Monday, March 12, 2012

Essex Happening 3.12.12

Interesting Information Regarding Alzheimer’s Research Provided by North Shore Elder Services
ALZHEIMER'S PLAN ON THE TABLE - The Obama administration on Wednesday released a first-of-its-kind roadmap to eradicate Alzheimer's disease by 2025. It comes just weeks after President Barack Obama pledged more than $156 million in federal funding to the cause, and a year after he made it a national priority. The draft plan builds upon "ongoing research and clinical inquiry" to delay and ultimately minimize the symptoms of the disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans. It clears a path for accelerated public and private research and hinges on a partnership between a number of different agencies such as the FDA and the NIH. The Pro story: The plan:
... ALZHEIMER'S ADVOCATES WELCOME THE GOAL, WANT MORE SPECIFICS - In a statement, the Alzheimer's Association urged "the Administration to specify the level of commitment and investment that will be needed to meet the goal to prevent and effectively treat the disease by 2025." And George Vradenburg, chairman of USAgainstAlzheimer's and a member of a panel advising the policy, said that the 2025 goal was an key step but that the plan "provides no path to providing significantly greater resources, contains no provisions focused on accelerating advanced research and does not hold a single high-level office or individual accountable for the overall plan." The plan is now open for public comment.
Paul J. Lanzikos 
Executive Director 
North Shore Elder Services 
152 Sylvan Street 
Danvers, MA 01923-3568 
978/624-2244 (TTY)
North Shore Elder Services 
Serving Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody, Salem
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Life is Short: Wear Your Party Pants – A One Woman Show with Loretta LaRoche
May 6, 2012
North Shore Music Theater, Beverly, MA
Order tickets: 978 232 7200 /

Expectations for the Local Florida American League East Baseball Entry Sky High
The newspapers here in the Tampa area and many of the residents in the region are filled with a feeling of optimism for the 2012 baseball season at a level that I have not seen in the years we have visited this part of the country. There are slogans that call for the RAYS to be one of the final two teams standing. When one looks at the pitching staff that has been assembled for 2012, it certainly seems that the optimism is warranted. The RAYS moved their Spring Training camp a couple of years ago to the Port Charlotte area in the hopes of attracting more fans to their regular season games and the day we attended Rays Fan Fest to get a look at Tropicana Field, the crowds in attendance were large and lines to purchase season tickets were long.
A local columnist in the Tampa Bay Times dubbed training camp in a recent column as Camp Armed and Dangerous. He went on to note that ‘there are so many pitchers that they travel in packs. They are everywhere. There are tall pitchers, short pitchers, right handed and lefties with production and pitchers with potential.”
It does appear from the numbers presented that optimism is not without real expectation. One of the headlines noted that they have excess arms. Those of us that have followed the Boston entry, know that from time to time our expectations have fallen apart in many seasons when too much pitching in the Spring turns into not enough arms when the dog days of Summer arrives. So we shall see if the optimism being expressed in February and March in the Tampa Bay area can result in those high expectations being realized in the fall.
Local Communities Begin to Consider the Budget Process for 2012
Budget deliberations in 2012 across the region with ever increasing demands for support and ever decreasing resources will be difficult in many communities in the region. The process in Danvers, where I am pleased to serve on the Finance Committee, is officially underway a couple of days ago when I received the first preliminary schedule of meetings. In the event that any of you wish to attend some of the deliberations the schedule of dates and budget issues to be considered follows. The process will culminate with the annul Town Meeting scheduled this year for May 21, 2012.
7:00 PM
Thursday, April 5, 2012 – Daniel J. Toomey Hearing Room
Selectmen; Moderator
Finance Committee Reserve Fund
Town Counsel

Human Resources / Benefits

Department Heads
Planning and Human Services

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 – Daniel J. Toomey Hearing Room
Public Works

Thursday, April 12, 2012 – Daniel J. Toomey Hearing Room
Administrative Services; Debt
Town Manager
Management and Informational Services

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – Daniel J. Toomey Hearing Room
School Department; Vocational School

Thursday, April 26, 2012 – Daniel J. Toomey Hearing Room
Code Administration
Police Department
Fire Department

Monday, April 30, 2012 – Great Room Senior Center
Warrant Articles

Thursday, May 3, 2012 – Daniel J. Toomey Hearing Room (After Selectmen’s Meeting)
Warrant Articles

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 – Daniel J. Toomey Hearing Room Warrant Articles

Thursday, May 10, 2012 – Daniel J. Toomey Hearing Room

Monday, May 21, 2012
Annual Town Meeting

Dinner with Friends in Florida
I hope that you will allow me one personal note about my stay in Florida. Along with our friends the Sullivan’s we have been wintering at the same resort in the St. Pete’s Beach area for eight years and over that time we have established a number of friendships. The project is a 174 unit condominium project called Land’s End, along Florida’s gulf coast. As you know, last winter I spent the winter in south Salem at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital rather than in the south at Land’s End. Bob and Eleanor Sullivan sent the video that I made for Spaulding to a couple of the friends we had made at this destination. The video found its way around the complex and when we arrived this year many were most pleased to see Marge and I back again. This winter we had many lengthy conversations about my accident and how a simple scrape on the leg could cause so much of a problem. One gentleman named Don Gerber, who is a mortician from St. Louis. MO paid particular attention to my plight and after cutting his leg in the fall of 2011 and remembering my difficulty made three trips to the hospital to have the cut checked. This winter every time I entered or left the pool in my wheelchair, there was Don to open the pool gate to make my entrance or egress that much easier. I also had a number of pleasant conversations with him about the accident and subsequent rehabilitation progress. On Friday evening 2/24 we were invited to dinner as their guests along with the Sullivan’s and Don and his wife Gretchen. The evening was most pleasant and we appreciated their generosity and their friendship.
One last Notice on the Salem Rotary Auction

AUCTION, AUCTION, AUCTION...... PLEASE SEE INFORMATION BELOW ABOUT THE AUCTION. $75.00 pp or $475.00 table of 8. Includes 2 drink tickets and wine at dinner. The Annual Salem Rotary Auction will take place Friday March 16TH at 6:00 PM at The Hawthorne Hotel. The theme will be Saint Patrick's Day. There will an opportunity to tell a joke during dinner if you pay a $20 fine into a 50:50 pot. There will be a wine table. Please plan to bring a good bottle of wine for the wine table. Please recruit businesses to advertise in our program book and procure incredible items for bidding!!! Each member of Rotary is expected to provide an item for bidding. All items must be brought with donor form to John Walsh Insurance before March 9.

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