Monday, August 24, 2009

Eastern Bank, City of Peabody Planner, Bike Path Opening, North Shore Vocational School Vote and Seeking Comments

Eastern Bank Provides Financial support to Peabody Little League

The West Peabody Little League organization received a nice financial gift from Eastern Bank to help out the families of the Peabody Little League as they headed for Williamsport. The unexpected costs associated with an unplanned trip to the World Series can be daunting, and I am certain that the support from the bank was much appreciated. Eastern Bank has long been recognized as one of the premier community supporters in this region, and they regularly come to the aid of not for profit groups of all kinds all over this region.

Thankfully Hurricane “Bill” took a More Westerly Course and Missed New England

We certainly received a substantial amount of advance notice of the arrival of “Hurricane Bill” from the local media over the last week or so, but thankfully it seemed to slip by New England without much impact. The Insurance Companies have been predicting that this area is due for a “Hurricane Hit” for several years now, and one always wonders when and if that might happen. Thankfully, Hurricane Bill was not the one to deal the region a blow, and we seemed to escape with not more than some high seas, and a little wind. Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket seemed for a while to be a possible target of this storm, but as the storm approached the area it thankfully took a slight westerly turn and seemed to pass us without major concerns. We received a little rain in Essex County, but no real damage.

City Planner Leaves Peabody

Jean Dellios, who has been the Municipal Planner for the City of Peabody for the last seven years, has left that post to take a similar position with the Town of Reading. During her tenure in Peabody, she has been a good friend of Essex Heritage and has accomplished a great deal for the city. Under her direction, bike paths have been built and opened, open space acquired, and just recently a new museum that celebrates the history of the leather industry in Peabody was opened. Prior to Jean’s service with the City of Peabody, she served in a similar position in the Town of Saugus. In that role we interacted with Jean as well, so the relationship with Essex Heritage goes back almost to our creation. We are truly sorry to see Jean leave Essex County, but we certainly wish her all the best in her new role in the Town of Reading.

New Bike and Recreation Trail to Open in Chelmsford

This past weekend, a portion of the twenty-five mile long Bruce Freeman Recreational Trail that will connect parts of Lowell, Chelmsford and Westford was dedicated and was declared ready for use. We are pleased to see new recreational trails opening all over the State, and those successes continue to encourage Essex Heritage as we work towards the building of the Border to Boston trail for Essex County. The leadership of the commission continues to work towards a solution that will bring our regional trail closer to reality. There are dozens of committed supporters of this effort across the region, and we will do all in our power to keep this initiative moving. The Commission has played a role in this initiative since its inception and will continue to focus our efforts on seeing the project through to an opening.

Important Vote Tonight at the Danvers Town Meeting

This evening, the Danvers Town Meeting will consider the merger of the North Shore Vocational Technical School, Essex Agricultural School, and the Peabody Vocational School. In addition to the merger, the need to fund this initiative will also be considered; I will attend the meeting as a member of the Danvers Finance Committee, and look forward to a positive disposition of this issue. The merger and the creation of a new vocational school facility in this region is critical and needs broad based support

Editorial Note: I am pleased to try to be a “reporter” regarding some of the activities in this region that positively affect the mission of Essex Heritage. Towards that end, I would welcome your comments about these presentations, and would also encourage you to contact me with questions, concerns or observations. I can be reached at Essex Heritage at or at Please consider providing your observations


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