The Current welcomes submissions (150-200 words) to News in Brief. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democrats to elect convention delegates
On Saturday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m., Democrats will convene in person at the Village School cafeteria, 93 Village St., to elect 14 delegates and four alternates to represent Marblehead at the 2023 State Democratic Convention.
Registered and pre-registered Democrats in Marblehead 16 years old by May 23 may vote and be elected as delegates or alternates during the caucus. Youth (age 16 to 35), people with disabilities, people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community not elected as delegates or alternates are encouraged to apply to be add-on delegates at the caucus or by visiting massdems.org/massdems-convention.
The 2023 convention will be in person at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell on Sept. 23.
Those interested in getting involved with the Marblehead Democratic Town Committee should contact Kathy Hempel at email@example.com or 617-548-8517.
Specimen ballot published
View the specimen ballot for the 2023 municipal election at the following link: bit.ly/3MV6A8H.
Town volunteer opportunities
Marblehead seeks individuals interested in volunteer opportunities on appointed town boards, commissions and committees. Several vacancies are available for community members looking to contribute their skills and expertise. To apply, interested individuals are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and a resume to the Select Board. The application can be submitted in person at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the Select Board’s Office at 781-631-0000 for additional information and inquiries.
The available vacancies include:
— Affordable Housing Trust Fund: one vacancy for one year
— Marblehead Disabilities Commission: one vacancy for a term of three years.
This is an opportunity for residents to shape the town’s initiatives and contribute to its progress. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply.
Volunteer with SPUR
Volunteering with SPUR aims to produce opportunities for individuals of all ages, abilities and schedules to make a difference in their community. Whether one is looking to volunteer as an individual, with their family or as part of a group, SPUR offers various options to suit volunteers’ preferences. To learn more, visit: spurnorthshore.org/volunteer. Two volunteer opportunities include:
—Join Community Roots Gardens, a project by SPUR, in their mission to grow fresh, organic produce for local food pantries and community programs fighting food insecurity. With over 1,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables provided annually, the gardens at St. Andrew’s Church and Temple Sinai play a crucial role in supporting food pantries and organizations dedicated to fighting hunger. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the growing season, welcoming individuals of all skill levels to help with planting, weeding, watering, harvesting and delivery. To get involved, visit bit.ly/3TNI24n,
— SPUR seeks volunteers for the Making and Serving Meals program. This initiative provides hot, nutritious meals to individuals facing food insecurity at local shelters. By preparing 10 servings of a provided recipe at their own convenience, volunteers make a direct impact on the lives of those in need. The meals are served at shelters in Salem and Lynn. To get involved and learn more about volunteering for Making and Serving Meals, visit bit.ly/3MDUUqD.
Stramski Sailing Program
The Stramski Sailing Program, offered by the Marblehead Parks and Recreation Department, provides participants with the opportunity to learn the basics of sailing. No prior sailing experience is required.
The program curriculum includes both on-land and on-the-water coaching, focusing on water safety and fundamental sailing techniques. Participants will engage in a variety of activities, such as pirate day, sailing races and on-land games.
There are different session options available:
- Morning session: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
- Afternoon session: Monday through Thursday, from 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Full-day Session: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (participants can bring their lunch and stay for the whole day).
Prior to participation, all new participants must pass the Swim Check. The Swim Check can be taken at the beginning of the first day or participants can provide documentation of their swimming abilities, including swimming 100 yards, floating for 3 minutes and treading water for 3 minutes. Accepted proofs include YMCA swim certificate, Red Cross swim certificate, BSA-GSA Swim Merit Badge or equivalents approved by the Marblehead Parks and Recreation Department.
Dad’s & Donuts
Hestia Creations invites kids and their dads or father figures to join their special Dad’s & Donuts event on the first Saturday of each month, including June 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event offers a great opportunity for participants to enjoy the Paint Your Own Pottery studio and create lasting memories.
During the event, complimentary donuts will be provided, adding to the joyful atmosphere of creativity and fun. Drop-ins are welcome, and reservations can be made by calling (781) 639-2727.
Electronics recycling drive
The Marblehead Public Charter School, 17 Lime St., will hold an electronics recycling drive on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. This event provides an opportunity for the community to responsibly dispose of electronic items. For a comprehensive list of acceptable items and pricing details, bit.ly/45xLoOd.
Go Green Now! program
Marblehead Municipal Light Department (MMLD) offers the “Go Green Now!” program, allowing customers to support sustainability by opting for 100% Carbon-free Energy sources.
The program empowers customers concerned about climate change to make a difference. By selecting the “Go Green Now!” rate, customers can purchase a monthly incremental amount, reflecting their commitment to environmentally friendly energy. Opt-out flexibility is always available.
Making 12 Green Choice payments in a year earns customers written confirmation from MMLD, validating their 100% Carbon-free energy usage.
To learn more about the program, rates and enrollment, visit bit.ly/3OCtMe3. MMLD remains dedicated to promoting sustainable practices and invites customers to join the “Go Green Now!” program to actively reduce carbon emissions.
For inquiries and enrollment, contact MMLD customer service or visit marbleheadelectric.com/ for more information.
Rotary Club to host two-day yard sale
Marblehead Harbor Rotary is pleased to announce the Second Annual 2-Day Yard Sale, taking place on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. each day at 217 Humphrey St. Attendees can browse a wide variety of items, including jewelry, home decorative accessories, framed art, toys, sports equipment, gently used clothing, tools, books, small furniture pieces and more. Organizers say this yard sale provides an excellent opportunity to support the Marblehead Harbor Rotary while discovering great finds.
Voting by mail allowed
No-excuse early voting by mail is available for the June 20 town election. Ballots can be requested using the state Vote by Mail application. A written request including the voter’s name, voting address, mailing address and signature is also acceptable.
Applications for both mail-in and absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on the fifth business day before the election, which in this case is June 12. More details about absentee ballot eligibility can be found on the state’s website.
The deadline for voter registration is June 9. Town Clerk Robin Michaud emphasizes that all ballots must be returned to her office by the close of polls on Election Day. As there is no drop box, ballots must be hand-delivered or mailed.
For comprehensive voting information, visit the state’s website at bit.ly/3o4Tvkt.
Rotary Club camperships
Marblehead Rotary Club Co-Presidents Nancy Gwin and Blair Lord of the Rotary Club of Marblehead announced the availability of funds for local children in need of financial assistance to attend summer camps. The Rotary Club raises funds for camperships through its annual summer lobster raffle, with over $219,716 awarded to more than 380 children in the past 23 years.
Gwin and Lord said the goal is to help children attend their chosen camp, with popular local options including the Marblehead Park and Recreation Department’s playground camp, YMCA’s Children’s Island and Camp Rotary. Camperships may be up to $500 per child, and children living in Marblehead can receive assistance twice.
Call or email Ellen Winkler at 781-631-6404 or email@example.com with questions or to request an application for a campership. Each household needs to fill out one form. Applications will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Town employment opportunities
A list of current employment opportunities within the town; visit marblehead.org to read job descriptions.
— Seasonal laborer
— Transfer station operator
— Mechanic pipefitter II
— SR seasonal harbor assistant
— Seasonal pump-out assistant
— Building attendant (part-time)
— Two volunteer positions
For an employment application, visit: bit.ly/3i9ct6j. Return the completed form to the respective department with the job opening or follow the instructions mentioned in the job description.