Observing our town government in action

Members of the League of Women Voters of Marblehead, front row from left: Shari Pressman, Marta Bach, Alexa Singer, and Tom Krueger; second row from left: Judy Gates, Bonnie Grenier, Lee Mondale, Kathy Breslin, Polly Whitmore, and Mimi Hollister; and third row from left: Don Gardner, Kathy Leonardson, Nancy Powell, and Phil Blaisdell, gather in front of the Old Town House. Photo by Spenser Hasak

Observation reports are submitted by Marblehead League of Women Voters members who have attended meetings of various town boards and commissions. Observers are solely responsible for accuracy of the information. Complete reports can be found on the LWV of Marblehead Website www.lwvmarblehead.org.

LWVM Observer: Shari Pressman
Update on Police Department News: Chief King reported no new incidents. The Village School incident report is nearing conclusion and will be made public at that time. He also spoke about the meeting for police chiefs at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. last week to learn about the role of police during the Holocaust and the role of police in present time. King described it as an “unbelievable” experience.
Report on Marblehead Public Schools – Candice reported that both Student Representatives, who were not present at the meeting, attended
the New England Youth Congress concerning making schools safer.
Update on Juneteenth Celebration — Wednesday, June 14 at 4:30
The celebration will begin with drumming and storytelling with Greg Coles. A Select Board member will offer opening remarks, followed by reflections from the Reverend Andre Bennett, Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at Zion Baptist Church in Lynn, and Nicole Mclain, founder of the North Shore Juneteenth Celebration.
Update – Marblehead Pride Day – Reece
Flag Raising on Saturday, June 3 at 3:00pm (rain date on June 10) on the Abbot Hall lawn. A celebration at the Beacon, 123 Pleasant St., is planned. See thebeaconmarblehead.com for details and reservations.

Update on Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15 was
postponed until the next meeting.
Racial Justice Team: The annual exchange of portraits of John Lewis and
Harriet Tubman is scheduled for Friday, May 5 at 8:30 am at Glover
School. The entire 1 st grade will sing. Jay noted Conversations on Race
continues Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 in person at the Marblehead
Museum and via Zoom.
Future Agenda Items
 A motion to form a Subcommittee for a TFAD booth at the Festival of
Arts this summer was unanimously approved. Chris, Reece, and Kim
will explore activities for a TFAD booth and continue conversations
with Jodi-Tatiana Charles, president of the 2023 MFofA.
 Diane will register TFAD for the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce
and Discover Marblehead Spring Celebration on Saturday, May 13 at
the National Grand Bank parking lot from 12-3.
 Jack Attridge, Town Moderator, will read the Town of Marblehead
Land Acknowledgement at the opening of Town Meeting
 Next meeting date: Either May 18 or May 25