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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution Carl Strube and Pete Falconi. NeWburyPOrT – The call from bloomberg LP, proposing to purchase WNbP from Port broadcasting Oldies The Legends, came as a total surprise to general manager Carl strube and operations manager Pete Falconi, who have owned the local radio station since 2009. “We have a plan for the whole company,” strube said. “but we never thought about selling only this station.” WNbP was the first station bought by strube and Falconi. Port broadcasting announced last week that “WNbP is in the process of being sold to bloomberg radio. The new owners have put their format on the station beginning August 1.” bloomberg is buying the Newburyport station for a reported price of $1 million, which Falconi wrote in an email “is in line with the current industry formula based on multiples of Ever ybody reads... The Town Common broadcast cash flow.” The Federal Communications Commission has 90 days to approve the sale. “We are excited to extend our broadcast footprint in the boston market,” said Al mayers, global head of bloomberg radio and Television. “Programming this station in Newburyport gives us the opportunity to provide timely financial information and world news to our listeners during their commute to and from the North shore. Over the next few weeks, technical upgrades will be completed to make the experience even better.” selling the Newburyport station gave its owners sleepless nights, Falconi said. “What do we do now?” he said. “WNbP is an institution. but ultimately it is a business.” The two veteran radio executives said last week buying WNbP makes PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH August 9 - 15, 2017 Vol. 13, No. 41 FREE Bye Bye WNBP Veterans Honored at Yankee Homecoming By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– Photo by stewart Lytle Continued on page 3 By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– reGIONAL – About 100 veterans who served in American wars from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan were honored with a barbecue lunch last week as part of Newburyport’s y a n k e e Homecoming festivities. The veterans, including one whose jacket declared that he was a veteran of From left, Coast Guard offi cers Chris Dugas, Gregory Vargas, luncheon organizer Photo by stewart Lytle the Cold War, Donnie Jarvis, and Coast Guard offi cers Max Balint and Christian Hernandez. came from cities and towns along the North shore to the Fireman’s memorial Hall in Newbury. Now in its 10th year, the Veterans Lunch traditionally was held at the elks Lodge on Low 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 • Recycling IQ Program in Newburyport NeWburyPOrT – Newburyport’s recycling, energy, and sustainability Department recently received a grant called The recycling IQ Kit through the massachusetts Department of environmental Protection (DeP) to drastically improve residential recycling. This grant will help educate residents to be sure to include everything that should go in recycling, and nothing that should not. Across massachusetts there is a problem with “contamination” which is a catch phrase to describe things that don’t belong in our recycling carts. Plastic bags are the biggest problem in Newburyport, which can shut down operations in our recycling processing plants, as they wrap around the recycling equipment. The recycling IQ Kit combines an aggressive campaign of education and direct feedback curbside. Included in the education efforts are a direct mail piece to residents, newspaper ads, social media ads, as well as banners and sandwich boards that will be placed around the city. using grant funds, a team will go out to implement the curbside feedback program. “I encouraged and supported applying for this grant as we have a strong recycling and The Town Common Newspaper You Now Shouldn’t Your Ad Be In Here Too? Call today • 978-948-8696 • POSTAL CUSTOMER Continued on page 3 energy department but we can always improve our efforts, this is best accomplished through increased education. The waste disposal market is currently very unstable and unpredictable and we must do everything we can to help mitigate and insulate Newburyport from the drastic cost increases anticipated in the next few years,” said mayor Donna Holaday. While trash costs the city money and recycling saves the city money, both need to be done correctly to be of benefit. by not recycling everything that we can and should, residents cost the city ~$.04 per pound of recyclable Continued on page 2 AJH_ED_FtPg_5.17.indd 1 5/23/17 4:10 PM