Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Not-So-Secret Santa

Here's a sneak preview of today's holiday party...

More next week! We wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. Much love to you from your friends at Bev Rec!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Buried Treasure

Josh, Scott and Will uncovered these gems in the basement of the Carriage House...

Last poll indicates that the hottest gift this holiday season is a blade of Lynch Park grass. Keep it to ONE blade, please. NEW POLL that gives a sneak preview of the winter/spring 2012 class schedule!!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

It’s the Holiday Season, So Whoop-Dee Doo!

Yo, I know it’s been a long time since we rapped at ya, but we’ve been REALLY busy! Lots going on in the Carriage House, the office, at Paddles Park, the Doig residence, the Carmody residence, and Skev’s room. So much to report and so little time to fit it in, between meetings, holiday shopping and turkey shoo-ing.

First thing’s first…
The Skev Report – Skev Kringle came in last week, or maybe two weeks ago and shared his Black Friday domination. He bought a huge Google TV, with all the trimmings (Blu-Ray player, extended warranty, etc.) for the low, low price of $550.00! Amazing! He also got to work with the CEO of Marbles over the crazy post-Thanksgiving shopping rush and she said he is doing a fantastic job. Sweet!

Bruce and Josh have been slaving away in the Carriage House, turning the old equipment room into the Cove Room, for meetings and a possible bride’s changing room. They found an old bottle in the wall, so when they were rebuilding the wall, we put a time capsule (of sorts) back into it. Years from now someone will uncover an old Diet Coke can, Bev Rec brochures and... well we'll let that remain a mystery…

BIG NEWS!! Bruce got a dog!! Say WOOF to Trixie, the newest member of the Bev Rec family! She’s too cute and she’s settling in to office life nicely (although she has been barking at me all day). Stella loves having someone smaller than her to take care of (boss around). Trixie has even been to Paddles Park. Stop by sometime and see her, she’s usually sitting in Bruce's big, comfy chair.

Gail is getting her kitchen painted blue and white and it looks marvelous.

The wild turkey family that usually haunts Bruce and my neighborhood has been trotting around Lynch Park lately. Josh had to shoo them away from the office so we could all enter the building safely. No one has suffered a turkey pecking, yet!

Bev Rec Staff Holiday Gathering is in the works. More info to come.

The next brochure is in the works right now and we have some excellent NEW classes for you! Also included will be summer camp and Wicked Cool for Kids science education dates and registration information! Don’t forget our Playgroup, that starts next year, so watch out for it! Check our website and FB & Twitter pages for up-to-date info. Bevvvv Reeeec, yeah… Bev Rec yeh-heh-hah!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011


The word of the day at Bev Rec is: boogery

This word used in a sentence is as follows,
"I didn't send Stella to school because her nose was too boogery."

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Gobble, gobble

Our good deed for Thanksgiving is right here...

We donated this Thanksgiving meal to a large Beverly family with relatives serving in the U.S. Military overseas. This holiday season, we are thankful for their service to our country and the huge sacrifices their whole families make.

The Skev Report - Skev and Josh are working on a Bev Rec staff holiday reunion. More details to follow...

Hope everyone has a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Skeleton Tree

It's Tuesday and Josh is on his way to the gym before settling in at the Senior Center for evening enrichment. On the schedule tonight - Instant Piano, Intro to Knitting and Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Voting day has come and gone, but we just finished the bake sale items. Bruce got a very nutty banana bread, Gail picked up a gingerbread, I bought a butternut squash bread and Jean brought in some sugar cookies from the Danvers polls.

According to the old poll, you think Will Ferrell is the funniest, with Daniel Tosh and Tina Fey as close seconds. Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg each got one vote and Richard Pryor and Adam Sandler didn't get any. Isn't anyone out there a fan of Opera Man?

NEW poll - what kind of coffee do you prefer? Bruce bought us a Keurig last x-mas and we love it. We drink a lot of Columbian, Donut Shop and Black Tiger. There's always a line at our Keurig in the morning.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Civic Duty

Get out there today and VOTE!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

This Just In...

Josh and Bruce's song is, "Feeling Stronger Every Day" by Chicago.

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We've updated our last blog post, "Creepy Crawlers". The video and picture didn't load and neither did the new poll! Still no video, but the rest is fixed! Sorry for the inconvenience, please check it out!

Stella couldn't shake the spirit of Halloween and resurrected one of her old costumes...

Kudos to Josh and Jean for locating the clog in the vacuum... it was gross, but they perservered and now it is working like a charm again. We documented the process...

We found a sewing machine in Bruce's closet! We're going to set up a sewing station in the Spirit Whisper room and get crafty.

It's November, and there are officially 52 shopping days left until Christmas... holy moly!

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Creepy Crawlers

Happy Halloween! We celebrated the holiday with a little lunch and a spooky, trick or treat scavenger hunt for Stella. Thanks to everyone for making it so much fun! Check out these pics of the party, Stella's trick or treat bag, and Jean teaching Stella to play 'Go Fish'...

I tried to post a video, but it wouldn't load. Boo.

The last poll indicates that most of you think our old copier will sell for $150 at Savers. I agree. Check out the new poll and help us decide who is the funniest (Mark Twain award winner, or not!).

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Thursday, October 27, 2011


Gladys Bance, Mom to old Bev Rec employees Jason Bance and Vlad Altenor, won $1,000,000 on a $5 scratch ticket! Congratulations!

Just a reminder, the Beverly Dog Park has its Grand Opening on Saturday at 9:30am. Be there!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

There she is, Miss America

That's right, Bruce was voted Ms. Momball, in appreciation of all his hard work, getting the 12th Annual Mom's Softball Tournament to run this year. Congrats, big guy!

Congrats also to Ayers, the big winners, and everyone who participated and raised money for the Beverly Education Foundation!

VOTE in the poll!! :)

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Cheesecake Friday

A new tradition has started, Cheesecake (Factory) Friday. Bruce, Gail and Josh got lunch and we all got cheesecake today. Delicious, delicious Friday...

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yellow-White Ocean

We busted out our sweaters and then shoved them back into the closet yesterday because it was definitely not sweatah weathah! It is today, though.

No one guessed the quote, which is very disappointing. It was Adam Sandler from Billy Madison. Check it… It's on YouTube!

The results of the poll indicated that most of you think that Tyra Banks has the meanest looks. Okay, fine! There is a new poll about our old printer. Vote today and let us know how much you think it will sell for at Savers.

So, the big news of the week is that Josh started as the site coordinator for evening enrichment at the Senior Center (he even dressed up a bit) and that we finally got rid of our old printer! We donated it to Savers and they are going to sell it to benefit the epilepsy foundation. Cool! It was kind of process getting it out of the building (sorry for the sideways videos-I cannot fix it!!)...

Can you guess what this is?

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"That is the grossest thing I've ever heard..."

"Let's go!!"

Name that quote, people. Josh, Skev, Gail, you may not play.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Chinese Food Fest

Happy Friday, everyone!

The heat is back on at the BRD and we're thankful, but keeping the space heaters close by... it looks beautiful outside, but it's chilly. This could be the last Indian Summer weekend, so soak it up! Visit Lynch, Obear or Dane Street and get your last tan of the year.

Today Josh and Gail are having a Chinese Food Fest. I don't like Chinese, so I'm having ramen, which really makes no sense. Gail fixed a biscuit breakfast and yesterday was yet ANOTHER group pizza lunch. Josh says he has a good bake-off idea, but has yet to reveal it.

Volunteers for the Holcroft Park Autumn Festival are trickling in (Skeslie!) and it's our goal to have at least 10 people, so sign up NOW! All you have to do is email Joscelyn or FB Beverly Recreation. Pumpkin decorating, face painting, basketball and games. Yeah, you can do that! Come on, staff!

In other news, the CH (that's Carriage House, for the layperson) doors are looking great, there are new lights to illuminate the outside all night long and some generous folks donated chandeliers and light fixtures to dress up the inside. Lovely.

We hope you're all doing well! Feel free to drop us a line or comment (below) on the blog. We'd like to know what you want us to report on, so keep in touch, will ya?

Oh, and I can't let another day go by without commenting on the poll... come on, Halle Berry and Blake Lively look mean! I am pretty sure that they can shoot lasers out of their eyes. Just sayin...

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

“Great floods have flown from simple sources.” – William Shakespeare

Holy rain, Batman! Beverly is flooded! Fire up those sump-pumps! Okay, enough with the exclamations, but it is true, a great flood descended upon the North Shore and delayed operations quite a bit. Schools were delayed or closed and parts of Lynch Park were renamed Lake Beverly, having transformed into humongous Canadian goose baths. It took Gail hours to get to Lynch Park from Ryal Side and even longer for Jean to come from Danvers. Check out these pics…

As promised, here are the BIG updates…

There was a dead seal on the beach yesterday. The specialist at the N.E. Aquarium said to leave it alone, let it go back in with the tide. We did, but it was kind of gross just rotting away out there.

I know you’re probably sick of looking at pics of our bathroom, but if you’ve ever worked here or used the upstairs bathroom, you will marvel at the organization and cleanliness. Just a few more…

The Skev Report – Skevajandro graced us with his presence after his para-professional job. He wanted to pick up a recommendation, along with socializing and being the first to try the new K-cups. We chatted about his job (he’s bouncing from classroom to classroom and helping some kid with chemistry), about his weekend (Octoberfest in Boston was surprisingly low-key) and which celebrities in the most recent edition of People magazine look the meanest. I think Halle Berry looks mean, while Skev thinks Jennifer Aniston does. Josh thinks Tyra Banks is mean and hey, where did her talk show go? Skev admitted to taking over the remote at other people’s houses and always turning to VH1. He and I did a little techno beat boxing. He asked Josh to run errands with him that night and then went home for a nap.

Josh did not go to Octoberfest because, unfortunately, he has to pay the bills.

Momball got one series of games in on Friday, but the rest had to be postponed until the weekend of October 21. Not sure which days, exactly, but we’ll post when it has been decided.

Bruce and Josh went to Costco and bought coffee, pizza and the most important thing of all…

The Carriage House has a new door!! Ch-ch-check it out!

Our fall catalog is out and there are so many classes to choose from! Click HERE to browse and register for classes.

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Monday, October 3, 2011


Happy Monday! Quick note that tomorrow there will be a BIG blog post. Lots to report on Skev, Josh, Momball, and pictures of our latest Costco trip and the NEW CARRIAGE HOUSE DOOR!

NEW POLL on celebrity meanness (based on a discussion between Gail, Skev and I from this afternoon). Vote in the poll NOW! Results of the old poll indicate that you thought Indian Summer was going to end after Jerzday last week... almost, but not quite.

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Friday, September 30, 2011


Happy Friday! The weather is so beautiful at Lynch, we can't imagine a downpour tomorrow. Cross your fingers that Momball will go on...

The bathroom has undergone a transformation, thanks to Josh. What is he going to paint now?

The barn door is almost done! We'll see an actual DOOR next week, but in the meantime, take a look at the construction and new lights. We're a few steps closer to a beautiful community center that everyone can enjoy. I can smell the arts and crafts supplies now...

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Monday, September 26, 2011

We Say it’s Jean’s Birthday

Happy Birthday to Jean! We celebrated as soon as the apple crisp came out of the oven. Presents, munchkins, dessert, even a surprise visit from Suzanne, the Rose Garden Coordinator. Livin it up!

I was sitting at Gail’s desk, eating a medium-sized portion of apple crisp when I spied this…

Here is the transcript of Will McAuliffe’s August 27, 2011 gate shift (has been edited to correct minor spelling and grammatical errors)…

8:57 – 1st paying car.
9:15 – Dan visits with Josh’s money.
9:18 – Woman asks if we have a rake to get rid of the geese poop.
9:23 – Beverly High XC teams starts practice run.
9:28 – Woman thinks its Friday and only $5, then asks if I could give her a special deal.
9:33 – The sun makes its first appearance of the day!
9:39 – Radio to Ryan, he responds by telling me he is currently going to the bathroom.
9:50 – Man is walking his child on a leash. Ryan is tired of people walking their children on leashes.
9:57 – 1st sticker of the day.
10:01 – 10:00 passes without lifeguards asking for help. Never thought that day would come.
10:08 – XC team leaves the park.
10:33 – Woman doing Tai-Chi on the hill.
10:38 – Ed enters the park, but not for kayaks, turns around and leaves for the access road.
10:41 – Woman says, “Why thank you muchly.”
10:55 – Katie Hart, the gate trainee for the day, arrives.
10:55 – Family gets out of car on hill.
11:20 – Dog in park, Ryan’s on it.
11:25 – Captain Dusty’s arrives.
11:35 – Rookie practices the radio.
11:41 – Rookie puts 1st sticker on very poorly.
11:46 – Rookie's 2nd sticker improved.
11:50 – Rainbow is spotted in the sky.
11:55 – Unleashed dog in park.
12:12 – Ryan learns how to work the phone to order pizza.
12:13 – Corey Malone enters the park shirtless.
12:43 – “No dogs, EH?”
1:14 – Woman asked if she would get a ticket without a sticker.
1:18 – Corey Malone gets into car by climbing through window then exits park.
1:27 – Its starting to rain! IRENE is coming!!

(Katie Hart now reporting…)
1:47 – Will & Ryan enjoy some quality time on “Brokeback Hill”.
1:55 – Ryan & Will ignore Katie.

Memories… seems like hurricane Irene was just yesterday…

According to the poll, one of you is going to be a tarantula (that's Stella), one will be Amy Winehouse and one will scare the daylights out of people, dressed as Josh. New poll! Vote!

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