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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...
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...
League of Women Voters Observer Reports, Nov. 30, 2022
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League of Women Voters Observer Reports, Nov. 30, 2022

The Marblehead Current is pleased to be supplementing its coverage of public meetings with Observer Reports provided by volunteers from the Marblehead League of Women Voters. To learn more about the League and its activities, see my.lwv.org/massachusetts/marblehead. Fair Housing Committee, Nov. 21 At the Oct. 17 meeting, Select Board Chairman Moses Grader made a presentation to the committee informing them that the Select Board (SB) would be reorganizing the Fair Housing Committee.The purpose of the reorganization is to strengthen the FHC by having town officials serve on the board, broadening the committee mandate, empowering them to put initiatives into action, and enhancing communications and interactions with other town boards/committees. On Nov. 16, the Select Board voted to re...
Longtime town moderator Spiess remembered for fairness, wit
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Longtime town moderator Spiess remembered for fairness, wit

Gary Spiess, the town moderator who led Marblehead Town Meeting with dexterity, fairness and a quick wit for 16 years, died on Friday, Nov. 25. He was 82. The cause of Spiess' death was not readily available, but it comes just months after he decided not to run for a 17th term as town moderator, opening an elected office that for nearly 60 years had been held by only two men, Spiess and Steve Howe. Gary Spiess, who served as town moderator for 16 years, died on Nov. 25. CURRENT PHOTO / WILLIAM J. DOWD "It is sad to think that he will not be at Town Meeting as a citizen, instead of running the show," said Marblehead Select Board member Jackie Belf-Becker. "Gary Spiess was a wonderful man.” Voters elected Spiess in 2005 as Howe's successor after Howe had served as town moderat...
Marblehead League of Woman Voters Observer Reports, Nov. 25, 2022
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Marblehead League of Woman Voters Observer Reports, Nov. 25, 2022

The Marblehead Current is pleased to be supplementing its coverage of public meetings with Observer Reports provided by volunteers from the Marblehead League of Women Voters. To learn more about the League and its activities, see my.lwv.org/massachusetts/marblehead. Fair Housing Committee, Nov. 21 At the Oct. 17 meeting, Select Board Chairman Moses Grader made a presentation to the committee informing them that the Select Board (SB) would be reorganizing the Fair Housing Committee. The purpose of the reorganization is to strengthen the FHC by having town officials serve on the board, broadening the committee mandate, empowering them to put initiatives into action, and enhancing communications and interactions with other town boards/committees.  On Nov. 16, the Select Boar...
Sustainable Marblehead offers primer on ‘the stairway to net zero’
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Sustainable Marblehead offers primer on ‘the stairway to net zero’

Sustainable Marblehead supplied a small audience gathered in the Unitarian Universalist sanctuary and zoomers with a “think globally, act locally” primer on ways to mitigate their carbon footprint and save money.  Lynn Bryant, the former Sustainable Marblehead executive director, moderated the two-hour presentation given by Marblehead Light Commission Vice Chair Lisa Wolf and Mark Adams, chair of the nonprofit's Green Homes and Buildings Working Group.  In opening remarks, Bryant and Wolf painted a dire portrait of the adverse effects that human-induced climate change has had on the world.  “In the news this week, the press was given a draft of the United States National Climate Assessment - a detailed look at the current and future consequences of global warmi...
Marblehead public meetings, week of Nov. 21 – 25, 2022
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Marblehead public meetings, week of Nov. 21 – 25, 2022

Monday, Nov. 21 9:30am, Marblehead Board of Registrars, Select Board's Meeting Room, Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St. board_of_registrars_agenda_11-21-2022Download 7 p.m., Marblehead Fair Housing Committee, in person in the conferenc room of the Jacobi Community Center, 10 Humphrey St., or virtually HERE. fair_housing_committee_agenda_11-21-22Download Tuesday, Nov. 22 Noon, Marblehead Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Attend virtually HERE. marblehead_special_education_parent_council_sepac_agenda_11-22-2022Download 3 p.m., Green Marblehead Committee. Attend virtually HERE. green_marblehead_committee_agenda_11-22-22Download 7:30 p.m., Zoning Board of Appeals. Attend virtually HERE. zoning_board_of_appeals_agenda_11-22-22Download Monday, Nov. 28...
As budget season looms, Marblehead turns to McGinn again
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As budget season looms, Marblehead turns to McGinn again

John McGinn, the town’s former administrator, just can’t seem to quit Marblehead - or maybe Marblehead can’t quit McGinn? Either way, the retired administrator will return as a consultant and help the town crunch and report numbers as the budget season gets underway. The Peabody resident possesses a history of stepping up when Marblehead finds itself in a tight spot- particularly around budget and Town Meeting seasons.  McGinn became town administrator after his predecessor, Jeff Chelgren, resigned in 2014. At the time, he was nearly a decade into a finance director tenure; he never saw himself in Abbot Hall’s corner office until the Select Board members approached him. Even when he retired some four years later, he agreed to stay a few weeks more, so he could help his succe...
OBSERVER REPORT: Recreation and Parks Commission, Nov. 15
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OBSERVER REPORT: Recreation and Parks Commission, Nov. 15

The Marblehead Current is pleased to be supplementing its coverage of public meetings with Observer Reports provided by volunteers from the Marblehead League of Women Voters. To learn more about the League and its activities, see my.lwv.org/massachusetts/marblehead. Board: Park and Recreation Commission Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15 Location: Community Center Conference Room  Members present: The meeting was called to order by the vice chairman, Linda Rice-Collins.  Karin Ernst, Matt Martin, Peter James, and Jaime Bloch were present.  Derek Norcross and Rossana Ferrante were absent.  LWV Observer: Kay Rieper Meeting highlights: The minutes from the last meeting were approved.  Gregg Riskin appeared before the Board with a proposal for a memorial for his pare...
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...