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Relieve your holiday stress with tips from Marblehead experts
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Relieve your holiday stress with tips from Marblehead experts

Nearly 40% of Americans experience higher stress levels during the holidays. Most of them are women. ‘Tis the season for togetherness, joy, love and giving.  But for many, it’s also the season for stress, anxiety, sadness and loneliness.  The American Psychological Association says nearly 40 percent of Americans experience higher stress levels during the holidays. Only eight percent report feeling more joy. “The holidays with all the hustle, bustle and expectations can increase stress for many of us,” said Dr. Melissa Kaplowitch, member of the Marblehead Mental Health Task Force and Salem State professor. At the Marblehead Counseling Center, clinicians always see a boost in patients' stress this time of year.  “We do have a lot of people coming in and talkin...
Marblehead Rotary Club brings Thanksgiving to families with sick children
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Marblehead Rotary Club brings Thanksgiving to families with sick children

Nancy Archer Gwin of Marblehead knows all too well how stressful and difficult life can be for a family with a seriously ill child, and how palliative care can help. Four years ago, her grandson, Henry, died from a brain tumor when he was just two years and nine months old.  Marblehead Rotary Club Members Linda Sullivan and Nancy Archer Gwin (fourth and fifth from left) present some of the 25 Thanksgiving meals the club assembled for families of children in Care Dimensions’ Pediatric Palliative Care Program. Gratefully accepting the donations from Care Dimensions are Bethany Beers-Mullen, CEO Stephanie Patel, MD, Maureen Burge, Caitlin French, and Angela MacMannus. Gwin visited her son Rob and his family at their home in London many times during Henry’s illness. Rob and his wife cho...
Marblehead Garden Club update, wreath sale kicks off Dec. 3
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Marblehead Garden Club update, wreath sale kicks off Dec. 3

The Marblehead Garden Club is putting the garden at the Lee Mansion to bed, just in time to start prepping for a green and festive holiday season. This year’s Christmas Walk activities for the MGC include the popular wreath sale and a Christmas tree in a special (and surprising!) location.  The weather made the summer challenging, and it was a busy season for the MGC. In addition to protecting plants from drought conditions and ravenous rabbits, there were many new additions to the Garden. In the ongoing effort to only use native or historic plants, the Club chooses replacement plants that the Lee family could have had in the original garden. 2022 plantings include an American Hornbeam, Rhododendron maximThm, Ilex glabra (Inkberry), a Redbud Tree, Mountain Laurel, and Rosa virginiana....
Holiday Pops returns to Abbot Hall on Dec. 10
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Holiday Pops returns to Abbot Hall on Dec. 10

The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor’s Holiday Pops concert will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Abbot Hall. Maestro Dirk Hillyer and the Hillyer Festival Orchestra will present a evening of seasonal music. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a champagne reception for all ticket holders, and the concert will start promptly at p.m. Maestro Hillyer will conduct the Festival Orchestra, presenting holiday music from many cultures. Soloist Jacyn Tremblay, a singer, songwriter and recording artist who is inspired by the vocal styling of artists such as Whitney Houston, Pink, Brandi Carlile, and Kelly Clarkson, will perform. The concert is an opportunity for family and friends to enjoy great music, and away to kick off the season with family and friends. Holiday candles and wreaths wil...
New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders
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New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders

There are many new faces among Marblehead’s faith leaders, with more coming in the next couple of years. Longtime Temple Emanu-El Rabbi David Meyer, who is the current head of the Marblehead Ministerial Association, spoke to Marblehead Current about all the changes and his hopes for the future. Rev. Jenna Crawford at UUCM Rabbi David Meyer with the MMA “It is a challenge to keep the energy of the interfaith community strong as people are just getting to know each other,” Meyer said. “Hopefully, all the new ministers in town will take up with the same commitment and motivation for the interfaith work here.” The MMA was formed in the late 1970s in response to antisemitic graffiti at Temple Emanu-El and the JCC.  Since then, the group has met monthly and worked to stand...
New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders
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New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders

There are many new faces among Marblehead’s faith leaders, with more coming in the next couple of years. Longtime Temple Emanu-El Rabbi David Meyer, who is the current head of the Marblehead Ministerial Association, spoke to Marblehead Current about all the changes and his hopes for the future. Rev. Jenna Crawford at UUCM Rabbi David Meyer with the MMA “It is a challenge to keep the energy of the interfaith community strong as people are just getting to know each other,” Meyer said. “Hopefully, all the new ministers in town will take up with the same commitment and motivation for the interfaith work here.” The MMA was formed in the late 1970s in response to antisemitic graffiti at Temple Emanu-El and the JCC.  Since then, the group has met monthly and worked to stand...
Ipswich-based Service Dog Project seeks volunteers
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Ipswich-based Service Dog Project seeks volunteers

The Service Dog Project (SDP) is a nonprofit organization based in Ipswich dedicated to responsibly breeding, training, and donating certified service dogs to those with mobility issues. SDP is one of only two service dog projects in the country that give dogs to those in need at no cost. The vast majority of recipients are military veterans, first responders, and their families, in which the special bond between the handler and the service dog enhances the handler’s quality of life as they gain a new sense of independence. Additionally, SDP strives to serve their local community, in which their farm is a beacon for all ages, whether they be in search of community service work, a way to fill their day, or social interaction meaningfully.  SDP is currently fundraising for a renovati...
Me&Thee presents Oshima Brothers of Maine
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Me&Thee presents Oshima Brothers of Maine

Me&Thee Music presents an evening with Maine-based indie duo Oshima Brothers on Friday, November 4 beginning at 8 p.m.  Sean and Jamie have been creating music together since childhood. Now, the brothers blend songs from the heart with close harmonies to produce a "roots-based pop sound that is infectious,” according to NPR. On stage, they are known for their dynamic vocals, live looping, foot percussion, electric and acoustic guitars,  vintage keyboard and bass - often all at once.  The Oshima Brothers were on stage at the Me&Thee before the pandemic forced the closure of the venue in March, 2020, in the midst of its 50th anniversary season.  This concert marks the success of the Me&Thee’s reorganization and return. Me&Thee Presents Oshima Brothers of Maine The O...
Seaglass Village celebrates one-year anniversary
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Seaglass Village celebrates one-year anniversary

Isolation and its accompanying loneliness is a public health issue and a predictor of poor health in seniors.  According to an AARP study, social isolation is as dangerous as obesity or smoking for seniors.  Seaglass Village, celebrating its first anniversary on December first, is helping to alleviate loneliness while assisting its members to age in their own homes. Lois moved to Marblehead in her early 90s to be near her daughter.  An active senior and a talented artist, Lois didn’t have a single friend in town.  She joined Seaglass Village as one of its earliest members.  In the spring she requested that a Seaglass Volunteer join her for a walk.  Betsy was free the day that Lois suggested, and they went to Stramski’s and walked from the parking lot to th...
‘The planet is on fire.’  Learn about Marblehead’s sole net-negative home
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‘The planet is on fire.’ Learn about Marblehead’s sole net-negative home

Lisa Wolf outside her net negative home PHOTO: Leigh Blander Walk past Lisa and Steve Wolf’s home on Pitman Road and you might notice a peace sign, four feet in diameter and outlined in lights, on the front slope of their roof.  What’s harder to notice, surprisingly, are the 44 solar panels lining the roof’s southeast side. The panels deliver enough power to make the home the only net-negative residence in town, according to the Wolfs. Net negative means the Wolfs produce more electricity than they use.  An aerial view of the Wolfs' roof with 44 solar panels In fact, the couple sells extra energy back to the Marblehead Municipal Light Department (MMLD). “We have a $600 credit with MMLD right now,” Lisa Wolf said.  Lisa grew up in Marblehead and earned a mast...