Thursday, January 31, 2013


Essex Heritage Events and Activities
Essex Heritage Spring Meeting
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Winnekenni Castle347 Kenoza Avenue, Haverhill, MA
8:00 AM: Continental Breakfast Reception8:30 - 10:00 AM: Business Meeting

Join us for a morning of engagement on Wednesday, April 10, from 8:00am -10:00am, at Winnekenni Castle! Participate in this free, valuable networking opportunity that will further connect you with the work of Essex Heritage and our partners.

We are now accepting applications for the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program! The 2013 grant recipients will be announced at the Annual Spring Meeting on April 10th at Winnekenni Castle

NOTE: For our friends and associates that are handicapped, I have checked and the location is accessible.

Please Join Us!
To RSVP to the Annual Spring Meeting  at 978-740-0444.

Essex Heritage Winter Membership Events

Dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, graphic design, printing equipment and printing craftsmanship, The Museum of Printing holds the most extensive collection of materials and machines east of the Mississippi River.  Explore the museum and experience the evolution of printing from Gutenberg's invention of movable type to your personal portable phone or tablet.  Advancements in printing and type technologies have been the predecessors to changes in civilizations. Industry expert and President of the Museum of Printing Frank Romano will share some of the strange typographic tales that he has collected in his travels around the world. 

Join us to learn the history of type that your teacher never taught you and the type designs that we see every day! Reserve online, or call Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444.

Please note: The exhibit space at the Museum of Printing is handicap accessible but the lecture space on the 2nd floor is accessible via stairs only.

For our members with handicaps please note the proviso above

Upcoming Additional Essex Heritage Events

Sunday, February 24, 2013 • 1:00 - 3:00pm  
Featured Partner Event Essex County Greenbelt Association Presents:Wildlife Tracking at the Arthur Ewell ReservationHaverhill Street, Rowley, MA 01969Click here for Driving Directions
Join wildlife-tracking expert Bob Metcalf and learn about the wildlife corridors or animal highways that exist all around us. Click here to learn more about this property.
Reservations required. This event is free, but please email or call Greenbelt at 978-768-7241 to register.

Essex Heritage Audit Committee Presentation
On the morning of January 22, 2013 the firm that audits the financial standing of The Essex Heritage Commission met with the standing Audit Committee under the Direction of Chairman John Meserve of The Merrimack Savings Bank and presented a most complete and satisfactory audit of the financial standing of the Commission.  Parent, Mac Laughlin and Nangle provided a report that was in order and congratulated the staff of Essex Heritage for their preparation and the work on the audit.   There was a brief update on a potential merger with another accounting firm of about the same size that will be most positive to the work provided. 

The committee unanimously approved the draft audit report for 2012 and Chairman Meserve will present the findings of the report to the Spring Annual Meeting of the Commission later in 2013.    The work of the Essex Heritage staff in this effort was lauded for their thoroughness.

Essex Heritage Partnerships

Visit to Newburyport for Shopping and Historic Excursions

The Town of Newburyport and the City of Salem, two Essex County communities, have a great deal in common   I have been aware for many year of the friendly rivalry between these two Essex County communities.  I want to relate to you about a visit to Newburyport and expand that to include the rivalries, but a visit to the Clipper City is a great experience.   That community is a sensational place to visit and spend some of your leisure time.   That location is a wonderful destination during Essex Heritage’s two Sails and Trails festival weekends held early in every fall.   Now I want to take you to many of the great attractions that make this location a great place to visit at any time during the year.  

This location doesn’t need a festival weekend or any other sponsor to make Newburyport a destination regardless of the time of the year.  All along the streets of this maritime city shoppers will find stores that abound with clothes and gift items.  The shopping along with the community’s maritime history is just two of the features that make the two communities comparable.   It seems that if you live or work in either of the two locations you firmly believe that the other location is better off.     In addition to all of the above facts, both communities are blessed with friendly servers and well prepared foods in their restaurants and something as a former banker that is important to me, both cities are blessed with community banks that are well capitalized and are managed by generous community oriented bankers.

Maritime history is a valuable asset to any community on the water and Newburyport has a classic example of a museum that does a wonderful job of highlighting its history.   A visit to the Newburyport Maritime Museum is an absolute must when one plans a visit to the City. 

Designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument and U.S. Treasury Building, the Custom House that houses the Museum was built in 1835 to facilitate growing overseas trade and tax collection of imported goods on the waterfront. The vaulted ceilings and cantilevered staircases are classic hallmarks of Mills’s work.

As Newburyport declined as a commercial seaport, the Custom House took on a number of new roles, from manufacturing site for heels of women’s shoes, to storage area of submarine parts (a function that left significant cracks in our marble floor). The Newburyport Maritime Society was founded to restore the building to its nineteenth-century appearance.

Now the Custom House is an extraordinary maritime museum, educational center, a research facility and a meeting place for people seeking a unique venue for professional or social gatherings.   There may not be a more entertaining and informative museum anywhere in the County.   The exhibits and the tour directors are excellent and provide substantial information.

The city is noted for its maritime history, but that is certainly not all there is to view and learn from in the Clipper City.  There are old cemeteries, churches, ship captain homes to visit and wonderful natural resources including a classic rail trail to savor.   Enjoy all the community has to offer and you will never be disappointed after a visit to the Clipper City.
Regional Events

A Golf Tournament Sponsored by Danvers Historical Society Announced, and it is never too Early to Make Golf Plans

The Danvers Historical Society has reserved Monday Sept. 16, 8:30 shot gun start at Black Swan C.C. Georgetown for our golf tournament.  This price is the same as 2 years ago $125 includes golf, cart, luncheon, contests and fun, fun, fun!!  Please spread the word, we need at least 50 players, 60 would be better.


The Andover Preservation Commission is in the process of gathering information on preservation projects in that community that night be worthy of an award to be presented on May 28. 2013.  Award nominations are due in the Town Managers office by March 1, 2013.  There are definite criteria connected with the awards and if you need more information about the criteria or what needs to be included in the submission contact the Manager’s office in Andover.


The two communities of West Newbury and Newburyport have agreed on a trail to share an animal control officer until the end of June 2013. It is hoped that the trail might become permanent at that time.   Essex Heritage is very much in favor of these kinds of consolidation as a way to save valuable resources and to continue efficient services.


Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday celebrated in numerous locations including a touching tribute in Washington D.C. on the occasion of the inauguration for the second term of the 44th President of the United States Barrack Obama who made special efforts to honor Rev. King on his holiday.  The President took the oath of office with his hand a Dr. King bible.   As a note, the year was the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington led by Dr. King.    There were numerous references to the work of Dr. King during the inauguration.  In addition to the King bible, the president also used a 150 year old Lincoln bible in the oath taking.  Locally, there were several events that paid tribute to the work of Dr. King, but none more fitting than the one held in Danvers where awards were given to people who have played an important role in the work of combating discrimination.   I want to designate credit to the Salem News and Reporter Ethan Foreman for excerpts of his report that follows.  All of the award winners are most deserving and we applaud all of them.

Town of Danvers Holds Annual Martin Luther King Awards Event to honor a varied list of winners.

DANVERS — The owners of New Brothers Deli in Danvers Square, the former senior pastor at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, the initiators of Challenger Baseball in town, a religious studies teacher at St. John’s Prep and the organizer of the North Shore Pride Parade in Salem are all recipients of this year’s Drum Major for Justice Awards.

The individuals were honored at the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner at the Danversport Yacht Club on Monday, Jan. 21, an event hosted by the Danvers Committee for Diversity. The event recognizes those with a commitment to social justice and aims to build a scholarship for those high school graduates who follow King’s example.

Those being honored with Drum Major for Justice Awards were
Kyriakos “Kary” Andrinopoulos; his wife, Patricia Andrinopoulos; her sister Gloria Kougianos; and Kougianos’ husband, Theodore Kougianos, the co-owners of New Brothers Restaurant and Deli who led an economic resurgence in Danvers Square and who are deeply involved in the community.

Karen Devaney, Tammie King and David Gotts, Danvers residents who brought the Little League initiative of Challenger Baseball to town several years ago. The program allows kids with physical or other challenges to play ball.
Gary “Gigi” Gill, who worked with Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and others to start the first North Shore Pride Parade was noted.. Gill hosts Over the Rainbow dinners each month. The dinners allow senior gay and lesbians on the North Shore to enjoy food and fellowship.

Sean McDaniel, a religious studies teacher at St. John’s Prep, an advocate for the LGBTQ youth community at the school and on the North Shore, and one of the few “out” faculty and staff on campus. He’s a co-moderator of the school’s gay straight alliance.
The Rev. Susan Morrison, the former senior pastor at Holy Trinity United Methodist from 2005 to 2010, who advocated for rights and privileges of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons who were marginalized by the United Methodist denomination. The churches she served at became fully inclusive.

The awards are given each year in the name of King, the slain African-American civil rights leader whose sermon on Feb. 4, 1968, called “The Drum Major Instinct,” was given two months before he was assassinated. It carried a famous quote from King, who talked about the desire to draw attention to oneself as both instinctual and problematic: “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice, say that I was a drum major for peace, I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”


Information on Regional Seniors Event
Respite Retreat for Family Caregivers
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center
660 Great Pond Road
North Andover, MA 01845

Market Research Project to be undertaken by NSES
As have been discussed during recent board meetings, NSES will be proceeding with market research to determine the viability of developing a “village” concept  line of business. The goals for this research are, to solicit opinions about the value of such an endeavor, to identify the specific program components that would be most important to the older adults and their family members on the North Shore, and to get the word out that NSES is considering this concept.

The research will include a mail survey, three focus groups, and targeted one-on-one interviews.  Focus groups and interviews will include a combination of prospective members themselves and their “influencers” including professionals (physicians, attorneys, estate/financial planners, clergy, etc.) and adult children.

It would be very helpful if you could each recommend three individuals whom would be interested in taking part in either the focus groups or interviews.  You can also volunteer yourself.  If any of you wanted to participate,  you can sign up to assist.  Please also let us know if any reader of this report have access to an organization that might be willing to distribute the survey to their membership, either via email or through a newsletter.  We hope to recruit as diverse a group as possible and will be offering small incentives for participation in interviews or focus groups.  You can forward your suggestions directly to Judy Trerotola who is conducting the market research (  You can also provide them to Eileen Lubas at The Longevity Connection [ / (978) 539-8254].

Thank you for your interest in and support for this promising potential line of business for North Shore Elder Services and The Longevity Connection.

To All Members of the Prep Community:

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, January 22, we will introduce a new design for the Prep website. The new look is a "responsive" design that responds, or scales in size, to display equally well on desktops, tablets (in particular, the iPad), and smart phones. Responsive design is a new but growing trend, and we are excited to be on the leading edge of secondary schools to go in this direction.

We are making the move in conjunction with the start of the 1:1 Student iPad Program in September. For students and teachers, the responsive design will make it easier to access resources, create content, and collaborate on the iPad. For parents and alumni, the responsive design recognizes that more and more of you use tablets and smartphones when you visit the Prep online. Here are a few things to note about the new design:
                    The site structure remains the same, with password protected Portals, as well as sections called About Us, Admission, Academics, School Life, Athletics, Alumni and Giving. This means that you will find information in the same places you always have.
                    Perhaps most important to know: the MyPrep login button is now at the top right-hand side of every page. Log in as usual; your username and password are the same.
                    Shortcuts to the calendar, faculty/staff directory and the bookstore also appear at the top right-hand side of every page.
                    The font size is designed to be readable on devices both large and small.
                    Spacing on calendar pages is bigger to make it easy to open individual events with the touch of a finger.
                    Layouts in the password protected portals will remain the same for now. As we gain experience with the responsive design, we will introduce changes to the portals to improve their accessibility to iPad users. 
We expect the transition to the new design to be smooth, but there may be instances where a link is broken or a page doesn't display properly. If that happens to you, please contact Beth Forbes at so that we can fix the problem.

We hope you will find the new design easy to use and responsive to your needs in every way.

Best regards,

Christopher Butler
Director of Information Services

Beth Forbes
Director of Communications


The first of these fundraising efforts will offer an ALL STAR wicked funny Comedy Tour featuring some of the funniest local comedians on April 27.2003.

The second of these events will be a presentation by two talented performers and impersonators that will present a two person show that will feature exceptional portrayals of two revered entertainers, Barbara Streisand and Frank Sinatra  to be he held on October 12, 2003

Both of these presentations will be offered at one of the premier entertainment centers in all of New England, The North Shore Music Theater.   We are pleased to help In promoting these two events at such a special location.   We are pleased that these important North Shore Institutions are both valuable members of the Essex Heritage Corporate Membership Program.   I also want to note that as a season ticket holder, the Theater is completely accessible to people with disabilities and handicapped seating in premium   locations are available.  Ticket orders are available now at North Shore Elder Services.  Contact them at the following address to order tickets  

Rhonda Gauthier
Director of Communications and Development
North Shore Elder Services
152 Sylvan Street
Danvers, MA 01923
“Live your life and forget your age.”


Dr. Wayne Burton to Retire
Dr. Wayne Burton, the President of North Shore Community College to retire this July after a thirteen year term as the head of the College.  I have been privileged to work with Dr. Burton both at the Community College where he had a substantial impact and at Salem State College where he served as the Dean of the Business School moving to his present post.   A couple of years ago, Essex Heritage named Wayne a Heritage Hero, and his leadership will be dramatically missed in this region. Wayne has been a good friend of Essex Heritage, me personally and we wish him well in the future.


When a team goes as far in the playoffs as the Patriots did, a loss like last Sunday evening is a real ‘crash and burn’ and that loss qualified for that category.

I may be a perfect example of a New England Sports fan and even though I still have a strong allegiance to our local professional football Team, it is critical to “move on.” After a bitter loss to Baltimore, I have a great deal of hope that the team will be back next year and will be stronger and more competitive after this year of experience. But life goes on, and as a local sports fan we jump from team to team, and we give thanks for the two wins and no losses start of the local Hockey team.

I know that is very early in the game for a gaming license, but the Liberty Mall in Danvers seems to be not a good choice for a gaming location.   I believe that the services that would need to provide and the potential damage to teenagers that frequent that location, plus the traffic congestion caused make this potentially a poor location.   I know that there is still more to learn about the application and I will withhold any final conclusion until all the facts have been disclosed.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Essex Happenings...January 25, 2013



Sunday, January 27, 2013 • 1:00 - 3:00pm   
Featured Partner Event Essex County Greenbelt Association Presents:Snowshoe/Hike the Warren-Weld WoodlandApple Street, Conomo Drive, Essex, MA 01929

Grab your gear and join Greenbelt and Manchester Essex Conservation Trust for an invigorating afternoon snowshoe excursion! Please be prepared, we will travel over moderately challenging terrain! Click here to learn more about this property!

Reservations required. This event is free, but please email or call Greenbelt at 978-768-7241 to register.

Saturday, February 2, 2013
10:00am - 11:30am  

The Museum of Printing800 Massachusetts AvenueNorth Andover, MA 01845

Discover strange stories, legends and tales of type! Dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, graphic design, printing equipment and printing craftsmanship, The Museum of Printing holds the most extensive collection of materials and machines east of the Mississippi River.  Explore the museum and experience the evolution of printing from Gutenberg’s invention of movable type to your personal portable phone or tablet; advancements in printing and type technologies have been the predecessors to changes in civilizations. Industry expert and President of the Museum of Printing Frank Romano will share some of the strange typographic tales that he has collected in his travels around the world.  Join us to learn the history of type that your teacher never taught you and the type designs that we see every day.  Please note: The exhibit space at the Museum of Printing is handicap accessible but the lecture space on the 2nd floor is accessible via stairs only.

Reservations required. Essex Heritage & Museum of Printing Members $10; Non-Members $15 Please register online or call Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444 with questions or to confirm space is still available before sending checks to: Essex National Heritage Commission, 221 Essex Street, Suite 41 Salem, MA 01970.

Sunday, February 24, 2013 • 1:00 - 3:00pm 
Featured Partner Event Essex County Greenbelt Association Presents:Wildlife Tracking at the Arthur Ewell ReservationHaverhill Street, Rowley, MA 01969
Join wildlife-tracking expert Bob Metcalf and learn about the wildlife corridors or animal highways that exist all around us.

Reservations required. This event is free, but please email or call Greenbelt at 978-768-7241 to register.

Sunday, March 24, 2013 • 1:00 - 3:00pm     
Featured Partner Event Essex County Greenbelt Association Presents:Signs of Rebirth at the Willowdale MeadowMeeting Point TBD

Look for signs of the natural world’s rebirth as you tour the trails within Greenbelt’s Willowdale Meadow, Bradley Palmer State Park, and the Willowdale Mill Reservation.

Reservations required. This event is free, but please email or call Greenbelt at 978-768-7241 to register.

Regional News

Salem Partnership Monthly Meeting
On January 15, 2013 at the Salem Five Bank Community Room the Salem Partnership held its January 2013 Monthly Meeting.   The Salem Partnership has a special place in the History and the workings of Essex Heritage, as Essex Heritage was founded and created by the leadership of the Salem Partnership.

The Salem Partnership Education Initiative
Should Salem Schools have an Extended Day? 
Salem Schools are in the second year of its "Turnaround." What's happening?
Information on this and other ways to improve Salem Public Schools was presented on Thursday, January 24, 2012 at the Collins Middle School

with Co-Founders of The National Center on Time and Learning, Chris Gabrieli & Jennifer Davis

"SALEM PUBLIC SCHOOLS TURNAROUND UPDATE"  with Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Superintendent of Schools Stephen Russell                                     .     

Educational research strongly supports the connection between additional time in school and the improved performance of student achievement. Chris Gabrieli, one of the nation's leading thinkers in education, has been at the forefront of the movement to rethink the school calendar. Chris co-authored a book with Warren Goldstein entitled "Time to Learn How a New School Schedule is Making Kids Smarter, Happier Parents and Safe Neighborhoods." Jennifer Davis has an extensive academic background and has held positions on federal, state and local levels focused on improving educational opportunities for children across the U.S. Both Chris and Jennifer advise state and district leaders on models for expanding school time in order to significantly improve student achievement and prepare students for success in college and the workforce. They were at the Collins Middle School and shared their successes and expertise with the Salem community.

In addition, Mayor Driscoll and Superintendent Russell provided an update on the second year of the "Turnaround" - a focus on teaching and learning, use of data, a new volunteer initiative, greater cultural expectations, and more.

Danvers Bi-Peds. 
This volunteer organization helps to manage the focus and operation of the Danvers Rail Trail.  They have worked with several local organizations and Essex Heritage has provided some funding to make the process more effective.  One of the primary Essex Heritage objectives has been the development of the various abandoned rail trails in this region through cohesive linked recreational assets for the region through the creation of the Border to Boston trail running from the New Hampshire Border to the capital City of the region.  The Danvers Trial expects to be a
segment of this regional trail.   The Bi-PEDS produces a monthly Newsletter and portions of that letter have been reproduced here as follows.

January 12., 2013, 1:30 - Fourth Annual Chocolate Walk sponsored by the Danvers Bi-Peds. Ski or walk depending on the snow cover the northern portion of the Danvers Rail Trail from Wenham St. to the Swamp Walk . Meet at the Putnuamville School, 224 Locust St. Finish up with hot chocolate and chocolate treats. All, including leashed dogs, are welcome.  For more information, call (978) 777-4661 or go to

January 14, 2013, 7:00 -Danvers Bi-Peds regular monthly meeting, Carriage House at Endicott Park, 57 Forest St.-  All are welcome to attend and be a part of planning monthly walks, activities and efforts to make Danvers a safer place to bike and walk for all ages.  New ideas are always appreciated.

Parade of Trees Winner - The fourth annual Parade of Trees was deemed a success for the Danvers Historical Society and the Its My Heart organization.  There were 25 trees and wreaths donated by businesses, organizations, and individuals. For those who were lucky winners of trees, it was definitely a success.  The Bi-Peds tree was won my Robert and Nancie Tomaselli.  The tree was decorated with memberships to area organizations that promote exploring the great outdoors.  It also had a couple nature theme ornaments and birdseed bell donated by Bi-Peds members Lew and Marge Hathaway.  The tree made of pine cones by Ingrid Barry won the ‘Most Unique’ award.

Bi-Peds membership secretary Larry Tormey was the lucky winner of the tree donated by the Rail Trail Advisory Committee and Ingrid Barry won the Essex County Horticultural Organization tree. 
Santa Seen Strolling Along the Trail - December 15th found a group of adults and children strolling along the southern portion of the rail trail with Santa Claus.  Everyone, especially the children, seemed happy to see him.  Dan Curtis was no where to be found (unless he was hiding behind a certain beard!)

Rail Trail Bunny - Many things can be found along the rail trail from lost keys to left behind poop bags but occasionally more unusual things are found.  Some months ago Linda Matthews found a domestic bunny that appeared to have been left behind by someone.  She took it home and has been trying to find a permanent home for it ever since.  She is taking very good care of it but does not want to be a bunny owner.  It is a grey and black Lion head rabbit.  If you would like a cute little bunny please call (978) 774-4828.

Food Pantry Thank You - The Bi-Peds received a note from the Danvers Food Pantry thanking them for the $60 donation made possible by the generosity of folks who participated in the Bi-Peds November Turkey Hunt walk. 

 For Updates, News, and How You Can Donate to the Danvers Rail Trail, be sure to visit

Wind Power Plays a major Role in Gloucester

Wind has played a major role in the development of The City of Gloucester for many centuries as the fishing community used strong and frequent wind power to move the ships that brought the seaport to prominence as a fishing capital of this country.  Now through the leadership of the city’s mayor and its council, the City is once again becoming a leader using wind power to move the City once again. The City is clearly the most prominent municipality in the region when it comes to the development of alternative power sources.  The community has erected three wind turbines within the city and the new technology has once again harnessed the winds that blow across Cape Ann to produce renewable energy for the use of the City.   We will continue to watch this new technology and report on the benefits of the decisions made by the leadership of this famous port city and how the new sources of energy will be used to benefit the community and the region.

Sound Tests Planned for Salem
Continuing the wind turbine theme, The City of Salem is planning sound tests early this year on their turbine program planned for Winter Island.  Other than the second test the City has no other plans or public meetings scheduled to allow for residential comment on this project in early 2013.    Their remains local neighborhood opposition to his project that will be addressed at some time before the project goes forward.

Regional Dispatch and Communications Center Progressing in Middleton.
The regional emergency call center being built at the county jail property serving several local communities, including  the communities of Amesbury, Beverly. Essex, Middleton, Topsfield, Hamilton and Wenham is progressing and is expected to open in the Summer of 2013.   Several Other local communities have considered joining this regional effort and at this time have decided to continue to handle its emergency telephone calls locally.   I am certain that the value and the success of this regional effort will be monitored carefully by other local communities in the region not involved in the shared effort to see if there is a value in participation.

Town Census Underway in Danvers
The Town Clerk and the Town of Danvers are in the process of completing an annual census in the Town.  Residents that want to preserve voting, housing and veteran rights should complete the form that is being mailed late in January and return same to the Town Clerk.

City of Haverhill to Offer Skating
Like a number of other communities in the region, the City of Haverhill has prepared a small skating facility on the softball field at the rear of Haverhill Stadium   The rink will open at 2::00 pm and will conclude under the lights at 8:00 pm.  There will be no skates provided so skaters will have to provide their own equipment.   The facility will handle about twenty skaters and hay bales have been provided to accommodate viewing.

Mayor Lantina to Face Opponent in Lawrence
The present Mayor of Lawrence, in addition to a number of issues that focuses on his capacity as chief executive of that community, may also be facing an election bid from the same candidate that ran against him  for Mayor in the last election

Weather Permitting-Snowshoe Race in Peabody set for February
On February 10th, weather permitting the Peabody Recreation Committee is planning a five Kilometer snowshoe race at Brooksby Farms.   If my memory is correct a similar event was planned in the winter of 2012 and was cancelled due to a dramatic lack of snow and there is a very real possibility that the 2013 event may meet the same fate.

Mayor and school committee in Newburyport discuss time off
The Mayor of Newburyport and the School Committee have held discussions about a half-day policy when there are no formal classes for that community.  The mayor wanted to eliminate three of the scheduled ten days in the school schedule.  The discussions have been discontinued as the Teacher’s Union were strongly  against the Mayor’s initiative

City of Beverly Prepares for the money Raised by the Preservation Act
In last November’s election the city of Beverly enacted the Preservation Act where additional revenue from Real Estate will be collected for the benefit of preservation, affordable housing and recreational purposes.    A Community Preservation group is in the process of organization and the twelve person committee that will create the local program is being selected.   Mayor Scanlon has named three people to serve and the committee that organized the effort to create the action will name three members and the City Council will choose three members to serve.   If there are residents of the community who wish to serve, notify the City Council in writing.

Golden Anniversary of St; Richard’s Church in Danvers Program
Work on the planning of the year-long celebration to observe to founding of the Danvers Forest Street Church in 1962 is underway.   On this past Sunday the broad and energetic planning committee met to hear the current plans of the anniversary celebration.   My wife Marge and I are involved in the process as we have agreed to serve as the Honorary Chairpersons of the celebration.     I do not want to produce a voluminous report on this effort as the group responsible for publicity has produced several articles in local newspapers and has produced a “Flyer” of activities at the church each week and will distribute that material at all of the public services. But in the event that a reader of this work needs a reminder, I will continue to report on planned activities over the next several weeks.
•          January 13, 2013 Opening Event-including celebration of baptisms performed in 1962 and a celebratory mass and breakfast
•          January 14, 2013- information provided on a Mediterranean cruise scheduled for later in the year.
•          February 9, 2013   Family Italian Dinner
•          February 10, 2013 Marriage Celebration Mass
•          March 9, 2013 St. Patrick’s Dinner and Celtic Performance

Medical, Senior and Disability Matters
Face the Facts USA is a nonpartisan information resource from the Center for Innovative Media at The George Washington University.   Daily, it publishes selected interesting and pertinent facts regarding a particular topic.

Here are a few “fact pages” that have recently been published that I thought may be of interest to you.  Click on the associated URL.

Hospital Costs Over the Past Ten Years

Impact of Increased Longevity on Medicare

If you would like a free subscription to receive Face the Facts in a daily email, send an email to:


People in the News
Town Manager Michael Lombard’s three year contract with the Town of Hamilton expires in April 2013, and the board of Selectmen of the Town will hold a number of executive session meetings to determine if they want to offer him a second contract.

Wheeler named CEO of Beverly Coop Bank

Michael Wheeler of the Beverly Cooperative Bank has been named CEO, as well as President.  I have served with Mike on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club and at the Salem Rotary Club, and have found him to be most capable and thoughtful.   We wish him well.

Personal Observations

NHL Lock Out Over
After a very contentious period of negotiations the Lock Out instituted by the Owners of the National Hockey Franchises is over and in the next week or so a brief training camps will take place.   A 48 game abbreviated schedule will begin by January 19th.   The shortened schedule of games all to be played within the conference. This will eliminate substantial travel and the fact that the Boston Team has a retuning veteran roster should be a big advantage for the Bruins.   This new arrangement seems to benefit the owners rather than the players and it appears to me that we could have had a settlement much earlier than finally accomplished.   However, all of that said, I am most pleased that hockey at the professional level is back and look forward to an energetic sprint to the playoffs for all teams who will be contesting for the Stanley Cup.

National Football League Playoffs
The Wildcard Weekend and round two of playoff games are over and there were several surprises.  The Seattle team won in the first game and almost won again in round two and the favored Green Bay Packers were also eliminated by San Francisco.   

The Patriots played a rematch with Houston and the results were about the same, after a couple on anxious moments, as five  weeks ago.  There is now no chance that fans will witness the expected classic match up in the AFC Championship between two old foes, arguably two of the best Quarterbacks of all time-Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning.   This meeting will not take place as Manning was beaten by a stellar performance of the Baltimore Ravens that will now make their way to Foxboro next week to compete for the AFC Championship.  The NFL final Four are now set, as Atlanta will take on the 49’s and the Patriots will face the Ravens.

President Obama Announces two new Members of his National Security Team
The President will have to do some strong convincing if he hopes to have his nominees for Secretary of Defense and the Head of the Central Intelligence Agency approved. Former Republican Senator Hagel and a new Intelligence advisor as well as issues connected with gun control will be a battle for the President.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Essex Happenings...January 11, 2013

Essex Heritage Events and Activities

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are key to the preservation, protection and enhancement of the nationally significant heritage resources of Essex County. Make a difference and support our community if any of you have specific needs contact us. If you need volunteers, please email us with news of your volunteer activities and we will help spread the word!

Essex Heritage Membership Program
Join Our Cause. Become an Essex Heritage Member!
There is little doubt that your support is most important to us.   Your membership can be just as  valuable to you as it is to us.   Becoming a member opens doors for you not usually open to residents of Essex County.  Consider becoming a member as a New Year’s gift to yourself.   You will be pleased all year long with that decision.

Your support matters!The Essex National Heritage Commission Membership program offers unique opportunities to explore this Heritage Area. Members are the first to hear about exciting events, receive discounts to attend these events and receive the quarterly invitation highlighting them. In turn, supporting Essex Heritage through our membership program means you embrace and champion our mission to preserve, promote and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. Our power comes from the power of our supporters – people like you who commit to protecting our region and our resources. We can't do it without you! Thank you!

Questions? For more information, phone Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444.

Thank you to our Corporate Members Essex Heritage is grateful for the generous support of our Corporate Members!Corporate Members enjoy unique visibility opportunities and privileges. Visit our Business Partnership Opportunities and Corporate Sponsors page to find out more.

I have several requests for corporate memberships pending with companies and organizations in this region. We will keep all of you up to date on any new additions, as we certainly hope that you will offer your support to those businesses that support the Essex Heritage mission to preserve, protect and promote the HISTORIC, CULTURAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES OF ESSEX COUNTY.

It never hurts to provide information to you from our website at .   Very much like the area that we serve, our website noted above is a wonderful  place to explore.   Make a visit to the site and take some time to explore the treasure trove of great information provided, but there is a bit of data that I have excerpted about the region we serve as we have is printed  below:

Essex National Heritage Commission
Welcome to the Essex National Heritage Area, where past is present. Designated in 1996 by the U.S. Congress, the Essex National Heritage Area covers the 500 square miles of Eastern Massachusetts that lies north of Boston. It's not one location, but thousands of historical sites. Not a mile-long beach, but miles and miles of intact landscapes and glistening coastal areas. Not one story and tradition, but lifetimes of rich experiences that chronicle the history of our region and our nation.

As you explore our historic cities and towns and natural areas, you will hear the stories of the people and the land, historic seaports and New England town commons; industrial mills and pristine beaches; renowned museums and wildlife refuges; working farms and inviting natural trails - from the North Shore to the Merrimack River Valley, the stories of the Essex National Heritage Area are your stories. It's where beaches sing, mills hum, and your heritage whispers.
The ENHA is part of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas (ANHA). The Alliance of National Heritage Areas is a collaboration of the 49 congressionally designated heritage areas that represent stories of nationally significant and distinct aspects of America's heritage. For more information about the ANHA, please visit .

Regional Events

Volunteer Opportunities from Danvers Council on Aging
Happy New Year!!As the New Year begins I would like to focus on outreach for our seniors who are homebound. I am looking for a pool of people who would be interested in going to visit seniors, possibly do some errands, or maybe even just a weekly phone call. The winter can be very isolating for those with mobility issues and a friendly face is very much welcomed and appreciated.

On the same note if you know any seniors who would like a friendly visitor please let me know and I will keep them on the list until we find the right visitor. Thank you for checking on any neighbors who may be alone especially in the coming winter months.  We want to make sure everyone is safe and warm.
Become a Hospice Volunteer- Hospice Services of Massachusetts is looking for caring individuals that will volunteer to provide supportive care to hospice patients in our area. Training will be provided. Please contact Jo-Ann Richard @ 508-558-6545 or by email @ Thank YouCathy Andre-Volunteer Coordinator

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has suspended senior centers from hosting Senior Charlie Card sign-ups.  The Danvers Council on Aging will no longer be able to assist individuals with getting a Charlie Card. You may call the MBTA directly at 1-800-392-6100 to be instructed on how to obtain a new Charlie Card.

YWCA in Lawrence Receives Grant
The YWCA of Greater Lawrence has been awarded a Verizon Foundation Grant in the amount of $10,000 to provide education and training on domestic violence for first responders.   The event this has been scheduled for January at the YWCA facility.  The event is offered in partnership with Lawrence General Hospital and Greater Lawrence Family Health Center.  Topics to be covered in the seminal include teen dating concerns.   For more information on the seminars visit   This is a most valuable presentation as the support offered is beneficial to the residents of this community.

Salem News Continues to Offer Former Editor Nelson Benton’s Observations
It is still interesting to read the weekly observations of former Salem News Editorial Page Editor Nelson Benton.  Even in retirement, Nelson stays in touch with the happenings in the region and his weekly published column is still most entertaining.

North Shore Chamber
North Shore Chamber of Commerce presented its annual Medical Leaders Breakfast on this past week. Robert Norton and Dr. Howard Grant presented important information on the Affordable Health Act and how it will impact individuals, companies and their hospitals.  In the past, I have always attended this presentation and always found it to be one of the Chamber’s most informative sessions.  More information on the presentation follows:

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce Executive Breakfast Forum was held on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:15am and featured  a talk by Robert Norton, North Shore Medical Center and Dr. Howard Grant, Lahey Clinic on the impact of the Affordable Care Act and what lies ahead for North Shore Medical Center and Lahey Clinic for 2013. Taxes on Americans are set to increase in 2013 due to the Affordable Care Act. President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, putting in place comprehensive reforms in March of 2010. 

The new law contains tax provisions that are already in effect and more that will be implemented during the next several years, starting in January 2013.

Town of Topsfield to Open Food Pantry
The Town of Topsfield’s newest addition for Town residents is now open.  The new pantry will be open this month and residents that qualify can pick up food on the first and third Sunday’s of each month.   This is another addition to these kinds of resources around the region that are so critical.   There are locations open to residents of the communities like Danvers, Beverly, Salem, Ipswich, Gloucester and Newburyport and other Essex County locations that provide such services.  

From first hand experience, I can attest that all of these locations have needs for food products and your generosity directed to any of these local resources will be greatly appreciated.   After the Holiday season and a surge in donations, the New Year will bring a new need all over the region.  Please consider making a donation of food, cash or other resources.


City of Peabody Opens New Park
The City of Peabody has opened a new park in a location that once housed an abandoned leather factory.   The new park named East End Veterans Memorial Park is located on Walnut Street and will formally be opened with a ribbon cutting in the spring of 2013.   There will be substantial green space and a walking path.

Town of Danvers Modifies Winter Parking Rules
The Town of Danvers, like many others in the region, is modifying its winter parking rules.  In the future on street parking for more than one hour will only be in force when the DPW advises residents of an impending storm forecast for that evening.   This temporary program appears to be fairer as there are parts of this community where off street parking is scarce and parking when there is no advance warning of a forecast storm seems appropriate.   The Town will test this process to see how it works.
Where I reside is within the community of Danvers, but the roads in that complex are private rather than public, but we as an association have adopted much the same rules except our notification will come from management but will likely mirror the notices from the Town DPW.    Our ban helps with snow removal, but as a subsidiary benefit it is a safety factor as cars moved from the traveled ways allows for easier access by the fire department, ambulances and other emergency vehicles.

Five Dozen Guns Turned in at Haverhill
The City of Haverhill recently offered a gun “turn in” day for residents who had guns and ammunition that had in some cases been left to them.  Over four-dozen guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were turned in and destroyed.   This was a most successful event and provided a great service to City residents who both wanted to get rid of unwanted guns and wanted the safety of the city in the disposal process.

Town of Ipswich Library to Offer E-Readers
The Town of Ipswich Library has purchased several electronic readers with the help of the Friends of the Ipswich Library.  The Town will provide both kindles and Nooks, and downloads of both fiction and non-fiction titles are available.   There is little question that many readers who in the past only read paper books have now converted to this new method of electronic reading, which is the case with this reader.

City of Salem Opens Electric Car Charging Stations
In a clear move to be more in tune with technology and the emergence of electric powered automobiles, the City of Salem has installed eight charging stations in the two city garages.   Stations have been added in the Museum Place Garage and South Harbor Garage.   These are places where people who live or work in Salem park and leave their cars.   The stations will offer charges from one to six hours, and for the first year there will be no charge for the service. This is a continuing effort by the City of Salem to encourage the growth and development of electric car technology.

Town of Wenham Seeking Memorial Donations
The Committee to build a War Memorial on the “car barn “ lot on the corner of Arbor and Main Streets have announced they still seeking $75,000 to complete the memorial that will bear the names on the granite memorial of all veterans who entered the service from Wenham in all conflicts to date.   The Committee has already raised over $120,000 for the project and space will be saved on the memorial for future Wenham residents who enter the service   Donations that are tax deductible can be made to the Veterans War Memorial Committee and mail all donations to the Town

Medical, Seniors and Disability Matters
News From North Shore Elder Services
North Shore Elder Service is sponsoring My Life, My Health, a six-week series of evidenced-based workshops designed to empower individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, and anxiety to manage symptoms, improve quality of life, maintain independence and take charge of their lives.

The sessions will be held on six consecutive Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. starting January 23, 2013, in Longevity Connection Education Center at North Shore Elder Services, 152 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA.   There is no fee, but donations are gratefully accepted.  For more information, contact Janice Wyner, 978 539-8254, - Please share this information. Paul J. Lanzikos Executive Director North Shore Elder Services 152 Sylvan Street Danvers, MA 01923-3568 978/624-2245 978/624-2244 (TTY)
North Shore Elder Services Serving Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody, Salem

Life. Made Easier.
Wicked Funny Comedy Tour
Starring America’s Got Talent Finalist Tom Cotter          
Saturday, April 27, 2013  8:00 p.m.            
North Shore Music Theatre

Adaptive Sports this winter for people with Disabilities Abound
I have recently received a newsletter from the Spaulding Adaptive sports group who are offering skiing and rock wall climbing.   The skiing is scheduled through January and the Rock Climbing programs are scheduled on Cape Cod, Boston and on the North Shore at the YMCA in Marblehead.  For more information on any of the Spaulding program contact Mary Pastore at   I have had the good fortune of participating with Spaulding on bike-riding and a golf program in the summer and endorse the work they accomplish with the disabled.  

No report on programs for the disabled would be complete without a comment on a program offered by Cornell O & P in Beverly.   That program, managed most effectively Ms. Posie Mansfield is also offering a skiing trip.  She can be accessed at posie_m@verizon and the work done by that group with the support of Cornell O & P   is also extraordinary.   I am pleased to be a participant in the COPPA group activities and they have presented monthly programs all designed to make life with a disability easier.   They have recently led me to Gordon College where in 2013 I hope to take advantage of their superb gymnasium for folks with disabilities

People in the News

The Schelns
Thanks to Herbert and Jan Scheln who have pledged $100,000 to the Beverly Children’s Learning Center   They did this gift locally rather than to make contributions to a large national group.     As a supporter of many strong local organizations, we all thank them for their generosity.

Local High School Coaches Attain Milestone Wins
St. John’s Prep Wrestling Coach Many Costa and the City of Peabody Girls Basketball coach Jane Heil have both achieved their 500th win in their respective sports the last couple of weeks.  Congratulations to both as it an important milestone in a coaching career

Skarmeas Named by Hospice of the North Shore
Lyn Skarmeas of Danvers has been named the Vice President of Business Development at Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston.   Prior to her employment with the Danvers non-profit care service she worked in the Massachusetts Non Profit home care and Hospice field for the last 18years.    Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston has done a spectacular job of taking care of the terminally ill of this region at the time of their death and Ms. Skarmeas will be charged with developing all forms of business development and will communicate with the community to enhance awareness of the Hospice mission.     Ms. Skarmeas lives in Danvers with her Husband Attorney Arthur who currently serves as Chairman of the Danvers School Committee.  I have known the family and Lyn for many years, and feel confident that she will continue to the good work of that local organization

Personal Observations

New England Patriots and the upcoming NFL Playoffs
The Indianapolis Colts had a most emotional win for their coach recently who is recovering from a season long bout with Leukemia and was back on the field last week after a long absence.   The win over the Houston Texans who after losing three of the last five games gave up the first place seed.  The Houston franchise  will now have to play on Wildcard Weekend next week.  The beneficiary of their generosity was the New England Patriots who with an impassive shut out win over the Miami team on a cold blustery day in Foxboro receives a week off.    This will provide many Patriot players the chance to rest and recuperate from season long injuries.  Their next opponent will be determined next week but it will come from series of three teams and decided on wins and losses on “Wildcard Weekend.  The 2012 season ended for the Patriots with twelve wins for the third consecutive season and in an excellent position for the playoffs.   

National Hockey League Lock Out
The final date when an agreement can be worked out between the owners and the players is coming up about as fast as the fiscal cliff came before us.   The 2013 season, if even offered, will present about a four-dozen game schedule. If there is any chance of that plan being offered, the first couple of weeks of the new-year represents the “drop dead” date for the settlement of the present disagreement.   The owners have presented an upgraded offer to the players late last year and there appears to be some hope of a possible settlement.  Now if we can get the Celtics past being a 500 team, and the Red Sox can complete some reasonable trades, we will have something to look forward to besides the Patriots.

Employment and housing numbers show Improvement
Even with the negative numbers that have shown up in the Christmas shopping numbers, the area has experienced positive up ticks in both employment and housing values.   The employment improvements are in the Education and the Medical Services area.  Housing prices showed the biggest improvement in over one year.  This is good news, and now since the two factions in the US Congress found a way to compromise, the economic outlook in the region might be improved and that would be good for the local economy,

Use of Electronics
I believe that I mentioned this change in communications last year at this time, but whatever I saw last year has dramatically increased from a year ago.   I have received an incredible number of holiday greetings and requests from local non-profit organizations for support in my electronic mailbox.  It is clear that more and more local organizations are using both e-mail and other social media to deliver messages.  It is no wonder that the US Post Office is experiencing lower volume and profits.