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21 Women rule
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One of the – if not the – favorite parts of my job is dealing with the visual team of the Essex
Media Group staff: the photographers and designers.
They’re young – average age of what seems to be about 12, I swear – and talented. Ultratalented.
And one of my favorite things to work on with them is selecting covers for our magazines.
We’ve had some good covers on 01907, beginning with Governor and Lauren Baker and,
along the way, Dick Jauron, Mike Lynch, Tony Conigliaro, ESPN’s Todd McShay, Tuffy Tufts
licking a lobster, Lesley Stahl, Calvin Coolidge’s Summer White house – and a fish.
The selection process is fun. Photographers Spenser Hasak and Jakob Menendez and
designers Sam Deeb, Edwin Peralta, and Emilia Sun and I review the dozens of photos taken
for the magazine and pick a winner.
For this edition of 01907 they went for the black and white photo of Lydia Breed, who died
in 2019 at the age of 94. I found that interesting – again, given their ages.
And while the designers and photographers were selecting Lydia Breed for the cover, the
other end of the EMG age spectrum – veteran writer and editor Steve Krause – was rambling
on about a Groucho Marx song, “Lydia the Tattooed Lady,’ from the Marx Brothers movie “At
I suspect Lydia Breed didn’t have many tats.
In this issue of 01907, photo-journalist Menendez takes a look at the life and legacy of
Lydia Newhall Breed, whose name recalls two of Lynn's seminal families.
Menendez urges us to do the proverbial deep dive on the woman. Menendez writes that
beyond her art – some of which is on display at the Lynn Museum & Historical Society – you
need to see the beautiful world of colors and lines that Lydia Breed created in her lifetime as
a printmaker in Swampscott. Included are landscapes, religious depictions, and expressions of
activism, Lydia did them all with a distinct stroke that would come to define the era of art in
Boston during the 1950s.
Renee Covalucci, the current president of the Boston Printmakers, told Jakob: “Lydia was
part of a movement in Boston. By the 1940s, Boston was starting to have a voice in the art
history landscape. New York went completely abstract and Boston stayed with subject matters,
figuration, and there was a group called the Boston Figurative expressionists. Lydia followed
the philosophy of them pretty purely in the way she develops her prints. She abstracts them a
little … she adds emotion, she adds tension, she adds expressive elements that make it feel like
it sparkles. She really represents that philosophy really well.”
Lydia was born in September 1925 into a family of dynasty status. She was a distant relative
of Allen Breed, who helped settle Lynn after he sailed across the Atlantic in 1630. Like those
ancestors before her, Lydia would go on to live a life of service to her communities as an active
member of multiple organizations such as the Lynn Historical Society, Friends of Lynn Woods,
and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn.
Check out Jakob’s story and eye-catching shots that trace her legacy.
Which brings me to Doneeca Thurston, the executive director of the Lynn Museum – who
actually started at the museum as a student volunteer in 2010.
Doneeca understands the importance of having bodies of work in the museum that anybody
in the community can relate to, whether they grew up here or are recent transplants. She says
her ability to bring in artists and exhibits that trace back generations – but still manage to be
timely and relevant – is why she's at the helm of the museum.
The museum itself was founded in 1897 to "to collect, preserve and illuminate the city's
remarkable history" and Thurston should be proud in knowing that she has excelled in carrying
the museum's mission into the 21st century.
Anyway, check out Jakob’s story and the eye-catching photos – and count me as a fan of
both Jakob and Doneeca, his tour guide.
They helped make this edition of 01907 worth your attention. Enjoy.
COVER Swampscott's Lydia Breed (circa 1950) left her mark in ink-and-wood block art. COURTESY PHOTO BY JAN BREED
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When: June 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and
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Where: Fisherman's Beach off
When: Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.-
Have a blast
What: Independence Day
celebrations with a beer garden,
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Bordello's and the MSF Band.
Where: Town Hall lawn, 22
When: Sunday, July 3, 5-9 p.m.
Bring some popcorn
What: Movie night at Linscott
Park is free - check town website
calendar for movies scheduled
to be shown.
Where: Linscott Park and its
gazebo are located between the
Hadley School and Monument
When: Thursday, July 21, movie
starts at 8:30 p.m.
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What: Sand, sea, and family fun —
all without a long drive.
Where: Fisherman's Beach off
When: Saturday, August 27, 3-7 p.m.
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BY ALLYSHA DUNNIGAN
Swampscott resident Brianna
Richardson has been an artist for as long as
she can remember. Art is something that
she was naturally drawn toward and has
incorporated into her life since she was a
Richardson, now 30, channels her
artistic abilities through crafts and
She graduated with her bachelor's
degree from Salem State University (SSU)
this past May, majoring in Art, with a
concentration in printmaking, and a minor
in education, because teaching art is her
Through her printmaking degree,
Richardson said she learned that there
are multiple art forms that she loves to
do. One form is cutting a block of wood
and carving a design on it, rolling ink on
the wood, and pressing it onto paper so it
makes a print.
"That's just one form of printmaking.
There are so many other ways but that's
one of my favorites," Richardson said.
After dabbling in a variety of crafts,
Richardson said printmaking was
something she tried but never got the
chance to get into. She took a printmaking
course at SSU with Professor Ben Gross,
who she said was awesome and was the
reason she decided to concentrate in
"It was just really fun and I enjoyed
doing the new craft and diving into it,"
Richardson said. "When you have an
amazing teacher guiding and supporting
you in a new art form, it really changes
your view of it."
While Richardson loves printmaking
ART, page 8
Brianna Richardson, a printmaking
major at Salem State University, has
created a free little art gallery on
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and enjoys carving, she dabbles in other art
forms as well. She loves fiber arts, which
she has been selling since around 2007; she
taught herself how to crochet and crossstitch
during the pandemic; she knows
how to embroider; she likes working with
fabrics to make costumes and other items;
she has done wood carving and burning;
and she knows how to do felting, needle,
and rug punching.
She taught herself how to do all of
these, and also does book binding, paper
making, making props and animatronics,
and has an associate's degree in special
effects makeup, so she has experience in
mold making, prosthetics, and makeup.
"I like to do a lot," Richardson said. "I
like to make three-dimensional things and
work with my hands."
Richardson recently won the Studio Art
Award and the Winfisky Award at SSU for
"One thing I love to talk to people
about is that everyone can be an artist,"
Richardson said. "You don't have to
draw or paint to be an artist. You can do
scrapbooking, and that's a type of art. You
can make little greeting cards on your
computer and that's a piece of art. You can
doodle on sticky notes and write your kids
little fun notes for their lunches and that's
Richardson likes to make art that
people can use, usually making art for
gifts such as a crocheted blanket for her
grandfather and gifts for friends.
She does have a small business and goes
to conventions to sell things that she sews,
From embroidery to book binding to gallery
curating—Brianna Richardson does it all.
Brianna Richardson created a miniature art studio which is installed above the free little art gallery on the
campus of Salem State University.
including tabletop gaming accessories such
as dice trays, dice bags, buttons, pins, and
stickers that she and her fiancé – who is
also an artist – design.
"It's just so fun. The cool thing about
art is that you don't have to be amazing
at it for it to count for you, or to count
for others," Richardson said. "Art can be
anything that you want it to be. It can be
any aesthetic and style and as long as you
are making it, it doesn't matter why, if it's
just because you're bored or you want to
learn something new, just do it. There's
nothing wrong with making it just to
Over the past year, Richardson had
been working to create, build, and install a
tiny free art gallery at SSU. Similar to the
Little Free Libraries that are filled with
free books, this tiny free art gallery is filled
"It's really cool and it's really awesome,"
Richardson said. "You can leave art in there
and you can take any art that's in there."
This tiny free art gallery was installed
permanently on North Campus, by the
library and the Commons, last fall.
Last year, Richardson heard about tiny
free art galleries popping up in other cities,
so she pitched this idea to faculty at SSU.
"I thought this was a great way for
students and faculty to stay connected
through COVID-19 and through the
years," Richardson said.
When she got permission to move
forward with the tiny free art gallery,
Richardson built it and put it together with
upcycled materials, and said there has been
a steady flow of art coming in and out ever
One of Richardson's art professors, Ken
Reker, helped her get this tiny free library
installed at SSU and is now helping her put
together a proposal to have one installed in
the city of Salem.
"It's a great way to share your art. I've
gotten new Instagram followers because
of it and I've heard that other people
appreciate and share other people's art
and start following them too," Richardson
said. "I really like it because there's no
advertisement or pushing, but you can see
that people get excited when someone
takes their art and supports them."
Richardson also added "junk journals"
to the tiny free art gallery, and someone
told her they are using the journal paper to
make art and add it back into the gallery,
while someone else tagged Richardson
in an Instagram story and said they are
using the journals to write their poems this
"This is what I strive for: sharing
and encouraging others to make art,"
Now that she's graduated, Richardson
said she is going to focus on her small
business a little more. While she would
love to teach in a community or public
setting, she is putting that on the
backburner right now so she isn't burnt out
in a year and can start later on when she
is ready. Richardson plans to get a regular
nine-to-five job so she has more time to
create and work on art that she feels like
"There's nothing wrong with being a
part-time artist," she said. "You are still a
valid and good artist if you are full-time or
Richardson's work can be found on
Instagram at The Fabric Treasury.
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BY ALENA KUZUB
Yakov Glauberman, 74, emigrated
from Dnipro, Ukraine to the
U.S. with his wife and three
children in 1995; first to Lynn, then
settling in Swampscott, but the distance
from his home to his Ukraine homeland is
only a heartbeat.
The longtime Swampscott resident has
raised money to send medications and
protective gear to Ukraine as the war with
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in
February, Glauberman has mobilized
efforts to help the embattled nation, always
thinking of relatives and friends in Dnipro,
an area turned into a bloody battleground
by Vladimir Putin's armies.
“The main thing that Putin and his
clique had not taken into account is that a
whole generation was born in Ukraine in
30 years (after the collapse of the Soviet
Union) that is used to democracy and
freedom of speech, including Russianspeaking
residents of Ukraine, true patriots
of their motherland, ready to fight to
death,” said Glauberman.
He hotly rejects Putin's claim that
Russia's invasion is motivated by the need
to purge Ukraine of Nazis.
“I can assure you, there is no antisemitism
in Ukraine now. Their president
is a Jew,” said Glauberman, who is
Jewish. “There are no Nazis as the Putin
propaganda blares in Russia, zombifying its
With the dissolution of the Soviet
Union in 1991, Ukraine chose its own
path, following the laws of democracy
and its constitution, starting with its
first president, Leonid Kravchuk, and
continuing with current President
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, according to
In 2007, Glauberman established the
Ukrainian-American Society for Cultural
and Business Relations, hoping to foster
Yakov Glauberman, Swampscott resident and president
of Ukrainian-American Society for Cultural and Business
Relations, is raising funds to send medications and protective
gear to his home town of Dnipro.
PHOTO: ALENA KUZUB
and develop cooperation between the two
“Many didn’t know where Ukraine was
and mistook it for Russia,” Glauberman
said. “It wasn’t easy to work.”
Over the years, he facilitated
cooperation between American
transportation company RailRunner and
the Ukrainian Ministry of Transportation;
connected Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant
(Yuzhmash) in Dnipro with American
partners; organized concerts in the Boston
area, and brought L. Varpakhovsky Theater
from Montreal to Dnipro.
Glauberman had future plans for his
organization, but the war prevented their
With almost 1 million residents before
the Russian invasion, Dnipro is the fourthlargest
city in Ukraine, after Kiev, Kharkiv,
and Odessa. It is located on both banks
of the river Dnipro in the central part of
In Soviet times, Dnipro was called
Dnepropetrovsk and was a big industrial
city specializing in machine-building,
metalworking, defense, and aerospace.
When Russia attacked Ukraine on three
fronts from the east, north and south,
Dnipro became a hub for displaced
Ukrainians and the wounded.
The city has not escaped Russian
airstrikes. On April 10, Russians
completely destroyed Dnipro’s airport by
“Putin’s special operation has been
going on for more than a month now,
but in reality this is a genocide of the
Ukrainian people which consists of
more than 100 nationalities, including
people who speak Russian language,” said
Glauberman’s daughter, Yelena
Trubnikova, was visiting Dnipro when
the war broke out. She decided to stay
and volunteer for a local organization
that helps get necessities to residents and
refugees and distribute bread and other
Trubnikova, who worked as a medical
assistant in San Francisco, told her father
that she has already gotten used to the
air-defense sirens going off all the time
and that the bread factory still has flour to
Currently, Glauberman is looking
for ways to help his country of origin
and the Ukrainian friends, relatives, and
members of the Territorial Defense Forces,
a volunteer military organization, who are
asking for help with medications, helmets,
or bullet-proof vests.
He is asking anyone who has access to
medications or local hospitals that might
be interested in helping to contact him
at (781)-738-5464. To donate money for
helmets and bullet-proof vests, please
send to Yakov Glauberman via PayPal at
Those who wish to donate food
provisions and necessities for Dnipro’s
residents can send money via PayPal to
Yelena Trubnikova at Lena_dnepr@yahoo.
“Many think that Ukraine should sign a
peace treaty with Russia to save its people.
But I think Russia must unconditionally
withdraw all its troops from the whole
territory of Ukraine, including Donbas,
Luhansk and Crimea, and indemnify all
Ukrainian victims and their families for
moral, physical, and material damage,” said
Glauberman. “I hope for real peace.”
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Looking back with
BY BILL BROTHERTON
Wayne Terminello of Nahant is the owner of Fleetwood Media, a company that specializes in digitizing old films.
It was the spring of 2020, and
business was booming for Wayne
Terminello, owner and president of
Fleetwood Media Productions, a Lynnbased
company that sets up audio and video
recording at conferences and conventions
throughout the United States.
Nearly every week for some 25 years, the
longtime Nahant resident had packed his
bags, given his wife, Darleen, a goodbye kiss,
and hopped on a plane.
And then COVID hit. Zoom meetings
became the way to conduct business and his
thriving business came to a complete stop.
“To keep my business going, I had to
come up with another plan,” Terminello
Fortuitously, one day his brother-in-law
called and asked if he could convert old
tapes of his church pastor’s weekly TV show.
There were 700 VHS tapes in all. He said
“you bet!” Then a friend called asking him
to modernize her wedding video, and the
Revere Historical Society had a basement
full of old tapes in various formats that
“I realized from just these few calls that
a new business direction was taking shape,”
Throughout the pandemic, countless
homeowners found old tapes and films in
their attics and basements. Soon, Terminello
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was a very busy man.
Terminello’s small office on Blossom
Street is packed with the high-tech
equipment he needs to transfer old VHS
tapes, Super8 film and slides to DVD, USB
flash drive or other modern formats that
can be shared online and viewed on TVs,
phones, iPads and personal computers.
“I enjoy doing this. And it’s fun to see
grandparents and kids and babies all get
together to enjoy videos that haven’t been
seen in years. Digitizing these memories
brings a lot of pleasure to a lot of people.
When someone trusts me to take their
valuable memories and bring them back to
life, I treat them as if I was doing it for my
own family,” said Terminello.
Amy Faeskorn of Swampscott is one of
many customers thrilled with Terminello’s
“My father died in November of 2019.
Shortly before he passed he gave me a
cardboard box filled with Super8 reels. I
remember watching some of them when
we owned a projector in the late 1970s, but
they had been collecting dust since then,”
“During lockdown, when I was puttering
around the house and tending to longneglected
tasks, I realized there were a lot of
family artifacts and photos that I wanted to
curate more carefully for our children, chief
among them those reels (48 in all, shot by
her dad between 1972-79).
“I happened across an ad for Wayne’s
services in your magazine. He was incredibly
responsive and even offered to pick up the
reels at the house! Throughout the process
he would email me as he finished a batch so
I could watch them online right away. I now
have access to all of the files online and on
an USB stick. The quality is fantastic and it’s
been such a pleasure to work with him.
“My husband and children have really
enjoyed seeing me, my brother, and my
parents (their maternal grandparents,
now both deceased) as we experienced
life milestones such as birthdays, holidays,
family trips and the like amid the backdrop
of the 1970s. Super8 has such a magical
quality to it. There is no audio, and the
image is a bit rough and jiggly — not at all
pristine like digital video — so the mood
and feel of that time period can really be felt
in a different way.
Faeskorn said her 18-year-old daughter
is pursuing filmmaking in college this fall,
and appreciates the medium and how her
father approached shooting the footage.
“One day my 15-year-old son and
I were watching one of the reels from
November 1972. Back then my family had
recently relocated to Marblehead from
the Chicago area. My brother was born in
Union Hospital in Lynn in September 1972,
when I was a little over 2 years old. In one
portion of the film I am on a teeter-totter
being pushed up and down by my maternal
grandfather in a park while nearby my
maternal grandmother rocks my brother
in his baby carriage. My son looked closely
at the screen and said, ‘I know that place.
You used to take us there when we were
little.’ After we talked some more I realized
that he was probably talking about Hobbs
Playground by the Eveleth Elementary
School. We checked on Google Earth to see
if the house in the background of the park
Wayne Terminello, owner of Fleetwood Media, loads a roll of Super8 film into a scanner to digitize and
was the same one we saw on the film, and
sure enough it was!”
For Faeskorn, those moments confirmed
the importance of preserving family
memories before it was too late. The Super8
film gave her family the opportunity to slow
down and remember the details of their past
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— as members of families and communities,
but also as citizens of a country with a
cultural history of its own.
Concetta Carenza of Swampscott agrees
that Terminello was a pleasure to work with.
He digitized film of her wedding from
20 years ago, her honeymoon in Aruba and
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other family events.
“It's funny how technology changes day
to day and you just throw all this stuff in a
box and forget all the great memories you
have had. And then you see people in the
videos that have passed on and hear their
voices again. It gives you chills but puts a
great big smile on your face, knowing you
now have the option to see and hear their
voices again whenever you want,” she said.
If the name of Terminello’s company
rings a bell, it should. It’s a descendent of
the legendary Fleetwood Studios in Revere,
which produced beloved vinyl recordings of
“The Impossible Dream: The Story of the
1967 Red Sox” narrated by Ken Coleman;
“100 Years of Baseball” narrated by Jimmy
Stewart; and “Havlicek Stole the Ball”
narrated by Johnny Most.
It released albums of the World Open
drum and bugle-corp competitions held
for years at Manning Bowl in Lynn, plus
albums by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston
Pops and The Shaggs’ prized “Philosophy of
“Frank Zappa called The Shaggs album
the worst best album of all time,” Terminello
said with a smile.
Terminello grew up in “the projects” of
Revere, and at age 16 started working at
Fleetwood. After graduating from Salem
State, he accepted a teaching position at
Somerville High School. “I wasn’t crazy
about teaching and jumped at the chance to
be my own boss when Fleetwood founders
Ray Samora and Vin Giarrusso, who live in
Swampscott, asked if I wanted to buy it in
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“Fleetwood Mac’s attorney called us one
day, ‘You’ve taken over the band’s name. You
must cease and desist.’ We proved our name
dated back to the 1940s, and the lawyers left
One day, a businessman called the
studio asking if Fleetwood could come out
and make an on-location recording of the
“I said, ‘Yes. We can do that!’ and then
I had to figure out how to do it,’ said
Terminello with a laugh. Today, clients
number more than 100 including the
Yankee Dental Congress, a hypnosis
institute and Romance Writers of America.
“I’m not a technical guy. I’m more of a
sales guy. I have a talented crew and I leave
it to them,” he said.
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Town trio stretching
BY GAYLA CAWLEY
Craig and Julie Tucci have opened
StretchLab in Swampscott in
partnership with their long-time friend,
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married couple and their
longtime friend are banking on
the staying power of the latest
health and wellness trend.
The trio believes their professional
backgrounds in the banking industry, health
and wellness, and education provide the
perfect combination to be successful in the
fast-growing StretchLab franchise.
Craig and Julie Tucci, and John
Vaccarezza have opened an assisted stretching
boutique on Paradise Road, and plan to open
two more StretchLab studios, the next one
being in North Reading.
The California-based company was
founded in 2015. The number of StretchLab
studios operating in the United States has
more than doubled from pre-pandemic
levels, from 72 to 150, according to a CNN
report. Another 600-plus franchises are in
development in the U.S. and abroad, the
same report said.
The Tuccis said they believe in the
benefits that assisted stretching brings to
people of all ages. Since their soft launch in
early April, the Andover couple said their
clientele has run the gamut, from athletes
looking to recover from overuse injuries or
prepare for races, to sedentary people who
need to increase their blood flow and range
The Vinnin Square studio also attracts
a fair amount of older clientele, who are
dealing with muscle tension and want to
increase their mobility, said Craig.
Not to be confused with yoga, the
couple said assisted stretching — which is
performed by flexologists who undergo a
rigorous training and certification process —
can also serve as a supplement to a person’s
“We try not to label it as fitness,” said
Craig, 45. “It certainly benefits folks that
are active. It really benefits the whole
“It doesn’t take the place of yoga, but it
helps to improve your yoga, running, strength
training, or day-to-day tasks,” added Julie, 42.
Julie said they were looking at different
franchises to invest in and StretchLab caught
their attention. According to her, the pair
tries to stay active, and for Julie, who has
been in the wellness industry for a long time
and has worked as a dietician, it was about
investing in an industry that she already had
Also factoring into their decision, was
that they had both tried and benefited from
an assisted-stretching session in a different
“Being an avid runner and practicing
strength training and yoga myself, StretchLab
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has helped with the recovery
process, improving my
performance and mobility,”
said Julie. “The more you go,
the more benefits you are
going to see. As people work
harder and get older, they
will soon see it is the missing
puzzle piece within their
wellness and health routines.”
StretchLab offers a variety
of one-on-one personalized
stretching services, including
a 25-minute stretch that
concentrates on the client’s
current stretching needs, as
well as a 50-minute head-totoe
deep stretch that addresses
all major muscle groups.
Monthly memberships are
available for four to eight visits
per month, as well as drop-in
The Swampscott studio
will also offer the TRX MAPS
machine, which StretchLab
describes as a revolutionary
machine that identifies
movement inefficiencies across
four major critical categories:
mobility, activation, posture,
and symmetry. The MAPS
score is created using 3D
technology to perform a totalbody-movement
scan in under 30 seconds, as
users perform three bodyweight
Results are delivered
on-screen and via email,
which will allow StretchLab’s
flexologists to better serve the
needs of its diverse members,
the company said. This creates
a customized movement plan
and offers a measurable way to
see progress in flexibility.
Given StretchLab is still
being introduced in town,
Craig said they are also
offering 15-minute demo
sessions to give people a
chance to try out assisted
stretching before they commit
to a full membership. He said
sessions are tailored toward
each individual’s needs.
According to Julie, the
attraction to assisted stretching
is in line with the change
that has been seen in the
approach to health
and wellness. For
the past 20 years,
the focus has been
about how hard
someone can push their
body, to achieve an optimal
fitness level. But now people
seek out exercise to take better
care of themselves.
“There’s been a change
to health and wellness being
about self-care,” she said.
Vaccarezza added: “Our
goal is to create an inviting
atmosphere where all ages
and body types are welcome.
Stretching is a practice we
all know we should do more
often and we are here to
support each individual’s needs
in order for them to feel the
best they ever have.”
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Nahant Women's Club lives on,
127 years and counting
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Women didn't have the right to vote
in 1895, so a group of women in Nahant
met to "promote the literary and social
betterment of the ladies of the village."
The Nahant Women's Club (NWC) was
born out of their conversations.
Launched in the Spring Road home
of Sophia Wilson, wife of the well-known
builder J.T. Wilson, the club has grown
to include women from Lynn, Nahant,
Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott.
When the club was created, the
"village" of Nahant was home to a
population of 883 residents and its streets
were reserved for horses. Very few women
worked, instead living domestic lives and
being financially dependent on men.
March 8, 1895 marked the club's
first official meeting, with attendees
discussing the club's value in "providing
a social and intellectual outlet for women
From left, Dr. Eleanor Fischer and Cheryl Conte lead members of the Nahant Woman’s Club down Lynn Shore
Drive on a Sunday afternoon to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
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bound by lack of easy transportation
and communication, and few, if any
opportunities, outside of the home." The
guest speaker that day was Julia Ward
Howe, author of "The Battle Hymn of the
Meetings were held twice a month,
with one usually featuring a guest speaker
and another dedicated to presenting
papers on topics of interest.
One of these guest speakers included
Nahant resident Henry Cabot Lodge,
who spoke in 1920 on the newly enacted
voting rights for white women.
Present-day members meet on the
second Tuesday of the month from
September through May, and also have
occasional pop-up summer events.
COVID-19 canceled some meetings,
forcing others to go remote.
During its creation, original members
of the club spent time sewing clothing for
French war orphans and refugees in 1918,
sending seeds and knitted caps to England
in 1942, and sending clothing to South
Vietnamese children in 1968.
In 1925, NWC established the Nahant
Garden Club, which also still exists. This
was known as a "sister club" which shared
many interests, members, and some joint
meetings with the NWC.
With almost 130 years under its belt,
NWC offers scholarships for local highschool
graduates, and has partnerships
with non-profits including Girls, Inc.,
Lynn Family & Children’s Services,
North Shore Community College,
Healing Abuse Working for Change in
Salem, the Massachusetts Coalition for
the Homeless, Montserrat College of
Art, Raw Art Works, and Raising Teens
Uganda (which helps keep young teen
girls in school rather than being forced
into early marriage by families who
cannot afford school fees).
The club chooses non-profits and
agencies to donate to that are working
in areas of interest that are similar to
the club's, such as helping women and
children, education and the arts.
The scholarships they provide are for
graduating seniors going onto higher
education, with one scholarship for
academic excellence and one for someone
who is going into an arts program. When
choosing where to donate to, members are
invited to submit their suggestions, and
the philanthropy committee researches
and submits the recommendations for the
board to then vote on, with input from the
In 2021, the club was renamed to
The Nahant Woman’s Club of the North
Shore (NWCNS) to acknowledge its
reach beyond Nahant.
To maintain its Nahant roots, meetings
are normally held in Nahant. NWCNS is
open to women from anywhere who are
interested in helping to forward the club’s
mission while socializing with other likeminded
"The NWCNS looks forward to more
opportunities to build friendships among
women through monthly meetings and
social events as well as working to extend
helping hands through fundraising and
other charitable activities," NWCNS
member Mia Corinha said. "We have
recently donated dozens of winter coats,
pots, pans, toys, and several sewing
machines and vacuum cleaners to an
agency working with newly arrived
While there are many local groups to
join for leisure activities, Corinha said
women join the NWCNS to make a
positive difference in the world. The club
has impacted the world in places beyond
the North Shore, including Uganda.
In 2019, the club raised money to build
a water tower in a small Ugandan village
to keep girls safe by providing access to
household water closer to home in 2019.
In August 2020, the club then sponsored
a masked and socially-distanced outdoor
walk to celebrate the voting rights and the
100th anniversary of women being able
The club celebrated its 125th
anniversary in 2019 with an in-person
gathering right before the pandemic
restricted such events. Prior to the
pandemic temporarily canceling inperson
events, the club sponsored popular
fundraisers including the annual holiday
craft fair in Nahant, which has been
running for 20 years and is the club's
largest fundraiser, and a clam bake in
August. These were both canceled in 2020,
but were able to return in 2021.
"It's not just a Nahant club," Corinha
said. "It's for anyone around here. It’s for
all of the North Shore.”
For more information about the group
or to join, email NWC@NahantMA.
us, and a membership form will be sent
back. Put in your contact information and
For more information about Nahant Women's Club or to join, email NWC@NahantMA.us, and a membership
form will be sent back.
PHOTO: OLIVIA FALCIGNO
pay the dues, which is $35 a year to be
a member. The membership season goes
from September to May.
"We have members who have been
in the club for many decades. Our most
senior member joined in 1954," Corinha
said. "That is Calantha Sears, well-known
to most Nahanters, who turned 100 this
past October. She was a president of the
club for many years as well."
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The Legacy of Lydia
BY JAKOB MENENDEZ
If you were to pull out your phone
or computer and Google the name
Lydia Breed, the first thing that
would populate on your screen would be
an amalgamation of photos of strange
If you scroll a little further down the
page, you might see an obituary describing
a woman who was born in Lynn, but
mainly resided in Swampscott. You might
even learn a little bit about her life and
legacy from the Lynn Museum’s website if
you dug deep enough.
But, what you won’t see, and what you
likely may have never seen until reading
this article, is the beautiful world of colors
and lines that Lydia Breed created in her
lifetime as a printmaker in Swampscott.
Landscapes, religious depictions,
expressions of activism, Lydia did them all
with a distinct stroke that would come to
define the era of art in Boston during the
“Lydia was part of a movement
in Boston. By the 1940s, Boston was
starting to have a voice in the Art
History landscape,” said Renee Covalucci,
the current president of The Boston
“New York went completely abstract
and Boston stayed with subject matters,
figuration, and there was a group called
the Boston Figurative expressionists.
Lydia followed the philosophy of them
pretty purely in the way she develops
her prints. She abstracts them a little …
she adds emotion, she adds tension, she
adds expressive elements that make it feel
like it sparkles. She really represents that
philosophy really well.”
Born in September 1925, Lydia
would enter a family of dynasty status,
as a distant relative of Allen Breed who
helped settle Lynn when he sailed across
the Atlantic Ocean in 1630. Like those
before her, Lydia would go on to live a
life of service to her communities as an
Lydia Breed's woodcut titled, Beethoven and
Bruckner, circa 1964.
PHOTO: LYNN MUSEUM
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active member of multiple organizations
such as the Lynn Historical Society,
Friends of Lynn Woods, and the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Greater Lynn.
The early years of her life strolling the
coasts of Swampscott and the woods of
Lynn proved to be formative to the genius
of work that would come after graduating
from the Massachusetts College of Art
and Design in 1947. That same year
she would go on to become a founding
member of the Boston Printmakers where
she would refine her craft of printmaking
with wood cuts.
A trip to Japan would serve as a source
of inspiration for beautiful landscapes of
mountain peaks and trees that she would
go on to create, but more importantly,
it’s where she learned more advanced
techniques of wood-cut printmaking.
She would go on to bring these talents
and skills back to the North Shore where
she would depict contemporary scenes of
her surroundings such as the Marblehead
Festival, where she shows a crowd
enamored by the sharp sounds of a guitar
While her preliminary works tended
to lean toward painting the scenes around
her, her later works focused more on
the emotion and story that can be told
through a print. Lydia didn’t shy away
from expressing her views on the everchanging
society swirling around her in
the heat of the Civil Rights Movement in
the 50s and 60s, when she flourished as an
“I would consider Lydia an activist
through her work. She definitely had
commentary on social issues and was
pretty progessive and she reflected that
in her church community as well,” said
Doneeca Thurston, executive director of
the Lynn Museum, where 46 prints of
Lydia’s are currently on display.
Standing out amongst her work at the
museum is an untitled piece, which reads:
“Oh Lord, We’ll Join Hand in Hand,
Hand in Hand We’ll Join, Hand in Hand
Someday, We’ll Join Hand in Hand." The
words are interweaved between hands that
are trying to connect but are blocked by
To Thurston, “It feels very timeless,
very relevant especially in today’s climate. I
find that these hands are trying to join one
another but there are these chains getting
in the way and the question of will we ever
Lydia Breed's color woodcut titled, Neptune, circa
PHOTO: LYNN MUSEUM
be able to join hand in hand one day, will
we ever be able to achieve that. Especially
in light of issues of police brutality, racial
injustice, systemic racism, the list goes on,
but I just feel like this piece is timeless
Covalucci, who presides over the latest
generation of Boston printmakers and
helped curate the current exhibit at the
museum, notes the emotion in Lydia’s
work is the driving force behind what most
modern viewers of her work discuss.
“She was a thinker. You can’t talk about
any of [her work] without understanding
how deeply she felt and how much
meaning she put in her art and that's
why I think people come to the show and
look at it and say ‘I feel something, I see
something, it’s communicating to me.’”
Covalucci also agrees with Thurston’s
assessment of Lydia’s expression, noting
that part of the Boston movement was to
“be truthful, be active, show people truthful
things, break down the common beliefs or
universal beliefs and look more deeply in
and see what's happening to people.”
Toward the latter years of her career,
Lydia put down her gouges and ceased a
majority of her printmaking and instead
Lydia Breed waves as she walks across the shoreline in Swampscott on a snowy day in 2000.
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turned to wood sculpture carving. Her
most notable sculpture titled “7 Days” was
a gift to the Unitarian Universalist Church
community which helped shape her beliefs
and moral compass her entire life.
The original church of the Unitarian
Universalist Church in Lynn burnt down
early in the month of January in 1977 and
Lydia took it upon herself to save as much
of the wood from the pews and other parts
of the building and she repurposed them
into sculpture which is still on display
at the Unitarian Universalist Church in
While she lived a long and fruitful
life, dying at the age of 94 in December
2019, her life and body of work is largely
enigmatic to those who don’t reside in the
01907 zip code.
Sammia Atoui, founder of the
MiraMar Print Lab on Humphrey Street
was unaware of Lydia’s work before being
introduced to her by Covalucci, despite
Atoui using some of the very same
techniques in her work.
“She’s ahead of my time but not by that
much, we were living in the same area at
the same time even if she wasn’t working
at that point. She’s a contemporary to all
of us,” said Atoui. “I’m a transplant here,
so it’s just really interesting to have this
person who is doing amazing work right in
your backyard and it took this for me to be
able to see this.”
Even though Atoui herself creates
wood-cut and linoleum prints, she chalks
up her lack of knowledge of Lydia’s life
and work to the fact that her presence
online is minimal, to put it lightly. “Living
in the day of the internet, it feels like if
you're not on the internet you don't exist”
However, not all hope is lost for
preserving Lydia’s legacy. Part of the Lynn
Museum’s prerogative in having a wideranging
exhibition of Lydia’s work on
display is to help create awareness for the
native’s incredible prints.
On June 17th, the museum is hosting
an event which they hope will draw a large
swath of the residents that knew Lydia in
an attempt to tell a more complete story of
her life which they will then use to create a
Wikipedia page for Lydia.
This page, they hope, will allow
prospective admirers to discover her
pristine prints when they search for her,
rather than puffy pooches.
However,until that day, the memory
of Lydia Breed, and the life that she left
behind, lives on in the memories of those
that knew her, and the intricate woodcarved
slabs that built her legacy.
The Lydia N. Breed: Art of a
Community Legacy exhibition is open and
free to the public for viewing every second
Saturday at the Lynn Museum until
September 17, 2022.
Right: From left, Lydia Breed, her brother Edwin,
her mother Aborn, and her brother James gathered
together in 1994 for a family Thanksgiving meal.
Bottom: A 20" x 24" woodblock print titled,
Fisherman's Beach, created by MiraMar Print Lab
Director Sammia Atoui, which is on sale at the Lynn
TOP: JAN BREED
BOTTOM: LYNN MUSEUM
Top: Lydia Breed's color woodcut titled, Motif #2
Rockport, circa 1958.
Bottom: Holding a coffee cup in her left hand, Lydia
Breed sketches in a notebook alongside an unknown
woman sometime in the 1950s.
TOP: LYNN MUSEUM
BOTTOM: JAN BREED
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A fight to survive
BY ALENA KUZUB
The last commercial fishermen
in town are concerned that they
will have to leave the harbor for
good if it is not dredged.
“It is really a matter of life and death.
If we don’t have a dredged harbor we are
not going to have the fishing harbor,”
said Michael Gambale, president of the
Swampscott Fishermen’s Alliance.
Swampscott’s fishermen produced more
than $675,000 of landing value in 2018,
according to a Massachusetts Division of
Marine Fisheries report published in April
“I would fight tooth and nail on
dredging the harbor,” said Gambale, who
is a lifelong Swampscott resident, a former
town’s reserve police officer, and a hockey
Gambale has been fishing year round in
Swampscott for 44 years, for lobster, cod,
haddock, flounder, and other groundfish.
In 2020, he fished from mid-March to
the second week in January and said the
shallow harbor makes it dangerous for him,
as well as for other full-time commercial
fishermen, to continue fishing outside of
the summer months.
As the Fishermen’s Alliance described
in a letter to the Swampscott Harbor &
Waterfront Advisory Committee on Nov.
29, 2021, many commercial vessels are
aground or nearly so when the wind blows
from the west.
During or after Nor’easters, the
shallow water creates a critical hazard
to the moored boats when the ground
swell rolls through the harbor. The harbor
shoals up year by year, made even worse by
astronomically low tides, the letter said.
The remaining six commercial
fishermen in the harbor are constantly
taking a risk of losing their boats. A lost
boat would mean a loss of income for a
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year or two and could completely destroy
the business, Gambale said.
Two out of six remaining commercial
fishermen with significant landings only
work here in the town from June through
October, and use seasonal docks elsewhere
for the rest of the year. The four other
fishermen are on the waiting list at another
port or are considering leaving.
“We all have to leave soon without a
safer harbor,” said Gambale.
Dredging the harbor and building a
breakwater would protect not only the
boats but also the beach, properties, and
roadways along Humphrey Street and
lower Puritan Road from the vicious
easterly swells generated during powerful
storms. It would also make the old pier or
the new pier more accessible and would
attract more commercial boats to come
back into the harbor, said Neil Rossman,
who also holds a commercial fishing
Michael Gambale, left, president of the Swampscott Fishermen’s Alliance, and Paul Whitten are two of the six commercial fishermen still working out of
PHOTO: ALENA KUZUB
license and is a member of the Fishermen’s
Alliance, but has moved his boat out of
“Building a new pier or refurbishing the
old one won’t help commercial fishermen
one bit,” said Rossman. “Don’t say you are
doing it to help the commercial fishermen.”
If the new pier is built primarily with
leisure in mind, it will adversely affect
the parking situation, which is already
complicated, the fishermen said.
The Fishermen’s Alliance wants to save
commercial fishing because of its historical
importance to Swampscott. In his book
“Gleanings From The Sea,” which was first
published in 1887, Joseph Warren Smith
wrote that Swampscott used to be the main
fish market prior to 1840, where many fish
were brought in and as many as 50 to 100
vehicles from Boston to Canada would line
up to purchase seafood.
In the 1950s-70s, Fisherman’s Beach
was covered in drying reels for nets, boats
being built, and dories, said Rossman. At
the height of modern fishing, Swampscott
harbor had about 30 full-time commercial
Swampscott is famous for its doubleended
dories and lobster traps that were
invented in the town, not to mention Capt.
James Phillips, who is depicted on the
“We have more heritage and more
history here than probably any of the
harbors,” said Gambale. “Fishing is a
handed-down tradition in Swampscott.”
Another commercial fisherman,
Paul Whitten, said he grew up in the
“My father lobstered and tuna-fished,
and striped-fished,” said Whitten. “There
are pictures of my grandfather in the locker
in the Fish House, pictures of me making
nets and building oak lobster traps.”
Whitten has recently bought a new
boat and was considering relocating it to
Beverly, which would definitely be safer,
But moving to another harbor has
its own challenges. It is not easy to get a
mooring spot as many harbors have waiting
lists. Fishermen would have to let go of
fishing in the Swampscott fishing grounds,
but commercial fishing is very territorial
and competitive, Gambale said.
“If I move my whole operation over to
Gloucester, I am not steaming an hour and
a half back to Swampscott. Now I got to
fish new grounds and make good with the
guys in those areas,” said Whitten.
The fishermen understand the fiscal
issue with dredging. Replanting eelgrass
habitat, required by the state, would
make it expensive. But they wonder how
much more expensive that would be than
building a new pier that does not help
them in any way.
“Do you want Swampscott to maintain
the fishing community?” is what Gambale
would like to ask the town and the state.
According to him, at least three to four
fishermen would come back if the town
makes the harbor safe.
Gambale, 68, said that he is planning
to fish for as long as he can, probably into
“And I will, with or without this pier
and dredging; I’ll fish for the remainder
of my career,” Gambale said. “I am here
because I would like to see this harbor
maintained the way it’s been since the
beginning of time.”
He would hate to throw in a towel
because some highschool kid might be
considering being a fisherman and wants to
fish from Swampscott, Gambale said.
“I would hate to see it all gone and
that is why I am such an advocate for the
dredging project. It is literally going to be
the end of an era if it doesn’t get done,”
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BY STEVE KRAUSE
Swampscott Conservancy President Tonia Bandrowicz makes her way through the Forest River Conservation
Area Connector in Swampscott.
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has become, every bit of open space
is precious. And that's one of the
missions of the Swampscott Conservancy
— a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in 2018
by a group of conservationists in the town.
According to Tonia Bandrowicz,
president of the Conservancy, there are 19
acres out of the 3.1 square miles of land
that remain undeveloped. That is well down
from the less-than-600 acres that were
undeveloped in 1970, she said.
The Conservancy does a lot more than
keep track of undeveloped land, though
Bandrowicz is cognizant of the town's
dwindling open space. It seeks to educate
citizens on different aspects of conservation,
and involve citizens in the science of it,
with the help of a cell phone application
called "Naturalist," which allows people
to snap pictures of interesting plants or
wildlife, and enables them to go right
to the app to find out what they are. By
recording and sharing these observations,
citizens create research quality data for
scientists working to better understand and
protect nature. It has also hosted a number
of presentations over the years, ranging
from coyotes to eelgrass, and from climate
Sunlight catches the leaves of a fern growing along
the trail of the Forest River Conservation Area
Connector in Swampscott.
change to pollution at Kings Beach.
"With respect to habitat improvement,
we've put in a pollinator garden at Town
Hall, a wildflower meadow at the middle
school, and we're working on active native
plant policies," she said. "We've done trail
work. We opened up a trailhead one from
behind the Swampscott cemetery that leads
into the Forest River Conservation Area in
Salem and created a new trail, Ridge Trail
in the Harold King Forest, 47 acres of littleknown
conservation land in the northwest
corner of town."
The Conservancy had its birth when
Bandrowicz, a member of the Open Space
and Recreation Plan Committee — put out
a feeler to start a Friends of Open Space
non-profit group, by inviting interested
people to a meeting at Panera in Vinnin
"The goal was to see if we could get a
group together to help the town in certain
matters, and to act as an advocate and
spokespersons for open space preservation
"A whole lot of people showed up," she
In short order, the committee was
recast as the Swampscott Conservancy and
established as a non-profit.
"In addition to the education and habitat
improvement work we do, we're also a
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Swampscott Conservancy President Tonia Bandrowicz said the Conservancy created a new trail in the Harold
King Forest, 47 acres of little-known conservation land in the northwest corner of town.
community building group," she said. "We
like to get the community involved in our
"We've worked closely not only with the
town, but with Boy and Girls Scouts, the
Unitarian Church, and other non-profits.
We're present at the Farmer's Market with
our annual native plant sales, which will
be happening again this June, and held
activities for kids, like the tidepools at the
beach to teach them about organisms in the
It's important, Bandrowicz said, for
people to get outdoors, to "instill an
environmental ethic in children. The mental
and physical benefits of spending time in
nature has been confirmed in study after
"One study I read says that adults spend
almost 90 percent of their time indoors,
which isn't very healthy," she said. "One
of the goals of our group is to tell people
where they can go in their neighborhoods
to get out in nature. We don't have to go
far. I think people are starting to realize the
importance of being outdoors."
For Bandrowicz, there was never
a specific moment where she decided
environmentalism would be her life's work
(she works full time as an attorney for the
"I spent a lot of time as a kid outside
enjoying nature," she said. "It's unfortunate
that our kids don't get to do that now.
I'd walk out the door and spend the day
wandering around the woods, or along the
beach. There is not the same freedom to
explore the way there was before."
Swampscott Conservancy members, from left, Suzanne Hale, Gerri Falco, Richard Simmons, Terry Dansvill, and Ryan Hale plant a micro-garden at the intersection of
Walker and Paradise roads to help raise environmental awareness in town.
Swampscott Conservancy member Suzanne Hale plants a dogwood tree at the intersection of Walker and Paradise roads where the group installed a micro-forest.
The hand of the Conservancy is visible
in many spots throughout the town, from
planting trees and shrubs on the corner of
Paradise and Walker Roads, to working on
However, Bandrowicz says one of
the group's crowning achievements was
the creation of a new trailhead that links
Swampscott to Salem, which opened two
years ago, to much fanfare.
Called the Forest River Conservation
Area (FRCA) Connector, it begins behind
the cemetery near the dog park, and leads
into the extensive trail network of Salem’s
FRCA. Covering over 97 acres, the FRCA
encompasses tree groves, dense woodlands, a
salt marsh, and hilltops with views.
The Conservancy worked closely with
Gino Cresta, the town's public works director,
and Aidan Pulaski, of Boy Scout Troop 53, to
create the trailhead. In addition to building
a new wooden sign at the entrance of the
trailhead, the DPW surfaced entry to the
trail with gravel and cleared the area. As part
of his Eagle Scout project, Pulaski built and
installed an information kiosk, and cleared
and marked the trail that leads into Salem
and the FRCA’s 2.5 miles of trails.
“Opening up this trail enables residents
from both Swampscott and Salem to hike
all the way from the dog park to Salem
State University’s South Campus parking
lot,” Bandrowicz said. “With COVID-19
restricting everyone’s ability to participate in
other types of activities outside the home, a
walk in the woods may just be the antidote
for shaking off some of the boredom and
anxiety we’re all feeling.
"The Conservancy is looking forward
to continuing to protect and enhance
Swampscott's natural resources for the
benefit and enjoyment of its residents,"
she said, "and welcomes participation by
everyone who is interested in maintaining
and improving the public natural areas in
town and engaging activities that increase
public awareness and appreciation of natural
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