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

Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick, pictured with their son Jonathan and his wife, Sandra, and daughters Olivia and Zie, gather at the Aviv long-term care and rehab center in Peabody, which is named in their honor.

By LEAH DEABORN

Swampscott’s Jeffrey Brudnick doesn’t like to take much credit for the donations he’s made to the North Shore community.

“I’m not interested in promoting myself,” said Brudnick, who along with his wife, Susan, made a $1 million gift to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation (CJF) to benefit the Aviv long-term care and rehab center in Peabody. The couple also made a $500,000 gift to North Shore Medical Center’s (NSMC) Best Care, Right Place campaign.

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Jo Ann Simons pictured outside of Northeast Arc. She has served as the nonprofit organization’s CEO since January 2016. 

By BILL BROTHERTON

When Jo Ann Simons graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s in urban studies in the mid-’70s, she was unsure of her career path. “You had two choices: make money or make a difference,” said Simons, a Swampscott High grad and longtime resident of the town.

When she graduated from the University of Connecticut with a masters in social work, with a focus on women’s issues and health issues, she was still undecided about her future.

“And then my career chose me. My son, Jonathan, was born with Down syndrome,” said Simons, sitting in her office at Northeast Arc, where she has been CEO since January 2016.

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Marill and Tom Demakes.

By PAUL HALLORAN

The list of organizations that benefit from the generosity of Tom Demakes is long, yet the focus is fairly narrow. And that’s just the way he wants it.

Youth. Education. Lynn. That about sums it up.

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Swampscott High School student Laura Gilberti bonds with a young child from Nicaragua during the school’s service trip in April. 

By MEAGHAN CASEY

While some teens dream of sun, sand and relaxation for spring break, a dozen Swampscott High School students had other plans in mind.

In April, the students traveled to the village of Cañada Grande in Nicaragua with a goal of building a “lavadero,” or washing site, with a roof for shade, for its residents.

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Tom Stephens (#45) played five seasons with the Boston Patriot franchise, New England’s first professional football team.

By RICH FAHEY

They were a band of brothers, the men who first brought professional football to New England in 1960.

The Boston Patriot franchise in the American Football League was worth $250,000 that year and is now the NFL’s New England Patriots and worth $3.4 billion, according to Forbes Magazine.

Tom Stephens, 81, was a member of that team. He and his wife, Lonnie, have lived in Swampscott for more than 40 years, now splitting time between Swampscott and Naples, Fla. 

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Local author Julie Johnson has published six contemporary romance novels.

Local author Julie Johnson has published six contemporary romance novels.

By STACEY MARCUS

For those of you who think fairy tales don’t come true, take a moment to meet Swampscott High School graduate Julie Johnson. The 2010 graduate has published six contemporary romance novels and is working on her seventh.

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Rich Malagrifa stands atop Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in the state of Miane, as part of his journey across the Appalachian Trail. | Photo: Courtesy of Rich Malagrifa

By STACEY MARCUS

What would inspire Swampscott’s former chairman of the Board of Selectman and commercial airline pilot to trek more than 2,000 miles across the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine? “Midlife crisis,” smiles Rich Malagrifa who chronicled his adventure and life milestones in his book “From 35,000 Feet to the Appalachian Trail, The Executive Hike of the Appalachian Trail.”

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Dr. Jeffrey Gold founded Gold Direct Care two years ago.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold founded Gold Direct Care two years ago.

By SANDI GOLDFARB

Dr. Jeffrey Gold and his wife, Laura, settled in Swampscott in 2005 to be closer to their families and reconnect with the place that means so much to them both.

“I missed being by the ocean and being close to Boston. I missed the small town feel,” said Gold. Today, his medical practice, Gold Direct Care, is based in nearby Marblehead.

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By SANDI GOLDFARB

Each year, scores of savvy shoppers are doing well by doing good at Big Blue Bargains, the thrift shop created to support enrichment activities at Swampscott’s five public schools. Founded in 2012 after two years of planning, Big Blue Bargains has already generated more than $100,000 for age-appropriate performances, panels and programs.

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The holidays are a time for indulges. As temperatures drop and gatherings with friends and family members take precedence, calorie-counting is pushed to the back burner. We bake cookies, savor sweets and sip eggnog and hot chocolate. Our cravings tend toward the deliciously rich and drool-worthy. Luckily, even the sweetest of teeth will be satisfied by these dessert options—which can all be enjoyed without ever having to leave the comfort of Humphrey Street.

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