Friday, September 16, 2011

essex Happenings September 16, 2011

Essex Heritage receives $275,000 Grant for Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Signage

Congressman Tierney and Senator Tarr Announce Grant to Benefit Regional Economy

September 2011 (Salem, MA) -- Congressman John F. Tierney and Senator Bruce Tarr announce that the Essex National Heritage Commission has received a $220,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration and $55,000 in matching funds from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for the installation of directional signs along the 85-mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. The comprehensive signage system will direct travelers to the byway from the region’s three principal arterial highways, and help guide visitors along the entire route.
The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway is a state-designated byway that traverses 13 communities on Boston’s North Shore from Lynn to Newburyport, including Lynn, Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem, Beverly, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, and Newburyport. The byway highlights the best of coastal New England – historic seaports, colonial era farms, the rocky shoreline, the Great Marsh and a wealth of significant architecture. In its leadership role as byway coordinator, Essex Heritage is working with community officials, business owners, and heritage site stewards to leverage the byway’s nationally significant heritage resources to generate economic and quality of life benefits for the entire region.“The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway connects neighboring coastal communities from Lynn to Newburyport, highlighting significant historical and cultural contributions and scenic beauty across the North Shore region. I am pleased that the Essex National Heritage Commission has been able to leverage state and federal funds to help improve the Byway. This will help further the byway’s ultimate goal of expanding the shared income opportunities of our region’s small businesses and local tourism industry,” said Congressman John Tierney.
“The communities located along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway are rich in history and culture, and the signage funded through this grant will help to promote the many hidden jewels and precious natural resources to be found along this 85-mile stretch to tourists and residents alike,” said Senator Bruce Tarr, who has supported the byway initiative since its inception. “The 13 cities and towns that comprise this byway have been working collectively to make this project a reality, and this same spirit of cooperation has extended to our state and federal governments, which are partnering in the funding of this exciting initiative.”
“We are thrilled with the support from Congressman Tierney and Senator Tarr, and the rest of our delegation, in our efforts to promote the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway,” said Annie C. Harris, Executive Director of the Essex National Heritage Commission. “The overall goal of the byway is to improve the region’s economy through coordinated marketing, heritage resources preservation, and infrastructure enhancements. With the ongoing support of our delegation, our sites, our Chambers of Commerce and local businesses the byway will continue to grow as a heritage resource with significant regional impact.”

Once in Awhile it Seems Appropriate to Provide Background Information on Essex Heritage

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) is the non-
profit management entity for Essex National Heritage Area, one of forty-nine heritage partnership parks of the National Park Service. Working in collaboration with the National Park Service, Essex Heritage promotes public/private partnerships and develops and implements programs that enhance, preserve and encourage regional awareness of the unique historic, cultural and natural resources found within the Area. For more information, visit the website at or call (978) 740- 0444.

International Festival Scheduled for Sunday in Peabody

Plans have now been finalized for Peabody’s Twenty-Eighth Annual International Festival to be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. in Peabody Square.
be routed around these areas throughout the day. Peabody Police Officers and Festival Volunteers will be at key locations in Peabody Square during There will be sixty-four (64) food and exhibit booths set up in the area of Peabody Square, featuring the food and art of Peabody’s many ethnic groups. There will also be continuous entertainment provided at two entertainment sites from 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m,.

At 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 18th, Lowell Street will be closed to traffic from Peabody Square to Lowell Street at Crowninshield Street. Chestnut Street will be closed from Lowell Street to Franklin Street. School and Sawyer Streets will both be closed to traffic. General traffic will the day to provide assistance, directions and answers to questions. The Courtesy Booth, located on Lowell Street across from Chestnut Street, will be staffed throughout the day with Festival Committee members and volunteers ready to assist the general public and to register invited guests
In case of rain, the Festival will be postponed until Sunday, September 25, 2011. Admission to the Festival is free of charge and the public is invited to attend.

A special ceremony will be held at the entertainment site located in Peabody Square at 2:30 p.m. It will feature words of welcome from Peabody Mayor Michael J. Bonfanti and International Festival Co-Chairs, Barry Osborne and Michael F. Zellen, and an introduction of the International Festival Committee Members and

Medical Leadership of Region Offers Observations at North Shore Chamber

Earlier this month, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce presented one of their well attended monthly breakfast forums and provided a wonderful cross section of North Shore Hospital officials who provided their thinking on the state of medicine in this region. I was unable to attend the session but from what I have learned about the session, the forum attendees received much current information about the state of the industry in this region. The panel included representatives from the recently announced merger partners at Lahey Clinic, Northeast Health Systems, the North Shore Medical Center and Boston Children’s North. The presenters all provided information on the rapidly increasing and escalating hospital costs and re-imbursement issues and how those matters effect costs. The presenters from Lahey Clinic and Northeast Health Systems provided background on their recently announced merger and how health care reform and rising costs helped move them towards that proposed merger.

Town of Ipswich to Consider Second Wind Turbine

It certainly seems clear that wind power will be a very important issue in this region over the near term. There are proposed turbines being considered in Salem and Swampscott and in a recent meeting in Ipswich, the erection of a second turbine was discussed at great length. Any decision on the second tower was delayed at least until land lease issues can be sorted out and some Ipswich residents wanted more information on the impact of turbine, before more time goes by to determine the impact on abutters to the current operation.

In any event, wind power will be a hotly debated issue in this region in the months ahead, and I will to my best to follow the various community debates and to keep you all posted as developments occur.

Local Peabody Attorney Named President Elect of Massachusetts Bar Association

Congratulations to Attorney Robert Holloway of MacLean, Holloway, Doherty. Ardiff & Morse PC of Peabody who has been designated as the President Elect of the Massachusetts Bar Association. During my many years in the banking world, it was widely acknowledged that Bob's reputation as a lawyer was at the absolutely highest level and that he was highly regarded by both his peers and his many clients. This designation comes as no surprise and is well deserved. At present time, I serve with Bob Holloway on the Board of the North Shore Elder Services and in that capacity, I find him to be a thoughtful and compassionate advocate for the elderly supported by the organization we jointly serve.

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