Planting Event this Saturday, June 11th at 10 a.m.

Volunteers (including former Ward 6 Councillor Paul Prevey) rake during a previous spring's planning.

Volunteers (including former Ward 6 Councillor Paul Prevey) rake during a previous spring’s planning.

The Mack Neighborhood Neighborhood Association (MPNA) seeks volunteers and perennial donations for this Saturday’s planting.

Please join us!

Our planting events are great exercise and a fun way to meet your neighbors.

Need a home for those overgrown perennials you’ve recently split?

Your planting donations will live on, and beautify the neighborhood.

  • When: This Saturday, June 11th, 10 a.m.
     
  • Where: The intersection of Mason, Grove Streets and Harmony Grove Road, beside the Moose Family Center Lodge. When the intersection planting is completed, we’ll be moving up to Mack Park, to plant around the flagpole.
     
  • What: Please bring your gardening tools and any planting donations.
     

Unable to participate, but want to donate?
Friday afternoon drop off is available for perennial donations. Email us at mackparkorg@gmail.com for specific information.

We hope to see you Saturday!

2016 K9 Golf Tournament: June 6th

Salem PD k9 BadgeThis year’s fourth annual K9 Golf Tournament will be held on June 6th, at the Olde Salem Greens, 775 Wilson Street.

In 2012, the Police department’s desire and recognized need for a K9 unit lead organizations, residents and businesses to tackle a fund-raising effort. Over $70,000 was secured for the program. Far surpassing expectations, that money allowed the Salem Police Department to purchase and train three units. This year, for the first time, the Salem Fire Department will be also participating and supporting this annual event.

In the years since its creation, Salem’s K9 program has become a regional asset, lending support to other area communities lacking the specialized skills these units provide: search, rescue, drug enforcement, and incendiary detection.

As criminal methods change over time, law enforcement techniques develop to meet new community protection and crime-fighting challenges. To keep current, K9 units require continual training. Each year the K9 Golf Tournament raises funds for equipment, food and training enhancements. T-shirt and sweatshirt sales each summer and Haunted Happenings season secures additional monies needed to maintain, train and supply our units.

Even if you don’t golf, you can support our K9s by sponsoring other players, donating prizes, and purchasing t-shirts and event tickets – whether or not you attend.

For more information about this event, email RoseMary O’Connor (rosemary444@verizon.net) or Pat Foley (pfoley@nebhealth.org).

Reunite and Reminisce with former Ward 6 Councillors: May 10 MPNA Meeting

Ward 6, Salem MA

Ward 6, Salem MA

Reunite and Reminisce with former Ward 6 Councillors Mike Bencal, Jim Fleming, Sally Hayes, George McCabe, and Paul Prevey, at the May 10 Mack Park Neighborhood Association Meeting.

Please join us for an informative evening.

May 10, 2016
Tuesday, 6:30 PM
Moose Hall, 50 Grove St., Salem MA

The presentation starts promptly at 7:00 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. pre-meeting social, including refreshments.

MPNA Spring Planting

Volunteers (including former Ward 6 Councillor Paul Prevey) rake during a previous spring's planning.

Volunteers (including former Ward 6 Councillor Paul Prevey) rake during a previous spring’s planning.

The Mack Neighborhood Neighborhood Association (MPNA) anticipates this year’s spring planting to happen in May — date to be determined, weather permitting.

Planting typically takes place on a weekend morning, when volunteers gather at the intersection of Mason, Grove and Harmony Grove Road armed with gloves, shovels and rakes. It’s great exercise and a fun way to meet your neighbors.

This year we’ll be planting in the new green space created at the intersection, as our island was eliminated during last year’s reconfiguration. This means we’ll also be setting up new beds.

We could really use your help!

In late April and early May we’ll be looking for volunteers and donations of perennials, landscaping cloth, soil and mulch.

If you’d like to donate materials or are interested in volunteering, send us an email at mackparkorg@gmail.com.

Historical Archeologist Emerson Baker will speak on the authorization of Proctor’s Edge on 4.12.2016

Proctor's Ledge - Gallow's HillAt April 12th’s Mack Park Neighborhood Association meeting, Historical Archeologist and Salem State University Professor Emerson Baker will guide us through the authorization of Proctor’s Ledge as the location of Salem’s witch hangings.

Please join us for an informative evening.

April 12, 2016
Tuesday, 6:30 PM
Moose Hall, 50 Grove St., Salem MA

The presentation starts promptly at 7:00 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. pre-meeting social, including refreshments.

Salem Historical Commission determines Mack Park entrance walls historically significant

A wall pillar at Mack Park during a previous repair.

A wall pillar at Mack Park during a previous repair..

Built in the 1850’s by Salem physician Dr. William Mack, the house at Mack Park was constructed as a summer home for his sister Esther C. Mack. Upon his death, Dr. Mack followed his sister’s wishes, leaving the entire estate, then known as Ledge Hill, to the city.​ ​

During its meeting on January 20th, the Salem Historical Commission made a determination that Mack Park’s entrance-flanking walls, constructed of the same fieldstone as the Mack Park house, are a resource of historic significance.

In recent years, the walls have fallen into disrepair, requiring significant work to return them to their original state. City officials are aware of the problem, but funding is unavailable, and currently earmarked for other projects.

After learning the walls would not be repaired, Mack Park Neighborhood Association (MPNA) treasurer Tina Cook and MPNA Chairperson RoseMary O’Connor looked into submitting the project for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding. Projects eligible for CPA funding include the acquisition or creation, preservation, support, rehabilitation and restoration of open spaces, historic resources, recreational land, and community housing.

The Historic Commission’s determination of historic significance makes the repair of Mack Park’s flanking walls eligible for CPA funding.

Special thanks to Jason Silva, Director of Municipal Operations and Capital Improvements, for his help in getting this proposal before the Historic Commission and submitted for CPA funding.

Attorney Joseph Correnti and developer Anthony Roberto will discuss Flynntan site plans on 3.8.2016

flynntanAt March 8th’s Mack Park Neighborhood Association meeting, Attorney Joseph Correnti and local developer Anthony Roberto will discuss development plans for the former Flynntan property.

Please join us for an informative evening.

March 8, 2016
Tuesday, 6:30  PM
Moose Hall, 50 Grove St., Salem

The presentation starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.,  following a 6:30 p.m. pre-meeting social, including refreshments.