The ZBA approved the project unanimously, reversing their previous decision last year. Despite 200 residents attending, the board also permitted the exceeding of height restrictions in the area by issuing a special permit.

87 apartments on the 4.5-acre site at 265 Pleasant Street, which will include walking paths, small parks, benches for seating, gardens, a restaurant, pub, beauty salon, fitness rooms, a library, and a movie theater as submitted in the site plan. Issues raised included the costs of the units, parking inadequacies, the need for more elderly housing in Marblehead. Census information shows that residents over 65 is the largest segment of the current population.

The board’s denial of this application in 2016, was appealed to the Land Court, which then “remanded the matter back to the ZBA.” Hence the new meeting on the topic and subsequent public hearing and approval. Apparently, the Land Court would have heard the case on 11/14/17. It was reported that ZBA Chairman, William Moriarty reminded the board and public that the two reasons it was turned down last time was (1) the design was incompatible with the neighborhood, and (2), adverse effects on abutters.1 The designers and developers made changes sufficient enough, apparently, to facilitate a 360º change in the board’s vote.

It was also reported that the neighbors and opponents were filing an appeal.2 So, it’s not over yet.

  1. The Daily Item, 11/8/17, pg. A5 []
  2. Salem Evening News, 11/8/17, pg.8 []

Thomas A. McNulty, 70, died Sunday, 11/5/2017, at Kaplan House in Danvers, after a long battle with cancer.

A public memorial service will be held at Abbot Hall on Sunday, 11/12/17, 11:30 a.m.

Tom was widely known throughout the Town, pretty much during his entire life. He was the owner of Warwick Theater, a landmark in the Town and a landmark in the Town’s history. He was first elected to the Abbot Library Board of Trustees in 1975, and never looked back. In 1980 he was elected to the Marblehead Board of Selectmen, and served on that board, with distinction, for 18 years, many as Chairman of the Board. After retiring from the Board of Selectmen, Tom was elected Town Clerk and served in that post for the years 2001 to 2007. He served as a board member of many organizations in Marblehead, including the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce. and Dollars for Scholars.

Those who knew Tom well, knew that his devotion to the Town was unshakeable, and that his friendship was a treasure for life. Those served with him on elected Town boards knew that his leadership always made for interesting and enjoyable meetings, and that he always moved the Town ahead. His championship of removing the overhead wires in historic downtown will stand for all time as a clear vision of Marblehead’s mystique and historic wonders. As he worked tirelessly to bury the wires, the history of Marblehead emerged in a clarity not seen for centuries.

Tom was at the head of the Board of Selectmen when USS Constitution sailed into Marblehead harbor in 1997, and those images and experiences travelled around the world for those six days, and are part of the nation’s history now.

He was married to Deb McNulty for 45 years. She spoke to a reporter saying, “He was the best guy I ever knew in my life.”1

Thomas A. McNulty will be long remembered for his contributions to the Town and to the Town’s people. His energy, his untiring commitment to solving the issues of the Town in his time, will serve as an example for others to follow.

For those of us who knew him, and loved him, there will be an emptiness in our Town with his passing, and in our hearts. One of Marblehead’s favorite sons is gone, but not forgotten.

  1. The Daily Item, 11/7/17, pg. 1 []

According to The New York Times review of the race and its female winner, Shalane Flangan said, “This is the moment I have dreamed of since childhood.” As she put it, as she crossed the finish line and broke the tape, “Oh, yeah!!” Admittedly, we cleaned up her exaltation a little, but after 26.2 miles of excruciating running, in a field of 50,000 other runners, it is well known that marathoners are deep in oxygen debt and exhaustion at the finish, right when every news outlet in the world wants to talk to them. But for Shalane, it was a moment to remember. She worked tirelessly over the seven years, since her first run in New York (she finished second in 2010) building to this race. When all of us are watching television, or relaxing at the breakfast table, she was out there running, weight training, maintaining dietary regimes that would defeat most of us, and mentally preparing for those last three miles when the winner always breaks away, or tries to. Those last three miles are the race, and a test of human strength, stamina, and determination. Winning an elite marathon, like New York, is a triumph, perhaps like no other in sports. That she did it wearing Marblehead’s colors of red and black, only made it sweeter to all of us here in Town. Watching her falter in other marathons, including Boston, was heart breaking, but all of that rose into a moment of joy and release, as, finally, she crossed the finish line (2:26:53), beating the Kenyan woman, Ketany, who had won the race for three years in a row, by sixty seconds.

The last American woman to win the New York Marathon was Miki Gorman, in 1977.

Shalane added, in an interview after the race. “This means a lot to me and my family. And, hopefully, inspires the next generation of American women runners to just be patient.”1

  1. The Daily Item, 11-6-17, pg. 1 []

The Land Court of Massachusetts has delayed their review of the project and sent it back to Marblehead’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for a second look and a November 6 public hearing. Interested parties should mark their calendars and attend the hearing at the Veterans Memorial Middle School at 7:00 p.m.

82,182 square feet, 87 units, and 108 beds, this Pleasant Street project came to the attention of the town and the neighborhood in 2015. There was heavy opposition and ultimately the Zoning Board voted the project down. Adverse effect on the neighborhood was cited as the main reason, also mentioned was the appearance of the project, which was deemed “incompatible” with the surrounding structures. The project owners filed an appeal to the Land Court which has been rescheduled for November at this point. The project was resubmited to the ZBA, but the neighbors are objecting to this repeat appearance. “The neighbors are adamant” ((Marblehead Reporter, October 26, 2017, page 1 and B8.))

Marblehead Firefighters Awarded Medal of Valor

November 30, 2015

Chief Jason Gilliland announced on Monday, November 23, 2015 that firefighters Eric Ridge and Mark Borowski, along with Acting Lieutenant Grant Glavin, were given the Medal of Valor for an incident that occurred in March. The three members of the Marblehead Fire Department were in the first fire engine to arrive at a fire scene on more »

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School Committee candidates meet in forum

April 28, 2015

On Monday night, April 27, the two current school committee candidates, Kate Lipsitz and Jonathan Lederman, met in a “Candidate Night” forum. The format was: one question, which was sent to the candidates ahead of time, and two that required a more spontaneous response. The candidates were also given three minutes to make a prepared more »

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LED Lighting Casts Its Better Shadow on the Spirit of ’76

October 26, 2014

After 138 years, a better light is finally shining on Archibald MacNeal Willard’s world famous and American iconic painting, The Spirit of ’76. Far from revolutionary, Marblehead’s late adoption of the cooler and clearer lighting system has been preceded as standard in museums for almost a decade.  The Salem News article((Saturday October 25, 2014)) referred more »

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Abbot Hall getting ready for next phase of restoration

January 11, 2014

When Ben Abbot, who made his money making barrels, gave Marblehead its signature building he didn’t ask for much. “Name it after me.”  That was it. But the hall that is visible all over town also shows up on the tax bills pretty regularly too. Not that that’s a bad thing. It’s a great building more »

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Stan Sacks announces store closing after 93 years

November 30, 2013

It was one of those stores that you knew if you walked into it, you would be soon be buying something. Sacks Antiques had that feeling: quality, price and then there was Stan. Like the other fixtures in the store, Stan Sacks was always there. He could be standing in the door, he would be more »

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