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September 4, 2011

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Further discussion and a possible vote on whether to expand deer hunting to Foster’s Island at Pomp’s Pond is on the schedule for the Conservation Commission’s meeting Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Potential public safety concerns were addressed with users of areas adjacent to Foster’s Island, including the town’s recreation department and the Girl Scouts, who do not hold activities there during the deer hunting season, Oct. 17-Dec. 31, said conservation director Robert Douglas. Because Foster’s Island is an isolated reservation, an evacuation plan was also formulated for public safety officials in the event of injuries to hunters or hikers, Douglas said. This will be the second year of the town’s bow-and-arrow deer hunt, which is being expanded to 50 hunters from 25. Up to 10 spots are reserved for nonresidents. Douglas said his office already has received about 40 applications from nonresidents. -Katheleen Conti

FLUSHING CONTINUES - The city is continuing its fire hydrant maintenance, and has begun flushing in Beverly Farms. The flushing will continue on weeknights during September, between 7 and 11 p.m. The city has advised residents to run the tap to clear any discoloration of water. -Steven Rosenberg

WEST NILE CONTROLLED - Subsequent testing was clear after the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were found in town Aug. 3. This was the only sample to test positive in Boxford this year. Residents are still advised to reschedule outdoor activities to daylight hours when mosquitoes are less prevalent. Wearing insect repellents, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts are urged to prevent mosquito bites. Officials also recommend that residents drain standing water from places around their homes where mosquitoes can lay eggs. - David Cogger

IMPACT OF 9/11 - The town is presenting a special event next Sunday to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers will host a panel discussion on the impact those events had on American culture. The discussion will be moderated by town manager Wayne P. Marquis, and feature as panelists Danvers Police Chief Neil Ouellette; Dan Kennedy, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University; Amy Damico, a professor at Endicott College’s School of Communication; and Susan Quay, dean of Education at Endicott College. Damico and Quay are the editors of the 2010 book, “September 11 in Popular Culture: A Guide.’’ The panel discussion will be held at 2 p.m. in the Gordon Meeting Room of the library, 15 Sylvan St. The event is free but registration is encouraged. Go to or call 978-774-0554. - John Laidler

HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL - The city will hold its household hazardous waste collection day from 9 a.m. to noon. Sept. 24. Oil-based paints, chemicals, insecticides, pool chemicals, old gas, contaminated oil, and other environmentally hazardous chemicals will be accepted. Preregistration is required by calling the Department of Public Works at 978-281-9785.

- Steven Rosenberg

TOWN CELEBRATION SEPT. 10 - The annual Groveland Day festivities are scheduled for Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pines on Main Street. The event includes food, music, and vendor tables and is sponsored by the Groveland Recreation Department. Those who would like to volunteer or set up a vendor table can contact Jennifer O’Malley at 978-374-0635. - David Cogger

VOLUNTEERS WANTED - The Salvation Army in Haverhill is seeking volunteers to work with children and help develop their talents in areas such as dance and drawing, acting, puppetry, and music, including instruction in brass, percussion, piano, and guitar. Volunteers also are needed for an after-school program. Volunteers are asked to commit to an hour per week. For more information or to volunteer, call 978-374-7571. - Brenda J. Buote

SIX JOIN FIRE DEPARTMENT - Six new firefighters were sworn in before the last selectmen’s meeting. Todd Burt, Matthew Christensen, Arron Handy, Matthew Lunt, Jeffery Martin, and Jacquelyn Popeo have joined the department. Also at the meeting, selectmen accepted the resignation of Zeke Peach from the Old Burial Hill Oversight Committee.

- Steven Rosenberg

WALK FOR ANIMALS - The MSPCA Walk for Animals will take place next Sunday in three locations to benefit the organization’s shelters, including Nevins Farm. The local walk will be held beginning at 11 a.m. at Spencer-Peirce-Little-Farm, 5 Little’s Lane in Newbury. Walkers and their dogs are welcome. Participants are encouraged to register early in order to collect donations and sponsorships from friends, family, and fellow animal lovers. On-site activities will include the 1-mile walk, dog agility demonstrations, canine spa treatments, kids’ corner activities, ask the vet sessions, food, live music, raffles, and prizes. For more information or to download a registration form, visit or call 978-687-7453.

- Karen Sackowitz

MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on Monday that the West Nile virus has been detected in a single mosquito pool collected in Newburyport. It is the first positive test for the virus this year. Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 26, 175 mosquito pools statewide have tested positive for West Nile. No human cases of the virus have been reported in Massachusetts this season. The city health department advises residents to avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn and to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves, pants, and socks when outside. - Brenda J. Buote

North Andover
POLICE APP AVAILABLE - The Police Department is the latest to sign up to use the MyPD app for iPhones and Android devices. Residents with smartphones are encouraged to download the free app, which will allow them to check for police alerts, contact the department, and submit crime tips, photos, complaints, or commendations, said Chief Paul Gallagher. MyPD, which can be downloaded from iTunes and Android Market, was developed by Peabody Police detective Peter Olson through his company, Wired Blue. -Katheleen Conti

SCHOOL REPAIRS - The City Council’s Finance Committee on Thursday will take up a proposal to borrow $4.2 million for repairs to two elementary schools. The projects call for roof, window, and boiler replacements at the John E. Burke Elementary School, and roof replacement at the William E. Welch Sr. Elementary School. The Massachusetts School Building Authority last month committed to reimbursing the city for approximately $2.1 million of the costs, conditioned on the city bonding for the full project amount. The committee, which meets at 6:30 p.m., also will take up three requests from the Community Preservation Committee to appropriate money from the city’s Community Preservation Fund. One is for $38,860 for work by the city clerk’s office to preserve vital records. Another is for $264,824 to help fund converting a former downtown factory site at 45 Walnut St. to a public park. The third is to transfer $15,000 to the fund’s administrative account. The Finance Committee is expected to refer both the bond and Community Preservation Fund requests to the full council for action at its meeting that night, which starts at 7:30 p.m. - John Laidler

MORE TIME FOR DOGS - A Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 12, and among 19 articles on the warrant is one that would amend the restrictions on dog walking on public beaches to allow dogs after 7 p.m. and before 8 a.m. during summer months, when they are currently prohibited. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Rockport High School.

- David Rattigan

9/11 MEMORIAL TO BE DEDICATED - The Fire Department is inviting residents to a memorial ceremony next Sunday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The rain or shine event will be held at 10 a.m. at fire headquarters, 48 Lafayette St. The ceremony will include prayers and music performed by the Salem High School band and a bagpiper. Immediately following the ceremony, the department will be dedicating its recently completed 9/11 Memorial. Designed and built by members of the department, the memorial features a granite center stone capped by a 100-pound steel beam recovered from ground zero and made available to Salem by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The cost of the memorial was funded through private donations. - John Laidler
GORDON REPORTS INCREASE IN STUDENTS - Gordon College has reported that the incoming class of freshmen and transfer students is a record 526. The college’s previous largest group of incoming students was 510 in 2001. Last year’s freshman class was 410. Dan Lymann, the school’s executive vice president, attributed the increase to changes made in the admissions department, including better communicating the value of a Gordon education, and better customer service. Gordon’s total student population is 1,475. - David Rattigan

KEEPING RIVER CLEAN - The Board of Selectmen has decided to provide $40,000 for a study of the Squamscott River to determine what affects the health of the Great Bay estuary in addition to nitrogen discharged from waste-water treatment plants. The communities of Dover, Rochester, and Portsmouth also have decided to fund the study, while Newmarket and Durham have yet to make a commitment. The study is expected to cost about $600,000. The information will be used to negotiate with the Environmental Protection Agency on the specifications of a new waste-water treatment plant. The EPA is seeking to limit the amount of nitrogen being discharged into the estuary because it is thought to have led to declines in the eelgrass and oyster populations. - Tom Long

TROUBLED TEEN PROGRAM ENDS - The town’s Host Homes crisis intervention program for teens has been discontinued. The program provided temporary shelter in the homes of trained volunteers so troubled teens could remain in the community, continue their education, and take part in regular school activities. Funded by the federal government through the state Department of Children, Youth and Families, last year it received about $15,000, half of what it received 10 years ago. When program manager Mary Pat Jackson announced that she was leaving to become executive director at the Summerhill assisted living facility in Peterborough, town officials decided to discontinue the program. - Tom Long

LEGAL AID OFFICE CLOSES - The New Hampshire Legal Assistance program has closed its office on East Pearl Street. The move comes after the Legislature cut one quarter of the nonprofit’s $4 million budget. The group provides free legal advice to the poor and deals with Social Security and unemployment benefits, provides guidance on rental and housing issues, and legal protection from domestic violence. Clients can seek help at the legal assistance Aoffices in Manchester, Concord, or Portsmouth. - Tom Long

Around the Region
CITYFEST SET FOR OCT. 1 - The city is seeking businesses and organizations to participate in this year’s CityFest. Since 2008, CityFest has been an annual event that celebrates Everett pride, diversity, and culture. It features foods served by local restaurants representing a variety of ethnic cuisines, as well as craft tables, live music, activities for children, and tables at which local organizations, businesses, and city offices offer information. This year’s event is scheduled for Oct. 1 from noon to 5 p.m. in Everett Square. The fee charged to participating businesses and organizations is $75 and includes a tent, table, and two chairs. Applications, available in the mayor’s office, are due by Sept. 21. - John Laidler

TREE SCULPTURE FALLS - Tropical Storm Irene took down a few big trees in Somerville, including one tree made of steel. Artist David Tonnesen’s ornamental sculpture in Union Square was blown over in the high winds, Somerville Arts Council director Greg Jenkins said in an e-mail. Tonnesen, who works out of a studio in Somerville’s Brickbottom, noted the irony: A storm created the need for his sculpture, and a storm took it away. The steel tree was made for the site a decade ago, he said, after a living tree fell victim to the April Fools’ Day snowstorm of 1997. His 45-foot fish on the Legal Sea Foods headquarters on the Boston waterfront survived Irene, as did a sculpture on the Cape. - Danielle Dreilinger

SAGARINO STEPS IN - Maria Sagarino is serving as Stoneham’s acting town clerk after John D. Hanright’s death. Hanright suffered a fatal heart attack at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston on July 11. Hanright, 69, was elected town clerk in 1998 after serving on the Board of Assessors since 1975. He had been hospitalized June 30 with pneumonia. His death “has left such a hole in the office,’’ said Michelle Meagher, who works in the town clerk’s office.

- Brenda J. Buote

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