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VOL. 6,<br />

ISSUE 3<br />

He's Mr. Know It All


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FROM THE PUBLISHER<br />

TED GRANT<br />

A publication of Essex Media Group<br />

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Chief Executive Officer<br />

Michael H. Shanahan<br />

Directors<br />

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John M. Gilberg<br />

Edward M. Grant<br />

Gordon R. Hall<br />

Monica Connell Healey<br />

J. Patrick Norton<br />

Michael H. Shanahan<br />

Controller<br />

Susan Conti<br />

Creative Director<br />

Spenser R. Hasak<br />

Art Director<br />

Samuel R. Deeb<br />

News Editor<br />

Rachel Barber<br />

Copy Editors<br />

Alyssa Cantwell<br />

Stuart Foster<br />

Writers<br />

Mark Aboyoun<br />

Joey Barrett<br />

Anthony Cammalleri<br />

Charlie McKenna<br />

Ben Pierce<br />

Ryan Vermette<br />

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06 Museum Marvel<br />

12 Michelle of all trades<br />

14 Information Booth<br />

16 Young artist<br />

22 Rip Tide<br />

24 House Money<br />

29 Miles to A&M<br />

34 Family Fund<br />

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A Wonder-ful<br />

edition<br />

I was talking with a few staff members about the content for this edition of <strong>01945</strong> and<br />

one of the stories caught my eye: Don Doliber manning the Information Booth.<br />

God knows why, but the first thing that popped into my head was Stevie Wonder’s “He’s<br />

Misstra Know-It-All.” So I blurted it out to the staffers.<br />

A word about Essex Media Group staff writers. They’re young, energetic, ridiculously<br />

talented, and – did I mention young? Their average age, I swear, seems about 12.<br />

I got this puzzled look from most of them. So, I explained, “He’s Misstra Know-It-All”<br />

might be my favorite Stevie Wonder song. Outstanding. But it hit me that the song was<br />

released in 1973, so I suggested they Google it.<br />

Then it hit me – even harder – that they hadn’t even heard of Stevie Wonder, let alone the<br />

song.<br />

Ugh.<br />

Anyway . . .<br />

If, like me, you’re getting grayer by the day, you might remember the song. The title itself<br />

reflects Mr. Doliber’s knowledge of the town. He’s Marblehead’s town historian and can<br />

be seen in the booth (and now on the cover of <strong>01945</strong>). And he knows it all about the town.<br />

A few lines in the song seem written for and about him: “You’d be the stronger man if you<br />

took Misstra Know-It-All’s advice . . . Give a hand to the man.”<br />

Oddly enough, it’s long been speculated that the song is about President Nixon, but it<br />

could also be about nobody. Stevie Wonder never said. But whoever it’s about, our Misstra<br />

Know-It-All is a lot nicer than Stevie’s guy. If you’ve never had the pleasure, find out for<br />

yourself. The Information Booth is at the intersection of Pleasant, Spring, Bassett and Essex<br />

streets, and on Tuesday and Thursday he’s there to answer any questions wanderers may have<br />

about the town. His family was one of the first to move to Marblehead, and he believes they<br />

may have even given the town its name.<br />

Our guy Ben Pierce (one of the star kid writers who swears he’s 24) spoke with Mr.<br />

Doliber about the booth’s history for this edition of <strong>01945</strong>.<br />

Ben continued his history tour in the Marblehead Museum, and wrote about the<br />

museum’s operations, programs, and artifacts both on display and in their archives with<br />

Executive Director Lauren McCormack and Associate Director Jarrett Zeman.<br />

So I guess that makes this an historic edition of <strong>01945</strong>.<br />

The town has a sizable population of people in the arts and culture industry, two of whom<br />

are also featured in this edition.<br />

Anthony Cammalleri paints the picture of 16-year-old artist Shawn Stolarz, who has won<br />

multiple awards in his young career and even flew overseas to London to meet his idol at<br />

one of her art shows.<br />

Ryan Vermette also puts on display the many talents, and the balancing act that comes<br />

with that, of Michelle Brown, who makes waves as an independent woman sailor, paints and<br />

designs clothes based on those paintings, and is also planning on becoming an author.<br />

A couple of our sportswriters, Sports Editor Joey Barrett and Mark Aboyoun, catch up<br />

with Miles O’Neill, who will be playing his senior year at the Hun School of Princeton<br />

(N.J.), before heading for College Station to play for Texas A&M.<br />

And on the nonprofit side of things, Charlie McKenna puts the focus on families and<br />

their children with the Marblehead Family Fund. Established in 1998, the fund was<br />

founded by a group of Marblehead mothers and has assisted in the renovations and upkeep<br />

of nearly every playground in town, recently completing a $300,000 renovation of Hobbs<br />

Playground in 2021.<br />

In addition to our “Misstra Know-It-All,” we also have many “Misstra” and “Miss Do-It-<br />

Alls” in this edition.<br />

Read on, and you’ll also know – and, I hope, enjoy it all.<br />

COVER Marblehead Town Historian Don Doliber works the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Information Booth.<br />

STAFF PHOTO by Spenser Hasak


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WHAT'S UP<br />

Sidewalk Sales<br />

What: Shop local and save!<br />

Marblehead’s finest boutiques<br />

and eateries will offer incredible<br />

bargains, discounts, and fun for<br />

residents and visitors alike.<br />

Where: Residents will find<br />

sidewalk sales along Atlantic<br />

Avenue, Pleasant Street, and in<br />

the Historic District.<br />

When: The sales will take place<br />

on Sept. 23.<br />

Freud Schemes &<br />

Statistics<br />

What: Eastern Bank’s Aileen<br />

Sheehan will host an educational<br />

series called “Freud Schemes<br />

& Statistics.” The event is free<br />

for Marblehead Chamber of<br />

Commerce members and $10<br />

for nonmembers.<br />

Where: Marblehead Chamber<br />

of Commerce at 62 Pleasant St.<br />

When: Sept. 20 from 11:30 a.m.<br />

to 1 p.m.<br />

Clifton Pumpkin Patch<br />

What: Clifton Lutheran Church<br />

will host its seventh annual<br />

pumpkin patch. Profits from the<br />

patch help employ over 700<br />

Native Americans during the<br />

harvest season. The patch will<br />

last until the very last pumpkin<br />

has a home.<br />

Where: Clifton Lutheran<br />

Church at 150 Humphrey St.<br />

When: The patch will open<br />

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A Marblehead Marvel<br />

By Ben Pierce<br />

Marblehead’s history is so vast it cannot be<br />

represented and recounted all in one location.<br />

The Marblehead Museum is an independent,<br />

private nonprofit organization that<br />

preserves and presents the town’s history.<br />

Originally founded in 1898 as the Marblehead<br />

Historical Society, it now has three official sites,<br />

all with unique experiences to offer. Two of those<br />

sites are the J.O.J. Frost Gallery and Jeremiah Lee<br />

Mansion, both located on Washington Street<br />

in the heart of the town’s historical district.<br />

The gallery is also home to the museum’s<br />

extensive archives, which contain more<br />

than 60,000 artifacts and counting.<br />

Executive Director Lauren Mc-<br />

Cormack lent her thoughts on how a<br />

relatively small town has managed to<br />

maintain such an emphasis on its rich<br />

MARVEL, continued on page 8<br />

Marblehead Museum Executive Director Lauren McCormack and Associate Director of Programs and Operations Jarrett Zeman.<br />

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Various artifacts from Marblehead Museum's more than 60,000<br />

items, on display at the Lee Mansion.<br />

MARVEL, continued from page 6<br />

history throughout the years.<br />

“Marblehead has some really fascinating<br />

history,” McCormack said. “From pre-European<br />

contact with the native people who<br />

were here all the way through to the 21st<br />

century. Whether it’s businesses or involvement<br />

in the conflicts and battles.”<br />

McCormack added that she has never<br />

seen a town take pride in its history like<br />

Marblehead’s in her seven years as the<br />

museum’s leader.<br />

The museum’s numerous paper artifacts<br />

are stored in non-acidic and waterproof<br />

archival boxes.<br />

“A lot of what we have is from the 18th<br />

century and 19th century,” McCormack<br />

said. “If I was to put something like this in<br />

a cardboard box, over time it leeches and<br />

basically will harm the artifact.”<br />

McCormack demonstrated a collection<br />

of letters, ledgers, and receipts from<br />

18th-century ship captain Samuel White.<br />

The majority of the museum’s collection<br />

comes from resident donations, with Mc-<br />

Cormack and her small team using their<br />

resources and knowledge to authenticate<br />

them. The research and presentation of the<br />

museum’s exhibits is led by McCormack<br />

and Associate Director of Programs and<br />

Operations Jarrett Zeman. However, Mc-<br />

Cormack made sure to note that it takes<br />

much more than just the two of them to<br />

bring Marblehead’s history to life.<br />

“We do have almost 75 volunteers,”<br />

McCormack said. “A lot of what we do literally<br />

could not happen without them. All<br />

of the work on the archives and the objects<br />

is volunteer-driven in so many ways.”<br />

In addition to McCormack and Zeman,<br />

the museum has three part-time employees.<br />

The J.O.J. Frost Gallery is the largest<br />

collection of the eponymous Marblehead<br />

native’s various types of artworks. The<br />

19th-century folk artist created paintings<br />

as well as three-dimensional models to<br />

capture what Marblehead looked like<br />

during his era. For that reason, McCormack<br />

believes he was more than just an<br />

artist.<br />

“What he’s done is collected stories that<br />

he heard and experiences that he had and<br />

put them into his paintings,” McCormack<br />

said. “He would have thought of himself<br />

as a historian, I think, if you would have<br />

asked him.”<br />

The Jeremiah Lee Mansion is perhaps<br />

the museum’s biggest attraction, and is<br />

open for tours during the warmest months<br />

of the year due to heating restrictions.<br />

The house was built in 1768 for the<br />

Revolutionary War-era colonel, and still<br />

maintains many of its original features. The<br />

exterior remains cosmetically unchanged,<br />

with the interior fully furnished with pieces<br />

designed like those from nearly three centuries<br />

ago — as well as some that truly are.<br />

One of McCormack’s favorite pieces in the<br />

museum’s entire collection can be found on<br />

the top floor.<br />

“Glover Broughton was a sailor and was<br />

captured by the British in the War of 1812<br />

and brought to Dartmoor Prison,” McCormack<br />

explained. “He drew his experiences<br />

at the prison, including the massacre that<br />

took place there in 1814… You will find<br />

versions of this, but this is the original.”<br />

McCormack, Zeman, and the rest of the<br />

museum team are looking forward to the<br />

launch of the newest full-time permanent<br />

exhibit. The Lee Mansion Brick Kitchen<br />

and Slave Quarters will be found at 157<br />

Washington St., adjacent to the mansion<br />

itself. The property has since been many<br />

things throughout time, and the museum<br />

has been “pulling back the layers” of<br />

the building to get to its original brick<br />

foundation. The exhibit is funded primarily<br />

through a fundraiser that can be found on<br />

the museum’s website, and is on track to<br />

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launch in 2025.


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"Fred Takes a Leap of Faith," from the exhibit, "Marblehead<br />

Snapshots: The World of Fred Litchman."<br />

Artifacts highlighting the history of shoemaking in<br />

Marblehead, on display at the Lee Mansion.<br />

Marblehead Museum Executive Director Lauren McCormack speaks<br />

about one of her favorites pieces in the museum's collection, the original<br />

illustration of Dartmoor Prison by Marblehead's Glover Broughton, which<br />

was created during the War of 1812.<br />

A model of the Old Meeting House created by<br />

J.O.J. Frost, on display at Marblehead Museum.<br />

An antique pistol on display at the Lee Mansion.


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A Michelle of all trades<br />

By Ryan Vermette<br />

What do sailing, painting, writing, and<br />

clothes-designing all have in common?<br />

They’re all talents of Marblehead resident<br />

Michelle Brown.<br />

While Brown’s main passion is sailing,<br />

which she has done since she was a<br />

young teenager, she has also started her<br />

own clothing line using her paintings and<br />

drawings, and she even has plans to write<br />

a book.<br />

“I’m not afraid to try anything,” Brown<br />

said.<br />

Brown grew up in foster care, which is<br />

where she discovered her knack for sailing.<br />

Her foster dad owned a HerreshOff<br />

America 18 Catboat and would take her<br />

on rides to teach her how to sail.<br />

“I always loved that sailboat,” she said.<br />

She continued sailing after college and<br />

when she moved to Marblehead, she had<br />

been looking for a Catboat exactly like her<br />

foster dad’s.<br />

During the pandemic, she came across<br />

one for sale in town. She made an offer, and<br />

soon after owned a version of the very boat<br />

she grew up on.<br />

“I was looking for the 18 because that<br />

was the childhood boat,” she said. “That<br />

was the fantasy.”<br />

Since then, Brown has become a veteran<br />

of sailing up and down the New England<br />

coast. From the coastal community of<br />

South Dartmouth, Mass., to Bar Harbor,<br />

Michelle Brown on the deck of her catboat, Hiss.<br />

STAFF PHOTO: SPENSER HASAK


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Maine, Brown has participated in a number<br />

of sailing trips and competed in races<br />

across the region.<br />

In a sport that is typically associated<br />

with being an exclusive, male-dominated<br />

club, Brown has broken the mold as a<br />

woman. Just a few weeks ago, she completed<br />

her first independent trip in Padanaram,<br />

Mass.<br />

At the Catboat Association in South<br />

Dartmouth, Brown was awarded with tiki<br />

candles for traveling farther than any other<br />

sailor by herself.<br />

“I’m probably the first woman that’s<br />

ever done that in the Catboat Association,”<br />

Brown said with a chuckle.<br />

Brown said that she is friends with a<br />

number of other female sailors in town, but<br />

only saw two women out sailing during her<br />

entire trip in Maine.<br />

“I would like to see a lot more women<br />

sailing,” Brown said, referencing words<br />

from a speaker at a winter seminar for<br />

women in sailing who encouraged women<br />

to “go try things.”<br />

Speaking of breaking stereotypes, she<br />

also learned how to become a diesel mechanic<br />

just last year.<br />

The boat that she bought was in rough<br />

shape cosmetically, but that wasn’t an issue<br />

for Brown, who had acquired carpentry<br />

skills working on her childhood boat.<br />

“My foster dad always had me doing<br />

things, working with power tools, working<br />

on the boat. He used to take me to auto<br />

body classes when I was like 14 with the<br />

car he gave me.”<br />

As far as becoming an artist, Brown said<br />

it was another “just try it” moment for her<br />

after she was laid off from her corporate<br />

position in 2016.<br />

But like her other talents, she picked it<br />

up rather quickly, watching instructional<br />

YouTube videos and using her prior<br />

experience. Brown had dabbled in painting<br />

and sketching in her 20s, but decided to<br />

seriously pursue it after leaving a brief<br />

career in real estate.<br />

Last year, she won the Marblehead<br />

Festival of Arts Logo Contest with a signal<br />

flag design. At this year’s festival, she saw<br />

a number of people wearing her shirt with<br />

the logo on it, which she said pleasantly<br />

surprised her.<br />

“I was actually really surprised that I<br />

won and I was really surprised that no<br />

one had done a signal flag logo before,”<br />

she said. “It’s a sailing town. It just kind of<br />

came to me.”<br />

Brown’s artwork can be seen and purchased<br />

through her website, shipyardart.<br />

com, which sells fine art, clothing, and<br />

home decor. Her “Wearable Art” collection<br />

showcases clothing and accessories featuring<br />

her original artwork, winning Northshore<br />

Magazine’s Best of the North Shore<br />

award for yoga apparel in 2021 and 2022.<br />

Sea Salt restaurant also currently<br />

features 15 pieces of her artwork that are<br />

available for purchase.<br />

On her website, Brown writes that she<br />

feels art is a path for her to fully express<br />

herself.<br />

“Growing up, I never felt like I fit in or<br />

understood who I really was. I put a lot of<br />

effort into being the girl everyone wanted<br />

me to be, but this just led to me not knowing<br />

my true self,” her website reads. “Art<br />

not only allows me to express my emotions<br />

in a positive way, but it is slowly helping<br />

me find myself again and allowing me to<br />

become the woman I want to be.”<br />

The next challenge that Brown wants to<br />

tackle is becoming an author. She said that<br />

she has already sat down and started the<br />

beginning stages of writing a book, drawing<br />

influence from her experience growing<br />

up as a foster child.<br />

She also hopes to grow her art on her<br />

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Information Destination<br />

By Ben Pierce<br />

The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Information<br />

Booth sits on the island known as Samuel Snow Square<br />

between Essex and Pleasant streets. The square is named<br />

after the last-surviving Civil War veteran in Marblehead,<br />

who died in 1944.<br />

“My father always told me he was the last,” booth<br />

staffer Phil Cash joked.<br />

Cash’s family can claim to have once had ownership<br />

of the last local gas station in town. He — along with<br />

lifelong Marblehead resident Peter Phillips and Town<br />

Historian Donald Doliber — can be found perched under<br />

the awning on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., eager<br />

From left, Town Historian<br />

Don Doliber, Phil Cash, and Peter Phillips are all staffers of the Marblehad Chamber of Commerce Information Booth.<br />

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to help anyone who approaches.<br />

“You have to be breathing, know a little<br />

something about Marblehead, and you have<br />

to be a social person,” Doliber said. “You never<br />

know what you’re going to be asked.”<br />

Doliber, Phillips, and Cash all echoed the<br />

sentiment that they have heard some funny<br />

things and experienced some memorable interactions<br />

throughout their days of manning<br />

the booth.<br />

“One woman said ‘Information booth?’ and<br />

I said ‘Yes?’ She said ‘I want a divorce,’” Doliber<br />

recalled. “I said ‘I’m sorry ma’am, that’s<br />

the next booth down.”<br />

The booth is an extension of the chamber’s<br />

headquarters, which are located further up the<br />

hill on 62 Pleasant St. It appropriately rests<br />

right in front of the border of the Marblehead<br />

Historical District. Its built-in shelves<br />

are filled with brochures from the hundreds<br />

of local businesses the chamber is partnered<br />

with. The booth itself was constructed in 1990<br />

by contractor Jeffrey Martin, who dedicated it<br />

to his late grandfather, H. Edward Martin of<br />

the same profession. It was originally painted<br />

Old Town House yellow with green accents,<br />

until it was given a fresh paint job of soft gray<br />

and navy blue within the last year.<br />

The Information Booth is funded in part<br />

by the Essex National Heritage Commission,<br />

a nonprofit organization that has been<br />

federally authorized to manage and oversee<br />

the unique heritage resources of the region.<br />

The commission’s most recent addition to the<br />

booth came a few years back in the form of<br />

an informative four-sided display that contains<br />

photos of the town’s most scenic views<br />

and a map of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.<br />

Not too long after its construction, the<br />

booth was temporarily relocated so the square<br />

could be renovated. Phillips revealed where<br />

the booth once was, as well as some of the<br />

upgrades it’s received over the years thanks to<br />

a Marblehead icon.<br />

“In the olden days, the booth was actually<br />

across the street where the stone is,” Phillips<br />

explained. “Lars Anderson, out of his<br />

own pocket, paid for electricity, water, and<br />

telephone.”<br />

For Doliber, one memory defines the time<br />

his booth spent in its temporary location.<br />

“Because it was sitting on risers, somebody<br />

had taken a pair of red stockings and slippers<br />

and put it like the booth had landed on top of<br />

the witch, like ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” Doliber<br />

said.<br />

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the<br />

booth averaged more than 5,000 patrons per<br />

year. There was a dramatic drop-off, but Phillips<br />

believes that the booth is gaining back the<br />

popularity it once had. 45<br />

Marblehead Town Historian Don Doliber works the Marblehead<br />

Chamber of Commerce Information Booth.<br />

Various pamphlets and maps at the Marblehead Chamber of<br />

Commerce Information Booth.


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Young artist paint<br />

Marblehead artist Shawn Stolarz has a solo show up at<br />

Marblehead Arts Association entitled "Look."<br />

STAFF PHOTOS: SPENSER HASAK


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s his future bright<br />

By Anthony Cammalleri<br />

The animated, expressive eyes of world-renowned<br />

models such as Georgia Palmer and Kate<br />

Moss, frozen still with oil paint, stare back at art<br />

enthusiasts as they walk through the “Look” gallery<br />

at the Marblehead Arts Association on Hooper<br />

Street. The maestro responsible for these lifelike,<br />

personal, and alluring portraits is not a veteran<br />

painter with 25 years of experience and university-level<br />

training, but Marblehead’s Shawn Stolarz<br />

— a 16-year-old rising junior at Bishop Fenwick<br />

High School.<br />

Stolarz, now co-chair of the Marblehead Arts<br />

Association Youth Council, attended the opening<br />

reception for his “Look” exhibit on Aug. 12. The<br />

gallery primarily features oil paint depictions of<br />

icons and celebrities, with a focus on the expressions<br />

in their eyes.<br />

The paintings, inspired by photographs, consist<br />

of a blend of realist and surrealist techniques and<br />

subdued backgrounds that surface models’ beauty<br />

in a single moment.<br />

ARTIST, continued on page 18


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ARTIST, continued from page 17<br />

“In my current show, I'm inviting the viewer to look further than just<br />

the beauty of a photograph, to take a closer look at and start thinking<br />

about what the model might have been thinking or feeling when the<br />

photograph was taken — their eyes, the way they glance, their faces, their<br />

expressions, you know, the parting of their lips, the tilting of their head,”<br />

Stolarz said. “When you look beyond the beauty, you can start to see the<br />

real person.”<br />

First learning to sketch at the age of 11 by drawing along with art<br />

tutorial videos on YouTube, Stolarz’s budding artistic talents soon evolved<br />

into painting. Now, he spends most of his free time either attending art<br />

classes at Acorn Gallery School of Art in Marblehead or painting at<br />

"Portrait Study II," is a painting of one of Shawn Stolarz's<br />

former art teachers, Jack.


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Shawn Stolarz's current work-in-progress inspired by<br />

Michelangelo's "Battle of Cascina."<br />

the makeshift art studio he set up in his<br />

parents’ garage.<br />

“I love the process of painting. I like<br />

seeing the outcome and where it goes, but<br />

I also just love going into my space and<br />

working and changing things and trying to<br />

fulfill an idea,” Stolarz said.<br />

At Acorn, Stolarz honed his talent and<br />

painted a multitude of abstract paintings,<br />

including multiple portraits of his unacquainted<br />

muse, the British model Kate<br />

Moss. While the young artist’s work is<br />

mainly inspired by human beauty, it is not<br />

constrained to just portraiture.<br />

In April, Swampscott put out a call<br />

for artists to paint four Humphrey Street<br />

utility boxes for a $500 stipend. Stolarz,<br />

who had already painted two utility boxes<br />

on Salem’s Essex and Canal streets, took<br />

on the project. He spent three days across<br />

the street from the Mission on the Bay<br />

restaurant painting a utility box with<br />

detailed blue floral patterns spread across a<br />

white backdrop.<br />

The piece, which Stolarz said was<br />

influenced by the blue-and-white patterns<br />

of Dutch Delftware and Turkish pottery,<br />

depicts an abstract face on the back of the<br />

box — an addition Stolarz said he painted<br />

to add a bit of his love for portraiture to<br />

the project.<br />

“I’m really inspired by contemporary art.<br />

I like to put a huge focus on a painting’s<br />

composition and I really care about its<br />

design,” Stolarz said. “It was a great opportunity.<br />

People stopped by and offered me<br />

drinks, they took pictures, and offered me<br />

ice cream. Everyone was extremely nice.”<br />

One of the teenage artist’s current pieces,<br />

which hangs in the “Look” exhibit as a<br />

work-in-progress, is a 60-inch re-creation<br />

of Michelangelo’s “Battle of Cascina,”<br />

painted on wood, which Stolarz plans to<br />

cover with bright-pink pop art-inspired<br />

flowers.<br />

His next project is a series of bohemian<br />

egg-tempera pieces inspired by the style of<br />

late 19th-century Vogue magazine covers.<br />

“I’ve been planning this painting for<br />

months, fascinated by how the idea of<br />

beauty has evolved over time. We can see<br />

that evolution through fashion, body type,<br />

and body language,” Stolarz said. “I am<br />

making this painting with egg tempera,<br />

which is a medium created by mixing egg<br />

yolk, pigment, and water together. This will<br />

be my first attempt at this medium, so I am<br />

really excited.”<br />

Stolarz, who plans to go to college for<br />

painting and fine arts, said he was in the<br />

process of writing and illustrating a graphic<br />

novel for young adults that he plans to<br />

eventually submit to publishers. He said he<br />

has written roughly 75% of the script, and<br />

hopes to illustrate the first 50 pages before<br />

pitching it.<br />

In the next 10 years, Stolarz said he<br />

hopes to display his work in a variety of<br />

galleries across the world and make his<br />

artistic style and message “distinct and<br />

knowable.”<br />

“I hope and want to be a professional<br />

artist, a professional painter, and hopefully<br />

use galleries to just get my art as far out<br />

there as possible,” Stolarz said. “One of my<br />

long-term dreams is having the opportunity<br />

to paint models from life, as they might<br />

appear on a runway. I find it really inspiring<br />

that the late Lucian Freud, a renowned<br />

British artist, spent nine months painting<br />

Kate Moss in his own style.”<br />

The “Look” exhibit will be on display<br />

until Sept. 24.<br />

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O’NEILL, continued from page 29<br />

this summer.<br />

“I’m really excited about it,” said<br />

O’Neill, who completed 152 of 210 passes<br />

for 2,181 yards and 23 touchdowns<br />

his junior season. “I thought it was an<br />

amazing opportunity and I didn’t think<br />

I could turn it down… I’m looking forward<br />

to working with the coaches. I love<br />

the area and the football they play.”<br />

The last few months, O’Neill was the<br />

talk of the region alongside Marblehead<br />

teammate Connor Cronin, who committed<br />

to play football at Brown in the<br />

spring.<br />

Division 1 offers poured in like Friday-night<br />

fans at Piper Field.<br />

“I enjoyed the process. I was taking<br />

it one day at a time and taking it all in,”<br />

O’Neill said. “It was a crazy couple of<br />

months because it felt like every day<br />

I was throwing for college coaches.<br />

Whether it was here or in New Jersey, it<br />

was a pretty hectic couple of months.”<br />

Hectic indeed, as O’Neill also received<br />

offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, and<br />

Boston College.<br />

But in the end, the Aggies were the<br />

team to get better. From the players to the<br />

Bright Football Complex that sits by the<br />

south endzone, it was love at first sight.<br />

“I chose A&M because I loved the<br />

players there. I felt like on my official visit,<br />

I really connected with them,” O’Neill<br />

said. “The football is obviously nice but<br />

they also have strong academics. I feel<br />

like they’re doing something special<br />

there and I wanted to be a part of it.”<br />

Yes, the quarterback will suit up for an<br />

organization with three national titles<br />

and 18 conference championships, but<br />

visiting powerhouse stadiums isn’t too<br />

bad, either.<br />

“I can’t wait to visit these stadiums. It’s<br />

a dream come true,” said O’Neill, whose<br />

O’NEILL, continued on page 33


32 | <strong>01945</strong><br />

Marblehead quarterback Miles O'Neill scrambles out<br />

of coverage.


O’NEILL, continued from page 31<br />

future school travels to face<br />

Miami, LSU, and Tennessee<br />

this fall. “It has been my<br />

dream since I was five years<br />

old. It’s unbelievable to think<br />

about.”<br />

O’Neill said he knows the<br />

work isn’t done yet, and is<br />

looking forward to earning a<br />

starting spot once he arrives<br />

on campus.<br />

“I know I’m going to have<br />

to work my butt off there. The<br />

coaches think really highly<br />

of me and they want me to<br />

come down to compete for<br />

that spot,” O’Neill said. “I’m<br />

going to be working as hard<br />

as I possibly can and win that<br />

spot as soon as possible.”<br />

To assist with the college<br />

transition, O’Neill hopes his<br />

time with the Hun School of<br />

Princeton helps his growth.<br />

“I decided to go to help<br />

my overall development as<br />

a quarterback,” O’Neill said.<br />

“They have some amazing<br />

coaches and I have been down<br />

there quite a bit and learned<br />

a lot about the mental and<br />

physical parts of the game.”<br />

Texas A&M plays a prostyle<br />

offense – one resembling<br />

the NFL with a similar number<br />

of running and passing<br />

plays – and O’Neill said<br />

transferring will help him get<br />

adjusted to said system.<br />

When asked to describe<br />

his game, without hesitation,<br />

O’Neill jumped to “Josh<br />

Allen.”<br />

“The best way I can describe<br />

my game is to compare<br />

it to Josh Allen’s,” O’Neill<br />

said of the dynamic Buffalo<br />

Bills quarterback. “His<br />

strength is definitely (in) his<br />

arm but he can move around<br />

as well. I like to say I do the<br />

same and try to model my<br />

game after his.”<br />

Well, the Aggies finished<br />

5-7 last season and just 2-6<br />

in the SEC. Come O’Neill’s<br />

arrival, the Lone Star State<br />

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34 | <strong>01945</strong><br />

Marblehead<br />

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The Marblehead Family Fund<br />

is at a bit of an inflection point.<br />

The fund, which is now in its<br />

25th year, raises money for<br />

the renovation and upkeep<br />

of playgrounds across<br />

town, and also sponsors<br />

the annual Pumpkin<br />

Illumination and<br />

Gingerbread Festival<br />

each fall as part of<br />

those fundraising<br />

efforts.<br />

In 2021, the fund completed a<br />

$300,000 renovation of the Hobbs<br />

Playground — overhauling the<br />

play space at Brook Road and<br />

Ware Lane to feature new equipment<br />

and creating a more inclusive<br />

space. With that project now in<br />

the rearview mirror, the fund<br />

is plotting out its goals moving forward,<br />

which may include another<br />

wholesale renovation or smaller<br />

projects that touch several different<br />

areas across town.<br />

“The large capital campaign<br />

and push and efforts that went<br />

into the Hobbs rebuild kind of left<br />

us starting a little bit over from<br />

that sort of capital building and<br />

planning phase,” Fund Board<br />

Marblehead's William Ladd slides down after his brother Oliver Ladd at Hobbs Playground.<br />

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member Meghan Tosto explained. “Once<br />

we've landed on a final project, that will help<br />

us better identify the full scope and scale of<br />

a future capital campaign to support a playground<br />

project.”<br />

In the short to medium term, Tosto said,<br />

the fund will continue to support its community-based<br />

events that in turn support fundraising<br />

and capital building. But, the fund’s<br />

members have also begun discussions about<br />

taking on smaller projects rather than fullscale<br />

renovations akin to the Hobbs project.<br />

That might mean the fund is responsible<br />

more for repairing and replacing equipment<br />

in pieces rather than all at once.<br />

To that end, the fund has plans to conduct<br />

walkthroughs of all of the playgrounds<br />

overseen by the Recreation and Parks<br />

Department.<br />

“That's a really valuable way to potentially<br />

determine the next project,” Tosto said.<br />

Founded in 1998 by a group of mothers,<br />

the fund is also responsible for previous renovations<br />

at the Gerry Playground on Stramski<br />

Way, Devereux Beach, Bud Orne, Seaside,<br />

the Telescope at Chandler Hovey Park, and<br />

the Spyglass at Fort Sewell. While the town<br />

is responsible for upkeep at its parks, no<br />

line item exists in the operating budget for<br />

maintenance or repairs — and so the Family<br />

Fund was born.<br />

The fund remains “in lockstep” with the<br />

Recreation and Parks Department, fellow<br />

Board member Meghan Gainor said, adding<br />

that the department often serves as the fund’s<br />

eyes and ears as it tracks playgrounds across<br />

town.<br />

For Gainer, volunteering for the fund was<br />

a no-brainer.<br />

“Nobody sees the value until you see your<br />

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that you are questioning whether or not<br />

you need a tetanus shot to be playing on or<br />

it's clearly unsafe, or you have a child who<br />

has special needs that goes to a playground<br />

and can't actually play on anything,” she<br />

said. “That's when it becomes valuable and<br />

that’s really why the people who volunteer<br />

for Marblehead Family Fund are the<br />

people that see that value and say ‘I want to<br />

do something about this. I want to make a<br />

difference.’”<br />

And, she said more and more people<br />

across town are recognizing that value of<br />

having an organization like Marblehead<br />

Family Fund — evidenced best, perhaps, by<br />

the fact that the fund raised $300,000 for the<br />

Hobbs renovation.<br />

“No small feat,” Gainer said.<br />

“It really is an important space to get our<br />

kids outside playing in a safe and inclusive<br />

environment,” she added.<br />

Fellow Board member Laney Dowling<br />

noted that the Gingerbread Festival and<br />

Pumpkin Illumination have become important<br />

annual traditions in town, and without<br />

the Family Fund, they would simply no<br />

longer exist.<br />

“There's the value [of the fund] right<br />

there,” she said.<br />

Dowling, Gainer, and Tonto are mothers<br />

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Tonto is the most recent member of the<br />

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