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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution Stay connected with... PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ The Town Common LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH November 8 - 14, 2017 Vol. 14, No. 02 FREE STATEWIDE – If you found it hard to get out of bed Monday But don’t count on the change happening any time soon, or because your body was an hour off from the alarm clock, you are even by next spring when we get to Spring Forward. not alone. Twice a year there are grumblings across the state and In a report approved on a 9-1 vote, the commission, headed by the country as Daylight Savings Time comes and goes. State Sen. Eileen Donoghue, a Lowell Democrat, makes the case Massachusetts legislators, along with other states, have against changing the clocks in March and November. heard the complaints and have studied whether to move the Daylight savings time ended Sunday, when clocks were set commonwealth into the Atlantic Time Zone, or permanent back an hour across the country, except in most of Arizona and Daylight Savings time. Hawaii. When Thomas Emswiler, a public health advocate, first moved The commission found that staying on daylight saving time to Boston several years ago, he like many natives and long-time year round, adding an hour of afternoon sunlight in the colder residents was horrified to see the sun set at 4 p.m. on cold winter months, and subtracting one from the mornings at the same time, days. could have several positive effects. The change to Atlantic Time “There is a real compelling argument to be on one time all would help retailers and restaurants and might reduce electricity year round,” Emswiler said. He was the first to propose that the usage. legislature study the issue and later was asked to serve on it. Some people say they lose sleep when the time changes. Studies, After months of study, the Special Commission on the presented to the commission, show that more traffic accidents Commonwealth Time Zone approved a report last week that and on-the-job injuries occur in the days following the time proposes Massachusetts move permanently into the Atlantic Photo by Stewart Lytle change, particularly in the spring. Time Zone. Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Nova Scotia The Newburyport Bank clock would not have to be The commission said moving to Atlantic Standard Time all and part of Quebec are in the Atlantic zone. changed twice a year. Continued on page 3 Photos provided by the Mulkern family From left, Bob Mulkern and Nick Johnas with sweatshirts Amanda made. Tired of Changing Clocks Twice A Year? By Stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– Stephanie’s Angels Help Cancer Victims By Stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– ROWLEY – Solace for Stephanie, which provides support and comfort for cancer victims, helped 15 people last year of all ages with money to pay for transportation, food and prescriptions, acupuncture treatments and massages and even a recliner. During its eight years, Solace, created to honor the popular hair dresser Stephanie Jenkins, who died of cancer, has assisted more than 70 cancer victims and provided children of cancer victims with scholarships. Last month, 19 of the cancer victims it has helped were able to attend its annual comedy night fundraising event at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. “It was a good year,” said Mo Levasseur, a founder of Solace. The organization is run by three volunteers: Levasseur; Ron Jenkins, Stephanie’s husband, and Dom Femino, her brother. Bob Mulkern may have been laughing at the jokes and enjoying the food catered by the All American BBQ even more than most. This time last year the finished carpenter and father of three was facing the probability of dying from liver cancer. A large tumor was discovered two years ago this week. His fate lay in finding a live donor. When none of his immediate family were a match or able to donate part of their liver, Solace went to work, publicizing among its followers the need to find Mulkern a Continued on page 3 Photos provided by the Mulkern family From left, Sandy Mulkern, Nick and Amanda Johnas and Bob Mulkern. You'll "flip" over the digital edition at POSTAL CUSTOMER Haverhill Medical Offices A New Destination on your road to good health. 600 Primrose Street • Exit 51A off I-495 • The Town Common Newspaper You Now Shouldn’t Your Ad Be In Here Too? Call today • 978-948-8696 •

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