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A publication of Essex Media Group


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Contributing Editor

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Oksana Kotkina

Steve Krause

Alena Kuzub

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4 What's up

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10 To the rescue

12 House Money

14 Wayne's world

18 Stretttccch

21 Women rule

24 Lydia's Legacy

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Covering 01907

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

The Circus.”

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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Sundays on the Farm

What: The summer farmer's

market features produce stands

and products.

Where: Town Hall lawn, 22

Monument Avenue.

When: June 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and

on summer Sundays to follow.

Harboring fun

What: The Harbor Festival features

food, kids' games, and music by

Philip Kids and the Sea Shanties.

Where: Fisherman's Beach off

Humphrey Street.

When: Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.-

2 p.m.

Have a blast

What: Independence Day

celebrations with a beer garden,

food, fireworks and music by

Bordello's and the MSF Band.

Where: Town Hall lawn, 22

Monument Avenue.

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.

Hit the beach

What: Sand, sea, and family fun —

all without a long drive.

Where: Fisherman's Beach off

Humphrey Street.

When: Saturday, August 27, 3-7 p.m.



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art for



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

ultimate goal.

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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ART, continued from page 6

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

her artwork.

"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

all art."

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

with art.

"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,"

Richardson said.

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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Blood runs

blue and



his veins


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

Russia continues.

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.


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

firing rockets.

“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

food items.

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

make bread.

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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SUMMER 2022 | 15

Looking back with

Wayne Terminello


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

needed updating.

“I realized from just these few calls that

a new business direction was taking shape,”

Terminello said.

Throughout the pandemic, countless

homeowners found old tapes and films in

their attics and basements. Soon, Terminello


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,”

Faeskorn said.

“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

preserve it.

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

the World.”

“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



“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

us alone.”

One day, a businessman called the

studio asking if Fleetwood could come out

and make an on-location recording of the

company’s conference.

“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

toward success


Craig and Julie Tucci have opened

StretchLab in Swampscott in

partnership with their long-time friend,

John Vaccarezza.



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

of motion.

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

exercise regimen.

“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

experience in.

Also factoring into their decision, was

that they had both tried and benefited from

an assisted-stretching session in a different

StretchLab studio.

“Being an avid runner and practicing

strength training and yoga myself, StretchLab

Nancy Masiello, a flexologist at the new StretchLab in Swampscott, right, demonstrates one of her many

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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

their full-body-stretching

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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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

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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

Afghan refugees."

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

to vote.

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

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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


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

looking dogs.

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.


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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



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”

said Atoui.

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: 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.




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A fight to survive


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


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

Swampscott's harbor.


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

town’s seal.

“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

Swampscott harbor.

“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,

he said.

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

his 80s.

“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,”

Gambale said.

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Swampscott Conservancy President Tonia Bandrowicz makes her way through the Forest River Conservation

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missions of the Swampscott Conservancy

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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

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Sunlight catches the leaves of a fern growing along

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"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

in town.

"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

U.S. EPA).

"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

Earth Day.

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

open space."

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