This Week in Danvers: The Late 80's
Stop and Shop referred to as "the wave of the future" and junk-mail that had residents in protest.
We can easily find out what was making the national headlines this week in world history.
But what about the important things happening this week in Danvers history?
Here are some fun tidbits of information from back in the day, found in the archives at the Peabody Institute Library. Let us know if you remember any of them, or feel free to share what your life was like back in the 80's in town.
The Danvers Herald asked readers if Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens was worth a million dollars a year. Their response was mixed. "I don't think so," Edward Powers said. "If you keep paying these ballplayers like that, it'll be too expensive to go to the ballpark. It's getting out of line." Warren Carney disagreed. "Sure. Look at (Sox outfielder) Jim Rice. He gets $2 million a year and he didn't do anything last season. Just because Clemens is new, they don't want to give him money."
Danvers Selectman Doug Bean moved to add the controversial Thorpe School property to a list of three other parcels being considered for low-income family housing, but it was rejected by the Board of Selectmen. At Folly Hill, the residents were in fear of a new housing plan, due to the 70-year-old transmission pipe that could result in a rupture in the reservoir.
Residents were protesting sex-oriented junk mail being sent to their addresses. The envelope's right hand corner stated "sex-oriented ad" and was described as "an advertisement peppered with language that would make Hugh Hefner blush." One Postmaster was quoted saying "I think I'd have a heart attack if I got home and found that my kids had opened mailing like that." Unfortunately, there was not much the post office could do about it.
The Shady Oaks mobile home park owners failed to comply with orders from the town and lost their license to operate. Residents of the park had been reportedly complaining to the owners about lack of reliable water supply for months.
The Danvers Yellow Jackets traveled to Northboro and came home with first place in the Class IV State Championships.
Stop and Shop, also referred to as the "wave of the future," made its way to the North Shore. "Say goodbye to eight-aisle, three check-out, grocery only stores," the Herald stated. The bad news came for the local grocery stores, who reportedly lost almost a quarter of their sales during the superstore's first week.
At least four Danvers Public School teachers were in danger of losing their jobs due to budget constraints and declining enrollment in the middle and high schools.