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Update on Bessom Street construction

Work on storm sewer lateral connections on Pleasant Street, between Bessom Street and Village Street, will take place July 19-21. The Water and Sewer Department noted the following :  

  • Expect delays because of the construction.
  • Adhere to all construction signs.
  • The current detour will remain, particularly on Pleasant Street from Village Street to Washington Street, including the intersection at Bessom Street.
  • Lane closures are anticipated.
  • Businesses in the area will continue regular operations.
  • MBTA bus routes will run as usual. If there are any changes to the routes, notifications will be provided.

Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to exercise caution and remain informed about the latest construction updates.

Volunteer opportunities

Marblehead has announced a series of vacancies across its appointed town baords, commissions and committees. Residents who are interested in filling one of these positions are encouraged to apply:

  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund (one-year term): one vacancy
  • Conservation Commission (three-year term): one vacancy
  • Marblehead Disabilities Commission (three-year term): two vacancies
  • Finance Committee (three-year term): one vacancy
  • Historical Commission (three-year term): one vacancy
  • Marblehead Cultural Council (three-year term): three vacancies
  • Honorary Measurer of Leather (one-year term): one vacancy

To apply, interested individuals should send a letter of interest along with their resume to the Select Board at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., or via email to For additional details or inquiries, contact the Select Board’s Office at 781-631-0000.

Learn about America’s first hostage crisis

The Marblehead Museum will host its first Michael Smith Memorial Lecture on Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The lecture is free and will spotlight the new book, “Prisoners of the Bashaw: The Nineteen-Month Captivity of American Sailors in Tripoli, 1803-1805.”

Written by Frederick C. Leiner, a lawyer and historian of American maritime history, “Prisoners of the Bashaw” recounts America’s first significant hostage crisis and discusses naval warfare, diplomatic negotiations and survival during imprisonment.

This lecture honors the late Ambassador Michael Smith, reflecting his commitment to educating the public about significant historical events. To sign up, email

Citizen Police Academy

The Marblehead Police Department, in collaboration with the Council on Aging, is accepting applications for its eighth Citizen Police Academy. The fall session, which runs Sept. 8 through Nov. 3, will be held every Friday from 9 a.m.-noon at the Council on Aging, 10 Humphrey St.

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Marblehead Police station and the Michael Ruane Judicial Center in Salem.

Interested Marblehead residents who are at least 18 years old can apply.Class size is limited and applicants are required to attend all sessions and submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check. Learn more at

Meet with state Rep. Armini

Marblehead state Rep. Jenny Armini will visit the Council on Aging on Thursday, July 27, at 11:30 a.m.

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