Friday, August 29, 2014

September Salem Days - Free Admission to Museum of Science

September Salem Days - Free Admission to Museum of Science
Museum of Science Welcomes Witch City Residents for Fifth Annual September Salem Days

—Salem Residents to Receive Free Exhibit Halls, Planetarium, and Omni Theater Passes
Thanks to the Norman H. Read Trust—

This September, Salem residents will have the opportunity to transport themselves through the solar system, fall in love with pandas, explore an exhibition that will revolutionize how you engage with your biology and manage your health, stand before one of the world’s most complete Triceratops fossils, and much more, all free of charge, when the Museum of Science hosts September Salem Days. This program, generously funded by the Norman H. Read Trust, will allow Salem residents to explore more than 700 exhibits, four Planetarium shows, and three giant-screen films in the Mugar Omni Theater. This is the fifth year that the Norman H. Read Trust is providing this exclusive opportunity for Salem residents at the Museum of Science.

"We are thrilled to welcome Salem visitors free of charge this September, thanks to the generosity of the Norman H. Read Trust," said Joan Hadly, the Museum’s senior vice president of advancement. “September Salem Days offers Salem residents an opportunity to embark on an exciting science adventure, and this year, for the first time, explore more than 70 interactive components in the Hall of Human Life."

The Norman H. Read Trust will also subsidize two free MBTA train rides to and from North Station. The first train ride will take place on Saturday, September 6. The second train ride, led by Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and family, will be held on Saturday, September 27. Both train rides will depart from Salem and the offer is only valid for the 10:38 a.m. North Station bound trains on each day. Museum of Science staff and volunteers will accompany passengers on both train rides to provide interpretive and hands-on science activities during the rides. Museum of Science volunteers will guide train riders from North Station to the Museum of Science.

"As a Trustee of the Norman H. Read Trust, I am thrilled to be part of this, the fifth year of the remarkably successful and unique program, September Salem Days. Designed for residents of Salem of all ages, this Program in partnership with the Museum of Science, allows for those students and families of Salem to enjoy free admissions to the Museum as many times as desired for the entire month of September,” said Trustee Dr. Nile Albright. “I am especially thrilled that Salem residents will have free admission to all exhibits, including the Museum’s newest permanent exhibit, the Hall of Human Life, in addition to the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni Theater. We also are pleased to offer two free train rides to Salem residents on Saturday, September 6 and 27. The Read Trust is an innovative supporter of science education city wide also with Science Discovery Centers in all the city schools and Salem High School. The donor, Norman H. Read, who loved science, would be pleased to know the entire community of Salem is benefiting from this Program. This Program offers unparalleled opportunity for our community."

“I would like to thank Dr. Nile Albright and the Norman H. Read Trust for funding this initiative that benefits all of Salem's residents,” said Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. “This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to experience a fun day of learning with their children."

Norman H. Read was a close friend and colleague of Museum founder Bradford Washburn. It was Dr. Albright who joined Read and Washburn for an expedition to the summit of Mount McKinley in 1955 to research who made the first successful assent of the 20,300-foot mountain in 1907.

September Salem Days Program Information
The program includes free Exhibit Halls, Planetarium, and Omni Theater passes for all Salem families, individuals, and children. Passes have been mailed to each Salem household and will admit up to four individuals. To obtain additional passes, residents can visit one of three distribution centers, which include Salem City Hall, Salem Public Library, and the Salem Parks and Recreation Department. Passes will also be distributed in classrooms at the Salem charter and public schools. Exhibit Hall passes can be presented at the Museum entrance with a valid Massachusetts driver's license or identification card indicating Salem residence. Charles Hayden Planetarium and Mugar Omni Theater passes must be exchanged for a timed ticket with valid identification. Salem residents must obtain passes in the mail or from a distribution center prior to arriving at the Museum. The Museum of Science will be closed on Tuesday, September 2.

Throughout the month of September, the Charles Hayden Planetarium will show Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Wonders of the Night Sky, Explore the Universe: Live!, and Moons: Worlds of Mystery. The Mugar Omni Theater will show Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk, Journey to the South Pacific, and Pandas: The Journey Home. Exhibit Halls highlights include the brand new Hall of Human Life, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center presentations, design challenges, and much more. For more information the public can call 617-723-2500 or visit

About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. The Hall of Human Life, a groundbreaking 10,000-square-foot exhibition drawing from the latest discoveries in the life sciences engages visitors in their own biology and health. Other highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, the Butterfly Garden and the new 4-D Theater. Reaching over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum’s “Science Is an Activity” exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®’s engineering curricula have reached over 76,700 teachers and 6.1 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for energy and sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science and "Best of New England -- Editors' Choice" for Best Sky Show; and is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population. The Museum's Undiscovered Worlds was recognized as the “Best Immersive—Fulldome Program” by the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Visit Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Derby Mile Road Race - Road Closure Info

From Robert K McCarthy
Councillor Ward One
Subject: Derby Mile Road Race - Road Closure Info
The Park, Recreation & Community Services Department, in partnership with B & S Fitness, will be hosting the 10th annual Derby Street Mile Road Race on Friday, August 22nd, at 7:00pm.

Please be advised Derby Street and all side streets leading into Derby Street will be closed to Traffic from approx. 6:45pm-7:30pm while the race is in progress.  Please plan accordingly and if you have any questions, please contact Katie Duffey, Recreation Supervisor at or 978-744-0180.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Seven Lectures at Seven Gables presents: Matthew E. Thomas

Seven Lectures at Seven Gables presents:
Matthew E. Thomas
author of Historic Powder Houses of New England

Wednesday August 20th
6 o'clock pm
Free for Members
$15 per person for non Members

Matthew E. Thomas developed a passion for American history as a young adolescent and has researched, written and published a dozen books and pamphlets on early New England history. He studied architecture and archaeology at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He founded New England Historical Research Associates in 1978. He served as past secretary of the Association of New Hampshire Historical Societies and has been a member of the Organization of American Historians and the New Hampshire Historical Society. Mr. Thomas currently serves as president and curator of the Fremont, New Hampshire Historical Society.

Reserve your spot by contacting


115 Derby Street, Salem, MA  01970
(978) 744-0991 x126

North Shore Veterans Benefits and Career Fair

From Robert K McCarthy
Councillor Ward One

North Shore Veterans Benefits and Career Fair

 Attention – North Shore military Veterans of all ages. The Town of Beverly is co-hosting an exciting and family friendly regional Veterans Expo. The event is co-hosted by VA Boston and VA Bedford and their friends at the Massachusetts Department of Career Services. The event promises a host of free Veteran support services to include healthcare checks and VA benefits claims, legal services, financial planning guidance seminars and more. Lots of local North Shore community services and recreational programs will be on-site to provide everything you need from “A to Z”. With numerous companies and schools on site, there are great opportunities to meet local employers and advance your career. With lots of free food, live music , kid’s activities and give aways, it will be a great time for all.~ Please note the following details:

Date/Time: Saturday, August 23, 2014; 10am-2pm

Location: Beverly High School~ 100 Sohier Street~ Beverly, MA

  • Benefits Fair (30-40 Vet Support Agencies including several VA services)
  • Job Fair (need major assist from Career Centers)
  • Free health care checks
  • Live Music
  • Free Food
  • Kids Activities
  • Regional coupons and give-aways

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Salem plans to use the funds to do the final paving, landscaping and lighting on the Blaney Street lot, and to build a harborwalk over a recently completed seawall. The harborwalk, which will have benches and lighting, will become the main pathway for pedestrians going and coming to the landing, an official said.
“It’s also a nice amenity for neighbors,” said Winn. “It just provides better access” to the waterfront.

Area that borders Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina Heading out to White Street
All the Junk Trees and the Invasive Bitter Sweet has been removed including the stumps.
All cleaned up.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bike Race 8/6 Road Closure Info

From Robert K McCarthy
Councillor Ward One

Subject: Bike Race 8/6 Road Closure Info
Witches Cup Bike Race - Wednesday, August 6th around the Salem Common

There will be No Parking around both sides of the perimeter of the Common beginning at 3pm, and at 4pm Route 1A from Winter Street to Essex Street will be closed to all traffic and all streets connecting to the Salem Common will be closed to traffic until approximately 8pm.

Residents will be allowed to access to their homes during this time from the end of the street which does not abut the Common.

Traffic Delays are expected.  Motorists should seek alternate routes during this time.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina

Antique & Classic Boat Festival

2014 Festival

August 23-24, Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem, MA

The flash of polished bronze and gleam of varnished wood across the water will be the order of the day as elegant antique and classic yachts sail into the host city of Salem, Massachusetts for the 32nd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival August 23-24. Mostly wood, primarily private yachts and aesthetically stunning, the vessels will be on display to the public over the weekend at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina. A hallmark of the Festival is the great variety of craft exhibited. “Where else,” says Pat Wells, Coordinator, “can one see 1900s-60s motor yachts, mahogany speedboats, sloops, yawls, schooners and a 19th century gold-leaf canoe! Although many of these craft are museum quality, they are real boats in the water and in use by their owners today.”
To the delight of the public, some skippers sport vintage garb; others display period d├ęcor or play a few tunes. Table settings and captivating floral arrangements might be found aboard a boat. Welcome mats are in evidence and children, pets and parrots have been known to enliven the scene. Many hospitable owners invite the public aboard for a personal tour, regaling visitors with tales of their boat’s history, memorable voyages and the joys and woes of restoring their classic.
A crafts fair, artists, old-time band music, children’s activities, the Blessing of the Fleet and boat parade round out this popular event.
Download a PDF copy of our 2014 Program or go to Plan Your Visit to see the 2014 Program online.

Parking on Derby Street Letter from The Mayor

From the Mayor:
This was sent to several residences and businesses in the neighborhood regarding parking on Derby Street