Select Board appointments restore Old Burial Hill Committee to full compliment

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Marblehead Select Board appointed Judy Gates to he Old Burial Hill Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 18. CURRENT PHOTO /WILLIAM J. DOWD

Residents Judy Gates and Andrew Gallucci have been appointed to the Old Burial Hill Committee. Gates has lived in a home across from the historic cemetery for 56 years.

“Over the years, I have pursued [Old Burial Hill] history and even participated in its care,” Gates told the Select Board recently. “I would prune back some of the vines that had been allowed to grow up around the fenced family plots and in front of some of the graves.”

She regularly walks through the historic property and picks up trash. 

Gallucci lived in Marblehead as a kid in the 1990s but never visited Old Burial Hill. He moved away and returned as an adult a few years ago. 

“My first time there last summer with my nephew brought a sort of a spell over me,” he told the Select Board. “It was a sunny, beautiful morning. I had no idea of the expansiveness of the space.”

He added, “The views of the town and the complete quietness were amazing.” 

He said a recent article about the state of the Lost at Sea Monument in the Current was one of the things that prompted him to put his name forward. Gallucci has professional experience managing residential buildings and overseeing capital projects. 

The pair’s appointments restore the Old Burial Hill Committee, formed by the Select Board in 2009, to its full membership. The five members oversee and ensure the restoration of the historic cemetery. 

Gates and Galluci are joining the committee months after Town Planner Becky Cutting published a comprehensive report assessing the condition of the historic cemetery’s gravestones, tombs and markers. This report found nearly 170 Old Burial Hill grave markers and footstones need varying conservation and restoration work.

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