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Page February 28 - March 6, 2018 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: Letters To The Editor Ipswich Town Community Meeting Announcements - May 8th SENIORS an increase in Tax is like a pay cut from Social Security Struggling working families, Community can you stand another pay Connections cut? Every tax raise, is like a cut in especially folk on fixed income. Heads up. Your Real Estate Business Taxes are going to get a Spotlight big hit. Automatic 2 ½ % -- plus + plus. Towns keep Forrunning out of money and throw logic out the window and turn to Sale Real Estate • TAXPAYERS to bail them out, year after year with no growth For in Town. Sale Town management continues to mortgage the future of citizens and ‘KIDS’ Same as they said 30 to 40 Sports years ago, this is • that Sports future “now” • Sports Kick the can, the policy of choice. Flat out denial from fiscal discipline and continue deficit spending. It’s absolute hogwash that Pets, Tax increase Animals, won’t hurt working families Plus and seniors on limited income. While the wage gap widens and folks are working harder to keep up paycheck to paycheck with Health income inequality. & Fitness Town management is in total denial of the consequences being heaped upon the home owners and families. Town Officials act like anything contrary to their agenda must be negative. It’s the choir talking to the choir, how could Citizen’s disagree if they aren’t told in a format that reaches them. They certainly communicate with them for billing and fees. The Town simply can not sustain the path they are on, or even acknowledge the predicament they are continuing to pile it on the TAXPAYERS. If you recognize that your taxes could go up $400 to $800 or more “without” other projects like other projects in pipeline. Scary part is what Citizens are not being told OK, so what can you do about “YOUR” Town and Taxes. Plan to go to TOWN MEETING and say “NO” to new and all expenditures Tell them to cut expenses just like you and your employer has had to do without. Town will get by, tightening and shifting moneys around departments and will have a bundle of “FREE CASH” left over at end of year (over ten million in 10 years) management could run a skinny budget and feel the pinch just like Citizens. Why should they be different? Ask to see a full disclosure budget, ‘BEFORE TOWN MEETING, so you could do the math. If your Taxes are paying for something you should know about it , and not get answers and not treated like your intruding . ‘VOTE NO’ to all NEW expenditures. E mail SELECTMEN@IPSWICH-MA.GOV Tammi's Closet The Town Common Courtesy Photo Photo, L to R: Steve Baran Lion Club president, Betty Vitale Neal owner of Tammi’s Closet, and Lion Roger Jones treasurer. Tammi’s closet opened yesterday, in time for all the upcoming HS proms. The Newburyport Lions Club after hearing of the difficult Tammi’s Closet has had and of all the good it does by providing free prom dresses with accessories to young girls making it possible for them to go and enjoy their High School prom. Tammi’s Closet was created in memory of Betty’s daughter who past away several years ago. The NBPT Lions presented Betty and family with a check for $300.00 to help them carry on this wonderful tradition. 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). The Town Common serves the communities of the Upper North Shore of Mass. & Coastal New Hampshire and welcomes your participation. 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Copyright 2004-2017 The Town Common © - All Rights Reserved In loving memory of Liz Ichizawa, Reporter (1956 - 2005) Phil Goguen - Ipswich Resident TOWN OF ROWLEY PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to M.G.L., Ch. 40A, §5, the Rowley Planning Board will hold three (3) public hearings pertaining to various articles to amend the Rowley Protective Zoning Bylaw (“Zoning Bylaw”) which are intended to be considered at the upcoming Spring 2018 Special Town Meeting. The public hearings will be held during a duly noticed public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, 2018 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Annex Building, Meeting Room #5, located at 39 Central Street, Rowley, MA. Each public hearing described below will be held at the following times: 8:15 p.m. – Article to amend the Zoning Bylaw Section 2.0 definition of “Registered Marijuana Dispensary” (RMD) to remove text specifically designating RMDs as being “not-for-profit” entities. 8:20 p.m. - Article with proposed modifications to Zoning Bylaw Sections 2.0 (Definitions), Section 4.0 (Use Regulations), to permit retail establishments that sale marijuana, marijuana products, and/or marijuana accessories, for recreational use, solely within the Retail (RE) Zoning District, with Special Permit and Site Plan Review approval by the Planning Board, provided that such establishments or uses shall not be located within three hundred (300) feet of a day care facility, elementary or secondary school, or church or religious assembly. 8:30 p.m. – Article to amend the Zoning Bylaw Sections 4.4 and 4.5 (Use Regulations for Outlying and Coastal Conservation Zoning Districts, respectively) to permit Large Scale Solar Photovoltaic Installations in the Outlying and Coastal Conservation Zoning Districts with Special Permit approval by the Planning Board, and to add a new Zoning Bylaw Section 8.9 pertaining to Special Requirements for Large Scale Solar Photovoltaic Installations. The text of the proposed bylaw modifications and any supplemental materials, maps and/or exhibits are available to be inspected at the Planning Board office at the aforementioned address during regular business hours. Any person(s) interested or wishing to be heard on the Zoning Bylaw amendment proposals should appear at the public hearing at the time and place designated. Chris Thornton, Chairman TOWN OF ROWLEY PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to M.G.L., Ch. 40A, §5, and Section 7.6 of the Rowley Protective Zoning Bylaw, the Rowley Planning Board will hold a public hearing for a Site Plan Review application that pertains to the installation of additional parking area at the North Shore Montessori School which is located at 121 Wethersfield Street, Rowley, MA. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm in the Town Hall Annex Building, Meeting Room #5, located at 39 Central Street, Rowley, MA. The applicant/property owner, the Margaret Ruth Foundation, LLC is proposing to add additional area for parking to accommodate an increase in the number of students/teachers attending the school. The subject parcel consists of 1.75 acres and is further identified as Assessor’s Map 17, Lot 45. The property is located in the Outlying (OD) Zoning District The text of the application proposal and supplemental materials, maps and/or exhibits are available to be inspected at the Planning Board office at the aforementioned address during regular business hours. Any person(s) interested or wishing to be heard on the Zoning Bylaw amendment proposals should appear at the public hearing at the time and place designated. Chris Thornton, Chairman

February 28 - March 6, 2018 Page Atlantic Sports Center Will Break Ground This Spring Continued from page 1 Museum. He can’t wait to talk about the 37 million families that take a sportscation each year, accompanying their all-in youth athlete to play hockey, lacrosse, soccer and basketball tournaments. “It is not the on-ice experience, it is the off-ice experience that brings you back,” Gorman, who has spearheaded the new $45 million sports complex. “My goal is to get you to come back.” When families go home from a weekend of playing hockey they don’t remember whether their team won or lost, he said. Most hockey rinks, he said, “are underwhelming.” The families talk about the restaurants where they ate and how tasty the donuts and kettle corn were. The center will cater to the 500 people who come to watch the 12 players on the ice, he said. They will have the opportunity to shop, take yoga and spin classes at the center, get medical rehabilitation, learn about the history of hockey, play golf and dine in good restaurants in Amesbury. The center will be a one-stop shop for everything hockey and skating, he said. Now that the city of Amesbury has greenlighted the project on 50 acres at 48 South Hunt Rd. Gorman expects to break ground on the three-building hockey campus this spring and open for play in the spring of 2019. “We are going to build this the right way the first time,” Gorman said. Finding Great Homes for Retired Greyhound Racers Continued from page 1 meetings of any (corporate or non-profit organization) board I’ve ever heard of,” Wynne said. The treasurer for the Greyhound Project, Wynne lives with two greyhounds she adopted last December. Shane and Johan, two bonded brothers, grew up in Florida. They are the accountant’s fourth and fifth greyhound over the last decade. She was not always a dog person. She liked riding horses and often rode with a friend who had a greyhound. After their rides, the friends would have tea. The greyhound who lived with her friend would sit on the sofa and rest her head in Wynne’s lap. The dog was so gentle and sweet, she decided to adopt her first greyhound. Now she is working to make sure that all greyhounds have a good home. Greyhounds, she said, “live up On top of a hill 200 feet above sea level where only Billy goats can go now, the center will have five ice rinks buried in the hill 24 feet down. The stadium rink with seats for 2,400 will be 12 feet down. Partnering with Global Property Developers Corp. in Bridgewater, which built a large hockey complex in Falmouth, Gorman has longrange plans for the hockey campus that includes a new hotel. “We wouldn’t be a destination if we don’t have a hotel.” The office building will cater to a variety of sports-related businesses, he said. He expects the center will generate a tremendous amount of other business for Amesbury shops, restaurants and small manufacturers. He has forged a relationship in recent months with city hall, the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, schools and businesses, many of which he has visited. Asked by a local florist why he came to see him, Gorman said he plans only to use fresh flowers in the conferences at the center. He predicted that on Saturday mornings he will sell 500 Cider Hill donuts, which he described as the best in New England. He also plans to sell Cider Hill’s kettle corn. Gorman found Amesbury after presenting the proposed sports complex to 31 communities. Only one rejected him. He spent four months working with one community only to have it announce it was locating a trash dump next his proposed site. Then he met city councilor at to their reputation of being 40 mile per hour couch potatoes.” The breed, originally used to chase deer, have long, powerful legs, a deep chest, flexible spine and slim build. They can hit an average speed of 40 miles per hour, which made them ideal for racing at tracks that attracted significant gambling. In recent years, animal-rights groups have exposed abuses and poor living conditions of the greyhounds at tracks and on farms that breed greyhounds. The public outcry led many states to ban greyhound racing. And in states, like Florida, where tracks are still open, attendance at tracks and the amount gambled on the races have declined significantly. Why adopt a greyhound? On the Greyhound Project website, greyhound lover Michelle Hendrix offers 10 reasons: 1. They truly know the meaning large Christian Scorzoni, who suggested he investigate Amesbury. The Middleton resident fell in love. To him, Amesbury is perfect. 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Their roster, like those of many New England amateur clubs, was filled with French Canadians, who had moved south to work in the New England mills. of retirement. 2. People will stare at your dog instead of at you. 3. They can curl up to the size of a ball if they need to. 4. They can expand to the size of the whole bed if they want to. 5. They don’t bark, keeping your neighborhood safe for burglars. 6. You can play their ribs like an air guitar. 7. They are the only dogs that know how to really smile. 8. You can dress them up as a reindeer for Christmas. 9. They are never confused with poodles. 10. A greyhound in flight is the most amazing sight you’ll ever hope to see in your own backyard. For more information on adopting a greyhound, please visit Experience a personal consultation with our talented staff in a warm and friendly environment 50 Water St., Mill 1 The Tannery Newburyport, MA 978-465-1815 Voted Greater Newburyport’s Best Hair Salon! 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