Here are our top five stories of the week, they are listed in no particular order. Click on the headlines to read the full story.
VIDEO: Hundreds Start 2013 With Polar Plunge: Some 500 North Shore residents gathered at Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott Tuesday morning, half of whom started their new year off with a polar plunge into the Atlantic.
Details Emerge in Alleged Rape of Marblehead Woman: The case against a Peabody man accused of raping a Marblehead woman in a Washington Street apartment building Sunday evening came into focus in court Wednesday.
Marblehead Firefighters Called to Three-Alarm Swampscott Blaze: Fire apparatus from numerous North Shore communities, including Marblehead, were called to assist with a three-alarm fire that broke out in a home on Andrew Road in Swampscott Thursday morning.
What's The Deal With This Beached Boat in Boston: On Friday, a South Boston woman alerted us on Facebook to a local sailboat that she said has been beached at Kelly's Landing in Boston for about a week.
PHOTOS: Snow in Marblehead: Earlier this week, we asked our readers to share how things were looking in their part of Marblehead following a snowstorm that dropped between 1 and 2 inches of snow in town.
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