Wednesday, April 6, 2011


The local community volunteer organization that has devoted an extraordinary amount of energy to the development of the Rail Trail in Danvers is the Danvers BI-PEDS. Now with help of one of the most active clubs in town, the Kiwanis Club, has organized a trail cleanup day. That effort was first set for April Fools Day, but has now been set back one additional week until April 9, 2011. See the following announcement. The Rail Trail has generated substantial interest in town and is wonderful that the Kiwanis Club has offered their services to help with both clean up and beautification. Anyone else who wishes to help is certainly welcome that day,
Kate Day, Senior Planner for the town provided the following information. -
The Danvers Kiwanis is hosting a cleanup day for the Rail Trail as part of the group’s participation in their National Community Service Day on Saturday, April 9th. Coordinated by the Danvers Rail Trail Advisory Committee, the group will meet at 9 a.m. in the Hobart Street parking lot adjacent to the Rail Trail for instructions; work will continue until late morning. The Danvers Bi-Peds will provide refreshments and host a raffle as a thank you for Kiwanis volunteers. Bags will be supplied courtesy of the Kiwanis Club. Volunteers to kick off a trail beautification program, “Adopt-a-Planter”, will also plant several decorative barrels donated by Bill Clark with pansies. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and bring gloves. For more information about this and other Rail Trail volunteer opportunities, call Kate Day or Kristan Farr in the Planning Department at 777-0001 X 3029. NOTE: RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 2 DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST FOR APRIL 1.
The Northeast Harvest monthly newsletter in collaboration among several agricultural organization and counties of Essex and Middlesex and the issue prepared for April is now available and signup for this publication can be accomplished by contacting Elizabeth Rankin at
Essex Heritage Spring Meeting in Rockport on April 12, 2011 is free of charge and open to the Public. Please join us that morning for light refreshments and updates on the Heritage Byway that will terminate in Rockport, and to hear a report from Congressman John Tierney on legislation relative to the National Park Service that he is planning to file. For a reservation contact Emily Levin at

Facilities and Conditions for Handicap access will be an important issue for me in the future.
I noticed a news story a week or so ago, that certainly caught my attention. The story focused on the inability at least for the short term, of the City of Peabody to offer handicap access to residents who wish to attend public hearings. The lack of access is hopefully very short term, as an elevator in City Hall is waiting for some repairs to be completed. Handicap access around the region will be an issue that I intend to pay some attention to in the future. As you may know, I recently had a leg amputated, and at least for the short term am spending some time in a wheelchair. I have been fitted with an artificial leg, and it is my intention to become much more mobile in the future, but access for people with handicaps will be an issue for me long term. Much has been accomplished in this area in recent years and the State of Massachusetts has been a leader in this initiative but there will always be improvements needed in this area. I am certain that the City of Peabody is doing everything in their power to remedy this hopefully short -term problem.


On April 6, 2011, the Danvers Finance Committee will begin a series of public hearings to consider the annual Town budget and make appropriate recommendations to the May Town Meeting. I have served for a number of years on this panel, and have always enjoyed the process of evaluating the annual budget and making recommendations to make the process more efficient. Unfortunately, the experience will be a little different. A couple of weeks ago, after a three month stay in area hospitals, I had a leg amputation and the fitting of a new artificial limb, I was discharged in late March and I am now receiving therapeutic services in my home. As a result of that commitment, for the early portion of the hearings, I will not be able to attend the meetings in person. I will be reduced to viewing the hearings on community TV, and will have to address any concerns that I might have in advance of the hearings. I remain certain that before the complete schedule of hearings are complete that I will be able to attend some portion of the hearings in person. I remain confident that the leadership of the town has done its usual efficient and effective job of preparing the town budget, and the Finance Committee process will be accomplished with its usual efficiency.

Danvers Community Council Announces Award Winners for 2011.

The Danvers Community Council, that support numerous charitable endeavors, has announced that its annual award dinner will be held at the Danversport Yacht Club on April 13, 2011. Tickets for the event can be purchased now at the Danvers YMCA. The highlight of the evening will be the presentations of the Citizen of the Year Award to Ms. Myrna Fearer the recently retired Community Editor of the Danvers Herald. It seems most appropriate that Myrna would receive this award from an organization involved in charity work in the Town as over the years in her role at the newspaper she has made a special effort to successfully promote events in the Town that needed to raise money to support their efforts.

My wife and I will be in attendance at the dinner to congratulate Myrna for her work over the many years we have known her. Myrna was responsible for me becoming a columnist for the Community Newspapers several years ago. We are certain that the evening will be most memorable for her as it was for me, when I received the same award several years ago. Our participation this year will be even more enjoyable as one of the three young people who will also receive awards for their volunteerism will be our oldest grandson, Brendan Leonard who will graduate from St. John’s Prep next month, and will then attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall of 2011. Also receiving awards that evening will be Danvers High School seniors Katie Dollard and Anna Blaikie. Also that evening Mr. Daniel Mackey will receive a special plaque for his service to the Danvers Food Pantry,

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