, Newburyport, MA

June 24, 2013

Public invited to discussion of scenic byway Thursday

Salisbury Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — The town’s participation in the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway will be discussed at a public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.

Residents are invited to learn about and discuss the development of the state-designated roadway linking the coastal communities on Boston’s North Shore as part of a regional, cultural, tourism initiative. The forum Thursday night will consist of a presentation on the overall initiative and key recommendations for its implementation in Salisbury, followed by an open discussion when input will be accepted.

In response to interest from community leaders, Salisbury’s incorporation into the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway alignment began this spring. A short-term planning process is guided by Brown Walker Planners, Inc., of Newburyport, with assistance from the Essex Heritage.

Local input is provided by an advisory group whose members represented the municipal, business and cultural stakeholders of the community. Completion of the planning process will pave the way for Salisbury prospective byway sites and interested stakeholders to engage in the ongoing development of the regional byway.

The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway is a regional partnership initiative of the Essex National Heritage Commission, designated by Congress as the manager of the Essex National Heritage Area.

For more information about the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, visit


On June 15, the Salisbury Hurricanes defeated Topsfield 12-10 to win the Senior Division of the Essex County Women’s Softball League.

Members of the championship team of athletes are: Kendal Mitchell, Hannah Burd, Rachel Rowe, Tessa Boyle, Hailey Johnson, Brittney Nelsnik, Gigi Medrano, Jessica Janvrin, Tina Gordon, Carissa Boyle, Calee Merenda, and coaches Jeff Johnson, Bob Mitchell and Rob Merenda,


Salisbury Public Library children’s summer reading program starts today and it will have kids “Dig into Reading” for the following six weeks of fun times for children and their adult companions. Events include visits from entertainers and educators, animals and puppets.

Stop by the library to enroll a child — and learn more about Digger, the program’s star — as well as obtain a complete schedule of events and activities. For more information, call 978-465-5071.


The Pettengill Cup Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, July 29, at Ipswich Country Club, with all proceeds going to Pettengill House, a social service agency headquartered in Salisbury.

Run by Newbury teenager Tom Walsh, the cost is $200, and businesses or individuals can sponsor a tee for $100.

“We are close to our goal of 110 golfers,” Walsh said. “We are also trying to get 100 tee sponsors.”

For more information, contact Walsh at 978-512-9935, or


The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society has new hours for its adoption center. The new hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

July 1 is the deadline to get a cat’s photo into the 2014 MRFRS Cat Calendar. Email for guidelines on electronic or print submission.

On Thursday, 20 percent of the all sales at Newburyport’s Book Rack between 6 and 8 p.m. will be donated to the MRFRS.

For more information on the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, call 978-462-0760 or


Salisbury’s East Parish Church will host a Car Wash and Bake Sale on Friday from noon to 2 p.m (weather permitting).


Angeljean Chiaramida covers Salisbury for The Daily News. She can be reached at or at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271.