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PITA's campaign scores victory for public beach access

PITA has worked for years to make sure PI's historic rights-of-way remain open so that the public has access to our beach.

The rights-of-way were laid out nearly a century ago by the Plum Island Beach Company, but over the years, many have fallen into disuse, become buried in sand or been appropriated by the private owners of abutting properties.

Several years ago, PITA paid to have nine of the most important and heavily used rights-of-way surveyed and marked. But dozens of other rights-of-way on both the oceanfront and the Basin remain unmarked.

Now, Newburyport and Newbury have agreed to have all the oceanfront paths to the beach marked and numbered, starting from the Point and moving south.

PITA has agreed to pay for markers — two for each right-of-way. One marker will be placed on the street side and the other on the ocean side. The latter will come with reflective strips that will serve two purposes. They will make it easier to find the entrance to the right-of-way at night. Even more important, they will help us document any significant loss of sand from the beach, which could make it easier to obtain FEMA aid after a major storm.

Remember, you can help us in our work to preserve beach access and stem erosion by joining PITA, donating to the nonprofit, volunteer organization and participating in our annual fundraisers.

Also, we welcome the public to come to our regular monthly meetings with any questions or suggestions. The Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Hall.

Thank you for your support and we hope you appreciate the efforts of PITA, an all-volunteer nonprofit that works for the betterment of the Island.

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Christmas Fair celebrates 20th year

You can pick out your tree, do some early shopping and have your kids deliver their lists to Santa, all at our 20th annual Plum Island Christmas Fair.

The fair is Saturday, Dec. 6, at Plum Island Hall, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Santa returning by fire truck for his annual visit about 2 p.m.

Once again, we'll be selling premium trees, with free delivery on the Island. The PI Beautification Society will sell custom decorated wreaths and baked goods.  Crafters and artists from Plum Island and vicinity will offer handmade gifts, stocking stuffers and holiday decorations.  

There will also be raffle prizes, refreshments and lunch specials, including hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade haddock chowder and Diane Barrett's famous chili. 

The event is one of PITA's two major annual fundraisers, with the Taste of Plum Island in May. All proceeds go to help maintain the Hall as a gathering spot for Island residents and support other PITA efforts, including surveying and marking public rights-of-way.

So save the date and come celebrate the season with your PI neighbors.  Vendors interested in reserving a table , please see Calling all Crafters below.

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Inside This Issue

  1. -PITA’s Campaign scores victory of access

  2. -christmas Fair Dec 6th, celebrates 20th year - calling all Crafters!

  3. -pita head named to state coastal erosion commission

  4. -Storm Surge: an evening at Firehouse Theatre, October 29

  5. -Town Considers Plum island parking options

  6. -PI beautification meetings 7pm PITA- 1st tuesday

  7. -PITA Photos at Hall

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  9. Web Site at plumislandtaxpayers.org

  10. Rent PITA Hall inexpensively as a Member

  11. Find PITA now on FaceBook -- Contribute photos, comments.

Calling All Crafters!

It's that time of year again! The annual PITA Christmas Fair is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th, and PITA is reminding all crafters who have participated at previous PITA fairs to be on the lookout for this year's application form.

Forms will be mailed to the address on file during the first two weeks of October. If you have not participated as a vendor at the Fair, and would like to, please send an email to Frank Pierce at fpierce1@comcast.net, or leave us a message with your name and contact information at 978 463-0670.