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Page www.TheTownCommon.com March 21 - 27, 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: The Editor c/o The Town Common 77 Wethersfield St. Rowley, MA 01969 or preferably via e-mail to: editor@thetowncommon.com. 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. Send your Organization or Group Notices, Birth or Engagement Announcements, Photos, Articles and Letters to the Editor, by mail, phone, fax, or e-mail to: 77 Wethersfield St., Rowley, MA 01969 Phone: 978-948-8696 Fax: 978-948-2564 E-mail: news@thetowncommon.com The Town Common Marc Maravalli, Publisher / Editor editor@thetowncommon.com Graphic Design Services graphics@thetowncommon.com Advertising Opportunities advertise@thetowncommon.com Event and Announcement Submissions events@thetowncommon.com 77 Wethersfield Street Rowley, MA 01969-1713 Phone: (978) 948-8696 Fax: (978) 948-2564 www.thetowncommon.com The Town Common is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions, but reprint opportunities do exist for prompt notification of such errors. Advertisers should notify The Town Common of any errors in ads on the first day of issuance. No credits &/or refunds are offered or implied. All material and content cannot be duplicated without written consent of the publisher. 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) Letters To The Editor Grateful Senior Centers Community Announcements To The Editor of the Community Town Common: Connections I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged to see the article on the diversified programs at area senior Business centers. As the COA director Spotlight for Rowley, it is always wonderful to see senior centers and the good works being done for the elder community spotlighted and brought to the attention of the citizens of area For Sale Real Estate • towns. Most town citizens are unaware of what seniors centers For really Sale do and the vital programming that goes on inside their doors. In Rowley, we offer a wide range of services centering Sports around outreach • Sports in the community, • Sports educational seminars, social activity programs and day trips all over New England. It is our mission to assist the seniors of Rowley in every way possible, be it through health insurance assistance, Pets, food and Animals, nourishment assistance Plus applying for SNAP benefits and Meals on Wheels, connecting seniors with the proper entities within our community to ensure a safe and smooth transition after a hospital stay, lunches, seminars Health on driving, & assisted Fitness living options , elder law and so much more. We serve seniors over the age of 60 as well as the disabled citizens of Rowley, regardless of age. It is our goal to make aging enjoyable by offering support, friendship and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. We are always seeking volunteers of any age and welcome participants to join us for a range of programs, which are featured in our bright and colorful newsletter each month! It is my hope that the recent article in the Town Common will pique the interest of those seniors in Rowley and the surrounding towns that might not be familiar with us or what we can do to make everyday living better! In closing, I appreciate the support of The Town Common and am grateful to the COA directors from Georgetown, Salisbury, and Amesbury that were featured in the article, for bringing to light the varied offerings at the amazing centers here in the Merrimack Valley. Best, Brienne Walsh Director, Rowley Council on Aging Chairwoman, Rowley Triad Regional Rep, MCOA brienne.walsh@townofrowley.org Phone: (978) 948-7637x14 Fax: (978) 948-7973 Institution For Savings Reports Another Year Of Strong Growth; Elects Four New Corporators At 2017 Annual Meeting Newburyport – With the highest operating earnings and net income in the Bank’s 197- year history, the future of the Institution for Savings is bright, reported President and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Jones at the Bank’s 198th Annual Meeting. The meeting was held March 12th at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown with approximately 300 corporators and employees in attendance. Total assets reached $3.3 billion increasing $491 million or 17 percent, fueled by the Bank’s loan growth. Total loans increased $395 million or 19 percent, reaching a milestone of $2.5 billion. Commercial loans increased approximately $61 million or 13 percent and now exceed $520 million, the majority of which are high quality commercial real estate loans. Residential loans increased $323 million or 20 percent as the Bank continues to offer the lowest mortgage rates in the marketplace while maintaining sound underwriting standards. Total deposits increased $427 million, or 19 percent, also reaching a milestone of $2.7 billion due to the Bank’s highly competitive interest rates on money market accounts and term certificates. The Bank’s record net income of $37.4 million represents an increase of $11 million or 42 percent over the previous year. Net operating income of $18.9 million increased $1.5 million or 8 percent, and was also the highest in the Bank’s 197-year history. Total capital increased $46 million or 16 percent and remains strong at $331 million, continuing to provide opportunities for continued expansion and growth. “This was a banner year for the Bank as we focused on our long-term strategic initiatives of profitability, growth and expansion,” said Mr. Jones. “I am incredibly proud of our talented team for their hard work, commitment and dedication to the Bank, and look forward to many prosperous years ahead.” Mr. Jones cited a number of other milestones in 2017: • • • • • • • • Ranked #2 in ROA out of 46 mutual savings banks in Massachusetts Bank contributed $2.9 million to its three charitable foundations; through those foundations, granted over $2.17 million to various local not-for-profit organizations Opened a new full-service office in Hamilton Announced plans to open a full-service office at 150 Main Street, Amesbury (late fall 2018) Recognized as #1 oldest bank in the country with Best of Bauer status Ranked 12th most profitable real estate lender in the country by Bank Director magazine Named Best Bank by the Newburyport Daily News Chosen for the 10th consecutive year as a Boston Globe Top Place to Work (12th) Chosen for the second year as a Boston Business Journal Top 100 Charitable Giver (#34) and Best Place to Work (#19) • During the Meeting, four new corporators were elected. They include David A. Cutter, owner of Strong & Cutter, Essex; Karen A. MacCormack, retired Institution for Savings SVP and Senior Commercial Lender, Gloucester; Salvatore J. Frontiero, attorney, Frontiero Law Office P.C., Gloucester; and John T. Macone, Development and Communications Director, Merrimack River Watershed Council, Amesbury. Before concluding the meeting Mr. Jones announced the 2017 recipient of the President’s Award, which annually is given to an employee who consistently goes above and beyond his or her duties to serve the Bank and its customers. This year’s award was given to Systems Engineer Eli Timmons. Don't miss what's important to YOU! Sign up for your weekly e-mail service at www.thetowncommon.com

March 21 - 27, 2018 www.TheTownCommon.com Page 3 Is This What We Want on the Beach? Continued from page 1 boardwalk. Wayne Capolupo, a major land owner and advocate for beach revitalization, outlined his vision for the project which would offer, one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums. He told the Planning Board in December that it had taken 15 years to develop this concept. Calling Salisbury beach the town’s greatest asset, Capolupo said much work has been done in recent years to revitalize the beach. “This project we are proposing we feel is the next logical step in that revitalization.” The proposed development faces intense scrutiny from the town’s Planning Board and Conservation Commission, but also state agencies like the Department of Environmental Protection and possibly the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Salisbury Planning Board and Conservation Commission are scheduled to meet this week to consider the pros and cons of this development, although that debate may be postponed, Pearson said. Each board has its own concerns. The Conservation Commission is worried about the impact the development might have on the dunes and beach in front of it. The Planning Board is concerned about the massive scale of the project. Some members had hoped the development in this block would be designed more like a village with smaller, more varied structures. Continued from page 1 Girls Lead Theater Workshop Production She said it is a wonderful story and one of her favorites out of the dozens she has written. The play encourages young audiences to live their dreams, she said. “All of the characters are very strong willed and are filled with passion and desire,” she said. The plot revolves around the desire of the lead characters to change their place in life so they can pursue their dreams. Queen Leona, played by Elise Blanche, becomes a shoemaker. Riley Hillemeyer, who plays Andrea the jester, becomes the queen. And Amelia Hanson, the joke-cracking Rhonda the shoemaker, becomes the jester. Other characters follow their dreams, including Michael Walsh, who aspires to be Machismo, the greatest matador of Granada. “It is the right show for the right time,” Fix said. She chose to change the gender of the lead characters when she realized, “When you are speaking Conservation Agent Michelle Rowden is scrutinizing the project because it lies in a floodplain and is subject to all the regulations governing development that could impact dunes. Estimates are that the project would bring in 3,000 to 5,000 cubic yards of sand to help restore what project engineers at Hughes Environmental Consulting called “this highly compromised area of coastal dune, barrier beach and floodplain.” David Eisen of Abacus Architects + Planners, who was asked to review the project, wrote in January, “the proposal has very significant flaws that will have an adverse effect on the center of Salisbury, and establish an adverse precedent for further development in the vicinity. Some of the flaws, Eisen wrote, are due to the efforts to maximize the number of residential units “at the expense of public amenities and imaginative architectural development.” Any development this close to the waves faces a tough challenge because it has to be engaging to pedestrians walking along the beach, yet be high enough to weather storm surges. The plan is to use the ground floor for car parking, which would raise the five-story buildings high above the beach. Neighbors in nearby condominiums object to plans to build a massive structure that would block their access to the beach. The Big Block condos will from the heart, dreams could be shared by anyone.” Woven into the story is a retelling of her favorite fairy tale, Cinderella. In Zapatos, Fix tells the familiar story from the shoemaker’s point of view. The sets, including a full scale shoe repair shop and a Spanish country landscape, are great, she said. “It’s a gorgeous show,” and perfect for audiences that have been shut in by the snow storms. “Come enjoy the laughter, music, dance and a great story,” she said. Fix said she has been inspired by the women’s movement. She said she really believes in equal opportunity for all. Giving the girls bold roles to play is a chance for them to be role models for other girls, she said. Promoting females in key roles is not just trendy. It’s personal, she said. In the 1980s, she attended an all-women’s college. She wanted to be a director and believes that in those days men got the chance to be directors more than women. eliminate Oceanfront South as a street, putting the front of the building next to the new boardwalk. Eisen is no fan of the boardwalk. Even before it was damaged in recent storms, he wrote that the boardwalk “is currently less than welcoming” and creates a barrier between the land and the water.” It does not facilitate continuous pedestrian movement along the waterfront as boardwalks generally do, he wrote. If the new condo development is built adjacent to the boardwalk, he wrote, “The construction of the Big Block development as proposed would result in an awkward trenchlike space trapped between the existing ‘boardwalk’ and the porchlike elements at the proposed first floor level.” The owners have promised that all the issues will be resolved with the town boards, but Pearson said so far they have been unwilling to make significant changes. Carousel Lounge owner Amin Nabhan said, “This is pretty well thought out.” In addition to the neighbors, some environmental groups are questioning the wisdom of building this project. Mike Morris, who heads the local environmental group, Storm Surge, said projections are that sea levels will rise between 3 to 6 feet by the end of the 21st century. Therefore, building new structures near the ocean “is a fairly risky proposition.” “It is a fairly vulnerable area to be investing money in,” Morris said. “If I had gone to a different college, life would have turned out different,” she said. Instead of men getting the director opportunities, she was encouraged to be a director. In addition to the children in the musical, 20 interns, students from middle schools and high schools, make the production happen. Some of the older students have decided to study theater in college and are specializing in costume design and special effects. “Everybody is learning a lot,” she said. This Theater Workshop program is supported in part by grants from the Newbury, Salisbury and Rowley cultural councils. Reservations are encouraged at twsboxoffice@gmail.com. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats, $5 for students in kindergarten to 6th grade on Saturday, and $25 for front row seats. All of the proceeds of the front row seats support college scholarships. For more information, visit www.workshopartsinc.org. Come in for a visit and compare! 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