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Page November 1 - 7, 2017 How to Submit Letters to the Editor Marc Maravalli, B.S., R.Ph. Publisher/Editor, The Town Common Letters to the Editor provide a useful way of communicating concerns, issues, or suggestions to all members of the community. The Town Common encourages all citizens to submit letters concerning issues of interest and concern to the local community. Letters selected for publication may be edited for length and clarity. Some letters may serve as a catalyst for other articles or coverage, and community leaders and agencies will be offered an opportunity to respond to letters concerning their areas of responsibility. All letters must be signed and include a daytime telephone number. Letters may be submitted to: The Editor c/o The Town Common 77 Wethersfield St. Rowley, MA 01969 or preferably via e-mail to: The Town Common deadline is 5pm Wednesday (except when a federal holiday necessitates an earlier deadline). The Town Common serves the communities of the Upper North Shore of Mass. & Coastal New Hampshire and welcomes your participation. Send your Organization or Group Notices, Birth or Engagement Announcements, Photos, Articles and Letters to the Editor, by mail, phone, fax, or e-mail to: 77 Wethersfield St., Rowley, MA 01969 Phone: 978-948-8696 Fax: 978-948-2564 E-mail: The Town Common Marc Maravalli, Publisher / Editor Graphic Design Services Advertising Opportunities Event and Announcement Submissions 77 Wethersfield Street Rowley, MA 01969-1713 Phone: (978) 948-8696 Fax: (978) 948-2564 The Town Common is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions, but reprint opportunities do exist for prompt notification of such errors. Advertisers should notify The Town Common of any errors in ads on the first day of issuance. No credits &/or refunds are offered or implied. All material and content cannot be duplicated without written consent of the publisher. The right is reserved to reject, omit, or edit any copy offered for publication. Copyright 2004-2017 The Town Common © - All Rights Reserved In loving memory of Liz Ichizawa, Reporter (1956 - 2005) Aid Association Presents $165,000 Check to Anna Jaques Hospital at Annual Meeting Continued from page 1 capacity-building projects at Anna Jaques. The Aid Association’s success is attributed to annual events like Great Chefs’ Night, the AJH Gift Shop, the beloved bake sales and plants sales, the art display and sales program, and the Holiday Arts & Craft Fair, to name a few. These events also reflect the important role that the Aid plays as they bring together local businesses, community leaders, hospital supporters, and philanthropic individuals in support of its community hospital. At the meeting, Mary Ann Abbott passed the baton as Aid Association President and welcomed Patricia Mansfield as the next president. Patricia has been a longtime support of Anna Jaques and served on the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation Board from 2013-2017. The meeting also recognized retiring Aid Association directors including longtime Treasurer, Nancy Thurlow, welcomed new members, and introduced new officers: Patricia Mansfield, President; Joyce Enderle, Vice President; Mary Beth Orlando, Treasurer; Meg Foster, Recording Secretary; and Ellen Andrews, Corresponding Secretary. “Mary Ann has been an unstoppable force at the helm of the Aid Association. In her three years as president, the Aid has raised close to $500,000 which has directly impacted programs and technology at the hospital. We thank Mary Ann for her leadership and warmly welcome Patricia to the role,” said Mark Goldstein, President & CEO. The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association has been in existence for almost as long as the hospital itself and is one of Anna Jaques’ largest donors and most vocal champions. Founded in 1888, it is made up of energetic, dedicated individuals whose primary goal is to raise funds to purchase special equipment for the hospital which has made a tremendous difference over the years and has provided millions of dollars for mission critical needs. Save the date for upcoming Aid Association events: Tree of Light Ceremony on December 5th, AJH Craft Fair on December 7th, and Great Chefs’ Night on March 9th. Visit for more details. River Rival Youth Wrestling River Rival Youth Wrestling is seeking new teammates in grades 1-8 (boys & girls). Our emphasis is on teaching proper wrestling technique, strength and conditioning, healthy habits, team work and self-reliance. No experience is required. Scholarships are available and minimal equipment is needed. Safety is our top priority. We support the development of future wrestlers for the high school teams of Triton, Pentucket, & Georgetown-Ipswich. Wrestling is one of the world’s oldest sports and continues to be a popular form of martial arts. Our season runs from November through February Grades 1-3 Monday Nights - 5:15pm start Triton High School, Newbury Grades 4-8 Monday and Thursday - 6:00–7:30 pm Perley Elementary, Georgetown Pentucket High School, West Newbury Check out our program whether you want to: Compete in wrestling tournaments Try wrestling techniques before entering competitions, or Find an amazing off-season work-out to build strength and stamina. A free Open Mat Night will be held at Perley Elementary School, Georgetown Tuesday, November 7 Gr 1-3 at 6-7pm and Gr 4-8 at 7-8pm Registration for the Winter Season is currently open. Go to or e-mail for more information. Crane Estate Art Show Celebrates Nature's Wisdom November 3-5 The 14th annual Crane Estate Art Show & Sale: Nature’s Wisdom celebrates the beauty of the natural world. The theme pays homage to Miné Crane, wife of Cornelius Crane and a Japanese painter, whose 100th birthday would have been in 2017. Miné drew inspiration from the natural world, particularly from the animals and trees at the Crane Estate. The show will feature more than 400 works of original artwork on the first and second floors of the Great House, sculpture on the Grand Allee, plus works from North Shore high schools and Montserrat College of Art in the Casino. Art proceeds will benefit the artists and The Trustees. Special activities during the weekend will include a special Miné Crane art display, a community chalk board, People’s Choice Award voting, and a free student art show reception on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Casino. Friday’s special preview party, “Crane Estate Art Show Soirée,” will offer catered hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, an open beer and wine bar, and a champagne birthday toast. Attendees will have first dibs on the artwork and have their admission cost deducted from any art purchased during the party. The Crane Estate thanks its generous art show sponsors The Institution for Savings, The Outsidah, First Ipswich Bank, and Port Lighting Systems. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich; Crane Estate Art Show Soirée is on Friday, November 3, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.; The free public show is Saturday and Sunday, November 4 & 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free Saturday and Sunday. Tickets to Friday’s preview event, “Crane Estate Art Show Soirée,” are $68 for Trustees Members and $85 for Nonmembers. The cost of a ticket will be deducted from any art purchase made Friday night. Advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made through For more information call 978.356.4351 x4015. The Friends of the Rowley Public Library are planning the 6th Annual Holiday Basket Raffle. We need your help to collect some exciting prizes. Please contribute a basket with a regular retail value of at least $50. It can include your own products or other fun items related to a specific theme. It might contain the tools to start a new hobby or keep a resolution. If you are unable to donate a complete basket, consider donating a gift card for our popular gift card tree. Take this opportunity to highlight your group’s products or services and promote awareness of your organization. All baskets will be on display (along with your organization’s name) at the Rowley Public Library from November 18 to December 16. Baskets are due by November 14. Raffle tickets will be sold at the Library starting November 18. The drawing will be on December 16 at 1pm at a reception at the Rowley Public Library. Come enjoy some snacks and see who wins your basket!! NOTE: Because the baskets will be on display for 4 weeks, we cannot accept donations of alcohol, tobacco or perishable items. The Town Common Courtesy Photo Owl by Michael Updike, 2016 People’s Choice winner Interested in donating? Email or call 781-640-0006 for more information. All money raised will go to fund programs at the Rowley Library like the Summer Reading Program, Rowley Reads, kids’ yoga, author readings, the monthly book club and more!

November 1 - 7, 2017 Page 3 Continued from page 1 and the property rights of neighbors and local communities which think the gangly cell towers are ugly and may devalue neighboring properties. “Our companies are always running into this conundrum, which is, ‘We want cell phone service, but don’t put that tower here.’ When you’re dealing with communications through the air, you have to have antennas and towers,” said Joe Farren, a spokesman for CTIA, the association for wireless companies. That fight came to Salisbury last week. After three public hearings, the planning board voted four to one to allow Varsity Wireless to erect a 150- foot lattice-style tower at 109 Rabbit Road near Interstate 95. The sixth member, Gil Mederios, participated in the debate, but was ineligible to vote because he was absent from one of the public hearings. Varsity will lease the property for the tower on five-year renewable contracts for the next 50 years. Marion DePaz, a consulting engineer, working with Varsity, wrote, “Without the cell tower at this site or near this site, the town of Salisbury would not meet the typical coverage requirements for multiple wireless carriers, resulting in a gap in the wireless coverage.” After searching for a year for an appropriate site for the tower, Parisi said Varsity settled on Rabbit Road, which parallels I-95 north of Rte. 110, because it is “transitioning” from residential to industrial and commercial. A solar farm is one Continued from page 1 supported agriculture or CSAs, where a group of customers purchase a share of one farm’s crops and livestock and receive a weekly share of seasonal fruits and veggies. With CSAs “you get whatever is in season,” Sirois said. “What do you do with five pounds of kohlrabi?” Farmers to You also delivers year round. It is a competitor of the Newburyport Farmers Market, large local farms like Tendercrop, Arrowhead and Cider Hill farms, and of course, local grocery stores. Farmers to You customers order what they want for the week from an on-line site. Farmers to You has several hundred customers, each of whom order at least $40 of food per week. There is no membership fee. Georgaklis sources the orders from dozens of Vermont farmers and has it trucked the 170 plus miles to the customers in about two dozen North Shore and Boston cities and towns. “Now, more people throughout Greater Boston can easily get healthy food from Vermont farmers and artisans and know exactly where it came from. Together, we are working on building a regional food system based on deeper relationships between Cell Towers Stir Passions neighbor. Nearby are a gas station, a restaurant, an oil delivery firm and a landscaping firm. There are several owner-occupied homes, but the value of these properties, Parisi said, is not as traditional homes, but as properties that might be converted into businesses that take advantage of the proximity to I-95. “I didn’t see where a cell tower would have a significant negative impact on the neighborhood,” Parisi said. “Regardless of the decision on the cell tower, the neighborhood will keep on transitioning.” Three owners of residential properties, including one 565 feet away from the cell tower, objected to the planning board that a tall cell tower would devalue the property. Jerry Lischke with Stone Ridge Properties, who represents Glen and Deborah Shirley of 123 Rabbitt Road, wrote to the planning board, “Salisbury has benefitted from the current healthy real estate market … Unfortunately, the Shirleys will have difficulty in sharing in that success once the appeal and value of their property is reduced by a cell tower looming over their rear property line.” Mark Correnti, a real estate broker and appraiser working with Varsity, disagreed. He cited two Amesbury home sales to show that homes with views of towers sold this year for more than their listing price. Correnti concluded that there was “No measurable impact on surrounding (property) values due to proximity of tower.” families, the food they eat and the farmers who grow it.” Farmers To You have pickup sites in Beverly and Marblehead, and Georgaklis is trying to identify families, individuals or organizations in Newburyport and Georgetown to be hosts for the deliveries. Rachel and Anthony Percoco, both physical therapists and yoga instructors, have been hosting the Farmers To You site in Rowley for a year. The couple, who raise some vegetables in a garden and have 14 chickens running in their backyard, love the food because of its freshness and quality. “The food is phenomenal,” Anthony Percoco said. He recently recommended it to clients who had traveled to Italy and were lamenting that they could not find such fresh food here. The Percocos said the butter and cheeses from Vermont are much better than they can get in the grocery stores. And they love the pure cranberry juice and apple cider. Rachel Percoco also enjoys the friends they have made among Farmers to You customers, or partner families, as the company calls them. “We have met some really cool people,” she said. A primary reason Planning board members Don Egan and Gil Mederios sided with the neighbors, questioning what impact the tower would have on the property values. They also maintained that the tower may not be needed. Egan called the tower “a luxury, not a necessity” for the town. He proposed unsuccessfully that the planning Sea View Retreat -Since 1954 An extended Care Community Come in for a visit and compare! (978)-948-2552 •Private & Semi-Private Rooms The Town Comm with Baths and Beautiful Views • Medicare/ Medicaid certified • Social Services-Speech, board consult with an independent Physical, Occupational, & Massage Therapies • Full Activity Program • and much more... telecommunications engineer to determine if the tower were really needed. That proposal, which was defeated four to two, prompted fellow board member Gina Park to say, “I don’t know why a developer would want to build a cell site that is not needed.” Verizon has contracted with Varsity to use part of the tower, and Parisi said he is confident that other carriers, Vermont Farmers Bring Fresh Food To You MANSION DRIVE • ROWLEY, MA • JUST OFF ROUTE 1A The Town Common looking for more cell coverage along I-95, will The lease Largest space on the Independent tower. Town Newspaper Egan also proposed that the town Senior Care Serving for Peace North of Comm Mind. Shore of Mass & • Meal Preparation • Light Housekeeping limit the height of the tower to 125 • Errands • Bathing Assistance feet, which would have reduce the area Complete Effective Community Outreach! • Assistance with Mobility • Alzheimer/Dementia Care covered with wireless service. • Friendly Companionship • Up to 24 Hour Care DePaz, Varsity’s consulting engineer, • Respite Care for Families • Medication Reminders wrote in his report, “It is the minimum height necessary to satisfy the coverage objectives of multiple carriers.” 978-462-6162 That proposal was defeated four to two, as well. The board was not allowed to Seasoned & consider any potential, although unproven health impacts the Kiln Dried tower might cause. The Federal Communications Commission does Firewood not allow local governing boards to in stock now! consider health effects in deciding whether to approve a cell site. she and Anthony wanted to be a host for Farmers To You was to build relationships with others who enjoy quality food in the Rowley area. Georgaklis moved to Barre, VT with hopes of starting a farm there and getting his hands in the dirt more. What he found in Vermont was that the local farmers needed his knowledge of the retail food industry to help them sell their products. “It has been a lot of fun and quite an adventure,” Georgaklis said last week. “People want to know where Call 978-462-6162 their food comes from. The current food system is not transparent. We don’t trust the FDA (Federal Drug Administration).” Farmers To You provides a tremendous amount of information to its customers about the farmers and what their farming practices are. Many of his farmers grow organic products and use sustainable practices. 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