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Page April 4 - 10, 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: 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: The Town Common Marc Maravalli, Publisher / Editor Graphic Design Services Advertising Opportunities Event and Announcement Submissions 77 Wethersfield Street Rowley, MA 01969-1713 Phone: (978) 948-8696 Fax: (978) 948-2564 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 Distress, Surprise & Frustration To the Editor: Community Announcements This is my first time Community writing a letter to the Connections editor. It’s not something I’m incredibly comfortable doing but I feel it is my responsibility to use my voice to advocate not only for my son, but for our community’s children, and for the Business town I have grown Spotlight to love. Therefore, I am writing to express my distress, surprise and frustration regarding the For state’s lack Real Estate • Sale of funding regional school districts. For Sale My son will be starting in the Triton Regional School District in September, so you can imagine my concern in regards to the severe funding issues regional Sports school districts • Sports are facing • throughout Sportsthe state. This is problematic for multiple reasons and it is unfair. It is my understanding the state encouraged towns to organize into regional school districts, promising Pets, 100% Animals, reimbursement of regular Plus school bus transportation, and has failed to meet their promise, instead funding in the range of 70-75% of the actual cost, pushing the balance of the cost to the regional Health districts and & therefore Fitness the towns. And while I am just becoming familiar with regional school districts and how they are funded, it is quite apparent the Chapter 70 state education funding formula is in dire need of review and revision; Chapter 70 State Aid has decreased in the past fifteen years. We all know virtually nothing costs less today than it did 15 years ago. Why, then, would schools be expected to accept less funding to pay for higher operating expenses? As I stated earlier, my son is about to start in the Triton District. My family has also loved living in Rowley for the five years we’ve been here and we want to stay, continue to be involved in the community and become a part of helping to find the solution. The solution, like the problems, will also need to be multi-faceted, with much of the solution the responsibility of the state; to provide the funding regional schools were promised. It is a shame towns in Massachusetts, the state ranked #1 in education year after year, are facing this education crisis. If the leadership of our state wants to maintain #1 ranking their actions need to show serious commitment to finding solutions, such as through Senate Bill 217, which would establish a commission to study regional school foundation budgets and make recommendations. There is much work to be done before change will occur. I know my voice alone will not be heard but voices together make a chorus, one state leadership will have to acknowledge. I hope you will add your voice by contacting your local legislative representative to ask for their support and commitment to solving this issue. For more information please go to Respectfully, Laura DiPersia Rowley Resident Don't miss what's important to YOU! Sign up for your weekly e-mail service at Maeve Johnson, PGS first grader, won the Girls’ Choice Award for her Rainbow Rider car George Pacenka, Troop 62962 co-leader and event organizer, acted as announcer for the races Pinewood Derby Jersey Giordano won Most Creative Car award, younger girls’ division Grades 1-3: 1st Place: Julia LeTourneau, avg time 2.5314 seconds; 2nd Place: Annabel Copland, avg time 2.5865 seconds; 3rd Place: Catherine Jeffers, avg time 2.5890 seconds; Sparkliest Car Award: Emma Gaito; Most Creative Car Award: Jersey Giordano; Best Craftswomanship Award: Bella Belanger Grades 4-12: 1st Place: Maeve White, avg time 2.5513 seconds; 2nd Place: Ashley Watson, avg time 2.5563 seconds; 3rd Place: Alyssa Ewell, avg time 2.5845 seconds; Sparkliest Car Award: Ainslee Hurley; Most Creative Car Award: Sophia Lesinski; Best Craftswomanship Award: Jessica Garron Overall Girls’ Choice Award: Maeve Johnson Annabel Copland, PGS first grader, won second place in the younger girls’ division Rowley Senior Center 2018 Trips & Travel Program May 3, Thursday - Newport Playhouse $79.00 - Enjoy Buffet, Play & fun-filled Cabaret show all under one roof! “Exit Laughing” a play that is filled with fun when you borrow your friends ashes from the funeral home for one last exciting card night! June 19 - Pickity Place & Frye's Measure Mill Tour $70.00 - Lunch at the famous Pickity Place followed by Frye’s Mill, handmade box making factory powered by original water powered equipment. Plus a museum & woodenware gift shop. July 26, Thursday - Isles of Shoals & Fosters Clambake $90.00 - Guided tour of Portsmouth & Newcastle, NH; full New England lobster clambake. At the renowned Fosters Clambake, a narrated harbor cruise of Isle of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor. August 21 - Block Island, RI $99.00 - Enjoy the Ferry from Newport, RI for an hour long trip to Block Island where we will be met by an airconditioned coach & a fully narrated tour of the island. Following our tour we will be dropped off at the lovely National Hotel for our 3 course luncheon of your choice. After lunch enjoy time to explore the shops before we board our ferry for our journey back to the mainland. September 7-9 - Bernerhof Inn Murder Mystery Weekend $295.00 - Join in a 2 night murder mystery adventure, complete with luxurious accommodations, transportation, a character packet & candlelight 4 course dinner, 2 made from scratch breakfasts, wine & cheese reception & all the fun imaginable. Costumes are encouraged! October 14 - Fall Foliage, Chester, VT Dinner Train $90.00 - The day begins with a ride North to Chester VT. Where we will board our spectacular dinner train for the beautiful Fall Foliage & full course dinner on board. After lunch we will reboard our coach & head over to the VT. Country Store for a nostalgic afternoon of shopping & sampling. For more information, please contac the Rowley COA at 978.948.7637.

April 4 - 10, 2018 Town Comm Page 3 Advocating for the Kids Come in for a visit and compare! Continued from page 1 will go up if a Proposition 2 1/2 is a reality to what we are faced About 15 people attended the override is approved but, if it helps with and it may come down to the Sea View Retreat -Since 1954 first meeting of what would become the children of the district, “then I fact that Salisbury doesn’t even get (978)-948-2552 We Are Triton on March 6 and am all for it.” to choose. Rowley and Newbury Roketenetz said the numbers have “I believe you lead by example,” could fail the override and we don’t •Private & Semi-Private Rooms grown to more than 100 volunteers Zarrella said. “I want my children get that choice.” An extended Care Community with Baths and Beautiful Views since then. to know that I was on board with While she hopes her hometown • Medicare/ Medicaid certified “These are parents, grandparents, something I believed in.” gets a chance to weigh in on the • Social Services-Speech, these are community members,” Newbury Selectman Alicia Triton budget, Roketenetz said she Roketenetz said. “These are not Greco, a mother of two Triton and her group will be making their Physical, Occupational, & necessarily folks who have children graduates, has also voiced her case to residents of all three towns Massage Therapies in the schools. These are people support as a private citizen for We beginning next week. • Full Activity Program who live in the community and Are Triton and said she is in favor “We will be hitting social media, • and much more... believe in education.” of placing an override question on we will be knocking on doors, we Sheri Zarrella, who also has two her town’s ballot in May. will be sending letters to the paper, children who attend Salisbury “I support the schools,” Greco we will be visiting different places Elementary School, will assist with said. “I also support asking the and talking to anyone we can,” MANSION DRIVE • ROWLEY, MA • JUST OFF ROUTE 1A We Are Triton’s fundraising efforts. voters to fund the school budget so Roketenetz said. “We need to share Zarrella said she supports public Triton can continue to support the why this budget is important with education. educational needs of all Newbury our three communities. These kids “I went to public schools and students.” are in incredible schools and The I invite Town Common School I know that, especially at the Although We Are Triton will be anyone to take a tour of any of our elementary school, there is such supporting the School Committee’s schools. a foundation for success there,” full budget, Superintendent Brian “Walk through those halls and Zarrella said. “I’m not just a parent, Forget has also made public a “Plan see why we can’t afford to lose one Destination! either, I am a concerned citizen B” school budget that would see 23 cent of the School Committee’s The Region’s Largest Independent Community Newspape in the community and I want to layoffs in the district if an override budget,” she added. “We are not Open 978-948-8696 • • advertise@thetowncommon. ensure that the basic foundations effort fails. talking about a frills budget. This 9am - 9pm Mon - Sat that children need are going to be Roketenetz said Forget’s Plan B is budget is simply maintaining.” 9am - 6pm Sundays achieved so that they can succeed not acceptable to her group. Those interested in joining We TOY STORE in life.” “My focus is on Plan A,” Are Triton can email Roketenetz at Zarrella said she knows her taxes Roketenetz said. “Obviously, there Pot Holes: Part of Being a Tough New Englander Continued from page 1 some of the asphalt has cooled, leaving the workers to take the asphalt only from the center of the box. The difference, he said, is that they can put down about 30 tons of asphalt on a winter day. In April, when the closer Merrimack plant opens, they can haul and apply 300 tons of asphalt in a day. Some streets and roads are better this winter because of what Furnari calls the “grinding and replacing” work done on a large number of roads over the last few years. The new pavement, like that on Lower Main Street, Desmarais said, takes five or six years to develop cracks, which opens them to water and the freeze/thaw cycle. Pothole repairs are not cheap. Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday got the city council over the winter to move an additional $300,000 from its free cash reserves to pay for more street repair. Desmarais said Amesbury allocates $50,000 in the budget this year for road repairs. “We’ll spent virtually all of it on potholes.” The state sends each municipality money for street maintenance. The amount is largely determined by the number of miles of roadways. Newburyport with 68 miles of roads is allocated $517,057 from the state funds. Ipswich has 72 miles and gets $440,678. Amesbury has 60 miles of roads and gets $397,000. Georgetown with 55 miles receives $304,154. Newbury has 53 miles and gets $270,409. Rowley has 41 miles of roads and gets $233,936. Salisbury has 35 miles of roads and TANNERY MILL #1 50 WATER ST, NEWBURYPORT 978-465-9359 Robin Davies, D.M.D. The Town 3 Kent Way, Byfield, Common MA Conveniently off I-95 at Exit 55 978-255-1891 gets $231,300. And West Newbury New patients has 45 miles of roads and receives $214,138. always welcome IPSWICH COUNCIL ON AGING AND IPSWICH TRIAD BOARD SPONSOR COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR TUESDAY, APRIL 10 10am—NOON IPSWICH TOWN HALL GYM Come and meet with representatives from local community agencies, town departments and non-profit groups. Learn about resources that are available to keep you healthy and safe in our community. Raffle prizes will be awarded! Lunch will be served at 12:30pm in the Cafeteria for those who register in advance at the Senior Center. Cost for lunch is $3.00/person. 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