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October 9, 2013

Vote puts new middle school 'on the train'

BEVERLY — In case you missed it, the Massachusetts School Building Authority board voted Briscoe Middle School into its “eligibility period” last week, meaning the city is close to getting state funding for a new middle school.

The city scooped the MSBA by holding a press conference announcing the vote before it actually happened, but it’s big news nevertheless.

“Now we’re on the train,” Mayor Bill Scanlon said. “It’s the single most important step in the process.”

The city must complete various requirements over the next nine months, including a City Council vote to pay for a feasibility study and the formation of a local building committee.

The new school would be built at the site of the former Memorial Middle School, with a September 2017 targeted opening date.

Waterfall at Cummings

Cummings Center has gotten another spruce-up with the addition of a second waterfall fountain, as well as a healing garden.

The stone fountain, located near the Balch Street entrance, is 14 feet tall and nearly 50 feet wide. The healing garden, which includes bench seating and shade trees, overlooks the Upper Shoe Pond.

The walls for both the waterfall and the garden were constructed using granite stones recycled from Cummings Properties’ campus at 50 Dunham Road, according to the company.

Celebrating 300 years

The Second Congregational Church is making a pretty big deal out of its upcoming anniversary — and at 300 years, who can blame them?

The church on Conant Street in North Beverly is actually holding a three-year celebration, marking major milestones in its history from 1713, 1714 and 1715.

The first event is Oct. 26, with a gala dinner and concert at the church. The concert will feature the 17-piece Cape Ann Big Band and Jazz Ensemble.

For tickets and information, go to or call the church office at 978-922-5722.

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