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.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

ESSEX HAPPENINGS - DECEMBER 2014

ESSEX HERITAGE MATTERS
Initiatives
Since 1996, The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) has championed the heritage development of Essex County by fostering public-private partnerships that preserve and enhance the significant aspects of the region’s history, cultural heritage and character. We look forward to working with you to promote the sustainability of this great region. Some of our current initiatives include:
                     Bakers Island Light Station
                     Border to Boston Trail
                     Education Programming
o    Park for Every Classroom
o    Salem at SEA
o    Making the Caribbean Connection
                     Youth Jobs Program
                     Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
                     Events
                     Heritage Hero Award
                     I Heart Heritage!
                     Membership
                     Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge
                     Northeast Harvest - Buy Fresh, Buy Local
                     NPS Passport Program
                     Partnership Grant Program
                     Photo Contest
                     Photo Safaris
                     Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence (a film)
                     Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water
and much, much more! Learn more about our accomplishments here.

REGIONAL NEWS
Local Woman named to Governor Elect Charlie Butler’s Leadership Team
Several years ago, when Annie Harris and I were creating the Essex Heritage Concept, we worked at the Salem Partnership, that helped create ESSEX HERITAGE with a young lady who was most talented and capable.  Those capabilities and her work ethic have led to her recent appointment to lead the new Governor’s budget office.   Ms. Kristen Lepore of Danvers has held a number of Federal and State positions in the Commonwealth including a term with Governor Paul Cellucci.   We wish Kristen much success in her new role and are more than certain that she will play a strong role on the Baker team.  

DANVERS COUNCIL ON AGING ACTIVITIES
IMPORTANT: Danvers Council on Aging has a new real time online registration system!! To register, you will need to first set up an account for your household. The registration must be done by everyone regardless of previous activity with Danvers Council on Aging. This new real time registration system will create a more streamlined process for all of our customers.  The initial account set up should take no longer than fifteen minutes and can be done as you are registering. If you have not yet registered for a program but will be, please take 10-15 minutes to “Create an Account” with Danvers Council on Aging on our new system.

SOCIAL SENIORS SUPPORTIVE ADULT DAY PROGRAM
The Danvers Council on Aging is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for participation in our unique Supportive Day Program. This program provides a variety of engaging activities designed to promote socialization with other seniors in a safe and nurturing environment. The advantages are numerous and have provided benefits to both the participant and family member/caregiver alike. We are happy to offer a risk “FREE” trial day to experience the program first hand. Financial assistance is also available for Danvers residents 60 and older through the generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation. For more information please call Allison Jopling, R.N., Program Coordinator at (978) 762-0208.

Timely Topics 10:30am-11:30am

There is no charge for this event but if you plan on attending please call 978-762-0208 or sign up at the front desk for this presentation so that we can plan appropriate space.

•    December 3rd – “Java with a Jake” – Join us for a cup of coffee with members of the Danvers Fire Department for another installment of our series “Java with a Jake”. This month, Deputy Chief James McPherson and Captain James Brooks will discuss holiday safety. Discussion will include: extension cords, candles, indoor and outdoor lights, trees and more. Make sure you come to this program to learn how to have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

•    Please join us on Wednesday, December 10th from 10:30 to 11:30 for a free Winter Safety Workshop. The workshop will be presented by Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students from North Shore Community College. Topics will include snow removal tips and tricks, strategies for safe driving, and transportation alternatives. We will also discuss tips for staying warm and minimizing your risk for falls as you are out and about this winter. Light refreshments will be provided, all are encouraged to attend!"

Danvers Historic holiday Events
Upcoming Events    
Visit full listing at DanversHistory.Org for current details
We Make History Fun!
Historic Properties
Every 2nd Friday, through November 14th, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
1:00 PM film at Tapley Hall: Colonials and the British
$15 at the door for all four properties.
Location: Page House, Rebecca Nurse Homestead,Judge Samuel Holten House and Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St. Danvers.  Learn more at DCAT Intern Productions here

Onion Town Variety Show
Every 2nd Friday, through November 14th, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 P.M.  $5 for non-performers.
Please visit the list of Danvers Access Shows at DCAT
Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St. Danvers.

Speaker Series: Soup Kitchens
Thursday, November 20th 7:00 P.M.
Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St. Danvers.
Brian O'Loughlin presents a talk on the Soup Kitchen and its role in the community throughout history. Reservations appreciated to help with hall set up. Please bring canned goods for the People to People Danvers Food Pantry.
Parking on Page St. or in the Community Lot at the corner of Page and Elm Streets. RSVP to 978.777.1666 or E-mail to dhs@danvershistory.org .   FREE and ALL are welcome!

Parade of Trees: Dec 3rd through 6th   event details
Become involved, please decorate a tree or wreath.
             See details and guidelines.
Wednesday, 3rd:  Preview Party 5:30 - 8pm
    FREE for tree & wreath donors. $10 general admission.
Thursday, 4th: 1-8pm FREE admission.
    6:30pm:Theatrical reading of the Polar Express, details
Friday, 5th:  1-5pm FREE admission.
Saturday 6th: 10am-5pm FREE admission.
     3:30-4:30 Roaming Magician: Jay Fraser 
Saturday: 5:15pm all trees & wreaths raffled to lucky winners!

Christmas at Glen Magna Farms
Fri-Sun Dec. 5th - Dec. 7th. Full Developing Details
The Society and The National Association of Women Artists are celebrating their 125th Anniversaries!! Local florists will deck the halls of the Endicott Mansion. This weekend of events is not to be missed!! Candy Shoppe on site, featuring Harbor Sweets!
Gala Celebration: Friday Dec. 5th  tickets sure to sell out!

National Association of Women Artists Art Show:
          Sat. 6th 9am-3pm & Sun. 7th 10am-5pm
High School Chamber Chorus: Sat. Dec. 6th 1pm at Art Show
Meet The Artists: Sat. Dec 6th, 3-5pm.
Gilded Harps: Sat. Dec. 6th, 3-5pm at Reception
Tea at Endicott Mansion: Sun. Dec.7th, 11:30am 
                                            tickets sure to sell out!

Holiday Concert: The Essex Harmony
Sunday, Dec. 14th 3:00 P.M. Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St.
The Essex Harmony, Artists-In-Residence of the Society, will perform. This mixed media, acapella concert is directed by Tom Carmody. More about The Essex Harmony.
Donations encouraged. Proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation mission of the Society, including supplies for our Artists-In-Residence. Reservations appreciated to help with hall set up. Parking on Page St. or in the Community Lot at the corner of Page and Elm Streets. RSVP to 978.777.1666 or E-mail to dhs@danvershistory.org .
FREE and ALL are welcome! Donations encouraged

Speaker Series - check our website often for details
      Feb. 19th, David McKenna, Native Americans in Danvers
      March 19th, Dana Smith, Underground Railroad
      April 21st, George Saluto, Photography Past to Present

Heritage Films - NEW RELEASE: Dan Tremblay, Topsfield Fair Trustee and Danvers Historical Society Member, has prepared a 2.5 hour film of this year's Topsfield Fair, America's Oldest Country Fair. It would make a wonderful keepsake gift, especially entertaining for the elderly who could not attend, and reflects the wonderful Essex County annual event we've all witnessed. Order your DVD thru the Danvers Historical Society. $19.95. Allow 4 days to process.
  
St. John’s Prep Information
Alumni Christmas Party - December 3
Host Joe Milano ‘62 invites all alumni to this annual event at the Union Oyster House on Wednesday December 3 from 6-8 pm. Enjoy an evening of relaxing conversation and holiday merriment as you reconnect with classmates and friends over savory hors d’oeuvres and refreshing beverages. Take this opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with the local Prep community at the Union Oyster House – a Boston landmark and America’s oldest restaurant. Please register in advance PLEASE

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem
A major event to support the club will be offered early in 2015 See details that follow
The date of the Champion for Kids Celebration honoring Mayor Driscoll has been changed to accommodate the Salem High School Band. I am so happy to tell you that the great High School Band will be part of the event.
The date is now firmly established for Sunday, January 25th from 6 to 9 PM.  (There are no NFL football games scheduled that day.)

COP-AA ACTIVITIES
Many thanks to my former Employer…The Salem Five Bank for their generous grant to support the broad and encompassing program of COP-AA as they continue to offer support programs for people that have suffered Amputations in this Region.

HOLIDAY WISHES
We certainly wish all of you our heartiest wishes for a wonderful holiday at the end of this year, and offer our best wishes for a great New Year 2015.



Friday, October 31, 2014

ESSEX HAPPENINGS NOVEMBER 2014

Essex Heritage Early November Events

Essex Heritage Semi Annual Meeting
Essex Heritage's Annual Fall Meeting was on Thursday, October 23, at The Governor's Academy in Byfield with 8AM: Continental Breakfast Reception and 8:30 - 10AM: Business Meeting
In the next edition of this BLOG, I will report on the results of this meeting.

Featured Partner Event: True Yankees
November 6, 2014 at 7PM• Salem Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Drawing on private journals, letters, ships’ logs, memoirs, and newspaper accounts, Dane Morrison, Professor of Early American History at Salem State University, will discuss America’s earliest encounters on a global stage through the exhilarating experiences of Yankee seafarers.

Regional Education Forum
November 12, 2014 at 8:30AM to 2:30PM• Maritime Gloucester and Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA, 01930
Essex Heritage is hosting another education forum for heritage sites, organizations, and education professionals to share best practices, encourage collaboration, and learn about opportunities. Join us and your professional colleagues at the next forum on Wednesday, November 12.

Seven Lectures at The Seven Gables: The Schooner Fame
November 19, 2014  at 6PM• The House of the Seven Gables, United States, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Capt. Mike Rutstein will share Schooner Fame’s story: its plan, the selection of trees and building in Essex.

Featured Partner Event: Mutt Strut with Greenbelt
November 23, 2014 • Tompson Street Reservation, Fernald Street, Gloucester, MA, 01930
Join Greenbelt's Land Conservation Director, David Santomenna and his dog and Greenbelt mascot, Shiloh, for a dog-walk within Greenbelt's largest reservation.

We wish all a safe Halloween and a Happy Thanksgiving.
We certainly hope that all of you enjoy the spectacular American family holiday of Thanksgiving.  For most of us, it is a day of family dining and local community football sporting events.

In the case of Salem and other communities in this region that celebrate Halloween, we hope that the events connected with the holiday are special and economically profitable.

Other Regional News
Boys and Girls Club Information
The Danvers and Salem Ninety Nine Restaurants are raising funds for our Club by selling special Boys & Girls Club meals, hosting a breakfast, selling t-shirts, holding a Jack O'Lantern silent auction, a raffle and more to raise funds to support our Club. Please stop by the Ninety Nine Restaurants in Danvers and Salem. 
Here is how you can help according to the Ninety-Nine Restaurants:
The Ninety Nine will donate $1 to your local Boys & Girls Club chapter when you order the Boys & Girls Club Sandwich, Entrée or Slice of Pie, and we’ll donate $3 when you take home a Whole Pie!
Purchase a commemorative bracelet for $5.
Add $1, $3, $5 or more to your guest check.
All the funds raised in these ways will go to the Boys and Girls Club.

Bike Safety
The Boston Globe regional issues have been expanded with more content and in a recent issue of the North Region, it was noted that bike accidents in this region are up by almost 10%.  Essex Heritage is one organization that has espoused the increase of recreational trails in the region.  This position may have helped drive the accident higher, but I suspect that the majority of the increase  in accidents and even deaths has come from city street accidents.  I expect these accident numbers are too high and the local government leaderships should take these issues seriously and consider changes in signage, road markings  and intersection re-configurations, when possible, to help reverse the accident, injury and death trend that is climbing.

Update on New Danvers Town Manager
The Town of Danvers has conducted a series of interviews and has made a preliminary offer to
Mr. Steve Bartha of Avon, Connecticut.   The thought is that the Danvers Selectmen and Mr. Bartha are close to an employment agreement and he could begin work in Danvers in early December. 

Last Report on Recently Resigned Town Manager Marquis
The North Shore Elder Service Organization annually holds a “We Give Thanks Award Evening” and as a member of that Board I have nominated Wayne Marquis for the Civic Engagement Award. The process of choosing a winner in this category is ongoing and may be crowded, but regardless my nomination was offered.
  
Update on Salem Police Chief
Kim Driscoll, the Mayor of Salem, is investigating methods to open up the application process for the next police chief in Salem.   This process will include looking outside the standard Civil Service process.  This process is a real effort for the Salem Mayor as the current Chief is the odds on favorite to win the November election to replace Salem State Representative John Keenan. 

City of Salem Eligible for Federal Funds
The City of Salem was one of ten communities across the Commonwealth that is eligible.  The funding included planning and safety and controls.  The City will be legible for a $4 to $5 million annuity from the Department of Transportation.   In a statement from Mayor Kim Driscoll she indicated how pleased she was for the award and the grant would help complete local streets.

Recent Dedication of Housing
The Town on North Andover recently held a dedication service to celebrate the completion of the first Veteran Housing created in that community in over a half a century. A run down and foreclosed three story building been renovated and offers three apartments  to veterans and families that will now be occupied after a $60,000 commitment was made by the Town Meeting to complete this task.

Danvers Historical Society
From the Danvers Historical Society News
The following letter was recently sent to the Preservation Committee by officials of The Danvers Historical Society to preserve and protect the identified historic homed in Danvers                         
Dear members of Danvers Preservation Commission Town Hall
Sylvan Street
Danvers, MA 01923
Dear Members:
The Danvers Historical Society was established in 1889 to educate present and future generations of the public about the history and development of Danvers. The town has the good fortune to have a number of homes that are significant, due to their architecture and/or their historical connection. Though the Danvers Historical Society continues to preserve several fine structures as house museums open to the public, our town’s rich heritage includes many other structures just as significant as the ones we maintain. To loose Danvers homes which are so important to local, regional, and even national history would be both a tragedy to our heritage, and a loss to our community.
Presently two such dwellings are under the threat of obliteration: the ca. 1660s “First Period” Porter-Bradstreet House on upper Locust Street, and the 1895 “Queen Anne Revival” A. F. Welch House next to St. Mary of the Annunciation Church at 22 Conant Street.
Both of these houses are wonderful and visually superb examples of their architectural era. They posses a rich history, and are an essential part of their neighborhood, streetscape, and environment. To lose such signature structures forever to mundane uses would be a travesty to the present and to future generations.
We urge those good people in whose hands rest the power to destroy part of our communal heritage, to find a viable solution to preserve both these dwellings so they are not just a memory and a statement of crass 21 century development, but rather a shining example of how thoughtful people can preserve the best of the past for their own benefit and for the benefit of their community.
Sincerely,

Danvers Council on Aging Material
From the Social Senior Supportive Day Program:
Our Supportive Day Program has begun the process of accepting applications for participation in our unique program. We have increased days of operation from 3 to 4 days per week. The new days of operation are Monday-Thursday from 9am-3pm. This program can benefit both participant and caregiver alike by providing services tailored to individual need and interest. If you or someone you know could benefit from socialization with others in a caring and friendly environment, please give us a call. We are happy to offer a risk “FREE” trial day to experience all we have to offer. Danvers residents 60 and older may be eligible for financial assistance through the generosity of the Clara & Harvey Pillsbury Foundation. Call (978) 762-0208 and ask to speak with Allison Jopling, R.N., Program Coordinator.

Town Wide Open House
The Town Open House Program was held on Thursday, October 9th from 4-7pm. The Danvers Senior Center highlighted the various TRIAD programs that were designed for the safety of seniors in Danvers. Don’t forget that you can hop on the Trolley from the Senior Center to visit Danvers Fire Department, Electric Department, Town Hall, Police Headquarters and the Peabody Institute Library.  The event was well attended and is held annually to point out community resources to residents.

Fall Recreational Reading
As always, I have spent a great deal of my free time with a book in hand.  Recently the book of choice was the third and final book in a much read and highly praised Ken Follette trilogy.   I had previously read and enjoyed the first two books of the series, Winter of the World, and Fall of Giants.  The final book of the series was called The Edge of Eternity.    The following is a brief recap of the work taken from the internet review to provide an overview of the work.

INTERNET RECAP
Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they made their way through the turbulent twentieth century. The book has been called by many including me as “potent, engrossing” and “truly epic” The publication USA Today relates that “You actually feel like you’re there.”
Edge of Eternity, the finale in the Trilogy covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll.
East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she’s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for generations… George Jakes, himself bi-racial, bypasses corporate law to join Robert F. Kennedy’s Justice Department and finds himself in the middle of not only the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but also a much more personal battle… Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is much more dangerous than he’d imagined… Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Khrushchev, becomes an agent for good and for ill as the Soviet Union and the United States race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tania, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw—and into history.
These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as they add their personal stories and insight to the most defining events of the 20th century. From the opulent offices of the most powerful world leaders to the shabby apartments of those trying to begin a new empire, from the elite clubs of the wealthy and highborn to the passionate protests of a country’s most marginalized citizens, this is truly a drama for the ages.
With the Century Trilogy, Follett has guided readers through an entire era of history with a master’s touch. His unique ability to tell fascinating, brilliantly researched stories that captivate readers and keep them turning the pages is unparalleled. In this climactic and concluding saga, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.


The book and the entire trilogy series was a great read and I recommend the books.  The Edge of Eternity was over 1100 pages long, and at the end of the read, I was rationing my reading to make the experience last longer and that is a sure sign of a great book.