Lessons from Marblehead Ocean Week

As a way to celebrate World Ocean Day on June 8, Sustainable Marblehead has held Marblehead Ocean week featuring events around town throughout this past week to highlight issues affecting our waters.

Wicked Local File Photo/ Chris Stevens

Topics have included Green Technology and Green Boating; Storm Drains/Stormwater; Beach Conservation; Microplastic Awareness, and Oyster Restoration.

As the week ends residents are invited to:
– Switch from fuel to electric propulsion
– Take the Green Boating Pledge
– Adopt a storm drain
– Join a beach cleanup
– Reduce use of plastics
– Support oyster and habitat restoration

For a full description of each program and more information on Sustainable Marblehead to go https://www.sustainablemarblehead.org/ (more…)

Tom Brady’s modest new yacht

Tom Brady has decided that it is time to upgrade from his current boat, a 55-footer made famous in February when the Super Bowl QB (and GOAT) launched the Lombardi trophy from the stern across the water to another yacht during the Buccaneers’ victory boat parade.

“Moving down to Tampa Bay last year, I live right on this beautiful bay — Old Hillsborough Bay — and the first thing I did when I got here was say, ‘I need a boat. I gotta be able to get out on this beautiful water.’ And I was able to do it,”

“I think the 77 will be a little bit more suited for what we need it for down here, which is a few more day trips and weekend trips,” Brady said of the upgrade.

Tom Brady; Wajer

I wonder if the new boat will have a platform as a stable base from which to throw next year’s trophy to Gronk? (more…)

Why Is The Liquor Store Called The Packie?

In North Carolina they call it the ABC store, and in Pennsylvania, it’s the “state store.” Michigan residents make runs to the “party store.” And in Massachusetts, the liquor store is known as the “packie,” short for “package store.”

If you ever asked where our slang term came from, you were probably told it’s because the Boston Brahmins wanted drinking to be discreet. So, the story goes, they used their clout to get laws passed requiring liquor to be packaged discreetly in nondescript, brown paper after it was sold.

Hence, the package store.

But food historian Robert F. Moss says that origin story came from the historical research method he calls “just making stuff up.” That story, after all, doesn’t explain why the term is also used in South Carolina, where the Brahmins had no influence over lawmakers. (more…)