Wednesday, May 27, 2015

June Meeting June 8 House of Seven Gable

Demolition has been underway and construction will soon begin at the Salem Harbor Power Plant. Footprint Energy will talk about the activities at the next HDSNA meeting on June 8th, 7:00 pm at the House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street. In addition to a presentation by Footprint, there will be time to ask questions.

Also: The Salem Council on Aging and Jewish Family and Children’s Service are working on an initiative called “Salem for the Ages.” The goal is to learn more about how the City of Salem can best respond to the needs of residents as they age. Be part of the discussion and meet with the coordinator of this initiative on June 1st at 7:00 pm at the home of Mira Riggin, 2 Curtis Street. Please contact Mira at if you want to attend.

Finally, if you have not already paid your dues ($5 per household). please remember to pay them at the next meeting on June 8th.

Thank you!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Waste Management to Take Over Salem Trash and Recycling Collection June 1

From: Robert K McCarthy
Councillor Ward One

Just received this from the Mayor's Office.

Waste Management to Take Over Salem Trash and Recycling Collection June 1
New multi-year contract currently being finalized with company

Salem, MA – Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll today announced that the City will be transitioning to a new curbside trash and recycling collection contractor effective June 1. As of that date the City’s trash, recycling, and yard waste collection will be conducted by Waste Management.

“Waste Management will be assigned the existing contract for a period of one month, as we work to negotiate and finalize a new multi-year contract with the company to officially commence July 1,” said Mayor Driscoll. “Over the last several months the existing contractor’s performance has significantly deteriorated and become a growing source of frustration for our residents and our City staff. Several weeks ago we began the process of legally separating ourselves from them and transitioning to a new vendor. I am pleased to announce that the new vendor, Waste Management, will be starting June 1.”

Between now and June 1st, residents who experience a missed trash or recycling pick-up should report it by calling 978-619-5673 or reporting it via The daily list of missed collections will be sent to Elite Waste Disposal, who is being contracted by the City to supplement the current contractor, Northside Carting, and help collect missed pick-ups. Elite will work to address the missed pick-up within 48 hours.

City officials are negotiating a new contract with Waste Management that will be submitted to the City Council before the end of the current fiscal year on June 30. That new contract will commence July 1 and additional details about it will be released once they are finalized. More information about the new collection contractor and any applicable changes to the City’s trash and recycling regulations will be posted at and sent via the City’s News & Announcements city-wide email list (


About Waste Management

Waste Management ( is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 20 million customers in the U.S. and Canada. As part of our strategy, we are committed to developing new waste solutions that can help communities and organizations achieve their green goals, including zero waste. With the largest network of recycling facilities, transfer stations and landfills in the industry, our entire business can adapt to meet the needs of every distinct customer group. In 2012, we worked with over 100 Fortune 500 companies and helped over 150 different communities become greener.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sweepers returning on May 28th

From:Robert K McCarthy
Councillor Ward One

Subject: Sweepers returning to the following streets on Monday, May 18th

Sweepers will be back on the streets listed below on Monday, May 18th to finish cleaning your street, as the contractor did not complete its route last week.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  

Sweeping will take place from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. During that time period a No Parking Tow Zone area will be in effect on your street which will be posted with temporary orange tow zone signs.  All cars must be removed from both sides of the street so that sweeping can take place

Once the sweeper has finished cleaning your street, you can move your vehicle back on roadway.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this beautification effort.

Rockdale Ave.

Boardman St.
Cromwell St.
Derby St.  #1-179
Rice St.

Aborn St.
Albion St.
Butler St.
Henry St.
Nichols St.
Ober St.
Purchase St.
Rawlins St.
Scotia St.
South St.
Summit St. (#5-32)
Wall St.

Atlantic St.
Charles St.
Clover St.
Daisy St.
Day Ave.
Fairview Ave.
Forest Ave. 
Hersey St.
Linden St.
Lussier St.
Pacific St.
Raymond Ave.
Raymond Rd.
Raymond Terr.
Rose St.
Shore Ave.
Wisteria St.

Hodges Ct.

Chestnut St. 
Federal St (Monroe St. to Flint St.)
Warren St.

Orleans Ave.
Verdon St.
Crosby St.
Sable Rd. West
Scenic Ave.
Vista Ave.
Ugo Rd.
Whalers Ln.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

News on the Blaney Street Lot

The time the lot will be closed has been extended. 

The Blaney Street parking lot will be reopening to vehicles on Thursday, May 21st. Paving work will be undertaken Monday and final striping on Wednesday, so no vehicles will be allowed onto the lot until Thursday

Robert K McCarthy

Councillor Ward One

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Annual Preservation Awards Also Will Be Presented 

May 11, 2015, Salem MA  –  The 1849 California gold rush will add spice to the story of prominent Salem architect and master builder Enoch Fuller, the subject of a special lecture at the 2015 annual meeting of Historic Salem, Inc. (HSI), on Wednesday, May 27. The public is invited to this event to be held in the Salem Five Community Room.

The event begins at 5:30 pm with a reception and light refreshments. The brief business meeting will take place at 6:00 pm, followed by the Preservation Awards and lecture. The Salem Five Community Room is at 210 Essex Street, on the pedestrian mall, in historic Salem, Mass. Parking is available in the nearby Museum Place garage.

HSI’s annual Preservation Awards will be given to owners of businesses, organizations, collections, and private homes who have demonstrated a passion for historic preservation in Salem. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

This Week's Salem Cable Project Newsletter

From:Robert K McCarthy
Councillor Ward One

Dear Neighbors -

Our contractors continue trench excavation on Hawthorne Boulevard, just north of the Derby Street intersection. Once this is complete, the next step is to install duct bank that will eventually house the new underground transmission cables. As you may have noticed, this work is done in 100 to 150 foot sections. Accordingly, it is likely that when the duct bank is installed, that the westbound lane on Derby Street will be detoured for part of the day. As always, police details will be present to facilitate traffic management and to assist everyone through the work zone.

As noted in last week's newsletter, mid-week our contractors resumed work at the Washington Square South manhole site. This work consists of putting in place additional underground supports to increase crew safety and allow the manhole installation to move forward. As a result of this process, Washington Square South will be closed to through traffic during construction with access for residents and emergency vehicles only. The street will be reopened for all traffic at the end of each work day. As reminder, there is no Salem Cable Project construction on the weekends.

Crews are also making good progress inside the Canal Street Station, as they work to make updates necessary for the modern, underground transmission cables. Work will continue inside the confines of the Canal Street Station property throughout the summer, but will not impact roads or traffic. 

Next week all of the above mentioned work will continue on Hawthorne Boulevard, Washington Square South, and inside the Canal Street Station. 

If you haven't already, please follow our updates on social media. Our Facebook and Twitter updates are good resources -- in addition to our website, and toll-tree hotline -- if you would like information in addition this weekly newsletter.

As always, please don't hesitate to be in touch with any questions you may have. We look forward to continuing our work to keep you informed.

Darin Swimm
Community Outreach Director
Salem Cable Project 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

How immigration became illegal - House of Seven Gables

Community Conversation at The Gables - "How Immigration Became Illegal" with Salem State University Professor Aviva Chomsky

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

May Meeting

Join your neighbors on Monday, May 11th, 7:00 pm at the House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street for the HDSNA monthly meeting. 

Almost two years ago, Salem was hit by Superstorm Sandy. Our neighborhood was spared the consequences of being hit head on. How would your home have fared if we had experienced the full blunt of the storm? Barbara Warren, Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch (and a resident of our neighborhood) will show us why certain areas of our neighborhood are likely to flood and precautions that you can take.

Jeff Cohen, Recycling Enforcement Coordinator will also provide an update on recycling efforts in the City.

Hope to see you there!