Former bank Vice President Tom Adams admits to larceny of stealing
bank elderly customers' deposit money. Mr. Adams has repaid the bank
approximately $10,000 worth of money stolen between 1997 and 2000.
The Salem Power Plant has announced that it is scrapping the very unpopular
plan to burn more coal at the site. Marblehead's Healthlink, a group
of very active residents in opposition, deserves much credit.
The Marblehead Public School's Master Plan involving the complete remake
of all school facilities advanced decisively on December 10th with the
overwhelming passage of the $22.6 million override for the renovation
and construction of a new Upper Middle School building on the grounds
of the old and currently in service 1903 High School.The article carried
every pricinct in light turnout.
In a sudden and disruptive conclusion, the Conservation Commission's
review of the Glover Estates Limited Liability Corporation's (GELLC)
plan to clean up the Old Lead Mills site if their plans for an assisted
living center is approved by the Town's boards and commissions, ended
amid charges of conflict of interest for two Commissioners. John VanDusen
and Margo Carey signed a letter in May, long before any agenda items
had come before the ConCom, is opposition to granting a Brownsfield
Covenant Not-To-Sue to the developer. The letter was a form letter signed
by over 600 other residents of Marblehead and Salem. A decision was
made to have the two Commissioners approach the Massachusetts State
Ethics Commission for a ruling. The decision will take months, and the
Commission will not deal with any GELLC issues until the allegations
are addressed. Both Carey and VanDusen indicated a desire to serve in
the process and expressed convictions that their objectivity had not
been compromised by opposing the granting of the covenant not to sue
to the developer of the land.
Town Meeting approves the school override and now it's off to the voters
on December 10th.
The Board Of Selectmen at a recent meeting voted to hire an architectural
firm to begin developing plans for a new seawall on the Causeway.
With the planned retirement of the current Superintendent of School,
Philip Devaux, the department is now beginning the search process for
another superintendent to be hired by September, prior to school opening.
The Christmas Walk comes again. The 29th Annual Marblehead Christmas
Walk, this year sponsored by individual merchants rather than the Chamber
of Commerce, is one of Marblehead's signature events.
In light of the events of September 11th and terrorist threats around
the world against Americans, the Marblehead School Committee voted to
not sanction student school trips abroad. DiGiamarino,Pat Pollard, and
Rob Dana voted in favor of the ban, and Joan Rosenthal and Jon Lederman
Dennis Curtin is seeing a dream of his come true with the long-awaited
publication of the book about Marblehead's open spaces and historic
places, "Exploring Marblehead." All proceeds from sales of
the book will go to the Marblehead Conservancy.
One of the most widely attended Town Meetings in history voted with
over a two-thirds majority to continue the rebuilding of Marblehead
Schools, this time to renovate the old High School into an Upper Middle
School at a cost of $22.6 million with a state reimbursement of at least
50 percent. A Special Election on the Debt Exclusion Override will be
held on December 10th.
MCAS scores have gone up this year making everyone happier.
Mammy Redd was exonerated this week by the state legislature, removing
the stigma attached to her by conviction as a witch in 1692.
FinCom struggles with the issue and in the end supports an override
article $22.6 million to renovate the current high school and to build
a new Upper Middle School at Special Town Meeting on November 5th.
The Board of Selectmen voted unananimously to support the School
Committee's recommendations at Town Meeting to fund and proceed with
the new Upper Middle School on the grounds and renovating the facilities
of the current Marblehead High School. It was the first time in recent
memory that the Board of Selectmen was unananimous in such a vote for
Special Town Meeting was scheduled for Monday, November 5th, 7:45 PM
at the Nelson Aldrich Performing Arts Center.
The Board of Selectmen met with the Building Oversite Committee
(II) along with School Committee members and the Superintendent to review
and discuss the renovations of the current High School into an Upper
Middle School (grades 7 and 8) this week. The project's price tag is
around $22 million with at least 50% state reimbursement. At an upcoming
Special Town Meeting, attendees will also hear the presentation and
a motion to submit it to voters on December 10th for a Proposition 2.5
debt exclusion override election.
Lifelong resident of Marblehead, and one of our local poet laureates
passed away this week: Carolyn Russel, 82.
James Dearborn becomes Finance Committee Chairman, succeeding Charles
Gessner who remains on the Committee.
Assessmentd were announced this week in Marblehead and they went
up on average 19%. The average property in Marblehead is now $389,000,
obviously, the highest in history.
A third local victim of the September 11th attack on the World Trade
Center Towers is confirmed: Erik H. Isbrandtsen, who worked at the ill-fated
equities trading firm, Cantor Fitzgerald. He was 30, and a graduate
of Marblehead High School Class of 1990.
Gene Jacobi is named the Chamber of Commerce's 2001 Person of the Year
for his extensive volunteer work and love of the Town of Marblehead.
Fred Eichler was sitting at a desk on the 83rd floor of the North Tower
of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th. He saw
the plane coming toward the building and watched it swoop up at the
last minute striking the 87th with Earth-shattering results. He saw
the face of the man flying the plane. And after attempting to leave
and then coming back to his office to sit in the dark and smoke, he
finally walked down the stairs and out of the building at the directions
of firefighters who did not make it out. Less than five minutes after
he left the building, the Tower collapsed. As reported in the Marblehead
Reported, it was a "Miracle on the 83rd floor.
Marbleheader's, after 300 years, have installed a small plaque commemorating
the "unknown marine" as representative of all who have died
at sea from Marbehead. It is in the shadow of the Fisherman's memorial
which lists the names of the known who have been lost at Old Burial
Hill. At the same time, a small memorial was also installed at State
Street Landing commemorating the contributions of fishermen to the history
Board seeks safety first on Lafayette Street. Proposed lane changes
Two Marblehead men killed in terrorist crash in New York. Bill Weems
of Calthrope Road was on his way to Los Angeles on American Airlines
Flight 11 and Dr. Frederick Rimmele III of High Street was on board
United Airlines Flight 175. The two planes crashed into the World Trade
Town clerk Tom McNulty tells Lifetime of his near death experience
that brought him back to life. McNulty had surgery in July of 2000 to
remove a small tumor on his pituitary gland.
Town Landing now bears new Fishermen's Memorial plaque in remembrance
of the "Unknown Mariner" who's remains were found in a shipwreck
near Marblehead lighthouse. A burial was held at Old Burial Hill as
Tucker's Wharf plans are moving forward as the Harbor and Waters Board
discusses cutting the cost of renovation.
Lafayette/ Maple street light installation is delayed until spring
The Marblehead Forever Award is given to Marion Gosling for her 54
years of volunteer work.
Loophole is found in 'organic only' policy. Private company use of herbicides
and pesticides are not covered under a BI-law or regulation therefore
there is no way to truly reprimand the company who used chemicals at
the lower play field at the Marblehead Middle School.
Selectmen looked to the Town Counsel for a decision on the possibility
of testing for contamination of the Lead Mills area by accessing it
through the Gatchell Playground property. Parents are opposed to the
Vinin Square project is expected to be finished before the proposed
completion date of July 2002 says Massachusetts Highway Department.
Lead Mills hearing, to be heard or not heard. Three dates have been
proposed and three dates have been turned down.
Donations shine on new senior sun porch. 'Pat's Patio' at Marblehead
Council on Aging Senior Center was opened August 15th.
Gerry 5 has two-point lead as they took first place in the Class B
championship handtub league.
Due to lack of town attention since 1918, Fishing Point Lane is
ruled not accessible to the public by land court judge.
Lead Mills cleanup hearing stalled due to absence of a press release.
Organizers say that new information will be made available for the later
No new crosswalks for the Marblehead/Swampscott YMCA. Selectmen followed
advice from the Traffic & Safety Committee to just go with the two
crosswalks already in place.
Let freedom ring, selectmen said when complaints were brought to their
attention about the traditional Fourth of July ringing and also the
ringing of the bells on Washington's birthday.
Parking verses safety, is the debate over new YMCA crosswalk. The Traffic
and Safety Advisory is scheduled to weigh the options and report back
at the next selectmen's meeting.
Temperatures soar but maybe not as high as the Marblehead Savings Bank
clock showed, 101 degrees.
Town rallies with Marines to preserve Hammond Park, birth site of US
Residents could be throwing money away, quite literally if the town
approves the proposed 'pay-per-throw' trash collection policy. Proposal
will be given to the Board of Health and discussed at next May's town
And the race is on as the Sailing World National Offshore One Design
regatta is underway.
New Marblehead High School is on budget, and on time. Site claims top
Tucker's Wharf? Tax payer money is tied up in a fund to renovate or
restore this historical site, but the wharf is still empty and still
in limbo. The Harbors and Waters Board is stuck because they have a
Forty teens charged with possession of alcohol at house party on Maple
Sea squall capsizes trimaran, family rescued. Dr. Isabella Sledge and
her husband, Dr. John Sledge with their two children, 4 years old and
5 months old, were pulled from the ocean off Block Island by Capt. Stephen
Wolfe and Rick Howard from a charter boat called "Mars." The
family boarded the Eastern Race Committee boat that was also near by
named the "Sassy Lady."
Data concludes we're "Movers and Shakers," Census says we're
just plain Old. PRIZM (Potential Rating Index for Zip Markets) is a
company that conducts marketing research and posts their results on
the Internet. But their story doesn't line up with the results from
the US Census.
Seventh and Eighth grades get own school, plans have begun to convert
current high school into an "upper middle school."
Hearsay causes confusion between selectmen Jeff Shribman and Bill Purdin
on debate of construction at Glover Estates during a selectmen's meeting.
The Harbors and Water Board has improved the parking situation on the
West Shore by cleaning up the Village Street parking lot. Is there more
relief to come?
Fireworks delayed due to storm scare, criticism soared.
Lead Mills plans stuck with a 2-2 vote by selectmen.
Town prepares for the Fourth of July
Five out of six received override, leaving Tucker's Wharf out of the
picture. The ones that made it: Sea walls, Seaside Park tennis, Storm
drains, Fort Sewall, High School conversion.
Traffic lights for Lafayette-Maple street intersection to be delivered
free of charge due to the hard work of Sherm Eidelman, a retired Massachusetts
Highway Department worker. Eidelman searched through the state maze
to find a way to get the much needed lights in place.
Coyote fear wraps locals, experts downplay threat. Recent sightings
have put people on alert, but are reassured that the coyotes usually
Six questions at hand as voters prepare: Walls and fences, Seaside Park
courts, Storm drain maintenance, Tucker's Wharf, Fort Sewall, and High
Forest City making Leggs Hill deal sweeter for Salem. Group offers
$250,000 in grants and reduces unit numbers.
The debate over the Lead Mills Property continues. The next big question
is who is responsible for cleaning up the mess? This, and many other
questions are to be addressed at the Public Hearing June 13th when Rich
Bane, who's company, Bane Skilled Care Residences, owns the property
will speak to the public.
The annual Youth trip to Israel is canceled because of the latest violence
in the Middle East.
Charter School fifth graders say no to MCAS. The fifth graders sat
out their MCAS history test because it was not anything they had covered
over the year. School officials say that history should be taught in
chronological order. They don't know how these will be graded.
Nann Weissenberger's normally routine reappointment to the Finance Committee
is called into question by Selectmen Jeff Shribman and Judy Jacobi.
Shribman cited her public comments to department heads, and Jacobi stated
that "it is time for her to step down," as reporter in the
Six overrides votes are set for June 18th by the Board of Selectmen:
Fort Beach and Little Harbor Seawalls, $30,000; Seaside Tennis Courts,
$21,200; General Override for drain maintenance and improvements, $300,000;
Tucker's Wharf renovations, $200,000; Fort Sewall Improvements, $114,000;
Upper Middle School design phase, $600,000.
Selectman William Woodin was reelected by The Board as Chairman.
Tom McNulty defeats 36-year incumbent Betty Brown for the office
of Town Clerk, ending an era in Marblehead government. McNulty defeated
Brown by 247 votes in one of the highest visibility races in recent
history, and some say the contest itself accounted for the record high
Harry Christensen, a former Selectman who served two years from 1993-1994,
was reelected to the Board of Selectmen over challengers, Ken Bane and
Jean Eledridge. Mr. Christensen joins reelected incumbents, Judy Jacobi,
Bill Purdin, Jeff Shribman and Bill Woodfin.
Jonathan Lieberman was elected to the School Committee joining reelected
incumbent Patricia Pollard, and incumbents Rob Dana, Larry DiGiammarino,
and Joan Rosenthal.
Town prepares to vote of all local offices, amid an active campaign
and perhaps a very large turnout.
Dustin Hoffman and the other Hollywood types come to Marblehead
to film a new movie called, "Baby's in Black." Hoffman, along
with his children, are enchanted by Marblehead and all it's charm.
Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift sets some of the "toughest in
the Nation" standards for the Salem Power Plant clean up.
Candidates for Town Clerk Tom McNulty and Betty Brown square off on
issues of "modernizing" the position during the Republican
candidates night Monday April 22. Also debating that night was the 7
Selectmen candidate and the 3 school committee candidates.
Bell Elementary School Principal Robert Farrell reflects on his 37 years
in the Marblehead Public Schools. Farrell, began in 1964 as a fifth
grade teacher in the Lower Bell school building. But he has had his
office in Upper Bell since it opened 25 years ago, first as Assistant
Principal, and then on to Principal. Farrell did not plan on teaching
as a career, "but one year of teaching and I was hooked."
Farrell will retire at the end of the school year.
Lafayette Convalescent Home had a fire in its basement at 10:19 p.m.
Monday April 16th. The residents were not inconvenienced and all was
"Glover Estates" a new assisted living center planned for
the Lead Mills site goes to the Attorney General.
The Selectmen deadlock over granting Bob Jones University the right
to used the Town's color transparency of the Spirit of '76. Selectmen
Shribman and Purdin opposed permission stating the University is an
internationally-known seat of religious bigotry and racial intolerance.
Selectmen Woodfin and Jacobi, favored permission as an example of tolerance
on the part of the Town. Motion to approve failed on a tie vote.
With the appointment of Jason Conrad, the first mother-son police team
in Marblehead's history took its place. Marion Keating is also the first
woman superior officer on MPD.
Edith "Edie" Cunningham, 76, passed away. She was a long time
and well-known Town activist.
Zoning Board approves the new house being built on Gingerbread lane
despite outcry from surrounding neighborhoods, and despite concerns
about violating the spirit of the Historic District and the sanctity
of Old Burial Hill.
The new "Marblehead Conservancy" outlined plans to mobilize
the community to begin purchasing and saving open space around Town.
Representatives appeared before the Board of Selectmen.
Coast Guard conducts a "cold water safety" training exercise
to emphasize the danger of cold water as the temperature of the air
warms up in the spring. Fire Department and Coast Guard personnel and
officials coordinated a major event in Marblehead harbor.
Selectmen approve Disney's request to film "Baby's In Black,"
during a six-week period in April and May. At a meeting, all area businesses
were in favor. The Board was unanimous.
Town is finally beginning to address the issues of marblehead.com:
it has no webmaster, and is totally out of date. But what will the solution
Board of Selectmen establishes a new committee to study the historic
districts with an eye to see if they cover enough of the Town, or too
A late season storm slams Marblehead, with rain, sleet, snow and
in the end slush and high removal bills.
March 1, 2001
King's Rook owner, Frank Regan, is found dead in his home, a victim
of suicide. Longtime activist, business owner and Chamber of Commerce
director, Mr. Regan was considered one of the people in Town always
ready to help and to serve. He is survived by his wife Denise and three
sons, Richard, Matthew and Alexander.
The new, and hard-earned, Skate Board Park at Gatchell's Pit, has been
closed temporarily, apparently to assess damage to the property and
to the "let the kids have a place to skate" philosophy that
fueled the park to life. Skaters have failed to use the prescribed safety
equipment: helmets are the only required piece of gear, but elbow and
knee pads are recommended. Also, scooters and other none-authorized
items, such as dirt bikes, have been seen being used in the park. As
reported in the Marblehead Reporter, Mike Lane, recreation supervisor,
was quoted as saying, "It kills me. The success of this project
has been enormous. It was working. And that's the frustrating part."
Skaters were seen in the closed park, and officials are mulling over
their next actions.
-- Town will get a chance to vote on a non-binding referendum concerning
adjustments to the so called "smoking ban" which the Board
of Health has mandated for all Town-licensed establishments that serve
food or alcoholic beverages. The referendumwill be on the Town election
ballot, Monday, May 14th.
-- A movie crew is eyeing a site in Marblehead for a motion picture
starring Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman. Selectmen are negotiating.
Former Selectman Harry Christensen has taken out papers for Selectmen.
He served two years on the Board in 1993 and 1994.
-- Rod Rotondi's Wrap & Juice Bar opens in Marblehead in Village
Plaza, offering an all-vegan, all organic cuisine. Hours are Monday
through Saturday 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.
Tom McNulty announces for Town Clerk and Betty Brown, after her daughter
withdraws, states her intention to run for reelection, setting up one
of the costing interesting election races in many years. ssss
Glover's Regiment celebrates General John Glover's death in January
-- The Selectmen sponsor an article to investigate the implications
of "The Community Preservation Act," and to report back to
the next Town Meeting.
-- Town Meeting will not be voting on department reorganization this
year due to disagreements between Town officials about how best to proceed
with buildings and grounds maintenance issues.
-- Thus far this year's Townwide elections are shaping contests in only
the School Committee: Pat Pollard is running for election and two new
candidates, Julie Lieb and Jonathan Lederman are running as well. There
are two seats up for reelection, one vacated by Chairwoman Martha Mayo
and the other occupied by Ms. Pollard, the incumbent. In the Selectmen's
race, one incumbent, Diane St. Laurent as announced that she is not
running, and one candidate, Ken Bane has taken out his papers.
-- The Superintendent of Schools, Philip Devaux has submitted a preliminary
school budget for the 2001-2002 school year of $21,330,974 a 7.3 percent
increase. This budget will be reviewed and amended by the full School
Committee, then reviewed by the Finance Committee and a final budget
will be submitted to Town Meeting in early May.
The election begins to heat up for the open seat on the Board of Selectmen,
Kenneth Bane, owner of the Devereux Nursing Home has taken out nomination
papers. The four incumbents are all running for reelection, and Diane
St. Laurent is not seeking reelection.
Diane St. Laurent announces that she will not seek reelection after
ten years, and after serving as a Selectman longer (10 years) than any
Superintendent Philip F. Devaux has been named Massachusetts Superintendent
of the Year.
FinCom discusses the reorganization of the Town as Selectmen call for
consensus, not a forced changed. Fincom seemed unmoved at their January