Welcome to our first monthly newsletter!
Keep up to date with neighborhood and city wide events!
Saturday the 5th of May 2018 from 9am to 11am
Please join us to keep Salem beautiful and clean by picking up trash along Bridge Street and the Ropes Garden.
The two teams will meet at the Ropes Garden and at lower Beckford Way at 9am, gloves and trash bags will be handed out.  
No sign up necessary!
Afterwards join the rest of the city wide clean up volunteers at the Salem Common for pizza at 11:30am.
Spring is finally here and gardening is upon us!  
We ask that you grow a seedling, start a clipping or save some excess plants in your garden to plant around the neighborhood.
We would prefer that no one spend money in contributing to this, but we certainly won’t turn anything way!
Currently, we have plans to garden at the entrance of Federal Street, in front of Murphy’s Funeral Home and Beckford Way.
Beckford Way is primarily shady, so think ferns, hostas and lillies!
The Murphy’s spot is quite sunny but perennials will have to tolerate the salty winters!
If there are other areas that you think need attention, please let us know and we can organized another group for that location.
The date has not been decided yet, but will likely be in early June.

We’re updating our website and have a new dedicated section for our vast array of local pets! 
Please send us a picture of your pets enjoying the neighborhood to be added to our website!

In case you were unable to attend the April 15th meeting, here’s a quick recap!

 Mickey Nofthcutt of Northshore CDC and David Pabich of Salem Renewal LLC met with residents to present their rough plans for the Saint James school.  Sadly, the school was not able to be toured but a tour will be conducted in the near future.  The developers plan to put 30 +/- units in the build, made up of apartments at 80% market rate and 20% affordable income.  Due to the use of the Historic Tax Credits, the layout of the school cannot be drastically altered, thus the layout lends itself to a mix of studios, 1 bedrooms and two bedrooms.  This however is subject to change during the design and planning process.  The subject of zoning was brought up as a concern, a resident made the suggestion of rezoning NRCC to continue the master plan though out Bridge Street and so that the project will have to go through the Design Review Board.  Among other concerns was that of parking along Federal Street and the back parking lot of the church.  The developers plan on have 1.5 spaces per unit but were unsure of the current boundaries of the parking lot allotted with the school.

In addition to the redevelopment of the school, an idea of a new building was proposed on the corner of Bridge and Flint with parking and a business on the ground floor and residential on the upper floor.  It was noted that this could be a possible location for senior housing, which was widely supported by neighbors at a previous meeting with Father Murrary of the Archdiocese. However, there were concerns over parking, traffic, scale and flooding.

In addition to the Saint James School on Federal, but developers will redevelop the ICC School on Hawthorne Boulevard.  A similar meeting will be scheduled with the downtown and Derby Street neighborhoods.

For more information about the the developers and their other projects, visit:

Friday the 4th of May – the 6th of May
The nation’s largest poetry festival is here in Salem.  Enjoy workshops, readings, panels, visual arts and much more.
Saturday the 19th of May from 9am to 1pm at the Salem Common
Annuals, perennials, herbs, hanging baskets and house plants!
Plus, there will be gently used pots, tool and gardening books.
If you wish to donate or volunteer please call City Hall at 978-619-5676 or just drop donations off the morning of! 
Sunday the 10th of June from 4pm to 7pm at Beckford Square​
Save the date!  Join us for live music, good food, refreshments and socializing!  ​
Bring an appetizer, a beverage or just a chair! 
Fun for all ages!
If you would like to volunteer, have a newsworthy neighbor, know of future events 
have ideas on making our neighborhood even more wonderful, please contact us!