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Contributing Editors

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Hannah Chadwick

Allysha Dunnigan

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06 What's Up

07 Sophia's legacy

10 House Money

12 Crunchy Inc.

16 Stats at a glance

18 Sloan Style

20 Warwick Way

22 Santa stroll

24 Redd's racers

29 Shubie's due

30 MacMarblehead

32 Designing duo

35 A look back

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This edition of 01945 could easily be called The Women of Marblehead.

Kathy Walters, Molly Haley, Liv Dolce, Jennifer Lewis, Jaime Sloan, Silvia VIA

Leary, and Carol Shube. Each is interesting and, collectively, they make this edition


Kathy Walters and Molly Haley were inspired 50 years ago by the womens'

movement to launch Handprints, a fabric-design business that created patterns and

designs for a wide array of clothing and commercial fabric products. Marblehead

Museum is honoring their legacy with a display dedicated to their dream. Hannah

Chadwick chronicles their story.

Liv Dolce decided the granola she fed her children for years was worth a shot as a

commercial venture, and thus was born Liv Healthy Gourmet Granola. Feast your

eyes on Ally Dunnigan's story.

MacRae's Sustainable Goods marks its first anniversary this month and Mike

Alongi's story details how Jennifer Lewis, who owns the Washington Street store,

has built success on the motto, "Feel good about buying from your North Shore


Warwick Cinema — another town icon — broadened its artistic reach this fall by

hosting an art exhibition featuring work by Lynn native Silvia VIA Leary, and

titled, "Women of Color in the Arts." Check out Ally Dunnigan's story.

Jaime Sloan, who grew up in town, rose like a phoenix from the ashes of her

former North Andover boutique to launch her store, Sanctum Style, at MarketStreet

Lynnfield, which is filled with au courant fashion. Anne Marie Tobin has her story.

On a sadder note, Sophia Smith lost her battle with cancer, but town residents

rallied to create the “Arms Around Sophia” scholarship in her memory. Sam Minton

has the story.

Not that this issue is devoted entirely to women.

Daniel Joseph Cedrone III, for instance, is the third-generation male in his family

to carry on the art of stone engraving and run Marblehead Memorial. See Alena

Kuzub’s story.

Sure, most boaters have hauled out their craft from Marblehead Harbor by late

fall, but the model boat racers who sail their 50-inch-long "yachts" on Redd's

Pond were still tacking and coming about on a miniature scale in October. Jakob

Menendez did double duty, writing and photographing this fun story.

Great stories all.

But back to the Women of Marblehead. Adhering to a truism that the way to my

heart is through my stomach, my favorite woman featured in this edition of 01945

is probably Carol Shube. Along with her husband, George, and son, Doug, Carol

Shube –– unbeknownst to her –– puts a smile on my face at least four times a week.

That’s because my favorite Marblehead woman (not featured in this edition –– until

this sentence, I guess) is a Shubiephile who undoubtedly has something purchased

at Shubie’s awaiting us for dinner. Maybe a meatloaf sandwich or a roast beef wrap

or a chicken breast with sriracha mayonnaise (a/k/a the orange stuff ) or . . .

I’m hungry. I have to go. Enjoy the women (and, I suppose, the men) of 01945.

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Calling all artists

What: Design the 2022 Marblehead Festival

of Arts logo, with the winning design

displayed on organization merchandise,

signs, and web pages.

Where: Go to marbleheadfestival.org for

contest entry information.

When: The deadline for submitting entries

is Sunday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m., with the

winning logo unveiled at a party scheduled

for January.

Get the pass

What: Abbot Public Library patrons can

reserve passes to some Greater Bostonarea

museums, zoos, and the New England


Where: Passes may be reserved by visiting

abbotlibrary.org or by visiting the library

circulation desk, 235 Pleasant St., or calling


When: Check museum or other venue

websites for admission hours.

Spread some cheer

What: The annual SPUR Holiday Cheer

drive to provide winter essentials and

gifts to more than 600 area children is


Where: Visit the spur.community website

to make a tax-deductible Holiday Cheer gift

or to be a Bundle of Cheer sponsor.

When: Bundles of Cheer are due at the

SPUR office, 6 Anderson St., by Monday,

Dec. 6.

Many helping hands

What: Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor

supports the Marblehead Food Pantry as

part of the club's commitment to reducing

food insecurity.

Where: Visit rotaryclubofmheadharbor.org

for information on Rotary programs and

joining Rotary.

When: Check the website for the Zoom link

to tune into the Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. weekly


400 years ago

What: "This Land is Their Land" chronicles

the Wampanoag Nation's ongoing selfdetermination

struggle preceding Plymouth

Colony in 1620 and continuing today.

Where: David J. Silverman discusses his

book during the Marblehead Museum's

Tuesday Evening Book Club. Go to

marbleheadmuseum.org to sign up for the

Zoom link.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m.

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continues to wrap its arms around


By Sam Minton

Jennifer Smith, the mother of Sophia Smith, stands in the backyard of her friend and partner Tracy Ackerman's Marblehead home. Photos: Jakob Menendez

It has nearly been three years

since Sophia Smith died, but

her impact continues to live on

throughout Marblehead.

At 11 years old, Sophia was

diagnosed with a rare form of

pediatric cancer called diffuse intrinsic

pontine glioma (DIPG). There is currently

no treatment for this form of cancer in the

United States.

Sophia and her family had to go to London

in order to receive treatment, which was

not covered by insurance. Tracy Ackerman

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and four other friends of Sophia's mother,

Jennifer, began to help the family out with

fundraising to cover the cost of the trips.

A year after Sophia died, Jennifer knew

that she wanted to do something to honor

her daughter. Jennifer, along with Ackerman

and friends, came up with the idea to sell

holiday planters.

The goal was to make $1,000 in five

weeks, but Jennifer and her friends were

able to make $10,000.

In the early days, Jennifer kept her

daughter's diagnosis quite private due to

Sophia having two sisters, but once she

opened up, the town of Marblehead was

there to help. On top of giving gift cards to

the family, the community checked in on

the little things as well.

"(They would) make sure your lawn

was mowed — the things you don't think

about. Make sure you have groceries in your

refrigerator, make sure your sheets are clean

when you came home from London and

that just continued into this planter idea,"

said Jennifer.

People around town volunteered to

deliver planters as well as help Jennifer out

when she was really busy.

"I think it was her (Sophia) and her

personality that brought people together

and made them want to do nice things for

her because she was that kind of person,"

said Jennifer.

Jennifer was able to give out the first

"Arms Around Sophia" scholarship this

year. Students who were interested in

applying for the scholarship were asked to

write about their passion. The first winner,

Lucas Koughan, a Berklee College of Music

student, will receive $1,000 for four years

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Liv Dolce turned a

healthy family snack

into a multi-state

granola business.

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for you

and me

By Allysha Dunnigan

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Liv Dolce has been making healthy, organic

granola for her four children for years,

but only recently did she decide to turn her

recipe into a brand.

Liv Healthy Gourmet Granola is now

on shelves in stores in Massachusetts,

New Hampshire, and New York, offering

customers granola laced with cinnamon and

sea salt as well as peanut butter and cacao.

Dolce got a degree in integrative nutrition

health coaching and went to training

and seminars to learn how what you put

into your body impacts you.

She had always been interested in food

and cooking, but saw how important it is

to eat healthy, low-sugar foods made with

good ingredients.

Liv Dolce offers two versions of her gourmet granola, which she sells at Shubie's and Crosby's in town:

Cinnamon Sea Salt and Peanut Butter Cacao.

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Liv Dolce mixes together a batch of Liv Healthy Peanut Butter Cacao Gourmet Granola as she works in the commercial kitchen of St. Michael's Episcopal Church

in Old Town.

When looking for low-sugar, healthy

snack options for her children, Dolce decided

to take it into her own hands — making

nutritious granola at home.

While this was easy and quick to make,

Dolce said her kids also loved it, which was

a plus.

She then began making granola for

her friends and for teacher gifts, and kept

getting good feedback.

"People would ask when I was making

it and ask for a bag or jar for them," Dolce


In 2017, she sold her granola for the first

time through Instagram.

She posted about how she was making a

special batch for holiday gifts, and sold out

the 100 batches she made within 24 hours.

"It was exciting," Dolce said. "It kind of

felt like I was on to something."

Being busy with her young kids, she

continued to make the granola, but only for

holiday batches in December and teacher

gifts in June.

She then began to receive emails and

messages from people asking if they could

order more batches during times when she

wasn't making it.

Given all of the positive feedback she

received, she and her husband, James, talked

about making the granola into something

more than just a twice-per-year product.

"I logged that feedback and felt encouraged

and this past year, we decided to make

a go of it and see how it would do in a larger

market," Dolce said.

She began working out of the commercial

kitchen at St. Michael's Church in

Old Town and went through training and

licensing requirements to be able to take her

product to the market.

Liv Healthy Gourmet Granola first

started selling through farm direct co-op —

a CSA in Marblehead — in April and at

numerous farmers markets over the summer.

Dolce then got her wholesale license in

September, and now her granola is in 20

stores across New England.

Her husband is spearheading the sales

and is continuing to expand the stores that

carry the granola.

Dolce said her granola can be found primarily

in specialty markets and food co-ops

as well as in Crosby's, Shubie's, and Maria's


The granola can also be found in the

lakes region in New Hampshire and New

York, because Dolce has family ties there.

"It's been very exciting," Dolce said. "It's

kind of surreal. I feel like we haven't picked

our heads up to acknowledge it yet."

Dolce said she is hesitant to be overly

excited because they need to make sure the

product sells at the stores, but so far, she said

the sales have been great.

"We've had reorders from pretty much

every store we're in," she said. "I think the

fact that it's a small, family-owned business

that's made right here in town is very

appealing to people."

While there are a number of granola

brands, Dolce said what sets hers apart is

the high-quality ingredients in the small


Her whole idea for the granola stemmed

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from her looking for other brands in the

store, and noticing that she didn't want the

products with canola oil or other processed

ingredients in what she's feeding her


She wanted organic oats, more protein

and nuts, and ingredients that make a

difference when it comes to taste and health


"When you're buying a batch of grocery-store

granola, you're not going to get

the same taste that you are when you're

buying one that was made and bagged in

the same town yesterday," Dolce said.

While she is still the only one making

the granola, she said determining what stage

and level they'll need to hire more people is

on the horizon.

In the process of learning the business

from the ground up, Dolce said it's fun to

see where every day takes them and they are

not going to overthink anything.

"Having the confidence in the product

and knowing — over the years of sharing it

and getting positive feedback — just knowing

while we may not know the industry, we

know we have a good product," Dolce said.

"That's given us the confidence to go for it."

Her original flavor, Cinnamon Sea Salt,

has a 50/50 ratio of nuts to oats, which she

said is higher than a typical granola and

adds more protein, lower carbohydrates, and

a higher level of healthy fats.

The label says "just sweet enough,"

which she said reflects the low sugar content

from maple syrup or raw honey so that it's

not overwhelming and can be incorporated

into a healthier diet.

She also uses organic chia, flax, and

hemp seeds in her granola, which she said

also amps up the health factor.

Her granola is also kid-approved with all

of its healthy fixings.

When selling at farmers markets during

the summer, Dolce said parents would come

up wary of granola, but when the kids tried

it and really liked it, she said it was the best


Dolce is working toward sourcing all of

her products locally, speaking with someone

in Western Massachusetts to buy her syrup

and getting oats from Maine, but said the

nuts are difficult to purchase locally.

"I'm trying to move towards getting as

much locally as I can," she said. "I, in turn,

want to support local businesses."

Dolce set a goal this past spring to get

into Crosby's in the next year, so she said

dropping that shipment off in October was


"It will be really fun to see where it goes

from here," she said.

To learn more about Liv Healthy Gourmet

Granola, visit www.livhealthynutrition.

com/livhealthygranola. 45

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by the numbers

Population, 2010: 19,808

Population, 2020: 20,441

Percentage of female residents: 52.9 percent

Percentage of female residents 16 years and older working: 61.3 percent

Percentage of residents identifying as Black or African American: 1.6 percent

Percentage of residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino: 5 percent

Percentage of households with a language other than English spoken: 13.1 percent

Number of households, 2015-19: 8,122

Median value of owner-occupied home: $675,400

Persons per household, 2015-19: 2.51

Percentage of residents 65 years or younger with a disability: 3.1 percent

Percentage of residents who earned a bachelor's degree or higher: 71.3 percent

Percentage of residents without health insurance: 2.3 percent

Mean commuting time to work, 2015-19: 32.5 minutes

Median household income, 2015-19: $128,641

Source: U.S. Census 2020 Quick Facts


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Style is as Sanctum does

By Anne Marie Tobin

There has been no shortage

of challenges and adversity

during the COVID-19

pandemic — if you don't

believe it, just ask Jaime


Co-owner of Sanctum Style with her

husband Ryan McCarthy, Sloan runs an

upscale men's and women's boutique at

MarketStreet Lynnfield; her challenges

began long before the words "COVID-19,"

"coronavirus," "pivot," and "protocol," and

the acronyms "PPP" and "PPE" became

everyday parts of our pandemic vocabulary.

Sloan spent most of her childhood in

Marblehead before moving to Andover.

An Andover High graduate, Sloan and

McCarthy had recently moved back to

Massachusetts after living in New York City,

where she was a jack (and master) of all

trades, working in fashion and dabbling in

the performing arts as a playwright, opera

singer, and actor.

In the fall of 2017, Sloan opened Dani

Kaye, a small boutique-specialty store on

Main Street in North Andover. The name

was inspired in part by her experience in


"You know if you have your name in the

title, you are going to die, so there was no

way I wanted my store named after me," she

said with a laugh. "I also like the fact that

the Biblical name Daniel refers to God being

your judge and the word Kaye in Celtic

means keeper of the keys. I feel it's important

that you not get hung up on what people

think you should be. You have to own who

you are and be willing to take risks."

Sloan slowly built a solid customer base.

After just celebrating Dani Kaye's first anniversary,

everything came to a halt on Sept.

13, 2018 when the Columbia Gas Company

explosions literally rocked not only her

business, but her home life as well.

"I was in the store and then went out

for lunch and saw all these people on the

street," Sloan said. "Flames were shooting

out of the Chowder Factory building. I

scrambled to turn off all the valves before

we had to evacuate not just the store, but

our apartment. We literally had 10 minutes

to get our stuff out. We were freaking out

because we didn't know if there would be

smash-and-grab looting. It was terrible. The

stench of smoke was everywhere."

The following week, Sloan was in New

York City on a pre-planned spring buying


"I think I cried the whole time I was

there and was just a mess through the whole

show," Sloan said. "I had no idea if I still

had a business. My clients had lost their

homes. It was really scary. We had a long

battle with the adjusters and problems with

our landlord. It was just a disaster."

Despite the adversity, Sloan managed

to find a silver lining. She hit the road,

bringing her product to her clientele. When

she saw an unmet demand for protective

masks, she organized a group of sewers to

make masks. All told, she donated more

than 200,000.

"We met regularly at Dunkin' Donuts to

organize and it got to the point where fire

departments, nurses, people just wanted any

kind of mask they could find," Sloan said.

"It was such a wild time, but people needed

masks, so I drove everywhere picking up and

delivering. It got to the point where Ryan

said, 'Can you just please come home?'"

Sloan made the painful decision to

walk away from Dani Kaye when her lease

expired in July 2019.

"We just packed everything up and left,"

she said. "It was horrible. I was heartbroken.

I looked at other spaces but I wasn't going

to sign another lease in a pandemic without

a vaccine. I was also concerned about the

fact that cold weather was coming and I just

couldn't take on that risk."

As things began to settle down, Sloan

entertained thoughts of opening a popup

at MarketStreet. She took the plunge with

a full storefront, opening over Labor Day


"It's remarkable that I was the first of

eight new businesses opening this fall,"

Sloan said. "I feel that a smaller business,

we're leaner and we can pivot easier and

quicker than larger retailers. It's great to see

so many people taking advantage of so many


Jaime Sloan, the owner of Sanctum Style at MarketStreet Lynnfield, rests her hand on a shelf that she and her husband built by hand with wood sourced from

the Portsmouth Naval Yard.

Photo: Jakob Menendez

Winter 2021 | 19

So far, so good, she says.

"Business has been good, so I can't

complain," said Sloan, a Swampscott native.

"People are still discovering us, but I have

a great group of customers from my North

Andover store and they are so loyal so they

are finding me. This location has turned

out to be an ideal location for my business.

Being able to open here has been a huge win

for us."

Sloan describes Sanctum Style as an

upscale boutique offering a multi-designer

assortment and the latest in fashion trends.

Sloan said its assortment is inspired by her

love of fashion and contemporary-city style.

Notable brands include Frame and Paige

Denim in both men’s and women’s styles;

Vince, Faherty, Rails, and ATM Anthony

Thomas Melillo for men; and Good American,

Misa Los Angeles, Ramy Brook, and

Jonathan Simkhai for women.

Sloan said a sanctum is defined as “a

sacred and holy place where one is free

from intrusion” and that is exactly what her

Sanctum Style provides her clients.

"Created as a special place to discover

not only what is new and current, Sanctum

Style seeks to enhance and transform one’s

personal style," said Sloan, who describes

her style as "cosmopolitan" with an emphasis

on upscale casual. "We cater to a lot

of people in banking, real estate, people

who generally are more professional, more

conservative, but we also have a lot of moms

who want functional wardrobes."

The store provides a personalized-shopping

service with knowledgeable stylists

on hand to work one-on-one with guests.

Personal shopping appointments are also

available to book online (www.sanctumstyle.

com | @sanctumstyle).

Sloan is no stranger to the world of luxury

fashion and fine jewelry. She worked for

more than a decade for several top retailers

including Barneys New York, John Hardy

and David Yurman at Saks 5th Avenue

and Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, as well as

Tiffany & Company on 5th Avenue. A

self-proclaimed anti-fashion fashionista,

she said she developed her no-nonsense

style philosophy from her experience as an

opera singer in New York City, as well as her

experience working in high fashion.

"I just kind of fell into luxury retailing

when I was running around the city

performing and I had clients who needed

wardrobe help, like I did," she said. "It was

a matter of being able to always be ready

while carrying around as little as you could."

Sloan grew up in Marblehead, spending

significant time in the family business, Sloan

Machinery in Lynn (now in New Hampshire).

She moved to Andover when she

was a teenager, graduating from Andover

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from McGill University in Montreal with a

degree in vocal performance.

Some time after graduating, she moved

to New York City. Her first "real job" was at

Columbia Artist Management, where she

met her husband.

Sloan said she is encouraging people to

start their holiday shopping early and also to

shop local.

"I've been telling people to get on your

shopping early as the supply-chain problems

are real," Sloan said. "For me, being in a

small specialty market, I feel I have a small

competitive edge compared to the larger

chain-style stores. You will get customer

service and also do your happy dance as this

is the perfect opportunity to reconnect in

their community.

"I don't say we sell product; we sell experiences,

the moments when you wear that

special piece at a special occasion. COVID

took much of that away from us. I view my

business as being facilitators to help people

make those moments and memories. We've

created a space, a refuge for people to escape

and for people to play. For me, the best

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meets the

art scene

By Allysha Dunnigan

Lynn artist Silvia VIA Leary, left, has

partnered with Kat Black, creative director

of the Beacon Restaurant Group and general

manager of Warwick Cinemas, to bring

her "1 Paint" series to Warwick as part of

the "Women of Color in the Arts" series.

Photo: Spenser Hasak

It's not all big-screen magic on

Pleasant Street — Warwick

Entertainment, in association with

The Beacon Restaurant Group,

is hosting an ongoing series of exhibits in

the Women of Color in the Arts Series

(WOCA), featuring many art forms and


The series is produced by Urban Artists

with the intent to celebrate diversity, equity,

and inclusion.

Johnny Ray, owner of The Beacon

Restaurant and Bar at 123 Pleasant St., created

the WOCA Series at Warwick Place

theater with Creative Director Kat Black,

saying WOCA is a project that is near and

dear to his heart.

"As the father of mixed children with

a very talented and exceptionally bright

daughter, the fact that the opportunities to

showcase her talents might be limited by

her background was something that always

concerned me," Ray said.

This series kicked off in September with

Lynn native Silvia Leary, also known as

VIA, who presented her "1 Paint" series

during a Friday night event at Warwick


1 Paint consists of paintings representing

the past year from the Black Lives

Matter (BLM) protests to the COVID-19


"I wanted to really highlight, through art,

that there's really no such thing as a Black

or white human, and I was able to do that

through my paintings," VIA said.

Some of her paintings are of historical

figures who fought for civil rights, including

Muhammed Ali, Frederick Douglass,

Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr.,

and Malcom X.

VIA said this series addresses a variety

of issues in the past year, including people

being stuck inside, politics, the BLM movement,

and COVID-19.

"We need to all take a step back and

realize we are one," VIA said. "I figured if

I could paint a series — that's why it's called

the 1 Paint series — then people could

come out and see this event and realize 'why

are we fighting?'"

One of the main paintings in her series

is of a heart containing the No. 1 in the

middle, painted with different colors representing

different skin colors.

"This is to really highlight the (idea)

around: why we are fighting with each other

if we're all really the same (on the inside),

just different colors," VIA said.

Ray said when he first met VIAas a

guest at the restaurant, she expressed her

desire to have a gallery show there.

"That was the genesis and the inspiration

to feature an entire series of artists," Ray


He and Black then discussed ideas for

what the name of the series could be and,

once they decided on the Women of Color

in the Arts Series, they acquired the rights

to the domain to establish a presence on the


After getting to know VIA personally

and professionally, Ray and Black decided

that, given the artist's roots on the North

Shore, she would be an excellent choice to

be the person to represent WOCA Boston.

Every year, VIA works on a new series

and paints a different piece every couple of

months, hosting an event when the series is


Her event at The Warwick consisted of

a silent auction, which included a signed

photo of Devin and Jason McCourty from

the New England Patriots, a baseball signed

by Boston Red Sox players, a New England

Revolution Soccer shirt signed by Carles

Gil, and a shirt signed by former Celtics

player Antoine Walker.

Walker also attended the event for a

meet and greet and to support VIA 's

cause, as they are good friends.

The funds raised at this event were donated

to girls’ varsity sports in Lynn, many

of whose team members attended the event.

"I played basketball and soccer at Classical,

and I feel like the girls' teams don't get

enough attention," VIA said. "Every year,

I try to find somewhere to give back to."

The event had a cash bar at The Beacon

Restaurant and Bar — which is attached to

the cinema — appetizers, dance performers,

and art.

Ray said he and Black are going to continue

meeting with VIA to discuss plans

moving forward for the WOCA Boston

series and to find more artists to feature.

"We are all very excited about the

far-reaching implications both locally and

globally for this project," Ray said.

Ray plans to continue hosting female

artists of color at the Warwick indefinitely,

as they are currently renovating the space

between the Beacon and the Warwick to

better fit an art gallery.

To learn more about the WOCA series,

visit wocaboston.com or thebeaconmarblehead.com/women-of-color-art-series.


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Marblehead resident Harford Steen, 3, points to a gingerbread house during 2020 The Marblehead Christmas Walk. Photo: Olivia Falcigno

On the stroll

for Santa

The 50th annual Marblehead

Christmas Walk

and Holiday Stroll presented

by the Marblehead

Chamber of Commerce

is Dec. 2-5. Here is the events schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 2 -

5-7 p.m. Open House: Enjoy festive

decorations and the winter member and

small works exhibit at Marblehead Arts

Association, 8 Hooper St.

6-8 p.m. Holiday Shop & Stroll

7 p.m. St. Michael's tree lighting at

St. Michael's Church lawn, Washington

Street at Summer Street.

Friday, Dec. 3 -

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wonderland of

Wreaths at Marblehead Museum (170

Washington St.) Noon-5 p.m. Festive

decorations and winter member and small

works exhibit at Marblehead Arts Association,

8 Hooper St.

3 - 6 p.m. Gingerbread Festival at Jeremiah

Lee Mansion gardens, 161 Washington


4:45-5:30 p.m. or 6:15pm: Candlelight

Tour - 200 Years of Shopping in Marblehead

(134 Washington St.).

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Annual tree lighting

ceremony and music (Across from National

Grand Bank).

7:30 p.m. Lobster trap tree lighting

and sea shanties at Mud Puddle Toys (1

By Thor Jourgensen/ Courtesy Marblehead Chamber of Commerce

Pleasant St.)

Saturday, Dec. 4 -

8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Entertainment at

State Street Landing

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Our Lady Star of the Sea

Christmas fair, 85 Atlantic Avenue.

9:30 - 10 a.m. Approximate time of

Santa’s arrival by lobster boat at State Street


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Gingerbread Festival at

the Jeremiah Lee Mansion Gardens, 161

Washington St.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wonderland of

Wreaths at Marblehead Museum, 170

Washington St.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Holiday gift expo and

snowflake festival at Masonic Lodge, 62

Pleasant St.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Silhouette Portrait

appointments at Mud Puddle Toys, 1

Pleasant St.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ice Sculpture Garden

on the grounds of Abbot Hall, 188 Washington


11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Artisans Market at

Abbot Hall (188 Washington St.)

Noon Holiday parade throughout town.

Noon - 2 p.m. Bill Conly, "Marblehead's

Waterfront..." author, book signing

at Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington


Noon - 5 p.m. Festive decorations and

winter member and small works exhibit at

Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St.

4:45 - 5:30 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. Candlelight

Tour - 200 years of shopping in

Marblehead, 134 Washington St.

8 p.m. Old North Festival chorus and

orchestra, 35 Washington St.

9 p.m. Better Than Nothing band

playing at The Beacon Restaurant, 123

Pleasant St.

Sunday, Dec. 5 -

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Holiday gift expo and

Snowflake Festival at Masonic Lodge, 62

Pleasant St.

10 a.m .- 4 p.m.: Silhouette Portrait

appointments at Mud Puddle Toys, 1

Pleasant St.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Gingerbread Festival

at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion gardens, 161

Washington St.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wonderland of

Wreaths at Marblehead Museum, 170

Washington St.

Noon - 2 p.m. Dan Dixey, "Growing

up in Marblehead" author, book signing at

Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington St.

Noon - 4 p.m. Artisans Market at

Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St.

Noon - 5 p.m. Festive decorations and

winter member and small works exhibit at

Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper


7:30 p.m. Old North Festival Chorus

and Orchestra, 35 Washington St.


A Common


The self-made success

story of two of

Marblehead’s top agents

Bill Willis & Christine Tierney

Senior Vice Presidents



If visiting their Compass office in

Marblehead, there’s a good chance

you’ll hear Bill Willis or Christine

Tierney call out “Alexa, play James

Taylor radio”. They have good

judgement when it comes to music.

They have better judgement when it

comes to character. Chalk that

up to Willis and Tierney being two

of the most genuine people you’ll

ever meet.

To know them is to unequivocally

understand ‘You’ve got a Friend’ in

both business and in life.

It’s hard to liken their happenstance

meeting to anything other than

fate. The duo met a decade prior to

joining forces, and three years before

Tierney even got her start in real

estate. Little did they know that ten

years and a highly successful real

estate partnership later, they would

be among the first to usher Compass

into the North Shore.

The two are at vastly different

stages of life and career. They use

that to their advantage, playing to

one another’s strengths which only

amplifies client experience. Their

mutual admiration and respect for

one another is clear. Simply put, their

unlikely partnership just works.

“As different as we would appear to

be, there’s a common foundation

in how we view life and approach

business,” said Willis.

Both self-made, they grew up

understanding the value of hard

work. That understanding is

exemplified in every move they

make. Their service covers the

breadth of the market with Willis

working as a longtime powerhouse

in the luxury market and Tierney,

a fast-rising star across the

North Shore.

“We both do what it takes to

work in the best interest of our

clients,” Tierney said. “Whether it’s

Bill loading trash at a $7,000,000

property or me getting rid of a dead

rat in the basement of a condo, we

do what it takes.”

There certainly are no egos here.

Quite the contrary, actually. The

two are quick to self-deprecate,

and have a unique ability to make

others feel truly welcome and

uniquely important.

“We have a good time,” said Tierney.

“I have fun at everything I do,” Willis

echoed. “You can work and still have

fun, they’re not mutually exclusive.”

It’s rare to find agents who have

reached their level of success while

still remaining authentic to their

roots; but you’ll find that when

working with Willis and Tierney. It’s

a quality to be appreciated, but once

you experience it firsthand, you’ll

find just “How Sweet It Is.”

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Photos and story by

Jakob Menendez

The sound of a countdown

clock reminiscent of a rocket

launch sequence reverberates

across the water and fills the

air surrounding Redd’s Pond

on a crisp fall day in October.

Seventeen men arrayed in a tidy line

stand on the concrete edge just near the water.

Each of them hold a radio transmitter.

They listen intently for the telltale twang

of an animatronic bell, the start of a sight

familiar to Marblehead residents: a yacht

race — but not one coursing across coastal

waters bordering the town.

Seventeen model yachts, as they’re officially

called, cross over the starting line at a

blistering speed of maybe a full knot. There

are no motors in these boats — they’re

powered by the wind and controlled by their






Model yacht racers, in attendance for the

Chowder Regatta held by the Marblehead

Model Yacht Club, sit and stand on the

edge of Redd's Pond as they compete.

A racer walks by with a radio transmitter in

hand as model yachts drift through Redd's

Pond during one of the heats.

Model yachts race past each other toward

the finish mark as they catch a strong gust

of wind in Redd's Pond.

Attendees of the Chowder Regatta race


inspect and disassemble their boats before

packing them in their cars.

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Standley Goodwin, 83, joined the Marblehead Model Yacht Club in 1954, and has raced on Redd's Pond ever since.

captains who can change the direction of

their sails with the flick of a joystick.

The competition is stiff at the Chowder

Regatta, an annual race that, as you may

have guessed, serves a chowder lunch, and

is hosted every year at Redd’s Pond by the

Marblehead Model Yacht Club (MMYC).

The miniature models of sailing yachts

are hand built to meet specific classifications.

The most popular model raced at

Redd’s is, of course, the Marblehead 50-800

Class, so named because the boats were to

be made 50 inches long, with 800 square

inches of sail space.

Model yacht racing at Redd’s can be

traced back to as far as 1892 when a version

of the club first began setting sail. A member

of the MMYC, Roy Clough, is credited

with helping to create the iconic M class in

1930, which would go on to become one of

the world’s most widely-used model yacht

classes for pond racing.

The first model boats were called "free

sails," and were controlled solely by the wind

and a small feather on the back of the boat.

Standley Goodwin, an 83-year-old

engineer whose work on missile-guidance

systems at Draper Laboratories helped put

Neil Armstrong on the moon, has lived in

a white wooden house with views of Redd’s

Pond his whole life, “except for the first two

weeks,” as Goodwin will say. His parents

hand-built it in 1937, gifting the home to

him after their passing.

He laughs when asked what age he started

sailing: “The minute I was old enough

to buy a boat,” Goodwin says with a smile.

Though he had been building and sailing for

a few years before he was 16, it was in 1954

that he officially joined the MMYC.

Goodwin credits himself with the

success that the MMYC would have in the

following years in terms of membership.

“The club had virtually died at that point.

The older members were having meetings,

but they weren't sailing. There were a

half-dozen younger kids who got interested

all at the same time; we kind of resurrected

the affair, and we've been sailing there ever


Memorabilia from Goodwin’s sailing

days are spread throughout his house in

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Marblehead Model Yacht Club Commodore Benjamin Franklin "Biff" Martin's apartment is home to boats

and sails, old and new, including ones he is repairing.

every nook and cranny that can afford the

space: boats, sails, national sailing magazines,

and plaques from his various title


Many of those plaques include National

Championship titles, a race that Goodwin

has won eight times throughout his

multi-decade sailing career. His first was in

Toronto, Canada in 1974, a race in which

Goodwin “came out of nowhere” to secure

the title while racing among the bigwig

sailing names of the time.

Nowadays, Goodwin mostly stays away

from the spotlight and traveling that

marked his more successful years as a model

sailor. Now he mainly sails on Sundays, one

of the MMYC’s official sailing days, though

fewer and fewer boats are being launched at

Redd’s Pond, in part due to the weather, but

also due to a steady decline in membership

over the past few years.

When Goodwin goes out now, he’s lucky

to see even two other sailors out on the

pond getting their boats wet. One of them

that he can usually count on is the MMYC’s

commodore, Benjamin Franklin Martin,

though everyone calls him Biff.

Martin, also a Marblehead native who

grew up a stone’s throw away from Redd’s

Pond, deems the pond the “Mecca” of model

yacht racing.

“This is where it all began,” says Martin.

“It's where the Marblehead class began, and

everyone loves to come and sail on Redd’s

Pond even though it drives them nuts. The

trees around it make it almost impossible to

just come there and sail and win.”

Martin and Goodwin have been close

friends for nearly 60 years and counting, in

large part due to model yacht racing. Martin

is quick to acknowledge that Goodwin is

the most successful racer that Redd’s Pond

has ever seen.

“He’s a piece of work. Every time that

I’ve gone to Redd’s Pond I’ve gone to beat

him, even when we were kids,” said Martin.

“He's pretty good at what he does, but

sometimes –– sometimes –– I can beat him.

And he knows it.”

Though Goodwin may not remember,

Martin’s first memory of the champion

yachtsman was from when he was 3 years


“He’s always been a good friend to me.

There's been times when he and I are the

only ones that have sailed all summer long.

We show up Sunday morning and race each

other (for) 10 races,” Martin said.

Martin’s apartment in Marblehead,

much like Goodwin's home, is chock-full

of sails and boats, many old, but some new

that he’s still repairing.

“It's an obsession," he said. "I mean how

many places have you seen where somebody

has a hobby that their whole apartment is

taken over with?”

His obsession with model yachting is

part of what has kept Redd’s Pond alive as a

destination for model racing all these years.

It costs nearly $3,000 every two years to

cleanse the pond and keep it clear of algae,

but the $25-per-person cost of membership

to be a part of the MMYC unfortunately is

a mere drop in the bucket, leaving the burden

on Martin to seek larger donations and

find other streams of income for the club.

As to what the future holds for the

Marblehead Model Yacht Club, Goodwin

believes that’s in the hands of a younger

generation of sailors who have yet to discover

the passion of model yachting.

“The people who are members are all

getting on, so we’ll just have to see. Some

new group is going to have to take over in a

few years,” Goodwin said.

Until then though, most Sunday mornings

from April to December, any visitor to

Redd’s Pond will witness the old guard still

standing strong, watching over the pond as

they’ve done for more than a century.

In their eyes, they’ve already done their

part to leave their legacy in Marblehead. It’s

up to someone new –– maybe even someone

like you –– to set sail and carry on the

tradition of model yachting at Redd’s Pond.

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Shubie's keeps stomachs growling

By Hannah Chadwick

Looking for gourmet foods, imported

cheeses, artisan gifts, freshly-made prepared

foods, and an extensive selection of wines,

spirits, and craft beers? Your next stop is


A family-owned-and-operated business

for 74 years, the iconic store is renowned for

finding and selecting only the best products

for its customers from around the world.

Doug Shube is a third-generation family

member who has been working full time at

Shubie's for 10 years.

“First and foremost, we are a community-oriented

store; everything we do revolves

around our guests and our community," he

said. "That's something my parents have

always instilled."

In 1948, Doug’s grandfather, Bill Shube,

started Shubie's in a 500-square-foot liquor

store attached to the former Shube's Market

on Atlantic Avenue, where the CVS Pharmacy

is now.

George Shube, Doug's father, took over

the business in 1976. George graduated

from Bowdoin College in Maine and went

right to work for Shubie's. He learned

about the wines sold in the store, studying

their histories and taste nuances, gradually

expanding his palette until he could reliably

pinpoint the best vintages for his store.

Under George's ownership, Shubie's

expanded from 500 square feet to 2,500

square feet. His wife, Carol, got involved in

the store's operation.

The Shube family upgraded the store

from a 2,500-square-foot building to a

10,000-square-foot building. Carol expanded

the store's product focus from food to


"She wanted to bring in products. My

mother really allowed the store to expand,"

Doug Shube said.

Today, George and Carol own Shubie's


In 2014, Shubie's hired chef Kate

Hammond. After owning one of the North

Shore’s most beloved restaurants, The

Grapevine of Salem, Hammond moved on

to create fresh food for Shubie's. Hammond

brought her Mediterranean culinary background

to Marblehead, which gives Shubie's

a unique taste.

COVID-19 became a nightmare for

most small businesses, but Doug explained

how Shubie's fared and how it will continue

to take the pandemic very seriously.

Shubie's was also fortunate enough to be

named an essential business throughout the

pandemic. It provided online ordering for

curbside and delivery services, which it still

uses today.

“Marblehead is a really amazing community

for small businesses; the people in town

really watch out for the small businesses

here," said Doug. "There is definitely a

movement to shop local and keep local."

Shubie's continues to invite guests in

with a family-oriented and welcoming

atmosphere. If you visit Shubie's, it's more

than likely that you will be greeted by

George, Carol and the rest of the family. 45

Photos: Vanessa Leroy

Shubie's ranks among If it's cheese — and

1 2 3 4

Marblehead's iconic


other delicious

delicacies — Shubie's

has it.

“First and foremost,

we are a communityoriented

store," said

Doug Shube.

Shubie's deli selection

is enriched by chef Kate

Hammond's skills.

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Jennifer Lewis opened MacRae's Sustainable Goods on Washington Street in 2020.

Photos: Spenser Hasak

Sustainability proves to be sustainable

By Mike Alongi

For Jennifer Lewis, the mission

of creating a more sustainable

world has always been a part

of her consciousness. But after

helping her son, Ethan, with

his second-grade project on plastic in the

oceans last year, something just clicked for


"My real 'Ah-ha' moment was when I

read that 90 percent of the plastic that we

'recycle' never actually gets recycled," said

Lewis. "I had been doing small things to reduce

our family's plastic footprint, but after

that project it really hit me that I needed to

do more."

The world produces more than 300

million tons of plastic every year, 8 million

of which is dumped into oceans, according

to the nonprofit Plastic Oceans.

After working on the project and doing

more research, Lewis decided to make sustainable

products easier to find on the North

Shore and decided to open a store –– Mac-

Rae’s Sustainable Goods. It is named after

her great-great grandfather, John MacRae,

who owned a general store in Des Moines,

Iowa after immigrating from Scotland.

MacRae's, which sits at 108 Washington

St., just celebrated its one-year anniversary

after opening on Nov. 7, 2020. The online

store currently has 285 items for sale,

including shampoo and conditioner bars

(which don’t require plastic packaging),

brushless bamboo toothbrushes, natural

deodorant in a cardboard tube, hand and

body cream in tins, makeup in compostable

packaging, biodegradable sunglasses, compostable

phone cases and more.

There’s also a refill station with bulk

laundry detergent, dish soap, all-purpose

cleaning spray, and dishwasher powder. Customers

can bring in their own containers or

purchase them there.

"I think that might be the most impactful

part of the business because people don't

realize how much plastic they're throwing

away on a daily basis, all of the things

from dish soap containers to plastic bags,

toothpaste tubes and more," said Lewis. "By

getting containers that can be cleaned and

reused over and over, we're eliminating a lot

of plastic waste."

Opening the store was a challenge in

itself, but the first year of business has seen

hosts of customers come in and tell Lewis

that her store is just what they've been

looking for.

"We get people coming in every day

saying that they love the store and the

mission we're on," said Lewis. "People have

told me that they dreamed a store like this

would come to town, and that's really great

to hear."

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MacRae's Sustainable Goods offers an array of glassware and products to cut down on single-use


Lewis knows that there's still something

of a stigma outside of town that Marblehead

is more of a seasonal place, but she's

been collaborating with members of the

community to make it clear that MacRae's

is part of the fabric of their town. Those

collaborations included hosting a talk

alongside Sustainable Marblehead, bringing

in interns from Marblehead High School's

chapter of the National Green Schools

Society, and allowing local artists and performers

to use her space in the back room

to promote their art.

"It's a great way to introduce people to

the store and our goals while also giving

people a place to display their art or sing

their song or something like that," said

Lewis. "It's important to make this a community

space that everyone can enjoy."

Lynn Bryant, a board member with

Sustainable Marblehead, is thrilled to have

the store in town.

"They’re raising awareness about the

need to reduce our use of plastic, while

giving their customers attractive alternatives,"

Bryant said. "Their products will

make it easy and fun for people to be more


As for what's to come in the next year

for MacRae's, Lewis only wants to continue

to push the message of sustainability to as

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Their Handprints made history

By Hannah Chadwick

Local entrepreneurs Molly Haley and Kathy Walters started their fabric-design business in the 1970s, and the Marblehead Musuem is celebrating their legacy.

Photos: Kathy Walters


small business run by

women that took the country

by storm 50 years ago

just so happens to be from


Molly Haley and Kathy Walters lived in

Marblehead in the 1970s. Haley was teaching

a silk-screening class at the Marblehead

Arts Association when she met Walters, and

the two would go on to use their hobbies

and passions to create beautiful pieces of

fabrics and patterns.

These patterns and fabrics were used to

make quilts, bags, dresses, ties, and so much

more. If you are lucky enough to get your

hands on one of these, you'll be sure to fall

in love with it.

The Marblehead Museum had a display

of Handprints materials over the summer.

Before this, its products were in storage for

three decades.

“We had the company for 20 years; when

we closed we put the products in a storage

locker for 30 years,” said Walters.

Handprints represented the changes

going on during that time period by creating

more opportunities for women. Racial

equality, women's rights, and gay rights were

all beginning to be explored on a national

stage at that time in the 20th century.

“The interesting story is that of its time,

starting in 1971 was a time where women's

roles were changing,” said Walters.

Being a small business owned by two

women with families helped move Marblehead

forward in time when it came to

human rights.

Walters also said that Marblehead was

crafty in the '70s; it became a place where

many artists showed their talents to the


“Marblehead had a lot of people doing

crafts at the time,” Walters said.

Marblehead Handprints had stores in

Nantucket; Cambridge; and Faneuil Hall,

and on Newbury Street in Boston.

There were also stores in Washington,

D.C.; Newport, Rhode Island; St. Louis;

Houston, and La Jolla, California –– and, of

course, Marblehead.

In 2014, Haley and Walters donated

their records, products, and memories to the

Marblehead Museum for everyone to see. 45

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In this town...the past is still present



Winter 2021 | 35



Historical photos: Marblehead

Musuem / Lauren McCormack

Present Photos: Spenser Hasak


A circa-1900 view of

local homes and Abbot

Hall from Crocker Park

and a view from the

park today.


A late 19th-century

view of the Jeremiah

Lee Mansion and the

Washington Street

building today.


A 1920s black-and-white

photograph, attributed

to Henry A. Castle, of the

Old Town House, and the

view today.

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photograph of 102

Washington St., is

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A legacy

Winter 2021 | 37

etched in


Photos and story by Alena Kuzub

For at least three generations,

the first sons in the Cedrone

family have been named

Daniel Joseph and one after

the other they took up the art

of stone engraving.

“I think most people that do this work,

that are engravers, learn it from their fathers

or their family,” said Daniel Joseph Cedrone

III, current owner of Marblehead Memorials.

“And I think there are probably just a

few families in Massachusetts that do this,

and it is passed down to the sons, most


Cedrone never met his grandfather,

who did engraving as a full-time career. His

grandfather never owned his own monument

company, but he ran a crew that did

engraving for other monument dealers.

Cedrone assumes that his grandfather didn’t

choose this profession by accident. He believes

his great-grandfather, who came from

Italy, was involved in memorial services

there as well.

His father, Daniel Joseph Cedrone Jr.,

did engraving part-time. His full-time job

was at General Electric in Lynn, but he

started Marblehead Memorials on the side.

“I took this business over from my father,

learned the trade from him,” said Cedrone.

Cedrone started working with his father

when he was about 10 years old.

“Whenever he was going to work

engraving, I would try to go with him,” said

Cedrone. “I was always interested. I just like

being with my dad and hanging out with

him and talking to him and working with

him. I always liked being out for the day, just

driving around, watching him do his thing.”

Once Cedrone overslept and, when he

woke up, he heard his father leaving. Cedrone

hurried and ran after his truck, but his

father did not notice him.

“I wanted to be with him for the day, but

he didn’t see me, so I walked back home,”

Cedrone said.

Cedrone said that his father, “Handsome

Big Dan” or HBD, as he called himself, was

very patient, funny, smart, and well-liked.

He took the time to train Cedrone, to show

him how to do everything from sandblasting

to hand tooling intricate details with a

hammer and a chisel.

When his father died in 2018 at the age

of 74, Cedrone knew exactly what headstone

he would choose for him — light-gray granite

from Barre, Vt., all finished and smooth

on all sides. Then Cedrone read a letter

that his father had left for him. His father

described in the letter the exact same design

of the headstone he wanted for himself.

Now Cedrone is the owner and only employee

of Marblehead Memorials. He does

it as a part-time job, as a hobby, he said. He

sells headstones, does freelance engraving

for other companies, and offers monument

cleaning and restoration services.

“It’s not really glamorous. We are out

there sandblasting all day. We come home

filthy. And it’s hard, manual labor. It’s a lot

of lugging bags of sand and hauling hose.

But I’ve always loved it. That’s why I keep

doing it even as a part-time job. It’s something

I think I’ll always do,” said Cedrone.

Cedrone likes the artistic aspect of this

job. He finds it satisfying to look at the final

product. He said he takes pride when the

finished product looks great.

On average, Cedrone sells 40 headstones

a year and does hundreds of engravings. This

year was busier than most, Cedrone said.

“Kind of playing catch up from last year,”

he said.

Engraving takes from half an hour

for one date to several hours for several

lines. When he started, he had to lay out

every symbol with proper distances on a

flat surface by hand. Nowadays, the job is

designed in the Computer-Aided Design

(CAD) software and printed on a rubber

stencil, which gets glued to the stone and

then sandblasted.

Business comes mostly through the word

of mouth, Cedrone said. Some clients come

knowing exactly what they want. Others

he takes around a cemetery to look at the


“You take something from one stone,

you take something from another, and

that’s how you arrive at your stone, which is

unique and special,” Cedrone said.

Besides monuments and headstones,

Cedrone does landscape boulders, which

are quite popular on Cape Cod, where he’s

had a lot of clients. Some people ask to put

Marblehead Memorials owner Daniel Joseph Cedrone III carries on a family stone-engraving tradition stretching back more than a century to Italy.

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On average, Marblehead Memorials sells 40 headstones a year and engraves hundreds of stones.

a number of their house on the boulder or a

lighthouse. He also does pavers and custom

work, like compass roses or an occasional

engraving on a millstone.

Over the years, Marblehead Memorials

did a number of projects around the town.

When the administration was redoing

the Old Town area, including sidewalks,

Marblehead Memorials did a number of

tablets. One of them, a big compass rose

and a cod in the middle, is located right

outside of Mud Puddle Toys at the end of

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Pleasant Street. Other tablets were installed

at the Market Square, the Bank Square, a

little plaque outside of the Maddie's Sail

Loft restaurant, and another tablet with a

longitude and latitude at the Landing.

Another big project in Marblehead is

called the Sun Circle. Bruce Greenwald,

a local architect, created this astronomical

sculpture, which denotes the solstice and

equinox events during the year, at Preston

Beach. Marblehead Memorials did the engraving

on the sun circle, which is a central



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part of the sculpture.

Cedrone also participated in the creation

of the Garden of Peace, a memorial to

victims of homicide, located on Somerset

Street in Boston across from the Suffolk

Superior Court and dedicated in 2004. The

garden features engraved stones with the

names of homicide victims. New names are

added every year. Cedrone said he returned

to the garden for four or five years after it

was opened to engrave the names of the


A new project Cedrone is working on is

a collaboration with the Marblehead Racial

Justice Team on restoring a gravestone for

Agnis, an enslaved woman of about 43 years

old, who was buried at the Old Burial Hill

by the family she had served in their plot in

1718. Her original headstone was stolen in

the 1970s, but there are photographs of it

from the 1890s in the Marblehead Museum


For his full-time job, Cedrone works at

FactSet, a financial technology company,

doing financial news analysis for its news division

called Street Account. He majored in

political science at Northeastern University

and received an MBA at Babson College in


Cedrone has two sons. The eldest, Daniel,

is 14 years old. The youngest, Thomas, is

11. Neither of them has picked up engraving

yet, but Cedrone is not upset about it. They

are still too young, he said.

Cedrone never saw himself living in

Marblehead. His wife also grew up here and

they met in high school.

“I had a feeling that we would always

stay here,” said Cedrone. “We always

wanted to stay in Marblehead. Love being

here, love summers here. Just a great small

town. Couldn’t really imagine being, living

anywhere else.” 45

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