, Van Duzer said
paddleboarding under such extreme
conditions was what helped bring the
show’s first team of adventurers together.
“It was actually snowing when we
started. It was really, really cold, and
that was kind of an equalizer. Everybody
was equally uncomfortable,” he said.
“But that’s also kind of what brought us
together, because we were all having this
The first episode of ‘Get Out There
with Ryan Van Duzer’ is available now
on Amazon Prime and Van Duzer’s
“It’s a refreshing show that takes average
people out on adventures, and it helps the
viewer to (realize), ‘wow, those guys are
doing something. I can go do something,’”
Van Duzer said. “That’s the mission with
this show — to really inspire viewers to try
something new and get outside.”
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SALE DATE: August 10, 2020
LIST PRICE: $2,599,999
TIME ON MARKET:
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YEAR BUILT: Estate built 1914,
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LOT SIZE: 1.06 acres in 6-unit
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Odd Fellows endure
on Elmwood Road
Peter Preble, of Marblehead, the
current recording secretary and past
grand master of Odd Fellows Hall
Kearsarge Lodge No. 217, stands at a
podium in the meeting hall.
PHOTOS: SPENSER HASAK
BY MIKE ALONGI
What's that odd grey building on
Elmwood Road wedged in between
houses with the sign, Odd Fellows Hall
Kearsarge Lodge No. 217?
Turns out, it's a venerable Swampscott
institution that is seeing a revival even as
businesses and organizations begin to reemerge
following the shutdowns caused
by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After having meetings and events
were suspended since mid-March due
to the pandemic, the Odd Fellows are
holding meetings again and slowly trying
to get back to normal.
"It's been an interesting year,
that's for sure," said Peter Preble,
secretary of Kearsarge Lodge No. 217.
"Unfortunately, after shutting down
meetings and everything back in March,
we haven't been able to do as much as
we've wanted to in the community. We've
still been able to contribute as much as
we can, but it's certainly been a bit of a
The Independent Order of Odd
Fellows as it is known today began in
Baltimore, MD, where five members
of the Order from England founded
Washington Lodge No. 1 on April 26,
1819, by self-institution.
In modern times, the Odd Fellows
have been in the forefront of nearly all
organizations in helping to make this
world a better place in which to live. Odd
Fellowship is a family fraternity with
activities and programs for every member
of the family.
The first lodge in Massachusetts —
Massachusetts Lodge No. 1 — was selfinstituted
on March 26, 1820 in Boston.
A charter was granted May 18, 1823 by
the Grand Lodge of the United States.
Prior to this recognition, it had acted
with the powers of a Grand Lodge and
authorized the institution of the Siloam
Lodge. The Massachusetts Lodge has
been dissolved and reinstated several
times throughout the years. In fact, the
Grand Lodge ceased to exist in 1832
only to be revived in 1838. The Lodges
of Massachusetts have a long history
of revival and consolidation. There
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have been 244 different numbers given
out over the years and many numbers
have been given out more than once.
Today there are 42 active chapters in
Massachusetts, with Kearsarge Lodge
No. 217 residing in Swampscott since its
founding in 1892.
The Order of Odd Fellows' mission
statement is a simple one — "The
command of the IOOF is to 'visit the
sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead
and educate the orphan.'"
Specifically, Odd Fellows today are
dedicated to the following purposes:
— To improve and elevate the
character of mankind by promoting the
principles of friendship, love, truth, faith,
hope, charity and universal justice.
— To help make the world a better
place to live by aiding each other, the
community, the less fortunate, the youth,
the elderly, the environment and the
community in every way possible.
— To promote good will and harmony
amongst peoples and nations through the
principle of universal fraternity, holding
the belief that all men and women
regardless of race, nationality, religion,
social status, gender, rank and station are
brothers and sisters.
To that end, Kearsarge Lodge No.
217 has remained busy even during the
pandemic. Despite having to cancel
meetings for the majority of the summer,
the Lodge has still been donating to a
number of organizations including My
Brother's Table, the Salvation Army, the
Greater Boston Food Bank and many
"We've really been trying to help in
any way we can, because we know so
many people are having a tough time
these days," Preble said. "It's our mission
to help people who need it, and that's
what we're going to continue to do."
Now that pandemic restrictions are
easing a bit, Kearsarge Lodge No. 217 is
back to conducting normal business —
albeit with a scaled-back operation.
"We're still conducting business and
still paying the bills and all that, but
things have been scaled back a little bit
to keep everyone safe and distanced,"
said Preble. "We started meetings up
again about a month ago and we've been
keeping the attendance down a bit for
safety as well."
Looking ahead, Kearsarge Lodge No.
217 is still waiting to move offices after
the pandemic forced them to delay their
move. It's still a game of wait-and-see,
but Preble feels that things are moving in
the right direction.
"We're just trying to help people in
any way that we can," said Preble. "We're
going to be changing offices eventually
and we're still working to survive, but
we're as dedicated as ever to helping
those in need."
Medals from past members of Odd Fellows Hall Kearsarge
Lodge No. 217 are on display in the hall.
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History set in stone
BY THOR JOURGENSEN
With its stonework, stained-glass windows and the soaring space, Nahant's
Ellingwood Chapel was designed by architect Ralph Adams Cram. Walk through it and
it's easy to understand the building’s place on the National Register of Historic Places.
Cram not only designed buildings, he helped preserve them. The chapel was built
100 years ago in Greenlawn Cemetery by Frederick Wilson from rock quarried a
short distance from the cemetery.
Cram's work got a much-needed spruce up under the town's guidance in 2019
with repairs to exterior granite stone work.
"This is a much-needed project to help preserve one of Nahant's most historical
buildings," said Town Administrator Antonio Barletta.
Ralph Adams Cram, 1863-1942, was born the son of a Unitarian minister in
Hampton Falls, N.H., and became one of the most successful and influential church
and college architects in America.
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A stained-glass window, left, at The Ellingwood
Chapel, below, at the heart of Nahant Cemetery.
PHOTOS: SPENSER HASAK
His buildings grace campuses
from Boston University to Princeton
University to University of Southern
California, Los Angeles, and from St.
Paul’s School to Rice University.
The chapel has a central, square,
Norman-style tower that creates an open
bright space in the center of the building. A
large nave with pews is in front of the tower
and is illuminated with a rose stained-glass
window above the chapel door.
The records and other official items of
the chapel are located in a small chancery
behind the tower.
Like many architects in his day,
Cram was inspired by his travels to the
great buildings of Europe. Cram became
particularly interested in the English abbeys
destroyed during the Reformation in the
reign of Henry VIII. Cram’s book. “The
Ruined Abbeys of Great Britain” catalogued
his visits to these buildings — often
buildings on private land and filled with
The Nahant Historical Society’s efforts
to maintain Ellingwood chapel’s original
lighting fixtures and windows, polish the
original pews and repair the stonework
continue Cram’s legacy in building and
In 2019, Raffaele Construction Corp.
workers started climbing up and down
scaffolding set up along the chapel's exterior
The $162,000 exterior repair job was
part of an ongoing town commitment to
maintain. Maintaining the stone walls is
crucial to minimizing water damage to the
chapel's interior walls. Weather and time
allowed water to seep into slight cracks in
the mortar holding together the stones in
the exterior walls. Intruding water spawns
salt deposits and moss on the walls.
Raffaele workers carefully matched the
original mortar used in the chapel walls to
preserve the correct hardness, color and even
the "strike" — the specific technique used
by a mason to apply the mortar.
"The object is to keep water out,"
said Nahant Community Preservation
Committee Chairwoman Lynne Spencer.
Nahant Cemetery Committee member
Dave Wilson is happy to see the chapel's
exterior wall work underway. A descendent
of chapel builder Frederick Wilson, he can
recall when the chapel was used for storage
until town activist and historian Calantha
Sears spearheaded chapel restoration efforts
with the motto, "We can do better."
Her initiative led to chapel repairs and
the building's use for concerts, memorial
services and weddings. Wilson and Spencer
said the chapel's interior with its white
walls, stained glass windows and simple
design is characteristic of country churches
in northern France and Scotland. The
ecumenical chapel seats about 90.
"Acoustically, it's very beautiful,"
Spencer and Barletta said the restoration
project is an example of town residents
protecting a historic building with the
$112,000 appropriated in 2018 by Town
Meeting and combining that sum with
$50,000 in Massachusetts Historical
"The Community Preservation
Act needs additional funding so that
municipalities have the ability to maximize
their dollars and can protect assets like the
Ellingwood Chapel," Barletta said.
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BY DANIEL KANE
These days the rooms of the
Swampscott public library may lay
empty to visitors but that doesn't mean
Director Alyce Deveau and the staff
aren't busy inside.
"The other day someone said to me,
'what do you do?' We're buying books,
processing books, doing programs
online," Deveau said. "The workflow is
Normally visitors comb the shelves
for the book they want before sitting
down to read or checking out the books.
Now the staff receives plenty of email
and call requests from the public for pick
Thankfully, the library has been able
to put its front window to good use.
"The window has worked well,"
Deveau said. "A lot of libraries are
doing curbside and one of our librarians
asked, 'why don't we use the window?'
It's worked perfectly for us. None of the
books come into the building, they're
put into the book drop then they're
quarantined for a week before we put
them back into circulation."
It's not ideal but it does the job.
When it comes to long-term planning
the library has also painted a clearer
picture for its future.
Instead of jumping from project to
project, the Swampscott public library's
board of directors has partnered with
Ron Lamarre of Lavallee and Brensinger,
Swampscott Library Director
Alyce Deveau stands among
shelves of books that she hopes
will be placed on wheels to allow
for an adaptable space for events
at the library.
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the same architecture company that's also
working with Swampscott public schools,
to develop a 10-year plan for the library's
Surveys and socially distanced
meetings have been held to help guide
the plan with the public, and the
response has been impressive.
"(Lamarre) helped us design a survey
we sent out," Deveau said. "We've gotten
the biggest response we've ever had on
the survey. We usually don't get many
responses but with this we've gotten a
ton. We've held one community meeting
out on the lawn. We're going to hold
another one, it's just hard. The world has
One thing that hasn't changed is the
demand for more parking at the library
on Burrill Street. Impossible suggestions
like that aren't as helpful but others
have proved much more insightful and
"People have realized we need a new
young adult, teen area, it's not even really
an area right now," Deveau said. "We've
always let tutors come in because I think
it's important for them to have a safe
space for the kids to be. We've never
restricted that. But we need small spaces
made, little cubicles where people like
that can meet more privately."
The library has also expanded
its upstairs meeting room, home to
children's events and days like Harry
Potter day that drew 300 people last
"We have a large meeting room up
stairs and it's bigger now, we expanded
it last year," Deveau said. "But timing is
everything and we haven't been able to
The library may not be able to open
its doors for the foreseeable future but
with these plans and things like adding
movable bookshelves to open space and
better organizing the opening lobby, the
future has become brighter and more
guided. There's also plenty more to offer
in the immediate future.
"All the local libraries have meetings
once a week," Deveau said. " Just to
talk about where everyone is at. Some
are actually letting people in to use
computers. What we've done is bought
computers people can come and use on
the patio outside. We also have hot spots
to take home for wifi. We're doing just
about everything we can."
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the most of
I speak for myself
and my friends and
classmates when I say
the most of it.
— MACKENNA LORD
Mackenna Lord (right) and her roommate, Madi
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the University of New Hampshire.
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BY GAYLA CAWLEY
It's not the introduction to
college life that 18-year-old
Mackenna Lord was expecting,
but she has been making the
most of her first few weeks as
a freshman at the University of
Lord, a Swampscott High School
graduate who served as senior class
president, started classes on Aug. 31
amid a new era of restrictions that have
accompanied the global coronavirus
At the University of New Hampshire,
students wear face masks everywhere on
campus and spend most of their time
in dorm rooms, which are limited to 10
people at any given time.
"It's definitely a new experience to
begin with," says Lord. "I think we all
weren't anticipating coming back to
school and having new experiences in a
global pandemic. I speak for myself and
my friends and classmates when I say
we're making the most of it. This is, so
far, all we know of a college experience.
We really have nothing to compare it
Despite the limitations that have
come with her first taste of campus life,
Lord said the restrictions are less strict
at her school, as New Hampshire has
been able to escape much of the virus
surge that has been seen in other states
like nearby Massachusetts.
And Lord counts herself fortunate
to have a course load that includes three
in-person classes. The nursing major also
attends her laboratory course, but her
three remaining classes are online.
A self-described social butterfly,
Lord was excited to meet new people
this fall, which she says hasn't been
too challenging due to today's focus on
social media. But she admits the lack of
traditional social opportunities has been
a bit difficult.
"I find that it is disappointing socially
but obviously as a nursing major, I care
more about the well-being of other
people than I do my social life so I'm
happy we have these precautions in place
to keep everyone safe," said Lord.
Still, Lord said she is enjoying her
freshman year so far. Transitioning to
attending a college campus that is bigger
than her entire town (U.S. News lists the
UNH enrollment at more than 15,000
while Swampscott's website puts the
town's population at under 14,000) has
been a big change, she says, but it's been
a lot of fun.
"I love it," said Lord. "I definitely am
a homebody. I'm a townie through and
through but I love the new experiences.
I love getting away, meeting new people.
I consider myself a social butterfly. I'll be
friends with everyone."
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Making up for
lost spring season
BY MIKE ALONGI
During the spring,
Reiser and Dylan
January thought that
their time playing
baseball together could be over. After the
COVID-19 pandemic shut down spring
sports and canceled the baseball season
before it could begin, the longtime
friends and teammates were facing the
end of their time together.
Until they both ended up signing
with the North Shore Navigators.
"I was more upset for our class of
seniors than anything individually,"
Reiser said of losing the spring season.
"We were a really tight-knit group who
played together a lot, so it was tough to
see us not get to finish things. I knew
it wouldn't be my last time playing
baseball, but it was the last time we'd all
be playing together, so that was tough."
"I was actually visiting my brother
(Ryan January) in Arizona (at Arizona
Diamondbacks spring training camp)
when we heard everything getting shut
down, so at first like everyone else we
were taking things day-by-day," said
January, who was coming off a strong
season helping lead the Big Blue football
team to the Division 5 Super Bowl
title in the fall. "We were really looking
forward to taking that momentum from
fall into the spring, but unfortunately we
all missed out on the season."
With the spring season lost, both
Reiser and January turned their attention
toward their upcoming college baseball
careers at Franklin Pierce University
— Reiser as a pitcher and January as a
catcher. But before that, the duo signed
with the Navigators for the summer to
prepare for the next level.
"You're playing with and against great
players every day, and there's nothing
better than that," said January. "I've just
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been picking the brains of my coaches
and the players who have played in this
league for a few years and trying to keep
learning. Obviously I have a lot more to
learn, but I've been having a blast so far."
"I love everything about the team and
the organization and I'm so happy to be a
part of it," said Reiser. "This is a lot different
than what I've been used to in high school
baseball. These guys are all great hitters and
great players, so it's challenging at times.
But I've really been leaning on some great
coaches and some veteran players and that's
really been helping."
And of course, having a close friend
as a teammate is always a bonus. Reiser
and January have been playing baseball
either against or with each other for
practically their entire lives, and they'll
be playing together for another four
years at Franklin Pierce.
"We've been playing together since
we were 12 and we played against each
other before that, so it's been a long
time," Reiser said. "He's my best friend
and he's a great guy, so it's been awesome
having him as a teammate all this time."
"It's great being able to continue
playing with Nick even after all these
years," January said. "Plus, it's great
having a friend to drive all the way to
New Britain and Pittsfield with for
Reiser and January focused during
the summer on trying to get better every
day. Their goal: Creating a springboard
into successful starts at Franklin Pierce
with the Navigators as the best place to
"I think the biggest thing is just
making the transition from high
school-level to college-level baseball,
which is a big jump," said January. "Your
senior season is usually when you try
to separate yourself from high school
baseball and become a college player, and
we all missed out on that. So hopefully
this summer being around all these great
players and coaches will help me in that
same way. There's also a few guys on the
team who play at Franklin Pierce, so it's
been great to get to know them as well."
"I want to become a more efficient
pitcher in terms of getting outs and
locating my pitches," said Reiser.
"Watching these college hitters, they
know what they're doing. You have to
be precise and versatile when you pitch
at this level, so I'm working on getting
better at that aspect of my game."
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The Nahant Beach lifeguard
station is dedicated to a former
lifeguard and Nahant resident.
PHOTO: JIM WILSON
BY ELYSE CARMOSINO
For Jennifer Carbone, a walk on
Nahant Beach will always include a
chance to think of her late son.
The lifeguard station at Nahant Beach
was officially named the "Maximillian X.
Carbone Lifeguard Station" in August
in memory of the Nahant resident and
college student who died last year.
“It’s such an honor to recognize Max
and the other lifeguards in this way,” said
Jennifer, “These lifeguards bear an incredible
responsibility to keep the community safe
while they enjoy this beautiful beach, and
they do an excellent job.”
Carbone’s family had previously
worked with Sen. Brendon Crighton,
along with Rep. Peter Capano, to
advocate for language in Nahant’s
2020 budget that would allow them
to dedicate the lifeguard station in
The language was signed into law by
Governor Charlie Baker last July.
Carbone, a 2017 graduate of
Swampscott High School, was a
sophomore biomedical engineering
student at Wentworth Institute of
Technology when he died at school
unexpectedly in April 2019.
An active member of his community
and a lifelong beach-lover, he was a
lifeguard from 2015 to 2018 at Nahant
Beach and is remembered fondly by his
fellow lifeguards as a kind, supportive,
and true leader who once saved the life of
a choking toddler while on duty.
In a statement released after his
death, Carbone’s family described him
as a hardworking student and a “sweet,
happy and loving son, brother and
“Max was the glue that held us
together,” said friend Sofie Katona at
Carbone’s Celebration of Life in 2019.
“He didn’t have a chance to finish what
he started, but there’s no doubt that he
taught all of us to live, laugh, and love.”
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A dedication ceremony was initially
scheduled to take place May 16, which
would have been Carbone’s 21st birthday.
However, installation was stalled by the
COVID-19 outbreak and, citing public
safety reasons, his family later requested
to forego a ceremony altogether. The
plaque was quietly installed on August 11.
Memorials created for Carbone by
his friends and family can be found
throughout Nahant and Swampscott.
In June 2019, Swampscott High
School’s graduating class installed a
bench in honor of the avid soccer player
at Blocksidge Field.
Last December, the town of Nahant
held a separate plaque dedication
ceremony for Carbone at Nahant Wharf.
“Nahant is such a tight-knit, small
community that if something happens
to one of us, it happens to the whole
community,” Town Administrator
Antonio Barletta said last December.
“The community really got together to
help the family, and continues to do so.”
Surrounded by community — Friends and
family cheer as Jennifer Carbone holds up
a photograph of her late son, Max, during a
November 2019 remembrance ceremony.
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His heart stayed in
BY STEVE KRAUSE
Lou Gallo happily calls himself
a "townie," even if he doesn't live in
Swampscott anymore. He figures that for as
long as he's lived here, and for all he's done in
the town, he deserves the moniker, even if he
currently resides in Saugus.
Gallo, 77, was a man about town until
about 15 years ago, when age slowed him
down and kept him from doing the one
thing he liked the most: going to the beach.
His sister had an empty in-law apartment
in Saugus that they did not want to rent out.
Gallo suggested that he move in, and after
some discussion, they agreed to take him in.
And he's been a Saugonian ever since.
Stories drive Gallo, regardless of what
they're about. He was also active in town
government, though it's safe to say he
dabbled in it, as opposed to jumping in with
"I was put on the Commission of Trust
Funds," he said. "We did nothing."
As he explains it, some people mustered
enough votes to get him on the ballot, and
he won. They even had to have a recount to
make sure he won.
"All we ever did was meet," he said.
"There's nothing about them anywhere.
No annual reports. I don't even remember
who the other people were who were on
the commission with me. They finally got
rid of it."
He has a pithy explanation for all of this:
"history is funny."
And that goes from everything to his
hijinks at the annual Town Meeting to the
origin of his street name in Swampscott
(Commonwealth Avenue) in town.
"There's a funny story about how it
got named Commonwealth Avenue," he
said. "Back then, it was just a place where
fishermen would go to dump their catches.
But in Boston, right around that time,
Commonwealth Avenue was a popular place
for people to live. So one of the guys stole
a sign from the Boston Commonwealth
Avenue and stuck it on a pole on the site in
The biggest influence for
me, with regard to history,
was Harvey Michaels,
who was a history teacher at
Swampscott High...he piqued my
interest in history in general.
— LOU GALLO
Then there was the time Carl Reardon,
one of his frequent partners in crime,
discovered that at a meeting to open the
warrant for the upcoming Town Meeting,
said warrant was never closed.
"I learned in civics class that once a
warrant was opened, it had to be formally
close, or else it stayed open and you could
make additions to it."
So he and Reardon did. They put an item
into the warrant compelling the town to
spend money every year to buy a lottery ticket.
Between then and the actual Town Meeting,
the issue grew some pretty long legs.
"I was actually interviewed on CBS by
Charles Kuralt," Gallo said.
When the Town Meeting commenced,
there were TV trucks outside the venue, but,
alas, that was as far as it went.
"They (the Town Meeting members)
realized that it was against the law to use
taxpayer money for gambling," Gallo said.
"There were at least three or four people who
dipped their hands into their pockets and
offered to pay for the ticket themselves. But
that's where it ended."
Humor aside, Gallo has a deep and
abiding appreciation for history. When he
was 9 years old, in 1952, the town celebrated
its centennial anniversary and he became
absorbed by the whole thing. Later, he
learned to appreciate it even more -- where
else? — in school.
"The biggest influence for me, with regard
to history, was Harvey Michaels, who was a
history teacher at Swampscott High. I had
him for civics, modern history, and one other
course. But he piqued my interest in history
He also got a taste for it working at the
New Ocean House, an old majestic structure
across from Whales Beach on Puritan Road.
"I always found it fascinating," he said.
"Someone would tell me something, and I'd
write it on index cards so I'd remember it."
He became even more engrossed working
for the New Ocean House.
"When the owner sold it, I worked out
of his house. All the papers were sent over
to his house, and I went through them,
separating bills and stuff like that. Ninety
percent of it was going to be thrown out,
but I saved some of it. My one regret was
that the place had a daily newspaper, and I
didn't save any of the papers."
He also knows his way around
memorabilia. For example, when the old high
school on Greenwood Avenue was being
cleaned out for its transition to becoming
the junior high, there was a very heavy
fixture with the Thomson Electric Company
logo on it (Thomson later founded General
Electric, and the current town hall used to
be his residence). I wanted to save the brass
"They wanted to throw it off the roof,
but I got four football players who weighed
about a ton each, and they went up and
carried it down. When the Science Museum
was looking for memorabilia for Elihu, I had
this thing and told them I'd loan it to them.
They said sure."
Fifteen years later, the museum returned
the piece to Gallo, and it resides — to this
day — in the Town Hall attic.
"It's too heavy to move around," he said.
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Mini Movers Studio founder Jackie
Bowden, of Lynn, has partnered with
ReachArts in Swampscott to use their
ballroom to teach dance classes.
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FALL 2020 | 29
BY THOR JOURGENSEN
Until the coronavirus pandemic
hit in March and the lights went out
in ReachArts, dance instructor Jackie
Bowden and the nonprofit located in
a formerly-dilapidated Burrill Street
building had formed the perfect
"She has been a great addition for
bringing dance into ReachArts," said
Heidi Shear, who serves as ReachArts
co-president with husband, David.
A Lynn resident and aspiring dancer
and actor at a young age, Bowden
opened her Mini Movers Studio two
years ago and gradually oriented to
children with the goal of helping
them embrace the joy and benefits of
Attracted to the Burrill Street
building's expansive music and
performance spaces, Bowden forged
a relationship with ReachArts about
a year and a half ago. Coronavirus
upended her class schedules and she
scrambled to organize virtual classes.
ReachArts opened almost four
years ago offering a variety of arts
programming locally. Shear said the
nonprofit recently signed a 10-year
lease with the town. As coronavirus
restrictions have eased, Shear said
ReachArts has "gingerly been putting
our foot back into the water" and
"I checked in with her a few weeks
ago and she said there was a lot of
availability," Bowden said.
Under a rental fee arrangement with
ReachArts, Mini Movers has returned
to the nonprofit's performance space
with ballet and "jazz hop" classes.
Schedules are available on ReachArts'
and Bowden's website, www.
The Burrill Street building
conforms, Shear said, to strict
coronavirus protocols, including a side
door entrance leading directly to the
"We're being super cautious and
taking tiny steps," Shear said.
Bowden is grateful to be back in
ReachArts and putting smiles on young
faces. She said Mini Mover classes are
limited in size to ensure plenty of room
for dancers and she also offers a virtual
option for anyone who would prefer to
learn from home.
"I'm very thankful. Virtual is just not
the same. It's great to see kids in person
again," she said.
Even as Bowden prepared to offer
dance classes again in Reach, the
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paper-folded birds -- for display inside
ReachArts. Tradition holds that anyone
who folded 1,000 origami cranes was
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Once completed, the “1000 Cranes
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will be displayed online with small
groups allowed in to the building to
view the origamis.
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Swampscott resident Adam Karlin browses for
an item at the Ocean House Surf Shop.
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01097 photographer Olivia Falcigno took a walk around town
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The view of Boston at sunset from Fisherman’s Beach.
Eri Gremi throws a ball to his
dog, Bella, on King’s Beach.
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