The annual Essex Heritage Hero event is still over a half a year away, but plans for the 2010 event have already begun, and we are confidant that the 2010 will be bigger and better than the previous two events. The first two events held in 2008 and 2009 were special events and the two gentlemen who were honored were wonderful choices. Jim McAlister, the regional historian and ultimate storyteller and Thomas P. Costin Jr. Jr, the consummate collaborative organizer were incredibly worthy recipients and the evenings to honor them were both critical successes for the award winners, the organizers and the attendees.
North Shore Community College Ground Breaking
Late last week the North Shore Community College executives along with a group of Commonwealth officials broke ground for a “ground breaking technological facility” on the Danvers campus. Over the next year and a half construction will continue so that as classes open in September of 2011 the building will be ready for student use. This new facility will be a wonderful addition to the Danvers campus as the building will be developed so that when complete it will be one of the first sites built on an educational facility in the Commonwealth that will be environmentally friendly. The new building will be three floors high, and will contain almost 60,000 sq ft of space that will be able to accommodate five general academic instruction and general student spaces. Over the next several decades thousands of North Shore students will receive instruction in health care related programs at this wonderful new addition. When completed this facility will be a most important resource for the entire region and will be particularly important to the numerous hospitals and other medical facilities.