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Page www.TheTownCommon.com May 16 - 22, 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). 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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 2004-2018 The Town Common © - All Rights Reserved In loving memory of Liz Ichizawa, Reporter (1956 - 2005) Letters To The Editor A Heartfelt Thank You to all Rowley Library Annual Book/ Bake/Hot Dog/Raffle Sale Volunteers Business and Spotlight Patrons! Community Announcements Community Connections This was my 4th year chairing this wonderful community event which For raises much Sale needed funds to help pay for library programs throughout the Real Estate • For Sale year. The programs benefit the entire community. Library Director Pam Jacobson, thank you for your patience and insight to help us make this a successful event again Sports and making sure • Sports we don’t overlook • Sports anything. Many Trustees and staff of the Library also came out and gave numerous hours of volunteer time. The all new Friends Board come out in huge support and volunteered lots of Pets, hours despite Animals, full family schedules. Plus A total of 311 volunteer hours yielded nearly $4,000 again. Books/Games/DVD’s and CD’s got donated throughout the year by people who were ready Health to part with them & and Fitness let them have a new owner. Two sort and drop off days in March and April got the books ready for easy browsing, packed neatly in categorized boxes. The Girls Scouts and many bakers made the bake sale a huge success raising nearly $500. Becky Ewell organized the troops and bakers! A huge thank you also to the RVA, the Congregational Church and the Grange who all lent us tables to display the books. Thank you to our Raffle Prize donors: About $700 (retail value) of tickets/gift certificates from Water Country, Mount Cranmore, Story Land, York’s Wild Kingdom, Boston Sports Museum (with more still coming hopefully). You can keep buying raffle tickets at the library until just before the drawing during the kids summer reading kick-off party on June 27th. Please come buy more raffle tickets. More Than Words, headquartered in Waltham, “a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business”, picked up the roughly 200 hundred boxes of books left after the sale to resell. Please come support us again next year. Mark your calendar now to check the Library website in March and April for donation/sort and sale dates in 2019 AND, please renew or start your membership for the Friends of the Rowley Library. You received the mailer last month. There are more at the Library. You can mail in your donation, bring your check to the Library next time you come visit or donate via Paypal. Each and every one of us contributes to making Rowley a great community. Thank you all very, very much again! Sieglinde Aigner-Crooks aka Siegi President of the Friends of the Rowley Library Book Sale Soap & Rope Theatre Brings Comedy “Scapin” to Castle Hill Soap and Rope Theatre Company returns to Castle Hill for or another hilarious commedia dell’arte production. This time, the troupe will perform the classic French comedy “Scapin” by Moliere and adapted by Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell. Crafty servant Scapin concocts an outrageous scheme to help two hapless young men marry their beautiful but penniless loves. Will Scapin’s kidnapping and ransom plan save the day? This family-friendly production is filled with flamboyant characters, colorful costumes, and physical comedy. The Barn at Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Friday-Saturday, May 17-19, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. Trustees Member: $24; Nonmember: $30. Reservations are suggested www.thetrustees.org. For more information call 978.356.4351 x4015 Nichole D. Raftopoulos of Nvest Financial Group, LLC Honored In Forbes’ Top Women Wealth Advisors List Kennebunk, ME & Portsmouth, NH—Nvest Financial Group, a wealth management firm in Kennebunk, Maine & Portsmouth, New Hampshire, today announces that its President, Nichole D. Raftopoulos, CFP®, CDFA, AIF®, MPAS SM, , has been named to Forbes’ Top Women Wealth Advisors list for 2018. The list is published on Forbes.com. In 1995, Nichole Nichole Raftopoulos began her career in the financial services industry before establishing Nvest in 2003. As a Certified Financial Planner Practitioner, Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and Master Planner in Advanced Studies, Nichole works closely with Nvest’s clients regarding all aspects of the personal financial life by taking a sincere and holistic approach. This approach helps educate clients through all steps of the planning process thereby allowing a person to make informed decisions and helping achieve financial security. Nichole attributes her comprehensive and holistic style to her success. Wayne Bloom, CEO of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Nvest Financial Group’s, Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer, said, “I extend sincere congratulations to Nichole D. Raftopoulos on being recognized by Forbes. Nichole demonstrates an unwavering commitment to quality, service, and independence. 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May 16 - 22, 2018 www.TheTownCommon.com Page 3 Continued from page 1 mood lighting and a sound system, which Bates promised to provide. The next month, Clarkson, who formed a non-profit North Shore Swing Dance group, held its first dance in the gym. They have been dancing in Ipswich Town Hall the third Friday night of each month since. In addition to Clarkson and DeCesare, board members include Tracy Mitchell and Joanne Pagel, two teachers and veteran Swing Dancers. Bates said she is impressed with the bands, including several 16-18 piece ensembles. “The music is so great,” she said. About 25 dancers came the first month. The crowd has grown by word of mouth, friends bringing friends, to about 70 people a month. The parking lot at Town Hall on the Friday nights is full, Clarkson said. “We’ve obviously started something.” Bates said of the crowd, “Some come to listen to the music and watch the dancers. Others come to dance. There’s something for everyone.” In addition to the bleachers, the group is adding tables that can be reserved. The deal Bates struck was the Continued from page 1 that must be submitted to Town Meetings for the two towns within 45 days. That new budget could cut more than $1 million, or just $800,000 to gain Salisbury’s vote. Or the committee members could dig in their heels and submit a new budget, reduced by only $1. “There are no rules, rather a balancing act to figure out what the towns can versus want to afford, with the realities of what cuts will mean,” Forget wrote in an email. “I am hopeful we’re not going all the way deep to $1 million plus as that would provide a pretty drastic impact!” The budget debate can go back and forth between Salisbury and Rowley and the School Committee for weeks. Since the town of Newbury has already approved the tax override, it does not have to vote on a potentially lower budget. If a second town does not approve funding for the revised Triton budget by July, the state can step in and begin managing the school district’s finances. The state could require the towns to fund the district on a month by month basis while they continue to try to pass an annual budget. Hooked On Swing Dancing group could use the gym for free if Ipswich residents could dance for free. Everyone else pays $18. Refreshments are free. What also impressed Bates was that single women can come to the dance alone or with other women and find a male partner who knows how to lead. The dances attract good male dancers, she said. This Friday night, May 18, an all-female band, called the Mood Swings, will perform in the Town Hall gym. In addition, on Saturday night, May 19, Clarkson and his team are staging an old-fashioned Sock Hop with Lee Lewis and the All Stars performing on stage. The Friday night dances start at 7 p.m. with a free dance lesson for an hour. At 8 p.m., the regulars and the rookies take to the floor for three hours of music and dancing. “There’s no pressure if you don’t know the steps,” Clarkson said. “Everyone is welcome.” For those who would like to learn the steps, Clarkson teaches Swing Dances on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. at the North Shore Performing Arts Center on Rte. 1 in Ipswich. For a series of four lessons, he charges $40 for an individual or $75 for a couple. Swing dancing is the term that Forget wrote in a letter to the community that he is “deeply disappointed” and “saddened” by the results of the vote.” But he is “emboldened by the support of so many families and community members.” “I am so thankful for everyone who participated in the campaign to support our schools. Whether you were directly involved with the We Are Triton effort, or supported the override in your own way, thank you for your time and energy. Whether you held a sign, walked door to door, provided child care at a town meeting, or quietly promoted the schools in other ways, your efforts were felt and I want to thank you for your time and energy,” Forget wrote. Jennifer Roketenetz, a leader in the We Are Triton community movement which supported the budget override, wrote last week, “While I am so disappointed in the outcome of the polls in Salisbury & Rowley, the very thing that brought We Are Triton together will persevere. “There is still a budget to approve and our support to give. We have formed a unity across three towns that never existed before now. Our work together describes a variety of partner dances which evolved from the 1920s when Big Bands took over the music scene. DeCesare, whose father was a big band leader, said the music at the dances is “so dynamic. It brings back the 40s.” One of the popular Swing Dances, the Lindy hop, came out of New York’s Harlem community in the 1920. Named after Charles Lindberg who “hopped” over the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, the fast-paced dance has evolved into other dances such as the jitterbug, boogie-woogie and rock’n’roll. Clarkson said he has brought to the group a solo jazz routine, called the Shim Sham, which originated as a warm-up for tap dancers in the jazz era. On June 15, the New Legacy Big Band will perform, followed on July 20 by the Eight to the Bar group. On Aug. 17, Compaq Big Band will provide its big band sound. If you want to join in the fun, come to Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green Street, this Friday and/or Saturday night. Or find the group on Facebook at northshoreswingdancegroup. For more information, email Clarkson at GregClarkson86@gmail.com. Triton Faces Tough Choices on Budget The Town Come Common in for a visit and compare! 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