Boxford Receives New Grant

The Town of Boxford was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $286,493 for Hazard Mitigation. The Massachusetts Energy Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are responsible for distributing approximately $13.2 million in federal aid for all hazard mitigation associated with sever winter storms, snowstorms, and flooding. Grants like these are hugely important for towns to boost their resiliency to natural hazard events, of which …

Power Outage Updates

DATE: November 1, 2017 TIME: 12:00 PM SUBJECT: Situational Awareness Statement: Storm Impacts and Ongoing Power Restoration   Situation: Total MA power outages are currently 34,425 as of 12:00 PM. Significant outages are located primarily in the northeastern part of the state (Merrimack Valley and Essex County). National Grid: 33,255 Eversource East: 1,170 Eversource West: 0 Unitil: 0   National Grid: All community liaisons remain active Storm rooms open in …

Scott Berkenbush Retirement

This past weekend, I had the honor of celebrating Scott Berkenbush’s distinguished career with the West Newbury Fire Department at an event for his retirement. Scott has served the West Newbury community for 46 years, from firefighter at the age of 19 to fire chief for the last eight years. The public safety community came together to express their sincere appreciation for Berkenbush’s service and wish him well in retirement. …

Boxford Flu Clinic

Boxford Board of Health Rite Aid Flu Clinic The Boxford Board of Health and Rite Aid will be conducting a Flu Clinic on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017 at Boxford Town Hall from 10am until NOON Please be aware of the following criteria for receiving the vaccine: 9 years of age or older Pregnant women are required to have a note from their physician to receive the vaccine Vaccines CANNOT be …

West Newbury Fall Trail Hike

Enjoy our beautiful town in autumn – a one hour hike with scenic vistas! For questions or cancellation due to weather visit: Sunday, October 22, 2017 1:00 PM Walker Property, West Newbury See Greenbelt’s newest property connecting Indian Hill Farm Reservation to South Street Woodlots. Parking: Greenbelt’s Indian Hill Farm Reservation lot, Indian Hill Street Refresh with free cider and apples from Long Hill Orchards.

Relay for Life Volunteer Day

VOLUNTEERING NEEDED! Relay for Life will be getting together to prepare for the Santa Parade. This will include wrapping hersey kisses and helping get decorations ready for our float. ANYONE AND EVERYONE ARE INVITED! You do not need to be a part of Relay – bring family members, fellow Relayers, friends, neighbors. The more the merrier! This can also be used for anyone who needs community service hours.

House Hold Hazardous Waste Day

Town of Newbury, Massachusetts House Hold Hazardous Waste Day NO FEE to Newbury Residents, MUST show Proof of Residency Accepted Material: Place accepted materials in cardboard or rigid plastic containers, in their original or labeled containers if possible. Do NOT pack in plastic bags. From the WORKBENCH and SHED: oil based paint and stain hobby/artist supplies, photography chemicals fiberglass resin, adhesives, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides fertilizers containing pesticides, pool chemicals, cesspool …

New Local Recycling Grants

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded three grants through the Recycling Dividends Program. The town of Boxford was awarded $7,200, the town of Merrimac was awarded $3,500, and the city of Haverhill was awarded $35,000 to further each of their efforts in maintaining comprehensive recycling programs. With the help of these grants, each town can continue to reduce waste in the community. Please click here to learn more about these grants and …

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Attended a very moving ceremony at the Essex County correctional facility, recognizing National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Thank you to Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger for putting this on and to all who attended including good friends Linda Dean Campbell, Diana DiZoglio, Bruce Tarr, Brad Hill and Donald Wong. We’re pictured here with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Francisco Urena. We must never forget our Missing in Action and Prisoners of War.

Timothy Beech, Eagle Scout

I had the sincere honor of attending a ceremony at St. Ann’s church for Timothy Beech, where I presented a citation for achieving the status of Eagle Scout, something only about 4% of scouts ever achieve. Timothy helped create a sustainable food pantry/community donation center for the Town of West Newbury for his final project. Congratulations Timothy!