Thursday, June 9, 2011


Salem Rotary Meeting

Today, I Attended my first weekly Salem Rotary meeting since being released from the hospital, and was pleased to find that the speaker was the new Education Director for the local NPS unit in Salem and Saugus. Maryann Zujewski, told us of a couple of new elementary school focused programs that deal with the sea. The NPS has organized a program that brings 4th graders on to both the Friendship and an actual sail on the Fame. This is a free program and this year three of the Salem elementary school 3rd grades will be able to take advantage of the program. The program was enhanced by a tom Leonard educational grant from Essex Heritage that will cover the transportation costs of getting the children to the Salem site. She also provided an overview of a second program that will allow some former Boys and Girls Club councelors who for this summer were hired as seasonal rangers to sail to New York City on the Frienship and participate in a seminar in that city with other youths. The education activities offered by the National Park Service are done in conjunction with the administration and staff at Essex Heritage. We are most proud of that association and we work hard to enhance programs offered together

Next Essex Heritage Photo Safari Scheduled

Photo Safari featuring Tamron
Saturday, June 18, 7:00AM - 12:00PM
at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
244 Central Street, Saugus, MA 01906 (map it)

Join Essex Heritage and Hunt's Photo and Video for the second Photo Safari of the Season with Tamron at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site! Photographers at all levels can expand their skills, try the latest camera equipment from Tamron, provided by Hunt's Photo & Video, and receive personal instruction from professional photographer Ken Hubbard and Hunt's technical experts as we photograph this remarkable historic site that laid the foundation for America's iron and steel industry. 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.

Town of Danvers to Offer Bonds to Complete High School Project

During the next couple of weeks the administration of the town of Danvers will meet with two bond rating agencies in advance of seeking long term funding on a bond to complete the building of the nearly $71 million high school renovation and expansion project due to be completed in 2013. Up to this point, the project has been funded with short term funding for the project that started in November 2010. The $30 million in bond funding that the Town will seek to complete this project will be the largest in that community’s history. The review process by the bond rating services will determine the rate of interest that the bonds will bear, and that cost will impact the costs of borrowing by the Town. As a member of the Town’s Finance Committee, I am reasonably certain that the rating agencies will find the Town’s finances in good order and borrowing costs will be most reasonable for the Town. The current bond rating maintained by the Town of Danvers is just below the highest offered by the bond rating agencies and is more than justified by the manner in which the town is managed. The school project is the largest ever undertaken by the Town, and financial support at 57% of the total cost of the project will be funded from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

Salem to Offer Artist’s Row Project Again

Once again in 2011, for the eighth year, the city of Salem will present its Artists Row program during the summer season at the Salem Marketplace location in the downtown between New Derby and Front Streets. The program that is supported by City funding will provide a wide variety of local artists and craft people the opportunity to work, exhibit and sell their wares in rent free space. In exchange for the space, many of the artists present workshops and performances during the time the project is in operation. Salem’s Artist’s Row is open every Thursday, Friday and Sundays, and will remain in operation until October and is open evenings until 6.00 pm most days.

Beverly Council Race Gains Another Candidate

The local race for the City council in Beverly just became a little more interesting, as Salem’s Mayor Driscoll’s Chief of Staff Jason Silva is considering joining that race. If he completes his nomination efforts and turns in his papers he will join four other candidates in the race, and will make the race that much more competitive

City of Peabody Chooses Firm to Craft a plan to Rehab Downtown

The City has contracted with Green International Affiliates to provide services to construct plans for the Main Street Corridor Realignment Project. The planning process is a $1,5 million initiative to change the design of Main Street in the City center to make changes to improve safety, traffic flow and cosmetic changes that will improve that important stretch of roadway in this region. The final plans will include safer pedestrian crossing procedures, planters and turning lanes to improve traffic flow. These changes when completed will certainly improve the section of Main Street from the Square to Holley Street, and will make it safer section of the city to traverse and will improve the flow of traffic through that very busy section of the City of Peabody.

Music by the Water in Lynn

For the third year in a row, Lynn’s World Folk Festival will be offered at Lynn Heritage State Park in Lynn on the Lynnway. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2011 and the entertainment will be offered from noon until 8;00 that evening. The event has been organized by the Friends of Heritage State Park. The friends group is non -profit organization committed to creating programs that will bring attention to the facility that opens the waterfront to Lynn residents. The Festival on June 11th is free and will include musical groups from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds including Khmer dancers, Haitian and Caribbean bands. in addition, ethnic foods will be sold. For more information contact David Gass AT 781-595-8701, or at Lynn’s Heritage State Park is a hidden gem along Lynn’s Little used waster front. Several years ago, Essex Heritage with the cooperation of the neighboring North Shore Community College brought the National park Service’s replica sailing ship Friendship to the park for a multiple day visit, and we were most gratified by the crowds that visited the park and the ship. We all hope that the music by the Sea and the Festival will bring a large number of residents and visitors to the site. On a warm summer day, there can be No nicer spot to enjoy a day of music and cultural and ethnic experiences with a view of the ocean and the soft summer breezes than the Lynn Heritage State Park in Lynn. The site is a wonderful asset in that community, and we encourage more people to discover the location and all that it has to offer.

Town Manager Rees of North Andover Submits Resignation.

After a decade of serving the Town of North Andover, as Town Manager, Mark Rees has submitted his resignation in order to accept the position of City Manager of the City of Portland, Maine, That appointment by the Portland City Council is due to be confirmed this week. During the ten years that Mark Rees served the North Andover community, Essex Heritage enjoyed many positive interactions with him in his administrative capacity. His services will certainly be missed by the residents of North Andover and the region That community’s loss will certainly be matched by the gain that will be experienced by our northern neighbors largest city. The City of Portland has experienced a wonderful revival during the past decade, and the new City Manager will have a wonderful opportunity to continue the progress of that large Maine city. We will follow the process of replacing Rees in North Andover and will report on that process as it develops. We offer our best wishes to Mark Rees and wish him all the best as he takes on this new challenge in his professional life.

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