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PHOTO GALLERY: Temple Emanu-El celebrates start of Hanukkah
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PHOTO GALLERY: Temple Emanu-El celebrates start of Hanukkah

To celebrate the start of Hanukkah Sunday, Dec. 18, Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead held a community menorah lighting. The event featured donuts (sufganiyot), latkes, dreidel games and a performance by magician George Saterial. Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, continues for eight nights, through Sunday, Dec. 25. Here are some scenes from the festivities at Temple Emanu-El. (Click on photos to enlarge and review the gallery.) Lisa Spinale lights a candle from Rabbi David Meyer's shamash during a community menorah lighting Sunday, Dec. 18 at Temple Emanu-El. The event featured donuts (sufganiyot), latkes, dreidel games and a performance by magician George Saterial. (Current photo/Nicole Goodhue Boyd) Eddie Merlin, 4, tries not to get messy as he eats a jelly doughnut ...
MHS indoor track teams open season with convincing wins over rival
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MHS indoor track teams open season with convincing wins over rival

The Marblehead boys and girls indoor track team could not have asked for a better start to the season after beating rival Swampscott last week at the new Track at New Balance facility in Allston. The girls won going away, 75-11, while the boys took care of their Big Blue counterparts, 53-33. “Zachariah Pike, David Alpert, Henrik Adams, Sienna Velandry, Emma St. George and Abbie Goodwin endured a tough day, when the JV 1,000-meter run was shifted twice with no guarantees to run, but Zach, David, Henrik, Sienna, Emma and Abbie volunteered to run the 4-by-400 relay, and they all put together solid races,” said coach Nolan Raimo. “It’s frustrating the timing of the meet worked out the way it did, but the character they displayed was phenomenal. There were no complaints, and there was a ton...
Post-COVID, audiences returning to Me&Thee Music
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Post-COVID, audiences returning to Me&Thee Music

As the world opened up again after two years in an induced pandemic coma, Me&Thee board member and founder Anthony Silva realized some changes needed to be made to the beloved performance space that has occupied the Unitarian Universalist Church on Mugford Street for 53 years to attract a new audience and stay relevant.  The first change would be the name.  “No one under 35 knows what a coffeehouse is. When you say coffeehouse, they think Starbucks. We are listed online as a restaurant,” he says of the venerable institution which has hosted acoustic music by renowned singer-songwriters for five decades.  “The church administrator told me that there would be people lining up outside the door at 9:30 in the morning asking for a cappuccino,” he says with a laugh. ...
Voting open in Marblehead Festival of Arts logo contest through Dec. 27
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Voting open in Marblehead Festival of Arts logo contest through Dec. 27

Three finalists have been chosen, and now you can help decide the logo for the 2023 Marblehead Festival of Arts. A collage of the three finalists competing to serve as the 2023 Marblehead Festival of the Arts logo Voting is open through Dec. 27 at the following Marblehead “polling places”: Abbot Public Library, currently operating out of the former Eveleth School, 3 Brook Road; Arnould Gallery & Framery, 111 Washington St.; Blue Canoe Cafe, 14 School St.; F.L. Woods Nautical Merchants, 76 Washington St.; Maria's Java Sun Coffee, 35 Atlantic Ave; Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, 4 Community Road; Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St.; Marblehead Bank, 21 Atlantic Ave. and 1 Humphrey St.; Judy and Gene Jacobi Community Center, 10 Humphrey...
Big change coming to Salem port seen from West Shore
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Big change coming to Salem port seen from West Shore

Within the next three years, the Salem skyline when viewed from Marblehead’s West Shore will change as developers transform a 42-acre site around the Footprint Power plant across the harbor into a wind turbine terminal.  The Salem Harbor Wind Terminal would become the second port of its kind in the Bay State, the other residing in New Bedford. But while the project is viewed by state officials as an important step away from Massachusetts’ reliance on fossil fuels, at least one local resident is urging his neighbors on the West Shore and beyond to stay vigilant as the project goes through its extensive permitting process.   A panoramic photograph of what the Salem Harbor Wind Terminal could look like when it is fully operational. COURTESY PHOTO / CROWLEY WIND SERVIC...
Marblehead Current presents its Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide
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Marblehead Current presents its Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Have you been slacking on your Santa duties? Still need to wrap up the final days of Hanukkah? The Current is here to help. We asked local merchants to select one unique item they are offering this holiday season and explain a bit about why they liked them. Here are their responses.  Find these hand-painted Marblehead ornaments at Scribe. WHAT IS IT? Hand-painted Marblehead themed ornaments: Abbot Hall, Chandler Hovey Lighthouse and the Bell Buoy WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? Scribe Paper & Gift, 84 Washington St. WHO IS IT FOR? Anyone who has a Christmas tree and loves Marblehead WHY DO YOU LOVE IT? Because local artist Emma Garfield (EDG ART), who grew up here, paints them—and they are STUNNING! Only available at Scribe Paper & Gift. COST: $40 each —Submitt...
Marblehead migrates to cloud-based budgeting software
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Marblehead migrates to cloud-based budgeting software

From debt-service to operational budgets, Marblehead’s fiscal year 2023 municipal budget registered around $110 million. Officials project a $114.5 million municipal budget for 2024, and $117 million for 2025.  As Marblehead’s budget balloons and becomes more complex, Town Administrator Thatcher Kezer believes the town should not only modernize how it assembles budgets but also open municipal finances to the public.  Enter ClearGov. Marblehead recently bought a subscription to the cloud-based budget and performance management software - and its implementation is underway. Kezer has characterized the town’s shift to ClearGov as significant because the town has spent years compiling the municipal budget in Excel spreadsheets. Marblehead is transitioning to a cloud-based budgeting s...
Super-sized Hanukkah installation sparks kids’ creativity
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Super-sized Hanukkah installation sparks kids’ creativity

Natasha (left) and Nyomi Male of Swampscott create designs on the Brighter Ignited installation. PHOTO: Leigh Blander Braving dark skies and below-freezing temperatures, dozens of local kids created bright designs on a super-sized interactive light display, as part of Hanukkah celebrations at Temple Emanu-El on Atlantic Avenue. “We’re building a menorah,” said Natasha Male, 10, of Swampscott, who was working with her big sister, Nyomi, 11. “It’s really fun.” The installation is called Brighter United and looks like a giant Lite Brite game. It’s a traveling art exhibit with Boston-based JArts, designed by Needham artist Tova Speter. Brighter United is visiting more than a dozen locations across the state this month, including the Museum of Fine Arts. Temple Emanu-El was its only s...
Marblehead native Rob Delaney’s new book ‘doing what it is supposed to do’
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Marblehead native Rob Delaney’s new book ‘doing what it is supposed to do’

Marblehead native Rob Delaney can now add “New York Times bestselling author” to a resume that already included co-creating and starring in an award-winning television series (“Catastrophe”), and dozens of other credits on the big and small screen. But Delaney wishes this latest accomplishment never came to be. That goes doubly for his mother. Marblehead native Rob Delaney nibbles on the ear of his son, Henry. Rob writes about Henry’s death before the age of 3 and his family’s grief in his new book, ‘A Heart That Works.’ Delaney’s book, “A Heart That Works”—No. 9 on the Times’ combined print and e-book nonfiction list in its first week of release—offers at-times brutal insights into the pain and heartbreak Delaney and his family continue to endure from the death of his son, Henry...
Marblehead officials talk favorite holiday movies, songs
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Marblehead officials talk favorite holiday movies, songs

This is the first installment of a regular series called “Current Recommendations,” asking folks about their media consumption and recommendations.  Abbot Public Library Board of Trustee Deb Payson What is your favorite holiday movie? “A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott (1984).  I love this movie because it reminds us all to be charitable and thankful during the holidays. What is your favorite holiday song? “What Child is This,” Andrea Bocelli duet with Mary J Blige & Marco Frisina.  Bocelli’s voice is pure joy in every song and every season. His duets are unique, exhilarating and holiday perfection. What is your favorite holiday book? “Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition”. This book “arrived” in our house in 2017 with our very own Elf, who flew ...