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Opinion

December 21, 2012

Giving and giving and giving again

(Continued)

Two hundred thousand dollars was a lot of money in 1965 and 1966.

What was of historic significance was the representative breadth of Newburyporters and those from Newbury who came together in common cause with a can-do cohesion for a new industrial base — that despite the extended and heated debate over demolition or restoration of Newburyport’s downtown.

Despite the turmoil, NAID forged ahead to create what would become the Lord Timothy Dexter Industrial Green, and now forming the westerly section of the Newburyport Industrial Park.

All the original members of the NAID board are deceased.

Board members of both NAID organizations served and continue to serve without compensation.

It has been, and continues to be, one of Newburyport’s most successful examples of community enterprise.

Since the creation of the foundation in 1993 through December of this year, 46 qualified public service organizations and charities in the greater Newburyport area have benefitted from the total of $1,821,745 in responses to requests.

It wasn’t what was on anyone’s mind back when NAID was formed, but there really is something special about being able to give and keep on giving.

That’s why Lt. Meghan and I were grinning.

(Editor’s note: Following the sudden deaths within a few weeks of the first two presidents of NAID, Bill Plante, then the editor of The Daily News, was asked to serve as their successor in order to continue the fund drive and land purchases for what would become the Lord Timothy Dexter Industrial Green.)

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Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His email address is plantejr@comcast.net.

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