By MEAGHAN CASEY

After decades of putting his artistic passions on the backburner, Tom Jefferies finally acknowledged it was a calling he just couldn’t continue to ignore.
Jefferies, who was raised in Bath, England, hails from a family of artists.

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Anne Driscoll making a difference in Emerald Isle

By STACEY MARCUS

“I arrived in Ireland with no phone, no home and no hairdresser,” said Anne Driscoll, an award-winning journalist, social worker and author.

The longtime Swampscott resident details her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar working with the Irish Innocence Project in her engaging three-volume Irish You Were Here book series, which showcases her superb storytelling skills.

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Town’s artists over the moon about new home

By MEAGHAN CASEY

Artists may have been lured to Swampscott by the beautiful waterfront in years past, but it was often a solitary existence — until now.

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By PHYLLIS KARAS 

Barry Goudreau, the innovative lead guitarist on the band Boston’s first two albums, has played in several bands and recorded many successful songs and albums since those dizzying days in the 1970s.

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Local journalist presents a collection that celebrates the Greater Boston middle class

By RICH FAHEY

As a staff writer for The Boston Globe, Steve Rosenberg covered the suburbs from 2001 to last December, and along the way has documented many of the traditions and rituals that make the Greater Boston area what it is.

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Author James Hankins, outside of his Swampscott home. | Photo: Paula Muller

By RICH FAHEY

When it came time to lay down the law, James Hankins was happy to do it.

It proved to be a wise choice.

Now Hankins, a Swampscott resident, is a best-selling author who has a deal with a major publisher and a new novel — “The Inside Dark” — set to debut in July.

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Local author Julie Johnson has published six contemporary romance novels.

Local author Julie Johnson has published six contemporary romance novels.

By STACEY MARCUS

For those of you who think fairy tales don’t come true, take a moment to meet Swampscott High School graduate Julie Johnson. The 2010 graduate has published six contemporary romance novels and is working on her seventh.

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Rich Malagrifa stands atop Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in the state of Miane, as part of his journey across the Appalachian Trail. | Photo: Courtesy of Rich Malagrifa

By STACEY MARCUS

What would inspire Swampscott’s former chairman of the Board of Selectman and commercial airline pilot to trek more than 2,000 miles across the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine? “Midlife crisis,” smiles Rich Malagrifa who chronicled his adventure and life milestones in his book “From 35,000 Feet to the Appalachian Trail, The Executive Hike of the Appalachian Trail.”

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