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Page December 6 - 12, 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). 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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) Newburyport Art Exhibit Art and Poetry by Ann McCrea will run from Dec. 4-31, at The Tiny Gallery in the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. The reception is Sunday, Dec. 10, 12-5 pm. The Meet the Artist date is Sunday, Dec. 17, 12-4 pm. The public is welcome. The exhibit features the artist’s collages of Japanese paintings with her haiku. “It began with a haiku I wrote in response to a painting. More followed. One thing led to another, and now here are seven new collages, my response to the haiku, The Town Common Courtesy Photo in response to the paintings!” said Ann McCewa McCrea. She is enthusiastic about introducing “Puggle in a Pouch,” her light verses about animals, a book designed by Susan Gaylord, with her calligraphy. “Nina Tanis’s drawings add book’s humor, which I wrote to delight children of all ages,” said the author. Cards of McCrea’s collages, sculpted bird ornaments, and “Walking Haiku,” a booklet of haiku with collages, will be on sale as well. Gallery hours are 9-1 pm, Monday -Friday. The entrance is downstairs, to the left, on Unicorn Street. Today, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA) announces the official launch of the 2017-18 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Beginning December 5, for a limited time, Girl Scouts will be selling cookies across the region, the proceeds of which will fund their next adventures, including camping, STEM workshops, community service projects and more. The cookie program is the largest girlled business in the world, and this year features the return of the Girl Scout S’mores cookie and GSEMA’s annual Cookies for a Cause event for United States military and first responders. An updated version of the popular Girl Scout Cookie Finder app (launched last year) and convenient online ordering make it even easier to purchase Girl Scout cookies! Girl Scout cookies are available in nine delicious flavors: Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®, Peanut Butter Patties®, Thanks-A-Lot®, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemonades, Shortbread, gluten-free Trios, and Girl Scout S’mores, which became Ipswich Seletmen to Hold Community Forum to Gain Citizen Input on Community's Next Town Manager The Ipswich Board of Selectmen is pleased to announce it has scheduled a community forum on December 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM to give citizens the opportunity to share their thoughts on the qualifications and characteristics they believe Ipswich’s next Town Manager should possess. The forum will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Ipswich Town Hall in Room A. “We are interested in hearing citizens’ recommendations regarding the expertise and qualifications they would like to see in their next Town Manager,” said William Craft, Chairman of the Ipswich Board of Selectmen. “It is important that Ipswich’s citizens are an integral part of the Town Manager selection process.” The Town has hired the consulting firm Community Paradigm Associates, LLC, to assist in the search process. Representatives from the firm, including Principal Bernard Lynch, will attend the community forum along with representatives of the Board of Selectmen. Current Town Manager Robin Crosbie announced in August that she would be retiring in February of 2018. Ms. Crosbie has served as Ipswich’s Town Manager since 2012. For more information on the community forum, please contact Ipswich Board of Selectmen Special Assistant & Human Resources Director Jennifer Breaker at 978-356-6604. Girl Scout Cookies Now on Sale For Limited Time Troops Use Program Proceeds to Fund Adventure That Build Girls' Skills and Confidence the best-selling new cookie flavor ever with its introduction last year. Cookies are $5 per package in eastern Massachusetts. “Through the Girl Scout cookie program, girls learn how to become leaders by building and managing their own cookie business, all while earning proceeds to fund their Girl Scout troop adventures,” says Patricia A. Parcellin, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “Customers can take pride in knowing their cookie purchase supports girls of courage, confidence and character on their individual leadership journeys, as well our Girl Scout council, which provides a safe, all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment with programming customized by grade level.” Powered by Cookies - When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they find a safe, girl-only space to have unique experiences and learn essential life skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. The confidence and skills girls develop help them take healthy risks to embrace the growing opportunities of daily life, and empower them to make decisions to positively affect themselves, their families, and their communities. New Technology Makes it Easy to Find Cookies - With the improved “Cookie Finder” mobile app and online “Cookie Finder,” it’s easy to find cookies near home, work, or school. Typing a zip code into the Cookie Finder on and the Girl Scout Cookie Finder App generates a list of upcoming cookie booth sales. Girls still sell door-to-door, but more often host booth sales, which may be in front of a local supermarket, in a bank lobby, at a T stop, or at another public location. Anyone who knows a Girl Scout and prefers to shop online can order cookies directly from a girl’s cookie website by using a unique URL she can create and share with family and friends. Payments are made online and cookies ship directly to customers; two-day shipping available to 95% of the U.S. with no minimum number of packages required. Cookies for a Cause - Girl Scouts can offer customers the chance to add charitable cookie donations to their orders, or to support their local Girl Scouts even if they can’t enjoy the cookies themselves. With Cookies for a Cause, some troops identify a local charitable organization to support (food pantries, shelters, first responders, etc.) and offer customers the opportunity to buy cookies that the troop will deliver directly to those groups. Girl Scouts also have the option to collect cookie donations for United States military for the annual Cookies for a Cause event held at Hanscom Air Force Base in the spring. Cookies for a Cause is a GSEMA council-wide initiative to say “thank you for your service” with a donation of more than 20,000 packages of cookies to U.S. military. At the event, girls can meet military personnel, take photos, create thank you cards to accompany cookie care packages, and more! Girls can also collect donations for the Cookies for a Cause event through their usual sales process throughout the season. The cookies will then arrive at the Cookies for a Cause event at Hanscom Air Force Base! Either way, cookie lovers can support their local Girl Scouts while bringing joy to others.

December 6 - 12, 2017 Page 3 Continued from page 1 source. The television show, Recess portrayed the lives of fourth graders in a clichéd school environment at the Third Street Elementary School. Students set up a model of traditional human society with its own government, class system and unwritten laws. The students are ruled by a monarch, a sixth grader named King Bob, who has enforcers to make the students follow his decrees. The society has a long list of rigid values and social norms that imposes a high expectation of conformity upon all the students. In writing Christmas in July, Fix felt the contemporary, animated series reflected the political times of 2017. “So much happens on the playground,” she said. “We have to learn to deal with hierarchy. It is where we learn to compromise, Life on a Playground to be respectful. There are always louder voices. We have to learn to manage them.” She said the playground and recess have their own specific rules. While Recess focused on six characters, Fix wrote Christmas in July for 60 student/cast members. That required her to add new characters who fit the talents and personalities of some of the children/actors. Christmas in July features great music, dances and costumes in vivid colors. It also has a full-scale playground on stage. Helping her manage the production are several former cast members, who are now in Middle School and High School. Leadership program, sponsored by the cultural councils of Rowley, Newbury and Salisbury and managed by Jan Bell, brought back Adam Sylvanowicz, a high Minco Condos Could Be First Waterfront West Residences Continued from page 1 challenge of raising its buildings every building would be four and first residential building in the above the flood plain. five-stories tall and block views new Waterfront West District Minco faces several hurdles of the waterfront. development. in its quest for approval of this In addition to a 120-room Minco is proposing to the city project. Company executives, hotel, the announced plans for Planning Board and the Zoning its architect and lawyer meet the NED development includes Board of Appeals that it be given again this week with the city’s 145 residences, 6,500 square feet a special permit and several Planning Board to talk about of shops and restaurants and 138 zoning variances for a new fourstory the project. The Zoning Board marina slips. residential building along of Appeals, which would have to The small, one-story building, Tournament Wharf. grant several waivers for it to be appraised at more than $300,000, It would be adjacent to the approved, discussed the plans for would take up most of its small future mixed-use development these condos briefly last week, site. Plans under discussion with being planned by Stephen Karp’s but decided to wait for input the city planning staff would New England Development from the Planning Board. leave some open space on the Corp. (NED). The primary challenge is that waterfront side for public use. The plans Minco has the Waterfront West Overlay The space might be covered by a submitted, which The may change, Town District requires projects Common to be roof attached to the building. calls for a modern building with at least four acres. The Richard’s Depending on where NED glass on each end. condos building sits on about a half-acre. puts a boardwalk extension, would include one and twobedroom units with a few three- on that requirement. boardwalk and the rail trail, the Minco is seeking an exemption connecting the waterfront bedroom condos. The Region’s Three of the Largest There Independent is also some concern Community Minco open Newspaper space might be used 25 units would be designated as that the Minco building could as a rest stop on the walkway. affordable. 978-948-8696 • set a precedent for the • rest The Essex Heritage The building, which sits of Waterfront West District. Commission has expressed an on land that is 12 feet below Residents and some city officials interest in placing a kiosk in the Merrimac Street, would be 40 fear that when built out, the open space, which like one near feet high, the maximum allowed district could be very dense the Harbor Master’s office, would under the zoning laws governing bringing a lot of residents to the provide information about the the Waterfront West Overlay waterfront. It is also worried that area. District. Minco states that with the 40-foot height of the building “key views Option to the water Awill not Robin Davies, D.M.D. be affected.” The 2 first col. level of x the 2” building Parker River Dental would be a parking garage with 37 $28 spaces. per week New 3 Kent Way, Byfield, MA Because the first level is in a flood plain, no residential or patient’s Conveniently off I-95 at Exit 55 commercial space can be on the first level. 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