Plum Island Provisions Now Open

Plum Island Provisions Now Open

There’s a new convenience store on the island… Plum Island Provisions. Located at 29 Plum Island Boulevard, the former location of Dick’s Variety, has gotten not only a face lift, but revised it’s format. In the overhaul, the newly refurbished interior has added a full kitchen, serving made-to-order hot sandwiches, subs, pizza, seafood, salads and more. The added bonus? They deliver! Opening just before the Labor Day weekend, the ‘provisions’ are a bit limited. Islanders who were regulars of Dick’s Variety will find the smaller shelf space offers much less than previously, but still a convenient place to pick up staples such as bread, milk and cold beverages. Plum Island Provisions is open 7 days a week from 7am – 9pm and can be reached at 978-465-0324. Stop by and check them...

Volunteers Needed to Shovel Out “Candy Cane” Vents

The Newburyport side of Plum Island has been experiencing significant sewer and water problems this winter. The sewer system is a vacuum system and homes have an outside ‘candy cane’ shaped vent. The unpredecented snow fall this winter, combined with the number of vacation homes, has meant many of these vents remain covered by feet of snow. Plum Island is calling for volunteers to help with shoveling out many of these buried vents. Anyone interested in assisting, please meet at the Plum Island Taxpayers Association (PITA) Hall, located at 8 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury, today at...

Summertime on Plum Island – Time for Renewal

It’s been quite a long while since my last post. It was certainly a chilling winter.  A surge of storms brought significant loss of homes, properties, and of the Plum Island coastline.  I don’t have to write about the bad news; if you are interested in what happened, all you have to do is search online for “Plum Island storm damage” and you’ll find it.  As a resident, it became difficult to publicly chronicle such devastation but just like the sun rising every day, nature and people alike begin to heal and rebuild. The New England summer has been a hot one. July temperatures have reached upper 90’s sending flocks of people to Plum Island’s beaches to cool off. Tourists fill the local restaurants. Vacationers in search of a memory just have to look to the sky each evening as the glorious sun sets to the west over the great marsh, and to the north for bedazzling fireworks from neighboring Salisbury Beach each Saturday night. It’s a low key vibe on Plum Island.  Eclectic and laid back, Plum Island offers people looking for not-your-typical “Cape” like destination.  Strolling on the beach is a favorite past time. And this year the sand bar just north of the center beach is back.  At low tide, meander out there and feel like you’re walking on water! As the dog days of summer continue on and August brings September, the island continues it’s renewal and readies itself for the next season of change.  Come discover Plum Island, if only for a day and see what I...

Merrimack River and Plum Island Jetties

The Newburyport Daily News reports that scientists are taking a closer look at the Merrimack River jetties as the Army Corp of Engineers considers how to make repairs. While there is $3.5million earmarked for the necessary repairs to the much deteriorated jetties, determination of whether they should be shortened, lengthened, or changed still must be contemplated.  The last time the jetties were repaired was over 40 years ago.  In the meantime, Plum Island continues to experience erosion and some say this is due to the both jetties have seen large gaps torn in their upper structure by storms, a problem that has allowed tidal currents to rush through. These currents are widely believed to have worsened beach erosion at the northern end of Plum Island. The article states that the federal government began first studying the flow of water and sand at the mouth of the Merrimack back in 1826.  Mother Nature has thrown a few surprises and models developed over the years haven’t quite worked as planned.  Let’s hope that they get it right this time and that the fate of Plum Island is changed for the...