Marblehead Chamber to Honor Not For Profit
At the 57th Annual meeting of the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce, on October 13, 2009 at the Landing in Marblehead the Marblehead Museum and Historical Society will be honored as the Non Profit Organization of the Year. The Museum is located at 170 Washington Street in the heart of Marblehead’s Historical District that includes over 200 privately owned colonial homes the helps preserve the qualities of this new England fishing port and harbor. The Museum preserves and interprets the local and national importance of Marblehead and its inhabitants through programs and artifacts that span five centuries. The Marblehead Museum and Historical Society is a wonderful partner in the work undertaken by Essex Heritage and we offer our congratulations on the award and the recognition they will be receiving,
Topsfield to Open Trail
It is certainly not too early to make plans to attend the opening of the Topsfield Linear Common Trail on Saturday, October 17, 2009. The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. That reception and presentation will be followed by a short walk to the head of the trail where a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place. This event is the culmination of years of planning and advocacy and the opening. of the 1/3 of a mile soft surface, multi-use tail will link the Village Center with a school, recreational facilities and local business. Essex Heritage is very pleased to have a played a part in both the planning and the funding for this project. Funding for the project came from grants from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Essex National Heritage Commission Partnership Grant Program. Planning and permitting is now underway for the next phase of this project that will take users to Route 1 across for the Topsfield Fair. Ultimately the 3.5 mile trail in Topsfield will connect with the contiguous communities of Wenham and Boxford and will be a part of the 28-mile Border to Boston Trail connecting Salisbury with Danvers. Essex Heritage has provided continuing leadership and support to this important regional coalition that is helping to develop this initiative.
Governor Deval Patrick Visits Salem
This morning the Governor of the Commonwealth, Deval Patrick paid a visit to Salem, to participate in two events. He was a presenter at the Massachusetts Development Work Force Board’s quarterly meeting held at the Salem Five Bank’s Community Room, and he used the trip to Salem to make a second announcement. He released additional information at a public appearance at the Salem MBTA station that funding to build a new six-story 750 to 900 car parking garage at that busy station is now in place. The City of Salem has been seeking funds for many years for a parking garage and railroad train waiting area to serve the hundreds of commuters who use the Salem station to travel to and from Boston. Salem’s location as the county seat and the headquarters for the current court system also draws many travelers from north of the city each day. In addition, the city’s reputation as a tourist destination draws hundreds of people each month that come to explore the city’s attractions all through the year. . The Salem Partnership a private-public partnership that has been advocating and fostering positive development in Salem for two decades has long had the creation of more parking facilities at the MBTA station in Salem as a primary objective. The current construction of a new Superior Court House in Salem that is under construction at the present time is certainly an added impetus for the addition of more parking for that part of the city. The current railroad station has no enclosed waiting area for the trains that service the City and points north, and the platforms where commuters wait for trains has long been thought of as one of the coldest stops on the MBTA system. It is anticipated that an effort to build a public-private partnership to help get a mixed use facility on the site will be a part of any plan.
Essex Heritage Scenic Byways Meetings Continue
There is just one more public meeting scheduled in the first round of meetings to outline the parameters of the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway that will run from Lynn in the South to Rockport at the northern end of the county. The meetings to date have been well received by all of the interests that have been invited to participate, and many good ideas have been offered and some plans slightly altered to take advantage of community input. It is anticipated that the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway will serve as a catalyst to more economic development in the region, and at the same time take advantage of local knowledge to be certain that any increased traffic is properly managed and provides a positive impact to the participating communities. Essex Heritage is pleased to be playing a leadership role in this initiative that will be most important to the coastal communities in the region.
North Shore community College Foundation Annual Meeting
This evening, as a member of the Essex Community College Foundation Board of Directors I will attend the annual meeting of that group in Saugus. The board will gather to hear from College President Dr. Wayne Burton, who will outline plans for the coming year, and to hear and audit corporate reports on the financial health of the Foundation. The Foundation Board exists to assist in fundraising efforts for the college that is only partially funded with public funds. In these difficult economic times, enrollments at the college have dramatically increased and the need for funding for the school and the many students it serves has never been greater.
As always, your questions, comments and observations about the work of Essex Heritage in encouraged. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Tom Leonard