A R C H I V E S
Selectmen announce rebid process for Tucker's Wharf wall is complete.
Award goes to same bidder as last time, but now for less. The
wall is scheduled to be completed by June 30th. The successful
bidder is North Shore Marine of Salem, Massachusttes.
Tucker's Wharf. This is the area where the new wall will be built.
Reporter uncovers an illegal dumping ground next to conservation
land. US Flags tossed over an embankment, mixed in with long-accumulating
trash and garden waste has caused a small furor by people who
protect conservation land and open space in Marblehead. The front
page article by George Derringer and the color photo by Dennis
Curtin of the American flags thoughlessly heaped in the piles
of trash accentuated this graphic example of why Marblehead needs
to be ever-vigilant concerning our conservation areas. Cleanups
were underway by the time the article reached subscribers.
Marblehead High School presents Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy,
"Merrily We Roll Along," begining Friday night, January
31 at 8 P.M. Also, 2/1 and 2/2 at 8 P.M. All performances will
be held at the Nelson Aldrich Performing Arts Center. Tickets
are $7 and $10. For further information call 617 639-3121.
Marblehead's Retirement Board is expanding its role due to new
state laws. The Board consists of Bart Snow, Town Finance Director,
elected members Jean Ross and Mathew Antoniello, Jr., Board of
Selectmen appointee, James Hourihan, and a fourth member selected
by the Board, Rosemary Collins. The Board will have to develop
and present an Early Intervention Plac (EIP) which must be filed
with the Division of Public Employee Retirment Adminstration (PERA)
no later than Narch 15, 1997. The intention of this new legistlation
is to eliminate or greatly limit the amount of invalid injury
retirements. Everyone involved has stated that there is little
or none of that in Marblehead and while the new laws may help
solve the problem at the state level, here in Marblehead it potentially
could be expensive and is probably unnecessary. Nonetheless compliance
procedures are underway.
Vice Chairman Finance Committee
FinCom says the School Budget will have to be cut from what
the Superintendent is recomminding. As reported in the Salem Evening
News, Charles Gessner stated, "The superintendent's budget
cannot be funded from available revenues, and we are asking the
School Committee to take a hard look at it and reduce it. Right
now this budget would require a general override." Negotiations
continue on all Town budgets until the Finance Committee's Public
Hearing on Warrant Articles for the May 5, 1997 Annual Town Meeting.
A minor blackout at the start of Superbowl caused consternation
at parties all over Town.
While everyone was just settling in to the first few minutes of
play, power to the Town of Marblehead was interrupted briefly
(about fifteen seconds) and houses full of football enthusiasts
fell into unexplained darkness and silence. When power was restored,
apparently the festivities continued as though nothing had happened.
There is a move afoot by some individuals to restore the High
School library by improving the ambience: painting, new bookshelves,
new carpeting and ceiling tiles. Cheryl Kerns, head of the Parents'
Council is coordinating the process with school officials. Anyone
interested in assisting this effort should call the School Adminstration
at 617 639-3140.
New area codes coming to Marblehead: 781-631-0008?
Years ago in the first attempt to change Marblehead's area from
617 to 508, Selectmen were able to persuade the State to leave
us alone. Unfortunately they (the State) are at it again. Between
all of the address changes because of State requirements on E911
conversions, and now new phone numbers, it's getting to be quite
James Hourihan former Finance Committee Chairman and Selectman
is named by the current Board of Selectmen to the Retirement Board.
FinCom member Charles Gessner floats an idea to raise money
through the naming of the new Marblehead Community Center and
the rooms and facilities within. The building could be named after
a $1 million donor, he suggests. Donations of as little as $500
would be listed on a plaque in the completed structure.
Superintendent Phil Devaux has treasured tickets to the Super
Bowl. But one wonders, after the Thanksgiving Marblehead-Swampscott
game, will anything compare?
The cellular tower plans, which seemed to have gone away are back
again off Lincoln Avenue. Apparently Sprint is going ahead with
its plans and an application has been made to the Planning Board
and to the Zoning Board. Neighbors continue to oppose the new
construction. However, it seems that cellular service in Marblehead
may be dependent on the new tower. We'll keep you posted. This
issue is scheduled to be discussed at the Zoning Board of Appeals
meeting Tuesday, January 28th at 8:45 P.M.
The Abbot Public Library is considering buying the adjacent Guides
Florists property (25,000 square feet). F. Richard Bowen, Chairman
of The Library Trustees stated that the Board is exploring the
procedures and investigating possibilities.
Star Market is reportedly (Salem Evening News) interested
in the General Glover House site for its Vinnin Square operations.
While no one will confirm, on the record, that this deal is pending,
rumors persist. The Salem News published an article indicated
the possibility, even though in the same article they quoted "a
woman at the corporate offices of Athanas family," who own
the General Glover, as saying that the rumors are "categorically
The General Glover House at the corner of Tedesco Street and Old
Selectmen's Term Committee, headed by Planning Board Chairman
Nick Fader, recommends no change in Marblehead's unique one-year
term. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," was stated
by several Selectmen and committee members.
The Board Of Selectmen, faining a request for information,
asked Paul Lausier, Town Counsel for 38 years to appear before
them Wednesday night. In truth, the Board had prepared a 70th
Birthday Cake and a series of plaques and proclamations commending
Mr. Lausier for his outstanding service.
Paul Lausier, Marblehead Town Counsel since 1959.
Glover's Regiment plans a memorial procession for January 30th.
In honor of his life and death, his namesake reenactment regiment
will march from the Old Town House to Old Burial Hill and site
of General Glover's Tomb beginning at 7 P.M. Musket Volleys and
brief historic testimonies will be the agenda for this time-honored
tradition on what is generally "the coldest night of the
year," according to Regiment Commander, Major Jack Woods,
as reported in the Daily Evening Item.
Marblehead Police will offer a physical defense course for
women beginning Saturday, January 25 from 8:30 A.M. to 10 A.M.
The eight-week course will be held at Wilson & Silsby Sailmakers,
Inc. at 12 Atlantic Avenue. The cost is $20. Sign up at the Police
Station. For more information call (617) 631-2266.
The final phase of the reconstruction of the former Penni's Market,
now Crosby's market is nearing completion at the intersection
of Washington & Pleasant Streets. -- JH Photo
The Arrangers, a group of Marblehead garden enthusiasts, plan
to upgrade and beautify Abbot Hall grounds. "That's what
we do," stated Rebecca Robinson, President, "we make
places more beautiful." Watering during the summer is their
Marblehead Savings Bank donates a new electronic scoreboard for
Hopkins Field. The approximate $7200 donation for the new board
was accepted by School Committee Chairman Jody Magee as a "Very
Superintendent Phil Devaux explains increase in school budget
$900,000 for contractual increases
plus the restoration of Curriculum Directors for Language Arts
plus special education programs to offset out of district placements.
"Everything else is essentially level-funded," he stated.
Superintendent of Schools Philip Devaux.
Board Of Selectman Chairman Thomas A. McNulty will be speaking
North Shore Forum on Thursday January 23, 1997. Meeting will be
held at 7:30 A.M. at
The Peabody Marriott.
Chairman Tom McNulty
Town Finance Director Bart Snow is predicting a $867,121 surplus.
School Superintendent Phil Devaux is requesting 1.4 million more
in School Budget.
The budget season begins.
Marbleheaders will soon get a "choice" about which electric
company they want to use, according to the Marblehead Reporter.
To start with this new "deregulation" will allow rate
payers to choose which generation source they want. Transmission
and distribution options will wait until later.
Confused? It'll be just like the phone companies.
1-16-97 -- Selectmen extend Rosalie's Cancellation hearing
until March 19th after attorney's assure Board all is proceeding
as fast as possible. Court has established a n "on or before"
date of March 7th to conclude the sale.
1-15-97--Selectman incumbents Diane E. St. Laurent and F.
Reed Cutting Jr., took out their re-election papers last week.
Selectman imcumbent Bill Purdin indicated his intention to run
for re-election and will take out his papers sometime in February.
Charles M. Carey a challenger has also taken out his papers for
a May 12 election. Chairman Thomas A. McNulty and Selectman
William E. Conly are expected to run for re-election.
1-14-97 -- School's computer maintenance program begins to
bear fruit. "Computer Support Liaisons" in each school
have been trained to give "First Aid," according to
the Salem Evening News. The School's computer technician team
is Jeff Beckwith, Director, and Cathy Comeau.
1-13-97 -- Valerie McFadden, a Middle School math and science
teacher, wins the Peter Farrelly Teacher Award. It is given to
teachers who demonstrate a special ability in creating learning-centered
classrooms. McFadden was one of 17 teachers selected in Massachusetts
for this award.
1-12-97 -- Today is the day of the AFC Championship between
The Patriot's and The Cougars.
1-12-97 -- The so-called Big Tree Fire was held on short notice.
This was all that was left when we got there.
1-11-97 -- Marblehead Historical Society gets a new Director.
Donald Garnder takes over as the Society heads into its 100th
1-10-97 -- Board Of Selectmen extend Rosalie's license hearing
for another week pending outcome of bankruptcy court proceedings.
Impatience with delays was noted.
1-9-97 -- Many TV viewers want the "Travel Channel"
back and with the help of Tom McNulty and Reed Cutting they may
just get their wish.
1-8-97 -- Marblehead Boosters unveil plans for a new field
house. Ever attend a football game at Hopkins field and need to
use a bathroom? Ever notice the conditions inside the "canteen?"
Well, a group of Marbleheaders are trying to solve a problem that's
been around for years.
1-7-97 -- Town is preparing a new bylaw to regulate the erection
of antennas. With the planned
construction of new 150+ foot cellular tower at Tioga Way and
the subsequent uproar from the affected neighborhood, Town Planner
Rebecca Curran is developing a new bylaw to regulate such new
construction. Town Meeting will decide.
1-7-97 -- Lynn Item Lead Editorial: "Marblehead Upset
About Street Changes" The editorial stated "It may seem
like a simple bureaucratic change to the Marblehead Town Engineer
Board Of Selectmen, but it's obviously no small deal to hundreds
of residents in this normally tranquil seaside. At least 100 people
have requested hearings on the address changes that effect them.
The editorial called on Town officials to accept the fact that
these changes are more important than previously thought and suggested
that the Board "revisit the entire matter to determine if
there is a less traumatic way to accomplish the E911 changeover.
1-7-97 -- Big Tree Fire Cancelled Due To High Winds New date
to be rescheduled. Keep watching, we'll post it.
1-6-97 -- Press Release: -- Marblehead Eco-Farm Newsletter
A number of individuals have expressed an interest in sponsoring
a local event to honor Earth Day. We would like to create a town-wide
environmental event on Saturday, April 19th, 1997 and help put
Marblehead on the map as an environmentally conscious community.
If you would like to be part of the planning, please join
us for a brainstorming session on Sunday, January 26th from 1-3
pm. The meeting will be at the UU Church on Mugford Street. Child
care (including big-screen movies!) will be provided.
1-6-97 -- Tim Angle concerts, which were held in late December,
raised over $9,000 for the family. Incidentally, the concerts,
which featured Marblehead High School students and graduates,
were outstanding. You really had to be there to believe what talent
our students have.
1-5-97 -- Abbot Public Library expands hours: new hours include:
Friday mornings open at 10 A.M.
Mondays until 9 P.M.
1-4-97 -- Marblehead woman checking to see if she has her
tickets to "Nutcracker" crashes head-on into telephone
pole at about 40 mph with two kids in the car. No injuries. Airbags
deployed. Seatbelt were fastened. "It was very stupid,"
she said. Telephone pole broke in half crushing the top of her
1-3-97 -- It's been snowing in Marblehead. -- JH
1-2-97 -- The Big Tree Fire is planned for Riverhead Beach,
Monday, January 6th. Bring your trees, then stay and enjoy the
warmth of a fire that burns for days. It's big. It's bright. It's
1-1-97 -- Plaque Given To Marblehead By US Navy Proclaiming
Marblehead To Be The Birthplace Of The American Navy Resurfaces
At Antique Store In Marblehead And Is Promptly Purchased By The
1-1-97 -- Marblehead Hockey Wins First Game of the season
over Salem Witches.
1-1-97 -- The Coast Guard Auxiliary is sponsoring a nine-week
course in basic coastal navigation beginning January 7, 1997 at
the Middle School. Call (617) 599-2825 for details
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