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Mayor Ken Gray The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution Happy New Year from... The Town Common By stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– ReGIONAL – Four years ago, a largely unknown businessman ran for mayor of Amesbury against a popular incumbent, promising to lower property taxes. At the time, property owners in Amesbury were paying the highest tax rate in essex County, almost $21 per thousand of assessed value. Largely because of that promise, Ken Gray won his first election by the narrowest of margins. two elections later and four years of lowering the tax rate, the mayor had no opposition for reelection this fall. At $18.99 per thousand dollars of assessed value, Amesbury has cut almost 10 percent off of its tax rate since Gray took office. Compared to last year, the tax rate dropped almost a full Continued on page 3 You'll "flip" over the digital edition at TheTownCommon.com 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 www.thetowncommon.com December 27, 2017 - January 2, 2018 Vol. 14, No. 09 FREE Amesbury Lowers Tax Rate -- Again Finding a Cure for Talia Duff By stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– IPSWICH – talia Duff needs only $200,000 more, as of the end of last week, to reach the $1 million goal to fund a clinical trial, a first step in finding a cure for her rare disease, CMt4J. Never heard of CMt4J? Most people haven’t. It is so rare, only 22 people have been diagnosed with having this disease. C h a r c o t - M a r i e - to o t h Neuropathy type 4J is a rare neurological disease similar to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or more commonly known as the Lou Gehrig Disease, named for the famous baseball player who died of ALS. In 2015, talia was diagnosed with a severe and extremely Photo by Stewart Lytle Strand’s Annual Salvation Army Coat Drive Continues through January 5th As part of an annual tradition to spread the warmth around the holidays, Strand Marketing of Newburyport holds a coat drive and is once again collecting coats, hats, gloves, boots, and blankets this year. The coat drive runs until Jan. 5th and items can be dropped off in the lobby at 10 Railroad St. Newburyport. “People often forget that the coldest days are ahead for those in need. So we like to extend our donation period beyond the holidays to let those folks who realize they need to make some room after the holidays, that there are others who would benefit from things they no longer need,” said David Strand, CeO of Strand Marketing. Don’t have any warm articles of clothing? Strand is also offering another way to spread the warmth by collecting toys and gift cards for the needy served by Newburyport Community Services. While NCS’ annual giving to their red stocking program ended in November, there’s always a few last minute items needed for people of all ages, and needs continue right through the whole year. Items should be dropped off at Strand before Dec. 22nd if intended for the holiday. Otherwise, you’re welcome to stop by and donate any time before the 5th. The boardwalk isn’t the only thing expanding in Salisbury Dr. William Jackson proudly welcomes Dr. Kenneth McWha to the Salisbury practice. Now accepting new patients, 978-462-3009 Coastal Medical Salisbury, 46 Toll Road, Salisbury, MA 01952 AJH_McWha ad_5.04x2_11.17.indd 1 Dr. William Jackson Dr. Kenneth McWha 11/20/17 1:51 PM rare type of the disease, which causes muscle weakness, joint deformities and respiratory Talia Duff issues. Currently there is no treatment or cure for CMt4J. Which brings us to the need for $1 million now, and maybe another $1 to $2 million in the future. Jocelyn Duff, talia’s mother, wrote recently, “We are raising the funds to move the science forward to a clinical trial for talia and others in 2018. And we truly believe that the research we’re doing has the potential to be translatable to thousands of rare diseases. Why do parents need to take this on? Because the disease is so rare that it is difficult to attract pharma to approach a treatment or cure.” If the funds are raised, the non-profit Jackson Labs in Bar Harbor, Me, has agreed to conduct the clinical trial. Founded in 1929, Jackson Labs studies mammalian genetics and human genomics. It is working on generating scientific breakthroughs and improved therapies. talia, a sixth grade student at Ipswich Middle School, was born with Down syndrome. She and her family have dealt with health issues since birth. Her family wrote of her: “When talia was born she turned our world upside down with her peaceful beauty and her extra 21st chromosome from Down Syndrome. It took us a few days to realize that life could go on—that it would just be a bit different. And quickly we fell head over heels in love with her. Our lives were rich and joyful. We learned to celebrate smaller moments in life and were quickly adopted by a large community of other parents of kids with Down Syndrome who had an infectious love POSTAL CUSTOMER Courtesy Jocelyn Duff Continued on page 2

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