Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Salem Announces Planned Street Closures for October

From; Robert K McCarthy, Councillor Ward One

Subject: Planned Street Closures for October

Kimberley Driscoll

Salem Announces Planned Street Closures for October

SALEM, MA – The City of Salem has announced the following road closures and detours planned for events in October.  

For additional information, please contact the Traffic Division of the Salem Police Department at 978-744-0171 ext. 115 or online at www.salempd.net or www.salem.com. Travel and parking information for Salem’s October Haunted Happenings festival is online at www.hauntedhappenings.org, with detailed parking information at www.parkinginsalem.com. Follow street closure and traffic alerts for October in Salem on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GetThruOctober (@getthruoctober).

All information below is subject to change. The Salem Police Department will close any street at any time if they determine that a public safety issue exists.

·         October 2: Haunted Happenings Parade starts at 6:00 p.m. at Shetland Office Park on Congress Street. Residents should anticipate traffic delays on Route 114 and Route 1A. Route 1A from Derby Street to Brown Street will be closed to traffic from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Other road closures are Congress Street, Washington Street, Essex Street from Washington Street to Union Street, Central Street, Front Street, and Washington Square West, North, and South. There will be no parking tow zones along the entire parade route. Log onto www.salem.com for more detailed information.

 ·         October 4 and 5: Haunted Happenings BizBaz. There will be no parking at the meters along the portion of Essex Street between Hawthorne Boulevard and New Liberty Street beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday October 4 through Sunday October 5 at 9:00 p.m. This section of Essex Street will also be closed to through traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 ·         October 18: Salem YMCA Witch City 5K road race starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Salem Willows. No road closures are planned, however residents should anticipate traffic delays along the following roadways: Memorial Drive, Essex Street, Route 1A, Route 114 including Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, and Fort Avenue, ending at Restaurant Row.

 ·         October 19: Witch Ride Motorcycle Ride. Route 114 and Route 1A will be impacted, but not closed to traffic, from Marblehead to New Derby Street. Route 1A, including Derby Street, will be closed to traffic between Lafayette Street and Congress Street. Congress Street will also be closed to traffic. Residents should anticipate road closures and traffic delays from noon to 3:00 p.m. There will be a no parking tow zone on Derby Street between Lafayette and Congress Street from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 ·         October 25: Devil’s Chase road race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Salem Willows soccer field on Fort Avenue. No road closures are planned, however residents should traffic delays until 10:30 a.m. on the following roadways: Fort Avenue, Derby Street, Szetela Lane, Webb Street, Andrews Street, Washington Square, Essex Street, Charter Street, Central Street, Derby Street, Winter Island Road, Columbus Avenue, Restaurant Row, and Memorial Drive. Several no parking tow zones will be posted on Memorial Drive, Victory Road, and Larkin Lane.

 ·         October 31: Halloween events will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic delays throughout Salem for the entire day and night. Residents should expect major traffic delays on Route 114 and Route 1A. Downtown streets will close to all traffic no later than 4:00 p.m. These road closures include: Essex Street at Crombie Street and Barton Square to Union Street, Washington Street from New Derby Street to Bridge Street, Federal Street from St. Peter’s Street to North Street, Washington Square North and West from Essex Street to Brown Street, Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, Route 1A, Congress Street near Pickering Wharf, Charter Street, Central Street, Front Street, and Lafayette Street from New Derby Street to Front Street. Bridge Street at the Bypass Road will also close to all traffic between the westerly overpass ramps the Bypass Road from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for the closing fireworks.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bridge Street Sidewalk Reconstruction Information

From: Robert K McCarthy Councillor Ward One

Subject: Bridge St. Sidewalk Reconstruction Information

The  sub-contractors, working for the “T” are reconstructing the sidewalks under the overpass to improve accessibility. Also happening at the same time is the demolition of the Registry of Deeds building addition which abuts Bridge Street. The net result is that the only “Accessible Routes” for pedestrians are the two crossings at Washington and Bridge Street. This should be a relatively short situation and the City will update any improvements as they occur. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Public Safety Day - Sept. 20

From Robert K McCarthy
Councillor Ward One

Subject: Public Safety Day - Sept. 20

Kimberley Driscoll

City of Salem and Moose Family Center Hosts 6th Annual Public Safety Day

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and the Salem Moose Family Center are pleased to announce that they will hold the 6th Annual Public Safety Day at the Moose Lodge on 50 Grove Street in Salem on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.

Regarding the event, Mayor Driscoll stated, “I am grateful to the Moose for continuing to spearhead this event.  It offers a fun way for families to learn about being safe in their daily lives.”

Leo Dupuis, governor of the Moose Lodge, stated, “This is a great community event.  I look forward to the day being informative and fun.”

New this year, will be Bus Evacuation Drills. The children will learn what to do in the event of an emergency and how to evacuate the school bus by way of Front Entrance Door, Side Emergency Windows/Doors, Rear Emergency Door/Window, Roof Hatches, and Front Windshield. Demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

This year will be a 10:30 a.m.and an 11:30 a.m. demonstration by the City of Salem’s K-9 Unit, and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit will also hold demonstrations at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Image of McGuff the crime fighterThanks to the generosity of the Women of the Moose, seventy bike helmets will be available for
youngsters on a first come first serve basis.  There will also be a special appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog from 10:00 a.m. to noon.~ McGruff will be on hand distributing bike safety information and to pose for photographs with your children, so parents, don’t forget your cameras!

Another popular attraction will be the fire safety smoke house manned by the Salem Fire Department where children and adults can learn about fire safety.  The house is designed to give participants hands-on education about on how to escape a building that is on fire, where to go once outside and the importance of having a house fire evacuation plan, working smoke alarms in your house and other fire prevention messages. Once inside the trailer, participants will learn to find two ways out of any room, learn the places that smoke enters most buildings and have a chance to crawl low under smoke.

There will also be a wide-variety of public safety vehicles on for kids to explore including: a city fire engine, various police vehicles, an ambulance, and trucks from the Department of Public Services.

The City of Salem Health Department will be on-site offering free blood pressure readings and distributing flu and smoking cessation information.  The City will also be distributing information regarding the Council on Aging and its Park and Recreation programs. Also, residents can learn how to sign up for the City’s CODERED automated calling system and how to become an E-Mail subscriber so you can receive information posted n the City of Salem’s website.

At 1:00 p.m. the Salem Moose Lodge will present Tommy Moose stuffed animals to HAWC to be given to children when they experience a traumatic event.  In 2003, the Moose International Organization created the Tommy Moose community outreach program, where local chapters provide plush Moose dolls to first responders and social service agencies to be given to children when they experience a traumatic event.

Mixed in with a day of learning about public safety, there will be face painting, coloring and crafts for children, along with food to purchase.  There will be something for everyone, so please join us and have some fun while learning some important public safety information.  This event will take place rain or shine and is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Free Book Swap

From: Robert K McCarthy
 Counselor Ward One

Subject: Free Book Swap Saturday September 20th

Free Book Swap Saturday September 20; 10 am – 1 pm

On Saturday September 20, help yourself at a Free Book Swap! This is the eleventh book swap sponsored by SalemRecycles, the City of Salem’s Recycling Committee. The event will take place at the Senior Center at 5 Broad Street on Saturday September 20 from 10am – 1pm. 

The book swap is a great way to recycle any of your unwanted books, greeting cards; and commercial CDs, DVDs and videos. Take home a whole new selection of commercial media items, cards and even some bestselling books.  All books are accepted—even text books. No swap is needed--you can donate materials, take materials, or both!  Drop off will be held Friday, September 19, from 5:30-7 pm, or just bring your books between 9:45 am and noon on Saturday. 

Back by Popular Demand: SalemRecyclesBook Swap!

When: Saturday September 20, 10 am until 1 pm

**Please no book dealers or more than two bags per swapper before noon**

Where: City of Salem 5 Broad Street

Why: To promote re-use and recycling of books, greeting cards and other commercial media items (CD’s, DVD’s and videos).

Drop-Off: Friday, September 19, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the Senior Center at 5 Broad Street, or Saturday September 15, during book swap hours. Volunteers will be available to help.

Bring your excess books, greeting cards, and commercial CDs, DVDs and videos.  Items will be loosely categorized to help you in your hunt for free entertainment. All ‘unswapped’ items will be reused or recycled.

SalemRecycles is the City’s volunteer recycling committee which works to increase recycling and encourage positive recycling practices through educational outreach and special events.  Through the last eleven Book Swaps, SalemRecycles has hosted over 3,700 participants; recycled an estimated 40,000; books, and avoided almost 20 tons of landfill disposal.  For more information about SalemRecycles or the Book Swap, please call (978)-619-5679 or visit www.salem.com/recycling or GreenSalem.com.  Like SalemRecycles on Facebook.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September 11 Remembrance - 13th Anniversary

From: Robert K McCarthy
Councillor Ward One

Subject: September 11 Remembrance Service
September 11 Remembrance - 13th Anniversary

On September 11th at 10:00AM the Salem Fire Department will hold a Remembrance Service at Fire Headquarters, 48 Lafayette Street, in front of the memorial garden. Please join the men and women of the Salem Fire Department in a short but meaningful service of this significant event.


We will never forget…

 NYC, World Trade Center – Flight 93, Shanksville PA.- Pentagon, Washington DC

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Construction activity taking place at Blaney Street and at the site of the Footprint Dock


Kimberley Driscoll

September 2, 2014

Dear Salem Wharf Neighbor,

During the month of September, there will be a significant amount of construction activity taking
place at Blaney Street and at the site of the Footprint Dock.

Beginning this week, the contractor will be installing new lighting and grading along the Footprint
side of the Blaney Street parking lot. In addition, some pavement areas will be marked for future
pavement work. This will require some parking restrictions for an estimated 3 days. Signage will be
posted that will notify you of any temporary parking restrictions that will be in place.

Beginning late this week and continuing over the next two weeks, Becket Street may be temporarily
closed to traffic for short periods of time to allow for deliveries of large equipment and
construction materials to the Blaney Street site. Advanced notices will be posted and delivered to
Becket Street residents to inform folks of when these deliveries are to occur. Other deliveries
associated with the work at the Footprint Dock will be made, but should have no impact to the
Blaney Street /Derby Street area.

Thank you for our patience while we undertake these improvements. We will continue to update you
over the coming weeks. If you have any questions related to this project, please feel free to
contact Kathy Winn, Deputy Director of Planning and Community Development via email at
kwinn@salem.com. I will be at the meeting of the Historic Derby Street Neighborhood Association on
Monday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the House of the Seven Gables and would be happy to discuss
this work with you then, as well.


                                                             Kimberley Driscoll Mayor
                                         City of Salem

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