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PHOTO GALLERY: Old Car Club takes Sunday drive
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PHOTO GALLERY: Old Car Club takes Sunday drive

Wind and rain forced the cancellation of the Marblehead Christmas Walk parade on Saturday, Dec. 3. But the vintage vehicles owned by members of the Marblehead Old Car Club were gassed up and ready to go. There was just one thing to do. Shortly before noon Sunday, Dec. 4, led by "parade float" Michael LaFayette in his '12 Ford Expedition with speaker blasting holiday tunes, the members of the Old Car Club took the the parade route, working their way up from Front Street to Atlantic Avenue, turning at the police station and then heading back down Pleasant Street. The vehicles made multiple loops, as appreciative Christmas Walk shoppers stopped to review the procession. In case you missed it, here are a few scenes. (Click to enlarge the images and review the gallery.) Carryin...
(Ginger)bread winners: Marblehead Family Fund festival sees spirited competition
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(Ginger)bread winners: Marblehead Family Fund festival sees spirited competition

Once again this year, the Marblehead Family Fund, in partnership with the Marblehead Museum, organized a Gingerbread Festival, with entries on display throughout Christmas Walk weekend at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion. An esteemed panel of judges had the daunting task of bestowing just one blue ribbon in each of seven categories. They ultimately settled on the following roster of winners: Best Ages 5 and Under - Winnie and Norah's House (Creators: Winnie and Norah) Best Ages 6 to 10 - Gnome Sweet Home (Creator: Daniel Koch) Best Classic - New England Church (Creators: Paul and Mimi) Most Creative - A Mischief in the Library (Creators: The Dissette Family, Mary, Mike and Lilly) Best Business - Even Keel (Creators: Even Keel) Best School - Future Village in 100 Years (Creat...
Marblehead Old Car Club to hold procession down parade route Sunday, Dec. 4
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Marblehead Old Car Club to hold procession down parade route Sunday, Dec. 4

The Marblehead Christmas Walk Parade may have been canceled, but Marblehead Old Car Club was not about to let the season pass without showing off their vintage wheels. A procession of between 15 and 20 antique cars will hold a procession along the parade route beginning on Front Street at noon Sunday, Dec. 4. The parade will be led by a Ford Expedition decorated like a parade float, blaring Christmas music through a large outdoor speaker, according to organizer Michael LaFayette. Michael LaFayette's 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster will be part of the Marblehead Old Car Club's parade on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Marblehead police log, Nov. 23-30: Fire engulfs patio chairs, diamond earrings go missing
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Marblehead police log, Nov. 23-30: Fire engulfs patio chairs, diamond earrings go missing

Excerpts from the Marblehead police log of Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. Consistent with state law, Marblehead Police have adopted a policy of not providing to media outlets reports related to incidents related to domestic violence, juveniles and matters that remain under investigation. Wednesday, Nov. 23 9:36 a.m. Officers assisted with stuck tractor-trailer on Washington and Franklin streets. 10:11 a.m. Pitman Road resident reported receiving grandparent scam phone call. 10:53 p.m. Officers could not locate disturbance reported on Pleasant Street. 11:11 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the area of the Riptide Lounge for a report of some sort of disturbance, possibly a fight. Officer arrived to find man laying in the road with a group of people in fr...
Authors hope you can help crack case of murdered Marblehead teacher
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Authors hope you can help crack case of murdered Marblehead teacher

The exchange between former Marblehead Select Board member Harry Christensen and the lawyer-turned-author began cordially enough. The author had already written one book about a Massachusetts murder and told Christensen that he was toying with the idea with making the killing of Marblehead elementary school teacher Beryl Atherton his next subject. “Don’t bother,” Christensen told him. “My book is already well underway.” Christensen Technically, that was not untrue. After giving countless lectures on the topic over years, Christensen had essentially written the book about the still-unsolved crime that shook the serenity of his hometown in 1950. The only problem was that it lived mainly in Christensen’s brain. Enter Richard Santeusanio. The former Danvers school superinten...
Polish poet’s ‘wit, wisdom and warmth’ to be explored at Abbot Library
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Polish poet’s ‘wit, wisdom and warmth’ to be explored at Abbot Library

On Thursday, Dec.15, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead will focus on Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. Born and educated in Poland, Szymborska authored more than 15 books of poetry. While Polish history from World War II through Stalinism clearly informs her poetry, Szymborska was also a deeply personal poet who explored the large truths that exist in ordinary, everyday things. "Of course, life crosses politics," Szymborska once said. "But my poems are strictly not political. They are more about people and life.” 'Life While You Wait' and other works of the Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996, will be the focus of the Dec. 15 Poetry Salon at Abbot Library. C...
Santa’s helper: For Whear, Marblehead Christmas Walk a gig like no other
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Santa’s helper: For Whear, Marblehead Christmas Walk a gig like no other

***Editor's note: This story was written before weather forced the cancellation of the Christmas Walk Parade and the relocation of Santa's landing to Marblehead High School on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. For the updated schedule, click HERE. His counterpart—retired National Grand Bank employee Laura Best—knew what to expect. But she kept quiet, not wanting to spoil the surprise for Bruce Whear. “When we came around the corner and could hear the roar of the crowd, it was like a kid coming up the tunnel at Fenway Park and seeing the Green Monster for the first time,” Whear says of his maiden voyage across Marblehead Harbor aboard the Sea Hooker, captained by Barnacle Restaurant owner Jay Sahagian, as “Santa’s special assistant.” “It was that big of a deal.” After their tr...
A comprehensive Christmas Walk schedule: Dec. 1 – 4, 2022
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A comprehensive Christmas Walk schedule: Dec. 1 – 4, 2022

The following is a comprehensive list of things to do over the Christmas Walk weekend from Dec. 1 - 4, 2022. Thursday, Dec. 1 4:45 p.m. Marblehead High School a cappella group at TQM Wealth Partners (122 Washington St., Suite R)5 p.m.-8 p.m. Annual Wish List Party at Jambu Jewelry (38 Atlantic Ave.)5 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday Mini Market & Refreshments at MacRae's (108 Washington St.)5 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday Sip & Shop at Scribe Paper & Gift (84 Washington St.)5 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday Sips, Snacks & Shopping at Tory's Jewelry (106 Washington St.)5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sip & Shop at All Chic at 152 (152 Washington St.)5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sip & Shop at Blue Lobster Company (67A Front St.)6 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday Preview Shopping & Refreshments at Abbey Studio Calligraphers (84 Washi...
A primer on Marblehead’s 2022 Christmas Walk
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A primer on Marblehead’s 2022 Christmas Walk

***Editor’s note: This story was written before weather forced the cancellation of the Christmas Walk Parade and the relocation of Santa’s landing to Marblehead High School on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For the updated schedule, click HERE. All your favorites will be back, plus there will be a few new twists when the Marblehead Christmas Walk returns this weekend.The “marquee” events will again include a pair of Friday night tree lightings, first in the National Grand Bank parking lot on Pleasant Street and then a tree constructed out of lobster traps outside of Mud Puddle Toys on Washington Street, with sea chanteys led by Glover’s Regiment providing musical accompaniment. New Mud Puddle Toys owner Cassie Watt has upheld the tradition of erecting a lobster trap tree outside ...
Marblehead police log, Nov. 9-22, 2022: Local man victim of six-figure scam; ‘sucker punch’ at Riptide
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Marblehead police log, Nov. 9-22, 2022: Local man victim of six-figure scam; ‘sucker punch’ at Riptide

Excerpts from the Marblehead police log of Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Consistent with state law, Marblehead Police have adopted a policy of not providing to media outlets reports related to incidents related to domestic violence, juveniles and matters that remain under investigation. Wednesday, Nov. 9 7:51 a.m. Solicitors reported on Tucker Street. 7:57 a.m. Caller lodged complaint related to traffic on Maple Street. 10:50 a.m. A stuck truck was reported on Heritage Way. 11:02 a.m. Worker reported having gotten threats on Tedesco Street and Leggs Hill Road. 2:07 p.m. Caller reported that there was a scooter parked on Woodfin Terrace. 2:08 p.m. Caller on Spring Street reported having received annoying phone calls. 3:13 p.m. Two vehicles were t...