Category Archives: Art & Culture

On the Issue of Historic Preservation

Several years ago, the local historic district ordinance was a hotly debated topic.      Tempers flared and much acrimony was spread about dividing the community.      Historic preservationists warned that if no protections were put in place; the … Continue reading

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Fox in the Hen House

Have you ever wondered about the story behind the First Religious Society of Newburyport?     Recently, the church sponsored an absolutely well-documented history – but it only goes up to the American Revolution and then stops.       During that time covered by … Continue reading

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Now is the time to pick a new mayor!

If someone is going to be a viable opponent to Mayor ‘Bulldozer’ Holaday; they need to begin the process now.      It will be too late in the spring and a losing proposition in the summer/fall. This, of course, is obvious … Continue reading

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Don’t forget locals – First Friday Friends Social: Custom House

It is unfortunately a very large habit for locals to skiddadle out of town during Yankee Homecoming, not that they would be missed as downtown is indeed packed during this week.        But the First Friday Friends Social is largely designed for locals … Continue reading

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Historic Revisionist Revilement

I was reading in the MDN* yesterday and was very pleased to read Bill Hallet’s editorial in response to another editorial on how we should be ashamed of our history because the rum made here was part of the Triangle Trade … Continue reading

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Disrespecting History

What burns me greatly is when someone does something stupidly, which will, in the end, hurt them; and then we’re all supposed to ignore it so we won’t hurt their feelings, or offend them or make them mad. It’s still … Continue reading

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Historicity is a money-maker!!!!

“People come to Newburyport to be attracted by the historicity of the community… we want to continue that.” -Dick Sullivan, Sr, June 18, 2007, Renovators had rules to follow when rebuilding, Newburyport Daily News. I hate to be crude about … Continue reading

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