SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 9, 2013

Danvers open house offers a peek at town services

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — The Salem Trolley will be making several stops in Danvers during the town’s annual open house tomorrow afternoon.

The event, which celebrates all things town government, takes place from 4 to 7 p.m.

“We want to stay connected to our customers,” said Town Manager Wayne Marquis. The event is also a chance to better inform residents about town government and to interact with residents outside of the routine functions of paying taxes or taking out a building permit.

During the celebration, residents will be able to park at the Holten Street parking lot, across from Town Hall, or at the Senior Center parking lot on Stone Street and ride the Salem Trolley for free among various municipal buildings.

The stops for the trolley are the Fire Department, 64 High St.; Danvers Electric, 2 Burroughs St.; the Council on Aging, 25 Stone St.; Town Hall, 1 Sylvan St.; the Peabody Institute Library Danvers, 15 Sylvan St.; and the Danvers Police Department, 120 Ash St.

At the Police Department, Chief Neil Ouellette said he will be cooking hot dogs.

Police are also planning a K-9 demonstration at 5:30 p.m. and will raffle off a bicycle donated by Target.

At the Fire Department, kids can learn about fire safety by walking through a “smoke house,” and there will be plenty of pizza served. There will also be Jaws of Life demonstrations at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

At Danvers Electric, residents can ride in a bucket truck, learn about the town’s smart grid, and see electric safety and energy conservation displays.

At the Danvers Senior Center, residents 9 years old and above can get a flu shot (bring an insurance card); take part in a mini carnival with cotton candy, a photo booth, ring toss and prizes; and have refreshments of Brooksby Farm apple cider and cider doughnuts.

Town Hall will offer residents a chance to win a Kindle e-reader while displaying the services the town has to offer in the Toomey hearing room.

A few doors down from Town Hall, the library will offer spin art and Hoodsies.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.