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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...
Update: Christmas Walk Parade canceled, Santa moving to MHS
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Update: Christmas Walk Parade canceled, Santa moving to MHS

The 51st Marblehead Christmas Walk Parade has been canceled for Saturday, Dec. 3, due to a stormy forecast and will not be rescheduled. Santa and Mrs. Claus will move to Marblehead High School from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., instead of arriving by lobster boat at The Landing. Children will be able to take photos with Santa at the high school. "Unfortunately, we have made the decision to cancel the parade this year due to severe weather conditions forecast for Satrday afternoon," Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Exec. Dir. Katherine Koch told the Marblehead Current. For the Marblehead Current's updated Christmas Walk weekend schedule, click HERE. Stay with the Marblehead Current for Christmas Walk updates. You can also check the Marblehead Chamber Facebook page and website.
Brown School PTO aims to cultivate healthy eaters
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Brown School PTO aims to cultivate healthy eaters

Kids learn a lot of important life skills in elementary schools: How to correctly brush their teeth. How to wait patiently for their turn to speak. And studies show early exposure to eating and growing vegetables and fruits can create lifelong healthy eaters; in Marblehead, a so-called delicious-education program, in part, aims to do just this. Brown Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization members Cara Whelan, far left, Abby Brack Lewis, Meaghan DeSoto, Kristen Pratt and Nora Connerty volunteering during the November Harvest of the Month program. CURRENT PHOTO / WILLIAM J. DOWD Every month during the academic year, Brown Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization members prepare the Harvest of the Month food and deliver it to the school's classrooms. In October, kids tried ...
Marblehead students ‘Walk for Ruby’ and against racism
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Marblehead students ‘Walk for Ruby’ and against racism

Students at the Brown School participate in Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day Students across Marblehead joined the national Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 14 and learned about the little girl who made history in America’s civil rights movement by integrating her elementary school. “I think there were lots of students who understood it and found it meaningful,” said Principal Amanda Murphy at the Village School, where about 500 students and teachers participated. On Nov. 14, 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges became the first Black student to attend her elementary school in New Orleans, after a federal court ordered Louisiana to desegregate its schools. Guarded by federal marshals, she walked past crowds of students and families shouting racial slurs. Today, Bridges is...
School Committee, Select Board set timeline to fill Barron vacancy
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School Committee, Select Board set timeline to fill Barron vacancy

Marblehead Select Board has laid out a timeline and process to fill the School Committee seat vacated by Emily Barron in late October. Select Board Chairman Mosses Grader made the public announcement during a Nov. 16 meeting in Abbot Hall’s Select Board Room - with School Committee members and Superintendent John Buckey present. Press-ReleaseDownload More details on how and where residents can submit application materials surfaced on Thursday in a press release.  Candidates will need to concurrently send application materials to the School Committee and the Select Board.  Two copies of a cover letter and a detailed should be submitted, both on the same day – one to the School Committee and one to the Select Board (by mail, hand-delivered, or by email, addresses belo...
Marblehead Select Board to intervene in School Committee vacancy
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Marblehead Select Board to intervene in School Committee vacancy

Marblehead Select Board plans to intervene in the School Committee vacancy created when Emily Barron resigned late last month. The Select Board plans to convene a Wednesday meeting and take up the matter. Members will lay out how the appointment process plays out in accordance with state law and Marblehead Public Schools policy. The Select Board’s decision to start the vacancy-filling process runs contrary to a split vote among the four School Committee members on Nov. 1. That resulted in the vacancy remaining unfilled. “The law is prescriptive regarding select boards as to authority and process, requiring select boards to fill such a vacancy by a joint roll call vote of Select Board members and, in this case, the remaining members of the School Committee,” Marblehead Select ...
Nashoba eliminates Marblehead volleyball with comeback effort
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Nashoba eliminates Marblehead volleyball with comeback effort

The Marblehead High School volleyball team (15-4, 15th seed) won the first two games in its Round of 32 Division 2 matchup against visiting Nashoba Regional (14-7, 18th seed) on Nov. 3. Unfortunately for the home team, the Wolves elevated their play and won the next to knock the Magicians out of the state tournament. The Magicians were solid in the opening set, leading from start to finish, while winning it, 25-14. Nashoba grabbed an early lead in the second set, but the Magicians picked up steam once again to pull the win, 25-22.  Nashoba reversed that score in the third game to get untracked on the scoreboard. The visitors trailed at one point, 19-18, but at that point the comeback was on. They then tied things up in the fourth set, 25-20, before clinching the upset win, ...
Barron vacancy to be left open, Marblehead School Committee members decide
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Barron vacancy to be left open, Marblehead School Committee members decide

For the next eight months, the recent Marblehead School Committee seat that resident Emily Barron vacated will remain empty until the 2023 municipal election.  The School Committee made the call on a split vote among the four remaining members during a Tuesday evening meeting.  School Committee members Alison Taylor and Sarah Fox voted to keep the seat vacant, arguing the Marblehead voters should decide. "It would be my recommendation at this time to leave the seat open, to be determined by the voters," said Fox, who chairs the School Committee. "Papers would be available, as is typical, in March." She went on to note the four members meet the quorum threshold required under state law. "So at this point, that is my recommendation: Is to let the voters decide w...
Lasting lessons: Forever Marbleheaders’ project to remember hundreds of MHS teachers
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Lasting lessons: Forever Marbleheaders’ project to remember hundreds of MHS teachers

If you attended Marblehead High School, you may have wondered what ever happened to some of your favorite — and not so favorite — teachers. The group Forever Marbleheaders has launched a campaign spotlighting educators at Marblehead High from 1950 to 1980. It's getting a lot of attention. Members of Forever Marbleheaders, from left, Marge Gallo Armstrong, Dan Dixey, Bill Goodwin and Maureen Graves Anderson. “People are having fun participating,” said Maureen Graves Anderson, a 1980 MHS graduate who is leading the MHS Teachers Project, which is posted on Facebook. “People like sharing memories; it has value just for that. It’s been fun to see the arc of a teacher’s career sometimes, to see what they did.” Graves Anderson is a founding member of Forever Marbleheaders, a group of...
‘He was the one who lit that flame.’ Marblehead pays tribute to Henry Dembowski, beloved educator, director
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‘He was the one who lit that flame.’ Marblehead pays tribute to Henry Dembowski, beloved educator, director

Henry Dembowski going through newspaper clippings and posters for his past productions PHOTO: Leigh Blander Henry Dembowski, the educator and theater director who changed lives and launched careers, passed away Sept. 25. He was 83. “Henry was such an enormous presence in my personal and professional life,” said Charlie Semine, who starred in two theater productions at Marblehead High School directed by Dembowksi in 1999. Semine is now a professional actor living in New York City, appearing in several TV series. “Henry fostered an environment of generosity and curiosity that I try to bring with me anytime I’m on stage or in rehearsal,” he added. Dembowski started his teaching career in his hometown, Lynn, in 1960, ultimately working as a principal in several Marblehead school...