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Marblehead public meetings: Dec. 6-14, 2022
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Marblehead public meetings: Dec. 6-14, 2022

The following meetings of municipal boards and committees have been scheduled between Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 14, 2022: Tuesday, Dec. 6 6:30 p.m., Recreation and Park Commission, Judy and Gene Jacobi Community Center, 10 Humphrey St. (conference room). Agenda includes discussion of the FY24 budget and a memorandum of understanding with the Marblehead Public Schools. recreation_and_park_commission_agenda_12-6-2022Download 7 p.m., Marblehead Cultural Council, Judy and Gene Jacobi Community Center, 10 Humphrey St. (arts-and-crafts room). Agenda includes discussion of remaining 2022 projects and grantees and 2023 grant applications. marblehead_cultural_council_agenda_12-6-2022Download 7 p.m., Water and Sewer Commission, 100 Tower Way, Building 11 (commission offi...
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...
UPDATE: After one disqualification, 10 left to vie for School Committee vacancy; meeting moved off Dec. 7
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UPDATE: After one disqualification, 10 left to vie for School Committee vacancy; meeting moved off Dec. 7

Up to 10 residents may be interviewed as candidates to fill a vacancy on the Marblehead School Committee at an upcoming joint meeting of the School Committee and Select Board. Just when that meeting will take place remained up in the air as of the Current's press deadline. Eleven candidates had submitted applications by the Nov. 30 deadline to seek the opening created when Emily Barron resigned a month ago. However, one of those candidates, Ariana Contreras, was found not to be a registered Marblehead voter and ruled ineligible to fill the seat, leaving 10 viable candidates. Those 10 candidates applied expecting to be interviewed at a joint public meeting on Dec. 7. However, as was discussed at the Dec. 1 meeting of the School Committee, an unspecified conflict with the date had ari...
PHOTO GALLERY: Santa and Mrs. Claus soldier on, plus other Christmas Walk scenes
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PHOTO GALLERY: Santa and Mrs. Claus soldier on, plus other Christmas Walk scenes

Wind-swept rain forced Santa and Mrs. Claus to alter their mode of transportation, but even minus the lobster boat, the North Pole couple brought smiles to Marblehead High School Saturday, Dec. 3. Meanwhile, shoppers braved the weather to check out the offerings at the Artisans' Market and local shops. Here are a few scenes. (Click on the photos to enlarge and scan through the gallery.) Weston Pechinis, 4 keeps close tabs on Mrs. Claus as he sits on Santas lap Saturday Dec. 3, at Marblehead High School. Rain canceled the parade and Santa arriving by boat. Rain and wind caused a late change of plans from Santa's usual 'landing' by lobster boat during Christmas Walk. CURRENT PHOTO/NICOLE GOODHUE BOYD Manuel Brisbin, 2, talks with his mother, Carolyn, as he sits on Santa's ...
(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...
PHOTO GALLERY: A tale of two Marblehead tree lightings
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PHOTO GALLERY: A tale of two Marblehead tree lightings

Friday night at the Marblehead Christmas Walk means the lighting of not one but two Christmas trees. First, in the parking lot across from National Grand Bank, student singers provide much of the entertainment as the official town tree is illuminated. The action then moves to Mud Puddle Toys on Washington Street, where Glover's Marblehead Regiment leads those gathered in sea chanteys, and a lobster trap tree is set aglow. Here are some scenes. (Click on the images to enlarge and review the gallery.) Girls huddle to keep warm and celebrate at the annual Marblehead Christmas Walk tree lighting in the parking lot of the National Grand Bank Dec. 2. CURRENT PHOTO/TANYA BRAGANTI With the help of Matt Martin, Henry Delisle, 6, begins the countdown for the annual Marblehead Chr...
Marblehead man wins big lottery prize
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Marblehead man wins big lottery prize

Humberto Bernabe of Marblehead won a prize of $25,000 a year for life in the multi-state Lucky for Life game after the first five numbers on his ticket matched those selected in the drawing Nov. 22. Bernabe, whose winning numbers were ones that he’s been playing in multiple games over the last two-and-a-half years, claimed his prize Dec. 1 at Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Dorchester. He chose the cash option on his prize and received a one-time payment of $390,000 (before taxes). He plans on putting his winnings toward buying a house, according to the Lottery. He purchased his winning ticket at Stop & Shop in Swampscott, which will receive a $5,000 bonus for its sale of the ticket.
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.
Abbot Library staffer shares year’s most checked-out movies
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Abbot Library staffer shares year’s most checked-out movies

Amber Santman, adult media specialist at Abbot Public Library recommends this list of movies. A lifelong resident of Marblehead, she has worked at the library for the past eight years and is always happy to chat with patrons about all things movies and media. A collage of the movie posters to the top 10 most checked out movies from Abbot Public Library in 2022. “Belfast” Follows the story of a boy growing up in the late 1960s in Belfast whose family must decide whether to stay or leave amid the social tumult. “Dune” Paul Atreides, son of Duke Leto, along with the native inhabitants of the planet Arrakis, struggle to overthrow the terrible Baron Harkonnen and his family to control the mind-altering spice produced by giant sandworms of Arrakis. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife...
Epstein Hillel School holds day of service
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Epstein Hillel School holds day of service

With generous support from the Ellen Brown Ragland Social Action Fund, Epstein Hillel School held its annual Day of Service on Wednesday, Nov. 23. All EHS students and staff participated in service projects that supported the work of nonprofit community partners around the North Shore and Boston. Each grade was visited by a representative from a partner organization who shared that organization's mission and the challenges facing the people they serve. According to a school official, students asked incredibly insightful and thoughtful questions and showed a true understanding of how their efforts that day made a direct impact on others. On the EHS Day of Service, students accomplished the following: prepared five lasagnas and 50 cookies for youth in a group home (Plummer Y...