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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...
After more than 40 years away, Marblehead fire truck comes home
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After more than 40 years away, Marblehead fire truck comes home

Nearly everyone has a vehicle they dream about owning. Maybe it's a sports car, luxury vehicle, decked-out Harley or even a fire truck. "Every firefighter, I think, dreams of owning their own fire truck," said Marblehead Fire Chief Jason Gilliland. Jason Gilliland, Marblehead Fire Chief, poses with his newly acquired 1939 Mack model 80 Fire Truck. The former Marblehead Fire Truck came from Sunapee, New Hampshire Fire Department. Gilliland says he can’t wait to drive it in the town parades. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd And for Gilliland, that dream has come true. Gilliland recently became the proud owner of a classic 1939 model 80 Mack combination pumper/ladder truck. If that weren't exciting enough, it is an original Marblehead fire truck. Gilliland said he'd looked off a...
Marblehead educators wrapping heads around ChatGPT
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Marblehead educators wrapping heads around ChatGPT

Concerns that local students might tap into the cutting-edge artificial intelligence offered by ChatGPT to do their schoolwork for them have been realized, Superintendent John Buckey told the Marblehead Current. The powerful, multilingual chatbot can instantaneously perform literary analysis, compose original poems, write short fiction and compute complex math problems. "This is so new, districts are trying to get up to speed quickly as they discover more about it," Buckey said. "We just did a professional development on the topic." OpenAI, a private artificial intelligence research organization whose founders include Elon Musk, developed ChatGPT. The organization released the chatbot on Nov. 30 and it became wildly popular overnight. Today, its usage is in the millions. "It u...
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...
News in brief: Kezer set to give first State of the Town
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News in brief: Kezer set to give first State of the Town

The Marblehead Current news in brief is a compilation of need-to-know news items from various sources. Marblehead residents, governmental entities and nonprofits can email 150-200-word submissions for inclusion in the weekly list to info@marbleheadnews.org. The State of the Town Marblehead Town Administrator Thatcher Kezer will present the State of the Town on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Select Board Room of Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., at 6:30 p.m. Residents can also watch Kezer's presentation on Zoom at bit.ly/3HEhY7n. This marks the first State of the Town presentation for Kezer since he arrived in Marblehead in June. It may also be the first glimpse at the amount of money Marblehead officials plan to propose raising through a general override of Proposition 2 1/2 at Town Mee...
Marblehead public meetings, week of Jan. 30, 2023
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Marblehead public meetings, week of Jan. 30, 2023

Monday, Jan. 30 6 p.m., Marblehead School Committee & Budget Workshop Meeting marblehead_school_committee_and_budget_workshop_agenda_1-30-2023Download 7 p.m., Mental Health Task Force Meeting mental_health_task_force_agenda_1-30-23Download Tuesday, Jan. 31 3 p.m., Housing Production Plan Implementation Committee Meeting housing_production_plan_implementation_committee_agenda_1-31-2023Download 4 p.m., Municipal Light Board Meeting municipal_light_board_agenda_1-31-23-1Download 6 p.m., Marblehead School Committee & Budget Workshop Meeting marblehead_school_committee_and_budget_workshop_agenda_1-31-2023Download Wednesday, Feb. 1 6: 30 p.m., Select Board Meeting municipal_light_board_agenda_1-31-23Download Thursday, Feb. 2 3 p.m., Green...
In Marblehead, dangerous dog investigation opened
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In Marblehead, dangerous dog investigation opened

The town is investigating incidents involving an alleged dangerous dog on Pickwick Road. CURRENT PHOTO / WILLIAM J. DOWD At its Jan. 18 meeting, the Marblehead Select Board opened an investigation into an alleged dangerous dog at 45 Pickwick Road. At Police Chief Dennis King's request, the board tasked Town Administrator Thatcher Kezer with investigating the situation. He will report his findings to the Select Board in a public hearing, before which there will be at least 10 days notice. Select Board Chair Moses Grader and Kezer were unable to provide resident Jodi Smith, who lives on Pickwick Road, with a specific date for the public hearing. "I was actually here because I was under the impression that we'd actually get the date for the dangerous dog hearing," Smith said. ...
Select Board appointments restore Old Burial Hill Committee to full compliment
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Select Board appointments restore Old Burial Hill Committee to full compliment

Marblehead Select Board appointed Judy Gates to he Old Burial Hill Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 18. CURRENT PHOTO /WILLIAM J. DOWD Residents Judy Gates and Andrew Gallucci have been appointed to the Old Burial Hill Committee. Gates has lived in a home across from the historic cemetery for 56 years. "Over the years, I have pursued [Old Burial Hill] history and even participated in its care," Gates told the Select Board recently. "I would prune back some of the vines that had been allowed to grow up around the fenced family plots and in front of some of the graves." She regularly walks through the historic property and picks up trash.  Gallucci lived in Marblehead as a kid in the 1990s but never visited Old Burial Hill. He moved away and returned as an adult a few years ago...
Marblehead Planning Board puts ADU proposal in voters’ court
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Marblehead Planning Board puts ADU proposal in voters’ court

Marblehead Town Meeting will now decide the fate of a zoning proposal that proponents say could help some seniors age in place, create affordable housing opportunities and add to the local housing stock. Marblehead Planning Board Chair Robert Schaeffner presides over a recent public meeting about accessory dwelling units. CURRENT / WILLIAM J. DOWD Planning Board members have been working on the zoning proposal for months, aiming to regulate the construction and use of accessory dwelling units in Marblehead. ADUs are small living quarters that sit on the same property as single-family homes and are often called "in-law apartments.” Planning Board members have reached agreement on nearly everything contained in the zoning proposal, including the following provisions: restrictin...
Marblehead public meetings, week of Jan. 23, 2023
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Marblehead public meetings, week of Jan. 23, 2023

The following public meetings were posted to marblehead.org as of press time. All public meetings are subject to change, so check the town’s website before heading out the door. Monday, Jan. 23 7 p.m., a joint meeting between the Select Board and the School Committee select_board_agenda_1-23-2023Download Tuesday, Jan. 24 7:30 p.m., Zoning Board of Appeals zoning_board_of_appeals_agenda_1-24-2023_0Download Wednesday, Jan. 25 9 a.m., moderator's committee to report on the costs of implementing Article 44 Meeting moderators_committee_to_report_on_the_costs_of_implementing_article_44_agenda_1-25-2023Download