North Shore (Massachusetts)

The North Shore is a region in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, loosely defined as the coastal area between Boston and New Hampshire. The region is made up both of a rocky coastline, dotted with marshes and wetlands, as well as several beaches and natural harbors. The North Shore is an important historical, cultural, and economic region of Massachusetts. It contains the cities of Salem, known worldwide as the site of the Salem Witch Trials; and Gloucester, site of Charles Olson's Maximus Poems, and of Sebastian Junger's 1997 creative nonfiction book The Perfect Storm and its 2000 film adaptation. Beverly was home to author John Updike until his death.

The region also prominently figures in the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and H. P. Lovecraft, notably the latter's The Shadow over Innsmouth, as well as those of many New England poets, from T.S. Eliot to Robert Lowell. Martin Scorsese's 2010 feature film Shutter Island, set on a fictional Boston Harbor island, was partly shot on location on the North Shore. Kenneth Lonergan's acclaimed 2016 film Manchester by the Sea is set in the eponymous seaside town, and major portions of it were filmed in Gloucester, Beverly and other North Shore communities.

North Shore
Region of Massachusetts
The North Shore region of Massachusetts
The North Shore region of Massachusetts
Country United States
State Massachusetts
Metropolitan AreaGreater Boston
SubregionsMerrimack Valley, Cape Ann


The North Shore has no fixed definition as a region. It may include only those communities between Boston and Cape Ann, as defined by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (whose purview does not go beyond Greater Boston);[1] or the larger part of Essex County, including parts of the Merrimack Valley, as defined by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce.[2] The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, which defines regions in terms of watershed, refers to the North Shore as the coastal region of Massachusetts north of Boston stretching from Salisbury to Revere, including the inland city of Amesbury.[3]


North Shore of Massachusetts could be taken to mean the entire coast of Massachusetts from New Hampshire to Boston (listed in order, North-to-South):


Rockport harbor
Fishing boats in the harbor of Rockport, Massachusetts.

The Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council's North Shore Task Force, a regional planning agency, defines the North Shore as also encompassing Cape Ann and several inland communities. When combined with the North Shore Chamber of Commerce's definition of the region, the North Shore comprises the following cities and towns:


The North Shore has historically been viewed as a wealthy, exclusive collection of towns and fishing villages,[4] but also contains some working-class cities and suburbs of Boston.[5] In 1893, the New York Times described the region as a notable summer destination for the socialites, politicians, and businessmen of New York and New England, dotted with hotels, cottages, and burgeoning gentlemen's clubs.[6] Salem, known worldwide as the location of the Salem Witch Trials; the working-class[7] fishing city of Gloucester; and the region's many beaches make it a popular tourist destination.[8]


The North Shore communities have varied and rich histories: Gloucester was America's first fishing community; Salem was the location of the infamous Witch Trials as well as one of the largest centers of shipping and sixth largest city in early America. The hysteria that led to the Witch Trials began in the part of Salem that is now Danvers. Lynn was once the center of the American shoe industry. Saugus is home to the first integrated ironworks in North America. Peabody had the largest concentration of leather tanneries in the world; and Beverly and Marblehead often dispute over which town was the birthplace of the American Navy. Newburyport was well known for producing clipper ships and for a brief time in history was the richest city in the Union; it is also the birthplace of the United States Coast Guard. Newburyport maintains the largest collection of Federal period commercial and residential architecture in the nation.

Sites of interest

Newburyport downtown
Market Square in downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts.

See also


  1. ^ Metropolitan Area Planning Council. "North Shore Task force". Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  2. ^ "Community Profiles". North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  3. ^ Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. "CZM's North Shore Region". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  4. ^ Simon, Stephanie (2011-02-18). "Massachusetts's North Shore". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  5. ^ Baker, Jeff (2011-03-05). "'Townie' review: Pieces of a shattered childhood by Andre Dubus III". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  6. ^ The New York Times (1893-09-03). "On the Famous North Shore" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  7. ^ Simon, Stephanie (2011-02-18). "Massachusetts's North Shore". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  8. ^ Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. "North of Boston at a glance". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2011-03-09.

Further reading

  • Garland, Joseph E., Boston's Gold Coast : the North Shore, 1890-1929, Boston, MA : Little, Brown & Co., 1981.

Coordinates: 42°36′N 70°48′W / 42.6°N 70.8°W

Beck v. Eiland-Hall

Beck v. Eiland-Hall is a case filed in 2009 before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency. It was filed by political commentator Glenn Beck against Isaac Eiland-Hall, concerning the website "GlennBeckRapedAndMurdered­". Eiland-Hall created the site as a parody to express the view that Beck's commentary style challenged his guests to prove a negative. The site's name was based on a joke first used by comedian Gilbert Gottfried at the 2008 Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget, in which Gottfried jokingly implored listeners to disregard the (non-existent) rumor that Saget had raped and murdered a girl in 1990. Online posters began an Internet meme comparing Gottfried's joke with Beck's style of debate, by requesting Beck disprove he had committed the act in question. Eiland-Hall launched his website on September 1, 2009.

Beck filed a complaint to the WIPO under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), arguing the domain name of the website was defamatory and asserted trademark infringement in its use of his name. Eiland-Hall filed a response brief to WIPO which cited the U.S. Supreme Court case Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, asserting the website's domain name was a form of free speech and satirical political humor.

Beck made a supplemental filing in the case arguing the domain name was misleading and might lead individuals to believe it contained factual information. Eiland-Hall filed a surreply and stated Beck had depreciated the value of the First Amendment by attempting to evade its reach in a legal proceeding outside U.S. courts. On October 29, 2009, WIPO ruled against Beck, concluding that Eiland-Hall was making a political statement through parody in a justified usage of the Glenn Beck mark.

Commentators noted Beck's actions led to a Streisand effect; his suit against the website drew increased attention to it. Representatives of Public Citizen, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Citizen Media Law Project were all of the opinion that Beck's trademark argument in his complaint against the website was ridiculous. The assistant director of the Citizen Media Law Project applauded WIPO's decision, saying, "It's good to see that this WIPO arbitrator had no interest in allowing Beck to circumvent the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution." Beck's representative declined comment to PC Magazine about the conclusion of the case. Lawyers for Beck did not respond to a request from National Public Radio for a comment about the WIPO ruling.

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List of Massachusetts locations by per capita income

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The following is a partial list of drum corps from the past and present.

List of trauma centers in Massachusetts

A trauma center is a hospital or medical center that is capable in treating patients with severe injuries. According to South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, these are the designations and why:

Level I – Provides definitive, 24-hour care for critically injured patients, is a regional resource hospital, conducts trauma-related research, has additional resources, and is university-based teaching hospital with residents.

Level II – Provides initial definitive care 24 hours care regardless of injury severity, must have the services needed to provide comprehensive care and usually is full-service, community-based regional medical centers.

Level III – Provides prompt assessment, emergency stabilization which may include surgery, or may make arrangements to transfer patients to a higher level trauma center to provide definitive care

Moving Targets (band)

Moving Targets is an American punk/alternative rock band formed in North Shore, Massachusetts in 1981.

Formed as a hardcore punk power-trio showcasing the songwriting, guitar work and emotive vocals of Kenny Chambers, the band were an important part of the Boston underground rock scene of the 80s, although they never achieved a significant degree of commercial success.The line-up most commonly associated with the band featured guitarist/vocalist Kenny Chambers, bassist Pat Leonard, and drummer Pat Brady - whose initial demo recordings formed the basis of debut album Burning In Water in 1986. Chuck Freeman replaced Leonard on bass for the band's second album Brave Noise two years later. By the time of Moving Targets' fourth and final album, 1993's Take This Ride, Chambers was the only original member of the line up; he went on to release several albums as a solo artist.In 2016 the band reformed for a 2018 world tour with drummer Emilien Catalano (of the Nils) and bassist Yves Thibault (of Out Of Order).

New England Rugby Football Union

The New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) is a Geographical Union (GU) for rugby union teams in New England.Prior to 2013, NERFU had been a local area union ("LAU"), and part of the Northeast Rugby Union (NRU), which is the governing body for three LAU's (New York State Rugby Football Conference (NYSRFC) and Metropolitan New York Rugby Union being the others.

There are currently over 230 active teams and over 5,000 registered players in the New England area. Though many of these teams are not truly NERFU programs (See Ivy League Rugby Conference and U-19/HS Rugby issues noted below).

Ocean Alliance

Ocean Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, is dedicated to the conservation of whales and their marine environment through research and education. The organization is based in the iconic Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory in Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States.

It was founded in 1971 by biologist Roger Payne. Led by Payne and Chief Executive Officer Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance collects a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life relating particularly to toxicology, behavior, bioacoustics, and genetics. From those data, the alliance works with its scientific partners to advise educators and policy makers on wise stewardship of the oceans in order to: reduce pollution, prevent the collapse of marine mammal populations, maintain human access to fish and other sea life, and benefit ocean and human health.

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Randy D. Johnson

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Salisbury, Massachusetts

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Parts of town comprise the census-designated place of Salisbury.


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The station is owned by Townsquare Media. It formerly broadcast as "Arrow", on the same frequencies and with a similar format, but using call letters WXBB and WXBP. The change to the new name and call was made in March 2000. Citadel Broadcasting acquired the station in August 1999 when it purchased Fuller-Jeffrey Broadcasting Companies. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus stations, including WSAK/WSHK, for $238 million. The deal was part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management. The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.

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