Defending Gyms, Magic Is Back, School Testing: Patch Weekender

Scott Souza

BEVERLY, MA —Welcome to the start of Thanksgiving week.

After a Patriots thriller comes up a couple of yards short, and a trip to the store for some holiday supplies this weekend, enjoy some down time on this Sunday with some Patch stories you may have missed.

Beverly Cycling Studio Owner Stands Up For Safety Of Gyms

Hillary Mandelbaum said she's done everything she's been told to do to make her cycling studio a safe place for her clients to stay physically and mentally healthy during what could otherwise be a devastating time amid the coronavirus health crisis.

The co-owner of Inner Cycle of Beverly believes the "vast, vast majority" of her fellow gym and fitness studio owners and managers across the state have done the same for the past four months since they were allowed to reopen to dramatically reduced capacity in the state's phased-in reopening plan.

"There is very little evidence to show that gyms are contributing to the disease (spread)," Mandelbaum told Patch on Wednesday. "There is this fear on the news to just stay home, stay home, and that you shouldn't be around anyone you don't live with, when we've done a good job keeping gyms clean and people are going to the gyms to stay healthy."

Read the full story here.

A Touch Of Magic Returns In Marblehead

The Marblehead Magic Hat Thrift Shop looked a bit different when the doors opened to the public for the first time Friday compared to when customers last walked through aisles overflowing with unique and vintage clothing, gifts, books and toys back in March.

Salem Looks To Bring Coronavirus Testing Into Schools

As Salem Public Schools hope to bring back more students for in-person learning, amid rising coronavirus rates across the country, on-site testing is one way the district is looking at to help keep the buildings open and safe.

Salem Superintendent Stephen Zrike said during his weekly video conference with the school community that he has been working with Mayor Kim Driscoll's office to provide testing for staff and some students at the schools.

Marblehead Artisans Fair Hopes To Deliver Safe Holiday Spirit

Grace Perry said she thought "the world was going to end" at the onset of the coronavirus health crisis this spring.

The challenges of the pandemic, and reflection about what she really wantedto do in life, that ensued wound up opening up a whole new world to the former full-time bartender and part-time photographer who is now the owner of the Grace Perry Productions video, graphic design and social media management company.

MA High School Basketball, Hockey Players To Mask Up This Winter

High school basketball and hockey will be played with masks and social distancing modifications, while indoor track is pushed to February with the hopes of a spring wrestling season, after the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Directors voted on sport-specific modifications because of the coronavirus health crisis at their Friday meeting.

The MIAA Board of Directors voted to set a Dec. 14 opening to the indoor school sports season. The season was to begin on Nov. 30.

Basketball, hockey, gymnastics, skiing and swimming will get the go ahead for the winter season.

Swampscott Fire Chief Eager To Break From Civil Service System

Swampscott Fire Chief Graham Archer has long thought the town should be able to hire the best fit for the job — not just one of two people with the highest test scores — when it comes to the fire and police departments the same way every other town office does.

Real Housewives Of New York Spend Weekend In Salem

A trip to Salem, a tour of the Witch City and apparently a new tattoo were on the agenda for the gals from the Real Housewives of New York this past weekend.

Salem Basketball Legend Remembered For Passion For The Game

Basketball players, officials, coaches and both city and state officials are remembering Salem legend Larry McIntire for his passion for the game and the city after the Salem High Athletic Hall of Famer died Monday. He was 85.

This article originally appeared on the Beverly Patch