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January 30, 2014

Polar Plunge set for Sunday

The eighth annual Polar Plunge to end homelessness and build affordable housing will be held Sunday, Feb. 2, at Lynch Park in Beverly and Salem Willows in Salem.

Hundreds of people are scheduled to jump into the ocean at Woodbury Beach at Lynch Park and Dead Horse Beach at Salem Willows.

Check-in is at 11 a.m., and the plunge will take place at 12:30. A post-plunge party will be held in the cafeteria at Beverly High School.

Each plunger will receive a Polar Plunge T-shirt, while outstanding plunge teams will win trophies.

Proceeds will benefit River House, the homeless shelter in Beverly, and the North Shore Community Development Coalition, an affordable housing agency in Salem.

To register to plunge or to sponsor a plunger, go to For more information, call 978-825-4016 or email

Among the teams that have signed up are the Ayers Bears of Ayers Ryal Side Elementary; Briscoe Bombers of Briscoe Middle School; Centerville Ice Breakers of Centerville Elementary; Cove Owls Plunge Team of Cove Elementary; Hannah Frosty Friends of Hannah Elementary; Putnam Street Penguins of North Beverly Elementary; Saltonstall Swimmers of Saltonstall Elementary; Witchcraft Heights Winter Warriors of Witchcraft Heights Elementary; YouthBuild North Shore of Salem Community Charter School; Carlton Sea Stars of Carlton Elementary School; BHS Plunging Panthers of Beverly High School; and Horace Mann School of Fish of Horace Mann.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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