Friday, June 14, 2013



Featured Partner Event: Seven Lectures at The Seven Gables: Giles Laroche
June 19, 2013 • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Enjoy an evening with Salem’s noted children’s author and illustrator.

Featured Partner Event: Greenbelt Summer Film Series presents "John Muir in the New World"
July 10, 2013 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA, 01929
The first film in Greenbelt’s Summer Film Series delves into John Muir’s life and influences explaining his impact then and now. Bring a picnic, and stroll the scenic grounds of the Cox Reservation before the movies begin in the Studio Barn.

Featured Partner Event: Greenbelt Summer Film Series presents "Sun Come Up"
July 17, 2013 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA, 01929
The second film in Greenbelt’s Summer Film Series about land and land conservation issues is Sun Come Up: the story of the world’s first climate refugees. This film chronicles the relocation of Carteret Islanders.

Featured Partner Event: Greenbelt Summer Film Series presents "The Legend of Pale Male"
July 24, 2013 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA, 01929
It's Family Night at Greenbelt’s Summer Film Series about land and land conservation issues! The Legend of Pale Male follows the adventures of a red-tailed hawk nesting near Central Park in New York City.

Featured Partner Event: Greenbelt Summer Film Series presents "The Greenhorns"
July 31, 2013 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA, 01929
The Greenhorns, the last film in Greenbelt’s Summer Film Series about land and land conservation issues, explores the lives of America’s young farming community, its spirit, practices, and needs.

Salem Maritime Festival
August 3, 2013 • Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Celebrate Four Centuries of Salem's Maritime Heritage!

Featured Partner Event: Seven Lectures at The Seven Gables: Seven Lectures at The Seven Gables: Hank Phillipi Ryan
August 21, 2013 • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
How does an Emmy winning reporter become a best-selling author of fast-paced murder mysteries? Hank will share how she went from a reporter at Rolling Stone Magazine to the US Senate and then to under-cover investigations for NBC to following her dreams.

Featured Partner Event: Seven Lectures at The Seven Gables: Robyn Kanter
September 21, 2013 • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Robyn Kanter, of Kanter Design Associates, worked under Dan Foley when he relandscaped the garden and has remained true to its vision.

Featured Partner Event: Seven Lectures at The Seven Gables: Brunonia Barry
November 20, 2013 • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Salem’s own NY Times Best-selling author, Baccante award winner & Strnad Fellowship recipient presents her latest novel fresh off the press.
Reservations recommended. Essex Heritage and Seven Gables Members $10; Non-Members $15.

For more information: Essex National Heritage Area • 221 Essex Street, Suite 41, Salem, MA 01970, ph 978-740-0444, f 978-744-6473

About Us
The Essex National Heritage Area encompasses the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, a 500 square mile region just north of Boston, Massachusetts. The county was officially designated a National Heritage Area by an Act of the U.S. Congress in 1996, in recognition of the important role that the county played in American history and the significant heritage resources that still exist in the region.

The Act also authorized the establishment of the Essex National Heritage Commission as the non-profit steward of the Area. Our mission is to preserve, promote and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County for the benefit of all who live, work and visit the Area. To achieve this, we work collaboratively with community leaders and organizations throughout the area to ensure that the authentic story of Essex County has meaning and value for current and future generations.

The Commission develops public/private partnerships that support the hundreds of heritage organizations and sites in the thirty-four communities within the Heritage Area. Bringing together organizations diverse in size, budget, mission and experience, Essex Heritage provides a structure that respects, promotes and sustains regional resources and works to make those resources integral to residents’ lives and visitors’ experiences.

We host 2.7 million visitors annually from 30 countries, and are home to 738,000 residents, whose quality of life is our first order of business.
•   500 square miles of northeastern Massachusetts
•   34 cities and towns
•   9,968 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places
•   26 National Historic Landmarks
•   86 historical sites and museums open to the public
•   400 farms
•   9 State Parks
•   2 National Park Service units

Essex National Heritage Area • 221 Essex Street, Suite 41, Salem, MA 01970, ph 978-740-0444, f 978-744-6473


News From North Shore Elder Services
An additional benefit to consumers: Offering Prescription Advantage application processing by telephone.
Prescription Advantage is now completing applications over the phone! This means when someone calls to request a form, we will offer to take the information over the phone and data enter it directly into our system. The process takes about 10 to 15 minutes. We still need income documents to determine eligibility and our Customer Service Rep explains that to the applicant while we have him/ her on the phone.  We also tell the applicant that he / she will be receiving a letter from PA within a few days that will again, explain what documents are needed. Also included with the letter is a printout of what was entered into the system and the applicant can verify that everything is correct and a signature page is also included that the applicant must sign and return to PA.

We started this as a “pilot project” in February by completing a small amount of applications over the phone as part of the Longevity Connection.  After working out all the kinks, we have now opened it up to anyone who wants to complete the application right away.  In April and May we completed over 100 applications by phone each month and we hope to see this increase in June.

If you are referring people to PA for an application, you might want to let them know that the telephone process is an option. It’s quick and easy.  They just need to have their Medicare and/ or other insurance cards handy as we will ask about other insurance they may have.

Annette V. Peele, MSW, CIRS-A
Director Of Information Services
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Elder Affairs
One Ashburton Place, Room 517
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 727-7750
TTY/TDD: (800) 872-0166
1-800-age-info: (800) 243-4636

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.

Finding traces of arsenic in the soil at Bertram Field in Salem will change the process
Preliminary soil studies of the football stadium in Salem found an objectionable element that must be removed before the changes that must be made to correct the deficiencies in the length of the track that surrounds the field that will be replaced with artificial surface.    The discovery of the negative element will not slow down the process but will increase the cost of the process that will be adjusted upward.
North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly Opens with Sound of Music
The North Shore Music Theatre, an Essex Heritage Corporate Partner, opens its 2013 season with the Award winning musical Sound of Music from the creative minds of Rogers and Hammerstein - a two-week engagement at the Dunham Street Property in Beverly.   Tickets still remain for this show and a season long presentation of five additional “Must See” Musicals.   They also will present a series of personality concerts and shows for youth.   There are good tickets are still available for all performances and can be obtained at Seating is available at many different levels. Call for Tickets - 978 322-7200.

Planter Program, Along the Trail in Danvers
With work beginning on the new surface that will make riding or walking on the Danvers Rail Trail easier and the next project will be to add accents to the project that will give a “homey” and more comfortable feel.   A couple of weeks ago I provided information about a series of benches that have been added to the Trail Landscape provided by our neighbors in Peabody at Brooksby Village.

Now the Rail Trail advisory committee and a group from the Danvers Boys Scouts with the support of a Danvers Technology Company, Ceil Technology Inc. has instituted a beatification project on the Rail Trail designed to add color and beauty to the Trail.   If anyone in Danvers wishes to gather more information on what is to be planted or what it may take to how to maintain the already installed planters go to  The trail continues to improve and for the most part this wonderful new recreational asset has been completed with little or no contributions from the Town Treasury.  Virtually all of the improvements along the trail have been developed through an excellent private-public partnership.   Much credit on the work completed to date can be attributed to the volunteer group, The Danvers Bi-Peds, who were among the first to recognize this potentially sensational public-private partnership and to bring to organizations such as The Town of Danvers and The Essex National Heritage Commission that recognized what a sensational project it could become and how precisely the project fit into the Border To Boston project the Commission had adopted .

Restoration Work on Cupola in Hamilton-Wenham to Begin
Early last month the restoration work on the cupola that sits atop the Community House in Hamilton-Wenham started.  The work project is estimated to cost the two communities $100,000 and will include an evaluation of the Cupola, repairs to windows, copper gutters that was originally constructed in 1921.   The two towns have $72,700 in community preservation funds to repair the iconic structure uses for a number of community events.
FREE Trolley Rides Due in Salem
Because of an agreement between the City of Salem and the Trolley Owners, residents can ride the regular route from 6/1 through 9/39 2013 FREE.   Residents must purchase a ticket at the Trolley Depot in advance. 

Former Salem Mayor passes Away but leaves a Legacy
A former Chief Executive Officer of the City of Salem recently passed away and he was a friend I will miss.  Former Mayor, Gene Levesque who was elected Mayor as a compromise candidate from the Salem City Council turned out to be the perfect man to fill a difficult job.  His tenure as Salem’s Chief Officer lasted only a decade but in that ten- year term of office the man who served his country in World War ll served his community very well.   He worked the corner office most effectively during the ten years he had control of the City reins.    Mayor Levesque was responsible for a great deal of re-development that is still ongoing in parts of the downtown.  His support for the citation of the Downtown Pedestrian Mall in Salem served the community very well for a number of years. The Levesque walkway is now being considered for some changes, but when it was built it had great community support and right up to the time that I stopped coming to downtown Salem, I regularly bumped into Jean enjoying a trip around the City on his walkway. 

My most complete connection with Mayor Lévesque was in the early 1960 was a Senior Vice President at Salem Five when President Al Cole and I approached him about support for a project we wanted to undertake at what was to be known as Pickering Wharf.  In its earliest days the project was not the success that we had hoped for, but in retrospect, the project and his forward thinking support for the effort   more than likely were at least partially responsible for the rebirth the National Park Service Maritime Site, the building of the replica sailing ship Friendship, The Waterfront Hotel, the Canal Walkway. The Salem Ferry and the many rebuilt properties along Derby and New Derby Street. 

Robert and Eli Boling were elected in Manchester-by-the-Sea as selectmen


The Boston Red Sox had the 7th overall pick in the Amateur draft and chose hard throwing 6 AND ½ foot left handed pitcher/outfielder named Trey Ball who played round ball in basketball crazed Indiana.  Let’s hope he turns out to be a good pick that matches the last player the sox picked in the lofty position where they picked and drafted Trot Nixon.

 The Boston Bruins playing before its usual sold out TD Garden home on Friday evening used a smothering team defense to complete a four game sweep of the offense minded Pittsburgh Penguins with a pressure packed 1 to 0 shutout win to move on to the final round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against either the Los Angeles Kings or the Chicago Blackhawks.   This will be the second trip to the finals in the last three years for the Boston team.   The four game sweep included a two period overtime win in the semifinal match.    After this recent effort the Bruins will likely be considered the favorite in the cup final series regardless of the opponent.  The coming of age of the Bruins Goalie Tuukka Rask’s advance to the elite level of goalies may be all the Bruins need. 

Due to a rain filled weekend and an early deadline due on this report we can only provide limited results at this time.   I am aware that St. John’s Prep continued its dominance over Peabody by the shutout route to move into the north D1 finals at a date to be determined against either Billerica or Westford Academy.   Their opponent and the date of the game will be determined by the weather and the date of graduation for one of the playoff teams.  The Danvers Falcons won and advanced to the D2 final against their next- door neighbor Masconomet.   The Boys from Beverly will face a formidable foe in either Concord-Carlisle or Hingham after there playoff to see who will face the Panthers. The Marblehead girls Lacrosse entry fell one win short of the finals

I certainly hope that you will allow me a very personal observation.  I want to offer my warmest personal congratulations to my grand-daughter Catherine Leonard along with Rachel Trochi and
Katlin Tivnan who were recently named tri captains of the Danvers Girls Lacrosse team for 2014.   The 2013 season for the Danvers Girls was not a superior one but Kate and all of her teammates played hard and gave there all to the sport.  They often fell behind in the early stages of games but always offered a most honest effort in the second half of games. They always made the games most competitive at the end.   2013 was a rebuilding year for the Danvers Falcon Girls Lacrosse team with a large number of players in the very early stages of their lacrosse career.   We can only hope that the seasoning of many of those young ladies will show up in a promising season for 2014. 

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