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

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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Marill and Tom Demakes (far left); (top row) Jo Ann Simons; Mary and Joel Abramson; (bottom row) Jonathan, Olivia, Sandra, Zoe, Susan and Jeffrey Brudnick; and Jessica Black, James Odorczuk and Emy Black.

How many times have we heard it’s better to give than to receive? For a number of Swampscott residents, it’s not just a saying, but a way of life. These individuals have given generously of their time, money and even professional lives for the betterment of the North Shore community. We celebrate their contributions in the stories that follow.

 

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Mary and Joel Abramson in the living room of their Swampscott home. 

By STACEY MARCUS

While most people were in the supermarket shopping for delicacies for Thanksgiving in the middle of November, Mary and Joel Abramson were gearing up to spend more than 100 hours transforming their beautiful home into a twinkling winter wonderland. The Jewish couple has spent the last 30 years lavishly decorating for the holidays with thousands of collectibles and relics they’ve stockpiled over the last three decades. The annual ritual is not religious in nature, more of a spirited tribute to Mary’s merchandising magic from her days in retail, her affinity for collectibles and the couple’s desire to share merriment and mementos from their world travels with family and friends.

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Jessica Black, second from left, wutg daughter Jorja, husband James Odorczuk, daughter Jayla, mother Emy Black and son Jaden were honored by Cohen Hillel Academy at its annual gala.

Jessica Black, second from left, with daughter Jorja, husband James Odorczuk, daughter Jayla, mother Emy Black and son Jaden were honored by Cohen Hillel Academy at its annual gala.

By LEAH DEARBORN

When Jessica Black asked her mother about what first inspired her father, Stan Black, to become involved in philanthropy, she got a response that’s unlikely to surprise anyone familiar with the family’s legacy.

“She believed it started with his dad, who passed away when he was only 15. I think that’s how he became interested in giving,” said Jessica.

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