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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution Happy Father's Day from... The Town Common LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH June 14 - 20, 2017 Vol. 13, No. 33 FREE Turning Lemons into Veterans and Soldiers Get Discount at Firehouse Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade By Stewart Lytle, Reporter From left, Erik Metzdorf and Tony Leone toss bean bags at Metzy’s new play area. REGIONAL – When Erik Metzdorf heard that the MBTA would shut down train service from Newburyport for much of the summer, he did not despair for the future of Metzy’s Cantina that is housed in the old railroad station house at the beginning or end of the run between Newburyport and Boston’s North Station. Instead he started expanding Metzy’s, which was born out of a successful food truck operation and now also includes a Metzy’s Burrito Cart that can be found on Inn Street. Metzdorf hired Tony Leone as his senior manager and director of operations who brought corporate experience to the funky, fun eatery beside the train tracks. By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– Photo by Stewart Lytle Metzdorf, which serves tacos and burritos all day, is adding music, a large screen television and more tables to his covered patio, which Metzdorf describes as one of the most romantic venues in the city. And he is negotiating with the MBTA to turn a little-used 4,000-square-foot grassy patch in front of the cantina into a play area for children. Waterfront restaurants in downtown Newburyport and on Ring’s Island in Salisbury may have the views of the Merrimack River for their patrons to enjoy. “But they don’t have a play area for families,” Metzdorf said. The MBTA is shutting down all train service north of Salem, from July 17 to Aug. 13, to replace the drawbridge across the North River in Beverly. It will also shut down weekend train service from July 8 to Sept. 30 to install a federally mandated safety system, known as Positive Train Control. All MBTA lines will be shut down over the next couple of years to install the PTC system. The Newburyport and Rockport lines are the first long lines to get the new safety system. The trains to and from the Newburyport station, with stops in Ipswich and Beverly, will be replaced by busses that were added only after state Sen. Kathleen O’Conner Ives, D- Newburyport, and state Rep. Continued on page 3 ––––––––––––––––– NEWBURYPORT – Veterans and active duty soldiers looking for a fun night out can find riotous entertainment at the Firehouse Center for the Arts at a discounted price. Opening Thursday night at the Arakelian Theater is the Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q, a musical that has been dubbed “Sesame Street for adults.” Thanks to a 14-month sponsorship of the Veterans Impact Ticket program by the Essex Street Inn, veterans and soldiers can see Avenue Q and other Firehouse produced shows for $5 off. That means they can attend opening night Thursday for $16. Other shows, starting Friday through the following Sunday will be $23 for non-member veterans and soldiers with the discount. “Essex Street Inn is proud to continue its efforts to give back to veterans in our area by supporting the Veterans Impact Ticket program at the Firehouse Center for the Arts,” said John Guertin, owner of Essex Street Inn. Co-owner Lori Guertin said, “The Firehouse is the cultural center of Newburyport, and it is our hope and goal that Newburyport’s veterans have the opportunity Left to Right: Bob Colomycki, Dave Sheff ard, Don Carey The Town Common Courtesy Photo PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ Newburyport Lions Never Stop Helping You'll "flip" over the digital edition at Proudly serving our community, in the blink of an eye. Gerrish Family Emergency “Fast Track” and Level III Trauma Center Just minutes off I-95, Exit 57 25 Highland Ave, Newburyport, MA • Continued on page 3 The Essex Street Inn The perfect gift for your Dad or Grad! Integrated Massage: Hot Stone, Lomi Lomi, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic Gift Certficates ReNew Body Mind Spirit 10 Prince Place Newburyport, MA Mon - Sat by appt. 978.491.7095 POSTAL CUSTOMER Photo by Stewart Lytle NEWBURYPORT – The Newburyport Lions would like to thank the public for their support in their eye glass collection that is in front of the Newburyport Library. The box has been their approximately two years. In that time there have been approximately 4000 pairs of glasses donated. These glasses go to need people in many countries. The eye glass collection is just an example of the many thing that your Newburyport Lions do for the public. They also, bring you the 10 mile rate and the 5K race, as Continued on page 5 AJH_ED_FtPg_5.17.indd 1 5/23/17 4:10 PM

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