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Me&Thee presents The Mugfords
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Me&Thee presents The Mugfords

For the first time, Me&Thee Music brings the local retro band The Mugfords to its stage for a Saturday Holiday Concert & Dance Party on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. The Mugfords will present a night of pop and rock holiday hits and standards of the ’60s, ’70s and beyond.  The adjoining Stetson Hall will be cleared for a roomy, party-lit dance floor.  The band has collected a drum kit full of holiday favorites and some surprises. The Mugfords launched three decades ago on Mugford Street and they’ve performed throughout New England, including performances on HGTV and at The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. They’re known for their vocal harmonies and faithful replication of the music of The Beatles, Kinks, Byrds, Rolling Stones, The Who, Talking Heads, Cars and many others. Members include Paul Tod...
Marblehead Rotary Club brings Thanksgiving to families with sick children
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Marblehead Rotary Club brings Thanksgiving to families with sick children

Nancy Archer Gwin of Marblehead knows all too well how stressful and difficult life can be for a family with a seriously ill child, and how palliative care can help. Four years ago, her grandson, Henry, died from a brain tumor when he was just two years and nine months old.  Marblehead Rotary Club Members Linda Sullivan and Nancy Archer Gwin (fourth and fifth from left) present some of the 25 Thanksgiving meals the club assembled for families of children in Care Dimensions’ Pediatric Palliative Care Program. Gratefully accepting the donations from Care Dimensions are Bethany Beers-Mullen, CEO Stephanie Patel, MD, Maureen Burge, Caitlin French, and Angela MacMannus. Gwin visited her son Rob and his family at their home in London many times during Henry’s illness. Rob and his wife cho...
Marblehead resident Kiki Walker joins Girls Inc. of Boston and Lynn board of directors
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Marblehead resident Kiki Walker joins Girls Inc. of Boston and Lynn board of directors

Marblehead resident and health coach and corporate well-being advisor Kiki Walker has joined the board of directors of Girls Inc. of Boston and Lynn. She first learned about Girls Inc. through a holiday book drive she contributed to with her twin daughters. She became involved with Girls Inc. using her background as a fitness trainer and coach to help girls reach their potential. “I see how using support, care, and love can lift roadblocks,” says Walker. She recently served on a panel at Girls Inc. and looks forward to using her years as a fitness coach to mentori girls. “I recognize the power of having someone believe in you,” says Walker. Girls Inc. of Boston and Lynn Executive Director Deb Ansourlian added, “Kiki is a great addition to our board. As a female business owner and ...
9-1-1 dispatcher will honor veterans with holiday wreaths
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9-1-1 dispatcher will honor veterans with holiday wreaths

Longtime Marblehead 9-1-1 dispatcher Teresa Collins is leading a campaign to place holiday wreaths on the graves of nearly 2,000 veterans at Waterside Cemetery. Collins is working with the nonprofit Wreaths Across America. So far, people have sponsored 200 wreaths. Each wreath costs $15. "The theme of this year's mission is to find a way to serve," Collins told the Marblehead Current. "What more can you ask of Americans than to find a way to serve their town or city or country... for people to step up, see an opportunity and a need. This is a way I can continue to serve my community." Collins has been a 9-1-1 dispatcher in town for 25 years. "For me, it's super important to find positive things in the community, to balance it out," she said referring to the stresses of her...
New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders
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New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders

There are many new faces among Marblehead’s faith leaders, with more coming in the next couple of years. Longtime Temple Emanu-El Rabbi David Meyer, who is the current head of the Marblehead Ministerial Association, spoke to Marblehead Current about all the changes and his hopes for the future. Rev. Jenna Crawford at UUCM Rabbi David Meyer with the MMA “It is a challenge to keep the energy of the interfaith community strong as people are just getting to know each other,” Meyer said. “Hopefully, all the new ministers in town will take up with the same commitment and motivation for the interfaith work here.” The MMA was formed in the late 1970s in response to antisemitic graffiti at Temple Emanu-El and the JCC.  Since then, the group has met monthly and worked to stand...
New plaques honoring service in Vietnam, Korea to be dedicated on Veterans Day
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New plaques honoring service in Vietnam, Korea to be dedicated on Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, two new plaques listing the names of men and women who lived in Marblehead and served in the military during the Korean and Vietnam Wars will be dedicated at the VFW at 321 West Shore Drive. It’s a personal project undertaken by local vet Jim Caswell and funded by the group Forever Marbleheaders. Veteran Jim Caswell stands by plaques honoring local vets at the Marblehead VFW PHOTO: Leigh Blander “They're really remarkable,” Caswell told Marblehead News, referring to the plaques. Caswell noticed that while the VFW has a memorial to the 1,400 Marblehead residents who served in World War II, there was nothing honoring vets who served during Vietnam and Korea. So he worked with Marblehead Veterans Agent Dave Rodgers to get a list of every resident who ...
New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders
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New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders

There are many new faces among Marblehead’s faith leaders, with more coming in the next couple of years. Longtime Temple Emanu-El Rabbi David Meyer, who is the current head of the Marblehead Ministerial Association, spoke to Marblehead Current about all the changes and his hopes for the future. Rev. Jenna Crawford at UUCM Rabbi David Meyer with the MMA “It is a challenge to keep the energy of the interfaith community strong as people are just getting to know each other,” Meyer said. “Hopefully, all the new ministers in town will take up with the same commitment and motivation for the interfaith work here.” The MMA was formed in the late 1970s in response to antisemitic graffiti at Temple Emanu-El and the JCC.  Since then, the group has met monthly and worked to stand...
Ipswich-based Service Dog Project seeks volunteers
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Ipswich-based Service Dog Project seeks volunteers

The Service Dog Project (SDP) is a nonprofit organization based in Ipswich dedicated to responsibly breeding, training, and donating certified service dogs to those with mobility issues. SDP is one of only two service dog projects in the country that give dogs to those in need at no cost. The vast majority of recipients are military veterans, first responders, and their families, in which the special bond between the handler and the service dog enhances the handler’s quality of life as they gain a new sense of independence. Additionally, SDP strives to serve their local community, in which their farm is a beacon for all ages, whether they be in search of community service work, a way to fill their day, or social interaction meaningfully.  SDP is currently fundraising for a renovati...
Me&Thee presents Oshima Brothers of Maine
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Me&Thee presents Oshima Brothers of Maine

Me&Thee Music presents an evening with Maine-based indie duo Oshima Brothers on Friday, November 4 beginning at 8 p.m.  Sean and Jamie have been creating music together since childhood. Now, the brothers blend songs from the heart with close harmonies to produce a "roots-based pop sound that is infectious,” according to NPR. On stage, they are known for their dynamic vocals, live looping, foot percussion, electric and acoustic guitars,  vintage keyboard and bass - often all at once.  The Oshima Brothers were on stage at the Me&Thee before the pandemic forced the closure of the venue in March, 2020, in the midst of its 50th anniversary season.  This concert marks the success of the Me&Thee’s reorganization and return. Me&Thee Presents Oshima Brothers of Maine The O...
Seaglass Village celebrates one-year anniversary
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Seaglass Village celebrates one-year anniversary

Isolation and its accompanying loneliness is a public health issue and a predictor of poor health in seniors.  According to an AARP study, social isolation is as dangerous as obesity or smoking for seniors.  Seaglass Village, celebrating its first anniversary on December first, is helping to alleviate loneliness while assisting its members to age in their own homes. Lois moved to Marblehead in her early 90s to be near her daughter.  An active senior and a talented artist, Lois didn’t have a single friend in town.  She joined Seaglass Village as one of its earliest members.  In the spring she requested that a Seaglass Volunteer join her for a walk.  Betsy was free the day that Lois suggested, and they went to Stramski’s and walked from the parking lot to th...