PNA March Meeting

PNA Meeting at the On Point space

PNA Meeting at the On Point space

The Point Neighborhood Association holds meetings on the last Monday of each month, recently at the On Point center on Leavitt Street. All are welcome!

Last Monday’s meeting began with refreshments and a review of our local government. The main guest was Larry Ramdin of the Health Department, who continued the effort to distribute information. (The lack of knowledge of services offered, from available loans to the dual stream mandatory recycling system, persists as a barrier to civic involvement.) Larry noted certain rights:

“If you have an issue that your landlord is not taking care of, call my department.  Everyone is entitled to good housing.”

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“Due to people working long hours! people don’t get to vaccination hours; we want to plan services around what will work for people.”

An example of a city service designed to meet people’s needs is the consolidation of street sweeping with electronic waste, like television sets, pick up; for the effort to work, residents need to be aware of the service offered, Larry noted.  Lucy and the PNA said that as soon as a date is set, there will be no problem in spreading the word. When a resident asked for street sweeping to occur per side of the street, rather than on both sides at once, which causes parking hardships in the already dense area, Councilman Bob McCarthy noted that in the Point neighborhood, the City of Salem also employs leaf-blower services to gather sidewalk debris. This service is unique for The Point and precludes the possibility of one sided street sweeping. The service also only happens twice a season, unless specially scheduled for more times on a street by street basis.

In general wind blown trash is a problem; as are absentee landlords. But the combination results in a general lack of accountability. Larry suggested that devoted citizens could instill a sense of responsibility by persistently picking up trash, especially in front of neighborhood members that may have dropped the rubbish. The amorphous, but necessary desire is a change in behavior of some of the heaviest users of the neighborhood’s public space. I noted that the Palmer Street “Imagine a Lot” project did instill a civic awareness, at least on that lot durning the time of the project since the community participated in its making.

There are many efforts to “clean up” The Point, including proposed strategic development on Congress Street. This Thursday, the North Shore Community Development Coalition organizes the fun and effective Youth Get To The Point Day. Cleaning up a neighborhood is a form of stewardship, perhaps the gateway practice to deeper forms of citizenship too. For clean up problems on all days, make sure to contact Larry and the Health Department: (978) 741-1800, or walk over to 120 Washington Street, fourth floor.

Joint the next PNA meeting, April 28 at 6pm, for the Neighborhood Launch Party to implement the information gleaned during last year’s Point Visioning and Action Plan.

ENGAGE! at Boston’s Design Week

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ENGAGE is a series of short but powerful presentations by Boston area designers thinking, acting, and designing to…. engage!

Join if you’re in town! Free and open to the public 6pm in the BSA Space, 290 Congress Street.

SPSP is so happy to share some of our stories – we’re honored to be part of a great lineup!

Architecture for Humanity Boston
Artforming + Wentworth Institute of Technology – Center for Community + Learning Partnerships
Boston Architectural College – Gateway projects
CBA Landscape Architects
Klopfer Martin Design Group
MassArt – Community Build Studio
Rudy Bruner Design Award + Bruner Foundation
Salem Public Space Project
Sasaki Associates
Studio G Architects
Studio Luz Architects
Sustainability Guild International
Utile
Yayasan Kota Kita + Harvard GSD

SAF2014, HulaArt, and so much more at PEM/PM’s Artopia!

HulaArt Artist Row View 02For a taste of the Salem Arts Festival, come to the Peabody Essex Museum this Thursday, March 20th from 6 – 9pm!

The museum take over will include music, arts, and acts from all over! The Salem Arts Festival will be well represented by a Spice Painting demonstration with Heather Reid in the Atrium, using donated spices from the ongoing collection effort at The Picklepot, and with our own Hula Art! This is your chance to make a piece of public art history – the first large scale installation over Artists’ Row coming June 7th…. so make some HulaArt this Thursday! Hula Art instructors from SPSP and the Phoenix School!

~Free for Salem MA residents…. and well worth the expenditure for everyone else ~

 

How to HulaArt!

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HulaArt canopy over Artists’ Row? Indeed!

Be a HulaArtist at the Salem Art Festival 2014, June 6-8. Info here and photos courtesy of Social Palates of the Phoenix School students workshopping these hoops of art to help us understand the best way to transform recycled and found objects into HulaArt!

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Postcard Narratives: Talking Play

The winter is long, the sidewalks slippery, and public spaces, not entirely at rest, are in hibernation. This is the season to reflect on some past stories: Neighborhood Narratives. View all the stories and Get to the Point here

This story from Point teen, Stephanie Dexter about Peabody Street Park… when will the snow melt?

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Postcard Narratives: A Safer Place to Be

The winter is long, the sidewalks slippery, and public spaces, not entirely at rest, are in hibernation. This is the season to reflect on some past stories: Neighborhood Narratives. View all the stories and Get to the Point here

This story from an On Point teen participant – they’re doing some great things there in that revamped building in Palmer Cove – at the end of Leavitt Street. Go by and say hello!

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Postcard Narratives: Roast Beef

The winter is long, the sidewalks slippery, and public spaces, not entirely at rest, are in hibernation. This is the season to reflect on some past stories: Neighborhood Narratives. View all the stories and Get to the Point here

This story from Mayor Kim Driscoll – Do you remember Larry’s Roast Beef? Have you been to Celia’s?

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