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...
Winter 2015: Better Known as “Snowmagedon”

Winter 2015: Better Known as “Snowmagedon”

Winter 2015 has been…. well, in my opinion, it’s been INSANE! On the heels of one of the worst storms this season, Plum Island is still reeling from the snow accumulation, the frigid temperatures, the damaging winds. To date, over 7 feet of snow has fallen in the area within the last three weeks, 16″ just in this last blizzard. Our neighborhood has seen snow drifts/snow piles of over 8 feet, with more to come. Over the Valentine’s Day-President’s Day weekend, the island was victim to white-out conditions. Plum Island Turnpike was closed and with visibility near zero, local police and public workers guided residents safely on and off the island. And the weather-related challenges didn’t end there. With an already complex and sensitive sewage system, unforeseeable snow accumulations buried many resident’s “candy cane” sewage vents causing system failure on Northern Boulevard and neighboring streets. Many homes and residents are advised to refrain from using water and sewer until the problems are resolved. Snow plowing and removal has been challenging, heavily taxing exhausted public workers such that the City of Newburyport called in assistance from New York. Where to put it all? That’s the real challenge. Perhaps pile it on the beach to create a natural sea wall of ice and snow. As weary residents come up for air and adjust to this new “normal”, many of us sit on edge dreading the weatherman’s forthcoming forecast. Can we handle more? Sometimes, questions like these aren’t left to choice. Hardy Plum Islanders will just deal with whatever nature throws their...

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...