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August 7, 2011

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The Board of Selectmen and Conservation Commission recently voted to hold another bow-and-arrow deer hunt on public land. Last year a pilot program saw 24 local hunters kill 13 deer, said Robert Douglas, Andover’s conservation director. The program was started to manage the town’s deer population for several reasons, including that the large number of deer were eating entire ground-level portions of forests before tree seedlings and saplings could grow back. This year, the hunt will expand from a maximum of 25 hunters to 50, with five to 10 spots reserved for nonresidents, Douglas said. Hunters, including those who participated last year, must apply for a local permit as well as pass an archery test. Anyone interested in applying should write a letter to the Conservation Commission at Town Offices, 36 Bartlet St., Andover, MA 01810, detailing their hunting history and skill level. This year’s hunt will be held from Oct. 17 to Dec. 31.

- Katheleen Conti

ELECTION FIELD SET - With Tuesday’s deadline to return nomination papers now passed, the field for this fall’s city election is set. There are eight contests, including two races - for mayor and the City Council’s Ward 4 seat - that will require preliminary elections. In the mayor’s race, incumbent William F. Scanlon Jr. is vying with City Council president Michael P. Cahill, former council president Timothy P. Flaherty, and past mayoral and city council candidate Euplio R. “Rick’’ Marciano. In the Ward 4 race, James T. Carnazza, Scott D. Houseman, and John J. Mullady are competing to succeed Kevin F. Hobin, who is not running for reelection. Five candidates are competing for three at-large council seats: incumbent Paul M. Guanci; D. Scott Dullea; former city solicitor Marshall J. Handly; Elliott C. Margolis; and Jason C. Silva, chief of staff to Salem Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll. Ward 2 Councilor D. Wesley Slate is being challenged by Rosemary A. Maglio. Ward 3 Councilor James F. Latter is being challenged by Patrick D. Dello Russo Jr. Two candidates are competing to succeed retiring Ward 6 Councilor Judith Cronin: Christine E. Bertoni and Brett R. Schetzsle. There is one School Committee race, in Ward 4, where Michael Gendre and Matthew J. Kavanagh are vying to succeed Karen H. Fogarty. Seven incumbent councilors and School Committee members are running unopposed for reelection. The preliminary election is Sept. 20, and the final election is Nov. 8. - John Laidler

SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARDS - The Danvers Committee for Diversity is accepting nominations for the town’s 2012 Drum Major for Justice awards. The committee presents the awards at the town’s annual Martin Luther King Day Dinner each January to honor local people and corporate entities that have shown a deep commitment to social justice, and who have shown leadership in advancing tolerance. Those submitting a nomination are asked to include a brief description of why they believe their nominee embodies those qualities. Nominations can be submitted until Sept. 15 to Susan Fletcher, Department of Planning and Human Services, Town Hall, 1 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. For more information, call Fletcher at 978-777-0001, ext. 3027. - John Laidler

BOARDWALK EXPLORED - With help from students at Salem State University, the town is conducting a feasibility study for building a boardwalk along the Essex River, funded by a state grant. A boardwalk would provide greater accessibility to the river, according to Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki. From the study, the town hopes to determine the scope of the project, cost, environmental impact, and other factors that the town will consider before committing to the project, Zubricki said.

- David Rattigan

TURBINE HEIGHT DEMONSTRATION - The City Council’s Planning and Development Committee is reviewing a special permit application from Gloucester Engineering to place two commercial wind turbines on the company’s Dory Road property in Blackburn Industrial Park. In the application, filed under the legal entity Equity Industrial Gloucester LLC, the company said the project “will help lower Gloucester Engineering’s energy costs and reduce/eliminate rolling ‘brownouts’ which have hampered productivity during summer peak loads.’’ The company said it would share revenues from the turbine with the city. The Planning and Development Committee was set to begin its review of the proposal at its meeting last Wednesday. Committee members are scheduled to make a site visit on Saturday at 9 a.m., when Gloucester Engineering will have a helicopter hover over the location to give them an idea of the height of the proposed turbines, according to City Clerk Linda Lowe. - John Laidler

OPENINGS ON BOARDS - The Board of Selectmen is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Finance and Advisory Committee and Conservation Commission. Interested candidates should send a letter to selectmen at Town Hall, 577 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA 01936. - David Rattigan

MAKING A DIFFERENCE - As part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, which begins in September, Northern Essex Community College is honoring college community members who have made a difference in the lives of others. The college is seeking nominations for its “Making a Difference’’ awards. Nominees may include graduates of the college who have achieved personal and/or professional success or given back to the college or community; faculty or staff members who have demonstrated exemplary performance; or community members who have shown a strong commitment to helping fulfill NECC’s mission. The top 50 nominees will be recognized at the college’s 50th anniversary gala in April. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1. A committee of faculty and staff members will review the nominations and select the award recipients. For more about the awards or to find a nomination form, visit - Brenda J. Buote
AFFORDABLE HOUSING REHAB - Acting at the request of the town’s Fair Housing Committee, selectmen recently voted to use the funding allocations from the North Shore HOME Consortium from the last two years to help cover the cost of rehabilitating four affordable rental units in the Sewall Building on Elm Street. The consortium provides annual funding from the federal HOME program. In other business July 27, selectmen appointed Linda A. Doliber, Kerry O’Shaughnessy, Kyle Wiley, and Andrew Christensen to the Marblehead Forever Committee, which plans events celebrating the town’s history. - John Laidler

EXPANSION FOR JAY GEE’S - A business mainstay on Lowell Street since 1982, Jay Gee’s Ice Cream & Fun Center is looking to add an ice cream shop on Route 28 in Salem, N.H., by March. Richard Giuffrida, who owns the business with his brothers Joseph, Dan, and Rob Giuffrida, purchased property on South Broadway (Route 28) in Salem in September. He is now talking to Salem’s Planning Board about demolishing the current structure on the site - formerly a Hooters and later the Jolly Beggar Man - to make way for a 3,600-square-foot building. Jake’s Wayback Burgers, part of a national restaurant chain, would move into the new building along with the ice cream shop. The demolition plan came about after the current building’s roof collapsed under heavy snow last winter. - Karen Sackowitz

HELP AGAINST CHRONIC PAIN - Elder Services is offering a six-week healthy aging workshop series this fall. The program, “My Life, My Health,’’ will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday from Sept. 14 to Oct. 19 at the YWCA Greater Newburyport, 13 Market St. The program is designed to help individuals who suffer from a chronic disease or chronic pain. Participants will learn strategies that can enhance their quality of life, improve their ability to communicate with doctors, reduce stress, and increase energy levels. To register for the series, call Connie at 978 465-9922, ext. 44. - Brenda J. Buote

North Andover
UPDATE ON TOWN MANAGER - The Town Manager Search Committee is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall to receive an update from consultant Thomas J. Groux on applications received. Groux, of Groux and Associates in Chatham, said he will go over the process for reviewing applications, and determine the committee’s screening and interview process. The position opened up when Mark Rees left the job last month to serve as city manager in Portland, Maine, last month. Since the position was advertised on July 14, approximately 20 applications have come in, Groux said, adding he expects to get more than 50. In order to receive full consideration, candidates should apply by Aug. 15, he said. Depending on the review process, Groux said, the committee may narrow down the applications to about five finalists and present them to the Board of Selectmen by the middle of next month.

- Katheleen Conti

ELECTION TAKES SHAPE - Races for mayor, councilor at large, and School Committee are among the contests in this fall’s city election. In the mayor’s race, Councilor at Large Edward A. “Ted’’ Bettencourt Jr. and Sean R. Fitzgerald, former chief of staff to Mayor Michael J. Bonfanti, are vying to succeed the retiring Bonfanti. Incumbents Anne M. Manning-Martin, James K. Liacos, David C. Gravel, and Michael V. Garabedian will be joined by challengers Russell P. Donovan, Thomas L. Gould, and Robert A. Croce Jr. on the ballot for five at-large City Council seats. Donovan lost a bid for mayor in 2009. Gould is owner of Treadwell’s Ice Cream; Croce has run previously for city office. Four candidates are running for School Committee: incumbents Brandi L. Carpenter, Edward A. Charest, and David D. McGeney, and challenger Bernard G. Russell Jr. In other races, Ward 1 Councilor Barry Osborne is being challenged by Robert D. Forti, who unsuccessfully opposed him two years ago. Ward 3 Councilor Rico E. Mello is vying with two challengers: Thomas K. Serino and Steven W. Jennings. Five candidates are competing for four library trustee seats: incumbent Martha L. Cavanaugh, Dianne Gagnon Caputo, Linda J. Quigley, Tracy M. Valletti, and Richard A. Heath. There are five candidates for two Municipal Light Commission seats: incumbent Thomas M. D’Amato, and William C. Aylward, Brian A. Birmingham, Walter T. Pilkons, and Dennis M. Feld. A preliminary election will be held on Sept. 20 in the Ward 3 council and Light Commission races. - John Laidler

BOAT ACCESS TO WILLOWS - One of the city’s attractions just became more accessible by boat. The Park, Recreation, and Community Services Department recently installed a new gangway and public float at the Salem Willows Park pier. The city purchased the gangway and float from North Shore Marine of Salem, which also did the installation. The project’s $47,000 cost was covered through the city’s capital improvement program. Salem had been without a public float and gangway at Salem Willows since the previous ones were destroyed by a storm about six years ago that also damaged the pier, according to Douglas Bollen, the city’s Park, Recreation, and Community Services Department director. The pier was repaired not long after the storm and again following a subsequent storm. The new float and gangway will allow boaters to drop off visitors at the park, at the end of Fort Avenue. - John Laidler

COOK AN UNSUNG HEROINE - Nancy Cook, a former town clerk and volunteer on several town committees, has been honored by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. The organization recently named Cook as a 2011 Unsung Heroine. Each year, the award is presented to 100 women across the state for their local civic leadership. Cook is leading Westford’s 9-11 Committee, which will honor the memories of the two Westford residents who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks with a tribute that is expected to take place next month. A native of the Forge Village area of Westford, Cook now resides in the town’s Graniteville section with her husband, Chet Cook, former owner of Cook Oil Co.

- Brenda J. Buote

West Newbury
WATERING RESTRICTIONS - With temperatures up and rain scarce, town officials have issued a mandatory water restriction. Outdoor watering by residents with odd-numbered addresses is restricted to odd calendar dates, while those with even-numbered addresses are restricted to watering on even dates. Hours of watering are 6 to 9 a.m., or 6 to 9 p.m. Residents can only water during one of those time slots under the restriction. The Board of Water Commissioners is asking all residents to stop watering their lawns and instead concentrate on gardens, plants, and shrubs. The board instituted a voluntary water restriction on June 20, but bumped it up to a mandatory restriction on July 22. “There has been a significant increase in daily pumping at the well field, and well levels have also dropped off significantly,’’ the board said in a statement announcing the change.

- Taryn Plumb


BRIDGE CLOSED TO VEHICLES - Memorial Bridge has been closed permanently to motor vehicles. The deteriorating 90-year-old lift-span bridge that carries Route 1 over the Piscataqua River and connects Portsmouth with Kittery, Maine, has been closed several times in recent year for inspections and repairs. A recent inspection found that the plates that hold girders in place as well as the floor beams have deteriorated beyond repair. A replacement bridge is being planned, but it will not open until 2014. In the meantime, bicyclists and pedestrians still will be allowed to use the bridge, and it will still be raised and lowered to accommodate river traffic.

- Tom Long

RIVER PLAN RELEASED - State officials have released a draft of a management plan for the Souhegan River. About 30 local landowners attended a public hearing on the 400-page report designed to protect against extremely low water levels that could damage fish and other river life, or harm public water supplies and recreation. The plan, which covers 31 miles of river and 211 square miles of watershed, has been in the works for a decade. It regulates the drawing of water from the river by farms and golf courses, and has rules for occasional bans on outdoor water use. A 30-day public comment period on the plan is scheduled to end on Aug 25, after which the state Department of Environmental Services will review the plan.

- Tom Long

BARN TAKING SHAPE - The construction of a replica barn at the historic Marion Tavern at Grand View Farm should be complete by late next month or early October. The foundations have been poured and the framing, including the red-cedar roof tresses, is nearly all in place, according to the assistant town manager, Thomas Hickey. “It’s on schedule and on budget,’’ Hickey said of the project, which got underway in May. Linwood Construction of Somerville is doing the work. The 6-acre site was acquired by the town in 2001, and is being restored for use as a meeting and function facility. - John Laidler

WALLY TO VISIT FEAST - Wally the Green Monster just might be spotted around the city munching on an Italian sausage next weekend. The Red Sox mascot is due to make an appearance between 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday at the Feast of St. Rocco, a three-day celebration on Pearl Street that starts Friday. The hours are 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 9 p.m. next Sunday. The final day’s highlight is the St. Rocco Procession, scheduled for 2 p.m. A statue of the saint, venerated by Catholics as a protector against contagious diseases, will be carried through Edgeworth, the city’s Italian neighborhood. For details, visit - Kathy McCabe

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