, Salem, MA

February 3, 2014

North Shore News in Brief

The Salem News

---- — Middleton Public Schools will hold registration for kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year at Fuller Meadow School today through Friday, Feb. 7, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 143 S. Main St., Middleton. Information has been mailed to the households of eligible Middleton children who were born between Sept. 1, 2008, and Aug. 31, 2009. Anyone who did not receive the information may contact the Fuller Meadow School at 978-750-4756.

The Friends of Abbot Library’s Winter Book Sale runs through Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the library. Sale proceeds from books, DVDs and other goods will support the library. The sale is open to the general public with different bargains available each day. The library is at 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. For more information, call 781-631-1481 or visit

Danvers Integrated Preschool will hold a Peer Partner Screening today at Riverside Elementary School, 95 Liberty St., Danvers. The school is enrolling children who will be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2014, for the school’s current preschool program for children ages 3 to 5. The Peer Partner Screening is a 20-minute play group during which a child’s language, social, physical and cognitive development will be informally screened as part of the enrollment process. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Department of Student Services at 978-774-6112.

Marblehead Arts Association is accepting submissions of artwork in all mediums for its New England Regional Juried Exhibit. All submitted works must be original, available for sale and not previously exhibited in an MAA show. All work must be properly framed or gallery wrapped (no clip-on frames or sawtooth hooks) and ready for hanging with a wire. A limited number of pedestals are available for sculptures. MAA members and nonmembers alike may submit up to three pieces on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m., to the Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. The exhibit will be judged and juried for prizes. The exhibit runs Feb. 8 through March 2 with an artist reception on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. For information about submitting work, visit

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will kick off the sugaring season with a February Flapjack Fling on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. The event features a special pancake breakfast with syrup from the sanctuary’s maple trees and offers sugaring tours to learn about the sanctuary’s maple sugaring operation and the transformation of sap to syrup. Breakfast, which includes fruit, juice and milk, will be served at 8:15, 9, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., and sugaring tours will depart at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and noon. Admission to the breakfast is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 8. The tour is $9 for adults and $8 for children (Mass Audubon members: $8 adult, $7 child). Children under 3 are free and should be in a baby carrier. Receive a $1 discount when registering for both breakfast and a tour on the same day. In case of snow, the event will be moved to Sunday, Feb. 23. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264 or

Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man” will be staged by the Salem Theatre Company at their theater on 90 Lafayette St. in Salem through Feb. 15, with performances playing Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 with discounts for seniors ($20) and students ($10) and are available online at or by calling Ovation Tix at 866-811-4111.

North Shore Community College is seeking applicants for Alumni Scholarships, which are valued up to $1,000, and are awarded to NSCC graduates who are continuing their education in a post-associate’s program at an accredited institution, regardless of the year they received their NSCC degree. Awards are made on the basis of merit, academic scholarship and campus/community service. Further information about eligibility requirements and applications are available online at or at the Alumni Office at the Danvers Campus, Berry Building, room DB330. Deadline is March 4. If interested, contact the Alumni Office 978-762-4000, ext. 5481, or email Sandra Rochon at

The 18th annual Teen Poetry Contest at Beverly Public Library runs through 5 p.m. on Monday, March 3. Beverly students or residents in grades six through 12 are encouraged to enter. Cash prizes will be awarded in two age categories, grades six to eight and grades nine to 12. There is a limit of three poems per person, and poems should be submitted online at Paper entry forms will be available in the library and through local schools and will be accepted via mail or drop-off at Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly, MA 01915. Poem and entry information may also be emailed to For more information, visit the teens page of the library’s website,, or contact Allison Babin, young adult librarian, at 978-921-6062.

Al-Anon, a nonprofit, public service organization that helps people who are affected by someone else’s drinking or drug abuse, will hold meetings every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 96 Main St., second floor, Peabody. For more information or other locations in Massachusetts, call 508-366-0556 or visit

Historic New England and the Phillips House are presenting “Phillips Favorites,” a series of tours, programs and movies that highlight the Phillips House Museum and life on Chestnut Street in the early 20th century. Interested visitors can attend one or all of the programs. General admission to the entire series is $50, or $10 per program; discounts are available for Historic New England members. All events take place from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, through Feb. 22, at the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. For details, tickets and schedules, call 978-744-0440 or visit www.historicnewengland.

Registered Democrats in Danvers will hold a caucus in the Gordon Room of Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to elect 13 delegates and 3 alternates to the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, which will be held on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, in Worcester. The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Danvers. Candidates for delegates must be present at the caucus. Challenges to the delegate selection process can be filed with the Massachusetts Democratic Party, 77 Summer St., 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02110, no later than ten days after the caucus date. For information, contact Chairperson Marilyn Hazel at 978-590-1473.

SalemRecycles, the city of Salem’s recycling committee, is holding a free book and media swap on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is asking readers to drop off donations of commercial CDs, DVDs, videos and all books, including textbooks, on Friday, March 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., or before noon on Saturday, March 15, at the Senior Center, 5 Broad St., Salem. Volunteers will be available to help unload. No swap is needed in order to attend; participants can choose to donate materials, take materials or do both. Everything that doesn’t find a new home will be donated or recycled. For more information, contact Julie Rose at or 978-619-5679.

Ipswich Museum’s Special Sundays winter exhibit, “Focusing on the Child,” runs Sundays (except April 20) through April 27 at Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. The exhibit explores the lives of children in Ipswich through a variety of paintings, photographs and objects. Family-friendly activities each Sunday will complement the exhibit. The regular first-floor museum rooms will also be open for viewing. Admission is free for museum members and children, $7 nonmembers and $5 senior citizens. For more information, call 978-356-2811 or visit

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a Boating Skills and Seamanship Course beginning Wednesday, Feb. 26, and continuing for nine consecutive Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Jubilee Yacht Club on Water Street in Beverly. The course is $75 per student. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Stephen Daly at, or call 781-245-9284.

Peabody Institute Library will offer its Food for Fines program through Feb. 14. Donations of canned goods and other nonperishable items will be accepted to clear overdue fines on Peabody-owned library materials. The program will run at Peabody’s Main Library at 82 Main St., its South Branch Library at 78 Lynn St. and the West Branch Library at 603 Lowell St. All donations benefit Peabody’s Haven From Hunger. For more information, call 978-531-0100.