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
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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The “no white after Labor Day” rule may be well-known, but it’s also well … very outdated. Trade cottons for cashmere and wool in shades such as ivory, ecru and cream to carry the hue into colder months. And who needs snow? Create your own winter wonderland with these seasonally-appropriate whites we spied at shops around Swampscott.

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One of the season’s biggest trends in women’s fashion is simple to spot: Leopard. Whether it’s sprinkled in as a subtle trim or a purr-fectly bold statement piece, leopard print is a sassy classic that makes a comeback every couple of years (just beware of going full-on jungle cat or it can get tacky).

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Big presents are great, but good things come in small packages too. Make this holiday season even sweeter than the last by filling your family’s stockings with surprises that are sure to make them smile. Here are 01907’s picks for stocking stuffers from Swampscott sellers.

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On Oct. 16, the 10th Annual North Shore Walk for Parkinson’s Disease was held, benefiting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research. The three-mile walk began at the First Church on Monument Ave. The event was started by the Wistran family of Swampscott in honor of Dr. Daniel Wistran.

The 11th Annual Miles for Kyle was held on Oct. 16. Starting at Preston Beach Park, the 5K run and one-mile walk raises awareness for pediatric epilepsy and funds for the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation. The event was organized to rally support for Kyle Butt, an 11-year-old with pediatric epilepsy.

Hundreds gathered at Swampscott High School on Oct. 30 for the Harvest Festival, organized by For the Love of Swampscott. The event included crafts, games, face painting, entertainment, food samples and a haunted house.

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