Monthly Archives: May 2015

Our Historic Plaques: Orphans No More!

Newburyport is a walking town – in this day of the Automobile as Lord & Master; it is a pure joy to experience a wide range of senses as you make your way on two feet (or on two wheels) … Continue reading

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Pluck those weeds!

In the tourist industry as in any commercial venture; you’ve got competition – and it can get pretty intense.       To compete, you’ve got to have a great allure, but you’ve also dedicated yourself to marketing and promoting.       And then, when … Continue reading

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Tunnels: Discovery, Science and the A.S.S.

Until recently, the tunnels under Newburyport were ruled by the Anecdote and by the romantic telling of stories around the campfire – the stuff of legend.      It has been my intention that this whole situation needs to move beyond this … Continue reading

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It’s just the beginning

  It was great to see the signage go up around the borders of the Newburyport Historic District and to witness the ceremony of the official unveiling of them last Tuesday (May the 12th).     And the Master of Ceremonies repeated … Continue reading

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Shining Lights

There has been such an onslaught against the Newburyport Historic District; that it may seem to many of us trying to save our neighborhoods to be tempted to cry out as Elijah did in the Old Testament, ” [we] alone am … Continue reading

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It is time to reveal the bigger issue behind the sidewalks

In my previous post, I let you know that last Monday will be noted as quite an historic moment – the introduction of enforceable standards for sidewalks.     If all goes well, by the end of Fall, we’ll have it passed … Continue reading

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You probably missed it!

Yes, in this day in age; so much data is processed, so much news is absorbed that if we’re not careful, we can completely miss significant events.       Like cattle on a hillside, chewing our cud; we look on blankly as … Continue reading

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