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Looking Good on Zoom

By Stewart Lytle, Reporter

REGIONAL – Remember when we

worried that we might answer the promised

“picture phone” just out of the shower

and the image broadcast was of our being

naked?

The phones from the Jetsons never really

materialized, but Zoom, Teams and

other on-line video conferencing during

the Covid-19 pandemic regularly bring

into our homes dozens of work colleagues,

friends, family, schoolmates and even

neighbors attending a town meeting.

Some of the results are funny, when the cat

jumps on the computer or a toddler needs

the parent’s attention. Other gaffes draw a

rebuke from the boss as the dishwasher runs

nearby or the dog barks and the call participant

fails to click the mute button.

Northshore resident Rochelle Joseph,

who has helped craft the image of celebrities

Rochelle Joseph on Zoom

Photo ProVided BY roChelle JosePh

like movie star Denis Leary and chef Bobby

Flay, is on a crusade to improve the average

person’s image for Zoom appearances.

“Zoom has become the way to conduct

in-person business meetings and job interviews

during Covid,” Rochelle wrote on a

recent blog. “We’ve heard of people who

forget to wear pants, then get up to grab

coffee or take their phone into the bathroom

with them.”

In talks before the Greater Newburyport

Chamber of Commerce and other

professional groups, Rochelle provides tips

to avoid common mistakes that can tank

your reputation or at a minimum enliven

the gossips tweeting about you.

“Remember how fast TV reporters and

talk show hosts began to broadcast from

their libraries or living rooms? They’re

used to looking into a lens and have camera-ready

lighting, make up and wardrobe,

so their transition wasn’t half bad. But

what about you?” she asked.

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Looking Good

Zoom, from page 1

on Zoom

The goal is to have others on the

Zoom call listen to what you say,

not focus on your hair, neckline or

home décor, she said.

Rochelle met with The Town

Common last week to provide tips

on lighting, grooming, body language

and backgrounds that will

help its readers become Zoom veterans.

Here are a few suggestions:

Center your head in the frame.

You don’t want to be too close to

the camera or too far, and not half

off the frame. Before the meeting

starts, Zoom gives participants the

chance to review their image before

others see it. That’s when you

can make adjustments. You can

even click “Touch Up My Appearance”

on the entry page to soften

your image, Rochelle says.

Angles Matter. Keep your computer

camera at eye-level on your

desk or table. If it is lower, your

downward gaze appears condescending.

And at eye-level, the

camera sees your face, not so much

chin and neck. Lean forward in

your chair.

Pick a good background. Choose

and prepare your “studio” space

in advance. Probably not a good

choice is the kitchen table or your

bedroom, unless you want people

to see cluttered countertops and

unmade beds. A good choice, one

that home-bound talk show hosts

like, is a bookcase. It makes you

look smart. Or if you don’t have a

bookcase, Rochelle suggests using a

plain wall, which is a background

guaranteed to not be distracting.

Get Dressed. Be professional. Although

casual Fridays have become

casual Mondays-through- Fridays,

dress according to the culture of the

group. For an ad agency or computer

software meeting, you can dress in

your stained Patriots jersey. If you’re

meeting with your banker or attorney,

put on a sports coat, maybe add

a tie. To avoid being caught literally

with your pants down if you stand

up, Rochelle advises: “It’s worth it to

throw on some jeans.”

Grooming. Comb your hair, the

front at least. But in case you turn

your head, run a brush over the back

too. she says, “You want to look like

you do when you’re in the office.”

Rochelle warns women not to overdo

the lipstick, earrings and makeup.

Look natural,” she said. And

watch the neckline - those should

serve simply to frame your face.

Lighting. You don’t want to look

like you’re in a horror movie, Rochelle

says, recalling Bella Legosi’s

underlighting. Light your face

from the front, not overhead or too

brightly from the side. You probably

need an extra light, particularly

when it is overcast outside or

at night for those town meetings.

Since Kim Kardashian mentioned

she used a ring light, they are sold

out almost everywhere. Some lights

can be too strong, particularly if

they you wear glasses. As the Kansas

City Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid

found out, ring lights can reflect

in the glass lens and looked like his

eyes are large, white Os.

Rochelle suggests placing an ordinary

lamp – or even a lit makeup

mirror — centered behind your

screen to light your face. But even

that can be too harsh. She puts a

pillowcase or cotton t-shirt over the

light to diffuse it. Again, the Zoom

preview of your lighting is a must.

Silence is Golden. Cancel notifications

from your phone. Quiet

the dog. Hit the mute button while

you’re not speaking. Of course, remember

to unmute yourself when

it’s your turn to speak. Rochelle

thinks the t-shirt slogan of the year

should be “You’re on mute!”

Caffeine Loading. Most of us

need a slug of caffeine to make it

through long meetings. Rochelle

suggests that you drink from a neutral

cup unless you are advertising a

logo. For water or soda, which may

be needed to prevent coughing, use

a straw, she says. Then you cover

your face with the cup.

Calorie Loading. If you need a

snack or the meeting is over lunch,

try not to take a big bite on camera.

Chewing can be unattractive.

She suggests turning off your video

feed and putting up a professional

headshot for the time you need to

scoff down a salad or sandwich.

When you finish, check to see if

spinach is caught in your teeth.

Cure-all. The headshot has

many purposes, like if you overslept

your early morning Zoom

call or are falling asleep when the

speaker drones on.

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Taking the Class Outside

By Stewart Lytle, Reporter

NEWBURYPORT – As the

White House advocates returning

to in-person learning and

the Centers for Disease Control

offer schools guidance on how to

bring students back safely, many

schools are asking themselves

what has worked, what has not

worked and what steps do they

take going forward.

River Valley Charter School, a

public Montessori school serving

students from the Newburyport,

Amesbury, Triton and Pentucket

districts, didn’t start the 2020-

2021 school year fully remote.

Throughout the summer, executive

director Jonnie Lyn Evans

and her team of teachers, administrators,

doctors, nurses, and

support staff figured how to space

children out by reducing class

sizes, reconfiguring the filtration

system, increasing air exchanges

by opening windows and adding

window fans, buying or creating

Montessori-like educational materials

for students and hiring a

team to sanitize each room, table

and chair several times during the

day and overnight.

Evans was interviewed recently

by Tim Nicolette from the Massachusetts

Charter Public School

Assn. on how River Valley has

kept its students, faculty and staff

safe during the Pandemic.

One of the most significant

lessons is how the school incorporated

a rigorous outdoor learning

experience into the overall

traditional Montessori style of

teaching. The Montessori style

of teaching, developed by Dr.

Maria Montessori on the streets

of Rome before World War II,

always included outdoor learning

as an integral part of a child’s education.

“I think we knew this, but the

experience with our grades 4 to 6

outdoor program has reminded

and reinforced this,” Evans said.

Since September, the multi-age

classes of fourth, fifth and sixth

grade students meet in-person,

for full days, at school every other

week. It is the alternate week

that has captured the attention of

the school and the charter school

association, which advocates and

supports Massachusetts public

charter schools around the state.

In those weeks, the students

attend a full-day outdoor program.

“It looks like a field trip to

an outdoor learning center every

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Sixth grader Maliha Jain and friend.

day,” she said. The students visit

one of three farms or a national

wildlife refuge where they learn

about weather, mapping, water

systems and farming.

No matter what Mother Nature

throws at the students and

staff, they come to learn in her

words, “wearing muck boots and

all-weather gear, ready to explore

and learn outdoors.”

“Math and literacy lessons are integrated

into the outdoor day and

punctuated with nature journaling,

measuring and geometry lessons

in giant fields, mapping, water

testing, model building and other

hands-on activities,” Evans said.

Just over halfway through the

school year, the school leader

rates the outdoor program “very

successful.” The outdoor component

is remarkably different from

traditional in-school programming,

but it is producing rewards

that she said, “have amazed and

surprised us.”

Parents report that their children

are happier and more engaged in

their learning than in previous

years. Teachers find that students

come ready to learn. Most significant

is the fact that students, who

may have struggled academically

in the past, now have new ways to

share their talents and are shining

among their peers.

In the school building, every

classroom for all grades is assigned

an outdoor space where

students use 5-gallon covered

buckets to store personal items

when they transition in and out

of the building. The buckets double

as a seat for outdoor learning.

“We have discovered that with

appropriate winter dress, children

and staff can still enjoy learning

in pretty cold temperatures,” she

said. “In many ways, it feels like

our students may be learning

even more than in other years.”

As a result, when the Pandemic

ends, “We anticipate adopting

some form of an outdoor curriculum

as part of our ongoing educational

programming beyond

the pandemic.”

Evans attributes the school’s

overall success this year to smaller

classes, focused learning time,

the outdoor experiences, applied

learning and the fact that students

feel prioritized and cared

for in a safe environment. She

credits others, particularly the

school staff.

“Teachers, at least ours, are

the most dedicated, committed,

brave and resilient human beings

on the planet,” she told The

Town Common. “The River Valley

volunteer Board of Trustees

has been called upon to partner

with administration more than

the school’s board at any other

time in RVCS’ history.”

“Our parent body is undeniably

supportive of the work we

do,” she said. “Communities can

accomplish amazing things when

they come together.”

The four outdoor learning sites

represent collaborative partnerships

with individuals and public

agencies, she said.

She saved some of her strongest

praise for the school’s nurse, Kimberly

Putney, and advising physician,

Dr. Jonathan March.

“Our nurse has moved mountains

to keep our students and

staff safe. Where she gets her

stamina is a mystery. The fact

that she is deep into a master’s

program for public health is testament

to her commitment to the

greater community,” Evans wrote

in an email.

“We have been fortunate as

well to have a number of individuals

with medical experience who

have served in advisory roles. We

are so grateful for the time and

expertise they (and Dr. March)

provide RVCS.”

Like most educators, Evans

can’t wait for the end of the

Pandemic and a return to class

normalcy in the classroom. She

wrote, “Learning through electronics,

no matter how well

trained the people using them

are, or how innovative the technology

is, will never substitute for

learning between, among, with

and from human beings.”

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pital. She moved over to help her

husband at the pharmacy, and

her warmth and customer service

mindset ‘supplements’ Louis’

humble character and deep professional

dedication to the customers.

As a couple, they have been an

anchoring business in town for 55

years.

As Stella shared, ‘we are the first

independent pharmacy in the surrounding

area, and it’s the friendliness

and service focus that we

most enjoy in working with our

customers.’ She also shared that

her son, James, used to work in the

pharmacy, and is now a physician

near Portsmouth, NH. They both

were instrumental in bringing

quality lines of pharmacy-grade

supplements, including Natural

Therapies, Integrative Therapeutics,

and Standard Process to the

store shelves. She adds, ‘I attended

many seminars, and took courses,

while my son researched to help

educate the clientele on their benefits.’

Maria Connor, daughter, has

worked in the pharmacy for 15

years. She can be found after entering

the front door, at the end of

the first aisle, ready to help with a

welcoming smile, just as her mother

has done for years. She added

that they provide, ‘prescriptions,

simple compounding for both

patients and pets, plus pharmacy-grade

supplements, compression

stocking fittings, and wound

care items, along with home care

supplies, and other hard-to-find

products on the shelves. ‘If there

is anything we don’t have, we will

order it,’ she warmly states.

Their family works faithfully

together with high attention to

detail, right down to the catchy

jazz and harmonica music played

on the phone if waiting on hold.

It is a place where customers receive

the benefits of quality service

and patient care, established by

Mr. Lynch, that has continued as

an inspiring legacy by the Andriotakises

and their staff.

Hours: 9 - 6 pm Mon - Fri, 9

– 1 pm Sat. Phone: (978) 462-

2232. www.lynchpharmacy.com

Conley’s Drug Store: the torch

has been passed from dedicated

parents to dynamic son

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Supporting Independent Pharmacies

Known for Quality Service

By Sarah E. Hull M Ed

If you watched the Super Bowl

this year, you might have seen a

public service message with Stephen

Colbert. It was memorable,

not for millions spent, but because

he wasn’t poking fun, as he usually

does, on his late-night talk show.

Instead, he was sitting on a stool,

sharing how important it is to

support local small businesses at

this time. As he said, otherwise,

‘there might not be many left’

after the pandemic subsides. He

then facilitated a commercial for

a small bookstore in Boone, NC,

and included Tom Hanks and

Sam Elliott, who helped to drive

the point home about how necessary

small businesses are to our

country’s success.

Independent, family-owned

pharmacies have been working

hard in the competitive ‘prescription

game’ for years. They are a

testament to their owners’ care,

grit and dedication that is reflected

in daily efforts serving customers

with many different healthcare

needs, and going that little unexpected

extra mile, while working

to stay solvent.

Game-changing shifts have tilted

the playing field since 2007 due

to the growth of large pharmacy

chains, combined with shrinking

medication reimbursements.

CVS and Walgreens have bought

companies such as Caremark, a

prescription Pharmacy Benefits

Manager (PBM), to better control

the prescription market and influence

where patients can fill their

scripts.

Local pharmacies have been

meeting the increasingly difficult

challenges, while working in collaboration,

where possible, with

their mighty counterparts. They

also focus on success through their

historic legacies of building relationships

and providing valuable

customer service. With decades of

deep roots in their communities,

the following owners and employees

work to find new ways to provide

a range of quality products

and services, plus education, that

make a difference to the health

and well-being of their customers.

Staffs also work to maintain that

‘timeless’ experience most people

remember of visiting a local pharmacy.

Customers are able to have

an in-person conversation with

their pharmacist, whom they usually

know by name, and ask questions.

Children enjoy finding a

piece of candy, or toy, while adults

choose a special card, last-minute

gift, or a new supplement, along

with picking up a medication,

or home care equipment to help

make life more bearable for an elderly

relative.

In this region, three pharmacies

stand out. They are Daniel L.

Lynch Pharmacy in Newburyport

Photo / Ben Wilson

Conley's Drug Store Ipswich (l-r) Alex Doyle, owner and pharmacist and Michael Penniman, a 25 year staffer at the pharmacy.

Photo / Sarah E. Hull M Ed

at 173 High St., Rowley Pharmacy

in the Ezekiel Northend house

at 169 Main St. in Rowley, and

Conley’s Pharmacy located at 146

High St. in Ipswich.

Daniel L. Lynch would be

proud of the inspiring Andriotakis

family today:

Daniel L. Lynch Pharmacy in

Newburyport opened for business

in 1941 on State Street. A fire in

1954 led to Mr. Lynch buying

a building at 173 High Street,

where the pharmacy is now located.

It’s at the corner of Carey and

High Streets, and offers a remarkable

legacy.

Louis Andriotakis, its longtime

owner and respected pharmacist,

grew up in Newburyport, and

shared how he, ‘started working

for Mr. Lynch at age 17.’ He then

bought the business in 1966. Stella,

Louis’ wife, began her career

in healthcare as a trained X-ray

technician at Anna Jaques Hos-


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nerstone’ destination located

in Ipswich’s Shaw’s plaza. It has

changed its ‘game plan’ to meet

customer needs, despite the large

chain presence. In June of 2019,

the pharmacy model transitioned

to providing ‘custom compounding’

services, and the store’s prescription

business was transferred

to CVS. With a sense of loyalty,

some customers who prefer supporting

independent pharmacies

now go to Newburyport and

Rowley.

Alex Doyle, owner and pharmacist,

bought Conley’s from his

mother and father, Marlene and

Richard, after having owned the

Conley’s store in Gloucester. His

high energy is infectious, and he

is often found running to help

administer vaccine shots at area

clinics, plus testing residents for

COVID-19 exposure in the side

store parking lot. He has partnered

with Veritas Genetics Laboratory

to provide the nasal swab

PCR tests. They offer same-day

results if one is tested before noon,

which is remarkable customer service

to find, anywhere.

When asked about compounding,

Alex shared that ‘all licensed

pharmacists are taught how to

compound in school. It allows us

to provide a tailored dosage, recommended

by the physician (or

the vet, in the case of animals),

that fits a patient’s personal profile

vs. taking a standard dose.’ He

shared that because of the interest

in compounding, the FDA is looking

at requiring a certification, in

addition to the training received

in pharmacy school.’ Currently,

there are 7,500 compounding

pharmacies of 56,000 community-based

pharmacies nationwide.

(www.fda.gov)

Conley’s also offers quality holistic

and homeopathic products,

along with over-the-counter medications

and home care medical

equipment, in addition to a variety

of local cards and unique gifts.

They even offer community ‘take

a book, add a book’ shelves in the

foyer, and their holiday decorations

are unforgettable. Michael

Penniman, a staff member for

over 25 years, creates holiday electric

train displays. Maria Hebbel,

a veteran of 21 years, has also created

a 5-foot-tall whimsical holiday

castle, complete with spotted

mushrooms, green moss, and flying

fairies and elves, that is placed

in the storefront window for the

community to marvel at.

Speaking of Marvel, Alex has

creatively included a ‘luchador’

character (Mexican superhero)

on their Facebook page to help

promote the store’s products. The

brightly-colored, masked figure

adds a fresh energy to their marketing

efforts.

Like other independent pharmacy

owners, Alex is passionate

about their business. He’s known

to be in the store by 7:30 am to

help customers get tested for

COVID-19 before they go into

work, and he stays late many

nights, after the store closes at 6

pm. He is working relentlessly to,

as he says, ‘Find ways to get the

job done, and help as many people

as possible in these unprecedented

circumstances.’ He’s driven to JFK

Airport in a UHAUL to pick up

masks, and has worked with Representative

Brad Hill and Senator

Bruce Tarr, whom he says have

been, ‘very responsive, and terrific

to work with,’ when he’s not received

answers from the Department

of Health.

Hours: 9-6 pm Mon-Fri, 9-1

pm Sat. Phone: 978-356-2121

www.conleysdrugstore.com.

Rowley Pharmacy’s kind and

thoughtful pharmacist team of

Bill and Gene:

Rowley Pharmacy was ‘birthed’

in 1962, when Bill MacDonald’s

Aunt and Uncle, both registered

pharmacists, opened for prescription

business. Prior to their decision,

Bill shares, ‘my father used

the building as an old-time ‘soda

fountain’ drug store, minus medication

dispensing. The family then

learned of a community-member

who was thinking to put a pharmacy

in town. We had to make a

quick decision to also provide prescriptions,

which was agreed to do.’

‘I graduated from pharmacy

school in 1963, and, not long after,

joined the business, about 40

years ago,’ he continued. He also

works with his brother-in-law,

Gene Regnier. They are a kind,

thoughtful team. Gene also offers

experience of having worked for

16 years at Walgreens, before joining

Bill.

There is a staff of four in Rowley,

with two technicians, and,

as Bill says, ‘the personal touch

makes a big difference. We deliver

prescriptions most days to someone

in town, plus to the elderly,

and those in housing.’

The coronavirus changed their

procedure with realizing that it

was important to provide ‘contactless

pick up,’ along with offering

deliveries. They do not offer

COVID-19 testing at the store,

and are also not planning to administer

doses at the vaccine clinics.

Bill mentions that, ‘In a small

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business, it doesn’t work well to

leave the store for a length of time

when prescriptions are coming

in, and must be filled. One of the

major challenges nowadays for the

pharmacy is that the medication

reimbursements have been ‘cut to

the bone,’ compared to years ago

when there were better rates.’

Gene mentioned, ‘it can also

create a separate challenge with

pharmacists being overwhelmed

by the large volume to fill in the

bigger chains, and then running

behind. There is little time for

that personal touch, as they have

to spend so much time verifying

prescriptions.’ He’s heard of many

pharmacists who, ‘burn out after

3 to 5 years, despite having been

enthusiastic about becoming a

pharmacist for a profession while

in school.’

Gene enjoys Rowley as he can

provide that level of, ‘friendliness

and customer service that can only

be found when really getting to

know customers.’ Bill added that,

‘If a customer orders a special

walker, we will put it together. It

comes in a box, and can be difficult

to assemble.’ This thoughtful

service, day in and day out, adds

up to a genuinely supportive experience

of visiting the pharmacy, or

receiving a delivered medication.

And, if there is something that

a customer needs that they don’t

have it onsite, Gene said, ’we will

call the wholesaler to have it delivered

the next day. It’s never been

a problem to obtain what the customer

needs.’

Bill added with a smile, ‘and

gone are the days when we used

a typewriter to create the prescription

labels, and kept handwritten

patient profiles. Everything is now

automated.’ Bill and Gene value

the daily opportunities to help

educate and build trustworthy relationships

with their customers,

while working to meet their medical

needs.

Hours: 9-6 pm Mon.-Fri., 9-2

pm Sat. Phone: (978) 948-2208

www.rowleypharmacy.com

In this time of small businesses

being hard-hit due to the pandemic’s

disruption, community

support for independent pharmacies

has never been more vital.

There are some experiences that

can’t be replicated in life, and the

quality service experiences found

in each pharmacy add to each

town’s unique character. Doing

what is possible to help, one visit

at a time, assists their success.

From published healthcare data,

with the aging of America, it is

projected that there is plenty of

business to go around. AARP’s

survey results of 1,880 adults over

65 showed that 80% of respondents

take at least two to four prescription

medications, and over

50% take four, or more. (www.

medicarerights.org; Prescription

Drug Use Among Older Adults,

Casey Schwarz, 28 April 2016)

Everyone can succeed, including

the big chains, and it makes sense

to level the field in a fair manner.

Otherwise, as Stephen Colbert

alluded to, small businesses, such

as family-run pharmacies, can end

up going away, which would be an

unrecoverable loss.

Rowley Pharmacy registered pharmacists Bill MacDonald at left and his brother-in-law Gene Regnier at right

Photos / Ben Wilson


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February 17, 2021

By J. Peter St. Clair, DMD

Last week I discussed the importance

of communication in

any relationship; specifically, the

healthcare provider/patient relationship.

Trust is mutually built

as this relationship develops over

time.

“There’s not enough time in the

day.” Have you ever used this excuse?

I said it yesterday to someone.

We all tend to waste a lot of

time, or at least don’t use the time

we have as effectively as we could.

You would think that in our technology-filled

world, time management

would be easier. I think that

Brighter smiles ...

some of this technology gets in the

way by adding even more of a time

commitment to things that reduce

interpersonal communication.

Here’s an example. It’s time to

buy a new car. There are many

different car brands, and within

those brands are many models. No

matter what dealership you go to,

they will gather a minute amount

of information about you, or maybe

none at all, but guaranteed,

they have a car on their showroom

floor that they tell you is the right

car for you. They will spend a

countless amount of time talking

about the many new features that

their brand has, and the options

between different models. If the

salesman worked for a different

car company, or if you went to a

different dealership, you would

hear the same reasons why that

brand is right for you. Their goal

is to sell you a car.

The Patient Perspective -Part 2

Dental offices can be like that

too. If the dentist spent all their

time talking about the array of

technological gadgets and how

they were right for you, how would

you feel? You would feel like you

were trying to be “sold” something.

Having said that, there are

many great technological gadgets

that improve the whole experience

of patient care out there. There are

also many ways to do most things,

but technology is not the solution;

it is simply a tool used in patient

care.

Branding draws us in. You may

have a preconceived notion that a

particular make of car is what you

“need”, or see a dental advertisement

that attracts your attention,

such as “invisible” braces. However,

there are many different brands

of cars and dental aligners that

would satisfy your needs.

Whether it is a car or teeth,

there are often gaps between the

“seller” and the “buyer”. There

is a gap between what we really

need and what we think we

need. There is another gap between

what the dentist or salesman

thinks we need, and what we

think we need. And, more specifically,

there is often a serious gap

between the value most dentists

have, and the value they feel they

can discuss with patients. Sometimes

we feel we don’t have the

time to discuss these things, and

other times we are afraid we will

scare you away.

Dental care is such an important

part of overall wellness. Remember,

just because it doesn’t

hurt does NOT necessarily mean

everything is okay. Collaboration

with a dental team who puts the

patient’s best interests first is key

to good dental care.

Dentists and dental team

members need to communicate

facts and truths. They need to

convey expertise and enthusiasm.

This goes back to the idea of

time I have mentioned so often

in the past. Dentists and dental

teams need to spend time with

patients, be involved with co-diagnosing

issues with patients,

not hard-selling with little information.

This creates a caring

environment where the patient

can be involved in the process of

choosing the level of care that is

right for them.

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. You can view all

previously written columns at www.

jpeterstclairdentistry.com/blog.

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Newburyport

Public Library

access

Limited indoor services

have resumed at the Newburyport

Public Library

with important health and

safety guidelines in place.

Walk-in browsing of 1st

& 2nd floor available, and

computer/printing/research

by appointment only Monday-Thursday

9:30 am-6:30

pm, Friday 9:30am-4:30

pm, Saturdays 9:30 am-

1:00 pm. Virtual services

and programming continue.

Patio pick up continues

for requested items Monday-Thursday

9:30 am-6:30

pm, Fridays-Saturdays 9:30

am-4:30 pm. Limited tax

forms are available at the

patio pick up window while

supplies last.

For a successful experience,

patrons are strongly encouraged

to call ahead for information

about library services,

guidelines, and hours

prior to visiting: 978 465-

4428 x242. Information also

available by visiting: www.

newburyportpl.org/ ‘Phased

Reopening: Services & Appointments’

page.

Seacoast

Composite

Squadron of

Civil Air Patrol

in Portsmouth

will host a

“Virtual Open

House” on 25

February 2021

If you have an interest in

aviation or in any of the other

CAP activities sign in to the

“Virtual Open House” on

25 February, 25 beginning at

6:30 P.M. Website by visiting:

www.seacoast.cap.gov

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is

an all volunteer auxiliary of

the United States Air Force.

The Portsmouth Squadron

was founded in 1941 and

is the longest continuously

Operational CAP Squadron

in New Hampshire. The

Squadron meets on Thursday

evenings on the Pease

ANG Base.

Civil Air Patrol members

range in age from 12 to 18

years old for Cadets and 18

and older for Senior members.

All members may participate

in the three primary

missions of CAP: Search and

Rescue, Aerospace Education,

and Cadet Programs.

Among their many activities,

CAP Cadets are eligible

for 5 flights in powered

aircraft, during which they

will have the opportunity to

fly the airplane with an instructor.

They will also have

5 flights in a glider, where

they will, again, have the opportunity

for hands on flying

with an instructor.

Cadets can also participate

in areas such as Squadron

Color Guard, drill team,

ground team search and rescue,

building and testing a

wind tunnel, aerospace education,

leadership pods, and

many more things.

Senior members can participate

as aircrew members,

ground search team search

and rescue team leaders,

and in many more activities

such as leading and teaching

in Cadet Programs. If a

Senior Member is already a

certificated pilot, he/she can

become qualified in one of

CAP’s Cessna 182 or Cessna

172 aircraft as a pilot performing

CAP missions. CAP

pilots also have opportunities

to participate in glider flights.

There will be viewable

items at the “Virtual Open

House” showcasing the many

areas in which a CAP member

may become involved,

and many members of the

Squadron will be present to

show and discuss their areas

of expertise.

To sign up to attend the

“Virtual Open House,” go

into the Squadron website

and click on the “Join” tab.

For more information visit:

www.Seacoast.cap.gov

Whittier Tech

Awarded

$90,000 Grant

from Career

Technical

Initiative

Program

HAVERHILL — Superintendent

Maureen Lynch

announced that Whittier

Tech was recently awarded

$90,000 in grant funding as

part of the Career Technical

Initiative (CTI) through the

State of Massachusetts to offer

two evening educational

training programs for unemployed

and underemployed

adults.

The programs include a

200 Hour Welding Career

Training Program and a 200

Hour Advanced Manufacturing

Career Training Program.

Both programs begin

the week of Feb. 22, 2021

and run through the week

of May 20, 2021. The welding

program will run in the

evenings Monday through

Thursday. The advanced

manufacturing program will

run Tuesday and Thursday

evenings, and Saturdays.

Candidates must be adults

who identify as unemployed

or underemployed and must

be Massachusetts residents.

Eligibility is also determined

by a passing MA and NH

CORI.

The programs are being

run in partnership with the

MassHire Merrimack Valley

Career Center.

“We are thrilled to be able

to offer Massachusetts residents

this opportunity to

develop and build their skills

in order to find jobs in these

high demand areas,” Superintendent

Lynch said. “Thank

you to the Baker-Polito Administration

for this funding

and for their continued support

of career technical education

programs.”

If you, or someone you

know is interested in either of

these career training programs,

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February 17, 2021

Community News

Community Announcements,

from page 7

please reach out as soon as

possible by email to Tia Gerber,

Director of Community

Partnerships at Whittier Tech

at tgerber@whittiertech.org

or to Carolina Prinzivalli at

MassHire at Cprinzivalli@

masshiremvcc.com

Whittier Tech was one of

eight vocational schools in

the state to receive a portion

of the $1.3 million available

to support efforts to increase

access to career and technical

education by the Baker-Polito

Administration.

The state-funded Career

Technical Initiative will prepare

students and adults for

careers in high-demand and

high-growth sectors, with

an emphasis on underserved

populations and underrepresented

groups. The funds

will allow districts to operate

Career Technical Institutes,

which run in shifts and provide

career and technical education

opportunities to high

school students and adults.

As a result of offering training

outside of traditional school

hours, career and technical

education schools are able to

serve more students.

The grants include funding

to deliver adult training,

credentialing, and placement

services in partnership with

MassHire Career Centers

and Workforce Boards.

Approximately 9,000 to

13,000 additional adult

learners are expected to earn

industry credentials, opening

opportunities for them

to obtain jobs in high-demand

skilled industries.

If you wish to enroll into a

program or if you are a business

seeking to fill vacancies

in these occupations, visit:

www.commcorp.org.

Newburyport

Visiting

Angels wins

a prestigious

honor

The Newburyport Visiting

Angels staff is celebrating a

prestigious honor. The office

recently received the Best of

Home Care - Leader in Excellence

Award from Home

Care Pulse. Visiting Angels

caregivers work with local

seniors every day. Their job

is to keep them safe in their

homes, a goal that is especially

important during the

COVID-19 pandemic. More

than 60 franchise locations

across the nation recently

received the Best of Home

Care®– Leader in Excellence

Award. This honor is granted

to the top-ranking home care

providers who set the highest

standard, receiving the highest

caregiver and client satisfaction

scores gathered by

Home Care Pulse. It shows

Visiting Angels is one of the

best providers in the nation.

“We want to congratulate

the 65 Visiting Angels franchise

owners on receiving the

Best of Home Care – Leader

in Excellence Award,” says

Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting

Angels. “This honor

shows how committed our

franchisees are to our brand,

maintaining a high-quality

reputation while providing

compassionate care to thousands

of seniors across the

country.” The Best of Home

Care – Leader in Excellence

Award highlights the top-performing

home care business

in the nation. Home Care

Pulse believes that by honoring

these providers, families

looking for in-home care for

a loved one will be able to

recognize and choose a trusted

home care provider. These

award-winning Visiting Angels

offices have received the

highest satisfaction scores in

areas such as professionalism,

compassion of caregivers,

training and client/caregiver

compatibility.

Gienapp

Architects

Announces

Addition to

Design Team

Leno Filippi, AIA Hired

as Senior Designer and

Project Manager

Danvers — Gienapp Architects,

a leading Massachusetts

architecture firm,

has announced that Leno

Filippi, AIA has joined the

firm as Senior Designer

and Project Manager. Leno

brings 35 years of experience

in comprehensive architectural

design, project management,

master planning,

public permitting, feasibility

studies, programming, cost

estimating, technical production

and specifications to

the firm. He has successfully

led the design of a variety of

commercial and academic

projects with budgets ranging

from $10 million to $50

million.

Prior to joining Gienapp,

Leno provided design and

project management services

at several well-respected

Boston-based architecture

firms. He has a

Bachelor of Architecture

from the University of

Cincinnati and is a registered

architect in Massachusetts,

member of the

Boston Society of Architects

and member of the

National Council of Architectural

Registration

Boards (NCARB). Leno

is a resident of Lexington

and Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Gienapp Architects was

founded in 2000 to provide

excellence in architectural

design, project management

and client service in Eastern

MA and Southern NH.

Newburyport

Public Library

hosts "Consumer

Rights and

Responsibilities"

(VIRTUAL)

Newburyport Public Library

"Consumer Rights

and Responsibilities" (VIR-

TUAL) March 1st at 2:30

pm.

National Consumer Protection

Week is February 28

to March 6. Join Thomas Joy

for a discussion of consumers’

and tenants’ rights and

responsibilities. Mr. Joy is

the Executive Director of the

North Essex Dispute Resolution

Center, Inc., which

provides free consumer protection

and mediation services.

Topics to be discussed

include shopper’s rights and

internet sales; home improvement

contracts; car

sales and repairs; tenant’s

rights and the dispute resolution

process. People can

register to get the Zoom link

via the Library event calendar

by visiting: https://

www.newburyportpl.org/

events/03-2021 or by calling

978-465-4428 x242.

Hamilton-

Wenham

Public Library

announces

upcoming events

New Reading Challenges

for 2021. Join the library

on Beanstack, an online

program to help track your

reading and help set goals.

Our challenges are ongoing,

you can register at any time,

there are challenges for all

ages. There are raffle drawings

and prizes, more information

is on the Reading

Challenges page by visiting:

https://hwlibrary.org/reading-challenges/

AARP Tax appointments

are open for booking. Volunteers

are available on

Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

This year clients will make

an appointment, drop off

all required paperwork, and

the tax wizards will call them

back later that same day

to pick up forms and sign.

All appointments are being

booked through the Reference

Department 978-468-

5577 X619 or x618 is the

alternate extension- be prepared

to leave a message. Se-

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Community News

ROWLEY PLANNING BOARD

LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

Community Announcements,

from page 8

niorCare, Inc. is coordinating

this volunteer operation.

Jet Setting 101: See

the World on a Budget.

Wednesday, March 3 at

7:00, online. Do you day

dream about taking a hiatus

from your everyday life

to reconnect with yourself

through exploration and

travel? Do you have a list

of countries you long to see

and no idea how to make

your travel dreams a reality?

Whether solo or as a group

there is a trip that is just

right for you. Marcy Yeager,

executive director of PK-12

Partnerships and International

Programs and adventure

travel junkie, will share

her own travel triumphs

and woes and help make

international travel an economic

reality. Free and

open to the public, funded

by the Friends. RSVP for

the Zoom invitation.

Dubai & Abu Dhabi

with the Traveling Librarian

Wednesday, March 24 at

7:00, online. Join Reference

Librarian Jeff Klapes, "The

Traveling Librarian," for an

armchair traveler's journey

to Dubai and Abu Dhabi,

the two largest of the seven

United Arab Emirates. Best

known for their rapid growth,

cutting edge architecture, and

lavish lifestyles, there's much

more to see if you dig deeper.

Mosques, markets, and a mix

of ethnicities and cultures

make the UAE a challenging

place to live and work, but

intriguing to visit. Jeff Klapes

is the Head of Reference Services

at the Lucius Beebe Library

in Wakefield. Free and

open to the public, funded

by the Friends. RSVP for the

Zoom invitation.

Andover's Sarah

Duval Memorial

Scholarship

Fund

Andover’s 11-Year-old Sarah

Duval's Cancer battle is

over, but her impact on the

community lives on. After a

long, hard, and courageous

fight with Leukemia, Sarah’s

journey with cancer came to

an end on Monday February

8. A GoFundMe was created

to collect donations for

the Sarah Duval Memorial

Scholarship Fund. Sarah's

friends and family set up this

scholarship to honor her legacy

by helping other girls in

Andover. Sarah's dream was

to become a reading teacher.

Sarah was an avid hockey

and soccer player. She enjoyed

playing hockey and soccer,

being outside, and hanging

with friends but since the

moment she stepped foot in

a classroom, she knew exactly

what she wanted to do when

she grew up. She began getting

reading support in first

grade and was placed with a

reading teacher to help. Her

first reading teacher was Sharen

Faulkner at Bancroft elementary

school. Sarah and

Mrs.Faulkner had a special

bond. Sarah loved her and

said she was who inspired her

to become a reading teacher

so she could help other kids

just like herself. Her hockey

teammates from the Andover

and North Shore Vipers

recently honored her.

The community has already

raised more than $70,000

dollars in just one day.

To view the GoFundMe,

visit: https://gf.me/v/c/cffd/

sarah-duval-memorial-fund

This scholarship was established

by friends and family

of Sarah in hope of helping

other Andover girls achieve

the same dreams that 11 year

old Sarah did.

Newburyport

Public Library

Enlightened

Estate Planning

with Attorney

Tara K. Wilson

Newburyport Public Library

Enlightened Estate Planning

with Attorney Tara K. Wilson

– (VIRTUAL) Wednesday,

February 24th at 6:30 pm.

Andover author and attorney,

Tara K. Wilson will

share highlights from her

new book, Trustworthy: Enlightened

Estate Planning,

and provide a broad overview

and tips for putting a

good trust-based estate plan

in place. This event will be

held on Zoom. People can

register online via the library

event calendar by visiting:

https://www.newburyportpl.org/events/02-2021

or

by calling 978-465-4428 x

242. A link will be emailed

to participants automatically.

If you do not receive a link,

please email info@newburyportpl.org

or call 978-465-

4428 x242.

Ipswich Shares

New Statewide

211 Vaccine

Scheduling

Resource Line

for Residents

75-Years-Old

and Older

IPSWICH — Town

Manager Anthony Marino

and Public Health Director

Community Announcements,

page 10

Pursuant to G.L., c. 40A, §11, and G.L. c. 41, § 81T, notice is

hereby given that there will be a public meeting of the Rowley

Planning Board on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 7:00 P.M.

where public hearings for amendments to the Rowley Protective

Zoning Bylaw (“the Zoning Bylaw”), and to the Rowley Zoning

Map will considered.

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/375695597

You can also dial in using your phone: U.S. : +1 (312) 757-

3121

Access Code: 375-695-597

Therefore, pursuant to M.G.L., Ch. 40A, §5, the Rowley Planning

Board will be holding the following public hearings:

7:00 pm – Public hearing for Zoning Map/Bylaw Amendment:

Amend the Zoning District Map of the Town of Rowley (“the

Map”), to designate a land area on the west side of Newburyport

Turnpike (Route 1) consisting of parcels identified as 226

Newburyport Turnpike (Map 13, Lot 10); 236 Newburyport

Turnpike (Map 13, Lot 11); 240 Newburyport Turnpike (Map

13, Lot 12-1); 244 Newburyport Turnpike (Map 13, Lot 12-2);

264 Newburyport Turnpike (Map 13, Lot 13); Eastern portion

of 467 Haverhill Street (Map 13, Lot 14); 274 Newburyport

Turnpike (Map 13, Lot 14-A); 282 Newburyport Turnpike (Map

13, Lot 14-B); 272 Newburyport Turnpike (Map 13, Lot 14-F)

as being a “Retail Village Overlay District (RVOD) pursuant to

Section 4.15 of the Rowley Protective Zoning Bylaw.

Also to modify various parts of Section 4.15 (Retail Village

Overlay District) of the Rowley Protective Zoning Bylaw, which

currently pertains only to the original RVOD area located on

Route 133 (Haverhill Street), so as to incorporate the new

RVOD area proposed on Route 1 (Newburyport Turnpike), and

to modify text in the current bylaw pertaining to requirements

and waivers for affordable housing.

7:15 pm - Public hearing for Zoning Bylaw Amendment –

Consider request by Thomas Summit of 118 Central Street to

amend the zoning bylaw (Sections 4.4 and 4.13) to permit outdoor

cultivation of marijuana on properties located in the Outlying

(OD) Zoning district consisting of 4 acres or more.

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

pertaining to the aforementioned public hearings for the

zoning map and bylaw amendments 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) by making an appointment

to inspect them at the Rowley Planning Board Office,

Town Hall Annex, 39 Central Street, during designated office hours.

Chris Thornton,

Planning Board Chairman

2/10, 2/17


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Community News

Community Announcements,

from page 9

Colleen Fermon announce

that the Baker-Polito Administration

has created a

211 hotline for residents

75-years-old and older

to call for assistance with

making vaccination appointments.

Residents 75-years-old and

older became eligible for the

vaccination on Monday, Feb.

1 through the state’s vaccination

distribution plan. However,

those without internet

access and others have struggled

to make appointments

through the state’s online

system.

The new 211 line can be

accessed by dialing 2–1–1

and selecting the prompt for

“Help Scheduling a Vaccine

Appointment.” The hotline

is only available for residents

75-years-old and older without

internet access or who

otherwise cannot use the appointment

site, and will take

calls Monday through Friday

from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Translators will be available

to help through the 211

line. Callers will be able to

speak with a live representative

who will help them find

a nearby vaccination location

and make an appointment.

Residents should note that

if there are no appointments

available the caller will have

an opportunity to put their

name on a waitlist and be

called back once an appointment

at a nearby mass vaccination

site is available. The

nearest mass vaccination site

is at the DoubleTree Hotel

in Danvers. Appointments

on the call-back waitlist will

be made on a first come, first

served basis.

"We hope this new call line

will be a helpful resource as

we know many residents

75-years-old and older have

struggled to access the online

appointment scheduling

system and to find available

appointments," Director

Fermon said. "We thank our

residents for their continued

patience and cooperation

through this challenging

time, and will continue to

provide any and all updates

as the vaccination becomes

more accessible to additional

groups of people over the

coming weeks and months."

Residents 75-years-old and

older with internet access

should continue seeking an

appointment online through

the state’s website by visiting:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations.

Residents eligible

for the vaccine are also

advised to contact their local

pharmacy and primary care

provider to learn about any

other potential opportunities

available for vaccination.

For additional information

on local and regional vaccination

sites visit: https://ipswichcovid19.com

Limited local vaccination

opportunities are being tentatively

planned by appointment

only for eligible residents

in the community. All

updates about vaccination

distribution and local vaccination

opportunities will be

shared through the town’s

website www.ipswichma.gov,

COVID-19 news blog ipswichcovid19.com,

Facebook

page@townofipswich, Twitter

@TownofIpswich, and by

robocall.

The Town of Ipswich uses

Smart911 alerts to share important

announcements and

time-sensitive messages with

residents. Residents can sign

up for text and email alerts

by clicking here.

The next group to become

eligible for the vaccination

will be individuals 65-yearsold

and older, those with

two or more medical conditions

that put them at a high

risk for severe illness should

they contract the disease,

and residents and staff of

low income and affordable

senior housing. The date for

when these individuals will

become eligible has not yet

been announced by the state.

The 211 hotline will also be

available to these groups of

individuals once they become

eligible.

The vaccination is not expected

to be available to the

general public until April

through the state’s vaccination

distribution plan. To

view the plan, click here.

For the latest COVID-19

updates for the Town of Ipswich,

visit ipswichcovid19.

com.

Georgetown

Water

Department

Reminds

Residents to

Promptly Repair

Service Line

Leaks

GEORGETOWN – The

Georgetown Water Department

wishes to remind residents

that homeowners are

responsible for repairing service

line leaks on their property,

according to the department’s

regulations.

The Department recently

collaborated with Seacoast

Leak Detection Services to

survey Georgetown’s water

infrastructure. The survey

turned up five service line

leaks on private property. Service

lines are the pipes from

the curb box to a home or

building's water meter.

Service line issues can cause

flow and pressure problems

and possibly flooding.

Under Department regulations,

property owners are

required to maintain these

service lines, including repairing

leaks that may arise,

as a condition of continued

water service. All repairs

must be completed under

the supervision of the Water

Department.

“It’s important that homeowners

maintain lines from

curb stop to meter in order to

prevent water waste, which

can have a significant impact

on water bills and depletes

a precious resource,” said

Marlene Ladderbush, Utility

Director for the Georgetown

Water Department. “These

services can be prone to failure.

We are happy to work

with residents in scheduling

repairs with our suggested

contractors, to protect the

integrity of our water service.”

Homeowners who do not

repair leaks in a reasonable

period may see their water

service disconnected. Homeowners

will incur a $200 reconnection

fee once the required

repairs are made.

Residents with questions

about leaks, or have general

questions, may contact the

Water Office at 978-352-

5750, during normal business

hours, Monday-Friday,

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

NECC and Local

High Schools

Address Decline

in FAFSA

Applications

NECC is partnering with

local high schools, including

Greater Lawrence Technical,

Haverhill, Amesbury,

Lawrence, Methuen, Triton

Regional, and Whittier

Regional, to address the

decline in FAFSA applications

this year. The college’s

financial aid specialists are

offering free information

sessions and/or workshops

at each of these schools for

families who need help with

filling out a FAFSA form.

The workshops will provide

all the information families

need to know, including

hands-on help with the

forms.

The COVID-19 pandemic

seems to have led to a concerning

decrease in the number

of families completing

higher education financial

applications and those decreases

are even more pronounced

in high schools that

serve minority and low-income

student populations.

In Massachusetts this year,

FAFSA application completion

rates were down 18

percent overall and 25 percent

at the 50 Massachusetts

high schools with the largest

populations of minority and

low-income students, according

to statistics released

in December by the Massachusetts

Board of Higher

Education.

“What’s most concerning

about this is that it’s affecting

students disproportionately,”

said Lane Glenn, president

of Northern Essex Community

College, with campuses

in Haverhill and Lawrence,

MA. “My fear is that we are

going to lose the students

who have the most to benefit

from continuing their education.”

When President Glenn

learned about this trend, he

asked the college’s Student

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Community Announcements,

from page 10

Affairs team to reach out to

local high schools and find

out how the college could

help address the issue.

High Schools Welcome

Support from NECC

What the college discovered

is that most local high

schools were already concerned

about FAFSA completion

trends.

“They were surprised we

were thinking about this and

welcomed the help,” said

Monze Stark, NECC’s director

of admission.

At Haverhill High School,

for example, FAFSA completion

rates were remaining

steady in general, but

sub-groups, such as students

with disabilities and students

of color, were completing at

much lower rates.

“We were concerned about

the inequities, and trying

to create programming to

help families complete the

FAFSA,” said Jami Dion,

supervisor of school counseling

K-12, Haverhill Public

Schools.

“When Northern Essex

reached out, we were trying

to handle this internally. It

was so helpful to be able to

partner with the college since

they have so much expertise

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in this area.”

Coming Up with a Solution

According to Dion, some

families don’t apply for financial

aid because they are

intimidated by the process.

The goal was to create programming

that would engage

families who hadn’t yet

completed, making them

aware of the benefits of applying

for financial aid and

giving them hands-on help

with completing the application.

In partnership with Haverhill

High School, Northern

Essex will offer a FAF-

SA Information Session on

Feb. 25, open to all Haverhill

families, followed by

March 4 and 25 workshops

in which help will be offered

in completing the FAFSA

form. Northern Essex financial

aid counselors will lead

the programs and Haverhill

High School will recruit

families, with targeted outreach

to families who haven’t

yet completed the form.

This is the first time Haverhill

has had such “an organized,

systematic approach”

to educating families about

the FAFSA, said Dion. “We

really want to move the needle

on the FAFSA completion

rates for our students so

they know a college education

is within reach.”

Northern Essex has set

up similar programs with

Greater Lawrence Technical

School (Feb. 3 and 10),

Amesbury High School

(Feb. 11), Lawrence High

School (March 2, 9 and 29),

and Methuen High School

(March 2 and 16) and is currently

working with Triton

Regional High School and

Whittier Regional Vocational

Technical High School to

schedule programs.

NECC has Financial Aid

Expertise

At Northern Essex, 65 percent

of students receive financial

aid, and all incoming

students are encouraged to

apply, even if they don’t think

they will qualify. “We base

the grants and scholarships

we give out on the information

included in the FAFSA.

Even if you aren’t eligible

for federal aid, you can get

support from other sources

as a result of completing the

FAFSA,” said Stark.

Once a student is enrolled,

they are paired with a financial

aid counselor, who will

be with them throughout

their time at Northern Essex.

For more information,

contact Stark at mstark@

necc.mass.edu.

Notice is hereby given by McGarvey Towing of 1481 Broadway Saugus, MA, pursuant to the

provisions of Mass G.L c. 255, Section 39A, that they will sell the following abandoned vehicle

on or after February 18, 2021 beginning at 10:00 am by private or public sale to satisfy their

garage keeper’s lien for towing, storage, and notices of sale. Vehicle is being stored at McGarvey

Towing:

1. 2017 Nissan Sentra VIN 3N1AB7AP9HY398932

Signed,

Stephen McGarvey

Owner, McGarvey Towing

2/3, 2/10, 2/17

Newburyport

Art Association

and the

Firehouse

Center for the

Arts present

Love is LOVE!

The Institution for Savings

Gallery, located on the first

floor of the Firehouse, hosts

12 art exhibits each year.

Artists are invited to submit

examples of their work for

review and selection by our

Visual Arts Committee once

a year. All art is for sale and

proceeds benefit the artist

and Firehouse Center for the

Arts. A reception is scheduled

for each show and offers

a great opportunity to meet

the artists.

Currently on exhibit: Love

is LOVE! a curated exhibit

of 32 artworks that celebrates

love in its many fabulous

forms and shines a light

on the artful joy of our community.

Featuring 30 artists

working in acrylic, drawing,

oil, pastel, photography,

printmaking, and mixed media,

this pop-up show takes

place at the Institution for

Savings Gallery at the Firehouse

from February 12th

through March 28th.

Featuring works by: John

Abisamra, Kathleen Grace

Bennett, Barry Berman, Fran

Butsavich, Donna Caselden,

Sandra Chase Morrissey,

Francisco Colom, Rosalie

Cuticchia, Scott Cuticchia,

Community Announcements,

page 12

TOWN OF ROWLEY COMMUNITY

PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Rowley Community Preservation

Committee will hold an online virtual public hearing regarding

requests for funding in accordance with the requirement of the

Community Act, M.G.L. Chapter 44B Section 5 (b) (1). The

purpose of online virtual public hearing is to discuss with the

community, the needs, possibilities and resources of the Town

regarding the use of the Town’s Community Preservation Fund.

The Committee seeks community input in the areas of open

space, recreation, affordable housing and historical preservation.

The Virtual Online Public Hearing will be held on Thu, Mar

4, 2021 1:30 PM

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or

smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/997033149

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 997-033-149

Join from a video-conferencing room or system.

Dial in or type: 67.217.95.2 or inroomlink.goto.com

Meeting ID: 997 033 149

Or dial directly: 997033149@67.217.95.2

or 67.217.95.2##997033149

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Community News

Community Announcements,

from page 11

Cheryl Dyment, Ronald

Emmerling, Wolfgang Ertl,

Karen Fitzgerald, Deb Goldberg,

Cara Gonier, Richard

Honan. Tricia Jones, Heather

Karp, Madeleine Lord,

Christopher Lovely, Claudia

Matthews, Madalene Murphy,

Kelly Page, Melissa Partridge,

Christine Riccardi,

Marie Sapienza, Adrienne

Silversmith, David Stone,

Robin Thornhill, Sarah Wigglesworth

The Institution for Savings

Gallery is located at the Firehouse

Center for the Arts, 1

Market Square, and is open

Thursday through Sunday,

12pm to 5pm.

Ipswich

Announces

Small

COVID-19

Vaccination

Clinic to Be

Held Friday

for Residents

75-Years-Old

and Older

IPSWICH — Town Manager

Anthony Marino, Public

Health Director Colleen

Fermon and Director of Senior

Services Sheila Taylor

wish to provide an update

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regarding local vaccination

opportunities for residents

75-years-old and older.

The Ipswich Public Health

Department has been allocated

a limited supply of

Moderna vaccination doses

from the state. A small clinic

will be held for residents

75-years-old and older only

on Friday, Feb. 19 at the

Council on Aging, located in

the lower level of Town Hall.

An appointment is required

at the upcoming clinic, and

residents 75-years-old and

older may call the Council

on Aging at 978-356-6650

to be added to a list to be

contacted with an appointment

time once more information

is available. Once

the capacity for the clinic is

reached, residents will also

have the option to be placed

on a waitlist for the clinic.

The clinic is only open to

residents seeking their first

dose of the vaccine, and a

corresponding second clinic

will be scheduled in the

coming weeks for those who

receive their first vaccine at

the clinic. Those who have

already received their first

dose cannot receive their second

dose of the vaccine at

this site.

The Council on Aging is

also coordinating a vaccination

opportunity specifically

for residents who are age

75 and older, and who are

homebound. If you or someone

you know fits in this

category, call the Council on

Aging at 978-356-6650 to

add them to the waitlist.

Residents who have already

scheduled a vaccination appointment

at the Danvers

mass vaccination site are advised

and urged to keep that

appointment so that the limited

vaccination doses available

through the above more

local venues can be given to

more members of the community.

Eligible residents are also

encouraged to contact their

primary care physician and

local pharmacies to learn of

other potential vaccination

opportunities.

For the latest COVID-19

updates for the Town of Ipswich,

visit ipswichcovid19.

com.

The Rowley

Public Library

is now open to

the public with

reduced hours

and limited

services.

Visits are limited to 30

minutes. Please bring your

library card.

Hours:

Monday-Thursday

10am – 6pm

Friday & Saturday

10am – 2pm

Services available:

• Browsing in Adult and

Teen collections (30 minute

limit)

• Browsing in Children’s

Room by appointment only

• Computers – by appointment

only, limit of 30 minutes

• Printing, Copying, and

Faxing: Self-serve only – Exact

change needed. Staff will

not be able to make change.

Printing is 10¢/page for

black & white, 50¢/page for

color. Copying is 10¢/page

(black & white only.) Faxing

is $1/page.

• Newspapers – 1 week

of the Newburyport Daily

News and Boston Globe are

held behind the desk. Make

an appointment to read a

newspaper.

• Curbside Pickup is still

available upon request.

• Self-checkout

• Book Bundle Activity

Kits for preschool through

1st grade

• Museum passes

• Reference and Reader’s

Advisory

• Technology assistance by

phone

• Library cards (call ahead-

978.948.2850)

What’s not available:

• In-library seating

• Meeting and study rooms

• Walk-in computer use

• In-person technology

help (this includes printing,

copying, & faxing assistance)

• Headphones

• Toys, puppets, coloring,

puzzles, or computers in the

Children’s Room

• In-person programs

• Inside book drop – please

continue to use outdoor

book drop

• Office supplies (pens, paper

clips, hole punch, etc.)

• Donations cannot be accepted

at this time.

Keeping Each Other Safe:

Masks are required to enter

the library. We will wear

masks to protect you and we

ask that you do the same. Per

the Rowley Board of Health,

face coverings over the

mouth and nose are required

effective May 1, 2020. For

everyone’s safety, please

bring and properly wear a

mask the entire time you’re

in the library, and maintain

6 feet of distance from other

people when possible. Curbside

pickup will continue to

be available for anyone who

chooses not to enter the

building.

Stay home if you are sick.

If you have a temperature, a

cough, runny or stuffy nose,

shortness of breath, or sore

throat, or have been in close

contact with someone who

has tested positive or is under

review for COVID-19,

or if you have traveled outside

Massachusetts in the

past 14 days (unless it was

to a lower-risk state, please

don’t come into the library

– the staff and your fellow

patrons appreciate it.

Please bring your library

card. Presenting your library

card will help save time and

shorten face-to-face contact.

Self-checkout will also be

available.

All seating has been removed,

and tables are being

used as displays to spread out

our materials and allow more

space for browsing. Hand

sanitizer will be available at

all service desks, self-check

computers, copiers, printers,

and other areas. Please use

these as you touch materials

in the building, and follow

all signage and directional

arrows.

There are times we might

reach capacity limits. To

make space in the building

for other patrons, we

are asking everyone to limit

their time in the library to

30 minutes or less and be

mindful of other patrons as

you browse, both to maintain

physical distance and

to move on when you’re finished

to allow other patrons

access to library materials.

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from page 12

Please bring your library card

to help streamline checkout.

Cape Ann

Museum

hosts virtual

lecture series

on African

Americans in

Essex County

Monthly lecture series allows

attendees to celebrate cultural

history of Cape Ann

GLOUCESTER - To

honor and celebrate Black

History Month, the Cape

Ann Museum welcomes Dr.

Kabria Baumgartner and Dr.

Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello to

discuss their research and report

on the history of African

Americans in Essex County

as part of the Museum's new

virtual lecture series on Friday,

Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. Register

online by visiting https://

www.capeannmuseum.

org/events/african-americans-essex-county/

or call

978-283-0455 x10 or email

to info@capeannmuseum.

org. Free for CAM members;

$10 for non-members.

Dr. Baumgartner, Associate

Professor of American

Studies and Faculty Fellow

for Equity and Inclusion

of the University of New

Hampshire, and Dr. Duclos-Orsello,

Chair and Professor

in the Department

of Interdisciplinary Studies

and Coordinator of American

Studies at Salem State

University, will discuss their

research for a new report,

African Americans in Essex

County, which was funded

by the National Park Service

and will be released later this

spring.

The two have spent the

past two years visiting historic

repositories throughout

Essex County, including the

Cape Ann Museum, to collect,

compile, and catalog the

history of African Americans

in this area.

“Exploring the deep and

complex history of African

Americans in Essex County

is incredibly enriching,” said

Dr. Baumgartner. “What

becomes apparent is that

African Americans have

contributed to the economic

development as well as

the cultural and intellectual

wealth of Essex County,

which is a federally recognized

national heritage area.”

“The African Americans

in Essex County Project is

the first study to provide

a thorough accounting of

the archival collections and

materials at area repositories

related to the African

American experience, dating

back to the seventeenth

century. By compiling these

materials, we have opened

some new possibilities to

share fascinating "hidden"

stories, to identify and connect

complex themes, and

to collaborate with cultural

institutions and community

members in order to understand

the dynamic history of

African Americans in this region,”

she said.

During the virtual discussion,

participants will hear

directly from Dr. Baumgartner

and Dr. Duclos-Orsello

about what they have

learned, the impetus behind

the project, and their recommendations

for how local

residents and institutions

can celebrate and support

African American History in

Essex County.

The next scheduled lecture

in the series will be on

Friday, March 19 at 4:00

pm: How Copley Painted

Women, presented by Dr.

Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior

Curator of American Paintings,

MFA Boston and Jane

Kamensky, Trumbull Professor

of American History,Harvard

University.

Registration is

open for Project

Bread’s 53rd Walk

for Hunger –

Virtual

in 2021

A fundraiser to support

COVID-19 hunger relief in

with online events on Sunday,

May 2

BOSTON – The Walk for

Hunger is seeking participants

to join our community

dedicated to doing good by

helping get food to kids and

families during the pandemic!

A virtual fundraiser that supports

Project Bread’s work to

increase food access for people

of all ages in Massachusetts,

registration opened on Tuesday,

February 9. Fundraising

continues until May 2, 2021

with fun, virtual events taking

place throughout the day. In

its 53rd year, and its second

year as a virtual event, thousands

of caring community

members will participate in

the oldest pledge walk in the

country, which is expected to

raise over $1 million to help

get food to kids and families

during this crisis. Like minded

organizations that fundraise

as part of The Commonwealth

by forming teams can

raise money to support their

own work, while also furthering

the statewide effort.

There is no registration fee

this year or fundraising minimum.

To create a personal

or team fundraising page for

The Walk for Hunger or to

make a donation, visit projectbread.org/walk

or call

(617) 723-5000.

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348 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH (603) 926-9781. Pursuant

to the RSA 444 through 450 that they will sell the following

vehicles on or March 2, 2021 at 8:00AM by private sale to satisfy

their garage keeper’s lien for towing, storage and notice of sale:

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