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MHS student honored for essay on antisemitism
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MHS student honored for essay on antisemitism

Marblehead High School student Jeremy Sorkin won third place in the Israel Arbeiter Essay Contest from the Jewish Community Relations Council and will be traveling to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with other winners. MHS student Jeremy Sorkin wrote about antisemitism and how it hits home in Marblehead. COURTESY PHOTO Sorkin wrote about the persecution of Jewish people throughout history — and the antisemitism that still exists today. “Many swastikas have been found at my school and even on some of the sidewalks in my town,” Sorkin wrote. “This continued hatred from the war prevails to this day, and combating it is the next step that teens in my peer group, and even younger children should engage in.”
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Marblehead to celebrate Pride Month with art, flag raising, tea dance

To kick off Pride Month in June, Marblehead businesses Creative Spirit and MacRae’s Sustainable Goods will host a public reception on Friday, June 2, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for the opening of their next non-juried art exhibit, “Love Wins.” The reception will be held at MacRae’s Sustainable Goods,108 Washington St. Learn more and register artwork at Families celebrate at the Pride flag raising in 2022. COURTESY PHOTO On Saturday, June 3, at 3 p.m., the town of Marblehead will celebrate Pride Month with its fifth annual flag raising ceremony on the lawn of Abbot Hall. The ceremony is produced by a small, grass-roots committee of local volunteers and the town. The event is open to the public and will feature  speakers including town officials, clergy, youth and...
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Paranormal investigators lead ghost hunts in Lee Mansion

To paraphrase singer-songwriter John Haitt, I thought the Jeremiah Lee Mansion was haunted but no one ever said boo to me … but there were other signs when Boston Paranormal Investigators took participants through the 250-plus year-old building on a ghost hunt. Some years ago, Margaret Warner worked as a secretary in the Jeremiah Lee Mansion for one summer. She said she never felt or saw anything ghostly there but docents, at the time, knew people who had seen things. Pat Kuzbida, left, and Nan Dumas give the dowsing rods a try in Martha Lee's bedroom during Boston Paranormal Investigators Ghost Hunt at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion on May 19. CURRENT PHOTO / CHRIS STEVENS “And I always wondered,” she said. It was that curiosity that brought her and her two daughters, Meghan Warner...
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Salem Hospital considers Marblehead nonprofit’s fundraising vital 

In hindsight, Lindsey Walker could not be happier with the decision she and her husband made to bring their twins, who had been born prematurely, closer to home to continue their care. To be sure, the doctors and nurses at the Boston hospital where Mac and Marnie had been born were top notch, the technology state-of-the-art and gleaming. Marnie Walker, top, took a little while longer to be weaned off a feeding tube but was able to reunite at home with her twin brother, Mac, thanks to the dedication of a nurse in the Special Care Nursery at Salem Hospital. Now, their mom, Lindsey, is serving as a board member of the Merry Mixers, raising funds for the pediatric care of others. COURTESY PHOTOS But there was something special about having the twins at Salem Hospital, beyond sparing ...
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Current Events: Marblehead’s Best Bets May 24-31

Current Events spotlights exciting happenings in the coming week. If you’d like to contribute a listing, please email Current associate editor/senior reporter Leigh Blander at    Hayley Reardon performs in Marblehead on Friday. Hayley Reardon ConcertMay 26, 7:30 p.m.Marblehead’s own Hayley Reardon, a critically-acclaimed folk pop artist, will perform a Homegrown House Concert on Friday, May 26, in town. The show will be held in a living room or outside if the weather cooperates. There is space for up to 35 people. There’s a suggested donation of $20 per person.  For details and location, visit MHS Spring Art ShowThrough June 2 Marblehead High School has launched its annual spring art exhibit at Abbot Hall. The...
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Marblehead Counseling Center wins $120K grant

Marblehead Counseling Center is one of 150 local nonprofits that will share in $30 million from the Cummings Foundation’s annual grants program. MCC was selected from a total of 630 applicants. It will receive $120,000 over three years. Marblehead Counseling Center COURTESY PHOTO MCC is a nonprofit mental health clinic with a mission to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in Marblehead, Swampscott and other North Shore communities. The $120,000 will support graduate clinicians at MCC while they're in the supervision phase of their career, explained MCC Board President Ruth Ferguson. "These funds will allow us to retain a clinician for this gap period, which in turn means MCC's clients get the continuity of care that is so important," she said. For more inf...
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Marblehead Farmers’ Market launches season this Saturday with new offerings

The Marblehead Farmers’ Market launches its 26th season on Saturday, May 27. The popular market runs every Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, through November 18. The market attracts up to 900 people a week. The Marblehead Farmers’ Market returns May 27. CURRENT PHOTO / LEIGH BLANDER  Come check out the strawberries when the Farmers’ Market reopens May 27.  COURTESY PHOTO  “It’s a great place to get outside and just enjoy the day on a Saturday morning,” said Stephen Fowler, who manages the market. “We honestly have people who come to the market not even to shop but to socialize. Then we have serious shoppers who try to supply their whole week.” This season, the Farmers’ Market will feature 20 farms and food vendors, with about three craft vendors each week. Of course, the Scouts will b...
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‘The Great Gatsby’ becoming a Marblehead Little Theatre musical

When it comes to writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, Doug Hill jokes half-seriously that he is “somewhat obsessed.” The past president of Marblehead Little Theatre considers himself something of an aficionado of the American novelist whose books and short stories examined and celebrated the exuberance and dissipation of the Jazz Age. So when Hill’s friend, Fred Anthony Marco, presented him with a script last spring transforming “The Great Gatsby” into a musical, something which had never been done before, Hill’s expectations were somewhat subdued, to say the least. After all, the novel has been adapted four times—and counting—into big-budget films including Robert Redford and Mia Farrow’s 1974 version and most recently Leonardo DiCaprio’s take in 2013. What more could be said about this iconic...
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Calling all writers: Revived Literary Festival taking submissions

The Marblehead Festival of Arts is bringing back its Literary Festival, originally known as Writers World, for the first time since 2019. The Festival’s writing contest is also returning, along with several speakers, panels and workshops. The Marblehead Current is a presenting media sponsor of the MFoA. “Despite the limited resources and a small, all-volunteer committee, Marblehead's Literary Festival can stand with the best of them in terms of programming and quality of speakers — all at no cost to attendees,” said Margo Steiner, who has been involved with the Festival since 1980. “We may not be the largest such festival in the country, but we like to think that our annual celebration of writers, readers and all things literary speaks to many within the community and beyond who st...
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CURRENT EVENTS: Marblehead’s best bets May 17-24

Welcome to our new feature, Current Events, spotlighting exciting happenings in the coming week. If you’d like to contribute a listing, please email Current associate editor/senior reporter Leigh Blander at    Go behind the scenes with ‘Gatsby’May 17, 6:30 p.m. In conjunction with Marblehead Little Theatre’s world premiere of “The Great Gatsby: An American Musical,” which premieres June 23, Abbot Library will host a lively discussion with two of the show’s creators: Fred Anthony Marco and Doug Hill, both of Marblehead. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” has long been considered one of America’s great novels. Come learn about the artistic process of turning a literary classic into a new, original musical. Learn more at abbotlib...
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