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Taxes Were Collected in This Woman's Hamilton Kitchen for 40 Years

Get to know Cindy Stelline of Hamilton in this week's Meet Your Neighbor.

Name: Cindy Stelline

Where do you live? Rust Street, Hamilton. I am the third generation of Crowells to live in this house. My grandmother, Bertha Crowell, was Hamilton’s tax collector. Everyone who paid taxes in the early 1940s to early 1970s paid them in what is now our dining room. My father, Grant Crowell, was on the Board of Appeals for many years. He was also a town historian and was single-handedly responsible for getting the Town’s Seal changed from “Alex” Hamilton to “Alexander” Hamilton. He was very active in town business and politics.

Family: Married 33 years to Paul, stepdaughter, Pam, 41 anc grandson, Jonathan, 12, live in South Carolina.

Hobbies/interests: Travelling, reading, doing Sudokus and KenKens and dining out.

Studied in school: Computers, business.

Dream vacation: Cruise to Antarctica (the only continent I have not visited)

What obstacles have you overcome? I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 26 years ago, but I am fortunate to have a mild case, with the most serious issue being cognitive difficulties.

How long have you live in Hamilton? 41 years; I was raised in Hamilton and graduated from class of 1972. When Paul and I got married, we bought a home in Wenham, where we lived for seven years. We then moved back to Hamilton for the next 15 years. Then we purchased a condo in Ipswich in order to eliminate the home ownership responsibilities/tasks (there were no condos available in Hamilton). In 2010, we moved back to Hamilton again, to assist my mother, Marge Crowell. I guess we love this town because we don’t go too far away and we always come back.

What have you done in life that you are most proud of? I was the first the person in my family to go to college.  I earned an Associate degree in Computer Science from NSCC, a BAS degree from Boston University and an MBA from Suffolk University.  When I received my MBA in May, 1986, I joked that I got two Masters in the same month - my MBA from Suffolk and MS (Multiple Sclerosis).

Where might you be seen around town? Walking the streets of Hamilton (and Wenham) and at .

What is your favorite place in Hamilton? The Veteran’s Memorial area in front of , because my mother and father donated the flag pole in honor of my brother, Bob Crowell, a Navy veteran who passed away in 1981 at age 39, from cancer. In conjunction with their donation, my husband and I have continued to make contributions to the Town/Crowell Family Flag Fund, which has allowed for the display of flags on major patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day. This Memorial area also has special meaning to me because my father-in-law, Henry Stelline, was on the committee that successfully implemented the World War II Memorial, and my husband, Paul, was instrumental in creating the Korea/Vietnam side of the monument. Paul’s dad, as well as Paul’s brothers and uncles, were all veterans with very close ties to the Town of Hamilton.

Local services and programs you support: I am a member and past Secretary of the Auxiliary, and past Treasurer of the Hamilton Historical Society. I was also on the Bicentennial committee for the Town.

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