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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution Connect with... The Town Common You'll "flip" over the digital edition at AMERICAN ARCHITECTURAL GENERAL CONTRACTORS L.L.C. Consultation to Project Completion . Carpentry . Masonry . Landscaping . Roofing . Basements . Water Entry . All Phases of Construction . Commercial/Residential . All Maintenance Work . OVER 25 YEARS of All Types of Restorations . Free Initial Consultation . Project Management “In the Field” Experience PROPERTY MANAGEMENT/CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION All Types of Property Repairs Vincent A. Iafrate, G.C. (617)835-3550 AMERICAN PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH December 13 - 19, 2017 Vol. 14, No. 07 FREE Santa Makes House Calls Donnie Jarvis and Eva Montibello REGIONAL – Donnie Jarvis remembers the first time he brought a gift to a home for children who otherwise would not have had a good Christmas. Dressed as Santa Claus, complete with beard, hat and padded suit, Jarvis came around the corner of the house and surprised the boy with a wrapped toy. For the Triton Regional High School graduate, it was a priceless moment. “The excitement level of the kids By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– Haverhill Medical Offices Photo by Stewart Lytle runs through you. When you see their energy levels, it drives you all night,” he said. The Army veteran of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan started two years ago playing Santa for free to children of families of all incomes and situations, but particularly those who are in need. “Christmas is not the same for everyone,” he said. “We want to reach those families that have Continued on page 3 A New Destination on your road to good health. 600 Primrose Street • Exit 51A off I-495 • Ipswich Students Back Plastic Bag, Styrofoam Ban REGIONAL – It started with five students in Ipswich High School teacher Lori LaFrance’s sustainability class. Claire McElwain, Charlotte Howe, Carly Restuccia, Jillian Wall and Claire Werner learned how laws are passed in town and spoke at the spring 2016 Town Meeting to ask the citizens to ban thin, single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam containers. The five students have graduated and moved on in their lives, but that law, which was approved almost unanimously, began being implemented last month, thanks to other students in the town’s two elementary schools and its middle school. The students were given multi-use canvas bags, including insulated ones, to take home to their families. The Middle School’s Green Team stenciled colorful reminder messages, Got Bags? on downtown sidewalks. And about 100 students and adults showed up at the Winthrop School to turn old t-shirts, donated by the YMCA, into fabric bags emblazoned with the Ipswich Recycles logo. The result, according to Marlee Connelly, the town’s recycling coordinator: There has been almost By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– From left, Frank Ventimiglia and Marlee Connelly no push back from residents or merchants. Ipswich residents have “a lot of commitment” to the health of the town, she said. Students, who do cleanups in the Ipswich River and bay, have seen the damage the plastic bags and Styrofoam do to wildlife and the environment, she said. Frank Ventimiglia, public works department operations manager, agreed. “It is the right thing to do.” The town takes recycling very POSTAL CUSTOMER Photo by Stewart Lytle seriously, he said. Ipswich is not alone in banning plastic bags. The city of Newburyport was a pioneer on the North Shore to ban the bags. When Ipswich passed the ban, it was one of 30 municipalities in the state. Now, thanks in large part to the Mass Green Network, 60 cities and towns have banned plastic bags, including Gloucester, Wenham and Hamilton and most significantly, the city of Boston. Continued on page 3 Whittier Bridge Opens On Friday, December 8th, traffic started flowing on southbound side of Route 95 across the newly rebuilt Whittier Bridge. Photo by Peter McClelland

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