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April 11, 2010

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The city will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 a.m. to noon April 24 at the Beverly High School parking lot. Household cleaners and chemicals will be accepted, along with yard pesticides and herbicides. Other items include fluorescent bulbs, thermostats, thermometers, antifreeze, brake fluid, car batteries, paint thinners, and creosote. Electronics will not be accepted. The fee is $20 per household. Call 978-921-8591. — Steven Rosenberg

SCHOOL COMMITTEE WEIGHS IN — The School Committee tomorrow will consider voting to support a .75 percent local meals tax. The proposal is set to come before the May 17 annual Town Meeting. The committee also will consider appointing a Danvers representative to the new vocational school district that is being created as part of the merger of the North Shore Technical School and the Essex Agricultural and Technical School. — John Laidler

CHARTER LEADERSHIP TEAM — The Gloucester Community Arts Charter School has named its leadership staff. Anthony Blackman, who most recently served as the interim and associate head of the Pingree School, is the executive director. Blackman holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree from Harvard. Jane O’Connor, the new head of school, most recently served as the assistant principal at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School in Maine. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College and a master’s degree from Harvard. — Steven Rosenberg

A LESSON ON DRUGS — The Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, a division of the Gloucester Health Department, will hold a forum on illegal drug use from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the women’s health conference room at Addison Gilbert Hospital. “DRUGS 101: What Adults Need to Know,’’ will be led by Carrie Kimball-Monahan, community outreach coordinator for the Essex district attorney’s office. For more information about the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, go to — Steven Rosenberg

REJUVENATING SWASEY FIELD — This year marks the 100th anniversary of Swasey Field, the ball field and park tucked between Bellevue Avenue and Blaisdell Street. The recreational area was originally created for the factory and mill workers who lived in that section of the city. In celebration of the park’s centennial, city officials are planning to use a parkland acquisition and renovation grant from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to spruce up the field and install new playground equipment. Mayor James J. Fiorentini has scheduled a neighborhood meeting to discuss the anniversary at 7 p.m. on April 21 at All Saints Parish Hall, 120 Bellevue Ave. For more information, contact the mayor’s office at 978-374-2300. — Brenda Buote

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL — Lowell’s Community Gardens Greenhouse Earth Day Festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. April 18, rain or shine, at the Lowell National Park Maintenance Site, 220 Aiken St. The event is free and open to the public, and will include arts and crafts activities, educational workshops, and tours. There will also be music, prize drawings, food, and a live broadcast by WCAP. Educational topics will focus on community gardening, organic agriculture, sustainable industry and energy, recycling, composting, and canal water cleaning. For more information, visit — Karen Sackowitz

PARKING BAN TO END — The winter parking ban, which prohibited cars from being parked on the street after midnight during the winter, ends Thursday. Until then, cars are prohibited from being parked on the street for more than one hour between midnight and 7 a.m. — Steven Rosenberg

KEEPING STUDENTS LOCAL — The School Committee has introduced a new policy to address the problem of students illegally attending the city’s schools. Every student must now provide documentation showing proof of residency by the start of each new school year. Those who don’t comply will be subject to investigation, including phone calls to parents, vehicle surveillance, or possible involvement of Methuen Police school resource officers. It’s estimated that up to 100 students may be attending Methuen schools illegally; many have been observed being dropped off at school by taxi or cars with New Hampshire license plates. — Karen Sackowitz

YOUTH FUND-RAISER FOR HAITI — Students at the Johnson Elementary School recently completed a two-month fund-raising drive that raised $2,879 for relief efforts in Haiti. The student council-led drive included a movie night, according to parent coordinator Gene Hollenbach, who said the money was to be donated to Oxfam International.

— David Rattigan

NIPPES JOINS EDUCATION BOARD — Ray Nippes has joined the Newburyport Education Foundation board of directors. The foundation raises funds to enhance the quality of public education in the Newburyport public schools. Nippes, who is vice president of sales and marketing at Bixby International Corp. in Newburyport, was chairman of the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce from 2007 to 2009 and sits on the chamber’s Economic Development Committee. For more information about the Newburyport Education Foundation, visit

— Brenda Buote

North Andover
FINDING ASSISTANT CLERK — The Board of Selectmen voted Monday to begin the search for a new assistant town clerk. Janet L. Eaton will be retiring effective June 7, said Town Manager Mark H. Rees. Selectman Richard A. Nardella, who also chairs the Licensing Commission, stressed the importance of filling that vacancy because Eaton currently handles the bulk of the town’s licensing matters.

Katheleen Conti

TEMPLE TO HONOR WEITZ — Temple Ner Tamid is inviting residents to purchase tickets to a June 6 event to honor Sonia Weitz. A survivor of the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, Weitz is cofounder and director of education of the Holocaust Center Boston North, located at the Peabody Institute Library’s main branch. In 2002, she was given a presidential appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. At the June 6 event, Weitz, a Peabody resident and a member of Temple Ner Tamid, is being recognized as a “Woman of Courage’’ for her decades of work to ensure the Holocaust is not forgotten. Proceeds will benefit the Holocaust Center Boston North, and the temple. To purchase tickets or for more information, go to — John Laidler

CITY PLANNING — The city has prepared a draft five-year plan outlining Salem’s housing and community development needs and priorities for spending federal funding provided to Salem through the Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs. Through the end of this month, the city’s Department of Planning and Community Development is seeking public comment on the plan. A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the third floor conference room at 120 Washington St. For more information, call Jane Guy at 978-619-5685.

— John Laidler

Hamilton, Wenham
NEW VAN FOR SENIORS — The Hamilton-Wenham Councils on Aging van service recently received a new eight-passenger, three-wheelchair van. Paid for by a state grant and donations from riders and other supporters, the replacement comes at a time when the original van was increasingly out of service for repair or maintenance, said Wenham Council on Aging director Trudy Reid. “Now, we’ll be able to return to our reliable schedule of service for the seniors in Hamilton and Wenham,’’ Reid said in a release. Those age 60 or older, or handicapped, may call the van office at 978-468-5534. — David Rattigan

ESSEX TRAILS HOLDING EXPO — The Essex County Trail Association will host its annual expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 in the large indoor arena at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. The expo offers 80 spaces for venders to sell new and used items, equine services, a variety of magazines, trail maps, and information. Demonstrations featuring Scott Laffey of Newbury on English and Western training, New England Equine Rescue, and Gypsy and Canadian horses. There will also be pony rides, a silent auction with gift certificates, riding lessons, artwork, and gift baskets up for bid. The charge for a vendor space of 100 square feet is $85 for the first space and $75 for additional spaces. Parking is free and the event is handicapped-accessible. Admission is $4 per person with children under 10 admitted free. For more information, e-mail Kay Joseph at or call 978-768-6275. The Essex County Trail Association is a nonprofit that maintains trails on public and private property for all types of passive recreation. For more information, visit — David Cogger

West Newbury
OVERRIDE FOR PENTUCKET — Voters at the annual Town Meeting April 26 will face a potential $170,000 override to pay the town’s assessment to the Pentucket Regional School District. Selectmen, however, were split on their vote on the wording of the request. Board chairman Glenn Kemper and Selectman Dick Cushing voted in favor of specifying the override for the schools, while Tom Atwood voted against. Instead, Atwood proposed an override for general operating expenditures, saying that, “I don’t want the ‘us versus them.’ ’’ Kemper responded that if a municipal override failed, the town would be committed to the school assessment, and would have to cut an additional $170,000 from an already lean town budget. He stressed that the override resulted because selectmen could not cut or come up with enough new revenue to fully fund an increase of nearly $475,000 in its Pentucket assessment. If it passes Town Meeting, the override will be on the election ballot May 3. — Taryn Plumb

SEARCH FOR SUPERINTENDENT — The search for a new superintendent at Greater Lawrence Technical School yielded about 18 applications, said Selectman Brian Major, who is on the search committee. The resumes were reviewed shortly after the March 26 deadline. Once semifinalists are identified, the search committee is scheduled to hold half-hour interviews that will be open to the public. Greater Lawrence Tech serves students from Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover. —Katheleen Conti

COUNCILORS ALTER ATTENDANCE RULES — The Town Council had changed its rules to require that a member who intends to miss more than three consecutive meetings must receive the agreement of five remaining council members in advance. If the members do not accept the excuse for the absence, the councilor will be asked to resign. The change was made to avoid the unlimited use of teleconferencing as a means of attendance, which was allowed under the old rules. — Tom Long

MORE WOOD CHIPS — Public Service Company of New Hampshire has received preliminary approval to double the size of its wood chip storage at Schiller Station. The Planning Board’s Technical Advisory Committee unanimously approved the storage of an additional 20,000 tons of chips on a capped landfill adjacent to the power generating station on Gosling Road. — Tom Long
FEEDBACK FOR MBTA — State Representatives Jason Lewis, James Dwyer, and Katherine Clark are scheduled to host a community forum tomorrow for MBTA riders in Stoneham and Melrose to discuss public transit service. A representative from the MBTA will be on hand. The forum, slated to begin at 7 p.m. in Stoneham Town Hall, 35 Central St., will offer participants an opportunity to hear directly from the MBTA and to share their concerns and offer ideas for improving service. Local leaders have been working with MBTA officials to improve Stoneham bus service, including schedule changes for Route 132, which offers service from Stoneham and Melrose to the Malden Center subway station. — Brenda Buote
North Reading
ADVICE ON FLOOD RELIEF — Information is posted on the town’s website,, to help residents and businesses suffering losses in last month’s flooding apply for federal disaster relief. Assistance administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration includes individual homeowners, disaster unemployment, crisis counseling, legal assistance, tax relief, and Small Business Administration disaster loans. Applications for assistance can be initiated by calling 800-621-3362, or for the hearing and speech impaired, 800-462-7585, or online at — Bella Travaglini
CEREMONY FOR PARK UPGRADE — The town is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for improvements at Memorial Park at 3:30 p.m. April 22. The project will include reconstructing the park’s tennis and basketball courts, reshaping and lining the skating ponds, updating drainage and installing lights. Also, a paved parking lane with granite curbing will be added along Harrison Street, and a walkway will be constructed across the park. Residents Nelson and Rita Burbank donated $583,000 for the renovations and the town has approved $29,000 to be used as a contingency fund. The town is asking for donations for trees and benches. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. For more details, contact the Engineering Division at 781-942-9082. — Bella Travaglini

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