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Marblehead Housing Authority vacancy opens after commissioner resigns
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Marblehead Housing Authority vacancy opens after commissioner resigns

The Marblehead Housing Authority Board of Commissioners has an open seat after Joan Cutler submitted her resignation from the five-member board in early September. "Cutler submitted her resignation on Sept. 6 as an elected member of the Marblehead Housing Authority," Marblehead Town Clerk Robin Michaud told the Select Board. "The resignation is effective Sept. 15." The vacancy comes in the second year of Cutler's five year term - set to expire in June of 2025. Cathy Hoog, the executive director of the Marblehead Housing Authority, said the appointing authority is the Select Board. She said whomever the five-member board picks will fill the vacancy on an interim basis. They would need to run for office in the June 2023 election. "Joan has been an incredible resource for me. She ...
Marblehead Chamber of Commerce celebrates ‘great leadership and service’
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Marblehead Chamber of Commerce celebrates ‘great leadership and service’

Marblehead Chamber of Commerce celebrated "great leadership and service" during its 70th annual meeting on Tuesday in the Corinthian Yacht Club's banquet room with its draw-dropping views of Marblehead's skyline serving as the evening’s backdrop. The state of the local chamber, the nonprofit's board members report, is sound and on solid footing after a rocky two years plagued by a pandemic. "Marblehead is a special place," Katherine Koch, whom the nonprofit hired nearly a year ago, told members. "These past few years have presented a number of challenges, but the resilience of our community and the partnership between our businesses and organizations have stayed strong. It's been a pleasure helping our town get back to enjoying events and activities." The Marblehead Chambe...
Marblehead Chamber of Commerce readies to bestow awards, celebrate service
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Marblehead Chamber of Commerce readies to bestow awards, celebrate service

Marblehead Chamber of Commerce will bestow upon Brian Wheeler the Rey Moulton Person of the Year Award before its membership on Tuesday. "I don't think of myself as a big deal, but I know the award is a big deal," said Wheeler. "I'll be honest I don't feel a minute different, but I am humbled by it." Wheeler has been the longtime chairperson of the performing arts portion of the Marblehead Festival of Arts, and that job includes oversight of as well as getting the ducks in a row for the Crocker Park Concert Series. The undertaking takes a legion of volunteers to pull off and months of planning. The Crocker Park Concert Series returned in July after a two-year hiatus. In an interview with the Mabrlehad News, Wheeler said the Performing Arts Committee takes very seriously its duti...
Marblehead public meetings, week of  Sept. 26 – 30, 2022
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Marblehead public meetings, week of Sept. 26 – 30, 2022

Tuesday, Sept. 27 4:30 p.m., Marblehead Municipal Light Board. Attend either in-person at the Municipal Light Department, 80 Commerical St, Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945 or virtually HERE . municipal_light_board_agenda_9-27-2022Download 7:30 p.m., Marblehead Zoning Board of Appeals. Attend virtually HERE. zoning_board_of_appeals_agenda_9-27-22Download Wednesday, Sept. 29 8 p.m., Marblehead Board of Health. Mary Alley Municipal Building, 7 Widger Road., Lower Conference Room, Marblehead, MA 01945 or virtually over Zoom HERE. board_of_health_agenda_9-28-2022_0Download Thursday, Sept. 30 10:15 a.m., Article 44 meeting. Attend in-person either in Abbot Hall, 188 Washington Street, Selectmen’s Meeting Room, Marblehead, MA 01945 or virtually over HERE. mode...
JoAnne Mayer, the third woman elected to the Marblehead Select Board, dies at 95
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JoAnne Mayer, the third woman elected to the Marblehead Select Board, dies at 95

JoAnne Norton Mayer, a Marblehead native who was deeply engaged in civic life in town, the third woman elected to the Marblehead Board of Selectmen (now the Select Board) and a talented sailor, died Monday. She was 95. Civic engagement and public service were cornerstones in Mayer’s life. Her tenure on Marblehead’s highest elected board, now called the Marblehead Select Board, from 1983 - 1987 began four years after the town’s second selectwoman, Marilyn A. Reis, who served from 1975-1979, finished out her service on the board. The first was Joyce Maffei, who served 1971-72. 'A deep reserve of character' “JoAnne was a true Marbleheader – strong, outspoken, forthright, optimistic, fair, generous, a pillar of the community with a lifelong striving to stand up and do what is right...
During volatile times, Marblehead AAA bond rating keeps borrowing costs down
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During volatile times, Marblehead AAA bond rating keeps borrowing costs down

Interest rates are rising in increments of 0.75 percent. The inflation rate is at 8.3 percent. Labor and supply chain issues persist. It's a volatile period to invest, yet these are also the times when municipalities with good bond ratings can save taxpayers money. The town's AAA bond rating, the highest achievable, did just that when the Marblehead Select Board recently issued $12.3 million in bonds, representing a little more than half of the Proposition 2 1/2 debt-exclusion override that voters approved in June. "The town approved a little over $24 million in capital projects [under Question 1]," said Michael Carriette, interim finance director and treasurer/collector. "Based on the timeline of capital projects, we went out to bid for $13 million." In volatile times, municip...
Marblehead, Swampscott real estate transfers, Sept. 5 – 9
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Marblehead, Swampscott real estate transfers, Sept. 5 – 9

MARBLEHEAD BUYERSELLERADDRESSDATEPRICEBradley and Lauren HuntWilliam and Sarah Marsden2 Pilgrim RoadSept. 7$649,000Jennifer CalienesMichael and Jennifer Calienes7 Calumet LaneSept. 9 $30,000John Reardon and Payton Andrews JS& Laura Best LT and Jeffrey Best17 Beverly AvenueSept. 8 $615,0000Michael and Caitlan McGonaglePrugh and Kathleen Roeser47 Locust StreetSept. 9 $924,000Maxwell and Yulia SolomonAdam and Elizabeth Swann80 Naugus AvenueSept. 9 $1,750,000 SWAMPSCOTT BUYERSELLERADDRESSDATEPRICEMichael and Paulette TattersalAndrew Sexeny11 Bay View DriveSept. 9$899,900William Guy and Gina MeuseLise N. George22 Claremont TerraceSept. 9$610,000Brian Kauh Igor Rakhmanov50 Pleasant StreetSep.t. 7 $905,000
Marblehead Planning Board begins drafting ADU proposal
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Marblehead Planning Board begins drafting ADU proposal

Marblehead Planning Board members in a special meeting on Wednesday afternoon began a working draft of a zoning policy that aims to regulate and govern accessory-dwelling units - both their construction and use in town. It is important to note: That policymaking here is in the infancy stages, but zoning bylaw changes need to be approved by Marblehead Town Meeting members. These early-day efforts could culminate with a zoning bylaw on the 2023 town warrant. Use discussions on Wednesday appeared headed toward a zoning proposal that would permit certain people who live in and own their Marblehead home to construct an accessory-dwelling unit (sometimes called an in-law apartment) and rent it out. The draft comes after the town staged a public meeting and circulated a survey to cul...
Marblehead nonprofits clean up in Mass Cultural Council’s latest facilities funding round
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Marblehead nonprofits clean up in Mass Cultural Council’s latest facilities funding round

Massachusetts Cultural Council and MassDevelopment awarded over $13 million from the Facilities Grant Fund in the spring, but the tail-end of COVID-19 protracted the party celebrating grantees and their projects until Monday afternoon in Lowell. The two state agencies awarded a trio of Marblehead nonprofits a cumulative $217,000 - with the Marblehead Museum taking home the biggest check: $150,000 among the three organizations. The Washington Street nonprofit will utilize the money to preserve and restore its acquisition of the 1768 Jeremiah Lee Brick Kitchen and Slave Quarters. "We are so grateful for the grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council," said Lauren McCormack, the Marblehead Museum executive director. "The money will be used for the exterior and interior preservatio...
Marblehead Cultural Council puts call out for grant proposals
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Marblehead Cultural Council puts call out for grant proposals

Marblehead Cultural Council members may be budgeted less than $10,000 annually, but their small-grant awards plant artistic seeds, cultivate community and promote excellence throughout the arts, culture, humanities and interpretive sciences in town. Massachusetts Cultural Council provides millions of dollars (about $5.5 million in the Fiscal Year 2023) to the 329 local cultural councils across the Bay State. A town's population determines its appropriation from the pool of state funding. In the last funding round, the dollar amounts of grants ranged from as little as $250 for an annual nature walk in Marblehead Neck's bird sanctuary to as big as $3,000 to help a local artist display his busts in the Lee Mansion Garden. "We received about $7,800 - which is a 12 percent in...