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|"A town is people and the history of a town is the story of those who lived there." Stanley Paterson/Carl Seaburg from Nahant On the Rocks.
Nahant has a long and rich history of being made up of family groups and diverse individuals who share a common ground and strong commitment to this island community. Explore the sections on the left to find out more about your community.
A Brief History
The Town of Nahant is a resort town of rocky coasts in the southernmost part of Essex County. Used in early colonial days as a grazing areas for cattle, sheep and goat flocks owned by Lynn residents, Nahant very soon became a maritime community with a small population devoted to fishing. Settlers were granted land for homesites but only if they also spent time fishing and small boat fishing developed before 1640. Disputed land claims were the hallmark of the town's early years since the Sachem of Nahant, Poquanum (also called Duke William, Black Will or Dark-skin) apparently sold the same town site to three different sets of people.
By 1657, Nahant was laid out in planting lots of equal shares for all residents of Lynn with the requirement that all lots were to be cleared of wood in 6 years. This mandate effectively stripped Nahant of all its first growth woodlands.
The town became a resort mecca very early on with chaises coming from Lynn. Visitors stayed in boarding houses or private homes and the first hotel was built by 1803. In 1817 a steamboat sailed from Boston to Nahant daily and by 1826 a stage from the Nahant Hotel connected twice a day with coaches running between Boston and Salem. Fishing and several shoe shops were the major businesses aside from agriculture and tourism and even up to 1830 year-round residents were very few. Thomas Handyside Perkins, a prominent Boston businessman, built a hotel in Nahant in 1823 which featured a bowling alley and by the 1840's the town was already celebrated as the summer resort of Boston's elite.
Incorporated in 1853, the town was the site of the most massive hotel complex on the Atlantic Coast and the location of an annual regatta. By the end of the 19th century, there was a visible shift away from hotels and toward residences. An era of skyrocketing growth began about 1870 and continued unabated for the next four decades with construction firms putting up hundreds of summer homes for visitors to the town. In the modern era, Nahant has protected its residential status and farming and industrial activity have disappeared.
Nahant is located in Eastern Massachusetts, it is a peninsula jutting south of Lynn and surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean.
Nahant is 14 miles north of Boston; 98 miles south of Portland, Maine; and 232 miles from New York City.
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ANCHOR PANTRY POSTINGS
An Update from the Anchor Food Pantry
The Anchor Food Pantry has moved from the front of the Swampscott High School to the Senior Center (in the back of the high school). We are now offering our visitors the option to come in and choose grocery items. We are open Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am until 1pm for all Swampscott and Nahant residents. The Anchor Food Panty can be reached for questions through email or their Facebook page:
April 7, 2020
Free Lunches Available for all Nahant Students
Town Administrator Tony Barletta and Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi report that all students in Nahant can receive free lunches during the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Orders can be placed online and need to be submitted by Thursday at noon for the coming week.
Lunches are available on all days when school was scheduled. Due to a previously scheduled day off for the district, lunch will not be available on Friday, April 10. CLICK HERE TO ORDER ONLINE. Lunches can be picked up Monday through Friday from 11:15 AM until 11:45 AM. at Door 3 at the Johnson School, 290 Castle Road.
Those who pick up the lunches are reminded to practicing social distancing -- keeping at least six feet between themselves and others at all times -- as a precaution.
Nahant Public Schools will be participating in remote learning while the buildings are closed until at least May 4. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the extended statewide closure of schools through the month of April throughout the Commonwealth last week in order to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has moved the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global pandemic. President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency and Governor Charlie Baker earlier this month declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts. For the most up-to-date information, visit the DPH’s website by clicking here and the CDC’s website by clicking here.
Anchor Food Pantry
To Johnson School Families,
As this COVID-19 crisis continues, we know that more and more families are being financially impacted. Please know there are some local resources that Nahant residents can access.
The newly created Anchor Food Pantry in Swampscott has graciously offered to open their services to Nahant residents during this time of crisis. They offer a bag of food (staples such as crackers, coffee, peanut butter, cookies, etc) to any resident in need.
A valid ID showing a Nahant address is needed and there is a brief intake form to complete on your first visit. Bags are available for pick up weekly on Monday and Wednesday at Swampscott High School from 11am-1pm.
For more information please visit - Anchor Food Pantry on Facebook
The Anchor Food Pantry is an organization recently established to help provide for those who are in need of food during this COVID-19 crisis. If you are in a position to donate, please visit their Facebook page or use the PayPal link below. Please consider donating to this invaluable community program.
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Nahant Religious Organizations
"Bless O Lord our island home next to the ever changing sea. Stay with us e're we roam even to eternity. Help us humble in thy sight, help us all thy work to see. Standing always in thy light to walk the chosen path with thee. God of ocean, God of sea, author of eternity. Watch with us while sea gulls soar, hold us thru the tempest's roar."
Risch/Dineen 1990 from the Nahant Hymn
Nahant Village Church
Nahant Village Church
The Nahant Village Church represents a union of all Protestant church groups in Nahant. We invite you to share in our fellowship and worship, to make this your church home, and to call upon us for service. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ.
The Nahant Village Church was established in 1850.
Reverend Megan Snell | firstname.lastname@example.org
27 Cliff Street | PO 77 | Nahant, MA 01908 | (781) 581-1202
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Saint Thomas Aquinas Church
Saint Thomas Aquinas Church
We are a community built on a hill (Mt. 5:14). We are like a "Light for the whole world" striving to live Christ's life and grateful to those who have passed the light to us. We will share it with all.
Reverend Terence P. Curley, D. Min., Pastor
Reverend Charles Onyango Oduke, S.J. Weekend Assistant
248 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908
(781) 581-0023 (Rectory) 781598-8860 (Fax)
Mon-Tues-Fri. 9 AM, Sat. 4 PM and Sun.8 AM and 11 AM
A Wonderful Example of "Village Improvement"
"The 90's (1890's) saw a vigorous "Village Improvement Society". It was founded in 1897 and had as its object the preservation of the natural beauties of the town and the improvement in welfare of the people. This group was also partly responsible for the purchase by the town of Marjoram Hill for a public park."
If you would like your non-profit Nahant organization listed here please email the webmaster with your information.
Welcome To Our Scholarship Page
We are very fortunate to have several groups and private individuals in our community who offer educational scholarships to help young people further their learning.
Below are the listings we are currently aware of. If your organization offers a scholarship please send in the information and we'll be happy to include it on this page.
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|America Red Cross Leaders Save Lives Scholarship
The American Red Cross is looking for student leaders.
Any current High School student interested in earning volunteer/community service hours, $$ an Amazon.com gift card, and an opportunity to win a scholarship to help with education costs, please see the flyer for more information and contact me at the Johnson School. Cheryl DiLisio RN (781) 581-1600 x4
Leaders Save Lives is a unique program for high school and college students who want to help save lives with the American Red Cross. By hosting a blood drive while school is out of session, you'll get the opportunity to win a scholarship, a meaningful leadership experience, a gift card award and the accomplishment of helping ensure a reliable blood supply. This leadership program is also a great way to rack up on volunteer hours.
Here’s how you can get involved in Leaders Save Lives:
1) Sign up to host a blood drive. Your blood drive must be scheduled while school is out of session during the summer or winter program time frame
2) Form a recruitment team to help make your blood drive a success
3) Recruit your friends and family to schedule appointments to donate at your blood drive
Visit the Red Cross website for additional information.
|Rona Brodsky Memorial Scholarship
||Johnson School or
Swampscott High School
A $500 memorial scholarship was established in the fall of 1997 upon the sudden and untimely death of Rona Brodsky. Miss “B” taught first grade at the Johnson School in Nahant for almost thirty years and she was known and loved by all.
The 23rd annual Rona Brodsky Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a member of the graduating High School Class of 2020. The $500.00 presentation will be based on the following criteria:
Applicant must have:
- Attended the Johnson School in Nahant
- Demonstrated personal qualities of exemplary citizenship, conscientiousness, and good moral character
Been accepted by an accredited two or four-year college leading to a degree
Applicants must submit the following documents:
Submit a short essay on what you have accomplished so far and
what your goals are for the future
A complete high school transcript
A letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader
Copy of acceptance letter to college which the applicant will attend
The Rona Brodsky Memorial Scholarship – 2020 Application
Name: _____________________________ Date of Birth: __________
City/Town: _________________________________ State: _________
Zip Code: __________________________________
Telephone Number: ___________________
Male: _______ Female: ________
School Currently Attending: ___________________________
Father’s Name: ____________________________________________
Which school will you be attending? ___________________________
Please describe in a brief essay the reasons why you feel qualified to receive this scholarship. Completed application and required documents must be received no later than June 1, 2020.
Please send all documents as an attached PDF to:
Mrs. Ruth Kobus at email@example.com
Subject: The Rona Brodsky Memorial Scholarship
|Coastal Ocean Science Academy Scholarship
Marine Science Center
The Coastal Ocean Science Academy connects youth to local coastal habitats and the factors that shape them through authentic research experiences. Based at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, the one-week middle school and two-week high school programs include trips to field sites around the North Shore, both on and off the water.
Nahant scholarships are available. Scholarship deadline is in May of each year. For more information and to sign up, contact Val Perini at 781-581-7370 x373, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit:www.tinyurl.com/nucosa2017
|Nahant Democratic Town Committee Scholarship
Nahant MA 01908
Scholarship in loving memory of Bernie Yadoff
The Nahant Democratic Town Committee is pleased to announce the eligibility requirements and instructions for our Scholarship in memory of Bernie Yadoff. Bernie was a member and officer of the Nahant Democratic Town Committee for decades and it is only fitting that a scholarship be awarded in his name.
Our "Bernie" was "Dr. Bernard Yadoff, PhD." He received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and was a practicing clinical psychologist in that city for more than 20 years before moving to Nahant in 1976. From the very first Bernie involved himself in the public affairs of our community with particular interest in the Nahant Schools, the Nahant Lions Club and the Nahant Public Library. He served on the FinCom for many years and was a member of the ACLU, an organization that he tirelessly supported throughout his adult life.
We would like to think that in all the many activities he pursued he reflected the Democratic values of compassion, fairness, and equal rights for all citizens. He was a thoughtful man who engaged with others to better the lives of all his fellow citizens and we on the Nahant Democratic Town Committee were fortunate to serve with him and are proud to honor his memory.
1. Nahant Resident
2. Born on or after July 4th, 1989. Please note this scholarship is open to all college levels, not just high school seniors.
3. Enrolled full-time in a two or four year accredited degree seeking program at an institution of higher learning located in the United States.
Instructions: Create an original 30 second YouTube video titled "Join Me and NDTC in Voting Democratic because..." Post the video on the Nahant Democratic Town Committee Facebook page by the deadline listed above. Casting yourself in the video is optional.
|American Legion Annual Scholarship
May 3, 2021
|The American Legion - PO Box 82
Mortimer Giberson Robbins American Legion Post 215
“ ‘The Wall That Heals’ is coming to Nahant. What is it and why is it important to you?”
$500 Scholarship | Download Form Here
PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING WITH YOUR APPLICATION:
Copy of your letter of Acceptance. (If you do not yet have your letter as yet, please forward as soon as received.)
250-300 WORD ESSAY ON THE QUESTION ABOVE:
(Please do not put your name on the essay.)
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP: Nahant resident High School Students or Nahant Veterans who have been discharged from active duty within the last 12 months who have been accepted to a 2 or 4 year college, university or a technical trade school.
PLEASE SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION TO: Scholarship Committee The Nahant American Legion Post 215 P.O. Box 82 Nahant, MA 01908.
Applications must be received by Monday, May 3rd, 2021
The winner of the scholarship with be notified and expected to attend the Annual Town Meeting, Saturday, May 15th, 2021 for Presentation.
|Garden Club Academic Scholarship
7 Walton Road
The Nahant Garden Club is pleased to announce our offer of a $2,000 academic scholarship to a 2016 high school graduate who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning.
The applicant must be a current resident of Nahant and have been a resident for at least three years. Preference will be given to a course of study related to ecology, environmental engineering, conservation, landscape architecture, botany or horticulture. IN THE ABSENCE OF APPLICANTS MAJORING IN THE ABOVE FIELDS, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated significant contributions to civic and community service organizations.
Applicants must include:
1. A transcript of grades.
2. An autobiographical letter describing the applicant's accomplishments.
3. A copy of acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning.
4. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader.
Please submit all requirements to:
Jeannie E. Buckley
7 Walton Rd Nahant, MA 01908
For more information please call 781-581-0389
|Captain Jennifer J. Harris Scholarships (2)
|$1,250 and $750
||Swampscott High School
The Family of Captain Harris announces the following annual memorial scholarships:
- Swampscott/Nahant Citizen Scholarship: Graduating Swampscott High School students, Home Schooled students or GED recipients from Nahant and Swampscott are invited to apply for a $1,250 scholarship to support college expenses.
Swampscott High School 200 Essex Street Swampscott 01907
- Returning Veterans: Enlisted veterans returning from an extended overseas combat deployment (6+ months) who are from Nahant, Swampscott or other North Shore communities are invited to apply for a $750 scholarship, to be awarded to one North Shore Veteran, to support college expenses.
Information, eligibility requirements, and applications for all scholarships are available at www.jjharrisscholarship.com. Application deadline is in May of each year.
Captain Jennifer J. Harris, a native of Swampscott, MA, graduated from Swampscott High School in 1996 and from the United States Naval Academy in 2000. She was the first female helicopter pilot assigned to the famed Marine Corps squadron HMM-364 “Purple Foxes,” served three tours of duty in Iraq flying casualty evacuation missions, and was killed in action on February 7, 2007 when the helicopter she was piloting was shot down.
An educational trust continues Captain Harris’s legacy of serving others. Contributions may be sent to the Captain Jennifer J. Harris, USMC Memorial Scholarship Fund, Eastern Bank, 405 Paradise Road, Swampscott, MA 01907.
FYI: Previous Lynn English recipients include Andrew Henkenmeier and Jessica Sabino. Previous Swampscott/Nahant Citizen recipients include: Kate Elizabeth Bartholomew, Carissa Roche, Christopher M. Kalpin, Gina Rose Barden.
|Thomas Hutton Christmas Parade Scholarship
The Nahant Christmas Parade scholarship has been rededicated to Tom Hutton.
At least two $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school students who have been through the Nahant School system and are presently residing in Nahant. The scholarships are based on community service or volunteerism, in or out of school. School grades are not a factor, however the student must be accepted to a school of higher learning for the fall semester.
Post graduate studies (Prep School), College or University are acceptable. A brief letter stating your community service, volunteerism, along with a copy of the acceptance letter from the school you will be attending.
These must be submitted with the completed application and letters of references from your community service and volunteering. Application:
Tel:_____________________ Years at Johnson School:__________________
Name of school of higher learning_________________________________
Applicants Signature:________________________ Date:___________________
|Charles Kelley Scholarship
Nahant Board of Selectmen
Please type a short essay on what Community Service means to you. Please DO NOT put your name on the essay.
Please submit the following with your scholarship application:
1) Copy of you Letter of Acceptance (If you do not yet have your letter please forward as soon as received)
2) A Short Essay ( Typed on a separate piece of paper)
ELIGIBILITY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP | Any Nahant resident who has been accepted to a two or four year accredited college is eligible for this scholarship. Please submit a short essay on what "Community Service" means to you.
PLEASE MAIL YOUR COMPLETED ESSAY AND APPLICATION TO THE SELECTMEN’S OFFICE AT THE NAHANT TOWN HALL BY THE DATE LISTED ABOVE.
THE WINNER OF THE SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE NOTIFIED AND EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING FOR THE PRESENTATION.
A LITTLE ABOUT CHARLES KELLEY | The Charles Kelley Annual Scholarship was established by residents of Nahant and the Nahant Board of Selectmen in memory of Mr. Kelley’s dedicated years of service.
Mr. Charles Kelley served for 33 years as a selectman for the Town of Nahant, this is the longest in the town’s history, and it is believed to be the longest in the modern history of Essex County.
Mr. Kelley’s political career started when he was elected to the School Committee in 1950 at the age of 22, he served as chairman of the committee from 1952 to 1955 and was instrumental in the planning and building of the Johnson School. Mr. Kelley when asked about his length of service was quoted as saying “ I’m not out to break records, I’m in politics because I love it and I hope I’m able to do something for my town.”
Application available above.
Nahant Board of Selectmen
334 Nahant Rd. Nahant MA 01908
|Lions Club Educational Grant
May 15, 2021
P O Box 33
Nahant, MA 01908
|The Nahant Lions Club will award $500 to a Nahant student who meets the following criteria: a current Nahant resident, graduating from an accredited secondary school and acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning.
The award is based on citizenship, scholarship, extracurricular activities and need. Interested applicants should submit a letter, detailing how he, or she, meets the citizenship criteria, a transcript through the third quarter of the senior year and a letter of acceptance from the institution of higher learning, that the applicant plans to attend.
All documentation must be submitted to:
Mr. All Eaton, PO Box 33, Nahant, MA 01908
|"Buck" and Matt Lombard Memorial St. Mary's Scholarship
14 Fenno Way
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|Bob and Janet Munnelly Memorial Scholarship - 2021
May 15, 2021
The Bob and Janet Munnelly Memorial Scholarship was established by the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Nahant in memory of its beloved members. Bob was a longtime Nahant resident, distinguished veteran of the U.S. Army, and lifelong educator. He served as a classroom teacher, Northeastern University professor, and Superintendent of Schools in Saugus and Reading. Janet worked tirelessly to help those in need. She worked for the Salem and Nahant Housing Authorities and was a Mentor to a local teen. Both Janet and Bob devoted countless hours to neighbors in Nahant who were in need of assistance. This $500 scholarship award is given as a tribute to their commitment to Nahant and education.
- Nahant resident, graduating high school senior
- Accepted to a post-secondary academic, professional, technical, or trade degree, certificate, or license program
- Well-rounded individual involved in both community and school activities
- Personal information – name, address, telephone number, email address
- Letter of acceptance to one of the programs listed above
- Letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or community leader
- Letter from applicant describing relevant and consistent school and community service and future plans
- Explain what receiving this scholarship would mean to you and your family
Application Deadline: May 15, 2021. All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered.
Please send FIVE completed application packets to:
Mrs. Mary Jo Ludke
4 Highland Ave.
Nahant, MA 01908
|St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarships (2)
362 Nahant Road
| - St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Annual Scholarship | $750
- Bill and Dolores Perry Scholarship | $500
Applicants must be a current member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and attended St. Thomas Religious Education Program. Please include a letter describing examples of leadership and service to the CHURCH and community, a copy of acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader.
Application forms will be available at St. Thomas Church on the bulletin tables.
Please send completed forms to:
Mary Crowley, 7 Simmons Road, Nahant, MA 01908.
The scholarships will be awarded at a 9AM Mass to be announced.
|Teachers Association Scholarship
The Nahant Teachers Association is pleased to announce the offer of a $500 scholarship.
Applicants must apply by June 1, 2020. The committee shall study the candidates in light of the following criteria:
1. Must be a current Nahant Resident
2. Must be a graduate of the Johnson Elementary School
3. Must have attended the Johnson School for at least two years
4. Must be a good citizen, showing qualities of reliability, courtesy, consideration, and cooperation
5. Submit a short essay on what you have accomplished so far and what your goals are for the future
6. A copy of acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning 7. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or community leader
8. A copy of your complete high school transcript
The amount of the scholarship will be $500.00. Please send all documents as an attached PDF to:
Mrs. Ruth Kobus at email@example.com
Subject: Nahant Teachers Association Scholarship
|NEVSOA Veterans Scholarship (4)
See the application for scholarship details and deadline requirements.
|Nahant Student Scholarships - 2020
||DOWNLOAD APPLICATIONS HERE!
See the application for scholarship details and deadline requirements.
|Nahant Woman's Club Of The North Shore Scholarship Award
May 10, 2021
|Nahant Woman's Club of the North Shore
One $1,500 award will be made to a member of the Class of 2021 who will be continuing her or his education at an accredited two or four year college. Applicant must be sponsored by a Nahant Woman’s Club member or be a resident of Nahant. The award is based on academic record, financial need, community service and extra-curricular activities.
DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO APPLY
1. The student’s letter of application.
2. High school transcript
3. Evidence of acceptance into college
4. Letter/s of recommendation
5. Articles and/or photos of community service and extra-curricular participation.
ALL MATERIAL IS DUE May 10th, 2021
Please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the “Subject” line please put your Name and Nahant Scholarship.
|Youth Soccer Scholarship
Visit Nahant Sports Websites
There are plenty of great opportunities for young and old to participate in sports. From T-ball to tennis,soccer, golf and sailing, Nahant has several organized sports programs and outdoor activities open to everyone.
Nahant's Own "Rex Sox" - Celebrate Their 50th Summer Season
Use the links below to connect directly to the available websites.
Nahant Youth Basketball League
Nahant Little League
Nahant Sailing Program (NSP)
Nahant Dory Club
Nahant Youth Soccer (Updated To FB Page)
Nahant Youth Tennis
Summer 2019 at the Nahant Country Club
Membership Not Required, Open to the Public
The 2019 Nahant Tennis Program will run from July 1 - 31 and
August 5 - 16 geared for kids ages 5-15 of all skill levels. Kids will develop a well-rounded tennis foundation through on-court agility, stroke progression, and drills aimed at promoting learning and fun!
Program Dates: July 1 – 31
Make-up days and missed classes due to weather, scheduling, and/or holidays are reserved for July 29, 30, 31
Two days per week for 4 weeks: $130
Three days a week for 4 weeks: $180
Four days a week for 4 weeks: $240
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Times: 8-9:30am or9:30-11am (1.5-hour sessions)
August 5 - 16: Small Groups of 2 - 4 Students for More Individual Attention
Email email@example.com or call 978-239-8677 for more information or to enroll!