Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Essex Heritage to Host Informational Event
In the early evening on September 14, 2011, ENHC will host a social and informational seminar at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem. The event that will focus on thanking current corporate supporters will also provide information to any other corporate entities in the region who might have an inclination to offer support to this regional effort that has an impact on the economic viability of the region. The event will be hosted by the energetic Essex Heritage Development Committee who along with current corporate supporters will be in attendance to answer questions and to outline the participation in regional initiatives that have an impact on the quality of life in this region. For more information about the event or to make a reservation to attend contact Deb Payson at www.essexheritage.org.
Marblehead Looks to Restore Historic Cemeteries

The Town of Marblehead was recently awarded an $11,000 matching grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission to help fund a project to help restore headstones in the historic Old Burial Ground, the Town Owned Cemetery. Much of the matching funds needed have been provided through a series of private donations. The project will focus on the restoration of some of the oldest and most fragile stones. This is a most important project and our local cemeteries are some of our most treasured historical resources in the region, and certainly require attention to be preserved for future generations.

Lyceum Restaurant in Salem to Close.

It was truly sad news to hear that one of my favorite restaurant owners, George Harrington will be closing the Lyceum Restaurant in Salem at the end of July and will be moving to a new phase of his career. The Lyceum was one of the very first projects undertaken in Salem when redevelopment of the city became the watchword. Salem Five provided the initial funding to the original owners, and over the years we have spent many pleasant evenings in that establishment. We understand that the restaurant will reopen soon under new ownership that may include George’s expertise in a limited capacity, and that will be a plus for the new restaurant.

Northeast Health System to merge with Lahey Clinic

Ending months of speculation about potential partners, the board of Northeast Health System, the operator of Beverly Hospital, has voted to merge with Lahey Clinic under a new parent organization. The new merged hospital will offer 675 beds, 110 Doctors and 10,000 total employees to this region, and will provide another alternative the Partners Health Care facilities in the area.

The new parent organization will establish a board including an equal number of representatives selected from the Northeast board and Lahey Clinic Foundation board. Additional board members, unaffiliated with neither organization, will be selected from the community. The new organization will be called the Lahey Health System, and will be led by Dr Howard Grant, the current president and CEO of Lahey Clinic

“Lahey Clinic and Northeast Health will make a great health care team,” Grant said in a statement. “This is a historic moment – two superb organizations aligning to create an even stronger integrated health care delivery system. Together, we will provide greater value to patients by enhancing the scope and quality of services that can be delivered to patients in their own communities.”

In January, Northeast announced it would seek out various potential partnerships to set up a new integrated system of care that would serve a larger population at a lower cost. As recently as last month, Northeast officials reportedly said they would delay a merger decision until September.

Northeast executives said they evaluated proposals from four different health care organizations before determining that an affiliation with Lahey Clinic provided the best opportunity for NHS to create an exceptional health care delivery system of high-quality, cost-efficient, community-based care in northeastern Massachusetts; one that is capable of managing patient care in accordance with changing community needs and new payment and health care delivery systems.”

Northeast Health Systems includes Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Bay Ridge Hospital, Beverly Hospital at Danvers, Northeast Medical Practice, Northeast Behavioral Health and Northeast Senior Health.

Lahey executives said the regulatory process governing the merger could take several months and that public forums are planned to explain the partnership to patients

Photo Safari featuring Canon
Saturday, July 30th
at Historic New England’s Phillips House
34 Chestnut Street Salem, MA 01970 (map it)
Register · 8 AM – 12 PM
Register · 1 PM – 5 PM *PM session just added!

Don’t miss your chance to attend a Photo Safari this summer! Essex Heritage and Hunt’s Photo and Video will present the last Photo Safari of the summer with Canon at Historic New England’s Phillips House, in the heart of Salem’s McIntire Historic District. With a state-of-the-art digital camera in hand, photographers at all levels can expand their skills, try the latest camera equipment from Canon, provided by Hunt’s Photo and Video, and receive personal instruction from professional photographer Barbara Ellison and Hunt’s technical experts. Join us as we photograph the gardens at the Phillips House and capture the distinctive architecture of historic Salem! 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 thanks Destination Salem for providing additional sponsorship support for this photo safari.

Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

The following organizational and marketing information is provided as in the next several weeks collaborative initiatives will be undertaken regionally to begin to promote this important Essex Heritage managed program that will have substantial impact on many communities, businesses and organizations in the region.

The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway is a partnership initiative of the Essex National Heritage Commission, the congressionally designated manager of the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County).

The byway's 13 communities and numerous stakeholders are working together to leverage its heritage and human resources to generate economic and quality of life benefits for the region.
Please contact Bill Steelman at (978) 740-0444 or bills@essexheritage.org with any questions or comments about the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway and how you might participate.

NFL Lock out Settlement and US debt Ceiling Discussions dominates the News

I am not certain which of the two issues noted above is the most dominate issue in the recent news reports. As a long time football fan, we are pleased that, the owners and the players have come together and completed an agreement and professional football can begin again soon. As far as the debt ceiling issue, it is the more critical discussion and we can only hope that before the clock runs out the leadership in Washington can agree on a solution and come together to avoid some level of financial disruption that could effect all of our financial affairs..

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