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 MEAGHAN CASEY

All eyes will be turned to Bermuda’s iconic Great Sound this spring for the 35th America’s Cup, where the world’s best sailors will battle for one of the oldest and most prestigious sporting trophies. Racing starts with the qualifiers on May 26 and the top challenger will meet defending champions — OracleTeam USA — in the final match presented by Louis Vuitton, beginning on June 17.

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Karen and Roger Lin are the new owners of Fantasy Island, which reopened in February. 

Yan China Bistro’s owners now operating Fantasy Island

By STACEY MARCUS

When Karen and Roger Lin moved to the United States from Southern China 21 years ago, the young couple worked together at a Chinese restaurant in Arlington. Roger honed his cooking skills in the kitchen while Karen worked in the front of the restaurant learning about operations and customer service. Six years later, they found a spot on Lewis Street in Lynn and opened Yan’s Cafe, a takeout restaurant featuring Chinese and Vietnamese favorites.

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Sometimes there’s nothing better than having your protein, rice and veggies (and everything but the kitchen sink) all wrapped up in one delicious bite. And even though most burritos are often consumed at the same rapid-fire pace they’re constructed, there’s an art to getting that bite right—starting with the careful selection of ingredients and ending with that perfect fold, so that not even a grain of rice escapes. We sampled a few creative combinations at popular spots around town to take the guesswork out of your next order.

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Year after year, “it” colors are hailed as the “new black,” but as trends come and go, one thing remains constant: black is always an in fashion choice. However, too much black, too often, can get a bit drab, especially as nature’s colors begin to emerge with spring’s warmer weather. 

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… about Swampscott Town Administrator Sean Fitzgerald

By CYRUS MOULTON

1. He has North Shore connections, including with Swampscott.

Fitzgerald is a lifelong resident of Peabody, now living within a half mile of where he grew up in South Peabody. His brother is a Peabody Police officer, and his mother still lives in the city, as do his two sisters, who also live within a half mile of the home where they all grew up.

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Nearly 500 people turned out for the town’s inaugural First Night celebration at Swampscott High School.

Chase Candelario participates in a ribbon dance.

Chase Candelario participates in a ribbon dance.

Jaleigha Dow, Nola Henneberg and Olive Henneberg.

Jaleigha Dow, Nola Henneberg and Olive Henneberg.

Magician Mike Bent performs a trick on Max Kirchhoff.

Magician Mike Bent performs a trick on Max Kirchhoff.

The 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge was held on Jan. 1 at Fisherman’s Beach. The 2017 plunge benefitted the Swampscott Public Schools’ newly-created Swampscott Integrated for Transition (SWIFT) and Harbor programs, as well as the Russell J. Hopkins Children’s Fund.

Attendees put on brave faces as the shock hits them.

Attendees put on brave faces as the shock hits them.

Jane Raymond and others take the plunge.

Jane Raymond and others take the plunge.

Participants rush out of the cold water.

Participants rush out of the cold water.

On Jan. 20, the Swampscott Library turned 100, and it kicked off the year-long centennial celebrations with an event on Jan. 21 exploring its past, present and future.

Program speakers Sylvia Belkin, of Swampscott Historical District Commission, Mass. Board of Library Commissioners Chair Mary Ann Cluggish, and the Commonwealth's First Lady Lauren Baker gather at the event.

Program speakers Sylvia Belkin, of Swampscott Historical District Commission, Mass. Board of Library Commissioners Chair Mary Ann Cluggish, and the Commonwealth’s First Lady Lauren Baker gather at the event.

Swampscott residents Elizabeth Delaney, Rebecca Ingalls, Janet Ingalls, and Esther Tibets enjoy the reception.

Swampscott residents Elizabeth Delaney, Rebecca Ingalls, Janet Ingalls, and Esther Tibets enjoy the reception.

Photos: Nicole Goodhue Boyd and Scott Eisen 

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Generosity can be defined in many ways. Development professionals speak of gifts of “time, treasure, and talent.” To some, it’s about writing a check or dropping a twenty into the collection basket at Mass or sticking a buck into the coffee cup of the guy on the corner of Exeter and Boylston when he says, “Hey, nice suit.” (I appreciate a solid marketing strategy, so it works every time on me.)

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Swampscott. Sonja Grondstra outside her studio. She has rinsed sea glass she collected from local beaches and is letting it dry on towels outside.

Jewelry designer Sandra Gronstra sorts sea glass outside her Swampscott studio.

By STACEY MARCUS

It seems like Sonja Grondstra was destined to be connected to the sea. The Swampscott jewelry designer collects pieces of sea glass from the nearby shores to create stunning handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings and pins that are featured in more than 60 boutiques throughout the country. Locally, you can find her work at Kats Boutique on Humphrey Street—just a few steps from where she finds her treasures, before transforming them in her Ingalls Terrace studio.

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Carl Kester, a 1969 graduate of Swampscott High, is pictured (top left) with his Big Blue teammates; in his senior portrait; and on the football field (front row, far left).  

By STEVE KRAUSE

The first thing you need to know about W. Carl Kester, George Fisher Baker Jr. professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, is that he is proof that lessons learned young stay with you forever.
Now, as a professor of corporate finance for both the Harvard MBA and the Executive Education programs, he takes those lessons and applies them to 21st century business practices.

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