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Marblehead prepares before arctic cold encroaches on region
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Marblehead prepares before arctic cold encroaches on region

An arctic cold will sweep through the Northeast with dangerously low wind chills possibly reaching minus 25 degrees over the weekend. "All of us are going to be spending a lot of time indoors this weekend," Marblehead Public Health Director Andrew Petty told the Marblehead Current. "Even when they go out to run errands, they should make sure they cover their skin." extreme_cold_guideDownload On Wednesday evening, Petty sent out the U.S. Department of Public Health's extreme cold guide. Marblehead Fire Chief Jason Gilliland said the fire and police departments are preparing for the weekend cold snap. "Capt. [Matt] Freeman and I met this afternoon, we decided to that we are putting extra personnel on," said Gilliland on Wednesdy afternoon. According to the National W...
Marblehead Police issue new scam alert
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Marblehead Police issue new scam alert

Marblehead Police are issuing a new scam alert after a resident reported losing $60,000 in a computer hoax.  “Literally everyone relies on Microsoft and Apple, so they (perpetrators) are creating a scam that makes you feel as if information from your computer has been compromised,” Police Chief Dennis King told the Marblehead Current.” The victim’s money “was withdrawn on multiple occasions and converted into bitcoin,” the Marblehead Police Department wrote on Facebook. “The scammers told the victim that their accounts were compromised by Russian and Chinese websites.” There’s been a significant uptick in scams like this in Marblehead and surrounding communities. The scammers are “making their presence known on the North Shore,” King said. And he warned that it’s not just ...
Marblehead’s Amy Carnevale elected new state GOP chair
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Marblehead’s Amy Carnevale elected new state GOP chair

Marblehead resident Amy Carnevale was elected chair of the state’s Republican party on Jan. 31 and is promising to make the Massachusetts GOP more inclusive. "We need to get the party back on track," Carnevale told the Marblehead Current on Feb. 1, the first day of her two-year term. She spoke about her goals for the Massachusetts GOP. Amy Carnevale of Marblehead is the new chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party. "We have some financial and legal challenges. We are in debt. We're trying to determine how much the party owes to vendors." Carnevale said she will also need to deal with accusations that her predecessor, Jim Lyons, violated campaign finance rules by communicating directly with an outside political action committee to do opposition research on Gov. Maura Healey...
Mental health clinician going on 911 calls with MPD
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Mental health clinician going on 911 calls with MPD

When an emergency mental health or substance abuse call comes into Marblehead Police, Gina Rabbitt will head to the scene with officers to try to de-escalate the situation and connect people to the services they need. “Someone might be having the worst day of their life and be in full crisis mode,” said Rabbitt, a mental health clinician who started at MPD about six months ago. “I talk to that person and try to calm them down if they’re feeling anxious. I try to resolve the matter at the scene as compared to arresting the individual or transporting them to the emergency room.” Rabbitt is embedded with Marblehead police three days a week, thanks to a state-funded program called Jail Diversion. Dozens of Massachusetts police departments, including Salem’s, now have Jail Diversion prog...
The story behind ‘The Swan Song of Parson Avery’
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The story behind ‘The Swan Song of Parson Avery’

In the 19th century, New England poet John Greenleaf Whittier wrote the poem titled "The Swan Song of Parson Avery." The Rev. Parson Avery took his wife, eight children and their cousins, the Thachers, from Ipswich to Marblehead by boat. Avery was to be installed as the rector of the new Anglican Church (Old North). The boat he was on, The Wait and Watch, encountered a storm at sea. That storm is known today as the Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635. Isaac Allerton owned the vessel, and Moses Maverick of Marblehead later married his daughter, Sarah. The storm threw the vessel onto Rockport's Crackwood Ledge, smashing it into many pieces and tossing its passengers into the open sea. Of the 23 passengers aboard, 21 drowned that day, including Avery and his entire family. Anthon...
The Dixey Collection
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The Dixey Collection

The Marblehead Current is proud to partner with photographer Dan Dixey, who regularly shares photos of Marblehead from his extensive collection, along with information about each shot. “This photograph was taken after a winter storm in 1969 by the late Dave Moynihan,” explained Dan Dixey, who has collected more than 5,000 historic photos of Marblehead. “A John S. Martin truck is driving down Pleasant Street near the former Dill’s Restaurant and Marblehead Submarine Shop.”
Discover Marblehead business spotlight: Corey Stein Films
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Discover Marblehead business spotlight: Corey Stein Films

The following is an interview with Corey Stein, owner of Corey Stein Films, conducted by Discover Marblehead. To learn more about the Marblehead business, call (781) 479-7774 or visit coreysteinfilms.com. Tell us about Corey Stein Films. It was during a brief high school elective class that I first held a camera and gained experience with a full editing suite. It was then that I started to learn the power of creating a story through creative image. Although I intended to focus on business in college, my passion became more focused and I gained considerable knowledge in film and video and widened my hands-on experience. Marblehead filmmaker Corey Stein COURTESY PHOTO When just starting out, I had every intention of working in the film production field for a company until I sat do...
DOC IN A BOX: New tech may bring new headaches
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DOC IN A BOX: New tech may bring new headaches

New toys — they are a thrill, aren’t they?  Not to spoil the fun, but as you excitedly pull your new laptop, tablet or smartphone from the box, remember that each new device is an entry point for cybercriminals to float threats like malware, viruses, ransomware and spyware into your system. Here’s a simple Doc-approved checklist to use BEFORE connecting any new device: Are you using a secure network? A secure network simply means it’s encrypted and requires a security key. Most home networks are already set up in this way. Many public networks, however, are not. That’s why it’s best to avoid public WiFi, as it is a potential “security breach.” Have you set up touch ID or face ID? Many smart devices these days offer touch ID (via thumbprint) or face ID (which use...
Surveys to help guide MHS principal search
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Surveys to help guide MHS principal search

Good People of Marblehead: I recently joined the Rotary Club of Marblehead. I was a member of Rotary in each of my prior districts. It is a wonderful opportunity to be engaged in service to our community and to collaborate in advocacy for our schools. This past week, fellow Rotarian Jack Attridge reminded the group of the collaboration they launched this year with MPS. I share the following: “In September 2023, the Rotary Club of Marblehead gave a gift to the Marblehead Public Schools of a mindfulness program called ‘Inner Explorer.’ On Nov. 1, the Marblehead Rotary Club presented the program to the Marblehead School Committee. Since then, Tower School and Epstein Hillel were also given the program. The Marblehead Charter School and Devereux School have also been offered it and a...
‘Once Upon a Time’ coming to Marblehead Little Theatre
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‘Once Upon a Time’ coming to Marblehead Little Theatre

Marblehead Little Theatre, in conjunction with Hello Friends Productions, is excited to bring "Once Upon a Time" to its stage just in time for Valentine's. Hello Friends Productions and its talented group of performers present great night of music and storytelling through music. Featuring incredible voices from all over New England, the evening begins with Broadway classics from past and present. Songs from "Sunset Boulevard," "Legally Blonde," "Hadestown," "Shrek," "Finding Neverland" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel" are just a few of the soaring solos, duets and group numbers. The second act will feature a premier performance of a different telling of the classic tale "Cinderella," featuring popular hits of the 1950s through today in what will surely be a great evening of song, fun ...