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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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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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historical gem.

Where: Swampscott Cemetery, 400 Essex St.

When: The chapel is worth a quick drive

onto the cemetery grounds and its use for

funeral services can be arranged by calling

the cemetery office, 781-596-8863.

Books that go wow

What: Children's Wowbrary is a virtual

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Where: 61 Burrill St.

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Where: 99 Paradise Road.

When: Call 781-599-3525 for tour status and

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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@

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volunteering opportunities.

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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

fishing lures.


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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

Labrador mix.

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

decade ago.

"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.


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

in mind.

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

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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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He came


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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

North Shore.


blessing in disguise,” he said, adding

that his family’s move to the scenic

North Shore allowed him to explore new

outdoor activities.

“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

travel show.

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

Nahant Bay.

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

shared experience.”

The first episode of ‘Get Out There

with Ryan Van Duzer’ is available now

on Amazon Prime and Van Duzer’s

YouTube channel.

“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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19 Lincoln House Ave.

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SALE PRICE: $2,599,999

SALE DATE: August 10, 2020

LIST PRICE: $2,599,999


266 days (November 2019)


Bob Corcoran, Corcoran Realty


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Estate purchased 2014 $1,785,000

YEAR BUILT: Estate built 1914,

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LOT SIZE: 1.06 acres in 6-unit

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Freestanding carriage house as

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Steps from a sandy beach.

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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.



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

tough road."

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.

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the pandemic forced them to delay their

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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

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History set in stone


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.

FALL 2020 | 17

A stained-glass window, left, at The Ellingwood

Chapel, below, at the heart of Nahant Cemetery.


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

wandering sheep.

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

granite walls.

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 said.

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

Commission money.

"The Community Preservation

Act needs additional funding so that

municipalities have the ability to maximize

their dollars and can protect assets like the

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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

just different."

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

up service.

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.


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

use it."

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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20 | 01907


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Mackenna Lord (right) and her roommate, Madi

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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

New Hampshire.

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


During the spring,

Swampscott High

teammates Nick

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






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

do that.

"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

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The Nahant Beach lifeguard

station is dedicated to a former

lifeguard and Nahant resident.





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

Carbone’s name.

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

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His heart stayed in



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

both feet.

"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.


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

in general."

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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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

choreographed movement.

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

reopened programs.

"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

dance space.

"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.

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Residents were invited to help

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paper-folded birds -- for display inside

ReachArts. Tradition holds that anyone

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Swampscott resident Adam Karlin browses for

an item at the Ocean House Surf Shop.

Swampscott Scenes


01097 photographer Olivia Falcigno took a walk around town

and captured Swampscott's life pulse on an evening balanced

between summer's end and fall's beginning.

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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Abby Spreadbury, 4, sits at the outdoor patio of

Mission on the Bay with her family.

Samuel Gerardo, 9, enjoys frozen yogurt

with his family in Swampscott.

Birds stand in the sand at sunset on Fisherman’s Beach.

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