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January 26, 2013

A celebration amid sadness

Florence Bushee praised at site of home that couldn't be saved


“What troubles people is the suddenness and the abruptness,” said Laurano.

According to the Essex South Registry of Deeds, Hemani sold the 6 acres at 19, 21 and 23 Newman Road to Coscia and his clients for $2,150,000 on Dec. 18, 2012. The transaction included the three-lot definitive subdivision on 4.3 acres at 23 Newman Road and a private cul-de-sac named Florence Bushee Lane, for which Hemani got Planning Board approval in 2008. Under the town’s zoning bylaws, the properties support a total of five single-family homes.

Speaking of the mystery surrounding the owners of the home, neighbors noted the same manager who oversaw the demolition of the home and barn, Mark DiPierro, is currently overseeing construction of two new homes going up at 13 Newman Road and 5 Newman Road, right next door.

But in the meantime, they are looking at what happened on Newman Way as a clarion call for the remaining homes that surround the 375-year-old Lower Green and the “Landing Place of the First Settlers” to come ashore here. They promise to make preservation from this point a priority, and part of that, they say, will be to make sure Florence Bushee’s is a name that’s recognized for more than a subdivision of million-dollar homes.

“It’s rather ironic that a street or lane in a subdivision that (Bushee) may not have been entirely happy with is named after her,” said Laurano. “Something else should be named after her.”

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