Friday, January 4, 2013

Essex Happenings...January 4, 2013


I am most thankful that I am still able to serve a number of not-for-profit Organizations in Danvers and Salem.  I want to offer a special New Years Greeting to all connected with Essex Heritage, The Salem Partnership, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, North Shore Elder Services, The Danvers Historical Society and the Danvers Council on Aging, and the St Richard’s Parish Council

Essex Heritage Events and Activities

Very important information about the general need for volunteerism and the need for people

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! 

Celebrate the Region with Heritage Gifts!

Give the Gift of Membership!

Join us in celebrating the Heritage Area - give the gift of membership or make plans to attend one (or many) of Essex Heritage's upcoming events with friends and family! When you give the gift of membership, you'll be giving the opportunity to discover special places and experiences throughout the year. It's also another great way to extend your own support of our work to champion the historic, cultural and natural resources so vital to our region's quality of life. Learn more about membership.

The information provided above can be a great holiday gift and the following events outlined below are an excellent example of the offerings you can be attend,

Essex Heritage Membership Events
Make Trails & Sails Last All Year Long! As a member of the Essex National Heritage Commission there are many opportunities to connect to resources in this region. In September Trails & Sails offers hundreds of opportunities to explore the region, but membership makes the fun last all year long. Your connections to place foster stewardship enriching both your life and ensuring the longevity of the natural, historic and cultural treasures here in Essex County, MA. Enjoy Essex Heritage as well as featured partner events. Both offer special Essex Heritage membership rates to attend, just let them know you are a member! Join us and experience the best of the region throughout the year!

Upcoming Essex Heritage Events

Thursday, January 17, 2013
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Old Ipswich Rum Tour & Tasting

Turkey Shore Distilleries23 Hayward Street, Unit 8, Ipswich, MA 01938 (map it)
Learn how rum was made 175 years ago, then have a drink with history!  Enjoy an evening reconnecting to a significant part of New England's past, and taste a line of hand-crafted, local rums at Turkey Shore Distilleries. Turkey Shore Distilleries was formed in 2010 in the historic coastal town of Ipswich by two childhood friends and locals, Mat Perry and Evan Parker. Using table-grade sweet molasses and a custom-built 250-gallon copper pot still, Old Ipswich Rum is a true American product destined to awaken the New England spirit in all of us. Please note: Must be 21 or older to sample the spirits. Children must be accompanied by parents.
Reservations required.Essex Heritage Members $17; Non-Members $24Please register online or call Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            978-740-0444      end_of_the_skype_highlighting 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, 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 01929Click here for Driving Directions
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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            978-768-7241      end_of_the_skype_highlighting to register.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
10:00am - 11:30am

Strange Typographic Tales

The Museum of Printing800 Massachusetts AvenueNorth Andover, MA 01845 (map it)
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 $15Please register online or call Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            978-740-0444      end_of_the_skype_highlighting 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. Click here to learn more about this property and getdirections.
Reservations required. This event is free, but please email or call Greenbelt at 978-768-7241 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            978-768-7241      end_of_the_skype_highlighting 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. Click here to learn more about this property and getdirections.
Reservations required. This event is free, but please email or call Greenbelt at 978-768-7241 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            978-768-7241      end_of_the_skype_highlighting to register.

Regional Matters
Steel frame on New Regional Technical in Danvers “Top Off “Recently
The new facility structured through an aggressive agreement between a number of local school systems has reached a stage where the exterior frame is complete.  The work on this project has progressed on schedule and during the winter season interior construction can now get underway in the near term.   I have noted before in this space that a great deal of credit for the ongoing success of this project should be given to Danvers Town Manager Wayne Marquis, and the ongoing progress on this project is a testament to the great planning orchestrated by Marquis and the agreement of the involved communities.

Marblehead and Salem to Receive Parks and Recreation Grants
Two local communities, Salem and Marblehead have been awarded grants for recreational projects in their communities.   Both local communities have received funding along with East Boston, Chelsea, Lynn and Somerville.  Salem will use their funds to rehabilitate their football and track facility at Bertram field including adding an artificial football field.   Marblehead will use its funding to acquire property at the former Chadwick Lead Mills property and to turn the location into a park property for the Town’s resident use.  The two grants are for $400,000 each.
Cranney Companies continues its Generosity
This month, Brian Cranney provided his monthly $1000 contribution to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem.   Thank you Brian.  The Club certainly appreciates the gift, and will put it to good use on the youth of the region.  The Danvers based company provides a monthly gift of $1000 to a different company in the region based on member signups.
Danvers Rail Trail Committee Receives Another Award
Just weeks after receiving a Pioneers in Partnership Award from Essex Heritage at their Annual Meeting, the Danvers Rail Trail Committee, that has managed the development and operation of the heavily used Rail Trail in that Community, has received another special recognition.  The use of the trail and its future plan to connect to the Border to Boston effort advocated for by Essex Heritage is part of their planning.  It has been announced that the committee is one of only thirteen recipients of the 2012 Awards presented by the American Planning Association.  The awards are provided each year to recognize innovative planning efforts. The award was presented by the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors on December 14th at a dinner in Cambridge.  The work of the nonprofessional Trail Committee was recognized by Kate Day, the Town of Danvers senior planner.   This project and the use of the trail has been a cooperartive citizen committee with the help of the Community Planning Department.

School Safety in Beverly Under Review
As a result of the deadly shooting that occurred just before the recent Holiday in our neighboring Stare of Connecticut,  many local communities have taken a closer look at how those local schools might fare in the event of an invasion by a single or many intruders.   One of those communities is Beverly where the Superintendent of the School System has held meetings with her local Police Officials.   Even after these early meetings, The Garden City will continue to conduct regularly scheduled school Safety and critical incident tactics.   I am reasonably certain that the reports out of Beverly are not unique and after the incident in Newtown, Ct., that action has caused many communities in this region to give this potential problem more detailed cautious and thoughtful deliberations.

St. Richard’s Golden Anniversary
In the way of providing information, the first event of this anniversary year is a special start of the celebration with a mass and a pancake breakfast that morning early in January.   My congratulations to the publicity committee for the recent front-page article in the Salem News, as it serves as a great informational piece in a well read local Newspaper.  That story should go a long way to bring the people of the Danvers Parish up to date on activities connected with the 50th Event.

City of Gloucester Schedules Marine Summit
The City of Gloucester has announces the second annual Maritime Summit on February 7, 2013 at Cruiseport Gloucester.  The event will be hosted by Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk and the communities Maritime Working Group Partnership.  The event is focused to those in the community interested in innovation and sustainability in the maritime industry.   There will be a series of speakers and exhibitors.   For more information on the event or how to register for the seminar visit or e–mail

Town of Marblehead to Restore `Historic Weather Vane
The town of Marblehead Board of Selectman has voted a $8950 award to repaint and restore a historic weather vane on Abbott Hall in that Town. The condition of that facility is most important to the residents of this Historic community.  Abbott Hall serves a number of   purposes in Marblehead and the famous “Spirit of 76” painting in that location attracts many visitors to that location.  In the very early days after the formation of Essex Heritage, an annual meeting was held in that location and for that invitation Essex Heritage is most pleased.

Two Regional Historic Properties Nominated
The Swampscott Cemetery and a small chapel on the site on Essex Street in Swampscott has been proposed to be restored and weatherized.   The cemetery dates its use to the time before the Civil War.   The oldest and still functioning Fire House in the region on North Street in Salem has also been nominated by the Massachusetts Historical Commission as locations worthy of a designation as a National Historic Place.  The fire station was designed, at the time of its initiation, for horse drawn engines. These designations are most important as Essex Heritage and other preservation groups are all seeking to have the historic value and fabric of the region enhanced and these potential designations certainly help that strategy.
Economic Development in Rockport Hires Public Relations Firm
As part of an Economic Development initiative and as a way to attract more visitors to Rockport during late fall and early spring each year, the community has engaged a public relations and marketing company from Newburyport to help them implement that strategy. This entire process will also be focused on new residents to the seaside community.

City of Haverhill Offers “Possible Dreams” Session
Team Haverhill.  A local Public Civic Action Group has issued a call to Haverhill Businesses and residents of that community to attend its annual Possible Dreams event on January 28, 2013 at the Technology Center sat the Northern Essex Community College at 7:00 PM.  The discussion at that event is called “Eyes on the Stars”.  The event will focus on possibilities for Haverhill’s future.   Advance Registration for the event is encouraged and for more information or to pre-register visit www possible

Medical, Senior and Disability Issues
NEWS from North Shore Elder Services
Disability Growth
North Shore Elder Services notes that United States Population with a disability increases nationwide to 56.7 Million.   The growth in this category also soolies to the k. This information is provided for a comparable growth in this region.
This information is one of the several reasons that North Shore Elder Services has created its new
subsidiary, The Longevity Connection

More News from North Shore Elder Services

Free Leadership Training- Metro Boston RegionSeats are still available!
The Self-Advocacy Leadership Series is a FREE eight-week training sponsored by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council for people with intellectual and or developmental disabilities interested in learning about leadership.  Each class focuses on a different aspect of leadership increasing self-esteem and providing opportunities for students to meet new people and try something new. 
The series for the greater Boston area is scheduled to begin January 23, 2013 on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-8pm at Cambridge College, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Cambridge, MA. 
Call for an Application Today!
Lee Larriu
617-770-7676 ext 118 or 413-205-0862
To learn more about the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, please look us up on our web page at

Support Group Information

North Shore Elder Services is now accepting referrals to the next series of sessions of the “De-cluttterers” support group for individuals with hoarding behavior.  The ten-week program is scheduled to begin on January 15, 2013 

The De-Clutterers’ Support Group is a proven effective and affordable program that offers a safe, supportive, and educational environment for individuals with hoarding behavior. 

As we are all becoming increasingly aware of, hoarding behavior left unchecked and/or untreated can result in unsanitary, unsafe, and difficult living conditions for the individual, other building tenants, neighboring residents and residences, and the community at large.  Unfortunately, these cases frequently go undiscovered or untreated until an emergency occurs and the individual is already in crisis.  We welcome any referrals either for the group or The Hoarding Outreach Program which works individually with those facing or already in crisis due to violations, eviction, etc. 

Please feel free to contact the Hoarding Outreach Program leader, Marnie McDonald, / 978 6234 2234 with any questions.   

People in the News 
Senator john Kerry to have new Role
In the very near term, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kerry will more than likely be confirmed by the United States Senate as the next Secretary of State of this country.    When that confirmation takes place Senator Kerry will have to resign his Senate seat, and that will open up many new opportunities.   A temporary Senator will have to be appointed by the Governor, and then within the next several months a special election will have to be held.   There are already a number of potential candidates that are considering running for the seat.   This will certainly impact the landscape in this State
City of Peabody Youth Joins Statewide Council
Hayley Path of Peabody is one of two dozen new member appointed for term of office of a couple of years.   He was recently added to the council by the order of Governor Deval Patrick.  The Governor created this youth panel in 1998 as a way to get more youth’s across the state to become more involved in civic activities
Personal Observations
  President Obama Form Group to Seek Solutions and Proposals to Address Gun Violence

The President of the United States has established a committee under the leadership of Vice President Biden to investigate issues surrounding the violence caused by guns without changing the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution that is the present law of the land. This effort is long overdue and we hope that Vice President Biden and the group, he will be working with, where after substantial investigation can find a workable solution to this issue that at times seems on the verge of tearing the country apartThere are many ramifications in play here including the 2nd amendment and the desire of hunters not to lose their rights.   In the last week an incident in northern New York State, where two volunteer firemen where shot and killed by a convicted felon with a similar illegally obtained weapon.   This only adds fuel to the gun emotions that are burning brightly.

Archdiocese of Boston Considers Salem Catholic Church’s for New Reconfiguration Plan

The Archdiocese of Boston is developing a proposed collaborative parish plan for the parishes in the eastern part of the State.  A recent meeting was held with people in Salem who call the Immaculate Conception, St. John the Baptist, St James and St Annie’s Churches as their home parish was held.   The new plans are different from the parish closing plans earlier this past century.  Parishes in a specific section will be consolidated to reduce expenses and to handle the shrinking number of available priests.   There are many additional issues to be considered, but Salem is somewhat of a leader in this consolidation process.   Meetings between the four Salem Catholic Parishes have been ongoing for a couple of years, and have been identified as a potential target for the first of these consolidations.   There are other issues to be addressed and nothing is now in place, but the Salem group of churches is under consideration as one of the initial groups to be tested under the new concept of Consolidation.  It is possible that this change in the local Parishes could impact the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem as they are tenants of the Immaculate Conception Parish on Hawthorne Boulevard and that could impact their plans for a new club.

On a parallel matter the Archdiocese leadership in Boston have turned down any chance of a Nativity Prep school opening in the old St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School on Hawthorne Boulevard in Salem.   This situation might open an opportunity for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem to reconsider its plans for a new location.

New reports show holiday shopping results less than Projected

Shopping results just released show shopping volume is lower than expected.   This reduction in spending seems to have a basis in consumer confidence that is more than likely impacted by the uncertainty by the current concern for the potential financial cliff the US economy seems to be headed towards.   We all can only hope that the elected officials in our nation’s capital can arrive at a solution satisfactory to both parties before the projected deadline on 1/1/13.  This is essential, as the only moderate economic recovery will continue and hopefully improve.

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