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PHOTO GALLERY: Old Car Club takes Sunday drive
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PHOTO GALLERY: Old Car Club takes Sunday drive

Wind and rain forced the cancellation of the Marblehead Christmas Walk parade on Saturday, Dec. 3. But the vintage vehicles owned by members of the Marblehead Old Car Club were gassed up and ready to go. There was just one thing to do. Shortly before noon Sunday, Dec. 4, led by "parade float" Michael LaFayette in his '12 Ford Expedition with speaker blasting holiday tunes, the members of the Old Car Club took the the parade route, working their way up from Front Street to Atlantic Avenue, turning at the police station and then heading back down Pleasant Street. The vehicles made multiple loops, as appreciative Christmas Walk shoppers stopped to review the procession. In case you missed it, here are a few scenes. (Click to enlarge the images and review the gallery.) Carryin...
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...
PHOTO GALLERY: Santa and Mrs. Claus soldier on, plus other Christmas Walk scenes
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PHOTO GALLERY: Santa and Mrs. Claus soldier on, plus other Christmas Walk scenes

Wind-swept rain forced Santa and Mrs. Claus to alter their mode of transportation, but even minus the lobster boat, the North Pole couple brought smiles to Marblehead High School Saturday, Dec. 3. Meanwhile, shoppers braved the weather to check out the offerings at the Artisans' Market and local shops. Here are a few scenes. (Click on the photos to enlarge and scan through the gallery.) Weston Pechinis, 4 keeps close tabs on Mrs. Claus as he sits on Santas lap Saturday Dec. 3, at Marblehead High School. Rain canceled the parade and Santa arriving by boat. Rain and wind caused a late change of plans from Santa's usual 'landing' by lobster boat during Christmas Walk. CURRENT PHOTO/NICOLE GOODHUE BOYD Manuel Brisbin, 2, talks with his mother, Carolyn, as he sits on Santa's ...
(Ginger)bread winners: Marblehead Family Fund festival sees spirited competition
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(Ginger)bread winners: Marblehead Family Fund festival sees spirited competition

Once again this year, the Marblehead Family Fund, in partnership with the Marblehead Museum, organized a Gingerbread Festival, with entries on display throughout Christmas Walk weekend at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion. An esteemed panel of judges had the daunting task of bestowing just one blue ribbon in each of seven categories. They ultimately settled on the following roster of winners: Best Ages 5 and Under - Winnie and Norah's House (Creators: Winnie and Norah) Best Ages 6 to 10 - Gnome Sweet Home (Creator: Daniel Koch) Best Classic - New England Church (Creators: Paul and Mimi) Most Creative - A Mischief in the Library (Creators: The Dissette Family, Mary, Mike and Lilly) Best Business - Even Keel (Creators: Even Keel) Best School - Future Village in 100 Years (Creat...
PHOTO GALLERY: A tale of two Marblehead tree lightings
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PHOTO GALLERY: A tale of two Marblehead tree lightings

Friday night at the Marblehead Christmas Walk means the lighting of not one but two Christmas trees. First, in the parking lot across from National Grand Bank, student singers provide much of the entertainment as the official town tree is illuminated. The action then moves to Mud Puddle Toys on Washington Street, where Glover's Marblehead Regiment leads those gathered in sea chanteys, and a lobster trap tree is set aglow. Here are some scenes. (Click on the images to enlarge and review the gallery.) Girls huddle to keep warm and celebrate at the annual Marblehead Christmas Walk tree lighting in the parking lot of the National Grand Bank Dec. 2. CURRENT PHOTO/TANYA BRAGANTI With the help of Matt Martin, Henry Delisle, 6, begins the countdown for the annual Marblehead Chr...
Marblehead Old Car Club to hold procession down parade route Sunday, Dec. 4
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Marblehead Old Car Club to hold procession down parade route Sunday, Dec. 4

The Marblehead Christmas Walk Parade may have been canceled, but Marblehead Old Car Club was not about to let the season pass without showing off their vintage wheels. A procession of between 15 and 20 antique cars will hold a procession along the parade route beginning on Front Street at noon Sunday, Dec. 4. The parade will be led by a Ford Expedition decorated like a parade float, blaring Christmas music through a large outdoor speaker, according to organizer Michael LaFayette. Michael LaFayette's 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster will be part of the Marblehead Old Car Club's parade on Sunday, Dec. 4.
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.
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Consalvo has taught exercise for 63 years
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BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Consalvo has taught exercise for 63 years

“Been There, Done That” is a recurring feature in the Marblehead Current spotlighting Marblehead seniors. Name: Vivien Consalvo  Age: 85 Place of birth: Claremont, New Hampshire  How long have you lived in Marblehead? I’ve lived here since 1960. I was living in Allston with my first husband, and one day he wanted to go for a drive. We got to Marblehead, and I told him, ‘I want to live here.’ What is your fondest childhood memory? Definitely our family gatherings with relatives and friends. My mother and father were wonderful cooks. My dad every Sunday would cook a big steak, homemade French fries and vegetables from our garden. My mother would make pastries and bring them to the neighbors. Life was more family-oriented then. I think we’ve lost that. What...
After several setbacks, bike park agreement signed; opening set for spring
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After several setbacks, bike park agreement signed; opening set for spring

After two years of heated public meetings and setbacks, it appears a bike park will finally open this spring in the Green Street woods across from the transfer station. The New England Mountain Bike Association has signed a five-year agreement with the Marblehead Recreation and Parks Department to build and maintain bike trails on the site. “We are incredibly grateful to our friends at NEMBA for their support in getting the Marblehead off-road bike park officially underway,” said Pat Milner with Bike MOR (Marblehead Off-Road). Milner has been leading the campaign to build the park. Hopes for a bike park began during COVID when a group of teenagers started searching for places to ride their mountain bikes. In January 2021, they built small bike jumps at Lead Mills, which is conser...
‘Spirit of ’76’ comes home: Town’s new pumper truck to be in service soon
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‘Spirit of ’76’ comes home: Town’s new pumper truck to be in service soon

The “Spirit of ’76” should be in full service on or before Dec. 5. “That’s the hope,” said Marblehead Fire Chief Jason Gilliland, standing in the bay area of the Marblehead Fire Department headquarters early last week. No, the fire chief isn’t talking about the massive painting in Abbot Hall’s Select Board Room. Rather, he is referring to the town’s newest firefighting apparatus, a 2022 Enforcer Pumper. Not only is fire engine named after the iconic painting, but the fire chief had “Spirit of ’76” detailed in blue on the front of the fire truck where flashing lights are. On the rear of the apparatus, one will find a replica of Archibald Willard’s ‘Spirit of ’76.’  Marblehead Fire Department's newest wheels, 'Spirit of ’76,' can pump 1,500 gallons per minute when hooked up to a...