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The year was 1972 and all of a sudden chess was "in." The United States had a chess

master, Bobby Fischer, who was playing Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union for the world

championship. Fischer beat him, which was something like the U.S. beating the Soviets eight

years later in Olympic ice hockey. He was an earlier-day Tiger Woods, in that both brought

their games to us, the unwashed masses.

Almost instantly, everybody, it seemed, had a chess board. The fascination came and went,

of course. It’s enjoying a rebirth of sorts at Marblehead High, which is offering a full-credit

chess class. The phenomenon started when two teachers had a game going in the back of a

classroom. Enough students expressed enough interest and an idea was born.

Queen's Gambit, anyone?

Elsewhere in 01945, The Landing Restaurant has long reflected the tastes of Marblehead.

From classic seafood dishes to steaks, chops and good old-fashioned comfort food, the

restaurant has catered to a culinary crowd craving predictable service and fare for 50 years.

But the menu has gotten a facelift, thanks in large part to the arrival of chef/partner Alex

Pineda, who came on board last April with co-executive chef Noe Ortega. Pineda said The

Landing's new menu is globally inspired and focuses on seasonal and local ingredients.

Speaking of scoring . . . Most athletes, when they're kids, dream of hitting the big time.

Either they're on the mound for the final out of the World Series or they're throwing the

winning pass in the Super Bowl.

Few ever get to realize this dream. One who has is Marblehead's Ben Martin, a St. John's

Prep/Trinity College graduate who is an offensive line coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. As

such, Martin coached in Cincinnati's loss to the Los Angeles Rams in last month’s Super


That’s just a few examples of what this edition of 01945 has to offer. There are a dozen other

stories and features that also offer a glimpse into what makes Marblehead Marblehead.

Unfortunately, word has it that the town will soon have less of this type of community news

coverage and commentary. I’m hearing that the Marblehead Reporter will soon share content

with other weekly newspapers in the region. Goodbye, hyper-local content.

That will be a shame. I remember the heyday of the Reporter, when it was the paper of

record in town. If it happened, it was in the Reporter. Not so much anymore. As local coverage

went away, so did local advertising. And readership.

It’s now at a tipping point. Local officials lamented the anticipated demise during the

Feb.16 Board of Selectmen meeting.

Selectwoman Erin Noonan said, “I just wanted to share with the board that Gannett, the

parent company of our local newspaper, has decided to move in a different direction from its

weeklies and focus its resources and energies more on its dailies, which means our local town

paper will not actually be covering news unique to Marblehead – which is like mind-blowing

to me. I think it's incredibly disappointing and it's such a real disservice to our community.

I don’t know what else to say . . . I find it a tremendous loss that we will no longer have real

unique Marblehead weekly news.”

Selectman Moses Grader concurred. “It’s really devastating,” he said. “I hope there are

substitutes, some way we can fill that gap with another local source of information.”

Concluded Ms. Noonan: “I worry who will fill that void. Where will people go?”

I have a thought. We at Essex Media Group, as publishers of The Daily Item, the Lynnfield

Weekly News, the Peabody Weekly News, the Spanish-language La Voz, Suburban Real Estate

News, and four magazines – this one, plus 01907 (Swampscott), 01940 (Lynnfield), and North

Shore Golf – know how to cover local news. And we’re always up for a challenge.

Stay tuned.

COVER Alex Pineda, executive chef at The Landing Restaurant, wants to build a culinary empire. PHOTO by Spenser Hasak

04 | 01945

Bill Willis and Christine Tierney

A Day in the Life

A peek behind

the curtain into

the lives of two of

Marblehead’s top

real estate agents.

Bill Willis & Christine Tierney

Senior Vice Presidents






Rise and shine. Catch up on

overnight emails and drink

my first cup of coffee.


Walk Oscar, my Yellow Lab. I

find that getting outside early

in the morning helps me feel

most prepared to take on the

day ahead and always makes

me grateful to live in such a

beautiful place.


Make sure my youngest child

makes it to school on time!


Hit Plus Cafe for a second cup

of artisan coffee. Downtown

Marblehead has so many great

shops and restaurants, I love

supporting a local business

while also getting an extra

caffeine boost.


Head to the Compass office.

10am - 12pm

Take Zoom Meetings, collaborate

with colleagues, analyze market

trends, and prep listings for

market. As real estate agents

we are so often on the move, so

carving out time in my day to

check things off my to-do list is

a must!


Grab a quick lunch at Shubies or

Eat Well Kitchen, two of the most

delicious spots on the Northshore.

1pm - 6pm

Showing Appointments,

paperwork, and client consults.

This is why we do what we do!

Getting to meet with our clients,

understand their needs and be

a part of their journey home is a

privilege we don’t take lightly.


Dinner and Family Time.

Winding down in the evening

is crucial to making sure I am

refreshed and present in every

aspect of my life.

Bill Willis and Christine Tierney are real estate brokers affiliated with Compass, a licensed real estate broker and abide by Equal Housing Opportunity laws.

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Cecropia Strong

What: Marblehead-based nonprofit

Cecropia Strong helps people with

disabilities live their lives with as much

freedom and mobility as possible.

Where: Cecropia's gift donation program

helps more than 20 percent of Spaulding

Rehabilitation Hospital's patients every


When: For more information on Cecropia,

visit cecropiastrong.org or email Julie

Hahnke, jhahnke@comcast.net.

Strings attached

What: The Marblehead Chamber of

Commerce presents "Stackables" —

mastering stretch bracelet string, knot, and

finishing techniques.

Where: Eos Designs Studio, 43 Pond

St. rear cottage. Email Dawn LiVigne,

eosdesignstudio@gmail.com for more


When: Wednesday, April 6, 6-8 p.m.

Scout it out

What: Making scarecrows, fishing in Redd's

Pond, and the Winter Beach Kite Fly are

all part of the Marblehead Cub Scout, Boy

Scout, and Girl Scout adventure.

Where: See marbleheadscouting.org for

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts information

for boys and girls. Visit Girl Scouts of

Marblehead Facebook page for Girl Scouts


Cozy up to a book

What: Abbot Library invites teenagers in

grades 9-12 to read Ruta Sepetys' "Salt to

the Sea," and discuss the book around a

virtual fireplace.

Where: Library teen room, 235 Pleasant St.

To register, email marteen@noblenet.org

When: Wednesday, March 30, 5-5:45 p.m.

Town Meeting time

What: Do you want a summer break

from leaf blowers? Town Meeting

will take up this proposal and other

warrant articles.

Where: Veterans Middle School

auditorium, 217 Pleasant St. Visit

marblehead.org to read the warrant.

When: Monday, May 2, 7 p.m.

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08 | 01945

Man, can

this guy play!


Local saxophonist Henley Douglas

Jr. sits with his 1939 Selmer

Balanced Action Tenor, which was

gifted to him by a family member.


Henley Douglas Jr. has been

playing the saxophone

for more than 30 years

and doesn't plan to stop

anytime soon.

While Douglas has never strayed from

his instrument, the type of music and

bands he has performed with have varied

over the years. The Marblehead resident

said he was drawn to the instrument

because it sounds like a human voice.

"Listening to these records my dad had,

I was always caught by how the saxophone

sometimes sounded like somebody crying

or a wailing baby," he said. "I really

thought that was cool."

Douglas first started playing when he

was stationed in Florida in the 1970s as a

member of the Coast Guard. Eventually,

the group of guys he was playing with

went to Boston for school so when

Douglas left the Coast Guard, he followed

his friends up north.

As a young man in Boston, he started

his first band, The Henley Douglas Group,

and began his jazz journey. Soon after,

in the 1980s, he broadened his horizons

to blues before eventually becoming a

member of the band Skin, where he gained

valuable experience.

"Those experiences showed me playing

music in front of a lot of people and just

the whole vibe and that's where I really

learned about bands creating music that

connected with the audience," he said. "It

was really something to experience."

While he loved playing jazz,

performing with a funk-rock band like

Skin was a completely different experience,

according to Douglas. He performed

in famous Boston venues such as the

Channel, and opened for such bands as

The Neville Brothers, Fishbone and the

Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Douglas mentioned that he was

able to learn so much about the music

business by working with such popular


Following his time with Skin, Douglas

ended up playing with the Heavy Metal

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Henley Douglas Jr. centers a

performance by his band,

Heavy Metal Horns at The Cabot

in Beverly.

SPRING 2022 | 11

MUSIC, continued from page 8

Horns in the 1990s, which is where his career took off.

"We had a lot of amazing success," he said about the

band. "Probably one of the most amazing gigs I ever did

was traveling around the country with the Heavy Metal

Horns, and we played the famous Tipitina's in New

Orleans on a Wednesday night."

More than 250 people were in the crowd that night,

and with how popular the band was, the next year,

Douglas and the band were invited to the New Orleans

Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Horns had the honor of

opening for Dr. John in one of his first shows of 20 years.

MUSIC, continued on page 12

The worn inscription on

Douglas' saxophone speaks

to years of devotion

to playing.

12 | 01945

MUSIC, continued from page 11

"That performance and that show

opened up all the doors of New Orleans

for the next three years we were touring,"

he said. "It's like serendipity and being in

the right place at the right time."

With Douglas’ experience with

the band, he also got to work with the

Massachusetts band, Extreme, which

helped the saxophone player experience

what it was like touring across the globe.

Douglas said that he learned a lot from the

band after getting the opportunity to ride

on the tour bus with them and learn about

the music industry.

The Heavy Metal Horns also got the

opportunity to play in front of large crowds

while on tour with the rock band. This

showed Douglas the power and influence

music can have on people.

Douglas has also made an impact on

the North Shore music scene. He cofounded

the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival,

along with Larry Claflin, and helped run

the festival for 15 years. Douglas described

it as one of the best things he has ever


"The reason why I wanted to do it was

because I read the book 'Music is My

Mistress,' by Duke Ellington," he said. "In

the book, there is a chapter called Salem,

Massachusetts. I couldn't believe it."

In the book, Ellington talks about

playing in the summer at Salem Willows

for 22 years.

"I just thought, 'this is hallowed ground

out there at the Salem Willows and we got

to do something,'" Douglas said.

The goal of the event was to have a twoday

festival where concertgoers could attend

at no cost. The festival was able to attract

acts from all over the country, including

New York and New Orleans.

One of his best memories of the festival

was in his 13th year leading the event,

when the Brian Thomas/Alex Lee-Clark

Big Band closed out the festival.

"I'm out there at the Salem Willow

and the guys are playing and I'm just

blown away," he said. "They are just so

great and I turn around and there's like

a couple-of-hundred people dancing and

it kind of hit me right there like 'oh my

God, it's Duke Ellington. It's a big band

playing and all these people are dancing,'

and they ended up closing the festival for

two or three years. It was kind of like a

full-circle thing that just happened."

Douglas added that the festival has

brought a lot of people together with

diverse backgrounds to enjoy music.

While he operates in more of a

consultatory role now, he stated that the

festival could return in 2022.

The saxophone player is still focused

on music full time, currently playing in

five different bands. He said he is still busy

and has a new record being released in the

spring. X

Listening to his father's records

sparked Henley Douglas Jr's

love for the saxophone.

An icon illustrated

SPRING 2022 | 13

Essex Media Group designer/illustrator Edwin Peralta Jr. captured Abbot Hall

pre-twilight, first in a sketch, then with digital enhancement.

14 | 01945


the Indispensables


The painting of George

Washington crossing the

Delaware River is synonymous

with American

iconography — an image of individuals

defying the odds to get their mission done.

Most observers tend to focus on

Washington in the painting, but what

about those rowing and prodding away the

ice? Those are men from Marblehead, who

played an integral part in the Revolutionary


These men and their history are

explored and documented in detail in

historian Patrick K. O’Donnell’s book, “The

Indispensables — The Diverse Soldier-

Mariners Who Shaped the Country,

Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington

Across Delaware.”

Published in May 2021, the book

portrays events that happened in

Marblehead during the 18th century

through a series of snapshots, meaning

each chapter takes place during a certain

moment during the American Revolution.

The third chapter, for example, discusses

the 1770 Boston Massacre and how it had

affected Marblehead’s social and economic

status as a town, with famous Marblehead

families such as the Glovers, the Gerrys

and the Ornes acting as de-facto leaders.

O’Donnell uses these families to

provide a view of the landscape during that


One of these family members was John

Glover, who led the 14th Continental

Regiment, also known as the Marblehead

Regiment or Glover’s Regiment, during

the war. The regiment served at the Battle

of Lexington and Concord, Bunker

Hill and formed an elite guard for Gen.


This guard was known as Washington’s

Life Guard, and would be at the general’s

side to protect him. This guard, composed

of men from Marblehead and beyond, is

the first rendition of the United States

Secret Service.

Glover’s regiment was also responsible

for the evacuation to Manhattan Island in

August 1776.

After Washington lost the Battle of

Long Island, aka the Battle of Brooklyn,

Glover’s regiment began to evacuate troops

under heavy rain, fog, and the army’s back

to the East River.

Glover’s regiment was made up of

Marblehead sailors and fishermen and they

had to transport a majority of the soldiers

across the East River in just nine hours.

British soldiers did not find out about the

operation until the fog had lifted early the

next morning.

O’Donnell and other historians

categorize this moment in the war as, “the

American Dunkirk,” an homage to the

famous evacuation of 338,000 allied soldiers

on Dunkirk, France in World War II.

Another person of interest O’Donnell

writes about is Elbridge Gerry.

Gerry was one of the earliest critics of the

English Crown, being more outspoken about

their tax acts than his father, Thomas Gerry.

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Gerry served as one of the main

suppliers for munitions for the Continental

Army, creating agreements with

France and Spain to help provide more

gunpowder and supplies for soldiers. He

was also involved in helping break a coded

letter written by Dr. Benjamin Church of

Newport, R.I.

Church was suspected of treason by

selling information to British Gen. Thomas

Gage in early 1775. Gerry broke the letter’s

cipher and sent his findings to Continental

Congress delegate Robert Treat Paine. This

resulted in Church’s exile to the Caribbean.

Gerry would become a powerful

politician and eventually, the fifth vice

president of the United States under

President James Madison. He was also

responsible for manipulating his electoraldistrict

boundaries with the intent of

creating undue advantage. This process is

known today as gerrymandering, named

after Gerry himself.

The climax of the book is the crossing

of the Delaware River and the battle of

Princeton, a mission to surprise Hessian

forces at Trenton, N.J. by attacking

during the early hours of Christmas Day.

Joining Washington was the Marblehead

Regiment, the indispensable soldiers who

proved their worth every step of the way

during crucial moments of the war.

Today, the Marblehead Regiment is

buried in the town’s cemetery, where their

names are inscribed on tombstones.

O’Donnell’s book documents

that the men crossing the river with

Washington are not nobodies — they are

indispensable heroes of Marblehead. X

The climax of the "The Indispensables" is the Delaware

River crossing and the Battle of Princeton.

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16 | 01945

Lobster risotto and

other dishes are pleasing

palettes under Chef Alex

Pineda's culinary guidance.


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Culinary royalty

lands in town


The Landing Restaurant has

long had a proven recipe for

success. From local classic

seafood dishes to steaks,

chops and good old-fashioned comfort

food, the restaurant, which opened 50 years

ago, has catered to a culinary crowd craving

predictable service and fare.

While the service is still five star, the

fare is anything but predictable, thanks

in large part to the arrival of chef/partner

Alex Pineda, who came on board last April

with co-executive chef Noe Ortega, who

Pineda describes as "one of a kind" and a

"longtime friend who I consider a brother."

Pineda said The Landing's new menu

is globally inspired and focuses on seasonal

and local ingredients.

"It has international flair while still

paying homage to New England and

seaside culture," Pineda said.

Pineda comes from restaurant royalty.

Look your best

online and in person

“You never get a second

chance to make a

first impression.”

He is the son of award-winning chef/

owner Lydia Shire, queen of the Boston

culinary scene and the creative genius

behind the Biba, Scampo, Locke-Ober, and

Seasons at the Bostonian restaurants. She

shattered culinary glass ceilings on her way

to becoming one of the most recognized,

admired and acclaimed people in the

restaurant industry.

Pineda's father, Uriel Pineda, is a

Colombian native who moved to the U.S.

looking for a good life. He found it at

Biba, Shire's award-winning restaurant in

Boston, working alongside Shire.

From his early days as a child, Pineda

was immersed in Boston culinary circles.

He took his first steps at Biba. By age

7, he was making pizza — standing on

a milk crate to reach the counter. Mind

you, this was not your ordinary pizza with

pepperoni, onions, or sausage, but with

lobster. Nothing but the best.

From local legends Jasper White,

Barbara Lynch, Jamie Bissonnette to the

iconic Julia Child, along with Wolfgang

Puck, Pineda rubbed elbows with an

incredible cast of culinary icons.

Pineda said Child, a true celebrity chef

long before there were celebrity chefs, was

one of his mother's closest friends. They

often traveled abroad together. As a young

boy, Pineda visited Child at her home with

his mother many times, sometimes cooking

with her.

He has vivid memories of those visits

and still has many momentos, one a photo

of him as a young boy being taught by

Child to use a French duck press. (The

press has been traditionally used since the

early 19th century to make canard à la

rouennaise, or duck in blood sauce).

Pineda credits Child with shaping his

mother's "model of life."

"I'm lucky to be so blessed and

fortunate to have had such a childhood,"

Pineda said. "My wife asks me all the

time if I know that I didn't have a normal

upbringing, but that was what my normal

was. I mean my mother didn't look at it

as a business; she just loved to cook and

entertain. I think I inherited that love from


Pineda was not encouraged to go into

the restaurant business — far from it.

SPRING 2022 | 17

"My parents advised (me) against

becoming a chef," Pineda said. "My father

said it was too demanding. My mother

didn't push, she was more laid back, but I

knew as a child that I wanted to be a chef.

It was my destiny."

Pineda was born in Boston and grew up

in Weston. He attended Johnson & Wales

Culinary School in Rhode Island. He

traveled the world, training and working in

exotic places like Barcelona, London and

Asia, eventually landing in Los Angeles

working for Wolfgang Puck.

A little more than 10 years ago, he

returned home to work as executive chef

at Shire's Scampo at the Liberty Hotel,

where he met Ortega. In April 2021, the

dynamic duo jumped at the opportunity to

bring their talents to The Landing, now in

its 50th year.

"We knew it was an incredible

location, knew that the restaurant was

going through some changes and the

food needed some love," said Pineda. "I

met with Robert (Simonelli) and had

an incredible conversation. We clicked

immediately. He accepted my craziness and

now we are all family."

Robert Simonelli has been

the owner of The Landing

for 20 years.

CULINARY, continued on page 18

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Compass is a licensed real estate broker and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material

presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable

but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. Photos may be

virtually staged or digitally enhanced and may not reflect actual property conditions.

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CULINARY, continued from page 17

"Coming out of the pandemic I heard

this guy was looking to do something

really novel," said Simonelli, the

restaurant's managing partner.

"We didn't want to be the same-old,

same-old. It was time to get away from

the traditional dishes, like scallops and

baked stuffed haddock. I've always come

from fine dining but it was time for

The Landing to step up and make that

transformation to a restaurant that would

be tops and unique. Alex came on board

and brought Noe along and that's just

what they have done."

Pineda said that while the pandemic

hit the restaurant industry particularly

hard, the industry had become

saturated. He said a huge boom in new

restaurants from 2015-2020 was simply

"unsustainable" and had watered down the


"There simply were too many so it

became impossible to fill your restaurants,"

he said. "It's unfortunate that people had

to shut down and there was no easy way to

swallow that pill. It's important to figure

out what works, but in this business less

is more. Talented people will always have

mouths to feed."

The most popular item on the menu

is the healthy salmon or swordfish

dish served with spinach and roasted

mushrooms. Yucca fritters are a staple,

served with a cilantro aioli. All pasta is

homemade in house. Pineda said "people

go crazy over the mussels (served in a

curry coconut broth).

"It's a staple in a unique way," he said.

What does Pineda like to sink his teeth

into? Like Child, it's all about the butter.

"I don't really have a sweet tooth,

but just love butter and salt. I love Five

Guys and Tasty Burgers, but my favorite

craving still is the fresh brioche at Tom

CULINARY, continued on page 20

Attention to detail defines Alex

Pineda's kitchen mastery.

The Landing Restaurant's Executive

Chef, Alex Pineda, shows off duck

two ways.

An olive puff pastry stick served

with burrata at The Landing.

Noe Ortega prepares olive puff

pastry sticks.

“Design your vision...Build with precision”

SPRING 2022 | 19

20 | 01945

The bar at The Landing.

CULINARY, continued from page 18

Aikens in London," said Pineda. "That

was a great place. You get served a glass

of Dom Perignon when you enter and the

brioche with Maldon sea salt is incredible.

It's the best salt in the world. It has this

beautiful and bright-yellow butter so you

know the cows are well-cared for."

Growing up in a world populated with

culinary royalty sometimes wasn't what it

was cracked up to be. He loved going to

friends' homes where he was introduced

to many foods he still craves today. Suffice

it to say these foods wouldn't survive the

culinary chopping block at Biba's, Locke-

Ober or The Landing. He said the day he

discovered microwave popcorn, he was

bowled over.

"I was blown away. We wanted to

make popcorn and I was looking for the

kernels and a pot, so the first time I saw

that it came in a bag was just incredible. I

remember I even licked the inside of the

bag," Pineda said. "I also loved canned

pasta and meatballs."

Another item not likely to show up on

The Landing's menu? Asparagus purée

with grilled head-on prawns, haggis

fritter and blueberry crostini, a dish that

propelled Pineda into the finals of Food

Network's "Chopped: Alton's Maniacal

Basket Challenge" in the summer of

2021. While he didn't win, Pineda said he

learned a thing or two.

"Chopped was a great experience and

I have found that it's not so much about

how well you cook but the applications

that you have learned over the years that

will bring a win to the table," he said.

Pineda hopes to have five restaurants

up and running in the next 10 years, but

The Landing will always hold a special

place in his heart.

"It represents the beginning of the

foundation of what I think will be my

empire," he said. "This will always be my

home base, my baby."

Pineda married the love of his life,

Nikki Stalling (a model and Pilates

master), in 2017. The star-studded event

featured a five-course menu cooked by the

groom and his mother, with the help of

Gourmet Caterers, and a five-tier wedding

cake, created by Shire.

The couple moved to Marblehead three

years ago. Parents to eight-month old Max,

Pineda says Stalling is his polar opposite in

that she is calm, cool and collected while

he is not. The couple often joke about their

respective professions.

"We cornered the market," said Pineda.

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Wilson Lautner used to be a typical

Marblehead kid. He grew up between

the Eastern Yacht Club and the Pleon

Yacht Club sailing, played all kinds of

sports and was hoping to get into a good

college thanks to his lacrosse skills. But

two days before his junior year of high

school, the Lautner family moved to

Petaluma, Calif., a largely agricultural

city in Sonoma County.

Lautner, now 26, was thrown into a

melting pot of different cultures.

“There were kids that would have to

wake up at 4 in the morning to work

on their family’s dairy farms before they

came to school,” he said.

Lautner was forced to adapt.

“I wasn’t happy when I first moved

out there,” he said. “What it took

was a lot of self-reliance and selfdiscipline

and basically coming to the

understanding that this is how it is now

and making the most of it.”

The level of sports was not as high

in his new school as he had hoped and

Lautner turned to music.

“I was always really into music, but

that’s when I really started to create

my own music and get into all sorts of

different audio-producing programs,”

Lautner said.

He ended up pursuing his musical

interest at California State University

in Chico, Calif., where there was a great

audio-engineering and electronic-musicproduction


“It was great to be able to work with

artists and musicians and help them

create some really cool music and work on

audio-recording techniques and all sorts of

different production techniques as well,”

Lautner said.

Wilson Lautner stands with his favorite Beyond Walls mural in downtown Lynn, a sculpture created by artist Bordalo

II. Lautner and his firm, Eternal Events, partnered with Beyond Walls to raise money for the nonprofit.


However, he got involved in production

of live events and found it to be most

rewarding and most exciting for him.

As soon as he graduated college,

Lautner moved back to the East Coast, to


“I grew up on the North Shore; I spent

a lot of time in Boston; my grandparents

live in Boston,” Lautner said about the

move. “I always wanted to come back.”

He got a job in real estate,

supplementing it with DJ gigs at events

and weddings, but his ultimate passion

and goal is to grow his event company –-

Eternal Events.

“My most memorable experiences

have been at different events and music

festivals,” said Lautner. “That experience

of bringing people together to experience

something, whether it is music or art, is

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really my focus with the charitable events.”

He sees the mission of his company

in creating original unique art and music

parties that would provide engaging,

immersive experiences to participants

and also highlighting different nonprofit


From his experiences at events and

music festivals, Lautner noticed that when

people experience music and art together

it creates a unique type of energy. He

wants to emulate that feeling with Eternal


“The big picture is theoretical at this

point in my head, but what I was able to do

in November, was kind of a launch point

for ultimately the business model moving

forward,” Lautner said.

Last November, he organized an event

in Marblehead with the Lynn nonprofit,

Beyond Walls, titled "Confluence: Unifying

Communities through Public Art."

“Street art is something that I’ve always

really been fascinated with. Drawing is

really not one of my talents. But I really

connect with it,” Lautner said.

Through his real-estate connections,

Lautner was able to source a venue — an

empty space — and turn it into an art

gallery with framed photographs of the

outdoor mural work that Beyond Walls

has done. Lautner went out and found a

sponsor to put on the event, sold tickets,

organized live music, a light show and an

open bar.

“Basically, it was a fundraising

opportunity for Beyond Walls, but it also

provided an opportunity for people to

come in and experience an art-gallery

opening type-thing with live music,”

Lautner said.

Unlike $1,000 donor dinners, which are

only really accessible to higher net worth

individuals who brag about how much

they can donate, Lautner is interested in

creating events that he and his friends in

their 20s can participate in and feel as a

part of something bigger.

“We don't have the means to go spend

$500 for a ticket for an event,” Lautner

said. “So it is (about) making fundraising

experiences more equitable and more

accessible to a younger demographic by

providing them experiences that they

would otherwise not attend and helping

them feel better.”

Lautner hopes that people who

attended his November event traveled

to Lynn to see the murals in person and

maybe even went out, tried the food and

other things that the city has to offer.

The event in Marblehead was a success,

Lautner said. About 150 people came out

to support and connect with Beyond Walls,

raise money and honor Chris Knittle, a

late street artist from Marblehead whom

Lautner knew growing up.

“It made me feel awesome,” Lautner


He wants to continue connecting

nonprofits with a wider demographic base

and create a community of self-actualized,

self-realized individuals by creating these

unique experiences that are otherwise not

accessible to someone who wants to do

something bigger than themselves that

might be on a lower budget.

“If you want to donate at a very high

level, you can still do that,” Lautner said.

“But then again, if you are someone

making $40 grand a year and you want

to go out and you want to experience

something that’s really exciting and unique,

all you need is just the price of the ticket

and that gets you in and you still have that

knowledge,” Lautner said.

His business is about amplifying and

highlighting organizations while inspiring

people to get out and spend some money

on something that is going to provide them

a great experience and help out those who

are less fortunate, Lautner said.

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about creating something that can really

help people connect with something larger

than themselves,” he said.

Currently, Lautner is looking both at

different nonprofits and venues to do his

events. He is eying Boston, but his ultimate

goal is to do big events like music festivals

or Live Aid concerts.

Lautner says that people on the East

Coast might be hardened on the outside,

but in reality people just want to be able to

connect with something that is bigger than

themselves, no matter if it is music or art or


“I guess you could call it my calling,”

Lautner said. “This is something that will

be a lifetime of work that I will be able to

pursue. It is a ton of work but I know that

it is something that I really enjoy doing.

And I know that if I am able to accomplish

it in the way that I have envisioned it's

going to be really very powerful for people.”

Wilson on Lautner

Alfred Wilson, founder and CEO of

Beyond Walls — a nonprofit that activates

places with public art to strengthen

communities — said that Lautner reached

out to him about doing an event together

and they decided to grab a cup of coffee


“He's got a ton of energy and a ton of

enthusiasm,” said Wilson about Lautner.

“He is professional and a go-getter and is

working on a number of different things

and is just very passionate. That passion

and sort of optimism is something that is


Wilson said that the event was

extremely well attended and was probably

the biggest event Beyond Walls had

in a few years during the COVID-19


“It was sort of a really fun event, where

it started was a bit of an older crowd. And

then as the evening progressed, it became

younger and younger, until it was just

sort of full of 20-somethings, but all very

enthusiastic about the art,“ Wilson said.

The event allowed him not only to

introduce the attendees to the artwork and

highlight the artists in the organization,

but also talk about small- to medium-sized

businesses that people might discover if

they travel to see the murals in real life.

“A big part of what we do is we try

and highlight the various mom-andpop

shops and eateries that are around

artwork,” Wilson said. “If you can help

small- to medium-sized businesses within

a community, there is a systemic benefit to

that community.”

There's a ripple effect from that, Wilson

said, from helping small businesses to

creating a larger tax base, which can help

the school system and public services. He

has heard from some business owners that

the people he had talked to about these

businesses came to check them out.

“That’s what this event allowed me

to do. So it's the power of sort of what

Wilson(Lautner) was able to put together

there,” Wilson said.

He shared that there was certainly a

desire to work together again as Beyond

Walls does a variety of work in six other

cities besides Lynn.

“The larger the diversity, the larger the

amount of people you can bring together,

the better there's a sort of sharing of ideas,

thoughts and culture,” Wilson said.

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Stepping up for a friend


Wilson Lautner dedicated the event

“Confluence: Unifying Communities

through Public Art” to Chris Knittle, a

Marblehead resident, older brother of

Lautner’s best friend, and a street artist.

He died four years ago at the age of 24.

Lautner called Knittle’s mother,

Mimi, and suggested honoring Chris

and showing his work during the event.

Chris was a street artist, often

painting on the walls of abandoned

buildings. He came to painting and

spray painting through skateboarding

and snowboarding, said Mimi, who is a

painter herself and the president of the

Marblehead Arts Association.

“He could never really find his

place until he started hanging with the

skateboarders and the snowboarders

and that became his world,” she said.

“He found, I think, a very supportive,

accepting community in his fellow


Chris developed his style through

spray painting and through dozens

of black-bound sketchbooks that he

would endlessly draw and paint in with

markers and colored pencil to work out

his forms.

“He struggled a lot through his

later teens and early 20s, “ Mimi said.

“Painting brought a calm, positive

healing energy to him.”

For the exhibition, Mimi printed

and framed about 20-30 12 by 12

photos of Chris’ work from his

Instagram account that covered an

entire wall like a collage.

“That just was stunning the way

that it came together,” said Mimi. “So

many of Chris' friends, people I hadn't

seen, came out to support this and buy

his art and bring it home and have it in

their space.”

She said that the experience of

seeing Chris’ work be part of the event

that connected a lot of people who

didn’t have much in common and that

brought together some of Chris’ friends

was very healing for their family.

“It was just a very beautiful tribute,”

said Mimi. “We are all human and we

have a commonality, a shared life, joys

and struggles that are often reflected in

art, in music and that I think is what

Wilson is trying to bring together.”

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A circuit breaker cabinet that provides electricity to the Marblehead Neck is housed in the Marblehead Municipal Light Department building.

Did you know that even with

the 22,000-plus cars in

Marblehead, there isn’t a single

gas station?

There may not be gas stations to fuel

up your cars, but thanks to Marblehead

Municipal Light Department(MMLD),

you may just start to see more and more

electric charging stations — gas stations of

the future — sprouting up around town.

Way back when on March 15, 1894,

Marblehead Town Meeting voters decided

to develop the town’s own light department

— Marblehead Municipal Light

Department — with a $62,687.50 budget

to build the plant.

With the original intention of the plant

to light the town's streets, more than 100

years later, standing in its original location,

MMLD is providing much more to the

about 10,500 community members it

serves, with many of these services due to

the daunting issue facing nearly everyone

on the planet — climate change.

One of these services is the Smart

Charging Program, where MMLD crews

install a residential car-charging station

right at your home. MMLD General

Manager Joe Kowalic said about 40 people

are participating in this program currently,

but it’s not enough.

“From a consumer point-of-view, in

two to three years, there's going to be no

good reason why you aren’t in an electric

vehicle,” said Kowalic, who mentioned

that people are still buying electric cars as

their second vehicle, not their main form of


MMLD itself has been looking into

buying electric vehicles for its staff and

is planning to purchase them in the near

future. A potential option would be Ford’s


electric version of the F150, the 2022 Ford

F150 Lighting, which will be the most

powerful F150 ever.

Currently, MMLD is surpassing

investor-owned utilities (IOUs) such as

National Grid and Eversource when it

comes to the amount of carbon-free energy

sources in its portfolio.

“As we finish 2021, probably 46 percent

of our portfolio is carbon-free, which is

kind of way ahead of where the investorowned

utilities (are at),” said Kowalic.

MMLD will be 50 percent carbon

free by 2030, 75 percent carbon free by

2040, and net-zero in 2050, following the

mandate signed into law by Gov. Charlie

Baker in 2021.

Along with moving away from fossilfuel

energy sources to combat climate

change, MMLD is being faced with many

new challenges due to the variation in

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“We’re small. We’re local. We understand the system well," said Marblehead Municipal Light Department General Manager Joe Kowalic.

weather we are seeing due to the Earth’s


One instance in particular Marblehead

residents may recall is Oct. 26, 2021, when

a northeast storm hit the area, and caused

MMLD to turn off the town’s power for

nearly eight hours.

Kowalic explained that in the last three

out of four years, there has been a major

storm in late October. All of the beautiful

foliage we see at that time of year also

causes the trees to sway, and trees swaying

leads to trees falling… see why this might

be problematic?

The MMLD team had been tracking

weather patterns for days prior to the

storm, and had staff ready to be sent

out throughout the night in case of an

emergency. And an emergency there was.

“At about 2:30 in the morning, some

crews reported that there were trees that

had fallen down on the supply lines that

bring in the power from Salem,” Kowalic


This supply line is the only supply line

that brings electricity into town.

The tree was weighing down the

extremely high-voltage lines along the

old railroad tracks. If the lines touched,

they could melt, creating an even bigger


With a small but mighty team, and

with the help of nearby Groveland and

Merrimac municipal light department

staff, MMLD made the decision to turn

the town’s power completely off so the line

Originally built in 1894, the Marblehead Municipal Light Department building has undergone renovations.

crew could get to work restoring the lines

up on the poles.

“That took another couple of hours to

clear. We were ready to turn (power) back

on around 8:30 (a.m.) but we wanted to

make sure — because the power had been

off throughout the town — we wanted

to make sure all the town department

personnel were cleared of electric lines.”

And just like magic (and little sleep and

eight hours of work from the line crew)

power was restored.

Kowalic said the “secret sauce” of

the 21-member department is the high

knowledge of the town that the crew has,

along with its size and its being right in


“We’re small. We’re local. We

understand the system well. Our customers

pick up the phone and expect to speak with

someone live as soon as they call, which

they do,” he said.

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Brian Wheeler is the chairman of performing arts for the Marblehead Festival of Arts. He volunteered for the festival crew in 1975.


Rolling with the music


As chairman of performing arts for the

beloved Marblehead Festival of Arts, Brian

Wheeler produces the popular Concerts

at Crocker Park music event held annually

during the July 4 holidays. Since 1998,

Wheeler has booked the talent, produced and

emceed the show, and made sure the park’s

neighbors know what to expect.

But the longtime Marblehead resident is

the first to admit he’s not a one-man band.

“A wonderful crew of fellow volunteers

donate their time and work hard. Our crew

basically lives at Crocker Park for six or seven

days (during the festival),” Wheeler said.

The Festival of Arts celebration has been a

big crowd-pleaser ever since 10 town residents

came together in the winter of 1962 to present

a premier summer arts festival. For more than

50 years, the festival has fulfilled its mission

to promote and foster the arts in Marblehead

and surrounding communities. It remains an

all-volunteer organization.

And the music portion of the festival is

one of the most anticipated events each year.

Really, what could be more fun than sitting

outside on a blanket, having a picnic, and

looking out at the harbor while enjoying

musicians giving their all on a 30 foot-by-20-

foot stage?

“Our opportunity is to put forth

entertainment for every generation at this

world-class venue. There is a wealth of talent

here in the area, and part of our responsibility

is to bring these talented artists to our stage,”

said Wheeler, a successful musician in his own


Boston blues legend James Montgomery

is among those who have graced the Crocker

Park stage. Chad Hollister, a Marblehead

native who is now based in Vermont, has

opened for such superstars as Bob Dylan,

Paul Simon, Tom Petty and every member

of Phish. Hollister returned home with a

10-piece big band one year and another with

a band that included longtime Marblehead

resident Dave Mattacks, the English drummer

who has worked with Paul McCartney,

Elton John and a who’s-who of folk-rock

legends including Fairport Convention,

Richard Thompson and Nick Drake. Noted

saxophonist Henley Douglas Jr.(see page 8),

another Marbleheader, fronted a 20-piece

band and earned a rousing ovation.

Wheeler has already contacted bands and

musicians he believes will be a hit with festival

attendees. Performers will be announced in the

coming weeks.

On July 4, 2014, Hurricane Arthur was

an uninvited guest to the festival. Wheeler,

after consulting with the chief of police and

town officials, made the decision that the show

should go on.

“My sound tech looked at me, like, ‘You’re

an idiot.’ But there was no wind or lightning,

just water, lots and lots of water,” said Wheeler

with a chuckle.

But it worked out fine. The band Entrain

was set up in the park gazebo and about 100

music lovers enjoyed a spectacular show.

“A year later, in a restaurant, a woman came

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over and said ‘Brian, that hurricane concert

was the best day of my life!’ She had kids, a

husband … but this was the best day of her

life,” recalled Wheeler.

Wheeler first volunteered as a festival crew

member in 1975. He and a buddy had been

playing guitar at Crocker Park the day the

stage was going up.

Wheeler said Robb Macomber, the

festival’s past president “steers the ship. He’s

the head of sound and lights, too, and he’s

always had a vision of continuing to improve

our look and sight lines.

“Robb was the man we all looked up to

when I was a kid on the crew. He’s the leader

of the Concerts at Crocker Park.”

Wheeler, seeing that the volunteer crew

was getting older, started a successful youthinternship

program that has helped some 300

students learn the nuts and bolts of live sound

and lighting.

“If there are teens, juniors or seniors in

high school, or musicians interested, I say

‘Come join our crew this summer,’” he said.

Wheeler grew up in a house filled with

music, especially the showtunes of the day. He

took drum lessons in fourth grade, but at age

12 switched to guitar. He attended Berklee

College of Music and has played rhythm

guitar in the acoustic folk-rock Guy Ford

Band for hundreds of shows in the past 25

years. Ford also grew up in Marblehead.

For 25 years, Wheeler has worked for

CBS radio, now iHeart Radio, and for WBZ

sold ads for the Boston Bruins and created ad

jingles. Before that, he spent 20 years in the

restaurant hospitality business. He and his

wife, Gale Argentine, live downtown and have

two daughters,

The Festival of Arts operates throughout

the year with seasonal events, fundraising, and

planning for its signature events. It awards

scholarships to high-school seniors who attend

Marblehead High School or live in town.

The pandemic halted live music and other

events the past two years, but organizers are

hopeful that it will be full-speed ahead for

most events during five days around July 4

this year.

Current plans are for three Marblehead

venues to display art for in-person public

viewing. Because of current COVID

regulations, the art will have to be submitted

and judged virtually. The Festival Board plans

to have the Boat Building and Regatta, the

Kite and Sand Festivals at Devereux, the

popular Artisans’ Marketplace at Abbot Hall

and the Lee Mansion, the Cod Auction and a

virtual Film Festival.

Marblehead is a cultural hub year-round,

with Marblehead Little Theatre, Me&Thee

coffeehouse, numerous museums, art galleries,

and painters and sculptors. Local restaurants

and businesses support the artistic community

as well.

For up-to-date information about the 2022

event, go to marbleheadfestival.org and for a look

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Make your move


Marblehead High School is calling on all

chess lovers: Chess class students are looking

for people to play with. Yes, you’ve heard it

right. It is a class. A full-credit class to be exact,

just like English or Math, where students play

chess three days a week.

But don’t let this intimidate you — the class

has players from various high-school grades, of

all levels, from newbies to rising stars. They love

to learn from their opponents as well as to get a

little bit competitive.

“The goal of the class is to improve your

game and learn the strategy,” said Jennifer

Billings, an English teacher who teaches the

chess class this semester.

Chess is different from many other classes

in the curriculum, Billings said, because it has

a good, positive vibe despite its early 8 a.m. start.

“It is relaxing and challenging all at the

same time, because they are not taking a test,

but they are using their mind, for sure,” said


CHESS, page 34

Justin Gonzalez, freshman, plays chess against Andrew Scoglio, a music teacher, during an elective chess class at

Marblehead High School.


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CHESS, continued from page 32

This is the second time Marblehead High

School has offered this class. The first-ever

chess class was taught by Connor Ryan, also an

English teacher, in spring 2020.

Ryan said that the idea came to him and

another teacher, Neil Moloney, after they saw

students showing interest in their chess games

during breaks.

“He and I started playing chess games in the

back of the room,” Ryan said. “And more and

more students were interested, and they wanted

to know the progress of the game.”

Enough students asked the teachers “Who

is winning?” that Ryan and Moloney decided

to try doing a class. In 2019, they applied for

grants and went to New York City to become

certified chess teachers through “Chess in the

Schools Program."

Ryan was amazed to see how popular

chess was among New York City’s elementary


“We were in school in the Bronx. It was

700 kindergarteners, first-graders and secondgraders,”

said Ryan. “A cafeteria full of 5- and

6-year-olds, totally silent. All just playing.”

The Chess in the Schools Program brings

chess classes to schools with a high number

of children from low-income households to

“foster the intellectual and social development”

of youth through chess education. To date, they

have taught more than 500,000 of New York

City’s children, bolstering their self-esteem and

inspiring them to greater achievement.

There is a lot of evidence, Ryan said, to

support that the skills necessary to play chess

help students in all of their studies. Students

learn to make a plan, to put that plan into action

and to look one, two or even three moves ahead.

“In the world and life in general, (it) pays

to plan yet be flexible with it, watching, seeing

how it grows and changes and then react

accordingly,” Ryan said.

He has noticed that playing chess fosters

an open collegial atmosphere when students

try helping one another, especially, when one of

them has more experience with the game. At

the same time, two students of equal ranking

might get very competitive, Ryan said.

“Chess is a metaphor for life,” said Billings.

“It’s like: sit down, be polite, take your time, say

hello, learn something new, you probably don't

know everything. There is probably someone

who can show you something you don't know.”

Some students who have joined the class

were friends with other students before, but

some didn’t know anyone in the class. Billings

pairs students up randomly to help them talk a

bit to each other and build connections.

“I do think that in the pandemic, kids have

lost their ability to be social,” said Billings.

“Those kids who were timid before, it’s

New York City's Chess in the Schools program inspired the game's introduction to Marblehead High School.

exacerbated, and it’s awful.”

Another benefit of the chess class: It does

not involve a screen at all.

Although, the first time the class ran, it

had to be shifted online when the COVID-19

pandemic forced everyone into quarantine.

Ryan said it might have been one of the better

classes that semester, because the students could

use chess.com. They created a class league and

were able to schedule games with one another.

Most students described the class as fun,

even though they still get graded and tested.

Students have to demonstrate that they

understand how the board works and how the

pieces move. They learn check-mate situations

and have to be able to solve a specific checkmate

scenario in two moves, Ryan said. Another

chess skill they practice is keeping track of their

games by using standard chess notation.

“It is remarkable what a difficult time

they have (with) the spatial relations and then

translating that to a sheet of paper,” Ryan noted.

That is why students practice playing out

the board based on a notation or finding illegal

moves by reading notations and looking at the


This spring semester, the chess class turned

out to be popular with students again. There are

16 students taking the class. Some of them were

unpleasantly surprised that the class starts at 8

a.m. but learned to appreciate that.

“It wakes your brain up,” said Emma

Cianchi, a senior.

Several students said they felt more focused

and aware thanks to chess.

Anabel Anderson, a senior, said she didn’t

know anything else about chess besides the

moves each piece did when the semester started.

After several weeks, her game has noticeably


“I am noticing the moves faster,” Anderson

said. “I am noticing where to put my pieces for

a better game.”

She also enjoys playing with different

classmates as it lets her see and better

understand the different strategies people use.

Emmalyn Maher, a senior who was new

to the game of chess and has learned the very

basics in the class, said that she learns from

other students and they often give her advice on

her strategy.

Freshman Justin Gonzalez, on the other

hand, has been playing chess for a while. He

learned at the YMCA when he was 8 or 9 years


“I was impressed by Justin; he was very

good. He was always thinking further ahead

than I was,” said Andrew Scoglio, a music

teacher, who came to play with the students for

the first time since he last played in a chess club

in fourth grade.

Most students hope to continue playing

chess outside of the class.

“Hopefully, I improve enough that I can

beat someone who is more advanced,” said

Katherine Cronin, who has played chess before

the class but has noticed a lot of improvement

since she started playing the game almost every


But for the remainder of the semester their

teacher, Jennifer Billings, is hoping to bring

more people from the community to play with

the students. The Marblehead Council on

Aging, which is located walking distance from

the high school and has parking, offered to host

the matches on Tuesday mornings.

“I’m a big believer in connecting kids to the

world beyond the windows here at the high

school,” said Billings. “So anytime they can

meet someone in the community, particularly

among where they live, that’s just a bonus;

everybody wins.”

Billings said that teenagers often get a bad

rap and she is always looking for opportunities

to prove otherwise.

“For anyone who is considering coming to

see us, please do, please come and join us and

we will make sure you have a good time. And I

bet, you’ll learn something from us (and) we will

learn something from you,” said Billings.

If you would like to play some chess, please,

contact Jennifer Billings at billings.jennifer@


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A peak inside

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Custom woodworking throughout

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Big Ben,


and the

Super Bowl


Marblehead native Ben Martin helped coach the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive line.

Every football player and coach,

whether in Pop Warner or in the

NFL, dreams of participating

in a Super Bowl. And for one Marblehead

native, that dream came true a few short

weeks ago.

Ben Martin has been an NFL coach for

the past five years, and his short tenure at

the professional level has already resulted

in a trip to The Big Game as an assistant

offensive line coach with the Cincinnati


Martin, a St. John's Prep and Trinity

College graduate, just completed his third

season with the Bengals, and his fifth year

overall as an NFL coach. This past year was

his first assisting new Bengals offensive line

coach/run game coordinator Frank Pollack.

Over his two previous Bengals seasons,

Martin has helped steer the line through

everything from youth to injuries to

COVID-19 issues. Last season, Cincinnati

was forced to use 10 different offensiveline

combinations in 16 games, but still

managed to show improvement throughout

the season. The line allowed eight fewer

sacks over the second half of the season

compared to the first, despite playing much

of that second half without starting left

tackle Jonah Williams.

But it's been a long road already for

Martin, who first met Bengals head coach

Zac Taylor back in 2010 when the two

worked as offensive quality control coaches

together at Texas A&M University. After

graduating from Trinity College in 2005,

where he was a standout offensive lineman,

Martin went to Curry College as an


assistant coach in 2007. He then moved

on to Merrimack College the next two

years. He later left New England for Texas;

Staten Island, N.Y. (Wagner College);

New Jersey (Princeton); and Florida, where

he rejoined Taylor on the Miami Dolphins

staff — where Martin was an offensive

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assistant and Taylor was the quarterbacks

coach. Martin worked primarily with

the offensive line, helping center Mike

Pouncey to Pro Bowl nominations in both

2014 and 2015.

Martin later made stops in Union, N.Y.

(Union College) and Rhode Island (Bryant

University) before rejoining Taylor again

with the Bengals in 2019.

Prior to his college-football career,

Martin was a three-year varsity player at St.

John's Prep. He was a full-time offensive

guard the last two years, who also played

defense at tackle and middle linebacker. He

was a team captain as a senior in 2000.

And yet, even with all that movement

over the past 15 years, Martin never forgot

where he came from. The NFL coach has

returned to his hometown every summer

for the past seven years to help with

Marblehead High School football coach

Jim Rudloff 's summer football camp, and

he's been quoted as saying, "nobody will

keep me away from Marblehead on the

Fourth of July."

"It was a great town for me to grow

up in, and I was fortunate to live in a

close, tight-knit neighborhood with great

neighbors like Skip and Mary Likens,

Steve and Linda Wood, and Ralph and

Ben Martin has an understanding honed from his days at St. John's Prep and Trinity College.


Frannie Alberto," said Martin. "But being

the oldest of the neighborhood kids, I’d

have to sometimes organize some of our

activities, when the parents weren’t around.

We even played games like kick the can."

While the Bengals may have lost the

Super Bowl to the Los Angeles Rams

on that Sunday night in mid-February,

nothing will erase the memories that

Martin made along the way.

And who knows? With a smart young

coach like Taylor and a talented group of

young players headlined by quarterback

Joe Burrow, receivers Ja'Marr Chase and

Tee Higgins and running back Joe Mixon,

maybe Martin can find his way back to

another Super Bowl in the next couple of


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