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Page 6 March 7 - 13, 2018 Caring, Compassionate, Dignified Service when you need it most. 14 Independent St., Rowley, MA 978-948-7763 We Offer: • Personalized and Traditional Funerals • Cremations • Graveside Services • Memorial Services • Advance Planning Options Jeffrey E. Megna, CFSP Owner, Licensed Funeral Director (Type 3) ADD BEAUTY & VALUE TO YOUR HOME! JAY'S PAINTING • INTERIOR & EXTERIOR 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE W/ REFERENCES NEAT, CLEAN & RELIABLE! LOCAL • FREE ESTIMATES 978-314-0140 77 Wethersfield TOWN OF St. ROWLEY Feeds ZONING BOARD OF AP- Rowley, MA 01969 PEALS Danvers Farm & Home Telephone: 978-948-8696 Case #18.10 A Public Hearing will be held at Fax: 978-948-2564 the Town Hall Annex, 39 Central Street, on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 7:10 p.m. to act on an Seasoned Firewood Coal, Wood Pellets, Fire Blocks Delivery available 978-774-1069 application received February 15th, 2018 from Steve Pierro. Applicant(s) is seeking a Special Permit from the requirements of RPZB section 5.2.1 & for the expansion or change of non-conformant use and setback requirements. The property is located at 5 Railroad Avenue in the Outlying district and is shown on Assessors’ Map 27, Block 122. At the public hearing, members of the public may ask questions and present evidence that supports either the approval or denial of this petition. TIDE CHART 42o 49’N 070o 49’W MAR HIGH LOW SUN 07 Wed 3:03 8.59 3:30 7.86 9:22 -0.01 9:40 0.45 6:09 5:40 08 Thurs 3:52 8.28 4:23 7.42 10:14 0.32 10:31 0.86 6:07 5:41 09 Fri 4:44 8.00 5:17 7.07 11:09 0.62 11:24 1.18 6:05 5:42 10 Sat 5:39 7.77 6:15 6.85 12:06 0.82 xx xx 6:04 5:43 11 Sun 7:36 7.66 8:13 6.79 12:21 1.37 2:04 0.89 7:02 6:44 12 Mon 8:32 7.67 9:08 6.88 2:18 1.40 3:00 0.83 7:00 6:46 13 Tues 9:26 7.79 9:58 7.07 3:13 1.30 3:51 0.69 6:58 6:47 14 Wed 10:14 7.97 10:44 7.32 4:03 1.11 4:37 0.51 6:57 6:48 15 Thurs 10:59 8.15 11:25 7.61 4:49 0.86 5:19 0.33 6:55 6:49 SPONSOR ME? 978-948-8696 Letters To The Editor Community Announcements AMESBURY - The annual Flea Market & Bake Sale will take place at the Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market Street, Amesbury on Saturday, April Community 7 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the hall Connections at the front of the church building one floor - no stairs. Proceeds will go directly to Church Building Fund. Come to shop for a bargain from the many dealers selling new, used, decorative, crafts, collectables, books, toys, die cast and useful items. The event will be cancelled for a storm only. To reserve a 6-foot table for $20 please call the church at 978-388-0930 or email ------------------------------------------------------------ Business Spotlight GEORGETOWN - The Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library are holding their annual book sale on March 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th at the Georgetown Peabody Library (2 Maple Street, Georgetown, MA). Hours are as follows: Friday the Real Estate • For Sale For 16th: 10:00am – 5:00pm; Saturday the 17th: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Sunday the 18th: 1:00pm- Sale 4:00pm, and Monday the 19th: 2:00pm - 8:00 pm. There will be a wide variety of hardcover and paperback books available; prices are $2 hardcover, $1 paperback, $0.50 children’s books. A Bag Sale will be held on Sunday. Proceeds from the book sale benefit library programs, such as children’s events and museum passes. For more information, email the Friends at ------------------------------------------------------------ Sports • Sports • Sports NEWBURY - Announcing to all 2018 graduating seniors who are Theater Workshop alumni! You are eligible for a financial scholarship to help in your continued education of the arts awarded by Workshop Arts Inc. This scholarship is a part of Workshop Arts mission to serve and support the members of our young, aspiring creative community. The amount of the scholarship(s) awarded Pets, will be dependent Animals, on the continued success of our Plus “Support the Senior Class Front Row” ticket sales. Presentation of scholarships will be made during the Annual Workshop Arts Inc. Awards Night on April 26th at 7:00pm at the Newbury Elementary School. All applications must be completed and received by April 1st. To apply please find Health the application at the Workshop & Fitness Arts Inc. website Send applications to: Workshop Arts Inc. 2 Silver Ledge Road, Newbury MA 01950.Best of luck to our graduating seniors! ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURYPORT – Mass Senior Action Council, North Seacoast Affiliate will meet on a new day and time: Thursday, March 15th, at 1:00 at the Newburyport Senior/ Community Center, 331 High Street. Speaker, Kathleen Paul, first VP of the MSAC State Board and President of the North Shore chapter in Lynn will offer us a mini workshop previously offered at a State- wide meeting. Adults from all area towns are invited, there will be time for coffee, snacks and discussion. If you have questions on subjects important to the well- being of older adults or if you have information that would help adult populations, please bring your questions and information along. ------------------------------------------------------------ OPPORTUNITY WORKS 2018 GOLF CLASSIC - You are cordially invited to join Opportunity Works, Inc. at our 7th Annual Golf Classic at the Renaissance Club in Haverhill, MA, on Monday, May 14. The tournament has been streamlined and restyled to offer golfers the best possible experience. The Renaissance Golf Club offers an 18-hole golf course designed by their course architect who has created a fun and challenging progression of links for maximum enjoyment. Entry fees are $225 per individual golfer or $900 for a foursome. Our entry fee includes all on-course contests, portable on-course BBQ lunch, a free drink ticket at the post-course hors d’oeuvres reception, and more. Our contests include entry into the $10,000 putting contest finals, closest to the pin within 6 inches contest for $1,000, golf ball cannon contest, longest drive contest, hole-in-one prizes, and, new this year, a raffle opportunity to win golf foursomes at some of the area’s best private and semi-private golf courses. Opportunity Works, Inc. has facilities in Newburyport and Haverhill where we offer programs and services for adults with disabilities. Fore (!) more information or to register, please go to the golf website or call Deborah Andrews at 978-462-6144 X 234 or email The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight. ------------------------------------------------------------ ROWLEY - Ann Jones began painting in watercolor towards the end of the century, seduced and challenged by both its delicacy and power. Although self-taught through reading and experimentation, she’s participated in workshops with Keiko Tanabe, Don Andrews, and Alvaro Castagnet who taught her much about color and value. She’s been involved in several area figure study groups and is an active member of the Newburyport Art Association, the Greater Haverhill Art Association, New England Watercolor Society, and NH Plein Air Artists. Her work will be on display through March at the Rowley Public Library, 141 Main Street in Rowley. For more information, call 978-948-2850. ------------------------------------------------------------ ROWLEY - Rowley Book Club to meet Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. The Rowley Book Club will be reading Imagine Me Gone, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Awards, by Adam Haslett. How far will we go to save the people we love? When Margaret decides to marry John despite his diagnosis with depression, her leap of faith and love has repercussions for decades. We follow her and her children as they struggle to cope with one son’s progressively troubled existence. Join us for a discussion on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Check our web site for future titles. The Rowley Public Library is located at 141 Main Street and is fully accessible. For more information, call the library at 978-948-2850. ------------------------------------------------------------ ROWLEY - The Rowley Historical Society will be marking their 100th anniversary with a series of displays celebrating Rowley’s past. This month, the display is “Industry, Invention, Imagination!” focusing on the history of Rowley businesses and the residents behind their success. Come learn some local history! If you have a hobby or interest you’d like to share with the community, please give us a call at 978-948-2850. The Rowley Public Library is located at 141 Main Street in Rowley. ------------------------------------------------------------ SALISBURY - The Salisbury Democratic Town Committee is pleased to announce the 9th Annual College Leadership Scholarship for Salisbury Seniors attending Triton Regional High School. Criteria for the scholarship are completion of an essay, possibly participating in an interview with the scholarship committee, and a scholarship committee review of the applicant’s official school transcript. Applications are now available from the guidance department at Triton Regional High School. The application, essay, and transcript should be submitted to “Salisbury Democratic Town Committee Leadership Scholarship” c/o John Housianitis, Scholarship Committee Chairman, PO Box 5025, Salisbury, MA 01952. Applications must be submitted no later than April 15, 2018 to be considered. For further information, contact John Housianitis at 617 922 6490 or at

Community Connections Business Spotlight March 7 - 13, 2018 Page For Sale Real Estate • For Sale Inspection Time Sports • Sports • Sports By John McCarthy, Rowley Realty In this incredibly competitive exams. Just as importantly, We’ve talked about the sellers’ market you have finally Pets, and like REALTOR®’s, Animals, they questions Plus you should answer but got an offer accepted and you are must also adhere to standards of there are some that the inspector on your way to homeownership! practice, continuing education can’t answer. If the inspector tells What next? Before you start Health requirements, and & their Fitness code of you that the roof or hot water packing, be sure you hire a home ethics. inspector to go through your You have narrowed it down to investment from top to bottom. a few inspectors. What should What does an inspector look you ask them? In no particular for? What doesn’t he care about? order… Well we can all see that the • homeowners chose olive green in 1972 for the bathroom, but what is going on behind that lovely sink? Is the pluming in good shape? This is just one example of what an inspector will look for. A home inspection typically includes an examination of heating and central air conditioning systems, plumbing, electric, roof, attic, windows, foundations, and basements. Inspectors will run the dishwasher, turn on the stove and assuming the outside air temperature warrants it run the air conditioner and heating system. Once the inspector examines the house, he or she will write up a report with findings. The report usually indicates the quality of system inspected. For example, if your bathrooms are venting into the basement the report will indicate this problem as a “fix” and generally what the fix should be (vent it outside through the soffit vent or roof). If you have termites running through all the sills the report will indicate as “fix immediately” with the suggestion to have a professional in that particular field come take a look. There may be other discoveries don’t necessarily require further inspection but maybe further investigation. For example, an inspector may see signs of water around a hot water heater, however the label on hot water heater indicates it is only a year old. We can assume that the water is from the old hot water heater, BUT instead of assuming, he will suggest you ask the seller (or have your REALTOR® find out from the seller) if that is the case. So where do you go to find an inspector? If you have a buyer’s agent you can ask that REALTOR® for recommendations. Or you can go to the state web site board-of-registration-of-homeinspectors-0 and find all the licensed inspectors. You should hire one that is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is a good place to start. To be a certified ASHI member you must have performed at least 250 inspections and have passed two written proficiency • What does the inspection cover? Knowing what is covered from the outset is essential. How long have you been doing this and how many homes have you inspected? By having done this for a long time a good inspector will have seen just about everything and just as importantly know what to look for. How long will the inspection • take? Some inspectors can take over 4 hours which unless they are inspecting Tom Brady’s house, is probably too long. The average for a single inspection for a single family home of is two to three hours. How much will it cost? Costs • can really vary. The most recent inspection I was at cost the buyers $500. Depending on the size of the home and any other tests being performed (radon and well water tests are typically extra) a range is probably $400-500. If you get recommendation from someone you trust you shouldn’t worry too much about cost differences between inspectors. You are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home and you’ve hired on because he is $100 less than the one you should feel comfortable with. • When will I receive the written report? Keep in mind that you have a home inspection period in your offer contract. Receiving the report it in a week doesn’t do you much good if you are going to ask the seller to fix something. Most inspectors will email you the report within 24 hours but you should find that out up front. Lawn, Lawn, Garden Lawn, Garden & Snow Equipment Equipment Sales Sales and Service 401 401 Main 401 Main Street (Rt. (Rt. 1A) 1A) Rowley, Rowley, MA 01969 (978) (978) 948-2723 heater needs replacement now many buyers will ask “what will that cost”. The inspector is not permitted by law to quote prices for repairs. They will tell you to call a specialist in that field for a quote. One of the most important things you can do as a buyer is be there when the inspection is being done. You need to attend. It is a valuable educational opportunity for you to learn how things work around what will be your home. I can tell you from my experience in attending hundreds of inspections, I learn something new quite often. You will too. If you have any questions about this article, real estate in general or are looking to buy or sell a home please contact me, John McCarthy at Rowley Realty, 165 Main St., Rowley, MA 01969, Phone: 978 948-2758, Cell 978 835-2573 or via email at john@rowleyrealestate. com Looking to SELL in 2018? Rowley Realty sold dozens of properties in 2017 in Rowley & surrounding communities, and we would love to help you sell yours this year! Sold Single Family Homes Sponsored By: John P. McCarthy, CRS, ABR Cell: 978-835-2573 Office: 978-948-2758 Pauline C. White, CRB, CRS Cell: 978-314-7341 Office: 978-948-2758 If you are looking for experience, exceptional service and knowledge of today’s real estate market with proven success, then you should be contacting Rowley Realty. We have been a local, family-owned real estate business for over 40 years with clients in Rowley and its many surrounding communities. We take pride in the personal interest we take in our clients, and in our commitment to the communities we serve. If you are downsizing, upsizing or moving out of the area, we are here to help you. Call or email John or Pauline, and we will get you started on a successful journey. ROWLEY REALTY 165 Main St., P.O. Box 101, Rowley, MA 01969 Phone 978-948-2758 • Fax 978-948-2454 CALL FOR A FREE ESTIMATE 978-948-465-5831 Winner of the 2018 Best of the Best Moving Company USDOT #654172 | MC # 310830 | MA. DPU # 30442 Address, Town Description DOM List Price Sold For Orig Price 12 Currier Park, Ipswich 6 room, 2 bed, 1f 1h bath Gambrel /Dutch 115 $329,000 $320,000 $349,000 132 Whitehall Rd, Amesbury 5 room, 2 bed, 1f 1h bath Bungalow 25 $349,000 $330,000 $349,000 45 Skytop Rd, Ipswich 6 room, 3 bed, 1f 0h bath Ranch 164 $389,900 $401,000 $459,000 30 West Main St, Merrimac 9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 163 $439,900 $410,000 $485,000 2 Silver Mine Ln, Georgetown 7 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 23 $529,900 $545,000 $529,900 1 Winthrop St, Essex 8 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Victorian 32 $529,500 $516,000 $539,500 7 Chase St, Newburyport 8 room, 5 bed, 2f 0h bath Raised Ranch 21 $549,900 $550,000 $549,900 4 Abbey Rd, Merrimac 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 5 $600,000 $613,628 $600,000 11 Herrick Dr, Ipswich 7 room, 3 bed, 3f 0h bath Cape 119 $599,000 $575,000 $619,000 157 King St, Groveland 10 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 144 $559,900 $559,900 $639,000 24 Jefferson St, Newburyport 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Saltbox 83 $679,900 $662,500 $679,900 339 High St, Newburyport 10 room, 5 bed, 1f 2h bath Georgian 95 $779,000 $750,000 $795,000 3 Howard St, Newburyport 6 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Antique 94 $754,900 $735,000 $799,998 26 Moray U:F1, Ipswich 8 room, 3 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial 56 $1,099,000 $1,075,000 $1,099,000 27 Stonebridge Rd, Ipswich 8 room, 3 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial 71 $1,219,900 $1,180,000 $1,229,000 Single Family Listings: 15 Avg. Liv.Area SqFt: 2,320.60 Avg. List$: $627,247 Avg. List$/SqFt: $278 Avg. DOM: 80.67 Avg. DTO: 60.27 Avg. Sale$: $614,869 Avg. Sale$/SqFt: $273 2017 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.