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Page May 2 - 8, 2018 How to Submit Letters to the Editor Anna Jaques Hospital welcomes Mary Williamson as Executive Director of the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation Amesbury Softball 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 2004-2018 The Town Common © - All Rights Reserved In loving memory of Liz Ichizawa, Reporter (1956 - 2005) As Executive Director, Mary brings more than 25 years of wellrounded management and fundraising experience grounded in relationship and community building. Her multi-faceted expertise will advance the philanthropic activities that support the sustainability and strategic initiatives of Anna Jaques Hospital. Throughout her career, Mary has had hands-on experience with development activities across membership, annual giving campaigns, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorship, special programs and events, grant writing, and major donor cultivation and solicitation. “We are so fortunate to have a leader of Mary’s caliber whose significant development track record and personal commitment to our community will provide an innovative approach and passionate support to the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Foundation,” said Mark Goldstein, President & CEO. Mary joins Anna Jaques from Essex County Greenbelt Association, a regional non-profit land trust, where she has held the position of Director of Development and Community Engagement since 2011. In that role, she was responsible for development strategy and creating and implementing work plans to assure that the organization’s goals were met in all areas of financial support. Under Mary’s leadership, Greenbelt’s completed a five-year capital campaign and grew its membership. Mary’s success in revitalizing and creating programs and initiatives has significantly improved the fundraising and advancement functions at several organizations. Mary has lived in the area for 25 years and is a well-respected community leader with deep connections in the Greater Newburyport area and across Essex County, and has been a committed volunteer and philanthropist for local organizations. She is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and international relations. She resides in Salisbury, MA. Continued from page 1 “In 67 years, we have never had the fire department here before,” he said. Regrettably another student who worked at the restaurant told her later, he said. The fire burned through the kitchen, but not through the roof, Brown said. The kitchen had to be gutted, its expensive equipment replaced. A new roof over the kitchen was required. Smoke damaged much of the rest of the restaurant and forced Brown to replace all the wood ceiling tiles in the restaurant, he said. It took two months to design Brown’s Lobster Pound Is Back and secure town permits to rebuild the kitchen. Two of his three sons, Robert and Bruce II, help manage the restaurant. They and the manager supervised and did much of the restoration, he said. Every inch had to be scrubbed and repainted. Replacing the wooden ceiling tiles in the dining room took three weeks, he said. Brown’s employs about 50 people in the summer with 25 to 28 on duty for busy summer weekends. Some are students come from countries as far away as Russia, Czechoslovakia and Jamaica. After the fire, a few of the permanent employees went Amesbury Indians celebrate a home run by Emma Catania in recent game with Concord-Carlisle. Emma Catania (2) slides into home against Concord-Carlisle. Abby Aponas of Amesbury finishes a double play against Concord-Carlisle. on unemployment insurance. A couple found jobs across the highway at Marley’s Lobster Pound. “Most have returned,” Brown said. He reopened this spring to find prices for lobsters had hit a 10- year price spike. Lobstermen are selling him their catch for $11 to $14 a pound. The higher prices are the result of a bad winter. Fearful of storms, lobstermen were slower to put out their traps this year, Brown said. It will get better in the summer and fall, when the price of lobster is at its lowest prices. Brown’s is open year-round, but Photo by Peter McClelland only on weekends in the winter. “Who wants to come to the beach in a snowstorm?” he asked. The lobster pound has never served alcohol. Hollis and Viola Brown, Bruce’s father and mother, opposed it, and he has never seen a reason to change, although other restaurants in the area tell him that there is a lot of money in selling alcohol. He allows patrons to bring their own beer and wine “as long as you don’t get carried away,” he said. He figures that if the customers buy beer and wine elsewhere, they have “More money to spend on lobsters.”

Happy Halloween May 2 - 8, 2018 Page 3 Beach Condo Unit Faces Uncertain Future Continued from page 1 are either for it or against (this project),” Planning Director Lisa Pearson said. Pearson, who is caught in the vortex of this beachfront storm, said she has no idea what will happen next with this project. She expects there will be some negotiations between the developers and the board members, but it is unclear under the state’s open meeting law how that will happen. The five-story complex of one- , two- and three-bedroom units in four large residential buildings has drawn a large number of opponents. Twenty showed up last week only to learn that a proposed revote on the project was not going to happen. Supporters of the project say it is the best hope the town has had in decades to erase the blight on the beachfront of run-down bars, pizza joints and amusement shops. Few would miss Uncle Eddie’s, the Carousel Lounge or the Upper Deck bar. “People say, ‘It’s got to be Continued from page 1 to pay for 12-step, long-term residential treatment for five financially challenged addicts. The second year it raised money to pay for the treatment of 16 addicts. And so far this year, it is helping eight for a total of 29 people. “It blows my mind,” Kim Keene said. She admitted that she launched the non-profit organization with no vision of being this successful. The non-profit fund, working through the Essex County Community Foundation, has raised $175,000 in just two and a half years. “The community has been unbelievably generous,” McCarthy said. The Pelican Intervention Fund serves adults who live in Amesbury, Byfield, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury. The Keenes and McCarthy, all members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic parish, launched the Pelican Intervention Fund after each had a personal experience with a young person who became addicted. For McCarthy, a nurse, it was her youngest daughter who has now been sober for eight years. The Keenes helped Corey, a friend of their son, who was like better than what’s there now,’” Pearson said. Capolupo urged the Board of Selectmen to tell the planning board members it appoints to reconsider the conditions. “Although well-intentioned, (planning board members) have set the revitalization of Salisbury Beach back many decades,” he wrote. “In fact, never again may this opportunity present itself.” The influential businessman, who owns the Blue Ocean complex and other businesses on and near the beach, said, if this project does not go forward, the 3-acre site will probably be developed “piecemeal over the next 15 or 20 years as the individual property owners try to do something with their parcels.” No Selectmen came to the planning board meeting. After the planning board meeting last week, Capolupo was quoted as saying the developers would have to regroup and reconsider their options. The planning board had asked a member of their family, after he became addicted to heroin. They paid for the treatments, which usually run into the thousands of dollars, but realized that many families could not afford the expensive treatments. The Keenes and McCarthy did not know each other, although they were neighbors and went to the same church. They found one another “through faith,” McCarthy said. They created the fund in 2015 and held the first Celebration of Hope in a coffee house. They expected about 40 people to show up. Instead, about 100 people came to tell their stories about addiction and recovery. Donations began to roll in, mostly small contributions from individuals. The largest donation came when the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Charitable Foundation gave it $15,000 last January. Janice Morse, the chairman of the bank’s foundation, called Pelican “a vital organization to our community which supports individuals and their families on their journeys from addiction to recovery.” The fund, which has no official religious affiliation, works closely with local churches, social service agencies, police departments and the Essex County Correctional Facility. for more time to resolve several issues. It faced a deadline last month to vote for or against the project. The developers declined to grant the board an extension because the Big Block group of developers faced their own deadline imposed by the current property owners. A sales and purchase agreement between the developers and the property owners required a large payment within days of the last planning board meeting. Pearson said the town does not know if the property owners granted an extension, if the developers made a payment or if they have decided to drop the project. The Big Block Development Group, which includes the Capolupo, Nabhan and Mulcahy families, proposed the development be built at 8, 16 and 18 Broadway and 6-28 Oceanfront South. There would also be a commercial building with 6,500 square feet on the corner of Broadway. Pelican Fund Celebrates Hope for Recovery 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 The • Social Town Services-Speech, Co Physical, Occupational, & Massage Therapies • Full Activity Program • and much more... MANSION DRIVE • ROWLEY, MA • JUST OFF ROUTE 1A The Town Common treatment facilities, all of which It receives no funding from government agencies. Pelican refers those it helps to several long-term residential follow the 12-step treatment program. Once an addict is accepted into a program, the fund will pay for first three months of usually six months of treatment. Kim Keene said the fund does not pay for the second three months because after the first three months the person can work and should learn how to budget personal funds. Relapses are common, McCarthy and Keene said, and the fund will help those who do need to return to the program for a second or more times. Most of those who have been helped by the fund are men, some of whom are homeless or in jail. McCarthy and the Keenes are looking to help more women, who they said are harder to identify than male addicts. It is also creating an alumnus program, called Pelican Pals, to help the organizers and those who have been helped stay in touch with one another. To learn more about the Pelican Intervention Fund, to donate or to volunteer, visit The fund is particularly interested in recruiting more volunteers. 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