Saturday, June 24, 2017

Volunteers Needed – July 4 2017- Derby Wharf

Volunteers Needed – July 4, 2017, Derby Wharf

Salem’s July 4th event on Derby Wharf could use a few extra helping hands in Kid’s Space. Two 1-hour shifts are available, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the game area, at the coloring station, and at the face painting tent (Simple designs—you don't have to be an artist!) All volunteers get VIP seating tickets.  Please contact Ellen Talkowsky at 978-619-5676 or  if you are interested.

Events with traffic impact this weekend 6-24-6-25

Saturday, June 24: North Shore Pride

Riley Plaza will be closed for parking from 8 AM to 1 PM.  The parade will start at noon and run from Riley Plaza on New Derby, Derby, and Hawthorne Boulevard to the Common.  Expect temporary road closures from 11:30 to 12:30.

Sunday, June 25: NSMC Cancer Walk

The North Shore Medical Center Cancer Walk will start at the Willows at 8:30 AM and run down Memorial Drive, around the Common, down Lafayette Street to Salem State University, back up Lafayette Street, and along Derby and Fort Ave back the Willows.  Expect road closures from 8 AM to approximately 11 AM.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer picnic

Save the date for our summer picnic on Saturday, August 12 at the home of Dan and Carol Morgan.  Details and coordination for potluck dishes will follow as the date approaches.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Powerplant update - meeting outcomes including traffic

On behalf of; Christian Haselgrove

Yesterday evening, Footprint Power and Iberdrola met with the neighborhood in a meeting planned by Mayor Driscoll and Councillor McCarthy.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss extended work hours at the powerplant site: Iberdrola has requested an extension of their hours and Councillor McCarthy and Mayor Driscoll would like to gather feedback from the neighbors before a decision is made.

There were two main outcomes from the meeting:

Iberdrola's plan was not well enough defined at the meeting for comment.  They are preparing a document to detail their request, which I will forward on this list and will also be posted on our Facebook page.  There will then be opportunities to comment, certainly by e-mail and a web-based survey.  I hope to have this document in the next day or two; responses will need to come fairly quickly since Councillor McCarthy will need them before bringing the issue to the City Council for discussion and a vote.

Traffic by the site workers was also discussed.  Issues of speeding, recklessness, and general rudeness were raised, among others.  Iberdrola has pledged to take action if we provide pictures of cars (preferably with license plates visible!) whose drivers are not being good neighbors as they come and go.  E-mail pictures to Kevin Cornacchio, Footprint's coordinator with Iberdrola, at  Please be aware that tickets cannot be issued as a result since a police officer has to observe a violation to make a citation, but Iberdrola has promised to take action on their end to deal with workers who are driving through our neighborhood dangerously or rudely.

Please do let me know if you have questions or concerns, and I hope to send Iberdrola's plan in the next day or so.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Derby neighborhood public meeting

Forwarded from the City of Salem.

City of Salem Holding Public Meeting on Derby Neighborhood Envision 2020 Upgrades
Monday, June 26, 6:00 p.m., House of the Seven Gables

The City of Salem and its traffic engineering firm, VHB, will hold a public meeting to provide an update on the status of the ongoing Derby Neighborhood Envision 2020 work, a multi-phase effort to upgrade the roadway and sidewalks of the neighborhood around and including Derby Street. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 26, at 6:00 p.m. in the Holyoke Room at the House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street.

The Derby Neighborhood Envision 2020 initiative started in the Fall of 2015, to serve as a coordinated plan to implement nearly $2 million in mitigation funding intended for the neighborhood from both the Footprint power plant project and the National Grid cable replacement project, the latter of which is now complete. The task force includes representatives from the Historic Derby Street Neighborhood Association, the Ward 1 City Councillor, the City Engineer, the Director of Planning and Community Development, the Traffic and Parking Director, an officer from the Salem Police Department’s Traffic Division, and a representative each from Footprint, the National Park Service Salem Maritime Historic District, the House of the Seven Gables, and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

The group’s goal has been to create a unified vision for upgrades to the network of roads, sidewalks, and public spaces in the Derby Street neighborhood, consistent with the City’s nationally recognized complete streets policy, the unique historic nature of the corridor, and the needs and preferences of the neighborhood’s residents, businesses, and institutions.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Family Adventure Kayaking Programs

Family Adventure Kayaking Programs
Saturday, June 24th 10:30-12:30
Saturday, July 8th 10:30-12:30
Saturday, August 26th 2:00-4:00

The National Park Service at Salem Maritime National Historic Site is teaming up with Coast to Coast Paddle to offer low cost kayak and paddle board experiences for families. 

Adults enjoy a maritime history kayak tour in Salem Harbor with a National Park Service Ranger and a Coast to Coast Paddle Guide while kids have a stand up paddle board lesson and engage in fun water themed activities. 

$12.00 per person
Registration and information available by phone at 978-969-0151 or email

Departs from the Coast to Coast Paddle Rental Kiosk located at Salem Willows, 167 Fort Ave.