Monthly Archives: February 2015

History of Newburyport’s Colonial Street Lights

The use of street lighting was first recorded in the city of Antioch from the 4th century.   Later it was recorded in the Arab Empire from the 9th–10th centuries, especially in Cordova, and then in London from 1417 when Henry … Continue reading

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An Odd Duck

It is the human tendency, or perhaps an American attribute; to compartmentalize things.       We like to take ideas, people and organizations and ‘put’ them into categories.     Well, one organization doesn’t seem to want to fit and that’s the Parker River … Continue reading

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It just won’t go away!

I was downtown today doing errands and, Lo, what do I see but the historic building, formerly known as Deluge One, still there!       I thought by this time the building department’s efforts to sweep away an inconvenient structure was going … Continue reading

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Wasted Political Energy

It saddens me that our city with all its challenges, has had much of its political ‘juice’ sucked out and spilt on the ground over absolutely absurd efforts.      Many citizens, instead of being concerned over the increasingly devastating state of … Continue reading

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The Love of Money is the Root of All Evil

Those of us who tend to judge the world through moral eyes need to realize that even the desire for money just to survive or to keep your standard of living; can often curdle the personal convictions of an individual, … Continue reading

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Pivoting Focus

According to the introduction in the Demolition Control Overlay District, the Mayor has charged that it will basically be done away with or stay on but in an amended form when the Master Plan and the city’s re-zoning is complete. … Continue reading

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Raining on the parade

I hate to do it!       The Mayor deserves kudos for getting a Massachusetts’ company to move out of a Massachusetts town to another Massachusetts town.       I mean, usually they are moving out of state when they move at all.        And having … Continue reading

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