Sports & Leisure

WASZPS on sail in Swampscott

Sailors from across the continent congregated in Swampscott this summer to compete in the 2023 WASZP North American Championship Regatta, a four-day, high-speed sailboat race. From Aug. 3-6, spectators lined the portion of Humphrey Street overlooking Fisherman’s Beach as 22 brightly-colored 3.4-meter-long sailboats zoomed past one another hull-to-hull, skipping the surface of Nahant Bay and […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Jamming in the Commons

Walking up to the gazebo in the middle of Swampscott Commons, the faint sound of guitar strings can be heard through the commotion of whizzing cars passing by on the street. Getting closer, Sandy Forbes, dressed in a blue aloha shirt and a tan safari hat, sits by himself on the bench, casually playing the […]

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People & Places

The Good Witch of Salem

Every October, tourists and partygoers flock to Salem hoping to immerse themselves in the dark and ghoulish spirit of Halloween, but in a bright-pink room on North Street, a cheerful, inviting witch casts spells of joy, love, and growth for children year-round. She’s Swampscott’s Ashley Tina — The Good Witch. Tina, an author and businesswoman, […]

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Life & Style

Summer Fest a hit

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People & Places

Charlie Baker gives it the old college try

When Charlie Baker was a student at Needham High School, he was a member of the student council and basketball team. Looking back, it makes a lot of sense. On March 1, the 72nd governor of Massachusetts (2015-23) and former Swampscott selectman (2004-07) took over as president of the NCAA. “I was originally approached by […]

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People & Places

Lending voice to the Blue

Over the course of more than 55 years, Swampscott’s Roger Volk has made not just one, but many names for himself. To most, he’s an accountant, though others know him as the lively voice announcing Swampscott High School football games over the span of two decades, or the name printed on the foundation of the […]

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People & Places

Hate Football?

Barrie Atkin might Change Your Mind Just like everyone in New England, Barrie Atkin was surprised when Patriots head coach Bill Belichick opted to continue starting Tom Brady at quarterback when Drew Bledsoe was available to return after his injury. “Being somewhat ignorant of football at that time, I assumed that the $100 million franchise […]

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Sports & Leisure

49 minutes of madness

What a summer it was for a group of kids, their parents, their fans, and their community – all because of a baseball team. Representing a town that loves its Little League, Swampscott’s 12-year-old All-Star team did it again, capturing the District 16 Championship. “We didn’t get any easy games in the district,” coach Dave […]

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Past & Present

Nahant on the Rocks

“Nahant on the Rocks” takes its visitors back in time for an interactive history lesson. The Nahant Historical Society’s first permanent exhibition first opened in 2003, filling the Nahant Community Center’s Lowell Room Gallery to the brim with authentic objects, structures, photos, and clothing from various times periods throughout the town’s history. The exhibit’s name […]

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Sports & Leisure

SHS alumna comes back to lead the Big Blue

Recently, Swampscott High School hired Jaymie Caponigro, Class of 2017, as its next girls varsity soccer coach. Though Caponigro is only 24, she believes she’s ready for this challenge of leading the Big Blue for her first big coaching job. Caponigro was born and raised in Swampscott. Because of her father, Joe, Caponigro mentioned that […]

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