As we were putting together this, the fourth edition of One, the Patriots were still weeks away from a Super Bowl victory, and Miss Massachusetts and Patriots cheerleader Julia Scaparotti of Peabody didn’t yet know she’d have another checkmark to add to the “W” column in what was already a banner year for her. Lynnfield native and sports fan extraordinaire Nick Varano — who was on a plane back from Houston — would surely agree.
And I’d bet Jim Quinlan was yelling at the television screen that Sunday just as emphatically as he coaches his own Bishop Fenwick icemen.
Inside, you’ll also read about Bruce McCorry, who’s been teaching martial arts for nearly 40 years; and actress Paula Plum, my fellow St. Mary’s/Lynn alum, who’s taken on one of her more challenging roles to date. Meaghan Casey explores a couple of my favorite places: the coffee shops of downtown
Lynn. Looking out my window, I can almost see (and smell) the freshly brewed cups at Land of a Thousand Hills across the street, and, at the other end of Munroe, is White Rose Coffeehouse. I prefer the Dirty Hot Chocolate there and the iced white mocha at Hills, in case
you care. I was equally pleased to read about the fries at Duckfat in Portland on the pages of One. Other than those and Flo’s hot dogs — and maybe a Polo outlet or two — I see no other reason to go to Maine.
One more food stuff inside: For me, the Battle of the Burrito is waged entirely on the Boloco front and it comes down to the Bangkok with chicken or the Cajun with steak and cheese.
Finally, if what I’ve been led to believe is true, orange is the new black. Orange, evidently, is also the old Beth Bresnahan. Or would that be the young Beth Bresnahan? At any rate, our CEO had some tanning issues in the past that would have made her the pride of Sunkist. See the photo on page 34 for proof. Thankfully, she’s discovered self-tanners.
Beth is One reason to read this edition. But don’t let me color your judgement.
They were runners, spectators, law enforcement personnel and track officials, and they had all gathered at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon to celebrate the renewal of the oldest annual marathon in the world.
Nick Varano’s knack for quality food, experience has led to success after success
By MEAGHAN CASEY
You can take the boy out of the North End, but you can never really take the North End out of the boy.
For restaurateur Nick Varano, opening Strega Ristorante on Hanover Street — two decades after roaming the street as a 12-year-old in search of the perfect loaf of bread — was in many ways a destined homecoming. The son of Italian immigrants, Varano lived in the North End most of his childhood before moving to East Boston at age 14. His mother, Rosetta, owned a beauty salon and cooked covetable Sunday suppers (which included her now famous meatballs). Varano got a neighborhood education not just at St. Anthony’s School, but at tried-and-true businesses like Mike’s Pastry.
Peabody’s Julia Scaparotti shines as Miss Massachusetts USA and cheerleader for the New England Patriots
By STACEY MARCUS
One can easily understand why Peabody native Julia Scaparotti is glowing. The 25-year old beauty was crowned Miss Massachusetts USA in November and is a member of the New England Patriots squad that cheered the team to a historical victory this February.
“I never would have thought I would win a crown and a ring in the same year,” jokes Scaparotti.
Tucked away on Newbury Street in Peabody, almost hidden among the multitude of spectacles on Route 1, is Bruce McCorry’s Martial Arts Academy. The building, covered by a simple red awning, comes alive upon entering the front door. Inside, McCorry teaches self-discipline, self-defense, and self-confidence.
Local journalist presents a collection that celebrates the Greater Boston middle class
By RICH FAHEY
As a staff writer for The Boston Globe, Steven Rosenberg covered the suburbs from 2001 to last December, and along the way has documented many of the traditions and rituals that make the Greater Boston area what it is.