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Newman’s Bakery slowly rebuilds after a car crashed into the Swampscott business

Swampscott, Ma. 2-25-18. The aftermath damage to Newman's Bakery in Swampscott.
The aftermath damage to Newman's Bakery in Swampscott. (Owen O'Rourke)

SWAMPSCOTT — Three months after a car crashed into a bakery on Humphrey Street, work is underway to repair the damage.

“We hope to reopen in a few weeks,” said Jessica Newman, co-owner of Newman’s Bakery on Humphrey Street. “We are just waiting for the repair work to be done and we’re renovating   the back room.”

Max Kasper, the town’s building inspector, said a building permit was issued earlier this month to rebuild the damaged building. The estimated repair bill is $33,450, according to the application.

Founded in 1966, Newman’s has been a North Shore tradition where they offer baked goods made from scratch and baked

on the premises. They are also known for their New York-style bagels, and serve breakfast and lunch.

Anthony Spagnuolo, a 44-year-old Salem man was speeding on rainy Sunday morning in February when he lost control of the car and crashed into the bakery, police said. The shop was closed at the time. The driver was not injured but a passenger hurt his arm in the mishap.

Spagnuolo received a fine for speeding and driving an unregistered motor vehicle, police said. The car damaged the building’s foundation and the windows.

Newman said she’s not upset that the damage may have been caused by a speeding driver.

“This stuff happens,” she said. “It’s an accident. Things happen.”

Reporter Gayla Cawley contributed to this report.

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