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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) Mike Welch Amesbury Mayor Announces Summer Recreation Program for 2018 Continued from page 1 water play. Field trips will be on every Thursday and this year trips will go to 3 pm and may include trips to Aquaboggan, One Stop Fun, Pawtuckaway State Park, Franklin Park Zoo, Boston Children’s Museum, Tuba Sliding at Ski Ward, and Boston Bounce. Each Friday we host entertainment such as a The Hampstead Stage company performing “Treasure Island.” , High Flying Frisbee Dogs, ventriloquist, magician, and animal shows. Tuesdays are special theme days which may include Pirate Day with a huge Scavenger Hunt, Amesbury’s Got Talent and a Tie Dye Summer Celebration, to name a few. We will still offer the opportunity to buy a day pass to the park program called the Lilly Pad Pass. The Tween/Teen Program will serve ages 11-14 and parents will have a choice of the Park or Tween for age 11. This program has been designed to hold six, 1 week sessions and will meet at the Middle School cafeteria on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-3:30. Tuesdays will be theme days and Wednesdays and Thursdays will be field trips. Trips scheduled this year are Franklin Park Zoo and Hill Top Fun Center; Vertical Dreams and Boda Borg Questing, Funtown Splashtown and Roll On America; Skyzone and CoCoKey water park; Fisher Cat baseball Game and Gillette Stadium Hall of fame and Canobie Lake Park and Tuba Hill sliding. Teen Patriots of the Past at the Museum of Old Newbury The Town Common Courtesy Photo NEWBURYPORT - Although many flock to Lexington and Concord for historical reenactments on Patriot’s Day, this year, north shore residents won’t have to travel so far. On Monday, April 16 from 1:00-3:00pm, the Museum of Old Newbury will host a Patriot’s Day celebration featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations with historical reenactors representing nearly 100 years of American history. Patriots of the Past offers opportunities to meet a minute man, practice marching to a Civil War drum, and learn about Newburyport’s involvement in the American Revolution and Civil War. Local reenactors will help to bring the stories past patriots to life for the event. Featured reenactors include Mike Welch of West Newbury and Todd McGrath of Amesbury. Welch has been reenacting for over ten years and will portray a colonial militiaman. With an authentic costume and weaponry representing the Revolutionary era, Welch offers a glimpse of a soldier’s life during the struggle for American independence. Highlighting the American Civil War, McGrath will portray a drummer from the 17th Massachusetts, Company D. Visitors can learn about the responsibilities of Civil War drummers, and the many dangers that came with this important position. Young visitors will enjoy learning to march to the beat of the drum and exploring a Civil War tent and campsite. Patriots of the Past is a free event, sponsored in part by a grant from the Institution for Savings. The event will take place outdoors at the Museum of Old Newbury, located at 98 High Street in Newburyport. The Museum of Old Newbury preserves and interprets the history of “Old Newbury” which includes Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury from pre-settlement to the present. The Museum carries out its mission through the preservation and administration of the Cushing House, the Perkins Engraving Plant, and other historic structures on its High Street campus and furthers its purpose through lectures, exhibitions, educational programs, publications, and research. enrollment will be limited to 50. The Summer Environmental Program located at Camp Kent Nature Center serves approx. 300 youth in grades 1-7 each year and offers six, one week sessions, running 9-3, Monday through Thursday. Participants will be in small groups with their peers and will participate in a variety of environmental science, outdoor skills, and adventure learning activities. Each week for grades 3-7 we will offer a hike up Powwow Hill with a free cookout, water view and Eagle watching, a paddle day to the beach in kayaks, dories and canoes; and weekly visits from wildlife specialists. In addition, programming includes a low elements challenge course, archery, kayaking, fire making for some ages, Dutch oven cooking and GPS navigation. Grades 1 and 2 will be offered ponding and insect collection, wildlife presentations, animal tracking, dory rides, and scavenger hunts. This year will be a Wilderness Week including orienteering, shelter building, survival skills map reading, fire building and outdoor safety. Each camper will receive a Camp Kent t-shirt included in the program cost. Please note that we are seeking outdoor educators and naturalists to conduct family programs and environmental workshops throughout the year. Please call Camp Kent at (978) 834-0359 if you have any questions or e-mail: RJ at firstname.lastname@example.org In addition to Camp Kent, other programs held on or near the water include a fishing program which will travel to local watering holes. Our Youth Sailing Program where we will teach the fundamentals of basic sailing on our new Pico laser sailboats, water and boating safety, sailboat rigging, reading wind direction, knot tying, and more. We will continue to offer stand-up paddle boarding and swimming instruction at Lake Gardner. The “STAR” (Summer Theater Arts Recreation) program serves grades 5-9 and will meet 4 days a week for 2 weeks from 10- 3. The “STAR” Program will hold a performance on Thursday, August 9 at the Middle school auditorium. As a result of parent feedback, the “Shooting Star” program will take place in 1 week but have longer days. Grades 1-4 will learn the magic of theater through games, skits, improvisation, make up and costumes. “Shooting Stars” will have a small performance for their parents at the end of the program. Shooting Stars will work their way up to the STAR program for a more advanced theater experience. Our tennis program will be run by Brett Manoloff, Amesbury HS Girl’s Tennis Coach, and they are very popular. Other programs include Fencing, Baseball, Gymnastics, Basketball, Soccer, Archery with recurve bows, Keys for Kids, Golf with a Pro at Apple Hill Golf Course, and the very popular Bubble Soccer. The Counselor in Training Todd McGrath The Town Common Courtesy Photo Program is offered for 14-15 year olds in the Preschool, Park, Theater, Tennis, Swimming, Boating and Camp Kent programs. CIT’s offer assistance to staff and will receive community service hours and training. CIT’s will need to provide a reference letter and will be interviewed for positions in May. Please see the Youth Recreation Director for an application or download online. All applications and materials are due by May 1. All brochure and registration information was mailed to Amesbury homes on February 17. New this year is online registration. Go to www.amesburyrec.com and create a membership and sign up for any program. You may pay online or mail or drop off payment to 68 Elm St., Amesbury, MA 01913 There will be open enrollment throughout the summer for the Youth Park Program. All other programs have limited enrollment. All programs are open to out of town residents for an extra charge. Check the website for employment opportunities. For questions about the programs, please call Kathy Crowley, the City’s Youth Recreation Director at 388-8137 ext.560 or e-mail at Kathleen@ amesburyma.gov OR Jimmy Olsen (Assistant Youth Director) at 978-388-8137 ext.561 or email@example.com all programs and fees are subject to change pending Municipal Council appropriation.
April 11 - 17, 2018 www.TheTownCommon.com Page Amesbury Innovation Center Expands to Gloucester Continued from page 1 in Massachusetts that were constructed at great expense and with extensive infrastructure that remain unoccupied or underutilized, the company said. These buildings could benefit small manufacturing businesses if leased at reasonable rates for appropriate sized footprints. O’Brien and Friery began testing the concept as the Clean Tech Center in Newburyport’s industrial park. When they needed a larger building, Amesbury Mayor Ken Gray invited them to move to several, well-maintained old mill buildings the defense contractor ARC Technologies owns. Today, CI Works, operating in 140,000 square feet, is landlord and chief nurturer of 64 companies that lease space in the old ARC buildings. Those companies employ 208 workers. “This is a tremendous opportunity for the city (of Gloucester) to be able to get some great jobs in there,” said Tom Gillett, executive director of the city’s Economic Development and Industrial Corp. “It allows smaller companies the chance to grow and expand. This is one you have to feel good about.” The site at the base of the giant windmills was home for 50 years to Gloucester Engineering, where about 400 employees worked out Continued from page 1 care premiums. The state’s funding for regional school districts, Forget said, does not recognize the true costs of special education and health care. Being a regional school district, Triton must secure the approval of at least two of its three towns – Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury. Each town is being asked to say yes to raising homeowners’ property taxes. Each town has voted to bring the issue to an election and at its Town Meetings this spring. Two towns are also exploring the option of approving a smaller amount than their apportionment is. But that is the equivalent of voting no and would send the issue back to the school committee to cut the budget. Forget said, the backup plan, or Plan B, would be decided by the school committee at its May meeting. He expects it would require cutting 20 staff members and eliminating some programs. of a163,000-square-foot building. In 2016, the new owner of the company, Davis-Standard plastics machinery, moved the last 30 production jobs to Connecticut. Equity Industrial Partners acquired the largely empty site as part of a real estate portfolio and was having trouble finding one large tenant to lease the building. That’s when U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, introduced Equity to CI Works. Gillett and Equity visited CI Works in Amesbury and were impressed. O’Brien said he is equally impressed with the Blackburn Industrial site. The building has high ceilings, electricity on every pole and three cranes across the top of the building that move around the building and out the doors. It also has tall doors, which will allow large trucks and equipment to come in and out. Friery said the Gloucester Engineering building has a better lay out than the Amesbury buildings and “is built like a fortress.” It has more leasable space for companies, he said. Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said, “The expansion of CI Works to Gloucester is an important opportunity for the city, local business and the North Shore region. The City of Gloucester welcomes CI Works’ unique approach and its proven record Triton’s Budget Fight Is On The Boards of Selectmen in each of the towns approved sending the issue to an override vote. But Forget said he believes the town leadership is only “cautiously optimistic” that the override will pass the Town Meetings and at the ballot box. “It has been a very contentious spring,” Forget said. “We are one vote away from 35 students in a classroom.” Salisbury, which is being asked to approve an $800,000 increase to $11.9 million, will vote on May 8. Its Town Meeting is May 14. Rowley is putting an increase of $532,640 before the Town Meeting April 30. It will be on the ballot May 8. Newbury will ask its residents to approve an override of $359,790 at its Town Meeting on April 24 and at the ballot box on May 8. Expect it to be a hotly contested decision. Groups of parents in each town are already organizing. They are lobbying against cutting staff and programs in the schools. of attracting new, innovative businesses and creating a diverse range of job opportunities.” O’Brien said he is talking with a dozen companies about moving to the site. One is Blackburn Energy (no relation to the site) that has developed a creative way of harvesting electricity from 18- wheel trucks. With Blackburn’s system, truck drivers no longer have to burn fuel to idle so they can power up their cabs. Blackburn already leases at CI Sea View Retreat -Since 1954 An extended Care Community Come in for a visit and compare! (978)-948-2552 •Private & Semi-Private Rooms with Baths and Beautiful Views • Medicare/ Medicaid certified • Social Services-Speech, The Town Physical, Comm Occupational, & Massage Therapies • Full Activity Program • and much more... Works in Amesbury, but needs www.seaviewretreat.com more space with taller doors and higher ceilings to bring it trucks in. A sheet metal firm in Beverly has approached CI Works about the Gloucester space, Friery said. CI Works Gloucester will also be home to the Gloucester Ocean Cluster. Target industries for CI Works Gloucester include marinerelated industries, environmental resiliency and coastal construction, bio-processing, renewable energy and efficiency companies. CI Works has strong state and federal government agency ties. In Gloucester it hopes to utilize the city’s academic and scientific resources such as the Marine Genomics Institute, UMass Amherst Marine Station, UMass Boston, Endicott College, North Shore Community College, and Gloucester public schools. MANSION DRIVE • ROWLEY, MA • JUST OFF ROUTE 1A TOY STORE TANNERY MILL #1 50 WATER ST, NEWBURYPORT 978-465-9359 Linda Hall School Vacation Destination! The Town Commo Open 9am - 9pm Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm Sundays Because regional school districts answer to multiple jurisdictions, approving a budget for these districts can be complicated. Until this year, all three Triton towns approved each year’s budget requests. That has not been the case in other regional school districts. 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