People & Places

People & Places

Heather Goodwin is a self-proclaimed sea hag — and proud of it!

The lifelong resident of Nahant has spent most of her career in art, working first as a silversmith before launching “Sea Hag Studios” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sea Hag Studios is an embrace of Goodwin’s upbringing in town, where her dad worked as a fisherman, and the art Goodwin now creates prominently features reclaimed wood, […]

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Fair to say: Pumpkin spices up Swampscott

Retired pharmacist Thomas Keenan of Swampscott grew the largest pumpkin in Massachusetts this year, earning him and his more than one-ton gourd second place at the 2023 Topsfield Fair’s Giant Pumpkin contest. Only a week before the Fair, Keenan walked through his backyard, pointing to a roughly 1,900-pound shining orange pumpkin at the center of […]

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Nahant raises 3,000 bills for Cheerio The Duck

After Bass Points Apartment Grounds Manager Steven Thibeault lost his 21-year-standing job, Nahant residents raised more than $3,610 to help Thibeault continue living in town with his famous feathered friend Cheerio. In 2017, Thibeault found an American black duckling struggling to escape the pool at Bass Point. After rescuing the duckling, Thibeault brought it home […]

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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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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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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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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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Ben Fernekees takes us all on his mission

Meet 10-year-old Ben Fernekees of Swampscott. Ben is just like every other 10-year-old. Well, almost. What sets him apart from most other kids his age is that he is the co-founder of Ben’s Mission, an organization that does large donation drives in Boston throughout the year. Ben and his mom Danielle Fernekees, the other co-founder, […]

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MiraMar has a passion for printing

If you happen to be strolling down Swampscott’s downtown area, you might stumble upon a small shop on the corner of Humphrey and Redington streets filled with different types of printmaking artwork. Skulls, vehicles, and animals, all in different shapes and sizes, line the front of the shop as you walk in. They are all […]

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Rabbi’s combating antisemitism by helping others discover their Jewish pride

On Jan. 6, an antisemetic incident occurred in the town of Swampscott near Redington Street and Forest Avenue where a swastika was spray painted on one of the sidewalks. Six days later, the community rallied together at Linscott Park for a “No Place For Hate” rally, and at the forefront were two of the most […]

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