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September 24, 2012

Letter: Community led CDC revitalization

To the editor:

On Saturday, Aug. 25, volunteers came together to revitalize the North Shore CDC’s office and program space on lower Lafayette Street.

We would like to thank the many volunteers and partners whose help brought much-needed space for the CDC’s programming — both our youth jobs program and our community English classes. Increased program space will allow the North Shore CDC to serve more youth throughout the year in our leadership development and neighborhood revitalization program and provide a higher-quality educational setting for our community English classes. Additionally, the new space will be accessible to the community as a whole as flexible community meeting space, something long sought after by the residents of The Point neighborhood.

The revitalization was funded through in-kind donations and volunteer efforts, led specifically by Windover Construction. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Windover Construction for its technical assistance, coordinating skilled contractors to volunteer their time to build out the space. We also are deeply appreciative of the many in-kind contractors throughout the North Shore who donated their services to the project, especially Winer Bros. Ace Hardware, Leo McSweeney Painting, RES Electric, Dynamic Waste, Swampscott Glass, Dry Air Systems, Timberline Enterprises and A+L Construction.

The support of our community, specifically Salem Rotary members volunteering as citizens, significantly impacted this project. We would also like to thank the entire business community who supported this project, especially Danversbank Charitable Foundation, Second Congregational Church, People’s United Bank, Beverly Cooperative Bank, Coffee Time Bake Shop, Deli House and Ben Franklin Tees. The outpouring of support reminds us we are part of a great community.

Mickey Northcutt

Executive Director

Leonette Strout

President

North Shore CDC

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