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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 Rowley Article “2” Procedure Community Announcements Dear Editor, Community Connections Rowley citizens’ investigation concerning voter/taxpayer respect in the town presented at last town meeting for fiscal year 2019 prompted this opinion Business letter. Rowley Citizens Spotlight for Governmental Transparency utilizing M.G.L. c. 231, § 59H seeking to get signatures or support addressing governmental financial For Real Estate • Sale accountability has been successful, the Facebook For site Sale receives numerous visits every day. This petition site promotes transparency through public media. Transparency has been difficult by this town given the recent Sports attempts to • gather Sports records of • Sports the selectmen and water boards regarding their budget, spending and personnel problems that were “resolved” in their executive sessions. Rowley citizens thought last Pets, year’s selectmen’s Animals, promotions Plus of “citizen unquery” at their meetings were bad until they found out something at the annual town Health meeting. Most & of Fitness you remember when you could ask a question and get an answer. Whether it was transparent or not, you could be the judge! The directive filtered down to the water commissioners. They don’t even take citizens comments at their meetings! By the way, did anyone bother to tell the water commissioners not to show up at their meetings! Why show up? Ever since they promoted and passed the “selectmen’s correction of Section 41 of 61b at the 2016 town meeting”, their not running the water department anymore!! They marched lockstep with the boss hogs!!! Who’s “BOSS HOG”, more to come!!!! The main point here; introduction of town issues to our leaders used to be brought up under Article 2 at Town meeting. We the People Founder, our own Stephen Comley, Sr. in his inquery, asked the town why he couldn’t put forward a very important public safety concern at the last meeting. He got the town’s response dated May, 11. The response: “someone could make a motion under Article 2 to paint the town hall with poka dots and the voters who were not physically in attendance at the town meeting would have no chance to speak or vote for or against such an action”. What???? The current selectmen, except the current chair who had no knowledge of the change, changed it at a un-specified meeting according to WTP founder Steve Comley, Sr. Why, prey tell, did they (Peterson, Snow & Merry) change that rights of Rowley People? Can you spell “coverup”? Rowley voters are spoon fed falsities! We don’t have the time to investigate and we want to believe in our selectmen and water boards! We couldn’t imagine that their non-transparent! Drop in to one of their meetings and ask why! Ops!!!! I forgot, no more questions because “Citizens Query” is not allowed anymore!!! Ask not what your town can do for you, ask what you can do for your town. I guess that means for Rowleytes, serve up more taxes please? You be the judge! You see where this is going or where this should go? God help people of Rowley to gather strength to send message “we’re mad as hell and won’t take this anymore”! Tim Toomey Former Chair Water Board Open Every Day from Apr 1st - Nov 15th Open Fri, Sat, Sun & Holidays Nov 15th - Apr 1st BROWN’S Seabrook Lobster Pound “A New England Favorite Since 1950” Boiled Lobster * Steamed Clams Fried & Baked Seafood * Sandwiches Route 286, Seabrook Beach, NH 603-474-3331 Call Ahead Take Out Museum Offers Presentation about Maudslay’s Garden History The Town Common Courtesy Photo Maudslay State Park is beloved for its miles of trails and beautiful scenery. The former estate offers sweeping views of two rivers, formal gardens, and an abundance of ornamental trees, rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurel. The property’s cultural history is as rich as its natural beauty, and will be highlighted in a program sponsored by the Museum of Old Newbury on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00pm. Park interpreter Donna Sudak will present “A History of Maudslay’s Gardens” at Newburyport’s newly renovated Brown Chapel at Oak Hill Cemetery, 4 Brown Street. Join Sudak to discover the hidden treasures found in the landscape of the former Moseley family estate. The presentation includes archival photos and is accompanied by a narrative explaining the early history of the property. Maudslay State Park was once the Moseley family estate, and at Continued from page 1 gardeners of any level. Coastal Gardens of Old Newbury illustrates how so many of our gardens and landscapes have been influenced by the sea. In addition to the Cushing garden, there are twelve stunning private gardens located from Plum Island to West Newbury. The tour highlights gardens as living works of art with lush foliage and colorful flowers. Get ideas for your own backyard oasis, or spend a day out with family and friends in the sunshine. A full listing of the gardens is available on the museum’s website at: www. newburyhistory.org Tickets for the event are $25 for museum members and $30 for non-members and may be purchased on-line at www. newburyhistory.org or at the Cushing House (the museum’s headquarters) at 98 High Street, Newburyport. Tickets are valid both Saturday and Sunday The event takes place rain or shine. Tour attendees are encouraged to start at the Cushing House to purchase tickets and receive the program book which has a map and driving directions its peak, included 30 structures and employed 40 staff to service the grounds. The main house boasted 72 rooms, and other buildings on the site included houses for the head gardener and coachman. The Formal Garden was a main feature of the property, and Sudak’s talk will highlight the work of landscape architect Martha Brookes Hutcheson (1871-1959) in this area. Hutcheson studied landscape architecture at both the New York School of Applied Design for Women and at MIT. She toured Europe to study gardens in the late 1890s, and designed gardens in the Boston area and throughout New England. In 1935, Hutcheson became the third woman to be named a fellow to the American Society of Landscape Architects. This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended due to limited seating. Please contact the Museum of Old Newbury at 978-462-2681 or info@ newburyhistory.org. The June 7 program will begin at 7:00pm and will be preceded by a reception at 6:30. This program is sponsored in part by the Institution for Savings. 39th Annual Garden Tour to each garden. Throughout the weekend, a number of activities will also take place at the museum. Visitors can outfit their gardens for the summer at the annual plant sale, this year presented by Churchill’s Gardens of Exeter, NH. Peruse garden and home goods at the Gilded Horse boutique including planters, decorative pots and pillows, garden books, vases, other related items, and baked goods. The Federal period Cushing House will also be open free of charge. All proceeds benefit the museum’s education programs and preservation projects. The Museum of Old Newbury preserves and interprets the history of “Old Newbury” which includes Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury from presettlement 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.
June 6 - 12, 2018 www.TheTownCommon.com Page 3 Continued from page 1 enough to power 900,000 homes daily. More than 40 percent of New Hampshire’s electricity is generated by the Seabrook plant. Although it is the youngest of the U.S. nuclear plants, Seabrook is the only nuclear generating facility that has developed ASR. Concrete bridges and dams have been known to develop the ASR problem. NextEra has engaged in a lengthy study of ASR at the University of Texas Ferguson Laboratory. As part of its license renewal application, NextEra has outlined the steps it will take to manage the ASR problem. To date, there is no remedy for the chemical process that Continued from page 1 Court the board’s imposition of 44 conditions on the project. Town officials expect the fate of the controversial project will eventually be resolved through mediation. To date there have been no discussions among the parties or with the town. In the interim, the project, which has divided the town, is in limbo. The Planning Board unanimously approved the One Oceanfront project proposed by the Big Block Development Group on April 17. It provides for a five-story complex of one-, two- and three-bedroom units in four large residential buildings at 8, 16 and 18 Broadway and 6-28 Oceanfront South. Normally winning the Planning Board’s approval makes a developer giddy. Not the group’s managing partner Wayne Capolupo. He has said 12 to 18 of the imposed conditions would make it virtually impossible to finance the project. The conditions he referred to include the board’s requirement that the condo buildings have openings of 50 feet or more in the structure. This condition is designed to reduce the mass of the buildings, which face the The Town Common Courtesy Photo Black Belt Graduates On May 5th Mark Warner’s Professional Martial Arts Academy was pleased to promote four students to advanced ranks. Isabella Formica, Ipswich, was promoted to first degree black belt. Manny DeAngelis, Beverly, earned his first degree black belt and Nicholas Buckley, Boxford earned a second degree. Katerina Lavida, Ipswich received a first degree black belt in kickboxing. They tested at Crane Beach and celebrated with performances and dinner at First Church, Ipswich. (Photo: L to R - Tashi Deb Mahoney, Isabella Formica, Katerina Lavida, Tashi Mark Warner, Manny DeAngelis, Nicholas Buckley Seabrook Station's Concrete Safety turns the concrete to a gel. It is not known how extensive the ASR problem is at the plant. And every batch of concrete that has ASR reacts differently. So it is impossible to determine how long the plant’s concrete will last, Nord said. A non-profit organization, C- 10 derives its name from the 10 mile area around the plant that is designated as the evacuation zone in the event there is an emergency. Estimates are that 160,000 people in 23 cities and towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire lives in the 10-mile radius of the plant. The group receives $90,000 a year from the state of Massachusetts to monitor the Beach Condo Project Goes to Court beach and boardwalk. Other conditions require that the buildings be lower at the corners. And another condition would add guest parking. Estimates are that these conditions would reduce the number of condos in the building by about 50 units. According to a public notice published recently, the Big Block Development Group called the board’s conditions, particularly its design guidelines, “highly subjective, unduly vague and ambiguous.” The developers are not challenging the board’s approval of the project, only the conditions. The neighbors object to the board’s approval of the project. At the public hearings the Planning Board held on the project, large numbers of neighbors, including residents of nearby Echo Ocean condominiums, showed up to voice their concerns. The project would redefine Salisbury beach, ridding the area of some of its bars and restaurants and game arcades that many consider to be a blight on the ocean front. Few seem like they would miss Uncle Eddie’s, the Carousel Lounge or the Upper Deck bar that attracts bikers 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... www.seaviewretreat.com air quality around the plant. New Hampshire appropriates no MANSION DRIVE • ROWLEY, MA • JUST OFF ROUTE 1A funds to the group. Treat said the fight against NextEra The proposal for an extension Town Comm will be costly. group has a large network of volunteers, including 13 “readers,” who are combing through thousands of pages of documentation on the plant. 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