Saturday, July 29, 2017

August potluck picnic

Join us Saturday, August 12, from 4 PM at Dan and Carol Morgan's at 24.5 Hardy Street for our summer picnic.  The picnic will be on rain or shine!

Bring a picnic item to share (appetizer, salad, side, or dessert), something for the grill, and a lawn chair or a picnic blanket to sit on.  BYOB, beer and wine only.  Soft drinks, lemonade, watermelon, and all paper and plastic goods will be provided by HDSNA.

Please RSVP to Margaret Crosby ( or 781-738-1669) with how many people you will be and what you will bring so we can balance the menu.

Mark your calendar for the following meeting on Monday, September 11 featuring Mayor Driscoll.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 Salem Maritime Festival-“Maritime 101”

2017 Salem Maritime Festival-“Maritime 101” 
Friday, August 4 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Saturday, August 5 from 10:00am - 8:00pm 
Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm 

The 2017 Salem Maritime Festival, a celebration of "Maritime 101," will be held Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6, 2017 and hosted by the National Park Service on the historic wharves and in the yards of the historic buildings at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. In its 29th year, the 3–day Salem Maritime Festival offers an exciting array of free fun for everyone, including live music, harbor cruises, craft demonstrations, re-enactors, story-telling, visiting vessels, fish painting, kite-flying, radio-controlled boats, and much more!

See attached Press Release for more details. Press release is available on-line at:

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

City of Salem to Host Public Dialogue on Homelessness

Over the last several months, Salem city and police officials, in concert with representatives from Lifebridge, North Shore Community Health Center, North Shore Community Action Program, and the regional Workforce Investment Board have been exploring strategies to address the growing transient homeless population in and around Salem. While Salem has been a regional leader in providing shelter and supportive housing options for homeless individuals, there is still a shortage of available housing units, as well as supportive services necessary to keep individuals off the streets long term.

Some people who are homeless struggle with serious health, mental health or addiction disabilities that interfere with their ability to hold employment. In addition, many homeless people have education deficits, limited job skills, or gaps in their work history that make it difficult for them to obtain living wage employment. Thus, most people who are homeless not only need housing, but access to services to foster ongoing housing stability, improved health and maximum self-sufficiency.

The coalition has been working toward a strategy that would not abandon one of the community’s most vulnerable populations, but would also recognize and address some of the nuisance-like behavior of homeless individuals in and around public spaces in Salem. The group has been working on building opportunities to connect our homeless population to services, while also enforcing local laws and increasing police visibility and walking beats in and around the downtown and areas where the homeless congregate.

The coalition is putting together a plan to provide additional case workers and community outreach services to the homeless population in Salem and will be implementing a jobs component that will connect those willing and able members of the transient population to work as day laborers.
Salem is a compassionate community and transient panhandlers report bringing in upwards of $200 or more per day. Unfortunately, too often these dollars are used to support behaviors that lead to nuisances in public spaces. The final piece of the plan consists of a public education campaign that will alert residents and visitors to this concern and identify an alternative giving strategy to help support services for Salem’s transient population.

Because it is important to involve residents, business owners, community groups, as well as homeless individuals and families in a conversation about what the community can do collectively to address the issue of homelessness, all are invited to participate in a public dialogue on this issue on Thursday, July 27, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Hall, 160 Derby Street in Salem.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Salem Maritime Festival

Save the dates for this year's Salem Maritime Festival at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, August 4-6:

The NPS is looking for volunteers to help at the festival (and is particularly interested in engaging the neighborhood).  Volunteers are asked to work at least two hour shifts on Saturday, August 5th between 8am and 7pm and Sunday, August 6th between 11am and 7pm.  Jobs include working at the information tent both days and helping with setup and cleanup on Saturday and cleanup on Sunday.

For more information and to sign up, contact Susan Russo at

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cleanup of Swiniuch Park

Brianna Kenny has arranged a cleanup of Swiniuch Park this Sunday from 10am.  Contact her at for more information or just stop by to help!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Meeting with BHCM

Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina (at the end of White Street, adjacent to the Blaney Street lot) will soon be starting construction of a new building.  The marina has organized a presentation to share their construction plans with the neighborhood; the meeting will be held Tuesday, July 18 at 7 PM at the House of the Seven Gables.

From the marina:

    We would like to get a meeting in with our neighbors to inform 
    and discuss the building plans before we file with the city and 
    start having public meetings. This would give the neighbors the 
    opportunity to discuss one on one with us any concerns and get 
    a better understanding of the project prior to the public meetings.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Iberdrola 2nd Shift Request July 13th at 6:30pm

Dear Neighbors,

As you may recall, a neighborhood meeting was held on June 13th in connection with a request by Iberdrola, the contractor building the power plant, for an extension of work hours. Iberdrola has requested an extension of hours that would allow a work crew of approximately 140 workers (significantly smaller than the size of the current daytime construction crews) to conduct welding and other low noise operations in the evening between 5pm and midnight. By bringing on a smaller night time crew, the contractor will be able to ready work for the next day and advance the project schedule. The goal of this temporary, night time work would be to help bring the project to completion in a faster manner.

We recognize that work on the current project impacts the neighborhood. Traffic, noise, and dust are hard to avoid during the construction of a project of this size, especially given the proximity to residential abutters. For that reason, the City has been unwilling to grant Iberdrola's request without some consensus from the neighborhood on the request to extend construction hours. During the June 13th meeting, Iberdrola provided additional information on the work that would be undertaken during the extended hours and also offered to establish a $250,000 fund for grants to homeowners living in close proximity to the plant to help with home repairs, weatherization and/or noise reduction upgrades, along with some additional funding for new green space that will be constructed between the power plant and Collins Cove. At the conclusion of the June 13th meeting, we requested that Iberdrola provide more detailed information in writing related to their request for the extension of hours, as well as additional details regarding the funding proposal.