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Playing Tennis in the Snow

Nina Cutts Joins Institution for Savings as Vice President of Commercial Lending Page 2 The Racquet Club is open even when it is snowing.

Envisioning the Next Ten Years in Newburyport Page 4 Groveland Gathers to Read Events Page 6 Ipswich Dance Studio Competing For A Cause Page 8


February 26 - March 4, 2014 Vol. 10, No. 17 By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– NEWBURYPORT – For the last 40 years, when the few good courts here are covered with snow and icy winds are blowing, there has been a place avid players go to get their tennis fix. The Racquet Club of Newburyport, owned by former Mayor Byron Matthews and architect John Woodman, is a happening place on Low Street from September to May. Even in the summer, some players prefer hitting balls indoors. And six courts inside a large metal barnlike structure is a refuge for players from the summer storms. Photo by Stewart Lytle “We have a very loyal, tennis-

only group of players,” said Mike Perrotta, who has managed the club for the last eight seasons. While many clubs on the North Shore have added fitness facilities, racquetball courts, restaurants and bars, the Racquet Club here has expanded from four to six courts and remained focused only on tennis. Some members have been playing at the club each winter for 20 years. Others played when they were younger, then took time off to raise families and build careers, only to return. “This club is very welcoming,” Continued on page 3

Beekeepers Fighting Mosquito Spraying

By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– REGIONAL – When Kimberley and Todd Klibansky learned that the city of Beverly was going to spray to kill mosquitoes a couple of years ago, they followed the official instructions and put tarpaulins on two small hives on their property to protect their bees. After the spraying, the tarps were covered with dead bees. They believe the spraying killed their bees and is responsible nationwide for the declining populations of bees. Now living in Rowley, the Klibanskys are concerned that mosquito spraying this summer will again kill their bees. They and other beekeepers and concerned citizens are waging a campaign to persuade towns and cities on the North Shore to find other ways to combat mosquitoes. They are encouraging property owners to write a letter by March 1 to their municipal clerk asking that the North East Mosquito and Wetlands Control District not spray for mosquitoes near their property. “If enough people opt out of the spraying, maybe they will quit doing it,” Kimberley Klibansky said. Photo provided by Kimberly Klibansky. Busy bees For that reason, she said, cities and towns are “making it difficult” to seek sprayed last year for the first time in several years. Last year, Rowley spent an exemption from having the spraying done by requiring that the letters $50,000 and Beverly spent $75,000 for North East Mosquito District's be certified and mailed early in the season. spraying, according to the Klibanskys' research. Spraying neotoxins to kill mosquitoes, which may carry the West Nile or The Massachusetts Department of Health warns older people, young the eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) diseases, is controversial. people, under 15, asthma suffers and pregnant women to limit their Several North Shore cities and towns, including Hamilton and Wenham, exposure to the sumithrin neotoxin. Between dusk and dawn, when the Georgetown, Danvers, Marblehead, Nahant, Swampscott and Boxford, spraying occurs, they should stay indoors and keep their windows and doors have not sprayed for mosquitoes in recent years, the Klibanskys said. Ipswich shut. People should also bring in their pets and their dishes of food and Continued on page 3

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Nina Cutts Joins Institution for Savings as Vice President of Commercial Lending

NEWBURYPORT - Nina P. Cutts has joined the Institution for Savings as Vice President of Commercial Lending, announced President and CEO Michael J. Jones recently. In her new position she will work closely with the Institution for Savings’ commercial lending team to expand the Bank’s growing commercial real estate, construction and commercial and industrial portfolio throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Ms. Cutts has more than 25 years of experience in banking, lending and financial services. Before coming to the Institution for Savings, she was the Vice President of Commercial Lending at The Provident Bank in Amesbury where she managed an $82 million commercial loan portfolio. Before that Ms. Cutts held a similar position at TD Bank in Portsmouth, NH. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Ms. Cutts to our high-performing commercial lending team,� said Mr. Jones. “Nina has a very strong and impressive track record in commercial lending and portfolio management, and is familiar with our markets, particularly the Seacoast and southern New Hampshire areas. Her knowledge and personal style of banking will be a great asset to the Bank as we look to exceed last year’s record-breaking year in our commercial lending division in 2014.� Ms. Cutts graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Currently she is on the Board of the Coastal Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit regional economic development corporation serving the greater Seacoast area. She resides in Kittery Point, ME with her husband, Rich Cutts. Ms. Cutts can be reached by calling her direct line at 978-312-6811 or via email at kcutts@

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Perrotta said. The number of members each year ranges from 500 to 550 players in all age groups, he said. They come to play in weekly doubles groups. A few stalwarts come early in the morning before work, when the court fees are $10 cheaper, to play singles. There are leagues for men and women. And there are a large number of junior programs. High school teams also practice at the club. As a result, Newburyport is an anomaly. More people play tennis in the winter than in the summer, Perrotta said. Several professional coaches provide individual and group lessons. In addition to Perrotta, the coaches include Kelly Ouellette, who has been at the club for 17 years; John Tracy, who has taught lessons to adults and coached high school teams for 14 years; Sue Page, who has been teaching at the club for 25 years; Tony Morchetto, who has provided lessons on and off for 10 years, and relative newcomers Courtney Gilman and Scott Brockelman. Lessons range in price. Individual

lessons cost $40, plus the court fee. Group lessons are less. Membership fees are low compared to other clubs with more amenities. Adults pay $205 for the winter season from September to May; seniors pay $150; juniors $95, and families pay $425. As the winter progresses, the rates are prorated. If one joined on March 1, it would cost an adult only $95 and seniors $65. The fees for juniors are waived. In addition to the membership fees, the court fees range from $26 to $36, depending on the time of day. During the summer, players can buy a court package that allows them to play free for three months. The racquet club traces its history to 1970s, when cities began adding amenities such as skating rinks to encourage economic growth. Matthews, who began serving his five terms as mayor in 1968 and oversaw much of Newburyport's urban renewal, joined with Woodman, who had designed the Inn Street corridor, in building the tennis facility. Tennis was gaining in popularity at the time they decided to build a

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water during spraying, the health department's web site says. To date, there is little evidence that exposure to the neotoxin has “measurable long-term health effects,” according to the state health department's web site. But “Is it worth the risk?” Todd Klibansky asked. The Klibanskys also question whether the spraying really works. Mosquitoes have a short, twoweek life span, and they fly as much as 10 miles in quest of humans and animals to bite and suck blood from, Todd Klibansky said. The spraying is also prohibited from bodies of water, where mosquitoes breed, for fear of harming fish. So spraying in remaining small areas as Rowley and other towns do when the diseasecarrying mosquitoes are detected may kill off only a small number of the insects, the Klibanskys said. The goal of the spraying is to

deplete the adult female population before they lay their eggs. And advocates of spraying believe this tactic is effective. The Klibanskys and other opponents of spraying believe the threat of mosquito-borne diseases to humans is minimal, and there are other, more effective ways to fight mosquitoes. On this point, advocates and opponents agree. The best way to fight mosquitoes is to eradicate their breeding grounds, killing off the females and their eggs before they hatch. But once the population reaches “a critical stage,” advocates of spraying believe the only remedy is to spray the neotoxins by trucks and airplanes. The Klibanskys and other opponents believe that mosquito magnets, which trap and kill thousands of mosquitoes, is a more effective tool in the battle against the insects.


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The beekeepers lament the loss of their beloved bees in the fight against mosquitoes. Bees are essential to agriculture and keep the flowers in their yard blooming beautifully. Even an old tree that appeared to be dying in their yard in Beverly came back to life after they built the hives. For more information, visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's web site. To get a copy of the letter to request an exemption from spraying this summer, contact Kimberley Klibansky at kklibansky@icloud. com.

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Community Announcements AMESBURY - Cemetery educators, The Gravestone Girls, whose mission is to “Keep Our Dead Alive”, will be presenting a virtual tour, called “Welcome to the Graveyard”, centered on Amesbury’s twelve local cemeteries at Amesbury Public Library, Saturday, April Community Connections 5, 2014 at 10am. The 90 minute presentation is built on photographs recently taken in these special and interesting burying places around Amesbury, which was founded in 1668, and charts the evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the colonial era into the 21st century. This is a popular program that has been given around the New England area by The Gravestone Girls for almost fifteen years. The group regularly works with libraries, historical societies and genealogical groups, among others, to teach about “the art, symbolism and history of these living history museums located on everyone’s main streets and backyards” says Ms. Sullivan, one in Open 7 Days the group of three cemetery enthusiasts. She further added “Almost everyone is interested in these peaceful and beautiful spaces, but may be hesitant to say so to others. Our presentation lets you know you’re not the only one. Come see what we do, we fill the room every time!” Registration is required. Please•contact Margie Walker at 978-388-8148 or You can register online at The program will be held in the library at 149 Main Street, Amesbury, MA. This program is supported Listen to Kathryn’s real estate radio program every Friday at 8:05 am by a grant from the Amesbury Cultural Council, a local•agency which is supported by the • on WNBP 1450 AM / 106.1 FM. Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. • -----------------------------------------------------------RE/MAX Prestige ♦ Topsfield, MA FRIENDS OF THE COUNCIL ON AGING - March 12 - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Ronan Tynan of the Irish Tenors @ Venus de Milo, Swansea, MA. $79pp 978-887-7272 office includes transportation, Lunch (choice of corned beef or haddock) and Show. March Kathryn O’Brien, M.Ed. 16 - Welcome Spring @ the Boston Flower Show, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. 978-465-1322 direct Why hassle with traffic and parking, enjoy the ride and arrive stress-free. $45pp includes Email: transportation and Show Admission. April 10 - Tour of Fenway Park, home of the World Champion Boston Red Sox! Enjoy a narrative tour of Fenway's history; includes Website: transportation, lunch at No Name Restaurant, visit to Old Ironsides and time for Quincy Market. $75pp. April 15 - Living Legend Debbie Reynolds in Concert @ Mohegan Sun. $79pp includes transportation, Concert and $30 Casino Gaming/Lunch Voucher Package. April 26 - Tour of American Tobacco Heiress Doris Duke's Rough Point Mansion, Newport, RI. $92pp includes transportation, lunch at Atlantic Beach Club, and visit to Newport Distillery for rum/beer sampling. March 14 - 18 - Washington, DC. Trip highlights include tour of many Washington Monuments and Arlington Cemetery; illuminated Night Tour of Nation's Capital; choose tour of Smithsonian Museums or new National Air & Space Museum at Dulles. Includes transportation, 3 nights hotel, 6 meals. $519pp dbl occ/$679 single. September 2 - 7 - Canadian Island of Coudres and Quebec Tour. Includes transportation, 5 nights lodging, 11 meals; guided tour of Quebec City; visits to Casino de Charlevoix, St. Anne de Beaupre Shrine and more! $679pp dbl occ/$ 879 single. Valid Passport Required. Trips sponsored by Friends of the Council on Aging are open to all age groups. For more information contact the Amesbury COA @ 978-388-8138 or Newburyport COA @ 978-462-8650. -----------------------------------------------------------GROVELAND - Langley-Adams Library invites all to attend its 2014 Groveland Gathers to Read events. Groveland Gathers to Read is an annual town-wide reading series. This year's title is "Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northup. This well-written and moving memoir has been adapted into an award-winning feature film. All events are free and open to the public. To register please call 978-372-1732 or go to -- Mon., March 3 at 6:30 p.m. - American Music from the Time of "Twelve Years a Slave". An evening of music from Antebellum America, from the slave cabin to the

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salon. Featuring musicians Lawrence Young and Suzanne Powers.; Sat., Mach 8 at 10:30 a.m. - See the Movie 12 Years a Slave Join us to watch the award-winning film adaptation of the book.; Mon., March 10 at 6 p.m - Mill Hands, Field Hands Brown University professor, Seth Rockman, presents the intertwined worlds of the factory and plantation in Antebellum America.; Wed., March 12 at 4 p.m. - Super Sleuths: Traditional African American Music. Through stories, interactive projects and crafts, learn about the Fisk Jubilee • Friendly & Experienced Staff singers and some spirituals. (Grades K-4); Wed., March 19 at 4 p.m. - Tales of the Real Underground Railroad Meet us at an actual • Family Atmosphere location of the Underground Railroad. Stories and a brief history by its proprietor. Address of this field trip will be announced two days before the event.; Sat., March 22 at 11 a.m. - Make Your Own Ink Solomon Northup made his own ink as a slave and used duck tail “Come in for a haircut OLD FASHIONED feathers for his quill. (Grades 5-12); Mon., March 24 at 6:30 p.m. - A Visit with Abraham Lincoln (At Nichols Village Senior Living BARBERSHOP and let us be your barber!” Community, 54 Main Street, Groveland). A first-person historical interpretation including anecdotes from Lincoln's visit to New EXPERIENCE! Hampshire. Wed., March 26 at 4 p.m - Super Sleuths: African American Women Musicians Through stories, interactive projects and The North Shore’s Largest Independent Community Newspa crafts, learn about Marian Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Lou Williams, and Florence Mills. (Grade K-4); Sat., March 29 at 11 a.m. - Meet Solomon Northup biographer, David Fiske Mr. Fiske has written a new biography on Solomon Northup. He will read from Across from Agawam Diner See us on and discuss his book. Copies will be available for sale and autographing. Several book discussions of "Twelve Years a Slave" will occur at TD Bank Plaza throughout the month: Wed., March 5 at 10:30 a.m. - Groveland Town Hall, Tue., March 18 at 3 p.m. - Nichols Village Senior Living Community, Wed., March 19 at 6:45 p.m - Langley-Adams Library. -----------------------------------------------------------HAMILTON - Henri Smith’s Mardi Gras Ball - Hey Baby … Join us for a celebration of N’awlins Jazz performed in the high-spirited style of a Mardi Gras festival. Henri Smith will be smoking an 18 karat performance in The Community House ballroom … F'sho. New Orleans, one of the most unique cities in the United States, is synonymous with “Celebrate”.  Henri Smith having been born and raised in this birthplace of Jazz became uniquely attuned to the rhythm of the streets.  Streets where whimsical dancing in the middle of Mark M. Burke, Sr. Buy the day, in the middle of the week and all night long. Put on your dancing shoes, Mardi Gras costume and Let The Good Times Roll. Stacey Goodwin Sell Henri Smith will perform at The Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 pm.  Guaranteed The North Shore’s LargestFirearm Independent Community Newspaper Safety Training Trade to be a sweet time.  Yeah you right! Tickets: All tickets on sale via Brown Paper tickets are $15.00 plus $1.52 service fee. Tickets at the Reloading Equipment @ Supplies door are $18.00 The historic Community House, located on Rte 1A in Hamilton, Antique, Modern & New Guns MA, is handicap accessible. FREE parking in 3 lots and within walking distance of the commuter rail and 3 great restaurants! 130 Bridge Rd, Salisbury 978-465-5561 IPSWICH - Are you game for some pick-up basketball?  Join our new over 50 team!  This adult basketball team will meet every Thursday afternoon from 4:00-5:00pmin the Town Hall Gym beginning March 6th.  If you love to play the sport and are tired of keeping up with the 20-30 year olds, come check it out! -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURYPORT - Are you a singer looking for a choir? The First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, of Newburyport welcomes new singers, especially tenors. Choir members attend rehearsals on Sundays at 9am and Thursdays at 7:30pm, and sing at the 10:30 service each Sunday. No auditions are necessary, but singers should be comfortable with learning new music quickly.  Contact -Jay Weddings . Parties/Anniversaries . Lane,, 978-465-0602 X410 or come to a rehearsal to try it out. 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â&#x20AC;˘ Sports Sports Sports By John McCarthy,â&#x20AC;˘ Rowley Realty My wife was at the mall yesterday with our 12 year old daughter browsing stores while waiting for our son and his friends to get out of a movie. My daughter, in realizing that after asking many times if she could buy this or that (by â&#x20AC;&#x153;thisâ&#x20AC;? I mean something very expensive or â&#x20AC;&#x153;thatâ&#x20AC;? a dog) and getting a â&#x20AC;&#x153;no, sorryâ&#x20AC;? said to my wife â&#x20AC;&#x153;what is the point of being at the mall if we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy anything?â&#x20AC;? Well, in hearing that story I have often thought the same thing about people who go to my open houses but really have no intention of buying right now. In the real estate world there is nothing wrong with browsing to get an idea if there is something better on the market or even to get an idea what your home is worth. I tell my sellers that many of these lookers will probably come back at some point and buy, usually the spring. However in the winter months it seems most are content to be on the outside looking in. Just like the girl staring at the puppy behind the glass in the mall pet store, and although we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to cave in to pressure and buy the puppy, many of these people browsing homes will become buyers once the snow clears and the spring market hits. Assuming you are buying, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take a look at the process, step by step. 1. Finding the Home: A buyer and REALTORÂŽ will work in tandem to find a home that fits the buyer. This process can take some time or can come immediately. Often times the perfect home comes on the market immediately please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dismiss it because you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been inside any others. You have looked on line prior to going to see you first house, correct? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t assume that in this suddenly tight market that this home will stick around while you view others. 2. Meeting of the Minds: When a buyer submits an offer to a seller or to his/her REALTORÂŽ, this offer will have a life span, typically at least 24 hours, sometimes longer. The offer should always be done in writing to protect both buyer and seller. It also must be accompanied by an initial deposit. Additional documents that are usually included with the offer are a Lead Paint form for houses built before 1978, and a pre-approval letter from the buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

bank or mortgage lender. Not only are the financial terms outlined in the offer but dates that need to be met are spelled out as well. If the offer is acceptable we go to #2. If not, the seller may submit a counter offer changing the price and/ or terms. It is important to note that if the seller does not sign the initial offer in the specified time, the offer expires and is no longer valid. Also, if the seller submits a counter offer, the original offer is null and void. Assuming the parties come together then we go on to #2. 3. Inspections: A buyer typically asks in the offer for a period (7-10 days) to do a home inspection on the property they are buying. The inspection of the house is done over a span of 2-4 hours and covers or uncovers problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. The buyer may also choose to have a test for radon gas done (your home inspector can do this for an additional charge) or bring in specialists to test for lead paint, or the evidence of insects (carpenter ants, termites, etc.). If the buyer is not satisfied and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel anything can be done to rectify the problem, they can withdraw and receive their initial deposit back. The buyer can always ask the seller if they would be willing to fix whatever problem came up. If the buyer is satisfied with the results of the inspection we move on to #3. 4. P&S: The seller and their REALTORÂŽ or attorney will put together a purchase and sale document outlining the terms that were agreed upon by both parties. This document is given to both buyer and seller and they can choose to have an attorney look it over and make changes to protect their interests. Once this is done the buyer will sign by the due date outline in the initial offer and submit it to the seller

or their representative with a second deposit. The initial deposit along with this one is placed in an escrow account. They are often called â&#x20AC;&#x153;good faithâ&#x20AC;? deposits designed to show that the buyer is going to keep up his/her end of the bargain as the seller is, in essence, taking the property off the market and preventing other buyers from purchase. If the buyers decide to withdraw after a certain time they may not be entitled to receive their deposits back. 5. Financing: Once a buyer comes under agreement, he/she starts the process from pre-approved for a mortgage to getting approved for a mortgage. You will need to meet with the mortgage or bank representative you have chosen and provide him/her with the documentation they require (typically pay stubs/W-2 or a tax return and bank account info among other items). 6. Appraisal: The bank or mortgage company will send out an appraiser to evaluate the value of the home you are purchasing. This is done simply to ensure to the lending institution that the mortgage they are providing has adequate collateral. 7. Passing: Buyer and seller meet and sign papers, exchanging ownership of the property. Simple right? This is only a baseline as there is a lot more that can come up during the process and usually does, but hopefully this gives you an outline of the home buying (and not just looking) process. 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

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especially does not make sense going up. What corners have to be if you typically only have your cut to make this work? teeth cleaned a couple of times Many dentists take a lot of a year. The only way purchasing continuing education each year your own insurance may make to improve skills and to be able sense is if you are looking to cover to provide patients with a high your entire family. You should level of service. The amount of BY J. PETER ST. CLAIR, DMD discuss these factors with your continuing education a dentist Last week I explained how dental office prior to making the takes is generally related to the resources available from running dental insurance works in general decision. In dentistry, there are a few types the business. Although the type and why there is no “good” dental insurance. This week I will break of dental insurance available. There of dental insurance a dental office down the general differences is “indemnity” insurance, where accepts does not always translate between dental insurances, some patients can go to whoever they into the level of care provided, it is things to consider when using want and the insurance will cover an important factor for the patient your dental insurance, and when it a certain percentage depending to consider. The state of dental insurance in makes sense to consider purchasing on the procedure. The other types of insurance are PPO’s, HMO’s 2014 is more dismal than it was in insurance if you don’t have it. I get asked just about daily and discount plans or “clubs”. the 1970’s because there have been by patients who are either self- With these types of insurance, the few increases in pay-outs from employed or are not offered dentist has to sign a contract with insurance companies and the costs insurance through their employer, the insurance company and abide of doing business are higher. In “Should I consider getting dental by a pre-set limit they can charge essence, the insurance companies insurance?” In most cases, in my for all procedures. The typical generally win, leaving the dentist, opinion, it does not make sense question a dental office gets with and most importantly the patient, to purchase dental insurance on regards to these types of insurance on the losing end. Next week I will discuss the your own. This goes back to last plans is, “Why don’t you accept costs of dental care for those with week’s column as to how dental XYZ insurance?” Most dental offices are small or without dental insurance and “insurance” is set up to begin businesses, and the decision for the ways to get what you want with with. As I discussed last week, all dentist to sign-up for a particular regards to your dental health. Dr. St. Clair maintains a private dental insurance companies set plan depends on whether they a limit as to how much they will feel they can maintain the quality dental practice in Rowley and “pay-out” on an annual basis. The of care they seek, or were trained Newburyport dedicated to healthindustry average is $1000 per year, to provide, while still being able centered family dentistry. If there are which has not changed since the to cover their expenses to run a certain topics you would like to see inception of dental insurance back business. Many of these insurance written about or questions you have in the 1970’s. The premiums for plans have negotiated fees that cut please email them to him at jpstclair@ The North Shore’s Independent Community Newspaper the dentist’s regular fee by 30-50% You can individual dental insurance runLargest around the $700 range. This leaves or more. This can be a difficult view all previously written columns the patient with a net gain of $300 decision for many dentists as the at from the insurance company. This costs to run a dental office keep blog.

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