Globe North Community briefing
AndoverThe Board of Selectmen on Monday adopted an amendment to its policies regarding the use of undeveloped public land, specifying that bow and arrow hunting of deer is now allowed on certain sites. The amendment replaces previous language stating that no hunting is allowed on public land. Selectmen and the Conservation Commission recently voted to allow archery hunting after last year’s pilot program, which was initiated because of concerns regarding the overpopulation of deer in town. The Conservation Commission is looking into whether to expand deer hunting to Foster’s Island on Pomp’s Pond. -Katheleen Conti
BeverlyFREE BUSINESS HELP - Beverly Main Streets has published a guide for prospective business owners that can be downloaded free at www.beverlymainstreets.org. The guide includes links to city forms, contacts, and other details needed to start a business. It was funded by the Beverly Rotary Club and a grant from Rotary International District 7930.
DanversADDRESSING RISE IN HOMELESS - The Board of Selectmen is holding a special meeting Aug. 23 to discuss a recent surge in the number of homeless families placed by the state in Danvers motels. According to board chairman Dan Bennett, the number has risen by about 30 percent since June, to 147 families. Bennett said the board is concerned by the trend because it will mean an increase in the cost the town is already incurring. “We haven’t been able to get any response from the state as to why this is happening, and why they are not going to help us defray the cost. We have 100 school-aged children from the motels who are going to be enrolled in our schools in September. So there are a lot of costs here.’’ He said the increase also is putting a strain on the Danvers Food Pantry’s resources. Selectmen are inviting town departments and other agencies that work with the families to take part in the meeting, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. - John Laidler
EssexTAKING A PASS - The Board of Selectmen determined the town is not interested in a parcel of former Boston & Maine Railroad land being offered for $17,500. The town has the right of first refusal on the land, and the Long-Term Planning Committee has indicated an interest in developing rail trails. Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki said the board may make an offer on another former railroad parcel, located near Martin Street. That purchase would be subject to Town Meeting approval. - David Rattigan
GloucesterNEW SOLAR COMPACTORS - Gloucester recently received five solar compactors from the state Department of Energy Resources. The units have been placed on Stacey Boulevard. The compactors take the same amount of space as a regular trash can, but can hold five times the amount of garbage. As trash collects inside the compactor, a computerized sensor monitors the compaction, and notifies city officials when it needs to be emptied. - Steven Rosenberg
Hamilton, WenhamINTERIM PRINCIPALS HIRED - The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District recently filled the high school and middle school principal positions on an interim basis. John Hughes, a retired principal at Natick High School, will lead the high school while John Driscoll, former assistant principal at the Susan B. Anthony School in Revere, is the interim principal at the Miles River Middle School. In addition, Kathy Harris, formerly the special education administrator for the Triton Regional School District, was hired as the director of student services. - David Rattigan
HaverhillDOING WHAT YOU LOVE - The public library will host a free career workshop, “Profit from Your Passion,’’ from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Johnson Auditorium on the second floor of the library, 99 Main St. The workshop will be led by Jillian Davis, a certified strategist. Participants will learn how to transform their passion into a product that meets a need in the marketplace. Davis will discuss income streams and help participants complete a flowchart with a personalized plan. Registration is required, and can be done online at www.haverhillpl.org or by calling Beth Gallaway at 978-373-1586, ext. 641.
- Brenda J. Buote
LowellDIGGING UP IRISH HISTORY - An archeology team led by researchers from University of Massachusetts Lowell and Queen’s University Belfast will travel to Ireland Aug. 21 to dig at an immigrant laborer’s homestead. The team already completed a four-day dig in Lowell on the grounds of St. Patrick’s Church on Suffolk Street, excavating land on which the city’s first wave of Irish laborers settled. Next, it will travel to County Tyrone in Northern Ireland to dig on the homestead site of Hugh Cummiskey, the immigrant who led a group of Irish laborers on a 30-mile walk from Boston to Lowell in 1822 to find work on a canal project designed to provide water power for a future mill complex. At the time, Cummiskey was a construction foreman on the Charlestown docks.
- Karen Sackowitz
MarbleheadROOF REPAIR ADVANCES - Selectmen voted to award a $42,000 roof repair contract at the central fire station to W.P.I. Construction Inc. of Webster. Also at its recent meeting, the board voted to accept a gift of $2,095.58 from Marblehead residents Marsha and Harry C. Christensen Jr. to help defray the cost of a stockade fence on cemetery property.
- Steven Rosenberg
NewburySTATE EXPANDS OPEN SPACE - The state recently acquired 24.5 acres adjacent to the 1,600-acre Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area as open space for $460,000 from Middleton-based Scotland Road LLC. Preserving the land as open space will protect habitats for vernal pool species, including wood frogs and spotted salamanders, as well as retain access for deer and pheasant hunting. A 21-house subdivision had been proposed for the property. - Taryn Plumb
North AndoverBATTLING MOSQUITOES - State officials have increased traps in town after mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were found in the downtown area recently, said Susan Sawyer, the town’s public health director. A onetime truck spraying was approved by the Board of Health and took place Monday in the northwest area of town, along the Haverhill and Lawrence lines and the downtown area. Last year, the town had multiple findings of West Nile virus in mosquito traps as early as June. Sawyer said that while last year was an anomaly, this year’s findings are consistent with previous years. She encourages residents to assist the effort by emptying or getting rid of items that collect stagnant water, such as overturned garbage can lids and old tires, where mosquitoes carrying the virus prefer to breed.
PeabodyUSING LEATHER IN ART - The Arcworks Community Art Center is planning a juried art exhibit in October in which participants will be asked to incorporate leather into their works. The exhibit, open to all artists, is intended to recall the city’s leather industry while also exploring what can be done with leather in the modern age, according to the center’s director, Merritt Kirkpatrick. The deadline to apply for the show is Sept. 27. There is no application fee. For more information, e-mail Kirkpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. - John Laidler
SalemWINTER ISLAND PLAN - The consultant team that recently completed a master plan of Winter Island Park will make a presentation to the Parks & Recreation Committee Tuesday. The team, headed by the Cecil Group of Boston and Bioengineering Group of Salem, developed the plan through a series of public forums and meetings with stakeholders and city officials. Members of the public are encouraged to attend Tuesday’s meeting, which will be held at 6:45 p.m. at the senor center, 5 Broad St. Located on Winter Island Road, the 32-acre harborfront park includes the remains of an old fort, a lighthouse, and a former Coast Guard station. Its facilities include a function hall, a public beach, camping and picnic areas, a pier, and a boat ramp. The city covered the $45,000 cost of the master plan with federal Community Development Block Grant money from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a separate grant from HUD. - John Laidler
WestfordSCHOOL FUND-RAISER - The Westford Education Foundation is selling mums in a variety of colors during the Pig ‘N Pepper Fest at Nashoba Ski Area from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 21. The plants are $5 each. Proceeds will be used to fund grants for the Westford public schools. The mums were planted in June with the help of fifth-grade students during environmental camp. An order form is available at www.wefweb.org. Mums may be ordered in advance and picked up during the festival. A few plants may still be available on the Common during the Farmers Market on Aug. 22. For more information about the festival, visit www.pignpepperfest.org.
- Brenda J. Buote
PortsmouthCHARTER CHANGE DEBATE - Should an elected city official be allowed to accept a municipal job while in office? Residents will be given a chance to address the question at a hearing on the proposed new charter amendment tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the City Council chamber. After months of debate on whether to change the city charter, the only suggested amendment states, “No member of the City Council, School Board, Fire Commission or Police Commission shall apply for or become an employee of the city until the expiration of the term for which that person was elected to office.’’ Last year, School Board member Lisa Sweet resigned after accepting a job as a Portsmouth Middle School teacher. Councilors have yet to determine whether to submit the proposed amendment to voters. - Tom Long
HudsonRAISES FOR TOWN OFFICIALS - The Board of Selectmen has approved raises for eight non-union town employees. Town finance director Kathy Carpentier will get a 10.4 percent raise, from $76,312 to $84,212; road agent Kevin Burns was given a 6 percent raise, and information technology director Lisa Nute was given a 4.8 percent raise. Town Administrator Steve Malizia, Police Chief Jason Lavoie, Fire Chief Shawn Murray, recreation director David Yates, and executive assistant Donna Graham all received raises of about 3 percent. - Tom Long
Around the region
BurlingtonMOUNTAIN BIKING DAY CONSIDERED - Selectmen tomorrow will consider authorizing use of Landlocked Forest for a mountain biking day next month. The Conservation Commission and three area groups are planning a free event on Sept. 24, which would feature guided mountain bike rides on trails within the forest. Other organizers are the Friends of the Landlocked Forest, the Greater Boston chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, and the LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School. Landlocked Forest is 250 acres of town-owned land near routes 3 and 128. Jodie Wennemer, town conservation assistant, said the event, the 2011 Burlington Biking Outing, would encourage residents to enjoy mountain bicycling in the town’s protected open spaces while educating them about responsible trail practices. She said there have been recent incidents of mountain bike riders damaging trails. - John Laidler
Everett9/11 MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN PROPOSED - With the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaching, Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. and his wife, Stacy, who chairs the city’s Beautification Committee, want to honor victims of the attack by adding a 9/11 memorial fountain to Everett Square. “We lost two very important Everett people in the 9/11 tragedy,’’ DeMaria said in a statement, referring to James and Mary Trentini, an Everett couple who were an aircraft that crashed into the World Trade Center. “The Trentinis were both respected educators and cherished neighbors. A memorial in their honor and in the honor of all of the victims of 9/11 will serve to remind us of what we have lost and will educate future generations forever.’’ Katharyn Hurd, a student at the Harvard University School of Urban Design who is serving a fellowship with the city this summer, has prepared a preliminary design of the fountain. The city is seeking donations from the business community to cover the costs, which would include creating a small grass area with benches. - John Laidler
LynnHIGH ROCK STAIRS NEARLY COMPLETE - Workers are putting finishing touches on the $750,000 stairway at Lynn’s High Rock Reservation. The granite steps include two sections, one from Essex Street to the park, the other from the park to High Rock Tower observatory. It includes railings and landscaping. The project also includes a stone dust path linking the two stairway sections. The work was funded by a federal Community Development Block Grant and a state grant awarded through the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities program, said James Marsh, city community development director. Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy plans a ceremony for the stairway this summer. - John Laidler
MaldenBIKE TRAIL BOOST - Bike to the Sea Inc., a nonprofit working to build a 9-mile bicycle trail from Everett to Lynn, received an $84,022.14 grant last week from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. The grant will fund part of the trail from Main Street in Malden to Boston Street in Saugus. It was part of $1.2 million awarded to 42 trails projects statewide to promote recreation. - Kathy McCabe
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