Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for West Newbury, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to West Newbury.
West Newbury Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, West Newbury was ranked 249th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 256th in 2012. However, it was 233rd for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 251st in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in West Newbury
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the West Newbury area for decades. We know the landscape and we have good relationships with local police and fire officials. Our team of employees (200 strong and growing) live in the communities we serve, this means our customers are our neighbors.
Origin of West Newbury
West Newbury was first settled in 1635 as part of the neighboring town of Newbury. At that time, 23 men and their families from England sailed through the Plum Island Sound and up the Parker River, landing in Newbury. The area that became West Newbury was a farming community until the late 1700s. On February 18, 1819, the General Court of Massachusetts passed an act “to incorporate the town of Parsons”. On June 14, 1820, the legislature passed another act to change the name to West Newbury.
What West Newbury is Known for…
West Newbury and its citizens were the models for Popperville, the setting of the children’s story “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” by Virginia Lee Burton. The town hall where the story ends is based on West Newbury’s Old Town Hall.
The town was also the inspiration for the Mad Scientists’ Club stories by Bertrand R. Brinley. Portions of John Cena’s music video, “Right Now”, were shot in West Newbury, with the remainder filmed at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. In the late summer and fall of 2008, various scenes from Mel Gibson’s film Edge of Darkness were shot on Church Street.
Listing of West Newbury Favorites
West Newbury Pizza Co., 282 Main St., West Newbury, MA 01985
Nick’s Place, 33 Main St., West Newbury, MA 01985
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Mill Pond & Pipestave Hill offers multi-use trails of different lengths, types, and difficulty. At 270 acres, this is largest trail network in West Newbury, and most trails are marked and maintained. Mill Pond & Pipestave Hill is a popular area to walk dogs or ride horses, and there’s skating on the pond in winter. The trails are linked across Route 113 to Riverbend and the Page School.
The Riverbend & Page School offers a walk along Merrimack River shoreline and throughout the Riverbend Conservation Area. Visitors should keep and eye out for bald eagles and great blue herons. The trails connect to Route 113 near the Page School and over to the Indian River dam ruins.
Dunn Field was purchased by the Town of West Newbury for municipal use with help from a state grant in 2002. Dunn Field includes over 70 acres of active farm land and forest. Its trails connect to Pipestave Hill athletic fields and to Chase St. with access to the Ocean Meadow development.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) West Newbury
John Felix Anthony Cena was born in West Newbury on April 23, 1977. Cena is an American professional wrestler, bodybuilder, rapper, and actor.
Bertrand R. Brinley, (June 19, 1917 – October 20, 1994), a writer of short stories and children’s tales, best known for his Mad Scientists’ Club stories, lived in West Newbury when he was a youth. He graduated from high school in West Newbury in 1935.
Rawlins Jackson “Rawly” Eastwick (born October 24, 1950 in Camden, New Jersey), a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher, who played from 1975 to 1981, lives in West Newbury.