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Inauguration Ceremony Swearing-In Newburyport’s Mayor Reardon

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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The 2022 Newburyport Inauguration Ceremony and swearing-in was held, Monday, January 3rd, 2022 at Newburyport City Hall. Recently elected City Council Members and School Committee Members were sworn-in prior to the ceremony and all new and existing city officials were in attendance as Mayor-Elect Reardon officially became Mayor Reardon during the inauguration ceremony. Mayor Sean Reardon and his Wife Jessie, who provided tremendous support every step of the way, watched proudly as their three children: Sadie, Ruby and Oliver led the Pledge of Allegiance and were by his side as he took his oath during the swearing-in. Mayor Reardon’s parents and in-laws were also in attendance to share the special celebration.

The inauguration ceremony was led by Charlie Cullen who did a great job stepping in for City Clerk, Richard Jones, and in honor wore a bow tie. Reverend Laura Biddle delivered a beautiful invocation and Senator Bruce Tarr delivered a dynamic speech encouraging everyone to support Mayor Reardon and all of the Newburyport City Officials. In addition to motivational speeches, the inauguration ceremony featured many wonderful musical performances including: bagpipes by Bob Morse, the National Anthem by Ella Suchecki & Audrey Cooper as well as musical selections by: Chris O’Donnell, Doug & Nora Baker, Karen Kearley and Danny Harrington.

Many former Newburyport Mayors were in attendance for the inauguration ceremony including: Byron Matthews, Lisa Mead, Christopher Sullivan, John Moak, and Donna Holaday. In addition to the Mayors who were present, Mayor Reardon recognized many other former Mayors for inspiring him to pursue a career in public service including: Richard Sullivan, Peter Matthews, Edward Molin, Mary Carrier and Mary Ann Clancy. He also thanked Mayor Donna Holaday for her 12 years of selfless and distinguished service to Newburyport.

During his inaugural address, Mayor Reardon referenced Newburyport’s history as a port city, a community of doers, citizens who come together to solve problems, commit to service and teach their children volunteerism. Mayor Reardon spoke of his vision for a united city that is inclusive and innovative, with people collaborating to create positive change. He spoke with enthusiasm about his goal to meet everyone and to motivate people to contribute their best ideas and talents in order to collectively achieve positive results for Newburyport.

Mayor Reardon explained that his strong desire to serve the Newburyport Community began with inspiration from his family. His Grandfather, Warren Oliver Page, proud 1940 graduate of Newburyport High School, served in the Coast Guard during WWII and was Newburyport’s first permanent Fire Chief. He was devoted to his Wife, Margaret Anne (Daley) Page who raised six children, had a career in nursing at Anna Jaques Hospital and later became the head of purchasing. Mayor Reardon learned from his grandfather that family comes first and when his grandmother was stricken with polio, he devoted his life to caring for her. He led his firefighters with this same philosophy, always taking care of people. He taught young Sean Reardon that the foundation of any department was its people and he took care of his people, with emphasis on core values of: friendship, loyalty and love.

Mayor Reardon credited his Father, Neil Reardon for instilling the importance of work ethic. Although he would come to be known as a legendary Teacher and Coach, Neil Reardon started his career working as a night janitor at Anna Jaques Hospital while earning an education degree at Salem State. Young Sean Reardon remembers his father starting his day at 3 am, delivering the Boston Globe to many city neighborhoods, finishing just in time to teach a classroom of 4th graders and ending the work day coaching one of his many sports teams. Mayor Reardon and his siblings quickly learned how to lead a team and how to put the right people in the right positions to ensure success.

The 2022 Newburyport inauguration ceremony and swearing-in was a great representation of gathering many highly talented and knowledgeable people to create a very successful event. The collaboration of inspirational speakers and musical talent made for a wonderful celebration. The ceremony concluded with the benediction and closing prayer offered by Reverend Timothy Harrison of Immaculate Conception Church followed by the Newburyport High School Band playing the Alma Mater led by Band Director, Steven Cohen. Enjoy Newburyport.com short video clips of the 2022 Inauguration or visit Port Media for the full event recording.

Below is a complete list of Newburyport’s current elected officials with newly elected officials highlighted in blue.

Newburyport Mayor:
Sean Reardon

City Councilors-At-Large:
Edward C. Cameron, Jr.
• Afroz Khan
Constance Preston
• Bruce L. Vogel
Mark R. Wright

City Councilors by Ward:
• Sharif I. Zeid, Ward 1
Jennie L. Donahue, Ward 2
• Heather L. Shand, Ward 3
• Christine Elizabeth Wallace, Ward 4
• James McCauley, Ward 5
• Byron J. Lane, Ward 6

School Committee:
• Brian Callahan
Sarah Hall
• Bruce M. Menin
• Sheila Reardon Spalding
Juliet T.H. Walker

You may also enjoy our Newburyport.com video highlights from the 2018 Inauguration Ceremony swearing-in officials elected in the 2017 Newburyport elections.

Final Hines Way Townhomes Hit Market this Spring

By Robert Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
CEO/Owner & Residential/Commercial Sales Specialist for Bentley's, Robert has been the #1 agent in the Greater Newburyport market since 2011 per MLSPIN.com and Bentley's Sales Records. Robert's success is due to his dominance with on-line real estate marketing, strong negotiation skills, and good old fashioned work ethic. Robert has a strong sales, marketing, and finance background and always does what is necessary to get the deal done, and make his clients happy. Experience and proven reputation are key when you are making the largest financial transaction of a life time. Call or text 781-858-5115.
Hines Way, Robert Bentley, Newburyport

Newburyport’s new development, Hines Way, stands out from many other projects in the port city with one-of-a-kind style and amenities. This well sought-after community, which has been built and sold in three phases so far, will bring the final phase of condos to market this spring. For buyers hoping to become part of the Hines Way neighborhood—phase 4 promises some of the development’s best properties yet with excellent locations and views. 

What makes Hines Way stand out? The condos have a coastal craftsman style that is different from any of the competition. Each townhome has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, along with the main floor set up to entertain with an open concept, high-end finishes, and a deck. The outdoor space continues with a private patio off the downstairs bonus room.

Along with beautiful interiors and private outdoor space, Hines Way continues to deliver with stunning outdoor common space. The condos line a beautiful street with expert landscaping, cobblestone walks, gorgeous granite walls, and even a pond. At the end of the street is a cul de sac featuring a flag pole with a soaring American flag, a nod to the street name itself. Hines way is named after First Lieutenant Derek Hines, a Newburyport native killed overseas while serving in Afghanistan. The flag is dedicated to Hines and his family as a thank you for his service.

While the amenities and attention to detail inside and out of the properties make these townhomes extremely desirable, what puts them over the top is the location. As all current and aspiring Newburyport residences know, location is key in this super walkable city. Hines Way gives residents access to Newburyport’s Clipper City Rail Trail—the perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful walk or bike ride and also a direct connection to downtown and the waterfront. For home buyers commuting to Boston, Hines Way is also a very quick walk or ride to the MBTA. Despite the walkability that Hines Way offers, having a car is also no problem for residences as each condo boasts a private oversized one-car garage—an extremely rare amenity in Newburyport.  

With phase 4 of this project set to come to market soon, there is still one last opportunity to call Hines Way home—don’t miss out!  The Hines Way development is being exclusively handled by Bentley Real Estate. For more information or to schedule a tour, reach out to Robert Bentley at 781.858.5115.

MINCO Smart Growth Project at One Boston Way to Bring Much Needed Rental Units

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
MINCO Smart Growth One Boston Way Newburyport

The MINCO Smart Growth Project at One Boston Way will bring affordable rental housing options to the city of Newburyport in a quickly developing new neighborhood. Located off the Rail Trail with close proximity to the commuter rail train station, the MINCO  new development brings easily accessible apartments for commuters, as well as affordable living options for families, in an area that is growing in retail and entertainment.

Designed by MINCO Development, a North Andover firm, the project will feature a single 4-story building offering a total of 76 units. Along with much needed rental opportunities for city residences, this smart growth project—the first of its kind in Newburyport—will create 19 affordable housing units. Under state guidelines, a smart growth project must deem 25 percent of the building’s units to be affordable housing.

This smart growth community is also set to be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building in the city. This means the building is designed to be energy-efficient, water-efficient, and offer environmentally friendly features such as being located near public transportation and offering electric car charging stations. In addition, the MINCO project will also feature environmentally friendly carpet, cabinets, countertops, and windows.

The location is extremely convenient for those commuting daily on the train, to both Rt. 1 and 95, as well as the Rail Trail if you work downtown. Along with an easy commute, projects like One Boston Way aims to create a community that you will want to spend time enjoying. This hot new area zoned as a smart growth district—already features breweries, gyms, restaurants, and more— is quickly developing into a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. Current businesses like Metzy’s Cantina owner Erik Metzdorf are welcoming the new foot traffic.

“I’m so excited to see the town push beyond its downtown area to a location I have always seen the value in. The boom of these projects has in turn brought in new customers to the local businesses, as well as enticing new ones to open,” said Metzdorf.

The MINCO project at One Boston Way broke ground in late December of 2019. Apartments are expected to be made available by the Spring of 2021. Follow the One Boston Way official site to stay up to date on the project, see availability, and for contact information.

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