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The return of the Marblehead Horribles Parade
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The return of the Marblehead Horribles Parade

; Local families and children embraced the full return of the Marblehead Horribles Parade on the Fourth of July. Hundreds turned out for the holiday tradition, annually organized by the Gerry Five Fireman’s Association, Inc. Both the horrible costumes and patriotic garb were eclectic: Mermaids. A new nine-member Supreme Court. Dorthee and her posse: The Cowardly Lion, The Wicked Witch of the West, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow. Top Gun Girls. Cardboard vegetables grown in the Glover School organic garden. Athetes aplenty from Celtics basketball players to a diversity of Olympians. Kids pedaled bikes with red, white and blue streamers. Some parents pulled their children in Radio Flyers. The marching contingent departed from the Nation...
Mapping Marblehead: The 20th century and beyond
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Mapping Marblehead: The 20th century and beyond

The Marblehead Historical Commission will present a new exhibit at the Old Town House, 1 Market Square, beginning on July 8. "Mapping Marblehead: The Twentieth Century and Beyond" continues the Historical Commission’s project of presenting the highlights of Marblehead’s history. This is the third and final in a series of three planned exhibits. The goal is to tell the story of Marbleheadin a way that can be appreciated by all ages, encouraging residents and visitors to walk through the exhibit, and then out into the town with a greater understanding of its past. The interactive maps and video displays present the history of Marblehead in a way that organizers said can be enjoyed by all. Funded by a grant from the Harold B. and Elizabeth L. Shattuck Memorial Trust, the exhibit will r...
MARBLEHEAD FESTIVAL OF ARTS: After two-year hiatus, Crocker ready to rock once more
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MARBLEHEAD FESTIVAL OF ARTS: After two-year hiatus, Crocker ready to rock once more

No one has been driven crazier by the sound emanating from Marblehead's Crocker Park the past two Fourth of July weekends than Brian Wheeler. That sound? Silence. Wheeler, longtime chairperson of the performing arts portion of the Marblehead Festival of Arts, is beyond excited that he and his team of volunteers will once again this year be bringing an eclectic array of accomplished performers to the stage at the "gorgeous sandbox" that the Parks and Recreation Department and other town officials have allowed them to play around in for the past quarter-century. The stage at Crocker Park may have been quiet the past two years, thanks to COVID-19. But that is all about to change. Until its involuntary COVID-19-related hiatus, the Performing Arts program had been part of the Festi...
Marblehead registrars to meet July 5 to set Light Commission recount
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Marblehead registrars to meet July 5 to set Light Commission recount

Marblehead's Board of Registrars has posted a meeting for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 5 in the Selectmen's Meeting Room at Abbot Hall to examine the petitions and statements requesting a recount submitted by now-former Marblehead Light Commissioner Walter Homan. Assuming the registrars certify the registration of the people who signed Homan's petitions, they will then schedule the recount. According to unofficial results posted by the Marblehead Town Clerk's Office, Homan fell 19 votes short of being re-elected to a three-year term on the commission in the June 21 annual town election, receiving 2,605 votes to challenger Jean-Jacques Yarmoff's 2,624. Yarmoff has since been sworn in as a commissioner. The election was affected by a town-wide ballot shortage, which continues to be inv...
MARBLEHEAD FESTIVAL OF ARTS: A primer
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MARBLEHEAD FESTIVAL OF ARTS: A primer

Thanks to throngs of dedicated volunteers, the annual Marblehead Festival of Arts has long been a sprawling event. There are so many features for young and old, it can be hard to wrap your head around all of them. The Marblehead News thought it might be helpful to put together a quick primer for visitors, those new in town or anyone in need of a bit of a refresher. For a complete listing of all things MFoA, visit the Festival's website. Exhibits One centerpiece of the festival is, of course, the visual arts, with six sites around town hosting exhibits in various media. Abbot Hall: Crafts, Painting, and PrintmakingSt. Michael's Church: Mixed Media, Digital Art, and SculptureUnitarian Universalist Church: Drawing and Senior ArtOld North Church: Youth and StudentOld Town Hous...
Marblehead Police to institute traffic, safety plans for Fourth
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Marblehead Police to institute traffic, safety plans for Fourth

The Marblehead Police Department has announced the following traffic and safety plans for events in town over the Fourth of July weekend. Horribles Parade Date: Monday, July 4 (rain date Sunday, July 10) Time: From approximately 9 a.m. on Location: Pleasant Street between Spring and Washington streets, Essex Street Details: Beginning at approximately 9 a.m., Pleasant Street will be closed between Spring Street and Washington Street (South) by 3 Cod Tavern, and Spring Street will become one-way from Pleasant Street to Sewall Street. Essex Street will be closed in its entirety during the staging and movement of the parade. Parade route: The parade will follow its customary route, starting and ending in the National Grand Bank parking lot, traveling from Pleasant to Was...
Meetings on Marblehead mask mandate violated Open Meeting Law, AG finds
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Meetings on Marblehead mask mandate violated Open Meeting Law, AG finds

The rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant and the possible need for a town-wide mask mandate late last year was not the type of "emergency" that permitted the Marblehead Board of Health to meet without providing the 48 hours' notice required under the state's Open Meeting Law, the Division of Open Government in the Attorney General's Office ruled June 23. The division also faulted the board for not doing more to ensure public access once it began to realize that a meeting two days later, also to discuss the mask mandate, had attracted more people than the 300 its Zoom account could accommodate. The AG's Office has ordered members of the Board of Health to attend an Open Meeting Law webinar training within 90 days and admonished the board that any similar transgressions i...
Rankled by transfer station overruns, Waller finds Open Meeting Law outlet
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Rankled by transfer station overruns, Waller finds Open Meeting Law outlet

The Marblehead News' coverage of the town is free, and we'd like to keep it that way. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Marblehead News Group, Inc. by visiting https://bit.ly/3NxZ0yJ. The recent complaint that helped prompt the Attorney General's Office to order the Marblehead Board of Health into an online refresher course on the Open Meeting Law was not Allen D. Waller's first. Waller told the Marblehead News he has filed roughly a dozen Open Meeting Law complaints against town boards over the past three or four years. "Less than 100, more than 10," he said. Allen Waller Waller is a registered structural engineer who consults on various heavy and marine construction projects and also serves as an expert witness for construction claims. Waller explained ...
Contractor begins safety upgrades to dodgy Marblehead intersection
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Contractor begins safety upgrades to dodgy Marblehead intersection

The Marblehead News' coverage of the town is free, and we'd like to keep it that way. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Marblehead News Group, Inc. by visiting https://bit.ly/3NxZ0yJ. One of Marblehead's most baffling and precious intersections - where Cross, Pleasant, Vine and Village streets converge - is getting what many have characterized as long overdue safety upgrades - with a contractor having kicked off work on Monday. For years, residents and drivers have vocalized a serious need for safety enhancements at the five-way intersection. Perhaps its biggest issue: The directionless, irregular way in which drivers and pedestrians navigate and approach it. For years, residents and drivers have vocalized a serious need for safety enhancements at the five-way i...
Marblehead town clerk acknowledges not ordering enough ballots
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Marblehead town clerk acknowledges not ordering enough ballots

In response to an inquiry from the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office, Marblehead Town Clerk Robin Michaud has acknowledged that her office violated G.L.c. 54, §45 by not ordering at least one ballot for each registered voter for the June 21 town election. "This will never happen again," Michaud vowed in her response to the Elections Division, sent June 27. Michaud assured that, in the future, her office would make sure to order one ballot for every registered voter in the town, regardless of their status. Debra O’Malley, spokesperson for the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office, said that G.L.c. 54, §45 does not contain any specific penalty for violations, but it authorizes the office to investigate violations and order elections officials to take...