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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution Ever ybody loves to read... The Town Common PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH November 15 - 21, 2017 Vol. 14, No. 03 FREE Demolition for the Parking Garage to Begin Fitness Factory to be demolished NEWBURYPORT – Watch later this month for the demolition crews to start taking down the three-story brick Fitness Factory building on Merrimac Street to make way for a new parking garage and bus terminal. Mayor Donna Holaday and her team of city planners last week hurdled the last political By Stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– Photo by Stewart Lytle obstacle in the way of building a 207-space parking garage and Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority bus terminal. At the bottom of the onepage ballot last week was a non-binding question on the intermodal facility. It passed by 500 votes, 3,490 to 2,953. If the referendum had failed to Big Woods Hike Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield will hold its annual Big Woods Hike on Sunday, November 19. Bring family and friends for a two-hour naturalist-guided walk to discover the natural and cultural history of the sanctuary. This wonderful program is appropriate for adults as well as families (children should be at least 5 years old). Walks will depart at 11:30 a.m., 11:45, 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, and 1:00 p.m. Discover sites of former dwellings, hear stories of the people who settled this area 200 years ago, and learn about what is happening in the world of nature as plants and animals prepare for winter. The walk will meander along the edges of marshes and ponds, through deciduous woodlands, and the old growth forest of Averill’s Island, featuring towering hemlocks and red pines. Warm up by the woodstove back in the barn, where hot drinks along with homemade soup and desserts will be available for purchase. Advance registration is required. Runs rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. FEE: $9/adults, $8/children (discount for Mass Audubon members). For more information or to register, go to or call 978-887-9264. The Great Marsh in Essex Photo by Stewart Lytle REGIONAL – Six years ago when the Great Marsh Coalition director of the Ipswich River held its first symposium for local Watershed Association, said officials and environmentalists, only a handful of people showed up. Presenters were hard pressed to identify any meaningful efforts along the North Shore to protect the Great Marsh from rising seas and climate change. Fast forward to last week, days after a storm downed power lines and closed schools. The coalition held its sixth symposium at Woodman’s Essex Room to a near standing room only crowd. The lunch, which included crab soup “protecting the Great Marsh is the best strategy” for saving the region from damage caused by powerful storms. Estimates are that coastal wetlands saved $625 million in damages that Hurricane Sandy might have caused in 2012. The Great Marsh is the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. The Great Marsh includes more than 20,000 acres of barrier was inviting. But the crowd of beach, tidal river, estuary, about 250 local officials, residents and environmental activists from Salisbury to Gloucester came to hungry to learn what can be done to protect the Great Marsh. “The dialogue has certainly changed,” said Kathryn Glenn, the North Shore coordinator mudflat and upland islands, as well as marsh. A portion of the marsh was designated by the state in 1979 as the Parker River/Essex Bay Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The coalition, which includes federal, state and local agencies, for the state Coastal Zone unveiled the Great Marsh Management office. Wayne Castonguay, executive Regional Coastal Adaptation Plan. Continued on page 3 You'll "flip" over the digital edition at Providers You Know & Trust… The Town Common Newspaper In a Place You Call Home win a majority, the garage would probably have been built because the city council had already approved it last summer. The real vote on the fate of the long-discussed parking garage was the mayor’s race. If Holaday, the garage’s leading proponent, had not been re-elected, her opponent city councilmember Robert Cronin would likely have asked the new council to reconsider its vote to issue a bond issue borrowing $3.7 million that will supplement state and federal funds for the garage and terminal. In winning another four-year term, Holaday defeated Cronin by a healthy margin of 3,776 votes to 3,098. Her victory “certainly clarifies things,” said city planner Andrew Port. “We’re now passed the Continued on page 3 Protecting the Great Marsh By Stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– You POSTAL CUSTOMER Newburyport, MA • 978-465-0635 Now Shouldn’t Your Ad Be In Here Too? Call today • 978-948-8696 • AJH_CMA_FtPg_09.17.indd 1 9/20/17 9:42 AM

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