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Mock Court Helps Students Learn About the Law TRITON – In the first-ever mock trial with Triton students, Alexa Reilly will go on trial March 6th for buying alcohol for a minor. Of course, Reilly, a junior and the daughter of Nicole Reilly, a successful criminal attorney, is only play acting. She was drafted by her mother to help 14 seventh and eighth graders learn what really goes on in court. “I am so proud of these students. At first, I wasn't sure if they would be able to handle preparing for a trial at such a young age, but they have been remarkable. They have remained enthusiastic and are asking some really thoughtful, intelligent questions,� Nicole

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programming, was suggested to Reilly by a person who was familiar with a similar mock trail training program in Lawrence. That mock trial program, aďŹƒliated with the District Court in Lawrence, was built around a civil case. Given Reilly's background in criminal defense, she and Triton social studies teacher Justine Benson changed it to a criminal case and one that the students Photo by Stewart Lytle could get excited about. The Triton mock trial team with Nicole Reilly and Justine Benson. The case, which will be heard Reilly said. their children are having a lot of by Presiding Judge Peter Doyle at Several parents have thanked fun and learning at the same time. the Newburyport District Court, involves procuring alcohol for her for providing the course for “That was my goal,â€? she said. the first time at Triton, she said. The program, which is part of a minor during a 21st birthday And they have expressed that Triton's 21st Century after-school Continued on page 3

Drop Off Unwanted Prescription Drugs By Stewart Lytle, Reporter –––––––––––––––––

SALISBURY – Police Chief Thomas Fowler knows from years of experience that too many teenagers and young adults get hooked on drugs by raiding their parents' or grandparents' medicine cabinet. But just dumping the unwanted medications down the toilet creates a danger to the local ground water, which everyone drinks. So Fowler, Public Health Director John Morris and Elizabeth Pettis, director of the Council on Aging, have joined forces to encourage residents to drop off any unwanted medications in a new drop box at the Police Department. The drop box in the lobby is “very heavy,� Fowler said. “No one can carry it Salisbury Police Chief Thomas Fowler with the new drop box. out.�

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The department will accept prescription medications, patches, ointments, over the counter drugs, vitamins, prescription samples, and even prescriptions for pets. He said Marshall Tom Howard in Newburyport, which has had a drop off program, told him that he will be surprised at how many drugs will be turned in. Once collected, the police department will dispose of these drugs by burning them in an incinerator, much like it does for seizures of illegal drugs, Fowler said. “Studies have shown that residential supplies of pharmaceutical controlled substances, those found in our home medicine cabinets, have Continued on page 3

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Mock Court Helps Students Learn About the Law am more interested in art.” party in a private home. A car At the defense table, Lion Gayaccident resulted because the underKilleen said she loves playing aged person allegedly drove under lawyer. “It makes you think. It is the influence of alcohol. fun trying to figure things out.” The jury will consist of parents, Isabella St. Arnaolt had a more teachers and friends. personal reason for learning how During her “trial,” to conduct a trial. “I have Alexa Reilly said she tried to argue with my planned just to plead the parents. This helps me 5th Amendment. learn how to win those When the students arguments,” she said, gather on Wednesday admitting that she often afternoons after school for wins arguments with 10 weeks, they are divided her father, but not her evenly into two teams mother. – one for the prosecution, Noelle Indingaro agreed another for the defense that it has helped her to team. learn how to organize her Together they are Photo by Stewart Lytle arguments with family working on opening Nicole Reilly teaches the mock trial team how to build a case. members. But she also statements, questions for likes understanding what witnesses, reviewing the evidence my career options.” really happens in a trial. and preparing for closing Molly Gagnon and Justin Ryan Farrell said the program arguments to the jury. Flodman said the mock trial sounded interesting to him The key question that both the program had awakened an because he wanted to know what prosecution and defense were interest in considering the law as lawyers do. “It sounded really working on in this case is whether a profession. interesting,” he said. the defendant knew that the Jacob Gabrian, who is also on And Kyle Wheeler, who wants person she was buying the alcohol the prosecution team, said he has to be a lawyer when he grows for was under-aged. no interest in being a lawyer. He up, said, “I believe in justice. As part of their trial preparation, joined the group “because it seemed There should be consequences if the group toured the Newburyport like fun.” And it is, he said. you break the law.” And being a District Court and met Judge Hannah Reilly, one of Nicole member of the defense team for Michael Ulharik. They also took a Reilly's twin daughters in the Reilly, he said, “If they didn't guided tour with some of Reilly's eighth grade, admitted that she do something wrong, then I friends and got to ask the judge joined the group to “make my like trying to prove they are not questions. mother happy. I like the law. But I guilty.”

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local and tribal law enforcement partners collected more than 2 million pounds, or 1,018 tons, of prescription medications that were removed from circulation. Two years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), allowing the DEA to develop responsible methods for disposal of the drugs. Prior to the passage of the Disposal Act, the CSA provided no legal means for transferring possession of controlled substance medications from users to other individuals for disposal. Salisbury is also concerned that the medications could enter the water supply. “Most controlled substances are created synthetically and are not removed through normal watertreatment processes,” Fowler said. Flushing medications down the toilet or drains “can result in the discharge of these substances into the environment and into our ground water supplies,” he said. Morris praised the police department for taking the initiative to “remove unwanted drugs from

society that are harmful to people that abuse drugs and it will further protect the environment and water supplies.” Pettis said, “We will now be able to anonymously dispose of expired, unwanted medication without harming the environment.” Using a portion of a grant, the police department has purchased a new drop box that cost $700. Fowler said he tried to get the Post Office to sell him an old post box like the one the Newburyport Police Department has in its lobby for drop off prescription drugs. But the cash-strapped U.S. Post Office now sells old post boxes for about $2,000, he said. The grant is for $90,000 to the Amesbury, Newburyport and Salisbury police department from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and from the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Grant Program. Fowler said the grant is being divided equally among the towns and is being used to fight illegal drugs as well as take unwanted drugs out of homes.

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Also, we are interested in recipes from families who have lived in town, brought up their children and now have grandchildren here. In general, we would like all residents to participate. So if you have a recipe and an anecdote or remembrance regarding that recipe we would like it. Many Foods have come and gone, only to come back as a treasured taste treat... we would like those treats. Drop off your recipes at Rowley Town Hall's, Town Clerk Sue Hazen's Office. Or mail to Rowley Historical Society, 124 Main Street, Rowley; Titled recipe; or e-mail: dmcmahon9@verizon. net. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - Do people rave about your venison chili? What about that new white bean and turkey chili you've been perfecting? Now you can break out your best ladle and compete against other chili cooks! Enter the Friends of the Rowley Public Library's 11th Annual “Some Like it Hot!” Chili Cook-off being held on Saturday, March 9, 2013. The event, which is being held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., raises funds to benefit Rowley Library programs. Contestants who wish to enter the contest can download the entry form and rules at rowleylibrary.org. Deadline for entries is Friday, February 28, 2013. Contestants may enter in one of three categories: Red Chili (includes meat or poultry, red chili peppers, and spices; may include beans, vegetables, etc.); Green Chili (includes meat or poultry, green chili peppers, and spices; may include beans, vegetables, etc.); or Meatless Chili (vegetarian or seafood chili with various spices). We ask you to bring at least three gallons of chili to the contest, ready to serve, along with your complete list of chili ingredients and a Sternobased heat source. 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AMESBURY— Suzanne Amato was recently appointed the new Property Manager at Residences at Riverwalk Amesbury, according to Zell Riverwalk LLC, The North Shore’s Largest Independent Community Newspaper owner of the luxury apartment community. Personalized lessons in your home. Amato has 15 years of Property Management experience in both residential and commercial management in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. “I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Zell Riverwalk and to be a part of the local community. I am looking forward to promoting this beautiful Private Investigation property and being available to the residents • Insurance so they can continue to enjoy living in this • Surveillances Conducted 24/7 • Employment Verification community that offers a combination of • Undercover Operations history and elegance unlike any other in the • Credit Checks - Asset Checks area,” said Amato. • Traffic Accidents - Witness “I especially like that this property offers New England • Motor Vehicle Records a creative solution for those people who do Surveillance Specialists • Matrimonial/Infidelity not want to be home owners but are looking • Criminal Records • Personal Injury for an upscale option and want all the conveniences of being close to downtown. We are a pert friendly community nestled between the Riverwalk and Powow River Palm and Card Reading a Specialty and we are a short walk to all that this thriving town has to offer.” Everything you need to know... Amato, a Certified Property Manager, said she especially likes representing an apartment community with a rich history in the town. The former Walker Auto Body building was built in 1918. This auto carriage factory was renovated to apartments six years ago. Being on the National Register of Historic Places, the Open property offers some interesting features such as unique floor plans including townhomes, oversized windows, Year and 14 foot ceilings. 978-948-8696 • www.thetowncommon.com • advertise@thetowncommon.com Amato will represent Residences at Riverwalk Amesbury as a member of the Amesbury, Greater Round Newburyport and Merrimack Valley Chambers of Commerce. Amato is a graduate of Simmons College with a degree in management and marketing. “We invite local residents and business people to come in for a tour, just to see what we have to offer, even if they are not currently looking for an apartment.” Available for Parties and Social Gatherings Some apartment homes at The Residences at Riverwalk offer gas fireplaces, ceiling fans, or clearstory Reading Private and Confidential windows due to the careful restoration, all apartments offer large windows with dramatic daytime lighting and views of either downtown Amesbury and the Powow River or the wooded Riverwalk trail. “This is the best of both worlds,” said Amato, “Our residents live in stylish, modern apartments homes, blended with historic details that maintain the rich history of the building.” 38 Cable Ave 54 State Street For more information about Riverwalk, call the leasing office at 978-834-0900 or visit the website at www. Salisbury, MA 01952 Newburyport, MA 01950 riverwalkamesbury.com. The office is open for tours seven days a week at One River Court.

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