Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Essex HAPPENINGS MAY 31, 2011

First of the Essex Heritage Photo Safari’s scheduled for 6/4/11

Photo Safari featuring Olympus
Saturday, June 4, 7:00AM - 12:00PM
at Crane Beach & Castle Hill
299 Argilla Road Ipswich, MA 01938(map it)

With a state-of-the-art digital camera in hand, photographers at all levels can expand their skills, try the latest camera gear from Olympus, provided by Hunt's Photo & Video, and receive personal instruction from visiting professional photographers and Hunt's technical experts as we photograph this stunning historic estate with mesmerizing views of the shoreline and landscapes of sand dunes and salt marsh. All participants will take home the images they captured on a digital memory card and receive a gift certificate from Hunt's.

Ready to embark? Register Here! Tickets for the Safaris are available for purchase by credit card online. To pay by cash or check, call Essex Heritage at (978) 740-0444. For more information about the Photo Safari program, click here.
Essex Heritage relies on your participation and active engagement to fulfill our mission, support our partners and encourage stewardship of our treasured resources. Essex Heritage's Photo Safari program and Photo Contest costs are generously underwritten by Hunt's Photo & Video.

Gene Murray Dance Studio in Salem to Close

As we report today on numerous recreational activities, I thought I would report on the closing of a cultural institution in Salem. After 36 years teaching ballet, tap and ballroom dancing for both children and adults, the Gene Murray Dance studio on Essex Street in Salem next to the Peabody-Essex Museum will close its doors for good at the end of next month. Gene was a classmate of my wife Marge at Salem High School and we would see Gene from time to time at those reunions. He is a most entertaining person with a colorful personality, and he will be missed in the arts community of greater Salem.

Salem Ferry Delays the Start of its Commuter Season by Two Weeks

The Salem Ferry has been forced to hold off the start of the season for their daily ferry service between Salem and Boston until the middle of June. The rain in May caused a delay on the work to complete the parking lot at the Blamey Street Terminal to be delayed and it is not ready at this time to receive automobiles. This service is very important to the region, as the ferry brings many visitors to Salem every day, and they bring their tourist spending habits with them.

Danvers Swamp Walk Construction Questioned

Over the last several days the much praised Danvers Swamp Walk has been the subject of some public concern regarding its design and the possible inability of access by certain handicapped groups. I have in the past been a supporter and most complimentary of the efforts of a group of dedicated volunteers in Danvers that have come together to create this new recreational asset in Danvers. I remain most positive about their efforts, but as a person who recently became handicapped with the loss of a leg, the recent concerns raised about the access to the site by the handicapped have made me much more aware of those concerns. I recently received a message along with others in the community from the team that has created the Swamp walk project. The tone of that message certainly appears to me that they have considered the potential shortcomings of the project relative to the handicapped. They have pledged to take action to both review the current project and to consider the handicapped issue as they move forward with future construction on this project. They have also pledged that they will review the current conditions of the offensive portions of the project to see how corrective actions can be taken to improve the project so that all will have access and can enjoy the vista that have been opened to the public. I certainly consider myself an advocate for persons who do not always have adequate access to public places and will continue to monitor this project, but for now, I will take the Swamp Walk team at their word, as they noted in their recent communication that they will review their current and future construction at the site. They also indicated that they would make reasonable accommodations for the disabled. We will monitor the changes that they indicated would be made, but we should also give them some time to see if they will be true to their words.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem Announces Youth of the Year Winner

Andy Pena, Boys & Girls Club’s 2011 Youth of the Year

SALEM, MA (May 24, 2011) - The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem announces that Andy Pena, a Salem High School junior, is its 2011 Youth of the Year. Alberto Madera and Jonathan Morel, a senior and a junior at Salem High School respectively, are this year’s runners-up.

Established in 1947, the Youth of the Year award is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for promoting: service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals, poise and public speaking ability. Candidates for this recognition may range in age from 14 to 18. Club winners then participate in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 and is installed by the President of the United States.

All three of Salem’s Youth of the Year candidates play for the Club’s 18-and-under traveling basketball team (which won the regional Boys & Girls Club 18-and-under championship). They have volunteered by cooking and serving meals at the Salem Mission, act as volunteers and mentors for the younger children at the Boys & Girls Club. Each candidate credits the Club for keeping him out of trouble and focused towards a bright future.

While at the Boys & Girls Club, Pena, the 2011 Youth of the Year also participates in Toastmasters International, Teen Cooking, a personal finance program coordinated by Salem Five Bank and an educational enrichment program at the Peabody Essex Museum. “This [Boys & Girls] Club has not just changed me but it changed my perspective…to do things in life to become a successful person.” For this reason, Pena considers the Boys & Girls Club his second home.

Joanne Scott, Executive Director, states, “Our Youth of the Year Program, like all Boys & Girls Club programs, encourages youth to gain the skills, confidence and poise necessary to become productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the Year or about the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, please call Christopher Coleman at 978-744-0915 or e-mail him at ccoleman@bgcgs.org.

North Shore Elder Services as part of the …. At Your Side Program will offer a Free seminar early next month

Please be aware that North Shore Elder Services will be providing an important free seminar for elders and family members to learn “the art of polite persistence and get understandable answers at medical appointments”. The session will be held on June 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at North Shore Elder Services office. At 152 Sylvan Street, Danvers. The seminar is free but reservations at 978-750-4540 X227 or at www.ayyoursude@nselders.org are required.

This free seminar is funded by a grant from Danversbank Charitable Foundation.


We certainly hope that the holiday weekend was pleasant for all of you and that you enjoyed a family event or a community celebration that might have honored the memory of the many who have sacrificed their life to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy. We attended the parade in Danvers and it was a treat to see a large contingent of veterans being honored on this important holiday The weather certainly cooperated as we went straight to summer at just the perfect time.

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