Dr. Ronald Plotka takes pride in his practice, North Shore Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. He is holding the hand piece of the Solea laser that he uses to perform procedures painlessly without needing to inject Novocain.
Plotka’s taking the pain out of dentistry
By STACEY MARCUS
It was the family dinners in Atlantic City, N.J., watching his relatives’ dentures fall out, that inspired Dr. Ronald Plotka to devote his life to dentistry. Another motivating force was the memory of being an 11-year-old boy and accompanying his 40-year-old mother to the dentist and hearing him say, “Jeanette, you are 40 years old. It’s time for dentures.”
From left to right: Peter Barba on the bow of the The Tioga; the boat approaching Bermuda; Josh Antrim washes a coffee pot; crew members, from left, Josh Antrim, Tom Gutermuth, John Fulghum, Peter Barba, Philip Kersten and David Liscio mark their arrival on land with a flash of a HOOMPA bumper sticker; and, Philip Kersten aloft on the sail of his 44-foot sloop.
by DAVID LISCIO
WE WANTED TO GO TO BERMUDA.
No big deal. Friends said we could fly there from Boston in two hours. But that wasn’t what we had in mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
… 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.
Nearly 500 people turned out for the town’s inaugural First Night celebration at Swampscott High School.
Chase Candelario participates in a ribbon dance.
Jaleigha Dow, Nola Henneberg and Olive Henneberg.
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.
Jane Raymond and others take the plunge.
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.
Swampscott residents Elizabeth Delaney, Rebecca Ingalls, Janet Ingalls, and Esther Tibets enjoy the reception.