METHUEN — For several years residents and businesses have participated in Methuen’s Creative Cityscapes Program by adopting traffic islands across the City. “Adopters” volunteer to take over the care and maintenance of an island of their choosing, and in exchange the adopter is provided with a professionally printed sign advertising their sponsorship of that island.
While many residents and businesses have signed up to sponsor particular islands, there remain several islands without sponsors.
“Those who have participated in the past continue to do so, but I think there is a hesitancy from people who have never adopted an island before,” said Mayor Steve Zanni. “At first glance it can appear intimidating.”
Adopting an island requires the sponsor to take responsibility for the island’s maintenance. This includes cleaning the island and clearing it of weeds; planting flowers; mulching where appropriate; and watering plants to prevent them from dying. In turn, the sponsor is provided with a sign which they can place in their island.
For more information on adopting an island, please contact Phil DeCologero in Mayor Zanni’s office at 978-983-8506.
Flights in historic aircraft offered June 20-23
NORTH ANDOVER — A restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner will be at Lawrence Municipal Airport June 20 to 23 as part of a national tour.
Rides in the 10-seat aircraft will be offered at $75 per seat or $70 per seat for those who book reservations before June 19. Each flight lasts 15 to 20 minutes and each passenger has a window.
The 1929 Ford Tri-Motor was the first mass produced airliner. There are only a few airplanes from around that era with most of them on display in museums.
“This is a real museum piece,” said Penny Bowman of Topsfield, president of chapter 106 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which is hosting the visit.
To book a flight log on to www.flytheford.org or call 1-877-952-5395.
New bus service offered from Valley to NYC
C&J Bus Lines has opened a new location in Tewksbury to offer nonstop, executive-class transportation to New York City. The service aims to provide travelers a new option for convenient transportation to New York without having to go into Boston.
C&J will operate nonstop trips daily to New York City’s Port Authority from a new travel stop at the Holiday Inn Tewksbury-Andover at 4 Highwood Drive.
The service offers more comfort with modified seating for 30 passengers instead of the industry standard of 55 seats and includes free Wi-Fi, free bag checks, free parking in Tewksbury, complimentary snacks and beverages, as well as free video entertainment.
C&J will offer two daily, round trips to New York City on Sunday through Friday and one round trip Saturday. Departures are Monday through Friday at 7:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m., Saturday at 7:20 and 10:50 a.m. and Sunday at 4:50 p.m.
For northbound trips from New York’s Port Authority, C&J will offer two daily, round trips Sunday through Friday and one round trip Saturday. Departures from New York City are Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at noon and 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are $69.95, or $34.95 for children. Reservations are required.
Events this month at The Center at Punchard
ANDOVER — The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, Andover, is offering the following upcoming programs this month. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 978-623-8321 for information or visit www.andoverseniorcenter.org for complete listings.
:HEART HEALTH: Friday, June 14, 10 a.m., topics include the broken heart syndrome, differences between men’s and women’s heart attack symptoms as well as changing trends and medical advice
LOBSTER ROLL LUNCH: Monday, June 17, 1 p.m.; $10, includes drink, cole slaw, watermelon and chips; pre-sales required.
BOSTON TO SALEM FERRY TRIP: Tuesday, June 18, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., this busy day includes a narrated ferry trip, Salem Maritime National Historic Site tour, lunch at Red’s in Salem and a quick stop at Quincy Market; $51.
HIGH TEA AND HISTORY: Andover Agriculture, Wednesday, June 19, 2 p.m., Barbara Bunn, a farmer’s granddaughter, talks about growing up on a local farm; free.
LEGAL CHECKUP: Friday, June 21, 9:30 a.m., “Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup,” presented by Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, based on a comprehensive resource guide to all aspects of elder law; free, workbook will be provided.