Monday, December 28, 2009

Final Loosestrife Report

The Town of North Reading, Massachusetts, the Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee, and Merrimack College have partnered in many projects to improve Martins Pond and the watershed.  Martins Pond is a roughly 100 acre pond 20 miles North of Boston.

One of our collaborations has been the raising and release of Galerucella beetles to combat the invasive species commonly known as Purple Loosestrife starting in 2002.  This was done under the direction and authority of the State of Massachusetts Wetland Restoration Program and beetles are purchased through the USDA.

We are very pleased to add Dr. Jon Lyon’s final report on the success of this project to our website.  Beetles have been established in the area, and no further local release expected. 

Funding was provided by Merrimack College, Martins Pond Association, Town of North Reading, Massachusetts DEP, Massachusetts Lakes & Ponds program, and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund over the years.  The project was not particularly expensive, but required many hours of volunteer time, particularly by Dr. Lyon and his students who raised beetles at their greenhouse at the college to multiply our investment before release.

Thanks to Dr. Lyon, Merrimack College student volunteers, and the many North Reading volunteers, the Town and all the organizations involved for funding or supporting this worthwhile project.

This report will be posted on our website under environment/reports.  We encourage you to forward to any other group or area looking to start a program or looking for some good news. 

Happy New Year!


Thank you,
Janet Nicosia, Co-Chair
Martins Pond Association
Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Come Hear Dr. Jon Lyon at Merrimack College Nov 17 at 7pm

Join us for the
Associate Professor
Jonathan Lyon
Department of Biology
Tuesday November 17, 2009
at 7 PM
Cascia Hall

The Last Lecture is delivered as if it were the very last opportunity a professor has to speak before students and colleagues on any subject. The effect of this fiction is a presentation in which the lecturer shares what is of the greatest importance and value in her/his professional life. It also reveals passion about and commitment to her/his vocation as an educator.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

New Grant Awarded!

North Reading Stormwater Infiltration Project: Reaching Out to Address Runoff

The Town of North Reading, in collaboration with the Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee and Dr. Jon Lyon of Merrimack College, were awarded a Section 319 Non-Point Source Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Administrative Summary {pdf}

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Volunteer for the Children's Haunted Playground

This message is for anyone interested or who has a kid interested in helping out at the children’s Haunted Playground on October 17th.

If anyone wants to help in the graveyard or help tour guide, or basically volunteer in any capacity like games and concessions, set up or clean up…please call me or come to the actors meeting at Clarke Park on Saturday October 10th at 3PM.

I will go over all the various jobs that need doing.

People are especially needed to be in the graveyard, and act as tour guides or be kind of adult security just to keep kids in line in areas like around the acting sets and in the tot lot.

Here are the rules for kids to work in the graveyard:

No elementary school age kids.

Middle school kids are OK, but I must have a verbal conversation with the parents days before the event. Parents must understand that sometimes kids take off from their post, and we are not babysitting them and will not chase them around and find them if they take off. Middle Schoolers cannot show up on the night of the event and think they can join in. Arrangements must be made ahead of time with me and the parents.

High School students are some of our best volunteers and their hours count towards community service hours if they need them. They can call me directly. Again, they are responsible for themselves.

If anyone working in the graveyard touches anyone coming through, including their own family members, they will be immediately removed from their post. We allow absolutely no touching of patrons of the event. All of our veterans know this rule. We will also not allow swearing while the graveyard act is being performed.

Tour guides work in pairs and must dress in costume appropriate to be a leader of groups of small children, no scary or bloody costumes allowed for tour guides.

If you are going to send your Middle Schooler down to the actors meeting and cannot come with them, you can send them with a note with your name, permission and phone number and I will call you during the week before the event.

This event usually runs very smoothly with well over 50 volunteers helping out, many of them kids. It is a wonderful event where we showcase what our neighborhood has to offer with boatloads of community spirit, and many people also help from other parts of town. Please come down and bring a friend, help support the MPA and have a good time.


Janet Nicosia, Co-Chair
Martins Pond Association
Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Flood Damage Report

Here's your chance to help the effort to get the Rte 62 bridge replaced. Print out the Flood Damage Report on the Martins Pond site, fill it in, and send it to

Martins Pond Association
c/o North Reading Town Hall
235 North St
North Reading MA 01864
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