Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Saturday 9am-Noon,Tour of Waste Water Treatment Facility

Wear your galoshes for an unusual event in which you the public are invited to tour your Waster Water Treatment Facility, also known as the Sewer Plant, located at 147 Water Street.

As has been covered on Gillian Swart's blog here and in the Daily News here, the bottom line is that many of the plant's components and buildings date back to 1984 and are in need of replacement. Other parts of the plant date back to the 1960's.

It's actually a pretty interesting place and worth the visit.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

NBPT Farmer's Market

Although I missed the event earlier today, I think it's great that this is getting off the ground.

As always, lots of great things happening at the Tannery!

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Poet Laureate for Newburyport

A Poet Laureate for Newburyport? Say that fast five times.

Jeepers, if Boston can have one, if Cambridge can have a poet for the masses as described in today's Globe, why can't we have one? What better time for poetry if not during an economic meltdown!

I anticipate the anonymous comments on the Daily News website: "We've got more important issues! Why can't Councillor Cameron fix my street, cut the City budget without harming services, end global warming," but it doesn't have to cost the City money to honor and promote poetry in our community, in our schools, in our civic affairs.

This effort would also complement the fantastic folks driving our Literary Festival. And make Newburyport better known as a community which values the arts.

Simply put, the City with interested members of the community could put together a process whereby one citizen would be chosen to be our official Poet Laureate. The honor would be unpaid, the details and purpose would need to be set.

Here's how Boston does it

And yes, I believe plagiarism is allowed in municipal governance if not in the literary world.

Are there any creative types that want to work on this with me? Please comment or email me at

My own humble haiku on a beautiful morning:

Port's surprise fresh snow
beauty in the morn, Crow Lane
still stinks to high heav'n


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Parking Parking Parking

Maybe I'm a bit behind the times, but I just noticed an excellent resource on the City's website.

All the old parking studies in one place! It says alot about a person when they get excited about something like this, but I yam what I yam.

or you can find it on your own by going to and clicking on the link to the Planning Dept Website.

Happy reading!