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On an epic journey: Marblehead High’s ‘Beowulf’ moves on to state drama festival semifinals
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On an epic journey: Marblehead High’s ‘Beowulf’ moves on to state drama festival semifinals

The spotlight may shine on Gywneth Anderson, Molly Grant and the rest of the cast of “Beowulf.” But Elizabeth Erskine may be the real star of the show, according to those involved with Marblehead High School’s entry in the state drama festival. The ever-patient Erskine, the production’s prop designer, has had to see her handiwork — mostly swords fashioned out of discarded smartboard boxes — undone when one of her classmates brings a bit too much exuberance to one of the play’s battle scenes. But her persistence and the hard work of the rest of the cast and crew paid off, as MHS’ “Beowulf” advanced out of the preliminary round at Beverly Middle School March 5 to this weekend’s semifinals. The Marblehead cast and crew will be taking its show on the road to Norwood High School this ...
Marblehead’s tree enthusiasts help warden build out canopy
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Marblehead’s tree enthusiasts help warden build out canopy

Several initiatives to further cultivate and grow Marblehead’s “urban forestry and tree canopy” are afoot. As the springtime approaches, Sustainable Marblehead is raising awareness about Marblehead’s tree fund and urging members of the public to send in donations. “Every spring in April, Sustainable Marblehead’s tree group collaborates with the tree warden to do tree planting,” the nonprofit organization’s executive director, Louise Yarmoff, told the Marblehead Current. “So, the more people know about this tree donation fund, the more money he will have to buy trees to replace all the trees that do die and have to be taken down.” Jon Fobert, Marblehead’s tree warden, said the town established the tree-donation fund in the mid-1970s after disease decimated the Dutch elm tree popul...
Moulton wants GI benefits for families of Black WWII vets
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Moulton wants GI benefits for families of Black WWII vets

Local social justice and affordable housing advocates are praising Congressman Seth Moulton’s bill to restore GI Bill benefits to surviving Black World War II veterans and their descendants who did not benefit equally after the war due to systemic racism. Congressman Seth Moulton: ‘While our generation didn’t commit this wrong, we should be committed to making it right.’ COURTESY PHOTO / OFFICE OF REP. SETH MOULTON “We at the Marblehead Racial Justice Team applaud this effort as an attempt to make up for a historical wrong that perpetrated a legacy of segregation,” said Rev. Jim Bixby with the MRJT.  “It is unfortunate that even this kind of legislation is too little too late. The Black GIs missed out on investment opportunities during our most productive years of economic deve...
FOOD 101: Beware of the Ides of March
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FOOD 101: Beware of the Ides of March

The “Ides of March” falls on a Wednesday this year. That’s Shakespearean slang for the 15th. If you remember your high school Latin and literature classes, Julius Caesar ignored a warning to beware of the date. He was stabbed to death by his buddy Brutus and a bunch of Senate cohorts. Caesar’s fate has nothing to do with salad. It’s just a fun excuse to tuck into a great bowl of crunchy greens laced with garlic and anchovies. To be sure you have a handle on all the exciting supplemental information, try this quiz: 1. Caesar Salad is named for:    1. Julius Caesar    2. Caesar Chavez    3. Caesar Cardini 2. Caesar salad originated in:    1. Imperial Rome    2. California’s Salinas valle...
Onboard Interiors acquires Hood Marine Canvas
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Onboard Interiors acquires Hood Marine Canvas

Krisha Plauche, owner of Onboard Interiors, is an award-winning marine fabricator who has been in business for 20 years. This past week, she announced the acquisition of Hood Marine Canvas and will now create a one-stop shop for Marblehead boaters and sailors. Mark and Deb Hood, former owners of Hood Marine Canvas, and Krisha Plauche, the owner of Onboard Interiors, are merging. Plauche will be the sole owner of both Onboard Interiors and Hood Marine Canvas. COURTESY PHOTO “For over 40 years, we developed techniques for quality canvas work on boats,” Hood Marine Canvas’ founder Mark Hood noted. “In this industry, there are also very few people who do the work on sailboats, and even fewer know how to make a dodger correctly.” Plauche is the most qualified person to ...
Father of MHS star Galante thanks town for acts of kindness
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Father of MHS star Galante thanks town for acts of kindness

One year ago this week, the Marblehead community mourned the death of MHS Super Bowl champion James Galante, who lost his life in a single-car crash on March 18. The next night, hundreds gathered at Piper Field to console each other while a gentle rain fell, providing an appropriate backdrop to a most solemn occasion.   Marblehead High School 2021 Super Bowl champion James Galante is shown through the years. Left, Galante is running with the football as a Marblehead Youth Football player, while on the right he is proudly wearing his MHS uniform before the start of the 2021 season. Courtesy photo Just three months prior to the accident, the town was celebrating the accomplishments of Galante and his teammates after they defeated North Attleboro, 35-28 to secure the Division 3 Supe...
Marblehead causeway may close as soon as 3:30 p.m.; other roads may shut, too
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Marblehead causeway may close as soon as 3:30 p.m.; other roads may shut, too

Due to the expected tidal surge from Tuesday's nor'easter, the causeway will be closed to all traffic at some point in the afternoon, perhaps as early as 3:30 p.m., the Marblehead Police Department announced on its Facebook page. The post continued that the causeway could be closed until up to 6:30 p.m. or slightly longer due to cleanup efforts. "The debris on the causeway makes it unsafe for passage during the tidal surge," the police department stated. "Onlookers should stay away from the causeway for their own safety and follow instructions of first responders throughout town." The town will also be conducting intermittent road closures in various areas, particularly around the period of high tides over the next two days, according to Marblehead Police. These areas include ...
High wind warning, coastal flood advisory for Marblehead as storm moves in
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High wind warning, coastal flood advisory for Marblehead as storm moves in

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for eastern Essex County, including Marblehead, from Tuesday 8 a.m. to Wednesday 8 a.m. North winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour are expected, with gusts up to 55 mph. "Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines," reads the NWS warning. "Risk for power outages. Travel will be difficult. The NWS has also issued a coastal flood advisory for Wednesday 3 a.m. to 8 a.m., forecasting "flooding of lots, parks and roads with only isolated road closures expected." There is also a winter weather advisory for the area, with one to five inches of snow possible. The Marblehead Police Department posted advice to its Facebook page. "You will need to secure property that could be blown about in the wind and if the the storm...
Vulgar, antisemitic graffiti discovered at Marblehead Village School
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Vulgar, antisemitic graffiti discovered at Marblehead Village School

Police are investigating graffiti that includes vulgar and homophobic language and antisemitic symbols found at Marblehead Village School, Principal Mandy Murphy reported in an email to the public on Monday.  “It is with great disappointment and frustration that I write to you concerning recent graffiti found on the roof and bricks of Village School,” said Mandy. “We immediately reported this to the police department and the superintendent.”  She added, “While the area the graffiti was drawn on may not be seen by many students, it makes us sad to see the graffiti of such hate on our building.”  Murphy said they are making security footage available to police.  “We hope this was not one of our students and has become a police investigation,” Murphy wrote. “We...
School Committee votes to move ahead with leaner budgets, warns of layoffs, cuts to sports
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School Committee votes to move ahead with leaner budgets, warns of layoffs, cuts to sports

The School Committee voted Monday morning to abandon its original FY 2024 budget proposal of about $49 million, which represented a 7.9% increase and included funding requests from principals and directors. Instead, it will present two much smaller versions at a public hearing next week.  The School Committee will move forward with what it calls an “austerity budget” of $44.7 million, which includes a 1.8%, or 800,000, increase recommended by the Select Board. That budget will lead to 30 staff members being cut and freshmen sports being canceled, according to Superintendent John Buckey and School Committee Chair Sarah Fox.  The School Committee will present a second “level funded” budget with a 5%, or $2.2 million, increase that covers contractual obligations for FY 2...