Living Swell

A NEW VENTURE FOR INTERIOR DESIGNER DIANA JAMES

Living Swell

Postcards from the past

A PICTURE PERFECT WAY TO CELEBRATE SWAMPSCOTT

Postcards from the past

Field of vision

FORESIGHT HELPS MAKE BLOCKSIDGE A POINT OF PRIDE

Field of vision

By DAVID LISCIO

Nautical historians will tell you Swampscott is best known as the New England town where the fishing dory and the lobster pot were invented.

But over the past half century, while fish stocks dwindled, the town’s interest in recreational sailing continued to grow.

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Swampscott men tackle the ‘Mount Everest of swimming’

By MEAGHAN CASEY

There will likely be jellyfish, water temperatures dipping below 60 degrees, salt-water induced swelling of lips and tongues, skin chafing and stretches of hunger and fatigue, but that won’t stop Swampscott’s Andy Jones and Tommy Gainer from attempting to swim the English Channel this summer.

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Summer in Swampscott is finally here. Whether you’re traveling to someplace exotic to celebrate in the sun or planning a relaxing staycation on 01907’s sandy shores, welcome the new season in style with a few summer fashion essentials that we found at shops around town.

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By BILL BROTHERTON

Bill Laganas is on a roll … a lobster roll.

Laganas, Swampscott High Class of 1984, is standing behind his 20-foot custom lobster/clambake trailer, which is parked on Puritan Road in Swampscott, in front of the Atlantic and across the street from where the New Ocean House hotel once stood. He bought it used, from Jasper White, the Summer Shack owner and Jersey boy who’s considered the premier authority on New England food and its history.

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From left, Eva Antaya, Zoe Bannister, and Adeline Massey, all of Swampscott, enjoy frozen yogurt at O-YO Frozen Yogurt.

I scream, you scream, Swampscott screams for ice cream. Let’s face it, no day at the beach is complete without getting at least one scoop of the quintessential summer treat. Whether it’s standard vanilla soft serve swirled neatly into a crispy cone or a decadent sundae piled high with a mound of creamy flavors dripping with hot fudge that is topped with whipped cream and a bright red cherry, there are several sweet storefronts on Humphrey Street where you can indulge in a post-beach frozen treat this ice cream season.

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Photo: Jim Wilson

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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My old Kentucky home?
Nope.
Sweet Home Alabama?
N/A.
Homer?
I am. (Without an Iliad or an Odyssey.)
And I totally agree with Dorothy: There’s no place like home.
My home is the North Shore.

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Murphy, a Labradoodle, gets a trim from Pooch Pawlor owner Erin Ago.

New salon pampers Swampscott’ s four-legged friends

By SANDI GOLDFARB

Clients come to Swampscott’s newest spa for a day of beauty. They leave with glossy hair, manicured nails, sparkling smiles, wagging tails and a jaunty bandana. At The Pooch Pawlor, proprietor Erin Ago happily cares for her four-legged friends with a gentle touch.

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Interior designer and Swampscott resident Anita Clark.

Local designer embraces traditional patterns for timeless elegance

By MEAGHAN CASEY

Gingham may be fashion’s go-to print for spring for designers like Prada, House of Holland, Dolce & Gabbana and Carolina Herrera, but it’s a fabric that interior designer Anita Clark has embraced for years.

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