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Fall 2012 Newsletter Dear Friends, Itâ€™s now more important than ever for cities, towns, and organizations to work together through successful and sustainable partnerships. Through our collaborative efforts, the North Shore CDC is able to provide a strong and effective voice for the North Shore while leveraging important resources for communities in our region. This fall, our collaborative efforts have proven impactful in the 2012 elections, passing the Community Preservation Act in both Beverly and Salem and engaging Salem's Point Neighborhood in a non-partisan voter-turnout drive that led to the highest turnout ever. Ultimately, partnerships with our legislators, city officials, local universities, and neighborhood groups have enhanced our ability to advocate for residents in the North Shore and we thank who have supported our mission through their involvement. Sincerely,
Mickey Northcutt, Executive Director
Community Preservation Act Passes in Beverly & Salem
CPA funds support affordable housing, historic preservations, and open space in our cities.
In the 2012 elections, the Community Preservation Act (CPA) ballot question passed with over 1,500 votes in Salem and close to 900 votes Beverly. The Community Preservation Act (CPA), establishes a dedicated funding source to acquire and preserve open space, parks and conservation land; protect public drinking water supplies; protect scenic areas; protect farm land and forests from future development; restore and preserve historic properties and help meet local families' housing needs. By agreeing to invest on average $30 per household per year property owners trigger a state match of the collected funds. In Beverly the CPA would raise about $750,000 per year and in Salem it would raise up to $600,000 per year. With the adoption of the CPA, the cities now have the funds to support many essential, popular and visible projects like the carriage house at Lynch Park in Beverly and renovations on Salemâ€™s historic City Hall.
Building Homes Partnership Expands Voter Initiatives in the Salem Point Neighborhood This fall, the North Shore Community Development Coalition was focused on bringing together the strengths of residents, community organizations, and key stakeholders to revitalize civic engagement in the Salem Point Neighborhood through a voter registration, education, and Get Out the Vote campaign. The North Shore CDC would like to thank our partnering organizations, Salem State University (SSU) and the Point Neighborhood Association (PNA), who worked with us to engage residents in the 2012 elections. Our grassroots, civic-engagement efforts involved door knocking, neighborhood-wide flyer distribution about election day, hosting a non-partisan voter education night, phone banking, and poll monitoring. Working with the PNA and SSU allowed students and community volunteers to collaborate in a service learning curriculum around voter engagement in the Point neighborhood, specifically through the lens of public policy and sociology. Other organizations, including Highrock Church, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, and Neighbor to Neighbor volunteered with the partnership to provide residents without transportation with rides to the polls and data collection services. Their volunteer services were key to our partnershipsâ€™ success. Over the past few elections, voter turn-out in the neighborhood had declined dramatically. Together the North Shore CDC, SSU, and the PNA registered over 100 new voters from the neighborhood and assisted in over 750 residents of the Salem Point Neighborhood casting votes in the 2012 Elections. The success of this partnership showcases the value of CDCâ€™s collaboration with the community we serve - both young leaders in academic institutions and residents engaged in their community.
Staff Farewell In November, NSCDC staff said goodbye to project manager Nina Cohen, who started working in 2003 at Salem Harbor CDC on the agency's leasepurchase program. Nina oversaw the Whipple Annex renovation in Ipswich and the construction of Palmer Cove at the former Keefe's Restaurant in Salem. After joining the North Shore CDC, Nina managed both Phases of the Holcroft Park Homes project in Beverly. Her hard work and cheerful attitude will be missed at NSCDC.
Board of Directors Leonette Strout, President Keller Williams Salem Kate Newhall, Vice-President City of Beverly Beverly
Jennifer Raitt Metropolitan Area Planning Council Beverly Jason Silva City of Salem Beverly-Salem
Judith Zolla, Treasurer Greater Salem Employees Federal Credit Union Revere
Lesli Woodruff Epsilon Beverly
Linda Anderson-Mercier, Clerk River House, Inc. Beverly
Lucy Corchado Point Neighborhood Association Salem
David Jacobson Salem State University Salem
Adria Leach Salem State University Salem
Nathan Tiller Beverly
Jon Frey The Davis Companies Marblehead
Diana Kerry North Shore Community College Newburyport Denise Deschamps Beverly Steve Britton Beverly Cooperative Bank Beverly Alex Mitchell-Munevar Greater Boston Legal Services Salem Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello Salem State University Salem
Rev. Alan Froggatt Second Congregational Church Beverly Doug Lanois Tremont Capital Hamilton Rosario Ubiera-Minaya Salem Education Foundation Salem Laura Sanchez Point Neighborhood Association Salem Bill Luster Salem
Strengthening Communities Salem Point Visioning Project Engages Neighborhood The Salem Point Visioning Project is a collaboration with the City of Salem and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) that has been working since August to empower residents to create their own community vision and to mobilize resources to ensure that the Point develops sustainably in its housing, environmental resources, and economy. Our Community Development Department has already made great strides in neighborhood engagement, specifically through with the following groups: Youth Group: Through a community mapping project, the North Shore CDC's Youth Jobs Program has highlighted the assets in the Point neighborhood using photo journalism. The youth participants have also conducted interviews with different stakeholders of Salem to shape the upcoming web-based community PlanIt social media platform. Focus Groups: The North Shore CDC is in the process of hosting a series of focus groups with a wide cross-section of neighborhood residents and stake-
holders who serve the community to garner insight and input into the visioning plan. These "community conversations" group together participants of similar interests and background to discuss their neighborhood vision along topics of housing, infrastructure, safety, open space, youth, and reputation. We will be organizing more than 25 group conversations this winter. So far we have hosted three focus groups and are beginning to collect information and themes in these conversations that will later shape the basis of the public visioning meetings and social media platform, PlanIt. PlanIt Game: The project partners have been working with Emerson Engagement Lab to build the framework for the Community PlanIt game, a social media platform similar to that of a Sims Life that allows players to take virtual action in their neighborhood and connect with each other. The specific challenges, causes, and story scripts are being developed & the video components of the game will be filmed in early December in part with our youth jobs program.
Impacting the Gloucester Crossing Neighborhood Our community development department continued to measure its impact in the Gloucester Crossing Neighborhood by completing our 6th annual neighborhood survey. This year we have partnered with a research methods class at Endicott College to administer the survey to the Gloucester Crossing community in Beverly. The survey relies on grassroots community engagement practices with staff and volunteers going door-to door to residents to help paint a picture of the neighborhood and identify its recent improvements and continued needs. Currently, 75 surveys have been completed and data analysis will be available in early 2013. Analysis of the surveys will guide our Community Engagement work over the next year.
Jason Pina and Julie Kelliher, ED at NEAHMA Award Dinner
Staff Achievements Jason C. Pina, Director of Property and Asset Management of the North Shore Community Development Coalition, was awarded the New England Affordable Housing Management Associationâ€™s Professional of the Year. Mickey Northcutt, Executive Director of North Shore CDC, received the 2012 National Young Leader Award from Affordable Housing Finance for his dedication to affordable housing. Jackie Giordano, Director of External Affairs, received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, recognizing her as an emerging leader in the community development field.
Join the North Shore CDC and River Houseâ€™s Icy Tradition
The Polar Plunge Super Bowl Sunday Sunday, February 3rd at Noon Beverly Woodbury Beach at Lynch Park
Salem Dead Horse Beach at the Willows