Essex Happenings May 18, 2012

A possible joint purchase for Salem and Marblehead, GrownUps 2, thoughts on Boston sports, and more.

Essex Happenings……May 18, 2012


Boston Commuter Company Offers to Operate Salem Boat

The City of Salem recently received a single bid to operate their Ferry that runs daily between Salem at the cruise port off Blaney Street in Salem to Long Wharf off Atlantic Avenue in Boston.   The bid offered by Boston Harbor Cruises will have the 149 passenger ship making a half a dozen trips each day, seven days a week including an early morning and late afternoon commuter run each day.   The new operators will run the Friendship ll each day from Memorial Day through Halloween.  The commuter portion of the bid was most important to Salem as 30 to 49 regular commuters had made their concerns know to city officials and wanted it known that there was potential ridership at that time of the day.    The trip that takes just under one hour has become very popular and allows the city to complete one way trips between the two communities along the mid Atlantic coast.   Both communities are blessed with many visitors and the Salem Ferry is a wonderful method to allow visitors to visit both communities.  We can only hope that this year will be successful enough to insure an extension for additional years in the future.

Film Company Pulls Marblehead Offer

The Adam Sandler film that Hollywood wanted to shoot portions of in Marblehead at the High School athletic field will not take place in that seaside community.   A large portion of the local population rallied to let Town officials know that a substantial fee offered was not enough to convince the “Header” fans to turn over Piper Memorial Field to the Hollywood Producers that wanted to turn the community stadium into a movie set.   The work that would have to be done to turn the field into a Hollywood movie set could disrupt home schedules for many teams in the fall of 2012.    We were recent visitors to Piper Field to watch Danvers challenge to Marblehead Girls Lacrosse team and we applaud the residents who wanted to see the facility remain in use for student athletics.

North Shore Elder Services Fundraiser

On Sunday afternoon, May 6, 2012 we along with about another 850 “friends” of North Shore Elder Services gathered at the spectacular facility that has been re-opened and is now operating as the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly to view a most entertaining and humorous presentation offered by Loretta La Roche that benefited the mission of the local Elder Services organization.   The program even contained a musical interlude from the star and her musician partner.  The marketing and sales team from NSES did a wonderful job on its first attempt to bring a big name performer-entertainer into that unique regional performance center.   The facility was about half filled and NESE will be well served in 2013 to attempt this concept a second time with an equally talented performer and fill even more seats that will help to enhance the most worthwhile mission of the Elder group.    We offer our thanks to all who attended the presentation, the many event sponsors who offered support, and most of all North Shore Elder Services thanks the North Shore Music Theatre and Bill Hanney and his staff for all of their wonderful work in helping to make this event such a success.

A Comment about the event from the NSES Director


Many thanks to each of you NSES staff members and these volunteers:  Gene Doughty; Meghan Innis; Elena Kirios; and Barbara Wilson for your help in making the Loretta LaRoche performance our most successful fundraiser ever!!


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.

Salem Award Presented

 You are Invited! 

Salem State has for twenty years sponsored the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice because of our intense commitment to these matters. This year the $10,000 award was presented on:

  • Date: May 11
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Place: Peabody Essex Museum’s auditorium, Salem, MA
  • Award winner: City Life/Vida Urbana a Jamaica Plain-based leader in helping to save the homes of those who have suffered bank mortgage abuses in the foreclosure crisis that began in 2006. Their model is being adopted by organizations in Massachusetts and has garnered interest from organizations across the country. Curdina Hill, Executive Director, will accept the award and be the keynote speaker.   This year, for the first time, the prize will be $10,000.  

Georgetown Town Meeting

The Georgetown annual meeting has recently been held and the body considered the commitment of slightly more than $200,000 in Community Preservation Funds for the restoration of the Perley School and the Town Hall.   This is a proposed commitment of community funds for preservation purposes and Essex Heritage will follow these deliberations and report later on the final disposition.

Patton Homestead to be discussed at Hamilton Town Meeting

The Town of Hamilton conducted their annual Town Meeting on Saturday and was one of twenty-seven warrant articles is the acquisition of the Patten Homestead that has been offered to the town to preserve the property and to create a place for resident visitation.  We will follow this generous offer by the present Patton family and report on the disposition of this important preservation effort by the community.

City of Lowell Schedules Doors Open

Even thought the event we are reporting on at this time is being held in an adjacent community to Essex Heritage, it is so close to being what we are all about that it is a pleasure to promote the series of events being offered in Lowell.   But because what they are doing here in Lowell is so similar to what we do here at Trails and Sails that it is valuable to point out the week of events that has become one of the prime events offered in this region.   Doors Open in Lowell is offered as part of the community’s Preservation Month activities.  During the week long festival, there are opportunities to visit dozens of historic properties, many of which are not regularly open to the public and the visits are free.   The event helps celebrates the transformation of the mill city from the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution to the cultural center that the City is today.   Entrance into the many homes on exhibit is free and they are identified by banners in numerous locations in the city, and by green umbrellas outside the homes.    To learn more about the event, the properties being exhibited and the hours of operation, visit www.doorsopenlowell.org or call 978-275-1700.    This is a series of visits that would be well worth the time committed to it by Essex County residents.

Message From North Shore Elder Services Director Reports on Recent Staff Award

I am very happy to share the news that Cheryl Springer received the “Dr. Patricia A. Gozemba Award” for her work on behalf of the LGBT community at Salem State University last week.  See attachment for details.

We are very proud and grateful that Cheryl is an active member of the North Shore Elder Services Board of Directors.

Congratulations, Cheryl.


Notice from St. Richard’s in Danvers About an Upcoming Golf Event

Come join us for a day of fun and relaxation as we raise scholarship money for the children of St. Richard Parish! Your day includes 18 holes of golf, cart, awards and lunch, a raffle of great prizes, and more.

All levels of ability are welcome. Your participation and support in this event, either as a player or hole sponsor, will do much to further our goal of providing scholarships to Catholic High Schools for graduating 8th graders, as well as graduating seniors who are attending college.

   To sign up for the event or to receive more information contact Paul or Patty Chisholm at 978-777-0999, or contact Patty at Patty62856@hotmail.com.   Registrations must be made by 5/21 and the fee is a modest $80.00 that includes golf. cart, lunch and awards.  This may be one of the very best golf tournament bargins of the tear, and having  played in the event numerous times, I can attest to the quality of the event.

Salem and Marblehead Consider Joint Real Estate Purchase 

In a rare effort at cooperation and consolidation efforts on a potential real estate purchase the City of Salem and the Town of Marblehead are considering joining efforts to purchase real estate known as the Lead Mills property that is located on the Town line of the two communities.  The property has been without an occupant now for many months and is being considered as an opportunity to insure favorable open space by both communities and will control the development direction of the property.   Acquisition of the property will require different methods in both communities and the Town of Marblehead took up the acquisition at their recent Town Meeting and acted affirmatively on the move.  We expect that the Salem City Council will also act to acquire the site.

 Salem Police Seeking Feedback from Residents

Continuing with information from Salem. The Salem Police Department and Chief Paul Tucker have created an on-line survey being offered to residents of the Witch city.   The survey is designed to gain input from residents.  The survey will also help the Department to improve department operations and gain resident perceptions relative to crime and safety in the city. The survey can be taken anonymously can be accessed at www.salempd.net.   The survey calls for information on the possible deployment of police resources in that community and ways for the Department to improve daily operation.

Boston Sports Update

I for one would have never guessed that the Bruins would already be playing golf and the Celtics would still be very much alive and maybe ready to head into another round. 

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