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Lecture Series on World Affairs Starts Feb. 7 at Hamilton Hall in Salem
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The Hamilton Hall ladies committee is pleased to announce the speakers for its 73rd season of lectures on world affairs, that originated in 1944.

Hamilton Hall is a National Historic Landmark located at 9 Chestnut Street in Salem, Massachusetts. It was built as a social space for the leading families of Salem, and was named for Founding Father and Federalist Party leader Alexander Hamilton. It continues to function as a social hall today and is used for events, private functions and weddings.

Tickets are sold by subscription only. For further information about the Lecture Series or tickets, please contact Hamilton Hall at info@hamiltonhall.org or call 978-744-0805.

February 7, 2019
The Future of Geopolitics: How Did We Get Here?
Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Kennedy School, Harvard University

February 14, 2019
Through the Looking Glass: Politics, Science, and Climate Control
Stacy VanDeveer, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Global Governance and Human Security, University of Massachusetts, Boston

February 21, 2019
How Our Government Silences Whistleblowers and How to Survive When It Happens to You
John Kiriakou, Former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and Former Senior Investigator, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee

February 28, 2019
Latin America in the World Today
Paul Webster Hare, Former British Amassador to Cuba; Senior Lecturer of International Relations, Boston University; Former Fellow, Weather Center, Harvard University

March 7, 2019
Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping
Sulmaan Khan, Assistant Professor of International History and Chinese Foreign Relations, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

March 14, 2019
Kleptocracy in America
Sarah Chayes, Former Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

March 21, 2019
What Trump has Wrought
Andrew Bacevich, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Pardee School, Boston University

March 28, 2019
Middle East Mayhem
Geoffery Kemp, Director, Regional Security Programs, Center for the National Interest, Washington, D.C.


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Marblehead’s Secret Passage Ways
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From wherever they lived and worked on land, early residents of Marblehead walked the most direct paths to the harbor and ocean that were their livelihood. While many of these historical pathways have disappeared over the years, eighteen are still open for public use – eight in downtown Marblehead and ten on Marblehead Neck.

Though it sometimes feels as if you are walking through someone’s back yard, follow these maps and directions and you’ll stay on public rights of way. Each numbered marker on the overview maps below shows where a passageways is located.  For details, click on the names in the numbered lists below the overview map.

Each passageway is shown on its own map, and a numbered, yellow map marker shows the entrance or start of each path. Additional numbered, yellow map markers on some maps correspond to numbered photos below the map that show significant features along the path. When visiting these sites, please be respectful of the neighbors and park only on the main streets.

Every two years the Marblehead Conservancy offers the opportunity for a group perambulation of these passageways. For a printable map of all of the “Secret” Passageways, click here.

Downtown Marblehead

1 & 2: Lookout Court & Prospect Alley
3: Hollyhock Lane
4. Alley Steps
5. Gingerbread Lane & Gingerbread Hill
6. Knights Hill Road
7. Alley: High Street to Elm Street
8. Alley: Mechanic Street to Market Square

Marblehead Neck

A. Desmoulin Lane
B. Fuller Lane
C. Castle Rock & Castle Rock Lane
D. Point O’ Rocks Lane
E. Lighthouse Lane
F. Cove Lane
G. Nahant Street
H. Peabody Lane
I. Harvard Street
J. Parker Lane

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2018 Beverly Regional Airshow September 8 & 9
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Come out and be part of Beverly Regional Airport's first air show presented by Flight4CF, an organization that benefits those suffering from cystic fibrosis.
September 8 & 9 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The event feature’s military aircraft and aerial performances! Plenty of activities for the entire family including, static displayed aircraft, touch a truck, face painting, parachuters, remote controlled jet demonstrations, airplane rides and of course an amazing air show! Entertainment by the country recording artist The Darren Bessette Band and a DJ. Plus, food trucks abound with plenty of good eats and treats! For more information visit:

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Tis the season of tree lightings, parades and shopping
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As soon as we’re done cleaning up from Thanksgiving it’s all about holiday tree lightings, parades and shopping. Local craft fairs and markets are often where you can find the most unique gifts. We took a quick scan around the North Shore and Boston to see what’s going on this weekend and upcoming week. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to support local business and events.

11/25/17 - Small Business Saturday, all day. Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday that promotes and supports our local small businesses. So leave the mall behind and get our and shop local today. https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small

11/25/17 - The Salem Chamber and Salem Main Streets are organizing a holiday shopping event for the Salem, MA downtown area from 10 am - 7 pm. http://www.salem-chamber.org/small-business-saturday

11/25/17 - Market by the Sea!, 10 am - 3 pm, Sea Level Oyster Bar, 94 Wharf St, Salem, MA. Vendors feature; stained glass, skincare and cosmetics, photography, soaps, holiday decor, food and wine, woodworking, stationary and clothing. http://sealeveloysterbar.com/event/finz-holiday-market/?instance_id=5

11/25/17 - Makers & Shakers Market, 11 am - 4 pm, Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA. This festive local market features handmade goods, fair trade imports, and made in MA items. https://www.facebook.com/events/1740507569292921

11/25/17 - 14th Annual South End Holiday Market, 11 am - 6 pm, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley St, Boston. Over 70 of the region’s top independent artists, artisans, designers and food makers will be selling their unique handmade goods. https://www.facebook.com/events/1452089831492722

11/25/17 - Boston Winter, opens 11 am, City Hall Plaza, Boston. Open through the holiday season and beyond. Boston Winter is a mix of winter activities including an outdoor skating path and an expanded Holiday Shopping Market open through 12/31/17. http://cityhallplazaboston.com/

11/25/17 - Harvard Square Tree Lighting, 4-6:30 p.m., The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. https://www.facebook.com/events/1721453441232919

11/26/17 - SOWA Vintage Market, 10 am - 4 pm, 450 Harrison St, Boston, MA. The regions best place to find unique holiday decorating items and gifts. Open every Sunday year round. http://www.sowavintagemarket.com/

11/26/17 - Somerville Local First Holiday Market, 11 am - 5 pm, Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA. Featuring jewelry, pet accessories, housewares, textiles, fragrances, leather goods, gifts and specialty food items. http://www.somervillelocalfirst.org/events/

11/26/17 -  70th Annual Beverly Holiday Parade, from 1 - 3 pm. The new parade route starts at Beverly High School, Beverly, MA and travels 1.7 miles down Cabot St ending at the Beverly Depot Train Station. http://beverlyholidayparade.com/

11/27/17 - Copley Square Tree Lighting, 5-6 pm, Copley Square, Boston. http://friendsofcopleysquare.org/

11/28/17 - Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting, 7-9 pm, Faneuil Hall, Boston. Tree lighting is at 7:30 pm. https://www.bostoncentral.com/events/seasonalfun/p3392.php

11/30/17 - Boston Common Tree Lighting, 5-8 pm, Frog Pond and Boston Common, Boston. Boston Common’s holiday send off begins with a free figure skating ice show organized by the Skating Club of Boston. Followed by a holiday show and tree lighting. https://www.boston.gov/calendar/2017-boston-common-tree-lighting

12/1/17 - North End Tree Lighting & Holiday Stroll, 6-11 pm, corner of Cross Street and Hanover Street, Boston. Tree lights up at 6 pm. https://northendwaterfront.com/events-listing/

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You don’t have to be alone on Thanksgiving
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You don’t have to be alone on Thanksgiving or miss out on a Thanksgiving meal because of your financial situation. The following places around the North Shore would love to host you for dinner, FREE OF CHARGE AND ALL ARE WELCOME!

Tavern in the Square, 189 Washington St, Salem. 11:00-1:30. They need volunteers if you have an hour or so to give. 978-740-2337.

Haven from Hunger, 71 Wallis St, Peabody. 12:00-1:00. 978-531-1530.

Lifebridge, 56 Margin St, Salem. 12:30-1:30 and again from 6:30-7:00.

St. Peters Church, 4 Ocean St, Beverly. 12:00-1:00.

Brother’s Deli, 41 Market St. Lynn. 781-581-3363. 9:00am-2:00pm.

My Brother’s Table, 98 Willow St, Lynn. Brunch meal, 10:30-12:00 and dinner from 1:00-4:00.

Not sure if they still have reservations available - The Moose, 50 Grove St, Salem. Begins at Noon. Registration required. Call, 978-744-0924x15. Do this by Monday the 20th to secure your spot. They are also providing transportation for seniors and for homebound Salem seniors--they will arrange for a home meal delivery. Call the above number.

Ma Dukes & Friends, American Legion. 69 River Street, Middleton. 10am-6pm. 978-578-4718. They will also make arrangements for homebound individuals. Call the number above. Looking for volunteers.

Spuds Restaurant, 22 Lincoln Ave, Saugus. 781-233-2757. 11:00-1:00.

Gloucester American Legion, 8 Washington St. Gloucester. 978-283-7117. 11:30-12:30. Meals also delivered to Cape Ann homebound residents. Please call 978-283-9710 by Monday the 20th. Seeking volunteers.

Please re-post so we can get this info out to all who need it!

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Fall Foliage Leaf Peeping
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A passive New England activity that is as quintessential New England as The Ivy League, New England Patriots, and apple cider donuts.

We pose the case: why burn the petrol and log a couple hundred miles on your odometer heading up North.

Save the fuel cost, the motel expense and reinvest the drive time into household chores and savings towards leaf peeping and a meal out north of Boston.

Some favorites include dinner out at Turner’s Seafood in Melrose, Ledger in Salem, or THE BEST breakfast sandwich at Crave Café in Beverly, or the PIG in Newburyport (Plum Island Grille).

Here is a list of a hidden-in-plain-site locations to soak in the foliage close to home:

1)  Slayton Tower – Melrose MA.  We hacked through the woods getting lost and hangry to find this place. But YOU can drive almost right to it. Set GPS for Mt. Hood Golf Course. At the clubhouse, turn RIGHT. Feels like you are heading to play 18 holes but press on through the parking lot. Drive until the gate. Park and follow the paved road to the tower. Benches. Open space to picnic.

2 Washington Tower – Cambridge MA. Mount Auburn Cemetery was inspired by Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and was itself an inspiration to cemetery designers, most notably at Abney Park in London. Mount Auburn Cemetery was designed largely by Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn with assistance from Jacob Bigelow and Alexander Wadsworth. Soak in why Fredrick Law Olmstead was working late at his office 150 years ago and what he had in mind for you in 2017 for his master design in viewable adjacent settings. I’m amazed at how many of my friends have peaked NH mountains but have overlooked this gem accessible by public transportation.

3) Observation Towers – Newbury MA. This one will cost you. The gate fee for the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island is $5*. Three miles of paved road leading to 3 miles of dirt road. Not for the acrophobic as it is an open tower with grated steps. Views that will impact you forever.

*Web site is from 2014 – fairly confident that may have recently gone up.

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Plum Cove Beach, Gloucester MA
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Great, deep, cold-water beach on a hot day. Located on outer  Washington St. in the Bayview/Lanesville

neighborhoods. Police do ticket in the lot across the street so drop your crew and gear off, go park legally and jog, walk, bike back to the beach.

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The best things on Nantucket are off the well traveled path, or hidden in plain sight
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If you are visiting the island of Nantucket, the over-sand tour to Great Point is a "must do". Visit www.TTOR.org to learn more about the schedule and shuttle from in -town. The lighthouse tour is a once-in-a-lifetime bonus.

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New Regulation Gives the Danvers Sewer Division the Authority to Inspect Properties Prior to a Real Estate Transfer, Sale or Closing
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Informative article from Danvers Patch related to transfers of any home and business located in Danvers MA.


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Shopping Local - Localnomics
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Danvers, Andover, Belmont, Concord, Melrose, Lynnfield, NatickA home that is acquired more efficiently will result in a  less operational costs. That converts to free time for the patio, to develop interests such as polo lessons  (www.BostonPolo.org) discovery of the best ice-cream in the county, finding the best hidden location to celebrate a sunset, setting up a tripod or easel, browsing an athenaeum (www.BostonAthenaeum.org/visit/plan-your-visit), volunteering (www.ne-arc.org/get-involved/volunteer/) or discovering a new museum (www.JeffersonMemorialCenter.org).


- IF a meal tastes better because the ingredients are locally sourced THEN using a local mortgage company that pays local taxes, employs on-shore staff, and uses only local vendors will result  in a better home (financing experience).


- A piece of our profits go to support an extensive list of local charities – we also pay taxes at the municipal and state level which go directly back into schools, education and public safety.


- We are passionate about supporting small business and hiring locally owned and operated businesses, vendors and partners.

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