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Sharps Disposal Creating Anxiety By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– I will be tempted to simply throw my used needles in the trash as many people have chosen.” Throwing used needles and syringes, commonly called sharps, in the trash poses a health risk for trash collectors and Photo by Stewart Lytle Used needles in a milk carton. others who might come in contact with REGIONAL – Like so many the used needles. As Talbert fears, Americans, Gene Talbert has they may also be removed from diabetes. the trash by drug addicts, who To inject himself with insulin, reuse the needles and potentially Talbert uses a minimum of four spread disease and infection. needles every day, 120 each month Several North Shore or 1,460 every year. municipalities, such as The challenge that he and many Newburyport and West Newbury, others face is how to dispose of all have adopted programs for the those needles safely. safe disposal of needles. Others, New government regulations including Salisbury, are studying make it harder and most expensive the issues. to get rid of the used needles, he Salisbury Chief Tom Fowler said said. last week that he plans to meet with So the needles are accumulating Health Director Jack Morris to in three box containers that are develop a workable needle disposal taking up space in his apartment. program. He expects that the And he is not alone. Salisbury program will be similar “Everybody is talking about it. to the one in Newburyport. They don't want their needles to Beginning last July, Newburyport get in the wrong hands or cause refused to accept sharps the any harm. But they don't know municipal solid waste collection. what to do with them,” said The sharps are now collected Talbert, who is chairman of the and disposed of at designated Hilton Senior Center board in collection centers. Salisbury. The city has picked two “I am attempting to keep the collection centers. One is at the needles from the hands of drug city health department in the users and to remedy my on-going basement of City Hall. The other situation,” Talbert wrote last week is at the senior center at 40 Water in an email to state and local Street. officials. “Unless this problem gets “All hypodermic needles resolved without further delays, Continued on page 3

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NEWBURY – What playwright Stacey April Fix likes about her latest student performance, Mr. Santa, is that it addresses the plight of humans as we cope with the rapid changes technology is bringing. The holiday play by Workshop Arts, which features a cast of 75 Newbury Elementary School

students and three adults, raises the alarm that Internet shopping, while increasing popular, may bring an end to many cherished holiday traditions, including personal time with Santa Claus. Mr. Santa will be performed four times in the school's performing arts center, starting Dec. 12. Continued on page 3

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Letters to the Editor provide a useful way of communicating concerns, issues, or suggestions to all members of the community. The Town Common encourages all citizens to submit letters concerning issues of interest and concern to the local community. Letters selected for publication may be edited for length and clarity. Some letters may serve as a catalyst for other articles or coverage, and community leaders and agencies will be offered an opportunity to respond to letters concerning their areas of responsibility. All letters must be signed and include a daytime telephone number. Letters may be submitted to: The Editor c/o The Town Common 77 Wethersfield St. Rowley, MA 01969 or preferably via e-mail to:

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As we reflect on the past year I realize at times saying thank you is just not enough. This is one of those times. We, the staff at the Salisbury Senior Center would like to personally give each of our supporters and clients a huge hug and let you know how very grateful we are to all who assisted us in the past year. While it is tough to recognize each individual and business we want to express our thanks to all of you. We continue to be so very proud to be a part of the Salisbury Community. The individuals, the organizations, the businesses, the town departments and town officials that step up and go above and beyond have assisted us through a difficulties, provided us with guidance and support, and aided us financially, and physically. You have been a Godsend. We have been blessed with the generosity of Wayne and the Capolupo family, Paul Irwin, Joe Mangarpan, Central Church Christian Outreach, Charles Kelley, Paula Moore, Amesbury Village, Maplewood Rehabilitation, Angels at Home, Atria Merrimack Place, Salisbury Assisted Living, Salisbury Beach Betterment committee who provided the center with a projector enabling us better quality seminars, our DPW and Trial Court and so many more. Ron from R & J DJ, to Jason and Ralph McCollin who continue to provide us uplifting entertainment and music, Lisa Alder and the Salisbury After School kids club who continue to send cards, gifts and friendship to our seniors, to Triton Regional School for the Pies on Wheels and the Salisbury May Baskets for our homebound, Atlantic Ambulance and Salisbury Health department who provide weekly health clinics at the senior center, our weekly SHINE counselor who spends countless hours coordinating medical and prescription plans for our clients, our volunteer NEET drivers who take our seniors to and from medical appointments, our kitchen staff that serves with smiles, our knitting group that continues to take on new challenges, our quilters, computer students, cribbage and maj jong players, our painters, all our fitness junkies and bingo players who continue to keep the center hopping. Our participants, our volunteers, our friends group and our board all play a vital role in making the Hilton Center a warm friendly focal point for our community. Words cannot properly express how blessed we are now and throughout the year. We are deeply appreciative for The Town Common Courtesy Photo These four Rowley Fenno Drive kids went door to door collecting items for the local all the support given to the seniors of our community. Sincerely, Elizabeth Pettis, Director & the staff of the Salisbury Council on Aging

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In this year's play, we are reintroduced to the profit-seeking Bangles & Cash Department Store, which is enjoying a sharp increase in on-line purchases. In fact, Internet shopping has grown so popular and profitable that store executives want to modernize Christmas. They want to eliminate the opportunity for children to sit on Santa's knee and tell him what they want for Christmas. Similarly why bother having children write letters to the North Pole, when email is so readily available? The decision to eliminate personal visits to Santa and Santa Land forces into retirement a parttime shoe clerk, who serves as Mr. Santa during the holidays. The denizens of the traditional Santa Land in the store are replaced by robots. To the rescue comes the Santa Land characters who spring to life and voice their concerns to the shoe clerk's 10-year-old daughter. In a key piece of irony from Fix's pen, the 10-year-old uses the Internet to thwart the plans of Bangles & Cash. She employs technology to defeat encroachment of technology on Christmas by producing a video that exposes the threat. Naturally the video, made for the play by one of Fix's former

students, Caterina Mesia, goes viral on the fictious Internet and sparks a rebellion by customers that on-line shopping has forced the end of their beloved Christmas traditions. “Everyone is trying to keep the traditions they love,” Fix said. The morale of the play, she thinks, is that sometimes you have to fight to protect those traditions if they are to stay. Mr. Santa, an extravaganza of high-energy dances and colorful costumes, is a sequel to a play Fix wrote in 2006, when Boston's budget crunch ended its beloved Enchanted Village. A tradition since the 1960s, the was rescued by Jordan's Furniture, which acquired the pieces from auction, restored them and now puts them on display each holiday season. Fix's play, Because It Is Christmas, introduced audiences to the unscrupulous Bangels & Cash Department Store, which was retiring the Enchanted Village. In her play, the village is saved and resurrected on the Newbury Town Common. In the earlier play, Fix saves the Christmas village and brings it to the North Shore. In the current play, Mr. Santa, the cast of talented children and adults save something even bigger. They save threatened Christmas traditions for everyone. In addition to the 75 students,

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or syringes must be placed in rigid, plastic containers that are puncture and leak proof (such as bleach bottles, milk jug or laundry detergent jug) for final collection,” the Newburyport Health Department wrote in its newsletter. State officials, growing concerned at the rapidly increasing number of used needles being thrown into trash, urge people to put used needles in plastic containers and tape the containers closed. These containers should then be thrown in the garbage, not into recycling bins. In Massachusetts, state officials are urging people who use needles to: • Visit a medical supply store to purchase sharps containers. • Call the AIDS Action Committee Pharmacy Access Hotline to find out more about personal sharps containers. Its telephone number is 800988-5209. • Check out sharps mail back services, which provide a variety of container sizes and prepaid mailing cartons. They

include Medasend at 800200-3581; Stericycle at 800355-8773 and MWDC at 866-810-3000. CVS is also selling containers on line. The state officials urge extreme caution around used needles. “Protect yourself, your community, your environment and family and friends. The proper disposal of needles and syringes is important!” its web site warns. State officials urge needle users to: • Put used syringes in sharps container immediately. • Keep needles away from children and pets. • Bring a sharps container when traveling. Needle users should not: • Throw sharps in the garbage if your community has another disposal option. • Flush sharps down the toilet or drop into storm drains. • Clip, bend or recap needles. For more information, visit The Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal at

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AMESBURY - Now in its 9th year, the Main Street Congregational Church (MSCC) annual Christmas concert, “Together At Christmas” will be held Sunday, Dec. 15th at 4 p.m. at MSCC , 145 Main Street in Amesbury. The concert, directed by MSCC music director Danny Smith, will feature holiday music from Kingston NH’s “Voices of Distinction”; the Main Streets Cherub Choir, the MSCC Teen Choir, the MSCC Adult Choir and the “Glory Bells” bell choir. Attendees are invited back to the Vestry after the concert for coffee and light desserts. Tickets are available before the concert for $12 or at the door for only $15. 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offer you made why second guess yourself? Isn’t the goal to get the house? Why not feel good about it? Myth #5: “Walk away from the deal if there is mold, radon, old furnace, etc.” None of these issues should prevent you from going forward or be seen as an automatic deal breaker if this is the house you want and need. Other examples are an old roof, poor wiring and water in the basement. If something is significant to fix in the way of time or money than change it or ask that the seller fix it if it was unknown to you. It makes absolutely no sense to walk away from a $500,000 home because you are focused on a $2,000 furnace. Myth #6: “You can always grow into the house” First-time buyers are often told to get a lot of house so they can grow into it. Not necessarily. What if your circumstances change? What if you and your spouse after staying up all night with the baby decide having 3 or 4 more kids isn’t in the plans anymore. You are stuck with the big house (and big mortgage). Look to your needs not what you’d like to have waaay down the road. Most importantly, buy what you can afford, don’t stretch your budget to fit in a larger and more expensive home than you need right now. Myth #7: "Foreclosures offer the best deals" I have had a number of buyers call or come in the office asking “Do you have any foreclosures for sale?” What they are really asking is for a deal. The idea is that you can only get a deal if it is foreclosed or a short sale. That is definitely a myth. There are great deals out there that are seller owned. Foreclosures come with lots of issues some of which you may not discover until you are the owner. Myth #8: “I need to win”.

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homemade soups and the renowned Central Church Fish Chowder. A highlight of the fair is the silent auction which includes fine gifts, paintings, gift baskets, vacation rentals and gift certificates from downtown merchants. Saturday Dec 7, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Congregational Church at the corner of Pleasant & Titcomb Streets. Admission is free. BYFIELD CRAFT FAIR The Byfield Community Arts center will be having a craft fair on December 7. Local and regional crafters will be displaying their wares from 9:00am3:00pm. Interested crafters are asked to call 978-457-0208 to reserve a space. LOWELL’S BOAT SHOP OPEN HOUSE See Friday, December 6th WINTER CRAFT FAIR The SES PTA and Carol Baxter have brought back the SES Craft Fair! We will be having dance, cheering, and karate demonstrations, snack food, raes every hour, face painting, bake sale, craft table for kids, PTA table selling SES t-shirts and magnets, and lots of amazing local crafters, artisans, and merchants selling their items to you!!! And of course, Santa will make an appearance, for some photo ops!! All proceeds from PTA sponsored events go directly to the 529 students that attend Salisbury Elementary School. So come out and support your community and its KIDS!! Saturday 12/7/2013 9:00AM - 2:00PM: Salisbury Elementary School Cafeteria, Salisbury MA. For more information please contact SES PTA at JINGLE BELL WALK “Jingle Bell Walkâ€?, Saturday, December 7, 2013, 11 AM until 1 PM. Sponsored by the Ipswich High School Interact Club, in partnership with Ipswich Rotary, the Ipswich Police and Fire Departments, and the Marine

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Between 1659 and 1681, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in Massachusetts. If you were caught celebrating, you would be fined five shillings. St. Nicholas is actually a historical figure, although the name was spelled differently. St. Nikolaus was the bishop of Myra in Asia Minor, and he died on Dec. 6, 343. In different regions of the world he is known as Klaus, Nickel, SŸnnerklas, Seneklos, Pelznickel, Knecht Ruprecht, Weihnachtsmann and Christkindl. Sometimes he travels on foot, and sometimes he's shown riding a white horse, a


reindeer, a mule or even a goat. In 1712, Cotton Mather said, "The Feast of Christ's Nativity is spent in Reveling, Dicing, Carding, Masking, and in Licentious Liberty ... by Mad Mirth, by long Eating, by hard Drinking, by lewd Gaming, by rude Reveling." Doesn't sound much like today's celebrations, does it? If you think that Christmas has only recently become a nightmare of consumerism, consider that as early as the mid-1820s, Santa Claus was being employed to sell Christmas goods. Clement Clarke Moore, the author of "A Visit From St. Nicholas" (more popularly known as "The Night Before Christmas"), was born during the American Revolution and died during the Civil War.

The modern image of Santa Claus was invented by American cartoonist Thomas Nast in the late 1800s. Until his cartoons were published at the end of the 19th century, no one really pictured Santa as a fat, jolly old man with white hair. The first image of a Christmas tree to be printed in the United States appeared in Boston in 1836. It was an illustration to a book written by a German immigrant. There is no Biblical or historical reason to place the birth of Jesus on Dec. 25. It was only in the fourth century that the Church officially decided to observe Christmas on Dec. 25. Thought for the Day: "At Christmas play and make good cheer,/ For Christmas comes but once a year." -- Thomas Tusser

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Corps Reserve. Greet Santa as he arrives at the Memory Tree at the Town Hill on North Main Street in Ipswich. We will sing carols with Buddy the Elf as we await Santa’s arrival. Jingle Bells will be available for purchase. Jingle your bells and follow our honored guest and Buddy the Elf on a festive “Jingle Bell Walk” over Meeting House Green to the Ipswich Town Hall at 45 Green Street. Keep a sharp eye out for the “Grinch”! Once Santa arrives at Town Hall he will receive children 11 and under while holiday carolers entertain. Parents are urged to bring a camera. Each child will receive a gift bag from Santa. Following their visit with Santa, the children can have their faces painted, play festive games, and create holiday crafts. The Ipswich Rotary Club will serve hotdogs, hot cocoa and more in the COA cafeteria. Tickets will be available for purchase to enjoy yummy food, face painting and crafts. There will be free games to play as well as raffles for Christmas trees and an iPad Mini valued at $400! The iPad is generously donated by the Institution for Savings. In the event of rain or heavy snow, we will meet at Town Hall. Parking is available at Town Hall and in the Ascension Memorial Church lot. No pets are allowed in Town Hall. Attendees are encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts fit for a child to support the Marines in their organization, Toys for Tots! Ipswich High School Interact is a youth leadership and community service club sponsored by Ipswich Rotary and the Ipswich Public Schools. All proceeds from this community service event will

be donated to the Red Cross effort in the and leave messages after hours, your Philippines. For more information, go registration is not confirmed until to you receive a confirmation call from a Refuge staff member. Please call (978) SANTA'S WORKSHOP 465-5753; to register for this program. Bring the kids down to Inn Street in Downtown Newburyport where they ROWLEY HISTORICAL can meet Santa, share their wish list, SOCIETY’S OPEN HOUSE and get their very own photo taken with “Oh, Come all Ye Rowleyites” to Mr. C! Then enjoy strolling around the the Annual Rowley Historical Society’s beautiful downtown area - a great way Annual Christmas Open House to spend a weekend day with the family Weekend. Take a Step back in time, for during the holiday season. December 7, a memorable visit; to the 1677 Platts2013 Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Bradstreet House, 233 Main St., in Rowley – Decorated for the Christmas “BEHIND THE SCENES” REFUGE Season in its Historical finery. It will TOUR be Open to the public the weekend Join a refuge ranger for a behind the of December 7th & 8th, Saturday & scenes tour of Parker River National Sunday; from 1:00- 4:00 p.m. each day. Wildlife Refuge. Tour will be conducted There will be wonderful refreshments via refuge van, with several brief “drive & live musical performances from local by” stops along the way. The tour will musicians. We will be featuring our present an “up close and personal” look wonderful 17th Century Historical at the refuge through the multiple lenses House decorated in the traditional of the cultural history of Plum Island holiday style plus an extensive display and the Great Marsh, native wildlife of holiday decorations old & new; as and their habitats, and the role of refuge accents throughout the house. This year management in the conservation of these we will be featuring “Christmas Around precious natural resources. Be advised the World” more beautiful selections that individual tours may be subject from our Historical collection and the to cancellation. Held on the following collections from some of our wonderful days: Friday, December 6th @ 9:30 am; members. On Saturday, The LOCA Saturday, Dec. 7th @9:30 am; Sunday, Flute Ensemble of the North Shore & Dec. 8th @1:00 pm; Friday, Dec. 13th On Sunday, The Beverly High School @ 9:30 am; Saturday, Dec. 14th @ 9:30 Flute Club will be performing selections am; Sunday, Dec. 15th @ 1:00 pm; of Christmas Music in the Historical Saturday, Dec. 21st @ 9:30 am; Sunday, House from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. As a special Dec. 22nd @ 1:00 pm; Saturday, Dec. treat for the Society again this year, 28th @ 9:30 am; and Sunday, Dec. 29th the 2nd Grade classes from the Pine @ 1:00 pm. Tours last approximately Grove School will be touring our 1677 2 hours. *Please note: Those who call Continued on page 16

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Nixon, a local band that has as much fun on stage as the audiences does in their Platts- Bradstreet House and our 1776 seats. Pesky J. Nixon holiday benefit Historical Barn on the Monday before show at Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse the Open House. Each year the children at the Byfield Community Arts Center bring a selection of handmade ornaments at 7 Central Street, Byfield (right off Rt. to decorate our Barn Christmas Tree. In 95). Show time is 8:00 p.m. and doors the Historical Barn, this season; there is open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only a unique display from our collection of $5.00. Ice Cutting tools & implements used in the Ice Harvesting Industry during SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th 19th and the early part of the 20th Century. We are looking forward to CENTERING DOWN one very spectacular season and we are On Sunday, December 8 at 10:30am looking forward to seeing all of you! at The First Religious Society, 26 Happy Holidays One and All! Pleasant Street, Newburyport, the Rev. Harold Babcock will present a sermon CUSHING HOUSE TOUR titled “Centering Down.” “How good See Monday, December 9th. it is to center down! To sit quietly and see one’s self pass by!” These words of STARS AND STONES Howard Thurman are a reminder of To launch their fourth decade of the necessity of making time in the entertaining North Shore audiences, busy holiday season to “just be.” Far Music Director Jane Ring Frank, the from being a selfish act, taking time for 42 singers of the Cantemus Chamber ourselves can be a way of preparing us to Chorus, and a guest jazz trio (piano, bass act unselfishly for others. The sermon and drums) from the Berklee faculty will investigate what it might mean to will explore a world of musical gems. “center down.” Free and open to the The “Stars and Stones” concert of 20th- public century music features movements from song sets by two of America’s best-loved CANTEMUS SPARKLES WITH contemporary choral composers, Morten “STARS AND STONES” PROGRAM Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, plus jazz FEATURING JAZZ TRIO arrangments of Christmas carols and See Saturday, December 7th Ron Landes’ “Jazz Gloria.” Cantemus will perform “Stars and Stones” on NEW ENGLAND TENORS Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m., at CHRISTMAS CONCERT Christ Church of Hamilton-Wenham, A Fund Raiser For St. Vincent De 149 Asbury Street, Hamilton; and on Paul Society Of Newburyport in the Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Central Congregational Church, 14 Green Street, Newburyport on Sunday, Titcomb Street, Newburyport. Regular December 8th. 3 O'clock Tickets: $20 audience members should note that For Adults - $12 For Under 12 Years. the Sunday venue is different this year! Free Refreshments During Intermission. Tickets are available online at http:// Additional Ticket Information Contact:, or fans can save Jan Kolman (978-462-3330) Or Email $2 on advance tickets purchased at The (Kmknana@Verizon.Net) Book Rack in Newburyport, Nazir’s of Wenham, Norris Gallery / MiXtMedia WINTER FIGURE SKATING in Ipswich, the Book Shop of Beverly EXHIBITION AND FAMILY SKATE Farms, Toad Hall in Rockport and The Merrimack Valley Skating Club Gloucester Music. Tickets at the door will be holding its annual Winter Figure are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors. Skating Exhibition and Family Skate Admission is free for students 21 and at the Graf Rink (28 Low Street) on under. For details, visit www.cantemus. Sunday, December 8th beginning at org, or phone 1-888-CHORUS 1. 4pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. This event WINTER WONDERLAND is a wonderful opportunity for the Behtany Masonic Lodge will be community to come and watch area holding their “Theme Dinner Series” figure skaters perform various routines Winter Wonderland, Ham and bean choreographed to holiday music. supper the First Saturday of December There will be Family Skate after the (Dec. 7th) at the Masonic Hall on last performance (approximately 5pm) 31 Green Street, Newburyport, MA for all of those in attendance for the 01950 from 4:30 to 6 PM. Cost is 10 Exhibition. Skate rentals for the Family dollars for adults 5 dollars for kids. Skate will be complimentary on behalf Dinner includes: ham, hot dogs, 3 of the Graf Rink. For more information kinds of beans, potato and egg salad, on these events or any other happenings Cole slaw, brown bread, rolls, drinks, at the Graf Rink please call 978-462desserts , Theme dish: Pork Loin and an 8112 or visit atmosphere like no other bean supper would provide. Live Smooth Jazz From “BEHIND THE SCENES” REFUGE Paul Rogers and Good Company! TOUR See Saturday, December 7th. THE LITTLEST ANGEL See Friday, December 6th. THE LITTLEST ANGEL See Friday, December 6th. BENEFIT SHOW AT CAT IN THE CRADLE COFFEEHOUSE IN LOWELL’S BOAT SHOP OPEN BYFIELD HOUSE Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is See Friday, December 6th presenting a very special benefit show on Saturday, December 7 with Pesky J. ROWLEY HISTORICAL

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December 4 - 10, 013 SOCIETY’S OPEN HOUSE See Saturday, December 7th. CAROLING ON THE COMMON The Annual Caroling on the Rowley Common holiday celebration, sponsored by local Girl Scouts, will be held on Sunday, December 8, at 4:30 pm. MONDAY, DECEMBER 9th CUSHING HOUSE TOUR Step into the Cushing House and embrace the scents and scenes of Christmases past. The Cushing House, located at 98 High Street, Newburyport, sparkles with fresh seasonal arrangements creatively rendered by local garden clubs. Featuring hand-baked, spice-scented ornaments, period holiday decorations and antique toy “gifts” from the Historical Society of Old Newbury’s collection lovingly placed under the tree, the house truly captures the magic of the season. This year, along with the Historical Society, garden clubs from Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury will decorate the rooms and hallways. The Open House is set for Saturday, December 7th and Monday, December 9th, at the Cushing House Museum, 98 High Street, Newburyport, MA from 12 – 4:00 p.m. and is free to the public. For more information, please visit A FAMILY’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE Bob Halloran will present his book "Impact Statement: A Family’s Fight For Justice Against Whitey Bulger, Stephen Flemmi, and the FBI" at the LangleyAdams Library in Groveland, MA on Monday, December 9th at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public. Please register by calling 978-372-1732 or online GARDEN CLUB MEETING Please join the Sea Spray Garden Club on Monday, Dec 9th at 7:00 p.m. This is a special holiday meeting not to be missed! We are thrilled to have Bill Graham, prestigious floral designer and owner of Beautiful Things located in Salem MA. Bill has a unique presentation titled Balsam and Blng, that showcases floral arrangements to compliment fashion accessories. Arrangements will be raffled off. Meetings are held at the East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Rd, Salisbury MA. New members and guests always welcome! Membership $35 for year and guest fee $5.00 per meeting. For more info contact 978-388-4848 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11th HATHA YOGA CLASS Students are led through a series of stretches, strengthening and balancing postures, twists and inversions by certified yoga instructor Maura Mastrogiovanni. No registration is required, and all fitness levels are welcome. Bring a mat if you have one and wear comfortable clothes. Class meets every Wednesday evening at the Rowley Library, 141 Main St., from 5:30-7 pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, cost for students is $12 or $10 for Friends members. Call 978948-2850 for more information.

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ROWLEY - "The Rowley Children’s Center, 383 Main Street, will be working in collaboration with the Salvation Army of Newburyport in the capacity of Official Community Toy Drop-Off Point. The Rowley Children’s Center is opening their doors to the community and accepting donations of new, unused toys. Drop-off times and days are on Tuesdays thru Fridays from 8 am to 1 pm starting December 3rd thru December 13th. Please no weapon-like toys. Lt. Meghan Brunelle of the Salvation Army will be arriving on December 17th at 11:30 am to chat with the preschoolers about the joy of giving and to collect all of the toys that have been donated. For More information please call 978-948-7929 or email " -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY – The Rowley Police Association will be conducting a “Fill the Cruiser” toy and food drive event at the Pine Grove School Craft Fair on December 7th. The craft fair will be held at the Pine Grove School at 191 Main St, Rowley from 9am to 3pm. All are encouraged to stop by and to donate a food item and/or an un-wrapped toy and meet the officers. Please stop by and help the Rowley Police Association achieve its goal to fill up the cruiser as many times as possible with these items to help the local community during this Holiday Season. All food items will be donated to the Rowley Food Pantry and all toys will be donated to Toys-ForTots. We hope to see you there. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - This month the Rowley Public Library is displaying pencil drawings by former Lynn resident Andrea LeJeune LaRiviere. Beginning her career as a graphic designer, Andrea moved on to book illustrations. Today she takes special commissions, usually in her favorite medium, Prismacolor pencil, and has won several prestigious awards. Her work will be on display at the library through the month of December. The Rowley Public Library, at 141 Main Street in Rowley, is fully accessible. For more information, call 978-948-2850. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - Intermediate Computer Classes for seniors offered at the Rowley Public Library By request, the next round of free computer classes for seniors at the Rowley Public Library, 141 Main St., with popular teacher Carol Soucy will cover intermediate skills. Learn about Microsoft Word, Excel, email attachments, and more. Class meets on three consecutive Thursday mornings, December 5, 12, and 19, from 8:30 – 10 am. Call 978-948-2850 to register, space is limited. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - The Program- Fund Raising Committee of the Rowley Historical Society is happy to announce that the Cookbook “RECIPES & REMEMBRANCES” is now here and on sale. It is in time for your Holiday gift giving. The Cookbook is complete with the local favorites passed down from generations of Rowley people: family, friends & neighbors. Over 225 recipes, little stories & remembrances came from Rowley and all over the country and are included. It is the third Cookbook that the Historical Society is proud to sponsor going back to the original in 1922, 1994 and today for 2014, our town’s 375th Celebration. All of our efforts have been as a fund raising endeavor to benefit the Rowley Historical Society’s 1677 Platts-Bradstreet House, its upkeep, repairs & historically correct new undertakings. To purchase your very own copy of “Recipes & Remembrances”, it is on sale for $15.00 at the Town Clerk’s office or by calling 978-948-5054. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - Back by popular demand! The Friends of the Rowley Public Library is holding its 2nd Annual Holiday Basket Raffle. Come see the beautiful baskets on display at the Rowley Public Library until December 14. The prizes are worth over $1,600. The drawing will be December 14th @ 1pm at a reception in the Library Meeting Room. You don’t need to be present to win!! Win a holiday gift or a treat for yourself!! Cra-ZLoom, Wine Lover’s, Providence Bruins, Dr. Suess, Birding, Yoga, children’s crafts, Pine Grove PTA and many more. Last year’s most popular Beekeepers are back this time with a World Series twist. There is something for everyone. Raffle tickets are available at the Rowley Public Library at 141 Main Street, Rowley. They cost $1 each or 6 for $5. The Friends thank everyone who donated a basket. For a complete list of baskets and donors, go to the library website at For even more information, call the library at 978-948-2850. -----------------------------------------------------------SALISBURY - Salisbury Lions Club King Lion David "Chuck" Colburn announced today the the Salisbury Lions Club is again partcipating in the Anton Cleaners "Coats for Kids Project". The Lions will collect all sizes, good quality used winter coats and winter jackets from infants to adults may be left at the Salisbury Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road (U S Route 1); Wash & Wags, 8A Beach Road ( U S Route 1A); Tom's Disvount Store, 175 Elm Street (SR 110) and Lena's Seafood Restaurant, 131 Rabbit Road. Coats are collected and brought to Anton's Cleaners where they are cleaned for no charge and distributed through Anton's distribution partners such as Massachusetts Community Action Programs, Salvation Army, BUMC Outreach Van Project, and Catholic charities amoung others who will insure that coats get to those who cannot afford one during the cold winter months. The collection has kicked off and the Lions will be collecting until Friday,January 10th. Please insure the coats and jackets are without stains or rips and zippers are working -----------------------------------------------------------SALISBURY COA - Age Strong! Live Long! Get fit for the Holidays! Teeth Whitening, New Patient Special! Come join the Salisbury Hilton Senior Center in our exercise programs. Come in for your new patient exam and x-rays Suggested donation $3 per class Preregistration not required. Exercise to Music Tuesdays 9:00am – 10:00am Cardio and strength conditioning; and receive free in-office bleaching ($100 value)* Yoga - Gentle Stretching Tuesdays 10:15am-11:15am Tone up your mind, *Valid for new patients of Sorrento Dental that visit before 12/31/12. 3 body and spirit; Zumba Gold Wednesdays 9:00am low Latin inspired • General Dentistry • Cosmetic Dentistry dance class that’s easy to follow; Silver Strength Wednesdays 10:15am • Sedation Dentistry • Dental Implants -11:00am Strength training designed to use mind and muscle; Strength, • Dentures and Veneers Balancing and Conditioning Wednesdays 4:15pm Use hand weights and • Single-Visit Crowns (CEREC Technology) • Digital X-Rays and the Latest Technology resistance bands. Great exercise! 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