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Wayne Alarm: Spring security check-ups

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Regular maintenance can help increase the life expectancy of your alarm system and insurance coverage, too. It is known that  security providers require monthly or yearly maintenance. However, you can do a self-maintenance as well. Older systems should be checked every three months, whereas newer systems are checked every six months. When doing check-ups, remember to notify your provider that it is just a test, so emergency support aren’t dispatched.

  • Fire and Smoke Detectors – According to The National Fire Alarm Code, smoke detector are required to be inspected annually. To ensure its proper functionality, check it by pressing and holding the button labeled “test.” In doing so, an alarm will sound. Remember to always follow along to the instructions instructed in the manual that can also give you help in keeping it up to date. Another tip is cleaning it with a vacuum cleaner(at least once a year) to remove any particles that couple affect the smoke alarm performance.
  • Video Surveillance –  If using video surveillance is one of your top security strategies, it can definitely use regular maintenance. To ensure a clear picture and uninterrupted feed, clean off the camera lens with a lens wipe and cleaner, and simply dust the camera’s exterior clean. Check daily for correct date and time that is often displayed on the monitor, sometimes brief power outages might require it to be reset.

Checking your system in your business is just as important, too.

  • Checking fire alarms in your businesses is just as important. Have it inspected to check if everything is up to date. If it is not being tested regularly, it could be more susceptible to false alarms.

Regularly checking if your security system is functioning properly can make a huge difference and can be useful in a time of emergency. Don’t hesitate to check on your system today, and reach our customer service for further questions.

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Unkempt cemetery has son feeling ‘disgusted’

PHOTO BY MATT DEMIRS
Pictured is the overgrown lawn at the city-owned Pine Grove Cemetery.

By THOMAS GRILLO

Matt Demirs

Another view of the high grass at Pine Grove Cemetery.

LYNN — Visitors to Pine Grove Cemetery over Memorial Day weekend were distressed to find much of the green space overrun with weeds and high grass.

In an email to The Item, Richard Danisiewicz  wrote that his parents are buried in the Hummingbird section of the municipally-owned graveyard and the area looked like it had not been mowed this spring. 

“I am disgusted with the way my parents’ grave and that section looks,” he wrote. “I did see them mowing the front of the cemetery on Monday where all the bigwigs would be during the parade … but we are the ones who have to bury our loved ones and the city can’t even keep it looking nice.”

In response, Jeff Stowell, assistant superintendent at the Department of Public Works, agreed the work by North Shore Landscape, the Peabody-based company contracted by the city to do the work, has been behind schedule.

While the company started the spring season cutting grass on May 19, two days earlier than the scheduled start of May 22, Stowell said the rain has caused the grass to grow out of control.

“I’ve been in touch with the contractor and told them they need to get the grass cut as quickly as possible,” he said.  

A man who answered the phone at North Shore Landscape but declined to give his name before he hung up, said the work will be done by week’s end.


Thomas Grillo can be reached at tgrillo@itemlive.com.

Saturday in the park in Peabody

By ADAM SWIFT

PEABODY There’s nothing like a trip to the park to celebrate a beautiful spring day.

This Saturday, Peabody families can experience all Peabody parks have to offer as part of the National Park Trust’s seventh annual Kids to Parks Day. Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. recently declared May 20 as Kids to Parks Day in the city, and there is a full slate of activities planned in celebration.

“Peabody is committed to healthy living and our wonderful parks and recreation areas like the South Peabody Nature Trail and Brooksby Farm provide excellent spaces for outdoor play,” said Bettencourt. “I invite all Peabody resident to join me outdoors on May 20, for Kids to Parks Day.”

With sunshine and mild temperatures in the forecast, it should be a perfect day for the Kids Giant Yard Sale at St. James Park from 9 a.m. to noon, the Touch-a-Truck event at Brooksby Farm from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Parking Lot Picassos art project at Ross Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or the family bike ride and safety event at the Danvers spur of the bike path from noon to 2 p.m.

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For those interested in golf, whether of the disc or the traditional ball variety, there will be several options during the afternoon. From 1-3 p.m., there will be a chance to show off your frisbee skills at the Scouting Woods Disc Golf Course at 100 Summit St., and from 2-4 p.m., there will be an intro to golf program at the Meadow at Peabody for kids ages 8-14.

The mayor said that like Peabody, other cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “Active kids are healthy kids” and encouraging their residents to use Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors.

While the focus on Saturday will be on families, parents in Peabody will have the chance to cut loose a little bit Friday night with the latest Pop Up Pub in Peabody Square from 6-9 p.m.

The Peabody Main Streets event on the courthouse plaza will feature craft beer, wine, food trucks, and music. Entry bracelets can be purchased the night of Pop Up Pub for $5.

Summoning up Swampscott’s yesteryears

College graduations and wedding season are around the corner and spring was the time, not so long ago, when Swampscott residents booked a couple of rooms in Cap’n Jack’s for their out-of-town guests.

The quaint waterfront inn with its ocean views has been relegated to town history but Swampscott’s days as a place to visit and stay on the North Shore may not be over. The Planning Board next Monday is reviewing a proposed “Tourist Lodging Overlay District.”

Creating the district, according to a town legal notice, also involves adopting “general regulations for all types of travel and tourist lodging establishments and specific regulations for hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfast establishments for a new overlay district in three areas of town.”

Swampscott isn’t in any danger of seeing Humphrey Street or Vinnin Square turn into a Motel Row similar to Route 1 during its heyday. The town has probably permanently consigned to history the glory days of the New Ocean House and other resort hotels that summoned up memories of the Roaring Twenties.

But Cap’n Jack’s occupied a special, nostalgic niche in the minds of town residents who viewed it as a slightly-frayed welcome mat to people visiting from around the country, even the world. With its small-town casual ambience, the bygone inn broadcast a gentle reminder to visitors: “Enjoy Salem and Boston but don’t forget to appreciate Swampscott’s beauty.”

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The upcoming Planning Board hearing raises a couple of interesting questions about the value of setting the stage for increased town tourism. Question one: Is there a market for tourism?

There is no question Swampscott is a beautiful place to visit and stay and a North Shore gem. European tourists reportedly make the North Shore a destination in part because of its proximity to Boston and mix of small scenic New England towns and oceanscapes.

The more immediate question focuses on the degree to which town residents have an interest in seeing, much less promoting, an increase in local tourism. The answers to that question can potentially shape how residents and town officials eventually view the tourist district.

If the town decides to put a committed effort into tourism promotion and marketing, those efforts will only commence after debate among residents. That debate could conclude with residents deciding to dedicate a tourist district to bed and breakfast locations that serve as summer or fall weekend destinations or places to put up Uncle George or Cousin Edna when they come to town for a wedding or graduation.

The tourism debate might just end with locals concluding: The old ways are the best ways.

What should Brooksby Farm name its lamb?

ITEM PHOTO BY SPENSER HASAK 
Mama and her baby lamb wander around the pen. Vote on the lamb’s name in our poll, below. 

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

PEABODY — A baby lamb, who surprised farmers at Brooksby Farm with his arrival on the first day of spring, needs a name.

The lamb, all black in color, arrived unexpectedly on March 20, weighing 2 pounds, 10 ounces.

Assistant farm manager Michelle Melanson said Brooksby took in three brown sheep from a local farm. Much to the farmworkers’ surprise, one was pregnant and gave birth to the farm’s first male lamb.

“Unless you count the chickens, we haven’t had any newborns in a long time,” said Melanson.

He joins a family of two emu, three goats, seven sheep, a peacock, chickens, turkeys, quail, pheasants, a guinea hen, a miniature donkey named Lola, and two alpacas named Lally and Bon Jovi.

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The farm’s staff is hoping Brooksby fans might help choose a name for the newest addition. The decision has been narrowed down to the top three contenders: Shadow, Merlin, and Macintosh.

But what’s in a name?

Shadow, considered to be of English origin, means — well — shadow. As you watch the now 25-pound jet black animal graze its pen close by to his mother’s side, you have to admit it seems fitting.

Merlin, of Welsh origin and used in mythology, means “by the sea.” It was the name of a fifth-century sorcerer and mentor of King Arthur. An interesting choice, nonetheless, it’s Melanson’s favorite.

As you arrive on the city-owned property, surrounded by apple trees, the root of the third option becomes clear. For decades, in the farm’s most popular season, families have arrived by packed station-wagons to pick the crisp, vivid red fruit from the trees.

About 200 people have already voiced their opinion on Brooksby Farm’s Facebook page.  

Tell us the best name for the new lamb.

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Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemilve.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Spring has sprung

PHOTO BY MARK LORENZ
Susan Clark and Annie Clifford enjoy an afternoon walk at Fort Sewall.

By LEAH DEARBORN

MARBLEHEAD – Walkers greeted some of the earliest spring weather with enjoyment and a bit of skepticism near Fort Beach.

The National Weather Service is predicting highs of nearly 80 degrees this week, but those out in the sun near midday on Monday weren’t convinced that winter has completely loosened its grip on the North Shore.

“I think we’re in for a little bit more of a blustery time,” said resident Annie Clifford as she and Susan Clark walked dogs around the path at Fort Sewall.

Noting the unpredictability of spring in New England as a cool breeze blew up from the water, Clifford said steady warm weather doesn’t tend to show up before May.

“It gives us a bit of a break, though. It feels good on the skin, gets people out in the weather,” she said.

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John Beal and Jennifer Greenspan were in the area for spring break vacation since Greenspan had time off work from her job as a teacher.

“It’s beautiful up here,” said Beal, who added the weather they left behind in New Jersey was quite a bit cooler.

Arlyn Silva, who bought a cottage in Marblehead a decade ago, was taking in the spring air with one of her favorite walking routes up the street from Crocker Park to the fort.

“I hope it stays. I like this,” she said.