Monday, May 25, 2015

ESSEX HAPPENNGS JUNE 2015

PERSONAL UPDATE
The June edition of the Essex Happenings Blog will be slightly shorter than normal as during May 2015, I enjoyed a 5 day stay at Lahey Hospital in Beverly to treat an infection in my remaining good leg. The treatment was excellent and the infection has cleared up and I was discharged but the time in the hospital and the follow up medical appointments cut into my available time.

ESSEX HERITAGE MATTERS
May 20, 2015 • Salem Beer Works, 278 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Join us for a LIMITED EDITION brew and to learn about how YOU can help save this historic lighthouse!

May 31, 2015 • Willowdale State Forest
Set your alarm clock to join Greenbelt and local birding expert Jim Berry for the dawn chorus, a great expression of life on earth. The walk into the Willowdale State Forest will proceed from a rendezvous point in Ipswich, meeting at 7am on Sunday, May 31st.

June 6, 2015 • Railroad Street, Methuen, MA, 01844
Celebrate National Trails Day with a walk along the Methuen Rail Trail!

June 7, 2015 • Madeline English School, 105 Woodville Street, Everett, MA, 02149
Get ready for the 23rd Annual Bike to the Sea Day!

June 12, 2015 to June 14, 2015 • Cox Reservation, Essex County Greenbelt Association, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 01929
See art transform the Cox Reservation!

June 20, 2015 • Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for their monthly walk along the Methuen Rail Trail
  
June 21, 2015 • Rockport High School, 24 Jerdens Lane, Rockport, MA, 01966
A run along one of the most beautiful race courses in the United States

June 25, 2015 • Stage Fort Park, 24 Hough Ave, Gloucester, MA, 01930
The St. Peter’s Fiesta Road Race is a flat fast course with a finish line at St. Peter's Square in the heart of Fiesta!

June 27, 2015 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 01929
Find hidden caches at the Cox Reservation!

July 4, 2015 • Lynch/Van Otterloo YMCA, 41 Leggs Hill Rd, Marblehead, MA, 01945
Celebrating the 4th with patriotic fun!

July 18, 2015 • Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for their monthly walk along the Methuen Rail Trail

July 29, 2015
How slow can you go...

August 1, 2015 • Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Come Celebrate Four Centuries of Salem's Maritime Heritage!

August 3, 2015 to August 7, 2015 • Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Apply now for summer 2015! Park for Every Classroom is a FREE professional development program for educators of all grade levels and disciplines.

August 6, 2015 • Lynch Park, 55 Ober Street, Beverly, MA, 01915
Don't miss the annual Beverly Yankee Homecoming racing fun! Kids Fun Run, too!

August 15, 2015 • Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for their monthly walk along the Methuen Rail Trail

August 16, 2015 • Kennedy Community Playstead, 25 Holly Street, Lawrence, MA, 01841
The Greenway 5k (GW5K) is an annual event hosted by Groundwork Lawrence’s Green Team to promote health, fitness and open spaces.

September 7, 2015 • O’Maley Middle School, 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester, MA, 01930
Take a challenging run (sometimes a trail run) through Goose Cove Reservoir.

September 18, 2015 to September 20, 2015; September 25, 2015 to September 27, 2015 • Throughout Essex County
Explore Essex County's cultural, historic and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events!

September 19, 2015
Join Groundwork Lawrence and partners to clean and celebrate the Spicket River in Lawrence and Methuen!

September 19, 2015 • Railroad Street, Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for their monthly walk along the Methuen Rail Trail
  
September 18, 2015 to September 20, 2015; September 25, 2015 to September 27, 2015 • Throughout Essex County
Explore Essex County's cultural, historic and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events!

September 27, 2015 • Railroad Street, Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for a moon walk along the Methuen Rail Trail

October 3, 2015 • Rowley VFW, 19 Bradford St., Rowley, MA, 01969
Take a chance on getting a winning hand at the Rowley Poker Run!
Awards:

October 17, 2015 • Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for their monthly walk along the Methuen Rail Trail
  
October 17, 2015 • Salem Willows Park, 167 Fort Ave, Salem, MA, 01970
Celebrate Halloween with some fitness fun for the whole family

October 25, 2015 • Railroad Street, Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for a moon walk along the Methuen Rail Trail

November 21, 2015 • Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for their monthly walk along the Methuen Rail Trail

December 5, 2015 • Cabot Street YMCA, 245 Cabot St, Beverly, MA, 01915
A festive 5k run through downtown and coastal Beverly

December 19, 2015 • Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for their monthly walk along the Methuen Rail Trail

         Salisbury Art Stroll
         Methuen Rail Trail Walk
         Bike to the Sea Day Ride
         Slow Bike Race
         Salem Maritime Festival
         Spicket River Clean Up

ESSEX HERITAGE NEWS
May 13, 2015
Trio Celebrated For 50-Year Legacy Of Regional Land Conservation

April 22, 2015
The DAR will award a $10,000 grant for the restoration of the Bakers Island Lighthouse!

April 21, 2015
15 Grants Awarded to Local Organizations

NORTH SHORE ELDER SERVICES NEWS 
On Tuesday, June 9th, North Shore Elder Services is celebrating 39 years of “making life easier” for North Shore elders and their families and caregivers.  We hope that you can join us in saluting our staff, Board Members, volunteers, and vendors who have been essential in providing needed services to more than 20,000 persons over four decades. 

In light of all our busy schedules, we have planned a morning event at the Danversport Yacht Club that will permit you to celebrate with us and then get on with the rest of your day.   Coffee and pastries will be available from 7:30 a.m., breakfast served at 8:00 a.m., and our brief program will conclude by 9:00 a.m.

Individual tickets are available at $75 each.  The opportunity is available to be a Table Host at $750 (which includes ten tickets and recognition at the event) or a Corporate Sponsor at $1500 (which also includes 10 tickets and recognition as a Corporate Sponsor).  Honor an elder with a suggested donation of $39.

Tickets can be ordered online at http://nses39breakfast.eventbrite.com or calling me at 978 624 2245.

We look forward to seeing you on June 9 at the Danversport Yacht Club.  Sincerely,  Paul
Paul J. Lanzikos Executive Director North Shore Elder Services

MOST RECENT READING EXPERIENCE
During the past month, among other books, I have read is a most entertaining book called “THE RESIDENCE. Inside the Private Residence of the White House” by Kate Browner.

The book is a compilation of stories and remembrances related by the house keeping, cooks, florists and other members of the household staff in one of the most famous houses in America, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC.  The stories begin with the occupation of the property by the Kennedy family with their young children to the present occupants of the house, the Obama family with their teen-age daughters.  The book is filled with interesting, warm and sometimes difficult experiences.   The story continues through two different political party occupants with different agendas.  I will not attempt to report on the numerous incidents that occurred from Harry Truman through the Eisenhower,  Johnson, Reagan, two Bush families and the Clinton family with a teen age daughter and numerous social matters. The book was highly entertaining and informative and I strongly recommend the book

CONDOLENCES 
My personal condolences are offered to the family of Mr. James McCann of Danvers who passed away earlier this month.   Jim is a fellow Golden Eagle from St John’s Prep, someone I played golf with and because of my hospital stay, I was unable to attend his recent wake and funeral.  




Friday, May 1, 2015

ESSEX HAPPENINGS MAY, 2015

ESSEX HERITAGE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Featured Partner Event: Trail Work Day with Manchester Essex Conservation Trust (MECT) -May 2, 2015 Upper Pine Street/Pipeline Road WCA Trailhead, 375 Pine Street, Manchester, MA, 01944
Get dirty! Join MECT to help with maintenance and stewardship.

Featured Partner Event: Explore Wilderness Conservation Area - May 3, 2015 - Join the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust (MECT) to explore natural and historic highlights of the Wilderness Conservation Area. Meet at the WCA Gateway, Upper School Street, Manchester.

Heritage Hero Award Dinner 2015 - May 7, 2015 • Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA, 01923 - Join Essex Heritage in honoring three incredibly deserving individuals who have changed the face of conservation in Essex County and beyond.  The honorees Al Creighton, Fred Winthrop and Ed Becker are being celebrated for their 50-year legacy of regional land conservation. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PROGRAMS OFFERED BY ESSEX HERITAGE ALL YEAR

Featured Partner Event: MECT Mother's Day Walk - May 10, 2015 • Anne's Woods, 375 Pine Street, Manchester, MA, 01944 - Celebrate Mother’s Day with the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust (MECT) and enjoy this walk to Anne’s Woods with Erika Sonder.

Featured Partner Event: Art in the Barn Weekend - June 12, 2015 to June 14, 2015 • Cox Reservation, Essex County Greenbelt Association, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 01929 -See art transform the Cox Reservation!

Park for Every Classroom 2015 Teacher Workshop - August 3, 2015 to August 7, 2015 • Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970. Apply now for summer 2015! Park for Every Classroom is a FREE professional development program for educators of all grade levels and disciplines.

PERSONAL NEWS
The May 1, 2015 edition of Essex Happenings blog almost missed the first of the month deadline for the first time ever because this is such a busy spring season for me.  The early spring has been incredibly busy with annual meetings and my commitment to the Town of Danvers finance committee process.  The annual meeting schedule included a Salem Five Bank business meeting which was run by the new President Ping Yin Chai who was the COO before assuming the post from my long-time friend Joseph Gibbons.   There will be a social meeting at the historic Hawthorne Hotel in early May. The results offered by the bank leadership showed that the Bank’s result were most positive.  The second annual meeting was of Essex Heritage that was held very early in the morning in Lawrence.  That meeting was scheduled too early and too far from my home to allow for my participation. One meeting not yet scheduled is the annual meeting of the Salem Partnership.   I am a bit surprised that on the website, Patricia Zaido is not listed as the Executive Officer of that organization.   I have served that organization since its inception and I would not miss an event honoring Patricia. I must have missed a communication about changes.

In spite of a very busy and sometimes tiring schedule, my health and the use of my prosthetic leg remains most positive.  As the nicer weather arrives I am able to resume an outside walking program and the service of numerous community organizations continues with the incredible help of my wife Marge who drives me from meeting to meeting and then home again.

A large amount of my time in April was in the preparation and presentation for the Town of Danvers Finance Committee.  For a couple of weeks a great deal of time was spent reviewing the town’s annual budget,  This year the  new Town Manager and the assistant  manager  were well prepared and the schedule of presentation was well thought out.

REGIONAL NEWS
NEW SALEM FEMALE POLICE CHIEF SWORN IN
In case you missed it, Mary Butler who previously served as an acting Captain on the Salem force, was named and recently sworn in as the Chief of the Salem Police Force replacing my friend Paul Tucker who now serves as  State Representative for Salem.  Chief Butler is the first female chief serving in Essex County.

SALEM SENIOR CENTER
There was good news in Salem from the Mayor as the Developers of the Gateway Center at the junction of Boston and Bridge Streets came to the decision to separate the long awaited Senior Center from the rest of the multi–use project. This will mean the planning for the Senior Center will begin immediately.   The plans along with the bidding and construction are going as planned.  The center could be ready for use by January 2016.  That may be an optimistic estimate, but the City has a large senior citizen population.  Of all the communities served by North Shore Elder Services, the Salem population will be most happy and the reward will be most well received.   The present Senior Center is old and is inadequate for the population served.

DANVERS SWAMPWALK
Several years ago, a group of dedicated volunteers created a wonderful recreational asset for the Town of Danvers and the region.  The SwampWalk is located in the northern part of Danvers and directions can be found on their website.  I recently learned that as a result of the melting of the snow pack and a family of beavers, the project has had some problems.   I provide information sent to me by the chairman of this project George Saluto.
The bad news: SwampWalk is in worse condition this Spring than last Fall.
The good news: The SwampWalk volunteer crew is undaunted, incorporating professional help, & ready to take on the challenge.
The plan: We will both raise the walkway & lower the swamp...& enjoy the outdoors, as usual, doing it!
Your part:  if so incline to donate funds &/or standby to haul lumber, screw boards, or simply drop by while we are working & get a breath of fresh air while checking on our progress.
Summary
1.       We need to elevate more of the walkway than planned.
2.       We need more than $6,000 (TBD).
3.       We will be lowering the swamp within a few weeks.
4.       Then we will begin raising the walkway & continue as long as we have the funds for lumber & material.
5.       The Beverly/Salem Water Board is now a player (one of the dams is on their property).
Details
Late last Fall, the northern section of SwampWalk saw 200’ under a few inches of water due to the beaver population raising their dams.If so inclined, Please help us bring SwampWalk back to life. Please make your tax deductible check out to ‘Town of Danvers-SwampWalk’ and send to: Kristan Farr, Town Hall, One Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

SPAULDING HOSPITAL CLOSING
I am particularly unhappy that the Spaulding Hospital Group has decided to close its Salem Location.  I spent over 100 days at that location after my leg amputation and learned how to walk again with the help of the dedicated therapy staff at that location.  I also used the support of staff in the out-patient area.   I am still using the services of the adaptive sports group and I am currently taking a Yoga course in Salem and am scheduled for a continuing session in the golf program.  All of that said, I believe that closing that location is an immense loss for Salem and the region.

NORTH SHORE ELDER SERVICES NEWS
Healthy Aging and Healthy Communities by Nora Super, Executive Director, White House Conference on Aging:  Last week, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee, and I hosted a listening session at the White House with experts in aging, housing, and health care to hear their ideas and insights about opportunities to help older adults remain healthy and active in their communities. 
Session participants urged us to break down the silos between housing, transportation, health care, and long-term services and supports.  They also shared wonderful examples of communities—such as Boston and Reno—who’ve come together to address these issues with a multifaceted, multidiscipline approach, recognizing that healthy aging takes place in communities where older adults can be active, find affordable and appropriate housing, and access needed health and social services.
                                 
COP AA NEWS 
Summer Barbecue:  I want to let you all know that our Annual Summer BBQ will be on Saturday, June 20 this year, at Winter Island Park, 50 Winter Park Road in Salem, MA . It is just before Salem Willows on the right. We will gather in the pavilion, which is at the end of the road after going through the entrance. There is ample parking, it is under cover so that in the event of rain, we won't have to worry about having to dodge the raindrops. There is a ramp for wheelchair access, and for the first time, we will have indoor bathrooms!  It will go from 11:30am to 2:30pm, the same as last year.
The cost is $10 per person, and if you can bring a dessert, a salad, a side or an appetizer, that would be great! Just let me know what you plan on bringing so that we can plan.
We are all looking forward to seeing you there! please rsvp to me or to Amanda. You can call my home phone at 978-468-3447 or call Amanda at 978-469-1481. This is one of our best events every year, and we want you all to come and enjoy the day. Getting together with old friends and new is only one feature to look forward to. Once again, we will have our friend, Roland Sullivan, do the spread, which will include, hot dogs, burgers, BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, mac n cheese, and more.
Do plan on bringing the whole family! Enjoy the rest of your day!

DANVERS COUNCIL ON AGING ACTIVITIES
TRIAD Corner: The Danvers TRIAD Council is a partnership which includes the Sheriff, District Attorney of Essex County, the Danvers Police and Fire Chiefs, the Council on Aging and supportive services, and seniors. Our Triad Council has produced our second program called “The Triad Corner” with Danvers Community Access Television (DCAT) to bring more awareness to the public about our Triad programs. The show was taped on February 25th and will air on DCAT every Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. from April 4th through May 30th. The show will also be available anytime in April and May on DCAT’s website: www.danverstv.org Click on the “Video on Demand” tab at the top of the Home Page. Then click on “Danvers Access Shows”. Then scroll down to “Triad Corner”, click and the show will start. You can also enlarge the screen by clicking on the two arrows on the right side of the bar at the bottom of the small screen. Lew Hathaway, Triad Chair, is the host for the show and his guest is Pam Parkinson, Director of the Danvers Council on Aging. “Home SAFE Home” is the topic for this show so you can learn more about how our Triad programs can help keep you safe in your home and Pam will provide more information on how the Social Seniors Supportive Adult Day program at the Danvers Senior Center can help provide a safe “home away from home” if the need should ever arise.
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BOOK CORNER
As many of you know I am a voracious reader and I just completed one of the most entertaining books in my recent reading past.  I would strongly recommend “The Girl From Boston” by Anita Diamant   The story focuses on a female Jewish immigrant who grows up in the North End of Boston and is impacted by a Settlement House that closely reminded me of a similar program at the House of Seven Gables that I used as a youth in Salem.  The story continued as she grew older and interacts with young men.  Ultimately she married, outlived her husband and bears several very successful children who, like herself, value education.  During several summers in her youth she attended a camp run by the settlement house for a week in an inn of sorts In Rockport Ma, and there are vivid descriptions of that part of Essex County that our friends from Cape Ann will relish.

The book was a joy to read, was very emotional in places and other offerings that she has written are on my future reading list.


ESSEX HAPPENINGS April, 2015

ESSEX HERITAGE EVENTS
Featured Partner Event: Pesticides and Bees in Essex County Lecture by Dr. Alex Lu
April 2, 2015 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 01929
Learn about the effects that pesticide use has had on bees in Essex County, and what we can do to combat this.

Rocks Village Architectural Tour
April 11, 2015 • 55 East Main Street, Haverhill, MA, 01830
Join Essex Heritage and the Buttonwoods Museum for an architectural tour of Rocks Village -- one of Haverhill's oldest neighborhoods!

Essex Heritage Annual Spring Meeting
April 16, 2015 • Everett Mills, 15 Union Street, Lawrence, MA, 01840
We invite you to participate in this free, valuable morning of networking and regional engagement. Join us!

Featured Partner Event: Earth Day Festival
April 26, 2015 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 01929
Join Greenbelt and community partners for an Earth Day Celebration at the Cox Reservation.
When: Sunday, April 26th 10am-2pm
Where: Cox Reservation: 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex MA 01929

HERITAGE HERO EVENT
As the Heritage Hero dinner approaches, I am writing to ask that you to take action to support Essex Heritage’s major fundraising event.  As previously detailed in the attached summary, you can help support our worthwhile organization in one or more of the following ways: Sponsorship, Program Tribute Ad (April 10 deadline), Toast Sponsorship, and Ticket Purchase.  The event will be held at THE Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers.
 
To pursue any of the following opportunities, please contact Development Assistant Robyn Giannopolo at RobynG@EssexHeritage.org or (978) 740-0444 x130. Thank you for your Prospective support of Essex Heritage.

SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES
$10,000 - Premier branding at the event including: Speaking opportunity at the event, Opportunity to include logo on promotional gifts at the event, Corporate banner on site, Inclusion of your company logo on event save the dates, invitations, and post-event thank you cards, Prominent promotion at the event, Pre-event promotion on our website and social media, Top listing on the sponsorship poster, Table Sign, Top sponsor listing in the program book, Full page, full color ad on back cover of the program book, Promotion at the event; Exclusive table for 10 individuals at the event.
$7,500 - Premier branding at the event including: Corporate banner on site, Inclusion of your company logo on event invitations and post-event thank you cards, Prominent promotion at the event, Pre-event promotion on our website and social media, Listing on the sponsorship poster, Table Sign, Sponsor listing in the program book, Full page, full color ad inside the program book, Promotion at the event; Exclusive table for 8 individuals at the event.
$5,000 - Branding at the event including: Pre-event promotion on our website and social media, Listing on the sponsorship poster, Table Sign, Sponsor listing in the program book, Full page ad inside the program book, Promotion at the event; Exclusive table for 8 individuals at the event.
$2,500 - Branding at the event including: Table Sign, Sponsor listing in the program book, Half page ad inside the program book, Promotion at the event; Table for 8 individuals at the event.
$1,500 – Sponsorship listing in the program book, quarter-page ad in the program book, 6 tickets.
$1,000 – Sponsorship listing in the program book, quarter-page ad in the program book, 4 tickets.
$265 - includes 1 ticket and a one line “Toast” (140 characters) in the program book and a “live-tweet” of your toast the night of the event

REGIONAL NEWS
SPRING WEATHER CONDITIONS
After the incredibly harsh winter with near record snowfalls spring sports at the high school level and the golfers in the region will likely see delays in those start up times.  Everything might be set back at the very least a couple of weeks, but maybe spring or very early summer will arrive in Essex County but do not count on winter being over just because April has arrived,   We have seen major snow events in April.

CITY OF SALEM MAKES CHANGES IN LEADERHIP
The City has made two appointments that impacts public safety and education.  They have named a new Police Chief, Mary Butler, that is the first ever female Police Chief in the Witch City History.  Chief Butler has come from the police ranks and replaces Chief Paul Tucker who has assumed the role of State Representative in the State Legislature.  The second appointment was a second woman, Margarita Ruiz who has been named the new Superintendent of Schools.  Ms. Ruiz lives in Salem and speaks Spanish and that is quite an asset in Salem which has a large Spanish based population.
  
COP-AA INFORMATIONREPORTS    
The efforts of the leadership of COP-AA is paying off as several contributions have been made to the organization with hopefully more to come.  Work is also being accomplished to add important board members to the leadership. Several COP-AA members have recently enjoyed Spaulding Hospital Adaptive sports programs in Skiing and indoor Golf.

OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT HANDICAPPED PEOPLE

A NIGHT THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
The Challenged Athletes Foundation is honored to share that A Celebration of Will, A CAF Gala to Honor the Legacy of Robin Williams, held on March 7th, was a huge success. Thanks to the generosity of our anonymous matching donor, sponsors, donors, guests, incredible table captains and co-chairs Jeff Jacobs and Jeffrey Essakow, over $3 million dollars was raised and placed in the Challenged Athletes Foundation Endowment in Memory of Robin Williams.
480 supporters gathered at the beautiful Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa to celebrate WILL and pay tribute to a dear friend and long-time CAF supporter Robin Williams. The evening was filled with uplifting and transformational moments including dance performances by a CAF athlete, Paralympic medalist and Dancing with the Stars fan favorite, Amy Purdy.
There is still time for you to help carry on Robin's legacy and support CAF's mission. Each dollar raised will continue to be generously matched and placed in the Challenged Athletes Foundation Endowment in Memory of Robin Williams. You can donate directly at Donate CAF.com.

INFORMATION FROM NORTH SHORE ELDER SERVICES
Are You Ready for Primetime?
Every day in this country, 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 years old!  How many are ready for the primetime of their lives?  Some, but unfortunately not most.  Faced with vital questions as they near retirement years, many are not fully informed to make knowledgeable decisions such as:
•  When should I access my Social Security benefits?  What do I give up or gain if I retire early at age 62 or wait until I am at least 70?
•  How do I make the best selection among the array of Medicare coverage options - Medicare Parts A, B, and D as well as Medicare Advantage plans?  When and how should I enroll in Medicare?
•  Should I have an executed Health Care Proxy in effect?  What is it and what does it do?  How is it different from a living will?
These are just some of the questions to be addressed in a free series geared for Baby Boomers - and anyone else - who want to know more about Medicare, Social Security, and health care proxies and living wills.

North Shore Elder Services is sponsoring Are You Ready for Primetime? seminar sessions on the last Wednesday of March, April, and May.  Each session will be lead an expert on the topic and will emphasize practical, “how-to” and “why” information.  Sessions are offered from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. and repeated the same day from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
March 25             Health Care Proxies led by Ellen DiPaolo, Esq., Honoring Choices MA
April 29                Social Security led by Thomas Riquier, CPU, The Retirement Center
May 27                 Medicare led by Irene O’Donnell, SHINE Program
Sessions are free.  Pre-registration is required.  Register for any one or all three topics.
www.regonline.com/primetime; 978 750 4540; info@nselder.org
Please share with contacts within your network.

ST JOHN’S PREP Information
We shared this update with faculty and staff today and thought you would be interested in seeing it.
Dear Colleagues:
A blizzard of snow days and vacation this month have left us all scrambling to catch up and get back into something of a routine. Despite these interruptions in day-to-day school life, however, much progress has been made in admission, construction and fundraising. We wanted to touch base on initiatives in all three areas.
Admission
The Office of Admission has been especially busy during the past few months—conducting interviews, hosting a variety of on-campus and off-campus events, and processing applications for both the Middle School and the High School. Letters of acceptance were posted on Veracross and put into the mail on February 5 for the High School and on February 15 for the Middle School. Applications for the High School were up by three percent over last year, and applications for the Middle School were right on track to reach our enrollment goals for September 2015.
During the next four weeks you will see more families and students on campus for Middle School revisit days and the High School Eagle for a Day shadow program.
We are approaching the Middle School faculty hiring process in three phases. Phase one is complete, phase two is underway now, and based on what we expect for enrollment, we plan to move on to phase three.
Advancement
We are happy to report significant gains in the area of fundraising. More than $9.2 million has been raised for the Prep 20/20 campaign. These funds will support endowment growth and construction of the wellness center. The Fund for St. John’s, which includes parent philanthropy, continues to track ahead of where we were at this time last year. We hope to raise $1.5 million by June 30. As you know, annual giving supports every aspect of school life, including tuition assistance, facilities, and academic programs. Your participation—through your time, talent and treasure—has helped us reach these significant heights in our advancement efforts.
Construction and Campus Planning
Progress on our construction projects continues to be on schedule, despite the never-ending snowstorms! During February break, crews successfully extended the sprinkler system to all classrooms in Brother Benjamin Hall. They also began demolition work in the basement, where lockers for the Middle School will be built during the summer. We will use April vacation week for additional building infrastructure work in Benjamin Hall.
Windover and their teams have powered through the cold and snow to stay on schedule with the new High School Academic Building. Crews continue to work on installation of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and almost all of the windows are in place now. Exterior brick work will resume when the weather allows.
As construction work continues, plans for the packing and moving process are underway, too. Steve Cunningham will be in touch with you.
Preliminary information outlining the process and the support that will be in place to ensure that everyone is packed up by the beginning of June.

With your dedication and support, we have been able to accomplish a great deal in the past few months. Please know that we appreciate all you do for St. John’s.
Peace and prayers,  Ed Hardiman, Headmaster

SPORTS
Boston Professional Sports
The Red Sox have started Spring Training and it appears that pitching will be a bit of a problem, but they have gathered s number of professional hitters.

Both the Bruins and Celtics are playing well and the playoffs seem possible for both winter sports teams.

The Patriots won a thrilling Super Bowl 49, but in just a few days after the win, players were leaving for greener pastures.  A re-building effort for 2015 will be a must.

Local High School Championships
Congratulations to the Hamilton/Wenham Generals and the Danvers Falcons for their State Basketball wins.   That was the third in the last four years for the Danvers boys.  A Real Dynasty.  Congratulations to St Johns Prep for their efforts in the Super Eight Hockey Tournament against Malden Catholic   They came from the fifth seed to win the tournament.



Friday, February 27, 2015

Essex Happenings March 2015

What we have experienced this past month is SNOW, ICE. COLD, WIND AND MORE SNOW.  WE SURRENDER.  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.  We are flying the white flag.
 
Essex Heritage Events
Cape Ann Birding Weekend
February 27, 2015 to March 1, 2015
Cape Ann is known worldwide for its exciting concentrations of winter seabirds! Enjoy this weekend full of events for all levels of birders.

Featured Partner Event: Planting an Essex County Pollinator Garden Lecture by Kim Smith
March 5, 2015 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 1929
The second session in "Greenbelt’s pollinator film/lecture series will feature local designer, writer, filmmaker and gardening expert Kim Smith. Kim specializes in creating pollinator gardens, as well as filming the butterflies that her plants attract.

Featured Partner Event: Pesticides and Bees in Essex County Lecture by Dr. Alex Lu
April 2, 2015 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 01929
Learn about the effects that pesticide use has had on bees in Essex County, and what we can do to combat this.

Rocks Village Architectural Tour
April 11, 2015 • 55 East Main Street, Haverhill, MA, 01830
Join Essex Heritage and the Buttonwoods Museum for an architectural tour of Rocks Village -- one of Haverhill's oldest neighborhoods!

Essex Heritage Annual Spring Meeting
April 16, 2015 • Everett Mills, 15 Union Street, Lawrence, MA, 01840
We invite you to participate in this free, valuable morning of networking and regional engagement. Join us!

Heritage Hero Award Dinner 2015
May 7, 2015 • Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA, 01923
Join us in honoring three incredibly deserving individuals who, over a span of 50 years, have collectively inspired a powerful land conservation ethos in Essex County and beyond.

Regional News
Salem has three finalists for the position of new Police Chief
Interviews will be conducted in the near term to select a replacement for ex-chief Paul Tucker who has gone onto to the state legislature. 

ST JOHN’S PREP NEWS
To Members of the Prep Community,
We’ve been a little preoccupied with the mounting piles of snow on campus of late, but this has not slowed progress on construction of our new High School Academic Building.  As planned, the building is enclosed and weather-tight for the winter with temporary heat to keep workers cozy inside. They have been installing the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems throughout the building's five floors even as the snow was flying. Fortunately, all of the major large mechanical components are onsite and in the building. They were delivered and put in place before Mother Nature unleashed winter on us.

On the outside of the building, the air and vapor barrier system is complete, about 2/3 of the windows are in place, the zinc panels on the roof are installed, and brick has been put in place on the building’s south facade.

The quality of construction has been at a high level and we are on budget and on schedule, as planned. Thanks to the folks at Windover Construction and Flansburgh Architects for their diligence and professionalism in getting us to this point.

On the Middle School front, our plan is in place for renovations to Brother Benjamin Hall during the summer. We will be getting a jump start on sprinkler system modifications and other behind-the-scenes work during the February and April vacations so that we can hit the ground running when students complete school in early June.  If you have any questions about the project, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at scunningham@stjohnsprep.org.
 
Three Prep Alumni featured by Forbes 30 under 30
Three young alums were named to Forbes 30 under 30 lists! Congratulations to Jay Greenberg ’04, Bo Burnham ’08 and Deckard Sorensen ’08 for the very impressive recognition! Learn more about Bo, Deckard, and Jay here.
 
Boston Business Breakfast For alumni
February 20 -

The Business Breakfast is back!  Join us at the Boston College Club on 100 Federal Street on Friday, February 20 from 7:30 - 9:00 am. We are excited for Drew LeBlanc ’05, Director of Analytics of SAP, to share his playbook on how to maximize career opportunities. Please register online in advance.

March 19 - Washington D.C. Alumni Reception –

Catch up with the Prep on Thursday, March 19 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill! Meet Keith Crowley, Principal/Associate Head of School, host Bill McCann ’90 and fellow St. John’s alumni for cocktails and the latest on what’s happening back on campus! Register online by March 13, guests welcome.

April 1 - Chicago Alumni Reception -  Did you know that there are over 80 Prep grads living in the Chicago area?  Paul Sternlieb ’90 is hosting a happy hour and casual get-together at the University Club of Chicago from 6 pm to 8 pm. It's a great way to meet fellow Prep grads in the Windy City. Register online by March 23.
•             University Club of Chicago
•             Wednesday, April 1 from 6-8 pm
•             Guests welcome

April 13 & 14 – NEW DATES - New York City Alumni Receptions
The NYC alumni receptions have been rescheduled for Monday, April 13 at Soho House and Tuesday, April 14 at the Harvard Club. Limited space is still available. Online registration in advance is required.
•             Soho House - Monday, April 13 from 6-8 pm
•             Harvard Club - Tuesday, April 14 from 7:30-9 am
•             Guests welcome

Career Opportunities for Middle School Faculty & Staff

The new St. John’s Middle School will open in September 2015, and the hiring process is underway now. For more information, please see the careers page on the Prep website. If you would like to be considered for a position, please complete the following:

For information about other scheduled events, check out the alumni events page.

Thanks,

Andrew Frates ‘06Alumni Programs Coordinator

NEW ENGLAND SPORTS ICONIC MOMENT CREATED
Malcolm Butler’s Game Winning interception - The spectacular interception sealed the 4TH Super Bowl title for the New England Patriots.

NEWS from Danvers Historical Society
Congratulations to the Society and the Director of Glen Magna Farms in Danvers on the recognition and the Award they received from the Wedding Wire Couples Choice as their choice of the Iconic Danvers Location for the 2015. Couples Choice Danvers Location is not surprised at the Award.   Anyone that has ever attended an event at the Glen Magna was not surprised by the award.

NEWS FROM NSES
This is from the blog of Nora Super, the Exec. Director of the White House Conference on Aging.

President Announces New and Enhanced Initiatives to Support Older Americans
3 February 2015 by Nora Super (reprinted from the blog)

The President’s 2016 Budget will help ensure that older Americans enjoy not only longer but healthier lives. The Budget makes a number of commitments to enhance, advance, and create opportunity for older Americans, especially in the four focus areas of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging: retirement security, healthy aging, long-term care services and supports, and elder justice.

Let me say a little about a few of the Budget items in each area of focus:
To enhance retirement security, the President is committed to ensuring that Social Security is solvent and viable for the American people, now and in the future.  The Administration will oppose any measures that privatize or weaken the Social Security system and will not accept an approach that slashes benefits for future generations or reduces basic benefits for current beneficiaries.

Additionally, as many as 78 million working Americans - about half the workforce - don't have a retirement savings plan at work. Fewer than 10 percent of those without plans at work contribute to a plan of their own. The President’s Budget expands retirement opportunities for all Americans to help families save and give them better choices to reach a secure retirement.

To support healthy aging, the Budget proposes a set of initiatives to strengthen Medicare by more closely aligning payments with the costs of providing care, encouraging health care providers to deliver better care and better outcomes for their patients, and improving access to care for beneficiaries. In addition, the Budget includes proposals that would build a stronger foundation for Medicare's future.

To provide relief from increased prescription drug costs, the Budget proposes to close the Medicare Part D donut hole for brand drugs by 2017, rather than 2020, by increasing discounts from the pharmaceutical industry. The Budget also proposes to provide the Secretary of Health and Human Services with new authority to negotiate with manufacturers on prices for high cost drugs and biologics covered under the Part D program. These proposals represent a few amongst a range of potential options, and the Administration looks forward to working with Congress to address growing drug costs.

Recognizing the importance of nutrition to healthy aging, the Budget provides over $874 million for Nutrition Services programs, a $60 million increase over the 2015 enacted level, allowing States to provide 208 million meals to over 2 million older Americans nation-wide, helping to halt the decline in service levels for the first time since 2010.  In addition, the Budget helps provide supportive housing for very low-income elderly households, including frail elderly, to allow seniors to age in a stable environment and help them access human services.

To ensure older individuals and people with disabilities receive services in the most appropriate setting, the Budget proposes expanded access to Medicaid home and community-based long-term care services and supports. First, the Budget expands and simplifies eligibility to encourage more States to provide home and community-based care in their Medicaid programs. The Budget proposes expanding and improving the “Money Follows the Person” re-balancing demonstration, which helps States provide opportunities for older Americans and people with disabilities to transition back to the community from institutions. The Budget also includes a comprehensive long-term care pilot for up to five States to test, at an enhanced Federal match rate, a more streamlined approach to delivering long-term care services and supports to support greater access and improve quality of care.

The Budget also includes increased discretionary resources for the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) program, which make it easier for Americans nation-wide to learn about and access their health and long-term care services and support options. ADRCs support State efforts to create consumer-friendly entry points into long-term care services at the community level.

The Family Support Initiative will assist family members supporting older adults or people with disabilities across the lifespan. It will complement nearly $50 million in new resources for existing aging programs that are already providing critical help and supports to seniors and their caregivers, such as respite and transportation assistance.

To support evidence-based interventions to reduce elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, the Budget includes $25 million in discretionary resources for Elder Justice Act programs authorized under the Affordable Care Act. These resources will support standards and infrastructure to improve detection and reporting of elder abuse; grants to States to pilot a new reporting system; and funding to support a coordinated Federal research portfolio to better understand and prevent the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable adults.

Taken together, these and other initiatives in the Budget will help to change the aging landscape in America to reflect new realities and new opportunities for older Americans, and they will support the dignity, independence, and quality of life of older Americans at a time when we’re seeing a huge surge in the number of older adults.

As many of you are aware, 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th Anniversary of Social Security. The commitments made to support older adults in the President’s Budget are a fitting way to mark these anniversaries, and to help fulfill the promise of a better future for older Americans—and for all of us—that is inherent in these landmark pieces of legislation.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

ESSEX HAPPENINGS FEB 2015

ESSEX HERITAGE NEWS

February 7, 2015 • Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA, 01950
Get ready to celebrate the seasonal return of Bald Eagles to the Merrimack Valley!

February 11, 2015 • Hunt's Photo & Video, 100 Main St, Melrose, MA, 02176
Join us at a reception celebrating the 2014 Photo Contest winners!
February 12, 2015 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 01929
Join Greenbelt for the kickoff of their new pollinator film/lecture series.

February 27, 2015 to March 1, 2015
Cape Ann is known worldwide for its exciting concentrations of winter seabirds! Enjoy this weekend full of events for all levels of birders.

March 5, 2015 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 1929
The second session in "Greenbelt’s pollinator film/lecture series will feature local designer, writer, filmmaker and gardening expert Kim Smith. Kim specializes in creating pollinator gardens, as well as filming the butterflies that her plants attract.

April 2, 2015 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 01929
Learn about the effects that pesticide use has had on bees in Essex County, and what we can do to combat this.

April 11, 2015 • 55 East Main Street, Haverhill, MA, 01830
Join Essex Heritage and the Buttonwoods Museum for an architectural tour of Rocks Village -- one of Haverhill's oldest neighborhoods!

April 16, 2015 • Everett Mills, 15 Union Street, Lawrence, MA, 01840
We invite you to participate in this free, valuable morning of networking and regional engagement. Join us!

May 7, 2015 • Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA, 01923
Join us in honoring three incredibly deserving individuals who, over a span of 50 years, have collectively inspired a powerful land conservation ethos in Essex County and beyond.


Camp Denison Conservation Area is forty-four acres of conservation land located in the Town of Georgetown, MA.

The Cox Reservation consists of two parcels: a four-acre woodlot on nearby Lufkin Street and the 26 acres of upland, salt marsh, farmland with house and barn, and river frontage on Eastern Avenue...

Discover 330 years of Salem's history as you experience this collection of historic buildings located on Salem Harbor. When you arrive at The House of the Seven Gables - which constitutes its own...

The Joppa Flats Education Center is located at the gateway to one of the country's most productive year-round wildlife viewing areas -- the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and the Plum...

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1942 primarily to provide feeding, nesting and resting habitat for migratory birds.

Salem Maritime, the first National Historic Site in the National Park System, was established to preserve and interpret the maritime history of New England and the United States.

The quaintest place in all New England!

Stay in the heart of Old Town Marblehead 200 yards from the Boston Yacht Club.

At 5 Corners Kitchen we are committed to making our food by hand and from scratch using natural ingredients. All of our charcuterie, pasta, and all smoked foods are hand-made in our kitchen.


About Essex Heritage
Essex Heritage is a non-profit organization that rallies our community around saving the unique character of Essex County. We are the only organization that connects the people who live in the 34 cities and towns within our county.

Our job is to get residents to actively support over 10,000 historic places that make this area such a great place to live. We do this by offering creative events like Trails & Sails, where you can have 150 unique experiences in 6 days.

What’s most exciting about our organization is that we’re forward thinking. We focus on engaging folks at every age, enabling them to experience all the wonderful places that surround us here because nowhere else…
·         Can you see the lighthouse whose keeper saved the USS Constitution;
·         Can you wander through the country’s oldest working farm;
·         Can you drive by so many 17th century homes on your way to work.
Because nowhere else… would we rather live.