Thursday, September 24, 2015

Essex Happenings - Oct 2015

Several of the following articles were taken from reports in the Salem News, the internet and private E mails

Essex Heritage Events and Activities

October 3, 2015 • Rowley VFW, 19 Bradford St., Rowley, MA, 01969
Take a chance on getting a winning hand at the Rowley Poker Run!

October 15, 2015 • The Cabot, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA, 01915
Join us for a morning of engagement at one of the North Shore's oldest and most majestic playhouses! 

October 17, 2015 • Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for their monthly walk along the Methuen Rail Trail
October 17, 2015 • Salem Willows Park, 167 Fort Ave, Salem, MA, 01970
Celebrate Halloween with some fitness fun for the whole family. RACE REGISTRATION

October 25, 2015 • Railroad Street, Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for a moon walk along the Methuen Rail Trail
November 21, 2015 • Methuen, MA, 01844
Join the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance for their monthly walk along the Methuen Rail Trail

Essex Heritage Initiatives
Since 1996, The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) has championed the heritage development of Essex County by fostering public-private partnerships that preserve and enhance the significant aspects of the region’s history, cultural heritage and character.
We look forward to working with you to promote the sustainability of this great region. Some of our current initiatives include:
·         Bakers Island Lighthouse
·         Border to Boston Rail Trail
·         Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
·         Heritage Hero Award
·         Membership Programs
·         Move It! (Active Trails)
·         Northeast Harvest - Buy Fresh, Buy Loca
·         Partnership Grant Program
·         Photo Contest
·         Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence (a film)
·         Teacher Workshops in place based education and service learning
·         Future Leaders/Youth Job Corps
and much, much more! Learn more about our work here.
Regional News

Danvers Hires 1st ever Finance Director
Town Manager Steve Bartha has picked Travis Ahern, a finance and policy analyst for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority for the newly created position of finance director.
Bartha told selectmen recently he had come to terms with Ahern after an extensive search. He will make a yearly salary of $105,000, according to Human Resources Director Stephen Delaney.

“He has a chance to grow into this position in the long term,” Bartha told the board.“I’m excited for the opportunity to help shape the new finance director position,” Ahern said in an email. “I have experience taking a newly created position, and while it can be challenging, it is also very rewarding.”

Ahern has worked with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority since January 2014. His work at the agency included the review and analysis of budgets. He also created a monthly financial video series called “The Green Sheet,” to disseminate financial information about the MWRA to a broad audience.  Before that, he worked as a financial analyst for Weston from June 1011 to January 2014.  While in Weston, Ahern also served as the acting assistant treasurer from June 2013 to September 2013. Ahern also has a corporate financial background as a portfolio associate auditor with State Street Corp., from 2007 to 2011.

Ahern, 30, grew up west of Boston. The Waltham resident said where he lives now is advantageous, as he works on the North Shore, and his wife works at a school on the South Shore. The post of finance director was created on the heels of the retirement of longtime Town Accountant Leonard Marshall, who retired in June and who did several jobs in his position, including serving as the town accountant, DPW business manager, and both serving as chairman of the Retirement Board and administering it.

Essex Regional Tech School News
Former Beverly Superintendent William Lupini has been selected as the interim superintendent at Essex Technical High School, with the possibility of him taking the job on a permanent basis.  The 1,100-student regional school has been without a superintendent since Dan O'Connell announced his retirement in July.

The Essex Tech School Committee interviewed two finalists for the job on Thursday night and unanimously selected Lupini, who is currently the superintendent for the Brookline Public Schools. Marsha McDonough, a former superintendent at Greater Lawrence Technical, was the other finalist.

The committee will begin negotiating a contract with Lupini and hopes to have him on the job "as soon as we can," chairwoman Melissa Joy Teixeira said. "What it came down to is the majority of the committee believed that Mr. Lupini could jump right in and get started from Day 1 based on his experience," Teixeira said.  The interim superintendent position was advertised as lasting until June 30, 2016. Teixeira said Lupini has expressed an interest in possibly staying longer.

Lupini's salary has not been determined. O'Connell made about $197,000. Lupini earns $225,116 in Brookline, according to published reports.  Lupini, 55, served as the Beverly Superintendent from 1997 to 2004 before taking the job in Brookline. He said he told the Brookline School Committee in July that he would be looking at other jobs but planned to serve until the end of the 2015-2016 school year.  He still lives in Beverly and said he learned of the opening at Essex Tech in August. He decided to apply. Lupini sent an email to Brookline staff and parents earlier this week informing them that he had been named a finalist.

Salem Five Bank to Honor Gibbons
In the middle of the month Joe Gibbons will be honored for his long and successful service at the bank with a dinner at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem.   I worked 20 years with Joe and look forward to the evening,

North Shore Elder Services
North Shore Elder Services is offering a seminar series titled “Are you ready for prime time.   The subjects include social security, medicare, and other subjects interesting to seniors.  All the seminars are free but to get a listing of what is offered please go to their website.  Registration is required and can be done on the website. 

Recent Summer Reading
I have just finished reading The Hostage by WEB Griffin.  His book was an action thriller with many plot twists, across many countries in Western Europe and South America as welled as Washington D.C.  I recommend this book if you like adventure, intrigue of that genre.

I am just about to start a biography about Lyndon Johnson. The book was researched and written by Doris Kearns Goodwin and I have enjoyed her work in the past.  More will be provided on this work in the future.

Death of Salem City Councillor Joe O'Keefe
My condolences are offered to the O’ Keefe family.  Joe was 82 at his death just 4 years older than I and we grew up in the same general area by the Salem Common.   In our youth we were both involved in the Immaculate Conception Parish in Salem.  Joe was very involved in fire safety and was an institution in Salem as he served 7 terms on the Salem City Council.  Rest in peace Joe for a job well done,

St John’s Prep News
Homecoming - Saturday, October 3
We would love to see you and your family back on campus for Homecoming on Saturday, October 3.  Events will include the Arts Showcase, alumni soccer game, varsity football vs. Malden Catholic, varsity soccer vs. St. John’s Shrewsbury, Homecoming BBQ, and tours that include the new High School Academic Building! More information and registration can be found on the Homecoming webpage.

Alumni Mentors
The Alumni Office has several opportunities to help alumni mentor Prep students. In coordination with the St. Francis Xavier (SFX) Merit Scholarship program, a student mentoring breakfast takes place in the fall. Alumni participate in roundtable discussions about their career paths with Prep students.
During the spring, alumni invite juniors and seniors from the SFX program to shadow them for a half day out in the field. Alumni are also invited to speak to the student Spire Society leadership group on Tuesday evenings throughout the school year.
If interested in volunteering as an alumni mentor for any of these programs, please fill out this short form or email Kristen Bowes,

Brother Linus - Monday, October 5
The Prep's 30th annual Brother Linus Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Monday, October 5 at The Golf Club at Turner Hill in Ipswich, MA. More information including sponsorship opportunities, registration, and a premier golf course raffle ticket can be found here. Limited spots available