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Newbury Has Top Golf Range, Top Pro

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The Sorensen family, from left, Sarah, Ava (6 years), Grace (9 years), and Erik.

By Stewart Lytle, Reporter

NEWBURY – The Newbury Golf Center and Ice

Cream, which opened in August, got wonderful news on

New Year’s Day.

The Newbury golf center was named a top 50 stand-alone

golf range out of more than 2,000 ranges in the country by

the Golf Range Assn. of America (GRAA). And Erik Sorensen,

the center’s owner, was ranked one of the country’s

best 100 golf professionals.

“That’s a nice start for the year,” Sorensen said.

This week, Sorensen will meet again with the town’s Planning

Board to ask permission to turn on lights on poles

around the facility. That will allow late afternoon and night

practice. The planning board meeting is scheduled by

Zoom for 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Maybe its because winter has not been that cold yet or

because a third of the center’s 30 driving range mats are

covered and heated, Sorensen said the center at 131 Scotland

Rd. has seen a “steady” flow of golfers at the range. In

the fall, the center drew about 500 golfers a day.

On the first Saturday of the New Year, the day the Greater

Newburyport Chamber of Commerce chose to cut the

opening ribbon on the popular range, all of the covered

mats in the heated enclosure were filled, while a handful of

golfers practiced their chip shots on the 7,500-square-foot

chipping green.

At its teaching clinics this winter, more than 100 juniors

and 70 women are participating. Sorensen recently held a

women’s “fitting session,” where players can try out and select

their golf clubs. The session was oversubscribed.

This summer, when warmer weather brings out even

more golfers, 90 percent of the memberships are sold. Winter

memberships are still available.

The GRAA staff toured the Newbury range last fall in advance

of naming the new facility one of the top ranges in

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Mello’s 500-Ton

Trash Station

Back on the Table

By Stewart Lytle, Reporter

GEORGETOWN – Starting

Wednesday night, the fight is

on again over G. Mello Disposal

Corp.’s proposal to build a mega

transfer station on Carleton Drive

that could handle 500 tons of

trash a day.

The town’s Planning Board will

hold a remote public hearing to

renew consideration of the controversial

proposal. Deliberations

were suspended at the onset of the

Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting

is set for 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 12.

Mello, which collects household

and business trash in several North

Shore communities, operates a 50-

ton trash transfer station on East

Main Street in Georgetown.

Opponents of the larger transfer

station, organized as Residents for

50 Tons, have mounted a campaign,

including yard signs and

social media, to stop the Mello

proposal.

Town Planner John Cashell

wrote in an email last week that

the planning board will have Mello

re-present its proposal, including

its traffic studies. Board members

can ask questions, but Cashell

doubts there will be time at the

meeting this week to hear from the

public.

“At next Wed. night’s meeting

the Planning Board will open the

virtual public hearing; the applicant

will summarize the onsite

review of the project that has occurred

to date, and then begin

where the Site Plan Review of this

project (proposed 500 ton per

day transfer station) was (when)

postponed because of the onset of

the Covid-19 Pandemic,” Cashell

wrote.

“That is, the applicant will present

the findings of their traffic report,

go over the Planning Board’s

consultant engineer’s peer review

of the applicant’s traffic report, followed

by the board conducting a

Q & A session with the applicant’s

representatives,” Cashell wrote.

The board at this meeting will

need to vote to extend for a few

months the review period for the

proposal, which currently ends

Jan. 27.

“If time permits next Wed.

night, the board may allow for

public participation,” Cashell

wrote. “However, depending on

the length of time it takes to get

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Mello, from page 2

through the above-described presentation

and Q & A session, the

board may postpone public input

until the next scheduled hearing

date, which will not be decided

until Wed. night.”

Opponents have focused on

the traffic impact of the proposed

station. They point out that Carleton

Drive is a narrow road which

intersects with the two-lane state

highway just west of Interstate 95.

Residents for 50 Tons questions

the validity of the study performed

by Mello’s traffic consultants,

which maintains that additional

truck traffic to the station will not

impact the flow of traffic in and

out of Georgetown.

Opponents disagree, saying it is

impossible for 18-wheel trucks to

exit Carleton Road without stopping

traffic on the highway. The

group is also concerned that trucks

entering Carleton Drive will back

up onto state highway 133, the

main route to Georgetown.

They also question why a town

with a population of 8,700 needs

a 500-ton transfer station. The

assumption is that Mello plans

to use the large facility to collect

trash throughout the region, sort

and transport trash from businesses,

construction sites and residences

to disposal facilities elsewhere.

Last year, the Residents for 50

Tons, won a victory at Town Meeting

that limited future transfer stations

to 50 tons. That new bylaw is

currently awaiting approval by the

state attorney general.

However, the bylaw will not stop

the planning board from approving

the Mello proposal because the

town was already considering the

proposal for a larger facility.

Also, since the planning board

meetings were suspended, George

Comiskey was appointed to the

board as a new member. Because

he was not a board member for

two public hearings last year, he

may not be allowed to participate.

Mello is asking for a site plan

review, which requires only a majority

of the sitting quorum to approve

the project, Cashell wrote.

If this application were to be a

Special Permit, it would require a

super majority of the board – four

out of five members — to approve

the proposal.

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Lips Together – Teeth Apart

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By J. Peter St. Clair, DMD

There are many people who suffer

with pain involving some area

of the head. Toothaches can cause

pain, but these are mostly avoidable

with proper diet, home care

and regular visits to your dentist.

Teeth can also play an indirect role

in facial/head pain.

Orofacial pain includes a number

of clinical problems involving

the chewing (masticatory) muscles

and/or temporomandibular joints

(TMJs). Problems can include

TMJ discomfort involving muscle

spasms in the head, neck, shoulders

and/or jaw, migraines or other types

of tension headaches, pain with the

teeth, face or jaw; and can even play

a role in anxiety and/or depression.

You swallow approximately

2,000 times per day, which causes

the upper and lower teeth to

come together and push against

the skull. People who have an unstable

bite, missing teeth, or poorly

aligned teeth can have trouble because

the muscles work harder to

bring the teeth together, causing

strain. People with seemingly good

teeth/bite are also susceptible. Pain

can also be caused by clenching

or grinding teeth, trauma to the

head and neck, or poor ergonomics.

Temporomandibular disorders

(TMD) affect more than 10 million

Americans. Your TMJ’s are

located where the skull connects

your lower jaw to the muscles on

the sides of your head and face

controlling the joint’s movements.

Women between the ages of 20

and 40 are often more frequent

sufferers because of the added estrogen

in their bodies.

One in eight Americans suffers

from headaches. Experts estimate

that 80 percent of all headaches

are caused by muscle tension,

which may be related to the bite.

Clenching the jaw muscles creates

tension in the muscles that close

the jaw, the main one of which is

the temporalis muscle. Signs that

may indicate a headache from

dental origin include: pain behind

the eyes, sore jaw muscles

or “tired” muscles upon awaking,

teeth grinding, clicking or popping

of the jaw joints, head and/

or scalp is painful to the touch,

earaches or ringing, neck and/or

shoulder pain, and dizziness. Keep

in mind that in a 24-hour period

of time, your teeth should only

touch 10 minutes total. If you

clench or grind your teeth, your

teeth are touching much more

than that and I can promise you

that something in the masticatory

system is being affected.

Sleep disorders can also play a

role. I am not just talking about

sleep apnea. There are a wide range

of sleep disorders and some of

them will cause people to clench

and/or grind as a defense mechanism

of the body to achieve proper

air flow.

Dentists have a variety of ways

to help relieve orofacial symptoms.

One way to treat these problems

is called an orthotic, or splint,

that is worn over the teeth to help

stabilize the bite; kind of like an

orthotic some wear in their shoes

for alignment and balance when

standing. Permanent correction

may require equilibration (reshaping

teeth), prosthetic dentistry

and/ or orthodontics. Many use a

splint on a daily basis to avoid having

these other treatments done.

Orofacial pain can range from

tolerable to debilitating. Maintaining

or correcting your bite ensures

optimal health, and proper care will

help reduce or eliminate orofacial

pain or discomfort. If your dentist

can not help you, ask for a referral.

Most important lesson of the day:

The optimal rest position of the jaw

(minus the 10 minutes the teeth

touch in 24 hours) is lips together,

teeth slightly apart, the tip of the

tongue resting just behind your upper

front teeth, and you should be

breathing through your nose.

Dr. St. Clair maintains a private

dental practice in Rowley and Newburyport

dedicated to health-centered

family dentistry. If there are

certain topics you would like to see

written about or questions you have

please email them to him at jpstclair@stclairdmd.com.

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Community

Portsmouth News

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

STILL NEEDED:

• GOVERNOR SUNUNU’S

EMERGENCY ORDER AND

STATEWIDE MASK MAN-

DATE extended through January

22, 2021.

• PORTSMOUTH MASK

ORDINANCE EXTENDED

THROUGH JUNE 30, 2021.

Maintain physical distancing.

Wash your hands frequently.

Avoid crowded, closed-in spaces.

• For Testing FAQs visit:

https://www.cityofportsmouth.

com/city/testing-faqs

• For COVID-19 & Mask Facts

visit: https://www.cityofportsmouth.

com/city/covid-19-mask-facts

• For Ventilation FAQs visit:

https://www.cityofportsmouth.

com/city/ventilation-faqs

For Daily Life During the Pandemic

FAQs visit: https://www.

cityofportsmouth.com/city/daily-life-during-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions

For resources and assistance

with housing, food, heat, etc. visit:

https://www.cityofportsmouth.

com/city/covid-19-resources

FOR UPDATED INFORMA-

TION FROM NH DEPART-

MENT OF HEALTH AND HU-

MAN SERVICES visit: https://

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/

covid19/documents/self-quarantine-covid.pdf

ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

AVAILABLE

• Portsmouth Regional Hospital

Suicide Lifeline – If you or someone

you know is at risk for suicide,

please call our crisis-suicide prevention

hotline at (603) 433-5270, option

1. If you are calling from outside

of New Hampshire, please call

(800) 273-TALK (8255).

• Crisis Text Line provides free,

24/7, confidential support via text

message to people in crisis when

they dial 741741.

• Help Paying Energy Bills –

Eversource offers a COVID-19

Payment Program that gives customers

up to 12 months to pay

past-due balances, without down

payments, fees or interest. Once

enrolled the account is protected

from service disconnection

for the duration of the payment

plan. For more information

call 1-800-662-7764 or visit:

https://www.eversource.com/

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• Help Paying for Heat —

Fuel assistance is available from

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Community Announcements,

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Rockingham County Fuel Assistance

program. For information

visit: https://www.snhs.org/programs/energy-programs/low-income-home-energy

• STIMULUS BILL UPDATE

$300 weekly additional unemployment

benefit now being paid

to NH recipients, starting with

the week-ending January 2, 2021.

For more information from the

NH Division of Employment

Security visit: https://www.lexol-

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• $200 million in emergency

housing assistance. More information

will be available soon from

the Community Action Partnership

of NH.

• Employee Retention Tax

Credit now available, covering

losses by Quarter, not only

Annual. For more information

visit: https://www.lexology.

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NH DHHS VACCINE FAQs

— The timeline for widespread

access to a COVID-19 vaccine

is expected to be approximately

6-12 months, according to health

officials. As vaccine production

increases over time, updated information

on when people can expect

to receive the vaccine will be

provided. For the complete NH

DHHS Vaccination Plan Summary

visit: https://www.dhhs.

nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/covid19-vaccine-allocation-plan-summary.pdf

For more

vaccination information from

NH DHHS visit: https://www.

nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/vaccination-planning.htm

Seacoast health care networks are

asking that residents be patient

as they wait to learn COVID-19

vaccine distribution information.

Please do not call health care offices,

fire or police departments,

emergency medical services or

local officials until you are individually

directed to do so by the

New Hampshire Department of

Health and Human Services, regional

public health networks or

your health care office.

PORTSMOUTH VACCI-

NATION FAQs from the Mayor's

Blue Ribbon Committee on

Health and City Health Department

visit: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/city-manager/

vaccination-faqs

MCINTYRE SURVEY

DEADLINE EXTENDED

TO JAN 15 at midnight - The

McIntyre Subcommittee with the

project developer Redgate Kane

and Portsmouth Listens (with assistance

from the Boston-based

urban design firm The Principle

Group) are hosting McIntyre

Study Circles to consider "Values

to Visions to Sketches" for the

entire site. The Study Circles is

meeting this week and next, for

two, 2-hour sessions involving a

total of 245 participants. They will

report their thoughts to the City

Council in a Work Session on January

20. For the Portsmouth Listens

McIntyre Study Circle Discussion

Guide visit: https://www.

cityofportsmouth.com/sites/

default/files/2021-01/PL%20

McIntyre%20Discussion%20

Guide%20Final.pdf

The City has extended the deadline

for completing the survey

through January 15, 2021 at midnight.

To fill out the survey visit:

https://principlegroup.typeform.

com/to/M3g1gkIG

• For a recording of the Dec

16 public kickoff meeting held

via Zoom visit: https://www.

youtube.com/watch?v=VDIjyaC61_s&feature=youtu.be

• For further information about

the study circles email mcintyre@

principle.us

• For all of the background and

documents on the McIntyre Project

visit: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/mcintyre-project

FOOD ASSISTANCE St.

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Wednesdays, Noon to 1 pm.

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Guests enjoy a brown bag lunch

to go, thanks to partnerships with

local restaurants and friends. At

the Middle Street Baptist Church

(18 Court Street) parking lot

(behind the building, in an easy

drive-through loop). No reservations

needed. Questions? Please

contact lunch@middle.st or 603-

436-2337.

SALVATION ARMY OFFERS

HOT MEALS – The Salvation

Army at their new location at 115

Heritage Ave. offers free dinner

and breakfast service for anyone

who needs a hot meal. During the

pandemic, they are putting packaged

hot meals out front for dinner

M-F from 5-6 pm. Some eat

them there outside or in their cars,

but they can also be taken home

to warm up again. Breakfast is

from 7-8 am, 6 days a week.

Gather – Food Pantry: Food

distribution, online grocery shopping

for people who don’t want

to enter the shop, Meal delivery

for Seniors, Meals 4 Kids, Community

Fridays 9am-1pm open

at Community Campus (open to

anyone). Call for info 603-436-

0641.

Operation Blessing: Drive up

Food Pantry Wed-Fri 10am-4pm.

Call for more info 603-430-8561.

SEACOAST CHAMBER

ALLIANCE

• SEACOAST SAFE PAR-

TICIPANTS - visit: https://

www.visitseacoastnh.com/visitor-information/

then on the

"Participating Businesses" button

for the growing list of businesses

who have taken the Seacoast Safe

pledge to do everything in their

power to keep their customers and

employees safe.

PAY YOUR CITY BILLS ON-

LINE — With COVID-19 precautions

still in place , the City

urges taxpayers to make their bill

payments online, visit: https://

www.cityofportsmouth.com/

city/pay-my-bill, where you will

receive an instant confirmation

and receipt.

APPLY TO JOIN CITIZEN

RESPONSE TASK FORCE/

MAYOR’S BLUE RIBBON

COMMITTEE TO REOPEN

PORTSMOUTH 2021 — Th e

City Council voted on Dec 14

to continue the duties of the

Citizen Response Task Force

(CRTF), reconfigured as a Mayor's

Blue Ribbon Committee to

Reopen Portsmouth 2021. The

members of the CRTF who are

health professionals will also remain,

and also serve on an additional

Mayor's Blue Ribbon

Committee instead of as the

CRTF Health Subcommittee, to

assist the City Health Department.

There are 5 openings on

the main committee, in: Health,

Restaurants, Retail, Arts/Nonprofit,

and At-Large. Portsmouth

residents who are interested

in serving on the Reopen

Portsmouth 2021 Blue Ribbon

Committee should complete this

application and submit it to the

City Clerk by email: klbarnaby@

cityofportsmouth.com

Essex Heritage

Partnership Grant

Program

2021 Applications Now Available

Th e Essex Heritage Partnership

Grant Program is a reimbursable,

matching grant program

for municipalities and qualified

non-profit organizations whose

activities support our mission to

preserve and enhance the historic,

cultural, and natural resources

of the Essex National Heritage

Area (Essex County). Interested

applicants have until Wednesday,

February 19, 2021, at 11:59 PM

to submit applications for eligible

projects focused in one of four categories:

Education: Create or further

develop educational opportunities

for youth

Interpretation: Increase awareness

and understanding of the region's

heritage

Preservation: Preserve or enhance

historic structures, landscapes,

or cultural resources

Access and Inclusion: Enhance

access to the many resources

offered within the Essex

National Heritage Area through

structural or programmatic updates

or transportation. New

for 2021, some examples of this

category can include projects

such as social justice-focused

presentations, transportation

for youth to access natural and

cultural resources within the

heritage area, or ADA improvements

including wheelchair

lifts, ramps, and interpretation

aids.

Detailed information about the

Essex Heritage Partnership Grant

Program, including application

materials and guidelines can be

found online. Please email Charles

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Smith with questions at charless@

essexheritage.org or call the Essex

Heritage office at 978-740-0444.

Town of Ipswich

Urges Continued

Vigilance as

Community

Remains High

Risk "Red"

Designation

IPSWICH — Director of

Public Health Colleen Fermon

is urging residents to remain

vigilant against the spread of

COVID-19 as the community

remains at a high risk designation

for the disease.

According to public health

data released on Thursday, Jan.

7, the Town's designation remains

at "red" indicating a "high

risk" of spread in the community.

The average daily incidence

rate for the Town of Ipswich is

45.3 per 100,000 residents, up

from 44.2 last week.

There are currently 61 active

cases of COVID-19 in the community,

and there have been

a total of 418 cases in Ipswich

since the start of the pandemic.

Over the past two weeks, 5.7%

of all tests for COVID-19 have

returned positive in Ipswich.

"It's imperative that residents

avoid holding or attending indoor

social gatherings as we

work to reduce the spread," Public

Health Director Fermon said.

"We knew following the holidays

there could be a significant

rise in cases, and unfortunately

we are seeing that come to fruition.

Please, take care to protect

yourself, your household and our

community from this disease."

Residents are strongly encouraged

to avoid high risk activities,

especially indoor social gatherings,

and all Massachusetts residents

are under orders from the

Governor to wear masks at all

times while in public.

Additional COVID-19 prevention

tips from the Massachusetts

Department of Public Health include:

• Remember that an infected

individual can spread

COVID-19 before they have

symptoms, which is why social

distancing, maintaining a minimum

of 6 feet from others, is

critical.

• Those who must go out are

urged to:

• Avoid gathering in

groups

• Maintain six feet from

people outside your household

• Do not shake hands

or hug

• Wash your hands often

• Those who are at a high risk

for COVID-19, including those

over the age of 65 and with underlying

health conditions, are

advised to stay home and avoid

non-essential tasks and errands

• Wear a mask in indoor and

outdoor spaces at all times.

• Face coverings should:

• Cover the nose and

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against the side of the

face

• Be secured with either

ties or ear loops

• Permit breathing

without difficulty

• Be able to be washed

and machine dried without

damage. Face masks should be

washed regularly depending on

the amount of use.

Newburyport

Bank Donates

$2,500 to

Girls Inc. of the

Seacoast Area

Newburyport – As it has done

in past years, Newburyport

Bank has committed to a yearlong

SMART sponsorship of

Girls Inc., of the Seacoast Area

through a $2,500 donation.

Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area

is an affiliate of Girls Incorporated®,

a national research, education

and direct advocacy organization

that inspires girls to

be strong, smart and bold. The

Seacoast Area group includes the

Massachusetts towns of Amesbury,

Georgetown, Groveland,

Ipswich, Merrimac, Newbury,

Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury

and West Newbury.

“Our SMART sponsorship

will support Girls Inc. during

this particularly challenging

time of COVID,” stated Lloyd

L. Hamm, President & CEO of

the Bank. “In-person programming

is more difficult now and

the organization has to depend

more on virtual programs. We’re

proud to provide them with the

funds to develop and support

their alternative programs.

Is Buying A

Second Home On

Your 2021 To-Do

List? What To

Consider

Owning a second home can

provide retirees – or even younger

families – a mountain retreat

or a house at the beach for those

family vacations or quick weekend

getaways.

But if buying a second home is

on your list of New Year’s resolutions

for 2021, be sure to consider

all the upsides and downsides

before committing, says Patrick

Rush CEO of Triad Financial

Advisors.

“Many retirees end up regretting

it,” Rush says. “They feel

they are forced to go to that second

home every weekend just

because they spent so much on

it. A vacation property or second

home can certainly provide a lot

of joy, but it rarely works out financially.”

That doesn’t stop people from

buying them, though.

The National Association of

Home Builders estimates that

Americans own about 7.4 million

second homes, which is

about 5.6 percent of the total

housing stock.

“People tend to purchase a second

home either as a rental property

or a vacation home, which

they might also rent for part of

the year,” Rush says. “But unless

you’re in a hot real estate market,

the return on investment usually

isn’t worth the hassle. There

are better ways of growing your

money.”

Rush says a few things to

know about investing in a second

home include:

• Real estate doesn’t automatically

mean easy money. People

mistakenly believe real estate

provides a guaranteed return,

but that’s not always true. Rush

recalls one client who withdrew

all of his retirement money

to build an expensive second

home. The client was certain

the house would pay off, but he

eventually was forced to sell it

for half his investment.

• Consider the overall impact

on your life. Most people don’t

have endless streams of money,

even if they have done well

for themselves financially. So, a

splurge in one area often requires

a sacrifice in another.

• Upkeep can become overwhelming.

People tend to overlook

the ancillary costs that make

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owning a second home expensive,

Rush says. Take those into consideration

as you make your decision.

“Property taxes, homeowners

association dues, insurance,

and maintenance start to add

up,” he says. “Renting the house

out when you aren’t using it does

provide an income stream, but

managing the property and dealing

with tenants is a hassle. You

can hire a property manager, but

that has its own disadvantages.”

• Renting can work just as

well. While it might feel exhilarating

to own a mountain home

in North Carolina or a Pacific

Ocean beach house another option

is simply to rent a place for

a week or a weekend whenever

you’re in need of a getaway.

The City of

Newburyport,

Police

Department and

Fire Department

hosted

fundraisers to

benefit numerous

causes in recent

months

NEWBURYPORT — Mayor

Donna Holaday, Fire Chief Chris

LeClaire and City Marshal Mark

Murray announced that the City

of Newburyport, Newburyport

Police Department and Newburyport

Fire Department hosted

fundraisers to benefit numerous

causes in recent months.

The Newburyport Police

Department recently raised

$2,300 for Home Base No

Shave. Through the campaign,

members of the department

may forgo facial hair restrictions

during November and

donate or raise money to support

Home Base’s mission to

help veterans and their families

heal from invisible wounds

such as post-traumatic stress

and traumatic brain injuries.

The No Shave fundraiser typically

takes place in the month

of November, but Marshal

Murray allowed officers to keep

their beards through the end of

December if they donated to

the Salvation Army. That effort

resulted in $750 being donated

by 15 members of the department.

To help local families during

the holiday season, Newburyport

Youth Services, as well as

Newburyport Police and Fire

worked with members of the

community to collect donations

to fill a variety of needs.

The Newburyport Police

Department held its 15th annual

Fill-a-Cruiser food drive,

through which it collected over

$7,000 in food, cash and gift

card donations to benefit the

Salvation Army in Newburyport's

food pantry.

The Newburyport Fire Department

collected approximately

hundreds of new, unwrapped toys

for Toys For Tots, a U.S. Marine

Corps program that has collected

toys for children in need every

holiday season since 1947.

In addition, Newburyport

Youth Services and the YWCA

of Greater Newburyport's Family

to Family Holiday Program

collected donated toys, gift cards

for essential items, clothing,

computers, bicycles and more

that went directly to 300 greater

Newburyport families this holiday

season.

Families were asked to identify

a wish and a need for everyone

in their household this

holiday season, and the Family

to Family Holiday Program

was then able to make requests

like driving lessons, new glasses,

dental work, school pictures,

beds and more a reality

for those families. In all, the

program helped 300 families

including 616 children and

463 adults. An additional 82

families were able to be included

in 2020 compared to

2019, and 500 people volunteered

as "elves" to support the

program — an increase of 171

over 2019.

"Even amid the difficulty of

an ongoing pandemic, members

of the Newburyport community

stepped up to support those in

need this holiday season," Mayor

Holaday said. "I'm so grateful

for the generosity of all those

who donated, and also for all of

those who worked to facilitate

these programs in the face of unprecedented

challenges."

Essex Tech

Receives

$55,322 Grant to

Support Cultural

Awareness,

Equity and

Inclusion Work

HATHORNE — Essex Tech

was recently awarded a $55,322

grant to help promote cultural

awareness, equity and inclusion

programs at the school.

The $55,322 Hate Crime Prevention

grant was awarded to

the district in December by the

Department of Elementary and

Secondary Education.

The district will be working

in partnership with Dr. Adolph

Brown, an educator, author and

clinical psychologist who speaks

to educators and students about

topics including equity and diversity.

He will work with Essex

Tech students, staff and families,

and assist with professional

development training related to

cultural awareness, equity and

inclusion.

Brown has worked with Essex

Tech in the past, and gave a presentation

to 250 faculty and staff

members in September.

Essex Tech has also hired an

Equity Coach and created an

Equity Team, who will work

with staff to create curriculum

on cultural awareness, equity

and inclusion.

“We are committed to providing

our students with a learning

environment that allows them

to feel safe, included, valued

and recognized,” Superintendent

Heidi Riccio said. “We are

grateful to receive this funding

to help further these efforts and

are excited to continue working

with Dr. Brown, whose presentation

in the fall left a lasting impression

on all of us.”

Essex Tech was one of nine

schools to receive this grant and

in all, $400,000 in funding was allocated

for the program. Districts

could apply for up to $50,000

worth of funding, but could be

awarded more than that amount.

The Hate Crime Prevention

grant helps districts establish

or expand programs designed

to prevent hate crimes and incidents

of bias, such as through

collaborations with local organizations

including local human

rights organizations that have

ongoing local relationships and

expertise in promoting equity,

building positive school climate,

preventing hate crimes and addressing

bias-motivated incidents.

Town of

Georgetown

Urges Continued

Vigilance as

COVID-19 Risk

Remains High

GEORGETOWN — Health

Agent Deb Rogers and the

Town of Georgetown urge residents

to remain vigilant against

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the spread of COVID-19 as the

community remains at high risk

for the disease.

According to public health data

released on Thursday, Jan. 7, the

Town’s designation remains at

“Red,” indicating a “high risk” of

spread in the community. The average

daily incidence rate for the Town

of Georgetown is 42.9 per 100,000

residents, up from 40.5 last week.

There are currently 54 active

cases of COVID-19 in the community.

There have been a total

of 307 cases in Georgetown

since the start of the pandemic.

"Over the course of the holiday

season, we continued to see

a rise in the number of reported

cases through the state and in

our community," Rogers said.

"We all must continue to work

together to prevent any further

spread of the virus in Georgetown.

The most important thing

you can do is stay home as much

as possible, especially if you are

feeling sick for any reason."

Residents are strongly encouraged

to avoid high risk activities,

especially indoor social gatherings,

and all Massachusetts residents

are under orders from the

Governor to wear masks at all

times while in public.

Additionally, Gov. Charlie

Baker announced that temporary

capacity and gathering limits

put in place on Dec. 26 will

be extended to Jan. 24. This includes

restaurants, office spaces,

retail businesses, places of worship

and fitness and health clubs.

Residents are reminded to always

take the following precautions

to prevent further spread of

COVID-19 in the community:

• Remember that an infected

individual can spread

COVID-19 before they have

symptoms, which is why social

distancing — maintaining a

minimum of 6 feet from others

— is critical.

• Those who must go out are

urged to:

• Avoid gathering in

groups

• Maintain 6 feet from

people outside your household

• Do not shake hands

or hug

• Wash your hands often

• Those who are at a high risk

for COVID-19, including those

over the age of 65 and with underlying

health conditions, are

advised to stay home and avoid

non-essential tasks and errands

• Wear a mask in indoor and

outdoor spaces at all times.

• Face coverings should:

• Cover the nose and

mouth

• Fit snugly and comfortably

against the side of the

face

• Be secured with either

ties or ear loops

• Permit breathing

without difficulty

• Be able to be washed

and machine dried without

damage. Face masks should be

washed regularly depending on

the amount of use.

Newburyport

Bank Donates

$1,500 to

Opportunity

Works

Newburyport, MA – Newburyport

Bank has donated

$1,500 to Opportunity Works

2020 Annual Appeal: Giving

Opportunity.With facilities in

Newburyport and Haverhill,

Opportunity Works is dedicated

to empowering people with disabilities,

helping them to experience

the freedom to live, work

and enjoy a valued role in society.

They serve more than 300 men

and women, ranging in age from

22 to 85, who come from 24

Merrimack Valley/North Shore

Communities.“Opportunity

Works is extremely committed

to its mission, even in the face of

the challenges it faces due to the

pandemic,” said Lloyd L. Hamm,

President & CEO of the Bank.

“We certainly respect the good

they bring to our communities

and we are proud to support their

efforts.”

When can I get

the COVID-19

vaccine?

Learn where you will fit into

the COVID-19 vaccine distribution

timeline.

The Baker-Polito Administration

and the Department of

Public Health developed a vaccine

distribution timeline after

extensive consultation with the

Massachusetts Vaccine Advisory

Group, made up of leaders from

health care, the faith community,

community organizations, local

government, and others.

The timeline reflects several

priorities: protecting our most

vulnerable, maintaining health

care system capacity, and addressing

inequities in health care

access and COVID-19 burden.

Vaccine distribution in MA

will occur in a phased approach:

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• Clinical and non-clinical

health care workers doing direct

and COVID-facing care, including:

• COVID-19 testers, staff of

test sites, urgent care centers,

other clinics,school nurses, and

public health nurses performing

COVID-19 testing;

• COVID-19 vaccinators and

support staff for a COVID vaccination

clinic including pharmacists,

pharmacy interns, and

pharmacy technicians, school

nurses, and public health nurses

supporting COVID-19 vaccination;

• Medical Reserve Corps who

are called up to vaccinate or other

COVID facing direct care

work;

• COVID facing Hospice/palliative

care professionals;

• COVID facing laboratorians;

• COVID facing imaging professions;

• Emergent employees (manufacturing

COVID vaccine)

• Sexual assault nurse examiners

(SANE)

• Primary care providers

• Skilled nursing facility rapid

response teams

• Long term care facilities, rest

homes and assisted living facilities

• Emergency medical services,

police, and fire, including:

• All interfacility transport

workers, MedFlight staff, college/university

campus police,

911 Dispatch employees

• Federal law enforcement (including

FBI, DEA, Coast Guard,

federal court officers, U.S. Marshals

Service, ATF, Federal Reserve

Police, Homeland Security

investigators)

• Court officers

• Harbormasters/Assistant

Harbormasters

• Congregate care settings, including:

• Corrections and shelters

• Patients and staff of SUD

treatment programs (if program

is residential)

• Patients and staff of Section

35 treatment programs

• Adults with autism, intellectual

disabilities, and severe behavioral

challenges in residential

programs

• Home-based health care

workers

Including:

• PT/OT/SLP therapists who

work with medically complex

home students

• Personal Care Attendants

(PCAs)

• Home Health, hospice, and

home care agency staff performing

visits in the home

• Independent Nurses and

Continuous Skilled Nursing staff

performing visits in the home

• Aging Service agency staff

performing regular visits in the

home

• State Agency staff performing

direct care in the home, including

DCF Emergency Response

Workers, DMH case managers

and DDS care coordinators

• Mental and behavioral

health providers providing in

home treatment (e.g., ACCS

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integrated team, PACT, CBHI,

ABA, ESP)

• Adult Foster Care and Group

Adult Foster Care workers performing

work in the home

• Independent Therapists

(physical therapists, occupational

therapists, Speech & Language

therapists) performing work in

the home

• Home-Based Respite and

Individual/Family Support staff

(DDS and DDS Self Directed)

• Health care workers doing

non-COVID-facing care, including:

• Dentists/dental students, and

dental hygienists (unless routinely

working with COVID-19

positive or suspected patients

such as Oral Surgeons covering

the ER, in which case should be

considered COVID-facing);

• Medical and nursing students

(unless routinely working

with COVID-19 positive

or suspected patients, in which

case should be considered

COVID-facing);

• Inpatient and outpatient

physical therapists (unless routinely

working with COVID-19

positive or suspect patients, in

which case should be considered

COVID-facing);

• Interpreters who work

in hospitals (unless routinely

working with COVID-19 positive

or suspected patients, in

which case should be considered

COVID-facing);

• Behavioral health clinicians

not already covered in congregate

care or direct care;

• Non-COVID facing Laboratorians;

• Blood donation workers;

• Organ donation procurement

worker;

• Hospice/palliative care professionals;

• Non-COVID facing Imaging

Professionals;

• Dialysis center workers and

patients;

• Audiologists and speech and

language pathologists (unless routinely

working with COVID-19

positive or suspected patients, in

which case should be considered

COVID-facing);

• Podiatrists (unless routinely

working with COVID-19 positive

or suspected patients, in

which case should be considered

COVID-facing)

• Program of All-inclusive

Care for the Elderly (PACE) staff

• Audiologists

• SUD treatment program

staff (if program is non-residential)

Individuals who do not

come into contact with patients

(e.g., back office, remote

work, administrative staff

who do not come into contact

with patients, laboratory

researchers who do not come

into contact with patients) are

not prioritized in Phase 1 and

should be prioritized in Phase

2 or Phase 3 depending on

each individual’s age, comorbidity

status, or other worker

category.

Phase 1 vaccination settings:

Most health care workers will

be vaccinated at their place of

employment

First responders can visit mass.

gov/FirstResponderVaccine for

COVID-19 vaccine locations

and more information

Individuals living and working

in long term care will be vaccinated

as part of the Federal Pharmacy

Partnership Program

Vaccination for individuals in

other congregate settings (e.g.,

group homes, shelters, corrections)

will be coordinated by the

management of those facilities

Many additional vaccination

administration sites will be made

available for other populations

Phase 2

(February-March 2021)

Listed in order of priority:

• Individuals with 2+ co-morbid

conditions and/or age 75+

(high risk for COVID-19 complications)

• Other workers, including:

• Early education, K-12, transit,

grocery, utility, food and

agriculture, restaurant and cafe

workers;

• Employees across the food,

beverages, agriculture, consumer

goods, retail, and foodservice

sectors;

• Meatpackers;

• Sanitation, public works

and public health workers, vaccine

development workers, food

pantry workers, Uber/Lyft/rideshare

services/pharmacy delivery

drivers (under transit/transportation

workers), workers in

the passenger ground transportation

industry (e.g. paratransit

for people with Disabilities,

food delivery, non-urgent medical

transport);

• Convenience store workers

(under grocery workers);

• Water and wastewater utility

staff

• Court system workers (judges,

prosecutors, defense attorney,

clerks), other than court officers

who are listed under first responders

• Adults 65+

• Individuals with one co-morbid

condition

ROWLEY PLANNING BOARD

LEGAL NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING

Phase 3

(Starting April 2021)

The vaccine is expected to be

available to the general public,

including:

• Higher education workers,

including administrators, teaching

and non-teaching staff;

• Bottled beverage industry

workers;

• Veterinarians;

• Funeral directors and funeral

workers

Phase 3 vaccination settings:

Once the vaccine is available

to the general public, public vaccine

clinics will be available on

the CDC’s interactive website:

vaccinefinder.org. You will also

be able to check with your primary

care provider, local pharmacy

or local health department.

Community Announcements,

page 10

Pursuant to G.L., c. 40A, §5 and c. 40A, §11, and to the Rowley Protective Zoning Bylaw

(ZBL), notice is hereby given that the Rowley Planning Board will hold the following public

hearing during an online virtual public meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 starting at

7:00 p.m. to consider an article to amend the Rowley Protective Zoning Bylaw (“the Bylaw”)

regarding Section 4.8.1(h), which requires Special Permit review of buildings accessory to a

dwelling unit containing more than 1,500 square feet of floor area, to instead require Special

Permit review for any building accessory to a dwelling unit containing more than 800 square

feet of floor area

Consistent with the Governor’s orders suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting

Law and banning gatherings of more than 10 people, this meeting will be conducted by remote

participation to the greatest extent possible. The public may not physically attend this meeting,

but every effort will be made to allow the public to view the meeting in real time and, in

connection with any public hearings, to participate. Persons who wish to do so are invited to

watch the meeting on Rowley Community Media TV or to participate in the meeting from

their computer, tablet or smartphone by using the link:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/239836741

United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 239-836-741

All written materials, including text, maps, applications, or supplemental documents

pertaining to the aforementioned public hearings for the zoning map and bylaw amendments,

or for the land development application hearings cited above, may be inspected either by: (1)

Visiting the Rowley Planning Board website at http://www.townofrowley.net/planning-board;

(2) Contacting the Planning Board by email at kirk.baker@townofrowley.org, or, (3) in the

event that the COVID-19 State of Emergency is lifted prior to the meeting the materials may

be inspected Rowley Planning Board Office, Town Hall Annex, 39 Central Street, during

designated office hours.

Signed,

Chris Thornton,

Chairman

Rowley Planning Board

1/13/21, 1/20/21


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Community

Community Announcements,

from page 9

The Rowley

Public Library

is now open to

the public with

reduced hours

and limited

services

The Rowley Public Library

is now open to the public with

reduced hours and limited services.

Please bring your library

card.

The book drop is open for returns

- Library materials only, no

donations

The library will be closed on

Monday January 18th for the

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

If you are a Rowley resident

but don’t have a library card,

or you are having any problems

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monitor their children’s Internet

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The Library also offers wireless

Internet access for those with wifi-equipped

laptop computers,

smartphones, tablets or other devices.

The Library’s catalog may

be accessed from any desktop,

and there is a dedicated Public

Access Catalog (PAC) workstation

in the reference area.

Library staff members are

happy to help in the search for

Library resources and materials.

They are not able to provide indepth

technical support for computer

programs, applications, or

usage.

Need photocopies or a Fax

machine?

Computer printing and photocopying

is 10 cents per page.

Color printing is 50 cents per

page. A fax machine is available

for public use for $1 per page.

The number to receive a fax is

978-948-2266. Be sure to have

the sender put your name and

phone number on the cover page

so that we may notify you.

Scanning documents

Documents may be scanned to

an email address or a flash drive

It is with great gratitude and loving regards that I wish to thank all of my

past, current and future Real Estate Buyers and Sellers for their loyalty and

determination to make the very best of a challenging year. As we continue into

the aftermath of 2020, let’s do our best to make all families safe and cared for

in their homes in 2021. I will continue to faithfully help families make the best

decisions with compassion when they decide it is time for them to move on.

Providing honesty, integrity, experience, and caring for over 35 years to Buyer

and Sellers

Would you like this real estate agent to SELL your home?

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— Kathryn O’Brien, M.Ed.

Kathryn has sold over 1300 homes on the North Shore during her 35 years in real estate

at no charge.

Whittier Tech

Students Connect

with Wingate

Residents

Through Pen Pal

Program

HAVERHILL — Whittier

Tech sophomores in the Health

Assisting program are working

to stay connected and learn more

about their community throughout

the pandemic thanks to a

new pen pal program between

the school and a local assisted

living facility.

Shortly after Thanksgiving,

16 Whittier Tech sophomores

began exchanging letters with

the same number of residents at

Wingate Residences at Haverhill.

Health Assisting Instructor

Kim Malynn, who graduated

from Whittier Tech in 2001

and now co-teaches the course

with her former instructor Jane

Moskevitz, came up with the

idea to create the pen pal program

in order to allow students

to safely connect with Wingate

residents during the pandemic.

One major goal of the program

for health assisting students

during their sophomore

year is to learn how to connect

with residents, develop interpersonal

skills and learn to effectively

communicate. Though

this is usually done by having

students meet with Wingate

residents in person, Malynn

sought a creative alternative in

order to protect the health and

safety of students and Wingate

residents.

At first, students wrote general

letters that were shared with

a resident at random, but now,

each student is matched with a

resident who they will continue

to write to and learn more about.

“It has been incredible to

watch the students and residents

connect with each other and

build meaningful relationships

over the last few weeks,” Malynn

said. “During these challenging

times, this helps to provide

some comfort and joy for both

parties. Some have even been

paired with residents who used

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to work at Whittier Tech, so it

has been fascinating for the students

to learn about this shared

experience.”

The students and residents

write to each other about careers

and passions, as well as memories

and life experiences in order

to connect. Wingate’s Life

Enrichment Director Michelle

Meehan said she has been impressed

with the letters students

have written to residents, showing

great respect, empathy, curiosity

and maturity in order to

create meaningful connections.

Other residents are even attending

the pen pal groups in order

to hear what the letters say.

“The residents understand

how challenging it is to be a

high school student during

COVID-19 – with limited

in-classroom learning, on-line

education, and missing out on

the social aspect of being in

school,” Michelle Meehan, Life

Enrichment Director at Wingate,

said. “Many residents feel

it is our job to share wisdom

and encouragement to the next

generation and since we cannot

have in-person, ‘intergenerational

program’ visits (nor go to

Whittier for our monthly luncheons

in the restaurant – which

we miss dearly) – this would

give us a way to contribute and

connect with students during

a time when they may feel isolated

during their high school

year. Many of our participating

residents were nurses, teachers,

administrators and they also enjoy

learning from the students

as times have certainly changed

from when they were in school.”

The hope is that students and

residents will continue to write

to each other throughout the

school year, and to have students

potentially visit Wingate in the

spring to meet their pen pals for

an outdoor, socially distanced

event.

“I am beyond proud of the

way Kim Malynn and her students

have been able to engage

with community members

through this program,” Superintendent

Maureen Lynch said.

“This program is a true example

of the kind of community

members we aim to help our

students become during their

time at the school. We are lucky

to have such kind, enthusiastic

students as well as supportive

community partners who help

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For all its woes, 2020 did at

least give the United States a

normal Valentine’s Day.

It’s 2021 that may cause troubles

for Cupid and his quiver of

arrows.

Slowly but surely, Americans

are being vaccinated for

COVID-19, but the vaccination’s

timeline doesn’t look that

good for Feb. 14, when intimate

dinners at fancy restaurants are

usually the norm.

At this time a year ago, the

pandemic’s impact on the

United States was still relatively

muted, so donning masks

and avoiding crowds wasn’t

yet de rigueur. Valentine’s

Day played out under normal

circumstances, with couples

making dinner reservations,

exchanging cards, and enjoying

romantic time together.

Singles, too, had a normal Valentine’s

Day in 2020, which for

some meant feeling left out as

the holiday played out all around

them.

Here are a few tips for those

singles as Valentine’s Day approaches:

• Treat yourself to something.

Buy chocolates and a teddy bear

for yourself. Or you could go

bigger and buy a pair of shoes

you've been eyeing.

• Know that you may not be

missing out on all that much.

Being single may feel less noticeable

this Valentine’s Day because

there wouldn't be much to do

even if you were coupled up.

• Be aware of the potential

effects of “lockdown loneliness.”

After nearly a year of

limited social activities, plenty

of singles may be inclined

to throw caution (and discretion)

about relationships to the

winds To beat the clock, you

may be tempted to rush things

or even reach out to an ex just

Happy New Year!

Now pouring

to have someone occupying

that space.

Newburyport

Library will be

closed to honor

MLK Day

The Newburyport Library will

be closed on Monday, January

18th in honor of Martin Luther

King, Jr. Day. There are book

returns located at the Library's

main entrance at 94 State Street,

and next to Market Basket on

Storey Ave. Services will resume

Tuesday, January 19th at 9:00

AM. Indoor services remain

temporarily unavailable. Staff

are onsite during library hours

to assist with research, account

questions, library cards, book

bundles, and more. Patio pick

up for materials requests continues.

Check the website calendar

for details: newburyportpl.org/

events.

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January 13, 2021

Unwritten Rules for Sellers

By John McCarthy, Rowley Realty

If you're trying to sell your

home, you've probably gone

through and scrubbed it, staged it,

decluttered it and maybe even had

a home inspector come through

and evaluate what you need to do

to fix it. However, no matter how

well you have put your home together

for sale, your behavior before

and while buyers are at your

home can lead to whether or not

you receive an offer. How? Here

are some unwritten rules that I

strongly suggest to sellers in advance

of a buyer coming to the

house.

Take your Pets with You

You love your dog. I get it. I love

my dog too. However, when you

come to my house she is thrilled

to see you, doesn’t matter if she

knows you or not, she will jump

all over you and occasionally lose

control of her little bladder. Some

dog lovers think that is cute,

however not everyone shares that

opinion. An extreme example of

why you should remove your pet.

Regardless, you are trying to get a

buyer to buy your home not show

off your dog. Cats should go too,

but indoor cats can stay if you

KNOW they will leave a buyer

alone.

We are trying to sell a home, not

show off your dog or cat. I know

that your pet may not like going

in the car. Take the dog for a walk

or bring the cat to the neighbor’s

house. Oh, and don’t get me started

on chirping/singing birds in

cages.

Hit the Road

I know you want to tell the buyer

all you have done to the home

since you have owned it. I am sure

your dissertation on the improvements

and additions to the home

would be helpful, but sometimes

even the best intentions can leave

buyers wary. I had a seller tell a

buyer that he loved his neighbors;

“They are terrific people, always

home and looking out for us. They

stopped by to tell us the mailbox

was bent last week and yesterday

said our daughter left her bike out

overnight.” When I asked the buyer’s

agent why they didn’t move

forward she said that her buyers

were concerned that the neighbors

would be “in their business all the

time”. Hard to argue with that.

Take a drive, go out to lunch, go

for a walk or hide at the friendly

neighbor’s house. When we are

done with the showing we will call

you and tell you how it went.

Make an Offer

The seller can make an offer as

well. How about offering up some

bottled waters with some ice if it

is a hot day, or some quick snacks

like cookies. Leaving these on the

kitchen counter or island is always

appreciated, and it will stand out

since it isn’t done in every house

while letting the buyer know you

appreciated their visit.

Move it

Getting everything out of the

way can go a long way to getting

a buyer off to a good start. Cars,

trailers, bikes and other items left

around the house or garage can

give the buyer the impression that

you don’t keep your home up. Get

your buyer into a good mood by

the time they enter the house. This

might seem trivial, and maybe it

is, but why take the chance. Put

your best foot forward.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand

Words.

If you are showing your home

this time of year, hopefully you

took pictures in the spring, summer

and fall. You can describe the

backyard and property until you

are blue in the face, but pictures

will show it. While on the topic

of pictures, I am often asked if

the seller should take down family

pictures. I don’t think having a

few pictures of kids or family will

work as a negative, however if you

have dozens scattered throughout

the house it will detract from the

features that you are trying to promote

to a buyer. If you want to

take down all family pictures for

privacy concerns that is certainly

fine as well. Getting rid of all evidence

anyone lives there seems a

bit excessive to me.

Patience is a Virtue

REALTORS® know you want

to know every detail of a buyer’s

visit. We will certainly give you an

impression or comments they may

have made, but sometimes buyers

are closemouthed. The information

may not get to us right away.

It could take a few days before we

hear from the other REALTOR®

or the buyer themselves. That said,

don’t let your REALTOR® off the

hook, and find out what that buyer

said about your home, as it may

be a common reason why people

aren’t buying your home.

Listen to the Professionals

If your REALTOR® has some

suggestions for improvements

that may help sell the home faster,

please listen. What you shouldn’t

do is take anything personally. If

your REALTOR® asks you to remove

a family heirloom, or the

picture of dogs playing poker over

the fireplace AND in the kitchen,

it is because we are trying to

get the house in the best possible

condition for sale, NOT because

we dislike dogs or poker. In other

words, don’t shoot the messenger.

Your REALTOR® is here to help

by suggesting changes or fixes to

your home or how you present

your home. Take nothing personally,

ask questions and be ready

for the unexpected. If you are, in

this seller’s market you may find a

large number of offers as the most

unexpected part of the sale.

If you have any questions about

this article, real estate in general or

are looking to buy or sell a home

please contact me, John McCarthy at

Rowley Realty, 165 Main St., Rowley,

MA 01969, Phone: 978 948-

2758, Cell 978 835-2573 or via

email at john@rowleyrealestate.com


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Newbury Has Top Golf Range, Top Pro

Golf, from page 1

the country. The staff also reviewed

its teaching programs, clinics and

schools.

Sorensen, the founder and

president of the golf center, told

chamber of commerce board

members that he has been playing

golf since he was 10 and

working at golf clubs from the

time he was in middle school.

“I’ve never done anything else,”

he said.

According to the GRAA award,

“(Sorensen) built a career as a

club professional working at top

100 courses, including the Myopia

Hunt Club, Augusta National

Golf Club, Mountain Lake, Isleworth,

and Dorset Field Club.

During his career Erik was a

head professional for the last seven

years, owning and operating

his own pro shop. During these

years Erik has been recognized at

a national level as a Top 50 Kids

Teacher by US Kids as well as Best

in State Teacher by Golf Digest.

He was also recognized on a local

level by the PGA of America, as a

five-time Vermont Chapter award

winner.”

According to the GRAA

award, the Newbury golf center

has 20 tees on bent grass,

in addition to its 30 bays with

mats. Its yardage measurements

from the tees to the targets are

accurate. There is also a 3-acre,

short game practice area and

grass putting green. The heated

bays are in a 90- by 24-foot

building that doubles as a corporate

events area.

The golf shop has food and beverage

as well as Richardson’s ice

cream.

There is a ball flight monitor,

flags, bunkers, built-up greens and

fairway cuts.

When Covid-19 restrictions

are lifted, the range expects to

have more than 50,000 golfers

per year, hitting almost 4 million

balls.

Sorensen runs a large lesson program

of schools, clinics and private

lessons. For young golfers, ages

five to 17, he offers free clinics and

schools, and the Triton Regional

High School team gets free practice

time. He provides a scholarship

program, giving all his profits

for one day a month to the high

school.

For more information, visit

www.newburygolfcenter.com.

Baker Harrison (9) and his dad Chris from Newbury leave the driving range after

Baker practiced.

Photos / The Town Common

Baker Harrison of Newbury and (rear) Josh Ferris of Byfield practice at the

driving range.


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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Single Lambs

looking might for be romance a bit could shaken find by Cupid a friend’s especially

accommodating request. But this before week. the Paired Lamb partners leaps also to

find conclusions, their relationships insist benefiting on a full from explanation.

You attention. still might say no, but at least

the chubby

cherub's

TAURUS you’ll know (April what 20 to you’re May 20) saying Keep your no to. keen

Bull's

TAURUS

eye focused

(April

on your

20

target,

to

and

May

shake

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off

any attempt to turn your attention elsewhere. You

Seeing red over those nasty remarks

should get some news later in the week that might

answer

by someone

some questions.

with an ax to grind? Of

GEMINI course (May you 21 are. to June So get 20) Your out early there enthusiasm

give for your a project supporters might have been the somewhat facts they pre-

and

mature. need to Although get the you truth feel out. positive about it, you

might GEMINI need more (May information 21 to in order June to 20) make A an

informed changing decision. situation should get you to

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any adjustments

might seem like

as

the

soon

politically

as possible.

correct thing

to do. But even with the promise of support, was it the

And don’t fret — the change most

wisest? Consider reassessing your upcoming decision.

likely will turn out for the better.

LEO (July 23 to August 22) Apply yourself to

completing

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your

(June

task despite

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all

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distractions

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that put might off dealing be interfering with with any your negative work. Then feelings

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with from fewer the past complications.

might need to be looked

agreement

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that uneasy feeling about making a commit-

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22) A pesky problem should be dealt

ment. It could be a case of understandably cold

with

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21) and A that workplace could mean situation opening up becomes a secret or a lot two,

more which might bothersome be a problem than for you’d you. expected.

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anger. 21) Expect Look some for good support news among about a others relative

who you've also been want worried to avoid about. trouble. But don't expect

the full story to be told — at least not yet. A

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to

workplace matter might face shifting priorities.

December 21) Cheer up, lonely lovers,

wherever

CAPRICORN

you are.

(December

Just when

22

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to January

thought

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good reason the chubby to be pleased cherub with proves how things that’s are

have

just turning not out. so. An Congratulations.

end-of-the-week call might hold

some CAPRICORN interesting information. (December 22 to January

AQUARIUS 19) A (January casual relationship 20 to February could 18) A

take long-overdue a more expression serious turn. of appreciation Are you ready could be

for offered it? Your soon. stars But admit say you it: You are. never Paired really Sea expected

it also would will happen, find a right? renewed Meanwhile, richness keep

Goats

in

your

their

weekend

relationships.

options open.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20) It's a good

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February

time to dive right into a new challenge, whether

it's learning a computer app, or how to drive a

18) Meeting a collaborator with new

ideas

stick shift,

seems

or making

to be a

new

dream

friend.

come

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true.

it

But is, good for luck. both your sakes, be sure all your

legal BORN i’s THIS are WEEK: dotted and You t’s see are the crossed wisdom in

before honesty, you and start you help working others together. appreciate your vision.

PISCES (February 19 to March 21)

A romantic overture flatters the usually

unflappable (c) 2020 King Fish. Features But Synd., since Inc. it’s

redecorate their dens, and that can turn

into a good opportunity to strengthen a sincere from-the-heart gesture, go

family ties by putting the whole pride ahead and enjoy it. A minor health

to work to make it happen.

problem responds well to treatment.

VIRGO

Tarot

(August

Card

23

for

to September

Week of BORN January THIS 13, WEEK: 2021 You have the

22) Look The for Suit the of most Wands efficient represents way to spiritual

warm heart of a Taurean and the sensitivity

of a Gemini. You would make

get a job done quickly and well. Taking

more

energy,

time

intuition,

than you need

passion,

to make

and

it

creativity. a wonderful leader. So go ahead: Run

look more The Five challenging of Wands is a depicts short-sighted

move well-dressed you might young regret men, later on. all wielding © 2020 King Features Synd.,

a group for of office.

Inc.

similar Wands. They seem to have very

different ideas on how to use them, and it

appears that a heated discussion is

taking place.

This week, changes are coming whether

you resist them or welcome them. Use

your intuition to know when it is time to

compromise and when to fight for your

beliefs. If working with others, listen

before making a final decision - you may

discover that everyone has the same goal

but different ways of accomplishing it.

You can respect people from different

cultures, backgrounds, and belief systems

while still honoring your own.

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Cell: 617-908-7576

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Tree Removal & Tree Trimming

Full Tree Service

150 Foot Crane

75 Foot Bucket Truck

Tree Climbers

49 years experience

Free estimates

Fully insured

Fully equipped

We shovel snow off of roofs of houses and buildings.

We also remove snow with our John Deere front-end loaders

and dump trucks.

We plow driveways and parking lots.

VETERAN USMC

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